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bazillion {{wikipedia}} etymology See -illion pronunciation
  • (UK) /bəˈzɪlɪən/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, hyperbole) An unspecified large number (of).
Synonyms: See also .
bazillionaire etymology From bazillion and modelled on millionaire
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) An incredibly rich person.
Synonyms: gazillionaire, squillionaire, zillionaire
bazinga etymology Probably from ba-zing, from zing. Usage as an interjection popularized as the catchphrase of the character on the American sitcom .
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Exclamation indicating a successful trick or prank.
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  2. Exclamation indicating a successful outcome or sudden realization.
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  3. Exclamation acknowledging a witty remark.
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Synonyms: (successful prank or trick) gotcha, (successful outcome or sudden realization) bingo, eureka, ta-da, voila, (witty remark) zing
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A thingamabob.
Synonyms: See also .
bazonga pronunciation
  • (UK) /bəˈzɒŋɡə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, mostly, plural) A female breast.
etymology 1 From bonkers.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Delirious with excitement or anger; nuts.
    • 2004, Brad Neely, Wizard People, Dear Reader: Narrator: The crowd goes absolutely bazonkers!
etymology 2 Compare bazonga.
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  1. (slang) Breasts.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A mouth: the opening through which a person speaks, ingests food, and so on.
bazooka {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /bəˈzuːkə/
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etymology 1 From an extension of the word bazoo, which ultimately probably stems from Dutch bazuin.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a primitive trombone having wide tube.
  2. an American shoulder-held rocket launcher used as an antitank weapon, developed during World War II and so-called from its resemblance to the bazooka musical instrument.
  3. by extension, any shoulder-fired rocket grenade launcher
  4. (slang, sexuality) a female breast.
etymology 2 Alteration of Spanish basuco, derived from base.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Crack cocaine.
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  1. plural of bazooka
  2. (slang) breast
Synonyms: See also
noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang) breast
Synonyms: See also
BBC {{wikipedia}}
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  1. (usually preceded by "the") British Broadcasting Corporation. This programme was made by the BBC.
  2. Blades Business Crew.
Synonyms: (British Broadcasting Corporation) Auntie (nickname), the Beeb (nickname)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. British-born Chinese.
  2. Bromobenzyl cyanide.
  3. (slang, vulgar) Big black cock.
BBQ etymology Phonetic similarity of the letter names.
abbreviation: {{en-noun}}
  1. barbecue
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (chiefly, US, informal) To barbecue.
BBQer etymology BBQ + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, US, informal) barbecuer
    • 2000, Larry Lester, Sammy J. Miller, Black Baseball in Kansas City Charlie and Arthur had learned the trade from the master BBQer Henry Perry — who worked out of an old trolley barn at 19th and Highland — around 1907.
    • 2005, Alice Fishburn, Anthony Nemecek, Uni in the USA: The UK Guide to US Universities Whether you are of the ardent jogger variety or the more relaxed (aka lazy) BBQer, the lake will play a vital role in your college experience...
bc pronunciation
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  1. basso continuo, a musical term used primarily in the Baroque period.
  2. (Internet, slang) because
  3. (law enforcement) bodycam
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) Girl hired to sit at a bar and induce the customers to buy her drinks, spend money at the bar.
    • Early 1960s, , "That po gal." Jones explored a booth with the broom. "Hustlin water, runnin erran. Whoa!" / "Ring up the precinct about her. She's a B-drinker." / "I waitin till I can ring up the precinct about you. Darlene don wanna be a B-drinker. She force to be a B-drinker. She say she wanna go in show biz."
Synonyms: (bar girl) B-girl
BDSMer etymology BDSM + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, BDSM) One who participates in BDSM.
    • 2007, Peter Ludlow, Mark Wallace, The Second Life Herald Rather than occasional BDSM indulgences in the bedroom, lifestyle BDSMers practice their craft 24/7.
    • 2007, Marlene Wasserman, Pillowbook: creating a sensual lifestyle After many more visits and discussions with BDSMers, I began to understand the power play and sexual high that BDSM can bring.
be {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English been, from Old English bēon, from Proto-Germanic *beuną, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰew-. Cognate with Western Frisian binne, Dutch ben, Low German bün ("am"), German bin, Old English būan. Irregular forms are inherited from the Old English verb wesan. pronunciation
  • (UK) /biː/
  • (US) /bi/
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  1. (intransitive, now literary) To exist; to have real existence.
    • 1526, Bible, tr. William Tyndale, Matthew 2: Rachel wepynge ffor her chyldren, and wolde nott be comforted because they were not.
    • {{circa}} William Shakespeare, : To be, or not to be, that is the Question{{nb...}}.
    • {{RQ:Flr Mntgn Essays}}, II.12: it were great sottishnesse, and apparent false-hood, to say, that that is which is not yet in being, or that already hath ceased from being.
    • 1643, Thomas Browne, Religio Medici, II.2: There is surely a peece of Divinity in us, something that was before the Elements, and owes no homage unto the Sun.
    • 2004, Richard Schickel, "Not Just an African Story", Time, 13 December: The genial hotel manager of the past is no more. Now owner of a trucking concern and living in Belgium, Rusesabagina says the horrors he witnessed in Rwanda "made me a different man."
  2. With there as dummy subject: to exist.
    • 1598, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice: Some men there are loue not a gaping Pigge: / Some that are mad, if they behold a Cat: / And others, when the bag-pipe sings i'th nose, / Cannot containe their Vrine for affection.
    • 1817, Jane Austen, Persuasion: "There is a sort of domestic enjoyment to be known even in a crowd, and this you had."
    • 2011, Mark Sweney, The Guardian, 6 July: "There has been lots of commentary on who is staying and who is staying out and this weekend will be the real test," said one senior media buying agency executive who has pulled the advertising for one major client.
  3. (intransitive) To occupy a place. The cup is on the table.
  4. (intransitive) To occur, to take place. When will the meeting be?
  5. (intransitive, without predicate) elliptical form of "be here", "go to and return from" or similar. The postman has been today, but my tickets have still not yet come. I have been to Spain many times.
  6. (transitive, copulative) Used to name the age of a subject. I'm 20.
  7. (transitive, copulative) Used to indicate that the subject and object are the same. Ignorance is bliss.
  8. (transitive, copulative, mathematics) Used to indicate that the values on either side of an equation are the same. 3 times 5 is fifteen.
  9. (transitive, copulative) Used to indicate that the subject plays the role of the predicate nominal. François Mitterrand was president of France from 1981 to 1995.
  10. (transitive, copulative) Used to connect a noun to an adjective that describes it. The sky is blue.
  11. (transitive, copulative) Used to indicate that the subject has the qualities described by a noun or noun phrase. The sky is a deep blue today.
  12. (transitive, auxiliary) Used to form the passive voice. The dog was drowned by the boy.
  13. (transitive, auxiliary) Used to form the continuous forms of various tenses. The woman is walking. I shall be writing to you soon. We liked to chat while we were eating.
  14. (archaic) Used to form the perfect aspect with certain intransitive verbs, most of which indicate motion. Often still used for "to go"
    • 1606, by William Shakespeare: They are not yet come back. (instead of the modern They have not yet come back.)
    • 1850, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The Blessed Damozel, ll.67-68 ‘I wish that he were come to me, / For he will come,’ she said.
    • Matthew 28:6 (various translations, from the King James Version of 1611 to Revised Version of 1881): He is not here; for he is risen{{nb...}}.
    • 1922, A. E. Housman, Last Poems XXV, l.13: The King with half the East at heel is marched from lands of morning;
  15. (transitive, auxiliary) Used to form future tenses, especially the future periphrastic. I am to leave tomorrow. I would drive you, were I to obtain a car.
  16. Used to link a subject to a count or measurement. This building is three hundred years old. It is almost eight. I am 75 kilograms.
  17. (With [[since]]) used to indicate passage of time since the occurrence of an event. It has been three years since my grandmother died. (similar to My grandmother died three years ago, but emphasizes the intervening period) It had been six days since his departure, when I received a letter from him.
  18. (often, impersonal) Used to indicate weather, air quality, or the like. It is hot in Arizona, but it is not usually humid. Why is it so dark in here?
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When used copulatively with a pronoun, traditional grammar puts the pronoun in the subjective case (, , , , ) rather than the objective case (, , , , ), regardless of which side of the copula it is placed. For example, "I was the masked man" and "The masked man was I" would both be considered correct, while "The masked man was me" and "Me was the masked man" would both be incorrect. However, most colloquial speech treats the verb be as transitive, in which case the pronoun is used in the objective case if it occurs after the copula: "I was the masked man" but "The masked man was me". This paradigm applies even if the copula is linking two pronouns - "I am her" but "She is me" (versus the traditional "I am she" and "She is I") and "Am I me?" (versus the traditional "Am I I?"). Synonyms: (used to form passive) get
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be- etymology From Middle English be-, bi-, from Old English be-, from Proto-Germanic *bi-, from Proto-Germanic *bi. See by. Cognate with Dutch be-, German be-, Swedish be-. More at by. pronunciation
  • /bɪ/, /bi/
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  1. (rare or no longer productive) By, near, next to, around, close to. beleaguer, bestand, beset, besit
  2. (rare or no longer productive) Around; about. begather, belay, belook, bestir, belive, besmell, bewrap
  3. (rare or no longer productive) About, regarding, concerning, over. bewrite, betalk, betell, bemoan, bemourn, bewail, beknow, besing, bespeak
  4. (rare or no longer productive) On, upon, at, to, in contact with something. beclothe, becall, besee, behold, befall, bedo, beshine, besmile, betone
  5. (rare or no longer productive) Off, away, over, across becut, bedeal, betake, bego, behead, belimb, beland, benim, bereave, besleeve, betrunk
  6. (rare or no longer productive) As an intensifier; i.e. thoroughly, excessively; completely; utterly. bebreak, begladden, belabour, behate, bedazzle
  7. (rare or no longer productive) All around; about; abundantly; all over. belave, belick, bescatter, bekiss
  8. (rare or no longer productive) Forming verbs derived from nouns or adjectives, usually with the sense of "to make, become, or cause to be". becalm, bedark, befree, befriend, bedim, beken, benight, benothing, bewet, besmooth, bestrange
  9. (archaic or informal) Used to intensify adjectives meaning "adorned with something" often those with the suffix -ed. besequined, befeathered, beclawed, bewebbed, betasseled, beloved
beach break
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang), In surfing, the place where wave break, at a beach (as distinguished from other types of break).
related terms:
  • point break
  • reef break
beach bunny
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A young attractive woman in a bikini or on a beach.
Beach City
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  1. (slang) A nickname for Berbera.
beak etymology Middle English bec, from xno, from Latin beccus, from Gaulish beccus, *bekkos, from Proto-Celtic *bekkos, possibly from Proto-Indo-European *bak-, *baḱ- 〈*baḱ-〉. Cognate with Breton beg. pronunciation {{wikipedia}}
  • (UK) /biːk/
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  1. Anatomical uses.
    1. A rigid structure projecting from the front of a bird's face, used for peck, groom and for eat food.
    2. A similar structure forming the jaws of an octopus, turtle, etc.
    3. The long projecting sucking mouth of some insect and other invertebrate, as in the Hemiptera.
    4. The upper or projecting part of the shell, near the hinge of a bivalve.
    5. The prolongation of certain univalve shells containing the canal.
    6. (botany) Any process somewhat like the beak of a bird, terminating the fruit or other parts of a plant.
  2. Figurative uses.
    1. Anything projecting or ending in a point like a beak, such as a promontory of land. {{rfquotek}}
    2. (architecture) A continuous slight projection ending in an arris or narrow fillet; that part of a drip from which the water is thrown off.
    3. (farriery) A toe clip.
    4. (nautical) That part of a ship, before the forecastle, which is fastened to the stem, and supported by the main knee.
    5. (nautical) A beam, shod or armed at the end with a metal head or point, and project from the prow of an ancient galley, used as a ram to pierce the vessel of an enemy; a beakhead.
  3. Colloquial uses.
    1. (slang) The human nose, especially one that is large and pointed.
    2. (slang, British) A justice of the peace, magistrate, headmaster or other person of authority. He's up before the beak again tomorrow. I clapp'd my peepers full of tears, and so the old beak set me free (I began to weep, and the judge set me free)
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Synonyms: (rigid structure projecting from a bird's face) bill, (human nose) honker, schnozzle
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  1. (transitive) strike with the beak.
  2. (transitive) seize with the beak.
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be all about
verb: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) to deal with, to be focused on exampleThat's what it's all about
  2. (colloquial) to love, to enjoy, to be interested in
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) a BMW car.
beamer {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbiːmə(ɹ)/
  • (US) /ˈbimɚ/
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etymology beam + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (cricket) A ball, presume to have been bowled accidentally, that does not bounce, but passes the batsman at head height.
  2. (informal, jargon, chiefly, Europe) A device that can project an image through a lens onto a screen with light from a DVD player, television or video recorder.
  3. (slang) A BMW.
Synonyms: (BMW) beemer, bimmer, BMW
beam up etymology From Appendix:Star Trek/beam up, from the franchise.
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  1. (science fiction, transitive) To teleport (someone or something) using a (fictional) device, especially from the surface of a planet to an orbiting starship.
  2. (science fiction, intransitive) To be teleported, or to teleport oneself, in this manner.
  3. (intransitive) To appear suddenly, as if by teleport.
  4. (slang) To get high on drugs, especially crack cocaine.
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bean {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English bene, from Old English bēan, from Proto-Germanic *baunō, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰabʰ-. Cognate with Scots bene, bein, Western Frisian bean, Dutch boon, German Bohne, Danish bønne, Icelandic baun, Latin faba, Russian боб 〈bob〉. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /biːn/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any plant of several genera of the taxonomic family Fabaceae that produces large edible seeds or edible seed pods.
    • 2004, T. N. Shivenanda, B. R. V. Iyengar, Phosphorus Management in French Bean (Phaseolus Vulgaris L.), Ramdane Dris, S. Mohan Jain (editors), Production Practices and Quality Assessment of Food Crops, Volume 2: Plant Mineral Nutrition and Pesticide Management, page 79, Beans are a large group of leguminous vegetables that serve as a main source of proteins in human diet. This group comprises several species and some of them are Adzuki bean (Vigna angularis); Broad bean (Vicia faba); Cluster bean (Cyamposis tetragonoloba); French bean (Phaseolus vulgaris);….
  2. The large edible seed of such a plant.
  3. The edible seed pod of such a plant.
  4. The bean-like seed of certain other plants, especially coffee; coffee in the general.
  5. An object resembling a pea or bean in shape, often made from plastic or styrofoam and used in large numbers as packing material or as stuffing for beanbag and similar items.
  6. (slang) The head or brain.
    • 1960 , P. G. Wodehouse , Jeeves in the Offing , chapter XI and XV , “I saw her quiver and kept a wary eye on the ginger ale bottle. But even if she had raised it and brought it down on [my] bean, I couldn't have been more stunned than I was by the words that left her lips. <br>[...]<br> Well, as I say, it was from his fertile bean that the idea sprang.”
  7. (British, slang, archaic) A guinea coin.
  8. (British, slang, usually in the negative) Money. I haven't got a bean.
  9. (slang) The clitoris.
    • 2010, Cynthia W. Gentry & Dana Fredst, What Women Really Want in Bed: The Surprising Secrets Women Wish Men Knew about Sex, Quiver (2010), ISBN 9781592333394, page 64: For one, don't stage a full-frontal assault on her bean.
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  10. (software) {{short for}}
    • {{quote-web}} „AppletInitializer Methods in this interface are used to initialize Beans that are also applets.“
    • {{quote-web}} „The SelectionInList uses three ValueModels to hold the list, the selection and selection index and provides bound bean properties for these models. You can access, observe and replace these ValueModels. This is useful to connect a SelectionInList with other ValueModels; for example you can use the SelectionInList's selection holder as bean channel for a PresentationModel. Since the SelectionInList is a ValueModel, it is often used as bean channel. See the Binding tutorial classes for examples on how to connect a SelectionInList with a PresentationModel.“
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  1. (chiefly, baseball) To hit deliberately with a projectile, especially in the head. The pitcher beaned the batter, rather than letting him hit another home run.
    • 1960 , P. G. Wodehouse , Jeeves in the Offing , chapter IX and XI , “Though I shall have to exercise an iron self-restraint to keep me from beaning that pie-faced little hornswoggler Mrs Bertram Wooster, nee Wickham, with the shaker. <br>[...]<br> dudgeon might easily lead her to reach for the ginger ale bottle and bean me with it.”
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beanbag Alternative forms: bean bag, bean-bag etymology bean + bag pronunciation
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  1. A piece of soft furniture consisting of a leather or vinyl covering stuffed with dry beans or other similar pellet.
  2. A small cloth bag filled with dry beans, used as a toy or for exercising the hands.
  3. A type of juggling ball usually made from leather or cloth stuffed with dry beans.
  4. (slang, usually in plural) A testicle.
  5. (slang) An idiot.
Synonyms: (furniture) beanbag chair, (toy) hackey sack
beanbrain etymology bean + brain
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A stupid person; an idiot
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beanbreath etymology bean + breath
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, highly derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) A Mexican or Hispanic person.
bean counter Alternative forms: bean-counter
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, business, mildly, derogatory) A person, such as an accountant or financial officer, who is concerned with quantification, especially to the exclusion of other matters.
    • 1985 Aug. 2, "Editorial: Sniffing at DOC health costs," Gainsville Sun, p. 14A (retrieved 13 Sep 2009): As any good bean counter will tell you, it costs money to treat people at a hospital.
    • 2008 Dec. 23, Robert Chew, "Who Is Bernie Madoff? Many Investors Didn't Ask," Time (retrieved 13 Sep 2009): And, in our case, the accounting firm of Halpern & Mantovani, CPA, in Encino, Calif., Chais' chief bean counter, pumped out the quarterly statements as if it were all rock solid.
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  1. (US, derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) a Mexican
beaner pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈbinɚ/
etymology 1 From bean + er. Literally "a person who eats refried beans".
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, racial slur, offensive) A Mexican.
etymology 2 Unknown.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (baseball) A pitch deliberate thrown at the head (the bean) of the batter.
  2. (by extension, informal) Head.
    • 2001, 2 October, William, Capturing Group Therapy Hours?,!original/microsoft.public.access.forms/gmhp_9WpyhY/OsSyDsapmDUJ, microsoft.public.access.forms, “Any ideas on how I could solve this problem? This seems to be beyond what my beaner can solve right now....I hope all this work wasn't for nothing!”
    • 2004, 30 April, Active8 [username], Re: Smith Chart question,!original/,, “I know what picture yer referring to, but I didn't have a problem with that because the fundamentals of reactance have been in my beaner since I was a teen.”
    • 2011, Mike Griffin, Tales of the Lost Flamingo, AuthorHouse (2011), ISBN 9781456760533, page 159: Before Chester could compose himself, the Bombshell leaned over and planted a ruby red smackaroo right on top of his bald spot. Chester Cranepool had had a few things hit him on top of his head before, but nothing that felt that good. Looking like a Franciscan monk with a bullseye on his beaner, Chester simply said, “Bless you, my child.”
  3. (US, slang, dated) A superior or admirable person; something excellent.
    • The Clearing House, Forrest Edwin Long and Philip Westcot Lawrence Cox, 527, 1942, “Gee, that would be a beaner of a sign for education”
    • The Sunset Tree, Martha Ostenso, 106, 1949, Dodd, Mead , “Pride, indeed, Esther thought &mdash; that was a beaner! There was more purse than pride in Mayme's repentant heart”
This sense of a superior or admirable person, from U.S. baseball slang in the 1940s and 1950s, is now almost completely superseded.
beanery etymology bean + ery
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An inexpensive restaurant or cafe; bistro.
beanpole pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A thin pole for support bean vine.
  2. (informal) A tall, thin person.
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bean queen etymology Compare rice queen.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang, LGBT) A (usually white) man who is primarily attracted to Hispanic and Latino men.
beans pronunciation
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noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of bean
  2. (slang, urban, plural only) pill; drug in pill form
  3. (slang, vulgar, plural only) testes
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of bean
  • banes, BANES
  • Benas
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A toy gun.
bear {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /bɛə(ɹ)/, /bɛː(ɹ)/, {{enPR}}
  • (US) /bɛɚ/, {{enPR}}
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  • (Southern US, colloquial) /bɑːɹ/
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etymology 1 From Middle English bere, from Old English bera, from Proto-Germanic *berô (compare Western Frisian bear, Dutch beer, German Bär, Danish bjørn). {{rel-top}} This is generally taken to be from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer- (compare xto , txb , Lithuanian bė́ras), related to brown and beaver. The Germanic languages replaced the older name of the bear, , with the epithet "brown one", presumably due to taboo avoidance; compare Russian медведь 〈medvedʹ〉, literally “honey-eater”. However, Ringe (2006:106) doubts the existence of a root *bʰer- meaning "brown" ("an actual PIE word of [the requisite] shape and meaning is not recoverable") and suggests that a derivation from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰwer- "should therefore perhaps be preferred", implying a Germanic merger of *ǵʰw and *gʷʰ (*gʷʰ may sometimes result in Germanic *b, perhaps e.g. in , but it also seems to have given the g in gun and the w in warm.) {{rel-bottom}}
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  1. A large omnivorous mammal, related to the dog and raccoon, having shaggy hair, a very small tail, and flat feet; a member of family Ursidae, particularly of subfamily {{taxlink}}.
  2. (figuratively) A rough, unmannerly, uncouth person. {{defdate}}
  3. (finance) An investor who sells commodities, securities{{,}} or futures in anticipation of a fall in prices. {{defdate}}
  4. (slang, US) A state policeman (short for smokey bear). {{defdate}}
    • 1976 June, CB Magazine, Communications Publication Corporation, Oklahoma City, June 40/3: ‘The bear's pulling somebody off there at 74,’ reported someone else.
  5. (slang) A large, hairy man, especially one who is homosexual. {{defdate}}
    • 1990, "Bears, gay men subculture materials" (publication title, , Collection Level Periodical Record):
    • 2004, Richard Goldstein, Why I'm Not a Bear, in The Advocate, number 913, 27 April 2004, page 72: I have everything it takes to be a bear: broad shoulders, full beard, semibald pate, and lots of body hair. But I don't want to be a fetish.
    • 2006, Simon LeVay, Sharon McBride Valente, Human sexuality: There are numerous social organizations for bears in most parts of the United States. Lesbians don't have such prominent sexual subcultures as gay men, although, as just mentioned, some lesbians are into BDSM practices.
  6. (engineering) A portable punch machine.
  7. (nautical) A block covered with coarse matting, used to scour the deck.
Synonyms: (large omnivorous mammal) see , (rough, uncouth person) see , (police officer) see
  • (investor who anticipates falling prices) bull
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  1. (finance, transitive) To endeavour to depress the price of, or prices in. to bear a railroad stock to bear the market
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (finance, investments) Characterized by declining prices in securities markets or by belief that the prices will fall. The great bear market starting in 1929 scared a whole generation of investors.
etymology 2 From Middle English beren, from Old English beran, from Proto-Germanic *beraną, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer-, *bʰére-. Akin to Old High German beran, Dutch baren, Gothic 𐌱𐌰𐌹𐍂𐌰𐌽 〈𐌱𐌰𐌹𐍂𐌰𐌽〉, Latin ferre, and Ancient Greek φέρειν 〈phérein〉, Albanian bie, Russian брать 〈bratʹ〉.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To support or sustain; to hold up. This stone bears most of the weight.
  2. (transitive) To carry something.
  3. (transitive) To be equip with (something). the right to bear arms
  4. (transitive) To wear or display. The shield bore a red cross.
  5. (transitive, with [[witness]]) To declare as testimony. The jury could see he was bearing false witness.
  6. (transitive) To put up with something. I would never move to Texas—I can't bear heat. Please bear with me as I ramble on and on about nothing very important, such as that time when I was in Montana and I may have seen a mountain lion, but it was pretty far off and it was raining—the weather, not the lion—and the car broke down...
  7. (transitive) To give birth to someone or something (may take the father of the direct object as an indirect object). In Troy she becomes Paris’ wife, bearing him several children, all of whom die in infancy.
  8. (ambitransitive) To produce or yield something, such as fruit or crops.
    • {{rfdate}}, John Dryden this age to blossom, and the next to bear
  9. (intransitive) To be, or head, in a specific direction or azimuth (from somewhere). The harbour bears north by northeast. By my readings, we're bearing due south, so we should turn about ten degrees east. Great Falls bears north of Bozeman.
  10. (intransitive) To suffer, as in carrying a burden.
    • {{rfdate}} Alexander Pope: Man is born to bear.
  11. (intransitive) To endure with patience; to be patient.
    • {{rfdate}} John Dryden: I cannot, cannot bear.
  12. To press; with on, upon, or against.
    • {{rfdate}} Addison: These men bear hard on the suspected party.
  13. To take effect; to have influence or force. to bring matters to bear
  14. To relate or refer; with on or upon. How does this bear on the question?
  15. To have a certain meaning, intent, or effect.
    • {{rfdate}} Nathaniel Hawthorne: Her sentence bore that she should stand a certain time upon the platform.
  16. (transitive, obsolete) To conduct; to bring (a person).
    • {{rfdate}} Shakespeare: Bear them to my house.
  17. To possess and use (power, etc.); to exercise.
    • {{rfdate}} Bible, Esther 1.22: Every man should bear rule in his own house.
  18. To possess mentally; to carry or hold in the mind; to entertain; to harbour.
    • {{rfdate}} Shakespeare: the ancient grudge I bear him
  19. (obsolete) To gain or win.
    • {{rfdate}} Francis Bacon: Some think to bear it by speaking a great word.
    • {{rfdate}} Latimer: She was … found not guilty, through bearing of friends and bribing of the judge.
  20. To sustain, or be answerable for (blame, expense, responsibility, etc.).
    • {{rfdate}} Bible, Isaiah 53:11: He shall bear their iniquities.
    • {{rfdate}} John Dryden: somewhat that will bear your charges
  21. To carry on, or maintain; to have.
    • {{rfdate}} John Locke: the credit of bearing a part in the conversation
  22. To admit or be capable of; to suffer or sustain without violence, injury, or change.
    • {{rfdate}} Jonathan Swift: In all criminal cases the most favourable interpretation should be put on words that they can possibly bear.
  23. To manage, wield, or direct; to behave or conduct (oneself).
    • {{rfdate}} Shakespeare: Thus must thou thy body bear.
    • {{rfdate}} Shakespeare: Hath he borne himself penitently in prison?
  24. To afford; to be (something) to; to supply with.
    • {{rfdate}} Alexander Pope: His faithful dog shall bear him company.
  • The past participle of bear is usually borne:
    • He could not have borne that load.
    • She had borne five children.
    • This is not to be borne!
  • However, when bear means "to give birth to" (literally or figuratively), the passive past participle is born:
    • She was born on May 3.
    • Born three years earlier, he was the eldest of his siblings.
    • "The idea to create [the Blue Ridge Parkway] was born in the travail of the Great Depression …." (Tim Pegram, The Blue Ridge Parkway by Foot: A Park Ranger's Memoir, ISBN 0786431407, 2007, page 1)
  • Both spellings are used in the construction born(e) to someone (as a child):
    • He was born(e) to Mr. Smith.
    • She was born(e) to the most powerful family in the city.
    • "[M]y father was borne to a Swedish mother and a Norwegian father, both devout Lutherans." (David Ross, Good Morning Corfu: Living Abroad Against All Odds, ISBN 1452450323, 2009)
  • {{rank}}
  • Aber
  • bare, Baré
beard {{slim-wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English berd, from Old English beard, from Proto-Germanic *bardaz (compare Western Frisian burd, Dutch baard, German Bart), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰardʰeh₂ 〈*bʰardʰeh₂〉 (compare Latin barba, Lithuanian barzda, Russian scCyrl). pronunciation
  • (UK) /bɪə(ɹ)d/
  • (US) /bɪɹd/, /biɚd/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Facial hair on the chin, cheeks and jaw.
  2. The cluster of small feather at the base of the beak in some bird.
  3. The appendage to the jaw in some cetacean, and to the mouth or jaws of some fish.
  4. The byssus of certain shellfish.
  5. The gill of some bivalve, such as the oyster.
  6. In insects, the hairs of the labial palpi of moths and butterflies.
  7. (botany) Long or stiff hairs on a plant; the awn. the beard of grain
  8. A barb or sharp point of an arrow or other instrument, projecting backward to prevent the head from being easily drawn out.
  9. That part of the underside of a horse's lower jaw which is above the chin, and bears the curb of a bridle.
  10. (printing, dated) That part of a type which is between the shoulder of the shank and the face.
  11. (LGBT, slang) A woman who accompanies a gay male in order to give the impression that he is heterosexual.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete) To grow hair on the chin and jaw.
  2. To boldly and bravely oppose or confront, often to the chagrin of the one being bearded. Robin Hood is always shown as bearding the Sheriff of Nottingham.
    • Macaulay No admiral, bearded by three corrupt and dissolute minions of the palace, dared to do more than mutter something about a court martial.
    • Barnaby, December 6, 1943 We need all our operatives to insure the success of my plan to beard this Claus in his den...
    • Ross Macdonald, The Chill, 1963, pg.92, Vintage Crime/Black Lizard . . . I bearded the judge in his chambers and told him that it shouldn't be allowed.
  3. (transitive) To take by the beard; to seize, pluck, or pull the beard of (a man), in anger or contempt.
  4. (transitive) To deprive (an oyster or similar shellfish) of the gill.
  • ardeb, bared, bread, Breda, debar, Debar, Debra
bearded clam
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) vulva
    • 1958, Thomas Berger, Crazy in Berlin, page 252 : "In the latrines they predicted the 1209th would go to Osaka, Japan, where the bearded clam ran crosswise..."
    • 1994, Adrian C. Louis, Blood Thirsty Savages: Poems, ISBN 1568090110, page 87 : that night after the dance, he / first touched the bearded clam.
    • 2004, Robert Arellano, Don Dimaio of La Plata, ISBN 1888451513, page 97 : "No panties, just bearded clam and glorious ass."
Synonyms: See also
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) alternative form of beardy
  2. (Scotland) A fish, the bearded loach, Nemachilus barbatus.
  • beadier
beardo etymology From beard and -o. In some uses clearly influenced by weirdo; perhaps best analyzed as a of beard and weirdo.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) A person with a beard.
    • 1994, Patrick D. Gaffney, The Prophet's Pulpit: Islamic Preaching in Contemporary Egypt, University of California Press, ISBN 0520084721, page 90, Moreover, in the regional patois one common expression used by outsiders, including unsympathetic shaykhs, to refer to the group was birubū dign, which can be glossed as the “bearded ones” or more colloquially as “beardo’s.”
    • 2000, Salman Rushdie, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Picador, ISBN 0312254997, page 331, However you get through your day in New York City, well then that’s a New York City kind of day, and if you’re a Bombay singer singing the Bombay bop or a voodoo cab driver with zombies on the brain or a bomber from Montana or an Islamist beardo from Queens, then whatever’s going through your head?, well that’s a New York state of mind.
    • 2003, Suzi Rose, Accidental Heroine: Diary of an Attention Seeker, Authors On Line Ltd, ISBN 0755201086,page 146, Mr Bore is in his garden again. I went to say Hello and he gave me a really stony look so I went back in. I really don’t know what his problem is. Anti-social beardo (that’s a weirdo with a beard).
    • 2004, Joshua Wright, Plotless Pointless Pathetic, Allen & Unwin, ISBN 1865087858, page 119, ‘[…] He can’t control the weather. It’s controlled by the atmosphere, with respect to variables such as temperature, moisture, wind velocity, and barometric pressure. It’s not run by just some mouldy old beardo wearing a bed sheet and throwing thunderbolts about.’
  • Debora
beardruff etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Scaly dry dead skin in the human beard.
    • 1971, Marvin Grosswith, The Art of Growing a Beard, Dover (2014), ISBN 9780486783130, page 109: In all likelihood, if you have "beardruff" (a word I invented for convenience's sake), you probably also have dandruff and have by now discovered a shampoo or some other product which controls it. That product will also control beardruff in most cases.
    • 2014, Ian Pickering, "Growing the best beard you can," Billings Gazette, 15 November 2014: This can give you tons of issues with dry skin, itchiness, and the infamous “beardruff”.
    • 2014, Gareth May, "Grooming tips from the man with the world’s best beard," The Telegraph, 27 November 2014: ‘Beardruff’ is a real thing, often more apparent in the first few months of beard growth. Everyone’s skin varies. It takes time for the natural oils of your face to adjust to the new environment.
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beardy etymology beard + y pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbɪə(ɹ)di/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Bearded.
    • 1852, William Kidd, Kidd's Own Journal: For Inter-Communications on Natural History, Popular Science, and Things in General, Volume 2, [http//|most+beardy%22&hl=en&ei=2M2FTvrsHIPImAWh3Z3_Dw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCwQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20beardy%22&f=false page 31], The plump John Bull, the sallow Frenchman, the beardy Italian, and still more-beardy Jew, the high-boned Scotchman the merry-faced Irishman, the turbaned Turk — a specimen of the human animal from almost every clime under heaven — are passing and repassing before you in the course of every ten minutes.
    • 1855, By John Ballou, The Lady of the West: Or, The Gold Seekers, [http//|most+beardy%22&hl=en&ei=2M2FTvrsHIPImAWh3Z3_Dw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CDsQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20beardy%22&f=false page 391], His beard covered his face and rested upon his still more beardy bosom, but its darkness gave an excellent color to his deep-red face.
    • 1967 May, The Siege of Witch-Hobble Island, , [http//|beardies%22&hl=en&ei=BaSFTs7AC-HemAWFs_UN&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CEAQ6AEwBDjIAQ#v=onepage&q=%22beardy|beardies%22&f=false page 44], But his left foot was caught in that blame noose in the end of the rope, so only his beardy head went underwater and he was dragged along like that for a few wet yards.
    • 1970, James Stephens, Deirdre, [http//|beardiest%22&dq=%22beardier|beardiest%22&hl=en&ei=98aFTtbQFq-SiQf_7fy5Dw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&sqi=2&ved=0CD8Q6AEwBA page 152], "Very hairy, beardy, toothy kinds of heads," said Ardan. "I remember them, and they used to get hairier and beardier and toothier every second day.
    • 2008, Howard Whitehouse, Bill Slavin, The Island of Mad Scientists: Being an Excursion to the Wilds of Scotland, [http//|beardiest%22&hl=en&ei=pMuFTqSpJ-bxmAWop_Ed&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCwQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22beardier|beardiest%22&f=false page 42], The biggest, oldest, beardiest, reddest-faced of them addressed Professor Bellbuckle.
  2. Manly, masculine.
    • 1851, The Musical World, Volume 29, [http//|most+beardy%22&hl=en&ei=2M2FTvrsHIPImAWh3Z3_Dw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CDcQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20beardy%22&f=false page 228], The Doge is one of the popular barytone's most weighty performances, and we do not remember to have heard his voice more powerful, his acting more beardy and emphatic.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A bearded person or animal:
    1. A bearded person; used to identify members of a group or class who coincidentally can be identified by the wearing of beards.
      • 1900, , , article in , His followers were known in Australia as ‘beardies.’
      • 2011, Chris Gibson, John Connell, Festival Places: Revitalising Rural Australia, [http//|beardies%22&hl=en&ei=T6SFTpjoMcP1mAWb55gT&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=9&ved=0CFQQ6AEwCDjcAQ#v=onepage&q=%22beardy|beardies%22&f=false page 255], Seven such social groups were present at the two festivals: Beardies; Jammers; Irish Fiddlers; Poets; Dancers; Campers an Vanners.…The Beardies are men, mainly heavily bearded; described by David as ‘the traditionalists and fundamentalists of the folk scene’ who are often heads of folk club[s], the older generation and the highly respected (Figure 15.1).
    2. A bearded dragon.
      • 2005, Reptiles, Volume 13, But she always kept her distance whenever one of my beardies was out of its cage, as if Moose merely acted like a good-natured lap lizard to throw her off….
      • 2007, Steve Grenard, Bearded Dragon, [http//|beardies%22&hl=en&ei=8ImFTrfdDM-NmQWq7KX2Dw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=6&ved=0CEYQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=%22beardy|beardies%22&f=false page 52], It is impossible to determine the sex of beardies as babies or juveniles, so if you are thinking of breeding them, you may have to buy four or five and raise them in individual enclosures.
      • 2008, Suzanne Buckingham, Meet the Bearded Dragon, [http//|beardies%22&hl=en&ei=8ImFTrfdDM-NmQWq7KX2Dw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10&ved=0CFoQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=%22beardy|beardies%22&f=false page 20], The bearded dragon will reach its adult length by one year. Baby beardies quickly grow into long, strong lizards!
    3. A bearded collie.
      • 1996, Andrew De Prisco, James Burris Johnson, Choosing a Dog for Life, [http//|beardies%22&dq=%22beardy|beardies%22&hl=en&ei=_JuFTsilN4ikmQXivMAc&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=9&ved=0CE8Q6AEwCDiCAQ page 73], Beardies grow fast. They grow like a weed and can be as unsightly as one.
      • 2005, , The Complete Burke's Backyard: The Ultimate Book of Fact Sheets, [http//|beardies%22&hl=en&ei=2pCFTrDZL4nomAWwqokm&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CDAQ6AEwAThQ#v=onepage&q=%22beardy|beardies%22&f=false page 754], Beardies take two to three years to mature, so be prepared for typical puppy activity during this time.
    4. Any of several kinds of fish; a loach.
      • 1864, John Younger, River Angling for Salmon and Trout : With a Memoir and List of the Tweed Salmon Casts, [http//|beardies%22&hl=en&ei=r62FTq3IHseEmQWe9sAp&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCsQ6AEwADjeAg#v=onepage&q=%22beardy|beardies%22&f=false page 180], Loaches (or beardies) often also thinned our preserves, and in this they were occasionally helped by small eels. Whenever beardies got within an enclosure containing only creepers and caddis worms, in a very short space of time the beardies alone were left, so rapacious are these small fishes.
  • brayed
  • bready
  • red bay
bear leader
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (historical) One who leads about a performing bear for money.
  2. (archaic, humorous, by extension) One who takes charge of a young man on his travels.
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béarnaise sauce Alternative forms: bearnaise sauce etymology from French, the feminine of béarnais (the adjective from the Béarn region, using -ais) + sauce
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (cooking) A sauce resembling hollandaise, but sassier, using white wine.
Synonyms: béarnaise, bearnaise
bear pit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A question and answer forum with a group of politician.
  2. A chaotic scene.
bearshit etymology bear + shit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) The excrement of a bear.
    • 2011, Derrick Jensen, Endgame, Volume 2: Resistance Last week I saw a red-legged frog the size of a small dinner plate, and this week the biggest pile of bearshit I've ever seen, dark blue and signaling a diet of berries…
be as silent as the grave etymology Perhaps connected to the idea of taking a secret to the grave, or the idea that dead men tell no tales.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic) to say absolute nothing (especially about a particular subject)
Synonyms: be as silent as the tomb
beast {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old French beste (French: bête), from Latin bēstia; many cognates – see bēstia. pronunciation
  • (UK) /biːst/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any animal other than a human; usually only applied to land vertebrate, especially large or dangerous four-footed ones.
  2. (more specific)  A domestic animal, especially a bovine farm animal.
  3. A person who behave in a violent, antisocial or uncivilized manner.
  4. (slang) A large and impressive automobile.
  5. (slang, prisons) A sex offender.
    • 1994, Elaine Player, Michael Jenkins, Prisons After Woolf: Reform Through Riot (page 190) Shouts had been heard: 'We're coming to kill you, beasts.' In desperation, Rule 43s had tried to barricade their doors…
    • 1994, Adam Sampson, Acts of Abuse: Sex Offenders And the Criminal Justice System (page 83) For many prisoners and in many prisons, antipathy towards 'nonces' or 'beasts' is little more than an idea…
  6. (figuratively) Something unpleasant and difficult.
    • 2000, Tom Clancy, The Bear and the Dragon, Berkley (2001), ISBN 9780425180969, page 905: {{…}} Even unopposed, the natural obstacles are formidable, and defending his line of advance will be a beast of a problem."
    • 2006, Heather Burt, Adam's Peak, Dundurn Press (2006), ISBN 9781550026467, page 114: He'd be in the hospital a few days — broken collarbone, a cast on his arm, a beast of a headache — but fine.
    • 2011, , "", : And, oh, poor Atlas / The world's a beast of a burden / You've been holding up a long time
related terms:
  • bestial
  • bestiary
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • bestial
  • bestiality
  • bestiary
  • bête noire
  • bêtise
  • hartebeest
  • wildebeest
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (British, military) to impose arduous exercises, either as training or as punishment.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) great; excellent; powerful
    • 1999, "Jason Chue", AMD K6-2 350mhz, FIC VA503+, LGS 64mb PC100 sdram (on newsgroup jaring.pcbase) There is another type from Siemens which is the HYB 39S64XXX(AT/ATL) -8B version (notice the "B" and the end) which is totally beast altogether.
    • 2012, Katie McGarry, Pushing the Limits (page 37) Translation: a piece of crap, but the rest of the car was totally beast.
  • abets, baste, bates, Bates, beats, betas, esbat, tabes
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) beast, animal.
coordinate terms:
  • critter
beast mode
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, sports, video games) A high level of performance.
beat {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /biːt/
  • {{audio}}
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  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English beten, from Old English bēatan, from Proto-Germanic *bautaną (compare Low German boten, German boßen, Old Norse bauta), from Proto-Indo-European *bhau- (compare Old Irish fobotha, Latin confutō, fūstis, Albanian bahe, Lithuanian baudžiù, Bulgarian бутам 〈butam〉, Old Armenian բութ 〈butʻ〉). Compare Occitan batre, French battre.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A stroke; a blow.
    • Dryden He, with a careless beat, / Struck out the mute creation at a heat.
  2. A pulsation or throb. a beat of the heart; the beat of the pulse
  3. A pulse on the beat level, the metric level at which pulses are heard as the basic unit. Thus a beat is the basic time unit of a piece.
  4. A rhythm.
  5. (music) A transient grace note, struck immediately before the one it is intended to ornament.
  6. The interference between two tone of almost equal frequency
  7. A short pause in a play, screenplay, or teleplay, for dramatic or comedic effect.
  8. The route patrolled by a police officer or a guard. to walk the beat
    • “There has been a bad business during the night at 3, Lauriston Gardens, off the Brixton Road. Our man on the beat saw a light there about two in the morning, and as the house was an empty one, suspected that something was amiss.”, A Study in Scarlet, 3, Arthur Conan Doyle, 1886
  9. (by extension) An area of a person's responsibility, especially
    1. In journalism, the primary focus of a reporter's stories (such as police/courts, education, city government, business etc.).
  10. (dated) An act of reporting news or scientific result before a rival; a scoop.
    • Scribner's Magazine It's a beat on the whole country.
  11. (colloquial, dated) That which beats, or surpasses, another or others. the beat of him
  12. (dated) A place of habitual or frequent resort.
  13. (archaic) A low cheat or swindler. a dead beat
  14. The instrumental portion of a piece of hip-hop music.
  15. (hunting) The act of scouring, or ranging over, a tract of land to rouse or drive out game; also, those so engaged, collectively.
    • Encyclopaedia of Sport Bears coming out of holes in the rocks at the last moment, when the beat is close to them.
  16. (fencing) A smart tap on the adversary's blade.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To hit; to knock; to pound; to strike. As soon as she heard that Wiktionary was shutting down, she went into a rage and beat the wall with her fists until her knuckles bled.
    • {{quote-news}}
  2. (transitive) To strike or pound repeatedly, usually in some sort of rhythm. He danced hypnotically while she beat the atabaque.
  3. (intransitive) To strike repeatedly; to inflict repeated blows; to knock vigorously or loudly.
    • Bible, Judges xix. 22 The men of the city … beat at the door.
    • Dryden Rolling tempests vainly beat below.
    • Longfellow They [winds] beat at the crazy casement.
    • Bible, Jonath iv. 8 The sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die.
    • Francis Bacon Public envy seemeth to beat chiefly upon ministers.
  4. (intransitive) To move with pulsation or throbbing.
    • Byron A thousand hearts beat happily.
  5. (transitive) To win against; to defeat or overcome; to do better than, outdo, or excel (someone) in a particular, competitive event. Jan had little trouble beating John in tennis. He lost five games in a row. No matter how quickly Joe finished his test, Roger always beat him. I just can't seem to beat the last level of this video game.
  6. (intransitive, nautical) To sail to windward using a series of alternate tack across the wind.
  7. (transitive) To strike (water, foliage etc.) in order to drive out game; to travel through (a forest etc.) for hunting.
    • 1955, Robin Jenkins, The Cone-Gatherers, Canongate 2012, p. 81: The part of the wood to be beaten for deer sloped all the way from the roadside to the loch.
  8. To mix food in a rapid fashion. Compare whip. Beat the eggs and whip the cream.
  9. (transitive, UK, In haggling for a price) of a buyer, to persuade the seller to reduce a price He wanted $50 for it, but I managed to beat him down to $35.
  10. (nonstandard) past participle of beat
    • 1825?, "Hannah Limbrick, Executed for Murder", in The Newgate Calendar: comprising interesting memoirs of the most notorious characters, page 231: Thomas Limbrick, who was only nine years of age, said he lived with his mother when Deborah was beat: that his mother throwed her down all along with her hands; and then against a wall …
  11. (transitive) To indicate by beating or drumming. to beat a retreat; to beat to quarters
  12. To tread, as a path.
    • Blackmore pass awful gulfs, and beat my painful way
  13. To exercise severely; to perplex; to trouble.
    • John Locke Why should any one … beat his head about the Latin grammar who does not intend to be a critic?
  14. To be in agitation or doubt.
    • Shakespeare to still my beating mind
  15. To make a sound when struck. The drums beat.
  16. (military, intransitive) To make a succession of strokes on a drum. The drummers beat to call soldiers to their quarters.
  17. To sound with more or less rapid alternations of greater and less intensity, so as to produce a pulsating effect; said of instruments, tones, or vibrations, not perfectly in unison.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US slang) exhausted After the long day, she was feeling completely beat.
  2. dilapidated, beat up Dude, you drive a beat car like that and you ain’t gonna get no honeys.
  3. (gay slang) fabulous Her makeup was beat!
  4. (slang) boring
  5. (slang, of a person) ugly
Synonyms: See also
etymology 2 From beatnik
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A beatnik.
    • David Wills, Beatdom Issue Three The beats were pioneers with no destination, changing the world one impulse at a time.
  • abet
  • bate
  • beta, Beta
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) a severe beating
  • downbeat
beat down
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (of the sun or rain) to strike with great force. We had to leave the beach because the sun was really beating down. It was a ghastly morning, with the rain beating down in sheets.
  2. To haggle with someone to sell at a lower price. I managed to beat him down to half his original asking price.
  3. (slang) to severely beat someone up
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative spelling of beatdown
  • downbeat
beater {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 beat + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone or something that beat.
  2. A kitchen implement for mixing.
  3. A stick used to play a percussion instrument.
  4. A man who drives game towards shooters in a hunt party, often working in a group.
  5. A papermaking machine for processing fibres by fibrillation in order to improve bonding strength
  6. (US, informal) An automobile in poor operating condition.
Synonyms: (stick for a percussion instrument) drum stick
etymology 2 By shortening from wife beater.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) A sleeveless undershirt.
  • berate
  • betear
  • rebate
be a thing
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial) to exist, or to be available, widespread, possible, or a common practice
beat hollow Alternative forms:
verb: {{head}}
  1. (transitive) to beat up (a person) more than usually severely
  2. (transitive, colloquial, loosely) to defeat severely in various, even non-contact, competitive sports
    • 1845, , letter, quoted in {{quote-book }} "The Raven" has had a great run ... but I wrote it for the express purpose of running — just as I did "The Gold-Bug" ... the bird beat the bug, though, all hollow.
    • {{quote-web }} The more civilized so-called Caucasian races have beaten the Turks hollow in the struggle for existence.
    • {{quote-book }} ... and every night we had a game of chess, at which he beat me hollow.
Synonyms: beat to a pulp
beat it pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈbiˌdɪt/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: beat, it
  2. (idiomatic, chiefly, as imperative, pejorative, colloquial, dismissal) To leave; to go away.
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  3. (idiomatic, US, Canada, vulgar, colloquial) To masturbate, usually a man of himself.
Synonyms: (go away) beat a retreat, (masturbate) beat off, See also
Beatlehead etymology Beatle + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) One who has excessive knowledge of and interest in the Beatles.
Synonyms: Beatlemaniac
Beatlemaniac etymology Beatle + maniac
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A devoted fan of The Beatles.
related terms:
  • Beatlemania
Beatles etymology
  • A combination of the words 'beetles'—as a sign of respect to —and 'beat', as in 'beat music' or the 'beat' of a drum.
  • (RP) /ˈbiːtl̩z/
  • (US) /ˈbiːtl̩z/
    • {{homophones}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. An extremely successful and influential British rock music quartet that operated primarily in the 1960s.
  • belates
  • besteal
Beatley etymology Beatle + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) in the style of .
Synonyms: Beatlesque
beat off
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To drive something away with blow or military force. Now often used figuratively.
    • {{quote-book }}
  2. (intransitive, idiomatic, vulgar, colloquial, chiefly, US, Canada) To masturbate, usually a man of himself.
    • {{quote-book }}
  3. (intransitive, idiomatic, vulgar, colloquial) To waste time. I beat off at work all day; I didn't get anything done.
Synonyms: See
  • offbeat
beat one's meat Alternative forms: beat the meat
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar, of a male) To masturbate.
    • {{quote-journal }}
  2. (idiomatic, vulgar, by extension) To waste time; to engage in an unproductive activity.
Synonyms: (masturbate) see , (waste time) fanny about; spin one's wheels
beatsauce etymology beat + sauce (compare awesome sauce, weaksauce, and dopesauce)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Something that is boring.
  2. (slang) An unattractive person.
beat the bishop
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) To masturbate.
beat the rap
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang) To escape legal conviction and punishment for a crime which one has been been charge with commit; to be acquit.
beat to a pulp
verb: {{head}}
  1. (transitive) to beat up (a person) more than usually severely
  2. (transitive, colloquial, loosely) to defeat severely in various, even non-contact, competitive sports
Synonyms: pulp (verb)
beat up Alternative forms: beat-up (adjective)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To give a severe beating to. I got beaten up by thugs on my way home.
  2. To attack suddenly; to alarm.
    • 1663, , by Samuel Butler, part 1, At breach of wall, or hedge surprise, / She shared i' th' hazard, and the prize: / At beating quarters up, or forage, / Behaved herself with matchless courage
    • 1770, John Belfour, A New History of Scotland, page 137–138: On this occasion, the diligent prior o St. Andrews assembled 600 horse, with which he assailed the French, beat up their quarters, intercepted their provisions, and cut off their straggling parties.
    • 1777 June 7, Anthony Wayne, letter to Sharp Delany from the Camp at Mount Prospect 7th June 1777, in 1893, Charles Stillé, Major-General Anthony Wayne and the Pennsylvania Line in the Continental Army, page 6: Our people are daily gaining Health Spirits and Discipline — the spade & pick axe throw'd aside — for the British Rebels to take up — they notwithstanding affect to hold us cheap and threaten to beat up our Quarters — if we don’t beat up theirs first which is in Contemplation, this in time.
    • 1839 Thomas Johnes (translator), , , chapter CXXVI, page 367: "We know for certain that their army does not consist of more than three thousand men, including all sorts." Sir Henry Percy, on hearing this, was greatly rejoiced, and cried out, "To horse! to horse! for by the faith I owe my God, and to my lord and father, I will seek to recover my pennon, and to beat up their quarters this night."
    • 1948, , The Jungle Is Neutral, 2003, page 272–275: Pa Blanken tells me that the Jap beat up our camp a month ago and we have lost all our heavy gear and moved up into the hills - he does not know where. Hell! No casualties, however. [...] Our material losses were very serious. The Japs had found a rucksack containing all our money, our medicines, including all our vital quinine, a copy of our signals plan, and a number of maps. [...] It seems probable that the Japs spotted our camp from the air. They certainly knew its exact position and came straight to it.
  3. To cause by some other means, injuries comparable to the result of being beaten up.
    • 2008 October 29, on (a British TV program): He [= a paraglider pilot] flew into a hill and beat himself up pretty badly.
  4. (reflexive) To feel badly guilty and accuse oneself over something. Usually followed by over or about. Don't beat yourself up over such a minor mistake.
  5. (military, WW2 air pilots' usage) Repeatedly bomb a military target or targets.
  6. To get something done, derived from the idea of beating for game
  7. (intransitive, nautical) To sail to windward using a series of alternate tack across the wind.
  8. To go diligently about in order to get helpers or participants in an enterprise. to beat up for recruits, or for volunteers
{{rfquote}} Synonyms: (give a severe beating to) do over, rough up, work over, process
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Battered by time and usage; beaten up.
  • Not to be confused with upbeat
Synonyms: beat, beaten up, dilapidated
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who, or thing that, has been beaten up.
    • 2009, Thomas Cody Mullenaux, Numbskull, page 257, Well, two beat ups (the bullied kids) would split that cash fifty-fifty.
  2. An act of beating up:
    1. (UK, military slang) A raid.
      • 1987, John W. Gordon, The Other Desert War: British Special Forces in North Africa, 1940-1943, page 86, These hit-and-run attacks — “beat-ups,” the patrols were beginning to call them — continued, and added to the enemy's mounting difficulties.
    2. A beating; a hazing.
      • 2008, Josh Frank, Charlie Buckholtz, In Heaven Everything Is Fine: The Unsolved Life of Peter Ivers and the Lost History of New Wave Theatre, page 243, We gave him wedgies and did mock beat-ups. We never hurt him or intended to hurt him, but he went along with our tough guy sort of image, and took it tongue in cheek and got it.
      • 2010, John Golley, Jet, page 14, Frequently on guest nights beat ups were held by the Third Term, and cadets of the First Term (and, sometimes, the Second Term) were singled out individually.
  3. (UK, Australia, New Zealand) An artificially or disingenuously manufactured alarm or outcry, especially one agitated by or through the media.
    • 1995 September, David Jones, 1000 Users on a 486, AUUG ′95 & Asia-Pacific World Wide Web ′95 Conference & Exhibition: Conference Proceedings, page 106, To the people of CQ[Central Queensland] the Internet is nothing more than the subject of media beat ups about pornography and bomb making.
    • 2007, Pauline Nguyen, Luke Nguyen, Mark Jensen, Secrets of the Red Lantern: Stories and Vietnamese Recipes from the Heart, page 189, Media beat-ups and xenophobia are nothing new to the Vietnamese people.
    • 2009, Ken Gelder, Paul Salzman, After The Celebration: Australian Fiction 1989-2007, page 95, These debates can be difficult to navigate and are all too easily reduced to simplistic reflections of individual taste and vulnerable to journalistic beat-ups.
    • 2009, Newstalk ZB, Hydro project claims "a beat up" - Brownlee, Newstalk ZB.
  4. (forestry) A tree planted later than others in a plantation.
    • 2003, K. J. Foot, M. Hislop, S. McNeilly, The effect of green composted waste on tree establishment on landfill, in Heather M. Moore, Howard R. Fox, Scott Elliott(editors), Land Reclamation: Extending The Boundaries: Proceedings Of The 7th International Conference, Runcorn, UK 13-16 May 2003, page 216, The data include measurements from both the original tree plantings and subsequent beat-ups.
Synonyms: (act of beating up) hazing
  • up-beat, upbeat
beaucatcher etymology beau + catcher, suggesting that it might ensnare a young man.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous, dated) A small flat curl worn on the temple by women.
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beauship etymology beau + ship
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, humorous) The state of being a beau; the personality of a beau. {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}}
beaut etymology Shortened from beauty. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /bjuːt/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Something or someone that is physically attractive. That new car of yours is a real beaut.
  2. (informal) Something that is a remarkable example of its type.
    • 1942, , Never Come Morning (2001), page 282: Bruno lifted his left hand out of the bucket in order to point out to Catfoot a lump, the size of a darning egg, over his left eye. / "Ain't it a beaut, Cat? It's where he butted me."
    • 1994, , Eight Little Piggies: Reflections in Natural History, page 109: In his most famous quip, La Guardia once remarked, “When I make a mistake it's a beaut!”
    • 2000, , The Midnight Club, page 272: Both of them were used to long surveillance stints. This looked like it might be a beaut.
beautiful etymology From Middle English bewteful, beautefull, equivalent to beauty + ful. Displaced earlier sheen (from Middle English schene, from Old English scīene), Middle English wliti, from Old English wlitiġ. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, [ˈbjuːtɪfəɫ]
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Attractive and possessing charm. exampleAnyone who has ever met her thought she was absolutely beautiful. exampleThere's a beautiful lake by the town.
  2. (of the weather) Pleasant; clear. exampleIt's beautiful outside, let's go for a walk.
  3. Well executed. exampleThe skater performed a beautiful axel.
  4. (as a pro-sentence) How beautiful that is! exampleBeautiful! What a catch! (referring to an athlete catching a ball)
  5. (as a pro-sentence; ironic) How unfortunate that is! exampleBeautiful! I dropped the soup on the floor!
The comparatives beautifuler and beautifuller, and the superlatives beautifulest and beautifullest have also occasionally been used, but are nonstandard. Synonyms: (possessing charm and attractive) beauteous, attractive, cute, fair, good-looking, gorgeous, sheen, handsome, hot (slang), lovely, nice-looking, pretty, shapely, fit (slang), (of the weather) clear, fine, nice, pleasant, sunny, (well executed) excellent, exceptional, good, great, marvellous/marvelous, perfect, stylish, wonderful, (ironic: how unfortunate) great, marvellous/marvelous, nice, very nice, wonderful (any of these can be prefixed with an intensifier such as bloody, damned or just), See also
  • (possessing charm and attractive) grotesque, hideous, homely, plain, misshapen, repulsive, ugly; unbeautiful
  • (of the weather) bad, cloudy, dull, miserable, overcast, rainy, wet
  • (well executed) average, bad, mediocre, poor, shoddy, substandard, terrible, weak
related terms:
  • beauty
    • See also
  • {{rank}}
beautimous etymology {{rfe}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Southern US, colloquial) Beautiful.
    • 1991, Robert R. McCammon, Gone South, Open Road Integrated Media (2011), ISBN 9781453231579, unnumbered page: “Oh, them stories. That she's a young beautimous girl and she don't never get old or die. That she can touch you and heal any sickness, or cancer ... or scar. Your friend tell you all that?”
    • 2003, Tom Carson, Gilligan's Wake, Picador (2003), ISBN 031229123X, page 133: I was in the beautimous April of my years.
    • 2012, Norman H. Drummond, True Humility: Finding Power and Joy in This Biblically Mandated Virtue, WestBow Press (2012), ISBN 9781449741754, page 21: I wonder about Adam. The pride that guided his decision to eat the fore-bitten fruit wasn't for the purpose of impressing his beautimous wife.
beauty sleep Alternative forms: beauty-sleep
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic) Sleep before midnight, on the belief that early sleep hours conduce to health and beauty.John Stephen Farmer and William Ernest Henley, ''Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present'' (1890), p. 159.
    • {{circa}} , The Man From Glengarry, ch. 23: But eager as Kate was for her beauty sleep, the light burned late in her room.
  2. (idiomatic, sometimes, humorous) Extra sleep or a special nap.
    • 1906, , The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor, ch. 12: "I know I ought to be taking a beauty sleep," she thought, "so I'll be all fresh and fine for the evening."
related terms:
  • refreshing sleep
beavage etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncommon, slang) The triangle created by the hem of a miniskirt and a woman's legs when she is sitting; the physical feature between a woman's legs, especially as revealed by a short skirt.
    • 1999 September 4, "EagleBear of Sioux Nation" (username), "excluding hentai, who is the sexiest bababoo in anime?", in rec.arts.anime.misc, Usenet: i mention this because that woman in cowboy bibimbop looks ooooooooohhhhhhhhhhh SO HOT. that cleavage--ga!-- and hmm that beavage if you know what i mean. and it aint even hentai, though i'll bet there are already a zillion dojinshi hentai variations on that number.
    • 2003, Megan McCafferty, Second Helpings (novel), Three Rivers Press, ISBN 978-0-609-80791-0, page 69: Now she showed off her physique in a backless apron shirt and hoochie shorts that were so tight, I could see ample beavage.
    • 2003 February 17, "The Swiss Triad" (username), "Probably my *only* SOTD", in alt.underground, Usenet: I heard this on the Bob and Tom show and immediately came to work and downloaded it from one of our ever friendly Napster look-alikes. [...] You're a beautiful girl, and your pants are on so tight that when you stand just right I can see it all. [...] I see your camel-toe. Your biscuit, your beavage. I see your cooter-cleavage.
    • 2003 November 7, "Dave P" (username), "Paris Hilton...", in, Usenet: I've seen a lot of beavage in my time man and that thing looks sick
    • 2006, Tom Parker Bowles, The Year of Eating Dangerously: A Global Adventure in Search of Culinary Extremes, St. Martin's Press (2007), ISBN 978-0-312-37378-8, pages 62-63: He starts on the pitch: ‘Call it what you want, yeah, snapper, bearded clam, cooler cleavage, the pink taco, Beavage, there’s nothing that tastes or smells like a camel toe.’
beaver {{wikipedia}} {{wikispecies}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbiːvə(ɹ)/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈbiːvɚ/
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etymology 1 From Middle English bever, from Old English beofor, from Proto-Germanic *bebruz (compare West Frisian bever, Dutch bever, French bièvre, German Biber, dialectal Swedish bjur), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰébʰrus (compare Welsh befer, Latin fiber, Lithuanian bẽbras 〈bẽbras〉, Russian бобр 〈bobr〉, Avestan , {{rfscript}}, Sanskrit बभ्रु 〈babhru〉), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰreu-. Related to brown and bear.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An aquatic rodent of the genus Castor, having a wide, flat tail and webbed feet.
  2. A hat, of various shape, made from a felted beaver fur (or later of silk), fashionable in Europe between 1550 and 1850.
    • {{rfdate}} Prescott a brown beaver slouched over his eyes
  3. (coarse, slang) The pubic hair and/or vulva of a woman.
  4. The fur of the beaver.
  5. Beaver cloth, a heavy felted woollen cloth, used chiefly for making overcoats.
  6. A brown colour, like that of a beaver. {{color panel}}
related terms:
  • bank beaver
  • beaver away
  • beavered
  • beaver rat
  • busy as a beaver
  • eager beaver
etymology 2 From Old French baviere, from baver.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now historical) The lower face-guard of a helmet.
    • 1600, Edward Fairfax, The Jerusalem Delivered of Tasso, XII, lxvii: With trembling hands her beaver he untied, / Which done, he saw, and seeing knew her face.
    • 1819, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe: Without alighting from his horse, the conqueror called for a bowl of wine, and opening the beaver, or lower part of his helmet, announced that he quaffed it, “To all true English hearts, and to the confusion of foreign tyrants.”
    • 1974, Lawrence Durrell, Monsieur (novel), Faber & Faber 1992, p.128: As each one brings a little of himself to what he sees you brought the trappings of your historic preoccupations, so that Monsieur flattered you by presenting himself with beaver up like Hamlet's father's ghost!
etymology 3 Alternative forms.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative form of bever
be born yesterday etymology born + yesterday
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) To be new, naive, innocent, inexperienced{{,}} or easily deceived. I was not born yesterday, you know. I have done this before!
    • 2005, Howard Zinn and Donaldo Pereira Macedo, Howard Zinn on Democratic Education‎, page 69: If you don't know important things about history, then it's as if you were born yesterday.
    • 1998, Gwyn Hyman Rubio, Icy Sparks‎, page 155: "Compared to me, you were born yesterday."
  • Mostly used in the negative, to indicate that one is not as naive as had been implied, but sometimes, as in examples above, in comparison or the {{soplink}}.
Synonyms: See also
be careful
interjection: {{phrasebook}} {{en-interj}}
  1. Used to warn people to proceed with caution into a potentially dangerous act.
because Alternative forms: 'cause, cos, cuz, coz, 'cos, 'cuz, 'coz, b/c etymology From Middle English bi cause = bi + cause, modelled on Old French par cause. pronunciation
  • (stressed)
    • (UK) /bɪˈkɒz/
    • (US) /biˈkɔz/, /biˈkʌz/, /bəˈkʌz/
  • (unstressed)
    • /bɪkəz/
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  • {{hyphenation}}
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adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (archaic) For the reason (that).
    • 1611, Authorized King James Version of Genesis 2:3: And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
  2. On account (of), for sake (of). I ruined my life because of you!
  3. Used alone to refuse to provide a full answer a question begun with &quot;why&quot;, often taken as an ellipsis of &quot;Because I said so&quot;.
conjunction: {{en-con}}
  1. By or for the cause that; on this account that; for the reason that. exampleI hid myself because I was afraid.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 1 , “I was about to say that I had known the Celebrity from the time he wore kilts. But I see I will have to amend that, because he was not a celebrity then, nor, indeed, did he achieve fame until some time after I left New York for the West.”
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 17 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “&ldquo;Perhaps it is because I have been excommunicated. It's absurd, but I feel like the Jackdaw of Rheims.”&nbsp; &para;&nbsp;She winced and bowed her head. Each time that he spoke flippantly of the Church he caused her pain.”
  2. As is known, inferred, or determined from the fact that. exampleIt must be broken, because I pressed the button and nothing happened. exampleHe's not a nice guy, because he yells at people for no reason.
  3. (obsolete) So that, in order that. {{defdate}}
    • {{RQ:RBrtn AntmyMlncly}}, II.3.2: Simon…set the house on fire where he was born, because nobody should point at it.
Synonyms: (for the reason that) therefore, since, for, for that, forthy, for sake, forwhy, as, inasmuch as, (mathematics symbol)
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. (uncommon, slang, especially, Internet) On account of, because of. {{defdate}}
    • 2012 October 20, "D.F. Manno" (username), GOP deadbeat dad: No abortion exceptions because SCIENCE!, in, Usenet
    • 2013 November 19, Megan Garber, English Has a New Preposition, Because Internet: Linguists are recognizing the delightful evolution of the word "because." Let's start with the dull stuff, because pragmatism.
    • 2013 December 6, Donald Glover (Childish Gambino), Because the Internet
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because you touch yourself at night
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar, jocular) Used to humourously deflect a request for a reason.
    • 2000: & , (TV series), "" Young Peter: Why did all the dinosaurs die out? Museum Guide: Because you touch yourself at night.
bed etymology From Middle English bed, bedde, from Old English bedd, from Proto-Germanic *badją, perhaps (if originally "dug sleeping-place") from Proto-Indo-European *bʰedʰ-. Cognate with Scots bed, bede, Northern Frisian baad, beed, Western Frisian bêd, Low German Bedd, Dutch bed, German Bett, Danish bed, Swedish bädd, Icelandic beður, and (through Proto-Indo-European, if the above etymology is correct) with Ancient Greek βοθυρος 〈bothyros〉, Latin fossa, Latvian bedre, Welsh bedd, Breton bez; and probably also Russian бодать 〈bodatʹ〉. The traditional etymology as a derivation from the Proto-Indo-European verb for 'to dig' has been doubted, arguing that there are (allegedly) few, if any, cultures known to dig out beds, rather than to build "pads". However, what the Germanic word originally referred to is not known with precision, and it notably has the additional meaning "flower-bed, plot", which is preserved in English and several other modern Germanic languages, but present in older stages as well. Additionally, the term may have originally been used in the sense of a "burial plot" for laying those who were asleep in death, and from there extended also to symbolise a place where one slept in general (In Modern German, two separate words exist, Bett being the normal term, the rare variant Beet having been adopted for “flower-bed”.) Perhaps the word originally referred to dug sleeping-places of animals, compare (with the inverse semantic development) lair from Old English leġer. pronunciation
  • (UK) /bɛːd/
  • (AU) /bed/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A piece of furniture, usually flat and soft, for rest or sleep on. exampleMy cat often sleeps on my bed.<br />I keep a glass of water next to my bed when I sleep.
    • Charles Johnstone, Charles Johnstone, [ The Reverie; or, A Flight to the Paradise of Fools], 2, Dublin, Printed by Dillon Chamberlaine, 1762, page 202, 519072825, “At length, one night, when the company by ſome accident broke up much ſooner than ordinary, ſo that the candles were not half burnt out, ſhe was not able to reſiſt the temptation, but reſolved to have them ſome way or other. Accordingly, as ſoon as the hurry was over, and the ſervants, as ſhe thought, all gone to ſleep, ſhe ſtole out of her bed, and went down ſtairs, naked to her ſhift as ſhe was, with a deſign to ſteal them{{nb...}}.”
    1. A prepared spot to spend the night in. exampleWhen camping, he usually makes a bed for the night from hay and a blanket.
    2. (usually after a preposition) One's place of sleep or rest. exampleGo to bed!&emsp; I had breakfast in bed this morning.
    3. (uncountable, usually after a preposition) Sleep; rest; getting to sleep. exampleHe's been afraid of bed since he saw the scary film.
    4. (uncountable, usually after a preposition) The time for going to sleep or resting in bed; bedtime. exampleI read until bed.
    5. (uncountable) Time spent in a bed.
      • Thomas Stretch Dowse, Lectures on Massage and Electricity in the Treatment of Disease, 1903, page 276, “I am quite sure that too much bed, if not too much sleep, is prejudicial, though a certain amount is absolutely necessary.”
      • Jabez Spencer Balfour, My Prison Life, 1907, page 181, “Some prisoners, indeed, are always up before the bell rings — such was my practice — they prefer to grope about in the dark to tossing about in the utter weariness of too much bed.”
      • James Verney Cable, Principles of Medicine: An Integrated Textbook for Nurses, 1972, “This condition is one of the dangers of "too much bed". The nurse should inspect the legs of each patient daily”
    6. (figurative) Marriage.
      • Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon (1609-1674) George, the eldest son of his second bed.
    7. (figurative, uncountable) Sexual activity. exampleToo much bed, not enough rest.
  2. A place, or flat surface or layer, on which something else rest or is laid. exampleThe meats and cheeses lay on a bed of lettuce.
    1. The bottom of a lake or other body of water. {{defdate}} examplesea bed;&emsp; river bed;&emsp; lake bed;&emsp; There's a lot of trash on the bed of the river.
    2. An area where a large number of oyster, mussel, or other sessile shellfish is found. exampleOysters are farmed from their beds.
    3. A garden plot. exampleWe added a new bush to our rose bed.
      • {{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.
    4. A foundation or supporting surface formed of a fluid. exampleA bed of concrete makes a strong subsurface for an asphalt parking lot.
    5. The superficial earthwork, or ballast, of a railroad.
    6. The platform of a truck, trailer, railcar, or other vehicle that supports the load to be hauled. exampleThe parcels were loaded onto the truck bed before transportation.
    7. A shape piece of timber to hold a cask clear of a ship’s floor; a pallet.
    8. (printing, dated) The flat part of the press, on which the form is laid.
    9. A piece of music, normally instrumental, over which a radio DJ talks.
    10. (darts) Any of the sections of a dartboard with a point value, delimit by a wire.
  3. (heading) A layer or surface.
    1. A deposit of ore, coal, etc.
    2. (geology) the smallest division of a geologic formation or stratigraphic rock series marked by well-defined divisional planes (bedding plane) separating it from layers above and below.
    3. (masonry) The horizontal surface of a building stone. examplethe upper and lower beds
    4. (masonry) The lower surface of a brick, slate, or tile. {{rfquotek}}
    5. (masonry) A course of stone or brick in a wall.
Sense 1. To prepare a bed is usually to "make" the bed, or (US) to "spread" the bed, the verb spread probably having been developed from bedspread. Like many nouns denoting places where people spend time, requires no article after certain prepositions: hence , , and so on. The forms , etc. do exist, but tend to imply mere presence in the bed, without it being for the purpose of sleep. See also Synonyms: (division of a geologic formation) layer, stratum
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  1. Senses relating to a bed as a place for resting or sleeping.
    1. To go to a bed. {{rfex}}
    2. (transitive) To place in a bed. {{rfquotek}}
    3. To put oneself to sleep. {{rfex}}
    4. (transitive) To furnish with a bed or bedding.
    5. (transitive, slang) To have sexual intercourse with. {{defdate}}
  2. Senses relating to a bed as a place or layer on which something else rests or is laid.
    1. (transitive) To lay or put in any hollow place, or place of rest and security, surrounded or enclosed; to embed.
      • Wordsworth: Among all chains or clusters of mountains where large bodies of still water are bedded.
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    2. (transitive) To set in a soft matrix, as paving stone in sand, or tiles in cement.
    3. (transitive) To set out (plants) in a garden bed.
    4. (transitive) To dress or prepare the surface of (stone) so it can serve as a bed.
    5. (transitive) To lay flat; to lay in order; to place in a horizontal or recumbent position.
      • Shakespeare: bedded hair
    6. To settle, as machinery.
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bedaughtered etymology be + daughter + ed pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /bɪˈdɔːtəd/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (humorous, rare) That has or have a daughter or daughters, especially when unwanted.
    • 1840, Diary of a Nun, volume 1, chapter XVII, pages 232–233 So many successful matches were made up here last winter, that it has encouraged all the bedaughtered dowagers to bring their unsaleable commodities to the Roman market, which is now so completely overstocked, that, like a swarm of locusts, they must die of the famine they have themselves created.
bedazzle etymology be + dazzle pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /bɪˈdæzl̩/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To confuse or disarm by dazzling. He was bedazzled by her charm and wit.
  2. (transitive, informal) To decorate with sequins or other sparkly material; to bespangle. She bedazzled her handbag.
bed blocker Alternative forms: bed-blocker, bedblocker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, UK, idiomatic, derogatory, medicine, public policy) An elderly hospitalize person who is too infirm to return home but not sufficiently ill to necessitate continued hospitalization, creating a situation in which his or her hospital stay is prolong while authorities or relatives search for a suitable placement amid the scarce resources of nursing home or other long-term care facilities.
    • 2006 March 7, Jacqueline Maley, "Court evicts NHS 'bed blocker'," The Guardian (UK) (retrieved 2 Dec 2012): A 72-year-old "bed blocker" was yesterday ordered to vacate the hospital bed he has refused to leave for three years, despite being in good health.
    • 2008 Oct. 10, Eilish O'Regan, "Plan aims to ease cost of nursing home care," Irish Independent (retrieved 2 Dec 2012): There will also be a fee charged to a "bed blocker"—someone fit for discharge from an acute hospital but reluctant to go until a nursing home place is provided.
    • 2012 Feb. 21, "Ontario woman on crusade to demand hospital accountability," Global News Toronto (Canada) (retrieved 2 Dec 2012): Dimitra was slapped with a hospital bill worth $18,238, for taking up an acute car bed for too long. . . . "Maria's mother was desperately ill and needed hospital care and she was treated like a bed blocker."
related terms:
  • bed blocking
beddable etymology bed + able
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Sexually attractive.
    • [...] feminine, great body great legs great taste, trained and beddable, Jesus, how beddable. (Noble House: A Novel of Contemporary Hong Kong, James Clavell, p. 958)
Synonyms: (vulgar) fuckable, (vulgar) doable, (vulgar) shaggable (esp. UK)
beddy-bye Alternative forms: beddy-byes
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, baby-talk, childish) Bedtime for a toddler, going to sleep, going to bed.
Synonyms: bye-bye
Bedfordshire {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbɛd.fəd.ʃə(ɹ)/
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A midland county of England, county town Bedford, bounded by Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
  2. (British, slang) Bed.
    • 1993, Tom Wakefield, War Paint I'll be up to Bedfordshire if you two don't mind. I'm on early shift in the morning so I'll have to be up and out by five.
    • 1998, Mary Sheepshanks, A Price for Everything Now come along young lady, up to Bedfordshire.
The slang sense is used only for bed in its uncountable sense of a place to sleep, never to refer to an individual piece of furniture.
bed hair
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Hair that stands out straight from the scalp and is therefore difficult to style, because, or as if, it has been set that way by lying on it in bed. Similar to bed head.
bed head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) The disheveled appearance of a person's hair after he/she has risen from sleeping. Similar to bed hair.
bed-headed etymology From bed head + ed.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Having bed head.
    • 2009, Garth P Toyntanen, Institutionalized 2, p. 11: Amidst the aseptically-perfumed bare functionality, typifying a hospital ward, a pretty and petite elfin teenage girl stirs – tawny hair all tousled and bed-headed, lips full yet petulant.
    • 2012, Caitlin Moran, The Times, Apr 2012: William and a bed-headed Harry were joshing around at the altar like Luke and Han.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To be promiscuous; to have multiple sexual partners. During his university days he would bed-hop whenever he got the chance.
bed-hopper etymology {{-er}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Agent noun of bed-hop: one who bed-hops; a person who is promiscuous or has multiple sexual partners.
bedicked etymology be + dicked
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) Having a penis or a representation/replica of a penis.
Synonyms: bepenised, penised, phallused
etymology 1 From be + dizen. Alternative forms: bedizzen
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To ornament something in showy, tasteless, or gaudy finery.
  2. (transitive, UK dialectal, Northern England) To dirty; cover with dirt.
etymology 2 Blend of bed and citizen.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A person who spends most of their time in bed; a slugabed.
bedroom {{wikipedia}} etymology bed + room pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A room in a house where a bed is kept for sleeping. Please don't enter my bedroom without knocking.
Synonyms: sleeping quarters, sleeping pad
  • boredom
  • broomed
Bed-Stuy etymology Shortening.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (US, informal) Bedford-Stuyvesant, a neighborhood in central Brooklyn, New York, USA.
bedwetter pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈbɛdwɛtɚ/
etymology From bed + wetter.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) A person who (habitually) urinates in his or her bed (during sleep).
  2. (pejorative) A cowardly person.
related terms:
  • wet the bed
  • bedwetting
  • pisspants
bee's knees etymology Origin unknown. Possibly a humorous mispronunciation of business. First known use: 1922.
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: bee, knee
  2. (entomology) corbicula.
  3. (idiomatic, dated, usually, with the) Something or someone excellent, outstanding. We had strawberry shortcake for breakfast on Saturday and the kids thought it was the bee's knees. I used to play in a band when I was younger. We had a few fans and we thought we were the bee's knees. There is a new bee's knees every few minutes in New York.
Normally used as "the bee's knees", rarely without the article (then usually with a possessive, as in "her bee's knees" or "my new bee's knees"). Synonyms: (Something or someone excellent) ant's pants, cat's meow, cat's pajamas, cat's pyjamas, cat's whiskers, dog's bollocks, the bomb, the business, (vulgar) the shit, (vulgar) the tits

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