The Alternative English Dictionary

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squeezebox Alternative forms: squeeze box etymology squeeze + box
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) accordion
squib {{wikipedia}} etymology unknown imitative of a small explosion.Online Etymology Dictionary, [ Squib], accessed 2009-07-21. pronunciation
  • /skwɪb/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (military) A small firework that is intended to spew spark rather than explode. English Navy squibs set fire to two dozen enemy ships in a Dutch harbor during the 16th century battle against the Spanish Armada.
    • Blackstone The making and selling of fireworks and squibs … is punishable.
  2. A similar device used to ignite an explosive or launch a rocket, etc.
  3. (mining) A kind of slow match or safety fuse.
  4. (US) Any small firecracker sold to the general public. Usually available in special clusters designed to explode in series after a single master fuze is lit.
  5. (automotive) The heating element used to set off the sodium azide pellets in a vehicle's airbag.
  6. (cinema or theater special effects) A small explosive used to replicate a bullet hitting a surface.
  7. (dated) A short piece of witty writing; a lampoon.
    • Goldsmith … who copied his squibs, and re-echoed his jokes.
  8. (dated) A writer of lampoons.
    • Tatler The squibs are those who in the common phrase of the world are called libellers, lampooners, and pamphleteers.
  9. (legal) In a legal casebook, a short summary of a legal action placed between more extensively quoted cases.
  10. (academia) A short article, often published in journals, that introduces theoretically problematic empirical data or discusses an overlooked theoretical problem. In contrast to a typical article, a squib need not answer the questions that it poses.
    • 2008, William J. Idsardi, Combinatorics for Metrical Feet, in Biolinguistics Vol 2, No 2 In this squib I will prove that the number of possible metrical parsings into feet under these assumptions […]
  11. (archaic) An unimportant, paltry, or mean-spirited person.
    • Spenser, Mother Hubberds Tale ll. 369-371: Its a hard case when men of good deserving / must either driven be perforce to sterving / or asked for their pas by everie squib
  12. (slang) A sketched concept or visual solution, usually very quick and not too detailed. A word most commonly used within the Graphic Design industry.
In the series, author uses squib to mean a child of someone magical who doesn’t have magical powers.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make a sound such as a small explosion. A squibbed in the jungle.
  2. (colloquial, dated) To throw squibs; to utter sarcastic or severe reflection; to contend in petty dispute. to squib a little debate
squick etymology Seemingly phonaesthetic, formed of squ- as in squeamish and -ick as in ick. Originated in the Usenet newsgroup; popularized primarily in the newsgroup alt.tasteless. pronunciation
  • (UK) /skwɪk/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A source of psychological discomfort.
    • 2002, Jo Leigh, Scent of a Woman, page 82, One man's turn-on is another's squick. But, if she chickened out now, the whole plan would fall apart.
    • 2004, Ken MacLeod, Newton's Wake: A Space Opera, page 88, We maintain, as you did in your time, the cultural squick about internal interfaces with networked machinery, and about data capture, for obvious reasons.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, transitive) To gross out, to disgust.
    • 2005, Russ Kick, Everything You Know about Sex Is Wrong, page 296, Queer men, on the other hand, insist on shoving our very own flesh up each other's poop chutes, and that squicks numerous straight men—the ones who aren't doing their girlfriends up the ass anyhow.
  2. (slang, intransitive) To be grossed out, to experience disgust.
    • 2005, Maxim Jakubowski, The Mammoth Book of Sex Diaries: Online Confessions and Call-Girl Adventures, page 27, He likes intense sensation (pain, for those of you not up on this lingo) and we did play with sounds. I'll now explain what "sounds" are, but if you squick easily, you should skip this next paragraph.
related terms:
  • squig out
  • quicks
squickage etymology squick + age
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The condition of being squicked by something.
  2. (slang) Something which squicks.
squid {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /skwɪd/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 unknown. Perhaps related to squirt.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of several carnivorous marine cephalopod mollusk, of the order Teuthida, having a mantle, eight arms, and a pair of tentacle
  2. A fishhook with a piece of bright lead, bone, or other substance fastened on its shank to imitate a squid.
  3. (mildly, pejorative) A sailor in the Navy.
  4. (UK, slang, humorous, rare) A quid; one pound sterling. Can you lend me five squid? I feel like a bacon sarnie.
etymology 2 Possibly a blend of stupid and quick; "stupid, quick, under-dressed and imminently dead", a claimed origin, is probably a backronym Derived from "squirrelly kid"
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, motorcycling, pejorative) A motorcyclist characterized by lack of riding gear, reckless/careless/unsafe riding, especially of sport bikers.
    • "In my mind, a street squid is anyone who races on the street. Period."1
    • "squid: a cocky motorcyclist who darts very aggressively through traffic"2
  • quids
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish or endearing) An squid.
squiffed etymology Variant of squiffy pronunciation
  • /ˈskwɪft/ {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) intoxicated
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related terms:
  • squiffy
squiggle etymology {{rfe}} pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a short twisting or wiggling line or mark
    • 1939, Flora Thompson, Lark Rise Even the cold ashes where a gipsy's fire had been sent little squiggles of fear down Laura's spine, for how could she know that they were not still lurking near with designs upon her own person?
  2. (informal) the tilde
  3. an illegible scrawl
verb: {{en-verb}} (intransitive or transitive)
  1. to wriggle or squirm
  2. to make a squiggle
  3. to write (something) illegibly
  4. To shake and wash a fluid about in the mouth with the lips closed. {{rfquotek}}
squiggly pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
  • /ˈskwɪɡli/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Not straight; wavy. She didn't have a ruler, so she drew a squiggly line to highlight the main points.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, informal) A wavy underline used to indicate an error in text or code.
    • 2007, Pariah S. Burke, Mastering InDesign CS3 for Print Design and Production (page 72) If you have dynamic spell checking enabled, your pamphlet will become a sea of red squigglies.
    • 2008, Rick Leinecker, Vanessa L. Williams, Visual Studio 2008 All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies (page 484) Coding errors have colored squigglies beneath them to indicate the kind of error. For example, syntax errors appear with red squigglies beneath them...
    • 2010, James S. McKeown, Jim McKeown, Programming in Visual Basic 2010: The Very Beginner's Guide (page 75) The next blue squiggly is in the word Dimm. That should be an easy fix. Change it to Dim. Again, that swats two bugs with one fix.
related terms:
  • squiggle
squillion {{wikipedia}} etymology See + illion pronunciation
  • /ˈskwɪljən/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, used hyperbolically) A very large, unspecified number (of).
Synonyms: See also .
  • quillions
squillionaire etymology From squillion and modelled on millionaire
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) An incredibly rich person.
Synonyms: bazillionaire, gazillionaire, zillionaire
squire {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English esquire, from Old French, from Latin scutarius, from scutum.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A shield-bearer or armor-bearer who attended a knight.
  2. A title of dignity next in degree below knight, and above gentleman. See esquire.
  3. A male attendant on a great personage.
  4. A devoted attendant or follower of a lady; a beau.
  5. A title of office and courtesy. See under esquire.
  6. (UK, colloquial) Term of address to an equal.
    • 1969, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Dead Parrot sketch Sorry squire, I've had a look 'round the back of the shop, and uh, we're right out of parrots.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To attend as a squire {{rfquotek}}
  2. To attend as a beau, or gallant, for aid and protection to squire a lady {{rfquotek}}
etymology 2 From Middle French esquierre, from Old French esquarre See square.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A ruler; a carpenter's square; a measure.
    • 1598, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene But temperaunce, said he, with golden squire, / Betwixt them both can measure out a meane.
    • 1598, William Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost, V, 2, 474. do not you know my lady's foot by the squire.
    • {{RQ:RBrtn AntmyMlncly}} as for a workman not to know his axe, saw, squire, or any other toole, […].
    • 1628, William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, IV, 4, 348. twelve foot and a half by the squire.
  • quires
  • risque, risqué
squirmage etymology squirm + age
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The act of squirming.
    • 2007, Harry Sanderford, "A Bedtime Story", A Prairie Home Companion, 9 May 2007: In bed, Lauren has never been able to control her lateral squirmage. She is the needle on a compass and Spencer is due North.
  2. (slang, by extension) The condition or quality of causing a state of discomfort, particularly disgust, fear, or embarrassment.
    • c. 2005, Angus Wolfe Murray, Waiting… review, Eye for Film: Pants down gags are as loud and lively as fart jokes, but willy waving in a restaurant kitchen is a whole new area of squirmage, hitherto unexplored.
  • quagmires
squirrel grip
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, sports, colloquial) (often used figuratively) A grip of another player's testicles; an illegal rugby tackle involving such a grip.
    • 2006, Dan Crowley, Larry Writer, Undercover Prop: The Game They Play in Heaven and a Police Career from Hell, page 75, Their breakaway, Philippe Chamayou, had been grabbing our lineout jumpers in the squirrel grip all match long, while ensuring we couldn't return service by wearing a cricket protector For the uneducated a squirrel grip is where an opponent grabs a player by the testicles, the most vile act in the game after eye gouging.
    • 2003, Peter Temple, Bad Debts, page 50, 'Wootton tells me you put the squirrel grip on one of his commissioners, Jack,' Harry said.
    • 2007, Gideon Haigh, The Green & Golden Age: Writings on Australian Cricket Today, page 56, … Ponting seems to have traded Waugh's ‘mental disintegration’ for what might be called the ‘psychological squirrel grip’. Of England, he gloats: ‘Mentally, we've got them by the balls.’
    • 2010, John Elias, Josh Massoud, Sin Bin: The Untold Story of a True Footy Bad Boy, page 82, Anything went in that competition - fingers ripping your nostrils, being spat at. The only thing I didn't encounter was a squirrel grip.
squirt {{wikipedia}} etymology {{rfe}} pronunciation
  • /skwɜː(r)t/ {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An instrument from which a liquid is forcefully eject in a small, quick stream.
  2. A small, quick stream; a jet.
    • 2007, Peter Elst, Sas Jacobs, Object-Oriented ActionScript 3.0, [http//|%22squirts%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=63u4aASS5E&sig=yvEzpHVcDtLB0UyspuYiiQXLpRg&hl=en&sa=X&ei=3ytjUNSUAY3jmAXWwoDgCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22squirt%22|%22squirts%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 9], Chances are you′ll get a squirt of citrus juice in your eye.
  3. (hydrodynamics) The whole system of flow in the vicinity of a source.
  4. (slang) An annoyingly pretentious person; a whippersnapper. {{defdate}}
    • 1946, , , 2005, [http//|%22squirts%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=HH0K0tOzVM&sig=ssNzfvqUojeMBp9duQmn9PZzUhE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=GjNjUPq8FoT5mAWS3YHQBQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22squirt%22|%22squirts%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 606], He was still there when I came up, a squirt with his hat over one eye and a camera hung round his neck and a grin on his squirt face. I thought maybe I had seen him around town, but maybe not, the squirts look so much alike when they grind them out of journalism school.
  5. (UK, US, Australia, slang) A small child. Hey squirt! Where you been?
    • 1986, Alethea Helbig, Agnes Perkins, Cutlass Island, entry in Dictionary of American Children′s Fiction, 1960-1984: Recent Books of Recognized Merit, [http//|%22squirts%22+child+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=rpEh0nj9di&sig=wBLeyBhcl5G_jgF_yToR3coqw4o&hl=en&sa=X&ei=dCFkUNyOGeTsmAWQrYHYDA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22squirt%22|%22squirts%22%20child%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 137], Hurd returns with Mal, Mr. Eph, and Gumbo, the “town squirt” of twelve, and the boys′ activities come out.
    • 2010, Karen Witemeyer, A Tailor-Made Bride, Bethany House Publishers, US, [http//|%22squirts%22+child+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=uKK3-JxxqK&sig=BH_y6RYQz0hQ_gCX1KhFjygJ8eg&hl=en&sa=X&ei=NhtkUJGAI4_imAWkhYGIDg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22squirt%22|%22squirts%22%20child%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 66], How the child managed to converse and fold at the same time was a marvel, yet the shirt lay in a tidy rectangle by the time she came up for air. “Thanks, squirt.” He winked at her and she giggled.
  6. (slang, vulgar) Female ejaculate.
Synonyms: (instrument that forcefully ejects liquid), (small, quick stream), (annoyingly pretentious person), (small child)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, of a liquid) To be thrown out, or ejected, in a rapid stream, from a narrow orifice. The toothpaste squirted from the tube.
    • 1865, , The Book of Werewolves, 2008, Forgotten Books, [http//|%22squirts%22+child+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=7J6zqIZZrQ&sig=O-LvsIcuIxz4NqqgdrYQkUPqJ10&hl=en&sa=X&ei=iwpkUP3ALKeKmQXIgIHoAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22squirt%22|%22squirts%22%20child%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 121], His servants would stab a child in the jugular vein, and let the blood squirt over him.
  2. (transitive, of a liquid) To cause to be ejected, in a rapid stream, from a narrow orifice.
    • Sir Walter Scott The hard-featured miscreant coolly rolled his tobacco in his cheek, and squirted the juice into the fire grate.
    • 1985, The Living Australia, Dangerous Australians: The Complete Guide to Australia′s Most Deadly Creatures, 2002, Murdoch Books, [http//|%22squirts%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=As5-xJiOJ7&sig=0YP2kjUX8OBlj8oyjfaNkYw6Wa4&hl=en&sa=X&ei=3ytjUNSUAY3jmAXWwoDgCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22squirt%22|%22squirts%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 88], It can squirt this poison in jets up to a distance of one metre and usually aims at the eyes of its victim.
    • 2005, Lisa Heard, NancyRayhorn, 8: Pediatric Sedation, Jan Odom-Forren, Donna Watson, Practical Guide To Moderate Sedation/Analgesia, 2nd Edition, [http//|%22squirts%22+child+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=L0LrsDWuvK&sig=sakHRa-41hLUtb1ZrzZTmkWxSaU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=dCFkUNyOGeTsmAWQrYHYDA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22squirt%22|%22squirts%22%20child%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 171], When administering the medication, the RN should place the syringe tip along the side of the mouth and slowly squirt the medicine toward the buccal vestibule, not toward the throat.
    • 2011, James Balch, Mark Stengler, Prescription for Natural Cures, [http//|%22squirts%22+child+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=N_J9PoyS1c&sig=qp7CqsEAOB2WcH3LoaXPPYlfZpc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=iwpkUP3ALKeKmQXIgIHoAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22squirt%22|%22squirts%22%20child%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], Use a dropper and squirt the desired amount in the side of the child′s mouth.
  3. (transitive) To hit with a rapid stream of liquid.
    • 2010, Christy Isbell, Mighty Fine Motor Fun: Fine Motor Activities for Young Children, [http//|%22squirts%22+child+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=pVINjZpd0K&sig=H47SLez1y13_CBgXX-Q7aE0yBmc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=iwpkUP3ALKeKmQXIgIHoAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22squirt%22|%22squirts%22%20child%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 81], Ask the child to squirt the target with water.
  4. (transitive, figuratively) To throw out or utter words rapidly; to prate. {{rfquotek}}
  5. (intransitive, slang, vulgar, of a female) To ejaculate.
    • 2010, Sonia Borg, Oral Sex She′ll Never Forget, [http//|%22squirts%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=S_FzYfpipW&sig=97nmZ3z3u1TuAYRY0GeECIeR88E&hl=en&sa=X&ei=QDhjUI2hDaqimQWUqoCoDA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22squirt%22|%22squirts%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 9], Women who squirt rhapsodize about the experience, reporting that it elicits feelings of empowerment and a deeper connection to their own bodies.
Synonyms: (to be ejected in a rapid stream), (to cause to be ejected in a rapid stream), (to eject a rapid stream at), (to speak rapidly), ((of a female) to ejaculate)
related terms:
  • squirter
  • quirts
squirty etymology squirt + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) That operates by squirt.
    • 1917, John Harrison Dick, Garden Guide, the Amateur Gardener's Handbook Fountains may be of the gurgly, squirty or spray sort; all are pretty. To some the squirty sort have an air of impatience or nervousness …
    • 2005, Pete McCarthy, The Road to McCarthy Cold Comfort seizes a plastic squirty bottle of tomato ketchup. He's about to inject the red stuff into my pie like a builder squirting insulation …
    • 2011, Mark Howell, Scallywags (page 12) The woman was busy making the hot chocolates; she was now bent down retrieving the squirty cream from a small box fridge nestled underneath the counter.
squish etymology Apparently an alteration of squash, influenced by obsolete squiss. Cognate with Scots squische, squies. Compare also Old Provençal esquichar. See also squeeze. pronunciation
  • /skwɪʃ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The sound or action of something, especially something moist, being squeezed or crushed.
  2. (politics, informal, derogatory) A political moderate (term used by conservative activists in the 1980s).
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To squeeze, compress, or crush (especially something moist). The sandwich tasted fine, even though it got squished in his lunchbox.
squish mitten
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) vagina
    • 2007 April 17, Sara Hess et al, "Act Your Age", episode 3-19 of , 00:20:12: Gregory House: Okay. Then why did you take her to a play?James Wilson: She's a friend.Gregory House: A friend with a squish mitten.
Synonyms: See also
squishy etymology From squish + y. pronunciation
  • /ˈskwɪʃi/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (of an object or substance) Yielding easily to pressure; very soft; especially, soft and wet, as mud.
    • 2009, Jamie Carie, Wind Dancer, B&H Publishing Group, ISBN 978-0-8054-4534-3, page 144: Finished with head and hair, the women pulled her up the bank to wash her body, the soft squishy mud registering for the first time on the outer consciousness of Isabelle’s mind.
  2. (figuratively, of a person) Used as a term of endearment.
  3. (informal) Subjective or vague.
etymology 1 Possibly related to squirt; from 19th c.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, informal, countable) A person of low status.
    • 1989, Richard Curtis, Ben Elton, Blackadder Goes Forth (episode "Goodbyeee"): Not a favourite son, of course — Lord, no! — more a sort of illegitimate backstairs sort of sprog, you know: a sort of spotty squit that nobody really likes.
    • 2000, Josie Lloyd, Emlyn Rees, Come Again, page 153, 'It isn't so funny when it's the other way round, is it?' I snarl, before adding, 'You geeky little squit,' for good measure.
    • 2007, , Selective Memory, unnumbered page, I couldn't believe my ears: at Roedean a new girl spent at least a term having it drummed into her what an insignificant little squit she was; and here were these girls being welcoming!
  2. (Norfolk, uncountable) Nonsense; amusing stories.
    • 2007, Keith Skipper, Keith Skipper's Bumper Book of Norfolk Squit: High jinks, hilarity & hot air from Norfolk's favourite raconteur.
    • 2007, Ann Neve, Ride Upon the Storm, page 162, 'Cor blast, Tovell, you don't half talk some squit at times!' exclaimed Ted Carter. ‘Squit! It's the gospel truth.…’
    • 2009, , The Lady In The Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn, page 420, In 1985, asked by the writer Richard Whittington-Egan if he believed in this apparition, an old local man replied that it was ‘a load of old squit.’
etymology 2 Short for server quit.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, internet) To disconnect (an IRC server) from a network.
    • 1994, "Bernhard Lorenz", ChanOp for Irc Opers (on newsgroup alt.irc) … these problems solved themselves atfter{{SIC}} some 10 minutes or so, without an ircop interferring{{SIC}} into channel affairs by squitting his/her server to gain chanop status.
    • 1996, "Jesse", A warning to all irc users (on newsgroup alt.irc) Today, I was awakened by a call from one of my IRC ops, telling me that my net had been 'taken over'. An ircop had squitted all the servers, and had a script that kept them disconnected from the net.
  • quist, quits
noun: {{head}}
  1. (plural only, British, colloquial) diarrhea
  2. plural of squit
Synonyms: the runs, the squirts (US), the huckleberry two-steps
squizz etymology {{rfe}} Alternative forms: squiz
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, Australia, New Zealand, colloquial) A look.
    • 2002, Chris Rowthorn, Alex Landragin, Kate Daly, Victoria, Lonely Planet, [http//|%22squizzes%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=6Si7qFqiZo&sig=h8_6gKPsfuFiFawn64LP1KrOYXE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=UjRkUMCsM_CdiAeMyIDgCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22squizz%22|%22squizzes%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 297], The building itself is worth a squizz; its modern metal forms and structures evoke maritime themes.
    • 2009, William Efford, Picaroon, [http//|%22squizzes%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=kiIvcRn-VS&sig=Ej9qBxMNJe2BflO-irbsGUws50Y&hl=en&sa=X&ei=UjRkUMCsM_CdiAeMyIDgCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22squizz%22|%22squizzes%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 77], “That lot heard about the place and came in here on their way to an Antarctic research station. But mostly, it′s just curious folks that drop by for a squizz—like you, for instance.”
    • 2012, Annette Evalyn Swain, Suicide Angels and the Silent Terrorists: A Story About Bullying, iUniverse, [http//|%22squizzes%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=etlx3iiJZh&sig=f86SwnSA3XNVUPSW4QR5TAhVI48&hl=en&sa=X&ei=UjRkUMCsM_CdiAeMyIDgCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22squizz%22|%22squizzes%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 82], “I'll get you to have a look at the paper work and just have a squizz through some patient′s case notes, so you get an idea of how we document our daily nursing units of care.…”
    • 2012, , The Bat, [http//|%22squizzes%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=Crh6uNWfA7&sig=uJYyUWZGO9twBeyviUg1oBePjOk&hl=en&sa=X&ei=UjRkUMCsM_CdiAeMyIDgCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22squizz%22|%22squizzes%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 328], I think it would be a good idea to have a squizz at Toowoomba′s place.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (UK, Australia, New Zealand, colloquial, usually with "at") To look, to examine.
    • 1885, Emily Cruwys Sharland, Ways and means in a Devonshire village, a book for mothers′ meetings, [http//|%22squizzed%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22squizzing%22|%22squizzed%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=a-kumjnyTv&sig=CPFFk7RHOYgFWWDpknok8sxX1Z8&hl=en&sa=X&ei=r05kUJbzCMWoiAf47oGICw&redir_esc=y page 19], “That′s just according to how you bring them up, Jane,” Betsy replied ; “if they′d had porridge from the first, they′d have eaten it fast enough ; and it isn′t good to allow children to be squizzing (looking) into their food and picking it over.”
    • 1998, , A Cross of Stars, 2011, [http//|%22squizzed%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=h29W6oiKzg&sig=CZV3hhyenb2ZDm78yw5Js9SgXXk&hl=en&sa=X&ei=r05kUJbzCMWoiAf47oGICw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22squizzing%22|%22squizzed%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], He liked to see them laughing, enjoying themselves, squizzing at the antics of whitefellers in party mood.
    • 1999, Lindsay Charman-Love, Top Hat and Taiaha, Huia Short Stories 3, Huia Publishers, New Zealand, [http//|%22squizzed%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=fa_3RxFCbo&sig=D-vvE8ED2wsXAC1qWuiaq42sx6g&hl=en&sa=X&ei=r05kUJbzCMWoiAf47oGICw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22squizzing%22|%22squizzed%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 44], Others were off at the shops getting ice blocks or squizzing at the boats down at the wharf.
    • 2010, Linzy Harris, Perdita, Paragon Publishing, UK, [http//|%22squizzed%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=ZLdeKdWRCD&sig=67KzIlXM5Z9fhuAKSB5D_gQmMJ4&hl=en&sa=X&ei=r05kUJbzCMWoiAf47oGICw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22squizzing%22|%22squizzed%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 79], She presented me with a bag, and when I squizzed inside I saw it contained five boxes of cigarettes.
etymology 1 Perhaps a {{blend}}; or from a diminutive of squeeze, equivalent to squeeze + le.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, rare) A small amount of liquid, etc.; a squirt.
    • 1952, Virginia Douglas Dawson, ‎Betty Douglas Wilson, The Shape of Sunday: An Intimate Biography of Lloyd C. Douglas Daddy settled down to be a diabetic with no more comment than in an occasional letter: "I started my day as usual with a squizzle of insulin."
    • Rose Whitney Smith, Blueberry Chowder Then you take a fistful of it and squeeze it, and if it holds the shape of your hand it's short enough. Add just a squizzle of cold water, only enough to hold it together.
    • 2011, Nicholas Royle, Regicide The ringing tone ceased and I heard Annie's voice through a squizzle of interference.
    • 2015, Marjorie Tallman, Dictionary of American Folklore Another unique characteristic was their habit of putting a “squizzle,” a squeeze of lime in their morning coffee.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To squirt out.
  2. (dialectal) To cry easily.
etymology 2 Apparently from squeeze + le. Compare English dialectal quizzle. More at squeeze.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (dialectal) To choke; throttle.
related terms:
  • squizzen
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) squash, squeeze
  2. (informal) To be squashed or squeezed; to squish.
Synonyms: squish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Squishy, smushy.
    • 2000, Elizabeth Honey, William Clarke, Don't Pat the Wombat! We stood on the bank of the dam surveying the squooshy wallow of mud. Jonah scooped up a fistful.
    • 2002, Jane Louise Curry, The Egyptian Box "That was fast," Mrs. Woodie observed as Tee plumped down in the squooshy armchair.
    • 2004, Michael Eigen, Psychotic Core I hated her when she yelled at my aunt. She seemed ugly, a witch, always angry. Emptiness and anger. Buttocks are squooshy like breasts.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (nonstandard, humorous) en-past of squeeze
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acronym: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (slang, Internet) Subject Says It All.
SSIA is used on mailing lists, newsgroups, and message boards. Typically, the author will write the content of the message in the subject line, then write only "SSIA" in the body of the message.
  • as is, ASIS
  • is-as
  • Issa
  • sais, Saïs
St. Patrick's Day {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: Saint Patrick's Day
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A Roman Catholic holiday commemorating , the patron saint of Ireland on 17th March.
Synonyms: Saint Paddy's (informal), Paddy's Day (informal)
St. Paul's
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (UK, colloquial) . We could go up to St. Paul's after that.
stab {{wikipedia}} etymology First attested in Scottish English (compare Scots stob, stobbe, stabb), from Middle English stabbe, probably a variant of Middle English stob, stub, stubbe, from Old Norse stobbi, stubbi or Old English stybb. Cognate with Middle Dutch stobbe. Supposed by some to derive from Scottish Gaelic stob; supposed by others to be from a Scots word. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /stæb/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An act of stabbing or thrusting with an object.
  2. A wound made by stabbing.
  3. Pain inflicted on a person's feelings.
  4. (informal) An attempt. I'll give this thankless task a stab.
  5. Criticism.
  6. (music) A single staccato chord that adds dramatic impact to a composition. a horn stab
  7. A bacterial culture made by inoculating a solid medium, such as gelatin, with the puncture of a needle or wire.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To pierce or to wound (somebody) with a pointed tool or weapon, especially a knife or dagger. exampleIf you stab him in the heart he won't live long enough to retaliate.
  2. (transitive) To thrust in a stabbing motion. exampleto stab a dagger into a person
  3. (intransitive) To recklessly hit with the tip of a pointed object, such as a weapon or finger (often used with at).
    • John Dryden None shall dare / With shortened sword to stab in closer war.
    exampleHe stabbed at my face with the twig but luckily kept missing my eyes.
  4. (intransitive) To cause a sharp, painful sensation (often used with at). exampleThe snow from the blizzard was stabbing at my face as I skied down the mountain.
  5. (transitive, figurative) To injure secretly or by malicious falsehood or slander. exampleto stab a person's reputation
  • ATBs, bast, bats, tabs
stabby etymology stab + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. having one or more sharp points
    • 1935, The American Legion Monthly, Volume 19, page 54: At any rate there flourished by the curbing, sure enough, a wide and very stabby cactus garden, extending Tartar hospitality.
    • 1971, , Marmalade Me, Dutton (1971), page 298: The crowd hates the picadors who deprive the bull of its first energy to fight. The picador is fat. He's got a long pole with a stabby thing on the end. His horse is blinded in cloth. His horse is old on its last legs.
    • 2010, , Holding Still for as Long as Possible, House of Anansi Press Inc (2010), ISBN 9780887849640, page 108: Roxy was knitting tiny finger-puppet monsters. The Gem was peppered with balls of wool and potentially stabby knitting needles.
  2. (of movement) quick and thrusting
    • 1921, , The Invisible Censor, B. W. Huebsch, Inc (1921): By means of a clever arrangement of springs down below that responded to an electric current, the whole mechanism was able to move up and down and backward and forward in short stabby jerks that were supposed to stir up your gizzard in practically the same way as the motion of a horse.
    • 1968, , Views of a Nearsighted Cannoneer, Dutton (1968), page 44: Because they would be coming any minute now, any second, actually, and the only warning he would get would be the sound of the opening of the outside door and then two pairs of footsteps in the hall, the one sharp and stabby and the other flat, flat as the palm of your hand […]
    • 1991, "Walker, Holton Are A Winning Duo", South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 18 September 1991: Neither possesses a serve fast enough to dent a radar gun and their stabby backhands resemble karate chops.
  3. (of a feeling) coming on suddenly and acutely felt
    • 1933, , One Way Stop to a Panic, R. M. McBride & Company (1933), page 250: She saw a young couple go past, embarrassed and blushing under showers of rice and riotously convoyed by what clearly was an East Side bridal party. This she saw with a quick darting pang — not a pang of envy exactly, nor yet of jealousy; just a sharp, stabby, little sort of pang, that's all.
    • 1971, , Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle, University of Washington Press (1969), page 26: I began to develop stabby feelings of guilt. I couldn't speak enough Spanish to compete with the extension people in the office, and I spent most of my time reading old Time magazines. I would think about that eleven cents an hour that I was getting and feel like a real thief.
    • 2003, , Still Holding, Simon & Schuster (2003), ISBN 0743243374, page 265: "I feel bad for her!" said Kit, earnestly. Winced and shifted some more—stabby nerve-ending pain out of nowhere, per usual. Pressure in the temples. He could deal but hoped his eye didn't start to twitch; hated that.
  4. (of sound) staccato
    • 1999, "Mandorico turns from ska to Latin rock", Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 20 August 1999: The guitar player is playing kind of melodic licks, and the horns are stabby, accent parts.
    • 2006, Kory Grow, review of Ratatat's album Classics, CMJ New Music Monthly, August 2006: Fuck yeah, Zelda kicks ass! Ratatat re-up with their second set of '80s video game-worthy instrumentals, full of stabby guitars and disco-y synths.
    • 2009, , The Vinyl Countdown: The Album from LP to IPod and Back Again, Counterpoint Press (2009), ISBN 9781593762377, page 279: Going solo in 1970, Mayfield's eponymous debut LP featured 'Move On Up', a hit single whose stabby violins and clattering percussion helped to define the palate of funky, seventies soul […]
  5. (of a look) penetrating and hostile
    • 1917, Sewell Ford, Wilt Thou Torchy, Grosset & Dunlap (1917), Chapter VIII: Her eyes are the stabby kind, worse than long hatpins. Honest, after one glance I felt like I was bein' held up on a fork.
    • 1918, Sewell Ford, The House of Torchy, Grosset & Dunlap (1918), Chapter VII, page 98: Then I catches the eye of the stiff-necked dame with the straight nose and the gun-metal hair. No, both eyes, it was; and a cold, suspicious, stabby look is what they shoots my way.
    • 1974, Pamela Rogers, The Rare One, T. Nelson (1974), page 54: Toby glittered the tears into hard, stabby looks at his father and Ma.
  6. (slang) acting in a violent and/or deranged manner
    • 1997, , Cruddy: An Illustrated Novel, Simon & Schuster (1999), ISBN 9780684838465, page 21: If I show the evidence of expanding, she looks at me like she will pop me with her Alfred Hitchcock knife. Is all of this just my expanded imagination? OR WILL YOU FINALLY BELIEVE THE WARNING I AM SAYING ABOUT THE MOTHER. THAT SHE IS GETTING FREAKY IN A STABBY WAY.
    • 2007, Will Tuttle, "Call of Duty 4 Multiplayer Beta: Editor Impressions", Team XBox, 23 August 2007: I love it, as it allows me to sprint after an opponent, then stab them in the back when I get close. I gotta say, there are few things more satisfying in this game than cutting a foes throat or burying your blade in their chest. I don't get mad, I get stabby!
    • 2009, David Kyle Johnson, Heroes and Philosophy: Buy the Book, Save the World, John Wiley and Sons (2009), ISBN 9780470373385, page 191: Forgetful Hiro can remember everything up to being ten, but nothing since then, including stabbing Sylar at the end of Volume 1. But, of course, "Stabby Hiro" can remember being ten as well. So Forgetful Hiro can remember Ten-Year-Old Hiro, and so can Stabby Hiro, but Forgetful Hiro can't remember Stabby Hiro.
  7. (slang, by analogy) angry or irritated
    • 2001, March 18, "GROGtheNailer", Re: HH2002: ReAd ThIs 3dO !!!,,, “This fool is starting to make me feel stabby. Coming back to one of his threads is like a scab you want to pick but you just know it will get infected, yet you feel oddly compelled to see just how much of a fool he has made of himself.”
    • 2003, "NemeLynx", Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc review,, 18 March 2003: Some of the tasks can be a little difficult, and thus enjoyable, but all in all they left me feeling depressed and stabby (when you feel like stabbing someone).
    • 2008, Jess McGuire, "Nice Work, The Age!", Defamer Australia, 20 November 2008: (And now that I’ve done this, you’ll suddenly begin noticing – if you haven’t already – my evil molesting of grammar and inappropriate use of punctuation, and feel totally stabby whenever I make a really obvious mistake. But I’m not a real journalist! I’m just a small town girl, living in a lonely world!)
    • 2009, Mary Elizabeth Williams, "Death to Smiley", Salon, 30 November 2009: Letters and punctuation are nothing but code for our thoughts and ideas. Why then do I feel all stabby when I get a message that ends with three short marks: a colon, a hyphen and a parenthesis?
    • 2010, Yukon Jack, "Back to the Daily Grind", Edmonton Sun, 9 January 2010: The alarm clock stung a bit more today. The lineup at the coffee drivethru was longer. You felt a little bit more stabby in the gridlocked traffic.
    • 2010, Joe Rybicki, "Music games need to refocus, not reboot", Computer World, 29 January 2010: Publishers, if you're not introducing significant new gameplay features, you shouldn't pretend to be releasing a brand-new game. It makes gamers stabby.
    • 2010, Kelsey Wallace, "Rape: Still not an 'official crime,' still making us stabby", Bitch Magazine, 12 April 2010: In the 2007 article, "From the 'Things that make us stabby' files," Bitch editor/creative director Andi Zeisler briefly describes a Howard University student's thwarted attempts at getting a rape kit after visiting two different hospitals (Howard University and George Washington) and getting the D.C. police involved.
    • 2010, CJ Lambert, "The Pope, Pedobear and Twitter", 3 News, 20 September 2010: "The Pope Speaks Out Against Atheism", reported a couple of stabby blog links. Shock horror! Next thing you'll be telling me that the Pope believes in God. Disgusting behaviour for a religious leader/world leader person (except when the Dalai Llama says it because he's cute like Yoda).
stable of bitches
noun: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) A group of loose women or prostitutes.
    • 2005. Josh Board. Ho Down, in San Diego Weekly, Nov. 23, 2005 I didn't feel like I had the pimp look down. I wore a full-length leather jacket, a few chains around my neck, and a toothpick in my mouth. After parking I met three women and walked in with them. They looked like my stable of bitches, as I told someone at the door.
The term has become popularized due to a number of rap songs.
stache etymology {{clipping}} or mustache. Alternative forms: 'stache pronunciation
  • (RP) /stɑːʃ/, {{rhymes}}
  • (US) /stæʃ/, {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Moustache, mustache.
    • 2003, The New York Times, "Don't Wanna Grow Up Cuz Puberty Isn't Funny", July 28, 2003: Only one show has succeeded in keeping a kid in the lead for a decade: "The Simpsons" with the animated Bart Simpson. Watching Bart never mature is considered a key to its enduring appeal. "Early on, I know that the powers that be decided that no one would age," said Tim Long, the show's current head writer. "A kid with a starter ‘stache, that would just be unpleasant," he added.
    • 2005, The New York Times, "Democrats Still Searching for a Stronger Challenger", May 23, 2005: [The candidate] may face an entirely different challenge in his quest for the mayoralty: his mustache. [...] The perils of the ‘stache may be hard to define, but analysts say that looks matter in politics, where facial hair is frequently considered verboten.
Synonyms: tache, 'tache
  • chaste
  • cheats
  • sachet
  • scathe
  • taches
stack {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old Norse stakkr; compare Icelandic stakkur, Swedish stacka, Danish stakke. pronunciation
  • /stæk/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (heading) A pile.
    1. A large pile of hay, grain, straw, or the like, larger at the bottom than the top, sometimes covered with thatch.
      • William Cowper (1731-1800) But corn was housed, and beans were in the stack.
    2. A pile of similar objects, each directly on top of the last. examplePlease bring me a chair from that stack in the corner.
    3. (UK) A pile of pole or wood, indefinite in quantity.
      • Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Against every pillar was a stack of billets above a man's height.
    4. A pile of wood containing 108 cubic feet. (~3 m³)
  2. A smokestack.
    • {{RQ:EHough PrqsPrc}} With just the turn of a shoulder she indicated the water front, where, at the end of the dock on which they stood, lay the good ship, Mount Vernon, river packet, the black smoke already pouring from her stacks.
  3. (heading) In digital computing.
    1. A linear data structure in which the last data item stored is the first retrieved; a LIFO queue.
    2. A portion of computer memory occupied by a stack data structure, particularly (the stack) that portion of main memory manipulated during machine language procedure call related instructions.
      • 1992, Michael A. Miller, The 68000 Microprocessor Family: Architecture, Programming, and Applications, p.47: When the microprocessor decodes the JSR opcode, it stores the operand into the TEMP register and pushes the current contents of the PC ($00 0128) onto the stack.
  4. (geology) A coastal landform, consisting of a large vertical column of rock in the sea.
  5. {{senseid}}(library) Compactly spaced bookshelves used to house large collections of books.
  6. (figuratively) A large amount of an object. exampleThey paid him a stack of money to keep quiet.
  7. (military) A pile of rifle or musket in a cone shape.
  8. (poker) The amount of money a player has on the table.
  9. (heading) In architecture.
    1. A number of flue embodied in one structure, rising above the roof.
    2. A vertical drainpipe.
  10. (Australia, slang) A fall or crash, a prang.
  11. (bodybuilding) A blend of various dietary supplement or anabolic steroid with supposed synergistic benefits.
  12. (US, slang) At Caltech, a lock, obstacle, or puzzle designed to prevent underclassmen from entering a senior's room during ditch day.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To arrange in a stack, or to add to an existing stack.
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    examplePlease stack those chairs in the corner.
  2. (transitive, card games) To arrange the cards in a deck in a particular manner. exampleThis is the third hand in a row where you've drawn four of a kind. Someone is stacking the deck!
  3. (transitive, poker) To take all the money another player currently has on the table. exampleI won Jill's last $100 this hand; I stacked her!
  4. (transitive) To deliberately distort the composition of (an assembly, committee, etc.). exampleThe Government was accused of stacking the parliamentary committee.
  5. (transitive, US, Australia, slang) To crash; to fall.
    • 1975, Laurie Clancy, A Collapsible Man, Outback Press, page 43, Miserable phone calls from Windsor police station or from Russell Street. ‘Mum, I′ve stacked the car; could you get me a lawyer?’, the middle-class panacea for all diseases.
    • 1984, , A Country Quinella: Two Celebration Plays, page 80, MARMALADE Who stacked the car? (pointing to SALOON) Fangio here. JOCK (standing) I claim full responsibility for the second bingle.
    • 2002, Ernest Keen, Depression: Self-Consciousness, Pretending, and Guilt, page 19, Eventually he sideswiped a bus and forced other cars to collide, and as he finally stacked the car up on a bridge abutment, he passed out, perhaps from exhaustion, perhaps from his head hitting the windshield.
    • 2007, Martin Chipperfield, slut talk, Night Falling, 34th Parallel Publishing, US, Trade Paperback, page 100, oh shit danny, i stacked the car / ran into sally, an old school friend / you stacked the car? / so now i need this sally′s address / for the insurance, danny says
    exampleJim couldn′t make it today as he stacked his car on the weekend.
related terms:
  • stackable
  • stacked
  • unstack
  • chimney stack
  • protocol stack
  • tacks
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. arranged in a stack The plates were stacked waiting to be cleaned.
  2. (slang) Having large breast That girl at the party was really stacked.
  3. (slang) Unfairly constructed, as a stacked deck of cards. That game is stacked. Don't even try it.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of stack
Staffie Alternative forms: Staffy etymology Diminutive.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Staffordshire bull terrier
Staggers and Naggers
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang) New Statesman magazine
stainless steel {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An alloy of iron and chromium that resists corrosion.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Made of stainless steel. stainless steel cutlery
stair {{slim-wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English staire, stayre, stayer, steir, steyre, steyer, from Old English stǣġer, from Proto-Germanic *staigriz, from Proto-Indo-European *steygʰ-. Cognate with Dutch steiger, gml steiger, steir. Related to Old English āstǣgan, Old English stīgan, German Stiege. More at sty. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /stɛəɹ/
  • (RP) /stɛə/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A single step in a staircase.
  2. A series of steps, a staircase.
    • 1899, Hughes Mearns , Antigonish (poem) , “Yesterday, upon the stair / I met a man who wasn’t there / He wasn’t there again today / I wish, I wish he’d go away …”
  • Stairs and stair are used to refer to a single staircase, mostly interchangeably in the UK.
  • airts, arist, astir, sitar, stria, tarsi, tiars
stale pronunciation
  • /steɪl/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English of uncertain etymology, but probably originally from Proto-Germanic *sta- ("to stand"): compare Flemish stel in the same sense for beer and urine.''Oxford English Dictionary''. "Stale, adj. 1" & "n. 7".
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (alcohol, obsolete) Clear, free of dreg and lee; old and strong.
    • {{circa}} K. Horn (Laud), 383: Bi forn þe king abenche Red win to schenche And after mete stale Boþe win and ale.
    • {{circa}} , Sir Thopas, 52: Notemuge to putte in ale, Whether it be moyste or stale
  2. No longer fresh, in reference to food, urine, straw, wound, etc.
    • 1530, , L'éclaircissement de la langue française, 325 2: Stale as breed or drinke is, rassis. Stale as meate is that begynneth to savoure, viel.
    • {{circa}} Wyll of Deuill, C 2 b: New freshe blood to ouersprinkle their stale mete that it may seme...newly kylled.
  3. No longer fresh, new, or interesting, in reference to idea and immaterial thing; cliche, hackneyed, dated.
    • 1562, in J. Heywood, Proverbs & Epigrams (1867), 95: Better it new or stale, A harmelesse lie, than a harmefull true tale.
    • 1579, in G. Harvey, letter book, 60: Doist thou smyle to reade this stale and beggarlye stuffe.
    • 1604, , , I ii 133: How wary, stale, flat, and vnprofitable Seeme to me all the vses of this world?
    • 1822 March, , London Magazine, 284 1: A two-days-old newspaper. You resent the stale thing as an affront.
  4. No longer nubile or suitable for marriage, in reference to people; past one's prime.
    • {{circa}} J. Jeffere, Bugbears, I ii 108: Rosimunda...hathe an vncle a stale batcheler.
    • 1742, T. Short, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, 42 226: In barren Women, and stale Maids, Tapping should be very cautiously undertaken.
  5. (agriculture, obsolete) Fallow, in reference to land.
    • 1764, Museum Rusticum, II 306: Lime would do very little or no good on stale ploughed lands.
  6. (legal) Unreasonably long in coming, in reference to claim and action. a stale affidavit a stale demand
    • 1769, , Common Laws of England, IV xv 211: The jury will rarely give credit to a stale complaint.
  7. Worn out, particularly due to age or over-exertion, in reference to athlete and animal in competition.
    • 1856, "Stonehenge", Manual of British Rural Sports, II i vi §7 335: By this means the [horse's] legs are not made more stale than necessary.
    • 1885 May 28, Truth, 853 2: Dame Agnes will probably be stale after her exertions in the Derby.
  8. (finance) Out of date, unpaid for an unreasonable amount of time, particularly in reference to check.
    • 1901, Business Terms & Phrases second edition, 199: Stale cheque,...a cheque which has remained unpaid for some considerable time.
In the third sense regarding food, usually (but not always) pejorative and synonymous with go bad and turned. In reference to mead, wine, and bread, it can describe an acceptable or desired state (see: crouton). In modern English, however, "stale beer" has been light struck, flat, or oxidized and is to be avoided. Synonyms: see also
  • fresh
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Something stale; a loaf of bread or the like that is no longer fresh.
    • 1874, , Far from the Madding Crowd, II iii 39: I went to Riggs's batty-cake shop, and asked 'em for a penneth of the cheapest and nicest stales, that were all but blue-mouldy, but not quite.
    • 1937, , Road to Wigan Pier, I i 15: Frayed-looking sweet-cakes...bought as ‘stales’ from the baker.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (of alcohol, obsolete, transitive) To make stale; to age in order to clear and strengthen (a drink, especially beer).
    • {{circa}} Promp. Parv., 472 1: Stalyn, or make stale drynke, defeco.
    • 1826, Art of Brewing, second edition, 106: A stock of old porter should be kept, sufficient for staling the consumption of twelve months.
  2. (transitive) To make stale; to cause to go out of fashion or currency; to diminish the novelty or interest of, particularly by excessive exposure or consumption.
    • 1601, , Fountaine of Self-love, 36: Ile goe tell all the Argument of his Play aforehand, and so stale his Inuention to the Auditory before it come foorth.
    • 1601, Ben Jonson, Every Man in his Humor, I iv: Not content To stale himselfe in all societies, He makes my house as common as a Mart.
    • {{circa}} , Antony & Cleopatra, II ii 241: Age cannot wither her, nor custome stale Her infinite variety.
    • 1863, W. W. Story, Roba di Roma, I i 7: Pictures and statues have been staled by copy and description.
  3. (intransitive) To become stale; to grow odious from excessive exposure or consumption.
    • 1717, E. Erskine, Serm. in Wks., 50 1: They have got so much of Christ as to be staled of his company.
    • 1893, "Q", Delectable Duchy, 325: Philanthropy was beginning to stale.
  4. (alcohol, intransitive) To become stale; to grow unpleasant from age.
    • 1742, W. Ellis, London & Country Brewer, 4th ed., I 64: The Drink from that Time flattens and stales.
etymology 2 From Middle English, from Old English stalu, from Proto-Germanic *stal-. The development was paralleled by the ablaut which became English steal, from Middle English stele, from Old English stela, from Proto-Germanic *stel-.''Oxford English Dictionary''. "Stale, n. 2" & "v. 4". The latter also produced Greek στελεός (steleós, "handle") and Latin stela, which became English stele and stela.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A long, thin handle, as of rake, axe, etc.
    • 12th century, Sidonius Glosses in Anecd. Oxon., I v 59 22: Ansae et ansulae alicuius rei sunt illa eminentia in illa re per quam capi possit .i. ‘stale’.
    • {{circa}} Langland, Piers Plowman (Vesp. MS), C xxii 279: And lerede men a ladel bygge with a long stale.
    • 1742, W. Ellis, London & Country Brewer 4th ed., I 61: In Case your Cask is a Butt,...have ready boiling...Water, which put in, and, with a long Stale and a little Birch fastened to its End, scrub the Bottom.
    • 1890 February 4, Manchester Guardian, 12 3: You came to me with the axe head in one hand and the stale in the other.
  2. (dialectical) The post and rung composing a ladder.
    • 13th century, Ancrene Riwle, 160: Scheome. and pine...beoð þe two leddre stalen. þet beoð upriht to þe heouene. and bitweonen þeos stalen beoð þe tindes i-vestned of alle gode þeauwes. bi hwuche me climbeð to þe blisse of heouene.
    • {{circa}} Shoreham Poems, I 49: Þis ilke laddre is charite, Þe stales gode þeawis.
    • 1887, W. D. Parish & al., Kentish Dial. Stales, the staves, or risings of a ladder, or the staves of a rack in a stable.
  3. (botany, obsolete) The stem of a plant.
  4. The shaft of an arrow, spear, etc.
    • 1553, J. Brende translating Q. Curtius Rufus, Hist., IX The Surgians cut of the stale of that shaft in suche wise, that they moued not the heade that was wythin the fleshe.
    • {{circa}} G. Chapman translating Homer, Iliad, IV 173: ...seeing th'arrowes stale without.
Alternative forms: stele (botanical, prefered), steal, stele (dialectical), steel, stail (arhaic)Synonyms: handle (grip of tools, generally), haft (handle of axes), shaft (body of arrows, spears, etc.), stem (plants)
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  1. (transitive, obsolete) To make a ladder by join rung ("stales") between the post.
    • 1492 in Archæol. Cant., XVI 304: For stalyng of the ladders of the Churche xx d.
etymology 3 From Middle English stail, from Old French estal (compare French étal), from frk ,''Oxford English Dictionary''. "Stale, n. 4", "n. 6", "v. 3", and "adj. 2". from Proto-Germanic *stallo-, earlier *staþlo-. Related to stall and stand.
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  1. (military, obsolete) A fixed position, particularly a soldier's in a battle-line.
    • {{circa}} in C. L. Kingsford, Chrons. London (1905), 123: And at pavelen...þe Erle of Dorzet helde is stale, and þer he toke prisoners.
    • 1485, , Le Morte d'Arthur, V xi 179 And syr Florence with his C knyghtes alwey kept the stale and foughte manly.
  2. (chess, uncommon) A stalemate; a stalemate game.
    • 1423, Kingis Quair, CLXIX: ‘Off mate?’ quod sche...‘thou has fundin stale This mony day’.
    • 1625, , Essays, 65 They stand at a stay; Like a Stale at Chesse, where it is no Mate, but yet the Game cannot stirre.
  3. (military, obsolete) An ambush.
    • {{circa}} Wyntoun Cron., IX viii 811: And he in stale howyd al stil.
    • 1513, G. Douglas translating Virgil, Æneid, XI x 96: It is a stelling place and sovir harbry, Quhar ost in staill or embuschment may ly.
    • 1577, R. Holinshed, Chron., II 1479 2: The erle of Essex...with .ii. C. speares was layde in a stale, if the Frenchmen had come neerer.
  4. (obsolete) A band of armed men or hunter.
    • {{circa}} in N. H. Nicolas, Hist. Royal Navy (1847), II 491: [Every time that it shall be ordered..that armed men..shall land on the enemy's coast to seek victuals... then there shall be ordained a sufficient ‘stale’ of armed men and archers who shall wait together on the land until the ‘forreiours’ return to them].
    • 14th century, Morte Arthur, 1355: [Gawayne] sterttes owtte to hys stede, and with his stale wendes.
    • {{circa}} J. Bellenden translating H. Boece, Hyst. & Cron. Scotl., XII xvi 184: The staill past throw the wod with sic noyis...yat all the bestis wer rasit fra thair dennys.
    • 1577, R. Holinshed, Hist. Scotl., 471 2 in Chron., I: The Lard of Drunlanrig lying al thys while in ambush...forbare to breake out to gyue anye charge vppon his enimies, doubting least the Earle of Lennox hadde kept a stale behynde.
  5. (Scottish, military, obsolete) The main force of an army.
    • 1532 in 1836, State Papers Henry VIII, IV 626: Neveryeles I knaw asweill by Englisemen as Scottishmen that their stale was no les then thre thowsand men.
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  1. (chess, obsolete) At a standstill; stalemate.
    • {{circa}} Ashmolean MS 344, 21: Then drawith he & is stale.
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  1. (chess, uncommon, transitive) To stalemate.
    • {{circa}} Ashmole MS 344, 7: He shall stale þe black kyng in the pointe þer the crosse standith.
    • 1903, H. J. R. Murray, Brit. Chess. Mag., 283: In China, however, a player who stales his opponent's King, wins the game.
  2. (chess, obsolete, intransitive) To be stalemate.
    • 1597, A. Montgomerie, Cherrie & Slae, 202: For vnder cuire I got sik check, that I micht neither muife nor neck, bot ather stale or mait.
etymology 4 Uncertain. Perhaps Old French estaler, related to the Middle High German stallen.''Oxford English Dictionary''. "Stale, n. 5" and "v. 1".
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  1. (livestock, obsolete) Urine, especially used of horse and cattle.
    • 14th c., Stockh. Medical MS. in Anglia XVIII.299: In werd ben men & women…þat þer stale mown not holde.
    • 1535, Miles Coverdale translating the Bible, "Isaiah", XXXVI.100: …That they be not compelled to eate their owne donge, and drinke their owne stale with you?
    • 1548, Robert Record, Vrinal of Physick, XI.89: The stale of Camel and Goats…is good for them that have the dropsie.
    • 1583, B. Melbancke, Philotimus: Or annoint thy selfe with the stale of a mule.
    • {{RQ:Flr Mntgn Essays}}, I.48: Those of Crotta being hardly besieged by Metellus, were reduced to so hard a pinch, and strait necessitie of all manner of other beverage, that they were forced to drinke the stale or urine of their horses.
    • {{circa}} William Shakespeare, Antony & Cleopatra, I.iv.62: Thou did'st drinke The stale of Horses.
    • 1698, J. Fryer, New Acct. E.-India & Persia, p.242: Mice and Weasels by their poysonous Stale infect the Trees so, that they produce Worms.
    • 1733, W. Ellis, Chiltern & Vale Farming, p.122: Sheep, whose Dung and Stale is of most Virtue in the Nourishment of all Trees.
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  1. (livestock, obsolete, intransitive) To urinate, especially used of horse and cattle.
    • 15th century, Lawis Gild, X in Ancient Laws and Customs of the Burghs of Scotland, 68: Gif ony stal in the yet of the gilde...he sall gif iiijd. to the mendis.
    • 1530, , L'éclaircissement de la langue française, 732 1: Tary a whyle, your hors wyll staale.
    • 1631, , Bartholmew Fayre I iv 64: Why a pox o' your boxe, once againe: let your little wife stale in it, and she will.
    • 1663, T. Killigrew, Parson's Wedding, I iii: I wonder [the knight's son] doth not go on all four too, and hold up his Leg when he stales.
    • 1903, , Five Nations, 150: Cattle-dung where fuel failed; Water where the mules had staled; And sackcloth for their raiment.
    • {{circa}} , " Sublime": You stale like a mareAnd fart as you stale
    • 1928, Siegfried Sassoon, Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, Penguin 2013, page 35: A mile or two before we got to the meet he stopped at an inn, where he put our horses into the stable for twenty minutes, ‘to give them a chance to stale’.
Occasionally transitive, when in reference to horses or men piss blood.
etymology 5 {{rfv}} From Middle English, from Old English stalu, from Proto-Germanic *stal-''Oxford English Dictionary''. "Stale, n. 1".
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (crime, obsolete) Theft; the act of stealing.
    • 1340, Ayenbite 9: Ine þise heste is vorbode roberie, þiefþe, stale, and gavel.
  2. (crime, obsolete) Stealth, used in the phrase by stale.
    • {{circa}} Sawles Warde in Cott. Hom., 249: Hire wune is to cumen bi stale...hwen me least cweneð.
etymology 6 Probably from uncommon xno estale, ultimately from Proto-Germanic, probably *standaną. Compare Old English stælhran and Northumbrian stællo ("catching fish").''Oxford English Dictionary''. "Stale, n. 3" & "v. 5".
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  1. (falconry, hunting, obsolete) A live bird to lure birds of prey or others of its kind into a trap.
    • {{circa}} Promp. Parv., 472 1: Stale, of fowlynge or byrdys takynge, stacionaria.
    • 1579, , Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans, "Sylla", 515: Like vnto the fowlers, that by their stales draw other birdes into their nets.
    • 1608, R. Tofte translating , Satyres, IV 56: A wife thats more then faire is like a stale, Or chanting whistle which brings birds to thrall.
  2. (obsolete) Any lure, particularly in reference to people used as live bait.
    • {{circa}} "", 324, in , Certayne Bokes: She ran in all the hastVnbrased and vnlast...It was a stale to takethe deuyll in a brake.
    • 1577, , Chronicles, "The Historie of England, from the Time that It Was First Inhabited, Vntill the Time that It Was Last Conquered", 79 2: The Britaynes woulde oftentimes...lay their places conueniente, to bee as a stale to the Romaynes, and when the Romaynes shoulde make to them to fetche the same away,...they would fall vpon them.
    • 1579, J. Stubbs, Discouerie Gaping Gulf Her daughter Margerit was the stale to lure...them that otherwise flewe hyghe...and could not be gotten.
    • 1615, , A Relation of a Iourney begun An: Dom: 1610, I 66: ...many of the Coffamen keeping beaytifull boyes, who ſerue as ſtales to procure them cuſtomers.
    • 1670, J. Eachard, Grounds Contempt of Clergy, 88: Six-pence or a shilling to put into the Box, for a stale to decoy in the rest of the Parish.
  3. (crime, obsolete) An accomplice of a thief or criminal acting as bait.
    • 1526, W. Bonde, Pylgrimage of Perfection, III: Their mynisters, be false bretherne or false sustern, stales of the deuyll.
    • 1633, S. Marmion, Fine Compan., III iv: This is Captain Whibble, the Towne stale, For all cheating imployments.
  4. (obsolete) a partner whose beloved abandon or torment him in favor of another.
    • 1578, J. Lyly, Euphues, 33: I perceiue Lucilla (sayd he) that I was made thy stale, and Philautus thy laughinge stocke.
    • 1588, T. Hughes, Misfortunes Arthur, I ii 3: Was I then chose and wedded for his stale?
    • 1611, T. Middleton & al., Roaring Girle: Did I for this loose all my be made A stale to a common whore?
    • {{circa}} , Comedy of Errors, II i 100: But, too vnruly Deere, he breakes the pale And feedes from home; poore I am but his stale.
    • {{circa}} J. Fletcher & al. Little French Lawyer, III iv: This comes of rutting: Are we made stales to one another?
  5. (obsolete) A patsy, a pawn, someone used under some false pretext to forward another's (usu. sinister) designs; a stalking horse.
    • 1580, E. Grindal in 1710, J. Strype, Hist. E. Grindal, 252: That of the two nominated, one should be an unfit Man, and as it were a Stale, to bring the Office to the other.
    • 1595, , Part 3, III iii 260: Had he none else to make a stale but me?
    • 1614, W. Raleigh, Hist. World, I iv iii §19 239: Eurydice...meaning nothing lesse than to let her husband serue as a Stale, keeping the throne warme till another were growne old enough to sit in it.
    • 1711, J. Puckle, Club 20: A pretence of kindness is the universal stale to all base projects.
  6. (crime, obsolete) A prostitute of the lowest sort; any wanton woman.
    • 1600, , , II ii 23: Spare not to tell him, that he hath wronged his honor in marrying the renowned a contaminated stale.
    • 1606, S. Daniel, Queenes Arcadia, II i: But to be leaft for such a one as she, The stale of all, what will folke thinke of me?
    • {{circa}} , Acts & Monuments, 265: ...detesting as he said the insatiable impudency of a prostitute Stale.
  7. (hunting, obsolete) Any decoy, either stuffed or manufactured.
    • 1681, J. Flavell, Method of Grace, XXXV 588: 'Tis the living bird that makes the best stale to draw others into the net.
    • 1888, G. M. Fenn, Dick o' the Fens, 53: If my live birds aren't all drownded and my stales spoiled.
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  1. (rare, obsolete, transitive) To serve as a decoy, to lure.
    • 1557, Tottel's Misc., 198: The eye...Doth serue to stale her here and there where she doth come and go.
  • astel, lates, least, leats, salet, setal, slate, steal, stela, taels, tales, teals, tesla
stalk {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /stɔːk/
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etymology 1 From Middle English stalke, diminutive of stale 'ladder upright, stalk', from Old English stalu 'wooden upright', from Proto-Germanic *stalǭ (compare Middle Low German stal, stale 'chair leg'), variant of *steluz, stelōn 'stalk' (compare Old English stela, Dutch steel, German Stiel, Danish stilk), from Proto-Indo-European *stel- (compare Albanian shtalkë, Welsh telm, Ancient Greek stélos 'beam', Old Armenian ստեղն 〈steġn〉).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The stem or main axis of a plant, which supports the seed-carrying parts. examplea stalk of wheat, rye, or oats;  the stalks of maize or hemp
    • {{RQ:Vance Nobody}} Three chairs of the steamer type, all maimed, comprised the furniture of this roof-garden, with…on one of the copings a row of four red clay flower-pots filled with sun-baked dust from which gnarled and rusty stalks thrust themselves up like withered elfin limbs.
  2. The petiole, pedicel, or peduncle of a plant.
  3. Something resembling the stalk of a plant, such as the stem of a quill. {{rfquotek}}
  4. (architecture) An ornament in the Corinthian capital resembling the stalk of a plant, from which the volutes and helices spring.
  5. One of the two upright pieces of a ladder. {{rfquotek}}
  6. (zoology)
    1. A stem or peduncle, as in certain barnacle and crinoid.
    2. The narrow basal portion of the abdomen of a hymenopterous insect.
    3. The peduncle of the eyes of decapod crustacean.
  7. (metalworking) An iron bar with projections inserted in a core to strengthen it; a core arbor.
etymology 2 From Middle English stalken, from Old English - (as in Old English bestealcian, stealcung), from Proto-Germanic *stalkōną 'to move stealthily' (compare Dutch stelkeren 'to tip-toe, tread carefully', Danish stalke, Norwegian dialectal stalka 'to trudge'), from *stalkaz, *stelkaz (compare Old English stealc 'steep', Old Norse stelkr, stjalkr), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)telg, *(s)tolg- (compare Middle Irish tolg, Lithuanian stalgùs).Robert K. Barnhart and Sol Steinmetz, eds., ''Chambers Dictionary of Etymology'', s.v. "stalk<sup>2</sup>" (New York: Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd., 2006), 1057. Alternate etymology connects Proto-Germanic *stalkōną 'to stalk, move stealthily', to a frequentative form of Proto-Germanic *stelaną 'to steal'.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To approach slowly and quietly in order not to be discovered when getting closer.
    • Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) As for shooting a man from behind a wall, it is cruelly like to stalking a deer.
    • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} But they had already discovered that he could be bullied, and they had it their own way; and presently Selwyn lay prone upon the nursery floor, impersonating a ladrone while pleasant shivers chased themselves over Drina, whom he was stalking.
  2. (transitive) To (try to) follow or contact someone constantly, often resulting in harassment.Stalking exampleMy ex-boyfriend is stalking me.
  3. (intransitive) To walk slowly and cautiously; to walk in a stealthy, noiseless manner.
    • John Dryden (1631-1700) [Bertran] stalks close behind her, like a witch's fiend, / Pressing to be employed.
  4. (intransitive) To walk behind something, such as a screen, for the purpose of approaching game; to proceed under cover.
    • Francis Bacon (1561-1626) The king…crept under the shoulder of his led horse;…"I must stalk," said he.
    • Michael Drayton (1563-1631) One underneath his horse, to get a shoot doth stalk.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A particular episode of trying to follow or contact someone.
  2. A hunt (of a wild animal).
    • Theodore Roosevelt When the stalk was over (the antelope took alarm and ran off before I was within rifle shot) I came back.
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etymology 3 1530, 'to walk haughtily', perhaps from Old English stealc 'steep', from Proto-Germanic *stelkaz, *stalkaz 'high, lofty, steep, stiff'; see above
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To walk haughtily.
    • Dryden With manly mien he stalked along the ground.
    • Addison Then stalking through the deep, / He fords the ocean.
    • Mericale I forbear myself from entering the lists in which he has long stalked alone and unchallenged.
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stalkerazzi etymology {{blend}}.
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  1. (pluralonly, derogatory) Paparazzi who violate their targets' privacy in the manner of stalker.
stalkerish etymology From stalker + ish.
adjective: {{en-adj} when u act like a stalker but aint really a stalker
  1. (informal) Of, pertaining to, or resembling a stalker.
    • 1999, Laura Anne Gilman, , Simon and Schuster, ISBN 9780743431194, page 20: “There was something in the cemetery last night,” she told her Watcher. “I mean, something more than the usual. Something not of the undead family. A big, nasty something. I couldn’t see it clearly, but it was doing the menacing thing behind me. Stalkerish. And it, well, it giggled.”
stalky etymology stalk + y pronunciation
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  1. Long and thin, like a stalk of a plant.
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  2. Of a plant, having stalk.
  3. (informal) Resembling or characteristic of a stalker. a stalky ex-boyfriend
stallion etymology From Middle English stalion, from Middle French estalon (hence modern French étalon), of gem origin, akin to stall. pronunciation
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  1. A male horse.
    1. Specifically, one that is uncastrated.
    2. A male horse kept primarily as a stud.
  2. A very virile, sexy or horny man.
Synonyms: entire, studhorse, stud-horse, stud horse
stalwart Alternative forms: stalworth etymology From Scots stalwart (= English stalworth). From Middle English stalwurthe, from Old English stǣlwierþe (“capable of standing in good stead, serviceable”), from stǣl (“fixed position, station”) + -wierþe (“-able”). Compare staddle, worth; see also stalwart. More at stalworth. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈstɔːlwət/
  • (US) /ˈstɔlwɚt/, /ˈstɑlwɚt/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Firmly built.
    • 2002 November 10, Aaron Ehasz, “Crimes of the Hot”, Futurama, season 5, episode 1, Fox Broadcasting Company Morbo: Direct your attention now to the African turtles seen here migrating.... Morbo wishes these stalwart nomads peace
    • 1912, , The driver was a stalwart woman who sat at ease in the front seat and drove her car bareheaded. She left a cloud of dust and a trail of gasoline behind her.
  2. Courageous.
Synonyms: (firmly built) firm, resilient, stout, strong, robust, (courageous) brave, bold, courageous, daring, valiant
  • (firmly built) feeble, flimsy, soft, weak
  • (bold) cowardly, gutless (informal), spineless
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. one who has a strong build
  2. one who firmly supports a cause
stamp etymology From Middle English stampen, from assumed Old English *stampian, variant of Old English stempan, from Proto-Germanic *stampijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *stemb-. Cognate with Dutch stampen, German stampfen, Danish stampe, Swedish stampa, Occitan estampar. See also stomp. pronunciation
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  1. An act of stamping the foot, paw or hoof. The horse gave two quick stamps and rose up on its hind legs.
    • 1922, Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit Just then there was a sound of footsteps, and the Boy ran past near them, and with a stamp of feet and a flash of white tails the two strange rabbits disappeared.
  2. An indentation or imprint made by stamping. My passport has quite a collection of stamps.
  3. A device for stamping designs. She loved to make designs with her collection of stamps.
  4. A small piece of paper bearing a design on one side and adhesive on the other, used to decorate letters or craft work. These stamps have a Christmas theme.
  5. A small piece of paper, with a design and a face value, used to prepay postage or other costs such as tax or licence fees. I need one first-class stamp to send this letter. Now that commerce is done electronically, tax stamps are no longer issued here.
  6. (slang, figuratively) A tattoo
  7. (slang) A single dose of lysergic acid diethylamide
Synonyms: (paper used to indicate payment has been paid) postage stamp, revenue stamp, tax stamp
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To step quickly and heavily, once or repeatedly. The toddler screamed and stamped, but still got no candy.
  2. (transitive) To move (the foot or feet) quickly and heavily, once or repeatedly. The crowd cheered and stamped their feet in appreciation.
  3. (transitive) To strike, beat, or press forcibly with the bottom of the foot, or by thrusting the foot downward.
    • Dryden He frets, he fumes, he stares, he stamps the ground.
  4. (transitive) To mark by pressing quickly and heavily. This machine stamps the metal cover with a design. This machine stamps the design into the metal cover.
  5. (transitive) To give an official marking to, generally by impress or imprint a design or symbol. The immigration officer stamped my passport.
  6. (transitive) To apply postage stamps to. I forgot to stamp this letter.
  7. (transitive, figurative) To mark; to impress.
    • John Locke God … has stamped no original characters on our minds wherein we may read his being.
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Synonyms: (mark by pressing quickly and heavily) emboss, dent, (give an official marking to) impress, imprint
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stan etymology {{blend}}. Influenced by the 2000 Eminem song "Stan (song)," a fictional account of the rapper's encounter with an obsessive, mentally unstable fan.
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  1. (slang, sometimes pejorative) An extremely loyal and obsessed fan, particularly one whose fixation with a celebrity is unhealthy or intrusive.
    • 2011, Vanessa Spates, "Whether in Britney's Army or Rihanna's Navy, stans need to surrender to sanity", The Lantern (Ohio State University), Volume 132, Number 16, 11 October 2011, page 9A: I know the in-depth detailed life of a stan because I am one. I'm one of those Lady Gaga fans, {{…}}
    • 2013, "Selena Gomez: She Is My Queen", Sunday Tribune (South Africa), 17 March 2013: I am the biggest stan for Selena because she is my queen. She made Disney interesting and I have always watched her.
    • 2013, Jake Folsom, "Stans take dedication to extreme heights online, in real life", Washington Square News, Volume 41, Number 104, 5 December 2013, page 11: Incidents have occurred with stans showing up to pop stars' residences, as has happened with Madonna, Taylor Swift and others.
  • megafan, superfan, trufan, uberfan
stand {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English standen, from Old English standan, from Proto-Germanic *standaną. {{rel-top}} Compare ofs standa, osx standan, Old High German stantan, Old Norse standa, Gothic ), derived from Proto-Germanic *stāną (compare Western Frisian stean, Dutch staan, German stehen, Danish/Norwegian stå), from Proto-Indo-European *steh₂- 〈*steh₂-〉 (compare Irish seas, Latin stare, Lithuanian stóti, Church Slavic стояти 〈stoâti〉, Albanian shtoj, Ancient Greek ἵστημι 〈hístēmi〉, Avestan {{rfscript}}, Sanskrit तिष्ठति 〈tiṣṭhati〉. Cognate with Scots stand, Western Frisian stean, Northern Frisian stean, German dialectal standen, Swedish stånda, Norwegian standa, Faroese standa, Icelandic standa, Russian стоять 〈stoâtʹ〉. {{rel-bottom}} pronunciation
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  1. (heading) To position or be positioned physically.
    1. (intransitive) To support oneself on the feet in an erect position. exampleHere I stand, wondering what to do next.
      • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 5 , “Then came a maid with hand-bag and shawls, and after her a tall young lady. She stood for a moment holding her skirt above the grimy steps,{{nb...}}, and the light of the reflector fell full upon her.”
    2. (intransitive) To rise to one’s feet; to stand up. exampleStand up, walk to the refrigerator, and get your own snack.
    3. (intransitive) To remain motionless. exampleDo not leave your car standing in the road.
      • Bible, Gospel of Matthew ii, 9 The star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
      • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 23 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “The slightest effort made the patient cough. He would stand leaning on a stick and holding a hand to his side, and when the paroxysm had passed it left him shaking.”
      • {{RQ:Vance Nobody}} Turning back, then, toward the basement staircase, she began to grope her way through blinding darkness, but had taken only a few uncertain steps when, of a sudden, she stopped short and for a little stood like a stricken thing, quite motionless save that she quaked to her very marrow in the grasp of a great and enervating fear.
    4. (intransitive) To be placed in an upright or vertical orientation.
      • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} They burned the old gun that used to stand in the dark corner up in the garret, close to the stuffed fox that always grinned so fiercely. Perhaps the reason why he seemed in such a ghastly rage was that he did not come by his death fairly. Otherwise his pelt would not have been so perfect.
      • {{RQ:Orwell Animal Farm}} He seized the gun which always stood in a corner of his bedroom{{nb...}}.
    5. (transitive) To place in an upright or standing position. exampleHe stood the broom in a corner and took a break.
    6. (intransitive) To occupy or hold a place; to be situated or located. exampleParis stands on the Seine.
      • 1774, Edward Long, The History of Jamaica. Or, General Survey of the Antient and Modern State of that Island, volume 2, book 2, chapter 7, {{gbooks}}: The chapel ſtands on the South ſide of the ſquare, near the governor’s houſe.
    7. (intransitive) To measure when erect on the feet.
      • Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) Six feet two, as I think, he stands.
  2. (heading) To position or be positioned mentally.
    1. (intransitive, followed by to + infinitive`) To be positioned to gain or lose. exampleHe stands to get a good price for the house.
    2. (transitive, negative) To tolerate. exampleI can’t stand when people don’t read the instructions.&emsp; {{nowrap}} 〈I can’t stand when people don’t read the instructions.&emsp; {{nowrap}}
      • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 7 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , ““[…] if you call my duds a ‘livery’ again there'll be trouble. It's bad enough to go around togged out like a life saver on a drill day, but I can stand that 'cause I'm paid for it. What I won't stand is to have them togs called a livery.{{nb...}}.””
    3. (intransitive) To maintain one's ground; to be acquitted; not to fail or yield; to be safe.
      • Spectator readers by whose judgment I would stand or fall
    4. (intransitive) To maintain an invincible or permanent attitude; to be fixed, steady, or firm; to take a position in resistance or opposition.
      • Bible, Book of Esther viii. 11 The king granted the Jews…to gather themselves together, and to stand for their life.
      • Robert South (1634–1716) the standing pattern of their imitation
    5. (intransitive, obsolete) To be in some particular state; to have essence or being; to be; to consist.
      • Bible, Epistle to the Hebrews ix. 10 sacrifices…which stood only in meats and drinks
      • John Dryden (1631-1700) Accomplish what your signs foreshow; / I stand resigned, and am prepared to go.
      • Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) Thou seest how it stands with me, and that I may not tarry.
  3. (heading) To position or be positioned socially.
    1. (intransitive, cricket) To act as an umpire.
    2. (transitive) To undergo; withstand; hold up. exampleThe works of Shakespeare have stood the test of time.
      • John Dryden (1631-1700) Love stood the siege.
      • Joseph Addison (1672-1719) Bid him disband his legions,…/ And stand the judgment of a Roman senate.
      • Alexander Pope (1688-1744) He stood the furious foe.
    3. (intransitive, British) To seek election. exampleHe is standing for election to the local council.
      • Izaak Walton (c.1594-1683) He stood to be elected one of the proctors of the university.
    4. (intransitive) To be valid. exampleWhat I said yesterday still stands.
    5. (transitive) To oppose, usually as a team, in competition.
      • 1957, Matt Christopher, Basketball Sparkplug, Ch.7: "Kim, Jack, and I will stand you guys," Jimmie Burdette said. ¶ "We'll smear you!" laughed Ron.
      • {{circa}} R. J. Childerhose, Hockey Fever in Goganne Falls, p.95: The game stopped while sides were sorted out. Andy did the sorting. "Okay," he said. "Jimmy is coming out. He and Gaston and Ike and me will stand you guys."
      • 1978, Louis Sachar, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Ch.21: "Hey, Louis," Dameon shouted. "Do you want to play kickball?" ¶ ""All right," said Louis. "Ron and I will both play."…¶ "Ron and I will stand everybody!" Louis announced.
    6. To cover the expense of; to pay for. exampleto stand a treat {{rfquotek}}
    7. (intransitive) To have or maintain a position, order, or rank; to be in a particular relation. exampleChristian charity, or love, stands first in the rank of gifts.
    8. (intransitive) To be consistent; to agree; to accord.
      • Philip Massinger (1583-1640) Doubt me not; by heaven, I will do nothing / But what may stand with honour.
    9. (intransitive) To appear in court. {{rfquotek}}
  4. (intransitive, nautical) Of a ship or its captain, to steer, sail (in a specified direction, for a specified destination etc.).
    • 1630, John Smith, True Travels, in Kupperman 1988, p.40: To repaire his defects, hee stood for the coast of Calabria, but hearing there was six or seven Galleyes at Mesina hee departed thence for Malta{{nb...}}.
  5. (intransitive) To remain without ruin or injury.
    • John Dryden (1631-1700) My mind on its own centre stands unmoved.
    • Lord Byron (1788-1824) The ruin'd wall / Stands when its wind-worn battlements are gone.
  6. (card games) To stop asking for more cards; to keep one's hand as it has been dealt so far.
  • In older works, standen is found as a past participle of this verb; it is now archaic.
  • (tolerate) This is almost always found in a negative form such as can’t stand, or No-one can stand… In this sense it is a catenative verb that takes the gerund or infinitive . See .
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  1. The act of standing.
    • Spectator I took my stand upon an eminence…to look into their several ladings.
  2. A defensive position or effort. {{rfex}}
  3. A resolute, unwavering position; firm opinion; action for a purpose in the face of opposition. exampleThey took a firm stand against copyright infringement.
  4. A period of performance in a given location or venue. exampleThey have a four-game stand at home against the Yankees.&emsp; {{nowrap}}
  5. A device to hold something upright or aloft. exampleHe set the music upon the stand and began to play.&emsp; {{nowrap}}&emsp; {{nowrap}}
    • {{RQ:BLwnds TLdgr}} There was a neat hat-and-umbrella stand, and the stranger's weary feet fell soft on a good, serviceable dark-red drugget, which matched in colour the flock-paper on the walls.
  6. The platform on which a witness testifies in court; the witness stand or witness box. exampleShe took the stand and quietly answered questions.
  7. A particular grove or other group of tree or shrubs. exampleThis stand of pines is older than the one next to it.
  8. (forestry) A contiguous group of trees sufficiently uniform in age-class distribution, composition, and structure, and growing on a site of sufficiently uniform quality, to be a distinguishable unit.
  9. A standstill, a motionless state, as of someone confused, or a hunting dog who has found game.
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, “Of Truth”, Essays One of the later school of the Grecians, examineth the matter, and is at a stand, to think what should be in it, that men should love lies; where neither they make for pleasure, as with poets, nor for advantage, as with the merchant; but for the lie’s sake.
    • 1819, Lord Byron, Don Juan (Byron), I.168: Antonia's patience now was at a stand— / "Come, come, 't is no time now for fooling there," / She whispered…
  10. A small building, booth, or stage, as in a bandstand or hamburger stand.
  11. A designated spot where someone or something may stand or wait. examplea taxi stand
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) I have found you out a stand most fit, / Where you may have such vantage on the duke, / He shall not pass you.
  12. (US, dated) The situation of a shop, store, hotel, etc. examplea good, bad, or convenient stand for business
  13. (sports) grandstand (often in plural)
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  14. (cricket) A partnership.
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  15. (military, plural often stand) A single set, as of arms.
    • 1927, Herbert Asbury, The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld, Paragon House (1990), ISBN 1-55778-348-9, p.170: The police and troops captured eleven thousand stand of arms, including muskets and pistols, together with several thousand bludgeons and other weapons.
  16. (obsolete) Rank; post; station; standing.
    • Samuel Daniel (1562-1619) Father, since your fortune did attain / So high a stand, I mean not to descend.
  17. (dated) A state of perplexity or embarrassment. exampleto be at a stand what to do
  18. A young tree, usually reserved when other trees are cut; also, a tree growing or standing upon its own root, in distinction from one produced from a scion set in a stock, either of the same or another kind of tree.
  19. (obsolete) A weight of from two hundred and fifty to three hundred pounds, used in weighing pitch.
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  1. (informal) standing ovation
stand-up guy Alternative forms: stand up guy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An honest and straightforward man of good character
stank pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /stæŋk/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /steɪŋk/
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etymology 1
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  1. en-simple past of stink
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  1. (AAVE, slang, derogatory) Foul-smelling, stink, unclean.
    • 2002, Tasha C. Miller, Assout: Incoherent Thoughts and Poems of an Unemployed Black Girl (page 11) Fishy, pussy funky elevator / Pissy, broke ass project elevator / Old baby piss, stank ass horse, cat piss smelling funky hot ass elevator / I'm not climbing no 17 flights…
    • 2003, Tariq Nasheed, Play or be played (page 124) This is why most top-notch women can't stand stank hoes. Classy women have more contempt for these women than men do.
    • 2010, R. Scott, Nine Months and a Year Later... (page 31) He wants my love; he wants the love from here and just what's between your stank-ass legs.
etymology 2 Old French estanc, (French étang), from Latin stagnum. Compare stagnant, stagnate.
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  1. (UK, dialect) Water retained by an embankment; a pool of water. {{rfquotek}}
  2. (UK, dialect) A dam or mound to stop water.
etymology 3 Old French estanc, or Italian stanco. See stanch (adjective).
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  1. (obsolete) weak; worn out {{rfquotek}}
etymology 4 Compare Swedish word, meaning "to pant".
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  1. (obsolete, UK, dialect) To sigh.
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star chamber {{wikipedia}} etymology From Star Chamber, an English court of law that sat at the royal Palace of Westminster from the late 15th century until 1641. The court was set up to ensure the fair enforcement of laws against prominent people, but over time it evolved into a political weapon, a symbol of the misuse and abuse of power by the English monarchy and courts.
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  1. (pejorative) a legal or administrative body with strict, arbitrary ruling and secretive proceedings
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starchitect etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A celebrity architect.
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    • , Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else, New York@ The Penguin Press, 2012, p. 104.
      • "Gehry is more than an architect--he is a starchitect, a neologism coined to describe the small band of elite international architects whose personal brands transcend their buildings."
stardust etymology star + dust.
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  1. Particles of matter that fall from the star down to Earth; often used idiomatically to suggest a fanciful or dreamlike quality. My sister's eyes were full of stardust, and she'd spend hours lazily planning her future life when she would make her big break in the movies.
  2. (informal, dated, astronomy) A distant cluster of star, resembling a cloud, the individual stars of which cannot be resolved.
Synonyms: (particles) cosmic dust
stare {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From Middle English staren, from Old English starian, from Proto-Germanic *starjaną, *starāną, from Proto-Indo-European *stere-, *strē-. Cognate with Dutch staren, German starren, Norwegian stare, German starr. More at start. pronunciation
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  1. (intransitive, construed with at) To look fixedly (at something).
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    • {{RQ:BLwnds TLdgr}} A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; as, again, the arm-chair in which Bunting now sat forward, staring into the dull, small fire. In fact, that arm-chair had been an extravagance of Mrs. Bunting. She had wanted her husband to be comfortable after the day's work was done, and she had paid thirty-seven shillings for the chair.
  1. To be very conspicuous on account of size, prominence, colour, or brilliancy. staring windows or colours
  2. (obsolete) To stand out; to project; to bristle.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) Makest my blood cold, and my hair to stare.
    • John Mortimer (1656?-1736) Take off all the staring straws and jags in the hive.
  • gaze, to stare intently or earnestly
  • ogle, to stare covetously or amorously
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  1. A persistent gaze. the stares of astonished passers-by
etymology 2 Old English
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  1. (obsolete) A starling.
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starfish {{wikipedia}} etymology star + fish pronunciation
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  1. Any of various asteroid or other echinoderm (not in fact fish) with usually five arms, many of which eat bivalve or coral by evert their stomach.
  2. (vulgar, slang, usually in translations of Japanese pornography) an anus. See also chocolate starfish.
  3. (obsolete) Any many-armed or tentacled sea invertebrate, whether cnidarian, echinoderm, or cephalopod.
    • 1755, , trans. Isaac Kimbler, Explanation of the Plate of Uncommon Star Fish, Extracted from the Natural History of Norway But the largest of the star-fish kind is that sea monster called kruken, kraken or krabben. [...] As this enormous sea-animal in all probability may be reckoned of the polype, or of the star-fish, kind, it seems that the parts which are seen rising at its pleasure, and are called arms, are properly the tentacula, or feeding instruments, called horns as well as arms.
Synonyms: (various echinoderms) sea star, asteroid
starfucker etymology star + fucker
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  1. (slang, vulgar, derogatory) One who obsessively seeks sex or association with stars, or celebrities.
    • 2003, Robert A. Schanke, "That Furious Lesbian": The Story of Mercedes De Acosta ISBN 080932511X p. 1 In more contemporary publications, she has been damned as "starstruck," a "lover to the stars," and more outrageously, "the greatest starfucker ever."
    • 2004 "No, Blair’s alright, he’s such a star-fucker.", remark allegedly made by Rupert Murdoch when asked whether he thought that British Prime Minister Tony Blair was likely to regulate cross-media ownership
    • 2005, Jill Soloway, Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants [ISBN 0743290046], p. 47 I am a starfucker. I am a fuckin' star fucking starfucker. There is nothing I love more than a star, except a reality star, which proves nothing except that I'm disturbed in a very special way.
    • 2007, Vanity Fair, February 2006, page 196. Peter Munk notes, "Conrad is a starfucker - has been all his life. He gets turned on physically by fame and prominence."
starfucking Alternative forms: star-fucking, star fucking etymology star (celebrity) + fuck
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  1. Seeking inordinate personal benefits from the wishes and needs of a celebrity. 1997: By virtue of his celebrity, he would be coddled by worshipful cops, pumped up by star-fucking attorneys, indulged by a spineless judge, and adored by jurors every bit as addled by racial hatred as their counterparts on the Rodney King jury. — with , Without a Doubt ISBN 0-670-87089-7, page 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar): the activity of having sexual relations with celebrities 2004: Nine percent says they’d be likelier to cheat on their partners if they could sleep with a celebrity. After all, starfucking doesn’t really count as cheating anyway. - , Are You Normal About Sex, Love, and Relationships?
starkers etymology British slang, from 1923, combining (like a popular etymology) two meanings of stark with , which is from Old English steort, referring to the tail-end (as in butt-naked). pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈstɑːkəz/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈstɑrkɚz/
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  1. (chiefly, British, slang) Completely nude. Entering the bathroom, I found Bill there, still starkers after his bath.
Synonyms: bare, butt-naked, in one's birthday suit, in the bare, in the nuddy, in the nude, naked, naked as the day one was born, nude, stark naked, undressed
  • dressed
related terms:
  • stark bollock naked
starmonger etymology star + monger
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  1. (derogatory) A fortuneteller; an astrologer. {{rfquotek}}
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Star-Spangled Banner {{wikipedia}} {{wikisource}} {{commons}} etymology From a description of the United States flag in Defence of Fort McHenry by Francis Scott Key.
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  1. A nickname for the national flag of the United States of America.
  2. The national anthem of the United States of America.
Synonyms: Old Glory, stars and stripes
startish etymology start + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Apt to start in fright; skittish; shy; said especially of a horse.
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startlish etymology startle + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Easily startle; skittish.
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startscum etymology start + scum
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, video games, roguelikes, derogatory) To start and quit the game repeatedly in order to obtain a favourable starting situation (this being generated at random for each game).
related terms:
  • savescum
start up
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  1. (intransitive) To rise suddenly. He 'started up when he heard the scream.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To begin to operate. The four of them started up a law practice. The engine started up right away.
  3. (intransitive, colloquial) To begin. They started up playing.
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  1. Approaching starvation, emaciated and malnourished.
  2. (colloquial) Extremely hungry. I'm starved, I haven't eaten since breakfast.
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  1. en-past of starve
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starvin' Marvin
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  1. (humorous, idiomatic) Extremely hungry
stash pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A collection, sometimes hidden; a reserve. They had quite a stash of food saved up for emergencies.
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  1. To hide or store away for later use. He stashed his liquor in the cabinet under the bar.
stat {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From Latin statim.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Immediately; now; usually used in medical situations, to connote extreme urgency.
etymology 2 Abbreviation.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Short for statistic.
  2. Short for statistics.
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  1. (slang, gaming, transitive) To assign statistics to (a monster, etc. in a game). If you stat it, they will kill it.
  • tast, tats
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) statutory
    • 1987, James Ellroy, The Black Dahlia I spent five straight hours walking South Crenshaw and South Western, showing Nash's mug shots and talking up his MO of statch rape on young Negro tail.
statement of intent
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (legal) A formal statement that the author has a serious intention of doing something under specified conditions, and at a specified time
  2. (informal) An indication of what a person or persons is likely to do in the near future
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Synonyms: (legal) letter of intent
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  1. (informal, with definite article) The United States.
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  2. (Guernsey) The States of Guernsey.
    • 1974, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York 2007, p. 43: It wasn't until the Green Shutters was closed down by the States at the beginning of the First World War [...] that the whores went into private business in Cornet Street.
    • 2012, The Guernsey Press, 28 Apr 2012: It has also led credence to the view of the outgoing chief minister that it is a handful of mischief-making existing deputies who are to blame for the perception that this States is already the worst ever.
stathead etymology stat + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A person with a keen interest in statistics, particularly in sport.
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Synonyms: statto
statie etymology state + ie
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  1. (slang) In law enforcement, a state trooper.
statistics {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: statisticks (obsolete) etymology From German Statistik, from Dutch statisticum and Italian statista. Statistik introduced by (1749), originally designated the analysis of data about the state.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (singular in construction) A mathematical science concerned with data collection, presentation, analysis, and interpretation.
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    Statistics is the only mathematical field required for many social sciences.
  2. (plural in construction) A systematic collection of data on measurement or observation, often related to demographic information such as population counts, incomes, population counts at different ages, etc. The statistics from the Census for apportionment are available.
  3. plural of statistic
{{rft}} Synonyms: stats (informal)
stats pronunciation
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  1. (informal, in the singular) A short form of statistics (the subject). Stats is one of her favourite subjects at school.
  2. (informal, in the plural) A short form of statistics (data, figures) What do the stats tell us?
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statto etymology Diminutive form of statistician or related term, with -o.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) A person with a keen interest in statistics, particularly in sport.
    • 1997, Hwee Hwee Tan, Foreign Bodies Soccer turns me into a statto...
    • 2004, Geoff Harvey, Vanessa Strowger, Rivals: The Offbeat Guide to the 92 League Clubs During the (rare) promotion season in 2003-2004 they managed a series of results that, if it were not for a local eagle-eyed statto type, might have gone unnoticed.
    • 2005, Larry Ryan, Gareth Power, Paul Little, The Gaffta Awards ...see if sheepskin statto Motty can snatch the Best Commentator title from Manchester United's number one fan Clive Tyldesley...
    • 2007, P Robinson, The Healing Power of Exercise Being a "statto" (my profession), I am also excited by the time barriers that us roadrunners face.
Synonyms: stathead
statusy etymology status + y
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  1. (informal) Suggesting status (social rank).
    • 1981, Forbes (magazine) A luggage company sees cheap knockoffs of its products all over town, complete with the distinctive, statusy logo it took years to develop.
    • 2006, Bitch: feminist response to pop culture (magazine) keeping with the historically aspirational function of the section, what with its statusy wedding pages and full-page ads for diamonds and fur.
    • 2008, Philip A Kuhn, Chinese among others: emigration in modern times ...a business card bedecked with statusy titles opens doors.
statute book
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  1. (informal, legal) All the statute and law of a given jurisdiction, whether or not listed in an actual book.
stat whore
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  1. (vulgar) To guide one's actions based on the (usually public) statistic results those actions will generate. He's stat whoring by using Javascript to make pages.
staycate etymology Back-formation from staycation.
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  1. (neologism, informal) To vacation close to home; staycation.
    • 2010, Our staycation was stayed or maybe that would be staycated by the one thing I never miss living here in London — the need for a car that is always road ready to leap into necessary action.
    • 2011, David Crystal, The Story of English in 100 Words: On the other hand, when staycation arrived in the 2000s, for a 'stay-at home vacation', one concerned travel firm immediately introduced the slogan: Why staycate when you can vacate? Not all back-formations are immediately accepted.
    • 2012, Tejvir Singh, Critical Debates in Tourism: This was an exceptionally long journey beginning with the illustrious Thomas Cook (1840) and ending with the daring of Dennis Tito's fast flight on Soyuz (2001). I am fatigued, I must 'slow down' – relax or staycate for another trip.
stayer etymology stay + er
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  1. One who, or that which, uphold or support; a prop.
  2. One who, or that which, stay, stop, or restrain.
  3. (sports, informal) An athlete, horse, etc. with staying power.
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St Catz
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  1. (UK, Oxford University, slang) St Catherine's College, Oxford
steady Alternative forms: steddy, stedy etymology From Middle English stede, stedi, stidiʒ, from Old English stæþþiġ, from stæþ, equivalent to stathe + y or stead + y. Cognate with Danish stedig, stadig, steeg, Swedish stadig, Icelandic stöðugur, Middle Dutch stedigh, German stätig, stetig. pronunciation
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  1. Firm in standing or position; not tottering or shaking; fixed; firm. exampleHold the ladder steady while I go up.
    • Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586) Their feet steady, their hands diligent, their eyes watchful, and their hearts resolute.
    • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} But then I had the flintlock by me for protection. ¶ There were giants in the days when that gun was made; for surely no modern mortal could have held that mass of metal steady to his shoulder. The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window,{{nb...}}.
    • {{RQ:EHough PrqsPrc}} Captain Edward Carlisle, soldier as he was, martinet as he was, felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, her alluring smile ; he could not tell what this prisoner might do.
  2. Constant in feeling, purpose, or pursuit; not fickle, changeable, or wavering; not easily moved or persuaded to alter a purpose; resolute. examplea man steady in his principles, in his purpose, or in the pursuit of an object
  3. Smooth and not bumpy or with obstructions. examplea steady ride
  4. Regular and even. examplethe steady course of the Sun;&emsp; a steady breeze of wind
  5. Slow.
  • unsteady
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To stabilize something; to prevent from shaking.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A regular customer.
    • 2013, Sheila Foster, Soho Whore Some of my steadies wanted me to go out with them on a date. Occasionally I let one of them take me to a film or out for a meal.
  • stayed
steal etymology From Middle English stelen, from Old English stelan, from Proto-Germanic *stelaną (compare West Frisian stelle, Low German stehlen, Dutch stelen, German stehlen, Danish stjæle, Norwegian stjele). {{rel-top}} Proposed etymologies beyond Germanic are numerous and include
  • Proto-Indo-European *ster-: compare Welsh herw, Ancient Greek στερέω 〈steréō〉J.P. Mallory and D.Q. Adams, ''Encyclopedia of Indo-European Culture'', s.v. "steal" (London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999), 543.
  • Proto-Indo-European *stel(H)-: compare Albanian pë/mbështjell , Old Church Slavonic , Ancient Greek τηλία 〈tēlía〉Vladimir Orel, ''A Handbook of Germanic Etymology'', s.v. "stelanan" (Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2003), 374.
  • Proto-Indo-European *tsel-: compare Sanskrit त्सरति 〈tsarati〉 and other forms under Pokorny 5. *sel- "schleichen, kriechen"Guus Kroonen and Alexander Lubotsky, Proto-Indo-European *tsel- 'to sneak' and Germanic *stelan- 'to steal, approach stealthily', ''Studia Etymologica Cracoviensia'' vol. 14 (2009).
  • {{enPR}}, /stiːl/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To take illegally, or without the owner's permission, something owned by someone else. exampleThree irreplaceable paintings were stolen from the gallery.
    • Charles Johnstone, Charles Johnstone, [ The Reverie; or, A Flight to the Paradise of Fools], 2, Dublin, Printed by Dillon Chamberlaine, 1762, page 202, 519072825, “At length, one night, when the company by ſome accident broke up much ſooner than ordinary, ſo that the candles were not half burnt out, ſhe was not able to reſiſt the temptation, but reſolved to have them ſome way or other. Accordingly, as ſoon as the hurry was over, and the ſervants, as ſhe thought, all gone to ſleep, ſhe ſtole out of her bed, and went down ſtairs, naked to her ſhift as ſhe was, with a deſign to ſteal them{{nb...}}.”
    • {{RQ:Mrxl SqrsDghtr}} "I was dragged up at the workhouse school till I was twelve. Then I ran away and sold papers in the streets, and anything else that I could pick up a few coppers by—except steal. I never did that. I always made up my mind I'd be a big man some day, and—I'm glad I didn't steal."
  2. (transitive, of ideas, words, music, a look, credit, etc.) To appropriate without giving credit or acknowledgement. exampleThey stole my idea for a biodegradable, disposable garbage de-odorizer.
  3. (transitive) To get or effect surreptitious or artful. exampleHe stole glances at the pretty woman across the street.
    • Isaac Watts (1674-1748) Variety of objects has a tendency to steal away the mind from its steady pursuit of any subject.
    • Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Always, when thou changest thine opinion or course, profess it plainly,…and do not think to steal it.
    • Charles Johnstone, Charles Johnstone, [ The Reverie; or, A Flight to the Paradise of Fools], 2, Dublin, Printed by Dillon Chamberlaine, 1762, page 202, 519072825, “At length, one night, when the company by ſome accident broke up much ſooner than ordinary, ſo that the candles were not half burnt out, ſhe was not able to reſiſt the temptation, but reſolved to have them ſome way or other. Accordingly, as ſoon as the hurry was over, and the ſervants, as ſhe thought, all gone to ſleep, ſhe ſtole out of her bed, and went down ſtairs, naked to her ſhift as ſhe was, with a deſign to ſteal them{{nb...}}.”
  4. (transitive, colloquial) To acquire at a low price. exampleHe stole the car for two thousand less than its book value.
  5. (transitive) To draw attention unexpectedly in (an entertainment), especially by being the outstanding performer. Usually used in the phrase steal the show.
  6. (intransitive) To move silent or secret. exampleHe stole across the room, trying not to wake her.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room Ch.1: "Did he take his bottle well?" Mrs. Flanders whispered, and Rebecca nodded and went to the cot and turned down the quilt, and Mrs. Flanders bent over and looked anxiously at the baby, asleep, but frowning. The window shook, and Rebecca stole like a cat and wedged it.
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  7. To withdraw or convey (oneself) clandestinely.
    • Edmund Spenser (c.1552–1599) They could insinuate and steal themselves under the same by their humble carriage and submission.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) He will steal himself into a man's favour.
  8. (transitive, baseball) To advance safely to (another base) during the delivery of a pitch, without the aid of a hit, walk, passed ball, wild pitch, or defensive indifference.
  9. (sports, transitive, ) To dispossess
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Synonyms: (to illegally take possession of) (Australia, slang) flog, (Cockney rhyming slang) half-inch, (slang) knock off, (slang) jack, lift, nick, pinch, pocket, rob, thieve, confiscate, convert, (to secretly move) sneak, See also
  • (acquire licitly) receive, purchase, buy, earn
  • (provide freely) donate, bestow, grant
  • shoplift
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of stealing.
  2. A piece of merchandise available at a very attractive price. At this price, this car is a steal.
  3. (basketball, ice hockey) A situation in which a defensive player actively takes possession of the ball or puck from the opponent's team.
  4. (baseball) A stolen base.
  5. (curling) Scoring in an end without the hammer.
  6. (computing) A policy in database systems that a database follows which allows a transaction to be written on nonvolatile storage before its commit occurs
Synonyms: (merchandise available at a very attractive price) bargain
  • astel, lates, least, leats, salet, setal, slate, stale, stela, taels, tales, teals, tesla
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  1. en-third-person singular of steal
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (baseball, informal) The number of stolen bases by a baserunner. He has 25 steals this year.
  • salets
  • slates
  • stales
  • tassel
  • teslas
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Cooked by steam.
  2. (slang) Angry, hot under the collar. He was steamed that the car cut him off, it took almost half an hour for him to calm down.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of steam
steamer etymology From steam + er. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (cookware) A cook appliance that cooks by steaming.
  2. {{rft-sense}} A vessel in which articles are subjected to the action of steam, as in washing, and in various processes of manufacture.
  3. A vessel propelled by steam; a steamship or steamboat.
  4. A steam-powered road locomotive; a traction engine.
  5. A wetsuit which has long sleeve and long leg.
  6. A dish of steamed clam.
  7. Any species of the duck genus Tachyeres, of which all four species occur in South America, and three are flightless.
  8. (Australia, food, obsolete) A food made by cooking dice meat very slowly in a tightly sealed pot, with a minimum of flavourings, allowing it to steam in its own juices; popular circa 1850 but apparently no longer so by the 1900s.
    • {{ante}} “Melville”, Australia, quoted in 1864, Edward Abbott, The English and Australian Cookery Book: Cookery for the Many, as Well as for the ‘Upper Ten Thousand’, London, in turn quoted in 1998, Colin Bannerman, et al., Acquired Tastes: Celebrating Australia′s Culinary History, (publisher), ISBN 0-642-10693-2, page 14, Of all the dishes ever brought to table, nothing equals that of the steamer.
  9. (obsolete) A steam fire engine, a fire engine consisting of a steam boiler and engine, and pump which is driven by the engine, combined and mounted on wheels (Webster 1913).
  10. (horse racing) A horse whose odds are decreasing (becoming shorter) because bettors are backing it.
  11. {{short for}}
  12. (UK, crime, slang) Member of a youth gang who engages in robbing and escaping as a large group.
  13. (UK, sex, slang) Oral sex performed on a man.
  14. (UK, slang) A homosexual man with a preference for passive partners.
  15. (UK, crime, slang) A prostitute's client.
  16. (US, gambling, slang) A gambler who increases a wager after losing.
  17. (UK, Scotland, slang) A drinking session.
  18. A babycino (frothy milk drink).
Synonyms: (homosexual man) see , (prostitute's client) see , (drinking session) bender, binge, carouse, piss-up
  • reteams, streame, teamers
steaming {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈstiːm.ɪŋ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The action of steam on something.
  2. The method of cooking by immersion in steam.
  3. (UK, informal) A form of robbery in which a large gang moves swiftly and violently through a bus, train, etc.; see Steaming (crime).
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Giving off steam
  2. Extremely drunk
  3. Very angry
Synonyms: (giving off steam) steamy
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of steam
  • mangiest
steam locomotive
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A locomotive, usually for use on a railway, that is powered by steam.
Synonyms: steam engine (UK), pufferbelly (informal)
steampunky etymology steampunk + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Reminiscent of the steampunk genre. a steampunky outfit
steam radio
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, British, informal) Radio, as opposed to television; a radio set, especially an old fashioned one; a radio broadcast.
  • aromatised
steamroller Alternative forms: steam roller
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. a steam-powered heavy road roller
  2. (informal) Any heavy road roller
  3. (by extension) any seemingly irresistible force
  4. a pipe, used for smoking cannabis, open at both ends and having a bowl near one end; it rolls the smoke (steam)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to level a road using a steamroller
  2. to proceed ruthlessly against all opposition as if with an overwhelming force; to overpower
Synonyms: to steamroll
steamy pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. warm and humid; full of steam My glasses fogged up when I walked into the steamy room.
  2. (slang) erotic Her latest novel was very steamy, but still managed to top the charts. I'm having a steamy affair with an Armenian boxer.
  • mateys
  • mayest
steel {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English stele and stel, from Old English (North) stēle, (South) stȳle, from Proto-Germanic *stahliją (compare West Frisian stiel), enlargement of *stahlą (compare Dutch staal, German Stahl, Danish stål, Icelandic stál), from Proto-Germanic *stah- or *stag-, from Proto-Indo-European *stak-''Oxford English Dictionary'', "Steel, n. 1" & "v." (compare Umbrian stakaz ‘upright, erected’, Avestan 𐬯𐬙𐬀𐬑𐬭𐬀 〈𐬯𐬙𐬀𐬑𐬭𐬀〉 ‘strong’, Sanskrit ‘resist, strike against’), related to Proto-Indo-European *sta-.{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) An artificial metal produce from iron, harder and more elastic than elemental iron; used figuratively as a symbol of hardness.
    • {{circa}} Corpus Gloss., 1431: Ocearium stæli.
    • {{circa}} Epinal Gloss., 49: Accearium steeli.
    • {{circa}} Laȝamon, Brut, 12916: Þe alle þine leomen wule to-draȝen. þeh þu weore stel al.
    • {{circa}} St. Mary Magdalen, 408 in 1896, W. M. Metcalfe, Legends Saints Sc. Dial., I 267: Weman...with wordis can rycht wele our-cum men hard as stele.
    • 1601, P. Holland translating Pliny, Hist. World, II xxxiv xiv 514: The purest part thereof [of iron ore] which in Latine is called Nucleus ferri, i. the kernell or heart of the yron (and it is that which we call steele)
    • {{circa}} , Antony & Cleopatra, IV iv 33: ...Like a man of Steele.
    • 1946, Thorpe's Dictionary of Applied Chemistry 4th ed., VII 47 1: Steel may be roughly defined as an alloy of iron and carbon containing up to 1.7% carbon, all of the carbon being in the combined condition. A second definition, distinguishing it from cast or wrought iron, is that it has been produced in the molten condition, and a third states that steel can be hardened by quench from a suitably high temperature. There are...certain exceptions to all these definitions.
    • 1976 Jul, Scientific American, 68 2: For the iron to be made into steel (defined as iron with a carefully controlled carbon content of 1.7 percent or less) the sulfur, the silicon, and the excess carbon must be removed.
  2. (countable) Any item made of this metal, particularly including:
    1. Bladed or pointed weapon, as sword, javelin, dagger.
      • {{circa}} The Owl & the Nightengale, 1030: For heom ne may halter ne bridel Bringe from here wode wyse, Ne mon mid stele ne mid ire.
      • {{circa}} , The Tragedie of Macbeth, I ii 35 For braue Macbeth (well hee deſerues that Name)Diſdayning Fortune, with his brandiſht Steele,Which ſmoak'd with bloody execution(Like Valours Minion) caru'd out his paſſage.
      • 1712, Lord Shaftesbury, Characteristicks, III 115: But who wou'd dream that out of abundant Charity and Brotherly Love shou'd come Steel, Fire, Gibbets, Rods.
      • 1892, Rudyard Kipling, Barrack-room Ballads, 139: They have asked for the steel. They shall have it now; Out cutlass and board!
      • 1905, Oliver Elton translating , , II: While one man was beating off the swords, the waters stole up silently and took him. Contrariwise, another was struggling with the waves, when the steel came up and encompassed him. The flowing waters were befouled with the gory spray. Thus the Ruthenians were conquered...
    2. A piece used for striking spark from flint.
      • {{circa}} Bestiary, 535: Of ston mid stel in ðe tunder wel to brennen one ðis wunder.
      • 1660, Robert Boyle, New Experiments Physico-mechanicall, XIV 89: The Cock falling with its wonted violence upon the Steel.
    3. Armor.
      • {{circa}} Sir Tristrem, L 3324: Þai gun hem boþe armi In iren and stiel þat tide.
      • 1603, William Shakespeare, , I iv 33: In compleate steele.
      • 1637, John Milton, Comus, 421: She that has [chastity], is clad in compleat steel.
    4. A honing steel, a tool used to sharpen or hone metal blade.
      • 1541 in 1844, J. Stuart, Extracts of the Council Register of Aberdeen, I 176: The steill to scherp the schawing jrne.
      • 1883, Howard Pyle, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, : When he came to Nottingham, he entered that part of the market where butchers stood, and took up his inn in the best place he could find. Next, he opened his stall and spread his meat upon the bench, then, taking his cleaver and steel and clattering them together, he trolled aloud in merry tones...
    5. (sewing) Piece used to strengthen, support, or expand an item of clothing.
      • 1608, G. Markham & al., Dumbe Knight, I: I haue a ruff is a quarter deep, measured by the yeard... You haue a pretty set too, how big is the steele you set with?
      • 1904 Feb 22, Daily Chron, 5 4: I suppose the bullet must have struck the steels in my corsets.
    6. (dialectal) A flat iron.
      • 1638, J. Taylor, Bull, Beare, & Horse, C5: One of them having occasion to use a Steele, smoothing Iron, or some such kinde of Laundry Instrument.
    7. (sewing, dialectal) A sewing needle; a knitting needle; a sharp metal stylus.
      • 1785, William Cowper, Task, IV 165: The threaded steel...Flies swiftly.
    8. (printing) An engraving plate:
      • 1843, J. Ballantine, The gaberlunzie's wallet. With numerous illustrations on steel and wood.
      • 1887 Jun 11, Athenæum, 779 1: A re-issue of the Examples of the Architecture of Venice. By John Ruskin... With the Text, and the 16 Plates (10 Steels and 6 Lithographs) as originally published.
    9. Projectile.
      • 1898 Jun 1, Westminster Gazette, 5 1: The crews at the port batteries were pumping steel at the enemy.
    10. (sewing) A fringe of bead or decoration of this metal.
      • 1899 Jan 26, Daily News, 6 3: A trailing skirt embroidered in what is termed fine steel.
    11. (music, guitar) A type of slide used while playing the steel guitar.
  3. (countable) The part made from this metal, in reference to anything.
    • {{circa}} William Caxton translating Raoul Le Fèvre, The Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye, I: Employeng the steell of his swerd the most best wyse that in hym was possible.
  4. (uncountable, medicine, obsolete) Medicinal consumption of this metal; chalybeate medicine; (eventually) any iron or iron-treated water consumed as a medical treatment.
    • 1649, H. Hammond, Christians Obligations, X 253: A stronger physick is now necessary, perhaps a whole course of steel: A physick, God knowes, that this Kingdome hath been under five or six yeares.
    • 1704, J. Harris, Lexicon Technicum, L: Steel is not so good as Iron for Medicinal Operation.
    • 1712 Sept 18, Jonathan Swift, Journal to Stella, II 558: The Doctor tells me I must go into a Course of Steel, tho I have not the Spleen.
    • 1866, Princess Alice, Mem., 158: really only kept alive by steel.
  5. (countable) Varieties of this metal.
    • 1839, A. Ure, Dict. Arts, 1172: The bars are exposed to two or three successive processes of cementation, and are hence said to be twice or thrice converted into steels.
  6. (uncountable, colors) The gray hue of this metal; steel-gray.
    • 1851 Dec 28, E. Ruskin, letter in 1965, M. Lutyens, Effie in Venice, II 236: Falkenhayn Jane a steel glacé silk dress.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, , : It was a clear steel-blue day. The firmaments of air and sea were hardly separable in that all-pervading azure; only, the pensive air was transparently pure and soft, with a woman’s look, and the robust and man-like sea heaved with long, strong, lingering swells, as Samson’s chest in his sleep.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Made of steel.
    • mid-14th century, Alisaunder, 416: Strained in stel ger on steedes of might.
    • {{circa}} William Shakespeare, , I iii 229 The tyrant custom...Hath made the flinty and steele Cooch of war, My thrice driuen bed of down.
    • 1829, Walter Scott, Anne of Geierstein, III iii 78: I will grasp the mountain-hedgehog, prickles and all, with my steel-gauntlet.
    • 1976, J. Wheeler-Bennett, Friends, Enemies, & Sovereigns, V 156: King Peter attributed his father's, King Alexander's, death to the fact that...he had not worn his steel-mesh bullet-proof shirt.
  2. Similar to steel in color, strength, or the like; steely.
    • {{circa}} T. Phaer translating Vergil, Nyne Fyrst Books of the Eneidos, X: Wher neuer cessing soyle doth steelebright stuff send out from mines.
    • 1609, William Shakespeare, Sonnet CXXXIII: Prison my heart in thy steele bosomes warde.
  3. (business) Of or belonging to the manufacture or trade in steel.
    • 1601, Philemon Holland translating Pliny, The Historie of the World, I vii lvi 188: ...The discoverie of the yron and steele mines.
    • 1837, Thomas Carlyle, French Revolution: A History, III v vi 327: From their new dungeons at Chantilly, Aristocrats may hear the rustle of our new steel furnace there.
    • 1976 Jan 24, National Observer, 1 1: East Chicago, Ind., a smoky Lake Michigan steel town that isn't exactly famous for its esthetic splendor even when the sun shines.
  4. (medicine, obsolete) Containing steel.
    • 1652, J. French, York-shire Spaw, X 92: To mix some Sugar of steel, or steel wine with the first glass.
    • 1675, G. Harvey, Dis. of London, XXIV 264: I have found a singular Virtue in Steel drops, præpared after my Mode.
    • 1713 Feb 17, Jonathan Swift, Journal to Stella, II 622: I...take some nasty steel drops, & may head has been bettr.
  5. (printing) Engraved on steel.
    • 1880, Mark Twain, letter: The best picture I have had yet is the steel frontis-piece to my new book.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To edge, cover, or point with steel.
    • {{circa}} Sawles Warde in The Cotton Homilies, 253: Hure þolien ant a beoren hare unirude duntes wið mealles istelet.
    • 1597, William Shakespeare, Richard III, I i 148:
      • Ile in to vrge his hatred more to Clarence, With lies well steeld with weighty arguments.
    • 1651, Bishop Jeremy Taylor, XXVIII Sermons Preacht at Golden Grove, Being for the Summer Half-year, XIX 248: When God...draws aside his curtain, and shows his arsenal and his armory, full of arrows steeled with wrath.
    • 1831, John Holland, A Treatise on the Progressive Improvement and Present State of the Manufactures in Metal, I 220: It was the common notion...that the art of steeling tools in the highest degree of perfection was certainly lost to the moderns.
  2. (transitive) To harden or strengthen; to nerve or make obdurate; to fortify against.
    • 1581, A. Hall translating Homer, 10 Bks. Iliades, VI 110: But stil he was so steelde With heart so good, as victor he dead left them in the field.
    • 1593, William Shakespeare, Venus & Adonis: Giue me my heart...O giue it me lest thy hard heart do steele it, And being steeld, soft sighes can neuer graue it.
    • 1796, F. Burney, Camilla, II iv vi 370: Steel yourself, then, firmly to withstand attacks from the cruel and unfeeling.
    • 1882, F. W. Farrar, Early Days Christianity, II 380: The rich experience of a long life steeled in the victorious struggle with every unchristian element.
  3. (transitive, obsolete, of mirrors) To back with steel.
    • {{circa}} John Donne, Sermons, VI 289: Nay, a Crystall glasse will not show a man his face, except it be steeled, except it be darkned on the backside.
  4. (transitive, medicine, obsolete) To treat a liquid with steel for medicinal purpose.
    • 1657, J. Cooke translating J. Hall, Cures, 117: She drunk her drink steeled, with which she was cured.
  5. (transitive, dialectal) To press with a flat iron.
    • 1746, Exmoor Scolding 3rd ed., II 14: Tha hasn't tha Sense to stile thy own Dressing.
  6. (transitive, uncommon) To cause to resemble steel in appearance.
    • 1807, William Wordsworth, Sonn. to Liberty, II v: And lo! those waters, steeled By breezeless air to smoothest polish, yield A vivid repetition of the stars.
  7. (transitive) To steelify; to turn iron into steel.
    • 1853 in Jrnl. Franklin Inst., CXXV 303: By passing an electric current thus through the bars the operation of steeling is much hastened.
    • 1977 Oct, Scientific American, 127 1: It seems evident that by the beginning of the 10th century B.C. blacksmiths were intentionally steeling iron.
  8. (transitive) To electroplate an item, particularly an engraving plate, with a layer of iron.
    • 1880, P. G. Hamerton, Etching & Etchers 3rd ed., 342: My large dry-point,...called Two Stumps of Driftwood, gave 1000 copies (after being steeled) without perceptible wearing.
  9. (transitive) To sharpen with a honing steel.
etymology 2 From French Bastille (a ).''Oxford English Dictionary''. "Steel, n. 2".
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (UK, crime, slang, obsolete) in London, closed in 1877.
    • 1862, Havelock Ellis, The Criminal, page 162: I was lugged before the beak, who gave me six doss in the steel. [...] six months in the Bastille (the old House of Corrections), Coldbath Fields.
    • 1866, George Augustus Sala, Edmund Hodgson Yates, Temple Bar, volume 16, page 507: He said he had been in the “steel” (Coldbath Fields Prison) eight times.
    • 1879, Macmillan's Magazine, volume 40, page 502: This time I got two moon for assaulting the reelers when canon. For this I went to the Steel (Bastile{{sic}} — Coldbath Fields Prison), having a new suit of clobber on me and about fifty blow in my brigh (pocket).
  • leets, sleet, stele, teles
steel wheel etymology wheel is a common slang name for the lowest straight, ace-2-3-4-5.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (poker, slang) The lowest straight flush, ace-2-3-4-5 (all of the same suit).
steel wheels
noun: {{head}}
  1. (poker, slang) plural of steel wheel
steely-eyed missile man etymology American circa 1960s, as heard in the movie and found in numerous biographies about NASA astronauts and flight controllers.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A NASA astronaut or engineer who quickly devises an ingenious solution to a tough problem while under extreme pressure.
steep pronunciation
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etymology 1 Old English stēap, from Proto-Germanic *staupaz. Compare ofs stap, Dutch stoop, Middle High German stouf, Middle High German stief), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)tewb-.{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}} The Proto-Indo-European root (and related) has many and varied descendants, including English stub; compare also Scots stap. The sense of “sharp slope” is attested circa 1200; the sense “expensive” is attested US 1856.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of a near-vertical gradient; of a slope, surface, curve, etc. that proceeds upward at an angle near vertical. a steep hill or mountain; a steep roof; a steep ascent; a steep barometric gradient
  2. (informal) expensive Twenty quid for a shave? That's a bit steep.
  3. (obsolete) Difficult to access; not easy reached; lofty; elevated; high. {{rfquotek}}
  4. (of the rake of a ship's mast, or a car's windshield) resulting in a mast or windshield angle that strongly diverges from the perpendicular The steep rake of the windshield enhances the fast lines of the exterior.
Synonyms: brant, Bashkir: ba, Catalan: ca, Czech: cs, Dutch: nl, Esperanto: eo, Finnish: fi, French: fr, fr, German: de, Greek: el, Hungarian: hu, Icelandic: is, is, (very steep) is, Italian: it, it, Norman: nrf, Korean: ko, Kurdish: Sorani: ku, Latin: la, Malay: ms, ms, Maori: mi, mi, Norwegian: no, Polish: pl, Portuguese: pt, pt, Romanian: ro, Russian: ru, Serbo-Croatian: Cyrillic: sh Roman: sh, Slovene: sl, sl, Spanish: es, es, es, es, es, es, Swedish: sv, Turkish: tr
etymology 2 From Middle English stepen, from Old Norse steypa[ Danish cognate in] [[:w:da:ODS|ODS]]: ''eng. (muligvis fra nordisk) steep''{{R:Webster 1913|steep}}, from Proto-Germanic *staupijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)tewb-. Cognate with Danish støbe, Norwegian støpe, støype, Swedish stöpa, Old English stūpian. More at stoop.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (ambitransitive) To soak an item (or to be soaked) in liquid in order to gradually add or remove components to or from the item They steep skins in a tanning solution to create leather. The tea is steeping.
    • Wordsworth In refreshing dew to steep / The little, trembling flowers.
  2. (intransitive) To imbue with something.
    • Earle The learned of the nation were steeped in Latin.
    a town steeped in history
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A liquid used in a steeping process Corn steep has many industrial uses.
  2. A rennet bag.

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