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split {{wikipedia}} etymology c. 1567, from Middle Dutch splitten (compare modern Dutch splijten), from Proto-Germanic *splītaną (compare Frisian/Danish splitte, Dutch splijten, Low German splieten, German spleißen), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)plei- 'to split, splice' (compare Old English speld 'splinter', Old High German spaltan 'to split', Old Irish sliss 'splinter', Latin spolium 'stripped hide', Lithuanian spaliai 'flax shives', Old Church Slavonic rasplatiti 'to cleave, split', Ancient Greek aspalon 'skin, hide', spólas 'flayed skin', Albanian fli, Sanskrit sphaṭati 'it bursts'). pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /splɪt/
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adjective: {{wikipedia}} {{en-adj}}
  1. divided Republicans appear split on the centerpiece of Mr. Obama's economic recovery plan.
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  2. (algebra, of a short exact sequence) Having the middle group equal to the direct product of the others.
  3. Comprising half decaffeinated and half caffeinated espresso.
  4. (stock exchange, of an order, sale, etc.) Divided so as to be done or executed part at one time or price and part at another time or price.
  5. (stock exchange, historical, of quotations) Given in sixteenth rather than the usual eighth. 10\frac{3}{16} is a split quotation.
  6. (London stock exchange) Designating ordinary stock that has been divided into preferred ordinary and deferred ordinary.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A crack or longitudinal fissure.
  2. A breach or separation, as in a political party; a division.
  3. A piece that is split off, or made thin, by splitting; a splinter; a fragment.
  4. (leather manufacture) One of the sections of a skin made by dividing it into two or more thickness.
  5. (gymnastics, cheerleading, dance, usually in the phrase “to do the splits”) The acrobatic feat of spread the legs flat on the floor 180 degrees apart, either sideways to the body or with one leg in front and one behind, thus lowering the body until it rests completely on the floor.
  6. (baseball, slang) A split-finger fastball. He’s got a nasty split.
  7. (bowling) A result of a first throw that leaves two or more pins standing with one or more pins between them knocked down.
  8. A split shot or split stroke.
  9. A dessert or confection resembling a banana split.
  10. A unit of measure used for champagne or other spirit: 18.75 centiliter or 1/4 quarter of a standard .75 liter bottle. Commercially comparable to 1/20th (US) gallon, which is 1/2 of a fifth.
  11. A bottle of wine containing 0.375 liters, 1/2 the volume of a standard .75 liter bottle; a demi.
  12. (athletics) The elapsed time at specific intermediate point(s) in a race. In the 3000m race, his 800m split was 1:45.32
  13. (construction) A tear resulting from tensile stress.
  14. (gambling) A division of a stake happening when two card of the kind on which the stake is laid are deal in the same turn.
  15. (music) A recording containing songs by multiple artists.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, ergative) Of something solid, to divide fully or partly along a more or less straight line. exampleHe has split his lip.
    • Robert Boyle (1627-1691) a huge vessel of exceeding hard marble split asunder by congealed water
  2. (transitive) To share; to divide. exampleWe split the money among three people.
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  3. (slang) To leave. exampleLet's split this scene and see if we can find a real party.
  4. to separate or break up. exampleDid you hear Dick and Jane split? They'll probably get a divorce.
  5. To be broken; to be dashed to pieces.
    • Shakespeare The ship splits on the rock.
  6. To burst out laughing.
    • Alexander Pope Each had a gravity would make you split.
  7. (slang, dated) To divulge a secret; to betray confidence; to peach. {{rfquotek}}
  8. (sports) In athletics (esp. baseball), when both teams involved in a doubleheader each win one game and lose another game. exampleBoston split with Philadelphia in a doubleheader, winning the first game 3-1 before losing 2-0 in the nightcap.
  9. en-past of split
  • slipt
  • spilt
splitter {{wikipedia}} etymology {{-er}} pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person or a thing that split.
  2. (colloquial) A scientist in one of various fields who prefers to split categories such as species or dialects up into smaller groups.
  3. In baseball, a splitfinger fastball (a type of pitch).
  4. (graphical user interface) A draggable vertical or horizontal bar used to adjust the relative sizes of two adjacent windows.
Synonyms: (GUI) sash
  • (one who prefers to split categories) lumper
  • pretilts
  • triplets
split the sheets
verb: {{head}}
  1. (US, slang) To divorce.
splittist etymology Translation of the Chinese terms 分裂 and 分裂主义分子.
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  1. (pejorative, Marxism, China) Favoring a split or separation from the Party or the nation.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (China, Korea, pejorative) A separatist.
    •, page 7, Our Party and the Government of the Republic have till now done all they can to check and frustrate the colonial enslavement policy of US imperialism towards Korea and the nation-splitting manoeuvres of the domestic and foreign splittists and achieve the independent, peaceful reunification of the country.
    • page 21,, 0738847216, "Trouble. I'll tell you frankly, little Han, we have a lot of splittists here. You know what I mean by a splittist?" ¶ "Of course. People who want to split the Motherland."
Synonyms: sectarian, separatist
related terms:
  • splittism
splo etymology Shortened form of explosion, suggesting its effects when consumed.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Illegally produced liquor; moonshine.
    • 2007, Matthew B. Rowley, Moonshine!, Sterling Publishing Company, page 70: Packed in one-gallon plastic milk jugs, it's shipped to eastern cities such as Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Miami and New York. Once there, the splo (short for the explosion in one's head after drinking some) sells in shot houses by the glass at enormous profit.
    • 2003, Amberjack Rice, New Roots, Album notes from the CD: He originally learned to play music in a splo house (an illegal bar with a still in the basement) spending many weekends playing till the sun came up or the cops came, whatever happened first.
    • 1999, Jack Neely, Not So Tall Tales, Weekly Wire, http// Maybe two or three times a month we get a call from someone who says they've heard there's a secret subterranean city beneath Gay Street, that it's perfectly preserved with turn-of-the-century storefronts, that homeless people, drug dealers, and sundry gnomes live down there and drink splo and shoot dice, and that Metro Pulse should look into it.
sploit etymology exploit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, computing) exploit (program or technique that exploits a vulnerability in other software)
    • 2006, Ed Skoudis, Tom Liston, Counter hack reloaded Other exploit creators were less careful, turning out garbage sploits that sometimes wouldn't work at all or would even crash a target service most of the time.
    • 2007, Thomas W. Shinder, Thorsten Behrens, The Best Damn Firewall Book Period In other words, some script-kiddie blindly launching a “sploit” to a range of addresses does not exactly embody the essence of this category.
  • pilots, pistol, postil, spoilt
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) semen
    • 2011, Shane Allison, Frat Boys: Gay Erotic Stories I looked at the splooge on the mirror and grabbed a tissue. “Fuck, Kyle you didn't have to drown the mirror
  2. (slang) ejaculation
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) to ejaculate
    • 2006, Joe "Duff" McBride, A Tale of Two Gimps: Such Is Life Mouse had his cum face on before she stuffed him inside, and he splooged 30 seconds later.
    • 2005, Loyd Skiles, Truck'n Indian chick who wouldn't fuck him, but would let him rub his dick between her ass cheeks and splooge on her back.
  2. (slang) to spill or splat
splurge etymology Possibly from a blend of splash and surge.[ Etymonline] pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /splɝdʒ/
  • (RP) /splɜːdʒ/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To gush, to flow or move in a rush. The tomato sauce was splurged all over the chips.
    • 1884, , , Norwich, 1659-1859, But the steamboats come in their time ; and I am sure that I address a large crowd of sympathizing auditors, now that I come to speak of the magnificent old "Fanny," spluttering and paddling, and splurging up to the little wharf under the lea of Peppers Hill, where the pine wood lay piled in fabulous quantities.
    • 1913, , , Chapter XXXVIII, She waited a moment, quivering with the expectation of her husband's answer; then, as none came except the silent darkening of his face, she walked to the door and turned round to fling back: "Of course you can do what you like with your own house, and make any arrangements that suit your family, without consulting me; but you needn't think I'm ever going back to live in that stuffy little hole, with Hubert and his wife splurging round on top of our heads!"
    • 1930, , , "And boy," he splurged, "we are filming a peach, a pip and a wow! Is it a knockout? Oh, baby! A prize-fight picture entitled 'The Honor of the Champion,' starring Reginald Van Veer, with Honey Precious for the herowine. Boy, will it pack the theayters!"
  2. (colloquial) To spend lavishly or extravagantly, especially money. {{defdate}} They decided to splurge on the biggest banana split for dessert.
    • 1912, , The House of Pride. I could see Schultz think, and revive, and splurge with his bets again.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An extravagant or ostentatious display. {{defdate}}
  2. An extravagant indulgence; a spending spree. {{defdate}}
  • gulpers, replugs
splurt etymology Imitative? Compare splat, spurt.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal, transitive) To spit out violent, as with disgust or surprise.
    • Grant Naylor, 1989, Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers God splurted out his mouthful of Cinzano Bianco and bellowed uncontrollably, tears streaming down his face.
  2. (informal, transitive) To squeeze out in a messy stream.
    • 2011, Andrea McKay, Blue Night, Blue Day (page 51) She splurted ketchup on her hash browns.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet) one who uses talker
  2. (colloquial) one who excessively studies, similar to a swot, and is disliked by fellow students because of it.
  3. (colloquial) one who wastes time on nonproductive activities online.
  4. (military) Sea Port of Debarkation
  • dops
  • pods
spoddy etymology spod + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Like a spod; swotty; dorky.
    • Joanna Trollope, A Spanish Lover Remember those French boys we had to have at school? They were utterly spoddy.
spoffish etymology Probably from British English dialect spoffle to be spoffish. pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, colloquial, dated) earnest and active in matters of no importance; bustling {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}}
spoiled grape juice
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Wine.
    • 1910, George Randolph Chester, Young Wallingford, page 186: Any time I let a kindergarten crowd like that work a trick on me that was invented right after Noah discovered spoiled grape juice, I owe myself a month in jail.
    • 2002, Glen Cook, Angry Lead Skies: A Garrett, P.I., Novel: The rest of the Tates are wine people, every one with a favorite vintage. I'm not much on the spoiled grape juice myself.
    • 2003, Steven Stoker, You May Think Life Stinks But It Could Be Verse, page xiv: In my mind they are like those who view spoiled grape juice as something of great value, something described with such terms as “body”, “bouquet”, “woody”, “tannin”, “supple”, “sweet”, and etc. all in an effort to impress the listener with their “cultured” background in fine wines.
    • 2011, George R. R. Martin, ‎Gardner Dozois, Down These Strange Streets: The modern obsession with spoiled grape juice is inexplicable.
Often used to refer to wine derisively, and to present a negative characterization of wine drinkers.
spoilsport {{was wotd}} Alternative forms: spoil-sport (dated) etymology From the verbal expression . pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈspɔɪl.spɔːt/
  • (US) /ˈspɔɪl.spɔɹt/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone who puts an end to other's fun, especially harmless fun.
    • 1908, , , , I know I am a sad spoilsport, but it would make me wretched.
    • 1912, , , He looks a spoilsport. There are men in whose presence it is impossible to have any fun: …
Synonyms: killjoy (UK), party pooper
spoke pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /spəʊk/
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etymology 1 Old English spaca
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A support structure that connects the axle or the hub of a wheel to the rim.
  2. (nautical) A projecting handle of a steering wheel.
  3. A rung of a ladder.
  4. A device for fasten the wheel of a vehicle to prevent it from turning when going downhill.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To furnish (a wheel) with spokes.
etymology 2
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  1. en-simple past of speak
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  • pokes
spoken {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈspoʊkən/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Relating to speech
  2. Speaking in a specified way soft-spoken well-spoken
  • unspoken
verb: {{head}}
  1. past participle of speak
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A physical attractive spokeswoman.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, slang) Alternate spelling for spondulics.
  • duplicons
spondulicks Alternative forms: (plural forms) spondulics, spondulix, spondoolics, spondoolicks, spondoolix, (singular forms) spondoolick, spondulick pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈspɒnˈdjuːlɪks/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, UK) Money.
Synonyms: See also
sponge {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old English spunge, from Latin spongia, from Ancient Greek σπογγιά 〈spongiá〉, related to σπόγγος 〈spóngos〉. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /spʌndʒ/
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  1. (countable) Any of various marine invertebrate, mostly of the phylum Porifera, that have a porous skeleton often of silica.
  2. (countable) A piece of porous material used for washing (originally made from the invertebrates, now often made of plastic).
  3. (uncountable) A porous material such as sponges consist of.
  4. (informal) A heavy drinker.
  5. (countable, uncountable) A type of light cake; sponge cake.
  6. (countable, uncountable, British) A type of steamed pudding.
  7. (slang) A person who takes advantage of the generosity of others (abstractly imagined to absorb or soak up the money or efforts of others like a sponge).
  8. (countable) A form of contraception that is inserted vagina; a .
  9. Any spongelike substance.
    1. Dough before it is kneaded and formed into loaves, and after it is converted into a light, spongy mass by the agency of the yeast or leaven.
    2. Iron from the puddling furnace, in a pasty condition.
    3. Iron ore, in masses, reduced but not melted or worked.
  10. A mop for cleaning the bore of a cannon after a discharge. It consists of a cylinder of wood, covered with sheepskin with the wool on, or cloth with a heavy looped nap, and having a handle, or staff.
  11. The extremity, or point, of a horseshoe, answering to the heel.
Synonyms: (marine invertebrate) sea sponge, bath sponge, poriferan, porifer, (piece of porous material used for washing) bath sponge, (light cake) sponge cake, (type of steamed pudding) sponge pudding, (person) freeloader, sponger
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, slang) To take advantage of the kindness of others.
    • L'Estrange The fly is an intruder, and a common smell-feast, that sponges upon other people's trenchers.
    exampleHe has been sponging off his friends for a month now.
  2. (transitive) To get by imposition; to scrounge.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 13 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , ““[…] They talk of you as if you were Croesus—and I expect the beggars sponge on you unconscionably.” And Vickers launched forth into a tirade very different from his platform utterances. He spoke with extreme contempt of the dense stupidity exhibited on all occasions by the working classes.” {{rfquotek}}
    exampleto sponge a breakfast
  3. (transitive) To deprive (somebody) of something by imposition.
    • South How came such multitudes of our nation … to be sponged of their plate and their money?
  4. To clean, soak up, or dab with a sponge.
  5. To suck in, or imbibe, like a sponge.
  6. To wipe out with a sponge, as letters or writing; to efface; to destroy all trace of. {{rfquotek}}
  7. (intransitive) To be convert, as dough, into a light, spongy mass by the agency of yeast or leaven.
Synonyms: blag
spongebags etymology sponge + bags
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) formal trousers
etymology 1 From the proprietary name of a game involving deception.[ American Heritage Dictionary] pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /spuːf/
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noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A hoax.
  2. A light parody.
    • 2000, Stanley Green, Hollywood Musicals Year by Year, [http//|%22spoof%22|%22spoofing%22|spoofed%22+australia+OR+sex+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=jGFq67zr1i&sig=SJfrHYbiUS6xh4OBZhOr-ZX8aOY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=wwJfUOFIpbSJB9KWgVA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22spoof%22|%22spoof%22|%22spoofing%22|spoofed%22%20australia%20OR%20sex%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 177], On Broadway, where it opened in 1949, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes was a spoof of the madcap Twenties which gave Carol Channing her first starring role; on the screen, it was an up-to-date spoof of sex which gave Marilyn Monroe her first starring role in a musical.
    • 2003, Margo Daly, Anne Dehne, Rough Guide to Australia, [http//|%22spoof%22|%22spoofing%22|spoofed%22+australia+OR+sex+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=o34hzIhMX7&sig=O78gyk0E3nSoBql1clWCEzwTDTs&hl=en&sa=X&ei=wwJfUOFIpbSJB9KWgVA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22spoof%22|%22spoof%22|%22spoofing%22|spoofed%22%20australia%20OR%20sex%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 331], The final piece of the country puzzle is found at the corner of Brisbane Street and Kable Avenue, where the Hands of Fame cornerstone bears the palm-prints of more country greats. A glorious spoof, the Noses of Fame memorial, can be savoured over a beer at the Tattersalls Hotel on Peel Street.
  3. Nonsense.
  4. (UK) A drinking game in which players hold up to three (or another specified number of) coins hidden in a fist and attempt to guess the total number of coins held.
Synonyms: (parody) parody, satire, send-up / sendup
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Fake.
    • 1998, George McKay (editor), Notes on Contributors, DiY Culture: Party & Protest in Nineties Britain, [http//|%22spoof%22|%22spoofing%22|spoofed%22+australia+OR+sex+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=ombtggbBHu&sig=KALhRr4jOgevEuW5PQbJ5xLGYs0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=wwJfUOFIpbSJB9KWgVA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22spoof%22|%22spoof%22|%22spoofing%22|spoofed%22%20australia%20OR%20sex%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 300], His most recent art project, ‘Consuming Desire’, explored men′s relationship with pornography, using invisible art strategies (a spoof sex shop and a spoof porn CD-ROM), media interventions (TV/ radio and press exposure), and therapeutic work with men addicted to pornography.
    • 2004, Paul Gravett, Manga: 60 Years of Japanese Comics, [http//|%22spoof%22|%22spoofing%22|spoofed%22+australia+OR+sex+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=SzL_OZjdMl&sig=fR2jiMH1_7oTodFx1OH_mefMMSM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=wwJfUOFIpbSJB9KWgVA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22spoof%22|%22spoof%22|%22spoofing%22|spoofed%22%20australia%20OR%20sex%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=falsepage 127], Below left: Despite appearances, Hajime Furukawa′s wacky I Don′t Like Friday was never aimed at children, but ran as a spoof sex-education English course in Business Jump.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To gently satirize.
    • 1971, Harvey R. Deneroff, Harlow, Jean, entry in Edward T. James, Janet Wilson James, Paul S. Boyer (editors), Notable American Women, 1607-1950: A Biographical Dictionary, Volume 2, [http//|%22spoof%22|%22spoofing%22|spoofed%22+australia+OR+sex+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=mayKjMNfbn&sig=w1AUFcKC7a-4jZc89a7cVrV6o0k&hl=en&sa=X&ei=wwJfUOFIpbSJB9KWgVA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22spoof%22|%22spoof%22|%22spoofing%22|spoofed%22%20australia%20OR%20sex%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 137], Her best film is generally considered to be Bombshell (1933), in which she spoofed her own career as a Hollywood sex goddess.
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  2. (transitive) To deceive.
  3. (transitive, computing) To falsify.
    • 2003, Tao Peng, Christopher Leckie, Kotagiri Ramamohanarao, Detecting Distributed Denial of Service Attacks by Sharing Distributed Beliefs, Rei Safavi-Naini, Jennifer Seberry (editors), Information Security and Privacy: 8th Australasian Conference, ACISP 2003, Proceedings, LNCS 2727, [http//|%22spoof%22|%22spoofing%22|spoofed%22+australia+OR+sex+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=jc09JpW7nW&sig=rgkUE5tyISO1TTTelck4TtHkMx0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=wwJfUOFIpbSJB9KWgVA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22spoof%22|%22spoof%22|%22spoofing%22|spoofed%22%20australia%20OR%20sex%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 224], However, MULTOPS assumes that packet rates between two hosts are proportional and the IP addresses are not spoofed.
    • 2007, Wes Kussmaul, The Sex Life of Tables: What Happens When Databases about You Mate, [http//|%22spoof%22|%22spoofing%22|spoofed%22+australia+OR+sex+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=z4T36EQQLt&sig=QPK-Tg0jEWntaUPFs4SGYgl0_lo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=wwJfUOFIpbSJB9KWgVA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22spoof%22|%22spoof%22|%22spoofing%22|spoofed%22%20australia%20OR%20sex%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 83], In fact they are more important, because identities in the online world can be easily spoofed.…You may have heard that a digital certificate prevents such identity spoofing.
Synonyms: (to satirize) satirise / satirize, send up
etymology 2 Unknown pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /spʊf/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australian, New Zealand, slang) Semen.
Synonyms: cum, jizz, sprog (Australia), spunk (UK)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Australian, New Zealand, slang) To ejaculate, to come.
  • poofs
spooge pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any sealant or lubricant applied during the assembly of electronic equipment.
  2. (informal) Semi-liquid gunk.
    • Alton Brown, Good Eats, "Fit to Be Tied" (on the sanitary properties of kitchen knives) They give you the illusion of safety. I mean, look at all this area down in here. You get chicken spooge down in there, the germs check in, and they don't check out.
  3. (vulgar, slang) semen
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) to ejaculate
spook etymology From Dutch spook, from Middle Dutch spooc; liken German Spuk, gml spok, Swedish spok, Norwegian spjok pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /spuːk/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A spirit returning to haunt a place. The visit to the old cemetery brought scary visions of spooks and ghosts.
  2. A ghost or an apparition. The building was haunted by a couple of spooks.
  3. A hobgoblin.
  4. (espionage) A spy.
    • 2009, "Spies like them", BBC News Magazine (online), 24 July 2009: From Ian Fleming to John Le Carre - authors have long been fascinated by the world of espionage. But, asks the BBC’s Gordon Corera, what do real life spooks make of fictional spies?
    • 2012, The Economist, Oct 13th 2012, Huawei and ZTE: Put on hold The congressional study frets that Huawei’s and ZTE’s products could be used as Trojan horses by Chinese spooks.
  5. A scare or fright. The big spider gave me a spook.
  6. (dated, pejorative) A black person.
Synonyms: See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To scare or frighten.
  2. To startle or frighten an animal The movement in the bushes spooked the deer and they ran.
spookdom etymology spook + dom
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The realm or sphere of spies.
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spookfest etymology spook + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A frightening event.
spookhouse etymology From spook + house. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈspuːkhaʊs/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A haunted house.
  2. (slang) A headquarters for intelligence agents.
    • 1977, John Le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, Folio Society 2010, p. 10: High Haven's the spookhouse. Been the spookhouse for years.
spookish etymology spook + ish
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  1. (informal) Frightening or unnerving in the manner of something eerie or supernatural; spooky.
    • 1914, , Dave Porter in the Gold Fields, ch. 22: I hope we find some nicer spot than this. This looks so lonely and spookish.
    • 1930, , Treatise on the Gods (2006 edition), ISBN 9780801885365, pp. 174-5: Religion is everywhere a gauge of respectability. . . . The right to participate, however humbly, in His august and transcendental operations offers a powerful satisfaction to the will to power; the same privilege, on a smaller scale, is what takes hordes of human blanks into the Freemasons and other such spookish amalgamations of nonentities.
  2. (informal, often of a horse or other animal) Easily startle, frighten, or unnerve.
    • 1908, Sylvester Barbour, Reminiscences (2009 edition), ISBN 9781115996655, p. 26: In those moments thus spent in composing myself for sleep, I sometimes wondered in the last human occupant of the room were not a dead one. I was senselessly spookish about such things.
    • 2010, "Sarah $3000", (retrieved 13 July 2010): As a lesson horse she needs to gain confidence in her rider, or can become spookish over the jumps, dodging out of them.
Synonyms: (easily startled or frightened) skittish
spookless etymology spook + less
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  1. (informal) Without ghost.
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  1. (slang) A spymaster.
    • 1990, Carol Squiers, The Critical Image ...the jocular antics of a Hollywood-trained Ronald Reagan during photo ops were let down by the duller visuals provided by a former CIA spookmaster.
    • 2000, Gerald Nachman, Raised on Radio The original series, which premiered in 1934 and didn't switch the lights back on until 1939, was the brainchild of a near-forgotten spookmaster...
    • 2007, Charles Stross, Halting State Jack glances at you sidelong while the middle-aged spookmaster is fumbling to articulate whatever it is he's got stuck in his mind.
spookshow etymology spook show
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  1. A show that involves spook (ghost).
    • 2001, David Knoles, Spine-Tingling Magic Tricks Now that you've learned the tricks, it's time to put on a spookshow.
    • 2005, Kim Newman, Doctor Who ...full of characters who die screaming, but the Tom Baker-era spookshows have too much fun with the trappings of genre to be as ruthless.
    • 2007, Norman Partridge, Dark Harvest Adding it up one way, then adding it up another just to see if he can make it come out any other way than the crazy spookshow equation it wears for a face.
    • 2007, Scott Ciencin, Constance M Burge, High Spirits "That spookshow downstairs was beyond belief," Karl said. "I mean that literally. I don't believe it had anything at all to do with ghosts."
  2. (rare, derogatory) An organisation or situation that involves spies.
    • 2005, Brian Hodge, Hellboy #1: On Earth as it is in Hell "Underneath the spookshow trappings, what is the bureau, anyway, but another intelligence agency?"
    • 2007, Chris Roberson, X-Men: The Return They're some kind of British spookshow, totally top secret.
spookspeak etymology spook + speak
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  1. (informal) The jargon of espionage.
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spooktacular etymology spook + tacular
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  1. (slang) Spooky and spectacular; wonderfully frightening.
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Synonyms: creeptacular
spooktastic etymology spook + tastic
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) fantastic spooky; spine-tingling
spoon {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English spone, from Old English spōn, from Proto-Germanic *spēnuz, from Proto-Indo-European *speh₁- 〈*speh₁-〉. Cognate with Scots spun, spon, Western Frisian spoen, Dutch spaan, Low German spoon, German Span, Swedish spån, Norwegian spon, Icelandic spánn, spónn, Ancient Greek σφήν 〈sphḗn〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An implement for eating or serving; a scoop utensil whose long handle is straight, in contrast to a ladle.
    • Shakespeare He must have a long spoon that must eat with the devil.
  2. An implement for stirring food while being prepared; a wooden spoon.
  3. A measure that will fit into a spoon; a spoonful.
  4. (sports, archaic) A wooden-headed golf club with moderate loft, similar to the modern three wood.
  5. (fishing) A type of metal lure resembling the concave head of a table spoon.
  6. (dentistry, informal) A spoon excavator.
  7. (figuratively, slang, archaic) A simpleton, a spooney. {{rfquotek}}
  8. (US, military) A safety handle on a hand grenade, a trigger.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To serve using a spoon. Sarah spooned some apple sauce onto her plate.
  2. (intransitive, dated) To flirt; to make advances; to court, to interact romantically or amorously.
    • 1913, , , Do you think we spoon and do? We only talk.
  3. (transitive or intransitive, slang, of persons) To lie nestle front-to-back, following the contours of the bodies, in a manner reminiscent of stacked spoons.
  4. (tennis, golf, croquet) To hit (the ball) weakly, pushing it with a lifting motion, instead of striking with an audible knock.
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  5. (intransitive) To fish with a concave spoon bait.
  6. (transitive) To catch by fishing with a concave spoon bait.
    • Mrs. Humphry Ward He had with him all the tackle necessary for spooning pike.
etymology 2 Origin uncertain. Compare spoom.
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  1. alternative form of spoom
    • Samuel Pepys We might have spooned before the wind as well as they.
  • no-ops, snoop
spoony Alternative forms: spooney
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Enamored in a silly or sentimental way.
  2. Feebly sentimental; gushy.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A foolish, simple, or silly person.
  2. (informal) A foolishly amorous person.
  • opsony
  • snoopy, Snoopy
sport {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old French desport, variant of deport, from Latin deportāre, present active infinitive of deportō. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /spɔɹt/, /spoɹt/
  • (RP) /spɔːt/, /spɔət/
  • (Tasmanian) /spɔː/
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  1. (countable) Any activity that uses physical exertion or skills competitively under a set of rules that is not based on aesthetics.
  2. (countable) A person who exhibits either good or bad sportsmanship.
    • Jen may have won, but she was sure a poor sport; she laughed at the loser.
    • The loser was a good sport, and congratulated Jen on her performance.
  3. (countable) Somebody who behaves or reacts in an admirable manner, a good sport.
    • You're such a sport! You never get upset when we tease you.
  4. (obsolete) That which diverts, and makes mirth; pastime; amusement.
    • Shakespeare Think it but a minute spent in sport.
    • Sir Philip Sidney Her sports were such as carried riches of knowledge upon the stream of delight.
    • Hey Diddle Diddle The little dog laughed to see such sport, and the dish ran away with the spoon.
  5. (obsolete) Mockery; derision.
    • Shakespeare Then make sport at me; then let me be your jest.
  6. (countable) A toy; a plaything; an object of mockery.
    • Dryden flitting leaves, the sport of every wind
    • John Clarke Never does man appear to greater disadvantage than when he is the sport of his own ungoverned passions.
  7. (uncountable) Gaming for money as in racing, hunting, fishing.
  8. (biology, botany, zoology, countable) A plant or an animal, or part of a plant or animal, which has some peculiarity not usually seen in the species; an abnormal variety or growth. The term encompasses both mutant and organisms with non-genetic developmental abnormalities such as birth defect.
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  9. (slang, countable) A sportsman; a gambler.
  10. (slang, countable) One who consorts with disreputable people, including prostitutes.
  11. (obsolete, uncountable) An amorous dalliance.
    • Charlie and Lisa enjoyed a bit of sport after their hike.
  12. (informal, usually singular) A friend or acquaintance (chiefly used when speaking to the friend in question)
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  13. (obsolete) Play; idle jingle.
    • Broome An author who should introduce such a sport of words upon our stage would meet with small applause.
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  1. (intransitive) To amuse oneself, to play. examplechildren sporting on the green
  2. (intransitive) To mock or tease, treat lightly, toy with. exampleJen sports with Bill's emotions.
    • Tillotson He sports with his own life.
  3. (transitive) To display; to have as a notable feature.
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    exampleJen's sporting a new pair of shoes;  he was sporting a new wound from the combat
  4. (reflexive) To divert; to amuse; to make merry.
    • Bible, Isa. lvii. 4 Against whom do ye sport yourselves?
  5. (transitive) To represent by any kind of play.
    • John Dryden Now sporting on thy lyre the loves of youth.
  6. To practise the diversions of the field or the turf; to be given to betting, as upon races.
  7. To assume suddenly a new and different character from the rest of the plant or from the type of the species; said of a bud, shoot, plant, or animal. {{rfquotek}}
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  1. (slang, vulgar) Having sexual intercourse for its own sake, without a desire for commitment or emotional depth.
    • 1980, Burt Avedon, Ah, Men!: What Do Men Want? Really, fucking — or sport-fucking, shall we say — has become one of the great indoor sports. We care now about how we're dressed for it and the equipment we use almost more than how we play the game.
    • 2006, Gerrie Lim, In Lust We Trust: Adventures in Adult Cinema Because people in porn often forgot that not everyone accepted sport-fucking as a spectator sport, to be slickly packaged for home consumption. But then again, it all depended on your perspective.
Sportianity etymology {{blend}}
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  1. (US, derogatory) An evangelistic, triumphal variety of Christianity associated with American athlete.
sport one's oak
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  1. (dated, slang, universities) To close one's door as an indication that visitor are not welcome.
sportsaholic etymology sports + aholic
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  1. (slang) A sports enthusiast; one who loves to watch or play sport.
sport utility vehicle {{wikipedia}}
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  1. A passenger vehicle which combines the tow capacity of a pickup truck with the passenger-carrying space of a minivan or station wagon together with on- or off-road ability.
spot {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English spot or spotte, cognate with Middle Dutch spotte, Low German spot, and Old Norse spotti. Also Old English splott. pronunciation
  • (UK) /spɒt/
  • (US) /spɑt/
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  1. A round or irregular patch on the surface of a thing having a different color, texture etc. and generally round in shape. The leopard is noted for the spots of color in its fur.
  2. A stain or disfiguring mark. I have tried everything, and I can’t get this spot out.
  3. A pimple, papule or pustule. That morning, I saw that a spot had come up on my chin. I think she's got chicken pox; she's covered in spots.
  4. A small, unspecified amount or quantity. Would you like to come round on Sunday for a spot of lunch?
  5. (slang, US) A bill of five-dollar or ten-dollar denomination in dollars. Here's the twenty bucks I owe you, a ten spot and two five spots.
  6. A location or area. I like to eat lunch in a pleasant spot outside. For our anniversary we went back to the same spot where we first met.
    • Milton That spot to which I point is Paradise.
    • Wordsworth "A jolly place," said he, "in times of old! / But something ails it now: the spot is cursed."
    • 2011, Tom Fordyce, Rugby World Cup 2011: England 12-19 France Yachvilli made it 6-0 with a second sweet strike from 45 metres after Matt Stevens was penalised for collapsing a scrum, and then slid another penalty just wide from the same spot.
  7. A parking space.
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  8. (sports) An official determination of placement. The fans were very unhappy with the referee's spot of the ball.
  9. A bright lamp; a spotlight.
  10. (US, advertising) A brief advertisement or program segment on television. Did you see the spot on the news about the shoelace factory?
  11. Difficult situation; predicament She was in a real spot when she ran into her separated husband while on a date.
  12. (gymnastics, dance, weightlifting) One who spots (support or assist a maneuver, or is prepared to assist if safety dictate); a spotter
  13. (soccer) penalty spot
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  14. The act of spotting or noticing something. - You've misspelled "terrapin" here. - Whoops. Good spot.
  15. A variety of the common domestic pigeon, so called from a spot on its head just above the beak.
  16. A food fish (Liostomus xanthurus) of the Atlantic coast of the United States, with a black spot behind the shoulders and fifteen oblique dark bars on the sides.
  17. The southern redfish, or red horse, which has a spot on each side at the base of the tail.
  18. (in the plural, brokers' slang, dated) Commodities, such as merchandise and cotton, sold for immediate delivery.
  19. An autosoliton.
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  1. (transitive) To see, find; to pick out, notice, locate, distinguish or identify Try to spot the differences between these two pictures.
  2. (finance) To loan a small amount of money to someone. I’ll spot you ten dollars for lunch.
  3. (ambitransitive) To stain; to leave a spot (on). Hard water will spot if it is left on a surface. a garment spotted with mould
  4. To remove, or attempt to remove, a stain. I spotted the carpet where the child dropped spaghetti.
  5. (gymnastics, dance, weightlifting, climbing) To support or assist a maneuver, or to be prepared to assist if safety dictate. I can’t do a back handspring unless somebody spots me.
  6. (dance) To keep the head and eyes point in a single direction while turn. Most figure skaters do not spot their turns like dancers do.
  7. To stain; to blemish; to taint; to disgrace; to tarnish, as reputation.
    • Sir Philip Sidney My virgin life no spotted thoughts shall stain.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher If ever I shall close these eyes but once, / May I live spotted for my perjury.
  8. To cut or chip (timber) in preparation for hewing.
  9. To place an object at a location indicated by a spot. Notably in billiards or snooker. The referee had to spot the pink on the blue spot.
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  1. (commerce) Available on the spot; on hand for immediate payment or delivery. spot wheat; spot cash
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  • opts, post, POST, pots, POTS, stop, tops
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  1. (UK, birdwatching, rare, informal) the spotted redshank.
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  1. (slang) A funnel-shaped container, usually made from a glass or plastic bottle with the bottom removed, that is used to inhale marijuana smoke or to cool the smoke if filled with ice.
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spouse etymology From xno espus, espuse and Old French espos, espose and by aphasis from Latin spōnsus, spōnsa, from spondere, from Proto-Indo-European *spend-. Cognate to espouse, spondee, sponsor. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person's husband or wife. People should treat their spouses with respect.
    • Spenser At last such grace I found, and means I wrought, / That I that lady to my spouse had won.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (dated) To wed; to espouse.
    • 1819, , Otho the Great, Act III, Scene II, verses 212-214 Do you stand possess’d Of any proof against the honourableness Of Lady Auranthe, our new-spoused daughter?
  • opuses
spout pronunciation
  • /spaʊt/
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etymology Compare Swedish spruta a squirt, a syringe.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a tube or lip through which liquid is poured or discharged I dropped my china teapot, and its spout has broken.
  2. a stream of liquid
  3. the mixture of air and water thrown up from the blowhole of a whale
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  1. (intransitive) To gush forth in a jet or stream Water spouts from a hole.
  2. (ambitransitive) To eject water or liquid in a jet. The whale spouted.
    • Creech The mighty whale … spouts the tide.
  3. To speak tediously or pompous.
  4. To utter magniloquently; to recite in an oratorical or pompous manner.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher Pray, spout some French, son.
  5. (slang, dated) To pawn; to pledge. to spout a watch
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  • stoup
  • tupos
  • upsot
noun : {{en-noun}}
  1. (journalism slang) abbreviation of spokesperson
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  1. (Scotland, colloquial) To speak excessively or pointlessly.
  2. (Scotland, colloquial) To speak (in general).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Scotland, colloquial) spiel.
  2. (Scotland, colloquial) chat, patter.
  3. (Scotland, colloquial) speech.
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  1. (nonstandard or humorous) en-simple past of sprint
    • 2011, Tom Clement, What Will Other People Think?, page 166 I shouted at Caroline’s mum to call the vets and call my dad. Then I sprant down to the bungalow at the bottom to get Chris and Nicky.
spread {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English spreden, from Old English sprǣdan, from Proto-Germanic *spraidijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)per-. Cognate with West Frisian spriede, Northern Frisian spriedjen, Dutch spreiden, Low German spreden, German spreiten, Norwegian spreida, spreie, Swedish sprida. pronunciation
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  1. (transitive) To stretch out, open out (a material etc.) so that it more fully covers a given area of space. {{defdate}} exampleHe spread his newspaper on the table.
  2. (transitive) To extend (individual rays, limbs etc.); to stretch out in varying or opposing directions. {{defdate}} exampleI spread my arms wide and welcomed him home.
  3. (transitive) To disperse, to scatter or distribute over a given area. {{defdate}} exampleI spread the rice grains evenly over the floor.
  4. (intransitive) To proliferate; to become more widely present, to be disseminated. {{defdate}}
    • 2008, [ Wikipedia: Age of Enlightenment], “The movement spread through much of Europe, including Russia and Scandinavia.”
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  5. (transitive) To disseminate; to cause to proliferate, to make (something) widely known or present. {{defdate}} exampleThe missionaries quickly spread their new message across the country.
  6. (intransitive) To take up a larger area or space; to expand, be extended. {{defdate}} exampleI dropped my glass; the water spread quickly over the tiled floor.
  7. (transitive) To smear, to distribute in a thin layer. {{defdate}} exampleShe liked to spread butter on her toast while it was still hot.
  8. (transitive) To cover (something) with a thin layer of some substance, as of butter. {{defdate}} exampleHe always spreads his toast with peanut butter and strawberry jam.
  9. To prepare; to set and furnish with provisions. to spread a table
    • Tennyson Boiled the flesh, and spread the board.
  10. (intransitive, slang) To open one’s leg. {{defdate}}
    • 1984, Martin Amis, : This often sounds like the rap of a demented DJ: the way she moves has got to be good news, can't get loose till I feel the juice— suck and spread, bitch, yeah bounce for me baby.
    • 1991, Tori Amos, Me and a Gun: Yes I wore a slinky red thing. Does that mean I should spread for you, your friends, your father, Mr Ed?
    • 2003, Outkast, "Spread" (from the album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below): I don't want to move too fast, but / Can't resist your sexy ass / Just spread, spread for me; / (I can't, I can't wait to get you home)
Synonyms: disseminate, circulate, propagate, put about
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of spreading or something that has been spread.
    • Francis Bacon No flower hath spread like that of the woodbine.
  2. An expanse of land.
    • Addison I have got a fine spread of improvable land.
  3. A large tract of land used to raise livestock; a cattle ranch.
    • 2005, , 00:11:50: - Can’t wait till I get my own spread and won’t have to put up with Joe Aguirre’s crap no more.- I’m savin’ for a place myself.
  4. A piece of material used as a cover (such as a bedspread).
  5. A large meal, especially one laid out on a table.
  6. (bread, etc.) Any form of food designed to be spread such as butters or jams
  7. An item in a newspaper or magazine that occupies more than one column or page.
  8. A numerical difference.
  9. (business, economics) The difference between the wholesale and retail prices.
  10. (trading, economics, finance) The difference between the price of a futures month and the price of another month of the same commodity.
  11. (trading, finance) The purchase of a futures contract of one delivery month against the sale of another futures delivery month of the same commodity.
  12. (trading, finance) The purchase of one delivery month of one commodity against the sale of that same delivery month of a different commodity.
  13. (trading) An arbitrage transaction of the same commodity in two markets, executed to take advantage of a profit from price discrepancies.
  14. (trading) The difference between bidding and asking price.
  15. (finance) The difference between the prices of two similar items.
  16. (geometry) An unlimited expanse of discontinuous point.
  17. The surface in proportion to the depth of a cut gemstone.
Synonyms: straddle
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  • padres
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spread-eagle etymology From splayed-eagle (in heraldry), splay + eagle
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Lying with arms and legs outstretched and separated.
  2. (colloquial, humorous) Characterized by a pretentious, boastful, exaggerated style; bombastic. a spread-eagle orator a spread-eagle speech
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  1. With arms and legs extended and spread.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To put into a spread-eagle position, with arms and legs extended and spread.
  2. (intransitive) To put one's body in a spread eagle.
Spreadhead etymology spread + head
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  1. (slang) A fan of the American rock band Widespread Panic.
spreadmart etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (sometimes, derogatory) A system of spreadsheet, database, etc. developed for data analysis, often becoming unmaintainable through size or complexity.
spring {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English springen, from Old English springan, from Proto-Germanic *springaną (compare Western Frisian springe, Dutch/Low German/German springen, Danish springe, Swedish springa), from Proto-Indo-European *sperǵʰ- (compare Lithuanian spreñgti, Church Slavic прѧсти 〈prѧsti〉, Ancient Greek σπέρχω 〈spérchō〉, Sanskrit स्पृहयति 〈spr̥hayati〉). Sense of ‘season’ 1547, from earlier springing time, spring-time, in sense of buds sprouting or “springing” up. This replaced Old English lencten (compare Lent) by the 14th century.{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}} Sense of ‘source of water’ attested circa 1225. pronunciation
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To jump or leap.
    • Philips The mountain stag that springs / From height to height, and bounds along the plains.
    • 1900, L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz She was awakened by a shock, so sudden and severe that if Dorothy had not been lying on the soft bed she might have been hurt. As it was, the jar made her catch her breath and wonder what had happened; and Toto put his cold little nose into her face and whined dismally. Dorothy sat up and noticed that the house was not moving; nor was it dark, for the bright sunshine came in at the window, flooding the little room. She sprang from her bed and with Toto at her heels ran and opened the door.
    • 1912: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes, Chapter 5 Not thirty paces behind the two she crouched—Sabor, the huge lioness—lashing her tail. Cautiously she moved a great padded paw forward, noiselessly placing it before she lifted the next. Thus she advanced; her belly low, almost touching the surface of the ground — a great cat preparing to spring upon its prey.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room Chapter 2 Archer and Jacob jumped up from behind the mound where they had been crouching with the intention of springing upon their mother unexpectedly, and they all began to walk slowly home.
    exampleHe sprang up from his seat.
  2. To pass over by leaping. to spring over a fence (in this sense, the verb spring must be accompanied by the preposition 'over'.)
  3. To produce or disclose unexpectedly, especially of surprise, trap, etc.
    • Dryden She starts, and leaves her bed, amd springs a light.
    • Jonathan Swift The friends to the cause sprang a new project.
    • 29 February 2012, Aidan Foster-Carter, BBC News North Korea: The denuclearisation dance resumes North Korea loves to spring surprises. More unusual is for its US foe to play along.
  4. (slang) To release or set free, especially from prison.
  5. To come into being, often quickly or sharply. exampleTrees are already springing up in the plantation.
  6. To start or rise suddenly, as from a covert.
    • Otway watchful as fowlers when their game will spring
  7. To cause to spring up; to start or rouse, as game; to cause to rise from the earth, or from a covert. to spring a pheasant
  8. (nautical) To crack or split; to bend or strain so as to weaken. to spring a mast or a yard
  9. To bend by force, as something stiff or strong; to force or put by bending, as a beam into its sockets, and allowing it to straighten when in place; often with in, out, etc. to spring in a slat or a bar
  10. To issue with speed and violence; to move with activity; to dart; to shoot.
    • Dryden And sudden light / Sprung through the vaulted roof.
  11. To fly back. A bow, when bent, springs back by its elastic power.
  12. (intransitive) To bend from a straight direction or plane surface; to become warped. A piece of timber, or a plank, sometimes springs in seasoning.
  13. To shoot up, out, or forth; to come to the light; to begin to appear; to emerge, like a plant from its seed, a stream from its source, etc.; often followed by up, forth, or out.
    • Bible, Job xxxviii. 27 to satisfy the desolate and waste ground, and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth
    • Rowe Do not blast my springing hopes.
    • Alexander Pope O, spring to light; auspicious Babe, be born.
  14. To issue or proceed, as from a parent or ancestor; to result, as from a cause, motive, reason, or principle.
    • Milton [They found] new hope to spring / Out of despair, joy, but with fear yet linked.
  15. (obsolete) To grow; to prosper.
    • Dryden What makes all this, but Jupiter the king, / At whose command we perish, and we spring?
  16. (architecture, masonry, transitive) To build (an arch). They sprung an arch over the lintel.
  17. (transitive, archaic) To sound (a rattle, such as a watchman's rattle).
    • 1850, Samuel Prout Newcombe, Pleasant pages (page 197) I do not know how John and his mistress would have settled the fate of the thief, but just at this moment a policeman entered — for the cook had sprung the rattle, and had been screaming "Murder" and "Thieves."
  • The past-tense forms sprang and sprung are both well attested historically. In modern usage, is comparatively formal (and more often considered correct), comparatively informal. The past participle, however, is overwhelmingly ; as a past participle is attested, but is no longer in standard use.
Synonyms: (jump, leap) bound, jump, leap, (release or set free) free, let out, release, spring loose
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • sprang
  • springwort
  • sprung
  • to-spring
  • unspring
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A leap; a bound; a jump.
    • Dryden The prisoner, with a spring, from prison broke.
  2. (countable) Traditionally the first of the four season of the year in temperate regions, in which plants spring from the ground and trees come into blossom, following winter and preceding summer. Spring is the time of the year most species reproduce. I spent my spring holidays in Morocco. You can visit me in the spring, when the weather is bearable.
  3. (countable) Meteorologically, the months of March, April and May in the northern hemisphere (or September, October and November in the southern).
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  4. (countable) The astronomically delineated period from the moment of vernal equinox, approximately March 21 in the northern hemisphere to the moment of the summer solstice, approximately June 21. (See {{pedialite}} for other variations.)
  5. (countable) Spring tide; a tide of greater-than-average range, that is, around the first or third quarter of a lunar month, or around the times of the new or full moon.
  6. (countable) A place where water emerges from the ground. This water is bottled from the spring of the river.
  7. (uncountable) The property of a body of springing to its original form after being compress, stretch, etc. the spring of a bow
  8. Elastic power or force.
    • Dryden Heavens! what a spring was in his arm!
  9. (countable) A mechanical device made of flexible or coiled material that exerts force when it is bent, compress or stretch. We jumped so hard the bed springs broke.
  10. (countable, slang) An erection of the penis.
  11. (countable) The source of an action or of a supply.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973, § 9. ... discover, at least in some degree, the secret springs and principles, by which the human mind is actuated in its operations?
    • Bible, Psalms lxxxvii All my springs are in thee.
    • Bentley A secret spring of spiritual joy.
  12. Any active power; that by which action, or motion, is produced or propagated; cause; origin; motive.
    • Alexander Pope Our author shuns by vulgar springs to move / The hero's glory, or the virgin's love.
  13. That which springs, or is originated, from a source.
    1. A race; lineage. {{rfquotek}}
    2. A youth; a springald. {{rfquotek}}
    3. A shoot; a plant; a young tree; also, a grove of trees; woodland. {{rfquotek}} {{rfquotek}}
  14. (obsolete) That which causes one to spring; specifically, a lively tune. {{rfquotek}}
  15. The time of growth and progress; early portion; first stage.
    • Bible, 1 Sam. ix. 26 The spring of the day.
    • Shakespeare O how this spring of love resembleth / The uncertain glory of an April day.
  16. (countable, nautical) A rope attaching the bow of a vessel to the stern-side of the jetty, or vice versa, to stop the vessel from surging. You should put a couple of springs onto the jetty to stop the boat moving so much.
  17. (nautical) A line led from a vessel's quarter to her cable so that by tightening or slacking it she can be made to lie in any desired position; a line led diagonally from the bow or stern of a vessel to some point upon the wharf to which she is moored.
  18. (nautical) A crack or fissure in a mast or yard, running obliquely or transversely.
{{season name spelling}} Synonyms: (place where water emerges from the ground): fount, source, (property of a body of springing to its original form): bounce, bounciness, elasticity, resilience, springiness, (slang: erection of the penis) boner, chubby, hard-on, stiffy, woody; see also , (source of an action): impetus, impulse
  • (spring tide): neap tide
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • aspring
  • atspring
  • bespring
  • espringal
  • Rumspringa
  • springal, springald
  • springboc, springbock
  • springbok
  • springe
  • spring-haas, springhaas
  • springhalt
  • springle
  • {{rank}}
proper noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-proper noun}}
  1. Any of several towns, including the following:
    1. The capital of Illinois.
    2. A major Massachusetts city where basketball was invented in 1891.
    3. A major city in the Ozark mountain region of Missouri.
  2. The fictional town in which The Simpsons is set.
  3. {{surname}}
  4. (slang) The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.
sprinkle pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To cause (a substance) to fall in fine drop (for a liquid substance) or small pieces (for a solid substance). exampleThe confectioner sprinkled icing sugar over the cakes.
    • Bible, Book of Leviticus xiv. 16 And the priest shall…sprinkle of the oil with his finger seven times before the Lord.
    • {{RQ:WBsnt IvryGt}} At twilight in the summer…the mice come out. They…eat the luncheon crumbs. Mr. Checkly, for instance, always brought his dinner in a paper parcel in his coat-tail pocket, and ate it when so disposed, sprinkling crumbs lavishly…on the floor.
  2. (transitive) To cover (an object) by sprinkling a substance on to it. exampleThe confectioner sprinkled the cakes with icing sugar.
    • 2005, Justus Roux, Who's Your Daddy?, page 66: Most of the passengers watched from the enclosed promenade deck, but Sandra found her way to the higher, open promenade where she shivered and watched the city lights fade and the stars sprinkle themselves across a dark blue velvet sky.
  3. (intransitive) To drip in fine drops, sometimes sporadically. exampleIt sprinkled outside all day long.
  4. (transitive) To baptize by the application of a few drops, or a small quantity, of water; hence, to cleanse; to purify.
    • Bible, Epistle to the Hebrews x. 22 having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience
  • 1893, Edward F. Bigelow (editor and publisher), The Observer: a Medium of Interchange of Observations for all Students and Lovers of Nature, volume IV, number 4, page 114: There is no more beautiful object in the still and shady aisles of the wood than a great patch of the deep green hairy cap moss studded and starred by these little roses that are often scattered over it as thickly as the stars sprinkle the sky.
  • April 26th, 1899, Memorial Day Oration of General P. McGlashan, printed in 1902 in Addresses delivered before the Confederate Veterans Association of Savannah by that association: As I laid him back on the litter he threw out his arms and clasped me around my neck, drew me towards him and kissed me, saying: "Colonel, I love you." [...] Unnumbered instances like this might be recounted did the time permit it. They sprinkle the whole four years as the stars sprinkle the sky.
  • 2010, Donald E. MacKay, Love Is Stronger Than Death, page 91: [...] she will remember his words and gaze at the stars. One dark night when the stars sprinkle the heavens, she would call out to the stars and ask the same questions her benefactor had asked; perhaps she will be favored with answers.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A light covering with a sprinkled substance. He decorated the Christmas card with a sprinkle of glitter.
  2. A light rain shower.
Synonyms: (light covering with a sprinkled substance) sprinkling
sprog pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /sprɒɡ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, informal) A child.
    • 1984 September 13, Donald Gould, Forum: Suck it and see, page 54, To test this hypothesis further, he and his mate Fifer persuaded 16 women, heavy with child, to read a story called The Cat in the Hat to their unborn sprogs, twice a day, during the last few weeks of their pregnancies.
    • 2008, Julian Knight, Wills, Probate, & Inheritance Tax For Dummies, UK Edition, unnumbered page, Any guardianship or trusts that you set up when your children were little sprogs may no longer be needed.
    • 2010, Brett Atkinson, Sarah Bennett, Scott Kennedy, New Zealand′s South Island, Lonely Planet, page 220, Kids will love the climbing wall and NZ′s highest vertical slide. If the sprogs get bored with reality, movie make-believe (p232) is right next door.
  2. (UK, military, RAF, slang) A new recruit.
  3. (uncountable, Australia, slang) Semen.
  4. (countable, slang) A deflection-limiting safety device used in high performance hang gliders.
Synonyms: (child) ankle-biter, bairn, crib lizard, kid, rug rat, (semen) cum, jizz, spoof
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (UK, Australia, slang) To produce children.
    • 2007, , Love Songs and Lies, [http//|%22sprogging%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=2zSKPZGKNB&sig=yL1vA944Wqk9isjiqVuuK3QXBKE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=6m9gUPbnJ9OciQfiyYC4DQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22sprogged%22|%22sprogging%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], You must have been terrified, it′s not like today with film stars sprogging babies everywhere.
    • 2008, , Over You, [http//|%22sprogging%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=YkGDraa0Zh&sig=jERlYunhj9_6ARTK0rFX7SHV9MY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=6m9gUPbnJ9OciQfiyYC4DQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22sprogged%22|%22sprogging%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], ‘How′s it all going with your boyo in the valleys? Any plans for sprogging or vows or anything serious yet?’
    • 2009, , Dead Tomorrow, [http//|%22sprogging%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=LD81uUXPaU&sig=6BtFV3SVDzodx4RqSRh1jhtSd7U&hl=en&sa=X&ei=6m9gUPbnJ9OciQfiyYC4DQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22sprogged%22|%22sprogging%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], ‘Women lose their sexual drive after they′ve sprogged,’ Norman Potting interjected.
  2. (Australia, slang) To ejaculate, to come.
    • 2004, Kathryn Fox, Malicious Intent, Pan MacMillan Australia, [http//|%22sprogging%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=uGfG6A-6LV&sig=4HiNnFPVf69C43wK4ZAfAfGntIA&hl=en&sa=X&ei=6m9gUPbnJ9OciQfiyYC4DQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22sprogged%22|%22sprogging%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], The kid was fathered by the same guy who sprogged into Debbie Finch′s throat.
Synonyms: (to ejaculate) spoof
  • progs
sprogget etymology sprog + et
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) child
sproglet etymology sprog + let
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A small child.
Synonyms: See also .
sproing etymology Imitative; compare spring and boing.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (informal) The sound of a sudden spring or leap.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal, intransitive) To spring or leap with such a sound.
  • prosign
  • sporing
sproingy etymology sproing + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Inclined to sproing; springy.
    • 2009, Meg Cabot, Moving Day What I do mind is when people try to make me do things I don't want to do. Such as move when I don't feel like moving. Or not quit gymnastics when my body just isn't very sproingy.
Sprouser etymology Sprouse + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A fan or supporter of Dylan and Cole Sprouse (identical twin actors, born 1992); a Sprouse Bros fanatic.
sprung pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈsprʌŋ/
  • (US) /ˈspɹʌŋ/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{head}}
  1. past participle of spring
  2. alternative form of sprang: en-simple past of spring
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, African American Vernacular English) Utterly infatuated with someone; completely taken over by romantic interest.
    • {{quote-song}}
    • {{quote-song}}
    • {{quote-song}}
  2. (obsolete, nautical, of a spar) crack or strain
  • The adjective , unlike (say) , does not normally take a complement; a person may be infatuated with someone, but is simply sprung. As with crazy or gaga, the target of the emotion is normally indicated by surrounding context; this is seen in the 1992 and 2003 quotations above. However, while relatively uncommon, it is possible for to take a complement, construed with a preposition such as over (much like ); this is seen in the 2005 quotation above.
spud etymology Origin unknown; probably related to Danish spyd, Old Norse spjót. pronunciation
  • /spʌd/
  • {{enPR}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A dagger. {{defdate}} {{rfquotek}}
  2. A tool, similar to a spade, used for digging out weeds etc. {{defdate}}
    • 1728, , A Pastoral Dialogue, 1910, William Browning (editor), The Poems of Jonathan Swift, Volume 2, 2004, Gutenberg eBook #13621, My love to Sheelah is more firmly fixt, / Than strongest weeds that grow these stones betwixt: / My spud these nettles from the stone can part; / No knife so keen to weed thee from my heart.
    • 1885, , After London: or Wild England, 2004 [1905], Gutenberg eBook #13944, Deprived of motion by the blow of the club, it can, on the other hand, be picked up without trouble and without the aid of a dog, and if not dead is despatched by a twist of the Bushman's fingers or a thrust from his spud. The spud is at once his dagger, his knife and fork, his chisel, his grub-axe, and his gouge. It is a piece of iron (rarely or never of steel, for he does not know how to harden it) about ten inches long, an inch and a half wide at the top or broadest end, where it is shaped and sharpened like a chisel, only with the edge not straight but sloping, and from thence tapering to a point at the other, the pointed part being four-sided, like a nail.
    • 1925, , , , 2008, Arrow Books, page 19, A most respectable old Johnnie, don't you know. Doesn't do a thing nowadays but dig in the garden with a spud.
  3. (informal) A potato. {{defdate}}
    • 1927, Boys' Life (May 1927, page 8) We were peeling spuds on afternoon detail back of the lodge at summer camp — Billy Dean and I, and two or three more — and as usual arguing about whether the camp work ought to be done that way or not…
  4. A hole in a sock.
    • 1958, M, K. Joseph, I'll Soldier No More: A Novel, He leans over to one side to get the light, as he darns a hole in the heel of a sock. He is getting pretty smart at it now, and no longer makes spuds in the sock to chafe his heels.
    • 1990, Ray Salisbury, Sweet Thursday: A Novel, He was getting tall too, and his trousers were short even though his turn-ups had been turned down, and he'd got a spud in his socks where his shoe rubbed where he trod over trying to walk bow-legged to look like a cowboy.
    • 2000, Christopher Nolan, The Banyan Tree: A Novel, His wife was darning a sock, running a needle and yarn across and back, over and under, up and down, gradually filling in the big spud-hole in her husband's sock.
    • 2007, Trevor Griffiths, Sam, Sam in Theatre Plays One, (Already becoming absorbed in his feet through the giant spud in his sock) Anyway, I'm er, I'm sorry. A quite unnecessary embarrassment for you. (He removes sock completely, begins rhythmic rubbing of webs)
  5. (obsolete, US, dialect) Anything short and thick; specifically, a piece of dough boil in fat.
{{Webster 1913}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (drilling) To begin drilling an oil well; to drill by moving the drill bit and shaft up and down, or by raising and dropping a bit.
    • 1911, Isaiah Bowman, United States Geological Survey Water-Supply Paper 257: Well-Drilling Methods, page 46, A rope called the jerk line is attached to the wrist pin of the band-wheel crank, brought inside the derrick, and attached to the part of the drilling cable which extends from the crown pulley to the bull-wheel shaft by a curved metal slide called a spudding shoe. (See fig. 8.)
    • 1999, Steve Devereux, Drilling for Oil & Gas: A Nontechnical Guide, page 86, When a well is spudded, the drilling assembly is loosely tied to the guide wires with 1/2″ manila rope.
    • 2008, Ruwan Rajapakse, Pile Design and Construction Rules of Thumb, page 367, Spudding is the process of lifting and dropping the pile constantly until the obstruction is broken into pieces. Obviously, spudding cannot be done with lighter piles (timber or pipe piles). Concrete piles and steel H-piles are good candidates for spudding.
    • 2008, J. K. Lasser, J.K. Lasser′s Your Income Tax: 2009, Professional Edition, page 238, Prepayments of drilling expenses are deductible by tax-shelter investors only if the well is “spudded” within 90 days after the close of the taxable year in which the prepayment was made, and the deduction is limited to the original amount of the investment.
  2. (roofing) To remove the roofing aggregate and most of the bituminous top coating by scraping and chipping.
related terms:
  • spudding (noun)
  • PSDU
  • puds
spud head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (mildly, pejorative) a foolish person.
spudless etymology spud + less
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Without potato.
spunk etymology 1530, {{blend}}. funk is from Middle English funke, fonke, from Old English *, from Proto-Germanic *funkô, *fankô, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)peng-, *(s)pheng-, and is akin to gml funke, fanke, Middle Dutch vonke, Old High German funcho, funko, German Funke. pronunciation
  • /spʌŋk/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable, obsolete) A spark.
    • 1886, , , 2009, page 109, “…That′s none such an entirely bad little man, yon little man with the red head,” said Alan. “He has some spunks of decency.”
  2. (uncountable) Touchwood; tinder.
    • 1646, Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, II.5: Spunk, or Touch-wood prepared, might perhaps make it Russet: and some, as Beringuccio affirmeth, have promised to make it Red.
  3. (countable, chiefly, Scotland, obsolete) A piece of tinder, sometimes impregnated with sulphur; a match.
    • 1829, Society for Relief of the Destitute Sick (Edinburgh), Report, page 7, At present, her only means of procuring subsistence for herself and children, is by making spunks or matches, which, either she or her eldest child, a girl about six years of age, sells from door to door.
    • 1843, John Wilson, John Gibson Lockhart, William Maginn, James Hogg, The Noctes Ambrosianæ of “Blackwood”, Volume IV, page 396, “Spunksspunksspunks — who will buy my spunks?” — cried an errant voice with a beseeching earnestness….
  4. (uncountable) Courage; spirit; mettle; determination.
    • 1920 August, Edward Leonard, Old Zeke′s Mule, , [http//|%22spunks%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=NqmU9BIPet&sig=5NjM3nVsnhPjhHp19WSUePkrdnA&hl=en&sa=X&ei=YLthUPStKq2fiAfGgYH4Cg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22spunk%22|%22spunks%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=falsepage 55], “I reckon I′m as good as a mule,” he declared. “Maria knows what that desert is as well as we do, but she′s got more spunk than either of us. I'm not going to let any mule show more spunk than me.”
    • 1991, Lindsey Hanks, (copyright Linda Chesnutt, Georgia Pierce), Long Texas Night, Zebra Books, US, [http//|%22spunks%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=aYgfcLJ5b5&sig=TJBw4JvUBb1LemN5PaTydj-qH2A&hl=en&sa=X&ei=YLthUPStKq2fiAfGgYH4Cg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22spunk%22|%22spunks%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 26], “You've got spunk, missy, I′ll have to say that for you. Maybe with your spunk and my good looks we can get this place in shape again.” It was Sarah′s turn to laugh.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
  5. (countable, UK, Australia, New Zealand, slang) An attractive person (normally male).
    • 2005, Sue Austin, Women′s Aggressive Fantasies: A Post-Jungian Exploration of Self-Hatred, Love and Agency, Routledge, UK, page 166, We are welcomed by 20 year old spunks, as we make a last valiant attempt with our bodies - gasp, gasp - and try to get back in shape.
  6. (uncountable, chiefly, UK, vulgar, slang) Semen.
    • 2007, Debra Hyde, Kidnapped, Violet Blue (editor), Lust: Erotic Fantasies for Women, 2010, ReadHowYouWant, [http//|%22spunks%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=vzCXr3bGpl&sig=U8NeQ7E2SJ4ZTxBsDOidAW3ElTA&hl=en&sa=X&ei=YLthUPStKq2fiAfGgYH4Cg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22spunk%22|%22spunks%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 188], It was runny stuff and, as she felt Brain loosen his hold on the drawstrings, Cackle's spunk dripped onto the shelf of her chin.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) To ejaculate.
  • punks
spurt etymology Earlier spirt or sprit, "sprout", from Middle English sprutten, from Old English spryttan, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)per-. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To cause to gush out suddenly or violently in a stream or jet.
  2. (intransitive) To rush from a confined place in a small stream or jet.
    • Alexander Pope Thus the small jet, which hasty hands unlock, / Spurts in the gardener's eyes who turns the cock.
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula Chapter 21 With that he pulled open his shirt, and with his long sharp nails opened a vein in his breast. When the blood began to spurt out, he took my hands in one of his, holding them tight, and with the other seized my neck and pressed my mouth to the wound, so that I must either suffocate or swallow some to the . . . Oh, my God! My God! What have I done?
  3. (intransitive) To make a strong effort for a short period of time. The bullion market spurted on Thursday. The runners spurted to the last lap as if they had extracted new energy from the applauds of the audience.
Synonyms: spirt, spout
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A brief gush, as of liquid spurting from an orifice or a cut/wound. a spurt of water; a spurt of blood
  2. A sudden and energetic effort, as in an emergency; an increased exertion for a brief space. The boss's visit prompted a brief spurt of activity.
    • T. Hughes The long, steady sweep of the so-called "paddle" tried him almost as much as the breathless strain of the spurt.
  3. (slang) Ejaculation of semen. {{rfex}}
  4. (obsolete) A shoot; a bud. {{rfquotek}}
  • turps
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) counterespionage
spydom etymology spy + dom
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A group of spies
    • 1913, Wayne Whipple, The story-life of the Son of Man A paid spydom watched that Nazareth family — as it watched every other working-class family in the empire...
  2. (informal) The world of spies and espionage.
    • {{quote-news}}
spy-fi etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A genre of science fiction involving secret agent.
    • 2005, Wesley Alan Britton, Beyond Bond: spies in fiction and film With the MIB taking on aliens of every stripe, it can also be viewed as a parody of The X-Files and the spy-fi series that rose to prominence in the 1990s.
    • 2006, Wesley Alan Britton, Onscreen and undercover: the ultimate book of movie espionage Perhaps the series had finally gone over the top, taking spy-fi to the limit. What next—007 fighting alien invaders?
spyware {{wikipedia}} etymology From spy + ware
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet) program that surreptitiously monitor and report the actions of a computer user.
related terms: {{top3}}
  • abandonware
  • adware
  • baitware
  • bloatware
  • crippleware
  • demoware
  • donationware
  • freeware
  • malware
  • postcardware
  • shareware
  • software
  • trialware
  • yawpers
squab etymology Unknown, unattested before {{C.}}. Possibly descended from Swedish dialect skvabb.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A baby pigeon or dove.
  2. The meat of a squab (i.e. a young (domestic) pigeon or dove) used as food.
  3. A baby rook.
  4. A thick cushion, especially a flat one covering the seat of a chair or sofa.
    • {{ante}} (imitating Earl of Dorset), Artemisia, 1795, Robert Anderson (editor), A Complete Edition of the Poets of Great Britain, page 86, On her large ſquab you find her ſpread, / Like a fat corpſe upon a bed, / That lies and ſtinks in ſtate.
    • {{rfdate}} Punching the squab of chairs and sofas.
  5. A person of a short, fat figure.
    • {{ante}} , The Progress of Error, 1824, Poems of William Cowper, Esq, page 28, Gorgonius sits abdominous and wan, / Like a fat squab upon a Chinese fan:
Synonyms: (baby pigeon) piper, squeaker, pigeon chick, young pigeon, baby dove, (baby rook) rook chick, young rook
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete) To fall plump; to strike at one dash, or with a heavy stroke.
  2. (transitive) To furnish with squabs, or cushions.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Fat; thick; plump; bulky.
    • {{rfdate}} Betterton Nor the squab daughter nor the wife were nice.
  2. Unfledged; unfeathered. a squab pigeon {{rfquotek}}
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (slang) With a heavy fall; plump.
    • {{rfdate}} L'Estrange The eagle took the tortoise up into the air, and dropped him down, squab, upon a rock.
{{Webster 1913}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Scotland, slang, dated, transitive) To crush; to quash; to squash. {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}}
squabbling bleeder etymology Approximate rhyme.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (military, slang, humorous) squadron leader
squaddie Alternative forms: squaddy pronunciation
  • (British) /ˈskwɒd.i/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, British) A private in the army.
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squalid etymology From Latin squalidus, from squalere ‘be rough or dirty’. pronunciation
  • /ˈskwɒlɪd/
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  1. Extremely dirty and unpleasant.
  2. Showing a contemptible lack of moral standards. A squalid attempt to buy votes.
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  1. (zoology) Any member of the Squalidae.
    • 2008, David A. Ebert, James A. Sulikowski, Biology of Skates (page 126) Numerous diet studies on squalids have shown that members of this family tend to feed mainly on teleosts and cephalopods…
square {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old French esquarre (French équerre), from vl *exquadra, from Latin quadra. pronunciation
  • (UK) /skwɛə(ɹ)/, /skwɛː(ɹ)/, {{enPR}}
  • (US) /skwɛɚ/, {{enPR}}
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  1. (geometry) A polygon with four sides of equal length and four angles of 90 degree; a regular quadrilateral whose angles are all 90 degree.
    • {{rfdate}} I took refuge in the square form and exhibited a picture which consisted of nothing more than a black square on a white field.
  2. An L- or T-shaped tool used to place objects or draw line at right angle. There are so many uses for the square, in fact, that a new model will usually come complete with a booklet enumerating its applications. - The Carpenter's Square
  3. An open space in a town, not necessarily square in shape, often containing trees, seating and other features pleasing to the eye.
    • Addison The statue of Alexander VII. stands in the large square of the town.
    • {{rfdate}} You're not in Wisconsin, Dave. The big story isn't about a cow wandering into the town square.
  4. A cell in a grid. You may not move a piece to a square already occupied by one of your own pieces.
  5. (mathematics) The second power of a number, value, term or expression. 64 is the square of 8.
  6. (military) A body of troops drawn up in a square formation.
    • Shakespeare the brave squares of war
    • 1990, Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game, Folio Society 2010, p. 144: After disastrous attempts to break the Russian squares, during which, Longworth recounts, ‘the best and the bravest of the warriors fell victim to their own rashness’, the Circassians likewise changed their tactics.
  7. (slang) A socially conventional person; typically associated with the 1950s
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    Why do you always wear a tie? Don't be such a square!
  8. (British) The symbol # on a telephone; hash. Enter your account number followed by a square.
  9. (cricket) The central area of a cricket field, with one ore more pitches of which only one is used at a time. An ideal playing area is roughly circular in shape with a central area, the cricket square, measuring 27.44 metres by 27.44 metres and boundaries 45.75 metres from the sides of the square.
  10. (real estate jargon) A unit of measurement of area, equal to a 10 foot by 10 foot square, ie. 100 square feet or roughly 9.3 square metre. Used in real estate for the size of a house or its rooms, though progressively being replaced by square metres in metric countries such as Australia. 2006: Just as the basic unit of real estate measurement across the world is the square ... — Macquarie Bank (Australia), press release Macquarie releases Real Estate Market Outlook 2006 - "The World Squared", 21 June 2006 2007: The house is very large and open and boasts 39 squares of living space plus over 13 squares of decking area on 3 sides and 17 squares of garage and workshop downstairs. — Your Estate advertisement for Grindelwald Tasmania
  11. (roofing) A unit used in measuring roof area equivalent to 100 square feet (9.29 m2) of roof area.
  12. (North America) A dessert cut into rectangular pieces, or a piece of such a dessert.
  13. (academia) A mortarboard
  14. (colloquial, US) A square meal. Even when times were tough, we got three squares a day.
  15. A pane of glass.
  16. (printing) A certain number of lines, forming a portion of a column, nearly square; used chiefly in reckoning the prices of advertisements in newspapers.
  17. (archaic) Exact proportion; justness of workmanship and conduct; regularity; rule.
    • Hooker They of Galatia [were] much more out of square.
    • Shakespeare I have not kept my square.
  18. The relation of harmony, or exact agreement; equality; level.
    • Dryden We live not on the square with such as these.
  19. (astrology) The position of planets distant ninety degrees from each other; a quadrate.
  20. (dated) The act of squaring, or quarrelling; a quarrel.
  21. The front of a woman's dress over the bosom, usually worked or embroidered. {{rfquotek}}
  22. (slang) cigarette.
Synonyms: (polygon) (rare) tetragon, (L-shaped tool) steel square, framing square, carpenter's square, (open space) piazza, plaza, (socially conventional person) see , (# symbol) hash, sharp, (US) pound sign
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Shaped like a square (the polygon).
  2. Forming a right angle, especially (nautical) at right angles with the mast or the keel, and parallel to the horizon; said of the yards of a square-rigged vessel when they are so braced. a square corner
  3. Used in the names of units of area formed by multiplying a unit of length by itself. examplesquare metre examplesquare mile
  4. Honest; straightforward. square dealing
  5. Fair. exampleI'm just looking for a square deal on my car repair.
  6. Even; tied to make or leave the accounts square
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    exampleThe sides were square at the end of the half.
  7. {{senseid}}(slang) Socially conventional; boring.
  8. (cricket) In line with the batsman's popping crease.
  9. Correctly align with respect to something else.
  10. hearty; vigorous exampleIt may be prison, but at least I'm getting three square meals a day.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher By Heaven, square eaters. More meat, I say.
  11. Having a shape broad for the height, with angular rather than curving outlines. a man of a square frame
Synonyms: (honest, straightforward) above board, on the level, on the square, on the up and up, straight, (socially conventional) bourgeois
coordinate terms:
  • (two-dimensional unit) linear, cubic
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To adjust so as to align with or place at a right angle to something else. The casting was mounted on a milling machine so that its sides could be squared.
  2. To resolve. John can square this question up for us. These results just don't square.
  3. To adjust or adapt so as to bring into harmony with something. I cannot square the results of the experiment with my hypothesis. to square our actions by the opinions of others
    • Milton Square my trial / To my proportioned strength.
  4. (transitive, mathematics) Of a value, term{{,}} or expression, to multiply by itself; to raise to the second power.
  5. (transitive) To draw, with a pair of compasses and a straightedge only, a square with the same area as. square the circle
  6. (soccer) To make a short low pass sideways across the pitch
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  7. (archaic) To take opposing sides; to quarrel.
  8. To accord or agree exactly; to be consistent with; to suit; to fit.
    • Cowper No works shall find acceptance … that square not truly with the Scripture plan.
  9. (obsolete) To go to opposite sides; to take an attitude of offense or defense, or of defiance; to quarrel.
    • Shakespeare Are you such fools / To square for this?
  10. To take a boxing attitude; often with up or off. {{rfquotek}}
  11. To form with four side and four right angle. {{rfquotek}}
  12. To form with right angles and straight lines, or flat surfaces. to square mason's work
  13. To compare with, or reduce to, any given measure or standard. {{rfquotek}}
  14. (astrology) To hold a quartile position respecting.
    • Creech the icy Goat and Crab that square the Scales
  15. (nautical) To place at right angle with the keel. to square the yards
Synonyms: (to multiply by itself) ²
square bashing
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  1. (British, slang, military) Marching drill and other military exercises practiced on a parade ground.
square eyes
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  1. (humorous) A supposed ailment caused by prolonged watching of television or computer screen.
related terms:
  • square-eyed
square footage etymology square foot + age
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Area the measure of an extent of surface, in square feet.
  2. (informal) Area an extent of surface, especially of real estate.
squarehead etymology From square + head. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈskwɛːhɛd/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An honest person; a non-criminal.
  2. (slang) A foreigner of Germanic origin, especially a Scandinavian person.
    • 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 771: The squarehead bent his chin to his breast and said, ‘Very well. In an hour.’
  • Squarehead is a literally-translated derogatory term used by French-Canadians to describe English-Canadians. Can be used in a good-natured way between friends. Kind of the opposite of "Frog".
squaretoes etymology square + toes
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, derogatory or humorous) A stuffy or precise person. Josephus is a Squaretoes. I hate a man who won't drink. — Sir Walter Besant.
    • 1846, Catherine Grace F. Gore, Men of capital (page 43) In these days, it is so seldom that a squaretoes like that obtains the advantage over one of us!
squash {{rfi}} {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /skwɒʃ/
  • (US) /skwɑʃ/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English squachen, from Old French esquasser, escasser, from vl *exquassare, from Latin ex- + quassare.
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  1. (uncountable) A sport played in a walled court with a soft rubber ball and bats like tennis racquets.
  2. (British) A soft drink made from a fruit-based concentrate diluted with water. When I'm thirsty I drink squash; it tastes much nicer than plain water.
  3. A place or a situation where people have limited space to move. It's a bit of a squash in this small room.
  4. (obsolete, countable) Something soft and easily crushed; especially, an unripe pod of peas.
  5. (obsolete, countable, pejorative) Something unripe or soft.
  6. (obsolete, countable) A sudden fall of a heavy, soft body; also, a shock of soft bodies.
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To beat or press into pulp or a flat mass; to crush.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To compress or restrict (oneself) into a small space; to squeeze. Somehow, she squashed all her books into her backpack, which was now too heavy to carry. We all managed to squash into Mum's tiny car.
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etymology 2 Shortening of askutasquash, xnt ("[a vegetable] eaten green (or raw)"). {{wikipedia}} {{wikispecies}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) A plant and its fruit of five species of the genus Cucurbita, or gourd kind.
    1. Cucurbita maxima, including {{vern}}, {{vern}}, {{vern}}, and some varieties of pumpkin.
    2. {{taxlink}}, {{vern}}.
    3. Cucurbita moschata, butternut squash, {{vern}}, {{vern}}.
    4. Cucurbita pepo, most pumpkin, acorn squash, summer squash, zucchini.
    5. {{taxlink}}, {{vern}}
  2. The edible or decorative fruit of these plants, or this fruit prepared as a dish. We ate squash and green beans.
etymology 3 shortening of musquash
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, zoo, countable) Muskrat.
    • Dampier The squash is a four-footed beast, bigger than a cat.
etymology 1 From Middle English squatten, from Old French esquatir, escatir, from es- + quatir, from vl *coactire, from Latin coactus, perfect passive participle of cōgō. The sense "nothing" may by a source or a derivation of diddly-squat. pronunciation
  • (UK) /skwɒt/
  • (US) /skwɑt/
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  1. Relatively short or low and thick or broad
    • Robert Browning the round, squat turret
    • Grew The head [of the squill insect] is broad and squat.
    • 1927, , On the gentle slopes there are farms, ancient and rocky, with squat, moss-coated cottages brooding eternally over old New England secrets in the lee of great ledges …
  2. Sitting on the hams or heels; sitting close to the ground; cowering; crouching.
    • Milton Him there they found, / Squat like a toad, close at the ear of Eve.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A position assumed by bending deeply at the knees while resting on one's feet.
    • 2006, Yael Calhoun and Matthew R. Calhoun, Create a Yoga Practice for Kids, page 72: Sit in a squat, with your feet a comfortable distance apart.
  2. (weightlifting): A specific exercise in weightlifting performed by bending deeply at the knees and then rising, especially with a barbell resting across the shoulder.
    • 2001, Robert Wolff, Robert Wolff's Book of Great Workouts, page 58-59: The king of all quad exercises, and arguably the best single-weight resistance exercise, is the squat.
  3. A toilet used by squatting as opposed to sitting; a squat toilet.
  4. A building occupied without permission, as practiced by a squatter.
    • 1996 July 8, Chris Smith, "Live Free or Die", in New York Magazine‎, page 36: "… If you want to spend a night in a squat, it's all political to get in." Lately, as buildings have filled and become stringent about new admissions, much of the squatters' "My house is your house" rhetoric has become hollow.
  5. (slang) Something of no value; nothing. I know squat about nuclear physics.
    • 2003 May 6, "Dear Dotti", , volume 24, number 34, page 23: We didn't ask for rent, but we assumed they'd help around the house. But they don't do squat.
  6. (obsolete) A sudden or crushing fall. {{rfquotek}}
  7. (mining) A small vein of ore.
  8. A mineral consisting of tin ore and spar. {{rfquotek}} {{rfquotek}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To bend deeply at the knees while resting on one's feet.
    • 1901, , , chapter II He was not going to squat henlike on his place as the cockies around him did.
  2. (weightlifting) To exercise by bending deeply at the knees and then rising, while bearing weight across the shoulders or upper back.
    • 1994, Kurt, Mike, & Brett Brungardt, The Complete Book of Butt and Legs, page 161 For those who are having, or have had, trouble squatting we suggest learning how to squat by performing the front squat…The front squat allows you almost no alternative but to perform the exercise correctly.
  3. To occupy or reside in a place without the permission of the owner.
    • 1890, , , chapter VII Huddled together in loathsome files, they squat there over night, or until an inquisitive policeman breaks up the congregation with his club, which in Mulberry Street has always free swing.
  4. To sit close to the ground; to cower; to stoop, or lie close, to escape observation, as a partridge or rabbit.
  5. (dated) To bruise or flatten by a fall; to squash.
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The angel shark (genus Squatina).
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  • quats
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) sasquatch
squatter {{wikipedia}} etymology From squat + er. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈskwɒtə/
  • (US) /ˈskwɑːtəɹ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who squat, sits down idly.
    • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} “I don't mean all of your friends—only a small proportion—which, however, connects your circle with that deadly, idle, brainless bunch—the insolent chatterers at the opera,…the chlorotic squatters on huge yachts, the speed-mad fugitives from the furies of ennui, the neurotic victims of mental cirrhosis, the jewelled animals whose moral code is the code of the barnyard—!"
  2. One who occupies a building or land without title or permission. {{defdate}}
    1. (Australia, historical) One who occupied Crown land. {{defdate}}
      • 2004, James Jupp, The English in Australia, [http//|%22squatters%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=U8iEEyt2OV&sig=B6JhQa9ljrDJeM1LBOrDlh6ncjI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=p9NiUNnwA-2ziQeD3ICoCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22squatter%22|%22squatters%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false p.62]: While settlement in New South Wales was initially confined, many moved outside the boundaries to become squatters, eventually consolidating their originally illegal hold on the land.
  3. (Australia, historical) A large-scale grazier and landowner.
    • 1970, George Sampson, The Concise Cambridge History of English Literature, 3rd Edition, [http//|%22squatters%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=sLaS9XMuMR&sig=H846EWEnB2kKOerdiEa6meMqBMU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=gPxiUKMW5o2IB43mgdAE&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22squatter%22|%22squatters%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false p.754]: was a squatter, a magistrate and a commissioner of goldfields and knew thoroughly the life he described in Robbery Under Arms (1888), the story of the bushranger Captain Starlight—first serialised in The Sydney Mail in 1881—and in his numerous other novels, which included The Squatter′s Dream (1890).
    • 1993, Manning Clark, Michael Cathcart (abridging editor), Manning Clark′s History of Australia: Abridged by Michael Cathcart, [http//|%22squatters%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=UMEK0vWSK2&sig=rkT-LPD5ABIUkpTsktYFUBDZMkM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=p9NiUNnwA-2ziQeD3ICoCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22squatter%22|%22squatters%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false p.218]: In Parliament, at least, the squatters were secure. ¶ In the early 1840s a severe depression threatened livelihoods in all the colonies except South Australia and many squatters resorted to slaughtering their sheep and boiling them down for tallow.
    • 2010, Mary Ellen Snodgrass, Peter Carey: A Literary Companion, [http//|%22squatters%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=rnR9qWTdxB&sig=jrI2d5F4NnpaSLkzmZJW8hWg3nc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=p9NiUNnwA-2ziQeD3ICoCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22squatter%22|%22squatters%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false p.233]: His dealings with squatter R. R. McBean and superintendents Hare and Nicolson amaze the 16-year-old, who has little experience with the wealthy privileged class.
  4. (informal) A squat toilet.
    • 2012, Randall L. Erickson, Traveling Business Class, p.54: All of the toilets in both the men's and women's sides were squatters.
In Australian historical usage, the distinction between the senses of occupier of Crown land and large scale landowner is often blurred; many of the original illegal landholders became rich and, as a group, politically powerful.
related terms:
  • squat
  • squattocracy
  • quartets
squat toilet
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A toilet, usually consisting of a hole in the ground and sometimes a tank, which is used while squatting instead of sitting.
Synonyms: squatter (informal)
squaw {{wikipedia}} etymology From the wam word , from Proto-Algonquian *eɬkwe·wa. Cognate with abe -skwa, xpq sqá, Cree iskwew / ᐃᐢᑫᐧᐤ 〈ᐃᐢᑫᐧᐤ〉, Ojibwa ikwe. In the 1970s, some non-linguists began to claim that the word originally meant "vagina"; this has been discredited.Ives Goddard<!--curator and senior linguist in the anthropology department of the Smithsonian Institution-->, ''The True History of the Word Squaw'', in ''Indian Country News'' (April 1997), page 17A
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now, offensive) A woman, wife; especially a Native American woman.
Previously used neutrally, the word began to be used as a term of contempt in the late 1800s; it is now often considered offensive.
squaw man
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  1. (historical, US, Western US, sometimes, derogatory) A white man who married a Native American woman, sometimes gaining tribal right by doing so.
squeak pronunciation
  • /skwiːk/
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noun: {{en-noun}} {{examples-right}}
  1. A short, high-pitched sound, as of two objects rubbing together, or the calls of small animals.
  2. (games) A card game similar to group solitaire.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To emit a short, high-pitched sound.
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  2. (intransitive, slang) To inform, to squeal.
    • Dryden If he be obstinate, put a civil question to him upon the rack, and he squeaks, I warrant him.
  3. (transitive) To speak or sound in a high-pitched manner.
  4. (intransitive, games) To empty the pile of 13 cards a player deals to themself in the card game of the same name.
  5. (intransitive, informal) To win or progress by a narrow margin.
    • 1999, Surfer (volume 40, issues 7-12) … allowing Parkinson to squeak into the final by a half-point margin.
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squeaker {{rfi}} {{wikipedia}} {{wikispecies}} etymology squeak + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who or that which squeak.
    1. (internet slang) A young user on a voice chat system who has a high-pitched voice.
  2. A party toy that uncoil with a squeaking sound when blown; a party puffer.
  3. (slang) An informer.
  4. (US) A game or election won by a narrow margin.
  5. An animal that squeaks.
    1. The {{vern}} ({{taxlink}}).
    2. {{taxlink}}, a frog family.
    3. {{taxlink}}, a catfish genus.
squeaky bum time etymology Attributed to , famed Scottish football manager and former player.
noun: {{head}}
  1. (informal, chiefly, UK) An exciting part of a sporting event, particularly the final minutes of a close game or season.
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squeal pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A high-pitched sound, as a scream of a child, or noisy worn-down brake pads.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To scream by making a shrill, prolonged sound.
  2. To give sensitive information about someone to a third party; to rat on someone.
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squealer etymology squeal + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An animal that, or a person who squeal; especially a pig
  2. (slang) an informant
  3. The European swift.
  4. The harlequin duck.
  5. The American golden plover.
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squee pronunciation
  • /skwiː/, [skwiː]
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etymology squeal
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To squeal with excitement or delight.
    • 2011, "Spartakus", Anti-abortion terrorism nipped in the bud in Madison, WI (on newsgroup talk.abortion) Meanwhile on Usenet, a couple of anti-choicers are racing to out-stupid each other, squeeing like school children over something someone said.
    • 2012, Male Cat Stays By Female Cat's Side In Sickness And Health, Huffington Post On Tuesday, Reddit user lern41 got the Reddit community squeeing when he posted a few photos of his pet cats, Artemis and Apollo.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (informal) A squeal of excitement or delight.
    • 2001, "Susan", I got a hamster! Squee! (on Internet newsgroup
  • Mostly used on the Internet and especially associated with fangirl.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A cry of squee.
    • 2008, Dale North, JapanaTen: The top ten things anime cons could do without It's just that the young female group squees seem to come at the most inopportune time. Sure enough, just about every time I'm on the phone — squee. Talking to someone important? Squee.
squeegee etymology Possibly from squeege, an intensified variant of squeeze. Compare the earlier squill-gee, squillgee. pronunciation
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  • /ˈskwiːdʒiː/
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  1. A tool consisting of a rubber blade at right angles to a handle, used for spreading, pushing or wiping liquid material on, across or off a surface, especially when cleaning glass, eg the windscreen of a vehicle or a shop window, to remove soapy water.
  2. (slang) A person who cleans the windscreen of a vehicle stopped in traffic then demand payment from the driver.
  3. (printing) A tool used in silk-screen printing for forcing the ink through the stencil and thus printing the desired image.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To clean with a squeegee.
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  1. (informal, humorous, video games) Square Enix, a Japanese video game development company
squeeze etymology From earlier squize, squise (whence also English dialectal squizzen and squeege), first attested around 1600, probably an alteration of quease (which is attested since 1550), from Middle English queisen, from Old English cwesan, cwysan, of unknown origin, perhaps imitative (compare Swedish qväsa, kväsa, Dutch kwetsen, German quetschen). Compare also French esquicher from Old Provençal esquichar. The slang expression "to put the squeeze on (someone or something)", meaning "to exert influence", is from 1711. The baseball term "squeeze play" is first recorded 1905. "Main squeeze" ("most important person") is attested from 1896, the specific meaning "one's sweetheart, lover" is attested by 1980. pronunciation
  • /skwiːz/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To apply pressure to from two or more sides at once I squeezed the ball between my hands. Please don't squeeze the toothpaste tube in the middle.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room Chapter 1 "Over there—by the rock," Steele muttered, with his brush between his teeth, squeezing out raw sienna, and keeping his eyes fixed on Betty Flanders's back.
  2. (ambitransitive) To fit into a tight place I managed to squeeze the car into that parking space. Can you squeeze through that gap?
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    • 1908, , Could he not squeeze under the seat of a carriage? He had seen this method adopted by schoolboys, when the journey- money provided by thoughtful parents had been diverted to other and better ends.
  3. (transitive) To remove something with difficulty, or apparent difficulty He squeezed some money out of his wallet.
  4. (transitive) To put in a difficult position by presenting two or more choices I'm being squeezed between my job and my volunteer work.
    • 2013 May 23, , "British Leader’s Liberal Turn Sets Off a Rebellion in His Party," New York Times (retrieved 29 May 2013): At a time when Mr. Cameron is being squeezed from both sides — from the right by members of his own party and by the anti-immigrant, anti-Europe U.K. Independence Party, and from the left by his Liberal Democrat coalition partners — the move seemed uncharacteristically clunky.
  5. (transitive, figurative) To oppress with hardship, burden, or tax; to harass.
    • L'Estrange In a civil war, people must expect to be crushed and squeezed toward the burden.
  6. (transitive, baseball) To attempt to score a runner from third by bunting Jones squeezed in Smith with a perfect bunt.
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  1. A difficult position I'm in a tight squeeze right now when it comes to my free time.
  2. A traversal of a narrow passage It was a tight squeeze, but I got through to the next section of the cave.
  3. A hug or other affectionate grasp a gentle squeeze on the arm
  4. (slang) A romantic partner I want to be your main squeeze
  5. (baseball) The act of bunt in an attempt to score a runner from third The game ended in exciting fashion with a failed squeeze.
  6. (epigraphy) An impression of an inscription formed by pressing wet paper onto the surface and peeling off when dry. The light not being good enough for photography, I took a squeeze of the stone.
  7. (card games) A play that forces an opponent to discard a card that gives up one or more trick.
  8. (archaic) A bribe or fee paid to a middleman, especially in China.
    • A. R. Colquhoun one of the many "squeezes" imposed by the mandarins
  9. (mining) The gradual closing of workings by the weight of the overlying strata.

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