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piss etymology Middle English pissen, from Old French pissier, from vl *pissiō, probably of echoic origin. pronunciation
  • /pɪs/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) Urine. 1611 Monster, I do smell all horse-piss; at which my nose is in great indignation. — Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act 4, Scene 1. 2005 There in a puddle of piss sat Princess Fatima, her dress up over her knees, vomit dripping onto her bodice - Richard Connelly Miller, Tanglefoot
  2. (vulgar, slang) Alcoholic beverage, especially of inferior quality. 1974 , Donald Newlove, The Drunks, 9780841503373 , page 33 , “Let's dash over to Fisher's for a fifth of that one-fifty-one West Indian. We can't drink this piss, it's degrading.”
Synonyms: See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, vulgar) To urinate. 1601 O Jove, a beastly fault! And then another fault in the semblance of a fowl; think on ’t, Jove; a foul fault! When gods have hot backs, what shall poor men do? For me, I am here a Windsor stag; and the fattest, I think, i’ the forest. Send me a cool rut-time, Jove, or who can blame me to piss my tallow? Who comes here? my doe? — Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Act 5, Scene 5.
  2. (transitive, vulgar) To discharge as or with the urine. 1824, Alexander Burnett, The Medical Adviser, 23984009, page 71, “If any piss filthy matter, or little scales, or withal the urine have a strong smell, it shews ulceration of the bladder.”
Synonyms: See
  • sips
piss about
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (vulgar, idiomatic) to joke or play
  2. (vulgar, idiomatic) to misbehave; to act foolishly
Synonyms: fuck about, fuck around, mess about, mess around, piss around
pissant etymology From piss + ant, because of the urine-like smell of anthills. Compare pismire. pronunciation
  • /ˈpɪsænt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, outside, dialects) An ant.
  2. (pejorative) An insignificant person.
  3. (pejorative) A person who adheres strictly to a rule or policy despite current circumstances. Their super is a real pissant about break times.
  4. (pejorative) A person seemingly incapable of focusing on anything but the trivial, especially in the sense of trivial or irrelevant criticism.
  • 2005 January 31, The New Yorker, 24: “Everyone is saying, ‘You can’t be serious about targeting Iran. Look at Iraq,’” the former intelligence official told me. “But they say, ‘We’ve got some lessons learned—not militarily, but how we did it politically. We’re not going to rely on agency pissants.’ No loose ends, and that’s why the C.I.A. is out of there.”
  • 1993, PJ O'Rourke, Democracy in its diapers in Give war a chance (Picador): It is the beauty of well designed fascism that it gives every piss-ant an ant hill to piss from.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Insignificant or unimportant.
  • ptisans
  • spastin
pissaphone etymology {{blend}}, from its shape.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (military, slang, vulgar) A urinal consisting of a funnel set into the ground.
piss around
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (vulgar, idiomatic) to joke or play
  2. (vulgar, idiomatic) to misbehave; to act foolishly
Synonyms: fuck about, fuck around, mess about, mess around, piss about
piss artist
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) Someone who is frequently drunk (pissed.)
  2. (British, slang) Someone who claims knowledge or understanding that he does not possess.
  3. (British, slang) Someone who frequently ridicule others (takes the piss)
pissass etymology piss + ass
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (vulgar, idiomatic) worthless, backward, undeveloped, nondescript, reprehensible, or small
    • 1998, Fern Michaels, Vegas Sunrise page 279 Then he'd go and do some piss-ass thing that didn't count for beans and blow his horn.
    • 2003 Fern Michaels Kentucky Sunrise, page 180 You really think that pissass runt can run the Derby, eh?
    • 2008, Paul Volponi, Rucker Park Setup, link “The game's on the line, and you're gonna let that pissass little nothing turn big!
    I hate this poor, polluted, ignorant pissass town!
piss away
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, transitive, vulgar, slang) To spend wastefully. I pissed away four years of my life in university and didn't graduate. The old mayor pissed millions of dollars away on stuff nobody wanted.
pissbaby etymology piss + baby
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, derogatory) A whiny or immature person.
pissboy etymology piss + boy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (BDSM, LGBT, slang) A submissive male participant in urolagnia.
pissbreath etymology piss + breath
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, derogatory) Term of abuse.
    • 1991, Wiliam Owen Roberts, Pestilence 'Fuck off, pissbreath!' The innkeeper leapt down the steps and grabbed the serf, clouting him round the ear until it bled.
    • 2005, "charlie dick", Two weeks off? (on Internet newsgroup Delete the thread? Why the fuck would I want to do that, pissbreath?
piss clam
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A clam which squirt water, such as a geoduck or a long-neck clam.
    • 1998, Charles Simmons, Salt Water, Chronicle Books (1998), ISBN 9781452123561, page 157: Some years we dug for piss clams. Small holes showed up here and there in the wet sand at low tide. When you stepped next to one a stream of water shot up your leg and you knew a steamer was underneath.
    • 2012, Bob Vargovcik, Bayonne Boy, AuthorHouse (2012), ISBN 9781468562316, page 14: When we saw a piss clam piss up through the mud, we would dig him up with the pitchfork.
    • 2013, James Kirkwood, P.S. Your Cat Is Dead, St. Martin's Press (2013), ISBN 9781429976350, page 142: Me, happy as a piss clam at high tide, workin' as a busboy in a deli afternoons and nights, other odd jobs during the day.
pisscutter etymology piss + cutter
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, military, slang, vulgar) A side cap.
piss down
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) To rain heavily. I'm not going to the shops now. It's pissing down.
pissed etymology Derived from piss. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of piss
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, colloquial) Drunk.
    • {{quote-book }}
    • 2006, Dean Riley, The Reveller: Every Lie Has Eighty Percent Truth, [http//|most+pissed%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=mN_ZT5DGHbGjiAeY2sWoAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20pissed%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 201], We finished the bottle off and I was more pissed than ever, I was a fucking mess, and Johnny carried me to bed.
    • 2008, Terry Beresford, Shiner, [http//|most+pissed%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=mN_ZT5DGHbGjiAeY2sWoAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20pissed%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 24], We drank, getting more and more pissed, and as we did, these four birds were growing more and more attractive, so we all sat down with them, but none of them wanted to know us, just Peter, dirty fucking bastard he was.
  2. (US, Canada, vulgar, colloquial) Annoyed, angry.
    • 1987, Jeb Stuart, Steven E. DeSouza, , “Holly and Ginny” scene 287: That one look pissed Ms. Gennero...
    • 1989, Judith Stiehm, Arms And The Enlisted Woman, [http//|most+pissed%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=mN_ZT5DGHbGjiAeY2sWoAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20pissed%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 255], Some women were physically incapable, and the guys would say, “See, I told you women can′t hack it.” The more I saw of that, the more pissed I got, and the more determined I got to stick it out.
    • 2009, Steve Serby, No Substitute for Sundays: Brett Favre and His Year in the Huddle with the New York Jets, [http//|most+pissed%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=mN_ZT5DGHbGjiAeY2sWoAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20pissed%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page xv], So I was already pissed at Bill to begin with, for what happened with the O′Donnell disaster the year before, and now I was even more pissed at the fuckin′ guy.
In Canada, pissed can mean either drunk or angry. The term pissed off is commonly used to unambiguously give the meaning angry. Synonyms: (drunk) drunk, intoxicated, bladdered, blotto, plastered, rat-arsed; see also , (annoyed, angry) pissed off; see also
  • spides
pissed as a newt
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, simile) Drunk to the point of incapacity, inebriated.
Synonyms: paralytic
pissed off
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar, colloquial) Annoyed, upset, angry. {{defdate}}
    • 1984, Dorothy Nelkin and Michael Stuart Brown, Workers at Risk: Voices from the Workplace, page 103, They don't like that kind of talk and that made me even more pissed off.
    • 2001, in The Year's Best Science Fiction, page 196, When he'd cracked the tank and lifted Jesus the Rhesus out of the waters of rebirth, the monkey had seemed more pissed off at being sopping wet […]
Synonyms: (annoyed, upset) browned off, cheesed off, (euphemistic) peed off, (mainly US) pissed, (euphemistic) PO'd, p'd off, teed off, ticked off, torqued off, See also
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of piss off
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) Elegance or sophistication, especially characterised by pretentiousness.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Elegant or sophisticated, especially in a pretentious or contrived manner.
pisser etymology {{-er}} pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Agent noun of piss; one who pisses.
  2. (slang) Toilet.
  3. (US, slang) something special or outstanding; e.g. that bike is a real pisser. Often used in eastern New England and spelled pissa or pissah.
  4. (UK, slang) A disappointing or frustrating situation or event.
  5. (Australian, slang) An extremely amusing person or thing.
  • Persis
  • prises
  • spires
pissface etymology piss + face
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, derogatory) Term of abuse.
    • 1994, Myra Goldberg, Whistling and Other Stories The boy said "sorry" three times, but the girl, who still considers him a no-good-soft-in-the-head-pissface won't let him back in the game.
    • 2007, Chuck Barris, The Big Question Still don't remember any a that{{SIC}}, pissface?
piss flap Alternative forms: piss-flap, pissflap
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, chiefly, in the plural, vulgar, slang) A woman's labium.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, Australian, derogatory, slang) A person who regularly overindulge in alcoholic drink.
Synonyms: alcoholic, dipsomaniac, drunkard
pisshole etymology piss + hole
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) urethra
    • 2011, David Holly, Delicious Darkness, page 192 I pushed my ass back toward the voodoo man's thick, leaking cock, and the jism dripping from his pisshole lubricated my asshole. My anus grew slick and opened of its own accord. The more of his cum that wet my hole, the more my muscles contracted to give him easy entrance.
    • 2009, John Patrick, Naughty by Nature, page 90 As is, he and I know the wetness is natural lubricant oozing from the pisshole of his big dick.
    • 2007, John Patrick, Mad About the Boys, page 80 "Beautiful meat!" I say, squeezing the huge young fuck-tool, testing its hardness and hotness and silky smoothness with my fingertips. I kiss and nibble it from balls to pisshole.
    • 2007, James Lear, Hot Valley, page 167 I pulled my mouth away and a long silver string of sticky juice hung between my lips and his pisshole. I smeared it around my face, wondering if this would be my last taste of Bennett Young's love juice.
    • 2006, Tom Graham, Cowboys: Gay Erotic Tales Thick drops of precum seeped from his pisshole.
    • 2004, Michael Huxley, Men Amplified, page 44 He lowered his eyes almost imperceptibly and I resumed the slow suction of his manhood up my chute, his pisshole issuing warm increments of natural lubrication as it slid deep inside me.
  2. (slang, vulgar) an unpleasant place
    • 1989, Thomas Szollosi, The Proving (page 55) High school crowds; doinks with nothing better to do than come down to this pisshole and wave through the glass partition at the biggest jerk in the whole gang.
pisshouse etymology piss + house
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) A building that houses toilet or urinal.
    • 1979, Sven Hassel, Wheels of terror I've been to the pisshouse twenty times since yesterday because I'm so nervous.
piss in a quill etymology piss + quill
verb: {{head}}
  1. (obsolete, nautical, slang) To reach an agreement on a plan.
Reflective of a pirates disinterest in formalizing a strict plan, where piss, or urine is filling the quill, or pen, and their perceived worthlessness of a written or signatory agreement. He is mad to think all men can't piss in a quill, nor see with his spectacles.
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of piss
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) An act of urination.
    • 2007, McDago Kraut, Betwixt the Shit & Bliss, There Lies Pabusa Within (page 176) … the house reeked of her mother's territorial pissings; I couldn't even take a piss in my own fucking bathroom without smelling the offensive stench of this possible mother-in-law …
pissing contest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: a competition to determine who can urinate the furthest up a wall
  2. (idiomatic, vulgar, slang) A pointless competition, dispute or conflict, often over some trivial matter. I'm not getting into a pissing contest with him over who has the fastest car.
    • 1996, Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes: A Memoir, Scribner (ISBN 978-0-684-87435-7) She won him in a pissing contest.
Synonyms: (pointless competition or dispute) dick-measuring contest, pissing match, pissing war, shitting match
pissing match
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar, slang) A pointless competition, dispute or conflict, often over some trivial matter.
Synonyms: dick-measuring contest, pissing contest, pissing war, shitting match
pissing war etymology The phrase is derived from the territorial behaviour of certain animals, such as male cats, which mark territorial claims with urine.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An often vicious conflict in which combatants contend for dominance over certain territory.
  2. (idiomatic, vulgar, slang) An immature dispute over some trivial matter. We didn't do any press because we were just going to get in a pissing war [...] -- Matt Stone, creator of , in an interview with . The other two [...] are in a righter-than-thou pissing war. -- Geov Parrish, . It's a pissing war. -- Steve Duplessie, senior analyst to the Enterprise Storage Group, in an interview with Byte and Switch, . [H]e's devoting too much psychic energy to an ideological pissing war with Monty Kipps. -- Joy Press, .
Synonyms: (pointless competition or dispute) dick-measuring contest, pissing contest, pissing match, shitting match
piss in someone's cornflakes
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar, informal) To disappoint or irritate someone. Sorry to piss in your cornflakes, but my mom's got asthma, so take your cigarettes outside.
Synonyms: rain on someone's parade
piss in someone's pocket
verb: {{head}}
  1. (Australia, slang) To say flattering or fawning things to a person in the hope of gaining favour with them.
    • 1994, , Autumn Maze, [http//|pissing|pissed+in+my|your|his|her|their+pocket|pockets%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22piss|pissing|pissed+in+my|your|his|her|their+pocket|pockets%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=nq3ZT8e8L6ariAeEyP2lAw&redir_esc=y page 249], ‘Don′t piss in my pocket, son. How would you know what I used to be?’ But he was flattered.
    • 2007, , The Persimmon Tree, Volume 1 of 2, [http//|pissing|pissed+in+my|your|his|her|their+pocket|pockets%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=nq3ZT8e8L6ariAeEyP2lAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22piss|pissing|pissed%20in%20my|your|his|her|their%20pocket|pockets%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 248], ‘…Son, I′m not the type to piss in your pocket, but we have a shortage of your kind of chap.’
    • 2009, Dianne Blacklock, False Advertising, [http//|pissing|pissed+in+my|your|his|her|their+pocket|pockets%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=nq3ZT8e8L6ariAeEyP2lAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false page 146], ‘I′m not pissing in your pocket,’ Gemma said quickly. ‘I just mean, what′s not to like? You′re the most inoffensive person I′ve ever met.’ Helen was not sure if that was a compliment.
Often negated, to deny that one′s words are meant as flattery.
piss in the wind
verb: {{head}}
  1. (vulgar) To waste time on a pointless or fruitless task; do something that is ineffective. You can make a complaint if you like, but you'll just be pissing in the wind.
piss it down
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) To rain heavily; piss down. I'm not going to the shops now. It's pissing it down.
pisslamist etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, offensive, religious slur) A Muslim.
pisslike etymology piss + like
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, vulgar) Resembling or characteristic of piss.
piss like a racehorse
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (vulgar, idiomatic) To urinate profusely. I only had one bevy, now am pissing like a racehorse man!
piss lily etymology From its shape.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South African English, army slang). A funnel in the shape of a lilly stuck into the ground and used as a urinal.
piss money up the wall
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (UK, idiomatic, vulgar) to waste money, normally through ineptness in business.
piss off
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, intransitive, vulgar, colloquial, UK, Canada) To leave, to go away. {{defdate}} They've pissed off and left us in the lurch! Why don't you piss off and leave us alone?
  2. (idiomatic, transitive, vulgar, colloquial) To annoy, anger What really pisses me off about my job is that I have to get up at six o'clock.
Synonyms: (to leave) bugger off, fuck off, get lost, pee off, rack off, take a hike, (to annoy) cheese off, pee off, tee off, tick off, torque off
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (UK, Canada, idiomatic, vulgar, colloquial, dismissal) Go away!
piss one's pants
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic) To wet oneself; to urinate in one's clothes when they're being worn.
  2. (idiomatic) To laugh uncontrollably.
piss oneself
verb: {{head}}
  1. (UK, slang, vulgar, literally) To wet oneself.
  2. (UK, slang, vulgar, figuratively) To be very scared (to the extent that one might lose control of one's bladder).
  3. (UK, slang, vulgar, figuratively) To laugh uncontrollably (to the extent that one might lose control of one's bladder).
Synonyms: (wet oneself) (standard terms): wet oneself, wet one's pants/trousers (vulgar slang terms) piss one's pants/trousers, (be very scared) (standard terms): be petrified, be terrified, wet oneself (vulgar slang terms): shit bricks, shit oneself, (laugh uncontrollably) (non-vulgar slang terms): be in stitches, die laughing, roll in the aisles, split one's sides, wet oneself (vulgar slang terms): piss one's pants/trousers
piss on someone's bonfire Alternative forms: piss on someone's campfire
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar) to disappoint or discourage someone by ruining or criticising their plans or aspirations.
Synonyms: to rain on someone's parade
pisspants etymology piss + pants
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, derogatory, rare) An objectionable or cowardly person.
    • 1965, Edwin Gilbert, American chrome "Christ" — he yawned — "Christ, what the hell is everybody getting so pisspants scared and nervous for? Vince Eames is what? A crook? So?...
    • 1983, Oakley M Hall, The children of the sun "You take the part of this pisspants priest against your comrades?" "I do, Caballo!" The old corporal lurched at him with a speed that took him off guard.
    • 2002, Evan Hunter, The Moment She Was Gone Her eyes are blazing the way they had that night long ago, when she called my sister a little pisspants. I expect another bowl of mashed potatoes on my head...
    • 2006, Ed McBain, Fiddlers "I'll pay them when I get my allowance." "Lorraine, you stole that nail polish." "Don't be such a pisspants," Lorraine said sharply.
piss-poor Alternative forms: piss poor
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) Reflecting a low standard of workmanship or achievement; very inferior.
    • 1971, Barry Lessin, "Lion netters revive with aid of Cathrall," Penn State Daily Collegian (US), 12 May., p. 4 (retrieved 2 Apr. 2009): The tennis squad will taking a seven-match winning streak to Lehigh this afternoon. It is concerned with Lehigh? Fourth-seeded Doug Pollock answered this in two words, "They stink!" He described them further: "As a matter of fact, they have been piss-poor for several years now."
    • 2009, Lee Greenberg, "Harmonized tax sparks confusion and anger in Ontario," Ottawa Citizen (Canada), 1 Apr. (retrieved 2 Apr. 2009): Rod Pritchard, who owns a farm equipment business in Eastern Ontario, says the Liberal government has done a “piss poor” job explaining the harmonized tax.
pisspot etymology piss + pot
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang, dated) A portable container used for urination, especially in hospitals or in the absence of indoor plumbing; a chamber pot.
    • 1972, , John Symonds, Kenneth Grant (editors), The Magical Record of the Beast 666: The Diaries of Aleister Crowley, 1914-1920, [http//|%22pisspots%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22pisspot%22|%22pisspots%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=xo_aT4aiBcuRiQew9KCnAg&redir_esc=y page 103], Beauty looks like a pisspot. I tell her so. A compliment because the golden urine of life is poured into her by her Father the Sun. Hence, the Sun is sitting on a pisspot. That pisspot is the Zodiac.
    • 1974 , Fireworks, 1987, page 115, He was fumbling in his little night-table, where he keeps his pisspot.
    • 2000, , , [http//|%22pisspots%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=eR7bT_T9HaSiiAfJwYSWCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pisspot%22|%22pisspots%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 252], Upstairs, Cornelius van den Meer is calling for the pisspot to be emptied.
  2. (vulgar, slang) A very unpleasant, nasty, or mean-spirited person; a contemptible person.
    • 1992, , Mars [http//|%22pisspots%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=0TzbT4X0MKK3iQect6mWCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pisspot%22|%22pisspots%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], That ought to satisfy the pisspot sons of bitches, he thought as he transmitted his apology to the spacecraft orbiting above.
    • 1996, , Cadillac Jukebox, [http//|%22pisspots%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=eR7bT_T9HaSiiAfJwYSWCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pisspot%22|%22pisspots%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], ‘I′m sorry about your place. It′s not my doing,’ I said. ‘Like hell it isn′t.’ Then a yellow tooth glinted behind his lip and he added, ‘You little pisspot.’
    • 1998, Frederick Nolan, The West of Billy the Kid, [http//|%22pisspots%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=eR7bT_T9HaSiiAfJwYSWCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pisspot%22|%22pisspots%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 287], By now a large crowd had gathered; when she learned the kid was dead a sobbing Deluvina Maxwell cursed Garrett and pounded his chest. “You pisspot!” she raged, “you sonofabitch!”
  3. (vulgar, slang) An extremely unpleasant or disgusting place; anything mean or worthless.
    • 2005, David Drake, The Way To Glory, [http//|%22pisspots%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=qDDbT_PmFsmuiQee1fixCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pisspot%22|%22pisspots%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], He sailed it out the hatch into the harbor, then shrugged off the wrap and balanced it in his hand. “Do for wiping rags, I guess,” he muttered. “I won′t be sorry to look down on this pisspot world, though.”
    • 2006, David Wellington, Monster Island, [http//|%22pisspots%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=qDDbT_PmFsmuiQee1fixCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pisspot%22|%22pisspots%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], It was only the pisspots of the world that made it. The most dangerous places. The unstable countries, the feudal states, the anarchic backwaters, places you wouldn′t dare walk out the door without a gun, where bodyguards were fashion accessories—those places did a lot better in the end.
    • 2011, , A Song of Ice and Fire 5: A Dance With Dragons, [http//|%22pisspots%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=qDDbT_PmFsmuiQee1fixCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pisspot%22|%22pisspots%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], “It should have been you who threw the feast, to welcome me back,” Ramsay complained, “and it should have been in Barrow Hall, not this pisspot of a castle.”
  4. (Australia, vulgar, slang) A regular drinker of large quantities of alcohol; a drunkard.
    • 1983, Ronald F. Holt (editor), The Strength of Tradition: Stories of the Immigrant Presence in Australia, 1970-81, [http//|%22pisspots%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22pisspot%22|%22pisspots%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=xo_aT4aiBcuRiQew9KCnAg&redir_esc=y page 163], “Today my son said to me, ‘You're a pisspot, dad, a bloody pisspot.’ You know what that Australian word ‘pisspot’ means, Kapetan Nikola? A ‘metho’, a drunkard. He called me, his own father, a ‘metho’.…”
    • 1988, , Cold Water, in Save Me, Joe Louis, republished in 2010, Trouble: Evolution of a Radical, Selected Writings 1970-2010, [http//|%22pisspots%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=FkLbT5TvKq6RiQftq7iJCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pisspot%22|%22pisspots%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 77], I would get indignant at magazine articles that characterised Australia as a nation of pisspots. I remember one in particular because I was nearly inspired to write a letter to the editor. ‘Australians,’ claimed the journalist, ‘drank until they threw ip on their shoes.’ And then I realised there was a good deal of truth in all this. Quite a few Australians do drink until they throw up on their shoes. I have done it myself.
    • 2011, Bill Marsh, Great Australian Railway Stories, [http//|%22pisspots%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=FkLbT5TvKq6RiQftq7iJCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false unnumbered page], I mean, the bastard was an absolute bloody pisspot. The prick got the sack later anyway, for being drunk on the job.
  5. (vulgar, slang) A large quantity.
    • 1966, , The Outsiders, [http//|%22pisspots+of%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22pisspot+of%22|%22pisspots+of%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=S0nbT6KrGMGsiAf3yriwCg&redir_esc=y page 225], “Damned successful. In fact, I have made a veritable pisspot of money.”
    • 1980, , Hail Hibbler, [http//|%22pisspots+of%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=S0nbT6KrGMGsiAf3yriwCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pisspot%20of%22|%22pisspots%20of%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], “A whole colony?” Lightnin′ Jim swallowed. “That′ll cost you a whole pisspot of loot, Princess.”
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Synonyms: (portable container for urination) chamberpot, (unpleasant, contemptible person), (disgusting place), (anything mean or worthless), (regular drinker) alkie, booze artist, booze-hound, drunkard, grog artist, pisshead, wino, (large quantity) shitload
piss proud Alternative forms: piss-proud etymology piss (urine) + proud. Appears in A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1796): “PISS-PROUD. Having a false erection. That old fellow thought he had an erection, but his — was only piss-proud; said of any old fellow who marries a young wife”.[ “piss-proud”] in ''A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue'', Francis Grose, '''1796''', <small>[ Google Books] [ Gutenberg Archive]</small>
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, vulgar) Having an erection when waking from sleep or, more generally or metaphorically, a false or "empty" erection.
    • 1988, George O'Brien, Dancehall Days, p150 I fucked culture for being unnatural (it was nothing but the city's piss-proud erection).
  2. (British, vulgar) (by extension) Falsely proud, implying an outward display of success or virility belies a dubious reality.
    • 2000, Sandra Gulland, The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B, p30 And my guess is that his piss-proud father told him...
    • 2003, Maureen Jennings, Let Loose the Dogs, p 291 Full of the strong beer brewed at the camp, the men boasted, piss proud of their sexual exploits.
  3. (British, pejorative, dated) Denoting an old man who marries a young woman, implying the only erection he could muster would be prompted by the bladder.'''2003''', Mark Steven Morton, ''The Lover's Tongue: A Merry Romp Through the Language of Love and Sex'', [,M1p p113]
  4. (rare) Paruretic.
    • 1998, Richard H. Stratton & Kim Wozencraft, Slam: The Book, p106 I really have to go, but nothing comes out. Not used to pissing next to twenty strangers. Piss proud?
piss-take pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈpɪsteɪk/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (coarse, NZ, UK, slang) an instance of taking the piss
  2. (coarse, NZ, UK, slang) a parody
  3. (coarse, NZ, UK, slang) an unpleasant situation that is comparable to a parody
this job is a piss take. Synonyms: (instance of taking the piss): mickey-take, (parody): mickey-take (UK), parody, send-up
  • peakists
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, Australia, New Zealand, vulgar, slang) A party where people consume alcohol.
    • 1950, Jocelyn Greene, The Goose Cathedral, The Bodley Head, p 14: . . . passed: all bullshitted up for the pictures or a piss-up in the town.
    • 2005, Tim Worstall, 2005: Dispatches from the Blogosphere, The Friday Project, p 228: Last night a bunch of them turned out to a pub near Edgeware Road tube (where a few of them had helped treat the injured on the 7th), and we had a good old-fashioned piss-up courtesy of Europhobia's generous readers.
    • 2010, , Meltdown, [http//|%22piss-ups%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=tsLZT_SOMOK4iQf0q5m6Aw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22piss-up%22|%22piss-ups%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 202], Therefore with the blessing of Lizzie (herself too upset to attend) Rupert had arranged a sort of pre-wake piss-up in the function room of his London club with a malt whisky tasting, several real ales on tap and a takeaway curry delivered.
piss up a rope
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang, vulgar) To engage in futile or impossible activity. "You can't park here, I'm saving this spot for my friend." "Go piss up a rope."
Synonyms: pound sand
piss-warm etymology Derived from the fact the urine (colloquially referred to as "piss") is generally warm from carrying human body heat.
adjective: piss-warm
  1. (vulgar, slang) lukewarm
piss water Alternative forms: pisswater
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) Cheap, inferior alcoholic drink. Where did you buy this piss water?
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) Extremely weak. This lager is piss-weak.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative or endearing) A urolagniac
    • 2008, Ray Gordon, Web of Desire, page 123 Cum-loving slut, piss-whore, filthy-cunted little tart
pissy bed etymology From their use as a diuretic; compare French pissenlit.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland, colloquial) dandelion
pistol pronunciation
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etymology Probably from Middle French pistole, plausibly from German Pistole, from Czech píšťala, from Proto-Slavic *piščalь 〈*piščalʹ〉, from *piskati, *piščati, from Proto-Balto-Slavic *pīṣk- 〈*pīṣk-〉. Perhaps, however, from Middle English pistolet, from Middle French pistolet, which may be from Italian pistolese, from (a city in Tuscany).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A handgun, typically with a chamber integrated in the barrel, a semi-automatic action and a box magazine.
  2. The mechanical component of a fuse in a bomb or torpedo responsible for firing the detonator.
  3. A creative and unpredictable jokester, a constant source of entertainment and surprises.
    • Dani's Story: A Journey from Neglect to Love, page 81, 1118043650, Diane Lierow, Bernie Lierow, Kay West, 2011, “She was gregarious, opinionated, and in charge, the kind of person you'd describe as a real pistol, and I was immediately drawn to her.”
    • February 2012, Thomas Pugsley, Denial (episode) in Young Justice (TV series): KENT NELSON —Until my wife Inza convinced me there was more to life. Ah, she was a real pistol, that Inza.
    • 2012, Jimmy Correa, How My Prank Stories in ‘You Tube’ Made Me an Overnight Sensation, iUniverse, page 102: She features so many dance tunes and is a pistol with her sharp an witty remarks.
  4. (Southern US) A small boy who is bright, alert and very active.
  5. (American football) A play formation in which the quarterback is a few feet behind the center when the ball is snap, but closer than in a shotgun formation, with a running back a few feet behind him.
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Shooters normally differentiate between a pistol and a revolver, which is named after its rotating chamber; however, in common usage, the word is also imprecisely used to refer to any type of handgun.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To shoot (at) a target with a pistol.
  • pilots, postil, sploit, spoilt
pit {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English, from Old English pytt, from Proto-Germanic *putjaz, from Latin puteus, from Proto-Indo-European *pewǝ-. Cognate with Western Frisian pet, Saterland Frisian put, Dutch put, German Pfütze, Danish pyt, Icelandic pytt.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A hole in the ground.
  2. (motor racing) An area at a motor racetrack used for refuel and repair the vehicles during a race.
  3. (music) A section of the marching band containing mallet percussion instruments and other large percussion instruments too large to march, such as the tam tam. Also, the area on the sideline where these instruments are placed.
  4. A mine.
  5. (archaeology) A hole or trench in the ground, excavated according to grid coordinates, so that the provenance of any feature observed and any specimen or artifact revealed may be established by precise measurement.
  6. (trading) A trading pit.
  7. (in the plural, with the, idiomatic, slang) Something particularly unpleasant. exampleHis circus job was the pits, but at least he was in show business.
  8. The bottom part of. exampleI felt pain in the pit of my stomach.
  9. (colloquial) Armpit, oxter.
  10. (aviation) A luggage hold.
  11. (countable) A small surface hole or depression, a fossa.
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  12. The indented mark left by a pustule, as in smallpox.
  13. The grave, or underworld.
    • Milton Back to the infernal pit I drag thee chained.
    • Bible, Job xxxiii. 18 He keepeth back his soul from the pit.
  14. An enclosed area into which gamecocks, dogs, and other animals are brought to fight, or where dogs are trained to kill rats.
    • John Locke as fiercely as two gamecocks in the pit
  15. Formerly, that part of a theatre, on the floor of the house, below the level of the stage and behind the orchestra; now, in England, commonly the part behind the stalls; in the United States, the parquet; also, the occupants of such a part of a theatre.
  16. Part of a casino which typically holds table for blackjack, craps, roulette, and other games.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To make pits in. Exposure to acid rain pitted the metal.
  2. To put (a dog) into a pit for fighting.
  3. (transitive) To bring (something) into opposition with something else. Are you ready to pit your wits against one of the world's greatest puzzles?
    • 22 March 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club The Hunger Games For the 75 years since a district rebellion was put down, The Games have existed as an assertion of the Capital’s power, a winner-take-all contest that touts heroism and sacrifice—participants are called “tributes”— while pitting the districts against each other.
  4. (intransitive, motor racing) To return to the pits during a race for refuelling, tyre changes, repairs etc.
etymology 2 From Dutch pit, from Middle Dutch pitte, from Proto-Germanic *pittan (compare Middle Franconian Pfitze), oblique of *piþō. Compare pith.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A seed inside a fruit; a stone or pip inside a fruit.
  2. A shell in a drupe containing a seed.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To remove the stone from a stone fruit or the shell from a drupe. One must pit a peach to make it ready for a pie.
  • tip
  • tpi, TPI
pitch {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /pɪtʃ/
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etymology 1 From Old English piċ, from Latin pīx. Cognate with Dutch pek, German Pech.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A sticky, gummy substance secreted by trees; sap. It is hard to get this pitch off of my hand.
  2. A dark, extremely viscous material remaining in still after distill crude oil and tar. They put pitch on the mast to protect it. The barrel was sealed with pitch. It was pitch black because there was no moon.
  3. (geology) pitchstone
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To cover or smear with pitch. {{rfquotek}}
  2. To darken; to blacken; to obscure.
    • Addison Soon he found / The welkin pitched with sullen cloud.
etymology 2 From Middle English picchen, pycchen, an assibilated variant of Middle English picken, pikken. More at pick.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A throw; a toss; a cast, as of something from the hand. examplea good pitch in quoits
  2. {{senseid}}(baseball) The act of pitching a baseball. exampleThe pitch was low and inside.
  3. (sports) The field on which cricket, soccer, rugby or field hockey is played. In cricket, the pitch is in the centre of the field; see cricket pitch. exampleThe teams met on the pitch.
  4. An effort to sell or promote something. exampleHe gave me a sales pitch.
  5. The distance between evenly spaced objects, e.g. the teeth of a saw, the turns of a screw thread, or letters in a monospace font. exampleThe pitch of pixels on the point scale is 72 pixels per inch. exampleThe pitch of this saw is perfect for that type of wood. A helical scan with a pitch of zero is equivalent to constant z-axis scanning.
  6. The angle at which an object sits. examplethe pitch of the roof or haystack
  7. More specifically, the rotation angle about the transverse axis.
  8. A level or degree.
  9. (aviation) A measure of the degree to which an aircraft's nose tilts up or down. examplethe pitch of an aircraft
  10. (aviation) A measure of the angle of attack of a propeller. examplethe propellor blades' pitch
  11. (nautical) The measure of extent to which a nautical vessel rotates on its athwartships axis, causing its bow and stern to go up and down. Compare with roll, yaw and heave.
  12. The place where a busker performs.
  13. An area in a market (or similar) allocated to a particular trader.
  14. A point or peak; the extreme point or degree of elevation or depression; hence, a limit or bound.
    • 1748, David Hume, , Oxford University Press (1973), section 11: But, except the mind be disordered by disease or madness, they never can arrive at such a pitch of vivacity
    • John Milton Driven headlong from the pitch of heaven, down / Into this deep.
    • William Shakespeare Enterprises of great pitch and moment.
    • Addison He lived when learning was at its highest pitch.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 5 , “In the eyes of Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke the apotheosis of the Celebrity was complete. The people of Asquith were not only willing to attend the house-warming, but had been worked up to the pitch of eagerness.”
  15. (climbing) A section of a climb or rock face; specifically, the climbing distance between belay or stance.
  16. (caving) A vertical cave passage, only negotiable by using rope or ladders. exampleThe entrance pitch requires 30 metres of rope.
  17. (now UK regional) A person or animal's height.
    • {{RQ:RBrtn AntmyMlncly}}, II.3.2: Alba the emperor was crook-backed, Epictetus lame; that great Alexander a little man of stature, Augustus Cæsar of the same pitch […].
  18. That point of the ground on which the ball pitches or lights when bowled.
  19. A descent; a fall; a thrusting down.
  20. The point where a declivity begins; hence, the declivity itself; a descending slope; the degree or rate of descent or slope; slant. examplea steep pitch in the road;&nbsp; the pitch of a roof
  21. (mining) The limit of ground set to a miner who receives a share of the ore taken out.
  22. (engineering) The distance from centre to centre of any two adjacent teeth of gearing, measured on the pitch line; called also circular pitch.
  23. The length, measured along the axis, of a complete turn of the thread of a screw, or of the helical lines of the blades of a screw propeller.
  24. The distance between the centres of holes, as of rivet holes in boiler plates.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. {{senseid}}(transitive) To throw. He pitched the horseshoe.
  2. {{senseid}}(transitive or intransitive, baseball) To throw (the ball) toward home plate. (transitive) The hurler pitched a curveball. (intransitive) He pitched high and inside.
  3. (intransitive, baseball) To play baseball in the position of pitcher. Bob pitches today.
  4. (transitive) To throw away; discard. He pitched the candy wrapper.
  5. (transitive) To promote, advertise, or attempt to sell. He pitched the idea for months with no takers.
  6. (transitive) To deliver in a certain tone or style, or with a certain audience in mind. At which level should I pitch my presentation?
  7. (transitive) To assemble or erect (a tent). Pitch the tent over there.
  8. (intransitive) To fix or place a tent or temporary habitation; to encamp.
    • Bible, Genesis xxxi. 25 Laban with his brethren pitched in the Mount of Gilead.
  9. (ambitransitive, aviation or nautical) To move so that the front of an aircraft or ship goes alternatively up and down. (transitive) The typhoon pitched the deck of the ship. (intransitive) The airplane pitched.
  10. (transitive, golf) To play a short, high, lofty shot that lands with backspin. The only way to get on the green from here is to pitch the ball over the bunker.
  11. (intransitive, cricket) To bounce on the playing surface. The ball pitched well short of the batsman.
  12. (intransitive, Bristol, of snow) To settle and build up, without melt.
  13. To alight; to settle; to come to rest from flight.
    • Mortimer the tree whereon they [the bees] pitch
  14. To fix one's choice; with on or upon.
    • Tillotson Pitch upon the best course of life, and custom will render it the more easy.
  15. To plunge or fall; especially, to fall forward; to decline or slope. to pitch from a precipice The vessel pitches in a heavy sea. The field pitches toward the east.
  16. To set, face, or pave with rubble or undressed stones, as an embankment or a roadway. {{rfquotek}}
  17. To set or fix, as a price or value. {{rfquotek}}
  18. (transitive, card games, slang) To discard a card for some gain.
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • absolute pitch
  • perfect pitch
  • pitch-a-fit
  • pitch a tent
  • pitch and putt
  • pitch class
  • pitcher
  • pitchfork
  • pitch in
  • pitch-pipe
  • pitch up
  • pitch upon
  • relative pitch
  • sales pitch
etymology 3 Unknown
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (music) The perceived frequency of a sound or note. The pitch of middle "C" is familiar to many musicians.
  2. (music) In an a cappella group, the singer responsible for singing a note for the other members to tune themselves by. Bob, our pitch, let out a clear middle "C" and our conductor gave the signal to start.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To produce a note of a given pitch.
  2. To fix or set the tone of. to pitch a tune
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pitch a tent etymology From the protruding and sometimes tent-like appearance of an erection through the trousers. pronunciation
  • /ˌpɪtʃəˈtɛnt/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: to pitch a tent
  2. (idiomatic, slang) To have an erection that shows through the trousers. Check it out, Jimmy's over there pitching a tent to Maria's boobs.
Synonyms: pitch the tent
pitcher {{wikipedia}} {{Webster 1913}} pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈpɪtʃɚ/
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etymology 1 {{wikipedia}} to pitch (to throw, etc.) + -er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who pitch anything, as hay, quoit, a ball, etc.
  2. (baseball, softball), the player who delivers the ball to the batter.
  3. (chiefly, US, colloquial) The top partner in a homosexual relationship or penetrator in a sexual encounter between two men.
  4. (obsolete) A sort of crowbar for dig.
etymology 2 From Middle English picher, from Old French pichier, pechier, bichier (compare modern French pichet), from ll or Malayalam pīcārium, alteration of bīcārium, itself possibly from bacarium, bacar or from Ancient Greek βῖκος 〈bîkos〉. More at beaker.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A wide-mouthed, deep vessel for holding liquid, with a spout or protruding lip and a handle; a water jug or jar with a large ear or handle.
  2. (botany) A tubular or cuplike appendage or expansion of the leaves of certain plants. See .
  • Petrich
pitcher-bawd pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, nautical, slang) An elder, worn-out, or semi-retired prostitute working in a tavern, who is only desired for fetching pitchers of beer for patrons.
pitch into
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  1. (slang) To attack; to assault; to abuse.
Pit of Voles etymology pit + of + voles, from the site's reputation in fandom as being filled with amateurish and poorly-written stories.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (fandom slang, pejorative) The online fan fiction archive
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. obsolete spelling of pity
  2. (slang) pit bull terrier
pit-yacker Alternative forms: pit yacker, pit-yakka
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Geordie, pejorative) A term of abuse directed at inhabitants of mining villages of Northumberland.
  2. (Geordie) Someone who speaks pitmatic.
pity guest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A person who might be invited to attend a party or other function due to being alone or without family during holidays.
pity party
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) An instance of feeling sorry for oneself and/or seeking pity from other people.
    • 1995, Judy Baer, Sarah's Dilemma, Bethany House Publishers (1995), ISBN 9781556613890, page 22: … I was having a pity party today and needed to whine a little, that's all. I'm over it now. All I needed was someone to listen."
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initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (optics) particle image velocimetry
  2. (electronics) peak inverse voltage
  3. (medicine) peripheral intravenous
  4. (colloquial) penis-in-vagina
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pathology) abbreviation of parainfluenza virus
  • V.I.P., VIP
pix pronunciation
  • /pɪks/
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etymology 1 First attested , abbreviation of pictures, first used in , along with other similar words that the magazine calls slanguage .
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (informal) Plural form of pic in the sense of &quot;picture&quot;.
    • 1946, “Palisades Notes”, in , Nielsen Business Media, Inc., ISSN 0006-2510, Volume 58, Number 37 (1946 September 14), page 82: Annual photo contest has brought in some pix by amateurs which are definitely in the professional category.
    • 1978, response to a letter to the editor, in American Motorcyclist, American Motorcyclist Association, ISSN 0277-9358, Volume 32, Number 2 (1978 February), page 4: Photo selection can be tricky with space limitations, Arthur, and we blew that one. Hope the Scott pix in our January issue made you feel better about this.
    • 2010, Lynn Powell, Framing Innocence: A Mother’s Photographs, a Prosecutor’s Zeal, and a Small Town’s Response, The New Press, ISBN 978-1-59558-551-6, pages 15–16: He nervously wrote down Amy’s instructions for what to say and how to behave if the police came back with a search warrant:
      • take pix of damage afterward
  2. Specifically, motion picture; movie.
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A variant of pyx
pixie {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: pigsie (obsolete), piskie (obsolete), pisky (obsolete), pixy pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (mythology, fantasy literature, fairy tales) A playful sprite or elf or fairy-like creature.
    • 2005, Dan Keding, The Pixies’ Bed, Dan Keding, Amy Douglas (editors), English Folktales, page 98, Then she saw pixies — dozens and dozens of pixies — dancing and singing.
    • 2005, Kathryn Reyes, Mystery Door Manor and the Dragon Realm, page 72, When she looked around, Mary saw four pixies flying toward her. She had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit. Then the pixies turned around and attacked again.
    • 2007, Jeremy Phillips, The Wizardon Star, page 165, The servant that had raised him, an elderly pixie called Rolog, had died. On his deathbed he had called the young Captain to his side. Seeing the pixie dying had had no effect on him.
    • 2010, Sandra A. Filbin, The Enchanted World: A Tooth Fairy's Tale, page 49, Tiffy froze as the two pixies looked directly into each other's eyes. Then Tiffy raised her hand and said, “Hi, I'm Tiffy the Tooth Fairy.” Even though the other pixie lifted her hand too, she didn't answer.
  2. (slang) A cute, petite woman with short hair.
    • 2006, Darnell Arnoult, Sufficient Grace, page 186, Then a pixie appears in the visitor window, round face, big brown eyes framed in thick liner, a tiny turned-up nose, red lips, inch-long blue-black hair so popular with the avant-garde.
    • 2009, Nicole Baart, The Moment Between, page 1, Petite and narrow-waisted, with a pixie flip of hair the exact color of coffee beans, Abigail could easily pass for sixteen in a pair of ripped jeans and an Abercrombie T-shirt.
    • 2010, Mary Jo Ignoffo, Captive of the Labyrinth: Sarah L. Winchester, Heiress to the Rifle Fortune, page 196, Petite in the extreme, not even reaching five feet tall, Winchester at her most robust had approached one hundred pounds. No longer the bright-eyed, sophisticated pixie that Isaiah Taber had photographed so many years earlier, Winchester showed a different picture altogether as she lay dying, her fingers and toes knotted and knurled from years of destruction by the painful arthritis.
    • 2011, L. E. Newell, Durty South Grind, page 138, Like magic, Carla transformed from the dainty pixie into a hardcore, no-nonsense businesswoman right before his eyes.
  3. (astronomy, meteorology) An upper-atmospheric optical phenomenon associated with thunderstorms, a short-lasting pinpoint of light on the surface of convective domes that produces a gnome.
Synonyms: (sprite or elf-like or fairy-like creature) brownie, fairy, gnome, imp, sprite
related terms:
  • pixilated / pixillated
pizazzy Alternative forms: pizzazzy
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Of, characterized by, or exhibit pizazz.
    • 2008, Barbara Lippert, "You Call That Groundbreaking?," Adweek, 26 May (retrieved 8 Jan. 2009): To make the cereal brand seem sexier and more exciting, the campaign renamed the dull old shredded wheat squares as punchy, pizazzy "New Diamond Shreddies."
Synonyms: flashy, zesty
pizza bone
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, humorous) The thick, generally curved, end of a slice of pizza.
    • 1998 July 29, Laurie <patmackin(nospam)>, "Re: Raising children who eat everything",, Usenet, But the crust (or "pizza bone" as we refer to it at my house)IS the best part of a slice of pizza!
    • 1999 January 26, Jerry Roush <>, "Re: Another pizza question",, Usenet, If the dough is elastic, rolling into balls and forming into "crusts" would probably yield better results. Besides, then you can regulate the crust's edge (aka the "pizza bone").
    • 2000 September 14, Kathleen <>, "Re: RR: Gotham", alt.mountain-bike, Usenet, I had a couple of slices of leftover stuffed-crust pizza for lunch. The big dogs were outside, so I gave Scully a whole pizza bone (the outer crust edge) to have all to herself.
    • 2000 September 30,, "Re: I miss my friend",, Usenet, We had pizza earlier nad after I ate a piece I caught myself about to call her name and offer my "pizza bone" to her.
    • 2001 April 24,, "Re: Hallelujah for Tacos....",, Usenet, I made a lovely arrangement of the empty shells and gave them back to the waiter.... Lol that sounds like me Sandra, we go to a great pizza buffet and I eat the toppings and start building pizza bone castles in the center of the table :)
    • 2002 April 30, "MrEraser" <nospam@sendit2your.mama>, "Re: How playing The Sims affects the mind",, Usenet, She laughed so hard the chair she was in went flying, she fell on the floor and so did the piece of pizza she was eating. She's laying on the floor laughing and the dog is looking at me, hoping the pizza now belongs to her.... let the dog have the pizza bone ;-)
    • 2002 June 14, Jo Wolf <>, "Re: Dog food?",, Usenet, Mostly veggies, cooked and raw, and the occassional small piece of meat, minced and mixed into the commercial feed. And now and then a pizza bone (edge of the crust for those of you who weren't educated by my kid sister).
    • 2002 August 5,, "A Normal Life? (Part 6 of ?)",, Usenet, "Well, I bet our dog would like a pizza bone." With that he grabbed one of the crusts from Scully's plate. "Here Walter," he called to the pup as he held out the crust.
    • 2005 April 8, "loosbrew" <>, "Re: Another pet question",, Usenet, ...give her a special treat one day, like a pizza crust(or pizza bones as we call em)....
pizzahead etymology From pizza + head.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, ethnic slur) A person of Italian descent.
pizzalicious etymology pizza + licious
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) delicious in a way that involves or resembles pizza
    • Heather Zurevinski Brown, Tiny Blue Lemons (page 71) I stood over the table, breathing in the pizzalicious steam.
pizza nigger etymology From pizza, a popular Italian food, and nigger, an offensive slang term.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) A person of Italian descent.
    • 2001, "Rush Limbush", Re: Note To PI Comic (on newsgroup alt.comedy.standup) I've seen the Godfather 27 times and every time some wasp gets wacked by one of those pizza niggers.
    • 2007, Vahan Gregory, Where the Sun Don't Shine (page 42) He brought the two mugs to the table. "Carmine says to lay off your two pizza niggers."
pj's Alternative forms: PJs, PJ's
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (colloquial, usually, childish) pajamas; pyjamas
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (video games, pejorative) abbreviation of player killer
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place {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: pleace (some English dialects: 18th–19th centuries; Scots: until the 17th century) etymology From Middle English place, conflation of Old English plæse, plætse, plæċe and Old French place, both from Latin platea, from Ancient Greek πλατεῖα 〈plateîa〉, shortening of πλατεῖα 〈plateîa〉 ὁδός 〈hodós〉, from Proto-Indo-European *plat-, extended form of *pelh₂- 〈*pelh₂-〉. Displaced native Middle English lough, loogh, loȝ (from Old English lōh), Middle English stede (from Old English stede), Middle English stowe (from Old English stōw). pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /pleɪs/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (physical) An area; somewhere within an area.
    1. A location or position.
      • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Here is the place appointed.
      • John Milton (1608-1674) What place can be for us / Within heaven's bound?
      • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 5 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose. And the queerer the cure for those ailings the bigger the attraction. A place like the Right Livers' Rest was bound to draw freaks, same as molasses draws flies.”
      • 1935, [ George Goodchild] , Death on the Centre Court, 5 , “By one o'clock the place was choc-a-bloc. […] The restaurant was packed, and the promenade between the two main courts and the subsidiary courts was thronged with healthy-looking youngish people, drawn to the Mecca of tennis from all parts of the country.”
    2. An open space, courtyard, market square.
      • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Ay, sir, the other squirrel was stolen from me by the hangman's boys in the market-place
    3. A group of house. exampleThey live in Westminster Place.
    4. A region of a land. exampleHe is going back to his native place on vacation.
      • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 22 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “From another point of view, it was a place without a soul. The well-to-do had hearts of stone; the rich were brutally bumptious; the Press, the Municipality, all the public men, were ridiculously, vaingloriously self-satisfied.”
    5. Somewhere for a person to sit. exampleWe asked the restaurant to give us a table with three places.
    6. (informal) A house or home. exampleDo you want to come over to my place later?
  2. A frame of mind. exampleI'm in a strange place at the moment.
  3. (social) A position, a responsibility.
    1. A role or purpose; a station. exampleIt is really not my place to say what is right and wrong in this case.
      • Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Men in great place are thrice servants.
      • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) I know my place as I would they should do theirs.
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    2. The position of a contestant in a competition. exampleWe thought we would win but only ended up in fourth place.
    3. (horse-racing) The position of first, second, or third at the finish, especially the second position. to win a bet on a horse for place
    4. The position as a member of a sports team. exampleHe lost his place in the national team.
  4. Numerically, the column counting a certain quantity. examplethree decimal places;&emsp; the hundreds place
  5. Ordinal relation; position in the order of proceeding. exampleThat's what I said in the first place!
    • Mather Byles In the first place, I do not understand politics; in the second place, you all do, every man and mother's son of you; in the third place, you have politics all the week, pray let one day in the seven be devoted to religion…
  6. Reception; effect; implying the making room for.
    • Bible, Gospel of John viii. 37 My word hath no place in you.
Synonyms: (open space, courtyard, market square) courtyard, piazza, plaza, square, (location) location, position, situation, stead, stell, spot, (somewhere to sit) seat, (frame of mind) frame of mind, mindset, mood
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To put (an object or person) in a specific location. exampleHe placed the glass on the table.
  2. (intransitive) To earn a given spot in a competition. exampleThe Cowboys placed third in the league.
  3. (transitive) To remember where and when (an object or person) has been previously encountered. exampleI've seen him before, but I can't quite place where.
  4. (transitive, in the passive) To achieve (a certain position, often followed by an ordinal) as in a horse race. exampleRun Ragged was placed fourth in the race.
  5. (transitive) To sing (a note) with the correct pitch.
  6. (transitive) To arrange for or to make (a bet). exampleI placed ten dollars on the Lakers beating the Bulls.
  7. (transitive) To recruit or match an appropriate person for a job. exampleThey phoned hoping to place her in the management team.
  8. (sports, transitive) To place-kick (a goal).
Synonyms: (to earn a given spot), (to put in a specific location) deposit, lay, lay down, put down, (to remember where and when something or someone was previously encountered), (passive, to achieve a certain position) achieve, make, (to sing (a note) with the correct pitch) reach, (to arrange for, make (a bet)), (to recruit or match an appropriate person)
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  • capel, caple
placeman etymology From place + man. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈpleɪsman/, /ˈpleɪsmən/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, derogatory) One appointed to a political office, especially in government, as a reward for political support; an appointee, a yes-man.
    • 2007, Edwin Mullins, The Popes of Avignon, Blue Bridge 2008, p. 32: Predictably, the brow-beaten Clement in the end submitted to Philip's demands that the papal commission, which was eventually convened in November 1309, should consist predominantly of clerics who were known to be royal placemen.
placer {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From place + er. pronunciation
  • /ˈpleɪsə(ɹ)/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who places or arrange something. {{rfquotek}}
  2. (slang) One who deal in stolen goods; a fence.'''2011''', Jonathon Green, ''Crooked Talk: Five Hundred Years of the Language of Crime'', [|%22placers%22+stolen+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=tVTcT_nmCqaZiAe1qaS8Cg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22placer%22|%22placers%22%20stolen%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 104]— The 20th-century '''''buyer''''' is self-explanatory, while the '''''placer''''' is a middle-man who places stolen goods with a purchaser.
Synonyms: (one who places), (dealer in stolen goods) fence, receiver
etymology 2 From place + er.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (ethology, sheep, Australia, New Zealand) A lamb whose mother has died and which has transferred its attachment to an object, such as a bush or rock, in the locality.
    • 1951, , Problems of Infancy and Childhood, Volume 4, [http//|%22placers%22+lamb+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22placer%22|%22placers%22+lamb+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=kx_cT6T3MsG3iQfevJTACg&redir_esc=y page 101], This is a “placer” sheep, as it is called. The prerequisites to this condition are that the young sheep must be still nursing, but must have begun to nibble grass. It must be the young of a mother that has been somewhat isolated, away from the corral and away from the herd, by herself out on the prairie. Now, when the mother dies, the lamb remains close to the mother′s body….
    • 1971, American Society of Animal Science. Journal of Animal Science, Volume 32, Pages 601-1298, [http//|%22placer+lambs%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22placer+lamb%22|%22placer+lambs%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=n1HcT5DsFYafiQfK1NmYCg&redir_esc=y page 1281], In Australia “placer” lambs are also destroyed, for these too are of little use; they will return constantly to one place, not staying with the flock.
etymology 3 From American Spanish placer, from earlier placel, apparently from obsolete Portuguese placel. pronunciation
  • /ˈplæsə(ɹ)/, /ˈpleɪsə(ɹ)/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (mining) alluvial; occurring in a deposit of sand or earth on a river-bed or bank, particularly with reference to precious metals such as gold or silver
    • 1995, Paul T. Craddock, Early Metal Mining and Production, page 110: Placer gold comes from the weathering of the primary veins releasing the gold to be transported by water action and concentrated in gravel or sand beds.
    • 2002, Philip Ball, The Elements: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford 2004, page 46: Since time immemorial, people found that they could extract the gold from placer deposits by sifting the fine-grained material through a mesh: the technique of panning.
    • 2008, Tanyo Ravicz, Of Knives and Men, Alaskans, [http//|%22placers%22+lamb+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=kx_cT6T3MsG3iQfevJTACg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22placer%22|%22placers%22%20lamb%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 77], He still ran a placer mine in the Interior.
  • carpel
  • parcel
placket etymology French plaquer to lay or clap on. See placard. pronunciation
  • /ˈplækɪt/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a slit or other opening in an item of clothing, to allow access to pockets or fastenings
    • 1922: Dislike dressing together. Nicked myself shaving. Biting her nether lip, hooking the placket of her skirt. — James Joyce, Ulysses
    • 2001: When the placket of his shirt gave way, the stones tore freely into the skin on his chest and back, and he no longer imagined Lucy Hartley enjoying his guitar serenades – he wondered if he would get to the roof alive. — Glen David Gold, Carter Beats the Devil
  2. (obsolete) A petticoat, especially an under petticoat.
  3. (obsolete, slang, by extension) A woman. {{rfquotek}}
  4. (obsolete) A woman's pocket.
plag pronunciation
  • (US) /plædʒ/
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noun: {{en-abbr}}
  1. (mineralogy, informal) plagioclase feldspar
plagiarhythm etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, neologism) The act of taking illegitimately-obtained (typically downloaded) musical content and using it in new work.
plain pronunciation
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etymology 1 From xno pleyn, playn, Middle French plain, plein, from Latin plānus.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (now rare, regional) Flat, level. {{defdate}}
    • Bible, Book of Isaiah xl. 4 The crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain.
  2. Simple.
    1. Ordinary; lacking adornment or ornament; unembellished. {{defdate}} exampleHe was dressed simply in plain black clothes. examplea plain tune
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    2. Of just one colour; lacking a pattern. examplea plain pink polycotton skirt
    3. Simple in habits or qualities; unsophisticated, not exceptional, ordinary. {{defdate}} exampleThey're just plain people like you or me.
      • Henry Hammond (1605-1660) plain yet pious Christians
      • Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) the plain people
    4. (of food) Having only few ingredients, or no additional ingredients or seasoning; not elaborate, without toppings or extras. {{defdate}} exampleWould you like a poppy bagel or a plain bagel?
    5. (computing) Containing no extended or nonprinting character (especially in plain text). {{defdate}}
  3. Obvious.
    1. Evident to one's senses or reason; manifest, clear, unmistakable. {{defdate}}
      • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present (book), book 2, ch. XV, Practical — Devotional In fact, by excommunication or persuasion, by impetuosity of driving or adroitness in leading, , it is now becoming plain everywhere, is a man that generally remains master at last.
    2. Downright; total, unmistakable (as intensifier). {{defdate}} exampleHis answer was just plain nonsense.
  4. Open.
    1. Honest and without deception; candid, open; blunt. {{defdate}} exampleLet me be plain with you: I don't like her.
      • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) an honest mind, and plain
    2. Clear; unencumbered; equal; fair.
      • Felton Our troops beat an army in plain fight.
  5. Not unusually beautiful; unattractive. {{defdate}} exampleThroughout high school she worried that she had a rather plain face.
Synonyms: no-frills, normal, ordinary, simple, unadorned, unseasoned, See also
  • bells and whistles
  • decorative
  • exotic
  • fancy
  • ornate
related terms:
  • plane
  • planar
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (colloquial) Simply It was just plain stupid. I plain forgot.
etymology 2 From xno plainer, pleiner, variant of xno and Old French pleindre, plaindre, from Latin plangere, present active infinitive of plangō. Alternative forms: plein
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, poetic) A lamentation.
    • 1815, Sir , The Lady of the Isles, Canto IV, part IX The warrior-threat, the infant's plain, The mother's screams, were heard in vain;
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (reflexive, obsolete) To complain. {{defdate}}
    • c. 1390, William Landland, Piers Plowman, Prologue: Persones and parisch prestes · pleyned hem to þe bischop / Þat here parisshes were pore · sith þe pestilence tyme […].
  2. (ambitransitive, now, rare, poetic) To lament, bewail. {{defdate}} to plain a loss {{rfquotek}}
    • Bishop Joseph Hall Thy mother could thee for thy cradle set / Her husband's rusty iron corselet; / Whose jargling sound might rock her babe to rest, / That never plain'd of his uneasy nest.
    • , More Poems, XXV, lines 5-9 Then came I crying, and to-day, With heavier cause to plain, Depart I into death away, Not to be born again.
related terms:
  • plaint
  • complain
etymology 3 From Old French plain, from Latin plānum, neuter substantive from plānus.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. An expanse of land with relatively low relief.
    • Milton Him the Ammonite / Worshipped in Rabba and her watery plain.
    • 1961, J. A. Philip. Mimesis in the Sophistês of Plato. In: Proceedings and Transactions of the American Philological Association 92. p. 467. For Plato the life of the philosopher is a life of struggle towards the goal of knowledge, towards “searching the heavens and measuring the plains, in all places seeking the nature of everything as a whole”
  2. A battlefield. {{rfquotek}}
    • Shakespeare Lead forth my soldiers to the plain.
  3. (obsolete) A plane.
Synonyms: flatland, high plain, plateau, prairie, steppe
  • cliff
  • gorge
  • mountain
  • vale
related terms:
  • esplanade
  • explain
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete, transitive) To plane or level; to make plain or even on the surface.
    • Wither We would rake Europe rather, plain the East.
  2. (obsolete, transitive) To make plain or manifest; to explain.
    • Shakespeare What's dumb in show, I'll plain in speech.
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  • lapin, Lipan
plain Jane
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A young woman of unremarkable appearance.
    • 1954, Kiplinger's Personal Finance (volume 8, number 11, November 1954, page 46) Charm school instructors … can do something even for the plainest of plain Janes.
plane pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Latin planum, a noun use of the neuter of planus. The word was introduced in the seventeenth century to distinguish the geometrical senses from the other senses of plain.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of a surface: flat or level.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A level or flat surface.
  2. (geometry) A flat surface extending infinitely in all directions (e.g. horizontal or vertical plane).
  3. A level of existence or development. (eg, astral plane)
  4. A roughly flat, thin, often moveable structure used to create lateral force by the flow of air or water over its surface, found on aircraft, submarines, etc.
  5. (computing, Unicode) Any of a number of designated range of sequential code point.
  6. (anatomy) An imaginary plane which divides the body into two portions.
  • (mathematics) real plane, complex plane
  • (anatomy) coronal plane, frontal plane, sagittal plane, transverse plane
related terms:
  • plain
  • planar
etymology 2 {{wikipedia}} From Middle English, from xno, from Old French, from ll plana, from plano
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) A tool for smooth wood by removing thin layers from the surface.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To smooth (wood) with a plane.
etymology 3 Abbreviated from aeroplane.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An airplane; an aeroplane.
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (nautical) To move in a way that lifts the bow of a boat out of the water.
  2. To glide or soar.
etymology 4 From Old French plane, from Latin platanus, from Ancient Greek πλάτανος 〈plátanos〉, from πλατύς 〈platýs〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. {{senseid}}(countable) A deciduous tree of the genus Platanus.
  2. (Northern UK) A sycamore.
  • Alpen, Nepal, panel, penal, plena
Planet Thanet
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  1. (UK, slang) The Isle of Thanet.
plank etymology From xno planke, onf planque (compare French planche, from Old French planche), from ll planca, probably from *palanca (ultimately from Latin phalanga) possibly through the influence of planus. Compare also the doublet planch, borrowed later from Middle French. pronunciation
  • (UK) /plæŋk/
  • (US) /pleɪŋk/, /plæŋk/
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  1. A long, broad and thick piece of timber, as opposed to a board which is less thick.
  2. A political issue that is of concern to a faction or a party of the people and the political position that is taken on that issue.
  3. Physical exercise in which one holds a pushup position for a measured length of time.
  4. (British, slang) A stupid person, idiot.
  5. That which supports or upholds.
    • Southey His charity is a better plank than the faith of an intolerant and bitter-minded bigot.
Synonyms: See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To cover something with planking. to plank a floor or a ship
    • Dryden Planked with pine.
  2. (transitive) To bake (fish, etc.) on a piece of cedar lumber.
    • 1998, Richard Gerstell, American Shad in the Susquehanna River Basin (page 147) Along the lower river, planked shad dinners (baked and broiled) were highly popular during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
  3. (transitive, colloquial) To lay down, as on a plank or table; to stake or pay cash. to plank money in a wager
  4. (transitive) To harden, as hat bodies, by felting.
  5. To splice together the ends of sliver of wool, for subsequent draw.
  6. (intransitive) To pose for a photograph while lying rigid, face down, arms at side, in an unusual place.
    • 2011 May 23, Party finishes up in plonking after attempt at planking in Kingsford, in , The woman, known as Claudia, fell from a 2m wall after earlier demonstrating the wrong way to plank on a small stool while holding a bottle of wine. A friend said some guests had not heard of planking and Claudia was demonstrating how ridiculous it was.
    • 2011 May 24, Tourists snapped planking at iconic landmarks around the world, in , Perth man Simon Carville became an internet sensation after he was photographed planking naked in the arms of famous Perth statue the Eliza.
plank spanker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) guitarist; someone who plays the guitar
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of plan
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) action of the verb to plan
  2. the act of formulating of a course of action, or of drawing up plans
  3. the act of making contingency plans
  4. (informal, British) planning permission My neighbours were going to build an extension but they didn't get planning.
Planning is a context-based. It may function as a gerund or verb in a participle, but care must be taken to avoid misuse with 'plan'. Planning is almost never used in the plural, especially by native speakers. It sometimes appears in print, often in translated works especially in politics and management fields.
plant {{picdic }} etymology Old English plante, fom Latin planta. Broader sense of "any vegetable life, vegetation generally" is from French plante. The verb is from Middle English planten, from Old English plantian, from Latin plantare, later influenced by Old French planter. Compare also Dutch planten, German pflanzen, Swedish planta, Icelandic planta. pronunciation
  • (NZ) /plɑːnt/
  • (Australia) /plænt/
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  1. An organism that is not an animal, especially an organism capable of photosynthesis. Typically a small or herbaceous organism of this kind, rather than a tree.
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    exampleThe garden had a couple of trees, and a cluster of colourful plants around the border.
  2. (botany) An organism of the kingdom Plantae; now specifically, a living organism of the Embryophyta (land plants) or of the Chlorophyta (green algae), a eukaryote that includes double-membraned chloroplasts in its cells containing chlorophyll a and b, or any organism closely related to such an organism.
  3. (ecology) Now specifically, a multicellular eukaryote that includes chloroplast in its cell, which have a cell wall.
  4. (proscribed as biologically inaccurate) Any creature that grow on soil or similar surface, including plants and fungi.
  5. A factory or other industrial or institutional building or facility.
  6. An object placed surreptitiously in order to cause suspicion to fall upon a person. exampleThat gun's not mine! It's a plant! I've never seen it before!
  7. Anyone assigned to behave as a member of the public during a covert operation (as in a police investigation).
  8. A person, placed amongst an audience, whose role is to cause confusion, laughter etc.
  9. (snooker) A play in which the cue ball knocks one (usually red) ball onto another, in order to pot the second; a set.
    • 2008, Phil Yates, The Times, April 28 2008: O’Sullivan risked a plant that went badly astray, splitting the reds.
  10. A large piece of machinery, such as the kind used in earthmoving or construction.
  11. (obsolete) A young tree; a sapling; hence, a stick or staff.
    • {{rfdate}} Dryden a plant of stubborn oak
  12. (obsolete) The sole of the foot.
    • {{rfdate}} Ben Jonson knotty legs and plants of clay
  13. (dated, slang) A plan; a swindle; a trick.
    • {{rfdate}} Charles Dickens It wasn't a bad plant, that of mine, on Fikey.
  14. An oyster which has been bed, in distinction from one of natural growth.
  15. (US, dialect) A young oyster suitable for transplant.
The scientific definition of what organisms should be considered plants changed dramatically during the 20th century. Bacteria, algae, and fungi are no longer considered plants by those who study them. Many textbooks do not reflect the most current thinking on classification.
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  1. (transitive) To place (a seed or plant) in soil or other substrate in order that it may live and grow.
  2. (transitive) To place (an object, or sometimes a person), often with the implication of intending deceit. That gun's not mine! It was planted there by the real murderer!
  3. (transitive) To place or set something firmly or with conviction. Plant your feet firmly and give the rope a good tug. to plant cannon against a fort; to plant a flag; to plant one's feet on solid ground
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  4. To place in the ground.
    • 2007, Richard Laymon, Savage, page 118: Sarah, she kissed each of her grandparents on the forehead. They were planted in a graveyard behind the church.
  5. To furnish or supply with plants. to plant a garden, an orchard, or a forest
  6. To engender; to generate; to set the germ of.
    • {{rfdate}} Shakespeare It engenders choler, planteth anger.
  7. To furnish with a fixed and organized population; to settle; to establish. to plant a colony
    • {{rfdate}} Francis Bacon planting of countries like planting of woods
  8. To introduce and establish the principles or seeds of. to plant Christianity among the heathen
  9. To set up; to install; to instate.
    • {{rfdate}} Shakespeare We will plant some other in the throne.
related terms:
  • plantation
plantation nigger
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  1. (ethnic slur, offensive, idiomatic) An inferior black person compared to having the intellect of a fieldhand
  2. (dated) A slave employed in manual labor as opposed to a house nigger.
Synonyms: farm nigger
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  1. Coated with plaster The old home had plastered walls rather than drywall.
  2. (slang) drunk, intoxicated The only way he could deal with the grief following his wife's death was to get so plastered he passed out.
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  1. en-past of plaster
plastic Alternative forms: plastick (archaic) etymology From Latin plasticus, from Ancient Greek πλαστικός 〈plastikós〉, from πλάσσειν 〈plássein〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈplɑːstɪk/, /ˈplastɪk/
  • (US) /ˈplæstɪk/
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  1. (obsolete) A sculptor, moulder.
  2. (archaic) Any solid but malleable substance.
  3. A synthetic, thermoplastic, solid, hydrocarbon-based polymer.
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  4. Any similar synthetic material, not necessarily thermoplastic.
  5. (colloquial) Credit or debit card used in place of cash to buy goods and service.
    • The Fear'', page , Lily Allen, 2008, “It's all about fast cars and cussing each other / but it doesn't matter cause I'm packing plastic / and that's what makes my life so fucking fantastic.”
  6. (slang) Fakeness, or a person who is fake or arrogant, or believes that they are better than the rest of the population.
    • ''Mean Girls'', page , Rosalind Wiseman, Tina Fey, 2004, “Cady: You know I couldn't invite you. I had to pretend to be plastic.<br>Janis: Hey, buddy, you're not pretending anymore. You're plastic. Cold, shiny, hard plastic.”
    • Suburgatory'', page , Emily Kapnek, 2011, “Tessa: Pretty ironic that a box full of rubbers landed me to a town full of plastic.”
Synonyms: See also
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  1. Capable of being moulded; malleable, flexible, pliant. {{defdate}}
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, , Folio Society 1973, p. 103: the rage … betook itself at last to certain missile weapons; which, though from their plastic nature they threatened neither the loss of life or of limb, were, however, sufficiently dreadful to a well-dressed lady.
    • 1898, Journal of Microscopy (page 256) Plastic mud, brownish tinted, rich in floatings.
    • 2012, Adam Zeman, ‘Only Connect’, Literary Review, issue 399: while the broad pattern of connections between brain regions is similar in every healthy human brain, their details – their number, size and strength – are thought to underpin our individuality, as synapses are ‘plastic’, shaped by experience.
  2. (medicine, now rare) Producing tissue. {{defdate}}
  3. (dated) Creative, formative. {{defdate}}
    • Prior the plastic hand of the Creator
    • Alexander Pope See plastic Nature working to his end.
  4. (biology) Capable of adapting to varying conditions; characterized by environmental adaptability. {{defdate}}
  5. Of or pertaining to the inelastic, non-brittle, deformation of a material. {{defdate}}
  6. Made of plastic. {{defdate}}
  7. Inferior or not the real thing; ersatz. {{defdate}}
    • The gospel of irreligious religion, page 83, Lowell D. Streiker, 1969, “The Hippie has been replaced by the pseudo-Hippie, the plastic Hippie, the weekend Hippie”
    • We owe you nothing: Punk Planet: the collected interviews, page 238, Daniel Sinker, 2007, “People always try to say that we're garage rock, but that scene is so plastic. Some dude in a band has tight jeans, dyed black hair, and a starving girlfriend with bangs, and people call it indie rock. It's so gross.”
    • The pirate's dilemma: how youth culture is reinventing capitalism , page , Matt James Mason, 2008, “Frustrated by a globalized music industry force-feeding them plastic pop music, hackers, remixers, and activists began to mobilize...”
  8. (slang) Fake, snobbish. Usually refers to a person.
    • White papers for white Americans‎, page 67, Calvin C. Hernton, 1966, “He kissed the white woman once, and it was so artificial, so plastic (that's the word, plastic) that one wondered why did they bother at all.”
    • What do you say after you say hello?, page 120, Eric Berne, 1973, “In fact it seems as though there are two kinds of people in the world: real people and plastic people, as the Flower Children used to say.”
    • Mean Girls'', page , Rosalind Wiseman, Tina Fey, 2004, “Janis: See? That's the thing with you plastics. You think everybody is in love with you when actually, everybody HATES you!”
    • Born to Be Wild‎, page 71, Catherine Coulter, 2006, “But I don't think she would be happy in Los Angeles — it's so plastic and cheap and they expect the women to be whores to get anywhere.”
    • Paparazzi'', page , Lady Gaga, 2009, “We're plastic but we'll still have fun!”
Synonyms: malleable, flexible, pliant, ersatz, fake
  • elastic
  • genuine
plastic cheese etymology From the cheese's resemblance to glossy plastic.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any soft cheese that can be moulded
  2. (informal) Any processed cheese of an inferior quality, often sliced and wrapped in plastic film
  • 2005 Maestro Martino - The Art of Cooking A buffalo-milk cheese similar to mozzarella (ie. a plastic cheese) but harder.
  • 2001 W. L. Swarts - Within These Walls After five minutes of eating my cold hamburger with plastic cheese, I decided I was sick of being ignored.
Plastic Paddy pronunciation
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  1. (pejorative) someone who knows little of actual Irish culture, but aggressively asserts their 'Irish' identity. Occasionally used to describe foreign nationals who harbour a nostalgic claim of 'Irishness' due to some distant relationship in their ancestral tree. Often used in the same sense as poseur and wannabe.
plastic plod
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  1. (UK, derogatory, uncountable) Police community support officers, PCSOs
  2. (UK, derogatory, countable) a Police community support officer, a PCSO
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  1. (video games, informal) A platform game.
play etymology From Middle English playen, pleyen, pleȝen, plæien, also Middle English plaȝen, plawen &gt; English plaw, from Old English pleġan, pleoġan, plæġan, and Old English pleġian, pleaġian, plagian, from Proto-Germanic *pleganą, *plehaną and Proto-Germanic *plegōną; both perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *blek-, from Proto-Indo-European *bal- (compare Ancient Greek βλύω 〈blýō〉, βλύζω 〈blýzō〉, Sanskrit बल्बलीति 〈balbalīti〉). Cognate with Scots play, Saterland Frisian plegia, West Frisian pleegje, pliigje, Middle Dutch pleyen &quot;to dance, leap for joy, rejoice, be glad&quot;; &gt; Modern Dutch pleien, Dutch plegen, German pflegen, Danish pleie, Swedish pläga. Related also to Old English plēon. More at plight, pledge. The noun is from Middle English pleye, from Old English plæġ, pleġa, plæġa, deverbative of pleġian; see above. pronunciation
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  1. (intransitive) To act in a manner such that one has fun; to engage in activities expressly for the purpose of recreation or entertainment. exampleThey played long and hard.
    • 2001, Annabelle Sabloff, Reordering the Natural World, Univ. of Toronto Press, p.83: A youngster…listed some of the things his pet did not do:…go on vacation, play in the same way that he did with his friends, and so on.
    • 2003, Anne-Nelly Perret-Clermont et al. (eds.), Joining Society: Social Interaction and Learning in Adolescence and Youth, Cambridge Univ. Press, p.52: We had to play for an hour, so that meant that we didn't have time to play and joke around.
  2. (ergative) To perform in (a sport); to participate in (a game). exampleHe plays on three teams.&emsp; {{nowrap}}&emsp; {{nowrap}};&emsp; {{nowrap}}&emsp; {{nowrap}}
    1. (transitive) To compete against, in a game.
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  3. (intransitive) To take part in amorous activity; to make love, fornicate; to have sex.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.iv: Her proper face / I not descerned in that darkesome shade, / But weend it was my loue, with whom he playd.
  4. (transitive) To act as the indicated role, especially in a performance. exampleHe plays the King, and she's the Queen.&emsp; {{nowrap}}
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  5. (heading, transitive, intransitive) To produce music or theatre.
    1. (intransitive, of a, musical instrument) To produce music.
      • 2007, Dan Erlewine, Guitar Player Repair Guide (ISBN 0879309210), page 220: If your guitar plays well on fretted strings but annoys you on the open ones, the nut's probably worn out.
    2. (intransitive, especially, of a, person) To produce music using a musical instrument. exampleI've practiced the piano off and on, and I still can't play very well.
    3. (transitive, especially, of a, person) To produce music (or a specified song or musical style) using (a specified musical instrument). exampleI'll play the piano and you sing.&emsp; {{nowrap}}&emsp; {{nowrap}}&emsp; {{nowrap}}&emsp; {{nowrap}}&emsp; {{nowrap}}
    4. (transitive, ergative) To use a device to watch or listen to the indicated recording. exampleYou can play the DVD now.
    5. (intransitive, of a, theatrical performance) To be performed; (or, of a, film) to be shown. exampleHis latest film is playing in the local theatre tomorrow.
    6. (transitive, of a, theatrical company or band, etc.) To perform in or at; to give performances in or at.
      • 2008, My Life: From Normandy to Hockeytown (ISBN 0966412087), p.30: I got a hold of Louis (Satchmo) Armstrong's agent and I explained to him on the phone that, "I know you're playing London on Wednesday night. Why don't you come and play the Arena in Windsor on Saturday night?"
    7. (transitive) To act or perform (a play). exampleto play a comedy
  6. (heading) To behave in a particular way.
    1. (copulative) Contrary to fact, to give an appearance of being.
      • {{rfdate}} Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) Thou canst play the rational if thou wilt.
      • 1985, Sharon S. Brehm, Intimate Relationships: Playing hard to get is not the same as slamming the door in someone's face.
      • 1996, Michael P. Malone, James J Hill: Empire Builder of the Northwest: Now, surveying his final link, he had the nice advantage of being able to play coy with established port cities that desperately wanted his proven railroad.
      • 2003, John U. Ogbu, Black American Students in an Affluent Suburb: A Study of Academic Disengagement, p.194: Instead, they played dumb, remained silent, and did their classwork.
    2. (intransitive) To act with levity or thoughtlessness; to trifle; to be careless.
      • {{rfdate}} Sir Sir William Temple, 1st Baronet (1628–1699): Men are apt to play with their healths.
    3. (intransitive) To act; to behave; to practice deception.
      • {{rfdate}} William Shakespeare (1564-1616): His mother played false with a smith.
    4. (transitive) To bring into sportive or wanton action; to exhibit in action; to execute. exampleto play tricks
      • {{rfdate}} John Milton (1608-1674): Nature here / Wantoned as in her prime, and played at will / Her virgin fancies.
      • {{RQ:RnhrtHpwd Bat}} The Bat—they called him the Bat.{{nb...}}. He'd never been in stir, the bulls had never mugged him, he didn't run with a mob, he played a lone hand, and fenced his stuff so that even the fence couldn't swear he knew his face.
  7. (intransitive) To move in any manner; especially, to move regularly with alternate or reciprocating motion; to operate. exampleThe fountain plays.
    • {{rfdate}} George Cheyne (physician) (1671-1743): The heart beats, the blood circulates, the lungs play.
    • {{RQ:Frgsn Zlnstn}} The colonel and his sponsor made a queer contrast: Greystone [the sponsor] long and stringy, with a face that seemed as if a cold wind was eternally playing on it.
  8. (intransitive) To move gaily; to disport.
    • {{rfdate}} William Shakespeare (1564-1616): even as the waving sedges play with wind
    • {{rfdate}} Joseph Addison (1672-1719): The setting sun / Plays on their shining arms and burnished helmets.
    • {{rfdate}} Alexander Pope (1688-1744): All fame is foreign but of true desert, / Plays round the head, but comes not to the heart.
  9. (transitive) To put in action or motion. exampleto play cannon upon a fortification;&emsp; {{nowrap}}
  10. (transitive) To keep in play, as a hook fish, in order to land it.
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  1. (uncountable, formerly countable) Activity for amusement only, especially among the young.
    • Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey She was fond of all boys' plays, and greatly preferred cricket … to dolls …
  2. (uncountable) Similar activity, in young animals, as they explore their environment and learn new skills.
  3. (uncountable, ethology) "Repeated, incompletely functional behavior differing from more serious versions ..., and initiated voluntarily when ... in a low-stress setting."
  4. The conduct, or course of a game.
  5. (countable) An individual's performance in a sport or game.
  6. (countable) (turn-based games) An action carried out when it is one's turn to play.
  7. (countable) A literary composition, intended to be represented by actors impersonating the characters and speaking the dialogue.
  8. (countable) A theatrical performance featuring actor. We saw a two-act play in the theatre.
  9. (countable) A major move by a business.
  10. (countable) A geological formation that contains an accumulation or prospect of hydrocarbons or other resources.
  11. (uncountable) The extent to which a part of a mechanism can move freely. No wonder the fanbelt is slipping: there’s too much play in it. Too much play in a steering wheel may be dangerous.
  12. (uncountable, informal) Sexual role-playing.
    • 1996, Sabrina P Ramet, Gender reversals and gender cultures The rarity of male domination in fantasy play is readily explained.
    • 1996, "toptigger", (on Internet newsgroup alt.personals.spanking.punishment) Palm Springs M seeks sane F 4 safe bdsm play
    • 2013, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Best Bondage Erotica 2014 There were none of the usual restrictions on public nudity or sexual interaction in the club environment. Still, the night was young, and as he'd made his way to the bar to order Mistress Ramona a gin and tonic, he'd seen little in the way of play.
    • 2014, Jiri T. Servant, Facts About Bondage - Bondage Guide For Beginners This type of play allows some people to relax and enjoy being given pleasure without having to think about giving pleasure back at the same time.
  13. (countable) A button that, when press, causes media to be played.
Synonyms: (literary composition) drama, See also
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etymology 1 From Spanish playa. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈplaɪə/
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  1. (geology, US) a level spot temporarily covered with water which subsequently becomes dry by evaporation; an alkali flat or salt pan.
etymology 2 From a non-rhotic pronunciation of player pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈpleɪə/
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  1. (AAVE, slang) dude an informal term of address or general term to describe a person, typically male
  2. (AAVE, slang) player someone who plays the field, or has prowess in gaining romantic and sexual relationships

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