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Beeb pronunciation
  • /biːb/
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proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (UK, informal, an affectionate nickname) The BBC
Synonyms: (BBC) Auntie, Auntie Beeb
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A (early British home computer).
    • 1986, Byte magazine The BBC Micro (alias the Beeb) is still quite a deluxe machine, with better high-resolution color graphics than any of its competitors.
    • 1997, "Fred Forsyth", BBC Micro and Modem (on newsgroup comp.sys.acorn.misc) I'm trying to connect an old 2400 modem to my Beeb. I've got the pin-outs for the RS423 and have connected them to the five pins of the RS232. But it still doesn't work.
    • 2000, "Paul Beverley", Beebs, please (on newsgroup comp.sys.acorn.announce) I have someone wanting to take Beebs and Masters out to Romania for use in schools out there. So if you have one or more, including monitors and if you could somehow or other get them to Norwich, do please let me know.
beef {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old French buef, boef (modern French: bœuf); from Latin bōs. Cognate to bovine. pronunciation
  • (UK) /biːf/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) The meat from a cow, bull or other bovine. I love eating beef.
    1. (in the meat industry, on product packaging) The edible portions of a cow (including those which are not meat). lean finely textured beef boneless lean beef trimmings
  2. (uncountable) Bovine animals.
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  3. (archaic, countable, plural: beef or beeves) A single bovine (cow or bull) being raised for its meat. Do you want to raise beeves?
  4. (slang, countable or uncountable, plural: beefs) a grudge (+ with) He has a beef with anyone who tells him otherwise. He has beef with anyone who tells him otherwise.
  5. (slang, uncountable) muscle, size, strength Put some beef into it! We've got to get the car over the bump. We've got to get some beef into the enforcement provisions of that law.
  6. (slang, uncountable) essence, content The beef of his paper was a long rant about government.
Synonyms: (meat of a cow) cowflesh
  • (meat of a cow) veal
related terms:
  • bovine
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To complain.
    • {{RQ:Wodehouse Offing}}
  2. (transitive) To add weight or strength to, usually as beef up. Since you stopped running, you are really beefing out.
  3. (intransitive, slang) To fart. Ugh, who just beefed in here?
  4. (intransitive, slang) To feud. Those two are beefing right now - best you stay out of it for now.
  5. (intransitive, chiefly, Yorkshire) To cry David was beefing last night after Ruth told him off
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Being a bovine animal that is being raise for its meat. We bought three beef calves this morning.
  2. Producing or known for raising lots of beef. beef farms beef country
  3. Consisting of or contain beef as an ingredient. beef stew
related terms:
  • beefy
  • feeb
beefcake {{was wotd}} {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: beef-cake etymology From beef + cake, by analogy with cheesecake. pronunciation
  • /ˈbiːfˌkeɪk/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: beef, cake
  2. (informal, uncountable) Imagery of one or more muscular, well-built men.
  3. (informal, countable) Such a male, especially as seen as physically desirable.
Synonyms: (attractive man) lady-killer
related terms:
  • beefy
  • cheesecake
beef curtains etymology Due to alleged resemblance of a woman's genitals to curtains of beef.
noun: {{head}}
  1. (pluralonly, slang, vulgar) The female labia.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, British) A Yeoman Warder
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beefer etymology beef + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A police informer.
  2. A cow used for beef and not milk.
    • 1916, Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers, Journal (volume 30-32, page 89) We usually reckon if a cow does not respond to good food at the pail, that she is "putting it on her back"; that is, she fattens, and is thus more of a beefer than a milker, and should not be retained for milking purpose.
beef flaps
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) The labia majora.
Synonyms: See also .
beef injection Alternative forms: hot beef injection
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) Sexual intercourse.
    • 1996, & Marylouise Oates, Capitol Offense, Dutton (1996), ISBN 9780525942146, page 72: "DeSantis told me that I just needed an Italian beef injection to clear out my system. I told him I didn't listen to language like that. To please get out of my office. {{…}}
Synonyms: See also .
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beef trust etymology Originally the name of a conglomerate of beef producers; later adopted ironically by US carnival showman WB ‘Billy’ Watson, who used it as the name for his sideshow of overweight women.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US slang) An overweight or obese person; also used as a collective singular.
    • 1946, Mezz Mezzrow and Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Payback Press 1999, p. 91: The beef trust was out in full force – these landladies were all shaped up like barrels, wherever there wasn't a crease in their meat there was a dimple.
beefy etymology beef + y pronunciation
  • /ˈbiːfi/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Similar to, or tasting like beef.
  2. Containing beef.
  3. (informal) Strong or muscular. The barman was a big, beefy guy with his sleeves rolled up and tattoos on his arms.
  4. (informal) Sturdy; robust. The software slows down even a beefy computer.
beej etymology From how the letters b and j are pronounced together as a word.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) BJ, a blowjob
beemer {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: Beemer, Beamer
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A BMW car.
Synonyms: (BMW) beamer , bimmer , BMW
been there, done that, bought the T-shirt Alternative forms: been there, done that, been there, done that, got the T-shirt, BTDTGTTS etymology From the idea of buying a T-shirt at a tourist spot in order to show others that one has been to that spot.
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, humorous) Expresses the speaker's complete familiarity with a situation, with overtones of cynicism or exhaustion.
Synonyms: BTDTBTTS
been there, done that, got the T-shirt Alternative forms: been there, done that, been there, done that, bought the T-shirt, BTDTBTTS etymology From the idea of getting a T-shirt at a tourist spot in order to show others that one has been to that spot.
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, humorous) alternative form of been there, done that, bought the T-shirt.
Synonyms: BTDTGTTS
beeramid {{wikipedia}} etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A pyramid made from emptied can of beer.
  2. (uncountable) A drinking game, which involves laying fifteen playing card out in a pyramid, and drinking based on the cards laid out.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) intoxicated on beer.
beer goggles {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (plurale tantum, humorous, idiomatic) The illusion that people are more attractive, brought on by alcohol consumption.
related terms:
  • love goggles
beer gut
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A beer belly.
beer hands
noun: {{head}}
  1. (poker, slang) plural of beer hand
beerily etymology beery + ly
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (informal) in a beery manner; while smelling of, or under the influence of, beer
    • 1876 Richard Whiteing - The Democracy The politically ambitious and the beerily dissolute artisan of whom you read in the newspapers by no means constitute all the odder varieties of the species.
    • 1915 Sax Rohmer - The Yellow Claw Hamper bent to Dunbar and whispered, beerily, in his ear . . .
    • 1988 Dan W Smith - Silver Spoon Murders He belched beerily. Well, eating would have to wait.
beer muscles
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (idiomatic) An aggressive attitude resulting from consumption of an alcoholic beverage.
    • 1979, "Letters: Summing Up Summerfest and Planning Ahead," Milwaukee Journal, 14 Jul., p. 10 (retrieved 3 Jan. 2010): Many people, especially after a few beers, grow “beer muscles” and are ready to fight for any reason.
    • 1999, Phil Mushnick, "In-Arena Shows Are Big Turnoff," New York Post, 18 June, p. 94: The show has become a come-on for drunks to flex their beer muscles.
    • 2009, Andrew W. Lehren and Christine Hauser, "In New York City, Fewer Murders on Rainy Days ," New York Times, 3 July (retrieved 3 Jan. 2010): “Everybody's out partying, people start drinking, old beefs pop up, and people get their beer muscles out and start fighting.”
  2. (idiomatic, humorous) A protruding stomach, supposedly indicative of excessive consumption of beer.
    • 1939, American Flint, vol. 28, p. 41 Grothers Gribble, Berger, Wolf, Shadwill and the writer are still nursing their “beer muscles.” I mean German goitres.
    • 1982, "Brewing firms says small is better," Milwaukee Sentinel, 2 Sept. (retrieved 3 Jan. 2010): “You can't find a better-tasting beer,” said Farmer Cheatle, a resident who was losing a battle to hold in a bulging belly he called “beer muscles”.
    • 1990, John Harvey, The Legend of Captain Space, ISBN 9780002235563, p. 33: Nick made legs of his fingers and walked them on the baby's belly. . . . “[L]ook at those beer muscles!”
Synonyms: (aggressive attitude) bravado, (protruding stomach) beer belly, beer gut, German goitre, See also .
beer o'clock
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The time of the first alcoholic beverage in the day.
    • 1999, Christopher Somerville, The Observer, 22 Feb 1999: Pack an esky with ice-cold bottles of Cooper's Green Label and head down to Holloways Beach, just north of Cairns, around beer o'clock on a Friday afternoon.
    • 1999, Stephen King, The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon: He let her go and stood up. "I also believe it's beer o'clock. You want some iced tea?"
    • 2007, Gillian Nicholson, The Way to the Sea: ‘Maybe we should offer to fence it, just around the house,’ I suggest to Christo at beer o'clock on the veranda.
beer pong {{wikipedia}} etymology From beer + ping-pong.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A drinking game in which players attempt to throw a ping pong ball into cups of beer.
    • 2013, Joanna Biggs, "Tell me everything", London Review of Books, vol. 35, no. 7: She came up with the idea of renting a pool house where they could play Beer Pong (the object is to land a ping-pong ball in a glass of beer that your opponent has to down) while listening to their favourite robot electronica, Daft Punk, in the sunny downtime between coding sessions and answering emails.
Synonyms: Beirut
beer ticket
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, colloquial, humorous) Paper money.
Beervana etymology {{blend}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) Any place where good beer is available in abundance.
    • 1983, Martin Fischhoff, Detroit guide This beervana is enjoyed by a surprisingly young and collegiate crowd, which explains the row of video games now in place.
    • 2004, Duane Swierczynski, The big book o' beer Attendees usually think they've died and gone to Beervana...
    • 2008, Sandra Bao, Washington, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest Call it what you want – PDX, P-Town, Puddletown, Stumptown, City of Roses, Bridge City, River City or Beervana – Portland kicks booty.
    • 2010, Brett Atkinson, Lonely Planet Prague Encounter If you're getting a taste for the local pivo, head to the Pivovarský klub, absolute Beervana for hop heads.
beerware etymology beer + ware
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (computing, often, humorous) Software that can be used under a relaxed licence, with the user encouraged to pay for the software by donating to its author enough money to buy a beer.
bee sting Alternative forms: beesting
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A hypodermic puncture from a Anthophila resulting in envenomation and often involving the penetration and lodging of a stinger
  2. (slang, in the plural) Very small breasts.
Synonyms: bee bite
beeswax {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈbizwæks/
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etymology From bees + 's + wax
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A wax secrete by bees from which they make honeycomb; or, the processed form of this wax used in the manufacture of various goods.
  2. (colloquial)Business”; in phrases like mind your own beeswax and none of your beeswax.
Synonyms: E901 (when used as a glazing agent)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To polish (something) with beeswax.
proper noun: {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) The star Betelgeuse
  2. (fiction) An eponymous movie character
beetleskin etymology From beetle + skin
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, rare) A condom.
noun: {{head}} plural
  1. (archaic or humorous) plural of beef: cows, bulls, or steers.
    • {{RQ:Authorized Version}} And levy a tribute unto the LORD of the men of war which went out to battle: one soul of five hundred, both of the persons, and of the beeves, and of the asses, and of the sheep:
    • 1638: Herbert, Sir Thomas, Some yeares travels into divers parts of Asia and Afrique ...bells and babies are valuable alſo here, and for which, (or one bead of cornelion) you ſhall have in exchange, Sheep (big tail'd like thoſe in Syria and Perſia) Beeves and Buffaloes, big-bond, fat, and Camel-backt...
    • 1667, , One way a Band select from forage drives A herd of Beeves, faire Oxen and faire Kine From a fat Meddow ground
    • {{RQ:Swift Gulliver}} …to deliver in every morning six beeves, forty sheep, and other victuals for my sustenance.
    • 2004, Ginger Hanson, Ransom's Bride, page 106 "I heard Texas was horses and beeves."
beey {{was wotd}} etymology From bee + y. pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈbiːi/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, rare) reminiscent of or contain bee.
    • 1871, P.J. Malone, “Goethe and Frederica” in The Rural Carolinian II, page 252 It was the sweetest April-time, / And beey-swarms humm’d thro’ the trees, / And Nature’s voice, in silver rhyme, / Received fresh cadence from the bees.
    • 1887, Ptolemy Houghton, Hatred Is Akin to Love, page 35 Fell backwards into a soft, though rather waspy and beey, bed.
    • 1905, The Bee-Keepers’ Review XVIII, page 58 [Sugar honey] has a peculiarly sweet, spicy, “beey” flavor that is simply delicious.
    • 2008, Muncy Christian, The Very Bloody Marys, page 190 The buzzy, gnatty, beey, mosquitoey sound was back. In fact, it sounded even more buzzy, gnatty, beey, mosquitoey than it had before.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang) nose
    • 1960: She had an ink spot on her nose, the result of working on her novel of suspense. It is virtually impossible to write a novel of suspense without getting a certain amount of ink on the beezer. Ask Agatha Christie or anyone. (P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter V)
  • breeze
before etymology From Middle English before (adverb and preposition), from Old English beforan, from be- + foran, from fore, from Proto-Germanic, from Proto-Indo-European. pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /bɪˈfɔː/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /bɪˈfɔːr/, /bəˈfɔːr/
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preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. Earlier than (in time). exampleI want this done before Monday.
    • Jonathan Swift (1667–1745) Before this treatise can become of use, two points are necessary.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 5 , “We made an odd party before the arrival of the Ten, particularly when the Celebrity dropped in for lunch or dinner.”
    • {{quote-news}}
  2. In front of in space. exampleHe stood before me. exampleWe sat before the fire to warm ourselves.
    • John Milton (1608-1674) His angel, who shall go / Before them in a cloud and pillar of fire.
    • {{RQ:Mrxl SqrsDghtr}} He tried to persuade Cicely to stay away from the ball-room for a fourth dance.…But she said she must go back, and when they joined the crowd again…she found her mother standing up before the seat on which she had sat all the evening searching anxiously for her with her eyes, and her father by her side.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  3. Under consideration, judgment, authority of (someone). exampleThe case laid before the panel aroused nothing but ridicule.
    • John Ayliffe (1676-1732) If a suit be begun before an archdeacon…
  4. In store for, in the future of (someone).
    • Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) The golden age…is before us.
  5. In front of, according to a formal system of ordering items. exampleIn alphabetical order, "cat" comes before "dog", "canine" before feline".
  6. At a higher or greater position in a ranking. exampleAn entrepreneur puts market share and profit before quality, an amateur intrinsic qualities before economical considerations.
    • Bible, Gospel of John i. 15 He that cometh after me is preferred before me.
    • Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) The eldest son is before the younger in succession.
Synonyms: (earlier than in time) by, no later than, (in front of in space) ahead of, in front of, (in front of according to an ordering system) ahead of
  • (earlier than in time) after, later than
  • (in front of in space) behind
  • (in front of according to an ordering system) after
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. At an earlier time.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 12 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “All this was extraordinarily distasteful to Churchill. It was ugly, gross. Never before had he felt such repulsion when the vicar displayed his characteristic bluntness or coarseness of speech. In the present connexion—or rather as a transition from the subject that started their conversation—such talk had been distressingly out of place.”
    exampleI've never done this before.
  2. In advance.
  3. At the front end.
    • 1896, Hilaire Belloc, The Bad Child’s Book of Beasts, : When people call this beast to mind,They marvel more and moreAt such a {{smallcaps}} tail behind,So LARGE a trunk before.
Synonyms: (at an earlier time) previously, (in advance) ahead, (at the front end) in front
  • (at an earlier time) after
  • (at the front end) behind
conjunction: {{en-con}}
  1. in advance of the time when
  2. (informal) rather or sooner than
Synonyms: (rather than) lest
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beforehand pronunciation
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adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. At an earlier or preceding time. Will it be possible to have access to the room beforehand so that we can set up chairs?
  • afterwards
Synonyms: in advance
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete) In comfortable circumstances as regards property; forehanded.
    • Francis Bacon rich and much beforehand
  2. In a state of anticipation or preoccupation; often followed by with.
    • Milton Agricola … resolves to be beforehand with the danger.
    • Addison The last cited author has been beforehand with me.
befuck etymology From be + fuck.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (ambitransitive, vulgar) To fuck about or around; fuck all over; fuck over.
    • 1963, D. A. Kinsley, Allen Edwardes, Death rides a camel: "Allah befuck this hole!" he rasped. "Allah indeed!" Burton sighed. The both of them staggered back to their grunting and growling camels.
    • 1980, Wilhelm Reich, Character Analysis: Replacement of the "forces" by other, natural forces seemed a logical step in this direction. Somehow the delusional forces had lost some power over her, as expressed in the following statement: "I also thought they could befuck themselves.
    • 2003, CMJ New Music Report - Oct 6, 2003: [...] staccato bass notes fiercely poked and prodded; staccato guitars befucking all notions of scale and timbre; staccato vocals barking with joyous acrimony. Ouch!
begathon etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A fundraising drive that actively solicits donations, especially one to support a public television or radio station.
    • 2002, Dan McFadden, Cheechako, Writers Press Club (2002), ISBN 0595218075, page 12: Within a half an hour, the phones throughout the governor's mansion pealed, as if public television begathon night.
beggar-thy-neighbor etymology From beggar-my-neighbor
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (pejorative, economics, trade) An economic policy that favors domestic interests at greater total cost to the economies of trading partners.
Synonyms: (economics, trade) protectionist, mercantilist
begging the question {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A logical fallacy in which a premise of an argument contains a direct or indirect assumption that the conclusion is true; offering a circular argument; circular reasoning. It is an instance of begging the question to argue that God can only do good deeds because God is good.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (informal) present participle of beg the question
In common usage begging the question is synonymous with "raising the question"; this usage is often proscribe. Synonyms: circular argument, circular reasoning (casual usage), hysteron proteron, petitio principii
beginning Alternative forms: begynnynge (obsolete) etymology Verbal noun of begin. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /bɪˈɡɪn.ɪŋ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) The act of doing that which begins anything; commencement of an action, state, or space of time; entrance into being or upon a course; the first act, effort, or state of a succession of acts or states.
  2. That which is begun; a rudiment or element.
  3. That which begins or originates something; the first cause; origin; source.
  4. The initial portion of some extended thing. The author describes the main character's youth at the beginning of the story That house is at the beginning of the street
"In the beginning" is an idiomatic expression that means "at first, initially"; it doesn't mean the same as "at the beginning". The meaning of "at the beginning" is clear from its parts. This expression is used to refer to the time when or place where something starts; it is used to refer to points in time and space and also to fairly long periods of time and fairly large extents of space. ("At the beginning of the story" can be used to refer to both the first few sentences and to the first chapter or chapters. "At the beginning of the trail" can be used to refer to both the first few meters and the first part of a trail, which can be quite substantial, even a fifth or fourth or more.) The originally rare and traditionally deprecated usage of "in the beginning" together with "of" (instead of "at the beginning of") has become more common but is still ignored by most dictionaries and other authorities or labeled as unidiomatic or incorrect. Interestingly, there is only rarely confusion between the parallel expressions "in the end" and "at the end (of)". Synonyms: (act of doing that which begins anything) commencing, start, starting, (that which is begun; rudiment or element) element, embryo, rudiment, (that which begins or originates something) origin, source, start, commencement, (initial portion of some extended thing) head, start
  • (act of doing that which begins anything) conclusion, end
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of begin
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 7 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “The turmoil went on—no rest, no peace. […] It was nearly eleven o'clock now, and he strolled out again. In the little fair created by the costers' barrows the evening only seemed beginning; and the naphtha flares made one's eyes ache, the men's voices grated harshly, and the girls' faces saddened one.”
    exampleHe is beginning to read a new book.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Of or relating to the first portion of some extended thing. in the beginning paragraph of the chapter in the beginning section of the course
Synonyms: first, initial
  • {{rank}}
beg yours
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (informal, Australia) pardon could you repeat that?
behavior Alternative forms: behaviour (everywhere except US), behavoure, behavier, behavor, behavour etymology From behave + ior, apparently in simulation of havior, haviour, havour. Compare Scots havings, from have. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) [bəˈheɪvjɚ]
  • (RP) [bəˈheɪvjə]
noun: {{en-noun}} (American spelling)
  1. (uncountable) Human conduct relative to social norms.
  2. (uncountable) The way a living creature behave or act generally.
  3. (uncountable, informal) A state of probation about one's conduct. He was on his best behavior when her family visited.
  4. (countable) An instance of the way a living creature behaves.
  5. (countable, uncountable, biology, psychology) Observable response produced by an organism.
  6. (uncountable) The way a device or system operates.
  • Adjectives often applied to "behavior": human, animal, physical, chemical, mechanical, electrical, organizational, corporate, social, collective, parental, interpersonal, sexual, criminal, appropriate, inappropriate, correct, incorrect, right, wrong, good, bad, acceptable, unacceptable, poor, ethical, unethical, moral, immoral, responsible, irresponsible, normal, odd, deviant, abnormal, violent, abusive, aggressive, offensive, defensive, rude, stupid, undesirable, verbal, nonverbal, learned, professional, unprofessional, adaptive, compulsive, questionable, assertive, disgusting, self-destructive.
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • behave
  • behavioral
  • behavioralism
  • behavioralist
  • behaviorism
  • behaviorist
  • behavioristic
  • behavior pattern
  • behavioral science
behead etymology From Middle English beheden, bihefden, biheveden, from Old English behēafdian, equivalent to be + head.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To remove the head; cut someone's head off.
Synonyms: decapitate, decollate
behind etymology From Middle English behinde, behinden, from Old English behindan, equivalent to be + hind. pronunciation
  • (preposition)
    • /bɪˈhaɪnd/, /bəˈhaɪnd/
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    • {{audio}}
  • (noun)
    • /ˈbiːˌhaɪnd/
  • {{hyphenation}}
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. At the back of.
    • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} But then I had the [massive] flintlock by me for protection. ¶…The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window{{nb...}}, and a 'bead' could be drawn upon Molly, the dairymaid, kissing the fogger behind the hedge, little dreaming that the deadly tube was levelled at them.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  2. To the back of.
  3. After, time- or motion-wise.
    • 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island About the center, and a good way behind the rest, Silver and I followed - I tethered by my rope{{nb...}}.
  4. Responsible for.
  5. In support of. exampleThe republicans are fully behind their candidate.
  6. Left a distance by, in progress or improvement; inferior to. exampleI'm ranked sixth in the French class, behind five other pupils.
    • Bible, Second Epistle to the Corinthians xi.5: I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles.
Synonyms: in back of, to the rear of
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. At the back part; in the rear.
    • Milton I shall not lag behind.
  2. Toward the back part or rear; backward. to look behind
  3. Overdue, in arrears. My employer is two paychecks behind on paying my salary. I'm two weeks behind in my schedule.
  4. Slow; of a watch or clock. My watch is four minutes behind.
  5. existing afterwards He left behind a legacy of death and sorrow. He stayed behind after the war.
    • Shakespeare Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve, / And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, / Leave not a rack behind.
  6. Backward in time or order of succession; past.
    • Bible, Phil. ii. 13 forgetting those things which are behind
  7. Behind the scenes in a theatre; backstage.
    • 1890, Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Vintage 2007, p. 68: ‘After the performance was over I went behind, and spoke to her.’
  8. (archaic) Not yet brought forward, produced, or exhibited to view; out of sight; remaining.
    • John Locke We cannot be sure that there is no evidence behind.
For usage in phrasal verbs, see Category: English phrasal verbs with particle "behind": .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. the rear, back-end
  2. butt, the buttock, bottom
  3. (Australian rules football) A one-point score.
    • 1880. "The Opening Ball" in Comic Australian Verse, ed. G. Lehmann, 1975. Quoted in G. A. Wilkes, A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms, second edition, 1985, Sydney University Press, ISBN 0-424-00113-6. A roar from ten thousand throats go up,For we've kicked another behind.
  4. (baseball, slang, 1800s) The catcher.
  5. In the Eton College field game, any of a group of players consisting of two "short" (who try to kick the ball over the bully) and a "long" (who defends the goal).
related terms:
  • hind
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behind the arc
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (basketball, informal) Outside the three-point line. The Nimrods shot an amazingly futile 2-for-45 from behind the arc.
beige etymology Borrowing from French dialectal beige, from Old French bege, from an Alpine language (compare Franco-Provençal bézho, Romansch besch), from vl *bysseus (compare French bis, Catalan bis, Italian bigio), from ll byssus 'cotton', from Ancient Greek βύσσος 〈býssos〉 'cotton homespun', from Semitic (compare Hebrew/Aramaic בוץ 〈bwẕ〉) pronunciation
  • [beɪʒ]
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noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A slightly yellowish gray colour, as that of unbleached wool. {{color panel}}
  2. debeige; a kind of woollen or mixed dress goods
adjective: {{wikipedia}} {{en-adj}}
  1. Having a slightly yellowish gray colour, as that of unbleached wool.
  2. (informal) Comfortably dull and unadventurous, in a way that suggests middle-class suburbia.
    • 2007, Prairie L. Markussen, Cover (page 48) Think about it: he grew up in Iowa, the beigest of states, was doted on, loved generously by his parents, the top of his class, probably voted Most Handsome of 2000.
    • 2010, Gerald J. McCarthy, A Man of Substances In the beigest parts of suburbia where I grew up, bridge was a game played by groups of parents in recreation rooms furnished with upright pianos and souvenir sombreros.
being that etymology Possibly an ellipsis of "it being so that" or "it being true that"
conjunction: {{en-con}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) since or because. Being that it's midnight, let's go home.
bejeaned etymology be + jeaned pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (usually, humorous) Wearing jeans.
Synonyms: bejeansed
belch etymology From Middle English belchen, from Old English bealcan, bialcan; related to Dutch balken, Middle Low German belken ({{etym}} bölken).
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To expel gas loudly from the stomach through the mouth.
    • My father used to belch after having a fine meal.
  2. To issue with spasmodic force or noise. Yes, we have seen the wrecked cars and the factories belching smoke and the blur of speedy automobiles crowding highways.
    • Jonathan Swift I belched a hurricane of wind.
    • Milton Within the gates that now / Stood open wide, belching outrageous flame.
Synonyms: burp
related terms:
  • fart
  • pass gas
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The sound one makes when belching.
  2. (obsolete) malt liquor {{rfquotek}}
A belch is often considered to be louder than a burp. Synonyms: burp
  • blech
belemnite battlefield
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal, paleontology) A fossil site with an unusually high concentration of belemnite rostra.
Belfast Confetti etymology Slang, dating from the late 1800s. Much later made the title of a poem by .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) screw, bolt, and metal shop scrap used by Protestant rioters, in particular workers at the Harland and Wolff shipyards, as missiles against their Catholic neighbors.
Belieber {{wikipedia}} etymology {{blend}}. pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /bɪˈliːbə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A fan or supporter of Canadian singer Justin Bieber (born 1994); a Justin Bieber fanatic.
    • 2010 August 13th (3:21pm), “Twitchell” (user name), alt.gossip.celebrities (), “Inside the Weird World of Justin Bieber Micro-Gossip”, Message ID: <> A Belieber is sustained by the hope of someday being followed by, and receiving a direct message from Justin on Twitter.
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Synonyms: Bieberite
be like
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  1. To be similar to something. exampleThey must be like the last group who stayed.
  2. (informal, chiefly, US) To say exampleIf he's like "I don't want to", then be like "Pretty please! - it means a lot to me".
  • The use of "like" to mean "say" is considered by many to be overly informal, and normally only occurs in spoken English.
  • The words after the "be like" may not actually be what was said, but instead a summary of what was said. Similarly, unlike "say", "be like" may be impersonal, e.g. 'She was really insistent. It was like "I really need that right now!"'
  • The words after the "be like" may not actually be spoken, but instead be intended to represent a mood in which that thing might be said.
bell {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /bɛl/
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etymology 1 From Middle English belle, from Old English belle, from Proto-Germanic *bellǭ, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel-. Cognate with West Frisian belle, bel, Dutch bel, Low German Belle, Bel, Danish bjelde, Swedish bjälla, Norwegian bjelle, Icelandic bjalla.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A percussive instrument made of metal or other hard material, typically but not always in the shape of an inverted cup with a flared rim, which resonate when struck.
    • 1848, Edgar Allan Poe, "The Bells" HEAR the sledges with the bells Silver bells! What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
  2. The sounding of a bell as a signal.
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  3. (chiefly, British, informal) A telephone call. I’ll give you a bell later.
  4. A signal at a school that tells the students when a class is starting or ending.
  5. (music) The flared end of a brass or woodwind instrument.
  6. (nautical) Any of a series of stroke on a bell (or similar), struck every half hour to indicate the time (within a four hour watch)
  7. The flared end of a pipe, designed to mate with a narrow spigot.
  8. (computing) A device control code that produces a beep (or rings a small electromechanical bell on older teleprinter etc.).
  9. Anything shaped like a bell, such as the cup or corolla of a flower.
    • Shakespeare In a cowslip's bell I lie.
  10. (architecture) The part of the capital of a column included between the abacus and neck molding; also used for the naked core of nearly cylindrical shape, assumed to exist within the leafage of a capital.
  11. An instrument situated on a bicycle's handlebar, used by the cyclist to warn of his or her presence.
  • bicycle bell
  • church bell
  • doorbell
  • handbell
  • jingle bell
  • clapper
  • bell tower
  • carillon
coordinate terms:
  • alarm
  • buzz
  • buzzer
  • chime
  • curfew
  • dinger
  • ding-dong
  • gong
  • peal
  • ringer
  • siren
  • tintinnabulum
  • tocsin
  • toll
  • vesper
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To attach a bell to. Who will bell the cat?
  2. To shape so that it flare out like a bell. to bell a tube
  3. (slang, transitive) To telephone.
    • 2006, Dominic Lavin, Last Seen in Bangkok "Vinny, you tosser, it's Keith. I thought you were back today. I'm in town. Bell us on the mobile.
  4. (intransitive) To develop bells or corolla; to take the form of a bell; to blossom. Hops bell.
etymology 2 From Old English bellan. Cognate with German bellen.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To bellow or roar.
    • 1774, Oliver Goldsmith, A History of the Earth, and Animated Nature: This animal is said to harbour in the place where he resides. When he cries, he is said to bell; the print of his hoof is called the slot; his tail is called the single; his excrement the fumet; his horns are called his head [...].
    • {{rfdate}} Rudyard Kipling As the dawn was breaking the Sambhur belled / Once, twice and again!
    • 1955, William Golding, The Inheritors, Faber and Faber 2005, page 128: Then, incredibly, a rutting stag belled by the trunks.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The bellow or bay of certain animals, such as a hound on the hunt or a stag in rut.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, vulgar) alternative spelling of bell-end
bell-end Alternative forms: bellend etymology bell + end
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, vulgar) The glans penis.
  2. (British, offensive, vulgar) A stupid or contemptible person
Synonyms: dickhead, cockhead, knobhead
Bellhead etymology Bell + head, after the Bell telephone company.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A supporter of traditional centralized telecommunications network, contrasted with nethead (a supporter of the Internet and its flexibility and technical underpinnings).
    • 2001, Cable vision (volume 25) But Bellhead analysts failed to recognize the tremendous value of these assets. Consequently, they were dumped into MediaOne when it split from US West.
    • 2010, Rob Frieden, Winning the Silicon Sweepstakes Prior to the onset of technological innovations and new pro-competitive regulatory policies, Bellheads enjoyed the ability to manage change and to plan for the future at a leisurely pace.
bellows pronunciation {{wikipedia}}
  • (US) /ˈbɛloz/
  • (UK) /ˈbɛl.əʊz/
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etymology 1 From Middle English belwes, plural of belu, belw, a northern form of beli, from Old English belg, cf. bælġ, from Proto-Germanic *balgiz. Compare German Balg. See also belly.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A device for delivering pressurize air in a controlled quantity to a controlled location. At its most simple terms a bellows is a container which is deformable in such a way as to alter its volume which has an outlet or outlets where one wishes to blow air. exampleWhen wood fires were common, so were bellows for helping start them.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 8 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “That concertina was a wonder in its way. The handles that was on it first was wore out long ago, and he'd made new ones of braided rope yarn. And the bellows was patched in more places than a cranberry picker's overalls.”
  2. Any flexible container or enclosure, as one used to cover a moving joint.
  3. (informal or archaic) The lung.
  4. (photography) Flexible, light-tight enclosures connecting the lensboard and the camera back.
  • "Bellows" is used with both singular and plural verbs. One can even find "A bellows is/was".
related terms:
  • belly
  • blow
etymology 2 See bellow
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of bellow
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of bellow
  • Boswell
bell ringer
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person, especially one of a group, who rings bells.
  2. (derogatory) A door-to-door salesman.
  3. (education) An assignment, usually done at the beginning of a class, usually intended as a warm-up before other classroom activities start, and is usually done regularly.
bells and smells
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (informal, pejorative) A style of religious worship emphasising high ritual, including use of vestments, bells and incense, especially that of High Church Anglicanism or Anglo-Catholicism.
belly etymology From Middle English beli, from Old English bælġ, from Proto-Germanic *balgiz. Compare German Balg, Dutch balg. Probably ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bhle-. See also bellows. pronunciation
  • /bɛli/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The abdomen. {{rfquotek}}
  2. The stomach, especially a fat one.
  3. The womb.
    • Bible, Jer. i. 5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee.
  4. The lower fuselage of an airplane.
    • 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, p. 454: There was no heat, and we shivered in the belly of the plane.
  5. The part of anything which resembles the human belly in protuberance or in cavity; the innermost part. the belly of a flask, muscle, sail, or ship
    • Bible, Jonah ii. 2 Out of the belly of hell cried I.
  6. (architecture) The hollow part of a curved or bent timber, the convex part of which is the back.
  • Formerly, all the splanchnic or visceral cavities were called bellies: the lower belly being the abdomen; the middle belly, the thorax; and the upper belly, the head.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To position one's belly.
  2. (intransitive) To swell and become protuberant; to bulge.
    • Dryden The bellying canvas strutted with the gale.
  3. (transitive) To cause to swell out; to fill.
    • Shakespeare Your breath of full consent bellied his sails.
bellybutton Alternative forms: belly button
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) the navel or umbilicus
belly button Alternative forms: belly-button etymology From belly + button.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The navel.
Synonyms: tummy button
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An undesirable large quantity of something
belonging {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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  1. present participle of belong
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) The action of the verb to belong. I have a feeling of belonging in London. A need for belonging seems fundamental to humans.
  2. (countable) (almost always used in the plural) Something physical that is owned.
    • Shakespeare Thyself and thy belongings.
    Make sure you take all your belongings when you leave.
  3. (colloquial, dated) family; relation; household
    • Thackeray Few persons of her ladyship's belongings stopped, before they did her bidding, to ask her reasons.
Synonyms: (something physical that is owned) possession, thing
belt {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English belt, from Old English belt, from Proto-Germanic *baltijaz, from Latin balteus, of ett origin. Cognate with Scots belt, Dutch belt, German Balz, Danish belte, Swedish bälte, Icelandic belti and Albanian bel. Probably orginally from Proto-Indo-European *bhle- pronunciation
  • /bɛlt/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A band worn around the waist to hold clothing to one's body (usually pants), hold weapon (such as a gun or sword), or serve as a decorative piece of clothing. As part of the act, the fat clown's belt broke, causing his pants to fall down.
  2. A band used as a restraint for safety purpose, such as a seat belt. Keep your belt fastened; this is going to be quite a bumpy ride.
  3. A band that is used in a machine to help transfer motion or power. The motor had a single belt that snaked its way back and forth around a variety of wheels.
  4. Anything that resembles a belt, or that encircles or crosses like a belt; a strip or stripe. a belt of trees; a belt of sand
  5. (astronomy) A collection of rocky-constituted bodies (such as asteroids) which orbit a star.
  6. (astronomy) One of certain girdles or zones on the surface of the planets Jupiter and Saturn, supposed to be of the nature of clouds.
  7. A powerful blow, often made with a fist or heavy object. After the bouncer gave him a solid belt to the gut, Simon had suddenly had enough of barfighting.
  8. A quick drink of liquor. Care to join me in a belt of scotch?
  9. (usually, capitalized) A geographical region known for a particular product, feature or demographic (Corn Belt, Bible Belt, Black Belt, Green Belt).
  10. (baseball) The part of the strike zone at the height of the batter's waist. That umpire called that pitch a strike at the belt.
  11. (weapons) device that holds and feeds cartridges into a belt-fed weapon
Synonyms: (band worn around waist) girdle, waistband, sash, strap, (band used as safety restraint) restraint, safety belt, seat belt, (powerful blow) blow, punch, sock, wallop
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To encircle. The small town was belted by cornfields in all directions.
  2. (transitive) To fasten a belt. Edgar belted himself in and turned the car's ignition. The rotund man had difficulty belting his pants, and generally wore suspenders to avoid the issue.
  3. (transitive) To hit with a belt. The child was misbehaving so it was belted as punishment.
  4. (transitive) and intransitive To scream or sing in a loud manner. He belted out the national anthem.
  5. (transitive) To drink quickly, often in gulp. He belted down a shot of whisky.
  6. (transitive, slang) To hit someone or something. The angry player belted the official across the face, and as a result was ejected from the game.
  7. (transitive, baseball) To hit a pitch ball a long distance, usually for a home run. He belted that pitch over the grandstand.
  8. (intransitive) To move very fast He was really belting along.
Synonyms: (to encircle) circle, girdle, surround, (to fasten a belt) buckle, fasten, strap, (to hit with a belt) strap, whip, (to drink quickly) gulp, pound, slurp, (to hit someone or something) bash, clobber, smack, wallop, (to move quickly) book, speed, whiz, zoom
  • blet
etymology 1 {{etystub}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, informal) Anything that is particularly good of its class.
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  2. (British, informal) A very good-looking person.
etymology 2 From belt
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who sings forcefully.
  2. A song suitable for forceful singing.
etymology 3 belt + er, from asteroid belt.
  • (science fiction) A person who mines asteroid for minerals or lives in the vicinity of an asteroid belt.
  • Elbert
  • treble
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A reduction in expenditure as a result of financial restriction
Belyando spew etymology Ultimately of derivation; named for the of central Queensland.The expression dates from no later 1891, from when it was in use in a shearer′s song. '''1970''', Bill Wannan, ''Australian Folklore'', Lansdowne Press, reprinted 1979, ISBN 0-7018-1309-1
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang, disease, obsolete) An illness afflicting shearer, characterised by vomiting after meals and presumed to have been due to the hard work of shearing bent over in stifling heat (though more likely due to a local grass).
    • 1908, Australasian Medical Association, Australasian Medical Gazette: The Journal of the Australasian branches of the British Medical Association, Volume 27, page 25, Filariasis, anchylostomiasis, tropical anaemias, and the many and varied tropical disorders, from malaria and dengue to Barcoo rot and Belyando spew, await the application of modern research methods to place them on the necessary footing to render prophylaxis and treatment more satisfactory….
Synonyms: Barcoo sickness, Barcoo spew, Barcoo vomit, Burdekin vomit
BEM {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{en-initialism}}
etymology 2 {{wikipedia}} acronym of bug-eyed monster Alternative forms: bem
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (science fiction, fandom slang, often, derogatory) A stock character in science fiction; a grotesque creature, often an extraterrestrial, that menaces the protagonist.
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  • B.M.E., EBM, MBE, MEB
bemuse etymology From be + muse. In meaning, influenced by bemaze. pronunciation
  • (UK) /bɪˈmjuːz/, /bəˈmjuːz/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To confuse or bewilder.
    • 1735 A parson much be-mus'd in beer. — Alexander Pope, Satires of Dr. Donne versified
    • 1771 [With] fairy tales bemused the shepherd lies. — James Foot, Penseroso
    • 1847 The bad metaphysics with which they bemuse themselves. — Hugh Miller, First Impressions of England and its people
  2. (archaic, humorous) To devote to the Muses.
    • 1705 When those incorrigible things, Poets, are once irrecoverably Be-mus'd. — Alexander Pope, Letters
be my guest
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic) Do as you wish; go ahead; help yourself; go for it! If you want to give it a try, be my guest!
  • 2001 July 10, Robert Chin, “Re: Manila Girl in Chitown”, soc.culture.filipino, Usenet If you want to think you're smart because you and your stupid family elected to live in a cesspool...Hey, be my guest, ASSHOLE!
  • 2002 October 11, Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, The Transporter, 20th Century Fox Lai: Can I leave? Frank: Be my guest.
Ben pronunciation
  • /bɛn/
  • (pin-pen) /bɪn/
  • {{homophones}} (some accents), bin (pin-pen merger)
  • {{rhymes}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A diminutive of the male given name Benjamin or, less often, of Benedict.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A US$100 bill, which bears a portrait of . Often used in the plural form to indicate large sums of money.
Synonyms: Benjamin
  • EbN
  • NbE
  • neb, Neb.
bench {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /bɛntʃ/
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etymology 1 From Middle English bench, benk, bynk, from Old English benċ, benc, from Proto-Germanic *bankiz, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeg-. Cognate with Scots benk, bink, Western Frisian bank, Dutch bank, German Bank, Danish bænk, Swedish bänk, Icelandic bekkur. Related to bank. Alternative forms: benk, bink (dialectal)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A long seat, for example, in the park. They sat on a park bench and tossed bread crumbs to the ducks and pigeons.
  2. (legal) The people who decide on the verdict; the judiciary. They are awaiting a decision on the motion from the bench.
  3. (legal, figuratively) The place where the judge sit. She sat on the bench for 30 years before she retired.
  4. (sports) The place where players (substitutes) and coach sit when not playing. He spent the first three games on the bench, watching.
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  5. (sports, figuratively) The number of player on a team able to participate, expressed in terms of length. Injuries have shortened the bench.
  6. A place where assembly or hand work is performed; a workbench. She placed the workpiece on the bench, inspected it closely, and opened the cover.
  7. (weightlifting) A horizontal pad surface, usually with a weight rack, used for support during exercise.
    • 2008, Lou Schuler, "Foreward", in Nate Green, Built for Show, page xii I had no bench or power rack, so by necessity every exercise I did started with the weights on the floor.
  8. (surveying) A bracket used to mount land surveying equipment onto a stone or a wall.[ Description of bench, as part of the ''[[benchmark]]'' etymology] After removing the bench, we can use the mark left on the wall as a reference point.
  9. A flat ledge in the slope of an earthwork, work of masonry, or similar.
    • {{RQ:Grey Riders}} That number carried his glance to the top of this first bulging bench of cliff-base.
  10. (geology) A thin strip of relatively flat land bounded by steeper slopes above and below.
  11. (UK, Australia, NZ) A kitchen surface on which to prepare food, a counter.
  12. (UK, Australia, NZ) A bathroom surface which holds the washbasin, a vanity.
  13. A collection or group of dog exhibited to the public, traditionally on benches or raised platforms.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, sports) To remove a player from play. They benched him for the rest of the game because they thought he was injured.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To remove someone from a position of responsibility temporarily.
  3. (slang) To push the victim back on the person behind them who is on their hands and knees, causing them to fall over.
  4. (transitive) To furnish with benches.
    • Dryden 'Twas benched with turf.
    • Tennyson stately theaters benched crescentwise
  5. (transitive) To place on a bench or seat of honour.
    • Shakespeare whom I … have benched and reared to worship
Synonyms: (sports) sideline
etymology 2 From bench press by shortening.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive and intransitive, colloquial) To lift by bench press I heard he can bench 150 pounds.
    • 1988, Frederick C. Hatfield, "Powersource: Ties that bind", 47 (6): 21. For the first several years of my exclusive career in powerlifting, I couldn't bench too well.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (weightlifting) The weight one is able to bench press, especially the maximum weight capable of being pressed. He became frustrated when his bench increased by only 10 pounds despite a month of training.
etymology 3 See bentsh.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. alternative spelling of bentsh
bench jockey etymology As verbal jousting is frequently called "riding", the the "rider" sitting on a bench came to became known as the bench jockey.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, idiomatic, slang, baseball) A player, coach or manager who verbally annoys and distracts opposition players and umpires from his team's dugout bench.
benchmarketing etymology In both senses, {{blend}}; but the two appear to have formed independently.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) The misleading use of unrepresentative benchmark software results in marketing a computer system.
  2. The imitation of an aspect of a business where it is seen to excel, such as supply-chain management, customer service, or any other aspect of a business.
benchslap etymology From the legal sense of bench and bitch slap.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, legal) A judicial ruling or opinion that is harsh or humiliating towards a particular party or attorney.
    • 2012, , , Tigers Eye Trading, LLC v. Commissioner (dissenting), 138 T.C. No. 6, p. 211. Of all the routines in judicial gymnastics, few have a higher degree of difficulty than the reverse benchslap, and we're trying for a combination double with our Opinion today.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, legal) To issue a judicial ruling or opinion that is harsh or humiliating towards a particular party or attorney.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sports, colloquial) A player who rarely or never gets to play in the games or matches, and is most often a substitute.
bender etymology bend + er. In sense of “heavy drinking”, originally generally “spree”, from 1846,{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}} of uncertain origin – vague contemporary sense of “something extraordinary”, connection to bend (e.g., bending elbow to drink) or perhaps from Scottish sense of “strong drinker”. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who, or that which, bends.
  2. A device to aid bending of pipes to a specific angle.
  3. (slang) A bout of heavy drinking. He's been out on a bender with his mates.
    • 1857, Newspaper, April:Bartlett, ''Dictionary of Americanisms,'' Second Edition (1859), [ p. 29] A couple of students of Williams College went over to North Adams on a bender. This would have been serious matter under the best of circumstances, but each returned with a “brick in his hat,” etc.
  4. (chiefly, UK, slang, derogatory) A homosexual man.
  5. A simple shelter, made using flexible branch or withies
  6. (obsolete, UK, slang) A sixpence.
    • quotationDickens, The Pickwick Papers, 42
  7. (obsolete, slang, US) A spree, a frolic.
  8. (obsolete, slang, US) Something exceptional.
In sense “bout of heavy drinking”, usually in form “on a bender”. Synonyms: (bout of heavy drinking) binge, spree, toot, (shelter) bender tent
  • rebend
bendy etymology From bend + y pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having the ability to be bent easily. Bendy rulers are far more fun than the wooden ones.
  2. (informal) Of a person, flexible; having the ability to bend easily. {{quote-web }}
  3. Containing many bend and twist. a bendy road
  4. Of a vehicle, articulated. {{quote-web }}
  5. (heraldry) Divided into diagonal band of colour
Synonyms: (having the ability to be bent easily): flexible, pliable, supple, (of a person): flexible, limber, lissom or lissome, lithe, supple, (having many bends and twists): sinuous, tortuous, twisted, twisty, winding, windy, (articulated): articulated, jointed
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (heraldry) A field divided diagonal into several bend, varying in metal and colour.
bendy bus {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An articulated bus.
benefit etymology From Late Middle English benefytt, benefett, alteration (due to Latin bene-) of Middle English benfet, bienfet, bienfait, from xno benfet, Middle French bienfait, from Old French bienfet, bienfait, from past participle of Old French bienfaire, from bien + faire, modelled after Latin benefactum. More at benefactor. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈbɛn.ə.fɪt/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An advantage, help, sake or aid from something. exampleIt was for her benefit.&nbsp;&nbsp; His benefit was free beer.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 5 , “When this conversation was repeated in detail within the hearing of the young woman in question, and undoubtedly for his benefit, Mr. Trevor threw shame to the winds and scandalized the Misses Brewster then and there by proclaiming his father to have been a country storekeeper.”
  2. A payment made in accordance with an insurance policy or a public assistance scheme.
  3. A performance, etc, given to raise fund for some cause.
  4. (obsolete) beneficence; liberality {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (advantage, help): foredeal, advantage, aid, assistance, boon, help, (payment): subsidy
  • (advantage, help): disadvantage, encumbrance, hindrance, nuisance, obstacle, detriment
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To be or to provide a benefit to.
    • Bible, Jer. xviii. 10 I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.
  2. (intransitive) To receive a benefit (from); to be a beneficiary.
  • Benefiting and benefited are more common, with benefitting and benefitted being a minor variant especially in the US.
Synonyms: help, batten
  • malefic
  • detriment
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • benefactor
  • beneficence
  • beneficent
  • beneficiary
benews etymology be + news pronunciation
  • (UK) /bɪˈnjuːz/
verb: {{head}}
  1. (informal, transitive) inform (someone) of (the) news; regale with news. Robert! Long time no see. Benews me, my friend!
Benghazi Handicap etymology Named for the great speed of the retreat; handicap is in the horse-racing sense.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang) The retreat of allied forces from Benghazi in North Africa in March 1941 during World War II ahead of German forces commanded by .
Benjamin {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈbɛndʒəmɪn/
etymology From the Ancient Greek Βενιαμίν 〈Beniamín〉, from Old Testament Hebrew בִּנְיָמִין 〈bi̇nĕyámiyn〉.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. The youngest of the sons of Jacob and Rachel in the Bible.
    • {{RQ:Authorized Version}}: And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin.
    • 1908, George Bernard Shaw, Getting Married: What about the youngest child - the Benjamin - the child of its parents' mature strength and charity, always better treated than the unfortunate eldest children of their youthful ignorance and wilfulness?
  2. A given name of biblical origin.
    • 2007 , Starcrossed, Llewellyn Worldwide, ISBN 0738710016, page 53: "Well, who the hell ever thinks some boy with a name like Benjamin is going to kill someone?" I said. "It's like someone named Winnie the Pooh taking hostages!"
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A US$100 bill, which bears a portrait of . Often used in the plural form to indicate large sums of money.
    • 2006 April 12, Dean Ornish, "Health Care: It's All About the Benjamins", in Newsweek
    • 2002, All About the Benjamins
    • 2007, Martha Baer, "It's Not All About The Benjamins", in Tango Magazine
Synonyms: Franklin
related terms:
  • pet forms: Ben, Benji, Benjy, Benny
etymology 1 From benzoin.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A balsamic resin from the bark of Styrax trees used in perfumes, incense, and medicine; benzoin resin.
  2. A type of tree which produces benzoin or has similar properties; specifically, {{taxlink}}, Lindera benzoin, or {{taxlink}}; a {{vern}}.
  3. (UK, informal, dated) A kind of upper coat for men.
    • 1826, The Atheneum: Volume 18 (page 236) something which is not long enough to constitute a benjamin, and too long for a dress coat or spencer
etymology 2 From the image of on the US $100 bill.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) alternative form of Benjamin: a .
Bennifer {{wikipedia}} etymology {{blend}}.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang) The couple consisting of celebrities and , together from 2002 to 2004.
    • 2003, Gary Susman, "Jenny From the Block", Entertainment Weekly, 28 October 2003: Although her Gigli costar stood off to the side and said nothing, Bennifer observers noted that Lopez was once again wearing the $1.2 million pink diamond engagement ring Affleck gave her.
    • 2004, Beth Jones, "'Jersey Girl' is so lame, you even miss J.Lo", Roanoke Times, 27 March 2004: Ben Affleck {{…}} plays Ollie Trinkle. His wife is played by Jennifer Lopez, whose bit part was made even smaller when Smith scrapped a wedding scene with the couple after Bennifer became no more.
    • 2005, Amy Cooper, "Love in a goldfish bowl", Sydney Morning Herald, 5 December 2005: The public couldn't get enough of Bennifer - possible wedding dates, the Harry Winston engagement rock, various tiffs and reunions.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
Benny pronunciation
  • /ˈbɛni/ {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 {{short for}}.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A male nickname for Benjamin.
etymology 2 {{short for}} and Bernadette.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A female nickname for Bernice or Bernadette.
etymology 3 From the name of a dull-witted character in the British soap opera
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) A stupid or dull-witted person.
  2. (British, slang) A temper tantrum
etymology 4 From the name of , whose portrait is on the bill
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US) A one-hundred-dollar bill.
benny pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Abbreviated from
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An amphetamine tablet.
  2. (UK, slang) A tantrum; a fit of furious or erratic behaviour.
    • 2001, "Neil Davey", Sacked Referees (on newsgroup BTW, you might like to see what happens to CM00-01 when one of your sticks of memory decides to have a benny:
    • 2010, Ian Sansom, The Bad Book Affair 'Like I told the police, I think she's just having a benny.'
    • 2011, Kate Morgan, Wicked Games (page 34) "Stop having a benny, Liam." Gwen was getting agitated. Liam was failing miserably at his attempts to get Casey to back down.
etymology 2 Abbreviation of benefit Alternative forms: bennie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A benefit.
    • Programming and Customizing the Basic Stamp Computer, 158, 0071371923, Scott Edwards, 2001, A benny of using an older modem is that it usually includes a good manual on the AT command set.
    • Bodac!ous woman: outrageously in charge of your life and lovin' it!, 100, 0974565318, Mary Foley, 2004, A "benny" of being curious and continuing to learn and grow is that you …
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bent pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /bɛnt/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From bend.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of bend
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Of something that is usually straight) folded, dented
  2. (derogatory, colloquial, chiefly, UK) Homosexual.
  3. Determined or insistent. He was bent on going to Texas, but not even he could say why. They were bent on mischief.
  4. Of a person, leading a life of crime.
  5. (slang, football) inaccurate at shooting That shot was so bent it left the pitch.
  6. (colloquial, chiefly, US) Suffering from the bends
  7. (slang) High from using both marijuana and alcohol. Man, I am so bent right now!
Synonyms: (folded) crooked, (homosexual) queer
related terms:
  • (determined) hellbent
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An inclination or talent. He had a natural bent for painting.
  2. A predisposition to act or react in a particular way. His mind was of a technical bent.
  3. The state of being curved, crooked, or inclined from a straight line; flexure; curvity. the bent of a bow {{rfquotek}}
  4. A declivity or slope, as of a hill. {{rfquotek}}
  5. Particular direction or tendency; flexion; course.
    • John Locke bents and turns of the matter
  6. (carpentry) A transverse frame of a framed structure.
  7. Tension; force of acting; energy; impetus.
    • Norris the full bent and stress of the soul
Synonyms: (an inclination or talent) disposition, predilection, proclivity, propensity
etymology 2 Origin uncertain. Apparently representing Old English (attested only in place-names and personal names), cognate with Old High German binuz (modern German Binse).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of various stiff or reedy grasses.
    • Drayton His spear a bent, both stiff and strong.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes’, The Phantom ’Rickshaw and Other Tales, Folio Society 2005, p. 121: Gunga Dass gave me a double handful of dried bents which I thrust down the mouth of the lair to the right of his, and followed myself, feet foremost [...].
    • 1913, , , Clusters of strong flowers rose everywhere above the coarse tussocks of bent.
  2. A grassy area, grassland.
    • The Ballad of Chevy Chase Bowmen bickered upon the bent.
bent car
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A stolen car.
Benz {{wikipedia}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (automotive, trademark, informal) Short form of Mercedes-Benz.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (organic chemistry) of a ring compound, especially a heterocycle, which also has a fused benzene ring
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (organic chemistry) A divalent radical formed by the removal of two adjacent hydrogen atoms from a benzene ring
  2. (organic chemistry) Sometimes used in place of the phenyl group
  3. (informal) A benzodiazepine.
  • bonze
Beolupine etymology Formed from Beowulf, substituting the collateral adjective lupine for the element (which derives from the Old English ƿulf, “wolf”). pronunciation
  • /ˌbeɪəˈluːpaɪn/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (humorous, rare) In the style of the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf; Beowulfian.
    • 1965, CA Magazine LXIX, page 96: Sprinkled with Latin tags like per elevator ad astra, and French phrases such as folie de grandeur, not to mention Beolupine Anglo-Saxon alliterations, the original article sets out to claim in mock-heroic style and with much play upon words that living high does not in this case mean distance from one’s fellow men.
beotch etymology From bitch.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) Prostitute.
  2. (slang) A person who is made to adopt a submissive role in a relationship.
  • Hugh it up, you beotch! (The Office, American sitcom)
bepilgrimed etymology be + pilgrim + ed pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /bɪˈpɪlɡɹɪmd/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (humorous, rare) overrun with pilgrim.
    • 1837, , “’s Life of ” in The Museum of Foreign Literature, Science and Art XXXIII (May–August 1838), page 71 Mr. Lockhart thinks there was no literary shrine ever so bepilgrimed, except Ferney in Voltaire’s time, who, however, was not half so accessible.
Berber {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A member of a particular ethnic group indigenous to northwest Africa.
Synonyms: Imazighen {{g}} (singular: Amazigh)
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A group of closely related Afroasiatic language spoken in northern Africa, particularly Morocco and Algeria.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of the Berber people, their culture, or their language.
beresque etymology A jocular misspelling of berserk, used as a recurring joke in the 1970s Australian television series .
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Australia, slang, jocular) Injuriously, maniacally, or furiously violent or out of control; berserk.
berk etymology The usage is dated to the 1930s. A shortened version of , the hunt based at Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire. In Cockney rhyming slang, hunt is used as a rhyme for cunt, giving the word its original slang meaning. pronunciation
  • (UK) /bɜː(ɹ)k/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
{{rel-top}} In both Berkeley and Berkshire, berk is pronounced in RP like bark (/bɑː(ɹ)k/). In other cases such as Cockney and American English pronunciaton, it rhymes with work. {{rel-bottom}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang, pejorative) A fool, prat, twit.
  2. (British, slang) An idiot, in an affectionate sense.
  3. (Cockney rhyming slang, vulgar) Cunt.
It is not perceived to be excessively rude, perhaps because, whilst it is known for being a slang word, its origin in rhyming slang is not well known.
  • kerb
berserk {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: beserk, berzerk, beresque – humorous misspelling now accepted (Australian) etymology From Old Norse berserkr (Icelandic berserkur, Swedish bärsärk), probably from bjǫrn + serkr. Compare sark. pronunciation
  • /bəˈzɜː(ɹ)k/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A crazed Norse warrior who fought in a frenzy.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Injuriously, maniacally, or furiously violent or out of control.
    • After he watched his sister stabbed to death, he went berserk and attacked the killer like a beast or a wild animal.

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