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Bert and Ernie
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) Term used to describe two inseparable friends whose personalities are vastly different.
etymology The term Bert and Ernie gets its name from the Muppet characters on the television series "Sesame Street."
be sick
verb: {{head}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: be sick I am sick today, so can't come to work.
  2. (informal) to vomit The dog's been sick all over the carpet.
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besom etymology From Middle English besme, beseme, from Old English besma, besema, from Proto-Germanic *besmô, *besamô, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰes-. Cognate with Scots besom, bisom, Western Frisian biezem, Dutch bezem, Low German bessen, German Besen. pronunciation
  • /ˈbiː.zəm/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A broom made from a bundle of twigs tied onto a shaft.
  2. (Scotland, Northern England, derogatory) A troublesome woman
    • 1903, “"Eh, but she was a besom, if a' tales be true !" ”, page 130, The Dark O' the Moon: A Novel, Samuel Rutherford Crockett
    • page 10, A Dominie Dismissed, A.S. Neill., “Janet's eyes began to look dim, and I had to frown at her very hard; then I had to turn my frown on Jean ... and Janet, the besom, took advantage of my divided attention.”, 1917
    • 1963, “Uncle Angus went on about the behavior of the car. "She's a besom, a proper besom, her and her gears. She'll be the death of me yet one of these days."”, page 187, The Shinty Boys, Margaret McLean MacPherson
    • 2013, “"She's a besom but no' bad at times, like now," Agnes said as she bit into a dough-ring.”, Best Friends, Nora Kay
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (archaic, poetic) To sweep.
    • 1954, Dylan Thomas, Under Milk Wood, page 13, Now, in her iceberg-white, holily laundered crinoline nightgown, under virtuous polar sheets, in her spruced and scoured dust-defying bedroom in trig and trim Bay View, a house for paying guests at the top of the town, Mrs Ogmore-Prichard widow, twice, of Mr Ogmore, linolium, retired, and Mr Prichard, failed bookmaker, who maddened by besoming, swabbing and scrubbing, the voice of the vacuum-cleaner and the fume of polish, ironically swallowed disinfectant...
  • mebos, mobes
bespectacled {{was wotd}} etymology From {{confix}}. pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Wearing spectacles (glasses).
    • 1917, , Jerry of the Islands, ch. 24, The Commissioner, ascetic-looking, an Oxford graduate, narrow-shouldered and elderly, tired-eyed and bespectacled like the scholar he was, like the scientist he was, shrugged his shoulders.
    • 2002, Steven Barclay, A Place in the World Called Paris, page 149 The choristers were as bespectacled as the audience. Are Protestants more bespectacled than Catholics because of too much Bible reading?
Synonyms: four-eyed (slang, pejorative), spectacled
related terms:
  • spectacles
bester etymology From best + er.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (nonstandard, informal, humorous or childish) en-comparative of best
    • 2010, Ruth Griffiths, Brink of Eternity, page 107: But Awsum had given him his present in Evereverland and said he could wear it forever when he gave it to him, so it was the bestest present in the whole wide world, even bester than the best present his mum and dad ever gave him,
bestest etymology From best + est.
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  1. (nonstandard, informal, humorous or childish) best; very best; en-superlative of best It was the bestest teddy I ever had. You're my bestest friend in the whole world!
best friend
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An especially close and trusted friend.
  2. (informal) An object or concept considered very useful or helpful.
    • 2005, Jeff Davidson, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Things Done, Penguin (ISBN 9781440650543), page 212 You might even say, the bigger the problem, the greater your creative potential. The problem you're facing is your best friend because it will help to bring out the best in you.
    • 2006, Christopher Duncan, The Career Programmer: Guerilla Tactics for an Imperfect World, Apress (ISBN 9781430201199) As an entrepreneur, a conservative financial outlook is your best friend. Live to fight another day. Running a business also involves a host of legal issues. Talk to some people you respect and trust, get some recommendations, and hire a good lawyer and accountant.
    • 2010, Art Seamans, I See, Said the Blind Man, AuthorHouse (ISBN 9781449098384), page 48 An instructor informed us that in battle, your rifle is your best friend.
Synonyms: best bud, best buddy, best mate, top bud, top buddy, best pal, boon companion, BFF
  • worst enemy
related terms:
  • best girl
  • best man
bestie etymology best + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) One's best friend.
    • 2007, Brigid Lowry, Things You Either Hate Or Love You're supposed to be my bestie, Mel. We used to tell each other everything. So what's this Toby secret you can't tell me?
    • 2008, Julie Kraut, Shallon Lester, Hot Mess: Summer in the City Even back then, a party just wasn't a party without my bestie, and I was miserable for the last eight frames.
    • 2009, Keleigh Crigler Hadley, Preacher On the way home, I got a joke text from my bestie.
  • bêtise
bet a dollar to a doughnut Alternative forms: bet a dollar to a donut, wager a dollar to a doughnut
verb: {{head}}
  1. (figurative, mildly, humorous) To declare with confidence.
    • 1911, , Captain Scraggs, ch. 19: I bet a dollar to a doughnut that fellow Lopez sold us out.
    • 1988 April 25, , "Canada Losing Patience With U.S. on Acid Rain," New York Times (retrieved 25 April 2015): [S]aying that environmental concerns are a major factor . . . Mr. Mulroney said "you can bet a dollar to a doughnut" that acid rain would feature in the campaign.
    • 2010 Sep. 13, Red Shannon, "The Greatest Athlete Who Never Was," Bleacher Report (retrieved 25 April 2015): I'll bet a dollar to a doughnut Usain Bolt is not the fastest human on the planet.
  • Becoming dated in places where the price of a doughnut now approaches or exceeds one dollar.
Synonyms: bet a dollar to a dime, bet one's boots, bet one's bottom dollar
betcha etymology Bet + -cha. Alternative forms: betchya
contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. (informal) eye dialect of bet you I betcha any money that that's the case.
  2. (eye dialect, informal) Can be sure of it. You betcha! (meaning You bet your bottom dollar!)
be there or be square etymology See square.
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (US, British, humorous) Used to encourage someone to go somewhere. There's a huge party on Saturday night; be there or be square.
betrousered etymology be + trousered
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (usually, humorous) Wearing pants or trousers.
    • 1862 August, (anonymously), "The Rights of Women", , p. 182: [W]hat undoubted mastery they have gained over some scores of betrousered twaddlers
    • 1911, , The Grain of Dust: Their appreciations are dependant, often in the most curious indirect ways, upon the fact that the author … is betrousered.
    • 1986, Judie Newman, "Kate Chopin, Short Fiction and the Art of Subversion", in Robert A. Lee (ed.) The Nineteenth-century American short story, p. 152: 'Regret' takes as its theme the regret of a betrousered old maid for the children she has never had.
betta {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From the genus name.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any fish of the genus Betta, especially Betta splendens (the Siamese fighting fish).
    • 2005, Russell A. Powell, Introduction to Learning and Behavior, page 245, Rather than simply waiting for a clockwise turn and then presenting the mirror, past experience with another betta suggested that the turning behavior could be established more rapidly using a shaping procedure.
    • 2006, Kasey Michaels, Everything's Coming Up Rosie, page 82, "Do you know that Siamese fighting fish—bettas—excrete ammonia in their waste, and that ammonia is toxic to fish? Twenty-four hours flapping their little gills in the same, unfiltered water, and they're history.…"
    • 2010, Nicole M. Jenkins, Glass Rock, page 163, I had previously bought a bright red betta fish from the Chinese spiritual store, which I also sense had been sent for Aurayah.
Synonyms: (Betta splendens) Siamese fighting fish
etymology 2
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  1. eye dialect of better comparative of good.
    • 1894, , , 2001, page 69, 'I think no savvy. This one mo' betta,' he added, pointing to the house where the drunken captain slumbered: 'Take-a-sun all-e-time.'
    • 2008, Sandra Snowden, The New Plantation, page 316, I pray dat dey he'p us liv' a betta lif ' den dey had.
    • 2009, Jack Freeze, They Shall Be Remembered: A Great American Saga from the War of 1812 to World War I, page 56, Joshua shyly looks down at his feet but then glances over at Harriet and says - “Miss Harriet, a beautiful form is betta dan a beautiful face, and a beautiful behavior is betta dan a beautiful form, it gives mo pleasure than statues or pictures.…"
adverb: {{head}}
  1. eye dialect of better comparative of well.
    • 2003, William Jackson, And the Sea Shall Hide Them, 2005, page 202, “Now she be lookin' betta,” one of the women said. “Like she has a chance to make it.”
    • 2003, Karen Williams, Passion and Pain, page 268, Now you even know the dope game betta than me, look how much money you save fo me when I went to jail.
    • 2008, Sarah Deckard, Tapestry of Tales: Classic Fairy Tales Retold, page 181, “I see she's feelin' betta’,” he said in a muffled voice.
    • 2010, Kathy R. Jackson, My Box of Jewels, page 237, Other than the omnipotent one, who betta to ask to help us pray for God's mercy and grace than Jesus' mother, the ev'a bless'd Virgin Mary.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang) eye dialect of better had better.
    • 2007, Gwendolyn Pless, Praying Hearts and Labor of Love, page 72, “Boy, if I done told you once, I done told you a thousand times, you betta leave them white girls alone before one of their boyfriends or husbands roll up on you, and put a hurtin on yo lil behind.”
    • 2010, Deborah Wofford, Pour Me Out A Blessing Ministries: Presents Lyrical Bliss, page 25, You betta praise the Lord that's all I can say.
    • 2010, Kenya K. Watkins, The Life You Choose, page 58, If I had a lil sister, she betta be scared to screw and be about gettin that paper.
better {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈbɛtə/
  • (GenAm) /ˈbɛtɚ/, [ˈbɛɾɚ]
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  • (AusE) /ˈbetə(ɹ)/, [ˈbeɾə(ɹ)]
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etymology 1 From Middle English better, bettre, betre, from Old English betera, from Proto-Germanic *batizô, from Proto-Indo-European *bhAd-. Cognate with Sanskrit भद्र 〈bhadra〉. For Germanic cognates: see Proto-Germanic *batizô. Verb is from Middle English beteren, from Old English beterian. Related to best and battle. Compare also Icelandic batna, Icelandic bót. More at batten, boot.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. en-comparative of good
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  2. en-comparative of well
  3. larger, greater
related terms:
  • best
adverb: {{head}}
  1. en-comparative of well
    • 1901, , (translator), , “I’ve had enough of cycling with you chaps. I can spend my Sundays better than in tormenting cats and quarrelling and fighting.”
  2. More, in reference to value, distance, time, etc. ten miles and better
related terms:
  • best
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To improve.
    • Wordsworth Love betters what is best.
    • Thackeray He thought to better his circumstances.
    • Macaulay the constant effort of every man to better himself
  2. (intransitive) To become better; to improve. {{rfquotek}}
  3. (transitive) To surpass in excellence; to exceed; to excel.
    • Hooker The works of nature do always aim at that which can not be bettered.
  4. (transitive) To give advantage to; to support; to advance the interest of.
    • Milton Weapons more violent, when next we meet, / May serve to better us and worse our foes.
  5. (slang) Had better. You better do that if you know what's good for you.
Synonyms: See also
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An entity, usually animate, deemed superior to another; one who has a claim to precedence; a superior. He quickly found Ali his better in the ring.
    • Hooker Their betters would hardly be found.
etymology 2 Alternate pronunciation of bettor or modern formation from the verb to bet.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative spelling of bettor
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betty Alternative forms: (bar used by thieves to open doors) bettee, (attractive woman) Betty pronunciation
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etymology From Betty.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, slightly pejorative) An attractive woman; a babe.
  2. A short bar used by thieves to wrench door open; a jemmy.
    • Arbuthnot The powerful betty, or the artful picklock.
  3. (archaic, derogatory) A man who interferes with the duties of women in a household, or who occupies himself with womanish matters.
  4. (US, archaic) A pear-shaped bottle covered with straw, in which olive oil is sometimes brought from Italy; a Florence flask. {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}}
  • TBYTE, tbyte
between the ears
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (literally) On the head.
    • To scratch a cat between the ears.
  2. (figuratively) Inside the head.
    • Tinnitus feels like a ringing between the ears.
  3. (informal) In the brain or in the mind.
    • Age is between the ears.
    • The best sex organ sits between the ears.
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between wind and water
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  1. (nautical) In that part of a ship's side or bottom which is frequently brought above water by the rolling of the ship, or fluctuation of the water's surface.
  2. (colloquial, by extension) At the vulnerable part or point of anything.
beverage etymology Old French beverage, variant of bevrage, from beivre, variant of boivre, from Latin bibō. Related to imbibe. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly American) A liquid to consume, usually excluding water; a drink. This may include tea, coffee, liquor, beer, milk, juice, or soft drinks.
    • Thomson He knew no beverage but the flowing stream.
  2. (slang, archaic) A treat, or drink money.
More elevated than plainer drink. Beverage is of French origin, while is of Old English origin, and this stylistic difference by origin is common; see list of English words with dual French and Anglo-Saxon variations. Synonyms: drink
related terms:
  • bever
  • See also
bewdy etymology From beauty.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. eye dialect of beauty
    • 1933, Blackwood's Magazine, Volume 233, page 350, “…Say,” she continued, “ I wish I had time ta take ya to a bewdy parlor. Yew'd look cute by the time I had ya face fixed and ya eyebrows done and ya hair waved.”
    • 1936, The American Caravan, Volume 5, page 625, This was bewdy.
    • 2008, Nage Archer, Slave Heart, page 189, Lovely smile, doncha know. She wos a bewdy, pretty as a rosella.
  2. (Australia, informal) A beauty: a beautiful person or thing; an especially good example of something.
    • 1987, , John Larkin, Chipp, page 35, The day before the Press Club luncheon, I was in Traralgon, Victoria, when a fellow came up to me in a bar and said, ‘Chippy, that bloody slogan suits you down to the ground. It′s a bewdy.’
    • 1993, , The Lonely Hunter, page 15, ‘…Look at this bewdy.’ Romeo held out a fat rose from the bush he was pruning.
    • 1997, Paul Mitchell, Dodging the Bull, page 94, But she still cooks a bewdy of a roast.
    • 2000, (editor), Australia: The New New World, , page 172, ‘'This little bewdy I cut out of a magazine and stuck down on a piece of card... Don′t tell anyone, mind. The tourists love it.’
    • 2004, Peter Smith, Australia in the Raw: An Eclectic Collection of Meandering Musings, page 97, Course the silly bugger fell in love with this Yank bewdy called Linda Koslowski and that was the end to his long term marriage.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (Australia, informal) Used to express enthusiasm, pleasure or approval. I scored us a couple of tickets to the match on Saturday.Bewdy, mate!
    • 1993, Patti Walkuski, David Harris, No Bed of Roses: Memoirs of a Madam, page 124, The young woman gave them the fingers up and walked back disdainfully, ignoring their whistles and shouts of, ‘Bewdy, you showed him.’
    • 2009, Howard Young, Searching the Crocodile Coast: Sequel to Crocodile Coast Crash, page 6, “Bewdy!” said Hugh, as he turned away to get his breakfast.
    • 2011, , Man Bites Murdoch: Four Decades in Print, Six Days in Court, page 123, ‘Listen, I′ll give it some thought,’ I said. ‘I′ll come back to you tomorrow, okay?’ I was being polite. ‘Tomorrow? Bewdy,’ said Mallon.
beyond the black stump {{wikipedia}} etymology Origin and development contested; see . Attested since the 20th century, possibly developed in 19th century. Either from the general use of fire-blackened tree-stumps in directions, or from a particular such black stump.
prepositional phrase: {{en-prep phrase}}
  1. (Australia, informal, idiomatic) In an extremely isolated place, remote from populated areas; in the middle of nowhere. Typically used to refer to outback areas.
    • 2002, John Perry, Quick and the Dead: Stawell and Its Race Through Time, page 118, While Millard did not shift from log cabin to White House, he did transport himself from beyond the Black Stump to strike it rich at Stawell.
    • 2004, Leon F. Williams, Rubies of Mogok, Trafford, p. 104, “Just don't go gettin' serious,” Frank warned. “We don't want any trouble. We're gonna be beyond the black stump out there, not at the bloody Lennox Hotel.”
    • 2004, John Leonard Spencer, Waving Goodbye to a Thousand Flies, page 241, Kimberly, his eldest daughter who we love dearly, is very pregnant with our great grand daughter, the father of whom I have never met and who has shot through to the outback far beyond the black stump.
Synonyms: See: , back o' Bourke, back of beyond, Woop Woop
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computer graphics, informal) A Bézier curve.
bezzie etymology Compare bestie.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) best friend
    • 2010, Katie Flynn, Heading Home (page 148) Claudia had been his best pal... no, that wasn't quite right. She was younger than him and boys did not have girls for their bezzies.
    • 2011, Helen Bailey, Knowing Me, Knowing You I know most girls say that they've known their bezzies since they started primary school together, bonding over handmade Mother's Day cards or a hatred of the egg-and-spoon race, but I've only known Taryn since I was eleven…
bezzy etymology {{clipping}} + y pronunciation
  • /ˈbɛzi/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, UK) best friend
    • 2002, Sugar Magzine, Basic Skills in Neab GCSE English, Imelda Pilgrim, page 76, “Value your bezzies
    • 2010, “Sandy, my bezzy, we've held each other up for almost ten years.”, page 10, Family Experiences of Bipolar Disorder, Cara Aikin
    • 2011, Diary of a Chav 3 - Too Cool for School, Grace Dent, “I'll miss the times when I paint Mum's toenails for her before she goes somewhere special like Goodmayes Social, 'cos it's not like we get on that well usually, but just for those five minutes we're like bezzies and Mum always fiddles about with my hair and I always call her feet 'hooves' and she laughs her head off.”
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, UK, of a friend) best
    • 2003, “You great big humans might not notice me if you come to my house, but you'd notice my mate all right. My chum, my pal, my bezzy mate, he'd eat you in one gulp, if you were rude to me.”, The Dragon that Squeaked, Arabella McIntyre-Brown
    • 2008, Letts Educational, KS2 Success SATs English, “I went to the bommie party with my bezzy friend, and we watched the fireworks together.”, page 73
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interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (idiomatic, humorous) big deal. (initialism for big fucking deal)
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. Biofeedback Foundation of Europe
  2. Bachelor of Forest Engineering
  3. Buyer Furnished Equipment (e.g. galleys and galley equipment in aircraft)
  4. (vulgar, slang, military) Bumfuck Egypt, Butt Fuckin' Egypt A place that is far away or difficult to reach, idiomatically synonymous with Timbuktu. They sent me way out in BFE looking for the parts.
Synonyms: (remote place) See:
  • BEF
  • Feb, Feb.
etymology 1 From bisexual. pronunciation
  • /baɪ/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Bisexual. I'm hetero, but my oldest sister is bi.
etymology 2 cmn 〈bì〉 pronunciation
  • /baɪ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A type of jade disk produced in ancient China.
biatch pronunciation
  • (US) /bi.ˈɑtʃ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, slang, gangsta) alternative form of bitch
    • 2002, Natika Waldon, Urban Affairs, page 197: “Fuck you, you son of a bitch!” Dana screamed, trying to cover herself. “Fuck your mamma, biatch!” he said as he kicked his door shut.
    • 2004, Greg Fox, Coming Clean: The Best and Worst of Dailyconfession.Com, page 76: Something similar happened with ATM machines giving away money in the UK and the people who took advantage are now in prison . . . it's a biatch I know, but honesty really is the best policy!
    • 2005, Matt Stone, Go Backpacking!, page 106: This trail isn't merely hell, it's a full blown biatch!
Bible basher
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) A fundamentalist Christian preacher, who is seen to take every opportunity to talk about Christianity and attempt to convert those around them.
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    I don't ever go to my local church any more: it's become filled with stupid, fuddy-duddy bible bashers.
  2. (US) A person who finds fault with the Bible, Christianity, or Christian teaching.
    • 2002, Everett Hickey, Biblical in alt.astronomy I'm no bible-basher looking to discredit everything I hear, but there is one point that might be interesting to argue...If the bible is the Word of God, which version or language is the official Word, as the meanings change subtley{{sic}} from one to another?
    • 2003, Jeff Shirton, Conference... in There *are* no "Biblical contradictions". Years ago, I...addressed many, many, many alleged "contradictions". It's a very sad state of affairs, most Bible bashers who claim "contradictions" prefer quantity over quality, and no matter how many *ridiculous* claims they came up with and I demolished, they would continue with others...
    • 2006, veralein, How to protect yourself against false Christian teachers in alt.christnet.christianlife I think you are just a Bible basher for what reasons ever. Maybe you are just an atheist who has pleasure in trolling Christians and recruiting them.
  • While the second sense is used chiefly in the US, the first sense is also current used in the US (in context). See talk page.
  • This term is a contranym (its own antonym), since the senses are negations of one another.
Synonyms: (fundamentalist Christian preacher) Bible thumper (US), God botherer (UK), (one who finds fault with the Bible or Christianity) antichristian
Bible thumper
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) a Christian fundamentalist, or an over-zealous evangelical Christian.
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Synonyms: (Christian fundamentalist) Bible basher, Jesus freak, Christer
biblethumping Alternative forms: Biblethumping
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (pejorative) tending to loudly, annoyingly proselytize (especially of a Christian, Catholic, or other religion to which the Bible is an important book)
bicarb pronunciation
  • /ˈbaɪˌkɑrb/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) sodium bicarbonate
bicarb soda {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Sodium bicarbonate.
Synonyms: soda bicarb
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, British) A biscuit.
    • 1980, David Ireland, The Flesheaters Unnoticed, little Wayne, having finished his second choccy biccy, had moved off...
    • 2005, Ann Leary, An Innocent, a Broad Max had a gorgeous round, pale face surrounded by light brown curls, and he would say things like, "May I have a biccy, Mummy?"
biceps {{wikipedia}} etymology From Latin biceps, from bis + caput. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbaɪ.sɛps/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (anatomy) Any muscle having two head.
    • 1901, Michael Foster & Lewis E. Shore, Physiology for Beginners‎, page 73 The leg is bent by the action of the flexor muscles situated on the back of the thigh, the chief of these being called the biceps of the leg.
  2. Specifically, the biceps brachii, the flexor of the elbow.
    • 1996, Robert Kennedy & Dwayne Hines II, Animal Arms‎, page 21 The arm muscles are the show muscles of the physique. When someone asks to "see your muscles," they are most likely referring to your arms, and more specifically, your biceps.
  3. (informal) The upper arm, especially the collective muscles of the upper arm.
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    • 2005, Lisa Plumley, Once Upon a Christmas‎, page 144 Biting her lip, she held his biceps for balance and waded farther.
  4. (prosody) A point in a metrical pattern that can be filled either with one long syllable (a longum) or two short syllables (two brevia)
    • 1987, Martin Litchfield West, Introduction to Greek Metre Also it is advisable to distinguish this ( ˘ ˘ ) — ˘ ˘ — rhythm, where the princeps was probably shorter in duration than the biceps (as in the dactylic hexameter), from true (marching) anapaests, in which they were equal.
    • 2000, James I. Porter, Nietzsche and the Philology of the Future, page 347 This means that in the metrical sequence… recited in ordinary speech rhythm, the princeps occupied a slightly shorter time than the biceps (5:6), and if a long syllable was used to fill the biceps it had to be dragged a little…
  • Now often mistaken as a plural form; see bicep. An archaic plural bicipites, borrowed from the Latin, also exists.
Synonyms: (the biceps brachii) biceps brachii, biceps cubiti, (the upper arm) guns, pythons, upper arm
  • (prosody) princeps
related terms: {{top2}}
  • biceps brachii
  • biceps cubiti
  • biceps femoris
  • bicipital
  • triceps
  • quadriceps
biceps brachii {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{head}}
  1. (anatomy) The flexor in the upper arm.
Synonyms: (The flexor in the upper arm) biceps, biceps cubiti
bickie Alternative forms: biccie, biccy, bicky pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) biscuit
bicky pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) biscuit
Alternative forms: bickie
bicuspid {{wikipedia}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having two points or prominences; ending in two points; said of teeth, leaves, fruit, etc.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A tooth with two cusp; a premolar tooth. {{jump}}
Synonyms: {{jump}} premolar
bicycle {{wikipedia}} etymology From bi Ancient Greek κύκλος 〈kýklos〉, on the pattern of tricycle. First attested in English in 1868, from French bicyclette (1847). Superseded earlier velocipede. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈbaɪsɪkəl/, /ˈbaɪˌsɪkəl/, /ˈbaɪˌsaɪkəl/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A vehicle that has two wheels, one behind the other, a steering handle, and a saddle seat or seats and is usually propel by the action of a rider’s feet upon pedal.
  2. A traveling block used on a cable in skidding logs.
  3. The best possible hand in lowball.
  4. (British, AU, NZ) A motorbike.
Synonyms: bike (colloquial), cycle, push bike, pushbike, velocipede, See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To travel or exercise using a bicycle.
bidar etymology bi + dar, after the pattern of gaydar.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The ability to detect whether or not a person is bisexual by observing that person.
    • 1999, 22 October, Kay Dekker, Re: crush server redux,!original/,, “Though I _think_ he's straight: but then my bidar isn't always running at 100%.”
    • 2006, Nicole Krista & Mike Szymanski, The Bisexual's Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips, and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways, Alyson Books (2006), ISBN 9781555836504, page 131: Bi people hang in straight places a lot, and given that you are also bi, they will probably stand out to you in an indescribable, nonverbal way. And that, my friend, is bidar.
    • 2013, Shiri Eisner, Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution, Seal Press (2013), ISBN 9781580054751, unnumbered page: Of course, not all bisexuals are recognizable, and many will easily defy the bidar, whereas others will appear to be bisexuals without actually identifying as bi.
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biddy pronunciation
  • /ˈbɪdi/
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etymology 1 Derived from Biddy, diminutive form of Bridget. It came to be generic name for an Irish maid (US), and then an old woman.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) A woman, especially an old woman; especially one regarded as fussy or mean or a gossipy busybody.
  2. (uncommon) An attractive little girl.
  3. {{senseid}}(archaic, colloquial) An Irish maidservant.
  4. (by extension, derogatory) Any Irishwoman
  5. A name used in calling a hen or chicken, often as "biddy-biddy-biddy". {{rfquotek}}
    • 1915 Burgess, Thornton W., The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel, Little, Brown, and Company, Boston, Ch. XI: "Well, we'll see about it by and by," said Farmer Brown's boy. "There's the breakfast bell, and I haven't fed the biddies yet."
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US) alternative spelling of bittie
Biebermania etymology Bieber + mania
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Enthusiasm for the Canadian singer Justin Bieber.
    • 2010, Ree Hines, Tabloid Tidbits The last time she cozied up for a photograph alongside teen-dream Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian learned just how serious Biebermania could get when she received a rash of death threats.
    • 2010, Sarah Parvis, Justin Bieber (page 65) Biebermania doesn't always result in injury, though. The outpouring of devotion from his fans comes in other ways, too.
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proper noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang) The pop musician .
Often but not always preceded with 'the'.
biff pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A sudden, sharp blow or punch.
  2. (sports): A wipeout.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To strike such a blow.
  2. (NZ, slang) To discard; to throw out; to throw away.
  3. (sports) To wipe out; to faceplant; to fall.
biffo etymology From biff + o.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) Violence, fighting; a fight. There was too much biffo going on at that club, so I left.
    • 2006, Christine Matzke, Susanne Muehleisen, Postcolonial Postmortems: Crime Fiction from a Transcultural Perspective, page 236, Barrett's working class man is simply one who enjoys his beer, his rock music (like Norton, he's a man in his early thirties), and a bit of biffo.
    • 2005, , A Man's Got to Have a Hobby, unnumbered page, We all liked a bit of biffo and gunplay, so when the telecast was broken for a newsflash, everyone groaned.
    • 2010, Matt Warshaw, The History of Surfing, page 207, Things peaked a year later with a Sunday afternoon biffo pitting a good-sized detachment of rockers against a combined force of surfies and clubbies.
big pronunciation
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etymology 1 From a northern Middle English dialectal term big, bigge, of uncertain origin, possibly from a dialect of Old Norse. Compare dialectal Norwegian bugge.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of great size, large. exampleElephants are big animals, and they eat a lot.
    • {{RQ:Mrxl SqrsDghtr}} The big houses, and there are a good many of them, lie for the most part in what may be called by courtesy the valleys. You catch a glimpse of them sometimes at a little distance from the [railway] line,{{nb...}}, with their court of farm and church and clustered village, in dignified seclusion.
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  2. (of an industry or other field) Thought to have undue influence. exampleThere were concerns about the ethics of big science.
  3. Popular. exampleThat style is very big right now in Europe, especially among teenagers.
  4. (informal) Adult. exampleKids should get help from big people if they want to use the kitchen.
    • 1931, Robert L. May, Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Montgomery Ward (publisher), draft: By midnight, however, the last light had fled / For even big people have then gone to bed[.]
  5. (informal) Fat. exampleGosh, she is big!
  6. (informal) Important or significant. exampleWhat's so big about that? I do it all the time.
    • {{RQ:Mrxl SqrsDghtr}} "I was dragged up at the workhouse school till I was twelve. Then I ran away and sold papers in the streets, and anything else that I could pick up a few coppers by—except steal. I never did that. I always made up my mind I'd be a big man some day, and—I'm glad I didn't steal."
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  7. (informal, with on) Enthusiastic (about). exampleI'm not big on the idea, but if you want to go ahead with it, I won't stop you.
  8. (informal) Mature, conscientious, principled. exampleThat's very big of you, thank you! exampleI tried to be the bigger person and just let it go, but I couldn't help myself.
  9. (informal) Well-endowed, possessing large breasts in the case of a woman or a large penis in the case of a man. exampleWhoa, Nadia has gotten pretty big since she hit puberty.
  10. (sometimes, figurative) Large with young; pregnant; swell; ready to give birth or produce. exampleShe was big with child.
    • {{rfdate}} Joseph Addison (1672–1719) [Day] big with the fate of Cato and of Rome.
  11. (informal) Used as an intensifier, especially of negative-valence nouns exampleYou are a big liar.  Why are you in such a big hurry?
Synonyms: (of a great size) ample, huge, large, sizeable, stoor, jumbo, massive, (adult) adult, fully grown, grown up, See also
  • (of a great size) little, small, tiny, minuscule, miniature, minute
  • (adult) little, young
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. In a loud manner.
  2. In a boasting manner. He's always talking big, but he never delivers.
  3. In a large amount or to a large extent. He won big betting on the croquet championship.
  4. On a large scale, expansively You've got to think big to succeed at Amalgamated Plumbing.
  5. Hard. He hit him big and the guy just crumpled.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An important or powerful person; a celebrity; a big name.
  2. (as plural) The big league, big time.
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Synonyms: (big leagues) major league
verb: {{en-verb}} (up)
  1. (transitive) To praise or recommend
etymology 2 From Middle English biggen, byggen, from Old Norse byggja, byggva, a secondary form of Old Norse búa, related to Old English buan. Cognate with Danish bygge, Swedish bygga.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, archaic or UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) to inhabit; occupy
  2. (reflexive, archaic or UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) to locate one's self
  3. (transitive, archaic or UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) to build; erect; fashion
  4. (intransitive, archaic or UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) to dwell; have a dwelling
etymology 3 From Middle English byge, from Old Norse bygg, from Proto-Germanic *bewwuz. Cognate with Old English beow. Alternative forms: bigg, bygg, bygge (obsolete)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One or more kinds of barley, especially {{vern}}.
statistics: {{rank}}
  • GBI, gib
Big Apple etymology unknown. See also .
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) A nickname for New York City.
big-ass etymology big + ass Alternative forms: bigass, big ass
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) Very large, expansive, fat, impressive, muscular, intimidating, or important
    • 1978, Hubert Selby, Requiem for a dream: a novel, page 155 It had two big sliding doors and the whole front was a mirror, one big ass mirror jim.
    • 1990, Richard A. Spears, Richard A. Spears, Forbidden American English, link What is all this talk about some bigass executive coming in to buy this town?
    • 2011, Linda Howard, Prey, page 321 With flowers and candles and a bigass cake, the fellowship hall sufficed.
    • 2011, Anna Windsor, Captive Heart: A Novel of the Dark Crescent Sisterhood, page 395 They steered around the courtyard, where they could see the bastards in black sweatshirts and the bigass altered mobsters with big-ass guns holding off the OCU and trying to advance on the Sibyls.
Synonyms: (very large) huge, humongous, gargantuan
big balls {{rfv}}
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (humorous, slang) Courage; guts
    • 2004, Vincent Tozzi, I Already Am, iUniverse (ISBN 9780595301850), page 143 Biffy says, “You've got big balls for a girl Bubbles. I like your style. Give it to him. Juicy's rotten, but Bubbles. You've got the scevusa on your hands now.” Bubbles drops the hot dog, and calls Biffy and Juicy some un-young ladylike words.
    • 2008, Rosalyn Wraight, Scavengers: Lesbian Adventure Club:, Don't Waste Daylight (ISBN 9781932014259), page 79 “Something's are just too important to miss. You've got big balls, Ms. Kitterman. Keep 'em that way. We have missed you.”
    • 2011, Ian Morgan Cron, Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me: A Memoir. . . of Sorts, Thomas Nelson Inc (ISBN 9780849949296), page 243 “Kid, you've got big balls.” Aidan pulled away and looked at me, eyes afire like diamonds, his arms still around my neck.
big bat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (baseball, colloquial) A player who specializes in hitting home run.
Big Blue etymology From the colour of the company logo.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) The computer company .
Big Blue Machine
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (lang, derogatory) Any large regional police service.
big-boned Alternative forms: big boned
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: Having large bone.
    • 1904, Rudyard Kipling, They ...big-boned womenfolk strode away from their tea-tables to listen to the imperious Doctor.
  2. (humorous or euphemistic) Fat, obese.
    • 1999, Nicole Hollander, My Cat's Not Fat, He's Just Big-Boned
    • 2009, Harold Schechter, The Whole Death Catalog: A Lively Guide to the Bitter End Coffins for the Big-Boned. As the media never tires of telling us, America has become a junk-food nation with the fattest population on the planet.
big-boob Alternative forms: big boob etymology From big + boob.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Having large breasts, busty.
Synonyms: big-boobed
big boy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: big, boy
  2. (idiomatic) A large object or person. I've been dying to get behind the wheel of this big boy.
  3. (idiomatic, informal) An adult male. He is a big boy and can take care of himself.
big-boy pants Alternative forms: big boy pants
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (informal) Pull-up underwear worn by a boy during and after toilet training, as contrasted to the diaper worn during infancy.
    • 1983, Randall Wallace, So Late Into the Night, Doubleday (1983), ISBN 9780385184403, page 29: Taking the baby from Kidd she snatched the screaming Davey by the wrist and half-carried him up the stairs yelling, "You wanna wear big-boy pants? Big boys wear big-boy pants, but big boys use the potty!"
    • 1987, Eleanor Weisberger, When Your Child Needs You: A Parents' Guide Through the Early Years, Adler & Adler (1987), ISBN 9780917561313, page 31: "And so," you continue, "I'm putting your diapers away because you can now wear big boy pants and do your poop and pee-pee in the potty chair all by yourself."
    • 2000, Timothy A. Buzzard, Guru in a Little Boy Suit, Trafford Publishing (2000), ISBN 9781552123614, unnumbered page: “We've switched to big-boy pants. No more diapers,” his mom said a little too loud, so Alec would hear.
  2. (informal, figuratively) A notional pair of trousers or underwear worn by a male when acting maturely.
    • 2011, David H. Hoffman, "Ugly election rhetoric" [letter to the editor], Suburban Life, 25 May 2011, page A8: If Horwitz is planning on running for office again in the future (and it certainly looks that way), perhaps it's time he put on his big-boy pants and engage in civil discourse.
    • 2012, Alissa Gulin, "Keystone Pipeline: It won't unlock the future", The Diamondback (University of Maryland), Volume 102, Issue 125, 12 April 2012, page 4: He needs to put on his big boy pants and make the tough choice.
    • 2014, "Jewish Community Football League Playoffs and Championship!", The Baltimore Jeish Home, 11 December 2014 - 25 December 2014, Volume 1, Issue 21, page 19: Even with a broken finger, Wach put on his big boy pants, wrapped his hand, and dominated on the offensive line all game.
coordinate terms:
  • big-girl pants
big C
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) a euphemism for cancer.
    • 1965, Time (magazine): You can always count on John Wayne, 57; he never steps out of character. "I kicked the Big C," growled the movie toughie, admitting that it was lung cancer that put him in Los Angeles' Good Samaritan Hospital for surgery last September.
big cheese etymology From big + cheese.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic) A very important figure, especially a high-ranking person in an organization. He'll be meeting with the big cheese first thing tomorrow, to present his proposal.
    • 1980, Airplane! (film), Rex Kramer: I know. But it's his ship now, his command; he's in charge, he's the boss, the head man, the top dog, the big cheese, the head honcho, number one...
Synonyms: See .
big chill
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) heat death of the universe
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) possessing a large penis
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Big Easy
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) The city of New Orleans, Louisiana
big fat Alternative forms: big-fat (uncommon), big phat (slang) pronunciation
  • /ˈbɪɡ.fæt/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic, pejorative) Complete, utter, total. He's a big fat idiot.
  2. (idiomatic, colloquial) Huge, colossal. It's a big fat honor.
    • 1918, Fannie Hurst, "A Petal on the Current" (collected in Humoresque, 1919), in Cosmopolitan (magazine), vol. 65, p. 42: I know a society who will pay you a big fat sum if you'll sign over them eyes for post-mortem laboratory work.
    • 1952, Walt Kelly, Pogo (comic strip), 25 August 1952 strip: [Porkypine:] Why, it's a big fat honor... They'll speech at you an' feed you chicken foot stew an'... [Pogo:] But I don't like to listen to them speeches an' I don't care for chicken foots. [Porkypine:] If yo' public is gone give you honor, son, they isn't gone let yo' personal taste stand in the way.
Synonyms: (huge) jumbo, king-sized, mammoth
  • See also
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, informal, sometimes, capitalized) To control or manage forceful; to exercise authority over.
    • 1997, Jill Smolowe et al., "AT&T Unplugs a CEO-To-Be," Time, 28 July: Most recently, Allen bigfooted Walter out of the way to explore a merger with SBC Communications, Inc., the largest of the regional Bells.
    • 2002, Joanne Wasserman and Alison Gendar, "School Chief Seeks No. 2," New York Daily News, 7 Aug. (retrieved 27 May 2009): "Joel is out to get the best and brightest. It is his team to build," Walcott said, his comments appearing to reject speculation that Bloomberg was bigfooting the deputy search.
    • 2008, , "Wardrobe Wars," Washington Post, 26 Feb. (retrieved 27 May 2009): Clinton is a terrible manager of people. . . . Her White House, if we can glean anything from the campaign, would be a secretive nest of well-fed yes-people, an uncontrollable egomaniac spouse able and willing to bigfoot anyone if he wants to . . . and a drizzle of dreary hacks.
  2. (intransitive, informal, sometimes, capitalized) To behave in an authoritative, command manner.
    • 2006, , "FRONTLINE: News War Interviews,", 26 July (retrieved 27 May 2009): Later, Dick Cheney was Bigfooting around the West Wing, looking for heads.
Synonyms: (control or manage forcefully) push around, (behave in an authoritative manner) pull the strings, swagger
bigger than Ben Hur etymology A comparison to the extravagance of the 1959 historical drama film "Ben Hur".
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (informal, comical) huge, extravagant.
big-girl pants Alternative forms: big girl pants
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (informal) Pull-up underwear worn by a girl during and after toilet training, as contrasted to the diaper worn during infancy.
    • 1987, Stephen W. Garber, Good Behavior: Over 1,200 Sensible Solutions to Your Child's Problems from Birth to Age Twelve, Villard Books (1987), ISBN 9780394547794, page 161: Talk about how she'll be able to wear big-girl pants or fancy pants (decorated training pants) because she will learn to use the potty.
    • 2006, Teri Crane, Potty Train Your Child in Just One Day: Proven Secrets of the Potty Pro, Fireside (2006), ISBN 9780743293525, page 240: You might say something like, “Nancy, this morning before you woke up, Dolly went pee-pee in her big-girl pants. We don't go pee-pee in our big-girl pants, do we?”
    • 2010, Kim Bookout & Karen Williams, The Everything Guide to Potty Training: A Practical Guide to Finding the Best Approach for You and Your Child, Adams Media (2010), ISBN 9781440502392, page 107: As you get started on potty training, take your child to the store with you. Show her the wide variety of big girl pants available, and let her choose the style and picture that works best for her.
  2. (informal, figuratively) A notional pair of trousers or underwear worn by a female when acting maturely.
    • 2010, Stacy Fry, "Hope for Independence: A Diary Excerpt", in Two Plus Four Equals: Celebrating the Partnership of People with Disabilities and Their Assistance Dogs (ed. Kathy Nimmer), Dog Ear Publishing (2010), ISBN 9781608447169, page 31: I am very disappointed, but we did always say we wanted the best dog for her, so I will have to put my big girl pants on now and have faith that this will be the perfect dog for our family and for Ehlena.
    • 2011, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Retribution, St. Martin's Press (2011), ISBN 9781429987608, page 95: So put on your big-girl pants and own up to what you and your stupidity caused.
    • 2015, Kelly Tonelli, Life Lessons for the Teenage Girl: Quotes, Inspiration and Advice for Women by Women, Morgan James Publishing (2015), ISBN 9781630472047, page 101: Oftentimes you're embarrassed and don't want other people to know about it. You likely feel like crap and wish you had never put yourself out there in the first place. Shake it off, my friend. It's time to pull on your big girl pants.
coordinate terms:
  • big-boy pants
biggy Alternative forms: biggie (US)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Something big in size in comparison to similar things. The wardrobe is the biggy – we'd better move that first.
  2. (colloquial) Something impressive in comparison to similar things. Here's the biggy – she's only getting divorced!
  3. (colloquial) big deal, usually in used in the negative. Dude, I forgot to return your book! No biggie, I don't need it for another week.
Big H
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A street name for the drug heroin.
bighead etymology From big + head.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, especially used by children) A person having an inflated opinion of himself; a conceit or arrogant person.
    • 1997, Virginia Watson, Anyan's Story: A New Guinea Woman in Two Worlds, page 174: He is such a bighead and so lazy that I don't know how far he will go. He can read and write English a little bit and he thinks that is enough for him to know.
    • 2010, Jonathan Wilson, Anatomy of England: A History in Ten Matches: 'But there are too many egos, way too many. I mean bigheads who are sidetracked by stuff away from football.'
    • 2011, Linda Hutton, The Wild Thyme Unseen, page 218: I'm not such a bighead that I think I can do better than Hugh and Hereman at reclaiming the main island.
  2. (colloquial) One of several species of fish having a large head.
  3. (colloquial) One of several animal diseases that cause swelling of the head.
related terms:
  • big-headed, bigheaded, bigheadedness
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Arrogant, having an exaggerated perception of one's qualities.
big house
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Prison, jail.
    • 1948, "The End of Bad Boy Collins," Time, 15 Nov., He was 38 years old and had been in the big house twice for shooting scrapes.
  • Always preceded by "the".
big iron
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (computing, humorous, dated) Large, expensive, powerful computer such as mainframe.
Big Jim and the twins
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The penis and testicle.
    • 2011, Deb Kandelaars, Memoirs of a Suburban Girl (page 68) But, sure enough, there in front of you, he was gyrating in his jumpsuit and jiggling Big Jim and The Twins around for the entire world to see.
    • 2012, Jack Jacoby, The Biggest Joke Book Ever (page 344) In all the confusion of trying to straighten out the car using my knees against the steering wheel, it knocked my cell phone away from my ear which fell into the coffee between my legs, splashed and burned Big Jim and the Twins
big lick etymology A play on the hand "big slick"
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, poker) A Texas hold 'em starting hand involving both a 6 and a 9 of any suit. Nick bluffed him out of that pot with big lick.
big lug etymology Emphatic form of lug.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, affectionate) A man with a large, strong physique but a gentle personality.
Big Mac {{wikipedia}} etymology big and the patronymic Mac (from the Mc in McDonald's). pronunciation
  • (US) /bɪɡ mæk/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A hamburger from the fast food company McDonald's, served on a three-part bun with various condiments.
    • 1980, Tom Lorenz, Guys Like Us, Viking Press, page 1: On his thirtieth birthday Buddy Barnes received a reindeer sweater and a ten-dollar bill from his mom, as well as the following gifts from the Sticks: two Big Mac certificates, a package of ribbed prophylactics, three pairs of toe socks, a bottle of Wild Turkey, [...].
    • 2001, Bjørn Lomborg, The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World, Cambridge University Press, page 73: In a light-hearted vein, the weekly news magazine The Economist has tested the PPP index by producing its own Big Mac index. This shows how much a standardized product such as a Big Mac costs in different countries and the result is actually surprisingly close to the PPP index.
    • 2003, Arthur Agatston, The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Management Rodale, page 144: I've heard my patients talk about exercising to "burn off the Big Mac" they ate for lunch or for that key lime pie they demolished last night. However, this type of reasoning isn't all that compelling if you sit down and work out the math. You must walk more than 6 miles—well over an hour—to burn off a Big Mac.
    • 2006, Dr. Calvin Miller, The Dogs of Snoqualmie, Broadman & Holman Publishers, page 12: But when he comes back, he'll come home from work with a poisoned Big Mac and try to do me in.
bigmouth Alternative forms: big mouth, big-mouth
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) one who talks too much or says things which should not be said
Big Muddy
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) The {{pedlink}}.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) famous or celebrated; well-known.
related terms:
  • big name (noun)
  • beaming
bignose etymology big + nose
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Applied to various kinds of fish characterized by a large nose.
Synonyms: largenose
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) someone with a large nose
  • big ones, Boeings
big O
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (analysis) Upper bound function; see big O notation
  2. (slang, usually preceded by "the") orgasm
  • biog
  • gobi, Gobi
  • Igbo
big old Alternative forms: big ole, big ol'
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, idiomatic, informal, chiefly, Southern US) Emphatically or impressively big; really big.
Synonyms: honkin' or big honkin'
  • little old, li'l' old, li'l old, lil old
big one
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Something important; (with 'the') the most important one, (especially sports) the big game, the big play 1997, J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, xi: Wood agreed. ‘This is it.’ ‘The big one,’ said Fred Weasley. ‘The one we’ve all been waiting for,’ said George. ‘We know Oliver’s speech by heart,’ Fred told Harry.
  2. (US, colloquial) One hundred or one thousand dollars.
    • 1988, , Acts of Theft, University of Chicago Press, ISBN 978-0-226-11250-3, page 166: “Little Caesar stopped by. You guessed it. himself, and paid four big ones for the seated figure. …”
    • 2002 September 23, , “Dr. Thompson Is Back from Beirut”, reprinted in , Simon and Schuster (2004), ISBN 978-0-684-87319-0, page 144: He smiled faintly and dropped 100 big ones down on the bar.
    • 2002, George Avgerakis, Desktop Video Studio Bible: Producing Video, DVD, and Websites for Profit, McGraw-Hill Professional, ISBN 978-0-07-140612-3, page 364: You could spend the five big ones and the client could get downsized to a Jiffy Lube janitor the next week.
  3. (US, colloquial) A dollar.
    • 2007, Sam Venable, Someday I May Find Honest Work: A Newspaper Humorist's Life, University of Tennessee Press, ISBN 978-1-57233-600-1, page 157: The visitors won't know the difference because … after they’ve dropped five hundred big ones at the factory outlet stores, an extra dollar will seem like the bargain of the century.
    • 2007, Wilson Marsh, Ouiji (novella), in Six After Midnight, Steel Moon Publishing, ISBN 978-0-6151-5192-2, page 78: “I spent seventy-five big ones to have my computer crash.”
    • 2008, Daniel Edward Craig, Murder at Hotel Cinema, Llewellyn Worldwide, ISBN 978-0-7387-1119-5, page 101: “… I paid 150,000 big ones for her to kill herself in front of the biggest wigs in Hollywood? …”
  • Boeing
bigot etymology From French bigot, from Middle French bigot, from Old French bigot, originally a derogatory term applied to Normans for their frequent note of the Old English oath . It is not known, however, whether the precise Germanic language of origin is English: compare Middle High German , Middle Dutch . An alternate etymology (Liberman, Grammont, et al.) derives the Old French word from Albigot . pronunciation
  • /ˈbɪɡət/, {{enPR}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) One who is obstinately or intolerant devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudice. Don't call me a bigot. That's extremely rude!
  2. One who is strongly partial to one's own group (e.g. religion, race, gender, political party, etc.) and is intolerant of those who differ.
big pharma Alternative forms: Big Pharma
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (business, pejorative, sometimes, capitalized) Large, prosperous pharmaceutical firms collectively, understood as a business group having significant economic, political, or social influence.
    • 1994 Sep. 26, "Biotech," BusinessWeek (retrieved 10 Oct 2013): "Biotech's only got about $1.5 billion in partnering funds today, but big pharma is spending $25 billion in R&D" each year with marginal results, notes Burrill.
    • 2006 June 19, Daniel Williams, "Drugs Before Diagnosis?," Time: Critics were indignant that a potentially dangerous drug was being used on a hunch, and suspected the influence of big pharma and its drive to expand its markets.
    • 2012, James Le Fanu, ‘Bitter Pills to Swallow’, Literary Review, issue 399: The driving force, and substantial beneficiary, of this mass medicalisation is of course the pharmaceutical industry, or Big Pharma as it has pejoratively become known.
big phat
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) form of Nonstandard form
    • 2008, The Smoking Gun, "Big Phat Liar": Celebrity, Crime: Big Phat Liar. How a federal inmate duped the Los Angeles Times, fabricated FBI reports, and linked Sean 'Diddy' Combs to 1994 ambush of Tupac Shakur.
big picture etymology {{rfe}} pronunciation {{rfp}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: big, picture
  2. {{senseid}} The totality of a situation.
  3. (British, dated) The main film in a double feature.
  4. {{rfv-sense}} (slang) The movie or movie theater.
Synonyms: (totality of situation) grand scheme
Big Q
proper noun: {{head}}
  1. (US slang) San Quentin prison.
big rig
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A large truck, an 18-wheeler. Driving on the interstate at night, you will see less traffic, but more big rigs.
Bigs etymology From a shortening of big league.
proper noun: {{en-prop}}
  1. (informal) Major League Baseball
Big Smoke {{wikipedia}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (Canada, informal) The city of Toronto.
  2. (UK, informal) The city of London.
big spoon
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The person whose front is touching the other person's back when spoon.
    • 2011, Charlotte Knight, "You snooze, you lose", The Daily Titan (California State University, Fullerton), Volume 89, Issue 13, 24 February 2011, page 4: So we would attempt to nap. But as he had a twin bed, space was limited, so I would insist he be the big spoon and I be the little spoon.
    • 2012, Kamyar Jarazadeh, "Cuddle Sutra", Caliber Magazine, Issue 5, Spring 2012, page 59: It's a scene played out in bedrooms all over America: after minutes or hours of cuddling, the big spoon rolls off the little spoon and turns his or her back.
    • 2013, "The Bardian's Guide To Sharing A Bed", Bard Free Press (Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York), Volume 14, Issue 5, February 2013, page 19: Keep in mind, though, boner pokes from the big spoon might get in the way of sleep. If the big spoon has a penis, that is.
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coordinate terms:
  • little spoon
big-ticket item etymology The term is derived from the idea that the price is high (big) and that larger products have physically larger price tags (big-ticket).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A luxury item. Although commonly referring to an item of significant physical size (e.g. a computer, sports car or big screen television), the term can be applied to any expensive item.
big up
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (British, slang, idiomatic) To increase one's muscle mass through exercise. He works out every day to big up himself.
  2. (Jamaica, slang, idiomatic) To proclaim or exaggerate the importance of. I want to big up my bro on the mic. They're trying to big themselves up to be more than they are.
    • 2007 In a keynote speech, attended by over 2,000 people, Steve Jobs spent the first 10 minutes bigging up the move to Intel chips. — Apple announces new mobile phone, BBC Online, 9 January 2007
Synonyms: (increase one's muscle mass) build up, bulk up, pump iron, work out, (exaggerate the importance of) overemphasize, overplay, play up
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, also [[big ups]]) Significant respect or acclaim. I want to give a big up to my bro on the mic.
Synonyms: (significant respect) props, respect
big white telephone
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A toilet, as a receptacle for vomit.
big woop Alternative forms: big whoop, no big woop etymology {{rfe}} pronunciation
  • (US) /bɪɡ wʊp/
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (colloquial, US) so what? Used dismissively to discount the importance of something or the magnitude of its effects.
bijou problemette etymology bijou + problem + -ette
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, informal, humorous) A little fault or problem.
bike {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 From bicycle, by shortening, and possibly alteration. One explanation for the pronunciation is that bicycle is parsed to bi(cy)c(le). An alternative explanation is that bicycle is shortened to bic(ycle), and the terminal [s] is converted to a [k] because there is an underlying [k]/[s] sound, which is softened to [s] in bicycle but retained as [k] in bike; compare the letter ‘c’ (used for [k]/[s]).''[ An Etymological Brainteaser: The Shortening of Bicycle to Bike],'' Robert B. Hausmann, American Speech, Vol. 51, No. 3/4 (Autumn - Winter, 1976), pp. 272–274
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A short form of bicycle.
  2. A short form of motorbike.
  3. (slang) A promiscuous woman; from “the town bike (everybody rides her)”.
Synonyms: (motorcycle): motorbike, (woman): slapper (British), slag (British)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To ride a bike. I biked so much yesterday that I'm very sore today.
  2. To travel by bike. It was such a nice day I decided to bike to the store, though it's far enough I usually take my car.
etymology 2 Origin unknown.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Scotland, Northern England) A nest of wasp or hornet. {{rfquotek}}
    • 1955, Robin Jenkins, The Cone-Gatherers, Canongate 2012, p. 107: he stood for a minute talking to them about their job of gathering cones, and telling them a story about a tree he'd once climbed which had a wasp's byke in it unbeknown to him.
  • Beki
  • kibe
bike cab
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A cycle rickshaw used as a taxi.
bike lane
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) bicycle lane
bikelash Alternative forms: bike-lash etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Negative or hostile reaction to cyclists, especially from motorists or law enforcement.
    • 2011, Thomas Vanderbilt, "Rage Against Your Machine", Outside, 16 February 2011: There's a feeling among many drivers that cyclists, either by their ignorance of the law or by their blatant disregard for it, are asking for trouble. {{…}} In one sense, the so-called bikelash has little to do with transportation modes.
    • 2011, Danny Westneat, "Getting a handle on latest 'bikelash'", Seattle Times, 21 May 2011: I bicycled in for Bike to Work Day last week, and I saw no bikelash on such a pleasant day. But the Seattle Weekly's Nina Shapiro emailed me that the day before, she watched as a "beefy guy" driving a Buick got out, pushed a bicyclist against a wall and then picked up the bike and heaved it at him.
    • 2013, Oliver Burkeman, "Pedalling myths: the anti-bike lobby is flat out of plausible arguments", The Guardian, 11 April 2013: All are on the frontlines of what's been called the "bikelash", brave fighters willing to stand firm against the growing popularity of cycling across north America.
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