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Polack Alternative forms: Polak, Pollack, Pollock, Polock etymology From Polish Polak. pronunciation
  • pō'lŏk', -lāk'
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now North America offensive slang) A Pole, or person of Polish descent.
  2. (obsolete) Formerly in non-offensive use.
    • c. 1600, , which to him appear'd / to be a preparation against the Polack. - Act II, Scene ii, line 63 So levied as before against the Pollack. - Act II, Scene ii, line 75 Why, then the Polack never will defend it. - Act IV, Scene iv, line 23
    • The Works of Thomas Middleton‎, VIII, page 307, Thomas Middleton, Arthur Henry Bullen, 1886, 1610, “First therefore was he employed into Poland, where by Sigismund, the king of Poland and of Suecia, he was received with great magnificence and applause both of the Polack himself and of his people.”, Sir R. Sherley Sent Ambassador, etc.
  • The term was used neutrally through the late nineteenth century, but is today considered an ethnic slur.
Synonyms: (person of Polish descent) Pole, Polish person
Pole etymology From German Pole. pronunciation
  • (UK) /pəʊl/, /pɔʊl/
  • (US) /poʊl/, /pl̩/
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  • Homophones: pole, poll
noun: {{en-noun}} (or Polish)
  1. A person from Poland or of Polish descent.
  • lope, olpe
pole pronunciation
  • (UK) /pəʊl/, /pɔʊl/
  • (US) /poʊl/, /pl̩/
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etymology 1 From Middle English pole, pal, from Old English pāl, from Proto-Germanic *palaz, *pālaz, from Latin pālus from Old Latin *paglus, from Proto-Indo-European *pāǵe-. Cognate with Scots pale, paill, Northern Frisian pul, pil, Saterland Frisian Pool, Western Frisian poal, Dutch paal, German Pfahl, Danish pæl, Swedish påle, Icelandic páll, Old English fæc.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Originally, a stick; now specifically, a long and slender piece of metal or (especially) wood, used for various construction or support purposes.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients], 1 , “For a spell we done pretty well. Then there came a reg'lar terror of a sou'wester same as you don't get one summer in a thousand, and blowed the shanty flat and ripped about half of the weir poles out of the sand.”
  2. (angling) A type of basic fishing rod.
  3. A long fiberglass sports implement used for pole-vaulting.
  4. (slang, spotting) A telescope used to identify birds, aeroplanes or wildlife.
  5. (historical) A unit of length, equal to a perchchain or 5½ yard).
  6. (auto racing) Pole position.
  7. (analysis) a singularity that behaves like \frac{1}{z^n} at z = 0
Synonyms: See also
  • (analysis) root, zero
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To propel by pushing with poles, to push with a pole. Huck Finn poled that raft southward down the Mississippi because going northward against the current was too much work.
  2. To identify something quite precisely using a telescope. He poled off the serial of the Gulfstream to confirm its identity.
  3. (transitive) To furnish with poles for support. to pole beans or hops
  4. (transitive) To convey on poles. to pole hay into a barn
  5. (transitive) To stir, as molten glass, with a pole.
etymology 2 From Middle French pole, pôle, and its source, Latin polus, from Ancient Greek πόλος 〈pólos〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Either of the two points on the earth's surface around which it rotate; also, similar points on any other rotating object.
  2. A point of magnetic focus, especially each of the two opposing such points of a magnet (designated north and south).
  3. (geometry) A fixed point relative to other points or lines.
  4. (electricity) A contact on an electrical device (such as a battery) at which electric current enters or leaves.
  5. (complex analysis) For a meromorphic function f(z): a point a for which f(z) \rightarrow \infty as z \rightarrow a. The function f(z) = \frac{1}{z-3} has a single pole at z = 3.
  6. (obsolete) The firmament; the sky.
    • Milton shoots against the dusky pole
  • (complex analysis) zero
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To induce piezoelectricity in (a substance) by align the dipole.
  • lope, olpe
pole-smoker etymology pole + smoker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A person who performs fellatio
  2. (slang, often pejorative) A homosexual Cher, dude? For real? You're such a pole-smoker.
Synonyms: (a homosexual) queer, fag, homo, (a person who performs fellatio) cocksucker, dicksucker
related terms:
  • smoke pole
police car
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A vehicle used by a police officer when on duty.
Synonyms: (a vehicle used by a police officer) squad car, cruise car, cruiser, patrol car
  • precocial
policeman pronunciation
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etymology police + man
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A member of a police force, especially one who is male.
  2. (chemistry) A glass rod capped at one end with rubber, used in a chemistry laboratory for gravimetric analysis.
Synonyms: (member of a police force) See , (glass rod with rubber cap) rubber policeman
  • policewoman
  • police officer
police officer
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A peace officer and member of a police force, i.e. policeman or policewoman.
  • This term is gender-neutral. The gender-specific terms are policeman for a male police officer and policewoman for a female police officer.
Synonyms: bobby, cop, copper, fuzz, John Law, PC Plod, pig, peeler, rozzer, walloper, See also
police state {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (usually, pejorative) A polity whose government exercises strict and repressive control of the people, by means of police.
poli sci
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) political science
polish etymology From Middle English, from Old French poliss-, stem of some of the conjugated forms of polir, from Latin polīre. pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈpɒlɪʃ/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈpɑlɪʃ/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A substance used to polish. A good silver polish will remove tarnish easily.
  2. Cleanliness; smoothness, shininess. The floor was waxed to a high polish.
  3. Refinement; cleanliness in performance or presentation. The lecturer showed a lot of polish at his last talk.
Synonyms: (substance) wax, (smoothness, shininess) finish, sheen, shine, shininess, smoothness, (cleanliness in performance or presentation) class, elegance, panache, refinement, style
related terms:
  • polissoir
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To shine; to make a surface very smooth or shiny by rubbing, cleaning, or grinding. exampleHe polished up the chrome until it gleamed.
  2. {{senseid}}(transitive) To refine; remove imperfections from. exampleThe band has polished its performance since the last concert.
    • 1699, Sir William Temple, 1st Baronet, Heads designed for an essay on conversations Study gives strength to the mind; conversation, grace: the first apt to give stiffness, the other suppleness: one gives substance and form to the statue, the other polishes it.
  3. (transitive) To apply shoe polish to shoes.
  4. (intransitive) To become smooth, as from friction; to receive a gloss; to take a smooth and glossy surface. exampleSteel polishes well. {{rfquotek}}
  5. (transitive) To refine; to wear off the rudeness, coarseness, or rusticity of; to make elegant and polite. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (to make smooth and shiny by rubbing) wax, shine, buff, furbish, burnish, smooth, bone, (refine) hone, perfect, refine
related terms:
  • polite
polish the pearl
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (vulgar, slang, of a female) To masturbate by clitoral stimulation.
    • 2007, Dorian Solot & Marshall Miller, I Love Female Orgasm: An Extraordinary Orgasm Guide, Da Capo Press (2007), ISBN 9780738212852, unnumbered page: Women sometimes tell us that part of the reason they settle for not coming during intercourse is because they're terrified their partner would be offended if they reached down to polish the pearl while they're having sex.
    • 2010, Kristen Schaal & Rich Blomquist, The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex, Chronicle Books (2010), ISBN 9780811871266, page 64: Both “whittling the whalebone” and “polishing the pearl” are so ingrained in our DNA that infants have been known to handle their business long before it's open for business.
    • 2010, Christi Smith Scofield & Ted Scofield, Sexy Slang's Bedroom Challenges: 69 Ways to Spice Up Your Sex Life, Sourcebooks (2010), ISBN 9781402241536, page 90: There is no official “right way” to polish the pearl. You can use your fingers, lube, toys, or even water from a showerhead.
Synonyms: See also .
political Alternative forms: politicall (obsolete) etymology From Latin politicus + al. pronunciation
  • /pəˈlɪtɪkəl/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Concerning or relating to politics, the art and process of governing. examplePolitical principles are rarely absolute, as political logic holds an imperfect result by compromise is better than a theoretically perfect abstention from the political process in the opposition.
    • {{RQ:Brmnghm Gsmr}} As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish, but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
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  2. Concerning a polity or its administrative components. exampleGood political staff is hard to find, they may neither be ambitious and corrupted by power nor tempted by private sector careers.
  3. (pejorative) Motivated, especially inappropriately, by political (electoral or other party political) calculation.
  4. Of or relating to views about social relationships that involve power or authority.
  5. (of a person) Interested in politics.
Synonyms: politic
  • nonpolitical, non-political
related terms: {{rel-top3}}
  • politician
  • politicize
  • politick
  • politico
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A political agent or officer.
    • 1990, Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game, Folio Society 2010, p. 265: One such officer was Count Nikolai Ignatiev, a brilliant and ambitious political, who enjoyed the ear of the Tsar and burned to settle his country's scores with the British.
  2. a publication centred around politics
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politically correct {{wikipedia}} etymology Probably nineteenth century in origin. In the early twentieth century the term was associated with the dogmatic application of Stalinist and Communist Party doctrine. In the 1970s, it was adopted by wider left-wing politics, initially ironically and possibly in mockery of the Communist usage. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, it acquired the pejorative sense when used by right-wing political groups to mock left-wing groups.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (politics) Possessing or conforming to the correct political position; following the official policies of the government or a political party.
    • 1793, U.S. Supreme Court, Chisholm v State of GA, 2 US 419 (1793) Sentiments and expressions of this inaccurate kind prevail in our common, even in our convivial, language. Is a toast asked? ‘The United States’, instead of the ‘People of the United States’, is the toast given. This is not politically correct.
    • 1964 March 23, , Remarks in Atlantic City at the Convention of the United Auto Workers: I am here to tell you that we are going to do those things which need to be done, not because they are politically correct, but because they are right. We are going to pass a civil rights bill if it takes all summer.
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  2. (idiom, sometimes pejorative, of language) Avoiding offense based on demographics especially race, sex, religion, ideology, sexuality, disability, or social grouping
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    • {{quote-usenet }} Why do they call camels "Ships-of-the-desert" ?[...]Because they're full of Iranian seamen.(NOW, being politically correct you must, of course, substitute "martian"What a clever joke this becomes! Hopefully, there are no martians listening. )
  3. (idiom, politics, usually, pejorative) Possessing stereotypical left-wing social and political view.
While "politically correct" frequently refers to a linguistic phenomenon, it is sometimes extended to cover political ideology and behavior, curriculum content, and many areas affected by law, regulation, and public pressure. Synonyms: (official policy) dogmatic, orthodox, (avoiding offence) polite, (left-wing views) right on (British), (all senses) PC (abbreviation), P.C. (abbreviation)
  • (official policy) heretical, unorthodox
  • (avoiding offence) impolite, rude, offensive
  • (all senses) politically incorrect
political party {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A political organization that subscribes to a certain ideology and seeks to attain political power through representation in government.
politicker etymology politic + -k- + -er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, colloquial or dialect) A politician; one who employs politics.
politico etymology From Italian politico, Spanish político. pronunciation
  • (UK) /pəˈlɪtɪkəʊ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, often derogatory) A politician.
    • 2011, "Connubial bliss in America", The Economist: And when the National Journal polled political ‘insiders’ this month, it found a majority of Democratic politicos, lobbyists and strategists in favour of making gay marriage legal.
etymology 1 From Middle French politique. pronunciation
  • (UK) /pɒlɪˈtiːk/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly derogatory) A politician, especially one seen as being unprincipled.
    • 2012, Peter Marshall, ‘Occult Following’, Literary Review 404: Modern historical assessments of Cecil have veered from that of the cynical, secular politique to the image of the committed Protestant ideologue […].
etymology 2 Variant forms.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. obsolete form of politic
politricks etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) political trickery
verb: {{en-verb}}
  • (obsolete, slang) To dance the polka.
pollie etymology From politician + ie.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, informal) A politician.
    • 2006, , Ian Heads, Warhorse, [http//|%22pollies%22+politics+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=J7XhT6jbBoiYiAe53ZmfDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false page 99], I think politics attracts a particular type of person – and I don′t think I′m one of those. The pollies certainly need to be very dedicated and to be prepared to invest huge amounts of their time.
    • 2009, , Power Plays: The Real Stories of Australian Politics, 2011, Read How You Want, [http//|%22pollies%22+politics+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=J7XhT6jbBoiYiAe53ZmfDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pollie%22|%22pollies%22%20politics%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page iii], And I blamed media training, which resulted in mantra politics. (‘Ignore the questions,’ the pollies are told. ‘Keep repeating the message.’)
    • 2009, David Daniel, Rough as Guts, [http//|%22pollies%22+politics+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=J7XhT6jbBoiYiAe53ZmfDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pollie%22|%22pollies%22%20politics%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 177], On another surveillance flight I accompanied a prominent pollie of the day, a big, bluff, ruddy-faced Minister.
pollutician etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) A politician who supports policies and initiatives that result in environmental damage.
    • 2001, Peter Casey, 30 Days in Sydney: A Wildly Distorted Account, Bloomsbury (2008), ISBN 9780747596882, page 211: Here the polluticians and the developers carved up the cake with gusto.
  2. (sometimes derogatory) A politician who supports policies and initiatives designed to reduce environmental pollution.
    • 1971, Electroplating and Metal Finishing, Volume 24: Too many owners of factory chimneys have already capitulated to the negative attitude of the polluticians and have converted to smokeless fuels.
  3. (derogatory) A corrupt politician
    • 2005, Jalani A. Niaah, "Absent Father(s), Garvey's Scattered Children and the Back to Africa Movement", in Negotiating Modernity: Africa's Ambivalent Experience, (ed. Elísio Salvado Macamo), Codesria (2005), ISBN 1842776169, page 24: Indeed the Rastafarian brethren contend that the '"polluticians" [politicians] are selling us out' for their own self-serving interests.
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  • unpolitical
Pollyanna {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology The sense of a persistent optimist comes from the name of the protagonist in a book by Eleanor Porter.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A given name derived from Polly and Anna; rare in the real world.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who is persistently cheerful and optimistic, even when given cause not to be so. You call her an optimist, but I call her an obnoxious Pollyanna.
  2. (colloquial, US, Southeastern Pennsylvania) A secret Santa gift exchange.
Pollyannaish Alternative forms: {{forms}} pollyanna-ish, Pollyanna-ish, pollyannaish, Pollyannaish, {{forms}} pollyannish, Pollyannish etymology Pollyanna + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (pejorative) unreasonably optimistic.
    • 2000 June, Nicholas Rescher, “Optimalism and Axiological Metaphysics” in LIII, № 4, § iii, page 819: Accordingly the objection “Is not optimalism simply too Pollyanna-ish to be plausible?” can be met effectively.
    • 2012 December 25, Victor Mair, “Chinese character of the year: mèng 梦 (‘dream’)”, Language Log: Even long before this choice of character of the year was made, critics were complaining about the [Chinese] government’s Pollyannaish touting of mèng , saying that the dreams of most people were in vain.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (pejorative) alternative form of Pollyannaish
Pollyannish Alternative forms: Pollyanna-ish, Pollyannaish etymology Polyanna + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (pejorative) irrepressibly or excessively optimistic; capable of seeing good in anyone
pollyspeak etymology From pollie + speak, with spelling shift.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, Australia, derogatory) Political spin; speech used by a politician that is deemed equivocal or mendacious.
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    • 2001, "Marc in Oz", Vote with your wallet (on newsgroup alt.politics.greens) It isn't difficult to make one's life meaningful without the mumbo-jumbo of pollyspeak and endless streams of words, words, words...
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pollywog {{Webster 1913}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (zoology) A polliwog.
  2. (sailing slang) A sailor who has not yet crossed the equator.
  3. (NZ, slang, ethnic slur, offensive) A person of Polynesian (usually Samoan) descent (Poly + wog).
Pollywood {{wikipedia}} etymology {{blend}}
proper noun: {{en-prop}}
  1. (informal) The Pashto film industry based in Peshawar, Pakistan.
poltergeisty etymology poltergeist + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Resembling or characteristic of a poltergeist.
    • 1972, Thomas N. Scortia, Strange bedfellows: sex and science fiction I do my little poltergeisty numbers. I stack and restack my textbooks without leaving my bed. I move my shirt from the floor to the back of the chair.
    • 1999, Alice Alfonsi, Eternal Sea He should be moving the covered furniture, or knocking down dusty paintings, jostling the ragged rug or rapping on stained walls — all of the usual poltergeisty endeavors…
    • 2008, Malcolm Antony Nelson, 20 West: the great road across America (page 32) At another time, in another place, this might have been dismissed as hysteria, nonsense, fraud, self-delusion, or just poltergeisty adolescent hormonal surges.
poly pronunciation
  • /ˈpɒli/
etymology 1 Shortening of various words.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. polytechnic.
  2. polyethylene (polythene)
  3. (chiefly, computer graphics) polygon
    • 2009, Andrew Paquette, Computer Graphics for Artists II: Environments and Characters The most common poly budget in use for games at the time of this writing is between 5,000 and 10,000 tris.
  4. (uncountable) polyester a cotton-poly blend
  5. (chiefly, informal) polyamory
  6. (chiefly, informal) A polyamorous person.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (chiefly, informal) polyamorous
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, video games, roguelikes) To polymorph; to transform by magic.
etymology 2 Latin {{lena}} polium, the name of a plant, perhaps Teucrium polium. Alternative forms: poley
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A whitish woolly plant ({{taxlink}}) of the order Labiatae, found throughout the Mediterranean.
  • The name, with various prefixes, is sometimes given to other related species of the same genus.
  • ploy
polyester Protestant
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland, pejorative) A newcomer in the Church of Ireland. An Irish Anglican by conviction.
    • {{quote-web }} I recently was astonished by the following phrase, "Polyester Protestants" being used to describe those whom I have delineated as Anglicans by conviction. This phrase was reported to me by a member of the community in a prestigious institution in Dublin suburbia and is in current use. It is reported to me as being used in that institution by cradle members of the Church of Ireland to describe fellow community members who are Anglicans by conviction.
polymorphitis etymology polymorph + itis
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (video games, informal) In some roguelike games, an intrinsic ability that causes the player's character to polymorph without warning.
related terms:
  • teleportitis
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) polypropylene
pommie etymology From pom + ie. Australian from 1912. pronunciation
  • /pɒmi/
Alternative forms: pommy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa) An English immigrant; a pom.
    • 1953, , , 2010, [http//|%22pommies%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=zg7jT7D2B-2QiAeTrq2LDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pommie%22|%22pommies%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], “It′ll be a long time before I do that,” the pilot said grimly. “She′s my Queen as well as yours, you know. I′m not a bloody Pommie.”…“Too right, it′s difficult,” the Australian said. And then he added, “All Pommies aren′t bloody. I used that as a kind of figure of speech.”
    • 2005, Craig Zerf, Plob, [http//|%22pommies%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=zg7jT7D2B-2QiAeTrq2LDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pommie%22|%22pommies%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 234], A Pommie. They were sending him to England to work with a Pommie. After all that he had done for this country they were shipping him off to a cold, rain-infested, windy little isle to work a case with a Pommie.
    • 2011, Ali Lewis, Everybody Jam, [http//|%22pommies%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=zg7jT7D2B-2QiAeTrq2LDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pommie%22|%22pommies%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], There are a lot of Pommies in Australia; travelling round, looking for work, and Dad reckoned you could pay them peanuts.…If Sissy couldn′t go back to school, I thought she should help out more, then we wouldn′t have to hire a Pommie house girl.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, sometimes, pejorative) English; British.
    • See citations at pommy.
related terms:
  • pom
pommie wash etymology From pommie + wash. A jocular reference to the implied notion that English people wash less frequently than others, presumably due to being raised in a cold climate. Alternative forms: pommy wash
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (jocular, Australia, colloquial, slang) A quick wash using a face cloth, often while still partly clothed.
pommy Alternative forms: pommie etymology From pom + y. Australian from 1912. pronunciation
  • /pɒmi/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, derogatory) A pom; a person of British descent, a Briton; an Englishman.
    • 1931, , Back to Bool Bool, page 140, Though Sir Oswald had taken on enough London veneer to be sneered at as a pommy in certain Australian circles, he had never acquired the high-class Englishman′s apparent equanimity or indifference before the prospect of cuckolding.
    • 2007, Tony Parsons, Silver in the Sun, unnumbered page, Rhona nodded her agreement. ‘That′s a very interesting answer from a new Aussie – and a Pommy into the bargain,’ she added.
    • 2009, Robert Holman, On Paths of Ash: The Extraordinary Story of an Australian Prisoner of War, unnumbered page, During one of these acts of bravery by the English pilots I saw a great big tough Aussie with tears of frustration streaming down his face. He was shouting, ‘You magnificent, stupid Pommy bastard!’
Synonyms: limey (US)
related terms:
  • pom
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, sometimes, pejorative) English; British.
    • 1991, A Stranger's Trust, Emma Richmond: A gleam of humour, a moment of beautiful pommy arrogance.
    • 2003, Susan Bradley Smith, 12: Rhetoric, reconciliation and other national pastimes: showcasing contemporary Australian theatre in London, Elizabeth Schafer, Susan Bradley Smith (editors), Playing Australia: Australian Theatre and the International Stage, page 201, That is, of course, until Australian movie stars like Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman proved that they could sell tickets in the West End so long as they could play at being what Rees calls a ‘movie siren’ with a convincing ‘fake pommy accent’.
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Synonyms: limey (US)
Pommyland etymology pommy + land
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang) England; the United Kingdom.
Pompey pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈpɒm.pi/
etymology 1 Anglicization of Latin Pompeius.
proper noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-proper noun}}
  1. a military and political leader of the late Roman Republic
etymology 2 {{rfe}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) The city of Portsmouth
ponce etymology Possibly from a shortening of French pensionnaire. pronunciation
  • /pɒns/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) A man employed by a prostitute to find client, and who may also act as a bodyguard and driver. A ponce is different from a pimp in being the prostitute's employee, not the employer.
  2. (British, pejorative) A posh or effeminate person.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (British, slang) To act as a pimp.
  2. (British, slang) Hence, to try to get rid of or proactively sell something.
  3. (British, pejorative) To behave in a posh or effeminate manner.
  4. (British, slang) To borrow (something) from somebody without returning it.
pond {{wikipedia}} etymology Variant of pound. pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /pɒnd/
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  • (US) {{enPR}}, /pɑnd/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An inland body of standing water, either natural or man-made, that is smaller than a lake.
    • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} But when the moon rose and the breeze awakened, and the sedges stirred, and the cat's-paws raced across the moonlit ponds, and the far surf off Wonder Head intoned the hymn of the four winds, the trinity, earth and sky and water, became one thunderous symphony—a harmony of sound and colour silvered to a monochrome by the moon.
  2. (colloquial) The Atlantic Ocean. Especially in across the pond. exampleI wonder how they do this on the other side of the pond. exampleI haven't been back home across the pond in twenty years.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To block the flow of water so that it can escape only through evaporation or seepage; to dam.
    • 2004, Calvin W. Rose, An Introduction to the Environmental Physics of Soil, Water and Watersheds , ISBN 0521536790, page 201: The rate of fall of the surface of water ponded over the soil within the ring gives a measure of the infiltration rate for the particular enclosed area.
  2. To make into a pond; to collect, as water, in a pond by damming.
  3. (obsolete) To ponder.
    • Spenser Pleaseth you, pond your suppliant's plaint.
  • DNOP
pong pronunciation
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etymology 1 From ping, via the pairing of ping-pong.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (networking) A packet that is replying to a ping, and thereby indicating the presence of a host.
etymology 2 Probably from Romany pan.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, Australia, New Zealand, slang) A stench, a bad smell.
    • 1992, , , Volume 1, 2011, Read How You Want, [http//|%22pongs%22+smell+OR+odour+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=OhbkT8SpJYnzmAWm9uWJCw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pong%22|%22pongs%22%20smell%20OR%20odour%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 109], She sniffed, squiffing up her nose. ‘What a pong! Do they all smell like this?’
    • 1998, Catherine Fox, Heaven′s Scent, , [http//|%22pongs%22+smell+OR+odour+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=OhbkT8SpJYnzmAWm9uWJCw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pong%22|%22pongs%22%20smell%20OR%20odour%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 13], I can remember calling round once and when she answered the door I was greeted by an unmistakable, noxious pong. “I can smell gas!” I said. “Oh, have I left the ring on?” she asked vaguely.
    • 2000, Susan Sallis, 2011, [http//|%22pongs%22+smell+OR+odour+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=iCHkT6q5Jc3HmQWy5OT5Cg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pong%22|%22pongs%22%20smell%20OR%20odour%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], ‘I see what you mean about the pong. I couldn′t smell it on myself but I can smell it on you!’
    • 2009, Martin Fine, The Devil′s Fragrance, [http//|%22pongs%22+smell+OR+odour+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=iCHkT6q5Jc3HmQWy5OT5Cg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pong%22|%22pongs%22%20smell%20OR%20odour%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 109], If you want to empty a crowded room strong body pong will usually do the trick.
related terms:
  • pongy
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (UK, Australia, New Zealand, slang) To stink, to smell bad.
    • 1997, , David M. E. Roskies (translator and editor), Stop Thief!, Black Clouds Over the Isle of Gods and Other Modern Indonesian Short Stories, [http//|%22ponged%22+smell+OR+odour+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=fVbkT4-QOOaAmQXd7-HwCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22ponging%22|%22ponged%22%20smell%20OR%20odour%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 97], On she walked at a crawling pace, ponging of sweat, drops of mucus and blood falling between her feet.
    • 2009, Susan Brocker, Saving Sam, HarperCollins, New Zealand, [http//|%22ponged%22+smell+OR+odour+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=fVbkT4-QOOaAmQXd7-HwCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22ponging%22|%22ponged%22%20smell%20OR%20odour%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], The place ponged, like the smell of stale cat pee.
    • 2010, Robin Easton, Naked in Eden: My Adventure and Awakening in the Australian Rainforest, [http//|%22ponged%22+smell+OR+odour+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=fVbkT4-QOOaAmQXd7-HwCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22ponging%22|%22ponged%22%20smell%20OR%20odour%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 63], “…That toothless bloke ponged. Couldn′t you smell him? He smelled like a bloody pub floor at closing time.”
    • 2011, , We′ll Sing at Dawn, 2012, eBook, Headline Publishing, [http//|%22ponged%22+smell+OR+odour+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=fVbkT4-QOOaAmQXd7-HwCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22ponging%22|%22ponged%22%20smell%20OR%20odour%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], …and this evening, Eileen Perkins′s daughter Rita ponged with the smell of cheap carbolic soap, after a late-afternoon visit to the public baths down Hornsey Road.
Synonyms: (stink) reek, smell, stink
etymology 3
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (games, mahjong) A set of three identical tiles.
pongo etymology Kongo mpongo
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British military, slang) A low-ranking soldier.
  2. (archaic) Any large ape.
pongy etymology From pong + y. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈpɒŋi/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, Australia, NZ, informal) Having a bad smell.
    • 2001, Ken Campbell, Home, in John O′Connor, Scripts and Sketches, Heinemann Educational, UK, [http//|%22pongier%22|%22pongiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=K2rkT5euNorbmAWd0-SFCw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pongy%22|%22pongier%22|%22pongiest%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 79], Look, they′ve even put a pair of old pongy socks exactly like mine in the corner by the door, exactly like I bunged them last Sunday. Mind you, they are a bit pongier than I remembered. But mind you, they would get pongier over the week.
    • 2005, James Duncan, Sweets That Eat Children!, [http//|%22pongiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=JGzkT_S3EcH3mAXKz7T0Cg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pongier%22|%22pongiest%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 2], Moments later, a small, sobbing figure would emerge—dirty as a rat and smelling pongier than the rottenest egg.
    • 2010, Lonely Planet staff, The Europe Book: A Journey Through Every Country on the Continent, [http//|%22pongiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=nm_kT6WnKq_ImAXpgamICw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pongier%22|%22pongiest%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 57], In France, Époisses is known as the pongiest of its 500-odd cheeses; in the UK 19 humans and an electronic nose voted Vieux-Boulogne the world's smelliest cheese.
ponies pronunciation
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noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of pony
  2. (plural only, automotive, slang) horsepower
  • opines
pony {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 1659 from Scots powny, apparently from Middle French poulenet, ultimately from ll pullanus (cognate to English foal). Sense “small serving of alcohol” from 19th century, both for small sizes generally and for a quarter pint specifically, from the small size.''Notes and Queries'', August 8th, 1896, [ p. 126]: “It seems probable the origin is due to the diminutiveness of the glass;”<br> “The expression ‘a pony of beer’ is often used in South Wales for a small glass containing about the fourth of a pint.”
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of several small breeds of horse under 14.2 hands.
  2. (regional) A small serving of an alcoholic beverage, especially beer.
    • 1879, “Some Queer Interviews: Interview with a Pony of Beer”, Puck, Vol. 5–6, p. 435
    • 1885, New York Journal, August:''Americanisms'', Farmer, [ p. 430] ‘I’m on the inside track,’ said a pony of beer as it went galloping down a man’s throat.
    • 1969, Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor, Penguin 2011, p. 193: Demon popped into his mouth a last morsel of black bread with elastic samlet, gulped down a last pony of vodka and took his place at the table with Marina facing him across its oblong length.
    • 2010, Dick Lynas, Pies Were for Thursdays: Tales from an Ordinary Glasgow East End Childhood, [http//|%22ponies%22+beer+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=zn7kT4GAHMzHmQWgmeSCCw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pony%22|%22ponies%22%20beer%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 283], I did not even know what a ‘pony’, a small chaser of beer, was. But of course I could not admit that. So putting on an air of nonchalance, and a deep voice, I strolled into a pub with one of the other equally naive guys and we ordered two ponies of beer. ‘McEwans?’ asked the barman. ‘Naw - ponies’ said I.
  3. (Australia, New South Wales, Victoria) A serving of 140 millilitre of beer (formerly 5 fl oz); a quarter pint.
  4. (UK, slang) Twenty-five pounds sterling.
  5. (US, slang) A translation used as a study aid; loosely, a crib, a cheat-sheet.
    • 1931, William Faulkner, Sanctuary, Library of America, 1985, p.104: She kept the dates written down in her Latin 'pony', so she didn't have to bother about who it was.
Synonyms: horseling
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To lead (a horse) from another horse.
etymology 2 Shortened from pony and trap, rhyming with crap
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Cockney rhyming slang) Of little worth.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Cockney rhyming slang) Crap; rubbish, nonsense.
ponyfag {{rfv}} etymology pony + fag.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, offensive, vulgar, slang) A member of the brony subculture.
poo etymology Related to English poop. Ultimately an imitative euphemism for excrement. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable, colloquial, often, childish) Excrement; faecal matter.
  2. (uncountable, slang) Marijuana resin.
  3. (uncountable, slang) champagne Who wants another glass of poo?
Synonyms: (excrement) crap, dung, feces, poop, shit (vulgar), shite, turd, See also
coordinate terms:
  • pee
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial, often, childish) To defecate.
coordinate terms:
  • pee
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (colloquial, euphemistic) Expression of displeasure or failure; shit!
Synonyms: See also , shit
  • oop, OOP
pooch etymology Of unknown origin. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A dog
  2. A dog of mixed breed, a mongrel
  3. A bulge, an enlarged part "There's a pooch in the plastic where it got too hot."
  4. A distended or swelled condition. "Her left sleeve has more pooch at the shoulder than the right."
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To distend, to swell or extend beyond normal limits; usually used with out. Inflate that tire too much and the tube may pooch out of the cut in the sidewall.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (slang) Made unusable; broken; buggered.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of pooch
poochie etymology pooch + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, hypocoristic) A dog; a pooch.
    • 2007, Patt Mihailoff, Baby Papers (page 66) “That's not a good name for a poochie as cute as you,” she said snuggling the dog to her. “It is when you get to know him,” Julian said eyeing the traitorous hound.
    • 2009, Megan McMorris, Woman's Best Friend (page 147) A doggie diner, a poochie playdate, a puppy kindergarten. No matter, you will not be embarrassed. Surely people have always loved their dogs this much, that is what I tell myself, and you will too.
Poochie-fication etymology From Poochie, a character added to boost the ratings of the fictional Itchy and Scratchy Show in episode "".
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (entertainment, pejorative) The process of adding a new character to a work of fiction, or altering characters already present, in a bid to make the work cooler or more extreme.
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poochy etymology pooch + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Bulging outward. Most of the men were balding and had poochy beer bellies.
poodlefaker etymology Early 20th Century.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, colloquialism) A young man too much given to tea parties and ladies' society generally (often for social advancement).
poodle-faker pronunciation
  • /pˈuːdəlˌfeɪkə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A man who seeks out female society, especially for social or professional advancement.
  2. (slang) A recently commissioned officer.
poodle shooter
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) reference to a carbine that discharges the 5.56 millimetre calibre cartridge.[ SEAL Target Geronimo: The Inside Story of the Mission to Kill Osama bin Laden - Glossary (pg. 250) defines "'''Poodle Shooter'''" as ''M-4 rifle. So called because it is small and light.'']
    • 2007, Stephen Hunter, Point of Impact (Page 287) Key's in the ignition and I've got this damn "poodle-shooter" on you.
    • 2008, J.R. Ward, The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide (Page 291) Nice little "poodle shooter" you got there, vampire.
pooey etymology poo + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Like poo; crappy, of low quality.
poof etymology Onomatopoeic. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /pʊf/
  • (US)
    • /puːf/
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  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}} (with certain dialects and/or accents)
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Onomatopoeia indicating a cloud of smoke or wind; caused by a deflating object, or a magical disappearance. Poof, he was gone.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, Australia, NZ, derogatory, colloquial) A male homosexual, especially one who is effeminate.
  2. The product of flatulence, or the sound of breaking wind.
Synonyms: horse's hoof (cockney rhyming slang), poofta, pooftah, poofter, See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To vanish or disappear. He poofed into thin air.
  2. To break wind; to fart.
pooface etymology poo + face
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish) Term of abuse.
    • 2004, Denis Christopher Flynn, Severe Emotional Disturbance in Children and Adolescents He could talk about racist taunts at school, him being called 'pooface'.
poofery etymology poof + ery
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) Behaviour characteristic of homosexual.
    • 2003, Larry Keveson, Before We Croak! (page 85) He wore a black, embroidered smoking jacket, over his shirt which was all ruffles and poofery, particularly the flaring, foppish cuffs, which looked like doily sweatbands, or garter belts for the wrist.
poofter pronunciation
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Alternative forms: poofta, pooftah
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, pejorative, slang) A male homosexual, especially an effeminate one; a pansy.
    • 1943, John Bostock and Evan Jones, The nervous soldier: a handbook for the prevention, detection and treatment of nervous invalidity in war, page 11, Hallucinations, again, are the expression of repressed systems of ideas and desires; for example a man who has strong repressed homo-sexual tendencies may hear voices calling him a poofter.
    • 1964, Ian Fleming, You Only Live Twice, page 36, "You pommy poofter. You give me any more of that liberal crap and I'll have your balls for a bow tie." Bond said mildly, "What's a poofter?" "What you'd call a pansy. No," Dikko Henderson got to his feet and fired a string of what sounded like lucid Japanese at the man behind the bar,….
    • 2007, John Mendoza, Mad Blue Smoke, Pasini Press, Melbourne, Australia, page 113, I just ignored them because I didn't think what I did made me a poofter. Me and Dwayne were best friends, and it was only because there were no girls around, and I liked it. My father taught me that homosexuality was unnatural, and that poofters were men who couldn't form relationships with women because they were horrifying, repulsive queers.
Poofter is nowadays one of the most highly pejorative words in Australian English, perhaps reflected in or by association with its use in the compound poofter-bashing, which arose during the 1960s and 1970s in the context of a sharp increase in organised homophobic hate crimes across Australia and particularly in the Sydney district of King's Cross, a major centre of Sydney's gay social life. Beyond its use as a homophobic slur, it is also often aimed at males who do not conform to stereotypical ideals of masculinity in other ways, particularly in the fields of art or academia.
related terms:
  • poof
  • foretop
etymology 1 Probably a blend of poof and puffy.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Of or pertaining to something that is puffy, filled with air, inflated.
  2. Something that can make a poofing sound.
etymology 2 poof + -y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (derogatory, slang) Pertaining to, or describing homosexual behaviour or culture
poohead etymology poo + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish) Term of abuse.
    • 2011, Helen Brown, Parenting For Dummies, UK Edition Friends are becoming an increasing influence. So, if little Johnny at preschool is always shouting, 'Poohead!' chances are your child will treat you to some copycat renditions at home.
    • 2014, Carla Cassidy, Scene of the Crime: Mystic Lake “Nah, I just told him he was a poohead, and then we played baseball.”
    • 2010, Lerato Mulvaney, Lads “Get up, poohead. Now!” He gave him a good kick in the ribs. Jordan got up and limped backwards. “Get in there and get cleaned up!”
Poolie etymology Diminutive of Hartlepool with -ie.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A supporter of Hartlepool United football club.
    • 2006, When Saturday Comes: The Half Decent Football Book Hartlepool United made headlines of a different sort in 2002 when the club's mascot, H'Angus the Monkey (a reference to the local legend that Poolies once lynched a monkey after mistaking the unfortunate simian for a French spy), was elected mayor of the town.
acronym: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (slang, polite) pulled out of mid-air: Information for which no supporting data or attribution can be offered or shown.
  2. (slang, vulgar) pulled out of my ass.
poon pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 {{wikipedia}} {{wikispecies}} Origin: 1690–1700; compare Tamil punnai, pinnai, Malayalam punna names for Calophyllum inophyllum
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of several East Indian tree of the genus Calophyllum, yielding a light, hard wood used for mast, spar, etc.
etymology 2 From poontang.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, vulgar slang) Poontang; the vagina; or, intercourse with a woman. I'm gonna get me some poon at this party.
  2. (colloquial) A wimp; a pussy.
  • no-op
poontang etymology From French putain "whore". Compare Jamaican Creole English punaany.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, colloquial, vulgar) Female genitalia; the vulva or vagina.
  2. (US, slang, vulgar, uncountable) Sexual intercourse with a woman. I gotta get me some poontang tonight.
Synonyms: (vulgar: female genitalia) poon, tang, punani, cooch, coochie, clam; See , (vulgar: sex with a woman) poon, tang, pussy, punani, ass, tail
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poop pronunciation
  • /puːp/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Recorded since circa 1405, from Middle French poupe, from Italian poppa, from Latin puppis, all meaning "stern of a ship".
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The stern of a ship.
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Synonyms: stern
  • bow
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To break seawater with the poop of a vessel, especially the poop deck.
    • We were pooped within hailing of the quay and were nearly sunk.
  2. (transitive) To embark a ship over the stern.
etymology 2 Origin uncertain, possibly from Middle English poupen.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To make a short blast on a horn {{defdate}}
  2. (obsolete, intransitive) To break wind. {{defdate}}
  3. (intransitive) To defecate. His horse pooped right in the middle of the parade.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (often, childish) Excrement. {{defdate}}
    • The dog took a poop on the grass.
  2. The sound of a steam engine's whistle; typically low pitch. 2001, , Thomas the tank engine collection : a unique collection of stories from the railway series - p. 157 - Egmont Books, Limited, Aug 15, 2001 Two minutes passed - five - seven- ten. "Poop! Poop!" Everyone knew that whistle, and a mighty cheer went up as the Queen's train glided into the station.
  3. (US, dated) information, fact.
Synonyms: See also
etymology 3
  • Recorded in World War II (1941) Army slang poop sheet "up to date information", itself of uncertain origin, perhaps toilet paper referring to etymology 2.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A set of data or general information, written or spoken, usually concerning machinery or a process.
    • Here’s the info paper with the poop on that carburetor.
etymology 4 Origin uncertain, perhaps sound imitation.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To tire, exhaust. Often used with out. {{defdate}}
    • I'm pooped from working so hard
    • He pooped out a few strides from the finish line.
etymology 5 Origin uncertain, perhaps a shortening of nincompoop.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A slothful person.
    • Hurry up, you old poop!
  • oppo, popo
poop chute
noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang) Anus.
pooped pronunciation
  • /pupt/ {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Tired; exhausted.
    • 2000, Jeff Alt, A Walk For Sunshine: A 2,160 Mile Expedition for Charity on the Appalachian Trail, page 138 Well, I've walked 35 miles since yesterday to get here, so I'm pooped
  2. (nautical) Fitted or furnished with a poop.
  3. (nautical) Having had a wave come over the stern from abaft.
Synonyms: See also
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of poop
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) The anus; often in reference to anal intercourse. She likes it up the pooper.
  2. (in the term party pooper) One who poops out on an activity; one who dampens the mood by lack of participation or negative attitude.
  3. (rare) One who poop; or, poops well. Jimmy's toilet training is finally over; he's becoming a good little pooper.
  4. An infant.
Synonyms: (anus) shitter (UK); see also
poopetrator etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A person who defecate in public or otherwise commits an act of vandalism using feces.
    • 2004, Susan Lampert Smith, "Police aid nabs park befoulers by working turd shift", Wisconsin State Journal, 10 December 2004: During the night, certain perpetrators were sneaking onto play equipment in parks and school yards and leaving deposits {{…}} The city stepped up surveillance of the park, which is just across the street and down the hill from the Police Department. It installed lights and a security camera. But it couldn’t catch the poopetrators.
    • 2012, Cassandra Garrison, "Brooklyn poop vandal strikes again", Metro, 28 March 2012: There is a poopetrator on the loose in Brooklyn, responsible for smearing feces on a number of doors and keyholes in the Prospect Heights and Crown Heights areas.
    • 2013, Adrian Rodrigues, "Police probe Saybrook laundry incident", Yale Daily News, 2 October 2013: In the past several weeks, an unknown individual or group, who students have dubbed the ‘poopetrator,’ has repeatedly defecated in students’ laundry, leaving many fearful about the safety of their clothes.
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poop factory etymology From the view that the subject (a baby or animal) does nothing but digest food and produce waste.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, pejorative or humorous) An infant.
    • 2010, Barbra Monroe Goggin, Lessons from Joshua: God Whispers Through Autism, AuthorHouse (2010), ISBN 9781449076399, page 11: She didn't feel pushed aside because the colic-stricken poop factory needed to be changed and burped again.
  2. (idiomatic, pejorative or humorous) An animal whose defecation inconveniences humans.
    • 2004, Janice Willard, "Giving pets as Easter gifts is bad idea", Lawrence Journal-World, 11 April 2004: Ducklings and chicks grow at a phenomenal rate, consuming a huge amount of food. And what goes in, must come out. {{…}} They are pecking, peeping poop factories.
Synonyms: poop machine, shit factory (vulgar), (infant) see also .
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poophead etymology poop + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish, derogatory) An objectionable person.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) anus
poo pirate etymology poo + pirate (implying theft, hence, deviation or criminality); compare turd burglar
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncommon, derogatory, vulgar slang) A homosexual male; a sodomite.
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poopless etymology poop + less
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Without poop (feces).
  2. (figurative, informal) frightened scared poopless
poop machine etymology From the view that the subject (a baby or animal) does nothing but digest food and produce waste.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, pejorative or humorous) An infant.
    • 2012, J. A. Pitts, Forged in Fire, Tor Books (2012), ISBN 9780765324696, page 147: … Never could keep friends long, so I figured if I had a sister, I'd at least have someone to be friends with, even if she was a crying poop machine for the first year."
  2. (idiomatic, pejorative or humorous) An animal whose defecation inconveniences humans.
    • 2000, Gerry Buccis & Barbara Somerville, Training Your Pet Rat, Barron's Educational Series (2000), ISBN 9780764112089, page 85: Then, there's scooping the poop. Rats are real little poop machines.
Synonyms: poop factory, shit factory (vulgar), (infant) see also .
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poop one's pants
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, childish) to defecate in one's clothes while wearing them.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To mildly deprecate or dismiss something as unimportant. She poopooed the idea.
  2. (intransitive, informal) To defecate
poo-poo etymology Reduplication of poo pronunciation
  • Homophones: pooh-pooh
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish) poo feces
Synonyms: doo-doo
poopsicle etymology poop + sicle
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Frozen excrement.
poopy etymology
  • (noun) baby talk variant of poop (excrement).
  • (adjective) Originated 1957, perhaps by shortening nincompoop or as a euphemism for shitty; see poop.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) depressed, weak, or worthless.
    • 2011, Jennifer Kaufeld, Homeschooling For Dummies Who can feel poopy when they wander to the room where hot soup, bread, and cereal regularly make their appearance?
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) excrement; also spelled poopie.
poopy suit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A rubber undersuit worn by aircrew as protection against cold in the event of eject from the aircraft.
poor {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English povre, povere, from Old French (and xno) povre, poure (Modern French pauvre), from Latin pauper (English pauper), from Old Latin *, from Proto-Indo-European *ph₁w- 〈*ph₁w-〉. Cognate with Old English fēawa. Displaced native Middle English earm, arm (from Old English earm; See arm), Middle English wanstum (from Old Norse vant, Middle English unlede (from Old English scLatinx, Middle English unweli (from Old English un- + weliġ. pronunciation
  • (Australia) /pɔə/
  • (RP)
    • /pɔː(ɹ)/, /pʊə/
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  • (US)
    • /pʊɹ/, /pɔɹ/
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  • {{homophones}} (with the pour-poor merger)
  • {{homophones}} (in some non-rhotic accents)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. With little or no possession or money. exampleWe were so poor that we couldn't afford shoes.
  2. Of low quality. exampleThat was a poor performance.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 10 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “He looked round the poor room, at the distempered walls, and the bad engravings in meretricious frames, the crinkly paper and wax flowers on the chiffonier; and he thought of a room like Father Bryan's, with panelling, with cut glass, with tulips in silver pots, such a room as he had hoped to have for his own.”
  3. Used to express pity. exampleOh you poor little thing.
  4. Deficient in a specified way. exampleCow's milk is poor in iron.
  5. Inadequate, insufficient. exampleI received a poor reward for all my hard work.
    • Edmund Calamy the Elder (1600-1666) That I have wronged no man will be a poor plea or apology at the last day.
  6. Free from self-assertion; not proud or arrogant; meek.
    • Bible, Gospel of Matthew v.3 Blessed are the poor in spirit.
When the word "poor" is used to express pity, it can only be used attributive ("the poor child" can express pity, but "the child was poor" cannot) and non-restrictively (one cannot say "the poor child" in order to distinguish the child from another child which is not pitied). Synonyms: (little or no possessions) impoverished, wealthless, arm, (of low quality) inferior, (to be pitied) pitiable, arm, See also , See also
  • (having little or no possessions) rich
  • (of low quality) good
  • (deficient in a specified way) rich
  • (inadequate) adequate
related terms:
  • few
  • paucal
  • pauci-
  • paucity
  • pauper
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (with &quot;the&quot;) Those who have little or no possessions or money, taken as a group. The poor are always with us.
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  • roop
poor as a church mouse etymology {{rfe}}
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (simile) Very poor to a point of starving or begging. Expression based the earlier phrase, "hungry as a church mouse", derived from the fact that European church buildings in the 17th century and earlier did not store or provide food, and so a mouse in one was therefore utterly destitute.
    • 2009, September 23, Mark Gould, Former heroin addict inspires growing optimism from the wild side, The Guardian, I'm poor as a church mouse, but I wake up a happy man.
    • 1932, April 9, Isidor Schneider, Hard Luck Of Poets, The New York Times, "As poor as a poet" would be quite as comprehensible as "as poor as a church mouse."
    • 2008, John Beatty, The Citizen-Soldier, page 17 She was an Eastern Virginia woman, and, although poor as a church mouse, thought herself superior to West Virginia people.
    • 1844, a Mouse (sic), Le Peuple Souriquois: An Historical Sketch, in The New Monthly Magazine and Humorist, vol. 71, pt. 2, page 428 But to return to our public functions; that we have had a decided turn for the church appears from the fact that the church-mouse is a recognised order amongst us, and it is our just pride that we alone have preserved the genuine character of the institution as founded by the Apostles, inasmuch as our poverty has passed into a proverb— "as poor as a church-mouse."
poor man's copyright {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The practice of mailing a sealed, dated copy of one's work to oneself as a proof of copyright ownership, rather than registering with a copyright office.
poor man's pizza
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A snack resembling pizza but made with cheaper or simpler ingredient, such as bread instead of dough and tomato soup instead of pizza sauce.
poor show
interjection: poor show
  1. (informal, dated, British) Used to express disapproval or dissatisfaction
poor white trash etymology First attested in 1835.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, obsolete, ethnic slur, used by black slaves) White person or people who worked in (a) servile position(s), for example, as (a) butler(s).
    • 1835 May 30, The London Literary Gazette; and Journal of Belles Lettres, Arts, Sciences, &c., number 958; page 338 of the collected Literary Gazette … for the year 1835 (published in London): In the south, there are no servants but blacks; for the greater proportion of domestics being slaves all species of servitude whatever is looked upon as a degradation; and the slaves themselves entertain the very highest contempt for white servants, whom they designate as ‘poor white trash.’
  2. (US, modern, pejorative, ethnic slur) White trash; poor, uneducated white person or people of low social status.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (babytalk, slang) To fart.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (babytalk, slang) A fart, perhaps a relatively quiet one.
Synonyms: fart, toot Much less vulgar than fart; accepted in some circles (speaking with children) where fart would not be.
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A common nickname between lovers. "Pootie, are you coming to bed?"
  2. (slang) A baby soother Please pick up the baby's pootie and put it back in his mouth.
  3. (vulgar, slang) The female genitalia; the vulva or vagina.
  • ptooie
pop {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /pɒp/
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etymology 1 Onomatopoeic – used to describe the sound, or short, sharp actions. The physics sense is part of a facetious sequence "snap, crackle, pop", after the mascots of Rice Krispies cereal.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) A loud, sharp sound as of a cork coming out of a bottle. exampleListen to the pop of a champagne cork.
  2. (uncountable, regional, especially, Midwest US) An effervescent or fizzy drink, most frequently nonalcoholic; soda pop.
    • 1941, LIFE magazine, 8 September 1941, page 27: The best thing on the table was a tray full of bottles of lemon pop.
  3. (countable, regional, especially, Midwest US) A bottle, can, or serving of effervescent or fizzy drink, most frequently nonalcoholic; soda pop. exampleGo in the store and buy us three pops.
  4. Shortened from pop shot: a quick, possibly unaimed, shot with a firearm. Possibly confusion, by assonance, with pot as in pot shot. exampleThe man with the gun took a pop at the rabbit.
  5. (colloquial) A portion, a quantity dispensed. exampleThey cost 50 pence a pop.
  6. (computing) The removal of a data item from the top of a stack.
    • 2011, Mark Lutz, Programming Python, page 1371: examplePushes and pops change the stack; indexing just accesses it.
  7. A bird, the European redwing.
  8. (physics) The sixth derivative of the position vector with respect to time (after velocity, acceleration, jerk, jounce, crackle), i.e. the rate of change of crackle.
Synonyms: (soda pop) see the list at soda, Dutch: nl, Finnish: fi, Russian: ru, Swedish: sv, Finnish: fi, fi, fi, Russian: ru, ru, Swedish: sv
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (ergative) To burst (something): to cause to burst. exampleThe boy with the pin popped the balloon.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room, chapter 1: The waves came round her. She was a rock. She was covered with the seaweed which pops when it is pressed. He was lost.
    • {{quote-news}} The court was told Robins had asked if she could use the oven to heat some baby food for her child. Knutton heard a loud popping noise "like a crisp packet being popped" coming from the kitchen followed by a "screeching" noise. When she saw what had happened to the kitten she was sick in the sink.
  2. To act suddenly, unexpectedly or quickly.
  3. To hit (something or someone). exampleHe popped me on the nose.
  4. (slang) To shoot (usually somebody) with a firearm.
  5. (vulgar) To ejaculate.
  6. (computing) To remove (a data item) from the top of a stack.
    • 2010, Enrico Perla, ‎Massimiliano Oldani, A Guide to Kernel Exploitation: Attacking the Core (page 55) Once the callee (the called function) terminates, it cleans the stack that it has been locally using and pops the next value stored on top of the stack.
    • 2011, John Mongan, ‎Noah Kindler, ‎Eric Giguère, Programming Interviews Exposed The algorithm pops the stack to obtain a new current node when there are no more children (when it reaches a leaf).
  7. (UK) To place (something) (somewhere). exampleJust pop it in the fridge for now.
    • Milton He popped a paper into his hand.
  8. (transitive, slang) To swallow (a tablet of a drug).
    • 1994, Ruth Garner and Patricia A. Alexander, Beliefs about text and instruction with text: We were drinking beer and popping pills — some really strong downers. I could hardly walk and I had no idea what I was saying.
  9. (transitive, informal) To perform (a move or stunt) while riding a board or vehicle.
    • 1995, David Brin, Startide Rising: Huck spun along the beams and joists, making me gulp when she popped a wheelie or swerved past a gaping hole...
    • 2009, Ben Wixon, Skateboarding: Instruction, Programming, and Park Design: The tail is the back of the deck; this is the part that enables skaters to pop ollies...
  10. (intransitive, of the ears) To undergo equalization of pressure when the Eustachian tube open. exampleMy ears popped as the aeroplane began to ascend.
  11. To make a pop, or sharp, quick sound. exampleThe muskets popped away on all sides.
  12. To enter, or issue forth, with a quick, sudden movement; to move from place to place suddenly; to dart; with in, out, upon, etc.
    • Shakespeare He that killed my king … / Popp'd in between the election and my hopes.
    • Jonathan Swift a trick of popping up and down every moment
  13. To burst open with a pop, when heated over a fire. exampleThis corn pops well.
  14. To stand out, to be visually distinctive.
    • {{quote-news}} She also looked like a star - and not the Beltway type. On a stage full of stiff suits, she popped.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Sound made in imitation of the sound.
etymology 2 From papa or poppa.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Affectionate form of father. exampleMy pop used to tell me to do my homework every night.
etymology 3 From popular, by shortening.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (used attributively in set phrases) Popular.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Pop music.
etymology 4 From colloquial Russian поп 〈pop〉 and Попъ 〈Popʺ〉, from Church Slavic попъ 〈popʺ〉, from gkm (see pope). Alternative forms: pope
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Russian Orthodoxy, uncommon) A Russian Orthodox priest; a parson.
    • 1822, Mikhaïlov Vasiliï, Adventures of Michailow, 4 exampleThere was at that time in the house of the Consul a Pop (or Russian Priest) named {{smallcaps}}.
    • 2001, Spas Raïkin, Rebel with a Just Cause, 292 n.28 exampleThe contemporary priest's... own children are ashamed and some abusers are openly "transmitting the pop" (a gesture of mocking the priest on the street, where a man would touch his private parts while smiling at other passers-by)
    • 2006, Peter Neville, A Traveller's History of Russia, 123 exampleBy the end of 1809 she was declaring to all and sundry that she would sooner marry 'a pop than the sovereign of a country under the influence of France'. Since a pop was a Russian Orthodox parish priest, the reference was hardly likely to endear her family to the French.
  • OPP, opp, opp.
  • PPO
pop a cap in someone's ass
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  1. (slang, idiomatic, US) To shoot someone with a gun.
    • 2007, San Francisco Chronicle - 'Cover me, I'm going to Starbucks' The older teen was coming from "Tilt," the second floor arcade, when the shooter confronted him, threatened to "pop a cap in (his) ass," and, after the victim assumed what eyewitnesses say was a fighting stance, apparently did.
    • 2004, R. Micharl Sullivan - The Dead of Winter - Page 130 I'll give you thirty seconds to get out of here before I pop a cap in your ass. C'mon, move it. I'm counting now, one, two, three—better get your ass movin', four..." Carter started running, expecting to hear the shot and feel the rip of a bullet in his back.
    • 1994, Pulp Fiction () I been sayin' that shit for years. And if you heard it, that meant your ass. I never gave much thought to what it meant. I just thought it was some cold-blooded shit to say to a motherfucker before I popped a cap in his ass. But I saw some shit this mornin' made me think twice.
pop a squat
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang, of women) To urinate in a public place.
    • 2004, Brace E. Barber, No Excuse Leadership: Lessons from the U.S. Army's Elite Rangers Now, if I was here at my mother's house and someone was out in the yard popping a squat, I'd have to say something …
    • 2005, Michael Aloisi, Fifty Handfuls Looking around she popped a squat in front of the car. She had a handful of tissue from the glove box. Finished, she stood up, relieved to not have gotten caught.
    • 2008, W. Shane Wilson, Destiny's Key A mile or so down the beach from the lighthouse I stopped by a big rock and told Nicky to pop a squat. She sat in total silence.
popcorny etymology popcorn + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Resembling or characteristic of popcorn.
pope {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: Pope pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /pəʊp/
  • (US) /poʊp/
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etymology 1 From Middle English pope, popa, from Old English pāpa, from vl papa, from early gkm παπᾶς 〈papâs〉, from late Ancient Greek πάπας 〈pápas〉, from πάππας 〈páppas〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Roman Catholicism & generally) An honorary title of the Roman Catholic bishop of Rome as father and head of his church.
    • ante 950, translating Bede's Ecclesiastical History (Tanner), iv. i. 252 Þa wæs in þa tid Uitalius papa þæs apostolican seðles aldorbiscop.
    • 1959 August 19, Flannery O'Connor, letter in Habit of Being (1980), 347 The Pope is not going to issue a bull condemning the Spanish Church's support of France and destroy the Church's right to exist in Spain.
    • 2007 May 5, Ted Koppel (guest), Wait, Wait... Don’t tell me!, National Public Radio I really did want to interview the pope. Any pope. I'm not particular.
    1. (by extension, now, often ironic) Any similarly absolute and 'infallible' authority.
      • 1689, G. Bulkeley, People's Right to Election in Andros Tracts (1869), II. 106 We often say, that every man has a pope in his belly.
      • 1893 January 19, Nation (N.Y.), 46/3 ... accepted him [Dante Gabriel Rossetti] as the infallible Pope of Art.
      • 1972 June 2, Science, 966/2 Both [discoveries] were rejected offhand by the popes of the field.
      • 1978, Atlas World Press Review, volume 25, page 19: Above all, the SED reformers cite the progress inherent in the emancipation of Westem Communist parties from the "red popes in the Kremlin."
    2. (by extension) Any similar head of a religion.
      • {{circa}} John Mandeville, Travels (Titus C.xvi, 1919), 205 In þat yle dwelleth the Pope of hire lawe, þat þei clepe lobassy.
      • 1787, A. Hawkins translating Vincent Mignot as The history of the Turkish, or Ottoman Empire, IV. Mufti, the Mahometan pope or chief of the religion.
      • 2005 April 6, Kansas City Star, b7 Although Islam has no formal hierarchy of clergy, Tantawy [Egypt's grand imam] often is called the Muslim pope.
    3. (uncommon) A theocrat, a priest-king, including (at first especially) over the imaginary land of Prester John or (now) in figurative and alliterative use.
      • ante 1500, John Mandeville, Travels (Rawl., 1953), 103 Eche day there etyn in his court xii erchebeshopis and xx bishopis, and the patriak of Seynt Thomays is as here pope.
      • 1993 December, Vanity Fair (N.Y.), 62/1 , known as ‘the Pope of Pop’ is one of the top record producer-engineers in the world.
    4. (UK) An effigy of the pope traditionally burnt in Britain on Guy Fawkes' Day and (occasionally) at other times.
      • 1830, Alexander Pope, The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope, page xxi: This is the only piece in which the author has given a hint of his religion, by ridiculing the ceremony of burning the pope, and by mentioning with some indignation the inscription …
      • 2005, Gary S. De Krey, London and the Restoration, 1659–1683 (ISBN 1107320682), page 182: As York's succession was challenged by burning the pope, the Duke of Monmouth was again heralded in the city as a Protestant alternative.
    5. (US, obsolete) Pope Day, the present Guy Fawkes Day.
  2. (Coptic Church) An honorary title of the Coptic bishop of Alexandria as father and head of his church.
  3. (Eastern Orthodoxy) An honorary title of the Orthodox bishop of Alexandria as father and head of his autocephalous church.
  4. (Christianity, historical, obsolete) Any bishop of the early Christian church.
    • 1563, 2nd Tome Homelyes, sig. Hh.i All notable Bishops were then called popes.
    • 1703, translating U. Chevreau as Hist. World, III. v. 379 All Bishops in that time had the Stile of Pope given them, as now we call every one of them, My Lord.
  5. (UK) The ruffe, a small Eurasian freshwater fish ({{taxlink}}); other of its genus.
    • 1792, William Augustus Osbaldiston, The British Sportsman, Or, Nobleman, Gentleman and Farmer's Dictionary of Recreation and Amusement, page 176: Byfleet-river, wherein are very large pikes, jack, and tench ; perch, of eighteen inches long ; good carp, large flounders, bream, roach, dace, gudgeons, popes, large chub, and eels.
    • 1862, Francis T. Buckland, Curiosities of Natural History, page 230: It resembles the perch (unfortunately for itself) in having a very long and prickly fin on its back, advantage of which is taken by the boys about Windsor, who are very fond of 'plugging a pope.' This operation consists in fixing a bung in the sharp spines on the poor pope's back fin, and then throwing him into the water.
    • 1865 January 14, Astley H. Baldwin, "Small Fry" in Once a Week, page 105: Popes are caught whilst gudgeon-fishing with the red worm, but they are sometimes a great nuisance to the perch-fisher, as they take the minnow.
  6. {{rfv-sense}} (UK regional) The Atlantic puffin ({{taxlink}}).
    • 1759, "Linnæus's Systema Naturæ", The Gentleman's Magazine, page 456: Alca genus; 6 species, including the razorbill, the penguin, the pope, and others.
    • 1773, John Hill, "Alca", A General Natural History, volume 3, page 442: The Pope: This is a very singular bird; it is about the size of our widgeon, or somewhat larger, but is not quite so large as the duck: the head is large and rounded; the eyes are small, and stand forward on the head, and lower down than in the generality of birds [...]
    • 1822, George Woodley, A view of the present state of the Scilly Islands, page 264-5: "About a hundred yards further North" says Troutbeck, "is a 'subterraneous' cavern called the Pope's Hole, about fifty fathoms under the ground, into which the sea flows, so called from a sort of bird which roosts in it by night, about ninety feet high above the level of the water."!! [...] It derives its name from its being a place of shelter to some puffins, vulgo "popes".
    • 1864, Charles Issac Elton, Norway: The Road and the Fell, page 94: The Norsemen catch great numbers of these popes, parrots, or lunder, as they are variously named, and train dogs to go into the holes where the puffin has its nest, lying in it with feet in the air.
    • 1874, J. Van Voorst, Zoologist: A Monthly Journal of Natural History, page 3904: I was informed by a fisherman that there were now hundreds of gannets in the channel off Plymouth, and that he had also met with some puffins (which he called "popes")
  7. (US regional) The painted bunting ({{taxlink}}).
    • 1771, M. Bossu, Travels Through that Part of North America Formerly Called Louisiana, volume 1, page 371: The Pope is of a bright blue round the head; on the throat it is of a fine red, and on the back of a gold green colour, it sings very finely and is the size of a canary bird.
    • 1806, Berquin-Duvallon, Travels in Louisiana and the Floridas, in the Year, 1802: Giving a Correct Picture of Those Countries, page 122: The birds [of Louisiana] are the partridge, cardinal and pope, and a species of mocking bird, called the nightingale.
    • 1821 Édouard de Montulé, A Voyage to North America, and the West Indies in 1817, page 54: [...] some others, such as the crow, the heron, and the wild goose, which are found in Europe, I also observed ; but the most beautiful are the pope bird, whose head seems bound with the most bright azure blue, and the cardinal, being entirely of dazzling scarlet [...]
  8. (rare) The red-cowled cardinal ({{taxlink}}).
    • 1864 August 6, The Journal of Horticulture, Cottage Gardener, and Country Gentleman, page 100: From the sketch of the bird which you have sent us, there is no doubt about its being the Pope Grosbeak, which is a species of the Cardinal, but not the crested one.
    • 1883, William Thomas Greene, The amateur's aviary of foreign birds: or, How to keep and breed foreign birds, page 96: The Pope is a native of Brazil, and the female (it is altogether incongrouous to think of a lady pontiff) exactly resembles her mate.
    • 1895, A. A. Thom, "Dominican cardinals" in The Avicultural Magazine, page 128: SIR,—I should be glad to learn how to treat Pope birds (Crestless Cardinals) when nesting.
    • 1898, The Avicultural Magazine, Volume 4, page 87: Besides the Bicheno's Finches in this Class, the judge disqualified, in other Classes, a pair of Magpie Mannikins and a pair of Popes. These entries were presumably all disqualified on the ground that they were not true pairs: they are all birds in which the outward differences between the sexes (if there be any outward difference at all) are of an extremely slight and uncertain nature.
    • 1956, Foreign birds for cage and aviary, Volume 4, page 20: The wisest plan is always to keep the Pope Cardinal in an aviary, and to have only one pair to each aviary.
In English usage, originally and generally taken to refer to the bishop of Rome, although the Egyptian title is actually older. Within the Coptic church, the patriarch of Alexandria is normally styled Pope ~; within the Eastern Orthodox church, their separate patriarch of Alexandria is formally titled Pope of Alexandria but referred to as such only in the liturgy and official documents.
coordinate terms:
  • (adjective) papal
  • (office) papacy
  • (rival) antipope
  • (female) popess, papess
  • (supporter) papist
Synonyms: (Catholic) Bishop of Rome, Patriarch of Rome, Vicar of Christ, (Coptic) Bishop of Alexandria, Patriarch of Alexandria, (Orthodox) Orthodox Bishop of Alexandria, (Pope Day) See Guy Fawkes Day., (bishop, animals) See their respective entries.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive or with 'it') To act as or like a pope.
    • 1537, T. Cromwell in R. B. Merriman, Life & Lett. Cromwell (1902), II. 89 Paul popith Jolyly, that woll desire the world to pray for the kinges apeyrement.
    • 1624, R. Montagu, Gagg for New Gospell? xiii. 95 , that now Popeth it.
    • 1966 February, Duckett's Reg., 14/2 would pope it in his own way, God guiding him.
    • 1989 September 24, Los Angeles Times, iii. 22/1 I saw where the Pope poped and where the pigeons flocked. Pretty interesting if you're Catholic and like pigeons.
  2. (intransitive, colloquial) To convert to Roman Catholicism.
    • {{circa}} in Evelyn Waugh's Life R. Knox (1959), ii. i. 142 I'm not going to ‘Pope’ until after the war (if I'm alive).
    • 1990 October 7, Sunday Telegraph, 26/5 A prominent Anglican priest had, to use the term generally employed on these occasions, ‘Poped’—that is, left the Church of England in order to become a Roman Catholic.
etymology 2 By analogy with bishop.
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  1. (alcoholic beverages) Any mulled wine (traditionally including tokay) considered similar and superior to bishop.
    • 1855, C. W. Johnson, Farmer's & Planter's Encycl. Rural Affairs, 1157/1 When made with Burgundy or Bordeaux, the mixture was called Bishop; when with old Rhenish, its name was Cardinal; and when with Tokay, it was dignified with the title of Pope.
    • 1920, G. Saintsbury, Notes on Cellar-bk., xi. 162 ‘Pope’, i.e. mulled burgundy, is Antichristian, from no mere Protestant point of view.
    • 1965, O. A. Mendelsohn, Dict. Drink, 264 Pope, a spiced drink made from tokay..., ginger, honey and roasted orange.
    • 1976 January 15, Times (London), 12/8 Many of these hot drinks have clerical names—Bishop being a type of mulled port, Cardinal using claret, and Pope Champagne.
etymology 3 From Russian поп 〈pop〉, from Church Slavic попъ 〈popʺ〉, from gkm as above.
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  1. (Russian Orthodoxy) {{altform}}, a Russian Orthodox priest.
    • 1662, J. Davies translating A. Olearius as Voy. & Trav. Ambassadors, 139 The other Ecclesiastical Orders are distinguish'd into Proto-popes, Popes, (or Priests) and Deacons.
    • 1756, Compend. Authentic & Entertaining Voy., V. 202 Every priest is called pope, which implies father.
    • 1996 September 20, Daily Telegraph, 25/5 In the non-Roman rites diocesan priests are often referred to as popes.
etymology 4 {{Onomatopoeic}}
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  1. (US, dialectal, obsolete) The whippoorwill (Caprimulgus vociferus).
    • 1781, S. Peters, Gen. Hist. Connecticut, 257: The Whipperwill has so named itself by its nocturnal songs. It is also called the pope, by reason of its darting with great swiftness, from the clouds almost to the ground, and bawling out Pope!
  2. (US, dialectal, rare) The nighthawk (Chordeiles minor).
    • 1956, Massachusetts Audubon Soc. Bull., 40 81: Common Nighthawk... Pope (Conn[ecticut]. From the sound made by its wings while dropping through the air).
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pope's head
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  1. (slang) A long-handled brush for dust ceiling, wash window, etc.
pope's living room etymology From the tube (ie. tubular wave) being a highly desirable place and imagining the Pope has the privilege of going there or being there all the time.
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  1. (surfing slang) The inside of a tube (ie. of a wave making a tube). 2001: It was the layback, a casual declaration of civil disobedience in the pope's living room, our own aquatic limbo act. — Jason Borte,
pope hat Alternative forms: pope-hat, popehat
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  1. (informal) The mitre worn by pope.
    • 2002: Ken Gilland, Quaternary Alluvium A picture of the good professor with a pope hat on came up, to some polite laughter.
    • 2002: Christopher Morrill, The Good, the Bad, and the Undead Which reminds me; put on the Pope-Hat.
    • 2003: Richie Unterberger, Eight Miles High I'm wearing a full-dress Nazi uniform with a swastika on the sleeve, and Gary Hirsh was wearing a pope outfit with a real pope hat.
    • 2004: David White, Lake of Fire She was dressed in purple and had the Pope hat and everything.
popehead etymology pope + head
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  1. (Ulster, derogatory) Catholic
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