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


short and curlies
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang) pubic hair
Synonyms: See also
shortarse etymology short + arse
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A short person; someone of small stature.
shorter pronunciation
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adjective: {{head}}
  1. en-comparative of short. There are two routes to get there. We're in a rush so we'll take the shorter one.
related terms:
  • shortest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A short, a short seller: one who engages in short selling.
  • rothers
short-fetched Alternative forms: short fetched, shortfetched etymology short + fetched pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈʃɔːtfɛtʃt/, /ʃɔːtˈfɛtʃt/
  • (US) /ˈʃɔɹtfɛtʃt/, /ʃɔɹtˈfɛtʃt/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete, of breathing) shallow
  2. (Oceanography, of waves) starting close to shore, shallow, recently formed
  3. (by analogy with [[far-fetched]], humorous) very likely, easy to believe, obvious
short hairs
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) Pubic hair.
related terms:
  • have someone by the short hairs
short shrift etymology Originally, a rushed sacrament of confession (shrift) given to a prisoner who was to be executed very soon. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˌʃɔː(ɹ)t ˈʃɹɪft/
  • (US) /ˌʃɔɹt ˈʃɹɪft/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, sometimes preceded by the) A quick rejection, especially one which is impolite and undertaken without proper consideration. The bank gave me short shrift when I applied for a loan.
short stuff
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, sometimes, derogatory) Term of address for a small person.
    • 1986, Craig Shaw Gardner, A Multitude of Monsters Snarks cut in. "I know all about that sort of thing! And I can tell a demon from a phantom as well as the next magical creature!""Yes," the Brownie replied. "But did you?""Listen, short stuff!" Snarks was shouting now.
    • 2002, Sandra Steffen, Day by Day "Okay, short stuff," he said upon reaching the kitchen table where they'd started. "Time for bed. You too, Grace."
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (military) A soldier during the Vietnam war who had less than two months to serve.
  2. (military) A person who would not be required to do a difficult or dangerous task.
  3. (colloquial) An employee who has given notice of their intent to leave.
  • thermistor
shorty Alternative forms: shortie, shawty (hip-hop) etymology From short + y. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈʃɔːti/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A short person.
  2. (informal) A term of endearment for a child, younger sibling, shorter person, etc.
  3. {{rfc-sense}} (slang, hip-hop) An attractive young female, especially: a girl who is "down", who is counted among close male friends and sometimes loose sexually; or, one's "girl", one's "boo".
shot pronunciation
  • (UK) /ʃɒt/
  • (US) /ʃɑt/
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etymology 1 From Old English scēot, from Germanic *skot-. Cognate with German Schoß. Compare scot.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Worn out or broken. The rear axle will have to be replaced. It's shot.
    • Help: The Original Human Dilemma‎, page 50, Garret Keizer, 2004, “... but he finds it hard to resist helping the boss's sister, who also works there and whose body "is more shot than mine."”
    • The Tragically Hip, "Thompson Girl", Phantom Power (The Tragically Hip album): Thompson girl, I'm stranded at the Unique Motel / Thompson girl, winterfighter's shot on the car as well
  2. (Of material, especially silk) Woven from warp and weft strands of different colours, resulting in an iridescent appearance. The cloak was shot through with silver threads.
  3. tired, weary I have to go to bed now; I'm shot.
  4. Discharged, cleared, or rid of something.
    • Sir Walter Scott Are you not glad to be shot of him?
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The result of launching a projectile or bullet. The shot was wide off the mark.
  2. (sports) The act of launching a ball or similar object toward a goal. They took the lead on a last-minute shot.
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  3. (athletics) The heavy iron ball used for the shot put. The shot flew twenty metres, and nearly landed on the judge's foot.
  4. (uncountable) Small metal balls used as ammunition.
  5. (uncountable, military) Metal balls (or similar) used as ammunition; not necessarily small.
  6. (referring to one's skill at firing a gun) Someone who shoots (a gun) regularly I brought him hunting as he's a good shot. He'd make a bad soldier as he's a lousy shot.
  7. An opportunity or attempt. I'd like just one more shot at winning this game.
  8. A remark or comment, especially one which is critical or insult.
    • 2003, Carla Marinucci, "On inauguration eve, 'Aaaarnold' stands tall," San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Nov. (retrieved 18 Apr. 2009): Schwarzenegger also is taking nasty shots from his own party, as GOP conservatives bash some of his appointments as Kennedyesque and traitorous to party values.
  9. (slang, sports, US) A punch or other physical blow.
  10. A measure of alcohol, usually spirits, as taken either from a shot-glass or directly from the bottle, equivalent to about 44 milliliters; 1.5 ounces. ("pony shot"= 30 milliliters; 1 fluid ounce) I'd like a shot of whisky in my coffee.
  11. A single serving of espresso.
  12. (photography, film) A single unbroken sequence of photographic film exposure, or the digital equivalent; an unedited sequence of frame. We got a good shot of the hummingbirds mating.
  13. A vaccination or injection. I went to the doctor to get a shot for malaria.
  14. (US, Canada, baseball, informal) A home run that scores one, two, or three runs (a four run home run is usually referred to as a grand slam). His solo shot in the seventh inning ended up winning the game.
  15. (US federal prison system) Written documentation of a behavior infraction.
  16. (fisheries) A cast of one or more net.
  17. (fisheries) A place or spot for setting nets.
  18. (fisheries) A single draft or catch of fish made.
  • call the shots
  • give something one's best shot
  • shot in the arm
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of shoot
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To load (a gun) with shot. {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}}
etymology 2 See scot.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A charge to be paid, a scot or shout. Drink up. It's his shot.
    • Chapman Here no shots are where all shares be.
    • Shakespeare A man is never … welcome to a place till some certain shot be paid and the hostess say "Welcome".
etymology 3 {{etystub}}
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (colloquial, South Africa) Thank you.
  • {{rank}}
  • host
  • hots
  • Thos.
  • tosh, TOSH
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, slang) One who is tolerate only because he pays the shot, or reckoning, for the rest of the company, otherwise a mere clog on them. Thou common shot-clog, gull of all companies. — Chapman. Our shot-clog makes so much of him. — Ben Jonson.
{{Webster 1913}}
shotgun Alternative forms: shot-gun etymology From shot + gun. Front passenger seat sense comes from ride shotgun.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (firearms) A gun which fires loads typically consisting of small metal balls, called shot, from a cartridge.
  2. (slang) The front passenger seat in a vehicle, next to the driver; so called because the position of the shotgun-armed guard on a horse-drawn stage-coach, wagon train, or gold transport was next to the driver on a forward-mounted bench seat. I call shotgun! (I claim the right to sit in the passenger seat.)
  3. (US) A one-story dwelling with no hallways or corridors, with the rooms arranged in a straight line. Mostly heard in the southern United States. Elvis Presley was born in a two-bedroom shotgun in Tupelo, Mississippi.
  4. (American football) A play formation in which the quarterback is a few feet behind the snapper when the ball is hike, ideally allowing for an easier pass play.
Synonyms: (gun which fires loads of small metal balls) scattergun
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, smoking) To inhale from a pipe or other smoking device, followed shortly by an exhalation into someone else’s mouth.
  2. (transitive, informal) To verbally lay claim to (something) I got a day off because I shotgunned it.
  3. (transitive, baseball) To hit the ball directly back at the pitcher.
  4. (US, slang) To rapidly drink a beverage from a can by making a hole in the bottom of the can, placing the hole above one's mouth, and opening the top.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or relating to a shotgun. The ground was littered with shotgun shells.
  2. Occurring as a result of the threat of force. a shotgun wedding
  3. Utilizing numerous or highly diverse means to achieve a particular result.
  • gunshot
  • noughts
shotgun shack
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, idiomatic) A house with no internal barrier between the front and back doors.
    • 2004: Familiar in working-class neighborhoods all over the South, the “shotgun” name reflects the fact a bullet fired at the front door could pass right out the back door, travelling the full length of the narrow house without ever encountering any obstructions. — Duncan Spencer in The Hill, November 8, 2004
shotgun wedding etymology From the implication that the groom was brought to the altar by shotgun-wielding relatives of the bride.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) A wedding in which the bride is already pregnant.
  2. (idiomatic) Any similarly reputedly forced partnership, between people or organizations.
related terms:
  • shotgun marriage
shot spot Alternative forms: shot-spot, shotspot
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) A stain left on a surface by the ejaculation of semen.
    • 2009 April 29, , "Archive for April, 2009: More Libya Stuff," Malachi O'Doherty—The journalism and recordings of a Belfast writer (retrieved 22 August 2013): I pretended to be the Chief Executive from Zurich, setting a shot spots competition. This was my protest at the failure of the laundry system to wash out the semen stains from the sheets.
    • 2010 Sept. 1, SirenSeeker, "Marking My Women Ch. 05," (retrieved 22 August 2013): I carefully looked and saw Mary Ann sprawled naked on the bed. . . . I saw a wet shot spot clearly visible next to her. I slumped momentarily confronted with the unmistakable visual evidence of their passion.
shot stopper Alternative forms: shot-stopper
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (soccer, colloquial) A goalkeeper.
shotta etymology shooter
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Jamaica, slang) An armed gangster.
    • 2001, Donna P Hope, Inna di dancehall: popular culture and the politics of identity in Jamaica For example, a shotta from one street in the community had "cut up" another youth from their own avenue.
    • 2005, Vibe (volume 13, number 7, June 2005) They go on an ID parade [a police lineup], and nobody identified them as being a shotta, so everything's clear. But we still baffi be careful.
    • 2007, Brian Meeks, Culture, politics, race and diaspora: the thought of Stuart Hall Shottas may act as independent gunmen or may be under the rule of particular dons.
  • so that
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of shotty
  1. (New Zealand, slang) thanks, thank you, shot Shotties for the drink, man
  2. (New Zealand, slang) I acknowledge your greatness (or skill), that's great.
shotty etymology Shortened form of shotgun
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A gauzeless pipe for smoking cannabis, more like a Vietnamese Duc Lau than a bong.
  2. (slang) A shotgun.
  3. (slang, uncountable) buckshot
shoulda etymology Written form of a of "should have". pronunciation
  • /ˈʃʊdə/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) Should have. You shoulda told him the truth.
shouldn't've pronunciation
  • /ˈʃʊd(ə)n(t)ə(v)/
contraction: shouldn’t’ve
  1. (nonstandard, informal) contraction of should not have
Synonyms: shouldna (colloquial)
shouldna etymology Written form of a of "should not have". pronunciation
  • /ˈʃʊdnə/
verb: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) contraction of should not have You shouldna done that.
shout {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English shouten. Origin Uncertain. Possibly related to Middle English shooten "to shoot (out)" or from or akin to Old Norse skuta, Old Norse skuti, skuta "a taunt". See also the second, rare sense of the verb scout - "to reject with contempt". pronunciation
  • (UK) /ʃaʊt/
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  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A loud burst of voice or voices; a vehement and sudden outcry, especially that of a multitude expressing joy, triumph, exultation, or animated courage.
  2. (UK, Australia, New Zealand, slang) A round of drinks in a pub; the turn to pay the shot or scot; an act of paying for a round of drinks.
    • 1984, , , [http//|your|his|her+shout%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=HLxicLYu1r&sig=GI1Bt6CwKw8isBwImTQJpR-Tkjc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=WItIUOe3AvG8iAet2ICgCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22my|your|his|her%20shout%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 290], “I′ll get my wine though,” taking out her wallet. “No. This is my shout,” holding up his hand as though to ward her money off.
    • 2006, Lily Allen, Knock 'Em Out Cut to the pub on a lads night out, Man at the bar cos it was his shout
    • 2008, George Papaellinas, The Trip: An Odyssey,, Australia, [http//|your|his|her+shout%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=CbNTLu62lL&sig=VluqJH0iDkhvHfAE-8vm7LjHRJo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=WItIUOe3AvG8iAet2ICgCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22my|your|his|her%20shout%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 6], It was always my shout down the pub with Theo.
  3. (UK, Australia, jargon, slang) A call-out for an emergency services team.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To utter a sudden and loud outcry, as in joy, triumph, or exultation, or to attract attention, to animate soldiers, etc.
    • {{circa}} , , Act I, Scene II, 1797, George Steevens (editor), The Plays of William Shakespeare, Volume 7, page 15, They ſhouted thrice; what was the laſt cry for?
  2. (transitive) To utter with a shout; to cry; -- sometimes with out; as, to shout, or to shout out, a man's name.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To treat with shouts or clamor. {{rfquotek}}
  4. (colloquial) To pay for food, drink or entertainment for others. I′ll shout you all a drink. He′s shouting us all to the opening night of the play.
    • 1999, Peter Moore, The Wrong Way Home: London to Sydney the Hard Way, [http//|shouted+me|him|us%22+beer+OR+drink+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=-RqvLVwuZ8&sig=m9SweXXsRSOrAlKpD3TWBvo598A&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bKFIUKCmEc2XiQfR4IHYBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22shouting|shouted%20me|him|us%22%20beer%20OR%20drink%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 301], After shouting me a plate of noodles and limp vegetables, he helped me change money by introducing me to the stallholder who offered the best exchange rates.
    • 2003, Peter Watt, To Chase the Storm, Pan MacMillan Australia, [http//|shouted+me|him|us%22+beer+OR+drink+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=CtEMvM5JmK&sig=O7ssh52hLZ1ydXmV_dSnPofdEIk&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bKFIUKCmEc2XiQfR4IHYBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22shouting|shouted%20me|him|us%22%20beer%20OR%20drink%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], ‘I have not seen my cousin Patrick in years,’ Martin answered defensively. ‘I doubt that, considering the way our lives have gone, an officer of the King′s army would be shouting me a drink in Mr O′Riley′s pub these days.…’
    • 2005, George G. Spearing, Dances with Marmots: A Pacific Crest Trail Adventure, [http//|%22shouted%22+beer+OR+drink+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=GDQ_h4N6wg&sig=MOzf7ZDdmm1DagPRtt_eQISZqY0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=R5hIULqKMfG0iQfA1YDwCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22shouting%22|%22shouted%22%20beer%20OR%20drink%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 32], Anyhow, he obviously bore no grudge against Kiwis, for he shouted me a beer and opened another one for himself, punctuating the operation with a spectacular and resounding fart that by all the laws of physical science should have left his trousers flapping in smouldering shreds.
    • 2010, Ivan Dunn, The Legend of Beau Baxter, HarperCollins Publishers, New Zealand, [http//|shouted+me|him|us%22+beer+OR+drink+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=Onx3iAqzu7&sig=Q9kOmKgq91ZEtj5JY7sfTWrEsTA&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bKFIUKCmEc2XiQfR4IHYBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22shouting|shouted%20me|him|us%22%20beer%20OR%20drink%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], Truth is, I notice the other blokes who have been shouting me nodding among themselves and thinking they′d better get in the queue if I am buying. Not likely. I am out of there.
  5. (Internet) To post a text message (for example, email) in upper case. Please don't shout in the chat room.
Synonyms: See also
  • south, South
  • thous
shoutfest etymology shout + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An event characterized by shout.
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shouty etymology shout + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Characterized by shouting
  2. (informal) Harsh and strident
  • youths
shove etymology From Middle English shoven, schouven, from Old English scūfan, from Proto-Germanic *skeubaną (compare West Frisian skowe, Low German schuven, Dutch schuiven, German schieben, Danish skubbe), from Proto-Indo-European *skeubʰ- (compare Lithuanian skùbti ‘to hurry’, Polish skubać ‘to pluck’, Albanian humb ‘to lose’). pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ʃʌv/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To push, especially roughly or with force.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 12 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “So, after a spell, he decided to make the best of it and shoved us into the front parlor. 'Twas a dismal sort of place, with hair wreaths, and wax fruit, and tin lambrekins, and land knows what all”
  2. To move off or along by an act of pushing, as with an oar or pole used in a boat; sometimes with off.
    • Garth He grasped the oar, received his guests on board, and shoved from shore.
  3. (poker, by ellipsis) To make an all-in bet.
  4. (slang) To pass (counterfeit money).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A rough push.
    • Jonathan Swift I rested … and then gave the boat another shove.
  2. (poker slang) An all-in bet.
shove it up your ass
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial, vulgar, in the imperative) An exclamation of extreme anger, disgust, hatred; often accompanied by an obscene gesture.
  2. Used other than as an idiom:
shovelware etymology shovel + ware
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (computing, slang, derogatory) A haphazard collection of software assembled in terms of quantity rather than quality.
  2. (media, slang) Traditional media content, such as printed news reports, republished hastily on the Internet without considering the needs and capabilities of that medium.
shove the queer
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang, dated) To pass counterfeit money.
show Alternative forms: shew (archaic) etymology From Middle English schewen, schawen, scheawen, from Old English scēawian, from Proto-Germanic *skauwōną, *skawwōną, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ḱou- 〈*(s)ḱou-〉, *(s)ḱeu- 〈*(s)ḱeu-〉; see haw, caveo, caution. Cognate with Scots shaw, Saterland Frisian scoe, Dutch schouwen, German schauen, Danish skue, Icelandic skygna. Related to sheen. pronunciation
  • (UK): /ʃəʊ/
  • (US): {{enPR}}, /ʃoʊ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To display, to have somebody see (something). exampleThe car's dull finish showed years of neglect. exampleAll he had to show for four years of attendance at college was a framed piece of paper.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 22 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “Not unnaturally, “Auntie” took this communication in bad part. Thus outraged, she showed herself to be a bold as well as a furious virago. Next day she found her way to their lodgings and tried to recover her ward by the hair of the head.”
  2. (transitive) To bestow; to confer. to show mercy; to show favour
  3. (transitive) To indicate (a fact) to be true; to demonstrate.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  4. (transitive) To guide or escort. exampleCould you please show him on his way. He has overstayed his welcome.
  5. (intransitive) To be visible, to be seen. exampleYour bald patch is starting to show.
    • John Dryden (1631-1700) Just such she shows before a rising storm.
    • Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) All round a hedge upshoots, and shows / At distance like a little wood.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients], 1 , “'Twas early June, the new grass was flourishing everywheres, the posies in the yard—peonies and such—in full bloom, the sun was shining, and the water of the bay was blue, with light green streaks where the shoal showed.”
  6. (intransitive, informal) To put in an appearance; show up. exampleWe waited for an hour, but they never showed.
  7. (intransitive, informal) To have an enlarged belly and thus be recognizable as pregnant.
  8. (intransitive, racing) To finish third, especially of horses or dogs. exampleIn the third race: Aces Up won, paying eight dollars; Blarney Stone placed, paying three dollars; and Cinnamon showed, paying five dollars.
  9. (obsolete) To have a certain appearance, such as well or ill, fit or unfit; to become or suit; to appear.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) My lord of York, it better showed with you.
In the past, shew was used as a past tense form and shewed as a past participle of this verb; both forms are now archaic. Synonyms: (display) display, indicate, point out, reveal, exhibit, (indicate a fact to be true) demonstrate, prove, (put in an appearance) arrive, show up
  • (display) conceal, cover up, hide
  • (indicate a fact to be true) disprove, refute
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) A play, dance, or other entertainment.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 4 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Then he commenced to talk, really talk. and inside of two flaps of a herring's fin he had me mesmerized, like Eben Holt's boy at the town hall show. He talked about the ills of humanity, and the glories of health and Nature and service and land knows what all.”
  2. (countable) An exhibition of items. exampleart show;  dog show
  3. (countable) A demonstration. exampleshow of force
  4. (countable) A broadcast program/programme. exampleradio show;  television show
  5. (countable) A movie. exampleLet's catch a show.
  6. (uncountable) Mere display or pomp with no substance.
    • Young I envy none their pageantry and show.
    exampleThe dog sounds ferocious but it's all show.
  7. A project or presentation. Let's get on with the show.   Let's get this show on the road.   They went on an international road show to sell the shares to investors.   It was Apple's usual dog and pony show.
  8. (baseball, with “the”) The major league. exampleHe played AA ball for years, but never made it to the show.
  9. (mining, obsolete) A pale blue flame at the top of a candle flame, indicating the presence of firedamp. {{rfquotek}}
  10. (obsolete) Semblance; likeness; appearance.
    • Bible, Luke xx. 46. 47 Beware of the scribes,…which devour widows' houses, and for a shew make long prayers.
    • John Milton He through the midst unmarked, / In show plebeian angel militant / Of lowest order, passed.
  11. (medicine) A discharge, from the vagina, of mucus streaked with blood, occurring a short time before labor.
Synonyms: (exhibition) exhibition, exposition, (demonstration) demonstration, illustration, proof, (broadcast program(me)) program(me), (mere display with no substance) façade, front, superficiality, (baseball) big leagues
  • {{rank}}
  • hows, how's
  • who's
show a little ginger
verb: show a little ginger
  1. (baseball, slang, 1800s) To play harder or smarter
showbizzy etymology showbiz + y. pronunciation
  • /ˈʃoʊˌbɪzi/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Of or pertaining to showbiz; glitzy, glamorous (possibly implying a lack of intellectual depth).
etymology 1 From Middle English shour, from Old English scūr, from Proto-Germanic *skūrō, probably from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ḱēwer- 〈*(s)ḱēwer-〉. Cognate with Dutch schoer, German Schauer. pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈʃaʊ.ə(ɹ)/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈʃaʊ.ɚ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A brief fall of precipitation. exampleToday there will be frequent showers and some sunny spells.
  2. A device for bathing by which water is made to fall on the body from a height, either from a tank or by the action of a pump.
  3. An instance of using of this device in order to bathe oneself. exampleI′m going to have a shower. 〈I′m going to have a shower.〉 (UK) exampleI′m going to take a shower. 〈I′m going to take a shower.〉 (especially US)
  4. A quantity of something that has characteristics of a rain shower. examplea shower of sparks;  a meteor shower;  a Gatorade shower
  5. A party associated with a significant event in a person's life, at which the person usually receives gifts. exampleWould male strippers be appropriate for the divorce shower? exampleHer church group has planned an adoption shower.
    1. A bridal shower. exampleThe shower will be held at the home of the bridesmaid.
    2. A baby shower. exampleHer friends are throwing her a shower after her mom leaves.
  6. (obsolete) A battle, an attack; conflict.
    • {{RQ:Mlry MrtDrthr}}: With this I maye be sure to come sauf / and goo sauf / and that the quene shal haue her lyberte as she had before / and neuer for no thynge that hath ben surmysed afore this tyme / she neuer fro this day stande in no peryll / for els sayd sir launcelot I dare auenture me to kepe her from an harder shoure than euer I kepte her
  7. (chiefly, Irish, UK, Australia, pejorative) A shower of shit.
    • 1956, Private's Progress (motion picture): exampleYou all behaved like a shower, now you are to be treated like a shower
  8. (chiefly, Irish, euphemistic, pejorative, with of and an invective) Used as an intensifying pluralizer or intensifier
    • 1991, Allen Feldman, Formations of Violence: The Narrative of the Body and Political Terror in Northern Ireland, page 208 (University of Chicago Press; ISBN 9780226240701, 9780226240718) It was one of the worst feelings in the H-Block, one of the worst experiences to sit and listen to somebody getting beat. Because you were totally powerless, and you would always get somebody shouting at the door, “You shower of bastards!” It was always a crowd of screws and one or two naked men in a cell. They had total control.
Synonyms: (device for bathing) shower bath, (instance of use) shower bath
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (followed by with) To spray with (a specified liquid).
  2. To bathe using a shower.
  3. to bestow liberally, to give or distribute in abundance
    • 1919, , : The individual in the army becomes used to holding human life in contempt, in fact the greater the slaughter, the greater is his merit; and the more medals, ribbons, and honors of hero-worship are showered on him, the more he becomes, after a time, indifferent to all sorts of human suffering and loss of human life.
Synonyms: (bathe using a shower) have a shower (British), take a shower (especially US)
etymology 2
  • show + er
  • (UK) /ˈʃəʊ.ə(ɹ)/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who show.
  2. (slang) A man whose penis appears roughly full size both when flaccid and when erect.
  • (man whose penis appears roughly full size both flaccid and erect) grower
related terms:
  • show
  • howers, reshow, whores
shower of shit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: shower, shit
  2. (pejorative) A mass of something. It looks likes we're in for a shower of shit.
    • Tony, Patrick Dennis, 1966, “Terribly big name of course, but the writing . . . well, I'm afraid it isn't . . . well, to be quite candid about it, it's a perfect shower of shit. Pity.”
    • Holidays in hell, P. J. O'Rourke, 1989, “The whole month here has been one long shower of shit about America, just because we took a punch at the Libyans.”
  3. (pejorative) An individual or group. You shower of shit don't have the right to wear a uniform.
    • A cage of shadows, Archie Hill, 1977, “For Christ's sake, lay off one another - do you hear? You fucking miserable shower of shit.”
    • Knocking on Heaven's Door: Rock Obituaries, page 619, Nick Talevski, 2006, “Never again would the Stones hear his immortal, “Come on my little showers of shit, you're on,” as he herded them towards the stage of some gigantic auditorium.”
    • Glimpses of a Floating World, page 21, Larry Harrison, 2009, “'Right, lad, stand up! You're going up to A2 landing.' Ronnie was slow to respond, so the screw dragged him to his feet, shouting as though they were on a parade ground. 'Come along, come along! Move yourself, you steaming shower of shit!'”
showmance etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A romance between cast members or production crew of a play or television show (often reality show) which only lasts the duration of the show, or its film.
    • 2004, David Wienir and Jodie Langel, Making It on Broadway: Actors' Tales of Climbing to the Top, New York, Allworth Communications, Inc., ISBN 1581153465, pg. 115: I notoriously fell for my leading man. I really did. By the third or fourth leading man I said "No, Mom, it's real. I love him. I know it is sort of like a pattern but I love him." There is legitimacy to a showmance."
    • 2005, Jane Ganahl, Single Woman of a Certain Age: 29 Women Writers on the Unmarried Midlife—Romantic Escapades, Empty Nests, Shifting Shapes, and Serene Independence, New World Library, ISBN 1930722583, pg. 161: Eventually the tale of a stagehand who seemed to be separated from his housebound wife, but, oddly, not when she came to visit, seemed more amusing than appalling, and I learned not to wince at the various (sometimes painfully) young women who arrived breathless and eager for a Showmance—whether or not there was a wife in the background. [sic]
    • 2008, David Lyle quoted in "Love is in the Air This Valentine’s Day When Fox Reality Channel Premieres 'The Top 25 Hottest Reality Showmances,'" Business Wire, February 11, 2008, 09:00 AM EST, (article): In addition to mud-slinging, deception and drama, showmance is one aspect that makes reality television so addicting. and had a summer-long showmance on Big Brother.
show off
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, idiomatic) To exhibit the best attributes of something. Grocery stores show off their produce by placing the most attractive specimens in front.
  2. (transitive and intransitive, idiomatic) To attract attention to for the purpose of brag or personal exhibitionism; to demonstrate a skill, talent or property for the purpose of bragging or personal exhibitionism. She loves to show off her driving prowess. She loves to show off when she gets behind the wheel of a car.
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative form of show-off
related terms:
  • show up
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who shows off. Quit being such a show-off, before someone gets hurt.
  2. A person who attracts attention by frequently demonstrating their talents. The tone of the word varies depending on the speaker's relationship with the subject, although it is most usually employed in a mildly mocking manner.
Describing somebody as a show-off carries an implicit endorsement of their capability: someone can only "show off" if they actually have something to show. An individual who seeks attention that they are not perceived to deserve is usually described much more dismissively as an attention-seeker or loudmouth.
showy etymology show + y pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (sometimes, derogatory) calling attention; flashy; standing out to the eye
  • slutty
shpadoinkle etymology Coined 1993 by Trey Parker in film Cannibal! The Musical as a nonsense word.:TONY: What’s shpadoinkle mean? :TP: The truth is, a lot of the time when I write songs, I’ll make up some stupid word to fill a gap, knowing how many syllables it needs to be, and when we record it, we’ll replace it with a real word. I did this song for ''Cannibal!,'' and I knew it needed to be “It’s a ‘something’ day”, and it had to be three syllables. We recorded it that way ’cause I couldn't think of something, and everyone thought it was great. So I decided, we should just have people say it all the time. People in the movie say it out of happiness, out of sadness, out of anger – it’s a completely meaningless word. :—''Time Out New York'', 1998, archived at “[ shpadoinkle]” Later used in episode “” (May 22, 2001) of TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Joss Whedon, thence popularized by fans.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang, US) An exclamation meaning "great" or denoting surprise.
    • 2007. James M. Stillwell. Stand Strong Crew: A Super Tale: "Holy Shpadoinkle Danny, you killed like, everything in town."
shrapnel {{wikipedia}} etymology From , British army officer who invented an anti-personnel shell that transported a large number of bullets to the target before releasing them, at a far greater distance than rifles could fire the bullets individually. The surname is likely a metathesized form of Charbonnel, a diminutive of Old French charbon in reference to hair color, complexion, or the like.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (historical) An anti-personnel artillery shell used in WWI which carries a large number of individual bullets close to the target and then ejects them to allow them to continue along the shell's trajectory and strike the target individually.
  2. A collective term for shot, fragment, or debris thrown out by an exploding shell or landmine.
  3. (slang) Loose change.
  4. debris caused by action of persons or animals. The dog did not eat my sandwich. It was in a bag. If he had eaten my sandwich, there'd be shrapnel all over the place from him tearing open the bag.
shred {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old English screade (from which also screed“Spotlight on... Screed” ''[ Take Our Word For It],'' [ Issue 1], July 20, 1998), cognate with German Schrot, Swedish skrot, Old Norse skrydda, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kreu, extended form of *(s)ker-. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ʃɹɛd/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A long, narrow piece cut or torn off; a strip.
    • Francis Bacon shreds of tanned leather
  2. In general, a fragment; a piece; a particle; a very small amount. There isn't a shred of evidence to support his claims. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: See also .
related terms:
  • screed
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To cut or tear into narrow and long pieces or strips. {{rfquotek}}
    • “Take a little grated bread, some beef-suet, yolks of hard eggs, three anchovies, a bit of an onion, salt and pepper, thyme and winter-savoury, twelve oysters, some nutmeg grated; mix all these together, and shred them very fine, and work them up with raw eggs like a paste, ...”, Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine, William Carew Hazlitt, 1902
  2. (obsolete, transitive) To lop; to prune; to trim.
  3. (snowboarding) To ride aggressively.
  4. (bodybuilding) To drop fat and water weight before a competition.
  5. (music, slang) To play very fast (especially guitar solos in rock and metal genres).
  • herds, sherd
shredder {{slim-wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ʃɹɛdə(ɹ)/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A machine that tears up objects into smaller pieces, especially a paper shredder or garbage shredder.
  2. (computing) A program that overwrites deleted data to prevent recovery.
  3. (slang) Someone who snowboard, snowboarder.
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (British, slang) Underwear.
    • 1995, Joe Simpson, This Game of Ghosts, The Mountaineers Books, ISBN 0898864607, As Mark came out of the bathroom, I remembered my underpants. ¶ ‘Hey Mark, have you got my shreddies?’
    • 2001, Irvine Welsh, Glue, W. W. Norton & Company, ISBN 0393322157, page 40, As ah stand up n pill oan ma shreddies, then ma jeans in T-shirt, she's staring oaf intae space, then wrappin her clathes roond her.
    • 2004, Harry Foxley, Marking Time: A Soldier's Story, Trafford Publishing, ISBN 1412015871, page 165, So adept did I become, in fact, that I could shower, shave and wash out socks and shreddies on as little as three penn’orth remaining on the meter (which had not yet been decimalized).
    • 2004, Toby Bishop, Cry Havoc: A Trip to Hell for a Group of Ageing Mercenaries Who Should Have Known Better, iUniverse, ISBN 0595321658, page 43, Their luggage was minimal, as he would have expected—shirts, Shreddies, socks, trousers and the rest of the basics of self-maintenance.
    • 2006, Brian Carlin, Boy Entrant, Lulu Press, Inc., ISBN 1411694333, page 61, “Drawers, cellular, six”—that was six pairs of loose-legged underwear that would come down to mid-thigh made from a cellular cotton fabric. We would later learn that the RAF slang name for these garments was “shreddies” because of their tendency to become threadbare and shred at the crotch where they rubbed against the harsh worsted material of our trousers.
shrew etymology Old English scrēawa, of unknown origin. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ʃɹuː/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of numerous small, mouselike, chiefly nocturnal, mammals of the family Soricidae.
  2. (pejorative) An ill-tempered, nagging woman: a scold. You'd better not stay out late tonight — your mother is quite a shrew and you'll never hear the end of it.
Synonyms: (mouselike mammal) ranny (obsolete)
  • (mouselike mammal) common shrew
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete, transitive) To beshrew; to curse.
    • Chaucer I shrew myself.
shriekfest etymology shriek + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An event filled with shriek.
    • 1999, "johnz", Statism Alive And Well In Humphreystan (on Internet newsgroup alt.current-events.clinton.whitewater) Clinton made this remark while engaged in a shriekfest against some hapless Investor's Business Daily reported{{SIC}} who dared ask about press conferences and the campaign-finance scandals.
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shriekling etymology shriek + ling
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A noisy child.
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shrimp {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ʃɹɪmp/
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etymology 1 From Middle English schrimpe, from Proto-Germanic *skrimpaz (compare Middle High German schrimpf, Norwegian skramp), from *skrimpaną (compare Old English scrimman, Middle High German schrimpfen, Swedish skrympa), from Proto-Indo-European *skremb, *skr̥mb (compare Lithuanian skrembti, and possibly Albanian shkrumb).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of many swimming, often edible crustacean, chiefly of the infraorder Caridea or the suborder Dendrobranchiata, with slender legs, long whiskers and a long abdomen.
    • 1851, "A Lady of Charleston" (Sarah Rutledge), The Carolina Housewife, 2013, unnumbered page, Butter well a deep dish, upon which place a thick layer of pounded biscuit; having picked and boiled your shrimps, put them upon the biscuit; a layer of shrimps, with small pieces of butter, a little pepper, mace or nutmeg.
    • 1998, Claude E. Boyd, Pond Aquaculture Water Quality Management, page 605, Shrimp farming is in its infancy in Africa. but Asia has most of the world's shrimp farms.
    • 2011, Will Holtham, Home Port Cookbook: Beloved Recipes from Martha's Vineyard, page 142, America's favorite seafood, shrimp has always been a big seller at the Home Port. On any given day, we usually served around 40 to 50 pounds of shrimp.
    • 2004, Gary C. B. Poore, Shane T. Ahyong, Marine Decapod Crustacea of Southern Australia: A Guide to Identification, page 145, Most shrimps belong to one of several families of the Infraorder Caridea (Chapter 4). However, coral shrimps and Venus shrimps are so different from the rest that a separate infraorder is warranted.
  2. (uncountable) The flesh of such crustaceans.
  3. (slang) A small, puny or unimportant person.
Synonyms: (crustacean; flesh of crustacean) prawn (Australia)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To fish for shrimp.
    • 1986, The Code of Federal Regulations of the United States of America, page 454, Fishing, shrimping and crabbing are permitted on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions:….
    • 1996, Anthony V. Margavio, Caught in the Net: The Conflict Between Shrimpers and Conservationists, page 24, Although the line is not always sharply drawn, offshore shrimping and inshore shrimping require different strategies.
    • 2007, Jerry Wayne Caines, A Caines Family Tradition: A Native Son's Story of Fishing, Hunting and Duck Decoys in the Lowcountry, page 86, There were times we shrimped in the same boat due to breakdowns and such, but for the most part we each had our own separate boat. We started out using outboard motor boats. However, shrimping with an outboard is pretty hard.
related terms:
  • shrimper
etymology 2 Compare Old English scrimman, German schrumpfen.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To contract; to shrink.
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shrink pronunciation
  • /ˈʃɹɪŋk/
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etymology From Middle English shrinken, from Old English scrincan, from Proto-Germanic *skrinkwaną. Cognate with Dutch schrinken.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To cause to become smaller. The dryer shrank my sweater.
  2. (intransitive) To become smaller; to contract. This garment will shrink when wet.
    • Francis Bacon I have not found that water, by mixture of ashes, will shrink or draw into less room.
    • Dryden And shrink like parchment in consuming fire.
  3. (intransitive) To cower or flinch. Molly shrank away from the blows of the whip.
  4. (transitive) To draw back; to withdraw.
    • Milton The Libya Hammon shrinks his horn.
  5. (intransitive, figuratively) To withdraw or retire, as from danger.
    • Alexander Pope What happier natures shrink at with affright, / The hard inhabitant contends is right.
    • Jowett (Thucyd.) They assisted us against the Thebans when you shrank from the task.
Synonyms: (avoid an unwanted task) funk, shirk
  • (to cause to become smaller) expand, grow, enlarge, stretch
  • (become smaller) expand, grow, enlarge, stretch
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Shrinkage; contraction; recoil.
    • Yet almost wish, with sudden shrink, / That I had less to praise. — Leigh Hunt.
  2. (slang, sometimes, pejorative) A psychiatrist or therapist; a head-shrinker. You need to see a shrink. My shrink said that he was an enabler, bad for me.
    • 1994, Green Day, I went to a shrink, to analyze my dreams. He said it's lack of sex that's bringing my down.
  • The slang sense was originally pejorative, expressing a distrust of practitioners in the field. It is now not as belittling or trivializing.
Synonyms: head-shrinker
shrinkage etymology shrink + age
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of shrinking, or the proportion by which something shrink.
  2. The loss of merchandise through theft, spoilage, and obsolescence.
  3. (slang) The reduction in size of the male genitalia when cold, such as from immersion in cold water.
    • 1994 Peter Mehlman & Carol Leifer, "The Hamptons," Seinfeld, Season 5, Episode 20 (aired May 12, 1994), Spoken by Jerry Seinfeld (Jerry Seinfeld) Do women know about shrinkage?
    • 2006 Steve Gerali, Teenage Guys: Exploring Issues Adolescent Guys Face and Strategies to Help Them, Zondervan, p63 This is why guys experience "shrinkage" after they've been swimming.
    • 2008 Anthony William Brownless, Billy's Book for Blokes, Allen & Unwin That'll get their blood flowing. ... getting the blood flowing coz just the mere thought of jumping into that icy water was starting to get the shrinkage going.
    • 2010 Fran Capo, Art Zuckerman & Susan Zuckerman, "Polar Bear Clubs," It Happened in New York City: Remarkable Events That Shaped History, Globe Pequot, p51 And of course, one of the most important questions of all, especially among male plungers, is, "What about shrinkage?!"
  • reshaking
shrinker etymology shrink + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Something that makes something else shrink.
  2. (slang) A psychiatrist; a head-shrinker.
  3. (medicine) An sock-like article used to compress a stump remaining after amputation.
  4. One who shrinks or recoils.
    •, page 27, “His peculiar character of shrinker from everything and every one, always retreating into his shell of contemptuous opposition as a snail into his shell, led, perhaps, to his rejection of ordinary phraseology, the simple mode of expression used by the million.”, 4, Aston Leigh, The Story of Philosophy, 1881, London, Trübner & Co.
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  5. Something that itself shrink.
    • Sunlight on the Lawn, page 73, Beverley Nichols, 1956, “Sometimes I think that humanity is divided into two classes, the Shrinkers and the non-Shrinkers. If you are a Shrinker, you are able to diminish yourself at will, and to slip into the kingdom of Lilliput, not in the role of Gulliver,”
    • Social problem solving: interventions in the schools, page 49, Maurice J. Elias, Steven E. Tobias, 1996, “These can be called the Blaster (aggressive), the Shrinker (overly passive), or the Me (effective).”
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shroom Alternative forms: 'shroom (especially in "mushroom" sense) etymology Shortened from mushroom. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, rare) A mushroom.
    • 2000, Karen Brooks et al., Dude Food: Recipes for the Modern Guy, Chronicle Books, ISBN 978-0-8118-1679-3, page 83: These succulent little shrooms from pop culture scholar Lena Lencek will drive everyone back for seconds.
    • 2003, Dave Hirschkop, Crazy from the heat: Dave’s insanity cookbook, Ten Speed Press, ISBN 978-1-58008-190-0, page 72: Shrooms—and I don’t mean the psychedelic kind—are one of those vegetables that you either love or hate.
    • 2004, Jim Sterba, Frankie’s Place: A Love Story, Grove Press, ISBN 978-0-8021-4140-8, page 172: To determine how much live protein may be occupying a shroom, try this test: …
  2. (slang, usually in plural) A magic mushroom: a hallucinogenic fungus.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, slang) To take magic mushroom.
shroomer etymology From shroom + -er. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A person who gathers wild mushroom.
  2. (slang) A person who consumes hallucinogenic mushrooms for their effects.
shroomhead etymology shroom + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) One who takes magic mushroom.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) Arguing against a proposed policy on the grounds that it will result in death.
Shrove Tuesday {{wikipedia}} etymology From shrove, past tense of shrive, from the mediaeval practice of priests hearing confessions before Lent, and Tuesday.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The day before the beginning of Lent, when pancake are traditionally eaten, originally to use up milk and egg that would otherwise spoil because of not being eaten during Lent.
Synonyms: Mardi Gras, Pancake Day, Pancake Tuesday
shruggy etymology shrug + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Resembling or characteristic of a shrug (gesture).
    • David Edgar FANNY turns slowly to TILDA. TILDA gives a little, shruggy, affectionate gesture, as if to apologise.
  2. (informal) Inclined to shrug; uncaring or apathetic.
    • 2012, Lucas Klauss, Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse (page 41) I want to say, “Then why were you all shruggy and silent and abandon-your-friends-ish?” But he did endure youth group with me. So maybe they sort of even out.
shtup etymology From Yiddish שטופּ 〈ştwṗ〉, perhaps from German stupsen, or possibly German stopfen. pronunciation
  • /ʃtʌp/, /ʃtʊp/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To push.
  2. (slang) To have sex with.
    • 1969, , Portnoy’s Complaint: And shikse cunt, to boot! Chasing it, sniffing it, lapping it, shtupping it, but above all, thinking about it.
Synonyms: (push) shove, (have sex with) shag, fuck
shuck {{wikipedia}} etymology Origin unknown. pronunciation
  • /ʃʌk/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The shell or husk, especially of grain (e.g. corn/maize) or nuts (e.g. walnuts).
    • 1931, William Faulkner, Sanctuary, Library of America, 1985, p.46: There was no linen, no pillow, and when she touched the mattress it gave forth the faint dry whisper of shucks.
  2. (slang, African American Vernacular English) A fraud; a scam.
  3. (slang) A phony.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To remove the shuck from (walnuts, oysters, etc.). Shall we shuck walnuts?
  2. (transitive) To remove (any outer covering). I will shuck my clothes and dive naked into the pool.
  3. (transitive, intransitive, slang) To fool; to hoax.
  • hucks
shuck and jive etymology From Afro-American vernacular English
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To tell a misleading story, especially for advantage.
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Deceit.
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shucks pronunciation
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interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (colloquial) Exclamatory response to a minor disappointment. Shucks. It's too bad you can't make it to the party.
  2. (colloquial, sarcastic) Response to a minor pleasure. Shucks, I guess we'll have to take all this pie home with us.
  3. (colloquial) A receding or mock expression of thanks. Aw, shucks, ma'am, catching those wild horses was easy.
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of shuck
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of shuck
shucky ducky etymology Coined by comedian Cecil "Shuckey Duckey" Armstrong.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang) Phrase indicating disappointment or excitement.
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shunt pronunciation
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete, UK, dialect) To turn away or aside.
  2. (obsolete, UK, dialect) To cause to move suddenly; to give a sudden start to; to shove. {{rfquotek}}
  3. To move a train from one track to another, or to move carriage etc from one train to another.
  4. To divert electric current by providing an alternative path.
  5. To divert the flow of a body fluid using surgery.
  6. To move data in memory to a physical disk.
  7. (informal, British) To have a minor collision, especially in a motor car.
  8. To provide with a shunt. to shunt a galvanometer
  9. To divert to a less important place, position or state
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A switch on a railway
  2. A connection used as an alternative path between parts of an electric circuit
  3. A passage between body channels constructed surgically as a bypass
  4. (informal, British) A minor collision
  5. (firearms) The shifting of the studs on a projectile from the deep to the shallow sides of the grooves in its discharge from a shunt gun.
  • hunts, Hunts
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (UK, slang) eye dialect of shut up - That shirt looks well bad. - Shup mate!
shurely shome mishtake etymology eye dialect of surely some mistake Originally coined by in imitation of the slurred speech of a drunken editor, or of the lisping Daily Telegraph editor .
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (UK, informal) Highlights a mistake, actual or perceived, which the writer feels is ironic or humorous.
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Alternative forms: shome mishtake shurelySynonyms: sic
shut-eye Alternative forms: shuteye etymology shut + eye
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Sleep.
    • 2008, and J. A. Johnstone, Preachers Showdown, Pinnacle Books, ISBN 0-7860-1838-0, page 172, With the night so quiet and peaceful, though, there was nothing he could do except return to camp and try to get a little shut-eye himself.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (nonstandard) alternative spelling of shut up
  • Pushtu
shut up {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ʃʌt ˈʌp/, [ʃɐˈtɐp], [ʃɐt ˈʔɐp]
  • (US) /ʃʌt ˈʌp/, [ʃʌˈɾʌp], [ʃʌt ˈʔʌp]
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To close (a building) so that no one can enter.
  2. (transitive) To terminate (a business).
  3. (transitive) To enclose (a person, animal or thing) in a room or other place so that it cannot leave.
    • 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson, Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde: "You know the doctor's ways, sir," replied Poole, "and how he shuts himself up. Well, he's shut up again in the cabinet; and I don't like it, sir—I wish I may die if I like it. Mr. Utterson, sir, I'm afraid."
  4. (transitive) To put (an object) in a secure enclosed place.
  5. (ergative) Of a person, to stop talk or (of a person or thing) making noise. You are talking so loud that I can't hear the music — would you mind shutting up? He was blathering on about something, but I managed to shut him up.
  6. (intransitive, colloquial, used only in the imperative) I don't believe it!, no way! "I got accepted to Yale!" / "Shut up, really? That's awesome!"
  • When used in the imperative to tell someone to be quiet or to stop making a noise:
    • This expression is considered forceful or impolite. A neutral alternative is "be quiet".
    • Shut the fuck up (a stronger version of shut up) may be shortened to fuck up. It is not shortened in grammatical moods other than the imperative.
Synonyms: (close (a building)) close off, seal up, (terminate (a business)) end, terminate, wind up, (enclose (a person, animal or thing) in a room so that it cannot leave) lock in, seal in, (put (an object) in a secure enclosed place) lock up, stash, stash away, (to stop (a person) from talking or (a person or thing) making noise) hush, quieten, shush, silence, (to stop talking or making noise) be quiet, be silent, fall silent, hush, quieten down, shush; (in the imperative): be quiet!, can it!, hush!, put a sock in it!, quiet!, sh!, shush!, shut it!, shut your face! (impolite), shaddap, silence!, st!, STFU, (I don't believe it) get out!, never!, no!, no way!, yeah right!, you don't say!
  • (close (a building)) open, open up, reopen
  • (terminate (a business)) establish, set up, start, start up
  • (enclose (a person, animal or thing) in a room so that it cannot leave) release
  • Pushtu
shviger etymology From Yiddish.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US slang) A mother-in-law.
    • 2009, David Minkoff, Oy Vey: More!: The Ultimate Book of Jewish Jokes, Part 2, p. 77: As soon as she hears the news, Miriam's shviger Fay goes to visit her daughter-in-law in hospital.
    • 2013, Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge, Vintage 2014, p. 96: ‘Come back to the apartment,’ Elaine giving Horst the usual shviger evil eye, ‘we'll have coffee.’
shwasted Alternative forms: schwasted etymology {{blend}} pronunciation
  • /ˈʃweɪstəd/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1.  (slang) Extremely intoxicated.
    • 2004 April 6, "Shmegma dOgmatagram fishmarket stew" (username), "happy passover to all my jewish RMPers", in, Usenet: i got shwasted in wine when i was like 12
    • 2004 April 6, "Dingus SquatfOrd Jr." (username), "DSOTM B&P", in, Usenet: so i came home the other night and i was shwasted and pulse was on
    • 2010, Molly Hills, Chicago Girls, page 32: We totally forgot that this morning when we were getting shwasted, we changed Zoe's voice mail [...]
shy etymology From Middle English shy, from Old English sċēoh, from Proto-Germanic *skiuhwaz. Cognate with Dutch schuw, German scheu, Danish sky. pronunciation
  • /ʃaɪ/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Easily frightened; timid.
    • Jonathan Swift The horses of the army … were no longer shy, but would come up to my very feet without starting.
  2. Reserved; disinclined to familiar approach. He is very shy with strangers.
    • Arbuthnot What makes you so shy, my good friend? There's nobody loves you better than I.
  3. Cautious; wary; suspicious.
    • Boyle I am very shy of using corrosive liquors in the preparation of medicines.
    • Sir H. Wotton Princes are, by wisdom of state, somewhat shy of their successors.
  4. (informal) Short, insufficient or less than. By our count your shipment came up two shy of the bill of lading amount. It is just shy of a mile from here to their house.
  5. Embarrassed. {{rfex}}
  • Often used in combination with a noun to produce an adjective or adjectival phrase.
  • Adjectives are usually applicable to animals (leash-shy "shy of leashes" or head shy "shy of contact around the head" (of horses)) or to children.
Synonyms: See also
  • brazen
  • bold
  • audacious
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To avoid due to timidness or caution. I shy away from investment opportunities I don't understand.
  2. (intransitive) To jump back in fear. The horse shied away from the rider, which startled him so much he shied away from the horse.
  3. (transitive) to throw sideways with a jerk; to fling to shy a stone; to shy a slipper {{rfquotek}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An act of throwing. {{rfquotek}}
    • Punch If Lord Brougham gets a stone in his hand, he must, it seems, have a shy at somebody.
    • 2008, James Kelman, Kieron Smith, Boy, Penguin 2009, p. 55: The game had started. A man was chasing the ball, it went out for a shy.
  2. A place for throwing. coconut shy
  3. A sudden start aside, as by a horse.
  4. In the Eton College wall game, a point scored by lifting the ball against the wall in the calx.
shylock {{was wotd}} {{wikipedia}} etymology From the character Shylock in Shakespeare's . pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈʃaɪlɑk/
  • (RP) /ˈʃaɪlɒk/
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US) A loan shark; a usurer.
    • 2005, Joe Pistone, The Way of the Wiseguy, page 45, Eventually, their gambling debts grow so big that they are cut off from making any more bets, eliminating the chance that they can make enough money to satisfy their shylocks.
    • 2009, G. T. Harrell, For Members Only: The Story of the Mob's Secret Judge, A True Story, page 229, If a guy got into hock with several shylocks from different crews and was unable to keep up with his weekly payments, a sit-down would have to be called with all of the shylocks involved and their respective capo.
    • 2013, , Light of the World, page 429, After Caspian's father killed his credit lines at all the big casinos, he ran up a six-figure tab with a couple of shylocks in Miami, then couldn't make the vig.
  2. (offensive, ethnic slur) A person of Jewish descent.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, US) To lend money at exorbitant rates of interest.
    • 2004 December 8, Kenya National Assembly Official Record (Hansard), page 4928, I wanted to know whether shylocking is a legal business or not, and if it is legal, under which Act does it operate?
    • 2005, Tom Layne, The Assassination of Rush Limbaugh, page 151, When you've accumulated a good stash of money, you may want to go into the nightclub business, or shylocking. Shylocking is free. There is no ten percent vig on loan sharking.
    • 2005, , , 2010, unnumbered page, Lori said it sounded outright felonious, but Dad said all he was doing was outsmarting the fat-cat bank owners who shylocked the common man by charging usurious interest rates.
    • 2011, John Nicholas Iannuzzi, Handbook of Cross Examination: The Mosaic Art, 3rd Edition, page 312, Do you recall this question having been put to you—the shylocking business you were involved in continued right up until the time that you were arrested, correct?
sibling fucker etymology From sibling + fucker.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) Motherfucker (generic term of abuse).
    • 2001, rick, Re: Lindros hit Group: Has nothing to do with bandwith, you sibling fucker.
    • 2004, trafferty, Re: Birthday Blues :-( Group: alt.horror Now, go back to banjo pickin' on the front porch you rotten-toothed sibling fucker.
  2. Used other than as an idiom: sibling, fucker
    • 2006, addinall, Re: If I was an Iraqi, I'd chop fat pig wood's head off Group: It seems that only half of all Americans are brain damaged sibling fuckers
sick {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 Middle English sek, sik, from Old English sēoc, from Proto-Germanic *seukaz (confer West Frisian siik, Dutch ziek, German siech), from Proto-Indo-European *seug-; compare Middle Irish socht, Old Armenian հիւծանիմ 〈hiwcanim〉. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /sɪk/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having an urge to vomit.
  2. (chiefly, American) In poor health.
    • a1420, 1894, The British Museum Additional MS, 12,056 , Lanfranc of Milan, Lanfranc's "Science of cirurgie." , , Wounds complicated by the Dislocation of a Bone, 1163911380 , K. Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co, London, Robert von Fleischhacker , page 63, “Ne take noon hede to brynge togidere þe parties of þe boon þat is to-broken or dislocate, til viij. daies ben goon in þe wyntir, & v. in þe somer; for þanne it schal make quytture, and be sikir from swellynge; & þanne brynge togidere þe brynkis eiþer þe disiuncture after þe techynge þat schal be seid in þe chapitle of algebra.”
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, The China Governess , 7, , “‘Children crawled over each other like little grey worms in the gutters,’ he said. ‘The only red things about them were their buttocks and they were raw. Their faces looked as if snails had slimed on them and their mothers were like great sick beasts whose byres had never been cleared. […]’”
    exampleShe was sick all day with the flu.
  3. (colloquial) Mentally unstable, disturbed.
  4. (colloquial) In bad taste. exampleThat's a sick joke.
  5. Tired of or annoyed by something. exampleI've heard that song on the radio so many times that I'm starting to get sick of it.
  6. (slang) Very good, excellent, awesome. exampleThis tune is sick. exampleDude, this car's got a sick subwoofer!
  7. In poor condition. examplesick building syndrome; my car is looking pretty sick; my job prospects are pretty sick
  8. (agriculture) Failing to sustain adequate harvest of crop, usually specified.
Synonyms: (in poor health) crank (UK), ill, not well, poorly (British), sickly, unwell, (mentally unstable) disturbed, twisted, warped., (having an urge to vomit) nauseated, nauseous, (slang: excellent) rad, wicked, See also
  • (in poor health) fit, healthy, well
  • (excellent) crap, naff, uncool
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Sick people in general as a group. We have to cure the sick.
  2. (colloquial) vomit. He lay there in a pool of his own sick.
Synonyms: (vomit) See
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To vomit. I woke up at 4 am and sicked on the floor.
  2. (obsolete, intransitive) To fall sick; to sicken.
    • circa 1598, William Shakespeare, King Henry IV, part 2: Our great-grandsire, Edward, sick'd and died.
etymology 2
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (rare) alternative spelling of sic
    • 1920, James Oliver Curwood, "Back to God's Country" "Wapi," she almost screamed, "go back! Sick 'em, Wapi—sick 'em—sick 'em—sick 'em!"
    • 1938, Eugene Gay-Tifft, translator, The Saga of Frank Dover by Johannes Buchholtz, 2005 Kessinger Publishing edition, ISBN 141915222X, page 125, When we were at work swabbing the deck, necessarily barelegged, Pelle would sick the dog on us; and it was an endless source of pleasure to him when the dog succeeded in fastening its teeth in our legs and making the blood run down our ankles.
    • 1957, , "Zooey", in, 1961, , 1991 LB Books edition, page 154, " just something God sicks on people who have the gall to accuse Him of having created an ugly world."
    • 2001 (publication date), Anna Heilman, Never Far Away: The Auschwitz Chronicles of Anna Heilman, University of Calgary Press, ISBN 1552380408, page 82, Now they find a new entertainment: they sick the dog on us.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Causing sickness or disgust.
  2. (LGBT slang) Amazing, fantastic.
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of sicken
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of making somebody sick.
    • 2010, Greg A. Marley, Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares In the Northeast, one porcini look-alike has been implicated in several sickenings. It is Boletus huronensis, and though some guides call it edible, there have been a few cases of people becoming sickened following a meal of this mushroom.
sickie pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A day off work due to (supposed) illness.
  • Ciskei
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who uses a sickle; a sickleman; a reaper.
  2. (medicine, informal) A person who has sickle-cell disease.
{{Webster 1913}}
  • lickers
  • slicker
sick list Alternative forms: sicklist
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) A list of people who are ill
sicko etymology sick + o pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang) A day taken off work due to (possibly exaggerated or supposed) illness.
  2. (derogatory, slang) A person with unpleasant taste, view or habit.
    • 1986 June 9, David Denby, Movies: Poison, , [http//|%22sickos%22|%22sickoes%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=7-STXxojLw&sig=adL4ItALW2Kp2s_Q0asDAYG0LvE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=UcZIUPwo8ZKIB7zNgeAK&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22sicko%22|%22sickos%22|%22sickoes%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 130], But in fact, the murders have been committed by an army of sickos, a phalanx of wild-eyed droolers led by a monster goon with a concrete jaw and a Neanderthal brow.
    • 1997, Shannon Bell, Chapter 5: On ne peut pas voir l′image [The image cannot be seen], Brenda Cossman, Shannon Bell, Lise Gotell, Becki L. Ross, Bad Attitude/s on Trial: Pornography, Feminism, and the Butler Decision, [http//|%22sickos%22|%22sickoes%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=9F1Jmxsq0n&sig=OLLpaz59klT-XHRE_gYJZqnaMRc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=JrpIUJzBCbGtiQeTpoDIAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22sicko%22|%22sickos%22|%22sickoes%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 231], We can′t say that it is our responses of horror and revulsion that are upsetting to the youth; therefore, those attracted to them are deviants, sickos, who should be cured/punished like the homosexuals of the forties and fifties.
    • 2009, Stuart E. Weisberg, Barney Frank: The Story of America′s Only Left-Handed, Gay, Jewish Congressman, [http//|%22sickos%22|%22sickoes%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=_vvZM59ygE&sig=yKaUrnF5roi0B474Rz9VtwDl-Xc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=JrpIUJzBCbGtiQeTpoDIAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22sicko%22|%22sickos%22|%22sickoes%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 372], The conservative Boston Herald, which had earlier described the revelations about Barney′s two-year relationship with a male prostitute as “one of the most tawdry episodes in modern Massachusetts politics” and had run a story by the columnist Howie Carr calling Frank “a sicko who happens to be a pol,” urged him to resign his house seat.
  3. (US, Canada, slang) A mentally ill person.
The plural form sickoes is somewhat rare. Synonyms: (day taken off work due to illness) sick day, sickie (slang), (person with unpleasant tastes, views or habits) weirdo
sicky etymology sick + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) sick; vomit
    • 2011, Katy Handley, The Right Way, the Wrong Way Or Your Way? (page 43) Also consider how easy is it to clean with a sicky baby; can all of the cover and straps go in the washing machine or is it wipe clean only?
-sicle etymology From icicle or popsicle.
suffix: {{en-suffix}}
  1. (informal) A suffix combined with a noun to indicate something cold or frozen.
sid etymology Shortened from sidiki or sidiqi.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) sadiki
side {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English side, from Old English sīde, from Proto-Germanic *sīdǭ, from Proto-Indo-European *sēy-. Cognate with Western Frisian side, Dutch zijde, zij, German Seite, Danish side, Swedish sida.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A bounding straight edge of a two-dimensional shape. exampleA square has four sides.
  2. A flat surface of a three-dimensional object; a face. exampleA cube has six sides.
  3. One half (left or right, top or bottom, front or back, etc.) of something or someone. exampleWhich side of the tray shall I put it on?  {{nowrap}}
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 5 , “We expressed our readiness, and in ten minutes were in the station wagon, rolling rapidly down the long drive, for it was then after nine.…As we reached the lodge we heard the whistle, and we backed up against one side of the platform as the train pulled up at the other.”
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 23 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “The slightest effort made the patient cough. He would stand leaning on a stick and holding a hand to his side, and when the paroxysm had passed it left him shaking.”
  4. A region in a specified position with respect to something. exampleMeet me on the north side of the monument.
    • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. Indeed, a nail filed sharp is not of much avail as an arrowhead; you must have it barbed, and that was a little beyond our skill.
  5. One surface of a sheet of paper (used instead of "page", which can mean one or both surfaces.) exampleJohn wrote 15 sides for his essay!
  6. One possible aspect of a concept, person or thing. exampleLook on the bright side.
  7. One set of competitors in a game. exampleWhich side has kick-off?
  8. (UK, Australia, Ireland) A sports team.
    • 1988, Ken Jones, Crown, Pat Welton, Soccer skills & tactics, page 9 , “Newly promoted, they were top of the First Division and unbeaten when they took on a Manchester United side that had been revitalized by a new manager,{{nb...}}.”
    • {{quote-news}}
    • 2011, Nick Cain, Greg Growden, Rugby Union For Dummies, UK Edition, 3rd Edition, [http//|%22sides%22+sport+australia+-intitle:%22side|sides%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=xjAfnZBnlj&sig=rGmkT-SVCOoYeVUmMJXbgBUr0Yk&hl=en&sa=X&ei=4tBIUPmKFomfiQfJ94GgAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22side%22|%22sides%22%20sport%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22side|sides%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false p.220]: Initially, the English, Welsh, Scots and Irish unions refused to send national sides, preferring instead to send touring sides like the Barbarians, the Penguins, the Co-Optimists, the Wolfhounds, Crawshays Welsh, and the Public School Wanderers.
  9. A group having a particular allegiance in a conflict or competition. exampleIn the second world war, the Italians were on the side of the Germans.
    • Landor We have not always been of the…same side in politics.
    • Alexander Pope sets the passions on the side of truth
  10. (sports, billiards, snooker, pool) Sidespin; english exampleHe had to put a bit of side on to hit the pink ball.
  11. (British, Australia, Ireland, dated) A television channel, usually as opposed to the one currently being watched (from when there were only two channels). exampleI just want to see what's on the other side — James said there was a good film on tonight.
  12. (US, colloquial) A dish that accompanies the main course; a side dish. exampleDo you want a side of cole-slaw with that?
  13. A line of descent traced through one parent as distinguished from that traced through another.
    • Milton To sit upon thy father David's throne, / By mother's side thy father.
Synonyms: (bounding straight edge of an object) edge, (flat surface of an object) face, (left or right half) half, (surface of a sheet of paper) page, (region in a specified position with respect to something), (one possible aspect of a concept), (set of opponents in a game) team, (group having a particular allegiance in a war), (television channel) channel, station (US)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To ally oneself, be in an alliance, usually with "with" or rarely "in with" Which will you side with, good or evil?
    • 1597, Francis Bacon, Essays – "Of Great Place": All rising to great place is by a winding star; and if there be factions, it is good to side a man's self, whilst he is in the rising, and to balance himself when he is placed.
    • Alexander Pope All side in parties, and begin the attack.
    • 1958, Archer Fullingim, The Kountze [Texas] News, August 28, 1958: How does it feel... to... side in with those who voted against you in 1947?
  2. To lean on one side. {{rfquotek}}
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To be or stand at the side of; to be on the side toward.
    • Spenser His blind eye that sided Paridell.
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To suit; to pair; to match. {{rfquotek}}
  5. (transitive, shipbuilding) To work (a timber or rib) to a certain thickness by trimming the sides.
  6. (transitive) To furnish with a siding. to side a house
Synonyms: (ally oneself), take side
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etymology 2 From Middle English side, syde, syd, from Old English sīd, from Proto-Germanic *sīdaz, from Proto-Indo-European *sēy-. Cognate with Low German sied, Swedish sid, Icelandic síður.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Being on the left or right, or toward the left or right; lateral.
    • Dryden One mighty squadron with a side wind sped.
  2. Indirect; oblique; incidental. a side issue; a side view or remark
    • Hooker The law hath no side respect to their persons.
  3. (UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) Wide; large; long, pendulous, hanging low, trailing; far-reaching.
    • Laneham His gown had side sleeves down to mid leg.
  4. (Scotland) Far; distant.
etymology 3 From Middle English side, syde, from Old English sīde. See above.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (UK dialectal) Widely; wide; far.
  • Desi, dies, ides
sidebang Alternative forms: side bang
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, US) A hairstyle that consists of long hair brushed forward over one eye, similar to a fringe haircut, but worn on one side only.
  • beadings
  • debasing
sideboob Alternative forms: side boob, side-boob
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The view of the bared breast of a woman, as seen from the side, either by design or accident.
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sideboy {{wikipedia}} etymology From side + boy.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical) One of an even-numbered group of seamen posted in two rows on the quarterdeck when a visiting dignitary boards or leaves the ship, historically to help (or even hoist) him aboard.
  2. (US, colloquial) A small dresser; a drinks cabinet.
    • 1940, Raymond Chandler, Farewell, My Lovely, Penguin 2010, p. 125: He had a nice breath. Haig and Haig at least. ‘You've been at the sideboy again,’ I said.
    • 1989, Larry Collins (writer), Maze: More discreetly set on the sideboy were bottles of vodka and whiskey and a box of Cuban cigars.
    • 2000, Robert William Bruce, Power Vortex: A coffeepot was perking on a sideboy and the two men poured a cup of Kona before sitting down in comfortable leather covered chairs.
  • disobey
sidekick {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An assistant to another person, especially to one's superior or more important person.
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Synonyms: acolyte, wingman
side out
phrase: side out
  1. (slang, baseball, dated, 19th c.) three outs.
  • outside, Outside
  • tedious
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of sideway
    • 2002, Joseph Brodsky, ‎Cynthia L. Haven, Joseph Brodsky: Conversations, page 169: And he was just taking byways and sideways, travelling in the peripheries of civilization, yeah?
    • 2006, David Haskell, Roundabout the USA, page 103: In time our way merged into a throng of cars flowing here and there on the highways and sideways of the north side of Los Angeles.
    • 2013, Pitou van Dijck, The Impact of the IIRSA Road Infrastructure Programme on Amazonia, page 81: Expansion of economic activities resulted in the construction of a so—called fishbone pattern of roads and sideways.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Moving or directed toward one side. Giving Mary a sideways glance, he said,…. He gave the ball a sideways kick.
  2. (informal) Positioned sideways with a side to the front. There was a stack of papers in front of each seat at the table, but each stack was sideways.
  3. (informal) Neither moving upward nor moving downward. Once we get out of this sideways economy, our figures will more accurately reflect what we're truly capable of.
  4. (chiefly, US, colloquial) Not as planned; towards a worse outcome. We realized the project could go sideways very quickly if we didn't get the sales and marketing people on our side.
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  5. (usually with "with", informal) In conflict (with); not compatible (with). He was constantly getting sideways with his boss till he got fired.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. With a side to the front. exampleHe builds houses sideways, with the front door on the side.
  2. Towards one side. exampleA bishop moves only diagonally; a rook, only sideways, forward, and back.  {{nowrap}}
    • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} “A tight little craft,” was Austin’s invariable comment on the matron;{{nb...}}. ¶ Near her wandered her husband, orientally bland, invariably affable, and from time to time squinting sideways, as usual, in the ever-renewed expectation that he might catch a glimpse of his stiff, retroussé moustache.
  3. Askance; sidelong.
  4. (informal) Neither upward nor downward. exampleThe economy has been moving sideways for several months now.
  • waysides
side whiskers
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang) sideburns
sidewinder {{rfi}} {{wikipedia}} etymology side + winder. From the sideways, looping manner in which they move.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A North American rattlesnake, {{taxlink}}, that inhabits lowland deserts.
  2. (slang) A person who is untrustworthy and dangerous.
  3. (slang, dated) A heavy swinging blow from the side which disable an adversary.
sidies etymology Diminutive with -ie.
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang) sideburns
etymology 1 A shortened form of signature. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /sɪɡ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A signature, usually when used as a digital signature on emails.
    • 1995, Vince Emery, How to grow your business on the Internet Your sig should ideally be four or five lines long, six or seven at the maximum. Since it will be repeated on hundreds of messages, a long signature wastes bandwidth and is therefore rude.
    • 2004, Brad Hill, Building Your Business with Google For Dummies (page 48) Posting good content is the best way to get people clicking your sig link.
etymology 2 Related to sink.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, dialectal) Urine.
  • GIS, GIs, gis, Igs
siggy etymology Diminutive form of signature.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet, informal) A sig (signature used in posted messages).
Alternative forms: siggie
sight etymology Old English sihþ, from gmw *. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{enPR}}, /saɪt/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (in the singular) The ability to see.
    • Shakespeare Thy sight is young, / And thou shalt read when mine begin to dazzle.
    • Milton O loss of sight, of thee I most complain!
  2. The act of seeing; perception of objects by the eye; view. to gain sight of land
    • Bible, Acts i. 9 A cloud received him out of their sight.
  3. Something seen.
    • 2005, Lesley Brown (translator), (author), Sophist, :
    • He's a really remarkable man and it's very hard to get him in one's sights; …
  4. Something worth seeing; a spectacle. You really look a sight in that silly costume!
    • Bible, Exodus iii. 3 Moses said, I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
    • Spenser They never saw a sight so fair.
  5. A device used in aiming a projectile, through which the person aiming looks at the intended target.
  6. A small aperture through which objects are to be seen, and by which their direction is settled or ascertained. the sight of a quadrant
    • Shakespeare their eyes of fire sparking through sights of steel
  7. (now colloquial) a great deal, a lot; frequently used to intensify a comparative. a sight of money This is a darn sight better than what I'm used to at home!
    • Gower a wonder sight of flowers
    • 1913, , , "If your mother put you in the pit at twelve, it's no reason why I should do the same with my lad." "Twelve! It wor a sight afore that!"
  8. In a drawing, picture, etc., that part of the surface, as of paper or canvas, which is within the frame or the border or margin. In a frame, the open space, the opening.
  9. (obsolete) The instrument of seeing; the eye.
    • Shakespeare Why cloud they not their sights?
  10. Mental view; opinion; judgment. In their sight it was harmless. {{rfquotek}}
    • Bible, Luke xvi. 15 That which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
Synonyms: (ability to see) sense of sight, vision, (something seen) view, (aiming device) scope, peep sight
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To register visually.
  2. (transitive) To get sight of (something).
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 4 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “I was on my way to the door, but all at once, through the fog in my head, I began to sight one reef that I hadn't paid any attention to afore.”
    exampleto sight land from a ship
  3. (transitive) To apply sights to; to adjust the sights of; also, to give the proper elevation and direction to by means of a sight. exampleto sight a rifle or a cannon
  4. (transitive) To take aim at.
Synonyms: (visually register) see, (get sight of) espy, glimpse, spot, (take aim) aim at, take aim at
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signal box
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A building, typically adjacent to or spanning a railway line, from where signals, points and (sometimes) level crossing are controlled.
Synonyms: (informal) cabin
signaler {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: signaller (UK) etymology {{-er}}
noun: {{en-noun}} (American spelling)
  1. One who signal.
  2. A device that sends a signal.
  • aligners, engrails, inlarges, lasering, realigns, resignal, sanglier, seal ring, slangier
signalize etymology From signal + ize. pronunciation
  • /ˈsɪɡnəlaɪz/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To make signal or eminent; to render distinguished from what is common.
    • Burke It is this passion which drives men to all the ways we see in use of signalizing themselves.
  2. (transitive) To communicate with by means of a signal. a ship signalizes its consort
  3. (humorous or nonstandard) To make something noticeable, different, remarkable or conspicuous, especially by gesticulation.
  4. (nonstandard, transitive) To signal; to indicate the existence, presence, or fact of, by a signal. to signalize the arrival of a steamer
    • Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine And yet... looking here at this bottle which by its number signalized the day when Colonel Freeleigh had stumbled and fallen six feet into the earth, Douglas could not find so much as a gram of dark sediment…
  5. (nonstandard) To install a traffic signal at an intersection that is currently regulated by stop signs.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. In a signal manner; conspicuously
    • 1857, , , Volume the Second, page 10 (ISBN 1857150570) She would have given anything to have kept her colour, but the more she tried to do so the more signally she failed.
  • sallying
  • slangily
signal-to-noise ratio
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (sciences) A figure of merit comparing the strength of a signal carrying information to the noise interfering with it.
  2. (colloquial) A way of describing how much interesting information is included in a message or conversation.
related terms:
  • SNR Abbreviation
  • S/N Abbreviation
signature {{wikipedia}} etymology From French signature, from Latin signatura, future active periphrastic of verb signare, "to sign", from signum, "sign", + -tura, feminine of -turus, future active periphrastic suffix. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈsɪɡnətʃə/, /ˈsɪɡnɪtʃə/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈsɪɡnətʃɚ/, /ˈsɪɡnɪtʃɚ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person’s name, written by that person, used to signify approval of accompanying material, such as a legal contract.
    • {{RQ:WBsnt IvryGtP}} Thus, when he drew up instructions in lawyer language…his clerks…understood him very well. If he had written a love letter, or a farce, or a ballade, or a story, no one, either clerks, or friends, or compositors, would have understood anything but a word here and a word there. For his signature, however, that was different.
  2. The act of sign one's name.
  3. (medicine) That part of a doctor’s prescription containing direction for the patient.
  4. (music) Signs on the stave indicating key and tempo
  5. (printing) A group of four (or a multiple of four) page print such that, when fold, become a section of a book
  6. (computing) A pattern used for match the identity of a virus, the parameter types of a method, etc.
  7. (cryptography) Data attached to a message that guarantees that the message originated from its claimed source.
  8. (figurative) A mark or sign of implication.
    • Richard Bentley (1662-1742) the natural and indelible signature of God, which human souls in their first origin are supposed to be stamped with
    • 1997: Chris Horrocks, Introducing Foucault, page 67, The Renaissance Episteme (Totem Books, Icon Books; ISBN 1840460865) A “signature” was placed on all things by God to indicate their affinities — but it was hidden, hence the search for arcane knowledge. Knowing was guessing and interpreting, not observing or demonstrating.
  9. (mathematics) A tuple specifying the number of coefficients of the same sign in any diagonal form of a quadratic form
  10. (medicine, obsolete) A resemblance between the external character of a disease and those of some physical agent, for instance, that existing between the red skin of scarlet fever and a red cloth; supposed to indicate this agent in the treatment of the disease.
adjective: {{en-adj}} (unusually not comparable)
  1. distinctive, characteristic indicative of identity
    • 2001, Lawrence J. Vale, Sam Bass Warner, Imaging the city: continuing struggles and new directions Consider Las Fallas of Valencia, Spain, arguably the most signature of signature ephemera.
    • 2005, Paul Duchscherer, Linda Svendsen, Beyond the bungalow: grand homes in the arts & crafts tradition Considered the most signature effect of the Tudor Revival style, half-timbering derived its distinctive ...
    • 2005, Brett Dawson, Tales from the 2004-05 Fighting Illini But it was perhaps the most signature shot Williams ever made in an Illinois uniform, a bullying basket in which he used his power to pound Stoudamire, ...
    Rabbit in mustard sauce is my signature dish.
    • 2005: CBS News website, Paul Winchell Dead At Age 82, read at on 14 May 2006 - The inspiration for ’s signature phrase: TTFN, ta-ta for now. The signature route of the airline is its daily flight between Buenos Aires and Madrid.

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