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salad dodger {{was wotd}} etymology From salad + dodger, the idea being that such a person avoids salads in favour of unhealthy or fattening foods.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) An overweight person.
    • 2011, Jordan Gray, Submerged: A Blackpool Mystery, Harlequin, ISBN 978-0-373-83753-3, page 205: And then some salad dodger on the construction crew stuck his gut in the way trying to make peace.
  2. (informal) One who does not normally eat salad.
    • 2006, Danna Korn, Living Gluten-Free For Dummies, Wiley Publishing, ISBN 978-0-471-77383-2, page 93: Whether you’re a salad-dodger or suffering from orthorexia (an extreme desire to eat only health foods), eating gluten-free nutritiously is simple but not plain.
Synonyms: (overweight person) see also .
Salafi Christian {{rfc}} etymology Salafi is used because of the similarities or perceived similarities of their views on the rights of women and homosexuals and their views on pornography with those of Salafi Moslems.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) Either an Evangelical Christian or traditionalist Catholic who idealizes what he or she perceives as an uncorrupted, pure Christianity of the distant past.
salami {{wikipedia}} etymology Italian, plural of salame. From sale, from Latin sal. pronunciation
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  1. A highly season type of large sausage of Italian origin, typically made from chopped pork or beef and often garlic, and served in slices.
  2. (baseball) A grand slam.
  3. (slang) A penis.
    • 2001, Bob Drews, Sandman (page 101) To this day Katie thought wistfully of the night in his apartment when his salami had split her loins sending her into a state of sexual ecstasy unmatched in human history.
  • Islaam, lamias
salary Alternative forms: sallary (obsolete) etymology From xno salarie, from Old French salaire, from Latin salarium, from sal pronunciation
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  1. A fixed amount of money paid to a worker, usually measured on a monthly or annual basis, not hourly, as wages. Implies a degree of professionalism and/or autonomy.
    • Shakespeare This is hire and salary, not revenge.
    • 1668 July 3rd, , “Thomas Rue contra Andrew Houſtoun” in The Deciſions of the Lords of Council & Seſſion I (Edinburgh, 1683), page 547 Andrew Houſtoun and Adam Muſhet, being Tackſmen of the Excize, did Imploy Thomas Rue to be their Collector, and gave him a Sallary of 30. pound Sterling for a year.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To pay on the basis of a period of a week or longer, especially to convert from another form of compensation.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete) saline
sale pronunciation
  • (UK) /seɪl/
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etymology 1 From Middle English sale, sal, from Old English sæl, from Proto-Germanic *salą, from Proto-Indo-European *sol-, *sel-. Cognate with Western Frisian seal, Dutch zaal, German Saal, Swedish sal, Icelandic salur, Lithuanian sala. Related also to salon, saloon.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A hall.
etymology 2 From Middle English sale, from Old English sala, from Old Norse sala, from Proto-Germanic *salō, from Proto-Indo-European *sel-.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An exchange of goods or services for currency or credit. exampleHe celebrated after the sale of company.
  2. The sale of goods at reduced prices. exampleThey are having a clearance sale: 50% off.
  3. The act of putting up for auction to the highest bidder.
  • (selling of goods at reduced prices) cut-rate sale, sales event
  • (act of putting up for auction to the highest bidder) auction, public sale
  • ales, ELAS, Elsa, lase, leas, seal, SEAL
adjective: sale-proof
  1. (colloquial) Nearly impossible to sell to others. That used car has one thing going for it: it is sale-proof.
salescritter etymology sales + critter
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, pejorative, slang, rare) A salesperson.
    • 1988, MacUser (volume 4, page 110) Times sure change — there are now enough word processors on the market to defy the intellect and memory of the typical salescritter
Sallie Mae {{wikipedia}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (US, finance, informal) SLM Corporation: a publicly traded corporation dealing with student loan.
sally pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English saly, from Old English saliġ, sealh. More at sallow.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A willow
  2. Any tree that looks like a willow
  3. An object made from the above trees' wood
etymology 2 From French saillie, from sailli, the past participle of the verb saillir 'to leap forth', itself from Latin salire 'to leap'
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A sortie of troops from a besieged place against an enemy.
  2. A sudden rush forth.
  3. (figuratively) A witty statement or quip, usually at the expense of one's interlocutor.
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  4. An excursion or side trip.
    • John Locke Everyone shall know a country better that makes often sallies into it, and traverses it up and down, than he that … goes still round in the same track.
  5. A tufted woollen part of a bellrope, used to provide grip when ringing a bell.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To make a sudden attack on an enemy from a defended position. The troops sallied in desperation.
  2. (intransitive) To set out on an excursion; venture; depart (often followed by "forth.") As she sallied forth from her boudoir, you would never have guessed how quickly she could strip for action. -William Manchester
  3. (intransitive) To venture off the beaten path.
etymology 3 From salvation in Salvation Army, from Latin salvatio
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (New Zealand, slang) A member of the Salvation Army.
Synonyms: Salvo
  • lylas
  • y'all's
Sally Ann
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal, Canada, British) The Salvation Army.
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Synonyms: Sally Army, Salvation Army
Sally Army
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  1. (informal, British) The Salvation Army.
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Synonyms: Sally Ann
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  1. present participle of sally
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of one who sallies.
    • Charles Brockden Brown Johnson & I are pretty well, but E H S, by midnight sallyings forth, sudden changes of temperature, fatigue & exposure to a noon day sun, is made sick.
  • signally
  • slangily
salo {{wikipedia}} etymology From a Russian са́ло 〈sálo〉 or Ukrainian са́ло 〈sálo〉, ultimately from Proto-Slavic *sadlo.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A type of non-render underskin pig fat consumed in Central and Eastern Europe, usually seasoned
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  • also
  • ASLO
  • Laos, LAOS
salt {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old English sealt, from Proto-Germanic *saltą (compare Dutch zout, German Salz, Swedish salt), from Proto-Indo-European *seh₂l- 〈*seh₂l-〉 (compare French sel, Welsh halen, Old Irish salann, Latin sal, Russian соль 〈solʹ〉, Ancient Greek ἅλς 〈háls〉, Albanian ngjelmë, Old Armenian աղ 〈aġ〉, Tocharian A sāle, Sanskrit सलिल 〈salila〉). pronunciation
  • (UK) /sɔːlt/, /sɒlt/
  • (US) /sɔlt/, /sɑlt/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A common substance, chemically consisting mainly of sodium chloride (NaCl), used extensively as a condiment and preservative.
    • c. 1430 (reprinted 1888), Thomas Austin, ed., Two Fifteenth-century Cookery-books. Harleian ms. 279 (ab. 1430), & Harl. ms. 4016 (ab. 1450), with Extracts from Ashmole ms. 1429, Laud ms. 553, & Douce ms. 55 [Early English Text Society, Original Series; 91], London: for the Early English Text Society, volume I, 374760, page 11: Soupes dorye. — Take gode almaunde mylke … caste þher-to Safroun an Salt
  2. (chemistry) One of the compound formed from the reaction of an acid with a base, where a positive ion replaces a hydrogen of the acid.
  3. (uncommon) A salt marsh, a saline marsh at the shore of a sea.
  4. (slang) A sailor (also old salt).
    • 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter Around the door are generally to be seen, laughing and gossiping, clusters of old salts.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, I never go as a passenger; nor, though I am something of a salt, do I ever go to sea as a Commodore, or a Captain, or a Cook.
  5. (cryptography) Randomly chosen bytes added to a plaintext message prior to encrypting it, in order to render brute-force decryption more difficult.
  6. A person who seeks employment at a company in order to (once employed by it) help unionize it.
  7. (obsolete) flavour; taste; seasoning
    • Shakespeare Though we are justices and doctors and churchmen … we have some salt of our youth in us.
  8. (obsolete) piquancy; wit; sense Attic salt
  9. (obsolete) A dish for salt at table; a salt cellar.
    • Samuel Pepys I out and bought some things; among others, a dozen of silver salts.
  10. (figurative) That which preserves from corruption or error, or purifies; a corrective; an antiseptic; also, an allowance or deduction. His statements must be taken with a grain of salt.
    • Bible, Matthew v. 13 Ye are the salt of the earth.
related terms:
  • salary
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Salty; salted. examplesalt beef;  salt tears
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 8 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Philander went into the next room…and came back with a salt mackerel that dripped brine like a rainstorm. Then he put the coffee pot on the stove and rummaged out a loaf of dry bread and some hardtack.”
  2. Saline. examplea salt marsh;  salt grass
  3. (figurative, obsolete) Bitter; sharp; pungent.
    • William Shakespeare I have a salt and sorry rheum offends me.
  4. (figurative, obsolete) Salacious; lecherous; lustful. {{rfquotek}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To add salt to. to salt fish, beef, or pork
  2. (intransitive) To deposit salt as a saline solution. The brine begins to salt.
  3. (mining) To blast gold into (as a portion of a mine) in order to cause to appear to be a productive seam.
  4. (cryptography) To add filler bytes before encrypting, in order to make brute-force decryption more resource-intensive.
  5. To include colorful language in.
  6. To insert or inject something into an object to give it properties it would not naturally have.
  7. (archaeology) To add bogus evidence to an archeological site.
  8. To fill with salt between the timbers and planks, as a ship, for the preservation of the timber.
  • (add salt) desalt
  • last, lats, slat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Canada, informal) someone who fish in saltwater
salt horse etymology From the fact that horse meat was considered especially unappetizing and rarely eaten, but that the meat had been so heavily salted and dried that it could just be horse meat passed off as cow meat.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, obsolete, sailor's slang) salt beef
saltie etymology From salt + ie.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, informal) A (or estuarine crocodile).
    • 1998, Romulus Whitaker, Zai Whitaker, Crocodile Fever: Wildlife Adventures in New Guinea, Orient Longman, India, [http//|%22salties%22+crocodile+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=lslOBHWOAG&sig=qZxcMfF7HQ6DHIzIEApZUJIlGhQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ka8WUJyCCoqSiQfasIHoBg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22saltie%22|%22salties%22%20crocodile%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 8], ‘Salties’ typically live in and around the coastal mangroves but are not uncommon hundreds of kilometres inland. A saltie grows to around seven metres in length and is the main Asian crocodile responsible for attacks on humans.
    • 2010, Lindsay Marsh, Dangerous Aussie Animals, [http//|%22salties%22+crocodile+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=9dPMl-WZdG&sig=6eLqWvMsykETEauQ0m1oXn1Geho&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ka8WUJyCCoqSiQfasIHoBg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22saltie%22|%22salties%22%20crocodile%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 40], They like to spend their time in freshwater rivers in coastal waters. Saltwater crocodiles are fiercely territorial and fully mature male salties force younger and smaller salties into the ocean where they have to search for river systems.
    • 2010, Nancy Cushing, Kevin Markwell, Snake-Bitten: Eric Worrell and the Australian Reptile Park, [http//|%22salties%22+crocodile+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=ECxMHBj6HD&sig=GB38ixjtTrdddSQGL6xUbc_2DS0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ka8WUJyCCoqSiQfasIHoBg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22saltie%22|%22salties%22%20crocodile%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 94], It is feared by those who live near it. For its part, the saltie fears nothing — except a larger crocodile.
    • 2011, A.J. Mackinnon, The Well at the World′s End, [http//|%22salties%22+crocodile+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=EZQ8P8b_E3&sig=JAvqHcSR9wj83ELtKeOaaRvuhVI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ka8WUJyCCoqSiQfasIHoBg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22saltie%22|%22salties%22%20crocodile%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 104], For their part, the others had been earnestly pointing out that there were in fact two types of crocodiles, saltwater and freshwater, and that only the salties were dangerous.
coordinate terms:
  • freshie
  • Elista
Salt River etymology After the in Kentucky. Various explanations exist.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (archaic US slang) Used in reference to losing an election; found especially in the phrase "rowed up Salt River".
SALTS pronunciation
  • /sɒlts/
interjection: {{head}} {{rfv}}
  1. (Internet slang, humorous, neologism) Smiled a little, then stopped; used to indicate what we actually do when we write LOL.
salty etymology From salt + y. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈsɒl.ti/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Tasting of salt.
  2. Containing salt.
  3. (figuratively) Coarse, provocative, earthy; said of language.
  4. (figuratively) Experienced, especially used to indicate a veteran of the naval services; salty dog (from salt of the sea).
  5. (US slang) Irritated, annoyed; from sharp, spicy flavor of salt.
    • 1946, Mezz Mezzrow and Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Payback Press 1999, page 61: Ray and Fuzzy were salty with our unhip no-playing piano player, because she broke time on the piano so bad that the strings yelled whoa to the hammers.
    • 1969, Iceberg Slim, Pimp: The Story of My Life, Holloway House Publishing, page 162: I want to beg your pardon for making you salty that night.
  6. (linguistics) Pertaining to those dialects of Catalan, spoken in the Balearic Islands and along the coast of Catalonia, that use definitive articles descended from the Latin ipse instead of the Latin ille.
coordinate terms:
  • (irritated attitude) sassy
  • slaty
salute etymology from Latin salutare, from salutis, genitive of salus, related to salvus. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A formal gesture made in honor of someone or something, usually with the hand or hands in one of various particular positions. The soldiers greeted the dignitaries with a crisp salute.
    • 1997, Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi, Fascist Spectacle: The Aesthetics of Power in Mussolini's Italy, page 110, The Roman salute, in which the right arm was raised in a straight and perpendicular manner, had been adopted by D'Annunzio during his regency in Fiume. Like other rituals utilized by D'Annunzio, the salute became part of the rising fascist movement's symbolic patrimony and was inherited by Mussolini's government.
    • 2009, Tilman Allert, The Hitler Salute: On the Meaning of a Gesture, page 46, Like lines of perspective or the beams of searchlights at Nazi Party rallies that shone into the night sky where they met in an infinitely distant beyond, the arms and hands of those giving each other the Hitler salute forever approached each other but never joined.
    • 2010, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Salute the Dark: Shadows of the Apt 4, unnumbered page, And Kaszaat let out a shriek of pure anger, bursting forwards suddenly, flinging her hand up towards Drephos as though in salute.
  2. Any action performed for the purpose of honor or tribute. The orchestra performed the concert as a salute to Gershwin.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make a gesture in honor of someone or something. They saluted the flag as it passed in the parade.
    • 1943 June 19, New York Times, quoted in 2000, Terry Eastland, Freedom of Expression in the Supreme Court: The Defining Cases, page 64, Yet the simple fact stands that a school child compelled to salute the flag, when he has been taught the flag is an "image" which the Bible forbids him to worship, is in effect made to say what he does not believe.
    • 2000, Eric A. Posner, Law and Social Norms, page 129, The person who salutes is slavishly obedient, fearful to offend the authorities or other people; the person who declines to salute has integrity and independence.
  2. To act in thanks, honor, or tribute; to thank or extend gratitude; to praise. I would like to salute the many dedicated volunteers that make this project possible.
    • 2000, Stephanie Barber, Reap the Harvest for Your Life, page vii, I salute every preaching and teaching woman with the courage to step out on faith and trust God with her life and her calling.
  3. (Ireland, informal) to wave, to acknowledge an acquaintance. I saluted Bill at the concert, but he didn't see me through the crowd.
  4. To address, as with expressions of kind wishes and courtesy; to greet; to hail.
    • {{circa}} , , Act 3, Scene 7, 1867, William George Clark, William Aldis Wright (editors), The Works of William Shakespeare, page 578, Then I salute you with this kingly title: / Long live Richard, England's royal king!
  5. To promote the welfare and safety of; to benefit; to gratify.
    • 1623, , , Act 2, Scene 3, 1864, Howard Staunton (editor), The Works of William Shakespeare, Volume 3, page 292, Would I had no being, / If this salute my blood a jot; it faints me, / To think what follows.
related terms:
  • salubrious
  • salutary
  • salutation
  • Aleuts
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A term for a Salvadoran person born or raised in the United States. Mainly used in areas of high Salvadoran populations.
  • silva, vails, vials
Sam pronunciation
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  1. A given name, a diminutive or shortening of Samuel, or rarely of Samson.
  2. A given name.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland, informal) The Sam Maguire Cup awarded to the All-Ireland GAA football winning team.
  • AMS, MAS, MAs, mas, MSA
etymology 1 Acronym Alternative forms: SAM
acronym: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. Surface-to-air missile
etymology 2 From Middle English sammen, samnen, from Old English samnian, ġesamnian, from Proto-Germanic *samnōną, from Proto-Indo-European *sem-. Cognate with Dutch zamelen, German sammeln, Swedish samla, Icelandic samna. More at same. Alternative forms: samen
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, UK dialectal) To assemble.
  2. (transitive, UK dialectal, of persons) To bring together; join (in marriage, friendship, love, etc.).
  3. (transitive, UK dialectal, of things) To bring together; collect; put in order; arrange.
  4. (intransitive, UK dialectal) To assemble; come together.
  5. (transitive, UK dialectal) To coagulate; curdle (milk).
  • Often used with together or up
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (obsolete) together
    • Spenser Now are they saints in all in that city sam.
etymology 3 From Middle English sam-, from Old English sām-.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (dialectal) Half or imperfectly done.
  2. (of food) Half-heated.
related terms:
  • sammy
etymology 4 Possibly from Uncle Sam
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Federal narcotics agent.
  • AMS, MAS, MAs, mas, MSA
etymology 1 unknown
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) A negro.
  2. (offensive, obsolete) A person of three quarters African descent and one quarter Caucasian descent.
etymology 2 From Russian самбо 〈sambo〉, abbreviation of самооборона/самозащита без оружия "self-defense without weapons".
proper noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A Russian martial art and combat sport.
etymology 3 From the given names Samuel or Samantha.
proper noun:
  1. A nickname of the given name Samuel.
  2. A nickname of the given name Samantha.
  • ambos, bomas
sambo etymology Abbreviation of sandwich.
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (slang, Ireland) A sandwich.
  • ambos
  • bomas
same pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English same, from Old Norse samr, and/or from Old English sama in the phrase . Both from Proto-Germanic *samaz, from Proto-Indo-European *somHós. Cognate with Scots samin, Danish samme, Swedish samma, Gothic 𐍃𐌰𐌼𐌰 〈𐍃𐌰𐌼𐌰〉, a weak adjectival form, Ancient Greek ὁμός 〈homós〉, Old Irish som, Russian са́мый 〈sámyj〉, Sanskrit सम 〈sama〉, Persian هم 〈hm〉.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Not different or other; not another or others; not different as regards self; selfsame; identical. exampleAre you the same person who phoned me yesterday? exampleI realised I was the same age as my grandfather had been when he joined the air force. exampleEven if the twins are identical, they are still not the same person, unlike Mark Twain and Samuel Clemens. examplePeter and Anna went to the same high school: the high school to which Peter went is the high school to which Anna went.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 1 , “I liked the man for his own sake, and even had he promised to turn out a celebrity it would have had no weight with me. I look upon notoriety with the same indifference as on the buttons on a man's shirt-front, or the crest on his note-paper.”
  2. Similar, alike. exampleYou have the same hair I do!
    • {{RQ:Mrxl SqrsDghtr}} They stayed together during three dances, went out on to the terrace, explored wherever they were permitted to explore, paid two visits to the buffet, and enjoyed themselves much in the same way as if they had been school-children surreptitiously breaking loose from an assembly of grown-ups.
    • 1935, [ George Goodchild] , Death on the Centre Court, 1 , “She mixed furniture with the same fatal profligacy as she mixed drinks, and this outrageous contact between things which were intended by Nature to be kept poles apart gave her an inexpressible thrill.”
  3. Used to express the unity of an object or person which has various different descriptions or qualities. exampleRound here it can be cloudy and sunny even in the same day. exampleWe were all going in the same direction.
  4. A reply of confirmation of identity.
    • ca. 1606, William Shakespeare, King Lear, Act V, scene III: King Lear: This is a dull sight. Are you not Kent? Kent: The same.
    • 1994, Clerks: Dante: Whose house was it? Blue-Collar Man: Dominick Bambino's. Randal: "Babyface" Bambino? The gangster? Blue-Collar Man: The same.
  • This word is usually construed with the (except after demonstratives: "this same.." etc.). This can make it difficult to distinguish between the simple adjective and the adjective used absolutely or pronominally.
Synonyms: (identical) identical, equal, equivalent, (similar) similar, alike
  • different, other, another
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. The identical thing, ditto. exampleThe same can be said of him.
  2. Something similar, something of the identical type.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 5 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose. And the queerer the cure for those ailings the bigger the attraction. A place like the Right Livers' Rest was bound to draw freaks, same as molasses draws flies.”
    exampleShe's having apple pie? I'll have the same.   You two are just the same.
  3. (formal, often, legal) It or them, without a connotation of similarity. exampleThe question is his credibility or lack of same. Light valve suspensions and films containing UV absorbers and light valves containing the same (US Patent 5,467,217) Methods of selectively distributing data in a computer network and systems using the same (US Patent 7,191,208)
  4. (Indian English, common) It or them, as above, meaning the last object mentioned, mainly as complement: on the same, for the same. My picture/photography blog...kindly give me your reviews on the same.
  • This word is commonly used as the same.
etymology 2 From Middle English same, samme, samen, (also ysame, isame), from Old English samen, from Proto-Germanic *samana-, from Proto-Indo-European *sem-. Cognate with Scots samin, Dutch samen, German zusammen, Swedish samman, Icelandic saman.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (obsolete or UK dialectal) Together.
  • {{rank}}
  • ASME
  • mase
  • mesa
  • seam
same exact
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Same, exact the same, exact same. They both did the same exact things in the same exact way.
  • exact same
same-gender-loving {{wikipedia}} etymology Coined for African American use by activist Cleo Manago because he felt the terms gay and lesbian were not affirmative of black values, perspectives, and experiences.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (chiefly, African American Vernacular English, slang) homosexual (particularly in the African-American community)
Synonyms: SGL
samesies etymology same + sies
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish, informal) The same.
    • 2012, Lindsey Kelk, I Heart London … a thousand thank yous to Rowan Lawton – super agent/enabler/general favourite person. Samesies to Lynne Drew and Thalia Suzuma, thank you for being so patient and so helpful and generally helping this book (and all the others) exist.
    • 2012, Martin Lindstrom, Brandwashed At one point, two of the friends opted to buy the same style of shoes as the other (whereupon one of the women was heard gleefully to use the word 'samesies') – another testament to the power of peer influence.
    • 2013, Alex Xavier, When the Sun Sets (page 136) Hey bro. Wats up? Anthony texted back. Nothin much, jus layin in bed. You? His phone dinged again a few seconds later. Samesies man.
same to you
phrase: {{head}}
  1. I wish to you what you have just wished to me. Jack: Merry Christmas, Bob. / Bob: Same to you, Jack. "Go to hell, bozo!" / "Same to you, fella!"
  • This is a way to answer someone who has just wished you something (e.g. Happy New Year, have a nice day, good luck, enjoy the holidays etc.), without repeating it. It can be used equally well in response to a positive or negative wish.
Synonyms: back at you, you too, likewise
Sam Hill etymology No suitable person is known to be original for this. Probably intended as a substitute for hell or, more fully, for "damned hell". One possibility for the origin of this expression is from the Swedish word for "community" which is "samhället". Some Swedish immigrant to the United States might have said, "Nu ver in de samhället has Johnny gone to?!", and it became anglicized, repeated, and immortalized.
noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang) Intensifier. What the Sam Hill do you think you're doing? Who the Sam Hill does he think he is? Where in Sam Hill is that dog off to?
    • 1960, Harper Lee, , ch. 3, Walter poured syrup on his vegetables and meat with a generous hand. He probably would have poured it into his milk glass had I not asked what the sam hill he was doing.
Synonyms: thunderation, on Earth, the devil, the dickens, the fuck, the heck, the hell
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Sandwich food.
  • mamsie
etymology 1
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A letter of the Archaic Greek alphabet (uppercase Ϻ, lowercase ϻ) that came after pi and before qoppa.
etymology 2 sanatorium pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, informal) A sanatorium.
    • 1940, Enid Blyton, The Naughtiest Girl in the School "Haven't you heard?" said Belinda. "Joan's ill! She'd got a high temperature, and she's in bed in the San."
    • 2005, Dan Soucoup, ‎Richard Thorne McCully, McCully's New Brunswick (page 137) River Glade Sanatorium, River Glade, June 25, 1931. The "San" at River Glade with the Petitcodiac River in the background.
  • ans.
  • NAS
  • NSA
San Antone
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) The city of .
sanctification etymology From Old French sanctificacion, from ecclesiastical Latin sanctificātionem, from sanctificare. pronunciation
  • /saŋktɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (theology) The (usually gradual or uncompleted) process by which a Christian believer is made holy through the action of the Holy Spirit.
  2. The process of making holy; hallowing, consecration.
  3. (slang, obsolete) Blackmail.
sanctimommy etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, pejorative) A mother who exhibits a superior attitude and openly judge others' parenting.
    • 2009, Liz Gumbinner, "Type B Mom", in See Mom Run: Side-Splitting Essays from the World's Most Harried Blogging Moms (ed. Beth Feldman), Plain White Press (2009), ISBN 9781936005024, page 140: I'm late for pediatrician appointments. I can't make straight parts in my girls' hair. I forget to send them in the snow with hats, as the kind sanctimommies of the neighborhood are delighted to point out with their eyebrows raised as far as Botox will allow.
    • 2010, Colin Sokolowski, The Accidental Adult: Essays and Advice for the Reluctantly Responsible and Marginally Mature, Adams Media (2010), ISBN 9781605506265, page 104: She even has to endure the occasional judgments from sanctimommies—women who are much, much better mothers than Kelly and who sometimes wonder aloud, "Why can't her kids swim yet?" or "Why is she drinking a glass of wine at her daughter's birthday party?" (God no!)
    • 2012, Allison Kaplan Sommer, "Mayim Bialik: When an attachment parent detaches from her marriage", Haaretz, 26 November 2012: But Waldman’s reaction spoke for any vulnerable young mother holding a bottle subjected in public to a drive-by comment from the lactation police that “breast is best,” or, who, desperate for a few consecutive hours of sleep, let her child cry for ten minutes in her crib before settling, was made to feel as though she had subjected her offspring of child abuse, by one of the Bialik-style “sanctimommies.”
    • {{seemoreCites}}
sanctimonious etymology sanctimony + ous pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˌsæŋk.tɪˈməʊ.ni.əs/, /ˌsæŋk.təˈməʊ.ni.əs/
  • (US) /ˌsæŋk.tɪˈmoʊ.ni.əs/, /ˌsæŋk.təˈmoʊ.ni.əs/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Making a show of being moral better than others, especially hypocritically pious.
  2. (archaic) Holy, devout.
Sandalwood {{wikipedia}} etymology From the word sandalwood, a local product, as a reference to Bollywood.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) The Kannada film industry located in Bangalore, Karnataka, India.
Sand Dancer Alternative forms: Sand-Dancer, Sandancer
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Geordie, pejorative) Someone from South Shields.
Synonyms: Sandy
Sand-Dancer {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Geordie, pejorative) alternative spelling of Sand Dancer
sandhiller etymology sand + hill + -er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) Any "poor white" living in the pine wood which cover the sandy hill in Georgia and South Carolina.
{{Webster 1913}}
sandhog {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: sand hog
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) a person employed to dig tunnel.
sand nigger Alternative forms: sandnigger
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) A person of Middle Eastern or North African descent.
sandpaper etymology sand + paper pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a strong paper coated with sand or other abrasive material for smoothing and polishing.
  2. a sheet of such paper
Synonyms: sanding paper
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To polish or grind (a surface) with or as if with sandpaper.
Synonyms: buff out, sand down
sandwichable etymology sandwich + able
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Capable of being used to make a sandwich.
    • 1956, "Americans Are Notorious For Their Informality", Meriden Record, 17 August 1956: Arrange them on a large or platter along with sliced pickles and tomatoes, luncheon meats, lettuce and other "sandwichable" items.
    • 2000, "Bruegger's retreats in bagel wars", Courier Post (Cherry Hill, New Jersey), 7 January 2000: In my personal opinion, the kind of bagels we're used to in this area are not very sandwichable.
    • 2003, Laurel Robertson (with Carol Flinders Bronwen Godfrey), The Laurel's Kitchen Bread Book: A Guide to Whole-Grain Breadmaking, Random House (2003), ISBN 0812969677, page 217: {{…}} and in these days of soaring prices and shrinking hours, usually we would rather make sure the loaves we lavish our time and money on are going to be light as well as tasty, edible as well as incredible, free from holes and goo, and sliceable, even toasterable and sandwichable {{…}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A diminutive of the male given name Alexander.
  2. A diminutive of the female given names Sandra and Alexandra.
  3. A small town in Bedfordshire, England.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Geordie, pejorative) Shortened form of Sand Dancer.
  2. (aviation) The A-1 Sky Raider aircraft.
San Fagcisco
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) a nickname for San Francisco
    • 2013, Capt Justice, Re: Fireball reported across California sky near San Fagcisco, in usenet talk.politics.mideast
    • 1999, Matthew Alexander, Re: Fag of the week for 12/13 is Tom Ammiano, in usenet alt.politics.homosexuality Tom Ammiano is the fag canidate running for the mayor of San Fagcisco against black mayor Willie …
    • 2003, raiderjet, Re: Interesting Walter fact, in usenet I realized that when the San Fagcisco Circuit Court voted …
San Fran
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang) The City of San Francisco, California.
sangak {{wikipedia}} etymology From Persian سنگک 〈sngḵ〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An Iranian whole-wheat sourdough flatbread baked on a bed of small river stones in an oven.
etymology 1 Diminutive of sandwich; corruption of the earlier diminutive sango. Australian from 1960s. pronunciation
  • (Australia) /ˈsæŋə/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, informal, colloquial) A sandwich. {{defdate}}
    • 1996, , , 2006, page 140, …I popped the last of the strawberry sangers into my mouth, craned my neck over the bureaucrat′s gelati-hued shoulder and feasted my eyes.
    • 2005, R. T. Stone, The Journals: Into the Gulf, Book 2, page 459, …Allison did most of the talking telling Sara of her victory, of meeting Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova—who won the Family Circle Open—of rubbing the elbows with the Australian elite, and making sangers (sandwiches) for broken families in Brisbane.
    • 2009, Justine Vaisutis, Australia, Lonely Planet, page 94, Eat Rock oysters, rock lobsters, yabbies and prawns; also Turkish bread ‘sangers’ and Tim Tam shooters
    • 2009, Central Australia: Adelaide to Darwin, page 59, Winning pub-grub at this enduring pub boozer: steak sangers, veggie lasagne, lamb-shank pie, king-prawn salad and blueberry pancakes.
Synonyms: sango (Australia), sarnie (UK)
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative form of sangar
    • 1895, United States Cavalry Association, Journal of the United States Cavalry Association, Volume 8, page 223, The enemy had a line of sangers along the far edge of nullah right across the valley, with sangers at intervals up the steep mountains on either side into the snows, and occupied, as far as we could guess, by some 2,000 men.
    • 1902, Great Britain House of Commons, Sessional Papers, Volume 69, page 64, At 4.30 a.m., under cover of a mist in the donga, the Boers made a very severe attack on the north and west of my position, the brunt of the attack fell on two sangers held by the Durham Company of Artillery; the Boers broke through the wire and got to within 20 yards of those sangers, but they both gallantly held their own and I, with the aid of the Maxim, was able to repulse the attack.
    • 1976, Byron Farwell, The Great Boer War, page 93, …the Boer marksmen leaned over their sangers and fired on the helmeted heads below them.
  • angers, Angers
  • ranges
  • snarge
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A full-grown wild boar.
  • aligners, engrails, inlarges, lasering, realigns, resignal, seal ring, signaler, slangier
etymology 1 From sandwich + o. Australian from 1940s. pronunciation
  • (Australia) /ˈsæŋəʊ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, Australia, informal, colloquial) A sandwich. {{defdate}}
Now more common is sanger. Synonyms: sanger (Australia), sarnie (UK)
etymology 2 {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK) A rudimentary wooden bridge in India.
    • 1824, Alexander Gerard, Journal of an Excursion through the Himalayah Mountains, from Shipke to the Frontiers of Chinese Tartary, David Brewster (editor), The Edinburgh Journal of Science, Volume 1: April—October, [http//|%22sangoes%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=NddufMuRHa&sig=YzT79C1gD5oOUn4eeY1fbxlZvKM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=uYAeUOb0NoyXiAfP5YBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22sangos%22|%22sangoes%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 219], We crossed it and another stream a little above their union by a couple of bad sangos, and ascended from its bed by a rocky footpath, winding amongst extensive forests of oak, yew, pine, and horse chesnut, to Camp.
    • 1865, Henry Astbury Leveson, The Hunting Grounds of the Old World, [http//|%22sangoes%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=BvtML2KTcO&sig=DxdgK2ZdYjWZx4XCVCIASg1NYQ4&hl=en&sa=X&ei=E4ceUKbpAeySiAf0toGwBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22sangos%22|%22sangoes%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 459], Four large mountain torrents, the Dangalee, Dubrane, Loarnad, and Rindee Gadh, join the Ganges from the left bank, and have to be crossed by sangos.
  • agons, Gaons, Goans
sanitary napkin
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A pad of cotton or other absorbent material worn by women to absorb the menstrual flow.
Synonyms: sanitary pad, sanitary towel (UK)
sankyu etymology From thank you, this mispronunciation (compare Engrish) has turned into a commonly used spelling among fans of anime. In literal Japanese, however, it means 'three nines' while sankiyuu means '999'.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang) thank you
Alternative forms: sankyuu
  • kunyas
sankyuu etymology From thank you, this mispronunciation (compare Engrish) has turned into a commonly used spelling among fans of anime. In literal Japanese, however, it means 'three nines' while sankiyuu means '999'.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang) thank you
Alternative forms: sankyu
Santaphobia etymology Santa + phobia
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) The fear of Santa Claus or Christmas.
related terms:
  • Santaphobe
santorum {{wikipedia}} {{wikiquote}} {{commons}} {{wikinews}} etymology From the surname of former US Senator Rick Santorum (born 1958).{{cite news | last = Moody | first = Chris | work = [[w:The Daily Caller|The Daily Caller]] | title = Santorum says he has no plans to fix his ‘Google problem’ | date = April 28, 2011 | url = | accessdate = February 11, 2012}} After Santorum made statements comparing homosexuality to bestiality and opining that mutually consenting adults do not have a constitutional right to privacy with respect to sexual act,{{cite news | url = | accessdate = May 9, 2011 | title = Santorum Talks About Longtime Google Problem | work = [[w:Roll Call|Roll Call]] | last = Peoples | first = Steve | date = February 11, 2012}} US columnist Dan Savage gathered input from his readers and held a contest for definitions to "memorialize the scandal".{{Cite news | last = Mencimer | first = Stephanie | title = Rick Santorum's Anal Sex Problem | work = [[w:Mother Jones (magazine)|Mother Jones]] | date = September 2010 | url = | accessdate = February 11, 2012 | publisher =}} Savage set up a website which defined the term, and helped to promote it.{{cite news | url = | title = Linguists Gone Wild! Why "wardrobe malfunction" wasn't the word of the year. | first = Jesse | last = Sheidlower | authorlink = w:Jesse Sheidlower | work = [[w:Slate (magazine)|Slate]] | publisher = Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive Co. LLC;; Section: Dispatches | date = January 11, 2005 | accessdate = February 11, 2012}} See Campaign for "santorum" neologism for further information. pronunciation
  • (UK) /sanˈtɔːɹəm/
  • (US) /sænˈtɔɹəm/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (neologism, sex, slang) A frothy mixture of lubricant and fecal matter as an occasional byproduct of anal sex. {{defdate}}
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  2. (neologism, slang, derogatory) Shit: rubbish, worthless matter, nonsense, bull. {{defdate}}
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sap {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /sæp/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English sap, from Old English sæp, from Proto-Germanic *sapą (compare East Frisian/Dutch sap, German Saft, Icelandic safi), from Proto-Indo-European *sab-, Proto-Indo-European *sap- (compare Welsh sybwyddwydd 'fir', Latin sapa, Russian сопли 〈sopli〉, Armenian համ 〈ham〉, Avestan višāpa 'having poisonous juices'{{rfscript}}, Sanskrit 'juice, nectar'{{rfscript}}), from *sap 'to taste'. More at sage.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) The juice of plant of any kind, especially the ascending and descending juices or circulating fluid essential to nutrition.
  2. (uncountable) The sap-wood, or alburnum, of a tree.
  3. (slang, countable) A simpleton; a saphead; a milksop; a naive person.
etymology 2 Probably from sapling.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable, US, slang) A short wooden club; a leather-covered hand weapon; a blackjack.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, slang) To strike with a sap (with a blackjack).
etymology 3 From French saper (compare Spanish zapar and Italian zappare) from sape, from ll sappa.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (military) A narrow ditch or trench made from the foremost parallel toward the glacis or covert way of a besiege place by digging under cover of gabions, etc.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To subvert by dig or wearing away; to mine; to undermine; to destroy the foundation of.
    • {{rfdate}} Nor safe their dwellings were, for sapped by floods, / Their houses fell upon their household gods.
  2. (transitive, military) To pierce with saps.
  3. To make unstable or infirm; to unsettle; to weaken.
    • 1850, , Ring out the grief that saps the mind…
  4. (transitive) To gradually weaken.
    • to sap one’s conscience
  5. (intransitive) To proceed by mining, or by secretly undermining; to execute saps — 12
    • {{rfdate}} Both assaults carried on by sapping.
  • APS
  • asp, ASP
  • pas, Pas, PAs
  • Psa., PSA
  • spa, Spa
sapfest etymology sap + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, pejorative) Something sentimental or sappy, especially a movie.
    • 2003, David Handler, The Bright Silver Star: A Berger and Mitry Mystery, St. Martin's Paperbacks (2004), ISBN 0312985789, page 100: It sounded like a feel-good sapfest, the kind where exhibitors ought to post a sign at the box office reading Diabetics Enter at Own Risk.
    • 2008, Jim Norton, I Hate Your Guts, Simon Spotlight Entertainment (2008), ISBN 9781416587859, page 70: Best Picture absolutely should have been Born on the Fourth of July, not that sapfest Driving Miss Daisy.
    • 2011, Ernest Cline, Ready Player One, Crown Publishers (2011), ISBN 9780307887450, page 40: “How many times have you seen that sapfest? I know you've made me sit through it at least twice."
    • {{seemoreCites}}
sapper {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle French sappeur (French sapeur). Surface etymology is sap + er pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who saps; specifically, one who is employed in working at sap, building and repairing fortifications, and the like. Often known as a combat engineer or military engineer.
  2. (British, colloquial) an officer or private of the Royal Engineers.
  • papers
sarcophagus etymology From French sarcophage, from Latin sarcophagus, from Ancient Greek σαρκοφάγος 〈sarkophágos〉, so named from a supposed property of consuming the flesh of corpses laid in it, from σαρκοφάγος 〈sarkophágos〉, from genitive σαρκός 〈sarkós〉 of σάρξ 〈sárx〉 + (from ἔφαγον 〈éphagon〉, past of φαγεῖν 〈phageîn〉)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A stone coffin, often inscribe or decorate with sculpture.
  2. (informal) The cement and steel structure that encase the destroyed reactor at the power station in Chernobyl, Ukraine.
related terms:
  • autosarcophagy
sarge pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
etymology 1 Shortened from sergeant.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) sergeant
  • Like mom, dad, or doctor, Sarge can function either as a title, a simple shortening of "sergeant," or a substitute name for the bearer of that title, e.g. Sarge, a character from the American comic strip .
etymology 2 Coined by Ross Jeffries, after his cat Sarge.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (seduction community) to go out and engage women in order to pick them up
    • 2010, Charlotte Allen, The New Dating Game: Jeffries pioneered the coinage of distinctive seduction lingo—his most widely used neologism: “sarging,” named after his cat Sarge and meaning trolling the bars for desirable women—as well as the use of the Internet.
  • agers, gears, GRASE, rages, regas, sager, segar
sarkily etymology sarky + ly
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (British, informal) In a sarky manner; sarcastically.
sarky etymology From sarcastic + y. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, informal) sarcastic
Synonyms: sarcastic, snarky
  • yarks
sarmie etymology Compare sarnie and sammie.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, South Africa) A sandwich.
    • 2012, David Robert Dalton, Wild West Adventures In The Great African Bush (page 8) It was the lunch break and I was eating my peanut-butter sarmies out of clear grease-proof paper, when, to my great surprise, big drops of water began to fall on me from above, hitting my head and my raised knees, and speckling my sarmies until they were soggy.
sarnie Alternative forms: sarny, sarney pronunciation
  • (British) /ˈsɑːni/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, informal) a sandwich
  2. (UK, birdwatching) the Sandwich tern.
Synonyms: sanger (AU), sango (AU), sarmie (RSA), sambo (Ireland)
  • arisen
  • arsine
  • erasin
sarong party girl etymology From the 1940s when Caucasian expatriates in Singapore held parties at which the wearing of sarong was expected.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) An Asian girl who dates non-Asians.
This is particularly used when referring to Singaporean girls who date the white expatriates.
Saskabush {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ˈsæskəbʊʃ/
  • {{hyphenation}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (Canada, informal, humorous) Nickname for the city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Saskabusher {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: Saskatonian , Saskatooner, Saskatoonian pronunciation
  • /ˈsæskəbʊʃɚ/
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Canada, informal) Nickname for a native or inhabitant (Saskatonian) of the city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Saskatonian {{wikipedia}} etymology Saskaton- (from Saskatoon) + -ian
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A native or inhabitant of the city of Saskatoon (Saskatchewan, Canada).
Synonyms: (native or resident of Saskatoon) Saskatoonian, Saskatooner, (informal) Saskabusher
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or relating to Saskatoon.
sassenach Alternative forms: Sassenach, sasanach etymology From Scottish Gaelic sasunnach. pronunciation
  • (UK) /sæs.ənˈæk/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Scotland, pejorative) An person.
  2. (Scotland, pejorative) A Scot.
    • {{RQ:Joyce Ulysses}}, Episode 12, The Cyclops But the Sassenach tried to starve the nation at home while the land was full of crops that the British hyenas bought and sold in Rio de Janeiro.
satellite {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle French satellite, from Latin satelles. Ultimately perhaps of ett origin. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈsætəlaɪt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A moon or other smaller body orbit a larger one. {{defdate}} The Moon is a natural satellite of the Earth. A spent upper stage is a derelict satellite.
  2. A man-made apparatus designed to be placed in orbit around a celestial body, generally to relay information, data etc. to Earth. {{defdate}} Many telecommunication satellites orbit at 36000km above the equator.
  3. A country, state, office, building etc. which is under the jurisdiction, influence, or domination of another body. {{defdate}}
  4. (now rare) An attendant on an important person; a member of someone's retinue, often in a somewhat derogatory sense; a henchman. {{defdate}}
    • {{RQ:Flr Mntgn Essays}}, II.3: We read in the Bible, that Nicanor the persecutor of Gods Law…sent his Satellites to apprehend the good old man Rasias{{nb...}}.
    • 1826, Walter Scott, Woodstock (novel), p.348: …he would nevertheless have a better bargain of this tall satellite if they settled the debate betwixt them in the forest{{nb...}}. Betwixt anxiety, therefore, vexation, and anger, Charles faced suddenly round on his pursuer{{nb...}}.
    • 1948, Willard E. Hawkins, The Technique of Fiction: A Basic Course in Story Writing, p.169: The unnamed chronicler in his Dupin stories was the first Dr. Watson type of satellite—a narrator who accompanies the detective on his exploits, exclaims over his brilliance{{nb...}}.
  5. (colloquial, uncountable) Satellite TV; reception of television broadcasts via services that utilize man-made satellite technology. {{defdate}} Do you have satellite at your house?
hyponyms: {{hyp-top3}}
  • anti-satellite
  • femtosatellite
  • fixed satellite
  • microsatellite
  • minisatellite
  • nanosatellite
  • picosatellite
  • space satellite
  • spy satellite
related terms: {{rel3}}
The man-made telecommunication objects are sometimes called artificial satellites to distinguish them from natural satellites such as the Moon.
  • telestial
satellite dish {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A parabolic antenna designed to receive microwaves from communications satellites, which transmit data transmissions or broadcasts, such as satellite television.
satnav Alternative forms: sat nav etymology {{blend}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈsæt.næv/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Short for satellite navigation system.
  2. (informal) A civilian GPS receiver.
  • savant
sat nav Alternative forms: satnav
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Short for satellite navigation system.
  • savant
noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang) plural of satnav
  • savants
sat navs
noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang) plural of sat nav
  • savants
sauce etymology From Old French sauce, from vl salsa, noun use of the feminine of Latin salsus, past participle of saliō, from sal. pronunciation
  • (US) [sɔs], [sɑs]
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A liquid (often thickened) condiment or accompaniment to food. apple sauce; mint sauce
  2. (UK, Australia) tomato sauce (similar to US tomato ketchup), as in: [meat] pie and [tomato] sauce
  3. (slang, usually "the") Alcohol, booze.
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    Maybe you should lay off the sauce.
  4. (bodybuilding) Anabolic steroids.
  5. (art) A soft crayon for use in stump drawing or in shading with the stump.
  6. (internet slang) alternative form of source used when requesting the source of an image.
  7. (dated) Cheek; impertinence; backtalk; sass.
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  8. (US, obsolete slang, 1800s) Vegetables.
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  9. (obsolete, UK, US, dialect) Any garden vegetable eaten with meat.
    • Beverly Roots, herbs, vine fruits, and salad flowers … they dish up various ways, and find them very delicious sauce to their meats, both roasted and boiled, fresh and salt.
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To add sauce to; to season.
  2. To cause to relish anything, as if with a sauce; to tickle or gratify, as the palate; to please; to stimulate.
    • Shakespeare Earth, yield me roots; / Who seeks for better of thee, sauce his palate / With thy most operant poison!
  3. To make poignant; to give zest, flavour or interest to; to set off; to vary and render attractive.
    • Sir Philip Sidney Then fell she to sauce her desires with threatenings.
  4. (colloquial) To treat with bitter, pert, or tart language; to be impudent or saucy to.
    • Shakespeare I'll sauce her with bitter words.
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  1. (slang) An intensifying suffix.
  • cause, 'cause
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  1. (slang) Used to add emphasis to adjectives, especially those that relate to cool- or uncoolness. awesome →, awesomesauce weak →, weaksauce hot →, hotsauce lame →, lamesauce
  • Sometimes written with a space or a dash.
saucebox etymology sauce + box
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  1. (colloquial) A saucy, impudent or impertinent person.
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  1. en-past of sauce
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) drunk.
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saucepot etymology sauce + pot
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A pot used to make sauce.
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  2. (slang) A woman who behaves in a titillatingly saucy manner.
    • 2013, March 9, Jana Falkenberg, Love, Sex And Other Disasters: My Adventurous Search For The Man Of My Dreams, “Thank God I was not the only sex-mad precocious little saucepot around! ”
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sauerkraut {{wikipedia}} etymology Borrowed into English around 1600 from German Sauerkraut, from sauer + Kraut.[ Online Etymology Dictionary, "sauerkraut"]
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A dish made by ferment finely chopped cabbage.
  2. (obsolete, ethnic slur, offensive, slang) A German person.
sausage {{wikipedia}} etymology From late Middle English sausige, from xno saussiche (compare Jèrriais ), from ll salsīcia (compare Spanish salchicha, Italian salsiccia), neuter plural of salsīcius, derivative of Latin salsus, from sal. More at salt. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈsɒsɪd͡ʒ/
  • (GenAm) /ˈsɔsɪd͡ʒ/
  • (cot-caught) /ˈsɑsɪd͡ʒ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A food made of ground meat (or meat substitute) and seasoning, packed in a cylindrical casing; a length of this food.
  2. A sausage-shaped thing.
  3. (vulgar slang) Penis.
  4. A term of endearment. my little sausage Silly sausage.
  5. A saucisse. {{rfquotek}}
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sausage factory
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  1. A facility producing sausage meat products.
  2. (slang) A party or gathering with few to no women present.
  3. (literature) An unappealing process to generate something familiar.
  4. (journalism) the process of creating news - "You wouldn't want to see how it's created," referring to the job of pursuing stories, sources and research.
  5. (politics) Dealing and compromise done behind the scenes to enact legislation.
sausagefest Alternative forms: sausage fest etymology sausage + fest, a phallic reference.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, humorous) An event populated almost entirely by men, with few or no women.
sausage fest etymology sausage + fest, by insinuation of a sausage as a phallic symbol. Alternative forms: sausagefest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derisive) A party or gathering where the vast majority of the people are male. This party is a total sausage fest! Let's call Sarah and have her bring some of her girlfriends over.
Synonyms: brodeo, brodown, dickfest, sausage party
coordinate terms:
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sausage party etymology From the similarity of the human penis to a sausage. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈsɔ.sɪdʒ ˌpɑɹ.ti/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derisive) A gathering with many more men than women.
    • 1999 March 1, Billy (an anonymous American teenager), journal entry, published in Real Teens, Volume 5: Diary of a Junior Year, Scholastic Paperbacks (2000), ISBN 0-439-08412-1, page 76, Ok, so it was actually a sausage party, which means ha ha there weren’t so many girls there but it was still pretty great.
    • 2004, Michael Ruffino, Gentlemanly Repose: Confessions of a Debauched Rock 'n' Roller, Citadel Press, ISBN 0-8065-2626-2, page 131, Of course, it doesn’t seem like a miracle that there’d be a lady at a metal show unless you’d been touring with a useless, plodding sausage party like say, oh I don’t know . . . Anthrax.
    • 2005, Jessica Hopper, “Punk Is Dead! Long Live Punk!: A Report on the State of Teen Spirit from the Mobile Shopping Mall That Is the Vans Warped Tour”, originally in the , reprinted in J. T. LeRoy (guest editor) and Paul Bresnick (series editor), Da Capo Best Music Writing 2005: The Year’s Finest Writing on Rock, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Country, and More, Da Capo Press, ISBN 0-306-81446-3, page 70, The audience at Warped, unlike the sausage party you get at a typical ground-level punk show, is half-female, maybe more.
Synonyms: brodeo, brodown, dickfest, sausage fest
coordinate terms:
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sausage sizzle etymology From sausage + sizzle, referring to the item most likely to be cooked.
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  1. (Australia, NZ, slang) A barbecue, especially one held for fundraising purposes.
    • 2007, Terry Carter, Lara Dunston, Perth & Western Australia, 5th edition, Lonely Planet, [http//|%22sausage+sizzles%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=DAbS0IzWgy&sig=ZJpEm2RxnhCSIm76d5UbCFMKqmw&hl=en&sa=X&ei=okkqUOuBE-HamAWiloH4BQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22sausage%20sizzle%22|%22sausage%20sizzles%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 233], The friendly management picks guests up from their bus, provides shuttle buses into town, hosts free sausage sizzles and rents surfboards, bikes and scooters.
    • 2009, Cyril Ayris, Gulf to Gulf: The Long Walk, Jeff Johnson, Australia, [http//|%22sausage+sizzles%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=z-woJDcnvV&sig=5HKl1G1Feet9V3TvqBK4_O3bVn8&hl=en&sa=X&ei=okkqUOuBE-HamAWiloH4BQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22sausage%20sizzle%22|%22sausage%20sizzles%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 227], The interview went well. It was unhurried, I felt confident for a change, and Jodie seemed genuinely interested in DeafBlind and the reason for my walk. When it was over she invited me to an outside broadcast the following day at which there would be a sausage sizzle.
    • 2010, H. I. Larry, Zac Power: Fossil Fury, Hardie Grant Egmont, Australia, [http//|%22sausage+sizzles%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=qjfUHrIBHr&sig=Bp1mIlvWOvlbse6aTNZSIMift04&hl=en&sa=X&ei=okkqUOuBE-HamAWiloH4BQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22sausage%20sizzle%22|%22sausage%20sizzles%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 3], As Zac walked over to the sausage sizzle, he noticed something strange. The guy flipping the sausages was staring right at him.
sausagey Alternative forms: sausagy etymology sausage + y
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  1. (informal) sausagelike
etymology 1 Shortening of saveloy.
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  1. (UK, Australia, New Zealand, informal) A saveloy.
    • 1982, , NZ, Predicament, The Dunmore Press, page 68, “Well, I don′t know what you′ll think. I′m only saying this to show what you′ve all done for me, but last Christmas dinner I had cold savs.” There was silence and then Mervyn added with a break in his voice, “Saveloys.…”
    • 2007, Gilda O'Neill, Rough Justice, William Heinemann, UK, page 397, ‘Your turn today, Lil,’ he said. ‘Fish and chips for me. No, wait, I′ll have savs, faggots and pease pudding.’
    • 2008, Deborah Penrith, Live & Work in Australia, Crimson Publishing, UK, page 176, The menu of the average fish and chip shop will also offer…battered savs/Pluto pups (these are basically saveloy sausages with a fried batter on a stick, dipped in tomato ketchup) as well as a choice of homemade marinated pickles.
Synonyms: (saveloy) saveloy, (type of sausage) frank, frankfurt, frankfurter, hot dog, sausage
etymology 2 Shortening of savage.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, slang, informal) {{short for}} (unpleasant or unfair).
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savage etymology From Old French sauvage, salvage, from ll salvaticus, alteration of Latin silvaticus, from silva. pronunciation
  • /ˈsævɪdʒ/
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  1. Wild; not cultivated. a savage wilderness
    • Dryden savage berries of the wood
  2. Barbaric; not civilized. savage manners
    • 1719- , I observed a place where there had been a fire made, and a circle dug in the earth, like a cockpit, where I supposed the savage wretches had sat down to their human feastings upon the bodies of their fellow-creatures.
    • E. D. Griffin What nation, since the commencement of the Christian era, ever rose from savage to civilized without Christianity?
  3. Fierce and ferocious. savage beasts a savage spirit
  4. Brutal, vicious{{,}} or merciless. He gave the dog a savage kick. The woman was killed in a savage manner.
  5. (UK, slang) Unpleasant or unfair. - I'll see you in detention.- Ah, savage!
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) An uncivilized or feral human; a barbarian.
    • 1847, , Tancred: or The New Crusade, page 251 'Well, my lord, I don't know,' said Freeman with a sort of jolly sneer; 'we have been dining with the savages.''They are not savages, Freeman.''Well, my lord, they have not much more clothes, anyhow; and as for knives and forks, there is not such a thing known.'
  2. (figuratively) A defiant person.
verb: {{en-verb}} (transitive)
  1. To attack or assault someone or something ferociously or without restraint.
  2. (figuratively) To criticise vehemently. exampleHis latest film was savaged by most reviewers.
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  3. (of an animal) To attack with the teeth.
  4. (obsolete, transitive) To make savage.
    • South Its bloodhounds, savaged by a cross of wolf.
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save etymology (First attested 1175–1225) From Middle English saven, from Old French sauver, from ll salvāre pronunciation
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  1. In various sport, a block that prevent an opponent from scoring. The goaltender made a great save.
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  2. (baseball) When a relief pitcher comes into a game with a 3 run or less lead, and his team wins while continually being ahead. Jones retired seven to earn the save.
  3. (professional wrestling, slang) A point in a professional wrestling match when one or more wrestlers run to the ring to aid a fellow wrestler who is being beaten. The giant wrestler continued to beat down his smaller opponent, until several wrestlers ran in for the save.
  4. (computing) The act, process, or result of saving data to a storage medium. If you're hit by a power cut, you'll lose all of your changes since your last save. The game console can store up to eight saves on a single cartridge.
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  1. (transitive) To prevent harm or difficulty.
    1. To help (somebody) to survive, or rescue (somebody or something) from harm. exampleShe was saved from drowning by a passer-by. exampleWe were able to save a few of our possessions from the house fire.
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    2. To keep (something) safe; to safeguard.
      • John Milton (1608-1674) Thou hast…quitted all to save / A world from utter loss.
    3. To spare (somebody) from effort, or from something undesirable.
      • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) I'll save you / That labour, sir. All's now done.
    4. (theology) To redeem or protect someone from eternal damnation. exampleJesus Christ came to save sinners.
    5. (sports) To catch or deflect (a shot at goal).
      • 2012, Chelsea 6-0 Wolves Chelsea's youngsters, who looked lively throughout, then combined for the second goal in the seventh minute. Romeu's shot was saved by Wolves goalkeeper Dorus De Vries but Piazon kept the ball alive and turned it back for an unmarked Bertrand to blast home.
  2. To put aside, to avoid.
    1. (transitive) To store for future use. exampleLet's save the packaging in case we need to send the product back.
    2. (transitive) To conserve or prevent the wasting of. exampleSave electricity by turning off the lights when you leave the room.
      • {{RQ:Chrsty Atbgrfy}} An indulgent playmate, Grannie would lay aside the long scratchy-looking letter she was writing (heavily crossed ‘to save notepaper’) and enter into the delightful pastime of ‘a chicken from Mr Whiteley's’.
    3. (transitive) To obviate or make unnecessary.
      • John Dryden (1631-1700) Will you not speak to save a lady's blush?
    4. (transitive, computing) To write a file to disk or other storage medium. exampleWhere did I save that document? I can't find it on the desktop.
    5. (intransitive) To economize or avoid waste.
    6. (transitive and intransitive) To accumulate money or valuable.
In computing sense “to write a file”, also used as phrasal verb save down informally. Compare other computing phrasal verbs such as print out and close out.
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  1. Except; with the exception of. exampleOnly the parties may institute proceedings, save where the law shall provide otherwise.
    • {{RQ:Vance Nobody}} Turning back, then, toward the basement staircase, she began to grope her way through blinding darkness, but had taken only a few uncertain steps when, of a sudden, she stopped short and for a little stood like a stricken thing, quite motionless save that she quaked to her very marrow in the grasp of a great and enervating fear.
Synonyms: (with the exception of) except
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  1. (dated) unless; except
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saveloy etymology Corruption of French cervelas
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A seasoned pork sausage, normally purchased ready cooked
Synonyms: sav (Australia and New Zealand)
saver etymology {{-er}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who save. a saver of souls
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  2. (slang) One who keeps savings more than usual. exampleHe's a saver, she's a spender; you think the marriage would be doomed but he keeps them from going into bankruptcy and she makes sure they have a lot of fun.
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savescum etymology save + scum
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  1. (intransitive, video games, roguelikes, derogatory) To cheat by taking a copy of a saved game so that it can be restore and reattempt in the event of the player character's death.
related terms:
  • startscum
save someone's skin
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) To save someone's life.
  2. to prevent an undesirable occurrence
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Synonyms: save someone's bacon
save vs. Alternative forms: save versus
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  1. (transitive, gaming slang, nonstandard) In certain games, to successfully guard against a particular danger
  • The verb virtually always must specify an object, and that object is usually some sort of threat.
  • The "save vs. (object)" constructions are also often used as nouns, but save vs. by itself is not a noun. Did you manage to save vs. poison? No, my save vs. poison is terrible.
savvy etymology Alteration of save, sabi (in English-based creoles and pidgins), from Portuguese or Spanish sabe, from saber, from Latin sapere. 1785, as a noun, "practical sense, intelligence;" also a verb, "to know, to understand;" West Indies pidgin borrowing of French savez" or Spanish sabe, both from vl *sapere, from Latin sapere (see sapient). The adjective is first recorded 1905, from the noun. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈsæv.i/
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  1. (informal) Shrewd, well-informed and perceptive.
    • 22 March 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club The Hunger Games That such a safe adaptation could come of The Hunger Games speaks more to the trilogy’s commercial ascent than the book’s actual content, which is audacious and savvy in its dark calculations.
Synonyms: canny
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) to understand
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (informal) Do you understand?
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Shrewdness

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