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


slap etymology Uncertain, probably from imitative origin. pronunciation
  • /slæp/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A blow, especially one given with the open hand, or with something broad and flat.
  2. The sound of such a blow.
  3. (slang, uncountable) Makeup, cosmetics.
Especially used of blows to the face (aggressive), buttocks, and hand, frequently as a sign of reproach. Conversely, used of friendly strikes to the back, as a sign of camaraderie.
  • cuff
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To give a slap. She slapped him in response to the insult.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room Chapter 1 Mrs. Flanders rose, slapped her coat this side and that to get the sand off, and picked up her black parasol.
  2. To cause something to strike soundly. He slapped the reins against the horse's back.
  3. To place, to put carelessly. We'd better slap some fresh paint on that wall.
  • cuff
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Exactly, precisely He tossed the file down slap in the middle of the table.
Synonyms: just, right, slap bang, smack dab
  • alps, Alps
  • laps
  • pals
  • salp
  • SPLA
slap and tickle
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, idiom) Mild or playful kissing, cuddling, and other amorous play.
slap bellies
noun: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) To have sexual intercourse.
    • 2003, , Chocolate Sangria, One World Books (2007), ISBN 9780345494931, page xix: Just two months earlier Hattie had caught her and Mr. Jacobson slapping bellies up against a west-wing wall {{…}}
Synonyms: See also .
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slapdash etymology {{rfe}} pronunciation
  • /ˈslæpdæʃ/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Done hastily; haphazard; careless.
    • 2014, A teacher, "Choosing a primary school: a teacher's guide for parents", The Guardian, 23 September 2014: When you're in the front entrance, get a feel for what's going on. Tours are never timed to coincide with breaks but if there are any children milling about, see what they're up to. If they're on a dutiful errand, for example delivering registers, the school probably encourages a responsible attitude. If they're play-fighting in the corridor without consequence, it tells a less impressive story and could mean a slapdash approach to discipline.
Synonyms: See also
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. In a hasty or careless manner.
  2. Directly, right there; slap-bang. Van Eyck signed his portrait of the Arnolfinis slapdash in the center of the painting.
  3. With a slap; all at once; slap. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (in a hasty manner): carelessly, haphazardly, hastily, (directly): directly
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial) To apply, or apply something to, in a hasty, careless, or rough manner; to roughcast. to slapdash mortar or paint on a wall to slapdash a wall
slaphead etymology slap + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, pejorative) A bald person; somebody with a shaved or hairless head
  2. (British, slang) Any individual who annoys and frustrates others to the point of making them want to slap their own heads.
  • headlaps
slapheaded etymology See slaphead.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, humorous or pejorative) bald; without hair on the head
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, slang) Having a bald or shaven head
related terms:
  • slaphead
slap in the face
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: slap, in, the, face
  2. (figuratively, idiomatic) Something unexpectedly said or done which causes shock or offense; an insult, rebuke, or rebuff. That Joan's ex-boyfriend turned up to the school dance with Mary was a slap in the face for Joan, and now the girls are no longer best friends.
slapper pronunciation
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etymology For senses 3 and 4, the OED tentatively quotes the Bloomsbury Dictionary of Contemporary Slang: "This working class term from East London and Essex is probably a corruption of shlepper or schlepper, a word of Yiddish origin, one of whose meanings is a slovenly or immoral woman."
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) One who, or that which, slap.
  2. (countable, slang, dated) Anything monstrous; a whopper. {{rfquotek}}
  3. (countable, UK, Ireland, slang) A prostitute.
  4. (countable, UK, Ireland, Australia, slang) A woman of loose morals.
  • lappers
  • rappels
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of slap
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of giving a slap or slaps.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Very large; whopping.
    • 1921, Dogdom: Monthly: Volume 22 It remains to be seen whether she will retain her coat after whelping; if she does, then Americans will be able to admire a slapping great collie bitch — a matron of the robust kind yet retaining all those graces of the collie female of quality.
slapsticky etymology slapstick + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Characterised by slapstick.
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Excellent, first-class.
    • Thackeray "Isn't she a slap-up woman, eh, now?" pursued he; and began enumerating her attractions, as a horse-jockey would the points of a favourite animal.
    • 1915, , "": "You take me somewhere where we can get a regular slap-up lunch. All this is the very worst thing for my nerves." -- "Lavenue's is about the best place round here," answered Philip.
    • Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit 'D'ye know a slap-up sort of button, when you see it?' said the youth. 'Don't look at mine, if you ain't a judge, because these lions' heads was made for men of men of taste: not snobs.'
    • 2003, Anthony Ham, Paul Greenway, Damien Simonis, Jordan If you add the cost of occasional chartered taxis, souvenirs, a splurge every now and then on a slap-up meal or a mid-range hotel…
  • palpus
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Drunk.
Synonyms: See also .
slash {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /slæʃ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A swift cut with a blade, particularly with fighting weapons as a sword, saber, knife etc.
  2. A swift striking movement.
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  3. The symbol /, also called diagonal, separatrix, shilling mark, solidus, stroke, virgule. Also sometimes known as a forward slash, particularly in computing.
  4. (British, slang) A pee, a trip to the toilet to urinate Excuse me, I need to take a slash
  5. Slash fiction.
    • 2013, Katherine Arcement, "Diary", London Review of Books, vol. 35, no. 5: Comments merely allow readers to proclaim themselves mortally offended by the content of a story, despite having been warned in large block letters of INCEST or SLASH (any kind of sex between two men or two women: the term originated with the Kirk/Spock pairing – it described the literal slash between their names).
  6. (vulgar, slang) The female genitalia
  7. (ice hockey) A quick and hard lateral strike with a hockey stick, usually across the arms or legs.
  8. (US, dialect) swampy or wet lands overgrown with bushes {{rfquotek}}
  9. (forestry) Coarse, fine woody debris generated during logging operations or through wind, snow, etc. Slash generated during logging operations may increase fire hazard.
  10. An opening or gap in a forest made by wind, fire, or other destructive agency.
    • Henry Van Dyke We passed over the shoulder of a ridge and around the edge of a fire slash, and then we had the mountain fairly before us.
  11. (fashion) An opening in an item of clothing to show skin or a contrasting fabric underneath.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To cut violently across something with a blade such as knife, sword, scythe, etc.
  2. (ice hockey) to strike laterally with a hockey stick. usually across the legs or arms
  3. (transitive) to reduce sharply Iran on Thursday called on OPEC to slash output by 2 million barrels per day. The department store slashed its prices to attract customers.
  4. To lash with a whip. {{rfquotek}}
  5. To crack or snap (e.g. a whip). {{rfquotek}}
conjunction: {{en-con}}
  1. Used to connect two or more identities in a list. I'm a teacher slash student.
  2. Used to list alternatives. I think I'm having hallucinations slash someone is playing tricks on me
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who slash.
  2. A machine for applying size to warp yarn.
  3. (informal, film) A horror movie with graphic blood and violence.
  4. One who self-injure by cut.
  5. A tool for cutting undergrowth.
    • 1992, Melvin R Lansky, Fathers who Fail … an overdoser, binge drinker, slasher, or sexually impulsive person, is found to act impulsively following some sort of change in a relationship.
  • lashers
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of slate
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Slates collectively.
  2. Material for slating.
  3. (informal) A harsh criticism. His new book got a real slating.
  • lasting
  • salting
  • staling
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who puts slave to work.
  2. (slang)a person who demands excessive amounts of work from employees. He's such a slave-driver! I can't believe he wants us to come in on Saturday.
slavey etymology From slave + y. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈsleɪvi/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, now historical) A male servant.
  2. (colloquial, now historical) A maid, maidservant.
    • 1924, Ford Madox Ford, Some Do Not…, Penguin 2012 (Parade's End), p. 81: I told a man on the links yesterday that I'd been a slavey for nine months. I was trying to explain why I was a suffragette […].
slay etymology From Middle English sleen, slayn, from Old English slēan, from Proto-Germanic *slahaną, from Proto-Indo-European *slak-. Cognate with Dutch slaan, Low German slaan, German schlagen, Danish and Swedish slå, Icelandic slá. Related to slaughter, onslaught. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /sleɪ/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (now literary) To kill, murder. The knight slew the dragon. Our foes must all be slain.
  2. (literary) To eradicate or stamp out. You must slay these thoughts.
  3. (by extension, colloquial) To defeat, overcome.
    • 1956, “Giants Slay Bears in Pro Title Battle”, in Lodi News-Sentinel, 1956 December 31, page 8.
    • 1985, “Redskins slay Giants; Thiesmann shatters leg”, in The Gadsden Times, 1985 November 19, page D1-5.
    • 1993, Jack Curry, “Yanks’ Bullpen Falls Short Again”, in The New York Times, 1993 April 21: The Yankees were actually slayed by two former Yankees because Rich Gossage pitched one scoreless inning in relief of Eckersley to notch his first victory.
  4. (slang) To delight or overwhelm, especially with laughter. Ha ha! You slay me!
  • The alternative past tense and past participle form "slayed" is most strongly associated with the slang sense, "to delight or overwhelm": *::,, page 254 , “"Cutey, you slayed me !" grins Jackie, working fast. "I guess that's what made the rest of 'em look so bad — you was so good!"”
  • In recent use, "slayed" is also often found associated with the other senses as well. However, this is widely considered nonstandard."But ''slayed'' cannot be considered established in such use. Whether it eventually becomes established remains to be seen." — {{reference-book|title=Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage|url=|id=ISBN 0877791325|author=Merriam-Webster Publishing Co.|pages=853|chapter=slay|year=1994}}
  • A review of US usage 2000-2009 in COCA suggests that "slayed" is increasing in popularity, but remains less common than "slew". It is very rare in UK usage (BNC).
Synonyms: (to kill, murder) kill, murder, assassinate, (to defeat, overcome) conquer, defeat, overcome, (to overwhelm or delight) kill, hit it out of the park
related terms:
  • onslaught
  • slaughter
  • self-slaughter
  • lays
sleazebag etymology sleaze + bag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A morally reprehensible, disreputable, or sleazy person.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A morally reprehensible, disreputable, or sleazy person; a cad.
related terms:
  • sleazebag
  • scuzzball
sleazebucket etymology sleaze + bucket
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, slang) lousy, disreputable, or disgusting place
  2. (derogatory, slang) A term of abuse.
Synonyms: scumhole, shithole, sleazehole, slimehole, {{ws}}
sleazewad etymology sleaze + wad
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, slang) A term of abuse.
Synonyms: {{ws}}
sleazoid etymology sleaze + oid
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A sleazy person.
    • 2005, Dan Tynan, Computer privacy annoyances But I ultimately discovered how these sleazoids got my number, and got the calls to stop.
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sleazy etymology {{rfe}} pronunciation
  • /sliː.zi/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Marked by low quality; inferior; inadequate.
  2. Dishonorable; base; vulgar; raunchy; sordid.
Synonyms: skeezy
sleb etymology A slurring of celeb, itself a shortening of celebrity pronunciation
  • /slɛb/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slightly, derogatory) a celebrity.
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  • bels
sleep {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English sleep, sleepe, from Old English scLatinx, from Proto-Germanic *slēpaz, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)lāb-. Cognate with Western Frisian sliep, Saterland Frisian Släipe, Low German Slaap, Dutch slaap, German Schlaf, Russian сла́бый 〈slábyj〉. The verb is from Middle English slepen, from Old English scLatinx, from Proto-Germanic *slēpaną, from the same root as the noun. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) {{enPR}}, /sliːp/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) The state of reduced consciousness during which a human or animal rests in a daily rhythm. I really need some sleep. We need to conduct an overnight sleep test to diagnose your sleep problem.
  2. (countable, informal) An act or instance of sleeping. I’m just going to have a quick sleep.
  3. (uncountable) Rheum found in the corner of the eyes after waking, whether real or a figurative objectification of sleep (in the sense of reduced consciousness). Wipe the sleep from your eyes.
  4. A state of plant, usually at night, when their leaflet approach each other and the flower close and droop, or are covered by the folded leaves.
    • 1843, Joh Müller, ‎John Bell, Elements of Physiology (page 808) The daily sleep of plants, and their winter sleep, present in this respect exactly similar phenomena…
Synonyms: See also , (rheum) crusty (slang), gound (UK dialectal), sleepy dust (informal)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To rest in a state of reduce consciousness. You should sleep 8 hours a day.
  2. (intransitive) (Of a spinning top) to spin on its axis with no other perceptible motion.
    • 1854, Anne E. Baker, Glossary of Northamptonshire Words and Phrases A top sleeps when it moves with such velocity, and spins so smoothly, that its motion is imperceptible.
    When a top is sleeping, it is spinning but not precessing.
  3. (transitive) To accommodate in beds. This caravan can sleep up to four people.
  4. (transitive) To be slumbering in (a state). to sleep a dreamless sleep {{rfquotek}}
  5. To be careless, inattentive, or unconcerned; not to be vigilant; to live thoughtlessly.
    • Atterbury We sleep over our happiness.
  6. To be dead; to lie in the grave.
    • Bible, 1 Thessalonians iv. 14 Them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
  7. To be, or appear to be, in repose; to be quiet; to be unemployed, unused, or unagitated; to rest; to lie dormant. a question sleeps for the present; the law sleeps
    • Shakespeare How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!
  8. (computing) to wait for a period of time without performing any action exampleAfter a failed connection attempt, the program sleeps for 5 seconds before trying again.
  • (rest in a state of reduced consciousness) nap, doze, snooze
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  • peels
sleepaholic etymology sleep + aholic
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A person who loves sleep or has a tendency to oversleep.
    • 1974, John Wesley White, Future Hope, Creation House (1974), ISBN 9780884190677, page 58: {{…}} becoming "sleepaholics" — staying in bed as many as fourteen or even sixteen hours a night simply because they can't cope without a challenge.
    • 1983, Douglas Brode, The Films of Dustin Hoffman, Citadel Press (1983), ISBN 9780806510859, page 14: In fact, the New York Theatre Scene outside the safety of the small apartment looked so intimidating that he became a sleepaholic as a means of avoiding it. Sometimes, he would sleep around the clock in order to avoid going outside {{…}}
    • 2000, Karen Rauch Carter, Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life: How to Use Feng Shui to Get Love, Money, Respect, and Happiness, Simon & Schuster (2000), ISBN 9780684866048, page 106: Blocking the bed from first view not only helps avoid inviting too much sexual energy into one's life; it also helps if you sleep too much — so, sleepaholics take note as well.
sleep around
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic) To have numerous sexual partner.
sleeper pronunciation
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etymology 1 sleep + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone who sleep. I'm a light sleeper: I get woken up by the smallest of sounds. She's a heavy sleeper: it takes a lot to wake her up.
  2. That which lies dormant, as a law.
    • Francis Bacon Therefore let penal laws, if they have been sleepers of long, or if they be grown unfit for the present time, be by wise judged confined in the execution …
  3. A spy, saboteur, or terrorist who lives unobtrusively in a community until activated by a prearranged signal; may be part of a sleeper cell.
  4. A railroad sleeping car. We spent a night on an uncomfortable sleeper between Athens and Vienna.
  5. Something that achieve unexpected success after an interval of time. A box-office bomb when it first came out, the film was a sleeper, becoming much more popular decades after being released.
  6. A goby-like bottom-feeding freshwater fish of the family {{taxlink}}.
  7. A nurse shark.
  8. A type of pajama for a person, especially a child, that covers the whole body, including the feet. Aaron, Devin, and Laura looked so comfy in their sleepers.
  9. (slang) An automobile which, not too quick out of the factory, has been internally modified to excess, while retaining a mostly stock appearance in order to fool opponents in a drag race, or to avoid the attention of the police.
Synonyms: (goby-like fish) {{vern}}
  • (automobile) cop magnet, rice burner, racecar
etymology 2 Compare Norwegian sleip. See slape.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rail transport, British) A railroad tie.
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  2. (carpentry) A structural beam in a floor running perpendicular to both the joists beneath and floorboards above.
  3. (nautical) A heavy floor timber in a ship's bottom.
  4. (nautical) The lowest, or bottom, tier of cask.
Synonyms: (horizontal member that supports railway lines) tie (US)
  • peelers
sleep on it {{merge}}
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic) To postpone a decision until the following day to avoid making a hasty choice.
sleepy {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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  • /ˈsliːpi/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Tired; feeling the need for sleep.
    • Dryden She wak'd her sleepy crew.
  2. Suggesting tiredness.
    • 1994, Stephen Fry, The Hippopotamus Chapter 2 At the very moment he cried out, David realised that what he had run into was only the Christmas tree. Disgusted with himself at such cowardice, he spat a needle from his mouth, stepped back from the tree and listened. There were no sounds of any movement upstairs: no shouts, no sleepy grumbles, only a gentle tinkle from the decorationsas the tree had recovered from the collision.
  3. Tending to induce sleep; soporific. a sleepy drink or potion
  4. Dull; lazy; heavy; sluggish.
    • William Shakespeare 'Tis not sleepy business; / But must be looked to speedily and strongly.
  5. Quiet; without bustle or activity. a sleepy English village
Synonyms: tired, See also
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The gum that builds up in the eye
    • 1964, Ken Kesey, Sometimes a great notion "Did he always leave the sleepy in his eyes?" "Never removed it; let it build up in the comers of his eyes over the weeks until it was heavy enough to fall...
    • 1991, Martin Amis, London fields But the nightdress was heavy, the sleepy in her eyes was heavy, her hair (she made a mustache of one of its locks) was heavy and smelled of cigarettes...
sleepy dust Alternative forms: sleepy-dust
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Rheum crusted around the eyes from sleep.
    • 2008, Kathleen McCleary, House and Home, Hyperion Books (2008), ISBN 9781401395445, unnumbered page: Ellen looked at her, at her face, now serious, with traces of sleepy dust still in the corners of her eyes.
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Synonyms: crusty (slang), gound (UK dialectal), sleep
sleepyhead Alternative forms: sleepy head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A sleepy person.
    • 1966 September 23, , Book Review: A Precious String of Perelman Pearls: Chicken Inspector No. 23 by S. I. Perelman, , page 11, It consists in asking each sleepyhead in turn which 10 characters, historical or fictional, he would choose to he stranded with on a desert island.
    • 2001, , The Fire Within, 2011, page 185, The following morning, Liz had to come and shake David awake. “Hey, sleepyhead, rise and shine. I've been tapping your door for the past ten minutes. Aren't you going to college today?”
    • 2007, Jefffrey P. Brown, Black Body Radiation and the Ultraviolet Catastrophe, page 33, “Why, yes,” said Augustus, “the birds seem to be the first ones up each morning, awakening the sleepyheads.”
  2. The ruddy duck.
sleepytime etymology sleepy + time
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish) The time to sleep
sleuth pronunciation
  • (RP) /sljuːθ/
  • (US) /sluːθ/
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etymology 1 From Old Norse slóð (Norwegian slo).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) An animal’s trail or track.
  2. (archaic) A sleuth-hound; a bloodhound.
  3. A detective.
    • 1908, (Frank L. Baum), Aunt Jane’s Nieces at Millville Do ye want me to become a sleuth, or engage detectives to track the objects of your erroneous philanthropy?
Synonyms: (detective) detective
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, transitive) To act as a detective; to try to discover who commit a crime.
    • 1922, , The Secret Adversary We must discover where he lives, what he does — sleuth him, in fact!
Synonyms: shadow
etymology 2 From Old English slǣwþ, corresponding to slow + -th.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, uncountable) Slowness; laziness, sloth.
  2. (rare) A collective term for a group of bear.
    • 1961, , A Passport Secretly Green, p.89 As quietly as if I were practicing to join a sleuth of bears, I crept out the door and went on home, eventually winding up in the garage…
    • 1995, , The Girl Sleuth, p.13 If these dainty adventurers weren’t being chased by a sleuth of bears or bogeys, they were being captured by Gypsies or thieves.
    • 2007, , The Lightkeepers’ Menagerie: Stories of Animals at Lighthouses, p.200 From the darkness came the howls of routs of wolves and bands of coyotes, the rumbling growls of a sleuth of bears or the bugles of a gang of elk.
Synonyms: (sloth) idleness, inertia, laziness, lethargy, sloth, slothfulness, (collective term for a group of bears) sloth
  • hustle
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A working dog who tracks or pursues e.g. a wanted criminal
  2. (informal) a detective, a sleuth
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, nonstandard) sleuthlike; of or in the manner of a sleuth.
slew pronunciation
  • /sluː/ (or /sljuː/ in some regions)
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etymology 1 From Irish slua (noun only)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US) A large amount. She has a slew of papers and notebooks strewn all over her desk.
etymology 2 In all senses, a mostly British spelling of slue.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act, or process of slaying.
  2. A device used for slaying.
  3. A change of position.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, nautical) To rotate or turn something about its axis.
  2. (transitive) To veer a vehicle.
  3. (transitive) To insert extra ticks or skip some ticks of a clock to slowly correct its time.
  4. (intransitive) To pivot.
  5. (intransitive) To skid.
  6. (transitive, rail transport) to move something (usually a railway line) sideways The single line was slewed onto the disused up formation to make way for the future redoubling
  7. (transitive, British, slang) To make a public mockery of someone through insult or wit.
etymology 3
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-simple past of slay
etymology 3 Compare slough.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A wet place; a river inlet.
    • Theodore Roosevelt The prairie round about is wet, at times almost marshy, especially at the borders of the great reedy slews.
  • wels
slick etymology From a conflation of several terms; some native to English and others borrowed from fellow Germanic languages, that are all ultimately derived from Proto-Germanic *slīkaną, from Proto-Indo-European *sleig-, *sleiǵ-. pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Slippery due to a covering of liquid; often used to describe appearances. This rain is making the roads slick. The top coating of lacquer gives this finish a slick look.
  2. Appearing expensive or sophisticated. They read all kinds of slick magazines.
  3. Superficially convincing but actually untrustworthy. That new sales rep is slick. Be sure to read the fine print before you buy anything.
    • 2014, Ian Black, "Courts kept busy as Jordan works to crush support for Isis", The Guardian, 27 November 2014: The threat the most radical of them pose is evidently far greater at home than abroad: in one characteristically slick and chilling Isis video – entitled “a message to the Jordanian tyrant” – a smiling, long-haired young man in black pats the explosive belt round his waist as he burns his passport and his fellow fighters praise the memory of Zarqawi, who was killed in Iraq in 2006.
  4. Clever, making an apparently hard task easy; often used sarcastically. Our new process for extracting needles from haystacks is extremely slick. That was a slick move, locking your keys in the car.
  5. (US, West Coast slang) Extraordinarily great or special. That is one slick bicycle: it has all sorts of features!
  6. sleek; smooth
    • Chapman Both slick and dainty.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A covering of liquid, particularly oil. Careful in turn three — there's an oil slick on the road. The oil slick has now spread to cover the entire bay, critically endangering the sea life.
  2. Someone who is clever and untrustworthy.
  3. A tool used to make something smooth or even.
  4. (sports, automotive) A tire with a smooth surface instead of a tread pattern, often used in auto racing. You'll go much faster if you put on slicks.
  5. (US, military slang) A helicopter.
  6. (printing) A camera-ready image to be used by a printer. The "slick" is photographed to produce a negative image which is then used to burn a positive offset plate or other printing device. The project was delayed because the slick had not been delivered to the printer.
  7. A wide paring chisel used in joinery.
Synonyms: (tyre) slick tire, slick tyre
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make slick The surface had been slicked.
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  • licks
slickster etymology slick + ster
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, derogatory) A slick person.
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slidey etymology slide + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Tending to slide or cause sliding; slippery.
    • 1998, Charles Rosen, Barney Polan's game: a novel of the 1951 college basketball scandals (page 58) I always prefer playing indoors on a soft, bouncy, slidey wood surface because outdoor asphalt courts release the day's heat slowly and the softened tar sucks at the bottoms of your sneakers.
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slim etymology From Dutch slim, from Middle Dutch slim, from Proto-Germanic *slimbaz. Compare Middle High German slimp (German schlimm). pronunciation
  • /slɪm/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Slender, thin.
    1. (of a person or a person's build) Slender in an attractive way. Movie stars are usually slim, attractive, and young.
    2. (by extension, of clothing) Designed to make the wearer appear slim.
    3. (of an object) Long and narrow.
    4. (of a workforce) Of a reduced size, with the intent of being more efficient.
  2. (of something abstract like a chance or margin) Very small, tiny. I'm afraid your chances are quite slim.
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  3. (South Africa) Sly, crafty.
Synonyms: See also
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A type of cigarette substantially longer and thinner than normal cigarettes. I only smoke slims.
  2. (East Africa) AIDS, or the chronic wasting associated with its later stages.
  3. (slang, uncountable) Cocaine.
Alternative forms: (AIDS) Slim
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To lose weight in order to achieve slimness
  • mils
  • SMIL
slime etymology From Old English slīm, from Proto-Germanic. Cognates include Dutch slijm, German Schleim, also see Latin limus, Ancient Greek λίμνη 〈límnē〉. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /slaɪm/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Soft, moist earth or clay, having an adhesive quality; viscous mud; any substance of a dirty nature, that is moist, soft, and adhesive; bitumen; mud containing metallic ore, obtained in the preparatory dressing.
    • Shakespeare As it [the Nile] ebbs, the seedsman / Upon the slime and ooze scatters his grain.
  2. Any mucilaginous substance; or a mucus-like substance which exude from the bodies of certain animals, such as snail or slug.
  3. (informal, derogatory) A sneaky, unethical person; a slimeball.
    • 2005, G. E. Nordell, Backlot Requiem: A Rick Walker Mystery If this guy knows who killed Robert, the right thing to do is to tell the police. If he doesn't know, really, then he's an opportunistic slime. It's still blackmail.
  4. (figuratively, obsolete) Human flesh, seen disparagingly; mere human form.
    • {{RQ:Spenser Faerie Queene}}, II.x: th'eternall Lord in fleshly slime / Enwombed was, from wretched Adams line / To purge away the guilt of sinfull crime [...].
  5. (obsolete) = Jew's slime (bitumen)
    • {{RQ:AV}} And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.
Synonyms: (any substance of a dirty nature) sludge
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To coat with slime.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To besmirch or disparage.
  • limes
  • miles, Miles
  • smile
slimebag etymology slime + bag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A person who is unpleasant or underhanded; a slimeball.
slimeball etymology slime + ball
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A person who is slimy (in the figurative sense of underhanded, sneaky).
slimebucket etymology slime + bucket
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, slang) A term of abuse.
Synonyms: {{ws}}
slimehole etymology slime + hole
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, slang) lousy, disreputable, or disgusting place
  2. (derogatory, slang) A term of abuse.
Synonyms: scumhole, shithole, sleazebucket, sleazehole, {{ws}}
slimewad etymology slime + wad
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, slang) A term of abuse.
Synonyms: {{ws}}
slim pickings
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A small amount, paucity; especially in reference to money.
    • 1876, The Gentleman's Magazine, July to December issue, pg. 208: ... they were among the citizens of the Great Republic who got shut into Paris during the siege, and had reason to complain of "the slim pickings" even their dollars commanded during that tragic episode of our neighbours' history.
    • 1920, Harry Alverson Franck, Roaming Through the West Indies, The Century Co., pg. 153: Only at one season during the year does the average Haitian get more than these slim pickings; that is in mango-time, and then the roads and trails are carpeted with the yellow pits.
    • 2008, Mike Wise, The Washington Post, "Redskins Looked Below the Radar," February 10, 2008, : But in a year of slim pickings in the super-coach business -- Cowher and Carroll preferred to wait another day -- there was not much left to choose from.
slimsy pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, colloquial, dated) flimsy; frail
{{Webster 1913}}
slimy etymology From Middle English, from Old English slīmiġ, equivalent to slime + y. Cognate with Dutch slijmig, slijmerig, German schleimig, Swedish slemmig. pronunciation
  • /ˈslaɪ.mi/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or pertaining to, resembling, of the nature of, covered or daubed with, yielding, abounding in slime; viscous; glutinous. Slimy things did crawl with legs Upon the slimy sea. —Coleridge.
  2. (slang, figuratively) friendly in a false, calculating way; underhanded; sneaky.
Synonyms: (slippery) lubricous, (underhanded) conniving
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A ponyfish.
slinch etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (physics, informal) An English unit of mass equal to 12 slug (386.088 pound-mass), that accelerates by 1 inch per second squared (1 in/s²) when a force of one pound-force (lbf) is exerted on it.
sling off
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Australia, colloquial, idiomatic) To criticise or mock
sling one's hook
verb: sling one's hook
  1. (idiomatic, pejorative, colloquial, dismissal) To leave.
    • 2005, Kevin Muir, Run For Freedom, , , “Placing his hand on the doorknob he could hear his father's indignant voice: "If he's no job he can damn well sling his hook, he's not living under my roof free gratis, I want him out."”
slingshoot pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈslɪŋʃuːt/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal, rare) Propel or launch with or as if with a slingshot.
    • 1959: Philip Roth, Goodbye, Columbus: And Five Short Stories, page 35 (Houghton Mifflin) I did not like him and at times had the urge to yank back on his armbands and slingshoot him out past Otto and the lions into the street.
    • 1994: Jose Maria Lacambra, Rising Sun Blinking: A Young Boy’s Memoirs of the Japanese Occupation in the Philippines, page 11 (Sinag-tala Publishers; ISBN 9711172267, 9789711172268) I was always worried about Jesus’ harebrained schemes; something always seemed to go awry with them. Like the time he suggested we slingshoot a beehive off of a tree in his backyard.
slingshot pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈslɪŋʃɒt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, American) A Y-shaped stick with an elastic band between the arms used for shooting small projectile.
Synonyms: bean shooter, catapult (UK), flip, hand catapult, shanghai (Australia and New Zealand)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To move in a manner resembling a slingshot.
  2. Especially, to use the gravity of a moving planet to add momentum to a spacecraft.
slippery pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of a surface, having low friction, often due to being covered in a non-viscous liquid, and therefore hard to grip, hard to stand on without falling, etc. Oily substances render things slippery.
  2. (figuratively, by extension) Evasive; difficult to pin down. a slippery person a slippery promise
  3. (obsolete) Liable to slip; not standing firm.
    • 1602, , , III. iii. 84: Which when they fall, as being slippery standers, / The love that leaned on them, as slippery too, / Do one pluck down another, and together / Die in the fall.
  4. unstable; changeable; inconstant
    • Denham The slippery state of kings.
  5. (obsolete) wanton; unchaste; loose in morals
    • 1610, , , I. ii. 273: My wife is slippery? If thou wilt confess –
related terms:
  • slip
Synonyms: (of a surface) greasy, slick, slimy, slippy, wet
  • (of a surface) sticky
slippery as an eel
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (simile, colloquial) So slippery that it is almost impossible to hold with one's hands
  2. (idiomatic, simile, colloquial) (of a person) So crafty, or cunning that they cannot be caught by the police, although it is known that they are acting illegally.
slippy pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slightly informal) Slippery.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Chapter 13 It was darker now and there were stones and bits of wood on the strand and slippy seaweed.
  2. (dialect, dated) Spry, nimble.
    • 1913, , , Well, come on then, let's look slippy.
Slip Slop Slap Alternative forms: slip-slop-slap
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, NZ, colloquial) a health campaign in Australia and New Zealand exhort people to "slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, and slap on a hat" when they go out into the sun in order to prevent skin cancer. The Cancer Council believes its Slip Slop Slap campaign has played a key role in the dramatic shift in sun protection attitudes and behaviour over the past two decades. People are covering up more and making better use of shade. The Cancer Council Australia website. 1999 - For example in Australia, the ‘Slip Slop Slap' programme (Slip on a shirt, Slop on sunscreen, Slap on a hat) has resulted in a marked reduction in the total of sunburns during the summer. Reducing the Odds: A Manual for the Prevention of Cancer - P 190. by Gabriel A. Kune
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A slide rule.
  • lipsticks
slip the cable
verb: {{head}}
  1. (nautical) To release the end of the cable on board and let it all run out and go overboard, as when there is not time to weigh anchor.
  2. (nautical, slang) To die.
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slit {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ˈslɪt/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A narrow cut or opening; a slot.
  2. (vulgar, slang) The opening of the vagina.
  3. (vulgar, slang, derogatory) A woman, usually a sexually loose woman; a prostitute.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To cut a narrow opening. He slit the bag open and the rice began pouring out.
  2. To split in two parts.
  3. (transitive) To cut; to sever; to divide.
    • Milton: And slits the thin-spun life.
  • list, lits, silt
Sloane Ranger etymology From Sloane Square + Lone Ranger
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, informal) a fashionable young woman of the upper class
Synonyms: Sloanie
Sloanie etymology Sloane + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, informal) A Sloane Ranger.
  • aloesin
  • anisole
  • læsion
  • sea lion, sealion, sea-lion
slob etymology From Irish slaba. Compare slobber, which is of Germanic origin. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /slɒb/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, disapproving) A lazy and slovenly person.
  2. (derogatory) A lazy, obese person.
  • lobs
slobber knocker {{rfi}} Alternative forms: slobberknocker, slobber-knocker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A violent collision experienced by a person.
    • The Berenstain Bears and the female fullback, 68, 067983611X, Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain, 1993, "I'm gonna flatten her with my own personal slobber-knocker block." "She'll never know what hit her!"
    • The sports industry's war on athletes, 72, CSqCAAAAMAAJ, Peter S. Finley, Laura L. Finley, 2006
  2. (informal) A violent physical confrontation. That was a real slobber knocker of a football game.
slogfest etymology slog + -fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An activity or event characterized by a long duration and an exhausting, wearisome perception by its participants.
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noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (cricket) A cricketer who attempts to score run fast by attacking every ball that can be hit.
  2. (colloquial) One who hits hard; a slugger. {{rfquotek}}
  • loggers
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, UK) A combination of any kind of soil and water, made in small areas usually less than 20cm squared. Mixed together it becomes something akin to mud. Predominantly formed and played in by children, usually under the garden privet or hedge.
The term is used in and around Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
slope {{wikipedia}} etymology From aslope. pronunciation
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noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. An area of ground that tends evenly upward or downward. I had to climb a small slope to get to the site.
  2. The degree to which a surface tends upward or downward. The road has a very sharp downward slope at that point.
  3. (mathematics) The ratio of the vertical and horizontal distances between two points on a line; zero if the line is horizontal, undefined if it is vertical. The slope of this line is 0.5
  4. (mathematics) The slope of the line tangent to a curve at a given point. The slope of a parabola increases linearly with x.
  5. The angle a roof surface makes with the horizontal, expressed as a ratio of the units of vertical rise to the units of horizontal length (sometimes referred to as run). The slope of an asphalt shingle roof system should be 4:12 or greater.
  6. (vulgar, highly offensive, ethnic slur) A person of Chinese or other East Asian descent.
Synonyms: (area of ground that tends evenly upward or downward) bank, embankment, gradient, hill, incline, (degree to which a surface tends upward or downward) gradient, (mathematics) first derivative, gradient, (offensive: Chinese person) Chinaman, Chink
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To tend steadily upward or downward. exampleThe road slopes sharply down at that point.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 23 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “If the afternoon was fine they strolled together in the park, very slowly, and with pauses to draw breath wherever the ground sloped upward. The slightest effort made the patient cough.”
  2. (transitive) To form with a slope; to give an oblique or slanting direction to; to incline or slant. exampleto slope the ground in a garden;   to slope a piece of cloth in cutting a garment
  3. (colloquial, usually, followed by a preposition) To try to move surreptitiously. exampleI sloped in through the back door, hoping my boss wouldn't see me.
  4. (military) To hold a rifle at a slope with forearm perpendicular to the body in front holding the butt, the rifle resting on the shoulder. exampleThe order was given to "slope arms".
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete) Sloping.
    • Francis Bacon (1561-1626) A bank not steep, but gently slope.
    • John Milton (1608-1674) Down the slope hills.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (obsolete) slopingly {{rfquotek}}
  • lopes, olpes, poles, Poles
slope off
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal, intransitive) To depart quietly, without being noticed.
sloppy seconds
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (vulgar, plurale tantum) Having sex with someone soon after the person has had sex with someone else.
slore etymology {{blend}} pronunciation {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet slang, derogatory) An extremely promiscuous female or male.
  • 1997, Mr. Luvseoul, in,, and Gorgeous Bare Slore ~ALERT
  • 2001, Maevele S.A. Straw, in I believe I did hear something to that effect on tv a year or so ago, when I hardly knew who this christina slore was.
  • 2002, ATP, in The girl did not look like a slore, she looked fairly wholesome in every other regard.
  • 2003, John Henry, quoted in I'm sitting here wondering why isn't propagating and Google isn't carrying it, and suddenly I download the control message and see this idiot fuckwit slore has rmgrouped it - because "2 days is not long enough for a proper discussion in alt.config."
  • 2004, Morgan Vening, in But you don't often hear about Nicky. Whereas locally, the slore gets pasted across the media constantly.
  • 2005, Yersinia Pestis, in alt.skate-board Raven - "Hmm, sounds like my kinda slore."
  • lo-res
  • loser
  • relos
  • roles
  • sorel
slosh {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 (onomatopoeia); compare splash, splosh.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, of a liquid) To shift chaotically; to splash noisily. The water in his bottle sloshed back and forth as he ran.
  2. (British, colloquial, transitive) To punch (someone).
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A quantity of a liquid; more than a splash As the show progressed, a dollop of backfin crabmeat and a slice of mozzarella was added to the veal, fresh sliced white mushrooms to the beef, followed by a slosh of white wine in one pan and a slosh of brandy in the other.
coordinate terms:
  • splash
etymology 2 By analogy with slash.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing) backslash, the character \.
slot {{slim-wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /slɒt/
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etymology 1 gml slot or Middle Dutch slot, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *slutą. Cognate with German Schloss, Dutch slot.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A broad, flat, wooden bar, a slat, especially as used to secure a door, window, etc.
  2. A metal bolt or wooden bar, especially as a crosspiece.
  3. (electrical) A channel opening in the stator or rotor of a rotating machine for ventilation and insertion of windings.
  4. (slang, surfing) The barrel or tube of a wave.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete) To bolt or lock a door or window.
  2. (obsolete, transitive, UK, dialect) To shut with violence; to slam. to slot a door
etymology 2 From Old French esclot, of unknown origin.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A narrow depression, perforation, or aperture; especially, one for the reception of a piece fit or sliding in it.
  2. A gap in a schedule or sequence.
  3. (aviation) The allocated time for an aircraft's departure or arrival at an airport's runway.
  4. (aviation) In a flying display, the fourth position; after the leader and two wingmen.
  5. (computing) A space in memory or on disk etc. in which a particular type of object can be stored. The game offers four save slots.
  6. (informal) A slot machine designed for gambling.
  7. (slang) The vagina.
    • 2006, Shelby Reed, Madison Hayes, Love a Younger Man (page 165) She'd like him jammed into her slot, like him to crank into her and she didn't think ignition would be far off if he did.
    • 2006, Rod Waleman, The Stepdaughters (page 20) Valerie sighed with pleasure as her husband skillfully found her slot and inserted the head of his straining prick inside, then bucked its thick-stemmed length all the way up her sex-channel.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To put something (such as a coin) into a slot (narrow aperture)
  2. To assign something or someone into a slot (gap in a schedule or sequence)
  3. To put something where it belongs.
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etymology 3 From Old French esclot, from Old Norse slóð. Compare sleuth.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The track of an animal, especially a deer.
    • 1819: “One is from Hexamshire; he is wont to trace the Tynedale and Teviotdale thieves, as a bloodhound follows the slot of a hurt deer.” — Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
  • lost
  • lots
  • STOL
slowback etymology slow + back?
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic, slang) A lubber; an idle fellow; a loiterer. {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, UK) a person who moves slow. Hey you slowcoaches in the back! Get a move on!
    • 1911, Chesterton, The Innocence of Father Brown, : They were both very quiet, respectable people; one of them paid the bill and went out; the other, who seemed a slower coach altogether, was some minutes longer getting his things together.
Synonyms: plodder, sluggard, (US & Canadian equivalent (and recently popular in the UK)) slowpoke
slow up
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) To slow, slow down, decelerate.
Synonyms: slow, slow down, decelerate
  • speed up, accelerate
sludge {{wikipedia}} etymology Possibly related to slush. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A generic term for solids separated from suspension in a liquid.
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  2. A residual semi-solid material left from industrial, water treatment, or wastewater treatment processes.
  3. A sediment of accumulated minerals in a steam boiler.
  4. A mass of small pieces of ice on the surface of a body of water.
  5. (uncountable, music) sludge metal
Synonyms: (separated solids) mud, mire, ooze, slush
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, informal) to slump or slouch.
  2. (intransitive) to slop or drip slowly.
{{abbreviation-old}}: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, military, aviation, slang)(dated) Short Little Ugly Fucker, nickname for the Vought A-7 Corsair II jet fighter-bomber
  • flus
acronym: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (slang, US, Air Force) Short Little Ugly Fat Fellow (or Fucker); US Airforce nickname for the A-7 bomber.
related terms:
  • BUFF
slug {{wikipedia}} etymology Originally referred to a lazy person, from Middle English slugge, probably of Scandinavian/Old Norse origin; compare dialectal Norwegian sluggje. pronunciation
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  • {{enPR}}, /slʌɡ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of many terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk, having no (or only rudimentary) shell
  2. (obsolete) A slow, lazy person; a sluggard. {{rfquotek}} Why, lamb! Why, lady! Fie, you slug-a-bed. Romeo and Juliet
  3. A bullet (projectile).
  4. A counterfeit coin, especially one used to steal from vending machines.
  5. A shot of a drink, usually alcoholic.
  6. (journalism) A title, name or header, a catchline, a short phrase or title to indicate the content of a newspaper or magazine story for editing use.
  7. (physics, rarely used) the Imperial (English) unit of mass that accelerates by 1 foot per second squared (1 ft/s²) when a force of one pound-force (lbf) is exerted on it.
  8. A discrete mass of a material that moves as a unit, usually through another material.
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    • Occupational safety and health decisions, United States. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, United States. Board of Mine Operations Appeals, 1987, “Then, just a few nights before August 6, Gilbert testified that a "slug of sand-rock" weighing an estimate of one to two tons fell on his continuous miner as he was taking a cut, approximately fifteen feet from where he was standing.”
    • The Corps and the Shore, page 159, Orrin H. Pilkey, Katharine L. Dixon, 1998, “Tvpically, enough sand is emplaced to create a slug of sand that moves along the shore causing noticeable and somewhat dramatic local changes.”
    • The oil industry of the former Soviet Union, page 112, N. A. Krylov, A. A. Bokserman, Evgeniĭ Romanovich Stavrovskiĭ, 1998
    • Lee's loss prevention in the process industries, page 16-115, Sam Mannan, Frank P. Lees, 2005, “Another phenomenon investigated was a slug of water falling through the cloud.”
    • Disinfection of pipelines and storage facilities field guide, page 54, William Lauer, Fred Sanchez, 2007, “This method uses a slug of 100 mg/L chlorinated water as a slug that moves along the length of the pipeline. The slug is a percentage of the total length of the pipeline.”
    • The water dictionary: a comprehensive reference of water terminology, page 556, Nancy E. McTigue, James M. Symons, American Water Works Association, 2010, “For example, a slug of iron rust might appear because of the shearing action of a high-demand flow that loosens a previously deposited iron precipitate.”
    • Extreme Environmental Events, page 1198, Robert A. Meyers, 2010, “These experiments investigate the ascent of a slug of gas in a vertical liquid-filed tube featuring a flare that abruptly doubles the cross sectional area.”
    • The Art of Rimfire Accuracy, page 125, Bill Calfee, 2011, “You had to learn to grab the teat up next to the udder with your thumb and side of your first finger, grab a slug of milk and progressively squeeze it down the teat past your middle finger, ring finger and little finger”
  9. A motile pseudoplasmodium formed by amoeba working together.
  10. (television editing) A black screen.
  11. (metal typesetting) A piece of type metal imprinted by a Linotype machine; also a black mark placed in the margin to indicate an error.
  12. (regional) A stranger picked up as a passenger to enable legal use of high occupancy vehicle lanes.
  13. (web design) The last part of a clean URL, the displayed resource name, similar to a filename.
  14. (obsolete) A hindrance; an obstruction. {{rfquotek}}
  15. A ship that sails slowly.
    • Samuel Pepys His rendezvous for his fleet, and for all slugs to come to, should be between Calais and Dover.
  16. (US, slang, District of Columbia) A hitchhiking commuter.
Synonyms: (a quantity of a drink) See also
related terms:
  • lug
  • sluggard
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To drink quickly; to gulp.
  2. To down a shot.
  3. (transitive) To hit very hard, usually with the fist. He insulted my mother, so I slugged him. The fighter slugged his opponent into unconsciousness.
  4. To take part in casual carpool; to form ad hoc, informal carpools for commuting, essentially a variation of ride-share commuting and hitchhiking.
  5. (intransitive, of a bullet) To become reduced in diameter, or changed in shape, by passing from a larger to a smaller part of the bore of the barrel.
  6. (obsolete, intransitive) To move slowly or sluggishly; to lie idle.
    • Spenser To slug in sloth and sensual delight.
  7. (transitive) To load with a slug or slugs. to slug a gun
  8. To make sluggish. {{rfquotek}}
  • lugs
slugfest etymology slug + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (baseball, slang) A baseball game in which many runs are scored, especially by home runs The game turned into a 15-9 slugfest.
  2. (boxing, slang) A boxing match or fight marked by a heavy exchange of blows The championship bout was a slugfest; both fighters were bloodied.
  3. (sports) A game or match in which heavy hit are exchanged
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sluggish etymology slug + ish pronunciation
  • /ˈslʌɡɪʃ/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Habitually idle and lazy; slothful; dull; inactive; as, a sluggish man. And the sluggish land slumbers in utter neglect. --
  2. Slow; having little motion; as, a sluggish stream.
  3. Having no power to move one's self or itself; inert. Matter, being impotent, sluggish, and inactive, hath no power to stir or move itself. -- Woodward
  4. Characteristic of a sluggard; dull; stupid; tame; simple.
  5. Exhibiting economic decline, inactivity, slow or subnormal growth. Inflation has been rising despite sluggish economy.
  • So sluggish a conceit. --
Synonyms: See also , See also
sluice {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English sluse, alteration of scluse, from xno escluse, from ll exclusa, from Latin exclūsus, form of exclūdō (English exclude). pronunciation
  • /sluːs/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An artificial passage for water, fitted with a valve or gate, as in a mill stream, for stopping or regulating the flow; also, a water gate or flood gate.
  2. Hence, an opening or channel through which anything flows; a source of supply.
    • {{rfdate}} {{MW1913Abbr}} Each sluice of affluent fortune opened soon.
    • {{rfdate}} {{MW1913Abbr}} This home familiarity … opens the sluices of sensibility.
  3. The stream flowing through a flood gate.
  4. (mining) A long box or trough through which water flows, used for washing auriferous earth.
  5. (linguistics) An instance of wh-stranding ellipsis, or sluicing.
coordinate terms:
  • dam
  • lock
  • weir
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (rare) To emit by, or as by, flood gates. {{rfquotek}}
  2. To wet copiously, as by opening a sluice; as, to sluice meadows. {{rfquotek}}
    • {{rfdate}} {{MW1913Abbr}} He dried his neck and face, which he had been sluicing with cold water.
  3. To wash with, or in, a stream of water running through a sluice. to sluice earth or gold dust in a sluice box in placer mining
  4. (linguistics) To elide the C` in a coordinated wh-question. See sluicing.
coordinate terms:
  • (washing in mining) pan
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  • lucies
slumlord etymology From slum + landlord
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) A person who makes money by renting housing that is kept in poor condition.
slunt etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, derogatory, rare) A very slutty person.
    • 2001, "Drazic the No 1 Sickboy", Kim Page to new WCW or WWF? (on Internet newsgroup I sure hope not. Way too many untalented bimbo slunts getting tv time already.
    • 2002, "Hollywood®Boy", Tag (on Internet newsgroup alt.religion.jiffyism) I like talking to married ladies though, cause most they the safest. Of course, you got some married slunts, but the ones that get it are really neat peeples. Which brings me to a sore point - I hate being single and scrounging in the singles scene.
    • 2004, "Golden God MMkay", ASBCW~! Cracky Is Nacho Hats - 11/01/04 (on Internet newsgroup alt.skate-board) Kolle, you slunt, as long as I'm in power, you'll never even touch that title~! If you were champion, the ratings would go down even lower than when Craiggers left the Late Late Show~!
slushbox etymology slush + box pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, automotive) An automatic transmission (in reference to the fluid-coupling of the torque converter). The slushbox did nothing to improve an already sluggish response. Slushboxes are taking over the scrub. Once scorned in the bush, the automatic gearbox today is more widely accepted in traditional four-wheel drive wagons. "Bush bashers go auto." The Sunday Telegraph. 2002 July 21. Pg. A05.
slushbreaker etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Canada, derogatory, politics, shipping) an icebreaker with poor icebreaking capabilities, unable to operate year-round in Arctic or polar conditions
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, publishing) A collection of rejected or unsolicited manuscripts.
slushy etymology From slush + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Covered in slush.
  2. Having the consistency of slush.
  3. (of a person) Soupy.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A slushie a flavoured frozen drink made with ice crystals
  2. (Australia, colloquial, slang) A kitchen helper.
Alternative forms: slush, slushie
slut etymology First attested in 1402 {{C.E.}}, with the meaning "untidy woman"; cognate with the Dutch slodder, dialectal Swedish slata. From the Late Middle English slutte, from slut; of uncertain origin beyond that. Compare the dialectal Norwegian slutr. pronunciation
  • /slʌt/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable, often derogatory) A sexual promiscuous woman or girl. She's a slut, but I love her.
    1. (countable) By extension, a prostitute. You could hire a slut for a few hours, if you're that desperate.
  2. (countable, derogatory) A man with the above qualities, often a gay man.
    • 2005, Before he met you, he was such a whore. No, I'm sorry! Whores get paid. He was a slut.
  3. (countable, archaic, derogatory) A slovenly, untidy person, usually a woman.
    • 1600 {{C.E.}}: William Shakespeare, As you like it Clo. Truly, and to cast away honestie vppon a foule slut, were to put good meate into an vncleane dish. \ Aud. I am not a slut, though I thanke the Goddes I am foule.
    • 1602 {{C.E.}}: William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor Where fires thou find’st unrak’d, and hearths unswept, \ There pinch the Maids as blew as Bill-berry, \ Our radiant Queene, hates Sluts, and Sluttery.
  4. (countable, obsolete, derogatory) A bold, outspoken woman.
    • 1728 {{C.E.}}: John Gay, Begger’s Opera Our Polly is a sad Slut! nor heeds what we have taught her.
  5. (countable, obsolete) A female dog.
    • 1852 {{C.E.}}: Susanna Moodie, Roughing it in the Bush ‘Bete!’ returned the angry Frenchman, bestowing a savage kick on one of the unoffending pups which was frisking about his feet. The pup yelped; the slut barked and leaped furiously at the offender, and was only kept from biting him by Sam, who could scarcely hold her back for laughing; the captain was uproarious; the offended Frenchman alone maintained a severe and dignified aspect. The dogs were at length dismissed, and peace restored.
  6. (countable, obsolete) A maid.
    • 1664 {{C.E.}}: Samuel Pepys, The Diary of Samuel Pepys Our little girl Susan is a most admirable slut, and pleases us mightily, doing more service than both the others and deserves wages better.
  7. (countable, obsolete) A rag soaked in a flammable substance and lit for illumination.
Synonyms: See also ., See also .
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To wear slutty clothing or makeup, or otherwise behave in a slutty manner.
    • 1998, , The Winner: Shirley, you slut around here again, and I swear to God I'll break your neck.
  • lust
  • UTSL
slutbag Alternative forms: slut bag, slut-bag etymology slut + bag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A promiscuous woman.
    • 2001, Sky Gilbert, I Am Kasper Klotz, ECW Press (2001), ISBN 1550224778, page 105: And they'd have to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that I had infected all these little slutbags, right?
    • 2006, Lisi Harrison, The Pretty Committee Strikes Back, Poppy (2006), ISBN 9780316041737, unnumbered page: It pumped faster than it ever had before, like it was about to burst through her chest and pummel the slutbag who was moving in on her guy.
    • 2009 September 21, Steven Molaro, "The Electric Can Opener Fluctuation", episode 3-1 of , 00:09:17-00:09:21: Penny: Then they named stupid Valerie Mosbacher head cheerleader. Big old slutbag.
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  2. (slang, derogatory) A promiscuous man.
    • 2008, D. Young, Go Forth, and Sin No More: Dragon Diaries, PublishAmerica, ISBN 1604740183, page 179: I told her, "He is a slut bag. He likes many women, and they like him."
Synonyms: See also .
slutdom etymology slut + dom
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sometimes, offensive) The state or quality of being a slut.
    • 2007, Stevi Mittman, Whose Number Is Up, Anyway?, page 127: I don't really feel much like watching my descent into slutdom captured on tape after I've carried Lys back into her room.
    • 2008, Natale Stenzel, Pandora's Box (page 51) She thinks I'm one mass of inhibitions and hang-ups just because I prefer serial monogamy to perpetual slutdom.
    • 2011, The Best American Mystery Stories: 2011, page 42: … while the whole table turned to the question of just what constituted sluttiness. Was it a matter of attitude? Of specific behavior? Was one born to slutdom, or was the status acquired? Was it solely a female province? Could you have male sluts?
Synonyms: sluthood, slutness
slutface etymology From slut + face.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) A contemptible promiscuous person.
    • 2008, Jaqueline Signori, Ada, page 13 You don't have a boyfriend, slutface, you take on the whole school.
sluthead etymology slut + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang, offensive, rare) A contemptible person.
sluthood etymology slut + hood
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sometimes, offensive) The state or period of being a slut.
    • 1976, Florence King, Southern ladies and gentlemen, page 55: Race enters into it only insofar as race enters into the Blue Angel Syndrome; the combination of a white woman and a black man has traditionally been "proof" of her sluthood
    • 2004, Bob Martin, Ernest Naspretto, The Thick Blue Line, page 411: Somewhere I started drinking again but because of my beliefs and the fact I have a wonderful women for a wife, I managed not to return to my days of male sluthood.
    • 2011, Ruby Pearl Saffire, Second Sluthood: A Manifesto for the Post-Menopausal, Pre-Senilic Matriarch
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Synonyms: slutdom, slutness
  • holdouts
slutness etymology slut + ness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, sometimes, offensive) The state of being a slut.
    • 1995, Michael Lane, Pink highways: tales of queer madness on the open road, page 67: Annie Sprinkle, the lover of men and women alike, the oversexed goddess who celebrates her slutness finally announces after an hour of packing, primping and phoning that she is now ready to leave.
    • 2010, Marshall Moore, Black Shapes in a Darkened Room, page 275: … it had been long enough since the sexathon in Budapest that I had the energy for full-time slutness.
    • 2010, Mark Hunter, Love in the Time of AIDS, page 189: There is already a girl that I am involved with so stay away with your slutness.
Synonyms: sluthood, slutdom

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