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disco biscuit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A tablet of the drug ecstasy.
Synonyms: E, love pill, power pill
discoish etymology disco + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Reminiscent of disco music.
    • 2008, Dana Spiotta, Eat the Document (page 74) Naturally he tried to fly the rather perverse opinion that Roxy's late '70s discoish period was really the best stuff, rather than the avant-pop and math-fizz of their earlier experimental stuff.
discombobulate Alternative forms: discomboberate, discombulate, discombobricate etymology 1834 US, fanciful variant of discompose, discomfit, etc., originally discombobricate.{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}} pronunciation
  • /ˌdɪs.kəmˈbɒb.jəˌleɪt/
  • {{audio}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, humorous) To throw into a state of confusion; to befuddle or perplex.
antonyms:
  • recombobulate
discord etymology Circa 1230, Middle English descorde, discorde; from xno, Old French descort (derivative of descorder), descorde; from Latin discordia, from discord-, discors, from dis- + cor, cordis, cord-, cors Verb derives from Middle English discorden, from xno, Old French descorder, from Latin discordāre, from discord-, as above.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Lack of concord, agreement or harmony.
    • Bible, Proverbs vi. 19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
    • Burke Peace to arise out of universal discord fomented in all parts of the empire.
  2. Tension or strife resulting from a lack of agreement; dissension.
  3. (music) An inharmonious combination of simultaneously sounded tones; a dissonance.
  4. Any harsh noise, or confused mingling of sounds.
    • Francis Bacon For a discord itself is but a harshness of divers sounds meeting.
related terms:
  • discordant
  • Discordianism
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (archaic) To disagree; to be at variance; to fail to agree or harmonize; clash.
    • Francis Bacon The one discording with the other.
disco stick etymology Popularized by a lyric in the 2008 song "" by : "Let's have some fun, this beat is sick/I wanna take a ride on your disco stick." Gaga explained how she coined the term in a interview: "It's another of my very thoughtful metaphors for a cock. I was at a nightclub, and I had quite a sexual crush on somebody, and I said to them, 'I wanna ride on your disco stick'."Austin Scaggs, "The 'Just Dance' singer on leotards, the first lady and raunchy lyrics", ''Rolling Stone'', 19 February 2009
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) penis
    • 2011, Erin McCarthy, The Chase, Berkley Sensation (2011), ISBN 9781101477793, page 51: But Frankie still gave him the condom. "That I know. What I don't know is where your disco stick has been."
Synonyms: See also
discrete math
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Discrete mathematics.
discuss Uganda etymology Coined by in reference to an alleged tryst between journalist and a politician, after which Kenny claimed she was merely "upstairs discussing Uganda".
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (UK, informal, euphemistic) To have sex.
    • Helen Gerald, 1995-04-27, Re: Liz Hurley, rec.arts.tv.uk, 1bd766f1e95e31fd, http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.tv.uk/msg/1bd766f1e95e31fd, “IMHO she just devalues the rest of us who want to be judged by what we do and what we are, not how we look and who we discuss Uganda with.”
    • 2007, Eccentric Cambridge, Benedict Le Vay, 1841621722, page 257, “If both [doors] are closed (leaving a small gap between them, that is) it means the occupant is away, studying hard and not wishing to be disturbed, discussing Uganda with a member of the opposite sex (or even, fwankly Wupert, the same one), or enduring a hangover from hell [...]”
    • 2009, Nicholas Belfrage, The Finest Wines of Tuscany and Central Italy, page 312, 0520259424, “The antipasto often features fettunta—thin slices of Tuscan bread toasted and salted (the bread itself is unsalted) and perhaps rubbed with garlic (you may prefer to rub it on for yourself, or not if you're due to discuss Uganda or have an interview with Silvio Berlusconi)”
related terms:
  • Ugandan affairs
Synonyms: See
disease mongering {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) The practice of widen the diagnostic boundaries of illness in order to expand the market for treatment.
disemvowel Alternative forms: disenvowel etymology {{blend}}. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, humorous) To remove the vowels from.
disgrossting
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, uncommon) gross and disgusting {{defdate}}
disgusting pronunciation
  • (RP) /dɪsˈɡʌstɪŋ/, /dɪzˈɡʌstɪŋ/
  • (Northern England) /dɪzˈɡʊstɪŋ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Causing disgust; repulsive; distasteful.
    • 2006, Oath of Office, C. Lee Thornton, “One guy farted repeatedly and laughed out loud each time he let it out. To top off his disgusting behavior, he constantly picked his nose and thumped the waste in the air.”
Synonyms: distasteful, gro, grody, grotty, repulsive
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of disgust
dish {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old English disc from West Proto-Germanic *diskaz, cognate with Latin discus. Cognate with Dutch dis, German Tisch. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /dɪʃ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A vessel such as a plate for holding or serving food, often flat with a depressed region in the middle.
    • Bible, Judges v. 25 She brought forth butter in a lordly dish.
  2. The contents of such a vessel. a dish of stew
  3. A specific type of prepared food. a vegetable dish this dish is filling and easily made
    • Shakespeare a dish fit for the gods
  4. (in the plural) Tableware (including cutlery, etc, as well as crockery) that is to be or is being washed after being used to prepare, serve and eat a meal. It's your turn to wash the dishes.
  5. a type of antenna with a similar shape to a plate or bowl, as in satellite dish, radar dish
  6. (slang) A sexually attractive person.
  7. The state of being concave, like a dish, or the degree of such concavity. the dish of a wheel
  8. A hollow place, as in a field. {{rfquotek}}
  9. (mining) A trough in which ore is measure.
  10. (mining) That portion of the produce of a mine which is paid to the land owner or proprietor.
Synonyms: (vessel) plate, (contents) dishful, plate, plateful, (sexually attractive person) babe, fox
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To put in a dish or dishes; serve, usually food. The restaurant dished up a delicious Italian brunch.
  2. (informal, slang) To gossip; to relay information about the personal situation of another.
  3. (transitive) To make concave, or depress in the middle, like a dish. to dish a wheel by inclining the spokes
  4. (slang, archaic, transitive) To frustrate; to beat; to ruin.
{{Webster 1913}}
anagrams:
  • HSDI
  • shid, SHID
dish bitch
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) An employee of a restaurant who washes dishware, typically a minimum wage position where workers are not well-treated.
  2. (slang, pejorative) In journalism, reporters who appear via satellite connections, and correspondingly have to be close to their satellite dish.
dish pig
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A dish washer, ie. a person who does that job (at a restaurant or similar). 2003: A dish pig washes dishes for a living. — Steve Baker review of Rob Longstaff Ten Tracks At A Reasonable Price, at the
dishrag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A piece of cloth (a "rag") used for wash dish.
  2. (slang) An unclean person.
You're not going out like that! you look like a dishrag!
dishwasher {{wikipedia}} etymology dish + washer pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈdɪʃˌwɒʃə/
  • (US) /ˈdɪʃˌwɑʃɚ/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A machine for washing dishes.
  2. Someone who washes dishes, especially one hired to wash dishes in a restaurant.
  3. (UK, dialect, Wiltshire) A European bird, the wagtail.
dishy etymology From UK dish + y. pronunciation
  • /ˈdɪʃ.i/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, slang) sexy
disinformation {{wikipedia}} etymology dis + information, perhaps after Russian дезинформация 〈dezinformaciâ〉, in turn from French désinformation.{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}} pronunciation
  • /dɪsɪnfəˈmeɪʃən/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The dissemination of intentionally false information to deliberately confuse or mislead.
related terms:
  • disinform
dismal science {{wikipedia}} etymology Coined by in 1849.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, sometimes, derogatory, sometimes humorous) Economics or the field of political economy.
    • 1849, , "Occasional Discourse on the Negro Question," Fraser's Magazine for Town and Country, vol. 40, pp. 530-531: [N]ot a "gay science," but a rueful—which finds the secret of this universe in "supply and demand" . . . a dreary, desolate and, indeed, quite abject and distressing one; what we might call, by way of eminence, the dismal science.
    • 1973, William R. Doerner, "‘Crypto Servants’ and Socialism (review of Economics and the Public Purpose by )," Time, 8 Oct.: Galbraith has managed to write with wit and style about the ‘dismal science’ of economics.
    • 2002, E. B. Kapstein, "Two Dismal Sciences Are Better Than One—Economics and the Study of National Security," International Security, vol. 27, no. 3, p. 160: Two Dismal Sciences: Economics and National Security—Writing during World War II, J. B. Condliffe lamented, "Economists have not contributed in very large measure to the recent outpouring of publications on the causes, conduct, and consequences of war." By the turn of the millennium, however, the situation had changed.
disneyfy etymology Disney entertainment company (with reference to their theme parks).
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (usually, pejorative) To make something (especially a location) more acceptable or marketable by removing potentially distasteful, controversial or boring elements, particularly at the cost of its historical nature. Or, to make a place sterile and disingenuous, thus diminishing its cultural and social significance. The company disneyfied the area by removing several species of plants.
Disneyland {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ˈdɪzniːˌlænd/
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. The archetypical theme park, located in Anaheim, California.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, often, derogatory) A place resembling the Disneyland theme park, often typified by a corporately-designed saccharine cheerfulness.
    • 1979, Myron Matlaw (ed.), American popular entertainment With its talking statuary, its enormous and elaborate monuments and museums, and its variety of daily shows, it has become a Disneyland of the dead...
    • 1988, The Last Temptation of Christ‎ (in New York Magazine, volume 21, number 34, 29 August 1988) Certainly anyone devoted to maintaining Christ as a lacquered benevolent spirit in a Disneyland of happiness is not going to like this movie.
    • 2007, Valerie Easton, A pattern garden: the essential elements of garden making This approach can lead to a Disneyland of a garden that busily vies for attention with the view, bringing out the best in neither.
Disney World {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: Disneyworld etymology From the name of , a resort in Florida owned by Disney which is home to a group of theme park.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, often, derogatory) A place resembling the Disney World theme park, often typified by a corporately-designed saccharine cheerfulness.
    • 1989, Bill Bryson, The lost continent: travels in small-town America (page 110) …a sort of Disney World of American history. All the ticket takers and street sweepers and information givers were dressed in period costumes, the women in big aprons and muffin hats, the men in tricornered caps…
    • 1994, Kumar Rupesinghe, Marcial Rubio Correa, The culture of violence (page 87) Somehow one's acceptance into humanity is dependent on the kind of Disney World assumption that differences are only on the surface.
    • 2000, James Joseph O'Donnell, Avatars of the word: from papyrus to cyberspace (page 144) There is no refuge from reality in teaching, no orderly life in a kind of Disney World of the mind where nothing really dangerous ever happens and a predictable good time is had by all.
dispatching
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The sending of somebody or something to a destination for a purpose.
  2. (informal) burial 2008 John F. Nash, "Christianity: the One, the Many - Volume 2 - Page 308"
    • The three liturgically recognized stages in life are sometimes referred to as “hatching, matching and dispatching.”
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of dispatch
disposal Alternative forms: disposall pronunciation
  • (UK) [dɪsˈpəʊzəɫ]
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An arrangement, categorization or classification of things
  2. a disposing of or getting rid of something
  3. the power to use something or someone
related terms:
  • disposition
disposophobia
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, humorous) Fear or dislike of disposing of items; a tendency to hoard things.
disrespect etymology dis + respect pronunciation
  • (UK) /dɪsɹɪˈspɛkt/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A lack of respect, esteem or courteous behaviour.
Synonyms: misrespect, unrespect
antonyms:
  • respect
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To show a lack of respect to someone or something.
Synonyms: dis, insult, misbid, misrespect
antonyms:
  • respect
diss Alternative forms: dis etymology Originated in Jamaican Vernacular English or African American Vernacular English, probably originally short for disrespect or disparage. pronunciation
  • /dɪs/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US, British, slang) To put (someone) down, or show disrespect by the use of insulting language or dismissive behaviour.
    • 1905, 10 December, The Sunday Times (Perth), "A New Word", page 4: When a journalistic rival tries to "dis" youAnd to prejudice you in the public's eyes.Don't stigmatise his charges as a "tissueOf palpable, unmitigated lies."
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An insult or put-down; an expression of disrespect.
related terms:
  • diss song, diss track
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. dissertation
anagrams:
  • SIDS, SSID
dissental
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, legal, colloquial) A dissent from an order denying rehearing en banc.
    • "Increasing numbers of circuit judges are writing dissents from, and concurrences in, orders denying rehearing en banc—colloquially known as dissentals and concurrals", Alex Kozinski & James Burnham, "I Say Dissental, You Say Concurral", The Yale Law Journal Online
diss song
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A song or hip-hop track, frequently as part of a , primarily intended to verbally assault or insult a person or a group of people.
Synonyms: diss track
related terms:
  • diss
distance {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: distaunce (archaic) etymology From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin distantia, from distāns, present participle of distō, from di-, dis- + stō. pronunciation
  • /ˈdɪstəns/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) The amount of space between two point, usually geographical points, usually (but not necessarily) measured along a straight line. exampleThe distance to Petersborough is thirty miles.  {{nowrap}}
    • 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,{{nb...}}, down the nave to the western door.…At a seemingly immense distance the surpliced group stopped to say the last prayer.”
  2. Length or interval of time.
    • Matthew Prior (1664-1721) ten years' distance between one and the other
    • John Playfair (1748-1819) the writings of Euclid at the distance of two thousand years
  3. (countable, informal) The difference; the subjective measure between two quantities. exampleWe're narrowing the distance between the two versions of the bill.  {{nowrap}}
  4. Remoteness of place; a remote place.
    • Washington Irving (1783-1859) easily managed from a distance
    • Thomas Campbell (poet) (1777-1844) 'Tis distance lends enchantment to the view.
    • Joseph Addison (1672–1719) [He] waits at distance till he hears from Cato.
  5. Remoteness in succession or relation. examplethe distance between a descendant and his ancestor
  6. A space marked out in the last part of a racecourse.
    • Roger L'Estrange (1616-1704) the horse that ran the whole field out of distance
  7. (uncountable, figuratively) The entire amount of progress to an objective. exampleHe had promised to perform this task, but did not go the distance.
  8. (uncountable, figuratively) A withholding of intimacy; alienation; variance. exampleThe friendship did not survive the row: they kept each other at a distance.
    • Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Setting them [factions] at distance, or at least distrust amongst themselves.
    • John Milton (1608-1674) On the part of Heaven, / Now alienated, distance and distaste.
    • {{RQ:WBsnt IvryGt}} In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.…Strangers might enter the room, but they were made to feel that they were there on sufferance: they were received with distance and suspicion.
  9. The remoteness or reserve which respect requires; hence, respect; ceremoniousness.
    • John Dryden (1631-1700) I hope your modesty / Will know what distance to the crown is due.
    • Francis Atterbury (1663-1732) 'Tis by respect and distance that authority is upheld.
Synonyms: farness
related terms:
  • distant
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To move away (from) someone or something. He distanced himself from the comments made by some of his colleagues.
  2. (transitive) To leave at a distance; to outpace, leave behind.
    • 1891, Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country, Nebraska 2005, p. 71: Then the horse, with muscles strong as steel, distanced the sound.
statistics:
  • {{rank}}
distasteful Alternative forms: distastefull (archaic) etymology distaste + ful pronunciation
  • (UK) /dɪsˈteɪstfəɫ/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having a bad or foul taste.
  2. (figuratively) Unpleasant.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 12 , [http://openlibrary.org/works/OL1097634W The Mirror and the Lamp] , “All this was extraordinarily distasteful to Churchill. It was ugly, gross. Never before had he felt such repulsion when the vicar displayed his characteristic bluntness or coarseness of speech. In the present connexion—or rather as a transition from the subject that started their conversation—such talk had been distressingly out of place.”
    exampleScrubbing the floors was a distasteful duty to perform.
  3. Offensive. exampledistasteful language
antonyms:
  • pleasant, pleasing
distribution Alternative forms: {{alter}} etymology From Old French, from Latin distributio, from distribuere 'to distribute', itself from dis- 'apart' + tribuere 'to ' (from tribus). pronunciation
  • /ˌdɪstɹəˈbjuːʃən/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An act of distributing or state of being distributed.
  2. An apportionment by law (of funds, property).
  3. (business, marketing) The process by which goods get to final consumer over a geographical market, including storing, selling, shipping and advertising.
  4. The frequency of occurrence or extent of existence.
  5. Anything distributed; portion; share.
    • Atterbury our charitable distributions
  6. The result of distributing; arrangement.
  7. (mathematics, statistics) A probability distribution; the set of relative likelihoods that a variable will have a value in a given interval.
  8. (computing) A set of bundle software component; distro.
  9. (economics) The apportionment of income or wealth in a population. The wealth distribution became extremely skewed in the kleptocracy.
  10. (finance) The process or result of the sale of securities, especially their placement among investors with long-term investment strategies.
  11. (logic) The resolution of a whole into its part.
  12. (printing, historical) The process of sort the type and placing them in their proper box in the case.
  13. (steam engines) The steps or operations by which steam is supplied to and withdrawn from the cylinder at each stroke of the piston: admission, suppression or cutting off, release or exhaust, and compression of exhaust steam prior to the next admission.
  14. (rhetoric) {{rfdef}}
    • 1553, , The Arte of Rhetorique (1962), book iii, folio 99, page 209 s.v.Diſtribucion”: It is alſo called a diſtribucion, when we diuide the whole, into ſeuerall partes, and ſaie we haue foure poynctes, whereof we purpoſe to ſpeake, compꝛehendyng our whole talke within compaſſe of theſame.
    • 1728, Ephraim Chambers, I, page 230/2 s.v.Diſtribution²”: Diſtribution, in Rhetoric, a Kind of Deſcription; or a Figure, whereby an orderly Diviſion, and Enumeration is made of the principal Qualities of a Subject.
related terms:
  • distributee
  • distributive
  • distributor
District
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (with determiner, informal) The District of Columbia, the federal district of the United States.
  2. (with determiner, mostly local usage) Any of numerous governmental districts.
disty Alternative forms: distie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) distributor
  2. (informal) distribution
anagrams:
  • ditsy
ditsy
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) alternative spelling of ditzy
anagrams:
  • disty
ditto etymology First attested in 1625. From Italian ditto, variant of detto, past participle of dire, from Latin dīcō. Not related to Italian dito "finger". pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈdɪtəʊ/
  • (US) /ˈdɪtoʊ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. That which was stated before, the aforesaid, the above, the same, likewise.
    • Charles Dickens A spacious table in the centre, and a variety of smaller dittos in the corners.
    • {{quote-news}}
    • {{quote-news}}
  2. (informal) A duplicate or copy of a document, particularly one created by a spirit duplicator Please run off twenty-four dittos of this assignment, for my students.
  3. A copy; an imitation.
    • {{quote-journal}}
    • {{quote-news}}
    • {{quote-news}}
  4. A symbol, represented by two apostrophe, inverted commas, or quotation marks (" "), when indicating that the item preceding is to be repeat.
Synonyms: (symbol) ditto mark, do (abbreviation)
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. As said before, likewise.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To repeat the aforesaid, the earlier action etc.
    • 1989, K. K. N. Kurup, Agrarian struggles in Kerala The Communists believed that Prakasam, the Prime Minister, never tried to check the bureaucracy but dittoed every action of the corrupt officials and police.
Synonyms: ape, echo
interjection: {{head}}
  1. Used to show agreement with what another person has said.
    • Boy: "I'm really busy today!"
    • Girl: "Ditto!"
dittohead etymology ditto + head, coined by listeners of Rush Limbaugh's radio show, from the habit of calling in with the single-word comment "Ditto!"
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, pejorative) One who agrees with an idea mindlessly, especially those who agree because they are supporters of the person who started the idea.
  2. (US, slang) Someone who is a fan of 's radio program.
  3. (US, slang, pejorative) A person who agrees with Rush Limbaugh unquestioningly. It'll probably never happen, but if Rush Limbaugh and his clear-cut-crazy dittoheads could see this hauntingly beautiful documentary, even they might start choking on one of his favorite epithets, "environmental wacko."
ditz etymology Back-formation from ditzy. pronunciation
  • (UK) /dɪts/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A scatterbrained person, especially a woman.
Synonyms: airhead
ditzy Alternative forms: ditsy etymology unknown pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdɪtsi/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Silly or scatterbrained, usually of a woman.
div pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (mathematics, computing) a function, implemented in many programming language, that returns the result of a division of two integer
  2. (vector calculus) short for divergence; a kind of differential operator
  3. (slang) A foolish person; an idiot.
    • 2012, Caitlin Moran, Moranthology, Ebury Press 2012, p. 13: Too many commentators are quick to accuse their enemies of being evil. It's far, far more effective to point out that they're acting like divs instead.
  4. (web design) A section of a web page, or the div HTML element which represents it in computer code.
  5. (UK) divinity, mainly used by schoolchildren.
  6. (UK, Eton College, slang) A division; a lesson.
anagrams:
  • DVI, D.V.I.
  • vid, vid.
dive pronunciation
  • /ˈdaɪv/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English diven, duven, from the merger of Old English dȳfan (from Proto-Germanic *dūbijaną) and dūfan (past participle ġedofen). Cognate with Icelandic dýfa, Low German bebedaven. See also deep, dip.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To swim under water.
  2. To jump into water head-first.
    • Whately It is not that pearls fetch a high price because men have dived for them.
  3. To descend sharply or steeply.
  4. (especially with in) To undertake with enthusiasm. She dove right in and started making improvements.
  5. (sports) To deliberately fall down after a challenge, imitating being foul, in the hope of getting one's opponent penalised.
  6. To cause to descend, dunk; to plunge something into water. {{rfquotek}}
  7. (transitive) To explore by diving; to plunge into.
    • Denham The Curtii bravely dived the gulf of fame.
    • Emerson He dives the hollow, climbs the steeps.
  8. (figurative) To plunge or to go deeply into any subject, question, business, etc.; to penetrate; to explore. {{rfquotek}}
The past tense dove is found chiefly in North American English, where it is used alongside the regular (and earlier) dived, with regional variations; in British English dived is the standard past tense, dove existing only in some dialects. As a past participle, dove is relatively rare. (Compare Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary; The American Heritage Dictionary; The Cambridge Guide to English Usage)
related terms:
  • scuba diving
  • duck dive
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A jump or plunge into water.
  2. A swim under water.
  3. A decline.
  4. (slang) A seedy bar, nightclub, etc.
  5. (aviation) Aerial descend with the nose pointed down.
  6. (sports) A deliberate fall after a challenge.
related terms:
  • divebomb
  • nosedive
  • swandive/swan-dive/swan dive
etymology 2 From Italian; see diva.
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of diva
anagrams:
  • Devi, I'd've, vide, vidê, vied
divershitty etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, vulgar) diversity; multiculturalism
divi
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, informal, dated) The dividend paid out by the Co-op
divitis etymology div + itis
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (web design, usually, derogatory) The practice of authoring web-page code with many div elements in place of meaningful semantic HTML elements.
related terms:
  • classitis
quotations:
  • {{seeCites}}
divoon
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (American, slang, dated) Very divine.
    • 1957, George Axelrod, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?: A New Comedy in Three Acts, Samuel French, Inc. (ISBN 9780573617959), page 69 Isn't that divoon! MIKE. Divoon. Divoon. GEORGE. Kid — I can't let you do this ! RITA. Oh, Georgie, you will let me go with you, won't you, doll baby? I can't live without you, you know that. And I just can wait to meet Aunt Jessie.
    • 1978, Grease (DVD subtitles), Paramount Pictures, 0:22:40 Oh, no. Your split was divoon.
    • 1987, John Bishop, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, Dramatists Play Service, Inc. (ISBN 9780822207924), page 17 It's divoon, simply divoon. And I have a budget all worked out. Even down to the opening night party. We'll hold it at Sardi's, naturally, and if we charge the actors just a teensy cover charge, we'll break even.
    • 2012, Dale Bridges, Dreams Some Assembly Required ... the Beginning, AuthorHouse (ISBN 9781477272596), page 129 You look divoon, just divoon, Honey. There's a new one over there. She's assisting Miss Berk.” Dixie glanced at his wristwatch and squeaked “Oh, my God! Half hour to curtain. Oh, I just love show business. I'll return. Ta ta. Gotta pee.”
divulge etymology Latin divulgare, from di- + vulgare. pronunciation
  • (UK) [daɪˈvʌɫdʒ], [daɪˈvʊɫdʒ]
  • (US) /daɪˈvʌlʒ/, /dɪˈvʌlʒ/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make public; to several or communicate to the public; to tell (a secret) so that it may become generally known; to disclose; -- said of that which had been confided as a secret, or had been before unknown; as, to divulge a secret.
    • Divulge not such a love as mine. - .
  2. To indicate publicly; to proclaim.
    • God . . . marks The just man, and divulges him through heaven. -- .
Synonyms: bewray, bring out, uncover, disclose, discover, expose, give away, impart, let on, let out, reveal
divvers
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang, dated, Oxford University) divinity (as a subject or examination)
divvie Alternative forms: divvy
etymology 1 From dividend with the diminutive suffix -ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) A dividend.
etymology 2 {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang, derogatory) A stupid person; someone of low intelligence.
divvy van etymology From a diminutive of divisional + van.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang) A police van.
    • 2009, Kalinda Ashton, The Danger Game, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=Yx5W6xCvkWMC&pg=PT44&dq=%22divvy+van%22|divvy+vans%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=EJJAT-0-5Y2IB8CWxO8E&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22divvy%20van%22|divvy%20vans%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 84], On the way back I walked through the Block, then past the Aboriginal Legal Service and three divvy vans. One of the constables wound down his window and put his radio in his lap. ‘Hold onto your purse, Lady.’
    • 2010, Jeremy Chambers, The Vintage and the Gleaning, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=3_moVWw8owwC&pg=PA249&dq=%22divvy+van%22|divvy+vans%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=EJJAT-0-5Y2IB8CWxO8E&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22divvy%20van%22|divvy%20vans%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 249], Lucky they got them in the divvy vans quick as they did. You hear about that? Had to bring in divvy vans far as bloody Albury to take them off. Had them in lock-ups all over the place.
    • 2011, Jacob Staring, My Life: How I Overcame Stress, Depression, and Communication Breakdowns, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=jeFKCMaES5cC&pg=PA16&dq=%22divvy+van%22|divvy+vans%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=EJJAT-0-5Y2IB8CWxO8E&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22divvy%20van%22|divvy%20vans%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 16], Someone called the police and there were eight divvy vans at the front of our court. I must have been very evil. On the first fire I started in my backyard, I put a lot of things on that fire, petrol, tyres, wood, and many more things.
Synonyms: (police van) black maria, dog box, paddy wagon
Dixie etymology unknown for certain; may come from the Mason-Dixon line, the boundary between the northern states and the southern states or from the slang term dixie for a Louisiana $10 bill that had the French word dix printed on itFunk, W. J., ''Word origins and their romantic stories'', New York, Wilfred Funk, Inc.. pronunciation
  • /ˈdɪksi/
proper noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal, US) The southern United States; the South.
  2. (informal, US) The southwestern corner of Utah.
  3. (US) A given name transferred from the place name.
Synonyms: Dixieland, South
Dixieland {{wikipedia}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (US, informal) The southern states of the US; Dixie.
  2. (US, informal) The southwestern corner of Utah; Dixie.
  3. (music) A type of jazz that originated in New Orleans.
dizamn etymology {{infix}}
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (AAVE slang) Damn.
    • {{quote-song }}
    • {{quote-song }}
Synonyms: See also
DLL hell {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, informal) Problems caused by incompatible version of a DLL (dynamic-link library).
    • 2002, David Chappell, Understanding .NET: A Tutorial and Analysis A more succinct way to say this is that the versioning the CLR enforces for strong-named assemblies means the end of DLL hell.
    • 2006, Nagel et al, Professional C# 2005 Another feature of Windows 2000 or later Windows operating systems that deals with DLL Hell is file protection: system DLLs are protected...
DMCA
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (US legal)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal, transitive, Internet) To serve a Digital Millennium Copyright Act notification against, so as to have infringing material taken down. The record label DMCAed several Web sites that were hosting copyrighted song lyrics.
anagrams:
  • CADM
  • CDMA
DNA {{wikipedia}}
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. .
  2. Did Not Answer.
  3. Did Not Arrive (used when someone fails to keep an appointment).
  4. Did Not Attend.
  5. Do Not Assume.
  6. Drugs 'n' alcohol.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (biochemistry) A biopolymer of deoxyribonucleic acid (a type of nucleic acid) that has four different chemical groups, called bases: adenine, guanine, cytosine, and thymine.
  2. (informal) That part of a person's character that has a genetic origin
related terms:
  • RNA
  • XNA
  • PNA
  • TNA
  • GNA
anagrams:
  • ADN
  • and, AND
  • dan, Dan, Dan., DAN
  • nad, NAD
  • NDA
DNA snippet
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, genetics) A small portion of DNA associated with one or more gene or attribute
do {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From Middle English don, from Old English dōn, from Proto-Germanic *dōną, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeh₁- 〈*dʰeh₁-〉. Cognate with Scots dae, Saterland Frisian dwo, Western Frisian dwaan, Dutch doen, Low German doon, German tun, Latin facio, Ancient Greek τίθημι 〈títhēmi〉, Lithuanian dėti, Polish dziać, Albanian ndodh, Russian делать 〈delatʹ〉, Sanskrit दधाति 〈dadhāti〉, Russian девать 〈devatʹ〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /duː/
  • (UK) /d͡ʒ/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /du/
  • (AusE) /dʉː/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
verb: {{rfc}} {{en-verb}}
  1. (auxiliary) A syntactic marker in questions. exampleDo you go there often?
  2. (auxiliary) A syntactic marker in negations.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 4 , ““Well,” I answered, at first with uncertainty, then with inspiration, “he would do splendidly to lead your cotillon, if you think of having one.” ¶ “So you do not dance, Mr. Crocker?” ¶ I was somewhat set back by her perspicuity.”
    exampleI do not go there often.
  3. (auxiliary) A syntactic marker for emphasis.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 7 , [http://openlibrary.org/works/OL5535161W Mr. Pratt's Patients] , ““I don't know how you and the ‘head,’ as you call him, will get on, but I do know that if you call my duds a ‘livery’ again there'll be trouble. It's bad enough to go around togged out like a life saver on a drill day, but I can stand that 'cause I'm paid for it. […]””
    exampleBut I do go sometimes.
  4. (auxiliary) A syntactic marker to avoid repetition of an earlier verb. exampleI play tennis; she does too.
  5. (transitive) To perform; to execute.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    exampleall you ever do is surf the Internet;  what will you do this afternoon?
  6. (obsolete) To cause, make (someone) (do something).
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.vi: Sometimes to doe him laugh, she would assay / To laugh at shaking of the leaues light, / Or to behold the water worke …
    • W. Caxton My lord Abbot of Westminster did do shewe to me late certain evidences.
    • Spenser a fatal plague which many did to die
    • Bible, 2 Cor. viii. 1 We do you to wit [i.e. we make you to know] of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia.
  7. (intransitive, transitive) To suffice.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 4 , ““Well,” I answered, at first with uncertainty, then with inspiration, “he would do splendidly to lead your cotillon, if you think of having one.” ¶ “So you do not dance, Mr. Crocker?” ¶ I was somewhat set back by her perspicuity.”
    • 1922, Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit "Here," she said, "take your old Bunny! He'll do to sleep with you!" And she dragged the Rabbit out by one ear, and put him into the Boy's arms.
    exampleit’s not the best broom, but it will have to do;  this will do me, thanks.
  8. (intransitive) To be reasonable or acceptable. exampleIt simply will not do to have dozens of children running around such a quiet event.
  9. (transitive) To have (as an effect). exampleThe fresh air did him some good.
  10. (intransitive) To fare; to succeed or fail.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    exampleOur relationship isn't doing very well;  how do you do?
  11. (transitive, chiefly in questions) To have as one's job. exampleWhat does Bob do? — He's a plumber.
  12. To cook. exampleI'll just do some eggs.
  13. (transitive) To travel in, to tour, to make a circuit of.
    • 1957 ed., page , , “We 'did' London to our heart's content, thanks to Fred and Frank, and were sorry to go away, …”
    • page 97, http://books.google.com/books?id=8sURAAAAYAAJ , “After doing Paris and its suburbs, I started for London …”
    • {{quote-news}}
    exampleLet’s do New York also.
  14. (transitive) To treat in a certain way.
    • {{quote-news}}
    • 1928, Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Abominable History of the Man with Copper Fingers", in Lord Peter Views the Body, Upon my word, although he [my host] certainly did me uncommonly well, I began to feel I'd be more at ease among the bushmen.
    • page 50, http://books.google.com/books?id=uV1Ml34sKkQC, 068804560X , “"Why you gonna do me like that?" I ask. "Do what?" "Dog me."”
  15. (transitive) To work for or on, by way of caring for, looking after, preparing, cleaning, keeping in order, etc.
    • Harper's Magazine The sergeants seem to do themselves pretty well.
  16. (intransitive, obsolete) To act or behave in a certain manner; to conduct oneself.
    • Bible, 2 Kings xvii. 34 They fear not the Lord, neither do they after … the law and commandment.
  17. (transitive) To spend (time) in jail. exampleI did five years for armed robbery. exampleIf the police catch you, you'll have to do time.
  18. (transitive) To impersonate or depict. exampleThey really laughed when he did Clinton, with a perfect accent and a leer.
  19. (transitive, slang) To kill.
  20. (transitive, slang) To deal with for good and all; to finish up; to undo; to ruin; to do for.
    • Charles Reade Sometimes they lie in wait in these dark streets, and fracture his skull, … or break his arm, or cut the sinew of his wrist; and that they call doing him.
  21. (transitive, slang) To have sex with. (See also do it)
  22. (transitive) To cheat or swindle. exampleThat guy just did me out of two hundred bucks!
    • De Quincey He was not to be done, at his time of life, by frivolous offers of a compromise that might have secured him seventy-five per cent.
  23. (transitive) To convert into a certain form; especially, to translate. examplethe novel has just been done into English;  I'm going to do do this play into a movie
  24. (transitive, intransitive) To finish. exampleAren't you done yet?
  25. (UK, dated, intransitive) To work as a domestic servant (with for).
    • 1915, Frank Thomas Bullen, Recollections I've left my key in my office in Manchester, my family are at Bournemouth, and the old woman who does for me goes home at nine o'clock.
  26. (archaic, dialectal, transitive, auxiliary) Used to form the present progressive of verbs.
    • 1844, William Barnes, Evenén in the Village, Poems of Rural Life in the Dorset Dialect: ...An' the dogs do bark, an' the rooks be a-vled to the elems high and dark, an' the water do roar at mill.
  27. (stock exchange) To cash or to advance money for, as a bill or note.
  28. (informal, transitive) To make or provide. Do they do haircuts there? Could you do me a burger with mayonnaise instead of ketchup?
  • In older forms of English, when the pronoun thou was in active use and verbs had a distinct second-person singular present-tense form, the verb had two such forms: dost, in helping-verb uses, and doest, in other uses. (Naturally, these are both now archaic, though is less common than even as an archaism.) Similarly, when the ending -eth was in active use for third-person singular present-tense forms, the form doth was used as a helping verb, and the form doeth elsewhere; these have both been supplanted by the current form does, except in archaisms, where is more common than .
antonyms:
  • don't
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A party, celebration, social function. We’re having a bit of a do on Saturday to celebrate my birthday.
    • 2013, Russell Brand, Russell Brand and the GQ awards: 'It's amazing how absurd it seems' (in The Guardian, 13 September 2013) After a load of photos and what-not, we descend the world's longest escalator, which are called that even as they de-escalate, and in we go to the main forum, a high ceilinged hall, full of circular cloth-draped, numbered tables, a stage at the front, the letters GQ, 12-foot high in neon at the back; this aside, though, neon forever the moniker of trash, this is a posh do, in an opera house full of folk in tuxes.
  2. (informal) A hairdo. Nice do!
  3. (colloquial, obsolete) A period of confusion or argument. {{rfex}}
  4. Something that can or should be done (usually in the phrase dos and don'ts).
  5. (obsolete) A deed; an act. {{rfquotek}}
  6. (archaic) ado; bustle; stir; to-do
    • Selden A great deal of do, and a great deal of trouble.
  7. (obsolete, UK, slang) A cheat; a swindler.
Synonyms: (period of confusion or argument) to-do, (party, celebration) get-together For the plural of the noun, the spelling would be correct; is often used for the sake of legibility, but is sometimes considered incorrect. For the party, the term is generally used only by older adults and usually implies a social function of modest size and formality.
etymology 2 From Italian do. Alternative forms: doh pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /dəʊ/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /doʊ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (music) A syllable used in solfège to represent the first and eighth tonic of a major scale.
Synonyms: ut (archaic)
etymology 3 Short for ditto.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (rare) abbreviation of ditto
statistics:
  • {{rank}}
anagrams:
  • od, OD
{{categorize}} {{catlangname}}
doable etymology From do + able.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Possible to do; feasible.
  2. (informal) Worthy of sexual conquest. Look at that chick - she's so doable!
quotations:
  • {{seeCites}}
anagrams:
  • albedo
do a bunk
verb: {{head}}
  1. (British, slang, idiomatic) To escape or flee, especially under incriminating circumstances.
do a Reggie Perrin etymology From the name of the main character in the British sitcom , who faked his own suicide.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (British, slang) To fake one's own suicide.
    • 1998, "Whispering Bob", "There must be more to life than this!", uk.local.southwest, Usenet, Anyway, I went to Weymouth Yesterday, and sat on the beach thinking I could do a Reggie Perrin, so I took off all my clothes, and ran into the sea. I had planned to fake my own death, but for those of you who don't know, Weymouth's beach is a tad shallow, and is so for a considerable distance, well I ran as far as I could before my gonads rested in my throat cos of the cold and decided...THERE HAS TO BE MORE TO LIFE THAN THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • 2003, Anthony Hulse, Insanity Never Sleeps, Mediaworld PR Ltd, ISBN 1904502431, page 20, “Bloody hell, can’t you do a Reggie Perrin luv? Leave your clothes on Redcar beach and when I receive the dosh I’ll meet you in Australia?”
    • 2007, Anthony Rosen, An UnOrdinary Life: Memoirs of Anthony Rosen, Roundtuit Publishing, ISBN 1904499147, page 135, Following a mental breakdown in 1973, he did a “Reggie Perrin”, but was arrested in mistake for Lord Lucan (the peer wanted for murder) in Australia on Christmas Eve 1974.
do away with
verb: {{head}}
  1. (transitive, idiomatic, informal) to abolish; to put an end to; to eliminate
    • 1887, , The Illuminated Way: A Guide to Newophytes, 1903 ed., Yogi publications, New Jersey, p. 35: For no nearness in space, no closeness of relations, no daily intimacy, can do away with the inexorable laws which give the adept his seclusion.
    • 1922, , Tom Swift And His Electric Locomotive, ch. 7: Using electricity as motive power for railroads will do away with fuel trains, tenders, coal handling, water, and all that.
    • 2008, "Editorial: British schools' move towards scrapping homework is a progressive idea," Times of India, 30 Sep.: In most countries, homework has come to be an integral part of the schooling system. So much so that parents are suspicious when schools do away with homework.
  2. (transitive, idiomatic, informal, euphemistic) to have someone killed
dob
etymology 1 Uncertain. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, chiefly, Australia and _, UK) To report (a person) to someone in authority for a wrongdoing. I’ll dob on you if you break in. You dobbed me in!I never did!
    • 1983, James Macpherson, The Feral Classroom, page 107, Students often claimed that an act of informing was just ‘dobbing as a joke’ and therefore ‘not really dobbing’.
    • 1998, , Council of Law Reporting in Victoria, Victorian Reports, Volume 4, page 372, The deceased “dobbed” him in about drugs to police on two occasions. This resulted in police seizing some of his drugs. She “dobbed” him in because he would not give her amphetamines. He may have told people that she “dobbed” him in.
    • 2006, Ian Findley, Shared Responsibility: Beating Bullying in Australian Schools, page 67, Alex was concerned that if others thought he had dobbed, things would get even worse for him. Dobbing was the worst thing a student could do.
  2. (slang, chiefly, Australia) To do one's share; to contribute. We all dobbed in for a gift when he retired.
    • 1968, Louise Elizabeth Rorabacher, Aliens in Their Land: The Aborigine in the Australian Short Story, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=S_QmAAAAMAAJ&q=%22dobbing|dobbed+in+for|to%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22dobbing%22&dq=%22dobbing|dobbed+in+for|to%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22dobbing%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2LhAT7yqIe_JmQXc4vmvBw&redir_esc=y page 80], He′d never take payment in cash for tracking, but when they dobbed in for presentations such as the fridge he accepted them shyly, abashedly,….
    • 1976, Margaret Paice, Colour in the Creek, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=A86OtWdt2pIC&q=%22dobbing|dobbed+in+for|to%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22dobbing%22&dq=%22dobbing|dobbed+in+for|to%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22dobbing%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2LhAT7yqIe_JmQXc4vmvBw&redir_esc=y page 53], The miners had all dobbed in to buy a few bottles of beer which they left in the creek overnight to cool.
  3. (slang, chiefly, Australia) To nominate a person, often in their absence, for an unpleasant task. I arrived just after the meeting had started and found myself dobbed in to take the minutes.
    • 1977, , Canadian Literature, Issues 74-77, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=fjUzAAAAIAAJ&q=%22dobbing|dobbed+in+for|to%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22dobbing%22&dq=%22dobbing|dobbed+in+for|to%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22dobbing%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2LhAT7yqIe_JmQXc4vmvBw&redir_esc=y page 108], Writing reviews reminds me of the time I got dobbed in to be the judge at the Poochera sheep dog trials. It′s easy they said, sinking beers in the shade of the lean-to, just watch the dog.
    • 2001, Kerreen M. Reiger, Sheila Kitzinger, Our Bodies, Our Babies: The Forgotten Women's Movement, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=ggbbAAAAMAAJ&q=%22dobbing|dobbed+in+for|to%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22dobbing%22&dq=%22dobbing|dobbed+in+for|to%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22dobbing%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=xsNAT83EKMXAmQWanbXWBw&redir_esc=y page 153], Those who moved into organisational roles sometimes did it unwittingly, even unwillingly, as they were ‘dobbed’ in for tasks, succeeded and so it went on.
(all senses) Most often used with "in" or "on."
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small amount of something, especially paste. Put a dob of butter on the potato, please.
    • 1903, , , in (in the U.S. Scribner edition, but omitted from most British editions), ‘Consequence will be, O Tegumai,’ said the Head Chief, ‘that we will make them understand it with sticks and stinging-nettles and dobs of mud; and if that doesn't teach them, we'll draw fine, freehand Tribal patterns on their backs with the cutty edges of mussel-shells.…’
quotations:
  • {{seeCites}}
related terms:
  • dab
etymology 2 Initialism.
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. date of birth
Alternative forms: DOB
etymology 3 Short for do our best. dyb (or dib) and dob were used as abbreviated forms of do your best and do our best in certain Scout chants. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, sometimes, humorous) In the scouting movement, to chant dob to indicate that one will do one's best to follow the scouting laws.
    • 2009, Clive James, Unreliable Memoirs (page 54) I used to get through the dibbing and dobbing all right but during the howling I usually rolled over backwards.
    • 2009, Justin Pollard, The Interesting Bits Why were there 212 fatalities at the first boy scout camp? There wasn't much dybbing and dobbing at Robert Baden-Powell's first scout camp as the camp in question was in Mafeking and took place during a particularly nasty siege…
anagrams:
  • bod, BOD
do-badder etymology do + bad + -er, after do-gooder.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A person who does bad things.
    • {{quote-magazine }}
dobber
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US) A tool used to play bingo; a dauber.
  2. (UK, derogatory) A member of the working class in Scotland who is seen as undereducated, with poor taste, especially in clothes, and poor social skills; closely connected to chav.
  3. (Australia, UK, derogatory) One who dob (informs against or implicates to authority). Nikki is such a dobber, she told the teacher that I hit Karen in the playground.
    • 1999, William De Maria, Deadly Disclosures: Whistleblowing and the Ethical Meltdown of Australia, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=jdYTquEmaScC&pg=PA16&dq=%22dobber%22|%22dobbers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=XtdAT8X0B8eciAfd5Jm4BA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22dobber%22|%22dobbers%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 16], In awakening us to our powerlessness, whistleblowers produce all sorts of crisscrossed emotions. Should we respond to them as truth-bearing ethical citizens, or spiteful, griping dobbers?
    • 2010, Lisa Heidke, What Kate Did Next, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=fwwYKHgUC1QC&pg=PA125&dq=%22dobber%22|%22dobbers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=XtdAT8X0B8eciAfd5Jm4BA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22dobber%22|%22dobbers%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 125], ‘Not only that,’ Graeme continued, ‘but Simone′s a dobber – and no-one likes a dobber, do they, K?…’
    • 2011, James Morton, Susanna Lobez, Gangland Melbourne, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=_9n5xRazbNwC&pg=PA95&dq=%22dobber%22|%22dobbers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=XtdAT8X0B8eciAfd5Jm4BA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22dobber%22|%22dobbers%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 95], The question was whether the dobber had simply dobbed or whether he had planted the weapons.
  4. (British, informal) Any small electronic device that plugs directly into a larger one, such as a wireless scoring system in fencing or a USB mass storage device.
  5. (British, chiefly, dialect) A large marble.
  6. (US, regional) A float (as used by an angler).
    • 2007, William G. Tapply, Trout Eyes: True Tales of Adventure, Travel, and Fly-Fishing, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=k7lS8YpMX-IC&pg=PA191&dq=%22dobber%22|%22dobbers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=AchAT7-LIM2hiQfitPzuBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22dobber%22|%22dobbers%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 191], In attaching this dobber or float, tie it on as short a tippet as you can manage and attach it to the leader from four to six feet above the nymph.
  7. A dabchick.
anagrams:
  • robbed
dobbin pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An old jaded horse.
  2. (UK, dialect) Sea gravel mixed with sand.
  3. (dated, slang, among students) synonym of horse (illegitimate study aid)
Synonyms: (old jaded horse) hack, jade, nag
do bears shit in the woods
phrase: {{head}}?
  1. (colloquial, rhetorical question, mildly, vulgar) alternative form of does a bear shit in the woods
do business etymology en + en.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To be engage in business, to be involved in commerce or trade. I simply refuse to do business with such ruffians.
  2. (slang) To urinate.
related terms:
  • dba
  • DBA
anagrams:
  • bond issues
Doc etymology From doctor by shortening pronunciation
  • (UK) /dɒk/
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proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A nickname for a medical doctor, a person with an advanced educational degree, or a learned person.
  2. (slang, usually in plural) A Doc Marten shoe.
  3. (slang, United States military) A common form of address for combat medics, especially Navy Hospital Corpsmen.
anagrams:
  • CDO, C.O.D., COD, cod, OCD, ODC
doc
etymology 1 From doctor by shortening. pronunciation
  • (UK) /dɒk/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A doctor.
etymology 2 From document by shortening. pronunciation
  • (UK) /dɒk/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A document.
In professional jargon, this word is used especially in the plural to refer to technical documentation or collected legal evidence: "I'm not sure about that. I'll have to check the docs."
anagrams:
  • CDO, C.O.D., COD, cod, OCD, ODC
doccie etymology Diminutive with -ie.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa, slang) A documentary.
docking pronunciation
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verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of dock
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. The process of cutting off or trimming the tail or ears of an animal.
  2. The securing of a vessel to the quayside with cable
  3. (spacecraft) The process of connecting one spacecraft to another.
  4. (colloquial, LGBT) The sex act involving two men co-joined by their penises, with overlapping foreskins, coupling them together by their penises.
docky etymology dock + y.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Lincs, slang) A snack.
doco etymology From documentary + o. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, Australian, informal) abbreviation of documentary
    • 1994, , Classic Columns, page 144, Seibert has many complaints about nature docos, not the least of which is the music that seems to suggest that animals are constantly shadowed by symphony orchestras.
    • 1999, , Volume 7, page 20, Now we spend about a third of our time in the US working on docos, working with US wildlife.
    • 2000, Tom Kenny, Sound for Picture: Film Sound through the 1990s, page 160, I started thinking that I had to get back to where I was when I was put into the field to do docos [documentaries] and put in situations to capture sound as simply as I could and be sure to get what I could get.
doctor Alternative forms: doctour (obsolete) etymology From Middle English , from xno doctour, from Latin doctor, from doceō. Displaced native Middle English lerare (from Middle English leren from Old English læran, compare Old English lārēow). pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdɒk.tə/
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  • (US) /ˈdɑk.tɚ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A physician; a member of the medical profession; one who is trained and licensed to heal the sick. The final examination and qualification may award a doctor degree in which case the post-nominal letters are , DPM, , DMD, DDS, DPT, DC, in the US or MBBS in the UK. If you still feel unwell tomorrow, see your doctor.
    • Shakespeare By medicine life may be prolonged, yet death / Will seize the doctor too.
  2. A person who has attained a doctorate, such as a Ph.D. or Th.D. or one of many other terminal degree conferred by a college or university.
  3. A veterinarian; a medical practitioner who treats animal.
  4. A nickname for a person who has special knowledge or talents to manipulate or arrange transactions.
  5. (obsolete) A teacher; one skilled in a profession or a branch of knowledge; a learned man.
    • Francis Bacon one of the doctors of Italy, Nicholas Macciavel
  6. (dated) Any mechanical contrivance intended to remedy a difficulty or serve some purpose in an exigency. the doctor of a calico-printing machine, which is a knife to remove superfluous colouring matter the doctor, or auxiliary engine, also called "donkey engine"
    • 2010, Ramesh Bangia, Dictionary of Information Technology (page 172) The use of a disk doctor may be the only way of recovering valuable data following a disk crash.
  7. A fish, the friar skate.
  • Doctor is capitalized when used as a title: Doctor Smith
Synonyms: (physician) doc (informal), family doctor, general practitioner, GP (UK), medic, physician, sawbones (slang), surgeon (who undertakes surgery), (veterinarian) vet, veterinarian, veterinary, veterinary surgeon
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  • Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (D.A.O.M.)
  • Doctor of Arts (D.A.)
  • Doctor of Architecture (D.Arch.)
  • Doctor of Applied Science (D.A.S.)
  • Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)
  • Doctor of Chemistry (D.Chem.)
  • Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.)
  • Doctor of Civil Law (D.C.L.)
  • Doctor of Criminal Justice (D.C.J.)
  • Doctor of Comparative/Civil Law (D.C.L.)
  • Doctor of Computer Science (D.C.S.)
  • Doctor of Criminology (D.Crim.)
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.)
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.)
  • Doctor of Design (Dr.DES.)
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
  • Doctor of Environmental Design (D.E.D.)
  • Doctor of Engineering (D.Eng.)
  • Doctor of Environment (D.Env.)
  • Doctor of Engineering Science (D.E.Sc./Sc.D.E.)
  • Doctor of Forestry (D.F.)
  • Doctor of Fine Arts (D.F.A.)
  • Doctor of Geological Science (D.G.S.)
  • Doctor of Hebrew Literature/Letters (D.H.L.)
  • Doctor of Health and Safety (D.H.S.)
  • Doctor of Hebrew Studies (D.H.S.)
  • Doctor of Industrial Technology (D.I.T.)
  • Doctor of Information Technology (D.I.T.)
  • Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.)
  • Doctor of Library Science (D.L.S.)
  • Doctor of Music (D.M.)
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A., A.Mus.D.)
  • Doctor of Musical Education (D.M.E.)
  • Doctor of Ministry (D.Min./D.M.)
  • Doctor of Modern Languages (D.M.L.)
  • Doctor of Music Ministry (D.M.M.)
  • Doctor of Medical Science (D.M.Sc.)
  • Doctor of Nursing Science (D.N.Sc.)
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  • Doctor of Public Administration (D.P.A.)
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
  • Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Doctor of Physical Education (D.P.E.)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)
  • Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.)
  • Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)
  • Doctor of Public Health (D.P.H.)
  • Doctor of Professional Studies (D.P.S.)
  • Doctor of Religious Education (D.R.E.)
  • Doctor of Recreation (D.Rec./D.R.)
  • Doctor of Science (D.Sc./Sc.D.)
  • Doctor of Science in Dentistry (D.Sc.D.)
  • Doctor of Science and Hygiene (D.Sc.H.)
  • Doctor of Science in Veterinary Medicine (D.Sc.V.M.)
  • Doctor of Sacred Music (D.S.M.)
  • Doctor of Social Science (D.S.Sc.)
  • Doctor of Social Work (D.S.W.)
  • Doctor of Canon Law (J.C.D.)
  • Doctor of the Science of Law (L.Sc.D.)
  • Doctor of Rehabilitation (Rh.D.)
  • Doctor of Sacred Theology (S.T.D.)
  • Doctor of Science (D.Sc.)
  • Doctor of Technology (D.Tech.)
  • Doctor of Theology (Th.D.)
  • Doctor of the University (D.Univ)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or Veterinary Medical Doctor (D.V.M./V.M.D)
  • Divinitatis Doctor, Doctor of Divinity (D.D.)
  • Juris Doctor, Doctor of Law (J.D.)
  • Optometry Doctor, Doctor of Optometry (O.D.)
  • Legum Doctor, Doctor of Laws (LL.D.)
  • Literarum Doctor, Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.)
  • Medicine Doctor, Doctor of Medicine (M.D./D.M.)
  • Music Doctor, Doctor of Music (D.Mus.)
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To act as a medical doctor to. Her children doctored her back to health.
  2. (transitive) To make (someone) into an (academic) doctor; to confer a doctorate upon.
  3. (transitive) To physically alter (medically or surgically) a living being in order to change growth or behavior. They doctored their apple trees by vigorous pruning, and now the dwarfed trees are easier to pick. We may legally doctor a pet to reduce its libido.
  4. (transitive) To genetically alter an extant species. Mendel's discoveries showed how the evolution of a species may be doctored.
  5. (transitive) To alter or make obscure, as with the intention to deceive, especially a document. To doctor the signature of an instrument with intent to defraud is an example of forgery.
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doctor blade
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (printing) A metal blade used in printing for scraping off excess ink or toner from the printing roll.
Doctor Google
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) the internet when used as a form of medical advisor.
docu etymology Shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) documentary
    • 2002, Peter Makuck, Costly habits: stories Yesterday I saw a docu about a dingo that carried off this couple's baby while they were having a picnic.
anagrams:
  • douc
do do pronunciation
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /du/, /du/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, colloquial, usually, childish) Excrement, feces, dung.
Synonyms: do do (slang), dooky (slang), droppings (animals), crap (slang), poop (slang), shit (slang)
anagrams:
  • dood
does a bear shit in the woods
phrase: {{head}}?
  1. (colloquial, rhetorical question, mildly, vulgar) A rhetorical question in response to a question where the answer is an emphatic yes.
Synonyms: yes, affirmative, do fish swim?, is the Pope Catholic?, is the sky blue?, is water wet?, is snow white?
antonyms:
  • is the Pope Jewish?
does Macy's tell Gimbel's
proverb: {{head}}
  1. (US, dated, colloquial, rhetorical question) A rhetorical question with the implied answer being that competitors do not share business secrets with one another.
    • 1941 January 21, The Washington Post, pg. 22: The "Does Macy's tell Gimbel's?" gag has been a standard one in New York for many years. It was somewhat shattered last night at the Copacabana, when two young couples were seated at a ringside table and conversed at great length...."Well, Macy's may not tell Gimbel's," said one of the young men, "But Bloomingdale's does."
    • 1946 January 11, The New York Times, pg. 24: In other words the older circuit will give the Johnny-come-lately as little help and comfort as it can. After all, does Macy's tell Gimbel's?
    • 1947 June 5, The New York Times, pg. 32: ...As a lesson in merchandising, not only store products, but good-will, this "Miracle on 34th Street" is a dandy. Does Macy's tell Gimbel's? It should!
    • 1966 January 7, Hogan's Heroes: Col. Hogan (to Col. Klink) Does Macy tell Gimbel?
  • Popular from the 1930s into the 1960s. Now used chiefly among older people. Macy's and Gimbel's were popular department stores located within two blocks of one another in Midtown Manhattan in New York City; the latter store is now defunct.
does the Pope shit in the woods etymology A combination of the two rhetorical questions is the Pope Catholic? and does a bear shit in the woods?
phrase: {{head}}?
  1. (idiomatic, jocular, vulgar) Rhetorical question in response to a question where the answer is an emphatic yes.
Synonyms: do fish swim?, is the Pope Catholic?
antonyms:
  • is the Pope Jewish?
dog {{slim-wikipedia}} Alternative forms: darg, dawg (dialectal); doggie, doggy (childish) pronunciation
  • (RP) /dɒɡ/
  • (US) /dɔɡ/
  • (US) /dɑɡ/
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etymology From Middle English dogge, from Old English docga, a pet-form diminutive of Old English *docce (found in compound fingerdocce with suffix scLatinx (compare frocga, picga). Cognate with Scots dug. The true origin is unknown, but one possibility is from Proto-Germanic *dukkǭ, though this may just be confusion with dock. In the 16th century, it superseded Old English hund and was adopted by several continental European languages.{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary|dog}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A mammal, Canis lupus familiaris, that has been domesticated for thousands of years, of highly variable appearance due to human breeding. exampleThe dog barked all night long.
  2. A male dog, wolf or fox, as opposed to a bitch (often attributive).
    • 1928, Siegfried Sassoon, Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, Penguin 2013, page 149: Firstly, he was there to encourage and assist the hounds (a scratch pack – mostly dog-hounds drafted from fox-hound kennels because they were over-sized) […].
  3. (derogatory) A dull, unattractive girl or woman. exampleShe’s a real dog.
  4. (slang) A man (derived from definition 2). exampleYou lucky dog!   He's a sly dog.
  5. (slang, derogatory) A coward. exampleCome back and fight, you dogs!
  6. (derogatory) Someone who is morally reprehensible.
    • Bible, 2 Books of Kings viii. 13 (Rev. Ver.) What is thy servant, which is but a dog, that he should do this great thing?
    • 1599, , Alphonsus, King of Aragon (1599). Act 3. Blasphemous dog, I wonder that the earth / Doth cease from renting vnderneath thy feete, / To swallow vp those cankred corpes of thine.
    exampleYou dirty dog.
  7. Any of various mechanical devices for holding, gripping, or fastening something, particularly with a tooth-like projection.
  8. {{rfc-def}} A click or pallet adapted to engage the teeth of a ratchet-wheel, to restrain the back action; a click or pawl. (See also: ratchet, windlass)
  9. A metal support for log in a fireplace.
    • 1902, Arthur Conan Doyle, In the great old-fashioned fireplace behind the high iron dogs a log-fire crackled and snapped.
    exampleThe dogs were too hot to touch.
  10. A hot dog.
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  11. (poker slang) Underdog
  12. (slang, almost always in the plural) feet. example"My dogs are barking!" meaning "My feet hurt!"
Synonyms: (animal) taxonomic names: Canis familiaris, Canis domesticus, Canis familiarus domesticus, Canis canis, Canis aegyptius, Canis familiarus aegyptius, Canis melitaeus, Canis familiarus melitaeus, Canis molossus, Canis familiarus molossus, Canis saultor, Canis familiaris saultor, (animal) domestic dog, hound, canine; see also , (male) stud, sire, (man) bloke (British), chap (British), dude, fellow, guy, man; see also , (morally reprehensible person) cad, bounder, blackguard, fool, hound, heel, scoundrel, (mechanical device) click, detent, pawl, (metal support for logs) andiron, firedog, dogiron
coordinate terms:
  • (male adult dog) bitch, pup, puppy
hyponyms:
  • (animal) Afghan hound, bloodhound, chihuahua, coonhound, dachshund, deerhound, foxhound, gazehound, German shepherd, greyhound, hound, Irish Wolfhound, Norwegian Elkhound, otterhound, pointer, poodle, retriever, Russian Wolfhound, scenthound, setter, sheepdog, shepherd, sighthound, spaniel, staghound, terrier, wolfhound
hypernyms:
  • (animal) canid
descendants:
  • French: dogue
  • Portuguese: dogue
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To pursue with the intent to catch.
  2. (transitive) To follow in an annoying way, to constantly be affected by. The woman cursed him so that trouble would dog his every step.
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  3. (transitive, nautical) To fasten a hatch securely. It is very important to dog down these hatches...
  4. (intransitive, emerging usage in British) To watch, or participate, in sexual activity in a public place. I admit that I like to dog at my local country park.
  5. (intransitive, transitive) To intentionally restrict one's productivity as employee; to work at the slowest rate that goes unpunished. A surprise inspection of the night shift found that some workers were dogging it.
  6. (intransitive, with up) To position oneself on all fours, after the manner of a dog. I'd ask why you're dogged up in the middle of the room, but I probably don't want to know...
Synonyms: (to pursue with intent to catch) chase, chase after, go after, pursue, tag, tail, track, trail, (to restrict one's productivity) soldier, goldbrick
anagrams:
  • god, God
dog's
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (UK, mildly, vulgar) shortened form of dog's bollocks. This room is the dog's.
anagrams:
  • gods
dog's age
noun: {{head}}
  1. (US, colloquial) A long time; many years. John Higgins, I haven't seen you in a dog's age.
Synonyms: (colloquial: a long time) coon's age
dog's bollocks {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: {{alter}} etymology So named because of the resemblance of the typographical combination of a colon and a hyphen, :—, to the penis and testicles of a dog.
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (typography, punctuation mark, vulgar) The name of the punctuation construction :— used to represent a restful pause in reading a text.{{R:OED Online|title=dog, ''n.'' §dog's bollocks|part of speech=n|date=January 2015|code=56405}}
  2. (British, coarse slang) Something that is regarded as outstanding. That new flat screen TV you bought is the dog's bollocks.
Synonyms:
dog's dinner
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, UK, slang) A complete mess.
    • 1986, , Cold Iron: The Polizei had made a dog's dinner of this. Vera would have done better, no doubt of it. It now remained to be seen whether the Law would do better.
    • 1997, Norma Harrs, Where Dreams Have Gone: She must look like a real dog's dinner. No wonder he'd been looking over her head to the girl who took the coats.
    • 2004, Julie Burchill, "Welcome to the world of the Stepford Sluts," Times Online, 6 March (retrieved 29 Nov 2010): Just think; without that Mrs Pankhurst and her wrecking crew jumping under racehorses (phwooar!) and chaining themselves to railings (kinky!), these young women would be out getting an education and respecting their own sexuality, not getting themselves up like dog’s dinners and being the passive playthings of men.
    • 2007, Mark Bland, Early Modern Manuscript and Printed Book Studies: The folio text is unevenly spaced (the compositor made a dog's dinner of setting the text), with three spaces closed up...
Synonyms: (complete mess) dog's breakfast
dogan
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, Canada, offensive, sometimes, capitalized) A Roman Catholic, especially one of Irish origin.''Oxford English Dictionary'', 3rd edition (November 2010)
    • 2006, Terrence Rundle West, Run of the Town, ISBN 9781897113424, p. 45 (Google preview): I turned, expecting to see some skirted, leering priest with a crucifix in his hands summoning us into his dogan den.
dogballs etymology The origin of the term is in reference to what the number eight (8) looks like on its side. An eight on its side has the appearance of a male dog's genitalia.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, golf) The condition of scoring an eight on any one hole, generally regarded as a very poor score, because the maximum number (par) for any golf hole is five.
dogbolt
etymology 1 Origin obscure. Possibly from Middle English *dolgbote, from Old English dolgbōt, from dolg + bōt.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, derogatory) A fool; a butt.
    • 1583, , 1843, Charles Henry Hartsthorne (editor), A Defence of the Sincere and True Translations of the Holy Scriptures into the English Tongue, against the Manifold Cavils of Gregory Martin, page 469, And experience sheweth, that he which was void of gifts before he was ordered priest, is as very an ass and dogbolt as he was before,….
    • 1621, , Honourable Entertainments, 2007, Gary Taylor, John Lavagnino, Collected Works, page 1440, Dull dogbolt!
    • 1655, , Act 3, Scene 1, 1833, William Gifford, Alexander Dyce (editors), The Dramatic Works and Poems of James Shirley, Volume 5, page 35, They are dogbolts!
    • 1823, , , Volume 3, page 62, Thou wilt never be such a dogbolt to refuse a hint to a friend?
etymology 2 From dog + bolt.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The bolt of the capsquare over the trunnion of a cannon. {{rfquotek}}
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dogbreath etymology dog + breath
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, derogatory) Term of abuse.
dog-child
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A child who lives as a dog, outside human society.
  2. (often, humorous) A dog, treated as if a child of the owner.
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dog collar {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A collar for a dog
  2. (informal) a clerical collar
  3. A close-fitting woman's necklace; a choker
dogcow {{wikipedia}} etymology dog + cow
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, slang) A creature resembling a dog and a cow, used in early Macintosh operating system.
    • 1990, Microtimes (volume 7, page 174) As all Mac wizards know, "moof" is the preferred statement for dogcows.
    • 1994, Sharon Zardetto Aker, The Mac almanac (page 469) Although all dogcows look the same, this is probably the very one that appeared in that stack, in which case his name is Clarus.
    • 2002, Erin Jansen, ‎Vincent James, NetLingo: The Internet Dictionary (page 138) Mac creators dropped the dogcow in later OS versions, but online petitions and press coverage designed to "bring back the dogcow" have made Apple executives aware of the tremendous cult following of this hybrid icon.
dog dirt
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) dog excrement
dogface {{wikipedia}} etymology dog + face
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US military) A generic name for a foot soldier, especially during World War II.
    • 1962 (2006), Joseph Commings, "The X Street Murders", The Mammoth Book of Perfect Crimes & Impossible Mysteries Yass. I never got above the rank of shavetail. We were the dogfaces who gave ’em hell at Chateau Thierry.
  2. (slang, derogatory) An ugly person.
dogfood Alternative forms: dog food, dog-food etymology dog + food
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US) alternative spelling of dog food
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, computing, slang) said of programs developed by oneself or by one’s own company, to test as end user. You’re dogfooding Longhorn [a version of Microsoft Windows]?
  2. to eat one’s own dog food
related terms:
  • eat one’s own dog food
dogfucker etymology From dog + fucker.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, offensive, vulgar) Term of abuse.
    • 2010, Gav Thorpe, The Crown of the Blood You've got to convince the dogfucker to sell you some of his weapons.
    • 2012, Chuck Wendig, Blackbirds If I didn't have that vision, if I didn't act on that vision, his dogfucker of a mother would've probably dragged him into a shoe store or back home and she'd never have been distracted by the crazy girl…
  2. (slang, derogatory, offensive, vulgar) One who has sexual intercourse with dog.
doggess etymology dog + ess
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  1. (rare) A female dog.
    • 1856, in Pictures of Comical People, with Stories about Them, page 158: The sound even called back the departing senses of the dying doggess. She drew me to her with her paws, and made an effort to lick me. The action quite melted me.
  2. (uncommon, offensive) A very insulting term for a woman.
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    • 2011, in Sense and Sensuality: Erotic Fantasies in the World of Jane Austen, page 13: She snatched up the spellbook, tucked it into her reticule, and turned back to-ward the house. “I shall leave you to find your own way home.” “Mar-all!” The demon shouted at her back. “Doggess! You'll not be rid of me so easy!”
Synonyms: (a female dog) bitch, ((insulting term for) a woman) bitch
doggie pronunciation
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  1. (childish or endearing) alternative spelling of doggy
doggy Alternative forms: doggie etymology From dog + y. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdɒ.ɡi/
  • (US) /ˈdɔ.ɡi/, /ˈdɑɡ.i/
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  1. (childish or endearing) A dog, especially a small one. That's such a cute little doggy, Keira!
  2. doggy style Her favourite position is doggy.
  3. (armed services, UK, informal) A junior temporarily assigned to do minor duties for a senior, a gofer.
Synonyms: (small dog) pup, puppy, puppy dog, pooch, poochie
related terms:
  • doggy bag
  • doggy paddle
  • doggy style
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  1. Suggesting of, or in the manner of a dog.

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