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chiropterologist {{was wotd}} etymology Chiroptera + logist. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /kaɪˌrɑptəˈɹɑlədʒɪst/
  • (RP) /kaɪˌrɒptəˈɹɒlədʒɪst/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone who studies bat (the flying mammals).
    • 2001, , Barefoot Hearted: A Wild Life Among Wildlife, Villard (2001), ISBN 9780375504389, page 88: Several years later, after reading three of his books on bats, I placed a call to the venerable chiropterologist Dr. M. Brock Fenton, known as the "batman" of York University in Toronto.
quotations:
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Synonyms: batologist (colloquial or humorous)
related terms:
  • Chiroptera
chirper etymology From chirp.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A thing or animal that makes a chirping sound. The electronic smoke alarm includes a chirper which sounds when the battery is low.
  2. (Canada, slang, mildly, derogatory) A person who speaks with a distinct English or Welsh accent. I could barely understand a word which that chatty chirper said.
chirpse etymology Possibly related to chirp?
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, transitive, Multicultural London English) To flirt with; to chat up.
    • 2004, Enakhe O, Who Is My Brother's Keeper? (page 115) Anthony could only laugh as he watched Jayden get into his now familiar chirpse mode and watched as he slid over to the end of the bar, where his next conquest was sitting.
    • 2009, Na'ima B. Robert, From Somalia with Love (page 111) You know that it ain't allowed and, besides, if I ever catch a guy trying to mess with you, I'll kill him, OK? No man's gonna be chirpsing my sister cos all of them got sick, dirty minds.
    • 2009, Diana Evans, 26a (page 113) The main reason he felt he had to make it clear to Errol that he wanted her was that she was the one who'd seen them on the bus and she would be the easiest to chirpse.
    • 2011, Alex Wheatle, The Dirty South (page 32) The only problem was, I didn't like the grime and the grease and I was always paranoid about that garage smell when I chilled in the evenings and chirpsed chicks.
chisel pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English chisel, chesil, from Old English ċeosol, ċeosel, ċysel, ċisel, ċisil, from Proto-Germanic *kisilaz, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱeys- 〈*ḱeys-〉. Cognate with Scots keezel, Dutch kiezel, German Kiesel, Danish kis. See also chessom. Alternative forms: chesil, chissel, chessil (dialectal)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Gravel.
  2. (usually in the plural) Coarse flour; bran; the coarser part of bran ir flour.
related terms:
  • chessom
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etymology 2 From Old French cisel (French ciseau), from vl *, from Latin caesellum, from caesus, past participle of caedere.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A cutting tool consisting of a slim oblong block of metal with a sharp wedge or bevel formed on one end. It may be provided with a handle at the other end. It is used to remove parts of stone, wood or metal by placing the sharp edge against the material to be cut and pushing or pound the other end with a hammer, or mallet.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To use a chisel.
  2. (transitive) To work something with a chisel. She chiselled a sculpture out of the block of wood.
  3. (intransitive, informal) To cheat, to get something by cheating.
chiselling and chiselled are more common in the UK while chiseling and chiseled are more common in the US.
anagrams:
  • chiles
  • liches
chiseler Alternative forms: chiseller etymology {{-er}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who uses a chisel for carving.
  2. (informal) A cheat; a swindler; a con artist.
    • 1941, , (movie) [Of course $20,000 is too much.] Only a cheap chiseler would ask that much.
  3. (informal, Ireland, 20th-century inner-city Dublin slang) A child.
    • 1922, , , --Reuben and the son were piking it down the quay next the river on their way to the Isle of Man boat and the young chiseller suddenly got loose and over the wall with him into the Liffey.
Synonyms: (informal: con artist) sharper, spiv
chit pronunciation
  • /tʃɪt/
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etymology 1 From Middle English chitte, from Old English *ċytten, *ċietten, *ċitten, from Proto-Germanic *kittīną. Cognate with Scots chit, Low German kitte, German Kitz. See also kid.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A child or babe; a young, small, or insignificant person or animal.
    • {{rfdate}} Thackeray a little chit of a woman
    • 1922, made by W. C. Firebaugh "These are returns," I said, "quite fit / To me, who nursed you when a chit. / For shame, lay by this envious art; / Is this to act a sister's part?"
  2. A pert young woman.
  3. A sassy (saucy) or forward young person.
etymology 2 From Middle English *chit, *chitte, from Old English ċīþ, from Proto-Germanic *kīþą, from Proto-Indo-European *ĝī-, *ĝey-. Cognate with Middle Dutch kiede, German dialectal Keid. Related to chine.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The embryonic growing bud of a plant; a shoot; a sprout; a seedling. the chits of Indian corn or of potatoes
  2. (obsolete) An excrescence on the body, as a wart or a pimple.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, British, dialect) To sprout; to shoot, as a seed or plant.
    • Mortimer I have known barley chit in seven hours after it had been thrown forth.
  2. (transitive, British, dialect) To damage the outer layers of a seed such as Lupinus or {{taxlink}} to assist germination.
  3. (transitive, British, dialect) To initiate sprouting of tubers, such as potatoes, by placing them in special environment, before planting into the soil.
    • 2012, Growing Your Own Fruit and Veg For Dummies, UK Edition, page 173 Gardeners argue among themselves about how necessary chitting is, but I do chit my seed potatoes.
etymology 3 From chitty from Hindi चिट्ठी 〈ciṭṭhī〉 or चिट्टी 〈ciṭṭī〉, possibly from Sanskrit चित्ति 〈citti〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US and British dated) A small sheet or scrap of paper with a hand-written note as a reminder or personal message.
  2. A voucher or token coin used in payroll under the ; scrip.
  3. (pharmacology) A small sheet of paper on which is written a prescription to be filled; a scrip.
  4. (Gaming) A smaller cardboard counter generally used not to directly represent something but for another, more transient, purpose such as tracking or randomization.
    • 2005, The unofficial, updated Third Edition of the Magic Realm Rules, by Richard Hamblen, Teresa Michelsen and Stephen McKnight 1.4.3 Also on the board, but turned face down at the beginning of the game, are chits representing treasure sites and sounds and warnings of monsters that may arrive on the map. When characters end a turn in the hex, these chits are revealed. As characters move around the board, more and more of these chits will be revealed, letting the players know where monsters and treasures are to be found.
  5. (India, China) A signed voucher or memorandum of a small debt, as for food and drinks at a club.
    • 1901, , by Joseph Conrad He just longed to get away from here and try his luck somewhere else, but for the sake of his sister he hung on and on till he ran himself into debt over his ears—I can tell you. I, myself, could show a handful of his chits for meals and drinks in my drawer.
  6. (US, slang) A debt or favor owed in return for a prior loan or favor granted, especially a political favor.
    • 2007, New York Times, And he is cashing in chits for her that Mr. Gore, post-impeachment, never asked him to do.
    • 2003, , The Bone Vault, Scribner, p98: Harry would call in a chit with some desk manager who owed him a favor.
etymology 3 {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small tool used in cleaving lath. Compare: froe. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 4 Euphemistic variation of shit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, euphemistic) Alternative to using the vulgarity, shit.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (US, slang, euphemistic) Alternative to using the vulgarity, shit.
anagrams:
  • itch
  • tich
chit-chat Alternative forms: chit chat, chitchat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Gossip; mindless banter.
Synonyms: chinwag, claver, See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To engage in small talk, to discuss unimportant matters.
chloriney etymology chlorine + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) With, or like, chlorine.
    • 2002, Philip Reeve, The big freeze (page 50) It had diving boards and wave machines and a giant anaconda slide, and there were so many children splashing around in its chloriney waters...
    • 2004, Kaz Cooke, Kid Wrangling: Real Guide to Caring for Babies, Toddlers, and Little Kids (page 113) For traveling or emergencies you can get sterilizing tablets to dissolve in water, but they make things taste nasty and chloriney.
choad Alternative forms: chode etymology Variant of choda.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) A penis, especially one that is short and thick.
    • 1970±, S. Clay Wilson, as quoted by Blair Haworth, “Meaning of Choad? (and a Peter Jackson question)” (1993 August 11), alt.tasteless, Usenet Your choad veins are pulsing love songs
    • 1986, Robert Crumb, Zap Comix, volume 3, unpaged What a find...a giant choad!
    • 1993 December 14, Steven Snedker, “Wanking 101 [long]”, alt.sex.masturbation, Usenet, as quoted by Richard J. McCunney (December 26) We all wank, sonny wiggles his willy, daddy plays with the meat in an orderly and rational way, and granddad's choad also delivers on a regular basis.
  2. (vulgar, derogatory, slang) A loser or undesirable person; an insulting name.
    • 1985 February 28, Kevin Carosso, “VMS terminal I/O question”, fa-info.vax, Usenet via info-vax If you aren't the type of system manager that likes to be nice to the choad that forgot to log out, then the program has it's [sic.] other uses
    • 1992 October 12, “x3460afe” from maple.circa.ufl.edu, “sonic fags”, alt.music.alternative, Usenet sebadoh blew sonic youth off the stage, you stupid choad
    • 1997, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, “Pinkeye”, South Park, episode 107 Stan: Oh man, I feel like a total choad. Cartman: Aw, come on Stan. Maybe that's just because you look like a total choad.
  3. (slang, vulgar) The perineum.
    • 1997, 31 May, Clay 3 Young, "Choad" rhymes with "toad"...was Re: Sex without orgasms?, https://groups.google.com/forum/#!original/alt.gothic/PkNSARt5pUY/sO64D5wDTW8J, alt.gothic, “One has to chuckle a bit at the sight of, in a single breath, getting borderline pedantic about the proper name for the region between anus and scrotum or vulva, and then using the term "thingy" ;)<br />Referrence materials on hand at the moment, in all their general glory, would seem to point to either term being acceptable in casual conversation....as well as bring to mind hurried, husky whispers of "Push my choad."”
    • 1999, 11 June, Matthias, Story: Hotel Alpha 1 (M/M) (Coll) (Con) - dinos1.txt [1/1], https://groups.google.com/forum/#!original/alt.sex.stories.gay.moderated/vFFt3x_kcJE/g3Ij0ZokW7oJ, alt.sex.stories.gay.moderated, “Massaging a circle around Dennis's back, Greg said, "Everybody has four potential e-zones -- his nips, his balls, his butthole, his choad."<br />"What's a choad?"<br />Greg's pressed between Dennis's legs, and Dennis gasped, "Oh yeah, there."”
    • 2012, Tyler Stoddard Smith, Whore Stories: A Revealing History of the World's Oldest Profession, Adams Media (2012), ISBN 9781440536052, page 96: For the ladies, studies indicate that massaging the perineum with warm olive oil toward the end of the third trimester can reduce tearing and the need for an episiotomy. And yes, I'm referring to the pregnancy trimester, not the trimester where your proposal to major in "choad measuring" was declined by the biology department, the narrow-minded fools.
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Synonyms: (penis) see also ., (loser) see also or ., (perineum) see also .
anagrams:
  • ad hoc, ad-hoc, choda
choc pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) short form of chocolate (the food or an individual piece of confectionery)
    • mint choc chip ice cream
    • a box of chocs
choccy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) chocolate
Synonyms: choc
chocker Alternative forms: chockers etymology Shortened from chock-a-block.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Tightly packed, especially with people.
    • 1947, Charles Brasch, Landfall, Caxton Press, Page 492 The place was absolutely packed. It was chocker.
    • 2001, Brian Thacker, Rule No.5 - No Sex on the Bus: Confessions of a tour leader, Allen & Unwin, Page 143 The largest of these service chains in Italy is Agip, and these mini-cities in the middle of nowhere are always absolutely chocker with people. Half of Italy must be in these places at any one time.
    • 2003, Phillip Scott, Gay Resort Murder Shock, Alyson Publishing, Page 155 He briskly flicked through the catalogue. "And this seemingly innocent museum is chocker with old airplane parts!"
    • 2005, Rachael Weiss and Julie Adams, Are We There Yet?: Rach and Jules take to the open road, Allen & Unwin, Page 209 Australia is chocker with beaches strait from paradise, and Terrigal is a beach holiday mecca? I'm gobsmacked.
chock full Alternative forms: chocked full, chock-full, chock-a-block full, chuck full (dated) etymology From "English Language and Usage" site: c.1400, from Middle English chokkeful, possibly from choke (see cheek (n.)), equivalent to cheek + full. Or it may be from Old French choquier “collide, crash, hit” [similar to shock]. Middle English chokkeful already had the same meaning as modern chock-full. Both this word and choke “to strangle” likely derive ultimately from Old English words meaning “jaw, cheek.” The end result is the same: a mouthful. Alternately, chokkeful may derive from a more violent word: forced full. (Some offer a false etymology based on the kind of chocks used in carpentry and shipbuilding: full up to the chocks, perhaps. However that sense of chock only dates to the 1670s, far too late to influence the Middle English word.) From "Online Etymology Dictionary" site: c.1400, chokkeful "crammed full," possibly from choke "cheek" (see cheek (n.)). Or it may be from Old French choquier "collide, crash, hit" (13c., Modern French choquer), which is probably from Germanic (cf. Middle Dutch schokken; see shock (n.1)).
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Containing the maximum amount possible, flush on all sides, jam-packed, crammed. That article is chock-full of errors
    • 1741, George E. Nitzsche, The General Magazine and Historical Chronicle, University of Pennsylvania. General Alumni Society, pages 251: The pages of the diary are chock full of fascinating reports of medical incidents of all sorts.
    • 1848, Charles Dickens, Dealings with the Firm of Dombey and Son, Bradbury and Evans, pages 565: "Chock full o' science," said the radiant Captain, "as ever he was!"
choco {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang, affectionate) A person with dark skin tone.
  2. (Australia, obsolete) A militiaman or conscript, short for chocolate soldier.
  3. (Australia, slang) An army reservist.
    • 1942 September 2, Chocos with Hard Centres, in the Sydney Sun, quoted in 1966 by Sidney J. Baker in The Australian Language, second edition, chapter VIII, section 3, page 167
The slang term for a dark skinned person may be used by such people themselves (the Australian television series made a good deal of fun with that for instance), but is generally considered racist when used otherwise.
anagrams:
  • cooch
chocogasm
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A pleasurable sensation (a foodgasm) from eating chocolate.
chocolate {{was wotd}} {{wikipedia}} etymology Often said to come from nah xoccolatl (e.g. American Heritage Dictionary 2000) or chocolatl (e.g. dictionary.com 2006), which would be derived from xococ and atl, with (in the latter case) an irregular change of x to ch. However, the form is not directly attested, and chocolatl does not appear in Nahuatl until the mid-18th century. Dakin and Wichmann (2000) propose that the chocol- element refers to a special wooden stick used to prepare chocolate, and suggest that the etymon is chicolātl, a word found in several modern Nahuatl dialects. Yet another theory is that the prefix came from yua chocol. In any case, the word chocolate reached English via Spanish and the second element is probably the Nahuatl word atl. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈtʃɒk(ə)lɪt/, /ˈtʃɒk(ə)lət/
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  • (Aus) /ˈtʃɔk(ə)lət/
  • (US) /ˈtʃɑk(ə)lət/, /ˈtʃɔk(ə)lət/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) A food made from ground roast cocoa bean Chocolate is a very popular treat.
  2. (uncountable) A drink made by dissolving this food in boiling milk
  3. (countable) A single, small piece of confectionery made from chocolate He bought her some chocolates as a gift.
  4. (uncountable) A dark, reddish-brown colour/color, like that of chocolate As he cooked it the whole thing turned a rich, deep chocolate. {{color panel}}
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • chocolatier
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Made of or containing chocolate.
  2. Having a dark reddish-brown colour/color.
chocolate-box Alternative forms: chocolate box, chocolate-boxy, chocolate boxy etymology From the artwork seen on boxes of chocolates.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (derogatory) Having a twee picturesque.
    • 1961, Lawrence Hanson, Elisabeth M Lawrence, Impressionism: golden decade‎ He painted a chocolate-box picture for the Salon, entered it, was admitted.
    • 1982, Sterling M McMurrin, The Tanner lectures on human values‎ The impressionists showed us something about the world, Cezanne something different, a chocolate-box painting nothing.
chocolate face
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One whose face is covered in chocolate.
  2. (rare, offensive) A derisive name for a black person.
    • 2006, Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan Next morning, I interview Politician who is a genuine chocolate face, no make-up
chocolate hot dog
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar, slang) a piece of faeces
    • 2006, Apparently, Clyde could not have been the one who crapped in the urinal, because Clyde had a colostomy at age 5. 'Kay? Now, whoever did this unspeakable act is still at large. The boys' bathroom is closed until further notice, 'cause one of you thought it would be a good idea... to pull down your pants... m'kay, over your buttcheeks over the urinal... and squeeze out a chocolate hot dog... m'kay?
chocolate starfish
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, vulgar, slang) The anus.
chocophile etymology choc + -o- + -phile
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, rare) A lover of chocolate.
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choda etymology From Hindi चोदा 〈cōdā〉, of inc origin; compare चोदना 〈cōdanā〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A whoreson, bastard, son of a bitch.
  2. (vulgar) The penis.
Synonyms: (penis) choad, chode, dick
anagrams:
  • ad hoc, ad-hoc, choad
chode
etymology 1 Formed in 16th–17th century by analogy with other strong verbs.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (archaic) en-simple past of chide
    • 1611: And Jacob was wroth, and chode with Laban: and Jacob answered and said to Laban, What is my trespass? what is my sin, that thou hast so hotly pursued after me? — , Genesis 31:36 And the people chode with Moses, and spake, saying, Would God that we had died when our brethren died before the LORD! , Numbers 20:30
Synonyms: chid, chided
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (neologism, vulgar) alternative spelling of choad
choice {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English chois, from Old French chois, from choisir, possibly via assumed vl *causīre from Gothic *𐌺𐌰𐌿𐍃𐌾𐌰𐌽 〈*𐌺𐌰𐌿𐍃𐌾𐌰𐌽〉, from Proto-Germanic *kauzijaną, from Proto-Germanic *keusaną, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵews-. Akin to Old High German kiosan, Old English ċēosan, Old Norse kjósa. More at choose. pronunciation
  • /tʃɔɪs/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An option; a decision; an opportunity to choose or select something.
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    Do I have a choice of what color to paint it?
  2. One selection or preference; that which is chosen or decided; the outcome of a decision. The ice cream sundae is a popular choice for dessert.
  3. Anything that can be chosen. exampleYou have three choices: vanilla, strawberry or chocolate
  4. (usually, with the) The best or most preferable part.
    • Milton The flower and choice / Of many provinces from bound to bound.
  5. Care and judgement in selecting; discrimination.
    • Francis Bacon I imagine they [the apothegms of Caesar] were collected with judgment and choice.
  6. (obsolete) A sufficient number to choose among. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (anything that can be chosen) assortment, range, selection, (definite: best or most preferable part) the cream, See also
related terms:
  • choose
  • choosey
  • chosen
  • Hobson's choice
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Especially good or preferred. It's a choice location, but you will pay more to live there.
  2. (slang, New Zealand) Cool; excellent. Choice! I'm going to the movies.
Synonyms: (especially good or preferred) prime, prize, quality, select
anagrams:
  • echoic
choir {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: quire (archaic) etymology From Middle English , quere, from Old French quer, from Latin chorus, from Ancient Greek χορός 〈chorós〉. Modern spelling influenced by chorus and Modern French chœur. pronunciation
  • (UK) /kwaɪ.ə(ɹ)/
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  • (US) /kwaɪɚ/
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noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. Singing group; group of people who sing together; company of people who are train to sing together.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 5 , [http://openlibrary.org/works/OL1097634W The Mirror and the Lamp] , “Then everybody once more knelt, and soon the blessing was pronounced. The choir and the clergy trooped out slowly, [&hellip;], down the nave to the western door. [&hellip;] At a seemingly immense distance the surpliced group stopped to say the last prayer.”
    exampleThe church choir practices Thursday nights.
  2. The part of a church where the choir assemble for song.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 5 , [http://openlibrary.org/works/OL1097634W The Mirror and the Lamp] , “Here, in the transept and choir, where the service was being held, one was conscious every moment of an increasing brightness; colours glowing vividly beneath the circular chandeliers, and the rows of small lights on the choristers' desks flashed and sparkled in front of the boys' faces, deep linen collars, and red neckbands.”
  3. (Christian angelology) One of the nine rank or order of angel. exampleSeraphim, Cherubim, and Thrones are three of the choirs of angels.
  4. Set of strings (one per note) for a harpsichord.
related terms:
  • choral
  • chorus
anagrams:
  • chiro
  • ichor
choke pear etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A torture device consisting of a metal body (usually pear-shaped) divided into spoon-like segments that can be spread apart by turning a screw.
  2. A kind of pear with a rough, astringent taste, difficult to swallow.
  3. (archaic, vulgar) A sarcasm by which one is put to silence; anything that cannot be answered.
    • Samuel Richardson I believe I have given her a choke-pear.
Synonyms: (torture device) pear, (torture device) pear of anguish
choker etymology From choke + er. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈtʃəʊkə/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. {{senseid}}A piece of jewelry or ornamental fabric, worn as a necklace, tight to the throat.
    • 2010, Alice Fisher, The Observer, 24 Oct 2010: She appears on the 90th anniversary issue of French Vogue wearing nothing but a mask, gloves and a choker – everything but her now iconic gap-toothed pout and impressive cleavage is obscured.
  2. One who, or that which, choke or strangle.
  3. One who operates the choke of an engine during ignition.
  4. (slang) Any disappoint or upset circumstance. I lost £100 on the horses today — what a choker!
  5. One who performs badly at a crucial stage of a competition because one is nervous, especially when winning.
Synonyms: (one who chokes another) strangler, (slang: disappointing or upsetting circumstance) bummer, downer, pisser
choke the chicken
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) To masturbate.
Synonyms:
cholo
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (ethnic slur, offensive) A Mexican or Hispanic gang member or someone perceived to embody a similar stereotypical countenance
choly
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) cholecystitis
chommie Alternative forms: chomma, tjommie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa, slang) A friend; a chum.
chomper pronunciation
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etymology chomp + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare) One who, or that which, chomp.
    • 1983, Robertson Davies, The rebel angels: Hollier was a chomper, his jaws working up and down like pistons, and without seeming to be greedy he ate a great deal.
    • 1993, Esther D Rothblum, Kathleen A Brehony, Boston marriages: romantic but asexual relationships among contemporary lesbians: I am a chomper of teeth and a displayer of feelings.
  2. (informal) Tooth.
    • 2003, Curtis J Badger, Virginia's wild side: fifty outdoor adventures from the mountains to the ocean: I wanted an ancient shark tooth, a chomper that last saw use by a predator perhaps 25 million years ago.
chompers
noun: {{head}}
  1. (informal) teeth
  2. plural of chomper
chooch etymology From Italian ciuccio.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Italian slang) a stupid person, a meathead
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choo-choo
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish) The sound made by a steam locomotive.
  2. (childish) A railway locomotive.
  3. (childish) A railway train. (Also called a choo-choo train)
choo-choo train Alternative forms: choo choo train
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish) A railway train.
  2. A spoonful of food (when encouraging a spoon-fed child to eat). Here comes the choo-choo train! Open wide!
choodle
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A mixed breed dog that is partially chihuahua and partially poodle.
choof
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) marijuana
    • 2010, Colin McLaren, Infiltration: The True Story of the Man Who Cracked the Mafia (page 68) Her biggest fear was eating away at her: was she going to be busted for smoking dope? Cindy enjoyed smoking choof occasionally.
choogle etymology Coined by John Fogerty of the band Creedence Clearwater Revival.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To ball and have a good time.
chook etymology {{rfe}} pronunciation
  • /tʃʊk/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) A hen; a cooked chicken; a chicken dressed for cooking.
    • 2005, , The Complete Burke′s Backyard: The Ultimate Book of Fact Sheets, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=MMMjW6AuzHAC&pg=PA683&dq=%22chook%22|%22chooks%22+-intitle:%22chook|chooks%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=7y0lT6rrLcWgiQfFvMHQBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22chook%22|%22chooks%22%20-intitle%3A%22chook|chooks%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 683], Worm chickens once every three months and, if an occasional lice problem occurs, spray the inside of the chook shed with Coopex.
    • 2006, Judith Brett, The Chook in the Australian Unconscious, in Peter Beilharz, Robert Manne, Reflected Light: La Trobe Essays, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=6hvUkbZoItUC&pg=PA329&dq=%22chook%22|%22chooks%22+-intitle:%22chook|chooks%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ZyglT-CaO8mZiAeQoaHdBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22chook%22|%22chooks%22%20-intitle%3A%22chook|chooks%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 329], This little book, with its meticulous pencil drawings of chooks in mechanical contraptions and photos to show the machine in operation with a white leghorn called Gregory Peck, is evidence of both the sadism inspired by the chook′s comparatively flightless fate and the laughter we use to defend ourselves against the knowledge of that sadism.
    • 2011, Helen Maczkowiackpeglerpegler, An Awkward Fit, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=UL9wvt1J6-cC&pg=PA21&dq=%22chook%22|%22chooks%22+-intitle:%22chook|chooks%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ZyglT-CaO8mZiAeQoaHdBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22chook%22|%22chooks%22%20-intitle%3A%22chook|chooks%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 21], She decided to dig her way under the fence into their chook house and had great fun running around and biting the necks of about eight chooks and leaving them half-dead and bleeding. The neighbour was furious, and unfortunately it was Dad′s birthday, so when he arrived home from work, Mum said ‘Happy birthday and{{sic}} darling. Guess what? Your dog has half-killed most of the neighbour′s chooks.’
  2. (Australia, dated) A fool.
chookhouse etymology From chook + house pronunciation
  • (Australia) /ˈtʃʊkhæɔs/
  • (UK) /ˈtʃʊkhaʊs/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (AU, colloquial) A henhouse.
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber and Faber 2003, p. 178: The hens were my witness to the ghost. They set up the sort of fuss and panic you hear when a snake enters the chookhouse late at night.
chookie etymology From chook + ie. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈtʃʊki/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, NZ, colloquial) A small or young domestic fowl; a chick.
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber and Faber 2003, p. 292: ‘Now, darling,’ she said to her client, ‘we have ten colours written on our chart so we can put our chookie back in its little house.’
chop {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /tʃɒp/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Middle English choppen, variant of chappen. Akin to Dutch kappen, gml koppen, Danish kappe, Swedish kapa, Albanian copë, Old English *cippian (only attested in compounds). More at chip.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A cut of meat, often containing a section of a rib. exampleI only like lamb chops with mint jelly.
    • 1957, , "Zooey", in, 1961, : I was standing at the meat counter, waiting for some rib lamb chops to be cut.
  2. A blow with an axe, cleaver, or similar utensil. exampleIt should take just one good chop to fell the sapling.
  3. (martial arts) A blow delivered with the hand rigid and outstretched. exampleA karate chop.
  4. Ocean wave, generally caused by wind, distinguished from swell by being smaller and not lasting as long.
  5. (poker) A hand where two or more players have an equal-valued hand, resulting in the chips being shared equally between them. exampleWith both players having an ace-high straight, the pot was a chop.
  6. (informal, with "the") Termination, especially from employment.
  7. (dated) A crack or cleft; a chap.
quotations:
  • {{seeCites}}
Synonyms: (dismissal, especially from employment (informal)) axe, pink slip, sack
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To cut into pieces with short, vigorous cutting motions. chop wood chop an onion
  2. (transitive) To sever with an axe or similar implement. Chop off his head.
  3. (transitive, baseball) To hit the ball downward so that it takes a high bounce.
  4. (poker) To divide the pot (or tournament prize) between two or more players.
  5. To do something suddenly with an unexpected motion; to catch or attempt to seize.
    • L'Estrange Out of greediness to get both, he chops at the shadow, and loses the substance.
  6. To interrupt; with in or out.
    • Latimer This fellow interrupted the sermon, even suddenly chopping in.
etymology 2 Of uncertain origin, perhaps a variant of chap.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete) To exchange, to barter; to swap.
    • 1644, John Milton, Aeropagitica: this is not to put down Prelaty, this is but to chop an Episcopacy; this is but to translate the Palace Metropolitan from one kind of dominion into another, this is but an old canonicall sleight of commuting our penance.
    • L'Estrange We go on chopping and changing our friends.
  2. To chap or crack.
  3. (nautical) To vary or shift suddenly. The wind chops about.
  4. To wrangle; to altercate; to bandy words.
    • Francis Bacon Let not the counsel at the bar chop with the judge.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (mostly, in the plural) A jaw of an animal.
  2. A movable jaw or cheek, as of a vice.
  3. The land at each side of the mouth of a river, harbour, or channel. East Chop; West Chop
  4. A change; a vicissitude. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 3 Hindi छाप 〈chāpa〉
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An official stamp or seal.
  2. Mark indicating nature, quality, or brand. silk of the first chop
etymology 4 Shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (internet) An IRC channel operator.
    • 1996, Peter Ludlow, High Noon on the Electronic Frontier (page 404) IRC supports mechanisms for the enforcement of acceptable behaviour on IRC. Channel operators — "chanops" or "chops" — have access to the /kick command, which throws a specified user out of the given channel.
Synonyms: chanop, op
chop-chop Alternative forms: chop chop etymology From cpi, from Cantonese 〈jí〉. pronunciation {{audio}}
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Used to urge someone to do something quickly
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (slang) Quickly.
    • 1977, John Le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, Folio Society 2010, p. 13: ‘And another beer! But cold this time, hear that, boy? Muchee coldee, and bring it chop chop.’
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, informal) Tobacco that is produced and sold without excise (tax), and therefore cheap and illegal.
    • 1944, , Parliamentary Debates, Volume 265, page 30968, We are here today to try and do the impossible: to stop the chop chop industry.
    • 2002 November 11, Major ‘chop chop’ seizure in Northern Queensland, , media release.
    • 2007, Martin Hughes, The Slow Guide: Melbourne, unnumbered page, Attitudes to tobacco mean it′s virtually sold under the counter (and we′re not talking about ‘chop chop’).
chopped pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Cut or dice into small pieces.
    • 2003, Carla Emery, The Encyclopedia of Country Living, Sasquatch Books. ISBN 9781570613777, page 288: Brown meat with chopped onions, chopped or ground garlic, chopped celery, and chopped bell pepper.
  2. (chiefly, of meat) Ground, having been processed by grind.
  3. (automotive, slang) Having a vehicle's height reduced by horizontal trimming of the roofline.
    • 1958, Charles Beaumont and William F. Nolan, Omnibus of Speed: An Introduction to the World of Motor Sport, Putnam, page 183: He later bought a '33 Ford coupe, chopped and channeled it and installed a Mercury engine.
  4. (slang) High on drugs.
  5. (slang) Fired from a job or cut from a team or training program; having got the chop.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of chop
chopper {{wikipedia}} etymology chop + er pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈtʃɒp.ə/
  • (AusE) /ˈtʃɔp.ə/
  • (GenAm) /ˈtʃɑ.pɚ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A tool for chop wood; an axe/ax.
  2. A knife for chopping food.
  3. (informal) A helicopter.
  4. (slang) The penis.
  5. (informal) A type of road motorcycle, especially as used by biker / bikie gangs.
  6. (slang) An AK-47 or similar assault rifle.
  7. (electronics) Any of various electronic switch used to interrupt one signal under the control of another.
Synonyms: (helicopter) whirlybird, (slang: penis) cock, dick, knob, prick
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To travel or transport by helicopter.
choppers
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of chopper
  2. (informal) teeth
chopping block
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A wooden slab used as a cutting surface for food etc.
  2. (historical, informal) A block of wood against which a condemned person put their head prior to behead.
  3. (by extension) A dangerous predicament or situation. Jim really put his head on the chopping block when he started flirting with the boss's daughter.
  4. A situation in which someone or something is threatened with elimination.
chops
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of chop
  2. (plurale tantum) The mouth, jaws or jowl.
  3. (plurale tantum, music, informal) A wind instrument player's embouchure.
  4. (plurale tantum, informal, chiefly, music) One's skill at musical interpretation and delivery; musical performance ability. Although the bass player had no experience playing in New Orleans, the crowd's enthusiastic response showed that he had the chops to make it in the very particular Crescent City jazz scene.
  5. (plurale tantum, informal) One's skill at any endeavor. Although he did not know all of the ins and outs of the newsroom, he had the writing chops to become a regular contributor.
  6. (plurale tantum, nautical) The area where two tide meet and cause an irregular (choppy) sea.
  7. (plurale tantum, juggling) A pattern that involves carry the object with the hand over the next object before throw it.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of chop He chops wood all day.
chopsocky {{wikipedia}} etymology Punningly from chop suey, chop (fighting blow), and sock (punch). Coined by Variety magazine.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (film, colloquial) A genre of exaggerate martial art film made primarily in Hong Kong and Taiwan during the 1960s and 1970s.
    • 1983, Variety's Film Reviews: 1978-1980 Chopsocky actioner with standard fight scenes and atrocious dubbing.
    • 2001, Lisa Morton, The Cinema of Tsui Hark The chopsocky films garnered a small following in this country precisely because of their often-ludicrous dubbing and the unrealistically-hard smacking...
    • 2003, Gary D Rawnsley, Political Communications in Greater China ...bad enough that we settle for the typical chopsocky fare or do we protest and demand more realistic portrayals...
chopstick etymology From cpi chop (compare chop-chop) + stick. pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A (single) particular East Asian eating utensil, used in pairs and held in the hand, the utensil is a stick, usually made of wood, of approximately 23cm (~10") in length.
  2. (ethnic slur) an Asian person
related terms:
  • chop chop
  • stick
chore pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /tʃɔː/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /tʃoʊr/, /tʃɔːr/
  • (US) /koʊr/, /koʊə/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English cherre, from Old English ċerr, ċierr, from ċierran, from Proto-Germanic *karzijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *gers-. Cognate with Old Saxon kērian, Old High German chēran (German kehren). See also char.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A task, especially a difficult, unpleasant, or routine one. Washing dishes is a chore, but we cannot just stop eating.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US, dated) To do chores.
etymology 2 Possibly derived from the Romany word chor, see also Geordie word chor. Alternative forms: chor (Geordie)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (British, informal) To steal.
Synonyms: steal (standard English), thieve (standard English), twoc (Geordie)
etymology 3
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A choir or chorus. {{rfquotek}}
anagrams:
  • ocher, ochre
choss
noun: {{head}}
  1. Rock that is unsuitable for rock climbing, generally due to: 1, softness, the rock will not support the weight of the climber, 2: wet and possibly unstable, that is, the possibility of large slabs falling off is unknown, 3: too much organic growth on the rocks, ie, moss or plant life.
  2. (informal) chaos
anagrams:
  • SOHCs
chow pronunciation
  • (UK) /tʃaʊ/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • Homophones: ciao
etymology 1 Shortened from chow-chow, of unclear origin.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, uncountable) Food, especially snack. I'm going to pick up some chow for dinner.
  2. A Chinese breed of dog; the .
    • 1914, Saki, ‘The Lull’, Beasts and Superbeasts: ‘I'd try and grapple with him myself, only I've got my chow in my room, you know, and he goes for pigs wherever he finds them.’
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  3. (chiefly Australian, slang, now rare) A Chinese person.
    • 1977, John Le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, Folio Society 2010, p. 11: ‘Now look here old man if you should ever bump into an interesting Chow from over the river – one with access, follow me? – just you remember High Haven!’
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, South Africa) To eat.
etymology 2 From Chinese.
etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A prefecture or district of the second rank in China, or the chief city of such a district.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Mahjong) To (use a tile or tiles to) piece together a winning combination of tiles.
    • 2007, Eleanor Noss Whitney, A Mah Jong Handbook: How to Play, Score, and Win, page 154: … while the adversary on his right will repeatedly bury in the discard the very tiles he wishes to chow but can't.
chowderhead Alternative forms: chowder head, chowder-head pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈtʃaʊdɚhɛd/
etymology chowder + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal, pejorative) An idiot; a dummy. Did you seriously think that was gonna work? You magnificent chowderhead! I saw that coming miles away!
    • 2003: Thomas Petchel, Java 2 Game Programming Now when you run the program, you should get output similar to the following: Attempt to access array out of bounds, chowderhead!
Synonyms: dunce, dumbo, pea brain
chowhound etymology chow + hound
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A foodie or glutton.
    • 1958, Power‎ Fortunately for me, I'm one of those people who can be a chowhound and never have to worry about putting on weight.
    • 1988, Marion Meade, Dorothy Parker: what fresh hell is this? There was no danger of a chowhound like Rags starving himself in her absence, but she feared he might pine away and be gone when she returned.
    • 2001, Donald F Sabo, Terry Allen Kupers, Willie James London, Prison masculinities Besides being one of the most dangerous and feared guys on the yard, Roscoe is also a chowhound. He would kill for a can of ham...
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chowtime etymology chow + time
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The time when food is eaten; a mealtime.
anagrams:
  • come with
Chrimbo Alternative forms: Crimbo etymology The OED cites the first printed usage (of the variant spelling Crimbo) as being in 1928. They give John Lennon's 1963 usage in a Beatles' Fan Club Christmas single as the first recorded use of the variant form Crimble.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (British, slang) Christmas, especially with regard to its more secular and commercial aspect.
    • 2001, Kevin Sampson, Outlaws: The thing is, The Montrose is cracker on a Thursday night, never mind that the Chrimbo lunacy season has kicked off good and proper.
    • 2004, Amanda Boulter, Back Around the Houses: "A Chrimbo pressie for me?" He peeped around the door.
Synonyms: Crimble
anagrams:
  • rhombic
Chrislam {{wikipedia}} etymology From {{blend}}.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A Nigerian syncretic religion founded by Nigerian clergyman Tela Tella which combines elements of Christianity and Islam.
  2. (derogatory) Any sect of Christianity or Islam deemed to have aspects of the other.
Chrismahanukwanzakah etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) A fictional holiday in December combining aspects of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa into one festival.
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Christard Alternative forms: christard etymology Christian + tard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, religious slur) A Christian.
    • {{quote-book }}
    • {{seemoreCites}}
hypernyms:
  • religitard (slang)
christen Alternative forms: kersen (dialectal), christian etymology From Middle English cristenen, cristnien, from Old English cristenian, equivalent to Christ + en. Cognate with Dutch kerstenen, Middle Low German kristenen, kerstenen, karstenen, Danish kristne Swedish kristna, Icelandic kristna. pronunciation
  • /ˈkɹɪsən/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To perform the religious act of the baptism, to baptise.
  2. (usually, Christian) To name.
    • Bishop Burnet Christen the thing what you will.
  3. (obsolete) To Christianize. {{rfquotek}}
  4. (colloquial, usually, Christian) To use for the first time.
anagrams:
  • chinrest
Christer etymology Christ + -er pronunciation
  • /ˈkraɪstɚ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sometimes, derogatory) A Christian who publicly displays his or her religion.
    • 1917, L. V. Hodgkin, A Book of Quaker Saints, The village people called his father 'Righteous Christer,' which shows that he too must have been 'stiff as a tree' in following what he knew to be right.
Synonyms: (person who publicly displays his religion) fundamentalist, fanatic, witness
Christfag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, offensive, internet slang) alternative form of christfag
christfag Alternative forms: Christfag etymology Christ + fag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (internet slang, vulgar, derogatory) An overzealous Christian.
Christian pronunciation
  • /ˈkɹɪʃtʃən/, /ˈkɹɪstjən/, /ˈkɹɪstʃən/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
etymology Circa 1590, from Latin Christianus, from Ancient Greek Χριστιανός 〈Christianós〉, from Χριστός 〈Christós〉 + Latin suffix -anus.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A believer in Christianity.
    • 2008, Christopher Catherwood, Making War in the Name of God, Page 188 thousands of people have been killed in recent years in violence between Muslims and Christians.
    • 1997, Anne Field, From darkness to light: how one became a Christian in the early church (ISBN 1888212063)
  2. An individual who seeks to live his or her life according to the principles and values taught by Jesus Christ.
hypernyms:
  • religionist, theist, Abrahamist, People of the Book
hyponyms:
  • Christianist
coordinate terms:
  • {{list:religionists/en}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A given name found in England since the twelfth century.
  2. A given name of medieval usage, rare today.
  3. {{surname}}
related terms:
  • feminine forms: Christiana, Christina, Christine
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (not comparable) Of, like or relating to Christianity or Christians.
  2. (not comparable) Of, like or relating to Jesus Christ.
  3. Kind, charitable; moral; a term of approbation. That's very Christian of you.
    • 1824, Susan Ferrier, The Inheritance I cannot help thinking there are people in the world who are very tiresome, very impertinent, and very disagreeable; yet, I don't think it would be a very Christian act were I to tell them so.
    • 1854, Nathaniel James Merriman, The Kafir, the Hottentot, and the frontier farmer (page 74) I must say I have seen him do a very Christian act at the Fish River. Some Kafir women were there eating; he begged of them; they refused to give him any food. … I gave him some of the victuals we were enjoying, and he instantly broke the bread, and gave of it to these very Kafir women who had just refused any of theirs.
    • 1859, David W. Belisle, The American family Robinson (page 290) "Besides this," said the trapper, "it is hardly a Christian act to leave these two men to perish by the hands of the savages…
    • 1867, Henry Shepheard, Ithuriel's spear; or, Is this Christianity? (page 118) So, in his esteem, an auto da fé — an "act of faith," as the words mean — is really an act of faith — an act of such faith as the author of "Ecce Homo" approves — a most Christian act — a most humane act…
    • 1867?, Janet Robertson, Christine; or, Common-Place People I have only been at home two days, and here I am come on the third to see you and Tiny, so it is not Christian of you — as my mother would say — to receive your dutiful grand-nephew in such an unkind manner…
    • 1981, Mary Leader, Salem's Children, ISBN 084390982X, page 82 "Why should I? It's very Christian of you." "People here do not think of me as a Christian, Mitti." "I'd call it Christian charity," I floundered. "You think Christians have a monopoly on charity?" she asked. "Well, no," I stammered.
    • Joyce, Milton, and the theory of influence, 88, 0813014050, Patrick Colm Hogan, 1995, Joyce … must have found himself likewise in accord with Dante's view that "The Goal of Mankind is Universal Peace," a view to which Dante devoted an entire section of his treatise, and a view opposed to the protestant militancy of the more muscularly Christian Milton.
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    • Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I, 209, 0674035925, Adriane Danette Lentz-Smith, 2009, Mood and hopes ran high. Onto the stage, into this mélange of black power, military symbolism, and Christian striving, walked Kathryn Johnson., http://books.google.com/books?id=G_0tlJds078C&pg=PA209&dq=%22christian+striving, en&sa=X&ei=ZrjHUNXDO8rb0QHy64GwBg&ved=0CGkQ6AEwETge#v=onepage&q=%22christian%20striving, false
    • English Revenge Drama: Money, Resistance, Equality, 268, 0521884594, Linda Woodbridge, 2010, Henry Irving and other Victorian actors easily created empathy for Shylock, even in a muscularly Christian period.
Use of the term "Christian" in the generalised approbative sense "kind, moral" may offend non-Christians. (See also the pejorative use of "Jew".) Synonyms: (kind) charitable, helpful, kind, neighborly/neighbourly, sweet (informal)
antonyms:
  • (of or relating to Christianity or Christians) agnostic, atheist, heathen, non-Christian, pagan
  • (charitable, moral) corrupt, immoral, improper, unjust, savage
related terms:
  • Christ
  • Christianity
  • Christianize
  • cretin
statistics:
  • {{rank}}
anagrams:
  • Christina
Christianese {{wikipedia}} etymology Christian + ese
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal, slang) The terms, catchphrases and theological jargon used by some Christian, commonly from Christian theology and influenced by popular translations of the Bible.
    • 2003, Helen Katharine Bond, Seth Daniel Kunin, Francesca Aran Murphy, Religious Studies and Theology: An Introduction Anthony answered, 'Talking Christianese is being the Church. Don't you think Church matters?'
    • 2007, Mike Minter, A Western Jesus: The Wayward Americanization of Christ and the Church Reasons for departure were simply expressed in "Christianese": "The Lord is leading us to fellowship elsewhere," "The Spirit is moving us on," and so on.
    • 2007, Dan C Gilliam, God Touches: Finding Faith in the Cracks and Spaces of Life I often ran them off with my self-righteous attitude or scared them away with Christianese language...
Synonyms: Bible-speak
Christmas beetle etymology
  • from their abundance at Christmas time.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (AU, informal) any of the beetles of the genus Anoplognathus
Christmas cheer
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Beverages, especially alcohol beverages, consumed around the Christmas holiday
Christmas graduate
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, idiom, humorous) A freshman who drops out of college at the end of the first semester.
Christmas season etymology Christmas + season
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Advent, the period from Advent Sunday (inclusive) through the start of Epiphany.
  2. Christmastide, the Twelve Days of Christmas, starting on Christmas Day and ending on Epiphany, January 6
  3. Yuletide
  4. (US, informal, retail and marketing) The winter season starting around Thanksgiving (typically Black Friday) and ending at or about New Year's Eve.
  5. (informal, business, marketing) The period at the end of the year when retailers promote Christmas shopping opportunities
Synonyms: (winter season) advent, Christmastide, holiday season, yuletide
Christofascism {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) Christian fanaticism or fundamentalism.
  • This term is politically highly charged, sometimes considered propaganda.
related terms:
  • Christofascist
  • Islamofascism
Christofascist etymology Christ + -o- + fascist
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (pejorative) Of, pertaining to, or subscribing to Christofascism.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) A Christofascist person; a Christian fanatic or fundamentalist. The anti-balaka movement consists largely of Christofascists.
hyponyms:
  • LRA
  • anti-balaka
Christ on a crutch
interjection: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) an interjection
Alternative forms: Jesus Christ on a crutch, Jesus H. Christ on a crutchSynonyms: Christ on a stick, Christ on a pole
Christ on a stick
interjection: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) an interjection
Alternative forms: Jesus Christ on a stick, Jesus H. Christ on a stickSynonyms: Christ on a crutch, Christ on a pole
chrome dome Alternative forms: chrome-dome, chromedome
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, indelicate, sometimes, offensive) A bald head; a person who is bald.
    • 1994 July 26, Mike Freeman, "Pro Football: To Put It Baldly, Brooks Is a Leader," New York Times (retrieved 16 Oct 2011): Linebacker Carlton Bailey shaved his head last year. . . . Soon, the bald head became the rage among the linebackers. Now, just about every Giants linebacker has a chrome dome.
    • 2004 July 19, Carolina A. Miranda, "Hair To The Chief!," Time: Few Presidents have been bald. The last was Dwight D. Eisenhower. Luckily, he ran both times against another chrome dome, Adlai Stevenson.
    • 2010, , SIMS, ISBN 9780765326652, p. 18: [W]here Patrick's hair lay thick and fair, Carter's was dark and thinning; his scalp gleamed through his comb-over. Soon he'd be a chrome dome.
  2. (US, military) A haircut in which the hair is clipped extremely close to the scalp.
    • 1957 Aug. 5, Carolina A. Miranda, "Armed Forces: Scalped," Time: Airman Wheeler, a rebellious sort who did not like his job anyway, disregarded the orders of his superior, Lieut. William Shortt, to get his hair "clipped close from ear to crown, with only a fringe on top of the head"—a haircut variously known as a white sidewall, an Apache, a chrome-dome.
Synonyms: (person who is bald) baldy, (haircut) buzzcut
chronic Alternative forms: chronick (obsolete) etymology From chronical, from Old French cronike, from Latin chronicus, from Ancient Greek χρονικός 〈chronikós〉, from χρόνος 〈chrónos〉. pronunciation
  • /ˈkɹɒnɪk/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of a problem, that continues over an extended period of time. examplechronic unemployment; chronic poverty; chronic anger
  2. (medicine) Prolonged or slow to heal. examplechronic cough; chronic headache; chronic illness
  3. Of a person, suffering from an affliction that is prolonged or slow to heal. exampleChronic patients must learn to live with their condition.
  4. Inveterate or habitual. exampleHe's a chronic smoker.
  5. (informal) Very bad, awful. exampleThat concert was chronic.
  6. (informal) Extremely serious. exampleThey left him in a chronic condition.
  7. (informal) Good, great, as in "wicked". exampleThat was cool, chronic in fact.
antonyms:
  • (prolonged or slow to heal) acute
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Marijuana, typically of high quality.
  2. (medicine) A condition of extended duration, either continuous or marked by frequent recurrence. Sometimes implies a condition which worsens with each recurrence, though that is not inherent in the term.
Synonyms: See also
chronic fatigue syndrome {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pathology) A condition characterized by immune, endocrine and neurologic pathology whose main symptoms are extreme fatigue, extremely low stamina, muscle pain, lymph node swelling, postexertional malaise, and cognitive difficulties.
Synonyms: myalgic encephalomyelitis, post-viral fatigue syndrome, yuppie flu (pejorative)
chronocidal etymology chrono- + -cidal, on the model of other words ending in -cidal
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (humorous) Of or relating to chronocide.
  2. (humorous) Intended to help kill or waste time. Visit the rest of the [web]site for even more chronocidal amusement.
chronocide etymology {{confix}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) The act of killing time.
    • {{seeCites}}
chrysanth
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, especially in plural) chrysanthemum
chrysophobia
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, humorous, rare) An aversion to gold.
chub {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /tʃʌb/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From chub, from Middle English chubbe, recorded since c.1450, probably an assilibated form of cub and cob, from Middle English *cubbe (found only in derivative cubbel), from Old Norse kubbr, kumbr and/or Old Norse kumben, equivalent to chub + y. Cognate with Icelandic kubbur, Norwegian kubb, kubbe, Swedish kubb, and perhaps to Icelandic kubba. More at cob, kibble.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One of various species of freshwater fish of the Cyprinidae or carp family, especially:
    1. the European chub, Leuciscus cephalus
    2. in Europe, its close relatives, notably the fallfish.
  2. By extension, various vaguely related marine or freshwater fishes.
    1. in North America, the black bass.
etymology 2 {{back-form}}
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A chubby, plump person
  2. (LGBT slang) An overweight or obese gay man.
  3. A plastic or other flexible package of meat, usually ground meat or luncheon meat.
    • Safety last: the politics of e. coli and other food-borne killers, Center for Public Integrity, 1998, “One thing that makes recovering product harder is grocery stores' and restaurants' practice of regrinding one company's lot, or "chub," of meat with those from other companies, thus making trace-back harder.”
    • Fundamentals of packaging technology, Walter Soroka, 1999, Chub packaging is versatile. Package sizes can range from miniature tubes up to 150-mm diameter and 1220 mm in length (6-in. diameter and 48 in. long). Virtually any pumpable paste can be filled into a chub pack”
    • The meat we eat, John R. Romans, 2001, “A typical gelbwurst chub is 24 inches long and about 2V2 inches thick.”
    • I Love Alberta Beef, page 15, Alberta Beef Producers, 2004, “Once opened, use or freeze the meat within one day. Tube or chub packaging is used for fresh or frozen ground beef. Use or freeze fresh meat chubs within a day”
    • Predicting pathogen growth and death in raw meat and poultry, page 86, Greg M. Burnham, 2007, “A time/temperature history for either the product (4.5 kg chubs of coarse-ground beef) or the storage environment ... After inoculation, the surface of each 4.5-kg coarse-ground beef chub contained six samples inoculated with E. coli”
chubb
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An erection.
chubby pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈtʃʌbi/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology Recorded since 1611, from chub, an assilibated form of cub and cob, from Middle English *cubbe (found only in derivative cubbel), from Old Norse kubbr, kumbr and/or Old Norse kumben, equivalent to chub + y. Cognate with Swedish dialectal kubbug. More at chub.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of a person, slightly overweight, somewhat fat and hence soft. Obviously the chubby child was eating too much.
  2. Of a body part, containing a moderate amount of fat. It's quite normal for healthy babies to have chubby cheeks.
Synonyms: (person) chunky, plump, podgy, tubby, (part of the body) chunky, plump, podgy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A chubby, plump person
  2. (LGBT slang) An overweight or obese gay man.
  3. (slang) An erection of the penis. Hey, Lucius, I just wanted to share a piece of personal information with you. I've got a... a chubby right now because [starts creaming] This is one of the most awesome experiences of my life!—
chubby chaser
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A person (usually a man) who has an attraction to fat people and pursues overweight partners.
    • 1996, Richard Klein, Eat Fat, Pantheon Books (1996), ISBN 9780679441977, unknown page: Systematic surveys have confirmed that obese women generally prefer thin men and take the same disdainful attitude toward fat as most people do. In their eyes, as in those of most people, the chubby chaser is a menace, not a mensch: a real man doesn't love fat.
    • 2012, Lesley Kinzel, Two Whole Cakes: How to Stop Dieting and Learn to Love Your Body, Feminist Press (2012), ISBN 9781558617940, page 47: I ran into a lot of bog-standard chubby chasers (known also as “fat admirers”) at the goth club—straight men who are quietly queered by their attraction to fat women, and who seek out subcultural spaces where no one judges their proclivities.
    • 2014, Jason Whitesel, Fat Gay Men: Girth, Mirth, and the Politics of Stigma, New York University Press (2014), ISBN 9780814708385, page 10: In this farce, a fat Cleveland businessman runs away to Manhattan in search of a hiding place from his mobster brother-in-law and unsuspectingly checks into a gay hotel. There, an overzealous chubby-chaser stalks him, literally chasing him around the bathhouse.
chubes
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. eye dialect of tube
  2. (slang) The inner workings of one's body
    • 1962, Michael Campbell, Oh, Mary, this London, “He had his back to me, and was coughing, and I saw that he held a peculiar cigarette with a long cork-tip in his right hand. "It's me chubes," he gasped, "It's me chubes" and I knew that all was not well.”
chub rub
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Chafing on the inner thigh caused by the leg rub together.
    • 2007, John Bingham & Jenny Hadfield, Running for Mortals: A Commonsense Plan for Changing Your Life With Running, Rodale (2007), ISBN 9781594863257, page 174: John's battle with “chub rub” is well documented. Even if he puts on a layer of lubricant as thick as cake frosting, his thighs are creating sparks before the end of the first mile.
    • 2012, Margaret Howie, "Something Fabulous to Wear", in Hot and Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (ed. Virgie Tovar), Seal Press (2012), ISBN 9781580054690, page 206: My first move was to resolve not to wear things that hurt. Whether it was the perpetual red line of fury that looped under my boobs, or the zip gnawing a little grudge mark into my waist, or the burning chub rub where the pantyhose gave way, I fought against it with softness.
    • 2012, Scott Ludwig & Vanessa Stroud, In It for the Long Run: A Decade with the Darkside Running Club, iUniverse (2012), ISBN 9781475938678, page 352: Early in the run, I began experiencing serious 'chub rub' between my bloated legs.
Chuck
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A diminutive of the male given name Charles, of mostly American usage.
  2. (Canada, slang) The city of Edmonton (so named because of the large Ukrainian population; -chuk (-чук) is common suffix in Ukrainian surnames).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) a Chuck Taylor shoe (usually referred to in plural form, Chucks).
chuck {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Variant of chock.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (cooking) Meat from the shoulder of a cow or other animal.
    • 1975, Thomas Fabbricante, William J. Sultan, Practical Meat Cutting and Merchandising: Beef, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=fabgAAAAMAAJ&q=%22chucks%22+-intitle:%22chuck|chucks%22+-inauthor:%22chuck%22&dq=%22chucks%22+-intitle:%22chuck|chucks%22+-inauthor:%22chuck%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ywEmT_e1C4qHrAfjzvStCA&redir_esc=y page 141], Arm chucks represent approximately 54% of the beef forequarters.
    • 2001, Bruce Aidells, Denis Kelly, The Complete Meat Cookbook: A Juicy and Authoritative Guide, page 190: Often, pieces of the chuck are sold boneless as flat chunks of meat or rolled and tied.
    • 2006, , The Meat Buyers Guide: Beef, Lamb, Veal, Pork, and Poultry, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=nIRiHcD6mh4C&pg=PA113&dq=%22chucks%22+-intitle:%22chuck|chucks%22+-inauthor:%22chuck%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=s_4lT_T2Non4rQeczLXICA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22chucks%22%20-intitle%3A%22chuck|chucks%22%20-inauthor%3A%22chuck%22&f=false page 113], The chucks are that portion of foresaddle remaining after excluding the hotel rack and plate portions of the breast as described in Item No. 306. The veal foreshanks (Item No. 312) and brisket may either be attached or separated and packaged with the chucks.
  2. (mechanical engineering) A mechanical device that holds an object firmly in place, for example holding a drill bit in a high-speed rotating drill or grinder.
    • 1824, Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain), Transactions, Volume 42, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=GB_yAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA88&dq=%22chuck%22|%22chucks%22+-intitle:%22chuck|chucks%22+-inauthor:%22chuck%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=YOclT4-XJ7GyiQfKtdXrBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22chuck%22|%22chucks%22%20-intitle%3A%22chuck|chucks%22%20-inauthor%3A%22chuck%22&f=false page 88], I have had a chuck of this kind made in brass with the cones of iron, but it is cumbrous and expensive, and does not answer so well, owing to the surface of the iron offering less resistance to the work turning within it. This, perhaps, might be remedied by roughing; but I think the chuck is much better in wood, as it can be made by any common turner at a trifling expense, and possesses more strength than can possibly be required.
    • 1912, Fred Herbert Colvin, Frank Arthur Stanley, American Machinist Grinding Book, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=4zBLAAAAMAAJ&q=%22chuck%22|%22chucks%22+-intitle:%22chuck|chucks%22+-inauthor:%22chuck%22&dq=%22chuck%22|%22chucks%22+-intitle:%22chuck|chucks%22+-inauthor:%22chuck%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=A_klT-CfPMWtrAedwLSZCA&redir_esc=y page 322], Iron and steel in contact with magnets retain some of the magnetism, which is sometimes more or less of a nuisance in getting small work off the chucks.
    • 2003, Julie K. Petersen, “chuck”, entry in Fiber Optics Illustrated Dictionary, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=rFX6WyvVlHwC&pg=PA181&dq=%22chucks%22+-intitle:%22chuck|chucks%22+-inauthor:%22chuck%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=XBkmT-jRHuyeiAfvs53bBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22chucks%22%20-intitle%3A%22chuck|chucks%22%20-inauthor%3A%22chuck%22&f=false page 181], A fiber optic splicing device may be equipped with V-grooves or chucks to hold the two pieces of fiber optic filament to be spliced. If it has chucks, they are typically either clamping chucks or vacuum chucks.
    • 2008, Ramon Francis Bonaquist, NHCRP Report 614: Refining the Simple Performance Tester for Use in Routine Practice, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=ryycz2PGWwEC&pg=PA30&dq=%22chuck%22|%22chucks%22+-intitle:%22chuck|chucks%22+-inauthor:%22chuck%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=m_MlT6nqMa-ziQfX0NznBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22chuck%22|%22chucks%22%20-intitle%3A%22chuck|chucks%22%20-inauthor%3A%22chuck%22&f=false page 30], The first step in preparing a test specimen with the FlexPrepTM is to secure the gyratory specimen in the chuck of the machine.
etymology 2 Onomatopoeic dialect term for chicken, imitative of a hen's cluck.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dialect, obsolete) A chicken, a hen.
  2. A clucking sound.
    • 1998, Scott Freeman, Jon C. Herron, Evolutionary Analysis, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=ekeGyxMB3sYC&q=%22chucks%22+-intitle:%22chuck|chucks%22+-inauthor:%22chuck%22&dq=%22chucks%22+-intitle:%22chuck|chucks%22+-inauthor:%22chuck%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=aAQmT5uNEsTIrQeH_OHACA&redir_esc=y page 604], The call always starts with a whine, to which the males add from 0 to 6 chucks. In choice tests, females approach calls that contain chucks in preference to calls that contain no chucks.
  3. (slang) A friend or close acquaintance; term of endearment. Are you all right, chuck?
    • Shakespeare Pray, chuck, come hither.
  4. A gentle touch or tap. She gave him an affectionate chuck under the chin.
  5. (informal) A casual throw.
  6. (slang) An act of vomit.
  7. (cricket, informal) A throw, an incorrect bowl action.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make a clucking sound.
  2. To call, as a hen her chickens. {{rfquotek}}
  3. To touch or tap gently.
  4. (transitive, informal) To throw, especially in a careless or inaccurate manner. Chuck that magazine to me, would you?
  5. (transitive, informal) To discard, to throw away. This food′s gone off - you′d better chuck it.
  6. (transitive, informal) To jilt; to dump. She's chucked me for another man!
  7. (intransitive, slang) To vomit.
  8. (intransitive, cricket) To throw; to bowl with an incorrect action.
  9. (South Africa, slang, intransitive) To leave; to depart; to bounce. Let's chuck.
  10. (obsolete) To chuckle; to laugh. {{rfquotek}}
  11. To place in a chuck, or hold by means of a chuck, as in turning; to bore or turn (a hole) in a revolving piece held in a chuck.
etymology 3 From woodchuck. Alternative forms: 'chuck
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. abbreviation of woodchuck
    • 1976 August, Sylvia Bashline, Woodchucks Are Tablefare Too, , [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=BEGoQLm6yFQC&pg=PA50&dq=%22chucks%22+-intitle:%22chuck|chucks%22+-inauthor:%22chuck%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=KBwmT4DXF4a3iQeL5fyiBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22chucks%22%20-intitle%3A%22chuck|chucks%22%20-inauthor%3A%22chuck%22&f=false page 50], Chucks are plentiful, and most farmers are glad to have the incurable diggers kept at tolerable population levels. … For some reason, my family didn′t eat ′chucks. Few families in the area did.
etymology 4
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Scotland) A small pebble.
related terms:
  • chucks (game played with pebbles)
Synonyms: chuckstone, chuckiestone
chuckable etymology chuck + able
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (engineering) Suitable for being secure in a chuck.
  2. (colloquial) Suitable for being thrown away.
    • 2010, Robert Pagliarini, The Other 8 Hours Second, I operate under the policy that everything is chuckable unless proven otherwise. I must convince myself not to throw something away.
  3. (colloquial, of a vehicle) Reacting easily to steer, so that it can be manoeuvred without effort.
chuck a dummy
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang) To feign an epileptic attack.
chuck a sickie etymology A more slangy variant of throw a sickie.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, UK, Australia, New Zealand) To take a day off from work feigning ill health.
    • 2010, Veechi Curtis, Lynley Averis, Bookkeeping For Dummies, Australian & New Zealand Edition, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=Bn3WQmSwNMYC&pg=PA180&lpg=PA180&dq=%22chuck|chucks|chucking|chucked+a+sickie%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=p7Y2FFsv1T&sig=ikFfCUgB14M4NWli9Dl7ZI5C13Q&hl=en&sa=X&ei=MLaDUK21DYTpiAepmoDIBg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22chuck|chucks|chucking|chucked%20a%20sickie%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 180], For example, if an employee chucks a sickie, you need to check that they have enough sick leave available.
    • 2010, Eve Brenac-Mooney, Kaleidoscope, Ebrem, Australia, 2012 EPUB edition, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=XxezGH_fcvAC&pg=PT115&lpg=PT115&dq=%22chuck|chucks|chucking|chucked+a+sickie%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=0mRF83m-c2&sig=hdPG0quxz6mMVawgpWGJSXOR6sQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=MLaDUK21DYTpiAepmoDIBg&redir_esc=y unnumbered page], I wished I could chuck a sickie, but it was only my second day at Forest Glen, so that was out of the question.
    • 2012, Mike Pomery, Tangent, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=f58xbjUnM9UC&pg=PA33&lpg=PA33&dq=%22chuck|chucks|chucking|chucked+a+sickie%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=Z4a3Uu5VlI&sig=uQPnxnE3c3e2PAO-9wPHxGjBcbc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=MLaDUK21DYTpiAepmoDIBg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22chuck|chucks|chucking|chucked%20a%20sickie%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 33], “Fuck it,” I say flippantly. “I′ll chuck a sickie.” A mischievous grin works its way into her features. “Sounds brilliant,” she muses. “I′ve been trying to convince you to use up some of your sick leave for ages now. What an odd change of heart. Are you sure you are feeling normal?”
Synonyms: (claim a sick day) throw a sickie
chuck a wobbly
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, UK, Australia) to have a sudden fit of anger, to have a tantrum
chuck it down
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) To rain heavily. It's really chucking it down, I'm glad I brought my umbrella.
chucklefuck
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, derogatory) Term of abuse.
chucklehead etymology chuckle + head {{etystub}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) a stupid or clumsy person
  2. A coastal rockfish of California, {{taxlink}}.
chuck you Farley etymology Intentional spoonerism for "Fuck you, Charley"
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (euphemistic, slang) Fuck you.
    • 1998, Margaret Atwood, Bodily Harm, page 202 I wanted to think, Chuck you, Farley, there's nothing much I need you for, if I want to I can turn around and walk right through that door [....]
    • 2002, Richard Helms, The Valentine Profile, page 100 "Chuck you, Farley, I'm not having anything to do with it."
chuff pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
  • Homophones: chough
etymology 1 15th century, dialectical, in noun sense “stupid fellow”.{{R:Johnson}}{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}} Adjective sense “surly, displeased” from 1832.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British) Surly.
  2. (UK, dialect) stupid; churlish {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (surly) chuffy, (swollen) chuffy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A coarse or stupid fellow. {{rfquotek}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, slang) To purposefully fail a standardized test in a conspicuous way.
etymology 2 Onomatopoeic. Compare chug and puff.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To make noisy puffing sound, as of a steam locomotive.
    • 1912, Katherine Mansfield, "The Woman At The Store", Selected Short Stories The horses stumbled along, coughing and chuffing.
    • 1928, D. H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover ... and the small lit up train that chuffed past in the cutting made it seem like real night.
    • 1990, John Updike, Rabbit at Rest The pigeons chuff and chortle off in indignant disappointment.
  2. (British, informal) To break wind.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (scriptwriting, uncountable) Superfluous small talk that is free of conflict, offers no character development, description or insight, and does not advance the story or plot.
etymology 3 1520s, in sense “swollen with fat”; circa 1860, British dialect, in sense “pleased”. Possibly related to “coarse, stupid, fat-headed” sense.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British) Pleased.
  2. (obsolete) Swollen with fat.
  3. (coarse slang, of cheeks) Swollen.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (coarse slang) The vagina.
chuffed etymology 1957,{{R:Merriam Webster Online}} from dialectal chuff, originally meaning “puffed with fat”.{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈtʃʌft/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of chuff
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, informal) Very pleased or satisfied.
antonyms:
  • dischuffed

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