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bare-bellied Joe etymology Possibly from bare-bellied yoe, a dialect word for ewe.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, AU) a sheep with little or no wool on its belly, and therefore requiring less time to shear.
The term appears (in various forms) in the song "Click go the shears".
Alternative forms: bare-belly joe, bare-belly Joe
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. having an unclothed rear
  2. (informal) (by extension) naked, starkers
  3. (by extension) blatant, unashamed
  4. (of objects) having an uncovered base or seat
Synonyms: bare-assed
barefoot {{slim-wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English barefote, barfot, from Old English bærfōt, from Proto-Germanic *bazafōts equivalent to bare + foot. Cognate with Scots barefit, ofs berfōt "barefoot"; modern Saterland Frisian boarfouts, Dutch barrevoets, German barfuß, Danish barfodet, Swedish barfota, Icelandic berfættur. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈbɛɹfʊt/
  • (RP) /ˈbɛəfʊt/
  • {{hyphenation}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Wearing nothing on the feet. After removing their shoes, socks and sandals at the doorway, the kids were barefoot.
  2. (colloquial, of a vehicle on an icy road) not using snow chains.
Synonyms: barefooted, discalced, shoeless, unshod, unshoed
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Wearing nothing on the feet. She likes to go barefoot in the summertime.
barefoot and pregnant
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (derogatory, of women) Kept at home to perform the traditional duties expected of women.
    • 1958, Joseph H Peck, All about men "The only way to keep a woman happy," he said, "is to keep her barefoot and pregnant."
    • 1994, Steven Bayme, Gladys Rosen, The Jewish family and Jewish continuity Ms. Frank finds it a strange, if not a perverse coincidence that, after all these centuries of Jewish history, just when Jewish women are demanding greater and more meaningful participation in Jewish religious and communal life, certain segments of the Jewish community are loudly hitting the old "barefoot and pregnant motif."
    • 2007, Edward M Tauber, Jim Smoke, Finding the Right One After Divorce I was to stay the ol' barefoot and pregnant wife. And I saw no need for that. I found myself in a rut. Get up, fix breakfast, send hubby off to work...
    • 2007, Greg J Duncan, Aletha C Huston, Thomas S Weisner, Higher ground: New Hope for the working poor and their children "He wanted me barefoot and pregnant," she said. But staying home was driving her crazy.
barf etymology Uncertain. Probably of imitative origin. pronunciation
  • (UK) /bɑːf/
  • (US) /bɑɹf/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, colloquial) vomit
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US, colloquial) To vomit.
Synonyms: See also
  • farb
barfalicious etymology barf + licious
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (rare slang) Disgusting, (metaphorically) vomit-inducing.
    • 1992 October 2, "crispen" (username), "Barfalicious Tunes and Artists", in bit.listserv.allmusic, Usenet.
    • 2000 October 17, "REP" (username), "More Stupidity", in, Usenet: is always fertile ground for finding truly self-indulgent, navel-gazing posts (and I fear every day that this is some ugly side effect of diabetes) but this post* was especially barfalicious: ¶ …
    • 2008 June 11, JoAnne Schmitz, "Re: How far will you go to help poor Bartle butle?", in alt.folklore.urban, Usenet: JoAnne "cutesy child names only vaguely barfalicious" Schmitz
barf bag {{Wikipedia}} Alternative forms: barfbag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) a bag or sack used to catch and contain vomit
  2. (derogatory, informal) A term of abuse.
Synonyms: (bag): airsick bag, airsickness bag, motion sickness bag, sick bag, sick sack
barfly etymology bar + fly Alternative forms: bar fly pronunciation
  • (UK) /bɑːflaɪ/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /bɑrflaɪ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) a person who spends much time in a bar or similar drinking establishment
barfmail etymology barf + mail
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, slang) electronic mail automatically sent in reply to a sender whose original message cannot be delivered
barfogenesis etymology barf + -o- + -genesis
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Motion sickness caused by video media, particularly video games and virtual reality environments.
    • 2003, David W. Knight, "'Wolverine's Revenge' offers one heck of a ride," Indianapolis Star, 2 May 2003: Camera control is especially tough to learn and can leave players with a case of barfogenesis.
Synonyms: cybersickness, simulation sickness
barfogenic etymology barf + -o- + -genic
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Causing nausea and vomiting.
    • 2010, Julie Rehmeyer, "Equation: Formula for Calculating a Skycraper’s Sway", Wired, 29 November 2010: If you’re on the top floor of, say, the 1,667-foot-tall Taipei 101, you could find yourself swaying back and forth abruptly, a total of up to 2 feet within five seconds. Highly barfogenic.
Synonyms: emetic, nauseating, sickening
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (rare, informal, humorous) Causing one to barf; sickening; disgusting.
barfy etymology barf + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Resembling vomit in colour, texture, etc.
  2. (informal) Inclined to vomit; sick.
  3. (informal) Vile; contemptible
  4. (informal) disgusting.
  • by far, farby
bargain {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English bargaynen, from xno bargaigner, from Old French bargaigner, from frk *borganjan, from Proto-Germanic *burgijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *bhergh-. Akin to Old High German boragen, borgen (German borgen), Old English borgian. More at borrow. pronunciation
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  • {{enPR}}, /ˈbɑː(ɹ)ɡən/, /ˈbɑː(ɹ).ɡɪn/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An agreement between parties concerning the sale of property; or a contract by which one party bind himself to transfer the right to some property for a consideration, and the other party binds himself to receive the property and pay the consideration.
    • {{rfdate}} Wharton's Law Lexicon A contract is a bargain that is legally binding.
  2. An agreement or stipulation; mutual pledge.
    • {{rfdate}}, William Shakespeare And whon your honors mean to solemnize The bargain of your faith.
  3. An item (usually brand new) purchased for significantly less than the usual, or recommended, price; also (when not qualified), a gainful transaction; an advantageous purchase. exampleto buy a thing at a bargain exampleAt that price, it's not just a bargain, it's a steal.
    • {{RQ:BLwnds TLdgr}} Thus the red damask curtains which now shut out the fog-laden, drizzling atmosphere of the Marylebone Road, had cost a mere song, and yet they might have been warranted to last another thirty years. A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor;{{nb...}}.
  4. The thing stipulated or purchased.
    • {{rfdate}} William Shakespeare She was too fond of her most filthy bargain.
{{Webster 1913}} Synonyms: contract, engagement, purchase, stipulation, (an advantageous purchase) steal
  • rip-off
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To make a bargain; to make a contract for the exchange of property or services; to negotiate; -- followed by with and for; as, to bargain with a farmer for a cow. So worthless peasants bargain for their wives. -- Shakespeare. united we bargain, divided we beg
  2. (transitive) To transfer for a consideration; to barter; to trade; as, to bargain one horse for another.
  • braaing
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) cheap (characteristic of a bargain)
barge in
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic) To intrude; to enter or interrupt suddenly and without invitation. What makes you think you can just barge in and make demands of the CEO?
  • bangier
  • bearing
bargeman pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A member of the crew of a barge.
  2. A barge owner, maintainer, or captain of a barge.
  3. (nautical, slang) A nickname for a large white maggot, that frequently infested ship's biscuit; most likely a larva of the cadelle beetle, .
barkeep etymology bar + keep, possibly a clipping of barkeeper. pronunciation
  • (Canada) /ˈbɑrˌkiːp/
  • (UK) /ˈbɑː(ɹ)ˌkiːp/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) a bartender
    • 1873: Bret Harte, Mrs. Skaggs's Husbands I sez to the barkeep' o' the hotel, "Show me the biggest doctor here."
    • 1999: Frasier (TV, episode 6.13) Barkeep, a couple of beers here, please?
Synonyms: barkeeper, bar-keeper
  • prebake
barker {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From bark + er.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone or something who bark. exampleMy neighbor's dog is a constant barker that keeps me awake at night.
  2. A person employed to solicit customer by calling out to passersby, e.g. at a carnival.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    exampleBob had amassed a considerable stockpile of double entendres from his days working as a barker for a strip joint.
  3. A shelf-talker.
  4. (video games) A video game mode where the action is demonstrated to entice someone to play the game. exampleThe barker mode of the arcade video game convinced the teenager to spend a quarter.
  5. (slang, dated) A pistol. {{rfquotek}} George MacDonald Fraser, [ Flashman], 1969, page 45, “''...Parkin, the Oxford Street gunmaker, sent me a brace of barkers in silver mountings, with my initials engraved—good for trade, I imagine.''”
  6. The spotted redshank.
Synonyms: spruik, tout
etymology 2 From bark + er.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A person that removes the bark from wood, or prepares it for use in tanning. The profession of barker has been made largely obsolete by the introduction of more effective tanning agents, but it lives on as a surname.
  2. A machine used to remove the bark from wood. Run these logs through the barker so we can use them as fence posts.
barking iron
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, especially in plural) A tool used to remove the bark from tree {{rfquotek}}
  2. (dated, slang) A pistol.
barking mad
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, NZ, informal) Completely insane.
barking spider
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. An Australian spider, Selenocosmia crassipes, which makes a "hissing" sound (stridulation) when disturbed.
  2. (euphemistic, humorous) An instance of audible flatulence; a fart.
barkitecture etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The design and structure of doghouse.
    • 2000, William Thomas, The Dog Rules, Penguin (2000), ISBN 9780143168164, page 42: I'm sure with barkitecture just taking off, the next generation of doghouses will be designed with individual breeds in mind.
bar-lamb etymology From baa-lamb, as a pun
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, humorous) A barrister
  2. (obsolete, humorous) A customer at a bar (place that sells alcoholic drinks)
barley-bree etymology Literally "barley broth". See brew.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous, obsolete, Scotland) liquor made from barley; strong ale {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}}
barmpot Alternative forms: bampot
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (northern England, informal, pejorative) Idiot; an objectionable and foolish person.
  • This term is often used affectionately among close friends.
barn {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /bɑrn/
    • (AU) [baːn]
    • (New York) [bɒən]
    • (NZ) [bɐːn]
    • (UK) [bɑː(ɹ)n]
    • (US) [bɑɹn]
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English bern, from Old English bereærn, compound of bere and ærn, ræn, from Proto-Germanic *razną (compare Old High German erin, Old Norse rann), from pre-Germanic *h₁rh̥₁-s-nó 〈*h₁rh̥₁-s-nó〉-, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁erh₁ 〈*h₁erh₁〉- 'to rest'. More at rest and barley.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (agriculture) A building, often found on a farm, used for storage or keeping animals such as cattle.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 11 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “One day I was out in the barn and he drifted in. I was currying the horse and he set down on the wheelbarrow and begun to ask questions.”
  2. (nuclear physics) A unit of surface area equal to 10-28 square metre.
  3. (informal, Canada, ice hockey) An arena. exampleMaple Leaf Gardens was a grand old barn.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To lay up in a barn.
    • Shakespeare Men … often barn up the chaff, and burn up the grain.
etymology 2 From Middle English barn, bern, from Old English bearn and Old Norse barn. More at bairn.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dialect, parts of Northern England) A child.
Synonyms: (child) bairn
  • bran
  • NRAB
barnacle {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English barnakille, from earlier bernake, bernekke, from onf bernaque (compare French barnache), from vl *bernacca, from Gaulish (compare Welsh brennig, Irish báirneac), from Proto-Celtic *barinākos, from *barinā (compare Old Irish barenn), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷr̥H- + Proto-Celtic *-ākos, from Proto-Indo-European *-kos, *-ḱos 〈*-ḱos〉; for sense development, compare Ancient Greek λέπας 〈lépas〉 which gave λεπάς 〈lepás〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbɑː(ɹ)nəkəɫ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A marine crustacean of the subclass Cirripedia that attach itself to submerged surface such as tidal rocks or the bottom of ship.
  2. The barnacle goose.
  3. (engineering, slang) In electrical engineering, a change made to a product on the manufacturing floor that was not part of the original product design.
  4. (computing, slang) On printed circuit board, a change such as soldering a wire in order to connect two points, or addition such as an added resistor or capacitor, subassembly or daughterboard.
  5. (obsolete) An instrument like a pair of pincers, to fix on the nose of a vicious horse while shoeing so as to make it more tractable.
  6. (archaic, British) A nickname for spectacles.
  7. (slang, obsolete) A good job, or snack easily obtained.
related terms:
  • barnacle eater
  • barnacle goose
  • barnacle scale
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To connect with or attach.
    • 2009, , Hidden Buddhas: A Novel of Karma and Chaos, Stone Bridge Press (2009), ISBN 9781933330853, page 178: Tokuda went over everything his grandfather had taught him, including the commentary that had barnacled on to the core knowledge.
  2. To press close against something.
    • 2002, , All Families Are Psychotic, Vintage Canada (2002), ISBN 0679311831, page 16: He turned a corner to where he supposed the cupboard might be, to find Howie and Alanna barnacled together in an embrace.
  • balancer
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (historical, US, political, slang) A member of the radical section of the Democratic party in New York, around the middle of the 19th century, which was hostile to extension of slavery, public debts, corporate privileges, etc., and supported Van Buren against Cass for president in 1848.
  • Hunker
barn door Alternative forms: barndoor, barn-door etymology barn + door
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The large door of a barn.
  2. (humorous) Something large enough that a miss ought to be impossible. exampleBuying a barn door won't help your tennis game.
  3. (euphemism, humorous) The groin area of a pair of pants. exampleSomebody forgot to close his barn door again!
  4. (climbing) An off-balance pivot on two points of contact.
barney pronunciation
  • (British) {{enPR}}, /ˈbɑː(ɹ)ni/
  • (US) bärʹni, /ˈbɑrni/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Cockney Rhyming slang: "Barney Rubble" → "trouble". From the character Barney Rubble on The Flintstones.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, Australia, Cockney rhyming slang) A noisy argument.
    • 2007, Dave Brooks, For Nil Consideration, [http//|real+barney%22&hl=en&ei=ADrSTvbFLvCViQeL96HVDg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22a%20right|real%20barney%22&f=false page 230], Gary and Mum went mental, and Gary phoned them up and had a right Barney with them.
    • 2009, Neville Conway, An Ornament to His Profession, [http//|real+barney%22&hl=en&ei=ADrSTvbFLvCViQeL96HVDg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22a%20right|real%20barney%22&f=false page 45], ‘They had a right barney,’ Dexter said with glee, between mouthfuls. ‘Bloke wouldn′t go. Said he′d write to his MP.’
    • 2010, Michael White, The Art of Murder, [http//|real+barney%22&hl=en&ei=ADrSTvbFLvCViQeL96HVDg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22a%20right|real%20barney%22&f=false unnumbered page], ‘…I bet there was a right barney over her wearing a dress that exposed the rose tattoo!’ Turner concluded with a laugh.
  2. (UK, Australia, Cockney rhyming slang) A minor physical fight.
    • 1982, Ruth Dudley Edwards, Corridors of Death, [http//|real+barney%22&hl=en&ei=A7_QTqn4LKquiAexz7m2Dg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22a%20right|real%20barney%22&f=false page 157], I got stuck in the middle of a real barney between a couple of tough coppers and a handful of hairy protesters, and I didn't enjoy it one single bit.
    • 2010, , The Liverpool Rose, [http//|real+barney%22&hl=en&ei=ADrSTvbFLvCViQeL96HVDg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22a%20right|real%20barney%22&f=false page 200], But he doesn't seem to be so — so angry all the time, and it's ages since he and Aunt Annie had a real barney, with flying fists and screechings, that sort of thing.
    • 2011, , Killing Time, [http//|real+barney%22&hl=en&ei=ADrSTvbFLvCViQeL96HVDg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22a%20right|real%20barney%22&f=false unnumbered page], ‘I heard this crash, like the door was being kicked in, and then a load of shoutin′ an′ crashin′ about, like someone was havin' a real barney.’
Synonyms: (noisy argument) quarrel, row, see also , (fight) fisticuffs, scuffle, see also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (UK, Australia, Cockney rhyming slang) To argue, to quarrel.
Synonyms: (argue): bicker, have a barney, row, squabble, see also
etymology 2 From the character Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (United States, pejorative slang) A police officer, usually one perceived as inferior or overzealous.
    • 2005, {{cite news}}
Synonyms: (police officer) fed, pig, see also
  • nearby
etymology 1 From French baraque; from Catalan barraca. pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (military, chiefly, in the plural) A building for soldier, especially within a garrison; originally referred to temporary hut, now usually to a permanent structure or set of buildings.
    • 1829, , The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 4, page 67, Before the gates of Bari, he lodged in a miserable hut or barrack, composed of dry branches, and thatched with straw; a perilous station, on all sides open to the inclemency of the winter and the spears of the enemy.
    • 1919, , Army Reorganization: Hearings Before the Committee on Military Affairs, House of Representatives, 66th Congress, 1st Session, on H.R. 8287, H.R. 8068, H.R. 7925, H.R. 8870, Sept. 3, 1919-Nov. 12, 1919, Parts 23-43, [http//|%22barracks%22|%22barracking%22|%22barracked%22+-intitle:%22barrack|barracks%22&dq=%22barrack%22|%22barracks%22|%22barracking%22|%22barracked%22+-intitle:%22barrack|barracks%22&hl=en&ei=spPLTtOWNrGNmQXTlcSmDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y page 1956], How do you distinguish between the disciplinary barracks and the penitentiary? Where are the disciplinary barracks ?
    • 1996, (translation copyright owner), , , [http//|%22barracks%22|%22barracking%22|%22barracked%22+-intitle:%22barrack|barracks%22&hl=en&ei=spPLTtOWNrGNmQXTlcSmDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22barrack%22|%22barracks%22|%22barracking%22|%22barracked%22%20-intitle%3A%22barrack|barracks%22&f=false page 129], I know the barracks at the training camp out on the moors.
  2. (chiefly, in the plural) primitive structure resembling a long shed or barn for (usually temporary) housing or other purposes
  3. (chiefly, in the plural) any very plain, monotonous, or ugly large building
  4. (US, regional) A movable roof sliding on four posts, to cover hay, straw, etc.
  5. (Ireland, colloquial, usually, in the plural) A police station.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To house military personnel; to quarter.
    • 1825, , The Republican, Volume 11, [http//|%22barracked%22+-intitle:%22barrack|barracks%22&hl=en&ei=rqrLTsilH6XamAXko_CoDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22barracking%22|%22barracked%22%20-intitle%3A%22barrack|barracks%22&f=false page 276], Where the men were barracked alone, unnatural crime prevailed : where the women were barracked, contrivances were made to render such a place a brothel.
  2. (intransitive) To live in barracks.
etymology 2 {{rfe}} pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (British, transitive) To jeer and heckle; to attempt to disconcert by verbal means.
    • 1934, , Herbert Chapman on Football, [http//|%22barracked%22+-intitle:%22barrack|barracks%22&hl=en&ei=EbDLTtiOAa2bmQX-7pGqDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22barracking%22|%22barracked%22%20-intitle%3A%22barrack|barracks%22&f=false page 140], I knew that he had been barracked at times, but I did not realise that he was so sensitive.
    • 2006, Ramsay Burt, Judson Dance Theater: Performative traces, [http//|%22barracked%22+-intitle:%22barrack|barracks%22&hl=en&ei=8qLLTvetMrHMmAXR_7SiDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22barracking%22|%22barracked%22%20-intitle%3A%22barrack|barracks%22&f=false page 192], Some people stopped concentrating on the piece altogether, some started barracking and heckling, while others began chatting to one another.
    • 2009, , The Heart of the Game, [http//|%22barracked%22+-intitle:%22barrack|barracks%22&hl=en&ei=8qLLTvetMrHMmAXR_7SiDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22barracking%22|%22barracked%22%20-intitle%3A%22barrack|barracks%22&f=false unnumbered page], Its basic tenet was to say that if those Arsenal supporters who barracked the board at home games could do any better, let them come forward, put some money in the club, and have a go at being directors themselves. In short, ‘Put up or shut up’, which, of course, only encouraged Johnny and One-armed Lou to heckle the Arsenal board even more. Dear old Dennis, he had no idea the barracking he and his fellow Arsenal directors suffered at every home game came from Spurs supporters.
  2. (Australia, New Zealand, intransitive) To cheer for a team; to jeer at the opposition team or at the umpire (after an adverse decision).
    • 1988, J. A. Mangan (editor), Pleasure, Profit, Proselytism: British Culture and Sport at Home and Abroad 1700-1914, [http//|%22barracked%22+-intitle:%22barrack|barracks%22&hl=en&ei=P5zLTp_SGOKziQej2OXQDg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&sqi=2&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22barracking%22|%22barracked%22%20-intitle%3A%22barrack|barracks%22&f=false page 266], The only really unique aspect of Australian barracking is its idiom, the distinctive language and humour involved.
    • 2009, Roger Averill, Boy He Cry: An Island Odyssey, [http//|%22barracked%22+-intitle:%22barrack|barracks%22&hl=en&ei=rqrLTsilH6XamAXko_CoDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22barracking%22|%22barracked%22%20-intitle%3A%22barrack|barracks%22&f=false page 115], I had by then explained to him my custom of occasionally listening to Australian Rules Football on our shortwave radio of a Saturday afternoon; how, despite my barracking for Essendon, I thought a player from Geelong, Gary Ablett, the best I had ever seen.
    • 2010, John Cash, Joy Damousi, Footy Passions, [http//|%22barracked%22+-intitle:%22barrack|barracks%22&hl=en&ei=P5zLTp_SGOKziQej2OXQDg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&sqi=2&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22barracking%22|%22barracked%22%20-intitle%3A%22barrack|barracks%22&f=false page 75], ‘So to me barracking for the footy I identified with my father, although nobody barracked for Essendon.’
Synonyms: (jeer and heckle) badger, jeer, tease, make fun of, (cheer) cheer, root for (US)
barrio {{wikipedia}} etymology From Spanish.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (in Venezuela or the Dominican Republic) A slum on the periphery of a major city; a low to middle-class neighborhood in a lesser city.
  2. (in some Spanish-speaking countries) A municipality or subdivision of a municipality.
  3. (in the Phillippines) A barangay.
    • 2008, Resil B. Mojares, Beast in the Fields, Gémino H. Abad (editor), Upon Our Own Ground: Filipino short stories in English: 1956 to 1972, page 413, In the barrio, they talked excitedly about the wood-gatherer's discovery. There was so much pushing and quibbling over details that by the time the barrio had organized itself to set out for Salug to investigate, dusk had already fallen.
  4. (informal, US) An area or neighborhood in a US city inhabited predominantly by Spanish-speakers or people of Hispanic origin.
    • 1993, Diego Vigil, The Established Gang, Scott Cummings, Daniel J. Monti (editors), Gangs: The Origins and Impact of Contemporary Youth Gangs in the United States, page 98, After World War II, its prospering working-class white residents moved to other, more upscale suburban developments, and by the 1950s the area had become an isolated ethnic enclave with its own barrio gang.
barrow boy etymology Compound of barrow + boy. Attested since the 1930s in the sense of costermonger; the slang usage dates from the 1980s.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British) A boy or man who sells goods – especially fruit or vegetables – from a barrow; a costermonger.
    • 1948, "Is rhubarb a fruit?", The Listener page 650: a London magistrate's court a young coster — a barrow boy — was summoned before me for selling rhubarb without a licence.
  2. (British, slang, derogatory) By extension, a financial industry worker from a working class or lower middle class family background.
    • 1992, Leslie Budd and Sam Whimster, Global Finance and Urban Living page 326: The "barrow boy" commodities trader may well have no aspirations to old-style middle class tastes.
Barry boy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, British) A person denoted by their poor taste in clothing and flashy cars; mainly used in the UK.
etymology 1 From Middle English bars, from Old English bærs, from Proto-Germanic *barsaz, from Proto-Indo-European *bhars-, *bharst-. Cognate with Dutch baars, German Barsch, Latin fastus.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The perch; any of various marine and freshwater fish resembling the perch.
etymology 2 {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, vulgar, slang) The perineum of a man.
Synonyms: See also .
  • bares
  • baser
  • bears
  • saber
  • sabre
barstooler etymology barstool + er From the prevalence of the practice within bar.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland, pejorative) An Irish person that regularly watches English football matches on television and takes no interest in or disparage the domestic League of Ireland.{{cite web|url=|title=Raising the bar raises issues that need to be addressed|publisher=Irish Independent|date=2011-08-28|accessdate=2011-12-19}}
related terms:
  • West Briton
  • Anglophile
basbleu etymology French, from bas stocking + bleu blue.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, dated) A bluestocking; a literary woman.
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base pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /beɪs/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
etymology 1 From Old French base, from Latin basis, from Ancient Greek βάσις 〈básis〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Something from which other things extend; a foundation.
    1. A supporting, lower or bottom component of a structure or object.
  2. The starting point of a logical deduction or thought; basis.
  3. A permanent structure for housing military personnel and material.
  4. The place where decision for an organization are made; headquarters.
  5. (cooking, painting, pharmacy) A basic but essential component or ingredient.
  6. A substance used as a mordant in dye. {{rfquotek}}
  7. (cosmetics) Foundation: a cosmetic cream to make the face appear uniform.
  8. (chemistry) Any of a class of generally water-soluble compounds, having bitter taste, that turn red litmus blue, and react with acid to form salt.
  9. Important areas in games and sports.
    1. A safe zone in the children's games of tag and hide-and-go-seek.
    2. (baseball) One of the three places that a runner can stand without being subject to being tag out.
  10. (architecture) The lowermost part of a column, between the shaft and the pedestal or pavement.
  11. (biology, biochemistry) A nucleotide's nucleobase in the context of a DNA or RNA biopolymer.
  12. (botany) The end of a leaf, petal or similar organ where it is attached to its support.
  13. (electronics) The name of the controlling terminal of a bipolar transistor (BJT).
  14. (geometry) The lowest side of a in a triangle or other polygon, or the lowest face of a cone, pyramid or other polyhedron laid flat.
  15. (heraldiccharge) The lowest third of a shield or escutcheon.
  16. (mathematics) A number raise to the power of an exponent. The logarithm to base 2 of 8 is 3.
  17. (mathematics) Alternative to radix.
  18. (topology) The set of sets from which a topology is generate.
  19. (topology) A topological space, looked at in relation to one of its covering space, fibration, or bundle.
  20. (acrobatics, cheerleading) In hand-to-hand balance, the person who supports the flyer; the person that remains in contact with the ground.
  21. (linguistics) A morpheme (or morphemes) that serves as a basic foundation on which affix can be attached.
  22. (music) dated form of bass
    • Dryden The trebles squeak for fear, the bases roar.
  23. (military, historical) The smallest kind of cannon.
  24. (heraldry) The lower part of the field. See escutcheon.
  25. The housing of a horse.
  26. (historical, in the plural) A kind of skirt (often of velvet or brocade, but sometimes of mailed armour) which hung from the middle to about the knees, or lower.
  27. (obsolete) The lower part of a robe or petticoat.
  28. (obsolete) An apron.
    • Marston bakers in their linen bases
  29. A line in a survey which, being accurately determined in length and position, serves as the origin from which to compute the distances and positions of any points or objects connected with it by a system of triangles. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (chemical compound that will neutralize an acid) alkali
  • (chemical compound that will neutralize an acid) acid
  • (end of a leaf) apex
related terms:
  • basal
  • basilar
  • embase, imbase
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To give as its foundation or starting point; to lay the foundation of.
    • {{RQ:Schuster Hepaticae V}} Firstly, I continue to base most species treatments on personally collected material, rather than on herbarium plants.
  2. (transitive) To be located (at a particular place).
  3. (acrobatics, cheerleading) To act as a base; to be the person supporting the flyer.
    • 2005, John T. Warren, ‎Laura B. Lengel, Casting Gender: Women and Performance in Intercultural Context, ISBN 0820474193, page 73 Apart from time taken out during radio- and chemotherapy, Maurs continued to participate in POW. She would base a flyer in a double balance and make the audience laugh with her clowning antics for two more shows.
etymology 2 From Old French bas, from ll bassus.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete) Low in height; short.
    • 1594, William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece, l. 664: The cedar stoops not to the base shrub's foot.
  2. Low in place or position. {{rfquotek}}
  3. (obsolete) Of low value or degree.
    • {{RQ:Flr Mntgn Essays}}, II.3: If thou livest in paine and sorrow, thy base courage is the cause of it, To die there wanteth but will.
  4. (archaic) Of low social standing or rank; vulgar, common.
    • Francis Bacon a pleasant and base swain
  5. Morally reprehensible, immoral; cowardly.
  6. (now rare) Inferior; unworthy, of poor quality.
  7. Designating those metals which are not classed as precious or noble.
  8. Alloyed with inferior metal; debased. base coin;  base bullion
  9. (obsolete) Of illegitimate birth; bastard.
    • Shakespeare Why bastard? wherefore base?
  10. Not classical or correct. base Latin {{rfquotek}}
  11. obsolete form of bass the base tone of a violin
  12. (legal) Not held by honourable service. A base estate is one held by services not honourable, or held by villenage. Such a tenure is called base, or low, and the tenant is a base tenant.
  • Said of fellows, motives, occupations, etc.
Synonyms: bad, vile, malicious, destructive, reprehensible, knavish, evil
  • likeable
  • desirable
  • admirable
  • noble
etymology 3 Probably a specific use of Etymology 1, above; perhaps also a development of the plural of bar.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now chiefly, US, historical) The game of prisoners' bars. {{defdate}}
    • Shakespeare to run the country base
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, V.8: So ran they all, as they had bene at bace, / They being chased that did others chase.
etymology 4 Variant forms.
acronym: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. alternative form of BASE
  • Abes, EBSA
basement etymology base + ment. pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
  • /ˈbeɪsmənt/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A floor of a building below ground level.
    • {{RQ:Vance Nobody}} Turning back, then, toward the basement staircase, she began to grope her way through blinding darkness, but had taken only a few uncertain steps when, of a sudden, she stopped short and for a little stood like a stricken thing, quite motionless save that she quaked to her very marrow in the grasp of a great and enervating fear.
  2. (sports, informal) Last place in a sports conference standings.
base off of
verb: {{head}}
  1. (US, informal) To base on.
base on
verb: {{head}}
  1. (transitive) To ground (an opinion, a conclusion, etc) on.
  2. (transitive) To derive (a work) from.
Synonyms: base upon (formal), base off of (informal)
base over apex
adverb: {{head}}
  1. (informal, idiomatic) falling over in a jumble heap.
Synonyms: arse over tit, head over heels, upside down, topsy turvy
basha pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbæʃə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A tarpaulin or plastic waterproof sheet.
  2. (UK military slang) A makeshift shelter made from the above.
bashaw Alternative forms: bassa {{defdate}}, bassaw (obsolete) etymology Variant of pasha. pronunciation
  • /bəˈʃɔː/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now rare, historical) A pasha. {{defdate}}
    • {{RQ:RBrtn AntmyMlncly}}, II.2.4: Radzivilius was much taken with the bassa’s palace in Cairo […].
    • 1630, John Smith (explorer), True Travels, in Kupperman 1988, p. 44: The Bashaw notwithstanding drew together a partie of five hundred before his owne Pallace, where he intended to die […].
    • 1809, James Grey Jackson, An Account of the Empire of Marocco, London 1809, p. 79: he fancies himself in company with beautiful women; he dreams that he is an emperor, or a bashaw, and that the world is at his nod.
    • 1982, TC Boyle, Water Music, Penguin 2006, p. 7: Insecure about his infirmity, the Bashaw decreed that all who desired to come into his presence must first submit to having their eyes put out.
  2. (archaic, often pejorative, by extension) A grandee. {{defdate}}
  3. A very large siluroid fish ({{taxlink}}) of the Mississippi valley; the goujon or mudcat.
basher etymology bash + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who bash something, figuratively or literally.
  2. One who engages in gratuitous physical or verbal attacks on a group or type of people. He was beaten up by a queer-basher. a Paki-basher
  3. (UK, slang) A trainspotter.
  • rehabs
bashism etymology Bash + ism
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, informal) A shell command specific to the Bash interpreter.
bashment etymology bash + ment
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (slang, countable, especially Jamaican) A party or rave.
  2. (slang, uncountable, music, especially Jamaican) Dancehall music.
bash the bishop etymology {{rfe}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) To masturbate (male).
Synonyms: See also
basic etymology base + ic. pronunciation
  • /ˈbeɪsɪk/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Necessary, essential for life or some process. Flour is a basic ingredient of bread.
  2. Elementary, simple, fundamental, merely functional. The Hotel Sparta’s accommodation is purely basic.
  3. (chemistry) Of or pertaining to a base; having a pH greater than 7.
  4. (slang) Unremarkable or uninteresting; boring; uncool.
    • 2013, Sam Stryker, "Why Does Everyone Hate Anne Hathaway?", The Observer (University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary's College), Volume 46, Issue 101, 1 March 2013, page 11: I'm not saying people are jealous of Hathaway because she is so perfect. Yes, she does have it all — husband, healthy career, good looks. But she doesn't do anything in an "awesome" way. She's basic.
    • 2014, Trevor Thrall, "Firing Line: Rowling says ‘JK,’ Ron and Hermione not meant to be", The Daily Campus (Southern Methodist University), Volume 99, Issue 54, 3 February 2014, page 4: And what can be said about Ginny? She’s basic. My guess is that she spends her time drinking pumpkin spice lattes and watching “Pretty Little Liars.” The Chosen One is way out of her quidditch league.
    • 2015, Lily Kunda, "A New Track On Hip-Hipocrisy", The Marlin Chronicle (Virginia Wesleyan College), 26 February 2015, page 7: "I couldn't get into it, I could barely understand what he's saying – it had too much cursing and explicit language," said Cortnee Brandon. "I think his lyrics are easy...he's basic. Kendrick Lamar is kind of overrated."
Synonyms: See also , (chemistry) alkaline
  • (chemistry) acidic
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A necessary commodity, a staple requirement. Rice is a basic for many Asian villagers.
  2. An elementary building block, e.g. a fundamental piece of knowledge. Arithmetic is a basic for the study of mathematics.
  3. (military) Basic training.
basic bitch
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, derogatory) A person (typically a woman) who likes mainstream music, fashion, and products, or is otherwise unexceptional and uninteresting.
    • 2011, Kreayshawn, "Gucci Gucci", Somethin' 'Bout Kreay: Gucci Gucci, Louis Louis, Fendi Fendi, Prada / Them basic bitches wear that shit, so I don't even bother
    • 2014, Raziel Reid, "The Vatican approves", Xtra! (Vancouver), Issue #535, 27 February 2014 - 12 March 2014, page 16: The newly renovated venue is quickly becoming an alternative outlet on Davie, distancing itself from the more commercial parties on the strip – and the basic bitches who frequent them.
    • 2015, Jen Pritchard, "I want a steak and a blow job", In The Middle, Issue 11, 13 February 2015, page 23: This isn't some sort of tirade against basic bitches who want to enjoy Valentine's Day in all its pink and read{{sic}} heart-shaped glory.
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basket etymology From xno bascat, from ll bascauda, from , from Proto-Celtic *baski, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰask-. pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /ˈbɑːskɪt/
  • (AU) {{enPR}}, /ˈbaːskət/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈbæskɪt/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A lightweight container, generally round, open at the top, and tapering toward the bottom. exampleA basket of fake fruit adorned the table.
  2. A wire or plastic container similar in shape to a basket, used for carrying articles for purchase in a shop.
  3. In an online shop, a notional place to store item before order them.
  4. (basketball) A circular hoop, from which a net is suspended, which is the goal through which the players try to throw the ball. exampleThe point guard drove toward the basket.
  5. (basketball) The act of putting the ball through the basket, thereby scoring points. exampleThe last-second basket sealed the victory.
  6. The game of basketball. exampleLet's play some basket.
  7. A dance movement in some line dances, where men put their arms round the women's lower backs, and the women put their arms over the mens' shoulders, and the group (usually of four, any more is difficult) spins round, which should result in the women's feet leaving the ground.
  8. (UK, slang) Genitals.
  9. (obsolete) In a stage-coach, two outside seats facing each other.
    • 1773, , In my time, the follies of the town crept slowly among us, but now they travel faster than a stage-coach. Its fopperies come down not only as inside passengers, but in the very basket.
  10. (archaic) A protection for the hand on a sword or a singlestick; a guard of a bladed weapon.
    1. A singlestick with a basket hilt.
      • 1773, , Baw! damme, but I'll fight you both, one after the other——with baskets.
  11. (ballooning) Where the pilot and passengers are.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  12. (architecture) The bell or vase of the Corinthian capital. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (container used in a shop) cart, shopping basket, shopping cart, (storage place for online items) cart, shopping basket, shopping cart, (basketball) basketball, hoop
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To place in a basket or in baskets.
basketballer etymology From basketball + -er.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A basketball player; a person who plays basketball.
    • 1967, Greyson Daughtrey, Methods in Physical Education and Health for Secondary Schools, p. 73: In fact the latter are likely to develop muscles of the kind and strength that may even be a handicap to the Nth degree basketballer.
    • 2000, Bob Mierisch, On the Level: Striving for Openness to Build Corporate Strength, p. 72: For the basketballer on the court, it expresses itself in individual play: running, passing, defending, shooting for goal.
    • 2004, Paul Harding, Iceland, p. 190: The most famous sportsman rumoured to come for a round here was basketballer Michael Jordan, who flew in just for the midnight golf experience.
related terms:
  • baller
basket case Alternative forms: basketcase etymology The term originated from WWI, indicating a soldier missing both his arms and legs, who needed to be literally carried around in a litter or "basket." Today it indicates a state of helplessness similar to the metaphoric removal of the appendages, most frequently in the context of mental health or aptitude.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang, potentially offensive) One made power or ineffective, as by nerve, panic or stress. She was a complete basket case the morning of her wedding.
  2. (idiomatic) A country in a difficult economic or financial situation. This country is a financial basket case, a country so broke that it should be a perfect warning to lenders. Some countries are breadbaskets, others basket cases.
Synonyms: (one made powerless or ineffective, as by nerves, panic or stress) emotional cripple
bass-ackwards Alternative forms: bass-ackward, bassackward, bassackwards etymology Spoonerism and euphemism of ass-backwards, meant to suggest the same meaning.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial, euphemistic, bowdlerization) alternative form of ass-backwards Their whole approach is bass-ackwards.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial, euphemistic, bowdlerization) alternative form of ass-backwards What do you expect? They did the job bass-ackwards.
    • 2005, Joe Lindsey, "What's with T-Mobile," at (retrieved 17 Jul., 2005), It’s certainly not helped by the bass-ackwards direction of team director Walter Godefroot. The man never met talent he couldn’t squander.
  • ass backwards, ass-backwards, back-asswards, backasswards
bassooner etymology bassoon + er pronunciation
  • /bəˈsuːnər/ {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, humorous) bassoonist
bastard pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbɑːstəd/, /ˈbastəd/, /ˈbæstəd/
  • (US) /ˈbæstəɹd/
  • {{audio}}
etymology From Middle English bastard, bastarde, from Late Old English bastard, from xno bastard, from Old Low frk * (compare Middle Dutch bast) and derogatory suffix -ard, from Proto-Germanic *banstuz (compare West Frisian boask, boaste), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰendʰ-; or equivalent to bast + ard. Cognate with Western Frisian bastert, Dutch bastaard, German Bastard, Icelandic bastarður. Probably originally referred to a child from a polygynous marriage of Germanic custom but not sanctioned by the Church.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who was born out of wedlock, and hence often considered an illegitimate descendant.
  2. A mongrel. A biological cross between different breed, groups or varieties.
  3. (vulgar, referring to a man) A contemptible, inconsiderate, overly or arrogantly rude or spiteful person. See asshole, sod. Some bastard stole my car while I was helping an injured person. 1997, television program "Oh my God, they killed Kenny!" "You bastards!" I'll tell you one thing, you prick bastard, you know what I really hope for, pray for, and wish for? This makes them realize they're human and maybe makes them less likely to be insensitive to the people they have to come in contact with because if they act too much like bastards, sooner or later someone is going to pop them one. Jesus you are a cold bastard, you know that?
  4. (often, humorous) A man, a fellow, a male friend. lucky bastard, poor bastard Get over here, you old bastard!
  5. (often preceded by 'poor') A person deserving of pity. Poor bastard, I feel so sorry for him. These poor bastards started out life probably in bad or broken homes.
  6. (informal) A child who does not know his or her father.
  7. (informal) Something extremely difficult or unpleasant to deal with. Life can be a real bastard.
  8. A variation that is not genuine; something irregular or inferior or of dubious origin, fake or counterfeit. The architecture was a kind of bastard, suggesting Gothic but not being true Gothic.
  9. An intermediate-grade file; also bastard file.
  10. A sweet wine.
    • William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure: We shall have all the world drink brown and white bastard.
  11. A sword that is midway in length between a short-sword and a long sword; also bastard sword.
  12. An inferior quality of soft brown sugar, obtained from syrup that have been boil several times.
  13. A large mould for strain sugar.
  14. A writing paper of a particular size.
  • (one born to unmarried parents) Not always regarded as a (religious) stigma (in canon law prohibitive for clerical office without papal indult): Norman duke William, the Conqueror of England, is referred to in state documents as "William the Bastard"; a Burgundian prince was even officially styled Great Bastard of Burgundy.
Synonyms: (illegitimate descendant): love-child, born in the vestry, (term of abuse): son of a bitch; arsehole, asshole
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. of or like a bastard (illegitimate human descendant)
  2. of or like a bastard (bad person)
  3. of or like a mongrel, bastardized creature/cross
  4. of abnormal, irregular or otherwise inferior qualities (size, shape etc.) a bastard musket; a bastard culverin
  5. spurious, lacking authenticity: counterfeit, fake
    • Barrow that bastard self-love which is so vicious in itself, and productive of so many vices
  6. (UK, vulgar) Very unpleasant. I've got a bastard headache.
  7. (printing) Abbreviated, as the half title in a page preceding the full title page of a book.
interjection: {{en-interj}}!
  1. (rare, vulgar) Exclamation of strong dismay or strong sense of being upset.
    • 2001, Stephen King, “The Death of Jack Hamilton”, in Everything's Eventual, Simon and Schuster (2007), ISBN 978-1-4165-4985-7, page 90: Jack says, “Oh! Bastard! I’m hit!” That bullet had to have come in the busted back window and how it missed Johnnie to hit Jack I don’t know.
    • 2004, Cecelia Ahern, PS, I Love You (novel), Hyperion, ISBN 978-1-4013-0090-6, page 7: “Yes, I’m hhhhowwwwwwcch!” she yelped as she stubbed her toe against the bedpost. “Shit, shit, fuck, bastard, shit, crap!”
    • 2006, Emily Franklin, Love from London, Penguin, ISBN 978-0-451-21773-8, page 212: “Isn’t she lovely?” Clem asks, hopefully rhetorically. “Oh, bastard. I’ve got to go—that’s my signal. …”
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete) To bastardize. {{rfquotek}}
  • batards, tabards
bastarding etymology bastard + ing
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, informal) damned, bloody; hateful
    • 1983, Richard Jenkins, Lads, citizens, and ordinary kids: working-class youth life-styles in Belfast I had to clean all the bastarding bricks. I had to sit down and scrape all the mortar off them, for fuck's sake...
    • 1989, Leslie Thomas, The adventures of Goodnight and Loving 'No, I fucking well haven't,' confirmed George, regarding him bitterly. 'I will call the police.' 'Call the bastarding police,' challenged the angry George.
bastard operator from hell {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, computing) a rogue system administrator who abuses users on the system that he or she operates, when he or she thinks they are annoying (being lusers)
Synonyms: BOFH (abbreviation)
bastid etymology Clipped form or euphemised version of bastard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) eye dialect of bastard, someone with illegitimate parentage.
bat {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /bæt/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Dialectal variant (akin to the dialectal Swedish term natt-batta) of Middle English bakke, balke, from gmq (compare Old Swedish natbakka, Old Danish nathbakkæ, Old Norse leðrblaka).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of the small, nocturnal, flying mammal of the order Chiroptera, which navigate by means of echolocation.
    • {{RQ:RnhrtHpwd Bat}} The Bat—they called him the Bat. Like a bat he chose the night hours for his work of rapine; like a bat he struck and vanished, pouncingly, noiselessly; like a bat he never showed himself to the face of the day.
    • 2012, Suemedha Sood, ( Travelwise: Texas love bats [sic] As well as being worth millions of dollars to the Texan agriculture industry, these mammals are worth millions of dollars to the state’s tourism industry. Texas is home to the world’s largest known bat colony (in Comal County), and the world’s largest urban bat colony (in Austin). Bat watching is a common activity, with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department offering more bat-viewing sites than anywhere else in the US.
  2. (offensive) An old woman.
  3. (1811) A prostitute who prowls in the evening like a bat.
Synonyms: (flying mammal) chiropter, flindermouse, flittermouse, {{vern}}, {{vern}}, rearmouse/reremouse
etymology 2 Old English batt
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A club made of wood or aluminium used for striking the ball in sports such as baseball, softball and cricket.
  2. A turn at hitting the ball with a bat in a game.
  3. (two-up) The piece of wood on which the spinner places the coins and then uses for throwing them.Sidney J. Baker, ''The Australian Language'', second edition, 1966, chapter XI section 3, page 242
  4. (mining) Shale or bituminous shale. {{rfquotek}}
  5. A sheet of cotton used for filling quilt or comfortable; batting.
  6. A part of a brick with one whole end.
  7. A stroke; a sharp blow.
  8. (UK, Scotland, dialect) A stroke of work.
  9. (informal) Rate of motion; speed.
    • Pall Mall Magazine a vast host of fowl … making at full bat for the North Sea.
  10. (US, slang, dated) A spree; a jollification.
  11. (UK, Scotland, dialect) Manner; rate; condition; state of health.
Synonyms: (two-up) kip, stick, kylie, lannet
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) to hit with a bat.
  2. (intransitive) to take a turn at hitting a ball with a bat in sports like cricket, baseball and softball, as opposed to field.
  3. (intransitive) to strike or swipe as though with a bat The cat batted at the toy.
  • Myotis
etymology 3 Possibly a variant of bate.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) to flutter: bat one's eyelashes.
  2. (UK, dialect, obsolete) To bate or flutter, as a hawk.
  3. (US, UK, dialect) To wink.
Most commonly used in the phrase bat an eye, and variants thereof.
etymology 4 From French bât, from Old French bast, from vl *bastum, form of *bastāre, from Late Greek *bastân, from Ancient Greek βαστάζω 〈bastázō〉.[ "batman."] '' Unabridged (v 1.1).'' Random House, Inc. 2009. Cognate to baton.{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) packsaddle
etymology 5
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. dated form of baht (Thai currency)
  • abt
  • ATB
  • tab
  • TBA
bat around
verb: {{head}}
  1. (intransitive, baseball) To have at least ten batter bat in a half inning. Seven runs are in; they've batted around.
  2. (transitive, informal) To discuss. I think we've batted this idea around enough to take a decision.
  • In transitive senses the object may appear before or after the particle. If the object is a pronoun, then it must be before the particle.
batch pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /bæt͡ʃ/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English bache, bæcche, from Old English bæċe, beċe, from Proto-Germanic *bakiz, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰog-. More at beach. Alternative forms: baiche (obsolete)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A bank; a sandbank.
  2. A field or patch of ground lying near a stream; the dale in which a stream flows.
etymology 2 From Middle English bache (or bacche), from Old English bæcce, from bacan. Compare German Gebäck, Dutch gebak and baksel.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The quantity of bread or other baked goods bake at one time. We made a batch of cookies to take to the party.
  2. A quantity of anything produced at one operation. We poured a bucket of water in top, and the ice maker spit out a batch of icecubes at the bottom.
  3. A group or collection of things of the same kind, such as a batch of letters or the next batch of business.
    • A new batch of Lords. --Lady M. W. Montagu.
  4. (computing) A set of data to be processed with one execution of a program. The system throttled itself to batches of 50 requests at a time to keep the thread count under control.
  5. (UK, dialect, Midlands) A bread roll.
  6. (Philippines) A graduating class. She was the valedictorian of Batch '73.
Synonyms: (quantity of baked goods) recipe, (anything produced in one operation) pressing, run, lot, (group of things of the same kind) group, lot
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To aggregate things together into a batch. The contractor batched the purchase orders for the entire month into one statement.
  2. (computing) To handle a set of input data or requests as a batch process. The purchase requests for the day were stored in a queue and batched for printing the next morning.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of a process, operating for a defined set of conditions, and then halting. The plant had two batch assembly lines for packaging, as well as a continuous feed production line.
  • continuous
etymology 3 from an abbreviation of the pronunciation of bachelor
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To live as a bachelor temporarily, of a married man or someone virtually married. I am batching next week when my wife visits her sister.
  • Often with it: "I usually batch it three nights a week when she calls on her out-of-town accounts."
batchelor's fare
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) Bread, cheese and kiss.
batchelor's son
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) A bastard.
batcrap Alternative forms: bat-crap pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈbætkɹæp/
etymology bat + crap, as a euphemism for batshit.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Too irrational to be dealt with sanely.
    • 2007, The Comics Journal, Issues 280-283, page 89: What I like is a certain ambiguity in a story, but I've come to understand over the years that that drives most people absolutely batcrap!
    • {{seemoreCites}}
Synonyms: batpoop, batshit, See also .
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (slang) Used as an intensifier, particularly for insane or synonyms.
    • 2011, Gary Paulsen, Liar, Liar: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Deception, Wendy Lamb Books (2011), ISBN 9780385740012, page 56: That kind of behavior made me more certain than ever that, once he was pushed to batcrap-crazy extremes, he'd be forced to see the depth of his obsessions, and then he'd start to develop a more realistic perspective on the whole health nut thing.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Nonsense, hogwash.
    • 1968, Leslie Waller, The Family, G. P. Putnam's Sons, page 315: "God, that is such… such batcrap!" Edith exploded.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
Synonyms: See also .
bate pronunciation
  • /beɪt/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
etymology 1 Aphetic from abate.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To reduce the force of something; to abate.
    • Dryden Abate thy speed, and I will bate of mine.
  2. (transitive) To restrain, usually with the sense of being in anticipation; as, with bated breath.
  3. (transitive, sometimes, figuratively) To cut off, remove, take away.
    • {{circa}} Dr. Henry More, Government of the Tongue: He will not bate an ace of absolute certainty.
    • Holland About autumn bate the earth from about the roots of olives, and lay them bare.
  4. (archaic, transitive) To leave out, except, bar.
    • 1610, , by , act 2, scene 1: (Sebastian) "Bate, I beseech you, widow Dido."
    • Beaumont and Fletcher Bate me the king, and, be he flesh and blood, / He lies that says it.
  5. To waste away.
    • 1597, , by , act 3, scene 3: (Falstaff) "Bardolph, am I not fallen away vilely since this last action? do I not bate? do I not dwindle?"
  6. To deprive of.
    • Herbert When baseness is exalted, do not bate / The place its honour for the person's sake.
  7. To lessen by retrenching, deducting, or reducing; to abate; to beat down; to lower.
    • John Locke He must either bate the labourer's wages, or not employ or not pay him.
  8. To allow by way of abatement or deduction.
    • South to whom he bates nothing or what he stood upon with the parliament
etymology 2
  • Noun: From the verb, or directly from the noun debate.
  • Verb: From Anglo-Saxon = contention. From Old French batre (French battre). From ll batere.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Strife; contention.
    • 1598, William Shakespeare, King Henry IV, Part 2: ... and wears his boots very smooth, like unto the sign of the leg, and breeds no bate with telling of discreet stories;
    • 1888, Sir Richard Burton, The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night (Arabian Nights) So the strife redoubled and the weapons together clashed and ceased not bate and debate and naught was to be seen but blood flowing and necks bowing; …
    • 1911, H.G. Wells, The New Machiavelli: The other merely needs jealousy and bate, of which there are great and easily accessible reservoirs in every human heart.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To contend or strive with blow or argument.
  2. (intransitive, falconry) Of a falcon: To flap the wing vigorously; to bait. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 3 From Swedish beta
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An alkaline lye which neutralizes the effect of the previous application of lime, and makes hide supple in the process of tanning.
  2. A vat which contains this liquid.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To soak leather so as to remove chemical used in tanning; to steep in bate.
etymology 4 Formed by analogy with eatate, with which it shares an analogous past participle (eatenbeaten).
verb: {{head}}
  1. (nonstandard) en-simple past of beat; = beat.
    • 2008 October 20th, , David Goetsch, Steven Molaro, and , (, ; ), , episode 5: “The Euclid Alternative” : ’s taking you to the ; I’m going to bed.: Why Penny?Leonard: Because . Goodnight.
etymology 5 Shortening of masturbate.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, slang) To masturbate.
  • abet, beat, beta, Beta
bat for the other team Alternative forms: bat for the other side etymology From cricket or baseball, in print c. 1990.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, humorous, euphemistic) To be homosexual.
bathe pronunciation
  • (British) /beɪð/
  • (US) {{enPR}}
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology From Middle English bathen, from Old English baþian, from Proto-Germanic *baþōną, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeh₁- 〈*bʰeh₁-〉, *bʰoh₁- 〈*bʰoh₁-〉. More at bath.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To clean oneself by immersion in water or using water; to take a bath, have a bath.
  2. (intransitive) To immerse oneself, or part of the body, in water for pleasure or refreshment; to swim.
  3. (transitive) To clean a person by immersion in water or using water; to take a bath, have a bath. We bathe our baby before going to bed; other parents do it in the morning if they have time.
  4. (transitive) To apply water or other liquid to; to suffuse or cover with liquid. She bathed her eyes with liquid to remove the stinging chemical. The nurse bathed his wound with a sponge. The incoming tides bathed the coral reef.
  5. (figuratively, transitive and intransitive) To cover or surround. The room was bathed in moonlight. A dense fog bathed the city streets.
    • {{quote-news}}
  6. (intransitive) To sunbathe. The women bathed in the sun.
related terms:
  • bath
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, colloquial) The act of swimming or bathing, especially in the sea, a lake, or a river; a swimming bath. I'm going to have a midnight bathe tonight.
bathroom etymology From bath + room. Compare Dutch badkamer, German Badezimmer, Swedish badrum. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈbɑːθɹuːm/
  • (UK) /ˈbæθɹuːm/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A room containing a bath where one can bathe.
  2. (chiefly, North America) A room containing a toilet. The bathroom was inconveniently located on the other side of the building.
bathroom singer etymology Acoustically bathrooms tend to be complimentary to the singing voice, often giving one a false impression that one's singing sounds good, when in a more ordinary, drier acoustic it would be less pleasing.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) a person with mediocre or amateur singing capabilities.
bath salt
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, in the plural) Any of several inorganic salt sometimes added to bath water.
  2. (slang, psychedelic drug culture) Any of a class of methylenedioxypyrovalerone-based psychoactive recreational drug.
Batmaniac etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A fan of the fictional character Batman.
    • 1988, Raymond Moley, ‎Malcolm Muir, ‎Joseph Becker Phillips, Newsweek (volume 112, issues 19-26, page xxxi) The DC comic book recently ran a two-day telephone poll asking Batmaniacs whether they wanted Robin, who was seriously injured by an explosion at the end of one issue, to live or die.
batmobile Alternative forms: Batmobile etymology From the driven by superhero in the eponymous media franchise. The second verb sense ("to put up an emotional or intellectual shield") comes from the retractable windscreen featured on the Batmobile in the 1960s television series Batman (TV series).
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To proceed in a fast, urgent, or reckless way, especially in a vehicle.
    • {{quote-news }}
  2. (slang) To put up an emotional or intellectual shield, especially to protect oneself from something that makes one uncomfortable.
    • {{quote-news }}
etymology 1 From Ancient Greek βάτος 〈bátos〉 + ologist.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A botanist who studies the genus Rubus.
    • 1898, Journal of Botany, vol. 36: The brambles were backward this season, and I could do little with them ; but I am sure that this part of Ireland is a good hunting-ground for the batologist.
etymology 2 From bat + ologist.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial or jocular) Someone who studies bat (the flying mammal).
Synonyms: chiropterologist
bat phone Alternative forms: batphone, bat-phone etymology After Commissioner Gordon's secure line to the Batphone in the 1960s-era television show.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A telephone that has a direct connection to an important caller, or is only used for important calls
batpoop etymology bat + poop, as a euphemism for batshit.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Too irrational to be dealt with sanely.
    • 2009 30 July, Cary Preston, "Re: [The Unique Geek] Re: More Coporate bashing", The Unique Geek, : It drives me batpoop to know the iPhone is MMS and tethering capable, but AT&T prevents it from being utilized on their network.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
Synonyms: batcrap, batshit, See also .
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (slang) Used as an intensifier, particularly for insane or synonyms.
    • 2011, Jen McDonnell, "Scandal Sheet: Rachel McAdams’ ring sparks engagement rumours", The National Post, 9 May 2011: Alicia Silverstone is upholding the time-honoured tradition of saddling celebrity kids with batpoop crazy names. She’s named her new son Bear Blu.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
bats pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of bat
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of bat
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Mad, insane. You must be bats to go out in the cold without a coat on.
  • ATBs
  • bast
  • stab
  • tabs
batshit Alternative forms: bat shit, bat-shit (adjective only) etymology Presumably from batty, itself from earlier have bats in one's belfry, from tendency of bats to fly around erratically. Possibly influenced by or derived from apeshit, particularly in phrase go apeshit. pronunciation
  • /ˈbæt.ʃɪt/
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. fecal matter produced by bat
Synonyms: guano
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Too irrational to be dealt with sane. Don't take any courses from that professor. She's completely batshit.
    • 1995, Nicholas Pileggi, Martin Scorsese, : Nicky Santoro: And what the fuck are you doing on TV anyhow? You know I get calls from back home every fuckin day, they think you went batshit!
    • 2002, David Simon, The Wire, (ref): Those subpoenas went out today! The front office is gonna go batshit!
Synonyms: batcrap, batpoop, See also .
related terms:
  • apeshit
  • bat
  • batty
  • go batshit
  • shit
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (slang) Used as an intensifier, particularly for insane or synonyms. When we heard about it he went batshit nuts.
batshitness etymology batshit + ness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, nonstandard) The state or condition of being batshit; craziness, lunacy.
batter {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbætə(ɹ)/
  • (US) /ˈbæɾɚ/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Old French batre.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to hit or strike violently and repeatedly. He battered his wife with a walking stick.
  2. to coat with batter (the food ingredient). I prefer it when they batter the cod with breadcrumbs.
  3. to defeat soundly; to thrash Leeds United battered Charlton 7-0.
  4. (UK, slang, usually in the passive) To intoxicate That cocktails will batter you! I was battered last night on our pub crawl.
  5. (metalworking) To flatten (metal) by hammering, so as to compress it inwardly and spread it outwardly.
etymology 2 From Old French bateure, from batre.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A beaten mixture of flour and liquid (usually egg and milk), used for baking (e.g. pancakes, cake, or Yorkshire pudding) or to coat food (e.g. fish) prior to frying To the dismay of his mother, the boy put his finger into the cake batter.
  2. A binge, a heavy drinking session. When he went on a batter, he became very violent.
  3. A paste of clay or loam. {{rfquotek}}
  4. (printing) A bruise on the face of a plate or of type in the form.
etymology 3 unknown.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (architecture) To slope (of walls, buildings etc.).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An incline on the outer face of a built wall. Hydroseeding of unvegetated batters is planned.
etymology 4 bat + er.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (baseball) The player attempting to hit the ball with a bat. The first batter hit the ball into the corner for a double.
Synonyms: (baseball) hitter, batsman (rare)
related terms:
  • batsman (cricket)
  • tabret
battery {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle French batterie, from Old French baterie, from batre, from Latin battuō. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbætəɹi/, /ˈbætɹi/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A coordinated group of electrochemical cells, each of which produces electricity by a chemical reaction between two substances ().
  2. (legal) The crime or tort of intentionally striking another person.
  3. A coordinated group of artillery.
  4. An array of similar things. Schoolchildren take a battery of standard tests to measure their progress.
  5. A set of small cage where hen are kept for the purpose of farming their egg.
  6. (baseball) The catcher and the pitcher together
  7. (chess) Two or more major pieces on the same rank, file, or diagonal
  8. The state of a firearm when it is possible to be fired.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative spelling of battle axe
  2. (informal, often pejorative, usually with "old") A combative (usually elderly) woman. Naturally, she deeply resented having been called an old battle-ax.
Formerly a term of mild opprobrium, "battle-ax" or "old battle-ax" is now sometimes a term of approval or self-identification for an assertive woman.
battle axe Alternative forms: battleaxe, battle-ax, battleax
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An ancient military weapon, an axe designed for combat.
    • 1786: Another battle-ax, in the same collection. — Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page x.
  2. (heraldry) This weapon borne on arms as a mark of prowess.
  3. (informal, uncommon) {{altspelling}}, a combative (usually elderly) woman
  4. (informal) An electric guitar.
    • 2013 The instruments (one's named Baby) evoke tender talk from macho musicians. But some of these battle-ax beauties have seen more action than a roller derby queen: They bear the gashes and sweat stains to prove it. "108 Rock Star Guitars" reveals battle-ax beauty by Kiley Armstrong
  5. (Australia, usually spelt "battleaxe") An allotment of land at the rear of another property, with a long, narrow strip of land connecting it to the roadway.
battlebus Alternative forms: battle bus pronunciation
  • (UK) [ˈbætəɫbʌs]
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, informal) A coach used as a mobile operational centre by a particular political party during an election campaign
  2. A bus or coach used as a personnel carrier for combatants to deliver them to the battlefield and then rolled on its side to provide cover against firearms.
battle bus
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, informal) A bus that is used as a mobile office and publicity centre by a politician or party during the run-up to an election
    • 1995, , The Downing Street years, Painted blue, the Battle Bus bore the slogan 'Moving Forward with Maggie'.
    • 2000, Murray Ritchie, Scotland Reclaimed: The inside story of Scotland's first democratic parliamentary election, Word comes from Edinburgh that our colleagues are rebelling against the LibDems' charge of £1300 for a seat on their battle bus which today, we hear, had only one passenger.
    • 2006 October, ThirdWay, Volume 29, Number 8, I remember in 1997 the BBC gave the Green Party five minutes to say whatever it wanted (within reason) and it chose to fill its slot with images of its activists on a battle bus, whizzing into a petrol station, leaping out and hurling abuse at people for filling their tanks.
battle of the bulge etymology From a play on Battle of the Bulge, World War II engagement.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) An attempt to avert weight gain or obesity.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) An ox: beef being apt to batten or fatten those that eat it.
    • The cove has hushed the battner; i.e. has killed the ox.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A sentence or phrase in which a syllable or short sequence of syllables is repeated, often with different meanings. Example: Wright did not write "rite" right. Wright, write "rite" right, right away!
  2. (informal) A tongue-twister.
quotations: 2001: Battologism alert: Silly cyber surfers can give their mouths a workout at the 1st International Collection of Tongue Twisters. With 1,846 entries in 77 languages. — USA Today hotsites, 1 February 2001.
batty etymology bat + y. In sense “insane”, attested 1903, from expression have bats in one's belfry,{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}} from tendency of bats to fly around erratically. Compare also batshit and squirrelly. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbæti/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Mad, crazy, silly.
  2. (obsolete) Belonging to, or resembling, a bat (mammal). Batty wings. — Shakespeare.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (West Indian slang) The buttocks or anus.
  2. (Jamaica, UK, derogatory) A homosexual man.
    • 1996, Rudi Bleys, The geography of perversion For example, recent Jamaican 'raga' lyrics by Buju Banton and Brand Nubian attach the affirmation of black identity to crude animosity towards homosexuality and contain offensive language against the 'batties' as icons of non-blackness.
batty boy etymology From batty.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Caribbean slang, also British, derogatory) A homosexual man.
Synonyms: batty man, chi chi man
batty man etymology From Caribbean slang batty
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Caribbean slang, derogatory) A homosexual man.
Synonyms: See also , batty boy, chi chi man, butty man
coordinate terms:
  • scissor sister
baud Alternative forms: Baud etymology Borrowing from French baud. Named for French inventor . pronunciation
  • /bɔːd/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, telecommunications) A rate defined as the number of signalling event per second in a data transmission.
  2. (computing, informal) Synonym for bps (bits per second), regardless of how many signalling events are necessary to signal each bit.
  • daub
bawdy etymology bawd + y. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbɔːdi/
  • (US) /ˈbɔdi/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete) Soiled, dirty. {{defdate}}
    • {{RQ:Mlry MrtDrthr}}: whanne he had ouertaken the damoysel / anone she sayd what dost thow here / thou stynkest al of the kechyn / thy clothes ben bawdy of the greece and talowe that thou gaynest in kyng Arthurs kechyn
  2. Obscene; filthy; unchaste. {{defdate}}
  3. (of language) Sexual in nature and usually meant to be humorous but considered rude.
bawdy-house bottle
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, slang) A very small bottle.
baww etymology Imitative? Compare bawl.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (internet slang, derogatory) To whine; to complain miserably.
etymology 1 Somali
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A region of Somalia.
etymology 2 From bay
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) The metropolitan area in California
  2. (informal) .
{{trans-top}} {{trans-mid}} {{trans-bottom}} {{trans-top}} {{trans-mid}}
  • Spanish: es
{{trans-bottom}} {{checktrans-top}}
  • French: {{t-check}}
{{trans-mid}} {{trans-bottom}}
  • aby
bayard etymology bay 'reddish brown' (from Old French (modern bai), from Latin badius 'brown')
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A bay horse
  2. (humorous) Any horse
  3. (archaic) A stupid, clownish fellow.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. coloured bay, reddish brown, notably said of equines
Synonyms: foxy
Bayard of ten toes etymology From the fact that humans, unlike horses, have ten toes. (Bayard was a horse famous in old romances.)
noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang) Travel by foot.
    • circa 1616 : Nicholas Breton, An Honest Poor Man ; reprinted (with modernised spelling) in Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges, Bart. M.P., Archaica : Containing a Reprint of Scarce Old English Prose Tracts, with Prefaces, Critical and Biographical, volume 1, 1815 pages 32–33 (London : Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown ; T. Davidson, Whitefriars)    An honest poor man is the proof of misery, where patience is put to the trial of her strength to endure grief without passion, in starving with concealed necessity, or standing in the adventures of charity : if he be married, want rings in his ears, and woe watereth his eyes : if single, he droopeth with the shame of beggary, or dies with the passion of penury : of the rich he is shunned like infection, and of the poor learns but a heart-breaking profession : his bed is the earth, and the heaven is his canopy, the sun is his summer’s comfort, and the moon is his winter’s candle : his sighs are the notes of his music, and his song is like the swan before her death : his study is patience, and his exercise prayer : his diet the herbs of the earth, and his drink the water of the river : his travel is the walk of the woeful, and his horse Bayard of ten toes : his apparel but the clothing of nakedness, and his wealth but the hope of heaven : he is a stranger in the world, for no man craves his acquaintance, and his funeral is without ceremony, when there is no mourning for the miss of him ; yet may he be in the state of election, and in the life of love, and more rich in grace than the greatest of the world. In sum, he is the grief of nature, the sorrow of reason, the pity of wisdom, and the charge of charity.
Synonyms: shanks' pony
Bay fever
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang, obsolete) Any illness feign by convict to avoid being sent to , used pejoratively.[ 1811, Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue][ 1811, Francis Grose, ''Lexicon balatronicum : a dictionary of buckish slang, university wit, and pickpocket eloquence''.]

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