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stupid fuck Alternative forms: stupidfuck, stupid-fuck etymology stupid + fuck.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, offensive) Someone highly deserving of contempt.
    • 1992, Christopher Street, Issues 187-208 What a stupidfuck he is.
    • 2010, Dennis Lehane, A Drink Before the War, page 131 Fucking pols sit in their leather chairs with their windows looking out on the Charles and make sure their stupid-fuck white constituents think the reason they're angry is because I'm stealing food from their children's mouths.
    • 2010, Michael Lewis, Home Game, page 18 “Stupidfuck!” screamed Dixie, and they all laughed.
    • 2011, Faye Kellerman, Sacred and Profane, page 109 He grabbed her wrists. “I'ma cop, you stupid fuck!”
Synonyms: dumb fuck, moron, shit brick
stupid fucker Alternative forms: stupidfucker (very rare, nonstandard, possibly erroneous) etymology stupid + fucker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, offensive) A contemptible, idiotic person.
    • 1988, Ann Rosenberg, Movement in slow time, snippet so I'm not sss surprised or anything, but llllike that stupidfucker knows I do the bbbest I can with the change he brings in and if it wasn't for the kkkids I'd leave hhhim flat
    • 1999, Donald Harstad, Donald Harstad, Eleven Days, page 195 “Stupidfucker!” “Vi/hat?" He still hadn't realized what he'd said. “Now, honey," said Hal in a sweet voice. “I can't have you talking to Shaman like that.”
Synonyms: dumb fucker, dumbass, stupid fuck
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, now chiefly, childish) A stupid person.
    • Ten, Lauren Myracle, 2011, ““Yes, you, and it was a bumblebee, you stupid-head. Not a wasp. Now go away!” My jaw dropped. Stupid-head? Amanda had never called me a stupid-head before. And it was so a wasp, and I saved her from it.”
stupidish etymology stupid + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Quite stupid
stupid shit Alternative forms: stupidshit (rare, nonstandard, possibly erroneous) etymology stupid + shit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) An extremely contemptible person.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial, chiefly in the Caribbean) stupid
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. something or someone stupid
sturdy etymology Circa 1300, in sense “unruly, reckless, violent”, from Old French estourdi, form of estourdir, originally “to daze, to make tipsy (almost drunk)” (Modern French étourdir), from vl *. Latin etymology is unclear – presumably it is ex- + turdus, but which this should mean “daze” is unclear.{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}} A speculative theory is that thrushes eat leftover winery grapes and thus became drunk, but this meets with objections.OED Disease in cows and sheep is by extension of sense of “daze”, while sense of “strongly built” is of late 14th century, and relationship to earlier sense is less clear, perhaps from sense of a firm strike (causing a daze) or a strong, violent person. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈstɜː.dɪ/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of firm build; stiff; stout; strong. a sturdy oak tree
    • Sir H. Wotton He was not of any delicate contexture; his limbs rather sturdy than dainty.
  2. Solid in structure or person. It was a sturdy building, able to withstand strong winds and cold weather. The dog was sturdy and could work all day without getting tired.
  3. (obsolete) Foolishly obstinate or resolute; stubborn.
    • Hudibras This must be done, and I would fain see / Mortal so sturdy as to gainsay.
    • Atterbury A sturdy, hardened sinner shall advance to the utmost pitch of impiety with less reluctance than he took the first steps.
  4. Resolute, in a good sense; or firm, unyielding quality. a man of sturdy piety or patriotism
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A disease in sheep and cattle, marked by great nervousness, or by dullness and stupor.
stutter gun
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, gangster, slang) A machine gun, particularly the or similar.
stylee etymology A form of style in Jamaican patois.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (music, slang) style
    • 1991, The Beat In state-of-the-art dance hall, the bass booms like electrified tympani, the snare gets busy inna{{SIC}} quasimilitary techno stylee
    • CMJ New Music Monthly A cornucopia of hyped-up breakbeats, keyboard squiggles, surf grooves, dancehall stylee, dumb loops and much atonal shouting along, Far In dares you not to smile.
sub {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /sʌb/
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etymology 1 Shortened form of any of various words beginning sub-, such as submarine, subroutine, substitute, subscription. The sandwich is so called because the bun's cylindrical shape resembles the shape of a submarine.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A submarine.
  2. A submarine sandwich—a sandwich made on a long bun. We can get subs at that deli.
  3. (US, informal) A substitute. With the score 4 to 1, they brought in subs. She worked as a sub until she got her teaching certificate.
  4. (British, informal) A substitute in a football (soccer) game: someone who comes on in place of another player part way through the game.
    • 1930, Boy's Live, Philip Scruggs, There Can Be Victory, page 20 At any other school you would be playing varsity, and Wallace has you pigeon-holed on the subs." "Maybe he has his reasons," Jim replied. "And he hasn't pigeon-holed me on the subs yet — not this season.
  5. (British, informal, often in plural) Short for subscription: a payment made for membership of a club, etc.
  6. (informal) A submissive in BDSM practices.
    • 2004, Paul Baker, Fantabulosa: A Dictionary of Polari and Gay Slang‎ ...roleplay where a sub or bottom takes care of a top's bodily and hygiene needs...
    • 2007, Laurell K Hamilton, The Harlequin "It means that I'm both a sub and a dom." "Submissive and dominant," I said. He nodded.
    • 2008, Lannie Rose, How to Change Your Sex Typically a dom and a sub have a more or less standard routine that they like to go through all the time.
  7. (Internet, informal) A subtitle. I've just noticed a mistake in the subs for this film.
  8. (computing, programming) A subroutine (sometimes one that does not return a value, as distinguished from a function, which does).
    • 2002, Nathan Patwardhan, Ellen Siever, Stephen Spainhour, Perl in a nutshell The default accessor can be overridden by declaring a sub of the same name in the package.
    • 2004, P. K. McBride, Introductory Visual Basic.NET (page 49) So far, all the subs and functions that we have used have been those built into the system, or those written to handle events from controls...
  9. (colloquial, dated) A subordinate.
  10. (colloquial, dated) A subaltern.
Synonyms: (submarine sandwich) grinder, hoagie
  • (submarine sandwich) sandwich
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US, informal) To substitute for.
  2. (US, informal) To work as a substitute teacher, especially in primary and secondary education.
  3. (British, informal, football) To replace (a player) with a substitute. He never really made a contribution to the match, so it was no surprise when he was subbed at half time.
  4. (British, informal, football) Less commonly, and often as sub on, to bring on (a player) as a substitute. He was subbed on half way through the second half, and scored within minutes.
  5. (British) To perform the work of a subeditor or copy editor; to subedit.
  6. (UK, slang, transitive) To lend.
    • 2011, Rowland Rivron, What the F*** Did I Do Last Night? I kept up the pleasantries as we were drying our hands and, realizing I didn't have any change for the lodger, I asked him, one drummer to another like, if he could sub me a quid for the dish.
  7. (slang, intransitive) To subscribe.
  8. (BDSM) To take a submissive role.
    • Alicia White, Jessica's Breakdown (page 53) You've never subbed before. Jessica will be expecting a man on stage that follows orders and enjoys what she's going to be doing. Do you want to be spanked? Possibly whipped?
    • 2012, Tiffany Reisz, Little Red Riding Crop Wasn't like she'd never subbed before. She'd been a sub longer than she'd been a Dominatrix–ten years she'd spent in a collar.
etymology 2 From Latin sub.
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. Under.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To coat with a layer of adhering material; to planarize by means of such a coating.
  2. (microscopy) To prepare (a slide) with an layer of transparent substance to support and/or fix the sample.
    • 1997, Marina A. Lynch, S. M. O'Mara (editors), Ali D. Hames, D. Rickwood (series editors), Neuroscience Labfax, [http//|subbed%22&hl=en&ei=KlJ7Tv6sFcqtiAes2pAy&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=6&sqi=2&ved=0CEMQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=%22subbing|subbed%22&f=false page 166], Ensure that gloves are worn when handling subbed slides. Although the following protocol describes subbing with gelatin, slides may also be coated with either 3-(triethoxysilyl-)propylamine (TESPA) or poly-L-lysine for in situ hybridization.
  • bus, bus.
  • UBS
  • USB
submarine {{wikipedia}} etymology sub + marine pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. undersea.
  2. Hidden or undisclosed. a submarine patent
Synonyms: subaquatic, subaqueous
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A boat that can go underwater.
  2. A kind of sandwich made in a long loaf of bread.
  3. (baseball) Pitch delivered with an underhand motion.
  4. Any submarine plant or animal.
  5. (informal) A stowaway on a seagoing vessel.
Synonyms: (boat) U-boat, (sandwich) grinder, hero, hoagie, hoagy, poor boy, po' boy, sub, submarine sandwich, torpedo, wedge
  • (boat) surface ship
related terms:
  • submariner
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To operate or serve on a submarine
  2. To torpedo; to destroy with a sudden sneak attack
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submarine patent etymology From the ability of a submarine to remain submerged for long periods.
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (informal) A patent first published and granted long after the filing of the initial application.
sub rosa {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: subrosa (noun) etymology First attested , from Latin sub rosā, from sub + rosā. The rose's connotation for secrecy dates back to Greek mythology. Aphrodite gave a rose to her son Eros, the god of love; he, in turn, gave it to Harpocrates, the god of silence, to ensure that his mother's indiscretions (or those of the gods in general, in other accounts) were kept under wraps. In the Middle Ages a rose suspended from the ceiling of a council chamber pledged all present – those under the rose, that is – to secrecy.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. Carried out secretly or confidentially
Synonyms: See also
adverb: {{head}}
  1. In secret or covertly; privately or confidentially. they held the meeting sub rosa
noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang) Used in workers' compensation cases to mean covert surveillance video used to catch workers' compensation applicants and show that they are in fact not injured.
Synonyms: behind the scenes, under the rose, under the table
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) subsidiary
    • 2004, Jonathan Rich, The Push Guide to Choosing a University Many students regard subsids as nothing more than a distraction from the important stuff, but they're usually a good opportunity to broaden your scope a notch and learn something new …
substituted amphetamine {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: (informal) amphetamines
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (organic compound) Any chemical that contains amphetamine in its chemical structure or can be described by a chemical substitution of the amphetamine compound.
  2. (plural, category) The class of chemicals that contain amphetamine in their chemical structure, sometimes referred to as "amphetamines".
suburbanite etymology suburban + ite
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Someone who dwells in suburbia. Don't call me a suburbanite just because I live in Oak Grove!
subway {{wikipedia}} etymology sub- + way pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈsʌbˌweɪ/, [ˈsʌbˌweɪ̯]
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (North America, Scotland) An underground railway, especially for mass transit of people in urban areas.
  2. (US) A rapid transit system, regardless of the elevation of its right of way.
  3. (British) underground walkway, tunnel for pedestrian (called pedestrian underpass in US).
Synonyms: metro, tube, underground, rapid transit, underpass
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, US, informal) To travel by underground railway.
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  • busway
such as
preposition: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic) For example. exampleWaterbirds, such as the duck or the gull, are common in the area.
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  2. (idiomatic) Like, of the kind mentioned. exampleI was never in a country such as that.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 4 , “No matter how early I came down, I would find him on the veranda, smoking cigarettes, or…. And at last I began to realize in my harassed soul that all elusion was futile, and to take such holidays as I could get, when he was off with a girl, in a spirit of thankfulness.”
  3. (idiomatic, formal) Those who. exampleSuch as have already done their work may leave.
In the sense of “for example”, such as is preferred to like in formal writing. Synonyms: (for example) for example, for instance, e.g., like (informal)
  • as such
such is life
phrase: {{head}}
  1. Used to express the acceptance of misfortune. Of course I’m not happy about it, but such is life.
Synonyms: c’est la vie, che sarà, sarà, that’s life
suck etymology From Middle English souken, from Old English sūcan, from Proto-Germanic *sūkaną, *sūganą, from Proto-Indo-European *seug-, *sug-, *suk-. Cognate with Scots souke, obsolete Dutch zuiken. Akin also to Old English sūgan, Western Frisian sûge, sûgje, Dutch zuigen, German saugen, Swedish suga, Icelandic sjúga, Latin sugō, Welsh sugno. Related to soak. pronunciation
  • (US), (UK) {{enPR}}, /sʌk/
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  • (some Northern English accents) {{enPR}}, /sʊk/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To use the mouth and lips to pull in (a liquid, especially milk from the breast). {{defdate}}
  2. (intransitive) To perform such an action; to feed from a breast or teat. {{defdate}}
  3. (transitive) To put the mouth or lips to (a breast, a mother etc.) to draw in milk. {{defdate}}
  4. (transitive) To extract, draw in (a substance) from or out of something. {{defdate}}
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.i: That she may sucke their life, and drinke their blood, / With which she from her childhood had bene fed.
  5. (transitive) To work the lip and tongue on (an object) to extract moisture or nourishment; to absorb (something) in the mouth. {{defdate}}
  6. (transitive) To pull (something) in a given direction, especially without direct contact. {{defdate}}
  7. To perform fellatio. {{defdate}}
  8. (intransitive, slang) To be inferior or objectionable: a general term of disparagement, sometimes used with at to indicate a particular area of deficiency. {{defdate}}
    • 1970, , Fear and Loathing in America, Simon and Schuster, p. 251: . . . and it has a few very high points . . . but as a novel, it sucks
Synonyms: To draw, To attract, (7, 8 above) To blow, See also
  • (to bring something into the mouth by inhaling) to blow
  • (to be poor at) to rock, to rule
related terms:
  • suckle
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An instance of drawing something into one's mouth by inhaling.
    • 2001, D. Martin Doney, Prayer Capsule: A Book of Honesty, page 261 Bammer agreed “Probably a good idea,” he agreed with a quick suck on his straw, “won't stop you from picking up any of these chicks, though.”
  2. (vulgar) Fellatio of a man's penis.
    • 2012, Alex Carreras, Cruising with Destiny, page 12 Nate exhaled a long, slow breath. What the hell was he thinking? He couldn't cruise the steam room looking for married men looking for a quick suck. He needed to shoot his load, but was he really that desperate?
  3. (Canada) A weak, self-pitying person; a person who won't go along, especially out of spite; a crybaby or sore loser.
    • 1999, Hiromi Goto, “Drift”, in Ms., v 9, n 3, p 82–6: “Why're you bothering to take her anywhere? I can't stand traveling with her. You're such a suck,” her sister said. Waved her smoke. “No fucking way I'm going.”
    • 2008, Beth Hitchcock, “Parenting Pair”, in Today's Parent, v 25, n 5, p 64: I used to think she was such a suck! She'd cry when I took to the ice, whether I skated well or badly. She'd cry when I left the house.
  4. A sycophant, especially a child.
    • 1916, James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Macmillan Press, p 23: You are McGlade's suck.
Synonyms: (crybaby) sook, (crybaby) sooky baby
  • cusk
suck a big one
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang, idiomatic) to be terrible; to be of a very low standard.
Synonyms: suck, suck cock, suck donkey balls
suck ass Alternative forms: suck arse
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar) to be terrible; be of extremely poor quality.
Synonyms: suck, suck donkey balls, suck cock
suck balls
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar) to be terrible, of extremely poor quality.
Synonyms: suck, suck donkey balls, suck cock
suckboy etymology suck + boy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, of a male) An obsequious, yesman, suckup.
    • 2005, Mike Philbin, The Life and Death of Hertzan Chimera, page 82 Lawson, use that one-eye to scour my brain like a cheese grater – regale me with tales of your literary output over the years and I shall forever be your biggest suckboy.
Not to be confused with suck-boy (quod vide).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, chiefly, LGBT) Someone who has a paricular enjoyment of or skill for fellatio.
    • 2006, John Patrick, Play Hard, Score Big, page 123: “Is he a suck-boy too?” “Let's find out,” Kurt said. He moved in front of Buddy and pressed the tip of his dripping cock to Buddy's nose.
Not to be confused with suckboy (quod vide).
suck cock
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (vulgar) To perform fellatio.
  2. (idiomatic, vulgar) To be of poor quality
related terms:
  • suck someone's cock
suck donkey balls
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang, vulgar) to be terrible, of extremely poor quality.
Synonyms: suck
suck donkey cock
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar) to be terrible, of extremely poor quality.
Synonyms: suck, suck donkey balls
suck donkey dick
verb: {{head}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) to be of very low quality Yuck! This cold soup sucks donkey dick!!!
Synonyms: suck cock, suck donkey balls, suck donkey cock
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A native of Illinois.
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sucker pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈsʌk.ə/
  • (US) /ˈsʌk.ɚ/
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etymology 1 From the verb suck.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person or thing that suck.
  2. An organ or body part that does the sucking.
  3. An animal such as the octopus and remora, which adhere to other bodies with such organs.
  4. A piece of candy which is sucked; a lollipop.
  5. (horticulture) An undesired stem growing out of the roots or lower trunk of a shrub or tree, especially from the rootstock of a graft plant or tree.
  6. (British, colloquial) A suction cup.
  7. A suckling animal. {{rfquotek}}
  8. The embolus, or bucket, of a pump; also, the valve of a pump basket. {{rfquotek}}
  9. A pipe through which anything is draw.
  10. A small piece of leather, usually round, having a string attached to the center, which, when saturated with water and pressed upon a stone or other body having a smooth surface, adheres, by reason of the atmospheric pressure, with such force as to enable a considerable weight to be thus lifted by the string; formerly used by children as a plaything.
  11. A parasite; a sponger.
    • Fuller They who constantly converse with men far above their estates shall reap shame and loss thereby; if thou payest nothing, they will count thee a sucker, no branch.
  12. (slang, archaic) A hard drinker; a soaker.
  13. A person that suck; a general term of disparagement.
Synonyms: (piece of candy) lollipop
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To strip the suckers or shoots from; to deprive of suckers. to sucker maize
etymology 2 Possibly from the Pig in a poke scam, where victims were tricked into believing they were buying a young (that is a suckling) pig. Also possibly from suckener.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who is easily fooled, or gulled.
Synonyms: (one who is easily fooled) chump, fall-guy, fish, fool, gull, mark, mug, patsy, rube, schlemiel, soft touch, See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To fool someone; to take advantage of someone. The salesman suckered him into signing an expensive maintenance contract.
etymology 3 Possibly from German Sache (thing).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A thing or object. Any thing or object being called attention to with emphasis, as in "this sucker".
Synonyms: thing, object
  • Uckers
Sucker State
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) Illinois
suck face
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) To kiss, especially deeply and for a prolong time.
    • 2000 June 22, Yasmin McEwen, "Not just a number," Daily Nebraskan: We would wrap our arms around each other and suck face like orangutans in his little red Fiero.
suckfest etymology suck + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, vulgar) Something of incredibly low quality.
  2. (vulgar) An orgy or long event of fellatio
suckiness etymology sucky + ness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The state or condition of being sucky; inferiority or badness.
suck it
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar) a rebuke or dismissal
suck it and see
verb: {{head}}
  1. (British, Australia, informal) Try it out.
This phrase is most commonly used as a derisive retort, often by children.
suckitude etymology From suck + itude, or sucky + tude; modelled after words such as altitude, gratitude, etc.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, informal) The condition, quality, extent, or measure of how much something or someone suck; suckiness.
    • 2008, Dr. Denis Leary, Why We Suck: To anyone outside of the precious inner sanctum that includes you, your spouse, the kid's grandparents and some of the tiny dimwit's classmates—your kid sucks so bad he or she is a living breathing vacuum of suckitude.
    • 2010, Amanda Marcotte, Get Opinionated: Oh, I'm sure Obama intended to do the right thing when he started off, but the Three Principles of Eternal Democratic Suckitude tend to defeat all comers, [...]
    • 2011, Nancy Warren, Face-Off - Page 149: TAYLOR McBride let the suckitude of that word hang in the air until his agent nodded. “On ice?” Once more the disdainful tone.
suck my balls
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (idiomatic, chiefly, US, vulgar) An irreverent rebuke or dismissal.
Synonyms: fuck you
suck my cock Alternative forms: suck my dick, suck my penis
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar, offensive) An expression of discontent or aggravation to another party.
suck off
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To fellate a man until he ejaculate.
Synonyms: fellate, go down on, See also
suck rocks
verb: suck rock
  1. (colloquial, coarse) Term of general disparagement, an emphatic version of suck/sucks The copier on this floor sucks rocks.
Synonyms: suck less emphatic
suck someone's cock
verb: {{head}}
  1. (literally, vulgar) To perform fellatio on someone.
  2. (idiomatic, vulgar) To brownnose, to curry favor to someone.
related terms:
  • suck cock
sucktacular etymology suck + tacular
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Extremely bad.
  • spectacular
suck the kumara etymology Presumably because both a corpse and kumara are buried.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (NZ, slang, idiomatic) To die.
Synonyms: (to die) kick the bucket, bite the dust
suck tits
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar) to be terrible, of extremely poor quality.
Synonyms: suck, suck balls
  • Stuckist
suckworthy etymology From suck + worthy.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Worthy of sucking; sucky.
    • 2005, The bulletin - Issues 6477-6485 - Page 74: [...] (somewhere there exists a cell of memo-generators catering exclusively to the suckworthy memo needs of public broadcasters).
    • 2011, Holden Blunts, The Quotable Stoner: It's suckworthy for foreigners, though, since the Poison is a lot less common outside South Africa. We're all hoping the recent World Cup provided opportunities for some covert exports and that soon, we can all score.
sucky pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Being something which suck, which is unpleasant or lacks value. That comedian was pretty sucky on TV last night.
    • 2002 R. Jay Driskill: Necropolis: A Collection of Spectres My mother-in-law. Who's {{SIC}} isn't sucky, you ask? Mine's exceedingly sucky. More than average I'd say. She tries to turn my wife and kids against me...
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A pacifier.
  • yucks
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) fellatio
sucre bleu etymology Literally "blue sugar"; a jocular corruption of the French sacrebleu.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (colloquial, humorous) a humorous expression of anger or surprise
    • 2/17/1977, Robert J. Tobin, Time Magazine-Letters to the Editor Sucre bleu! Louis Bechereau will be sure to wreak his Gallic spleen in that Great Aerodrome in the Sky…
    • 2006, Unknown, University of Minnesota Morris-The Weight Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin raced down to the door and gasped at what stood before him. "Sucre bleu!" he screamed
    • 2003, Bob Weisgerber, Golf Today Magazine Sucre Bleu! my coffee’s got no sweetener dammit!
sud etymology Countable interpretation of suds pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A bubble of lather or foam (the singular of suds).
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A diminutive of Susan and of related female given name; popular as a middle name.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A Mary Sue (type of character in fiction).
  • SEU
  • use
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A suicide
suffonsified etymology {{rfe}} Alternative forms: sophonsified
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Canada, informal, rare) Satisfied or satiated, particularly in appetite.
    • 2004, John Northcott, "Stupid money", CBC News, 2004 June 30: Rice bowls topped with pork, chicken, curry or battered, fried seafood tempura are for sale everywhere. You put your money in a vending machine at the door, hand the chit to a server, and for about $6 you can have a seat at the counter, stuff yourself, then merge back into the passing throngs sufficiently suffonsified.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of suffonsify
suffonsify Alternative forms: sophonsify etymology Possibly a blend of sufficient + fancified.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Canada, informal, uncommon) To satisfy or satiate, particularly the appetite.
    • 1953, , Always The Young Strangers, Harcourt Brace (1953), ISBN 978-0156047654, page 243: Toward the end of a dinner of prime roast beef, baked potato, salad, apple pie, and coffee, Sam Barlow would ask, "Well, young man, do you think you have had sufficient to suffonsify?"
sug etymology Initial letters of selling under (the) guise (of research).
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To market a product or service by means of purported market research.
sugar {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: shugar (obsolete) etymology From later Old French çucre (circa 13th cent), from Malayalam zuccarum, from Old Italian zucchero, from Arabic سُكّر 〈suk̃r〉, from Persian شکر 〈sẖḵr〉, from Sanskrit शर्करा 〈śarkarā〉, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱorkeh- 〈*ḱorkeh-〉, akin to Ancient Greek κρόκη 〈krókē〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈʃʊɡə(ɹ)/
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  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈʃʊɡɚ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) Sucrose in the form of small crystals, obtained from sugar cane or sugar beet and used to sweeten food and drink.
  2. (countable) When used to sweeten a drink, an amount of this substance approximately equal to five gram or one teaspoon. He usually has his coffee white with one sugar.
  3. (countable, chemistry) Any of various small carbohydrate that are used by organism to store energy.
  4. (countable) A generic term for sucrose, glucose, fructose, etc.
  5. (countable) A term of endearment. I'll be with you in a moment, sugar.
  6. (countable, slang) A kiss.
  7. (chiefly, southern US, slang, uncountable) Effeminacy in a male, often implying homosexuality. I think John has a little bit of sugar in him.
  8. (uncountable, informal) Diabetes.
  9. (by extension) Anything resembling sugar in taste or appearance. Sugar of lead (lead acetate) is a poisonous white crystalline substance with a sweet taste.
  10. Compliment or flattery used to disguise or render acceptable something obnoxious; honeyed or soothing words.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To add sugar to; to sweeten with sugar. John heavily sugars his coffee.
  2. (transitive) To make (something unpleasant) seem less so. She has a gift for sugaring what would otherwise be harsh words.
  3. (US, regional) In making maple sugar, to complete the process of boil down the syrup till it is thick enough to crystallize; to approach or reach the state of granulation; with the preposition off.
Synonyms: (add sugar to) sweeten, (make less unpleasant) sweeten, sugar-coat
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (informal, euphemistic) Used in place of shit! Oh, sugar!
  • Argus
  • gaurs
sugarallie Alternative forms: sugarally, sugarellie, sugarolly
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Scotland, informal) liquorice
sugarally Alternative forms: sugarellie, sugarolly
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Scotland, informal) alternative spelling of sugarallie
sugar daddy {{wikipedia}} etymology Apparently from slang sugar "money" and colloquial daddy "father".
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A man who spends money for the benefit of a relationship with an often younger romantic or sexual partner.
  • This term typically implies that there is a romantic relationship between the two.
Synonyms: Aristo
  • sugar parent
coordinate terms:
  • sugar mama
sugar diabetes
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, dated) Diabetes mellitus.
    • 1862, "A Good Deed Requires No Praise" (classified ad), New York Times, Jun. 18, p. 5, In February, 1861, I was afflicted with the sugar diabetes.
    • 1972, "A Medicine Man Heard at Parley," New York Times, 21 May, p. 21, In the Southwest there are some 35 curanderos like Mr. Cruz, who says he has treated with success patients with arthritis and sugar diabetes.
sugarellie Alternative forms: sugarally, sugarolly
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Scotland, informal) alternative spelling of sugarallie
sugarolly Alternative forms: sugarally, sugarellie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Scotland, informal) alternative spelling of sugarallie
sugar parent
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A person who spends money for the benefit of a younger person, typically in exchange for companionship and/or sexual favor.
    • 1987, Jean Stewart, "Transcendence", in Marsha Saxton and Florence Howe, Eds., With Wings: An Anthology of Literature by and about Women with Disabilities, Feminist Press (1987), p. 131, "[…] Get yourself a Sugar Daddy!—a Sugar Parent—to help you with the daily stuff."
    • 2001, Rhonda Whitton and Sheila Hollingworth, A Decent Proposal: How to Sell Your Book to an Australian Publisher, Common Ground (2001), pp. 105–106, That's why you'll either need a sugar-parent (let's not be gender biased here), or another source of income.
    • 2006, Lorelei Sharkey & Emma Taylor, Em & Lo's Rec Sex, p159 If you want a sugar parent of your own, don't go past first base until you've received a present of some kind.
  • sugar daddy
  • sugar mama
sugar scoop
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical, informal) a reverse transom which flexes inwardly, usually with swim steps
sugar walls etymology From the suggestive 1984 song "", written by and performed by .
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) The vagina.
    • 1998, , I'm Free, But It'll Cost You: The Single Life According to Kim Coles, Hyperion Books (1998), ISBN 9780786883226, page 126: Some women need a little more preparation before you go entering the sugar walls.
  2. (slang, vulgar, by extension) The rectum, especially in relation to anal sex.
    • 1992, Christopher Street, Vol. 14 (No. 20), 13 April 1992, page 36: In retrospect, during the '80s, when I could have been fucked by half of the gay ghetto, I took care of myself by loving a supportive, nurturing partner. He was far from perfect. He had a bad temper and knew nothing about the arts. Even more importantly, my sugar walls went unappreciated by him — and by the many Greenwich Village men I hid from and desperately wanted during hundreds of lifeless evenings spent watching television with my passive lover in Brooklyn.
Synonyms: See also
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Pertaining to suicide. He is an authority on the precursors of suicidal behavior.
  2. (of a person) Likely to commit, or to attempt to commit, suicide. After losing his job, his wife, and his leg in a single week, he became suicidal.
  3. (informal) Extremely reckless. His driving habits are utterly suicidal.
related terms:
  • suicidality
  • suicide
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. someone suicidal, someone likely to kill themselves
suicide by cop {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The method of suicide where a person deliberately acts in a threatening way towards a police officer, with the purpose of being shot as response.
Synonyms: copicide, death by cop
suicide cable etymology So called because when one end is plugged into a live outlet, the exposed prongs of the other end are highly dangerous.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A simple electrical cord with prongs on both ends; plugging one end into a live outlet (for example a generator) and the other end into a dead outlet (in a house with no power) allows power to be injected from the live outlet into the dead one. When the hurricane hit and I lost power, I fired up the generator and jacked it in to the outlet in my garage with a suicide cable; at least I was able to run a few lights and my refrigerator.
    • 2000 June 19, "Philip Lewis" (username), "Dedicated outlets for generator?", in, Usenet: I did the same thing as you, except I ran one suicide cable from the genset to the house, then because the genset is only 120v, I ran another suicide cable from phase to phase to get 120v throughout the house.
    • 2010 May 29th, "Cydrome Leader" (username), "re: surge protectors", in, Usenet: Measure the voltage drop when it's on. Break out the suicide cables and test that same device using line to ground. Depending on how your place is wired, you may find that under an actual load, your ground is really awful.
    • 2011 February 25, "Sylvia Else" (username), "Not earthing a generator", in aus.electronics, Usenet: No, I'm not. That would only make sense if the grid power were persistently unreliable, which it isn't. Nor am I using a suicide cable.
Synonyms: suicide cord, male-to-male cable, male-to-male cord
suicide door {{wikipedia}} etymology From the safety risks of the door flying open while the car is moving.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A car door hinge towards the rear of the vehicle.
suicide headache etymology From the negative feelings caused by the extreme pain associated with the condition.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) cluster headache
suicide jockey
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, US) A semi-trailer driver pulling a tanker trailer with gasoline or other explosive or hazardous substance.
suicide king etymology So-called because in common depictions, the king of hearts appears to be stabbing himself in the head with his sword
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (card games slang) a king of hearts in a deck of playing cards When Henry played poker, he liked to declare suicide kings wild, as he felt it lent him an air of sophistication.
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Synonyms: king of hearts
suicide lane
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A center lane of a bidirectional road, used by traffic proceeding in both directions, for example for pass or turn.
Suicide Sunday {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, UK, Cambridge University) The Sunday immediately after the end of the summer term (known as Easter Term), at which point all students have finished exam but most of the result have not been published.
suicide Tuesday
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The depressive period that typically occurs midweek, nominally on the Tuesday, following weekend (Friday or Saturday) use of party drugs such as ecstasy or crystal meth.
    • 2001, June Marshall, The Dirty Seven: Ladies Beware!, AIL New Media, US, [http//|%22suicide+Tuesdays%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=1enWubZ9Ng&sig=6T5pa_PP9O68JRp9VxsywCWh0kM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Vv9qULbiHY_BiQegzYCQDQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22suicide%20Tuesday%22|%22suicide%20Tuesdays%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 123], It was an Ecstasy party, but Amy abstained from the “soft” drug.…She knew the side effects, such as “Suicide Tuesday” that occur after the drug has depleted the serotonin levels in the brain. But she didn′t want to be a party pooper.
    • 2005, Duncan Osborne, Suicide Tuesday: Gay Men and the Crystal Meth Scare, Carroll & Graf, US, quoted in 2011, Michael Shelton, Gay Men and Substance Abuse, Hazelden, US, [http//|%22suicide+Tuesdays%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=ooQa4bpwiV&sig=U17pSkHlFBdI2SUf1CLnZQXp1pk&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Vv9qULbiHY_BiQegzYCQDQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22suicide%20Tuesday%22|%22suicide%20Tuesdays%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 26], It is called Suicide Tuesday because, as the name suggests, users feel so awful, they just want to die. For chronic meth users, the effects on the brain can grow, making each succeeding Suicide Tuesday that much more intense and the desire to get high again that much greater.
    • 2008, Ian Commins, Fiveways, University of Queensland Press, 2011, ReadHowYouWant, [http//|%22suicide+Tuesdays%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=Wf1QDvQzRA&sig=8z08XwEYdzuHy4SEX_vWPT1bLfw&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Vv9qULbiHY_BiQegzYCQDQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22suicide%20Tuesday%22|%22suicide%20Tuesdays%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 122], She struggles through suicide Tuesday by getting into work late and shutting her office door. Craig is her small-time dealer so he, Sharon and James have a clear picture of her drug patterns.
Synonyms: mid-week blues, ecstasy Tuesday, Tuesday blues
suit {{wikipedia}} etymology From xno siute, from Old French sieute (modern suite), originally a participle adjective from vl *sequita (for secūta), from Latin sequi, because the component garments "follow each other", i.e. are worn together. pronunciation
  • (UK) /s(j)uːt/
  • (US) /s(j)ut/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A set of clothes to be worn together, now especially a man's matching jacket and trousers (also business suit or lounge suit), or a similar outfit for a woman. exampleNick hired a navy-blue suit for the wedding.
  2. (by extension) A single garment that covers the whole body: space suit, boiler suit, protective suit.
  3. (pejorative, slang) A person who wears matching jacket and trousers, especially a boss or a supervisor. exampleBe sure to keep your nose to the grindstone today; the suits are making a "surprise" visit to this department.
  4. A full set of armour.
  5. (legal) The attempt to gain an end by legal process; a process instituted in a court of law for the recovery of a right or claim; a lawsuit. exampleIf you take my advice, you'll file suit against him immediately.
  6. (obsolete) The act of following or pursuing; pursuit, chase.
  7. Pursuit of a love-interest; wooing, courtship. Rebate your loves, each rival suit suspend, Till this funereal web my labors end. —Alexander Pope.
  8. The full set of sails required for a ship.
  9. (card games) Each of the sets of a pack of cards distinguished by color and/or specific emblems, such as the spades, hearts, diamonds{{,}} or clubs of traditional Anglo, Hispanic{{,}} and French playing cards. To deal and shuffle, to divide and sort Her mingled suits and sequences. — William Cowper.
  10. (obsolete) Regular order; succession. Every five and thirty years the same kind and suit of weather comes again. — Francis Bacon.
  11. (obsolete) The act of suing; the pursuit of a particular object or goal. Thenceforth the suit of earthly conquest shone. — Edmund Spenser.
  12. (archaic) A company of attendants or followers; a retinue.
  13. (archaic) A group of similar or related objects or items considered as a whole; a suite (of rooms etc.)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make proper or suitable; to adapt or fit.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) Let your own discretion be your tutor: suit the action to the word, the word to the action.
  2. (said of clothes, hairstyle or other fashion item) To be suitable or apt for one's image. exampleThe ripped jeans didn't suit her elegant image. exampleThat new top suits you. Where did you buy it?
  3. To be appropriate or apt for. exampleThe nickname "Bullet" suits her, since she is a fast runner.
    • John Dryden (1631-1700)
    Ill suits his cloth the praise of railing well.
    • Matthew Prior (1664-1721) Raise her notes to that sublime degree / Which suits song of piety and thee.
    • {{RQ:EHough PrqsPrc}} “[…] it is not fair of you to bring against mankind double weapons ! Dangerous enough you are as woman alone, without bringing to your aid those gifts of mind suited to problems which men have been accustomed to arrogate to themselves.”
  4. (most commonly used in the passive form) To dress; to clothe.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) So went he suited to his watery tomb.
  5. To please; to make content; as, he is well suited with his place; to fit one's taste. exampleMy new job suits me, as I work fewer hours and don't have to commute so much.
  6. (intransitive) To agree; to accord; to be fitted; to correspond; — usually followed by to, archaically also followed by with.
    • John Dryden (1631-1700) The place itself was suiting to his care.
    • Joseph Addison (1672-1719) Give me not an office / That suits with me so ill.
Synonyms: to agree: agree, match, answer
suitcase {{wikipedia}} etymology From suit + case. pronunciation
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  • /ˈsjuːtkeɪs/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. large (usually rectangular) piece of luggage used for carrying clothes, and sometimes suit, when travel
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to trade using samples in a suitcase
  • sauciest
suited and booted
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, colloquial) Dressed smartly.
    • 2003, , Man and Wife: A Novel, A couple of suited and booted business types appeared by my side, tossing peanuts into their mouths and gawking at the screens as though they had never seen a television before. But they couldn't be from the TV station or any of the production companies that made the shows, because they were far too formally dressed.
    • 2006, Badri Narayan, Women heroes and Dalit assertion in north India: culture, identity and politics, The image was that of a suited and booted, westernized gentleman holding a copy of the Constitution in one hand. This image appeared to the common Dalits as a symbol of awareness through education and the fight for a better future. It also helped deconstruct the stereotypical notion of Dalits as being oppressed, suppressed and illiterate.
    • 2007, Flores Alexander Forbes, Elaine Brown, Will You Die with Me?: My Life and the Black Panther Party, When Bobby and Elaine showed up at a candidate's night or event or at just another speaking engagement, the chairman was wearing a suit and tie and Elaine was suited and booted in a dress, heels, the whole nine yards.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (often, derogatory) silent and withdrawn after being upset the sulky child
    • 1865, Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland The first question of course was, how to get dry again: they had a consultation about this, and after a few minutes it seemed quite natural to Alice to find herself talking familiarly with them, as if she had known them all her life. Indeed, she had quite a long argument with the Lory, who at last turned sulky, and would only say, “I’m older than you, and must know better.” And this Alice would not allow, without knowing how old it was, and, as the Lory positively refused to tell its age, there was no more to be said.
Synonyms: sullen, morose
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A low two-wheeled cart, used in harness racing.
  2. Any carriage seating only the driver.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (inorganic chemistry, chiefly, British spelling) alternative spelling of sulfite
  2. (archaic, slang) A person who is spontaneous and original in thought and conversation.
    • Gelett Burgess A sulphite is a person who does his own thinking, he is a person who has surprises up his sleeve. He is explosive.
summary etymology (Adjective) From Malayalam summarius, from Latin summa. pronunciation
  • /ˈsʌməɹɪ/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Concise, brief or presented in a condensed form A summary review is in the appendix.
  2. Performed speedily and without formal ceremony. They used summary executions to break the resistance of the people.
  3. (legal) Performed by cutting the procedure of a standard and fair trial. Summary justice is bad justice.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. An abstract or a condensed presentation of the substance of a body of material.
Synonyms: upshot, bottom line, short form (slang)
summer {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈsʌmə(ɹ)/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈsʌmɚ/
  • {{audio}}
etymology 1 From Middle English somer, sumer, from Old English sumor, from Proto-Germanic *sumaraz, from Proto-Indo-European *sam-, *sem-, *sm̥-h₂-ó- 〈*sm̥-h₂-ó-〉. Cognate with Scots somer, sumer, simer, Western Frisian simmer, Saterland Frisian Suumer, Dutch zomer, Low German Sommer, German Sommer, Swedish sommar, Icelandic sumar, Welsh haf, Armenian ամ 〈am〉, ամառ 〈amaṙ〉, Sanskrit . Alternative forms: sommer (obsolete)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One of four season, traditionally the second, marked by the longest and typically hottest days of the year due to the inclination of the Earth and thermal lag. Typically regarded as being from June 21 to September 22 or 23 in parts of the USA, the months of June, July and August in the United Kingdom and the months of December, January and February in the Southern Hemisphere. examplethe heat of summer
{{season name spelling}}
  • winter
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To spend the summer, as in a particular place on holiday. We like to summer in the Mediterranean.
etymology 2 From xno somer, sumer, from vl saumarius, for Latin sagmārius, from sagma.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A pack-horse.
  2. A horizontal beam supporting a building.
    • {{RQ:Flr Mntgn Essays}}, I.43: And we are warned, that the foundation or maine summers of our houses faile and shrinke, when we see the quarters bend, or wals to breake.
Synonyms: (horizontal beam) summer-tree
etymology 3 {{-er}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who sums.
  • {{rank}}
summit etymology From Late Middle English somete, from early Middle French somete, from Old French sommette, somet (compare modern French sommet), a diminutive of som, from Latin summum. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈsʌmɪt/
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  • {{homophones}} (in some dialects)
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) A peak; the top of a mountain. In summer, it is possible to hike to the summit of Mt. Shasta.
  2. (countable) A gathering or assembly of leaders. They met for an international summit on environmental issues.
Colloquially summit is used for only the highest point of a mountain, while in mountaineering any point that is higher than surrounding points is a summit, such as the South Summit of Mount Everest. These are distinguished by topographic prominence as subsummits (low prominence) or independent summits (high prominence). Synonyms: (peak, top of mountain) acme, apex, peak, zenith
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, hiking, climbing, colloquial) To reach the summit of a mountain.
    • 2012, Kenza Moller, "Eyes on the North," Canadian Geographic, vol. 132, no. 4 (July/Aug.) p. 10: Of the range's 12 peaks, Mount Saskatchewan is the only one that has yet to be summited.
  • mutism
summy Alternative forms: sommie, sommy etymology Shortened from somersault (of which the first syllable is pronounced /sʌm/.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Somersault.
sunbeam {{wikipedia}} etymology From sun + beam.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A visible, narrow, and intense (relative to ambient light) ray of sunlight.
    • 1957, Rudolf Arnheim, Film as Art, page 90, I cut-in various other material to this; for instance, a shot of a rushing brook in springtime, with dancing sunbeams reflected in the water; of birds splashing in the village pond; and, finally, of a laughing child.
    • 2001, Raymond L. Lee, Alistair B. Fraser, The Rainbow Bridge: Rainbows in Art, Myth, and Science, page 116, Similarly, the rays diverging from the sun will pass by you and converge on the point directly opposite the sun, the shadow of your head. All sunbeams, and thus all shadows, appear to converge there.…Only perspective makes all shadows appear to converge on the antisolar point. But this point is also the center of the rainbow, so as you look at the rainbow, all sunbeams and shadows will lie along radii of the bow as they flow straight to its center.
    • 2008 (1952), , Roger Greaves (translator), The Haunted Screen: Expressionism in the German Cinema and the Influence of Max Reinhardt, ISBN 978-0-52025790-0, page 68, I had frequently had to explain to cameramen that only in the early morning or late in the evening did sunbeams fall from the window as flat as they were usually found in films. The sun being higher during the hours of work, another way of showing sunbeams had to be found.
  2. (Australia, colloquial, dated) An item of cutlery or crockery laid out on a table, but not used, and which can be returned to the drawer without being washed.“'''sunbeam''',” [ 2011 February, Oxford Australia Word of the month]
  3. Any butterfly of the genus {{taxlink}}.
  4. Any hummingbird of the genus Aglaeactis.
Sunday {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English sunnenday from Old English sunnandæg, from sunne, + dæg, late Proto-Germanic *sunnōniz dagaz, as a translation of Latin dies solis; declared the "venerable day of the sun" by Roman Emperor on March 7, 321 {{C.E.}}. Compare Low German Sünndag, Dutch zondag, West Frisian snein, German Sonntag, Danish søndag. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈsʌndeɪ/ or {{enPR}}, /ˈsʌndi/
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  • {{homophones}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The seventh day of the week in systems using the standard, or the first day of the week in many religious traditions. The Sabbath for most Christian; it follows Saturday and precedes Monday.
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  2. (informal) A newspaper published on Sunday.
    • 1974, John le Carré, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy I gave him the switchboard with my love, went down to the Savoy for breakfast and read the Sundays.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. On Sunday
Sundayish etymology Sunday + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Sundaylike
Sunday name etymology Sunday + name, from what one would be called at church on Sundays.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) The full form of one's first name, such as Stephen instead of Steve.
related terms:
  • Christian name
sundowner etymology From sundown + er.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, obsolete) An itinerant worker, such as a swagman, who arrives at a farm too late in the day to do any work, but readily accepts food and lodging.
    • 2008, , Kees de Hoog (editor), Wisp of Wool and Disk of Silver, Up and Down Australia, [http//|%22sundowners%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=7OqkBNGNnb&sig=liQn0cuvMXLi-EARiFCR0q02nDU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=P1BsUKPYMuaAiQeB0YDAAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22sundowner%22|%22sundowners%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 279], What he saw was not usual in this part of Australia - a sundowner, a bush waif who tramps from north to south or from east to west, never working, cadging rations from the far-flung homesteads and having the ability of the camel to do without water, or find it.
    • 2010, , Looking for Australia: Historical Essays, [http//|%22sundowners%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=x98IS3nGdi&sig=rb1a6MIvcd2bymhOwrhFGCvyQgE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=P1BsUKPYMuaAiQeB0YDAAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22sundowner%22|%22sundowners%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 60], Like the Australian sundowners, some of these trampers were suspected of never wanting to find a job.
  2. (Australia, obsolete) An itinerant worker, a swagman.
  3. (nautical) A sea captain who shows harsh discipline by requiring all hands to be on board by sundown.[ Navy Administration - Glossary]
    • 1985, Ronald H. Spector, Eagle Against the Sun, Arrogant, aloof, and suspicious, a “sundowner,” or strict disciplinarian, King inspired respect in many but affection in few.
  4. (medicine, colloquial) A patient, usually demented, who tends to become agitated in the evening.
    • 1977, Jules Hymen Masserman, Current Psychiatric Therapies, page 179, These patients may improve by day only to relapse at night (nocturnal delirium or sundowner's syndrome).
    • 1989: William H. Reid, The Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders: Revised for the DSM III R., page 71, They generally occur in the evening or at night in the form of "sundowner" syndrome, as a result of diminished sensory input and social isolation and/or exposure to an unfamiliar environment (e.g., the hospital).
    • 2007 February 7, Dennis Fiely, Dark Ages: For the elderly fighting mental or physical problems, life takes a frightening turn when nighttime comes, The Columbus DispatchSundowner′s syndrome” refers to changes in mood and behavior that begin near dusk.
  5. A cocktail consumed at sunset, or to signify the end of the day; cocktail party held in the early evening.
    • 1918, Robert Valentine Dolbey, Sketches of the East Africa Campaign, page 117, The cocktail, the universal “sherry and bitters” and sundowner will have to be retained.
    • 2005, Franz Wisner, Honeymoon With My Brother: A Memoir, page 243, Per custom, we capped our drives with a sundowner cocktail party at a scenic vantage point.
    • 2005, Edward M. Bruner, Culture on Tour: Ethnographies of Travel, page 83, The Sundowner is basically a cocktail party with a buffet on a riverbank in the bush.
  • snow under, undersnow
Sunflower State
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) Kansas
sunglasses {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: sun-glasses etymology en + sun + glasses pronunciation
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noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. Tinted glasses worn to protect the eyes from the sun.
  2. (colloquial) A person wearing sunglasses
    • 2011, - We Are Young My seat’s been taken by some sunglasses asking 'bout a scar
Synonyms: shades (slang), sunnies (Australian slang)
etymology 1 From sunlight
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of sunlight
    • Notes of Conversations, 1848-1875, Amos Bronson Alcott & ‎Karen Ann English , 2007 , 0838641180 , page 142, “This genial melting of prejudices under the soft sunlights falling upon the hearts of the circle, was to me, the charm of this, and of the former evening: and was the best part of the entertainment. ”
    • Confessions of an Opium Eater , Thomas De Quincey , 2010 , 0956527728 , page 96, “Under the connecting feeling of tropical heat and vertical sunlights I brought together all creatures, birds, beasts, reptiles, all trees and plants, usages and appearances, that are found in all tropical regions, and assembled them together in China or Indostan. ”
    • Kur of Gor: Gor , John Norman , 2011 , “They did not build ships and beach on alien shores, and carry their flags and standards into new sunlights. ”
etymology 2 {{blend}}?
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (colloquial) The lighter coloring of hair in the summertime due to exposure to sunlight.
related terms:
  • sunbleached
Sunni {{wikipedia}} etymology From Arabic سني 〈sny〉, from سنة 〈snẗ〉 + ـي 〈y〉. pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Belonging or relating to to the branch of Islam based on the Qur'an, the Kutub al-Sittah (the hadith which record the Sunnah) and that places emphasis on the Sahabah. Are all of your family members Sunnis?
    • H. E. Wingate, 1919, Records of Iraq, 1914-1966, 2, 181, 1852078200, Alan de Lacy Rush, Jane Priestland year=2001, I therefore strongly advocate the formation of a local capital but not at Hillah, which is too Sunni and near Baghdad
    • Discourse and the Construction of Society, 36, 0195079094, Bruce Lincoln, 1992, members … came to view themselves collectively as the righteous descendants of Husayn confronting an evil and fundamentally alien ruler: a shah more Zoroastrian than Muslim, more Sunni than Shi'i, more Arab than Iranian, more Yazid than Husayn.
    • Religion And Politics In Turkey, 124, 0415348315, Alİ Çarkoğlu, Barry M. Rubin, 2005, When we compare the data in these registers with findings presented above, in fact, Sivas appears more "Sunni" than the Balkan-Anatolian average of 1695.
    • Iraq’s New Political Map, 16, 142231006X, After the formation of Tawafuq and under the impetus of growing Sunni extremism, it became more Sunni in orientation., 2007
    • No End in Sight: Iraq's Descent Into Chaos, 357, 158648608X, Charles H. Ferguson, 2008, Omar is a very Sunni name. Although some Shiites name [their sons] Omar, but not to the extent we say it's a Shiite name. It's a very Sunni name in the Islamic history.
    • The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations, 41, 0385532202, Lee Smith, 2010, In keeping with the status-anxietyridden logic of the convert, many of the minorities became more Sunni than the Sunnis themselves
    • The Making of Terrorism in Pakistan: Historical and social roots ..., 98, 1135169411, Eamon Murphy, 2012, Many Shias who had become more Sunni in their religious practices reverted back to their original sect.
coordinate terms:
  • Shia
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) A follower of Sunnism.
  2. (uncountable) Sunni Islam.
    • Masculinity and Femininity: The Taboo Dimension of National Cultures, 205, 0761910298, Geert H. Hofstede, 1998, In Islam, Sunni is a more triumphant version of the faith than Shia, which stresses the importance of suffering, following the founder Ali, who was persecuted.
    • CIA World Factbook 2010, 2009, xxviii, 1602397279, Central Intelligence Agency, Sunni has four schools of Islamic doctrine and law — Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi'i, and Hanbali — which uniquely interpret the Hadith, or recorded oral traditions of Muhammad.
    • Routledge Companion to Military Conflict since 1945, 129, 0203014707, John Richard Thackrah - 2008, Sunni is the mainstream religion, based in Mecca, and is generally more moderate.
Synonyms: (person) Sunnite; Bukharist (less common), Hadithist (less common); Bakri (offensive); Sunnist (political); Nasibi (offensive)
  • (person) Muslim
coordinate terms:
  • Shia, Sufi, Ahle Quran, Ahmadi, 5 percenter, Quranist, Mu'tazila, Ibadi, Nation of Islam, Mahdavi, Moorish Scientist, ghair muqallid, Muwahhid
etymology 1 From sunglasses + -ie, retaining the plural form.
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, UK, informal) Sunglasses.
    • 2005, Dave Franklin, Manic Streets of Perth, 2011, unnumbered page, She took off her sunnies and polished them, a little vigorously.
    • 2008, Janet Fife-Yeomans, Heath: A Family′s Tale, page 97, With Heath wearing a black beanie and his trademark sunnies, the couple arrived in Perth at 12.20 p.m. after flying in from the US via Sydney.
    • 2009, Susan Lyons, Sex Drive, Kensington Press, US, page 160, “Sunscreen for you.” Her skin was a light golden brown. “And sunnies and a hat.” He slipped on his own sunglasses.
    • 2009, Justine Vaisutis, Australia, Lonely Planet, page 525, Bring the Prada sunnies, the papers and an appetite if you′re heading here for breakfast.
Synonyms: shades
etymology 2
noun: {{head}}
  1. (US, colloquial) plural of sunny (sunfish or sunperch) As a kid, he used to catch sunnies with a cane pole and garden worms in the stream behind the house.
sunshine etymology {{wikipedia}} In the Coverdale Bible in 1535, in Genesis and Exodus about 1250 as Middle English sunnesine.''Chambers Dictionary of Etymology'', Robert K. Barnhart (ed.), Chambers, 1988 Compound of sun + shine. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The direct ray, light or warmth of the sun.''Webster's College Dictionary'', Random House, 2001 exampleWe were warmed by the bright sunshine.
  2. A location on which the sun's rays fall. exampleWe moved out of the shade and into the sunshine.
    • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} Out again into the sunshine by the wide mouth of the Green River, as the chart named the brook whose level stream scarce moved into the lake. A streak of blue shot up it between the banks, and a shrill pipe came back as the kingfisher hastened away.
  3. Geniality or cheerfulness. exampleI enjoyed the sunshine of her smile.
  4. A source of cheerfulness or joy.
  5. The effect which the sun has when it lights and warms some place.
  6. (UK) Friendly form of address often reserved for juniors. exampleAlright sunshine, safe to cross now.
  7. (UK) Ironic form of address used to an inferior or troublemaker. exampleOK, sunshine, listen up and listen good. There's five vandalised telephone boxes out there and I know you're responsible.
  8. (humorous) Used to address someone who has just woken up and/or is very sleepy. exampleGood morning, sunshine!
Synonyms: (light from the sun): sunlight
related terms:
  • sunbeam
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (chiefly US) Open to and permitting public access, especially with regard to activities that were previously closed-door or back-room meetings. exampleBecause of the sunshine law, we could go to the planning meeting.
sunshine and rainbows
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (informal) Happy, positive things.
    • 2011, Karen Kingsbury, Found (page 236) … she saw those words these days, and it was easy to take them lightly, to think that God was saying life would be all sunshine and rainbows, good plans and easily answered prayers.
    • 2011, Joe Quinn, ‎Camille Thompson, College of William and Mary 2012: Off the Record The students are of an astonishingly high quality, it's very hard to find an uninteresting professor, the campus is beautiful, the night life is fun and the campus community is overall really strong. That being said, it's not all sunshine and rainbows.
    • 2013, Victor D. Franco, Unleashed ELVA: You know, you think everything is lovely. You're a happy, optimistic uni-canary exploding with sunshine and rainbows—go tweet up another tree with that.
sunshine girl
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) a constantly cheerful girl or woman.
Sunyavadi etymology From sunya (void).===Etymology=== {{rfe}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (Literally) "A worshiper of the void""; A name used for various religious groups.
  2. (colloquial, derogatory, Hindu) Buddhists and other impersonal worshippers, like Taoists.
sup pronunciation
  • /sʌp/
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etymology 1 From Middle English suppen, from Old English sūpan, from Proto-Germanic *sūpaną (compare Dutch zuipen, German saufen, Swedish supa), from Proto-Indo-European *sub-, compare Sanskrit súpas 'soup, broth'), from *seue 'to take liquid'. More at suck.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To sip; to take a small amount of food or drink into the mouth, especially with a spoon.
    • Crashaw There I'll sup / Balm and nectar in my cup.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A sip; a small amount of food or drink.
    • 1936, , Keep the Aspidistra Flying, chapter 8 A long, long sup of beer flowed gratefully down his gullet.
etymology 2 From Middle English soupen, suppen, xno super, from supe, soupe. More at soup.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To take supper.
    • 1883, , ...I propose we should have up the cold pie, and let him sup.
    • 1879, , I pray you, be seated and sup how you please. You will, I trust, excuse me that I do not join you; but I have dined already, and I do not sup.
etymology 3 aphetic form of what's up
interjection: {{en-interj}}?
  1. (slang) what's up (either as a greeting or actual question). Sup? : (response) Not much.
Synonyms: (what's up) wassup, wudup
  • PSU; pus, PUS; ups, UPS; USP

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