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purty pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) eye dialect of pretty
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Puseyite etymology Pusey + ite
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (historical, sometimes, derogatory) One who holds the principles of Puseyism.
push {{slim-wikipedia}}
etymology 1 Middle English pushen, from Middle French pousser (Modern French pousser) from Old French poulser, from Latin pulsare, frequentative of pellere (past participle pulsus) "to beat, strike". Displaced native Middle English thrucchen (from Old English þryccan), Middle English scauten (from Old Norse skota), Middle English schoven (from Old English scofian), Middle English schuven (from Old English scūfan, scēofan), Middle English thuden, thudden (from Old English þȳdan, þyddan). pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /pʊʃ/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, intransitive) To apply a force to (an object) such that it moves away from the person or thing applying the force. In his anger he pushed me against the wall and threatened me. You need to push quite hard to get this door open.
  2. (transitive) To continually attempt to persuade (a person) into a particular course of action.
    • Jonathan Swift We are pushed for an answer.
    • Spectator Ambition pushes the soul to such actions as are apt to procure honour to the actor.
  3. (transitive) To press or urge forward; to drive. to push an objection too far; to push one's luck
    • Dryden to push his fortune
  4. (transitive) To continually promote (a point of view, a product for sale, etc.). Stop pushing the issue — I'm not interested. They're pushing that perfume again. There were two men hanging around the school gates today, pushing drugs.
  5. (informal, transitive) To approach; to come close to. My old car is pushing 250,000 miles. He's pushing sixty. (= he's nearly sixty years old)
  6. (intransitive) To tense the muscles in the abdomen in order to expel its contents. During childbirth, there are times when the obstetrician advises the woman not to push.
  7. (intransitive) To continue to attempt to persuade a person into a particular course of action.
  8. To make a higher bid at an auction.
  9. (poker) To make an all-in bet.
  10. (chess, transitive) To move (a pawn) directly forward.
  11. (computing) To add (a data item) to the top of a stack.
    • 1992, Michael A. Miller, The 68000 Microprocessor Family: Architecture, Programming, and Applications (page 47) When the microprocessor decodes the JSR opcode, it stores the operand into the TEMP register and pushes the current contents of the PC ($00 0128) onto the stack.
  12. (obsolete) To thrust the points of the horns against; to gore.
    • Bible, Exodus xxi. 32 If the ox shall push a manservant or maidservant, … the ox shall be stoned.
  13. To burst out of its pot, as a bud or shoot.
Synonyms: (transitive: apply a force to (an object) so it moves away) to press, to shove, to thrutch, (continue to attempt to persuade) to press, to urge, (continue to promote) to press, to advertise, to promote, (come close to) to approach, to near, (intransitive: apply force to an object so that it moves away) to press, to shove, to thring, (tense the muscles in the abdomen in order to expel its contents) to bear down
antonyms:
  • (apply a force to something so it moves away) to draw, to pull, to tug
  • (put onto a stack) to pop
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A short, directed application of force; an act of pushing. Give the door a hard push if it sticks.
  2. An act of tensing the muscles of the abdomen in order to expel its contents. One more push and the baby will be out.
  3. A great effort (to do something). Some details got lost in the push to get the project done. Let's give one last push on our advertising campaign.
  4. (military) A marching or drill maneuver/manoeuvre performed by moving a formation (especially a company front) forward or toward the audience, usually to accompany a dramatic climax or crescendo in the music.
  5. A wager that results in no loss or gain for the bettor as a result of a tie or even score
  6. (computing) The addition of a data item to the top of a stack.
  7. (Internet, uncountable) The situation where a server sends data to a client without waiting for a request, as in server push, push technology.
  8. (dated) A crowd or throng or people
    • 1891, Banjo Paterson, Till some wild, excited person Galloped down the township cursing, "Sydney push have mobbed Macpherson, Roll up, Dandaloo!"
etymology 2 Probably French poche. See pouch. pronunciation {{rfp}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, UK, dialect) A pustule; a pimple. {{rfquotek}}
pusher {{wikipedia}} etymology From push + er. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈpʊʃə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone or something that push. {{defdate}}
  2. (military slang) A girl or woman. {{defdate}}
    • 1929, Frederic Manning, The Middle Parts of Fortune, Vintage 2014, p. 208: ‘You should a seed some o' the pushers. Girls o' seventeen painted worse nor any Gerties I'd ever knowed.’
  3. (colloquial) An illegal drug dealer. {{defdate}}
  4. (aeronautics) An aircraft with the propeller behind the fuselage. {{defdate}}
anagrams:
  • uphers
pusherman
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) pusher (illegal drug dealer)
puss pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /pʊs/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From a Common gem word for cat. Akin to Dutch poes, West Frisian poes, Low German Puus, Puuskatte, Danish pus, dialectal Swedish kattepus, Norwegian pus. Found also in several other European and Western Asian languages. Compare Romanian pisica.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A cat. Our local theatre is showing Puss in Boots.
  2. A girl or young woman.
  3. (dated, hunting) A hare.
  4. (vulgar, slang) Vulva (female genitalia).
Synonyms: (cat) moggie/moggy
related terms:
  • pussy
etymology 2 Of cel origin, from or akin to Irish pus, from Middle Irish bus.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The mouth. She gave him a slap in the puss.
Synonyms: (mouth) cakehole, gob, mush, trap
anagrams:
  • PSUs, sups, USPs, USPS
pussification
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The act or process of pussify.
pussify etymology pussy + -ify
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To make weak and effeminate.
    • 1998, George Carlin, Brain Droppings It's a perfectly noble and respectable word. So let's look at this pussified, trendy bullshit phrase, Native Americans. First of all, they're not natives.
    • 2004, Eric Dezenhall, Shakedown Beach The old men who were dying in the Frank Sinatra Wing were here in part because they thought cholesterol was a concept invented by feminists to pussify them...
    • 2006, Alan Goldsher, Modest Mouse: A Pretty Good Read‎ ...to pussify their sound in order to appeal to the lowest common denominator, which will theoretically help that corporation move a bajillion units.
    • 2006, Wallace Williamson, Collins Crossing ...how she kept telling him that he was getting too pussified to be seen with her by Marines.
pussy
etymology 1 From pus + -y. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈpʌsi/
  • {{audio}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (medicine) Containing pus.
Synonyms: purulent
etymology 2 From puss + -y. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈpʊsi/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, now rare) An affectionate term for a woman or girl, seen as having characteristics associated with cat such as sweetness. {{defdate}}
    • 2010, Jojo Moyes, "Why love letters are better left unread", The Telegraph, 3 Jun 2010: If Lloyd George’s endearments to mistress Frances Stevenson – “My darling Pussy. You might phone… on Friday if you can come. Don’t let Hankey see you” – had been made similarly public, would he have maintained his own reputation as a towering statesman?
  2. (informal) An affectionate term for a cat. {{defdate}}
    • 2007, Liz Jones, "Are cats the new dogs?", The Independent, 17 Nov 07: And although, as someone recently said to me, they are not "designer" (she had expected my pussies to be expensive, with a pedigree), to me my cats are the most beautiful in the world.
  3. (vulgar, slang) The female genitalia; the vulva or vagina. {{defdate}} You have a lovely pussy!
  4. Anything soft and furry; a bloom form, or catkin, as on the . {{defdate}}
  5. (vulgar, slang, uncountable) Sexual intercourse with a woman. {{defdate}} I’m gonna get me some pussy tonight.
  6. (vulgar, slang, chiefly North America) A coward, a weakling; someone unable to stand up for himself. {{defdate}} You are such a pussy!
    • 2007, Matt Keating, "Do everyone a favour and don't bring your cold to work", The Guardian, 26 Nov 07: I couldn't carry the burden of shame engendered by the bully-boy advertising of "max-strength" cold and flu remedies, the obvious subtext of which is "Get to work, you pussy."
  7. (dated) The game of tipcat.
hypernyms:
  • genitals
Synonyms: (cat) kitty, kitty-cat, puss, pussy-cat, (vagina) See also , (uncountable: intercourse with woman) poontang, poon, tang, punani, (coward) scaredy-cat, wimp, wuss, pansy, sissy, weenie, weakling
etymology 3
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, dated) alternative form of pursy
pussyboy Alternative forms: pussy-boy etymology pussy + boy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (gay slang) A bottom, usually a younger, submissive and hairless male
    • 2008. Christopher Pierce, Men on the Edge, page 68 Whenever I screamed out for my Master, He'd just laugh and say “You asked for this, pussyboy, now deal with it.
    • 2010, Christopher Pierce, Kidnapped by a Sex Maniac, page 31 “Now, for once, you're going to be my pussyboy!”
  2. (prison slang) A young sex slave used in the absence of available women
    • 2007, Eric Summers, Love in a Lock-Up, page 14 “Listen, pussyboy, here's how this works,” he said.
  3. (disparaging slang) An especially cowardly or otherwise unmanly young man Ted is such a pussy boy fleeing whenever there is danger or drama, or even a spider!
Synonyms: (submissive young gay man) bottom bitch, bitchboy, (prison sex slave) punk, bitch, biscuit boy, prison bitch, (cowardly young man) wuss, chicken
hyponyms:
  • pussyman
pussy-cat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An affectionate term for a cat; same as pussy.
  2. A gentle or soft-hearted person. He looks stern, but he’s just a big pussy-cat really.
Synonyms: (a cat) cat, pussy, kitten, feline, grimalkin, kitty, mouser, tomcat, malkin, (soft-hearted person) wimp, pussy, namby-pamby, milksop, pansy, sissy, wuss, poltroon, candy-ass
pussy eating
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) cunnilingus
pussyfication Alternative forms: pussyification etymology pussy + ification
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang, pejorative) The process of making or becoming weaker, gentler, or less masculine.
    • 2002, Details, Volume 21, Issues 1-2, page 252: The "streets"— once paved with survival, bullet shells, and 40s— are now lined with gold rims, diamond-crusted watches, Courvoisier. Rap's pussyfication is nearly complete.
    • 2012, Thomas Harper Jr., Parting Shot, Xlibris (2012), ISBN 9781469137797, unnumbered page: Smooth adds, "We must save this beautiful nation on earth, Amos. Now that is hard because we are witnessing the 'pussyfication' or the neutering of America. {{…}}
    • 2014, Paul Lester, "Ice T: 'Body Count is 100% grindhouse over-the-top'", The Guardian, 3 July 2014: [Ice T:] I think right now you're dealing with the pussyfication of the male sex. Men are just being so passive, not standing for something; they're very politically correct.
Synonyms: sissyfication
pussyfucker etymology From pussy + fucker.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, offensive, vulgar) Term of abuse.
pussyhole
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) The vagina.
  2. (vulgar, pejorative) A coward.
pussy juice
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) The naturally-occurring lubricating secretion of the human vagina
pussylicker etymology pussy + licker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, derogatory) A lesbian.
pussy lips
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) the labia
pussy magnet
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, mildly, offensive) Something that attracts or is hoped to attract women, such as a fancy car, or a guitar which one can play.
    • 2007 Aug. 30, Mischalova, "Nick Hogan Crashed His P***Y Magnet," Hollywood Gossip (retrieved 4 Jan 2013): Not only did he almost kill his close friend on Sunday when he totaled his Supra; but this accident also marked the end of Hogan's (aka Nick Bollea) "pussy magnet."
pussyman etymology pussy + man.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A great lover.
    • 1990, Douglas E. Foley, Learning capitalist culture: deep in the heart of Tejas, page 75 She told me about her family problems and her "honey" (boyfriend) who "shot blanks" (was infertile) but was a real "pussyman" (good lover).
    • 2008, Dana Milbank, Homo politicus: the strange and barbaric tribes of the beltway', link Clinton — affectionately described as a "pussyman" by his friend and confidant Vernon Jordan — survived the resulting impeachment
    • 2009, Richard C. Russell, An Old Man's Obsession, page 231 “Don't you mean your husband, the pussyman?
pussy pass
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, derogatory) The supposed tendency of female criminal to be awarded lighter sentence than male.
    • 2007, Dakota Knight, Biker Chick (page 78) "Are you saying I have to break out the pussy pass for two nights straight?"
    • 2009, "MCP", Apparently it is because he 'seduced' her. A 14 year old seduced a 39 year old. (on newsgroup soc.men) Women are equal to men, and just as responsible (when it goes to high paying jobs) but not when women break the fucking law, in which case they're poor defenceless little pieces of scum shit that get that pussy pass.
    • 2015, Stephen Jarosek, Tyrants of Matriarchy Affirmative action and the pussy pass in all matters costs men not only in terms of their rights, identity and dignity …
pussy pounding
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, uncountable) Vaginal sexual intercourse, especially that is rough or forceful. If I go out with him tonight, I expect some good pussy pounding.
    • 2001 May 9, (uncredited), “Nation's Porn Stars Demand To Be Fucked Harder” (fake news article), in , reproduced in Robert Siegel, The Onion Ad Nauseam: Complete News Archives‎, Three Rivers Press (2002), ISBN 9781400047246, page 148: For these women, being such fantasy objects comes at a price: the near-impossibility of attaining the level of full-on pussy pounding they desire, even when lustily worked over by one or more trained professionals.
    • 2008, Kiki Swinson, “Keeping My Enemies Close” (novella), in Wahida Clark and Kiki Swinson, Sleeping with the Enemy‎, Kensington Publishing Corporation, ISBN 9780758212573, page 183: My back ran up and down the cold steel of the stall, but it was all good; the pussy pounding I was taking made up for the burns I was getting on my back.
  2. (rare, vulgar, countable) A specific instance of such.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (vulgar, of vaginal intercourse) Rough or forceful.
    • 2006, Paul Gavin, Web Site‎ (novel), Lulu.com, ISBN 9781411610057, page 124: I learned a couple of new moves from these chicks I've been working. Some real hard, pussy pounding stuff.
pussy pump
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A sex toy that induces suction towards the labia and vulva
pussywhip Alternative forms: pussy-whip, pussy whip
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, transitive, of a woman) To dominate a partner, especially by sexual politics.
    • 1993, Joseph Nazel, Black Cop I ain't gone never let one of them young oversexed broads get ahold of me and pussywhip me and get off into my bankroll.
    • 1995, Stephen King, Rose Madder She was looking at him with those extraordinary baby blues of hers, great eyes — who needs to pussywhip a man when you've got eyes like those, right, Pammy?
pussywhipped Alternative forms: pussy-whipped, pussy whipped etymology First attested 1956.
verb: {{head}}
  1. past participle of pussywhip
    • 2003, , quoted by Paul Daley and John Mangan, "Can Becks really get the boot?," The Age, 14 June: "Beckham has been grotesquely, massively pussywhipped by his talentless, ambition-hound of a wife."
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, of a man) Submissive to or dominate by one's wife or other female partner, frequently with the connotation that this submissive behavior is for the prospect of sex.
    • 1993, , Blue Willow, ISBN 9780553296907, p. 167: "You have bad taste in women if you picked one who doesn't trust you enough to let you keep your friends. Or you must be the most pussy-whipped man in New York."
    • 2004, Psycho vs. Psycho, filmthreat.com, 1 Dec. (retrieved 11 Nov 2010): Our first impression of Norman is that he's a nice guy, a little pussywhipped with perhaps a few issues, but nobody dangerous.
Synonyms: (submissive to one's female partner) cowed, henpecked, under the thumb, uxorious, whipped
puta etymology From Spanish
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, chiefly, US Hispanic) A prostitute, whore, slut, bitch.
anagrams:
  • tapu
put away
verb: {{head}}
  1. (transitive) To place out of the way, clean up. examplePlease put away the tools when you are finished. exampleI put the clothes away so as to neaten the room.
    • 1879, Richard Jefferies, [http://gutenberg.org/ebooks/13730 The Amateur Poacher], 1 , “They burned the old gun that used to stand in the dark corner up in the garret, close to the stuffed fox that always grinned so fiercely. Perhaps the reason why he seemed in such a ghastly rage was that he did not come by his death fairly. Otherwise his pelt would not have been so perfect. And why else was he put away up there out of sight?—and so magnificent a brush as he had too.”
  2. (transitive) To store, add to one's stores for later use. examplePreparing for the worst, they put away food for the winter.
  3. (transitive, colloquial) To consume (food or drink), especially in large quantities. exampleYou wouldn't think such a small person could put away so much food.
  4. (transitive) To send (someone) to prison. exampleAfter he was convicted, they put him away for 10 years.
  5. (transitive, now formal or literary) To discard, divest oneself of.
    • 1611, The Bible (Authorized Version), First Epistle to the Corinthians XIII.11: When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
  6. (obsolete, transitive) To fend off, deflect; to dismiss.
    • {{RQ:Mlry MrtDrthr}}: Also he told kynge Arthur that he shold mysse hym / yet had ye leuer than al your landes to haue me ageyne / A sayd the kynge / syn ye knowe of your aduenture puruey for hit / and put awey by your craftes that mysauenture / Nay said Merlyn it wylle not be / soo he departed from the kynge.
  7. (archaic, transitive) To divorce.
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Gospel of Mark X: And the pharyses cam and axed hym a question: whether it were laufull for a man to putt awaye hys wyfe.
  8. (baseball) To strike out a batter.
  9. (baseball) To catch a fly ball or tag out a baserunner.
  10. (baseball) To take a large lead in a game.
puter Alternative forms: 'puter
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A computer.
anagrams:
  • erupt, Putre
Putinland etymology From Putin + -land.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (derogatory) Putin's Russia
Synonyms: Russia
Putinstan etymology Putin + stan
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (derogatory) Russia under the government of Vladimir Putin
Synonyms: Russia
Putler etymology {{blend}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (derogatory) (president of Russia)
put one's foot down
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic) To insist, demand, or refuse. I finally put my foot down and demanded to talk to someone in charge.
  2. (informal, literally) To make a car go faster, accelerate.
Synonyms: See also
put one's foot in one's mouth etymology Attested from 1942; from earlier put one's foot in it.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic) To misspeak; to say something embarrass or wrong. I really put my foot in my mouth during the interview.
related terms:
  • foot-in-mouth disease
put on the block
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (economics, slang) to sell something
put on the dog Alternative forms: put on dog
verb: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial, dated) To dress up; to put on airs; to make a show of wealth and/or importance; to be pretentious. {{defdate}}
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber & Faber 2003, p. 94: If she softened her natural vowels a fraction in keeping with her role as a Protestant lady, she did not put on dog or act in a snobbish manner.
put on weight
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To experience a weight gain, to increase in weight.
Synonyms: gain weight
antonyms:
  • lose weight
put out pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (baseball) The statistic of the number of outs a defensive player directly caused. Jones recorded 15 put outs in the first half of the season.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Taking offense; indignant. He was put out at the mere suggestion of misconduct.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To place outside or eject. Don’t forget to put out the cat.
  2. (transitive) To produce. The factory puts out 4000 units each day.
  3. (transitive) To injure a part of the body, especially a joint. Don’t put out your back trying to lift that. Be careful with those scissors, or you'll put your eye out!
  4. (transitive) To extinguish (a flame or light). They worked for days to put out the brushfire.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 3 When I saw the coffin I knew that I was respited, for, as I judged, there was space between it and the wall behind enough to contain my little carcass; and in a second I had put out the candle, scrambled up the shelves, half-stunned my senses with dashing my head against the roof, and squeezed my body betwixt wall and coffin.
  5. (transitive) To eliminate from a competition.
    • {{quote-news }}
  6. (slang, intransitive) To consent to sex.
    • 1991, R S Perinbanayagam, Discursive Acts He had been going out with this girl — I think her name was Karol — for a couple of months... and she wouldn't put out for him... kept on saying no.
    • 2005, William Heffernan, A Time Gone By This Grosso dated this woman a couple of times, and then, when she wouldn't put out for him, he beat her up and forced her.
  7. (baseball) To cause a player on the offense to be out, especially of men on base.
  8. (cricket) To cause a batsman (a player on the batting team) to be dismissed or out.
  9. To sail away, to depart.
    • about 1900, O. Henry, Along about Tuesday Uncle Cal put out for San Antone on the last wagonload of wool.
  • The object in all transitive senses can come before or after the particle. If it is a pronoun, then it must come before the particle.
anagrams:
  • output
put out of one's misery
verb: {{head}}
  1. (transitive, idiomatic, informal) To submit (a person or animal) to euthanasia.
  2. (transitive, idiomatic, informal, figuratively) To end or destroy something for the good of the individuals involved in it.
    • {{quote-news }}
Synonyms: euthanise (UK), euthanize (US), shoot me
putt pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /pʌt/
  • (AU) [pʰat]
  • (Canada) [pʰʌt]
  • (RP) [pʰɐt]
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 {{etystub}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (golf) The act of tapping a golf ball lightly on a putting green.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (golf) To lightly strike a golf ball with a putter on (or very near) a putting green.
related terms:
  • pitch and putt
  • putter
  • putting green
etymology 2 Onomatopoeic, from putt-putt
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (onomatopoeia) A regular sound characterized by the sound of "putt putt putt putt...", such as made by some slowly stroking internal combustion engines.
  2. (British, motorcycling, slang) A motorcycle.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make a putt sound.
  2. (motorcycling, slang) To ride one's motorcycle, to go for a motorcycle ride.
  3. To move along slowly.
put that in your pipe and smoke it
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial, pejorative) Used after stating something surprising or undesired, to emphasize its truth. Also used after refuting an argument. Sometimes an adjective is inserted before pipe.
    • 1871, Richard Rowe, Episodes in an Obscure Life, Kessinger Publishing, page 91: "There's plenty of room for improvement in it, I don't deny; but it's my belief, Snap, if you was to try to do some of the improvement, you'd find you'd such a lot to do in your own self that you'd begin to doubt whether you was quite a proper judge about other folk's badness. Put that in your pipe, old boy, and smoke it. Good night, Snap; we'll be going now, sir, if it's convenient."
    • 1988, Janet Tanner, The Emerald Valley, Critics Choice Paperbacks, page 228: "And you two can put that in your pipe and smoke it!' Tea over, Harry pushed back his chair and got up."
    • 1996, Mary Lee Settle, Charley Bland, Univ of South Carolina Press, page 27: "Mamma set up a card table, and one of the men said, "You don't want a table for a picnic." She said, "I do. I can't stand dirt. Put that in your pipe and smoke it." She had started saying that a lot, like a habit, and I did, too."
    • 1946, Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine, page 27: "The reason why grow ups and kids fight is because they belong to separate races. Look at them, different from us. Look at us, different from them. Separate races and 'never the twain shall meet.' Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Tom!"
put the bee on
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang, chiefly, US) to finish off, to beat
    • 2001: When Carmen quipped in, “Well, Mr. President somebody has to put the bee on them,” the General asserted, “It won't be me, never.” — Travis Beal Jacobs, Eisenhower at Columbia (Transaction 2001, p. 152)
  2. (slang, chiefly, US) to beg; to borrow money from
    • 1938: Sometimes I'd see a woman in the backyard, and, if she had a kind face I'd put the bee on her. — Clifford Robe Shaw, Henry Donald McKay, et al., Brothers in Crime (University of Chicago 1938, p. 157)
put the boot in
verb: {{head}}
  1. (intransitive, slang, idiomatic) To kick a fallen opponent.
  2. (intransitive, slang, figuratively) To kick someone when they are down.
put the plug in the jug
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, intransitive, informal) To cease drink alcohol; to become teetotal.
put the shits up someone
verb: {{head}}
  1. (British, slang) To scare someone, or give them a fright
    • 2000, A Sting In The Tail, by James Berryman, p.165 He would put the shits up me by phoning me in the middle of the night
put to sleep
verb: {{head}}
  1. To cause (someone) to sleep.
    • 1897, , , Preface, When even the silence and seclusion of this retreat failed to bring slumber, he sometimes called in a professional mesmerizer to put him into a hypnotic sleep, from which Sawyer knew how to arouse him at a fixed time. This habit, as well as the existence of the underground chamber, were secrets known only to Sawyer and the hypnotist who rendered his services. On the night of May 30, 1887, West sent for the latter, and was put to sleep as usual.
  2. To help (someone) to bed.
    • 1916, , , Chapter XXV: Grandpa's Horses, Grandpa Brown rode off with Mr. and Mrs. Kendall; and Bunny and Sue were given a good dinner and put to sleep that afternoon, for they were tired, sleepy and hungry.
  3. (figuratively) To render dormant.
    • 1787, , , Our jealousy is only put to sleep by the unlimited confidence we all repose in the person to whom we all look as our president.
    • 1872 August, , , , Volume 1, This is in accord with facts, for I can by cold put to sleep special parts of the nervous mass without putting other parts to sleep.
    • 1935, , (translator), , Book 1, Chapter I, For there is no going forth from the pains and afflictions of the secret places of the desires until these be mortified and put to sleep.
  4. (euphemistic) To kill an animal painlessly, often with an injection; to euthanize.
    • 1885 August, , , , Volume 27, In one instance where a large number of dogs were put to sleep in the lethal chamber, one was found in deepest sleep, but still breathing, side by side and partly covered by another that was not only dead but cold and rigid.
  5. (informal) To give a general anesthetic prior to surgery.
Synonyms: (to help to bed) put down (a baby), (euthanize an animal) put down
putty {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From French potée. pronunciation
  • /ˈpʌti/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of, pertaining to, or resembling putty.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A form of cement, made from linseed oil and whiting, used to fix pane of glass.
  2. Any of a range of similar substance.
  3. (golf, colloquial) A golf ball made of composition and not gutta-percha.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) to fix something using putty
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. {{alt form}}
putz
etymology 1 From Yiddish פּוץ 〈ṗwẕ〉, probably a noun derivative of פּוצן 〈ṗwẕn〉; compare early modern German butzen, modern German putzen. pronunciation
  • /pʌts/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) fool, idiot
  2. (slang) jerk
  3. (slang) penis
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) waste time Stop putzing around.
etymology 2 From Pennsylvania German putz; compare archaic German Putz, putzen. Compare the above. pronunciation
  • /pʊts/
  • {{rhymes}}
Alternative forms: Putz
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A decoration or ornament in the Nativity tradition, usually placed under a Christmas tree.
    • 1995, Joe L. Wheeler, Christmas in My Heart, Book 4, pages 12-13: The American custom of erecting a putz seems to have originated with the Moravians but the custom long ago spread to non-Moravian households. Essentially, the putz is a landscape, built on the floor or on a table or portable platform.
puukko etymology From Finnish puukko via immigrants to Canada and USA.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A type of sharp, pointed knife of Nordic heritage, with a short blade and flat back; normally worn in a sheath on the waist, and used for woodcrafts and as hunting knife.
quotations:
  • {{seeCites}}
puzzlefest etymology puzzle + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (video games, informal) A game, especially a text adventure, that mainly requires the player to solve puzzle.
puzzly etymology puzzle + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. of or relating to puzzle
  2. (informal) puzzling
PWID
acronym: {{rfc-header}} {{en-acronym}}
  1. (informal) Possession with intent to distribute. The defendant was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment for PWID marijuana.
pwn {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
  • (UK):
    • /əʊn/ or
    • /pəʊn/ or
    • /pəʔˈəʊn/ or
    • /piˈəʊn/ or
    • /pwən/ or
  • (US):
    • {{enPR}}, /oʊn/ or
    • {{enPR}}, /poʊn/ or
    • {{enPR}}, /pwoʊn/ or
    • {{enPR}}, /pəʔˈoʊn/ or
    • {{enPR}}, /piˈoʊn/ or
  • (US):
    • {{enPR}}, /pɔːn/
etymology own, possibly born out of a typographical error (o being adjacent to p on qwerty keyboards).
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Internet slang, online gaming, originally leet) To own in the sense of defeat.
  2. (Internet slang, online gaming, originally leet) To beat someone or something by a wide margin, usually in relation to a game.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet, slang, originally, leet) Triumph, defeat, victory. Often exclaimed after an opponent in a video game is defeated.
quotations:
  • 2001, Edward Glamkowski, in alt.games.diablo2 Otherwise I use fury as my normal attack. Fury completely pwns!
  • 2003, James Grahame, in alt.games.everquest When you get to the Temple of Marr, look very closely at the vases at zone-in and see if you can find the picture where Mith Marr "pwns" someone.
  • 2004, Bronney Hui, in alt.comp.periphs.videocards.nvidia My Trident pwns the Cirrus Logics!
  • 2005, NOOBZ STILL R NOT PWNED. CONTINUE PWNERSHIP UNTIL ALL NOOBZ R PWNED.
pyramidiot etymology {{blend}}, influenced by -iot. Coined by archaeologist in 1935.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) pyramidologist; one who believes prophecies are encoded in Egyptian pyramid.
    • 1935, Osbert Guy Stanhope Crawford, Antiquity It has been customary in some circles to dub them ' Pyramid-ites ', but after all ' Smyrniot ' and ' Cypriot ' are used for ' those of Smyrna ' and ' those of Cyprus ', so why not Pyramidiot ?
    • 1968, Elizabeth Peters, The jackal's head, Random House Business If I started babbling about Nefertiti, they would shrug, shake their heads sadly, and write me off as some kind of pyramidiot. But if my wild tale were backed up by two responsible, respected professionals, Bloch would be in real trouble.
    • 1971, John David Wortham, British Egyptology, 1549-1906, David & Charles Publishers Deverell was both a cultural diffusionist and a pyramidiot. He insisted that ancient Egypt had acquired its civilization from England, whose colony Egypt had been in ancient times.
    • 1979, Spit in the Ocean, Volume 1, Issues 5-6, page 126: Listen how a little of it looked: Wisely, somebody, probably Richard Loren, veteran Pyramidiot as well as promotor, chose to begin the first set with Hamza el-Din, an internationally famous master of the oud.
    • 1981, Reader's Digest Association, Into the unknown, Readers Digest (ISBN 9780895770981) His manipulations of figures had enormous appeal and his books were read by thousands, but his conclusions were debunked by scholars, who called him a " pyramidiot."
    • 1994, Flora S. Clancy, Pyramids, Smithsonian Books (ISBN 9780895990396) The roots of the pyramidologist or pyramidiot probably go back to the time the pyramids were built, but their flowering arrived with the antiquarians of the 19th century.
pyro pronunciation
  • /ˈpaɪrəʊ/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology Shortening of a word starting with pyro-, ultimately from Latin pyr. {{attention}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) a pyromaniac
  2. pyrocellulose
  3. pyrotechnician
  4. pyrotechnics
  5. (archaic, especially, photography) pyrogallic acid
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. pyromaniac, pyromaniacal
  2. pyrotechnic
anagrams:
  • ropy
Pythagoras {{wikipedia}} etymology From Ancient Greek Πυθαγόρας 〈Pythagóras〉. pronunciation
  • (RP) /paɪˈθæɡ.ər.əs/
  • (US) /pɪˈθæɡ.ər.əs/ or {{audio-IPA}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. An Ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher
  2. (mathematics, colloquial) Pythagoras' theorem.
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  3. A given name of mostly historical use, and a transliteration from modern Greek.
Python etymology From Ancient Greek Πύθων 〈Pýthōn〉, from Πυθώ 〈Pythṓ〉, the early name of Delphi, from πυθώ 〈pythṓ〉. The programming language is named after Monty Python.
proper noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (Greek mythology) The earth-dragon of Delphi, represented as a serpent, killed by Apollo.
    • 1995, Gordon MacDonald Kirkwood, A Short Guide to Classical Mythology, page 11, Here Apollo killed a serpent called the Python, and established a great prophetic shrine. Sometimes it is said that the Titaness Themis had the shrine before him, and this, as well as the killing of the Python, suggests that Apollo took over a place already of religious significance, associated with chthonic (i.e., earth) powers.
    • 2000, Otar Lordkipanidze, Phasis: The River and City in Colchis, page 70, It would seem, therefore, that what we have on the Phasian phiale is the Python coiled round the omphalos.…Paintings on Greek pottery and coins have preserved many an example of gods seated on an omphalos, including those of Apollo, Nike, Asclepius and others.413 Python on the omphalos must have carried some symbolic meaning.
    • 2005, M. A. Dwight, Taylor Lewis, Grecian and Roman Mythology, page 183, Python, says Bailey, is derived from Putho to putrify, and the serpent Python being slain by Apollo, is thus interpreted: by Python is understood the ruin of the waters ; Apollo slew this serpent with his arrows ; that is, the beams of the sun dispersed the noxious vapours, which destroyed man like a devouring serpent.
  2. A high-level interpreted programming language invented by Guido van Rossum
  3. (informal) The British comedy troupe .
  4. A member of Monty Python: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones or Michael Palin; referred to collectively as The Pythons. John Cleese is perhaps the best-known of the Pythons.
related terms:
  • pythonic
  • Pythonesque
  • Pythoness
anagrams:
  • Typhon
Pythonesque pronunciation
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etymology 1 From the name of the British comedy troupe, Monty Python, referring to their signature type of humour.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (of humour) Farcically surreal or absurd.
etymology 2
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (computing, informal) Typical of, or suited to, the Python programming language.
    • 2001, Andy Duncan, Sean Hull, Oracle and Open Source: Tools and Applications The module works by wrapping the C-extended Tkinter module into Pythonesque classes.
    • 2003, Richard Hightower, Python Programming with the Java Class Libraries If you want to cut out a third line, you can rewrite the above with a lambda function, which turns four lines into one (how very Pythonesque).
Pythonist
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, informal) A programmer who uses the Python programming language.
pythons pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈpaɪ.θənz/
  • (US) /ˈpaɪ.θɑnz/
etymology 1 From inflection of python.
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of python
etymology 2 Apparently originating from an analogy between the distention of the arm muscles and the distended belly of a python that has swallowed a large animal.
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (bodybuilding, slang) Large and well-developed muscle in the upper arm.
    • 2010, Mark Alvisi (quote from a reader), "Mark of a Champion", Muscular Development‎ 47(1): 350 I read in another magazine about a workout that can put a whole inch on your arms in just one day! Obviously that sounds awesome, because my guns are only 15 inches. I figure I could do this workout every couple months and within a year, I will have the big 20-inch pythons!
Synonyms: (large muscles in the arm) biceps, guns
Q-car
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang) A high-performance car with an unassuming exterior.
  2. (AU, informal, dated) An unmarked police car.
Synonyms: (high-performance car) sleeper (US)
QE
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (finance) Quantitative easing.
    • 2012, The Economist, Jul 14th 2012 issue, Quantitative easing: QE, or not QE? In times of severe economic distress, however, rates may fall to zero. Cue QE. When the Bank of Japan (BoJ) pioneered QE in 2001, its goal was to buy enough securities to create a desired quantity of reserves (hence, “quantitative easing”). Its actions, it hoped, would raise asset prices and end deflation.
  2. (Canada, informal) alternative form of QEW
qewl
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, informal, nonstandard) rare form of cool
  • Sensational spelling
qool
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, rare, nonstandard) informal form of cool
  • Sensational spelling
qt {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. abbreviation of quart
  2. (slang) abbreviation of quiet Used in the expression on the Q.T., meaning secretly or in confidence.
  3. (slang) Cutie -- a homophone derived from the pronunciation of "QT."
  4. Quality time.
Alternative forms: (quiet) Q.T., q.t.
quack pronunciation
  • /kwæk/
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etymology 1 From Middle English *, queken, from quack, qwacke, quek, queke, also kek, keke, whec-, partly of imitative origin and partly from Middle Dutch quacken, from odt *, from Proto-Germanic *kwakaną, *kwakōną, of imitative origin.Robert E. Lewis, ''Middle English dictionary, Volume 8'', queke. Cognate with Saterland Frisian kwoakje, gml quaken, German quaken, Danish kvække, Swedish kväka, Norwegian kvekke, Icelandic kvaka.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The sound made by a duck. Did you hear that duck make a quack?
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make a noise like a duck. The more breadcrumbs I threw on the ground, the more they quacked. Do you hear the ducks quack?
etymology 2 {{wikipedia}} c 1630, shortening of quacksalver, from Middle Dutch kwaksalver (Dutch kwakzalver), from quacken
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A fraudulent healer or incompetent professional, especially a doctor of medicine; an impostor who claims to have qualifications to practice medicine. That doctor is nothing but a lousy quack! Polly (to security guard, referring to Dr. Feingarten): Are you going to let that shyster in there? Dr. Feingarten: I could sue you, Polly. A shyster is a disreputable lawyer. I'm a quack. - From the motion picture
    • 1662: Rump: or an Exact Collection of the Choycest Poems and Songs Relating to Late Times, Vol. II, by ‘the most Eminent Wits’ Tis hard to say, how much these Arse-wormes do urge us, We now need no Quack but these Jacks for to purge us, [...]
    • 1720: William Derham, Physico-theology After ſome Months, the Quack gets privately to Town, [...]
    • 1843, , , book 2, ch. 8, The Electon ‘if we are ourselves valets, there shall ‘exist no hero for us; we shall not know the hero when we see him;’ - we shall take the quack for a hero; and cry, audibly through all ballot-boxes and machinery whatsoever, Thou art he; be thou King over us!
  2. A charlatan.
  3. Carlyle
    • Quacks political; quacks scientific, academical.
  4. (slang) A doctor.
Synonyms: See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To practice or commit quackery.
  2. (obsolete) To make vain and loud pretensions; to boast.
    • Hudibras To quack of universal cures.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. falsely presented as having medicinal power. Don't get your hopes up; that's quack medicine!
quackademic etymology {{blend}}; see quackery.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) pseudoscientific but within the academic community
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) A quackish or pseudoscientific academic.
quacker etymology quack + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who quack.
    • 1901–1947: Benjamin Albert Botkin, A Treasury of New England Folklore: Stories, Ballads, and Traditions of the Yankee People The decoy was what the townsman who had lent it to him called a "first-class quacker." The decoy quacked and swam about [...]
  2. (slang) A playing card with the rank of two; a duck.
quad {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A quadrangle courtyard.
    • 2014, Walker Orenstein, for Norwest Asian Weekly, Cherry trees from Japan to grace UW campus: Every spring, the quad on the University of Washington (UW) campus transforms from a peaceful green space to a bustling habitat for hundreds of shuttering cameras, families, and onlookers.
  2. (informal) A quadruplet infant.
  3. (computer graphics) A quadrilateral.
    • 2010, Tony Mullen, ‎Claudio Andaur, Blender Studio Projects: Digital Movie-Making (page 91) Tris and quads have different areas of functionality. In real-time graphics, tris are the norm because they provide the most basic geometric representations of planes.
  4. (informal) A quadriceps muscle.
  5. Four shots of espresso.
  6. A quad bike.
  7. (chess) A kind of round robin tournament between four players, where each participant plays every other participant once.
  8. (Mormonism) The Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price bound in a single volume.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having four shots of espresso.
  2. (poker slang) Of or relating to quads.
etymology 2 1785 Quads. pl, 1847 quads, verb 1876. From the abbreviation quad., for obsolete quadrat. Keyboard command is named for the verb sense. Alternative forms: quad. (obsolete)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (metal type) A blank metal block used to fill short line of type.
    • 1853, , “Household Words”, n 160 (April 16), p 148:  “Quadrats, sir. We call 'em quads.” . . . Quads are the spaces left between the paragraphs that come white on the paper. If you look here, at this page that is set-up, you will see that they are deeper than the spaces left between the words and letters—regular little trenches.
    • 1979, Marshall Lee, Bookmaking, p 110: Horizontal spacing is further divided into multiples and fractions of the em. The multiples are called quads. The fractions are called spaces.
    • 2005, Phil Baines and Andrew Haslam, Type & Typography, 2nd ed, p 91: Other larger spaces – known as quads – were used to space out lines.
  2. (printing slang) A joke used to fill long days of setting type.
  3. (typography, phototypesetting and digital typesetting) A keyboard command which align text with the left or right margin, or centred between them. In combination, as quad left, quad right{{,}} or quad centre.
Synonyms: em space, quadrat (obsolete)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (metal type, transitive, intransitive) To fill spaces in a line of type with quads. Also quad out.
  2. (typography, phototypesetting and digital typesetting, transitive, intransitive) To align text with the left or right margin, or centre it.
quaddie etymology From quadrella + ie.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, gambling, horse racing, colloquial) A quadrella, a type of bet requiring the bettor to pick the winners of four nominated races at the same track; a bet requiring the selection of four winners of specified matches in a given round of a sporting competition.
    • 2003 March 22, Craig Sherborne, Footy′s Man of Passion, , republished in 2003, Garrie Hutchinson (editor), The Best Australian Sports Writing 2003, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=IiA9gP_SRBkC&pg=PT96&dq=%22quaddie%22|%22quaddies%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=dQb0T4nzOeGJmQWPhZGeBQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false page 82], He was a footballer, hard-boned, smart-mouthed, with an eye on the quaddie at Flemington.
    • {{quote-newsgroup }}
    • 2006, Mike Dillon, From The Horses Mouth: The Keith Haub Story, 2010, HarperCollins Publishers (New Zealand), [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=z4GSkCJu93sC&pg=PT101&dq=%22quaddie%22|%22quaddies%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=dQb0T4nzOeGJmQWPhZGeBQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22quaddie%22|%22quaddies%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], With only the last race to run the trio each had a $1 quaddie unit if Brent Thomson managed to get over the line in front.
    • {{quote-newsgroup }}
Synonyms: quadrella
quadrillion {{wikipedia}} etymology From French pronunciation
  • (US) /kwɒˈdɹɪɫjən/
  • (UK) /kwɒˈdɹɪljən/, /kwɒˈdʒɹɪljən/ (the latter may be non-standard)
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
numeral: {{head}}
  1. (US, modern British and Australian, short scale) A thousand trillion: 1 followed by fifteen zeros, 1015.
  2. (dated, UK, Australia, long scale) A million trillion: 1 followed by twenty-four zeros, 1024.
Synonyms: (10<sup>15</sup>) a billiard, (10<sup>24</sup>) a septillion
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (figuratively, slang) Any very large number, exceeding normal description.
    • 1999 Beverly Lewis, A Perfect Match, Bethany House Publishers, p23 They'd never understand — not in a quadrillion years.
    • 2000 J. D. Maples, Trojan Steers, Lomaland Books Inc, p58 Me, I never refuse a meal, and believe me I seen some heavy weather. I musta flown a quadrillion miles and I never did have a problem.
    • 2004 Arthur Kopecky, New Buffalo: journals from a Taos commune, UNM Press, p143 The sky is so absolutely clear with a quadrillion stars.
    • 2006 Evelyn Caro, The Flickering Attic Window, Trafford Publishing, p8 She's named after this famous singer from a quadrillion years ago.
Synonyms: (any very large number) bajillion, bazillion, billion, dillion, fantillion, gadzillion, gagillion, gajillion, gazillion, godzillion, googillion, grillion, hojillion, hundred and one, infillion, jillion, kabillion, kajillion, katrillion, killion, kazillion, million, million and one, quintillion, robillion, skillion, squidillion, squillion, thousand and one, trillion, umptillion, zillion
quads
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of quad
  2. (exercise, slang) Short for quadriceps (thigh muscles)
    • 2010, Adam Garett, "Fried Hams", Reps! 17:23 Aesthetics aside, if you train your quads while neglecting your hamstrings, you're setting yourself up for an eventual injury.
  3. (poker slang) four of a kind
anagrams:
  • squad
quaffable etymology quaff + -able
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, usually referring to wine) Easy to drink.
    • 2010, Cynthia Clayton Ochterbeck, Michelin Green Guide Wine Regions of France (page 413) The southern wines are simpler and more quaffable, the reds often heady (Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne is a good example), the rosés lively and fresh (Tavel), and the whites fruity and smooth (Cairanne).
Synonyms: drinkable
quagmire {{wikipedia}} etymology Recorded since 1579, from two virtual synonyms: obsolete quag (a variant of Middle English quabbe, from Old English *; cognate with Dutch kwab) + mire (from Middle English, from Old Norse mýrr, akin to Old English mōs and English moss). The sense "difficult situation, inextricable position" is recorded since 1775.{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}} Alternative: Apparently a var. of the earlier quakemire, from quake + mire.{{R:Century 1911}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkwɒɡ.maɪə(ɹ)/
  • (US) /ˈkwæɡ.maɪəɹ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A swampy, soggy area of ground. That quagmire regularly 'swallows' caught-up hikers' boots
  2. (figuratively) A perilous, mixed up and troubled situation; a hopeless tangle; a predicament. The paperwork got lost in a quagmire of bureaucracy. Those election results are a quagmire for any coalition except one of national union
Synonyms: (a swampy, soggy area of ground) bog, marsh (land), mire, quag
quail {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ˈkweɪl/
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  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Origin uncertain; perhaps related to Middle Dutch queilen. Alternative forms: quele (obsolete), queal
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To waste away; to fade, wither. {{defdate}}
  2. (transitive, now rare) To frighten, daunt (someone). {{defdate}}
    • 1978, Lawrence Durrell, Livia, Faber & Faber 1992 (Avignon Quintet), p. 358: To tell the truth the prospect rather quailed him – wandering about in the gloomy corridors of a nunnery.
  3. (intransitive) To lose heart or courage; to be daunted, fearful. {{defdate}}
    • Longfellow Stouter hearts than a woman's have quailed in this terrible winter.
    • 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson, Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde: Mr. Utterson had already quailed at the name of Hyde; but when the stick was laid before him, he could doubt no longer; broken and battered as it was, he recognized it for one that he had himself presented many years before to Henry Jekyll.
    • 1949, George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four, p. 25: His heart quailed before the enormous pyramidal shape.
  4. (intransitive) To slacken, give way (of courage, faith etc.). {{defdate}}
etymology 2 From Middle English quaille, from xno quaille, from odt *kwakila, frk *kwakla (compare West Flemish kwakkel), blend of *kwakquack’ and Proto-Germanic *hwahtilō ‘quail’ (compare dialectal Dutch wachtel, German Wachtel), from a diminutive of Proto-Indo-European *kʷoḱt- 〈*kʷoḱt-〉 ‘quail’ (compare Latin coturnīx, cocturnīx, Lithuanian vaštaka, Sanskrit चातक 〈cātaka〉 ‘pied cuckoo’), metathesis of *u̯ortokʷ- ‘quail’ (compare Dutch kwartel, Greek ορτύκι 〈ortýki〉, Persian ورتیج 〈wrty̰j〉, Sanskrit वर्तका 〈vartakā〉).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of various small game bird of the genera Coturnix, Anurophasis or Perdicula in the Old World family Phasianidae or of the New World family Odontophoridae.
  2. (obsolete) A prostitute; so called because the quail was thought to be a very amorous bird. Here's Agamemnon, an honest fellow enough and one that loves quails; but he has not so much brain as earwax. - Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, Act V, Scene 1
etymology 3 From Old French coaillier, French cailler, from Latin {{lena}} coagulare. See coagulate.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To curdle; to coagulate, as milk does. {{rfquotek}}
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quail-pipe
adjective: {{head}}
  1. Of or relating to a quail pipe.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, obsolete) A woman's tongue
  2. alternative spelling of quail pipe
Quakerism etymology Quaker + ism
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An alternate name for the belief system of the members of the , an ostensibly Christian religious denomination that began in England in the 17th century.
  2. (derogatory) A behaviour, belief, etc. that is characteristic of Quaker.
quandong {{wikipedia}} etymology From wrh guwandhang. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkwandɒŋ/, /ˈkwɒndɒŋ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of several species of Santalum:
    1. A small southern Australian shrub ({{taxlink}}) or its edible red fruit. {{defdate}}
    2. The {{vern}} ({{taxlink}}) or its fruit. {{defdate}}
    3. The {{vern}} ({{taxlink}}) or its fruit.
  2. Any of many species of {{taxlink}}:
    1. {{vern}} ({{taxlink}}) or its fruit. {{defdate}}
    2. {{vern}}, {{vern}} ({{taxlink}})
    3. {{vern}} ({{taxlink}})
    4. {{vern}} ({{taxlink}})
    5. {{vern}}, {{vern}} ({{taxlink}})
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  3. {{vern}} ({{taxlink}})
  4. {{vern}}, {{vern}} ({{taxlink}})
  5. (AU slang, now rare) A confidence trickster. {{defdate}}
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber and Faber 2003, p. 228: ‘A spieler,’ Leah gently loosened the painful crab hold of the boy's hand. ‘[…] A trickster. A quandong. A ripperty man. A con-man.’
quangoland etymology quango + land
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) The world of quango (quasi-autonomous non-governmental organizations); quangos generally.
    • 1998, Hywel Williams, Guilty men: conservative decline and fall, 1992-1997 (page 64) On quango reform, little could be expected from Hunt, who had spent much of his Welsh time in quangoland and who had exploited the system for all it was worth, since Wales returned only six Conservative MPs.
    • 2006, Marko Köthenbürger, ‎Hans-Werner Sinn, ‎John Whalley, Privatization Experiences in the European Union (page 295) The netherworld of "quangoland" is not very transparent, but thanks to the efforts of the Netherlands Court of Audit, the situation has improved a great deal…
quantum {{wikipedia}} etymology From ll quantum, noun use of neuter form of Latin quantus. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkwɒntəm/
  • (US) /ˈkwɑn(t)əm/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now chiefly South Asia) The total amount of something; quantity. {{defdate}}
    • Burke without authenticating … the quantum of the charges
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 416: The reader will perhaps be curious to know the quantum of this present, but we cannot satisfy his curiosity.
    • 1997, Kiran Nagarkar, Cuckold, HarperCollins 2013, p. 375: Otherwise I will have given the lie to my maxim that whether you work eight or twenty hours, the quantum of work that gets done on a normal day is the same.
    • 2008, The Times of India, 21 May 2008, : The Congress's core ministerial panel on Friday gave its green signal to raising motor fuel prices but the quantum of increase emerged as a hitch.
  2. The amount or quantity observably present, or available. {{defdate}}
    • 1979, John Le Carré, Smiley's People, Folio Society 2010, p. 96: Each man has only a quantum of compassion, he argued, and mine is used up for the day.
    • 1999, Joyce Crick, translating Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams, Oxford 2008, p. 34: The dream of flying, according to Strümpell, is the appropriate image used by the psyche to interpret the quantum of stimulus {{transterm}} proceeding from the rise and fall of the lungs when the cutaneous sensation of the thorax has simultaneously sunk into unconsciousness.
  3. (physics) The smallest possible, and therefore indivisible, unit of a given quantity or quantifiable phenomenon. {{defdate}}
    • 2002, David C Cassidy et al., Understanding Physics, Birkhauser 2002, p. 602: The quantum of light energy was later called a photon.
  4. (math) A definite portion of a manifoldness, limited by a mark or by a boundary. {{rfquotek}}
related terms:
  • quantize
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of a change, sudden or discrete, without intermediate stages.
  2. (informal) Of a change, significant.
  3. (physics) Involving quanta.
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  4. (computing theory) Relating to a quantum computer.
quarterback {{wikipedia}} etymology From quarter + back.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (American football) an offensive back whose primary job is to pass the ball in a play
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (American football) to play the position of quarterback
  2. (by extension) to lead the offense
que pronunciation
  • /kjuː/ {{audio}}
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal, rare) {{short for}}
    • 2009 December 25, Nick Cramer, in My "homemade" Italian meatball recipe - for Nick and Meir, in soc.culture.jewish.moderated, Usenet: Then about 1950 two German brothers who had a meat market began cooking BBQ in their market to use up left over meat. One got the idea to smoke a brisket as he was smoking sausage one weekend. He left it all weekend in his smokehouse and on Monday as they were serving their que, pork, sausage & chicken, he cut a slice …
    • 2010 September 22, Nanzi (username), in Re: Yoy guys are killing this group, in alt.food.barbecue, Usenet: Instead please join in the sharing of que methods and recipes, or questions.
    • 2011, Kathy Reichs, Spider Bones: A Novel (ISBN 145164194X), page 57 The back route I favor involves a long stretch on Highway 74 and brings me close enough to Lumberton for a barbeque detour. That was my target today. Being already in Lumberton, it only made sense to score some “que.”
Quebecistan
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (derogatory) Quebec, viewed as a hostile separatist region
queeb
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, perhaps vulgar) vaginal flatulence
    • 1998 March 6, "Peanutbuttermouf" (username), "Re: Fart Power", in alt.silly.little.newsgroup, Usenet: Does this figure also include queebs?
    • 2002 February 15, "Wendy Hankins" (username), "Re: Advice on air trapped in vagina", in soc.sexuality.general, Usenet: when this air builds up enough and she moves, it will cause her to expell it, producing the "queeb" (the word as i know it). … ¶ … but with the queeb, i just blame him, cause if he wasnt going in and out of there, there wouldnt be any air to get trapped.
    • 2002 October 7, "SGT Robo" (username), "Re: Humorous Nerd Report: The Fart Experiment", in misc.fitness.weights, Usenet: wonder if this applies to a queeb as well
    • 2003 April 18, "Livendive" (username), "Re: OT: Friday funny", in rec.skydiving, Usenet: Umm, Jim...those were just queebs. :-)
queef etymology Origin uncertain, perhaps a variant form of quiff or quiff. Perhaps compare Scots queef.{{quote-book | date = 2010-10-16 | title = Where a Dobdob Meets a Dikdik: A Word Lover's Guide to the Weirdest, Wackiest, and Wonkiest Lexical Gems | first = Bill | last = Casselman | location = Avon | publisher = Adams Media | edition = Original | isbn = 9781440506369 | ol = 24539105M | page = 191 | passage = '''Queef''' is Scottish slang, a pronunciation variant of quiff, meaning “vulva” or “vagina”. This, together with British nautical slang where a '''queef''' is also a dialectic variant of quiff meaning “a blast of wind,” combined sometime during the last 200 years in vulgar street talk to give the current meaning of '''queef''': an explusion of air from the vulva during or often just after vigorous intercourse, commonly called a pussy fart. }} pronunciation
  • /kwiːf/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An emission of air from the vagina, especially when noisy.
    • 2004, “Finally, I have only heard about it, but what about the queef? This is the vagina-fart. Is it truly possible?”, Michael Ryan, The Dirtiest Toilet Humor Book Ever, iUniverse, 2004, page 47
    • {{quote-song}}
    • {{quote-book }}
    • {{seemorecites}}
    Was that a fart or a queef?
  2. (slang) A contemptible person.
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    • {{seemorecites}}
Synonyms: (expulsion of air) fanny fart, pussy fart, (contemptible person) cunt
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, slang) To produce an emission of air from the vagina.
  2. (transitive, slang) To make the noise of (a thing) by means of queefs.
    • 2002, “back to the movie where we find Kim, back at the gallery, so catatonic and sex-obsessed she'd sell Michaelangelo's David for $5 and queef the theme from Close Encounters for no extra charge.”, Dennis Hensley, Screening Party, Alyson Publishing, 2002, page 74
queefer
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) Someone who queef
    • re: so how does al qaeda in yemen get their funding? by ransoms paid by the iran, china and ... Group: alt.politics.democrats i have been saying since day one that you are a fucking moron, queefer.
    • 2002 TR Re: Opie & Anthony Group: alt.fan.howard-stern I know that Howard's had more than his share of farters/queefers on the air, but he just handles it better, if that makes any sense (not that it's "A" material when he does it, either).
    • 1995 my name is Re: Suck my dick Group: misc.forsale.computers.pc-specific.cards.video You are nothing but a bunch of anal queefers
queen {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English queen, quene, cwen, from Old English cwēn, cwǣn, from Proto-Germanic *kwēniz, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷḗn 〈*gʷḗn〉. Cognate with Scots queen, wheen, osx quān &quot;wife&quot;; &gt; gml quene, Dutch kween, Swedish kvinna, Icelandic kvon, Gothic 𐌵𐌴𐌽𐍃 〈𐌵𐌴𐌽𐍃〉, Norwegian dialectal kvån. Related to Old English cwene, see quean. pronunciation
  • /kwiːn/, {{enPR}}
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A female monarch. Example: Queen Victoria
  2. The wife or widow of a king. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
  3. (chess) The most powerful piece, able to move any number of spaces horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
  4. (card games) A playing card with the picture of a queen on its face, the twelfth card in a given suit.
  5. A powerful or forceful female person.
  6. (derogatory, slang) An effeminate male homosexual. See drag queen.
  7. A reproductive female animal in a hive, such as an ant, bee, termite or wasp.
  8. An adult female cat valued for breeding. See also tom.
  9. A queen olive.
    • 1984, United States International Trade Commission, Bottled green olives from Spain (page A-24) Prices for the two main types of Spanish style green olives - manzanillas and queens - vary according to the size of the crop of each. In some years queens will be more expensive than manzanillas …
Synonyms: (female monarch) queen regnant, (wife of a king) queen consort
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make a queen.
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To act the part of a queen; to queen it. {{rfquotek}}
  3. (chess) To promote a pawn, usually to a queen.
  4. (BDSM, slang, transitive, of a female) To sit on the face of (a partner) to receive oral sex.
    • 2000, "Lorelei", The Mistress Manual: The Good Girl's Guide to Female Dominance Try Queening him. Have him lie on his back while you sit on his face (make sure he has an airway through either his mouth or his nose).
    • 2007, Madelynne Ellis, Dark Designs ...not Eloise, sat queening him. He couldn't wait to tip her velvet. He wanted to come, but not here, with these three. It was time to extract himself.
    • 2012, Yolanda Celbridge, The Castle of Maldona She saw his pink tongue flickering on Clare's exposed nympha as she queened him, her love juices shining on his chin and throat…
Queen's cowboy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
queen bee {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A reproductive female (especially the only one) in a colony of bees.
    • 1947, AI Root, The ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture, Kessinger 2005, p. 205: It is generally believed that the queen bee mates only once in her lifetime.
  2. (idiomatic, colloquial) The most important or dominant woman in an organisation or situation.
    • 2003, Jim Hatfield, Extra Marital Temptations, iUniverse 2003, p. 28: She muttered to her mother, “There's that obnoxious redhead who thought she was the Queen Bee last year when she was a senior!”
Synonyms: beemother
Queen E
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (Canada, informal) {{alternative term for}}
queenie Alternative forms: queeny etymology From queen + ie. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkwiːni/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) An effeminate man; a male homosexual (especially as a term of address). {{defdate}}
    • 2001, Rod Mackie, The Guardian, 1 Jun 2001: He looks like Eddie Izzard gone too far and sounds a little like Rod Steiger's queenie turn in No Way to Treat a Lady.
  2. (UK) The queen scallop. {{defdate}}
queen of spades pronunciation
  • /kwiːn.əv.speɪdz/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One of the 52 playing card from a standard pack as used for bridge and poker, with a picture of a queen, with a nominal value of 12, and with the spades suit.
Synonyms: (colloquial) bitch, 🂭 〈🂭〉
abbreviations:
  • Q♠
Queenslander {{wikipedia}} etymology Queensland + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person from Queensland.
    • 1977, Rotary International, 1977 Proceedings: Sixty-Eighth Annual Convention of Rotary International, In view of the rapid development of Queensland, our prosperity and our major contribution to the nation and to world trade, I believe it is significant that a Queenslander should be honoured with such a high position in Rotary.
    • 2004, Mark Browning, Rod Marsh: A Life in Cricket, In reality the selectors' decision was between Marsh and John Maclean and the Queenslander got the nod.
    • 2009, Darryl Greer, The Election, Takada had the added advantage of being a Queenslander, although from the other end of the state. But to a native north Queenslander, that was better than being from Melbourne.
  2. A house built in an architectural style found in Queensland, that style being wide verandah around the house and the house raised up on stump about 2 metre off the ground.
    • 1994, Ross Fitzgerald, "Red Ted": the life of E. G. Theodore, Originally built in 1907 and designed by New Zealand-born architect RS (Robin) Dods, Alma-den was a high-set Queenslander, with a large verandah around three sides of the house. Underneath in the front, Ted had a small study-cum-library-cum-hobby space, and from the time the family moved to New Farm he began to collect a library.
    • 2003, Darroch Donald, Footprint East Coast Australia: Sydney to Cairns, ...is a conveniently located 4-star B&B in a restored traditional Queenslander, offering 6 spacious en suites and 1 luxury suite with spa, pool and off-street parking.
    • 2006, Frank Stewart, Larissa Behrendt, Barry Lopez, Where The Rivers Meet: New Writing from Australia, Any house built substantially of wood and lasting more than twenty years is now a "Queenslander" it seems and commands a premium.
Synonyms: (Person from Queensland) banana bender (colloquial)
queeny etymology queen + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Like a (royal) queen; queenly; queenish.
  2. (slang) Like a queen; effeminate homosexual.
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queep
etymology 1 Imitative.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. The sound a bird may make, similar to peep, chirp, cheep.
    • 1918, Joseph Grinnell, Harold Child Bryant, Tracy Irwin Storer, The game birds of California In flight they often made a close flock calling, queep, queep, queep, queep, queep, . . .
    • 1929, Henry Williamson, The Pathway, Volume 4 They followed her at a rapid tiny waddle, crying queep-queep-queep.
  2. The sound a machine may make, similar to beep. See pocketa-queep.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To emit a "queep" sound.
    • {{quote-magazine }} She started to speak, but the peek queeped, and she studded it on.
    • {{quote-book }} The computer queeped softly and then said, “Ship's systems ....”
    • {{quote-book }} “This used to be where the contractors kept their heavy equipment,” Lester rumbled, aiming a car door remote at the door, which queeped and opened.
etymology 2 {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (military, slang, US) Non-flying duties, typically paperwork, that are undesirable to pilot. Why in the hell isn’t there someone else to do all this queep?!
    • {{quote-usenet }} It isn't how well you fly, it's who you know and how well you perform your queep ground job.
    • {{quote-usenet }} Still, the above is a true reflection of statistical promotion rates in the context of our current queep-biased system.
    • {{quote-book }} What fighter pilots do is fly, and that they love, they have little love or tolerance for queep, a term for all paperwork and related jobs that keep a pilot out of the cockpit.
    • {{quote-book }} Besides, if you're not flying, your whole world is going to consist of nothing but office queep.
    • {{quote-magazine }} The stigma that surrounds a safety office and its staff is often that of naysayers or un-cool nerds. We’re the crushers of fun or sultans of queep in many squadrons, but there's no place for that kind of culture in the safety world.
Commonly used in the United States Air Force pilot community.
etymology 3 Short for "quad-sweep", a rowing boat/event.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A event, with two sculler and two sweeper per shell.
queer {{wikipedia}} etymology Scots, perhaps from gml (Brunswick dialect) queer, related to German quer, from Old High German twerh, from Proto-Germanic *þwerhaz, from Proto-Indo-European *terkʷ-. Related to thwart. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) {{enPR}}, /kwɪɹ/
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /kwɪə/ (for both noun and adjective; but see usage note on pronunciation)
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (now, slightly, dated) Weird, odd or different; whimsical. {{defdate}}
    • {{rfquotek}}
    • 1865, Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland “I wish I hadn’t cried so much!” said Alice, as she swam about, trying to find her way out. “I shall be punished for it now, I suppose, by being drowned in my own tears! That will be a queer thing, to be sure! However, everything is queer to-day.”
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 5 , [http://openlibrary.org/works/OL5535161W Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Of all the queer collections of humans outside of a crazy asylum, it seemed to me this sanitarium was the cup winner. […] When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose.”
  2. (slightly, dated) Slightly unwell (mainly in to feel queer). {{defdate}}
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 5 , [http://openlibrary.org/works/OL5535161W Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Of all the queer collections of humans outside of a crazy asylum, it seemed to me this sanitarium was the cup winner. … When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose.”
  3. (colloquial) Homosexual. {{defdate}}
  4. More broadly: pertaining to sexual behaviour or identity which does not conform to conventional heterosexual standards, assumptions etc. {{defdate}}
    • 1999, Judith Butler, Gender Trouble, Routledge 2002, Preface to 1999 edition: If gender is no longer to be understood as consolidated through normative sexuality, then is there a crisis of gender that is specific to queer contexts?
Synonyms: See also those of strange.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A person who is or appear homosexual, or who has homosexual qualities.
  2. (colloquial) A person of atypical sexuality or sexual identity.
  3. (colloquial, vulgar, derogatory) General term of abuse, casting aspersions on target's sexuality; compare gay.
  4. (definite, [[the]] queer, informal, archaic) Counterfeit money.
    • 1913, , Her Forbidden Knight, 1997 edition, ISBN 0786704446, page 133: You're shoving the queer.
  • The use of this word to mean "homosexual" was formerly, and is often still, considered pejorative. However, in the way that all language is dynamic and pliable, the word is also sometimes now used (primarily as adjective) as a neutral or even positive descriptive term, including by some (primarily younger) homosexuals. In its pejorative use, it is applied usually to males. In its modern neutral use, it is applied to all genders.
  • Some LGBT individuals now use the term as an all-inclusive term for the GLBTIQ (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, Intersex, Queer) etc. community. This may include people who consider themselves to be politically (or otherwise sociologically) GLBTIQ without necessarily displaying, or even simply inclined towards behavior that is not heteronormative. This new usage is again by primarily younger people.
  • 'Queer' is also used as a positive term for people, some of whom reject mainstream-gay values and culture as exclusive and limiting. People who identify with this version of queer distance themselves from the commercialisation and (relatively) conformist values of the gay mainstream and embrace fluid and unconstrained definitions of sexuality and gender. There is some common ground between this definition of queer and the punk and DIY scenes. See also "genderqueer".
  • In the English dialect of the southern United States, the two senses of the adjective queer (homosexual and weird, odd, different, or unwell) are sometimes distinguished by pronunciation. Queer (homosexual) is pronounced (kwîr), queer (weird, odd, different, or unwell) is pronounced (kwär). This is generally considered old-fashioned and is only used when the word is emphasized, as in the phrase "that's awful queer" (pronounced THăts ôr'fəl kwär). The distinction is dying out as that latter sense of the word dies out.
hypernyms:
  • LGBTQ
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To render an endeavor or agreement ineffective or null.
    • 1955, , "When a Man Murders...", in , October 1994 edition, ISBN 0553249592, page 78: I was a lot more apt to queer it than help it.
  2. (UK, dialect, dated) To puzzle.
  3. (slang, dated) To ridicule; to banter; to rally.
  4. (slang, dated) To spoil the effect or success of, as by ridicule; to throw a wet blanket on; to spoil.
  5. (social science) To reevaluate or reinterpret a work with an eye to sexual orientation and/or to gender, as by applying queer theory.
    • 2003, Marcella Althaus-Reid, The Queer God (page 9) If I go, for instance, to the history of the church in Latin America, and decide to queer the history of the Jesuitic Missions, I may find that, in many ways, the missions were more sexual than Christian.
    • 2006, Carla Freccero, Queer/Early/Modern (page 80) Jonathan Goldberg further explores the implications of queering history in his essay in the same volume.
Synonyms: invalidate
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. queerly
queerbait etymology queer + bait
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, sometimes, derogatory) A man who is attractive to homosexual.
    • 1994, James Lee Burke, Dixie City Jam A couple of them are UNO pukes; the others are just ugly and stupid or probably latent queerbait themselves. Anyway, they're always on the prowl for fresh meat down in the Quarter.
    • 2003, Robin Tamblyn, King of Hollywood (page 44) “Cause you'd fuck anything, wouldn't you, queerbait, you little queer. I bet you've even fucked your own father!” Stunned silence at this.
    • 2005, Josh Emmons, The loss of Leon Meed A fucking stranger had come between them and now here was a flaming queerbait ruining his chances for a sale.
Synonyms: gaybait
queer bashing
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) prejudice or violence against homosexual.
queerdo etymology {{blend}}. Apparently 2000s US; attested since 2006.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, pejorative) Someone who is strange or awkward; stronger and more vulgar form of weirdo.
queermo etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A homosexual.
queer up
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, informal) to ruin, mess up.

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