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dope etymology From Dutch doop, from dopen, from Middle Dutch dopen, from odt *dōpen, from Proto-Germanic *daupijaną. pronunciation
  • (RP) [dəʊp]
  • (US) [doʊp]
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) Any viscous liquid or paste, such as a lubricant, used in preparing a surface.
  2. (uncountable) An absorbent material used to hold a liquid.
  3. (uncountable, aeronautics) Any varnish used to coat a part, such as an airplane wing or a hot-air balloon in order to waterproof, strengthen, etc.
  4. (uncountable, slang) Any illicit or narcotic drug that produces euphoria or satisfies an addiction; particularly heroin.
    • 1953, , Too Many Songs by Tom Lehrer, Pantheon, 1981, p. 18 Here's a cure for all your troubles, here's an end to all distress. It's the old dope peddler, with his powdered happiness.
  5. (uncountable, slang) Information, usually from an inside source, originally in horse racing and other sports. What's the latest dope on the stock market?
  6. (countable, slang) A stupid person.
  7. (US, Ohio) dessert topping
Synonyms: See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, slang) To affect with drugs.
  2. (transitive) To treat with dope (lubricant, etc.).
  3. (transitive, electronics) To add a dopant such as arsenic to (a pure semiconductor such as silicon).
  4. (slang) To use drugs.
  5. (slang, transitive, dated) To judge or guess; to predict the result of.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Great, amazing or extraordinary. That party was dope!
anagrams:
  • deop
  • oped, op-ed
  • pedo
  • poed, p.o.ed, p.o.'ed
dope fiend
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, dated) A person who abuse drug.
Synonyms: dopehead, druggie, junkie
dopehead etymology From dope + -head.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) A person who regularly uses heroin.
dopeness etymology dope + ness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The characteristic of being dope (great, extraordinary).
doper
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) One who uses performance enhancing substances for competitive gain, especially illegally.
    • 2003: Sam "I can't even explain what I'm feeling right now," says CLark in rec.skiing.snowboard Would you care to point to some proof other than the Canuck's positive back in Nagano? If you are using that as a basis then all sports would be riddled with "dopers" especially XC skiing.
    • 2006: Matt Seaton, Tour de farce, Guardian Unlimited ...the testers are always in a race with the dopers and usually playing catch-up.
  2. (pejorative) One who frequently uses recreational drug; a druggie; a stoner.
    • 2003: Lt. John Hadily, ICE DESTROYS LIVES-TPD DOPERS IN DENIAL in talk.politics.drugs I will keep posting the fact that if you possess drugs where I am employed and you are caught I'll throw your sorry ass in a cage where the dopers belong.
    • 2006: Gene Seymour, Clerks II, Newsday With the Kwik-Mart leveled by fire, Dante and Randal's professional aspirations take a southerly route to a Mooby's fast-food restaurant where dopey dopers Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) have followed with their boombox and illicit activities.
    • 2006:, Anthony Cormier, Father: 'We're here to find her body', HeradTribune.com Tamara Toy was a blue-eyed daughter of a preacher, growing up good and God-fearing but eventually getting lost along the way, falling in with dopers and felons and a petty crook who stole her heart.
  3. (obsolete) A person employed to apply dope solution during aircraft manufacture.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. en-comparative of dope
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anagrams:
  • pored
  • roped
dopesauce etymology dope + sauce
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Something that is great, cool, or awesome. This shit is some dopesauce!
Synonyms: dope
dopester
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An individual who is from a street gang and sell drug.
anagrams:
  • reed stop
  • reposted
doplic etymology Originated in , possibly from Pennsylvania German.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, slang) Lacking dexterity; not skilled; clumsy. That is the third dish I've broken today. I sure am being doplic! I'd never make it as a brain surgeon: I'm too doplic! I'm so doplic, I haven't passed one test yet this semester
    • 2000, Mark A. Hess, The Same Mistake (ISBN 1588513602), page 209: She was young, and had not quite grown into her long, doplic body. Despite her subtle awkwardness there was a sweetness about her.
Dopper etymology From Dutch.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) An Anabaptist or Baptist. {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}}
Doris {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 The feminine form of Doric.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (Greek mythology) The daughter of Oceanus, wife of Nereus and mother of fifty sea-nymph or nereid.
    • {{RQ:Spenser Faerie Queene}}: IV: xi: 49: And snowy neckd Doris, and milkewhite Galathæa.
  2. (astronomy) Short for 48 Doris, a main belt asteroid.
  3. A given name, taken to regular use at the end of the 19th century.
    • 1866, Mary A. Prescott, "Doris Daylesford, A Story", in Beadle's Monthly Magazine of To-day, volume 2, page 149: "My Doris—may I call you that, dearest?" "Call me Sappho, call me Chloris, call me Lalage, or Doris—only call me thine," I should have answered, if it had not been a little too sentimental.… I am afraid I omitted to state, in the proper place, that Doris is a name which has descended through a dozen generations of our family, that it belongs to myself as well as to my niece…
    • 1989, Judy Carter, Stand-up Comedy: A Book (ISBN 0440502438), page 35: I've never met an old person named Judy. Now that's true. Maybe something happens to girls with young names like Debby, Judy, and Susie. At a certain age they make you change it to Doris, Edna, or Myrtle.
  4. (British, slang) One's girl friend, wife or significant other.
etymology 2 From the name of famous film star ; (Cockney rhyming slang).
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Cockney rhyming slang) gay
anagrams:
  • DOSRI
  • roids, 'roids
  • rosid
dork pronunciation
  • (US) /dɔːɹk/
  • (UK) /dɔːk/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 US 1960s, sense of "silly person" presumably from earlier use as bowdlerization of dick in student slang, particularly Midwest.{{R:Wordorigins.org|3=Sunday, June 11, 2006}}{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}}Lawrence Poston, “[http://www.jstor.org/stable/453113 Some Problems in the Study of Campus Slang],” American Speech 39, no. 2 (May 1964) (JSTOR 453113): p. 118.''Historical Dictionary of American Slang,'' v. 1, A-G, edited by Jonathan Lighter (New York: Random House, 1994), p. 638. A folk etymology exists claiming that the term comes from a South American term for "whale penis", but this has been debunked as a hoax.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) A penis. {{defdate}}
    • 1962, Jerome Weidman, The Sound of Bow Bells page 362: As a matter of fact, this slob was full of information today. He told me why we Jews have different dorks.
    • 2005, Mike Judge, Reading Sucks: The Collected Works of Beavis and Butthead: "There's that dork whose wife cut off his dork." And when people ask him for an autograph he writes, "Best of luck to Betsy. Signed, the guy whose wife cut off his penis."
  2. (pejorative, slang) A quirky, silly and/or stupid, socially inept person, or one who is out of touch with contemporary trend. Often confused with nerd and geek, but does not imply the same level of intelligence. {{defdate}}
    • 1962, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Last year at Marienbad page 167: I entitled the piece "Dorky", dork being slang for a person who does not belong to popular groups, usually an outsider, an odd person, sometimes inept, other times cranky.
    • 1967, Don Moser and Jerry Cohen, The Pied Piper of Tucson: I didn’t have any clothes and I had short hair and looked like a dork. Girls wouldn’t go out with me.
Narrowly used to indicate someone inept or out of touch, broadly used to mean simply “silly, foolish”; compare doofus, twit. Synonyms: See also , See also
etymology 2 Uncertain; apparently from Scots. See dirk.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic) alternative form of dirk
dorkface etymology dork + face
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A silly or stupid person; dork.
    • 1982, Frederick Clarke, Cinefantastique volume 13, page 83: The girl, Niki, was an unsympathetic foul-mouth who uttered charming epithets like, "Hey, dork-face!"
  2. (slang) A foolish or unattractive facial expression.
    • {{quote-web}} Fun fact: her dorkface and her 'sexy' face are eerily similar.
dorkify etymology dork + ify
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, transitive) To make dorky.
    • 2004, Hampton Sides, Americana: dispatches from the new frontier (page 16) If they think about him at all, they're inclined to blame him for commodifying, and therefore dorkifying, their pure underground pursuit.
    • 2009, Micol Ostow, David Ostow, So Punk Rock: And Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother (page 97) It's amazing—what he lacks in finesse he makes up for in sheer willingness to dorkify himself.
dorkwad etymology dork + wad
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A dork.
    • 1996, Timothy Jay, What to Do When Your Students Talk Dirty page 207: ...they have been exchanging insults in writing: "dickhead," "dillweed," "fuzzbutt," "dorkwad," "asswipe," and so forth.
    • 2005, Eric Dezenhall, Turnpike Flameout Nixon, however, was seen as a chess club/marching band dorkwad. Uncool.
    • 2007, Michael Lopp, Managing Humans What I learned: I've turned into a total dorkwad manager and can no longer communicate like a normal human being.
dormcest etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Romantic and/or sexual involvement between students residing in the same dormitory.
    • 2005, Michael M. Grynbaum, "An Entryway That Eats Together Stays Together", The Harvard Crimson, 9 June 2005: "I remember being shocked that they would sleep in the same bed!" says Eunpi Cho ’05, recalling one notorious incident of dormcest.
dormitory {{wikipedia}} etymology From Latin dormitorium, neuter of dormitorius, dormitor, from dormire.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A room containing a number of beds (and often some other furniture and/or utilities) for sleeping, often applied to student and backpacker accommodation of this kind. Common abbreviation: dorm
  2. A building or part of a building which houses students, soldiers, monks etc. who sleep there and use communal further facilities.
  3. Short for dormitory town, a suburban or rural settlement housing city worker
{{wikipedia}} Synonyms: Common abbreviation: dorm
related terms:
  • dorm
  • dormant
  • dormitive
  • dormition
dosh etymology unknown pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang) Money I'd like to buy a new car, but I'm short on dosh.
Synonyms: bread, dough, moola, moolah
anagrams:
  • dohs, hods, shod
do someone's head in
verb: {{head}}
  1. (UK, Australian, informal, idiomatic) To frustrate, irritate or disturb someone. Please stop reading the name of every sign we came across, it's doing my head in!
    • 2005, Richard Bryant-Jefferies, Responding to a Serious Mental Health Problem: Person-Centred Dialogues, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=zVMglbdB7pUC&pg=PA101&dq=%22do|does|doing|did+his|her|my+head+in%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=aadAT5eEKKXdmAW1wYmvBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22do|does|doing|did%20his|her|my%20head%20in%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 101], ‘So you spend the nights listening to music?’ ‘And thinking. Does my head in, thoughts going round and round. Dope stops it. The medication sort of does a bit, but not the same.’
    • 2006, Claire Taylor, quoting “Donnie”, Young People in Care and Criminal Behaviour, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=qVEuERorZBEC&pg=PA121&dq=%22do|does|doing|did+his|her|my+head+in%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=aadAT5eEKKXdmAW1wYmvBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22do|does|doing|did%20his|her|my%20head%20in%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 121], I just want to get out there to me bird really...′cos she don′t want me in here all the time, it′s doing her head in. It′s doing my head in. It didn′t used to do my head in, it used to be like care, if you know what I mean, when I first started coming to jail. It used to be like ‘yeah, I′m back in care’ kind of thing.
    • 2011, Giorgio Pin, An Interesting Life, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=gCNBUzzI-8QC&pg=PA75&dq=%22do|does|doing|did+his|her|my+head+in%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=jLBAT7uxMIXsmAWLueTUCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22do|does|doing|did%20his|her|my%20head%20in%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 75], The endless hours spent in my cell did my head in. With my diagnosed mental illness I find it shocking that I should have had to endure this.
doss pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, British and Ireland) To avoid work, shirk, etc. I am going to doss tomorrow when the match is on.
  2. (intransitive, British, slang) To sleep in the open or in a derelict building because one is homeless I normally have to doss in shop doorways or park benches.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The avoidance of work. I am going to have a doss tomorrow.
  2. (slang) An easy piece of work. Circumnavigating the world in a canoe is no doss.
  3. (slang, dated) A place to sleep in; a bed.
  4. (slang, dated, by extension) Sleep.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Scotland) Useless or lazy. Generally combined with expletive noun, especially cunt. Get a hauld o yersel, ye doss cunt!
anagrams:
  • dsos, sods
doss down
verb: doss down
  1. (British, slang)To sleep on someone's sofa or floor because there is no bed spare. After the party, John let me doss down on the living-room floor.
Synonyms: crash
dot {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /dɒt/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /dɑt/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English *dot, from Old English dott, from Proto-Germanic *duttaz. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Dot, Dotte, Dutch dot, Low German Dutte, Swedish dialectal dott.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small spot. a dot of colour
  2. (grammar) A punctuation mark used to indicate the end of a sentence or an abbreviated part of a word; a full stop; a period.
  3. A diacritical mark comprised of a small opaque circle above or below any of various letters of the Latin script. Examples include: Ȧ, Ạ, Ḅ, Ḃ, Ċ, etc.
  4. (mathematics) A symbol used for separating the fractional part of a decimal number from the whole part, for indicating multiplication or a scalar product, or for various other purposes.
  5. One of the two symbols used in Morse code.
  6. (obsolete) A lump or clot.
  7. Anything small and like a speck comparatively; a small portion or specimen. a dot of a child
  8. (cricket, informal) A dot ball.
Synonyms: (small spot) speck, spot, (at the end of a sentence or abbreviation) full stop (British), period (US), point, (as a diacritic) tittle (over the letters i and j), (mathematics, in a decimal) decimal point, (in Morse code) dit
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To cover with small spots (of some liquid). His jacket was dotted with splashes of paint.
  2. (transitive) To add a dot (the symbol) or dots to. Dot your is and cross your ts.
  3. To mark by means of dots or small spots. to dot a line
  4. To mark or diversify with small detached objects. to dot a landscape with cottages
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. Dot product of the previous vector and the following vector. The work is equal to F dot Δx.
coordinate terms:
  • cross
  • ·
etymology 2 From French dot. Alternative forms: dote
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, Louisiana) A dowry.
    • 1919, William Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, "Have you the pictures still?" I asked. "Yes; I am keeping them till my daughter is of marriageable age, and then I shall sell them. They will be her dot."
    • 1927, Anna Bowman Dodd, Talleyrand: the Training of a Statesman: As a bride, Madame de Talleyrand had brought a small dot of fifteen thousand francs to the family fund.
anagrams:
  • DTO, ODT, tod
dot bomb
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A failed dot-com company. The 1990s saw many dot bombs.
dot dot dot
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (colloquial) Ellipsis, the punctuation indicating omission.
    • Let me read this part of the note for the court reporter: "Either meet my demands or dot dot dot.".
dothead etymology dot + head, referring to the bindi.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) A South Asian person.
    • 2011, David Knighton, The Wisdom of the Healing Wound (page 116) Two weeks later, in another meeting, Sandy announces, “We've assembled a great team of dotheads in Karachi.” No one else seems bothered by this—or even appears to notice anything strange about it—so once again you say nothing.
do the dishes
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To wash up dirty crockery, cutlery and dishes. I make my children do the dishes if they are impolite during dinner.
do the nasty Alternative forms: do the nasties
verb: {{head}}
  1. (euphemistic, informal) To engage in sexual intercourse.
    • 1968, Gus Weill, To Bury a Cousin: A Two Act Play, ISBN 0822211572, p. 59: HILDA. But do you remember what you wanted me to do? The nasty—thing I thought was nasty? […] BERT. No, Hilda. Go like you came. Leave this place with your various virginities intact.
    • 1995, , Hollywood Kids, ISBN 0671898493, p. 61: "Right now she's doing the nasty with an ex-bartender who thinks he's this generation's answer to James."
    • 2001, Jodi Picoult, Salem Falls, ISBN 0743422791, p. 120: A bunch of Puritan girls saying the town biddies were witches, just so that one of them could do the nasty with a married man and not have to worry about his loser of a wife finding out.
    • 2004, , The Concrete Blonde, ISBN 0312935080, p. 216: They go from strip club to strip club, make a lot of money. […] Most people think they're getting a bundle to do the nasty on video.
Synonyms: See also
do time
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial) To spend time in prison (as a prisoner). My wife is unavailable for three months, as she's doing time for fraud.
Synonyms: be banged up, be inside, do bird, do porridge, live at Her Majesty's pleasure, serve time
double {{wikipedia}} {{number box}} etymology 13th Century. From Old French doble, double, from Latin duplus. pronunciation
  • /ˈdʌb.əɫ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Made up of two matching or complementary elements. exampleThe closet has double doors.
    • {{RQ:EHough PrqsPrc}} “[…] it is not fair of you to bring against mankind double weapons ! Dangerous enough you are as woman alone, without bringing to your aid those gifts of mind suited to problems which men have been accustomed to arrogate to themselves.”
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  2. Twice the quantity. exampleGive me a double serving of mashed potatoes.
  3. Of a family relationship, related on both the maternal and paternal sides of a family. exampleHe's my double cousin as my mother's sister married my father's brother.
  4. Designed for two user. examplea double room
  5. Folded in two; composed of two layer.
  6. Stooping; bent over.
  7. Having two aspects; ambiguous. examplea double meaning
  8. False, deceitful, or hypocritical. examplea double life
  9. Of flowers, having more than the normal number of petal.
  10. (music) Of an instrument, sounding an octave lower. examplea double bass
  11. (music) Of time, twice as fast.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Twice over; twofold.
    • Jonathan Swift I was double their age.
  2. Two together; two at a time. (especially in see double)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Twice the number, amount, size, etc.
  2. A person who resembles and stands in for another person, often for safety purposes Saddam Hussein was rumored to have many doubles.
  3. A drink with two portions of alcohol On second thought, make that a double.
  4. A ghostly apparition of a living person; doppelgänger.
  5. A sharp turn, especially a return on one's own track.
  6. A redundant item for which an identical item already exists I have more than 200 stamps in my collection but they're not all unique: some are doubles. Before printing the photos, Liam deleted the doubles.
  7. (baseball) A two-base hit The catcher hit a double to lead off the ninth.
  8. (bridge) A call that increases certain scoring points if the last preceding bid becomes the contract.
  9. (billiards) A strike in which the object ball is struck so as to make it rebound against the cushion to an opposite pocket.
  10. A bet on two horses in different races in which any winning from the first race are placed on the horse in the later race.
  11. (darts) The narrow outermost ring on a dartboard.
  12. (darts) A hit on this ring.
  13. (dominoes) A tile that has the same value (i.e., the same number of pip) in both sides.
  14. (computing, programming) A double-precision floating-point number. The sin() function returns a double.
  15. (soccer) Two competitions, usually one league and one cup, won by the same team in a single season.
  16. (sports) The feat of scoring twice in one game.
    • {{quote-news }}
  17. (historical) A former French coin worth one-sixth of a sou.
  18. (historical, Guernsey) A copper coin worth one-eighth of a penny.
    • 1974, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York 2007, p. 196: As for doubles, they are not worth anything now; and I have still got an egg-cupful my mother used to keep handy to give the baker change from a farthing.
  19. (music) Playing the same part on two instruments, alternately.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To multiply by two. The company doubled their earnings per share over last quarter.
  2. To fold over so as to make two folds. To make a pleat, double the material at the waist.
  3. To be the double of; to exceed by twofold; to contain or be worth twice as much as.
    • Dryden Thus reinforced, against the adverse fleet, / Still doubling ours, brave Rupert leads the way.
  4. (intransitive) To increase by 100%, to become twice as large in size. Our earnings have doubled in the last year.
  5. (baseball) To get a two-base hit. The batter doubled into the corner.
  6. (transitive) (sometimes followed by up) To clench (a fist).
  7. (transitive) (often followed by together or up) To join or couple.
  8. (transitive) To repeat exactly; copy.
  9. (intransitive) To play a second part or serve a second role. A spork is a kind of fork that doubles as a spoon.
  10. (intransitive) To turn sharply; following a winding course.
  11. (nautical) To sail around (a headland or other point).
    • Knolles Sailing along the coast, he doubled the promontory of Carthage.
    • 1719, , … though the island itself was not very large … I found a great ledge of rocks lie out about two leagues into the sea...so that I was obliged to go a great way out to sea to double the point.
  12. (music) To duplicate (a part) either in unison or at the octave above or below it.
  13. (music, intransitive, usually followed by "on") To be capable of performing (upon an additional instrument).
  14. (bridge) To make a call that will double certain scoring points if the preceding bid becomes the contract.
  15. (card games, intransitive) To double down.
  16. (billiards, snooker, pool) To cause (a ball) to rebound from a cushion before entering the pocket.
  17. (intransitive) (followed by for) To act as substitute.
  18. (intransitive) To go or march at twice the normal speed.
    • 1919, , , "You double down to the harbour, my lad," said the Captain to Strickland, "and sign on. You've got your papers." Strickland set off at once, and that was the last Captain Nichols saw of him.
  19. (transitive) To multiply the strength or effect of by two. Sorry, this store does not double coupons.
  20. (military) To unite, as ranks or files, so as to form one from each two.
  21. (radio, informal, of a station) To transmit simultaneously on the same channel as another station, either unintentionally or deliberately, causing interference. Could you please repeat your last transmission? Another station was doubling with you.
double-dink
verb: {{head}}
  1. (AU, colloquial) To ride two on a horse, bicycle etc.
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber and Faber 2003, p. 500: Any mug could see we were not discussing bicycles. ‘You're going to double-dink me,’ she said. […] ‘Put me in my ball gown on your bar.’ ‘I'll double-dink you,’ I said. ‘It'd be a pleasure.’
Synonyms: double-bank
double-dip etymology double + dip
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An ice cream cone with two scoops of ice cream. We each got double-dips with chocolate on top and strawberry on the bottom.
  2. (roller coasters) A hill that levels off for a while about halfway down.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To dip a piece of food (e.g. a chip) into a communal sauce container after already having taken a bite of the food. I don't mind double-dipping when eating with my family, but I'd be embarrassed to do it when out with friends.
  2. (informal) To be illegitimately compensate a second time for the same activity. He got caught double-dipping by billing the government directly as well as the primary contractor.
    • 2006, Wulf Kansteiner, In pursuit of German memory: history, television, and politics after Auschwitz They worried about the possibility that some forced laborers, in particular Jewish survivors, might be double-dipping, that is, that they might be collecting compensation for their work as forced laborers while continuing to receive payments as Holocaust survivors and thus absorbing funds that should be directed toward other groups of victims...
  3. (informal) To draw a government pension or benefit for one job while also working in the government at another job or to draw two pensions at the same time as a result of reaching the retirement criteria twice for the same entity.
  4. (entertainment industry) To re-release a movie or TV series, sometimes as a compilation or with additional features.
  5. (US, finance) To use a single debt instrument to obtain interest tax expense (and therefore a lower tax base) in two or more tax jurisdictions. As long as the practice follows the tax law of each jurisdiction, the practice is legal and can be likened to the use of a tax loophole.
  6. (softball) To defeat a team twice in the finals. SPC Ladies double-dipped the Sudbury Storm in the NSA Canadian World Series.
double dog dare
verb: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) Intensified form of dare.
    • 2003–4, Sarah Dessen, How to Deal (or That Summer, respectively): "She'd do anything if you double dog dared her." "Double dog dared?" I said. "Yeah." She sat up, plunking another stack of pictures into my hands.
    • 2004, Fannie Flagg, Standing in the Rainbow, page 17: Besides, he and Monroe had double-dog-dared each other to climb it, so there was no turning back. Secretly both of them were a little nervous. Scared that they might chicken out at the last minute.
    • 2005, David Chapman, ‘til Summer Comes, page 74: Edward Jay Roberts didn't get to be an acknowledged leader without three necessary assets: brains, guts, and an almost unnatural absence of fear. No one ever double-dog-dared him anything, because one dare was always sufficient.
    • 2005, Stephanie Work, The Witching Season, page 6: I had been double dog dared. Maybe if Edward had just dared me, I could have chickened out. Now, there was no turning back.
    • 2006, Max Lucado, Next Door Savior, page 126: Double-dog daring his enemies to prove him otherwise, Jesus declared, “Before Abraham was born, I am” (John 8:58).
    • 2008, Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, Suck Your Stomach in and Put Some Color on, page 110: Someone once wrote in to my radio show and double-dog dared me to address a certain issue on the porch. Their suggestion isn't important to our discussion, but their complete mishandling of the double-dog dare is very alarming.
    • 2009, Dakota Cassidy, The Accidental Human, page 88: She'd dare anyone to say Heath wasn't a real man after that almost-kiss last night. Double dog dare them. But she held her tongue. "No, I'm serious. He's a new recruit." "Shut. Up. A dude who wants to sell makeup?" Wanda could understand Nina's astonishment.
    • 2010, Dana Marie Bell, Dare to Believe, page 10: Mandy was the one who'd double-dog dared Ruby to go out with Bobby in the eleventh grade, though she'd long since apologized. She'd dared Ruby to get even when Bobby had bragged all over school that he'd "scored, but she was a lousy fuck".
    • 2010, Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black: One Year in a Women's Prison, page 12: After a skinny-dip, Nora dared me — double-dog-dared me, to be precise — to jump off the falls, which were at least thirty-five feet high. “Have you seen people jump?”
doubledome etymology The word conjures the image of two bald-headed men putting their heads together in an effort to solve a problem. Alternative forms: double-dome, double dome
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, mildly derogatory) An intellectual; an egghead.
Synonyms: poindexter, Einstein, brainiac, highbrow, intellectual, Steinmetz
double-dome
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) (mildly derogatory) alternative spelling of doubledome An intellectual or scholar.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 404: these double-domes [were] in Reef's experience never quite as retiring as they looked, some of them damned touchy, as a matter of fact.
double dong
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A dildo with two ends, enabling simultaneous penetration of two bodily orifices at the same time
double double {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Canadian, informal) Coffee with the equivalent of two creamers and two packets of sugar.
  2. (basketball) The achievement of a two-digit number of any two of points scored, assists, rebounds, blocks, or steals in a single game. The center had 11 assists and 10 blocks tonight for a very unusual double double.
  3. (US) A double cheeseburger with cheese on each burger (i.e., double cheese).
Alternative forms: double-double
double-double {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Canada, informal) alternative form of double double
Alternative forms: double double
double Dutch {{wikipedia}} etymology double (twice, i.e. more than) + Dutch For sense 1: The English, historically, found Dutch (albeit a fellow Western Germanic language) particularly difficult to understand, so anything that was completely incomprehensible would be double Dutch, i.e. twice as hard as Dutch. (Note that historically, "Dutch" could refer to German dialects, as well.)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Incomprehensible language.
  2. A language game akin to pig Latin.
  3. A game of jump rope with two ropes and frequently two jumpers.
  4. (colloquial) Sex using a condom and the contraceptive pill at the same time.
Synonyms: gibberish, gobbledygook, nonsense
double-fisting
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of inserting both hands or forearms while anally or vaginally fisting the penetratee
    • 2003, Terri Hamilton, Skin Flutes & Velvet Gloves, page 309 Women wanting even more may find the answer in double-fisting where the fister inserts (or, to use Addington's phrase, "dives in" with) both hands.
    • 2006, Chip Rowe, Dear Playboy Advisor, link She answered, “Double fisting.” I assume she meant having two fists inserted into her vagina (or anus?)
    • 2012, BJ Klein, College Weekend...a Strange, True Story, link Right now they're double fisting her.
  2. (slang) To carry and consume two alcoholic beverages simultaneously
    • 2005, Simon Fawkes, Around the World in Farty Haze, page 174 In Minnesota “double fisting” means to hold a different drink in each hand.
    • 2009, Tucker Max, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, page 112 I saunter around flirting with waitresses and bartenders and strippers, double-fisting vodka
    • 2010, Fieldy, Got the Life: My Journey of Addiction, Faith, Recovery, and Korn, link I only felt like myself when I was drunk Double-fisting beer was pretty typical for me back in the day.
double negative
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, rhetoric) A phrase in which there are two negative words or their compounds (e.g. no, not, never, none, etc), occasionally leading to ambiguity in the meaning, but necessary in some foreign languages.
{{examples-right}} Often used pejoratively to characterize language use that has been acceptable in many vintages and dialects of English and other languages.
double-nickel etymology From trucker slang in the 1970's referring to the national 55 mph speed limit, based on nickel meaning a five cent coin, hence two fives
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US slang)The national speed limit of 55 miles per hour introduced in the USA in 1974.
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  2. (US slang) The number 55 (by extension).
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double penetration {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: (abbreviation): DP
noun: {{en-noun}} (abbreviated as DP)
  1. The simultaneous penetration of one or more orifice of one person by two other people
double play Alternative forms: double-play
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (baseball, softball) A defensive play in which two out are recorded. It was a 6-4-3 double play.
  2. (US, colloquial) Achieving two results from one action. Our double play special tonight is scallops & crab.
double plural
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal grammar) A word doubly inflect for the plural grammatical number in relation to its singular form; e.g., childchildrachildren, mediummediamedias.
doubler etymology double + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who double.
  2. An instrument for augment a very small quantity of electricity, so as to render it manifest by spark or the electroscope.
  3. (US, dialect) A tenement house having two families on each floor.
  4. (colloquial) A biplane aeroplane or kite.
  5. Part of a distilling apparatus for intercepting the heavier fraction and returning them to be redistilled.
  6. (calico printing) A blanket or felt placed between the fabric and the printing table or cylinder.
anagrams:
  • boulder
double sawbuck
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) Twenty dollars; a twenty-dollar bill.
    • 1953, Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye, Penguin 2010, p. 14: I got five double sawbucks out of my wallet and dropped them in front of him.
  2. (US, slang) A twenty-year prison sentence.
double take Alternative forms: double-take
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A take, commonly used as a comical reaction to a surprising sight, in which someone casually sees something, briefly stops looking at it, realizes what it is, and snaps attention back to it with an expression of surprise or disbelief. Smith passes the car and does a double take as he realizes it is on fire. I swear I did a double-take when I spotted that $100 bill lying in the gutter!
    • 1949, Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, Cheaper by the Dozen: Once a neighbor complained that a Gilbreth had called the neighbor's boy a son of an unprintable word. "What are the facts of the matter?" Dad asked blandly. And then walked away while the neighbor registered a double take.
doubloonie etymology {{blend}}, punning on doubloon
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Canada, slang) A Canadian two-dollar coin; a toonie.
douche {{wikipedia}} etymology Borrowing from French douche, from Italian doccia. pronunciation
  • /duːʃ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A jet or current of water or vapour directed upon some part of the body to benefit it medicinally; in particular, such a jet directed at the vagina for vaginal irrigation.
  2. Something that produces the jet or current in the previous sense, such as a syringe.
  3. (slang, derogatory) A contemptible person; a worthless, brainless or disgusting person. (Compare douche bag.)
related terms:
  • doos
  • douche bag, douchebag
  • douche nozzle/douche-nozzle
  • douchy
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To use a douche.
douchebag Alternative forms: douche bag etymology From douche + bag. pronunciation
  • /ˈduːʃˌbæɡ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A sterile container which holds the fluid used for giving a vaginal douche.
  2. (US, slang, vulgar) A jerk or asshole; a mean or rude person; someone seen as being arrogant, snobby or obnoxious. That douchebag ruined my shrimp cocktail. Why doesn’t that guy get a job? He’s a regular douchebag. It's fine to help your friends eat healthy, but don't be a douchebag and harass them about it.
  3. (US, slang) Any social misfit; a doofus, dork, or nerd. That pocket protector makes you look like a douchebag.
douche bag pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈduːʃ ˌbæɡ/
Alternative forms: douchebag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A bag for holding the water or fluid used in vaginal douching.
  2. (idiomatic, vulgar, pejorative) A worthless person.
  3. (idiomatic, vulgar, pejorative) An annoy person; someone blatantly inconsiderate of others.
Synonyms: (annoying, inconsiderate person) asshole, douche boat, doucheburger, douchecanoe, douche nozzle, douchewad, douchewagon, jackass, jerk
related terms:
  • douche
douchebaggery etymology douchebag + ery
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Blatant stupidity, ignorance, or insolence.
    • 2000 July 10, Sheldon via aol.com, “Re: Choices at Penzeys”, rec.food.cooking, Usenet Watkins obviously promotes low life douche baggery. Mr Al doesn't quite suit you... seems to elicit that used car dealer odor.
    • 2002 April 10, Isaiah Camacho, “Re: Kick 'er out of the house!^”, alt.radio.talk.dr-laura, Usenet The only way for you to do that is to support your position. Agressive douchebaggery and asserting that your position is unquestionable won't work on me.
    • 2004 April 21, James Andrews, “record geeks”, alt.fan.kieran-snyder, Usenet I don't know why i don't just turn the page whenever i see the name jonathan valania in the byline. I just don't, OK? I read it, I get annoyed at the incessant douchebaggery, and I come over here to piss all y'all off
    • 2004 September 23, Joseph Michael Bay, “Re: Protesters Get Creamed at Dem Rallies, Too!!”, alt.fan.cecil-adams, Usenet Unless the daughter was in on it, it's remarkable douchebaggery.
    • 2005 March 1, John Shaughnessy, “Re: Going gig rates?”, alt.guitar.bass, Usenet So basically what this asshole wants is a minstrel show for a lily white audience.... I've seen a lot of douchebaggery in this biz, but that one takes the cake.
    • 2005 April 6, Adrian Cocot, “Re: UCL 2004-2005 Quarter-Finals Day Two”, rec.sport.soccer, Usenet Actually, with a better centre back who won't be pushed around by Drogba's douchebaggery in the box, Bayern would have a better chance.
Synonyms: assclownery, asshattery, assholery, douchery
douchebagness etymology douchebag + ness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Property of being a douchebag.
Synonyms: douchebaggery, doucheness, douchery
douche boat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, Vietnam War, slang) A river craft outfitted with a high-pressure water cannon capable of being used to destroy enemy encampments.
    • 2005, William B. Fulton, Mobile Riverine Force: America's Mobile Riverine Force Vietnam, Turner Publishing (2005), ISBN 9781563113826, page 42: Douche boats destroyed two bunkers and accumulated 30 minutes of water time.
    • 2006, Andrew Wiest, Rolling Thunder in a Gentle Land: The Vietnam War Revisited, Osprey Publishing (2006), ISBN 9781782001874, unnumbered page: Other river craft, “dubbed “douche boats,” were equipped with high-pressure water jets that could disintegrate enemy positions, including cement bunkers. The “douche boat” also performed an originally unanticipated support function: its water jets easily gouged out wet docks to expedite on-the-scene repairs for damaged river craft.
    • 2006, Gordon Rottman, Vietnam Riverine Craft 1962-75, Osprey Publishing (2006), ISBN 9781841769318, page 33: "Douche boats" had two water cannons that operated at 3,000lb per square inch, and were fed by centrifugal pumps powered by a General Motors 12V-71 diesel engine, pumping 1,000 gallons (3,785 liters) per minute through each cannon - over four tons of water a minute.
  2. (vulgar, slang, pejorative) A rude, obnoxious, or contemptible person.
Synonyms: (rude or obnoxious person) asshole, douche bag, doucheburger, douchecanoe, douche nozzle, douchewad, douchewagon, jackass, jerk
doucheburger etymology douche + burger
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang, pejorative) A rude, obnoxious, or contemptible person.
    • 2009, Jonathan Bernstein, Hottie, Razorbill (2009), ISBN 9781595142122, page 17: Amid the snorts of high-pitched laughter, Toenail sneered, "Of course you did. 'Cuz doucheburgers like you and bips like her are such a natural fit."
    • 2013, Sean Beaudoin, Wise Young Fool, Little, Brown and Company (2013), ISBN 9780316235105, unnumbered page: “We're not in class, doucheburger. I'm not a mister any more than you are.”
    • 2013, Adrian Ryan, "The Homosexual Agenda", The Stranger, Volume 22, Number 24, 13 February 2013 - 19 February 2013, page 57: Or did your date just turn out to be a name-dropping doucheburger who was only interested in your Paramount season tickets—as usual?
Synonyms: asshat, asshole, douche bag, douche boat, douchecanoe, douche nozzle, douchewad, douchewagon, jackass, jerk
douchecanoe Alternative forms: douche canoe, douche-canoe etymology douche + canoe
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang, pejorative) A rude, obnoxious, or contemptible person.
    • 2011, Sarah Wendell, Everything I Know about Love I Learned from Romance Novels, Sourcebooks Casablanca (2011), ISBN 9781402254512, unnumbered page: Not being a complete douchecanoe is the first step in being your own ideal romance hero or heroine—and it's absolutely an attainable ideal.
    • 2011, Jeff Wilser & Michael H. Yost, The Man Cave Book, HarperCollins (2011), ISBN 9780062087256, unnumbered page: Never brag. It's good to have a healthy pride in your [man] cave. It's not good to be a douchecanoe about it.
    • 2013, Amy Lane, Forever Promised, Dreamspinner Press (2013), ISBN 9781623808587, unnumbered page: {{…}} No, Collin didn't relay the message—he was too busy signing us up for coaching duty. Why? Because that other guy was a douchecanoe. {{…}}
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Synonyms: asshat, asshole, douche bag, douche boat, doucheburger, douche nozzle, douchewad, douchewagon, jackass, jerk
douchefag etymology douche + fag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, derogatory) A rude, annoying, or contemptible person.
Synonyms: asshole, douche bag, douche boat, douchecanoe, douche nozzle, douchewagon, jackass, jerk
doucheness etymology douche + ness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) stupidity; jackassery
douche nozzle Alternative forms: douche-nozzle, douchenozzle
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The part of a douche that is inserted into a vagina
  2. (vulgar, slang, pejorative) A rude, obnoxious, or contemptible person.
Synonyms: (rude or obnoxious person) asshole, douche bag, douche boat, doucheburger, douchecanoe, douchewad, douchewagon, jackass, jerk, jerkoff
douchery etymology douche + ery
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) Behaviour that is rude, obnoxious, ignorant, or foolish.
    • 2009, Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, It's Not Me, It's You: Subjective Recollections from a Terminally Optimistic, Chronically Sarcastic and Occasionally Inebriated Woman, Simon Spotlight Entertainment (2009), ISBN 9781416954149, page 1: But I'm definitely not a sucker across the board: I do not find Lance Armstrong inspirational—yes, I know he won the tour de France like a hundred times with only one ball, but he also divorced his wife who stood by him through the cancer ordeal, broke up with Sheryl Crow, and seems to have topped off his douchery by allegedly screwing an Olsen twin.
    • 2011, Scott Stinson, "Recaps: Jersey Shore, Season 4, Episode 2", National Post, 11 August 2011: Ever the gentleman, he takes her to bed, then asks if she needs a taxi. Like, as soon as the act is complete. His douchery really does know no bounds.
    • 2012, Elisa Ludwig, Pretty Crooked, HarperCollins (2012), ISBN 9780062066084, unnumbered page: Aidan was making kissy faces at me, and I wanted to punch him. This wasn't cool. Flirting was one thing. But this wasn't flirting ... it was just douchery.
Synonyms: assclownery, asshattery, assholery, douchebaggery
douchewad etymology douche + wad
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A rude, obnoxious, or annoying person.
    • 2013, Jennifer duBois, Cartwheel, Random House (2013), ISBN 9780812995879, unnumbered page: {{…}} I'm never attending some douchewad's press conference.”
    • 2013, Allie Larkin, Why Can't I Be You, Plume (2013), ISBN 9781101602843, unnumbered page: {{…}} Karen's husband left before Christmas last year. He was a total douchewad."
    • 2014, M. L. Brennan, Iron Night, Roc (2014), ISBN 9781101612965, unnumbered page: … so let me find you a roommate. I'll even filter out the douchewads for you."
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Synonyms: asshole, douche bag, douche boat, doucheburger, douchecanoe, douche nozzle, douchewagon, jackass, jerk
douchewagon etymology douche + wagon
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang, pejorative) A rude, obnoxious, or contemptible person.
Synonyms: asshole, douche bag, douche boat, doucheburger, douchecanoe, douche nozzle, douchewad, jackass, jerk
douchey Alternative forms: douchy etymology douche + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) Characteristic of a douche jerk.
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    • 2010, Rachel Cohn, Very LeFreak, , ISBN 9780375857584, page 109 : Very had to incite Lavinia to stop dropping that douchey "resumé" word already.
douchiness etymology douchy + ness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) The quality of being douchey or douchy; objectionableness.
douchy {{wikipedia}} etymology From douche (short for douche bag) + -y. pronunciation
  • /duːʃi/
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  • {{homophones}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (pejorative) Like a douche bag.
dough {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: dow, doff, duff (dialectal) etymology From Middle English dow, dogh, dagh, from Old English dāh, dāg, from Proto-Germanic *daigaz, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeyǵʰ-. Cognate with Scots daich, dauch, doach, West Frisian daai, Dutch deeg, Low German Deeg, German Teig, Danish dej, Swedish deg, Icelandic deig. pronunciation
  • (UK) /dəʊ/
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  • (US) /doʊ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • Homophones: do (music), doe, doh, d'oh
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A thick, malleable substance made by mixing flour with other ingredients such as water, egg, and/or butter, that is made into a particular form and then bake. Pizza dough is very stretchy.
  2. (slang) Money. His mortgage payments left him short on dough. Hey Martin, we are playing a hold'em card game for some dough, would you like to join?
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To make into dough. The flour was doughed with a suitable quantity of water.
dough-baked
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Imperfectly bake.
  2. (colloquial) Not brought to perfection; unfinished.
  3. (colloquial) dull-witted {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}}
doughface etymology dough + face
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) a person, especially a politician, who is pliable, moldable like dough.
In the years leading up to the , "doughface" was used to describe Northerners who espoused sympathies with the Southern . This would most likely be a Northern Democrat who was more allied with the ideology of Southern Democrats than that of the majority of Northerners.
doughfaceism etymology doughface + ism
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) The character of a doughface; pliability.
{{Webster 1913}}
do up
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, idiomatic) To fasten (a piece of clothing, etc.). I can't do up my shirt. The button is missing. Help me do up this zipper.
  2. (transitive, idiomatic) To redecorate (a room, etc.). I'm going to do up the living room next. They've done up the house so that they can sell it more easily.
  3. (transitive, idiomatic, informal) To execute a task or performance. This time I'm going to do it up right.
  4. (transitive, idiomatic) To pack together and envelop; to pack up. I did up the parcel with string and took it to the post office.
  5. (transitive, dated) To accomplish thoroughly.
  6. (transitive, archaic) To starch and iron.
    • Hawthorne a rich gown of velvet, and a ruff done up with the famous yellow starch
The object may appear before or after the particle. If the object is a pronoun, then it must be before the particle.
hyponyms:
  • (fasten clothing) buckle, buckle up, button, button up, tie, tie up, zip, zip up
antonyms:
  • (fasten clothing) undo
anagrams:
  • updo
do what
interjection: {{en-interj}}?
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) An intensified version of what? or huh?, expressing surprise or lack of comprehension — The throbulator is connected via the tertiary wiring loom.Do what??
down {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /daʊn/
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etymology 1 From Middle English doun, from Old English dūn, from British Celtic dunon 'hill; hillfort' (compare Welsh din 'hill', Irish dún 'hill, fort'), from Proto-Indo-European *dheue or dhwene. More at town; akin to dune.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic except in place-names) Hill, rolling grassland Churchill Downs, Upson Downs (from Auntie Mame, by Patrick Dennis).
    • 1610, , by , act 4 scene 1 And with each end of thy blue bow dost crown My bosky acres and my unshrubb'd down
    • Ray Hills afford prospects, as they must needs acknowledge who have been on the downs of Sussex.
    • Tennyson She went by dale, and she went by down.
  2. (usually plural) Field, especially for racing.
  3. (UK, mostly, in the plural) A tract of poor, sandy, undulating or hilly land near the sea, covered with fine turf which serves chiefly for the grazing of sheep.
    • Sandys Seven thousand broad-tailed sheep grazed on his downs.
  4. A road for shipping in the English Channel or Straits of Dover, near Deal, employed as a naval rendezvous in time of war.
    • Cook (First Voyage) On the 11th [June, 1771] we run up the channel … at noon we were abreast of Dover, and about three came to an anchor in the Downs, and went ashore at Deal.
etymology 2 Old English dūne, aphetic form of adune, from .
adverb: {{head}}
  1. (comparable) From a higher position to a lower one; downwards. exampleThe cat jumped down from the table.
    • {{RQ:SWymn ChpngBrgh}} It was April 22, 1831, and a young man was walking down Whitehall in the direction of Parliament Street. He wore shepherd's plaid trousers and the swallow-tail coat of the day, with a figured muslin cravat wound about his wide-spread collar.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 6 , [http://openlibrary.org/works/OL5535161W Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “She was so mad she wouldn't speak to me for quite a spell, but at last I coaxed her into going up to Miss Emmeline's room and fetching down a tintype of the missing Deacon man.”
  2. (comparable) At a lower place or position. exampleHis place is farther down the road.
  3. South (as south is at the bottom of typical maps). exampleI went down to Miami for a conference.
  4. (Ireland) Away from the city (even if the location is to the North). exampleHe went down to Cavan.  down on the farm;  down country
  5. Into a state of non-operation. exampleThe computer has been shut down.  They closed the shop down.  The up escalator is down.
  6. {{anchor}}(rail transport) The direction leading away from the principal terminus, away from milepost zero.
  7. (sentence substitute) Get down. exampleDown, boy! (said to a dog)
  8. (UK, academia) Away from Oxford or Cambridge. exampleHe's gone back down to Newcastle for Christmas.
  9. From a remoter or higher antiquity.
    • {{rfdate}} Daniel Webster Venerable men! you have come down to us from a former generation.
  10. From a greater to a less bulk, or from a thinner to a thicker consistence. exampleto boil down in cookery, or in making decoctions {{rfquotek}}
  11. From less to greater detail.
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  12. (intensifier) Used with verbs to add emphasis to the action of the verb. exampleThey tamped (down) the asphalt to get a better bond.
  13. Used with verbs to indicate that the action of the verb was carried to some state of completion, rather than being of indefinite duration. exampleHe boiled the mixture./He boiled down the mixture. He sat waiting./He sat down and waited.
  14. (in crosswords) an answer which reads vertically
  • Down can be used with verbs in ways that change the meaning of the verb in ways not entirely predictable from the meanings of the down and the verb, though related to them. See .
antonyms:
  • (From a higher position to a lower one) up
  • (At a lower place) up
  • (Ireland: Away from the city) up
  • (Into a state of non-operation) up
  • (Rail transport: direction leading away from the principal terminus) up
  • (in crosswords) across
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. From the higher end to the lower of. exampleThe ball rolled down the hill.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 5 , “We expressed our readiness, and in ten minutes were in the station wagon, rolling rapidly down the long drive, for it was then after nine. We passed on the way the van of the guests from Asquith.”
  2. From one end to another of. exampleThe bus went down the street. exampleThey walked down the beach holding hands.
antonyms:
  • (From the higher end to the lower) up
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Depressed, feeling low. So, things got you down? / Is Rodney Dangerfield giving you no respect? / Well, bunky, cheer up!
  2. On a lower level than before. The stock market is down. Prices are down.
  3. Having a lower score than an opponent. They are down by 3-0 with just 5 minutes to play. He was down by a bishop and a pawn after 15 moves. At 5-1 down, she produced a great comeback to win the set on a tiebreak.
  4. (baseball, colloquial, following the noun modified) Out. Two down and one to go in the bottom of the ninth.
  5. (colloquial) With "on", negative about, hostile to Ever since Nixon, I've been down on Republicans.
  6. (not comparable, US, slang) Comfortable with, accepting of. Are you down to hang out at the mall, Jamal? As long as you're down with helping me pick a phone, Tyrone.
  7. (not comparable) Inoperable; out of order; out of service. The system is down.
  8. Finished (of a task); defeat or dealt with (of an opponent or obstacle); elapsed (of time). Often coupled with to go (remaining). Two down and three to go. (Two tasks completed and three more still to be done.) Ten minutes down and nothing's happened yet.
  9. (not comparable, military, police, slang, of a person) Wounded and unable to move normally; killed. We have an officer down outside the suspect's house. There are three soldiers down and one walking wounded.
  10. (not comparable, military, aviation, slang, of an aircraft) Mechanically failed, collided, shot down, or otherwise suddenly unable to fly. We have a chopper down near the river.
  11. Thoroughly practiced, learned or memorised; mastered. (Compare down pat.) It's two weeks until opening night and our lines are still not down yet.
    • 2013, P.J. Hoover, Solstice, (ISBN 0765334690), page 355: I stay with Chloe the longest. When she's not hanging out at the beach parties, she lives in a Japanese garden complete with an arched bridge spanning a pond filled with koi of varying sizes and shapes. Reeds shoot out of the water, rustling when the fish swim through them, and river-washed stones are sprinkled in a bed of sand. Chloe has this whole new Japanese thing down.
  12. (obsolete) Downright; absolute; positive. a down denial {{rfquotek}}
antonyms:
  • (Depressed) up
  • (On a lower level) up
  • (Having a lower score) up
  • (Inoperable) up
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To drink or swallow, especially without stopping before the vessel containing the liquid is empty. He downed an ale and ordered another.
  2. (transitive) To cause to come down; to knock down or subdue. The storm downed several old trees along the highway.
    • Sir Philip Sidney To down proud hearts.
    • Madame D'Arblay I remember how you downed Beauclerk and Hamilton, the wits, once at our house.
  3. (transitive, pocket billiards) To put a ball in a pocket; to pot a ball. He downed two balls on the break.
  4. (transitive, American football) To bring a play to an end by touching the ball to the ground or while it is on the ground. He downed it at the seven-yard line.
  5. (transitive) To write off; to make fun of.
  6. (obsolete, intransitive) To go down; to descend. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (drink) See also
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a negative aspect; a downer. I love almost everything about my job. The only down is that I can't take Saturdays off.
  2. (dated) A grudge (on someone).
    • 1974, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York 2007, p. 10: She had a down on me. I don't know what for, I'm sure; because I never said a word.
  3. An act of swallowing an entire drink in one.
  4. (American football) A single play, from the time the ball is snapped (the start) to the time the whistle is blown (the end) when the ball is down, or is downed. I bet after the third down, the kicker will replace the quarterback on the field.
  5. (crosswords) A clue whose solution runs vertical in the grid. I haven't solved 12 or 13 across, but I've got most of the downs.
  6. An downstairs room of a two story house. She lives in a two-up two-down.
  7. down payment
etymology 3 From Old Norse dúnn. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Duune, German Daune and Danish dun.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Soft, fluffy immature feather which grow on young birds. Used as insulating material in duvet, sleeping bag and jacket.
  2. (botany) The pubescence of plant; the hairy crown or envelope of the seeds of certain plants, such as the thistle.
  3. The soft hair of the face when beginning to appear.
    • Dryden The first down begins to shade his face.
  4. That which is made of down, as a bed or pillow; that which affords ease and repose, like a bed of down.
    • Tennyson When in the down I sink my head, / Sleep, Death's twin brother, times my breath.
    • Southern Thou bosom softness, down of all my cares!
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To cover, ornament, line, or stuff with down. {{rfquotek}}
statistics:
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Down's
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Down's syndrome.
down and dirty
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Thoroughly involved; hands-on.
    • 2004, CSO (volume 3, number 12, December 2004, page 53) You also need to remember that it's rare to find someone in a C-suite or on a board who knows how to get down and dirty with IT, who knows the difference between a firewall and a fire exit.
down below pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, euphemistic) The vulva.
    • 2005, The Ann Oakley Reader: Gender, Women, And Social Science, page 178
down-down
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Among the Hash House Harriers, a penalty in which an individual must down his or her drink.
    • 1987, Susan Scott-Stevens, Foreign Consultants and Counterparts (page 81) Exceptions are made for children and non-beer drinking Indonesians — their down-downs are allowed to be made with water or soft drinks.
    • 2003, Skiing (volume 56, number 3, November 2003, page 117) To be sentenced to a down-down is to be made to chug a beverage (you don't have to drink alcohol to belong anymore).
Downie Alternative forms: downie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A person with Down's syndrome.
related terms:
  • Aspie
down in the dumps
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic) Sad; lacking engagement or enthusiasm.
    • 1886, , He Fell In Love With His Wife, ch. 2: "You've got down in the dumps and can't see what's sensible and to your own advantage."
    • 2009, Brian McVicar, "Some in Mich. turn to ice fishing as economy dives," chicagotribune.com, 2 Feb. (retrieved 3 Feb 2009): "Being out of work sometimes makes you feel down in the dumps and being out here with my buddies helps."
Synonyms: crestfallen, depressed, listless, melancholy, unhappy
download {{wikipedia}} etymology From down + load. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˌdaʊnˈləʊd/
  • (US) /ˈdaʊnˌloʊd/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A file transfer to the local computer, especially one in progress. The download took longer than I expected.
  2. A file that has been, or will be transferred in this way. I got the download but it wouldn't work on my computer.
antonyms:
  • upload
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To transfer (computer data, especially as one or more files) from a remote computer (server) to a local computer, usually via a network. You can download a trial version of the program for thirty days to determine whether you want to purchase the full version.
  2. (transitive, nonstandard) upload; to copy a file from a local computer to a remote computer via a network.
  3. (transitive, nonstandard) to transfer a file to or from removable media. I needed to download photos to a CD-ROM
  4. (transitive, nonstandard) to install software.
Synonyms: copy, move, take, transfer, DL , dl , d/l , D/L (abbreviation)
antonyms:
  • upload
descendants:
  • Bengali: ডাউনলোড 〈ḍā'unalōḍa〉
  • Japanese: ダウンロード 〈daunrōdo〉
  • Hindi: डाउनलोड 〈ḍā'unalōḍa〉
  • Korean: 다운로드 〈daunlodeu〉
  • Lao: ດາວໂຫຼດ 〈ດາວໂຫຼດ〉
  • Thai: ดาวน์โหลด 〈dāwn̒h̄old〉
anagrams:
  • woodland
downstairs pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. A floor lower than the one a speaker currently occupies.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. living, stepping, or coming down the stairs
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The genitalia The wind lifted up her skirt and I caught a glimpse of her downstairs.
antonyms:
  • upstairs
down the banks Alternative forms: down-the-banks etymology unknown. Probably of Irish origin. {{rel-top}}
  • Notes & Queries, 3rd series, volume 1 (8 March 1862), page 189 posits a connection with "down the khud", supposedly used of a person falling down a precipice in the Himalayas.
  • Cassell's Dictionary of Slang (1998) suggests falling off the raised bank of a bog into muddy water.
  • Bernard Share (Slanguage, 1997) suggests a link to "The Banks of my own Lovely Lee", a Cork anthem nicknamed "De Banks".
See also:
  • Laurence Urdang, Walter W. Hunsinger, Nancy LaRoche, Picturesque expressions: a thematic dictionary (1985, ISBN 0810316064), page 571
  • The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (2006, ISBN 0415259371), volume 1 A–I, page 646
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pronunciation
  • (Ireland) /daʊn d̪ə bæŋks/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang, dated, Irish, Liverpool) a severe criticism, scolding, reprimand, or punishment
    • 1855, Albany Register, "An Independent Voter" (reprinted in Supplement to the Connecticut Courant, volume 20, number 27, page 211): Independent woters ain't the chalk—and the has done it!— They've spiled the trade. Sam's done it—Amerikins has done it! Take 'em up for interfeerin' with other people's bisness. Give 'em down the banks; send em up ninety days; give em that,"—and he struck straight out at an imaginary head, with a force that sent him with a lurch across the sidewalk, up against the side of the buildings.
    • 2009 October 1, Wexford Echo, "Little Angel Davina’s massive legacy in €25,000 fundraiser" In a time in Ireland when politicians and public representatives and others are getting down the banks (if you’ll pardon the pun), a special word of gratitude goes to TD John Browne and Enniscorthy Town Councillor Keith Doyle for their support.
  • Typically A give B down the banks; B get down the banks from A.
Synonyms: see also , (down the banks) a bollocking, a dressing-down, a tongue-lashing, (give someone down the banks) chew someone out, eat the head off someone
prepositional phrase: {{head}}
  1. (slang, obsolete, New York) in prison
    • 1852 April, "Flavul", , 7HPAAAAMAAJ&dq=%22down%20the%20banks%22&lr=&as_drrb_is=b&as_minm_is=0&as_miny_is=&as_maxm_is=0&as_maxy_is=1860&num=100&as_brr=0&pg=PA336#v=onepage&q=%22down%20the%20banks%22&f=false volume 39, page 336, "Transcripts from the docket of a late Sheriff of New-York": Mr. Heberton Fitzjames was (and, if he has not gone 'down the banks,' is) a gentleman such as we frequently see at the watering-places; a leader of the select parties there congregated. ... I became acquainted with Fitzjames in my way of making new friends. I had professional engagements with him, and from the name of 'the plaintiff,' I concluded it grew out of a sporting debt. Ah, Heberton, in that you were nearly gone 'down the banks!'
    • 1855, Albany Register, "An Independent Voter" (reprinted in Supplement to the Connecticut Courant, volume 20, number 27, page 211): A independent woter ain't the cheese any longer. ... The Stars is out in all kinds o' weather, and if they shines on a feller when he's got half a dozen glasses on board, the Watch-us', Squire Cole, and ten days down the banks, is the word!
quotations:
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down the gurgler
prepositional phrase: {{en-prep phrase}}
  1. (AU, informal) synonym of down the drain
Downtonian etymology Downton + ian
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fan of the television series Downton Abbey.
    • 2013, Georgette Gouveia, "Getting Down With 'Downton'", Wag, March 2013, page 24: (As all Downtonians know, this, too, turns out to be felicitous when after much travail, cousin Matthew and Lady Mary happily wed at the beginning of season three.)
    • 2014, "Americans rekindle its 'Downton Abbey' affair", Kuwait Times, 5 January 2014, page 39: From coast to coast, "Downtonians" will be at the edge of their chesterfields, keen to see what's next for the Crawleys in 1920 after the unexpected deaths of two beloved young members of the patrician family.
    • 2014, "Music Listings", One & Other, Issue #12, January/February 2014, page 64: For all Downtonians, perk your ears up: Elizabeth McGovern (Lady Cora) will be losing her corset this February in favour of leathers and a mic stand to play her husky, country-esque vocals with her band Sadie and the Hotheads.
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dox etymology Phonetic respelling of docs.
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang) Documents, especially information sought by hacker about an individual (address, credit card numbers, etc.).
    • 1995, "J Eric Chard", Will Vinton's Playmation (on newsgroup comp.graphics.animation) Why is it that, even after DECADES of carping from Jerry Pournelle, software companies STILL don't hire competent professionals to write their dox?
    • 2002, "X", this is getting old (on newsgroup houston.general) its ok, someone emailed me his address, phone #, ss#, the works. seems theres{{SIC}} someone out there that dislikes him more than i do. i cant wait to hear how many people have his dox now. this should be really interesting...
    • 2004, "Andrew D Kirch", Here is something that will work for the rest of us (on newsgroup news.admin.net-abuse.email) judging by the lack of the 6 it would appear we have our spammer here, LETS{{SIC}} PULL HIS DOX!
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, transitive) To publish the personal information of (an individual) on the Internet.
Alternative forms: doxxSynonyms: namefag
doxx Alternative forms: dox
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, internet) To publish personal information of (an individual) on the Internet.
    • 2012 October 29, Danah Boyd, Truth, Lies, and ‘Doxxing’: The Real Moral of the Gawker/Reddit Story, , The amorphous hacktivist collective known as “Anonymous” decided to make a spectacle of the situation by publishing personally identifiable information on – “doxxing” – Todd’s stalker.
    • 2013, Parmy Olson, We Are Anonymous, unnumbered page, In that frame of mind, the worst thing that can happen will always be online. Being doxxed or ridiculed, for example, outweighs the offline risks of wasted time, poor health, or arrest.
    • 2014, Jamie Bartlett, The Dark Net, page 15, Anonymous said: shit, I hope no one doxxes her. She actually delivered. She seems like a kind girl. Anonymous replied: dude get a grip she gave her first name, her physician's full name, and even the dormitory area she lives in she wants to be found. Anonymous replied: She is new. Any girl who uses signs or writes names on her body is clearly new to camwhoring, so they really don't know what they're getting themselves into.
    • 2014, E. C. Myers, The Silence of Six, unnumbered page, “Evan doxxed everyone in Dramatis Personai. Those guys aren't just 'offline.'” Max said. “They're dead.” PHYREWALL laughed. “What's funny about that?” Max asked. “He couldn't have doxxed everyone,” PHYREWALL said. “He doxxed you, Nat,' Max said.
doxy pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdɒksi/ {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Perhaps from Middle Dutch *, diminutive of docke. Cognate with Low German dokke, Saterland Frisian dok, dokke, Swedish docka. Alternative forms: doxie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic) A sweetheart; a prostitute or a mistress.
    • Needles and pins, page 82, Justin Huntly McCarthy, 1907, “He did not relish the apparition of that Katherine, for when it appeared it seemed to bring with it a brother shadow that wore ragged clothes and tangled hair and foul linen, that drank from any flagon and drabbed with any doxy, that slept in tavern angles through hours of drunkenness, a thing whose fingers pillaged, filched, and pilfered when and where they could, a creature that once he saw whenever he stared into a mirror.”
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses: Do you think the writer of Antony and Cleopatra, a passionate pilgrim, had his eyes in the back of his head that he chose the ugliest doxy in all Warwickshire to lie withal?
    • 2009, Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall, Fourth Estate 2010, p. 328: So then, of course, he paid her in kind...the place is full of his doxies, open a closet at Allington and some wench falls out of it.
Synonyms: paramour
etymology 2 From -doxy in orthodoxy, heterodoxy etc.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A defined opinion.
doyen etymology From French doyen, from Latin decānus from Greek δεκανός. Compare dean. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A commander in charge of ten men.
  2. The senior, or eldest male member of a group.
    • 1997, Thomas Swan, The Cezanne Chase, page 171, At every turn, Collyers's aggressive new management in London was out-maneuvering and out promoting the double doyens of the rarefied art auction world. Old-timers at Collyers referred to Christie's and Sotheby's as “the Cow and the Sow,” lumping them together in frequent attitudes of disdain, in an attempt to make up for decades of being the brunt of bad jokes.
    • 2000, Steve Fuller, Thomas Kuhn: A Philosophical History for Our Times, page 383, Conant's sense of science's world-historic mission did not especially endear him to Harvard's doyens, most of whom still operated with a liberal arts college model of the university in which the humanities reigned supreme and even the natural sciences were treated more as teaching than research subjects.
    • 2007, Vanina Bouté, Political Hierarchical Processes among Some Highlanders of Laos, François Robinne, Mandy Sadan (editors), Social Dynamics in the Highlands of Southeast Asia, page 189, On the domain level, two doyens, called “Lords of the Land” were entitled to some further specific prerogatives, including the right to lead rituals on behalf of all the villages of the domain (i.e. the domain of the clan of the doyen and, therefore, the clan considered the founder of the oldest village).
  3. (colloquial) A leading light, or exemplar of a particular practice or movement.
    • 1991, Arif Dirlik, Anarchism in the Chinese Revolution, page 129, Unlike the latter, however, Shifu's seriousness allowed no compromise; his criticism of Zhang ji even brought him into conflict with Wu Zhihui, one of the doyens of anarchism in China.
    • 2008 July 3, Amanda Schaffer, “The Sex Difference Evangelists”, part 3: “Mars, Venus, Babies, and Hormones”, in , In an interview, even , another doyen of sex-difference claims, offered up some caution.
    • 2011, Maitrii Aung-Thwin, The Return of the Galon King: History, Law, and Rebellion in Colonial Burma, page 199, For these doyens of the field, the Burmese conceptual landscape was a sophisticated and complex array of beliefs, exhibiting the ability of communities to adapt, appropriate, and reshape external influences throughout history.
related terms:
  • doyenne
anagrams:
  • doney
do you accept American dollars {{phrasebook}}
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. Used to ask whether or not product or service may be paid for in American dollar.
do you accept credit cards {{phrasebook}}
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. Used to ask whether or not product or service may be paid for by credit card.
do you believe in God {{phrasebook}}
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. Used to ask whether the interlocutor believes in God.
do you come here often
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. A common phrase for initiating conversation with a stranger, especially one for seeking romantic involvement.
Synonyms: do you come here much?
do you have a boyfriend {{phrasebook}} Alternative forms: have you got a boyfriend
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. Used to ask whether the interlocutor has a boyfriend.
do you have any pets {{phrasebook}}
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. Used to ask whether the interlocutor is an owner of pets.
do you have children {{phrasebook}}
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. Used to ask whether somebody is a parent of children.
  • In UK English you can also ask "Have you got any children?"
do you know
phrase: do you know?
  1. <i>This entry exists purely in order to provide translations</i>
  • When the question being asked includes the fact being asked about, is generally used instead. Thus, "Do you know who the president of France is?" but "Did you know that the president of France is d'Estaing?".
do you need help {{phrasebook}}
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. Asks the interlocutor if they require assistance
do you speak English {{phrasebook}}
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. Used to ask whether or not the addressed person is able to speak in the English language.
do you speak something {{rfm}}
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. Used to ask whether or not the addressed person can understand or converse in a given language. (something is a placeholder for the name of the language.)
doze etymology From Middle English *, from Old Norse dúsa, from Proto-Germanic *dusēną, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰewes-, *dʰews-, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰew-. Cognate with German dösen, Icelandic dúsa, Swedish dialectal dusa, Danish døse, Old English dysiġ, Scots dosnit, Icelandic dúra. More at dizzy. pronunciation
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To sleep lightly or briefly; to nap. I didn’t sleep very well, but I think I may have dozed a bit.
    • L'Estrange If he happened to doze a little, the jolly cobbler waked him.
  2. (transitive) To make dull; to stupefy.
    • Samuel Pepys I was an hour … in casting up about twenty sums, being dozed with much work.
    • South They left for a long time dozed and benumbed.
  3. (intransitive, slang) To bulldoze.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) a light, short sleep or nap I felt much better after a short doze.
Synonyms: See
dozen etymology From Old French dozaine (French douzaine), from doze + -aine, from Latin duodecim (from duo + decem) + -ana pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) A set of twelve. Can I have a dozen eggs, please? I ordered two dozen doughnuts. There shouldn't be more than two dozen Christmas cards left to write. Pack the shirts in dozens, please.
  2. (as plural only, always followed by [[of]]) A large, unspecified number of, comfortably estimated in small multiples of twelve, thus generally implied to be significantly more than ten or twelve, but less than perhaps one or two hundred; many. There must have been dozens of examples just on the first page. There were dozens and dozens of applicants before the job was posted.
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  3. (metallurgy) An old English measure of ore containing 12 hundredweight.
    • 1957, H.R. Schubert, History of the British Iron and Steel Industry, p. 139 The dozen as a measure for iron ore remained almost completely constant at 12 cwts. during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Synonyms: (followed by of: a large number of) a great deal of, a lot of, heap of, hundred of, load of, lot of, many, million of, score of, scad of, thousand of
antonyms:
  • (followed by of: a large number of) few
anagrams:
  • zendo
  • zoned
dozer
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who doze
  2. (informal) bulldozer

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