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


noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, African American Vernacular English) A Bahamian.
    • 1937, , Their Eyes Were Watching God, Harper Perennial (2000), page 154: Since Tea Cake and Janie had friended with the Bahaman workers in the ’Glades, they, the “Saws,” had been gradually drawn into the American crowd.
sawbones etymology saw + bones
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A surgeon.
  • snowbase
sawbuck Alternative forms: saw buck etymology saw + buck
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. a framework for holding wood so that it can be saw; a sawhorse
  2. (US, slang) a ten-dollar bill
  • bucksaw
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Shortened by saw. exampleThe sawed-off shotgun was illegal because its shorter barrel made it too easy to conceal.
  2. (slang) Short (as though something that should be there isn't). exampleHe was a sawed-off runt, just a little guy, but he packed so much attitude into that little package that no one was going to make anything about it.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A diminutive of the male given name Alexander, of Scots origin.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic, derogatory) A Scotsman.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (rare, humorous) In the manner or likeness of the sound of a saxophone.
say {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /seɪ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English seyen, seien, seggen, &c., from Old English secġan, from Proto-Germanic *sagjaną, from Proto-Indo-European *sekʷ-, *sekʷe-, *skʷē-. Cognate with Western Frisian sizze, Dutch zeggen, German sagen, Swedish säga.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To pronounce. examplePlease say your name slowly and clearly.
  2. (transitive) To recite. exampleMartha, will you say the Pledge of Allegiance?
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 5 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “Then everybody once more knelt, and soon the blessing was pronounced. The choir and the clergy trooped out slowly, […], down the nave to the western door. […] At a seemingly immense distance the surpliced group stopped to say the last prayer.”
  3. To communicate, either verbally or in writing. exampleHe said he would be here tomorrow.
  4. To indicate in a written form. exampleThe sign says it’s 50 kilometres to Paris.
  5. (impersonal) To have a common expression; used in singular passive voice or plural active voice to indicate a rumor or well-known fact. exampleThey say "when in Rome, do as the Romans do", which means "behave as those around you do."
    • 1815, , : They say that Hope is happiness; But genuine Love must prize the past.
    • 1819, Great Britain Court of Chancery, Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery, page 8: It is said, a bargain cannot be set aside upon inadequacy only.
    • 1841, Christopher Marshall, The Knickerbocker (New-York Monthly Magazine), page 379: It’s said that fifteen wagon loads of ready-made clothes for the Virginia troops came to, and stay in, town to-night.
  6. (informal, imperative) Let's say; used to mark an example, supposition or hypothesis. exampleA holiday somewhere warm – Florida, say – would be nice. exampleSay he refuses. What do we do then?
    • 1984, Martin Amis, Money: a suicide note‎ I've followed Selina down the strip, when we're shopping, say, and she strolls on ahead, wearing sawn-off jeans and a wash-withered T-shirt…
  7. (intransitive) To speak; to express an opinion; to make answer; to reply.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) You have said; but whether wisely or no, let the forest judge.
    • John Milton (1608-1674) To this argument we shall soon have said; for what concerns it us to hear a husband divulge his household privacies?
  8. (transitive, informal, of a possession, especially money) To bet as a wager on an outcome; by extension, used to express belief in an outcome by the speaker.
    • 2005, Ian McEwan, Saturday (novel), page 192, “'My fifty pounds says three months after the invasion there'll be a free press in Iraq, and unmonitored internet access too.'”
Synonyms: See
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One's stated opinion or input into a discussion or decision.
    • 2004, Richard Rogers, Information politics on the Web Above all, however, we would like to think that there is more to be decided, after the engines and after the humans have had their says.
etymology 2 Grammaticalization of the verb. In the case of the conjunction, it could be considered an elision of "Let's say that" and for the "for example" sense of "Let's say"
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (colloquial) Used to gain one's attention before making an inquiry or suggestion Say, what did you think about the movie?
  2. For example; let us assume. Pick a color you think they'd like, say, peach. He was driving pretty fast, say, fifty miles per hour.
Synonyms: (used to gain attention) hey
conjunction: {{en-con}}
  1. (informal) Used to introduce a hypothetical Say your family is starving and you don't have any money, is it ok to steal some food?
etymology 3 From Middle French saie, from Latin saga, plural of sagum.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A type of fine cloth similar to serge.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.iv: All in a kirtle of discolourd say / He clothed was …
etymology 4 Aphetic form of assay.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To try; to assay. {{rfquotek}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Trial by sample; assay; specimen.
    • Hooker If those principal works of God … be but certain tastes and says, as if were, of that final benefit.
    • Shakespeare Thy tongue some say of breeding breathes.
  2. Tried quality; temper; proof.
    • Spenser He found a sword of better say.
  3. Essay; trial; attempt. {{rfquotek}}
  • {{rank}}
  • yas
say again
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) "What did you say?" or "Repeat what you have said." A polite formula used when one has not heard or understood what has been said.
  • May be delivered as a question or an imperative.
related terms:
  • come again, excuse me (especially US), I beg your pardon, pardon, sorry, what (impolite)
sayonara etymology From Japanese さようなら 〈sayounara〉 pronunciation
  • /ˌsaɪəˈnɑːrə/
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (informal) goodbye, adieu
Synonyms: adieu, adios, aloha, arrivederci, auf Wiedersehen, au revoir, bye, bye-bye, cheerio, cheers, ciao, farewell, good-by, good-bye, goodbye, good day, shalom, so long, tot ziens
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An utterance of sayonara, the wishing of farewell to someone.
    • 1999, Hell to Pay (ISBN 1583487026), page 19: After a simply marvelous, entertaining two and a half hour meal, they reclaimed their shoes and ceremoniously bid their sayonaras to the Japanese girls.
says me
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) I say so; on my authority.
Usually used in a confrontational manner, to respond to a showing of doubt in the veracity or authority of the speaker by the person to whom the statement is directed. Almost always replying to "says who".
related terms:
  • says who
  • says you
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) alternative spelling of say-so We're just waiting on your sayso.
    • {{seeCites}}
say-so Alternative forms: sayso
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Statement that something is so. I wouldn't buy anything that expensive just on the say-so of a saleman. The say-so of one small child is not enough to convict a man of murder in the absence of any other evidence.
    • 1988, Boris Aldanov, The human predicament, volume 1, page 134: the answer is that we just 'think' ourselves to Be Goodness Itself, we confer that Goodness upon ourselves by say-so, …
  2. (informal) Permission. You are not to go into that room without my say-so.
  3. Say, voice (in a matter). I have to do it. I'm afraid I have no say-so in the matter.
    • 1999, Jack C. Doppelt, Ellen Shearer, Nonvoters: America's no-shows, page 162: "I guess I have gotten fed up with the government. You're only helped if you're on the good side. If you're on the bad side, then you can't have help, you've got no say-so, and you've got no rights, …"
  • see
Synonyms: leave, permission
says who
phrase: {{head}}?
  1. (colloquial) Who says so; on whose authority?
Synonyms: who says?
  • Usually used in a confrontational manner, to show doubt in veracity or authority of the person to whom the statement is directed; often followed by a question mark.
related terms:
  • says me
say wha etymology Relaxed pronunciation.
interjection: {{en-interj}}?
  1. (slang) say what.
  • hyawas
say what
phrase: {{en-phrase}}?
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) What did you say?; Huh?; expresses incredulity.
  • whatsay
scab pronunciation
  • /skæb/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology From Old English sceabb, Old Norse skabb, Latin scabies Cognate with Old English scafan, Latin scabere.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An incrustation over a sore, wound, vesicle, or pustule, formed during healing.
  2. (colloquial or obsolete) The scabies.
  3. The mange, especially when it appears on sheep.
    • 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 306, Scab was the terror of the sheep farmer, and the peril of his calling.
  4. Any of several different disease of potato producing pits and other damage on their surface, caused by streptomyces bacteria (but formerly believed to be caused by a fungus).
  5. Common scab, a relatively harmless variety of scab (potato disease) caused by {{taxlink}}.
  6. (botany) Any one of various more or less destructive fungal disease that attack cultivated plants, forming dark-colored crustlike spots.
  7. (founding) A slight irregular protuberance which defaces the surface of a casting, caused by the breaking away of a part of the mold.
  8. A mean, dirty, paltry fellow. {{rfquotek}}
  9. (slang) A worker who acts against trade union policies, especially a strikebreaker.
Synonyms: (strikebreaker) blackleg, knobstick, scalie
related terms:
  • scabies
  • scabrous
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To become covered by a scab or scabs.
  2. (intransitive) To form into scabs and be shed, as damaged or diseased skin.
    • 1734, Royal Society of London, The Philosophical Transactions (1719 - 1733) Abridged, Volume 7, [http//|scabbing+off|from%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=rfp867GOSb&sig=PIQ7DioGdAzIkZqDxVX1yugqphE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=veYwUKuvGOeWiQfvx4HQBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22scabbed|scabbing%20off|from%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 631], Thoſe Puſtules aroſe, maturated, and ſcabbed off, intirely like the true Pox.
    • 2009, Linda Wisdom, Wicked By Any Other Name, [http//|scabbing+off|from%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=363tQEyJiY&sig=xsQzufUSn-dejMLE2GtTaKbDT8E&hl=en&sa=X&ei=veYwUKuvGOeWiQfvx4HQBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22scabbed|scabbing%20off|from%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 233], Trev walked over and leaned down, dropping a tender kiss on her forehead where the skin was raw and scabbing from the cut.
    • 2009, Nancy Lord, Rock, Water, Wild: An Alaskan Life, [http//|scabbing+off|from%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=RfmMsAy-NZ&sig=02cu2I_SWxphcHeJYyvEDIwnI9A&hl=en&sa=X&ei=veYwUKuvGOeWiQfvx4HQBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22scabbed|scabbing%20off|from%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 121], The bark that wasn′t already scabbed off was peppered with beetle holes.
  3. (transitive) To remove part of a surface (from).
    • 1891, Canadian Senate, Select Committee on Railways, Telegraphs and Harbours: Proceedings and Evidence, [http//|scabbing+off|from%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22scabbed|scabbing+off|from%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=ZiLLfPOkSK&sig=UqFsGERWd7pAacNUNno4KXVaw0I&hl=en&sa=X&ei=veYwUKuvGOeWiQfvx4HQBA&redir_esc=y page 265], The beds shall be scabbed off to give a solid bearing, no pinning shall be admitted between the backing and the face stones and there shall be a good square joint not exceeding one inch in width, and the face stone shall be scabbed off to allow this.
  4. (intransitive) To act as a strikebreaker.
  5. (transitive, UK, Australia, NZ, informal) To beg (for), to cadge or bum. I scabbed some money off a friend.
    • 2004, Niven Govinden, We are the New Romantics, Bloomsbury Publishing, UK, [http//|scabbing+off|from%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=qlA-afCBV7&sig=lXUliS1VwJnx_G_anuGODOuqv0E&hl=en&sa=X&ei=veYwUKuvGOeWiQfvx4HQBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22scabbed|scabbing%20off|from%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 143], Finding a spot in a covered seating area that was more bus shelter than tourist-friendly, I unravelled a mother of a joint I′d scabbed off the garçon.
    • 2006, Linda Jaivin, The Infernal Optimist, 2010, HarperCollins Australia, [http//|scabbing+off|from%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=a7BbqYTa_w&sig=1rsWuT5FlKRIoDemvOiF5rIwnok&hl=en&sa=X&ei=veYwUKuvGOeWiQfvx4HQBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22scabbed|scabbing%20off|from%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], I′d already used up me mobile credit. I was using a normal phone card, what I got from Hamid, what got it from a church lady what helped the refugees. I didn′t like scabbing from the asylums, but they did get a lotta phone cards.
    • 2010, Fiona Wood, Six Impossible Things, [http//|scabbing+off|from%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=f4mKq4B7Jy&sig=uiRyvNUwGXtHIb5NuSN_WjS9wJU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=veYwUKuvGOeWiQfvx4HQBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22scabbed|scabbing%20off|from%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 113], I′ve told Fred we can see a movie this weekend, but that just seems like a money-wasting activity. And I can′t keep scabbing off my best friend.
  • ABCS, ABCs, BACS, bacs, cabs, SABC
scaffy etymology From scavenger + y.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Scotland, colloquial) A street sweeper; a dustman, a refuse collector.
    • 2009, Tony Black (writer), Gutted, {{gbooks}}: The scaffies were out, hosing down the pavement. I liked the aura of early morning – it felt like the end of the world, which suited my mood.
scag Alternative forms: skag pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, uncountable) heroin
  2. (slang, countable, pejorative) A woman of loose morals.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (computing) To destroy the data on a disk, either by corrupting the filesystem or by causing media damage. "That last power hit scagged the system disk."
  • cags
scalawag {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: scallywag, scallawag etymology Of obscure origin, perhaps from the name of the Shetland village of Scalloway (from Old Norse Skálavágr), known for its dwarf ponies and dwarf cattle.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, archaic) A scrawny cow.
  2. (pejorative, archaic) A rascal.
  3. (pejorative, US, archaic or historical) Any white Southerner who supported the federal plan of Reconstruction after the American Civil War or who joined with the black freedmen and the carpetbagger in support of Republican Party policies.
scalie etymology From scale + ie.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (North America, dated, derogatory, slang) A strikebreaker.
    • 1908, "On the Firing Line", Machinists' Monthly Journal, Vol. 20, No. 11, November 1908, page 998: While we were there a couple of scalies came out and started up the street, but seeing the strikers there they turned around and went back into the saloon.
    • 1911, "From Brittania Lodge, No. 361", Railway Carmen's Journal, Vol. 16, No. 3, March 1911, page 129: In the car department we would repair cars that were disabled and placed in bad order by a bunch of scalies taking the place of striking switchmen, engineers, Firemen, etc.
    • 1935, International Stereotypers' and Electrotypers' Union Journal, Vol. 30, page 830: In Dallas, women scalies cursed women pickets; four pickets went to jail for disorderly conduct while the scalies went on to work.
  2. (Australia, slang) A weighbridge worker.
    • 1984, Bruce Stannard, "The demons that haunt the long-run truckies", The Bulletin, 7 August 1984, page 68: {{…}} even allowing for the detours through the back roads to avoid the "scalies" who man the highway truck-weight checking stations.
    • 1991, Leslie P. Richards, Truckin' Tales: The Early Days, (2007), ISBN 9781847532626, page 43: Approaching Port Augusta I had lights flashed at me, warning that the weighbridge was open. I expected this because the scalies had passed me on the road earlier.
    • 2009, John Andersen, "Floodwater graveyard", Townsville Bulletin, 3 March 2009: Scalies are stationed 24/7 on the northern outskirts of the Towers to ensure no one does tries to do a rat-run. The weight limit might soon impact on a large number of jobs.
  3. (US, informal) A scaled quail (Callipepla squamata).
    • 2003, Durwood Hollis, Hunting Upland Game & Waterfowl, Krause Publications (2003), ISBN 9781440226793, pages 40-41: About the same size as the valley quail and the Gambel's quail, the scaled quail is often referred to as the "drab shirttail relative." Gray-blue in color (often known locally as "blue quail"), with a slight black tipping of the chest and breast plumage that creates scalelike markings, (hence the nickname "scalies"), {{…}}
    • 2003, Ben O. Williams, Winston: The Life of a Gun Dog, Willow Creek Press (2003), ISBN 1572237058, page 165: I sensed the birds' presence, but I had no idea if they were Gambel's or scalies, even though the habitat read scaled quail.
    • 2007, Jeffrey Engel, Sherol Engel, & James A. Swan, Chasing The Hunter's Dream: 1,001 of the World's Best Duck Marshes, Deer Runs, Elk Meadows, Pheasant Fields, Bear Woods, Safaris, and Extraordinary Hunts, HarperCollins (2007), ISBN 9780061343827, page 212: Then the exploding whirr of wings in the wind — a mixed covey of bobwhites and scalies.
    • 2008, Tom Arnhold & Web Parton, Wingshooter's Guide to Kansas Upland Birds and Waterfowl, Wilderness Adventures Press, Inc. (2008), ISBN 9781932098440, page 56: Scalies are more prone to be in open grass away from cover.
  4. (furry fandom) A reptile or reptile-like animal character with human characteristics.
  5. (furry fandom) Someone who roleplay or describes themselves as being such a character. (compare furry)
Synonyms: (strikebreaker) blackleg, scab
coordinate terms:
  • (furry fandom senses) avian, furry
scallop {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: scollop (rare, chiefly British) etymology From Old French escalope. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈskæləp/ (rhymes with gallop)
    • {{audio}}
  • (Canada) /ˈskɒləp/ (rhymes with trollop)
  • (Ireland) /ˈskaləp/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of various marine bivalve mollusc of the family Pectinidae which are free-swimming.
  2. A curved projection, making part of a decoration.
  3. A fillet of meat, escalope.
  4. A form of fried potato.
  5. A dish shaped like a scallop shell.
To specify bivalves, rather than fillets of meat or potatoes, sea scallop and similar terms may be used instead. This is particularly done when several of these are used, such as in cookbooks and in parts of Australia. Synonyms: (mollusc) scollop (British), sea scallop (parts of Australia), (potato) potato cake (parts of Australia), potato scallop (parts of Australia)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To (be) cut in the shape of a crescent
  2. (transitive) to make or cook scallops
  3. (transitive) to bake in a casserole (gratin), originally in a scallop shell; especially used in form scalloped
  4. (intransitive) to harvest scallops
  • callops
scally etymology Abbreviation of scallywag. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) A rascal or miscreant, a scallywag.
  2. (Northern England, especially in Manchester and Merseyside, pejorative) A jobless yob who has little or no education and is suspected of having committed some type of crime.
  3. A flat cap or driving cap.
related terms:
  • chav
  • rascal
  • scallywag
  • scunner
  • townie
  • yob
  • Scylla
scalp {{wikipedia}} etymology Originally a northern word, and therefore presumed to come from a Scandinavian source, although the sense-development is unclear; compare Old Norse skálpr, Middle Dutch schelpe. pronunciation
  • /skælp/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now dialectal) The top of the head; the skull.
  2. The part of the head where the hair grows from, or used to grow from.
    • 2014, Kaitlin Newman in Baltimore Sun, Five years after beating, Ryan Diviney’s family holds out hope The original titanium mesh plate that was inserted in the summer of 2010 was removed last June since it was causing his scalp to break down.
    • c. 1590, William Shakespeare, The Two Gentlemen of Verona By the bare scalpe of Robin Hoods fat Fryer, / This fellow were a King, for our wilde faction.
  3. A part of the skin of the head, with the hair attached, formerly cut or torn off from an enemy by Native American warriors as a token of victory. Some tribes used to collect scalps to prove how many of the enemy they had killed in battle.
  4. A victory.
    • 1993, John Frohnmayer, Leaving Town Alive: Confessions of an Arts Warrior (page 331) Pat Buchanan, in his ongoing presidential quest, claimed his first scalp, and Donald Wildmon's newsletter chortled that his efforts in opposing the NEA had paid off.
  5. (Scotland) A bed or stratum of shellfish; a scaup.
  6. (figurative) The top; the summit. {{rfquotek}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To remove the scalp (part of the head from where the hair grows), by brutal act or accident.
  2. (slang) To resell, especially tickets, usually for an inflated price, often illegally.
  3. To screen or sieve ore before further processing scalped ore
  4. (surgery) To remove the skin of.
    • J. S. Wells We must scalp the whole lid [of the eye].
  5. (milling) To brush the hairs or fuzz from (wheat grains, etc.) in the process of high milling. {{rfquotek}}
  • calps
  • claps
  • clasp
scaly pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Covered or abounding with scales; as, a scaly fish.
  2. Resembling scales, laminae, or layers.
  3. (dated, vulgar or South African) Mean; low. a scaly fellow
  4. Composed of scales lying over each other; as, a scaly bulb; covered with scales; as, a scaly stem.
noun: {{rfi}} {{wikipedia}} {{wikispecies}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa) The scaly yellowfish, {{taxlink}}.
  • acyls
  • clays
scammer etymology {{-er}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A swindler, cheat.
Scandie etymology Scandinavian + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Scandinavian
Scandiknavery etymology Blend of Scandinavian and knavery; a nonce word coined by (see quotation).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (very rare, informal) Duplicity by Scandinavians.
    • 1939, , James Joyce, Book 1, episode 2: For to sod the brave son of Scandiknavery.
scanger Alternative forms: skanger etymology According to A Dictionary of Hiberno-English''A Dictionary of Hiberno-English'' by Terence Dolan, Gill & Macmillan, ISBN 0-7171-2942-X: "Much of the influence comes from where the origins of the word 'skanger' can be found. I'm pretty certain this is a collapsed form of the word "scavenger" from a word used by the Caribbean community in London."[ Pyjama Party] ''The Irish Times, 2006-11-11. Dolan's dictionary gives the word "skanker", meaning an untrustworthy or unreliable person, as a possible source of the word. Originally, in 1980s Dublin, it referred only to women but has become broadened to men in recent years.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland, pejorative) A person who is associated with petty criminality and who is seen as strongly identified with brand names in music, clothing, sport, vehicles, and so forth.
Alternative forms: skangerSynonyms: chav, charva, charver, skobie, scobe, gurrier, ned (in Scotland), pikey (in England), scag, skag, skeet, shams, spide, waa, zook
scanxiety etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, neologism) Anxiety experienced while waiting to undergo a medical scan or receive the result of one.
    • 2011, Lori Hope, Help Me Live: 20 Things People with Cancer Want You to Know, Celestial Arts (2011), ISBN 9781587611490, page 163: Even now, almost nine years after Dr. Jablons declared me cured, when I have a "scanxiety" attack or see a frightening cancer headline, I replay his words in my mind and remind myself that I will likely live to play with my son's children and maybe even spend my retirement savings.
    • 2012, Jai Pausch, Dreaming New Dreams: Reimagining My Life After Loss, Crown Archetype (2012), ISBN 9780307888501, page 78: Nevertheless, we both experienced the usual "scanxiety" — the nervous feeling one gets at the approach of a scan date.
    • 2014, Erin Ellis, "Mother finds unique way to share her cancer story with others", The Vancouver Sun, 25 April 2014: “It’s an amazing step in our healing journey, as it can be nerve wracking to go through the ‘scanxiety’ every six months,” says Teicher.
scapegallows etymology scape + gallows
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, dated) A criminal who has narrowly escape being hang. {{rfquotek}}
scarecrow {{wikipedia}} etymology From scare + crow. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈskɛə.krəʊ/
  • (US) /ˈsker.kroʊ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An effigy, typically made of straw and dressed in old clothes, fixed to a pole in a field to deter bird from eating seed or crop planted there.
  2. (figuratively, pejorative) A tall, thin, awkward person.
  3. (figurative) Anything that appears terrifying but offers no danger. A scarecrow set to frighten fools away. — Dryden.
  4. A person clad in rag and tatter. No eye hath seen such scarecrows. I'll not march with them through Coventry, that's flat. — Shakespeare.
  5. (UK, dialect) A bird, the black tern.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To splay rigid outward, like the arms of a scarecrow.
    • 2006, Ron S. King, Nowhere Street (page 109) … his small frame seeming scarecrowed in the over-large black coat.
    • 2010, Robert N. Chan, The Bad Samaritan An arctic wind whooshes down Columbus Avenue like the IRT express, catching her bags, scarecrowing her arms, and threatening to take her broad-brimmed hat downtown.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) en-comparative of scared
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) en-superlative of scared
  • Descartes
scared shitless
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar, slang) Very frighten, terrified.
Synonyms: scared stiff, scared witless
scaredy cat etymology scared + -y + cat Alternative forms: scaredy-cat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish) A coward.
Synonyms: See also
  • scardey cat
scareware etymology scare + ware
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, informal) Software that attempts to scare the user into compliance, as by displaying false warnings of virus infection.
  • malware
scarf {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /skɑː(ɹ)f/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Probably from onf escarpe (compare Old French escherpe), possibly from frk *skirpja or of other gem origin (compare Old Norse skreppa). Alternatively from Malayalam scirpa, from Latin scirpus. The verb is derived from the noun.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A long, often knit, garment worn around the neck.
  2. A headscarf.
  3. (dated) A neckcloth or cravat.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To throw on loosely; to put on like a scarf.
    • 1599-1601, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 2: My sea-gown scarfed about me.
  2. To dress with a scarf, or as with a scarf; to cover with a loose wrapping.
etymology 2 {{rfi}} Of uncertain origin. Possibly from Old Norse skarfr, derivative of skera.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A type of joint in woodworking.
  2. A groove on one side of a sewing machine needle.
  3. A dip or notch or cut made in the trunk of a tree to direct its fall when felling.
Synonyms: muffler
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To shape by grinding.
  2. To form a scarf on the end or edge of, as for a joint in timber, forming a "V" groove for welding adjacent metal plates, metal rods, etc.
  3. To unite, as two pieces of timber or metal, by a scarf joint.
etymology 3 Of imitative origin, or a variant of scoff. Alternatively from Old English sceorfan.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, US, slang) To eat very quick. You sure scarfed that pizza.
The more usual form in the UK is scoff.
etymology 4
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Scotland) A cormorant.
{{Webster 1913}}
scarfer etymology scarf + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who shape by grind. He worked as a scarfer in a steel mill.
  2. (slang) One who scarf or guzzle food.
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  3. (UK, slang) An everyday football supporter who is not involved in hooliganism.
    • 2006, Ramn Spaaij, Understanding football hooliganism (page 152) On the Internet self-identifying Wigan hooligans claimed victory over ICF members, but the latter dismissed these claims since attacking 'scarfers' (non-hooligan supporters) was considered illegitimate.
scarfie etymology From the signature blue/yellow scarf such a person wears to show their support towards their home rugby team (especially the )
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (New Zealand, slang) A university student especially one from the University of Otago.
  • fiacres
Scarlem etymology Blend of and
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (derogatory, slang) An area in east Toronto, Canada, with certain poor neighbourhood and youth gang, loosely compared with Harlem in New York.
  • calmers, marcels
scarper etymology Probably from Italian scappare, influenced by Cockney rhyming slang = go.
  • In the chapter "Punch Talk" of 1851, , , Vol 3, the author discusses the slang language used by travelling Italian Punch and Judy men and entertainers, which had English, Italian, Jewish and traveller roots. He states that "scarper" is Punch Talk for "to get away quickly" (from the police or other authority) and derives from the Italian scappare or escappare (compare English escape).
  • An alternative etymology traces the word "scarper" to the Cockney rhyming slang Scapa Flow (as in, e.g., "go away").
  • (UK) /ˈskɑː(ɹ).pə(ɹ)/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (British, slang) To run away; to flee; to escape.
    • 1904, John Coleman, Fifty years of an actors̓ life, Volume 1, page 54, Out went the lights, as he continued, "That sneak Whiskers have just blown the gaff to old Slow-Coach, and he'll be here in two two's to give you beans — so scarper, laddies — scarper ! "
    • 2001, Ardal O'Hanlon, Knick Knack Paddy Whack, page 7, The tramps scarpered, the street-traders pushing prams scarpered, half of Dublin scarpered as if they all had something to hide.
    • 2007, , Helm writes: 'As if she were some street criminal, ready to scarper, Ruth's home was swooped upon by [Assistant Commissioner John] Yates's men and she was forced to dress in the presence of a female police officer.
  • carpers
  • scraper
etymology 1 scare + y pronunciation
  • /ˈskeəɹi/
  • {{enPR}}
  • {{audio}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Causing or able to cause fright The tiger's jaws were scary. She was hiding behind her pillow during the scary parts of the film.
  2. (US, colloquial, dated) Subject to sudden alarm; nervous, jumpy. {{rfquotek}}
    • 1916, Texas Department of Agriculture, Bulletin (issues 47-57), page 150: And let us say to these interests that, until the Buy-It-Made-In-Texas movement co-operates with the farmers, we are going to be a little scary of the snare.
Synonyms: (causing fright) frightening
etymology 2 From dialectal English scare.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Barren land having only a thin coat of grass.
  • Carys
  • crays
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (obsolete or colloquial, dated) scarcely; hardly {{rfquotek}} {{rfquotek}}
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scat {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /skæt/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English scet, schat, from Old English sceatt and Old Norse skattr; both from Proto-Germanic *skattaz, from Proto-Indo-European *skatn-, *skat-. Cognate with Scots scat, Western Frisian skat, Dutch schat, German Schatz, Swedish skatt, Icelandic skattur, Latin scateō. Alternative forms: scatt, skatt
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A tax; tribute.
  2. (UK dialectal) A land-tax paid in the Shetland Islands.
etymology 2 Origin uncertain. Perhaps from English dialectal scat, or an alteration of shit (past tense shat; compare Old English scāt), also used for "drugs, heroin". Given the given popular character of the word and unmotivated derivation pattern, derivation from Ancient Greek σκῶρ 〈skō̂r〉 is unlikely 2012, Unabridged, Based on the Random House Dictionary, "scat" Alternative forms: skatt (brisk shower of rain)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (biology) Animal excrement; dung.
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  2. (slang) Heroin.
  3. (slang, obsolete) Whiskey.
  4. (slang) Coprophilia.
    • 1988, “Pete”, quoted in Seymour Kleinberg, Alienated Affections: Being Gay in America, Macmillan, ISBN 978-0-312-02158-0, page 183: Enema queens, like scat queens, are really the scum of the earth.
    • 1998, , Guide, Grove Press, ISBN 978-0-8021-3580-3, page 170: “… I hear he’s into S&M and scat and all kinds of kinky shit. …”
    • 2004, Phineas Mollod and Jason Tesauro, The Modern Lover: A Playbook for Suitors, Spouses & Ringless Carousers, Ten Speed Press, ISBN 978-1-58008-601-1, page 72: In short, when venturing into the realm of extreme fetish, ensure you have an extreme understanding of a partner’s boundaries before laying down a plastic tarp for scat play.
  5. (UK, dialect) A brisk shower of rain, driven by the wind. {{rfquotek}} When Halldown has a hat, Let Kenton beware of a Skatt. — Risdon.
Synonyms: (excrement (slang)) do do, dooky, crap, poop, shit, (animal excrement) droppings, spoor (biology)
related terms:
  • scatology (dung)
  • scatological
etymology 3 Probably imitative.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (music, jazz) Scat singing.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (music, jazz) To sing an improvised melodic solo using nonsense syllables, often onomatopoeic or imitative of musical instruments.
etymology 4 Perhaps from the interjection scat, itself an interjectional form of scoot or scout, from the root of shoot. Alternatively, from the expression quicker than s'cat, perhaps representing a hiss followed by the word cat. Compare Swedish schas.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial) To leave quickly (often used in the imperative). Here comes the principal; we'd better scat.
  2. (colloquial) An imperative demand, often understood by speaker and listener as impertinent. Scat! Go on! Get out of here!
  • acts, Acts, cast, cats, Cats, TACS, TCAs, TCAS, TSCA
scatty pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, British) Scatterbrained; flighty.
schemey etymology From scheme + y. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈskiːmi/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Scotland, colloquial) Someone who lives on an urban housing scheme, especially seen as being poor or ill-educated.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Scheming.
    • 2009, Michael Tomasky, The Guardian, 29 Sep 09: He struck me as schemey and oleaginous from the first time I saw him, long before his disgraceful performances around the Iraq war.
schemie etymology scheme + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) Someone who lives in a council house estate or "scheme".
Used as derogatory term by the working class who live in the town centre to differentiate themselves from the working class of the outskirts.
  • 1996, , Trainspotting They’d rather gie a merchant school old boy with severe brain damage a job in nuclear engineering than gie a schemie wi a Ph. D. a post as a cleaner in an abattoir.
  • 1996, , Ecstasy Stupidity and sleaze, that’s what it is. Schemie windows. Ah look at the world through schemie windows.
  • 2005, Jenny Colgan, The Boy I Loved Before This wasn’t skeggy little schemie bully. This was big-time cheerleader style.
  • chemise
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of scheme
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (pejorative) Tending to scheme.
schitzy Alternative forms: skitzy etymology Diminutive with -y.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) schizophrenic
    • 2011, Ted Solotaroff, First Loves: A Memoir (page 105) I'm a little schitzy but not psychotic. Right?
    • 1973, Texas Monthly (volume 1, number 4, May 1973, page 95) He was bound to be a little schitzy. Kinky, born Richard, and his younger brother, Roger, who performs some business functions for his brother, are the sons of a speech therapist and an educational psychology professor.
schizo pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈskɪtsoʊ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Schizophrenic.
schizophrenia {{wikipedia}} etymology First attested 1910, from Dutch, from German Schizophrenie, coined by Eugen Bleuler, from Ancient Greek σχίζω 〈schízō〉 + φρήν 〈phrḗn〉. pronunciation
  • AHD: [skĭt′səfrēnēə], [skĭt′səfrĕnēə] or [skĭzəfrēnēə]
  • (US) /skɪt.sə.ˈfrɛn.i.ə/
  • (UK) /ˈskɪt.sə.ˈə/, /ˈskɪz.ə.ˈə/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pathology) A psychiatric diagnosis denoting a persistent, often chronic, mental illness variously affecting behavior, thinking, and emotion.
  2. (informal, figurative) Any condition in which disparate or mutually exclusive activities coexist.
    • 2006, Bertus Praeg, Ethiopia and Political Renaissance in Africa (page 213) … one can understand how the cultural disorientation which beset the African Continent has confused Africa's political behaviour, creating a political schizophrenia that made nation-building impossible.
Synonyms: dementia praecox, schizophrenic disorder, schizophrenic psychosis
  • borderline schizophrenia
  • catatonic schizophrenia (catatonia)
  • disorganized schizophrenia
  • hebephrenic schizophrenia (hebephrenia)
  • latent schizophrenia
  • paranoid schizophrenia
  • paraphrenic schizophrenia
  • reactive schizophrenia
related terms:
  • Schistosoma
schizophrenic etymology {{confix}} pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or pertaining to schizophrenia.
  2. (of a person) Afflicted with schizophrenia; having difficulty with perception of reality.
  3. (slang, deprecated) Behaving as if one has more than one personality; wildly changeable.
related terms:
  • schizo
  • nonschizophrenic
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person suffering from schizophrenia.
schizosexual etymology From schizo + sexual, after schizophrenic and terms ending in (such as homosexual).
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (rare) Exhibiting pathologically divergent sexual behaviour, or sexual behaviour (imagined to be) associated with schizophrenia.
    • 1963, Hendrik Marinus Ruitenbeek (editor), The Problem of Homosexuality in Modern Society (), page 123 In individuals of inherited schizophrenic predisposition, the sexual organization remains at a rudimentary level because at least two of its essential constituents, pleasure and love, are innately defective. The ensuing schizosexual behavior is marked by blurred awareness and floundering activity.
    • 1996 June 11, 3:00am, “Mindwarp Trismegistus” (user name), alt.tasteless.jokes (), “Re: PLEASE ADD TO: Sexual Preference Terminology”, Message ID: <>#1/1 +SCHIZOSEXUAL — to prefer sex with one’s other selves.
    • 2007 May 29, 7:12pm, “~tanya” (user name), (Usenet newsgroup), “Re: Finally I have been Diagnosed!”, Message ID: <> i’m schizosexual … (which means i hallucinate about gettin’ laid).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous, rare nonce word) Someone exhibiting such behaviour.
    • 2011 March 1, , , series 1, episode 5: “Progress”, 12:07–12:24 But once Walter plucks up the courage to fully penetrate Automan, he has a sort of breakdown and becomes a split personality. … After which this futuristic schizosexual goes cruising through the city streets at night, picking up men.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (slang, offensive) schizoid, schizophrenic
    • 1979, G.H. Hill, , Loompanics, S.F. Gypsie: Hey, guy, later. [to Hill]: Doesn't this leave you a little schizy?
schizzy etymology schizophrenic + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) schizophrenic; crazy
    • 1983, Ėduard Limonov, It's me, Eddie: a fictional memoir But a Russian, in my observation, can go schizzy from just about anything, except from losing his job. She went schizzy. She was depressed for almost two years and still has her ups and downs.
    • 2003, Rex Miller, Iceman (page 77) Typically he's schizzy or immature or homosexual, or in the exceptional cases such as you have to deal with, a total psychotic personality.
    • 2003, Charles Goodwin, Conversation and brain damage (page 45) But, to cite an older example, not everything that schizophrenics say or think is "schizzy," and some of the things that are are not schizzy in principle, only in mode or degree of realization.
schlep etymology From Yiddish שלעפּן 〈şlʻṗn〉; compare German schleppen. Alternative forms: schlepp, shlep
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, informal) To carry, drag, or lug. I'm exhausted after schlepping those packages around all day.
  2. (intransitive, informal) To go, as on an errand or task. I schlepped down to the store for some milk.
  3. (intransitive, informal) To act in a slovenly, lazy, or sloppy manner. I just schlepped around the house on Sunday.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A long or burdensome journey. Sure you can go across town to get that, but it'd be a schlep.
  2. (informal) A boring person, a drag.
  3. (informal) A sloppy or slovenly person.
  4. (informal) A "pull" or influence. He must have had a lot of schlep to get such good seats.
schlepper etymology From Yiddish שלעפּן 〈şlʻṗn〉; from High German schleppen pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A servant who carries things; a porter. Tell the schlepper to take it up to your hotel room.
  2. (pejorative) One who wanders aimlessly. I can't interest the little schlepper in doing his homework.
related terms:
  • schlep
  • schmuck
  • 1999: Woody Allen adored the scene, and sent up the figure in both film (“Love and Death”) and fiction: in a piece called “Death Knocks,” the Grim Reaper reappears for a game of gin rummy with a schlepperThe New Yorker, 13 May 1999
schlockbuster etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A schlocky blockbuster; a film that is tasteless and inferior but still very successful.
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schlockfest etymology schlock + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Something cheesy or of poor quality, especially a film.
    • 2000, "Going Hollywood", Vibe, April 2000, page 85: In one of Hollywood's all-time great big-budget schlockfests, Smith saves Earth from alien invasion with swagger and style
    • 2012, Tom Lisanti, Glamour Girls of Sixties Hollywood: Seventy-five Profiles, McFarland & Company (2008), ISBN 9780786431724, page 45: Strangely, she followed this with the no-budget horror schlockfest Garden of the Dead (1972), playing an overwrought trailer trash waitress menaced by zombies on a prison farm where her boyfriend is incarcerated.
    • 2012, Christopher M. O'Brien, The Forrest J Ackerman Oeuvre: A Comprehensive Catalog of the Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenplays, Film Appearances, Speeches and Other Works, with a Concise Biography, McFarland & Company (2012), ISBN 9780786449842, page 49 (image caption): {{…}} and Roger Engel (acting under the name “Zander Vorkov,” holding the 1970 Famous Monsters Fearbook, and dressed as Dracula) during the making of the 1971 schlockfest Dracula vs. Frankenstein (courtesy Douglas M. Whitenack).
schlockmeister etymology schlock + meister
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, chiefly North America) A writer of schlock; an author, film director, etc. who produces tasteless and inferior works.
schlockumentary Alternative forms: shlockumentary etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) A documentary programme or film regarded as schlock, typically due to its content being deemed sensationalistic, propagandistic, or factually inaccurate.
    • 1999, Troy Patterson, "Celebrities: Caught on Camera", Entertainment Weekly, 5 March 1999: The narrator of this 53-minute schlockumentary insists that "the public's appetite for seeing their favorite stars caught off guard... is insatiable."
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An individual with a flaccid demeanor and physical affect, not toned physically.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To move in a slumpy, flaccid manner.
schlong pronunciation
  • (UK) /ʃlɒŋ/
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etymology Yiddish שלאַנג 〈şlʼang〉
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) A penis.
schlub Alternative forms: shlub etymology From Yiddish זשלאָב 〈zşlʼáb〉, perhaps from Polish. Compare Russian жлоб 〈žlob〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, US, informal) A person who is socially awkward, unattractive, clumsy, or oafish.
schlubby Alternative forms: (rare) zhlubby etymology schlub + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (chiefly, US, informal) Socially awkward, unattractive, clumsy, oafish, unkempt, fat, overweight.
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schlump etymology From Yiddish שלומפּ 〈şlwmṗ〉
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Someone who is lazy, slovenly{{,}} or dull-looking.
schmancy etymology schm + fancy
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) Fancy, especially in a contrived or pretentious fashion.
    • {{quote-news}}
Synonyms: fancy-schmancy
schmooseoisie etymology {{blend}}. Coined by English professor in 1992. [[w:William Safire|William Safire]], "[ On Language]", ''The New York Times'', 3 December 1995
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) The class of people whose livelihoods are dependent on talking.
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A disorganized mess
  2. (informal) A melee
schmuck Alternative forms: shmuck, shmuk etymology From Yiddish שמאָק 〈şmʼáq〉, from Old Polish smok or from German Schmuck . pronunciation
  • /ʃmʌk/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) The penis.
  2. (pejorative) A useless item or person.
  3. (pejorative, US) A jerk; an unpleasant or detest person.
Synonyms: dick, dork, prick, putz, See also
Schmucksville etymology schmucks + ville
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (US, informal, pejorative) A dull and insignificant town.
    • 2007, David Lee, Nothing Rhymes with Silver 2 (page 222) That maybe{{SIC}} okay for some hick from Schmucksville, Tennessee. But not for you kid. You got talent.
    • 2009, Gregory Bergman, ‎Jodi Miller, WTF? College (page 232) You finally graduated—and with honors—but unfortunately you went to Schmucks University somewhere in Schmucksville that no schmuck has ever heard of.
schmutter etymology From Yiddish שמאַטע 〈şmʼatʻ〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈʃmʌtə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Clothing.
    • 2000, JG Ballard, Super-Cannes, Fourth Estate 2011, p. 269: ‘Has something worried you – the business at the Cardin Foundation?’ ‘Cardin? Not my favourite schmutter.’
  2. (colloquial) Rubbish, worthless material.
related terms:
  • schmatte
schnockered etymology {{rfe}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) drunk
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schnook etymology From Yiddish שנוק 〈şnwq〉, a person easily imposed upon or cheated.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A person who is easily taken advantage of. He’s just a schnook. She’s obviously using him but he keeps coming back for more abuse.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) excessively drunk (by alcohol)
schnoz etymology Shortened from schnozzle
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The human nose.
schnozz Alternative forms: schnoz
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) nose
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schnozzle etymology Probably Yiddish שנויץ 〈şnwyẕ〉 pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The human nose, especially one that is large.
Synonyms: beak, conk (British), honker (US), hooter (British), schnoz, snoot (US), See also
schoolchild Alternative forms: school child, school-child etymology school + child pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈskuːltʃaɪld/, /ˈsku.əltʃaɪld/
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A young person attending school or of an age to attend school.
    • {{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.
Synonyms: pupil, student (especially US), schoolkid (informal)
  • schoolboy
  • schoolgirl
schoolgirly etymology schoolgirl + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) schoolgirlish
    • 1898, Robert Herrick, The Gospel of Freedom (page 115) Mrs. Wilbur's paper was earnest, enthusiastic, a trifle schoolgirly in its sounding periods. It caused much more discussion than poor Flaubert.
    • 1960, Edna Ferber, A Peculiar Treasure: Autobiography (page 163) It was good writing; astringent, economical. I now saw that Dawn O'Hara was sentimental and schoolgirly. This second piece of writing had a completely different attack. It was as though two distinct people had written these two pieces of fiction.
    • 2002, Jacqueline Wilson, Girls in Love (page 51) "I finished early at college so I thought I'd see if I could spot you amongst all your little schoolgirly chums. So come on. Let's go for a walk or something."
schoolkid etymology school + kid
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A schoolchild, a kid who attends school; a schoolboy or schoolgirl.
Synonyms: schoolchild (formal)
  • schoolboy
  • schoolgirl
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) schoolmarm
schoolmarm etymology From school + marm. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈskulˌmɑɹm/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A woman who is a teacher, especially a teacher in a schoolhouse; may carry the connotation she is severe. The schoolmarm, running the old west one-room school, is a stock character in western movies.
  2. A person, male or female, who exhibits characteristics attributed to schoolteachers of the old times (as strict adherence to arbitrary rules, is strict on those who don't comply to those rules, etc.)
  3. (forestry) A tree with two or more trunks; a forked tree.
school of the air etymology From the previous use of shortwave radio.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, informal) The correspondence schools catering for the primary and early secondary education of children in remote and outback Australia.
Schrankschande {{rfv}} etymology Compound of German Schrank and Schande. pronunciation
  • /ʃʁaŋkʃandə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) An item of possession that embarrasses the owner and cannot be easily discarded. Schrankschanden are often of inferior quality. My father gave us a vase. We keep it only on display when he visits. It is a true Schrankschande. His misplaced comment was soon quoted world-wide, making it a Schrankschande in his diplomatic CV. Business is about success and failure: Many companies carry Schrankschanden in their company record, such as Ford's Edsel.
In comparison with white elephant, a Schrankschande is often of inferior quality and cheap, whereas a white elephant is a precious object and costly to maintain. A Schrankschande is embarrassing whereas a white elephant is both unwanted and prestigious at the same time.
Schrödinger's kitten etymology From Schrödinger’s cat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, physics) Any of several experiment that show the paradoxical effects of quantum mechanics on a small scale, especially one that shows an atom to be in two places at the same time
schwag {{wikipedia}} etymology {{rfe}} pronunciation
  • /ʃwæɡ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Low-grade or commercial-grade marijuana.
  2. (slang) alternative form of swag trinkets or promotional items given away at an event.
Synonyms: mersh, regs, tchotchkes
coordinate terms:
  • mids, middies
  • kine bud, kind bud, KB, KBs
  • heads, headies
schwing etymology The term is an onomatopoeia of the sound a sword makes when drawn from a metal scabbard. Popularized by the sketch on the television show .
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang, US) an exclamation of excitement or appreciation for the female form; insinuating the act of a male achieving an erection. She's a babe! Schwing!
science-fictioner etymology science fiction + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) science fiction movie or television program
related terms:
  • actioner
sciencey etymology From science + y.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Scientific; of or pertaining to science. "Ethanol" is the sciencey word for "alcohol".
  2. Pseudoscientific; apparently, but not actually, scientific.
scifag etymology Scientologist + -fag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet slang, derogatory) A Scientologist.
sci-fi pronunciation
  • (UK) /saɪ.faɪ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) {{short for}}
The expression "sci-fi" is sometimes disparaged by followers of science fiction, preferring SF if a short form is to be used.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) science-fictioner
scissor kick
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (soccer) A bicycle kick.
  2. (swimming) A leg movement in which the legs are separated and brought together with a snap.
  3. (vulgar) An act of tribadism.
Synonyms: bicycle kick, overhead kick
scissor sister etymology From the slang name of the sex position of tribadism, scissoring.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) A lesbian.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland, slang) A chav or ned; a delinquent.
Scooby snack etymology Derived from the dog biscuit given to Shaggy and Scooby-Doo in the cartoon .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A treat, usually a snack, especially if given as a reward.
    • 2005, Anne Thomas Soffee, Nerd Girl Rocks Paradise City: A True Story of Faking It in Hair Metal L.A., p. 61: It's over, and I scored not so much as a Scooby Snack.
    • 2003, Denise Dumars, Lori Nyx, The Dark Archetype: Exploring the Shadow Side of the Divine, p. 71: If for some reason the heart is not feather-light, it is Anubis' grim task to toss it like a Scooby snack to the menacing, ever-hungry she-monster, Ammit.
    • 2000, Dick Steflik, et al., Advanced Java Networking, p. 2: Then we will send them along the conveyor belt to be packaged and shipped off to some Java engineer turned writer who is in desperate need of a Scooby Snack.
  2. (slang) Illegal narcotics, particularly "shroom" (hallucinogenic mushroom.)
    • 2005, Meg Cabot, Darkest Hour - Page 225 '“On my honor,” I said, “I am not whacked up on Scooby Snacks.”'
    • 2006, David Wellington, Monster Nation - Page 226 "And then there's the question of what he's going to do when you run out of scooby snacks. You think he's tweaking now..."
    • 2001, Jaina Bell, Retards, Rebels, & Slackers - Page 25 "Scooby snacks! Can we, pleeease?" Malik grinned wryly, broke a baggy of weed out, and started stuffing the pipe."
    • 1996 , , "Scooby Snacks". Runnin' around, robbin' banks all whacked, on the scooby snacks...
scoot pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A dollar.
  2. (slang) a scooter. I got a new scoot yesterday. It's a Gamma.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. {{rfc-sense}} To walk fast; to go quickly; to run away hastily. They scooted over to the window.
  2. To ride on a scooter.
  3. (of an animal) To move with the foreleg while sitting, so that the floor rubs against its rear end. The dog was scooting all over our new carpet.
    • 1990, “If you ever see your dog scooting its hind end along the floor, chances are that anal sac irritation or impaction exists.”, page 44, Guide to Home Pet Grooming, Chris C. Pinney
    • 1997, “What if my cat is biting its tail, scooting or rubbing its bottom on the ground?”, Catopedia, J. M. Evans and Kay White
    • 2008, “The old wives tale is that a dog that scoots on its rear has worms, but that's rarely the case. Dogs that scoot, lick, or chew underneath their tails usually have anal gland issues.”, page 62, The Everything Dog Grooming Book: All You Need to Help Your Pet Look and Feel Great!, Sandy Blackburn
  • {{seeCites}}
  • coots
scoot over
verb: scoot over
  1. (colloquial) To move one's sitting self or seat aside, so the other person has more space Please scoot over a little so I can sit down.
    • 1983 --- You look like who you say you are / So scoot over let me drive your car. -- Lyrics of "Thug" by
Synonyms: budge up, scoot up, move over
scope pronunciation
  • /ˈskəʊp/
  • /ˈskoʊp/
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  • {{hyphenation}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The breadth, depth or reach of a subject; a domain.
  2. A device used in aiming a projectile, through which the person aiming looks at the intended target
  3. (computing) The region of program source in which an identifier is meaningful.
  4. (logic) The shortest sub-wff of which a given instance of a logical connective is a part.
  5. (linguistics) The region of an utterance to which some modifying element applies. the scope of an adverb
  6. (slang) Shortened form of periscope, telescope, microscope or oscilloscope.
hyponyms: {{hyp-top3}}
  • block scope
  • dynamic scope
  • expression scope
  • file scope
  • function scope
  • global scope
  • lexical scope
  • module scope
  • multi-level scope
  • one-level scope
  • root scope
  • static scope
  • two-level scope
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To perform a cursory investigation, as to scope out.
  2. (slang) To perform arthroscopic surgery. The surgeon will scope the football player's knee to repair damage to a ligament.
  3. (slang) To examine under a microscope. The entomologist explained that he could not tell what species of springtail we were looking at without scoping it.
  • copes
  • copse

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