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Party of No etymology Coined in United States political commentary since 2008.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (neologism, pejorative) The Republican Party of the United States.
This is a pejorative term, never used in polite or respectful context. It implies political radicalism in and rejection of compromise by the Republican Party.
party powder
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Any legal substance, in the form of a powder, offering the effects of a recreational drug.
party school
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A college, university, or any institution of higher learning in which there exists a culture of ribaldry and licentiousness amongst the student population.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Parvovirus.
    • 1980, Business Week Inoculating a dog against parvo costs about $7 to $15 for the shot, depending on your area and choice of veterinarian.
    • 1995, Mike Harlowe, K-9 Bodyguards: Ill He will probably be next to a street cur that has parvo or rabies or distemper.
  • vapor
pasghetti Alternative forms: psketti, p'sketti, pisketti etymology Representing a simplified pronunciation of "spaghetti" that modifies the complex consonant cluster /sp/ (to /p(ə)s/).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish, nonstandard) spaghetti
    • 1984 Romeo Muller, Puff and the Incredible Mr. Nobody, Troll Communications Llc, p14 "I love pasghetti!" Terry and Nobody sat by the large kitchen window [...]
    • 1988 Meanjin, Volume 47, The University of Melbourne, p332 'Will you make pasghetti?' / 'Yes, I will.'
    • 1999 Sharon Bryan, "Lunch with Girl Scouts," Real things: an anthology of popular culture in American poetry, Indiana University Press, p258 My hostess and I eat quiche, the girls spaghetti. Pasghetti. They giggle.
    • 1993 Moyra Tarling, Just a Memory Away, Harlequin Books, p76 "You know pasghetti's my favorite." Sara flashed Nick a smile as she leaned toward the pumpkin, the felt pen held tightly in her hand.
    • 2002 Vida Adamoli, La bella vita, Summersdale, p31 When I finished she took her thumb out of her mouth and informed me that her name was Claudia and she liked 'pasghetti'.
    • 2006 Katherine Scraper & Vicki Scraper, Show Me: Graphic Organizers for Reading Comprehension Across the Curriculum, Good Year Books, p174 "Pasghetti for supper is good news," said Frankie, holding out his plate.
Synonyms: sketti
  • spaghetti
pash pronunciation
  • /pæʃ/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Contraction of passion.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (dialect) To throw (or be thrown) and break.
  2. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) To snog, to make out, to kiss.
    • 2003, Frances Whiting, Oh to Be a Marching Girl, page 18, Anyway, the point is, my first pash — or snog, or whatever you want to call it — was so bloody awful it′s a miracle I ever opened my mouth again.
    • 2003, , You′re Dropped!, ISBN 9780733616129, [http//|%22pashes%22|%22pashing%22|%22pashed%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22pash%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=mw7TT_6sBumeiAfC8rC4Aw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pash%22|%22pashes%22|%22pashing%22|%22pashed%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22pash%22&f=false unnumbered page], ‘You gonna pash her?’ ‘We only just started going together,’ I said. Pash her? Already? I hadn′t even kissed a girl properly yet. ‘Do you know how to pash?’ It sounded like a challenge. Jed Wall was a bit like that. When he wasn′t just hanging he was fighting or pashing or something that no one else was good at.
    • 2005, Gabrielle Morrissey, Urge: Hot Secrets For Great Sex, HarperCollins Publishers (Australia), [http//|%22pashes%22|%22pashing%22|%22pashed%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22pash%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=mw7TT_6sBumeiAfC8rC4Aw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pash%22|%22pashes%22|%22pashing%22|%22pashed%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22pash%22&f=false unnumbered page], There are hundreds of different types of kisses; and there are kissing Kamasutras available in bookshops to help you add variety to your pashing repertoire.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A passionate kiss.
  2. A romantic infatuation; a crush.
    • 1988, , Bill Bailey′s Daughter, in 1997, Bill Bailey: An Omnibus, page 166, ‘It isn′t a pash. Nancy Burke′s got a pash on Mr Richards and Mary Parkin has a pash on Miss Taylor, and so have other girls. But I haven′t got a pash on Rupert. It isn′t like that. I know it isn′t. I know it isn′t.’
    • 2002, Thelma Ruck Keene, The Handkerchief Drawer: An Autobiography in Three Parts, page 92, Not until the outcome of Denise′s pash did I admit that my pash on Joan had been very different.
    • 2010, Gwyneth Daniel, A Suitable Distance, page 82, At school it was called a pash. Having a pash on big handsome Robin, who used to cycle up to the village in his holidays from boarding school, and smile at her. She still had a pash on Robin. He still smiled at her.
  3. The object of a romantic infatuation; a crush.
  4. Any obsession or passion.
Synonyms: (kiss) snog (UK)
etymology 2 Scots word for the pate, or head.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, dialect, obsolete) A crushing blow.
  2. (UK, dialect, obsolete) A heavy fall of rain or snow.
  3. (obsolete) The head.
    • 1623, , , Act I, Scene ii, Leo[ntes]: Thou want′ſt a rough paſh, & the shoots that I haue, / To be full like me:
etymology 3 Probably of imitative origin, or possibly akin to box.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To strike; to crush; to smash; to dash into pieces. {{rfquotek}}
    • Shakespeare I'll pash him o'er the face.
{{Webster 1913}}
  • haps
  • hasp
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia and New Zealand, slang) One who pash (snog, kiss). My boyfriend is such a good pasher!
    • 2003, , The Adventures of Barry Crocker: Bazza, [http//|%22pashers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22pasher%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=_WnTT-70LsWhiAevhaWTAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pasher%22|%22pashers%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22pasher%22&f=false page 76], ‘And seeing you told me you′re such a good pasher, you can kiss me goodnight if you like.’
    • 2005, , Youse Two, [http//|%22pashers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22pasher%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=cF7TT5mWKqXBiQej6L2hAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pasher%22|%22pashers%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22pasher%22&f=false unnumbered page], Ms Fitzgibbon turned her attention back to the pashers, who had now separated. That didn′t last long. They were walking back to camp, holding hands.
    • 2009, Andrew Cox, Settling for It, Tamara Sheward, Jenny Valentish (editors), Your Mother Would Be Proud: True Tales of Mayhem and Misadventure, Allen & Unwin, Australia, [http//|%22pashers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22pasher%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=cF7TT5mWKqXBiQej6L2hAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pasher%22|%22pashers%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22pasher%22&f=false page 407], Nevertheless, I was off and running and thereafter enjoyed a period as one of this country′s most promiscuous pashers. With a minimum of sweet-talk almost anyone could kiss me, I was so fucking easy.
  • phaser, phrase, seraph, shaper, sharpe, Sherpa, sherpa, sphear
paskudnyak etymology Yiddish, traceable to Polish and Ukrainian.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) A nasty or contemptible person.
  2. (affectionate) A young rascal; a boy who makes mischief.
pass pronunciation
  • (UK) /pɑːs/, /pæs/
  • (US) /pæs/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English pas, pase, pace, from passen. See the verb section, below.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An opening, road, or track, available for passing; especially, one through or over some dangerous or otherwise impracticable barrier such as a mountain range; a passageway; a defile; a ford. a mountain pass
    • {{rfdate}} Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: "Try not the pass!" the old man said.
  2. A single movement, especially of a hand, at, over{{,}} or along anything.
    • 1921, John Griffin, "Trailing the Grizzly in Oregon", in Forest and Stream, pages 389-391 and 421-424, republished by Jeanette Prodgers in 1997 in The Only Good Bear is a Dead Bear, page 35: [The bear] made a pass at the dog, but he swung out and above him [...]
  3. A single passage of a tool over something, or of something over a tool.
  4. An attempt. My pass at a career of writing proved unsuccessful.
  5. (fencing) A thrust or push; an attempt to stab or strike an adversary.
  6. (figuratively) A thrust; a sally of wit.
  7. A sexual advance. The man kicked his friend out of the house after he made a pass at his wife.
  8. (sports) The act of moving the ball or puck from one player to another.
  9. (rail transport) A passing of two trains in the same direction on a single track, when one is put into a siding to let the other overtake it.
  10. Permission or license to pass, or to go and come.
    • {{rfdate}} James Kent: A ship sailing under the flag and pass of an enemy.
  11. A document granting permission to pass or to go and come; a passport; a ticket permitting free transit or admission; as, a railroad or theater pass; a military pass.
  12. (baseball) An intentional walk. Smith was given a pass after Jones' double.
  13. The state of things; condition; predicament; impasse.
    • 1606 Shakespeare: What, have his daughters brought him to this pass?
    • {{rfdate}} Robert South: Matters have been brought to this pass, that, if one among a man's sons had any blemish, he laid him aside for the ministry...
  14. (obsolete) Estimation; character.
    • {{rfdate}} Shakespeare: Common speech gives him a worthy pass.
  15. (obsolete, Chaucer, compare 'passus') A part, a division.
  16. The area in a restaurant kitchen where the finished dishes are passed from the chefs to the waiting staff.
Synonyms: (opening, road, or track, available for passing) gap, (fencing: thrust or push) thrust, (figurative: a thrust; a sally of wit), (movement over or along anything), (movement of a tool over something, or something other a tool) transit, (the state of things) condition, predicament, state, (permission or license to pass, or to go and come) access, admission, entry, (document granting permission to pass or to go and come), (obsolete: estimation; character), (obsolete: a part, a division)
  • (rail transport) meet
etymology 2 From Middle English passen, from Old French passer, from vl *, from Latin passus, pandere, from Proto-Indo-European *patno-, from Proto-Indo-European *pete-. Cognate with Old English fæþm. More at fathom.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (heading) Physical movement.
    1. (intransitive) To move or be moved from one place to another. exampleThey passed from room to room.
    2. (transitive) To go past, by, over, or through; to proceed from one side to the other of; to move past. exampleYou will pass a house on your right.
      • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 5 , “We expressed our readiness, and in ten minutes were in the station wagon, rolling rapidly down the long drive, for it was then after nine. We passed on the way the van of the guests from Asquith.”
      • 1944, Cecil Street , [ The Three Corpse Trick], 5 , “The dinghy was trailing astern at the end of its painter, and Merrion looked at it as he passed. He saw that it was a battered-looking affair of the prahm type, with a blunt snout, and like the parent ship, had recently been painted a vivid green.”
    3. (transitive) To cause to move or go; to send; to transfer from one person, place, or condition to another; to transmit; to deliver; to hand; to make over. exampleThe waiter passed biscuits and cheese. exampleThe torch was passed from hand to hand.
      • Joseph Addison (1672-1719) I had only time to pass my eye over the medals.
      • Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon (1609-1674) Waller passed over five thousand horse and foot by Newbridge.
    4. (intransitive, transitive, medicine) To eliminate (something) from the body by natural processes. exampleHe was passing blood in both his urine and his stool. exampleThe poison had been passed by the time of the autopsy.
    5. (transitive, nautical) To take a turn with (a line, gasket, etc.), as around a sail in furling, and make secure.
    6. (sport) To kick (the ball) with precision rather than at full force.
      1. (transitive, football) To kick (the ball) with precision rather than at full force.
        • The Guardian, Rob Smyth, 20 June 2010 Iaquinta passes it coolly into the right-hand corner as Paston dives the other way.
      2. (transitive) To move (the ball or puck) to a teammate.
      3. (intransitive, fencing) To make a lunge or swipe.
    7. (intransitive) To go from one person to another.
    8. (transitive) To put in circulation; to give currency to. examplepass counterfeit money
    9. (transitive) To cause to obtain entrance, admission, or conveyance. examplepass a person into a theater or over a railroad
  2. (heading) To change in state or status, to advance.
    1. (intransitive) To change from one state to another. exampleHe passed from youth into old age.
    2. (intransitive) To depart, to cease, to come to an end. exampleAt first, she was worried, but that feeling soon passed.
      • {{rfdate}} John Dryden (1631-1700) Beauty is a charm, but soon the charm will pass.
      • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 23 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “The slightest effort made the patient cough. He would stand leaning on a stick and holding a hand to his side, and when the paroxysm had passed it left him shaking.”
      • 1995, Penny Richards, The Greatest Gift of All: The crisis passed as she'd prayed it would, but it remained to be seen just how much damage had been done.
    3. (intransitive, often with "on" or "away") To die. exampleHis grandmother passed yesterday. exampleHis grandmother passed away yesterday. exampleHis grandmother passed on yesterday.
    4. (intransitive, transitive) To go successfully through (an examination, trail, test, etc.). exampleHe passed his examination. exampleHe attempted the examination, but did not expect to pass.
    5. (intransitive, transitive) To advance through all the steps or stages necessary to become valid or effective; to obtain the formal sanction of (a legislative body). exampleDespite the efforts of the opposition, the bill passed. exampleThe bill passed both houses of Congress. exampleThe bill passed the Senate, but did not pass in the House.
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    6. (intransitive, legal) To be conveyed or transferred by will, deed, or other instrument of conveyance. exampleThe estate passes by the third clause in Mr Smith's deed to his son. exampleWhen the old king passed away with only a daughter as an heir, the throne passed to a woman for the first time in centuries.
    7. (transitive) To cause to advance by stages of progress; to carry on with success through an ordeal, examination, or action; specifically, to give legal or official sanction to; to ratify; to enact; to approve as valid and just. exampleHe passed the bill through the committee.
      • Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) Pass the happy news.
    8. (intransitive, legal) To make a judgment on or upon a person or case.
      • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d'Arthur, Book X: And within three dayes twelve knyghtes passed uppon hem; and they founde Sir Palomydes gylty, and Sir Saphir nat gylty, of the lordis deth.
    9. (transitive) To cause to pass the lips; to utter; to pronounce; to pledge.
      • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) to pass sentence
      • John Milton (1608-1674) Father, thy word is passed.
  3. (heading) To move through time.
    1. (intransitive, of time) To elapse, to be spent. exampleTheir vacation passed pleasantly.
    2. (transitive, of time) To spend. exampleWhat will we do to pass the time?
      • {{rfdate}} John Milton (1608-1674) To pass commodiously this life.
      • {{RQ:BLwnds TLdgr}} Thanks to that penny he had just spent so recklessly [on a newspaper] he would pass a happy hour, taken, for once, out of his anxious, despondent, miserable self. It irritated him shrewdly to know that these moments of respite from carking care would not be shared with his poor wife, with careworn, troubled Ellen.
      • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 23 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “For, although Allan had passed his fiftieth year,…, one had continued to think of him as a man of whipcord and iron, a natural source of untiring energy, a mechanism that would not wear out.”
    3. (transitive) To go by without noticing; to omit attention to; to take no note of; to disregard.
      • {{rfdate}} William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Please you that I may pass / This doing.
      • {{rfdate}} John Dryden (1631-1700) I pass their warlike pomp, their proud array.
    4. (intransitive) To continue.
    5. (intransitive) To proceed without hindrance or opposition.
    6. (transitive) To live through; to have experience of; to undergo; to suffer.
      • {{rfdate}} William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
      She loved me for the dangers I had passed.
    7. To go unheeded or neglected; to proceed without hindrance or opposition. exampleYou're late, but I'll let it pass.
  4. (intransitive) To happen. exampleIt will soon come to pass.
    • 1876, The Dilemma, Chapter LIII, republished in Littell's Living Age, series 5, volume 14, page 274: …for the memory of what passed while at that place is almost blank.
  5. (heading) To be accepted.
    1. (intransitive) To be tolerate as a substitute for something else, to "do". exampleIt isn't ideal, but it will pass. exampleSome male-to-female transsexuals can pass as female.
    2. (sociology) To present oneself as, and therefore be accepted by society as, a member of a race, sex or other group to which society would not otherwise regard one as belonging; especially to live and be known as white although one has black ancestry, or to live and be known as female although one was born male (or vice versa).
  6. (heading, intransitive) In any game, to decline to play in one's turn.
    1. (intransitive) In euchre, to decline to make the trump.
  7. (heading) To do or be better.
    1. (intransitive, obsolete) To go beyond bounds; to surpass; to be in excess.
      • {{rfdate}} William Shakespeare (1564-1616) This passes, Master Ford.
    2. (transitive) To transcend; to surpass; to excel; to exceed.
      • {{rfdate}} Edmund Spenser (c.1552–1599) And strive to pass…Their native music by her skillful art.
      • {{rfdate}} Lord Byron (1788-1824) Whose tender power Passes the strength of storms in their most desolate hour.
  8. (intransitive, obsolete) To take heed.
    • {{rfdate}} William Shakespeare (1564-1616) As for these silken-coated slaves, I pass not.
  9. (intransitive) To come and go in consciousness.
Synonyms: (go by, over, etc) pass by, pass over, etc., (go from one limit to the other of) spend, (live through) bear, endure, suffer, tolerate, undergo, (go by without noticing) disregard, ignore, take no notice of, (transcend) better, exceed, excel, outdo, surpass, transcend, (go successfully through), (obtain the formal sanction of) be accept by, be passed by, (cause to move or go) deliver, give, hand, make over, send, transfer, transmit, (utter) pronounce, say, speak, utter, (promise) pledge, promise, vow, (cause to advance by stages of process) approve, enact, ratify, (put into circulation) circulate, pass around, (cause to obtain entrance) admit, let in, let past, (medical: emit from the bowels) evacuate, void, (nautical: take a turn with (a line, gasket, etc.), as around a sail in furling, and make secure), (fencing: make, as a thrust, punto) make, (move or be moved from one place to another) go, move, (change from one state to another), (move beyond the range of the senses or of knowledge), (die) pass away, pass over, (come and go in consciousness), (happen) happen, occur, (elapse) elapse, go by, (go from one person to another), (advance through all the steps or stages necessary to validity or effectiveness), (go through any inspection or test successfully), (to be tolerated), (to continue) continue, go on, (proceed without hindrance or opposition), (obsolete: go beyond bounds) exceed, surpass, (obsolete: take heed) take heed, take notice, (go through the intestines), (be conveyed or transferred by will, deed, or other instrument of conveyance), (fencing: to make a lunge or pass) thrust, (decline to play in one's turn):, (in euchre, decline to make the trump), (automotive: to move past) overtake
etymology 3 Short for password.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, slang) A password (especially one for a restricted-access website). Anyone want to trade passes?
  • {{rank}}
  • asps
  • saps
  • spas
passé Alternative forms: passe etymology Borrowing from French
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) dated; out of style; old-fashioned
    • We'll paint the town blue 'cause, baby, red is so passé. - The Pierces
    • I never thought you'd be a junkie, because heroin is so passé. - The Dandy Warhols
  2. Past one's prime; worn; faded.
As in French, passée is sometimes used for the feminine: "a passée belle".
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (fencing) An attack that passes the target without hitting.
  • apses
passel etymology Alteration of parcel pronunciation
  • /ˈpæsl/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) An indeterminately large quantity or group.
  • lapses, saleps, sepals
passion pit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A drive-in theatre, with particular reference to it as a place of intimacy.
    • 1952, Maxwell Griffith, Port of call, Lippincott, page #23: The men who worked in it called it the Passion Pit in wry remembrance of other dark rooms they had known and used for more intimate and more enjoyable purposes...
    • 1956, Ian Fleming, Diamonds are forever, Cape, page #145: We gotta hide up some-place and let them lose us. Tell you what. There's a passion pit just where this comes out onto 95. Drive-in movie.
    • 1959, Theatre arts, Volume 43, Issue 6, Theatre Arts, Inc., page #39: I don't have enough dough to take this chick to a passion pit.
    • 1971, Seymour Martin Lipset and Gerald M. Schaflander, Passion and politics: student activism in America, Little, Brown, page #277: They won't have to brag about how far they went, and the mechanical, "plumbing" aspect of sex in the back seat at the passion pit may soon be a thing of the past.
    • 1979, Stephen King, Night Shift, Signet, page #199: He sat on the back porch on the weekends and watched glumly as a never ending progression of young boys he had never seen before popped out to mutter a quick hello before taking his buxom daughter off to the local passion pit.
    • 1996, William Gildea, When the Colts Belonged to Baltimore: A Father and a Son, a Team and a Time, JHU Press, page #172: That was the summer the Bengies Drive-In movie opened. Instantly it became the most notorious passion pit we'd ever heard of.
    • 2010, Carroll Osburn, The Edge of the Wedge: Recollections of a Reluctant Prodigal, AuthorHouse, page #211: She wanted to see what the passion pit was all about, but I took her to supper and to South Pacific in Memphis rather than to Dragstrip Girl at our drive-in. Anyway, rumor had it that she'd already been to the passion pit.
  2. (slang) Any place where sexual activity commonly occurs.
    • 1996, Sex: a man's guide, Rodale, page #163: As relationships mature, the bedroom gets de-coupled from its former role as a passion pit and instead becomes a place to zonk out, watch TV or work.
    • 2004, Donald Olson, Frommer's Vancouver & Victoria 2005, John Wiley and Sons, page #181: Downstairs, it's The Nightclub - a large room with a funky semi-circular glowing blue bar, big comfy wall banquettes, a secluded circular passion pit in one corner, and a medium-size dance floor.
    • 2009, R B Conroy, In My Father's Image: Life in the Shadows of a Local Legend, CCB Publishing, page #234: During their teenage years, this secluded area was affectionately referred to as the pit, short for passion pit.
passion pop etymology From the brand name Passion Pop. Alternative forms: passion-pop (attributive use)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, informal) Any very cheap, fruity sparkling wine.
    • {{quote-newsgroup }}
    • 2002, , , [http//|%22passion+pops%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=v-3TT__BHMiziQfpkaCTAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22passion%20pop%22|%22passion%20pops%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 38], We sit there, drinking some suburban cheap-shit passion-pop alcohol she brought, and I rub my feet on the Doorman.
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passport etymology From French passeport, from passer + port. Compare portpass. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈpɑːspɔːt/
  • (US) /ˈpæspɔɹt/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An official document normally used for international journeys, which proves the identity and nationality of the person for whom it was issue. You will have to bring your passport to prove who you are.
  2. (by extension, informal) Any document that allows entry or passage.
  3. (figuratively) Something which enables someone to do or achieve something. The tenor's voice was his passport to the international concert circuit.
  • popstars, pop stars
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (pejorative, Scotland, Irish English) Of a person, making belittling or snide remarks.
    • 1980, Benedict Kiely, The state of Ireland Those are gallant shoes, sir, if you'll excuse me being so pass-remarkable. Hand-made jobs.
pass the buck {{wikipedia}} etymology May have originated with the game of poker, in which a marker or counter, frequently in frontier days a knife with a buckhorn handle, was used to indicate the person whose turn it was to deal. If the player did not wish to deal he could pass the responsibility by passing the "buckhorn" or "buck", as the marker came to be called, to the next player.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) To transfer responsibility or blame from oneself onto another; to absolve oneself of concern for a given matter by claiming to lack authority or jurisdiction.
related terms:
  • buck-passing
  • buck-passer
  • the buck stops here
pasta {{wikipedia}} etymology Borrowing from Italian pasta, from ll pasta, from Ancient Greek παστά 〈pastá〉, from παστός 〈pastós〉. pronunciation
  • (NZ) {{enPR}}, /ˈpɑːstə/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈpæstə/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) (particularly in Italian cooking) Dough made from wheat and water and sometimes mixed with egg and formed into various shapes; often sold in dried form, it is typically boiled for eating.
  2. (uncountable) A dish or serving of pasta.
  3. (countable) A type of pasta.
quotations: {{seeCites}}
  • See also
related terms:
  • paste
  • patas
  • tapas
paste {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle French (modern pâte), from ll pasta, from Ancient Greek. pronunciation
  • /peɪst/
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  • {{homophones}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A soft mixture, in particular:
    1. One of flour, fat, or similar ingredient used in making pastry.
    2. One of pound foods, such as fish paste, liver paste, or tomato paste.
    3. One used as an adhesive, especially for putting up wallpapers, etc.
  2. (physics) A substance that behaves as a solid until a sufficiently large load or stress is applied, at which point it flows like a fluid
  3. A hard lead-containing glass, or an artificial gemstone made from this glass.
  4. (obsolete) Pasta. {{cite-book}} {{cite-book}}
  5. (mineralogy) The mineral substance in which other minerals are embed.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To stick with paste; to cause to adhere by or as if by paste.
  2. (intransitive, computing) To insert a piece of media (e.g. text, picture, audio, video, movie container etc.) previously copied or cut from somewhere else.
  3. (transitive, informal) To strike or beat someone or something.
    • 1943, , , chapter 23, He got up and pasted Byfield in the mouth.
  4. (transitive, informal) To defeat decisively or by a large margin.
  • pates, pâtés, peats, septa, spate, stape, tapes
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, US, sports) defeat, beating Usonians are giving a nasty pasting to your limey ass!
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of paste
  • tapings
past it
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) No longer capable, not as effective as previously.
related terms:
  • past one's prime
past life
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A previously lived life in a different body, according to theories of reincarnation. She claims to have been Cleopatra and Marie Antoinette in past lives.
  2. (informal) A former period of one's life. I was a computer programmer in a past life, but now I raise pigs and chickens.
etymology 1 From paste + y. pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈpeɪsti/
  • {{homophones}}
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Like paste, sticky. These mashed potatoes aren’t cooked well, they are very pasty.
  2. pale, lacking colour, having a pallor He is pasty-faced. (figuratively) He was feeling pasty. Are you feeling OK? You look a bit pasty.
  3. (slang, offensive, derogatory, ethnic slur) white-skinned
Synonyms: (sickly pale) See also
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly in the plural) A small item of clothing that conceals little more than the nipple of a woman's breast, primarily worn by female exotic dancer.
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related terms:
  • paste
etymology 2 From xno paste and Old French pasté. Alternative forms: pastie pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈpæsti/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • (Aus) {{enPR}}, /ˈpɑːsti/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A type of seasoned meat and vegetable pie, usually of a semicircular or distinctive shape. A (savory) hand pie.
The spelling pasty is considered correct in the United Kingdom but in Australia the spelling pastie is the more common.
  • patsy, Patsy
patch {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /pætʃ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English patche, pacche, of uncertain origin. Perhaps an alteration of earlier Middle English placche (for loss of l, compare pat from plat, fag from flag, etc.), probably from Old English *plæc, *plecc, from Proto-Germanic *plakjō, related to Middle English plecke (whence dialectal English pleck), West Frisian plak, Low German Plakk, Plakke, Dutch plek, Dutch plak, Swedish plagg, Faroese plagg. Alternatively, perhaps a variant of Middle English pece, from Old French pieche, from Vulgar Latin *pettia, probably from Gaulish pettsi. Compare also Old Provençal petaç.
noun: {{rfc}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A piece of cloth, or other suitable material, sewed or otherwise fixed upon a garment to repair or strengthen it, especially upon an old garment to cover a hole. His sleeves had patches on the elbows where different fabric had been sewn on to replace material that had worn away.
  2. A small piece of anything used to repair damage or a breach; as, a patch on a kettle, a roof, etc. I can't afford to replace the roof, which is what it really needs. I'll have the roofer apply a patch.
  3. A repair intended to be used for a limited time; (differs from previous usage in that it is intended to be a temporary fix and the size of the repair is irrelevant). This usage can mean that the repair is temporary because it is an early but necessary step in the process of properly, completely repairing something, Before you can fix a dam, you have to apply a patch to the hole so that everything can dry off.or that it is temporary because it is not meant to last long or will be removed as soon as a proper repair can be made, which will happen in the near future. "This patch should hold until you reach the city," the mechanic said as he patted the car's hood.
  4. A small, usually contrast but always somehow different or distinct, part of something else (location, time, size); The world economy had a rough patch in the 1930s. The storms last summer washed away parts of the road so we can expect some rough patches up ahead. To me, a normal cow is white with black patches, but Sarah's from Texas and most of the cows there have solid brown, black, or red coats. Doesn't that patch of clouds looks like a bunny? I lost my locket in this patch of grass here. When ice skating, be sure to stay away from reeds: there are always thin patches of ice there, and you could fall through. I never get first place because on track eight, right after you pass the windmill, there's a patch of oil in the road that always gets me.
  5. (specifically) A small area, a small plot of land or piece of ground. Scattered patches of trees or growing corn.
  6. An area of professional responsibility
    • So You Want To Be A Journalist?: Unplugged , Bruce Grundy, ‎Martin Hirst, ‎& Janine Little , 2012 , page 44 , 1139627643 , “There is a lot to be said in praise of the local or regional outlet that keeps very closely across the doings and news in their patch. ”
  7. A small piece of black silk stuck on the face or neck to heighten beauty; an imitation beauty mark.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher Your black patches you wear variously.
  8. (medicine) A piece of material used to cover a wound.
  9. (medicine) An adhesive piece of material, impregnate with a drug, which is worn on the skin; the drug being slowly absorb over a period of time. Many people use a nicotine patch to wean themselves off of nicotine.
  10. (medicine) A cover worn over a damaged eye, an eyepatch. He had scratched his cornea so badly that his doctor told him to wear a patch.
  11. A block on the muzzle of a gun, to do away with the effect of dispart, in sighting.
  12. (computing) A patch file, a file used for input to a patch program or that describes changes made to a computer file or files, usually changes made to a computer program that fix a programming bug.
  13. A small piece of material that is manually passed through a gun barrel to clean it.
  14. A piece of greased cloth or leather used as wrapping for a rifle ball, to make it fit the bore.
  15. (often, patch cable, patch cord{{,}} etc.; see also patch panel) A cable connecting two pieces of electrical equipment.
  16. A sound setting for a musical synthesizer (originally selected by means of a patch cable).
Synonyms: (piece of black silk) beauty spot, (a small, distinct part of something larger) section, area, blotch, spot, period of time, spell, stretch, (a small area, plot of land, or piece of ground) tract, (computing: file describing changes) diff file
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To mend by sewing on a piece or pieces of cloth, leather, or the like; as, to patch a coat.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 8 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “That concertina was a wonder in its way. The handles that was on it first was wore out long ago, and he'd made new ones of braided rope yarn. And the bellows was patched in more places than a cranberry picker's overalls.”
  2. To mend with pieces; to repair by fastening pieces on.
  3. To make out of pieces or patches, like a quilt. exampleI'll need to patch the preamp output to the mixer.
  4. To join or unite the pieces of; to patch the skirt.
  5. A temporary, removable electronic connection, as one between two components in a communications system.
    • {{rfdate}} The Matrix Revolutions, Scene: Starting the Logos, 00:43:09 - 00:43:32 [the control panel of hovercraft The Logos has lit up after being jumped by The Hammer]Sparky: She lives again.Crew member of The Hammer via radio: You want us to patch an uplink to reload the software, Sparky?Sparky: Yeah, that'd be swell. And can you clean the windshield while you're at it?
  6. To repair or arrange in a hasty or clumsy manner; – generally with up; as, to patch up a truce.
  7. (computing) To make the changes a patch describes; to apply a patch to the files in question. Hence:
    1. To fix or improve a computer program without a complete upgrade.
    2. To make a quick and possibly temporary change to a program.
  8. To connect two pieces of electrical equipment using a cable.
Synonyms: See also
etymology 2 {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic) A paltry fellow; a rogue; a ninny; a fool.
    • 1610, , by , act 3 scene 2 What a pied ninny's this! Thou scurvy patch!
  • p'tcha
patentese etymology patent + ese
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The legal jargon used in patent.
  • patentees, septenate
patent troll
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) A person, company, etc. that holds and enforces patent in an aggressive and opportunistic manner, often with no intention of marketing or promoting the subject of the patent.
paternal aunt
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. the sister or sister-in-law of one's father
paternal uncle
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A brother or brother-in-law of one's father.
related terms:
  • maternal uncle
  • paternal aunt
Pathan etymology From Hindi or Punjabi पठान 〈paṭhāna〉, ultimately from Pashto پښتون 〈psˌtwn〉. pronunciation
  • /pəˈtɑːn/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) In India and Pakistan, a Pashtun; a member of the Pashto-speaking people of north-west Pakistan and south-east Afghanistan.
    • 1855, Sir Richard Burton, Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah, Dover 1964, p. 44-5: After long deliberation about the choice of nations, I became a “Pathán.”
pathetisad etymology {{blend}}.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (rare, colloquial) Pathetic: arousing scornful pity or contempt.
pathy etymology From the suffix -pathy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A therapy
    • 1849 Journal of Health
      • So, no doubt, it may be applied to hydropathy, and to every other sort of pathy, and the result will be that every sort of pathy cures not all persons, but many persons...
patibulary etymology From Latin patibulum + -ary.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (now rare, chiefly humorous) Pertaining to the gallows or hanging.
    • 1646, Sir Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, V.21: Masius [...] conceiveth thereby some kind of crucifixion, at least some patibulary affixion after he was slain, and so represented unto the people until toward the evening.
    • 1926, Hope Mirrlees, Lud-in-the-Mist (Ch. 18): And then, when he had finished his supper, he would get out his collection of patibulary treasures, . . . the various bits of gallows rope . . . .
patootie Alternative forms: patoot etymology Possibly from sweet potato
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, US, slang) The buttocks.
  2. (chiefly, US, slang) An attractive girl; a girlfriend.
proper noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A US surface-to-air missile system.
  2. (informal) An individual Patriot missile
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. offensive condescending
Synonyms: condescending
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of patronize
patronymic Alternative forms: patronymick (obsolete) etymology From Ancient Greek πατήρ 〈patḗr〉 + ὄνομα 〈ónoma〉.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Derived from ancestors; as, a patronymic denomination.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Name acquired from one's father's, grandfather's or earlier male ancestor's first name. Some cultures use a patronymic where other cultures use a surname or family name; other cultures (like Russia) use both a patronymic and a surname.
A patronymic is often formed by adding a prefix or suffix to a name. Synonyms: patronym
coordinate terms:
  • matronym
  • matronymic
  • metronym
  • metronymic
  • pyromantic
patsy etymology The term dates back at least to the 1870s in the United States, close to the peak of Irish migration. The OED's recent revisions link Patsy with Pat and Paddy, the stereotype of the bogtrotter just off the boat. The American Heritage Dictionary and Online Etymology Dictionary quotes the OED it may derive from the Italian pazzo ("madman" ), and south Italian dialect paccio ("fool"). Another possibility is the term derives from , a character in an 1880s minstrel skit who was blamed whenever anything went wrong, in Broadway musical comedies, for example in The Errand Boy [1904] and Patsy in Politics [1907]. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) A person who is taken advantage of, especially by being cheated or blamed for something.
  • pasty
patter pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈpætə/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 1610s, pat + er,{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}} of (onomatopoeia) origin.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The soft sound of feet walking on a hard surface. I could hear the patter of mice running about in the dark.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make irregularly repeated sounds of low-to-moderate magnitude and lower-than-average pitch. The bullets pattered into the log-cabin walls.
    • Thomson The stealing shower is scarce to patter heard.
  2. To spatter; to sprinkle.
    • J. R. Drake Patter the water about the boat.
etymology 2 Circa 1400, from paternoster, possibly influenced by imitative sense (above), Latin pater, from Proto-Indo-European *ph₂tḗr 〈*ph₂tḗr〉. Noun attested 1758, originally referring to the cant of thieves and beggers.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Glib and rapid speech, such as from an auctioneer, or banter during a sports event.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To speak in such a way – glibly and rapidly, such as from an auctioneer, or when bantering during a sports event.
    • Mayhew I've gone out and pattered to get money.
etymology 3 pat + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who pat.
patterer etymology patter + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang) One who patter, or talk glib; a street peddler.
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patzer etymology Origin uncertain; perhaps from German Patzer. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈpatsə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chess, slang) A poor player; an amateur.
    • 2004, Nigel Short, The Sunday Telegraph, 5 Sep 2004: If you have learned the principle that it is inadvisable to move the same piece twice in the opening you would probably imagine that these guys are patzers.
Paultard etymology Paul + tard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, derogatory) A supporter of .
pav pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Contraction of pavilion.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (cricket, informal) {{short for}}
    • 1954, , According to Jennings, [http//|%22Pavs%22+cricket+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2VvVT7nyGuWUiAfY8IWYAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22Pav%22|%22Pavs%22%20cricket%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 80], “It′s no good hanging around here. I vote we nip round to the back of the pav,” Jennings suggested. “We might be able to see Mr Findlater and wave to him through the window.” They scurried round to the rear of the building where a row of windows overlooked a deserted part of the cricket ground.
    • 2000, , The Whole Hog, [http//|%22Pavs%22+cricket+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=xmDVT5COMYGpiAe-v6ikAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22Pav%22|%22Pavs%22%20cricket%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], Up goes the finger and the Dodo snaps to attention, rams the bat under his arm (subaltern with swagger stick) and retreats to the pav with a slowness intended as silent comment on a poor decision.
    • 2008, Fionn Davenport, Dublin City Guide, Lonely Planet, [http//|%22Pavs%22+cricket+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2VvVT7nyGuWUiAfY8IWYAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22Pav%22|%22Pavs%22%20cricket%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 166], One of the most enjoyable drinking experiences in town can be had on a pleasant summer′s day on the balcony of the Pav, the cricket pavilion overlooking Trinity′s playing fields.
etymology 2 Contraction of pavlova. Australian from 1966.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, informal) {{short for}}
    • 2003, Stephen Downes, Advanced Australian Fare: How Australian Cooking Became the World′s Best, [http//|%22Pavs%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=xlXVT5DRMYyZiAf4pYH-Ag&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22Pav%22|%22Pavs%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 6], Bert Sachse experimented for a month to create the perfect pav.
    • 2011, Neil Perry, Rockpool Bar & Grill: Desserts, [http//|%22Pavs%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=xlXVT5DRMYyZiAf4pYH-Ag&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22Pav%22|%22Pavs%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], I′m totally biased but I think this is the best pav in the world. It also does nothing to clear up the argument that the pav is in fact from New Zealand and not Australia.
    • 2011, , Suzanne Gibbs, Margaret Fulton Favourites, page 194, Pavlova, named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, is still just about the most popular party dessert in Australia.…The following recipe was given to me by a churchgoer who won acclaim for her ‘pavs’ and made at least five a week for members of the congregation.
etymology 3 {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (India) Bread.
  • AVP
  • PVA
pavement pizza
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, Australia, humorous) Vomit. I think I'm about to deliver a pavement pizza.
    • 2004, Andrew Holmes, Matthew Reeves, Pains on Trains: A Commuter′s Guide to the 50 Most Irritating Travel Companions, [http//|%22pavement+pizzas%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=OWXVT5_aIMPYigfuvJ2oAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pavement%20pizza%22|%22pavement%20pizzas%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 207], Being drunk is one thing, but creating a pavement pizza on a train is clearly overstepping the mark.
    • 2009, Aaron Chynn, Memoirs of an Ordinary Man: A Yorkshireman's Tale, [http//|%22pavement+pizzas%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=OWXVT5_aIMPYigfuvJ2oAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pavement%20pizza%22|%22pavement%20pizzas%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 77], I was so relieved at the end of the journey that if I had had anything left to throw up I would have made it a hat trick of pavement pizzas.
    • 2010, Michael Powell, Matt Forbeck, Forbidden Knowledge College: 101 Things Not Every Student Should Know How To Do, Adams Media, UK, [http//|%22pavement+pizzas%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=OWXVT5_aIMPYigfuvJ2oAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pavement%20pizza%22|%22pavement%20pizzas%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 84], This will make you gag and cough; keep going until your stomach starts heaving. Open your throat as if you were is about to swallow a sword; this sends another signal to your brain that a pavement pizza [is] about to be delivered.
  2. (humorous) The badly damaged bodily remains of a person who has jumped or fallen from a great height.
    • 1998, Eileen Dreyer, Brain Dead, [http//|%22pavement+pizzas%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22pavement+pizza%22|%22pavement+pizzas%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=OWXVT5_aIMPYigfuvJ2oAw&redir_esc=y page 287], She would have been pavement pizza if she hadn′t been strapped in. As it was, she was hanging from the shoulder strap like a parachutist who hit a tree.
    • 2008, Christopher Nosnibor, The Plagiarist, [http//|%22pavement+pizzas%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=OWXVT5_aIMPYigfuvJ2oAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pavement%20pizza%22|%22pavement%20pizzas%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 107], He′d even heard of there having been a jumper once. Ended up as pavement-pizza, but astoundingly still alive, now simply existing in a semi-vegetable state, a crippled slobbering mess, physically and mentally incapacitated for the remainder of his sorry life.
    • 2011, Bob Sehlinger, The Unofficial Guide to Britain′s Best Days Out, Theme Parks and Attractions, [http//|%22pavement+pizzas%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=OWXVT5_aIMPYigfuvJ2oAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pavement%20pizza%22|%22pavement%20pizzas%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 133], Fortunately, technology is in place to slow your descent before you become pavement-pizza.
  3. Roadkill.
    • 1995, Margaret Lawrence, Cousin Cassie′s Cookin′, Annette J. Bruce, J. Stephen Brooks (editors), Sandspun: Florida Tales by Florida Tellers, [http//|%22pavement+pizzas%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=OWXVT5_aIMPYigfuvJ2oAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pavement%20pizza%22|%22pavement%20pizzas%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 43], That's so the little critters can go there and eat their little hearts out instead of getting them smashed out on the road as a part of a pavement pizza.
    • 2004 September 13, Editorial Opinion, Philadelphia Daily News (PA) Had I been in an SUV, the kid would have been pavement pizza.
    • 2005, Paul Frederick Kluge, Final Exam, [http//|%22pavement+pizzas%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=OWXVT5_aIMPYigfuvJ2oAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pavement%20pizza%22|%22pavement%20pizzas%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 21], If that schnauzer winds up pavement pizza, they′d love reporting me, they′d be checking my tires for fur in no time.
Synonyms: (vomit) See .
pavement princess
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A prostitute who seeks clients on the street.
    • 2009, Stanley Evans, Seaweed on the Rocks (page 35) Out on Fort Street, a pavement princess was sitting on the sidewalk with her back to a lamppost and her legs stretched out.
    • 2010, H. A. Carson, A Roaring Girl: An Interview with the Thinking Man's Hooker (page 200) Anyhow, most street chicks won't do B/D, S/M scenes. Too complicated, I guess. But, one night in (of all places) Bakersfield, California, Fireass spotted a pavement princess dressed in full dominatrix attire.
paw Alternative forms: pa
etymology 1 The word probably has an origin in : see ‘pa. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /pɔː/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{audio}}
  • {{audio}}
  • Homophones: poor (in non-rhotic accents), pore (in non-rhotic accents), pour (in non-rhotic accents)
  • Hyphenation: paw (one syllable)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nonstandard or rural) Father; pa.
Synonyms: (father:) pawpaw, pa, papa, father, dad, daddy, pappy
  • (father:) parent
  • (father:) step-paw
coordinate terms:
  • maw, brother, sis/sissy
related terms:
  • pa
etymology 2 Middle English pawe, from Old French poue, poe, from *pōta (compare Dutch poot, Low German Pote, German Pfote), from *pōton 'to put, stick, plant' (compare Dutch poten 'to plant'), from Proto-Germanic *putōną (compare Old English potian 'to push', pȳtan 'to put out, poke out', Icelandic pota 'to stick', Albanian putër 'paw'), Ancient Greek "πους". More at put. pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /pɔː/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /pɔ/
  • (cot-caught) {{enPR}}, /pɑ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{audio}}
  • Homophones: poor (in non-rhotic accents), pore (in non-rhotic accents), pour (in non-rhotic accents), pa (with caught-cot merger)
  • Hyphenation: paw (one syllable)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The soft foot of a mammal or other animal, generally a quadruped, that has claw or nail; comparable to a human hand or foot.
  2. (humorous) A hand. Get your grubby paws off my things!
Synonyms: (of a mammal:) hand, foot
  • (foot of a mammal:) limb extremity
  • claw, finger
  • limb
coordinate terms:
  • hoof, talon
related terms:
  • possibly German Pfote
  • cat's paw
etymology 3 From the noun paw, meaning an animal's hand or foot. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /pɔː/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{audio}}
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  • Homophones: poor (in non-rhotic accents), pore (in non-rhotic accents), pour (in non-rhotic accents)
  • Hyphenation: paw (one syllable)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (of an animal) To go through something (such as a garbage can) with paws
  2. (of an animal) To gently push on something with a paw.
  3. (of an animal) To draw the forefoot along the ground; to beat or scrape with the forefoot.
    • Bible, Job xxxix. 21 He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men.
  4. (by extension, of a human) To touch someone (with the hands) in a sexual way.
    • August 17 1997, Robert Spector, in IronMan used to be good in this way, back in the '80s. … They wouldn't subscribe to the old, "Let's put a male bodybuilder with silicone babes pawing him" cover that's mainstay now.
    • October 26 1997, Verbotene, quoted by Amy McWilliams, in So, Katherine was out with Luke and they were both quite dolled up and swoon-worthy. Katherine fawned all over Luke and pawed him, but to what end? Was Stefan supposed to believe that Luke and Katherine have some sort of a thing going? What was the point of this display from Katherine's perspective?
    • July 18 2002, Lurker Dave, in rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe: Subtlety is great, but what exactly happened with Jessica and the cop during sex that he locked her up afterwards? Also, what was the item she nicked from his shirt while she pawed him?
  5. (by extension, of a human) To clumsily dig through something.
  • (to go through something with paws) handle
  • (to gently push on something) touch
  • PWA
  • WAP
  • WPA
pawn pronunciation
  • (UK) /pɔːn/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • (US) /pɔn/
  • (cot-caught) /pɑn/
  • (Southern American English) /pɑɒn/
  • {{homophones}} (non-rhotic accents)
etymology 1 From xno paun, poun ( = Old French poon, paon), from ll pedo, from Latin pes.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chess) The most common chess piece, or a similar piece in a similar game. In chess each side has eight; moves are only forward, attack are only forward diagonally or en passant.
  2. (colloquial) Someone who is being manipulate or used to some end, usually not the end that individual would prefer. exampleThough a pawn of the gods, her departure is the precipitating cause of the Trojan War.
    • {{RQ:Frgsn Zlnstn}} “I'm through with all pawn-games,” I laughed. “Come, let us have a game of lansquenet. Either I will take a farewell fall out of you or you will have your sevenfold revenge”.
Synonyms: See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (video games) To render one's opponent a mere pawn, especially in a real-time strategy games.
etymology 2 From Middle French pan, apparently from a Germanic language (compare Middle Dutch pant, Old High German pfant).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The state of being held as security for a loan, or as a pledge. All our jewellery was in pawn by this stage.
    • Shakespeare My life I never held but as a pawn / To wage against thy enemies.
  2. An instance of pawning something.
    • Shakespeare Redeem from broking pawn the blemish'd crown.
    • John Donne As the morning dew is a pawn of the evening fatness, so, O Lord, let this day's comfort be the earnest of to-morrow's.
  3. (now rare) An item given as security on a loan, or as a pledge.
    • {{RQ:RBrtn AntmyMlncly}}, New York, 2001, p.106: Brokers, takers of pawns, biting userers, I will not admit; yet … I will tolerate some kind of usery.
    • Francis Bacon As for mortgaging or pawning,…men will not take pawns without use [i.e. interest].
  4. (rare) A pawn shop, pawnbroker.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To pledge; to stake or wager.
  2. To give as security on a loan of money; especially, to deposit (something) at a pawn shop.
    • 1965, Bob Dylan, Like a Rolling Stone But you'd better take your diamond ring, you'd better pawn it, babe.
Synonyms: (to deposit at a pawn shop) hock
etymology 3
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative form of paan
  • WPAN
pawnshop {{wikipedia}} etymology From pawn + shop. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈpɔːnʃɒp/
  • (US) /ˈpɔːnʃɑːp/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The business premise of a pawnbroker; where loan are made, with personal property as security
pax pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /pæks/
  • {{homophones}}
etymology 1 From Latin pax peace. See peace.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A painted, stamped or carved tablet with a representation of Christ or the Virgin Mary, which was kissed by the priest during the Mass ("kiss of peace") and then passed to other officiating clergy and the congregation to be kissed. See also osculatory.
  2. (UK, schoolboy slang, dated) friendship; truce to make pax with someone to be good pax (i.e. good friends)
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (UK, schoolboy slang, dated) A cry for peace or truce in children's games.
etymology 2 Abbreviation of passenger. X is an abbreviation marker as in DX, TX and canx.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, usually, in the plural) passenger; passengers
  2. (informal, usually, in the plural, by extension, hospitality industry) guest (at an event or function)
  • AXP
pay attention
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, intransitive) To attend; to be attentive; to focus one's attention.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 4 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “I was on my way to the door, but all at once, through the fog in my head, I began to sight one reef that I hadn't paid any attention to afore.”
    examplePlease pay attention to the danger signs.
Synonyms: (to attend) give heed, pay heed, pick up what someone is putting down
pay off pronunciation See pay, off.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (transitive, informal) To bribe, especially to deter oversight. I thought the guards would give us trouble, but apparently he had paid them off.
  2. (intransitive) To become worthwhile; to produce a net benefit. Her years of Spanish classes finally paid off when she found herself in Mexico and realized she could communicate with people.
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  3. (transitive) To pay back; to repay. He paid off the loan three months early.
  4. (transitive) To pay back repay, pay off the entirety of a loan, thereby effecting the release of a lien on. This contract requires you to pay off the car by {{#expr:WtTemplate([0] = WtName[WtText("CURRENTYEAR")], [1] = WtTemplateArguments[])+10}}.
  5. (nautical) To fall to leeward, as the head of a vessel under sail.
paysite etymology pay + site
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet, slang) A website that charges money for admission, especially a pornographic one.
pay the bills
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, of a job) To provide enough income to sustain one's lifestyle. Being a dentist isn't so glamorous, but it pays the bills.
paywall {{wikipedia}} etymology From pay + wall, by analogy with firewall. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈpeɪ.wɔːl/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, computing) A feature of a website, application or service that only allows access to certain pages, data or features to paid up subscriber. Techdirt got wind of a secret meeting by newspaper execs, complete with antitrust lawyers, to discuss how to proceed on the issue of implementing paywalls going forward. — Slashdot, May 2009
payware etymology pay + ware
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, informal) Software for which a payment is required, as opposed to freeware.
acronym: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (computing) Personal Computer Memory Card International Association, a plug and play peripheral device interface, typically for laptop computers.
  2. (humorous, from the above) People can't memorize computer industry acronyms.
PC Plod etymology From the policeman in 's Noddy books
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, informal, derogatory) A policeman (implying that he is dull and slow).
Synonyms: See
PCSO {{wikipedia}}
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (UK) Police Community Support Officer
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK) a Police community support officer
Synonyms: plastic plod (derogatory)
  • cops, COSP, PCOS, scop
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (electronics) A personal digital assistant, a handheld computing device.
  2. (colloquial) A public display of affection.
  3. (computing theory) A pushdown automaton.
  4. abbreviation of Property Damage Accident
  5. abbreviation of Pathological Demand Avoidance
  • ADP dap, DPA, pad
pdoc etymology p (the first letter) + doc
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet, informal) A psychotherapist or psychiatrist.
    • 2003, Paul Kalkstein, Jump the Kennebec : not so good they changd my meds agin / : my pdoc is talking abt ect
    • 2004, "Richard", pdocs (discussion on newsgroup The quality of psychiatrists varies widely. Take my last three pdocs, for example. One was terribly bad, the next one exceptionally good, and the current one moderately good.
    • 2007, Emily Martin, Bipolar Expeditions: Mania and Depression in American Culture ...being honest with my pdoc about my symptoms, and doing what I can to control my symptoms and live a full life.
  • COPD
  • OCPD
peabrain etymology pea + brain
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, informal) A stupid person; a cretin.
related terms:
  • peabrained
peace etymology From Middle English pece, from Old French pais, from Latin pāx, from Proto-Indo-European *paḱ- 〈*paḱ-〉, related to Latin pacīscor, Latin pangō; see pact. Displaced native Middle English frith, frede (from Old English friþ, frēod), Middle English sib (from Old English sibb), Middle English grith (from Old English griþ and Old Norse grið), Middle English saught (from Old English seht, sæht). pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /pʰiːs/
    • (US) /pʰis/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A state of tranquility, quiet, and harmony; absence of violence. For instance, a state free from civil disturbance.
    • 2001, Carol Stream, Unshaken Naomi boasted in nothing but the God of Israel. And she found peace even in the midst of chaos when she went to Him in prayer.
    exampleOur lounge strives to maintain an environment of peace for the comfort of our customers.
  2. A state free of oppressive and unpleasant thoughts and emotions. exampleThe safety equipment will give me some peace of mind.
  3. Harmony in personal relations.
  4. A state free of war, in particular war between different countries.
    • 1969 March 31, John Lennon, Bagism Press Conference at Sacher Hotel, Vienna Now, a lot of cynics have said, “Oh, it’s easy to sit in bed for seven days,” but I’d like some of them to try it, and talk for seven days about peace. All we’re saying is give peace a chance.
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    exampleMy boy, this peace is what all true warriors strive for.
Synonyms: (religious, Heathenry) frith, See also
  • disruption
  • war
  • violence
related terms:
  • pacific
  • pacify
  • pacification
  • pacifism
  • pacifist
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (archaic) Shut up!, silence!; be quiet, be silent.
    • Mark Twain "Peace, my lord, thou utterest treason! Hast forgot the king's command? Remember I am party to thy crime, if I but listen."
  2. (slang) Shortened form of peace out; goodbye.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (neologism) To make peace; to put at peace; to be at peace.
    • 1997, Yusuf Jah, Shah'Keyah Jah, Uprising, page 49: Within every hood they have to be peacing with themselves. Then when you're living in peace with yourself, [...]
    • 2006, Wayne Grady, Bringing back the dodo: lessons in natural and unnatural history: In another northern species, ptarmigan, such a see-saw pattern between warring and peacing has indeed been observed by researchers.
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peacemonger etymology From peace + monger, in parallel to warmonger.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) someone who opposes war even when it is considered impractical to do so; a strict pacifist
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) Behaviour of a peacemonger; irrational pacifism.
peacenik etymology peace + nik
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sometimes, derogatory) Someone who publicly opposes armed conflict in general, or a particular conflict; or who publicly opposes the proliferation of weapon.
Synonyms: dove, pacifist
peace out
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang) Goodbye.
  2. (slang) go in peace.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To become unconscious; to pass out.
    • Mergers & Acquisitions, page 154, Dana Vachon, 2007, “Lauren was peaced-out in her bedroom, and almost everyone had gone home. I started chilling by the pool with the bartender,”
    • {{quote-news}}
  2. (transitive) To render unconscious.
    • Beneath a Panamanian Moon, page 253, David Terrenoire, 2005, “I cracked him with a stone I'd picked up in the garden. The inscription on the stone read PAZ. The man, peaced out, fell back”
  3. To experience an altered state of consciousness.
    • Who Dies?: An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying, page 177, Stephen Levine, Ondrea Levine, 1982, “And she gets all peaced out and says she feels the presence of the Lord”
    • Media Virus!: Hidden Agendas in Popular Culture, page 2 59, Douglas Rushkoff, 1994, “After experiencing the totally peaced out acid trance, the first thing that occurred to most users was "Let's dose the President!"”
    • Cage's Bend, page 360, Carter Coleman, 2005, “"As they say out in Californication" — I try to sound peaced-out like someone from Santa Cruz — "Isabella's way bitching."”
    • {{quote-news}}
  4. (intransitive, slang) To depart.
    • The Great Expectations School: A Rookie Year in the New Blackboard Jungle, page 237, Dan Brown, 2007, “I am peacing out of that hellhole. Are you still thinking about leaving?"”
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) A native or resident of Georgia in the United States.
  • chape
  • cheap
peach {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /piːt͡ʃ/
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etymology 1 From Middle English peche, from Old French pesche (French: pêche) from Malayalam pesca, from vl pessica from Classical Latin persica, from malum persicum, from Ancient Greek . See Perse.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A tree ({{taxlink}}), native to China and now widely cultivated throughout temperate regions, having pink flowers and edible fruit.
  2. {{senseid}} The soft juicy stone fruit of the peach tree, having yellow flesh, downy, red-tinted yellow skin, and a deeply sculptured pit or stone containing a single seed.
    • 1915?, T S Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare eat a peach?I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
  3. A light moderate to strong yellowish pink to light orange color. {{color panel}}
  4. (informal) A particularly admirable or pleasing person or thing.
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  5. The large, edible berry of the {{taxlink}}, a rubiaceous climbing shrub of west tropical Africa.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colour) Of the color peach.
  2. Particularly pleasing or agreeable.
Synonyms: agreeable, fair, orange, paragon, rosy
  • disagreeable, foul, ugly, unpleasant
etymology 2 From Middle English pechen, from apechen and empechen, possibly from xno anpecher, from ll impedicō. See impeach.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, obsolete) To inform on someone; turn informer.
    • Shakespeare If I be ta'en, I'll peach for this.
    • 1916, James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Macmillan Press Ltd, paperback, 21) And his father had told him if he ever wanted anything to write home to him and, whatever he did, never to peach on a fellow.
    • 1913, Rex Stout, Her Forbidden Knight, 1997 Carroll & Graf Publishers edition, ISBN 0786704446, page 123: "Do you think we want to peach? No, thank you. We may be none too good, but we won't hang a guy up, no matter who he is.…"
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To inform against.
Synonyms: (intransitive) sing, squeal, tattle
  • hide
  • keep secret
  • chape
  • cheap
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, nonstandard) The fuzz found on the skin of a peach.
  2. (informal) The soft, scanty beard of an adolescent male.
peachy etymology peach + y pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Resembling a peach, peach-like. Although this is an apricot pie, it tastes peachy.
  2. (slang) Very good, excellent Life is peachy now summer has come.
peacock copper etymology After the rainbow iridescence that appears after tarnishing.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Bornite.
Synonyms: peacock ore
peacock ore etymology After the rainbow iridescence that appears after tarnishing.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Bornite.
Synonyms: peacock copper
peakish etymology peak + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Of or relating to a peak or peaks; belonging to a mountainous region. Her peakish spring. — Drayton. His peakish dialect. — Bishop Hall.
  2. (colloquial) Having peak; peaked.
  3. (colloquial) Having thin or sharp features, as from sickness; sickly; peaky.
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peanutty etymology peanut + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Resembling peanut, peanut-like.
  2. (informal) Of, or pertaining to, peanut. Full of peanutty goodness.
pea patch
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small piece of land planted with peas.
  2. (pejorative) A small farm.
  3. (idiomatic) A baseball field.
    • The Natural‎, page 170, Bernard Malamud, 1952, “Watching the way the Pirates cut up the pea patch with their merciless hitting and precision fielding, the New Yorkers grew more dejected.”
  4. (idiomatic) A realm of endeavor.
    • Making Economic Sense‎, page 158, Murray Newton Rothbard, 1995, “It behooves any revolutionaries, educational or other, to consider all problems and consequences before they start tearing up the social pea patch.”
pea pod
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The pod of the pea plant, that holds the seed (the peas) until they ripen
  2. (informal) The pod and its contents as a vegetable; the mangetout
Alternative forms: peapod
pearl diver
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who dive for pearl.
  2. (slang) A dishwasher (person).
pearlie etymology pearl + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A pearly king or pearly queen.
pea-souper Alternative forms: peasouper
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, Canada, informal) A dense, yellowish fog. I can hear the bell on the buoy, but I can't see anything in this pea-souper.
  2. (Canada, slang, derogatory) A French-Canadian person, especially a Francophone from the province of Québec. Those pea-soupers are the worst drivers on the road!
PEBCAK {{wikipedia}}
acronym: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (humorous) Problem Exists Between Chair And Keyboard. Used by technical support helpdesk staff to indicate that the problem with a user’s computer or experience is due to user error.
related terms:
  • EBKAC (Error Between Keyboard And Chair)
  • PEBKAC (Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair)
  • PIBCAK (Problem Is Between Chair And Keyboard)
  • PIBKAC (Problem Is Between Keyboard And Chair)
  • PLBKAC (Problem Lies Between Keyboard And Chair)
  • POBCAC (Problem Occurs Between Computer And Chair)
  • PEBCAC (Problem Exists Between Chair And Computer)
  • PEBMAC (Problem Exists Between Monitor And Chair)
  • PICNIC (Problem In Chair Not In Computer)
  • PEBKAM (Problem Exists Between Keyboard and Monitor)
  • PEBCATS (Problem Exists Between Chair and TouchScreen)
  • PEBCAI (Problem Exists Between Chair and iPad/iPhone)
acronym: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (humorous) Problem exists between keyboard and chair. See PEBCAK.
pec pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, usually, in the plural) The pectoralis major muscle. He's flexing his pecs at anyone who'll look.
  • cep
  • EPC
pec deck
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) An exercise machine used to develop the pectoral muscles.
pecker {{rft}} etymology From peck + -er (forming agent nouns). pronunciation
  • /ˈpɛkə(ɹ)/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone who or something that peck, striking or piercing in the manner of a bird's beak or bill, particularly:
    • 2003 October 18, The Economist, "Stress Test" Two studies of British civil servants, for example, suggest that those at the top of the heap are less stressed than those near the bottom. Work on other species, too, indicates that when it comes to pecking order, the peckees are more stressed than the peckers.
    1. (uncommon or regional) Any tool use in a peck fashion, particularly kinds of hoe or pickaxe.
      • 1588, Thomas Hariot, A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia, sig. C2: The women with short peckers or parers,... of a foot long and about fiue inches in breadth: do onely break the vpper part of the ground to rayse vp the weedes, grass, & old stubbes of corn stalkes with their rootes... For their corn,... with a pecker they make a hole, wherein they put four graines.
      • 1782, J. Scott, Poetical Works, page 119: Let sturdy youths their pointed peckers ply, Till the rais'd roots loose on the surface lie.
      • 1848, Journal of the Royal Agricultural Society, 9 ii. 551: A small narrow hoe or pecker... A small hand-pecker.
      • 1948, M. Carbery & E. Grey, Hertfordshire Heritage, page 120: Pecker, small pickaxe for cutting furze.
    2. (uncommon) Any machine or machine part moving in a peck fashion, particularly:
      • 1922, Whittaker's Mechanical Engineer's Pocket Book, page 368: The upper end of the finger o carries a "pecker" p, which consists of a hardened steel piece with a V edge. This pecker is engaged by any one of several steps or notches in a stepped block {{g}} carried by the rocking lever l.
      1. (weaving, obsolete) A picker, a shuttle-driver: the device which move backwards and forwards in the shuttle-box to drive the shuttle through the warp.
        • 1807, Thomas Johnson, British Patent № 3023 (1856), 5: The shuttle... receives its motion from the peckers connected with cords pulled by the pecking lever.
        • 1878, Alfred Barlow, The History and Principles of Weaving by Hand and by Power, x. 136: When the shaft [of the draw-boy] rocks from side to side of the machine, it will carry the pecker... with it.
      2. (telegraphy, historical) A kind of V-shaped telegraphic relay.
        • 1858 June 13, H.C.F. Jenkin, letter in Papers (1887), volume I, page lxxxvi: Click, click, click, the pecker is at work.
        • 1940, Chambers's Technical Dictionary, 621/1: Pecker, the small cylindrical pin which rises and falls in scanning the holes punched in a slip corresponding to the coding of the message.
      3. (US regional, historical) {{short for}}, a rice mill.
        • 1802, J. Drayton, A view of South Carolina, as respects her natural and civil concerns, page 121: Rice mills, called pecker, cog, and water mills... The first... so called, from the pestle's striking... in the manner of a wood pecker.
        • 1949, S. C. Murray, This Our Land: the Story of the Agricultural Society of South Carolina, page 41: After being thrashed by flail or whipped off, the rice was milled and dressed wholly by hand or by a crude machine called a ‘pecker’.
    3. (zoology) A bird, particularly a member of the group of bird including the berrypecker, flowerpecker, and woodpecker.
      • 1697, John Dryden translating Publius Virgilius Maro as Georgics, iv: The Titmouse, and the Peckers hungry Brood.
      • 1884 January, George Allen in Longman's Magazine, page 294: By far the greater number of modern birds belong to the... orders of the perchers, the peckers, and the birds of prey.
      1. (zoology, usually colloquial or US regional) {{short for}} ().
        • 1883, J.S. Stallybrass translating Jacob Grimm as Teutonic Mythology, volume III, page 973: The pecker was esteemed a sacred and divine bird.
        • 1980 January 20, Washington Post, m1: I've been feeding several downy ’peckers from my short-perched tubes for years.
    4. (UK regional, obsolete) An eater, a diner.
      • 1862, C.C. Robinson, The Dialect of Leeds & Its Neighbourhood, page 383: He's a rare pecker.
      • 1873, Slang Dictionary: Peck... A hearty eater is generally called ‘a rare pecker’.
      • 1894, Mrs. H. Ward, Marcella, II. iv. v. 476: But I've been better iver since, an' beginnin' to eat my vittles, too, though I'm never no great pecker.
    5. (UK regional) A bird's beak or bill.
      • 1891, G. Sweetman, A Glossary of Words used by the rural population in the parish and neighbourhood of Wincanton, Somerset: Pecker, a bird's bill
      • 1967, H. Orton & M. F. Wakelin, A Survey of English dialects B, volume 4: Q. What does a bird peck its food up with?... [Wiltshire] Beak, pecker.
    6. (chiefly, US, regional, slang) Cock, dick; a penis.
      • 1902, J. S. Farmer & W. E. Henley, Slang and Its Analogues (London), V. 289/2: The penis... pecker.
      • 1936, Henry Miller, , page 142: Ought to stand on Times Square with my pecker in my hand and piss in the gutter.
      • 1964, American Folk Music Occasional, i. 12: There is a house down in New Orleans, They call it , When you want to get your pecker spoilt, That's where you get it done.
      • 1990 Fall, Paris Review, volume 32, number 116, page 171: He has the biggest pecker in the pool, politically speaking.
  2. (UK colloquial, by extension from ‘beak’) A nose.
  3. (UK colloquial, by extension, from the expression ‘keep one's pecker up’) Spirits, nerve, courage.
    • 1845 September 15, Times (London), 8/3: Mr. King... misstated the fact in saying that he had put a piece of lighted paper to the master's nose while asleep in that house; it was his hot pipe that he applied to the sleeper's nostrils, at the same time crying: Come, old chap, keep your pecker up.
    • 1873, Slang Dictionary: Pecker, ‘keep your Pecker up’,... literally, keep your beak and head well up, ‘never say die’.
    • 1875, W.S. Gilbert, Trial by Jury, 4: Be firm, my moral pecker.
    • 2003, J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, page xii: Fred and I managed to keep our peckers up somehow.
  4. (chiefly plural, pejorative slang) Short for peckerwood ("whitey; white trash")
    • 1966, R.G. Toepfer, Witness, xvi. 127: These peckers know that as well as me.
    • 1971, D. Wells & S. Dance, Night People, i. 7: Those cats wouldn't let us get five feet from the Y.M.C.A. Like real peckers, they'd say, ‘If I had you .’
  5. (chiefly plural, pejorative slang) Short for peckerhead ("dickhead; an aggressive or objectionable idiot").
    • 2013, Sean Moore, "Sat Phone Black Op" in Outside the Wire, 41: Goddammit! I give you peckers an inch and you automatically take a mile …
  6. (US) {{short for}} ("an electric motor's junction or terminal connection box, where power cord are connect to the winding leads").
Synonyms: (penis) See , (courage) See , (connection box) pothead (Canada); T-box, T-block (UK)
related terms:
  • peckish
pecker checker etymology In reference to medical tests for sexually-transmitted diseases. See pecker.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, military, slang, humorous, derogatory) A medical doctor.
peckerhead Alternative forms: pecker head etymology From pecker + head.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, US, pejorative) A dickhead: an unpleasant, stupid or mean person. exampleI dunno what this peckerhead thinks he's doin' but he's about to fall off that bridge.
  2. (US) An electric motor's terminal connection or wiring box.
Synonyms: (pej.) See dickhead, (wiring box) T-box, pecker
pecker snot
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) Semen.
peckerwood {{wikipedia}} etymology Inversion of woodpecker. Application to white people is due to the perception that the woodpecker is a symbol of whites, whereas the crow is a symbol of blacks. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈpɛkəwʊd/
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  1. (Southern US, slang) A woodpecker.
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  2. (Southern US) A peckerwood sawmill.
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  3. (US, offensive, slang) A white person, especially a Southerner, or one who is ignorant, rustic, or bigoted.
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  4. (prison slang) A white (male) inmate, especially one who is racist or who is a member of a race-based prison gang.
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Synonyms: (white person) See whitey, (rustic) redneck
  • woodpecker
peckish etymology peck + ish pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) mildly hungry1860. John Camden Hotten. ''[ A dictionary of modern slang, cant, and vulgar words]'' page 188.
  2. (colloquial) irritable; crotchety
  3. (colloquial) Of or pertaining to Peckham, a place in Southwark London.
  4. (colloquial) Native to Peckham.
pectoralis major
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. The large muscle that covers the chest and ribs.
Synonyms: (informal) pecs
pedant etymology From Middle French pedant, pedante, from Italian pedante, of uncertain origin, traced by some sources to Latin paedagogans, present participle of paedagogare ( = to teach, from Greek "paedagogein" = to instruct children ). Confer French pédant. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈpɛdənt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic) A teacher or schoolmaster.
    • {{RQ:Flr Mntgn Essays}}, vol. 1 ch. 24: I have in my youth oftentimes beene vexed to see a Pedant [tr. pedante] brought in, in most of Italian comedies, for a vice or sport-maker, and the nicke-name of Magister to be of no better signification amongst us.
  2. A person who emphasizes his/her knowledge through the use of vocabulary.
  3. (slang) A person who is overly concerned with formal rules and trivial points of learning.
  • Do not confuse pedant with pendant or pennant.
  • panted, pentad
pedantic Alternative forms: pedantick (obsolete) etymology From pedant + ic. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /pəˈdæn.tɪk/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Like a pedant, overly concerned with formal rules and trivial points of learning.
  2. Being showy of one’s knowledge, often in a boring manner.
  3. Being finicky or fastidious, especially with language.
    • "On the contrary, the fall was perfectly safe; it was the impact with the ground that killed him".
related terms:
  • pedant
  • pedantry
Synonyms: (like a pedant) (informal, derogatory) anal-retentive, fussy, nit-picky, (knowledge-peacock) (sometimes applicable) nit-picky, ostentatious, pedagogical, pretentious, (linguistically affected) fussy, nit-picky, See also
  • pentadic
peddle pronunciation
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  • {{homophones}} (some dialects)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To sell things, especially door to door.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 3 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “My hopes wa'n't disappointed. I never saw clams thicker than they was along them inshore flats. I filled my dreener in no time, and then it come to me that 'twouldn't be a bad idee to get a lot more, take 'em with me to Wellmouth, and peddle 'em out. Clams was fairly scarce over that side of the bay and ought to fetch a fair price.”
  2. To sell illegal narcotic.
  3. (derogatory, figuratively) To spread or cause to spread.
    • 2009, Michael John Beashel, Unshackled (page 166) Christine walked a dangerous line, peddling gossip about her detested son-in-law.
    • 2012, Niamh O'Connor, Taken (page 166) Roberts was a drug dealer, nicknamed 'King Krud', who peddled death and misery.
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related terms:
  • peddler
  • peddling
pedelec etymology From German Pedelec, a shortening of pedal electric.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A bicycle with an electric motor which assists the rider but only while they are pedalling. (Contrast with an e-bike.)
pederast {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: paederast (British), pæderast (dated) etymology From French pédéraste, from Ancient Greek παιδεραστής 〈paiderastḗs〉, from παῖς 〈paîs〉 and εραστής 〈erastḗs〉. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈpɛd.ɚ.ɹæst/, /ˈpi.də.ɹæst/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A man who is engaged in an erotic relationship with an adolescent boy; a practitioner of pederasty.
  • The term pederast has sometimes been incorrectly used to describe men sexually involved with pre-pubescent girls, or child-rapists who don't have any ongoing relationship with the child. For an adult fixated on only sexual involvement with prepubescent children, or for heterosexual child-eroticism, pedophile is used instead.
related terms:
  • pederasty
  • pederastic
  • predates
  • repasted
pedestrian scramble
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A state or period of time in which an intersection is forbidden to vehicles, allow pedestrians to cross in all direction.
Synonyms: Barnes Dance, Barnes dance
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare) One who performs dexterous manipulation of objects using the feet.
    • 1913, Flight International, vol. 4, p. 1112 (Google view) (retrieved 26 Sept 2013): Mr. Valazzi, the famous juggler and pedipulator now appearing at London halls has joined the school in order to add to his many accomplishments the art of flying.
    • 1926, "The Player Piano," The Encyclopædia Britannica, 13th edition, vols. 29-30, p. 1006 (Google snippet view) (retrieved 26 Sept 2013): The foot-pedalled player piano permits its "pedipulator" to enjoy the feeling of being actually an interpretative, perhaps even a creative, artist.
  2. (robotics) A component mechanism which gives a robot the capability of walking; a robot having such a capability.
    • 1962, "Walking Machine," Industrial Marketing, vol. 47, issues 7-12, p. 61 (Google snippet view) (retrieved 26 Sept 2013): General Electric has been awarded an initial study contract which may lead to the building of a "pedipulator"— a manned walking vehicle intended to replace wheeled or tracked military carriers under certain conditions.
    • 1967 March 23, "[http//,1266105&dq=pedipulator+|+pedipulators&hl=en Potential of 'Metal Men' Unlimited]," Calgary Herald Magazine, p. 12 (retrieved 26 Sept 2013): In a laboratory in California, a machine which walk across any surface, however uneven, is undergoing final tests. Known as a pedipulator, it can carry a 26-pound pack of delicate instruments on its back at a speed of five miles an hour.
    • 1984, Adam Morecki et al., Cybernetic Systems of Limb Movements in Man, Animals, and Robots, ISBN 9780470273746, p. 63 (Google preview) (retrieved 26 Sept 2013): Each of the "legs" of a walking machine can be treated as a pedipulator.
    • 2006, Lino Marques et al., "Robust Platform for Humanitarian Demining" in Climbing and Walking Robots, ISBN 9783540294610, p. 1098 (Google preview) (retrieved 26 Sept 2013): Due to the adaptive possibilities of the pedipulators to obstacles, the robot can adjust the working position of the demining sensors while searching landmines.
  3. (very, rare, humorous) A foot.''Oxford English Dictionary'', 3rd ed., 2005.
related terms:
  • pedipulate
  • pedipulation
pedophile {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: paedophile (British spelling), pædophile (dated) etymology From {{confix}}, after Ancient Greek παιδοφῐ́λης 〈paidophĭ́lēs〉 (from παῖς 〈paîs〉 and φιλέω 〈philéō〉). pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈpiː.dəˌfaɪl/
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  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈpɛ.dəˌfaɪl/, /ˈpɛ.doʊˌfaɪl/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (psychiatry) A person aged 16 years old or older who has a mental disorder that makes him primarily or exclusively sexually attracted toward prepubescent children. {{defdate}}
    • 1982, National Council on Crime and Delinquency, Criminal Justice Abstracts, volume 14‎, page 253: Apart from his sexual behavior, the pedophile is typically law abiding.
    • 1986, Patrick B. McGuigan & Jon S. Pascale, Crime and Punishment in Modern America‎, page 109: The pedophile, a particular type of child molester, is an adult whose conscious sexual interests and overt sexual behavior are directly either partially or exclusively toward children.
  • In the US, the official psychiatric designation for pedophilic disorder (according to the DSM-5) is: "Over a period of at least six months, recurrent, intense, sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges or behaviors involving sexual activity with a prepubescent child or children."
Synonyms: childlover (euphemistic)
  • mysoped
related terms:
  • pedophilia, paedophilia
  • pedophilic, paedophilic
  • pederast, paederast
  • ephebophile
  • pedosexual; pedosexuality
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (rare, colloquial) Having a fear or hatred of pedophile.
peds pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /piːdz/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (medicine, informal) Pediatric medicine, pediatric nursing, and so on; a medical or other specialty dealing with child patients.
  • This term is very often used attributively, in phrases like peds nurse (a nurse whose patients are children), peds patient (a child patient), peds case (a medical case in which the patient is a child; or, by extension, the patient himself), and so on.
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pee pronunciation
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etymology 1 Spelling of the initial letter of piss. Compare eff.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (euphemistic, often, childish) urine
Synonyms: See also
coordinate terms:
  • poo
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, colloquial, often, childish) To urinate.
  2. (intransitive, colloquial) To drizzle. It's peeing with rain.
Synonyms: (standard terms) make water, pass water, urinate, micturate, (euphemistic terms) wee, wee-wee, (vulgar slang terms) piss, See also
coordinate terms:
  • poo
related terms:
  • pee off
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. {{Latn-def}} Mind your pees and cue.
etymology 3 Spelling of the initial letter of pence.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, colloquial) Pence; penny (a quantity of money) I bought these carrots for fifty pee. I can't afford that — I'm one pee short.
Synonyms: (plural) p, pence, (singular) p, penny
etymology 4 See peak.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical) The bill of an anchor.
etymology 5 Alternative forms: pea
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The sliding weight on a steelyard.
  • eep
peed off
etymology 1 From pee off.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of pee off
etymology 2 Either from the verb sense (above), or directly from pissed off (pee being a euphemism for piss).
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial, euphemistic) Annoyed, irritated, angry.
    • 1962, John Charles Wahlke, The Legislative System: Explorations in Legislative Behavior, Wiley (1962), page 109, I was in business then. Some guy named Isidore Lubin sent forms all the time wanting to know what I was doing. I was peed off.
    • 1973, George Plimpton et al., Mad Ducks and Bears, Random House (1973), ISBN 0394488474, page 311, Sandusky said, "Even if the team wins, Curtis will get peed off because we didn't win big; we just won."

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