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


speak of the devil {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: speak of the devil and he appears, talk of the devil etymology Variation of “Speak of the devil and he shall appear,” which can be traced back to “Talk of the Devil, and he’s presently at your elbow” attested in 1666.
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, humorous) An expression sometimes used when a person mentioned in the current conversation happens to arrive on the scene.
spear biscuits
noun: spear biscuits
  1. (slang) To search garbage for food.
spearchucker etymology spear + chucker, alluding to a stereotype of African as primitive savages who use spears in hunting and war.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, US, offensive, slang) A Black (African or African-American) person
spear closet {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (architecture, slang) A small irregular space left by the building of other room in a structure.
spec pronunciation
  • /ˈspɛk/
  • {{homophones}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) short form of specification
  2. (colloquial) short form of speculation
  3. short form of specialization
  4. short form of special
  5. (dialect) a special place (for hiding or viewing)
  6. (Australia, Australian rules football, informal) A spectacular mark (catch) in Australian rules football.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To specify, especially in a formal specification document.
    • 1999, George Buehler, The Troller Yacht Book I've found some professional yards want everything specced out completely while a home builder will just do things the way he wants.
    • 1995, Fred Moody, I Sing the Body Electronic: A Year with Microsoft on the Multimedia Frontier Could they still include the kinds of playful animations Ballinger had specced now that the scenes were more realistic-looking and less whimsical?
  • ceps
  • CSPE
  • pecs, Pécs
Speccy pronunciation
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etymology Diminutive of Spectrum with -y.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, colloquial, chiefly UK) A computer.
    • 1991, Your Sinclair magazine Yes, it's the game that makes Amiga and ST owners look at your Spectrum with real jealousy, 'cos the Speccy version of this classic Russian reaction-tester out performs the 16-bit ports every time.
    • 1992, Larry Horsfield, The SU Guide to Playing and Writing Adventure Games (in Sinclair User magazine, issue 128, October 1992) Before you sit down in front of your Speccy to play an adventure, equip yourself with a pencil, eraser and plenty of paper. This so that you may draw a 'map' of the adventure as you move around.
    • 1998, "Bongo", Emulation under threat (yes, Speccies too) (on newsgroup comp.sys.sinclair)
    • 2003, Rusel DeMaria, Johnny L. Wilson, High Score!: The Illustrated History of Electronic Games Developers wasted no time making games for the Speccy.
speccy pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (pejorative) bespectacled
    • 1971, Ivor Felstein, A Change of Face and Figure ...perhaps being taunted as "speccy" or "four eyes" or "blindy".
    • 2004, Bennett-Levy et al, Oxford Guide to Behavioural Experiments in Cognitive Therapy Her schoolmates called her "speccy four-eyes" and hid her glasses. She grew up feeling there was something wrong with her as a person.
special etymology From Middle English, from Old French especial (whence also French spécial), from Latin specialis (from species, speciei). Used in English since the 13th century. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈspɛ.ʃəl/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Distinguished by a unique or unusual quality. a special episode of a television series
  2. Of particular interest or value; certain; dear; beloved; favored. Everyone is special to someone.
  3. (euphemistic, derogatory) Retarded; mentally handicapped He goes to a special school.
  4. Constituting or relating to a species. The seven dark spots is a special property unique to Coccinella septempunctata.
  5. Chief in excellence.
    • Shakespeare The king hath drawn / The special head of all the land together.
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • especial
  • especially
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A reduction in consumer cost (usually for a limited time) for items or services rendered. We're running a special on turkey for Thanksgiving.
  2. (broadcasting) Unusual or exceptional episode of a series
  3. (British, colloquial) A special constable.
  4. Anything that is not according to normal practice, plan, or schedule, as an unscheduled run of transportation that is normally scheduled. Thousands came to see the special that carried the President's coffin.
  5. (video games) special move
    • 1995, "Tony Pordon", Tekken Review [PSX] (on newsgroup Using the right moves, you can sometimes chain 2 specials in a row to form multiple hit combos.
  • {{rank}}
  • piacles, plaices
special delivery {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable, sometimes, hyphenated when used attributively) A kind of postal service in which, for an extra fee, letter and package are delivered in a highly expedite manner by a special courier.
    • 1910, , "Compliments of the Season", Strictly Business: The pick of the output of the French and German toymakers was rushed by special delivery to the mansion; but Rachel refused to be comforted.
    • 1919, , "The Time of His Life" in The Brown Study: So, before he slept, he sent his sister a special-delivery letter knowing she would receive it in the morning.
    • 1922, , The Breaking Point, ch. 22: Then, as though he could hurry the trains East, he put a special delivery stamp on it.
  2. (countable) A particular posted letter or package which is delivered in this manner; a particular act of convey such letters or packages to one or more recipient.
    • 1922, , The Beautiful and Damned, ch. 2: Late in the afternoon arrived a special delivery, mailed from some small New Jersey town.
    • 1972 Nov. 6, "People," Time: The post office arranged special deliveries every half-hour to handle the flood of greetings.
  3. (countable and uncountable, idiomatic, by extension, sometimes, humorous) Something—whether desirable or undesirable—which is intentional given to a specific individual or which an individual receives rapid and unexpected; the personalize, direct quality of the transmission of such an item.
    • 1998, , Rough Justice, ISBN 9780061096105, p. 181: “Special delivery for Mr. Graham,” said the uniformed sheriff. He grinned as he stepped aside. “Hi, honey,” said the woman standing there.
    • 2008, and John Perrodin, Seclusion Point, ISBN 9781595544018, p. 83: “He might be God's special delivery for us. The reward we've been waiting for.”
    • 2011, , Brad Thor Collectors' Edition #1, ISBN 9781451657975, online edition: “I have a special delivery for you from the president,” Harvath continued. He lowered his weapon, took aim, and shot the finger of Fawcett's right hand.
special ed
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) special education
    • 1989, Kathy McCoy, Changes and Choices: A Junior High Survival Guide Remember that refusing special ed help at this point may mean that you go through school feeling like a failure and never catch up.
Special K etymology Initial of Kellogg Company. The drug was nicknamed humorously after the cereal.
proper noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A breakfast cereal made primarily from rice and wheat.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The pain-killing drug ketamine, used as a hallucinogen.
special snowflake syndrome etymology From the idea that every snowflake has a unique structure.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) The conviction that one (or, more often, one's child) is, in some way, special and should therefore be treated differently than others.
species {{wikipedia}} etymology From Latin speciēs, from speciō + -iēs suffix signifying abstract noun. pronunciation
  • /ˈspiːʃiːz/, /ˈspiːsiːz/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A type or kind of thing.
    • Richard Holt Hutton (1826-1897) What is called spiritualism should, I think, be called a mental species of materialism.
    1. A group of plants or animals having similar appearance. exampleThis species of animal is unique to the area.
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    2. (biology, taxonomy) A rank in the classification of organism, below genus and above subspecies; a taxon at that rank.
      • 1859, Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species: Hence, in determining whether a form should be ranked as a species or a variety, the opinion of naturalists having sound judgment and wide experience seems the only guide to follow.
      • {{RQ:Schuster Hepaticae V}} Firstly, I continue to base most species treatments on personally collected material, rather than on herbarium plants.
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    3. (mineralogy) A mineral with a unique chemical formula whose crystals belong to a unique crystallographic system.
  2. An image, an appearance, a spectacle.
    1. (obsolete) The image of something cast on a surface, or reflected from a surface, or refracted through a lens or telescope; a reflection. exampleI cast the species of the Sun onto a sheet of paper through a telescope.
    2. Visible or perceptible presentation; appearance; something perceived.
      • John Dryden (1631-1700) Wit,…the faculty of imagination in the writer, which searches over all the memory for the species or ideas of those things which it designs to represent.
      • Isaac Newton (1642-1727) the species of the letters illuminated with indigo and violet
    3. A public spectacle or exhibition. {{rfquotek}}
  3. (Roman Catholicism) Either of the two elements of the Eucharist after they have been consecrated, so named because they retain the image of the bread and wine before their transubstantiation into the body and blood of Christ.
  4. Coin, or coined silver, gold, or other metal, used as a circulating medium; specie.
    • John Arbuthnot (1667-1735) There was, in the splendour of the Roman empire, a less quantity of current species in Europe than there is now.
  5. A component part of compound medicine; a simple.
  6. An officinal mixture or compound powder of any kind; especially, one used for making an aromatic tea or tisane; a tea mixture. {{rfquotek}} (Thomas de Quincey (1785-1859))
  • specie is a separate word that means coin money, not the singular version of species.
  • (biology, taxonomy, rank in the classification of organisms) See species name.
related terms: {{top3}}
  • speciate
  • speciation
  • specie
  • specific
  • speciose
  • specious
  • spectacle
  • spectacular
  • speculate
  • speculation
  • speculative
  • speculator
specificker pronunciation
  • /spɛˈsɪfɪkə/
etymology 1 First attested in 1847. Formed as specific + er, originally translating a German word used by Samuel Hahnemann (1755–1843). Alternative forms: Specificker (relatively uncommon, perhaps following German capitalisation of nouns)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (history of homeopathy, originally pejorative, obsolete) A homeopathy practitioner who sought to ascertain the aetiology of diseases, focusing on the symptom most regularly associated with their diagnosis (to the exclusion of peripheral and occasional symptoms), and who, for their treatment, selected remedy (administered in more-or-less dilute form) on the basis of their general physiological effects, ignoring incidental and side-effect. {{defdate}}
    • 1847, J.J. Drysdale, J.R. Russell, and R.E. Dudgeon (editors), V, № xxi, “Dr. G. Schmid’s Homœopathic Treatment with Undiluted Medicines”, pages 257–258, editors’ preamble: Those who arrogate to themselves the appellation of orthodox Hahnemannians have travelled far away, under the guidance of Gross, into the mystic regions of the 200th, 800th, and 10,000th dilutions, while the section, by the former styled specifickers, have gradually descended to the lowest numerals in the scale of dilutions until they have attained their ultima Thule in the Schmidian tinctures and first triturations.
    • 1852–3, Robert Ellis Dudgeon, Lectures on the Theory and Practice of Homœopathy (1854), lecture III: “On Specific Medicine, and Attempts at a Theory of Cure”, page 54: Those who have been derisively termed specifickers by their opponents…usually arrogate to themselves the title of pures or Hahnemannians. Some difference there must be between the specifickers and the pures…[although it] does not, I believe, consist in any want of that spirit of individualization so necessary for the selection of the appropriate drug on the part of the so-called specifickers, but rather that they endeavour more than their rivals to bring the light of modern pathology to bear on the investigation of the morbid case, and seek to refer, when possible the array of symptoms to the derangement of some particular organ or system.
    • 1860, Clotar Müller, “Repertorium or Therapeutics?” in The British Journal of Homœopathy XVIII, № lxxii, page 179: The so-called Specifickers…chiefly rely in the choice of the remedy on certain groups of symptoms, intimately related to the pathology and diagnosis of the disease, and to the so-called general character of the action of the medicine…and also allow great influence to the clinical experience in the final decision.
    • 1863, J.J. Drysdale, R.E. Dudgeon, and R. Hughes (editors), The British Journal of Homœopathy XXI, № lxxxv, “Review: Wilson, Cockburn, and Cameron on Hempel”, page 467: The more the specificker relies on the merely general action of the drug (often, indeed, partly ascertained ab usu in morbis), the more he approaches to the allopathists, who will, ere long, equal him or even surpass him.
    • 1865 June, Hugh Cameron (spoken participant), “On the Chemical Treatment of Disease” in Annals and Transactions of the British Homœopathic Society, and of the London Homœopathic Hospital IV (1866), № xxi, page 232: It is true that there were in Germany, at that time, numbers of eminent physicians who differed greatly from Hahnemann on the question of the dose (for they administered the mother tinctures); whom he disowned, and designated “specifickers,” in terms of contempt and indignation.
    • 1865 July, J.J. Drysdale, R.E. Dudgeon, and R. Hughes (editors), The British Journal of Homœopathy XXIII, № xciii, “Review: Treatment of Rheumatism, Epilepsy, and Fever, by Dr. J. R. Russell”, page 472: They are…very similar to the practical observations of those of our school who draw the indications of the medicine mainly from clinical experience, guided by the more general physiological action of the medicines, i.e., those called specifickers by the more complete homœopathists, who keep in view the finer shades of the pathogenesis.
    • 1866, John James Drysdale, “On the Arrangement of the Materia Medica” in The British Journal of Homœopathy XXIV, № xcvi, page 239: The habit once formed in respect to some medicines, soon extends to the better proved medicines, and the practitioner becomes a mere specificker.
    • 1869, Carl Müller, “Peccavi! Vel Peccavi?” in the American Homœopathic Observer VI, page 270: Before Prof. M. and “we” were in our teens, even while in our squares (diaper, you know), a certain set styled themselves disciples of pure homœopathy and derided all who differed with them as “Specifickers.”
    • 1876, Transactions of the World’s Homœopathic Convention II (1880), page 20: From this time up to 1836 contests were gradually developed between Hahnemann and his followers, which led to a division between the old Hahnemannians and the so-called specifickers, the latter favoring more progress.
    • 1880, John W. Hayward, “Presidential Address” in The British Journal of Homœopathy XXXIX, № clv (January 1881), page 32: The men who exclusively and permanently practise with strong tinctures and crude drugs are almost certainly non-symptomatic practitioners, men who are content to take general and pathological indications, and to treat according to the name of the disease — mere specifickers — and very likely to fall back altogether to mere routine and usus in morbis practice.
    • 1902, Richard Hughes, The Principles and Practice of Homœopathy (third edition), page 144: In acute and typical diseases, the fewer your remedies the better: but beyond this range, you can hardly have too many. It is here that the mere specificker, the mere organopathist fails; while the full method of Hahnemann wins victories which are a continual source of delight.
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etymology 2 First attested in 1928. Formed as en + specific + -er.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (nonstandard, rare) en-comparative of specific
    • 1928, Ralph Albert Parlette (editor), The Lyceum Magazine XXXVIII, page 55: “Boy, you gotta be mo’ specificker. How do you expec’ me to answer you when you ain’t, to be exac’, asked me nothin’ yet?”
    • 2006, Bob Geary, “random personal questions” in, Usenet: I always prefer two specificker words to one generaller one.
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specimen etymology From Latin specimen, from speciō. pronunciation
  • (Canada) /ˈspɛsɪmɪn/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An individual instance that represent a class; an example. early specimens of the art of Picasso
  2. A sample, especially one used for diagnostic analysis.
  3. (humorous, often preceded with “fine”) An eligible man. Examples: ,
related terms:
  • species
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, Australian rules football, informal) A spectacular mark (catch) in Australian rules football.
specky pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From speck + y.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Resembling a speck, minuscule.
    • 19thC, , in 1909, The Works of John Ruskin, Volume 37, [http//|%22speckiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22speckier%22|%22speckiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=Vxz5HxqIQA&sig=0Rna9DWA3oFmPYqvGtXVfFXuL78&hl=en&sa=X&ei=7n1cUK6tB-2TiQesy4DICw&redir_esc=y page 116], Far mightier, he, than any planet ; burning with his own planetary host doubtless round him ; and, on some speckiest of the specks of them, evangelical persons thinking our sun was made for them.
    • 1976, National Association of Dental Laboratories (U.S.), NADL Journal, Volume 23, [http//|%22speckiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22speckier%22|%22speckiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=wpNYXSvwt3&sig=BBEsqrJG7p7tto5GA2m4_ihY1bE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=7n1cUK6tB-2TiQesy4DICw&redir_esc=y page 99], Nor did anyone even remotely suspect that an atom was anything but an atom and therefore the very speckiest particle of matter in existence.
    • 2008, Beth Kephart, House of Dance, [http//|%22speckiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=XKXnSA-CXb&sig=kB9iq3FMnK4mppkn4U7JfMEKfLE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=7n1cUK6tB-2TiQesy4DICw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22speckier%22|%22speckiest%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 77], She said it in her up-and-lilting accent, looking at me steady as a nurse is steady, not the tiniest, speckiest dust of self-confidence lacking, even though she'd told me nothing new.
  2. Marked with speck; speckled.
    • 1912, J. A. Stanley Adam, Bernard C. White, Parodies and Imitations Old and New, [http//|%22speckiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22speckier%22|%22speckiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=tNjBCYpQIp&sig=m-fWy-0h0VF4VVJzu-aZSxtetYo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=7n1cUK6tB-2TiQesy4DICw&redir_esc=y page 305], The window panes grow speckier hour by hour, / The parlour dust is thickening inch by inch.
    • 1918, The Southwestern Reporter, Volume 201, [http//|%22speckiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22speckier%22|%22speckiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=g2pC1JKXIz&sig=QO9J4YIdNEVoqKM2CfxwrgMzWCI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=7n1cUK6tB-2TiQesy4DICw&redir_esc=y page 585], Plaintiff′s manager, Murphy, on October 31st answered, saying the samples received “are somewhat speckier than the paper we ordinarily run,” but that he did not think much of that would be found, or that defendant would have any trouble in marketing the paper;….
    • 1952, National Research Council of Canada Associate Committee on Grain Research, Collected Papers of the Associate Committee on Grain Research, Volume 8, [http//|%22speckiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22speckier%22|%22speckiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=zEQmybofTn&sig=Wy2gvO2TUR69GZ3hB-MzdfdRvAE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=7n1cUK6tB-2TiQesy4DICw&redir_esc=y page 413], …macaroni from the larger size fractions was orange in color and somewhat speckier, while that from the smaller sizes was increasingly brownish and opaque.
etymology 2 From spectacle or spectacular + y.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Spectacular.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) One who wears spectacles; often used attributively.
    • 2001, Fred Butler, Up the Snicket: Shoddy Town Tales, [http//|%22speckies%22+football+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=pxxPqxXlf-&sig=3p-HIUzI9YX7ho1TroYfBWRS8-k&hl=en&sa=X&ei=YmpcUOrHOeaRiQel2IH4Bw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22specky%22|%22speckies%22%20football%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 22], During the long summer-evening games of football on the “rec”, a Specky always ended up being “selected” to play in goal where his glasses wouldn′t get knocked off and broken.
    • 2010, Dick Lynas, Pies Were for Thursdays, AuthorHouse UK, [http//|%22speckies%22+football+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=25oKRuYrhX&sig=M3FmXMmwIz4CgAkuYWKCLrBWtg0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=YmpcUOrHOeaRiQel2IH4Bw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22specky%22|%22speckies%22%20football%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 138], It was bad enough having to wear a satin suit for one day when I made my First Communion. There was no chance of me being seen in those NHS specs and accordingly being mocked as a ‘specky four eyes’ so I took every chance I could not to wear them.
    • 2011, John Sugden, Scum Airways: Inside Football′s Underground Economy, Mainstream eBooks, [http//|%22speckies%22+football+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=JVPE9vv-QI&sig=l_ozvb9AJHzp_acRBxCIpnm-NuI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=NXRcULXuGuiWiQfT34C4CA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22specky%22|%22speckies%22%20football%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], Then turning to his mate next to me at the bar, he explains, ‘I only took his specks off because he was with his girlfriend. Then when he′s surrounded by security, he has aonother go, don′t he! Well, he′s just cost the speckies of the world thousands, cos next time a specky has a go I′ll smash his glasses all over his face.’
  2. (Australia, Australian rules football, informal) A spectacular mark (catch) in Australian rules football.
    • 2008, Beth Montgomery, Murderer′s Thumb, [http//|%22speckies%22+football+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=duZdeu1fP-&sig=q7Bcp90GFzw4jiLhyhY64ITOMV4&hl=en&sa=X&ei=YmpcUOrHOeaRiQel2IH4Bw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22specky%22|%22speckies%22%20football%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 159], ‘Snake was just talking about you, said you take a mean specky,’ she said. Adam felt his face colour. His marking skills weren′t that great.
specs pronunciation
  • {{homophones}}
noun: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial, pluralonly) abbreviation of spectacles
  2. (colloquial) Specifications: plural of spec
spect etymology aphetic form of expect Alternative forms: 'spect
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial) expect
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Wearing spectacles.
  2. Having an appearance of wearing spectacles, especially of animals.
Synonyms: bespectacled, four-eyed (slang)
spectacles {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of spectacle
  2. (plural only, formal) A pair of lens set in a frame worn on the nose and ears in order to correct deficiencies in eyesight or to ornament the face.
Synonyms: eyeglasses (US), glasses, pair of eyeglasses (US), pair of glasses, pair of specs (colloquial), pair of spectacles, specs (colloquial)
spectrumy etymology spectrum + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Having some characteristics of the autism spectrum.
    • 2011, Claire LaZebnik, Families and Other Nonreturnable Gifts, 5 Spot (2011), ISBN 9781455505500, unnumbered page: I even e-mailed Hopkins to try to get her to back me up, but she wrote back, If Mom decides she wants to kick him out at any point, she will and he’ll be fine. He’s a little spectrumy, but perfectly competent. But so long as she’s happy having him at home, let them have each other. Without any support from the actual neurologist in the family, I gave up.
    • 2011, Nicholas Blincoe, "Zero Degrees of Empathy by Simon Baron-Cohen: review", The Telegraph, 25 April 2011: His quiz was designed to detect autism and my score probably suggests I am “spectrumy” – to use a non-technical term – rather than a psycho.
    • 2012, Carrie Goldman, Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear, HarperOne (2012), ISBN 9780062205896, unnumbered page: Before the school year began, Francine met with the principal and the kindergarten teacher at the school. From the first moment, the meeting was rancorous. "The principal started telling me that Adam sounded spectrumy and needed occupational therapy and speech therapy, and she had never even met him yet. {{…}}
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Synonyms: on the spectrum
speculum etymology From Latin speculum, diminutive form from root spec-, to look at + diminutive suffix -ulum. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈspɛkjʊləm/
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈspɛkjələm/
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (medicine) A medical instrument used during an examination to dilate an orifice.
  2. A mirror, especially one used in a telescope.
  3. (zoology) A bright, lustrous patch of colour found on the wings of ducks and some other birds, usually situated on the distal portions of the secondary quills, and much more brilliant in the adult male than in the female.
  • muscle up, muscle-up
Spederline {{wikipedia}} etymology {{blend}}.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang) The couple consisting of celebrities and , together from 2004 to 2006.
    • 2005, Amanda Andrade, "In defense of Britney", The Michigan Daily (University of Michigan), 18 September 2005: We're just confused at the moment because, for all the media hype surrounding the birth of your little progeny, all the continuing speculation about what the Spederline offspring will be christened (US Weekly's call of PMS Federline sounds pretty good), no one is entirely sure why you're still here.
    • 2005, "International Cool Survey 2005", ELLEgirl, November 2005, page 36: Between mandals with socks, Cheetos and Chaotic, you are so over Spederline.
    • 2006, Mariel Blake, "What a difference a day makes: Britney Spears, Democrat victory", Virgin Islands Daily News, 17 November 2006: However, last week the news of the Spederline Split provided a welcome respite from the endless gloating from the "Left" and the whining from the "Right."
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory or humorous) The act of speechify.
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speed {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /spiːd/
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etymology 1 From Middle English spede, from Old English spēd, from Proto-Germanic *spōdiz, from Proto-Germanic *spōaną, from Proto-Indo-European *speh₁- 〈*speh₁-〉. Cognate with Scots spede, speid, Dutch spoed, Low German spood, German Sput. Related also to Old English spōwan, Albanian shpejt and Russian спешить 〈spešitʹ〉, Latin spēs, spērō.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. the state of moving quickly or the capacity for rapid motion; rapidity How does Usain Bolt run at that speed?
  2. the rate of motion or action, specifically (mathematics)/(physics) the magnitude of the velocity; the rate distance is traversed in a given time
  3. (photography) the sensitivity to light of film, plates or sensor.
  4. (photography) the duration of exposure, the time during which a camera shutter is open.
  5. (photography) the largest size of the lens opening at which a lens can be used.
  6. (photography) the ratio of the focal length to the diameter of a photographic objective.
  7. (slang, uncountable) any amphetamine drug used as a stimulant, especially illegally, especially methamphetamine
  8. (archaic) luck, success, prosperity
    • Bible, Genesis xxiv. 12 O Lord God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day.
Synonyms: velocity
etymology 2 From Middle English speden, from Old English spēdan, from Proto-Germanic *spōdijanan. Cognate with Scots spede, speid, Dutch spoeden, Low German spoden, spöden, German sputen, spuden.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, archaic) To succeed; to prosper, be lucky.
    • {{RQ:Mlry MrtDrthr}}: And yf I maye fynde suche a knyghte that hath all these vertues / he may drawe oute this swerd oute of the shethe / for I haue ben at kyng Ryons / it was told me ther were passyng good knyghtes / and he and alle his knyghtes haue assayed it and none can spede
    • {{RQ:RBrtn AntmyMlncly}}, I.2.4.vii: Aristotle must find out the motion of Euripus; Pliny must needs see Vesuvius; but how sped they? One loseth goods, another his life.
    • 18thc., Oliver Goldsmith, Introductory to Switzerland At night returning, every labor sped, / He sits him down the monarch of a shed: / Smiles by his cheerful fire, and round surveys, / His children’s looks, that brighten at the blaze;
  2. (transitive, archaic) To help someone, to give them fortune; to aid or favour. exampleGod speed, until we meet again.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) Fortune speed us!
    • John Dryden (1631-1700) with rising gales that speed their happy flight
  3. (intransitive) To go fast. exampleThe Ferrari was speeding along the road.
  4. (intransitive) To exceed the speed limit. exampleWhy do you speed when the road is so icy?
  5. (transitive) To increase the rate at which something occurs.
    • 1982, Carole Offir & Carole Wade, Human sexuality, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, p.454: It is possible that the uterine contractions speed the sperm along.
    • 2004, James M. Cypher & James L. Dietz, The process of economic development, Routledge, p.359: Such interventions can help to speed the process of reducing CBRs and help countries pass through the demographic transition threshold more quickly{{nb...}}.
  6. (intransitive, slang) To be under the influence of stimulant drugs, especially amphetamines.
  7. (obsolete) To be expedient. {{rfquotek}}
  8. (archaic) To hurry to destruction; to put an end to; to ruin.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) sped with spavins
    • Alexander Pope (1688-1744) A dire dilemma! either way I'm sped. / If foes, they write, if friends, they read, me dead.
  9. (archaic) To wish success or good fortune to, in any undertaking, especially in setting out upon a journey.
    • Alexander Pope (1688-1744) Welcome the coming, speed the parting guest.
  10. To cause to make haste; to dispatch with celerity; to drive at full speed; hence, to hasten; to hurry.
    • Edward Fairfax (c.1580-1635) He sped him thence home to his habitation.
  11. To hasten to a conclusion; to expedite.
    • John Ayliffe (1676-1732) Judicial acts…are sped in open court at the instance of one or both of the parties.
  • {{seeCites}}
  • The Cambridge Guide to English Usage indicates that sped is for objects in motion (the race car sped) while speeded is used for activities or processes, but notes that the British English convention does not hold in American English.
  • Garner's Modern American Usage (2009) indicates that speeded is incorrect, except in the phrasal verb, speed up. Most American usage of speeded conforms to this.
  • Sped is about six times more common in American English (COCA) than speeded. Sped is twice as common in UK English (BNC).
  • deeps, pedes, spede
speedball {{wikipedia}} etymology From speed + ball.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, countable) A mix of heroin and cocaine.
  2. (slang, countable) Coffee with espresso.
  3. (baseball, countable) A fastball.
  4. (uncountable) A competitive variant of paintball with an equal playing field, contrasted with woodsball.
speed camera
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a roadside camera, triggered by a speeding vehicle, that takes a photograph of the offending vehicle and record its speed.
speedfreak Alternative forms: speed freak etymology speed + freak
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An addict or habitual user of amphetamine, methamphetamine, or similar stimulating drugs.
  2. (slang) A person who enjoys driving, riding motorcycle, etc. at high speed.
  • 1973, Richard Mills, Young Outsiders: A Study of Alternative Communities, Pantheon Books: 1973, page 58: Jimmy: the journal of a speedfreak I have been around the West End two or three years....
  • 1984, Kenneth Blum, Handbook of Abusable Drugs, Gardner Press: 1984, page 312: Their level of abuse is holding steady, and the intravenous injection of large amounts, the speedfreak phenomenon noted during the 1960's, almost has disappeared.
  • 2004, Carol Clerk, The Saga of Hawkwind, Omnibus Press: 2004, page 100: New boy, new speedfreak, sings song in two takes.... 'The speedfreak upstart - how dare he? Why isn't it me?
speed freak
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) alternative spelling of speedfreak
  2. (idiomatic, slang) A person who enjoys driving, riding motorcycle, etc. at high speed.
  • 1971. Gerald Le Dain. The Non-medical Use of Drugs: Interim Report of the Canadian Government..., Penguin: 1971, Page 233, The 'speed freak' can be seen as a casualty...
etymology 1 Abbreviation of speedometer.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A speedometer, particularly one in a race car or other automobile.
    • 2006, Roger Williams, How to Give your MGB V-8 Power, [http//|%22speedos%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=xCvdZ1JUCg&sig=w07eAPogXksufGX5solJw6RdURY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bpBcUP7IE8ahiAfjwoCACA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22speedo%22|%22speedos%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 209], You don′t need to change dashboards since the switches and instruments are suited to the V8, although the speedo and tachometer will require modification to adjust them to your V8′s gearing and cylinders.
    • 2009, Roger Williams, How to Restore Triumph TR2, 3, 3A, 4 & 4A, [http//|%22speedos%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=cZFJoisWhU&sig=f2LCBGie0SFw0KNVNPyyUWSaYzk&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bpBcUP7IE8ahiAfjwoCACA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22speedo%22|%22speedos%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 126], One further advantage of the ‘J’ type overdrive units is that the speedo drive gear on the rear drive shaft of the gearbox can be changed, thereby adjusting the speedo-drive ratio to suit the TR′s 15in wheels.
    • 2012, Martyn Collins, The New Mini: All Models 2001 to 2006, [http//|%22speedos%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=GLLLynxxnB&sig=Ex5TIyxp3UC39xUBKwE-haFMPUU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bpBcUP7IE8ahiAfjwoCACA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22speedo%22|%22speedos%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 34], The main instruments are in the centre of the dash, finished in silver (grey on the GP); consisting of a circular speedo with petrol and temperature gauges on either side.
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative form of Speedo
  • depose
speedometer Alternative forms: speedometre (nonstandard) etymology en + speed + -o- + -meter pronunciation
  • /spɪˈdamɘɾɹˌ/
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A device that measures, and indicates the current speed of a vehicle.
  2. Such a device incorporating an odometer.
Synonyms: (device that measures speed) tachometer
speed queen
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang): The feminine form of speed freak; a drug addict, that abuses stimulants/uppers in particular.
speedy delete {{wikipedia}} etymology {{back-form}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Wikimedia, slang) To delete one or more pages without having a discussion on whether to keep or to delete. The article should be speedy deleted, as a blatant and obvious hoax.
Synonyms: speedy
Speidi etymology {{blend}}.
proper noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang) The couple consisting of celebrities and .
    • 2009, Lisa de Moraes, "TV Column: Lisa de Moraes on Speidi's Defection From 'I'm a Celebrity . . .'", The Washington Post, 4 June 2009: {{…}} The Washington Post's intrepid journalist Steven Goff tracked down Speidi in hiding at a hotel in Costa Rica, and was an eyewitness to "The Hills'" couple confessing they were just tossing back a few glasses of red wine and using a few rolls of toilet paper before heading back to the show site.
    • 2013, Lydia Smith, "Heidi and Spencer's fifth anniversary - Speidi relationship as Heidi unveils her new body", The Mirror (UK), 29 November 2013: In November 2009, Speidi released their book (yes, a book), called How to Be Famous: Our Guide to Looking the Part, Playing the Press, and Becoming a Tabloid Fixture.
    • 2014, Kirthana Ramisetti, "Spencer Pratt claims ‘The Hills’ producers wanted him to ditch Heidi Montag on their wedding day", New York Daily News, 6 February 2014: Speidi might have faked a lot of drama on “The Hills,” but the reality couple said there was one line they wouldn’t cross.
spell pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Old English spel, spellian, spelian, from Proto-Germanic *spellą, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *spel-. Cognate with dialectal German Spill, spellen and Albanian fjalë.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) Speech, discourse. {{defdate}}
  2. Words or a formula supposed to have magical powers. {{defdate}} He cast a spell to cure warts.
  3. A magical effect or influence induced by an incantation or formula. {{defdate}} under a spell
related terms: {{rel-top3}}
  • spellbind
  • spellbound
  • spellwork
Synonyms: (words or formula supposed to have magical powers) cantrip, incantation, (magical effect induced by an incantation or formula) cantrip
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete) To speak, to declaim. {{defdate}}
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.ii: O who can tell / The hidden power of herbes, and might of Magicke spell?
  2. (obsolete) To tell; to relate; to teach.
    • T. Warton Might I that legend find, / By fairies spelt in mystic rhymes.
  3. To put under the influence of a spell; to affect by a spell; to bewitch; to fascinate; to charm.
    • Dryden Spelled with words of power.
    • Sir G. Buck He was much spelled with Eleanor Talbot.
etymology 2 From Old French espeler ( > Modern French épeler), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *spel-.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, obsolete) To read (something) as though letter by letter; to peruse slowly or with effort. {{defdate}}
    • 1851, , : "He'll do," said Bildad, eyeing me, and then went on spelling away at his book in a mumbling tone quite audible.
  2. (transitive, sometimes with “out”) To write or say the letters that form a word or part of a word. {{defdate}}
  3. (intransitive) To be able to write or say the letters that form words. I find it difficult to spell because I'm dyslexic.
  4. (transitive) Of letters: to compose (a word). {{defdate}} The letters “a”, “n” and “d” spell “and”.
  5. (transitive, figuratively) To indicate that (some event) will occur. {{defdate}} This spells trouble.
  6. (transitive, figuratively, with “out”) To clarify; to explain in detail. {{defdate}} Please spell it out for me.
    • 2003, U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbel, Hearing before the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, ISBN 1422334120: When we get elected, for instance, we get one of these, and we are pretty much told what is in it, and it is our responsibility to read it and understand it, and if we do not, the Ethics Committee, we can call them any time of day and ask them to spell it out for us…
  7. To constitute; to measure.
    • Fuller the Saxon heptarchy, when seven kings put together did spell but one in effect
Synonyms: (to indicate that some event will occur) forebode; mean; signify, (to work in place of someone else) relieve, (to compose a word) (informal) comprise
etymology 3 Origin uncertain; perhaps a form of speld.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dialectal) A splinter, usually of wood; a spelk. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 4 From Middle English spelen, from Old English spelian, akin to spala.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To work in place of (someone). to spell the helmsman
  2. (transitive) To rest (someone or something). They spelled the horses and rested in the shade of some trees near a brook.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A shift (of work); a set of workers responsible for a specific turn of labour. {{defdate}}
  2. A period of (work or other activity). {{defdate}}
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients], 1 , “A chap named Eleazir Kendrick and I had chummed in together the summer afore and built a fish-weir and shanty at Setuckit Point, down Orham way. For a spell we done pretty well. Then there came a reg'lar terror of a sou'wester same as you don't get one summer in a thousand, and blowed the shanty flat and ripped about half of the weir poles out of the sand.”
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  3. An indefinite period of time (usually with some qualifying word). {{defdate}}
    • 1975, Bob Dylan, Tangled Up in Blue I had a job in the great North Woods Workin' as a cook for a spell. But I never did like it all that much And one day the ax just fell.
  4. A period of rest; time off. {{defdate}}
  5. (US) A period of illness, or sudden interval of bad spirits, disease etc. {{defdate}}
  6. (cricket) An uninterrupted series of alternate over bowled by a single bowler. {{defdate}}
  • {{seeCites}}
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spellken etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, slang) A theatre. {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}}
spello etymology spell + o, modeled on typo
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet slang) A homophonic spelling mistake, as illustrated profusely in the various Spell checker poems that started in 1991.
    • 2003 October 7, Yowie, "You might be a Californian if...", rec.pets.cats.anecdotes, Usenet: He also wondered why I couldn't spell properly - I had to explain the difference between a typo and a spello.
    • 2004 August 19, Some_sappy_Writer, "Missouri's Vote on Gay Marriage", talk.abortion, Usenet, It was a typo, not a spello.
    • 2006 October 12, Bob Cunningham, "Is there a word?", alt.usage.english, Usenet, Anyway, I'm afraid I would decide to call "sited" in the thesis an error; not a typo or a thinko, but a spello.
coordinate terms:
  • clicko, scanno, thinko, typo
spendaholic etymology From spend + -aholic.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A person who is addict to spend money.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A person who spend money.
  • saver
  • respend
spendicitis etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) Excessive spending viewed as a medical disorder.
    • 1904, Official Journal of the Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators and Paperhangers of America, Volume 18, page 493: If you have spendicitis, put a padlock upon your purse, for it is better to starve to death than to live a spendthrift.
    • 1949, We, the People: The Yearbook of Public Opinion, Paebar Company (1949), page 174: The way taxes, licenses and truck fees have been boosted in California the past year, it appears our representatives have been afflicted with a very bad case of spendicitis.
    • 2006, Lyman Rose, Winning the War Againist Debt: Managing Your Personal Finances to Eliminate Debt, CFI (2006), ISBN 9781555179908, page ix: This can cause spendicitis. This disease warps your brain into thinking that if your credit card still clears a transaction, you'll probably have enough money to cover it . . . someday.
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spendocrat etymology spend + -o- + -crat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory, sometimes used attributively) A politician or bureaucrat viewed as supporting excessive spending.
    • 1963, Martin Dies, Martin Dies' Story, Bookmailer (1963), page 17: While Washington "spendocrats," of both parties, have spent and wasted more than 100 billion dollars in so-called foreign aid, {{…}}
    • 1963, Telephone Engineer & Management, Volume 67, page 47: Not AT&T, nor even our governmental spendocrats, can afford to toss satellites into space indefinitely and write them off when a faulty transistor or a coy contact puts them out of commission.
    • 2012, James Liberty, F. R. E. E. D. O. M.: Essays on America's Fight for Freedom, iUniverse (2012), ISBN 9781475937657, page 38: Spendocrats, I mean Democrats, are willing to pass bills that will cause economic hardship just so that they can show their base that they did it — pandering for votes.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
sperg etymology Shortening of Asperger's.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, offensive) An Aspergerian: a person with Asperger's syndrome.
    • 2009, "Playa", re: games workshop staff (on newsgroup No, spergs are compulsively self-absorbed and narcissistic. Any naysayers, if acknowledged at all, would simply be labelled "wrong". You see, lesser mammals are not worthy of debate, and we're ALL "lesser".
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, intransitive) To ramble in excessive detail, as someone with Asperger's syndrome would stereotypically do.
    • 2014, "Anonymous", "[WoD] [nWoD] [oWoD] [World of Darkness] General: Fucking Wizards Edition" (on imageboard If you want, I could sperg on how a trans werewolf might go about their business.
sperglord etymology sperg + lord
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (offensive, slang) somebody with Asperger's syndrome
sperm {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle French sperme, from Latin sperma, from Ancient Greek σπέρμα 〈spérma〉. pronunciation
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  • (US) /spɜːɹm/
  • (UK) /spɜːm/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) Semen; the generative substance of male animals.
    • {{RQ:Flr Mntgn Essays}}, II.12: Other Nations there are, that never have use of fire; Others, whose sperme is of a blacke colour.
  2. (cytology) The reproductive cell or gamete of the male; a spermatozoon.
    • 2012, Sarah Whitehouse, The Guardian, 13 Apr 2012: Seeing the two little moving cells – the result of her egg and Luke's sperm – was incredible, and two very long weeks later the clinic confirmed I was pregnant.
  3. (chemistry) Sperm oil; whale oil from a sperm whale; spermaceti.
Synonyms: spermatozoon, sperm cell, cum
  • gamete
  • perms
  • prems
sperm bank
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (medicine) A place where sperm from donor is stored for future use in artificial insemination.
  2. (vulgar) The vagina.
Synonyms: cryobank (1)
sperm blossom Alternative forms: sperm-blossom
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous, derogatory, rare) A child; one’s offspring.
    • 2000 December 15th, melcocha,, “Re: Whoo-hoo!” (see the original message) Did I see Daddy Average towing his sperm blossoms to the game? Of course not. I saw no kids at all.
    • 2007, Kurt Andersen, Heyday, page 455 The fugitive pute was not carrying the fool’s sperm-blossom.
    • 2008 March 20th, , I:viii: “Tipping Point”, 1:47–1:50 You mean I’m watching your sperm blossoms because you’re training to be a stripper?!
Synonyms: crotch fruit
sperm donor
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A man who donates sperm, usually anonymously, to a sperm bank or fertility clinic.
  2. (US, slang, derogatory) A man who is the father of a woman's child(ren), but no longer has a relationship (or has a hostile relationship) with the woman, and is typically uninvolved with the children as well. (Compare with baby mama).
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (organic chemistry) Reacted or polymerized with spermine
  2. (informal) pregnant
spesh etymology Shortened from special. pronunciation
  • /spɛʃ/ {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) special
speshul etymology eye dialect of special
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (nonstandard, dialect, sometimes, humorous) special
    • 1991, Frank Harris, John F Gallagher, My Life and Loves‎ My brother works on the Telegraph; he's a compositor and he'd give me the first pull of any speshul stuff and I could bring it to you.
    • 2005, Lieutenant Edward Streeter, That's Me All Over Mable‎ Theyve put me on the speshul detail. The speshul detail, Mable, is a bunch of fellos what knows more than any one else in the camp.
spew etymology From Middle English spewen, from Old English spīwan, from Proto-Germanic *spīwaną, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ptyēw-; Germanic cognates include Western Frisian spije, Dutch spuwen, Low German speen, spiien, German speien, Danish and Swedish spy, Gothic 𐍃𐍀𐌴𐌹𐍅𐌰𐌽 〈𐍃𐍀𐌴𐌹𐍅𐌰𐌽〉. Also cognate, through Indo-European, with Latin spuō, Ancient Greek πτύω 〈ptýō〉, Albanian fyt ‘throat’, Armenian թուք 〈tʻukʻ〉, Russian плева́ть 〈plevátʹ〉, Persian تف 〈tf〉, Sanskrit ष्ठीवति 〈ṣṭhīvati〉. pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to eject forcibly and in a stream
  2. (slang) to vomit
  3. (slang) to ejaculate
  4. (slang) to laugh unexpectedly while drinking, causing drink to exit the nose
  5. To eject seed, as wet land swollen with frost.
related terms:
  • spew alert
  • drink alert
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) vomit or sick
  2. (slang) ejaculate
  • pews
spic etymology Possibly imitative of a Hispanic pronunciation of speak. Usually considered a contraction of the earlier used spiggoty. pronunciation
  • /ˈspɪk/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, British, derogatory, ethnic slur) A Spanish-speaking person, someone with a Central American or Latino accent.
Synonyms: spick, spiggoty
  • CSPI
  • pics, PICs
Spicanese etymology spic + Mexican + -ese
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) The Spanish language.
etymology 1 From a stereotypical Latino/Hispanic pronunciation of speak.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, derogatory, racial slur) A Latino/Hispanic person.
Synonyms: spic
etymology 2 Variant of spike.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) nail, a spike (slender piece of wood or metal, used as a fastener).
  • picks
spiclet etymology spic + let
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, ethnic slur) A Hispanic child.
    • 2009, James Ellroy, Blood's a Rover Little spiclets waved dead pigeons. Crutch tossed them American dimes and watched the brawls that ensued.
spide etymology A contraction of “spider men”, referring to individuals with spider's web like tatoos. Also refers to people who 'hang' around street corners, loitering.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Northern Irish English, pejorative) a chav or smick.
  • DIPSe
  • spied
spider {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English spithre, from Old English spīder, spīþra, from Proto-Germanic *spinþrô, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pend-, *(s)pen-. Cognate with Scots spider, Western Frisian spin, Dutch spin, German Spinne, Danish spinder, Swedish spindel. More at spin. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈspaɪdə(ɹ)/
  • (GenAm) /ˈspʌɪɾəɹ/
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  • {{homophones}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of various eight-legged, predatory arthropod, of the order Araneae, most of which spin web to catch prey.
  2. (Internet) A program which follows links on the World Wide Web in order to gather information.
  3. (chiefly, Australia and New Zealand) A float (drink) made by mixing ice-cream and a soda or fizzy drink (such as lemonade).
    • 2002, Katharine Gasparini, Cranberry and vanilla ice cream spider, recipe in Cool Food, [http//|spiders%22&hl=en&ei=fJvPTrKyCMWUiQeFndDCDg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22ice%20cream%22%20%22spider|spiders%22&f=false page 339].
  4. (slang) A spindly person.
  5. (slang) A man who persistently approaches or accost a woman in a public social setting, particularly in a bar.
  6. (snooker, billiards) A stick with a convex arch-shaped notched head used to support the cue when the cue ball is out of reach at normal extension; a bridge.
  7. (cookware, US, UK, historical) A cast-iron frying pan with three legs, once common in open-hearth cookery.
    • 1846, Mary Hooker Cornelius, The Young Housekeeper's Friend, page 146, recipe 28 “To fry salt pork”: Cut slices and lay them in cold water in the spider; boil them up two or three minutes, then pour off the water and set the spider again on the coals and brown the slices on each side.
    • 2005, Marty Davidson, Grandma Grace's Southern Favorites, recipe for “strawberry coconuts”, Rutledge Hill Press, ISBN 1-4016-0219-3, page 193: In spider pan or deep skillet set over hot coals, quickly fry a few at a time in deep lard until brown.
    • 2008, Corona Club (San Francisco, California), Corona Club Cook Book, [http//|spiders%22&hl=en&ei=zKLPTqyxMYuImQX7vJihDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22ice%20cream%22%20%22spider|spiders%22&f=false page 202], Melt ½ the dry sugar in the spider, stirring with knife until all is melted.
  8. (cookware) Implement for moving food in and out of hot oil for deep frying, with a circular metal mesh attached to a long handle.
    • 1996, City and Guilds of London Institute, Food preparation and cooking. Cookery units. Student guide., Stanley Thornes, ISBN 0-7487-2566-0, unit 2ND5, element 2, page 157: If you are deep-frying your falafel, use a spider or basket to place them gently into the hot oil, which should be preheated to a temperature of 175°C (330°F).
    • 2008, Anna Kasabian and David Kasabian, The Wild Fish Cookbook, Creative Publishing International, ISBN 1-58923-317-4, page 84: Consider investing in a frying basket or a spider for small amounts of fish. A spider looks like a metal web and has a long handle and can lower and raise fish from the hot oil.
  9. A part of a crank, to which the chainrings are attached
  10. (slang) Heroin (street drug).
  11. (music) Part of a resonator instrument that transmits string vibrations from the bridge to a resonator cone at multiple points.
  12. A skeleton or frame with radiating arms or members, often connected by crosspieces, such as a casting forming the hub and spokes to which the rim of a fly wheel or large gear is bolted; the body of a piston head; or a frame for strengthening a core or mould for a casting.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Internet, of a computer program) to follow links on the World Wide Web in order to gather information. The online dictionary is regularly spidered by search engines.
  • prides, prised, risped, spired
spider vein etymology From the slight resemblance to a spider on the skin.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (usually, in the plural, informal, medicine) A blood vessel affected by telangiectasia.
spider veins
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of spider vein
  2. (informal, medicine) telangiectasia
Spidey-sense {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: spidey-sense, Spidey-Sense, Spider sense, Spider Sense etymology From the superpower of the fictional character {{pedlink}}, an ability to sense danger before it can be perceived by other senses.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) Intuition, instinct; an intuitive feeling, usually of something being risky or dangerous.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person that speaks fluently, glibly.
    • 1961, Vincent F. Seyfried,The Long Island Rail Road: A Comprehensive History, Two thousand men, women and children turned out for this giant excursion and danced and drank the day away while professional spielers extolled the virtues of the new metropolis and inveigled the unwary into investment.
  2. Hence, a person that loudly solicits customer crowds, a barker.
    • 1909, Jack London, Martin Eden, : "Bosco! He eats 'em alive! Eats 'em alive!" Brissenden exclaimed, imitating the spieler of a locally famous snake-eater.
  3. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) A swindler, a gambler.
    • 1891, Banjo Paterson, That a crowd of Sydney stealers, Jockeys, pugilists and spielers Brought some horses, real heelers, Came and put us through.
spiff etymology {{rfe}} pronunciation
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  1. (uncountable) Attractiveness or charm in dress, appearance, or manner Without a diploma, he relies on spiff alone to climb the corporate ladder.
  2. (countable, dated) A well-dressed man
  3. (countable, sales jargon) A bonus or other remuneration, given for reaching a sales goal or promoting the goods of a particular manufacturer. Originally from textile retailing, a percentage given for selling off surplus or out-of-fashion stock, of which the sales person could offer part as a discount to a customer.
  4. (countable, colloquial, Jamaica) a hand-rolled marijuana cigarette; a joint
    • 2000, Leone Ross, Tasting Songs, in Dark Matter (ed. Sheree R. Thomas), p76 She rolled a spiff for us as she spoke, sifting the ganja between her fingers...
    • 2004, Sander L. Gilman, Xun Zhou, Smoke: A Global History of Smoking, p144 ...someone else built a spiff which he lit and gave to me...
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (usually with up) to make spiffy (attractive, polished, or up-to-date) Our productivity would surely increase if we'd just spiff up this office a bit.
  2. to reward (a salesperson) with a spiff.
  3. to throw. I spiffed the turf over the edge and it went straight through the window and hit the officer.
Synonyms: spruce (as in spruce up)
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (colloquial) In a spiffy manner; done with style. He is always dressed spiffily.
spiffing pronunciation
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  1. (British, colloquial) Very good, excellent. We're having a picnic at the races — how spiffing!
  2. (British, colloquial) Smart or appealing in dress or appearance. I say, that outfit is simply spiffing.
    • 2007, "Spiffing new image", Times Online, London, 18 May (retrieved 14 June 2007), Spiffing new image: ITV is developing an updated version of Spitting Image, with CGI graphics.
  • Typically associated with the British upper class; often used in imitation of upper-class speakers.
Synonyms: jolly good, spiffy
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of spiff The boss returned from vacation before we could finish spiffing up the office.
spiffingly etymology spiffing + ly
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (UK, colloquial) In a spiffing manner; wonderfully, marvellously.
spiffy etymology spiff + y pronunciation
  • /ˈspɪfi/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Dapper; fine or neat, especially in style of clothing or other appearance.
    • 1906, “Newport News in London,” The New York Times, 26 Aug, p. 9, The charming twins came last week, and you should see their clothes. ‘Spiffy’ is the word.
Synonyms: spiffing, spivvy
related terms:
  • spiv
  • spiff up
  • spruce up
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A dapper person.
spiflicate Alternative forms: smifligate, spefflicate (Cornish dialect), spifflicate etymology Apparently made up to resemble a word of Latin origin.
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  1. (transitive) To confound, silence or dumbfound - 1785 , Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue
  2. (transitive, Provincial) To beat severely - 1847 , A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words
  3. (transitive, slang) To stifle, suffocate, kill. 1837: So out with your whinger at once, and scrag Jane while I spiflicate Johnny - , The Ingoldsby Legends
  4. (transitive) To ruin, destroy.
    • 1932: It completely busts up and spifflicates the medical evidence - , Have His Carcase
spigger etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, offensive) A person of mixed Hispanic and African-American heritage.
spike etymology From Latin spīca. pronunciation
  • /spaɪk/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A sort of very large nail; also, a piece of pointed iron set with points upward/outward.
  2. Anything resembling such a nail in shape.
    • Addison He wears on his head the corona radiata …; the spikes that shoot out represent the rays of the sun.
  3. An ear of corn or grain.
  4. (botany) A kind of inflorescence in which sessile flower are arranged on an unbranched elongated axis.
  5. (in plural spikes; informal) Running shoe with spikes in the sole.
  6. A sharp peak in a graph.
  7. The long, narrow part of a woman's high-heeled shoe that elevates the heel.
  8. (volleyball) An attack from, usually, above the height of the net performed with the intent to send the ball straight to the floor of the opponent or off the hands of the opposing block.
  9. (zoology) An adolescent male deer.
  10. a surge in power.
  11. (slang) The casual ward of a workhouse.
    • 1933: , , p. 139. "Dere's tay spikes, and cocoa spikes, and skilly spikes."
  12. spike lavender oil of spike
Synonyms: (botany: kind of inflorescence) catkin, raceme, cluster, corymb, umbel
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To covertly put alcohol or another intoxicating substance into a drink. She spiked my lemonade with vodka!
  2. To add a small amount of one substance to another. The water sample to be tested has been spiked with arsenic, antimony, mercury, and lead in quantities commonly found in industrial effluents.
  3. (volleyball) To attack from, usually, above the height of the net with the intent to send the ball straight to the floor of the opponent or off the hands of the opposing block.
  4. (military) To render (a gun) unusable by driving a metal spike into its touch hole.
    • 1834, Frederick Marryat, Peter Simple: He jumped down, wrenched the hammer from the armourer’s hand, and seizing a nail from the bag, in a few moments he had spiked the gun.
    • 1990, Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game, Folio Society 2010, p. 235-6: Small skirmishes also took place, and the Afghans managed to seize a pair of mule-guns and force the British to spike and abandon two other precious guns.
  5. (journalism) To decide not to publish or make public.
    • October 14, 2002, Jonathan Sale, The Guardian, Edward VIII news blackout. Instead, the "Beaver" declared he would spike the story about Wallis Simpson and make sure his fellow media moguls sat on it too.
  6. To prevent or frustrate.
    • 1981, Chris Greyvenstein, The Fighters (page 145) Nicolaas, or Nick, as the family called him, wanted to turn professional but an ear injury, sustained during the war, spiked his plans.
  7. To increase sharply. Traffic accidents spiked in December when there was ice on the roads.
  8. To fasten with spikes, or long, large nails. to spike down planks
  9. To set or furnish with spikes.
  10. To fix on a spike. {{rfquotek}}
  11. (football slang) To slam the football to the ground, usually in celebration of scoring a touchdown, or to stop expiring time on the game clock after snapping the ball as to save time for the losing team to attempt to score the tying or winning points.
Synonyms: (volleyball): attack, hit
  • kepis
  • kipes
  • pikes
spill one's guts
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  1. (slang, idiomatic) To confess, or to divulge secrets, typically speaking freely and at length after a change of motive or an incentive. At first, the suspect would not tell us anything about the other participants in the crime. But after being offered a deal, he spilled his guts.
  2. (slang, idiomatic) To vomit.
    • 1994 Garth Battista, The runner's literary companion: great stories and poems about running, Breakaway Books, p102 He suddenly wanted to vomit, to spill his guts right here on Lake Street in front of the thousands watching.
    • 2006 Arthur Roberts, The Sorcerer's Song and the Cat's Meow, p167 A stench preceded a green cloud that almost caused the wizard to spill his guts.
    • 2007 Joyce Sterling Scarbrough, Different Roads, Stonehedge Publishing But the sudden motion combined with the inhuman amount of whiskey he’d consumed must’ve gotten to him, because he started to look green and made a dive for the side of the bed to spill his guts.
As with all reflexive forms, this may be used with any pronoun, as I spilled my guts, he spilled his guts, they spilled their guts etc.
spill the tea
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) To disclose information, especially of a sensitive nature.
    • 2012, Demetria L. Lucas, "Should I Worry That He Earns Less Money?", CARE, Issue #18, October 2012, page 18: They are up in your business because you invited them in by spilling the tea on what you and your man earn.
    • 2013, Stanley Bennett Clay, "A Fun Quick Read", DBQ Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 1, January/February 2013, page 9: … she makes good on her promise to out her celebrity husband in the media by going on the top nationally syndicated radio talk show of Neicy Ross, an even more tacky version of Wendy Williams, and spills the tea on her man in delicious detail, …
    • 2013, "The Ones To Watch", Brink Magazine, Issue 26, February/March 2013, page 17: Four different entrepreneurs and talents spill the tea on success, failure and lessons learned.
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Synonyms: spill the beans
spinal cord {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{Commons}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (anatomy) A thick, whitish cord of nerve tissue which is a major part of the vertebrate central nervous system. It extends from the brain stem down through the spine, with nerves branching off to various parts of the body.
Synonyms: medulla spinalis, spinal marrow
spinal fluid
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) cerebrospinal fluid
spinal tap {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (medicine, colloquial): A diagnostic and at times therapeutic procedure performed to collect a sample of cerebrospinal fluid for biochemical, microbiological, and cytological analysis, or rarely to relieve increased intracranial pressure.
Synonyms: lumbar puncture (LP)
spindleshanks etymology spindle + shanks
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic, derogatory) A thin, lanky person with long legs.
spin doctor etymology From spin + doctor.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (business, politics) A person employed to gloss over a poor public image (or present it in a better light) in business and politics, especially after unfavourable results have been achieved. A lobbyist; PR person. Many believed that the reduction in public spending was a disaster but the spin doctors presented it as a triumph for lower taxation.
Synonyms: spinmeister, spinster
  • counterspin doctor
related terms:
  • spin machine
  • spin control
  • spin doctoring
  • brainwasher
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To generate spin (favourable interpretation or bias).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Something spine-tingling; a frightening book, film, etc.
spinmeister etymology spin + meister
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, politics, slang) A media liaison or spokesperson, charged with presenting the spin for their political side.
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spinner {{wikipedia}} etymology {{-er}}. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Agent noun of spin; someone or something who spins.
  2. A conical cover at the center of some aircraft propeller.
  3. (obsolete) The coin thrower in a game of two-up.
  4. (slang, cinema) Used primarily in the adult film industry, an actress or prostitute with a tiny frame, usually very thin and small-breasted.
  5. (computing, graphical user interface) An input control for entering a number, with accompanying arrow button that increase or decrease the value.
  6. (cricket) A spin bowler.
  7. (fishing) A type of lure consisting of wire, a rotating blade, a weighted body, and one or more hook.
  8. An ornamental hubcap that spins independently of the wheel
  9. A goatsucker.
  10. A spinneret.
  11. (Jamaica) A kind of dumpling, shaped by "spinning" it in the hands.
  • pinners
etymology 1 From Latin spina.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative spelling of spinney
    • Charles Kingsley The downs rise steep, crowned with black fir spinnies.
etymology 2 spin + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Associated with spinning; moving with a spinning motion.
    • 1997, DAN Seemiller, M Holowchak, Winning Table Tennis: Skills, Drills, and Strategies - all 3 versions » The sound at contact should be solid and crisp, not “spinny.”
    • 2003, Ian S. Ginns, Stephen J. Norton, and Campbell J. McRobbie, "Adding Value to the Teaching and Learning of Design and Technology", in Pupils Attitudes Towards Technology Annual Conference June 2003, p 115-118 “It is a spinny thing with wires in it, with the wires wrapped around something (coil) and N and S (unsure what N and S were)."
    • 2006, J Purkis, Finding a Different Kind of Normal: Misadventures with Asperger Syndrome Then you got a double whammy - your eyes were full of orange and your head was spinny and dizzy.
etymology 3 Compare spiny.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, dialect, obsolete) thin and long; slim; slender
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spiral {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle French spirale, from Malayalam spiralis, from Latin spira pronunciation
  • /ˈspaɪɹəl/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (geometry) A curve that is the locus of a point that rotate about a fixed point while continuously increasing its distance from that point.
  2. (informal) A helix.
  3. A self-sustaining process with a lot of momentum involved, so it is difficult to accelerate or stop it at once.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Helical, like a spiral
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To move along the path of a spiral or helix. The falling leaves spiralled down from the tree.
  2. (figuratively, intransitive) To increase continually. Her debts were spiralling out of control.
  • Aprils
spirit etymology From Middle English spirit, from Old French espirit, from Latin spīritus, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)peys-. Compare inspire, respire, transpire, all ultimately from Latin spīrō. Cognate with Old English fisting. Displaced native Middle English gast (from Old English gāst). More at fist. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈspɪɹɪt/
  • (US) /ˈspiɹɪt/, /ˈspɪɹɪt/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The undying essence of a human; the soul.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 7 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “[…] St. Bede's at this period of its history was perhaps the poorest and most miserable parish in the East End of London. Close-packed, crushed by the buttressed height of the railway viaduct, rendered airless by huge walls of factories, it at once banished lively interest from a stranger's mind and left only a dull oppression of the spirit.”
    • 1967, MacCormack, Woman Times Seven …a triumph of the spirit over the flesh.
  2. A supernatural being, often but not exclusively without physical form; ghost, fairy, angel. James finds a spirit of two dead kids who haunted the house.
    • John Locke Whilst young, preserve his tender mind from all impressions of spirits and goblins in the dark.
  3. Enthusiasm.
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    exampleSchool spirit is at an all-time high.
  4. The manner or style of something.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 4 , “No matter how early I came down, I would find him on the veranda, smoking cigarettes, or…. And at last I began to realize in my harassed soul that all elusion was futile, and to take such holidays as I could get, when he was off with a girl, in a spirit of thankfulness.”
    exampleIn the spirit of forgiveness, we didn't press charges.
    • Alexander Pope A perfect judge will read each work of wit / With the same spirit that its author writ.
  5. (usually, in the plural) A volatile liquid, such as alcohol. The plural form spirits is a generic term for distilled alcoholic beverages.
  6. Energy; ardour.
    • Fuller "Write it then, quickly," replied Bede; and summoning all his spirits together, like the last blaze of a candle going out, he indited it, and expired.
  7. One who is vivacious or lively; one who evinces great activity or peculiar characteristics of mind or temper. a ruling spirit; a schismatic spirit
    • Dryden Such spirits as he desired to please, such would I choose for my judges.
  8. Temper or disposition of mind; mental condition or disposition; intellectual or moral state; often in the plural. to be cheerful, or in good spirits; to be down-hearted, or in bad spirits
    • South God has … made a spirit of building succeed a spirit of pulling down.
  9. (obsolete) Air set in motion by breathing; breath; hence, sometimes, life itself.
    • Spenser For, else he sure had left not one alive, / But all, in his Revenge, of Spirit would deprive.
    • Spenser The mild air, with season moderate, / Gently attempered, and disposed so well, / That still it breathed forth sweet spirit.
  10. (obsolete) A rough breathing; an aspirate, such as the letter h; also, a mark denoting aspiration.
    • Ben Jonson Be it a letter or spirit, we have great use for it.
  11. Intent; real meaning; opposed to the letter, or formal statement. the spirit of an enterprise, or of a document
  12. (alchemy, obsolete) Any of the four substances: sulphur, sal ammoniac, quicksilver, and arsenic (or, according to some, orpiment).
    • Chaucer the four spirits and the bodies seven
  13. (dyeing) stannic chloride
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  1. To carry off, especially in haste, secrecy, or mystery.
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    • Willis I felt as if I had been spirited into some castle of antiquity.
  2. To animate with vigor; to excite; to encourage; to inspirit; sometimes followed by up. Civil dissensions often spirit the ambition of private men.
    • Jonathan Swift Many officers and private men spirit up and assist those obstinate people to continue in their rebellion.
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Spironolactone.
spit pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Old English spitu, from Proto-Germanic *spituz.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A rod on which meat is grilled (UK English) or broiled (US English).
  2. A narrow, pointed, usually sandy peninsula.
    • 1881, , : Or perhaps he may see a group of washerwomen relieved, on a spit of shingle, against the blue sea [..]
  3. The depth to which a spade goes in digging; a spade; a spadeful. {{rfquotek}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To impale on a spit. to spit a loin of veal
    • Shakespeare infants spitted upon pikes
  2. To attend to a spit; to use a spit. She's spitting in the kitchen.
  3. To spade; to dig.
etymology 2 From Old English spittan, from Proto-Germanic (compare Danish spytte, Swedish spotta), from Proto-Indo-European *sp(y)ēw, *spyū Ayto, John, ''Dictionary of Word Origins'', Arcade Publishing, New York, 1990, of imitiative origin (see spew)[ spew], [[w:Online Etymology Dictionary|Online Etymology Dictionary]], Douglas Harper
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, transitive) To evacuate (saliva or another substance) from the mouth. Don't spit on the street. The teacher told her to spit out her bubble gum.
    • 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 decorations as the tree had recovered from the collision.
  2. To rain or snow slightly, or with sprinkles.
    • Charles Dickens It had been spitting with rain.
  3. (transitive) To utter violently.
    • 1915, , Shadows of Flames, page 240 : "Why, you little emasculated Don Juan— You—" he spat an unmentionable name— "d'you think I'd fight one of your tin-soldier farces with you? Clear out!"
    • 2004, , , 2005 edition, ISBN 0743483790, chapter 3, page 23 : "Gentleman? You?" he spat.
  4. (transitive, slang, hip-hop) To utter.
    • 2005, Giselle Zado Wasfie, So Fly A group of black guys were spitting rhymes in the corner, slapping hands and egging one another on.
  • Spit as the past form is common only in the US, while spat is common everywhere.
Synonyms: expectorate
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) Saliva, especially when expectorated. There was spit all over the washbasin.
  2. (countable) An instance of spitting.
Synonyms: expectoration, saliva
  • pits
  • stip, Štip
  • tips
spit curl
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, dated) A little lock of hair, plastered in a spiral form on the temple or forehead with spittle or other adhesive substance.
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spit roast
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The way of roasting an animal, such as a pig, over a fire. To do so the cook sticks a wooden/metal rod through the animal and sets it on two sticks on the other sides so the animal is over the fire.
  2. (vulgar, slang) A sexual practice whereby two men service a single sexual partner at the same time, from different ends.
spitstick etymology spit + stick, referring to how the penis is lubricated before penetration, especially anally
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, idiomatic) a man's penis
    • 2009, John Patrick, Naughty by Nature, page 34 I spewed every drop of my spitstick into his baby sweet hole.
Synonyms: (penis) see
spitting image Alternative forms: spitten image etymology Alteration of spit and image. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈspɪtɪŋ ˈɪmɪdʒ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) The exact likeness (of someone). Blimey, you're the spitting image of my brother.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Digestive fluid and other stomach contents which are regurgitate or vomit, especially by a child.
    • 2000, Sharon Cotliar, "Mothers of Invention," Time, 20 Mar., Dana Lowey Luttway anointed her son Daniel Henri "the king of spit-up" but was inspired by his daily rejections to create her first invention: the ParentSmock, a cotton bib made for parents.
related terms:
  • spit up (verb)
spivias etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) amphetamine
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To explain.
    • 1881 Joel Chandler Harris Uncle Remus "Howsomever, dey 'ranged der 'fairs, en splained der bizness."
    • 1905 R. F. Foster "In Self Defence" in The Bookman, vol. 21. "Why, Lor' bless you, I never knew nothing about the rights of them things till you splained them to me yesterday, boss."
    • 1947 John Avery Lomax Adventures of a Ballad Hunter p. 195 "Den," he confided, "I 'splained to de release man 'bout lookin' fur a settin'-down job, an' he jes' sorta motioned to de do'."
  • lapins
  • plains, Plains
  • spinal
-splain etymology From explain, following the pattern of mansplain
suffix: {{en-suffix}}
  1. (slang) A suffix combined with a descriptive adjective or noun to create a verb meaning someone who fits that description condescendingly explaining something to someone who does not fit that description (especially, something the listener has more experience of).
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splash {{wikipedia}} etymology (onomatopoeia), possibly influenced by plash. Connected with splosh, splish and sploosh by vowel apophony (sound change); compare with Indo-European ablaut as in sing/sang/sung/song. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (onomatopoeia) The sound made by an object hitting a liquid. I heard a splash when the rock landed in the pond.
  2. A small amount of liquid.
    • Add the tomato purée and cook for a further 4-5 minutes. Add a splash of whisky to the pan, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to deglaze. - recipe, Grilled fillet of halibut and langoustine tails with smoked haddock risotto and shellfish froth by Chris Morrison
    I felt a splash of rain so put up my hood. I felt a splash of water on my leg as the car drove into the nearby puddle.
  3. A small amount (of color). The painter put a splash of blue on the wall to make it more colorful
  4. A mark or stain made from a small amount of liquid. There was a visible splash on his pants after he went to the bathroom.
  5. An impact or impression. The new movie made quite a splash upon its release.
  6. (computing, informal) splash screen
    • 2008, Ron Carswell, Heidi Webb, Guide to Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 and Virtual Server 2005 When the splash appears with Please wait, wait for Windows to start configuration.
Synonyms: plash
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To hit or agitate liquid so that part of it separates from the principal liquid mass. sit and splash in the bathtub
    • 1990 October 28, , “She Moves On”, , Warner Bros. I know the reason I feel so blessed / My heart still splashes inside my chest
  2. To disperse a fluid suddenly; to splatter. water splashed everywhere
  3. (transitive) to hit or expel liquid at The children were splashing each other playfully in the sea. When she comes in the door, splash her with perfume.
  4. To create an impact or impression; to print, post or publicize prominent. The headline was splashed across newspapers everywhere.
  5. (transitive) To spend (money) After pay day I can afford to splash some cash and buy myself a motorbike.
  6. To launch a ship.
    • 1999 David M. Kennedy, "Victory at Sea", Atlantic Monthly, March 1999: In the two years following Midway, Japanese shipyards managed to splash only six additional fleet carriers. The United States in the same period added seventeen, along with ten medium carriers and eighty-six escort carriers.
related terms:
  • splish
  • splosh
splat etymology Onomatopoeia pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The sharp, atonal sound of a liquid or soft solid hitting a solid surface. I didn't see the egg fall, but I heard the splat when it hit the floor.
  2. The irregular shape of a viscous liquid or soft solid which has hit a solid surface. The canvas was covered by seemingly careless splats of paint.
  3. (computing, slang) The Command key on an Apple Macintosh.
  4. (computing, slang) Any of various characters appearing in computer character sets, particularly # and *.
  5. The narrow wooden centre piece of a chair back.
  6. A move in playboating involving stall in place while positioned vertical against a solid object in the water.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To hit a flat surface and deform into an irregular shape. The egg splatted onto the floor.
  2. (computer graphics, transitive) To combine different texture by applying an alpha channel map to the higher levels, revealing the layers underneath where the map is partially or completely transparent.
related terms:
  • splat mat
  • splatter
  • plats
  • spalt
splatterday etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) horror and slasher films
splatterfest etymology splatter + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A film, video game, etc. containing violent and gory scenes.
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splice {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /splaɪs/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology From Dutch splissen (obsolete); akin to Middle Dutch splitten to split. First known use: circa 1525
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical) A junction or joining of ropes made by splicing them together.
  2. (electrical) The electrical and mechanical connection between two pieces of wire or cable.
  3. (cricket) That part of a bat where the handle joins the blade.
  4. Bonding or joining of overlapping materials.
hyponyms: {{hypo3}}
related terms: {{rel3}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To unite, as two rope, or parts of a rope, by a particular manner of interweaving the strand, -- the union being between two ends, or between an end and the body of a rope.
  2. To unite, as spar, timber, rail, etc., by lapping the two ends together, or by applying a piece which laps upon the two ends, and then bind, or in any way making fast.
  3. (slang) To unite in marriage.
    • 1851, , , But come, it's getting dreadful late, you had better be turning flukes--it's a nice bed; Sal and me slept in that ere bed the night we were spliced.
  4. (figuratively) To unite as if splicing. He argues against attempts to splice different genres or species of literature into a single composition.
related terms:
  • splice the mainbrace
spliff pronunciation
  • (UK) /splɪf/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A cannabis cigarette.
Synonyms: See also
splish etymology Onomatopoeia. Connected with splash and splosh by vowel apophony (sound change); compare with Indo-European ablaut as in sing/sang/sung/song.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (onomatopoeia, humorous) splash
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To make a light splash sound.
related terms:
  • splash
  • splosh

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