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


not at all
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  1. (emphatic) Not.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 3 , “Now all this was very fine, but not at all in keeping with the Celebrity's character as I had come to conceive it. The idea that adulation ever cloyed on him was ludicrous in itself. In fact I thought the whole story fishy, and came very near to saying so.”
    exampleHe's not at all friendly towards his ex-wife.
  2. (idiomatic) Used similarly to you're welcome, as a conventional reply to an expression of gratitude. exampleThank you for this very thoughtful present. — Not at all.
Synonyms: (emphatically: not) by no means, hardly, in no way, not in the least, not in the slightest, not the least bit, not the slightest bit, (conventional reply to expression of gratitude) don't mention it, forget it, it's nothing, no problem, that's all right, that's OK, think nothing of it, you're welcome; see also
notch pronunciation
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etymology Recorded since 1577, probably a rebracketing of an + otch, which noun stems from Middle French oche, itself from the Old French verb ochier, of unknown origin
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A V-shape cut.
  2. Such a cut, used for keep a record The notches in that tribe's warrior axe handles stand for killed enemies.
  3. An indentation.
  4. A mountain pass; a defile
  5. (informal) A level or degree. This car is a notch better than the other.
    • 2014, Daniel Taylor, "World Cup 2014: Uruguay sink England as Suárez makes his mark,", 20 June: A better team might also have done more to expose Uruguay’s occasionally brittle defence, but England’s speed of thought and movement in their attacking positions was a good notch or two down from the Italy game.
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  1. (transitive) To cut a notch in (something).
  2. (transitive) To record (a score or similar) by making notches on something. The tribe's hunters notch their kills by notches on each's axe's handle.
  3. (transitive) To join by means of notches.
  4. (transitive) To achieve (something). The team notched a pair of shutout wins on Sunday.
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etymology 1 notch + er. Cricket scorers originally kept score by making notches in wood.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who makes notches.
  2. (cricket) A scorer.
etymology 2 From a contraction of not your, as in "notcher balls/pussy, notcher ass."
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The perineum.
Synonyms: See also .
notch on one's bedpost Alternative forms: notch in one's bedpost, notch on the bedpost etymology From the practice of keeping track of the number of one's sexual liaisons by carving notches into the post of one's bed.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang, offensive) A sexual conquest; a casual sexual partner.
    • 2002, Anne McAllister, The Great Montana Cowboy Auction, Silhouette Books (2002), ISBN 9780373484577, page 22: He was a notch on her bedpost, a stepping stone on her quest for stardom.
    • 2007, Melinda Curtis, Count on Love, Harlequin (2007), ISBN 9780373714483 , page 167: She'd confused Sam's attentions with real feelings, and now she was just another notch on his bedpost.
    • 2010, Jenna Black, Glimmerglass, St. Martin's Press (2010), ISBN 9780312575939, page 138: Bad enough to think he'd wanted me as just another notch on his bedpost, but to think he'd tried to seduce me for cold-blooded political purposes was unbearable.
    • 2011, Peter Robinson, Before the Poison, McClelland & Stewart (2011), ISBN 9780771076237, unnumbered page: {{…}} He wasn't a notch on her bedpost. They were in love, for crying out loud.'
Considered offensive because objectifying – seeing a person as a conquest. Synonyms: See also .
not cricket
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  1. (idiomatic, figuratively, humorous) unsportsmanlike.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) The hockey team.
no-tell motel etymology Chosen for the rhyme.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A motel where brief sexual encounter are sanction.
note shaver
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, dated) One who buys banknote at a discount greater than the legal rate of interest.
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not even etymology From not + even
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Introduces or constitutes a more emphatic negation or exclusion than not. Not even I knew that. You didn't even look at me.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (colloquial) Used to express strong disappointment or disapproval. I heard they wanted to cancel the show tonight. Not even!
not give someone the time of day
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  1. (idiomatic, informal) To ignore someone deliberately; to refuse to talk or pay attention to someone. I think I've really annoyed him this time - he won't even give me the time of day!
related terms:
  • give the time of day
not half
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  1. (British, slang) Greatly; to a considerable extent.
    • 1902, The Windsor Magazine: An Illustrated Monthly for Men and Women Vol. XVI June to November 1902 "You bet she wouldn't like fer me to be killed--not 'arf!..."
no thanks pronunciation
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phrase: no thanks
  1. (colloquial) A short way of saying "Thank you, but I'm not interested."
Synonyms: no thank you
not have a pot to piss in
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  1. (slang, vulgar) To have no money or resource.
nothing {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: (nonstandard) nuffin, nuffink, nuttin' etymology no + thing pronunciation
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  1. Not any thing; no thing.
    • 1839, Charles Dickens, “the players see little or nothing of their cards at first starting”, Nicholas Nickleby
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 19 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , Nothing was too small to receive attention, if a supervising eye could suggest improvements likely to conduce to the common welfare. Mr. Gordon Burnage, for instance, personally visited dust-bins and back premises, accompanied by a sort of village bailiff, going his round like a commanding officer doing billets.”
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  2. An absence of anything, including empty space, brightness, darkness, matter, or a vacuum.
  3. (slang, in double negatives) Anything I didn't see nothing. [= I didn't see anything].
Synonyms: (not any thing)
  • (standard) not a thing, naught
  • (slang) jack, nada, zip, zippo, squat
  • (vulgar slang) bugger all, jack shit, sod all (British), fuck all, dick
  • (Northern English dialect) nowt
, (standard) not a thing, naught, (slang) jack, nada, zip, zippo, squat, (vulgar slang) bugger all, jack shit, sod all (British), fuck all, dick, (Northern English dialect) nowt, (something trifling) nothing of any consequence, nothing consequential, nothing important, nothing significant, something inconsequential, something insignificant, something of no consequence, something trifling, something unimportant
  • anything
  • everything
  • something
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Something trifling, or of no consequence or importance. What happened to your face?It's nothing.
    • Jeremy Taylor Sermons are not like curious inquiries after new nothings, but pursuances of old truths.
  2. A trivial remark (especially in the term sweet nothings).
  3. A nobody (insignificant person). You're nothing to me now!
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (archaic) Not at all; in no way.
    • Thomas Salusbury, Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two World Systems, “The Motion from London to Syria is as much as nothing; and nothing altereth the relation which is between them.”, 1662
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  • anything
  • everything
  • something
  • thing
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notif etymology Shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) notification
not if I see you first
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  1. (informal, usually, jocular) Used as a reply to see you, see you later, see you soon etc., implying that if the speaker sees the interlocutor first then the speaker will avoid the interlocutor.
not in Kansas anymore etymology From the 1939 film in which Dorothy states "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial, US) No longer in quiet and comfortable surroundings As soon as I walked into that party I thought, "I'm not in Kansas anymore."
Synonyms: out of one's depth
notion {{wikipedia}} {{Webster 1913}} etymology From Latin notio, from noscere. Compare French notion. See know. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Mental apprehension of whatever may be known, thought, or imagine; idea, concept.
    • Isaac Newton (1642-1727) What hath been generally agreed on, I content myself to assume under the notion of principles.
    • George Cheyne (1671-1743) Few agree in their notions about these words.
    • Isaac Watts (1674-1748) That notion of hunger, cold, sound, color, thought, wish, or fear which is in the mind, is called the "idea" of hunger, cold, etc.
    • Alexander Hamilton (ca.1756-1804) Notion, again, signifies either the act of apprehending, signalizing, that is, the remarking or taking note of, the various notes, marks, or characters of an object which its qualities afford, or the result of that act.
  2. A sentiment; an opinion.
    • Joseph Addison (1672-1719) The extravagant notion they entertain of themselves.
    • John Henry Newman (1801-1890) A perverse will easily collects together a system of notions to justify itself in its obliquity.
    • 1935, [ George Goodchild] , Death on the Centre Court, 1 , ““Anthea hasn't a notion in her head but to vamp a lot of silly mugwumps. She's set her heart on that tennis bloke…whom the papers are making such a fuss about.””
  3. (obsolete) Sense; mind. Shakespeare.
  4. (colloquial) An invention; an ingenious device; a knickknack. exampleYankee notions
  5. Any small article used in sewing and haberdashery, such as a button or zipper.
  6. (colloquial) Inclination; intention; disposition. exampleI have a notion to do it.
not much cop
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  1. (British, slang) Not very good; unimpressive.
    • 1997, Jonathan Romney, Short Orders: Film Writing This one-dimensionality makes Germinal a formidable national monument, but not much cop as a film.
    • 2003, Anna Jacobs, Our Lizzie "Not much cop, this place, but I have to keep an eye out for my train. Now, what can I get you, miss?"
    • 2007, Jacqueline Wilson, Candyfloss "I'm not much cop at the decorating lark, am I, Floss?" "Never mind, Dad."
not playing with a full deck
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  1. (idiomatic, chiefly, pejorative, colloquial) (chiefly, US, Canada) (of a person) Not acting completely sanely, or mildly mentally retarded or diminished.
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not see straight
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  1. Used other than as an idiom: not, see, straight
  2. (figurative, colloquial) To be unable to think clearly. I was so tired I was not able to see straight. I am so angry that I can't see straight.
  • Usually with contracted forms of not, but also with other negatives, such as never, no one, unable.
not so hot
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: not, so, hot
  2. (informal) Not very good. "How are you feeling?" / "Not so hot." He wasn't feeling so hot, so he went home early. His later work was not so hot.
notspot etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An area where wireless Internet access is not available.
    • 2009, Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Welsh Affairs Committee, Digital inclusion in Wales: thirteenth report of session 2008-09 (page 140) The exchange enablement phase of the RIBS programme was completed in July 2007. Now seeking to address broadband notspots.
    • 2009, Jane Wakefield (BBC News), Need to tackle 'social' notspots Some 17 million people in the UK - 30% of the population - are estimated to be offline because they simply don't want it. Some have opted out for economic reasons while others believe broadband has no relevance to their lives.
    • 2010, BBC News, Erbistock villagers quoted £550,000 for broadband link "We've been able to do this work for £50,000," said Mr Lewis."I'm not sure why BT said it would cost so much more, but essentially this is a case of community action and a small company working together."This is now the first Welsh notspot area to receive broadband using this method. We hope to go live in October."
not the sharpest knife in the drawer
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (humorous, euphemistic) Lacking in intelligence; dimwitted.
    • 1994, Richard Hoffer, "Get Smart!," Sports Illustrated, 5 Sept.: You can block or tackle, or you can do some exotic things with a football cradled under your arm, but you're not the sharpest knife in the drawer when it comes to book learning.
    • 2000, Tami Hoag, Ashes to Ashes, ISBN 9780553579604, p. 378: “He fits in a lot of ways, but he's not the sharpest knife in the drawer, is he?” “Maybe he just plays it stupid so people expect less of him.”
    • 2009, Paul Byrnes, "Tyson," Brisbane Times (Australia), 11 Aug.: [A] man who has lost every dollar he ever won–somewhere north of $US300 million ($370 million)–and done three years for rape is possibly not the sharpest knife in the drawer, nor the most likeable.
Synonyms: not the sharpest tool in the shed, dumb as a bag of hammers, dumb as a box of rocks, See also
not the sharpest tool in the shed
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (humorous, euphemistic) Lacking in intelligence; dimwitted.
Synonyms: not the sharpest knife in the drawer, not the sharpest tool in the box, dumb as a bag of hammers, dumb as a box of rocks, See also
not to mention
conjunction: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic) Used by the speaker to mention another important point; an apophasis.
    • 2012, Christoper Zara, Tortured Artists: From Picasso and Monroe to Warhol and Winehouse, the Twisted Secrets of the World's Most Creative Minds, part 1, chapter 2, {{gbooks}}: In fact, the immortal tunemeister Irving Berlin wrote all three [songs], along with about 1,500 others, not to mention the scores for eighteen Hollywood films and nineteen Broadway musicals.
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    exampleThe city was already having staffing difficulties, not to mention having a three million dollar budget shortfall.
Synonyms: to say nothing of
notwithstanding Alternative forms: noughtwithstanding (obsolete and rare) etymology Middle English notwithstandinge, from a calque from Latin nōn obstante ("not standing") pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˌnɒtwɪθˈstændɪŋ/
  • (US) /ˌnɑtwɪθˈstændɪŋ/
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  1. Nevertheless, all the same.
    • 1599, , , i 4: But notwithstanding, man,I'll do you your master what good I can;
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Synonyms: (nevertheless) all the same, nevertheless, nonetheless, still, anyway, after all, regardless, yet, but
conjunction: {{en-con}}
  1. Although.
    • 1724, , , ch. 30: Upon which Amy had said, that notwithstanding I was angry with her and had used her so hardly for saying something about her of the same kind, yet there was an absolute necessity of securing her and removing her out of the way;
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  • The conjunction is sometimes expressed in the form notwithstanding that, as in "the front was nearly four miles in advance, notwithstanding that the men marched three abreast" (Dickens, Barnaby Rudge, ch. 49. See .).
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. In spite of, despite.
    • 2014, Richard Rae, "Manchester United humbled by MK Dons after Will Grigg hits double", The Guardian, 26 August 2014: Van Gaal’s dismissal of his ability to play a central role notwithstanding, Shinji Kagawa began playing just behind the strikers Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernández.
    • Dr. H. More Those on whom Christ bestowed miraculous cures were so transported that their gratitude made them, notwithstanding his prohibition, proclaim the wonders he had done.
    • 1826, , , ch. 26: Notwithstanding the high resolution of Hawkeye he fully comprehended all the difficulties and danger he was about to incur.
    • 1679, section 11 And be it declared and enacted by the authority aforesaid, that an Habeas Corpus, according to the true intent and meaning of this act, may be directed and seen in any county Palatine, the Cinque Ports, or other privileged places within the Kindgom of England, dominion of Wales, or town of Berwick upon Tweed, and the islands of Jersey and Guernsey; any law or usage to the contrary notwithstanding.
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  • Often used after its complement, the etymology of its name notwithstanding.
Synonyms: (in spite of) despite, in spite of, maugre
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An instance of the word "notwithstanding", often characteristic of legalese.
    • 2003, Banesh Hoffmann, The Tyranny of Testing (page 53) It is not for nothing that our language has its ifs and buts, its yets and howevers, its neverthelesses and notwithstandings, its possiblies and probablies and perhapses, and its on-the-other-hands.
    • 2004, Trevor Carolan, Down in the Valley: Writing in British Columbia (page 107) Letters from the English usually contained very formally typed documents with lots of heretofores and whereases and notwithstandings.
    • 2010, Richard Marcinko, Red Cell (page 149) The agreements were filled with wheretofores and herebys and hereafters and notwithstandings.
nouveau riche {{wikipedia}} etymology Borrowing from French nouveau riche. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˌnuː.vəʊ ˈɹiːʃ/
  • (US) /ˌnu.voʊ ˈɹiʃ/, /ˌnu.voʊ ˈɹɪtʃ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) New money; wealthy persons whose fortunes are newly acquired, and who are therefore perceived to lack the refinement of those who were raised wealthy.
"nouveau riche" is sometimes treated as a singular noun with the plural nouveaux riches and sometimes as a plural noun with no separate singular form.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Newly rich; like a nouveau riche.
  • nouveau pauvre
Nova Scotian etymology Nova Scotia + an
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or pertaining to the Canadian province of Nova Scotia
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A native or inhabitant of Nova Scotia, Canada
Synonyms: bluenose (slang)
now {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English now, nou, nu, from Old English , from Proto-Germanic *nu, from Proto-Indo-European *nū. Cognate with Scots noo, Saterland Frisian nu, Western Frisian no, Dutch nu, nou, German nu, nun, Swedish nu, Icelandic , Latin num, Latin nunc, Albanian ni, Lithuanian , Avestan , Sanskrit नु 〈nu〉. pronunciation
  • /naʊ/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Present; current.
    • 17th C, , Scepsis Scientifica: Or, Confest Ignorance, the Way to Science; in an Essay of the Vanity of Dogmatizing and Confident Opinion, 1885, page 207, Defects seem as necessary to our now happiness as their Opposites.
    • 1855, Conrad Swackhamer, The United States democratic review, Volume 5‎, The history of the infant colonies teaches us that the country comprised within the limits of the now United States of America was originally patented in the reign of James I., of England, into two portions: that in less than eighty years from that period, the same was again divided into twelve distinct provinces; a thirteenth being after added in the creation of the State of Georgia.
    • 1908, The English reports, Where in assumpsit for money lent, the defendant pleaded that in an action in which the now defendant was plaintiff, and the now plaintiff was defendant,….
    • 2010 March 17, The Telegraph, news website, Radio 4 apologises for day old shipping forecast, Radio 4's continuity announcer said at the end of the show: "As many of you will have noticed, that edition of The Now Show wasn't very now. It was actually last week's programme. Our apologies for that."
  2. (archaic, legal) At the time the will is written. Used in order to prevent any inheritance from being transferred to a person of a future marriage. Does not indicate the existence of a previous marriage. Now wife.
  3. (informal) Fashionable; popular; up to date; current. I think this band's sound is very now.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. At the present time. exampleNow I am six.
    • Arbuthnot I have a patient now living, at an advanced age, who discharged blood from his lungs thirty years ago.
  2. (sentence) Used to introduce a point, a remonstration or a rebuke. exampleNow, we all want what is best for our children.   Now, stop that Jimmy!
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 3 , Now all this was very fine, but not at all in keeping with the Celebrity's character as I had come to conceive it. The idea that adulation ever cloyed on him was ludicrous in itself. In fact I thought the whole story fishy, and came very near to saying so.”
  3. Differently from the immediate past; differently from a more remote past or a possible future; differently from all other times. exampleNow I am ready.   We all now want the latest toys for our children.   We all want what is now best for our children.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 5 , “Although the Celebrity was almost impervious to sarcasm, he was now beginning to exhibit visible signs of uneasiness, the consciousness dawning upon him that his eccentricity was not receiving the ovation it merited.”
  4. Differently from the situation before a stated event or change of circumstance. exampleNow all the children have grown up and left, the house is very quiet.   Now that my sister has gotten rid of their cat, we can go to her house this coming Thanksgiving.
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  5. At the time reached within a narration. exampleNow, he remembered why he had come.   He now asked her whether she had made pudding.   The pudding was now ready to be served.
  6. In the context of urgency. exampleNow listen, we must do something about this.
  7. (obsolete) Very recently; not long ago.
    • Waller They that but now, for honour and for plate, / Made the sea blush with blood, resign their hate.
conjunction: {{en-con}}
  1. since something is true : because of the fact that something happened Now you mention it, I am kind of hungry.
  1. since, because, in light of the fact. We can play football now that the rain has stopped.
  1. — usually + that Now that you mention it, I am kind of hungry. Now that we're all here, let's start the meeting. = Let's start the meeting now that everyone's here.
interjection: {{en-interj}}!
  1. Indicates a signal to begin. Now! Fire all we've got while the enemy is in reach!
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) The present time. Now is the right time. There is no better time than now.
    1. (often, with "the") The state of not paying attention to the future or the past. She is living in the now.
    2. (countable, chiefly, in phenomenology) A particular instant in time, as perceived at that instant.
Synonyms: (not paying attention to the future or past) here and now
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  • own, won
no way Jose Alternative forms: no way José, no way, José, no way, Jose
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (colloquial) Absolutely not.
  • Used an intensified form of no in refusal or denial.
Synonyms: I don't think so, not in a million years, not on your life
  • okey-dokey artichoke
Nowheresville etymology nowhere + ville
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) A geographical location that is deemed obscure or unimportant.
no worries {{wikipedia}} etymology From no + plural of worry, but used flexibly.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (chiefly, UK, Australia, New Zealand, colloquial) A general injunction not to be concerned further with a subject.
    1. It does not bother me; I am not concerned. Sorry if my music's bothering you.No worries. I really like classical.
    2. It was no problem; not at all; you're welcome. Thanks for the lovely bowl of fruit.No worries, my sister runs a stall at the market.
    3. Do not worry, I will do it. I need this done by closing time.No worries, I'll have it sorted.
Essentially an injunction not to be concerned further with the subject. It may be used as a stand-alone utterance, for example, as a response to a request, in answer to an expression of concern, or to an apology. Synonyms: she’ll be right, no probs, hakuna matata
no wucking furries etymology Spoonerism of fucking worries. Alternative forms: no wuckers, no wuckas
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (Australia, jocular, slang, offensive) No worries, no problem; used to express acknowledgment or agreement.
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    • 2007, Philip Bryer, None of Your Business, page 28, “Thank you so much,” said Johnson. “No worries,”said the barman. “No wucking furries,” said Tim.
    • 2008, , , 2008, page 7, The formal bureaucratic style jarred my ears and reminded me that I was indeed home, no wucking furries!
Noypi etymology From Tagalog
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang) A Filipino; a person who is Filipino in ethnicity.
  • Pinoy
NS Alternative forms: N.S. (Nova Scotia)
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. Nova Scotia, a province of Canada
  2. nervous system
  3. New Style
  4. Netscape (Internet Browser)
  5. no show
  6. (video games, first-person shooters) nice shot
  7. (slang) abbreviation of NATO state
  8. Noble Sanctuary
  9. (Ireland) (Usually as part of a name)
  10. nuclear ship - nuclear-powered ship
  11. Norfolk Southern (Railroad)
  12. no smoking
  13. negative-strand
  • sn, Sn, SN, S/N
NSFM etymology A variation of NSFW (not suitable for work).
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  1. (slang, Internet) Not suitable for minor. Used to indicate an internet link that should not be opened in the presence of children, or by children.
nth pronunciation
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Alternative forms: nth, Sometimes written as n'th or n-th
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (mathematics) Occurring at position n in a sequence.
  2. (informal) Occurring at a relatively large but unspecified position in a series.
  • 1922 — , , Prelude Shea had just beaten me at chess, as usual, and, also as usual, I had gleaned what questionable satisfaction I might by twitting him with this indication of failing mentality by calling his attention to the nth time to that theory, propounded by certain scientists, which is based upon the assertion that phenomenal chess players are always found to be from the ranks of children under twelve, adults over seventy-two or the mentally defective.
Synonyms: (informal): umpteenth
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (mathematics) The item at position n in a sequence.
  2. (informal) The item in a relatively large but unspecified position in a series.
  • 1909 — , This is, after all, not strange, for none of them had either knowledge or experience in Occult matters, whereas for over thirty years I have made a special study of this subject, and have gone to and fro over the earth investigating to the nth all records of Spiritual Phenomena.
NTSC {{wikipedia}}
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{en-initialism}}
  1. (television) initialism of National Television Standards Committee American TV standard
  2. (slang) initialism of Never Twice the Same Color Variant of the above, drawing attention to the standard’s shortcomings
  • NCST
nu {{letter_disp2}}
etymology 1 Name for the letter of the Greek alphabet Ν 〈N〉 and ν 〈n〉. pronunciation
  • (RP) /njuː/
  • (US) /nuː/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Name for the letter of the Greek alphabet Ν 〈N〉 and ν 〈n〉.
  2. A measure of constringence in lenses or prisms.
etymology 2 Borrowing from Yiddish נו. pronunciation
  • (US) /nu/
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (Jewish) An exclamation of surprise, emphasis, doubt, etc.
etymology 3 Corruption of new.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang spelling) new
  • un, 'un, UN
etymology 1 Either directly from gml, or from knub, from a gml word (compare Low German Knubbel). Compare knob.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) The innermost section of a chrysalis in a silk cocoon.
  2. A small lump or knob.
  3. The essence or core of an issue, argument etc. What do you think is the nub of the problem?
    • Mark Twain Here the narrator bursts into explosion after explosion of thunderous horse-laughter, repeating that nub from time to time through his gaspings and shriekings and suffocatings.
  4. (slang) The clitoris.
    • 2007, Melissa MacNeal, Hot for It, ISBN 075821412X, page 198: “ — and then rub her nub with the bridge of your nose, right where the nerve will drive her straight to the ceiling!”
    • 2008, Arianna Hart, A Man for Marley, ISBN 1599986388, page 82: When he used his fingers to rub her nub, he didn't have to wait anymore. She exploded for the second time that morning,...
    • 2010, Beverly Rae, Wild Cat, ISBN 1609282442, page 81: He stroked her, using her movements to increase the pressure on her nub, catching her between his fingers.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (baseball) To hit the ball weakly.
  2. To push; to nudge.
  3. To beckon.
etymology 2 Variant spelling of noob.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet, slang) A noob; a newcomer or incompetent. He can't even make himself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? What a nub.
  • bun, BUN
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A stub, especially a stub of undeveloped corn or fruit or nipple.
  2. (informal) A small protuberance, bud, bump, knob, or the like. As an avid button collector, I have had to develop an efficient way of removing the nubbin of thread from the button hole.
  3. (slang) clitoris
nubbing cheat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, obsolete) The gallows.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 307: Follow but my counsel, and I will show you a way to empty the pocket of a queer cull without any danger of the nubbing cheat.
nubcake {{was wotd}} etymology nub + cake, on the pattern of words like beefcake. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈnuːbkeɪk/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, Internet slang, pejorative, informal or humorous) A noob; a newb; a newbie; a nub; a n00b.
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etymology 1 nub + let +
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small nub or protrusion.
    • 1995, Carol Higgins Clark, Iced, Warner Books (2009), ISBN 9780446537131, unnumbered page: “What I've been thinking about is that customer you told me about who brought in the pants with the green nublets on them.”
    • 2011, Colin Baines, Harry Cocque: That's Reet Boy!, Matador (2011), ISBN 9781848767737, page 77: I particularly enjoyed watching Fanny Muffet serving behind the bar in a blouse cut so low you could almost see her nublets.
    • 2013, Hannah Weyer, On the Come Up, Nan A. Talese (2013), ISBN 9780385537339, unnumbered page: AnnMarie's shirt had got ripped clear down the front, her ta-tas hanging out, even though they was just little nublets blowing in the wind.
etymology 2 nub + let +
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet slang, derogatory) An especially inexperienced or annoying noob.
    • 2006, 8 March, Mo, Re: Neon Genesis Evangelion - wth?,!original/rec.arts.anime.misc/wOyE_7xDva8/JvyzTpmHwwkJ, rec.arts.anime.misc, “And all you EVA nublets, watch the series, THEN talk.”
    • 2007, Game Informer Magazine, Volume 17, Issues 4-7, page 81: And, now that we think about it, reanimating the husks of fallen Avatar walkers with engineers and using them to literally rip apart the enemy's tank brigade gets across the fact that your opponent is, in fact, a little "nublet" who needs to "l2p."
    • 2010, Harrison Dahme, "Starcraft II: The Long Awaited Sequel", The Howl (Woodsworth College), Volume 3, Number 5, 1 November 2010, page 8: When I was twelve, I spent endless hours in my basement blasting through hordes of nublets, perfecting my build order.
nuch pronunciation
  • /nʌtʃ/
etymology aphetic form of not much
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (surfing, slang, dated) Not much, hardly, barely, to an insignificant degree.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (surfing, slang, dated) A response to the greeting/question What's up? Dude! Sup? - Nuch.
  • unch
nucking futs etymology Spoonerism
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (slang, humorous, mildly offensive) fucking nuts; completely insane
    • 1999, Suzanne Forster, Every breath she takes: The neurologist thinks I'm nucking futs and wants to send me over to the psychiatric unit for evaluation.
nuclear bomb {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A nuclear weapon
Synonyms: A-bomb, atom bomb, atomic bomb, fission bomb, (slang) nuke
nuclear power plant
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A power plant that obtains its primary energy from the heat generated in nuclear reactions.
Synonyms: nuclear power station
nucular {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈnukjʉlɚ/ {{enPR}} When used for nuclear, this pronunciation is proscribed, although some dictionaries recognize it because of its increasing usage.{{cite web| | author = Arnold Zwicky | url = | title= The thin line between error and mere variation | date = June 29, 2004 | accessdate = 2006-10-23 }}
  • (RP) /ˈnjuːkjələ/ {{enPR}}
etymology 1 From a back-spelling of the mispronunciation of nuclear by metathesis and epenthesis
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (humorous) eye dialect of nuclear
etymology 2 From nucule + -ar
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (botany) Nut-shaped; of or relating to a nucule — a section of a compound (usually hard) fruit.{{reference-book|title=Oxford English Dictionary|edition=3rd|year=2003|chapter=nucule}}
nudzh etymology From Yiddish נודזש 〈nwdzş〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A whiner, a noodge.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, transitive) To pester, to noodge.
  2. (slang, intransitive) To whine.
nug etymology From nugget.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A piece of marijuana.
    • 2006, Jason King, The Cannabible 3, p. 25: A deep inhalation of a fresh ground-up nug leaves you with a giant smile and a tingly nose.
Synonyms: bud
  • GNU, gnu, gun
nugget etymology Probably a diminutive of dialectal en + nug + -et. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈnʌɡət/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) A small, compact chunk or clump. a gold nugget
  2. (countable) A tidbit of something valuable. a nugget of wisdom
  3. (uncountable) A type of boot polish.
  4. (countable) A bud from the Cannabis sativa plant. Usually implies dankness.
  5. (countable, slang) An inexperienced, newly trained fighter pilot.
    • 2009, Nick Scipio, Nereids: Jack stifled a smirk at the ensign's expressionless non-reaction. He'd been a nugget himself once, the new guy fresh from training.
  6. (comptheory) A partial description gleaned from data mining.
    • 2002, Data Mining: A Heuristic Approach (page 93) We have previously said that the heuristic algorithms produce good nuggets for most classes and most λ values …
nuh-uh pronunciation
  • /ˈnʌ̃ʔʌ̃/, /nʌ̃ˈʔʌ̃/
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (informal) no; uh-uh.
  • unh-uh
nuke {{wikipedia}} etymology Short form of nuclear (weapon). pronunciation
  • /njuːk/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Nuclear weapon. "I can buy nukes on the black market for $40 million each" - John Travolta in the movie Swordfish.
  2. Something that negates or destroys, especially on a catastrophic scale.
  3. (US, slang) A microwave oven "Just put it in the nuke for two minutes and then eat it."
  4. Nuclear electric power generation station.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To use a nuclear weapon on a target. First they nuked Hiroshima, then Nagasaki.
  2. (colloquial) To cook food or beverages in a microwave oven. I'll nuke some pizza for dinner.
  3. (colloquial) To completely destroy. To try to hide his posting history on Usenet, he had his posts nuked from the Google archives. (see also expunge)
  • neuk
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who nuke.
  2. (colloquial) microwave oven
NuLab etymology New Labour rendered in Orwellian Newspeak.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (UK, informal, derogatory) New Labour.
    • 2001, Patrick Harrington, Cliff Morrison, Third Way Manifesto We are totally opposed to the creeping privatisation of these services which NuLab has indicated it will commence once this election is safely out of the way.
  • balun
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (humorous) Not in existence anywhere.
nul points Alternative forms: nil points etymology French, literally "nil points" in the style of score announcements at the . pronunciation
  • /nyl pwɛ̃/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) No points (as a score); zero, nothing.
    • 1991, Eurovision Song Contest, BBC commentary by : Danish jury representative: Germany, six points. : Germany, six points! Terry Wogan: That's the first six points for Germany! Now only Austria is left with the dreaded nul points.
    • 2010, Sue Limb, Flirting for England, p. 56: A small blonde girl appeared, wrapped in a terrible pale pink padded jacket. "Nul points for the clothes," said Jess. "She looks like a prawn."
As the Eurovision contest uses a voting system, "nul points" means that no voter (in this case, country) has ranked the entry at all. The term "nul points" is not used in the official Eurovision scoring announcements, as only the entries that are awarded points are announced.
Numanoid etymology Numan + oid, to rhyme with humanoid.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A fan of the English pop musician (born 1958).
    • 1998, SPIN magazine (volume 14, number 9, September 1998) Soon Numan had picked up a fiercely loyal fan militia called the Numanoids, who followed him with the obsessive tenacity that only sustained ridicule can foster.
    • 2000, Dominic Wills, Ben Wardle, The Virgin Internet music guide: version 1.0 And if that's not enough, you are a Numanoid and should seek professional help immediately.
    • 2003, Peter Buckley, The Rough Guide to Rock ...bonus tracks and well-presented sleeve notes — a worthwhile investment for all the Numanoids planning to go digital.
numb etymology From the past participle of nim. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /nʌm/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Without the power of sensation and motion or feeling; insensible.
  2. Not able to react, surprised, shocked.
  3. Causing numbness.
    • Shakespeare All thin and naked to the numb cold night.
  • sensible, sensitive
related terms:
  • numskull
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To cause to become numb. The dentist gave me novocaine to numb my tooth before drilling, thank goodness.
Synonyms: benumb
number Alternative forms: nummer (dialectal), numbre (obsolete)
etymology 1 From Middle English number, nombre, numbre, noumbre, from xno noumbre, Old French nombre, from Latin numerus, from Proto-Indo-European *nem-. Compare Saterland Frisian Nummer, Nuumer, Western Frisian nûmer, Dutch nummer, German Nummer, Danish nummer, Swedish nummer, Icelandic númer. pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈnʌm.bə(ɹ)/
  • (US) /ˈnʌm.bɚ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) An abstract entity used to describe quantity. exampleZero, one, -1, 2.5, and pi are all numbers.
  2. (countable) A numeral: a symbol for a non-negative integer exampleThe number 8 is usually made with a single stroke.
  3. (countable, mathematics) A member of one of several classes: natural number, integer, rational number, real number, complex number, quaternion. exampleThe equation e^{i\pi}+1=0 includes the most important numbers: 1, 0, \pi, i, and e.
  4. (Followed by a numeral; used attributively) Indicating the position of something in a list or sequence. Abbreviations: No or No., no or no. (in each case, sometimes written with a superscript "o", like Nº or №). The symbol "#" is also used in this manner. exampleHorse number 5 won the race.
  5. Quantity.
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    exampleAny number of people can be reading from a given repository at a time.
    • Francis Bacon Number itself importeth not much in armies where the people are of weak courage.
  6. A sequence of digit and letter used to register people, automobiles, and various other items. exampleHer passport number is C01X864TN.
  7. (countable, informal) A telephone number.
    • 2001, E. Forrest Hein, The Ruach Project, Xulon Press, page 86: “[...] I wonder if you could get hold of him and have him call me here at Interior. I’m in my office, do you have my number?”
    • 2007, Lindsey Nicole Isham, No Sex in the City: One Virgin's Confessions on Love, Lust, Dating, and Waiting, Kregel Publications, page 111: When I agreed to go surfing with him he said, “Great, can I have your number?” Well, I don’t give my number to guys I don’t know.
  8. (grammar) Of a word or phrase, the state of being singular, dual or plural, shown by inflection. exampleAdjectives and nouns should agree in gender, number, and case.
  9. (now, rare, in the plural) Poetic metres; verse, rhyme.
    • 1635, John Donne, The Triple Foole: Griefe brought to numbers cannot be so fierce, / For, he tames it, that fetters it in verse.
  10. (countable) A performance; especially, a single song or song and dance routine within a larger show. exampleFor his second number, he sang "The Moon Shines Bright".
  11. (countable, informal) A person
    • 1968, Janet Burroway, The dancer from the dance: a novel, Little, Brown, page 40: I laughed. "Don't doubt that. She's a saucy little number."
    • 1988, Erica Jong, Serenissima, Dell, page 214: "Signorina Jessica," says the maid, a saucy little number, "your father has gone to his prayers and demands that you come to the synagogue at once [...]"
    • 2005, Denise A. Agnew, Kate Hill & Arianna Hart, By Honor Bound, Ellora's Cave Publishing, page 207: He had to focus on the mission, staying alive and getting out, not on the sexy number rubbing up against him.
  12. (countable, informal) An item of clothing, particularly a stylish one
    • 2007, Cesca Martin, Agony Angel: So You Think You've Got Problems..., Troubador Publishing Ltd, page 134: The trouble was I was wearing my backless glittering number from the night before underneath, so unless I could persuade the office it was National Fancy Dress Day I was doomed to sweat profusely in bottle blue.
    • 2007, Lorelei James, Running with the Devil, Samhain Publishing, Ltd, page 46: "I doubt the sexy number you wore earlier tonight fell from the sky."
  13. (slang, chiefly, US) A marijuana cigarette, or joint; also, a quantity of marijuana bought form a dealer.
    • 2009, Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice, Vintage 2010, page 12: Back at his place again, Doc rolled a number, put on a late movie, found an old T-shirt, and sat tearing it up into short strips …
  14. (dated) An issue of a periodical publication. the latest number of a magazine
Synonyms: (mathematical number) scalar
hyponyms: {{top2}}
  • house number
  • opposite number
  • phone number
  • round number
  • serial number
  • telephone number
  • See also
related terms: {{rel-top3}}
  • numeral
  • numeric
  • numerical
  • {{lookfrom}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To label (items) with numbers; to assign numbers to (items). Number the baskets so that we can find them easily.
  2. (intransitive) To total or count; to amount to. I don’t know how many books are in the library, but they must number in the thousands.
etymology 2 From numb + -er. pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /ˈnʌmə/
  • (US): {{enPR}}, /ˈnʌmɚ/
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  • {{hyphenation}}
adjective: {{head}}
  1. en-comparative of numb
  • {{rank}}
number one {{wikipedia}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic) First; foremost; best. Commuting to work is the number one reason to own a car.
noun: {{rft}} {{en-noun}}
  1. the most important person, the one who is in charge
  2. someone who is top of a ranking, who is ranked first.
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  3. oneself, being considered foremost, as by an egoist (cf. look out for number one)
    • Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers No man should have more than two attachments—the first, to number one, and the second to the ladies; that's what I say—ha! ha!
  4. (childish, euphemistic) Urine; urination.
  5. (music) the single that has sold the most in a given period.
  6. (soccer) The main goalkeeper of a team, so-called because they wear the number 1 on the back of their kit.
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  7. (cricket) The batsman who opens the batting.
  8. Used other than as an idiom: number, one
Number Ten Alternative forms: No 10
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (idiom, colloquial) alternative form of 10 Downing Street
number two
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (euphemistic, usually, childish) Feces; the act of defecation. I need to go number two.
  2. (nautical, slang) a first mate
  3. primary assistant; vice-leader After she had shown great promise over the last 10 years, he made her his number two.
  4. (cricket) The batsman who opens alongside the number one, but does not face the first delivery.
numbnuts etymology numb + nuts
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, US, slang, derogatory, sometimes, humorous) A slow-witted, unresponsive, or inept person (usually male). Tell numbnuts over there to wake up and pay attention to his work. The drill instructor must have called him "numbnuts" fifty times today.
"Numbnuts" is most commonly used as a form of address, as in "Hey, numbnuts!" However, the term sometimes has other noun functions, as in "I will defend you from numbnuts such as JamesM" ("The Big Gulp" by David Lansing, LA Times, 20 May 2007).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) alternative spelling of numskull
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) stupid
numbskullery etymology numbskull + ery
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The behaviour of a numbskull; foolishness; stupidity.
    • 1997, Ira A. Robbins, The Trouser Press Guide to '90s Rock, Simon & Schuster (1997), ISBN 9780684814377, page 820: For every tuneful pop incision like "B-350" or "Chances Are," there's a lump of numbskullery like "Superman Is Dead" ("Now that Superman is dead/ Who will kick ass" — gee guys, I dunno, but if you're that worried . . .) {{…}}
    • 2002, Douglas Clegg, The Hour Before Dark, Leisure Books (2002), ISBN 9780843950441, page 167: I felt just as I had at seventeen, the fumbling numbskullery of a boy in love without a brain in his head, {{…}}
    • 2012, Heather Armstrong, Dear Daughter: The Best of the Dear Leta Letters, Gallery Books (2012), ISBN 9781451661415, page 100: More than once you've even tried to make me feel better about my frequent numbskullery, tried to comfort me in a tender way when I've spilled a glass of orange juice or run into the door jamb with my forehead.
numero uno etymology From either Italian or Spanish, meaning “number one
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The most important of a group.
  2. (informal) oneself, especially one’s own interests. In his business ventures, he always looks after numero uno.
nummy etymology Juvenile variant of yummy
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) delicious
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish) Tasty food.
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numpty Alternative forms: numptie etymology Possibly from Scottish English numbskull. pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, pejorative) An idiot, dolt or fool.
numptyish etymology numpty + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, rare) Like a numpty; somewhat foolish.
numskull Alternative forms: numbskull etymology From numb + skull.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) A dunce, mental dull or stupid person.
  2. (pejorative) A label for a person who refuses to learn or grow mentally. That numskull will never learn how to compose a letter.
  3. A traditional name for a fool who serves as the butt of jokes about stupidity.
Numskull is often capitalized as the fictitious name of the traditional fictional butt of jokes. Synonyms: See also
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic) a place of residence for nun; a convent
    • 1601: , III.i Get thee to a nunnery, why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners?
  2. (slang, obsolete) a brothel
  • monastery
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a woman or girl employed to care for children
Synonyms: au pair, nanny
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To tend to as a nursemaid.
  2. (colloquial) To care for or look after. I don't believe I have to nursemaid these two rookies through their entire probationary period.
nursery school {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A school where pre-school children play and learn at the same time.
Synonyms: kindergarten, preschool
nursie etymology nurse + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish, mainly as a term of address) nurse
    • George MacDonald, A Rough Shaking “Bravo, Nursie!” cried Marway. “There ain't a flunkey of you all could do it better!” Clare said nothing, finished the job, and stood up.
  • insure, inures, ursine
nut {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English nute, note, from Old English hnutu, from Proto-Germanic *hnuts (compare West Frisian nút, Dutch noot, German Nuss, Danish nød, Swedish nöt), from Proto-Indo-European *knu-, *kneu- (compare Irish cnó, Latin nux, Albanian nyç). pronunciation
  • (UK) /nʌt/, [nɐt], {{enPR}}
  • (US) /nʌt/, {{enPR}}
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A hard-shelled seed. There are many sort of nuts - peanuts, cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts and more.
  2. A fastener: a piece of metal, usually square or hexagonal in shape, with a hole through it having machined internal threads, intended to be screwed onto a bolt or other threaded shaft.
    • 1998, Brian Hingley, Furniture Repair & Refinishing - Page 95 As the bolt tightens into the nut, it pulls the tenon on the side rail into the mortise in the bedpost and locks them together. There are also some European beds that reverse the bolt and nut by setting the nut into the bedpost with the bolt inserted into a slotted area in the side of the rail.
  3. (slang) A crazy person. He was driving his car like a nut.
  4. (slang) The head.
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  5. (US, slang) Financial term for monthly expense to keep a venture running.
  6. (US, slang) The amount of money necessary to set up some venture; set-up costs.
    • 1971, Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Harper Perennial (2005), page 11: My attorney was waiting in a bar around the corner. “This won't make the nut,” he said, “unless we have unlimited credit.”
  7. (US, slang) A stash of money owned by an extremely rich investor, sufficient to sustain a high level of consumption if all other money is lost.
  8. (musical instruments, lutherie) On string instruments such as guitars and violins, the small piece at the peghead end of the fingerboard that holds the strings at the proper spacing and, in most cases, the proper height.
  9. (typography slang) En, a unit of measurement equal to half of the height of the type in use.
  10. (historical, UK slang) An extravagantly fashionable young man of the 1910s and 1920s.
    • 1914, Saki, ‘The Dreamer’, Beasts and Superbeasts, Penguin 2000 (Complete Short Stories), p. 323: ‘You are not going to be what they call a Nut, are you?’ she inquired with some anxiety, partly with the idea that a Nut would be an extravagance which her sister's small household would scarcely be justified in incurring [...].
  11. (vulgar, slang, rarely used in the singular) A testicle. I kicked him in the nuts.
  12. (vulgar, slang) Semen, ejaculate.
  13. An extreme enthusiast. a fashion nut a gun nut a sailing nut
  14. (climbing) A shaped piece of metal, threaded by a wire loop, which is jammed in a crack in the rockface and used to protect a climb. (Originally, machine nuts [sense #2] were used for this purpose.)
    • 2005, Tony Lourens, Guide to climbing page 88 When placing nuts, always look for constrictions within the crack, behind which the nut can be wedged.
  15. (poker, only in attributive use) Relating to the nuts, the best possible hand on a given board. a nut hand; a nut flush
  16. The tumbler of a gunlock. {{rfquotek}}
  17. (nautical) A projection on each side of the shank of an anchor, to secure the stock in place.
Synonyms: (insane person) loony, nutbag, nutcase, nutter, (the head) bonce, noodle (see further synonyms under head), (a testicle) ball, bollock (taboo slang), nads
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (UK, transitive, slang) To hit deliberately with the head; to headbutt.
    • 1999, Nik Cohn, Yes we have no: adventures in the other England One night, we were fumbling each other out by the toilets when a Rocker in full leathers came out of the Gents and, without breaking stride or saying a word, nutted me square between the eyes. I went down as though shot...
  2. (intransitive, slang) To ejaculate (semen).
  • tun
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An odd, eccentric or insane person.
  2. (vulgar slang) The scrotum.
Synonyms: (odd, eccentric or insane person) crackpot, loon, nut, nutter, nutcase, screwball, wacko, (scrotum) see
nutball Alternative forms: nut ball
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A crazy person.
    • {{quote-news}}
    • {{quote-news}}
Synonyms: See also .
  • bull ant
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Crazy, insane, unhinged.
    • 2012, Kevin Bleyer, Me the People: One Man's Selfless Quest to Rewrite the Constitution of the United States of America, Random House (2012), ISBN 9781400069354, page xx: Unable to convince people he wasn't totally nutballs, while simultaneously being totally nutballs, Tugwell resigned from his position in FDR's administration.
    • 2013, Michele Bardsley, Only Lycans Need Apply, Signet Eclipse (2013), ISBN 9781101599570, unnumbered page: “Well, having three psychiatrists tell me I was nutballs contributed to the idea,” I said.
    • 2014, Lisa McMann, Gasp, Simon Pulse (2014), ISBN 9781442466319, page 10: “How do you plan to explain this vision thing to everybody without looking totally nutballs?”
Synonyms: See also .
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of nutball
  • bull ants
nutburger etymology nut + burger
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A patty made from or containing nuts; a burger featuring such a patty.
    • 1990, , She Came in a Flash, Plume (1990), ISBN 9780452263840, page 53: There were vegetable pies and nutburgers, spinach lasagne and stuffed mushrooms simmering over candlelit hot plates.
  2. (slang, derogatory) A person considered crazy or eccentric.
    • 2005, Joshilyn Jackson, Gods in Alabama, Grand Central Publishing (2007), ISBN 9780446178167, page 191: "She's a nutburger. She tracked me down at my job —"
Synonyms: (crazy person) see also .
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nutcake etymology From nut + cake.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A cake made with nut
  2. (informal) A crazy person
nutcase etymology From nut + case. Compare headcase, mental case etc. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈnʌtkeɪs/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) An eccentric or odd person.
  2. (pejorative, slang) Someone who is insane.
Synonyms: crackpot, loon, nut, nutbag, nutter, screwball, wacko
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nutfarm etymology From nut ‘insane person’ + farm.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An insane asylum. Don't go around telling cops that, or they'll lock you up in the nutfarm.
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  • turfman
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (journalism, colloquial) The sentence or paragraph that summarizes a story.
nuthouse etymology nut + house
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, often derogatory) A lunatic asylum. That guy is totally crazy; he belongs in a nuthouse.
Synonyms: insane asylum, mental hospital, madhouse, nutfarm, funny farm, See also
nut huggers
noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang) Men's swimming briefs or similar, especially tight, lower-body garments.
nut job {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, pejorative) Someone who is crazy insane. Some nut job from the government actually thought he could tax our moonshine!
Synonyms: (someone who is insane) eccentric, headcase, nutter, oddball, wacko, nutcase
nutjobbery etymology nutjob + ery
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The behaviour of a nutjob; lunacy or idiocy.
nutless etymology nut + less
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Without nut (the fruit).
  2. Without the use of nuts (the mechanical fastener).
  3. (vulgar, slang) Without nuts (testicles); cowardly or castrated.
nutmeg {{wikipedia}} {{commons}} etymology A part-translation of Old French nois mugede (modern noix de muscade or noix muscade), from Malayalam nux muscata. pronunciation
  • /ˈnʌtmɛɡ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An evergreen tree, {{taxlink}}, cultivated in the East Indies for its spicy seed.
  2. The aromatic seed of this tree, used as a spice.
  3. A grey-brown colour.
  4. (football) The playing of the ball between the leg of an opponent.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To flavour with nutmeg. She decided the eggnog was lacking in flavor, so she decided to nutmeg it heavily.
  2. (soccer, transitive) To play the ball between the leg of (an opponent).
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nutrider etymology From nut + rider.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) An individual whose force of argument derives from the notoriety or skill of some group or person they are associated with.
  2. (slang) A person with any particularly vociferous or enthusiastic stance.
  3. (Internet, slang, derogatory) An online fan and defender of the reputation of a person, group, brand, or product.
  • intruder
nuts pronunciation
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noun: {{head}} {{g}}
  1. plural of nut
  2. (vulgar, slang) Testicles. Ohhh, he just got kicked in the nuts!
  3. (poker) A hand that can be proven unbeatable even when the hand's holder does not know any of the hidden cards the other poker players involved in a hand hold or held.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Insane, mad. After living on the island alone for five years, he eventually went nuts.
  2. (colloquial, figuratively) Crazy, mad; unusually pleased or, alternatively, angered. I just go nuts over her fantastic desserts. The referee made a bad call against the home team and the crowd went nuts.
Synonyms: nutty, See also
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Indicates annoyance, anger, or disappointment. Nuts! They didn't even listen to what I had to say.
  2. Signifies rejection of a proposal or idea, as in forget it, no way, or nothing doing.
  • The association with testicles (See noun above.) adds an intensifying effect to the anger or rejection.
  • Use of "Nuts" rather than another form of "No" is often intentionally insulting.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of nut
  • stun, tuns
nutsack etymology nut + sack
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) The scrotum; ballsack.
  • unstack
  • untacks
nutshot etymology nut + shot
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, video games) To shoot (a player) in the groin, especially the testicle.
nutsiness etymology nutsy + ness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) nuttiness; craziness
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Crazy, insane.
    • 2000: Zadie Smith, White Teeth "You wanted a report, so here's a full report: crazy, nutso, raisins short of a fruitcake, rubber walls, screaming-mad basket-cases."
    • 2000: Robert Bacal, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Dealing With Difficult Employees "It's a bit scary if you have a difficult boss, and it's out-and-out frightening if you have a completely nutso, maladjusted, irrational, or disturbed boss."
    • 2005: G. R. Kirby, Sow the Storm "I was wondering if you had any crazy nutso guy stalking you, or something."
Synonyms: See also
  • snout

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