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angel lust
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) death erection
angertainment etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) Programming, especially talk show and talk radio, which is characterized by anger or which provokes anger in its audience.
    • 2009, John McCarron, "Solutions for a nation stuck in low gear", Chicago Tribune, 23 December 2009: Here in the media, meanwhile, much of what used to be called journalism has morphed into "angertainment," which is to say a bunch of shouting over who's to blame for this future of less.
    • 2012, Wayne Roberts, "Thank you, Rob Ford", Now (Toronto), 5 January - 12 January 2012, Volume 31, Number 19: The resulting anger makes for yell radio and TV angertainment.
    • 2013, Tim Krohn, "Big Ideas speaker says change doesn’t require new laws", Mankato Free Press, 18 February 2013: “We’re doing a lot better on this planet than the angertainment industry would have us believe. But Rush Limbaugh and Bill Maher don’t want you to think that way. And they are very good at it. It’s very profitable for them. {{…}}
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angina pectoris {{wikipedia}} pronunciation {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (cardiology, disease) Intermittent crushing chest pain caused by reversible myocardial ischemia.
angle pronunciation
  • /ˈæŋ.ɡəl/
  • (also) (US) /ˈeɪŋ.ɡəl/
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etymology 1 From Middle English, from Middle French angle, from Latin angulus, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂engulos 〈*h₂engulos〉 < *ang-. Cognate with Old High German ancha, Middle High German anke.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. {{senseid}}(geometry) A figure formed by two ray which start from a common point (a plane angle) or by three plane that intersect (a solid angle). examplethe angle between lines A and B
  2. {{senseid}}(geometry) The measure of such a figure. In the case of a plane angle, this is the ratio (or proportional to the ratio) of the arc length to the radius of a section of a circle cut by the two rays, centered at their common point. In the case of a solid angle, this is the ratio of the surface area to the square of the radius of the section of a sphere. exampleThe angle between lines A and B is π/4 radians, or 45 degrees.
  3. A corner where two walls intersect. examplean angle of a building
  4. A change in direction.
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    exampleThe horse took off at an angle.
  5. {{senseid}} A viewpoint; a way of looking at something.
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    • 2005, Adams Media, Adams Job Interview Almanac (page 299) For example, if I was trying to repitch an idea to a producer who had already turned it down, I would say something like, "I remember you said you didn't like my idea because there was no women's angle. Well, here's a great one that both of us must have missed during our first conversation."
  6. (media) The focus of a news story.
  7. (slang, professional wrestling) A storyline between two wrestlers, providing the background for and approach to a feud.
  8. (slang) A scheme; a means of benefitting from a situation, usually hidden, possibly illegal. exampleHis angle is that he gets a percentage, but mostly in trade.
  9. A projecting or sharp corner; an angular fragment.
    • Dryden though but an angle reached him of the stone
  10. (astrology) Any of the four cardinal points of an astrological chart: the Ascendant, the Midheaven, the Descendant and the Imum Coeli.
Synonyms: (corner) corner, (change in direction) swerve, (vertex) -gon (as per hexagon), (viewpoint) opinion, perspective, point of view, slant, view, viewpoint
hyponyms: {{hyp-top4}}
  • acute angle
  • angle of repose
  • central angle
  • complementary angle
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  • dihedral angle
  • exterior angle
  • interior angle
  • oblique angle
{{hyp-mid4}}
  • opposite angle
  • plane angle
  • right angle
  • round angle
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  • solid angle
  • straight angle
  • supplementary angle
  • vertical angle
{{hyp-bottom}}
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • angle bracket
  • angle quote
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  • play the angles
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related terms:
  • angular
  • angulate
  • angulation
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, often in the passive) To place (something) at an angle. The roof is angled at 15 degrees.
  2. (intransitive, informal) To change direction rapidly. The five ball angled off the nine ball but failed to reach the pocket.
  3. (transitive, informal) To present or argue something in a particular way or from a particular viewpoint. How do you want to angle this when we talk to the client?
  4. (snooker) To leave the cue ball in the jaws of a pocket such that the surround of the pocket (the "angle") blocks the path from cue ball to object ball.
etymology 2 From Middle English anglelen, from angel, from Old English angel, angul, from Proto-Germanic *angulō, *angô, from Proto-Indo-European *ank-, *Hank-. Cognate with Western Frisian angel, Dutch angel, Icelandic öngull, German Angel, German angeln.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To try to catch fish with a hook and line.
  2. (informal) (with for) To attempt to subtly persuade someone to offer a desired thing. He must be angling for a pay rise.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A fishhook; tackle for catching fish, consisting of a line, hook, and bait, with or without a rod.
    • Shakespeare Give me mine angle: we'll to the river there.
    • Alexander Pope A fisher next his trembling angle bears.
anagrams:
  • angel, Angel, Elgan, Galen, glean
angle grinder {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A usually hand-held grinder which uses a pair of internal gears to place the rotational axis of the grinding or cutting wheel perpendicular to that of the driving motor.
Synonyms: side grinder, disc grinder
coordinate terms:
  • die grinder
  • wall chaser
angle quote
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (typography, informal) Any particular quotation mark consisting of a pair of straight lines radiating from a common point separated at an angle anywhere between 60°–150°, be it single or double.
    1. A guillemet.
    2. A chevron.
    3. A Korean quotation mark; e.g., 〈〈〉, 〈〉〉, 〈《〉, 〈》〉.
angle shoot
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. {{alt form}}
    • Rod and Gun in Canada - Volume 66 , 1964 , page 185 , “Trap, although it includes some angle shooting, calls for all the targets to be thrown out ahead of the gunner at a minimum distance of 16 yards, each man firing five shots from five stations arranged in a semi-circle behind the trap house. ”
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (botany) {{alt form}}
    • Manipulation of Fruiting , C. J. Wright , 2013 , page 346 , 1483164462 , “Removal of the young developing leaves below the apical bud on the main shoot, especially when done twice, has increased branching and produced wider angle shoots, and enhanced feathering for slender spindle trees ”
  2. (slang, poker) {{alt form}}
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  3. A session of shoot at an angle or a shot taken in such a session.
    • The Fleet Air Arm in the Second World War , Dr Ben Jones , 2012 , 147240422X , “The unserviceable Sea Hurricane airframe on board was placed on deck for blast trials in a low angle shoot and sustained no damage while in the centre of the deck. ”
    • Elisabeth Sladen: The Autobiography , Elisabeth Sladen , 2011 , 1845136853 , “So off I went to find a piece of scenery to rest on while they got on with preparing for another angle shoot of the sacrifice setup. ”
angle-shoot
alternate forms:
  • angle shoot
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To fire or shoot from an angle.
    • School Activities - Volumes 29-31, 1957 , page 294 , “After the bowler has acquired a smooth delivery he is shown how to angle-shoot for spares, the essentials of spot and line bowling, and such new techniques as finger-tip control. ”
    • Films and Filming - Volume 13 , 1966 , page 8 , “He recalls, and then surpasses, his visual diversions for 'Can't Buy Me Love' in A Hard Day's Night when he chop-cuts and angle-shoots his four principal comics during their rendiction of 'Everybody Ought to Have a Maid' ”
  2. (poker, slang) To use a trick that is not explicit prohibited by the rules, but which is used to gain unfair advantage.
    • Ultimate Guide to Poker Tells: Devastate Opponents by Reading Body Language , Randy Burgess , 2006 , page 149 , 157243807X , “The floor will rule one way or another; the point isn't so much to win the ruling as to put the spotlight on the offending player so he's less likely to angle-shoot on future hands. ”
  3. (slang, by extension) To bend the rules; to behave in a way that is unethical but not illegal.
    • Blackjack Essays , Mason Malmuth , 1996 , page 205 , 1880685051 , “I like to think that I used my superior skill to come out on top; I don't like the idea that I had to angle-shoot to take home more money than I came with. ”
    • U.S. News & World Report - Volume 131, Issues 19-27 , 2002 , page 116 , “Or perhaps, unlike many firms looking for fast dividends from the disaster, Krispy Kreme didn't try to angle-shoot the tragedy. It hasn't changed its approach to business— which may well have something to do with its success. ”
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (botany) A side shoot that grows from the main stem stem.
    • Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh , 1934 , “The fact that for the greater part of its length the angle-shoot has the same structure as a normal stem is what would be expected; it does not, in my opinion, prove that the former is not a transformed rhizophore. ”
  2. (slang, poker) {{alt form}}
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angle shooter
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, poker) A player who uses unfair trick to gain advantage; one who angle-shoot.
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angle shooting
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of angle shoot
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Unethical behavior that is not clearly prohibited.
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    • Lessons From The Felt: Advanced Strategies And Tactics For No-Limit Hold'Em Poker Tournaments , David Apostolico , 2006 , 0818407360 , “Player One then turned his cards back over and got really upset accusing Player Two of angle shooting in order to see his cards. ”
  2. (slang) The act of shoot at an angle.
    • Shooting outdoor videos , Donald C. Steffens , 1993 , page 49 , “Another interesting technique to use is angle shooting. Action shot obliquely appears slower than the same action viewed at right angles ”
    • Dictionary of Film Terms: The Aesthetic Companion to Film Art , Frank Eugene Beaver , 2006 , page 11 , 0820472980 , “Early sets tended to be theatrical and flat, and, therefore, were limited in the dimensionality that would have allowed angle shooting. ”
angle-shooting
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of angle-shoot
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) {{alt form}}
    • Ultimate Guide to Poker Tells: Devastate Opponents by Reading Body Language , Randy Burgess , 2006 , page 149 , 157243807X , “It seems harmless enough, and often is; but if experienced players are doing it, the potential is there for collusion. And collusion is more than angle-shooting -- it's outright cheating. ”
    • The Golden Book of Decisions , Father John Doe , 2010 , page 25 , 1616490330 , “We have been so used to "fast" thinking; "angle-shooting"; and rationalizing, that many have completely forgotten the art of true thinking. ”
angle shot
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of angle shoot
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, poker) An act performed in order to angle-shoot; a trick used to gain unfair advantage.
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  2. A shot taken at an angle.
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    • Corporate Media Production , Ray DiZazzo , 2012 , page 65 , 1136051708 , “This is an angle shot from a low position with the camera looking upward. ”
Anglo-Saxon {{interwiktionary}} {{wikipedia}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. The inflected ancestor language of modern English, also called Old English, spoken in Britain from about 400 AD to 1100 AD.
Synonyms: Old English
related terms:
  • English
  • Middle English
  • Modern English
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A member of the Germanic peoples who settled in England during the early fifth century.
  2. (US) A person of English ethnic descent.
  3. (US, Mexican-American) A light-skinned person presumably of British or other North European descent;
  4. (informal) Profanity, especially words derived from Old English.
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Related to the Anglo-Saxon peoples or language.
  2. Related to nations which speak primarily English and influenced by English customs; especially United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia.{{cite web|title=Anglo-Saxon|url=http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/anglo-saxon_1?q=anglo-saxon|work=Cambridge Dictionary|publisher=Cambridge University Press|accessdate=6 December 2012}}
    • 1963, Claude Lévy-Strauss, Structural Anthropology, page 2, Basic Books, New York (Translated by Claire Jacobson and Brooke Schoepf.) [...] Ethnography thus aims at record- ing as accurately as possible the respective modes of life of various groups. Ethnology, on the other hand, utilizes for comparative purposes (the nature of which will be explained below) the data provided by the ethnographer. Thus, ethnography has the same meaning in all countries, and ethnology corresponds approximately to what is known in Anglo-Saxon countries—where the term eth- nology has become obsolete—as social or cultural anthropology.
  3. (politics) Favouring a liberal free market economy.
  4. (US) Descended from English or North European settlers.
angryphone etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Canada, informal) An English-speaking resident of Quebec who is a peevish complainer.
    • 2000, Martha Radice, Feeling comfortable?: the urban experience of Anglo-Montrealers (page 88) Such sayings run counter to a certain character who loiters in the Montreal imaginary of stereotypes: the whining 'angryphone,' the anglophone Montrealer ever dissatisfied with his or her lot in Quebec.
angst {{was wotd}} etymology From the German word Angst or the Danish word angst; attested since the 19th century in English translations of the works of Freud and Søren Kierkegaard. (George Eliot used the phrase complete with definite article: "die Angst".) Initially capitalized (as in German and contemporaneous Danish), the term first began to be written with a lowercase "a" around 1940–44.{{R:Merriam Webster Online|angst}}{{R:Dictionary.com|angst}}[http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=angst&searchmode=none Online Etymology Dictionary, "angst"] The German and Danish terms both derive from Middle High German angest, from Old High German angust, from Proto-Germanic *angustiz; Dutch angst is cognate. Compare Swedish ångest. pronunciation
  • (Canada) /æŋ(k)st/
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  • (Canada) /eɪŋ(k)st/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Emotional turmoil; painful sadness.
    • 1979, Peter Hammill, Mirror images I've begun to regret that we'd ever met / Between the dimensions. / It gets such a strain to pretend that the change / Is anything but cheap. / With your infant pique and your angst pretensions / Sometimes you act like such a creep.
    • 2007, Martyn Bone, Perspectives on Barry Hannah (page 3) Harry's adolescence is theatrical and gaudy, and many of its key scenes have a lurid and camp quality that is appropriate to the exaggerated mood-shifting and self-dramatizing of teen angst.
  2. A feeling of acute but vague anxiety or apprehension often accompanied by depression, especially philosophical anxiety.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To suffer angst; to fret.
    • 2001, Joseph P Natoli, Postmodern Journeys: Film and Culture, 1996-1998 In the second scene, the camera switches to the father listening, angsting, dying inside, but saying nothing.
    • 2006, Liz Ireland, Three Bedrooms in Chelsea She'd never angsted so much about her head as she had in the past twenty-four hours. Why the hell hadn't she just left it alone?
anagrams:
  • 'ganst
  • gnats
  • stang
  • tangs
angst bunny Alternative forms: angstbunny, angst-bunny
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) One who expresses, or seeks to evince, angst, especially a goth.
    • 1998 August 19, Marc Sabatella, "Re: Opinions: the New Swing Craze", rec.music.bluenote, Usenet, In the mid-80's we called them "angst bunnies"; then I started hearing "DIB's" (dress in black) and "goth".
  2. One who appreciate angst-filled literature.
    • 1999 May 29, Rebecca Schoenberg, "Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Yankee takes a rest", alt.callahans, Usenet, "Actually, what I liked about 'Titanic' wasn't so much the romance (though I liked that, too) but the detail they put into developing even the background characters, and how they managed to portray the event as a tragedy, not just a big special effect or a bang-wow disaster. Then again, I'm a confirmed angst-bunny.
quotations:
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angstiness etymology angsty + ness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The quality of being angsty; angst.
an hero etymology Originated as a meme on the /b/ board of the 4chan community. It was inspired by a grammatical error in a poem that the classmate of a teenager who committed suicide in 2006 wrote and posted to a MySpace memorial page.Mattathias Schwartz, "[http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/03/magazine/03trolls-t.html?_r=0 The Trolls Among Us]", ''The New York Times'', 3 August 2008
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Internet, slang) To commit suicide.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet, slang) One who commits suicide.
anigif etymology Shortening of animated GIF.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, informal) An animated image in the GIF format.
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anilinguist Alternative forms: analinguist (rare) etymology anilingus + ist
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare) One who gives or performs anilingus.
Synonyms: arselicker, arse-licker (UK), asslicker, ass-licker (US), rimmer
anilingus {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: analingus etymology From Latin anus + lingere. Coined by sexologist Richard von Krafft-Ebing in the book Psychopathia sexualis (1886).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A form of oral sex in which the tongue and lip are used for stimulation of a sexual partner's anus.
Synonyms: anilinction, arse-licking (UK taboo slang), ass-licking (US taboo slang), reaming (US slang), rimming (slang), salad tossing (US slang), See also
animal {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈænəməl/
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etymology 1 From Middle English animal, from Old French animal, from Latin animal, a nominal use of an adjective from animale, neuter of animalis, from anima. Displaced native Middle English deor (from Old English dēor), Middle English reother (from Old English hriþer).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. In scientific usage, a multicellular organism that is usually mobile, whose cell are not encased in a rigid cell wall (distinguishing it from plant and fungi) and which derives energy solely from the consumption of other organism (distinguishing it from plant). exampleA cat is an animal, not a plant.&nbsp;&nbsp; Humans are also animals, under the scientific definition, as we are not plants.
  2. In non-scientific usage, any member of the kingdom Animalia other than a human being.
  3. In non-scientific usage, any land-living vertebrate (i.e. not bird, fish, insect etc.).
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  4. (figuratively) A person who behaves wildly; a bestial, brutal, brutish, cruel, or inhuman person. exampleMy students are animals.
  5. (informal) A person of a particular type. examplea political animal
Synonyms: (organism) beast, creature, (non-human organism) beast, (person who behaves wildly) brute, monster, savage
hyponyms:
  • See also
related terms:
  • anima
  • animus
  • animate
  • Animalia
etymology 2 From Latin animalis, from either anima or animus. Originally distinct from the noun, it became associated with attributive use of the noun and is now indistinguishable from it.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or relating to animals. animal instincts
  2. Raw, base, unhindered by social codes. animal passions
  3. Pertaining to the spirit or soul; relating to sensation or innervation.
    • 2003, To explain what activated the flesh, ‘animal spirits’ were posited, superfine fluids which shuttled between the mind and the vitals, conveying messages and motion. — Roy Porter, Flesh in the Age of Reason (Penguin 2004, p. 47)
  4. (slang, Ireland) Excellent.
Synonyms: (of animals) beastly, bestial, (unhindered by social codes) animalistic, beastly, bestial, untamed, wild
anagrams:
  • Almain
  • aminal
  • lamina
  • maalin
  • Malian
  • manila, Manila
animu etymology Humorous alteration of English anime, from Japanese アニメ 〈anime〉, an abbreviation of アニメーション 〈animēshon〉, from English animation.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet slang, sometimes, derogatory) Anime.
anionic
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (chemistry) of or pertaining to an anion
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) an anionic detergent
aniseedy etymology aniseed + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Resembling or characteristic of aniseed.
ankle Alternative forms: ancle (obsolete) etymology From Middle English ankel, ancle, ankyl, from Old English *ancol (compare anclēow > Modern English anclef, ancliff, ancley), from Proto-Germanic *ankalaz; akin to Icelandic ökkla, ökli, Danish and Swedish ankel, Dutch enklaauw, enkel, German Enkel, Old Norse akka, Old Frisian anckel, and perhaps Old High German encha, ancha, from the Proto-Germanic *ankijǭ. Compare with Sanskrit अङ्ग 〈aṅga〉, अङ्गुरि 〈aṅguri〉. Compare with haunch and with Greek prefix ἀγκυλο- 〈ankylo-〉. pronunciation
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  • /ˈæŋ.kəl/
  • (US) /ˈeɪŋ.kəl/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The skeletal joint which connects the foot with the leg; the uppermost portion of the foot and lowermost portion of the leg, which contain this skeletal joint.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US, slang) To walk.
    • 2009, Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice, Vintage 2010, p. 275: After a while he got up and ankled his way down the corridor and met Penny coming out of the toilet.
  2. (cycling) To cyclically angle the foot at the ankle while pedal, to maximize the amount of work applied to the pedal during each revolution.
ankle-biter
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A small child.
  2. (slang) A relatively minor, irritating problem or task.
Synonyms: (small child) see also .
Anna Kournikova etymology Named after Anna Kournikova (born 1981), Russian tennis player. Introduced by poker commentator Vince van Patten during a WPT tournament because it "looks great but never wins".
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (poker, slang) In Texas hold 'em, the hole card ace-king (unsuited).
Annie Oakley etymology Many complimentary tickets had holes punched in them to prevent recipients from reselling them; in this way, they resembled the playing cards that sharpshooter Annie Oakley shot holes in as part of her act, and so were named after her.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, possibly dated) A complimentary ticket, a free ticket; a comp.
    • 1944 August 28, John Bainbridge, S. Hurok, in Life (magazine), volume 17, number 9, page 57: The prince and princess of Belgium happened to be [...] in Detroit. Hurok sent them a pair of passes [...]. The concert was a sellout, Hurok cleared $4,000, and several days later received a polite note from the prince's equerry expressing Their Highnesses' regret at not having been able to use the Annie Oakleys.
annoybot etymology annoy + bot pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, slang) A bot within an IRC channel that sends annoying message to online participant.
annoyware etymology annoy + ware pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, informal) Software that annoy the user, as by displaying constant advertisement or reminder to register.
A No. 1
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, colloquial) First class, superior.Brown, Lesley (2003)
anonymouse
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) a person who post to an online forum, or otherwise distribute information anonymously
anorak etymology From Kalaallisut annoraaq.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A heavy weatherproof jacket with an attached hood; a parka or windcheater.
  2. (British, slang) A geek or nerd, possibly originally either a train spotter or a fan of off-shore pirate radio.
anorakish etymology anorak + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, informal) Obsessively absorbed in a subject, especially an unusual or obscure subject.
    • 1999, Phil Race, Steven Higgins, Nick Packard, 500 ICT Tips for Primary Teachers Joining a 'computer group' may sound incredibly anorakish but you'll probably find that most of the other members are bearably human!
    • 2003, Gary Valentine Lachman, Turn Off Your Mind: The Mystic Sixties and the Dark Side of the Age of Aquarius College readers of Tolkien's work had a tenacity and anorakish single-mindedness matched only by the Trekkies who would soon follow.
    • 2006: The Times (London, September 2), "Only the togas have changed" The son of a Midlands printer, Harris as a teenager developed an interest in politics as anorakish as other boys’ obsessions with football or pop ...
    • 2006: Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, (July 8) Now I make this point not just to add a sort of anorakish-footnote to the debate, but so that the episcopate that we are discussing comes a little more clearly into focus for us, in connection to many of the issues that have already been touched upon.
    • 2006: John Bercow, Member of Parliament (UK), floor debate in the House of Commons, Hansard (June 5) The right hon. Lady gave me the facial impression that she thought my point was narrow, anorakish or even—perish the thought—tendentious.
anotha
determiner: {{head}}
  1. (slang, AAVE) eye dialect of another
anotha'
determiner: {{head}}
  1. (slang, AAVE) eye dialect of another
ant {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: ante, ampte etymology From Middle English amte, amete, from Old English ǣmette, from Proto-Germanic *ēmaitijǭ, from Proto-Germanic *ē- + *maitaną, from Proto-Indo-European *mai-. Cognate with German Ameise and Emse. See also emmet. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ænt/
    • (US), [ɛənt]
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of various insect in the family Formicidae in the order Hymenoptera, typically living in large colonies composed almost entirely of flightless females.
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  2. (Internet) A Web spider.
Synonyms: (insect) emmet (archaic), pismire (archaic)
hyponyms:
  • (insect in Formicidae) army ant, black garden ant, bull ant, carpenter ant, fire ant, garden ant, honey-pot ant, leafcutter ant, pharaoh ant, piss ant, red ant, sauba ant, thief ant, wood ant
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (ornithology) To rub insects, especially ants, on one's body, perhaps to control parasites or clean feathers.
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anagrams:
  • nat, Nat, Nat., NAT; NTA; tan, Tan, TAN
Antarctican
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (nonstandard) Antarctic; of or pertaining to Antarctica.
    • 1859, Memoirs of the Geological Survey of India, Geological Survey of India, Governor-General of India, page 119 ...West Antarctican part of Gondwanaland are very informative.
    • {{ante}} , The Modern Review Office (Calcutta), page 383 By studying the modern trends of international affairs it may be very easily understood that the Antarctican shores are gradually becoming important naval bases.
    • 1951 May, , The Modern Review Office (Calcutta), page 384 This fascinating view of Mendez-Correa may not seem too incredible, as actually the Antarctican shores might have possessed warm regions...
    • 1957, Kenneth Royston Sealy, The Geography of Air Transport, Hutchinson University Library (publisher), page 93 Nevertheless, the possibility of trans-Antarctican airways between South America and Australasia seems a much more remote possibility 1959, Polar Record, Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge University Press, page 858 At various times he was President of the American Polar Society, the Association of American Geographers and the Antarctican Society.
    • 1965, Richard S. Lewis, A Continent for Science, The Antarctic Adventure, Viking press, page 118 Did it belong to South America or to Antarctica? Where was the junction or separation of the Andean and Antarctican mountain systems?
    • 1991, Kathryn Thompson, Close Your Eyes and Think of Dublin, Portrait of a Girl, FC2, ISBN 0932511414, page 173 ...no way to hold on, trapped on an antarctican icefloat.
    • 2000, Monroe W. Strickberger, Evolution, Jones & Bartlett, ISBN 0763710660, page 454 From South America, marsupials dispersed into an Antarctican continent that was considerably warmer than at present and, unaccompanied by placentals, reached Australia during the early Eocene, about 50 million years ago.
Synonyms: Antarctic
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (fictional or hypothetical) A native of Antarctica.
    • 1935, Edison Marshall, Dian of the Lost Land, H. C. Kinsey & Company, Inc., pages 53 and 62 ...customs which the Antarcticans might have. How he wished he had made the trip alone, and need not share with Adam the scientific triumphs to come! Of course she was—the daughter of Morrison, Hull’s companion who had befriended and protected him against the Antarcticans.
    • 1956, Walter Sullivan, Quest for a Continent, McGraw-Hill, page 273, Had the US Navy icebreakers been unable to rescue them from the ice in early 1948 her child might have been the first native-born Antarctican.
    • 2001, Kieran Mulvaney, At the Ends of the Earth, History of the Polar Regions, Island Press, ISBN 1559639083, page 67 Gonneville departed this enchanted land...taking with him...an “Indian” prince called Essomeric. The land was not, of course, the southern continent, and Essomeric was not an Antarctican. De Gonneville had probably been to southern Brazil.
    • 2004, R. Brooke Lea and Barry H. Cohen, Essentials of Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., ISBN 0471480762, page 45, Recall the exercise at the end of the previous chapter, and imagine that you discover just one Antarctican, and you measure his or her body temperature. If you know the population mean for Antarcticans (perhaps it is 98.6°F), then you have one piece of information about variability.
    • 2006, William L. Fox, Driving to Mars, Shoemaker & Hoard, ISBN 1-59376-111-2, page 227, Part of the reason is that there is an indigenous tradition of consuming seals in the north for subsistence, whereas sealing in the south was done almost exclusively for commercial reasons, there being no native Antarcticans.
  2. (sometimes humorous) One who has spent time in Antarctica, especially a scientist or researcher.
    • 1956, Antarctic, New Zealand Antarctic Society ...the easy-going good nature and “she’s right, mate,” attitude of the genuine Australian is a simple but practical outlook which could well be copied by many future Antarcticans.
    • 1959, The National Geographic Magazine, National Geographic Society, page 541 We were not the only Antarcticans flying early this 1958-59 season. Soviet scientists across the icecap were planning an over-snow traverse toward the South Pole and wanted to survey the route by air.
    • 1965, Richard S. Lewis, A Continent for Science, The Antarctic Adventure, Viking Press, page 258, The Antarcticans sense that life must be asserted here. It cannot draw back before these wastes, but must subdue them if only to demonstrate its viability.
    • 1987, Michael Parfit, South Light: A Journey to the Last Continent, Collier Books, ISBN 0020236204, page 273, I’m an Antarctican; I can sleep on the ground.
    • 2005, Jeff Rubin et al, Antarctica, Lonely Planet, ISBN 1-74059-094-5, page 81, You should also have little trouble finding some glacier ice for your whiskey; many Antarcticans enjoy sipping their Scotch on very old rocks!
  • The sense of a native is strictly hypothetical or fictional. Antarctica does not have any native peoples or permanent residents, though a few persons have been born on the continent.
  • In the sense of a visitor, this term is sometimes placed in quotation marks or treated as a tongue-in-cheek term.
anthem {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English anteme, from Old English antefn, from ll antiphōna, from Ancient Greek ἀντίφωνα 〈antíphōna〉, from ἀντί 〈antí〉 + φωνή 〈phōnḗ〉. Compare antiphon. pronunciation
  • /ˈænθəm/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic) Antiphon.
  2. A choral or vocal composition, often with a religious or political lyric. The school's anthem sang of its many outstanding qualities, and it was hard to keep a straight face while singing.
  3. A hymn of praise or loyalty. The choir sang a selection of Christmas anthems at the service just before the big day.
  4. (informal) A very popular song or track.
    • 2003, Peter Buckley, The rough guide to rock In May 2000, they even finally cracked the UK top ten when they teamed up with Paul Van Dyk on the trance anthem "The Riddle"...
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, poetic) To celebrate with anthems.
    • Keats Sweet birds antheming the morn.
anagrams:
  • Hemant
  • hetman
  • nameth
  • the man
anthro
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) anthropology
  2. (informal) An anthropomorphic character.
    • 2012, Lindsay Cibos, ‎Jared Hodges, Draw More Furries: How to Create Anthropomorphic Fantasy Creatures Extra animals add complexity, but the benefit is that you're more likely to create a unique new character. There's hundreds of wolf anthros, but how many zebra-striped pig-tigers are there?
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) anthropomorphic
    • 2004, Brad Guigar, The everything cartooning book (page 146) They are to anthro cartoonists what Trekkies are to Star Trek, gathering for special conventions that feature anthro cartoons and cartoonists.
anthropophaginian
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nonce, humorous) One who eats human flesh.
    • {{ante}} , , Act 4, Scene 5: Host: … go, knock / and call: hee’l speake like an Anthropophaginian vnto / thee: Knocke I say.
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Anthropozoic etymology {{confix}} pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, geology) The geological era dominated by the presence of man.
antiabortionist Alternative forms: anti-abortionist etymology antiabortion + ist
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who is opposed to the practice of abortion, or to it being legal.
Synonyms: antichoicer (derogatory), fetus fetishist (derogatory), forced-birther (derogatory), pro-lifer, right-to-lifer
antibioticked etymology From antibiotic + ed. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˌantɪbaɪˈɒtɪkt/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial, rare) medicate with antibiotics.
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antichoice Alternative forms: anti-choice etymology anti + choice
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (derogatory) Not pro-choice; opposed to the individual's choice, especially of abortion or euthanasia.
    • 1976, NARAL complaint against , “Complaint may block federal matching funds”, in the Beaver Country Times, 1976 February 18: [...her campaign techniques] demonstrate a pattern to deceive potential contributors by failing to disclose without ambiguity that she is soliciting funds for her presidential candidacy and not for the antichoice movement.
anti-choice
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (US, politics, derogatory) alternative spelling of antichoice
antichoicer Alternative forms: anti-choicer etymology antichoice + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) One who opposes pro-choice views.
Synonyms: antiabortionist, fetus fetishist (derogatory), forced-birther (derogatory), pro-lifer, right-to-lifer
anticippointment etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, rare) A feeling of anticipation followed by disappointment.
anticop etymology anti + cop
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) antipolice
antidep etymology Shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) antidepressant
    • 2002, "~~ Kim ~~", How do you fill the day? (on newsgroup alt.support.arthritis) (I am taking an antidep. I think pain meds are starting to depress me .)
anagrams:
  • depaint, inadept, painted, pantied, patined, tenidap
antifag etymology anti + fag
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (vulgar) Opposing homosexual.
    • 1981, Daniel Curzon, Human Warmth & Other Stories (page 25) "And I used to make antifag jokes all the time!" Chet pushed on both temples, to show his self-disgust.
    • 1983, Michael Denneny, Charles Ortleb, Thomas Steele, The Christopher Street reader (page 297) They have got fairly liberal laws on victimless crimes, but the Los Angeles police are still busy entrapping homosexualists because the police chief in Los Angeles is very antifag.
antilife Alternative forms: anti-life etymology anti + life
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, politics, derogatory) pro-choice
  2. (derogatory) antinatalist; supporting the use of contraception to space or limit birth
    • 1962, "Roman Catholic Sees Trend To Downgrade Large Family", Lawrence Journal-World, 1962 June 26: A Roman Catholic says there is a trend nowadays to downgrade the family, making parents who are not limiting their families feel guilty. Rev. John C. Knight, speaking Monday night at the 28th National Catholic Family Life convention, said "there is an antilife campaign abroad in the land."
    • 1982, "Pope Speaks on the Sanctity of Marriage", The New York Times, 1982 June 1: While praising positive developments in family life, the Pope, who has taken a firm, conservative line on many social issues, said he "could not fail to draw attention to the negative phenomena." In particular, he cited "a corruption of the idea and experience of freedom, with consequent self-centeredness in human relations; serious misconceptions regarding the relationship between parents and children; the growing number of divorces; the scourge of abortion; the spread of a contraceptive and antilife mentality."
  3. Opposing the preservation of life in a particular situation
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antilifer Alternative forms: anti-lifer etymology antilife + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) A person who holds pro-choice beliefs.
    • 1988, Paul Marx, Confessions of a Prolife Missionary We annoyed the antilifers with prolife/family literature (although we had too little), and especially with well-written news releases, which were published surprisingly often.
Synonyms: pro-abort (derogatory), proabortionist, pro-choicer, pro-deather (derogatory)
anti-lifer
noun: {{head}}
  1. (derogatory) alternative spelling of antilifer
Antillean pronunciation
  • /æntəˈliːən/, /ænˈtɪliən/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of, from, or pertaining to the Netherlands Antilles, the Antillean people or the Antillean language.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person from the Netherlands Antilles or of Antillean descent
antinigger etymology anti + nigger
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (offensive) Opposing black people.
    • 1970, Miriam Wasserman, The school fix, NYC, USA (page 489) A white working-class General student lost his simple "antinigger" innocence when he began to see in what ways he and the "niggers" were in the same boat.
    • 1998, Sonic Options Network, Option (issues 78-81, page 87) Fight the Power is Chuck D's chance to set the crooked record straight, whether it's taking on "the corporate pimps of soul" or calling out the government as "an antinigger machine."
    • 2007, Robert Reid-Pharr, Once You Go Black: Desire, Choice and Black American Intellectual (page 131) …choosing at this juncture to redefine himself in relation to an emerging black culture, a culture that was self-consciously antiwhite and, more significantly still, antinigger.
antinuke etymology anti + nuke
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Opposed to nuke (nuclear weapons).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) One who opposes nuclear weapons.
    • 1996, Fred D. White, Communicating technology: dynamic processes and models for writers But when the antinukes quote this study, they do not tell anybody that it's been discredited.
antinuker etymology antinuke + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) One who is opposed to nuke (nuclear weapons).
antioxidize Alternative forms: antioxidise (non-Oxford British spelling) etymology anti + oxidize
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (medicine or informal) To subject to the action of antioxidant an antioxidized lipoprotein I'm pretty thoroughly antioxidized from eating all this fruit.
related terms:
  • antioxidant
  • antioxidative
  • antioxidation
antipodean {{was wotd}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈæn.tɪp.əʊˌdɪi.ən/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. diametrically opposed
  2. relating to the antipodes, or situated at opposite sides of the Earth
  3. (informal) of, or pertaining to, Australia or New Zealand
    • 2000: , , pages 10-11: So there is a certain sense of achievement just in arriving in Australia—a pleasure and satisfaction to be able to step from the airport terminal into dazzling antipodean sunshine...
related terms:
  • antipodes
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An inhabitant of the antipodes.
antiporn
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) antipornography
antipot etymology anti + pot
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Opposed to the use of marijuana.
    • 2003, Timmen L. Cermak, Marijuana: what's a parent to believe? (page 72) Anyone seen as being antipot is now considered to be ignorant, oppressive, and hypocritical. Many teens feel adults have lied to them about drugs...
antiquarianize Alternative forms: antiquarianise (non-Oxford British spelling) etymology antiquarian + ize
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial, dated, intransitive) To act the part of an antiquary.
    • 1901, Mary H. Debenham, Una's friends: their holiday in fairyland She talks to old women, and tracks rare flowers, and sketches and photographs and geologizes and antiquarianizes and gets burnt till she won't be fit to wear a low dress for a month, and looks uncommonly well on it all the time.
antique etymology Borrowing from French antique, from Latin antiquus, from ante; see ante- and antic. pronunciation
  • /ænˈtiːk/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Old, used especially of furniture and household items; out of date.
related terms: {{rel3}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An old piece of furniture, household item, or other similar item.
  2. (figuratively, mildly, pejorative) An old person.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To shop for antiques; to search for antiques.
  2. (transitive) To make an object appear to be an antique in some way.
antiquedom etymology From antique + dom.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, colloquial) The world of antique or of things old; antiquity.
    • 1915, Life: The exotic atmosphere of the whole queer underworld of antiquedom and of collector-cranks spicily pervades the hook. Yet this, after all, is but the sauce of the dish. The viand itself is the exasperating yet lovable humanness of humanity.
    • 1935, The Magazine Antiques: To such folk as qualify in the class of small collectors I recommend excursions into the obscure bypaths of antiquedom.
    • 1980, Ernie Pyle, Images of Brown County: He really doesn't care much aboutthe furniture in his house. It is not the possession of antiques that fascinates him, but the routing out, the discovering, the acquiring. And every now and then he branches off into some other form of antiquedom.
    • 1990, John Carmody, Roman Catholicism: An Introduction: Without them, Christianity could not be, Catholicism would shrivel into antiquedom.
    • 1998, Leonard I. Sweet, 11 Genetic Gateways to Spiritual Awakening: Why is a watch that does nothing but keep time an endangered species, doomed to antiquedom? Why is the Dick Tracy watch already here?
related terms:
  • antiquehood
antiquer
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who finishes furniture or objects so they have the appearance of an antique. (Either for decoration or to perpetrate a fraud.)
  2. (slang) A person who browse for antiques.
anagrams:
  • quainter
antiquey etymology antique + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Resembling or characteristic of antique.
    • 2006, Lynne Sharon Schwartz, The Writing on the Wall She's never been in their apartment before and, no surprise, it's crammed with antiquey knickknacks from the shop.
antislang etymology anti + slang
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Opposing the use of slang.
antismut etymology anti + smut
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Opposed to obscenity or pornography.
    • 1991, Gloria J Kaufman, In stitches: a patchwork of feminist humor and satire So in the last few weeks, our citizens antismut group has short-circuited six vibrators, burned 300 of those lurid little inserts found in Tampax boxes...
antisub etymology anti + sub
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) antisubmarine
    • 1974, Clark G. Reynolds, Command of the sea: the history and strategy of maritime empires British antisub countermeasures did not begin to show significant results until major reforms were instituted early in 1941.
anti-vaccinationist etymology {{confix}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who opposes vaccination.
Synonyms: anti-vaxxer (slang)
related terms:
  • anti-vaccination
anti-vax etymology anti- + vax
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Being against vaccine and vaccination.
related terms:
  • anti-vaxxer
  • anti-vaccination
anti-vaxxer etymology anti-vax + er or {{confix}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) An anti-vaccinationist.
    • 2012, , "Measles Outbreak Traced to Super Bowl, Anti-Vaccination Fanatics", Slate, 24 February 2012: Janice D'Arcy reports at the Washington Post on the latest measles outbreak traced back to anti-vaccination fanatics, but this time, instead of an outbreak being traced back to a Whole Foods or a nursery school---the usual places where the kids of yuppie anti-vaxxers have a chance to expose and be exposed---the trail for this one leads back to the Super Bowl.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
related terms:
  • anti-vax
anus {{wikipedia}} etymology First attested in , from Old French anus, from Latin ānus, from Proto-Indo-European *ano-. See also anal, annular, annelid. pronunciation
  • /ˈeɪnəs/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (anatomy) The lower orifice of the alimentary canal, through which feces and flatus are ejected.
Synonyms: arsehole, asshole, balloon knot, See also
related terms:
  • anal
  • anally
anagrams:
  • NSAU
  • USAN
anvilicious etymology anvil (a heavy object) with suffix from delicious or similar.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, neologism) Conveyed in a heavy-handed, unsubtle way; preachy.
anybody pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɛn.i.bɒd.i/, /ˈɛn.i.bə.di/
  • (US) /ˈɛn.i.bɑd.i/, /ɛn.i.bə.di/
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pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. Any one out of an indefinite number of persons; anyone; any person. Anybody will do. Is there anybody inside?
  2. (informal) A person of some consideration or standing. Everybody who wants to be anybody will come to Jake's party. Here one isn't anybody, if one doesn't dance like Travolta.
Synonyms: anyone
related terms:
  • nobody
  • everybody
  • somebody
  • anywhere
  • anything
  • anyhow
any fule kno etymology From as any fule kno (misspelled form of as any fool knows), a catchphrase of fictional schoolboy Nigel Molesworth, subject of a series of books by Geoffrey Willans.
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (humorous) Any fool knows; it is well known.
    • 1995, Jim Ainsworth, ‎Consumers' Association, Good Food Guide 1996 (page 324) The Manoir is expensive, any fule kno that. But there is little point, judging from reports, in worrying what else you might have done with the £25 charged for a first course of wild salmon and caviare.
    • 1999, Gwyn Headley, ‎Wim Meulenkamp, Follies, grottoes & garden buildings (page 430) Mow Cop is in Cheshire as any fule kno, but in the great tradition of smaller copies of greater buildings (vide Corris, Blackpool, Lichfield, Kiparrissia) there is a model sham ruin inspired by [it]…
    • 2003, Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly (page 402) Aside from the observation that, as any fule kno, rockets launch satellites, but themselves fall to earth, one wonders why this was ever considered to be helpful.
anyhoo Alternative forms: anywho
adverb: {{head}}
  1. (conjunctive, informal) anyhow
any more Alternative forms: anymore pronunciation
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adverb: {{wikipedia}} {{en-adv}}
  1. (in negative or interrogative constructions) From a given time onwards; longer, again. They don't make repairable radios any more.
  2. (colloquial, chiefly, Northern Ireland, US, in positive constructions) Now, from now on.
    • 1920, DH Lawrence, Women in Love: ‘Quite absurd,’ he said. ‘Suffering bores me, any more.’
    • 2009, Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice, Vintage 2010, page 268: He's no longer the wholesome Chamber of Commerce bigshot we used to know in the olden days, Doc, he's bad shit anymore.
  3. To a greater extent (than). I don't like Braques any more than I like Picasso.
any old Alternative forms: any ol', any ole
determiner: {{head}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: any, old
  2. (idiomatic, informal) Any, absolutely any, any typical, a run-of-the-mill. You don't need special tools for this; any old hard surface will do. This wasn't just any old fan, but the president of his local fan club.
    • 1966, Otis Redding (with Steve Cropper), The Soul Album, "Any Ole Way" lyrics: I don't do the things that you do I don't go the places that you go I don't say the bad things that you say But I love you any way, Dara I love you any ole way, Dara I love you any way, Dara
anyone Alternative forms: any one etymology any + one pronunciation
  • /ˈɛn.ɪˌwʌn/
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pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. Any person; anybody.
    • George Bernard Shaw The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.
    • 1935, [https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/288354.George_Goodchild George Goodchild] , Death on the Centre Court, 8 , “ “[…] Anyone who knows me will tell you I'm straight, but this time I had six thousand quid at stake. […] I laid 'em long odds because it wasn't in the nature of things that Wynbolt could beat all of them champs. Then—then he smashed one after another, until I got windy—nervous as you might say. […]””
    • {{quote-magazine}}
Synonyms: anybody
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • anybody
  • anywhere
  • anything
{{rel-mid}}
  • no one
  • everyone
  • someone
{{rel-bottom}}
anyplace etymology any + place
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (informal, chiefly, US) At a non-specific place; anywhere
anythang
pronoun: {{en-pronoun}}
  1. (slang) anything
related terms:
  • thang
anythingarian etymology anything + arian, by analogy with unitarian, trinitarian, etc. pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /ˌɛnɪθɪŋˈɛəɹɪən/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) A person who does not profess any particular creed; an indifferentist.
    • ante 1704, The Works of , volume 3, page 97 Such bifarious anythingarians, that always make their interest the standard of their religion.
    • 1738, , Polite Conversation, dialogue 1 Lady Smart. What Religion is he of?Ld. Sparkiſh. Why he is an Anythingarian.Lady Anſw. I believe, he has his Religion to chuſe, my Lord.
    • 1850, , , chapter 22 They made puir Robbie Burns an anythingarian with their blethers.
anyways etymology From any + adverbial genitive of way (compare always). pronunciation
  • /ˈɛ.nɪ.weɪz/
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (rare) In any way.
    • {{RQ:RBrtn AntmyMlncly}}, II.2.6.ii: it behoves them…to remove all objects, causes, companies, occasions, as may anyways molest him […].
  2. (conjunctive, informal, chiefly, North America) Anyway, anyhow, in any case.
    • 1865, Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend, Chapman and Hall, accessible through Google Books "Anyways," said the damsel, "I am glad punishment, and I say so."
anywhen etymology any + when
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (dialect or informal) At any point in time.
quotations: {{seeCites}}
anywheres
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (US, nonstandard, slang or dialectal) anywhere
anywho Alternative forms: anyhoo
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (informal) anyhow
    • 2006 Scott Philip Stewart - The Calling of Jujubee Forthright You know—well, I don't know if you do know—but anywho even if you don't I don't reckon it's like it's top-secret.
anagrams:
  • anyhow
A-okay Alternative forms: AOK, A-OK
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) In perfect order; thoroughly acceptable.
    • 1970, , , "Oh Mommy" It says right there in the constitution, It's really A-okay to have a revolution, When the leaders that you choose Really don't fit their shoes.
AOLer
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet, informal) An Internet user whose ISP is AOL.
    • 1997, Wendy Grossman, Net.wars AOLers would post hello messages, old-timers would follow up with vituperative diatribes about reading the FAQ without telling them how to get it...
    • 2001, Debra Littlejohn Shinder, Martin Grasdal, Configuring ISA Server 2000 Your external connection is already maxed out, and one thing you don't need is AOLers jamming up what bandwidth you have left.
  2. (informal) An employee of AOL.
    • 2003, Alec Klein, Stealing Time: Steve Case, Jerry Levin, and the Collapse of AOL Time Warner The almighty stock option became a fetish object, a love thing, a glimpse into a not-so-distance future for AOLers where freedom reigned...
    • 2005, Alexandra Reed Lajoux, The Art of M&A Integration Time Warner employees considered their AOL counterparts to be too pushy and aggressive, while AOLers considered Time Warner staffers to be coddled...
anagrams:
  • Leora
ape {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English ape, from Old English apa, from Proto-Germanic *apô, possibly derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ep- 〈*h₂ep-〉, compare Proto-Celtic *abū, if the word originally referred to a "water sprite". Traditionally assumed to be an ancient loanword instead, ultimately probably from an unidentified non-Indo-European language of regions in Africa or Asia where monkeys are native. Cognate with Scots aip, Western Frisian aap, Dutch aap, Low German Ape, German Affe, Swedish apa, Icelandic api. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /eɪp/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A primate of the clade Hominoidea, generally larger than monkey and distinguished from them by having no tail.
  2. Any such primate other than a human.
  3. (derogatory) An uncivilised person.
hyponyms:
  • See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To behave like an ape.
  2. (transitive) To imitate; mimic.
    • 1961, J. A. Philip, "Mimesis in the Sophistês of Plato," Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association, vol. 92, p. 454, It is not conceived as a mere “aping” in externals nor as an enacting in the sense of assuming a foreign role.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Wild; crazy. We were ape over the new look. He went ape when he heard the bad news.
anagrams:
  • EAP
  • EPA
  • PAE
  • pea
apehanger etymology ape + hanger
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, chiefly, in the plural) A tall handlebar.
apéritif {{wikipedia}} etymology Borrowing from French apéritif. pronunciation
  • /ɑːˌpɛɹɪˈtiːf/, /əˌpɛɹɪˈtiːf/
Alternative forms: aperitif
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An alcoholic drink served before a meal as an appetiser.
Synonyms: See also
antonyms:
  • digestif
apeshit Alternative forms: ape shit etymology From ape + shit, possibly from the tendency of certain primate species to throw faeces when extremely annoyed.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Out of control due to anger or excitement. I told him the bad news, and he went apeshit. I told him the bad news, and now he’s totally apeshit.
  2. (slang) Awesome. This dope is apeshit.
Synonyms: bananas, batshit, berserk, insane, nuts
apeth
etymology 1 Abbreviation of ha’p’orth, itself an abbreviation of halfpennyworth. pronunciation
  • /ˈeɪpəθ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A halfpennyworth.
    • 2003: Jeanne Lawrence, A Glint of Black Stocking: The Royal Infirmary, iUniverse, p.162, “Oh Harry, it doesn't matter an 'apeth we're here to see Joni?' “Hello luv,” Dad walked in. “Hello Dad.” “Had a good week then?”
  2. (Northern England, informal) An affectionate term for a silly or foolish person.
    • 2003: Chris Brown, Of Ghosts and Faeries - A Firefighter's Tale, WritersPrintShop 2004, p.61 Oi, that water's not free, y'know. It has to be pumped up here yer daft ’apeth. It's not a bloody river.
etymology 2 From ape. pronunciation
  • /ˈeɪpəθ/
verb: {{head}}
  1. (archaic) Third-person singular simple present of to ape.
    • 1849: Proverbial Philosophy: A Book of Thoughts and Arguments, Wiley, p.50, Fashion, the parasite of Rank, apeth faults and failings, Until the general Taste depraved hath warped its sense of beauty.
    • 1885: Richard Francis Burton (translator), Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Kessinger Publishing (2003), p.155, I know that whoso apeth a stronger than he, wearieth himself and haply cometh to ruin.
    • 2000: Richard J Carr, Wyndedanse: A Royal Chronicle of 17th Century Siam, Xlibris Corporation, p.187, "The way you talk now, Richard, apeth the voice of the interloper."
anagrams:
  • petha
aphorismer etymology aphorism + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nonce, derogatory) A dealer in aphorism. {{rfquotek}}
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A plus Alternative forms: A-plus
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An academic grade issued by certain educational institutions. Slightly better than an A.
  2. (slang) The highest possible rating. I give this novel an A plus.
Synonyms: A+
anagrams:
  • palus
apollo etymology (See Apollo.) pronunciation
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noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A very handsome young man.
  2. A butterfly, also known as {{vern}} ({{taxlink}}).
apols etymology From apologies by shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, informal) Apologies.
    • 2008, Susie Day, serafina67 *urgently requires life*, Scholastic (2008), ISBN 9780545073523, page 105: Apols for TMI but that really is all that has happened.
    • 2011, James Bennett, Television Personalities: Stardom and the Small Screen, Routledge (2011), ISBN 0203842685, pages 173-174: On the other, the self was also confirmed as authentic via a process of interaction, whereby Fry answered and apologised to his critic for the subsequent abuse he received on Twitter – 'Pls accept my apols ... I feel more sheepish than a sheep'.
    • 2013, Robert Hudson, The Dazzle, Jonathan Cape (2013), ISBN 9780224097154, page 68: Apols if this letter is a disarray, but my head is like a drum made of cymbals.
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