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^H etymology A representation of ASCII character 0x08, which is backspace.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (Internet slang, usually, humorous) Delete that last letter. Read the fuc^H^Hine manual.
  • This may be repeated to indicate the deletion of multiple letters.
related terms:
  • ^W
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (Internet slang, usually, humorous) Delete that last word. Yeah, he's a real jerk^W civility-challenged fellow. Well, Mimi, you're old enough that you should go to parties now, so this should be your last year to tickle feet^W^W trick-or-treat.
  • This may be repeated to indicate the deletion of multiple words.
related terms:
  • ^H
verb: {{head}}
  1. (British, slang and dialectical) nonstandard form of had 1933, George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London, xxix ‘’Ere y’, the best rig-out you ever ’ad. A tosheroon [half a crown] for the coat, two ’og for the trousers, one and a tanner for the boots, and a ’og for the cap and scarf. That’s seven bob.’
'bot etymology A shortened from robot. Alternative forms: bot
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A robot.
  2. (computing) A piece of software designed to complete a minor but repetitive task automatically and on command.
'bout etymology Aphetic form of about
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. (colloquial or poetic) about.
'burb etymology A shortened form of suburb(s).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, chiefly in plural) alternative spelling of burb, a short form of suburb.
'bye etymology abbreviation of goodbye
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (informal) Goodbye: used when the speaker or addressee is departing.
  • bey
'cause Alternative forms: cos, 'cos, cus, 'cus (UK), coz, 'coz, cuz, 'cuz (US) etymology Aphetic form of because; first used in the 15th century. pronunciation
  • (AU) /kɔz/
  • (UK) /kɒz/; (unstressed) /kəz/
  • (US) /kʌz/, {{enPR}}, {{audio}}
conjunction: {{en-con}}
  1. (colloquial, slang) Because.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 7 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , ““[…] if you call my duds a ‘livery’ again there'll be trouble. It's bad enough to go around togged out like a life saver on a drill day, but I can stand that 'cause I'm paid for it. […]””
  • sauce
'cos Alternative forms: cos
conjunction: {{en-con}}
  1. (British, slang) eye dialect of 'cause; because.
    • 1991, Alan Aldridge, The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics, page 69. Should five per cent appear too small, Be thankful I don't take it all, 'Cos I'm the Taxman, Yeah, I'm the Taxman.
  • CSO
  • OCS
  • SCO
  • soc, soc., SOC
conjunction: {{en-con}}
  1. (informal) alternative form of 'cause
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) {{short for}}
    • 2008, David Gelin, BBQ Joints (ISBN 1423609018), page 22: Some are homes that are converted into barbecue joints and, yes, some are even part of a church. [It ...] will inspire you to do your best in whatever you do, no matter how humble, or at least inspire you to go out and get some aposcue.
    • 2013, Four Seasons of Travel (ISBN 1426211678), page 18: One of the premier events on the BBQ cooking contest circuit. … To actually feast on some aposcue, head to one of Memphis's many great barbecue restaurants.
'cuz Alternative forms: cuz, 'cos, 'coz, coz
conjunction: {{en-con}}
  1. (slang, US) eye dialect of 'cause; because.
'd etymology
  • Contraction of (ha)d.
  • Contraction of (woul)d
verb: {{head}}
  1. had (marking the pluperfect tense)
  2. (some dialects) Had, possess.
    • Polly Von - She’d her apron wrapped about her and he took her for a swan
  3. would
    • I’d like to help, but I have no time.
  4. (colloquial) Did.
    • Hey, where’d everybody go? Why’d they take off?
related terms:
  • ’s (third person)
  • ’ve
  • ’ll
  • In most dialects, -’d is only used to mark the pluperfect tense (“I’d done something.”, “I had done something.”), and not to signify possession in the past (“I had something.”). Some dialects, however, use -’d for both.
suffix: {{en-suffix}}
  1. (archaic) traditional English past tense indicator, largely replaced by -ed.
    • Shakespeare - Hast thou mark’d the dawn of next?
  2. Used to form the past tense of some verbs that are in the form of numeral, letter, and abbreviation, especially in online communication. Compare ’s.
    • "The eval function also compromises the security of your application, because it grants too much authority to the eval’d text." -JavaScript: The Good Parts, Douglas Crockford
    • Google Plus - You +1’d this.
    • I just lol’d but then stopped and realized this wasn’t funny.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (informal) Indeed.
'em etymology From earlier hem, from Middle English hem, from Old English heom of hie, originally a dative plural form but in Middle English coming to serve as an accusative plural as well. Cognate with Dutch hun, German ihnen. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /əm/, /m̩/, /ɪm/
  • {{audio}}
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. (now colloquial) Them (typically after a preposition, or otherwise with accusative or dative force; now only in unstressed position).
    • {{RQ:Mlry MrtDrthr}}: Truly said sire Ector I can not here of hym nor of syr Galahad / Percyuale nor syr Bors / lete hem be sayd syre Gawayne / for they foure haue no pyeres
    • 1602, William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night: Some are become great, some atcheeues greatnesse, and some haue greatnesse thrust vppon em.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients], 1 , “Then there came a reg'lar terror of a sou'wester same as you don't get one summer in a thousand, and blowed the shanty flat and ripped about half of the weir poles out of the sand. We spent consider'ble money getting ’em reset, and then a swordfish got into the pound and tore the nets all to slathers, right in the middle of the squiteague season.”
    • 2010, John Baron, The Guardian, 3 December: We've literally had dozens of your photographs submitted this week – keep ’em coming!
  • me, ME, Me.
'emselves etymology From hemselves (compare 'em). pronunciation
  • /əmˈsɛlvz/
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. (colloquial) unstressed form of themselves
'erb etymology A representation of the pronunciation of herb by a speaker whose dialect renders the word [ɜːɹb] rather than [hɜː(ɹ)b].
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous or eye dialect) herb
  • BrE
  • reb
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (British, slang and dialectal) eye dialect of here
    • 1933, George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London, xxix ‘’Ere y’, the best rig-out you ever ’ad. A tosheroon [half a crown] for the coat, two ’og for the trousers, one and a tanner for the boots, and a ’og for the cap and scarf. That’s seven bob.’
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (British, slang) contraction of look here, used for emphasis at the beginning of a sentence when expressing an opinion or want. ’Ere, why don't we get some cigarettes?
  • e'er
'fraid not etymology I'm + 'fraid + not
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (informal) alternative form of I'm afraid not
'fraid so etymology Contraction.
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (slang) I am afraid so
  • fiadors
  • forsaid
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) contraction of afro
  • for FOR, ORF
'Gater Alternative forms: Gater etymology gate + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A fan of the science fiction franchise Stargate.
    • 2006, TV Guide: Volume 54 'Gaters, break out the Kleenex.
    • 2010, Carrie Tucker, I Love Geeks (page 99) 1994: Stargate, the movie, starts unlocking the secrets of interstellar travel and producing rabid 'Gaters.
pronoun: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) Representing a pronunciation of him that drops the h.
  • mi, mi., MI
'kay Alternative forms: kay, 'K, K pronunciation
  • (US) /keɪ/, [kʰeɪ̯], [ʔˈkʰeɪ̯]
  • {{audio}}
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (colloquial) contraction of okay
  • yak
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US, colloquial) to allow; to acknowledge or admit.
    • 1998, : The Stranger: They call Los Angeles the City of Angels. I didn’t find it to be that exactly. Though I'll 'low there are some nice folks there.
'Murica Alternative forms: 'murica etymology Eye dialect of America, popularized by .
proper noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (satirical, derogatory) The United States of America as understood by the stereotypical conservative southerner.
usage notes: This term may be seen as rude, condescending, or prejudicial.
'n' Alternative forms: ’n (nonstandard), n’ (nonstandard) pronunciation
  • /ən/
  • {{audio}}
conjunction: {{en-con}}
  1. (colloquial) Contraction of and; used mainly in a few set phrase.
'nuff Alternative forms: 'nough pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US slang, Southern US, African American Vernacular English, Yorkshire) enough
'nuff said etymology 'nuff + said
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (informal) Used in various situations to either end a discussion, or to imply that further discussion is not needed (Short for 'enough said'). Your latest bird's got a nasty face. Yeh, but she's got big tits. 'Nuff said!
{{DEFAULTSORT:nuff said}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang or dialectical) eye dialect of hog, particularly in its slang sense of shilling 1933, George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London, xxix ‘’Ere y’, the best rig-out you ever ’ad. A tosheroon [half a crown] for the coat, two ’og for the trousers, one and a tanner for the boots, and a ’og for the cap and scarf. That’s seven bob.’
'puter etymology A shortening of computer. Alternative forms: puter
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A computer.
  • erupt, Putre
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) {{short for}}
    • 1979, New West, volume 4, part 1, page 128: There was nothing left on the plate but some aposque sauce and a bit of Wonder Bread.
    • 2001, Doug Worgul, The Grand Barbecue: A Celebration of the History, Places, Personalities and Techniques of Kansas City Barbeque (ISBN 0970913125), page 71: Truth, Justice and the BBQ way / In a world full of Arby{{sic}} aposques and McRibs, …
    • 2003, Steven Raichlen, BBQ USA: 425 Fiery Recipes from All Across America (ISBN 0761159584), page 599: But for aposque it's probably better known as the Pimlico or Churchill Downs of competition barbecue.
    • 2004 September-October, American Cowboy, volume 11, number 2, page 53: Although the blue haze you see rising from a Western skyline is often that of a barbecue pit, the quest for aposque is one that's been undertaken in the East as well as the West. In fact, some of the earliest barbecue can be traced back to the East …
    • 2013, A History of South Carolina Barbeque (ISBN 1609498631), page 90: But he cooked such good barbeque that one day, Albert Hartley, who's long dead now, said, "Why don't you cook up some aposque and sell it? People would come buy it if you cooked it."
This short form can even be found in works that spell the long form barbecue rather than barbeque.
'rents Alternative forms: rents etymology A shortening of parents.
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang) Parents.
  • nerts, stern, terns
-'s {{rfap}} pronunciation
  • (after a vowel or a voiced consonant other than a sibilant) {{enPR}}, /z/
  • (1after ''/p/, /t/, /k/, /f/, or /θ/'') {{enPR}}, /s/
  • (after other consonants)
    • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ɪz/
    • (US) {{enPR}}, /ɪz/ or {{enPR}}, /əz/
    • (AU) {{enPR}}, /əz/
etymology 1 Contractions.
verb: {{head}}
  1. form of contracted form The dog’s running after me!
  2. form of contracted form The dog’s been chasing the mail carrier again.
  3. (informal) form of contracted form (used only with the auxiliary meaning of does and only after interrogative words) What’s he do for a living? What’s it say? Where’s the n in Javanese come from?
  4. (nonstandard) are Where’s the table tennis balls?
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. form of contracted form (found in the formula let’s which is used to form first-person plural imperatives) What are you guys waiting for? Let’s go!
  2. (UK, dialect) form of contracted form (when it is (nonstandardly) used as a relative pronoun) All’s he wanted was to go home.
etymology 2 From Middle English -s, -es, from Old English -es, from Proto-Germanic *-as, *-is. Cognate with Dutch -s, -es, German -s, -es, Danish -s, -es.
particle: {{en-part}}
  1. Possessive marker, indicating than an object belongs to the noun phrase bearing the marker. The cat bit the dog’s tail and ran. (the dog + ’s) The cat bit the dog with the shaggy fur’s tail and ran. (the dog with the shaggy fur + ’s)
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  2. In the absence of a specified object, used to indicate “the house/place/establishment of”. We’re going to Luigi’s for dinner tonight. — that is, “Luigi’s house” or “Luigi’s restaurant” I'm going to the butcher’s for a steak. I bought it at Tesco's. (see ''s-form'')
Words ending in s are made possessive in various ways. Consider:[[w:William Strunk|William Strunk]] & [[w:E.B._White|E. B. White]], ''[[w:The_Elements_of_Style|The Elements of Style]]'' (1972), [[s:The_Elements_of_Style/Rules#1._Form_the_possessive_singular_of_nouns_with_.27s.|page 1]]
  • With regular plurals, the apostrophe is placed at the end, i.e. s' is used: the dogs’ tails (whereas for singular ‘dog’: the dog’s tail)
  • Irregular plurals with endings other than ‘s’ (e.g. children) always take ’s: the children’s voices
  • The possessives of names which end in s may be formed using either this suffix (-'s) or ' (which see for more). St. James’s or St. James’, Chris's or Chrisapos, Jesus's or Jesusapos
  • To remedy ambiguity or awkwardness in either speech or print, possessives can generally be recast using of. the tails of the dogs the paths of St. James
  • When referring to possessions of multiple people who don't share the same name, the standard, formal way to form the possessive is: Jack’s and Jill’s pails
  • However, it is common to treat the pair of names as a noun phrase and to form the possessive of this instead, using only one ’s: Jack and Jill’s pails
suffix: {{en-suffix}}
  1. Indicates a purpose or a user. You need a driver’s licence. These are popular boy’s T-shirts. Alex can be a girl’s name.
{{rfc}} The particle ’s and the suffix ’s have the same origin but are grammatically different now.
  • particle: a girl’s name : The name of a specific girl. The particle combines with a girl.
  • suffix: a girl’s name : A female name. The suffix combines with girl.
etymology 3 Equivalent to -s, with arbitrary use of apostrophe.
suffix: {{en-suffix}}
  1. (sometimes proscribed) Used to form the plurals of numeral, letter, some abbreviation and some nouns, usually because the omission of an apostrophe would make the meaning unclear or ambiguous. There are four 3’s in my phone number. “Banana” has three a’s and one b. (apostrophe "s" used so that the plural of “a” is not confused with the word “as”) You can buy CD’s in that shop. These are the do’s and don’ts. (apostrophe "s" used as “dos” may be misread)
  2. (obsolete) Used to form plurals of foreign words, to clarify pronunciation, such as “banana’s” or “pasta’s”.[[w:Lynn Truss|Truss, Lynn]]. ''Eats, Shoots & Leaves''. pp. 63–65.
  3. (proscribed) Used to form the plural of nouns that correctly take just an "s" in the plural. See greengrocer’s apostrophe. Apple’s 50p a pound
The use of ’s to form plurals of initialisms or numerals is not currently recommended by most authorities, except when the meaning would otherwise be unclear. The use in foreign words was common before the 19th century, but is no longer accepted. The use of the apostrophe in any other plural (as in “apple’s”) — the so-called “greengrocer’s apostrophe” — is proscribed.
'sall good etymology it's (it + is) + all + good pronunciation
  • (UK) [sɔːl ɡʊːd]
interjection: {{head}}
  1. (informal, eye dialect) No problem; that’s fine; you’re welcome.
'sarvo etymology From this + arvo.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, Australia) Short for "this arvo" (this afternoon).
Sometimes appears in the mangled construction "the 'sarvo" = "this arvo."
  • arvos
  • savor
'scuse Alternative forms: scuse etymology Aphetic form of excuse.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, slang) Excuse. 'scuse me, when is the bus due?
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang) Excuse me. 'Scuse, can I come past?
  • secus
'tec etymology Shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A detective.
    • 1909, W.W. Jacobs, Self-Help "You're a marvel, that's wot you are," ses the 'tec, shaking his 'ead. "Have one with me."
    • 1963, Barbara Euphan Todd, Jill Crockford, Detective Worzel Gummidge A collection of battered churns, looking like the jars for Ali-Baba's thieves, stood at one end of the room. A 'tec could hide in one of those, thought Robin.
'tude etymology From attitude, by shortening. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, US) attitude, especially one of arrogance or hostility; swagger. Hey. No reason for you to cop a ‘tude on me just because she dumped you.
  • Deut.
  • duet
'tute etymology A shortening of institute. Alternative forms: tute
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) abbreviation of institute I got my undergraduate degree from the ‘tute.
'um etymology Contracted from them
pronoun: 'um
  1. (slang) an unstressed form of them
Synonyms: 'em
  • mu , Mu, MU
'un Alternative forms: un
pronoun: {{en-pron}} (plural 'uns)
  1. (colloquial) one (a thing). Give me one of those round 'uns.
  2. (colloquial, facetious, chiefly, British) one (a person). We've got a clever 'un here!
  • nu , Nu, NU
'za etymology abbreviation of pizza
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Pizza
    • 2003, Jim Brown, Black Valley (page 91) "I'll just grab a slice of 'za for the road," Donald said, mimicking his older sister.
    • 1992, Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash He cuts off a bimbo box-a family minivan-veers past the Buy 'n' Fly that is next door, and pulls into CosaNostra Pizza #3569. Those big fat contact patches complain, squeal a little hit, but they hold on to the patented Fairlanes, Inc. high-traction pavement and guide him into the chute. No other Deliverators are waiting in the chute. That is good, that means high turnover for him, fast action, keep moving that 'za.
  • AZ
'zackly etymology Eye-dialect spelling of exactly.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (colloquial) Exactly.
@ pronunciation
  • (stressed) {{enPR}}, /æt/
  • (unstressed) /ət/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. at a rate of (so much each) 15 items @ $10 @ 80 km/h (at eighty kilometres per hour)
  2. (informal, neologism) at (any sense) @ 20°C (at twenty degrees Celsius) Text message: "im @ school."
  3. (text messaging) Replacing the sounding /æt/ on any word that has this pronunciation or similar. e.g. d@ (that), c@ (cat), @end (attend), b@ (bat), f@ (fat), h@ (hat)
$100 hamburger Alternative forms: hundred-dollar hamburger
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (aviation, slang) A general aviation flight that involves flying a short distance, eating a meal, and flying back.
$DEITY etymology From the syntax of in Unix shells, and the practice of putting paths to user's software of choice in generically-named variables like EDITOR or PAGER.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet slang, humorous) A generic deity; listener's or reader's god of choice.
    • 2000, Justin Warren, Re: newbie learns an arcane command, alt.sysadmin.recovery, Usenet No real init that actually works the way it's supposed to. No snoop. No truss/strace. The whole stupid application install method with it's /opt /etc/opt/, /var/opt, /tmp/var/etc/opt $DEITY dammit!
    • 2000, tim The Enchanter ?, Re: Infested by human scum., alt.gothic, Usenet For backorders consult a local priest or general religious leader. the translations contain som eminor differences, but the overal scope should be the same. " life is shit. Die and glorious things await you * " *fine print: only when you are good in the eyes of $DEITY
    • 2000, 2:1, Re: Malloy digest,, Usenet For $DEITY's sake, stop `digesting' each other and advocate something useful!
    • 2003, Benjamin Geiger, Re: Diamond Horseshoe to close----, rec.arts.disney.parks, Usenet Maybe the good people over at the AC can make some room for the performers... $DEITY knows they're talented enough.
    • 2003, Exatron, Re: Thats Just TOO FRIGGEN COOL!!!!,, Usenet You're missing the point if you think Transformers need to adhere to what humans are capable of building. They're an ancient race of alien robots for $DEITY's sake.
    • 2006, Marcus Alexander Hart, Caster's Blog: A Geek Love Story, (ISBN 9781411674172), page 28 I'm telling you, you need to just take Shadoe out on your own. Just take her out for $DEITY{possessive} sake!
    • 2006, James Farrar, For $DEITY's sake...,, Usenet
    • 2011, John Welch, iOS 5 in the Enterprise, Peachpit Press (ISBN 9780132901659), page 76 I'm not the only one, the silly thing just doesn't want to build. Then again, it hasn't been updated in a dog's age. As near as I can tell, no one's done anything with it since 2001. $DEITY knows what OpenSCEP will build on now.
    • 2014, Tom Coffeen, IPv6 Address Planning: Designing an Address Plan for the Future, O'Reilly Media, Inc. (ISBN 9781491903261) In this chapter, we'll take advantage of the topics we learned in Chapters 4 through 6 to walk through building from scratch a couple of sample IPv6 address plans for a (thank $DEITY) fictional company.
Often substitutes for god/God in set phrases like thank God or for God's sake.
100 percent
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. complete, entire, whole We are willing to provide 100 percent mortgages. He has a 100 percent record of success.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. completely, entirely, wholly I can assure you the we are 100 percent with you in this matter. Many retailers are now offering 100 percent natural products.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (South Africa, slang) excellent, wonderful, magnificent "Misses, your parcel has arrived" "Ah, 100 percent!"
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (CB slang) Location. Do you know the 10-20 of that smokey?
10-4 {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: ten-four
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (CB slang) affirmative. Are you pulling in at the next truckstop? That's a big 10-4 on that.
  2. Message received, understood, acknowledged
noun: {{head}}
  1. a snowboarding or skateboarding trick in which the board rotates 1080 degrees.
  • From its original catalogue number.
  • (UK) /tɛn.ˈʔeɪ̯.ti/
  • ten / eighty
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) poison.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, informal, military, World War II) The German Messerschmitt 109 fighter aircraft. {{quote-book }}
10x etymology From the similarity in pronunciation to thanks.
  1. (slang, intentional) alternative spelling of thanks See also thanx or thx.
11 Bang-Bang etymology
  • Slang from the designation "11B" (pronounced "11 Bravo").
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, military, slang, derogatory) An infantryman.
Synonyms: 11 Bush, 11 Bulletstopper (pejorative)
121 etymology One-to-one, with to replaced by the homophone two, with the words then replaced by numbers.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) One-to-one.
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue etymology The street address of the White House in Washington, D.C., the official residence of the President of the United States.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. The residence and offices of the President and certain members of his staff.
  2. (colloquial, idiom) The current President and the closest members of his administration.
18 holes
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (sports, slang): A round of golf.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (internet, slang) {{initialism of }}
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (informal, US) 1 Police Plaza, the headquarters of the New York City Police Department (NYPD).
2 pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. (text messaging, informal) abbreviation of to Nothing compares 2 u. (song by Prince) I have 2 go there.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (text messaging, informal) abbreviation of too Can I come 2?
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (Canada and British, slang) second in command
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable, informal, firearms) The rifle calibre.
  2. (countable) A rifle chamber in this calibre, normally the SMLE series.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (cryptography, informal) abbreviation of Triple DES, a cipher formed from the (DES) cipher by using it three times.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) threesome
4 pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. (text messaging, slang) abbreviation of for this is 4 U — this is for you
  • {{rank}}
404 etymology From the HTTP error status code 404, meaning Not Found, returned by a web server responding to a request for a non-existent URL. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈfɔːɹəʊˌfɔː(ɹ)/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (computing, slang) Not found, especially of a web page on the internet. Bill was 404 all morning.
40 mike-mike
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US Army and Marines, military, slang) Any weapon firing a 40mm grenade. Often specifically the whether mounted underneath an M-16 or variant. Often in the Marine Corps, the "40 Mike-Mike" is slang for the Mark-19 Automatic 40mm Grenade Launcher.
40s etymology Abbreviated form of 1940s
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The decade of the 1940s.
  2. Temperatures from 40 to 49 degrees.
  3. (slang) plural of 40 (bottle of beer).
Synonyms: 1940s, '40s, forties
411 etymology Based on the telephone number used in North America to obtain telephone numbers of listed subscribers.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The latest scoop, information or news. Guess what?! I have the 411 on Nick and Judy's breakup.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial, motor vehicle) alternative spelling of four-on-the-floor
5ever etymology {{blend}}. Wordplay based on upping the "fore" (four) of forever by one, thus implying a period even longer than eternity.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (Internet slang, humorous) For a very long time; beyond forever.
    • 2013, Grace Prosinewski, "A vigorous defense of the art of relationship shipping", The Michigan Daily (University of Michigan), 17 January 2014, page 5 (image caption): Arya and Gendry 5ever
    • 2013, "The Two Tiffs", CrayonBeats Magazine, Issue #2, 20 April 2013, page 3: That shit hit me right in the feels man. Totally ruined my life 5ever. FIVE EVER.
    • 2014, "Wills", The Matador (San Gabriel High School, Alhambra, California), Volume 59, Number 9, 21 May 2014, page 23: {{…}} and Anthony will be my favorite person 5ever.
5-O etymology From the television series .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, street slang) The police.
5′ 〈5′〉
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. That end of any DNA strand that has a terminal phosphate group.
  • 3′
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Relatively close to the 5′ end of a strand of DNA.
    • 1992, et al., Recombinant DNA, second edition, Scientific American Books, ISBN 0716722828, page 147: A CG pair is often designated CpG to signify that the two nucleotides are contiguous in DNA and that the C is 5′ to the G.
8 pronunciation
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verb: {{head}}
  1. (text messaging, slang) abbreviation of ate i 8 it — I ate it.
86 etymology unknown. The OED suggests possible rhyming slang for nix. Other more elaborate theories include in New York City, as item #86 on their menu, their house steak, the famous Delmonico steak, is supposed to have run out often in the 19th century. Another theory is that this term came from the New York speakeasy , which was a hotspot in the 1920s. Chumley’s is hidden inside a west village building which has two entrances, a well set back main entrance on Barrow Street and an obscure back-door exit on 86 Bedford Street. When police were sighted approaching the main entrance, the barkeeps yelled ‘86 it’ to hide the liquor and signal the patrons to quickly exit the back door. pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To cancel an order for food. "86 the ham and eggs for table two!"
  2. (informal) To remove an item from the menu. 86 the lobster bisque – we won’t have the lobster delivery until tomorrow. "Yes, I’d like the tomato soup." / "I’m sorry sir, that’s been 86ed – would you like a salad instead?"
  3. (informal) To throw out; discard. "We finally had to 86 that old printer after it jammed one too many times."
  4. (informal) To deny service. "The restaurant 86ed us because we didn't fit the dress code."
    • 1995, , 00:10:40: (Ben Sanderson, speaking to a bartender) -- "Please, serve me today, and I'll never come in here again. If I do, you can 86 me."
Synonyms: nix, ixnay
8 ball Alternative forms: eight-ball, eight ball
noun: {{head}}
  1. (literally, billiards) The eighth numbered ball. The 8 ball was buried behind the 10 and the 15.
  2. A cocktail made with vodka and .
  3. (slang, African American Vernacular English) An eighth of an ounce, especially as a drug quantity.
  4. (slang, African American Vernacular English) 3.5 grams of cocaine.
  5. (slang, African American Vernacular English) A 40 ounce bottle of malt liquor
  6. (slang, African American Vernacular English) The alliance of the Folks and Crips (two gangs).
90-day wonder Alternative forms: ninety-day wonder
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US Army, derogatory, slang) Newly-commissioned graduate of or Direct Commissioning program.
etymology 1 From Middle English and Old English lower case letter a and split of Middle English and Old English lower case letter æ.
  • Old English lower case letter a from 7th century replacement by Latin lower case letter a of the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc letter scRunr, derived from Runic letter scRunr.
  • Old English lower case letter æ from 7th century replacement by Latin lower case ligature æ of the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc letter scRunr, also derived from Runic letter scRunr.
Alternative forms: (Gregg Shorthand) · dot pronunciation
  • (letter name)
    • (UK) /eɪ/
    • {{audio}}
    • (AusE) /æɪ/
    • {{rhymes}}
    The current pronunciation resulted from the . Before the early part of the 17th century, the pronunciation was similar to that in other languages.
  • (phoneme) /æ/, /ɑː/, /eɪ/, ...
letter: {{en-letter}}
  1. The first letter of the English alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.
In English, the letter a usually denotes the (/æ/), as in pad, the (/ɑː/) as in father, or, followed by another vowel, the diphthong /eɪ/, as in ace. a is the third-most common letter in English.
cardinal number: {{en-number}}
  1. The ordinal number first, derived from this letter of the English alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.
noun: {{en-noun}}Gove, Philip Babcock, (1976)
  1. The name of the Latin script letter A/a.
etymology 2 Middle English, from Old English ān. The "n" was gradually lost before consonants in almost all dialects by the 15th century. pronunciation
  • (stressed) /eɪ/
  • (unstressed) /ə/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{audio}}
article: {{head}}
  1. One; any indefinite example of; used to denote a singular item of a group. {{defdate}} exampleThere was a man here looking for you yesterday.
    • {{RQ:Schuster Hepaticae V}} With fresh material, taxonomic conclusions are leavened by recognition that the material examined reflects the site it occupied; a herbarium packet gives one only a small fraction of the data desirable for sound conclusions. Herbarium material does not, indeed, allow one to extrapolate safely: what you see is what you get…
    • 2005, Emily Kingsley (lyricist), Kevin Clash (voice actor), “A Cookie is a Sometime Food”, Sesame Street, season 36, Sesame Workshop: Hoots the Owl: Yes a, fruit, is a {{SIC}}, any, time, food!
  2. Used in conjunction with the adjectives score, dozen, hundred, thousand, and million, as a function word. exampleI've seen it happen a hundred times.
  3. One certain or particular; any single. {{defdate}}Brown, Lesley, (2003) exampleWe've received an interesting letter from a Mrs. Miggins of London.
  4. The same; one. {{defdate}} exampleWe are of a mind on matters of morals.
  5. Any, every; used before a noun which has become modified to limit its scope; also used with a negative to indicate not a single one.Lindberg, Christine A. (2007) exampleA man who dies intestate leaves his children troubles and difficulties. exampleHe fell all that way, and hasn't a bump on his head?
  6. Used before plural nouns modified by few, good many, couple, great many, etc.
  7. Someone or something like; similar to; Used before a proper noun to create an example out of it. exampleThe center of the village was becoming a Times Square.
  • The article an is used before vowel sounds, and a before consonant sounds.
etymology 3
  • From Middle English a, o, from Old English a-, an, on.
  • Unstressed form of on.
  • /ə/
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. (archaic) To do with position or direction; In, on, at, by, towards, onto. {{defdate}} exampleStand a tiptoe.
  2. To do with separation; In, into. {{defdate}} exampleTorn a pieces.
  3. To do with time; Each, per, in, on, by. {{defdate}} exampleI brush my teeth twice a day.
    • 1601, Shakespeare, , IV-v A Sundays
  4. (obsolete) To do with method; In, with. {{defdate}}
    • Marlowe, C. Stands here a purpose.
  5. (obsolete) To do with role or capacity; In. {{defdate}} exampleA God’s name. A God’s name.〉
  6. To do with status; In. {{defdate}}
    • Bible (II Chronicles 2:18) To set the people a worke.
  7. (archaic) To do with process, with a passive verb; In the course of, experiencing. {{defdate}}
    • 1964, Bob Dylan, The Times They Are a-Changin’ The times, they are a-changin'.
  8. (archaic) To do with an action, an active verb; Engaged in. {{defdate}}
    • {{rfdate}} Shakespeare It was a doing.
    • 1611, , Hebrews 11-21 Jacob, when he was a dying
  9. (archaic) To do with an action/movement; To, into. {{defdate}}
  • (position, direction) Can also be attached without a hyphen, as aback, ahorse, afoot. See a-
  1. (separation) Can also be attached without hyphen, as asunder. See a-
  2. (status) Can also be attached without hyphen, as afloat, awake. See a-.
  3. (process) Can also be attached with or without hyphen, as a-changing
etymology 4 From Middle English a, ha contraction of have, or haven. Alternative forms: 'a, 'a', ha, ha' pronunciation
  • /ə/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. {{senseid}} (archaic or slang) Have. {{defdate}} exampleI'd a come, if you'd a asked.
    • 1604 (facsimile printed between 1830 and 1910), , : So would I a done by yonder ſunne And thou hadſt not come to my bed.
  • Now often attached to preceding auxiliary verb. See -a.
etymology 5
  • (he) From Middle English a, ha, unstressed variant of he, from Old English .
  • (she) From Middle English a, ha, unstressed variant of heo, hie, hi, from Old English hēo, hīo, feminine of .
  • (they) From Middle English a, ha, unstressed variant of hie, hi, from Old English hīe, plural of he.
  • (it) From Middle English a, ha, unstressed variant of he, heo, from Old English hit.
  • (I) From Middle English variant of the word I.
Alternative forms: 'a pronunciation
  • (PR) /ə/
  • (it) (PR) /ə/, /ɑ/
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. (obsolete, outside, England and Scotland dialects) He. {{defdate}}
    • 1599, Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, III-ii: a’ brushes his hat o’ mornings.
    • 1874 Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd (Barnes & Noble Classics reprint [reset], 2005, chapter 5, page 117; from "Hardy's 1912 Wessex edition"): "And how Farmer James would cuss, and call thee a fool, wouldn't he, Joseph, when 'a seed his name looking so inside-out-like?" continued Matthew Moon, with feeling. / "Ay — 'a would," said Joseph meekly.
etymology 6 Variant spelling of ah. pronunciation
  • /ə/, /ɑː/
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. A meaningless syllable; ah.
    • {{rfdate}} Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale, IV-iii: A merry heart goes all the day Your sad tires in a mile-a
    • {{rfdate}} Avery, I Love to Singa: I love to sing-a About the moon-a and the June-a and the Spring-a.
etymology 7 From Middle English, contraction of of. pronunciation
  • (US) /ə/
preposition: {{head}}
  1. (archaic, slang) Of. exampleThe name of John a Gaunt.
    • a. 1597, Shakespeare, , I-ii What time a day is it?
    • 1598, , It’s six a clock.
    • (created) - 2009 (revived) - 2011 (viral video) - (film version), Cups (When I'm Gone) Two bottles 'a whiskey for the way[ YouTube video with lyrics]
  • Often attached without a hyphen to preceding word.
etymology 8 From Middle English (Northern dialect) aw, alteration of all. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ɔ/
Alternative forms: a'
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (chiefly, Scotland) All. {{defdate}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (chiefly, Scotland) All. {{defdate}}
etymology 9 Symbols
symbol: {{head}}
  1. Distance from leading edge to aerodynamic center.
  2. specific absorption coefficient
  3. specific rotation
  4. allele (recessive)
  • {{rank}}
etymology 1 From the homographic endings of the nominative, accusative, and vocative forms of numerous Latin nouns. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ɑ/, /ə/
  • (GenAm) /ɑ/, /ə/
suffix: {{head}}
  1. plural of -um
  2. plural of -on
  • Whereas the regular pluralization in English involves adding -s or -es, English words derived from a Latin/Greek where the Latin/Greek would pluralize from -on (Greek) or -um (Latin) to -a do not always do so. Usage of -a instead of -s differs between words: sometimes the two are interchangeable (e.g. memorandums/memoranda, polyhedrons/polyhedra), sometimes one is far more common than the other (e.g. neurons over neura, automata over automatons), and sometimes one is completely absent from usage (e.g. bacteria over bacteriums, dendrons over dendra)
etymology 2 Possibly due to the propensity in some non-rhotic dialects to pronounce words ending in -er as if they ended in an -a. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /æ/
  • (RP) /æ/
suffix: {{en-suffix}}
  1. (Northern England) Same as -er in Standard English. me fatha was a corka burna doon the shipyard — “My father was a corker burner at the shipyard.”
  2. (Black English and slang) Used to replace -er in nouns. gangsta — “gangster” brotha — “brother”
etymology 3 Representing the nominative singular case ending of Latin feminine nouns. pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /ə/
  • (GenAm) /ə/
suffix: {{head}}
  1. Marks singular nouns, with a foundation in Greek or Latin, often implying femininity, especially when contrasted with words terminating in -us.
Synonyms: -ess, -ette, -euse, -or, -rix, she-
etymology 4 From Latin -a. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ə/
  • (GenAm) /ə/
suffix: {{en-suffix}}
  1. Changes an element or substance into an oxide. magnesia
etymology 5 Shortened version of verb have. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ə/
  • (GenAm) /ə/
suffix: {{en-suffix}}
  1. (slang) alternative form of -'ve
etymology 6 Representing Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish feminine nouns. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ə/
  • (GenAm) /ə/
suffix: {{en-suffix}}
  1. Marks nouns, with a foundation in Italian, Spanish, or Portuguese, implying femininity.
etymology 7 Added to lines of poetry and verse to maintain metrics. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ə/
  • (GenAm) /ə/
suffix: {{en-suffix}}
  1. Added for metrical reasons to poetry and verse
etymology 8 Shortened version of preposition of. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ə/
  • (GenAm) /ə/
suffix: {{en-suffix}}
  1. (slang) form of clitic form
etymology 9 Shortened version of verb to. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ə/
  • (GenAm) /ə/
suffix: {{en-suffix}}
  1. (informal) To. oughta
{{abbreviation-old}}: {{head}}
  1. (slang) Australian dollar
Synonyms: AU$, AUD
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An academic grade issued by certain educational institutions. Slightly better than an A.
  2. (slang) The highest possible rating. I give this novel an A+.
  3. (baseball) Single A advanced league.
Synonyms: A plus
etymology 1 See the Wikipedia article , the international standard on paper sizes.
noun: {{head}}
  1. A standard paper size, defined by ISO 216 to have dimensions: 841 x 594 mm (840.90 x 594.60 mm) a sheet of A1 paper
etymology 2 From various rating systems, as that of or the condition of insured ships. First attested in 1837. Alternative forms: A-1, A 1
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) In good health.
  2. (informal) In excellent or top condition.
  3. (of a, ship) First-class. (Compare A 2 and A 3, which are inferior grades.)
etymology 3
proper noun: {{head}}
  1. Under the ("UIC") classification system, a steam locomotive that has two coupled driving wheel followed by two trailing wheel, with no leading wheel; also called an 0-2-2.
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. Amateur Athletic Association of America
  2. American Association for the Advancement of Agnosticism
  3. American Association for the Advancement of Atheism
  4. American Association for Affirmative Action
  5. American Association of Advertising Agencies
  6. Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia
  7. Antique Appraisal Association of America
  8. Army Aviation Association of America
  9. Associated Actors and Artists of America
  10. (Singapore) Association of Accredited Advertising Agencies
  11. Australian Advertising Advisory Authority
  12. Australian Association of Advertising Agencies
  13. Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association
  14. "Authentication, Authorization, Accounting, and Auditing", the four main services provided by an .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A specific size and configuration of electric battery.
  2. (slang) A baseball player who is too good for Minor League Baseball, but not good enough for Major League Baseball.
  3. Aa type of DNS record used to indicate the IPv6 internet address of a DNS name.
aad wife
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Geordie) An old woman.
  2. (Geordie, pejorative) An old wife.
related terms:
  • aad (Geordie)
aah {{was wotd}} pronunciation As an interjection the word is pronounced basically the same way as the interjection ah but the double a stresses prolongation. In the noun and the verb there is no extra prolongation.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Indication of amazement or surprise or enthusiasm. Aah! That's amazing!
  2. Indication of joy pleasure.
    • 1834 — Edgar Allan Poe, Yet I remember—aah! how should I forget?
  3. Indication of sympathy.
  4. Indication of mouth being opened wide. Dentists would always instruct, say aah!
  5. To express understanding. Aah. Now I understand.
  6. The sound of one screaming (with as many a's or h's needed for emphasis.) AAAHH! A bug! A bug! Get it off me! Get it off me!
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Expression of amazement or surprise or enthusiasm.
  2. Expression of joy and/or pleasure.
  3. The exclamation aah.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, informal) To say or exclaim aah.
    1. To express amazement or surprise or enthusiasm, especially by the interjection aah. Everyone who came by oohed and aahed over her new appearance.
    2. To express joy or pleasure, especially by the interjection aah.
  • The object of feelings usually is indicated by the prepositions over or at.
  • Very often the word is used together with some other verb derived from an interjection. The most common combination is to ooh and aah.
  • AHA, a-ha, aha
aardvark {{wikipedia}} {{wikispecies}} Alternative forms: aard-vark, erdvark etymology From Afrikaans aardvark (obsolete), erdvark, from Afrikaans aarde, (from Dutch, from Middle Dutch aerde) + Afrikaans vark, (from Middle Dutch varken).Early European colonists in South Africa noticed that the animal was similar to a pig, while "aarde" hints at the animal's habit of burrowing. pronunciation {{wikisource1911Enc}}
  • (RP) /ˈɑːd.vɑːk/
  • (US) /ˈɑɹdˌvɑɹk/, /ˈɑd.vɑk/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The nocturnal, insectivorous, burrowing, mammal {{taxlink}}, of the order Tubulidentata, somewhat resembling a pig, common in some parts of sub-Saharan Africa. {{defdate}} The aardvark burrows in the ground and feeds mostly on termites, which it catches with its long, slimy tongue.
  2. (slang, particularly in the southeast US) A silly or credulous person who is prone to mistakes or blunders. I walked into the wrong bathroom like a total aardvark.
Synonyms: (mammal) African anteater, antbear, ant bear or ant-bear, anteater, earth pig
ab {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /æb/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Abbreviation of abdominal muscles.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) abdominal muscle. {{defdate}}{{R:SOED5|page=2}}
    • 2006, H. Peter Steeves, The Things Themselves (page 75) The bikinied models in most of the ESPN2 shows have abs. Many of the malnourished bikinied models in the commercials have visible rib cages. How did the two get conflated into a shared vision of beauty?
    • 2010, Bill Geiger, "6-pack Abs in 9 Weeks", Reps! 17:106 When possible, do your ab workout on a day when you're not training a major muscle group….
Most often used attributively. Substantive use is more common in the plural form abs.
etymology 2 Abbreviation of abscess.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An abscess caused by injecting an illegal drug, usually heroin.
etymology 3 Abbreviations, see definitions.
verb: {{head}}
  1. abbreviation of abort
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. abbreviation of abortion
preposition: {{en-preposition}}
  1. abbreviation of about
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. abbreviation of about
etymology 4 From the spelling books and the fact that it was the first of the letter combinations.Mathews, Mitford M, ed. A Dictionary of Americanisms on Historical Principles. 1st. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1956.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US) The early stages of; the beginning process; the start.
  • ba, BA
abbreviationitis etymology abbreviation + itis
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, humorous) The excessive use of abbreviation.
    • 1952, Science progress (volume 40, issues 157-160) We are evidently in for a bad patch of abbreviationitis. However, in the matter of chemical mechanisms we do seem to have passed the stage which could be referred to in general as OGIAGAA (one guess is as good as another).
    • 1954, British journal of photography (volume 101) In the future, if this abbreviationitis continues, all makes of cameras and apparatus will be known by symbols and numbers instead of names. This regimentation will knock all the nonsense out of shopping.
    • {{quote-news}}
abdabs Alternative forms: ab-dabs pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈæb.dæbz/
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang) Extreme nervousness or anxiety; terror; heebie-jeebies.
abdominal etymology First attested in 1746. From Dutch abdominalis, from Latin abdōmen{{R:CDOE|page=2}}. Compare French abdominal. pronunciation
  • (RP) /æbˈdɒm.ə.nl̩/, /əbˈdɒm.ə.nl̩/
  • (US) /æbˈdɑm.ə.nl̩/, /əbˈdɑm.ə.nl̩/
  • {{audio}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or pertaining to the abdomen; ventral. {{defdate}}{{R:SOED5|page=3}} abdominal muscles abdominal cavity
  2. (ichthyology) Having the ventral fin under the abdomen and behind the pectoral fin. {{defdate}}
  3. (ichthyology) Ventral, in describing a fin. {{defdate}}
  4. (zoology, obsolete) Belonging to the order Abdominales of fish.
Synonyms: (of or pertaining to the abdomen) ventral
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (zoology, obsolete) A fish of the order Abdominales.
  2. (colloquial, usually pluralonly) An abdominal muscle. {{defdate}}
Synonyms: (fish) Cypriniformes.
Abe pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A diminutive of the male given name Abraham.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, US) A five-dollar bill.
    • And the Angels Sing‎, page 210, J. Madison Davis, 1996, “"Gambling's not my form of masochism," said Carl. "Huh?" "So how much?" "The wad's mostly ones. Some Jeffersons. Two or three Abes."”
  • BAe
  • Bea, BEA
abelungu Alternative forms: abeLungu, Abelungu etymology From Xhosa abelungu, Zulu abelungu, plural of umlungu. pronunciation
  • (UK) /abəˈlʊŋɡuː/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa, now chiefly pejorative) White people collectively.
    • 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, p. 27: Chief Joyi said that the African people lived in relative peace until the coming of the abelungu, the white people, who arrived from across the sea with fire-breathing weapons.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang) Aberystwyth
  • bare, Baré
  • bear
Aberzombie etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, sometimes used attributively) An unthinking conformist who wears fashion from or in the style of the brand Abercrombie & Fitch.
    • 2007, Tim Bergling, Chasing Adonis: Gay Men And the Pursuit of Perfection, Harrington Park Press (2007), ISBN 9781560235088, page 106: They look at those massive tummies and ample asses on their fellow big men with a leering, lusty eye, the same way your average club kid might go all aflutter when he spots an Aberzombie in the house.
    • 2007, James St. James, Freak Show, Speak (2007), ISBN 9780525477990, page 21: Then I moved on to the sea of chisel-chinned quarterbacks, WASPy golden boys, Aberzombies, and rumpled teenaged fogies.
    • 2012, Kimberly Dana, Lucy and Cecee's How to Survive (and Thrive) in Middle School, iUniverse (2012), ISBN 9781462039661, page 133: After all, no one respects an Aberzombie clone who's just following the trendies!
Ab Fab
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (UK, informal) , a British television sitcom of the 1990s.
    • 2004, Horace Newcomb, Encyclopedia of television Ab Fab developed from a sketch on the French and Saunders show...
abibliophobia etymology {{confix}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) Fear of running out of things to read.
    • 2006, The Jewish Quarterly, page 72: Professor David Latchman, the Master of Birkbeck College, suffers from abibliophobia, a common affliction amongst book collectors that manifests itself as a morbid fear of running out of reading material.
    • 2010, Phil Cousineau, Wordcatcher: An Odyssey into the World of Weird and Wonderful Words, Viva Editions (2010), ISBN 9781573444002, page 17: Speaking of frightful words, a curious fear I've suffered from on occasion, especially on long airplane flights, is abibliophobia, the fear of not having enough to read.
    • 2012, Laura M. Reckford, Frommer's Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, John Wiley & Sons (2012), ISBN 9781118119990, page 110: The outdoor racks, maintained on an honor system, are open 24 hours a day, for those who suffer from abibliophobia—fear of lacking for reading material.
able to get a word in edgewise
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) Able to participate in the conversation; able to interrupt another person's monologue. If I'd been able to get a word in edgewise, I would have told him his pants were on fire.
  • Comparative form is possible but rare.
  • Sometimes used with edgeways instead of edgewise.
  • Often used in negative: not able to get a word in edgeways.
ablute etymology {{back-form}} pronunciation
  • (RP) /əˈbluːt/
  • (US) /əˈblut/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, colloquial) To wash oneself. {{defdate}}{{R:SOED5|page=5}}
  2. (transitive, colloquial) To wash. {{defdate}}
ablution etymology From Middle English, ablucioun, from Old French ablution, and its source, ll ablūtiō, from abluō, from ab + luō{{R:CDOE|page=3}}. pronunciation
  • (RP) /əˈbluː.ʃn̩/
  • (US) /əˈblu.ʃn̩/, /æbˈlu.ʃn̩/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of washing something.
    1. (chemistry) Originally, the purifying of oils and other substances by emulsification with hot water; now more generally, a thorough cleansing of a precipitate or other non-dissolved substance. {{defdate}}
    2. The act of washing or cleansing the body, or some part of it, as a religious rite. {{defdate}}{{R:SOED5|page=5-6}}
    3. (literary or humorous, usually, in the plural) Washing oneself; bathing, cleaning oneself up. {{defdate}}
      • 1835, William Gilmore Simms, The Partisan, Harper, Chapter II, page 25, “He followed the steps of Bella, who soon conducted him to his chamber, and left him to those ablutions which a long ride along a sandy road had rendered particularly necessary.”
    4. (Western Christianity) The rinsing of the priest's hand and the sacred vessel following the Communion with, depending on rite, water or a mix of it and wine, which may then be drunk by the priest. {{defdate}}
  2. The liquid used in the cleansing or ablution. {{defdate}}
    • Cast the ablutions in the main.
  3. (Orthodox Christianity) The ritual consumption by the deacon or priest of leftover sacred wine of host after the Communion.
  4. (pluralonly, UK, military) The location or building where the showers and sinks are located. {{defdate}}
related terms:
  • abluent
  • ablute
  • abutilon
abo {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: Abo etymology 1922, shortened from aborigine. pronunciation
  • (Australia) /ˈæb.əʉ/, {{enPR}}
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  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈæb.əʊ/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈæb.oʊ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, offensive, ethnic slur, slang) An aborigine; aboriginal. {{defdate}}{{R:SOED5|page=6}}
Synonyms: boong, gin (female Aborigine), Jacky, lubra (female Aborigine), Mary (female Aborigine)
  • AOB, a.o.b.
  • bao
  • boa
  • oba, Oba.

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