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sike Alternative forms: syke
etymology 1 From the northern form of Old English sīċ (see sitch), from gem. Cognate with Norwegian sik. Compare sheuch.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A gutter or ditch; a small stream that frequently dries up in the summer. The wind made wave the red weed on the dike. bedoven in dank deep was every sike. — A Scotch Winter Evening in 1512
etymology 2 Variant of siche.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (archaic) To sigh or sob.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic) A sigh.
etymology 3 Variant of psych.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang) Indicating that one's preceding statement was false and that one has successfully fooled ("psyched out") one's interlocutor.
  • EIKs, skie
silent policeman
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (AU, informal) a small traffic bollard in the middle of an intersection.
Silent Sam {{was wotd}} {{was wotd}} Alternative forms: silent Sam etymology From silent + Sam. From ante 1920. pronunciation
  • /ˌsaɪlənt ˈsæm/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, sometimes used attributively) A person who seldom or never speaks; a taciturn or unresponsive individual.
    • 1983, "Sam Pierce Hangs Tough," Black Enterprise, vol. 13, no. 8 (Mar.), p. 43: But because Pierce has usually avoided the news media and gone about his work in the quiet behind-the-scenes way that brought him eminence as a top New York City litigator, the press has derisively tagged him "Silent Sam."
    • 2002, , Going, Going, Gone, ISBN 9780802138668, p. 47: Now he threw the Silent Sam treatment on me.
    • 2008, Sara Pope, Team Leader Workbook, ISBN 9781599961330, p. 4-31: It's hard to get input from the Silent Sam even with a direct question—this person just doesn't have anything to say.
    • 2011, Linda Carter Sobell, Mark B. Sobell, Group Therapy for Substance Use Disorders, ISBN 9781609180515, p. 205: With Silent Sam clients it is important for group leaders to make active and continuous efforts to get them involved in the group.
  2. (informal, by extension) A machine, device, etc. which operates without making noticeable sound.
    • 1919, , Tom Swift and His Air Scout, ch. 17: "I've named my new noiseless aeroplane—Army Air Scout—I've named that Silent Sam. Wait until you hear it, or rather, don't hear it, and I think you'll agree with me. Silent Sam for Uncle Sam!"
    • 1977, Richard West, "Reporter: Law and Order," Texas Monthly, vol 5, no. 7 (July), p. 64: Or if you're a coward, there's Silent Sam ($1950), an automated early-warning safety robot flagman.
  3. (informal) A mixed alcoholic beverage, usually containing vodka, a cola soft drink, and other ingredients.
    • 2010, "Silent Sam Mix Cocktail Recipe," (retrieved 20 April 2011): Ingredients: 13 oz vodka, 1 liter cola, (pepsi, coca cola...), 6-10 scoops iced tea. . . . Add all ingredients to a punch bowl.
  • Usage was popularized by the wordless Silent Sam comic strip, created by in 1920. However, there were earlier usages, especially as a nickname for sports celebrities.
silent service
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (military, informal, sometimes, capitalized) The submarine service.
    • 1943 Jan. 7, "News Behind the News," Modesto Bee (US), p. 16: Germany has four times as many subs as when the war started. . . . The number of highly trained men in Berlin's silent service is limited.
    • 1986 Aug. 4, Richard Halloran, "Washington Talk: Speaking Out for the Silent Service," New York Times (retrieved 6 Aug 2012): As befits advocates of the “Silent Service,” the Naval Submarine League keeps a low profile.
    • 2001 Aug. 16, Yuri Zarakhovich, "Will We Ever Know What Sank the Kursk?," Time: A sailor with 33 years experience in the silent service and once a fabled commander of the Northern Fleet nuclear submarines, Chernov contends that the raising operation was intentionally launched as a cover-up to leave the Kursk on the sea floor.
  2. (military, informal, sometimes, capitalized, possibly dated) The navy.
    • 1940 May 17, "[http//,3486853&dq=navy+|+naval+silent-service&hl=en Royal Canadian Navy Growing In Strength]," Ottawa Citizen (Canada), p. 9 (retrieved 7 Aug 2012): In true "silent service" tradition, the Royal Canadian Navy says little about itself.
    • 1945 June 3, "Pacific Seadogs," New York Times (USA), p. SM6: The Navy has long been known as the "silent service," and perhaps none of our naval leaders is as well known to the American public as any one of a number of generals.
    • 1978 July 14, "[http//,3415568&dq=navy+|+naval+silent-service&hl=en Colonel Was Trained To Shoot From Hip]," Montreal Gazette (Canada), p. 5 (retrieved 7 Aug 2012): Since then, the navy has recovered its identity but continues to pride itself on being the Silent Service.
  • Often preceded by the.
silicon {{elements}} {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ˈsɪlɪkən/
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etymology 1 From the stem of Latin silex.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chemistry) A nonmetallic element (symbol Si) with an atomic number of 14 and atomic weight of 28.0855.
Do not confuse silicon with silicone. Synonyms: silicium (obsolete), silicum (obsolete)
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • silane
  • silex
  • silica
  • silicate
  • silice
  • siliceous, silicious
  • silici-
  • silicic
  • siliciferous
  • silicified
  • silicify
  • silicisation, silicization
  • silico-
  • silicone
  • silicosis
  • silicotic
etymology 2 From the silicon chip used in computer
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) computing
  2. (slang) computer processor
  3. abbreviation of silicon chip
silk {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English silk, sylk, selk, selc, from Old English sioloc, seoloc, seolc. The immediate source is uncertain; it probably reached English via the Baltic trade routes (cognates in Old Norse silki (> Danish silke, Swedish silke), Russian шёлк 〈šëlk〉, obsolete Lithuanian zilkaĩ), all ultimately from ll sēricus, from Latin sericus, from Ancient Greek σηρικός 〈sērikós〉, ultimately from an Oriental language (represented now by e.g. Chinese 〈sī〉). Compare Seres. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /sɪlk/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) A fine fiber excreted by the silkworm or other arthropod (such as a spider). The silk thread was barely visible.
  2. A fine, soft cloth woven from silk fibers. I had a small square of silk, but it wasn't enough to make what I wanted.
  3. That which resembles silk, such as the filiform style of the female flower of maize.
  4. The gown worn by a Senior (i.e. Queen's/King's) Counsel.
  5. (colloquial) A Senior (i.e. Queen's/King's) Counsel.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Made of silk.
    • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} It was flood-tide along Fifth Avenue; motor, brougham, and victoria swept by on the glittering current; pretty women glanced out from limousine and tonneau; young men of his own type, silk-hatted, frock-coated, the crooks of their walking sticks tucked up under their left arms, passed on the Park side.
  2. Looking like silk, silken.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To remove the silk from (corn).
    • 2013, Lynetra T. Griffin, From Whence We Came (page 17) While we shucked and silked the corn, we talked, sang old nursery rhymes …
  • skil
silk-stocking etymology Among men, silk stockings were formerly worn chiefly by the rich.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (archaic, derogatory) Elegantly dressed; aristocratic; luxurious.
    • Jefferson [They] will find their levees crowded with silk-stocking gentry, but no yeomanry; an army of officers without soldiers.
silly {{wikipedia}} etymology Phonetic variant of seely. From Old English , (attested only in form ġesǣliġ), from Proto-Germanic *sēlīgaz, from *sēliz. Cognate with West Frisian sillich, Dutch zalig, German selig. More at sely. pronunciation
  • /ˈsɪli/
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  • {{rhymes}}
  • Homophones: Scilly
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (archaic) Pitiable; deserving of compassion; helpless.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, A silly man, in simple weedes forworne, / And soild with dust of the long dried way; / His sandales were with toilesome trauell torne, / And face all tand with scorching sunny ray …
    • Edmund Spenser (c.1552–1599) After long storms … with which my silly bark was tossed sore.
    • Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) The silly buckets on the deck.
  2. (obsolete) Simple, unsophisticated, ordinary; rustic, ignorant.
    • 1633, John Donne, "Sapho to Philænis": For, if we justly call each silly man / A little island, What shall we call thee than?
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) A fourth man, in a silly habit.
    • John Milton (1608-1674) All that did their silly thoughts so busy keep.
  3. Foolish, showing a lack of good sense and wisdom; frivolous, trifling. exampleI made a very silly mistake. exampleThe newlyweds called each other silly little nicknames.
  4. Irresponsible, showing irresponsible behaviors. exampleWhat a silly kid, he's always getting in trouble.
  5. Semiconscious, witless. exampleThe impact of the ball knocked him silly.
  6. (cricket) Of a fielding position, very close to the batsman; closer than short.
  7. (pejorative) Simple, not intelligent, unrefined. exampleJohn was prosperous and his helpless, silly father could be of no use to him.
    • 1935, [ George Goodchild] , Death on the Centre Court, 1 , ““Anthea hasn't a notion in her head but to vamp a lot of silly mugwumps. She's set her heart on that tennis bloke…whom the papers are making such a fuss about.””
  8. (obsolete) Happy; fortunate; blessed. {{rfquotek}}
  9. (obsolete) Harmless; innocent; inoffensive.
    • Edmund Spenser (c.1552–1599) The silly virgin strove him to withstand.
    • Robynson (More's Utopia) A silly, innocent hare murdered of a dog.
  • ("playful"): pious
Synonyms: ("playful"): charming
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A silly person; a fool.
  2. (colloquial) A mistake.
  • silyl
  • slily
  • yills
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) silly person
silo {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈsaɪloʊ/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology From Spanish silo, of unclear origin. See silo for more.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (agriculture) A vertical building, usually circular, used for the storage of grain.
  2. (military) An underground bunker used to hold missile which may be launched.
  3. (pejorative, management) An organizational unit that has poor interaction with other units, negatively affecting overall performance.
    • 2006, Albert J. Mills, Jean C. Helms Mills, John Bratton, Organizational Behaviour in a Global Context, Page 116 A silo is created when members in one department or function do not interact with those in another department, even though there might be operational benefits to the interaction.
  4. (pejorative, informatics) A structure in the information system that is poorly networked with other structures, with data exchange hampered. Our networking is organized in silos, and employees lose time manually transferring data.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To store in a silo.
Synonyms: ensile
  • Lois, oils, soil
silverback {{wikipedia}} etymology silver + back.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (zoology) A mature male of the several species of chimpanzee and gorilla, so named from the silver streak on its back.
  2. (informal, by extension) A dominant older human male.
    • New Perspectives on Historical Writing, page 145, Peter Burke, 2001, “Courageously (given Ranger's status in Mugabe's Zimbabwe, and his status as a silverback in North Atlantic Academe), Kriger dissents from their arguments.”
    • The Bishop goes to the University, page 121, Andrew W. Greeley, 2003, “"Have you met Professor Dolan, Bishop Blackie?" an Asian child with a beatifically innocent face asked me. "Is he that skinny silverback ape down on the first floor?"”
    • Cape Wind: Celebrity, Energy, Class, Politics, and the Battle for Our Energy Future, page 127, Wendy Williams, 2008, “"That's peanuts. I'm talking about real money," replied [Senator] Ted [Kennedy], who in fact had no idea how much the developer would pay, as that detail had yet to be worked out. / "What are your other main reasons?" Liedell asked, persisting with the old silverback.”
silver foil
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: silver, foil
  2. (informal) aluminium foil
Synonyms: silver paper
silver frost
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (meteorology, colloquial) A deposit of glaze on trees, shrubs, and other exposed objects during a fall of freezing precipitation; the product of an ice storm.
Synonyms: (meteorology) silver thaw
silver plate
etymology 1 Silver plate. Alternative forms: silver-plate
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A thin layer of silver applied to the surface of an object made of another metal.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. alternative spelling of silver-plate.
etymology 2 From "silver plate", from the similarity of this phrase to the French s'il vous plaît
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (humorous) eye dialect of s'il vous plaît
silvertail {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang) A wealthy person.
silver thaw
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (meteorology, colloquial) Silver frost.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A simulation. They played a flight sim all afternoon.
  • IMS
  • ism, ISM
  • MIS
SIM card {{wikipedia}} etymology SIM (i.e. Subscriber Identity Module) + card
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a small, removable card smaller than a credit card which stores mobile phone data such as contact names and numbers, SMSs and security information
similarish etymology similar + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Somewhat similar.
simoleon Alternative forms: simolean etymology Most commonly accepted theory: late 19th century macaronic blend of simon, from simon (17th-century British slang), and Napoleon. Perhaps from New Orleans. Also see simony.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) One dollar. That'll cost you five simoleons.
    • about 1900, O. Henry, "T'ought I was lyin' about the money, did ye? Well, you can frisk me if you wanter. Dat's the last simoleon in the treasury. Who's goin' to pay?"
noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang) plural of simoleon
  2. (slang) Money.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, British, dated, 17th-19th C.) Sixpence coin.
related terms:
  • simoleon
  • simony
  • Minos
simp etymology Abbreviation of simpleton. pronunciation
  • (UK) /sɪmp/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A simple person lacking common sense; a fool or simpleton.
    • 1946, Mezz Mezzrow and Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Payback Press 1999, p. 59: Pimps and simps would fall in from here and there and everywhere, grabbing thousand-dollar advances from the madames and leaving their lady friends in pawn.
    • 1981, Philip K. Dick, Valis, ISBN 0553205943, p. 105 Groggy from my nap I turn on the TV and try to watch.... Morons and simps appear in the screen, drool like pinheads and waterheads....
  • imps , imps.
  • MIPS
  • PMSI
  • spim
simple etymology From Middle English simple, from Old French and French simple, from Latin simplex, from sim- + plicare: see same and fold. Compare single, singular, simultaneous, etc. pronunciation
  • /ˈsɪmpəl/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Uncomplicated; taken by itself, with nothing added.
    • {{RQ:EHough PrqsPrc}} “[…] We are engaged in a great work, a treatise on our river fortifications, perhaps? But since when did army officers afford the luxury of amanuenses in this simple republic?{{nb...}}
    • 2001, Sydney I. Landau, Dictionaries: The Art and Craft of Lexicography, Cambridge University Press (ISBN 0-521-78512-X), page 167, There is no simple way to define precisely a complex arrangement of parts, however homely the object may appear to be.
  2. Without ornamentation; plain.
  3. Free from duplicity; guileless, innocent, straightforward.
    • John Marston (poet) (ca.1576-1634) Full many fine men go upon my score, as simple as I stand here, and I trust them.
    • Lord Byron (1788-1824) Must thou trust Tradition's simple tongue?
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) To be simple is to be great.
  4. Undistinguished in social condition; of no special rank.
  5. (now rare) Trivial; insignificant.
    • 1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte d'Arthur, Book X: ‘That was a symple cause,’ seyde Sir Trystram, ‘for to sle a good knyght for seyynge well by his maystir.’
  6. (now colloquial) Feeble-minded; foolish.
  7. (heading, technical) Structurally uncomplicated.
    1. (chemistry) Consisting of one single substance; uncompounded.
    2. (mathematics) Of a group: having no normal subgroup.
    3. (botany) Not compound, but possibly lobed.
    4. (zoology) Consisting of a single individual or zooid; not compound. examplea simple ascidian
    5. (mineralogy) Homogenous.
  8. (obsolete) Mere; not other than; being only.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) A medicine…whose simple touch / Is powerful to araise King Pepin.
Synonyms: (consisting of a single part or aspect) onefold, (having few parts or features) plain, See also
  • (having few parts or features) complex, compound, complicated
  • (uncomplicated) subtle
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (medicine) A preparation made from one plant, as opposed to something made from more than one plant.
    • {{RQ:Flr Mntgn Essays}}, II.37: I know there are some simples, which in operation are moistening and some drying.
    • Sir W. Temple What virtue is in this remedy lies in the naked simple itself as it comes over from the Indies.
  2. (obsolete) A term for a physician, derived from the medicinal term above.
  3. (logic) A simple or atomic proposition.
  4. (obsolete) Something not mixed or compounded.
    • Shakespeare compounded of many simples
  5. (weaving) A drawloom.
  6. (weaving) Part of the apparatus for raising the heddle of a drawloom.
  7. (Roman Catholic) A feast which is not a double or a semidouble.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, intransitive, archaic) To gather simples, ie, medicinal herbs.
  • {{rank}}
  • impels
simples etymology See simple. Interjection from advertisement for the price comparison service .
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of simple
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of simple
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (UK, slang) That is easy to understand.
    • 2009 April 14, "jamie powell" (username), "Re: Satellite dish acquires wrong 'bird'", in, Usenet: There is no potential for takeover of the state of Pakistan by a rag-tag bunch of trumped-up nobodies with battered guns, and therefore no threat to the west. simples!
    • 2010 March 25, Mike Jones, "Re: And Jeremiah The Prophet Said:", in and other newsgroups, Usenet: So you claim. So, put whatcha got on the table, or STFU. ¶ Simples.
    • 2010 August 10, "AC" (username), "Re: HD coverage of the Nascar Race and Indy car races makes the F1 coverage look like Crap", in, Usenet: Look, the vast majority of F1 viewers don't have HD TV. There for the numbers don't add up. When they do, you will have your HD TV. Simples.
simpleton etymology simple + -ton (as in a surname). Abbreviation of simple Tony or Anthony (Grose 1811 Dictionary). Compare French simplet, Italian semplicione.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) A simple person lack common sense.
    • {{quote-news }}
    • 2001 — , Artemis Fowl, p 92 The stranger had crossed a sacred line. He had mentioned the men's mothers. Nothing could get him out of a beating now, even the fact that he was obviously a simpleton. Albeit a simpleton with a good vocabulary.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) simplification
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang) The television programme .
    • 2000, "TomServo", Twin Peaks spoof in Simps! (discussion on Internet newsgroup
  • spims
Simpsonian etymology Simpson + ian
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or pertaining to , an American animated sitcom.
quotations: {{seeCites}}
sin bin {{wikipedia}} etymology Apparently Australian. Usage of the panel van sense is influenced by the US trade name. Alternative forms: sin-bin, sinbin
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sports) An area where player are temporarily confined while suspended from play following an infringement of the rules of the game.
    • 1985, Nicholas Mosely, Accident, ISBN 0916583112, page 27, Tommy Parker had propped Sporting World against a waterjug. He said “I see Max de Woppa spent three minutes in the sin bin.”
    • 2005, Rachel K. Gibson, The Trouble With Valentine's Day, page 46, Rob received a minor penalty, and as he served out his three minutes kicking back in the sin bin, Chinook′s sniper, Pierre Dion, shot from the point.
    • 2012: Phil Gifford, Rivals: Sports Greatest Battles, HarperCollins Australia, [http//|%22sin+bins%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=zpg2g1kV33&sig=KdtQRamu_ZznBktblFPGSw3Hvxs&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ARVKUInFJIuUiQfS6YCoBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22sin%20bin%22|%22sin%20bins%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], At the play-the-ball Tamati and Dowling started jostling each other, then punching. The referee sent them to the sin bin.
  2. (figurative) A place for transgressor, a limbo; a place of confinement or self-isolation after (or in order to avert) transgressions; a state of disgrace.
    • 2001, Kersti Seksel, Training Your Cat, [http//|%22sin+bins%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22sin+bin%22|%22sin+bins%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=a4qS82XNfX&sig=OEFo0AflZEPUi6sQXXmFOeINVWc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=QS9KULXiHoqjiQfst4HADg&redir_esc=y page 33], Punishment can be positive or negative, but both decrease the chances of the behaviour recurring. Positive punishment adds something unpleasant: yelling at the cat, for example. Negative punishment removes something pleasant: your company, for example, by putting the cat in the sin bin (see Chapter 9).
    • 2004, Richard Giles, Creating Uncommon Worship: Transforming the Liturgy of the Eucharist, [http//|%22sin+bins%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=fHJnMb0Rj7&sig=7C3T-ZBmV7hPlFKKxSFNw1gVKz0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=uyBKUPXKG7GQiAe32YCoAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22sin%20bin%22|%22sin%20bins%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 88], Where habitual offenders remain, we can be sure that any sin-bin will not be populated by members of any one racial group alone.
    • 2004, Allison James, Adrian James, Constructing Childhood: Theory, Policy and Social Practice, Palgrave MacMillan, [http//|%22sin+bins%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=eaHJ1jU0-5&sig=PGysRy_3MUYsGmNULA7aKp3G184&hl=en&sa=X&ei=uyBKUPXKG7GQiAe32YCoAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22sin%20bin%22|%22sin%20bins%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=falsepage 130], As the pupils who would be the occupants of the sin-bins would not be counted as having been excluded from schools - being simply rehoused within them - the Government′s policy to cut the number of permanent school exclusions would remain intact, while the complaints made by teachers could also be addressed.
    • 2004, John Campbell, Margaret Thatcher, Volume 2: The Iron Lady, [http//|%22sin+bins%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=F8owSx5eAz&sig=m6tfocnaCfq8N24ILZ6mQP3AptQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=uyBKUPXKG7GQiAe32YCoAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22sin%20bin%22|%22sin%20bins%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 214], She was obliged to leave him in the sin-bin for four years.
  3. (US, Australia, colloquial) A panel van with a bed installed in the back.
    • 1972 September, What′s New: Rolling pad, , [http//|%22sin+bins%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=OJ_xJZ9tV8&sig=oHUn3UbN_TDH3EPLeX338yKBEv0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=uyBKUPXKG7GQiAe32YCoAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22sin%20bin%22|%22sin%20bins%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 70], There′s a shag rug on the floor, padding on walls and ceiling, and, for extra comfort, a 600-gallon water bed. The Sin Bin is made by Chinook Mobilodge.
    • 1978 March, Jim Elder, Camp/work conversion, , [http//|%22sin+bins%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=6Vmr4Oezao&sig=-d2yewMcrJ92OH8czKGpzzWcolQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=uyBKUPXKG7GQiAe32YCoAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22sin%20bin%22|%22sin%20bins%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 110], There is the shag-carpet “sin bin” with its fur upholstery, mahogany paneling, stained glass, color TV and chrome sidepipes.
    • 1986 January, A Family Affair, , [http//|%22sin+bins%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=uYbPMS0IwK&sig=gAHusLdXUbylvxP9Qqpc8yyU5zI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=uyBKUPXKG7GQiAe32YCoAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22sin%20bin%22|%22sin%20bins%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 86], Unlike the full-size Sin Bins of the ′70s, the new family vans are cute, comfortable and carlike.
Synonyms: (area for confinement of players while suspended) penalty box, (place for transgressors), (van installed with bed) fuck truck, passion wagon
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (sports, usually in passive voice) to send a player off temporarily following an infringement of a rule in a game
since when
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  1. (colloquial, rhetorical question, sarcastic) From what time. exampleSince when do I need your permission?
    • {{RQ:EHough PrqsPrc}} “[…] We are engaged in a great work, a treatise on our river fortifications, perhaps ? But since when did army officers afford the luxury of amanuenses in this simple republic ? Does your Vehmgerichte pay such extraordinary expenses ?{{nb...}}
  2. (colloquial, rhetorical question, sarcastic) (as an interrogative interjection) Used to indicate doubt as to the veracity of a statement. exampleThe moon is made of green cheese. Since when?
Sin City
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  1. (slang) a common nickname for Las Vegas, Nevada, USA [ Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce] "Sin City" The Independant, [ Lovin' Las Vegas: A wild week in Sin City] LA Times , [ Lake Las Vegas, Sin City's alter ego] BBC News, [ Legalising prostitution in Las Vegas] ABC News, [ PRIMETIME: Sin City - Las Vegas: 9/15/03]
  2. (dated, slang) Sin City and Sin Cité a nickname for prohibition-era Montreal, Quebec, Canada McGill Tribune, [ Sex and the City: Montreal as the hotbed of smut] New York Post, [ MONTREAL - FRENCH FLAIR IN OUR OWN BACK YARD] Rough Guide, [ Montreal Travel Guide (Montreal, Quebec)]
sinecure {{was wotd}} {{wikipedia}} etymology From Latin sine + cūrā in . pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈsaɪ.nɪ.kjʊə/, /ˈsɪ.nɪ.kjʊə/
  • (US) /ˈsaɪ.nə.kjʊɹ/, /ˈsɪn.ə.kjʊɹ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A position that require no work but still gives an ample payment; a cushy job.
    • 2009, Michael O'Connor, Quadrant, November 2009, No. 461 (Volume LIII, Number 11), Quadrant Magazine Limited, page 25: In the ADF, while the numbers vary between the individual services and the reserves, employment is no comfortable sinecure for any personnel and thus does not appeal to many people, male or female, especially under current pay scales.
    • 2010, Mungo MacCallum, The Monthly, April 2010, Issue 55, The Monthly Ptd Ltd, page 28: However, by the time of World War II (if not before), politics, at least in the federal sphere, was no longer regarded as sinecure for well-intentioned part-timers.
    • Macaulay A lucrative sinecure in the Excise.
  2. An ecclesiastical benefice without the care of soul.
    • Ayliffe, Universal Dictionary of Science, page 402 A sinecure is a benefice without cure of souls.
  • (a position that requires no work but still gives a payment) position
related terms:
  • sinecurism
  • sinecurist
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To put or place in a sinecure.
  • insecure
sing etymology From Middle English singen, from Old English singan 'to sing, recite', from Proto-Germanic *singwaną (compare West Frisian sjonge, Low German singen, Dutch zingen, German singen, Danish synge, Swedish sjunga), from Proto-Indo-European *sengʷh- (compare wlm deongl, Ancient Greek ὀμφή 〈omphḗ〉, Prakrit saṃghai 'to say, teach'). pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /sɪŋ/
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  • (US) {{enPR}}, /siːŋ/
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  1. (intransitive) To produce musical or harmonious sound with one’s voice. "I really want to sing in the school choir." said Vera.
  2. (transitive) To express audibly by means of a harmonious vocalization.
  3. (transitive) To soothe with singing. to sing somebody to sleep
  4. (intransitive, slang) To confess under interrogation.
  5. To make a small, shrill sound. The air sings in passing through a crevice.
    • Alexander Pope O'er his head the flying spear / Sang innocent, and spent its force in air.
  6. To relate in verse; to celebrate in poetry.
    • Prior Bid her … sing / Of human hope by cross event destroyed.
related terms:
  • song
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A gathering for the purpose of singing song.
    • 2002, Martha Mizell Puckett, ‎Hoyle B. Puckett, Memories of a Georgia Teacher: Fifty Years in the Classroom (page 198) Some of the young folks asked Mrs. Long could they have a sing at her home that Sunday afternoon; she readily agreed, telling them to come early, bring their songbooks, and have a good sing.
  • gins, ings, nigs, sign, snig
sing along
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A gathering or event where participants are encouraged to add their voices in song.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic) To sing some music while someone else is singing or playing the same piece of music or while it is being broadcast or performed If you know the song, sing along with me!
  • Sing along is often construed with either of the prepositions with or to.
  • ganglions
Singapore {{wikipedia}} etymology Via Malay singa and pura, from Sanskrit सिंहपुर 〈sinhapura〉, a compound of सिंह 〈sinha〉 and पुर 〈pura〉. pronunciation
  • /ˈsɪŋəpɔː/, /ˈsɪŋgəpɔː/, /sɪŋəˈpɔː/
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  1. An island city state in Southeast Asia located off the southernmost tip of the Malay Peninsula; a former British crown colony. Official name: Republic of Singapore.
Synonyms: Lion City (informal), S'pore (abbreviation)
Singapore daisy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, AU) Sphagneticola trilobata, a ground covering weed
singing pronunciation
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noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of using the voice to produce musical sound; vocalizing.
  2. (informal) Disclosing information, or giving evidence about another.
  3. (US) A gathering for the purpose of singing shape note songs.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (music) Smooth and flowing.
  2. (of a kettle etc.) Producing a whistling sound due to the escape of steam.
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of sing
  • signing
single {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English sengle, from Old French sengle, from Latin singulus a diminutive from the root in simplex. See simple, and compare singular. pronunciation
  • /ˈsɪŋɡl/
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  1. Not accompanied by anything else; one in number.
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    exampleCan you give me a single reason not to leave right now?   The vase contained a single long-stemmed rose.
  2. Not divide in parts. exampleThe potatoes left the spoon and landed in a single big lump on the plate.
  3. Designed for the use of only one. examplea single room
  4. Performed by one person, or one on each side. a single combat
    • Milton These shifts refuted, answer thy appellant, … / Who now defies thee thrice to single fight.
  5. Not married, and also not dating. exampleForms often ask if a person is single, married, divorced{{,}} or widowed. In this context, a person who is dating someone but who has never married puts "single". exampleJosh put down that he was a single male on the dating website.
    • Shakespeare Grows, lives, and dies in single blessedness.
    • Dryden Single chose to live, and shunned to wed.
  6. (botany) Having only one rank or row of petal.
  7. (obsolete) Simple and honest; sincere, without deceit.
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Luke XI: Therefore, when thyne eye is single: then is all thy boddy full off light. Butt if thyne eye be evyll: then shall all thy body be full of darknes?
    • Shakespeare I speak it with a single heart.
  8. Uncompounded; pure; unmixed.
    • I. Watts Simple ideas are opposed to complex, and single to compound.
  9. (obsolete) Simple; foolish; weak; silly.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher He utters such single matter in so infantly a voice.
Synonyms: (not accompanied by anything else) lone, sole, (not divided in parts) unbroken, undivided, uniform, (not married) unmarried
  • (single) divorced, married, widowed
related terms:
  • singly
related terms:
  • singular
  • singularity
  • singularly
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A 45 RPM vinyl record with one song on side A and one on side B.
  2. A popular song release and sold (on any format) nominal on its own though usually has at least one extra track. The Offspring released four singles from their most recent album.
  3. One who is not married. He went to the party, hoping to meet some friendly singles there.
  4. (cricket) A score of one run.
  5. (baseball) A hit in baseball where the batter advances to first base.
  6. (dominoes) A tile that has different values (i.e., number of pip) in each end.
  7. A bill valued at $1. I don't have any singles, so you'll have to make change.
  8. (UK) A one-way ticket.
  9. (Canadian football) A score of one point, awarded when a kicked ball is dead within the non-kicking team's end zone or has exited that end zone. Officially known in the rules as a rouge.
  10. (tennis, chiefly, in the plural) A game with one player on each side, as in tennis.
  11. One of the reeled filament of silk, twisted without doubling to give them firmness.
  12. (UK, Scotland, dialect) A handful of glean grain.
  • (45rpm vinyl record) album
  • (one who is not married) married
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To identify or select one member of a group from the others; generally used with out, either to single out or to single (something) out. Eddie singled out his favorite marble from the bag. Yvonne always wondered why Ernest had singled her out of the group of giggling girls she hung around with.
    • Francis Bacon dogs who hereby can single out their master in the dark
  2. (baseball) To get a hit that advances the batter exactly one base. Pedro singled in the bottom of the eighth inning, which, if converted to a run, would put the team back into contention.
  3. (agriculture) To thin out.
    • 1913, , , Paul went joyfully, and spent the afternoon helping to hoe or to single turnips with his friend.
  4. (of a horse) To take the irregular gait called singlefoot.
    • W. S. Clark Many very fleet horses, when overdriven, adopt a disagreeable gait, which seems to be a cross between a pace and a trot, in which the two legs of one side are raised almost but not quite, simultaneously. Such horses are said to single, or to be single-footed.
  5. To sequester; to withdraw; to retire.
    • Hooker an agent singling itself from consorts
  6. To take alone, or one by one.
    • Hooker men … commendable when they are singled
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single entendre etymology Based on the term double entendre.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) A phrase that has a single, often bawdy, meaning and is lacking in subtlety or cleverness.
    • 1985, Sheila Davis, The Craft of Lyric Writing‎, page 273 She unintentionally wrote single entendre: a lyric about a dinner menu.
    • 1998, Rob Des Hotel & Dean Batali, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "" Larry: Man, Oz, I would love to get me some of that Buffy and Willow action, if you know what I mean. Oz: Good job, Larry. You've really mastered the single entendre.
    • 1999, Thomas Patrick Doherty, Pre-code Hollywood: Sex, Immorality, and Insurrection in American Cinema, page 182 In truth Mae West didn't utter many double entendres; her specialty was the single entendre, the blunt come-on and right-between-the-eyes proposition.
    • 2004, Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram‎, page 58 I told him once he's so shallow that the best he can manage is a single entendre. The funny thing is, he liked it.
    • 2005, Kieran Scott, Jingle Boy‎, page 74 "…She is the best kisser I've ever had in my life and I've had plenty, if ya know what I mean...."Scooby had definitely mastered the single entendre.
related terms:
  • double entendre
sing-song pronunciation
  • /ˈsɪŋsɒŋ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A kind of verse with a simple, song-like rhythm.
  2. (colloquial, often, childish) An informal gathering involving group singing.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Like a piece of sing-song; simple and melodic, song-like.
    • July 18 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club The Dark Knight Rises Though Bane’s sing-song voice gives his pronouncements a funny lilt, he doesn’t have any of the Joker’s deranged wit, and Nolan isn’t interested in undercutting his seriousness for the sake of a breezier entertainment.
Alternative forms: singsong
sing-songy etymology sing-song + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Sing-song.
    • 1996, John M Coggeshall, Carolina Piedmont country They sounded, Ms. Gilchrist explained, more sing-songy because they were sung in a wavering voice.
    • 2005, John L Jackson, Real Black: adventures in racial sincerity The group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony had a sincere sing-songy style in the 1990s. Just as interesting is the current attempt by artists like Ja Rule and Nelly...
    • 2008, C C Payne, Something to Sing About "Hello, Mrs. Peck," Mama called out, in her sing-songy way, like she always did.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, colloquial) An individual who favors the coming of the technological singularity, and plans to accelerate the process of achieving this historical event when the time nears.
sinicization Alternative forms: sinicisation
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. the act of sinicizing
  2. (computing) Enabling a computer to work with Chinese characters.
Synonyms: sinification
sink etymology From Old English sincan, from Proto-Germanic *sinkwaną, from Proto-Indo-European *sengʷ-. Compare Western Frisian sinke, Low German sinken, Dutch zinken, German sinken, Danish synke, Swedish sjunka. pronunciation
  • (UK) /sɪŋk/
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  1. (heading, physical) To move or be moved into something.
    1. (ergative) To descend or submerge (or to cause to do so) into a liquid or similar substance. exampleA stone sinks in water.  {{nowrap}}
    2. (transitive) To cause a vessel to sink, generally by making it no longer watertight.
    3. (transitive) To push (something) into something. exampleThe joint will hold tighter if you sink a wood screw through both boards.  {{nowrap}}
    4. (transitive, snooker, pool, billiards, golf) To pot; hit a ball into a pocket or hole.
      • 2008, Edward Keating, The Joy of Ex: A Novel My sister beats me at pool in public a second time. I claim some dignity back by potting two of my balls before Tammy sinks the black.
  2. (heading, social) To diminish or be diminished.
    1. (intransitive, figuratively, of the human heart) To experience apprehension, disappointment, dread, or momentary depression.
      • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula, Ch.21: I tried, but I could not wake him. This caused me a great fear, and I looked around terrified. Then indeed, my heart sank within me. Beside the bed, as if he had stepped out of the mist, or rather as if the mist had turned into his figure, for it had entirely disappeared, stood a tall, thin man, all in black.
      • 1915, Thornton Burgess, The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel, Little, Brown, and Company, Boston; ch. XIX: Peter's heart sank. "Don't you think it is dreadful?" he asked.
    2. (transitive, figurative) To cause to decline; to depress or degrade. exampleto sink one's reputation
      • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) If I have a conscience, let it sink me.
      • Nicholas Rowe (writer) (1674-1718) Thy cruel and unnatural lust of power / Has sunk thy father more than all his years.
    3. (intransitive) To demean or lower oneself; to do something below one's status, standards, or moral.
      • 2013, Steve Henschel, Niagara This Week, April 24: Who would sink so low as to steal change from veterans?
  3. (transitive, slang, archaic) To conceal and appropriate.
    • Jonathan Swift (1667–1745) If sent with ready money to buy anything, and you happen to be out of pocket, sink the money, and take up the goods on account.
  4. (transitive, slang, archaic) To keep out of sight; to suppress; to ignore.
    • William Robertson (historian) (1721-1793) a courtly willingness to sink obnoxious truths
  5. (transitive, slang, archaic) To reduce or extinguish by payment. exampleto sink the national debt
  6. (intransitive) To be overwhelmed or depressed; to fail in strength.
    • {{rfdate}} William Shakespeare (1564-1616) I think our country sinks beneath the yoke.
    • {{rfdate}} John Mortimer (1656?-1736) Let not the fire sink or slacken.
  7. (intransitive) To decrease in volume, as a river; to subside; to become diminished in volume or in apparent height.
    • {{rfdate}} Joseph Addison (1672-1719) The Alps and Pyreneans sink before him.
    • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} It was not far from the house; but the ground sank into a depression there, and the ridge of it behind shut out everything except just the roof of the tallest hayrick. As one sat on the sward behind the elm, with the back turned on the rick and nothing in front but the tall elms and the oaks in the other hedge, it was quite easy to fancy it the verge of the prairie with the backwoods close by.
  • Use of the past participle form sunk for the past sank is not uncommon, but considered incorrect.
Synonyms: (descend into a liquid, etc) descend, go down, (submerge) dip, dunk, submerge, (cause (ship, etc) to sink), (push (something) into)
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  1. A basin used for holding water for washing
  2. A drain for carrying off wastewater
  3. (geology) A sinkhole
  4. A depression in land where water collects, with no visible outlet
  5. A heat sink
  6. A place that absorbs resources or energy
  7. (baseball) The motion of a sinker pitch Jones' has a two-seamer with heavy sink.
  8. (computing, programming) An object or callback that capture event; event sink
  9. (graph theory) a destination vertex in a transportation network
Synonyms: (basin) basin, washbasin
  • (destination vertex) source
related terms:
  • countersink
  • everything but the kitchen sink
  • inks, skin
verb: {{head}}
  1. (nonstandard, informal) en-past of sink
  • deinks, kendis, kindes
sinker etymology {{-er}}. pronunciation
  • /sɪŋkə(ɹ)/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (fishing) A weight used in fishing to cause the line or net to sink Hook the sinker onto this loop.
  2. (baseball) Any of several high speed pitches that have a downward motion near the plate; a two-seam fastball, a split-finger fastball, or a forkball His sinkers drew one ground ball after another.
  3. (construction) Sinker nail, used for framing in current construction.
  4. (slang) A doughnut; a biscuit.
    • 1926, Edna Ferber, Show Boat: A Novel, page 268 Of the fifty cents, ten went for the glassy shoeshine; twenty-five for a boutonniere; ten for coffee and sinkers at the Cockeyed Bakery.
    • 2001, Gerald J. Prokopowicz, All for the Regiment: The Army of the Ohio, 1861-1862, page 148 they improvised by opening a barrel of flour and letting each man dump in a quart of water (if he had one) and scoop out a handful of dough to bake into rock-hard sinkers.
    • 2003, William W. Johnstone, Ambush Of The Mountain Man, page 168 "Gonna have to dip them sinkers in coffee to get 'em soft enough to chew," Jason Biggs said, grinning.
  5. In knitting machines, one of the thin plates, blades, or other devices, that depress the loops upon or between the needles.
  • inkers, reskin
sir {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English sir, from Old French sire, from Latin senior, from senex. Compare sire, signor, seignior, señor. pronunciation
  • (UK) /sɜː(ɹ)/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /sɝ/, [sɚ]
  • (Scotland) /sɪr/
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noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A man of a higher rank or position.
  2. An address to a military superior of either sex. Yes sir.
  3. An address to any male, especially if his name or proper address is unknown. Excuse me, sir, could you tell me where the nearest bookstore is?
  4. (colloquial) Used as an intensifier after yes or no.
related terms:
  • senior
  • senex
  • senate
  • sire
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To address (someone) using "sir". "Right this way, sir." — "You don't have to sir me." He sirred me! Do I really look that masculine just because I'm wearing a tie?
coordinate terms:
  • ma'am, mam
  • IRS
  • ISR
  • RSI
siree Alternative forms: sirree
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, Used as an intensifier, emphatically, after yes or no) Sir. .
    • "Are you coming?"
    • "Yes, siree."
sirocco Alternative forms: siroc (rare), scirocco etymology From Italian scirocco = the south-east wind; (from Arabic)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A hot southerly to southeasterly wind on the Mediterranean that originates in the Sahara and adjacent North African regions.
    • 1814 George Gordon, Lord Byron But come, the board is spread ; our silver lamp / Is trimm'd, and heeds not the sorocco's damp.
  2. A draft of hot air from an artificial source of heat.
    • (colloquial) 2003, , , Random House, ISBN 0609608444, page 113: In the hearth at the north wall a large fire cracked and lisped, flushing the room with a dry sirocco that caused frozen skin to tingle.
Synonyms: ghibli (in Libya), jugo (in Croatia), marin (in France)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. colloquial alternative spelling of siree Sir. .
sis pronunciation
  • /sɪs/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Shortened form of sister.
Synonyms: (sister) sissy
  • ISS
  • SSI
siss etymology Of imitative origin; compare Dutch sissen, German zischen.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, colloquial) A hiss noise.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US, colloquial, intransitive) To make a hissing sound. a flatiron hot enough to siss when touched with a wet finger
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) The act or process of sissify.
sissy pronunciation
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etymology 1 Extended form of sis, from sister
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, colloquial) An effeminate boy or man.
  2. (pejorative, colloquial) A timid, unassertive or cowardly person.
  3. (BDSM) A male crossdresser who adopts feminine behaviours.
  4. (colloquial) Sister.
Synonyms: (timid or cowardly person) mama's boy, pansy, nancyboy, (effeminate boy) janegirl
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (pejorative) Effeminate.
    • 2000, , (revised edition), Bantam Books, ISBN 0-553-58176-7, page 173: … she’d decided the wrapping paper was too feminine. It had a viney pattern that wasn’t anything sissier than you’d see in the old Arabian Nights illustrations. But Richard might think they were flowers.
  2. (pejorative) Cowardly.
etymology 2 Likely onomatopoetic, perhaps related to French pipi. Compare piss; wee-wee.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish, colloquial) Urination; urine.
    • 1997, Clark Moustakas, Relationship Play Therapy, 9781461630449, page 160, “She has to make. She has to make sissy.”
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (childish, colloquial) To urinate.
    • 1979, Rhea Kohan, Save Me a Seat, 9780060124281, page 25, “Joan recognized her as the girl whose son had sissied on her pants. She was still dabbing at her pantleg with a damp paper towel.”
sissyfication etymology sissy + fication
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, pejorative) The process of making or becoming weaker, gentler, or less masculine.
    • 1938, Conservation, Volumes 4-5, page 15: The spirit of adventure is supplanted by "all the comforts of home". The progressive "sissyfication" of the American people is abetted.
    • 2001, Andrei S. Markovits & Steven L. Hellerman, Offside: Soccer and American Exceptionalism, Princeton University Press (2001), ISBN 9781400824182, page 96: Indeed, with the internationalization and “Europeanization” of the NHL, many Canadian traditionalists feared the game's violent character might change and that hockey's internationalization might mean its “sissyfication.”
    • 2013, Allen Barra, Mickey and Willie: Mantle and Mays, the Parallel Lives of Baseball's Golden Age, Crown Archetype (2013), ISBN 9780307716484, page 354: I showed Mickey Mantle, Johnny Unitas, Wilt Chamberlain, Ray Nitschke, Oscar Robertson and Don Meredith, all in one television spot crying for their Maypo and shedding likelike tears, here was the ultimate sissyfication of the American macho sports hero, {{…}}
Synonyms: pussyfication
sister etymology From Middle English sister, suster, partly from Old Norse systir and partly from Old English swustor, sweoster, sweostor; both from Proto-Germanic *swestēr, from Proto-Indo-European *swésōr. Cognate with Scots sister, syster, Western Frisian sus, suster, Dutch zuster, German Schwester, Swedish syster, Icelandic systir, Gothic 𐍃𐍅𐌴𐍃𐍄𐌰𐍂 〈𐍃𐍅𐌴𐍃𐍄𐌰𐍂〉, Latin soror, Russian сестра 〈sestra〉, Lithuanian sesuo, Albanian vajzë, Sanskrit स्वसृ 〈svasr̥〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈsɪstə/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈsɪstɚ/
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  1. A daughter of the same parents as another person; a female sibling. My sister is always driving me crazy.
  2. A female member of a religious community; a nun. Michelle left behind her bank job and became a sister at the local convent.
  3. (British) A senior or supervisory nurse, often in a hospital.
  4. Any woman or girl with whom a bond is felt through common membership of a race, profession, religion or organization, such as feminism. Connie was very close to her friend Judy and considered her to be her sister.
    • 1985, Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin, Who’s Zoomin' Who?: [song title] Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves
  5. (slang) A black woman.
  6. (informal) A form of address to a woman.
    • What’s up, sister?
  7. A woman, in certain labour or socialist circles; also as a form of address.
    • Thank you, sister. I would like to thank the sister who just spoke.
  8. (attributively) Of or relating to an entity that has a special or affectionate, non-hierachical relationship with another. sister publication, sister city, sister projects
  9. (usually, attributively) In the same class. sister ships, sister facility
Synonyms: (woman or girl with the same parents) (slang) sis, (member of religious community) nun, sistren, (supervisory nurse) charge nurse, (informal: form of address to a woman) darling, dear, love, (US) lady, miss, (northern UK) pet, (attributively, having a special relationship) affiliate, affiliated
  • (with regards to gender) brother
  • (daughter of common parents) sibling
related terms:
  • sororal
  • sistren and nun
  • brethren or brother
  • friar and frater or father
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, construction) To strengthen (a supporting beam) by fastening a second beam alongside it. I’m trying to correct my sagging floor by sistering the joists.
  2. (obsolete, transitive) To be sister to; to resemble closely. {{rfquotek}}
  • {{rank}}
  • resist, resits, risest
sister act
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) group sex involving two or more sister (female sibling of each other) with one or more men.
sisterfucker etymology sister + fucker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (India, vulgar, offensive) An extremely undesirable person.
    • 1992, Rohinton Mistry, Such a long journey: That reminded Gustad. ‘Have you noticed how much it stinks, and all the mosquitoes?’ ‘Naturally, with the amount of piss that flows there. Every sisterfucker with a full bladder stops by the wall and pulls out his lorri.’
    • 1998, Amal Chatterjee, Across the Lakes, page 46: ‘That’s what I said, sisterfucker!’ Chandu played the five of clubs.
    • 2007, Vivek Iyer, Whiskey's Secret, page 93: For their benefit Vishalam uttered a Hindi obscenity— Bhenchooth! Sisterfucker! And the sisterfucker fled. Vishalam collapsed on the threshold.
  2. (literally, vulgar) One who engages in incestuous sex with their sister.
    • 1999, Julie Coleman, Love, Sex, and Marriage: A Historical Thesaurus p 180
  • inbreeder
  • sibling fucker
Synonyms: sister humper
related terms:
  • motherfucker
  • fatherfucker
  • brotherfucker
  • sisterfucking
  • sisterfuck
sistergirl etymology sister + girl
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (African American Vernacular English) sister, girlfriend (as a familiar term of address between women).
    • 2003, Shonell Bacon, Draw Me with Your Love "We are all so proud of you, sistergirl! Couldn't you tell at graduation?"
    • 2004, Janette McCarthy Louard, Portrait of Deception Dianne, where would I be without my sistergirl support group?
sister humper
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (euphemistic, slang, usually pejorative) Sisterfucker
    • 2000, bubba jones, Re: How the Serbs Abuse History (WSJ - May 7, 1999) Group: soc.culture.yugoslavia Or what a red-neck sister humper like you thinks
    • 2004, William Wolfe, Re: BUY HEC SHORT ECGI Group: Stay stupid, little webtv sister humper.
    • 2005, alt-ctrl-del, Re: OK GROUP WANT ME TO LEAVE THEN READ(Gator)(Alt) Group: You wont get another congrats from me you redneck cattle fucking sister humper.
sisters before misters
proverb: {{head}}
  1. A woman should prioritize her female friends over her boyfriend or husband.
    • 2008, Nancy Robards Thompson, Accidental Princess, Harlequin (2008), ISBN 9780373249312, page 110: When Sophie was a teenager, she and her friends had a "sisters before misters" pact, meaning they'd never date each other's exes and they'd never let a guy come between their friendship.
Synonyms: chicks before dicks (vulgar)
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sitch etymology Shortening of situation, with phonetic respelling.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) situation
    • 2005, Lois H. Gresh & Robert E. Weinberg, The science of supervillains, John Wiley and Sons, page 1: So here's the sitch: Bruce Banner and Betty Ross Talbot are falling from roughly eight miles high.
    • 2007, George Bennett Fain, Pandora's Box,, page 159: Valeska had insisted 'she' stay, sleep where it was definitely safe. Just 'til the sitch could be settled.
    • 2008, Editors of TEEN magazine, Teen Uncover the Real You: A Quiz Book, Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., page 2: Maybe one is more introspective and the other is more outgoing. Whatever the sitch, you two balance each other out.
sit-down money Alternative forms: sit down money pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, colloquial, informal) Welfare or social security, including unemployment benefit, especially such welfare paid to Aboriginal.
    • 1999, Australian Senate, Parliamentary Debates (Hansard), page 9151, I have given you examples of some of the reforms we have already put in place which are helping young people, for example, to find jobs instead of getting sit-down money, which they got from Labor.
    • 2005 February 21, Australian Broadcasting Commission, The World Today, transcript, A discussion paper being released today canvasses a number of proposals to transform the payments that have become known as ‘sit-down money’.
    • 2006, Australian House of Representatives, Parliamentary Debates (Hansard), Volume 279, page 63, So far be it from wanting sit-down money. More and more Indigenous leaders are telling me that that is what has destroyed their society.
    • 2010, Andrew Stojanovski, Dog Ear Café, ReadHowYouWant, Large Print 16pt, page 105, Meanwhile everyone else in your family is unemployed, getting $400 a fortnight unemployment benefit (which the Warlpiri describe as ‘sit-down money’). As soon as your $600 is in your hand, there are eight people who you are obliged to distribute it to, in the same way that you would have to distribute a kangaroo. When they get paid, they also have to share their sit-down money with each of the others.
sit on
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic) To block, suppress, restrain. The chairman sat on the report until the end of the legislative session.
  2. (idiomatic, informal) To restrain (a person). He started to act up, but she sat on him.
  3. (idiomatic) To take no action on I sent the boss my proposal three weeks ago and he's been just sitting on it.
  4. To be a member of He sits on the appropriations committee.
  • Tinos
sitter etymology {{-er}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /sɪtə(ɹ)/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone who sit, e.g. for a portrait.
  2. One employed to watch or tend something; the general form of babysitter, housesitter, petsitter, etc. It's always such a pain to get a sitter on short notice.
  3. A broody hen.
  4. (football and snooker, slang) A very easy scoring chance. How could he miss that? It was an absolute sitter!
    • 2015, Paul Wilson, Alexis Sánchez sends Arsenal into final after gallant Reading go the distance (in The Guardian, 18 April 2015) Aaron Ramsey, a hero last season against Hull, missed a sitter at the end of normal time that would have made the game safe and must have been relieved that his shot against a post from four yards out did not cost his side more dearly.
  • Tetris
  • titers
  • titres
  • triste
sit upon
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, colloquial) buttocks, bottom
  2. small, portable cushion for sitting on
six bob a day tourist etymology A reference to the soldiers′ pay of six shilling a day. Alternative forms: five bob a day tourist (rare), six-bob-a-day tourist
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, historical, slang) An Australian soldier serving in World War I, especially a volunteer.
    • 1956, F. Eric Hitchins, Tangled Skeins: A Historic Survey of Australian Wool Marketing, [http//|%22six+bob+a+day+tourists%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22six+bob+a+day+tourist%22|%22six+bob+a+day+tourists%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=swNlYl64oI&sig=1a2DveinPowI0U3OVWEqF1s1lGo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=g5FMUNvVL4yWiQfg_4HgCQ&redir_esc=y page 81], On brief leaves, as a “six-bob-a-day tourist” during World War I, one had learned to love London,….
    • 1985, Janet Morice (editor), Six Bob a Day Tourist, Penguin, ISBN 9780140069495.
    • 1990, Bill Gammage, The Broken Years: Australian soldiers in the Great War, [http//|%22six+bob+a+day+tourists%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22six+bob+a+day+tourist%22|%22six+bob+a+day+tourists%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=qUczMFzKyW&sig=isr6zVkEwPptcZ3VMFlbwP30DKQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=g5FMUNvVL4yWiQfg_4HgCQ&redir_esc=y page 11], He professed no sense of right, no statement of belief: he was a ‘six bob a day tourist’, and even in that age of conviction he was not alone.
Six Counties
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (Ireland, informal) The six Irish counties that form .
  • The term is almost exclusively used by the nationalist community, and is sometimes considered derogatory by the unionists.
sixes and nines etymology From the appearance like the numerals 6 and 9.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Curly quotation marks, as opposed to straight quotes.
six foot Alternative forms: 6-foot, six-foot etymology
  • From the nominal 6 feet between two adjacent railway lines
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rail transport, colloquial) the area between the closest rails of two parallel standard gauge railway lines, regardless of the actual distance.
    • 1882, George P. Neele, Atlantic and American Notes, M'Corquodale & co., limited, Page 54 Cattle are of course liable to stray on the line at these level crossings, but to prevent this, barriers are placed on each side of the crossing, and a deep trench is made in the four-foot and six-foot spaces, [...]
    • 1981, Ludovic Henry, Coverly Kennedy, A Book of Raliway Journeys, Fontana, Page 21 He fell wildly, his head struck the carriage footboard with tremdous force, and he bounded into the six-foot, where he rolled over and over [...]
    • 2007 September 5, Rail Accident Investigation Branch, Rail Accident Report 33/2007: Fatal collision between a Super Voyager train and a car on the line at Copmanthorpe 25 September 2006, Rail Accident Investigation Branch, Deptarment for Transport, Page 20 As a result, all three wheelsets derails to the six foot side.
sixish etymology six + ish
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Any time close to six o'clock.
six o'clock
noun: {{head}}
  1. The start of the seventh hour of the day in both the 12-hour and the 24-hour clock.
  2. (informal) A position behind (horizontal clock orientation) or below (vertical clock orientation).
Synonyms: (start of seventh hour) 6:00
six pack Alternative forms: six-pack pronunciation
  • /ˈsiksˌpæk/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A set of six beverage cans or bottles sold together, especially of beer. If you're thirsty, there's a six pack in the kitchen.
    • 2005, Jim Jackson, Walking Together Forever: The Broad Street Bullies, Then and Now, page 120 “We try to create the illusion that we just cruise up into the booth, crack open a six pack, and just schmooze while we watch the game,” Clement explains.
  2. (bodybuilding) A highly-developed set of abdominal muscle.
    • 2005, Les Hewitt, The Power of Focus for College Students, page 133 Are you going to tone your arms, build a six pack or tighten up the old rump?
    • 2009, Jorge Cruise, Body at Home: A Simple Plan to Drop 10 Pounds, page 182 Depending on your genetics, you might develop abs that have deep grooves, or you might get a great six pack yet your abs appear "flat" like Brad Pitt's n the movie Fight Club.
  3. (US, informal, law enforcement) A selection of six photograph, including one of a suspect, used for idenitification by a witness.
    • 2008, John N. Ferdico, Henry F. Fradella, & Christopher D. Totten, Criminal Procedure for the Criminal Justice Professional, 10th ed., page 792 Officer Bahash then obtained a copy of Grant's photograph from the DMV and placed it in a six-person photograph array (also known as a “six-pack”) for possible identification by two earlier victims.
related terms:
  • eight pack
  • twelve pack
six-pack Alternative forms: sixpack, six pack
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A collection of six of something bundled together, especially six can.
  2. (bodybuilding) A highly developed set of abdominal muscle.
    • 2010, Bill Geiger, "6-pack Abs in 9 Weeks", Reps! 17:106 Developing a cut-up six-pack doesn't happen by accident unless you've got exceptional genetics…
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, dated) A revolver which holds six cartridge.
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Synonyms: six-gun
sixteen {{number box}} {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: Symbolic: 16, Roman: XVI etymology From Middle English, from Old English siextīene, sixtēne, sixtyne, from Proto-Germanic *sehstehun. Compare West Frisian sechstjin, Dutch zestien, German sechzehn, Danish seksten. pronunciation
  • (next word stressed near the first syllable) (UK) /ˈsɪk.stiːn/
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  • (next word stressed after the first syllable) (UK) /ˌsɪkˈstiːn/
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numeral: {{head}}
  1. The cardinal number occurring after fifteen and before seventeen, represented in Arabic numerals as 16 and in Roman numerals as XVI.
    • {{RQ:Grey Riders}} Venters began to count them—one—two—three—four—on up to sixteen.
related terms:
  • Ordinal: sixteenth
sixteenish etymology sixteen + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Of about sixteen years of age.
sixtyish etymology sixty + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Of about sixty years of age.
sixtysomething Alternative forms: sixty-something
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable, colloquial) A person aged between 60 and 69 years. These same three sixtysomethings are always lounging by the cabana.
Synonyms: sexagenarian
numeral: {{head}}
  1. Between sixty and seventy.
six ways to Sunday Alternative forms: six ways from Sunday, six ways till Sunday etymology {{rfe}}
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) thoroughly, completely, in every way imaginable
    • 1997, G.I. Jane (movie): He will fry me six ways to Sunday for sending daughters and young mothers off to war -- and, quite possibly, for bringing them back in body bags.
    • 2004, Frasier (episode 11.13): If she chips so much as one of my porcelain piggies, I'll sue her six ways to Sunday!
    • 2010, Regina Perry, I Kissed a Girl: A Virgin Lesbian Anthology: Her eyes were the color of bittersweet chocolate, made up in that sexy smudged I've-just-been-fucked-six-ways-from-Sunday look that I could never emulate without looking like I'd been sucker punched.
    • 2013, Scandal (season 3, episode 2), President Fitzgerald Grant, speaking to Vice President Sally Langston: I'm not lying, Sally. I had Jeannine Lock six ways to Sunday all over this White House. And after some soul searching on all of our parts I think my constituents are going to forgive me for it
size pronunciation
  • /saɪz/
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etymology 1 From Middle English sise, from Old French cise, sise, aphetism of assise "assize". Displaced native Middle English grete (from Old English grietu).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, outside, dialects) An assize. {{defdate}}
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, page 560: I know you would have women above the law, but it is all a lye; I heard his lordship say at size, that no one is above the law.
  2. (obsolete) A regulation determining the amount of money paid in fees, taxes etc. {{defdate}}
  3. (obsolete) A fixed standard for the magnitude, quality, quantity etc. of goods, especially food and drink. {{defdate}}
    • Shakespeare to scant my sizes
  4. The dimensions or magnitude of a thing; how big something is. {{defdate}}
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    exampleThe size of the building seemed to have increased since I was last there.
  5. (obsolete) A regulation, piece of ordinance. {{defdate}}
  6. A specific set of dimension for a manufactured article, especially clothing. {{defdate}} exampleI don't think we have the red one in your size.
  7. (graph theory) A number of edges in a graph. {{defdate}}
  8. (figurative, dated) Degree of rank, ability, character, etc.
    • L'Estrange men of a less size and quality
    • Jonathan Swift the middling or lower size of people
  9. An instrument consisting of a number of perforate gauge fastened together at one end by a rivet, used for measuring the size of pearl. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To adjust the size of; to make a certain size.
    • Francis Bacon a statute … to size weights, and measures
  2. (transitive) To classify or arrange by size.
    1. (military) To take the height of men, in order to place them in the rank according to their stature.
    2. (mining) To sift (pieces of ore or metal) in order to separate the finer from the coarser parts.
  3. (transitive, colloquial) To approximate the dimensions, estimate the size of.
  4. (intransitive) To take a greater size; to increase in size.
    • John Donne Our desires give them fashion, and so, / As they wax lesser, fall, as they size, grow.
  5. (UK, Cambridge University, obsolete) To order food or drink from the buttery; hence, to enter a score, as upon the buttery book.
  6. (transitive, obsolete) To swell; to increase the bulk of. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 2 Old Italian sisa, a glue used by painters, shortened from assisa, from assiso, to make to sit, to seat, to place.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A thin, weak glue used as primer for paper or canvas intended to be painted upon.
  2. Wallpaper paste.
  3. The thickened crust on coagulated blood.
  4. Any viscous substance, such as gilder's varnish.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To apply glue or other primer to a surface which is to be painted.
size queen
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang, LGBT, sometimes, pejorative) Someone who is attract to men with larger than average penis.
  • queen-size
  • squeeze in
size zero
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (US) The smallest size of women's clothing
  2. (informal) A woman with a very low body mass index, especially such a fashion model
  • zeroizes
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) initialism of social justice warrior
skaapie etymology Afrikaans
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa, slang, derogatory) softie; weakling; pussy
    • 1983, Belinda Bozzoli, Town and countryside in the Transvaal (page 162) Boys from the various slum areas would form themselves into gangs of 'laaities' (those wise in the ways of the city as opposed to naive, newly arrived 'skaapies' from the countryside) and would jealously protect their areas of operation.
    • 2008, Dianne Stewart, Durban in a word: contrasts and colours in eThekwini (page 71) The so-called 'good guys' who obeyed society's (and family) rules were brushed aside as 'skaapies', not worthy of even a modicum of acceptance.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical) alternative form of skeg
  2. (slang) alternative spelling of scag heroin.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland, pejorative) alternative spelling of scanger
skank pronunciation
  • /skæŋk/
  • (US) /skeɪŋk/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 {{blend}}. {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any substance that is particularly foul, unhygienic or unpleasant.
etymology 2 {{blend}}. Middle English, meaning frolicsome and often lascivious conduct. {{etystub}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, slang) A lewdly unattractive and disreputable person, often female, especially one with an air of tawdry promiscuity.
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Synonyms: See
etymology 3 Jamaican origin
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A dance performed to ska.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To dance the skank Come on, skank along, it's the skanking song.
etymology 4 Slang word used in Northern England (commonly used through the 1980s).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of cheat a person. That's not a good deal; it's a skank.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To cheat, especially a friend. He shortchanged a partner, leaving him feeling skanked.
skateboard etymology skate + board pronunciation
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noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A narrow, wooden or plastic platform mounted on pairs of wheel, on which one stands and propels oneself by pushing along the ground with one foot.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To use a skateboard.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) schedule, often used by amateur radio operators for a prearranged contact
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  2. (informal, aviation, travel) A flight's schedule, particularly used if there is a "sked change".
  • desk
  • keds
skeet pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Pseudoarchaic alteration of shoot, perhaps with reference to Old Norse skjóta."skeet." Online Etymology Dictionary. Douglas Harper, Historian. 01 Jun. 2013. <>.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) A form of trapshooting using clay targets to simulate birds in flight.
  2. (countable, poker) A hand consisting of a 9, a 5, a 2, and two other cards lower than 9.
  3. (uncountable, slang, African American Vernacular English) The ejaculation of sperm.
  4. (nautical) A scoop with a long handle, used to wash the sides of a vessel and formerly to wet the sail or deck.
  5. (countable, Newfoundland, slang) A loud, disruptive and poorly educated person.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To shoot or spray (used of fluids).
  2. (African American Vernacular English) To ejaculate.
Synonyms: squirt
  • 2004, Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter ‘Aoow! You skeeted the water right in my ear. It’s busted my eardrum. I can’t even hear.’ ‘Gimme here. Let me skeet some.’
  • 2004, Camika C Spencer, He Had It Coming When her left hook connected with his nose, blood skeeted out and stained her top.
etymology 2 {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Manx) news or gossip
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Manx) to look through the front windows of somebody else's house
  • keets
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To be disgusted.
    • {{quote-news}}
related terms:
  • skeeved
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Disgusted; repulsed; creeped out.
    • 2008, Jessica Valenti, He's a Stud, She's a Slut, and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know (page 96) Because while it may not seem like such a big deal if guys want to get all revved up about faux lesbians and skeeved by gay men, the consequences of this kind of prejudice can be more than just a few jokes.
    • {{quote-news}}
related terms:
  • skeevy
skeevies etymology skeevy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, rare) A feeling of nausea or fear The sensation gave Garfield the skeevies. Garfield the movie (book) He definitely gave me “the skeevies.” Peter Jackson releases his adaptation of 'The Lovely Bones, Corsair ‎Feb 1, 2010‎
skeevy etymology From skeeve, coming from Italian schifo.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) disgusting or distasteful
skeeze Alternative forms: skeez
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, mildly, pejorative) A sleazy or sexually promiscuous person.
Synonyms: skank, slut
quotations: {{timeline}}
  • 2000, "Frank Sinatra", in alt.gossip.celebrities Jackie was an old skeeze with an IQ of about 85, and the only thing she was good at, apart from picking out Chanel suits, was lying under men who could put her on easy street.
  • 2002, George Pelecanos, Right as Rain “You talkin’ about that skeeze over in the Yard?”
  • 2005, Bridgett, in In her 1950's ideal, 19 was the age to be married. The entire time they have been dating she has been an adult. DL uses the word teenager for shock value, to make this guy look like a skeeze.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A woman of lax morals.
The term was popular within the hip-hop culture of the 1980s on. Thought to have been first used by Mark Bolton.
skeezicks Alternative forms: skeesicks, skeezacks, skeezecks etymology unknown. pronunciation
  • /ˈskiːzɪks/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A rascal, rogue.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 749: Yash, this strange-lookin old skeezicks is my brother Reef.
skeezy etymology US, 1992. Variant of sleazy, possibly influenced by sketchy; alternatively analyzed as {{blend}}. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Sleazy.
    • 2002, Hanne Blank, Unruly Appetites: Erotic Stories, p. xiv: I jilled while babysitting, having found a cache of skeezy porno mags hidden at the bottom of a big basket of magazines in one family's master bathroom.
    • 2005, Dan Lieberman, Carnegie Mellon University, p. 93: I went to Rock Jungle twice and it was a disaster. It was filled with skeezy old men with bad cologne and gold chains trying to pick up eighteen-year-old girls.
    • 2014 ‎Alena Smith, Tween Hobo: Off the Rails, page 192: The pregnant daughter was yawning a lot and kept trying to lean on her skeezy boyfriend, who was housing a bag of Late Night All-Nighter Cheeseburger Doritos and not really sharing.
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