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Colourful extracts from Wiktionary. Slang, vulgarities, profanities, slurs, interjections, colloquialisms and more.


questmonger etymology quest + monger
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic, derogatory) One who encourages petty lawsuit.
queue up
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (British, intransitive) To queue.
  2. (computing, informal, transitive) To enqueue, to add something to a queue.
quiche-eater etymology The idiom derives from the book on stereotypes about masculinity, , by , published in 1982. The computer circle version was popularised by an 1983 article , that specifically accuses the creator of Pascal language, , of being a "quiche eater" due to the nature of Pascal.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic) A man who is effeminate or who lacks some putative masculine virtue
  2. (computing, idiomatic, humorous) In computer programming circles, a person far removed from practice and concerned only with academic matters, unwilling to "get their hands dirty".
related terms:
  • real men don't eat quiche
quick {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /kwɪk/
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etymology From Middle English quik or quic, from Old English cwic, from Proto-Germanic *kwikwaz, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷih₃wós 〈*gʷih₃wós〉, from *gʷey-, *gʷeih₃w- 〈*gʷeih₃w-〉. Cognate with Dutch kwik and kwiek, German keck, Swedish kvick; and (from Indo-European) with Ancient Greek βίος 〈bíos〉, Latin vivus, Lithuanian gývas, Latvian dzīvs, Russian живой 〈živoj〉, Welsh byw, Irish beo, biathaim, Kurdish jîn and jiyan, giyan, can, Sanskrit जीव 〈jīva〉.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Moving with speed, rapidity or swiftness, or capable of doing so; rapid; fast. I ran to the station – but I wasn't quick enough. He's a quick runner.
  2. Occurring in a short time; happening or done rapidly. That was a quick meal.
  3. Lively, fast-thinking, witty, intelligent. You have to be very quick to be able to compete in ad-lib theatrics.
  4. Mentally agile, alert, perceptive. My father is old but he still has a quick wit.
  5. Of temper: easily aroused to anger; quick-tempered.
    • Latimer The bishop was somewhat quick with them, and signified that he was much offended.
  6. (archaic) Alive, living.
    • Bible, 2 Timothy iv. 1 the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead
    • Herbert Man is no star, but a quick coal / Of mortal fire.
    • 1874, , , X The inmost oratory of my soul, Wherein thou ever dwellest quick or dead, Is black with grief eternal for thy sake.
  7. (archaic) Pregnant, especially at the stage where the foetus's movements can be felt; figuratively, alive with some emotion or feeling.
    • Shakespeare she's quick; the child brags in her belly already: tis yours
  8. Of water: flowing.
  9. Burning, flammable, fiery.
  10. Fresh; bracing; sharp; keen.
    • Shakespeare The air is quick there, / And it pierces and sharpens the stomach.
  11. (mining, of a vein of ore) productive; not "dead" or barren
Synonyms: (moving with speed) fast, speedy, rapid, swift, See also
  • (moving with speed) slow
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. quickly
  2. (colloquial) with speed Get rich quick. Come here, quick!
    • John Locke If we consider how very quick the actions of the mind are performed.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. raw or sensitive flesh, especially that underneath finger and toe nail.
  2. plant used in making a quickset hedge
    • Evelyn The works … are curiously hedged with quick.
  3. The life; the mortal point; a vital part; a part susceptible to serious injury or keen feeling.
    • Latimer This test nippeth, … this toucheth the quick.
    • Fuller How feebly and unlike themselves they reason when they come to the quick of the difference!
  4. quitchgrass {{rfquotek}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To amalgamate surface prior to gild or silver by dipping them into a solution of mercury in nitric acid.
  2. (transitive, archaic, poetic) To quicken.
    • Thomas Hardy I rose as if quicked by a spur I was bound to obey.
quick-and-dirty {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: quick and dirty
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic) Done or constructed in a hasty, approximate, temporarily adequate manner, but not exact, fully formed, or reliable for a long period of time. I can do a quick-and-dirty market analysis in time for the meeting tomorrow.
Synonyms: slipshod
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) An inexpensive, inelegant eatery; a greasy spoon.
  2. (idiomatic) A quick, temporary fix, estimate, or the like. The car broke down but we managed to do a quick-and-dirty and were back on the road in fifteen minutes.
etymology The Oxford English Dictionary shows the first usage of this phrase in 1896 in the Boston Globe to describe a place to eat. The first use meaning "slipshod" was from 1939 in the gun-slinging, American Western fiction paperback, "Bounty Guns" by Luke Short.
quick buck
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) a large sum of money earned easily and quickly
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Synonyms: easy money
quicklike etymology quick + like
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (colloquial) quick
    • 2010, Brad Hirschfield, Remember for Life I knew what it was real quicklike. And, of course, word got down the line real quicklike where we were going into. There were bodies stacked alongside of the road, and we were in a few of the trucks that followed the tank column.
quickly etymology quick + ly pronunciation
  • /ˈkwɪkli/
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adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. rapidly; with speed; fast
  2. Very soon
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    If we go this way, we'll get there quickly.
  • Although the comparative and superlative one-word forms exist and are in use, the two-word forms are more common.
related terms:
  • quick (adjective)
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quicksilver etymology From Middle English quyksilver, from Old English cwicseolfor. Literally "living silver" from its ability to move. See quick in the sense of living.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The metal mercury.
  2. (colloquial) An amalgam of mercury and tin applied to the backs of mirrors, quicksilvering.
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Synonyms: (the metal mercury) mercury, hydrargyrum
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Unpredictable, erratic or fickle; mercurial.
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To overlay with quicksilver.
  2. To treat with quicksilver.
quid {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /kwɪd/
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etymology 1 From Latin quid, neuter singular of quis.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The inherent nature of something.
  2. (US, historical) A section of the Democratic-Republican Party between 1805 and 1811 (from tertium quid).
etymology 2 Likely derives from the phrase quid pro quo meaning "this for that", referring to the exchange of goods/services for money.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (historical) A sovereign or guinea.
    • Charles Reade They invited him to come to-morrow, … and bring half a quid with him.
  2. (British, colloquial) Pound sterling. Five quid for a sandwich? You're having a laugh!
  3. (Australia, colloquial) pound (before the 1966 currency change)
  4. (Ireland, colloquial) pound, punt
  5. (Ireland, colloquial) euro
  6. (United States, colloquial) dollar
Synonyms: (pound sterling)
  • pound, pound sterling
  • (slang) nicker, sov
, pound, pound sterling, (slang) nicker, sov
etymology 3 Variant of cud.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A piece of chewing tobacco.
    • 1901, W. W. Jacobs, Light Freights, 1, page 1, “He broke off to open a small brass tobacco-box and place a little quid of tobacco tenderly into a pouch in his left cheek, ...”
  2. (US, colloquial) the act of chewing such tobacco
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To chew tobacco
    • 1902, John Masefield, Ah! the pig-tailed, quidding pirates and the pretty pranks we played
  2. (of a horse) To let food drop from the mouth whilst chewing
quidlet etymology quid + let
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, New Zealand, Australia, informal) quid; pound in money
    • 1935, George Goodchild, Carl Eric Bechhofer Roberts, They all do it!: and two other plays All we want to see is that our three hundred quidlets are sitting comfy in the bank.
    • 1939, The Strand magazine (volume 97‎) Say he had lost five thousand quidlets. And what about it? What were five thousand paper quidlets to him?
    • 1972, Bruce Marshall, The black oxen Two-fifty quidlets, Mr. Duncan — you can't get a really posh stone for less. In any case it wouldn't be only an emerald or a sapphire you'd be buying...
  • quilted
quid pro quo {{was wotd}} etymology From Latin: "what for what". See quid, pro, and quo pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˌkwɪd.pɹəʊˈkwəʊ/
  • (US) /ˌkwɪd.pɹoʊˈkwoʊ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Something understood as another; an equivocation.
    • 1844, , translated by , , section 13: The misunderstanding of the word or the quid pro quo is the unintentional pun, and is related to it exactly as folly is to wit.
    • 1912, , translated by , : “Is it simply a wild fantasy, or a mistake on the part of the old man — some impossible quid pro quo?”
  2. (legal) This for that; giving something to receive something else; something equivalent; something in return.
    • 1895, Uchimura Kanzo, , chapter 1: No less weightier was to be the youth's consideration for his master, who was to him no mere school teacher or college professor on quid pro quo principle, but a veritable didaskalos, in whom he could and must completely confide the care of his body and soul.
    • 2002, Barry G. Silverman, : Section 170 states that quid pro quo donations, for which a taxpayer receives something in return, are not deductible.
  3. An equal exchange. We had no money so we had to live by quid pro quo.
Synonyms: (an equal exchange) barter, swap, swop, trade
  • quo pro quid
quids in
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  1. (slang, British) Coming into or saving money through some financial transaction. Buy three items for the price of two and you'll be quids in!
quidsworth etymology quids + worth
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang) pound' worth, in terms of money
    • 1977, Alan Coren, The lady from Stalingrad Mansions It seems an eternity since I sprinted through the scrub, bullets zipping past like tin bees, slid down the crater, and there he was, ten quidsworth of NCO.
    • 2004, Neil Foster, Cradle of Rock 'Bit o' fun?' spat Mike. 'That's £150 quidsworth of drums you nearly buggered up. My snare's all split and the bass pedal's packed up. Bloody lunatic.'
    • 2012, Keith Blackburn, Changes in a Landscape “Hey, nearly six hundred quidsworth between us,” Dai yelled as he drove at speed along the winding busy road to Hamsley. “Money when we need it, eh?” When they'd actually get the cash was another matter.
quiff pronunciation
  • (UK) /kwɪf/
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etymology 1 Variant form of whiff.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A puff or whiff, especially of tobacco smoke.
etymology 2 Origin unknown.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (regional, slang) A trick or ploy; a stratagem. {{defdate}}
    • 1933, John Masefield, The Bird of Dawning: It was young Mr. Abbott worked that quiff on you, sir.
etymology 3 Origin uncertain; perhaps a variant of coif.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A hairstyle whereby the forelock is brushed and/or gelled upward, often associated with the styles of the 1950s. {{defdate}}
    • 2012, Tom Lamont, The Observer, 2 Sep 2012: His woolly brown hair shaped into a drooping quiff, he's been sitting poolside all morning, snatching sucks on cigarettes before the waiters can tell him no, and thinking about reworking some incidental music for the band's gig tomorrow.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To arrange (the hair) in such a manner. {{defdate}}
etymology 4 Probably variant of coif.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A young girl, especially as promiscuous; a prostitute. {{defdate}}
    • 1949, John O'Hara, Rage to Live: How would I get an African toothache when the closest I been to a quiff in over a month is sitting next to one?
  2. (slang) The vulva or vagina. {{defdate}}
    • 2000, JG Ballard, Super-Cannes, Fourth Estate 2011, p. 120: Jane was drying herself in the bedroom, holding the bath towel behind her shoulders, her small breasts and childlike nipples flushed from the power jet, her quiff a barely visible thread.
quilty etymology quilt + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Resembling or characteristic of a quilt.
    • 2000, Jodie Davis, Hometown Quilts: Paper Piece a Village of Memories (page 122) You'll find some nice quilty gift-type items.
  • quitly
etymology 1 Origin uncertain; perhaps an alteration of queme. The English Dialect Dictionary has a citation of "quim and cosh" from 1723 which it glosses as "intimate and familiar". Compare also quaint, cunt. Derivation from Welsh cwm is sometimes suggested, but the OED notes that this is "unlikely on both semantic and phonological grounds". pronunciation
  • /kwɪm/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) The female genitalia; the vulva.
    • 1879, Anonymous, "" in No. 1: For one day, when amusing herself with this whim The carrot it snapped, and part stuck in her quim.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses, page 938: Ho! What do I here behold? Were you brushing the cobwebs off a few quims?
    • 2005, Margaret Carter, Maiden Flights (ISBN 1419952595), page 131: Her quim grew wet, ready to welcome it.
etymology 2 Borrowing from Scots queem. Compare English queem.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Ulster) Affectedly nice, prim.
  2. (Ulster) Moving with ease and precision.
quin pronunciation
  • /kwɪn/
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etymology 1
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A quintuplet.
related terms:
  • quad
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A European scallop, Pecten opercularis, used as food.
    • 1973, N. L. Tranter, Population since the industrial revolution (page 104) Similarly the stocks of the free-living scallops and quins, which are caught by trawling, are threatened by over-fishing to supply the market for canned or frozen luxury sea-foods.
quintillion etymology {{confix}} pronunciation
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  1. (US, modern British & Australian, short scale) A billion billion: 1 followed by eighteen zeros, 1018.
    • 2014, BBC News Magazine Monitor, Small Data: Those big numbers keep on coming, BBC: Last week, we used...the BBC News website's biggest number: 9,223,372,036,854,775,808, that's 9.2 quintillion...[the maximum video viewer count on YouTube's] updated counter software.
  2. (dated, British & Australian, long scale) A million quadrillion: 1 followed by 30 zeros, 1030.
Synonyms: 1018: a trillion, 1030: a nonillion
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (figuratively, slang) Any very large number, exceeding normal description.
Synonyms: See also .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A cigarette.
    • 1974, Bill Burchardt, The birth of Logan Station (page 26) He stood there smoking a rolled quirley cigarette held in his left hand, looking back, intently, at the spot where the portly judge had just disappeared down the Pullman aisle.
    • 2002, Peter Brandvold, Dealt the Devil's Hand (page 71) Layla was twisting the ends of a cigarette, regarding it thoughtfully. … "A girl's allowed a vice or two, just like a man," she said defiantly, holding out the quirley between her thumb and index finger.
quisling {{was wotd}} etymology 1940, after (1887–1945), who ruled the Nazi collaborationist government of Norway during World War Two. Romanization of the Danish place name Kvislemark. pronunciation
  • /ˈkwɪzlɪŋ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) A traitor who collaborates with the enemy.
    • 1993, , : The man she cherishes, the man she butterfly-kisses, the man she sleeps curved around like two spoons in a drawer. It is he who is evil, he who is sworn to destroy her, an emotional quisling of the first water.
{{seeCites}} Synonyms: (traitor) collaborator, traitor, rat
quite Alternative forms: quight (obsolete)
etymology 1 A development of quit, influence by xno quite. pronunciation
  • (UK) /kwaɪt/
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adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (heading) To the greatest extent or degree; completely, entirely.
    1. With verbs, especially past participles. {{defdate}}
      • {{RQ:Spenser Faerie Queene}}, Book I: Thus when they had the witch disrobed quight, / And all her filthy feature open showne, / They let her goe at will, and wander wayes vnknowne.
      • 2005, Adrian Searle, The Guardian, 4 October: Nobuyoshi Araki has been called a monster, a pornographer and a genius - and the photographer quite agrees.
    2. With prepositional phrases and spatial adverbs. {{defdate}}
      • 1891, Thomas Nelson Page, On Newfound River: Margaret passed quite through the pines, and reached the opening beyond which was what was once the yard, but was now, except for a strip of flower-border and turf which showed care, simply a tangle of bushes and briars.
      • 2010, Joanna Briscoe, The Guardian, 30 October: Religion and parochial etiquette are probed to reveal unhealthy, and sometimes shockingly violent, internal desires quite at odds with the surface life of a town in which tolerance is preached.
    3. With predicative adjectives. {{defdate}}
      • 1914, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Son of Tarzan: El Adrea was quite dead. No more will he slink silently upon his unsuspecting prey.
      • {{RQ:Schuster Hepaticae V}}: In Lejeuneaceae vegetative branches normally originate from the basiscopic basal portion of a lateral segment half, as in the Radulaceae, and the associated leaves, therefore, are quite unmodified.
    4. With attributive adjectives, following an (especially indefinite) article; chiefly as expressing contrast, difference etc. {{defdate}}
      • 2003, Richard Dawkins, A Devil's Chaplain: When I warned him that his words might be offensive to identical twins, he said that identical twins were a quite different case.
      • 2011, Peter Preston, The Observer, 18 September: Create a new, quite separate, private company – say Murdoch Newspaper Holdings – and give it all, or most of, the papers that News Corp owns.
    5. Preceding nouns introduced by the indefinite article. Chiefly in negative constructions. {{defdate}}
      • 1791, James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson: I ventured to hint that he was not quite a fair judge, as Churchill had attacked him violently.
      • 1920, John Galsworthy, In Chancery: And with a prolonged sound, not quite a sniff and not quite a snort, he trod on Euphemia's toe, and went out, leaving a sensation and a faint scent of barley−sugar behind him.
    6. With adverbs of manner. {{defdate}}
      • 2009, John F. Schmutz, The Battle of the Crater: A complete history: However, the proceedings were quite carefully orchestrated to produce what seemed to be a predetermined outcome.
      • 2011, Bob Burgess, The Guardian, 18 October: Higher education institutions in the UK are, quite rightly, largely autonomous.
  2. (heading) In a fully justified sense; truly, perfectly, actually.
    1. Coming before the indefinite article and an attributive adjective. (Now largely merged with moderative senses, below.) {{defdate}}
      • 1898, Charles Gavrice, Nell of Shorne Mills: "My little plot has been rather successful, after all, hasn't it?" "Quite a perfect success," said Drake.
      • 2001, Paul Brown, The Guardian, 7 February: While the government claims to lead the world with its plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, the figures tell quite a different story.
    2. With plain adjectives, past participles, and adverbs. {{defdate}}
      • {{RQ:Frgsn Zlnstn}} “My Continental prominence is improving,” I commented dryly. ¶ Von Lindowe cut at a furze bush with his silver-mounted rattan. ¶ “Quite so,” he said as dryly, his hand at his mustache. “I may say if your intentions were known your life would not be worth a curse.”
      • 2010, Dave Hill, The Guardian, 5 November: London Underground is quite unique in how many front line staff it has, as anyone who has travelled on the Paris Metro or New York Subway will testify.
    3. Coming before the definite article and an attributive superlative. {{defdate}}
      • 1910, ‘Saki’, "The Soul of Laploshka", Reginald in Russia: Laploshka was one of the meanest men I have ever met, and quite one of the most entertaining.
      • 1923, "The New Pictures", Time, 8 October: Scaramouche has already been greeted as the finest French Revolution yet brought to the screen-and even if you are a little weary of seeing a strongly American band of sans-culottes demolish a pasteboard Paris, you should not miss Scaramouche, for it is quite the best thing Rex Ingram has done since The Four Horsemen.
    4. Before a noun preceded by an indefinite article; now often with ironic implications that the noun in question is particularly noteworthy or remarkable. {{defdate}}
      • 1830, Senate debate, 15 April: To debauch the Indians with rum and cheat them of their land was quite a Government affair, and not at all criminal; but to use rum to cheat them of their peltry, was an abomination in the sight of the law.
      • 2011, Gilbert Morris, The Crossing: “Looks like you and Clay had quite a party,” she said with a glimmer in her dark blue eyes.
    5. Before a noun preceded by the definite article. {{defdate}}
      • 1871, Anthony Trollope, The Eustace Diamonds: It is quite the proper thing for a lady to be on intimate, and even on affectionate, terms with her favourite clergyman, and Lizzie certainly had intercourse with no clergyman who was a greater favourite with her than Mr. Emilius.
      • 2006, Sherman Alexie, "When the story stolen is your own", Time, 6 February: His memoir features a child named Tommy Nothing Fancy who suffers from and dies of a seizure disorder. Quite the coincidence, don't you think?
    6. (now rare) With prepositional or adverbial phrases. {{defdate}}
  3. To a moderate extent or degree; somewhat, rather. {{defdate}}
  • This is a non-descriptive qualifier, similar to fairly and rather and somewhat. Used where a plain adjective needs to be modified, but cannot be qualified. When spoken, the meaning can vary with the tone of voice and stress. He was quite big can mean anything from "not exactly small" to "almost huge".
Synonyms: (completely; wholly) absolutely, fully, thoroughly, totally, utterly
  • (to a great extent) slightly
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (chiefly UK) Indicates agreement; "exactly so".
etymology 2 From Spanish quite. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkiːteɪ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (bullfighting) A series of pass made with the cape to distract the bull.
  • {{rank}}
  • quiet
quits pronunciation
  • /kwɪts/
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial, British) On equal monetary term; neither owing or being owed. Here's the last of the money you lent me. We're quits now, right?
Synonyms: all even, even, even-steven
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of quit
  • quist, squit
quitsies etymology quit. Compare backsies, halfsies, swapsies, keepsies.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish) Permission to leave a game (of marble etc.) without forfeit or penalty.
quitting time
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The time that a day's work ends, and at which an employee may go home
quod etymology First attested circa 1700. Origin unknown. Alternative forms: quad pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) A quadrangle or court, as of a prison; a prison.
    • 1863, , quoted in 1995, Seán McConville, English Local Prisons, 1860-1900: Next Only to Death, page 69, …not the poorer classes merely, but the rich will be desirous to enjoy the mingled luxury and comfort of a gaol: and we shall hear of blasé Swells become burglars and garotters as a prelude to a prison, and, instead of taking tours for restoration of their health, recruiting it more cheaply by a residence in quod.
    • 1878, John Wrathall Bull, Early Experiences of Colonial Life in South Australia, page 264, …and declined their escort, desiring to be conducted to “quod” by the gallant South Australian police,….
    • 2000, R.I.C. Publications, Workbook E: Society and Environment, page 48, From 1855-1903 a chapel was built, the boat shed and holding cell constructed, Government House was constructed as a summer residence for the Governor and the Quod (slang for prison) was constructed.
    • 2006, Pip Wilson, Faces in the Street: Louisa and Henry Lawson and the Castlereagh Street Push, page 202, Pity McNamara′s still doing his stretch in the quod, but he′ll be out soon.
  2. (uncountable, Australia, slang) Confinement in a prison.
    • {{circa}} Acquaintance of , quoted in 2005, James Cockington, Banned: Tales From the Bizarre History of Australian Obscenity, , paperback ISBN 0-7333-1502-X, page 7, I don′t suppose you'll get more than a couple of months′ quod for them.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (obsolete) Quoth.
    • 14thC, , The Summoner′s Prologue and Tale, , 2009, Robert Boenig, Andrew Taylor (editors), The Canterbury Tales: A Selection, page 190, “No fors,” quod he, “but tel me al youre grief.”
    • 1563, , , 1868, The Church Historians of England: Reformation Period, Volume 8, Part 1, page 422, “Why,” quod her friend, “would ye not willingly have gone with your company, if God should so have suffered it?”
    • 1908, , Lollardy and the Reformation in England: An Historical Survey, 2010, Cambridge University Press, page 416, “And therefore I have granted to their request,” quod the King;….
quote etymology Recorded since 1387 “to mark (a book) with chapter numbers or marginal references”, from Old French coter, from Malayalam quotare, itself from Latin quotus, from quot and related to quis. The sense developed via “to give as a reference, to cite as an authority” to “to copy out exact words” (since 1680); the business sense “to state the price of a commodity” (1866) revives the etymological meaning. The noun, in the sense of “quotation,” is attested from 1885; see also usage note, below. pronunciation {{wikipedia}}
  • /kwəʊt/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A quotation, statement attributed to someone else.
  2. A quotation mark.
  3. A summary of work to be done with a set price. After going over the hefty quotes, the board decided it was cheaper to have the project executed by its own staff.
  4. A price set for a financial security or commodity.
Until the late 19th century, quote was exclusively used as a verb. Since then, it has been used as a shortened form of either quotation or quotation mark; see etymology, above. This use as a noun is well-understood and widely used, although it is often rejected in formal and academic contexts.Rosenheim, Edward W.; Ann Batko. (2004) ''When Bad Grammar Happens to Good People: How to Avoid Common Errors in English''. Career Press, Franklin Lakes, NJ. p. 207 ISBN 1-56414-722-3
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To repeat someone’s exact words.
  2. (transitive) To prepare a summary of work to be done and set a price.
  3. (Commerce, transitive) To name the current price, notably of a financial security.
  4. (intransitive) To indicate verbally or by equivalent means the start of a quotation.
  5. (archaic) To observe, to take account of.
Synonyms: (repeat words) cite
  • end quote
  • unquote
related terms:
  • quote unquote
  • toque
quote mark
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A quotation mark; a quote.
etymology 1 Old English lower case letter r, from 7th century replacement by Latin lower case r of the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc letter 〈ᚱ〉. pronunciation
  • (letter name) (non-rhotic) /ɑ(ɹ)/, (rhotic) /ɑɹ/, (Ireland) /ɔɹ/
  • (phoneme) (non-rhotic) /ɹ/ or a lengthening of the previous vowel, (rhotic) /ɹ/
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etymology 2 From are, pronounced like the name of the letter r
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  1. (abbreviation, slang, text messaging, internet) are (in text messaging and internet conversations) How r u — “How are you?”
r'coon etymology contraction of raccoon
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  1. (colloquial) eye dialect of raccoon In 1951, Disney releases R'coon Dawg starring Mickey and Pluto.
    • 2006, S. C. Kirk, An Itty Bitty Murder on the Way to Long Lane, p. 49: “Yeah Wayne, go on, and tell 'er 'bout the r'coon too, now there's somethin' funny,” De said, smarting back.
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  1. (colloquial) plural of r'coon eye dialect of raccoons
R'n'R Alternative forms: R&R, R-n-R
{{abbreviation-old}}: R'n'R (nonstandard)
  1. (slang) rock and roll
  2. (military) rest and recuperation
R&R Alternative forms: R-n-R, R and R
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  1. (slang) Rock and roll.
  2. (military, dated) Rest and recuperation, rest and recreation, or rest and relaxation.
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  1. (fandom slang) Read and review; used to request that people read a work (generally fan fiction) and give feedback on it.
rabbi etymology From ll rabbi, and its source Ancient Greek ῥαββί 〈rhabbí〉, from (post-biblical) Hebrew רבי 〈rby〉, from רַב 〈rab〉 + י 〈y〉. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈɹæb.baɪ/
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  1. A Jewish scholar or teacher of halacha (Jewish law), capable of making halachic decisions.
  2. A Jew who is or is qualified to be the leader of a Jewish congregation.
  3. (police, slang) A senior officer who acts as a mentor.
    • 2006, , "Soft Eyes": exampleHoskins? He doesn't have a better rabbi in the department than that?
    • 2013, , "Pilot": exampleIf I'm ever gonna make Captain, I need a good mentor. I need my rabbi.
related terms:
  • rav, rabbeinu, rebbe, reb, rebbetzin
rabbit {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈræbɪt/
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  • (Australia) {{enPR}}, /ˈræbət/
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etymology 1 From Middle English rabet, from Middle French dialect (compare French dialect rabbotte, rabouillet), from Walloon robète, diminutive of Middle Dutch robbe (compare Dutch rob, rob), from Middle Low German robbe (compare dialectal Low German , Robb, German Robbe), from rubben. More at rub.
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  1. A mammal of the family Leporidae, with long ears, long hind leg and a short, fluffy tail. exampleThe pioneers survived by eating the small game they could get: rabbits, squirrels and occasionally a raccoon.
    • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. Indeed, a nail filed sharp is not of much avail as an arrowhead; you must have it barbed, and that was a little beyond our skill.
  2. The fur of a rabbit typically used to imitate another animal's fur.
  3. A runner in a distance race whose goal is mainly to set the pace, either to tire a specific rival so that a teammate can win or to help another break a record; a pacesetter.
  4. (cricket) A very poor batsman; selected as a bowler or wicket-keeper.
  5. (comptheory) A large element at the beginning of a list of items to be bubble sort, and thus tending to be quickly swapped into its correct position. Compare turtle.
Synonyms: bunny (hypocoristic, colloquial, pet name), bunny rabbit (hypocoristic, colloquial, pet name), coney, cony (dialect)
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  1. (intransitive) To hunt rabbits.
  2. (US, intransitive) To flee. The informant seemed skittish, as if he was about to rabbit.
Synonyms: (to flee): run off, scamper, bolt
etymology 2 From Cockney rhyming slang rabbit and pork, to talk.
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  1. (British, intransitive) To talk incessantly and in a childish manner; to babble annoyingly. Stop your infernal rabbiting! Use proper words or nobody will listen to you! Commonly used in the form "to rabbit on"
Synonyms: (to talk incessantly and childishly): babble, blather, prattle, ,
rabbit fever
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  1. (informal) tularemia
rabbit food
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  1. A type of food specially formulated for the feeding of rabbits The bunny ate the rabbit food.
  2. (informal, derogatory) salad vegetable, such as carrots, celery or lettuce. Are you on a diet? Why are you eating that rabbit food?
rabbitfucker etymology From rabbit + fucker.
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  1. (slang, derogatory, offensive, vulgar) Term of abuse.
rabbit-o Alternative forms: rabbit-oh etymology From rabbit + o. pronunciation
  • (Australia) /ˈɹæbədoʊ/
  • (UK) /ˈɹabɪtəʊ/
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  1. (Australia and New Zealand colloquial, now historical) Someone who sells rabbit for food, especially an itinerant salesman. {{defdate}}
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber and Faber 2003, p. 11: He would have anyone to his house who would come – bishops and rabbit-ohs, limping ex-servicemen and flash characters from the racetrack.
rabiz Alternative forms: rabis etymology From Armenian ռաբիզ 〈ṙabiz〉, perhaps an abbreviation of Russian (Rabotniki Iskusstva, "Workers of Art"), a Soviet organization into which performers of folk music were once associated.
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  1. (music) A popular modern Armenian music style. Shows Middle Eastern influences and is related to Russian and Azeri . Considered tasteless and vulgar by educated people.
  2. (slang) A member of Armenian hillbilly subculture embracing rabiz music, exhibiting materialistic flamboyancy, using strong blend of Russian and Armenian slang words, wearing matching sport suit, sunglasses and shoes called ծիծակ 〈cicak〉.
raccoon {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: racoon {{defdate}}, rarowcun {{defdate}}, r'coon (colloquial contraction) etymology From arocoun (1608), from pim ärähkun, from ärähkuněm. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ɹəˈkuːn/
  • (US) /ɹæˈkun/, /ɹəˈkun/
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  1. A nocturnal omnivore native to North America, typically with a mixture of gray, brown, and black fur, a mask-like marking around the eyes and a striped tail; Procyon lotor.
    • 1624, John Smith, Generall Historie, in Kupperman 1988, p. 64: Before a fire upon a seat like a bedsted, he sat covered with a great robe, made of Rarowcun skinnes, and all the tayles hanging by.
    • 2010, Charlie Brooker, "Screen Burn", The Guardian, 3 Apr 2010: Thus we're presented with…a man who has the head of his penis bitten off by a raccoon, then bleeds to death in a forest.
  2. Any mammal of the genus Procyon.
  3. Any mammal of the subfamily Procyoninae, a procyonine.
  4. Any mammal of the family Procyonidae, a procyonid.
Synonyms: (Procyon lotor) coon (colloquial), {{vern}}, {{vern}}, northern raccoon
raccoons Alternative forms: racoons, r'coons (colloquial contraction)
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of raccoon
race {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ɹeɪs/
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etymology 1 From Middle English race, from Old Norse rás, from Proto-Germanic *rēsō, from Proto-Indo-European *reh₁s- 〈*reh₁s-〉. Akin to Old English rǣs, gml ras. Compare Danish ræs, Norwegian and Swedish ras.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A contest between people, animals, vehicles, etc. where the goal is to be the first to reach some objective. Several horses run in a horse race, and the first one to reach the finishing post wins The race around the park was won by Johnny, who ran faster than the others. We had a race to see who could finish the book the quickest.
    • 2012 November 2, Ken Belson, "," New York Times (retrieved 2 November 2012): After days of intensifying pressure from runners, politicians and the general public to call off the New York City Marathon in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, city officials and the event’s organizers decided Friday afternoon to cancel the race.
  2. A progressive movement toward a goal.
  3. A fast-moving current of water, such as that which powers a mill wheel.
  4. Swift progress; rapid course; a running.
    • Francis Bacon The flight of many birds is swifter than the race of any beasts.
  5. Competitive action of any kind, especially when prolonged; hence, career; course of life.
    • Milton My race of glory run, and race of shame.
  6. Travel, run, or journey. {{rfex}}
  7. The bushing of a rolling element bearing which contacts the rolling elements.
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  1. (intransitive) To take part in a race (in the sense of a contest). exampleThe drivers were racing around the track.
  2. (transitive) To compete against in such a race. exampleI raced him to the car, but he was there first, so he got to ride shotgun.
  3. (intransitive) To move or drive at high speed.
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    exampleAs soon as it was time to go home, he raced for the door. exampleHer heart was racing as she peered into the dimly lit room.
  4. (intransitive) Of a motor, to run rapidly when not engaged to a transmission.
    • 1891 (December) Arthur Conan Doyle, The Man with the Twisted Lip: "My mind is like a racing engine, tearing itself to pieces because it is not connected up with the work for which it was built."
etymology 2 From Middle French race, from Italian razza, of uncertain origin. According to philologist Gianfranco Contini,Devoto, Giacomo, ''Avviamento all'etimologia italiana'', Mondadori. the Italian word comes from Old French haraz "troop of horses"; > Modern French haras, from Old Norse hárr. Some authorities suggest derivation from osp raza, rasa, from earlier ras, res, from Arabic scArab. This, however, is difficult to support, since Italian razza predates the Spanish word.Diez, Etymologisches Wörterbuch der romanischen Sprachen, "Razza." Another possible source is lng raiza, a literal rendering of Latin linea sanguinis "bloodline of descent". Raiza is of gem origin, akin to Old High German reiza, Old Norse ríta. A fourth possibility is that the Italian razza derives from Latin ratio through an unattested intermediate form *razzo.
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  1. A group of sentient beings, particularly people, distinguished by common heritage or characteristics:
    1. A large group of people distinguish from others on the basis of a common heritage.
      • 1913, Martin Van Buren Knox, The religious life of the Anglo-Saxon race
    2. A large group of people distinguished from others on the basis of common physical characteristic, such as skin color or hair type. Race was a significant issue during apartheid in South Africa.
    3. (controversial usage) One of the categories from the many subcategorizations of the human species. See Wikipedia's article on Race (historical_definitions).
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      The Native Americans colonized the New World in several waves from Asia, and thus they are considered part of the same Mongoloid race.
    4. A large group of sentient beings distinguish from others on the basis of a common heritage (compare species, subspecies). A treaty was concluded between the race of elves and the race of men.
      • 1898, Herman Isidore Stern, The gods of our fathers: a study of Saxon mythology, page 15) There are two distinct races of gods known to Norse mythology[.]
  2. (biology) A population geographically separated from others of its species that develops significantly different characteristics; an informal term for a subspecies.
  3. A breed or strain of domesticate animal.
    • Shakespeare For do but note a wild and wanton herd, / Or race of youthful and unhandled colts, / Fetching mad bounds.
  4. (figuratively) A category or species of something that has emerged or evolved from an older one (with an implied parallel to animal breeding or evolutionary science). The advent of the Internet has brought about a new race of entrepreneur. Recent developments in artificial intelligence has brought about a new race of robots that can perform household chores without supervision.
  5. Peculiar flavour, taste, or strength, as of wine; that quality, or assemblage of qualities, which indicates origin or kind, as in wine; hence, characteristic flavour.
    • Shakespeare a race of heaven
    • Massinger Is it [the wine] of the right race?
  6. Characteristic quality or disposition.
    • Shakespeare And now I give my sensual race the rein.
    • Sir W. Temple Some … great race of fancy or judgment.
Synonyms: subspecies, breed, variety
related terms:
  • racism
  • racial
  • racy
etymology 3 From Middle French, from Latin radix.
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  1. A rhizome or root, especially of ginger.
    • 1842, Gibbons Merle, The Domestic Dictionary and Housekeeper's Manual, page 433: On the third day after this second boiling, pour all the syrup into a pan, put the races of ginger with it, and boil it up until the syrup adheres to the spoon.
  • {{rank}}
  • acre, Acre
  • care
racebending etymology race + bending, following the pattern of genderbending. Alternative forms: race-bending
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, often, pejorative) Playing the role of, or casting someone in the role of, someone of different race or ethnicity An Asian actor portraying a character of Caucasian descent is an example of racebending.
race-bending etymology race + bending, following the pattern of genderbending. Alternative forms: racebending
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, often, pejorative) Playing the role of, or casting someone in the role of, someone of different race or ethnicity
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race queen {{wikipedia}}
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  1. (idiomatic, slang) A glamorous model accompanying the pit crew in Japanese motor racing.
    • 1993, Mark Pendergrast, For God, Country, and Coca-Cola … crowds ogle the red-clad "Coca-Cola race queens" at an eight-hour motorcycle endurance race in Japan.
    • 2008, Kenny Loui, Tokyo Phantasmagoria … cafes and shops exist in Tokyo and throughout Japan, where customers can be serviced by school girls, policewomen, race queens, or "bunny girls".
Synonyms: brolly dolly, grid girl, pit babe
etymology 1
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. ratchet
etymology 2 Possibly an alteration of wretched.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) low-down, of low quality
  • careth
  • charet
  • E chart
  • Thrace
rack {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ɹæk/
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etymology 1 From Middle English rakke, rekke , from Middle Dutch rac, recke, rec (Dutch rek), see rekken.
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  1. A series of one or more shelves, stacked one above the other
  2. Any of various kinds of frame for holding clothes, bottles, animal fodder, mined ore, shot on a vessel, etc.
  3. (nautical) A piece or frame of wood, having several sheaves, through which the running rigging passes; called also rack block.
  4. A distaff.
  5. A bar with teeth on its face or edge, to work with those of a gearwheel, pinion, or worm, which is to drive or be driven by it.
  6. A bar with teeth on its face or edge, to work with a pawl as a ratchet allowing movement in one direction only, used for example in a handbrake or crossbow.
  7. A device, incorporating a ratchet, used to torture victims by stretching them beyond their natural limits.
    • Macaulay During the troubles of the fifteenth century, a rack was introduced into the Tower, and was occasionally used under the plea of political necessity.
  8. A cranequin, a mechanism including a rack, pinion and pawl, providing both mechanical advantage and a ratchet, used to bend and cock a crossbow.
  9. A pair of antler (as on deer, moose or elk).
  10. A cut of meat involving several adjacent rib. I bought a rack of lamb at the butcher's yesterday.
  11. (billiards, snooker, pool) A hollow triangle used for aligning the balls at the start of a game. See
  12. (slang, vulgar) A woman's breasts.
  13. (climbing, caving) A friction device for abseiling, consisting of a frame with 5 or more metal bars, around which the rope is threaded. Also rappel rack, abseil rack.
  14. (climbing, slang) A climber's set of equipment for setting up protection and belays, consisting of runners, slings, karabiners, nuts, Friends, etc. I used almost a full rack on the second pitch.
  15. A grate on which bacon is laid.
  16. (obsolete) That which is extorted; exaction. {{rfquotek}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To place in or hang on a rack.
  2. To torture (someone) on the rack.
    • Alexander Pope He was racked and miserably tormented.
    • 2011, Thomas Penn, Winter King, Penguin 2012, p. 228: As the poet Sir Thomas Wyatt later recalled, his father, Henry VII's jewel-house keeper Henry Wyatt, had been racked on the orders of Richard III, who had sat there and watched.
  3. To cause (someone) to suffer pain.
    • Milton Vaunting aloud but racked with deep despair.
  4. (figurative) To stretch or strain; to harass, or oppress by extortion.
    • Shakespeare Try what my credit can in Venice do; / That shall be racked even to the uttermost.
    • Spenser The landlords there shamefully rack their tenants.
    • Fuller They rack a Scripture simile beyond the true intent thereof.
  5. (billiards, snooker, pool) To put the balls into the triangular rack and set them in place on the table.
  6. (slang) To strike a male in the groin with the knee.
  7. To (manually) load (a round of ammunition) from the magazine or belt into firing position in an automatic or semiautomatic firearm.
  8. (mining) To wash (metals, ore, etc.) on a rack.
  9. (nautical) To bind together, as two ropes, with cross turns of yarn, marline, etc.
etymology 2 Old English reċċan
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. stretch joints of a person
etymology 3 Probably from Old Norse reka{{R:Webster 1913|rack}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To fly, as vapour or broken clouds
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Thin, flying, broken clouds, or any portion of floating vapour in the sky. {{rfquotek}}
    • Francis Bacon The winds in the upper region, which move the clouds above, which we call the rack, … pass without noise.
    • Charles Kingsley And the night rack came rolling up.
etymology 4 Middle English rakken
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  1. (brewing) To clarify, and thereby deter further fermentation of, beer, wine or cider by draining or siphon it from the dreg.
    • Francis Bacon It is in common practice to draw wine or beer from the lees (which we call racking), whereby it will clarify much the sooner.
etymology 5 See rack, or rock (verb).
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (of a horse) To amble fast, causing a rocking or swaying motion of the body; to pace. {{rfquotek}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A fast amble.
etymology 6 See wreck.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A wreck; destruction.
    • Samuel Pepys All goes to rack.
  • cark
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  1. (pejorative) A very lean person or animal, especially a lean horse.
racket {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: (sporting implement) racquet pronunciation
  • /ˈɹækɪt/
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etymology 1 From Middle English raket
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) A racquet: an implement with a handle connected to a round frame strung with wire, sinew, or plastic cords, and used to hit a ball, such as in tennis or a birdie in badminton.
    • 1922, Michael Arlen, [ “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days], 3/19/2 , “Ivor had acquired more than a mile of fishing rights with the house ; he was not at all a good fisherman, but one must do something ; one generally, however, banged a ball with a squash-racket against a wall.”
  2. (Canada) A snowshoe formed of cord stretched across a long and narrow frame of light wood.
  3. A broad wooden shoe or patten for a man or horse, to allow walking on marshy or soft ground.
Synonyms: (implement) bat, paddle, racquet
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To strike with, or as if with, a racket.
    • Hewyt Poor man [is] racketed from one temptation to another.
etymology 2 Attested since the 1500s, of unclear origin; possibly a metathesis of the dialectal term rattick.{{}}
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  1. A loud noise. Power tools work quickly, but they sure make a racket. With all the racket they're making, I can't hear myself think! What's all this racket?
  2. A fraud or swindle; an illegal scheme for profit. They had quite a racket devised to relieve customers of their money.
  3. (dated, slang) A carouse; any reckless dissipation.
  4. (dated, slang) Something taking place considered as exciting, trying, unusual, etc. or as an ordeal.
Synonyms: (loud noise) din, noise, ruckus, (fraud) con, fraud, scam, swindle
  • tacker
rack off
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: rack, off
    • 1824, Thomas Greene Fessenden, The New England Farmer, Volume 2, [http//|racks|racking|racked+off%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=T_z3T6-8MYauiQeb-biDBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22rack|racks|racking|racked%20off%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 89], They do not, however, make use of their cider-spirit till they have racked off their cider, about the first of January.
  2. (Australia, informal) To go away; to sod off. Rack off, hairy legs!
    • 2002, Lydia Laube, Llama for Lunch, 2010, [http//|racks|racking|racked+off%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2wf4T-a3MumiiAedibjRBg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22rack|racks|racking|racked%20off%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], The gorgeous mad Argentinian who came flying in like a whirlwind before racking off until the next day told me that my face is Argentinian. I hope that′s good.
    • 2005, , Undercover Prop, [http//|racks|racking|racked+off%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2wf4T-a3MumiiAedibjRBg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22rack|racks|racking|racked%20off%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 164], He came back at me with more trash talk and I said, ‘Rack off, mate. If you can′t talk sensibly to me, then scram.’
    • 2008, , Say When, [http//|racks|racking|racked+off%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2wf4T-a3MumiiAedibjRBg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22rack|racks|racking|racked%20off%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 83], Like many who travel abroad, I′m constantly consumed by hatred of Australians. Loud drunken bogans whose nasal accents cut through the humid Phuket air like a chainsaw: “Jesus Chroist, Aaron, just rack off, I’ve had a gutful.”
Commonly used in the imperative mood. Synonyms: get stuffed, piss off
rad pronunciation
  • (UK) /ɹæd/
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  1. (slang) Excellent, short for radical.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (metrology) A non-SI unit of absorbed dose of radiation, equal to 0.01 gray.
  2. abbreviation of radian
  3. (automotive, plumbing, slang) abbreviation of radiator
Synonyms: (metrology) rd (abbreviation)
  • ADR
  • ard, ARD
  • DAR
Radder etymology Radcliffe + er
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  1. (UK, slang, dated, Oxford University) The Radcliffe Camera.
radfem etymology Shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, sometimes pejorative) A radical feminist (see radical feminism).
    • 1999, Michael Jahn, Dorian Yeager, & Barbara Paul, A New York State of Crime, Worldwide (1999), ISBN 0373263171, page 39: "How come a radfem like you didn't keep your last name after you got married?" Mosko asked.
    • 2003, Kenneth Lasson, Trembling in the Ivory Tower: Excesses in the Pursuit of Truth and Tenure, Bancroft Press (2003), ISBN 1890862088, page 103: In their philosophical pursuit of answers to ultimate questions, the radfems get mired in the multi-syllabic muck of over-intellectualization, lacing their ideas with obscure cross-references and mind-numbing bombast …
    • 2008, Peter Innes, The Man with the Grasshopper Mind, iUniverse (2008), ISBN 9780595522651, page 91: Dr. Brimacombe firmly believed that just because she was a radfem, there was no need to dress in drab. She was frilly and feminine in the peachy-pinky, frou-frou frock and matching heels recommended by her fashion consultant.
radgie pronunciation
  • /ˈrædʒi/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Geordie and Scotland, pejorative) A violent or aggressive person.
related terms:
  • radge
  • radgepacket
radgie gadgie pronunciation
  • /ˈrædʒi, ˈɡædʒi/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Geordie, pejorative) A bad tempered old man.
related terms:
  • gadgie
  • radge
  • radgie
radical etymology From French radical, from ll radicalis, from Latin radix; see radix. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈɹædɪkəl/
  • {{homophones}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Favoring fundamental change, or change at the root cause of a matter. His beliefs are radical.
  2. (botany, not comparable) Pertaining to a root (of a plant).
  3. Pertaining to the basic or intrinsic nature of something.
    • Burke The most determined exertions of that authority, against them, only showed their radical independence.
  4. Thoroughgoing.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    The spread of the cancer required radical surgery, and the entire organ was removed.
  5. (linguistics, not comparable) Of or pertaining to the root of a word.
  6. (linguistics, not comparable, of a sound) Produced using the root of the tongue.
  7. (chemistry, not comparable) Involving free radical.
  8. (math) Relating to a radix or mathematical root. a radical quantity; a radical sign
  9. (slang, 1980s) Excellent; awesome. That was a radical jump!
related terms:
  • root
  • radix
Synonyms: (pertaining to the basic or intrinsic nature of something) fundamental
  • (pertaining to the basic or intrinsic nature of something) ignorable, trivial
coordinate terms:
  • (produced with the root of the tongue) labial, coronal, dorsal, laryngeal
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (historical: 19th-century Britain) A member of the most progressive wing of the Liberal Party; someone favouring social reform (but generally stopping short of socialism).
  2. (historical: early 20th-century France) A member of an influential, centrist political party favouring moderate social reform, a republican constitution, and secular politics.
  3. A person with radical opinions.
  4. (arithmetic) A root (of a number or quantity).
  5. {{senseid}}(linguistics) In logographic writing systems as the Chinese writing system, the portion of a character (if any) that provides an indication of its meaning, as opposed to phonetic.
  6. (linguistics) In Semitic languages, any one of the set of consonants (typically three) that make up a root.
  7. (chemistry) A group of atom, joined by covalent bond, that take part in reaction as a single unit.
  8. (organic chemistry) A free radical.
  • aldaric
radiclib etymology The coinage is generally attributed to U.S. Vice President . It was used by the to attack the political opposition, implying that the liberals in the Senate were subversive. Several people on were identified as radiclibs.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, neologism) A radical liberal.
    • 1970. September 12, H. R. Haldeman, Haldeman's Diary, Next, a front that sounds like SDS to support the Democratic candidates and praise their liberal records, etc, publicize their 'bad' quotes in guise of praise. Give the senators a 'radiclib' rating.
radicool etymology {{blend}}.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Cool, awesome.
radio {{wikipedia}} etymology From Latin radius. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈɹeɪdiˌəʊ/
  • (GenAm) /ˈɹeɪdiˌoʊ/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) The technology that allows for the transmission of sound or other signals by modulation of electromagnetic wave.
  2. (countable) A device that can capture (receive) the signal sent over radio waves and render the modulated signal as sound.
  3. (countable) A device that can transmit radio signals.
  4. (Internet, uncountable) The continuous broadcast of sound recording via the Internet in the style of traditional radio.
Synonyms: (device to capture radio signal) tuner, wireless, receiver
related terms: {{rel3}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, transitive, ambitransitive) To use two-way radio to transmit (a message) (to another radio or other radio operator). I think the boat is sinking; we'd better radio for help. / I radioed him already. / Radio the coordinates this time. / OK. I radioed them the coordinates.
  2. (transitive) To order or assist (to a location), using telecommunications.
    • 2002, Jack Dave, Death Bridge, iUniverse, ISBN 978-0-595-21407-5, page 40: “Could you call them here? I'd like to talk to them. Or if they're out in the field, radio them in.”
    • Leading from the front: no excuse leadership tactics for women, page 111, Angie Morgan, Courtney Lynch, 2006, “When I told him that they weren't back yet, he asked if we could radio them back early … Radioing them in was fine with me.”
    • Amy's Secret, page 14, Kimberly Johnson, 2006, “When she arrived, she was told that Tad wasn't there and to have a seat and wait while they radioed him in.”
  • aroid
radio jock
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A radio jockey
radiologist etymology radiology + ist pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɹeɪ.diːˌɒl.ə.dʒɪst/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who is skilled in or practice radiology.
Synonyms: (slang) shadow gazer
radio shack pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology radio + shack
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, nautical) a room for hosting radio equipment
radiothon etymology radio + thon
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An extended charity appeal on the radio
  • rhodation
raffia {{rfi}} Alternative forms: rafia, raphia; rofia (obsolete) etymology From Malagasy rofia. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A fibrous material used for tying plants, originating from the leaves of a palm tree of the genus {{taxlink}}.
  • affair
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (religious slur, offensive, Islam) Shiite
Used by anti-Shiite Muslims to disparage Shiites
alternative spellings:
  • Rafidhite, Rafidite, Rafidi
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, offensive, religious slur) A Shiite.
rafie pronunciation
  • /rɑːrˈfi/
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Geordie, pejorative) alternative spelling of ralphie
  • afire, Arfie, faire, feria
raft {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ɹɑːft/
  • (US) /ɹæft/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Scandinavian; compare West Old Norse raptr, Norwegian raft, Danish raft. Compare also Albanian trap.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A flat structure made of plank, barrel etc., that float on water, and is used for transport, emergencies or a platform for swimmer.
  2. A flat-bottomed inflatable craft for float or drift on water.
  3. A thick crowd of seabird or sea mammal.
  4. (US) A collection of logs, fallen trees, etc. which obstruct navigation in a river.
  5. (slang, informal) A large collection of people or things taken indiscriminately.
    • W. D. Howells a whole raft of folks
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) to convey on a raft
  2. (transitive) to make into a raft
  3. (intransitive) to travel by raft
related terms:
  • rafter
  • whitewater rafting
etymology 2 Alteration of raff.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A large (but unspecified) number, a lot.
    • 2007, Edwin Mullins, The Popes of Avignon, Blue Bridge 2008, p. 31: Among those arrested was the grand master himself, Jacques de Molay, who found himself facing a raft of charges based on the specious evidence of former knights [...].
etymology 3
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of reave {{rfquotek}}
  • fart
  • frat
  • RTFA
  • traf, TRAF
rag {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ɹæɡ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Old Norse rǫgg. Cognate with Swedish ragg.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (in the plural) Tattered clothes.
    • {{rfdate}} Dryden Virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm.
  2. A piece of old cloth; a tattered piece of cloth; a shred, a tatter.
    • {{rfdate}} Milton Cowls, hoods, and habits, with their wearers, tossed, / And fluttered into rags.
    • {{rfdate}} Fuller Not having otherwise any rag of legality to cover the shame of their cruelty.
  3. A shabby, beggarly fellow; a ragamuffin.
    • {{rfdate}} Ben Jonson The other zealous rag is the compositor.
    • {{rfdate}} Spenser Upon the proclamation, they all came in, both tag and rag.
  4. A ragged edge in metalworking.
  5. (nautical, slang) A sail, or any piece of canvas.
    • {{rfdate}} Lowell Our ship was a clipper with every rag set.
  6. (slang, pejorative) A newspaper, magazine.
  7. {{rfc-sense}} (poker slang) A card that appears to help no one.
  8. {{rfc-sense}} (poker slang) A low card.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To become tattered.
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etymology 2 unknown origin; perhaps the same word as Etymology 1, above.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A coarse kind of rock, somewhat cellular in texture; ragstone.
    • 2003, Peter Ackroyd, The Clerkenwell Tales, page 1: the three walls around the garden, each one of thirty-three feet, were built out of three layers of stone — pebble stone, flint and rag stone.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To break (ore) into lumps for sorting.
  2. To cut or dress roughly, as a grindstone.
etymology 3 Origin uncertain.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To scold or rail at; to rate; to tease; to torment; to banter.
  2. (British slang) To drive a car or another vehicle in a hard, fast or unsympathetic manner.
  3. To tease or torment, especially at a university; to bully, to haze.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated) A prank or practical joke.
  2. (UK, Ireland) A society run by university student for the purpose of charitable fundraising.
etymology 4 Perhaps from ragged. Compare later ragtime.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, US) An informal dance party featuring music played by African-American string bands. {{defdate}}
  2. A ragtime song, dance or piece of music. {{defdate}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, informal) To play or compose (a piece, melody, etc.) in syncopated time.
  2. (intransitive, informal) To dance to ragtime music.
  • gar
rageaholic Alternative forms: rageholic etymology rage + aholic
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A person with a highly volatile temper.
    • 1992, Steven Womack, Dead Folks' Blues, Ballantine Books (1992), ISBN 9780307775924, unnumbered page: "He was abrasive, abusive, probably a rageaholic. Popular? No, I'd have to say not."
  • {{seemoreCites}}
rage boner
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) An intense state of anger or hatred, especially toward someone or something.
    • 2012, Chris Stamm, "Upper Extremities #32: Emotional Rescue", Willamette Week, 29 March 2012: His nasal whine and reflective tenderness killed every righteous rage boner I’d worked up during Chris Hannah’s more aggressive tunes, and if there’s anything a sixteen year-old vegan with really bad acne hates, it’s a deflating rage boner.
    • 2012, Sean Conboy, "There Will Be Blood", Pittsburgh Magazine, 7 December 2012: Since these are bitter, polarized, flame-baiting times (in The Year of Our Perpetual Rage Boner), I’ll let you fill in the empty spaces about which entrenched ideology was to blame for the extended strike.
    • 2015, Lee Bond, Foreign Devil, unnumbered page: Learning that the Portsiders were badass gangsters was all very well and good, but nowhere did Garth see anything that could explain their sudden rage boner for one measly Offworlder.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
rageholic Alternative forms: rageaholic etymology rage + holic
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A person with a highly volatile temper.
    • 2001, Betty Rushford, Mercy Triumphs: Inspiration for Those Infected or Affected by AIDS, Xulon Press (2001), ISBN 1931232830, page 34: One day he turned into the rageholic and we couldn't get him calm.
  • {{seemoreCites}}
ragequit etymology rage + quit Alternative forms: rage quit
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, slang, video games) To quit an online video game in anger.
    • {{quote-newsgroup }}
    • {{quote-newsgroup }}
    • {{quote-video }} Hardison: I don't know what happened. I had 'em and then I just— Nate: Didn't anticipate the ragequit. Hardison: You know gamer terminology? Nate: I know the key to a good game is balancing boredom and frustration. Now the game — the puzzle's too easy, then the mark — the player — gets bored and walks away. The puzzle's too hard, then the player gets frustrated, and quits in a rage: ragequit.
ragequitter etymology ragequit + er Alternative forms: rage quitter
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, video games) One who quit an online video game in anger.
    • {{quote-web }}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncommon) One who rage.
    • 2005, Paul Blum, Teacher's Guide to Anger Management, page 51: Ragers are feared and detested by teachers for their potential to destroy a lesson.
  2. (slang) A party, particularly a large, wild party social event.
  3. (slang) A raging erection; a massive erection of the penis.
raghead etymology rag + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, ethnic slur, religious slur) A Muslim, Arab, Sikh, or member of any group that traditionally wears headdress such as a turban, keffiyeh or headscarf.
Synonyms: towelhead
raghorn etymology rag + horn, describing the animals as non-prime trophy specimens, i.e. "rags". Another explanation is that it is descriptive of how the new antlers have a velvety covering that sloughs off each year and can hang like rags.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) Any male elk (bull) with antler between one and six point, non-inclusive, on either side. Also called an "intermediate bull" (bulls with two, three, four or five points on either side).
rag out
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US regional, slang) To dress up.
ragtimey etymology ragtime + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Resembling ragtime music.
    • {{quote-news}}
ragtop etymology rag + top
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A convertible automobile.
rag trade
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The fashion industry.
raider pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who engages in a raid; a plunderer.
  2. (business) A person who takes or attempts to take control of a firm against the will of current management by purchasing a controlling interest of stock and acquiring proxies.
  3. (military) A special forces operative; a commando.
  4. (military, naval) A warship which is light, maneuverable, and fast-moving.
  5. (informal) A person who uncovers evidence of improper behavior within governmental or private organizations.
Synonyms: (plunderer) buccaneer, corsair, freebooter, pirate, (person who uncovers evidence of improper behavior) muckraker, activist
  • arider
rail {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ɹeɪɫ/, /ɹeɪl/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English rail, rayl, *reȝel, *reȝol (found in reȝolsticke), partly from Old English regol and partly from Old French reille; both from Latin regula, from regere; see regular.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A horizontal bar extending between supports and used for support or as a barrier; a railing.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 7 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Old Applegate, in the stern, just set and looked at me, and Lord James, amidship, waved both arms and kept hollering for help. I took a couple of everlasting big strokes and managed to grab hold of the skiff's rail, close to the stern.”
  2. The metal bar that makes the track for a railroad.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  3. A railroad; a railway, as a means of transportation. We travelled to the seaside by rail. a small Scottish village not accessible by rail
  4. A horizontal piece of wood that serves to separate sections of a door or window.
  5. (surfing) One of the lengthwise edges of a surfboard.
    • {{circa}} Nick Carroll, : Rails alone can only ever have a marginal effect on a board's general turning ability.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To travel by railway.
    • Rudyard Kipling Mottram of the Indian Survey had ridden thirty and railed one hundred miles from his lonely post in the desert …
  2. (transitive) To enclose with rails or a railing.
    • Ayliffe It ought to be fenced in and railed.
  3. (transitive) To range in a line.
    • Francis Bacon They were brought to London all railed in ropes, like a team of horses in a cart.
etymology 2 French râle, Old French rasle. Compare Malayalam rallus. Named from its harsh cry, vl *rasculum, from Latin rādō.
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}} {{wikispecies}}
  1. Any of several bird in the family Rallidae.
Not all birds in the family Rallidae are rails by their common name. The family also includes coots, moorhens, crakes, flufftails, waterhens and others.
related terms:
  • ralline
etymology 3 From Middle French railler.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To complain violent (against, about).
    • {{quote-news }}
    • 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, p. 27: Chief Joyi railed against the white man, whom he believed had deliberately sundered the Xhosa tribe, dividing brother from brother.
etymology 4 From Middle English rail, reil, from Old English hræġl. Cognate with Old Frisian hreil, reil, Old Saxon hregil, Old High German hregil. Alternative forms: rayle
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) An item of clothing; a cloak or other garment; a dress.
  2. (obsolete) Specifically, a woman's headscarf or neckerchief. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 5 Probably from xno raier, Middle French raier.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete) To gush, flow (of liquid).
    • {{RQ:Mlry MrtArthr1}}, Bk.V, Ch.iv: his breste and his brayle was bloodé – and hit rayled all over the see.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.2: So furiously each other did assayle, / As if their soules they would attonce haue rent / Out of their brests, that streames of bloud did rayle / Adowne, as if their springes of life were spent{{nb...}}.
  • aril
  • lair
  • lari
  • liar
  • lira
  • rial
railbird etymology rail + bird
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A rail or similar bird
  2. (US, slang) A gambler; originally specifically a horseracing enthusiast
    • {{quote-news}}
railbuff etymology rail + buff
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A railway enthusiast.
Synonyms: gunzel (Australia), railfan, trainiac (informal)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A railway enthusiast.
    • 1961, Augustus Wolfman, Photo Methods for Industry A previewing railfan pointed out a mistake in the animation showing articulation.
    • 1975, Paul B Cors, Railroads From my own experience, I cannot say how one becomes a railfan...
    • 1989, M Thomas Inge, Handbook of American Popular Culture A number of US and Canadian book dealers regularly channel British titles to railfan collectors...
Synonyms: ferroequinologist, gunzel (Australia), railbuff, trainiac (informal), trainspotter
rail hail {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Hail accelerated to high speeds by heavy winds.
rain etymology From Middle English reyn, rein, from Old English reġn, from Proto-Germanic *regnaz (compare West Frisian rein, Dutch regen, German Regen, Danish regn), from pre-Germanic *Hréǵ-no-, from Proto-Indo-European *Hreǵ 'to flow' (compare Latin rigō, Lithuanian rõki, Albanian rrjedh). pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ɹeɪn/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Condensed water falling from a cloud. We've been having a lot of rain lately. The rains came late that year.
  2. (figuratively) Any matter moving or falling, usually through air, and especially if liquid or otherwise figuratively identifiable with raindrop.
  3. (figuratively) An instance of particle or larger pieces of matter moving or fall through air. A rain of mortar fire fell on our trenches.
Alternative forms: raygne (obsolete)
  • shower, downpour, drop are some of the words used to count rain.
Synonyms: See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (impersonal) To have rain fall from the sky. It will rain today.
  2. To fall as or like rain.
    • Shakespeare The rain it raineth every day.
    Tears rained from her eyes.
  3. (intransitive) To fall in large quantities. Bombs rained from the sky.
  4. (transitive) To issue (something) in large quantities. The boxer rained punches on his opponent's head.
  • Arin, ARIN, arni, Iran, NIRA, rani, Rian, RNAi
rainburn etymology From rain + burn, by analogy with sunburn.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) A notional burn on the skin caused by excess exposure to heavy rain.
    • 1991 June 13, "Mark Grundy" (username), "Plot Seeds/Story: Undead of Purditory", in, Usenet: It started with neck and upper body sores that looked a bit like rainburn - but usually they had only two or three of them.
    • 2002 May 31, "old dobbin" (username), "wild garlic overdose? (long)", in uk.rec.equestrian, Usenet: I have seen sunburn/windburn and 'rainburn' affect horses over the years but this did not fit any of those causes …
    • 2005, Martin Sketchley, Affinity Trap: He peered out, glancing at the sky. 'We'd better get under cover before it starts raining,' he said, breathing heavily. 'We don't want to get rainburn.'
raincoat {{wikipedia}} etymology rain + coat pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈɹeɪnkoʊt/
  • (RP) /ˈɹeɪnkəʊt/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A waterproof coat worn in the rain.
  2. (slang) A condom.
related terms:
  • mac
  • mackintosh
  • oilskin
  • rainjacket
  • waterproof
  • Catriona
  • Croatian
raincoater etymology raincoat + er, from a stereotype of sleazy men in dirty raincoats.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fan of pornography who prefers movies with as much sex and as little plot or character development as possible.
  2. (slang) A fan of pornography who prefers material featuring sex that is rough, degrading, or violent toward women.
Raincouver etymology {{blend}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; referring to its rainy climate.
    • 2008, Arlena De Bruin, On The Bright Side…and Other Rose-Coloured Catastrophes, Red Wagon Writing and Publishing Services (2008), ISBN 9780980940503, page 158: What would Raincouver (Vancouver) be without 400cm of rain and a flash flood on a summer day?
    • 2011, Harvinder Sandhu, "Put grey in perspective and embrace wet coast", Surrey Now, 4 February 2011, page A13: News reporters giving out the weather should have a smile in their voice, they should be making Metro Vancouver inhabitants feel good about living in "Raincouver."
    • 2013, Kelsey Klassen, "Local company marries nature lovers and developing nations", WE, 3 January 2013 - 9 January 2013, page 9: In winter, water is often foremost on our minds for all the wrong reasons, but one of the most amazing things about living in Raincouver is our ability to turn on the tap and drink deeply.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
raindrop etymology From Middle English raindrope, from Old English regndropa, equivalent to rain + drop, Cognate with Dutch regendroppel, regendruppel, German Regentropfen, Swedish regndroppe. pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /ˈreɪndrɒp/
  • (GenAm) {{enPR}}, /ˈreɪndrɑp/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A single droplet of rainwater that has just fallen or is falling from the sky.
    • 1902, John Muir, "": It is all so fine and orderly that it would seem that not only had the clouds and streams been kept harmoniously busy in the making of it, but that every raindrop sent like a bullet to a mark had been the subject of a separate thought, so sure is the outcome of beauty through the stormy centuries.
    • 1969, Hal David (lyricist), “Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head”.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A native american medicine man who induces rain by rituals.
  2. A person who induces rainfall through scientific methods (i.e. silver iodide cloud seeding).
  3. (figurative) An employee of a company who creates a large amount of unexpected business, consistently brings in money at critical times, or brings in markedly more money than his or her co-workers, thereby "floating their salaries".
  4. (figurative) An investor in sick or start-up business ventures.
  5. (slang) (figurative) An executive or lawyer with exceptional ability to attract clients, use political connections, or increase profits, etc. The president has several rainmakers among his advisers.
  6. (baseball, informal) A batted ball that is hit very high into the air. The slugger is known for hitting rainmakers.
rainmaking {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The attempted artificial production of rain, either by use of magic or by seeding cloud
  2. (US, informal) Hiring someone who creates business opportunities or revenue.
    • 2005, , Why (Some) Men Don’t Support Summers: His firm's goal was to fill their gender quota—and simultaneously do some rainmaking by hiring the daughters of CEOs.
related terms:
  • rainmaker
rain man etymology From the 1988 film Rain Man, about an autistic man.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) An autistic, or mentally and/or socially impaired person.
  2. (pejorative) A non-autistic or impair person whose mannerism are similar to such people.
rain on someone's parade {{was wotd}}
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic) To disappoint or discourage someone by ruining or criticising their plans or aspirations. I hate to rain on your parade, but lots of people have tried that strategy and it hasn't worked yet.
Synonyms: (vulgar) piss in someone's cornflakes, Dutch: nl, Finnish: fi, French: fr, fr, Italian: it, it, Japanese: ja, Russian: (somewhat) ru, Sicilian: scn
raise the wind
verb: {{head}}
  1. (dated, informal) To procure ready money by some temporary expedient.
rake {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ɹeɪk/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Old English raca, from Proto-Germanic *rakaz
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A garden tool with a row of pointed teeth fixed to a long handle, used for collecting grass or debris, or for loosen soil.
    • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out.{{nb...}}. Ikey the blacksmith had forged us a spearhead after a sketch from a picture of a Greek warrior; and a rake-handle served as a shaft.
  2. (Ireland, slang) A lot, plenty. exampleJim has had a rake of trouble with his new car.
  3. (geology) The direction of slip during fault movement. The rake is measured within the fault plane.
  4. (roofing) The slope edge of a roof at or adjacent to the first or last rafter.
  5. (rail transport) A set of coupled rail vehicles, normally coaches or wagons. exampleThe train was formed of a locomotive and a rake of six coaches.
  6. (cellular automata) A puffer that emits a stream of spaceship rather than a trail of debris.
  7. The scaled commission fee taken by a cardroom operating a poker game.
  8. A toothed machine drawn by a horse, used for collecting hay or grain; a horserake.
  9. (mining) A fissure or mineral vein traversing the strata vertically, or nearly so.
Synonyms: (rail transport) consist
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To use a rake on (leaves, debris, soil, a lawn, etc) in order to loosen, gather together, or remove debris from. We raked all the leaves into a pile
  2. To search thoroughly. Detectives appeared, roped the curious people out of the grounds, and raked the place for clews. -- Captain John Blaine
    • Dryden raking in Chaucer for antiquated words
    • Jonathan Swift The statesman rakes the town to find a plot.
  3. To spray with gunfire. the enemy machine guns raked the roadway
  4. To claw at; to scratch. Her sharp fingernails raked the side of my face.
    • Wordsworth like clouds that rake the mountain summits
  5. To gather, especially quickly (often as rake in) The casino is just raking in the cash; it's like a license to print money.
  6. (intransitive) To pass with violence or rapidity; to scrape along.
    • Sir Philip Sidney Pas could not stay, but over him did rake.
Synonyms: (search thoroughly) comb, go over or through with a fine-tooth comb, scour
etymology 2 From Middle English raken, from Old English racian, from Proto-Germanic *rakōną, from Proto-Indo-European *h₃reǵ- 〈*h₃reǵ-〉. Cognate with Dutch raken.
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  1. Slope, divergence from the horizontal or perpendicular
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  1. (intransitive) To proceed rapidly; to move swiftly.
  2. (obsolete, transitive) To guide; to direct
  3. (intransitive) To incline from a perpendicular direction. A mast rakes aft.
etymology 3 Shortening of rakehell, possibly from rake
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  1. A man habituate to immoral conduct. We now have rakes in the habit of Roman senators, and grave politicians in the dress of Rakes. — the Spectator
Synonyms: roué
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  1. (UK, dialect, dated) To walk about; to gad or ramble idly.
  2. (UK, dialect, dated) To act the rake; to lead a dissolute, debauched life. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 4 From Middle English, from Old Norse rák, from Proto-Germanic *rēkō, *raką, *rakō, *rakǭ, from Proto-Indo-European *(o)reg'-, *(o)reg'a-. Cognate with Icelandic rák, Icelandic raka, Norwegian røk, Norwegian rak, Old English race, racu. Alternative forms: raik
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  1. (provincial, Northern England) a course; direction; stretch.
  2. (provincial, Northern England, for animals) a range, stray. a sheep-raik = a sheep-walk
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  1. (provincial, Northern England) To run or rove.
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