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onion {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English onyon, union, oinyon, from xno union et al. and Old French oignon, from Latin ūniōnem, accusative of ūniō. Displaced the inherited term ramsons. pronunciation
  • /ˈʌnjən/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A monocotyledonous plant (Allium cepa), allied to garlic, used as vegetable and spice.
  2. The bulb of such a plant.
    • 1962 (quoting 1381 text), Hans Kurath & Sherman M. Kuhn, eds., Middle English Dictionary, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press, , page 1242: dorrẹ̅, dōrī adj. & n. … cook. glazed with a yellow substance; pome(s ~, sopes ~. … 1381 Pegge Cook. Recipes p. 114: For to make Soupys dorry. Nym onyons … Nym wyn … toste wyte bred and do yt in dischis, and god Almande mylk.
  3. (uncountable) The genus as a whole.
  4. (obsolete baseball slang) A ball.
  5. (colloquial, chiefly, archaic) A person from Bermuda or of Bermudian descent.
onion booty etymology 1997, , from wordplay to the effect of “booty so good, it makes a grown man cry.”[ 'Player' earns its bachelor's degree], August 06, 1997, Dave Michaels, Dallas Morning News
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Large, attractive female buttocks.
    • 2014, De'nesha Diamond, Street Divas, p. 132: One nigga approaches, having a hard time tryna decide whether to focus on my perky 34C-cup titties or my hypnotizing onion booty.
on it
prepositional phrase: {{en-prep phrase}}
  1. (informal) Actively doing something, or working to solve a (specified) problem. - Jack, could you take a look at my computer? It won't boot up.- I'm on it!
onkus etymology Australian from 1916. etymology {{rfe}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, colloquial, rare) Inferior; unpleasant; unacceptably bad.
    • 1981, Herman Charles Bosman, The Collected Works of Herman Charles Bosman, page 101, The soup was crook. It was onkus. A yellow-bellied platypus couldn′t drink it . . .
onliest Alternative forms: onlest (US, especially AAVE)
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (informal and dialectal) en-superlative of only
  • entisol, lionets
only Alternative forms: onely (obsolete) etymology Old English ǣnlīċ, from gem; corresponding to one + -ly/-like. Cognate with Swedish enlig, and obsolete Dutch eenlijk. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈəʊn.lɪ/
  • (US) /ˈoʊ
  • (Hong Kong English) [ˈʊŋli]
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Alone in a category. exampleHe is the only doctor for miles. exampleThe only people in the stadium were the fans: no players, coaches, or officials. exampleOnly the cat sat on the mat. The dog never did. exampleThe only cat sat on the only mat.
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  2. Singularly superior; the best. exampleHe is the only trombonist to recruit.
    • {{rfdate}} William Shakespeare Motley's the only wear.
  3. Without sibling; without a sibling of the same gender. exampleHe is their only son, in fact, an only child.
    • 1949, Frank_Bunker_Gilbreth,_Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, Cheaper by the Dozen, dedication: To DAD ¶ who only reared twelve children ¶ and ¶ To MOTHER ¶ who reared twelve only children
  4. (obsolete) Mere.
    • {{RQ:Flr Mntgn Essays}}, I.40: I know some who wittingly have drawne both profit and preferment from cuckoldrie, the only name whereof is so yrksome and bail-ful to so many men.
Synonyms: (alone in a category) sole, lone, (singularly superior) peerless, unequaled, nonpareil
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Without others or anything further; exclusively.
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    exampleMy heart is hers, and hers only.   The cat sat only on the mat. It kept off the sofa.
  2. No more than; just. exampleThe cat only sat on the mat. It didn't scratch it.   If there were only one more ticket!
  3. As recently as.
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    exampleHe left only moments ago.
  4. (obsolete) Above all others; particularly.
    • Marston his most only elected mistress
conjunction: {{en-con}}
  1. Under the condition that; but.
  2. However. exampleI would enjoy running, only I have this broken leg. exampleThe cat sat on the mat, only the dog chased it off.
  3. But for the fact that; except.
related terms:
  • if only
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare) only child
    • 2013, Sybil L. Hart, ‎Maria Legerstee, Handbook of Jealousy The consistent finding … that infants who are onlies do not differ from those who have siblings despite their lesser history of exposure to differential treatment is perplexing.
  • Lyon
  • ynol
on message
adverb: {{head}}
  1. (obsolete) On an errand.
    • {{RQ:Mlry MrtDrthr}}: So whan the kynge was come thyder with all his baronage and lodged as they semed best / ther was come a damoisel the whiche was sente on message from the grete lady lylle of auelyon / And whan she came bifore kynge Arthur / she told from whome she came / and how she was sent on message vnto hym for these causes
  2. (colloquial, politics) alternative spelling of on-message
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (obsolete) On an errand.
  2. (colloquial, politics) alternative spelling of on-message
etymology 1
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. or nearest offer Bike for sale: €300 ono
  2. (Internet, slang) over and out
etymology 2 From Hawaiian ʻono.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Hawaiian, slang) good-tasting, delicious.
  • noo
on one's own hook
prepositional phrase: {{en-prep phrase}}
  1. (US, informal) On one's own account or responsibility; by oneself.
on one's way
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. In the direct route that one intends to travel. I can drop you at the station, as it is on my way home.
  2. Leaving; going about one's business/ If we're done, I'll be on my way.
  • out of one's way
onslaught etymology From anslaight (compare Dutch aanslag and German Anschlag), equivalent to on + slaught. pronunciation
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noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A fierce attack.
  2. A large quantity of people or things resembling an attack. They opened the doors and prepared for the onslaught of holiday shoppers.
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on spec etymology Abbreviation of .
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. In hope of success, using one's best guess
    • 1889, Banjo Paterson, I had written him a letter which I had, for want of better Knowledge, sent to where I met him down the Lachlan, years ago, He was shearing when I knew him, so I sent the letter to him, Just on spec, addressed as follows, “Clancy, of The Overflow”.
  2. (colloquial, business, of creating a work) With the hope of selling it, as opposed to on commission for hire. I'm writing an article on spec. I hope some magazine will buy it.
    • 1955, , "The Next Witness", in , October 1994 edition, ISBN 0553249592, page 36: "Why doubt his guilt?" Wolfe's shoulders went up a fraction of an inch, and down again. "Divination. Contrariety." "I see." Unger pursed his midget mouth, which didn't need pursing. "You're shooting at it on spec."
  • ponces
on steroids
prepositional phrase: {{en-prep phrase}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) (usually after the name of a place or thing), to a greater degree, exaggerating the characteristics of the previously named object. "Panic is anxiety on steroids". "Iceland is like Scotland on steroids". Jeremy Clarkson, motoring writer. NASA's New Moon Plans: 'Apollo on Steroids', article headline.
on the bounce
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, idiomatic, informal, chiefly, sports) consecutively, in succession
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on the club etymology From the term benefit club.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, slang) Temporarily away from work, usually due to sickness, supported by sickness benefit.
    • 1913, , , Then he crept up the stone stairs behind the drapery shop at the Co-op., and peeped in the reading-room. Usually one or two men were there, either old, useless fellows, or colliers "on the club".
on the down-low {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: on the down low
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (US, idiomatic, slang, euphemistic) In secret. I'll tell you, but keep it on the down-low.
  2. (US, idiomatic, slang, euphemistic) Secretly sleeping with someone other than one's partner.
  3. (AAVE, LGBT) (of a male) Publicly identifying as heterosexual but secretly having sex with other men.
  • Also used as a predicate.
Synonyms: see also
on the earie
prepositional phrase: {{en-prep phrase}}
  1. (slang) Listening or eavesdrop; staying alert for news.
on the fritz etymology unknown. Attested from 1902, originally meaning “in a bad way” or “in bad condition”, malfunctioning of an appliance. Perhaps from German name Fritz, or by onomatopoeia.[ World Wide Words: On The Fritz], by Michael Quinion[ The Mavens’ Word of the Day: fritz, on the], Random House
prepositional phrase: {{head}}
  1. (of electrical or mechanical appliances) Out of order; malfunctioning; broken. I'd record it, but my VCR is on the fritz again. My washing machine has gone on the fritz, and I have a load of muddy clothes with which to deal.
    • 2004, Lisa Marie Rice, Woman On the Run, page 32, No ′40s movie heroine worth the name would have a house that let in gusts of gelid air, had a heating system that went on the fritz constantly and leaked.
    • 2006, Nero Blanc, Death on the Diagonal, page 191, “Or your cell-phone reception went on the fritz. We know how often that happens.”
    • 2010, Ralph Bowersox, Ralph's True Stories: Entertaining Chronicles of Life in Clarion County, Pennsylvania, Late 1920s through the Present Day, page 185, Some time ago, a tenant called me and said her refrigerator was on the fritz. I had a spare, so I took it down to her and exchanged it for her old one.
  • Only used predicative
Synonyms: (out of order) bung (Australian), on the blink (UK), spaz (offensive)
on the game
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang, euphemistic) Working as a prostitute.
Synonyms: See also
on the internet nobody knows you're a dog {{wikipedia}} etymology From the caption of a 1993 cartoon by .
proverb: {{head}}
  1. (humorous) It is easy to conceal one's identity on the internet.
on the job
adjective: on the job
  1. working, busy
  2. (slang) Having sex
related terms:
  • on-the-job
on the nose Alternative forms: on-the-nose
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: on, nose
  2. (idiomatic) Exact; precise; appropriate. His estimate that they would consume 23 boxes was on the nose.
    • 1979, Toby Thompson, The ′60s Report, [http//|more|most+on+the+nose%22+-intitle:%22on+-the+-nose%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22very|more|most+on+the+nose%22+-intitle:%22on+-the+-nose%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=x0zHT63cCs2YmQWyre2SCw&redir_esc=y page 239], “I think the part of me that is sensible, the part that′s most on the nose about making decisions about how and what to write, is the part which wants to continue working toward the Turgenev model in fiction. Which is simply based on the idea that novels have to be extremely efficient to survive.…”
    • 1995 August 22, (interviewee), Donna Minkowitz, A New Enterprise, , [http//|more|most+on+the+nose%22+-intitle:%22on+-the+-nose%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=x0zHT63cCs2YmQWyre2SCw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22very|more|most%20on%20the%20nose%22%20-intitle%3A%22on%20-the%20-nose%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 76], In the last three or four years of the series, with the active and very enthusiastic support of the producers and writers, we did go much more on the nose with political issues.
    • 1997 September, (interviewee), Jill Daniel, The Metamorph, , [http//|more|most+on+the+nose%22+-intitle:%22on+-the+-nose%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=x0zHT63cCs2YmQWyre2SCw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22very|more|most%20on%20the%20nose%22%20-intitle%3A%22on%20-the%20-nose%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 37], [Lawrence:] [At the audition,] it was me and five or six women with the large breasts, the short skirts, the hair and makeup. They were just much more on the nose, in terms of what someone who was sexually voracious would look like. I was in a sweater and slacks, hiding the sexuality.
    • 2004, James Scott Bell, Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure, [http//|more|most+on+the+nose%22+-intitle:%22on+-the+-nose%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=x0zHT63cCs2YmQWyre2SCw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22very|more|most%20on%20the%20nose%22%20-intitle%3A%22on%20-the%20-nose%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 146], It′s best to underplay such moments. In Dickens′s time a bit more on-the-nose writing was acceptable. Don′t overdo it, or you may lapse into melodrama.
    • 2008, Vincent LoBrutto, Martin Scorsese: A Biography, [http//|more|most+on+the+nose%22+-intitle:%22on+-the+-nose%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=x0zHT63cCs2YmQWyre2SCw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22very|more|most%20on%20the%20nose%22%20-intitle%3A%22on%20-the%20-nose%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 272], After Hours, originally named the more on the nose, A Night in Soho, was financed by Fox Classics for $3.5 million and scheduled for a forty-night shoot, and a postproduction period of around four months.
    • 2009, Rhona Cameron, The Naked Drinking Club, [http//|was|being+bang+on+the+nose%22+-intitle:%22on+-the+-nose%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=j0XHT4OcPIiimQWEqMGJCw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22is|was|being%20bang%20on%20the%20nose%22%20-intitle%3A%22on%20-the%20-nose%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 155], She cut me off. ‘So you′re just wandering around, are you? Showing them to everyone just for the sake of it?’ She laughed a little. No one had spoken to me like this before; she was bang on the nose.
    • 2011, John Kenneth Muir, Horror Films of the 1990s, [http//|more|most+on+the+nose%22+-intitle:%22on+-the+-nose%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=x0zHT63cCs2YmQWyre2SCw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22very|more|most%20on%20the%20nose%22%20-intitle%3A%22on%20-the%20-nose%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 439], In oarticular Miguel/Guy forces Christina/Mia to swallow bad-tasting food before a dining hall full of onlookers. The double meaning is much more on-the-nose in the remake since Guy actually says “swallow it for once in your life,” to his put-upon spouse.
  3. (idiomatic) Unimaginative; over-literal; lacking nuance. Wearing that floral dress to a garden party was a little on the nose, wouldn't you say?
    • August 19 2013, 1:22 PM ET, SPIN, The Weeknd and Drake 'Live For' Whining About Success, , “ And here the two are together again on new the Weeknd track "Live For," built out of a delicate acoustic loop, clappy percussion, and regal electronic ripples. The song is sumptuously introspective, but on first impression it's a bit too on the nose . Here's Tesfaye complaining in falsetto about a threesome; there's Drake trolling us by comparing himself to Prince, then proclaiming that, no, really he's the king.…”
    • August 12, 2013, Stephen Bowie, The case against Breaking Bad, , Hank is a swaggering chucklehead, so he gets panic attacks. Marie is a snippy busybody, so she’s concealing a humiliating addiction. Although the show gradually grows more subtle, much of the early writing that establishes the characters is so on the nose it hurts. Any time we see Walt in class, it’s certain that what he writes on the chalkboard will echo events in his secret life. (“The faster they undergo change, the more violent the explosion.”) Jesse finds an old paper from school on which his teacher wrote, “Apply yourself!”.
  4. (slang, Australia) Smelly, malodorous; often used figuratively. That bucket of raw prawns you left in the sun is a bit on the nose.
    • 1977, Mungo MacCallum, Mungo's Canberra, [http//|more|most+on+the+nose%22+-intitle:%22on+-the+-nose%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22very|more|most+on+the+nose%22+-intitle:%22on+-the+-nose%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=a2HHT4_1AuWKmQWs0KiXCw&redir_esc=y page 198], Now the process has been reversed; it is doubtful if there has ever been a time when politicians and politics have been more on the nose than the period of the first Fraser government, and this is not only unfunny, but unhealthy.
    • 2004, Wendy Jane Evans, An Independent Cuss, The Diggings Are Silent, 2007, [http//|more|most+on+the+nose%22+-intitle:%22on+-the+-nose%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=x0zHT63cCs2YmQWyre2SCw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22very|more|most%20on%20the%20nose%22%20-intitle%3A%22on%20-the%20-nose%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 94], Dog was so stupid he didn′t realise the man was very on the nose. Larry smelt good to him, most times, ripe and earthy.
    • 2008 November, , Romanticising Australian Conservatism, reprinted in 2009, Eric Beecher (editor), The Best Australian Political Writing 2009, page 236, Conservatism was on the nose with voters and if Liberals were to regain government, the party must swing smoothly to the left on a range of social issues.
Synonyms: (precise) on the button, on the dot
on the pull
adjective: on the pull
  1. (British, slang) seeking the intimate company of a member of the opposite sex
on the rag
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar, slang, euphemistic) Menstruating. Harold: How is Sarah? I don't want to jump her while she's on the rag. - From the motion picture .
  2. (idiomatic) In a bad mood.
  • groaneth
on the spectrum
prepositional phrase: {{head}}
  1. (slang) Diagnosed as having an autism spectrum disorder or exhibiting traits pertaining to or within the autism spectrum.
    • 2009 April 7, John Elder Robison, “Autism and Art as a window into the mind” (blog post): I spent some time walking around the exhibitor area before my turn to speak. … The first exhibitor was a mom with a kid on the spectrum. … The next person is an artist on the spectrum.
    • 2009, Lynn Kern Koegel and Claire LaZebnik, Growing Up on the Spectrum: A Guide to Life, Love, and Learning for Teens and Young Adults with Autism and Asperger's, Penguin Group, ISBN 978-0-670-02067-6.
    • 2010, Julie Brown, Writers on the Spectrum: How Autism and Asperger Syndrome Have Influenced Literary Writing, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, ISBN 9781843109136.
    • 2010, Zosia Zaks, Parenting on the Spectrum, Jessica Kingsley Limited, ISBN 9781849058087.
    • 2011, Valerie L. Gaus, Living Well on the Spectrum: How to Use Your Strengths to Meet the Challenges of Asperger Syndrome/High-Functioning Autism, Guilford Publications, ISBN 9781606236345.
Synonyms: spectrumy
on the turps etymology From on + the + slang turps.
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (UK, Australia, slang) Drink alcohol.
    • 1992, , The Last Rose of Summer, 2011, Read How You Want, EasyRead Large Edition, page 201, ‘Been on the turps last night, I′d say,’ whispered Tony to Odette. ‘He′ll start to steady down and focus after three cups of my tea,’ laughed Odette.
    • 2010, Brett Atkinson, Sarah Bennett, Scott Kennedy, New Zealand′s South Island, Lonely Planet, page 107, You might spot the odd parliamentarian on the turps at the Backbencher, a pub opposite the Beehive where rubbery puppets of NZ pollies are mounted trophy-style on the walls (David Lange is a beauty).
    • 1998, Harry Bowling, When the Pedlar Called, 2010, Headline Publishing, eBook, unnumbered page, Frank an′ ′is ole woman don′t get on, yer see, an′ ′e′s gone on the turps ter drown ′is sorrows.
    • 2009, James Castrission, , HarperCollins, unnumbered page, Out on the water, Jonesy and I also talked about the similarity of the bond we felt with a fellow adventurer after, say, a challenging bushwalk, and the camaraderie of a huge night on the turps with your mates.
onto Alternative forms: on to (UK, Ireland and Commonwealth countries including Canada)
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. Upon; on top of.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    exampleMy cat just jumped onto the keyboard.
  2. (informal) Aware of. (The thought-police were onto my plans of World domination.)
  3. (mathematics) Being an onto function with a codomain of (see below). exampleThe exponential function maps the set of real numbers onto the set of positive real numbers.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (mathematics, of a function) Assuming each of the values in its codomain; having its range equal to its codomain. Considered as a function on the real numbers, the exponential function is not onto.
Synonyms: (mathematics) surjective
  • noot, toon, Toon
on to Alternative forms: onto (US spelling)
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. Upon; on top of. exampleMy cat just jumped on to the keyboard.
  2. (informal) Aware of. The thought-police were on to my plans of world domination.
  3. Used to indicate, or signpost, logical progression to a new topic in a talk or discourse. Now. On to the system of active water uptake. Let's go on to item 3 in the list.
  • noot
  • toon, Toon
on your bike
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (British, slang) Go away.
    • 1984, Paul Theroux, Half Moon Street "On your bike!" he shouted at the reporter.
on your horse, amigo etymology Adaptation of Korean 안녕하십니까 〈annyeonghasibnikka〉.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (military, slang) How are you?
oodles pronunciation
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noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. Lots; an unspecified large number, quantity, or amount.
    • 1965, John Updike, Of the Farm "Along the lake where I went camping once there were oodles of a bright purple thing."
    • 2008, Andrew Burke, Thailand's Islands and Beaches (page 323) Minimalist yet soothing décor, private pools and steam rooms … and simply oodles of class make this one of the island's top choices. Honeymoon, anyone?
  • loosed
  • soloed
  • soodle
ooey-gooey etymology Reduplicative.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, childish) gooey; sticky
    • 2010, H. A. Carson, A Roaring Girl (page 105) Ooey-gooey stuff. Whipped cream, guacamole, chocolate sauce, maple syrup, potato salad, cottage cheese, fruit salad, jello, pies. He'd even mix cake batter and pour it on me.
    • 2011, Allen H. Weg, OCD Treatment Through Storytelling (page 34) Purple ones, green ones, ooey-gooey ones—all kinds of nasty monsters!
    • 2012, Sara Corpening Whiteford, Mary Corpening Barber, The Bride & Groom First and Forever Cookbook (page 212) We both agree that the best chocolate chip cookie is one with an ooey-gooey center, loads of chocolate chips, and freshly toasted nuts.
oof pronunciation
  • (UK) /ʊf/, /uːf/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 (onomatopoeia)
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. A sound mimicking the loss of air, as if someone's solar plexus had just been struck.
etymology 2 From ooftish or possibly connected with French œuf
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang, dated, c. 1850 – c. 1940) Money.
    • 1888, , Colonel Quaritch V.C. ( ebook), page 232: “Oh,” Johnnie was saying, “so Quest is his name, is it, and he lives in a city called Boisingham, does he? Is he an oof bird?” (rich)“Rather,” answered the Tiger, “if only one can make the dollars run, but he's a nasty mean boy, he is.
    • 1911–1912, published 1916, , The World For Sale, book 2, chapter 10 (Gutenberg ebook, ebook): What's he after? Oof—oof—oof, that's what he's after. He's for his own pocket, he's for being boss of all the woolly West. He's after keeping us poor and making himself rich.
  • foo
oofless etymology oof + less
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, slang) Short of money; poor.
oofy etymology oof + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Wealthy, having lots of oof (money).
    • 1896, Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, volume 160, page 727: … the glorious Tinman, or my oofy maiden-aunt; wouldn't she have jumped at me, if she had?
    • 1907, John Brynildsen, Engelsk-Dansk-Norsk Ordbog / A dictionary of the English and Dano-Norwegian languages, part II (N–Z), entry for oof, page 49 ( ebook): … oofy ['u·fi] sl som har megen Mønt …
    • 1909, , The Prodigal Father, page 185 (Gutenberg ebook): Money isn't everything in this world. Youth and love and pluck are the main things. Hang it, what if you do get into debt occasionally? You've got a pretty oofy father-in-law.
    • 1934, , (Gutenberg ebook): This Tom has a peculiarity I've noticed in other very oofy men. Nick him for the paltriest sum, and he lets out a squawk you can hear at Land's End. He has the stuff in gobs, but he hates giving up.
  • yoof
ooh, matron etymology A catchphrase of ' characters in the film series, said in response to comments from ' hospital matron characters.
interjection: {{en-interjection}}
  1. (UK, slang) Highlights a statement which contains a double entendre or appears sexually forward.
    • 2002, Karl Moore, Karl Moore's Visual Basic .NET: The Tutorials, Apress (ISBN 9781430211532), page 175 And, finally, here we have our groovy little DataSet, just ready to be pumped silly with information. Ooh, matron!
    • 2012, Julia Llewellyn, Ten Minutes to Fall in Love, Penguin UK (ISBN 9780141958392) 'God, you've got a big head.' 'It's not the only big thing I've got.' 'Ooh, matron,' she giggled and then there was silence for a while until she gasped, 'Please don't stop.'
    • 2013, Andy Ritchie, The Book That THEY Do Not Want You To Read: Part 2, Autharium (ISBN 9781780252285) Once Tukaal had confirmed that all was well, we made our way out towards the perimeter fence and, following a quick flash of his Multi-Tool (ooh, Matron), scrambled through the hole he'd cut in the fence.
Synonyms: (Highlighting a double entendre) oo-er, as the actress said to the bishop, nudge nudge, wink wink, that's what she said
Oompa Loompa pronunciation
  • /ʊumpəlʊumpə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of the fictional dwarves who manufacture candy and sarcastic dispense songs of advice in .
    • 2006, Ryan Knighton, Cockeyed, A Memoir, page 152: Nobody, not even an Oompa Loompa, had warned me what would happen to a blind guy who refuses to close his eyes.
    • 2006, Adrian C. Louis, Logorrhea, Northwestern University Press, ISBN 0810151782, page 44: It could be worse, but I've learned to become invisible to Machiavellian dilettantes, faux radical Satanistas, and bloodsucking Oompa-Loompas of the painfully ordinary variety.
    • 2006, Sherry Argov, Why Men Marry Bitches: A Woman's Guide to Winning Her Man's Heart, page 89: [Referring to the male member] It's not one of the Muppets or an Oompa Loompa.
    • 2006, Anna Jane Grossman, Flint Wainess, It’s Not Me, It’s You, The Ultimate Breakup Book, page 129: Don’t be afraid to write your name in the books and on the pans that were yours before you found yourself sharing a studio apartment that would normally not be big enough for an Oompa-Loompa.
    • 2006, Simon Trewin and Michael Moran, The Encyclopaedia of Guilty Pleasures, John Murray, ISBN 0719561388, page unknown: Nevertheless, some subtle market forces are at work which pressure the canny shopkeeper into giving up valuable shelf space to the contents of an Oompa Loompa’s cocktail cabinet.
    • 2006, , The Beauty of Color, The Ultimate Beauty Guide for Skin of Color, page 34: For women with skin of color, it's so, so important to get the shade and tone right. lf it's wrong, you can look incredibly ashy, or like an Oompa Loompa.
    • 2007, Meta Smith, Queen of Miami, Hachette Digital, ISBN 0446698539, unpaged: The men…have gone way overboard with the spray-on tan. They’re as orange as Oompa Loompas, and they stare at my boobs for a very long time before acknowledging me.
    • 2009, Reverend Jen, Live Nude Elf, The Sexperiments of Reverend Jen, Counterpoint Press, ISBN 1593762445, page 172: I don't know who decided all porn actors must be the same shade of orange as Oompa Loompas.
  2. A person appearing orange from fake tanning
  3. (offensive) A dwarf, little person, short person
oomph pronunciation
  • /ʊmf/, /umf/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, uncountable) Strength, power, passion or effective; clout. Use a mild cleanser, but pick something with enough oomph to do the job.
    • 1982, , Life, the Universe and Everything, chapter 30 "Yes, well they're finding it difficult, sir. They are afflicted with a certain lassitude. They're just finding it hard to get behind the job. They lack oomph."
  2. (informal, uncountable) Sex appeal.
    • 1974, , Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, chapter 28 'Come to think of it, the girl looked a bit like Ann,' Jerry reflected. 'Foxy, know what I mean? Garbo eyes, lots of oomph.'
  3. (countable) A bassy grunting or thudding sound.
Synonyms: (force or power) welly
oomphy etymology oomph + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Full of oomph (strength, power, passion or effectiveness).
  2. (informal) Full of oomph (sex appeal).
oomska etymology Perhaps a pig Latin form of scum.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Filth, dirt.
    • 1986, Bruce Robinson, Withnail & I (screenplay): You mean you've been up here in all this beastly mud and oomska without Wellingtons?
    • 2011, Caitlin Moran, ‘I'm so tired by TV journeys’, The Times, 5 Mar 2011: Radio 1 DJ Reggie Yates was put to work on the latrine-wagon – ladling liquid, roiling oomska from latrines shared by a thousand people a day.
etymology 1
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated) The game of craps.
etymology 2 Imitative.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang) Imitating an electronic drum sound.
    • 1999, "BRENTT NEWMAN", Garage? (discussion on Internet newsgroup Garage isn't very much lke {{SIC}} jungle. The garage that I've heard is like jazzy house (has the oontz oontz oontz beat) maybe a little loungy.
    • 2000, "Tiny Human Ferret", Musical Pretention (discussion on Internet newsgroup alt.gothic.pretentions) Maybe if I had some electronic drumbeats and grinding noises and of course some oontz oontz oontz noises...
    • 2002, "Evil Sponge", Gonna go see Blade II today - wanna come? (discussion on Internet newsgroup alt.books.clive-barker) I thought you didn't like all that oontz oontz music : )
oops etymology A presumably 'natural' exclamation, only attested since 1933, possibly altered to (or from) whoops (attested since 1933) pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /uːps/, /ʊps/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{rhymes}}
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Acknowledging a minor mistake. Oops! I left the lid off the ketchup.
  2. Used sarcastically to acknowledge a major mistake. I just stepped on dog poo! Oops! Oops, I didn't see you there. Oops,... I locked my car keys inside the car.
Synonyms: oopsy, uh-oh, whoops, whoops-a-daisy
  • poos
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. alternative case form of OP (original post, original poster)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, Internet) To promote (an IRC user) to an operator.
  • deop
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Op art; a style of abstract art.
  2. (informal, sometimes, pluralized) Operation. My mother's going in for her knee op today.
  3. (internet) An operator on IRC.
  • po, Po, po', PO, P.O.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (music, abbreviation) opus.
  2. (abbreviation) operation.
  3. (abbreviation) operator.
  4. (abbreviation) operative.
  5. (abbreviation) A detective.
  6. An operator's license, usually ops
  7. (informal, abbreviation) opportunity. examplephoto op.
  • po, Po, po', PO, P.O.
open a can of whoop ass Alternative forms: open a can of whup ass, open a can of whoop-ass etymology From English whoop (variant of whip) + ass
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang, US) A good-humored threat of physical harm.
    • I'm gonna open up a can of whoop-ass on ya.
    • 1998, Robert Fletcher, No rush to see new Chan, University Wire Chan stars in his first all-American production as chan as Hong Kong Detective Inspector Lee, a noble, innocent and caring police officer who can really bust open a can of whoop-ass when given the chance.
open-and-shut Alternative forms: open and shut
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) simple and obvious; easily decided
Synonyms: (easily decided) clear cut, cut and dried, res ipsa loquitur
opener etymology From open + -er. pronunciation
  • /ˈəʊpənə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A device that open something; specifically a tin-opener/can-opener, or a bottle opener.
  2. (card games) The player who starts the betting.
  3. (card games) (in plural openers) Cards of sufficient value to enable a player to open the betting.
  4. (theater) The first act in a variety show.
  5. (Islam) Fatiha
  6. (cricket) A batsman who normally plays in the first two position of an innings.
  7. (colloquial) The first in a series of events, items etc.; the first remark or sentence of a conversation.
  8. (sports) The first game played in a competition
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  9. (sports) The first goal or point scored.
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  • reopen
opening of an envelope
noun: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, humorous) Any kind of event or activity that may contribute to one's self-promotion. She's such an attention seeker she'd turn up to the opening of an envelope!
opensightly etymology From open + sightly, a calque of German offensichtlich.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (non-standard, humorous) Open to the sight or view of all; obvious; apparent; self-evident.
    • 2007, Difference highland and lowland Hainanensis and Lichtenfelderi, So I realized, that there are some opensightly differences. Here you have tow photo with all of the species and so you can see it better.
    • 2008, Sew long, Cowgirl!: English for Runaways, That is so opensightly. This is snow from yesterday. How many clock have we? Don't take it on the easy shoulder. The alcohol flows in streams.
    • 2010, Hendrik Ritter no, with the Shop were ot not so opensightly
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (non-standard, humorous) Obviously; apparently; evidently.
    • 1996, Wolfram Wilss, Knowledge and Skills in Translator Behavior: Opensightly had many people this wonderbar idea.
    • 2003, Martin Doering ... (Straße) ... ... Berlin Parfümerie Douglas GmbH, Opensightly pure English is better than these un-words – let we pleasenice the church in the village.
    • 2004, The PJS Braindump Landfill: August 2004, Which obviously ("opensightly") must be a quotation from some German classic.
    • 2008, 1500fpm OR GREATER [Archive] - PPRuNe Forums, Was there a change in the regulations I missed? Opensightly
open the kimono
verb: {{head}}
  1. (business, slang, idiomatic, intransitive) To reveal details of one's business operations.
operator {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈɒpəɹeɪtə/
  • (GenAm) /ˈɑːpəɹeɪtɚ/
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who operate.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 1 , “The stories did not seem to me to touch life. […] They left me with the impression of a well-delivered stereopticon lecture, with characters about as life-like as the shadows on the screen, and whisking on and off, at the mercy of the operator.”
  2. A telecommunications facilitator whose job is to establish temporary network connections.
  3. (mathematics) A function or other mapping that carries variables defined on a domain into another variable or set of variables in a defined range.
  4. Chinese whispers.
  5. (informal) A person who is adept at making deal or getting results, especially one who uses questionable methods.
  6. A member of a military Special Operations unit.
  7. (computing) The administrator of a channel or network on IRC.
  8. (linguistics) A kind of expression that enters into an a-bar movement dependency and is said to bind a variable. In the sentence "What did Bill say he wants to buy?", "what" is an operator, binding a phonetically empty variable.
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • opera
  • operable
  • operand
  • operant
  • operate
  • operation
  • operational
  • operative
  • opus
  • aeroport
ophthalmologist etymology From ophthalmology, from Ancient Greek ὀφθαλμός 〈ophthalmós〉 + -λογία 〈-logía〉, from λόγος 〈lógos〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A medical doctor specializing in the eye: deficiencies of vision requiring correction, and disease. Compare optometrist.
Synonyms: oculist, eye doctor, eye MD, eye M.D.
opinionize etymology opinion + ize
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To claim matters of fact as opinion.
  2. (intransitive, sometimes, derogatory) To express opinion.
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (government, US) Office of Personnel Management
  2. (humorous) Other People's Money. Suspicions should have been raised when the company was named OPM Leasing.
  • mop
  • PMO
  • pom, POM
oppo etymology By abbreviation of opposite number (for the first sense) and opponent/opposition (for the second).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, informal) A friend, associate or colleague.
  2. (US, politics, informal) Opponent or opposition; {{only used in}}.
  • poop, popo
oppo research etymology Short for opposition research.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, politics, informal) Research into one's opponent's family, friends{{,}} and past, which aims to uncover activities or interests which embarrass or discredit them.
Opposite Day {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: Opposites Day
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (childish) A contrived holiday on which everything is done backwards, for example "yes" means "no".
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The perceived increase in people’s desire to discuss their emotions, allegedly ascribed to the influence of television talkshows like Oprah.
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of op
  2. (informal) operations
  3. (internet, IRC) operator status Why don't I have ops in this channel any more?
  • pos, POS
  • PSO
  • sop, SOP
op shop etymology From contraction of opportunity + shop. Alternative forms:
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand) A shop, usually operated by a charity, to which new or used goods are donated, for sale at a low price.
    • 2001, Gwen Harwood, John Harwood, G. C. Kratzmann (editors), A Steady Storm of Correspondence: Selected Letters of Gwen Harwood, 1943-1995, [http//|%22op+shops%22+-intitle:%22op+-shop|shops%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=YZnHT8_oCLCkiAeh6-CuDg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22op%20shop%22|%22op%20shops%22%20-intitle%3A%22op%20-shop|shops%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 446], The Lutherans, who have an Op Shop not far from ours, made friendly comparisons with the kind and quality of the goods. They had to get in through our Op Shop to the lower vestry and as they passed looked at our shelves and said ‘Amazing what people bring in’ and ‘We get quite a few of them too’.
    • 2005, Catherine Bateson, Millie And the Night Heron, [http//|%22op+shops%22+-intitle:%22op+-shop|shops%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=YZnHT8_oCLCkiAeh6-CuDg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22op%20shop%22|%22op%20shops%22%20-intitle%3A%22op%20-shop|shops%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 21], The Red Cross Op-Shop was the best. It didn′t have that op shop smell, even, and for once there were young people working there. Not that I′m against old ladies in op shops, but I think it′s pretty cool to walk into an op shop where the radio is tuned to FM and there′s an essential-oil burner on the counter.
    • 2006, Sofie Laguna, Bird and Sugar Boy, [http//|%22op+shops%22+-intitle:%22op+-shop|shops%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=YZnHT8_oCLCkiAeh6-CuDg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22op%20shop%22|%22op%20shops%22%20-intitle%3A%22op%20-shop|shops%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], I was in the op shop with Dad because we needed something to make me look like a pineapple for the school concert, which was about the five food groups. Dad was looking for green clothes that could be the top of the pineapple.
    • 2007, Cate Kennedy, Everything $2 on this Rack, Lindy Cameron (editor), Scarlet Stiletto: The First Cut, [http//|%22op+shops%22+-intitle:%22op+-shop|shops%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=YZnHT8_oCLCkiAeh6-CuDg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22op%20shop%22|%22op%20shops%22%20-intitle%3A%22op%20-shop|shops%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], Op-shops always have a rack like this - it′s where they put unusual stuff. Once, in a small country op-shop in New South Wales, I found a fabulous red ballgown made in 1952... but I digress.
Synonyms: (UK) charity shop, (US) thrift shop, thrift store, (shop where donated goods are sold cheaply) oppie (slang abbreviation)
opsimath etymology First attested in 1808; from the Ancient Greek ὀψιμαθής 〈opsimathḗs〉, ultimately from ὀψέ 〈opsé〉 and μανθάνω 〈manthánō〉; compare opsimathy, philomath, and polymath.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare) A person who learns late in life.''Oxford English Dictionary'', 3rd ed., 2004.
    • 1808, Palaeus, "Stipendiary Curates: Fox's Historical Work," in The Gentleman's Magazine, June, p. 480: But with reference to the latter, I may be permitted to say, that from the dissipation and idleness of his earlier years, Mr. Fox in Greek and Roman Literature was necessarily an Opsimath.
    • 1951, L. A. Bisson, "French Literature 1789-1914," in R. L. Graeme Ritchie (ed.), A Companion to French Studies, Methuen, p. 297: The truth is that Zola was an opsimath, who had read Stendhal, Flaubert, Balzac, the Goncourts and Taine late in life.
    • 2010, Philip Shepherd, New Self, New World, ISBN 9781556439117, p. 451: I consider myself something of an opsimath, one who has been blessed with remarkable teachers and friends to assist my slow journey towards the experiences and understanding I was so keen to realize.
Synonyms: (late-learner) opsi (colloquial)
optic Alternative forms: optick (obsolete), optique (obsolete) etymology From Middle French optique, from Malayalam opticus, from Ancient Greek ὀπτικός 〈optikós〉.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of, or relating to the eye or to vision.
    • Milton The moon, whose orb / Through optic glass the Tuscan artist views.
  2. Of, or relating to optics or optical instrument.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now humorous) An eye.
    • Alexander Pope (1688-1744) The difference is as great between / The optics seeing, as the object seen.
    • 1819, Lord Byron, Don Juan, I: how they, / Who saw those figures on the margin kiss all, / Could turn their optics to the text and pray, / Is more than I know…
    • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} Elbows almost touching they leaned at ease, idly reading the almost obliterated lines engraved there. ¶ {{nowrap}} understood it," she observed, lightly scornful. "What occult meaning has a sun-dial for the spooney? I'm sure I don't want to read riddles in a strange gentleman's optics."
  2. A lens or other part of an optical instrument that interact with light.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  3. A measuring device with a small window, attached to an upside-down bottle, used to dispense alcoholic drink in a bar.
related terms:
  • optics
  • optical
  • cop it
  • picot
  • topic
optical astronomy {{wikiversity lecture}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Astronomy using observation using telescope and recording media that capture visible light.
    • {{quote-news}}
    • {{quote-news}}
    • Extragalactic astronomy and cosmology, page 25, Peter Schneider, 2006, “Since for the atmospheric windows in the NIR one normally uses the same telescopes as for optical astronomy, we will thus not distinguish between these”
    • {{quote-news}}
  2. (astronomy) Astronomy using infrared, visible{{,}} and/or ultraviolet wavelengths.
Synonyms: (using visible light) visible-light astronomy (scientists' term)
oral sex
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Stimulation of the genitals using the mouth.
    • 1967, "Off Broadway", Time, 3 Nov 1967: The Beard’s climactic scene, an oral sex act, is not as startling or fresh as McClure apparently thinks. It is a continuation of the second act curtain of Albee's Tiny Alice, in which Irene Worth, shielded from the audience by her robe, seemingly displayed her nude body to John Gielgud, who dropped to his knees before her while she uttered orgiastic cries.
    • 2009, "Unjust and ineffective", The Economist, 6 Aug 2009: What Ms Whitaker did is no longer a crime in Georgia. The state’s sodomy laws, which in 1996 barred oral sex even between willing spouses, were struck down by court rulings in 1998 and 2003.
    • 2011, Catalina May, "Porn made for women, by women", The Guardian, 22 Mar 2011: Oral sex for men can last forever, but when women's turn comes it lasts 10 seconds.
Synonyms: See also
orange juice
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. the juice of squeeze oranges; used as a beverage or in cocktail
orange sunshine
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) lysergic acid diethylamide produced in California in the late 1960s
Orangey etymology It comes from the identification that Protestants have in Northern Ireland as supporters of the memory of , "Prince of Orange", the color is often identified with the fraternal Protestant Orange Order.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, Irish, sometimes derogatory) A Protestant, especially one that is a member of the Protestant unionist community of Northern Ireland.
  2. (slang, Irish, sometimes derogatory) Any one from the Protestant, Unionist and pro-British community, whether they are members of the Orange Order or not (as termed by Irish Nationalists and Catholics).
  • There the children play games - not of cops and robbers - or the like, but of "orangies" and Nationalists." Tina Tully, Sinn Féin
Synonyms: Prod, Proddy
orangie Alternative forms: Orangeman etymology From the Orange Order.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland, offensive, slang) A pro-British Ulster Protestant, referring to the Orange Order.
Synonyms: Hun, Prod, Proddy
oratorize etymology orator + ize
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (humorous or derogatory) To play the orator. {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. an object which orbit another, especially a spacecraft that orbits a planet etc. without landing on it
  2. (slang) A person who constantly hangs around with someone he's attracted to, but if too shy to talk to.
orch dork
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A member of a school orchestra.
Order of Australia {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (chiefly, Australia, UK) An order of chivalry established for the purpose of according recognition to Australian citizens and other persons for outstanding achievement. {{defdate}}
    • 2002, Owen Parnaby, Australia's First Rotary Club: A History of the Rotary Club of Melbourne, [http//|orders+of+australia%22+-intitle:%22order+-of+-australia%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=EcDIT-f9MJGPiAfyuL0z&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22order|orders%20of%20australia%22%20-intitle%3A%22order%20-of%20-australia%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 146], The first step towards the new order came with the Whitlam Government of 1972-75. Proudly Australian, it abandoned imperial honours and introduced the Order of Australia.
    • 2005, Christopher McCreery, The Order of Canada: Its Origins, History, And Development, [http//|orders+of+australia%22+-intitle:%22order+-of+-australia%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=EcDIT-f9MJGPiAfyuL0z&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22order|orders%20of%20australia%22%20-intitle%3A%22order%20-of%20-australia%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 176], On 26 January 1975, Australia Day, the Queen signed the Letters Patent founding the Order of Australia. The Governor General of Australia formally announced the new order in late February.
    • 2010, , Something to Declare: A Memoir, [http//|orders+of+australia%22+-intitle:%22order+-of+-australia%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=EcDIT-f9MJGPiAfyuL0z&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22order|orders%20of%20australia%22%20-intitle%3A%22order%20-of%20-australia%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 288], I had a similar experience when from 1981 to 1992 I served as a member of the Order of Australia council, which made recommendations for awards in the Order of Australia.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, informal) An appointment made within the Order of Australia.
    • 2002, Law Institute of Victoria, Queensland Law Society, Law Institute Journal: The Official Organ of the Law Institute of Victoria, Volume 76, page xiv, Children′s lawyers do not earn six figure salaries, get appointed to company boards, or Orders of Australia.
    • 2010, Ian Ward, Randal G. Stewart, Politics One, 4th Edition, page 6, This is manifestly the case with the issuing of Orders of Australia and similar honours.
    • 2011, Paul Cleary, Too Much Luck, page 146, It is a fantastically simple but effective piece of policy; the Treasury officials who thought of it deserve Orders of Australia.
order of magnitude
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. The class of scale or magnitude of any amount, where each class contains values of a fixed ratio (most often 10) to the class preceding it. For example, something that is 2 orders of magnitude larger is 100 times larger, something that is 3 orders of magnitude larger is 1000 times larger, and something that is 6 orders of magnitude larger is a million times larger, because 10^2 = 100, 10^3 = 1000, and 10^6 = a million.
    • 2011, , (translator), , 1922, Enrico Fermi, Über einen Widerspruch zwischen der elektrodynamischen und relativistischen Theorie der elektromagnetischen Masse, Physikalische Zeitschrift, v 23, pp 340-344, However, we notice that although this contraction is of order of magnitude v^{2}:c^{2}, it changes the most important terms of electromagnetic mass, i.e, the rest mass.
ordie etymology ordnance + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (military, slang) ordnance operative
    • 2009, Randy Arrington, Kerosene Cowboys Helmets nodded approval almost in unison as the ordies began to perform their jobs. The ordnance men checked the MK-84 practice bombs, ensuring they would drop when the pilot pressed the pickle switch in the cockpit …
ordinary etymology From xno ordenaire, ordenarie etc., from Latin ōrdinārius, from ordo. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɔːdɪnəɹi/, /ˈɔːdənɹi/
  • (US) /ˈɔɹdɪnɛɹi/
    • (GenAm) [ˈɔɹɾɪnɛ(ə)ɹi]
    • {{audio}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (legal, of a judge) Having regular jurisdiction; now only used in certain phrases.
  2. Being part of the natural order of things; normal, customary, routine. exampleOn an ordinary day I wake up at nine o'clock, work for six hours, and then go to the gym.
    • {{ante}} Joseph Addison, 1741, The Works of the Late Honourable Joseph Addison, Eſq., Volume 3, page 545, Method is not leſs requiſite in ordinary converſation than in writing, provided a man would talk to make himſelf underſtood.
  3. Having no special characteristics or function; everyday, common, mundane; often deprecatory. exampleI live a very ordinary life most of the time, but every year I spend a week in Antarctica. exampleHe looked so ordinary, I never thought he'd be capable of murder.
    • {{ante}} Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay, "Samuel Johnson," in 1871, Lady Trevelyan (Hannah More Macaulay Trevelyan, editor), The Works of Lord Macaulay Complete, Volume 7, page 325, An ordinary lad would have acquired little or no useful knowledge in such a way: but much that was dull to ordinary lads was interesting to Samuel.
    • {{RQ:Brmnghm Gsmr}} It is never possible to settle down to the ordinary routine of life at sea until the screw begins to revolve. There is an hour or two, after the passengers have embarked, which is disquieting and fussy.
  4. (Australia, New Zealand, colloquial, informal) Bad or undesirable.
    • 1983 September 20, Bruce Stannard, Australia II Joins Our Greats, The Age, republished 2003, David Headon (editor), The Best Ever Australian Sports Writing: A 200 Year Collection, [http//|pretty+ordinary%22+australia+OR+zealand+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=X9jIT73oD6GtiAe0550x&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22very|pretty%20ordinary%22%20australia%20OR%20zealand%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 480], It was, in some ways a sad, almost pathetic sight to see this great American boat which had fought so hard throughout the cup summer, now looking very ordinary indeed.
    • 1961, Joanna White, quoted in 2005, A. James Hammerton, Alistair Thomson, Ten Pound Poms: Australia′s Invisible Migrants, [http//|pretty+ordinary%22+australia+OR+zealand+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=X9jIT73oD6GtiAe0550x&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22very|pretty%20ordinary%22%20australia%20OR%20zealand%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 80], For myself, I loved adventure and travelling. I′d already done quite a bit of travelling in Europe and — couldn′t get enough of it and whilst my marriage, at that stage, was very happy, he was very entrenched as a Londoner, Cockney, absolutely Cockney Londoner, and I could see that our future was pretty ordinary and so my hidden agenda I suppose was to drag him out to Australia and hope that both our lifestyles would improve and there would be new opportunities.
    • 2007, Chris Viner-Smith, Australia′s Forgotten Frontier: The Unsung Police Who Held Our PNG Front Line, [http//|pretty+ordinary%22+australia+OR+zealand+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=X9jIT73oD6GtiAe0550x&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false page 28], Everyone started making suggestions as to what to do but they were all pretty ordinary ideas such as lighting a fire and hope someone would see the smoke and come to rescue us and so on.
    • 2010, Mal Bryce, Australia's First Online Community Ipswich Queensland, [http//|pretty+ordinary%22+australia+OR+zealand+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=X9jIT73oD6GtiAe0550x&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false page 125], Since the general public gained access to the Internet in 1993-4, firstly by narrowband dial-up access and since 1998 by very ordinary, so-called broadband speeds (generally less than 1 Mbps), a social and cultural revolution has been underway.
  • (having no special characteristics) extraordinary, special
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A devotional manual.
  2. (Christianity) A rule, or book of rules, prescribing the order of service, especially of Mass.
  3. A person having immediate jurisdiction in a given case of ecclesiastical law, such as the bishop within a diocese.
  4. (obsolete) A set portion of food, later as available for a fixed price at an inn or other eating establishment.
  5. (archaic or historical) A place where such meals are served; a public tavern, inn.
    • {{RQ:RBrtn AntmyMlncly}}, II.2.4, 1847, page 315, We are most part too inquisitive and apt to hearken after news, which Cæsar, in his Commentaries, observes of the old Gauls, they would be inquiring of every carrier and passenger what they had heard or seen, what news abroad?…as at an ordinary with us, bakehouse, or barber's shop.
    • 1712, Jonathan Swift, A Proposal for Correcting, Improving and Ascertaining the English Tongue, The Works of Jonathan Swift, Volume 2, page 288, Thus furnished, they come up to town, reckon all their errors for accomplishments, borrow the newest set of phrases ; and if they take a pen into their hands, all the odd words they have picked up in a coffeehouse, or a gaming ordinary, are produced as flowers of style.
    • {{rfdate}} Bancroft, 1899, Richard Garnett, Léon Vallée, Alois Brandl (editors), The Universal Anthology, page 320, He enjoyed a perpetual port duty of fourteen pence a ton, on vessels not owned in the province, yielding not far from five thousand dollars a year; and he exacted a tribute for licenses to hawkers and peddlers and to ordinaries.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p.1, it hath been usual with the honest and well-meaning host to provide a bill of fare which all persons may peruse at their first entrance into the house; and having thence acquainted themselves with the entertainment which they may expect, may either stay and regale with what is provided for them, or may depart to some other ordinary better accommodated to their taste.
  6. (heraldry) One of the standard geometric designs placed across the center of a coat of arms, such as a pale or fess.
  7. An ordinary thing or person; the mass; the common run.
    • 1622, William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act 3, Scene 5, 1800, The Plays of William Shakspeare, Volume 8, page 287, I ſee no more in you than in the ordinary / Of nature's ſalework.
    • {{ante}} Francis Bacon, quoted in 1773, Samuel Johnson, A Dictionnary of the English Language, unnumbered page, Spain had no other wars save those which were grown into an ordinary; now they have coupled therewith the extraordinary of the Valtoline and Palatinate.
    • {{rfdate}} Walter Scott water buckets, wagons, cart wheels, plough socks, and other ordinaries
  8. (historical) A penny-farthing bicycle.
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A cookie made up of two black, chocolate wafer joined by a layer of white, sugary filling.
  2. (US, mildly pejorative, slang) A black person that appears to the community to embody the social and cultural features of a white person
    • 1971, Iceberg Slim, The Naked Soul of Iceberg Slim, Holloway House, She's a pure Oreo. You know, like the cookie, black outside and white inside.
coordinate terms:
  • (acting white) coconut, Twinkie
  • oo-er, ooer
Oreo cookie etymology By analogy with the proprietary "Oreo Cookie" that is black on the outside and white on the inside, implying that certain black people are white at heart.
  • Oreo
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, idiomatic, mildly pejorative) A black person that appears to the community to embody the social and cultural features of a white person
    • 1997, Philip Herbst, The Color of Words, page 172 oreo cookie, derogatory term from the 1960s, from the trade name for the cookies consisting of two chocolate biscuits sandwiching a white creamy center. Oreo is used for a black person — black on the outside white on the inside.
    • 1998, Susan T. Fiske, Daniel Todd Gilbert, Gardner Lindzey, The handbook of social psychology, Volume 2, page 379 other subtypes (Uncle Tom, Oreo cookie) might be salient in other contexts.
    • 2009, James Sullivan, The Hardest Working Man: How James Brown Saved the Soul of America, link You don't have to be like an Oreo cookie, brother
  2. (slang, sexual) A threeway involving two black participants and one white participant between them
    • 2011, Wade Wright, Jay, Jake and Jimmy, page 59 Jake and I did not know if it was going to be a white guy or a black guy, and I kind of think it might have turned out, to be a white guy. Jake, I think maybe we just completed the ole Oreo cookie thing! Don't you?”
organ {{wikipedia}} {{commons}} etymology From Old French organe, from Latin organum, from Ancient Greek ὄργανον 〈órganon〉, from *. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈɔɹ.ɡən/
  • (RP) /ˈɔː.ɡən/
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  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A largest part of an organism, composed of tissue that perform similar functions.
  2. (by extension) A body of an organization dedicated to the performing of certain functions.
  3. (musical instruments) A musical instrument that has multiple pipes which play when a key is pressed (the pipe organ), or an electronic instrument designed to replicate such.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 5 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “He was thinking; but the glory of the song, the swell from the great organ, the clustered lights, […], the height and vastness of this noble fane, its antiquity and its strength—all these things seemed to have their part as causes of the thrilling emotion that accompanied his thoughts.”
  4. An official magazine, newsletter, or similar publication of an organization.
  5. A species of cactus ({{taxlink}}).
  6. (slang) The penis.
  • See also
related terms:
  • organelle
  • organic
  • organise or organize
  • organism
  • organist
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete, transitive) To supply with an organ or organs; to fit with organs.
    • Bishop Mannyngham Thou art elemented and organed for other apprehensions.
  • argon
  • Goran
  • groan
organ donor
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person (living or dead) from whom an organ is removed in order to be transplant into another person.
  2. (chiefly, US, slang) A motorcyclist, especially one who does not wear a protective helmet.
    • 2006, Bill Lankhof, Head Case, Slam! Sports (Canada), 14 Jun. (retrieved 21 Aug. 2008), Wearing a motorcycle helmet is optional in Pennsylvania, but that's no reason for Ben Roethlisberger to go out and practise his organ donor technique.
related terms:
  • organ donation
organic salt
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (organic chemistry) Any salt of an organic acid
  2. (informal, marketing) table salt that has no additives
orgasm {{wikipedia}} etymology From French orgasme or Dutch orgasmus, from Ancient Greek ὀργασμός 〈orgasmós〉, from ὀργάω 〈orgáō〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɔːɡaz(ə)m/
  • (US) /ˈɔɹ.ɡæz.əm/,
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A spasm or sudden contraction. {{defdate}}
    • 1794, Erasmus Darwin, Zoonomia: Hence simple fevers are of two kinds; first, the febris irritativa, or fever with strong pulse, which consists of a previous torpor of the heart, arteries, and capillaries, and a succeeding orgasm of those vessels.
  2. A rush of sexual excitement; now specifically, the climax or peak of sexual pleasure, which occurs during sexual activity and which in males may include ejaculation and in females vaginal contractions. {{defdate}}
    • 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, Penguin 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 668: Never had I experienced such an immense slow orgasm – its ripples ran like the tributaries of the Nile throughout the whole nervous system.
    • 2007, Zoe Margolis, The Guardian, 12 Sep 2007: There does not have to be romance involved with sexual pleasure: some of us just like orgasms for the hell of it.
    If you want to get an orgasm, I recommend buying a vibrator.
Synonyms: climax
  • clitoral orgasm, G-spot orgasm
related terms:
  • orgastic
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To have an orgasm.
Synonyms: cum, climax
orientalist etymology orient + -ist pronunciation
  • (US) /ˌɔriˈɛntəlɪst/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a person (especially a scholar) interested in the orient
    • 1684, George Bright, preface to The works of the Reverend and learned John Lightfoot D. D. Which is rendred somewhat more probable by that very learned Orientalist Dr. Pocok, who tells us the Arabick verb Hausch answering to the Hebrew חיש signifies three things, viz. to hast, to fear, to be ashamed.
original etymology From Middle English original, from Old French original, from ll originalis, from Latin origo; see origin. pronunciation
  • (UK) /əˈɹɪdʒɪnəl/
  • (US) /əˈɹɪdʒənəl/, [əˈɹɪd͡ʒɪ̈nl̩], [əˈɹɪd͡ʒn̩l̩]
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (not comparable) Relating to the origin or beginning; preceding all others. examplethe original state of mankind;  the original laws of a country;  the original inventor of a process
    • 1944, Cecil Street , [ The Three Corpse Trick], 5 , “The hovel stood in the centre of what had once been a vegetable garden, but was now a patch of rank weeds. Surrounding this, almost like a zareba, was an irregular ring of gorse and brambles, an unclaimed vestige of the original common.”
  2. (not comparable) First in a series or copies/versions. exampleThe original manuscript contained spelling errors which were fixed in later versions. exampleThis recording is by the original broadway cast.
  3. (not comparable) Newly created. exampleTonight we will hear an original work by one of our best composers.
  4. (comparable) Fresh, different. exampleThe paper contains a number of original ideas about color perception.
  5. (not comparable) Pioneering. exampleParker was one of the original bebop players.
  6. (not comparable) Having as its origin. exampleThis kind of barbecue is original to North Carolina.
Synonyms: (first in series) initial, autograph, prototype
  • copy
  • derivative
  • reproduction
  • simile
related terms:
  • origin
  • originality
  • originate
  • originative
  • aboriginal
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An object or other creation (e.g. narrative work) from which all later copies and variations are derived This manuscript is the original
  2. A person with a unique and interesting personality and/or creative talent You’re an original
  3. (archaic) An eccentric
Synonyms: autograph, prototype
  • copy
  • remake
  • reproduction
  • {{rank}}
ork pop
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (music, informal) orchestral pop
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ornate etymology From Latin ornatus, past participle of ornare. pronunciation
  • (US) /ɔrˈneɪt /
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Elaborately ornamented, often to excess.
    • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} The house of Ruthven was a small but ultra-modern limestone affair, between Madison and Fifth ;{{nb...}}. As a matter of fact its narrow ornate façade presented not a single quiet space that the eyes might rest on after a tiring attempt to follow and codify the arabesques, foliations, and intricate vermiculations of what some disrespectfully dubbed as “near-aissance.”
  2. Flashy, flowery or showy
  3. Finely finished, as a style of composition.
    • John Milton (1608-1674) a graceful and ornate rhetoric
related terms:
  • ornament
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete) To adorn; to honour. They may ornate and sanctify the name of God. — Latimer.
  • atoner, rotane
ornery etymology Contracted or dialectal pronunciation of ordinary. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɔːnəɹi/
  • (US) /ˈɔːɹnɚi/, /ˈɔːnɹi/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Appalachian) Cantankerous, stubborn, disagreeable.
    • 1990. , Rabbit at Rest “Grandpa, what’s ‘ornery’?” / “Oh, you know. Mean. Contrary. Rebellious.”
    • 1939. From the Script of (1939) Curley: "I ain't sayin' I don't share your sentiments, Buck, but you're a born fool. First place Luke would kill the Kid in a gun-fight. Second place if Luke did get shot he's got two brothers just as ornery as he is, and if Ike Plummer didn't kill the Kid then Hank Plummer would."
  2. (humorous, Southern US) Mischievous, prankish, teasing, disagreeable but in a good way.
  3. (obsolete) Commonplace, inferior.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who studies or practices ornithology
    • 1919: , [...] Mr. Worple in his spare time was what is known as an ornithologist. He had written a book called American Birds, and was writing another, to be called More American Birds.
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orphan etymology From ll orphanus, from Ancient Greek ὀρφανός 〈orphanós〉, from Proto-Indo-European *h₃órbʰos 〈*h₃órbʰos〉. Cognate with Sanskrit अर्भ 〈arbha〉, Latin orbus, Old High German erbi, arbi (German Erbe), Old English ierfa. More at erf. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person, especially a minor, both or (rarely) one of whose parent have died.
  2. A young animal with no mother.
  3. (figuratively) Anything that is unsupported, as by its source, provider or caretaker, by reason of the supporter's demise or decision to abandon.
  4. (typography) A single line of type, beginning a paragraph, at the bottom of a column or page.
  5. (computing) Any unreferenced object.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Deprived of parents (also orphaned). She is an orphan child.
  2. (by extension, figuratively) Remaining after the removal of some form of support. With its government funding curtailed, the gun registry became an orphan program.
related terms:
  • orphan drug
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To deprive of parents (used almost exclusively in the passive) What do you do when you come across two orphaned polar bear cubs?
  2. (transitive, computing) To make unavailable, as by removing the last remaining pointer or reference to. When you removed that image tag, you orphaned the resized icon. Removing categories orphans pages from the main category tree.
orphanarium etymology Apparently from orphan + arium. First attested in the American animated sitcom .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, chiefly, humorous) An orphanage.
    • 2001, Mark Morrison, "Re: DEAR LURKERS, PLEASE READ!", in, Usenet: And what of us who haven't got children of their own to beat ? ¶ Do we go without ? Or can you rent them from somewhere ? ¶ Hhmmmmmmm, time for a visit to the local orphanarium.
    • 2002 November 1, "Rap" (username), "Re: *Spoiler* - episode 11", in, Usenet: I assume its better for Lizzie to birth a kid that she barely pays attention to, or for chen to birth one out that she drops off at teh orphanarium or for carol wo have twins despite her suicidal past and her inability to support them.....
    • 2006, Stephen Graham Jones, Demon Theory, MacAdam/Cage, ISBN 9781596921641, page 256: Not the “Tip Toe Through the Tulips” Tiny Tim (b. Herbert Khaury, who would later adopt the middle name “Buckingham”) or the Tinny Tim from the orphanarium of Futurama (1999–2003).
    • 2007, James Schrumpf, "Re: Follow-up Harry Potter chat-question", in and, Usenet: He pulled Riddle into Hogwarts from the orphanarium where he was abusing the other kids and stealing their stuff.
    • 2010, Matthew Collins and Geoffrey Collins, The Ultimate Zombie Hunter's Handbook, iUniverse, ISBN 978-1-4401-9685-0, page 61: Instead of walking to the carnage like your average Mr. Rogers smoking a hash pipe, I dedicated a little something special to all the children back in the orphanarium.
orthogonalization etymology orthogonal + ization
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (mathematics) The process of converting a set of function or vector into orthogonal ones
  2. (colloquial) the process of splitting a problem or system into its distinct component
related terms:
  • orthogonal
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, medicine) An orthopaedic surgeon
Oscar etymology Irish Osgar, from os + cara; resuscitated by James Mcpherson in The Works of Ossian (1765). Napoleon, an admirer of the Ossianic poems, chose it for his godson Oscar Bernadotte, who became a king of Sweden. It can also be explained by Old English ōs and gār (see Oswald).
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A given name.
    • 1765 , The Poems of Ossian, Tauchnitz 1847, page 192: My son, though alone, is brave. Oscar is like a beam of the sky: he turns around, and the people fall.
    • 2005 Marc Cerasini, etc, Operation Hell Gate, HarperEntertainment, ISBN 0060842245, page 134: Had a funny first name, like Oscar or maybe - no! I remember now. It was Felix. Felix Tanner.
  2. The letter O in the ICAO spelling alphabet.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An Academy Award.
  2. A statuette awarded by the .
  • carso
  • orcas
Oscarworthy etymology Oscar + worthy
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Worthy of winning an Oscar (an Academy Award)
  2. (by extension) Excellent, of top quality
  3. (humorous) Having over-the-top acting
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (electronics, informal) oscilloscope
OSI layer 8
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (humorous) The user.
-osity etymology Middle English -ouste, from Old French -ouseté, from Latin -ōsitāt-. Later changed to current form.{{R:OED2}}[ Why is it spelled “curiosity” instead of “curiousity?”] Equivalent to -ose/-ous + -ity.
suffix: {{en-suffix}}
  1. Forming nouns, usually abstract, and usually from adjectives in -ous or -ose.
  2. (colloquial) Forming nouns from other adjectives for humourous effect.
Rarely productive in English, outside of humourous use – primarily found in borrowings from Latin, often via French. Synonyms: -ness, -hood, -ship, -itas, -itude, -th, -ia, -itia, -ity, -ability, -ibility, -icity, -ous, -ose
osm pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɔːsəm/
  • (US) /ˈɔs.əm/
  • (cot-caught) /ˈɑs.əm/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Internet slang) awesome; like OK, can be used to express enthusiastic approval. This house is OSM. "Will meet you at 11h15." "OSM!"
  2. (colloquial) Excellent, exciting, remarkable. That was OSM! OSM, dude!
Synonyms: (excellent) excellent, super, phenomenal, fantastic, terrific; wicked, bang-up, cool, sweet (slang or informal); OK, All right
osmosis {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The net movement of solvent molecules, usually water, from a region of high solvent potential to a region of lower solvent potential through a partially permeable membrane
  2. (slang) Picking up knowledge accidentally, without actually seeking that particular knowledge. I was reading about chickens, and I guess I learned about hawks through osmosis.
    • 1999, Neil Gaiman, Stardust, pages 36-37 (2001 Perennial paperback edition) At age fourteen, by a process of osmosis, of dirty jokes, whispered secrets and filthy ballads, Tristram learned of sex.
related terms:
  • osmotic
  • osmose
ostrichism etymology ostrich + ism. The ostrich is often erroneously believed to bury its head in the sand to hide from predators.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) A policy of burying one's head in the sand, i.e. ignoring the reality of a situation.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, humorous) The quality of being ostrobogulous.

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