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sluttify etymology slut + ify
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (ambitransitive, informal, rare) To make slutty.
    • 2009, Alexa Young, Frenemies #2: Faketastic She was supposed to help Halley, not use their agreement as an excuse to sluttify — unless, that is, it had actually been Avalon's mission to get a boyfriend.
    • 2010, Donna Freitas, The Possibilities of Sainthood All Normal Catholic Schoolgirls had creative ways of sluttifying our pure-as-the-driven-snow required attire.
related terms:
  • sluttification
sluttish etymology slut + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (vulgar) Like a slut; sexual promiscuous.
  2. (chiefly, dated) Dirty or untidy; disorderly.
    • 1815 (1823 reprint), Walter Scott, Guy Mannering, in the Novels and Tales of the Author of Waverly, volume 3: … an air of liberal, though sluttish, plenty, indicated the wealthy farmer.
    • 1996 February 7, Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones's Diary (, accessed 2009-08-03), in The Independent (London): "Check plates and cutlery for tell-tale signs of sluttish washing up …"
Synonyms: slatternlySynonyms: slutty
slutwad etymology slut + wad
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A promiscuous person.
slutwear etymology slut + wear
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Slutty, revealing clothing.
    • 2006, Anne Thomas Soffee, Nerd Girl Rocks Paradise City, page 101: My motivation is not the cheesy blue ribbon or the even cheesier grandma-issue lapel pin but the promise of slinky Ieather slutwear with which to drape my shrinking form.
    • 2007, Libby Purves, A Little Learning, page 243: The growing problem of pubescent girls decked out in bare-bellied slutwear with visible thongs would be neatly knocked on the head …
smaak etymology Afrikaans
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, South Africa, slang) To like; to be attracted to.
    • 2005, Al Lovejoy, Acid Alex He said the best thing that ever happened to him there was one time when he managed to fuck a chick he smaaked through the bars one night.
    • 2005, David Evans, A Touch of the Sun 'I thought he was quite good-looking for a Tottie,' Carol said. 'I smaaked that scar - like a pirate.'
smack pronunciation
  • /smæk/
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etymology 1 From Middle English smac, smak, smacke, from Old English smæċ, from Proto-Germanic *smakkuz, from Proto-Indo-European *smegʰ-, *smeg-. Cognate with English dialectal smatch, Scots smak, Saterland Frisian Smoak, Western Frisian smaak, Dutch smaak, German Schmack, Geschmack, Swedish smak. Akin to Old English smæccan. More at smake, smatch.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A distinct flavor.
  2. A slight trace of something; a smattering.
    • 1883, , He was not sailorly, and yet he had a smack of the sea about him too.
  3. (slang) Heroin.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To indicate or suggest something. Her reckless behavior smacks of pride.
    • Shakespeare All sects, all ages, smack of this vice.
  2. To have a particular taste.
etymology 2 From gml smack (Low German Schmacke) or Dutch smak.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small sailing vessel, commonly rigged as a sloop, used chiefly in the coasting and fishing trade and often called a .
etymology 3 From or akin to Dutch smakken, Plautdietsch schmaksen, regional German schmacken (compare Swedish smak, gml smacken, the first part of Saterland Frisian smakmuulje).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A sharp blow; a slap. See also: spank.
  2. A loud kiss.
    • Shakespeare a clamorous smack
  3. A quick, sharp noise, as of the lips when suddenly separated, or of a whip.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To slap someone, or to make a smacking sound.
    • Benjamin Disraeli A horse neighed, and a whip smacked, there was a whistle, and the sound of a cart wheel.
  2. (New Zealand) To strike a child (usually on the buttocks) as a form of discipline. (US spank)
  3. To wetly separate the lips, making a noise, after tasting something or in expectation of a treat.
    • 1763, Robert Lloyd, “A Familiar Epistle” in St. James Magazine: But when, obedient to the mode / Of panegyric, courtly ode / The bard bestrides, his annual hack, / In vain I taste, and sip and smack, / I find no flavour of the Sack.
  4. To kiss with a close compression of the lips, so as to make a sound when they separate.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. As if with a smack or slap Right smack bang in the middle.
  • macks
smack-dab Alternative forms: smack dab pronunciation
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adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (slang) Exactly; directly; precisely; dead-center. I tossed the water balloon and it landed smack-dab on the top of his head.
smacker etymology smack + er pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who smack or spanks.
    • 2001, Eric F. Fagan, Cast Your Net It makes no difference whether the SMC is the smacker or the smackee. Does the SMC talk about physical violence in a matter-of-fact way? This isn't passion; it is evidence of sickness.
  2. One who makes a smacking noise, especially while eating.
  3. (slang) kiss
    • Who p-p-plugged Roger Rabbit?, page 236, Gary K. Wolf, 1991, “She planted me with a smacker so scorchy it singed my socks.”
  4. (plural only) lips
  5. (colloquial) a dollar
  6. (British, colloquial, usually plural) a pound (money)
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  1. (slang) Smackers (dollars or pounds); money.
    • 1968, Norman Mailer, Miami and the siege of Chicago ...the kind of man who certainly couldn't think much of you if, my goodness, you wouldn't spring ten thousand smackeroonies for a casket.
    • 2000, Gordon Rogoff, Vanishing acts: theater since the sixties It's a comforting fallacy, especially when, as in the case of Iceman, you're about to reach deep into your pocket for a hundred smackeroonies.
    • 2002, Daniel O'Connor, George Plimpton, Iron Mike: A Mike Tyson Reader ...smackeroonies will just keep rolling in for him. This is a man who will make more in a night than Michael Jordan gets paid in a year.
    • 2005, Louise de Teliga, Fashion Slaves "Fifty thousand smackeroonies! I could be out of debt!" She jumped out of bed and did a little jig.
    • 2007, Lucinda Jarrett, Creative Engagement in Palliative Care 5FU is cheap, it's abundant, it comes out of the lab quicker than a jackrabbit and it has just earned you 120 smackeroonies at 6-1.
smackhead etymology smack + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, slang) A person who regularly uses heroin.
smack up
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  1. (informal) To beat up physically.
    • 1997, Lorraine Johnson-Coleman, Just plain folks They might even smack her up a bit but not too much.
    • 1997, , Smack My Bitch Up (song title)
    • 2001, Craig Lesley, Storm Riders "If I don't protect the baby, the bears will smack her up."
small {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /smɔːl/
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  • (US) /smɔl/
  • (cot-caught) /smɑl/
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etymology From Middle English smal, from Old English smæl, from Proto-Germanic *smalaz, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)mal-, *(s)mel-. Cognate with Scots smal; sma; Western Frisian smel; Dutch smal; German schmal; Danish, Norwegian, Swedish små; Latin malus; Russian ма́лый 〈mályj〉.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Not large or big; insignificant; few in numbers or size.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 5 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “Here, in the transept and choir, where the service was being held, one was conscious every moment of an increasing brightness; colours glowing vividly beneath the circular chandeliers, and the rows of small lights on the choristers' desks flashed and sparkled in front of the boys' faces, deep linen collars, and red neckbands.”
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    exampleA small serving of ice cream. exampleA small group. exampleHe made us all feel small.
  2. (figuratively) Young, as a child. exampleRemember when the children were small?
  3. (writing, incomparable) Minuscule or lowercase, referring to written letter.
  4. Envincing little worth or ability; not large-minded; paltry; mean.
    • Carlyle A true delineation of the smallest man is capable of interesting the greatest man.
  5. Not prolonged in duration; not extended in time; short. a small space of time
Synonyms: (not large or big) little, microscopic, minuscule, minute, tiny; see also , (young, as a child) little, wee (Scottish), young, (of written letters) lowercase, minuscule
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  • (not large or big) capital, big, generous (said of an amount of something given), large
  • (young, as a child) adult, grown-up, old
  • (of written letters) big, capital, majuscule, uppercase
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. In a small fashion.
    • {{circa}} William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act I, scene 2, line 49: That's all one: you shall play it in a mask, and / you may speak as small as you will.
  2. In or into small pieces.
    • 2009, Ingrid Hoffman, CBS Early Morning for September 28, 2009 (transcription) That's going to go in there. We've got some chives small chopped as well.
  3. (obsolete) To a small extent.
    • {{rfdate}} William Shakespeare, Sonnets, "Lucrece", line 1273 It small avails my mood.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any part of something that is smaller or slimmer than the rest, now usually with anatomical reference to the back.
  2. (UK, in the plural) Underclothes.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete, transitive) To make little or less.
  2. (intransitive) To become small; to dwindle.
    • Thomas Hardy And smalled till she was nought at all.
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  • malls
small ball
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A baseball strategy that relies on baserunning, singles and hitting for average rather than hitting home runs
small change
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Coins of little value kept in one's pocket or bag.
  2. (idiomatic) A minor or insignificant amount of money. The cost of toothpaste is small change compared to the cost of dental work.
This idiom can also used in the negative to indicate a great deal of money: The car he wants costs $38,000, and that's no small change. Synonyms: loose change, spare change, shrapnel (slang)
smallest room
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (euphemistic) toilet, lavatory or loo
    • 1989, Grant Naylor, Red Dwarf "Aliens used up our bog roll?""Just because they're aliens, it doesn't mean they don't have to visit the smallest room. Only, they probably do something weird and alienesque; like it comes out of the top of their heads, or something."
  2. (euphemistic) bathroom (US)
small fry
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One or more small or immature fish.
  2. (informal) One or more children.
  3. (idiomatic) One or more persons or things of relatively little consequence, importance, or value. The police did not arrest the drug dealer since he was small fry compared to his boss. These slot machines are just the small fry. The big games are in the back room.
Synonyms: small potatoes
smallie etymology small + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (fishing, informal) smallmouth bass
small man syndrome
noun: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) Humorous or supposed condition affecting short men which makes them excessively competitive as a way of compensating for their lack of stature.
small of the back
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The relatively narrow, lumbar region of the back.
smallpox blanket etymology Blankets infected with smallpox were used against Native Americans at the .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, idiomatic) An apparently benevolent offering whose real intent is to disrupt, destabilize or weaken.
smalls etymology From small. pronunciation
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  1. (UK, Australia, informal) Underwear. He's in the garden hanging his smalls on the washing line. The smalls he was wearing were tight.
    • 1917, , , 2007, Echo Library, page 31, Unkempt, bearded to the eyes, there he stood clutching his shapeless old cabbage-tree, in mud-stained jumper and threadbare smalls—the very spit of the unsuccessful digger.
    • 2008, Donna Wheeler, Melbourne & Victoria City Guide, Lonely Planet, page 198, …there are also some great B&Bs and guesthouses where you can unpack a toothbrush and fresh set of smalls for the morning.
    • 2008, Shauna Reid, The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl, page 7, They billowed in the sticky summer breeze, curved and enormous like the sails of the Sydney Opera House. Just when did my smalls become so impossibly large?
  2. plural of small
small time
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A modest level of achievement, often local The TV talent show rocketed her from the small time to stardom.
  • big time
  • metallism
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, derogatory) Suited to, or typical of, a small town or its inhabitant (suggesting lack of knowledge of the wider world).
Synonyms: parochial
smart pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /smɑɹt/
  • (RP) /smɑːt/
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etymology 1 From Middle English smerten, from Old English smeortan, from Proto-Germanic *smertaną, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)merd-. Cognate with Scots smert, Dutch smarten, German schmerzen, Danish smerte, Swedish smärta.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To hurt or sting. After being hit with a pitch, the batter exclaimed "Ouch, my arm smarts!"
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula Chapter 21 He moved convulsively, and as he did so, said, "I'll be quiet, Doctor. Tell them to take off the strait waistcoat. I have had a terrible dream, and it has left me so weak that I cannot move. What's wrong with my face? It feels all swollen, and it smarts dreadfully."
  2. (transitive) To cause a smart or sting in.
    • T. Adams A goad that … smarts the flesh.
  3. To feel a pungent pain of mind; to feel sharp pain or grief; to suffer; to feel the sting of evil.
    • Alexander Pope No creature smarts so little as a fool.
    • Bible, Proverbs xi. 15 He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it.
etymology 2 From Middle English smart, smarte, smerte, from Old English smeart, from Proto-Germanic *smartaz, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)merd-. Cognate with Scots smert, ofs smert.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Causing sharp pain; stinging.
    • Shakespeare How smart a lash that speech doth give my conscience.
  2. Sharp; keen; poignant. a smart pain
  3. Exhibiting social ability or cleverness.
    • 1811, Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, chapter 19 I always preferred the church, and I still do. But that was not smart enough for my family. They recommended the army. That was a great deal too smart for me.
  4. Exhibiting intellectual knowledge, such as that found in books.
  5. (often, in combination) Equipped with intelligent behaviour. smart bomb, smart car smartcard, smartphone
  6. Good-looking. a smart outfit
  7. Cleverly shrewd and humorous in a way that may be rude and disrespectful. He became tired of his daughter's sarcasm and smart remarks.
    • Young Who, for the poor renown of being smart / Would leave a sting within a brother's heart?
    • Addison a sentence or two, … which I thought very smart
  8. Sudden and intense.
    • Clarendon smart skirmishes, in which many fell
    • 1860 July 9, Henry David Thoreau, journal entry, from Thoreau's bird-lore, Francis H. Allen (editor), Houghton Mifflin (Boston, 1910), Thoreau on Birds: notes on New England birds from the Journals of Henry David Thoreau, Beacon Press, (Boston, 1993), page 239: There is a smart shower at 5 P.M., and in the midst of it a hummingbird is busy about the flowers in the garden, unmindful of it, though you would think that each big drop that struck him would be a serious accident.
  9. (US, Southern, dated) Intense in feeling; painful. Used usually with the adverb intensifier right. He raised his voice, and it hurt her feelings right smart. That cast on his leg chaffs him right smart.
  10. (archaic) Efficient; vigorous; brilliant.
    • Dryden The stars shine smarter.
  11. (archaic) Pretentious; showy; spruce. a smart gown
  12. (archaic) Brisk; fresh. a smart breeze
Synonyms: (exhibiting social ability) bright, capable, sophisticated, witty, (exhibiting intellectual knowledge) cultivated, educated, learned, see also , (good-looking) attractive, chic, stylish, handsome, (cleverly and/or sarcastically humorous) silly
  • (exhibiting social ability) backward, banal, boorish, dull, inept
  • (exhibiting intellectual knowledge) ignorant, uncultivated, simple
  • (good-looking) garish, outré, tacky
etymology 3 From Middle English smerte, from smerten. See above. Cognate with Scots smert, Dutch smart, Low German smart, German Schmerz, Danish smerte, Swedish smärta. More above.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A sharp, quick, lively pain; a sting.
  2. Mental pain or suffering; grief; affliction.
    • Milton To stand 'twixt us and our deserved smart.
    • Spenser Counsel mitigates the greatest smart.
  3. Smart-money.
  4. (slang, dated) A dandy; one who is smart in dress; one who is brisk, vivacious, or clever. {{rfquotek}}
  • marts
  • trams
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) alternative form of smart arse
smart-arsed Alternative forms: smart-assed (US)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) having the irritating qualities of a smart arse, with a know-it-all attitude.
smartass Alternative forms: smart ass, smart arse (UK, AU, NZ)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) One who is particularly insolent, who tends to make snide remarks or jokes. Lots of luck, smartass.
Synonyms: smart aleck, smart-aleck, smart alec, smart-alec
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Related to or characteristic of a smartass. I have had quite enough of your smartass remarks.
smart ass Alternative forms: smart arse, smartarse, smartass, smart-ass
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A person regarded with an obnoxiously determined advancement of one's own personality, wishes, or views.
Synonyms: know-it-all, smart aleck, wiseacre
related terms:
  • hard-ass
smartassery etymology smartass + ery
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The behaviour of a smartass.
    • 1978, Stephen King, The Stand 'Is that the best you can do with all your big-talk smartassery? Aspirin?' Harold stuffed his hands into his pockets and looked at her miserably, accepting the rebuke.
smart cookie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An individual regarded as clever, astute, or judicious.
    • 1992, , Thunder Below!: The USS Barb Revolutionizes Submarine Warfare in World War II, University of Illinois Press (1997), ISBN 0252066707, page 373: Newland, lead cook and a smart cookie, would find some way to feed them if they got stranded ashore.
    • 1998, Seth Goldstein, "DVD Not The Only Concern For Tape's Sell-Through Biz; DVD Packagers Roll 'Em Out", Billboard, 28 November 1998: Is it a coincidence that Fox Home Entertainment, one smart cookie in sell-through, has designated the $170 million hit "There's Something About Mary" for rental?
    • 2008, Douglas E. Egenolf, The Last Seasons: The Story of the Bird Hunter, Dog Ear Publishing (2008), ISBN 9781598587913, page 64: This dog was one smart cookie and was quickly picking up the game plan.
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  1. en-third-person singular of smart
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  1. (informal, chiefly, US) intelligence; smartness
    • 1981, Philip K. Dick, Valis, ISBN 0-553-20594-3, p. 36 A lot can be said for the infinite mercies of God, but the smarts of a good pharmacist, when you get down to it, is worth more.
    • 2007, Fern Michaels, Free Fall, page 142 "Guess that was a stupid question. Either you're smart or you're not. I am not book smart but I have street smarts. I think street smarts are important.
smash etymology From a {{blend}}. Compare Swedish smask, Swedish dialectal smaska, Danish smaske, Low German smaksen. pronunciation
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  1. The sound of a violent impact; a violent striking together. I could hear the screech of the brakes, then the horrible smash of cars colliding.
  2. (British, colloquial) A traffic accident. The driver and two passengers were badly injured in the smash.
  3. (colloquial, entertainment) Something very successful. This new show of mine is sure to be a smash.
    • 2012, Tom Lamont, How Mumford & Sons became the biggest band in the world (in The Daily Telegraph, 15 November 2012) Soundcheck for the band, today, takes place at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. It is late afternoon and while the arena's 17,000 outdoor seats are still empty the four members of Mumford & Sons – prospering British folk band, in the middle of a long tour of Australia, the US and the UK, their newly released album Babel a smash on all fronts – wander to centre stage.
  4. (tennis) A very hard overhead shot hit sharply downward. A smash may not be as pretty as a good half volley, but it can still win points.
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  5. (colloquial, archaic) bankruptcy
Synonyms: (sound of a violent impact): crash, (colloquial: traffic accident): crash, (colloquial: something very successful): smash hit
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To break (something brittle) violently.
    • 1895, H. G. Wells, The Time Machine, Chapter X Now, I still think that for this box of matches to have escaped the wear of time for immemorial years was a strange, and for me, a most fortunate thing. Yet oddly enough I found here a far more unlikely substance, and that was camphor. I found it in a sealed jar, that, by chance, I supposed had been really hermetically sealed. I fancied at first the stuff was paraffin wax, and smashed the jar accordingly. But the odor of camphor was unmistakable.
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    exampleThe demolition team smashed the buildings to rubble. exampleThe flying rock smashed the window to pieces.
  2. To hit extremely hard. exampleHe smashed his head against the table. exampleBonds smashed the ball 467 feet, the second longest home run in the history of the park.
  3. (figuratively) To ruin completely and suddenly. exampleThe news smashed any hopes of a reunion.
  4. (transitive, figuratively) To defeat overwhelming. exampleThe Indians smashed the Yankees 22-0.
  5. (US) To deform through continuous pressure. exampleI slowly smashed the modeling clay flat with the palm of my hand.
  6. (intransitive) To be destroyed by being smashed. exampleThe crockery smashed as it hit the floor.
  7. (transitive, slang, vulgar, of a man) To have sexual intercourse with. exampleWould you smash her?
Synonyms: (break violently): dash, shatter, (hit extremely hard): pound, thump, wallop, (ruin completely and suddenly): dash, (defeat overwhelmingly): slaughter, trounce, (be destroyed by being smashed): shatter
related terms:
  • go to smash
  • smash and grab
  • smash hit
  • smash into
  • smash up
  • smashed
  • smashing
  • shams
smashed etymology smash + ed pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Drunk. I was so smashed last night, I don’t remember how I got home!
Synonyms: See also
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  1. en-past of smash
smasher etymology smash + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Something that, or someone who, smash
  2. (slang) An attractive person (see also smashing)
  3. (slang, dated) Anything very large or extraordinary; a whopper.
  4. (UK, slang, obsolete) One who pass counterfeit coin.
  • marshes
  • mashers
smashie etymology smash + ie; compare smashed.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, Australia) Any type of alcoholic drink, especially a beer, ordered with the intention of becoming heavily intoxicated.
  • mashies
  • messiah, Messiah
smeg {{wikipedia}} etymology Popularised by the British sitcom Red Dwarf, whose makers describe it as an arbitrary coinage unconnected to smegma; see the for further discussion.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang) Used as a swear word.
  • gems, megs
smegger etymology Coined in the television series , from smeg + er.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A hateful person or thing.
    • 1998, "John Duffey", - A comment by JMS! (discussion on Internet newsgroup I'd send in something that sent back some kind of telemetary {{SIC}}, to see what was going on. If some bastard goes and blows it up, you send in about 40,000 ships and kill the smeggers.
    • 2002, "Dr. Smartass", New HOPE for Hoooooooooooooooomosexuals! (discussion on Internet newsgroup alt.recovery.catholicism) I remember you now. You're that smegger who floods a thread with the same message over and over...and the same smegger who top-posts.
    • 2007, Erik Ringmar, A Blogger's Manifesto Evil boss then has cheek to ask me to work one of the bloody bank holidays in the week he refused me off. Cheeky smegger. Said no.
Synonyms: bastard, blighter, bugger
  • meggers
smegging etymology As for smeg.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Fucking, sodding.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (slang) Fucking, sodding. That was smegging hilarious.
smeggy etymology smeg + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, slang) Bad, foul, inferior.
    • 2005, David Gill, Doolally (page 19) We'd been cooped up in a smeggy coach all the way from Leeds. No one told me how far it was to the south coast. And England's supposed to be small. It took us ages. Any road, we finally arrived, got parked and made for the chip shop.
smeghead etymology smeg + head, from television series Red Dwarf.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A fool.
smegma {{wikipedia}} etymology From Latin, from Ancient Greek σμῆγμα 〈smē̂gma〉, alternative spelling of σμῆμα 〈smē̂ma〉, from σμάω 〈smáō〉. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈsmɛɡmə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A whitish sebaceous secretion that collects between the glans penis and foreskin or in the vulva.
Synonyms: cheese (slang), cock cheese (obscene), knob cheese (slang), man butter (slang)
smell etymology From Middle English smellen, smillen, smyllen, smullen, from Old English *smyllan, *smiellan, from Proto-Germanic *smuljaną, *smaljaną, from Proto-Indo-European *smelə-. The noun is from Middle English smel, smil, smul. Related to Middle Dutch smolen (whence Dutch smeulen), gml smölen (whence Low German smölen), Low German smullen, West Flemish smoel, Danish smul, Lithuanian smilkyti, Lithuanian smilkti, Lithuanian smalkinti, Middle Irish smál, smól, smúal, Russian смола 〈smola〉. Compare smoulder, smother. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /smɛl/
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  1. A sensation, pleasant or unpleasant, detected by inhaling air (or, the case of water-breathing animals, water) carrying airborne molecule of a substance. I love the smell of fresh bread.
    • 1908, Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows The penetrating smell of cabbage reached the nose of Toad as he lay prostrate in his misery on the floor, and gave him the idea for a moment that perhaps life was not such a blank and desperate thing as he had imagined. But still he wailed, and kicked with his legs, and refused to be comforted. So the wise girl retired for the time, but, of course, a good deal of the smell of hot cabbage remained behind, as it will do, and Toad, between his sobs, sniffed and reflected, and gradually began to think new and inspiring thoughts: of chivalry, and poetry...
  2. (physiology) The sense that detects odour.
  • Adjectives often applied to "smell": sweet, good, nice, great, pleasant, fresh, fragrant, bad, foul, unpleasant, horrible, terrible, awful, nasty, disgusting, funny, strange, odd, sour, funky, metallic, stinky, rotten, rancid, putrid, rank, fishy.
Synonyms: (sensation)
  • (pleasant) aroma, fragrance, odor/odour, scent
  • (unpleasant) odor/odour, niff (informal), pong (informal), reek, stench, stink, whiff (informal)
, (pleasant) aroma, fragrance, odor/odour, scent, (unpleasant) odor/odour, niff (informal), pong (informal), reek, stench, stink, whiff (informal), (sense) olfaction (in technical use), sense of smell, See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To sense a smell or smells. exampleI can smell fresh bread. exampleSmell the milk and tell me whether it's gone off.
  2. (intransitive) To have a particular smell, whether good or bad; if descriptive, followed by "like" or "of". exampleThe roses smell lovely. exampleHis feet smell of cheese. exampleThe drunkard smelt like a brewery.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 8 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Philander went into the next room…and came back with a salt mackerel…. Next he put the mackerel in a fry-pan, and the shanty began to smell like a Banks boat just in from a v'yage.”
  3. (intransitive, without a modifier) To smell bad; to stink. exampleYou smell.
  4. (intransitive, figurative) To have a particular tincture or smack of any quality; to savour. exampleA report smells of calumny.
    • John Milton Praises in an enemy are superfluous, or smell of craft.
  5. (obsolete) To exercise sagacity. {{rfquotek}}
  6. To detect or perceive; often with out.
    • Shakespeare I smell a device.
  7. (obsolete) To give heed to.
    • Latimer From that time forward I began to smell the Word of God, and forsook the school doctors.
The sense "to smell bad, stink" is considered by some to be an incorrect substitute for stink. Synonyms: (sense a smell or smells) detect, sense, (have the smell of) (all followed by like or of)
  • (pleasant)
  • (unpleasant) pong (informal), reek, stink, whiff (informal)
, (pleasant), (unpleasant) pong (informal), reek, stink, whiff (informal)
  • mells
smeller etymology smell + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone or something that smell, that detects scent
    • 1898, H. Rider Haggard, King Solomon's Mines, , , , “"They could travel no further because of the high mountains which ring in the land, so say the old voices of our fathers that have descended to us the children, and so says Gagool, the wise woman, the smeller out of witches," and again he pointed to the snow-clad peaks. ”
    • 1916, Swami Panchadasi, Clairvoyance and Occult Powers, , , , “Wonderful as they are, they have their counterparts in the works of man, as for instance: the camera, or artificial eye; the phonograph, or, artificial ear; the delicate chemical apparatus, or artificial taster and smeller; the telegraph, or artificial nerves. ”
    • December 12 2009, The Age - My space Steve Flamsteed I'm much more of a smeller than a taster and I think that comes from being a chef.
  2. (informal) the nose
    • 1868, John Wilson, Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2, , , , “But now, after the first close, in which we lose the fall--with straight right-handers we keep him at off-fighting--and that was a gush of blood from his smeller. ”
    • 1872, James De Mille, The Dodge Club, , , , “After which Buttons landed four blows, one on each peeper, one on the smeller, and one on the mug. ”
  3. (informal) something that has an unpleasant odor
    • 1922, P. G. Wodehouse, Right Ho, Jeeves, , , , “A man's brain whizzes along for years exceeding the speed limit, and something suddenly goes wrong with the steering-gear and it skids and comes a smeller in the ditch. " ”
Synonyms: stink, stinker
smellies {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (informal, UK) Pleasant-smelling toiletries. I bought my mother some smellies for her birthday.
  2. (informal, British, as "the smellies") Cinema enhanced with odour.
  • limeless
smell like a rose Alternative forms: come out smelling like a rose, come out smelling of roses, come up smelling like a rose, come up smelling of roses
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial, simile) To be regarded as appealing, virtuous, or respectable; to be untainted or unharmed.
    • 1953, "Prison is quiet after hearing," Spokesman-Review, (Spokane, USA), 22 Nov., p. 22 (retrieved 4 Aug. 2009): "I don't suppose anyone from the director down will come out of this deal smelling like a rose," the warden commented, "but our only hope is that some good will result from the hearing."
    • 1990, Marilyn Cannaday, Bigger than Life: The Creator of Doc Savage, ISBN 9780879724719, p. 28: But compared to others, Dent came out of the Depression "smelling like a rose." He later boasted that he made $18,000 a year with his writing during the Depression.
    • 2002, Christopher Palmeri, "Can CalPERS Afford to Throw Stones?," BusinessWeek, 24 June (retrieved 4 Aug. 2009): The champion of corporate governance should smell like a rose. Instead, there's an unpleasant whiff of pork-barrel politics rising from the board.
  • This expression often uses the verb smell in its present participial form (smelling).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) That which registers the magnitude of odor.
    • 1993 May, Anne M. Turner, It Comes with the Territory: Handling Problem Situations in Libraries, page 10, McFarland & Company Perhaps the American Library Association should commission high tech wizards to develop a "smell-o-meter" which could standardize our judgments.
    • 1997 May 7, William Greene,, Usenet Somebody needs to invent a "smell-o-meter" for gyms
    • 2003 November, Shawn Perich and Michael Furtman, Whitetail Hunting: Top-Notch Strategies for Hunting North America's Most Popular Big-Game Animal, page 13, Creative Publishing international In other words, the wolf scent that is old, though it registers on the deer’s “smell-o-meter,” causes a far different behavioral reaction than one that is fresh.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A fictional name for technology that reproduces odor.
    • 1995 May 15, John Simon, “Wings of Courage”, National Review Scoffers will duly scoff as they did at sound, color, and wide screen. On the other hand, Smellorama did not catch on -- most movies manage to smell without it.
    • 2000 September, L. B. Sedlacek, Suicide Pumpkins: A Love Story, page 86, Xlibris Corporation I inhale slowly not wanting to miss any ounce of nature’s freely provided version of smell-o-rama.
    • 2002 October, Reginald E. Zelnik and Robert Cohen, The Free Speech Movement: Reflections on Berkeley in the 1960s, page 188, University of California Press At the end, I had managed to transform my humiliation into a triumph of smell-o-rama weaponry. I wore my odors now as a badge, a rite of passage
    • 2003±, David R. Ambos, Letters from The Nude Lake (and other Historic Monuments), page 137, Trafford Publishing the 4:44 Geary is one of the few buses also produced in Full Stereophonic Smell-O-Rama.
    • 2006 May, Richard Grayson, And to Think That He Kissed Him on Lorimer Street, page 136, The cashier gave us Smell-o-rama cards with scratch-n-sniff odors like sweaty sneakers and shit.
Capitalization varies according to the author’s intention as a faux brand
smelly pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈsmɛli/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having a bad smell. She was hesitant to remove her shoes, as her socks were rather smelly.
  2. (figuratively) having a quality that arouses suspicion. The detective read the documents and thought, "Something sure is smelly about this case".
  3. (figuratively, computing, slang, in extreme programming) Of inferior quality. That smelly code needs to be refactored.
Synonyms: (having a bad smell): fetid, foul-smelling, malodorous, rank, stinky (slang), whiffy (slang); see also , (having a quality that arouses suspicion): dodgy (informal), doubtful, dubious, suspect, suspicious, (computing: of inferior quality):
  • (having a bad smell): aromatic, fragrant, sweet-smelling
  • (having a quality that arouses suspicion): above board, clean
  • (computing: of inferior quality):
smell ya later
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (informal, humorous) goodbye; see you later
smexily etymology smexy + ly
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (Internet, colloquial) sexily; in a sexy way
smexy etymology {{blend}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈsmɛksi/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial, slang) Embodying the qualities of sex appeal and intelligence.
    • 2010, Risa Green, The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball, page 58 “Does Spencer Ridgely think I'm smexy?”
related terms:
  • shmexy
  • schmexy
smile pronunciation
  • /smaɪl/
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etymology From Middle English smilen, of gmq origin, from Danish smile, from Old Norse *smíla, from Proto-Germanic *smīlijaną, *smirōną, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)meyh₂- 〈*(s)meyh₂-〉. Cognate with Swedish smila, Low German smielen, Dutch smuilen, Middle High German smielen, Old High German smierōn, Old English smerian, Old English smercian, smearcian, Latin miror. More at smirk.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A facial expression comprised by flex the muscle of both ends of one's mouth, often showing the front teeth, without vocalisation, and in humans is a common involuntary or voluntary expression of happiness, pleasure, amusement or anxiety. exampleShe's got a perfect smile.  He has a sinister smile.  She had a smile on her face.  He always puts a smile on my face.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 5 , “Then came a maid with hand-bag and shawls, and after her a tall young lady.…She looked around expectantly, and recognizing Mrs. Cooke's maid…Miss Thorn greeted her with a smile which greatly prepossessed us in her favor.”
    • {{RQ:EHough PrqsPrc}} Captain Edward Carlisle, soldier as he was, martinet as he was, felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, her alluring smile ; he could not tell what this prisoner might do.
Synonyms: See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (ambitransitive) To have (a smile) on one's face. exampleWhen you smile, the whole world smiles with you.   I don't know what he's smiling about.   She smiles a beautiful smile.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 7 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , ““[…] This is Mr. Churchill, who, as you are aware, is good enough to come to us for his diaconate, and, as we hope, for much longer; and being a gentleman of independent means, he declines to take any payment.” Saying this Walden rubbed his hands together and smiled contentedly.”
  2. (transitive) To express by smiling.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 2 , “I had occasion […] to make a somewhat long business trip to Chicago, and on my return […] I found Farrar awaiting me in the railway station. He smiled his wonted fraction by way of greeting, […], and finally leading me to his buggy, turned and drove out of town. I was completely mystified at such an unusual proceeding.”
    exampleto smile consent, or a welcome
  3. (intransitive) To express amusement, pleasure, or love and kindness.
    • Byron When last I saw thy young blue eyes, they smiled.
  4. (intransitive) To look cheerful and joyous; to have an appearance suited to excite joy. The sun smiled down from a clear summer sky.
    • Alexander Pope The desert smiled, / And paradise was opened in the wild.
  5. (intransitive) To be propitious or favourable; to countenance. The gods smiled on his labours.
  • {{rank}}
  • limes, miles, Miles, slime
Smiler etymology The singer was born Destiny Hope Cyrus but nicknamed Smiley (later Miley) by her parents because she often smiled as a baby; hence smile + er.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fan of American singer and actress Miley Cyrus.
    • 2013, Erin McAuliffe, "Lorde's 'Pure Heroine'", The Observer (University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary's College), Volume 47, Issue 26, 1 October 2013, page 8: When she rose to the throne of the iTunes charts with her single “Royals”, she was met with some hateful tweets from Smilers (aka Miley Cyrus fans).
    • 2014, "People to add to your timeline in 2014", The Vidette (Illinois State University), Volume 126, Number 63, 16 January 2014, page 14: Smilers can expect tweets revolving around Miley's dogs, hit new album Bangerz and selfies with her classic tongue pose.
    • 2014, "‘Miserable’ Miley Cyrus mourns her pet during Boston soundcheck", The Boston Globe, 2 April 2014: The singer, who missed Jingle Ball because of bad weather in the Big Apple, invited thousands of Smilers — the not-so-clever nickname given to her adoring acolytes — to attend the afternoon soundcheck before her sold-out show at TD Garden.
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smiler etymology smile + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone who smile.
  2. (UK, slang) The mouth. You're asking for a punch in the smiler!
  • limers
  • milers
smiley {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: smilie very rare etymology
  • Diminutive of smile.
  • /ˈsmaɪli/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Cheerful and happy; smiling.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare) A simplified representation of a smiling face.
  2. (Internet) A sequence of keyboard characters used to represent a person's mood or emotion, especially :) or :-) or other smiling depiction.
  3. (slang) Having one's throat slit from side to side.
  4. (rare) An improvised street weapon consisting of a length of chain with padlocks and other heavy objects affixed to one end.
  5. (South Africa) A roast sheep's head.
Synonyms: (representation of smiling face) smiley face, (characters that representation an emotion) emoticon
  • limeys
smirk {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: smerk etymology From Middle English smirken, from Old English smercian, smearcian, from Proto-Germanic *smarōną. Compare Middle High German smielen/smieren ( > obsolete, rare German schmieren). pronunciation
  • (UK) /smɜː(ɹ)k/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An uneven, often crooked smile that is insolent, self-satisfied or scornful.
  2. A forced or affected smile; a simper.
    • Sir Walter Scott The bride, all smirk and blush, had just entered.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To smile in a way that is affected, smug, insolent or contemptuous.
Synonyms: simper, shit-eating grin (vulgar)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete) smart; spruce; affected; simper
    • Spenser So smirk, so smooth.
smitten kitten
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A person who is smitten with somebody.
smog etymology {{blend}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /smɒɡ/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /smɑɡ/ also /smɒɡ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A noxious mixture of particulate and gas that is the result of urban air pollution
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To get a smog check; to check a vehicle or have it checked for emissions. If the car is more than five years old, you'll have to have it smogged before you can register it.
  • goms
Smoggy etymology From smog, the fumes given off from large industrial areas and buildings, for which Middlesbrough is famous.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sometimes, pejorative) A person from Middlesbrough.
Originally considered to be offensive, but more recently has been adopted by the people of Middlesbrough when referring to themselves and in this context is no longer considered offensive.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (British, slang, with "the") London. I'm heading down to the Smoke later this week.
smoke {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: smoak (obsolete) etymology From Middle English smoke, from Old English smoca, probably a derivative of the verb smocian, from Proto-Germanic *smukōną, ablaut derivative of Proto-Germanic *smeukaną, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)meug(h)-. Related to Old English smēocan, Western Frisian smoke, Dutch smook, gml smok, German dialectal Schmauch, Bavarian schmuckelen. pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /sməʊk/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /smoʊk/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) The visible vapor/vapour, gases, and fine particle given off by burn or smolder material.
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  2. (colloquial, countable) A cigarette. exampleCan I bum a smoke off you?;  I need to go buy some smokes.
  3. (colloquial, countable, never plural) An instance of smoking a cigarette, cigar, etc.; the duration of this act.
    • 1884, Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Chapter VII: I lit a pipe and had a good long smoke, and went on watching.
    exampleI'm going out for a smoke.
  4. (uncountable, figuratively) A fleeting illusion; something insubstantial, evanescent, unreal, transitory, or without result. exampleThe excitement behind the new candidate proved to be smoke.
  5. (uncountable, figuratively) Something used to obscure or conceal; an obscuring condition; see also smoke and mirrors. exampleThe smoke of controversy.
  6. (uncountable) A light grey colour/color tinted with blue. {{color panel}}
  7. (military, uncountable) A particulate of solid or liquid particles dispersed into the air on the battlefield to degrade enemy ground or for aerial observation. Smoke has many uses--screening smoke, signal smoke, smoke curtain, smoke haze, and smoke deception. Thus it is an artificial aerosol.
  8. (baseball, slang) A fastball.
Synonyms: (cigarette) cig, ciggy, cancer stick, fag (British)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To inhale and exhale the smoke from a burning cigarette, cigar, pipe, etc.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 1 , “He used to drop into my chambers once in a while to smoke, and was first-rate company. When I gave a dinner there was generally a cover laid for him. I liked the man for his own sake, and even had he promised to turn out a celebrity it would have had no weight with me.”
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 12 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “To Edward … he was terrible, nerve-inflaming, poisonously asphyxiating. He sat rocking himself in the late Mr. Churchill's swing chair, smoking and twaddling.”
    exampleHe's smoking his pipe.
  2. (intransitive) To inhale and exhale tobacco smoke regularly or habitually. exampleDo you smoke?
  3. (intransitive) To give off smoke. exampleMy old truck was still smoking even after the repairs.
    • Milton Hard by a cottage chimney smokes.
  4. To preserve or prepare (food) for consumption by treating with smoke. exampleYou'll need to smoke the meat for several hours.
  5. (slang) To perform (e.g. music) energetic or skillfully. Almost always in present participle form. exampleThe horn section was really smokin' on that last tune.
  6. (US, slang) To kill, especially with a gun. exampleHe got smoked by the mob.
  7. (NZ, slang) To beat someone at something. exampleWe smoked them at rugby.
  8. (transitive, obsolete) To fill or scent with smoke; hence, to fill with incense; to perfume.
    • Geoffrey Chaucer Smoking the temple.
  9. (obsolete, transitive) To smell out; to hunt out; to find out; to detect.
    • Chapman I alone / Smoked his true person, talked with him.
    • William Shakespeare He was first smoked by the old Lord Lafeu.
    • Addison Upon that … I began to smoke that they were a parcel of mummers.
  10. (slang, obsolete, transitive) To ridicule to the face; to quiz.
  11. To burn; to be kindled; to rage.
    • Bible, Deuteronomy xxix. 20 The anger of the Lord and his jealousy shall smoke against that man.
  12. To raise a dust or smoke by rapid motion.
    • Dryden Proud of his steeds, he smokes along the field.
  13. To suffer severely; to be punished.
    • Shakespeare Some of you shall smoke for it in Rome.
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of the colour known as smoke.
  2. Made of or with smoke.
related terms: {{rel-top3}}
  • fumaric acid
  • fumarole
  • fumet
  • fumigate
  • fumitory
  • perfume
  • sfumato
  • smog
  • smoko
  • smoky quartz
  • mokes
smoked Irish
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (dated, derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) black people
related terms:
  • smoked Irishman
smoked Irishman
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) A black man.
    • 1969, Harper's Magazine: Volume 239 The smoked Irishmen — the colored (no one says black; few even say Negro) — represent change and instability, kids who cause trouble in school, who get treatment that your kids never got, that you never got.
    • 1972, John C. Livingston, Robert G. Thompson, The dissent of the governed: readings on the democratic process "We get fairly good salaries, and this is a good neighborhood, one of the few good ones left. We have no smoked Irishmen around."
    • 2010, Loren Avey, The Pole Creek Crossing (page 214) When asked about his Irish name, and how he came by that, McCracken replied "I's smoked Irish, Judge, just another smoked Irishman."
smoke eater
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A firefighter.
  2. A device or piece of equipment designed to remove smoke from the air.
smoker pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who smoke tobacco habitually.
  2. A smoking car on a train.
  3. An informal social gathering for men only.
    • Strand Magazine That evening A Company had a "smoker" in one of the disused huts of Shorncliffe Camp.
  4. A vent in the deep ocean floor from which a plume of superheated seawater, rich in mineral, erupt.
  5. An illicit boxing match; see .
  6. A device that releases smoke intended to distract bees (also more specifically called a bee smoker).
  7. An apparatus for smoking food, or a person who smokes food.
  8. (UK, Cambridge University) A social event featuring sketches, songs, etc., whether or not smoking is carried out.
  • non-smoker
smoke wagon
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, archaic) A handgun, especially a revolver.
    • 1926, Nicholas Klein, "Hobo Lingo," American Speech, vol. 1, no. 12, pp. 650-653: The following list of hobo words, presented in glossary form, was collected by me during twenty years of experience with hobo cases in my profession of attorney-at-law. . . . Smoke wagon—pistol.
    • 1950, C. Merton Babcock, "The Vocabulary of Social Life on the American Frontier," Western Folklore, vol. 9, no. 2, p. 138: Familiar epithets for the revolver were equalizer, shootin' iron . . . smoke wagon.
    • 1993, , (film script): Wyatt (Kurt Russell): Go ahead. Skin it. Skin that smoke wagon and see what happens. . . . I'm getting tired of your gas. Jerk that pistol and go to work.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Canada) A type of sausage, often used for hot dog.
  2. (UK, informal) a smoked fish
  • Eskimo
smoking pronunciation
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verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of smoke
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The burning and inhalation of tobacco. Smoking can lead to lung cancer.
    • 2012, Montgomery J. Granger, Saving Grace at Guantanamo Bay: A Memoir of a Citizen Warrior He had the loudest voice of any drill sergeant, and seemed to enjoy the group smokings as well as the individual smokings.
  2. (by extension) The burning and inhalation of other substances, e.g. marijuana.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Giving off smoke.
  2. (slang) Sexually attractive, usually referring to a woman. That woman is smoking!
smoko {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: smoke-o, smoke-oh etymology From smoke + o. pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈsməʊkəʊ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, AU, NZ and nautical) A cigarette break from work or military duty; a brief cessation of work to have a smoke, or (more generally) to take a small rest, snack etc. {{defdate}}
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber and Faber 2003, p. 516: We saw the innards of a submarine, and afterwards, at smoke-oh, I entertained the men with my story of the bagman's battle with John Oliver O'Dowd.
    • 2005, Lexie Simmons, Darrell Lewis, Kajirri, the Bush Missus, Central Queensland University Press, [http//|%22smokos%22|%22smokoes%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=VVwQePFfKN&sig=wKKI-htGkw1x7h0BJPj5IRpWz0k&hl=en&sa=X&ei=GRhTULzcN_HomAXTgIG4CA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22smoko%22|%22smokos%22|%22smokoes%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 16], This area was the general meeting place for all the Aboriginal workers who had some time to spare. The house girls took their smoko or lunch there and were soon joined by everyone else who′d stopped work after the smoko or lunchtime bell.
    • 2007, Lewis Yerloburka O′Brien, Mary-Ann Gale (transcriber), And the Clock Struck Thirteen: The Life and Thoughts of Kaurna Elder Uncle Lewis Yerloburka O′Brien as told to Mary-Ann Gale, [http//|%22smokos%22|%22smokoes%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=CgGwn5cpqu&sig=Ag10Jkw9P7wpqQih8xCkjhzQ2kU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=GRhTULzcN_HomAXTgIG4CA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22smoko%22|%22smokos%22|%22smokoes%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 163], One day Ox-head came up to us during smoko to have a yarn and to help himself to some lollies another bloke, Seth, had bought.
    • 2008, Ann Jones, Put the Billy On, Glass House Books, Australia, [http//|%22smokos%22|%22smokoes%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=AG1JzQG6YJ&sig=Z8Hc3NAObaCId_SFjY3jgUKCzJI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=GRhTULzcN_HomAXTgIG4CA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22smoko%22|%22smokos%22|%22smokoes%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 85], ‘You chaps should have a camp this afternoon,’ Dad suggested as they finished their meal. ‘You must be tired out. There′s a couple of stretchers upstairs along the verandah. Have a camp on those and we′ll wake you for smoko,’ and the party dispersed until the bell was rung.
  • mooks
smokum etymology smoke + um
verb: {{head}}
  1. (dated, humorous, insulting) To smoke.
    • 1896, F J Stimsom, King Noanett: A Story of Old Virginia and the Massachusetts Bay, page 254: "Givum dinner; smokum pipe," was all that we could get out of Quatchett.
    • 1968, Joan Baez, Daybreak, page 17: We ran up to him and danced around him like Indians and then stopped and puffed on a big stick and handed it to him saying, "Smokum peace pipe."
    • 2003, Stephen Brown, John F Sherry, eds. Time, Space and the Market: Retroscapes Rising, page 127: Historyland... sought to present a historical image of Native Americans ... different from the "Ugh! We-smokum peace-pipe" images once presented at Knott's Berry Farms.
    • 2004, Henry Bailey Stevens, Johnny Appleseed And Paul Bunyan: A Play of American Folklore in Three Acts with Prologue, page 47: He say tree, "Be good Indian." He say Indian, "Be good tree." We swear by Great Spirit. We smokum pipe.
Part of the limited vocabulary used in the synthetic language apparently intended to illustrate language difficulties between Native Americans and the paleskinned invaders. This limited vocabulary is part of a stereotype that could justifiably be viewed as derogatorily portraying Native American, and particularly used in the context of smoking a peace pipe.
smoky Alternative forms: smokey etymology smoke + y pronunciation
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈsmoʊki/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Filled with or giving off smoke.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  2. Of a colour or colour pattern similar to that of smoke.
    • 2014, Janet Mock, Redefining Realness The saleswomen, with their all-black ensembles and smoky eyelids, were as open and affirming as the sight of RuPaul's spread legs in the Viva Glam lipstick ads.
  3. Having a flavour like smoke.
  4. (music, informal) Having a dark, thick, bass sound. examplea few smoky jazz notes
  5. (obsolete) Suspicious; open to suspicion. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 1 Perhaps from a dialectal variation of smack. Compare also Low German smok. Alternative forms: smouch pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A kiss.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To kiss. They smooched in the doorway.
etymology 2
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. alternative form of smutch
    • Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper Then she said that the paper stained everything it touched, that she had found yellow smooches on all my clothes and John's, and she wished we would be more careful!
smoochie etymology smooch + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A smooch; a kiss.
smoulderer Alternative forms: smolderer etymology smoulder + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A handsome, darkly passionate person.
SMS {{wikipedia}}
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. Short Message Service, a service for sending text message on a cellular telephone system.
  2. (video games) .
  3. (numismatics) special mint set
  4. (psychology) short man syndrome
  5. (military, nautical) SMSSeiner Majestät Schiff – literally, "His Majesty's Ship" in German
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A text message sent on a cell phone.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To send a message on a cell phone. I SMSed him and asked why he is late. I can't talk to her: she is too busy SMSing her friends.
Synonyms: text
  • MSS., Mss, Mss., SSM
smuggle Alternative forms: smuckle (dialectal) etymology From earlier smuckle, either from Dutch smokkelen, a frequentative form of Middle Dutch smuken, or from Dutch Low Saxon or German Low German smuggeln. The Dutch and Low German words are both ultimately from Proto-Germanic *smeuganą, from Proto-Indo-European *smewk-, *smewg-. Cognate with Saterland Frisian smukkeln, Western Frisian smokkelje, German schmuggeln, Danish smugle, Swedish smuggla. Related also to Icelandic smjúga, Swedish smyga, German schmiegen, Old English smēogan, smūgan. pronunciation
  • /ˈsmʌɡəl/
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verb: {{wikipedia}} {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, intransitive) To import or export, illicitly or by stealth, without paying lawful customs charge or duties
  2. (transitive) To bring in surreptitiously
    • 22 March 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club The Hunger Games While Collins does include a love triangle, a coming-of-age story, and other YA-friendly elements in the mix, they serve as a Trojan horse to smuggle readers into a hopeless world where love becomes a stratagem and growing up is a matter of basic survival.
  3. (slang) To thrash or be thrashed by a bear's claws, or to swipe at or be swiped at by a person's arms in a bearlike manner.
  • muggles, Muggles
Smurf turf etymology Rhyming name: The Smurfs are blue cartoon characters.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, sports, slang) The distinctive blue ground of the Bronco Stadium, Idaho, United States.
smush Alternative forms: smoosh etymology Possibly {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A beaten or pulverized mass. exampleThe steamroller left her pie an unrecognizable smush.
  2. An act of crush or squeezing.
    • 2013 Dec. 22, Jad Mouawad and Martha C. White, "," New York Times (retrieved 23 December 2013): Some carriers are taking the smush to new heights. Spirit Airlines, for instance, uses seats on some flights with the backrest permanently set back three inches. Call it, as Spirit does, “prereclined.”
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) to mash; or push; especially to push down or in; compress exampleHis favorite part of making preserves with his mother was when he got to smush the raw fruit with the pestle. exampleThat pulled pork meat was smushed in BBQ sauce.
  2. (slang, New York, US) To engage in intimate contact, especially sexual relations.
    • 2011. Jenni Farley "The Rules According to JWOWW" Exercising can take your smushing to a whole new level. WORK OUT I am not shitting you: experts say exercise can make sex mind- blowing.
smut pronunciation
  • /smʌt/
etymology Late Middle English, related to German verb schmutzen (to make dirty)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) Soot.
  2. (uncountable) Sexually vulgar material; something that is sexual in a dirty way; pornographic material.
  3. (uncountable) Obscene language; ribaldry; obscenity.
    • Addison He does not stand upon decency … but will talk smut, though a priest and his mother be in the room.
  4. (derogatory) A promiscuous woman.
  5. Any of a range of fungi, mostly Ustilaginomycetes, that cause plant disease in grasses, including cereal crops; the disease so caused.
  6. (mining) Bad, soft coal containing earthy matter, found in the immediate locality of fault.
Synonyms: (soot) filth, (sexually vulgar or pornographic material) filth, (promiscuous woman) slut
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To stain (or be stained) with soot etc.
  2. (intransitive) To gather smut; to be converted into smut; to become smutted. {{rfquotek}}
  3. To taint (grain, etc.) with the smut fungus. {{rfquotek}}
  4. To clear of the smut fungus. to smut grain for the mill
  • must, stum, tums, UMTS, UTMS
smutfest etymology smut + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Something excessively smutty; something vulgarly sexual or pornographic.
smuthound etymology smut + hound pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈsmʌthaʊnd/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) A purveyor or seeker of erotica.
    • 1977, Edward J Bristow, Vice and vigilance: purity movements in Britain since 1700‎ These early smuthounds were children of the great chain of religious awakenings known as the evangelical revival.
smutmonger etymology smut + monger
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) A purveyor of smut; a salacious gossip or publisher.
smutty etymology From smut + y. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈsmʌti/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Soiled with smut; blackened, dirty.
    • 1931, William Faulkner, Sanctuary, Vintage 1993, p. 62: She caught up the corner of her skirt and lifted the smutty coffee-pot from the stove.
  2. Obscene, indecent.
    • {{RQ:Joyce Ulysses}} Episode 12, The Cyclops And what was it only one of the smutty yankee pictures Terry borrows off of Corny Kelleher. Secrets for enlarging your private parts.
snack pronunciation
  • /snæk/
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etymology 1 From Middle Dutch snacken.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A light meal.
  2. An item of food eaten between meals.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to eat a light meal
  2. to eat between meals
etymology 2 See snatch (transitive verb).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A share; a part or portion.
    • Alexander Pope At last he whispers, "Do, and we go snacks."
{{Webster 1913}}
  • nacks
snackable etymology snack + able
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Suitable for snack upon.
    • 2002, Jennifer Hanson, The Real Freshman Handbook Instead of a head of mats, give yourself one of chili peppers or green beans or other snackable, filamentous source of quick carbos.
    • 2002, Jay Weinstein, The Everything Vegetarian Cookbook Keeping delicious, snackable marinated tofu, like the kind below, on hand for sandwiches, salads, and wraps will ensure that you get these nutrients...
    • 2007, Brian Reich, Dan Solomon, Media Rules! Media is bite-size (or snackable). Content has to be consumable or people don't know how to fit it into their day.
  • eatable
  • edible
Synonyms: munchable
snaffle {{wikipedia}} etymology Apparently from Dutch snavel, from Middle Dutch snavel, snabel, diminutive of Middle Dutch snabbe, snebbe. Akin to ofs snavel, Middle Low German snabbe, Old English nebb. More at neb. pronunciation
  • /ˈsnæfəl/ {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A broad-mouthed, loose-ringed bit (metal in a horse's mouth). It brings pressure to bear on the tongue and bars and corners of the mouth. Often used as a training bit.
    • 1877, Anna Sewell, Black Beauty Captain went out in the cab all the morning. Harry came in after school to feed me and give me water. In the afternoon I was put into the cab. Jerry took as much pains to see if the collar and bridle fitted comfortably as if he had been John Manly over again. When the crupper was let out a hole or two it all fitted well. There was no check-rein, no curb, nothing but a plain ring snaffle. What a blessing that was!
  2. (figuratively) Decorative wear that looks like a snaffle.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 2 , “Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke.…A silver snaffle on a heavy leather watch guard which connected the pockets of his corduroy waistcoat, together with a huge gold stirrup in his Ascot tie, sufficiently proclaimed his tastes.”
Synonyms: bradoon
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to put on, or control with, a snaffle
  2. to grab or seize; to snap up
  3. (informal) to purloin, or obtain by devious means
SNAFU {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: snafu etymology The term was born during WWII as an acronym of the initials of the words , which summed up the chaos and confusion of the war from an individual soldier’s point of view. pronunciation
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  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈsnɑːfuː/
  • (US) /snæːˈfuː/
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acronym: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (military, slang, euphemism) acronym of status nominal all fucked up or acronym of situation normal all fucked up fouled up
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A ridiculously chaotic situation.
  2. A major glitch or breakdown.
    • 2007, Susan Glairon, Paperwork SNAFU, The Daily Times-Call, LongmontFYI Because of a paperwork snafu, he also hasn’t been able to get his Army discharge papers and is still listed as an active-duty soldier…
related terms:
  • fauns
snag pronunciation
  • (Canada) /ˈsnæɡ/
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etymology 1 From Old Norse snagi.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A stump or base of a branch that has been lopped off; a short branch, or a sharp or rough branch; a knot; a protuberance.
    • Dryden The coat of arms / Now on a naked snag in triumph borne.
  2. Any sharp protuberant part of an object, which may catch, scratch, or tear other objects brought into contact with it.
  3. A tooth projecting beyond the rest; a broken or decayed tooth. {{rfquotek}}
  4. A tree, or a branch of a tree, fixed in the bottom of a river or other navigable water, and rising nearly or quite to the surface, by which boats are sometimes pierced and sunk.
  5. (figuratively) A problem or difficulty with something.
    • {{RQ:Wodehouse Offing}}
  6. A pulled thread or yarn, as in cloth.
  7. One of the secondary branches of an antler.
Synonyms: (problem or difficulty) hitch
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To catch or tear (e.g. fabric) upon a rough surface or projection. Be careful not to snag your stockings on that concrete bench!
  2. (fishing) To fish by means of dragging a large hook or hooks on a line, intending to impale the body (rather than the mouth) of the target. We snagged for spoonbill from the eastern shore of the Mississippi river.
  3. (slang) To obtain or pick up (something). Ella snagged a bottle of water from the fridge before leaving for her jog.
  4. (UK, dialect) To cut the snags or branch from, as the stem of a tree; to hew roughly. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, dialect, obsolete) A light meal.
  2. (Australia, informal, colloquial) A sausage. {{defdate}}
    • 2005, Peter Docker, Someone Else′s Country, 2010, ReadHowYouWant, [http//|%22snags%22+barbecue+OR+barbie+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=2QmHh3OvU2&sig=4OzD7o4xf_AmeTghYtmTOljW4bE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=hTdUUIn_NIq6iAfk8YHYDA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22snag%22|%22snags%22%20barbecue%20OR%20barbie%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 116], I fire up the barbie and start cooking snags.
    • 2007, Jim Ford, Don't Worry, Be Happy: Beijing to Bombay with a Backpack, [http//|%22snags%22+barbecue+OR+barbie+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=vicXZ0fMNz&sig=8MNRAYTT4o4T8k5FkgX4dT8C2io&hl=en&sa=X&ei=hTdUUIn_NIq6iAfk8YHYDA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22snag%22|%22snags%22%20barbecue%20OR%20barbie%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 196], ‘You can get the chooks and snags from the fridge if you want,’ he replied. I smiled, remembering my bewilderment upon receiving exactly the same command at my very first barbecue back in Sydney a month after I′d first arrived.
    • 2010, Fiona Wallace, Sense and Celebrity, [http//|%22snags%22+barbecue+OR+barbie+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=iXuwVwC60u&sig=Nk_eKP4y7wWbNKalgRwtpcdoaAk&hl=en&sa=X&ei=hTdUUIn_NIq6iAfk8YHYDA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22snag%22|%22snags%22%20barbecue%20OR%20barbie%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 25], ‘Hungry? We′ve got plenty of roo,’ one of the men said as she walked up. He pointed with his spatula, ‘and pig snags, cow snags, beef and chicken.’
Synonyms: (sausage) banger (UK)
etymology 3 {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A misnaged, an opponent to Chassidic Judaism (more likely modern, for cultural reasons).
  • AGNs
  • gans
  • nags
  • sang
snail {{wikipedia}} {{commons}} etymology From the Middle English snegge, from the Old English snægel from the Proto-Germanic *snigilaz. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of very many animal (either hermaphroditic or nonhermaphroditic), of the class Gastropoda, having a coiled shell.
  2. (informal, by extension) A slow person; a sluggard.
  3. (engineering) A spiral cam, or a flat piece of metal of spirally curved outline, used for giving motion to, or changing the position of, another part, as the hammer tail of a striking clock.
  4. (military, historical) A tortoise or testudo; a movable roof or shed to protect besiegers.
    • Vegetius (in translation) They had also all manner of gynes [engines] … that needful is [in] taking or sieging of castle or of city, as snails, that was naught else but hollow pavises and targets, under the which men, when they fought, were heled [protected] …
  5. The pod of the snail clover.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To move or travel very slowly
  • anils
  • nails
  • slain
snake {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English snāke, from Old English snaca, from Proto-Germanic *snakô (compare dialectal German Schnake, dialectal Low German Snaak, Swedish snok), derived from *snakaną (compare Old High German snahhan), from Proto-Indo-European *snog-, *sneg- (compare Sanskrit नाग 〈nāga〉). pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /sneɪk/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A legless reptile of the sub-order Serpentes with a long, thin body and a fork-shaped tongue.
  2. A treacherous person.
  3. A tool for unclogging plumbing.
  4. A tool to aid cable pulling.
  5. (slang) A trouser snake; the penis.
Synonyms: (reptile) joe blake, serpent, (plumbing tool) auger, plumber's snake, (tool for cable pulling) wirepuller
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To follow or move in a wind route. The path snaked through the forest.
    • {{quote-newsgroup }}
    The river snakes through the valley.
  2. (transitive, Australia, slang) To steal slyly. He snaked my DVD!
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  3. (transitive) To clean using a plumbing snake.
  4. (US, informal) To drag or draw, as a snake from a hole; often with out. {{rfquotek}}
  5. (nautical) To wind round spirally, as a large rope with a smaller, or with cord, the small rope lying in the spaces between the strands of the large one; to worm.
Synonyms: (move in a winding path) slither, wind
  • akens
  • sneak
snakebite etymology snake + bite
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) The bite of a snake.
  2. (uncountable) A mixture of cider and lager.
  3. One of a pair of lip piercing, supposed to resemble the fang of a snake.
snake fruit etymology From its scaly reddish skin.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The {{vern}} ({{taxlink}}), a species of palm tree native to Indonesia.
snake gun
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (AU, informal) a small bore shotgun, or rifle firing rat shot, used to defend against snakes.
snakehead etymology snake + head
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (fish) A family of perciform fish native to Africa and Asia, {{taxlink}}.
  2. (slang) A Chinese smuggler, especially one who smuggles people
    • 2008, , 00:33:10 Why would they want to run? -- To get away from the snakeheads. -- What's that? -- The snakeheads pay to get them here and then they gotta work off what they owe.
  3. A showy perennial plant, {{taxlink}}, found in North American marshland; the turtlehead
  4. A loose, bent-up end of one of the strap rails, or flat rails, formerly used on American railroads. It was sometimes so bent by the passage of a train as to slip over a wheel and pierce the bottom of a car.
  5. The {{vern}}, {{taxlink}}.
snake in the grass
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic) A treacherous person.
    • 1906, , Randy of the River, ch. 6: "I trusted him too much from the start. He has proved to be a snake in the grass."
    • 1914, , A Daughter of the Dons, ch. 5: "Is he not here to throw us out—a thief, a spy, a snake in the grass?"
    • 2008 Nov. 21, Bruce Crumley, "Which Woman Will Lead France's Socialists?," Time: Following her presidential defeat, Royal stunned many observers by publicly dumping Socialist Party leader François Hollande — her companion and the father of her four children — and announcing she'd seek his post during the current election. To some, that made Royal the symbol of the strong, modern woman in politics; to others, it cast her as the classic snake in the grass.
snake oil {{wikipedia}} {{commons}} {{wikisource}} {{wikiquote}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A traditional Chinese medicine used to treat joint pain.
  2. A type of 19th-century patent medicine sold in the United States that claimed to contain snake fat, supposedly a Native American remedy for various ailments.
  3. (idiomatic) A fraudulent, ineffective potion or nostrum; panacea.
  4. (idiomatic) Any product with exaggerated marketing but questionable or unverifiable quality.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To dupe or con.
    • 1995, Nancy Owen Nelson (ed.), Private Voices, Public Lives: And this is particularly so for many of our women students who have been hustled and snake-oiled to deny the validity of their intellects.
    • 2013, Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge, Vintage 2014, p. 23: Before she had a chance to deal with her hangover, he was on the phone snake-oiling her into the first of what would be many ill-fated fraud cases.
snap {{slim-wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /snæp/
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etymology From Dutch snappen, or Low German snappen.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A quick break or crack sound or the action of producing such a sound.
  2. A sudden break.
  3. An attempt to seize, bite, attack, or grab.
  4. The act of making a snapping sound by pressing the thumb and a opposing finger of the same hand together and suddenly releasing the grip so that the finger hits against the palm.
  5. A fasten device that makes a snapping sound when used.
  6. A photograph (an abbreviation of snapshot)
  7. The sudden release of something held under pressure or tension.
  8. A thin circular cookie or similar good: a ginger snap
  9. A brief, sudden period of a certain weather; used primarily in the phrase cold snap.
  10. A very short period of time (figuratively, the time taken to snap one's fingers), or a task that can be accomplished in such a period. It'll be a snap to get that finished. I can fix most vacuum cleaners in a snap.
  11. A snap bean such as Phaseolus vulgaris.
  12. (American football) The passing of a football from the center to a back that begins play, a hike.
  13. (somewhat colloquial) A rivet: a scrapbook embellishment.
  14. (UK, regional) A small meal, a snack; lunch.
    • 1913, , , Penguin 2006, page 89: When I went to put my coat on at snap time, what should go runnin' up my arm but a mouse.
  15. (uncountable) A card game, primarily for children, in which players cry "snap" to claim pairs of matching cards.
  16. (obsolete) A greedy fellow. {{rfquotek}}
  17. That which is, or may be, snapped up; something bitten off, seized, or obtained by a single quick movement; hence, a bite, morsel, or fragment; a scrap.
    • Ben Jonson He's a nimble fellow, / And alike skilled in every liberal science, / As having certain snaps of all.
  18. briskness; vigour; energy; decision
  19. (slang, archaic) Any circumstance out of which money may be made or an advantage gained. used primarily in the phrase soft snap.
  20. (slang) Something that is easy or effortless.
  21. A snapper, or snap beetle.
  22. (physics, humorous) jounce (the fourth derivative of the position vector with respect to time), followed by crackle and pop
  23. A quick offhand shot with a firearm; a snap shot.
  24. (colloquial) Something of no value. not worth a snap
{{Webster 1913}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, transitive) To fracture or break apart suddenly. He snapped his stick in anger. If you bend it too much, it will snap.
    • Burke But this weapon will snap short, unfaithful to the hand that employs it.
  2. (intransitive) To give forth or produce a sharp cracking noise; to crack. Blazing firewood snaps.
  3. (intransitive) To attempt to seize with the teeth or bite. A dog snaps at a passenger. A fish snaps at the bait.
  4. (intransitive) To attempt to seize with eagerness. She snapped at the chance to appear on television.
  5. (intransitive) To speak abruptly or sharply. He snapped at me for the slightest mistake.
  6. (intransitive) To give way abruptly and loudly.
  7. (intransitive) To suffer a mental breakdown, usually while under tension. She should take a break before she snaps.
  8. (intransitive) To flash or appear to flash as with light.
  9. (intransitive) To fit or fasten together with a snapping sound.
  10. (intransitive, computing, graphical user interface) To jump to a fixed position relative to another element. The floating toolbar will snap to the edge of the screen when dragged towards it.
  11. (transitive) To snatch with or as if with the teeth.
    • South He, by playing too often at the mouth of death, has been snapped by it at last.
  12. (transitive) To pull apart with a snapping sound; to pop loose.
  13. (transitive) To say abruptly or sharply.
  14. (transitive, dated) To speak to abruptly or sharply; to treat snappish; usually with up. {{rfquotek}}
  15. (transitive) To cause something to emit a snapping sound. to snap a fastener to snap a whip
  16. (transitive) To close something using a snap as a fastener.
  17. (transitive) To snap one's fingers: to make a snapping sound, often by pressing the thumb and an opposing finger of the same hand together and suddenly releasing the grip so that the finger hits against the palm; alternatively, by bringing the index finger quickly down onto the middle finger and thumb.
    • Sir Walter Scott MacMorian snapped his fingers repeatedly.
  18. (transitive) To cause to move suddenly and smartly.
  19. (transitive) To take a photograph; to release a camera's shutter (which may make a snapping sound). He snapped a picture of me with my mouth open and my eyes closed.
  20. (transitive, American football) To put the ball in play by passing it from the center to a back; to hike the ball. He can snap the ball to a back twenty yards behind him.
  21. To misfire. The gun snapped.
  22. (cricket, transitive) To catch out sharply (a batsman who has just snick a bowl ball).
interjection: {{en-interj}}!
  1. The winning cry at a game of .
  2. (British) By extension from the card game, "I've got one the same." or similar Snap! We've both got pink buckets and spades.
  3. (British) Ritual utterance of agreement (after the cry in the card game snap).
  4. (US) Used in place of expletive to express surprise, usually in response to a negative statement or news; often used facetious. "I just ran over your phone with my car." "Oh, snap!"
  5. (British, Australia, NZ) Ritual utterance used after something is said by two people at exactly the same time. "Wasn't that John?" "Wasn't that John?" "Snap!"
Synonyms: (used after simultaneous utterance) jinx
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Done, performed, made, etc. quickly and without deliberation. a snap judgment or decision; a snap political convention
  • naps, NSPA, pans, SPAN, span
snapback etymology snap + back
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The reimposition of an earlier and usually higher tariff.
  2. (slang) An adjustable, flat-brim baseball cap with snap fastener on the back.
Snapefic etymology Snape + fic.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable, Harry Potter fandom slang) A fanfic in which , of the , is the protagonist.
  2. (uncountable, Harry Potter fandom slang) Such fan fiction collectively.
    • 2001, 25 November, ellen_fremedon, OT snapefic Re: NEW DS9/VOY 1/1 "Toast" [PG],, alt.startrek.creative.erotica.moderated, “LOL!! And she'd be right, too, if she did-- I've seen the film once before I started reading Snapefic and once since. [Professor Snape] seemed pretty slashable the first time, but the second time through-- oh my.”
    • 2002, 3 December, Morrighan, Fanfic recs please - Snape,,, “Am coming back into HP fanficdom after a while away, & wondered if anyone could recommend some good recent Snape fanfics, as all the good Snape authors I know seem to be in hiding or no longer writing. I've found a lot of utter drivel out there, but little or no good recent Snapefic, & was wondering if anyone knew whether any of the Snapefic written in the last 10 months or so is good to outstanding.”
    • 2003, 4 April, Rebecca Webb, Re: More Potter y\n?,,, “I suppose the reason so many Snapefic writers pair him up with Hermione is that she's really the only choice unless you're going to introduce an original character. In the long run, I don't see the age difference being a problem because of how long wizards live. In the short run, yeah, I could see Snape getting frustrated rather often with being the only adult in the relationship.”
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snapper {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: schnapper (fish)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who, or that which, snap. a snapper-up of trifles the snapper of a whip
  2. Any of approximately 100 different species of fish.
    1. (Australia, New Zealand) The fish {{taxlink}}, especially an adult of the species.
    2. (US) Any of the family Lutjanidae of percoid fishes, especially the red snapper.
  3. (Ireland, slang) A (human) baby. 1990, Roddy Doyle, .
  4. (American football) The player who snap the ball to start the play.
  5. (US) Small, paper-wrapped item containing a minute quantity of explosive composition coated on small bits of sand, which explodes noisily when thrown onto a hard surface.
  6. (slang) One who takes snap; a photographer.
  7. (US, informal) The snapping turtle.
  8. The green woodpecker, or yaffle.
  9. A snap beetle.
  10. (historical) A telegraphic device with a flexible metal tongue for producing click like those of the sounder.
  11. (US, colloquial) A string bean.
  • (Chrysophrys auratus) cockney (very young), {{vern}} (adolescent), squire (pre-adult)'''1990''', Richard Allan, ''Australian Fish and How to Catch Them'', ISBN 1-86302-674-6, page 309.''[ “Snapper”]'', entry in '''1966''', ''An Encyclopedia of New Zealand''.
related terms:
  • pink snapper
  • red snapper
  • whippersnapper
  • nappers

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