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ostrobogulous pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˌɒ.strəʊˈbɒɡ.jʊ.ləs/
  • (US) /ˌɑː.strəˈbɑːɡ.jə.ləs/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (humorous) Slightly risqué or indecent; bizarre, interesting, or unusual.
related terms:
  • ostrobogulation
  • ostrobogulatory
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sports) initialism of overtime
  2. Occupational therapist/therapy
  3. (American football, Canadian football) abbreviation of offensive tackle
  4. (linguistics) abbreviation of optimality theory
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (biblical) Old Testament
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (internet) off-topic
  • to, TO, T.O.
interjection: {{en-intj}}
  1. (nonstandard, eye dialect, childish or feminine) alternative form of okay
  • oaty
OTC {{wikipedia}}
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (pharmacy) over-the-counter
  2. (finance) over-the-counter
  3. (pathology) ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency
  4. (military) Officers Training Corps, a part of the British Army (see ).
  5. Overseas Telecommunications Commission, a defunct department of the Australian government (see ).
  6. (slang) off the charts
  7. (slang, Internet, text messaging) on the cheek
  • cot
  • CTO
  • Oct, Oct.
  • TCO
  • TOC
other head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, euphemistic, usually, humorous) The glans of the penis.
    • 2009, May Seah, "Top 10 television ignoramuses. Duh!,", 7 Sept. (retrieved 10 Jan. 2010): We've had our fill of dumb jocks. But a dumb jock who's also a single-minded horn dog—that's funny. Thinking with his other head has gotten Jason into a lot of trouble.
Synonyms: See also
  • Often used in the expression think with one's other head.
other man
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A man who is romantically involved with someone (usually a woman) already in a committed relationship with another man, especially a man having an affair with a married woman.
    • 2001, Sloan (band), "The Other Man (song)", Pretty Together: I know you've got a man in the picture, but it hasn't stopped me yet / We've all been in one situation or another we regret / Now I'm the other man / No one's rooting for me / If I'm the other man / Nature will abhor me
Almost always preceded by the definite article ("the").
  • home wrecker
coordinate terms:
  • other woman
other woman
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A woman who is romantically involved with someone (usually a man) already in a committed relationship with another woman, especially a woman having an affair with a married man. Remembering the turmoil she experienced when her father left her mother, she vowed she would never be the other woman.
Almost always preceded by the definite article ("the").
  • home wrecker
coordinate terms:
  • other man
acronym: {{rfc-header}} {{en-acronym}}
  1. (informal) On Top Of This
  2. (informal) On Top Of That
  3. (informal) On Top Of These
  4. (informal) On Top Of Those
  5. (informal, rare) On Top Of Them
  6. (informal, rare, humorous) On Top Of Thee
  • otto, Otto
  • toot
etymology 1 pronunciation
  • /ˈaʊtʃ/
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interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. An expression of one's own physical pain. Ouch! You stepped on my toe! That hurt!
  2. An expression in sympathy at another's pain. Ouch! Her sunburn looks awful.
  3. A reply to an insult (frequently one that is tongue-in-cheek or joking). Ouch. How could you say that?
  4. An expression of disappointment. Ouch, I really wanted to do that.
  5. (slang) Expressing surprise at the high price of something. Ouch, one hundred thousand dollars for a car! I could never afford that!
Synonyms: (in all of the above senses) ow, owie, youch, yow, yowch
etymology 2 Variant forms.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative form of ouche
ouchie etymology ouch + ie pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An owie.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (childish) ouch
ouchless etymology ouch + less
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Without pain.
contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. (colloquial or dialectal) Ought to. There oughta be a law against that.
contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. (colloquial or dialectal) ought not, oughtn't I was jest a little child but I knowed I oughten to go without my clothes.
oughties etymology Perhaps from nought and eighties.
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (rare, humorous) A decade running from the first year of a century to the tenth.
Synonyms: 2000s (21st century), noughties
  • toughies
oughtn't've etymology oughtn't + 've pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɔː(ɹ)t.n̩t.əv/
contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. (UK, colloquial or dialectal) ought not to have
    • 2000, Richard Wright, The long dream "Hell, mebbe we oughtn't've done that." Tony was regretful.
ould Alternative forms: auld, oul' etymology From old.[ A Hiberno-English archive: ould] pronunciation
  • (Ireland) /aʊld/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, Ireland) old, aged, long-established
    • "The Ould Lammas Fair takes place in Ballycastle, Co. Antrim on the last Monday and Tuesday in August. It's one of the oldest fairs in Ireland" [ The Ould Lammas Fair] from
    • "But, begonnies, in three months I was able to send home for the ouldest little girl--she was only nine years of age."Maguire, John Francis [ The Irish in America, CHAPTER XVI....concluded] (1868)
    • "maybe they'd come round you to play wid you, an' then what's the harum, barrin' they're not any o' the grown brats, as ould or oulder than yourself, that you're behoulden to keep at a distance"Banim, John [ ''The Nowlans'', Vol. 1, Chap. 3] (1825)
  1. (slang, Ireland) term of denigration
    • "Sonny'll tell you all about it, but pay no heed to him. He's only an ould goat anyway."Taylor, Patrick ''An Irish Country Doctor'', p.85 [ISBN 0765319950] Macmillan (2008)
  2. (slang, Ireland) term of diminution (often affectionate)
    • for home entertainment they then have to endure the bloody Afternoon Show on RTE, all that bullshit about cookery and clothes and celebrity gossip, when all they want is an ould song from Johnny McEvoy.Lynch, Declan "[ Why those poor ould fellas deserved to have their say]" ''Sunday Independent'' (October 14 2007)
Used in of popular speech. Synonyms: old: See also , term of denigration: old, stupid, piffling, bloody, term of diminution: old, wee
  • Loud, loud, Ludo, ludo
our asses
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. (vulgar, slang, the third person singular) we. Our asses is always late.
ousie etymology Afrikaans
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa, slang) A black woman, especially one who works as a maid.
out {{wikipedia}} etymology From a combination of Old English ūt (from Proto-Germanic *ūt) and ūte. Cognate with West Frisian út, Dutch uit, German aus, Norwegian/Swedish ut, ute, Danish ud, ude. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /aʊt/
  • {{audio}}
  • (Australia) /æɔt/, /æʊt/
  • (Canada) /ʌʊt/
  • {{audio}}
  • (Scotland) /ɘʉt/
  • {{rhymes}}
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Away from home or one's usual place, or not indoors. Let's eat out tonight Leave a message with my secretary if I'm out when you call.
  2. (of the sun, moon, stars, etc.) Visible in the sky; not covered by clouds, fog, etc. The moon is out. The sun came out after the rain, and we saw a rainbow.
  3. Away from; at a distance. Keep out!
  4. Away from the inside or the centre. The magician pulled the rabbit out of the hat.
  5. Into a state of non-operation; into non-existence. Switch the lights out. Put the fire out.
  6. To the end; completely. I hadn't finished. Hear me out.
    • Bible, Psalms iv. 23 Deceitful men shall not live out half their days.
  7. Used to intensify or emphasize. The place was all decked out for the holidays.
  8. (cricket, baseball) Of a player, disqualified from playing further by some action of a member of the opposing team (such as being stumped in cricket).
Synonyms: (not at home) away
  • (not at home) in
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. Away from the inside. He threw it out the door.
  2. (colloquial) outside It's raining out. It's cold out.
Synonyms: (away from the inside) through
  • (away from the inside) in
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A means of exit, escape, reprieve, etc. They wrote the law to give those organizations an out.
  2. (baseball) A state in which a member of the batting team is removed from play due to the application of various rules of the game such as striking out, hitting a fly ball which is caught by the fielding team before bouncing, etc.
  3. (cricket) A dismissal; a state in which a member of the batting team finishes his turn at bat, due to the application of various rules of the game such as hit wicket, wherein the bowler has hit the batsman's wicket with the ball.
  4. (poker) A card which can make a hand a winner.
  5. (dated) A trip out; an outing.
    • Charles Dickens, Bleak House "Us London lawyers don't often get an out; and when we do, we like to make the most of it, you know."
  6. (mostly, in plural) One who, or that which, is out; especially, one who is out of office.
  7. A place or space outside of something; a nook or corner; an angle projecting outward; an open space.
  8. (printing, dated) A word or words omitted by the compositor in setting up copy; an omission.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To eject; to expel.
    • Selden a king outed from his country
    • Heylin The French have been outed of their holds.
  2. (transitive) To reveal (a person) to be secretly homosexual.
  3. (transitive) To reveal (a person or organization) as having a certain secret, such as a being a secret agent or undercover detective.
    • 2009 March 16, Maurna Desmond, "AIG Outs Counterparties" (online news article), .
  4. (transitive) To reveal (a secret). A Brazilian company outed the new mobile phone design.
  5. (intransitive) To come or go out; to get out or away; to become public.
    • Shakespeare Truth will out.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete) Of a young lady, having entered society and available to be courted.
    • {{quote-book }} "Pray, is she out, or is she not? I am puzzled. She dined at the Parsonage, with the rest of you, which seemed like being out; and yet she says so little, that I can hardly suppose she is."
  2. released, available for purchase, download or other use Did you hear? Their newest CD is out!
  3. (cricket, baseball) Of a batter or batsman, having caused an out called on himself while batting under various rules of the game.
  4. Openly acknowledging one's homosexuality. It's no big deal to be out in the entertainment business.
  • In cricket, the specific cause or rule under which a batsman is out appears after the word "out", eg, "out hit the ball twice".
  • In baseball, the cause is expressed as a verb with adverbial "out", eg, "he grounded out".
Synonyms: (openly acknowledging one's homosexuality) openly gay
  • (disqualified from playing) in, safe
  • (openly acknowledging one's homosexuality) closeted
related terms:
  • outen
  • {{rank}}
outboob etymology out + boob
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, slang) To have bigger breast than.
    • {{quote-book }}
    • {{quote-news ‎}}
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outbrain etymology out + brain
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, informal) To exceed in mental ability; to be cleverer than.
outburp etymology out + burp
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal, transitive, rare) To burp louder or better than.
    • 1997, Laura E. Williams, Sixth Grade Mutants Meet the Slime Big Jim was impressed too. "Awesome," he said under his breath. I glanced at Cee and we rolled our eyes. Knowing our luck, from now on Big Jim would try to outburp the slime.
    • 1999, Diana S. Richmond Garland, Family ministry: a comprehensive guide (page 45) During a burping contest to celebrate wonderfully cold soft drinks after a long hike one hot afternoon, one little girl said, "My dad can outburp any of you!" Her father is a distinguished theologian and church leader whom I will not name here.
    • 2003, "MottolaVersion2", BAD BLOOD PPV Results (on newsgroup Steve Austin outburped Eric Bischoff. Each burped three times. Terri had the honor of holding the mic for them.
Synonyms: outbelch
outdoorish etymology outdoor + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) outdoorsy
outdoorsy etymology outdoors + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Associated with the outdoors, or suited to outdoor life.
  2. (informal) Fond of the outdoors.
outfit pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A set of clothing (with accessories). She wore a fashionable outfit with matching purse and shoes.
  2. gear consisting of a set of articles or tool for a specified purpose
  3. Any cohesive group of people; a unit; such as a military company.
  4. (informal) A business or firm. Should we buy it here, or do you think the outfit across town will have a better deal?
  5. (sports) A sports team
    • {{quote-news }}
Synonyms: kit, getup (1), rig, turnout
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To provide with, usually for a specific purpose. "The expedition was outfitted with proper clothing, food, and other necessities"
Synonyms: equip, fit
  • fit out, fit-out
outfuck etymology out + fuck
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, vulgar, rare) To fuck better than; to be superior at sexual intercourse.
    • 1958, William V. Ward [ed.], Provincetown Review (AMS Press), volume 1, issues 1–4, page iv And to be honest about it, and show what a mulligan stew we have sometimes been, there is also in that first noble issue a chapter from a pert novel by Joyce Elbert who is now writing big-league sex novels with big-league advances in an attempt to outfuck, in print, the lady who wrote “Valley of the Dolls.” Ye shall know us by our variety, even then!
outhouse {{wikipedia}} etymology out + house
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated) an outbuilding, a small structure located away, or not directly accessed from, a main building.
    • {{RQ:Orwell Animal Farm}} … plenty of sand and cement had been found in one of the outhouses
  2. (North America) an outbuilding containing a toilet, often just a seat over a cesspool
The term outhouse usually refers to a permanent facility. Where an outdoor toilet is installed on a temporary basis, variants of portable toilet such as portapotty are generally used. The dated slang john and johnny house are sometimes also used to identify such toilet. Synonyms: (toilet) shithouse (US)
related terms:
  • outbuilding
  • privy
outie Alternative forms: outy etymology out + ie pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A navel that protrudes from the abdomen.
  • innie
outlaw etymology From Middle English outlaue, Old English ūtlaga.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A fugitive from the law.
  2. A person who is excluded from normal legal rights.
  3. A person who operates outside established norms. The main character of the play was a bit of an outlaw who refused to shake hands or say thank you.
  4. A wild horse.
  5. (humorous) An in-law: a relative by marriage.
Synonyms: (person that operates outside established norms) anti-hero
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To declare illegal
  2. To place a ban upon
  3. To remove from legal jurisdiction or enforcement. to outlaw a debt or claim
  4. To deprive of legal force. Laws outlawed by necessity. — Fuller.
out like a light
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (simile, colloquial) Asleep or unconscious, particularly if this has occurred suddenly and the sleep is deep. Once she received anesthesia, she was out like a light.
outnigger etymology out + nigger
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, ethnic slur) To outsmart or deceive
    • 1974, United States Congress, Congressional Record: Proceedings and Debates The defeat of Lester Maddox, whose try for a second term as governor was decisively blocked in the recent Georgia Democratic primary, confirms that “outniggering the opposition," as Wallace once put it, is no longer a sufficient strategy …
    • 2000, Nick Cohen, The Holocaust as show business (in New Statesman) The PM's culpability will not stop him attending the ceremony; nor will the Asylum Act deter Straw from showing up. The Tories propose to outnigger him at the election by campaigning on a promise that refugees who are accused of no crime but asking for a safe haven should be locked up without trial in internment camps.
    • 2010, Michael Wolraich, Blowing Smoke As a federal judge in the 1950s, Wallace developed a reputation for fairness and tolerance—relative to the norms of Alabama at the time—and the NAACP endorsed his first gubernatorial campaign in 1958. But after his KKK-backed opponent trounced him in the race, Wallace confided to an aide, “I was outniggered by John Patterson. And I'll tell you here and now, I will never be outniggered again.”
out of one's face
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) Drunk; intoxicated; inebriated.
out of sight Alternative forms: outta sight, outtasight
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (literally) Not accessible to view. exampleJack's really mad at you. You'd better stay out of sight {{nowrap}}  {{nowrap}}
    • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} They burned the old gun that used to stand in the dark corner up in the garret, close to the stuffed fox that always grinned so fiercely. Perhaps the reason why he seemed in such a ghastly rage was that he did not come by his death fairly. Otherwise his pelt would not have been so perfect. And why else was he put away up there out of sight?—and so magnificent a brush as he had too.
  2. (idiomatic, of a goal, aspiration, etc) Not yet attainable. exampleWith the company merger out of sight, the bankruptcy will proceed.
  3. (idiomatic, colloquial) Superb, excellent. exampleHow was the party? Out of sight, man!
  4. (idiomatic, colloquial) Very expensive.
  5. (idiomatic, colloquial) Drunk.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal, transitive) To urinate long, high, in a greater quantity{{,}} etc., than.
outrage etymology From Middle English and Old French oltrage, from ll *ultragium or *ultraticum ("a going beyond") and from Latin ultra; rather than from out and rage. The verb is from Old French oltragier. pronunciation
  • /ˈaʊtɹeɪd͡ʒ/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An excessively violent or vicious attack; an atrocity.
  2. An offensive, immoral or indecent act.
  3. The resentful anger aroused by such acts.
  4. (obsolete) A destructive rampage. "by the outrage and fury of the river " (from an old description of flood damage).
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To cause or commit an outrage upon; to treat with violence or abuse.
    • Atterbury Base and insolent minds outrage men when they have hope of doing it without a return.
    • Broome This interview outrages all decency.
  2. (archaic, transitive) To violate; to rape (a female).
  3. (obsolete, transitive) To rage in excess of. {{rfquotek}}
related terms:
  • outrageous
outright etymology From Middle English out + right pronunciation
  • (adverb) {{enPR}}, /aʊtˈraɪt/
  • (adjective, verb) {{enPR}}, /ˈaʊtraɪt/
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Wholly, completely and entirely. I refute those allegations outright.
  2. Openly and without reservation. I have just responded outright to that question.
  3. At once. Two people died outright and one more later.
  4. With no outstanding conditions. I have bought the house outright.
  5. (informal) Blatantly; inexcusably. That was an outright stupid thing to say.
Synonyms: See also
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Unqualified and unreserved. I demand an outright apology.
  2. Total or complete. We achieved outright domination. Truths, half truths and outright lies. With little effort they found dozens of outright lies. He found a pattern of non-transparency and outright deception.
  3. Having no outstanding conditions.
    • Deutsche Bundesbank, Outright transactions According to the general rules for Eurosystem monetary policy instruments and procedures, the outright purchase and sale of securities on the market (outright transactions) are among the standard open market operations used within the Eurosystem’s monetary policy framework.
    I made an outright purchase of the house. They don't seek outright independence, but rather greater autonomy.
Synonyms: See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (sports) To release a player outright, without conditions.
    • {{quote-news}}
outro {{wikipedia}} etymology Analogy with intro, using out as the opposite of in. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈaʊ.tɹoʊ/
  • (RP) /ˈaʊ.tɹəʊ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (music, informal) A portion of music at the end of a song; like an intro, but at the end instead of the beginning.
    • 1977, Claude Hall, Barbara Hall, This business of radio programming ...talking over the intro of a record and off the outro, weaving back and forth between two records spinning...
    • 1992, Bruce Bartlett, Jenny Bartlett, Practical recording techniques Find the spot in the script where you want the outro to start fading up.
    • 2009, 24 September, Jude Rogers in , The trouble with remastered records But then something happens on I Want You (She's So Heavy), two minutes into the song's intense outro, when a cloud of white noise comes in,...
  2. (informal) The closing sequence at the end of a video game, demoscene demo, etc.
    • 2007, Rich Shupe, Zevan Rosser, Learning ActionScript 3.0: a beginner's guide Having gone through the intro and stopped, the next click plays the outro of the current section and then hits the following script at the end of the outro animation:
  • intro
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. {{rfv-sense}} An introvert who enjoys outdoors activities such as hiking or driving in the countryside.
  2. {{rfv-sense}} (informal) Extrovert.
    • {{cite newsgroup }} This also conforms to the theory that outrovert people are not having better share of success.
    • 1996, Inge Nygaard Pedersen and Lars Ole Bonde, Music Therapy Within Multi-Disciplinary Teams, page 117 He is experiencing the switch between an outrovert and introvert attention/focus.
  • (extrovert) introvert
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang, US) To residents of Alaska, the rest of the United States, especially the contiguous 48 states south of Canada. She's going to the Outside for Christmas.
Synonyms: the lower 48, United States
  • side out
  • tedious
outside {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: owtside (obsolete) etymology out + side pronunciation
  • (adjective) {{enPR}}, /ˈaʊtsaɪd/
  • (adverb, noun, preposition) {{enPR}}, /aʊtˈsaɪd/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The part of something that faces out; the outer surface.
    • 1653, Thomas Urquhart (translator), François Rabelais, , "The Author's Prologue to the First Book" Silenes of old were little boxes, like those we now may see in the shops of apothecaries, painted on the outside with wanton toyish figures, as harpies, satyrs, bridled geese, horned hares, saddled ducks, flying goats, thiller harts, and other such-like counterfeited pictures at discretion, ...
    • 1890, Jacob Riis, , The outside of the building gives no valuable clew.
    • 1911, , article in Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition, The number of persons which the cab is licensed to carry must be painted at the back on the outside.
  2. The external appearance of something.
  3. The space beyond some limit or boundary.
    • {{rfdate}} Spectator I threw open the door of my chamber, and found the family standing on the outside.
    • 1967, The Bee Gees, New York Mining Disaster 1941, Have you seen my wife, Mr Jones? / Do you know what it's like on the outside?
    • 1982, Anne Dudley, Trevor Horn, Malcolm Mclaren, Buffalo Gals Four buffalo gals go 'round the outside / 'Round the outside / 'Round the outside / Four buffalo gals go 'round the outside / And do-si-do your partners.
  4. The furthest limit, as to number, quantity, extent, etc. It may last a week at the outside.
  5. (dated, UK, colloquial) A passenger riding on the outside of a coach or carriage.
    • {{rfdate}} Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers The outsides did as outsides always do. They were very cheerful and talkative at the beginning of every stage, and very dismal and sleepy in the middle…
  • Rarely used with an.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or pertaining to the outer surface, limit or boundary. The outside surface looks good.
    • 1901, , , Household drudgery, woodcutting, milking, and gardening soon roughen the hands and dim the outside polish.
    • 1921, Ernest Leopold Ahrons, , The tyres, which come from the steel manufacturers, are rolled without weld. They are bored inside to an internal diameter slightly less than the outside diameter of the wheel centre, on to which they have to be shrunk, the allowance being about 1/1000 of the diameter of the wheel centre.
  2. Of, pertaining to or originating from beyond the outer surface, limit or boundary.
    • 1938 (believed written c.1933), , , Dogs had a fear of me, for they felt the outside shadow which never left my side.
    • 1976, , , It is the witness to your state of mind, the outside picture of an inward condition.
    • 1993 September 3, , , Nor did they consult with outside persons in religious studies, sociology of religion, or psychology of religion.
  3. (baseball, of a pitch) Away far from the batter as it crosses home plate. The first pitch is ... just a bit outside.
  4. Reaching the extreme or farthest limit, as to extent, quantity, etc. an outside estimate
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. {{rfc-sense}} On or towards the outside.
    • {{RQ:Sinclair Jungle}} Jurgis waited outside and walked home with Marija.
  2. Outdoors. exampleI slept outside last night.
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. {{rfc-sense}} On the outside of.
    • 1890, , , It never happens outside of the story-books that a baby so deserted finds home and friends at once.
    • 1891, , , "Don't think of what's past!" said she. "I am not going to think outside of now. Why should we! Who knows what to-morrow has in store?"
    • 1919 June 28, the and , , Part IV—German Rights and Interests outside Germany, In territory outside her European frontiers as fixed by the present Treaty, Germany renounces all rights, titles and privileges whatever in or over territory which belonged to her or to her allies, and all rights, titles and privileges whatever their origin which she held as against the Allied and Associated Powers.
    • 1982, , , There is jurisdiction over an offense under section 601 committed outside the United States if the individual committing the offense is a citizen of the United States or an alien lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence (as defined in section 101(a)(20) of the Immigration and Nationality Act).
    • {{RQ:Schuster Hepaticae V}} Hepaticology, outside the temperate parts of the Northern Hemisphere, still lies deep in the shadow cast by that ultimate "closet taxonomist," Franz Stephani—a ghost whose shadow falls over us all.
  2. Near, but not in.
    • 1898, , , Up the hill Richmond town was burning briskly; outside the town of Richmond there was no trace of the Black Smoke.
    • 2002, , Bookends, 2003 trade paperback edition, ISBN 0767907817, outside back cover: Jane Green … lives outside New York City with her husband and children.
    • 2010 December, Patricia Corrigan, "Beyond Congregations", OY! (magazine section), St. Louis Jewish Light, volume 63, number 50, page 24: Kastner lives in University City with his wife, Leslie Cohen, who works for the Jewish Federation, and their 17-month-old old{{SIC}} son. Kastner grew up outside Cleveland.
  3. (usually with “of”) Except, apart from. Outside of winning the lottery, the only way to succeed is through many years of hard work.
  • inside
related terms:
  • bring outside
  • just a bit outside
  • outside back
  • outside caliper
  • outside centre
  • outside chance
  • outside director
  • outside edge
  • outside gross area
  • outside loop
  • outside market
  • outside mirror
  • outside of
  • outside the box
  • outside world
  • outsider
  • {{rank}}
  • side out, tedious
outta Alternative forms: outa (rare) pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈaʊtə/
  • {{audio}} {{homophones}}
  • (US) /ˈaʊɾə/, /ˈaːɾə/, /ˈæːɾə/ {{rfap}}
  • (CA) /ˈʌʊɾə/ {{audio}}
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. (colloquial, US) Out of. I'm outta here!
out the wazoo
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  1. (vulgar, idiomatic) out the ass; excessive or excessively; too much I planted a few seeds and had radishes out the wazoo within a month.
out the window
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) Made obsolete; altered drastically as a result of situational change.
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  2. Gone; departed; disappeared.
    • 2011, David Seaman, The Real Meaning of Life, page 178: Life had gone out the window and scampered off.
adverb: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) Into the class of things obsolete, supersede, or irrelevant.
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out to lunch
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Away eating lunch or for a midday break; especially, away from work or a job. She's out to lunch right now, but you may leave her a note.
  2. (idiomatic, informal) clueless, inattentive or careless After he drove with his turn signal on for five miles, I was pretty sure he was out to lunch.
  • May be used as an adverb
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Very excited, especially as a result of ingesting amphetamine
  2. (music) Excessively amplified; very loud and distorted
overdo etymology over + do pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈovəɹdu/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To do too much; to exceed what is proper or true in doing; to exaggerate; to carry too far.
    • Shakespeare Anything so overdone is from the purpose of playing.
  2. To overtask or overtax; to fatigue; to exhaust. to overdo one's strength
  3. To surpass; to excel. {{rfquotek}}
  4. To cook too much. to overdo the meat
  • do over, do-over
overdoss etymology over + doss
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, UK, slang, trainspotting) To oversleep, thus missing the intended railway stop.
    • 1996, "", Overnight to the West Country. (on newsgroup uk.railway) … my next memory is of awakening to look out of the window, seeing the puke stained glass and realizing to my horror that it was light outside. We were experiencing what is commonly known in the bashing world as 'overdossing'.
    • 1999, "-=SteveH=-", Strategic Reserve. (on newsgroup uk.railway) ISTR There was a story in Rail Enthusiast back in about 1982 concerning a bloke who overdossed on some unit heading into Shrewsbury, and woke up in a shed surrounded by old kettles.
    • 2010, "darkprince66", Have You Ever Caught The Wrong Train or Missed Your Stop (on newsgroup uk.railway) And if I had a fiver everytime I 'overdossed' as a result of rover brain on the early 80's East coast overnights, I could afford to buy the bloody railway.
overfuck etymology over + fuck
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, vulgar, rare) to fuck excessively
  • fuck over
overguesstimate etymology {{blend}}.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To overestimate.
  • underguesstimate
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of overhaul My car engine has had two overhauls.
  2. (colloquial, US) An overall.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of overhaul
over head and ears
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Completely; wholly; hopelessly; head over heels. They were over head and ears in debt.
overjolt etymology over + jolt
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An overdose of heroin or other recreational drug.
overlook {{Webster 1913}} etymology From Middle English overloken, equivalent to over + look. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A vista or point that gives a beautiful view.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To look down upon from a place that is over or above; to look over or view from a higher position; to rise above, so as to command a view of. to overlook a valley from a hill
  2. Hence: To supervise; to watch over; sometimes, to observe secretly. to overlook a gang of laborers; to overlook one who is writing a letter
  3. To inspect; to examine; to look over carefully or repeatedly.
  4. To look upon with an evil eye; to bewitch by looking upon; to fascinate.
  5. To fail to notice; to look over and beyond (anything) without seeing it; to miss or omit in looking.
  6. To pretend not to have notice, especially a mistake; to pass over without censure or punishment.
  • look over
overnighter etymology overnight + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who overnights, or stays overnight.
  2. Something that serves overnight travel, such as a night train.
  3. (informal) A stay or event that takes place overnight.
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overperked etymology over + perked
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Excessively percolate.
    • 1986, Beth Sulzer-Azaroff, G. Roy Mayer, Achieving educational excellence: using behavioral strategies A faint whiff of marijuana blends with the fumes of diesel trucks, the smell of boiling cabbage, overperked coffee, and the kitchen exhaust from a nearby Oriental restaurant.
overproduce {{wikipedia}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To produce more of something than one can use or sell
  2. (music, pejorative) To apply excess modifications to musical recordings, such as adding effects.
related terms:
  • overproduction
oversit etymology From Middle English oversitten, from Old English ofersittan, from Proto-Germanic *uber + *sitjaną, corresponding to over + sit.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to preside over, govern, rule; to control
  2. to conquer, gain control or owndom of
  3. to grasp, comprehend; to understand
  4. (archaic) to neglect, omit; to desist, refrain from, forbear
  5. (archaic) to overstay, outstay, overlinger
  6. (slang) to be misunderstood; to misread, misunderstand exampleNobody understands me, they all oversit me.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. governance, authority, possession, control
    • 1873, Adalbert Müller, Venice: her art-treasures and historical associations, “Repeatedly ornamented and enriched in succeeding centuries, the church of St. Mark's was at first only the courtchapel of the Doge, who exercised an extensive patronage oversit, …”,
    • 1926, Edward Montagu Montagu, Report on the manuscripts of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, “Feveryere, who had the oversit of all the work.”,
  • Treviso, treviso
overslaugh etymology From Dutch overslag, from Dutch overslaan.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, dialect) A bar in a river.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US, dialect, slang, transitive) To hinder or stop, as by an overslaugh or impediment. to overslaugh a bill in a legislative body to overslaugh a military officer (= to hinder his promotion or employment)
{{Webster 1913}}
over the left shoulder Alternative forms: over the left
prepositional phrase: {{en-prep phrase}}
  1. (obsolete, slang) Used as an aside to indicate insincerity, negation, or disbelief. He said it, and it is true — over the left shoulder.
{{Webster 1913}}
over-the-shoulder boulder holder
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, humorous) A large bra.
    • 2005, Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Hansen, Chicken soup for the girl's soul (page 261) I longed to be part of the over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder club, if only I had boulders to hold! Or small stones. Even pebbles would have been acceptable.
    • 2009, Julie Miller, Jule McBride, Carrie Hudson, Oneclick Buy: April 2009 Harlequin Blaze And there wasn't one plain white cotton and elastic over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder in the bunch.
    • 2011, Nick Krieger, Nina Here Nor There: My Journey Beyond Gender The image was not attractive, but I didn't find my look in an underwire bra, which was more like an over-the-shoulder boulder holder on me, any better.
owie etymology ow + ie pronunciation
  • /ˈaʊwiː/ {{rhymes}}
interjection: owie!
  1. Same as ow.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, North America, childish) A painful, usually minor, injury.
    • 1997, K. D. Kuch, The Babysitter's Handbook, Random House, p. 58, If it's an "owie" that has the child upset, check him from head to toe for injuries.
    • 2008, May 16, , (daily comic) in the Kokomo Tribune Daddy! Our car has an owie! [Billy, pointing to a small dent.]
Synonyms: boo-boo The word is most often used by a child or someone speaking in the manner of a child.
owl train
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A railway train that travels during the night.
owly-eyed Alternative forms: owly eied (archaic) etymology owly + eyed
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Seeing better in darkness than light; day-blind or photosensitive.
    • 2005, Leslie Ernenwein, High Gun, Wheeler Publishing (2005), ISBN 1597220191, page 47: {{…}} And he doesn't do no riding after dark near Dishpan Flats. Them poor misguided sodbusters ain't much account in most ways, but they're owly-eyed at night."
  2. Wide-eyed, naturally or from an expression of fear, shock, surprise, or excitement.
    • 1961, , I, Jack Swilling, Founder of Phoenix, Arizona, Hastings House (1961), page 118: Gabe looked owly-eyed at the fellow and then prissed his mouth.
  3. (slang) Extremely drunk.
    • 1951, , A Man Without Shoes, Black Sparrow Press (1982), ISBN 0876855443, page 252: Paul was owly-eyed by then, and he tried to hide it by saying, "Must've lost m' balance," but we noticed that when he clapped a fresh holt on, he was using both his graspers.
Synonyms: (wide-eyed) moon-eyed, saucer-eyed, wide-eyed
own pronunciation
  • (UK) /əʊn/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /oʊn/
  • (Hong Kong) /uŋ/
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  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 {{wikipedia}} From Middle English ownen, from Old English āgnian. Cognate with German eignen, Swedish ägna, Icelandic eiga. See also the related term owe.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To have rightful possession of (property, goods or capital); "To possess by right; to have the right of property in; to have the legal right or rightful title to." (Ref 1) I own this car.
  2. (transitive) To have recognized political sovereignty over a place, territory, as distinct from the ordinary connotation of property ownership. The United States owns Point Roberts by the terms of the Treaty of Oregon.
  3. (intransitive) To admit, concede, grant, allow, acknowledge, confess; not to deny.
    • 1902, Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, Tank Books 2007, p. 25: I am sorry to own I began to worry then.
    • 1913, , , They learned how perfectly peaceful the home could be. And they almost regretted—though none of them would have owned to such callousness—that their father was soon coming back.
  4. (transitive) To claim as one's own; to answer to.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick I own thy speechless, placeless power; but to the last gasp of my earthquake life will dispute its unconditional, unintegral mastery in me.
  5. (intransitive) To acknowledge or admit the possession or ownership of. (Ref 3)
  6. (transitive) To defeat or embarrass; to overwhelm. I will own my enemies. If he wins, he will own you.
  7. (transitive) To virtually or figuratively enslave.
  8. (gaming, slang) To defeat, dominate, or be above, also spelled pwn.
  9. (transitive, computing, slang) To illicitly obtain "super-user" or "root" access into a computer system thereby having access to all of the user files on that system; pwn.
Synonyms: (have rightful possession of) to possess, (acknowledge responsibility for) be responsible for, admit or take responsibility for, (admit) confess, acknowledge, allow, (defeat) beat, defeat, overcome, overthrow, vanquish, have, take, best
etymology 2 From Middle English owen, aȝen, from Old English āgen, from Proto-Germanic *aiganaz, from Proto-Indo-European *eiḱ- 〈*eiḱ-〉. Cognate with Scots ain, Dutch eigen, German eigen, Swedish egen, Icelandic eigin. Alternative forms: 'n (informal contraction)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Belonging to; possess; proper to. exampleSurprisingly, I realised my own brother had the same idea as me.   You need to find your own seat - this one is mine.   He gave her a pen, because he already had his own.   The restored Maxwell is Bob's own car.   They went this way, but we need to find our own way.   We have made some arrangements, but you will need to make your own.   They were all prepared for the picnic, because they had all brought their own food and plates.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 8 , “I corralled the judge, and we started off across the fields, in no very mild state of fear of that gentleman's wife, whose vigilance was seldom relaxed. And thus we came by a circuitous route to Mohair, the judge occupied by his own guilty thoughts, and I by others not less disturbing.”
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 10 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “He looked round the poor room, at the distempered walls, and the bad engravings in meretricious frames, the crinkly paper and wax flowers on the chiffonier; and he thought of a room like Father Bryan's, with panelling, with cut glass, with tulips in silver pots, such a room as he had hoped to have for his own.”
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  2. (obsolete) Peculiar, domestic.
  3. (obsolete) Not foreign.
  • implying ownership, often with emphasis. It always follows a possessive pronoun, or a noun in the possessive case.
etymology 3 From Middle English unnen, from Old English unnan, from Proto-Germanic *unnaną, from Proto-Indo-European *ān-. Akin to German gönnen (from Old High German gi- + unnan), Old Norse unna (Danish unde){{R:Webster 1913|own}}. In Gothic only the substantive 𐌰𐌽𐍃𐍄𐍃 〈𐌰𐌽𐍃𐍄𐍃〉 is attested.[ Etymology] of the German cognate in [[:w:de:Deutsches Wörterbuch|Deutsches Wörterbuch]]
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, obsolete) To grant; give.
  2. (transitive) To admit; concede; acknowledge.
    • 1611, Shakespeare, The Tempest, v.: Two of those fellows you must know and own.
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present (book), book 2, ch. 1, Jocelin of Brakelond It must be owned, the good Jocelin, spite of his beautiful childlike character, is but an altogether imperfect 'mirror' of these old-world things!
  3. (transitive) To recognise; acknowledge. to own one as a son
  4. (intransitive, UK dialectal) To confess.
  • {{rank}}
  • now, NOW, won
ownage pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈəʊn.ɪdʒ/
etymology 1
  • own + age
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic, rare) ownership
    • 1576, Abraham Flemming (translating ), A panoplie of epistles I Alone, of all the Graecians, haue not obteined the estate of a Monarche by extertion, neither haue I taken any thing, that was not mine owne by vsurpation: for I am by byrth, a Cecropian, I challenge that vnto me by right of ownage, ...
etymology 2
  • own + age
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) triumph or domination
    • 2004, (TV, episode 1.04, ) "Ownage!" "Hey, it’s not ownage. I’m on your team!"
  2. (baseball) When one player has a history of domination over another player.
    • Smith is just 1-27 lifetime against Jones. Jones has real ownage over him.
ownsome etymology own + some
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) one's own; one's lonesome Am I going to have to go there on my ownsome?
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chemistry) the bivalent R-O-R functional group found in ether
  2. (informal) oxyacetalene, or the equipment used for such a system.
oxygen thief
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) a useless person
oyster Alternative forms: oystre (obsolete), erster (New York City and New Orleans) etymology From Old English ostre, reinforced or superseded in Middle English by xno oistre, which from Old French oistre, uistre (compare modern French huître); both lines (Old English and Old French) from Latin ostrea, from Ancient Greek ὄστρεον 〈óstreon〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɔɪ.stə(ɹ)/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of certain marine bivalve mollusk, especially those of the family Ostreidae (the true oysters), usually found adhering to rocks or other fixed objects in shallow water along the seacoasts, or in brackish water in the mouth of rivers.
    • 1597-8, “Why, then the world's mine oyster, William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Act II, Scene II, *:
    • 1731, , , 1841, The Works of Jonathan Swift, Volume 2, page 344, He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.
  2. The delicate morsel of dark meat contained in a small cavity of the bone on each side of the lower part of the back of a fowl.
  3. A pale beige color tinted with grey or pink, like that of an oyster. {{color panel}}
  4. (colloquial, by analogy) A person who keeps secret.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of a pale beige colour tinted with grey or pink, like that of an oyster.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To fish for oysters.
  • storey, Troyes
oyster sauce
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. a rich viscid sauce made from oysters and brine, used in Chinese cooking
etymology 1 After the fictional land in .
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. An unreal, magical realm.
etymology 2 Modified phonetic contraction of Australia.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Australia.
Synonyms: Aussie, Aussieland
  • zo, Zo
etymology 1
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  1. {{Latn-def}}
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etymology 2 Abbreviations. pronunciation
  • /pʰiː/
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  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. park
  2. phone
  3. pager
  4. passenger
  5. (chess) Pawn.
  6. (slang, chiefly US) A "pure" form of an illegal drug, especially heroin.
    • 2009, Dr Kerry Spackman, The Winner's Bible: P directly targets the dopamine pathways in your brain and as a result goes straight to your pleasure/reward module, which makes it an incredibly hard drug to break free from.
  7. (slang, New Zealand) methamphetamine
    • 2011, New Zealand Herald, 6 May 2011: Almost 70kg of pre-cursor drugs that could be used to manufacture $20 million of P have been seized by police and customs officers.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (computing theory) The set of all problem that are solvable in polynomial time by a deterministic Turing machine
related terms:
  • NP
p.o.'ed etymology From the initials of piss off, and -ed. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Annoyed, exasperated, angry; form of euphemistic variant
    • 1993, Sandra Canfield, Just Married, Harlequin Sales Corporation (Mm), ISBN 0373832583, page 17, Little Miss Born-with-a-silver-spoon-in-her-mouth—hell, she’d been born with an entire service for eight!—was annoyed with him. Ten to one, she was p.o.’ed because he was late.
    • {{ante}} Lee Katz, as quoted in Aljean Harmetz, The Making of Casablanca: Bogart, Bergman, and World War II, Hyperion (2002), ISBN 0-7868-8814-8, page 87, Lee Katz, who wrote The Return of Dr. X and nearly a dozen other B movies at Warner Bros. in the late thirties, feels “particularly guilty” about that movie. “ was p.o.’ed at for something or other,” says Katz, “and he forced him to take this role as the mad doctor. And Bogart did it with as good grace{{SIC}} as he could have done.”
    • 2003, William Rawlings, The Lazard Legacy, Harbor House, ISBN 1891799231, page 143, “Yeah, Carswell…, he was p.o.’ed, too. I remember I ended up that weekend with everybody mad at me—Doc Lazard, Carswell, and now it looks like the widow Jennings, too.”
  • deop
  • dope
  • oped, op-ed
  • pedo
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (informal) contraction of perhaps
p'd off
etymology 1 Euphemistic form of pissed off.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial, euphemistic) Annoyed, irritated, angry; depressed, fed up.
etymology 2 Abbreviation for "paid off"
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. paid off
Pa pronunciation
  • /paː/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, in direct address) Father, dad, papa.
  2. A short form of grandpa, grandfather.
  • Often capitalized when used to refer to a specific person.
Hey, Pa, I'd like you to meet my friend Jamie.
Synonyms: (father) da (Irish), dad, daddy, papa, pater, (grandfather) grandpa, grandpappy
  • ap, Ap, AP
etymology 1 Shortened from papa. pronunciation
  • /pɑː/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Father, papa.
  2. A short form of grandpa, grandfather.
  • Often capitalized when used to refer to a specific person; see Pa.
Hey, Pa, I'd like you to meet my friend Jamie.
Synonyms: (father) da (Irish) , dad, daddy, papa, pater, (grandfather) grandpa, grandpappy
etymology 2 Alternative forms: pah
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A Maori fort.
  • ap , Ap, AP
pachyderm {{wikipedia}} etymology From French pachyderme, from Ancient Greek παχύδερμος 〈pachýdermos〉, from παχύς 〈pachýs〉 + δέρμα 〈dérma〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈpækʰ.ɪˌdɜː(ɹ)m/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone (or something) with thick skin. It is used for animals such as an elephant or a hippopotamus.
  2. (obsolete, zoology) A member of the obsolete taxonomic order Pachydermata, grouping of thick-skinned, hoofed animals such as the rhinoceros, hippopotamus, elephant, pig and horse.
  3. (informal) An elephant
  4. (idiomatic) A person that is not affected by (does not care about) what others say about him or her.
  5. (idiomatic) Someone who is insensitive.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A baby's pacifier.
    • 2003, Helen Baldwin, The Jeffrey Journey Jeffrey enjoyed scoping out his hands and holding his paci with the top his hand before pushing it back into his mouth.
  • ACPI, pica
pack etymology From Middle English pak, pakke, from Middle Dutch pak, pakken, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *pakkô. Cognate with Dutch pak, Low German pack, German Pack, Swedish packe, Icelandic pakka, pakki. pronunciation
  • /pæk/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A bundle made up and prepared to be carried; especially, a bundle to be carried on the back; a load for an animal; a bale, as of goods. The horses carried the packs across the plain.
  2. A number or quantity equal to the contents of a pack; hence, a multitude; a burden. A pack of lies.
  3. A number or quantity of connected or similar things; a collective.
  4. A full set of playing cards; also, the assortment used in a particular game; as, a euchre pack. We were going to play cards, but nobody brought a pack.
  5. A number of hounds or dogs, hunting or kept together.
    • 2005, John D. Skinner and Christian T. Chimimba, The Mammals of the Southern African Subregion‎ African wild dogs hunt by sight, although stragglers use their noses to follow the pack.
  6. A number of persons associated or leagued in a bad design or practice; a gang; a pack of thieves or knaves.
  7. A group of Cub Scout.
  8. A shook of cask stave.
  9. A bundle of sheet-iron plates for roll simultaneously.
  10. A large area of float pieces of ice driven together more or less closely. The ship had to sail round the pack of ice.
  11. (medicine) An envelope, or wrapping, of sheets used in hydropathic practice, called dry pack, wet pack, cold pack, etc., according to the method of treatment.
  12. (slang): A loose, lewd, or worthless person.
  13. (snooker, pool) A tight group of object balls in cue sport. Usually the red in snooker.
  14. (rugby) The team on the field.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (physical) To put or bring things together in a limited or confined space, especially for storage or transport.
    1. (transitive) To make a pack of; to arrange closely and securely in a pack; hence, to place and arrange compactly as in a pack; to press into close order or narrow compass. exampleto pack goods in a box;  to pack fish
      • Joseph Addison (1672-1719) strange materials packed up with wonderful art
      • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Where…the bones / Of all my buried ancestors are packed.
    2. (transitive) To fill in the manner of a pack, that is, compactly and securely, as for transportation; hence, to fill closely or to repletion; to stow away within; to cause to be full; to crowd into. exampleto pack a trunk;  ''the play, or the audience, packs the theater
      • 1935, [ George Goodchild] , Death on the Centre Court, 5 , “By one o'clock the place was choc-a-bloc. […] The restaurant was packed, and the promenade between the two main courts and the subsidiary courts was thronged with healthy-looking youngish people, drawn to the Mecca of tennis from all parts of the country.”
    3. (transitive) To envelop in a wet or dry sheet, within numerous coverings. exampleThe doctor gave Kelly some sulfa pills and packed his arm in hot-water bags.
    4. (transitive) To render impervious, as by filling or surrounding with suitable material, or to fit or adjust so as to move without giving passage to air, water, or steam. exampleto pack a joint;  to pack the piston of a steam engine;  pack someone's arm with ice.
    5. (intransitive) To make up packs, bales, or bundles; to stow articles securely for transportation.
    6. (intransitive) To admit of stowage, or of making up for transportation or storage; to become compressed or to settle together, so as to form a compact mass. examplethe goods pack conveniently;  wet snow packs well
    7. (intransitive) To gather in flocks or schools. examplethe grouse or the perch begin to pack
  2. (social) To cheat, to arrange matters unfairly.
    1. (transitive, card games) To sort and arrange (the cards) in a pack so as to secure the game unfairly.
      • Alexander Pope (1688-1744) Mighty dukes pack cards for half a crown.
    2. (transitive) To bring together or make up unfairly and fraudulently, in order to secure a certain result. exampleto pack a jury
      • Francis Atterbury (1663-1732) The expected council was dwindling into…a packed assembly of Italian bishops.
    3. (transitive) To contrive unfairly or fraudulently; to plot.
      • Thomas Fuller (1606-1661) He lost life…upon a nice point subtilely devised and packed by his enemies.
    4. (intransitive) To unite in bad measures; to confederate for ill purposes; to join in collusion.
      • 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, This naughty man / Shall face to face be brought to Margaret, / Who, I believe, was pack'd in all this wrong, / Hired to it by your brother.
  3. (transitive) To load with a pack; hence, to load; to encumber. exampleto pack a horse
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) our thighs packed with wax, our mouths with honey
  4. To move, send or carry.
    1. (transitive) To cause to go; to send away with baggage or belongings; especially, to send away peremptorily or suddenly; – sometimes with off. See pack off. exampleto pack a boy off to school
      • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Till George be packed with post horse up to heaven.
    2. (transitive, US, Western US) To transport in a pack, or in the manner of a pack (i. e., on the backs of men or animals).
    3. (intransitive) To depart in haste; – generally with off or away.
      • Jonathan Swift (1667–1745) Poor Stella must pack off to town.
      • Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) You shall pack, / And never more darken my doors again.
    4. (transitive, slang) To carry weapons, especially firearms, on one's person.
  5. (transitive, sports, slang) To block a shot, especially in basketball.
  6. (intransitive, LGBT slang, of a drag king, transman, etc.) To wear a simulate penis inside one’s trousers for better verisimilitude.
Synonyms: (To sort and arrange (the cards) in a pack so as to secure the game unfairly) stack
  • (make into a pack) unpack
package {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ˈpækɪdʒ/
  • {{audio}}
etymology Equivalent to pack + -age. Possibly influenced by Anglo-Latin paccagium or Old French pacquage.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Something which is pack, a parcel, a box, an envelope.
  2. Something which consists of various component, such as a piece of computer software. Did you test the software package to ensure completeness?
  3. (computing) A piece of software which has been prepared in such a way that it can be install with a package manager.
  4. (uncountable, archaic) The act of packing something.
    • 1781, A Complete Digest of the Theory, Laws, and Practice of Insurance ,, page 106, “for, it has often happened that, without any accident at ſea, heavy averages, owing to bad package and ſtowage only, have been demanded, and paid by inſurers”
    • Oriental Commerce: Containing a Geographical Description of the Principal Places in the East Indies, China, and Japan, with Their Produce, Manufactures, and Trade, Including the Coasting Or Country Trade from Port to Port: also the Rise and Progress of the Trade of the Various European Nations with the Eastern World, Particularly that of the English East India Company from the Discovery of the Passage Round the Cape of Good Hope to the Present Period: with an Account of the Company's Establishments, William Milburn, 1813, Black, Parry, and Co., London, II, page 533, “The Company's instructions to the supracargoes of their ships are very particular as to the mode of package and stowage.”
    • Robert Bentley Todd, The cyclopædia of anatomy and physiology, 1849, London, Sherwood, Gilbert, and Piper, Paternoster-Row, “But we see more; we see a very curious and artificial arrangement of the fibres very much contributing to facilitate their package, and by which they mutually support one another and act with the greatest advantage.”,, 1127/2-1128/1, 2, IV, <small>TONGUE</small>
  5. Something resembling a package.
  6. A package holiday.
  7. A football formation. the "dime" defensive package For third and short, they're going to bring in their jumbo package.
  8. (euphemistic, vulgar) The male genitalia.
  9. (uncountable, historical) A charge made for packing goods.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To pack or bundle something.
  2. To travel on a package holiday.
packed pronunciation
  • /pækt/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{homophones}}
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of pack
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Put into a package. examplepacked lunch
  2. Filled with a large number or large quantity of something.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 7 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “[…] St. Bede's at this period of its history was perhaps the poorest and most miserable parish in the East End of London. Close-packed, crushed by the buttressed height of the railway viaduct, rendered airless by huge walls of factories, it at once banished lively interest from a stranger's mind and left only a dull oppression of the spirit.”
    examplepacked with goodness
  3. (colloquial) Filled to capacity with people. exampleThe bus was packed and I couldn't get on.
related terms:
  • packed lunch
Packer whacker etymology The name came about when , a wealthy Australian media mogul, was resuscitated with a defibrillator in 1990 in Sydney after suffering a heart attack. After recovering, Packer donated a large sum to the New South Wales Ambulance Service in order to fit all of its ambulances with portable defibrillators.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, colloquial, informal) A portable defibrillator.
    • 2006, Taking heart, , Issues 6502-6509, [http//|%22Packer+whackers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22Packer+whacker%22|%22Packer+whackers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=x1bLT_2JM9GtiQf36sTABg&redir_esc=y page not known], Every NSW ambulance now carries the ultimate heart-starter, the Packer Whacker, thanks to a polo field drama and one man′s generosity.
    • 2006, Australian House of Representatives, Parliamentary Debates (Hansard): House of Representatives, Volume 279, [http//|%22Packer+whackers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22Packer+whacker%22|%22Packer+whackers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=x1bLT_2JM9GtiQf36sTABg&redir_esc=y page 131], It was no wonder the shipping insustry in Australia was flatlining under the Labor Party. You could not resuscitate the Australian shipping industry with a Packer whacker under Labor.
    • 2009, Paul Barry, Who Wants to Be a Billionaire?: The James Packer Story, Easyread Super Large 20pt Edition, [http//|%22Packer+whackers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=x1bLT_2JM9GtiQf36sTABg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22Packer%20whacker%22|%22Packer%20whackers%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 285], On this occasion, however, it was not his portable ‘Packer whacker’, but a device the size of a matchbox implanted in his chest.
pack fudge etymology Stool is said to be fudge and packing to be penetration by analogy.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) to perform homosexual anal sex.
related terms:
  • fudgepacker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, US) alternative form of package store
Synonyms: liquor store
  • kecapi
Pac-Man Alternative forms: Pac Man etymology From the arcade game (1980) and its player character, a circle with a snapping mouth gobbling dots in a maze.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Anything that consume indiscriminate.
    • 1992, Kenneth Janda, Jeffrey M Berry, Jerry Goldman, The challenge of democracy: government in America "Medicaid is becoming the Pac-Man of state government, eating up every dollar," remarked one official.
    • 1995, Bruce Piasecki, Corporate environmental strategy: the avalanche of change since Bhopal Chlorine acts like a Pac-Man of the high atmosphere, gobbling one ozone molecule after another and then being regenerated to gobble again.
    • 1995, J Richard Middleton, Brian J Walsh, Truth is stranger than it used to be: biblical faith in a postmodern age The ironic deconstruction of all meaningful discourse, including normative discourse, says Gergen, "is like a Pac-Man of social pattern, gobbling all that stands in its path."
    • 1995, Patrick J Spain, James R Talbot, Hoover's Handbook of American Companies 1996 Like the Pac-Man of garbage, Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI) is gobbling up smaller waste disposal firms — 113 in 1994 alone — as that industry becomes increasingly consolidated.
pad {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /pæd/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 1554, "bundle of straw to lie on", unknown, from gml or Dutch pad.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A flattened mass of anything soft, to sit or lie on.
  2. A cushion used as a saddle without a tree or frame.
  3. A soft, or small, cushion.
  4. A cushion-like thickening of the skin on the under side of the toes of animals.
  5. The mostly hairless flesh located on the bottom of an animal's foot or paw.
  6. Any cushion-like part of the human body, especially the ends of the fingers.
  7. A stuffed guard or protection, especially one worn on the legs of horse to prevent bruising.
  8. A soft bag or cushion to relieve pressure, support a part, etc.
  9. A sanitary napkin.
  10. (US) A floating leaf of a water lily or similar plant.
  11. (cricket) A soft cover for a batsman's leg that protect it from damage when hit by the ball.
  12. A kind of cushion for writing upon, or for blotting, especially one formed of many flat sheets of writing paper; now especially such a block of paper sheets as used to write on.
  13. A panel or strip of material designed to be sensitive to pressure or touch.
  14. A keypad.
  15. A flat surface or area from which a helicopter or other aircraft may land or be launched.
  16. An electrical extension cord with a multi-port socket one end: "trip cord"
  17. The effect produced by sustained lower reed notes in a musical piece, most common in blues music.
  18. A synthesizer instrument sound used for sustained background sounds.
  19. (US, slang) A bed.
  20. (colloquial) A place of residence.
  21. (cryptography) A random key (originally written on a disposable pad) of the same length as the plaintext.
  22. A mousepad.
  23. (nautical) A piece of timber fixed on a beam to fit the curve of the deck. {{rfquotek}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To stuff.
  2. (transitive) To furnish with a pad or padding.
  3. (transitive) To fill or lengthen (a story, one's importance, etc.). The author began to pad her succinct stories with trite descriptions to keep up with current market trends. "Obama pads delegate lead ... with win in key western state." Austin American-Statesman newspaper, May 21, 2008.
  4. (transitive) To imbue uniformly with a mordant. to pad cloth
  5. (transitive, cricket) to deliberately play the ball with the leg pad instead of the bat.
etymology 2 From Middle English pade, padde, from Old English padde, from Proto-Germanic *paddǭ. Cognate with Dutch pad, Low German Pad, dialectal German Padde, Danish padde, Swedish padda, Icelandic padda, and possibly related to the -like English paddle. Alternative forms: padde
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, dialectal) A toad.
etymology 3 From Dutch or gml pat.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, dialectal, Australia, Ireland) A footpath, particularly one unformed or unmaintained; a road or track. See footpad.
  2. An easy-paced horse; a padnag.
    • Tennyson an abbot on an ambling pad
  3. (British, obsolete) A robber that infests the road on foot; a highwayman or footpad. {{rfquotek}} {{rfquotek}}
  4. The act of highway robbery.
etymology 4 unknown an alteration of ped.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, dialectal) A type of wickerwork basket, especially as used as a measure of fish or other goods. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 5 unknown partly from gml, partly imitative.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To travel along (a road, path etc.).
    • Somerville Padding the streets for half a crown.
  2. (intransitive) To travel on foot.
  3. (intransitive) To wear a path by walking.
  4. (intransitive) To walk softly, quietly or steadily, especially without shoes.
    • 1922, Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit Their feet padded softly on the ground, and they crept quite close to him, twitching their noses, while the Rabbit stared hard to see which side the clockwork stuck out...
  5. (intransitive, obsolete) To practise highway robbery.
    • Cotton Mather Their chief Argument is, That they never saw any Witches, therefore there are none. Just as if you or I should say, We never met with any Robbers on the Road, therefore there never was any Padding there.
etymology 6 unknown
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Indicating a soft flat sound, as of bare footsteps. I heard her soft footsteps, pad, pad along the corridor.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The sound of soft footsteps, or a similar noise made by an animal etc.
  • ADP
  • dap
  • DPA
  • PDA
Paddy etymology From Irish Pádraig. pronunciation
  • /ˈpædi/
  • {{rhymes}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. An Irish nickname for Patrick.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, sometimes, offensive) An Irish person.
Paddy's Day
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) Saint Patrick's Day
Paddyland etymology Paddy + land
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang) Ireland
paddywhack {{wikipedia}}
etymology: Corruption of paxwax. See there for more information.
Alternative forms: paddy-whack (and sometimes capitalized)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, derogatory) An Irishman
  2. (rare) A severe blow (especially in reference to the folk song This Old Man)
  3. A strong elastic ligament or tendon in the midline of the neck of sheep or cattle (generally any quadruped) which relieves the animal of the weight of its head
pad out
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic) to add something extra to something to make it appear more substantial Some students pad out their essays by adding a whole lot of quotes from random sources. Have you heard about girls padding out their bras to make their boobs look bigger?
  2. (idiomatic, slang) to sleep or go to bed Because of my job I usually pad out just before nine o'clock. My housemate was very annoyed to find my friends padded out on the lounge room floor this morning.
paedo Alternative forms: pedo etymology Shortening of paedophile pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈpiː.dəʊ/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British slang, countable) A paedophile.
  2. (British slang, uncountable) paedophilia.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British slang) Paedophile, paedophiliac.
  • apode
paedophilophile Alternative forms: pedophilophile etymology paedophile + phile pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /ˌpiːdəʊˈfɪləʊfaɪl/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) A person who is sexual attracted to paedophile.
    • 1998, December 28th: Enkidu, nz.general (): Niggly mean spirited vendettas. (Was Re: Impeachment Passes)WtImEndTag[@i](), 9:00am > I believe I said you havd an unhealthy interest in “PAEDOPHILES”Hmm, I don't really think that that is much of a distinction!Would that make me a paedophilophile?
    • 2003, September 24th: Ian, (Google group): GMTV and Vorderman (Dumbed-down and Dumber)WtImEndTag[@i](), 12:31pm Does she like to pretend to be a little girl and get chatted up by dirty old men? Is she a paedophilophile? I think we should know………
    • 2010, August 5th: speldnl, Pedophiles harassed by pedophilophiles, 0:50–0:54 and 1:11–1:26 Pedophilophile Henk Overloon has been attracted to pedophiles since he hit puberty. The emerging phenomenon of the pedophilophilia has led to an idiosyncratic triangular relationship on certain playgrounds. In the foreground, we can see children playing. Behind them, a pedophile is looking at the children and in the background between the bushes we can see the pedophilophile spying on the pedophile.
pagan etymology Recorded in English since about 1375. From Latin pāgānus, later "civilian". The meaning "not (Judeo-)Christian" arose in vl, probably from the 4th century.[[w:Augustine of Hippo|Augustine]], ''Divers. Quaest.'' 83. It is unclear whether this usage is derived primarily from the "rustic" or from the "civilian" meaning, which in Roman army jargon meant 'clumsy'. As a self-designation of neopagans attested since 1990. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈpeɪɡən/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Relating to, characteristic of or adhering to non-Abrahamist religions, especially earlier polytheism. Many converted societies transformed their pagan deities into saints.
  2. (by extension, pejorative) Savage, immoral, uncivilized, wild.
  • When referring to modern paganism, the term is now often capitalized, like other terms referring to religions.
Synonyms: (religion) heathenish, (civilisation) barbarian, barbaric (pejorative)
  • (religion) Abrahamist, Judeo-Christian
  • pantheistic
  • nature-worshipping
  • neo-pagan
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person not adhering to any major or recognized religion, especially a heathen or non-Abrahamist, follower of a pantheistic or nature-worshipping religion, neopagan. This community has a surprising number of pagans.
  2. (by extension) (perjoritive, politically incorrect) An uncivilized or unsocialized person
  3. (perjoritive, politically incorrect) Especially an unruly, badly educated child.
Synonyms: (heathen) paynim, (uncivilised) philistine, savage, (child) brat
related terms:
  • peasant
  • paynim
  • panga
Pahvant Valley plague
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) tularemia
pain in the ass
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) Something or someone that causes discomfort or frustration.
painslut etymology pain + slut
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (BDSM, slang) A person who enjoys receiving pain.
    • 2001, "Edbun", Do you enjoy the pain of spanking? (discussion on Internet newsgroup soc.sexuality.spanking) Now I'm not saying that it isn't an edge I cross from time to time, but I need the confidence that some little painslut won't decide afterward to press charges.
    • 2006, Mako Allen, Auntie Eva's Boarder You two are quite an addition to my little circle. We've got just about one of everything: painsluts, pony boys, rubber queens, latex lovers …
    • 2012, T. C. Blue, A Game of Hearts He was playing a part, but River had never really understood painsluts. A little slap and tickle was one thing, but getting off on being beaten just didn't make anything like sense to him.
  • nuptials
  • patulins
  • unplaits
paint {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English, from Old French paincter, itself from paint, the past participle paindre, from Latin pingō (perfect passive participle pictus). pronunciation
  • /peɪnt/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A substance that is applied as a liquid or paste, and dries into a solid coating that protect or adds color/colour to an object or surface to which it has been applied.
  2. (in the plural) A set of containers or blocks of paint of different colors/colours, used for painting picture.
    • 2007, Jesse Guthrie, Catherine's Addiction (page 116) René went back into the kitchen and put a pot of coffee on, got out his paints and started on a new painting. He felt inspired.
  3. (basketball, slang) The free-throw lane, construed with the. The Nimrods are strong on the outside, but not very good in the paint.
  4. (uncountable, paintball, slang) Paintball. I am running low on paint for my marker.
  5. (poker, slang) A face card (king, queen, or jack).
  6. (computing, attributive) Graphics drawn using an input device, not scan or generated.
    • 1993, Emil Ihrig, CorelDRAW! 4 made easy It combines traditional paint capabilities with photograph enhancement features.
    • 1998, Kit Laybourne, The animation book: a complete guide to animated filmmaking Computer paint software operates similarly but adds features that are delightfully familiar and useful to artists trained in traditional graphics materials.
    • 2001, Maureen Sprankle, Problem Solving for Information Processing If using a paint package, you must specify the color before you draw the line or shape.
  7. Makeup.
    • Other Voices, Other Towns: The Traveler's Story , Caleb Pirtle & ‎Shelly Marshall , 2012 , “They were as plain and homely as a table-top dancer when the rains had wiped the paint and powder from her face. ”
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To apply paint to.
  2. (transitive) To apply in the manner that paint is applied.
  3. (transitive) To cover (something) with spots of colour, like paint.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) not painted with the crimson spots of blood
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) Cuckoo buds of yellow hue / Do paint the meadows with delight.
  4. (transitive) To create (an image) with paints. to paint a portrait or a landscape
  5. (intransitive) To practise the art of painting pictures. I've been painting since I was a young child.
  6. (transitive, computing) To draw an element in a graphical user interface.
    • 1991, Ernest R Tello, Object-oriented Programming for Windows Sent to a minimized window when the icon's background must be filled before it is painted.
  7. (transitive, figuratively) To depict or portray. exampleShe sued the author of the biography, claiming it painted her as a duplicitous fraud.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) Disloyal? / The word is too good to paint out her wickedness.
    • Alexander Pope (1688-1744) If folly grow romantic, I must paint it.
  8. (intransitive) To color one's face by way of beautifying it.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) Let her paint an inch thick.
  9. (transitive, military, slang) To direct a radar beam toward.
related terms:
  • picture
  • inapt
  • pinta
  • tap in
painted Jezebel etymology From Jezebel, the Phoenician princess and Queen of Ancient Israel who appears in the Old Testament (1 Kings). She incited heresy and lured the Jews away from their God and back to idols. Before her death, knowing that she was soon to be slain, she took the time to fix her hair and paint her face. From the 16th century, some people believed that makeup was worn only by immoral women; hence the wearing of makeup implied immorality.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, pejorative) A Jezebel; an evil, scheming, shameless or immoral woman, especially one who uses physical attractiveness to evil ends.
    • 1886, , The Bostonians. [I]n her absence Olive might give any version of her she chose. "I have told him you are a radical, and you may tell him, if you like, that I am a painted Jezebel."
  2. Delias hyparete, a species of butterfly of the family Pieridae.

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