The Alternative English Dictionary

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Colourful extracts from Wiktionary. Slang, vulgarities, profanities, slurs, interjections, colloquialisms and more.


Muzak {{wikipedia}} etymology Derived from a play on the word "music" incorporating the "-ak" from , by (later Muzak Holdings, LLC), a company which pioneered the creation of the genre.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (music) Recorded background music transmitted by wire, radio or compact disc on a subscription basis to places of business, etc.
  2. (often in a pejorative sense) Easy listening music in general.
muzaky etymology muzak + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, music, derogatory) Reminiscent of Muzak; insipid and monotonous.
    • 1996, Will Friedwald, Jazz Singing ...whose voice might be nice enough to make you forgive the rotten songs and the Muzaky backgrounds he covered...
    • 2001, Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, John Bush, All Music Guide to Electronica It's difficult to appreciate the innovative breakbeats when they're sandwiched between muzaky sex-talk, and the album mostly fails because of it.
    • 2002, Moi Ali, Practical Marketing and Public Relations for the Small Business Copyright-free music can be a bit tacky and muzaky, but it is a low-budget option.
muzrat etymology Blend of muzzie and rat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, offensive, religious slur) A Muslim.
muzzie etymology Muslim + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, offensive, religious slur) A Muslim.
muzzy Alternative forms: Muzzy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, offensive) A Muslim.
    • Eccentric Graces: Eritrea & Ethiopia Through the Eyes of a Traveler‎, page 138, Julia Stewart, 1999, “"Ethiopia is a fortress of Christianity surrounded by Muzzies," said Tesfaye. His description paraphrased the words of Emperor Menelik II”
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (dialect, northern England) Hazy, indistinct, blurred, unfocussed.
    • 1979, Journal - Association for Recorded Sound Collections The Handel excerpts are afflicted with a combination of high surface noise from the source material as well as variably muzzy sound.
my arse
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang, British) Indicates disapproval, disregard, disdain, disgust or disbelief. Denise Royle: Dad! Your fly hole's all undone. Jim Royle: Ah, the cage might be open, but the beast is asleep. Barbara Royle: Beast my arse. -
  • Ramsey
  • smeary
my ass
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) Indicates disapproval, disagreement, or disbelief, often with a tone of disregard, disdain, or disgust. She'll use my money to buy a new car, my ass! You're his brother, my ass! You look nothing alike.
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) I, myself; oneself in the third person. My ass is tired. Now I gotta drag my ass to work.
  • Sometimes shortened to m'ass.
  • massy
my back teeth are floating
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (informal) I have a strong need to urinate. Where's the restroom? My back teeth are floating!
my bad etymology Pick-up basketball slang spread by , a basketball player of Sudanese origin playing with the . Subsequently adopted by teammates.[ Language Log - Pick-up basketballism reaches Ivy League faculty vocabulary]. Accessed 2010-04-06.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (colloquial, idiomatic) My fault; mea culpa. Yes, I realize the humvee isn't supposed to be parked in the heirloom flowerbed. My bad.
Synonyms: mea culpa
my butt
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. (colloquial, the first person singular) I. My butt is always late.
my eyes are up here
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (informal, sarcastic) Said to persuade the interlocutor to stop looking lustfully at the speaker's body.
my head's a shed etymology {{rfe}}
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (UK, slang) I am confused, stressed, mentally disoriented, etc.
  • Occasionally seen with other pronouns: his head's a shed, her head's a shed.
my name is {{phrasebook}}
phrase: {{head}}
  1. A common way to identify oneself.
related terms:
  • what is your name?
  • what's your name?
my pleasure
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. A very polite reaction to receiving thanks, meaning that the speaker enjoyed helping the listener.
Synonyms: it's my pleasure, you're welcome, don't mention it, no problem, no worries (informal), See also
myriad {{was wotd}} {{wikipedia}} etymology From French myriade, from ll myriadis (genitive of myrias), from Ancient Greek μυριάδος 〈myriádos〉, genitive of μυριάς 〈myriás〉, from μυρίος 〈myríos〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈmɪɹiad/, /ˈmɪɹɪəd/
  • (US) /ˈmɪ.ɹi.æd/, /ˈmɪ.ɹi.əd/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now historical) Ten thousand; 10,000 {{defdate}}
  2. A countless number or multitude (of specified things) {{defdate}} Earth hosts a myriad of animals.
Used as an adjective (see below), 'myriad' requires neither an article before it nor a preposition after. Because of this, some consider the usage described in sense 2 above, where 'myriad' acts as part of a nominal (or noun) group (that is, "a myriad of animals"), to be tautological.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (modifying a singular noun) Multifaceted, having innumerable elements {{defdate}}
    • 1931, William Faulkner, Sanctuary, Vintage 1993, p. 131: one night he would be singing at the barred window and yelling down out of the soft myriad darkness of a May night; the next night he would be gone [...].
    • 2011 April 6–19, Kara Krekeler, "Researchers at Washington U. have 'itch' to cure problem", West End Word, 40 (7), p. 8: "As a clinician, it's a difficult symptom to treat," Cornelius said. "The end symptom may be the same, but what's causing it may be myriad."
  2. (modifying a plural noun) Great in number; innumerable, multitudinous {{defdate}} Earth hosts myriad animals.
    • 2013 September 28, , "London Is Special, but Not That Special," New York Times (retrieved 28 September 2013): Driven by a perceived political need to adopt a hard-line stance, Mr. Cameron’s coalition government has imposed myriad new restrictions, the aim of which is to reduce net migration to Britain to below 100,000.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet, informal) A member of the social networking website .
    • 2007, Peter Buckley, Rough guide to MySpace and online communities Many MySpacers have at least a few celebrity names in their list...
    • 2009, Kirby Alfaro, Black Coffee When you sign up for the account and start building your network of fellow MySpacers, you are forced to put a limited number of them on your home screen.
    • 2009, Nigel F Piercy, Nikala Lane, Strategic Customer Management: Strategizing the Sales Organization To MySpacers the traditional idea of a 'work ethic' does not apply. Home is the only safe place to be (so many continue living with their parents).
mystery bag
etymology 1 From mystery + bag.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A bag whose contents are unknown.
    • 2010, Barbara Isaacs, Sandy Green (series editor), Bringing the Montessori Approach to Your Early Years Practice, Second edition, [http//|%22mystery+bags%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=eby5T8XxNKTFmQWz_92vCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22mystery%20bag%22|%22mystery%20bags%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 43], An activity in this area, which focuses on the tactile aspects, without using visual discrimination, is the mystery bag. This bag contains sets of matching objects; the child is expected to pair them by feel.
    • 2010, Reba D, Facing Forward - a Life Reclaimed, [http//|%22mystery+bags%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=WNe5T9raNoXSmAXkr8XaCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22mystery%20bag%22|%22mystery%20bags%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 22], I drove home with the mystery bag on the seat beside me. I was going to do as he asked and wait until I got home to open it.
  2. A surprise package randomly picked, a lucky dip.
  3. A non-specific mixed lot of a product at the supplier's choice.
etymology 2 From 19thC British Rhyming slang for snag, influenced by sense “bag whose contents are unknown”. “'''[|%22mystery+bags%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=eby5T8XxNKTFmQWz_92vCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22mystery%20bag%22|%22mystery%20bags%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false mystery bags]'''”, entry in 2009, Tony Thorne, ''Dictionary of Contemporary Slang''.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now Australia, slang) A sausage.
    • 2010, Kathleen M. McGinley, Out of the Daydream: Based on the Autobiography of Barry McGinley Jones, [http//|%22mystery+bags%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=WNe5T9raNoXSmAXkr8XaCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22mystery%20bag%22|%22mystery%20bags%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 20], Bully beef and spuds, tripe, fish′n chips, Anzac bikkies, damper with cocky′s joy (golden syrup), snags (or mystery bags) and hot custard and jelly for sweets.
  2. (Australia, slang) A pie.
mystery meat {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) Any processed meat product whose animal source is not readily identifiable.
mystery meat navigation {{wikipedia}} etymology Reportedly coined in 1998 by Web designer Vincent Flanders.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory, Internet) A system of navigation on a website in which the user cannot immediately determine the target of any hyperlink but has to interact with it in some way (such as hovering with the mouse).
my stories etymology The term my stories to describe soap operas was popularized in the United States during the 1950s, when soap operas were often billed as “continuing stories”, and fell into disuse by the twenty-first century. At the term's zenith, other English-speaking countries used it as a loanword.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, colloquial) One or many soap operas a person follows regularly.
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Now used chiefly among older people and in rural areas. Synonyms: soap opera, serial
  • misty rose
mythconception etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, informal) A popular misconception; something often held to be true that in fact is not. That Sweden has the highest suicide rate in the world is a common mythconception. The claim that when you have a cold, drinking heavily will get rid of it is just a mythconception.
related terms:
  • myth
  • old wives' tale
  • pseudoscience
  • truism
  • urban legend
  • urban myth
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. of, or relating to myth or mythology
  2. legendary
  3. (colloquial) imaginary, fabulous
mythy etymology myth + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Of or pertaining to myth; mythical.
    • {{quote-news}}
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{en-abbr}}
  1. (banking, US) national association – a , as defined in the National Banking Act Citibank, N.A.
  2. (informal) abbreviation of North Atlantican
coordinate terms:
  • FSB
  • AN, An, an, an', ān
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (legal) abbreviation of Nova Scotia
  2. (slang) abbreviation of NATO state
This is the customary abbreviation of this term as used in case citation. See, e.g., The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, Nineteenth Edition (2010), "Geographical Terms: Australian states and Canadian provinces and territories", Table T10.2, p. 438.
contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. (dated or colloquial) not
    • 1849, Currer Bell, Shirley, Chapter VIII., page #196: Will n’t ye gie us a bit o’ time ?— Will n’t ye consent to mak’ your changes rather more slowly ?
n00b etymology Leetspeak rendering of noob, from newbie.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet slang, leet, pejorative) A beginner, someone lack skill, or someone who uses beginner tactics. Often used negative.
Synonyms: novice, newcomer, rookie, See also , newbie, nub, nubcake (rarely used)
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (ethnicity) Native American
  2. (informal) abbreviation of North Atlanticist
  • AN, An, an, an', ān
na pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Old English ne + ā.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (obsolete) Not.
  2. (obsolete) No.
etymology 2 Development of Etymology 1, above; compare nah.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (Geordie) Used to show disagreement or negation. "Na, yor wrang." "Na, ye cannet watch telly"
  2. Used to show agreement with a negative question. "Divn’t yee like milk?" "'Na" (i.e., "No, I don’t like milk.")
  3. (colloquial) No.
etymology 3 Abbreviations.
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (linguistics) Noun animate.
symbol: {{head}}
  1. nanoamp
  • AN, An, an, an', ān
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (South Africa, crude, slang) to have sexual intercourse.
    • 2012, Zinaid Meeran, Tanuki Ichiban (page 217) I bet the American chappies are naaiing cherries onetime.
    • 2013, Roger Lucey, Back in from the Anger (page 21) Having already learnt about naaiing from the rough and redheaded Two Bob, this meant that in spite of the hostilities between my parents – I can't recall a glimmer of affection between them – they were still at it.
Synonyms: fuck
  • IANA
  • NAIA
nab pronunciation
  • /næb/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From earlier knab, a variant of knap; but also from nap, of gmq origin, related to Danish nappe, Swedish nappa, Norwegian nappe. Alternative forms: knab
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To seize, arrest or take into custody a criminal or fugitive
  2. (transitive) To grab or snatch something
Synonyms: (To arrest a criminal or fugitive) nick, bust
etymology 2 Compare knap, knop, knob.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The summit of an eminence. {{rfquotek}}
  2. The cock of a gunlock. {{rfquotek}}
  3. (locksmithing) The keeper, or box into which the lock is shot. {{rfquotek}}
  • ABN
  • ban, BAN, NBA
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (linguistics) noun animate dependent
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, mostly plural) testicle
    • 2004, Bob Gunn, Sex, Ghosts and Gumshoes (page 119) I look down and the little one has already cut right through my ball sac and is in the process of slicing my left nad free.
  • ADN and, AND, dan, Dan, Dan., DAN, DNA, NDA
nada etymology From Spanish nada pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, colloquial, singulare tantum) nothing
  • something
  • aDNA, ANDA, Dana
nade etymology Shortened form of grenade.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (video game, slang) A grenade.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, especially in plural) A non-specific illness or affliction
  2. (informal, in the plural) The testicle
nads Alternative forms: gnads, ’nads etymology Shortened from gonad. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang, rarely used in the singular) The testicle. Ooh! Right in the nads. That’s gotta hurt!
  2. (slang) Courage; strength of will. Do you really have the ’nads to go through with this?
related terms:
  • gonad
  • ANDs
  • sand
naff pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British slang) In poor taste. That tie is a bit naff, don’t you think?
  2. (Polari) Bad; tasteless.
  3. (British slang) Poorly thought out, not workable, or otherwise not very good. That’s a really naff example.
  4. (Polari) Heterosexual.
nag pronunciation
  • /ˈnæɡ/
  • (North American also) /neɪɡ/, /nɛɡ/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Middle English nagge, cognate with Dutch negge
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small horse; a pony.
  2. An old useless horse.
  3. (obsolete, derogatory) A paramour.
    • 1598, , , III. x. 11: Yon ribaudred nag of Egypt – Whom leprosy o'ertake!
Synonyms: (old useless horse) dobbin, hack, jade, plug
coordinate terms:
  • (old useless horse) bum (racing)
etymology 2 Probably from a gmq source; compare Swedish nagga, Danish nage, Icelandic nagga.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To repeatedly remind or complain to someone in an annoying way, often about insignificant matters.
  2. To act inappropriately in the eyes of peers, to backstab, to verbally abuse.
  3. To bother with persistent memories. The notion that he forgot something nagged him the rest of the day.
  4. Other sorts of persistent annoyance, e.g.: A nagging pain in his left knee A nagging north wind
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who nags.
  • AGN
  • ANG
  • gan, Gan
  • NGA
Nahuatl etymology Spanish, from nah nahuatl, nahuatlatolli. pronunciation
  • /ˈnɑːwɑːt(ə)l/, /nɑːˈwɑːt(ə)l/, /n‌əˈwɑːt(‌ə)l/
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. The polysynthetic Aztecan language spoken by an indigenous people of Mexico.
  2. A group of people indigenous to the Central Mexico region spanning multiple tribal groups including the Aztecs.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A member of this group.
  • Nathu La
adjective: {{head}}
  1. Of or from Nigeria.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person from Nigeria.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang) Nigeria
nail pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /neɪl/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English nail, nayl, Old English næġel, from Proto-Germanic *naglaz (compare West Frisian neil, Low German Nagel, Dutch nagel, German Nagel, Danish negl, Swedish nagel), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃nogʰ- 〈*h₃nogʰ-〉 (compare Irish ionga, Latin unguis, Albanian nyell, Lithuanian nagas, Russian нога́ 〈nogá〉, ноготь 〈nogotʹ〉, Ancient Greek ὄνυξ 〈ónyx〉, Persian ناخن 〈nạkẖn〉, Sanskrit नख 〈nakha〉).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The thin, horny plate at the ends of fingers and toes on humans and some other animals. exampleWhen I'm nervous I bite my nails.
  2. The basal thickened portion of the anterior wings of certain hemiptera.
  3. The terminal horny plate on the beak of ducks, and other allied birds.
  4. A spike-shaped metal fastener used for joining wood or similar materials. The nail is generally driven through two or more layers of material by means of impacts from a hammer or other device. It is then held in place by friction.
    • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. Indeed, a nail filed sharp is not of much avail as an arrowhead; you must have it barbed, and that was a little beyond our skill.
  5. A round pedestal on which merchant once carried out their business, such as the four nails outside .
  6. An archaic English unit of length equivalent to 1/20th of an ell or 1/16th of a yard (2.25 inch or 5.715 cm).
etymology 2 From Old English scLatinx
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To fix (an object) to another object using a nail. He nailed the placard to the post.
  2. (intransitive) To drive a nail. He used the ax head for nailing.
  3. (transitive) To stud or boss with nails, or as if with nails.
    • Dryden The rivets of your arms were nailed with gold.
  4. (slang) To catch.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. Stephanus pagination. we'll nail the sophist to it, if we can get him on that charge;
  5. (transitive, slang) To expose as a sham.
  6. (transitive, slang) To accomplish (a task) completely and successfully. I really nailed that test.
  7. (transitive, slang) To hit (a target) effectively with some weapon.
    • {{quote-news }}
  8. (transitive, slang) Of a male, to engage in sexual intercourse with. There’s a benefit gala at the Boston Pops tonight, and... well, I’m trying to nail the flautist. - Brian Griffin in the TV series Family Guy
  9. To spike, as a cannon. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (to engage in sexual intercourse) bang, fuck, pound, screw, shag (British)
  • anil
  • INLA
  • lain
  • Lani
  • Lina
nailbat Alternative forms: nail bat, nail-bat etymology {{wikipedia}} A calque of Japanese 釘バット (kugibatto), from (kugi) "nail, spike" + バット (batto) "bat", from English bat. Introduced by (1997).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A baseball bat with a nail or nails in it, as a weapon.
    • 1997, Sept 20: Luke Drelick, Need help in Temple of the Ancients:,, Usenet It helps a BUNDLE if Cloud is equipped with barely any materia except Restore + Nail Bat, and Tifa is equipped with barely any materia + Tiger Hand.
    • 1997, Nov 27: "Unright", Need help with Final Fantasy 7?,, Usenet What size nail is in the nailbat?
    • 2000, Mar 6: "He of the Red Glasses", how many nails does it take? [ot], alt.gothic, Usenet Or just a baseball bat with a (long) nail in it. Long live the Nailbat! It will smite you with much smite!
    • 2000, Apr 8: Matt, 10,000 Promises anyone?,, Usenet Tell the toaster oven you love and appreciate it, then have at it with a nail bat while it sleeps lest it sway the eggbeater and blender its way.
    • 2001, Mar 18: "Grim Serrator", Catastrophe?,, Usenet you just sodomized all my chances with a nailbat.
    • 2003: John Logan, Bringing Something Back Did Sean really not remember me, not even threatening me with a knife or his home-made nail-bat?
  • Taliban
nail bat Alternative forms: nail-bat etymology From nail + bat.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, informal, slang) A weapon made by hammering nail into a wooden baseball bat, used for offense or defense.
    • 2010, Kelly Meding, As Lie the Dead: Snow was already pivoting, growling his annoyance, nail-bat swinging. I swept my right leg out and connected with his ankles. He toppled flat on his back, air releasing from his lungs in a gasped rush.
    • 2011, Christopher J Proft, Fervent Haight: Miller, please lead the lady forward. It is time she came to know me. Miller headed down the stone path, adrenaline coursing through his veins much like the witchfire in the walls. Lucy followed, playfully bouncing the nail bat in her hands.
    • 2011, Allen Smith, Watching Grandma Circle the Drain: These include spears, blowguns, rocks, sticks, morning stars, nail bats, punjisticks, torches, bolas, chakras, atlatls, meteor hammers, quarterstaffs, ballistas and slingshots.
nail gun Alternative forms: nailgun
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An electrically or pneumatically powered gun used to drive nail into a surface.
Synonyms: nailer
nail Jell-O to a tree
verb: nail Jell-O to a tree
  1. (US, slang, rare) To do something that is impossible or very difficult, with connotations of “pointless”. They are asking us to nail Jell-O to a tree if they insist on having everything done in three days.
Also used in variant “to a wall”, and with jello in place of Jell-O. British form uses jelly instead of jello. Particularly used in form “like nailing jello to a wall”. Synonyms: See Wikisaurus: {{ws link}}
naked pronunciation
  • /'neɪkɪd/
  • {{audio}}
etymology 1 From Middle English naked, from Old English nacod, from Proto-Germanic *nakwadaz, from Proto-Indo-European *nogʷó-. Cognate with Scots nakit, nakkit, Low German naakd, Dutch naakt, German nackt, Danish nøgen, Swedish naken, Icelandic nakinn, Faroese nakin, and ultimately with Latin nūdus, Ancient Greek γυμνός 〈gymnós〉, Irish nocht, Welsh noeth, Russian нагой 〈nagoj〉, Lithuanian nuogas, Hindi नंगा 〈naṅgā〉, Sanskrit नग्न 〈nagna〉, Avestan 𐬨𐬀𐬕𐬥𐬀 〈𐬨𐬀𐬕𐬥𐬀〉, xcl մերկ 〈merk〉. Related also to Old English nacian. More at nake.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Not wearing any clothes; without clothing on the genitals or female nipples. She was as naked as the day she was born.
  2. Glib, without decoration, put bluntly. This is the naked truth. The naked facts lay there on the table, enclosed within the files.
  3. Unprotected; (by extension) without a condom. The tendrils of the naked flame stretched into the skies. I entered her naked and came in her too.
  4. Uncomfortable; as if missing something important. I feel naked without my mobile phone.
  5. Without any additives. Said of food and other consumer products.
Synonyms: bare, nude, starkers, unclad, unclothed, butt-naked, bareassed, in one's birthday suit, showing skin, See also , (without a condom)
etymology 2 See nake (verb)
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of nake
  • Kaden, knead
naked ape {{wikipedia}} etymology Reportedly coined by in his book (1967).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, often, humorous) A human being.
    • 1969, David H. Stewart, "The Decline of WASP Literature in America," College English, vol. 30, no. 6, p. 412: What, after all, can a poor naked ape do?
    • 2003, M. Pagel and W. Bodmer, "A Naked Ape Would Have Fewer Parasites," Proceedings: Biological Sciences, Vol. 270, Supplement: Biology Letters, p. S117: Humans are unique among the monkeys and apes in lacking a dense layer of hair covering their bodies.
    • 2006 April 3, Greg Levine, "Anheuser, Pepsi CEOs Face New Labor Cost: Chimps," (retrieved 16 Aug. 2011): Anheuser-Busch ads have played up the similarities between ape and naked ape—with the lower primates usually looking better.
naked as a jaybird Alternative forms: naked as a jay, naked as a jay-bird
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (simile, colloquial) Stark naked; nude; especially, naked in a public setting and without embarrassment. Never the prude, Eliza walked out into the dorm common room naked as a jaybird and grabbed her forgotten towel.
naked protein
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, biochemistry) Any protein, that normally exists combined with another entity (metal, carbohydrate or lipid etc) free from its normal attachment.
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  1. (informal or childish or endearing) naked
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  1. The use of abusive or insulting language.
  • calling name
namefag etymology name + fag
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  1. (Internet slang, sometimes pejorative) A person who uses a name online (either their real name or a username) as opposed to posting anonymously, especially on the 4chan community.
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  1. (internet slang) To reveal one's identity or have one's identity revealed.
Synonyms: dox
etymology 1 An aphetic form of banana. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈnɑːnə/
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  1. (informal) Short form of banana, the fruit.
  2. (slang) A fool. You look a right nana dressed up like that.
etymology 2 Variant spelling of nanna. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈnænə/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A pet name for one's grandmother.
  2. A nanny.
  • anna, Anna
  • naan
na-na na-na boo-boo etymology Apparently from the longer childish playground taunt sung to a tune particular to the taunt: I'm better than you, na-na, na-na, boo-boo, stick your head in doo-doo. Na-na and boo-boo may be imitations of sounds a baby or young toddler might make. Boo-boo may also indicate boo-boo, a minor injury which leaves a mark on a child such as a scraped knee. Alternative forms: na na na na boo boo, (sung to the same tune) na-na na-na na-na, na na na na na na pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈnæːnəˌnæːnə ˈbuːˌbuː/
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  1. (North America, idiomatic, colloquial, childish, pejorative, taunt, often, humorous) {{defdate}} A taunt or putdown, typically used to indicate that the speaker believes he or she has beaten the listener in a competition or is better in some other way or in a general sense; or an expression of satisfaction that the listener has received some supposedly deserved minor punishment or misfortune (that is to say, schadenfreude).
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  • Usually a playground or schoolyard taunt used by younger children.
  • Usually sung to a tune particular to the phrase.
na-na na-na na-na
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  1. (idiomatic, colloquial, childish) alternative form of na-na na-na boo-boo
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  1. A given name.
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  1. (derogatory) nancyboy
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To act in an effeminate manner.
related terms:
  • nonce
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A male homosexual.
Synonyms: See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (uncommon, slang) To move in a prissy or stereotypically gay way. nancing around in tight pants
nancy pronunciation
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  1. (British, US, derogatory, slang) An effeminate man, especially a homosexual.
Synonyms: (an effeminate man) mama's boy, pansy, sissy, (a homosexual) fairy, poof (British), queen
  • canny
nancyboy Alternative forms: nancy boy, nancy-boy, nancy etymology See Nancy.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) An effeminate or homosexual man.
    • 2003, Alan Grayson, Mile End, Ragged Sky Press (2003), ISBN 158961092X, page 84: With Mum out of earshot, he continued: "I don't believe you did six girls. I think you're a liar. I think you're either a virgin or a nancyboy."
    • 2009, Andrew Chapman, Pagan, ISBN 9781449537876, page 303: This was Marcus, this effeminate, mincing nancyboy, picking his way fastidiously across the grass?
    • 2009, Peter S. Fischer, The Blood of Tyrants, The Grove Point Press (2009), ISBN 9780615324555, page 60: Always having to look over your shoulder for some prissy little nancyboy from the ACLU trying to get you bounced from the force.
etymology 1
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  1. (Australia, slang) A metal bulb filled with nitrous oxide gas, inhaled for its disassociative effects, normally intended as a propellant for whipped cream.
    • 1996 March 5, Justin O'Brien, “how long before you peak on acid?”, alt.drugs, Usenet I reckon the thing that brings on a trip the quickest is definitly a nang (nitrous oxide bulb) while listening to REALLY intense music
    • 1998 October 18, “noise” from and, “H ?”, alt.drugs.hard, Usenet "helicopters" these days refers to those silly hats with propellers on top, which come with a free ounce of smack at any local K-mart. Y'know, next to the nangs (or bulbs - nitrous oxide for whipped cream).
  • 1994 February 10, Paul Hermsen, “Australian Aborigines, altered states and psychedelics”, alt.pagan, Usenet The circular roaring of the bullroarer simulated the rhythmic "nang-nang" effect of nitrous.
etymology 2 Multicultural London English, from nyanga, potentially from West African languages, such as Mende nyanga or Hausa yàngá.
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  1. (UK, slang, chiefly, London) excellent; awesome; masterful; deeply satisfying. exampleThat was well nang!
Synonyms: awesome, wicked, bad, cool, dope, excellent, far out, groovy, rad, See also
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) a nanorobot
  • annite, ante in, innate
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, US) godmother
nanna nap
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A quick refreshing sleep.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) banana
nanny pronunciation
  • /ˈnæni/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A child's nurse.
  2. (colloquial) A grandmother.
  3. A female goat.
    • 1983, Douglas H. Chadwick, A Beast the Color of Winter: The Mountain Goat Observed, Bison Books (2002), ISBN 0803264216, page 159: Breeding is a consuming goal, and the ascendance of the sex drive is nearly as apparent in the behavior of a mountain goat billy. So given over is he to following and defending a succession of nannies as he searches for one in heat (estrus), he loses interest in food altogether; {{…}}
    • 2005, Richard Cannings, The Rockies: A Natural History, Greystone Books (2005), ISBN 9781553651147, page 103: Nannies and billies look very similar, both having dangerously sharp, curved black horns.
    • 2013, Janet Hurst, The Whole Goat Handbook: Recipes, Cheese, Soap, Crafts & More, Voyageur Press (2013), ISBN 9780760342367, page 28: A farmer friend keeps a video camera in the barn so she can turn on her goat cam and observe her animals at any time of the day or night. A baby monitor picks up the sounds of a nanny when she goes into labor—if the nanny is one who changes the usual pitch of her voice or nervously bleats during kidding.
Synonyms: (female goat) nanny goat
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  1. (pejorative) To treat like a nanny's charge; to coddle. {{defdate}}
nanny goat Alternative forms: nanny-goat, nannygoat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A female goat.
    • 1957, , "Zooey", in, 1961, : And later, at an opportune moment, when Franny was pretending to sample a cup of chicken broth, Mrs. Glass had climbed up on the window seats with the agility of a mountain nanny goat and stripped all three of the sash windows of their heavy damask curtains.
Synonyms: nanny, she-goat
nanny state {{wikipedia}}
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  1. (pejorative) A state whose government institution are authoritative and over-paternalistic, interfering with and controlling people's lives. {{defdate}}
  • minimal state
  • night watchman state
nanoacre etymology nano + acre
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) A unit of surface area equal to 10-9 of an acre, or 0.00627264 square inch.
  • Used humorously by microchip designers with regard to available physical space on the chip.
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  1. (Internet slang, humorous) alternative form of now
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  1. (Internet slang, humorous) alternative form of now
nap {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /nap/
  • (US) /næp/
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etymology 1 From Middle English nappen, from Old English hnappian, from Proto-Germanic *hnappōną. Cognate with Old High German hnaffezan, hnaffezzan (> Middle High German nafzen > German dialectal napfezen, nafzen).
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  1. A short period of sleep, especially one during the day
Synonyms: See also
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  1. to have a nap; to sleep for a short period of time, especially during the day
  2. to be off one's guard
    • Hudibras I took thee napping, unprepared.
    The regulators were caught napping by the financial collapse.
Synonyms: snooze, doze
etymology 2 From Middle English nappe, from Middle Dutch
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  1. A soft or fuzzy surface on fabric or leather.
    • 1591, , by William Shakespeare I tell thee, Jack Cade the clothier means to dress the commonwealth, and turn it, and set a new nap upon it.
    • 1851, , , On his long, gaunt body, he carried no spare flesh, no superfluous beard, his chin having a soft, economical nap to it, like the worn nap of his broad-brimmed hat.
    • 1939, Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep, Penguin 2011, p. 37: There were low bookshelves, there was a thick pinkish Chinese rug in which a gopher could have spent a week without showing his nose above the nap.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to form or raise a soft or fuzzy surface on (fabric or leather)
etymology 3
  • From the name of the French emperor Napoleon I of France (Bonaparte)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British) A type of bet in British horse racing, based on the experts' best tip
  2. (uncountable, card games) A card game in which players take tricks; properly Napoleon
  3. A bid to take five trick in the card game Napoleon.
etymology 4 Possibly of gmq origin, cognate with nab, see Swedish nappa.
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  1. (obsolete) to grab; to nab
etymology 5 From French napper, from nappe.
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  1. (cooking) To cover (something) with a sauce (usually in passive)
    • 2006, Wayne Gisslen, Mary Ellen Griffin, Professional Cooking for Canadian Chefs‎: Vanilla ice cream topped with a poached or canned pear half, napped with chocolate sauce, and garnished with toasted sliced almonds.
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  • pan, Pan, PAN
  • PNA
Napoleon complex {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) aggressive or domineering behaviour, claimed to be a form of psychological compensation for one's short physical stature
Synonyms: Napoleon syndrome, short man syndrome
napoo etymology World War I British and ANZAC army slang, probably a corruption of French “il n′y a plus” (“there is no more”).
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, army, slang) Finished; gone; non-existent.
    • 1918 April, 'R', An elegy on my dugout, when it was done in, published in Four Whistles by D Company of the Scottish Officer Cadet Battalion, quoted in 2013 by Graham Seal in The Soldiers' Press: Trench Journals in the First World War (ISBN 1137303263):
    • What shall I do? / My poor old dug-out is napoo.
    • 1920, Punch, Volume 158, page 185, “ ‘Very well,’ says I, ‘San fairy ann. Napoo washing — napoo ball.’ “ That set ′em to work. Next day little boys were scraping the village over like fowls in a farmyard, getting a chip ′ere an′ a shaving there, an′ making themselves such a nuisance….
    • 1964, , To Number Our Days, page 159, The war was napoo,* fini, and the Rhine the end of the journey.
  2. (UK, army, slang) Dead.
    • 1918, , Psychical Phenomena and the War, page 69, “‘Hey, Bill, where′s Charles?’ “‘Napoo.’ “‘What?’ “‘Yes. He was out on a listening post and lit a cigarette. Sniper got him.’
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  1. (UK, army, slang) The end; enough, Soon it must be napoo for me.Phrase used to signify the end of something.
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  1. (UK, army, slang) To finish; to put an end to; to kill. He will napoo the rations.
    • 1918, , The Little Landscape, Everybody′s Magazine, Volume 38, [http//|napooed|napooing%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=6E-6T9X9H8nYigeR9PSNCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22napoos|napooed|napooing%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 35], “The general says that if you are wise you will leave before the cannons come. Otherwise you′ll get ‘napooed,’ ” and he made an expressive gesture. “Compris?
    • 1918, , Psychical Phenomena and the War, [page 68], I thought a man was lucky if he did not get napooed first trip in.
    • 1984, , Man of War, 1984, US title High Command, [http//|napooed|napooing%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22napoos|napooed|napooing%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=6E-6T9X9H8nYigeR9PSNCQ&redir_esc=y page 230], “No,” Merton said shortly. “We sit tight, they find us. If we both go wandering about looking for each other in the middle of the night, we′ll start a battle and the whole plan for tomorrow will be napooed.”
    • 1988, Sidney Rogerson, Twelve days, [http//|napooed|napooing%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22napoos|napooed|napooing%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=6E-6T9X9H8nYigeR9PSNCQ&redir_esc=y page 19], German planes had not only carried out a raid behind our lines, but a long-range shell had actually hit one of the Battalion cookers and “napooed” it completely.
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  1. (UK, army, slang) There is no more.
    • 1939, , Over the Mountain, 1978 reprint, page 216, “…Finish! Napoo!” and he spread his hands expressively, holding the cup upside down with the cloth hanging out of it, before he went on: “But it hasn't come to that yet.…”
Alternative forms: narpoo
napper etymology nap + er
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  1. a person who takes a nap
  2. (obsolete) a sheep stealer
  3. (slang) the head
  4. (obsolete) a machine used to raise the nap on cloth
nappy {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 Probably shortened from napkin (but possibly a corruption of French nappe, since napkin is already a diminutive).
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  1. (British, Ireland, Australia, South Africa) An absorbent garment worn by a baby who does not yet have voluntary control of his or her bladder and bowels or by someone who is incontinent; a diaper.
    • 1995, Jennie Lindon, Lance Lindon, Leandra Negrini, Caring for Young Children, [http//|%22nappies%22+-intitle:%22nappy%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=VfO6T6jeK8nomAXBmdnCCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22nappy%22|%22nappies%22%20-intitle%3A%22nappy%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 60], You will notice that disposable nappies are sold in boy and girl versions. They vary in where the thickest padding is provided.
    • 2005, Medical Association of Malawi, Malawi Medical Journal: The Journal of Medical Association of Malawi, Volume 17, [http//|%22nappies%22+-intitle:%22nappy%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22nappy%22|%22nappies%22+-intitle:%22nappy%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=JUe7T_Fq8OKYBdGjgaoJ&redir_esc=y page 39], Other equipment required was soap for hand washing and washing of nappies, a washing line for the drying of nappies,….
    • 2008, Isabelle Young, Healthy Travel: Asia & India, Lonely Planet, 2nd edition, [http//|%22nappies%22+-intitle:%22nappy%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=VfO6T6jeK8nomAXBmdnCCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22nappy%22|%22nappies%22%20-intitle%3A%22nappy%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 275], You could burn disposable nappies (not a very practical option); otherwise, it′s probably best to take a supply of large plastic bags or nappy sacks with you and to dispose of them as thoughtfully as you can.
    • 2009, Chris Arnold, Ethical Marketing and The New Consumer, [http//|%22nappies%22+-intitle:%22nappy%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=VfO6T6jeK8nomAXBmdnCCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22nappy%22|%22nappies%22%20-intitle%3A%22nappy%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 55], In response we mailed hundreds of nappies to students in halls. On the nappy was a simple message, IT'S A LOT EASIER TO PUT ON A CONDOM.
Synonyms: (US) diaper, (British) napkin, (South African) napkin
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  1. (transitive) To put a nappy on. The mother nappied the baby.
etymology 2 From nap + y.
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  1. Having a nap (of cloth etc.); downy; shaggy.
    • 1950, US District Courts, US Court of Claims, US Court of Customs and Patent Appeals, Federal Supplement, Volume 89, [http//|%22nappies%22+-intitle:%22nappy%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22nappy%22|%22nappies%22+-intitle:%22nappy%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=lEq7T5eDHsahiAfInJyCCQ&redir_esc=y page 438], The original accused device, as was the patented device, was made of cotton flannel with a nappy surface on each side,….
  2. (US, slang) Of hair: tightly curled or twisted; frizzy (occasionally specifically in reference to Blacks' textured hair).
    • 1987, , Assata: An Autobiography, [http//|%22nappies%22+-intitle:%22nappy%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=JUe7T_Fq8OKYBdGjgaoJ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22nappy%22|%22nappies%22%20-intitle%3A%22nappy%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 30], We would talk about each other′s ugly, big lips and flat noses. We would call each other pickaninnies and nappy-haired so-and-so′s.
    • 2006, Ronald L. Jackson II, Scripting the Black Masculine Body, [http//|%22nappies%22+-intitle:%22nappy%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=JUe7T_Fq8OKYBdGjgaoJ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22nappy%22|%22nappies%22%20-intitle%3A%22nappy%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 52], For example, some Black people′s corporeal zones include nappy hair texture, wide noses, thick lips, and darker-than-white skin complexion, all of which come into play when an individual is interacting with a cultural “Other.”
    • 2010, Nadine George-Graves, Urban Bush Women: Twenty Years of African American Dance Theater, Community Engagement, and Working It Out, [http//|%22nappies%22+-intitle:%22nappy%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=VfO6T6jeK8nomAXBmdnCCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22nappy%22|%22nappies%22%20-intitle%3A%22nappy%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 50], She had decided to just cover her hair with a scarf because Aunt Bell was “old school” and Zollar did not want to have to explain why she had nappy hair.
  3. Inclined to sleep; sleepy. to feel nappy
etymology 3 From Middle English nap, from Old English hnæp, hnæpp, hnæpf, from Proto-Germanic *hnappaz. See hanaper. Alternative forms: nappie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A shallow, flat-bottomed earthenware or glass bowl with sloping sides.
    • 1902, Charles Austin Bates, The Art and Literature of Business, Volume 4, [http//|%22nappie%22|%22nappies%22+earthenware+OR+glass+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22nappy%22|%22nappie%22|%22nappies%22+earthenware+OR+glass+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=5Ky8T9_tFtCgiQfLsNzCDw&redir_esc=y page 328], Suppose you advertise a “five-inch glass nappy.” It doesn′t tell a reader anything — a woman especially. She can′t tell how big five inches are anyway ; but just say, “large imitation cut glass fruit saucers at thirty cents a dozen,” and get your packers ready.
    • 1909, Milton Osman Jones, Guide to Successful Squab Raising, [http//|%22nappie%22|%22nappies%22+earthenware+OR+glass+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22nappy%22|%22nappie%22|%22nappies%22+earthenware+OR+glass+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=4KS8T7PAI8qfiQeP9sjjDw&redir_esc=y page 11], The use of a glazed earthenware nesting-dish, or “nappy, ” 9 inches in diameter across the top, is strongly advised.
    • 1914, Southern Pharmaceutical Journal, Volume 7, [http//|%22nappie%22|%22nappies%22+earthenware+OR+glass+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22nappy%22|%22nappie%22|%22nappies%22+earthenware+OR+glass+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ipy8T5DPMrGZiQex7d3EDw&redir_esc=y page 626], Place a slice of pineapple in a fruit nappy, place on it a No. 10 cone of vanilla ice cream and pour over it a ladle of chop suey dressing, crowning it with a freshly opened lycher nut or a cherry.
etymology 4 {{rfe}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (of a drink) Foamy; having a large head.
  2. (of a horse) Nervous, excitable.
    • 1928, Siegfried Sassoon, Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, Penguin 2013, p. 161: ‘He's a mutton-fisted beggar; but the horse is a bit nappy, and young Roger'll be the man to keep him going at his fences.’
    • 1948, John Edward Hance, Better Horsemanship, [http//|%22nappier%22|%22nappiest%22+earthenware+OR+glass+OR+horse+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22nappy%22|%22nappier%22|%22nappiest%22+earthenware+OR+glass+OR+horse+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=QrG8T7ekCaetiQeTn-jBDw&redir_esc=y page 73], I do feel, however, that in talking lightheartedly of making rearing, pulling or nappy horses into useful members of equine society I am treading on very dangerous ground.
    • 2006, Karen Coumbe, Karen Bush, The Complete Equine Emergency Bible, [http//|%22nappier%22|%22nappiest%22+earthenware+OR+glass+OR+horse+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=QrG8T7ekCaetiQeTn-jBDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22nappy%22|%22nappier%22|%22nappiest%22%20earthenware%20OR%20glass%20OR%20horse%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 151], Note that it is possible that a horse is not in fact being nappy at all, but is suffering the onset of muscle disorders: it is up to the rider to interpret the signs correctly.
    • 2007, Michael Peace, Lesley Bayley, The Q and a Guide to Understanding Your Horse, [http//|%22nappier%22|%22nappiest%22+earthenware+OR+glass+OR+horse+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=QrG8T7ekCaetiQeTn-jBDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22nappy%22|%22nappier%22|%22nappiest%22%20earthenware%20OR%20glass%20OR%20horse%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 66], When riders are too dominant various problems can arise: a horse may become nappy, or refuse to go forward.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A kind of strong ale; nappy ale.
    • 1827, R. Charlton, Newcastle Improvements, in T. Thompson, et al. A Collection of Songs, Comic and Satirical, Chiefly in the Newcastle Dialect, [http//|%22nappie%22|%22nappies%22+earthenware+OR+glass+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=4KS8T7PAI8qfiQeP9sjjDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22nappy%22|%22nappie%22|%22nappies%22%20earthenware%20OR%20glass%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 151], Aw′ve seen when we′ve gyen iv a kind, freenly way / To be blithe ower a jug o′ good nappy
    • 1857, , The Cruise of the Betsey, 2009, Echo Library, [http//|%22nappier%22|%22nappiest%22+earthenware+OR+glass+OR+ale+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=c7e8T9DPKse3iQf7jd3NDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22nappy%22|%22nappier%22|%22nappiest%22%20earthenware%20OR%20glass%20OR%20ale%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 248], Weel do I mind that in a′ our neeborly meetings—bridals, christenings, lyke-wakes an′ the like,—we entertained ane anither wi′ rich nappy ale;…. But the tea has put out the nappy; an′ I have remarked, that by losing the nappy we lost baith ghaists an′ fairies.
nappyhead etymology nappy + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (offensive, racial slur) The hair of a person of Negro/African descent.
    • #* 2007, US DJ suspended over racist slur, BBC News, US DJ Don Imus described black people as ."nappy-headed hos" and was suspended of making racist comments.
naps pronunciation
  • {{homophones}}
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of nap
  2. (slang) kinky or curly hair
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of nap
  • NSPA
  • pans
  • snap
  • span, SPAN
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A North American Poker Tour event.
naptural etymology {{blend}}.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, of Afro-textured hair) Left in its natural state, i.e. not chemically altered (relaxed, permed, etc).
    • 2003, Ayana Hardin, Nappy Hair 101, Llumina Press (2003), ISBN 1932560572, page 21: Going naptural does not mean that you have to cut all of the chemicals out of your hair immediately.
    • 2009, Laquita Thomas-Banks, "Basic Tools For Natural Hair", Clutch, 23 March 2009: Some with naptural hair elect not to use a comb or brush, but for those who want to detangle without only using their hands, a wide tooth comb and brush need to also be a part of your list.
    • 2012, Rod Hagwood, "Meetup for women with curly, kinky or 'naptural' hair", Sun-Sentinel, 14 August 2012 (used in title only)
narc {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /nɑːk/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /nɑːɹk/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Abbreviation of "narcotics officer".
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A narcotic squad police officer.
etymology 2 Alternate spelling of nark, influenced by narc.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) alternative spelling of nark spy
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) alternative spelling of nark “If you narc on me, I’ll rip your arms off”, said Tim to his little brother, as he passed him a cigarette.
etymology 3 Short for "narcosis", etymologically related to the first etymology (from "narcotics officer") but instead referring to the medical condition of nitrogen narcosis rather than to narcotics.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To suffer from impaired judgment due to nitrogen narcosis (e.g. while scuba diving).
  • carn, cran, cRNA, NRCA
nard pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Old French narde, from Latin nardus, from Ancient Greek νάρδος 〈nárdos〉, from Phoenician, from Sanskrit नलद 〈nalada〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A flowering plant of the valerian family that grows in the Himalayas of China, used as a perfume, an incense, a sedative, and an herbal medicine said to fight insomnia, flatulence, birth difficulties, and other minor ailments.
  2. A fragrant oil formerly much prized from the plant.
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Mark XIV: there cam a woman with an alablaster boxe of oyntmenr, called narde, that was pure and costly, and she brake the boxe and powred it on his heed.
  3. Spikenard
related terms:
  • spikenard
etymology 2 Alteration of nuts
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, 1980s, slang, usually plural) Testicles. The soccer ball hit me right in the nards!
Synonyms: (testicles) balls, nuts
  • darn
  • rand, Rand, RAND
  • rDNA
nark {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /nɑːk/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /nɑːɹk/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Romany nak. Alternative forms: narc
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) A police spy or informer.
    • 1912, , , Act I, It’s a—well, it’s a copper’s nark, as you might say. What else would you call it? A sort of informer.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, slang) To serve or behave as a spy or informer.
  2. (transitive, slang) To annoy or irritate. It really narks me when people smoke in restaurants.
  3. (intransitive, slang) To complain. He narks in my ear all day, moaning about his problems.
  4. (transitive, slang, often imperative) To stop. Nark it! I hear someone coming!
Synonyms: (inform on) rat out, tattle
etymology 2 See narc
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative form of narc narcotics officer.
  • ARNK, knar, rank
narky etymology From nark + y. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈnɑːki/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, Australia, slang) Irritated, in a bad mood; disparaging.
    • 1995, , The Cast Iron Shore, Granta, 1998, [http//|%22narkiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22narkier%22|%22narkiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=0l-7T_HQIuqSiAfAweWLCQ&redir_esc=y page 61], The war had made Stan narkier than ever.
    • 2003, Justine Larbalestier, A Buffy Confession, Glenn Yeffeth (editor), Seven Seasons of Buffy: Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Discuss Their Favorite Television Show, BenBella Books, US, [http//|%22narkier%22|%22narkiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=nV-7T_beObCViAfjmryCCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22narky%22|%22narkier%22|%22narkiest%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 83], I′m now one of those people I used to defend the show against. There is no one more bitter than an ex-true believer. Color me narky and picky.
    • 2005, Maxim Jakubowski (editor), The Best British Mysteries 2005, [http//|most+narky%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22more|most+narky%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=5nO7T82kKOuWiQfsq63SCA&redir_esc=y page 191], It was a special request and Mrs. Fleming had to do it all on the spot, so that′s made her even more narky than usual.
    • 2005, , , [http//|%22narkier%22|%22narkiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=nV-7T_beObCViAfjmryCCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22narky%22|%22narkier%22|%22narkiest%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 141], Foolishly, I went to the National Right dinner last night. What a narky, miserable bunch of sods.
    • 2008, , Champagne Kisses, [http//|%22narkiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=0l-7T_HQIuqSiAfAweWLCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22narkier%22|%22narkiest%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 46], I had to endure the narkiest taxi driver complaining about ‘Foreign lads takin′ taxi plates’, who then managed to test my patience even more by leaving me a good walk from Parker′s apartment block.
    • 2008, Claudia Carroll, Do You Want to Know a Secret?, Random House, UK, [http//|%22narkiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=0l-7T_HQIuqSiAfAweWLCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22narkier%22|%22narkiest%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], Age is definitely making me narkier. The only difference between me and my moany Auntie Maisie is a plaid shopping trolley and a tracheotomy.
narrow squeak
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A narrow escape; a close shave.
Narutard Alternative forms: narutard etymology From Naruto + tard.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet slang, Japanese fiction fandom, pejorative) An obsessive fan of the Japanese manga series .
  • {{seeCites}}
nasho etymology From national service + o. Alternative forms: Nasho
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, Australia, informal, uncountable) Military national service, conscription.
    • 1981, , Unreliable Memoirs, [http//|%22nashos%22+-intitle:%22nasho|nashos%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=iX-7T5zpJsO5iQfuzvjbCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22nasho%22|%22nashos%22%20-intitle%3A%22nasho|nashos%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], National Service was meant to turn boys into men and make the Yellow Peril think twice about moving south. It was universally known as Nasho – a typically Australian diminutive.…But the most brutal fact about Nasho was the initial seventy-seven-day period of basic training, most of which took place at Ingleburn.
  2. (chiefly, Australia, informal, countable) A person doing military national service.
    • 2007, Alexandre Binda, Chris Cocks, The Saints: The Rhodesian Light Infantry, [http//|%22nashos%22+-intitle:%22nasho|nashos%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=iX-7T5zpJsO5iQfuzvjbCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22nasho%22|%22nashos%22%20-intitle%3A%22nasho|nashos%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 176], The white Rhodie ‘nashos’ (another derogatory term for national servicemen—this time from the Brit regulars), however, brought to the battalion a level of education that was previously unknown.
    • 2009, Raja (Arasa) Ratnam, The Dance of Destiny, [http//|%22nashos%22+-intitle:%22nasho|nashos%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=iX-7T5zpJsO5iQfuzvjbCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22nasho%22|%22nashos%22%20-intitle%3A%22nasho|nashos%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 166], …an English acquaintance. He had been one of the national servicemen from the UK stationed in Malaya, and had had his share of duty on the night train. He explained that many of his ‘nasho’ colleagues were sensibly afraid of being shot at.
    • 2010, David Horner, Australia′s Military History For Dummies, [http//|%22nashos%22+-intitle:%22nasho|nashos%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=iX-7T5zpJsO5iQfuzvjbCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22nasho%22|%22nashos%22%20-intitle%3A%22nasho|nashos%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], Apart from 1 RAR, all the battalions included National Servicemen (Nashos), but in the field there was no distinction between the Nashos and the Regular soldiers (Regs).
    • 2011, Gerard Windsor, All Day Long the Noise of Battle: Charlie Company at the Bunkers, [http//|%22nashos%22+-intitle:%22nasho|nashos%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=iX-7T5zpJsO5iQfuzvjbCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22nasho%22|%22nashos%22%20-intitle%3A%22nasho|nashos%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], Two groups of soldiers made up the Australian forces in Vietnam—members of the Regular Army and National Servicemen. The Nashos, as they were popularly known, had been plucked willy nilly from the general male population, chosen by lottery.…Officially only National Servicemen who volunteered to go to Vietnam did so, but many Nashos said they had never been given an option.
In Australian usage, the term refers specifically to the period of the Vietnam War, when national service became particularly controversial. National service has not been invoked since that time.
  • Shona
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, offensive, religious slur) A Sunni.
nasty etymology Origin unknown. {{rel-top}} Theories include:
  • Alteration of nasky, probably of gmq origin, akin to Swedish naskug, Low German nask, Swedish snaskig.
  • Old French nastre, shortened form of villenastre, from vilein + -astre, from Latin -aster.
  • Dutch nestig
  • Old High German naz = "wet"
  • Likely reinforced by a Scandinavian source (compare Swedish dialect naskug = "dirty, nasty").
  • A hardened form of an old word "nesh" = "soft".
  • Variant of "naughty"? See entry for aught/naught in Wikipedia & Wiktionary
  • Modern usage of the word "nasty" is sometimes attributed to the very popular but often derogatory 19th Century American political cartoons of , but this is inconsistent with its usage long before Mr. Nast's birth in 1840.
  • (AusE) /ˈnaː.sti/
    • {{rhymes}}
  • (UK) /ˈnɑː.sti/
    • {{rhymes}}
  • (US) /ˈnæ.sti/ {{audio}}
    • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (now chiefly US)  Dirty, filthy. {{defdate}}
    • 1651, Leviathan (book), Thomas Hobbes, “In such condition, there is no place for Industry; because the fruit thereof is uncertain: and consequently no Culture of the Earth; no Navigation, nor use of the commodities that may be imported by Sea; no commodious Building; no Instruments of moving, and removing such things as require much force; no Knowledge of the face of the Earth; no account of Time; no Arts; no Letters; no Society; and which is worst of all, continuall feare, and danger of violent death; And the life of man, solitary, poore, nasty, brutish, and short.”
    • 2006, Marie Fontaine, The Chronicles of my Ghetto Street Volume One, p. 156: I really don't have any friends at school Mama Mia. They talk about me all the time. They say my hair's nappy and my clothes are nasty.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  2. Contemptible, unpleasant (of a person). {{defdate}}
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula: Jonathan kept staring at him, till I was afraid he would notice. I feared he might take it ill, he looked so fierce and nasty.
  3. Objectionable, unpleasant (of a thing); repellent, offensive. {{defdate}}
    • 1838, Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist: ‘It's a nasty trade,’ said Mr. Limbkins, when Gamfield had again stated his wish.
  4. Indecent or offensive; obscene, lewd. {{defdate}}
    • 1933, Dorothy L Sayers, Murder Must Advertise: He said to Mr. Tallboy he thought the headline was a bit hot. And Mr. Tallboy said he had a nasty mind.
    • 2009, Okera H, Be Your Priority, Not His Option, Mill City Press 2009, p. 45: We want threesomes, blowjobs, and orgies. That's just the way it is. We want the good girl who's nasty in bed.
  5. Spiteful, unkind. {{defdate}}
    • 2012, The Guardian, 3 Jun 2012: She had said: "I love the block button on Twitter. I don't know how people expect to send a nasty comment and not get blocked."
  6. (chiefly UK) Awkward, difficult to navigate; dangerous. {{defdate}}
    • 2007, The Observer, 5 Aug 2007: There was a nasty period during the First World War when the family's allegiance was called into question - not least because one of the Schroders had been made a baron by the Kaiser.
  7. (chiefly UK) Grave or dangerous (of an accident, illness etc.). {{defdate}}
    • 2012, James Ball, The Guardian, 2 Mar 2012: Moving into the middle ages, William the Conqueror managed to rout the English and rule the country, then see off numerous plots and assassination attempts, before his horse did for him in a nasty fall, killing him at 60.
  8. (slang, chiefly US) Formidable, terrific; wicked. {{defdate}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Something nasty. Processed foods are full of aspartame and other nasties. This video game involves flying through a maze zapping various nasties.
  2. (euphemistic, preceded by "the") Sexual intercourse.
  • antsy, Santy, tansy
nastyass etymology nasty + ass
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) disgusting, gross
    • 1991, J. R. Creech, Music and Crime, Random House (1991), ISBN 9780345364876, page 134: And what a nastyass stale butt it was too, already smoked once and picked out of the ashtray, tasting burnt smoke.
  2. (slang, derogatory) loathsome, contemptible
    • 2011, Kathleen McKenna, The Wedding Gift, Bell Bridge Books (2011), ISBN 9781611940527, page 11: If it is a boy, and I know it is, then naming him Charlie is also a way of remembering, but remembering people in my family, who may not be all rich and smart like the Willets is, but we don't got no nastyass old psycho killers in our family tree neither; {{…}}
  3. (slang) badass
    • 2011, Dennis Palumbo, Fever Dreams, Poisoned Pen Press (2011), ISBN 9781590589571, page 32: "SWAT uses those nastyass hollow points. A head-hit pretty much turns everything into Hamburger Helper.
  • {{seemoreCites}}
nastygram Alternative forms: nasty gram, nasty-gram etymology {{blend}}. Possibly a playful variation of candygram.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A written communication containing unpleasant material, especially one that criticize, insult, or intimidate the recipient.
    • 1987 Jan. 24, Steve Kerch, "Realty Terminology: Bird dogs to fat cats," Chicago Tribune, p. 7: Ordinary people might find a "nasty gram" in the mail, a notice from a lender who has not received payment from a borrower.
    • 2008 June 16, Nate Anderson, "Cash, not idealism, behind ISP embrace of music biz," Ars Technica (retrieved 10 Feb 2009): Virgin Media, one of the UK's largest ISPs, has agreed to forward British music industry nastygrams to subscribers suspected of illegal file-swapping.
  • Now often used to refer to unpleasant message distributed by electronic means, such as by email or internet posting.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A given name, Nathaniel or Nathan.
    • 2008 Kate Atkinson, When Will There Be Good News, Doubleday, ISBN 9780385608015, page 27: Nathan was one of the tiniest, tottering along, holding on to the hand of a much older girl. Nat. Small like a gnat.
  2. A diminutive of female given name such as Natasha, Natalie, and Natalia.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A member or supporter of the Scottish National Party.
  • ANT, Ant, an't, ant, NTA, TAN, Tan, tan
natch pronunciation
  • /nætʃ/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Clipping of eye dialect of naturally
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (colloquial) Naturally; of course. The Queen was seen wearing a hat when she visited Ascot, natch.
etymology 2 Old French nache, ll {{lena}} natica, from Latin {{lena}} natis. Compare aitchbone.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The rump of beef, especially the lower and back part of the rump.
  • chant
native {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old French natif, from Latin nativus, from natus, ‘birth’. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈneɪtɪv/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Belonging to one by birth. This is my native land. English is not my native language. I need a volunteer native New Yorker for my next joke…
  2. Characteristic of or relating to people inhabiting a region from prehistoric times. What are now called ‘Native Americans’ used to be called Indians. The native peoples of Australia are called aborigines.
  3. alternative case form of Native of or relating to the native inhabitants of the Americas, or of Australia.
  4. Born or grown in the region in which it lives or is found; not foreign or imported. a native inhabitant native oysters or strawberries Many native artists studied abroad.
  5. (biology, of a species) Which occur of its own accord in a given locality, to be contrasted with a species introduced by man. The naturalized Norway maple often outcompetes the native North American sugar maple.
  6. (computing, of software) Pertaining to the system or architecture in question. This is a native back-end to gather the latest news feeds. The native integer size is sixteen bits.
  7. (mineralogy) Occurring naturally in its pure or uncombined form; native aluminium, native salt.
  8. Arising by birth; having an origin; born.
    • {{rfdate}} Cudworth Anaximander's opinion is, that the gods are native, rising and vanishing again in long periods of times.
  9. Original; constituting the original substance of anything. native dust {{rfquotek}}
  10. Naturally related; cognate; connected (with).
    • {{rfdate}} Shakespeare The head is not more native to the heart, … / Than is the throne of Denmark to thy father.
  • foreign, fremd
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who is native to a place; a person who was born in a place.
  2. (in particular) A person of aboriginal stock, as distinguished from a person who was or whose ancestors were foreigners or settlers/colonizers. alternative case form of Native aboriginal inhabitant of the Americas or Australia. Some natives must have stolen our cattle.
  3. A native speaker.
  • In North America, native/Native came into use as an umbrella term for the indigenous inhabitants of America as Indian began to fall out of formal usage (because it originated from Columbus's mistaken belief that he was in India and the people he encountered were Indians). Other designations include Native American, Native Canadian, and American Indian. In Canada, the terms include Inuit and Metis and the adjectives First Nation/First Nations.
Synonyms: homeling (uncommon, obsolete)
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natter pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈnætɚ/
  • (RP) /ˈnætə/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial) To talk without purpose.
  2. (Scotland) To nag.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Mindless and irrelevant chatter.
Synonyms: See also
  • treant
natty pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈnæti/ {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Smart and fashionable.
  2. (Jamaican slang) knotty (e. g. natty dreadlocks)
natural {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: naturall (obsolete) etymology Old French, from Latin nātūrālis, from nātus, the perfect participle of nāscor. pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. That exists and evolved within the confines of an ecosystem.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    exampleThe species will be under threat if its natural habitat is destroyed.
  2. Of or relating to nature. exampleIn the natural world the fit tend to live on while the weak perish.
  3. Without artificial additive. exampleNatural food is healthier than processed food.
  4. As expected; reasonable. exampleIt's natural for business to be slow on Tuesdays. His prison sentence was the natural consequence of a life of crime.
    • Addison What can be more natural than the circumstances in the behaviour of those women who had lost their husbands on this fatal day?
  5. (music) Neither sharp nor flat. Denoted . exampleThe piece is played in C natural.
  6. (music) Produced by natural organs, such as those of the human throat, in distinction from instrumental music.
  7. (music) Applied to an air or modulation of harmony which moves by easy and smooth transitions, digressing but little from the original key. {{rfquotek}}
  8. Without, or prior to, modification or adjustment. the natural motion of a gravitating body exampleThe chairs were all natural oak but the table had a lurid finish. exampleSo-called second-generation silicone breast implants looked and felt more like the natural breast.
  9. Having the character or sentiments properly belonging to one's position; not unnatural in feelings.
    • Shakespeare To leave his wife, to leave his babes, … / He wants the natural touch.
  10. (obsolete) Connected by the ties of consanguinity.
    • J. H. Newman natural friends
  11. (obsolete) Born out of wedlock; illegitimate; bastard. a natural child
  12. (of sexual intercourse) Without a condom. exampleWe made natural love.
Synonyms: (as expected) inevitable, necessary, reasonable, (without a condom)
  • (exists in an ecosystem) aberrant, abnormal, artificial
  • (as expected) aberrant, abnormal, freak, unexpected, unreasonable
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • antenatal
  • innate
  • nascent
  • natal
  • native
  • nativity
  • nativization
  • nativism
  • naturism
  • naturalism
  • prenatal
  • au naturel
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now rare) A native inhabitant of a place, country etc. {{defdate}}
    • 1615, Ralph Hamor, A True Discourse of the Present State of Virginia, Richmond 1957, page 3: I coniecture and assure my selfe that yee cannot be ignorant by what meanes this peace hath bin thus happily both for our proceedings and the welfare of the Naturals concluded [...].
  2. (music) A note that is not or is no longer to be modified by an accidental, or the symbol used to indicate such a note. {{defdate}}
  3. One with an innate talent at or for something. {{defdate}} He's a natural on the saxophone.
  4. An almost white colour, with tints of grey, yellow or brown; originally that of natural fabric. {{defdate}} {{color panel}}
  5. (archaic) One with a simple mind; a fool or idiot.
    • 1597, , by Shakespeare, Act 2 Scene 4 (Mercutio) [...] this drivelling love is like a great natural, / that runs lolling up and down to hide his bauble in a hole.
  6. (colloquial, chiefly UK) One's natural life.
    • 1929, Frederic Manning, The Middle Parts of Fortune, Vintage 2014, page 155: ‘Sergeant-Major Robinson came in in the middle of it, and you've never seen a man look more surprised in your natural.’
  • {{rank}}
natural child
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An illegitimate child, a child born to unmarried parents.
Synonyms: (illegitimate descendant): love-child, born in the vestry, (pejorative): bastard, son of a whore, Chinese: Mandarin: cmn, Dutch: nl, Esperanto: eo, Estonian: et, Finnish: fi, fi, French: fr, German: de, de, de, Hungarian: hu, Interlingua: ia, Italian: it, Japanese: ja, ja, Russian: ru, ru, Scottish Gaelic: gd, gd, Spanish: es, es, Swedish: sv, Turkish: tr, Volapük: vo
Natural Governing Party
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (Canada, politics, slang) a sobriquet for the Liberal Party of Canada (LPC), due to it having been the governing political party of Canada for most of its history.
Synonyms: (archaic) Reds, Red Party, Grits, Party of the Grits, Libs
naturally etymology natural + ly pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. In a natural manner. Although he was unused to the situation, he tried to act naturally.
  2. Inherently or by nature. Boys are naturally aggressive.
  3. Surely or without any doubt. I shall naturally protest at that decision.
nature's scythe
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, UK) Penis.
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (informal) Naughty people or things.
  2. alternative form of noughties (first decade of a century)

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