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off the hooks
prepositional phrase: {{en-prep phrase}}
  1. (colloquial) Unhinged; disturbed; disordered.
    • Samuel Pepys In the evening, by water, to the Duke of Albemarle, whom I found mightily off the hooks that the ships are not gone out of the river.
offy pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland, British, slang) off-licence.
of shame
adjective: of shame
  1. (colloquial, rare) Listing or describing the worst or most dishonored entries in a specific subject, media form, field, etc. book of shame
  • of fame
often etymology From Old English oft, probably influenced by Middle English selden. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈɒfn̩/, /ˈɒftən/
  • (US) /ˈɔfn̩/, /ˈɔftən/
  • (US) /ˈɑfn̩/, /ˈɑftən/
  • {{audio}} {{rhymes}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Frequently, many times.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    exampleI often walk to work when the weather is nice. exampleI've been going to the movies more often since a new theatre opened near me.
Synonyms: frequently, occasionally, usually
  • infrequently
  • rarely
  • seldom
related terms:
  • oftentimes
  • oft
  • {{rank}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (very, rare, outside the Bible) A given name
    • {{RQ:Authorized Version}}: And the LORD shall do unto them as he did to Sihon and to Og, kings of the Amorites, and unto the land of them, whom he destroyed.
  2. (humorous) Popular supposed name for a caveman or other prehistoric man.
  • GO, Go, Goα, go
Ohara's fever
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) tularemia
oh em gee Alternative forms: oh-em-gee, Oh Em Gee etymology Phonetic spelling of the acronym OMG ("oh my God" or "oh my gosh").
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang) An exclamation of excitement, surprise, amazement, or shock.
    • 2011, Louisa Edwards, Too Hot to Touch, St. Martin's Press (2011), ISBN 9780312356484, page 93: "What can I say? I'm a fan. Plus, TMZ had pictures and oh em gee, let me tell you — you haven't lived until you've seen Britney Spears in a tiara, falling down drunk and tangled in a mile of silver tulle."
    • 2011, Katie Finn, Unfriended, Point (2011), ISBN 9780545211284, page 81: "Oh em gee," I said, smiling up at him, "did you just use the word sitch?"
    • 2011, Mia Tanaka, The Other Place: Book of the Siblings, Xlibris (2011), ISBN 9781462867783, page 87: Kelly pressed his face up against the wall of the box again to get a better look through the portal again. "Oh em gee!" he said aloud after he did.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
Synonyms: See also .
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang, US) Ohio
Slang used in north-eastern Ohio (south of Cleveland).
oh my Allah etymology In imitation of oh my God.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (humorous) oh my God!
  2. Used other than as an idiom: oh, my, Allah
Although Muslims do often call God Allah in English, this is chiefly used by non-Muslims irreverently.
oh my Lord
interjection: {{en-interj}} (also oh, my Lord)
  1. (invoking God, offensive to some) An expression of surprise, astonishment, shock, dismay, supplication, or consternation.
    • 1992, Jay Apperson, "$11 million goes to three plaintiffs in asbestos trial", The Baltimore Sun, 24 July 1992: "Oh my Lord!" said a stunned Geneva McNeil, reached by telephone at her East Baltimore home and told that the jury had awarded $3.3 million to her and her ailing husband.
In its most common usage, the Lord invoked by this phrase is God. This usage is considered by some to be taking God's name in vain, and hence blasphemous or offensive. The phrase also occurs as an address or appeal to a person who bears the aristocratic title Lord, or who is otherwise considered one's social superior or master. Synonyms:
ohnosecond {{was wotd}} etymology oh no + second, in imitation of terms like nanosecond and attosecond. pronunciation
  • /ˈoʊnoʊˌsɛkənd/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) The fraction of time between making a mistake and realizing it.
    • 1994, Elizabeth Powell Crowe, The Electronic Traveller: Exploring Alternative Online Systems, Windcrest/McGraw-Hill (1994), ISBN 9780830640164: In the ohnosecond (one minuscule fraction of a nanosecond, the time it takes to realize you just made a BIG mistake) that followed, I realized my log of the conversation was lost.
    • 1997, Lisa Greim, "Exabyte Takes On The Oh-Ohs", Rocky Mountain News, 1 June 1997: Exabyte Corp. of Boulder entered the consumer and small-office market last year with a product aimed at reducing the number of ohnoseconds experienced annually by computer users.
    • 2002, Sandra Choron & Harry Choron, The All-New Book of Lists for Kids, Houghton Mifflin (2002), ISBN 0618191356, page 257: Before you hit the "send" button — and experience that twinge of regret an ohnosecond later (see "The Top 18 Techno-Jargon Terms," page 259), read over what you've written.
    • 2006, Frank Stewart, "Bridge", Bangor Daily News, 14 April 2006: Today's declarer took the ace of diamonds and saw that a high diamond in dummy would provide a pitch for his spade loser. So South led a trump to the king next — and regretted it in an ohnosecond.
    • 2008, Ken Cox, ASP.NET 3.5 For Dummies, Wiley Publishing, Inc. (2008), ISBN 9780470195925, unnumbered page: For example, you ridicule your boss in an e-mail to colleagues and, an ohnosecond after clicking Send, you realize the boss was one of those in the address list.
    • 2008, Greg Scott, Notes from Beyond the Fringe, iUniverse (2009), ISBN 9781440135828, pages 267-268: As I sat, the moment seemed to stretch into five minutes of slo-mo "ohnoseconds." As projective A [the (now highly agitated) cat] slid off the table and hit the carpet running, leaving a milk and gumbo vapor trail, projectiles B & C (garlic bread and milk) slid off the table in that order, landing one upon the other, on the top of the ottoman, whereupon they collectively slid slowly off onto the carpet.
oh really
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: oh, really
    • 2007, Terrye Robins, Revenge in Paradise, page 131, "In less than two hours Simon is picking me up, and we're going to Maui for the weekend." “Oh, really.” The line was silent for a moment. “And just what are his intentions in this romantic getaway?”
  2. (colloquial) An exclamation of surprise or amazement.
    • 2009, Elizabeth Marie Galloway-Evans, Embracing the Gift of Parenthood, page 85, Well, one day when she got tired of my seemingly spaced-out replies she let me have it. She responded with, "Oh Mommy, I had a horrible day. First I lost my lunch pail and the teacher wouldn't let me go to the office for help. Then I got upset and jumped off the building." My response was “Oh really, darling, that is wonderful.” She started raising her voice and said “See, I knew you were not listening to me. You don't really want to know how my day was, so why do you even ask me?” That was it. I felt terrible.
  3. (colloquial, sarcastic) Said in response to an obvious statement.
    • 2004, Martin Pegler, Out of Nowhere: A history of the military sniper, 2012, unnumbered page, 'It's a sniper' shouted the bush. ‘Oh really! Did you hear that boys, it's a fucking sniper. What am I? Am I talking in Czechoslovakian or what? I know it's a fuckin' sniper.’
Synonyms: (amazement) really, no shit, never, no, no way, wow, (response to the obvious) really, no shit, no kidding, you don't say, seriously
oh yeah
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (informal, slang) Used to indicate agreement, often sarcastically. Are you going to the party? Oh, yeah!
  2. (informal, slang) Used to introduce a refutation, sometimes sarcastically. (In a poker game): I raise you twenty. Oh yeah? I think you're bluffing — I call.
  3. (informal, slang) an exclamation of excitement or joy Oh yeah, I got a new video game!
Synonyms: (agreement) yes, yeah, (refutation) yeah right, oh really, (exclamation of excitement) aww yeah
oignon vert etymology From French oignon vert
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Quebec, slang) meter maid
oik etymology unknown, early 20th century. Possibly onomatopoeic, in imitation of uncultivated speech'''2005''', Tony Thorne, ''Dictionary of Contemporary Slang'', 3<sup>rd</sup> edition.. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, British) a member of the lower class.
    • 2011, James Parker, Rediscovering Metallica with a new bio, The Boston Phoenix The other three were gifted metal oiks, but Cliff was a musician, schooled in theory, transmitting from a private universe of inspiration and expertise.
  • koi
verb: {{head}}
  1. Simple past and past participle of oil.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of a machine, supplied with oil so as to allow smooth operation.
  2. (slang) drunk. Usually in conjunction with well.
    • I got well oiled last night.
  • deoil
  • oldie
oilionaire etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) One who has made a large amount of money in the oil business.
oil painting
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A painting done with oil paint.
  2. (uncountable) The art of painting with oil paints.
  3. (humorous, litotes, with negative) A physically attractive person
    • 1920 Henry St. John Cooper Sunny Ducrow, Putnam's, p.117: "Very lovely!" he said, staring her straight in the face. "You needn't try and be funny!" she said. "If you mean me, I'm no oil-painting, and I know it!"
    • 2007 "Virginia Trioli talks to George Brandis and Wayne Swan" Lateline ABC (Australia) 14 September 2007: Wayne Swan: All I can say is that she's a much more attractive person than the Prime Minister. George Brandis: You're not exactly an oil painting yourself, Wayne.
oilpatch {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The oil and gas industry.
    • 1959, The Billboard, 16 Nov 1959, page 50 "Texas Oil Patch Songs": [...] Willet [...] sings a dozen of his own songs having to do with oil workers [...]
    • 2005, Martin S. Raymond, William L. Leffler, Oil & Gas Production in Nontechnical Language Fracturing the formation in the lingo of the oil patch is to perform a frac job.
    • 2008, Edmonton Sun, February 26, 2008 "Alberta won't plug oilpatch"
Alternative forms: oil patch, oil-patch
oil trash
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, idiomatic, sometimes pejorative, sometimes ethnic slur) An uncultured, rowdy roughneck employed in the petroleum industry, especially a "white trash" person if used negatively.
    • 1986, World oil: Volume 203, Issues 1-6, link One of my biggest complaints in this mess is that oil people are not speaking out. I am third generation oil trash, and beyond my personal loss in business, I love this industry and the people who gave it birth.
    • 2007, Paul Catrer, Don't Tell Mom I Work on the Rigs: She Thinks I'm a Piano Player, page 113 We kicked on to a few more bars, having a good time, until a group of drunk American businessmen called us “oil trash” and shoved Erwin. We were not dressed like oil trash, we didn't draw attention to ourselves or look for trouble.
    • 2011, Richard Ben Cramer, What It Takes: The Way to the White House, link Never called anybody “oil trash.” Never had a bad word for anybody.
related terms:
  • leatherneck, grease monkey
oily Alternative forms: oyly (obsolete) etymology From oil + -y. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Relating to oil.
  2. Smeared with or containing oil.
  3. (figuratively) Excessively friendly or polite so as to sound insincere.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A marble with an oily lustre.
    • 1998, Joanna Cole, Stephanie Calmenson, Michael Street, Marbles: 101 ways to play Lustered (also called lusters, rainbows, oilies, and pearls)
    • 2001, Paul Webley, The economic psychology of everyday life (page 39) But marbles are not only used to play games: they are also traded. In this market, the value of the different kinds of marbles (oilies, emperors, etc.) is determined by local supply and demand and not by the price of the marbles …
  2. (in the plural, informal) oilskins (waterproof garment)
oily rag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory slang) An employee in a menial, unskilled role in a factory or workshop. Named for such employees often carrying a rag with them to wipe up spillages of oil or grease.
  2. (Cockney rhyming slang) A cigarette - by way of fag.
oinker etymology oink + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone or something that oink.
  2. (slang, countable) A pig: an animal of the genus Sus.
  3. (derogatory slang, countable) A pig: a fat person.
    • 2002, , , Doubleday, ISBN 0385496958, page 302, "What an oinker," someone whispered off screen. Then something Caffery couldn't understand, which ended clearly with the word "flabby."
  4. (derogatory slang, countable) A pig: a dirty or slovenly person.
  5. (derogatory slang, countable) An MCP; male chauvinist pig.
    • 2006, , Hundred-Dollar Baby, Putnam, ISBN 0399153764, page 150, The slug they dug out of him was a .22. A woman's gun? Or was I being a sexist oinker?
  6. (derogatory slang, countable) A pig: a glutton.
    • 2005, Jacqueline Meadows, Something Wanton, Ellora's Cave Publishing, ISBN 1419951017, page 95, "I know I'm being an oinker but I didn't get lunch today." My ravenous gaze fell to his half-eaten hotdog. "You going to finish that?"
  7. (derogatory slang, countable) A pig: a police officer.
    • 1998, Jessica Speart, Tortoise Soup, HarperCollins, ISBN 0380792893, page 40, "Hi. I'm Rachel Porter, with Fish and Wildlife," I said. "So you're the new oinker, huh?" he commented, squinting up at me.
Synonyms: (all senses) pig
  • Kieron
oi oi etymology Duplication of oi.
interjection: {{en-intj}}
  1. (UK, slang) hey; look; drawing attention to something
    • 2004, Peep Show (TV series), Wedding (series 2, episode 12), around 6 min 30 sec - Hans, is it perhaps time we had a word with Jeremy?- Oh, yeah. Jez, listen... Oi oi, tequila slammers!
    • 2007, The Anti-Nowhere League, Never Drink Alone (song) - Oi oi!- Sorry mate, we don't serve your kind here.
    • 2007, Gavin & Stacey (TV series), series 1, episode 1, around 4 min 30 sec Oi oi!
OJ Alternative forms: O.J.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) orange juice
  • Jo, Jo., jo,
OK {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /oʊkeɪ/,
etymology 1 Of unclear origin. Wikipedia lists Okay#Proposed_etymologies. It may be an abbreviation of a comical spelling of "all correct" as "orl korrect", such as first appeared in print in The Boston Morning Post on March 23, 1839, as part of a fad for similar fanciful abbreviations in the United States during the late 1830s. Alternative forms: O.K., o.k., ok, okay
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. endorsement; approval We can start as soon as we get the OK.
Synonyms: (endorsement or approval) approval, endorsement, green light, thumbs up
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To approve. I don't want to OK this amount of money.
  2. (computing) To confirm by activating a button marked OK.
    • 2001, Mike Collins, Pro Tools: Practical Recording, Editing and Mixing for Music Production Type a suitable name for your Marker and OK the dialogue box.
    • 2008, Martin Evening, Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers When you OK the crop, the image size will be adjusted to match the front image resolution.
Synonyms: approve, greenlight
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. all right, permitted Do you think it's OK to stay here for the night?
  2. satisfactory, reasonably good; not exceptional The soup was OK, but the dessert was excellent.
  3. in good health or a good emotional state He's not feeling well now, but he should be OK after some rest.
Synonyms: (all right, permissible) allowed, all right, permissible, (satisfactory) adequate, all right, not bad, satisfactory, (in good health or a good emotional state) fine, well
  • (all right, permissible) forbidden
  • (satisfactory) bad, inadequate, poor, unsatisfactory
  • (in good health or a good emotional state) ill, poorly, sick, under the weather, unwell
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. satisfactorily, sufficiently well The team did OK in the playoffs.
Synonyms: (satisfactorily) adequately, satisfactorily
  • (satisfactorily) badly, inadequately, poorly, unsatisfactorily
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Used to indicate acknowledgement or acceptance. I promise to give it back. Reply: OK. Let's meet again this afternoon. Reply: OK. Shut up! Reply: OK, OK.
  2. An utterance expressing exasperation, similar to "all right!" OK! I get it! Stop nagging me!
  3. Used to introduce a sentence in order to draw attention to the importance of what is being said. OK, I'm thinking of a number...
Synonyms: PPsense|acknowledgement or acceptance}} okey-dokey, okeh, okey; k, 'kay, m'kay; ; all right, (sentence introduction) now, now then
etymology 2
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. acronym of Oklahoma a state of the United States of America.
  • ko, KO
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (informal) alternative case form of OK
  • ko , KO
okayish etymology okay + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Somewhat okay; tolerable.
Synonyms: mediocre, so-so
okayness etymology okay + ness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The state or condition of being okay; adequateness, tolerableness.
OKDK etymology Near-reduplication of OK. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˌəʊkeɪˈdiːkeɪ/, /ˌəʊkɪˈdəʊki/
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (informal, chiefly, Internet) abbreviation of okey-dokey
etymology 1 From Turkish okka,"oke." *OED 2nd edition. 1989. (online)[ "oka."] '' Unabridged (v 1.1).'' Random House, Inc. 2009. from Arabic أوقية 〈ạ̉wqyẗ〉, وقية 〈wqyẗ〉, probably from Ancient Greek οὐγκία 〈ounkía〉, from Latin uncia.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (historical or obsolete) A Turkish, Egyptian, Hungarian and Wallachian unit of weight, equal to about 2 & 3/4 lbs.
etymology 2 From Afrikaans
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa, slang) man; guy; bloke
    • 1998, Leon Schuster, Leon Schuster's Lekker, Thick South African Joke Book (page 106) An oke meets up with his ex-wife at a party. After a few dops, he puts his arm around her and suggests they go to bed. 'Over my dead body,' she snarls at him. He downs his drink and says, 'I see you haven't changed.'
    • 2005, Al Lovejoy, Acid Alex I had initiated an African ritual by giving the pipe to him. And you can never stay befuck with an oke you smoke nchangu with.
  • EKO
okey-dokey, Smokey Alternative forms: okey-dokey, smokey, okey dokey, Smokey, okey dokey, smokey, okey-dokey Smokey, okey-dokey smokey, okey dokey Smokey, okey dokey smokey, okey-dokey-smokey etymology okey-dokey extended with a further arbitrary rhyme; Smokey is a nickname.
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (colloquial) An alternative form of okey-dokey; OK; alright.
    • 1990, Barry McGuire & Logan White, In the Midst of Wolves, Crossway Books (1990), ISBN 9780891075721, page 72: "I am so glad you made that rim shot," said the trooper, "because if you pirates so much as litter the streets again, I'll put you inside until your chrome rusts. Do you copy that?" "Okey-dokey, Smokey," yawned Wulff.
    • 2007, Alina Adams, Skate Crime, Berkley (2007), ISBN 9780425218037 page 70: "Well, we've got you booked to spend the night at the training center's dorms, anyway. Why don't you check out how you like it, and we'll regroup in the morning to reassess where we stand. Okey-dokey, Smokey?”
    • 2007, Bill Bryan, Keep It Real, Bleak House Books (2007), ISBN 9781932557312, page 130: "Okey-dokey, Smokey. It's yer nickel."
  • no way Jose
Okie {{wikipedia}} etymology From Oklahoma pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈoʊ.ki/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) A person from Oklahoma. Will Rogers is considered a famous Okie.
Synonyms: Oklahoman, Sooner
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Contraction of old, especially used before names as a sign of affection ("your ol' Grandpa").
  • LO, lo
old bag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, pejorative) a nasty, troublesome old woman.
old banger
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang) A decrepit car.
    • 2003, , Mark Makes a Friend: Mark: What? This old banger? Sophie: Right, yeah. But it's not an old banger, is it Mark? It's a brand new Beamer.
old bean
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang, dated, term of address) An old friend.
Old Bill
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (British, slang) A police officer; the police force.{{reference-book| url= |title=Old Bill |editor=Oxford English Dictionary |accessdate=2007-04-16}}
Synonyms: See
old chap
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, dated) Affectionate term of address for a man.
  2. (UK, colloquial) The penis.
    • 1987, : Withnail: You fill this with piss, take this pipe down the trouser, and sellotape this valve to the end of the old chap. Then you get horribly drunk, and they can't fucking touch you.
    • Blue Jam (radio comedy series, 1997-1999) DR PERLIN: I'll need to have a look at your old chap.
old enough to vote
idiom: {{head}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom:
  2. (comical, informal) old, decrepit. I'm going to have to get a new car. Mine is old enough to vote.
oldfag etymology old + fag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet, slang, offensive) An oldbie; a veteran member of the community (or any other online community).
  • newbie, newfag (Internet, slang, derogatory)
old fart
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, idiomatic) An elderly person who holds views that are considered old-fashioned.
Synonyms: fossil, geezer {{g}}, old broad {{g}}
old-fashioned Alternative forms: old fashioned etymology old + fashioned
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of a thing, outdated or no longer in vogue.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 1 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients], 1 , “Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path&nbsp;[&hellip;]. It twisted and turned,…and opened out into a big clear space like a lawn. And, back of the lawn, was a big, old-fashioned house, with piazzas stretching in front of it, and all blazing with lights.”
    exampleMy bike is old-fashioned but it gets me around.
  2. Of a person, preferring the custom of earlier times. exampleYou can’t stay the night, because my parents are a bit old-fashioned.
  • Said of all kinds of things including words, houses, places, chimneys, character traits, cookware, education, music, or style.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A whiskey-based cocktail.
    • 1996, Paul F. Boller, Presidential Anecdotes (page 286) At the end of the workday, the Trumans liked to have a cocktail before dinner. Shortly after they moved into the White House, Mrs. Truman rang for the butler, Alonzo Fields, one afternoon and ordered two old-fashioneds.
Old Harry
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) The Devil.
old lady {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An elderly woman.
  2. (slang) One's mother.
  3. (slang, US) One's girlfriend, wife or significant other.
  4. The Bank of England, sometimes referred to as the "Old Lady of Threadneedle Street" or simply "The Old Lady". (see: on Wikipedia)
Synonyms: old woman (1) - see , girlfriend (3) - see , wife (3)- see
old maid
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) An old woman who has never married; a spinster. If she is looking for the perfect man before she marries, she'll be an old maid.
  2. A particular kind of periwinkle.
  3. A particular kind of zinnia.
  4. An unpopped kernel in a batch of pop popcorn kernels.
    • 2004 April 29 – May 5, "Unpopped Kernels Costing U.S. Billions", , available in Embedded in America, ISBN 1400054567, page 147, Crawford asked Congress to double funding for the FDA's $200 million old-maid-elimination research project.
  5. A card game in which card must be pair and one undesirable card is designated "old maid".
  6. An unpaired card in that game.
Synonyms: (old unmarried woman) spinster
old man {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: oldman (nonstandard), old-man (nonstandard)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An elderly man.
  2. (slang) One's father. "He smacked me around some. Didn't everybody's old man?"
  3. (slang, US) a husband, or significant other
  4. (slang, US Military) Unit's Commanding Officer.
  5. (UK, dated) Term of address for a male friend.
    • 1934, P. G. Wodehouse, Right Ho, Jeeves “Don't mention it, old man,” I responded courteously.
    • 1958, H. E. Bates, The Darling Buds of May 'Coming up, coming up, coming up,' Pop said. 'There you are, Charley, old man. Larkin Special. Don't ask what's in it. Don't stare at it. Don't think. Just drink it down. In ten minutes you'll feel perfick again.'
Synonyms: (elderly man) elderly man; see also , boyfriend (3), See also
  • almond
  • dolman
old mate
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, Australia) An elderly man. We were sitting at the bar when old mate came and asked us for a cigarette.
  2. (colloquial, Australia) In general, any person, whose specific identity can be deduced from context. Old mate dropped by and we watched the cricket for a bit.
old money
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic) Families that have been wealthy for generation or members of such families.
  2. (British) The monetary system used in the United Kingdom before decimalisation (1971) and consisting of pound, shilling, pence and farthings.
  3. (humorous) The imperial system of measurement, as opposed to the metric system. These scales say I weigh 72 kilograms; what's that in old money?
  • (families that have been wealthy for generations) new money
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. {{surname}}
  2. A town in Alberta, Canada
  3. A city in Iowa
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An Oldsmobile.
olds etymology old + s; compare old folks, old man, etc.
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (UK, slang) parent
old school Alternative forms: oldschool, old-school, old skool, oldskool
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, idiomatic) Characteristic of a style, outlook, or method employed in a former era, remembered either as inferior to the current style, or alternately, remembered nostalgically as superior or preferable to the new style, the older denoting something that would be considered out of date or out of fashion to some, but as such, is considered by others as cool and hip. That teacher's old school methods aren't effective, they're just annoying. Man, I love that jacket; it's so old school.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, idiomatic) A style, way of thinking, or method for accomplishing a task that was employed in a former era, remembered either for its inferiority to the current method, or for its time-honored superiority over the new way. Family experts are advocating a change away from the old school, advising parents not to medicate behavioral problems. My mom's a good baker because she's of the old school. She'd never buy ready-made cookie dough.
  • {{seeCites}}
old skool
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, eye dialect) alternative spelling of old school
old soldier
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A former soldier, or one who has served for a long time. {{defdate}}
  2. Someone with a lot of experience in something; an old hand. {{defdate}}
  3. (US, slang) The butt of a smoked cigar, or an empty bottle of liquor. {{defdate}}
old stick
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial, British) A man, chap, fellow, guy. He's a funny old stick but I think you'll like him.
old sweat Alternative forms: old-sweat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, military slang, esp. WWI) An experienced soldier.
  2. (British, military slang) A veteran soldier or war veteran.
    • 1960: P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter I A lifelong buddy of mine, this Herring, linked to me by what are called imperishable memories. Years ago, when striplings, he and I had done a stretch together at Malvern House, Bramley-on-Sea, the preparatory school conducted by that prince of stinkers, Aubrey Upjohn MA, and had frequently stood side by side in the Upjohn study awaiting the receipt of six of the juiciest from a cane of the type that biteth like a serpent and stingeth like an adder, as the fellow said. So we were, you might say, rather like a couple of old sweats who had fought shoulder to shoulder on Crispin's Day, if I've got the name right.
  3. (British, slang, figuratively) Someone experienced in his field.
old timey
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) old-time
old-timey etymology old-time + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, informal) Reminiscent or representative of an old time.
    • 1951, Margaret Cussler, Not by a Long Shot: Adventures of a Documentary Film Producer, p. 51: One of the main charms of the Southern scene was the number of "old-timey" practices that persisted.
    • 1994, Nancy Sweezy, Raised in Clay: The Southern Pottery Tradition, p. 274: Whereas some of the potters making unglazed gardenware have expanded their production, others now also make some "old-timey" utilitarian glazed stoneware.
    • 2000, Nate Shaw, Theodore Rosengarten, All God's Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw, p. 524: That white man buys up all this old-timey stuff he can get his hands on, all through this country. The very tools I lived by, he sells em for antiques.
  • Often used to indicate a modern simulation of an earlier time, rather than authentic remnants of that time.
old woman
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (literally) An elderly woman.
  2. (informal, derogatory) A person (irrespective of age or sex) who is always complaining about his or her situation. Stop being such an old woman and get on with it.
  3. (informal) Old mother.
  4. (informal, idiomatic) Wife.
  5. (informal) Old female partner.
Synonyms: See , See
related terms:
  • old lady
  • old man
Ole Miss etymology From a submission by Elma Meek of a name for the 1897 yearbook, either from ole Mississippi or ole missus.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) University of Mississippi
olive {{wikipedia}} etymology Old French olive, from Latin olīva, from Ancient Greek ἐλαία 〈elaía〉, from Proto-Indo-European *loiwom (compare Church Slavic лои 〈loi〉, xcl եւղ 〈ewġ〉).Radoslav Katičić, ''Ancient Languages of the Balkans, Part One'' (Paris: Mouton, 1976). pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈɒlɪv/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈɑlɪv/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An evergreen tree, {{taxlink}}, cultivated since ancient times in the Mediterranean for its fruit and the oil obtained from it.
  2. The small oval fruit of this tree, eaten ripe (usually black) or unripe (usually green).
  3. The wood of the olive tree.
  4. A dark yellowish-green color, that of an unripe olive. {{color panel}}
  5. (anatomy) An olivary body, part of the medulla oblongata.
  6. A component of a plumbing compression joint; a ring which is placed between the nut and the pipe and compressed during fastening to provide a seal.
  7. (cookery) A small slice of meat season, roll up, and cook. a beef olive olives of veal
  8. Any shell of the genus {{taxlink}} and allied genera; so called from the shape.
  9. (UK, dialect) An oystercatcher, a shore bird.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of a grayish green color, that of an unripe olive.
    • 1907, Harold Edward Bindloss, The Dust of Conflict, 22,, Appleby…rose from his seat when Morales came in. He shook hands urbanely, unbuckled his sword, and laid his kepi on the table, and then sat down with an expression of concern in his olive face which Appleby fancied was assumed.
related terms:
  • oleaster
  • olivenite
  • olivewood
  • Olivia
  • olivine
  • voile
Olliemania etymology Ollie + mania
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) enthusiasm for Oliver North (born 1943), former United States Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel, Republican political commentator, and military historian.
ology etymology From the suffix -ology in the names of many sciences pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈɒlədʒi/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈɑlədʒi/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Any branch of learning, especially one ending in “-logy”.
    • 1854: Charles Dickens, Hard Times You learnt a great deal, Louisa, and so did your brother. Ologies of all kinds, from morning to night. If there is an Ology left, of any description, that has not been worn to rags...
    • 1902: William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience The ideal world, for them, is not a world of facts, but only of the meaning of facts; it is a point of view for judging facts. It appertains to a different "-ology," ...
    • 1987, British Telecom, "Beatrice Bellman advertisement": An ology! He gets an ology and he says he's failed. You get an ology, you're a scientist!
related terms:
  • -logy
-ology etymology -o- + -logy.
suffix: {{head}}
  1. alternative form of -logy, {{non-gloss}}
  2. (often, humorous) {{non-gloss}}
related terms:
  • ology
  • 1843: Thomas Chandler Haliburton, The Attache; or, Sam Slick in England - well, he knows all about mineralogy, and geology, and astrology, and every thing a'most, except what he ought to know, and that is dollar-ology.
  • 1857: Delia Bacon, The Philosophy of the Plays of Shakespeare Unfolded - long as a mere human word-ology is suffered to remain here, clogging all with its deadly impotence...
  • 1916: Jack London, The Little Lady of the Big House - It seems he'd been making original researches in anthropology, or folk-lore-ology, or something like that.
ombud {{rfp}} etymology Clipping of ombudsman.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) ombudsman
  • dumbo
OMFG etymology Initialism of oh my fucking God. See OMG.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (Internet slang, vulgar, initialism) Oh my fucking God.
OMG etymology Initialism of "oh my God". Its first known attestation is in a letter from to , dated 1917, as "O.M.G.".[ New Yorker Magazine, August 2012] pronunciation
  • (UK) /əʊ.ɛm.ˈdʒiː/
  • (US) /oʊ.ɛm.ˈdʒiː/
  • {{rhymes}}
Alternative forms: omg, O.M.G.
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{en-initialism}}
  1. (chiefly, Internet, slang) An exclamation of excitement, surprise, amazement, or shock. (Oh, my God!) "OMG, I just won tickets to a concert! Today is the best day ever!" "...and then he said I was ugly, so I punched him in the face." — "OMG, really?" "...and then I found out my fish died." "OMG, I'm so sorry to hear that."
  2. (computing) initialism of w:Object Management Group
  • Variants include OMFG (for oh my fucking god), zOMG and ZOMG (emphatic, result of many users accidentally pressing the Z key while attempting to press the Shift key before typing "OMG"), and OMGZ (emphatic, in the same sense of LOLZ). In different contexts the offensiveness of these phrase variations can vary from blasphemous to mild, due to its invocation of deity.
Synonyms: See also .
  • GMO, gom, mog
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (chiefly, Internet, slang) oh my God.
  2. (chiefly, Internet, slang) oh my gosh.
  3. (slang, feminism) oh my Goddess.
  4. (chiefly, Internet, slang) oh my goodness.
Variants include omfg (for oh my fucking god), omgz (emphatic, for oh my gods or oh my goddess), and zomg (emphatic, in the same sense of lolz).
  • GMO
  • gom
  • mog
omnishambles {{was wotd}} etymology omni + shambles. Coined by the television show in 2009.{{cite news|date=2012-04-18|publisher=New Statesman|title=The origin of "omnishambles"|url=|author=George Eaton}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, informal, chiefly, politics) A situation that is bad or mismanaged in every way. exampleBetween the car accident, the food poisoning and the lost keys, the holiday was an omnishambles.
quotations: {{seeCites}}
Synonyms: clusterfuck, debacle, fiasco, perfect storm
om nom nom Alternative forms: omnomnom, om nom, om nom nom nom, nom nom etymology 21st century Onomatopoeia.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (Internet slang) The sound made while relishing food.
Synonyms: yum
noun: {{head}}
  1. (internet slang) (usually plural) Tasty food.
    • {{cite-usenet }}
    • 2009, 9 March, Mr. T, Re: Giving line-juggling another shot,!original/,, “> "Guys, I want you to go out there tonight and not give the slightest</br>> thought about defense. None. I want you to see if you can score six</br>> goals, no matter how many the other guys get. You do that, and we all</br>> have dinners at Minneapolis' best steak house on me."</br>></br>> You know what? They go play like that, and, guess what, defense will</br>> take care of itself, and they'll be so busy chasing the puck and</br>> trying to get those six goals that the other team won't even be in the</br>> game.</br></br></br>I like it. Motivate with some OM NOM NOM
    • 2012, Ava Anastasia, "There's nothing wrong with some OM NOM NOM", Scope (Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia), Issue 14, Week 7, Semester 121, page 11 (used in title only)
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang, Internet) oh my word.
  2. (slang, Internet) on my way.
  • MOW, mow, WMO
on pronunciation
  • (British Isles) {{enPR}}, /ɒn/
  • (US) /ɔn/
  • (New York) /ɑn/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English on, from Old English on, an, from Proto-Germanic *ana, from Proto-Indo-European *ano-, *nō-. Cognate with Northern Frisian a, Saterland Frisian an, Western Frisian oan, Dutch aan, Low German an, German an, Swedish å, Faroese á, Icelandic á, Gothic 𐌰𐌽𐌰 〈𐌰𐌽𐌰〉, Ancient Greek ἀνά 〈aná〉, Albanian ; and from the Old Norse combination upp á: Danish , Swedish , Norwegian , see upon.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. In the state of being active, function or operating.
  2. Performing according to schedule. Are we still on for tonight? Is the show still on?
  3. (UK, informal) Acceptable, appropriate. right on; bang on; not on
  4. (informal) Destined, normally in the context of a challenge being accepted; involved, doomed. "Five bucks says the Cavs win tonight." ―"You're on!" Mike just threw coffee onto Paul's lap. It's on now.
  5. (baseball, informal) Having reached a base as a runner and being positioned there, awaiting further action from a subsequent batter.
  6. (euphemistic) menstruating
    • 2011, Netmums, Hollie Smith, You and Your Tween: Managing the years from 9 to 13, Hachette UK (ISBN 9780755361137) It still gets in the way of her doing things like swimming, and she avoids sleepovers when she's 'on'.
Synonyms: (baseball: positioned at a base) on base (not informal)
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. To an operating state. turn the television on
  2. Along, forwards (continuing an action). drive on, rock on
    • {{quote-news }}
  3. In continuation, at length. and so on. He rambled on and on.
  4. (cricket) In, or towards the half of the field on the same side as the batsman's leg; the left side for a right-handed batsman; leg.
  5. (not US) Later. Ten years on nothing had changed in the village.
  • (active, functioning, operating) off
  • (to an operating state) off
  • (later) after, afterward/afterwards, later, subsequently, thence
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. Positioned at the upper surface of, touch from above. exampleon the table;&nbsp; on the couch
    • Longfellow I stood on the bridge at midnight.
  2. At or near; adjacent to. Soon we'll pass a statue on the left. The fleet is on the American coast. example[[wikipedia:Croton-on-Hudson|Croton-on-Hudson]], example[[wikipedia:Rostov-on-Don|Rostov-on-Don]], example[[wikipedia:Southend-on-Sea|Southend-on-Sea]]
  3. Covering. exampleHe wore old shoes on his feet.
  4. At the date of. exampleBorn on the 4th of July.
  5. Some time during the day of. exampleI'll see you on Monday.&nbsp;&nbsp; The bus leaves on Friday.&nbsp;&nbsp; Can I see you on a different day? On Sunday I'm busy.
  6. Dealing with the subject of, about, or concerning something. exampleA book on history.&nbsp;&nbsp; The World Summit on the Information Society.
  7. Touching; hang from. exampleThe fruit ripened on the trees.&nbsp;&nbsp; The painting hangs on the wall.
  8. (informal) In the possession of. exampleI haven't got any money on me.
  9. Because of, or due to. exampleTo arrest someone on suspicion of bribery.&nbsp;&nbsp; To contact someone on a hunch.
  10. Immediately after. exampleOn Jack's entry, William got up to leave.
  11. Paid for by. exampleThe drinks are on me tonight, boys.&nbsp;&nbsp; The meal is on the house.&nbsp;&nbsp; I paid for the airfare and meals for my family, but the hotel room was on the company.
  12. Used to indicate a means or medium.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 4 , “Mr. Cooke at once began a tirade against the residents of Asquith for permitting a sandy and generally disgraceful condition of the roads. So roundly did he vituperate the inn management in particular, and with such a loud flow of words, that I trembled lest he should be heard on the veranda.”
    exampleI saw it on television.&nbsp;&nbsp; Can't you see I'm on the phone?
  13. Indicating a means of subsistence. exampleThey lived on ten dollars a week.&nbsp;&nbsp; The dog survived three weeks on rainwater.
  14. Away or occupied with (e.g. a scheduled activity). exampleHe's on his lunch break.&nbsp;&nbsp; on vacation;&nbsp; on holiday
  15. Denoting performance or action by contact with the surface, upper part, or outside of anything; hence, by means of; with. to play on a violin or piano Her words made a lasting impression on my mind.
  16. {{senseid}} Regularly taking (a drug). exampleYou've been on these antidepressants far too long.&nbsp;&nbsp; He's acting so strangely, I think he must be on something.
  17. {{senseid}} Under the influence of (a drug). exampleHe's acting crazy because he's on crack right now.
  18. (mathematics) Having identical domain and codomain. a function on V
  19. (mathematics) Having V^n as domain and V as codomain, for some set V and integer n. an operator on V
  20. (mathematics) Generated by. examplethe free group on four letters
  21. Supported by (the specified part of itself). exampleA table can't stand on two legs.&nbsp;&nbsp; After resting on his elbows, he stood on his toes, then walked on his heels.
  22. At a given time after the start of something; at.
    • {{quote-news}}
  23. In addition to; besides; indicating multiplication or succession in a series. heaps on heaps of food mischief on mischief; loss on loss {{rfquotek}}
  24. (obsolete) of
    • Shakespeare Be not jealous on me.
    • Shakespeare Or have we eaten on the insane root / That takes the reason prisoner?
  25. Indicating dependence or reliance; with confidence in. I depended on them for assistance. He will promise on certain conditions. Do you ever bet on horses?
  26. Toward; for; indicating the object of an emotion. Have pity or compassion on him.
  27. (obsolete) At the peril of, or for the safety of.
    • Dryden Hence, on thy life.
  28. In the service of; connected with; of the number of. He is on a newspaper; I am on the committee.
  29. By virtue of; with the pledge of. He affirmed or promised on his word, or on his honour.
  30. To the account of; denoting imprecation or invocation, or coming to, falling, or resting upon. On us be all the blame. A curse on him!
    • Bible, Matthew xxvii. 25 His blood be on us and on our children.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, Singapore) To switch on. Can you on the light?
Synonyms: turn on
etymology 2 From Old Norse ón, án, from Proto-Germanic *ēnu, *ēno, *ino, from Proto-Indo-European *anew, *enew. Cognate with Northern Frisian on, Middle Dutch an, on, gml āne, German ohne, Gothic 𐌹𐌽𐌿 〈𐌹𐌽𐌿〉, Ancient Greek ἄνευ 〈áneu〉. Alternative forms: ohn
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. (UK dialectal, Scotland) Without.
  • Usually followed by a perfect participle, as being, having, etc.
  • {{rank}}
  • N.O., No, no, no.
on about
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) Speaking about, talking of. What are you on about? They were on about some kind of UFO conspiracy theory.
on account
adjective: {{head}}
  1. As something to be reckoned up as part of final payments; on credit.
conjunction: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) On account of the fact that; because.
    • 1948, Evelyn Waugh, The Loved One: Take your three days off, Mr. Barlow, only don't expect to be paid for them on account you're thinking up some fancy ideas.
    • 1999, George RR Martin, A Clash of Kings, Bantam 2011, p. 466: ‘Well, we come on this pisswater river, running high on account there'd been rains.’
on account of Alternative forms: on something's account, (rare) on account thereof
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. (idiomatic) Because of, due to, owing to.
    • 1842 August 29, : … and His Imperial Majesty further agrees to pay to the British Government the sum of Three Millions of dollars, on account of debts due to British subjects by some of the said Hong merchants (or Cohong), who have become insolvent, and who owe very large sums of money to subjects of Her Britannic Majesty.
  2. (idiomatic) For the sake of.
  3. (regional, idiomatic) Because.
  • When the object of this preposition is brief and animate, the alternative construction on someone's account is often used instead. If the object is a personal pronoun, that construction is more common; for example, is more common than .
  • Similarly, on that account, using that as a determiner, is more common than .
conjunction: {{en-con}}
  1. (US, colloquial) On account of the fact that: because, since.
    • 1998, , , Broadway Books (1999), ISBN 9780767902526, page 213: … I had a pretty good notion of the weather conditions generally, on account of I was out in them.
    • Craig S. Womack, “Truth is I was the kind of fellow who people would run away from when they seen me coming on account of I was so full of facts and names and places and families I had to tell about.”, page 216, Red on red: Native American literary separatism, University of Minnesota Press, 1999, 0816630224, 9780816630226
on acid etymology From on + acid, referring to the intoxicating substance.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) Exaggerated, bizarre or unpredictable.
  • Also used as adverb.
Synonyms: on steroids
  • Adonic
  • anodic
on a stick
adjective: on a stick
  1. (humorous) Skewered through the middle and served individually, in many cases warm, as a hot dog. Often parodied as being done to everything at state fairs in Iowa.
oncer etymology From once. pronunciation
  • /ˈwʌnsə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, historical) A one-pound note.
    • 1993, “On whatever point Jane’s eyes rested, through whichever line her gaze ran, she saw cheques being signed, credit-card counterfoils being scrawled across, standing orders being arranged, and cash – wholesome dosh, ponies, monkies, oncers, coins of the realm – flowing around like mercury, like some element.”, Will Self, My Idea of Fun
  2. (poetic) A person who does something once.
    • 1944, “Could he but once see Nature as / In truth she is for ever, / What oncer would not fall in love?”, W. H. Auden, The Sea and the Mirror: A Commentary on Shakespeare's The Tempest, Part 1. Prospero to Ariel
  • crone
  • recon
one {{number box}} Alternative forms: wone, o (both obsolete), Arabic numeral: 1 (see for numerical forms in other scripts), Roman numeral: I etymology From Middle English one, oon, on, oan, an, from Old English ān &quot;one&quot;; same word as an, from Proto-Germanic *ainaz, from Proto-Indo-European *óynos. Cognate with Scots ae, ane, wan, yin; Northern Frisian ån; Saterland Frisian aan; Western Frisian ien; Dutch een, één; German Low German een; German ein, eins; Swedish en; Icelandic einn; Latin unus (Old Latin oinos); Russian оди́н 〈odín〉. pronunciation
  • (RP) /wʌn/, [wɐn]
  • (Australia) /wan/, [wän]
    • {{homophones}} (Etymology 1)
  • (non RP, non-standard British) /wɒn/
    • {{rhymes}}
    • {{homophones}} (Etymology 3)
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /wʌn/
    • {{audio}}
    • {{rhymes}}
    • {{homophones}} (Etymology 1)
  • one and once are pronounced differently from the related words alone, only and atone. Stressed vowels often become diphthong over time (Latin bona → Italian buona and Spanish buena), and this happened in the to the words one and once, first recorded ca 1400: the vowel underwent some changes, from ōn → ūōn → wōn → wōōn → wŏŏn → wŭn.
numeral: {{head}}
  1. (cardinal) A numerical value equal to 1; the first number in the set of natural numbers (especially in number theory); the cardinality of the smallest nonempty set. Ordinal: first. There is only one God. In many cultures, a baby turns one year old a year after its birth. One person, one vote.
    • {{RQ:Grey Riders}} Venters began to count them—one—two—three—four—on up to sixteen.
  2. The ordinality of an element which has no predecessor, usually called first or number one.
Synonyms: {{symbolic}}
pronoun: {{en-pron}} (possessive one’s, plural ones)
  1. (impersonal pronoun) One thing (among a group of others); one member of a group. exampleThe big one looks good.&emsp; I want the green one.&emsp; {{nowrap}}
  2. (impersonal pronoun, sometimes with "the") The first mentioned of two things or people, as opposed to the other. exampleShe offered him an apple and an orange; he took one and left the other.
    • 1699, Sir William Temple, 1st Baronet, Heads designed for an essay on conversations Study gives strength to the mind; conversation, grace: the first apt to give stiffness, the other suppleness: one gives substance and form to the statue, the other polishes it.
  3. (indefinite personal pronoun) Any person (applying to people in general). exampleOne’s guilt may trouble one, but it is best not to let oneself be troubled by things which cannot {{nowrap}}&emsp; {{nowrap}} 〈One’s guilt may trouble one, but it is best not to let oneself be troubled by things which cannot {{nowrap}}&emsp; {{nowrap}}
  4. (pronoun) Any person, entity or thing. example"driver", noun: one who drives.
Synonyms: (unidentified person) you, they in nominative personal case.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (mathematics) The neutral element with respect to multiplication in a ring.
  2. The digit or figure 1.
  3. (US) A one-dollar bill.
  4. (cricket) One run scored by hitting the ball and running between the wicket; a single.
  5. A joke or amusing anecdote.
    • Did you hear the one about the agnostic dyslexic insomniac?
  6. (colloquial) A particularly special or compatible person or thing.
    • I knew as soon I met him that John was the one for me and we were married within a month.
    • That car's the one — I'll buy it.
    • 1995, Bryan Adams, When you love a woman then tell her that she's really wanted When you love a woman then tell her that she's the one 'cause she needs somebody to tell her that it's gonna last forever
  7. (Internet slang, leet, sarcastic) Used instead of ! to amplify an exclamation, parodying unskilled users who forget to press the shift key while typing exclamation points. A: SUM1 Hl3p ME im alwyz L0ziN!!?! B: y d0nt u just g0 away l0zer!!1!!one!!one!!eleven!!1!
    • 2003 September 26, "DEAL WITH IT!!!!11one!!", in, Usenet
    • 2004 November 9, "AWK sound recorder!!!11!!11one", in comp.lang.awk, Usenet
    • 2007 December 1, "STANFORD!!1!!1!one!11!!1oneone!1!1!", in, Usenet
Synonyms: (mathematics: multiplicative identity) unity, (US: one-dollar bill) single, (sarcastic substitution for !) 1, eleven
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of a period of time, being particular; as, one morning, one year.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 4 , One morning I had been driven to the precarious refuge afforded by the steps of the inn, after rejecting offers from the Celebrity to join him in a variety of amusements. But even here I was not free from interruption, for he was seated on a horse-block below me, playing with a fox terrier.”
    exampleOne day the prince set forth to kill the dragon that had brought terror to his father’s kingdom for centuries.
  2. Being a single, unspecified thing; a; any. exampleMy aunt used to say, "One day is just like the other."
  3. Sole, only. exampleHe is the one man who can help you.
  4. Whole, entire. exampleBody and soul are not separate; they are one.
  5. In agreement. exampleWe are one on the importance of learning.
  6. The same. exampleThe two types look very different, but are one species.
  7. Being a preeminent example. exampleHe is one hell of a guy.
  8. Being an unknown person with the specified name. exampleThe town records from 1843 showed the overnight incarceration of one “A. Lincoln”.
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • once
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete, transitive) To cause to become one; to gather into a single whole; to unite.
    • Chaucer The rich folk that embraced and oned all their heart to treasure of the world.
  • {{rank}}
  • eon, EON, E.ON; Neo, NEO
one's ass is grass
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  1. (US, slang) One is doomed (used as a threat).
    • 1994, Mark S. Hamm, American Skinheads: The Criminology and Control of Hate Crime (page 209) So if you're white and work for the system, watch your step. Whether you be a system cop, a control judge, or a crooked lawyer, your ass is grass.
    • 2005, Renay Jackson, Peanut's Revenge (page 21) "His ass is grass," Rodney stated convincingly. Rodney Gates was a deadly individual who had no qualms about killing, so his statement caused no one to blink an eye.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, basketball) A basketball player who plays college basketball for a single year and then declares for the NBA draft. John Calipari's Kentucky squad was made up of one-and-done players.
one eighty out
adjective: one eighty out
  1. (slang) in American military for incorrect or false. I read you loud and clear but it's still 180-out.
one-eyed jack Image:Poker-sm-214-Js.png Image:Poker-sm-224-Jh.png
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (card games slang) either card of jack rank commonly depicted in profile: the jack of spades or jack of hearts
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  • jack of spades
  • jack of hearts
one-eyed snake
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) The penis
    • Tandia , Bryce Courtenay , 2011 , page 242 , 1459620801 , “You can feel and kiss and stroke and suck, but you won't make that old one-eyed snake stand up. ”
one-eyed trouser snake
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The penis.
    • 1970: Derek Maitland, The Only War We've Got, p. 140 Christ, I’ve gotta go and shake the old one-eyed trouser snake, meself.
one-horse race
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (horse racing, informal) A horse race in which a single horse takes such a considerable lead that the other horses are no longer contender to win.
    • 1927 June 13, "Sport: Again, McAtee," Time (retrieved 26 July 2014): Since riding Harry Payne Whitney's Whiskery to victory in the Kentucky Derby, Jockey Linus ("Pony") McAtee has twice broken into the news in unconventional fashion. A fortnight ago, he won a one-horse race ("walkover") at Belmont Park, N. Y.
    • 2006 April 16, Bill Finley, "Sinister Minister Joins Baffert's Derby Stable," New York Times (retrieved 26 July 2014): Sinister Minister . . . kept extending his lead and turned the stretch run into a one-horse race.
  2. (idiomatic, by extension) An election campaign or other competitive situation in which only one competitor is entered or in which only one competitor has a realistic chance of winning.
    • 1995 Jan. 19, Andrew Marshall, "Balladur takes first step to presidency," The Independent (UK) (retrieved 26 July 2014): Although Mr Balladur is far ahead in the opinion polls, the spring election is far from being a one-horse race.
    • 1998 April 5, Robert D. Hof, "Commentary: JAVA can be a contender—If Sun lets it," Businessweek (retrieved 26 July 2014): A system for creating software that runs, unaltered, on all sorts of computers and devices . . . could transform the software business in the network era from a one-horse race led by Microsoft to a true contest.
    • 2011 March 13, , "How cricket saved Sri Lanka," The Guardian (UK) (retrieved 26 July 2014): The dominance of the men in yellow over the past decade turned international cricket into a one-horse race.
oneish etymology one + ish
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Any time close to one o'clock.
oneitis etymology one + itis
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Attraction towards a single potential partner to the exclusion of other possible partners.
    • 2008, Zander Martin, The Players Oneitis is more likely to attack chicks than dudes for reasons of biological conditioning, habitation, mother-child relationship and other scientific crap.
    • 2011, Neil Strauss, The Game and Rules of the Game But in the past eight months, I hadn't felt even a tremor of oneitis. In fact, every woman I met seemed disposable and replaceable.
  • Sometimes associated with the seduction community.
one-itis etymology one + -itis, created in a pickup artist community.
noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang) obsession for a particular person who is idealized as the only right one to date with or to marry, often without any actual relationship developments.
one-night stand {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An occasion when a performer or team of them (especially in vaudeville) expects to perform at a theater for a single evening.
  2. (idiomatic) A single sexual encounter between two individuals, where at least one of the parties has no immediate intention or expectation of establishing a longer-term sexual or romantic relationship. As the phrase implies, the relationship lasts for only one night.
  3. (idiomatic) A person with whom one shares a single sexual encounter.
    • 2004, Paul G. Nation, The Jacksonville Four: Living Where Money Grows on Trees, AuthorHouse (2004), ISBN 1418489964, page 20: Chet's mom was never home. She always went out gambling, partying and staying overnight with one of her sugar daddies. Chet never met his father. He was just a one-night stand she'd had eighteen years ago.
    • 2009, HoneyB, Single Husbands, Grand Central Publishing (2009), ISBN 9780446582308, unnumbered page: She was a one-night stand he'd met at the gym, and Herschel couldn't remember her name.
    • 2011, Jane Graves, Black Ties and Lullabies, Forever (2011), ISBN 9780446568470, unnumbered page: “So she was just a one-night stand like all the rest?”
Synonyms: (single sexual encounter) pump and dump
one off the wrist
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An act of masturbation.
oner etymology one + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An extraordinary individual.
  2. A small marble of little worth in children's games.
    • 2012, Nicholas Hagger, A View of Epping Forest (page 143) The winner was the last to flick a marble into the gully. A oner had to beat a fourer four times to win, a fourer had to beat a twelver three times, and so on.
  3. (UK) A conker that has won one match.
    • 1993, Henry Normal, Nude modelling for the afterlife May all your conkers be oners / May your love life fail with dishonours
    • 2005, Benedict Le Vay, Eccentric Britain (page 32) The history of 'oners' becoming 'sixers' through successive victories…
    • 2006, Charles Campion, Fifty Recipes To Stake Your Life On (page 119) Conkers so highly prized that it's a wonder they even manage to hit the ground before being swept away to be pickled or baked and then going on to new careers as 'oners', 'twoers', and so forth.
Synonyms: one of a kind
  • Oren
  • orné
  • reno, Reno
one should be so lucky
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (informal, sarcastic) It is highly doubtful: indicating that something is not likely to happen. A pay increase? You should be so lucky!
one under
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rail transport, slang, British) A person under a train; a person hit by a train after jumping or falling in front of it.
    • 2002, "Tube Troll", ">Incident @ Hangar lane tube <", The twist in this tale is that the driver (who was at the back and hadn't seen anything) booked off with stress (as drivers often do after a one under) and the guard who had been driving and witnessed the whold [sic] traumatic event had to creep into work the next day and pretend that nothing had happned...
    • 2004, "Joe", "TV Alert: BBC3 9pm Trauma TONIGHT", uk.railway About a one under on the Northern line.
    • 2005, "Neilw001", "'One under'", I've been on a train when some [sic] has gone under. Actually heard the thump and then the driver on the radio saying "I've got one under".
  • Used primarily in relation to incidents on London Underground, but is also used for other railways in the UK
Synonyms: person under train (London Underground), track pizza (New York)
one way or another
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (informal) Somehow, but certainly.
one-way street etymology See one-way.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A road in which traffic is only allowed to proceed in one direction.
on fire
prepositional phrase: {{head}}
  1. Being burn by fire.
  2. (idiomatic, informal) Achieving good results at a rapid rate. That striker has scored four goals so far - he's on fire!
Synonyms: (being burned by fire) afire, aflame, burning, flaming, going up in smoke, in flames, (idiomatic)
on first name terms
adjective: on first name terms
  1. familiar with someone, such that one can address that person by his or her first name.
  2. (by extension, humorous) in regular contact with a person or organisation. My accountant was so bad I am now on first name terms with the tax department.
  • Often followed by the preposition "with," as in "He's on first name terms with the president."
on fleek {{hot word}} Alternative forms: {{alter}} etymology Coined by Chicago-area teen Kayla Newman in a June 2014 video posted on Vine (software) under her username "Peaches Monroee."Max Kunter, "[ Meet the Chicago Teen Behind ‘On Fleek’]", ''Newsweek'', 3 March 2015 In the clip, which later went viral, Newman, who had just had her eyebrows done for the first time, proudly declares "eyebrows on fleek." Newman has stated that the word "just came to [her] out of the blue." However, there are two earlier Urban Dictionary entries for fleek, one from 2003 giving the definition "smooth, nice, sweet," and another from 2009 giving the definition "awesome." pronunciation
  • /ɒn fliːk/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, of eyebrows or hair) Sleek and perfectly groomed or styled.
    • 2014, Ryan Ghisetti, "New brow-raising trend emerges", The Pepperbox (Arcata High School, Arcata, California), Volume 87, Issue 1, 15 October 2014, page 30: “I'm definitely pro-eyebrow, but don't go overboard. You gotta have your eyebrows filled in just the right amount for them to be on fleek,*” [said] Senior Raven Johnson.
    • 2015, Deborah Collins, Down Bad, Xlibris, ISBN 9781503559561 (hardcover), ISBN 9781503559585 (softcover), chapter 25, {{gbooks}}: Her hair was on fleek or whatever them dumb hoes be saying on Instagram.
    • 2015, Wanya Williams, "Keepin' it Real or Keepin' a Weave", The Tam News (Tamalpais High School, Mill Valley, California), Volume 10, Number 6, April 2015, page 23: One day their weave might be “on fleek” (looking good) then the next morning they wake up looking like Django when he was chained, and that's a scary sight.
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  2. (slang, of an article of clothing or outfit) Stylish and perfectly chosen or put together.
    • 2015, Abagail Kruise, "Don't make social media a top priority, spend some time offline with loved ones", The BG News (Bowling Green State University), Volume 94, Issue 54, 20 January 2015, page 4: There is nothing wrong with wanting to document good times, on-fleek outfits and maybe even a particularly scrumptious Starbucks order.
    • 2015, Xosha Roquemore, quoted in Dio Anthony, "Xosha Roquemore: The Realist", Bello Magazine, February 2015, page 92: Your coat has to really be on fleek to be dope in New York.
    • 2015, Jessica Leigh Lebos, "Catching shades of Grey", Connect Savannah, 4 February 2015 - 10 February 2015, page 10: After several costume changes, I settled on an acceptably less-crazy dress and boots. It's just that I was so damn excited about my first trip to The Grey and I needed my look on fleek, OK?
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  3. (slang) Perfect; spot on; flawless.
    • 2015, Jalen Luter, quoted in April Oberman, "The four food groups in the South: Home-cooked cuisine to live by", The Crimson Crier (Sparkman High School, Harvest, Alabama), Issue 6, 19 March 2015, page 8: Mama's fried chicken is on fleek. Popeye's is a close second, but mama's is number one.
    • 2015, Eleni P. Austin, "Kate Pierson: 'Guitars and Microphones' (Lazy Meadow Music)", Coachella Valley Week, Volume 4, Number 2, 2 April 2015 - 8 April 2015, page 14: The vocal interplay between Cindy Wilson, Fred Schneider and Kate Pierson was (as the kids say), on fleek.
    • 2015, "Horoscopes", Cosmopolitan (Australia), June 2015, page 177: Your career game will be on fleek.
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on foot
prepositional phrase: {{head}}
  1. Walking, jogging or running but not in a vehicle or on the back of an animal The pub's not far, let's go on foot.
  2. (of a person) Traveling without a vehicle. He scouted out their encampment while they were sleeping. They were on foot, but with sledges.
Synonyms: (walking, jogging or running) by foot, by walking, afoot

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