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peejays etymology Phonetic respelling of PJs.
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang) pajamas/pyjamas
peek Alternative forms: peak, peke (obsolete)
etymology 1 From Middle English *, piken, probably a fusion of peep and keek.
  • {{enPR}}, /piːk/ Homophones: peak, peke, pique
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To look slyly, or with the eyes half closed, or through a crevice; to peep.
  2. To be only slightly, partially visible, as if peering out from a hiding place.
    • 2012, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Going Down: Oral Sex Stories (ISBN 1573447978): A pale strip of white skin peeked out from under his waistband.
    • 2012, Michelle Monkou, If I Had You (ISBN 1459223284): Her brown skin peeked through the empty gap in her clothing.
  3. (computing, transitive) To retrieve (a value) from a memory address.
    • 2006, Gary Willoughby, PureBasic: A Beginner's Guide to Computer Programming (page 279) We are peeking the value from the first index's memory location.
related terms:
  • sneak peek
etymology 2
verb: {{head}}
  1. misspelling of pique
  • keep
  • kepe
  • Peke
peeksy etymology From peek. See -sies.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish) A peek; a quick look.
    • 1971, Christopher Ford, Christopher's craft (page 61) No more looksies or peeksies; he was boiling hot and he didn't care who knew it.
    • 2008, Davis Schneiderman, Dis (page 47) Take a peeksy around this Colossal theatre. You will no doubt notice that most of your comrades, your fellow patrons of the curious, have disappeared.
    • 2009, ‎Barbara Broome Semans, Letitia Broome Schwarz, John Broome and Rebecca Lloyd Vol. II … Shaun decided to give it a try for the summer; $12.95 an hour ain't bad whatever it is, certainly worth a peeksy.
peeler {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈpiːlɚ/
  • (RP) /ˈpiːlə/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From the surname of , who establish the Irish constabulary and London's police force; compare bobby, from the given name.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang, dated) A police officer.
    • 1892, Banjo Paterson, : A peeler man who heard the din came in to see the show; He tried to run the bushman in, but he refused to go. And when at last the barber spoke, and said "'Twas all in fun— 'Twas just a little harmless joke, a trifle overdone."
Synonyms: See .
related terms:
  • bobby
etymology 2 From peel + -er.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person whose job it is to peel fruit or vegetable produce.
  2. A utensil for peeling fruit or vegetables. potato peeler
  3. (pejorative, slang) A stripper; one who removes the clothing for entertainment.
  4. (obsolete) One who peel or pillage.
peemergency etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A situation in which one has an urgent need to urinate but is prevented from doing so due to lack of access to a toilet, restrictive gear, etc.
    • 2000, 31 August, Mike F, FS: New Body Glove Hooded Steamer,!original/rec.windsurfing/w77lC88UKYM/RBrfhUEgwqMJ, rec.windsurfing, “YKK zipper across the chest, shoulder to shoulder, is extremely easy to operate alone - no help necessary in a peemergency. (I've tried the neck entry/zipperless suits, and agree with the owners I've talked to about them: we can't get the darn things off.)”
    • 2003, Jacky Runice, "Give a gift with travelers in mind", Daily Herald, 14 December 2003: Junior insists he doesn't have to use the facilities at the rest stop. Ten minutes and 45 miles from the next roadside oasis, the little schnook has to go - right now. Enter the civilized, anytime, anywhere solution to "peemergencies": TravelJohn Disposable Urinal.
    • 2004, Tom Wharton, "Bold products spice up Outdoor Retailers' 'newbie' tent", The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 August 2004: A company called TravelJohn Products, for example, promoted portable, unisex disposable urinals. … Literature says the device helps families avoid a peemergency.
etymology 1 Etymology uncertain. Possibly from Old French panne, pene, (whence Modern French panne "peen"); alternatively, possibly from a Scandinavian source, compare Old Swedish pæna, dialectal Norwegian penn "peen" or Danish pind "peg". {{etystub}} Alternative forms: pane, pean, pein pronunciation
  • /piːn/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The (often spherical) end of the head of a hammer opposite the main hammering end.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To shape metal by striking it, especially with a peen.
etymology 2 From penis by shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Penis.
    • 2009, Danny Evans, Rage Against the Meshugenah: Why it Takes Balls to Go Nuts, New American Library (2009), ISBN 9780451227119, unnumbered page: With all due respect (and that may be very little), the real truth is that being a dad is sometimes an imposition of pain far worse than any up-the-peen catheter could ever deliver.
    • 2010, Andrea Lavinthal & Jessica Rozler, Your So-Called Life: A Guide to Boys, Body Issues, and Other Big-Girl Drama You Thought You Would Have Figured Out By Now, Harper (2010), ISBN 9780061938382, page 32: Where to touch a man that will drive him wild every time (Hint: It's probably his peen.)
    • 2012, Fanny Merkin & Andrew Shaffer, Fifty Shames of Earl Grey: A Parody, Da Capo Press (2012), ISBN 9780306821998, page 49: It's so quiet you could hear a peen go soft.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
Synonyms: See also .
  • neep
pee off etymology From piss off, pee being a euphemism for piss.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang, sometimes, humorous) Euphemistic variant of piss off.
    • 1973, Leo Simpson, The Peacock Papers, Macmillan, page 9 (dialogue): He pees me off on TV. Have we anything of his I could read? page 37 (dialogue): Pee off, this is a private conversation, hey?
    • 1984, William Goldman, The Season: A Candid Look at Broadway, Limelight Editions, ISBN 0879100230, page 131, I think, subconsciously, this is every performer's nightmare: that you're going to pee them off so much they're going to come up on stage and kill you.
    • 2005, "BC–The Cycling Geek", quoted in Graham Pond, London by London, The Friday Project Ltd (2005), ISBN 0954831810, page 150, Anyway, back to the red light point – it's knackering cycling around, and if one thing pees me off it's getting some good momentum up and then having to stop at a pedestrian crossing because someone's pressed the button then crossed anyway […]
acronym: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (slang) A World War II jeep attached to an armored regiment.
  2. (medicine) Positive end-expiratory pressure.
peep pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /piːp/
  • (US) /pip/, [pʰip]
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etymology 1 Onomatopoeic, from Middle English pepen
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A quiet sound, particularly one from a baby bird.
  2. A feeble utterance or complaint. I don't want to hear a peep out of you!
  3. The sound of a steam engine's whistle; typically shrill. 2001, , Thomas the tank engine collection : a unique collection of stories from the railway series - p. 177 - Egmont Books, Limited, Aug 15, 2001 "Peep, peep," said Edward, "I'm ready." "Peep, peep, peep," said Henry, "so am I."
  4. A kind of bird; a sandpiper.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make a soft, shrill noise like a baby bird.
  2. To speak briefly with a quiet voice.
etymology 2 From Middle English pepen, variant of piken
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To look, especially while trying not to be see or notice. exampleThe man peeped through the small hole.
    • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} And it was while all were passionately intent upon the pleasing and snake-like progress of their uncle that a young girl in furs, ascending the stairs two at a time, peeped perfunctorily into the nursery as she passed the hallway—and halted amazed.
    • 1959, Georgette Heyer, The Unknown Ajax, 1 , “But Richmond…appeared to lose himself in his own reflections. Some pickled crab, which he had not touched, had been removed with a damson pie; and his sister saw, peeping around the massive silver epergne that almost obscured him from her view, that he had eaten no more than a spoonful of that either.”
  2. To begin to appear; to look forth from concealment; to make the first appearance.
    • John Dryden (1631-1700) When flowers first peeped, and trees did blossoms bear.
  • glance
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A quick look or glimpse, especially a furtive one.
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etymology 3 Of uncertain origin; perhaps variant of pip
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A spot on a die or domino.
Synonyms: (spot on die or domino) pip
etymology 4 {{back-form}}, a shortened form of people.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) person.
pee-pee pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈpiːpiː/
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etymology Perhaps a reduplicate form of pee, but compare French pipi, German Pipi, Italian pipì, Latin pipinna, Romanian pipi, Spanish pipí, and Turkish pipi.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, usually, childish) Urine.
  2. (colloquial, usually, childish) The penis.
quotations: 2004 "Ass Like That" (song) "I ain't never seen an ass like that/ The way you move it, you make my pee-pee go da-doing, doing, doing".
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (hypocoristic, slang) To urinate.
Synonyms: (standard terms): urinate, (euphemistic terms): pee, piddle, tinkle, wee, wee-wee, (slang terms): whiz, (coarse slang terms): piss
peeper etymology peep + er. pronunciation
  • /ˈpiːpə(ɹ)/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, chiefly, in the plural) The eye. Check out the gorgeous peepers on that guy!
  2. Someone who peep; a spy.
    • J. Webster Who's there? peepers, … eavesdroppers?
  3. An animal, such as some frog, that have a shrill, high-pitched call.
  4. (dated, slang, derogatory) A private detective.
  5. (colloquial) A chicken just breaking the shell; a young bird.
  6. A peeping tom.
peeps pronunciation
  • /piːpz/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 peep
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of peep
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of peep
etymology 2 Shortened from people, with simplified spelling, + -s to emphasize the plurality of the word
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (now slang) People; often especially (with personal pronoun), one's friend or associates. {{defdate}} Not many peeps here tonight, innit? Hey my peeps, how are you doing?
peewee pronunciation
  • /ˈpiwi/
etymology 1 Probably reduplication of wee.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A short or small person; a small object.
  2. A kind of small marble in children's games.
    • 2011, Jamie MacLennan, ZhaoHui Tang, Bogdan Crivat, Data Mining with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 You separate the marbles by color until you have four groups, but then you notice that some of the marbles are regulars, some are shooters, and some are peewees.
  3. (US, sports) A player in a sports league for very young children. Is five too young for peewee football?
    • 1971 November, Pat Strange, Mini Judoka in Aussie Ladies Tourney, , [http//|%22peewees%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=tJ_WT-jrO-qYiAe5qJy2Aw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22peewee%22|%22peewees%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 61], Each year, younger and younger girls line up for competition on the mats, and at this year′s Western Australia Women′s Judo Tournament extra peewee divisions were added to accomodate{{sic}} the young ladies.
etymology 2 Probably from onomatopoeia of the birds' songs.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, New South Wales and Queensland) A magpie-lark or mudlark, Grallina cyanoleuca.
    • 1939, Francis Ratcliffe, Flying Fox and Drifting Sand: The Adventures of a Biologist in Australia, [http//|%22peewees%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22peewee%22|%22peewees%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=tJ_WT-jrO-qYiAe5qJy2Aw&redir_esc=y page 43], A large flock of black and white peewees—magpie larks—passed over our heads from a patch of mangrove….
    • 1964, Carl Weismann, Australian Bird Songs, [http//|%22peewees%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22peewee%22|%22peewees%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=tJ_WT-jrO-qYiAe5qJy2Aw&redir_esc=y page 15], The studies of A. H. Robinson in Western Australia indicate that Peewees tend to pair for life, and hold the same territory on successive seasons.
    • 2004, William McGregor, The Languages of the Kimberley, Western Australia, [http//|%22peewees%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=tJ_WT-jrO-qYiAe5qJy2Aw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22peewee%22|%22peewees%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 2], Many Kimberley languages call the peewee or mudlark diyadiya (pronounced like ‘dear-dear’) after one of its calls;….
  2. A pewee.
Peg Alternative forms: ’Peg (Winnipeg)
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A diminutive of the female given names Peggy and Margaret.
  2. (Canada, slang) The city of Winnipeg. Usually preceded by the. I just got back from the Peg.
  • EPG
peg etymology From Middle English pegge, from Middle Dutch pegge, from osx *pigg-, *pegg-, from Proto-Germanic *pig-, *pag-, from Proto-Indo-European *bak-, *baḱ- 〈*baḱ-〉. Cognate with Dutch dialectal peg, Low German pig, pigge, Low German pegel, Swedish pigg, Irish bac, Latin baculum, Latvian bakstît, Ancient Greek βάκτρον 〈báktron〉. Related to beak. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A cylindrical wooden or metal object used to fasten or as a bearing between objects.
  2. Measurement between the pegs: after killing an animal hunters used the distance between a peg near the animal's nose and one near the end of its body to measure its body length.
  3. A protrusion used to hang things on. Hang your coat on the peg and come in.
  4. (figurative) A support; a reason; a pretext. a peg to hang a claim upon
  5. (cribbage) A peg moved on a crib board to keep score.
  6. (finance) A fixed exchange rate, where a currency's value is matched to the value of another currency or measure such as gold
  7. (UK) A small quantity of a strong alcoholic beverage.
    • Harper's Magazine This over, the club will be visited for a "peg," Anglice drink.
    • S. S. Field, The American drink book‎, 1953, page 65, “The name had come to mean any aromatic essence of herbs by the time the first thirsty colonial poured a peg of Who-shot-John into his mint water.”
  8. A place formally allotted for fishing
  9. (colloquial, dated) A leg or foot.
    • 1913, D.H. Lawrence, , "Now I'm cleaned up for thee: tha's no 'casions ter stir a peg all day, but sit and read thy books."
  10. One of the pin of a musical instrument, on which the string are strain.
    • : , Act 2, Scene I: O, you are well tuned now! But I'll set down the pegs that make this music, As honest as I am.
  11. A step; a degree.
    • Barrow to screw papal authority to the highest peg
    • Hudibras We still have worsted all your holy tricks; / Trepann'd your party with intrigue, / And took your grandees down a peg
  12. Short for clothes peg.
Synonyms: (small quantity of strong liquor) shot
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • a square peg in a round hole
  • clothes peg
  • tent peg
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To fasten using a peg. Let's peg the rug to the floor.
  2. To affix or pin. I found a tack and pegged your picture to the bulletin board. She lunged forward and pegged him to the wall.
  3. To fix a value or price. China's currency is no longer pegged to the American dollar.
  4. To narrow the cuff openings of a pair of pants so that the legs take on a peg shape.
  5. To throw.
  6. To indicate or ascribe an attribute to. (Assumed to originate from the use of pegs or pins as markers on a bulletin board or a list.) He's been pegged as a suspect. I pegged his weight at 165.
  7. (cribbage) To move one's pegs to indicate points scored; to score with a peg. She pegged twelve points.
  8. (slang) To reach or exceed the maximum value on a scale or gauge. We pegged the speedometer across the flats.
  9. (slang, typically in heterosexual contexts) To engage in anal sex by penetrating one's male partner with a dildo
related terms:
  • level pegging
  • peggable
  • pegging
  • pegged pants
  • EPG
pegacorn {{wikipedia}} etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A horned Pegasus or a winged unicorn.
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Synonyms: (informal) unipeg, unisus, (nonstandard) alicorn
  • alicorn
pegasister etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A female fan of the animated television series .
    • 2011, Christina Belisle, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic review, Reporter, 30 September 2011, page 9: "Bronies" and "pegasisters," as some fans are called, point to the quality of animation and humor as what makes the series enjoyable.
    • 2011, Vauhni Vara & Ann Zimmerman, "Hey, Bro, That's My Little Pony! Guys' Interest Mounts in Girly TV Show", The Wall Street Journal, 5 November 2011: The group included four "Pegasisters," as the small minority of female bronies sometimes call themselves in this male-dominated world.
    • 2012, Reed Tucker, "Horsing around!", New York Post, 11 January 2012: “I’d say 80 percent of my friends are into it,” says the “pegasister,” slang for a female fan. “My dorm loves it. We get together to watch the shows, and we eat and laugh.”
    • {{seemoreCites}}
  • brony
peg it
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang, idiomatic) To run away; to leg it; to scarper.
peg-legging etymology From leg + -ing
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang) present participle of peg-leg Limping.
pego etymology Origin uncertain. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈpiːɡəʊ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic, slang) The penis.
pejoratively etymology pejorative + ly
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. In a pejorative manner. Insultingly, disparagingly. Used in a manner to belittle or harm the reputation of another.
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of pejorative
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) alternative form of Peke (Pekinese dog)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A Pekinese dog.
pelicanist etymology pelican + ist. Coined by Jerome Clark in reference to claims that was pelicans.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, ufology, derogatory) Someone who attempts to explain away UFO reports by ascribing to it any explanation, however illogical.
    • 2000 November 22, “Blue Resonant Human” (username), “::: Should Saucers Spin? :::”, in alt.alien.research, Usenet: Kottmeyer and others who use the psychosocial hypothesis constantly produce evidence to support their ideas, whereas the ETH proponents can produce only cranky ideas about magnetic, anti-gravity or interdimensional saucers, accompanied by a constant whining about "sceptics" and "debunkers" (not to mention "armchair ufologists" and "pelicanists").
    • 2006 September 12, “LordOfThyNight” (username), “The Usual Purple Tinged Hyperbole About UFOs”, in The Paranormal & Ghost Society, Usenet: Meanwhile, those of us who’ve experienced UFOs in various ways are called mentally ill, intellectually challenged, spiritually needy, liars, drunks, drug users, attention getters, drama queens, and more. Those all are worse than being called a thug, skeptibunkie, or Pelicanist. (Pelicanist is a term coined by UFO researcher Jerome Clark.)
    • 2009 November 29, “Tom Booth” (username), “For Serena,”, in, Usenet: As opposed to... Skepticism of the pelicanist flavor perhaps ?
Synonyms: skeptibunkie
pelt {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From Old French pelette, diminutive of pel, from Latin pellis. Alternatively a contraction of peltry from the same Old French and Latin roots. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The skin of a beast with the hair on; a raw or undressed hide; a skin preserved with the hairy or woolly covering on it.
    • {{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.{{nb...}}.
  2. The body of any quarry killed by a hawk.
  3. (humorous) Human skin. {{rfquotek}}
related terms:
  • fell
  • pelisse
  • pell
  • pellagra
  • pellage
  • pellicle
  • peltry
  • surplice
etymology 2 Possible contraction of pellet
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To bombard, as with missiles. They pelted the attacking army with bullets.
  2. (transitive) To throw; to use as a missile. The children pelted apples at us.
  3. (intransitive) To rain or hail heavily. It's pelting down out there!
  4. (intransitive) To throw out words.
    • Shakespeare Another smothered seems to pelt and swear.
  5. (transitive) To beat or hit, especially repeatedly.
  6. To move rapidly, especially in or on a conveyance. The boy pelted down the hill on his toboggan.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A blow or stroke from something thrown.
  • lept
{{Webster 1913}}
pelt of the dog etymology Alteration of hair of the dog, substituting hair with pelt, thus implying far greater quantity.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, humorous, idiomatic) An immoderate, excessive quantity of alcohol drunk the morning after whilst suffering withdrawal symptom or a hangover, which goes beyond alleviating the complaint to causing drunkenness; compare hair of the dog.
    • 1949: , Opus 21: Descriptive Music for the Lower Kinsey Epoch of the Atomic Age: A Concerto for a One-Man Band, Six Arias for Soap Operas, Fugues, Anthems & Barrelhouse, page 325 〃 (Rinehart) There were people — maybe two dozen — in the Knight’s Bar, for lunch, resuscitation, or the pelt of the dog that bit them. Not Yvonne, though. A bit early.
pelvic lines etymology pelvic + line
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (anatomy, informal) The iliac furrows. That guy is so fat you cannot see his pelvic lines.
pemmicanized etymology pemmican + -ize + -ed
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (derogatory) summarize or condense in such a way as to remove the life or essence
penalties Alternative forms: pœnalties (archaic)
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of penalty
  2. (plural only, informal) A penalty shootout.
  • Palestine, tapelines
penalty area {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (football) An area of a soccer pitch extending 18 yards out of the goal, inside which a penalty is given to the offensive team if a foul is made by the defensive team.
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Synonyms: 18-yard box, box, penalty box
penalty box {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (ice hockey) An enclosed bench where a player must remain for timed period (a penalty) that is assessed after an infraction. Both players got to cool their heels for five minutes in their respective penalty boxes after the fight.
  2. (soccer) The penalty area.
  3. (idiomatic, figuratively) A temporary punishment, or, metaphorically, a similar setback (e.g., loss of control, embarrassment, etc.).
    • 2003, Tim Breithaupt, 10 Steps to Sales Success: The Proven System That Can Shorten the Selling Cycle, Double Your Close Ratio, ISBN 081447165X, pg. 170: A visit to the penalty box occurs when the salesman has relinquished control of the sales call by immediately answering the customer's question.
    • 2003, John Portmann, Sex and heaven: Catholics in bed and at prayer, ISBN 0312294883, pg. 155: What can land you in this metaphorical holding cell, the penalty box of Catholicism?
    • 2008, John Zarrella and Patrick Oppmann, "Florida, Michigan seek exit from Democratic penalty box,", : Florida, Michigan seek exit from Democratic penalty box
Synonyms: (ice hockey) sin bin
penalty kick {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (soccer) A form of direct free kick, taken from the penalty spot after a defensive foul in the penalty box, with only the goalkeeper defending the goal,
  2. (rugby) A form of free kick in which the ball may be kicked towards touch, towards the goal or dribbled
penalty shootout {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: penalty shoot-out
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (football, field hockey) A series of penalties (penalty kicks in soccer), taken to decide a winner after a game has resulted in a tie and extra time has been played.
    • {{quote-news }}
Synonyms: penalties, penalty kicks soccer
pencil dick
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) A penis with insufficient thickness
    • 2010, Peter Lehman and Susan Hunt, Lady Chatterley's Legacy in the Movies: Sex, Brains, and Body Guys, page 105 In contemporary America all adults, and even teenagers for that matter, have heard penis-size jokes or slang terms such as “pencil dick” for men with thin penises or “hung like a horse” for men who are well-endowed.
    • 2007, Bonnie Edwards, Midnight Confessions II, page 22 Colin's pencil dick was in his hand while he licked her pussy.” “Pencil dick?” “Really skinny.”
    • 2006, Sidi, Fatou: Return to Harlem, page 78 Somebody needs to create a big ass, reinforced rubber band so that when a woman gets with a man with a little dick they can put the rubber band around both of their waists so his pencil dick won't fall out.
  2. (slang, vulgar) A man with a penis with insufficient thickness, usually used as a disparaging form of address
    • 2011, Janet Evanovich, Smokin' Seventeen, page 273 "Did you call me fat? 'Cause you don't want to do that. You don't want to mess with me. I just lost Ernie's car. And I jus thad a root canal, and my meds are wearin' off, and I'm feelin' mean as a snake. I'm a woman on the edge right now, you punk ass, little pencil dick." "I ain't no pencil dick. You want to see my dick?"
    • 2010, James King, Bill Warrington's Last Chance “When's the last time I asked you to do anything for me, pencil dick?”
    • 2004, Tony Parsons, One for My Baby: A Novel, page 153 “And pencil dick stayed with his wife.”
pencilneck Alternative forms: pencil-neck etymology pencil + neck
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person with a very thin neck.
  2. (US, pejorative) An insubstantial person; a weakling. That pencilneck from systems isn't going tell me what I can't do.
related terms:
  • pencil-necked
pencil-neck Alternative forms: pencilneck etymology pencil + neck
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person with a very thin neck.
  2. (idiomatic, US, pejorative) An insubstantial person; a weakling. That pencil-neck from systems isn't going tell me what I can't do.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having a very thin neck.
  2. (idiomatic, US, pejorative) Insubstantial; weak. That pencil-necked geek isn't going to stop me.
related terms:
  • pencil-neck
  • pencilneck
pencil pusher Alternative forms: pencil-pusher
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, often, derogatory) One who does routine office work; someone involved mainly in paperwork.
Synonyms: bureaucrat, pen-pusher
pendejo etymology Borrowing from Spanish pendejo.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) A stupid person.
  • Typically only used by Spanish-speaking people.
peng etymology {{rfe}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, UK) physically or sexually attractive
Synonyms: fit, hot
Penglish etymology {{blend}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) A language that combines Persian and English.
penguin {{wikipedia}} etymology Unknown originT.F. Hoad, ''Concise Dictionary of English Etymology'', ISBN 978-0-19-283098-2; headword ''penguin''. Possibly from Welsh pen ("head") and gwyn ("white"), or from Latin pinguis ("fat"). See and the Wikipedia page. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of several flightless sea bird, of order Sphenisciformes, found in the Southern Hemisphere; marked by their usual upright stance, walking on short legs, and (generally) their stark black and white plumage. {{defdate}}
    • 1638, Thomas Herbert, Some Yeares Travels, I: Here are also birds cal'd Pen-gwins (white-head in Welch) like Pigmies walking upright, their finns or wings hanging very orderly downe like sleeves [...].
  2. (slang) A nun (because of the black and white habit).
  3. (juggling) A type of catch where the palm of the hand is facing towards the leg with the arm stretched downward, resembling the flipper of a penguin.
  4. (botany) A spiny bromeliad with egg-shaped fleshy fruit, {{taxlink}}.
penis etymology From Latin pēnis, from Proto-Indo-European *pes-. Displaced native English pintle. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}
    • (UK) /ˈpiːnɪs/, [ˈpʰiːnɪs]
    • (US) /ˈpinɪs/, [ˈpʰinɪs]
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (anatomy) The male reproductive organ used for sexual intercourse that in the human male and some other mammals is also used for urination; the tubular portion of the male genitalia (excluding the scrotum).
    • Robin Williams: See, the problem is that God gives men a brain and a penis, and only enough blood to run one at a time.
    • 1994, Lisa Kemler, Newsweek, 1994-01-24, page 19: A life is more valuable than a penis.
    • 1998, Collecting Mark Twain: A History and Three New Paths, Kevin Mac Donnell, Firsts Magazine, Inc. By early November, the sheets of HUCK FINN were being forwarded for binding, and within a week or two it was discovered that the illustration at page 283 had been altered in the master plate to make it appear as if Uncle Silas was exposing his penis. Twain would be amused to know that this may be the first time the word "penis" has ever been used to describe the alteration to this plate; the euphemisms and delicate phrasings employed by previous bibliographers to avoid stating the obvious are impressive.
    The female clitoris is homologous to the male penis.
The hyperforeign Latinate penii is occasionally used as the plural. Synonyms: pintle, See also
  • primordial phallus, genital tubercle
  • genitals
  • glans
related terms:
  • penectomy
  • penile
  • epsin, pines, snipe, spine
penis pump
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A tubelike device placed over the penis to make it harder and larger, usually comes with a hand pump or electric pump.
Synonyms: (informal) cock pump
etymology 1 pen + eth
verb: {{head}}
  1. (archaic) en-third-person singular of pen
etymology 2 Contraction
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, obsolete) alternative form of pennyworth
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) Nickname for .
Pennsyltucky etymology {{blend}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (informal) The rural and exurban part of the state of Pennsylvania outside the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia metropolitan areas, more specifically applied to the mountainous central region.
penny pronunciation
  • /ˈpɛ.ni/
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etymology From Old English penning, penniġ, from Proto-Germanic *panningaz, of unknown origin.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (historical) In the United Kingdom and Ireland, a copper coin worth {{frac}} of a pound sterling or Irish pound before decimalisation. Abbreviation: d.
    • {{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.
  2. In the United Kingdom, a copper coin worth {{frac}} of a pound sterling. Abbreviation: p.
  3. (historical) In Ireland, a coin worth {{frac}} of an Irish pound before the introduction of the euro. Abbreviation: p.
  4. In the US and Canada, a one-cent coin, worth {{frac}} of a dollar. Abbreviation: ¢.
  5. In various countries, a small-denomination copper or brass coin.
  6. A unit of nail size, said to be either the cost per 100 nails, or the number of nails per penny. Abbreviation: d.
  7. Money in general. exampleto turn an honest penny
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) What penny hath Rome borne, / What men provided, what munition sent?
The plural is used as a unit of currency. The plural is is used for other cases, in particular when referring to multiple individual coins. Synonyms: ({{frac}} of a pound sterling) old penny, ({{frac}} of a pound sterling) new penny (old-fashioned), (one-cent coin) cent
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To jam a door shut by inserting pennies between the doorframe and the door. Zach and Ben had only been at college for a week when their door was pennied by the girls down the hall.
  2. (electronics) To circumvent the tripping of an electrical circuit breaker by the dangerous practice of inserting a coin in place of a fuse in a fuse socket.
penny-a-liner etymology Suggesting a fee of a penny per line. See -er.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, dated) One who supplies writing to public journal for a set fee per line of text; a poor writer for hire; a hack. {{rfquotek}}
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pen-pusher Alternative forms: pen pusher, penpusher
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, often, derogatory) A person who performs routine office work, involving mainly paperwork.
    • 1925, "Letters: Miners Well Paid?," Pittsburgh Press, 21 June (retrieved 21 Aug. 2010): A pen-pusher in a Sixth ave. office said a coal miner is paid well. I asked him if he ever dug coal. Oh no!
    • 1988, Trip Gabriel, Russia's Troubled Superstar," New York Times, 28 Aug. (retrieved 21 Aug. 2010): "I had to prove to people who were unimportant, who'd never achieved anything in their lives—the administrator, the pen-pusher—that I could fight."
    • 2007, Ramanujam Sridhar, "A time to change," Hindu BusinessLine (India), 12 July (retrieved 21 Aug. 2010): Investors may have a lopsided view of the company’s reputation simply because an uncaring pen pusher in the finance department responded lethargically to an investor’s query.
Synonyms: bureaucrat, pencil pusher
pension {{wikipedia}} etymology From xno pencione, Old French pencion, and their source, Latin pensio, from the participle stem of pendere. pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈpɛnʃ(ə)n/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A wage or fee. {{defdate}}
  2. (obsolete) A charge or expense of some kind; a tax. {{defdate}}
  3. (now historical) A regular allowance paid to support a royal favourite, or as patronage of an artist or scholar. {{defdate}}
  4. An annuity paid regularly as benefit due to a retired employee, serviceman etc. in consideration of past services, originally and chiefly by a government but also by various private pension schemes. {{defdate}} Many old people depend on their pension to pay the bills.
  5. A boarding house or small hotel, especially in continental Europe, which typically offers lodging and certain meals and services. {{defdate}} A pension had somewhat less to offer than a hotel; it was always smaller, and never elegant; it sometimes offered breakfast, and sometimes not (John Irving).
  6. (obsolete) A boarding school in France, Belgium, Switzerland, etc.
Synonyms: (regularly paid gratuity) superannuation, (boarding house) hotel, hostel , (informal) bed and breakfast, (payment for accommodations) rent
verb: {{en-verb}} (transitive)
  1. To grant a pension
  2. To force someone to retire on a pension.
Synonyms: (to force to retire) pension off
pen test
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, informal) A penetration test.
people etymology From Middle English peple, peple, from xno people, from Old French pueple, pople (modern French peuple), from Latin populus, of unknown origin. Probably of non-Indo-European origin, from ett. Gradually ousted native Middle English leed (from Old English lēode) - compare modern German Leute. Originally a singular noun (e.g. The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness --2 Samuel 17:29, King James Version), the plural aspect of people is probably due to influence from Middle English lede, leed, a plural since Old English times (compare Old English leod, plural of Old English lēod). See also lede, leod. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈpiːpəl/
  • (US) /ˈpipəl/, /ˈpipl̩/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Used as plural of person; a body of human being considered generally or collectively; a group of two or more person. exampleWhy do so many people commit suicide?
  2. (plural peoples) Person forming or belonging to a particular group, such as a nation, class, ethnic group, country, family, etc; folk; community.
  3. A group of persons regarded as being employee, follower, companion or subject of a ruler.
    • 1611, Old Testament, , 2 Books of Samuel 8:15: And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed judgment and justice unto all his people.
    • 1952, Old Testament, Revised Standard Version, Thomas Nelson & Sons, Book of Isaiah 1:3: The ox knows its owner, and the ass its master's crib; but Israel does not know, my people does not understand.
  4. One's colleagues or employees.
    • 2001, Vince Flynn, Transfer of Power, p.250: Kennedy looked down at Flood's desk and thought about the possibilities. "Can you locate him?" "I already have my people checking on all [it]."
    • 2008, Fern Michaels, Hokus Pokus‎, p.184: Can I have one of my people get back to your people, Mr. President?" She tried to slam the phone back into the base and failed.
  5. A person's ancestor, relative or family. exampleMy people lived through the Black Plague and the Thirty Years War.
  6. The mass of a community as distinguished from a special class (elite); the commonalty; the populace; the vulgar; the common crowd; the citizen. exampleEconomocracy is government of the people, for the plutocrats, by their puppets.
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When used to mean "persons" (meaning 1 below), "people" today takes a plural verb. However, in the past it could take a singular verb (see image). Synonyms: (plural of person, human beings) lede (leod), (persons belonging to a group) collective, community, congregation, folk, nation, clan, tribe, race, class, caste, club, (followers) fans, groupies, supporters, (ancestors or relatives) kin, kith, folks, (mass of a community) populace, commoners, citizenry
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To stock with people or inhabitant; to fill as with people; to populate.
    • 1674, , The State of Innocence and the Fall of Man, Act II, Scene I: He would not be alone, who all things can; / But peopled Heav'n with Angels, Earth with Man.
  2. (intransitive) To become populous or populated.
  3. (transitive) To inhabit; to occupy; to populate.
    • {{ante}} , , lines 7–8: … / As thick and numberless / As the gay motes that people the Sun Beams, / …
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People's Republic of Canada
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory or, humorous) Canada.
Synonyms: Canuckistan, Soviet Canuckistan
people mover {{wikipedia}} etymology From , a Disneyland attraction from the 1960s.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A fully automated, grade-separated mass transit system, typically serving a small area such as an airport.
  2. (AU, informal) A car with a higher than normal passenger capacity, typically eight or nine passengers.
pep talk pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈpɛp tɔːk/
  • (US) /ˈpɛp ˌtɔk/, /ˈpɛp ˌtɑk/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A rallying speech made to instill enthusiasm and boost confidence It's your turn to give a pep talk to the dispirited miners.
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Synonyms: pep rally (US)
percentage {{wikipedia}} etymology From Latin per centum, "for every hundred", + -age. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The amount, number or rate of something, regarded as part of a total of 100; a part of a whole. A high percentage of secondary school leavers take a gap year.
  2. A share of the profits. She gets a percentage for every vacuum cleaner sold.
  3. (informal) Benefit or advantage. There was no percentage in staying at home.
  • A percentage is often denoted by the character (%).
Ex. 50% denotes 50 per cent.
related terms:
  • percent
  • percentile
  • percentage point
  • percentagewise
percenter etymology percent + er; the sense of "agent" relates to a percentage of profits being charged as a fee.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (in combination, preceded by a number) A member of a group that forms a specified percentage of the population.
  2. (slang, entertainment, including sports) An agent.
related terms:
  • one-percenter
  • ten-percenter
perfectamundo etymology perfect + amundo as an intensifier. Popularized by the character Fonzie on the sitcom Happy Days.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) perfect
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perfect crime {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A crime that is undetected, unattributed to a perpetrator, or otherwise unsolved.
perfecto etymology From Spanish perfecto
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, humorous) perfect, excellent, brilliant
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A large, tapered cigar.
    • 1937, , , Overlook, Woodstock: 2002, p 99. 'Well the only thing I can advise,' I said, 'is that you cultivate him assiduously. Waylay him and give him cigars... Tell him it's a fine day. He has a dog named Edward. Seek Edward out and pat him. Many a young man has won over the father of the girl he loves by such tactics, so why not you?' He agreed to do so, and in the days which followed Poskitt could not show his face in the clubhouse without having Wilmot spring out at him with perfectos.
  2. (sports) In baseball or bowling, a perfect game.
perfect storm etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (meteorology, informal) A powerful hurricane or other major weather disturbance, especially as produced by a combination of meteorological conditions.
    • 1796, William Fordyce Mavor, Historical account of the most celebrated voyages, travels, and discoveries ..., p. 161, But on the 24th of April, the wind again blew a perfect storm, and our other ships of the squadron separated, nor did any of them rejoin the commodore.
    • 1914, Samuel Finley Breese Morse and Edward Lind Morse, Samuel F.B. Morse: His Letters and Journals, p. 190, Ten o'clock. Beginning to blow hard; taking in sails one after another. — Three o'clock. A perfect storm; the gale a few days ago but a gentle breeze to it.
  2. (figuratively, by extension) A situation where a calamity is caused by the convergence and amplify interaction of a number of factors.
    • 1862, Frank Moore, Edward Everett, The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, p. 149, They sent a perfect storm of bullets, over, under, and into our men.
    • 2008, Jim Coyle, "Stormy weather for tourism season," Toronto Star, 30 Jun., p. AA8, Tory said he was worried that "a perfect storm" of economic factors could put tourist operators and their communities in peril.
perfume {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle French parfum, from the obsolete Italian parfumare "to smoke through" pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈpɜːfjuːm/
  • (US) pûr'fyo͞om", /ˈpɝfjuːm/ or {{enPR}}, /pɚˈfjuːm/
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noun: {{en-noun}} {{projectlink}}
  1. A pleasant smell; the scent, odor, or odoriferous particle emit from a sweet-smelling substance; a pleasant odor; fragrance; aroma.
    • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} Breezes blowing from beds of iris quickened her breath with their perfume; she saw the tufted lilacs sway in the wind, and the streamers of mauve-tinted wistaria swinging, all a-glisten with golden bees; she saw a crimson cardinal winging through the foliage, and amorous tanagers flashing like scarlet flames athwart the pines.
  2. A substance created to provide a pleasant smell or one which emits an agreeable odor.
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Synonyms: (pleasant smell) aroma, fragrance, scent, (substance providing a pleasant smell) fragrance, scent
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To apply perfume to; to fill or impregnate with a perfume; to scent.
related terms:
  • perfumed
  • perfumery
pergamentaceous etymology From the suffixation of post‑Classical Latin pergamentum with the suffix -aceous (itself from the Latin compound adjectival suffix -aceus).“[ pergamentaceous, ''adj.'']” listed in the '''Oxford English Dictionary''' [<span style="font-variant:small-caps">draft revision</span>; June 2008] pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˌpɜːɡəmənˈteɪʃəs/
  • (US) /ˌpɚɡəmənˈteɪʃəs/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (biology, now chiefly, botany) Reminiscent of parchment.
related terms:
  • pergamenous
Synonyms: parchmenty (informal), pergameneous
perhaps Alternative forms: perhap etymology Alteration (via plural -s or adverbial -s) of earlier perhap, equivalent to per + hap ‘chance, coincidence’. pronunciation
  • (RP) /pəˈhæps/
  • (GenAm) /pɚˈhæps/
  • (GenAm) (colloquial) (nonstandard) /ˈpɹæps/
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adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Modifies a verb, indicating a lack of certainty.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 1 , “The stories did not seem to me to touch life. They were plainly intended to have a bracing moral effect, and perhaps had this result for the people at whom they were aimed.”
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 7 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “With some of it on the south and more of it on the north of the great main thoroughfare that connects Aldgate and the East India Docks, St. Bede's at this period of its history was perhaps the poorest and most miserable parish in the East End of London.”
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    examplePerhaps John will come over for dinner.
  2. (rare) By chance.
    • "...will live until he dies perhaps, and then lie down in clover." --Landlord, Fill the Flowing Bowl (song)
Synonyms: belike, maybe, mayhap, peradventure, perchance
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pericranium etymology From late Latin pericranium, from Hellenistic Ancient Greek περικράνιον 〈perikránion〉, noun use of the neuter form of περικράνιος 〈perikránios〉, from περί 〈perí〉 + κρανίον 〈kraníon〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) /pɛɹɪˈkɹeɪnɪəm/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (anatomy) The membrane (or periosteum) which covers the outer surface of the skull.
  2. (humorous, now rare) The head, skull; one's mind.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 411: Now, Mrs Honour had unluckily poured so much of this liquid fire down her throat, that the smoke of it began to ascend into her pericranium, and blinded the eyes of Reason [...]
period pants
noun: {{head}}
  1. (British, informal, plurale tantum) Underwear of a red or dark color warn by a woman or girl during her menstruation.
perisher etymology perish + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, informal) An annoying child, a brat. Get off my lawn, you little perisher!
adjective: {{head}}
  1. misspelling of pejorative
perk pronunciation
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etymology 1 From perquisite, by abbreviation. Alternative forms: perq (less common)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Perquisite. Free coffee is one of the perks of the job.
etymology 2 From percolate (verb) and percolator (noun), by abbreviation.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. Shortened form of percolate.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A percolator, particularly of coffee.
etymology 3 The origin is unknown.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To become more lively or enthusiastic.
  2. To exalt oneself; to bear oneself loftily.
    • Barrow to perk over them
  3. To make trim or smart; to straighten up; to erect; to make a jaunty or saucy display of. to perk the ears; to perk up one's head {{rfquotek}} {{rfquotek}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. smart; trim; spruce; jaunty; vain
    • Spenser Perk as a peacock.
etymology 4 The origin is unknown.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (dated) To peer; to look inquisitive. {{rfquotek}}
Perlish etymology Perl + ish pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (computing, programming, informal) Typical of, or suited to, the Perl programming language.
    • 2004, Ian F Darwin, Java Cookbook: Solutions and Examples for Java Developers Incidentally, the eval { } block around the method call is the Perlish way of catching exceptions.
    • 2005, Damian Conway, Perl Best Practices Second, the standard domain-specific notation you're recreating in your Perl class must conform to the Perlish precedences and associativities.
    • 2006, Jeffrey Friedl, Mastering Regular Expressions In this chapter, I'll try to present examples in a more Perlish style of Perl.
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permabanned etymology perma + banned
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Internet, slang) Permanent ban from using a web site.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of permaban
permaboner Alternative forms: perma-boner etymology perma + boner
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A penis that is persistently erect; a prolonged erection.
    • 1997, 1 April, Michael Thomas, Re: So, he is HIV+,,, “I did, however, have a huge desire to sleep with other men -- I practically had a permaboner from the time I was 14.”
    • 2008, Kiki Faran, Mr. Right Hand: An MF Spanking Novel, Lulu Press (2008), ISBN 9781435709027, page 196: “If there were even one straight bone in this sexy as all hell body of mine, I'd have a raging permaboner.”
    • 2008, Brad Perry, "Hooking Up with Healthy Sexuality: The Lessons Boys Learn (and Don't Learn) About Sexuality, and Why a Sex-Positive Rape Prevention Paradigm Can Benefit Everyone Involved…", in Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power & a World Without Rape (eds. Jaclyn Friedman & Jessica Valenti), Seal Press (2008), ISBN 9781580052573, page 199: While I like to think I avoided the overtly harmful extremes of that mindset, I was also a chronically horny young man, and compounding my permaboner was the fact that other dudes were playing the get-some game as intensely as they knew how.
permadeath etymology perma + death
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  1. (video games, slang) Permanent death, where the player cannot continue but is obliged to restart the game from the beginning.
    • 1996-04-21 , Jay , Sax , Re: Best features of a mud. , , , , And yes, especially 'special' mobs coming back is a bit of a stretch. But then the players coming back is a stretch too, no? (yes, I know, many have implemented some form of permadeath).
    • 2001-02-04 , Rick , Cortese , Re: Permadeath Debate Today , , , , If you are doing your job right designing a game, the newbie experience should be almost good enough that people don't care about permadeath any more then they would picking up a new novel.
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permafrown Alternative forms: perma-frown etymology perma + frown
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A permanent frown.
    • 2004, Devon Mack Wild, Pick-Up Lines That Work, ISBN 9780595323685, p. 28 (Google search result): If she doesn't smile with this pick-up line she might be suffering from a case of permafrown.
    • 2009, , Forced Out, ISBN 9781416549642, p. 219 (Google preview): Usually the kid wore a mean permafrown and stared everyone down.
    • 2013, , Lover At Last: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, ISBN 9781101607718, (Google preview): [T]hat face . . . was so grim, with hollows under the cheekbones and a perma-frown that suggested the guy hadn't slept in seven days.
permanent dirt etymology Originated as a slang term in tattoo and piercing parlours in Californian counter culture but has gained traction in mainstream society and other areas.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A tattoo
  2. (colloquial) Any form of tattoo, piercing, (deliberate) scarring or other body modification that is considered permanent or would take significant effort to remove.
  3. (colloquial) A hair dye or permanent wave that must be allowed to grow out or be reversed by repeating the process, that will not wash out.
permatan etymology perma + tan
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A perpetual tan.
    • 2008, Alex Cole, Resistance His permatan, and his vanity, were his weakness. I needed a picture of him, and it needed to be as unflattering as possible. Moving my train of thought on a bit, I reasoned that he must also be a lover of natural sunbathing.
    • 2010, John Williams, Miss Shirley Bassey Shirley Bassey's culture seemed to be that of international showbiz, and her natural skin tone not that far different from the permatan of a Sacha Distel or Cliff Richard.
permatanned etymology perma + tanned
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Having a perpetual tan.
related terms:
  • permatan
permathread etymology perma + thread
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet, slang) A permanent or perennial thread of discussion.
    • 2003, "jbritt", von Rossum on Strong vs. Weak Typing (discussion on Internet newsgroup comp.lang.ruby) Since this is something of a permathread on this list I though {{SIC}} this would be of interest:
    • 2003, "David Megginson", Studying up on VOR's (discussion on Internet newsgroup rec.aviation.student) I suspect that this is a permathread.
permavirgin etymology perma + virgin
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A person viewed as unlikely to ever have sex.
permie etymology Diminutive of permanent with -ie.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, informal) A permanent employee.
    • 1999, "Martin", Bullying, Abuse and Harrrassment{{SIC}}, then Termination at work (on newsgroup Even if you take six months off you will still earn more than most IT permies, and about three times as much as non-IT permies.
  • casual
  • contractor
  • temp
perp pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, law enforcement) Perpetrator. "We have the perp in custody," the policeman said.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (architecture) abbreviation of perpendicular a perp window
  • prep
perpendicular pronoun etymology From its shape when written.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous, derogatory) The first-person singular pronoun "I".
perpetrator pronunciation
  • /ˈpɜː(ɹ).pə.ˌtɹaɪt.ə(ɹ)/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who perpetrate; especially, one who commits an offence or crime.
Synonyms: arrestee, prisoner, (slang) perp, collar, See also
per procurationem etymology Latin per procurationem.
adverb: {{en-adv}} (abbreviated to per pro, pp.)
  1. (legal) by the agency of, especially when signing a letter in place of someone else
  2. (informal) on behalf of (someone who does not sign themselves)
persecute etymology From Middle French persécuter, from Latin persequor, from per + sequor (English sequel). Compare prosecute.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To pursue in a manner to injure, grieve, or afflict; to beset with cruelty or malignity; to harass; especially, to afflict, harass, punish, or put to death for one's race, sexual identity, adherence to a particular religious creed, or mode of worship. "Do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." – Matt. 5:44.
  2. To harass with importunity; to pursue with persistent solicitations; to annoy.
Synonyms: oppress, harass, distress, worry, annoy
related terms:
  • prosecute
  • sequel
persona etymology From Latin persōna, sometimes said to derive from personare or from ett 𐌘𐌄𐌓𐌔𐌖 〈𐌘𐌄𐌓𐌔𐌖〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A social role.
  2. A character played by an actor.
  3. (psychology) The mask or appearance one presents to the world.
  4. (computing) A type of skin used in Mozilla software.
  • pronase
personal lubricant {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any lubricant used during human sexual activity to reduce friction between body parts, or between body parts and other objects.
Synonyms: lube (informal)
persuasion {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: perswasion (obsolete) etymology From Middle French persuasion and its source, Latin persuasio, from persuadere, from suadere. pronunciation
  • (UK) /pəˈsweɪʒ(ə)n/
  • (US) /pɚˈsweɪʒən/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of persuading, or trying to do so; the addressing of arguments to someone with the intention of changing their mind or convincing them of a certain point of view, course of action etc. {{defdate}}
    • 2006, Rachel Morris, "Borderline Catastrophe", Washington Monthly, vol. 38:10: With the base unleashed, the White House was unable to broker a compromise, either by persuasion or by pressure.
  2. An argument or other statement intended to influence one's opinions or beliefs; a way of persuading someone. {{defdate}}
    • 1928, "The New Pictures", Time, 13 Feb 1928: Sadie curses, weeps, then, infected by Mr. Hamilton's writhing persuasions, prays and becomes penitent.
  3. A strongly held conviction, opinion or belief. {{defdate}} It is his persuasion that abortion should never be condoned.
  4. One's ability or power to influence someone's opinions or feelings; persuasiveness. {{defdate}}
  5. A specified religious adherence, a creed; any school of thought or ideology. {{defdate}}
    • 2009, US Catholic (letter), May 2009: As a convert from the Baptist persuasion more than 40 years ago, I still feel like an outsider in the church despite the kindness and acceptance of Catholic friends.
  6. (colloquial) Any group having a specified characteristic or attribute in common. {{defdate}}
    • 2010, "We don't need gay stereotypes", The Guardian, 6 Feb 2010: Social understanding and equality can neither be nurtured through fear, nor intimidation. Surely this goes for people of all sexual persuasions.
  • dissuasion
  • dissuasion
pertineer Alternative forms: purtineer etymology From pretty + near; see Carleton County Colloquialisms.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (colloquial) Almost; nearly.
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peruse {{was wotd}} etymology From per-+use, from either Malayalam (peruti, perusitare) or xno (peruser), originally leading two concurrent meanings, but only those derived from "to examine" survive today. pronunciation
  • (UK) /pəˈɹuːz/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An examination or perusal; an instance of perusing.
    • 2008, Dave Robson, "Hi-tea, low cost!", Evening Gazette online, September 12, A peruse of the website looked promising …
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To examine or consider with care.
    • Chapter IV , “Sitting on a low stool, a few yards from her arm-chair, I examined her figure; I perused her features.”
  2. (transitive) To read completely.
    • Introduction , “We are for reasons that, after perusing this manuscript, you may be able to guess, going away again this time to Central Asia … ”
  3. (transitive, informal) To look over casually; to skim.
  4. (intransitive, regional) To go from place to place; to wander.
  • The sense of "skimming" is proscribe by some authorities on usage, including the Oxford American Dictionary. The shift, however, is not dissimilar to that found in scan. The Oxford English Dictionary further notes that the word was used as a general synonym for read as far back as the 16th century.
  • purees, purées
  • rupees
perv Alternative forms: perve pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Shortened term for pervert.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To stare at others in a perverted manner, especially whilst thinking sexual thoughts about them. The soccer coach perved on one of the players as he undressed in the change room.
  • prev
pervert {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old French pervertir, itself from the Latin pervertō. pronunciation
  • (noun)
    • (UK) /ˈpəːvəːt/
    • (US): /ˈpəɹvəɹt/
  • (verb)
    • (UK) /pəˈvəːt/
    • (US): /pɚˈvɝt/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated) One who has been perverted; one who has turned to error; one who has turned to a twisted sense of values or morals.
  2. A person whose sexual habits are not considered acceptable. Those perverts were trying to spy on us while we changed clothes!
  • In contemporary usage, pervert is usually understood to refer to a sexual perverted person. Traditionally the word was mainly associated with persons of false religious belief.
Synonyms: (sexually perverted person) deviant, perv (slang)
  • convert (religious)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To turn another way; to divert.
    • Shakespeare Let's follow him, and pervert the present wrath.
  2. (transitive) To turn from truth, rectitude, or propriety; to divert from a right use, end, or way; to lead astray; to corrupt.
    • Milton He, in the serpent, had perverted Eve.
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  3. To misapply; to misinterpret designedly. pervert one's words
  4. (intransitive) To become perverted; to take the wrong course. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (turn another way) divert, steer, veer, (turn from truth; lead astray) corrupt, lead astray, (misapply, misinterpret designedly) misapply, misuse, (take the wrong course)
related terms:
  • perverse
  • perversion
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. deviating from what is normally considered right, normal or correct
  2. (pejorative, offensive) of, relating to, or practicing unusual or "kinky" sex
  3. misrepresented, altered or distorted
Synonyms: pervy (less formal)
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of pervert
perviness etymology pervy + ness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Sexual perversion.
    • {{quote-news}}
pervo etymology pervert + o
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) pervert
perxactly etymology {{blend}}
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (colloquial) alternative spelling of perzactly
perzackly etymology {{blend}}
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (colloquial) alternative spelling of perzactly
perzactly Alternative forms: perzackly, perxactly, prezackly, prezactly, prexactly etymology Blend of precisely and exactly.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (colloquial) precisely, exactly; used as an affirmation
    • 1898, Lynn Roby Meekins, Some of our people, page 190 and Joseph continued: "That's it perzactly, All these words mean perzactly that, but there is hope, sister; there is hope.
    • 2009, Jan Watson, Sweetwater Run, page 171 "Not perzactly," Remy allowed. "Hezzy'd be gathering eggs one minute or sweeping the front porch and the next she'd be flat out on the ground.
  • prezactly

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