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nutsy etymology nuts + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) crazy
nutter pronunciation
  • (RP) /nʌtə/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology From Middle English nutter, equivalent to nut + er.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who gather nut.
  2. (informal) An eccentric, insane, crazy or reckless person.
  3. A person who is obsessed with something.
Synonyms: (eccentric, insane or reckless person) loony, nut, nutcase
related terms:
  • nut
  • nutbag
  • nutty
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of nut
  2. Gathering nuts. (Often as in "to go a-nutting" or "to go nutting".)
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  3. (rare) Gaining favor or subjugating oneself.
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  4. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) Thinking very hard or puzzling over something.
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  5. (UK, slang) Hitting deliberately with the head; headbutting.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare) An outing to gather nuts.
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nutty as a fruitcake Alternative forms: nutty as a fruit cake etymology 1914.
adjective: nutty as a fruitcake
  1. (simile, colloquial) Behaving in an eccentric, foolish, or kooky manner; very nutty.
    • 2003, / NY Times News Service, "Fruitcake: A word that gets the US Congress to call the cops", Taipei Times , 10 Aug, p. 9, Eugene O'Neill, in his 1914 play, The Movie Man, coined a memorable simile: "We sure are as nutty as a fruitcake or we wouldn't be here."
Synonyms: barmy, crazy, daffy, dotty, loopy, mad, wacky, zany
nut up etymology nut + up pronunciation
  • /nʌt ʌp/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, slang, imperative) To suffer in silence, without complaint or protest.
This is usually addressed to a person and often is included in the phrase "Nut up or shut up." Synonyms: endure, put up with, take lying down
related terms:
  • shut up
nutzoid etymology nuts + -oid
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Crazy; insane.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An insane person, especially one who is insane in a wacky way.
n-word Alternative forms: N-word
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (euphemistic) The word nigger or nigga or nigra.
  2. (humorous) Any word beginning with n that is not normally taboo but is considered (often humorously) to be so in the given context.
  3. (linguistics) Negation words, such as not, nobody, and nothing.
  4. (linguistics) Danish/Swedish/Norwegian nouns of the common gender (their indefinite article being en), as opposed to t-word, nouns of the neuter gender (their indefinite article being et).
  5. (euphemistic) The word Nazi.
Synonyms: (euphemism for nigger) n-bomb
related terms:
  • a-word
  • b-word
  • c-word
  • d-word
  • f-word
  • g-word
  • h-word
  • l-word
  • m-word
  • p-word
  • r-word
  • s-word
  • t-word
  • v-word
  • w-word
  • drown
nyet etymology From Russian нет 〈net〉
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, Russian) A Russian no; a negative response.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (Russia, Russian) No in a Russian context.
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  • da
  • Tyne
nymph {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: nymphe (rare or archaic) etymology From Middle English nimphe, from Old French nimphe, from Latin nympha, from Ancient Greek νύμφη 〈nýmphē〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈnɪmf/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The larva of certain insect.
  2. (Greek & Roman mythology) Any minor female deity associated with water, forest, grotto, etc.
  3. A young girl, especially one who inspire lustful feeling.
Synonyms: (insect larva) instar, naiad, (attractive young woman) lolita, nymphet, nymphette
related terms:
  • lymph
  • nympho
  • nymphomania
  • nymphomaniac
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A nymphomaniac.
nymshift etymology nym + shift
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Internet, often, derogatory) To change one's pseudonym so as to appear to be posting messages as an unrelated user.
related terms:
  • nymshifter
nymshifter etymology nym + shifter
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet, often, derogatory) One who deceptive posts messages under several different pseudonym.
related terms:
  • nymshift
  • nymshifting
etymology 1 pronunciation
  • (UK) /əʊ/ {{audio}}
  • (US) /oʊ/ {{audio}}
letter: {{en-letter}}
  1. {{Latn-def}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A blood type that lacks A or B antigens and may only receive transfusions of similar type O blood, but may donate to all (neglecting Rh factor). Synonym: universal donor.
number: {{en-number}}
  1. {{Latn-def}}
etymology 2 English O, o is attested in William Tyndale's 1525 New Testament Translation, as a translation of Ancient Greek , Latin o. (Compare the Old English particles èalà, æàlà, ǽlà, hèlà.) In Middle English, O is found in Acts 13:10, Romans 9:20 and Galatians 3:1, and ò is found in Romans 2:1,3, of John Wycliff's Newe Testament (1382). Compare la (a particle for introducing a statement or expressing surprise), from Old English; compare also English lo, oh. Compare the osx gloss o (950s) of the Lambeth MS (957) of the Gallican Psalter and the ó, o (post-1000) of the Durham Hymns, regularly seen in the redundant forms "o eala þu" and "ó eala þu" by proper names. Compare also the xno O (about 1200) of the manuscripts of Saints Juliana and Katherine, and other religious writs.
particle: {{head}}
  1. (grammar) The English vocative particle, used for direct address.
    • 1525, Tyndale's translation of Romans 2.1,3: Therefore arte thou inexcusable o man whosoever thou be that iudgest. For in that same where in thou iudgest another, thou cõdemnest thysilfe. For thou that iudgest doest evẽ the same silfe thynges. … Thynkest thou O man that iudgest them which do soche thyngs and yet dost evẽ the very same, that thou shalt escape the iudgemẽt of God?
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  • The word O is always written in upper case in modern usage.
  • O is often used in translations from languages which have the vocative case.
  • Although it is not strictly archaic, the particle is sometimes used archaizingly. It conveys a formal or reverential tone.
Synonyms: oh, hey, yo, ah
etymology 3 Abbreviation.
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (cricket) The number of over bowled.
  2. (slang) Orgasm. (Often used in the phrase the big O.)
    • {{cite newsgroup }} Sunny felt some cold and wet press against her pussy, it startled her, then it's tongue went deep inside of her, she had been eaten out before, but never this could, who ever was doing it was a real pro, and had to have the longest tongue in the world it was buried at least three inches inside of her and was taking long, hard strokes, it was trying to get even deeper, it was only seconds before she started shaking from her first O.
    • {{cite newsgroup }} Further on, when she's about to reach her first O, the taste turns from no taste to champagne-like.
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    • {{cite newsgroup }} Now my friend was fingering my wife and licking her clit. My wife reached her first O of the night.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (printing) American Library Association abbreviation of octavo, a book size (20-25 cm).
  2. (soccer) Someone associated with , as a player, coach, supporter etc.
o'clockish etymology o'clock + ish
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (informal) After a numeral, denotes a time of around the start of that hour. We'll have dinner at seven o'clockish, depending on how soon Keith arrives.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Wessex (slang) (archaic) overgrown.
    • Thomas Hardy, Domicilium: / And orchards were uncultivated slopes / O'egrown with bramble bushes, furze and thorn... /
oaf Alternative forms: auf pronunciation
  • (UK) /əʊf/
  • (US) /oʊf/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology From auf, Old Norse{{R:Webster 1913|auf}} álfr ( > Norwegian bokmål alv). Akin to German Alb.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) An elf's child; a changeling left by fairies or goblins, hence, a deformed or foolish child.
  2. (pejorative) A person, especially a large male, who is clumsy or a simpleton; an idiot. Ouch! You dropped that box on my feet, you lumbering oaf!
Synonyms: (clumsy or idiotic person): dummy, galoot, imbecile, lout, moron, fool
  • fao, FAO
  • of a
oak etymology From Middle English ook, from Old English āc, from Proto-Germanic *aiks (compare Scots aik, Western Frisian iik, Dutch eik, German Eiche, Danish eg), from Proto-Indo-European *eiḱ 〈*eiḱ〉 or *eiǵ- (compare Latin aesculus, Lithuanian ąžuolas, Albanian enjë, Ancient Greek αἰγίλωψ 〈aigílōps〉) pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /oʊk/
  • (RP) /əʊk/
  • {{enPR}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. {{senseid}}(countable) A tree of the genus Quercus.
    • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} It was not far from the house; but the ground sank into a depression there, and the ridge of it behind shut out everything except just the roof of the tallest hayrick. As one sat on the sward behind the elm, with the back turned on the rick and nothing in front but the tall elms and the oaks in the other hedge, it was quite easy to fancy it the verge of the prairie with the backwoods close by.
    • {{RQ:Grey Riders}} Instead there were the white of aspens, streaks of branch and slender trunk glistening from the green of leaves, and the darker green of oaks, and through the middle of this forest, from wall to wall, ran a winding line of brilliant green which marked the course of cottonwoods and willows.
  2. (uncountable) The wood of the oak.
  3. A rich brown colour, like that of oak wood. {{color panel}}
  • (oak tree) tree
  • (oak tree) acorn
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colour) of a rich brown colour, like that of oak wood.
  2. made of oak wood or timber an oak table, oak beam, etc
  3. consisting of oak tree an oak wood, oak forest, etc
  • koa
  • oka, Oka
Oakland {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. The eighth-largest city in the U.S. state of California.
Synonyms: {{qual}} Oaktown
Oaktown {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}}
proper noun: {{en-prop}}
  1. (slang) Oakland, California.
  2. A town in Knox County, Indiana.
oater {{wikipedia}} etymology ~1945-50 - From oat as in horse fodder, alluding to the horses common to the movies, + -er "connected to; about". pronunciation
  • /ˈo.tɚ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, humorous) A movie or television show about cowboy or frontier life; a western movie.
    • 1949 January 10, The Great American Horse Opera, in , In recent years the western or horse opera, known in the trade as the "oater," has come to be recognized as an art form just as formal as the ballet or the symphony. In essence it is the American morality play. To prove his contention that all this is so, Life Photographer John Florea took these unusual pictures during the filming of Yellow Sky. This is a $1,450,000 western with big-name stars (Gregory Peck, Anne Bancroft, Richard Widmark) and technical talent from 20th Century's top drawer, but is basically a typical oater.
    • 1995, Louis Decimus Rubin, Jerry Leath Mills, A Writer's Companion, By far the more common was the low-budget "hoss opera" or "oater," ground out in relentless numbers by studios such as Universal and Republic, and designed basically for edification of the young, who took them in on Fridays and Saturdays along with the episode of a serial, a cartoon, a newsreel, and perhaps a bouncing-ball sing-along. There were, to be sure, degrees of the oater; a somewhat more subtle version, designed for adult as well as child viewing, was also made.
Synonyms: horse opera, oat opera
  • Erato, orate
oat soda
noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang) Beer.
etymology 1 From Latin ob.
prefix: {{en-prefix}}
  1. (non-productive) Against; facing; a combining prefix found in verbs of Latin origin.
  2. (botany) Of a reversed shape.
etymology 2 Shortening.
prefix: {{en-prefix}}
  1. (Internet, informal) Obligatory; prepended to the name of a topic being mentioned to avoid accusations of being off-topic.
    • 1998, "Haydn Black", lesbian goths (discussion on Internet newsgroup alt.gothic) ObGoth: Uh, well, it's like this you see, anyone out there got the new CoX album on Tess? If so which album is it *most* like?
    • 1998, "Peter Thomas", FAQ: more info request (discussion on Internet newsgroup comp.sys.sinclair) Aren't Newcastle's chairman Sunderland supporters? (From the way they acted?) Erm...obspeccy? Tynesoft, eh? What happened to them?
    • 2000, "Dan Glover", Introduction to Linux article for commentary (discussion on Internet newsgroup alt.linux) ObLinux: SAP were giving away a free development environment for use with RedHat v6.1 recently, a distinctly non-free complete system has been available for a while. This offers another example of a commercial application where the vendors now have sufficient confidence in Linux to release a port (even if it is distribution-specific).
ObamaCare etymology {{blend}} or Medicare and perhaps influenced by earlier HillaryCare. pronunciation
  • /oʊˈbɑ məˌkɛər/
  • {{rhymes}}
Alternative forms: Obamacare, Obama-care, Obama Care
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (US, neologism, chiefly, pejorative) Any of various healthcare plans seen as associated with before or during ; especially, the : a healthcare reform plan that was passed in 2010 and signed into law by him.
    • {{quote-news}}
    • 2007 September 26, , address to the New Jersey Republican Party (about 12 minutes 30 seconds in): This is a trick. This is a trick that's going on here. This idea that, that whether it's HillaryCare, or ObamaCare, or EdwardsCare, that idea that it's not socialized medicine is a trick. It's a massive growth in government control of medicine.
    • 2010, Richard McKenzie Neal, We the People: A Christian Nation (page 161) Those who designed ObamaCare were willing to sacrifice marriage for the sake of seeming to be “progressive and equitable,” even though social science research reveals a clear link between single motherhood and poverty.
    • 2011, Tony Maglione, Obamacare: A Doctor's Guide to Saving Healthcare This book will tell you what is right and wrong with Obamacare and will offer solutions to improve healthcare in our country so that it remains of high quality and sustainable financially in the future for all Americans.
    • 2011, Kevin Williamson, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism (page 237) Of course ObamaCare is socialism. It has been designed along explicitly socialist lines…
related terms:
  • Obamamania
  • Obamunism
  • Obamanomics
Obamageddon etymology Obama + geddon
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, politics, pejorative or _, humorous) The decline or fall of the United States caused by the presidency of Barack Obama.
    • 2011, Mark Easely, "President Perry", The Observer (Notre Dame and Saint Mary's), Volume 45, Issue 4, 26 August 2011, page 10: It is still very possible that he will surprise us and develop into a great leader, the chosen one we so desperately seek to lead us from the darkness of Obamageddon, the Barracolypse.
    • 2013, Wayne Root, The Ultimate Obama Survival Guide: How to Survive, Thrive, and Prosper During Obamageddon, Regnery Publishing (2013), ISBN 9781621570912, unnumbered page: He has turned American tax policy in the direction that Europe's been going for the past fifty years. Great Obama Depression, here we come. We're one step closer to Obamageddon.
    • 2013, Christopher Swindell, "Can We Put Guns Down and Talk?", The Charleston Gazette, 6 June 2013: I remain deeply skeptical of people amassing weapons against a coming Obamageddon.
Obamanation etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, politics, derogatory) The presidency of Barack Obama, viewed as detrimental to the United States.
    • 2012, Michael Brissenden, American Stories: Tales of Hope and Anger, University of Queensland Press (2012), ISBN 9780702248450, unnumbered page: Beck has become the chronicler of all that the Tea Party sees is wrong with the 'Obamanation' that is America today.
    • 2012, Dan S. Wible, Halftime in America: The Challenge Years: Fighting to Stop Progressive Tyranny in the United States, iUniverse (2012), ISBN 9781475951257, page 393: Recovery from the national emergency of these Obama years will require a huge amount of careful decision making, from domestic to international, unwinding the Obamanation the USA has been saddled with.
    • 2013, Frank A. Kaye, Red Gray and Blue, Trafford Publishing (2013), ISBN 9781466972575, unnumbered page: However, if four years of Jimmy Carter did not destroy our nation, four years of Obamanation won't either.
Obamatard etymology Obama + tard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, derogatory) A supporter of .
Obamaton etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) A person who follows U.S. president blindly
Obamunism etymology A portmanteau of Obama and Communism.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (neologism, pejorative) Economic or political measures of the administration endorsing socialism, communism, or the joining of statist and corporate powers, as alleged by its critics.
related terms:
  • Obamamania
  • Obamanomics
  • ObamaCare
obeast etymology obese + beast
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A contemptuous and very obese or overweight person
    • 1981, New York Magazine, Jan 12, 1981, page 107 The doctor told me I was a little obeast.
    • 2006, Norman Green, Shooting Dr. Jack, page 235 “There's gotta be a ladder up there, and I can't hoist you, you's obeast.”
    • 2009, Harry F. Dahms, Nature, Knowledge and Negation, page 323 Fast Food Nation, where, as I overheard one new mother in my town recently note, children are likely to grow up ''obeast'
  2. (religion) A intelligent demonic influence or entity
    • 2006, Oneal McQuick, Fasting & Prayers, page 23 I mentioned something of intelligent nature created by devils called an obeast or called that by the blues; in the article, “Real Weapons of Mass Destruction.”
    • 2007, Orlando Constantine, Angels, Let's Talk, page 39 For an obeast in a human, the human being dead, have the abilities that Christ displayed upon resurrection.
    • 2008, Orlando Constantine, Angels, Let's Talk 2008-2009 Follow Up Notes if they or the obeast or any is successful in yanking a brain or head part, nerve, blood vessel, etc, then as the scripture has said, “without thy mind would I do nothing” (Philemon 1:14)
Synonyms: See also
obesity etymology From French obésité, from Latin obēsitās, from Latin obēsus.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. The state of being obese due to an excess of body fat.
OB-GYN Alternative forms: ob-gyn, OBGYN, OB/GYN etymology {{blend}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ɒbˈɡʌɪn/
  • (US) /ɑbˈɡaɪn/, /oʊbidʒiwaɪˈɛn/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable, informal, medicine, US) obstetrics and gynecology
  2. (countable, US) a specialist in this field
ob-gyn Alternative forms: OB-GYN
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, medicine) obstetrics and gynecology; a specialist in this field
etymology 1 From xno obit, Middle French obit, and their source, Latin obitus, from obire. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɒbɪt/, /ˈəʊbɪt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) Death of a person. {{defdate}}
  2. (Christianity, now historical) A mass or other service held for the soul of a dead person. {{defdate}}
    • 1971, Keith Thomas (historian), Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, p. 582: Medieval wills often contained bequests to pay for the singing of special (non-perpetual) masses on the testator's behalf. These obits, as they were called, combined alms for the poor with masses for the dead.
  3. A record of a person's death. {{defdate}}
etymology 2 Shortened from obituary. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈəʊbɪt/, /əˈbɪt/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) An obituary.
  • biot , B. I. O. T.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of obliterate
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) very drunk, intoxicated, wasted
obloquy {{was wotd}} etymology From ll obloquium, from Latin obloquor. pronunciation
  • /ˈɒbləˌkwi/, /ˈɔːbləˌkwi/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Abusive language.
  2. Disgrace suffered from abusive language.
    • 1825, William Hazlitt, The Spirit of the Age, His name undoubtedly stands very high in the present age, and will in all probability go down to posterity with more or less of renown or obloquy.
    • 1886, , The Princess Casamassima. It was comparatively easy for him to accept himself as the son of a terribly light Frenchwoman; there seemed a deeper obloquy even than that in his having for his other parent a nobleman altogether wanting in nobleness.
  3. (archaic) A false accusation; malevolent rumors. It is as cruel as the grave to any man, when he knows his own rectitude of conduct, to have his hard services not only debased and underrated. But the Revolutionary soldiers are not the only people that endure obloquy.
Synonyms: (abusive language) defamation, insult, (disgrace) opprobrium
obnoxious Alternative forms: obnoctious (obsolete) etymology From Latin obnoxiōsus, from obnoxius, from ob + noxia. pronunciation
  • (RP) /əbˈnɒkʃəs/
  • (GenAm) /əbˈnɑkʃəs/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Extremely unpleasant, offensive, very annoying, odious or contemptible. He was an especially obnoxious and detestable specimen of a man. Throwing stones at the bus is another example of your obnoxious behaviour.
  2. (archaic) exposed to harm or injury.
    • 1661, , , page 26, To begin then with his Experiment of the burning Wood, it seems to me to be obnoxious to not a few considerable Exceptions.
Obomber etymology
  • {{blend}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) an epithet of Barack Obama
The epithet Obomber is most often used when discussing Barack Obama's foreign policy, in particular by those who believe he has a tendency to use unmanned military aircraft for targeted killings abroad.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. archaic spelling of obscene
    • 1654: John Webster, Academiarum Examen, or the Examination of Academies, page 54 Shall I recount his intemperance, voluptuouſneſs, and obſcæne manner of living? or his impious, doubtful or wicked end? no, let them be buried with his aſhes.
obscene Alternative forms: obscæne (archaic) etymology From Middle French obscène, from Latin obscēnus, obscaenus. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /əbˈsin/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Offensive to current standard of decency or morality
  2. Lewd or lustful
  3. Disgusting or repulsive
  4. Beyond all reason
  5. Liable to deprave or corrupt
  • The comparative obscener and superlative obscenest, though formed by valid rules for English, are less common than more obscene and most obscene.
obscenely etymology obscene + ly
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. In an obscene manner; vulgarly.
  2. In an excessive manner.
obsceneness etymology obscene + ness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Quality of being obscene.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. en-comparative of obscene
adjective: {{head}}
  1. en-superlative of obscene
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) Something that is obscene. Martha wouldn't go into the art museum because, as she put it, "They have obscenities just sitting out, on display!"
  2. (countable) An act of obscene behaviour. Bestiality was outlawed as an obscenity in the strongly conservative community.
  3. (countable) Specifically, an offensive word; a profanity; a dirty word. Eliza couldn't stand her daughter's music; as she saw it, it was just shouted obscenities and a heavy drum beat.
  4. (uncountable) The qualities that make something obscene; lewd, indecency, or offensive behaviour. The coalition of religious conservatives was campaigning against, in their view, rampant obscenity in the entertainment industry.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, slang, used as a nonce only) The act of making something obscure. Usually used in computing to describe the act of hiding source code in plain sight. One might consider it a type of very ineffective encryption. Hi all, I'm working on a applet program which is downloaded to the client computer in a cab/jar file. I'm looking for an obscurification tool to scramble ... But why would anyone want to improve the security of this approach? If one wants casual obscurification(tm), it does just fine as-is. If one wants real security, one would be insane to use anything less than Blowfish, 3DES, AES and their ilk...
obsess etymology From Latin obsessus, perfect passive participle of obsideō, from ob + sedeō; see sit, session, etc.; compare assess, possess.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (passive, constructed with ''"with") To be preoccupied with a single topic or emotion. exampleSome people are obsessed with sports.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  2. (transitive) To dominate the thought of someone. exampleThoughts of her obsess my every waking moment.
  3. (intransitive, colloquial, construed with over) To think or talk obsessively about. exampleStop obsessing over it, will you!
related terms:
  • obsession
  • bosses
obstropulous etymology Corruption of obstreperous.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete slang) obstreperous
    • IX, , “And you know, Jack (as we told him, moreover), that it was a shame to manhood, for a man, who had served twenty and twenty women as bad or worse, let him have served Miss Harlowe never so bad, should give himself such obstropulous airs, because she would die … ”
obtuse etymology From Middle French obtus, from Latin obtusus, past participle of obtundere, from ob + tundere. pronunciation
  • (UK) /əbˈtjuːs/, /əbˈtʃuːs/
  • (US) /əbˈt(j)us/, /ɑbˈt(j)us/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (now chiefly botany, zoology) Blunt; not sharp.
  2. Intellectual dull or dim-witted.
  3. Indirect or circuitous.
  4. Of sound: deaden or muffle.
  5. (geometry) Of an angle: greater than 90 degree but less than 180 degrees.
  6. (geometry) Of a triangle: with one obtuse angle.
Synonyms: (intellectually dull): dense, dim, dim-witted, thick (informal), (of a sound): deaden, muffle, (blunt): blunt, dull, (of a triangle): obtuse-angled
  • (intellectually dull): bright, intelligent, on the ball, quick off the mark, quick-witted, sharp, smart
  • (of a sound): clear
  • (blunt): pointed, sharp
  • (of an angle): acute
  • (of a triangle): acute, acute-angled
related terms:
  • obtund
  • buteos
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adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (slang) obviously. There's obvi no way I'm going to drive that far just for a haircut. Are you going to the party? Obvi.
quotations: {{seecites}}
It is usually used in a sarcastic, lackadaisical manner.
obvs etymology Shortening of obviously
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (slang) obviously
    • 2008, Micol Ostow, Popular Vote Logan and Zoë had my number, obvs. But for once I wasn't sure that I wanted them to.
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initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. Original Content
  2. Orange County
  3. Officer of the Order of Canada
  4. (military) Officer Commanding
  5. Office Consultation
  6. Office Conference
  7. (fandom slang) Original character.
    • 1999, 28 October, Laura Taylor, Re: Voyager Mary Sue Litmus Test,!original/alt.startrek.creative/RsBQlEcflGI/17Cc69s4tKwJ, alt.startrek.creative, “One point that almost always seems to be overlooked every time the Mary Sue issue comes up is that #*not* all original characters are Mary Sues. Although there are those who think OCs should be kept out of fanfic, it is possible and acceptable to write OCs into your stories without deifying them.”
    • 2005, 3 Febuary, Don Sample, Re: Are OC's the kiss-of-death in BtVS fanfics?,!original/,, “Too often an OC tends to slip into a Mary Sue mould, but if it's well written, I have no problems with an OC as a protagonist of a fic.”
    • 2008, Rebecca W. Black, Adolescents and Online Fan Fiction, Peter Lang (2008), ISBN 9781433103056, page 40: For instance, one fan might create an OC or Original Character that does not exist in the primary media canon. Then, with that fan's permission (it is considered good form to request permission from the OC creator; however, this does not always happen) another fan may incorporate that OC into his or her texts.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
  8. (slang) OxyContin
  • CO, CO$, CO₂, c/o, co.
ochre {{was wotd}} {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: ocher etymology From Old French ocre and its source Latin ōchra, from Ancient Greek ὤχρα 〈ṓchra〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈəʊkə/
  • (US) /ˈoʊkɚ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An earth pigment containing silica, aluminum and ferric oxide
  2. A somewhat dark yellow orange colour {{color panel}}
  3. (molecular biology, colloquial) The stop codon sequence "UAA."
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having a yellow-orange colour.
  2. (archaeology) Referring to cultures that covered their dead with ochre.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to cover with ochre
  • chore, ocher
ocker {{was wotd}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɒkə/
etymology 1 From Middle English ocker, oker, from Old Norse ókr, from Proto-Germanic *wōkraz, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂weg- 〈*h₂weg-〉. More at oker.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Now chiefly dialectal) Interest on money; usury; increase.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, Now chiefly dialectal) To increase (in price); add to.
etymology 2 From Ocker, pet form of the name Oscar; popularised in a series of television sketches where the word was used as a general nickname.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, Australia) A boorish or uncultivated Australian.
    • 1987, James Oram, Hogan: The Story of a Son of Oz, page 69, But Willesee was finding that entertaining ockers were in short supply. Ockers who could fart and belch and drop their trousers were plentiful. There was no shortage of ockers who could sing bawdy songs and abuse Poms and chunder on cue.
    • 1990, , Volume 49, University of Melbourne, page 139, In terms of formal ‘experimentation’ Williamson proved to be the most conservative; Don′s Party was the most realist of contemporary texts. Here, an entire tribe of Ockers may be observed within the confines of the suburban sprawl.
    • 2011 May 23, Ronald Bergan, The Guardian, For many Australians, the screen persona of the character actor Bill Hunter, who has died of cancer aged 71, was the archetypal "ocker", an uncultivated Australian working man who enjoys beer, "barbies", Aussie rules football and V8 supercars.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Pertaining to an ocker.
    • 1992, Will Self, Cock and Bull: ‘Non-erotic male bonding, that’s the thing isn’t it; what our ocker cousins call “mateyness”.’
    • 2007, Phillip William Hughes, Opening Doors to the Future: Stories of Prominent Australians and the Influence of Teachers, [http//|most+ocker%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=6X3DT97lN4-6iAfLqI20Cg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20ocker%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 133], In addition to these specialist skills he showed his individuality at school where he preferred karate to rugby and when his more ocker classmates went to celebrate in pubs he went with a friend to Chinese restaurants.
    • 2008, Robert Crawford, But Wait, There's More!: A History of Australian Advertising, 1900-2000, [http//|most+ocker%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=6X3DT97lN4-6iAfLqI20Cg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20ocker%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 179], Singo′s subsequent campaigns became more creative, developing a louder, brasher, and decidedly more ocker image in the process.
    • 2008, David P. Reiter, Primary Instinct, [http//|most+ocker%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=6X3DT97lN4-6iAfLqI20Cg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20ocker%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 93], His name is Bob Snapes, and you don′t get any more ocker than him.
    • 2011 January 25, Emily Portell, (Melbourne), Melbourne surf shop Mordy Surf triggered outrage after posting the YouTube clip, in which an ocker man says he is "gonna get a glass and smash it on some poof", on its website.
  • coker
oct etymology Short for octal.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, informal) form of A short form
octochamp Alternative forms: {{alter}} etymology octo + champ pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɒktəʊˌt͡ʃamp/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, informal) A winner of eight consecutive heats of the British television game show .
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octochampdom etymology octochamp + dom
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, informal) the state of being an octochamp
Octomom etymology From octo + mom.
proper noun: {{en-prop}}
  1. (informal) American woman Nadya Suleman, who gave birth to octuplet in 2009.
octopus {{wikipedia}} etymology From Ancient Greek ὀκτώπους 〈oktṓpous〉, from ὀκτώ 〈oktṓ〉 + πούς 〈poús〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɒkt.ə.pʊs, ˈɒk.tə.pəs/
  • (US) /ˈɑːkt.ə.pʊs, ˈɑːk.tə.pəs/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}} (see usage notes)
  1. Any of several marine mollusc/mollusk, of the family {{taxlink}}, having no internal or external protective shell or bone (unlike the nautilus, squid or cuttlefish) and eight arms each covered with sucker.
  2. (uncountable) The flesh of these marine molluscs eaten as food.
  3. An organization that has many powerful branches controlled from the centre.
The plural octopi is hypercorrect, coming from the mistaken notion that the in octopūs is a Latin ending. The word is actually treated as a noun in Latin. The plural octopodes follows the Ancient Greek plural, ὀκτώποδες 〈oktṓpodes〉. The plural octopii is based on an incorrect attempt to pluralise the word based on an incorrect assumption of its origin, and is rare and widely considered to be nonstandard. Sources differ on which plurals are acceptable: Fowler's Modern English Usage asserts that “the only acceptable plural in English is octopuses”, while Merriam-Webster and other dictionaries accept as a plural form. The Oxford English Dictionary lists , , and (the order reflecting decreasing frequency of use), stating that the last form is rare. The term octopod (either plural octopods and octopodes can be found) is taken from the taxonomic order Octopoda but has no classical equivalent, and is not necessarily synonymous (it can encompass any member of that order). The collective form is usually reserved for animals consumed for food. Synonyms: polypus
  • copouts, cop-outs
  • cops out
octopussy etymology Diminutive of octopus, either from octopus + -y or by analogy with pussy.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish or endearing) An octopus.
    • 1978, Ronald Pearsall, Tides of War Lovable old Sam, with as many arms as an octopussy.
    • 1996, Ruth Ryan Langan, Dulcie's Gift "Big fish like sharks and whales and—" she struggled with the word "— octopussies."
    • 2004, Buck Tilton, Sex in the Outdoors The bloody sea is filled with giant, man-eating sharks, and poisonous jellyfish, and bloody poisonous octopussies.
OD pronunciation
  • /oʊdiː/
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. Overdose.
  2. (professional degree) Doctor of Optometry.
  3. Overdrive.
  4. Overdraft.
  5. Optical density
  6. Outer diameter of a pipe or tube.
  7. (Australia, on road signs) over dimension, used on route numbers for large vehicles, and normally followed by a numeral, eg OD5.
  8. (management) .
verb: OD (OD's or ODs, OD'ed or ODed, OD'ing or ODing)
  1. (informal) To take an overdose of a drug, to overdose.
  • D.O., DO, do
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The wee hours.
odds and ends etymology From an dialectal corruption of ords and ends. More at ord, end.
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (idiomatic) Miscellaneous things. The garage was filled with a random assortment of odds and ends.
Synonyms: odds and sods, See also
o-face Alternative forms: O-face , O face , o face etymology From orgasm+face
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sexuality, slang) the facial expression made during sexual climax (orgasm)
related terms:
  • o/O , orgasm
  • face
ofay etymology Uncertain; perhaps from an African language. Pig Latin for foe, though popularly posited, is probably not accurate. pronunciation
  • /ˈəʊfeɪ/
  • Homophones: au fait {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, pejorative, slang) a white person.
    • 1997: Don DeLillo, Underworld: The rival, the foe, the ofay, veins stretched and bulged between white knuckles.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, pejorative, slang) white, white-skinned.
    • 1984. , Enderby's Dark Lady: ‘Baby,’ April Elgar said, ‘you may be an uptight ofay milk-toast limey bastard, but you ain’t no fag.’
    • 1959. , : Everything is strictly peachy keen, as the ofay kids say.
of course etymology From literal meaning "of the ordinary course of events". The oldest attestation as "of course" is from the 1540s; the form "by course" (then spelled "bi cours") dates to about 1300.{{R:Etymonline|course}}
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: of, course exampleThis type of course does not suit me because the course is too expensive.
  2. (idiomatic) Indicates enthusiastic agreement. exampleOf course I'll go with you.
  3. (idiomatic) Acknowledges the validity of the associated phrase. exampleOf course, there will be a few problems along the way.
    • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} “Heavens!” exclaimed Nina, “the blue-stocking and the fogy!—and yours are pale blue, Eileen!—you’re about as self-conscious as Drina—slumping there with your hair tumbling à la Mérode! Oh, it's very picturesque, of course, but a straight spine and good grooming is better.{{nb...}}
  4. (idiomatic) Asserts that the associated phrase should not be argued, particularly if it is obvious or there is no choice in the matter. exampleOf course I know that!  You will, of course, surrender all your future rights to the property.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 13 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “We tiptoed into the house, up the stairs and along the hall into the room where the Professor had been spending so much of his time. 'Twas locked, of course, but the Deacon man got a big bunch of keys out of his pocket and commenced to putter with the lock.”
    • 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 1, {{gbooks}}: There were other flapper-era starlets, of course—Louise Brooks, Greta Garbo—but they were poseurs by comparison.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
Synonyms: naturally, indisputably, admittedly, confessedly
noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang) alternative spelling of oh for
  • fore, Fore
  • Freo
  • froe
off {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English of, from Old English of, af, æf, from Proto-Germanic *ab, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂epo 〈*h₂epo〉. Cognate with Scots of, af, Western Frisian af, ôf, Dutch af, Low German af, German ab, Danish af, Swedish av, Icelandic af, Gothic 𐌰𐍆 〈𐌰𐍆〉; and with Latin ab, Ancient Greek ἀπό 〈apó〉, and others. Compare of. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ɒf/
  • (GenAm) /ɔf/
  • (cot-caught) /ɑf/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. In a direction away from the speaker or object.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 4 , “No matter how early I came down, I would find him on the veranda, smoking cigarettes, or…. And at last I began to realize in my harassed soul that all elusion was futile, and to take such holidays as I could get, when he was off with a girl, in a spirit of thankfulness.”
    exampleHe drove off in a cloud of smoke.
  2. Into a state of non-operation; into a state of non-existence. examplePlease switch off the light when you leave.   die off
  • Used in many , off is an adverbial particle often mistakenly thought of as a preposition. (It can be used as a preposition, but such usage is rare and usually informal; see below.)
Synonyms: away, out
  • on, in
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Inoperative, disabled. All the lights are off.
  2. Rancid, rotten. This milk is off!
  3. (cricket) In, or towards the half of the field away from the batsman's leg; the right side for a right-handed batsman.
  4. Less than normal, in temperament or in result. sales are off this quarter
  5. Circumstanced (as in well off, better off, poorly off).
    • The Strategy of Campaigning, Kiron K. Skinner, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Serhiy Kudelia, 2008, “'Are you better off now than you were four years ago?' With that pointed question, Ronald Reagan defined the 1980 presidential election as a 92 referendum on Jimmy Carter's economic policies”
  6. Started on the way. off to see the wizard And they're off! Whatsmyname takes an early lead, with Remember The Mane behind by a nose.
    • The glass cannon: a Bougainville diary, 1944-45, Peter Pinney, 1990, “Let them glimpse a green man coming at them with intent, and they're off like a bride's nighty. Even after capture some of them will seize every attempt to suicide — they just can't live with the tremendous loss of face.”
  7. Far; off to the side. the off horse or ox in a team, in distinction from the nigh or near horse
    • {{RQ:Frgsn Zlnstn}} So this was my future home, I thought!…Backed by towering hills, the but faintly discernible purple line of the French boundary off to the southwest, a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
    • 1937, Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Harper Perennial (2000), p.151: He came in, took a look and squinched down into a chair in an off corner and didn’t open his mouth.
  8. Designating a time when one is not strictly attentive to business or affairs, or is absent from a post, and, hence, a time when affairs are not urgent. He took an off day for fishing.  an off year in politics; the off season
  • (inoperative) on
  • (rotten) fresh
  • (cricket) on, leg
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. Used to indicate movement away from a position on I took it off the table.; Come off the roof!
  2. (colloquial) Out of the possession of. He didn't buy it off him. He stole it off him.
  3. Away from or not on. He's off the computer, but he's still on the phone.; Keep off the grass.
  4. Disconnected or subtracted from. We've been off the grid for three days now.; He took 20% off the list price.
  5. Distant from. We're just off the main road.; The island is 23 miles off the cape.
  6. No longer wanting or taking. He's been off his feed since Tuesday.; He's off his meds again.
  7. Placed after a number (of products or parts, as if a unit), in commerce or engineering{{catlangcode}}. Tantalum bar 6 off 3/8" Dia × 12" — Atom, Great Britain Atomic Energy Authority, 1972 samples submitted … 12 off Thermistors type 1K3A531 … — BSI test report for shock and vibration testing, 2000 I'd like to re-order those printer cartridges, let's say 5-off.
  • on
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, slang) To kill. He got in the way so I had him offed.
  2. (transitive, Singapore) To switch off. Can you off the light?
  • {{rank}}
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. (colloquial) Off of.
related terms:
  • cuppa
  • lotta
  • FOAF
of fame
adjective: of fame
  1. (colloquial) Listing or describing the best or most honored or noteworthy entries in a specific subject, media form, field, etc. book of fame
  • of shame
offbeat Alternative forms: off-beat, off beat etymology From off + beat; not following the beat (e.g., of a drum that sounds out cadence) pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (music) The beat not normally accented in a measure. The congregation clapped along on the offbeat.
  2. (slang) An unconventional person, someone who does not follow the beat, who chooses not to conform.
    • 1977, Lyle W Dorsett, The Queen City: a history of Denver No one dignified such offbeats by responding to their outcries. Today, the "knockers of progress" have become a force that cannot be ignored.
    • {{quote-book }}
    • 2001, Andrew Yoder, Pirate Radio Stations In addition to creating a web of stories that will be passed through many generations, these offbeats usually strengthen the fiber of their particular hobby...
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Unusual, unconventional, not ordinary. He has such an offbeat sense of humor that hardly anyone finds his jokes amusing.
  • beat off
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. obsolete form of offensive This Court doeth declare against this ill custome as offencive to them, and diuers sober Christians amongst us…
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (archaic or nonstandard) alternative form of offensively
offense {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: (British standard spelling) offence etymology From Old French offense, from Latin offensa. pronunciation
  • /ʌˈfɛns/, /ɒˈfɛns/, /əˈfɛns/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}} (US)
  1. The act of offend:
    1. a crime or sin
    2. an affront, insult or injury.
      • Dryden I have given my opinion against the authority of two great men, but I hope without offence to their memories.
  2. The state of being offended or displease; anger; displeasure.
  3. (team sports) (often /ˈɒ fɛns/) A strategy and tactics employed when in position to score; contrasted with defense.
  4. (team sports) (often /ˈɒ fɛns/) The portion of a team dedicated to scoring when in position to do so; contrasted with defense.
Synonyms: See also
  • defense (US), defence (Commonwealth)
related terms:
  • offensive
  • offend
  • offender
offensive Alternative forms: offencive (obsolete) etymology From Middle French offensif, from Malayalam offensivus, from Latin offendere, past participle offensus; see offend. pronunciation
  • /əˈfɛnsɪv/
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  • (sports) (US) /ˈɔˌfɛnsɪv/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Causing offense; arousing a visceral reaction of disgust, anger, or hatred. exampleSome feminists find pornography offensive.
  2. Relating to an offense or attack, as opposed to defensive.
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    exampleThe army's offensive capabilities. An offensive weapon.
  3. (team sports) Having to do with play directed at scoring. exampleThe offensive coordinator is responsible for ordering all rushing plays.
  • Nouns to which "offensive" is often applied: content, material, language, word, comment, remark, statement, speech, joke, humor, image, picture, art, behavior, conduct, act, action.
  • When the second syllable is emphasized, "offensive" is defined as "insulting". When the first syllable is emphasized, it refers to the attacker of a conflict or the team in a sport who possesses the ball.
Synonyms: aggressive, invidious (Intending to cause envious offense)
  • inoffensive (not causing offense or disgust)
  • defensive (relating or causing defence)
related terms:
  • offend
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable, military) An attack. The Marines today launched a major offensive.
  2. (uncountable) The posture of attacking or being able to attack. He took the offensive in the press, accusing his opponent of corruption.
offensive backs
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of offensive back
offensive foul
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (basketball) A foul committed by a member of the team with possession of the ball.
offensive fouls
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of offensive foul
offensive line of scrimmage
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (American football) The scrimmage line on the offensive side of the football field.
  2. (American football) Offensive line.
  • Defensive line of scrimmage
offensive lines
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of offensive line
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of offensive
offensive zones
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of offensive zone
officer {{wikipedia}} etymology From xno officer, officier, from Old French, from ll officiarius, from Latin officium + -arius. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɒfɪsə/
  • (US) /ˈɑfəsəɹ/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. {{senseid}}One who has a position of authority in a hierarchical organization, especially in military, police or government organizations.
    • 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.”
  2. {{senseid}}One who holds a public office.
  3. {{senseid}}An agent or servant impart with the ability, to some degree, to act on initiative.
  4. {{senseid}}(colloquial, military) A commission officer.
related terms:
  • office
  • official
  • officiate
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To supply with officers.
  2. (transitive) To command like an officer.
Synonyms: direct, conduct, manage
related terms:
  • CO
  • NCO
officeress etymology
  • officer + ess
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic or humorous) A female officer.
    • {{quote-journal}} What are the functions of this lady—what it was she desired to try—whether her name begins with N., T., Or P., seem to be moot questions; but they positively say, not only that such an officeress exists, but that she keeps a Clerk.
    • Burton, Arabian Nights Adventurer, Fairfax Davis Downey, C. Scribner's sons, 1931, page 214 It required a sketch from the life by Burton of the inky hag who was chief officeress of his brigade to put matters right at home.
    • page 361, The Executioner's Song, Norman Mailer, Vintage International, 1998, 9780375700811 I can hear the tumbrel wheels creaking again and the swift slide of the blade—in my dream I was being interviewed by a female Mont Court parole officeress or whatever, dreams take their own course, and pretty soon the doctor or the male Mont Court, or somebody, came back.
officious etymology 16th Century, from Latin officiōsus, from officium. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete) obliging, attentive, eager to please
  2. Offensively intrusive or interfering in offering advice and services
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland, British) A shop selling alcohol for consumption only off the premises.
Synonyms: (Australia) bottle shop, bottlo (slang), (British) offy (slang), (US) liquor store
related terms:
  • off-sale
off like a bride's nightie etymology A reference to the supposed eagerness of just-married couples to have sexual intercourse on the night of their wedding. Australian from 1960.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Australia, slang, simile) Making a rapid departure; away. {{defdate}} Just before it was to be his shout, he was off like a bride′s nightie.
    • 1995, James Mitchell, So Far from Home, 1997, page 216, Missing because I′d been happy and didn′t need him, though I went to him fast enough when the happiness was over. Off like a bride′s nightie.
    • 1998, Harry Bowling, As Time Goes By, unnumbered page, ‘…Tell me, are you still intending to join the armed forces?’ ‘Soon as ever I can, judge,’ Joe told him firmly, ‘I′ll be off like a bride′s nightie.’
    • 2004, Mina Ford, My Fake Wedding, page 154, ‘S′not that,’ she said, ‘It′s just if I give in so soon he′ll be off like a bride′s nightie. So I have to get it elsewhere, if you know what I mean.…’
    1. (Australia, horse racing) Moving quickly and resolutely.
  • Used only as a predicate.
Synonyms: off like a prom dress
off like a prom dress etymology Pun on two senses of off, with the implication that a girl at a prom is likely to behave sluttishly.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang, US, Canada) Making a start, or departing, very rapidly. When we heard the police car pull up, we were off like a prom dress.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (pejorative) being out of key
In one off-note moment, Mr. Romney talked earlier this month at an event in New Hampshire about an affinity for firing people, just as his campaign was facing attacks that Mr. Romney laid off workers while leading investment firm Bain Capital.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) the state of being out of key
The only off-note was some rather bready dumplings.
off of
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. (now colloquial) Off; from. {{defdate}}
    • c. 1591, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, part 2, First Folio 1623, III.1: Card. What, art thou lame? Simpc. I, God Almightie helpe me. Suff. How cam'st thou so? Simpc. A fall off of a Tree.
    • 1740, Samuel Richardson, Pamela: Do, my dearest child, get me off of this difficulty, and I can have no other [...].
    • 1928, "Eye of Gawd", Time, 28 Sep 1928: "The green curtains that hung there for years and years... have been taken down and the blood-red cardinal velvet curtains have been hung up, and they have taken the green top off of the President's desk and put a red one on that..."
    • 1967, Bob Crewe / Bob Gaudio, "Can't Take My Eyes Off You": You're just too good to be true / I Can't take my eyes off of you.
  • The use of off of as a preposition is now considered tautological and/or incorrect by some usage guides and is not suitable for formal or business use. Off of can be replaced with on or off: "This is based on (based off of) his first book"; "He took a paper off (off of) his desk".
off one's chump
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, Australia, slang) Crazy, insane.
    • 1883, Richard Harris, The Humourous Story of Farmer Bumpkin′s Lawsuit, Gutenberg eBook #30551, “Ay, sure ’ave ur; and wot the devil I be to do agin that there Snooks, as ’ll lie through a brick wall, I beant able to say. I be pooty nigh off my chump wot wi’ one thing and another.”
    • 1888, Rolf Boldrewood (), A Sydney-Side Saxon, Gutenberg Australia eBook #0607291, ‘…I′m not off my chump, no more than you are, and I haven't smelt spirits since last Christmas.’
    • 1890, , An Australian Girl, 2002, Margaret Ellen Allen (biographical information), Rosemary Campbell (introduction and notes; editor), University of Queensland Press, [http//|his|her|their+chump%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=oJ3ET9mnJoqtiAf7sqmUCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22off%20my|his|her|their%20chump%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 90], It put him off his chump entirely. He went completely to the bad.
    • 1891, The Australian journal: A Weekly Record of Literature, science, and Art, Volume 26, [http//|his|her|their+chump%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22off+my|his|her|their+chump%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=PrLET7LKKKaziQeo8O2lCg&redir_esc=y page 477], Such luck as he was going for was literally impossible, and he was regarded as “off his chump,” as someone put it expressively.
    • 1912, George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion I'm going away. He's off his chump, he is.
    • 2010, Gwyneth Daniel, The Word Mountain, [http//|his|her|their+chump%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=oJ3ET9mnJoqtiAf7sqmUCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22off%20my|his|her|their%20chump%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 53], So I′m back to square one, worrying again about whether I′m off my chump even considering doing an MA in Creative Writing, MAICW.
off one's dot
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (idiomatic, British, colloquial, humorous) Mad; insane.
    • 1912, , The Woman at the Store, from "Selected Short Stories" "Gone a bit off 'er dot", he whispered [...]
  • Also used as adjective.
off one's tits
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) Heavily intoxicated; under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
off one's trolley
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, humorous, idiomatic) Having gone mad; insane.
    • 1919: American Guild of Organists, American Organist, volume 2, page 409 The Romance is the best part of the four movements. One is a bit off one’s trolley at such times and I should surely write a better Suite at this time after twenty years of sober reflection.
    • 1915–1981: Kenneth Burke [contrib.], Malcolm Cowley [contrib.], and Paul Jay (editor), The Selected Correspondence of Kenneth Burke and Malcolm Cowley, 1915–1981, page 302 (1988; Viking; ISBN 0670813362, 9780670813360) On the whole, bodily symptoms have at least the consolatory fact about them, that they replace mental symptoms, fears of going off one’s trolley; and I suppose that, if I got rid of all the physical symptoms, things would but have been cleared away for a new worry about mental ones?
    • 2006: Mike Ollerton, Getting the Buggers to Add Up, page 164 (Continuum International Publishing Group; ISBN 0826489141) Being slightly off one’s trolleyUppermost in my list of top four teaching behaviours is being ever-so-slightly crazy ... to keep students guessing whether or not I have lost my marbles, and being not quite so predictable.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, informal) A partner, assistant, or deputy.
    • 1987, Jill Bowen, Kidman: The Forgotten King, 2010, [http//|%22offsiders%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=e8PET_6lB_CTiAffhd2uCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22offsider%22|%22offsiders%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], Kidman, riding hell for leather and carrying a heavy stockwhip, caught up with him soon after, or rather with his offsider, who was tailing the mob, and demanded an explanation for their trespassing. “Don′t ask me,” said the offsider. “You see the boss.”
    • 2006, Michael Roberts, 50 Years of Television in Australia, [http//|%22offsiders%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=e8PET_6lB_CTiAffhd2uCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22offsider%22|%22offsiders%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 59], With the 2005 incarnation of Temptation, Livinia Nixon has completed the trifecta of TV seconds: variety offsider, game show hostess and weather girl.
    • 2007, , Court in the Middle, 2010, [http//|%22offsiders%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=e8PET_6lB_CTiAffhd2uCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22offsider%22|%22offsiders%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], Tom also brought an offsider. I will never forget the look on the faces of the airline staff when Big Tony hauled his shooter out and slammed it on the counter. Tom and his sidekick did the same. I couldn′t believe these blokes were armed and how cool everyone was about it.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial, Scotland, Northern England) away, not here, off
  2. (Scotland, Northern England, colloquial) leaving, on one's way
    • April 24 2009, FirParkCorner - Should I Stay or Should I Go? However, the signing of Michael Fraser on a pre-contract from Inverness may suggest Smith is offski.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (Scotland, Northern England, colloquial) to leave, depart, set off
offspring etymology From Middle English ofspring, from Old English ofspring, equivalent to off + spring. Compare Icelandic afspringr. More at off, spring. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɒfsprɪŋ/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈɑfsprɪŋ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person's daughter(s) and/or son(s); a person's children.
  2. All a person's descendant, including further generations.
  3. An animal or plant's progeny, an animal or plant's young.
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  4. (figuratively) Another produce, result of an entity's efforts. exampleArtists often treasure their works as their immortal offspring.
  5. (computing) A process launched by another process.
  • The form offsprings is also used for the plural, especially the computing sense.
Synonyms: (daughter(s) and/or son(s)) baby/babies, child/children, issue (plural only), get, (all descendants) descendant, lineage, progeny, get, binary clone
  • (daughter(s) and/or son(s)) genitor (rare), parent, progenitor, father (male), mother (female)
  • (descendants) ancestor, forbear/forebear, forefather
off the books Alternative forms: off-the-books
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial, with regard to income) Undeclared for tax and social insurance etc. His company was fined for paying staff off the books.
off the hizzle etymology off the hook + izzle.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Off the hook, fresh, awesome, cool, excellent. Those shoes are off the hizzle!
off the hizzy Alternative forms: off the hizzie etymology Alteration of off the hizzle.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Off the hook, fresh, awesome, cool, excellent. That party was off the hizzy!
off the hook
etymology 1 An allusion to a fish caught on the hook of a fishing line.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic) Relieve of a duty, burden, responsibility, or pressure. When the boss assigned the project to Tom, the rest of us were relieved to be off the hook. Without any evidence, the police had to let the suspect off the hook.
etymology 2 Referring to the phone, which in order to hang up, the receiver must be hung on a hook. Leaving the receiver off the hook would prevent it from being able to receive call.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of a telephone, having an open connection; not hung up. I think he left the phone off the hook so that nobody would call him.
etymology 3 unknown.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal, sports) Perform extraordinarily well. That's five three-pointers in a row! Smith is off the hook!
  2. (idiomatic, informal, slang) Fresh, cool, trendy, excellent. That party was off the hook!

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