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pope-holy etymology
  • pope + holy
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (offensive) sanctimonious.
Popemobile {{wikipedia}} etymology pope + mobile
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Any of various vehicle with bulletproof glass sides used to transport the Pope through crowds safely while allowing an open view.
  • Pope John Paul II requested in 2002 that people avoid referring to the vehicle by that name because it sounded “undignified.”
popera etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (informal, music, uncountable) A crossover genre combining elements of pop music and classical opera.
    • 1985, Joel Flegler, Fanfare McLaren is a dozy Pinkerton, an uptight Don José ("Carmen is an animal/uncontrollable stuff..."), and his American-accented voices ride perfect over the beat. "Popera," someone said. The parts may be better than the whole, though.
    • 2003, Korea Now And at only 160 centimeters tall and weighing 48 kilograms, Korean singer Lim Hyung-joo is poised to stand amongst the heavyweights of the popera industry.
    • 2004, Indianapolis Monthly (vol 27, no. 14, August 2004) The popera artist continued his rise to the top of the music charts earlier this year...
    • 2006, Laura Lea Miller, Frommer's Walt Disney World and Orlando with Kids Guests can enjoy the music of strolling musicians performing opera, "popera," and popular music as they sit, relax, and take in the sunset.
    • 2007, Billboard (vol 119, no. 47, November 2007) ...blockbuster popera acts handled by pop labels...
  2. (informal, music, countable) A musical or operatic work performed in this style.
popery {{wikipedia}} etymology pope + ery
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (usually, derogatory, Christianity) The teachings, practices and accoutrements of the Roman Catholic Church.
anagrams:
  • pyrope
  • yopper
pop gun
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A toy gun that emits a loud pop by firing a cork from a barrel in which a piston slides, compressing the air and forcing the cork out. The cork is traditionally attached to the toy by a piece of string.
  2. A firearm of unimpressive appearance.
anagrams:
  • oppugn
popish pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈpəʊpɪʃ/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈpoʊpɪʃ/
etymology pope + ish
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (derogatory) of or pertaining to Roman Catholicism
    • Bishop Joseph Hall I do, therefore, much blame the petulcity of whatsoever author, that should dare to impute a Popish affection to him …
  2. (derogatory) acting like, or holding beliefs similar to, the pope.
Synonyms: Catholic (neutral), papal (neutral), papist (derogatory), Roman Catholic (neutral), Romish (derogatory)
related terms:
  • pope
anagrams:
  • hippos
poplit
etymology 1 An adaptation of , the oblique stem of the Latin poples. {{rfi}} pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈpɒplɪt/
  • (UK) /ˈpɑplɪt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The shallow depression (fossa) located at the back of the knee joint; the popliteal fossa or “knee pit”.
related terms: {{top4}}
  • popliteal
{{mid4}}
  • popliteus
{{mid4}}
  • poplitic
{{mid4}}
  • poplitical
{{bottom}}
etymology 2 pop ‘popular’ + lit ‘literature’ Alternative forms: Poplit, PopLit, pop-lit, Pop-Lit pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˌpɒpˈlɪt/
  • (UK) /ˌpɑpˈlɪt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) popular literature
pop music {{wikipedia}} etymology Shortened form of popular music.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Music intend for or accept by a wide audience, usually with a commercial basis and distinguished from classical music and folk music. Pop music, despite its commercial focus, includes many artistic gems.
related terms:
  • pop
  • pop culture
popo {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ˈpoʊˈpoʊ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) alternative form of po-po
anagrams:
  • oppo, poop
po-po etymology By shortening and reduplication from police. pronunciation
  • /ˈpoʊˈpoʊ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, colloquial) The police force.
Synonyms: (police) cops, coppers (both plural); heat, law
pop off
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, informal) To leave, and return in a short time I'm just popping off to the shops to pick up some bread.
  2. (intransitive, informal) To die suddenly.
  3. (transitive, informal) To kill someone.
    • 1851, , , When Captain Sleet in person stood his mast-head in this crow’s-nest of his, he tells us that he always had a rifle with him (also fixed in the rack), together with a powder flask and shot, for the purpose of popping off the stray narwhales, or vagrant sea unicorns infesting those waters; for you cannot successfully shoot at them from the deck owing to the resistance of the water, but to shoot down upon them is a very different thing.
  4. (intransitive, informal) To speak frankly; usually to someone else's disdain (i.e. popping off at the mouth).
  5. (intransitive, informal) To release flatulence, in most cases, in short rapid succession.
  6. To thrust away, or put off promptly. to pop one off with a denial {{rfquotek}}
poppa pronunciation {{rfp}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, colloquial, sometimes, childish) father, papa.
popper pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈpɒp.ə/
  • (AusE) /ˈpɔp.ə/
  • (GenAm) /ˈpɑ.pɚ/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From pop + er.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who pops.
  2. (obsolete) A dagger.
    • 14thC, , The Reves Tale, , 2003, Walter W. Skeat (editor) Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, Part 2, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=EsdNnPhVLHUC&pg=PA468&dq=%22poper%22|%22popper%22|%22poppers%22+chaucer+-intitle:%22popper|poppers%22+-inauthor:%22popper%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2H7lT4e4KMaUiAeKvblY&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false page 468], A joly popper baar he in his pouche ; / Ther was no man for peril dorste him touche.
  3. A short piece of twisted string tied to the end of a whip that creates the distinctive sound when the whip is thrown or cracked.
  4. (informal) A capsule of amyl nitrite for recreational use as a sexual stimulant.
  5. (fishing) A floating lure designed to splash when the fishing line is twitched.
  6. Either of a pair of interlocking discs commonly used in place of buttons to fasten clothing.
  7. A device that pop kernel of corn to produce popcorn.
  8. A stuff and usually bread jalapeño.
Synonyms: (twisted string tied to the end of a whip) cracker, (one of a pair of interlocking discs used instead of buttons) snap, snap fastener, press stud
etymology 2 From Popper, a brand name owned by Queensland United Foods; from 1978.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia) A juice box.
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poppet pronunciation
  • /ˈpɒ.pɪt/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology Related to puppet.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An endearingly sweet or beautiful child.
  2. (informal) A young woman or girl. Come 'ere, poppet!
  3. The stem and valve head in a poppet valve.
  4. A figurine or image of idolatry.
  5. A doll made in witchcraft to represent a person, used in cast spell on that person.
  6. (nautical) One of certain upright timber on the bilge ways, used to support a vessel in launching. {{rfquotek}}
  7. (engineering) An upright support or guide fastened at the bottom only.
pop psych {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sometimes, derogatory) The lay theory or practice of psychology abbreviation of popular psychology.
poppycock etymology From Dutch pappekak, from pap + kak.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) foolish talk; nonsense.
Synonyms: balderdash; see also
pops pronunciation
  • (US) /pɑps/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From papa 'dad'
noun: {{head}}
  1. (informal, usually, as a form of address) Father, dad. Hey, pops, I'm home.
  2. (informal, usually, as a form of address) By extension, another man old enough to be the speaker's father.
Unless the person addressed this way is very close, this can be very disrespectful and belittling.
etymology 2 onomatopoeia
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of pop (the sound and related meanings)
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of pop
popskull etymology pop + skull
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) cheap inferior whisky, sometimes illegally distilled
popsmith etymology pop + smith
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, informal) A pop musician.
Synonyms: popster
pop smoke
verb: {{en-verb}}
  • (military slang) To call for air extract with a smoke grenade.
  • (slang, figuratively) To leave a place.
pop someone's cherry
verb: {{head}}
  1. (vulgar, idiomatic) To deflower someone.
popster etymology pop + ster
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A pop musician.
anagrams:
  • opprest, stopper, toppers
popstrel
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (music, informal) A female pop singer
popsy
etymology 1
noun: {{head}}
  1. (informal) grandfather
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang, dated) A girl.
anagrams:
  • psyop, soppy
pop tags
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang) To go shopping, especially for clothing, especially on a spree.
    • Young, Rich, and Dangerous: The Making of a Music Mogul, 3, 0743299817, Jermaine Dupri, 2008, We were popping tags all over the place. After years making do with the sales rack at JCPenney we were flying up to New York and Chicago for spending sprees, buying ourselves diamond chains and gold watches.
    • Low Patience's, 3, 1456760513, A. K. A. Smalls, 2011, Chris; Well we're on our way to pop some tags you wanna come? / Dow; Naw, Im good. / Dink; Yeah bro still be wearing shit from the 90's, money is still stuck in time. / Juice; Yo, bro don't beat yourself treat yourself.
pop tart
etymology 1 Genericization of
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A toaster pastry.
    • 2000 January 29, Peter Sagal (host), Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!, National Public Radio Carl Kasell will come to their house and cook his signature dish, breakfast à la Edwards, which is two pop tarts and a Benson and Hedges.
  • Pop Tarts is a registered trademark of the .
etymology 2 From pop for “popular” and tart for a sexualized woman; a word play on the brand name
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A female pop music performer famed more for sexuality than for music. After much effort, she was able to overcome the pop tart label and be taken seriously as a musician.
poptastic etymology {{blend}}.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, of pop music) Excellent; very good.
  2. (informal) Excellent; very good.
pop the cherry
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar) To break the hymen; to lose one's virginity.
populace etymology From Middle French populace, from Italian popolaccio. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈpɒpjʊləs/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈpɑpjələs/
  • {{homophones}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The common people of a nation.
  2. The inhabitant of a nation.
  • Do not confuse populace (a noun) with populous (an adjective).
Synonyms: (common people of a nation) common people, hoi polloi, masses, people, rabble, riff-raff, (inhabitants of a nation) inhabitant, population
porcelain bus etymology From it being imagined that when gripping the sides of the bowl while vomit into it that it's like a bus driver gripping the steering wheel of a bus (a bus steering wheel being roughly horizontal, as opposed to a car which has it up at an angle).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A toilet bowl. 2005: DON'T trade the tour bus for the porcelain bus. You can eat, drink and be merry – not sorry – when overseas. — Escape Magazine travel advice
porcelain god
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, humorous, colloquial) A commode; a toilet. She is deeply religious; he worships the porcelain god.
related terms:
  • worship the porcelain god
porch monkey
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, offensive, ethnic slur) A lazy black person.
    • 1983, "Racial incidents, declining sales sour Volkswagen dream," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 14 Jan., p. 6: "[W]e are concerned that outright harassment such as being called nigger, jungle bunny, porch monkey, boy, son, etc., is occurring entirely too much."
pork etymology From Middle English pork, porc, via {{etym}} from Old French porc, from Latin porcus, from Proto-Indo-European *pórḱos 〈*pórḱos〉. Cognate with Old English fearh. More at farrow. Used in English since the 14th century, and as a term of abuse since the 17th century. pronunciation
  • (RP) /pɔːk/
  • (US) /pɔɹk/, /poɹk/{{R:Dictionary.com}}
  • {{audio}}
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) The meat of a pig; swineflesh. Muslims are not allowed to eat pork.
  2. (US, politics, slang, pejorative) Funding proposed or requested by a member of Congress for special interests or his or her constituency as opposed to the good of the country as a whole.
Synonyms: (meat of a pig) pigmeat, swineflesh
related terms:
  • porcine
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, slang, vulgar, usually, of a male) To have sex with (someone).
Synonyms: See
porkalicious etymology pork + licious
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (of food, informal) Delicious or tantalising because of the pork it is made from or contains.
    • 2007, Martin Rubin, "1933: Movies and the New Deal in Entertainment", American Cinema of the 1930s: Themes and Variations (ed. Ina Rae Harm), Rutgers University Press (2007), ISBN 9780813540818, page 107: Cute though they may be, pigs must serve a function: mama pigs produce little pigs, and papa pigs produce, from their own chubby carcasses, sausages and hams and all the other porkalicious products that will feed a hungry nation.
    • 2009, Yuan-Kwan Chan, "Bacon, blues and expanding bellies at the Food Network NYC Festival", Meniscus, 12 October 2009: One mere whiff of the air after stepping onto the third floor of The Standard New York made the theme of the evening’s festivities instantly obvious: bacon – and lots of it, the porkalicious smell seemingly pouring out of the hotel’s tiny High Line Room.
    • 2011, San Francisco Bay Area Restaurants 2012 (eds. Meesha Halm & Cynthia Kilian), Zagat (2011), ISBN 9781604784046, unnumbered page: {{…}} but the “fresh”, “flavorful” fare – from “porkalicious” potstickers to other “cheap” “Chinese” chow – is something “special” say supporters, adding that lines that “wrap around the block” “tell the story.”
    • {{seemoreCites}}
porker pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A pig, especially a castrate male, being fattened and raised for slaughter.
    • {{RQ:Orwell Animal Farm}} All the other male pigs on the farm were porkers.
  2. (slang, pejorative) An obese person.
  3. (British, slang) A lie (from Cockney rhyming slang pork pie). [Definition questioned: see discussion.]
porkish etymology pork + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) plump
  2. resembling pork
Porkopolis etymology pork + polis; it was once the country's chief hog-packing center.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (US, informal) The city of Cincinnati.
pork sword
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The penis.
    • 1973, Tom Sharpe, Indecent Exposure 'Yes,' screamed the patient hysterically, 'I mean penis, prick, pork sword, knob, the lot. What's it matter...
    • 1997, Daniel DuBois, South Bay beware! Weirdo alert! (Was :Re: Sex, marriage, conflict...) in soc.singles I wanted to make it very clear I wasn't 'interested in only one thing', i.e., 'burying my pork sword'. Basically, I didn't want to be judged/attacked for wanting sex.
    • 1998, Judy Hodgson, alt.fan.suzanne-sutherland in alt.fan.jerry-springer ...is that really you partaking of the pork sword?? if it is never go near my car as I wouldn't want the chrome sucked off the bumper...
    • 1999, Mark Simpson, It's a Queer World: Deviant Adventures in Pop Culture (page 81) ...John's manhood is more cocktail stick than pork sword
    • 2004, Peter J Krebs, Operation Sleeping Dragon (page 270) He stood there with a big silly grin on his face and let Price's dirty mind take the bait. 'Lets just say it gets dreadfully boring in quarantine.' he smiled. 'You dirty bugger, she saves you from a samurai sword and you thank her with the pork sword!' laughed Price.
pork up
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang, of a person) To grow fat.
porky pronunciation
  • (UK) /pɔː(ɹ).ki/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From pork + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Resembling or characteristic of pork.
    • 2010, Victor J. Banis, The Blood of Love (page 113) It was tender and delicious, with a kind of porky taste you didn't often get from supermarket meats.
  2. (slang) Rather fat.
Synonyms: (rather fat) chubby, chunky, tubby
etymology 2 Shortened from pork pie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Cockney rhyming slang) A lie.
porn etymology Shortening of pornography. Attested from mid-20th century. pronunciation
  • (UK) /pɔːn/
  • (US) /pɔɹn/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}} (in non-rhotic accents)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable, informal) Pornography. {{defdate}}
    • I just delete the porn before someone else uses the computer.
    • {{quote-web }} The obvious question is: "At what point does porn use become pathological (i.e., an addiction)?" The answer is simple: "Whenever the amount of stimulation induces the accumulation of ΔFosB and corresponding addiction-related brain changes."
  2. (countable, informal, chiefly, in the plural) A pornographic work.
    • 1982, Florence King, “When Sisterhood Was in Flower”, reprinted in The Florence King Reader, Macmillan (1996), ISBN 978-0-312-14337-4, page 181: There are anywhere from ten to twelve chapters in the average porn, so that many blank pages can be inserted.
    • 2000, Dennis Cooper, Period, Grove Press (2001), ISBN 978-0-8021-3783-8, page 33: — I’ve got it at home. Anyway, there was this gap between the final two porns.
    • {{ante}} anonymous study participant, quoted in Todd G. Morrison, “‘He was Treating Me Like Trash, and I Was Loving It . . .’: Perspectives on Gay Male Pornography”, in Todd G. Morrison (editor), Eclectic Views on Gay Male Pornography: Pornucopia (co-published as Journal of Homosexuality, Volume 47, Numbers 3/4), Psychology Press (2004), ISBN 978-1-56023-291-9, page 179: I remember once watching a porn with some friends of mine …
    You typically need a high libido to get into the porn industry.
  3. (uncountable, slang) a collection of images of something desirable, such as "car porn" or "gun porn".
Synonyms: (pornography) erotica, filth, smut, (pornographic film) adult movie, blue movie, dirty movie, X rated movie, skin flick, stag movie
anagrams:
  • pron
pornfest etymology porn + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A film, event, etc. that is full of pornography.
pornography {{wikipedia}} etymology From French pornographie, from Ancient Greek πορνογράφος 〈pornográphos〉, from πόρνη 〈pórnē〉 + γράφω 〈gráphō〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) /pɔː(ɹ)ˈnɒɡ.ɹə.fi/
  • (US) /pɔɹˈnɑ.ɡɹə.fi/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The explicit depiction of sexual subject matter; a display of material of an erotic nature. {{defdate}}
    • "What is pornography to one man, is the laughter of genius to another." by D.H. Lawrence as cited on page 10's "Confining the Pornography Dragon" by The Cambridge Law Journal in issue 1980.
    Was the pornography hetero or gay?
  2. (usually, humorous) The graphic, detailed, often gratuitous depiction of something.
    • In The Four Pillars of Wisdom, he devotes a well-deserved chapter to the financial press and its weakness for "financial pornography"—lurid coverage of star money managers. (Seattle Times, Auhust 4, 2002)
pornoisseur
noun: {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A person who consumes pornographic media.
    • 2005, David Dunlap Jr., X&Y review, Washington City Paper, 24 June 2005: For years, I was so concerned that I would be ridiculed for liking Coldplay that I hid the band’s CDs with the paranoid shame of a pornoisseur.
    • 2011, David Bidini, "It’s a friggin’ nuclear Technicolor smutfest!, The National Post, 30 January 2011: The fellow behind the desk — I’ll call him Rahim — was, like everything else in the store, bathed in enough fluoresence to radiate even greater shame and humility on the pornoisseur, which, at this hour, included no one other than myself.
    • 2012, Tracy Clark-Flory, "Better than actual porn!", Salon, 8 December 2012 (archived on Usenet): I’d heard similar proclamations from pornoisseur friends, but a celebrated adult performer calling it the pinnacle of smut.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
pornotopia etymology From pornography and utopia; originally coined by literary scholar and author in his book The Other Victorians: a Study of Sexuality and Pornography in Mid-Nineteenth-Century England (1966) to describe the setting in Victorian pornography.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) A fantasy world in which everyone is ready and willing to indulge in all kinds of sexual activity.
related terms:
  • pornotopic
  • pornotopian
pornstache etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A moustache that resembles one worn by an adult film actor.
    • 2003, "Listening Station", Las Vegas Mercury, 14 August 2003: If--and this is a substantial if--you can get past the neon rainbows, the jolly robots and the crooner with the Ron Jeremy pornstache on the cover of Danish duo Junior Senior's debut D-D-Don't Don't Stop the Beat, you're in for the most delirious, charmingly silly dance-pop you've heard since some jerkoff filched your Jackson 5 Greatest Hits cassette.
    • 2007, R. D. Reynolds & Blade Braxton, The WrestleCrap Book of Lists!, ECW Press (2007), ISBN 9781550227628, page 65: This was a far cry from Hall's original look, which resembled a 1970s adult film star. With his bushy hair and magnificent pornstache, Hall could have easily doubled for a muscle-bound John Holmes.
    • 2011, Tanya Huff, The Wild Ways, Daw Books (2011), ISBN 9781101541302, unnumbered page: It wasn't Bo's girlfriend behind the wheel, unless she had what looked like a '70s pornstache attached to her upper lip.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
porn star name
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: the name taken by an adult film performer.
  2. (informal, comical) a comical name for a person, typically made from the name of their first pet and the name of the first street they lived on.
porny etymology porn + y pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Pornographic.
    • 2014, Julie Bindel, All you lesbians behaving badly – are strip clubs what liberation is for? (in The Guardian online, 30 June 2014) When I was a young lesbian feminist campaigning to overthrow patriarchy, what irked me most was the fact that some men would impose their own idiotic view of my sexuality on me, by asking if I would perform threesomes with them, or titillate them with a porny kissing display with my girlfriend.
port {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /poəɹt/, /pɔːɹt/, /pɔːt/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Old English port, from Latin portus, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *pértus (and thus distantly cognate with ford).
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. A place on the coast at which ships can shelter, or dock to load and unload cargo or passenger.
    • Shakespeare peering in maps for ports and piers and roads
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  2. A town or city containing such a place, a port city.
  3. (nautical, uncountable) The left-hand side of a vessel, including aircraft, when one is facing the front. Port does not change based on the orientation of the person aboard the craft.
Synonyms: (place where ships dock) harbour, haven, (town or city containing such a place) harbour city, harbour town, port city, (left-hand side of a vessel) larboard, left
antonyms:
  • (right-hand side of a vessel) starboard
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (nautical) Of or relating to port, the left-hand side of a vessel. on the port side
Synonyms: larboard, left
antonyms:
  • starboard
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (nautical, transitive, chiefly, imperative) To turn or put to the left or larboard side of a ship; said of the helm. Port your helm!
etymology 2 From Latin porta, reinforced in Middle English, from Old French porte.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now Scotland, historical) An entryway or gate.
    • 1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book X: And whan he cam to the porte of the pavelon, Sir Palomydes seyde an hyghe, ‘Where art thou, Sir Trystram de Lyones?’
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.1: Long were it to describe the goodly frame, / And stately port of Castle Joyeous [...].
    Him I accuse/The city ports by this hath enter'd — , (1623), And from their ivory port the Cherubim,/Forth issuing at the accustomed hour, — , (1667),
  2. An opening or doorway in the side of a ship, especially for boarding or loading; an embrasure through which a cannon may be discharged; a porthole. ...her ports being within sixteen inches of the water...
  3. (curling, bowls) A space between two stone wide enough for a delivered stone or bowl to pass through.
  4. An opening where a connection (such as a pipe) is made.
  5. (computing) A logical or physical construct in and from which data are transferred. {{pedialite}}
  6. (computing) A female connector of an electronic device, into which a cable's male connector can be inserted.
etymology 3 From Old French porter, from Latin portare. Akin to transport, portable.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete) To carry, bear, or transport. See porter. They are easily ported by boat into other shires. — , The History of the Worthies of England
  2. (military) To hold or carry (a weapon) with both hands so that it lays diagonally across the front of the body, with the barrel or similar part near the left shoulder and the right hand grasping the small of the stock; or, to throw (the weapon) into this position on command. Port arms! ...the angelic squadron...began to hem him round with ported spears. — , (1667),
  3. (computing, video games) To adapt, modify, or create a new version of, a program so that it works on a different platform. {{pedialite}}
  4. (telephony) To carry or transfer an existing telephone number from one telephone service provider to another.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Something used to carry a thing, especially a frame for wick in candle-making.
  2. (archaic) The manner in which a person carries himself; bearing; deportment; carriage. See also portance.
    • late 14th c., , , : And of his port as meeke as is a mayde.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.iii: Those same with stately grace, and princely port / She taught to tread, when she her selfe would grace …
    • South the necessities of pomp, grandeur, and a suitable port in the world
  3. (military) The position of a weapon when ported; a rifle position executed by throwing the weapon diagonally across the front of the body, with the right hand grasping the small of the stock and the barrel sloping upward and crossing the point of the left shoulder.
  4. (computing) A program that has been adapt, modified, or recode so that it works on a different platform from the one for which it was created; the act of this adapting. Gamers can't wait until a port of the title is released on the new system. The latest port of the database software is the worst since we made the changeover.
  5. (computing, BSD) A set of files used to build and install a binary executable file from the source code of an application.
etymology 4 Named from Portuguese Oporto, a city in Portugal from whence the wines were originally shipped.
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. A type of very sweet fortified wine, mostly dark red, traditionally made in Portugal.
Synonyms: (fortified wine) porto, port wine
etymology 5 abbreviation of portmanteau
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, Queensland, northern New South Wales, colloquial) A schoolbag or suitcase.
    • 2001, Sally de Dear, The House on Pig Island, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=ZoEWGZqF-CAC&pg=PA8&dq=%22port%22|%22ports%22+schoolbag+australia+OR+queensland+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2Z3lT_KvOqKsiAe98KxY&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22port%22|%22ports%22%20schoolbag%20australia%20OR%20queensland%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 8], As they left the classroom, Jennifer pointed at the shelves lining the veranda. “Put your port in there.” “What?” asked Penny. “Your port - your school bag, silly. It goes in there.”
Portagee Alternative forms: Portugee etymology Variant of Portuguese, or perhaps back-formation from Portuguese taking it as a plural. pronunciation {{rfp}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, ethnic slur, pejorative) A person from Portugal or a person of Portuguese descent.
related terms:
  • Chinee
Portugee etymology Variant of Portuguese, or perhaps back-formation from Portuguese taking it as a plural.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, pejorative) alternative form of Portagee
related terms:
  • Chinee
Portugeezer
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang, sometimes pejorative) A Portuguese person.
    • 1904, Frank C. Voorhies, Twisted History, G. W. Dillingham Company (1904), page 38: Here he established trading posts, and in less than a year or so all the Portugeezers were eating chutney on their beefsteaks, and calling it an Indian meal.
    • 2002, Pete May, West Ham: Irons in the Soul, Mainstream Publishing Company (2002), ISBN 1840186186, unnumbered page: For a while Redknapp tried to pair Dowie, who possessed all the speed of a steamroller, with the sublimely fast Portugeezer Hugo Porfirio — Porfirio's permanent expression of bemusement and sometimes downright amazement at his strike partner is still vivid.
    • 2008, Dan Walsh, Endless Horizon: A Very Messy Motorcycle Journey Around the World, Motorbooks (2009), ISBN 9780760336045, page 25: This liberating relinquishing of control seemed to chill everybody right out – the Germans took to canoodling and beachcombing, the Portugeezer shared out the last of his biscuits, I spent a couple of hours listening to the waves then idly chatting with the Belgians about Joey Dunlop and Manx Nortons.
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Portuguese Water Dog {{wikipedia}} etymology Portuguese + water dog. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˌpɔːtʃəɡiːz ˈwɔːtə dɒɡ/
  • (US) /ˌpɔɹtʃəɡiːz ˈwɔtɚ dɔɡ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A water spaniel breed of gun dog originating in Portugal.
Synonyms: Portie (colloquial), PWD (acronym)
port wine {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A type of fortified wine traditionally made in Portugal.
Synonyms: port, porto
POS
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{en-initialism}}
  1. (chat/IRC) parent over shoulder
  2. (legal)
  3. (linguistics) part of speech (noun, verb, interjection etc.)
  4. (retail) point of sale /
  5. (technology) Proprietary Operating System
  6. (vulgar or humorous, pejorative, slang, of a person or thing) piece of shit
anagrams:
  • ops OPS
  • PSO
  • sop, SOP
pos
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, slang) positive I'm not absolutely pos on that, sir.
anagrams:
  • OPS, ops, PSO, SOP, sop
poser pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈpəʊzə(ɹ)/
  • (US) /ˈpoʊzɚ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British) A particularly difficult question or puzzle.
  2. Someone who, or something which, pose; a person who sets their body in a fixed position, such as for photography or painting.
  3. (pejorative, slang) A poseur; someone who affects some behaviour, style, attitude or other condition, often to impress or influence others
anagrams:
  • opers, pores, preso, prose, pro se, reops, ropes, spore
posey etymology pose + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, informal) Pretentious
anagrams:
  • poesy
  • sepoy
posh etymology unknown Most likely derived from the Romany term posh, either because posh-kooroona "half a crown" (originally a substantial sum of money) was used metaphorically for anything pricey or upper-class, or because posh-houri "half-penny" became a general term for money. A period slang dictionary defines "posh" as a term used by thieves for "money : generic, but specifically, a halfpenny or other small coin".''Slang and its Analogues Past and Present'', volume 5 (London, 1902), John S. Farmer and W.E. Henley (editors), page 261 An example is given from Page's Eavesdropper (1888): "They used such funny terms: 'brads,' and 'dibbs,' and 'mopusses,' and 'posh' ... at last it was borne in upon me that they were talking about money." Evidence exists for a slang sense from the 1890s meaning "dandy", which is quite possibly related.World Wide Words, "Posh", [http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-pos1.htm] A popular folk etymology holds that the term is an acronym for "port out, starboard home"http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22378819, describing the cooler, north-facing cabins taken by the most aristocratic or rich passengers travelling from Britain to India and back. However, there is no direct evidence for this claim.snopes.com, [http://www.snopes.com/language/acronyms/posh.asp] See also the articles mentioned in the References section below for additional discussion. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /pɑʃ/
  • (RP) /pɒʃ/
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  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Associated with the upper class. She talks with a posh accent.
  2. Stylish, elegant, exclusive (expensive). After the performance they went out to a very posh restaurant.
  3. (usually, offensive, especially, in Scotland and Northern England) Snobbish, materialistic, prejudiced, under the illusion that one is better than everyone else. We have a right posh git moving in next door
quotations:
  • 1919: "Well, it ain't one of the classic events. It were run over there." Docker jerked a thumb vaguely in the direction of France. "At a 'Concours Hippique,' which is posh for 'Race Meeting.' — Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 156, June 18, 1919
interjection: Posh!
  1. An exclamation expressing derision.
    • 1889: "The czar! Posh! I slap my fingers--I snap my fingers at him." — Rudyard Kipling, The Man Who Was
anagrams:
  • hops
  • hosp
  • OHPs
  • shop
  • soph
posho
etymology 1 posh + o
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) posh
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A posh person.
etymology 2 Borrowing from Swahili posho, itself from English portion. {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (East Africa) A food product made of cornmeal.
Synonyms: sembe, sima, ugali
anagrams:
  • hoops
  • shoop, Shoop
posh wank
noun: {{en-noun}} {{tcx}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) An act of male masturbation with a condom placed over the penis. Mark bought a packet of condoms so that he could have a posh wank.
posilutely etymology {{blend}} Alternative forms: posolutely
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (informal, humorous or _, childish) Positively and absolutely.
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    • {{quote-book }}
    • {{quote-book }}
    • {{seemoreCites}}
posish etymology Abbreviation of position. pronunciation
  • (UK) /pəˈzɪʃ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, often, military slang or sexual slang) Short for position.
    • He put on the remaining pair of gloves, and took a pugilistic "posish" that alarmed me.
    • "Colonel, the Rebs are making it so hot out yonder, I can't hold my ‘posish’."
    • The enemy was in a splendid ‘posish’ on a high hill commanding the country.
    • At what seemed to be a lull in the action, Joe concluded to climb the ladder to the roof to survey the battlefield. “I'm going up to see the posish (position),” he announced to Jim Bainter.
    • My favorite posish is doggystyle.
  2. (colloquial, figuratively) Position, situation.
    • {{RQ:Wodehouse Offing}}
positive etymology From Old French positif, from Latin positivus, from the past participle stem of ponere. Compare posit. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈpɒzɪtɪv/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (legal) Formally laid down. {{defdate}}
    • Hooker In laws, that which is natural bindeth universally; that which is positive, not so.
  2. Stated definitively and without qualification. {{defdate}}
    • : Positive words, that he would not bear arms against King Edward’s son.
  3. Fully assured in opinion. {{defdate}}
    • I’m absolutely positive you've spelt that wrong.
  4. (mathematics) Of number, greater than zero. {{defdate}}
  5. Characterized by constructiveness or influence for the better.
    • : a positive voice in legislation.
  6. Overconfident, dogmatic.
    • : Some positive, persisting fops we know, That, if once wrong, will needs be always so.
  7. (chiefly, philosophy) Actual, real, concrete, not theoretical or speculative.
    • : Positive good.
  8. (physics) Having more protons than electrons.
    • A cation is a positive ion as it has more protons than electrons.
  9. (grammar) Describing the primary sense of an adjective, adverb or noun; not comparative, superlative, augmentative nor diminutive.
    • ‘Better’ is an irregular comparative of the positive form ‘good’.
  10. Derived from an object by itself; not dependent on changing circumstances or relations; absolute.
    • The idea of beauty is not positive, but depends on the different tastes of individuals.
  11. Characterized by the existence or presence of distinguishing qualities or features, rather than by their absence.
    • The box was not empty – I felt some positive substance within it.
  12. Characterized by the presence of features which support a hypothesis.
    • The results of our experiment are positive.
  13. (photography) Of a visual image, true to the original in light, shade and colour values.
    • A positive photograph can be developed from a photographic negative.
  14. Favorable, desirable by those interested or invested in that which is being judged.
    • The first-night reviews were largely positive.
  15. Wholly what is expressed; colloquially downright, entire, outright.
    • Good lord, you've built up a positive arsenal of weaponry here.
  16. Optimistic. {{defdate}}
    • He has a positive outlook on life.
  17. (chemistry) electropositive
  18. (chemistry) basic; metallic; not acid; opposed to negative, and said of metals, bases, and basic radicals.
  19. (slang) HIV positive.
  20. (New Age jargon) Good, desirable, healthful, pleasant, enjoyable; (often precedes 'energy', 'thought', 'feeling' or 'emotion').
    • 2009, Christopher Johns, Becoming a Reflective Practitioner, John Wiley & Sons, p. 15 Negative feelings can be worked through and their energy converted into positive energy... In crisis, normal patterns of self-organization fail, resulting in anxiety (negative energy). Being open systems, people can exchange this energy with the environment and create positive energy for taking action...
Synonyms: (steadfast in one's knowledge or belief) certain, sure, wis
antonyms:
  • (physics) negative
  • (mathematics) nonpositive
  • (doubtful) uncertain, unsure
  • (spiritual quality) bad, evil, nongood
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A thing capable of being affirmed; something real or actual. {{rfquotek}}
  2. A favourable point or characteristic.
  3. Something having a positive value in physics, such as an electric charge.
  4. (grammar) A degree of comparison of adjectives and adverbs.
  5. (grammar) An adjective or adverb in the positive degree.
  6. (photography) A positive image; one that displays true colors and shades, as opposed to a negative.
  7. The positive plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell.
positutely
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (childish, humorous) positively and absolutely; see absitively posolutely
    • 2000, Disney - The Little Mermaid II, Return to the Sea - "Whatever you do, you "absitively," "positutely"...must not panic."
Alternative forms: posolutely / posilutely
posolutely etymology {{blend}} Alternative forms: posilutely
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (informal, humorous or _, childish) Positively and absolutely.
possessioner etymology possession + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A possessor; a holder of property. Possessioners of riches. — E. Hall. Having been of old freemen and possessioners. — Sir P. Sidney.
  2. (obsolete, derogatory) A member of any religious community endow with property in lands, buildings, etc., as contrasted with mendicant friar. {{rfquotek}}
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possible etymology From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin possibilis, from Latin posse; see power. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈpɒsᵻbl̩/
  • (GenAm) /ˈpɑsəbl̩/
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  • {{hyphenation}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (usually, not comparable) Able but not certain to happen; neither inevitable nor impossible. exampleRain tomorrow is possible, but I wouldn't bet on it. exampleIt's not just possible, it's probable.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 8 , “The humor of my proposition appealed more strongly to Miss Trevor than I had looked for, and from that time forward she became her old self again;…. Now she had come to look upon the matter in its true proportions, and her anticipation of a possible chance of teaching him a lesson was a pleasure to behold.”
  2. (comparable) Capable of being done or achieved; feasible. exampleIt's possible for anyone to learn to pay the bagpipes.
  3. Being considered, e.g. for a position. exampleJones and Smith are both possible for the opening in sales.
related terms:
  • possibility
  • potent
  • potential
  • probable
  • improbable
  • incidental
  • contingent
antonyms:
  • (able but not certain to happen) certain, inevitable, impossible
  • (capable of being done) impossible
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A possible one
  2. (colloquial, rare) A possible choice, notably someone being considered for a position. Jones is a possible for the new opening in sales.
  3. (rare) A particular event that may happen.
Synonyms: possibility, option
antonyms:
  • impossible
  • no-go
statistics:
  • {{rank}}
anagrams:
  • bespoils
possie etymology From position + ie. Alternative forms: pozzy pronunciation
  • /ˈpɒzi/, pŏzi
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, military slang, Digger slang) A firing position.
    • 1990, Matthew Kentridge, An unofficial war: inside the conflict in Pietermaritzburg I'm just sitting in my possie, my place, waiting for something to happen.
    • 2005, Matthew Wright, Western front: the New Zealand Division in the first World War, 1916-18 'There is a beautiful odour in the possie where we are,' HG Clark wrote to his family...
    • 2006, Wesley Olson, Gallipoli: the Western Australian story Away from the firing line, these possies and dugouts could be made larger...
  2. (Australia, New Zealand, colloquial) A position or place, especially one that is advantageous.
    • 1984, Garrie Hutchinson, A Practice Game at the Old Home Ground, from From the Outer, reprinted 2001, David Headon (editor), The Best Ever Australian Sports Writing: A 200 Year Collection, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=66OBschGE_YC&pg=PA289&dq=%22possie%22|%22possies%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bavlT7_OLe-wiQeuzqFZ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false page 289], The fans seem happy to be back, finding their formerly favourite possies in the stands, or around the strangely sunken perimeter fence.
    • 1998, , Volume 20, Issues 47-49, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=U6CZAAAAIAAJ&q=%22possie%22|%22possies%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22possie%22|%22possies%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bavlT7_OLe-wiQeuzqFZ&redir_esc=y page 102], Of course, it helps if you are very rich and regularly pay more than $40,000 for a couture outfit to be guaranteed of a near-front-row possie at the bi-annual parades (winter and summer collections).
    • 2009, Andrew Bain, Ethan Gelber, Cycling Australia, Lonely Planet, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=iei-_SxDCaYC&pg=PA346&dq=%22possie%22|%22possies%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bavlT7_OLe-wiQeuzqFZ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false page 346], It′s in a good people-watching possie and if you have an early dinner between 3pm and 7pm you get a 40% discount.
anagrams:
  • poises
  • posies
possum belly pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
noun: possum belly
  1. (colloquial) A makeshift compartment underneath a wagon.
  2. (railroad) A toolbox under the caboose.
  3. (drilling) A metal container at the head of the shale shaker that receives drilling fluid at the end of the flow line.
Synonyms: (drilling fluid container) distribution box, flowline trap
post {{slim-wikipedia}} Alternative forms: poast (obsolete) pronunciation
  • (RP) /pəʊst/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /poʊst/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Old English post and Old French, from Latin postis
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A long dowel or plank protruding from the ground; a fence post; a light post
  2. (construction) a stud; a two-by-four
  3. A pole in a battery
  4. (dentistry) A long, narrow piece inserted into a root canal to provide retention for a crown.
  5. (vocal music, chiefly, a cappella) a prolonged final melody note, among moving harmony notes
  6. (paper, printing) A printing paper size measuring 19.25 inches x 15.5 inches
  7. (sports) goalpost
    • {{quote-news }}
  8. (obsolete) The doorpost of a victualler's shop or inn, on which were chalked the score of customer; hence, a score; a debt.
    • S. Rowlands When God sends coin / I will discharge your post.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To hang (a notice) in a conspicuous manner for general review. Post no bills.
  2. To hold up to public blame or reproach; to advertise opprobriously; to denounce by public proclamation. to post someone for cowardice
    • Granville On pain of being posted to your sorrow / Fail not, at four, to meet me.
  3. (accounting) To carry (an account) from the journal to the ledger.
    • Arbuthnot You have not posted your books these ten years.
  4. To inform; to give the news to; to make acquainted with the details of a subject; often with up.
    • London Saturday Review thoroughly posted up in the politics and literature of the day
  5. (transitive, poker) To pay (a blind) Since Jim was new to the game, he had to post $4 in order to receive a hand.
etymology 2 From Middle French poste, from Italian posta, feminine of posto.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) Each of a series of men stationed at specific places along a postroad, with responsibility for relay letters and dispatches of the monarch (and later others) along the route. {{defdate}}
  2. (dated) A station, or one of a series of stations, established for the refreshment and accommodation of travellers on some recognized route. a stage or railway post
  3. A military base; the place at which a soldier or a body of troops is stationed; also, the troops at such a station.
  4. (now historical) Someone who travels express along a set route carrying letters and dispatches; a courier. {{defdate}}
    • Archbishop Abbot In certain places there be always fresh posts, to carry that further which is brought unto them by the other.
    • Shakespeare I fear my Julia would not deign my lines, / Receiving them from such a worthless post.
    • 2011, Thomas Penn, Winter King, Penguin 2012, p. 199: information was filtered through the counting-houses and warehouses of Antwerp; posts galloped along the roads of the Low Countries, while dispatches streamed through Calais, and were passed off the merchant galleys arriving in London from the Flanders ports.
  5. An organisation for delivering letter, parcels etc., or the service provided by such an organisation. {{defdate}} sent via post; parcel post
    • Alexander Pope I send you the fair copy of the poem on dullness, which I should not care to hazard by the common post.
  6. A single delivery of letters; the letters or deliveries that make up a single batch delivered to one person or one address. {{defdate}}
  7. A message posted in an electronic forum. {{defdate}}
  8. A location on a basketball court near the basket.
  9. (American football) A moderate to deep pass route in which a receiver runs 10-20 yards from the line of scrimmage straight down the field, then cuts toward the middle of the field (towards the facing goalposts) at a 45-degree angle. Two of the receivers ran post patterns.
  10. (obsolete) Haste or speed, like that of a messenger or mail carrier.
    • Shakespeare In post he came.
  11. (obsolete) One who has charge of a station, especially a postal station.
    • Palfrey He held office of postmaster, or, as it was then called, post, for several years.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To send an item of mail. Mail items posted before 7.00pm within the Central Business District and before 5.00pm outside the Central Business District will be delivered the next working day.
  2. To travel with post horses; figuratively, to travel in haste.
    • Shakespeare Post speedily to my lord your husband.
    • Milton And post o'er land and ocean without rest.
  3. (UK, horse-riding) To rise and sink in the saddle, in accordance with the motion of the horse, especially in trot.
  4. (Internet) To publish a message to a newsgroup, forum, blog, etc. I couldn't figure it out, so I posted a question on the mailing list.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. With the post, on post-horses; express, with speed, quickly
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 353: In this posture were affairs at the inn when a gentleman arrived there post.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘The Arrest of Lieutenant Golightly’, Plain Tales from the Hills, Folio 2005, p. 93: He prided himself on looking neat even when he was riding post.
  2. sent via the postal service
descendants:
  • German: posten
etymology 3 Probably from French poste.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An assigned station; a guard post.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  2. An appointed position in an organization.
    • {{quote-news}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To enter (a name) on a list, as for service, promotion, etc.
  2. To assign to a station; to set; to place. Post a sentinel in front of the door.
    • De Quincey It might be to obtain a ship for a lieutenant, … or to get him posted.
etymology 4 From Latin post
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. after; especially after a significant event that has long-term ramifications
    • 2008, Michael Tomasky, "Obama cannot let the right cast him in that 60s show", The Guardian, online, One of the most appealing things for me about Barack Obama has always been that he comes post the post-60s generation.
    • 2008, Matthew Stevens, "Lew pressured to reveal what he knows", The Australian, online, Lew reckons he had three options for the cash-cow which was Premier post the Coles sale.
quotations:
  • {{seeCites}}
anagrams:
  • opts, pots, POTS, spot, Spot, stop, tops
postage stamp {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small piece of printed paper stuck on an item to be mailed, indicating that postage has been paid. The postage stamps on the letters from overseas were almost as interesting as the letters themselves.
  2. (figuratively, colloquial) A very small area. We have just a postage stamp of a back garden.
postathon etymology post + athon
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A period in which many message are posted (as to an Internet newsgroup or forum).
    • 1999, "Eldio", Another Postathon In Progress... (on newsgroup soc.penpals)
    • 2001, "SmUK", SmUK (on newsgroup alt.tv.red-dwarf) My first few days are always postathons because I'm catching up to all the old posts. If I was working at the capacity I was at before, I'd be up to about 150 by now, you know.
    • 2004, "Hawkster", Memorial day 2004 (on newsgroup alt.radio.talk.dr-laura) As if your hair-splitting, shifting-sands postathons are the lonely voice of reason in an uncomprehending universe.
postdoc etymology Shortened form of postdoctoral pronunciation
  • ˈpowstaːk
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A postdoctoral academic research position.
  2. (informal) Someone in such a position.
poster pronunciation
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etymology 1 from to post (placcard, publish) + -er
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. One who post a message. Some posters left the online message board after the squabble.
  2. One who post, or travels expeditiously; a courier.
    • Shakespeare Posters of the sea and land.
  3. (dated) A posthorse.
    • C. Lever Posters at full gallop.
  4. An advertisement to be posted on a pole, wall etc. to advertise something. I saw a poster for it on the side of a bus.
  5. A picture of a celebrity, an event etc., intended to be attached to a wall. He has posters of his favorite band, sports teams and holiday resorts up.
  6. (ice hockey, slang) A shot which only hits a goal post without going in We got three posters in the third and lost.
etymology 2 from to post (travel, dispatch) + -er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A posthorse.
  2. (archaic) A swift traveler.
anagrams:
  • presto
  • repost
  • repots
  • respot
  • sprote
  • topers
  • tropes
posterize etymology poster + ize pronunciation {{rfp}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To reduce the number of colors in an image, changing a continuous gradation of tone to several regions of fewer tones, with abrupt changes from one tone to another.
  2. (basketball, slang): To score a slam dunk by leaping over another player.
related terms:
  • posterization
postfuck etymology post + fuck
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (vulgar) Occurring after a fuck; occurring after sex.
post-it note {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small piece of paper with an adhesive strip on one side.
Synonyms: (paper with adhesive strip) stick note (informal), sticky note, sticky-note
postwhore etymology post + whore
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (internet slang, derogatory) A message board user who regularly posts comments usually seen as useless, like "me too", the purpose being to accumulate large numbers of posts in a short amount of time, either for bragging rights or to take advantage of certain board feature that reward high postcount.
pot {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /pɒt/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /pɑt/
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etymology 1 From Middle English pot, potte, from late Old English pott and Old French pot, probably from frk, from Proto-Germanic *puttaz, from Proto-Indo-European *budn-. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Pot, Dutch pot, Low German Pott, German Pott, Swedish pott, Icelandic pottur.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A vessel used for cook or storing food, or for growing plants in, especially flowers.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 10 , [http://openlibrary.org/works/OL1097634W The Mirror and the Lamp] , “He looked round the poor room, at the distempered walls, and the bad engravings in meretricious frames, the crinkly paper and wax flowers on the chiffonier; and he thought of a room like Father Bryan's, with panelling, with cut glass, with tulips in silver pots, such a room as he had hoped to have for his own.”
  2. (poker) The money wager in poker or similar game.
  3. (UK, horse-racing, slang) A horse heavily backed; a favourite.
  4. A trap for catch lobster, crab, eel, or fish.
  5. (archaic) An iron hat with a broad brim.
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 12, The pot is an iron hat with broad brims: there are many under the denomination in the Tower, said to have been taken from the French; one of them is represented in plat 7, fig. 1 and 2.
  6. (Australia, Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania) A glass of beer, of a size that varies regionally but is normally 10 fl oz (285 ml).
    • 2009, Deborah Penrith, Jodie Seal, Live & Work in Australia, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=7q6RZmrxKaEC&pg=PA187&dq=%22pot%22|%22pots%22+beer+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=k7vlT7zNCYTYige1w4Va&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pot%22|%22pots%22%20beer%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 187], There are plenty of pubs and bars all over Australia (serving beer in schooners – 425ml or middies/pots ~285ml), and if you don′t fancy those you can drink in wine bars, pleasant beer gardens, or with friends at home.
  7. A potshot.
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  8. (slang) A protruding belly; a paunch.
  9. (slang) Ruin or deterioration. exampleHis prospects went to pot.
  10. (sports, billiards, snooker, pool) The act of causing a ball to fall into a pocket.
  11. (rail transport) A non-conducting, usually ceramic, stand that supports the third rail while keeping it electrically insulated from the ground.
  12. (obsolete) An earthen or pewter cup for liquor; a mug.
  13. A metal or earthenware extension of a flue above the top of a chimney; a chimney pot.
  14. A crucible. a graphite pot; a melting pot
  15. A perforated cask for draining sugar. {{rfquotek}}
  16. A size of paper; pott.
  17. (slang) toilet
    • 2011, Ben Zeller, Secrets of Beaver Creek (page 204) example“Clinton,” Gail cried from outside, “are you going to sit on the pot all day?”
Synonyms: (cooking vessel), (money wagered in a card game) kitty, pool, (trap for crustaceans or fish), (285ml glass of beer) middy (New South Wales), schooner (South Australia), (potshot), (protruding belly) beer belly, (ruin, deterioration), (in English billiards) winning hazard, (potentiometer), (non-conducting stand for a third rail)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To put (something) into a pot. to pot a plant
  2. To preserve by bottling or can. potted meat
  3. (cue sports) To cause a ball to fall into a pocket.
  4. (cue sports) To be capable of being potted. The black ball doesn't pot; the red is in the way.
  5. (transitive) To shoot with a firearm.
    • Encyclopaedia of Sport When hunted, it [the jaguar] takes refuge in trees, and this habit is well known to hunters, who pursue it with dogs and pot it when treed.
  6. (intransitive, dated) To take a pot shot, or haphazard shot, with a firearm.
  7. (transitive, colloquial) To secure; gain; win; bag.
  8. (British) To send someone to gaol, expeditiously.
  9. (obsolete, dialect, UK) To tipple; to drink.
    • Feltham It is less labour to plough than to pot it.
  10. (transitive) To drain. to pot sugar, by taking it from the cooler, and placing it in hogsheads, etc. with perforated heads, through which the molasses drains off {{rfquotek}}
  11. (transitive, British) To seat a person, usually a young child, onto a potty or toilet, typically during toilet teaching. Could you please pot the children before sending them to bed?
etymology 2 Possibly a shortened form of Mexican Spanish potiguaya or potaguaya or potación de guaya, supposedly denoting a drink of wine or brandy in which marijuana buds were steeped.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, uncountable) The drug marijuana.
Synonyms: See also
etymology 3 {{wikipedia}} {{clipping}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, electronics) A simple electromechanical device used to control resistance or voltage (often to adjust sound volume) in an electronic device by rotating or sliding when manipulated by a human thumb, screwdriver, etc.
anagrams:
  • opt, OTP, PTO, top, TPO
pot, meet kettle etymology In reference to the phrase pot calling the kettle black.
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (informal, humorous) Used to draw attention to hypocrisy.
Synonyms: hi pot, meet kettle
potassium hydroxide
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (inorganic compound) The alkaline base KOH, once known as caustic potash; it has a number of industrial uses, including the manufacture of bleach
potato {{wikipedia}} etymology Borrowing from Spanish patata, itself borrowed from tnq batata. pronunciation
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /pəˈteɪtoʊ/, [pʰəˈteɪɾoʊ]
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  • (UK) /pəˈteɪtəʊ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A plant tuber, Solanum tuberosum, eaten as a starchy vegetable, particularly in the Americas and Europe
  2. (informal, UK) A conspicuous hole in a sock or stocking
  3. (humorous) A camera that takes poor-quality pictures.
Synonyms: (plant) spud (slang)
anagrams:
  • patoot
potato chaser etymology Alluding to the potato (and starch) centered gastronomy of many Caucasian cuisines
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, ethnic slur, idiomatic) An Asian person with a strong inclination and attraction toward White men.
antonyms:
  • rice chaser
hyponyms:
  • niggerlover
potato head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (mildly, pejorative) a foolish person.
potayto, potahto
interjection: potayto, potahto!
  1. (informal) That is a distinction without a difference!
    • 2001 August 31, Robert Hickey <robhic@bellsouth.net>, "Re: Vegetarian (fruitarian?) all raw food diet - Ca-AEP", alt.support.mult-sclerosis, Usenet, "He says he has never had a **remission**. You thought he was being smug about 'lack of relapse(s)'." I think it's more like "potato - potahto." No remission to me says unchanging and, hence, no relapse.
    • 2002 July 2, Dave Witzel <dwitzel@nyc.roadrunner.com>, "Re: beers in NYC". alt.beer, Usenet, "Who's whining, pissant? I'm berating!" Potato, potahto.
    • 2004, Elaine Cunningham, Shadows In The Darkness, Tor/Forge, ISBN 076530970X, page 49, What he liked to call helpful, however, was more like Gwen's idea of controlling and manipulative. Potayto, potahto, and don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.
    • 2007 October 7, David Rush <kumoyuki@gmail.com>, "Re: Nested Lambda function gives error in common lisp, guile, emacs lisp but works in scheme. Why?", comp.lang.scheme, Usenet, "In Common Lisp (and presumably Emacs Lisp), functions are as first-class as in Scheme and elsewhere. You just have to do a bit extra to use them as first-class values, that's all." Potayto, potahto. That 'bit extra' is what makes them 'not first-class denotable' in my book.
Synonyms: same difference, tomato tomato
pot boiler {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: potboiler, pot-boiler
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (mildly, derogatory) A lurid, sensational creative work (book, art, etc) produced merely to earn a living or for profit, as opposed to serious creative expression.
    • 1925, Florence Scovel Shinn, from The Game of Life and how to play it No man is a success in business unless he loves his work. The picture the artist paints for love is his greatest work. The pot-boiler is always something to live down.
pothead etymology pot + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory slang) A person who smokes cannabis frequently, to excess. That pothead Shane has a nasty bong.
  2. A cannabis consumer
Synonyms: stoner, weedhead
potless etymology pot + less
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Without a pot or pots.
  2. (British, slang) lacking in fund; without asset; poor.
related terms:
  • pot to pee in
anagrams:
  • topless
potted etymology Adjective meaning "prepared in advance" first used in a published work, by L. Susan Stebbing in her Pelican classic Thinking to some purpose (1939), where "potted thinking" is defined as "a compressed statement to save us the trouble of thinking."
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of pot
adjective: {{rft}} {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Prepared in advance, as though preserved by potting. The company released a potted statement.
Pottermania etymology Potter + mania
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Enthusiasm for the franchise.
    • 2004, Lana A Whited, The ivory tower and Harry Potter: perspectives on a literary phenomenon The stage and state of Pottermania, though, vary greatly by country.
    • 2005, Steve Wohlberg, End Time Delusions God's last book warns, "by sorcery all the nations were deceived" (Revelation 18:23). Will Pottermania contribute to the fulfillment of this prediction?
    • 2008, Elizabeth E Heilman, Critical Perspectives on Harry Potter Pottermania Good, Clean Fun or Cultural Hegemony?
    • 2008, Sandra L Beckett, Crossover Fiction: Global and Historical Perspectives In the wake of Pottermania, many children's books have been repackaged for an adult market.
potty
etymology 1 From pot + y.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A chamber pot used by young children while learning control of their bladder and bowels.
    • In the Money, William Carlos Williams, 1940, “If you just let him know you want him to go on the potty, or anything, he's miles away.”
    • Your child makes sense: a guidebook for parents, Edith Buxbaum, 1949, “Mothers very often make the baby and themselves unhappy by setting the child on the potty every hour.”
  2. (childish) A toilet bowl. Can be used as essentially a synonym of toilet or bathroom in some phrases, e.g. , porta-potty, potty humor.
Synonyms: chamberpot, po, pot
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, childish) Variant of go potty.
etymology 2 {{rfe}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Insane. The noise that the neighbour's kids were making was driving Fred potty.
  2. (dated) {{rfdef}}
    • Rudyard Kipling "A potty little nine-hole affair at a hydro in the Midlands. My cousins stay there. Always will. Not but what the fourth and the seventh holes take some doing. You could manage it, though," he said encouragingly.
Synonyms: See also
potty-mouthed Alternative forms: pottymouthed
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Having the characteristic of regularly using vulgar language, especially strong profanities.
    • 2007, "Capsule movie reviews," El Paso Times, 7 Dec.: It also tests our tolerance of smart-aleck, potty-mouthed teenage boys.
related terms:
  • potty mouth
pot-walloper
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (historical) A voter in certain English borough, where, before the passage of the Reform Act 1832, the qualification for suffrage was to have boiled (wallop) his own pot in the parish for six months.
  2. (US, slang, dated) One who clean pots; a scullion.
{{Webster 1913}}
pouch etymology From onf pouche, borrowed from Old French poche, puche (whence French poche; compare also the Anglo-Norman variant poke), of Germanic origin: from Old Low Franconian *poka (compare Middle Dutch poke, Old English pocca, dialectal German Pfoch) or frk. Compare pocket, poke. pronunciation
  • (US) /paʊt͡ʃ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small bag usually closed with a drawstring.
  2. A pocket in which a marsupial carries its young.
  3. Any pocket or bag-shaped object, such as a cheek pouch.
  4. (slang, dated, derogatory) A protuberant belly; a paunch.
  5. A cyst or sac containing fluid. {{rfquotek}}
  6. (botany) A silicle, or short pod, as of the shepherd's purse.
  7. A bulkhead in the hold of a vessel, to prevent grain etc. from shifting.
Synonyms: marsupium
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To enclose within a pouch.
  2. (transitive) To transport within a pouch, especially a diplomatic pouch. exampleWe pouched the encryption device to our embassy in Beijing.
  3. (of fowls and fish) To swallow.
  4. (obsolete) To pout. {{rfquotek}}
  5. (obsolete) To pocket; to put up with. {{rfquotek}}
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pouncehug etymology pounce + hug
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An enthusiastic embrace in which one person pounce on another and hug them.
Synonyms: glomp
pound pronunciation
  • /paʊnd/
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etymology 1 From Middle English, from Old English pund, from Proto-Germanic *pundą, an early borrowing from Latin pondō, ablative form of pondus, from Proto-Indo-European *pend-, *spend-. Cognate with Dutch pond, German Pfund, Swedish pund.
noun: {{en-noun}} (sometimes pound after numerals)
  1. A unit of mass equal to 16 avoirdupois ounces (= 453.592 37 g). Today this value is the most common meaning of "pound" as a unit of weight.
    • 28 July 2010, Rachel Williams in The Guardian, Mothers who lose weight before further pregnancy ‘reduce risks’ Research shows that retaining even one or two pounds after giving birth can make problems more likely in a subsequent pregnancy, experts said, with women who have several children facing a "slippery slope" if they continue to gain weight each time.
  2. A unit of mass equal to 12 troy ounce (≈ 373.242 g). Today, this is a common unit of weight when measuring precious metals, and is little used elsewhere.
  3. (US) The symbol {{unsupported}} (octothorpe, hash)
  4. The unit of currency used in the United Kingdom and its dependencies. It is divided into 100 pence.
    • November 11 2012, Carole Cadwalladr in the Observer, Do online courses spell the end for the traditional university? For students in developing countries who can't get it any other way, or for students in the first world, who can but may choose not to. Pay thousands of pounds a year for your education? Or get it free online?
    • 1860, George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss, Book 5, Chapter 6 "Only a hundred and ninety-three pound," said Mr. Tulliver. "You've brought less o' late; but young fellows like to have their own way with their money. Though I didn't do as I liked before I was of age." He spoke with rather timid discontent.
  5. Any of various units of currency used in Cyprus, Egypt, Lebanon, and formerly in the Republic of Ireland and Israel.
    • {{RQ:Joyce Ulysses}} Episode 4 He glanced back through what he had read and, while feeling his water flow quietly, he envied kindly Mr Beaufoy who had written it and received payment of three pounds, thirteen and six.
  6. Any of various units of currency formerly used in the United States. the Rhode Island pound; the New Hampshire pound
  7. plural of pound (unit of currency)
  8. Abbreviation for pound-force, a unit of force/weight. Using this abbreviation to describe pound-force is inaccurate and unscientific.
  • Internationally, the "pound" has most commonly referred to the UK pound, £, (pound sterling). The other currencies were usually distinguished in some way, e.g., the "Irish pound" or the "punt".
  • In the vicinity of each other country calling its currency the pound among English speakers the local currency would be the "pound", with all others distinguished, e.g., the "British pound", the "Egyptian pound" etc.
  • The general plural of "pound" has usually been "pounds" (at least since Chaucer), but the continuing use of the Old English genitive or neuter "pound" as the plural after numerals (for both currency and weight) is common in some regions. It can be considered correct, or colloquial, depending on region.
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Synonyms: (16 avoirdupois ounces) lb, (12 troy ounces) lb t, (UK unit of currency) £, pound sterling, GBP, quid (colloquial), nicker (slang), (Other units of currency) punt (the former Irish currency), (# symbol) hash (UK), sharp
etymology 2 From Middle English *pound, pond, from Old English *pund, attested by pyndan. Compare also Old English pynd.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A place for the detention of stray or wander animal.
    • 2002, 25th Hour, 00:27:30: (Police officer to a dog owner) "He'd better stay calm or I'll have the pound come and get him."
  2. A place for the detention of automobiles that have been illegal parked, abandon, etc.
  3. The part of a canal between two lock, and therefore at the same water level.
  4. A kind of fishing net, having a large enclosure with a narrow entrance into which fish are directed by wings spreading outward.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln , [http://openlibrary.org/works/OL5535161W 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.”
  • Manx English uses this word uncountably.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To confine in, or as in, a pound; to impound.
    • 1644, John Milton, Areopagitica; A speech of Mr. John Milton for the Liberty of Unlicenc’d Printing, to the Parlament of England And he who were pleasantly disposed, could not well avoid to liken it to the exploit of that gallant man, who thought to pound up the crows by shutting his park gate.
etymology 3 From an alteration of earlier poun, pown, from Middle English pounen, from Old English pūnian, from Proto-Germanic *pūnōną. Related to Saterland Frisian Pün, Dutch puin, Low German pun. Perhaps influenced by Etymology 2 Middle English *pound, pond, from Old English *pund, pynd, in relation to the hollow mortar for pounding with the pestle. Alternative forms: poun, pown (obsolete or dialectal)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To strike hard, usually repeatedly.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 12 , [http://openlibrary.org/works/OL5535161W Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “She had Lord James' collar in one big fist and she pounded the table with the other and talked a blue streak. Nobody could make out plain what she said, for she was mainly jabbering Swede lingo, but there was English enough, of a kind, to give us some idee.”
  2. (transitive) To crush to pieces; to pulverize.
  3. (transitive, slang) To eat or drink very quickly. exampleYou really pounded that beer!
  4. (transitive, baseball, slang) To pitch consistently to a certain location. exampleThe pitcher has been pounding the outside corner all night.
  5. (intransitive, of a body part, generally heart, blood, or head) To beat strongly or throb. exampleAs I tiptoed past the sleeping dog, my heart was pounding but I remained silent. exampleMy head was pounding.
  6. (transitive, slang) To penetrate sexual, with vigour. exampleI was pounding her all night!
  7. To advance heavily with measured steps.
    • 1899, Joseph Conrad, , We pounded along, stopped, landed soldiers; went on, landed custom–house clerks to levy toll in what looked like a God–forsaken wilderness, with a tin shed and a flag–pole lost in it; landed more soldiers—to take care of the custom–house clerks, presumably.
  8. (engineering) To make a jarring noise, as when running. exampleThe engine pounds.
  9. (slang, dated) To wager a pound on.
    • 1854, Dickens, Hard Times, Chapter 4: Good-bye, my dear!' said Sleary. 'You'll make your fortun, I hope, and none of our poor folkth will ever trouble you, I'll pound it.
Synonyms: (drink quickly)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A hard blow.
pounded
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of pound
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Inebriated.
anagrams:
  • undoped
pound town
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) (A metaphorical place of) vigorous, often rough sexual activity. I love it when Rick and I go to pound town but I wish we made love once in a while too. How was last night? Too much pound town and not enough necking, ya know?
    • 2011, John Simpson, Robert Cummings, The Rent Boy Murders, page 113: Hey, it's not like I wouldn't take the guy to Pound Town myself if I was single, but he's messing with a married man.
    • 2012, Dan Bucatinsky, Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?: Confessions of a Gay Dad, page 38: But the thought of her drugdealer boyfriend taking her to Pound Town in front of our potential child was, let's just say, out of my comfort zone.
    • 2013, Damian Swiss, Daphne Simons, Dangerous Games: Sex and Slavery, page 185: My friend leaned back, pulling eight inches out of her and went to pound town using incredibly long thrusts.
pour
etymology 1 From Middle English pouren, pouren. Origin uncertain. Likely of cel origin, from Celtic base *purr-. Akin to Welsh bwrw, Scottish Gaelic purr, Irish purraim. Compare Flemish pouren(rare). Displaced native Middle English schenchen, schenken (from Old English scencan), ȝeoten, yetten (from Old English ġēotan), temen (from Old Norse tœma), birlen (from Old English byrelian), hellen (from Old Norse hella).
pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /pɔː(ɹ)/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /pɔɹ/, /poʊɹ/
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  1. (transitive) To cause to flow in a stream, as a liquid or anything flowing like a liquid, either out of a vessel or into it. exampleto pour water from a pail;&nbsp; to pour wine into a decanter;&nbsp; to pour oil upon the waters;&nbsp; to pour out sand or dust.
  2. (transitive) To send forth as in a stream or a flood; to emit; to let escape freely or wholly.
    • The Bible, 1 i. 15. I…have poured out my soul before the Lord.
    • The Bible, vii. 8 Now will I shortly pour out my fury upon thee.
    • William Shakespeare London doth pour out her citizens!
    • John Milton Wherefore did Nature pour her bounties forth With such a full and unwithdrawing hand?
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  3. (transitive) To send forth from, as in a stream; to discharge uninterruptedly.
    • A. Pope Is it for thee the linnet pours his throat?
  4. (intransitive) To flow, pass or issue in or as a stream; to fall continuously and abundantly; as, the rain pours.
    • Gay In the rude throng pour on with furious pace.
    • {{quote-news}}
    exampleThe people poured out of the theater.
Synonyms: (pour a drink) shink, skink
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of pouring.
  2. Something, or an amount, poured.
    • 2003, John Brian Newman, B. S. Choo, Advanced concrete technology: Volume 2 Over this time period, the first concrete pour has not only lost workability but has started to set so that it is no longer affected by the action of a vibrator.
  3. (colloquial) A stream, or something like a stream; especially a flood of precipitation. A pour of rain. --Miss Ferrier.
etymology 2
verb: {{head}}
  1. misspelling of pore
anagrams:
  • puro, roup

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