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skeg {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /skɛɡ/
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etymology From a dialectal term for "a stump, a branch, a wooden peg"; compare Swedish skog. Compare also shaw.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical) A fin-like structure to the rear of the keel of a vessel that support the rudder and protect a propeller.
  2. (nautical) A similar construction on a boat that acts as a keel.
  3. A fin that serves to stabilize a surfboard.
  4. (obsolete) A sort of wild plum. {{rfquotek}}
  5. (obsolete) A kind of oat.
    • 1842, Cuthbert William Johnson, The farmer's encyclopædia, and dictionary of rural affairs SKEGS. A kind of oat, sometimes cultivated as a crop in Nottinghamshire. It is the Avena stipiformis of Linnaeus.
  6. (Australia, slang) A surfer; a person who leads a surfing lifestyle.
  • kegs
skell Alternative forms: skel etymology
  • From skeleton, describing the often skeletal appearance of drug users.
  • Alternatively, from skellum or skelder ("to beg in the streets"). Used by , 1599.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, US, New York) a homeless person, especially one who sleeps in the New York subway. Did you see those two skells lying in the doorway?
  2. (slang, US, New York) (informal police jargon) A male suspicious person or crime suspect, especially a street person such as a drug dealer, pimp or panhandler. (Compare scumbag.) Popularized on the American TV police drama NYPD Blue.
Synonyms: See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To fall off or fall over She went skelling over on the ice.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nonstandard, childish, dialect or humorous) A skeleton.
    • 1882, John Devenish Hoppus, Riverside papers But it were talked on as 'ow 'ee found old Nobes and 'is missus' skellingtons a-sittin' bolt upright in them two chairs, but I doan't know so much 'bout that...
    • 1902, Railway Mission, London, Railway signal: or, Lights along the line Mary led the way, muttering as she went, "I thought this was a decent house, but lawks! there's a skellington in every cupboard."
    • 2004, Faith Richardson, Fay Lapka Richardson, Dark Is a Color "They were pictures of skellingtons." "Skeletons," I corrected her without thinking.
skelter etymology Compare helter-skelter.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial, with "away" or "off") To run off helter-skelter; to hurry; to scurry.
    • Alfred Russel Wallace, The Malay Archipelago It was evident that Europeans seldom came here, for numbers of women skeltered away as I walked through the village …
skeptopathy etymology skeptic + -pathy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Pathological skepticism; an irrational belief that a phenomenon must be false merely because it is unusual.
sketch {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: scetch etymology From Dutch schets, from Italian schizzo, from Latin schedium, from Ancient Greek σχέδιος 〈schédios〉, from σχεδόν 〈schedón〉, from ἔχω 〈échō〉. Compare scheme. pronunciation
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make a brief, basic drawing. I usually sketch with a pen rather than a pencil.
  2. To describe briefly and with very few details. He sketched the accident, sticking to the facts as they had happened.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A rapidly executed freehand drawing that is not intended as a finished work, often consisting of a multitude of overlapping lines.
    • {{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.{{nb...}}. Ikey the blacksmith had forged us a spearhead after a sketch from a picture of a Greek warrior; and a rake-handle served as a shaft.
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  2. A rough design, plan, or draft, as a rough draft of a book.
  3. A brief description of a person or account of an incident; a general presentation or outline.
  4. A brief, light, or unfinished dramatic, musical, or literary work or idea; eg. a short, often humorous or satirical scene or play, frequently as part of a revue or variety show, a skit; or, a brief musical composition or theme, especially for the piano; or, a brief, light, or informal literary composition, such as an essay or short story.
  5. (informal) An amusing person.
  6. (slang, Ireland) Keeping sketch: to keep a lookout.
related terms:
  • sketchbook
  • sketchy
  • German: Sketch
sketchy etymology sketch + y pronunciation
  • /ˈskɛtʃi/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Roughly or hastily laid out; intended for later refinement. The first draft included a sketchy design.
  2. Resembling a comedy sketch, of sketch quality.
  3. (slang) Of questionable or doubtful quality. The sketchy repair job did not look like it would hold.
  4. (slang, of a person) Suspected of taking part in illicit or dishonorable dealings. Because he is so sketchy, I always think that he is up to something.
  5. (slang, of a person) Disturbing or unnerving, often in such a way that others may suspect them of intending physical or sexual harm or harassment. Jack is so sketchy, I think he's stalking me.
Synonyms: dicey, dodgy, seedy, shady
related terms:
  • sketch
sketti Alternative forms: s'ghetti etymology Representing a simplified pronunciation of "spaghetti" that removes the complex consonant cluster /sp/.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish, nonstandard) spaghetti
Synonyms: pasghetti
skew-whiff Alternative forms: skew whiff, skewiff, squewiff etymology Probably from askew pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈskjuː.(w)ɪf/
  • (AU) /ˈskjuː.(w)ɪf/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, Australia, colloquial) Askew; lopsided, not straight. I hung up that picture, but it looks skew-whiff to me.
    • 1971, Blackwood′s Magazine, Volume 309, [http//|most+skew-whiff%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22more|most+skew-whiff%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=kVxnCC5c51&sig=aelLeQg73KINy3PBC277IIbZPSg&hl=en&sa=X&ei=N6BMUKuwLbGUiQfwx4CYCQ&redir_esc=y page 497], “…I′ve just been looking up at them and it seems to me that Cassiopeia′s Chair is a bit more skew-whiff than usual. Either it′s been moved or we′re heading the wrong way.”
    • 1984, , Volume 286, Part 1, [http//|most+skew-whiff%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22more|most+skew-whiff%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=sQPh9NsCbo&sig=HpSRcNtyPqqUp54r3JqIXT3YYlE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=N6BMUKuwLbGUiQfwx4CYCQ&redir_esc=y page 87], I nudged him to remember what was surely the best day of his life—when he had walked serenely through the milling throng, moist-eyed, and sheepish grin more skew-whiff than ever, in the starling-shrieking, jabbering cockpit of that tumbledown stadium at Delhi on Christmas Eve in 1981.
    • 1997, University of Tasmania, Australian Literary Studies, Volume 18, page 199, His genially skew-whiff posture for the camera may be intended to deflect easy attempts to get an angle on him.
    • 1999, Alan Wall, The Lightning Cage, [http//|most+skew-whiff%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22more|most+skew-whiff%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=Epcqd6mU1y&sig=nXSdIzaCeBf9lb2lCh_IB9o7Vak&hl=en&sa=X&ei=N6BMUKuwLbGUiQfwx4CYCQ&redir_esc=y page 4], Johnson replied, with a shake of his massive head so vigorous that his ill-fitting wig became even more skew-whiff:….
    • 2005, , , Bloomsbury Publishing, paperback edition, 401, He wasn′t wearing shoes or a jacket and tie, and his front stud was undone, so that the white collar stood up skew-whiff.
    • 2009, Charles Rawlings-Way, Meg Worby, Lindsay Brown, Paul Harding, Central Australia: Adelaide to Darwin Lonely Planet, page 112, In a gorgeous old stone-fronted house at a skew-whiff angle to the road, this main-street, mainstream eatery serves big breakfasts, pizzas, burgers, lasagne, focaccias, bruschetta and salads.
    • 2009, Justine Vaisutis, Australia, Lonely Planet, page 530, The Cat is a large, comfortable space with a great atmosphere and skew-whiff 1950s decor (a Melbourne trademark).
related terms:
  • squiffy
-ski Alternative forms: -sky etymology USA, from Russian -ский 〈-skij〉, perhaps influenced by Russki or other -ski ending terms such as Russian surnames.
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  1. (informal, humorous) Added to a word, name, or phrase to invoke Russianness.
ski bunny
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, skiing) An attractive female at a ski resort, especially one who is more interested in being seen than in skiing.
skidmark {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: skid mark
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A long black mark left on a road surface from the sliding or skidding tires of a motor vehicle that has lost traction.
  2. Any other mark or stain caused by one surface skidding along another. The ladder that slipped left a skidmark across the tile floor. The girl had skidmarks on the knees of her jeans.
  3. (colloquial, humorous, euphemistic) A visible feces stain left on underpants, trousers, or sometimes the toilet bowl.
skid mark {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: skidmark
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A long black mark left on a road surface from the sliding or skidding tires of a motor vehicle that has lost traction.
  2. Any other mark or stain left on a surface from a sliding or rubbing object. The ladder that slipped left a skid mark across the tile floor. The girl had skid marks on the knees of her jeans.
  3. (colloquial, humorous, euphemistic) A visible feces stain left on underpants, trousers, or sometimes the toilet bowl ; the mark of a soiled finger wipe on a surface.
  4. Any burn on the skin caused by scraping the skin against a surface.
skiff {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle French esquif, from Old Italian schifo, from lng *skif, from Proto-Germanic *skipą, from Proto-Indo-European *skei-. Cognate with Old High German skif, Old English scip. More at ship.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small flat-bottomed open boat with a pointed bow and square stern.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 7 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Old Applegate, in the stern, just set and looked at me, and Lord James, amidship, waved both arms and kept hollering for help. I took a couple of everlasting big strokes and managed to grab hold of the skiff's rail, close to the stern.”
  2. Any of various types of boats small enough for sailing or rowing by one person.
  3. (weather) A light wind/rain/snow, etc. exampleA skiff of rain blew into the shed and the two men moved their chairs back.
  4. (slang) Used when referring to anyone (typically rednecks and fishermen) who has a degree of intelligence, but believes they are more than they actually are.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to navigate in a skiff.
etymology 2 Borrowing from Scottish Gaelic sguabag.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (weather, Nova Scotia) a deep blanket of snow covering the ground
skiffy {{wikipedia}} etymology Phonetic spelling of sci-fi and deliberate mispronunciation. pronunciation
  • /ˈskɪfi/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (fandom slang, usually, derogatory or jocular) Low-quality science fiction.
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skill {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /skɪl/
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etymology 1 From Middle English skilen (also schillen), partly from Old English scylian, scielian; and partly from Old Norse skilja; both from Proto-Germanic *skilōną, *skiljaną, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kalǝ-, *(s)kelǝ-. Cognate with Danish skille, Swedish skilja, Icelandic skilja, Dutch schelen.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To set apart; separate.
  2. (transitive, chiefly, dialectal) To discern; have knowledge or understanding; to know how (to).
    • {{rfdate}} Herbert: I can not skill of these thy ways.
  3. (transitive) To know; to understand.
    • Barrow to skill the arts of expressing our mind
  4. (intransitive) To have knowledge or comprehension; discern.
  5. (intransitive) To have personal or practical knowledge; be versed or practised; be expert or dextrous.
  6. (intransitive, archaic) To make a difference; signify; matter.
    • {{rfdate}} Herbert: What skills it, if a bag of stones or gold / About thy neck do drown thee?
    • {{rfdate}} Sir Walter Scott: It skills not talking of it.
Synonyms: (separate) split (call management systems)
etymology 2 From Middle English skill, skille (also schil, schile), from Old English *scile and Old Norse skil, from Proto-Germanic *skilją, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kalǝ-, *(s)kelǝ-. Cognate with Danish skel, Swedish skäl, Dutch verschil and schillen.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Capacity to do something well; technique, ability. Skills are usually acquired or learned, as opposed to abilities, which are often thought of as innate.
    • {{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.
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  2. (obsolete) Discrimination; judgment; propriety; reason; cause. {{rfquotek}}
  3. (obsolete) Knowledge; understanding.
    • John Milton (1608-1674) Nor want we skill or art.
  4. (obsolete) Display of art; exercise of ability; contrivance; address.
    • Thomas Fuller (1606-1661) Richard…by a thousand princely skills, gathering so much corn as if he meant not to return.
Synonyms: ability, talent, See also
related terms:
  • skilled
  • skilful, skillful
  • skillfulness
  • skillset
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, slang) great, excellent
    • 1987, Teresa Maughan, Letters (in Your Sinclair issue 18, June 1987) Well, unfortunately for you, my dearest Waggipoos, I'm much more skill than you!
    • 1991, Wreckers (video game review in Crash issue 88, May 1991) This game is skill. Remember that because it's going to sound really complicated.
    • 1999, "Andy Smith", I am well skill (on Internet newsgroup alt.digitiser) And I am skiller than you.
  • kills
skillo etymology skill + o
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, slang, 1980s-1990s) great, excellent
    • 1988, Dan Dare II (video game review in Your Sinclair issue 27, March 1988) Dan Dare's back, and what a completely skillo follow-up to the original.
    • 1990, Competitions (in Sinclair User issue 94, January 1990) Win A Mountain. Ooops, sorry, that should read win a Mountain Bike - gosh wow a brilliant skillo give away if ever there was.
    • 2001, "Tinman", Lazy and stupid : Help me do my shopping (on newsgroup alt.digitiser) Anyway, I love the Jet Set Radio soundtrack (as well as the game) and in particular the tracks by Guitar Vader. So after a bunch of web browsing I found Guitar Vader are selling their skillo album 'Die Happy' on*{{SIC}}.
skimp etymology {{rfe}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /skɪmp/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To slight; to do carelessly; to scamp.
  2. To make insufficient allowance for; to scant; to scrimp.
  3. To save; to be parsimonious or stingy.
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related terms:
  • skimpily
  • skimpy
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (dated, UK, dialect or US, colloquial) Scanty.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A skimpy or insubstantial thing, especially a piece of clothing.
    • 2007, George Ella Lyon, With a Hammer for my Heart, p. 192: I remembered how fierce it hurt and how it blistered. All that pain from just a skimp of flesh.
  2. (in the plural, colloquial) Underwear.
    • 2007, Zoo Today: While presenting a rundown of the sexiest soap stars in the world in this week's ZOO, Hollyoaks' Gemma Atkinson very kindly stripped down to her skimps herself.
skin {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English skinn, from Old Norse skinn, from Proto-Germanic *skinþą (compare Old English scinn, Dutch schinde, dialectal German Schinde), from Proto-Celtic *skento- (compare Breton skant, Old Irish ceinn), from Proto-Indo-European *skend- (compare Irish scainim, Latin scindo, Sanskrit {{rfscript}}), nasal variant of *skeh₁i-d- 〈*skeh₁i-d-〉. More at shed. pronunciation
  • /skɪn/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) The outer protective layer of the body of any animal, including of a human. He is so disgusting he makes my skin crawl.
  2. (uncountable) The outer protective layer of the fruit of a plant.
  3. (countable) The skin and fur of an individual animal used by humans for clothing, upholstery, etc.
  4. (countable) A congeal layer on the surface of a liquid. In order to get to the rest of the paint in the can, you′ll have to remove the skin floating on top of it.
  5. (countable, computing) A set of resources that modifies the appearance and/or layout of the graphical user interface of a computer program. You can use this skin to change how the browser looks.
  6. (countable, slang) Rolling paper for cigarettes. Pass me a skin, mate.
  7. (countable, slang) {{short for}}
  8. (Australia) A subgroup of Australian aboriginal people; such divisions are cultural and not related to an individual′s physical skin. '''1994''', ''Macquarie Aboriginal Words'', [[w:Macquarie University|Macquarie University]], paperback ISBN 0-949757-79-9, Introduction.
  9. (countable, video games) An alternate appearance (texture map or geometry) for a 3D character model in a video game.
  10. (slang) Bare flesh, particularly bare breast. Let me see a bit of skin.
  11. A vessel made of skin, used for holding liquids.
    • Tennyson skins of wine
  12. (nautical) That part of a sail, when furled, which remains on the outside and covers the whole. {{rfquotek}}
  13. (nautical) The covering, as of planking or iron plates, outside the framing, forming the sides and bottom of a vessel; the shell; also, a lining inside the framing.
Synonyms: (outer covering of living tissue) dermis, integument, tegument, (outer protective layer of a plant or animal) peel (of fruit or vegetable), pericarp, (skin of an animal used by humans) hide, pelt, (congealed layer on the surface of a liquid) film, (subgroup of Australian Aboriginals) moiety, section, subsection
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To injure the skin of. He fell off his bike and skinned his knee on the concrete.
  2. (transitive) To remove the skin and/or fur of an animal or a human.
  3. (colloquial) To high five.
  4. (transitive, computing, colloquial) To apply a skin to (a computer program). Can I skin the application to put the picture of my cat on it?
  5. (UK, soccer, transitive) To use trick to go past a defender.
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  6. (intransitive) To become covered with skin. A wound eventually skins over.
  7. (transitive) To cover with skin, or as if with skin; hence, to cover superficially.
    • Shakespeare It will but skin and film the ulcerous place.
  8. (US, slang, archaic) To produce, in recitation, examination, etc., the work of another for one's own, or to use crib, memoranda, etc., which are prohibited.
  9. (slang, dated) To strip of money or property; to cheat.
Synonyms: (injure the skin of) bark, chafe, excoriate, graze, scrape, (remove the skin of) flay, fleece, flense, scalp
  • inks, sink
skinflick etymology skin from exposed skin or nudity + flick slang for a movie.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A pornographic movie.
skin flick
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, US, slang) A pornographic film.
    • 1970, "The Rich Pornocopia," Time, 16 Nov., Trading is scheduled to begin next month in the shares of another purveyor of erotica, Olympia Press; its latest skin flick, "Barbara," cost $32,000 to make, grossed $11,700 in its second week in Manhattan and is scheduled for national distribution.
related terms:
  • skin-flick (adj.)
skin flute Alternative forms: skinflute
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) A penis.
  • To "play the skin flute" means "to perform fellatio (on a man)", or "(of a man) to masturbate".
skinful etymology skin + ful
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Enough to fill a skin. a skinful of wine
  2. (colloquial) Enough alcoholic drink to cause inebriation. I wasn't thinking straight – I'd had a skinful that night.
    • 1773, , When methodist preachers come down, A-preaching that drinking is sinful, I'll wager the rascals a crown, They always preach best with a skinful.
skin mag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) form of Short form.
skin magazine
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An adult or pornographic magazine.
related terms:
  • skin flick
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of skin
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (Ireland, colloquial, regarding the weather) exceptionally cold
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of removing the skin.
    • David T. Pudlevitcz, Blood of the Dragon I had seen many decapitations and skinnings, impalings and crucifixions …
skinny etymology skin + y, meaning associated with lack of fat or muscle possibly derived from the phrase skin and bones, meaning associated with nudity derived from exposing skin. pronunciation
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  1. (informal) Having little flesh and fat; slim; slender; narrow; thin, generally beyond what looks beautiful. Her recent weight loss has made her look rather skinny than slender
  2. (informal, of food or beverages) Low-fat.
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  3. Naked; nude (chiefly used in the phrase skinny dipping).
    • Solitaire: Double solitaire, page 53, Robert Woodruff Anderson, 1972, “Let's take our clothes oft" and go swimming skinny.”
    • Say my name: the memoirs of Charlie Louie, page 25, Linda Rogers, 2000, “We never swam skinny in the river like the hippy kids on the farm across the railway tracks.”
    • A singular passion: a novel, page 200, Geoffrey Atheling Wagner, 1994, “When I went in again, the desirable alien was in bed with eyelids closed [...], obviously sleeping skinny, to employ her own term for it.”
    • The Governor's Choice, page 20, Weston P. Hatfield, 2007, “with stimulative sybaritic aids ranging from a mountain sunset to a dip — skinny or otherwise — in a heated pool”
    • Measuring Time - By an Hourglass, page 220, Kitty Crockett Robertson, 2008, “She used to swim "skinny" in Sprague's cove in broad daylight, leaving her bathing dress on the float.”
Synonyms: See also
  • See also
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  1. (colloquial) The details or facts; especially, those obtained by gossip or rumor. She called to get the skinny on the latest goings-on in the club.
  2. A state of nakedness; nudity.
    • Mr. Skin's Skincyclopedia, page 34, Mr. Skin, 2004, “Again, she appears nude whilst dipping in the skinny, but this time, instead of being eaten by a shark or a bear, she encounters a Japanese submarine”
    • Wormwood, page 90, Susan Wittig Albert, 2009, “"Nobody would bother peeking these days," she said ruefully, "in bathing suits or in the skinny."”
  3. (informal) A low-fat serving of coffee.
  4. A skinny being.
    • Starship Troopers, page 10, Robert Heinlein, 1959, “"Either a skinny had judged (correctly) that it was worth one of their buildings to try for one of us, or one of my own mates was getting mighty careless with fireworks" .."A congregation in church — a skinny flophouse — maybe even their defense headquarters. All I knew was that it was a very big room filled with more skinnies than I wanted to see in my whole life."”
skinny as a rail
adjective: skinny as a rail
  1. (simile, colloquial) Especially of a person, very skinny. At fifteen, he was already six feet tall and skinny as a rail.
skinnymalink Alternative forms: skinny malink, skinnymalinks
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, informal) A skinny person.
    • 1992, Jeff Torrington, Swing Hammer Swing!, Minerva (1993), ISBN 9780749397470, page 370: Clad in yellow oilskins, and with a bulbous black helmet lodged on his grapefruit-sized head, he looked like a pencil I'd once owned. This skinnymalink was riding an equally emaciated-looking motorbike; {{…}}
    • 2013, Christopher Andreae, Joan Eardley, Lund Humphries (2013), ISBN 9781848221147, page 53: One must remember that not only was loan no skinnymalink but this was the time immediately after the war when rationing still meant a fair amount of hunger.
    • 2013, Betsy Woodman, Love Potion Number 10, Henry Holt (2013), ISBN 9780805099577, page 83: Another skinnymalink, thought Jana. Were all journalists thin by nature, or did chasing after stories keep the pounds off?
skinnymalinks Alternative forms: skinnymalink, skinny malink etymology Uncertain. Possibly from a Scottish children's song, "Skinamalinky Long Leg," about a thin man and his adventures.''Concise Oxford English Dictionary: Luxury Edition'', Oxford University Press (2011), ISBN 9780199601080, [ page 1352]
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, informal) A skinny person.
    • 1995, Emma Donoghue, Hood, Hamish Hamilton (1995), ISBN 9780241134436, page 202: 'But she's a skinnymalinks.' 'She had lots of puppyfat before puberty stretched her out. {{…}}
    • 1995, Wallace Arnold, "Lunch and a little light bulimia with friends", The Independent, 9 April 1995: Too often, the media have played down the positive aspects of bulimia, displaying endless photographs of skinnymalinkses, none of whom look as if they could down more than as{{sic}} dozen tubes of Pringles (haven't you tried them? oh but you must!) without leaving the lavatory in a state of disarray.
    • 1999, Marian Keyes, Last Chance Saloon, Poolbeg (1999), ISBN 0140271805, page 423: 'Oh, Lord, you've turned into a right skinnymalinks,' she noticed. 'Is that because of the boyfriend?'
skinny mirror
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A slightly curved mirror, typically fitted in the fitting rooms of clothing shops, that shows the customer to be thinner than reality.
skint pronunciation
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etymology {{rfe}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, British, Australian) Penniless, poor, impecunious, broke.
  • Cockney rhyming slang for skint is boracic lint, or just boracic.
Synonyms: See also
  • knits, stink, tinks
skintern etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) An intern, often female, who wears very revealing clothing in an office setting where more conservative attire is common.
    • 2006, "Showing off a bit of skin", The Washington Times, 5 July 2006: They’re known as “skinterns.” Those who think “belly shirts” are career wear. If the devil wears Prada, the skinterns wear nada.
    • 2009, Shayna Murphy, "Scantily-clad interns give working girls a bad name", The Daily Collegian (University of Massachusetts Amherst), 28 September 2009: Though “skinterns” do provide ample entertainment and a welcome distraction for many young staffers, the situation actually points to a disturbing reality lurking behind the heavy gilded doors of the Capitol: by appearing scantily-clad in their attire, women self-designate themselves into inferior roles and open themselves up to objectification.
    • 2010, Annie Werner, "Where the 'Skinterns' Should Work", Village Voice, 15 July 2010: Meanwhile, the barely there selection of a skintern might actually cause potential donors on the street to take a second look, and, possibly even open their wallets -- just hopefully not in expectation of sexual favors.
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, UK) Quality of being skint (without money).
skin up
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang) To make a cannabis cigarette.
skip pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /skɪp/
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etymology 1 From Middle English skippen, skyppen, of gmq origin, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *skupjaną, *skupaną, related to Icelandic skopa, Middle Swedish skuppa.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To move by hopping on alternate feet. She will skip from one end of the sidewalk to the other.
  2. (intransitive) To leap about lightly.
    • Alexander Pope The lamb thy riot dooms to bleed to-day, / Had he thy reason, would he skip and play?
    • Nathaniel Hawthorne So she drew her mother away skipping, dancing, and frisking fantastically.
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  3. (intransitive) To skim, ricochet or bounce over a surface. The rock will skip across the pond.
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  4. (transitive) To throw (something), making it skim, ricochet, or bounce over a surface. I bet I can skip this rock to the other side of the pond.
  5. (transitive) To disregard, miss or omit part of a continuation (some item or stage). My heart will skip a beat. I will read most of the book, but skip the first chapter because the video covered it.
    • Bishop Burnet They who have a mind to see the issue may skip these two chapters.
  6. To place an item in a skip.
  7. (transitive, informal) Not to attend (some event, especially a class or a meeting). Yeah, I really should go to the quarterly meeting but I think I'm going to skip it.
  8. (transitive, informal) To leave; as, to skip town, to skip the country.
    • 1998, - I see ya' little speed boat head up our coast She really want to skip town Get back off me, beast off me Get back you flea infested mongrel
  9. To leap lightly over. to skip the rope
  10. To jump rope. The girls were skipping in the playground.
Synonyms: (informal, not to attend) (US) play hookie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A leaping, jumping or skipping movement.
  2. The act of passing over an interval from one thing to another; an omission of a part.
  3. (music) A passage from one sound to another by more than a degree at once. {{rfquotek}}
  4. A person who attempts to disappear so as not to be found.
    • 2012, Susan Nash, Skip Tracing Basics and Beyond (page 19) Tracking down debtors is a big part of a skip tracer's job. That's the case because deadbeats who haven't paid their bills and have disappeared are the most common type of skips.
  5. (radio) skywave propagation
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, British) A large open-topped rubbish bin, designed to be lifted onto the back of a truck to take away both bin and contents. (See also skep.)
  2. (mining) A transportation container in a mine, usually for ore or mullock.
  3. (UK, Scotland, dialect) A skep, or basket.
  4. A wheeled basket used in cotton factories.
  5. (sugar manufacture) A charge of syrup in the pan.
  6. A beehive.
Synonyms: (open-topped rubbish bin) dumpster (Canada)
etymology 3
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Short for skipper, the master or captain of a ship, or other person in authority.
  2. (curling) The player who calls the shots and traditionally throws the last two rocks.
etymology 4 A reference to the television series ; coined and used by Australians (particularly children) of non-British descent to counter derogatory terms aimed at them. [ Australian National Dictionary Centre » Home » Australian words » Meanings and origins of Australian words and idioms » S] Alternative forms: skippy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang) An Australian of Anglo-Celtic descent.
    • 2001, (character played by ), Effie: Just Quietly (TV series), Episode: Nearest and Dearest, Effie: How did you find the second, the defacto, and what nationality is she? Barber: She is Australian. Effie: Is she? Gone for a skip. You little radical you.
  • kips
skirt {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old Norse skyrta, from Proto-Germanic *skurtijǭ. Compare shirt. pronunciation
  • (UK) /skɜːt/
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  • (US) /skɜ˞t/
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  1. An article of clothing, usually worn by women and girl, that hangs from the waist and covers the lower part of the body.
    • {{circa}} O. Henry, The Purple Dress: "I like purple best," said Maida. "And old Schlegel has promised to make it for $8. It's going to be lovely. I'm going to have a plaited skirt and a blouse coat trimmed with a band of galloon under a white cloth collar with two rows of—"
  2. The part of a dress or robe that hangs below the waist.
    • 1885, Ada S. Ballin, The Science of Dress in Theory and Practice, Chapter XI: The petticoats and skirts ordinarily worn are decidedly the heaviest part of the dress ; hence it is necessary that some reform should be effected in these.
  3. A loose edging to any part of a dress.
    • Addison A narrow lace, or a small skirt of ruffled linen, which runs along the upper part of the stays before, and crosses the breast, being a part of the tucker, is called the modesty piece.
  4. A petticoat.
  5. (pejorative, slang) A woman.
    • 1931, Robert E. Howard, Alleys of Peril: "Mate," said the Cockney, after we'd finished about half the bottle, "it comes to me that we're a couple o' blightin' idjits to be workin' for a skirt." "What d'ya mean?" I asked, taking a pull at the bottle. "Well, 'ere's us, two red-blooded 'e-men, takin' orders from a lousy little frail, 'andin' the swag h'over to 'er, and takin' wot she warnts to 'and us, w'en we could 'ave the 'ole lot. Take this job 'ere now--"
  6. (UK, colloquial) Women collectively, in a sexual context.
  7. (UK, colloquial) Sexual intercourse with a woman.
  8. Border; edge; margin; extreme part of anything.
    • Shakespeare Here in the skirts of the forest.
  9. The diaphragm, or midriff, in animals. {{rfquotek}}
  • (article of clothing) It was formerly common to speak of “skirts” (plural) rather than “a skirt”. In some cases this served to emphasize an array of skirts of underskirts, or of pleats and folds in a single skirt; in other cases it made little or no difference in meaning.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To be on or form the border of. The plain was skirted by rows of trees.
  2. To move around or along the border of; to avoid the center of.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room Chapter 1 An enormous man and woman (it was early-closing day) were stretched motionless, with their heads on pocket-handkerchiefs, side by side, within a few feet of the sea, while two or three gulls gracefully skirted the incoming waves, and settled near their boots.
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  3. To cover with a skirt; to surround.
    • Milton skirted his loins and thighs with downy gold
related terms:
  • skirting-board
  • outskirt
  • stirk
skite etymology Probably from a variant of Old English scite influenced by Old Norse skítr. Compare shit, shite.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A sudden hit or blow; a glancing blow.
  2. A contemptible person.
  3. (Irish) A drinking binge.
    • 2008, Tony Black, Paying for It, [http//|%22skites%22|%22skiting%22|%22skited%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=6XCmSnbRdj&sig=pfhC-TBmpfhoekHcRlhW6Q6Gnw8&hl=en&sa=X&ei=NhdXUI28G62WiQfIg4DIDQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22skite%22|%22skites%22|%22skiting%22|%22skited%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 214], I needed alcohol to stop my nerves rattling. This felt like the longest period I′d been without my drug of choice for at least three years. I needed to go on a skite.
  4. (Australia, Ireland, New Zealand) One who skites, a boaster.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Australia, Ireland, New Zealand) To boast.
    • {{ante}} The Ragtime Army, WWI Australian Army song, cited in 2004, Graham Seal, Inventing Anzac: The Digger And National Mythology, [http//|%22skites%22|%22skiting%22|%22skited%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=FPI339f7g5&sig=v0b4_bBECuKy5w9iAMOUDdFxKTU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=GwdXUOXnBIyiiAftrIGQDQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22skite%22|%22skites%22|%22skiting%22|%22skited%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 53], You boast and skite from morn to night / And think you′re very brave, / But the men who really did the job / Are dead and in their graves.
    • 2005, , , [http//|%22skites%22|%22skiting%22|%22skited%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=VS_VMLWUdz&sig=cY6_jy3eVtd5cPN0nKA7xm4UNRo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=GBRXUPhji5GKB43VgXg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22skite%22|%22skites%22|%22skiting%22|%22skited%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 159], That Smasher, he said, and forced laugh. My word he can spin a yarn! She glanced towards him, her face halved by the lamplight. Just skiting, you reckon?
    • 2006, Pip Wilson, Faces in the Street: Louisa and Henry Lawson and the Castlereagh Street Push, [http//|%22skites%22|%22skiting%22|%22skited%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=cwh-7XrANP&sig=Kld_HKe-kzpHb7OVxdlZeF-56qQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=NhdXUI28G62WiQfIg4DIDQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22skite%22|%22skites%22|%22skiting%22|%22skited%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 405], “England is mine,” Henry says over a pint…. “I hope that′s not skiting.” “That′s not skiting, sport. Edward Garnett reckons you′re the best new thing in the Empire, and so do I. Good on you, mate, nothing on earth can stop you now! Here′s mud in your eye.”
  2. (Northern Ireland) To skim or slide along a surface.
  3. (Scotland, slang) To slip, such as on ice.
  4. (Scotland, slang) To drink a large amount of alcohol.
  5. (archaic, vulgar) To shit.
    • 1653, , (translator), , Chapter XIII: How Gargantua′s wonderful understanding became known to his father Grangousier, by the invention of a torchecul or wipebreech, There is no need of wiping one′s tail, said Gargantua, but when it is foul; foul it cannot be, unless one have been a-skiting; skite then we must before we wipe our tails.
  • kites
  • tikes
skive off
verb: {{head}}
  1. (UK, informal) To skive; to play truant; to slack off.
skol etymology From Danish skaal, Norwegian skaal, Swedish skål. pronunciation
  • (UK) /skɒl/
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  1. (originally and chiefly, in Scotland) A drinking-toast; cheers.
    • 1990, Alasdair Gray, ‘A Free Man with a Pipe’, Canongate 2012 (Every Short Story 1951-2012), page 490: Again they notice he has impressed her and again he grows more cheerful, clinking his glass against hers and saying ‘Skol!’
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (AU, slang, transitive) To down (a drink).
    • 2010, Penelope Green, When in Rome: Chasing la dolce vita When diners leave a quarter of a carafe full of house wine we put it above the sink to refill for new orders, but often I catch him skolling the remains of whatever he can get his hands on.
    • 2011, Richard Plant, Life's a Blur The Aussie skolled his beer, threw the Kiwi into the fireplace, and shot him.
skollie etymology Afrikaans
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, South Africa) rebel, revolutionary.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Something very easy; a piece of cake.
    • 2013, Joe Pieri, The Big Men After what we had learned in the Navy, police training was a skoosh.
skrill etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Money. I have to work overtime to make the skrill I need to buy that car.
skronk etymology Imitative.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, informal) To produce a raw and discordant sound with electric guitar.
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related terms:
  • skronky
skronky etymology skronk + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, music, slang) Raw and discordant, especially of an electric guitar
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skull {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From Middle English scolle, probably from Old Norse skalli, itself probably related to Old English scealu. Compare Swedish skulle, Norwegian skult. Alternative forms: scull (obsolete) pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /skʌl/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (anatomy) The main bone of the head considered as a unit; the cranium.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room Chapter 1 He was about to roar when, lying among the black sticks and straw under the cliff, he saw a whole skull—perhaps a cow's skull, a skull, perhaps, with the teeth in it. Sobbing, but absent-mindedly, he ran farther and farther away until he held the skull in his arms.
  2. A symbol for death; death's-head
Synonyms: brainpan, cranium (anatomy), harnpan
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To hit in the head with a fist, a weapon, or a thrown object.
etymology 2 See school.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. obsolete form of school
    • 1586, , Albion’s England: A knavish skull of boys and girls did pelt at him.
    • 1601, Philemon Holland (translator), Pliny the Elder (author), , book IX, chapter xv: “Of the names and natures of many fishes.”: These fishs, togither with the old Tunies and the young, called Pelamides, enter in great flotes and skulls, into the sea Pontus, for the sweet food that they there find: and every companie of them hath their fever all leaders and captaines; and before them all, the Maquerels lead the way; which, while they be in the water, have a colour of brimstone; but without, like they be to the rest.
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skullet etymology {{blend}} pronunciation
  • /ˈskʌlɪt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A more extreme form of the mullet hairstyle, in which the hair at the back is kept long, whilst the hair on the top and the sides is shaven in a buzzcut or skinhead style.
    • 2010, Chad Gibbs, God & Football: Faith and Fanaticism in the , page № unknown: John was, thankfully, no longer sporting the skullet from his Facebook profile.“So what was the deal with that?” I asked.John just laughed. “It was a contest Christian Student Fellowship put on last year to see who could grow the best mullet. I won.”“I’m sure.”“And then when we left for our mission trip to Africa, I had to take it up a notch, so I went for the skullet.”How beautiful is the skullet of him who brings good news.
skull-fuck Alternative forms: skull fuck, skullfuck etymology skull + fuck
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) to actively sexually penetrate someone's mouth; to have vigorous oral sex
    • 2003, Guy Willard, Suit of Lights I reached down and clasped the sides of his head. “I’m gonna skull-fuck you, faggot.” I began pumping myself into his mouth, ...
  2. (vulgar, slang) to sexually penetrate someone's eye socket
    • 2000, , Pitch Black (film) Johns: Maybe to take what you got. Maybe to work your nerves. Or maybe he’ll just come back and skull-fuck you in your sleep.
    • 2002, David R. Williams, Killer Asylum “Gonna skullfuck ya bitch!” ... “Gonna ream yer sockets pig. With your eyes still in ‘em. Last thing your gonna see is my shaft coming at ya.”
    • 2003, , Once Upon a Time in Mexico (film) Sands: You know that withholding vital information from a federal officer is a serious offence, especially when that officer has paid handsomely for it, and wouldn't think twice about ripping that patch off your eyehole and skull-fucking you to death.
    • 2005, J.P. Befumo, Ariadne's Clew One more word out of that foul nigger mouth of yours, and I’ll tear out your eyes and skull fuck you.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. an instance of skull-fucking
skull fucking etymology skull + fucking
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) Aggressive deepthroat fellatio.
    • 2010, Jackman Hill, Forty Dollar Butt Boy, preview Clayton grabbed my head and started skull-fucking me good and hard, saying, “Fuckin' bitch, you'll fuckin' keep your mouth on my ... Clayton's skull fucking was giving me a head rush.
    Some men consider skull fucking to be emasculating for the passive partner.
skunk {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /skʌŋk/
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etymology 1 At first spelt squunck, from the abe name for the animal, segôgw, from Proto-Algonquian *šeka·kwa, from *šek-.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of various small mammal, of the family Mephitidae, native to North and Central America, having a glossy black with a white coat and two musk gland at the base of the tail for emitting a noxious smell as a defensive measure.
  2. (slang) A despicable person.
  3. (slang) A walkover victory in sports or board games, as when the opposing side is unable to score. Compare shutout.
  4. (cribbage) A win by 30 or more points.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To defeat so badly as to prevent any opposing points. I skunked him at cards. We fished all day but the lake skunked us.
  2. (cribbage) To win by 30 or more points.
  3. (intransitive, of beer) to go bad, to spoil
etymology 2 {{blend}}, influenced by the animal (Etymology 1).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A member of a hybrid skinhead and punk subculture.
    • 2006, Pam Nilan, Carles Feixa, Global Youth?: Hybrid Identities, Plural Worlds (page 192) In the early 1980s, certain ex-punks joined them, becoming 'skunks' – a hybrid subculture of skinheads and punks.
    • 2011, Gerard DeGroot (quoting Brown), Seventies Unplugged …mods, skins, suedes, smoothies, punks, skunks, rude boys, soul boys and headbangers…
etymology 3 From skunkweed
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) {{short for}} marijuana.
  2. Any of the strains of hybrids of Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica that may have THC levels exceeding those of typical hashish.
skunkweed {{rfi}} etymology skunk + weed
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of several American plant that have an offensive odour, but especially {{taxlink}} and {{taxlink}}
  2. (slang) strong-smell cannabis
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, New Zealand) stud, player, womaniser
sky Alternative forms: skie (obsolete) etymology From Middle English sky, from Old Norse ský, from Proto-Germanic *skiwją, *skiwô, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)k(')ew-, *(s)keu-. Cognate with Old English scēo, osx scio, skio, skeo, Old Irish ceo, Irish ceo. Also related to Old English scūa, Latin obobscurus, Sanskrit स्कुनाति 〈skunāti〉. pronunciation
  • /skaɪ/
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  1. (obsolete) A cloud.
  2. The atmosphere above a given point, especially as visible from the ground during the day. exampleThat year, a meteor fell from the sky.
  3. The part of the sky which can be seen from a specific place or at a specific time; its condition, climate etc. exampleI lay back under a warm Texas sky. exampleWe're not sure how long the cloudy skies will last.
    • {{RQ:Frgsn Zlnstn}} So this was my future home, I thought!…Backed by towering hills, the but faintly discernible purple line of the French boundary off to the southwest, a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
    • {{RQ:Vance Nobody}} She wakened in sharp panic, bewildered by the grotesquerie of some half-remembered dream in contrast with the harshness of inclement fact, drowsily realising that since she had fallen asleep it had come on to rain smartly out of a shrouded sky.
  4. Heaven. exampleThis mortal has incurred the wrath of the skies.
Usually the word can be used correctly in either the singular or plural form, but the plural is now mainly poetic. Synonyms: firmament, heaven, lift
related terms:
  • skylark
  • the sky's the limit
  • reach for the sky
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (sports) to hit, kick or throw (a ball) extremely high.
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  2. (colloquial, dated) To hang (a picture on exhibition) near the top of a wall, where it cannot be well seen.
    • The Century Brother Academicians who skied his pictures.
  3. (colloquial) to drink something from a container without one's lips touching the container
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sky ball
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (baseball, slang, 1800s) A high fly ball
skydaddy Alternative forms: sky daddy etymology sky + daddy, a flippant reference to the Christian idea of a "Father" in a celestial heaven
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A god (especially, God).
    • 1998, "Alexander Carlton", Random Thoghts {{SIC}} VIII v. 2.1 (on Internet newsgroup Go on, believe your little book, let it tell you what to do, and when things go bad, cry to your skydaddy, I don't give a fuck.
    • 2000, "Nat", Get high on God (on Internet newsgroup alt.religion.christian-teen) No, actually, I'm a sex addict. But at least that's not as bad as being addicted to imaginary skydaddies. :)
    • 2001, "Bob Simmons", Questions Theists Ask Me (on Internet newsgroup talk.religion.misc) We as intelligent beings have determined all of known time right up to .000001 seconds to the beginning. Give those in the search a little time, and the answer will be there. Problem is, those with beliefs in skydaddies won't accept it. And they still have a hold on you.
sky daddy Alternative forms: skydaddy etymology sky + daddy, a flippant reference to the Christian idea of a "Father" in a celestial heaven.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, sometimes captialized) A god (especially, God).
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Synonyms: sky fairy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone who skydive as a sport.
  • whuffo (slang)
skyey etymology sky + ey.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (poetic) Resembling the sky.
    • H. P. Lovecraft, The Colour out of Space When twilight came I had vaguely wished some clouds would gather, for an odd timidity about the deep skyey voids above had crept into my soul.
  2. (very, informal) Of or relating to the sky.
  3. (very, informal) In the sky.
skyf etymology Afrikaans
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa, slang) A cigarette.
    • 2004, A. K. Thembeka, Laduma (page 11) Laduma rolls himself a skyf. It's cheap Swazi and rakes the lungs, but it's skyf nonetheless.
    • 2010, Lauren Beukes, Zoo City (page 307) Vendors walk up and down the line of cars selling warm cold-drinks and chips, single skyfs or packs of Remington Gold.
Sky Fairy etymology sky + fairy, from a sarcastic likening of the Abrahamic God to a magical, mythic creature who lives in the sky (i.e. heaven).
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (Internet slang, sarcastic, pejorative) The Abrahamic God.
sky fairy etymology sky + fairy, from a sarcastic likening of gods to magical, mythic creatures who live in the sky (i.e. heaven).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet slang, sarcastic, pejorative) A god.
Synonyms: sky daddy
sky girl
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (aviation, dated, pejorative) A female flight attendant.
Synonyms: air hostess, stewardess, cart tart, trolley dolly
  • flight attendant
  • steward
skyman etymology sky + man
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, slang) A male aviator.
sky pilot
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A clergyman, especially a military chaplain or padre.
    • 1946, Mezz Mezzrow and Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Payback Press 1996, p. 88 Jack, I swear, I'm no sky-pilot, but a creep pad turns into a confession booth as soon as I squat in it – the chicks really run their mouths some spieling their life histories in my face.
Synonyms: Holy Joe
skyrocket etymology sky + rocket pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈskaɪˌɹɒk.ɪt/
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. A type of firework that uses a solid rocket engine to rise quickly into the sky where it emits a variety of effects such as star, bang, crackle, etc.
  2. (by extension) A rebuke, a scolding.
  3. (rhyming slang) Pocket.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To increase suddenly and extremely; to shoot up; to surge or spike.
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    The shortage caused prices to skyrocket.
  • plummet
slab {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /slæb/
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etymology 1 From Middle English sclabbe, slabbe, of unknown origin.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic) Mud, sludge.
    • 1664, , Sylva, Or A Discourse of Forest Trees, Volume 1, Some do also plant oziers in their eights, like quick-sets, thick, and (near the water) keep them not more than half a foot above ground; but then they must be diligently cleansed from moss, slab, and ouze, and frequently prun'd (especially the smaller spires) to form single shoots;….
  2. A large, flat piece of solid material; a solid object that is large and flat.
    • 1859, John Lang, Botany Bay, or, True Tales of Early Australia, [http//|%22slabs%22+beer+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22slab%22|%22slabs%22+beer+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=62R3V_FEFf&sig=XUEhXM5h3nIPwjE7OfI-D7L-vhc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Xx9PUPnmE5GZiAfdoIDQBw&redir_esc=y page 155], There were no windows in the inn. They were not required, since the interstices between the slabs suffered the wind, the rain, and the light of day to penetrate simultaneously.
    • 1913, , , 2008, [http//|%22slabs%22+beer+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=p32fgXSJmn&sig=1KZ8yiA43V9s6ZbOa9M4eAmCLVo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Xx9PUPnmE5GZiAfdoIDQBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22slab%22|%22slabs%22%20beer%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 14], Then there was the Mexican who sold big slabs of chewing taffy for five cents each.
    • 2010, Ryan Humphreys, The Flirtations of Dan Harris, [http//|%22slabs%22+beer+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=Ggn9PmGJgO&sig=OE7WJAmQxbq4Lqr0cLmltIJ7GaY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Xx9PUPnmE5GZiAfdoIDQBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22slab%22|%22slabs%22%20beer%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 73], “The pier? You mean those few sodden logs tied together and that dingy slab of rough concrete.”
  3. A paving stone; a flagstone.
  4. (Australia) A carton containing twenty-four cans of beer.
    • 2001, , Gallipoli, [http//|%22slabs%22+beer+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=udUtlSV0kl&sig=i3qPdiTT3zmZeSpRbBiqvUe2qwo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=aj9PUJmnILHBiQe684DYBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22slab%22|%22slabs%22%20beer%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 8], The Australians murder a few slabs of beer and the New Zealanders murder a few vowels.
    • 2008, Diem Vo, Family Life, Alice Pung (editor), [http//|%22slabs%22+beer+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=3a7dsFCwRf&sig=eblQVa-oWlkJ-dLZqF-G-lYp2Bw&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Xx9PUPnmE5GZiAfdoIDQBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22slab%22|%22slabs%22%20beer%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 156], However, unlike in Ramsay Street, there were never any cups of tea or bickies served. Instead, each family unit came armed with a slab of beer.
    • 2010, Holly Smith, Perth, Western Australia & the Outback, Hunter Publishing, [http//|%22slabs%22+beer+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=UOJK18nMCD&sig=5N4dlsAEQ-zy7-6qvZyGNXh7OO8&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Xx9PUPnmE5GZiAfdoIDQBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22slab%22|%22slabs%22%20beer%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], Common 375-ml cans are called tinnies, and can be bought in 24-can slabs for discounted prices.
    • 2009, Ross Fitzgerald, Trevor Jordan, Under the Influence: A History of Alcohol in Australia, 2011, [http//|%22slabs%22+beer+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=yUokG_h57g&sig=jT0yMqa3X-XwF17oL9tgMmgYy6M&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Xx9PUPnmE5GZiAfdoIDQBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22slab%22|%22slabs%22%20beer%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], One essential part of the strategy for selling regionally identified beers beyond their borders was the selling of slabs — a package of four six-packs of stubbies or cans — for discounted prices interstate.
  5. An outside piece taken from a log or timber when saw it into boards, planks, etc.
  6. A bird, the wryneck.
  7. (nautical) The slack part of a sail.
  8. (slang) A large, luxury pre-1980 General Motors vehicle, particularly a Buick, Oldsmobile or Cadillac.
  9. (surfing) A very large wave.
    • 2009, Bruce Boal, The Surfing Yearbook, SurfersVillage, [http//|%22slabs%22+beer+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=8psmNwgej4&sig=UZ1hGQ7GhSvpn9AcBBCCKRSiJqo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Xx9PUPnmE5GZiAfdoIDQBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22slab%22|%22slabs%22%20beer%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 31], After being towed into a massive slab, Dorian dropped down the face and caught a rail, putting him in a near-impossible situation.
    • 2011, Douglas Booth, Surfing: The Ultimate Guide, [http//|%22slabs%22+surfing+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=CKVMYU3s2r&sig=poAAOYZYLJ7dNyifhmLL1k0F-_Y&hl=en&sa=X&ei=j0NPUPeWKq-ziQeTl4D4DQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22slab%22|%22slabs%22%20surfing%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 95], In August 2000 he successfully rode a slab of unfathomable power at Teahupo′o.
  10. (computing) A sequence of 12 adjacent bit, serving as a byte in some computer.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To make something into a slab.
etymology 2 Compare Gaelic & Irish slaib, mud, mire left on a river strand, and English slop.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. thick; viscous
    • Shakespeare Make the gruel thick and slab.
{{Webster 1913}}
etymology 3 Acronym of Slow, Loud And Bangin'.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Southern US, slang) A car that has been modified with equipment such as loudspeaker, lights, special paint, hydraulics, and any other accessories that add to the style of the vehicle. Slim thug - wood grain wheel - You ain't riding slab if them ain't swangas on ya ride.
    • 2005, (featuring ), "", : Pull me over, try to check my slab
    • 2006, (featuring and ), "Swang", : I'mma swang, I'mma swing my slab lean to the left
    • 2012, Bobby Austin, By All Mean$, AuthorHouse (2012), ISBN 9781468542943, page 56: All three of them recognized who the Lexus'{{sic}} belonged to so he parked his slab and they cocked their guns.
This term been popularized through the southern rap genre of hip-hop, most notably by rappers such as Paul Wall, Chamillionaire, Lil' Keke, and others.
  • albs
  • labs
Slabber etymology slab + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) An inhabitant of Slab City, a snowbird campsite in the Colorado Desert in southeastern California.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. having flat side
  2. (US, colloquial) tall, or long and lank
{{Webster 1913}}
slack pronunciation
  • /slæk/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology For sense of coal dust, compare slag.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) Small coal; coal dust. {{rfquotek}}
  2. (countable) A valley, or small, shallow dell.
  3. (uncountable) The part of anything that hangs loose, having no strain upon it. The slack of a rope or of a sail.
  4. (countable) A tidal marsh or shallow, that periodically fills and drains.
Synonyms: (small coal; coal dust) culm, (tidal marsh) slough
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Lax; not tense; not hard drawn; not firmly extended. a slack rope
  2. Weak; not holding fast. a slack hand
  3. Remiss; backward; not using due diligence or care; not earnest or eager. slack in duty or service
    • Bible, 2 Peter iii. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness.
  4. Not violent, rapid, or pressing. Business is slack.
  5. (slang, West Indies) vulgar; sexual explicit, especially in dancehall music
Synonyms: (not violent, rapid, or pressing) slow, moderate, easy
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Slackly. slack dried hops
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To slacken.
    • Robert South In this business of growing rich, poor men … should slack their pace.
  2. (obsolete) To mitigate; to reduce the strength of.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.7: Ne did she let dull sleepe once to relent, / Nor wearinesse to slack her hast, but fled / Ever alike [...].
  3. (followed by “off”) to procrastinate; to be lazy
  4. (followed by “off”) to refuse to exert effort
  5. To lose cohesion or solidity by a chemical combination with water; to slake. Lime slacks.
  • calks
  • lacks
slack Alice
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, UK, mostly, North Country and Yorkshire) A slovenly woman.''A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English'' by Eric Partridge, 8th edition. ISBN 0-415-06568-2.
slacktivism etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Half-hearted activism, usually in the form of posting badges, images, apps, or text on social media without taking further action.
related terms:
  • clicktivism
slag {{wikipedia}} etymology From Swedish slagg, or gml slagge, whence German Schlacke; originally, the splinters struck off from the metal by hammering; compare slay. pronunciation
  • /slæɡ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Waste material from a coal mine.
    • 2011, Vivienne Dockerty, A Woman Undefeated, [http//|%22slags%22+woman+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=EEPZMFVWtl&sig=WH7S9s_9FgRjt_hxIJ9m8Xg3j88&hl=en&sa=X&ei=KHhQULaZMca3iQfX9IDQBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22slag%22|%22slags%22%20woman%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 54], After the big village, the scenery had returned to grass and woodland, but this had now given way to ugly mounds of discarded slag. Beyond the slag was a colliery with its machinery and smoking chimney, making the whole area look grim and austere.
  2. Scum that forms on the surface of molten metal.
    • 2006, Melisa W. Lai, Michele Burns Ewald, Chapter 95: Silver, Martin J. Wonsiewicz, Karen G. Edmonson, Peter J. Boyle (editors), Goldfrank′s Toxicologic Emergencies, 8th Edition, [http//|%22slags%22+woman+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=J6OJoVd74A&sig=lVvAHphPh5JPjukv23oxtEqYZaA&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ZpRRUKi1EOiUiAf6yIHACQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22slag%22|%22slags%22%20woman%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 1358], In Asia Minor and on islands in the Aegean Sea, dumps of slag (scum formed by molten metal surface oxidation) demonstrate that silver was being separated from lead as early as 5000 BC.
    • 2009, , Monongahela Dusk, [http//|%22slaggers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=TSUGpW3Ylv&sig=cd5j3y2gkpiZpx832pFecUOB7O8&hl=en&sa=X&ei=e9tRULmcLoetiQeVroGQDg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22slagger%22|%22slaggers%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 255], He leans out over the track and skims slag off the top of the boiling steel, risking what is called “catching a flyer,” which occurs when hot metal explodes out of the mold, spraying everyone in the vicinity.
  3. Impurities formed and separated out when a metal is smelt from ore; vitrified cinder.
    • 2006, Edwin Black , Internal Combustion , 2, , “Buried within the Mediterranean littoral are some seventy to ninety million tons of slag from ancient smelting, about a third of it concentrated in Iberia. This ceaseless industrial fueling caused the deforestation of an estimated fifty to seventy million acres of woodlands.”
    • 2008, Barbara S. Ottaway, Ben Roberts, The Emergence of Metalworking, Andrew Jones (editor), Prehistoric Europe: Theory and Practice, [http//|%22slags%22+woman+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=BbjQy83vOg&sig=CYMSs33CrFJKm5gP6QzMuyUTYrg&hl=en&sa=X&ei=KHhQULaZMca3iQfX9IDQBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22slag%22|%22slags%22%20woman%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 207], Consequently, mounds of large ‘cakes’ of slag are often found near the smelting sites of the Late Bronze Age, as for example at Ramsau in Austria (Doonan et al. 1996).
  4. Hard aggregate remaining as a residue from blast furnace, sometimes used as a surfacing material.
    • 2006, Jan R. Prusinski, 44: Slag as a Cementitious Material, Joseph F. Lamond, James H. Pielert (editors), Significance of Tests and Properties of Concrete and Concrete-Making Materials, [http//|%22slags%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=SUmDMeXzBO&sig=9SlUmHyuyouJSDdEq-zWCbgUWKg&hl=en&sa=X&ei=OFZPUIqFIeqziQeVpID4DQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22slag%22|%22slags%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 517], During blast furnace operations, the plant operator pays careful attention to the slag chemistry (both composition and variability) as slag behavior is a major consideration in ensuring the quality of hot metal (molten iron).
    • 2010, Yuri N. Toulouevski, Ilyaz Y. Zinurov, Innovation in Electric Arc Furnaces, Springer, [http//|%22slags%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=oRNJW6nnJ0&sig=dck09F_eO7Wd8oH0EiEJtMl8Otc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=jFlPUNH_FcTdigezrIGgCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22slag%22|%22slags%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 16], All these properties are determined by slag composition and its temperature. In basic slags, foaming ability increases as SiO2 concentration grows.
  5. Scoria associated with a volcano.
  6. (UK, pejorative, dated) A coward.
  7. (UK, pejorative) A contemptible person, a scumbag.
    • 1996, , , Scene 8, 2001, Sarah Kane: Complete Plays, [http//|%22slags%22+woman+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=wrq-srPNMY&sig=rIIi0JcRzSBU6S40Lqz-pV4p7bE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=KHhQULaZMca3iQfX9IDQBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22slag%22|%22slags%22%20woman%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 100], Kill him. Kill the royal slag.
  8. (UK, pejorative) A prostitute.
    • 1984, , Heart of Oak, 1997, paperback edition, [http//|%22slags%22+woman+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=HRGAeBkW-Y&sig=p-6qKPA15RncjpQ9tFDdGMSlw3Q&hl=en&sa=X&ei=trZQUJXWOouhmQXb5oCACA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22slag%22|%22slags%22%20woman%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 260], We never talked about that, of course; we talked about how we could find a woman in the Dilly, and if the Yanks had taken them all, how we could always resort to the peroxided older slags who hung out around the side doors to Waterloo station and did knee trembler for the Yanks.
  9. (UK, Australia, New Zealand, slang, pejorative) A woman (sometimes a man) who has loose morals relating to sex; a slut.
    • 2002, , The Woman Who Left, 2012, ebook, [http//|%22slags%22+woman+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=YAP-npnK8H&sig=66JcUDplBbe5ihDlMrGIofo4ZlU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=trZQUJXWOouhmQXb5oCACA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22slag%22|%22slags%22%20woman%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], ‘Slag! Wait till I tell Jacob what we′ve been doing – and I will, you mark my words! He′ll want nowt to do with you then, will he, eh? He′ll see you for what you really are. A cheap and nasty little bitch!’
    • 2008, Ashley Lister, Swingers - Female Confidential, [http//|%22slags%22+woman+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=iHNGYod7QR&sig=BT68B6WdPj6fVhH5gfjb5ySk7k4&hl=en&sa=X&ei=trZQUJXWOouhmQXb5oCACA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22slag%22|%22slags%22%20woman%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 31], ‘…He was a lovely man but, when I told him I wanted to continue swinging, he freaked out and called me a slag.’
Synonyms: (impurities from a metal) dross, recrement, scoria, (woman with loose sexual morals) see
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To produce slag.
  2. (intransitive) To become slag; to agglomerate when heated below the fusion point.
  3. (transitive, with "off") To talk badly about; to malign or denigrate (someone).
    • 2010, Courtenay Young, Help Yourself Towards Mental Health, [http//|%22slags%22+woman+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=qKXpJ037Jp&sig=OloMlfAWLxsKc9m4E69glHKv-oY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ZpRRUKi1EOiUiAf6yIHACQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22slag%22|%22slags%22%20woman%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 344], If you slag off the other person, then—to the extent that your child identifies with that person as their parent—you are slagging off a part of them.
  4. (intransitive, Australia, slang) To spit.
  • gals
  • lags
slaggy etymology From slag + y. pronunciation
  • slæɡiː
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (of a material) Resembling or containing slag.
    • 1834, Robert Allan, Abstract of a Paper accompanying a Suite of Volcanic Rocks from the Lipari Islands, Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Volume 12, [http//|most+slaggy%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=9b4j5klEkZ&sig=zz9lmxjp1jOEL8Se6Z9PXmzF26M&hl=en&sa=X&ei=dqtRUIGjKJCSiAfOvIDIAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20slaggy%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=falsepage 531], Some portions of this obsidian are less compact, and in No, 2. we remark indications of a more slaggy structure, with several white veins intersecting the black surface in a very beautiful manner.
    • 1889, , Report of the First Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science, Volume 1, [http//|most+slaggy%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22more|most+slaggy%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=fyV245AFaR&sig=zEZ1BW-G84ZIN1Ud7XwdcY44j0o&hl=en&sa=X&ei=dqtRUIGjKJCSiAfOvIDIAg&redir_esc=y page 235], From here to the summit the slope steepens to an angle of 20° to 30°, and the rock becomes harder and more slaggy.
    • 1949, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (N.Z.), New Zealand Journal of Science and Technology: General Research Section, Volume 31, [http//|most+slaggy%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22more|most+slaggy%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=cVQxyitEL8&sig=MgqAXxdzD3ucKZGiB0AW9aXY9pU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=dqtRUIGjKJCSiAfOvIDIAg&redir_esc=y unidentified page], In the more slaggy parts of the sheet pale yellowish natural porcelain is found both fused to blocks of basalt and as large lumps in the filling.
    • 1983, John P. Lehman, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society, Hazardous Waste Disposal, [http//|most+slaggy%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22more|most+slaggy%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=rE5quE0rx1&sig=GXaEklS9G2oRSVdlLnVPV6gaMdM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=dqtRUIGjKJCSiAfOvIDIAg&redir_esc=y page 183], Because of the generally higher process temperature (~l.000°C versus ~800 °C ) and the more homogeneous nature of the input, the residues appear to be more slaggy or sintered.
    • 1987, William Hutchison Murray, Scotland′s Mountains, [http//|%22%22slaggiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22slaggier%22|%22%22slaggiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=jYZ4wDb-VT&sig=2GsrJv9CtLPz4xx54ZI16y2Ld7g&hl=en&sa=X&ei=abJRUIOXHKujiAeNioGgDw&redir_esc=y page 27], Since all have been exposed by the stripping of less resistant basalt, it is worth noting that much of the Black Cuillin is still basalt because the plutonic rocks were intruded by sheets and dykes of lava, which given such cover had become tougher than the slaggier plateau basalt.
  2. (UK, Australia, New Zealand, pejorative, of a person) Resembling a slag, especially in behaviour.
    • 2005, Maria Beaumont, MissFit, Arrow Books, UK, [http//|%22%22slaggiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=41YNsBh3Gu&sig=AsTjwgu16F9uNen0Dy6qcocYGqw&hl=en&sa=X&ei=abJRUIOXHKujiAeNioGgDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22slaggier%22|%22%22slaggiest%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 175], This evening I′ve been the cheapest, slaggiest slag ever.
slag off
verb: slag off
  1. (British, Irish, Australia, slang, transitive, idiomatic) To talk insultingly to or about someone or something.
slam {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /slam/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Apparently from a Scandinavian source; compare Norwegian slamre, Swedish slemma.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, ergative) To shut with sudden force so as to produce a shock and noise. Don't slam the door!
  2. (transitive, ergative) To put in or on a particular place with force and loud noise. (Often followed by a preposition such as down, against or into.) Don't slam that trunk down on the pavement!
  3. (transitive) To strike forcefully with some implement.
    • {{quote-news }}
  4. (transitive, colloquial) To speak badly of; to criticize forcefully. Don't ever slam me in front of the boss like that again! Union leaders slammed the new proposals. Critics slammed the new film, calling it violent and meaningless.
  5. (basketball) To dunk forcefully, to slam dunk.
  6. (intransitive, bridge) To make a slam bid.
  7. (transitive, card games) To defeat (opponents at cards) by winning all the trick of a deal or a hand. {{rfquotek}}
  8. (transitive) to change providers (e.g. of domain registration or telephone carrier) for a customer without clear (if any) consent.
  9. to drink off, to drink quickly
  10. to compete in a poetry slam
Synonyms: (drink quickly) See also
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) A sudden impact or blow.
  2. (countable) The shock and noise produced by violently closing a door or other object.
    • Charles Dickens The slam and the scowl were lost upon Sam.
  3. (countable, basketball) A slam dunk.
  4. (countable, colloquial, US) An insult.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 5 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , ““Well,” I says, “I cal'late a body could get used to Tophet if he stayed there long enough.” ¶ She flared up; the least mite of a slam at Doctor Wool was enough to set her going.”
    exampleI don't mean this as a slam, but you can be really impatient sometimes.
  5. (uncountable) The yellow iron silicate produced in alum works as a waste product.
  6. A poetry slam.
  7. (UK, dialect) The refuse of alum works.
etymology 2 Origin unknown.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A type of card game, also called ruff and honours.
  2. (cards) Losing or winning all the trick in a game.
  3. (countable, bridge) A bid of six (small slam) or seven (grand slam) in a suit or no trump.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, card games) To defeat by winning all the tricks of a deal or a hand.
  • alms, AMSL, lams, mals
slam-clicker etymology slam + click + -er, suggesting the sound of closing and locking a door.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, among flight attendants) An unsociable crewmember who prefers to stay in his or her hotel room between flight.
    • 1982, Working Woman (Hal Publications), volume 7, issues 7–12, page 225: The pilots taunt me: “Slam-clicker” (a crew member who goes straight to his or her room and doesn’t come out). That’s me tonight.
    • 1999, David Berman (musician), Actual Air (Open City Books), poem “Cassette County”, page 19: I’m going to call them Honest Eyes until I know if they are,in the interval called slam-clicker, Realm of Pacific, …
slam dunk Alternative forms: slam-dunk, slamdunk
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (basketball) An impressively forceful dunk.
  2. (colloquial, idiomatic) A task expected to present no difficulty. As long as you get the vice president's approval first, it'll be a slam dunk.
  3. (yachting) Tacking on top of the wind of the following yacht in close quarters
Synonyms: dunk shot; over-the-rim shot
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To perform a slam dunk.
slammer etymology slam + er pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who, or that which, slam.
    • 1989, Jane Howard, Margaret Mead: A Life (page 27) Margaret was also, by her own admission, a determined slammer of doors.
  2. (slang, usually "the slammer") Jail, prison.
    • 1971, "Better Than Prison," Time, 7 Jun., A man being sentenced for starving some horses chose 24 hours in the slammer with no food rather than seven days with the regular amenities.
  3. A tequila cocktail.
  4. One who takes part in slam-dance.
  5. In the game of Pogs, the heavier piece used to strike the stack of counters.
verb: {{wikipedia}} {{head}}
  1. present participle of slam
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Great; awesome.
    • 2006, Brian Sloan, Tale of Two Summers (page 82) First off, how could I ever be a totally slamming, hot French expert on free-running. But, that technicality aside, I honestly don't want to be Henri.
    • 2007, A. Lopez, Great Falls (page 207) You could play while driving if wanted to. "Man, you have no idea how slammin' we would be driving into my neighborhood with these wheels. Just slammin'...."
    • 2008, Malín Alegría, Sofi Mendoza's Guide to Getting Lost in Mexico (page 28) It was totally slamming and reminded Sofi of an MTV spring break show.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of something being slammed.
    • 2011, John O'Loughlin, Two Sides of the Same Coin He would also have been exposed to the coughings and shufflings, comings and goings, questions and answers, wailings and slammings, snivellings and sneezings, etc., which figured so prominently in the reference room …
slam piece
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A journalistic or other treatment which portrays its subject in a highly unfavorable manner.
    • 1983, Mark Goldman, High Hopes: The Rise and Decline of Buffalo, New York, University of New York Press (1983), ISBN 0873957350, page 274: The article, one paper said, was not a "slam piece, another one of those shots of bad national publicity about Buffalo."
    • 1991, Mayer Mitchell & Thomas A. Dine, "AIPAC's Action Alert", The Washington Post, 11 March 1991: Rowland Evans and Robert Novak have produced another "slam piece" about the American Israel Public Affairs Committee …
    • 1995, Adam Parfrey, Cult Rapture, Feral House (1995), ISBN 9780922915224, page 258: A Solider of Fortune slam piece sought to devalue Gritz among his own jingoistic constituency.
  2. (slang) A sexual partner with whom one has sex, without emotional attachment.
    • 2008, Arianne Cohen, "The Multi-Orgasmic Woman Test-driving a Potential New Boyfriend", New York Magazine, 11 February 2008: Discover gay roommate has just stumbled home from a night with his “slam piece.”
    • 2009, Steve Austin, "Lustful advice for the loveless", Cavalier Daily, 13 February 2009: Of course, there’s also the holy Facebook trinity — wall posts, messages (it makes him feel like you’re keeping a big secret, which sends the right message that you’re not above being the secret slam piece on the side) and the coup de grace — pokes (which let him know you’re not a prude and happy to make things physical).
    • 2011, Keith Merryman, David A. Newman, & Will Gluck, : Lorna: So, my daughter is just your slam piece?
    • 2012, Mike Lacher, On the Bro'd: A Parody of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, Adams Media (2012), ISBN 144052906X,unnumbered page: Ricky was crashing with his slam piece Liana; he said she had a posse of hot friends and everything would be raw as hell.
    • 2012, Kelsey Castanon, "S**t nobody says at K-state: from parking praise to spring fever", Kansas State Collegian, 19 April 2012, page 4: Her straightforward messages of "meat is murder" and "every frat guy has a slam piece" really went over well with the student body.
Synonyms: (highly unfavorable treatment) hatchet job., (casual sexual partner) see also .
slander {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: slandre (obsolete) etymology 13th century. From Old French esclandre, from Greek scandalum, from Ancient Greek σκάνδαλον 〈skándalon〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A false or unsupported, malicious statement (spoken or published), especially one which is injurious to a person's reputation; the making of such a statement.
Synonyms: See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To utter a slanderous statement.
Synonyms: defame, libel (always in writing), See also
  • darnels, enlards, landers, relands, slandre, snarled
slang {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /slæŋ/
  • (also) (US) {{enPR}}, /sleɪŋ/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 1756, unknown.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Language outside of conventional usage.
  2. Language that is unique to a particular profession or subject; jargon.
  3. The specialized language of a social group, sometimes used to make what is said unintelligible to those not members of the group; cant.
    • {{RQ:Eliot Middlemarch}} "Oh, there are so many superior teas and sugars now. Superior is getting to be shopkeepers' slang." "Are you beginning to dislike slang, then?" said Rosamond, with mild gravity. "Only the wrong sort. All choice of words is slang. It marks a class." "There is correct English: that is not slang." "I beg your pardon: correct English is the slang of prigs who write history and essays. And the strongest slang of all is the slang of poets."
Synonyms: (jargon) vernacular, jargon, lingo, dialect, cant
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, dated) To vocally abuse, or shout at.
    • 1888, Also, he had to keep his temper when he was slanged in the theatre porch by a policeman — Rudyard Kipling, ‘Miss Youghal's Sais’, Plain Tales from the Hills (Folio Society 2007, p. 26)
etymology 2
verb: {{head}}
  1. (archaic) en-simple past of sling
    • 1836, Edward Bagnall, Saul and David Before he slang the all-deciding stone…
etymology 3
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, dialect) Any long, narrow piece of land; a promontory. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 4 Compare sling.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, obsolete) A fetter worn on the leg by a convict.
  • glans
  • langs
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of slang
  • dangles
  • glandes
adjective: {{head}}
  1. en-comparative of slangy
  • aligners, engrails, inlarges, lasering, realigns, resignal, sanglier, seal ring, signaler
adjective: {{head}}
  1. en-superlative of slangy
  • Galenists
slanginess etymology slangy + ness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The state or condition of being slangy.
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of slang
slanging matches
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of slanging match
slangous etymology slang + ous
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. slangy {{rfquotek}}
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slangrill etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, of the 1500's) An oaf: a person, especially a large male, who is clumsy or a simpleton.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of slang
slanguage etymology {{blend}} pronunciation
  • /ˈslæŋˌɡwɪdʒ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (somewhat, informal) A particular vernacular or vocabulary of slang; the jargon or lingo of a particular group.
  • languages
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of slanguage
slanguist etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person with an above-average familiarity with slang; one who loves to use or studies slang.
    • 1999, Thomas Doherty, Pre-Code Hollywood: Sex, Immorality, and Insurrection in American Cinema, 1930-1934, Columbia University Press (1999), ISBN 0231110944, page 181: "The inability of slow-witted censors to keep up with the implications of fast talk from "ultra-modern slanguists" made for a fun game of hide-and-seek between the hip and the hapless.
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noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of slanguist
slang-whanger etymology slang + whang to beat + -er.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, colloquial) One who uses abusive slang; a rant partisan. {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}}
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of slangwhanger
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of slang-whanger
slant {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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  • /ˈslænt/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A slope or incline. The house was built on a bit of a slant and was never quite level.
  2. A bias, tendency, or leaning; a perspective or angle. It was a well written article, but it had a bit of a leftist slant.
  3. (pejorative, ethnic slur) A person of East Asian descent, supposed to have slanting eyes.
  4. (obsolete) An oblique reflection or gibe; a sarcastic remark.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To lean, tilt or incline. If you slant the track a little more, the marble will roll down it faster.
    • Dodsley On the side of yonder slanting hill.
  2. To bias or skew. The group tends to slant its policies in favor of the big businesses it serves.
  • lants
slanty etymology slant + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) slanted
    • 2001, Steve Stone, Where's Harry? But Harry's thoughts on such things were, “If a guy has slanty eyes, why can't I say he has slanty eyes? If he had brown eyes, I could say he has brown eyes, couldn't I?” We're not here to debate political correctness…
  • santyl

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