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homebrew {{wikipedia}} etymology home + brew
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A beer created locally.
  2. (informal) Anything created by enthusiast rather than commercial entities (especially video game or amateur radio equipment).
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To brew one's beer or other alcoholic beverage at home.
Synonyms: craft beer
homefry
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. {{alt form}}
  2. (slang, humorous) homeboy
    • 1997, Surfer Wass-up homefry? I have just read the new Gigantor issue of your 'zine with its absolutely fabulously fresh format [October 1996] and I must confess with all verisimilitude that it's definitely the bomb.
    • 2007, Alan Rolnick, Landmark Status “I don't know what you're talking about, homefry,” Rico said, “but that's all there is.”
homegirl etymology Compare with homeboy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A female friend.
  2. (slang) A female co-member of a gang.
home run
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. {{senseid}}(baseball) A four-base hit, a homer The first baseman hit a home run to lead off the ninth.
  2. (idiomatic) The portion of a journey that ends at home I'm on the home run.
  3. (idiomatic) A success; especially, a popular success. The product was a home run.
  4. (idiomatic) Sexual intercourse.
Synonyms: score, go all the way
homes pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of home
  2. (slang) alternative spelling of holmes
    • 2007, Robert Crais, The Two Minute Rule Ghee said, "Yo, homes. This is my youngest baby, Marisol. Sweetie, say hi to Mr. Holman." Marisol told Holman it was a pleasure to meet him.
    • 2008, Matthew Ray, Ethan Brown's Twisted Reality I said what's up Homes? What you doing over this side of the hood?
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of home
anagrams:
  • Moshe, shmoe
homesick
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. missing one's home and family very much when away; nostalgic
homesickness etymology Germanic: from home + sickness (from sick + -ness) Alternative forms: home-sickness
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. The characteristic of being homesick; a strong, sad feeling of miss one's home (and often left-behind loved ones, such as family and friend) when physically away.
homeslice
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative spelling of home slice (Someone from one's home town.)
  2. (slang) A close friend from the neighborhood
Synonyms: homeboy, homedawg
homevid etymology home + vid
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) home video
    • 1986, The Video Librarian (volume 1) The homevid market is gearing up for a strong fourth quarter with Paramount's disappointing, but neverthesless{{SIC}} popular, sequel Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom ($29.95) leading the way.
    • 2009, Jake Packard, The Manhattan Prophet (page 88) The only other video even closely resembling what happened today was a fuzzy slide show from some geeks on the alternet who cut away to some of their shaky and fuzzy homevids shot from who knows where and how many miles away.
homewrecker etymology From home and wrecker: the idea that a family and a home have been destroyed by one person.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) A person (male or female) who engages in romantic relations with a person who is married or engaged to be married with the result of breaking up the marriage or engagement.
homie etymology Earliest known reference is in the 1946 tune by Ella Mae Morse and Freddie Slack, "The House of Blue Lights," when Morse improvises a spoken-word intro. Possible shortened form of homeboy.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (African American Vernacular English) Someone, particularly a male acquaintance, from one's hometown.
  2. (African American Vernacular English) A close friend or fellow member of a youth gang. Hey there, Francis, my homey! Yo, homeys!
  3. (African American Vernacular English) An inner-city youth.
Synonyms: homeboy
homo {{wikipedia}} etymology A clipping of words formed from Ancient Greek ὁμο- 〈homo-〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈhəʊ.məʊ/, /ˈhɒm.əʊ/
  • (US) /ˈhoʊ.moʊ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, often, pejorative) Short form of homosexual.
    • {{quote-book }}
    I heard that she's a homo, but she hasn't come out of the closet yet.
  2. (uncountable, dated, US, Canada) Homogenized milk with a high butterfat content.
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial, sometimes, pejorative) Of or pertaining to homosexuality.
  2. (not comparable, Canada, US) Homogenized; almost always said of milk with a high butterfat content.
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anagrams:
  • Moho
homofascism etymology homo + fascism
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A political stance that associates fascism with homosexuality.
    • 2007, Alison Guenther-Pal, Projecting Deviance/Seeing Queerly (page 60) Consequently, his position indirectly suggests that perverse societies produce perverse individuals, an ideological stance that very much mirrors a discourse that during the postwar period was primarily observed in literary circles: homofascism.
    • 2013, Daniel Humphrey, Queer Bergman: Sexuality, Gender, and the European Art Cinema At its worst, it [the art film] seems politically reactionary, tending toward homofascism.
  2. (derogatory) Aggressive support for gay rights.
    • 2008, "No One", Re: GOD is sending homosexuals a message in California, "Mend your ways, or burn in HELL!" (on newsgroup alt.politics.homosexuality) Homofascism is dedicated to the proposition that anyone who does not believe homosexuality is normal should be fired, disenfranchised, imprisoned, or "harried out of the land."
    • 2011, "Democrats Destroy Society", Re: Southern Poverty Law Center's Despicable Lies (on newsgroup alt.religion.christian) If anything, Christians are guilty of standing idly and silently by as creeping homofascism left its depraved bedroom and wormed its way into our public schools, our media, our television shows and Hollywood pictures, and even into our churches and the highest positions in our government and military.
related terms:
  • homofascist
homofascist
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) A proponent of homofascism.
    • 2004, Thomas Patton Stevenson, Christian Statesman (volumes 147-149, page 54) Because Christians always seem to be on the defensive, it is no wonder that the homofascists have advanced their agenda as far as they have. It is long overdue for Christians to go on the offensive by reframing the debate altogether.
    • 2012, John Champagne, Aesthetic Modernism and Masculinity in Fascist Italy (page 108) Given his homosexuality, his mental illness, and his tendency to portray muscled male bodies, Janni is particularly vulnerable to being read off as a homofascist, even by those critics who do not intend to do so.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Exhibiting or relating to homofascism.
    • 2004, Susan E. Linville, History Films, Women, and Freud's Uncanny (page 82) Stone evokes these typologies most disturbingly in his homofascist portrait of J. Edgar Hoover.
    • 2007, Alison Guenther-Pal, Projecting Deviance/Seeing Queerly (page 62) Schelsky's discussion of the challenge of masculinity in modern society points to one of the paradoxes of homofascist discourse, namely the hypermasculinity associated with homosexuality (as in fascism) on the one hand and its inherent femininity on the other.
related terms:
  • heterofascist
homolover
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, neologism) one who likes homosexuals, supports them, or both
homo marriage
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, slang) synonym of same-sex marriage
homonazi
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) homofascist
    • 1995, fred Cherry, Gay = got AIDS yet Group: alt.homosexual ... are far too many homonazis and supporters of homonazism on the Internet...
    • 1999, McLoughlin, Homophobic Ad in Today's Herald Group: nz.general
    • One that the homonazis don't seem to want to be allowed. They complain about intolerance...
    • 2002, Elliott, OH, NO - RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!! was: Romanov claimants ... Group: alt.scientology I don't have any ulcers. I do have celiac disease, as you and the rest of you homonazis on Usenet very well know.
homophobia {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ˌhɒ.məˈfəʊ.bi.ə/, /ˌhəʊ.məˈfəʊ.bi.ə/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 homo (from homosexual) + phobia, coined in 1971 by in Society and the Healthy Homosexual.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Fear, dislike{{,}} or hatred of gays and lesbians.
Synonyms: (fear of homosexuality) homoerotophobia, heterosexism
hyponyms:
  • gayphobia
  • lesbophobia
related terms:
  • homophobe
  • homophobic
etymology 2 Latin homo + phobia
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, individual occurrences) A pathological fear of mankind.
Synonyms: (fear of mankind) anthropophobia
related terms:
  • homophobe
  • homophobic
homo politicus
noun: {{head}}
  1. (derogatory) The stereotypical behaviour of people in a political setting.
  2. In political science a concept coined by Plato that posits that man is essentially a political animal.
antonyms:
  • homo economicus (one who is self-interested).
homosexual etymology From homo- + sexual, English from 1892. pronunciation
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  • (RP):
    • /ˌhɒməʊˈsɛksjuːəl/
    • /ˌhɒməʊˈsɛkʃuːəl/
    • /ˌhəʊməʊˈsɛksjuːəl/
    • /ˌhəʊməʊˈsɛkʃuːəl/
  • (US):
    • {{enPR}}, /ˌhoʊməˈsɛkʃuːəl/
    • {{enPR}}, /ˌhoʊmoʊˈsɛkʃuːəl/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (of a person or animal) Sexually attracted primarily to other members of the same sex. Being either a male androphile or a female gynephile. (Sometimes used in the sense of sole/exclusive attraction.)
    • 1983, Michael W. Ross, Homosexuality and Social Sex Roles: "Significant results indicate that Swedes would choose a more masculine partner the more homosexual they are, and that Finns would choose a more attractive partner the more homosexual they are."
  2. (of a romantic or sexual act or relationship) Between two people of the same gender or same sex; gay. My sister is currently in a homosexual relationship with a girl in her class. homosexual acts, a homosexual kiss
  3. Intended for or used by homosexuals, as a nightclub, a bar, etc.
  • Many homosexual people prefer to be referred to by the adjective (and noun) gay.
  • Many female homosexuals prefer to be referred to as lesbian.
  • Many people now avoid using the term homosexual because of the emphasis it places on sexuality. Those who consider it objectionable consider it especially so when it is used as a noun; here "gay man" and either "gay woman" or "lesbian" and their plural forms are considered more preferable by such individuals who feel this way about the term. Those who feel this way about the term might consider it less objectionable when used adjectivally, as in "a homosexual relationship", though they still might prefer such terms as "gay", "lesbian", or "same-sex" in those instances as well.
  • Pronunciation: The word "homosexual" derives from the Greek word for "same", which is traditionally pronounced /ˈhɒməʊ/, /"hQm@U/ in words derived from it, rather than the Latin word homo, which is pronounced /ˈhəʊməʊ/, /"həUməU/ (RP) in English words derived from it. Hence the etymology indicates that the appropriate pronunciation of the vowel in the first syllable is /ɒ/, /Q/, but the pronunciation with the long vowel /əʊ/, /@U/ in this position is much more commonly heard, and is the only correct pronunciation of the shortened form homo.
  • Because of the similarity of homo- to the Latin word for man, the term homosexual is sometimes interpreted as meaning "sexually attracted solely or primarily to [other] men".
Synonyms: (sexually attracted solely or primarily to the same sex) gay, lesbian (used only of women), homo (derogatory), (involving or relating to homosexuals) gay, lesbian (used only of women), same-sex, (intended for or used by homosexuals) gay, lesbian (used only of women), (community) LGBT
antonyms:
  • (sexually attracted solely or primarily to the same sex) heterosexual (hetero), straight, breeder
  • (involving or relating to homosexuals) heterosexual (hetero)
  • (intended for or used by homosexuals) heterosexual (hetero), straight
coordinate terms:
  • (of humans) {{list:sexual orientations/en}}
  • (of humans) bi, hetero
  • (of humans) homoromantic
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who is attracted solely or primarily to others of the same sex.
  • Female homosexuals are also known as lesbian, a term preferred by many of them. As homosexual applies to people of either sex, the expression homosexuals and lesbians is a pleonasm and is best replaced by "homosexuals" or "lesbians" alone as appropriate, or "gay people" (see also the usage notes for the adjective, and for gay).
Synonyms: This section is divided into two tables, one containing synonyms that generally are not derogatory and one containing those that generally are. However, note that the non-derogatory terms can nonetheless be used derogatorily, and that some of the derogatory ones are often used humorously and non-derogatorily by gays and others., gay (but see usage notes at gay), invert (dated psychological term), company man, lesbian, sapphist, bugger, fruit (especially US), homo, moffie (South African slang), queer, fag (US slang), faggot (especially US), pole-smoker, fairy, flamer (especially US), nance, nancy, nancy boy, pansy, queen, pederast (chiefly if the partner is adolescent), sodomite (but see usage notes at sodomite), light in the loafers, lesbo (used only of women), dyke, muff-diver, scissor sister
homosexualist etymology homosexual + ist
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, often, pejorative) alternative form of homosexual
    • 1949, , Human Behavior and the Principle of Least Effort: … roughly speaking, a homosexualist is born and not made.
    • 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.
    • 2002, F. Earle Fox and David W. Virtue, Homosexuality: Good and Right in the Eyes of God?: … and how the homosexualist cause is rooted squarely in the secular/pagan view of the cosmos.
    • 2003, Linda Alcoff, Linda Martín Alcoff and Eduardo Mendieta, Identities: Race, Class, Gender, and Nationality: Fundamentally, unconsciously, I believe he's a homosexualist.
homosexuality {{wikipedia}} etymology homosexual + ity. pronunciation
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  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The state of being sexually and romantically attracted primarily or exclusively to persons of the same sex.
  2. Sexual activity with a person of the same sex.
Homosexuality in women is also known as lesbianism. As homosexuality applies to people of either sex, the expression homosexuality and lesbianism is redundant and is best replaced by homosexuality or lesbianism alone as appropriate. Different cultural constructions of same-sex love are collectively referred to as homosexualities. Synonyms: gayness, queerness, homosexualism, lesbianism (applied only to women), uranism (rare)
antonyms:
  • heterosexuality
  • straightness (slang)
homowhore
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, rare) A same-sex prostitute.
Honduran
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person from Honduras or of Honduran descent.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of, from, or pertaining to Honduras or the Honduran people.
honest injun etymology honest + injun, a dialectal or eye dialectal spelling of Indian.
interjection: honest injun
  1. (US, humorous, now, sometimes, offensive) A phrase used to emphasize the truth of something.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, humorous, now, sometimes, offensive) One who is honest.
honey {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English honig, from Old English huniġ, from Proto-Germanic *hunagą (compare Western Frisian hunich, German Honig), from earlier *hunangą (compare Swedish honung), from pre-Germanic *kn̥h₂onkós 〈*kn̥h₂onkós〉, from Proto-Indo-European *kh₂ónks 〈*kh₂ónks〉 (gen. *kn̥h₂kós 〈*kn̥h₂kós〉) (compare wlm canecon, Latin (pl.) canicae, txb kronkśe, Albanian qengjë, Ancient Greek κνηκός 〈knēkós〉), Kurdish şan. pronunciation
  • /ˈhʌni/
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  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Describing a thing involving or resembling honey.
    • 1599 William Shakespeare, Henry V, Act 1, Sc. 2: So work the honey-bees, / Creatures that by a rule in nature teach / The act of order to a peopled kingdom.
  2. A spectrum of pale yellow to brownish-yellow colour, like that of most types of honey.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) A viscous, sweet fluid produced from plant nectar by bees. Often used to sweeten tea or to spread on baked goods.
  2. (countable) A variety of this substance.
  3. (figuratively) Something sweet or desirable.
    • 1595, , , Act 5, Scene 3, lines 91–93: O my love, my wife! / Death, that hath suck'd the honey of thy breath / Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty.
    • Shakespeare the honey of his language
  4. (non-gloss definition, A term of affection.) Honey, would you take out the trash? Honey, I'm home.
  5. (countable, informal) A woman, especially an attractive one. Man, there are some fine honeys here tonight!
  6. A spectrum of pale yellow to brownish-yellow colour, like that of most types of (the sweet substance) honey. {{color panel}}
Synonyms: (sweet fluid from bees) mel, (term of affection) sweetie
hypernyms:
  • food
hyponyms: {{hyp-top3}}
  • blended honey
  • comb honey
  • creamed honey
  • crystallised honey/crystallized honey
  • dried honey
{{hyp-mid3}}
  • filtered honey
  • honeydew honey
  • monofloral honey
  • pasteurised honey
  • polyfloral honey
{{hyp-mid3}}
  • raw honey
  • strained honey
  • ultrasonicated honey
{{hyp-bottom}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To be gentle, agreeable, or coaxing; to talk fondly; to use endearments.
    • Shakespeare Honeying and making love.
  2. To be or become obsequiously courteous or complimentary; to fawn.
    • Tennyson Rough to common men, / But honey at the whisper of a lord.
related terms: {{rel-top3}}
  • honey badger
  • honey bear
  • honey bucket
  • honey bun
  • honey bunch
  • honey decoction
  • honey dipper
{{rel-mid3}}
  • honey drizzler
  • honey fungus
  • honey guide
  • honey locust
  • honey mesquite
  • honey mouse
  • honey myrtle
{{rel-mid3}}
  • honey parrot
  • honey plant
  • honey-buzzard
  • honeycomb moth
  • honeydew melon
  • land of milk and honey
  • western honey mesquite
{{rel-bottom}}
honeybunch etymology honey + bunch
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) honey, darling (term of endearment)
    • 2005, Nancy Garden, Good Moon Rising (page 107) Listen, honeybunch, I don't want to be cruel, but you've got to think of everything.
    • 2008, Marc Harshbarger, Deeper Dish (page 154) “Open your eyes, Dad, I'm not your little honeybunch anymore.”
honeycakes
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of honeycake
  2. (slang) Term of endearment for a young woman.
    • 1998, Alistair Boyle, Bluebeard's Last Stand "I love you, Honeycakes, so why should we put off being together for the rest of our lives?" "That could be a long time," she said.
    • 2007, Michael Travis Jasper, To Be Chosen (page 326) “I'll return to him as soon as I take care of you, honeycakes,” she finished sarcastically.
honeyfuggle Alternative forms: honeyfugle
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US, informal) To wheedle or swindle
honeypot {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: honey pot pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A pot of honey.
  2. (chiefly, British) A place which attract visitor.
    • 2004, Bernice Davidson, "England 2004: Bright lights on the water," Telegraph.co.uk, 13 Mar. (retrieved 28 June 2008), Superb Roman remains, Georgian architecture and countless museums justify Bath's position as a tourist honeypot.
  3. (computing) A trap set to detect or deflect attempt at unauthorized use of information system.
    • 2007, "Data leak: Cyber sherlocks outwit hackers," The Economic Times, 12 Oct. (retrieved 29 June 2008), Computer experts install honeypots to trick hackers.
  4. (espionage) A spy who uses sex to trap and blackmail their target.
  5. (US, slang) Vagina.
    • 2004, Anne Friedman, "Hoo-ha? No.," Stanford Daily (US), 24 Nov. (retrieved 29 June 2008), I won’t use "vagina," so what am I left with? . . . How about Honey Pot? I hadn’t even heard this one until my friend’s boyfriend said it in a car on the way to pub night.
  6. (US, slang, dated) A pet name for a loved one.
  7. (obsolete) a chamberpot or slop bucket.
honey wagon {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: honeywagon
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A vehicle used to collect sewage from septic tank etc. Also called a .
  2. a type of multi-room trailer used by film and television productions (their usage is honeywagon as one word)
Hongcouver etymology {{blend}}
proper noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal, somewhat derogatory) A nickname for Vancouver referring to the large-scale Chinese Canadian immigration to that city in the 1980s and 1990s, particularly from Hong Kong.
Alternative forms: HongCouver
Hongkie etymology Hong Kong + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Somebody from Hong Kong; a Hongkongese.
Hong Kong foot
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) A chek, the Hong Kong variant of the Chinese foot now standardize as 0.371475 meter.
  2. (slang, Singapore, Hong Kong, pathology, uncountable) Athlete's foot.
Alternative forms: (pathology) Hong Kong FootSynonyms: (pathology) Singapore foot
related terms:
  • Chinese foot
hon hon hon pronunciation
  • (US) [ˈhɑ̃ˈhɑ̃ˈhɑ̃], [ˈhõ(ʊ̯̃)ˈhõ(ʊ̯̃)ˈhõ(ʊ̯̃)]
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (informal, usually, derogatory) Expression of a stereotypical French laugh.
honk etymology (onomatopoeia) pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, intransitive) To use a car horn. They stood and observed how long it took for the other cars to honk.
  2. (intransitive) To make a sound like a car horn.
  3. (intransitive) To make the sound of a goose. "Honk!" she said, beaming reassuringly through the window and flapping her arms.
  4. (informal) To vomit: regurgitate the contents of one's stomach.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The sound produced by a typical car horn.
  2. The cry of a goose.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Imitation of car horn, used, for example, to clear a path for oneself.
honker etymology honk + er pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who honk.
  2. (informal) A large nose.
  3. (informal) A wild goose.
Synonyms: See also
honkin' Alternative forms: honking etymology From honking or honkingly by shortening
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, slang) Emphatically or impressively big; really big.
  2. (US, slang) Used as an intensifier
    • {{quote-news}}
Synonyms: big old
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (US, slang) Very; tremendously.
honkingly etymology honking + ly
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. With a honk sound.
    • 1981, J N Williamson, Premonition At last Sinoway pulled himself together and blew his nose honkingly into an immense, white handkerchief.
    • 2001, Richard Matheson, Camp Pleasant At four-thirty, the swim period was honkingly announced.
    • 2007, Jonathan Francis Brodsky, Prism A few cars buzz around them honkingly before an off-duty taxi stops and lets them in for double the normal fare.
  2. (slang) Greatly, hugely, overwhelmingly.
    • 2005, Jessica Mantaro, FrontPage 2003: the missing manual If a browser window is larger than a layout table's fixed size, your viewers end up looking at a honkingly big white void.
    • 2009, Jason Cochran, Pauline Frommer's Walt Disney World & Orlando ...the Last Chance Fruit Stand cart, which sells not only fruit cups ($3) but also honkingly large turkey legs ($6.40).
honky Alternative forms: honkey, honkie pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology Sense of “factory hand” attested from 1946. Compare hunky, bohunk. Term of racial abuse attested 1967, most likely from hunky, an African-American vernacular shortening of Hungarian.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (North America, pejorative, racial slur) A Caucasian person.
  2. (US, obsolete) A factory hand or general unskilled worker.
Synonyms: (white person) See whitey
related terms:
  • hunky, hunkey
honkynut
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (AU, colloquial) The fruit of a bloodwood of Western Australia, {{taxlink}}.
    • 2007, Craig Silvey, Jasper Jones, ALlen & Unwin 2007, p. 129: So I sighed and turned and kicked a honkynut as hard as I could.
honorificabilitudinity etymology From Malayalam honorificabilitudinitas, ultimately from Latin "honor", honour pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) The quality of being honourable.
related terms:
  • honorificabilitudinitatibus
honyock etymology The word first appeared in print in the late 19th century, often applied to people who were unwelcome among their family, friends and/or community. A common theory of the origin of this word is the merger of the first syllable of the word Hungarian and the last syllable of the ethnic slur Polack. However, a more likely origin is the Hungarian adjective hanyag, which has a variety of negative meanings including careless, sloppy, slothful, and slow. The word is derived from the German "Honigjaeger", which litteraly means "honey chaser". The name was given to immigrants to Montana looking to take advantage of land offerings, without realizing how difficult farming in Montana was. The word is pejorative, and is used in reference to a clueless farmer. Alternative forms: hunyack
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, derogatory) An immigrant to the United States from east-central Europe.
  2. (US, slang, derogatory) A rube or simpleton.
  3. (US, slang) A hardscrabble farm (this usage known in parts of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Alberta and Saskatchewan).
related terms:
  • hunky
  • honky
The term fell into disuse during the 1960s and 1970s.
hooch pronunciation
  • /hutʃ/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Abbreviation of Hootchinoo, name of a specific liquor, from Tlingit Xutsnoowú Ḵwáan, the group that produced it, from Tlingit , the name of the village on Admiralty Island in which they lived. Alternative forms: hootch
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (North America, informal) Alcoholic liquor, especially inferior or illicit whisky.
Synonyms: moonshine
etymology 2 Japanese 〈jiā〉 Alternative forms: hootch
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (military slang, Viet Nam era) A thatch hut, CHU, or any simple dwelling.
hooched up Alternative forms: hooched-up
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Drunk.
    • 1988, David Stout, Carolina Skeletons, Mysterious Press.com/Open Road Integrated Media (2011), unnumbered page: “Well, hold on, Junior. After you left, we found an empty whiskey bottle, glass all cracked, under the body. Now, you know how easy it is. Get a little hooched up, smoke in bed, or maybe a spark from his yard fire ...”
    • 2007, Richard King, My Maggie, HPH Publishing (2007), ISBN 9780977628162, page 15: The St. Pat's party was an excuse for the men in the neighborhood to get "hooched-up."
    • 2010, Michael Powell & Matt Forbeck, Forbidden Knowledge - College: 101 Things NOT Every Student Should Know How to Do, Adams Media (2010), ISBN 9781440504570, page 189: It leaves you more money for booze, and your gut can get on with the business of getting you hooched up.
Synonyms: See also .
hoochie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, slang) A female who dresses scantily or in a revealing fashion.
  2. (pejorative, slang) A promiscuous woman.
Synonyms: hoochie mama
hood {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /hʊd/
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etymology 1 Middle English, from Old English hōd, from Proto-Germanic *hōdaz (compare Western Frisian/Dutch hoed, German Hut), from Sarmato-xsc *xauda (compare Avestan , Old Persian ), from Proto-Indo-European *kadʰ-. More at hat.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A covering such as worn over one’s head.
  2. A distinctively coloured fold of material, representing a university degree.
  3. An enclosure that protects something, especially from above.
  4. (automotive) A soft top of a convertible car or carriage.
  5. (US, automotive) The hinge cover over the engine of a motor vehicle. Also known as a bonnet in other countries.
  6. A metal covering that leads to a vent to suck away smoke or fumes.
Synonyms: (engine cover) bonnet, cowl
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To cover something with a hood.
etymology 2 {{clipping}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) gangster, thug.
etymology 3 {{clipping}}; compare nabe. Alternative forms: 'hood
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Relating to inner-city everyday life, both positive and negative aspects; especially people’s attachment to and love for their neighborhoods.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) neighborhood. What’s goin’ down in the hood?
Particularly used for poor US inner-city black neighborhoods. Also used more generally, as a casual neutral term for “neighborhood”, but marked by strong associations. Synonyms: (poor neighborhood, esp. black) ghetto, (neighborhood) nabe, neighborhood
etymology 4 {{clipping}}, influenced by existing sense “hoodlum”.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK) person wearing a hoodie.
hoodie Alternative forms: hoody etymology hood + ie. In sense “person wearing a hoodie”, influenced by sense -ie; compare townie. pronunciation
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noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A sweatshirt, with an integral hood and, sometimes, a large kangaroo pocket at the front.
  2. (British) A young person wearing such a sweatshirt, usually a male.
    • 2006,The Guardian, July 10, London Show more understanding of hoodies, urges
  3. (slang) foreskin
Synonyms: kangaroo, kangaroo jacket, bunny hug
hoodla etymology Misrepresentation, often intentional, of hoodlum as containing the Latinistic -um suffix, whose plural is -a.
noun: {{head}}
  1. (nonstandard, humorous) en-irregular plural of hoodlum
    • 1971, Isaac Asimov, Treasury of Humor, Houghton Mifflin Company, page 177: I was passing the corner of Second and Main when, without provocation of any sort on my part, I was suddenly assaulted by two hoodla.
    • 1988, James W. Muller, The Revival of Constitutionalism, page 112: Our indignation at a gang of hoodla who beat and kill an old woman for “kicks”
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hoodrat etymology hood + rat. See hood (slang), neighbourhood.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A sexually promiscuous girl.
    • Compton's Most Wanted - Hoodrat (song)
    • 2 Live Crew - Hoochie Mama (song)
    • The Hold Steady- Your Little Hoodrat Friend (song)
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    • The 40-Year-Old Virgin (film)- "So what you just got to do is just get you a bunch of these hood rats run through them, just knock them out. Boom, boom, boom. And once you've done slayed like of them hood rats now you ready to go up to the upper echelon type ho. You know what I mean?" Jay
    • Hood Rat-K'wan, K'wan Foye (book)- "a woman of questionable repute, one who has been known to "get around" in the 'hood."
The term was largely used by hip-hop artists in the early 1990s. Synonyms: slut, hoe
hood rat etymology hood (from neighborhood) + rat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Someone who has sex with everyone in the "hood" or neighborhood; the term is linked to the culture of the American ghettos and to hip-hop culture. A hood rat is an often poor woman who engages in sexual activity like a prostitute, but without charge and without being coerce (compare slut). Let's get a couple of hood rats over for the party tonight
    • 2005, Cupid Is Stupid by Jr. Aaron Bryant (page 19) It is true. Carmen is an official gold digger. In fact, she is an instructor at the school of gold digging. Hood rats have been clocking her style for years. Wanting to pull the players she pulled, and wishing they had the looks she had.
hooey {{was wotd}} Alternative forms: hooie pronunciation
  • /ˈhuː.i/
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etymology Possibly related to phooey, possibly a euphemism for horseshit, or possibly from Russian хуй. Compare hooie and hui.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Silly talk or writing; nonsense, silliness, or fake assertion(s). I heard his speech. It sounded like a whole lot of hooey to me.
    • 2006, Ronald H. Hoffman (with Sidney Stevens), How to Talk with Your Doctor: The Guide for Patients and Their Physicians Who Want to Reconcile and Use the Best of Conventional and Alternative Medicine, ReadHowYouWant.com (2008), pages 216–217: For many doctors, meditation resides in the realm of New Age hooey—okay for Indian yogis and students of Eastern religion, but not suitable for scientific study.
    • 2010, Kate Sheppard, "Outgoing GOPer Slams Climate Denying Colleagues", Mother Jones, 18 November 2010: Unburdened by the prospect of another campaign, Inglis, in this final hearing, spared no scorn for climate change deniers in his own party and beyond, suggesting that they continue to ignore global warming at their own peril. "I would also suggest to my free enterprise colleagues—especially conservatives here—whether you think it’s all a bunch of hooey, what we've talked about in this committee, the Chinese don’t," the South Carolina Republican said in his opening remarks. "And they plan on eating our lunch in this next century."
    • 2011 October 13, Chuck Lorre, Eric Kaplan & Maria Ferrari, "The Russian Rocket Reaction", episode 5-5 of , 00:16:47–00:17:00: Sheldon Cooper: I did, but I think I've kind of outgrown Star Trek. You know, stock characters, ludicrous plots, beam me up. What a load of hooey.
Synonyms: See also
hoof {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English, from Old English hōf, from Proto-Germanic *hōfaz (compare Western Frisian/Dutch hoef, German Huf, Danish and Swedish hov), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱoph₂ós 〈*ḱoph₂ós〉 (compare Russian копыто 〈kopyto〉 'hoof', копать 〈kopatʹ〉 'to dig', Avestan 𐬯𐬀𐬟𐬀 〈𐬯𐬀𐬟𐬀〉, Sanskrit शफ 〈śapha〉). pronunciation
  • /hʊf/, /huːf/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The tip of a toe of an ungulate such as a horse, ox or deer, strengthened by a thick keratin covering.
  2. (slang) The human foot.
  3. (geometry, dated) An ungula.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To trample with hooves.
  2. (colloquial) To walk.
  3. (informal) To dance, especially as a professional.
  4. (colloquial, football, transitive) to kick, especially to kick the football a long way downfield with little accuracy.
Synonyms: (to kick) boot
related terms:
  • hoofed
  • hoofer
  • hoof it
  • horse's hoof
  • on the hoof
  • cloven hoof
hoofer etymology hoof + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A professional dancer, particularly one who has paid his or her dues
hoo-ha Alternative forms: hoohaa, hoohar, hoo-haa, hoo-har, hoo-hah etymology Perhaps from Yiddish הו־האַ 〈hw־hʼa〉 pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈhuːˌhɑː/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A fuss, uproar, commotion or stir; hype; brouhaha, hullabaloo. There was a big hoo-ha about it in the papers, and then the world completely forgot the matter.
  2. (slang) vagina
    • 2009, Linda Howard, Burn: A Novel, page 242: Did that make her a good judge of character, or a fool who was letting her hoo-ha do her thinking for her?
    • 2009, Lexi Ryan, Stilettos, Inc., page 163: She didn't want to lose their childish battle of wills, but neither did she want some parasite swimming up her hoo-ha.
    • 2010, Dee Tenorio, All Or Nothing, page 54: His mother later expressed disappointment that she'd been wrong, but by then, Belinda had a butterfly on her hoo-ha.
anagrams:
  • hooah
hooie etymology Compare hui. See hooey for more.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (Southern US) An expression of relief. I am all done. Hooie!
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) alternative form of hooey
    • You're full of hooie.
    • That's a bunch of hooie.
hook {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English hoke, from Old English hōc, from Proto-Germanic *hōkaz (compare West Frisian/Dutch hoek 'hook, angle, corner', Low German , 'id.'), variant of *hakô (compare Dutch Low Saxon hoake). Probably ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *kog-, *keg-, *keng-. More at hake. pronunciation
  • [hʊk]
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A rod bent into a curve shape, typically with one end free and the other end secured to a rope or other attachment.
  2. A fishhook, a barbed metal hook used for fishing.
  3. Any of various hook-shaped agricultural implements such as a billhook
    • Alexander Pope like slashing Bentley with his desperate hook
    • 1819, Keats, Or on a half-reap'd furrow sound asleep, Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook Spares the next swath and all its twinèd flowers;
  4. That part of a hinge which is fixed to a post, and on which a door or gate hangs and turns.
  5. A loop shaped like a hook under certain written letter, e.g. g and j.
  6. A catchy musical phrase which forms the basis of a popular song. The song's hook snared me.
  7. A brief, punchy opening statement intended to get attention from an audience, reader, or viewer, and make them want to continue to listen to a speech, read a book, or watch a play.
  8. A tie-in to a current event or trend that makes a news story or editorial relevant and timely.
  9. (informal) Removal or expulsion from a group or activity. He is not handling this job, so we're giving him the hook.
  10. (cricket) A type of shot played by swinging the bat in a horizontal arc, hitting the ball high in the air to the leg side, often played to balls which bounce around head height.
  11. (baseball) A curveball. He threw a hook in the dirt.
  12. (software) A feature, definition, or coding that enables future enhancements to happen compatibly or more easily. We've added "user-defined" codepoints in several places and careful definitions of what to do with unknown message types as hooks in the standard to enable implementations to be both backward and forward compatible to future versions of the standard.
  13. (golf) A golf shot that (for the right-handed player) curves unintentionally to the left. See draw, slice, fade
  14. (basketball) A basketball shot in which the offensive player, usually turned perpendicular to the basket, gently throws the ball with a sweeping motion of his arm in an upward arc with a follow-through which ends over his head. Also called hook shot.
  15. (boxing) A type of punch delivered with the arm rigid and partially bent and the fist travelling nearly horizontally mesially along an arc. The heavyweight delivered a few powerful hooks that staggered his opponent.
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  16. (slang) A jack (the playing card)
  17. (typography, rare) A háček.
    • 2003, Language Issues XV–XVIII, page 36 Common diacritics in Slavonic language are the hook ˇ (as in haček – Czech for ‘hook’) and the stroke ´ (robić – Polish for ‘do/make’).
    • 2003, David Adams, The Song and Duet Texts of , page 168 In Czech, palatalization is normally indicated by the symbol ˇ, called haček or “hook.”
    • 2004, Keesing’s Record of World Events L:i–xii, page unknown In detailing the proposed shortening of the Czech Republic to Česko…the hook (hacek) erroneously appeared over the letter “e” instead of the “C”.
  18. (Scrabble) An instance of playing a word perpendicular to a word already on the board, adding a letter to the start or the end of the word to form a new word.
  19. (bowling) A ball that is rolled in a curve line.
  20. (bridge, slang) A finesse.
  21. A snare; a trap. {{rfquotek}}
  22. A field sow two years in succession.
  23. (in the plural) The projecting points of the thighbone of cattle; called also hook bones.
  24. (geography) A spit or narrow cape of sand or gravel turned landward at the outer end, such as Sandy Hook in New Jersey.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To attach a hook to. Hook the bag here, and the conveyor will carry it away.
  2. (transitive) To catch with a hook (hook a fish). He hooked a snake accidentally, and was so scared he dropped his rod into the water.
  3. (transitive) To ensnare someone, as if with a hook. She's only here to try to hook a husband. A free trial is a good way to hook customers.
  4. (UK, US, slang, archaic) To steal.
  5. (transitive) To connect (hook into, hook together). If you hook your network cable into the jack, you'll be on the network.
  6. (Usually in passive) To make addicted; to captivate. He had gotten hooked on cigarettes in his youth. I watched one episode of that TV series and now I'm hooked.
  7. (cricket, golf) To play a hook shot.
  8. (field hockey, ice hockey) To engage in the illegal maneuver of hooking (i.e., using the hockey stick to trip or block another player) The opposing team's forward hooked me, but the referee didn't see it, so no penalty.
  9. (soccer) To swerve a ball; kick a ball so it swerve or bend.
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  10. (intransitive, slang) To engage in prostitution. I had a cheap flat in the bad part of town, and I could watch the working girls hooking from my bedroom window.
  11. (Scrabble) To play a word perpendicular to another word by adding a single letter to the existing word.
  12. (bridge, slang) To finesse.
  13. (transitive) To seize or pierce with the points of the horns, as cattle in attacking enemies; to gore.
  14. (intransitive) To move or go with a sudden turn.
hookah {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: hukkah, hooka etymology From Urdu حقہ 〈ḥqہ〉, from Arabic حقة 〈ḥqẗ〉, from حق 〈ḥq〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A pipe with a long flexible tube that draws the smoke through water, traditionally used for smoking tobacco, which is often flavored.
    • 1831, The Mirror of Literature, Amusement and Instruction: In India, the lower orders use a hookah or hubble bubble, which is made of a cocoa-nut shell well cleaned out, having a hole through the soft eye of the shell, and another on the opposite side, a little lower down, the first of which is used for the chauffoir, and the other to suck or draw the smoke from.
    • 1954, Alexander Alderson, The Subtle Minotaur, chapter 18: The lounge was furnished in old English oak and big Knole settees. There were rugs from Tabriz and Kerman on the highly polished floor. {{…}} A table lamp was fashioned from a silver Egyptian hookah.
    • 1960, , To Kill a Mockingbird, chapter 9: When Uncle Jack caught me, he kept me laughing about a preacher who hated going to church so much that every day he stood at his gate in his dressing-gown, smoking a hookah and delivering five-minute sermons to any passers-by who desired spiritual comfort.
Synonyms: waterpipe, hubble-bubble, hubbly bubbly, narghile, shisha
hooker {{wikipedia}} etymology
  • hook + er
  • The "prostitute" sense is the subject of a folk etymology connecting it to US Civil War general General Hooker, but the earliest known use dates to 1835. More plausibly, it has also been connected to coastal features called Hook in the ports of New York and Baltimore. Careful learned inference is not conclusive. See this essay, pp 105ff.
pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈhʊk.ə(ɹ)/
  • (US) /ˈhʊk.ɚ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who, or that which, hooks.
  2. (slang) A prostitute. {{defdate}}
  3. A small fishing boat.
  4. (nautical, slang, derogatory) Any antiquated craft.
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  5. (rugby) A player who hooks the ball out of the scrum with his foot.
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  6. A crocheter.
  7. (slang, dated) A measurement of alcohol without definite amounts, meaning the same thing as a "slug" (of gin), an overlarge gulp. Used from the 1920s through the 1940s.
Synonyms: (prostitute) See also
related terms:
  • Hooker
Hookey Walker
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (UK, archaic, slang) Expressing scornful rejection or disbelief.
Synonyms: Walker
hook it
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang, intransitive) To depart in a hurry; to clear out.
    • Rudyard Kipling Duncan was wounded, and the escort hooked it.
hook someone up
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) To supply someone with goods or services. That guy told me he didn't get his ticket, can you hook him up for me? Hey man, can you hook me up with some weed?
hook up
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To assemble the parts of a mechanism, especially by connecting wire.
  2. (transitive) To connect to something like a power supply or a signal source.
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  3. (intransitive, slang, used with "with") To form an association (with) someone.
  4. (intransitive, slang, used with "with") To have a casual sexual experience with another person, usually without any future relationship intended.
    • 2008, Nate Green, Built for Show, page 3 You work out so you can increase your chances of hooking up. That means having the kind of physique that looks good in clothes and looks even better naked.
hook-ups etymology They are said to hook up with a washing machine. Alternative forms: washer hookup
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A pair of miniature valves right next to each other on a wall, connecting through the wall to the household plumbing, used to provide water to a washing machine. (They are usually red and blue, with the red one delivering hot water and the blue one delivering cold water.)
hoolie etymology hooligan and -ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A hooligan.
hooligan etymology Almost certainly from the surname Houlihan. pronunciation
  • /ˈhuː.lɪ.ɡən/
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  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, pejorative) A person that causes trouble or violence.
Synonyms: See also
related terms:
  • hooliganism
descendants:
  • German: Hooligan
  • Greek: χούλιγκαν 〈choúlinkan〉
  • Russian: хулиган 〈huligan〉
    • Armenian: խուլիգան 〈xuligan〉
  • Serbo-Croatian: hȕligān / ху̏лига̄н 〈hȕligān〉
hoon
etymology 1 Uncertain origin. Pimp sense from early 20th c. pronunciation
  • (RP) /huːn/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang, dated) A pimp.
    • 2010, Adam Shand, The Skull: Informers, Hit Men and Australia's Toughest Cop, page 86, When the girls were sick, the hoons would beat the shit out of them and put them back on the street.
  2. (Australia, slang) A lout.
  3. (Australia, New Zealand) One who drives excessively quickly, loudly or irresponsibly; a street drag racer often driving heavily customize cars.
    • 2009, [http//www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?document_id=16499| Victoria Police Home Page], State of Victoria, Police have impounded an average of 10 cars a day since hoon laws were introduced by the State Government in June 2006.
    • 2009, Damien Broderick, Rory Barnes, I'm Dying Here, page 29, The hoons piled out of the wreck brimming with righteous road rage, and were setlling to the task of beating the shit out of Wozza, Mutton and the hapless wheelman when they discovered the plastic bag.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand) To drive excessively quickly, loudly or irresponsibly.
etymology 2 From Chinese. {{etystub}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated) A unit of weight, used to measure opium in British-controlled China.
    • 1860, James Aberigh Mackay, From London to Lucknow, Volume 2, page 553, Their average consumption was six hoons. The greatest daily consumption by one man was fifteen hoons ; the smallest, two. The average number of years they had been addicted to the smoking of opium was seven years and some odd months.
    • 2005, Derek Mackay, Eastern Customs: The Customs Service in British Malaya and the Hunt for Opium, page 141, The average smoker used only four hoons, leaving him 36 hoons, nearly half an ounce, to sell on the black market.
anagrams:
  • oh no
hoonish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) Resembling or characteristic of a hoon.
    • 1994, Michael Leunig, Ode To A Jet-Ski Person Jet-ski person, selfish fink, May your silly jet-ski sink, May you hit a pile of rocks, Oh hoonish summer coastal pox.
Synonyms: loutish
hoop {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /huːp/
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etymology 1 From Middle English hoop, hoope, from Old English hōp, from Proto-Germanic *hōpą (compare Dutch hoep), from Proto-Indo-European *kāb- (compare Lithuanian kabė, Church Slavic ). More at camp.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A circular band of metal used to bind a barrel.
  2. A ring; a circular band; anything resembling a hoop. the cheese hoop, or cylinder in which the curd is pressed in making cheese
  3. (mostly, in plural) A circle, or combination of circles, of thin whalebone, metal, or other elastic material, used for expanding the skirts of ladies' dresses; crinoline.
    • Alexander Pope stiff with hoops, and armed with ribs of whale
  4. A quart pot; so called because originally bound with hoops, like a barrel. Also, a portion of the contents measured by the distance between the hoops.
  5. (UK, obsolete) An old measure of capacity, variously estimated at from one to four peck. {{rfquotek}}
  6. (plural) The game of basketball.
  7. A hoop earring.
  8. (Australia, metonym, informal, dated) A jockey; from a common pattern on the blouse.“[http://books.google.com.au/books?id=B7tZAAAAMAAJ&q=%22hoop%22|%22hoops%22+australia+OR+jockey+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22hoop%22|%22hoops%22+australia+OR+jockey+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=80yET8v1AsvumAWsn4HjBw&redir_esc=y hoop]”, entry in '''1989''', Joan Hughes, ''Australian Words and Their Origins'', page 261.
  9. (usually) (association football) A horizontal stripe on the jersey
    • 2003 May 21, Barry Glendenning "Minute-by-minute: Celtic 2 - 3 FC Porto (AET)" The Guardian (London): Porto are playing from right to left in blue and white stripes, blue shorts and blue socks. Celtic are in their usual green and white hoops, with white shorts and white socks.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To bind or fasten using a hoop. to hoop a barrel or puncheon
  2. (transitive) To clasp; to encircle; to surround. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A shout; a whoop, as in whooping cough.
  2. The hoopoe.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (dated) To utter a loud cry, or a sound imitative of the word, by way of call or pursuit; to shout.
  2. (dated) To whoop, as in whooping cough.
anagrams:
  • phoo, Pooh, pooh
hoops pronunciation
  • /huːps/
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noun: {{head}}
  1. (US, in the plural) basketball Let's shoot some hoops!
  2. plural of hoop
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of hoop
anagrams:
  • posho, shoop, Shoop
hooptie pronunciation
  • /'hʊpti/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An old, worn-out car.
Synonyms: banger, bucket, jalopy, wreck, beater
Alternative forms: hoopty
hoopty etymology {{rfe}} pronunciation {{rfp}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) an old, worn-out car.
Synonyms: banger, bucket, jalopy, wreck
Alternative forms: hooptie, hoopdi
hooroo etymology From 1700s British hooray or hurray, which was also used in Australia to mean goodbye.[http://books.google.com.au/books?id=v8YuGCn9eIkC&pg=PA129&dq=%22hooroo%22|%22ooroo%22+-intitle:%22hooroo%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=FfSET9rMK8vCmQXNydXHBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22hooroo%22|%22ooroo%22%20-intitle%3A%22hooroo%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false “hooroo”], entry in '''2009''', Susan Butler, ''The Dinkum Dictionary: The Origins of Australian Words'', page 129. pronunciation
  • (hooray) Stress is on the second syllable.
  • (goodbye) Stress is on the first syllable.
Alternative forms: (goodbye) ooroo
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Hooray. {{defdate}}
    • 1886, The Yale Courant, Volume 22, Issue 11, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=fuTmAAAAMAAJ&q=%22hooroo%22|%22ooroo%22+-intitle:%22hooroo%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22hooroo%22|%22ooroo%22+-intitle:%22hooroo%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=fluFT-foLOnjmAXCy9neBw&redir_esc=y page 149], Placing it triumphantly on the mahogany desk before him, he exclaims — “Hooroo ! Ho-ooo-roo-ooo ! in a husky voice, and sinks exhausted on a satin divan. “What′s the row, Hiram?” all cry, gathering eagerly about him. “Hooroo! I′m a rich man! I′ve got my patent!”
    • 1901—02, , Darby O'Gill and the Good People, , reprinted 1903, Reilly & Britton, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=jUtCAAAAIAAJ&q=%22hooroo%22|%22ooroo%22+-intitle:%22hooroo%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22hooroo%22|%22ooroo%22+-intitle:%22hooroo%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=q0-FT_ezJ8LGmQXxovXDBw&redir_esc=y page 80], Every brown cap was swung in the air. “Hooray! Hooray! Hooroo!” rang the cheers.
    • 1905, Report of the National Congress of Mothers: Held in the city of Washington, D. C., March 10-17, 1905, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=JLUDAAAAMAAJ&q=%22hooroo%22|%22ooroo%22+-intitle:%22hooroo%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22hooroo%22|%22ooroo%22+-intitle:%22hooroo%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=U2mFT9WcM6qjiAet1qXRBw&redir_esc=y page 214], When the visiting school wins (and sometimes it does, you know), then in pure politeness he says: “Hooroo! hooroo!” but he only goes half-way round.
    • 1981, , Splinters, Rigby, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=wFokAAAAMAAJ&q=%22hooroo%22|%22ooroo%22+-intitle:%22hooroo%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22hooroo%22|%22ooroo%22+-intitle:%22hooroo%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=N06FT_SnD-yKmQWcwsHGBw&redir_esc=y page 182], ‘Hooroo! Hooroo! Hooroo!’ she shouted, tossing handfuls of instant confetti over their happy heads.
    • 1998, , Volume 18, Issues 18-26, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=YIArAQAAIAAJ&q=%22hooroo%22|%22ooroo%22+-intitle:%22hooroo%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22hooroo%22|%22ooroo%22+-intitle:%22hooroo%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=zUaFT79369OYBdzm6bQH&redir_esc=y page 1510], The audience is made to chorus “Hooray, hooray, we the common people say hooray“ and “Hooroo, hooroo, Plaid Cymru, hooroo” in celebration of the royal wedding, and is regaled with parish-panto Pooterisms galore.
  2. (Australia, colloquial) Goodbye.
    • 1980, , Volume 100, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=OckxAQAAIAAJ&q=%22hooroo%22|%22ooroo%22+-intitle:%22hooroo%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22hooroo%22|%22ooroo%22+-intitle:%22hooroo%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=cG2FT9WkHonZigev7oywBw&redir_esc=y page 329], “I′d better be going. Hooroo.” “Hooroo.”
    • 2009, , A Distant Shore, Penguin Group, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=reud0YoVsb0C&pg=PT241&dq=%22hooroo%22|%22ooroo%22+-intitle:%22hooroo%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=hmqFT8G8F8qtiQfL77XiBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22hooroo%22|%22ooroo%22%20-intitle%3A%22hooroo%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], ‘Hooroo.’ It had always been her inevitable parting word. ‘Hooroo, Mrs Wheatley. Don′t forget next week.’
    • 2011, Shirley May, Conversations with Teddy: A Child′s Journey of Survival with Her Teddy Bear, the Keeper of Secrets, Xlibris, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=PSccAXqzi1MC&pg=PA47&dq=%22hooroo%22|%22ooroo%22+-intitle:%22hooroo%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=hUOFT7CLKM2aiAevoL2aCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22hooroo%22|%22ooroo%22%20-intitle%3A%22hooroo%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 47], ‘Hooroo, come again!’ ‘Hooroo, we will.’
hoosegow etymology From Latin American Spanish juzgao, variant of standard Spanish juzgado. Alteration of pronunciation and spelling by law of Hobson-Jobson pronunciation
  • /ˈhuːsɡaʊ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A jail.
    • 2006, , Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 424: There's parts of Mexico they'd take you straight to the hoosegow for just whistlin that.
    • 2011, Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature, Penguin 2012, p. 674: Philip Zimbardo set up a mock prison in the basement of the Stanford psychology department, divided the participants at random into ‘prisoners’ and ‘guards,’ and even got the Palo Alto police to arrest the prisoners and haul them to the campus hoosegow.
Hoosier {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A native or resident of the American state of Indiana.
  2. An alumnus of Indiana University.
  3. (slang, St Louis, Missouri) An uneducated, tasteless Caucasian person.
Synonyms: (resident of Indiana) Indianan, (tasteless Caucasian) white trash
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. pertaining to the American state of Indiana
Synonyms: (Indiana) Indianan
hoot etymology From Middle English houten, huten, hoten, of gmq origin, from or related to Old Swedish huta, related to Middle High German hiuzen, hūzen, Swedish hut, Dutch hui, Danish huj. pronunciation
  • /huːt/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A derisive cry or shout.
  2. The cry of an owl.
  3. (US, slang) A fun event or person. (See hootenanny)
  4. A small particle
    • 1878, John Hanson Beadle, Western Wilds, and the Men who Redeem Them, page 611, Jones Brothers, 1878 {{OCLC}} Well, it was Sunday morning, and the wheat nothing like ripe; but it was a chance, and I got onto my reaper and banged down every hoot of it before Monday night.
  • (small particle) The term is nearly always encountered in a negative sense in such phrases as don't care a hoot or don't give two hoots.
  • (derisive cry) The phrase a hoot and a holler has a very different meaning to hoot and holler. The former is a short distance, the latter is a verb of derisive cry.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To cry out or shout in contempt.
    • Dryden Matrons and girls shall hoot at thee no more.
  2. To make the cry of an owl.
    • Shakespeare the clamorous owl that nightly hoots
  3. To assail with contemptuous cries or shouts; to follow with derisive shouts.
    • Jonathan Swift Partridge and his clan may hoot me for a cheat.
anagrams:
  • otoh, OTOH
hooter etymology hoot + er pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈhuː.tə(ɹ)/
  • (US) /ˈhu.tɚ/, /ˈhu.ɾɚ/
  • {{hyphenation}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A horn in a motor vehicle.
  2. (slang) A nose, especially a large one.
  3. (slang, usually, in the plural) A woman's breast.
  4. An owl.
Synonyms: See also , See also
hooters
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang) A woman's breasts.
{{head}}
  1. plural of hooter
Synonyms: (breasts) See also
anagrams:
  • reshoot, re-shoot
  • shooter
  • soother
Hoovercrat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) an ally of President during his campaign and/or presidency.
hop {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /hɒp/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • (US) /hɑp/
etymology 1 From Middle English hoppen, from Old English hoppian, from Proto-Germanic *huppōną, from Proto-Indo-European *kewb-. Cognate with Dutch hoppen, German hopfen, hoppen, Swedish hoppa, Icelandic hoppa.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A short jump
  2. A jump on one leg.
  3. A short journey, especially in the case of air travel, one that take place on private plane.
  4. (sports, US) A bounce, especially from the ground, of a thrown or batted ball.
  5. (US, dated) A dance.
  6. (computing, telecommunications) The sending of a data packet from one host to another as part of its overall journey.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To jump a short distance.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter V When it had advanced from the wood, it hopped much after the fashion of a kangaroo, using its hind feet and tail to propel it, and when it stood erect, it sat upon its tail.
  2. (intransitive) To jump on one foot.
  3. (intransitive) To be in state of energetic activity. Sorry, can't chat. Got to hop. The sudden rush of customers had everyone in the shop hopping.
  4. (transitive) To suddenly take a mode of transportation that one does not drive oneself, often surreptitiously. I hopped a plane over here as soon as I heard the news. He was trying to hop a ride in an empty trailer headed north. He hopped a train to California.
  5. (intransitive, usually in combination) To move frequently from one place or situation to another similar one. We were party-hopping all weekend. We had to island hop on the weekly seaplane to get to his hideaway.
  6. (obsolete) To walk lame; to limp. {{rfquotek}}
  7. To dance. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms:
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • hopscotch
  • grasshopper
{{rel-mid}}
  • hopping mad
  • hop it
{{rel-bottom}}
etymology 2 From Middle Dutch hoppe. Cognate with German Hopfen.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. the plant () from whose flowers, beer or ale is brewed
  2. (usually plural) the , dried and used to brew beer etc.
  3. (US, slang) Opium, or some other narcotic drug.
    • 1940, Raymond Chandler, Farewell, My Lovely, Penguin 2010, p. 177: ‘You've been shot full of hop and kept under it until you're as crazy as two waltzing mice.’
  4. The fruit of the dog rose; a hip.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To impregnate with hops, especially to add hops as a flavouring agent during the production of beer {{rfquotek}}
anagrams:
  • OHP
  • pho
  • pOH, POH
hopeium etymology {{blend}}, as though it were a drug.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, derogatory) A clinging to unreasonable or unfounded hope.
  • Often associated with the Barack Obama "Hope" poster and associated political beliefs.
hophead etymology hop + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A drug addict.
    • 1990, John Updike, Rabbit at Rest, Knopf: Why should we all go around on tiptoe forever pretending the kid's not a hophead?
  2. (British, slang) a beer enthusiast
  3. A home brewer.
hopheads
noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang) plural of hophead
anagrams:
  • head shop
hopium etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) Irrational or unwarranted optimism.
    • 2010, W. C. Augustine, Atlas Rising, Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC (2010), ISBN 9781617393297, page 206: "I think you are unconsciously smoking hopium. I'm putting the odds less than twenty percent. {{…}}
citations:
  • {{seemoreCites}}
hoplophobia etymology Firearms authority and writer claims he coined the word in 1962: en + hoplo- + -phobia. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˌhɒpləˈfəʊbɪə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, rare) The fear of guns.
    • 1976: United States Congress’s House Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Crime, Firearms Legislation: Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Crime of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, Ninety-fourth Congress, First Session, part 7, page unknown () Gun control laws are proposed to control three basic areas: Crime, accidental shootings and to calm those suffering from hoplophobia — these people generally align themselves with the first two so I won’t even consider that category.
    • 1998, Bob Knauer, in alt.nuke.europe, soc.culture.scottish, talk.politics.guns, uk.politics.crime, and uk.politics.misc One of the telltale characteristics of hoplophobia is terminal stupidity. That's because hoplophobia is a mental illness.
    • 1999, Barry B Wood, in dfw.general You'll be happy to learn that "hoplophobia" (irrational fear of weapons) has been recognized as an illness by the AMA, is treatable, and is now covered by most HMOs. Get thee to a psychiatrist!
    • 2000, Frank Zember, in alt.fan.rush-limbaugh, misc.survivalism, talk.politics.guns, and alt.law-enforcement Not exactly, subscribing to the hoplophobia of the left wing makes you a complete idiot.
  • Cooper coined the term to describe what he termed "mental disturbance characterized by irrational aversion to weapons". The word is not usually used in a true medical sense. For further notes and references, see the article.
hop n pop
verb: hop n pop
  1. (slang, skydiving) to jump from a plane at altitude of 5000 ft and deploy the main parachute soon after.
Alternative forms: hop 'n pop, hop 'n' pop
hop-o'-my-thumb {{wikipedia}} etymology From the idea that such a person could hop over somebody's thumb; in common use in the 16th century.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, dated) A very diminutive person; by extension, any very diminutive creature. {{rfquotek}}
    • 1830, Uncredited (), The New Monthly Magazine and Literary Journal, Part 1: Original Papers, page 81, As to changing them for a pack of your little hop-o'-my-thumbs, no bigger than the one you lent me t'other night — !{{sic}} suppose I should ask you to let me have the mare you rode to cover o'Thursday — and a clever mare she is,….
    • 1837, Opening of the Theatre-Royal, Little Pedlington, in Colburn's New Monthly Magazine and Humorist, page 422, "In the first place,” answered Hobbleday, somewhat tartly, “I suppose our Daubson, who painted the famous grenadier in Yawkins's skittle-ground, knew very well what he was about: he wasn't going to paint hop-o'-my-thumbs that might be mistaken for drummer-boys.…"
    • 1995, , Cold Shoulder Road, 2010, unnumbered page, "…And who are these little hop-o'-my-thumbs?” as Arun and Is jumped down from the cart.
Notably used (from 1804) to translate the title of the French fairy tale Le Petit Poucet.
hop off
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial) To alight.
hopper etymology en + hop + -er pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈhɒp.ə(ɹ)/
  • (AusE) /ˈhɔp.ə/
  • (US) /ˈhɑ.pɚ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A temporary storage bin, filled from the top and emptied from the bottom, often funnel-shaped.
  2. A funnel-shaped section at the top of a drainpipe used to collect water, from above, from one or more smaller drainpipes.
  3. One who hop.
  4. A grasshopper or locust, especially:
    1. The immature form of a locust.
  5. The larva of a cheese fly.
  6. An artificial fishing lure. To catch a big fish, use a hopper that jumps across the pond surface.
  7. (slang) A toilet.
    • 2010, Robert Hudson, Stories of an Unusual Life (page 250) The fresh-water container for the house was above the ceiling directly over the toilet. One day, I was comfortably seated on the hopper minding my own business, when a large portion of the ceiling came crashing down …
  8. An escapement lever in a piano
  9. A Sri Lanka food made from a ferment batter of rice flour, coconut milk, and palm toddy or yeast.
  10. (obsolete) The game of hopscotch. {{rfquotek}}
horizontal hula
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, euphemistic) Sexual intercourse.
    • 2006, Melodie Bowsher, My Lost and Found Life, Bloomsbury (2006), ISBN 9781582347363, page 233: {{…}} But when you're in love, you want to be with that person and talk to her, not just do the horizontal hula with her."
Synonyms: See also .
quotations:
  • {{seemoreCites}}
horizontal jogging
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) sexual intercourse
    • 1981 Punch, Volume 281, p506 Sex in those days was regarded not so much as a playful sport, horizontal jogging it might be, as an unspeakable obsession needing pseudo-new assistance, the sin that dare not speak its name except in obscure, allusive, Latinate verbiage.
    • 1984 Antony Jay & Jonathan Lynn, "Party Games," Yes, Minister, Season 3, Episode 8 (aired 17 December 1984), spoken by Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne). I think they refer to it as horizontal jogging.
    • 1994 Michael Scott Rohan, The Gates of Noon, Avon Books, p32 His sports were team games like football and basketball, not to mention horizontal jogging.
horizontally challenged Alternative forms: horizontally-challenged etymology An ironic imitation of politically correct language.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic, humorously, politically correct, euphemistic, of a, person) Fat, obese.
Synonyms: gravitationally challenged, See also .
horizontal refreshments
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) sexual intercourse
hork etymology Onomatopoeia or imitative. For “cough up” sense, compare hawk/hock (16th century), which are almost homophonous in non-rhotic accents. For “throw” sense, compare huck. The “foul up” sense is presumably influenced by bork (late 1990s), from broken.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (computing, slang) To foul up; to be occupied with difficulty, tangle, or unpleasantness; to be broken. I downloaded the program, but something is horked and it won't load.
  2. (slang, regional) To steal, especially petty theft or misnomer in jest. Can I hork that code from you for my project?
  3. (slang) To throw. Let's go hork pickles at people from the back row of the movie theatre.
  4. (slang) To eat hastily or greedily; to gobble. I don't know what got into her, but she horked all those hoagies last night!
  5. (slang, transitive) To move; specifically in an egregious fashion Go hork the kegs from out back, and then go to the party across the street and hork some girls back.
Senses “eat quickly” and “vomit” can be ambiguous, particularly when applied to food – this is a contranym. Synonyms: (foul up) bork, (throw) hork, (cough up) hawk, hock, (gobble) gobble, scarf, scoff
Horlicks etymology From William Horlick, founder. Term extended as euphemism for bollocks.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (chiefly, British) a malted milk hot bedtime drink
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (euphemistic, chiefly, UK, slang) bollocks – a muddle, hash or balls-up
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (euphemistic, chiefly, UK, slang) to make a hash (of something); to make a Horlicks of.
hormonal
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (hormone) Pertaining to hormone.
  2. (colloquial) Of or pertaining to the menstrual cycle.
  3. Strongly affected by one's hormones, especially of women.
horn etymology From Middle English horn, horne, from Old English horn, from Proto-Germanic *hurną (compare Western Frisian hoarn, Dutch hoorn, Low German Hoorn, horn, German Horn, Danish and Swedish horn, Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌽 〈𐌷𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌽〉), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ḱer- 〈*ḱer-〉, (compare Breton kern, Latin cornū, Ancient Greek κέρας 〈kéras〉, Church Slavic сръна 〈srʺna〉, Hittite {{rfscript}}, Persian trsur{{rfscript}}, Sanskrit शृङ्ग 〈śr̥ṅga〉). pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /hɔːn/
  • {{audio}}
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /hɔɹn/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) A hard growth of keratin that protrudes from the top of the head of certain animal, usually paired.
  2. Any similar real or imaginary growth or projection such as the elongated tusk of a narwhal, the eyestalk of a snail, the pointed growth on the nose of a rhinoceros, or the hornlike projection on the head of a demon or similar.
  3. An antler.
  4. (uncountable) The hard substance from which animals' horns are made, sometimes used by man as a material for making various objects. an umbrella with a handle made of horn
  5. An object whose shape resembles a horn, such as cornucopia, the point of an anvil, or a vessel for gunpowder or liquid.
    • Thomson The moon / Wears a wan circle round her blunted horns.
    • Mason horns of mead and ale
    1. The high pommel of a saddle; also, either of the projections on a lady's saddle for supporting the leg.
    2. (architecture) The Ionic volute.
    3. (nautical) The outer end of a crosstree; also, one of the projections forming the jaws of a gaff, boom, etc.
    4. (carpentry) A curved projection on the fore part of a plane.
    5. One of the projections at the four corners of the Jewish altar of burnt offering.
      • Bible, 1 Kings ii. 28 Joab … caught hold on the horns of the altar
  6. (countable) Any of several musical wind instrument.
  7. (countable) An instrument resembling a musical horn and used to signal others. hunting horn
  8. (countable) A loud alarm, especially one on a motor vehicle.
  9. (countable) A conical device used to direct wave. antenna horn loudspeaker horn
  10. (informal, countable) Generally, any brass wind instrument.
  11. (slang, countable, from the horn-shaped earpieces of old communication systems that used air tubes) A telephone.
  12. (uncountable, coarse, slang, definite article) An erection of the penis.
  13. (countable) A peninsula or crescent-shaped tract of land. "to navigate around the horn."
  14. (countable) A diacritical mark that may be attached to the top right corner of the letters o and u when writing in Vietnamese, thus forming ơ and ư.
  15. (botany) An incurved, tapering and pointed appendage found in the flowers of the milkweed (Asclepias).
  • When used alone to refer to an instrument, horn can mean either "hunting horn" or "French horn", depending on context. Other instruments are identified by specific adjectives such as "English horn" or "basset horn".
Synonyms: (growth on the heads of certain animals), (hard substance from which horns are made) keratin, (any of several musical wind instruments), (instrument used to signal others), (loud alarm, especially on a motor vehicle) hooter, klaxon, (conical device used to direct waves) funnel, (informal: generally, any brass wind instrument), (slang: telephone) blower (UK), dog and bone (Cockney rhyming slang), phone, (coarse slang: erection) boner (US), hard-on, stiffy
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (of an animal) To assault with the horn
  2. (slang, obsolete) To cuckold
horn dog Alternative forms: horn-dog, horndog etymology Apparently horny + dog, possibly influenced by corn dog.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A person (particularly a man) who fixates on sex.
    • 2003, Mark A Roeder, This Time Around Brandon has five [sc. kids]. Then again, he always was a horn dog!
    • 2003, P T Elliot, E M Lowry, Cracker Ingenuity In spite of this, green M&Ms do not turn you into a raging horn dog, although Lord knows, people have tried.
    • 2003, Loren McLeod, Settling in Sandspur She was a horn dog, even as she pushed seventy.
horned up
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar) horny
Horner
proper noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-proper noun}}
  1. {{surname}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Someone who is from the Horn of Africa.
Synonyms: Horn African

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