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food coma {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A state of lethargy and sleepiness that comes on shortly after eating a large or heavy meal.
foodfest etymology food + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An event where plenty of food is available.
foodgasm etymology food + gasm
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A pleasurable sensation from eating food.
    • 2004, "Little Monster", Foodgasm (on newsgroup alt.support.loneliness) Yesterday I had a foodgasm. I bought some sun-dried tomatoes from the olive seller in Leicester market. Got home, popped one in my mouth... chewed...
    • 2005, Naomi Neale, The Mile-High Hair Club "Oh my God, I'm having foodgasms here." Sidney chomped into her pita.
    • 2006, Elisabeth Wilson, Goddess: be the woman you want to be (page 350) Naturally, the smart move would be to serve up a cordon bleu foodgasm but (a) you haven't got the ability and (b) you can't be arsed.
foodie etymology food + ie. According to Wikipedia, the word was coined in 1984 by Paul Levy and Ann Barr for their book, The Official Foodie Handbook. However, Levy credits New York food critic Gael Greene with the coinage. The word was used by Greene in a 1980 article in New York Magazine.
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (slang) A person with a special interest in or knowledge of food, a gourmet. We self-professed foodies liked to meet in restaurants and talk like experts about what we were eating.
Synonyms: (person who appreciates good food) chowhound, gastronaut, gourmand
foodophile etymology food + phile
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A food lover.
    • 2002, Holly Hughes, Best Food Writing 2002 (page 127) For a group intent on nothing less than changing the course of culinary history, the foodophiles gathered in the ancient Sicilian mountain town of Erice are a rather odd crowd.
food pipe
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The esophagus/oesophagus.
Synonyms: esophagus/oesophagus, gullet
antonyms:
  • windpipe
foodtography etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The practice of diner photograph food they are served in restaurant, usually for the purpose of sharing the photo on social media.
    • 2011, Signe Rousseau, Food and Social Media: You Are What You Tweet, AltaMira Press (2012), ISBN 9780759120426, page 31: But for many bloggers, at least half the experience of the meal is in its photographic documentation—or “foodtography” (Wasserman 2011) —even if that means letting the food get cold, or leaving your dining companion alone for an hour while you go home to get the right lens, which a diner at Alinea reportedly did (Murphy 2010).
    • 2013, Christine Spiteri, "Snap unhappy", Times of Malta, 23 October 2013: Foodtography is the relatively recent trend of taking pictures of food and sharing them online via social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
    • 2014, Wayne Benyon, "Are 'food porn' selfies damaging the intellectual property of chefs?", The Guardian, 4 March 2014: Gilles Goujon, from the three-starred L'Auberge du vieux puits in the south of France, has stated in an interview with news website France TV that foodtography is not only poor etiquette but he believes that when his dishes appear online, it takes away "a little bit of my intellectual property".
foofier
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (slang) en-comparative of foofy
foofiest
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (slang) en-superlative of foofy
foo-foo juice etymology
  • Possibly "foo-foo", suggesting effeminacy, and juice; possibly coined by submariner.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Aftershave or cologne.
  2. (slang) Hair tonic.
foofooraw Alternative forms: foofaraw, fooforaw etymology From French fanfaron, from Spanish fanfarrón ‘showy, ostentatious’, of imitative origin. pronunciation
  • /ˈfuːfəɹɔː/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Showy or gaudy ornaments, accoutrements, etc.
  2. (colloquial) Fuss, brouhaha, commotion.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 18: “Sounds more like it was all that Chinese foofooraw you mentioned,” said Darby, “nothing you caused.”
foofy etymology unknown a portmanteau of fluffy or frilly and poofy. unknown derived from foofaraw.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Excessively frilly or frou-frou, typically in a manner calculated to attract attention to an otherwise unremarkable person or event.
  2. (slang) Poofy; inflated in a funny way.
  3. (slang) Big and fluffy.
quotations:
  • 2001. Meg Cabot. The Princess Diaries, HarperCollins, page 107: I had to sit down on one of the pink foofy chairs before I fell down.
fook etymology Eye dialect of fuck
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (vulgar, Northern England) fuck.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (vulgar, Northern England) To fuck.
fooking etymology From fook, dialectal form of fuck
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (vulgar, Northern England) fucking; a strong intensifier.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (vulgar, Northern England) present participle of fook
fool {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English fol, from Old French fol (French fou) from Latin follis.''fool'' in: T. F. Hoad, ''Concise Dictionary of English Etymology'', Oxford University Press, 2003, ISBN 978-0-19-283098-8 pronunciation
  • /fuːl/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) A person with poor judgment or little intelligence. You were a fool to cross that busy road without looking. The village fool threw his own shoes down the well.
    • Franklin Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.
  2. (historical) A jester; a person whose role was to entertain a sovereign and the court (or lower personages).
  3. (informal) Someone who derives pleasure from something specified.
    • Milton Can they think me … their fool or jester?
    • 1975, , "Fool for the City" (song), Fool for the City (album): I'm a fool for the city.
  4. (cooking) A type of dessert made of purée fruit and custard or cream. an apricot fool; a gooseberry fool
  5. (often, capitalized, [[Fool]]) A particular card in a tarot deck.
Synonyms: (person with poor judgment) See also , (person who entertained a sovereign) jester, joker, (person who talks a lot of nonsense) gobshite
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To trick; to make a fool of someone.
  2. To play the fool; to trifle; to toy; to spend time in idle sport or mirth.
    • Dryden Is this a time for fooling?
Synonyms: See also
fooligan etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A foolish or naive troublemaker.
foolisher
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (nonstandard or humorous) en-comparative of foolish
foolometer etymology fool + ometer
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) something that measures the level of foolishness
foosball pronunciation
  • /ˈfuːsˌbɔːl/, /ˈfuːzˌbɔːl/
etymology From German Fußball.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. table soccer (US), table football (UK)
foot {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English, from Old English fōt, from Proto-Germanic *fōts (compare Scots fit, Western Frisian foet, Dutch voet, German Fuß, Danish fod), from Proto-Indo-European *pṓds 〈*pṓds〉 (compare Hittite , Latin pēs, xto pe, txb paiyye, Lithuanian pāda, Russian под 〈pod〉, Ancient Greek πούς 〈poús〉, Albanian shputë, xcl ոտն 〈otn〉, Sanskrit scDeva). pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /fʊt/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) A biological structure found in many animal that is used for locomotion and that is frequently a separate organ at the terminal part of the leg. {{jump}} exampleA spider has eight feet.
  2. (countable, anatomy) Specifically, a human foot, which is found below the ankle and is used for stand and walk. {{jump}} exampleSouthern Italy is shaped like a foot.
  3. (uncountable, often used attributively) Travel by walking. {{jump}} exampleWe went there by foot because we could not afford a taxi. exampleThere is a lot of foot traffic on this street.
  4. (countable) The base or bottom of anything. {{jump}} exampleI'll meet you at the foot of the stairs.
  5. (countable) The part of a flat surface on which the feet customarily rest. exampleWe came and stood at the foot of the bed.
  6. (countable) The end of a rectangular table opposite the head. {{jump}} exampleThe host should sit at the foot of the table.
  7. (countable) A short foot-like projection on the bottom of an object to support it. {{jump}} exampleThe feet of the stove hold it a safe distance above the floor.
  8. (countable) A unit of measure equal to twelve inch or one third of a yard, equal to exactly 30.48 centimetre. {{jump}} exampleThe flag pole at the local high school is about 20 feet high.
  9. (military, pluralonly) Foot soldiers; infantry. {{jump}} exampleKing John went to battle with ten thousand foot and one thousand horse.
    • Clarendon His forces, after all the high discourses, amounted really but to eighteen hundred foot.
  10. (countable, cigars) The end of a cigar which is lit, and usually cut before lighting.
  11. (countable, sewing) The part of a sewing machine which presses downward on the fabric, and may also serve to move it forward.
  12. (countable, printing) The bottommost part of a type or print page. {{jump}}
  13. (countable, prosody) The basic measure of rhythm in a poem. {{jump}}
  14. (countable, phonology) The parsing of syllables into prosodic constituents, which are used to determine the placement of stress in languages along with the notions of constituent heads.
  15. (countable, nautical) The bottom edge of a sail. {{jump}} exampleTo make the mainsail fuller in shape, the outhaul is eased to reduce the tension on the foot of the sail.
  16. (countable, billiards) The end of a billiard or pool table behind the foot point where the balls are rack.
  17. (countable, botany) In a bryophyte, that portion of a sporophyte which remains embedded within and attached to the parent gametophyte plant.
    • {{RQ:Schuster Hepaticae V}} (b) sporophyte with foot reduced, the entire sporophyte enveloped by the calyptra, which is ± stipitate at the base.
  18. (countable, malacology) The muscular part of a bivalve mollusc by which it moves or holds its position on a surface.
  19. (countable, molecular biology) The globular lower domain of a protein. {{jump}}
  20. (countable, geometry) The foot of a line perpendicular to a given line is the point where the lines intersect.
  21. Fundamental principle; basis; plan. (never used in the plural)
    • Berkeley Answer directly upon the foot of dry reason.
  22. Recognized condition; rank; footing. (never used in the plural)
    • Walpole As to his being on the foot of a servant.
  • {{jump}} The ordinary plural of the unit of measurement is feet, but in many contexts, itself may be used ("he is six foot two"). This is a reflex of the Anglo-Saxon (Old English) genitive plural.Rich Alderson, “Why do we say ‘30 years old’, but ‘a 30-year-old man’?”,<sup >[http://alt-usage-english.org/excerpts/fxwhydow.html ]</sup> in Mark Israel, the <tt>alt.usage.english</tt> FAQ.
  • It is sometimes abbreviated ', such as in tables, lists or drawings.
coordinate terms:
  • {{jump}} inch, yard, mile
  • {{jump}} head, side
  • {{jump}} head, body
  • {{jump}} head, leech, luff
  • {{jump}} head, cleft, neck
  • {{jump}} horse
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To use the foot to kick (usually a ball).
  2. (transitive) To pay (a bill).
  3. To tread to measure or music; to dance; to trip; to skip. {{rfquotek}}
  4. To walk. {{rfquotek}}
  5. To tread. to foot the green {{rfquotek}}
  6. (obsolete) To set on foot; to establish; to land.
    • Shakespeare What confederacy have you with the traitors / Late footed in the kingdom?
  7. To renew the foot of (a stocking, etc.). {{rfquotek}}
  8. To sum up, as the numbers in a column; sometimes with up. to foot (or foot up) an account
statistics:
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football {{wikipedia}} etymology foot + ball; may refer to the act of kicking a ball with the feet, or to the fact that games are played on foot, as opposed to on horseback.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (general) A sport played on foot in which teams attempt to get a ball into a goal or zone defended by the other team. Roman and medieval football matches were more violent than any modern type of football.
  2. (UK, uncountable) association football: a game in which two team each contend to get a round ball into the other team's goal primarily by kick the ball. Known as soccer in Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Each team scored three goals when they played football.
  3. (US, uncountable) American football: a game in which two teams attempt to get an ovoid ball to the end of each other's territory. Each team scored two touchdowns when they played football.
  4. (Canada, uncountable) Canadian football: a game played on a wide field in which two teams attempt to get an ovoid ball to the end of each other's territory. They played football in the snow.
  5. (Australia, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory, uncountable) Australian rules football.
  6. (Ireland, uncountable) Gaelic football: a field game played with similar rules to hurling, but using hands and feet rather than a stick, and a ball, similar to, yet smaller than a soccer ball.
  7. (Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, uncountable) rugby league.
  8. (Australia, Ireland, New Zealand) rugby union
  9. (countable) The ball used in any game called "football". The player kicked the football.
  10. (uncountable) Practise of these particular games, or techniques used in them.
  11. (figuratively, countable) An item of discussion, particularly in a back-and-forth manner That budget item became a political football.
  12. (slang, countable) The nickname of the leather briefcase containing classified nuclear war plans, which is always near the US President.
Synonyms: ("football" in Britain)
  • (all varieties of English) association football, soccer (all varieties of English), wogball (Australian racist slang)
  • (British slang) footie, footer
, (all varieties of English) association football, soccer (all varieties of English), wogball (Australian racist slang), (British slang) footie, footer, ("football" in the US) (British, Canadian) American football, (Australia) gridiron, gridiron football, ("football" in Canada) (outside Canada) Canadian football, ("football" in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia) footy, Aussie Rules, VFL (outdated), AFL, ("football" in New South Wales and Queensland) footy, league, ("football (association football)" in Australia) soccer, (ball)
  • (in all varieties of English and in all games called "football") ball
  • (Australia: in Aussie rules and rugby) footy, pill
  • (Australia: in football (soccer)) soccerball
  • (in North America: soccer) soccer ball
  • (in US: American football) pigskin
  • (in all varieties of English: rugby union) rugby ball
, (in all varieties of English and in all games called "football") ball, (Australia: in Aussie rules and rugby) footy, pill, (Australia: in football (soccer)) soccerball, (in North America: soccer) soccer ball, (in US: American football) pigskin, (in all varieties of English: rugby union) rugby ball
related terms:
  • foosball
footballer etymology football + er pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈfʊtbɔːlə/
  • (US) /ˈfʊtbɔːləɹ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who plays soccer, that is, football.
Synonyms: (one who plays football) football player, soccer player (US)
football knuckles
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang, plurale tantum) testicles I kicked him in his football knuckles.
footer {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing) A line of information printed at the bottom of a page as identification of the document (compare foot, 12).
  2. (in combination) something that is a stated number of feet in some dimension - such as a six-footer.
  3. (in combination) someone who has a preference for a certain foot - such as right-footer/left-footer
  4. (chiefly, British, slang) football / soccer.
antonyms: (computing sense)
  • header
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Ireland, slang) To meddle with or pass time without accomplishing anything meaningful.
anagrams:
  • foetor, fœtor
  • tofore
footfuck etymology foot + fuck
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) The act of sexual penetration with the feet or toes
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (vulgar) To sexually penetrate with one's foot or toe
related terms:
  • fisting, titfuck, cuntfuck, assfuck, buttfuck, fingerfuck, tonguefuck, mouthfuck
foot-in-mouth disease etymology Humorous conflation of foot-and-mouth disease and put one's foot in one's mouth.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, humorous) A tendency to make remarks that are embarrassing wrong or inappropriate.
    • 2000, Marvin Rubinstein, Net-wit.com: They attempt to straddle all issues and, consequently, when a slip occurs, the result is foot-in-mouth disease.
    • 2004, Craig Jutila, 2-Minute Encouragers for Teachers (page 48): Maybe you suffer from foot-in-mouth disease, too, at least occasionally. If so, then I expect you've also learned about the remedy.
footless
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Without feet. The snake is a footless creature.
  2. (colloquial) Clumsy or inept.
antonyms:
  • skillful
  • adroit
foot rot {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A common infection of the hoof of animals such as cattle, sheep and goat.
  2. A disease of plants, affecting the stalk or the trunk.
  3. (slang) athlete's foot
footsie pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈfʊtsi/
  • homophones
    • FTSE
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A flirt game where two people touch each other's feet with their feet, under a table or otherwise concealed place, as a romantic prelude.
  2. (childish) foot
footsie-wootsies
noun: {{head}}
  1. (childish) feet
force {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (RP) /fɔːs/, fɔəs/
  • (GenAm) /fɔɹs, foəɹs/
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etymology 1 From Middle English force, fors, forse, from Old French force, from ll fortia, from neuter plural of Latin fortis.
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. Strength or energy of body or mind; active power; vigour; might; capacity of exercising an influence or producing an effect. examplethe force of an appeal, an argument, or a contract
    • Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay (1800-1859) He was, in the full force of the words, a good man.
  2. Power exerted against will or consent; compulsory power; violence; coercion.
    • William Shakespeare, Henry VI, part II which now they hold by force, and not by right
  3. (countable) Anything that is able to make a big change in a person or thing.
  4. (countable, physics) A physical quantity that denotes ability to push, pull, twist or accelerate a body which is measured in a unit dimensioned in mass × distance/time² (ML/T²): SI: newton (N); CGS: dyne (dyn)
  5. Something or anything that has the power to produce an effect upon something else.
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  6. (countable) A group that aims to attack, control, or constrain. examplepolice force
    • William Shakespeare, Cymbeline Is Lucius general of the forces?
    • {{RQ:EHough PrqsPrc}} "A fine man, that Dunwody, yonder," commented the young captain, as they parted, and as he turned to his prisoner. "We'll see him on in Washington some day. He is strengthening his forces now against Mr. Benton out there.{{nb...}}."
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  7. {{senseid}}(uncountable) The ability to attack, control, or constrain. exampleshow of force
  8. (countable) A magic trick in which the outcome is known to the magician beforehand, especially one involving the apparent free choice of a card by another person.
  9. (legal) Legal validity. exampleThe law will come into force in January.
  10. (legal) Either unlawful violence, as in a "forced entry", or lawful compulsion.
  11. (science fiction) A binding, metaphysical, and ubiquitous power in the fictional universe of the Star Wars galaxy created by George Lucas.
  • Adjectives often applied to "force": military, cultural, economic, gravitational, electric, magnetic, strong, weak, positive, negative, attractive, repulsive, good, evil, dark, physical, muscular, spiritual, intellectual, mental, emotional, rotational, tremendous, huge.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To violate (a woman); to rape. {{defdate}}
    • {{RQ:Mlry MrtDrthr}}: For yf ye were suche fyfty as ye be / ye were not able to make resystence ageynst this deuyl / here lyeth a duchesse deede the whiche was the fayrest of alle the world wyf to syre Howel / duc of Bretayne / he hath murthred her in forcynge her / and has slytte her vnto the nauyl
    • {{RQ:Flr Mntgn Essays}}, II.1: a young woman not farre from mee had headlong cast her selfe out of a high window, with intent to kill herselfe, only to avoid the ravishment of a rascally-base souldier that lay in her house, who offered to force her{{nb...}}.
  2. (obsolete, reflexive, intransitive) To exert oneself, to do one's utmost. {{defdate}}
    • {{RQ:Mlry MrtArthr2}}, Bk.XVIII, Ch.xxi: And I pray you for my sake to force yourselff there, that men may speke you worshyp.
  3. (transitive) To compel (someone or something) to do something. {{defdate}}
    • {{RQ:EHough PrqsPrc}} Captain Edward Carlisle…felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze,{{nb...}}; he could not tell what this prisoner might do. He cursed the fate which had assigned such a duty, cursed especially that fate which forced a gallant soldier to meet so superb a woman as this under handicap so hard.
    • 2011, Tim Webb & Fiona Harvey, The Guardian, 23 March: Housebuilders had warned that the higher costs involved would have forced them to build fewer homes and priced many homebuyers out of the market.
  4. (transitive) To constrain by force; to overcome the limitations or resistance of. {{defdate}}
    • {{RQ:Flr Mntgn Essays}}, I.40: Shall wee force the general law of nature, which in all living creatures under heaven is seene to tremble at paine?
  5. (transitive) To drive (something) by force, to propel (generally + prepositional phrase or adverb). {{defdate}}
    • John Dryden (1631-1700) It stuck so fast, so deeply buried lay / That scarce the victor forced the steel away.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) to force the tyrant from his seat by war
    • John Webster (c.1580-c.1634) Ethelbert ordered that none should be forced into religion.
    • 2007, The Guardian, 4 November: In a groundbreaking move, the Pentagon is compensating servicemen seriously hurt when an American tank convoy forced them off the road.
  6. (transitive) To cause to occur (despite inertia, resistance etc.); to produce through force. {{defdate}} exampleThe comedian's jokes weren't funny, but I forced a laugh now and then.
    • 2009, "All things to Althingi", The Economist, 23 July: The second problem is the economy, the shocking state of which has forced the decision to apply to the EU.
  7. (transitive) To forcibly open (a door, lock etc.). {{defdate}} exampleTo force a lock.
  8. To obtain or win by strength; to take by violence or struggle; specifically, to capture by assault; to storm, as a fortress.
  9. (transitive, baseball) To create an out by touching a base in advance of a runner who has no base to return to while in possession of a ball which has already touched the ground. exampleJones forced the runner at second by stepping on the bag.
  10. (whist) To compel (an adversary or partner) to trump a trick by lead a suit that he/she does not hold.
  11. (archaic) To put in force; to cause to be executed; to make binding; to enforce.
    • John Webster (c.1580-c.1634) What can the church force more?
  12. (archaic) To provide with forces; to reinforce; to strengthen by soldiers; to man; to garrison. {{rfquotek}}
  13. (obsolete) To allow the force of; to value; to care for.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) For me, I force not argument a straw.
etymology 2 From Old Norse fors. Cognate with Swedish fors
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable, Northern England) A waterfall or cascade.
    • T. Gray to see the falls or force of the river Kent
etymology 3 See farce.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To stuff; to lard; to farce.
    • Shakespeare Wit larded with malice, and malice forced with wit.
statistics:
  • {{rank}}
forced-birther
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, US, Canada, politics, derogatory) One who desires that abortion be illegal, and thus that pregnant women be required to carry to term and give birth in all or most cases; a pro-lifer.
    • 1997, in The American Spectator, volume 30, page 88: … that we are English, for there is something peculiarly English about modern abortion, and that is why we can bravely claim to be, as the forced-birthers snarl, the abortion capital of the world, no less.
Synonyms: antiabortionist, antichoicer (derogatory), fetus fetishist (derogatory), pro-lifer, right-to-lifer
for Chrissakes
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (colloquial) for Christ's sake
for Christ's sake Alternative forms: for crissake etymology for + Christ's + sake
prepositional phrase: {{en-prep phrase}}
  1. (colloquial) Used to express surprise, contempt, outrage, disgust, boredom, frustration.
for crying out loud Alternative forms: for cryin' out loud etymology Euphemistic alteration of for Christ's sake. pronunciation
  • (US) /fɚ ˈkɹaɪ.ɪŋ aʊt ˌlaʊd/
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adverb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial, euphemistic) Used to express frustration, exasperation, or annoyance. Oh! For crying out loud, get off the computer! You've been on there for ages!
Synonyms: for crying in the beer, for God's sake, for heaven's sake, for Christ's sake, Jesus Christ, Christ almighty, for fuck's sake, FFS (abbreviation), for goodness' sake, for Pete's sake, oh no
for days
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (US, informal) For a large amount or distance; a lot. Her legs went on for days.
  2. (US, informal) To a great degree; very much. She has legs for days. That kid has charisma for days.
foregone pronunciation
  • /ˈforɡɔn/
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verb: {{head}}
  1. past participle of forego
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. previous, former
  2. bygone
    • 1874, William Henley, O, Gather Me the Rose: For with the dream foregone, foregone, The deed forborne for ever, The worm, regret, will canker on, And time will turn him never.
  3. (informal) inevitable, predictable
foreign etymology From Middle English forein, from Old French forain, from vl *forānus, from Latin forās, also spelled forīs. Displaced native Middle English ellendish (from Old English elelendisc, compare Old English ellende, elland), Middle English eltheodish (from Old English elþēodiġ, elþēodisc), and non-native Middle English peregrin (from Old French peregrin). pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈfɒɹən/
  • (GenAm) /ˈfɔɹən/
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  1. Located outside a country or place, especially one's own. foreign markets; foreign soil exampleHe liked visiting foreign cities.
  2. Originating from, characteristic of, belonging to, or being a citizen of a country or place other than the one under discussion. foreign car; foreign word; foreign citizen; foreign trade exampleThere are many more foreign students in Europe since the Erasmus scheme started.
  3. Relating to a different nation. foreign policy; foreign navies
  4. Not characteristic of or naturally taken in by an organism or system. foreign body; foreign substance; foreign gene; foreign species
  5. (with to, formerly with from) Alien; strange. It was completely foreign to their way of thinking.
    • {{rfdate}} Jonathan Swift This design is not foreign from some people's thoughts.
  6. (obsolete) Held at a distance; excluded; exiled.
    • {{rfdate}} Shakespeare Kept him a foreign man still; which so grieved him, / That he ran mad and died.
  7. (US, state legal) From a different one of the states of the United States, as of a state of residence or incorporation.
  8. Belonging to a different organization, company etc. exampleMy bank charges me $2.50 every time I use a foreign ATM.
Synonyms: (from a different country) overseas, international, (strange) alien, fremd, (in a place where it does not belong) extraneous
antonyms:
  • (from a different country) domestic
  • (not characteristic) native
  • (native to an area) indigenous
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) foreigner
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statistics:
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foreign country etymology foreign + country
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any country of which one is not a citizen.
foreigner pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈfɒ.ɹə.nə(ɹ)/
  • (US) /ˈfoɹənɚ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person from a foreign country.
  2. A private job run by an employee at a trade factory rather than going through the business.
Synonyms: alien, metœcus, outsider, stranger
related terms:
  • foreign
  • furriner
forester etymology Old French forestier, from forest + -ier, equivalent to forest + er.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who practices forestry.
  2. (obsolete or colloquial) A person who lives in a forest.
  3. A moth in the family Zygaenidae.
anagrams:
  • fosterer
  • reforest
forever Alternative forms: for ever etymology for + ever pronunciation
  • (UK) /fəˈɹɛvə(ɹ)/
  • (US) /fəɹˈɛvɚ/
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adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (duration) for all time, for all eternity; for an infinite amount of time. I shall love you forever.
    • 1839, Denison Olmsted, A Compendium of Astronomy Page 95 Secondly, When a body is once in motion it will continue to move forever, unless something stops it. When a ball is struck on the surface of the earth, the friction of the earth and the resistance of the air soon stop its motion.
  2. (duration, colloquial) for a very long time, 'an' eternity. We had to wait forever to get inside.
  3. (frequency) constantly or frequently. You are forever nagging me.
    • 1912: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes, Chapter 5 Early in his boyhood he had learned to form ropes by twisting and tying long grasses together, and with these he was forever tripping Tublat or attempting to hang him from some overhanging branch.
  • In the United Kingdom and most of the Commonwealth, the spelling for ever may be used instead of forever for the senses "for all time" and "for a long time". In Canada and the United States, generally only forever is used, regardless of sense.
Synonyms: always, continually, eternally, evermore, for good, forevermore, for ever more, incessantly, until Kingdom come
related terms:
  • everlasting
  • every
  • everyday
  • never
  • nevermore
  • whatever
  • whenever
  • whoever
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An extremely long time.
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    • 2007, Ruth O'Callaghan, Where acid has etched In the airport, holiday lovers kiss, mouth forevers, the usual argot betrays you. Desire makes love dull.
  2. (colloquial) a mythical time in the infinite future that will never come. Sure, I'd be happy to meet with you on the 12th of forever.
for example
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (conjunctive) As an example. The book has quite a few plot holes. For example, it's never explained why the main character came to town.
  • Often written with the Latin initialism e.g. (exempli gratiā), sometimes with the initialism f.e.[http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1O25-fe.html "f.e."] The Oxford Dictionary of Abbreviations. 1998. Encyclopedia.com. (April 18, 2010). or f.ex.
Synonyms: (as an example) for instance, e.g./eg, such as; (informal): like
for fake
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (humorous) Not for real.
    • 1990, Beverley Gasner, Girls at Lighthouse Point, Dutton, ISBN 0525248498, page 161, “[…] and Justin just kept mumbling to him, ‘Go away, go away, I want to sleep.’” “For real?” “For fake is what I think. But I don’t know […]”
    • 2001, Niobia Bryant, Three Times a Lady, Kensington Books, ISBN 1583141650, page 283, “True,” Jordan said as he switched lanes effortlessly. “We’re staying in a renovated Victorian castle sitting on the edge of a lake.” “For real?” he asked, some interest now evident. “No, for fake,” Jordan joked. “Trust me, son. We’re gonna have fun.”
    • 2004, Debbie Gardner and Mike Gardner, Raising Kids Who Can Protect Themselves, McGraw-Hill Professional, ISBN 0071437983, page 64, Sometimes, young children have learned they can delay their bedtime by creating false monsters and ghosts for attention. […] What the child learns besides delaying bedtime is, “It feels good to hide my eyes, get a big hug and lots of loving attention when I am afraid for real and for fake.”
    • 2006, John Lawton, A Little White Death, Atlantic Monthly Press, ISBN 0871139324, page 97, Head nodding gently, knees crossed, all but tapping his foot to the human rhythm as though the groans and moans of coitus – for real or for fake – were more a concert on the Third Programme than a Home Servicing.
anagrams:
  • rake-off
for free
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Without pay. We got all our food for free, it was included in the contract.
  2. (figuratively) Without effort; as a useful side-effect of something that was to be done anyway. When they fixed that one bug, we got this new software feature for free.
Synonyms: free of charge, gratis
anagrams:
  • offerer
  • reoffer
for fuck's sake
adverb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial, vulgar) An expression of anger or frustration (abbreviation ffs or FFS) For fuck’s sake, mate! Stop shooting at me!
related terms:
  • for God’s sake
  • for Pete’s sake
  • for Christ's sake
forgery {{wikipedia}} etymology Recorded since recorded 1574; from the verb to forge, from Middle English, via xno forger from Old French forgier, from Latin fabricari "to frame, construct, fabricate", itself from fabrica 'workshop; construction', from faber 'workman, smith' pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈfɔː.dʒər.ɪ/
  • (US) /ˈfɔːr.dʒər.ɪ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of forging metal into shape. examplethe forgery of horseshoes
  2. The act of forging, fabricating, or producing falsely; especially the crime of fraudulently making or altering a writing or signature purporting to be made by another, the false making or material alteration of or addition to a written instrument for the purpose of deceit and fraud. examplethe forgery of a bond
    • {{RQ:WBsnt IvryGtP}} Such a scandal as the prosecution of a brother for forgery—with a verdict of guilty—is a most truly horrible, deplorable, fatal thing. It takes the respectability out of a family perhaps at a critical moment, when the family is just assuming the robes of respectability:…it is a black spot which all the soaps ever advertised could never wash off.
  3. That which is forge, fabricate, falsely devise or counterfeit.
  4. (archaic) An invention, creation.
Synonyms: counterfeit, fake
forget etymology From Middle English forgeten, forgiten, forȝeten, forȝiten, from Old English forġietan, from Proto-Germanic *fragetaną, equivalent to for + get. Cognate with Scots forget, forȝet, Western Frisian ferjitte, forjitte, Dutch vergeten, German vergessen, Swedish förgäta. pronunciation
  • (UK) /fəˈɡɛt/
  • (US) /fɔɹˈɡɛt/, /fəˈɡɛt/, /fɚˈɡɛt/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To lose remembrance of. I have forgotten most of the things I learned in school.
    • 1922, Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit For at least two hours the Boy loved him, and then Aunts and Uncles came to dinner, and there was a great rustling of tissue paper and unwrapping of parcels, and in the excitement of looking at all the new presents the Velveteen Rabbit was forgotten.
  2. (transitive) To unintentionally not do, neglect. I forgot to buy flowers for my wife at our 14th wedding anniversary.
  3. (transitive) To unintentionally leave something behind. I forgot my car keys.
  4. (intransitive) To cease remembering. Let's just forget about it.
  5. (slang) euphemism for fuck, screw (a mild oath). Forget you!
  • In sense 1 and 4 this is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing).
  • In sense 2 this is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive.
  • See
Synonyms: obliviate, overlook, pass over, disremember
antonyms:
  • acquire, learn, mind, recall, recollect, remember, reminisce
statistics:
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forget it
verb: forget it (only in imperative)
  1. It doesn't matter. "What were you saying?" "Oh, it was nothing important – forget it."
  2. Used a conventional reply to an expression of gratitude. "Thank you so much! How can I repay you for your kindness?" "Forget it; it was nothing."
  3. I don't want to continue with this conversation (usually used in frustration or anger). It's raining. I said, "It's raining." Do you hear me? It's raining! Oh, forget it!
forgettery etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) A poor memory that is inclined to forget things.
fork {{wikipedia}} {{Chess diagram}} etymology From Middle English forke, from Old English force, forca, from Proto-Germanic *furkǭ, *furkô, from Latin furca, of uncertain origin. The Middle English word was later reinforced by Anglo-Norman, onf forque (= Old French forche whence French fourche), also from the Latin. Cognate also with Northern Frisian forck, Dutch vork, Danish fork, German Forke. Displaced native gafol, ġeafel, ġeafle, from Old English. In its primary sense of "fork", Latin furca appears to be derived from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰerk(ʷ)-, *ǵʰerg(ʷ)-, although the development of the -c- is difficult to explain. In other senses this derivation is unlikely. For these, perhaps it is connected to Proto-Germanic *furkaz, *firkalaz, from Proto-Indo-European *perg-. If so, this would relate the word to Old English forclas (plural), osx fercal, Old Norse forkr, Norwegian fork, Swedish fork. pronunciation
  • /fɔːɹk/
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  • {{audio}} "a fork"
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A pronged tool having a long straight handle, used for dig, lifting, throwing etc.
  2. (obsolete) A gallows. {{rfquotek}}
  3. A utensil with spike used to put solid food into the mouth, or to hold food down while cutting.
  4. A tuning fork.
  5. An intersection in a road or path where one road is split into two.
    • When you come to a fork in the road, take it -
  6. One of the parts into which anything is furcated or divided; a prong; a branch of a stream, a road, etc.; a barbed point, as of an arrow.
    • Addison a thunderbolt with three forks.
  7. A point where a waterway, such as a river, splits and goes two (or more) different directions.
  8. (geography) Used in the names of some river tributaries, e.g. West Fork White River and East Fork White River, joining together to form the White River of Indiana
  9. (figuratively) A point in time where one has to make a decision between two life paths.
  10. (chess) The simultaneous attack of two adversary pieces with one single attacking piece (especially a knight).
  11. (computer science) A splitting-up of an existing process into itself and a child process executing parts of the same program.
  12. (computer science) An event where development of some free software or open-source software is split into two or more separate project.
  13. (British) Crotch.
  14. (colloquial) A forklift.
    • Are you qualified to drive a fork?
  15. The individual blades of a forklift.
  16. In a bicycle, the portion holding the front wheel, allowing the rider to steer and balance.
related terms:
  • denture
  • trident, a three-prong spear somewhat resembling a pitchfork
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To divide into two or more branches. A road, a tree, or a stream forks.
  2. (transitive) To move with a fork (as hay or food).
    • Prof. Wilson forking the sheaves on the high-laden cart
  3. (computer science) To spawn a new child process in some sense duplicating the existing process.
  4. (computer science) To split a (software) project into several projects.
  5. (computer science) To split a (software) distributed version control repository
  6. (British) To kick someone in the crotch.
  7. To shoot into blade, as corn does.
    • Mortimer The corn beginneth to fork.
for keeps
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (idiomatic, gaming) With an agreement or intention to retain what one gain or receive. When we gamble at poker, we play for keeps.
  2. (idiomatic, by extension, informal) To compete seriously, with a strong resolve to win or succeed, as in sports or business.
    • 2007, "Steelers' Defense Anticipates Patriots Matchup," KDKA.com (Pittsburg), 7 Dec., "We both got a job to do. They play for keeps and we play for keeps too," Haggans said.
  3. (idiomatic, informal) Permanently.
    • 1925, "Golf: Shenecossett Invitation," Time, 10 Aug., The Griswold trophy was presented to its winner, for keeps, since it was the third time she had won it.
Synonyms: for good, once and for all
for kicks
prepositional phrase: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) In order to obtain pleasure or excitement. 1977, , Well you tried it just for once, found it alright for kicks, but now you found it's a habit that sticks, and you're an orgasm addict, you're an orgasm addict.
forklift {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small industrial vehicle with a power-operated fork-like pronged platform that can be raised and lowered for insertion under a load, often on pallet, to be lifted and moved
Synonyms: fork hoist, fork truck, forklift truck, lift truck, sideloader, stacker-truck, tow-motor, trailer loader
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to move or stack using such a vehicle
formalin
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A solution of formaldehyde in water; used as a disinfectant and to preserve biological specimen.
anagrams:
  • informal
for mercy's sake
adverb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial, euphemistic) An especially mild oath
Synonyms: (mild euphemistic oaths) for goodness' sake, for pity's sake
Fornicalia
etymology 1 {{rfe}}
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  1. An ancient Roman festival in honor of the goddess Fornax. Romans burned spelt (a kind of grain) as an offering on or around February 17th as an offering so that their ovens would not burn during the coming year.
etymology 2 Presumably a {{soplink}} of California, chosen to resemble fornication and to end with (a common word ending found sometimes in geographical names, like Sedalia, perhaps also chosen because it ends genitalia and causes to match that word in meter and rhyme).
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  1. (humorous) California state of the United States
fornicator {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: fornicatour (obsolete) etymology fornicate + or. pronunciation
  • (UK) /fɔː(r).nɪ.keɪ.tə(r)/
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  1. (pejorative) An unmarried person who engages in sexual intercourse, especially when considered to be of an illicit or illegal nature.
    • {{RQ:Authorized Version}} Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
    • {{rfdate}} Qu’ran 24:2, M.H. Shakir translation. (As for) the fornicatress and the fornicator, flog each of them, (giving) a hundred stripes, and let not pity for them detain you in the matter of obedience to Allah, if you believe in Allah and the last day, and let a party of believers witness their chastisement.
Synonyms: See also
related terms:
  • fornacatrix, fornacatrices {{g}} (very rare)
  • fornicatress, fornicatresses {{g}} (very rare)
for pity's sake
adverb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial, euphemistic) for Pete's sake; An especially mild oath
Synonyms: (mild euphemistic oaths) for goodness' sake, for mercy's sake
for real
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Genuine, true or natural. Is his story for real?
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adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Genuinely, truly. This recipe takes two hours to cook, for real!
Synonyms: earnestly
for reals
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  1. (slang) for real.
    • 1983, John Treadwell Nichols, The Magic Journey "No he's not really, is he for reals?" the big-eyed little girl asked her brother.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (slang) for real.
    • 1998, José Cruz González, Calabasas Street MIERCOLES (crossing her fingers behind her back). For reals. Cross my heart.
    • 2006, Robin Wasserman, Wrath "Oh, yeah, like, totally, I mean, you know, whatever," Miranda said, giggling. "For reals, dude."
Synonyms: for realsies
This construction is most common among Mexicans living in the US.
for realsies etymology for real + sies
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  1. (slang) True, genuine, real.
    • 2011, Kathleen Perricone, "'Friday Night Lights' movie is happening 'for realsies,' promises show's star Connie Britton", New York Daily News, 6 October 2011: Connie Britton, who played Tami Taylor for five seasons, confirms the news is "for realsies."
quotations:
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adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (slang) Truly, genuinely, actually.
    • 2009, Holt Bailey & Brian Steele, Hostage: A Love Story, 00:01:44-00:01:49: Hostage: I love you. Do you love me?Gunman: For realsies, babe.
quotations:
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for starters
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (informal) As an initial point; before any other considerations.
    • 2005, The Advocate (number 952, 6 December 2005, page 88) For starters, you can't talk to black people like you're a redneck cowboy. We hate redneck cowboys.
    • 2006, Neil Cherry, Linux Smart Homes For Dummies (page 187) For starters, you must decide which hardware and software to use.
for sure Alternative forms: fershur
prepositional phrase: {{en-prep phrase}}
  1. definitely, positively, without doubt I would buy one of those for sure. Did you enjoy the concert? —For sure.
Synonyms: for certain, fo shizzle (informal)
anagrams:
  • ferrous
for the life of one
prepositional phrase: {{en-prep phrase}}
  1. (colloquial, only with a negative) If one's (own) life depended on it. For the life of me, I can't remember the name of that song. Not for the life of him could he remember it. They were unable, for the life of them, to remember.
for the lose
prepositional phrase: {{head}}
  1. (Internet, slang) Something undesirable; an exclamation suggesting an unwanted result or condition.
This phrase is a contrived antithesis of for the win, and is crafted to mean exactly opposite to that phrase in every way. Synonyms: FTL More often than not, this phrase is used online and shortened to "FTL". Very frequently, the phrase will be used in fragments lacking verbs; e.g.: "Another all-day meeting FTL."
for the loss Alternative forms: FTL, ftl
adjective: {{en-prep phrase}}
  1. (Internet, slang) Of something which completes a process in an unsuccessful manner; carrying significant drawbacks, or lacking significant benefits, to the point that the object is inferior to its competition.
"FTL" may be used to indicate a contribution or action taken that one is proud of, even facetiously. Very frequently, the phrase will be used in fragments lacking verbs. In these cases, additional context must be provided in prior statements in order for the "FTL" statement to make sense. Examples:
  • Kittens FTL - the speaker expresses a dislike for kittens.
  • Starbucks FTL - the speaker is expressing distaste for Starbucks Coffee Company or its products.
  • Proprietary software FTL - the speaker expresses a dislike of proprietary software.
for the win Alternative forms: FTW, ftw
prepositional phrase: {{en-prep phrase}}
  1. (Internet, slang) Being the best; being great, awesome, amazing or spectacular; sure to succeed (used as a term of approval, similar to long live) Blink 182 for the win! Nerds for the win!
  • The phrase is often used without a verb.
  • In writing, this phrase is usually abbreviated to FTW rather than being spelled out.
fortune etymology From Old French fortune, from Latin fortuna. The plural form fortunae meant “possessions”, which also gave fortune the meaning of “riches”. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈfɔːtʃuːn/
  • (US) /ˈfɔɹtʃən/
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  1. Destiny, especially favorable. exampleShe read my fortune. Apparently I will have a good love life this week, but I will have a bad week for money.
    • Hannah Cowley (1743-1809) you, who men's fortunes in their faces read
    • 1959, Georgette Heyer, The Unknown Ajax, 1 , “…his lordship was out of humour. That was the way Chollacombe described as knaggy an old gager as ever Charles had had the ill-fortune to serve.”
  2. A prediction or set of predictions about a person's future provided by a fortune teller.
  3. A small slip of paper with wise or vaguely prophetic words printed on it, baked into a fortune cookie.
  4. The arrival of something in a sudden or unexpected manner; chance; accident.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) 'Tis more by fortune, lady, than by merit.
  5. Good luck. exampleFortune favors the brave.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) There is a tide in the affairs of men, / Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.
  6. One's wealth; the amount of money one has; especially, if it is vast. exampleHe's amassed a small fortune working in the Middle East. exampleMy vast fortune was a result of inheritance and stock market nous. exampleHer fortune is estimated at 3 million dollars.
  7. A large amount of money. exampleThat car must be worth a fortune! How could you afford it?
Synonyms: See also
antonyms:
  • (good luck) doom, misfortune
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To happen, take place. {{defdate}}
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Matthew ch. 8: Then the heerdmen, fleed and went there ways into the cite, and tolde everythinge, and what had fortuned unto them that were possessed of the devyls.
    • Night 20
  2. To provide with a fortune. {{rfquotek}}
  3. To presage; to tell the fortune of. {{rfquotek}}
statistics:
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anagrams:
  • ten-four
Fortune 500 {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (singulare tantum) The list published annually by , numbering five hundred, of the highest-revenue United States companies.
    • 1987, Katherine V. Forrest, Murder at the Nightwood Bar, Alyson Publishing, ISBN 1555837174, page 65, I'm betting they're more listings from the Fortune 500.
    • 2004, Matt Ruff, Sewer, Gas and Electric: The Public Works Trilogy, Grove Press, ISBN 0802141552, page 42, If he were a corporation instead of a criminal he'd be in the Fortune 500 by now.
    • 2004, , Payback, ISBN 0821778765, Prologue, Myra Rutledge, heiress to a Fortune 500 candy company, looked around her state-of-the-art kitchen, at the pots bubbling on the stove, at the table set for two.
  2. (plurale tantum) Collectively, the members of that list.
    • 1990, Michael Novak, Toward a Theology of the Corporation, American Enterprise Institute, ISBN 0844737445, page 20, In other words, a majority of the Fortune 500 are of the size of universities, from 500 up to about 40000 employees.
    • 1999, Steve Fiffer, Three Quarters, Two Dimes and a Nickel: A Memoir of Becoming Whole, The Free Press, ISBN 0684873516, page 170, Few sportswear or sports equipment companies could be found pitching their products on television; and even fewer could be found among the Fortune 500.
    • 2003, , , Tor/Forge, ISBN 0765346435, page 23, Bennett didn't appear on CNBC, or kibitz with Maria Bartiromo, or speak at Fortune 500 conferences, or get himself profiled in the Wall Street Journal.
  3. (by extension, informal, countable) Any one member of that list.
    • 1990, , "G" is for Gumshoe, Henry Holt and Company, ISBN 0805004610, page 154, Abbott was in his late sixties and looked like a retired Fortune 500 executive in a three-piece suit, complete with manicured nails and a Rolex watch.
    • 2000, Susan F. Shultz, The Board Book, ISBN 0814405495, page 13, If logic and demonstrations of success are not impetus enough, realize that activists are now looking beyond Fortune 500s.
    • 2005, Amy Scheibe, What Do You Do All Day?, St. Martin's Press, ISBN 0312343035, page 53, I shrink a little at the idea of Portia breaking another glass ceiling on her way to what can only be president or CEO of a Fortune 500.
Synonyms: (the list) Fortune 500 list
forty etymology Middle English, from Old English, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *fedwōr tigiwiz. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /'fɔɹɾi/, /ˈfɔɹti/
  • (St. Louis) [ˈfɑɹɾij]
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  1. (cardinal) The cardinal number occurring after thirty-nine and before forty-one.
related terms:
  • Ordinal: fortieth.
Synonyms: : 40, : XL
  • In modern usage, "Fourty" is considered incorrect. The spelling "forty" relates to some of the other numbers representing tens. Examples: twenty rather than twoty, thirty rather than threety, and fifty rather than fivety.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A 40 ounce bottle of beer.
forty-four
numeral: {{head}}
  1. The cardinal number immediately following forty-three and preceding forty-five.
Synonyms: : 44, : XLIV
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A handgun
forum {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: 4m (Internet leet), 4rum (Internet leet) etymology From Latin forum. pronunciation
  • /ˈfɔːɹəm/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A place for discussion.
  2. A gathering for the purpose of discussion.
  3. A form of discussion involving a panel of presenters and often participation by members of the audience.
  4. (Internet) An Internet message board where users can post messages regarding one or more topics of discussion. Trish was an admin member on three forums, and had no trouble at all when it came to moderating them.
  5. (in a Roman town) a square or marketplace used for public business and commerce.
The English plural forums is preferred to the Latin plural fora in normal English usage.
  • Ref: Modern English Usage, 2nd Edition, ed. Sir Ernest Gowers, Oxford 1968 (article '-um', p.658).
  • Also, "The Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style," by Bryan A. Garner. Berkley Books, 2000, (p. 156).
related terms:
  • conforaneous (rare)
forumite etymology forum + ite
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet, slang) One who frequents an Internet forum.
fo shizzle Alternative forms: for shizzle, fo’ shizzle, fa shizzle pronunciation
  • (AAVE) /fɔ ˈʃɪzl̩/
etymology {{blend}}. Popularized by rap artist Snoop Dogg; see -izzle for details.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang, hip-hop) For sure; of course; right on; I concur.
    • 2001, , “”, , and H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A Fo’ shizzle my nizzle used to dribble down in VA
    • 2002, , “”, , , {{,}} and Guy on phone: Yo dogg we on the way to do the video Snoop: Fo shizzle!
    • 2006, , Confessions of a Reformission Rev.: Hard Lessons from an Emerging Missional Church, , ISBN 0310270162, page 49 Conversely, I was also a little jealous because it did sound a bit cool to have a church named after me, complete with my photo on the side of buses so that everyone would know that I was pastor izzle fo’ shizzle.
fo shizzle my nizzle pronunciation
  • (AAVE) /fə ˈʃɪzl̩ ma(ɪ) ˈnɪzl/
etymology From fo shizzle + my + nizzle, rhyming variation of nigga, with the rhyming particle -izzle.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang, hip-hop) More emphatic and friendly form of fo shizzle; “For sure, my friend”, used to stress the following sentence.
fossil fool etymology From a pun on fossil fuel
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, slang) One who uses fossil fuel without concern for their environmental impact.
    • Sustainable Industries Journal - Issues 60-70 , 2008 , page 17 , “I think that will be around 2012, when the net present value of solar electricity will basically be at parity with grid-based fossil fool electricity in many markets without subsidy. ”
    • Passive Solar Architecture , David Bainbridge & ‎Ken Haggard , 2011 , page 260 , 160358420X , “The supporters of the fossil-fool industry have tried to characterize conservation and solar as inefficient, uncomfortable, costly, and unproven. ”
    • Beyond Sustainability: A Thriving Environment , Tim Delaney &‎Tim Madigan , 2014 , page 44 , 0786479590 , “Proponents of “Fossil Fools Day” encourage people to kick the oil habit and avoid acting like a fossil fool via such means as walking, cycling, taking public transportation, or car-pooling whenever possible, buying fuel-efficient vehicles (e.g hybrids), living as close to work as possible, shopping at local stores, and buying regionally and seasonally produced food whenever possible. ”
fossility
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous or nonstandard) The quality of being a genuine fossil.
  2. (humorous or nonstandard) Having qualities usually attributed to fossils, such as age combined with an absence of contemporary traits.
foster child
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a child in foster care
foto
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  1. (informal) photo
foul {{Webster 1913}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English, from Old English fūl, from Proto-Germanic *fūlaz, from Proto-Indo-European *pū-. Cognate with Dutch vuil, German faul, Danish and Swedish ful, and through Indo-European, with Albanian fëlliq, Latin puter. More at putrid.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Covered with, or containing unclean matter; polluted; nasty; defiled
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    exampleThis cloth is too foul to use as a duster. exampleHis foul hands got dirt all over the kitchen. exampleThe air was so foul nobody could breathe. exampleA ship's bottom is foul when overgrown with barnacles exampleA well is foul with polluted water.
  2. obscene or profane; abusive. exampleThe rascal spewed forth a series of foul words. exampleHis foul language causes many people to believe he is uneducated.
  3. Hateful; detestable; unpleasant exampleHe has a foul set of friends.
    • Milton Who first seduced them to that foul revolt?
  4. Loathsome; disgusting; as, a foul disease. exampleThis foul food is making me retch. exampleThere was a foul smell coming from the toilet.
  5. (obsolete) Ugly; homely; poor.
    • Shakespeare Let us, like merchants, show our foulest wares.
  6. Not favorable; unpropitious; not fair or advantageous; as, a foul wind; a foul road; cloudy or rainy; stormy; not fair; -- said of the weather, sky, etc. exampleSome foul weather is brewing.
    • Shakespeare So foul a sky clears not without a storm.
  7. Not conforming to the established rules and customs of a game, conflict, test, etc.; unfair; dishonest; dishonorable; cheating. exampleFoul play is not suspected.
  8. (nautical) Having freedom of motion interfered with by collision or entanglement; entangled; - opposed to clear; as, a rope or cable may get foul while paying it out. exampleWe've got a foul anchor.
  9. (baseball) Outside of the base lines; in foul territory. exampleJones hit foul ball after foul ball.
  • Nouns to which "foul" is often applied: play, ball, language, breath, smell, odor, water, weather, deed.
Synonyms: (hateful, detestable) shameful; odious; wretched
etymology 2 From Old English fūlian.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To make dirty. to foul the face or hands with mire She's fouled her diaper.
  2. (transitive) To besmirch. He's fouled his reputation.
  3. (transitive) To clog or obstruct. The hair has fouled the drain.
  4. (transitive, nautical) To entangle. The kelp has fouled the prop.
  5. (transitive, basketball) To make contact with an opposing player in order to gain advantage. Smith fouled him hard.
  6. (transitive, baseball) To hit outside of the baselines. Jones fouled the ball off the facing of the upper deck.
  7. (intransitive) To become clogged. The drain fouled.
  8. (intransitive) To become entangled. The prop fouled on the kelp.
  9. (intransitive, basketball) To commit a foul. Smith fouled within the first minute of the quarter.
  10. (intransitive, baseball) To hit a ball outside of the baselines. Jones fouled for strike one.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sports) A breach of the rule of a game, especially one involving inappropriate contact with an opposing player in order to gain an advantage; as, for example, foot-tripping in soccer, or contact of any kind in basketball.
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  2. (bowling) A (usually accidental) contact between a bowler and the lane before the bowler has released the ball.
  3. (baseball) A foul ball, a ball which has been hit outside of the base lines. Jones hit a foul up over the screen.
foul language
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Profane or inappropriate and unacceptable words.
foul tick
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (baseball, slang, rare) A foul ball which just brushes by the bat making a ticking sound. The catcher held onto the foul tick for the out.
foul up pronunciation
  • (RP) /faʊl ˈʌp/; compare: foul-up.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, slang, idiomatic) To make a mistake, to go wrong. You really fouled up this time.
  2. (transitive) To botch; to make a mess of. I fouled up question 3 of the exam.
Synonyms: (make a mistake) mess up, fuck up (vulgar); see also , (botch) mess up, fuck up (vulgar)
founded pronunciation
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verb: {{head}}
  1. past participle of found
  2. (nonstandard, childish) en-past of find
  3. To set up; to launch; to institute.
  4. Use as a basis for; grounded on.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having a basis. She offered a well-founded hypothesis.
anagrams:
  • fondued
four-eyed Alternative forms: foureyed
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having four eye.
  2. (slang, chiefly pejorative) Wearing glasses / spectacles.
Synonyms: (wearing glasses) bespectacled, spectacled
related terms:
  • four-eyes
four-eyes
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, derogatory) A person who wears spectacles.
related terms:
  • four-eyed
four-flusher etymology from the practice of attempting to pass off four card of the same suit, and a fifth of perhaps the same color, as a flush in poker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A lowly, disreputable cheat or fraudster, especially at cards, especially a dull or unimaginative one.
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four foot {{tearoom}} Alternative forms: 4-foot, four-foot
etymology 1 From the 4 feetinch (1435 mm) distance between the rails on a standard gauge railway.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rail transport, colloquial) the space between the rails on a standard gauge railway line.
    • 1877, William Edward Langdon, The Application of Electricity to Railway Working, Page 230 When placed in the four foot it should be so arranged that a loose carraige coupling shall not strike the box, as such a blow might possibly break it.
    • 1882, George P. Neele, Atlantic and American Notes, M'Corquodale & co., limited, Page 54 Cattle are of course liable to stray on the line at these level crossings, but to prevent this, barriers are placed on each side of the crossing, and a deep trench is made in the four-foot and six-foot spaces, [...]
    • 1922, J. Thomas Lee, William Hepworth, Railway Permanent Way: Dimensional Theory and Practice, C. Sever, Page 224 In this case, the third crossing i.e., where one turnout crosses the other, is in the four foot of the main
    • 1943, C. L. Heeler and Ronald Albert Hamnett, British Railway Track: Design, Construction and Maintenance, Permanent Way Institution Page 19 The reason for this is, that as in these cases there are obstructions in the four foot which might become foul of wheels of stock [...] Page 48 For ‘ E ’ and ‘ F ’ switches the key jaw is provided on the inside of the four-foot in the 1.P. and 2.P. chairs, as in these chairs there is not room between the switch and stock rails [...]
    • 2007 September 5, Rail Accident Investigation Branch, Rail Accident Report 33/2007: Fatal collision between a Super Voyager train and a car on the line at Copmanthorpe 25 September 2006, Rail Accident Investigation Branch, Department for Transport, Page 8 The car came to rest with its front wheels in the four foot of the nearest railway line, the down Leeds line.
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (curling) alternative form of 4-foot
fourgie etymology {{blend}} pronunciation
  • /ˈfoʊɹd͡ʒi/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An act of group sex between four people; a foursome.
    • 1997, Bruce LaBruce, Bruce LaBruce: ride, queer, ride!, link I've heard you've had a fourgie with the Stern Brothers.
    • 2009, Niall Richardson, The queer cinema of Derek Jarman: critical and cultural readings, link Homoeroticism glistened across the screen: nude rugby scrums, gorgeous gym queens crunching their abs in the gym and sailors in Gaveston's bed engaged in some sort of threesome or fourgie.
Synonyms: foursome, ménage à quatre
four-half
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, now historical) A drink of half ale, half porter, originally costing fourpence a quart.
    • 1893, Arnold Bennett, ‘A Letter Home’: At nine o'clock that night Darkey was still consuming four-half, and relating certain adventures by sea which, he averred, had happened to himself.
    • 1918, Rebecca West, The Return of the Soldier, Virago 2014, p. 77: He regarded the whole world as her grave; and the tipsy sergeants in scarlet and the carter crying for a pint of four-half, and the horses dipping their mild noses to the trough in the courtyard, all seemed to be defiling it by their happy, silly appetites.
fourish etymology four + ish
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Any time close to four o'clock.
four oh four etymology From the internet httpd error code 404 (page not found.)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, US) a naive or clueless person. Yup, clueless in Seatle, a 404 if I ever saw one.
four one one etymology The number 411 dialed in North America reaches directory assistance.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, US) information Can you give me the four one one for their next concert?
fourpeat Alternative forms: four-peat etymology {{blend}}. Compare threepeat (to rhyme with repeat).
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US, slang) To win something four times consecutively.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A fourth successive win.
related terms:
  • hat trick
four-peat Alternative forms: fourpeat etymology {{blend}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US, slang) To win somethings four times consecutively.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A fourth successive win.
related terms:
  • hat trick
four-stroke engine
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An engine in which the piston perform four stroke per engine cycle (i.e. intake, compression, power, exhaust).
related terms:
  • two-stroke engine
fourteen {{number box}} {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: Arabic numerals: 14, Roman numerals: XIV etymology From Middle English fourtene, from Old English fēowertīene, fēowertēne, from Proto-Germanic *fedurtehun. Compare West Frisian fjirtjin, Dutch veertien, German vierzehn, Danish fjorten. pronunciation
  • (next word stressed near the first syllable) (UK) /ˈfɔː.tiːn/ (US) /ˈfɔɹ.tin/
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  • (next word stressed after the first syllable) (UK) /ˌfɔːˈtiːn/ (US) /ˌfɔɹˈtin/
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numeral: {{head}}
  1. The cardinal number occurring after thirteen and before fifteen, represented in Roman numerals as XIV and in Arabic numerals as 14.
related terms:
  • Ordinal: fourteenth
coordinate terms:
  • Prev: thirteen. Next: fifteen.
fourteenish etymology fourteen + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Of about fourteen years of age.
    • 2003, Elliot Gertel, Over the Top Judaism (page 62) His twelvish son is introduced as a pyromaniacal, foul-mouthed shifty operator. His fourteenish daughter dresses in a manner that would be deemed inappropriately suggestive for a twenty-year-old, and has no worthy interests or social graces.
    • 2006, E. Craig Coffin, Reflections of a Born-Again Pagan Radical The kid, thirteen or fourteenish, worn green International Harvester cap turned backwards, seems to have the crowd on his side.
fourtino etymology By analogy with plutino
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, astronomy) Any astronomical object, on the edge of the Kuiper Belt, whose orbit has a 1:4 resonance with the planet Neptune

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