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pseudophilosophy etymology pseudo + philosophy
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (chiefly, pejorative) Any philosophical system that does not meet mainstream academic standards.
related terms:
  • pseudophilosopher
  • pseudophilosophic
  • pseudophilosophical
pseudoreligion etymology pseudo + religion
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (chiefly, pejorative) Non-mainstream belief or philosophy with certain aspects of religion (a founder, a principal text, faith-based beliefs, etc.).
related terms:
  • pseudoreligious
psych Alternative forms: psyche pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology Abbreviations.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Psychology or psychiatry. a psych class
  2. A psychologist; a psychiatrist.
    • 1978, Lawrence Durrell, Livia, Faber & Faber 1992 (Avignon Quintet), p. 476: She had attended a conference of psychs at which he had presided and they had taken a fancy to each other.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Psychedelic. Curtains with psych colors. A psych band, a psych album. psych-rock and psych-folk music.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To put (someone) into a required psychological frame of mind (also psych up).
  2. (transitive) To intimidate (someone) emotionally or using psychology (also psych out).
  3. (transitive, informal) To treat (someone) using psychoanalysis.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang) Indicating that one's preceding statement was false and that one has successfully fooled one's interlocutor. Also sike.
related terms:
  • psych-
  • psycho-
  • psyche
etymology 1 From Latin psychē, from Ancient Greek ψυχή 〈psychḗ〉 pronunciation
  • /ˈsaɪ.ki/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The human soul, mind, or spirit.
  2. (chiefly psychology) The human mind as the central force in thought, emotion, and behavior of an individual.
etymology 2 Shortened form of psychology, from French psychologie, from Latin psychologia, from Ancient Greek ψυχή 〈psychḗ〉 and -λογία 〈-logía〉 Alternative forms: psych pronunciation
  • /ˈsaɪk/
  • {{rhymes}}
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. psychology
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Used abruptly after a sentence to indicate that the speaker is only joking.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To put (someone) into a required psychological frame of mind.
  2. (transitive) To intimidate (someone) emotionally using psychology.
  3. (transitive, informal) To treat (someone) using psychoanalysis.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. thrilled
  2. frightened
psychedelic {{wikipedia}} etymology From Ancient Greek ψυχή 〈psychḗ〉 + δῆλος 〈dē̂los〉 + English -ic pronunciation
  • /ˈsaɪ.kəˌdɛl.ɪk/, /ˈsaɪ.kɪˌdɛl.ɪk/ (UK)
  • {{enPR}} (US)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of, containing, generating, or reminiscent of drug-induced hallucination, distortion of perception, altered awareness etc.
  2. (of graphics, etc.) Having bright colours, abstract shapes, etc. reminiscent of drug-induced hallucinations or distortions of perception.
Synonyms: (of hallucinations) trippy, (having bright colours) multi-coloured
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any psychoactive substance (such as LSD or psilocybin) which, when consumed, causes perceptual changes (sometimes erratic and uncontrollable), visual hallucination, and altered awareness of the body and mind.
interjection: psychedelic!
  1. (hippie slang) awesome, cool, groovy
related terms:
  • psychedelia
psychic {{wikipedia}} etymology From Ancient Greek ψυχικός 〈psychikós〉. Earlier referred to as "psychical"; or from Ancient Greek ψυχή 〈psychḗ〉. First appeared (as substantive) 1871 and first records 1895.{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary|psychic}} pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who possesses, or appears to possess, extra-sensory abilities such as precognition, clairvoyance and telepathy, or who appears to be susceptible to paranormal or supernatural influence.
  2. A person who supposedly contacts the dead. A medium.
  3. (gnosticism) In gnostic theologian Valentinus' triadic grouping of man the second type; a person focused on intellectual reality (the other two being hylic and pneumatic).
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Relating to the abilities of a psychic. You must be psychic - I was just about to say that. She is a psychic person - she hears messages from beyond.
  2. Relating to the psyche or mind, or to mental activity in general. "In the following pages I shall demonstrate that there is a psychological technique which makes it possible to interpret dreams, and that on the application of this technique every dream will reveal itself as a psychological structure, full of significance, and one which may be assigned to a specific place in the psychic activities of the waking state." Sigmund Freud in The Interpretation of Dreams
    • 1967, R. D. Laing, The Politics of Experience and the Bird of Paradise A pathological process called 'psychiatrosis' may well be found, by the same methods, to be a delineable entity, with somatic correlates, and psychic mechanisms …
related terms:
  • psychical
  • psychological
psycho pronunciation
  • /ˈsaɪkoʊ/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology Apocope of psychotic and psychopath.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial or pejorative) Psychotic, or otherwise insane.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, slang) A person who is psychotic or otherwise insane. The loony bin up on the hill is full of psychos.
  2. (pejorative, slang) A person who acts in a bizarre or dangerous manner. She complained that he was a psycho for driving at such a high speed in heavy traffic.
  3. (informal) A class, at a college or university, in which psychology is taught. "I've got anthro, socio, lunch, and psycho."
Synonyms: (pejorative for a pyschotic or otherwise insane person) freak, loony, nutcase, wacko, (pejorative for a person acting in a bizarre or dangerous manner) creep, freak, loose cannon, weirdo
psychobabbler etymology psychobabble + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) A person who speaks psychobabble.
psychobitch etymology psycho + bitch
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, offensive) A female considered angry, dangerous, or mentally unstable.
    • 1993, The Media and Women Without Apology, page 15: But on-screen portrayals of real women are getting rarer, while the psychobitch is all the rage.
    • 2009, Heather McElhatton, Jennifer Johnson Is Sick of Being Single, Harper (2009), ISBN 9780061461361, page 86: She hangs up on me. I can't believe her. One minute she's nice to me and the next she's a psychobitch.
    • 2010, Kiera Van Gelder, The Buddha and the Borderline: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder through Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Buddhism, and Online Dating, New Harbinger Publications, Inc. (2010), ISBN 9781572247109, page 14: “Listen, borderline is Glenn Close in that movie Fatal Attraction. Think stalking, knives, psychobitch from hell. That is not you!”
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, slang, humorous) psychological.
    • 1999 February 8, "Emily Spears" (username), "Is it important to gradually shut the lights off?", in rec.aquaria.freshwater.misc, Usenet: Hmmm, maybe I could get....hmmm, not sure how I'm going to get gradual light changes for the little girls....hmmm...m-u-s-t m-a-k-e b-r-a-i-n w-o-r-k!! B-u-t i-t'-s t-o-o-o h-a-r-d!!! gasp!!!! gasp!!! -Emily Just a girl with her fair share of psychomological problems!
    • 2002 November 2, "Stuart Baldwin" (username), "camelbac hydration", in uk.rec.walking, Usenet: I agree with Paul about the psychomological advantages of having a warm drink to hand and would suggest that the OP try to find room in his pack for a flask.
    • 2008 December 30, "Hoots" (username), "I look for penpals", in soc.penpals, Usenet: I think this might be deeply psychomological and all that or could be as simple as "Guys are wired up differently than women".
psychopath {{wikipedia}} etymology From German psychopatisch, from Ancient Greek ψυχή 〈psychḗ〉 + πάθος 〈páthos〉. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈsaɪkoʊˌpæθ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person with a personality disorder indicated by a pattern of lying, cunning, manipulating, glibness, exploiting, heedless, arrogance, delusions of grandeur, sexual promiscuity, low self-control, disregard for morality, lack of acceptance of responsibility, callousness, and lack of empathy and remorse. Such an individual may be especially prone to violent and criminal offenses.
  2. A person diagnosed with antisocial or dissocial personality disorder.
  3. A person who has no moral conscience.
  4. A person who perpetrates especially gruesome or bizarre violent acts.
Synonyms: sociopath
related terms:
  • psycho
  • psychopathology
  • psychotic
pterodactyl etymology From French ptérodactyle, a term coined by from Ancient Greek πτερόν 〈pterón〉 + δάκτυλος 〈dáktylos〉 pronunciation
  • (US) /ˌtɛɹəˈdæktl̩/, /ˌtɛɹəˈdæktɪl/
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (paleontology) A pterosaur in the genus {{taxlink}}.
  2. (informal) Any pterosaur.
related terms:
  • pterosaur
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (organic compound) polyurethane
  2. (slang) expression used when encountering a displeasing smell; exaggerated pronunciation of pew
  3. (Internet slang) pickup (as in, pickup artist)
  4. (linguistics) prosodic unit (IU for intonation unit is preferred)
  • up
pub pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /pʌb/
  • (Northern England) /pʊb/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}, {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Short form of public, from public house
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A public house where beverage, primarily alcoholic, may be bought and consumed and also provides food and sometimes entertainment, normally television viewing.
Synonyms: See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To go to one or more public houses.
etymology 2 {{abbreviation-old}} of publication
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A publication. registered pubs
etymology 3 {{abbreviation-old}} of publish
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal, transitive) to publish
pubber etymology pub + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) publisher
    • 1949, Billboard (1 January 1949) With attention currently focused on the writer and pubber interventions in the Leibeli case, it is significant that three major pubbers have still not signed the basic agreement with the Songwriters' Protective Association (SPA).
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Resembling a pub.
Synonyms: publike, pubby
pubby pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology pub + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, colloquial, of a person) Who enjoys frequenting public house.
  2. (of an establishment) Resembling a pub.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A public broadcaster
pube etymology {{back-form}} pronunciation
  • /pjuːb/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A single pubic hair.
    • Platonic?, Nick Waugh-Bacchus, page 261, “He was a man would could step back from a problem and look at it logically and find the sense in most given situations. Sure, questions such as ,“ Why are we here?” “Is there a God?“ and “Why is there a pube in the butter?” have stumped Jack in the past; however, in knowing that this is the case, Jack has been quite happy to move on and find answers to questions that are far more relevant to day-to-day existence.”, 2010, 1848764677
related terms:
  • pubarche
puberty {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old French puberté, from Latin pubertas, from pubes, puber
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The process of sexual development of children that makes them into adolescent capable of reproducing sexually (i.e., making babies through sexual intercourse), and makes them have secondary sex characteristic.
    • 2014, Lewis Wolpert, Why Can't a Woman Be More Like a Man? (ISBN 0571279260): Girls undergoing puberty show an increase in the total output of cortisol, which is related to stress, while boys show little increase.
  2. The age at which a person is first capable of sexual reproduction.
    • 2009, The Development of Children Study Guide (ISBN 1429217839), page 241: As shown in Figure 14.4 of the textbook, children reach puberty at different ages in different countries; within those nations, children living in cities tend to reach puberty earlier than those living in rural areas.
  • (process of adolescence) thelarche, pubarche, growth spurt, menarche, gonadarche, adrenarche
related terms:
  • postpubescent
  • peripubescent
  • prepubescent
  • puberulent
  • pubescent
  • pubes
  • pubis
  • pubic
pubic hair {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{head}}
  1. (collectively) The hair that grows in the pubic region from puberty.
    • 1959, William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch, page 67 Negroes (teeth, fingers, toe nails and pubic hair gilded), Japanese boys smooth and white as china, Titian-haired Venetian lads, Americans with blond or black curls falling across the forehead (the guests tenderly shove it back), sulky blond Polacks with animal brown eyes, Arab and Spanish street boys, Austrian boys pink and delicate with a faint shadow of blond pubic hair, sneering German youths with bright blue eyes scream "Heil Hitler!" as the trap falls under them. Sollubis shit and whimper.
  2. (in the singular) A single hair growing in the pubic region.
Synonyms: (collectively): netherhair, bush, short and curlies, short hairs, pubes, See also
related terms:
  • pubarche
pubwards etymology pub + wards
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (humorous) Towards a public house.
    • 2010, Jemma Harvey, Wishful Thinking Lin went home to relieve the child-minder, cook for the brats and swap e-mails with her would-be admirers, and I headed pubwards with the other two.
puchito etymology The Spanish word pucho evolved in Bierzo, a sub-region of Castile and Leon. Normally used as slang for "buddy", has also loosely been used as a descriptor for a smaller, lesser person by adding the suffix "-ito". From the Spanish, puchito has also recently taken hold in the United States as slang. This can be accredited to Julio Nieves (PR) who is thought to be the first known true "puchito" in the United States.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) buddy.
puck pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /pʌk/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Attested since 1886. From or influenced by Irish poc. Compare poke (1861).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (ice hockey) A hard rubber disc; any other flat disc meant to be hit across a flat surface in a game.
    • 1886, Boston Daily Globe (28 February), p 2: In hockey a flat piece of rubber, say four inches long by three wide and about an inch thick, called a ‘puck’, is used.
  2. (chiefly, Canada) An object shaped like a puck.
    • 2004, Art Directors Annual, v 83, Rotovision, p 142: He reaches into the urinal and picks up the puck. He then walk over to the sink and replaces a bar of soap with the urinal puck.
  3. (computing) A pointing device with a crosshair.
etymology 2 From Middle English puke, from Old English pūca, from Proto-Germanic *pūkô, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pāug(')-. Cognate with Old Norse púki, gml spōk, spūk, German Spuk. More at spook.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A mischievous spirit.
puck bunny {{wikipedia}} etymology Combination of the phrases "snow bunny" (confer bunny hill), " bunny" and the word puck, an object used in the game of hockey.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (very, rare slang, ice hockey) A female ice hockey fan, often one whose interest in the sport is primarily motivated by attraction to the players rather than enjoyment of the game itself. Puck bunnies exhibit similar traits to those of groupies toward musicians.
    • 2002, Michael David Lannan, The Empty Net Every once in awhile {{SIC}} the stories would make there way around the league about some puck bunny getting pregnant...
    • 2002, Michael A Messner, Taking the Field: Women, Men, and Sports These young women say they are "'proud as punch' to have sex with the jock," because this will "entitle the puck bunny to 'bragging rights'"...
    • 2005, Rachel Gibson, The Trouble with Valentine's Day She wasn't a puck bunny. After twenty years in the NHL, he could identify a hockey groupie a mile away.
pucker factor {{wikipedia}} etymology Referring to the tightening of the buttocks caused by fear.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (military, slang) The level of stress and/or adrenaline in a dangerous situation.
puck palace
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Canada and northern US, ice hockey, informal) An arena containing a rink and spectator seating for playing and viewing ice hockey, especially one which is considered to be well-equipped and state-of-the-art.
    • 1936, Vern DeGeer, "Wings Beat Bruins 4-3‎," Windsor Daily Star (Canada), 21 Dec., p. 3 (retrieved 11 May 2011): It was easily the most spirited battle of speed and brawn offered in the Detroit puck palace this winter.
    • 1954, Gorde Hunter, "The Neutral Zone," Calgary Herald (Canada), 20 March, p. 34 (retrieved 11 May 2011): However, a new puck palace in the Manitoba capital could eventually have a connection with Calgary hockey.
    • 2008, Randy Krebs, "SCSU's plan deserves much praise," St. Cloud Times (USA), 6 July, p. B6 (retrieved 11 May 2011): To see the utilitarian hockey center transformed into a puck palace similar to the Minnesota Wild's home ice should bring chills to even the most staid fans.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, US, euphemistic, dated) Feces, shit.
etymology 1 Clipped form of pudding. pronunciation
  • /pʊd/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Pudding (either sweet or savoury). {{defdate}}
  2. (slang) Penis. {{defdate}}
    • 1982, TC Boyle, Water Music, Penguin 2006, p. 387: Standing there, half-awake, pud in hand, he feels washed out and hungover, though he hasn't touched a drop in weeks.
etymology 2 Origin unknown. pronunciation
  • (UK) /pʌd/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Child's hand; child's fist. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 3
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative form of pood
{{Webster 1913}}
  • dup, PDU, UDP
pudding {{wikipedia}} etymology From circa 1305, Middle English poding, from Old French boudin.
  • An alternative etymology assumes origin from Proto-Germanic *put-, *pud- (compare dialectal English pod, Old English puduc, Low German puddig, Westphalian Puddek, Puddewurst. More at pout.
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈpʊd.ɪŋ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (originally) A sausage made primarily from blood.
  2. Any of various dishes, sweet or savoury, prepared by boiling or steaming, or from batter.
    • 2004, Victoria Wise, The Pressure Cooker Gourmet, page 313, The dishes in this chapter represent a range of multiethnic savory custards and steamed puddings, including a few surprises like a chèvre popover pudding and a bread pudding with lettuce and cheese.
    • 2004, Sarah Garland, The Complete Book of Herbs & Spices, page 199, Steamed and boiled puddings have formed the basic diet of country people in northern Europe for centuries. Early puddings consisted of the scoured stomach of a sheep or pig, stuffed with its own suet and offal, which has been thickened with oatmeal, and boiled in water or baked in the ashes of a fire.
  3. A type of cake or dessert cooked usually by boiling or steaming.
    • 2007, Magdaleen Van Wyk, The Complete South African Cookbook, page 265, Steamed puddings, a favourite for winter, are both easy to make and delicious. Served with one of the sweet sauces (recipes 497 to 506) they make a filling and satisfying end to a meal.
  4. A type of dessert that has a texture similar to custard or mousse but using some kind of starch as the thickening agent.
  5. (UK, Australia, New Zealand) Dessert; the dessert course of a meal. We have apple pie for pudding today.
  6. (slang) An overweight person.
  7. (slang) Entrails.
  8. (obsolete) Any food or victuals.
    • Prior Eat your pudding, slave, and hold your tongue.
Synonyms: (sausage made from blood) black pudding (UK), blood sausage, (dessert) afters (UK informal), dessert, pud (UK slang), sweet (British), (custard-like dessert) custard, crème caramel, crème brûlée, flan, mousse
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial, dated) stupid
{{Webster 1913}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (aviation slang) A pretentious but unskilled pilot.
    • 1983, The Right Stuff, 00:30:00 I'll tell you. We got two categories of pilots around here. We got your prime pilots that get all the hot planes. And we got you pudknockers who dream about getting the hot planes.
pudwhacker etymology pud ‘penis’ + whacker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) An annoying or contemptible person.
    • 1994, Debra Franklin, The Admirer, Kensington Publishing Corp (1994), ISBN 9780821744826, page 123: {{…}} Tell that sorry pudwhacker if he ever bothers me again I'll tell everyone at school I found a fag rag in one of his dresser drawers!"
    • 2000, Charles Stough, Warm Spit, Writers Club Press (2000), ISBN 0595091741, page 49: Some pudwhacker came up to Burt Alexander's grandpa and blew his brains all over the seat of his pickup.
    • 2014, Samuel W. Gailey, Deep Winter, Blue Rider Press (2014), ISBN 9781101631560, unnumbered page: “Don't let 'em get to you, Danny. They're just a couple of stupid pudwhackers.”
puerile {{was wotd}} etymology From Latin puerīlis, from puer. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈpjʊə.raɪl/
  • (US) /ˈpjʊrɪl/, /ˈpjʊraɪl/
  • {{audio}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Characteristic of, or pertaining to, a boy or boys; confer: puellile.
  2. Childish; trifling; silly.
    • {{rfdate}} De Quincey: The French have been notorious through generations for their puerile affectation of Roman forms, models, and historic precedents.
    • 1927, , , page 79: From the table he had received the gout; from the alcove a tendency to convulsions; from the grandeeship a pride so vast and puerile that he seldom heard anything that was said to him and talked to the ceiling in a perpetual monologue; from the exile, oceans of boredom, a boredom so persuasive that it was like pain,—he woke up with it and spent the day with it, and it sat by his bed all night watching his sleep.
    • {{quote-news}}
Synonyms: (childish): juvenile, silly, trifling,
puerility etymology From Middle French puérilité, from Latin puerīlitās, from puerīlis, from puer.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The state, quality, or condition of being childish or puerile.
  2. That which is puerile or childish; especially, an expression which is insipid or silly.
puff {{wikipedia}} etymology Old English pyffian pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) A sharp exhalation of a small amount of breath through the mouth.
  2. (uncountable) The ability to breathe easily while exert oneself. out of puff
  3. (countable) A small quantity of gas or smoke in the air. puff of smoke
    • Flatman to every puff of wind a slave
  4. (informal, countable) An act of inhaling smoke from a cigarette, cigar or pipe.
  5. (countable) A flamboyant or alluring statement about an object's quality.
  6. (dated, slang) A puffer, one who is employed by the owner or seller of goods sold at auction to bid up the price; an act or scam of that type.
    • 1842, "A Paper on Puffing", in Ainsworth's Magazine Is nothing to be said in praise of the "Emporiums" and "Repositories" and "Divans," which formerly were mere insignificant tailors', toymen's, and tobacconists' shops? Is the transition from the barber's pole to the revolving bust of the perruquier, nothing? — the leap from the bare counter-traversed shop to the carpeted and mirrored saloon of trade, nothing? Are they not, one and all, practical puffs, intended to invest commerce with elegance, and to throw a halo round extravagance?
    • 1848, Mrs. White, "Puffs and Puffing", in Sharpe's London Magazine Here the duke is made the vehicle of the tailor's advertisement, and the prelusive compliments, ostensibly meant for his grace, merge into a covert recommendation of the coat. Several specimens might be given of this species of puff, which is to be met with in almost every paper, and is a favourite form with booksellers, professional men, &c.
    • 2008, David Paton-Williamspage, Katterfelto, page xii He was the eighteenth century king of spin, or, in the language of the day, the "prince of puff".
  7. A puffball.
  8. A powder puff.
  9. (uncountable, slang) The drug cannabis.
  10. (countable) A light cake filled with cream, cream cheese, etc. cream puff
  11. (derogatory, slang, British, particularly northern UK) a homosexual; a poof
  12. (slang, dated, UK) life
    • 1938, P. G. Wodehouse (Bertie Wooster speaking of Spode) in The Code of the Woosters Did you ever in your puff see such a perfect perisher?
Synonyms: (sharp exhalation of a small amount of breath through the mouth), (ability to breathe easily while exerting oneself) wind, (small quantity of gas or smoke in the air), (act of inhaling smoke from a cigarette, cigar or pipe) drag, (cannabis) blow, dope, ganja, pot, weed; see also , (type of cake) pastry, (poof) See poof
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To emit smoke, gas, etc., in puffs.
  2. (intransitive) To pant.
    • L'Estrange The ass comes back again, puffing and blowing, from the chase.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Chapter VI Puffing and panting, we plodded on until within about a mile of the harbor we came upon a sight that brought us all up standing.
  3. (transitive, archaic) To advertise.
  4. To blow as an expression of scorn.
    • South It is really to defy Heaven to puff at damnation.
  5. To swell with air; to be dilated or inflated. {{rfquotek}}
  6. To breathe in a swelling, inflated, or pompous manner; hence, to assume importance.
    • Herbert Then came brave Glory puffing by.
  7. To drive with a puff, or with puffs.
    • Dryden The clearing north will puff the clouds away.
  8. To repel with words; to blow at contemptuously.
    • Dryden I puff the prostitute away.
  9. To cause to swell or dilate; to inflate. a bladder puffed with air
    • Shakespeare the sea puffed up with winds
  10. To inflate with pride, flattery, self-esteem, etc.; often with up.
    • Jowett puffed up with military success
  11. To praise with exaggeration; to flatter; to call public attention to by praises; to praise unduly.
    • Macaulay puffed with wonderful skill
etymology 1 from puff
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of puff
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. inflated or swollen
  2. consisting of a puff
  3. (of cereals) expanded by the use of steam
etymology 2 Shortened from puffed out.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Same as puffed out.
puffed out
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Panting because of having exercise.
  2. inflated He had his cheeks puffed out as if his mouth was full of water.
Synonyms: pooped, puffed
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  1. en-past of puff out
puffer pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone or something that puff.
  2. Any of several poisonous fish, of the family Tetraodontidae, which have the ability to puff themselves up when in danger.
  3. (slang) A car left idling to warm up, emitting steam from the rear.
  4. (cellular automata) A finite pattern that moves like a spaceship but leaves a trail of debris.
  5. A manually-operated inhaler.
  6. (childish) A train; a locomotive.
  7. (dated, slang) One who is employed by the owner or seller of goods sold at auction to bid up the price; a by-bidder. {{rfquotek}}
  8. The common, or harbour, porpoise.
  9. A kier used in dye.
  10. (glassblowing) A soffietta.
Synonyms: (fish) globefish, pufferfish
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, dated) A steam locomotive.
puff the magic dragon etymology From the name of a song, Puff, the Magic Dragon (1963), reinterpreting puff as a verb.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang, humorous) To smoke marijuana.
    • 2006, Richard Greener, The Lacey Confession Sure, he puffed the magic dragon — who didn't? — but no cocaine, no heroin.
pug {{rfc}} {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /pʌɡ/
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etymology 1 {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Term of endearment (probably related to puck). {{defdate}}
  2. A bargeman. {{defdate}}
  3. A harlot; a prostitute. {{defdate}} {{rfquotek}}
  4. A small dog of an ancient breed originating in China, having a snub nose, wrinkled face, squarish body, short smooth hair, and curled tail. {{defdate}}
  5. An upper servant in a great house. {{defdate}}
  6. (obsolete, slang) A pugilist or boxer.
  7. (obsolete) An elf or hobgoblin. {{rfquotek}}
  8. (obsolete) chaff; the refuse of grain {{rfquotek}}
  9. Any geometrid moth of the genus {{taxlink}}.
etymology 2 Compare German pucken.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any compressed clay-like material mixed and worked into a soft, plastic condition for making bricks, pottery or for paving. (Also pug soil)
  2. A pug mill.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To mix and stir when wet. to pug clay for bricks or pottery
  2. (transitive) To fill or stop with clay by tamp; to fill in or spread with mortar, as a floor or partition, for the purpose of deaden sound.
etymology 3 From the Hindi word for 'foot', related to Sanskrit 'padh' and Greek 'ped'.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The footprint of an animal.
Synonyms: pugmark
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puinsai etymology From a Hawaiian bastardisation of English put inside.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (Hawaii, slang, vulgar) to have intercourse
  2. (Hawaii, surfing, slang) to pull inside the tube of the wave
  3. (Hawaii, sports, slang) to put the object (golf ball or basketball) in the cup or basket; to make the goal
puke pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /pjuːk/
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etymology 1 1581, first mention is the derivative pukishness. In 1600, "to spit up, regurgitate", recorded in the Seven Ages of Man speech in Shakespeare's As You Like It. Perhaps ultimately from Proto-Germanic *pukaną, from Proto-Indo-European *bew-. If so, then cognate with German pfauchen, fauchen. Compare also Dutch spugen, German spucken, Old English spīwan. More at spew.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) vomit.
    • 2007, , The Guardian Science blog, "The latest in the war on terror: the puke saber" the puke saber [...] pulses light over rapidly changing wavelengths, apparently inducing "disorientation, nausea and even vomiting"
  2. (countable) A drug that induce vomiting.
  3. (countable) A worthless, despicable person.
Synonyms: See , (person) rotter
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive and intransitive) To vomit; to throw up; to eject from the stomach.
    • 1599, , At first the infant, Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms
Synonyms: See
etymology 2 {{etystub}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. A fine grade of woolen cloth 1599, ,
    • Puke-stocking caddis garter
  2. A very dark, dull, brownish-red color.
pukeface etymology puke + face
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) A contemptible, undesirable, or ugly person
    • 1984, Harold Pinter, Other places: four plays: Volume 1948, Part 2, page 29 Listen, pukeface — DRIVER. Yes? (Pause.) CONTROLLER. 135? 135? Where are you? DRIVER. Don't have anything to do with 135.
    • 1999, Ineke Holtwijk, Wanda Boeke, Asphalt angels, link "It's your fault, pukeface!"
    • 2007, T. Coraghessan Boyle, Talk Talk, page 284 What he saw was not Peck Wilson but some soft scared pukeface whose mind couldn't stop running up against the bared teeth of the moment.
puker etymology puke + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone who puke, a vomiter.
  2. That which causes vomiting. {{rfquotek}}
  3. (broadcasting, slang) A person who caricatures the manner of speech of a disc jockey or announcer, using affected, back-of-the-throat speech that is likened to puking.
{{Webster 1913}}
puke up
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial) To vomit. The baby puked up all over my shirt.
pukeworthy etymology puke + worthy
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) sickening
pukey etymology puke + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Resembling vomit in colour, texture, etc.
    • 2007, Lauren Mechling, Laura Moser, Foreign Exposure: The Social Climber Abroad: The walls in this abandoned waiting area were painted a pukey orange, compounding the feeling of queasiness I'd had since breakfast.
  2. (informal) Inclined to vomit; sick.
    • 2005, Rebecca Eckler, Knocked Up: Confessions of a Hip Mother-to-be: There's no way he'd allow a dog on his couch or on his 500-thread-count sheets, let alone a pukey baby.
  3. (informal) Vile; contemptible.
    • 2003, Guy Davenport, The Death of Picasso: He called Mikkel a pukey little faggot. I'll kick him again when I can get at him.
    • 2007, Paul Auster, Travels in the Scriptorium:'s nothing more than a pukey little garrison town in the middle of nowhere.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal, rare) To beautify
pull {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English pullen, from Old English pullian. Related to Middle Dutch pullen, Low German pulen, Icelandic púla. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /pʊl/
  • (US) /pl̩/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) to apply a force to (an object) so that it comes toward the person or thing applying the force
    • Bible, Genesis viii. 9 He put forth his hand … and pulled her in.
    • Shakespeare Ne'er pull your hat upon your brows.
  2. To gather with the hand, or by drawing toward oneself; to pluck. to pull fruit from a tree; to pull flax; to pull a finch
  3. (intransitive) to apply a force such that an object comes toward the person or thing applying the force You're going to have to pull harder to get that cork out of the bottle.
  4. To attract or net; to pull in.
    • Marcella Ridlen Ray, Changing and Unchanging Face of United States Civil Society Television, a favored source of news and information, pulls the largest share of advertising monies.
  5. To draw apart; to tear; to rend.
    • Bible, Lam. iii. 11 He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces; he hath made me desolate.
  6. (ambitransitive, UK, Ireland, slang) to persuade (someone) to have sex with one I pulled at the club last night. He's pulled that bird over there.
  7. (transitive) to remove (something), especially from public circulation or availability Each day, they pulled the old bread and set out fresh loaves.
  8. (transitive, informal) to do or perform He regularly pulls 12-hour days, sometimes 14. You'll be sent home if you pull another stunt like that.
  9. (transitive) to retrieve or generate for use I'll have to pull a part number for that.
    • 2006, Michael Bellomo, Joel Elad, How to Sell Anything on Amazon...and Make a Fortune! They'll go through their computer system and pull a report of all your order fulfillment records for the time period you specify.
  10. to toss a frisbee with the intention of launching the disc across the length of a field
  11. (intransitive) to row
    • 1874, Marcus Clarke, For the Term of His Natural Life Chapter VI It had been a sort of race hitherto, and the rowers, with set teeth and compressed lips, had pulled stroke for stroke.
  12. (transitive) To strain (a muscle, tendon, ligament, etc.).
  13. (video games, ambitransitive) To draw (a hostile non-player character) into combat, or toward or away from some location or target.
    • 2003 April 9, "Richard Lawson" (username), "Monual's Willful Ignorance", in, Usenet: …we had to clear a long hallway, run up half way, pull the boss mob to us, and engage.
    • 2004 October 18, "Stush" (username), "Re: focus pull", in, Usenet: Basically buff pet, have it pull lots of mobs, shield pet, chain heal pet, have your aoe casters finish off hurt mobs once pet gets good aggro.
    • 2005 August 2, "Brian" (username), "Re: How to tank Stratholme undead pulls?", in, Usenet: This is the only thing that should get you to break off from your position, is to pull something off the healer.
    • 2007 April 10, "John Salerno" (username), "Re: Managing the Command Buttons", in, Usenet: You could also set a fire trap, pull the mob toward it, then send in your pet….
    • 2008 August 18, "Mark (newsgroups)" (username), "Re: I'm a priest now!", in, Usenet: Shield yourself, pull with Mind Blast if you want, or merely pull with SW:P to save mana, then wand, fear if you need to, but use the lowest rank fear.
  14. to score a certain amount of points in a sport.
    • How many points did you pull today, Albert?
  15. (horse-racing) To hold back, and so prevent from winning. The favourite was pulled.
  16. (printing, dated) To take or make (a proof or impression); so called because hand presses were worked by pulling a lever.
  17. (cricket) To strike the ball in a particular manner. (See noun sense.)
    • R. H. Lyttelton Never pull a straight fast ball to leg.
  18. (UK, slang) To pour beer from a pump, keg, or other source. Let's stop at Finnigan's. The barkeep pulls a good pint.
Synonyms: (apply force to (something) so it comes toward) drag, tow, tug, yank, (slang: to persuade to have sex with one) score, (to remove from circulation) recall, withdraw, yank, (to do, to perform) carry out, complete, do, execute, perform, (to retrieve or generate for use) generate, get, get hold of, get one's hands on, lay one's hands on, obtain, retrieve, (to succeed in finding a person with whom to have sex.) score
  • (apply force to (something) so it comes towards one) push, repel, shove
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An act of pulling (applying force) He gave the hair a sharp pull and it came out.
    • Jonathan Swift I awakened with a violent pull upon the ring which was fastened at the top of my box.
  2. An attractive force which causes motion towards the source The spaceship came under the pull of the gas giant. iron fillings drawn by the pull of a magnet She took a pull on her cigarette.
  3. Any device meant to be pulled, as a lever, knob, handle, or rope a zipper pull
  4. (slang, dated) Something in one's favour in a comparison or a contest; an advantage; means of influencing. In weights the favourite had the pull.
  5. Appeal or attraction (as of a movie star)
  6. (Internet, uncountable) The situation where a client sends out a request for data from a server, as in server pull, pull technology
  7. A journey made by row
    • 1874, Marcus Clarke, For the Term of His Natural Life Chapter V As Blunt had said, the burning ship lay a good twelve miles from the Malabar, and the pull was a long and a weary one. Once fairly away from the protecting sides of the vessel that had borne them thus far on their dismal journey, the adventurers seemed to have come into a new atmosphere.
  8. (dated) A contest; a struggle. a wrestling pull {{rfquotek}}
  9. (obsolete, poetic) Loss or violence suffered.
    • Shakespeare Two pulls at once; / His lady banished, and a limb lopped off.
  10. (slang) The act of drinking. to take a pull at a mug of beer {{rfquotek}}
  11. (cricket) A kind of stroke by which a leg ball is sent to the off side, or an off ball to the side.
    • R. A. Proctor The pull is not a legitimate stroke, but bad cricket.
Synonyms: (act of pulling) tug, yank, (attractive force) attraction, (device meant to be pulled) handle, knob, lever, rope, (influence) influence, sway
  • (act of pulling) push, shove
  • (attractive force) repulsion
  • (device meant to be pulled) button, push, push button
  • (influence)
pull a
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal, transitive, followed by a person's name, idiomatic) to emulate a behaviour generally attributed to the individual named
    • He pulled an Elvis and got really fat.
Can either refer to the actions of a famous person, real or fictitious, that would be understood by most anyone, or to the actions of an individual known by the speaker and his audience. If "Jane Doe" is known for hiccuping when nervous, you could say: I got reprimanded for pulling a Jane Doe.
  • all-up
pull a fast one
verb: {{head}} (on somebody)
  1. (idiomatic) To deceive or trick. The con artist pulled a fast one on his mark. The con artist is trying to pull a fast one on the store.
pull a Homer etymology Pull meaning “do or perform” in the pattern “pull a [Name]”. Coined in the episode "", after the regular character who stops a nuclear meltdown via .
verb: {{head}}
  1. (humorous) To succeed despite idiocy.
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pull an all-nighter
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) Work diligently throughout the night.
Synonyms: burn the midnight oil, elucubrate
pull a train
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, of a woman or girl) To have sex with several men one after the other.
  2. Used other than as an idiom: pull, train
puller-outer etymology pull out + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) someone who pulls out, or pulls out something.
    • 1998, Barbara G. Hallowell, Mountain year: a Southern Appalachian nature notebook (page 242) My qualifications as a ragweed puller-outer once rated A+.
pullet etymology From xno pullet, poulet; polette, from poule. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈpʊlɪt/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A young hen, especially one less than a year old. {{defdate}}
    • 1646, Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, I.11: They died not because the Pullets would not feed: but because the Devil foresaw their death, he contrived that abstinence in them.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 588: The dinner-hour being arrived, Black George carried her up a pullet, the squire himself [...] attending the door.
    • 1891, Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country, Nebraska 2005, p. 187: he recommended that the patient [...] should be fed with chicken broth, and suggested that as all the poultry had gone to roost, Maggie would find a fat young pullet an easy capture.
    • 1928, Siegfried Sassoon, Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, Penguin 2013, p. 195: The writer complained that a fox had been the night before and killed three more of his pullets […].
  2. (slang) A spineless person; a coward.
pull one's pud
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang, of a male) To masturbate.
pull out of one's ass
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar, transitive) To fabricate (a factual-sounding claim) from no factual basis or evidence Don says his community is 95% Caucasian, but I think he pulled that figure out of his ass.
pull someone's leg
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic) To tease someone; to lead someone on; to goad someone into overreacting. It usually implies teasing or goading by jokingly lying.
    • 1934, , , 1992 edition, ISBN 0553278193, page 111: I hadn't pulled Mrs. Barstow's leg for any of that stuff, she had just handed it to me on a platter, and that wasn't my fault.
pull the wool over someone's eyes
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) To deceive (someone).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) pullover
pulpiteer etymology pulpit + eer pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) One who speaks in a pulpit; a preacher. {{rfquotek}} We never can think it sinful that Burns should have been humorous on such a pulpiteer. — Prof. Wilson.
{{Webster 1913}}
pump {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /pʌmp/
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etymology 1 From Middle English pumpe, possibly from Middle Dutch pompe or gml pumpe. Compare Dutch pompen, German pumpen, and Danish pompe.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A device for moving or compressing a liquid or gas. exampleThis pump can deliver 100 gallons of water per minute.
  2. An instance of the action of a pump; one stroke of a pump; any action similar to pumping exampleIt takes thirty pumps to get 10 litres; he did 50 pumps of the weights.
  3. A device for dispensing liquid or gas to be sold, particularly fuel. exampleThis pump is out of order, but you can gas up at the next one.
  4. (bodybuilding) A swell of the muscle caused by increased blood flow following high intensity weightlifting.
    • 2010, Eric Velazquez, "Power Pairings", Reps! 17:83 Want a skin-stretching pump? Up the volume by using high-rep sets. A great pump is better than coming. (Arnold Schwarzenegger)
  5. (colloquial) A ride on a bicycle given to a passenger, usually on the handlebar or fender. exampleShe gave the other girl a pump on her new bike.
  6. (US, obsolete, slang) The heart.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To use a pump to move (liquid or gas). exampleI've pumped over 1000 gallons of water in the last ten minutes.
  2. (transitive, often followed by up) To fill with air. exampleHe pumped up the air-bed by hand, but used the service station air to pump up the tyres.
  3. (transitive) To move rhythmically, as the motion of a pump. exampleI pumped my fist with joy when I won the race.
  4. (transitive) To shake (a person's hand) vigorously.
  5. (transitive) To gain information from (a person) by persistent questioning.
    • Otway But pump not me for politics.
  6. (intransitive) To use a pump to move liquid or gas. exampleI've been pumping for over a minute but the water isn't coming through.
  7. (intransitive, slang) To be going very well. exampleThe waves were really pumping this morning. exampleLast night's party was really pumping.
  8. (sports) To kick, throw or hit the ball far and high.
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  9. (Scotland, slang) To pass gas; to fart.
    • 2008, James Kelman, Kieron Smith, Boy, Penguin 2009, p. 82: People never pumped, just never never, but sometimes ye got smells.
  10. (computing) To pass (message) into a program so that it can obey them.
    • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 documentation for Marshal.CleanupUnusedObjectsInCurrentContext The interop system pumps messages while it attempts to clean up RCWs.
etymology 2 The etymology of the term is unclear and disputed. One possibility is that it comes from "Pomp" (i.e. ornamentation), claimed in Skeat & Skeat's A Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (ISBN 9781596050921), and another is that it refers to the sound made by the foot moving inside the shoe when dancing, suggested as a probable source in Chambers's etymological dictionary (James Donald - Published by W. and R. Chambers, 1867). The Oxford English Dictionary claims that it appeared in the 16th century, and lists its origin as "obscure". It has also been linked to the Dutch pampoesje, possibly borrowed from Javanese "pampus", ultimately from Persian (papush) / Arabic (babush) (International archives of ethnography: Volume 9 - Intern. Gesellschaft für Ethnographie; Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indië - Ter Lands-drukkerij, 1870).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British) A type of shoe, a trainer or sneaker.
  2. (chiefly, North America) A type of very high-heeled shoe; stilettoes. exampleShe was wearing a lovely new pair of pumps.
  3. A dancing shoe.
  4. A type of shoe without a heel (source: Dictionarium Britannicum - 1736)
Synonyms: (shoe) plimsoll (British), sneaker, trainer
pump and dump {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (finance) A form of financial fraud where the fraudster buys stocks cheaply, generates artificial excitement about those stocks to create a temporary price increase, then sells the stocks before the price goes back down
  2. (slang) A situation where a person has sex with a partner on a single occasion, without immediate intention of further contact or pursuing a serious relationship.
    • 2000, Randy Boyd, Bridge Across the Ocean, West Beach Books (2000), ISBN 9780966533354, page 80: "She's the one who wants a quick fuck. I need more than that — not a wedding ring — but she's already been with two other guys this week. In this day and age? No way." "I don't blame you. I gave up the ol' pump and dump recently myself."
    • 2001, Stuart Hazleton, Sexscopes: How to Seduce, Stimulate, and Satisfy Any Sign, Fireside (2001), ISBN 9780743203005, page 47: Getting a Taurus female into bed a second time is much easier than doing the same to her male counterpart: Taurus females are less lazy and stubborn and they view sexuality as more of a give-and-take than their pump-and-dump brethren.
    • 2009, Lisa Daily, How to Date Like a Grown-Up: Everything You Need to Know to Get Out There, Get Lucky, or Even Get Married in Your 40s, 50s, and Beyond, Sourcebooks Casablanca (2009), ISBN 9781402216848, page 153: I am tired of the pump-and-dump lifestyle, so please help me stop acting like a slut.
Synonyms: (sex) one night stand
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To use a breast pump and then discard the milk, typically because one has had an infection, or been drinking alcohol.
    • 2000, Claire Martin, The Nursing Mother's Problem Solver, p. 19: Should you pump and dump after having a margarita?
    • 2010, Robin Elise WeissThe Better Way to Breastfeed, p. 283: Again, check with your doctors to see which medications you will be given and how long you would need to pump and dump, if at all.
    • 2012, Gabbe, Niebyl et al., Obstetrics: Normal and problem pregnancies, p. 559: A fifth principle and a constant challenge is the blanket proscription by radiologists (and x-ray technicians) to “pump and dump” breast milk for 24 to 48 hours when radiocontrast agents are used.
  2. (transitive, slang) To have sex with a partner on a single occasion, without intention or prospects of further contact, or engaging in a serious relationship.
    • 1998, Larry Bonko, "Readers Defend Teen-Age Soap", The Virginian-Pilot, 3 April 1998: Do kids not yet old enough for a learner's permit think about sex 1000 times day, talk about cheerleaders who get "pumped and dumped," {{…}}
    • 2005, Johnny Blue, The Blue Riders' Club, Trafford Publishing (2005), ISBN 1412052521, page 97: This 'lightning shag' will give you 'hand' as most women hate the idea of being 'pumped and dumped'.
    • 2010, Detmar Blow (with Tom Sykes), Blow by Blow: The Story of Isabella Blow, HarperCollins (2010), ISBN 9780062020871, page 52: Issie, when telling me about the event, pointed out with a certain pride that she was not 'pumped and dumped'; she and Wolf were to remain together for the next two years.
    • 2011, Chris Illuminati, A**holeology: The Cheat Sheet: Put the Science Into Practice in Everyday Situations, Adams Media (2011), ISBN 9781440510175, pages 76-77: Now that you're done pumping and dumping the female intern and spending your day formulating ways to get her fired, you've got a pile of work on your desk as high as Willie Nelson on his tour bus.
    • 2011, Cass Miller, Council Flats & Fiesta's:{{sic}} More Adventure's{{sic}} of Adele Prest, AuthorHouse (2011), ISBN 9781456792855, page 197: Life since our arrest back in Paris had been manic, things for me had been ok, I forgot about Joe pumping and dumping me.
pumped pronunciation
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verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of pump
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) pumped up
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. one who pump something
  2. (bodybuilding, slang) Steroids or other drug taken to improve blood flow and increase muscular size.
pumpkin head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, US, prison, slang) a severe head injury resulting from a beating.
  2. (slang) an Asian, who are reputed to have big round heads
pump truck
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A manually operated device for lifting and moving pallets.
Synonyms: pallet jack, pallet truck
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, Caribbean) vulva
    • 2013, Anthony C. Winkler, Dog War (page 74) … she dismissed these queasy impressions as part of her dream and tried to roll over, when she felt a clammy hand flutter down atop her pum-pum and brush it ecstatically …
punani etymology From Jamaican Creole English punaany, which may come from French putain via English poon. Possibly from the Hawaiian, Puanani.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The female genitalia.
  2. Sexual intercourse with a woman.
Synonyms: poontang, poon, tang, pussy
  • punnai
punch {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /pʌntʃ/
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etymology 1 From Middle English punchen, partially from Old French ponchonner, from ponchon, from Latin punctus, perfect passive participle of pungo; and partially from Middle English punchen, a syncopated variant of Middle English punischen "to punish"; see punish. Also influenced by Middle English punchon "a punch"; see puncheon.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) A hit or strike with one's fist.
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  2. (uncountable) Power, strength, energy.
  3. (uncountable) Impact.
  4. (uncountable) A button (of a joypad, joystick or similar device) causing a video game character to punch.
Synonyms: (A strike with the fist) box, bunch of fives (UK), (Power, strength) oomph, pep
  • (A strike with the fist) jab, hook, uppercut, pounding
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To strike with one's fist. If she punches me, I'm gonna break her nose.
  2. (transitive, of cattle) To herd.
  3. (transitive) To operate (a device or system) by depressing a button, key, bar, or pedal, or by similar means.
  4. (transitive) To enter (information) on a device or system.
  5. (transitive) To hit (a ball or similar object) with less than full force. He punched a hit into shallow left field.
  6. (transitive) To make hole in something (rail ticket, leather belt, etc)
  7. To thrust against; to poke. to punch one with the end of a stick or the elbow
Synonyms: (To strike with the fist) box
etymology 2 Shortened form of puncheon, from Old French ponchon, from Latin punctus, perfect passive participle of pungō.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) A device, generally slender and round, used for creating holes in thin material, for driving an object through a hole in a containing object, or to stamp or emboss a mark or design on a surface.
  2. (countable) A mechanism for punching holes in paper or other thin material.
  3. (countable) A hole or opening created with a punch
  4. (piledriving) An extension piece applied to the top of a pile; a dolly.
  5. A prop, as for the roof of a mine.
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  1. To employ a punch to create a hole in or stamp or emboss a mark on something.
  2. To mark a ticket.
  • (to create a hole) perforate, pierce
etymology 3 From Hindi पाँच 〈pām̐ca〉, because of the drink's original five ingredients (spirits, water, lemon juice, sugar, and spice), from Sanskrit पञ्चन् 〈pañcan〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) A beverage, generally containing a mixture of fruit juice and some other beverage, often alcoholic.
punchable etymology punch + able
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Suitable for being punch or perforate. a material that is punchable at low temperatures
  2. (colloquial) Deserving to be punched or struck.
punch buggy {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A game in which the first player to call "Punch buggy!" on sighting a Volkswagen Beetle gets to punch the other.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (often, in combination) A person who punch (in a specified manner).
  2. (American, slang) cowpuncher: slang for cowboy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A fight with the fist.
Alternative forms: punch up, punchupSynonyms: boxing, fight, fistfight, fisticuffs
punctilious {{was wotd}} etymology From punctilio + ous pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /pʌŋkˈtɪliəs/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Strictly attentive to detail; meticulous or fastidious, particularly to code or convention. With a punctilious slap of the gloves, the duel was now inevitable.
  2. Precise or scrupulous; finicky or nitpicky.
    • 2009, Ronnie Cann, Ruth Kempson and Eleni Gregoromichelaki, Semantics: an introduction to meaning in language Of course, humans do not treat time in such a punctilious fashion.
Synonyms: See also
related terms:
  • point
  • punctuate
  • punctual
  • punctuality
  • punctuation
puncture pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈpʌŋktʃə/
  • (US) /ˈpʌŋktʃɚ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act or an instance of puncturing.
    • 2012, July 15. Richard Williams in Guardian Unlimited, Tour de France 2012: Carpet tacks cannot force Bradley Wiggins off track A tough test for even the strongest climber, it was new to the Tour de France this year, but its debut will be remembered for the wrong reasons after one of those spectators scattered carpet tacks on the road and induced around 30 punctures among the group of riders including Bradley Wiggins, the Tour's overall leader, and his chief rivals.
  2. A hole, cut, or tear created by a sharp object.
    • 2001, , , Dutton, ISBN 0525946284, page 340, Dieter's car had suffered a puncture on the RN3 road between Paris and Meaux. A bent nail was stuck in the tire.
    • Rambler A lion may perish by the puncture of an asp.
Synonyms: (UK, hole in a tire) flat tyre; (informal US) flat
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  1. To pierce; to break through; to tear a hole. The needle punctured the balloon instantly.
pundette etymology pundit + ette
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A female pundit.
    • 2000, Susan Estrich, Sex and power I joke all the time that the reason for my success as a television pundette is not that I have run campaigns or taught law for twenty years, and thus might actually know what I am talking about, but that I have blonde hair and legs almost as good as those of the twenty- and thirty-something blondes...
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, slang) obnoxious, stupid or otherwise unworthy of respect. punk-ass bitch
punk rocker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A person who produces music associated with or subscribes to the lifestyle of punk rock music that originated in the 1970s; a punker.
punt {{wikipedia}} pronunciation (etymologies 1-3)
  • /pʌnt/
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(etymology 4)
  • /pʊnt/
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etymology 1 Old English, probably from Latin ponto, from pons
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical) A pontoon; a narrow shallow boat propel by a pole.
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  1. (nautical) To propel a punt or similar craft by means of a pole.
etymology 2 Possibly a dialectal variant of bunt; Rugby is the origin of the sports usage of the term.
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  1. (rugby, American football, Australian Rules football, Gaelic football, soccer) to kick a ball drop from the hands before it hits the ground. This puts the ball farther from the goal across which the opposing team is attempting to score, so improves the chances of the team punting.
    • As a colloquialism, 'So I punted' means the speaker chose the best alternative among a menu of non-ideal choices.
  2. (soccer) To kick a bouncing ball far and high.
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  3. To retreat from one's objective.
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rugby, American football, soccer) A kick made by a player who drops the ball and kicks it before it hits the ground. Contrast drop kick.
etymology 3 From French ponte or Spanish punto.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A point in the game of faro.
  2. The act of playing at basset, baccara, faro, etc.
  3. A bet or wager.
  4. An indentation in the base of a wine bottle.
  5. (glassblowing) A thin glass rod which is temporarily attached to a larger piece in order to better manipulate the larger piece.
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  1. (British, chiefly, Ireland) To stake against the bank, to back a horse, to gamble or take a chance more generally
    • Thackeray She heard … of his punting at gaming tables.
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  2. (figuratively) To make a highly speculative investment or other commitment, or take a wild guess.
related terms:
  • punter
etymology 4 From Irish punt, from Middle English pund.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The Irish pound, used as the unit of currency of Ireland until it was replaced by the euro in 2002.
punter pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈpʌn.tə(ɹ)/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who bets (punt) against the bank (banque).
  2. One who oars or poles a punt (pontoon).
  3. One who punts a football.
  4. (British, slang) one who gambles. See speculator.
  5. (British, slang) A customer of a commercial establishment, frequently of a pub or (alternatively) of a prostitute.
  6. (climbing) A beginner or unskilled climber
Synonyms: (prostitute's client) see
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of punter
  2. (slang) The general public, a body of customer. If there's one thing I've learned in this business, it's that you've got to give the punters what they want.
  • punster
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang, eye dialect) Punks (more than one punk).
puppy etymology From Middle French poupée pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈpʌpi/, [ˈpʰʌpi]
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A young dog, usually cute and playful.
  2. A young rat.
  3. A young seal.
  4. (slang, usually, in the plural) A woman’s breast.
  5. (informal) A (generic) thing; particularly something that is a nuisance; a sucker. I have another two dozen of these puppies to finish before I can go home.
  6. (derogatory) A conceited and impertinent person.
    • Addison I found my place taken by an ill-bred, awkward puppy with a money bag under each arm.
Synonyms: (young dog) dogling, pup, whelp, (young seal) pup, (woman’s breast) See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To bring forth whelp; to pup.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. With the playful, innocent, eager to please or energetic qualities of a puppy. He found his subordinate's puppyish enthusiasm a trifle wearing
puppyship etymology puppy + ship
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) Informal title applied to a puppy.
    • 1905, "Police Are In Mourning", The Spokesman-Review, 27 November 1905: The puppy, a wee thing, rotund as a butter ball, wandered into the police station several days ago. His puppyship made himself at home immediately.
    • 1917, C. Arthur Coan, The Fragrant Note Book: Romance and Legend of the Flower Garden and the Bye-Way, G. P. Putnam's Sons (1917), page 32: About this time his master folds up his paper, tells his puppyship, "No, he can't come," and is gone to the office, wherever that is.
    • 1921, Mary Briarly, In His Own Image, The Macmillan Company (1921), page 60: He displaced a warm whimpering bundle of young dog from the fur robe and handed him to Minette. The girl gathered up his puppyship and held him close against her. He curled down contentedly absorbing the warmth of her arms and body.
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purdy etymology Corruption of pretty, representing the pronunciation of this word in the southern United States. pronunciation
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  1. (US, slang) Pretty. Yes sirree, you're the purdiest li'l thing I ever did see. Why you got a purdy mouth boy.
  • dry up
purell etymology Trademark genericization, from the brand name Purell
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel
etymology 1 From purl.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, colloquial) A headlong fall or tumble. He came a purler on the icy path.
    • 1869, “Stonehenge” (editor), The Coursing Calendar for the Autumn Season 1868, Containing Returns of All the Public Courses Run in Great Britain snd Ireland, [http//|%22purlers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=TlzxT5TWM8SViAfT6NGNDQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22purler%22|%22purlers%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 172], Dilston and Savernake: the latter led, and turned, but in trying to kill came down a purler, which completely knocked all the go out of him; Dilston took possession of the hare, and kept it, winning the course in hollow style.
    • 1954, British Broadcasting Corporation, , Volume 51, [http//|%22purlers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22purler%22|%22purlers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=TlzxT5TWM8SViAfT6NGNDQ&redir_esc=y page 67], Her French-speaking table in the dining-room is a riot of second-rate behaviour and dexterously aimed bread-pellets; the stairs outside her bedroom are relentlessly buttered and she comes purler after purler.
    • 1986, Judith Saxton (), Family Feeling, 2012, [http//|%22purlers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Q3TxT5mfC-etiAeiyo2lDQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22purler%22|%22purlers%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], Yet he was very sure that he had tripped and gone a purler just as he was leaving the Other Place . . . had that made him gash his forehead, once he was back in the pit?
    • 2003, Susan Hill, The Boy Who Taught The Beekeeper To Read, The Boy Who Taught The Beekeeper To Read: And Other Stories, 2011, [http//|%22purlers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=TlzxT5TWM8SViAfT6NGNDQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22purler%22|%22purlers%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], ‘You could hold the ladder,’ Mart said, ‘see I don′t come a purler.’
  2. (UK, colloquial) A knockdown blow; a blow that causes a person to fall headlong.
    • 1867, (Maria Louise Ramé), , 2006, [http//|%22purlers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=rWjxT42SC4eOiAeBpeCjDQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22purler%22|%22purlers%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 60], …but, falling with a mighty crash, gave him a purler on the opposite side, and was within an inch of striking him dead with his hoof in frantic struggles to recover.
Synonyms: (headlong fall or tumble), (incapacitating blow) king hit (Australian)
etymology 2 Uncertain. Alternative forms: pearler
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, colloquial) Something extremely good.
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purp etymology Alteration of purple
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A variety of marijuana with purple hair.
purple drank etymology purple drink
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (slang) A recreational drug based on cough syrup, popular in the hip-hop community in the southern United States.
    • 2007, Kenny Attaway, Slum Beautiful (page 40) The infamous purple drank made me dizzy and sick, but I loved its aftertaste.
    • 2011, Kenaz Filan, The Power of the Poppy: Harnessing Nature's Most Dangerous Plant Ally (page 211) Instead of listening to the message, people find it easier to blame the messenger. Hip-hop may have promoted purple drank, but it did not create it. OxyContin abuse became a national emergency without a backing soundtrack.
Synonyms: sizzurp
purple nurple etymology Rhyming derivation of purple and nipple. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The act of taking a person's nipple between the thumb and forefinger and then twist it around roughly.
Synonyms: nipple cripple, titty twister
purple triangle {{wikipedia}} etymology From the symbol worn by Jehovah's Witnesses at Nazi concentration camps
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, dated) a Jehovah's Witness
  2. (historical) a Jehovah's Witness in Nazi Germany
related terms:
  • pink triangle
  • yellow star
purrfect etymology {{blend}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, humorous) perfect, in contexts relating to cat
purser's name
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical, slang) assumed name
purser rigged and parish damned etymology From purser, rigged, and parish, damned
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (obsolete, nautical, slang) Having joined the United States Navy, either because of destitution or in order to flee problems on land.
    • 1850, , , page 352: “Purser rigged and parish damned,” is the sailor saying in the American Navy, when the tyro first mounts the lined frock and blue jacket, aptly manufactured for him in a State Prison ashore.

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