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talent {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old English talente, borrowed from the plural of Latin talentum, from Ancient Greek τάλαντον 〈tálanton〉. Later senses from Old French talent. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈtælənt/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (historical) A unit of weight and money used in ancient times in Greece, the Roman Empire, and the Middle East. {{defdate}}
    • 1611, Authorized Version, Gospel of Matthew XXV 14-15: For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
  2. (obsolete) A desire or inclination for something. {{defdate}}
    • {{RQ:Mlry MrtDrthr}}: But my hede said sir Palomydes I wille not ryde these thre dayes /…/ Truly said sir Lamorak / and I wille abyde here with you / And whan ye ryde / thenne wille I ryde /…/ therfor I pray you syr Dynadan abyde and ryde with vs / Feythfully said Dynadan I wylle not abyde for I haue suche a talent to see sir Tristram that I may not abyde longe from hym
  3. A marked natural ability or skill. {{defdate}} exampleHe has the talent of touching his nose with his tongue.
  4. (business, media, sports) People of talent, viewed collectively; a talented person. {{defdate}} exampleThe director searched their talent pool to fill the new opening.
  5. (slang) The men or (especially) women of a place or area, judged by their attractiveness. {{defdate}} exampleNot much talent in this bar tonight—let's hit the clubs.
    • 2011, Nic Venter, Wow! What a Life! (page 179) I went down to the beach front, of course, for that was the first thing that all Vaalies did: to look at the sea and to check the talent on the beach.
Synonyms: See also
  • latent
  • latten
Talibangelical Alternative forms: talibangelical etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, politics, pejorative) An overzealous evangelical Christian, especially one who espouses strong right-wing views.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, slang, politics, pejorative) Of, relating to, or espousing strong right-wing evangelical Christian views.
    • 2004, John Patterson, "The cast are votes ", The Guardian, 16 October 2004: If you're of the opposing temperament, it might have tickled your fancy to watch Ben Affleck a month earlier at the Democratic convention in Boston - where celebs were largely kept under wraps, much as the barking, ululating Texas Talibangelical tendency would be in New York.
    • 2011, Kit, letter to the editor, QNotes, Volume 25, Number 23, 19 March 2011 - 1 April 2011, page 5: I have grown to despise the South and it’s{{sic}} Talibangelical influence.
    • 2011, 26 June, VicXnews [username], OT:Extreme Radical States Charging Pregnant Women Who Lose Babies with Murder,!original/,, “They will sacrifice women, children and refuse to give either access to affordable health care with their talibangelical ideology.”
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Talibanistan {{wikipedia}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal, offensive) Waziristan.
Talibaptist etymology {{blend}}, from the hardline tactics of the former group and the traditionalism of the latter.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, chiefly, US) A fundamentalist Christian.
talk {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English talken, talkien, from Old English *tealcian, from Proto-Germanic *talkōną, frequentative form of Proto-Germanic *talōną, from Proto-Indo-European *dol-, *del-, equivalent to tell + k. Cognate with Scots talk, Low German taalken. Related also to Danish tale, Swedish tala, Icelandic tala, Old English talian. More at tale. pronunciation
  • (RP) /tɔːk/
  • (US) /tɔk/
  • (cot-caught) /tɑk/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}} (non-rhotic accents only)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A conversation or discussion.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 12 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “All this was extraordinarily distasteful to Churchill.…Never before had he felt such repulsion when the vicar displayed his characteristic bluntness or coarseness of speech. In the present connexion—or rather as a transition from the subject that started their conversation—such talk had been distressingly out of place.”
    exampleWe need to have a talk about your homework.
  2. A lecture. exampleThere's a talk about Shakespeare on tonight.
  3. (preceded by the) A major topic of social discussion. exampleShe is the talk of the day.   The musical is the talk of the town.
  4. (not preceded by an article) Empty boasting, promises or claims. exampleThe party leader's speech was all talk.
Synonyms: See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To communicate, usually by means of speech. exampleAlthough I don't speak Chinese I managed to talk with the villagers using signs and gestures. exampleThey sat down to talk business.   We talk French sometimes.
  2. (transitive, informal) To discuss. exampleThey sat down to talk business.   We're not talking rocket science here: it should be easy.
  3. (intransitive, slang) To confess, especially implicating others. exampleSuppose he talks?   She can be relied upon not to talk.   They tried to make me talk.
  4. (intransitive) To criticize someone for something of which one is guilty oneself. exampleI am not the one to talk.   She is a fine one to talk.   You should talk.   Look who's talking.
  5. (intransitive) To gossip; to create scandal.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 13 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , ““… They talk of you as if you were Croesus—and I expect the beggars sponge on you unconscionably.” And Vickers launched forth into a tirade very different from his platform utterances. He spoke with extreme contempt of the dense stupidity exhibited on all occasions by the working classes.”
    examplePeople will talk.   Aren't you afraid the neighbours will talk?
Synonyms: See also
coordinate terms:
  • listen
related terms: {{lookfrom}}
  • {{rank}}
talk about
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) Used to draw attention to the speaker's characterization of someone or something Talk about a smooth talker! Did you hear his TV speech?
    • 1912, Stratemeyer Syndicate, Baseball Joe on the School Nine Chapter 1 "I should say yes," agreed George. "And talk about speed!" he added. "Wow! One ball he threw soaked me in the ear. I can feel it yet!" and he rubbed the side of his head reflectively.
talkative etymology From Middle English talcatife, equivalent to talk + ative. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈtɔːkətɪv/
  • (US) /ˈtɑːkədɪv/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Tending to talk a lot.
  2. Speaking openly and honestly, neglect privacy and consequence.
Synonyms: chatty, gabby, garrulous, loquacious, outgoing, talksome, long-winded, logorrheic, verbose, indiscreet, outspoken, See also
  • dour, monosyllabic, sullen, withdrawn
  • laconic, taciturn, terse, uncommunicative
  • mute, quiet, silent
talk dirty
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, idiomatic) To use profane language, especially sexual vulgarities for the purpose of arousal. I love it when you talk dirty.
related terms:
  • dirty talk
  • dirty talk
talker etymology talk + er. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who talk, especially one who gives a speech, or is loquacious or garrulous. What this country needs is a smooth talker. That guy's a real talker.
  2. (informal, media) A talk show; a talk-show host; an all-talk radio station.
  3. (informal, media) A popular topic of conversation. The royal engagement is likely to be a top talker right through the wedding.
  4. (informal, politics) A talking point.
  5. (Internet) A stripped-down version of a MUD which is designed for talking, that predates instant messenger; a kind of early chat room.
talkfest etymology talk + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A session of enthusiastic discussion or gossip.
talkie pronunciation
  • /ˈtɔːki/ {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A movie with sound.
    • 2012, Christoper Zara, Tortured Artists: From Picasso and Monroe to Warhol and Winehouse, the Twisted Secrets of the World's Most Creative Minds, part 1, chapter 1, {{gbooks}}: On October 6, 1927, Warner Bros. released The Jazz Singer, the first sound-synched feature film, prompting a technological shift of unprecedented speed and unstoppable force. Within two years, nearly every studio release was a talkie.
  • silent film
  • silent movie
talking clock
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) a telephone service where a pre-recorded message advises the correct time.
talking shop {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A place where people gather to have conversation or discussion which is usually of an informal nature.
  2. (pejorative) An organization or other group that is all talk and no action.
Synonyms: (place for discussion) forum, (group that is all talk an no action) talk shop
verb: talking shop
  1. present participle of talk shop
talk shit
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) To talk badly about something or somebody.
  2. (slang, vulgar) To talk nonsense or to lie.
Synonyms: talk trash (US), talk shite (UK), chat shit (UK), chat shite (UK)
talk shite
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, British) To talk badly about something.
  2. (slang, vulgar, British) To talk nonsense or to lie.
Synonyms: talk trash (US), chat shit (UK), chat shite (UK)
talk shop etymology {{rfe}}
verb: {{head}}
  1. (intransitive, informal) To discuss one's work, business or profession.
  • This is an idiomatic instance of a general construction consisting of talk with the topic area as object of the verb. One can talk baseball, talk philosophy, or talk trash.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A talking shop
  • shoptalk, shop talk
talk to God on the big white telephone etymology See big white telephone.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang) To vomit into a toilet.
talk to Ralph on the big white telephone etymology See big white telephone and ralph.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang) To vomit into a toilet.
talk to the hand {{Wikipedia}}
verb: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial, US, idiomatic) Used usually sarcastically to dismiss another person's argument by indicating that the speaker (or writer) is not prepared to hear (or read) anything further that the other person has to say (or write). It is often used while simultaneously holding up the hand with the palm facing the speaker. Girl, you can talk to the hand 'cause I ain't listenin' no more.
Synonyms: whatever
tall drink of water Alternative forms: long drink of water
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A tall person.
tallie etymology tall + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (AU, slang) A tall beer bottle.
tall man
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) The third, longest finger, also known as the middle finger.
tall one
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A drink, especially beer, served in a tall glass.
tallywhacker Alternative forms: tallywacker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) penis
Tamartian etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fan of the American singer Tamar Braxton.
    • 2013, Kayla Greaves, "Started From The Bottom, Now They're Here", The Industry, June/July 2013, page 14 (approx.): Tamartians, be on the look out for Tamar's highly anticipated solo album, Love and War, expected to drop this summer.
    • 2014, "Love & Tamar", Big In Da Street Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 9, March/April 2014, page 19: She admits she didn't allow herself enough rest to heal her vocal chords, but she didn't want to disappoint her “Tamartians” who bought tickets for her first concert tour.
    • 2014, Courtney Brown, "'Get Your Life' with Tamar Braxton", Mace & Crown (Old Dominion University), Volume 57, Issue 4, 17 September 2014, page B1: On Sept. 13 Chrysler Hall was flooded with "Tamartians" ranging from all ages, eager to watch Tamar Braxton do her thing.
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tamper {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈtæm.pə(ɹ)/
etymology 1 tamp + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person or thing that tamp.
  2. A tool used to tamp something down, such as tobacco in a pipe.
etymology 2 From Middle French temprer
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To alter by making unauthorized changes; to meddle.
  2. (in professional sports) To discuss future contracts against league rules with a player.
tampon {{wikipedia}} etymology From French pronunciation
  • [ˈtʰæmpʰɔn]
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A plug of cotton or other absorbent material inserted into a body cavity or wound to absorb fluid, especially one inserted in the vagina during menstruation. I learned by myself how to insert a tampon.
  2. A double-headed drumstick primarily for the bass drum.
  3. An ink pad used in lithographic printing.
Synonyms: (intravaginal plug used to absorb menstrual blood) vampire's teabag (slang)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (medicine, transitive) To plug (a wound) with a tampon or compress.
  • potman, pot man
tan pronunciation
  • (US) /tæn/
etymology 1 From French tan, from Gaulish tanno (compare Breton tann, oco tannen), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰonu (compare Hittite {{rfscript}}, Latin femur, genitive feminis, German Tann, Tanne, Albanian thanë, Ancient Greek θάμνος 〈thámnos〉, Avestan , geitive {{rfscript}}, Sanskrit धनुस् 〈dhanus〉, genitive {{rfscript}}). Verb from Middle English tannen, from late Old English tannian, from xno tanner, from tan.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A yellowish-brown colour. {{color panel}}
  2. A darkening of the skin resulting from exposure to sunlight or similar light sources. She still has a tan from her vacation in Mexico.
  3. The bark of an oak or other tree from which tannic acid is obtained.
    • 1848, John Hannett, Bibliopegia, or, The Art of Bookbinding in all its branches, page 65: In two pints of water boil one ounce of tan, and a like portion of nutgall till reduced to a pint.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of a yellowish-brown. Mine is the white car parked next to the tan pickup truck.
  2. Having dark skin as a result of exposure to the sun. You’re looking very tan this week.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To change to a tan colour due to exposure to the sun. No matter how long I stay out in the sun, I never tan. though I do burn.
  2. (transitive) To change an animal hide into leather by soaking it in tannic acid.See [[w:Tanning|Wikipedia article on Tanning]]. To work as a tanner.
  3. (transitive, informal) To spank or beat.
    • 1876, , The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, ch. 3: "Well, go 'long and play; but mind you get back some time in a week, or I'll tan you."
related terms:
  • tannin
  • tannic acid
etymology 2 From a Brythonic language; influenced in form by yan in the same series.
numeral: {{head}}
  1. (dialect, rare) The second cardinal number two, formerly used in Celtic areas, especially Cumbria and parts of Yorkshire, for counting sheep, and stitches in knitting.See [[w:Yan_Tan_Tethera|Wikipedia article on Yan Tan Tethera]]
etymology 3 From Armenian թան 〈tʻan〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. {{senseid}}An Armenian drink made of yoghurt and water similar to airan and doogh
etymology 4
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. picul (Asian unit of weight)
etymology 5 From Old English tān, from Proto-Germanic *tainaz.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dialectal) A twig or small switch.
related terms:
  • mistletoe
  • ANT, Ant, an't, ant, NAT, Nat, Nat., nat, NTA
tanaholic etymology tan + aholic
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A person who is addicted to tan.
    • 1997, Daphne Merkin, Dreaming of Hitler: Passions & Provocations, Crown Publishers (1997), ISBN 9780517706268, page 223: For the "tanaholic," then, the psychological appeal of lying in the sun has an almost primordial component, bringing him or her back to a timeless, preverbal sense of unencumbered self.
    • 2007, Kate Klimo & Buffy Shutt, Coming of Age...All Over Again: The Ultimate Midlife Handbook, Springboard Press (2007), ISBN 9780446559669, unnumbered page: What if, like so many of us, you are a recovering tanaholic? There are some effective, but expensive, treatments to help your skin look better.
    • 2013, Lauren Goodger, Secrets of an Essex Girl, Hodder & Stoughton (2013), ISBN 9781444770186, unnumbered page: No lie, it became like an addiction, and when I moved on from sun beds, I started to apply fake tan every single day. Seriously, I was a tanaholic!
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tang pronunciation
  • /tæŋ/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English tang, from Old Norse tangi, perhaps related to tunga. But see also Old Dutch tanger {{etystub}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) tongue
    • 1667, , Sauny the Scot: Or, the Taming of the Shrew, Act V, Sauny Hear ye, sir; could not ye mistake, and pull her tang out instead of her teeth?
  2. A refreshingly sharp aroma or flavor
    • 1904, , The miraculous air, heady with ozone and made memorably sweet by leagues of wild flowerets, gave tang and savour to the breath.
  3. A strong or offensive taste; especially, a taste of something extraneous to the thing itself. Wine or cider has a tang of the cask.
  4. (figuratively) A sharp, specific flavor or tinge
    • Fuller Such proceedings had a strong tang of tyranny.
    • Jeffrey a cant of philosophism, and a tang of party politics
    • 1913, , What, was it I who bared my heart / Through unrelenting years, / And knew the sting of misery's dart, / The tang of sorrow's tears?
  5. A projecting part of an object by means of which it is secured to a handle, or to some other part.
  6. The part of a knife, fork, file, or other small instrument, which is inserted into the handle
  7. The projecting part of the breech of a musket barrel, by which the barrel is secured to the stock
  8. The part of a sword blade to which the handle is fastened
  9. Anything resembling a tongue in form or position such as the tongue of a buckle.
  10. A group of saltwater fish from the Acanthuridae family, especially the {{taxlink}} genus, also known as the surgeonfish.
Synonyms: bite, piquancy, spiciness
  • blandness
  • dullness
etymology 2 imitative
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A sharp, twanging sound; an unpleasant tone; a twang
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (dated, beekeeping) To strike two metal objects together loudly in order to persuade a swarm of honeybee to land so it may be captured by the beekeeper.Eva Crane, ''The World History of Beekeeping and Honey Hunting'', Taylor & Francis (1999), ISBN 0415924677, page 239.Hilda M. Ransome, ''The Sacred Bee in Ancient Times and Folklore'', Courier Dover Publications (2004), ISBN 048643494X, page 225.
  2. To make a ring sound; to ring. Let thy tongue tang arguments of state. — Shakespeare.
etymology 3 Probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish tang, Swedish tång, Icelandic þang
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare) knotted wrack, Ascophyllum nodosum coarse blackish seaweed
etymology 4 From poontang by shortening
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar slang) The vagina; intercourse with a woman
    • 2002, Lynn Breedlove, Godspeed, St. Martin's Griffin, ISBN 0-312-31363-2, page 9, The guys like to look at her tang, because that's how they are …
  • gnat, Gnat
tanglefoot etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic, colloquial) low-quality whiskey, especially home-brewed.
    • 1891, Charles King, Starlight Ranch, , , , “They never seemed to want anything, even at the sutler's store, though the Lord knows there wasn't much there they could want except tanglefoot and tobacco. ”
    • 1906, Charles King, Tonio, Son of the Sierras, , , , “But Dooley's Irish blood was up, five fingers of tanglefoot tingling in each fist and bubbling in his brain. ”
    • 1917, Various, Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the, , , , “In the following year blight appeared again, but at another point, and after cutting it out I put on tanglefoot, simply because I happened to have some with me when passing the tree. ”
  2. a sticky substance put at the base of trees or other plants to trap insects and prevent them from climbing up.
    • 1900, Charles E. Flandrau, The History of Minnesota and Tales of the Frontier, , , , “Instruments called "hopperdozers" were invented, which had receptacles filled with hot tar, and were driven over the ground to catch them as flies are caught with tanglefoot paper, and many millions of them were destroyed in this way, but it was about as effectual as fighting a Northwestern blizzard with a lady's fan, and they were all abandoned as useless and powerless to cope with the scourge. ”
    • 1916, Various, Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916, , , , “The Entomologist has every reason to be thankful that, early last spring, he laid in a supply of arsenate of lead, Black Leaf No. 40, commercial lime-sulphur, tree tanglefoot, tobacco dust, also providing himself with an abundance of air-slaked lime and a spraying outfit suitable for use in a small experiment garden and orchard at Lake Minnetonka. ”
    • {{quote-journal}}
tango etymology Argentine-Spanish tango, probably from a language (compare Ibibio tamgu). pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈtæŋɡəʊ/
  • (US) /ˈtæŋɡoʊ, ˈteɪŋɡoʊ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A Standard ballroom dance in 4/4 time; or a social dance, the Argentine tango.
  2. A piece of music suited to such a dance.
  3. The letter T in the ICAO spelling alphabet.
  4. (slang) enemy, used amongst special police forces, derived from the abbreviation of target using the NATO phonetic alphabet.
  5. A dark orange colour shade; deep tangerine {{color panel}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To dance the tango.
  2. (slang, intransitive) To mingle or interact (with each other).
    • 2013, Kathy Casey, D'Lish Deviled Eggs (page 67) Creamy cheese, tangy-sweet peppers, and a hit of heat tango in this sexy deviled-egg combo.
  • tonga, Tonga
tank {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /tæŋk/
  • (US) /teɪŋk/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Portuguese tanque, originally from Indian vernacular for a large artificial water reservoir, cistern, pool, etc., for example, Gujarati ટાંકી 〈ṭāṅkī〉, or Marathi {{rfscript}} . Compare the Arabic verb استنقع 〈ạstnqʿ〉. In the sense of armoured vehicle, to disguise their nature, prototypes were described as tanks for carrying water (1915).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A closed container for liquids or gases.
  2. An open container or pool for storing water or other liquids.
  3. A pond, pool, or small lake, natural or artificial.
    • Lawson The tanks are full and the grass is high.
  4. The fuel reservoir of a vehicle.
  5. The amount held by a container; a tankful. I burned three tanks of gas on the drive to New York.
  6. An armoured fighting vehicle, armed with a gun in a turret, and moving on caterpillar track.
  7. (Australian and Indian English) A reservoir or dam.
  8. (Southwestern US, chiefly Texas) A large metal container, usually placed near a wind-driven water pump, in an animal pen or field.
  9. (Southwestern US, chiefly Texas) By extension a small pond for the same purpose.
  10. (slang) A very muscular and physically imposing person. Somebody who is built like a tank.
  11. (role-playing games, board games, video games) a unit or character designed primarily around damage absorption and holding the attention of the enemy (as opposed to dealing damage, healing, or other tasks)
Synonyms: (military fighting vehicle) battle tank, combat tank, armour (mass noun), tango (Canadian military slang)
  • (military fighting vehicle) armoured fighting vehicle, armored fighting vehicle, AFV, armoured combat vehicle, armored combat vehicle
  • (military fighting vehicle) infantry tank (historical), cavalry tank (historical), fast tank (historical), cruiser tank (historical), tankette (historical), light tank, medium tank, heavy tank, main battle tank, MBT, flame tank, flamethrower tank
coordinate terms:
  • (military fighting vehicle) armoured car, armoured train, armoured personnel carrier, armored personnel carrier, APC, infantry fighting vehicle, IFV, self-propelled gun, tank destroyer, assault gun
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To fail or fall (often used in describing the economy or the stock market); to degenerate or decline rapidly; to plummet.
  2. (video games) To attract the attacks of an enemy target in cooperative team-based combat, so that one's teammates can defeat the enemy in question more efficiently.
  3. To put fuel into a tank
  4. To deliberately lose a sport match with the intent of gaining a perceived future competitive advantage.
    • {{cite news}} Beforehand, Swedish [national ice hockey team] coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson had ruminated about tanking against Slovakia to avoid powerful Canada or the Czechs in the quarters [i.e., quarterfinals of the 2006 Winter Olympic tournament], telling Swedish television, "One is cholera, the other the plague."
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small Indian dry measure, averaging 240 grain in weight.
  2. A Bombay weight of 72 grain, for pearl. {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}}
  • Kant
tankbuster etymology tank + buster
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A military aircraft suited to the destruction of tank.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of tank
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) drunk
tanker pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A vessel used to transport large quantities of liquid.
  2. A tank truck (US) or fuel tanker, petrol tanker, road tanker (UK)
  3. (military) Member of a tank crew, or of an armoured unit.
  4. (surfing slang) A longboard. I swung the tanker around just in time to take off with the lip
Synonyms: (military) tankman, tankist, (military) trooper, crewman, armoured soldier, armored soldier, (military) zipperhead (Canadian military slang)
tankie etymology From "tank" + "-ie" pronunciation
  • /tæŋki/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A tank engine.
  2. (British English) A member of the Communist Party of Great Britain who slavishly followed the Kremlin line, agreeing with the crushing of revolts in Hungary and later Czechoslovakia by Soviet tanks.
  3. (derogatory) By extension, anyone engaging in Stalin apologetics.
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of tank
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (humorous) thanks
  • stank
etymology 1 From Old French tanneur or tan + er pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person whose occupation is to tan hides, or convert them into leather by the use of tan.
etymology 2 Probably from the name of the coin designer, (died 1775) pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, colloquial) A former British coin, worth six old pence
Synonyms: sixpence, hog, (via Cockney rhyming slang) lord
tanning pronunciation
  • /ˈtænɪŋ/
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of tan
  2. The process of making leather, which does not easily decompose, from the skins of animals, which do.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The acquisition of a tan, either by exposure to the sun, or artificially.
  2. (informal) A spanking.
tannoy {{wikipedia}} etymology A genericised trademark of Tannoy Ltd, a manufacturer of public address systems. "Tannoy" is a syllabic abbreviation of tantalum alloy, which was the material used in a type of electrolytic rectifier developed by the company.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, colloquial) a public address system
  • Antony
tanorexia etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A condition whose sufferer believe they are too pale and become obsessed with tan.
tantivy etymology A fox-hunting term, said to be from the note of a hunting horn.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (obsolete) At full tilt to ride tantivy
    • 1737, John Ozell, ed., The Works of Francis Rabelais, M.D., fourth book, J. Brindley and C. Corbett, page 213: Fryar John began to paw, neigh and whinny at the Snout's end, as one ready to leap, or at least to play the Ass, and get up and ride tantivy to the Devil like a Beggar on Horseback.
    • 2006, Dana Sobel, The Planets, Penguin, page 26: Indeed Mercury's proximity to the Sun dominates every condition of the planet's existence—not just its tantivy progress through space […]
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A rapid gallop {{rfquotek}}
  2. (informal) The sound of a hunting horn in imitation of a galloping horse
    • 1898, , , David Nutt: Jack then placed himself on the opposite side of the pit, farthest from the giant’s lodging, and, just at the break of day, he put the horn to his mouth, and blew, Tantivy, Tantivy. This noise roused the giant.
  • The sound of a hunting horn seems to be an erroneous use (according to the OED)
tantrum {{wikipedia}} etymology unknown origin; since 1714. pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An often childish display or fit of bad temper. Many parents become embarrassed by their children throwing tantrums in public places. Baby Shawn threw a tantrum when he was told the bicycle was not his.
Synonyms: (childish display of bad temper) dummy spit, hissy fit
tap {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /tæp/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Old English tæppa, from Proto-Germanic *tappô. The verb is from Old English tæppian, from the noun.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A tapering cylindrical pin or peg used to stop the vent in a cask; a spigot.
  2. A device used to dispense liquid. We don't have bottled water; you'll have to get it from the tap.
  3. Liquor drawn through a tap; hence, a certain kind or quality of liquor. a liquor of the same tap
  4. A place where liquor is drawn for drinking; a taproom; a bar.
  5. (mechanics) A device used to cut an internal screw thread. (External screw threads are cut with a die.) We drilled a hole and then cut the threads with the proper tap to match the valve's thread.
  6. A connection made to an electrical or fluid conductor without breaking it. The system was barely keeping pressure due to all of the ill-advised taps along its length.
  7. An interception of communication by authority.
Synonyms: (device to dispense liquid) faucet, handle, spigot, spout
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To furnish with taps. If we tap the maple trees, we can get maple syrup!
  2. To draw off liquid from a vessel. He tapped a new barrel of beer.
  3. deplete, especially of a liquid via a tap; tap out
  4. To place a listen or record device on a telephone or wired connection. {{defdate}} They can't tap the phone without a warrant.
  5. To intercept a communication without authority. He was known to tap cable television
  6. (mechanical) To cut an internal screw thread. Tap an M3 thread all the way through the hole.
  7. (gaming) To turn or flip a card or playing piece to remind players that it has already been used that turn.
Synonyms: (intercept communications) eavesdrop
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Device used to listen in secretly on telephone calls. {{defdate}}
etymology 2 From Middle English tappen, teppen, from Old French tapper, taper, of gem origin, from Old frk *tappōn, *dabbōn or from gml tappen, tapen "to tap, rap, strike"; both ultimately from Proto-Germanic *dab-, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰAbʰ-. Related to German tappen, Icelandic tappa, tapsa, tæpta. Related to dab.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To strike lightly. {{defdate}}
  2. To touch one's finger, foot, or other body part on a surface (usually) repeat. He was so nervous he began to tap his fingers on the table. She tapped her companion on the back to indicate that she was ready to go. Lydia tapped Jim on the shoulder to get his attention.
  3. To make a sharp noise. The tree, sway in the breeze, began to tap on the window pane.
  4. To designate for some duty or for membership, as in 'a tap on the shoulder'. {{defdate}}
  5. (slang, transitive) To have sexual intercourse with. I would tap that hot girl over there. I'd tap that.
  6. (combat sports) To submit to an opponent by tapping one's hand repeatedly.
  7. (combat sports, transitive) To force (an opponent) to submit.
    • 2000 October 14, "K®Æz¥ k ° †€°" (username), "Kimo Tapped Sakuraba", in alt.ufc, Usenet: Hard to believe used a triangle choke to tap , but 4 years can make a difference.
    • 2003 April 2, "Eddie" (username), "I Tapped Somebody!", in rec.martial-arts, Usenet: Just started bjj [=] couple of months ago and i finally tapped someone!!! WOOOHOO! The guy i tapped has been traiing a few more months than me, outweighs me by at least 30 pounds, and is in great shape from the army.
    • 2004 April 7, "Araxen" (username), "Re: UFC vs. Boxing", in, Usenet: weighed 1/4 of what Butterbean [=] weighs and he still tapped Butterbean.
  8. To put a new sole or heel on. to tap shoes
Synonyms: (to touch something, often repeatedly) hit, patter, pound, rap, strike, (to make a sharp noise) bang, ping, rap, (to submit to an opponent) tap out, (to force an opponent to submit) tap out
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A gentle or slight blow; a light rap; a pat. {{rfquotek}} When Steve felt a tap on his shoulder, he turned around.
  2. (computing) The act of touch a touch screen.
  3. A piece of leather fastened upon the bottom of a boot or shoe in repairing or renewing the sole or heel; a heeltap.
  4. (military) A signal, by drum or trumpet, for extinguishing all lights in soldiers' quarters and retiring to bed; usually given about a quarter of an hour after tattoo. {{rfquotek}}
  • apt, ap't, apt., APT
  • ATP
  • pat, Pat
  • PTA
tape etymology From Middle English tape, tappe, from Old English tæppa, tæppe. Probably akin to Old Frisian tapia, Middle Low German tappen, tāpen, Middle High German zāfen, zāven. pronunciation
  • (UK) /teɪ̯p/, [tʰeɪ̯p]
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  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Flexible material in a roll with a sticky surface on one or both sides; adhesive tape. Hand me some tape. I need to fix a tear in this paper.
  2. Thin and flat paper, plastic or similar flexible material, usually produced in the form of a roll. After the party there was tape all over the place.
  3. Finishing tape, stretched across a track to mark the end of a race. Jones broke the tape in 47.77 seconds, a new world record.
  4. Magnetic or optical recording media in a roll; videotape or audio tape. Did you get that on tape?
  5. Unthinking, patterned response triggered by a particular stimulus Old couples sometimes will play tapes at each other during a fight.
  6. (trading, from ticker tape) The series of prices at which a financial instrument trades. Don’t fight the tape.
  7. (ice hockey) The wrapping of the primary puck-handling surface of a hockey stick His pass was right on the tape.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To bind with adhesive tape. Can you tape that together, please?
  2. To record, particularly onto magnetic tape. You shouldn’t have said that. The microphone was on and we were taping.
  3. (informal, passive) To understand, figure out. I've finally got this thing taped.
related terms:
  • roll tape
  • tape off
  • pate, pâté
  • peat
  • Peta, PETA
tape recorder
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (sound engineering) An electromechanical device use to record and play back sound, etc.
tapped out
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of tap out
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, slang) Having no money, broke, penniless {{defdate}}
Synonyms: skint
related terms:
  • on the tap
tapu pronunciation
  • /ˈtɑːpuː/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative form of taboo
    • 2004: Spies were sent to test the Moriori’s mettle by violating tapu & despoiling holy sites. — David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. alternative form of taboo
    • 1859, Arthur Saunders Thomson, The Story of New Zealand: Past and Present (page 105) Tapuing seeds and fields are types of the English laws for protecting out-door property; women tapued to men is matrimony; tapuing sick persons is analogous to the quarantine orders against lepers, the plague and the yellow fever.
  • puta
tar {{was wotd}} {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (RP) /tɑː/
  • (US) /tɑɹ/, [tʰɑɻ], [tʰɑɹ], [tʰɑ˞], {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English terr, from Old English teoru, teru, from Proto-Germanic *terwą (compare West Frisian tarre, Dutch teer), from Proto-Indo-European *deru̯o (compare Welsh derw, Lithuanian dervà, Russian дерево 〈derevo〉, Bulgarian дърво 〈dʺrvo〉), from *dóru. More at tree.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) A black, oily, sticky, viscous substance, consisting mainly of hydrocarbons derived from organic materials such as wood, peat, or coal.
  2. Coal tar.
  3. (uncountable) A solid residual byproduct of tobacco smoke.
  4. (slang, dated) A sailor, because of their tarpaulin clothes. Also Jack Tar. {{rfquotek}}
  5. black tar, a form of heroin
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To coat with tar.
  2. (transitive) To besmirch. Although he was found innocent, the allegations had tarred his name.
etymology 2 Abbreviation of tape archive.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing) A program for archiving files, common on Unix.
  2. (computing) A file produced by such a program.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (computing) To create a tar archive.
  • untar
  • art, Art
  • rat
  • RTA
etymology 3 {{wikipedia}} From Persian تار‎ 〈tạr‎〉. Alternative forms: tār
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (musical instruments) a Persian long-necked, waisted instrument, shared by many cultures and countries in the Middle East and the Caucasus
tara Alternative forms: ta-ra pronunciation
  • /tæˈɹɑː/, /təˈɹɑː/ (note: Stress on 2nd syllable, unlike the proper name Tara)
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (British, informal or baby talk) goodbye; equivalent to the more geographically widespread ta ta
    • 2004:Metro in (website of London Evening Standard), Jolie says ta-ra to Lara - Pssst...Actress Angelina Jolie's days as Tomb Raider action hero Lara Croft are over.
Synonyms: bye, ta ta
  • Arta
  • atar
  • ATRA
tarbaby {{wikipedia}} etymology tar + baby, from African American folklore, popularized by the tale of in the stories (1881) of , originally from Cherokee folklore (a tar baby story was published in the Cherokee Advocate, 1845).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A difficult or "sticky" situation, especially one where peoples' attempts to make it better only make it worse
  2. (pejorative, ethnic slur) A black person
The term is easily construed in the offensive, pejorative sense, and thus it is prudent to avoid it, instead referring to a “sticky situation”.
tard Alternative forms: 'tard etymology From retard pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (offensive, slang) A person with mental retardation.
  2. (offensive, slang) A person who acts stupidly.
See the usage notes about retard.
related terms:
  • celebutard
  • spamtard
  • fucktard
  • DART, dart, drat, DTRA, trad
-tard etymology From retard.
suffix: {{en-suffix}}
  1. (slang) Used to form words conveying an attitude of contempt or doubt over the subject's intelligence.
  2. (slang) A thing associated with persons of low intelligence.
    • {{quote-news}}
tardling etymology tard + ling
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A contemptible person, especially a foolish one.
tarnal etymology From eternal.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, slang, euphemistic) damned (as an intensifier)
tarp {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /tɑːp/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /tɑɹp/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Short form of tarpaulin.
    • 1986, , Concrete: Under the Desert Stars, Dark Horse Books {Gun pointing at head} Sorry, Quigley, but you had your chance to cooperate. / Bob, straighten the tarp, we don’t want the rug splattered.
  • The short form might be perceived as informal, but it has replaced tarpaulin in most situations.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To cover something with a tarpaulin.
    • 2001, Verne Huser, River Running: Canoeing, Kayaking, Rowing, Rafting, page 136 The load may be tarped for serious white water, but tarped or not, everything should be tied securely in case of capsize.
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous, chiefly, Internet slang) deliberate misspelling of trap
  • part
  • prat
  • rapt
  • trap
tarpaulin {{wikipedia}} etymology From tar + pall + -ing. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) A heavy, waterproof sheet of material, often cloth, used as a cover. Throw a tarpaulin over that woodpile before it gets wet.
  2. (countable, slang, archaic) A sailor. Often abbreviated to just tar.
  3. (uncountable, obsolete) Any heavy, waterproof material used as a cover.
  4. (uncountable, nautical, obsolete) Canvas waterproofed with tar, used as a cover.
  5. A hat made of, or covered with, painted or tarred cloth, worn by sailors and others.
  • In the US, tarp is more commonly used than tarpaulin, even in print.
tarrier pronunciation
  • (noun)
    • (UK) /ˈtæriə/
    • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈtæriɚ/
    • {{rhymes}}
  • (adjective)
    • (UK) /ˈtɑːriə/
    • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈtɑːriɚ/
etymology 1 The Roman Catholic slang variation is possibly derived from Saint Erasmus being labeled as a tarrier of time before torture and execution for his beliefs.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A layabout or loiterer; Someone who tarries.
  2. (slang, derogatory, UK, ethnic slur) A Roman Catholic of Northern Ireland or Scotland
adjective: {{head}}
  1. en-comparative of tarry
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. obsolete form of terrier
tart pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English tart, from Old English teart, from Proto-Germanic *tartaz, from Proto-Germanic *teraną, from Proto-Indo-European *der-. Related to Dutch tarten, German trotzen, German zart, Albanian thartë.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Sharp to the taste; acid; sour. I ate a very tart apple.
  2. (of wine) high or too high in acidity.
  3. (figuratively) Sharp; keen; severe. He gave me a very tart reply.
Synonyms: (of wine: high in acidity) green
etymology 2 Old French tarte (Modern French tarte), from tourte, from vl *torta, from torta panis, from feminine of Latin tortus. Cognate to torta.
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. A type of small open pie, or piece of pastry, containing jelly or conserve; a sort of fruit pie.
related terms:
  • tort
  • torta
  • torture
etymology 3 From sweetheart or jam tart by shortening
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) A prostitute.
  2. (British, slang, derogatory) By extension, any woman with loose sexual morals.
Synonyms: (prostitute) See also , (prostitute) See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To practice prostitution
  2. To practice promiscuous sex
  3. To dress garishly, ostentatiously, whorish,or slutty
  • attr
tartan pronunciation
  • /ˈtɑːtən/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Blend of Middle English tartaryn, from Middle French tartarin, and Middle French tiretaine, from Old French tiret, from tire, from Malayalam tyrius, from Latin Tyrus. {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A kind of woven woollen cloth with a distinctive pattern of coloured stripes intersecting at right angles, associated with Scottish Highlanders, different clans having their own distinctive patterns.
  2. The pattern associated with such material.
  3. An individual or a group wearing tartan; a Highlander or Scotsman in general.
  4. Trade name of a synthetic resin, used for surfacing tracks etc.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having a pattern like a tartan.
    • 1929, M. Barnard Eldershaw, A House Is Built, Chapter IX, Section iii In the second row of the cavalcade were Francie, Fanny's god-daughter, now thirteen years old and already elegant in long frilled pantalettes, tartan skirts, and a leghorn hat with streamers, …
  2. (humorous) Scottish.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To clothe in tartan.
etymology 2 Borrowing from French tartane, from Italian tartana, of uncertain origin. Alternative forms: tartane, tartana
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A type of one-masted vessel used in the Mediterranean.
    • 1877, Jules Verne, Ellen E. Frewer (translator), , Part 2, Chapter X: Market Prices in Gallia, Hakkabut hereupon descended into the hold of the tartan, and soon returned, carrying ten packets of tobacco, each weighing one kilogramme, and securely fastened by strips of paper, labelled with the French Government stamp.
    • 1896, Arthur Conan Doyle, , Chapter IV: The Peace of Amiens, When we were watching Massena, off Genoa, we got a matter of seventy schooners, brigs, and tartans, with wine, food, and powder.
  • rattan
  • tantra
tartan tax etymology Coined by Michael Forsyth, Baron Forsyth of Drumlean.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) An addition to income tax payable only by those in Scotland as a result of the Scottish variable rate.
tart card
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang) A card advertising the services of a prostitute.
tartlet etymology tart + let
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small tart (pastry)
  2. (derogatory, slang) A girl or young woman considered promiscuous.
    • 1992, Stephen Coonts, The Cannibal Queen: A Flight Into the Heart of America, Open Road Integrated Media (2010), ISBN 9781453205570, unnumbered page: The only excitement I had was watching a tartlet in a teeny-weeny bikini that barely contained her truly mammoth assets light a cigarette and suck on it with puckered, painted, Lolita lips.
    • 2010, Jo Beverley, Emily and the Dark Angel, Signet Eclipse (2010), ISBN 9780451231253, unnumbered page: "She's a whore. A tartlet. Junia, he bought her for a hundred and fifty guineas, and then had the nerve to ask me to marry him!"
    • 2010, Pastor Shirley, S.E.C.R.E.T.S. of the First Ladies, Dog Ear Publishing (2010), ISBN 9781608442256, page 77: She hated that a large chunk of Jerry's income supported his little tartlets instead of being directed into their household as it should have been..
    • 2011, A. K. Wrox, Arrabella Candellarbra & The Questy Thing to End All Questy Things, Clan Destine Press (2011), ISBN 9780980790061, unnumbered page: 'Be gone tartlets! Your feminine charms hold no power over me,' he said, {{…}}
    • 2012, Sarah Nicole Prickett, "Kristen Stewart should not have apologized, and here's why", The Globe and Mail, 29 July 2012: I have yet to see a Hollywood tartlet apologize for weighing 95 pounds, or for playing dumb to stay popular, or for always being the sidekick when there's action.
  • tattler
tarty etymology tart + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, slang) Like a tart (promiscuous woman); slutty, whorish.
    • 1991, Gayle Greene, Changing the Story: Feminist Fiction and the Tradition Atwood's Edible Woman offers a brilliant analysis of woman as consumable in consumer capitalism: when Marian turns out in a tarty hairdo and red dress...
    • 2004, Thomas A Reppetto, American Mafia: A History of Its Rise to Power The vice trust, with equal ingenuity, sent prostitutes dressed in their tartiest outfits into respectable neighborhoods to inquire about apartments for rent.
  • ratty
task etymology From onf tasque, variant of Old French tasche, from Malayalam tasca, alteration of taxa, from Latin taxāre. pronunciation
  • (RP) /tɑːsk/
  • (US) /tæsk/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A piece of work done as part of one’s duties.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  2. A difficult or tedious undertaking.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  3. An objective.
  4. (computing) A process or execution of a program.
  • Adjectives often applied to "task": difficult, easy, simple, hard, tough, complex, not-so-easy, challenging, complicated, tricky, formidable, arduous, laborious, onerous, small, big, huge, enormous, tremendous, gigantic, mammoth, colossal, gargantuan, social, intellectual, theological, important, basic, trivial, unpleasant, demanding, pleasant, noble, painful, grim, responsible, rewarding, boring, ungrateful, delightful, glorious, agreeable.
Synonyms: (piece of work) chore, (difficult undertaking) undertaking, (objective) objective, goal, (process) process
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To assign a task to, or impose a task on. On my first day in the office, I was tasked with sorting a pile of invoices.
    • 1610, , by , act 1 scene 2 All hail, great master! grave sir, hail! I come / To answer thy best pleasure; be't to fly, / To swim, to dive into the fire, to ride / On the curl'd clouds, to thy strong bidding task / Ariel and all his quality.
    • Dryden There task thy maids, and exercise the loom.
  2. To oppress with severe or excessive burden; to tax.
  3. To charge, as with a fault.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher Too impudent to task me with those errors.
  • AKST
  • askt
  • kast
Tasmania {{wikipedia}} etymology After the Dutch naval explorer Abel Tasman, who discovered the island and New Zealand in 1642. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. One of the six federal states of Australia, consisting of one large, eponymous and several much smaller islands, off the eastern part of Australia's south coast, having its capital at Hobart.
  2. (historical) The colony that became the state of Tasmania at federation in 1901.
  3. The large island comprising the majority of the state of Tasmania's land area and on which most of its inhabitants live.
Synonyms: (abbreviation) Tassie (colloquial), (historical) Van Diemen's Land
  • amanitas
Tassie etymology From Tasmania + ie. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal, Australia) Tasmania.
    • 1995 April, , page 28, He was disappointed that Tassie had not been able to be included in the Brent Chapman tour and this together with highly successful visit by Kirk McKusik and Gene Spafford had convinced him it was worth seeking a chapter in Tassie.
    • 2006 August 28, Louisa Hearn, , Tassie YouTube star calls it quits, Emmalina, an 18-year-old YouTube hit from Tassie, has bowed out of internet stardom for good after her computer was hacked and her privacy invaded, sparking fears for her own safety.
    • 2009, Justine Vaisutis, Australia, Lonely Planet, page 636, Tassie is a good size for exploring by bicycle and is a perennial favourite with visiting touring cyclists.
  • siesta
tasteful pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology taste + ful
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. having or exhibit good taste; aesthetic pleasing or conform to expectations or ideals of what is appropriate Her home was decorated with tasteful, classical furnishings.
  2. Having a high relish; savoury.
    • Alexander Pope Tasteful herbs.
  3. (colloquial): gay; fashionable. {{defdate}}
  • gaudy
  • stateful
tasteless etymology taste + less
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having no flavour; bland, insipid
  2. Lacking delicacy, refinement and good taste; unbecoming, crass.
  • stateless
taste like chicken {{wikipedia}} etymology
  • Modern spices normally used in chicken lead to similar taste in exotic meats.
  • The similarity of proteins in chicken and other meats makes a similar taste inevitable. The common food becomes the benchmark.
verb: {{head}} (most often used in present tense: tastes like chicken)
  1. (simile, humorous) Comically describes the taste of unique food, deriving humour from the idea that many exotic meats, from squab to rattlesnake, can taste like ordinary chicken. Ever had rabbit? Yeah. It tastes like chicken.
-tastic etymology {{back-form}}
suffix: {{en-suffix}}
  1. (slang) Fantastic; used to form adjectives conveying praise or celebration.
  2. (slang) Fantastic; used sarcastically.
Synonyms: -riffic, -tacular
tasty {{rft}} pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having a pleasant or satisfying flavor; delicious. You could make this tasty meal for breakfast.
  2. (obsolete) Having or showing good taste; tasteful. These items will make an attractive and tasty display.
  3. (slang) Appealing; when applied to persons, sexually appealing.
  4. (UK, informal) Skillful; highly competent.
  5. (UK, informal) Potentially violent.
    • {{quote-book }}
    • {{quote-book }}
    • {{quote-news }} These empires of rusting metal have long been portrayed in film, fiction and TV as a haunt of the wide boy, the tasty geezer, and many other variants of ne'er-do-well
Synonyms: (pleasant flavor) See
related terms:
  • taste
  • tasteful
Taswegian etymology slang from about 1930. A blend of Tasmanian and Glaswegian.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, navy, slang) A Tasmanian seaman.
  2. (Australia, humorous, sometimes disparaging) An inhabitant of Tasmania.
    • 2005, Beverly Walton, Watermarks: A Tasmanian Journal, [http//|%22Taswegians%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=fRXye7fO9N&sig=to0Sn9AWfso_dU2f_KRq5dLo7SY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=pqV6UNuKJMiRiQeMiIGoAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22Taswegian%22|%22Taswegians%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 25], The town is filled with lovely, lovely Taswegians, the kindest and most generous people I have ever met.
    • 2009, Justine Vaisutis, Australia, Lonely Planet, [http//|%22Taswegians%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=LEtNzOOiwM&sig=CWRLEKhlTDK5D4zrmf9C9J6VkkM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=pqV6UNuKJMiRiQeMiIGoAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22Taswegian%22|%22Taswegians%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 32], The new year is also vigorously celebrated further south during the Hobart Summer Festival (p646), when Taswegians stuff themselves with food, wine and song.
    • 2011, Teri Louise Kelly, Punktuation, [http//|%22Taswegians%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=tTsp4XsDEk&sig=SgyndYTdx29Gk_aJMRYl0fOAoMI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=pqV6UNuKJMiRiQeMiIGoAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22Taswegian%22|%22Taswegians%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 57], That was when I learned that every Taswegian worth his salt carries an axe in his boot and, more often than not, two in case of axe-less friends.
Synonyms: (person from Tasmania) apple-eater, Apple Islander
tat pronunciation
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etymology 1
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Cheap and vulgar tastelessness; sleaze.
  2. Cheap, tasteless, useless goods; trinket.
  3. (India) Gunnycloth made from the fibre of the Corchorus olitorius or jute.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, intransitive) To make (something by) tatting.
etymology 2 Hindi
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (India, dated) A pony.
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etymology 3
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A tattoo.
  • att
etymology 1 {{rfe}}
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. alternative form of ta ta
etymology 2 From French tette, of Germanic origin, and/or Old English titt. Confer Dutch tiet and German Zitze. {{etystub}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Breast.
  • atta
ta ta Alternative forms: ta-ta, tata, ta tah, ta-tah, tah tah, tah-tah etymology Probably derived from baby talk c1823 (imitative). pronunciation
  • /tɑːtɑː/ or /tətɑː/ or /təˈtɑː/
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (chiefly, UK, Australian, New Zealand, informal, colloquial) Goodbye.
    • 1917, , , 2007, The Echo Library, page 229, “…Well, ta-ta, sweetheart! Don′t expect me back to lunch.”
    • 1923 (recorded 1900), Ed Smith (Cranbrook Courier), Reminiscences of Kootenay Pioneers, recalling an event claimed to be the origin of the place name Ta Ta Creek; viewed in British Columbia archives), Red put the spurs to his horse and galloped away: “Ta ta, friends, I′ve business up the trail.”
    • 1967, , , page 55, ‘No more questions? Then I′ll be off. Ta-ta.’
Synonyms: (goodbye) bye, goodbye, hooroo (Australian); see also Dated and rarely used in The United States, sometimes used in Canada. Although likely to be understood, it is likely to be considered rather humorous, particularly if used in a parody of British English speakers.
  • atta
ta ta for now Alternative forms: ta-ta for now, tata for now etymology From ta ta (or ta-ta) by addition of for now to emphasise hope that the parting will not be permanent. pronunciation Often run together as tætɑːfəˈn
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (informal) see ya, laters, (less formal version of) au revoir or till we meet again
    • 1974: (voiced by ) in Unbouncing – Well, I gotta go, now! I got a lot of bouncing to do! Hoo-hoo-hoo! TTFN! Ta ta for now!
Synonyms: see ya, laters
tater etymology Representing an aphetic pronunciation of potato pronunciation
  • (British) /ˈteɪtə/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈteɪtɚ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, US, informal) A potato.
  2. (US, baseball, slang) A home run
  • atter
  • tetra
  • treat
tatt Alternative forms: tat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A tattoo.
tattle etymology Likely akin to M.Du., M.L.G., E.Fris. tateren - "to chatter, babble", possibly of imitative origin. Attested in 1481, in William Caxton's translation of "" in the sense "to stutter", probably borrowed from .
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. {{senseid}}(intransitive, pejorative) To report others' wrongdoing or violations; to tell on somebody; to gossip or to disclose incriminating information.
  2. (intransitive) To chatter.
    • 1599, , , BEATRICE. He were an excellent man that were made just in the mid-way between him and Benedick: the one is too like an image, and says nothing; and the other too like my lady's eldest son, evermore tattling.
    • Dryden the tattling quality of age, which is always narrative
Synonyms: blow the whistle, rat on, sing, snitch, squeal, gossip; see also
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A tattletale.
  2. Gossip; idle talk.
related terms:
  • tattletale
tattle tell
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) telltale
tatty pronunciation
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etymology 1
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Northern England, Geordie, slang) potato
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Dilapidated, distressed, worn-out, torn The tramp wore a tatty old overcoat.
etymology 2 From Hindi.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (India) A woven mat or screen hung at a door or window and kept wet to moisten and cool the air as it enters.
tatty bye etymology Phrase coined, or made popular, by comedian in the 1970s, but persisting in the language.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang) goodbye
tautonym etymology {{confix}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (biology, informal) A binomial name consisting of the same word twice, such as Bison bison.
tawaif etymology From Urdu طوائف 〈ṭwạỷf〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Asia, historical) A professional courtesan serving the nobility, especially under the Mughal Empire; (pejorative), a whore.
    • 1997, Kiran Nagarkar, Cuckold, HarperCollins 2013, p. 11: ‘The tawaif has graduated from mere singing to dancing.’
    • 2008, Susan Dewey, Hollow Bodies, p. 147: Characterized by its soft eroticism, mujra was performed by courtesans called tawaif who were an integral part of life in the Mughal court.
    • 2008, Gayatri Chatterjee, in Sahni, Shankar, Apte (Eds.), Prostitution and Beyond, p. 290: And since the British period, the reputation of a common prostitute has dogged the heels of the tawaif.
Taxachusetts etymology {{blend}}, referring to its high income tax.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (humorous) Massachusetts
taxaholic etymology tax + aholic
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, pejorative) Having or supporting excessive tax.
    • 1993, George F. Will, "The Energy-Tax Doily", The Baltimore Sun, 17 May 1993; As the taxaholic Clinton administration struggles to govern this taxaphobic nation, it is provoking protests not quite as stirring as the dean's, but which should be heeded.
    • 2005, Alan S. Ferguson, The Dummy, AuthorHouse (2005), ISBN 1420871706, page 299: These taxaholic spendocrats see no end to your money.
    • 2012, Ann O'M. Bowman & Richard C. Kearney, State and Local Government: The Essentials, Wadsworth (2012), ISBN 9781111341497, page 241: What protects citizens against "taxaholic" local legislative bodies is the state requirement that local tax hikes must be approved by the voters in a referendum.
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, pejorative) A person or government which institute or supports excessive tax.
    • 2000, House of Commons Debates, Issues 75-84, page 5849: The reason Canadians put us here was to voice their concerns and frustrations over the weight of a central government that is a tax and spend fanatic, a taxaholic.
    • 2004, "'... and I approved this message'", Star Tribune, 23 May 2004: If you watch commercial television this month, you likely have seen a Bush-Cheney positive ad, possibly the one touting President Bush's No Child Left Behind education program, or a negative one that attacks Sen. John Kerry as either a flip-flopper, a taxaholic, or as soft on military issues.
    • 2010, Richard W. Rahn, "Taxaholics", The Washington Times, 11 May 2010: The majority of taxaholics are particularly addicted to the most destructive taxes, being the taxes on capital.
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taxaphobic etymology tax + -a- + -phobic
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Fearing or opposing tax.
    • 1992, George F. Will, Suddenly: The American Idea Abroad and at Home 1986-1990, Free Press (1992), ISBN 9780029344361, page 173: Today Transportation Secretary Samuel Skinner, from Illinois, has the challenging task of selling a taxaphobic nation on the rationality of spending much more on infrastructure.
    • 2009, A. Semed Atick, Oh America!: Through The Eyes of an Immigrant, Xlibris (2009), ISBN 9781436371537, unnumbered page: The complicated U.S. taxation systems, the bureaucratic madness of the April 15th deadline, drive honest taxpayers insane and most have become taxaphobic.
    • 2011, Patrick J. Buchanan, Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?, Thomas Dunne Books (2011), ISBN 9780312579975, page 29: Taxes drove the American Revolution, for we were a taxaphobic people who believed in severely limited government.
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taxbite etymology tax + bite
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, pejorative) alternative form of tax bite
    • Impact of the war in southeast Asia on the U.S. economy, United States. Congress. Senate. Foreign Relations, 1970, “The taxbite on an income of $6498 in 1969, if tax rates had been exactly the same as in 1965”
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    • Corporate Financial Risk Management, page 225, Roy L. Nersesian, 2004, “Rather than getting sidetracked discussing the true worth of $540000, 10 years in the future after the taxbite is taken out, the $540000 will simply be the benchmark for determining the break-even insurance premium.”
tax bite Alternative forms: taxbite
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, pejorative) The amount or rate of taxes.
taxi {{wikipedia}} etymology Shortened from taximeter cab, taximeter from French taximètre, from German Taxameter (whence also English taxameter), coined from Malayalam taxa. pronunciation
  • /ˈtæ
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A vehicle that may be hire for single journey by members of the public, driven by a taxi driver.
  2. (South Africa) A share taxi.
Synonyms: (vehicle hired for single journeys) cab, (vehicle hired for single journeys) taxicab (from taximeter cabriolet)
related terms: {{rel3}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To move an aircraft around an airport under its own power.
related terms:
  • taxiway
taxi driver
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a person who drive a taxicab
Synonyms: (informal) cabbie, (informal) cabby, cabdriver, cab driver
taxi stand {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A designated place in a street, railway station, airport etc where taxicab line up to wait for passenger.
Synonyms: cab stand, taxi rank
taxman Alternative forms: tacksman (obsolete) etymology tax + man pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /ˈtæksmæn/
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈtaksman/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A generic, usually derogatory term for a tax collector. The taxman’s taken all my dough.
    • 1668 July 3rd, , “Thomas Rue contra Andrew Houſtoun” in The Deciſions of the Lords of Council & Seſſion I (Edinburgh, 1683), page 547 Andrew Houſtoun and Adam Muſhet, being Tackſmen of the Excize, did Imploy Thomas Rue to be their Collector, and gave him a Sallary of 30. pound Sterling for a year.
  • The term is gender-neutral (the term taxwoman is not in common usage).
Synonyms: tax collector
taxocrat etymology tax + -o- + -crat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) A politician or bureaucrat viewed as supporting excessive tax or spending.
    • 1944, Tax Topics: The National Magazine of Tax Accounting, Volumes 4-5, page 25: "What we don't want is government by "taxocrats", continually meddling with the competitive practices that brought us the highest living standards and the capacity to outfight and outproduce all regimented peoples" he declared.
    • 1979, Gary Allen, Tax Target: Washington, '76 Press (1979), ISBN 9780892450169, page 157: To the old adage that nothing is certain in life except death and taxes, a new one can be added: If the taxocrats continue unchecked, we will all soon be taxed to death!
    • 1997, "Budget Amendment Would Raise Taxes", The Record (Bergen County, New Jersey), 24 March 1997: A federal balanced budget sounds good in political speeches, but in reality the idea is simply a taxocrat's dream, as it would become a constitutional order to cover all spending, even the unnecessary, deficit kind.
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T-bone pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /ˈtiːbəʊn/
etymology 1 Elliptical form of T-bone steak.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. T-bone steak
etymology 2 From the ⊤ shape produced by the vehicles involved in such a collision, with allusion to T-bone ¹.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, chiefly, US slang, of a car or similar vehicle) Collide perpendicular with the side of (chiefly) another vehicle.
    • 1984: R and T, volume 35, page 187 (CBS Publications) Holmes, who was a lap ahead and in 6th spot, couldn’t avoid T-boning him and in the coming together they were both out.
    • 1993: Car and Driver, volume 39, page 25 (Hachette Magazines, Inc.) Its hood had already been accordioned from T-boning somebody else[.]
    • 2007: Paul Myers, It Ain’t Easy: Long John Baldry and the Birth of the British Blues, page 77 (Greystone Books; ISBN 1553652002, 9781553652007) They get to an intersection when suddenly the limo gets T-boned and everything gets thrown around all over the car.
  • bento, bentō
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) Thanksgiving Day; Turkey Day.
tea {{wikipedia}} etymology Circa 1650, from Dutch thee, from Min Nan Chinese 〈chá〉 (Amoy dialect), from Proto-Min, from och, ultimately from Proto-Sino-Tibetan *s-la. Introduced to English and other Western European languages by the Dutch East India Company, who sourced their tea in Amoy; compare Malay teh along the same trade route. Ultimately cognate to chai, from same Proto-Sino-Tibetan root; see discussion of cognates. {{rel-top}} The word for “tea” in many languages is of Sinitic origin (due to China being the origin of the plant), and thus there are many cognates; see translations. These are from one of two proximate sources. The word for tea in modern Min Nan is and in Mandarin is chá (both written as 茶); this divide dates to Proto-Min/Middle Chinese, though the two terms share the same Proto-Sino-Tibetan root. Different languages borrowed one or the other form (specific language and point in time varied), reflecting trade ties, generally southern Chinese if by ocean trade from China, or northern Chinese chá if by overland trade or by ocean trade from India.''The World Atlas of Language Structures Online,'' “[ Chapter 138: Tea]”, by Östen Dahl Thus Western and Northern European languages borrowed (with the exception of Portuguese, which uses chá; despite being by ocean trade, their source was in Macao, not Amoy), while chá borrowings are used over a very large geographical area of Eurasia and Africa: Southern and Eastern Europe, and on through Turkish, Arabic, North and East Africa, Persian, Central Asian, and Indic languages. In Europe the /chá line is Italian/Slovene, Hungarian/Romanian, German/Czech, Polish/Ukrainian, Baltics/Russian, Finnish/Karelian, Northern Sami/Inari Sami. was also borrowed in European trade stops in Southern India and coastal Africa, though chá borrowings are otherwise more prevalent in these regions, via Arabic or Indic, due to earlier trade. The situation in Southeast Asia is complex due to multiple influences, and some languages borrowed both forms, such as Malay teh and ca. {{rel-bottom}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /tiː/
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  • {{homophones}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) The dried leaves or buds of the tea plant, . exampleGo to the supermarket and buy some tea.
  2. (uncountable) The drink made by infusing these dried leaves or buds in hot water. exampleWould you like some tea?
  3. (countable) A variety of the tea plant. exampleDarjeeling is a tea from India.
  4. (uncountable) By extension, any drink made by infusing parts of various other plants. examplecamomile tea;  mint tea
  5. (countable, Australia, British, Canada, New Zealand, northern US) A cup of any one of these drinks, often with a small amount of milk or cream added and sweetened with sugar or honey.
  6. (countable, Southern US) A glass of iced tea, typically served with ice cube and sometimes with a slice or wedge of lemon.
  7. (uncountable, UK) A light meal eaten mid-afternoon, typically with tea; afternoon tea.
  8. (uncountable, New Zealand, British, Australia) The main evening meal, irrespective of whether tea is drunk with it. exampleThe family were sitting round the table, having their tea.
  9. (cricket) The break in play between the second and third session. exampleAustralia were 490 for 7 at tea on the second day.
  10. (slang, dated) Marijuana.
    • 1940, Raymond Chandler, Farewell, My Lovely, Penguin 2010, page 103: So they were evidence. Evidence of what? That a man occasionally smoked a stick of tea, a man who looked as if any touch of the exotic would appeal to him. On the other hand lots of tough guys smoked marijuana ….
    • 1946, Mezz Mezzrow and Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Payback Press 1999, page 74: Tea puts a musician in a real masterly sphere, and that's why so many jazzmen have used it.
    • 1947, William Burroughs, letter, 11 Mar 1947: Here in Texas possession of tea is a felony calling for 2 years.
In many places tea is assumed to mean hot tea, while in the southern United States, it is assumed to mean iced tea. Synonyms: (the drink) cha, char, (dried leaves of tea plant) tea leaves, (drink made by infusing parts of various other plants) herb tea, herbal tea, infusion, tisane
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To drink tea.
  2. To take afternoon tea (the light meal).
    • 1877, The Bicycling Times and Tourist's Gazette (page 38) The wind was high and the hills ditto, and both being against us we were late in reaching Hitchin (30 from Cambridge), so giving up the idea of reaching Oxford we toiled on through Luton, on to Dunstable (47), where we teaed moderately …
  • a.e.t., ate, eat, ETA, eta
tea and toaster Alternative forms: tea-and-toaster
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, chiefly, medicine) A person, usually elderly and frail, with a diet lacking in nutrition.
    • 1922, , Finnegan's Wake: Again, if Father San Browne, tea and toaster to that quaintest of yarnspinners is Padre Don Bruno . . . .
    • 1964, B. A. Cooper and L. Lowenstein, "Relative Folate Deficiency of Erythrocytes in Pernicious Anemia and its Correction with Cyanocobalamin," Blood, vol. 24, p. 505: The patients with inadequate diet admitted to ingesting a diet usually devoid of folate-rich food such as liver, kidney, and vegetables other than potatoes. Several probably were "tea and toasters."
    • 2003, Robert K. Murray et al., Harper's Illustrated Biochemistry, McGraw-Hill, ISBN 9780071389013, p. 586: Older people with poor dietary habits ("tea and toasters") may develop iron deficiency.

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