The Alternative English Dictionary

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


teabag Alternative forms: tea bag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A cloth or paper packet containing tea leaves or herbal tea, designed to act as an infuser when submerged in hot water.
    • 1980, Walter Stovall, The Minus Pool (page 10) He put a spoon and teabag on the saucer and placed it before Mr. McManus.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, vulgar, slang) To lower one’s testicle into the mouth of another person, or onto the face or head of another person.
tea bag {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: teabag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small porous bag, holding tea leaves or the herbal equivalent; used to brew a single cup of tea.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, slang) To protest against those favoring increasing economic power of the US federal government (as part of the Tea Party).
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teabagger {{wikipedia}} etymology teabag + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, pejorative) An upper class participant in motor racing.
    • 1999, Joe Scalzo, Indianapolis Roadsters, page 41 …and for the great Parnelli Jones, and in the process telling off Colin Chapman-all superior upper-class teabagger manners and treachery
  2. (slang, vulgar) A person who practices teabagging, i.e., the sexual act of inserting the scrotum into someone's mouth.
  3. (neologism, often, derogatory) An affiliate of the Tea Party movement, or a supporter of its protests and/or ideology. "As a reference to members of the currently active Tea Party, the word has been used in speech and print by both liberals and conservatives. In this context, the term "teabagger" is a reasonably conceived informal name for an affiliate of the Tea Party, and as a word in the news, it earned a mention for the year 2009." -- "'Teabagger' Finalist For Oxford's 'Word Of The Year'", Huffington Post, 18 November 2009.
Synonyms: (Tea Party movement member) teahadist (pejorative), teatard (pejorative)
teabagging {{wikipedia}}
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of teabag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, sex) the act of teabagging
teabaggy etymology teabag + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) Of, related to, or characteristic of the Tea Party movement.
    • 2009, Michael Hogan, "The Government Would Suck at Throwing a Tea Party", Vanity Fair, 10 April 2009: Good thing there are loads of courageous anti-tax patriots (like Michelle Malkin!) willing to organize teabaggy protests designed to bring about a brave new world without bailouts, welfare, wars, or red tape …
    • 2011, Paul Constant, "Are They Serious?", The Stranger, 25 May 2011: Sure, the teabaggy base will make some crazy noise, but the Republican nomination process is nothing if not orderly: …
    • 2012, Josh Ruffin, "Normal Republicans?", Metro Spirit, Volume 33, Number 6, 9 February 2012, page 12: These teabaggy, colonial cosplayers have been stinking up the political scene with their garish brand of ADHD bigotry, and... what?
Teabagistan etymology teabag + stan
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (US, political, slang) An idealized, rural, conservative version of America, as recalled by members.
related terms:
  • teabag
Teach pronunciation
  • /ˈtit͡ʃ/
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang) Nickname for a teacher. I'm not in trouble again, am I, Teach?
  • Disrespectful
  • cheat, tache, theca
teach pronunciation
  • (UK) /tiːtʃ/
  • (US) /titʃ/
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etymology 1 From Middle English techen, from Old English tǣċan, from Proto-Germanic *taikijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *deyǵe-, *deyḱe- 〈*deyḱe-〉, *deyḱ- 〈*deyḱ-〉. Cognate with Scots tech, teich, German zeigen, zeihen, Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐍄𐌴𐌹𐌷𐌰𐌿 〈𐌲𐌰𐍄𐌴𐌹𐌷𐌰𐌿〉, Latin dīcō, Ancient Greek δείκνυμι 〈deíknymi〉. More at token.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete, transitive) To show (someone) the way; to guide, conduct.
    • {{RQ:Mlry MrtDrthr}}: So thus within a whyle as they thus talked the nyghte passed / and the daye shone / and thenne syre launcelot armed hym / and took his hors / and they taught hym to the Abbaye and thyder he rode within the space of two owrys
  2. (transitive) To pass on knowledge to. exampleCan you teach me to sew?  Can you teach sewing to me?
  3. (intransitive) To pass on knowledge, especially as one's profession; to act as a teacher. exampleShe used to teach at university.
  4. (transitive) To cause to learn or understand.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 8 , “The humor of my proposition appealed more strongly to Miss Trevor than I had looked for, and from that time forward she became her old self again;{{nb...}}. Now she had come to look upon the matter in its true proportions, and her anticipation of a possible chance of teaching him a lesson was a pleasure to behold.”
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Synonyms: (transitive, to pass on knowledge) educate, instruct
  • (intransitive, to pass on knowledge) learn
etymology 2 {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, informal) teacher
  • cheat
  • tache
  • theca
verb: {{head}}
  1. (nonstandard, colloquial, dialectal) en-past of teach
    • 1850, Unknown Author, Jemmy Stubbins, or The Nailer Boy, , , , “I always like to be there to teach or to be teached. ”
    • 1911, Ruth McEnery Stuart, Sonny, A Christmas Guest, , , , “His Sam failed to pass at the preliminar' examination, an' wasn't allowed to try for a diplomy in public; an' Enoch an' his wife, why, they seem to hold it ag'in' me thet Sonny could step in at the last moment an' take what their boy could n't git th'oo the trials an' tribulations of a whole year o' bein' teached lessons at home an' wrestled in prayer over. ”
    • 1936-1938, Works Projects Administration, Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2, , , , “Ole Missus and Marse learn't me to never tell a lie, and she teached me dat's de way to git along well. ”
The correct past of teach is taught.
  • cheated
teacherese etymology teacher + ese
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sometimes, humorous) The sort of language spoken by teacher.
    • 1995, Anabel Donald, In at the Deep End 'Troubled', the headmaster had said, presumably teacherese for the same thing.
    • 1997, Frank Deford, Alex: the life of a child This latter was a nice teacherese way of saying that Alex was hopelessly uncoordinated. It took her forever to learn to put on her underpants...
teach grandma how to suck eggs etymology First attested circa , from Spanish.
proverb: {{head}}
  1. To tell an expert how to do things. Usually phrased in the negative.
    • , Teach-your-grandmother-to-suck-eggs—ducks' eggs!
teach someone a lesson
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) To punish someone.
Synonyms: fix someone's wagon
Teague etymology Compare Welsh taeog, taeawg, adjective, "rustic, rude", noun, "vassal, villain, clown", and similar Irish word for "rural, boorish".
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) An Irishman. {{rfquotek}}
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teahadist etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (neologism, pejorative) An affiliate of the Tea Party movement, particularly an overzealous one.
Synonyms: teabagger (pejorative), teatard (pejorative)
teahead etymology tea + head Tea is a dated term for marijuana derived from the appearance of the dried leaves of both plants.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, dated) A habitual marijuana smoker.
Synonyms: pothead
tea pad
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, obsolete) A hash-bar; a place to buy or smoke marijuana.
    • 1946, Mezz Mezzrow & Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Payback Press 1999, p. 3: Took my public-school training in three jails and a plenty of pool-rooms, went to college in a gang of tea-pads, earned my Ph.D. in more creep joints and speakeasies and dancehalls than the law allows.
tea party {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A semi-formal afternoon social gathering at which tea, sandwich and cake are served.
  2. A small gathering of children or their toys, who mimic having a real dinner, often without any food at all.
tearaway pronunciation
  • /ˈtɛəɹəweɪ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, chiefly, British, pejorative) An impetuous and reckless person who is difficult to control; a hothead.
Synonyms: tearabout
tearjerker pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A sad or emotionally charged film or other dramatic work, sometimes exceeding the limits of necessity and/or believability.
Synonyms: cryfest, sobfest
related terms:
  • tearjerking
tearjerking etymology tear + jerking Alternative forms: tear-jerking
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Emotionally charged so as to induce sorrow.
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related terms:
  • tearjerker
teaser pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who tease or pokes fun.
  2. A person or thing that tease (textile treatment).
  3. A short film or quote meant to draw an audience to a film or show.
  4. (UK, dialect) A kind of gull, the jaeger.
  5. (electrical) A shunt winding on field magnets for maintaining their magnetism when the main circuit is open.
related terms:
  • cockteaser
  • prickteaser
  • arêtes, aretes, Easter, easter, eaters, reseat, saeter, seater, staree, Teresa
teaser rate
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, finance) An initial, relatively low, rate of interest on an adjustable-rate mortgage designed to attract borrowers.
teasy etymology From Cornish tesek.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial, UK, Cornwall) Irritable or angry.
  • as yet
  • yeast
  • yeats
teatard etymology tea + tard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, pejorative) A supporter of the Tea Party movement.
Synonyms: teabagger (pejorative), teahadist (pejorative), Tealiban (pejorative)
tebibit etymology From terabit, tebi + bit, where tebi- is a modified tera-
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. 240 (1,099,511,627,776) bits, as opposed to a terabit. Symbol Tib.
Synonyms: terabit (colloquial usage)
tech etymology {{clipping}}, technician, and technique. pronunciation
  • [tɛk]
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) technology
  2. (informal) technician
    • 2014, Jeff Jacobson, Growth (page 23) A man dressed as a lab tech, his blue scrubs startlingly pale against the vivid red and black chaos, moved into sight from behind the SUV. He carried an assault rifle.
  3. (informal) technique
related terms:
  • technology
  • technological
  • echt
  • etch
techdom etymology tech + dom
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The world or sphere of technology.
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    • 2009, Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus, iPhone For Dummies Of all the peculiar terms you may encounter in techdom, Bluetooth is one of our favorites.
techie pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) One who works with, or has an interest in, technology or computer.
  2. (informal) A person who works on the technical side of events.
related terms:
  • tech
  • technology
techiness etymology techy + ness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative form of tetchiness
    • 1847, The eclectic magazine of foreign literature, science, and art: Volume 11 (page 109) He was not a good subordinate, yet lacked the qualities of a leader. A constitutional warmth of temperament, and a seeming techiness and irritability, involved him in some unworthy squabbles.
  2. (informal) The quality of being techy, or technically oriented.
techland etymology tech + land
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The realm of modern technology.
    • 2005, John Mauldin, Just one thing (page 11) It explains the proliferation of PCs, iPods, smartphones, Tivos, GPS maps, digital cameras, and every other gadget on the constantly declining cost treadmill in techland.
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technicolor Alternative forms: technicolour (British) etymology From Technicolor. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈtɛk.nɪˌkʌl.ə(ɹ)/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A process of colour cinematography using synchronised monochrome film, each of a different colour, to produce a colour print.
  2. (informal) Vivid colour.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Extremely or excessively colour
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  2. (physics) Describing something in a technicolor model, a model that is similar to the but lacks a scalar .
  • Some use the British English spelling of colour to give technicolour, but this might be considered incorrect as the word comes from a trademark spelt without the "u". However, the Oxford Dictionary shows both spellings.
  • Perhaps the most common use of this word is in the title of the popular musical, .
related terms:
  • Technicolor yawn
  • technicolored/technicoloured
Technicolor yawn etymology Technicolor + yawn
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An act of vomit.
technocutie etymology From techno + cutie.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A desirable young woman associated with a technology field or subculture.
    • 2008, ‘She's a Revel’ (blog), : And if any of those engineers ever met one of those technocuties, they probably wouldn't even warrent a second glance.
    • 2013, Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge, Vintage 2014, p. 71: Beach-tanned technocuties at distant tables who'd scanned them with interest when they came in now turned away scowling.
techno-erotic Alternative forms: technoerotic
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Regarding the association of computing technology with erotica.
    • 1993 July, Linda S. Kauffman (editor), American Feminist Thought: At Century's End, page 201, Blackwell Publishing Similarly, no reader, no matter how literal-minded, could be innocent of the gendered erotic trope that figures the hero’s probing nature’s laminated secrets, glorying simultaneously in the layered complexity and in his own techno-erotic touch that never goes deeper.
    • 1994, Mark Dery, Flame Wars: the discourse of cyberculture, page 19 Its raison d’être is the technoerotic celebration of a reality to be found on the far side of a computer screen and in the “neural nets” of a “liberated,” disembodied, computerized yet sensate consciousness.
    • 1996, Claudia Springer, Electronic Eros: Bodies and Desire in the Postindustrial Age, page 8, University of Texas Press I argue that the newer electronic technologies have inspired changes in techno-erotic imagery in some popular-culture texts but that other texts recycle techno-erotic conventions derived from Western society’s industrial past
technogeek etymology techno + geek
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A geek with expertise in technology, especially computer.
    • 1992, Carl Malamud, Exploring the Internet: a technical travelogue (page 111) Being able to use electronic mail, for example, should be a prerequisite to getting a piece published and certainly won't cause a writer to transform into a technogeek.
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techno geek
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) someone who is obsessed with technology, especially electronics and computing
technoid etymology techno + oid
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Pertaining to the functionality or operation of a technology; technical.
    • 1996, , The Complete Idiot's Guide to Creating An HMTL Web Page, Que (1996), ISBN 9780789707222, page 222: DLL is VB's runtime library, which allows VB programs to interact with Windows and do other low-level, behind-the-screens, technoid stuff.
  2. Exhibiting, requiring, or characteristic of an interest in and/or proficiency with technology.
    • 1987, Charles Setter & , "Insights on the LaserWriter", Macworld, January 1987: Some folks are put off by the technoid aura of the hard-core BBS network, but the fact is that laser printing — and desktop publishing in general — is rapidly evolving, cutting-edge territory.
  3. (of music) Electronic or electronic-sounding; resembling techno music.
    • 2004, Keith Harris, Medulla review, Spin, October 2004: She hinted at this strategy on 2001's Vespertine, where her vocals pulsed along with music seemingly keyed to her own internal rhythms instead of getting lost in technoid tangles.
  4. (of art or design) Of or pertaining to an aesthetic style which utilizes industrial or technological forms, materials, and themes.
    • 1978, Uwe M. Schneede, Surrealism, Harry N. Abrams (1978), ISBN 9780810920668, page 136: We are looking into an area in which biomorphic and technoid objects seem to exist in a Utopian atmosphere.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A person interested in and/or skilled with technology.
    • 1984, , "A Hard-Core Technoid", Time, 16 April 1984: Says Gates in his characteristic computerspeak: "I was a hard-core technoid."
Synonyms: (adjective: exhibiting, requiring, or characteristic of technological interest and skill) geeky, nerdy, (noun: person interested in or skilled with technology) geek, nerd, technophile
technojunkie etymology techno + junkie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) One who has an addiction to computer technology.
    • 1992, Don Rittner, EcoLinking: everyone's guide to online environmental information You don't have to be a computer nerd or a technojunkie to take advantage of the power of today's communications technology.
    • 1995, Walt Crawford, Michael Gorman, Future Libraries: Dreams, Madness and Reality (page 38) Then the vicious spiral of technolust occurred — true technojunkies had to buy their Pentium PCs in 1993 or early 1994 because after that, PowerPCs would be out and it would be too late. Only the newest will do.
    • 2003, Lydia Ash, The Web testing companion (page 12) The project management team will help you understand the target audience (corporate users? children? senior citizens? technojunkies?) and how the product will be used.
technomania etymology {{confix}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Enthusiasm for modern technology.
  • technophobia
technopeasant {{was wotd}} etymology From techno + peasant.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) One who is disadvantaged or exploited within a modern technological society, especially through inability to use computer technology.
    • 1994, Stewart Wieck, When Will You Rage?, page 86: “You would be able to, if only you′d — ” Jim cut him off in mid-grumble. “I know. ‘If only I′d stop being a technopeasant and open my eyes.’ OK, I know I′ve been a technopeasant, but now I want to open my eyes, and I need you to help me do it.”
    • 1997, Ruth H. Jacobs, Be an Outrageous Older Woman, page 111: Being a technopeasant, I took his word for it and bought the rabbit ears for an additional sum. When I got home and uncrated the set, I discovered it had a built-in antenna and that I did not need the extra one.
    • 1999, William A. Stahl (William Austin), God and the Chip: Religion and the Culture of Technology, page 47: In his vision people will be divided into two classes; “the Knows” and the “Know-Nots,” the digirati and the technopeasants.
    • 2001, Ruth Cohen, Alien Invasion: How The Harris Tories Mismanaged Ontario, page 182: In his other statements it is clear that he regards computer programmers as technopeasants, and this is how many corporations do treat them with programming outsourced to low-wage countries like India.
related terms:
  • technopeasantry
technoplegic etymology {{confix}}, implying paralysis by technology.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A person who freezes up psychologically when confronted with new technology or resists technological advance.
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technopreneur etymology techno + entrepreneur
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An entrepreneur in the field of technology.
    • 1993, Hsüan-ming Wang, Wang Xuanming, The practice of effective leadership: six strategies for war A technopreneur, the author cuts through the fog of highbrow tech-speak and shares in layman terms all you need to know about media and technology...
technostress etymology techno + stress
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Stress caused by an inability to cope with modern technology.
related terms:
  • technofear
technotard etymology {{confix}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A person who is incapable of comprehending new technologies and their uses. A technotard is a person who is unable to get around on their phone or computer or has to hand over the remote to any new technology.
technoweenie etymology techno + weenie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) An ineffectual or insignificant computer nerd.
    • 1988, InfoWorld (volume 10, number 27, 4 July 1988, page 74) "Pop the lid on a Compaq 25 MHz and you'll see something really strange," said the whizzer. First wiping their hands on their shirts, the InfoWorld technoweenies did just that.
    • 1991, SPIN (volume 7, number 1, April 1991, page 106) Soon after, a foghorn-voiced guy stood up and denounced the room as "a bunch of technoweenies whining about who's going to fund their latest fad."
    • 2003, John Kaufeld, Access 2003 For Dummies By the way, no animals were harmed, exploited, or even consulted in the quest to bring you this information (although the kids did remember to feed the gerbils periodically throughout the project). One technoweenie got slightly miffed, but I'm sure he'll get over it.
technowizard etymology techno + wizard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An expert computer user.
    • 2001, Paul McFedries, Special Edition Using JavaScript (page 3) For too many years programming has been the property of 'hackers' and other technowizards.
    • 2008, Mark L. Chambers, PCs All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies (page 194) With that said, if you have a close friend who's also a technowizard, you find the utility in Start → All Programs → Maintenance → Windows Remote Assistance.
tech-savvy etymology This term appears to be a contraction of "high-tech savvy", as in the 1984 use in the title of “A New B-School Mission: Teaching High-Tech Savvy”, : 170–172, November 19, , 0007-7135. pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Proficient in the use of technology, especially computers.
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related terms:
  • savvy
  • tech
techspeak etymology tech + speak
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Technical or technological jargon.
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tech support
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) technical support
etymology 1 tech + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) technical Are there any techy types around? My computer has stopped working.
etymology 2
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. obsolete form of tetchy
{{Webster 1913}}
Ted {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology Shortened form of Edward or Theodore.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A nickname associated with the male given names Edward and Theodore.
Synonyms: (male given name) Eddie, Eddy, Teddy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A Teddy boy.
Teddy Hall
noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (UK, Oxford University, slang) St Edmund Hall, a college of Oxford University.
TEDster etymology TED + ster
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An enthusiast of the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) series of conference.
teed off
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of tee off)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) Annoyed, upset, angry. My doctor was thoroughly teed off when she learned I have not been taking the medications she prescribed.
Synonyms: browned off, cheesed off, peed off, pissed off, ticked off
tee hee
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (colloquial) A typographical representation of titter or laughter.
Synonyms: ha ha, haw haw, he he, heh, Ho Ho Ho, tee hee hee
teenagery etymology teenager + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Characteristic of teenager.
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teener etymology From teen + er. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈtiːnə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A teenager.
    • 1952, , Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, American Psychological Association (1952), p. 159, "[…] adult periods and emphasizes the importance of the total teener in a social milieu."
    • a1968, , When I Was a Teener.
    • 1975, Fely J. Cruz, I Married a Newspaperman: A Collection of Articles, Verses and Short Stories, T. F. Valencia (1975), p. 1923, "To a Teener Celebrating Her Last Teen Year"
    • 2000, George Harmon Smith, Education is Broken, But I Will Help You Fix It!: Hundreds of Tips to Help Your Child Through the Maze, Xlibris Corporation (2000), p. 42, "Also, warn your teener that in this age of undisciplined classrooms, they are unlikely to have a teacher who demands that the class obey—(the major reason why European and Japanese school children score so much higher on ANY test than American kids)."
  2. (US, slang) A sixteenth of an ounce of a drug.
  • entree, entrée
  • eterne
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (finance, informal) A sixteenth of a dollar, a unit in which stocks could formerly be traded.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (childish, informal) tiny There's only a teensy chance that I'll be able to make your party, as I'm up to my eyeballs in work.
Synonyms: incy wincy, itsy bitsy, microscopic, minuscule, minute, teensy weensy, teeny weeny, tincy, tincy wincy
teensy weensy
adjective: {{head}} (superlative teensy-weensiest or teensy weensiest (rare))
  1. (idiomatic, often, childish or humorous) alternative spelling of teensy-weensy
teensy-weensy Alternative forms: teensy weensy
adjective: {{head}} (superlative teensy-weeniest)
  1. (colloquial, often, childish or humorous) alternative form of teeny-weeny
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, used in measuring drugs) A sixteenth (1/16) of an ounce
teeny pronunciation
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etymology 1 From tiny
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Very small; tiny.
Synonyms: (very small) (standard): minuscule, minute, tiny (informal): teensy, teensy-weensy, teeny-weeny, weeny, eeny
etymology 2 teen + y. See teen grief.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, dialect) fretful; peevish; cross
{{Webster 1913}}
teeny weeny
adjective: {{head}} (superlative teeny-weeniest or teeny weeniest (rare))
  1. (idiomatic, often, childish or humorous) alternative spelling of teeny-weeny She wore an itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka-dot bikini
teeny-weeny etymology teeny + weeny Alternative forms: teeny weeny, teensy-weensy
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial, often, childish or humorous) Very small; tiny; minuscule.
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tee off
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (golf) To hit the first shot of the hole, from the tee. I always check the wind direction before I tee off.
  2. (idiomatic, transitive, slang) To irritate, vex, or annoy. Boy, do his jibe ever tee me off!
  • toffee
teeter-totter {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: teetertotter
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (often, childish) A seesaw; a piece of playground equipment consisting of a long board with seat at either end, with a pivot point in the center.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. alternative form of teetertotter
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nonstandard or humorous, countable) alternative form of toothbrush
  2. (nonstandard or humorous, uncountable) plural of toothbrush
Teflon {{wikipedia}} etymology Trade name.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. Multiple film, resin, coatings, fabric and surface protectors made with PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) or fluoropolymer and surfactants not made with PTFE.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, of a politician) Having an undamageable reputation (by analogy with nonstick Teflon surfaces).
    • 1995, Liz Cunningham, Talking Politics: Choosing the President in the Television Age: But Ronald Reagan, by everybody's definition, was the Teflon president, and it wasn't that the media tried to touch him and failed.
related terms:
  • polytetrafluoroethylene
teh {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /tɛ/
article: {{head}}
  1. misspelling of the
  2. (Internet, slang, emphatic) the This is teh game for your new box! You are teh haxor!
  • Teh can be used in grammatically different ways than the word "the", in a similar way to the Spanish word el. For example, "teh" can be applied to adjectives, whereas "the" cannot; "He is teh stupid." is an acceptable sentence, whereas "He is the stupid." isn't.
  • ETH, Eth, eth, het, the
Tel Aviv {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: Tel-Aviv etymology From Hebrew תֵּל אָבִיב 〈ţé̇l ʼábiyb〉, from the title of translation of w:Altneuland. From תֵּל 〈ţé̇l〉, symbolizing the Old, and אָבִיב 〈ʼábiyb〉, symbolizing the New. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈtɛl.əˈvɪv/
  • (US) /ˈtɛl.əˈviːv/
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A city in Israel that later merged with Jaffa to form Tel Aviv-Yafo.
  2. (informally or formerly) The municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo.
  3. The center of Tel Aviv-Yafo.
telco etymology From a {{blend}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈtɛlˌkəʊ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A telecommunications company, a telecom.
  • cellco
  • colet
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang, rare) television
  • The more usual shortening of the word is telly.
  • leet
etymology 1 abbreviation of telecommunications
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Telecommunications.
  2. (informal) Telecommunication.
etymology 2 abbreviation of telephone company
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A telco phone company or telecom company.
  • Ol Cemet'
noun: {{head}}
  1. (informal) telecommunications
  2. plural of telecom
  • mesolect
telecon etymology Shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) teleconference
telepathetic pronunciation
  • /tɛlə.pəˈthɛtɪk/
etymology 1 telepathy + etic
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (nonstandard) alternative form of telepathic
    • 1946, Erich Hofacker, "Review of The Concept of Love in the Works of Hermann Stehr by Karl Siegfried Weimar," Monatshefte, vol. 38, no. 1, p. 56: An interesting angle brought out by the author is the telepathetic bond of affinity that, according to Stehr, exists between true friends.
    • 1981, Roger Schlobin, "Book Reviews: Andre Norton Reprinted," Science Fiction Studies, vol. 8, no. 2, p. 220: Storm Over Warlock and its sequel, Ordeal in Otherwhere, feature two important themes in Norton's fiction: sentient, benevolent, and telepathetic animals and the profound value of empathy and cooperation.
    • 1997, Satyajit Ray, Gopa Majumdar, The royal Bengal mystery and other Feluda stories, Puffin (ISBN 9780140275902), page 53 Feluda stared, as though he had seen a ghost, and exclaimed, 'My word, what a coincidence! I was just dialling your number.' 'Really? Now, that must mean I have got a telepathetic link with you, after all,' Lalmohan Babu laughed, looking pleased. Neither of us had the heart to tell him the correct word was 'telepathic'.
    • 2002, Lung-Kee Sun, The Chinese National Character: From Nationhood to Individuality, M.E. Sharpe (ISBN 9780765608260), page 107 A post-World War I book by A. Linckewicz, a professor at the University of Vienna, averred that once there had existed a telepathetic human species, higher than today's human beings.
    • 2006, Tara Gilesbie, My Immortal, chapter 30 Suddenly an idea I had. I clozd my eyes and using my vampire powers I sent a telepathetic massage to Drako and Vampire so they would destruct Snape.
    • 2010, Vincent Trigili, The Enemy of an Enemy, Vydorian Realms Publishing (ISBN 9781452345208), page 171 “… Now that I can be there and pretend to care about my orders by escorting him, what he wants can be done,” I said with a big smirk. Then over our telepathetic net I said, “Andreya, please make sure to hide all our newly acquired things before I board with him.” “Will do,” she replied. “Captain, I think we are ready,” I said.
etymology 2 {{blend}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, rare, humorous) Bad at telepathy.
telephone {{wikipedia}} etymology {{confix}}. From French téléphone, from Ancient Greek τῆλε 〈tē̂le〉 + φωνή 〈phōnḗ〉 pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈtɛləfoʊn/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A telecommunication device (originally mechanical, and now electronic) used for two-way talking with another person (often shortened to phone).
  2. (US) Chinese whispers.
    • {{quote-news}}
Synonyms: blower, phone, farspeaker, Ameche (slang), dog and bone (slang), horn (informal), See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To (attempt to) contact someone using the telephone.
Synonyms: call, drop a line, phone, ring, See also
telephone number
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. The sequence of digit used to identify a particular destination telephone in a network.
  2. (in the plural, humorous) A large number. How much is that Rolls Royce? We are talking telephone numbers.
Synonyms: number, phone number
teleport {{wikipedia}} etymology {{back-form}} pronunciation
  • /tɛlipɔː(r)t/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To travel from one point to another without physically crossing the distance between the two points.
  2. (transitive) To move an object in this fashion, as by telekinesis.
Synonyms: (to travel from one point to another without physically crossing the distance) beam
related terms:
  • teleportation
  • teleporter
  • unteleported
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (scifi) A teleporter.
  2. A satellite ground station.
    • 2004, D. K. Sachdev, Business Strategies For Satellite Systems (page 131) Teleports provide access to multiple satellites and other media as well. Independently owned teleports may also provide competitive access to different satellite systems.
teleportitis etymology teleport + itis
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (video games, informal) In some roguelike games, an intrinsic ability that causes the player's character to teleport from place to place without warning.
    • 1990, "Aaron Sher", Teleportation (on newsgroup Teleportitis is gained by eating a leprechaun or quantum mechanic or nymph.
    • 2006, "Rorschach", YAVP: Argos the Merry Minotaur (on newsgroup That ring stayed on his finger until resists became more an issue than damage output, and stayed off when I got teleportitis in the Slime pits and had to rely on teleport control.
television {{wikipedia}} etymology Borrowing from French télévision. pronunciation
  • /ˈtɛlɪˌvɪʒən/, /ˈtɛləˌvɪʒən/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) An electronic communication medium that allows the transmission of real-time visual images, and often sound. It’s a good thing that television doesn’t transmit smell.
  2. (countable) A device for receiving television signals and displaying them in visual form. I have an old television in the study.
  3. (uncountable) Collectively, the programs broadcast via the medium of television. fifty-seven channels and nothing on television
Synonyms: boob tube, cultural barbiturate, electronic babysitter, glass teat, goggle box, idiot box, plebvision, the shit box, television set, telly, the tube, TV
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • televisional
  • televisionally
  • televisionary
  • televise, televize
  • televisual
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (neologism, informal) To watch television.
  • olivenites
teller etymology en + tell + -er pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈtɛlə/
  • (US) /ˈtɛləɹ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who tell stories.
  2. (chiefly, US) A bank clerk who receive and pays out money.
  3. An automated teller machine.
  4. A person who count the vote in an election.
related terms:
  • fortune teller
  • retell
telling off Alternative forms: telling-off
verb: telling off
  1. present participle of tell off
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A reprimand, reproach, or lecture. He's going to get quite a telling off if his dad ever finds out about it.
telltale etymology From Old English (circa 1550)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who divulges private information with intent to hurt others.
  2. (chiefly, US, slang) Tattletale; squealer.
  3. Something that serves to reveal something else. The telltale was the lipstick on his shirt collar.
    • Saintsbury It supplies many useful links and telltales.
  4. (music) A movable piece of ivory, lead, or other material, connected to the bellows of an organ, whose position indicates when the wind is exhaust.
  5. (nautical) A length of yarn or ribbon attached to a sail or shroud etc to indicate the direction of the flow of the air relative to the boat.
  6. (nautical) A mechanical attachment to the steering wheel, which, in the absence of a tiller, shows the position of the helm.
  7. (nautical) A compass in the cabin of a vessel, usually placed where the captain can see it at all hours, and thus inform himself of the vessel's course.
  8. (engineering) A machine or contrivance for indicating or recording something, particularly for keeping a check upon employee (factory hands, watchmen, drivers, etc.) by revealing to their employers what they have done or omitted.
  9. A bird, the tattler.
{{Webster 1913}} Synonyms: (one who divulges private information) blabbermouth, gossip, rumormonger, talebearer
related terms:
  • tell tales
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. revealing something not intended to be known His eye was blinking, a telltale signal that he was lying. He blushed when he approached, a telltale sign that he was happy to see him.
tell the truth
verb: {{head}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: tell, truth
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) Used to positively assert the frank honesty of an associated statement of set of statements; equivalent to "to tell the truth".
    • 1991, Bicycling Through Space and Time, Mike Sirota, “Then it sneezed. Considering what it was smelling, that was no surprise. Tell the truth, I'd gotten so used to the jof jof dung that I didn't notice it anymore.”
  • Used bracketed by punctuation, especially commas, dashes, or parentheses.
  • Less intimate than tell you the truth.
Synonyms: (asserting frank honesty of statement) frankly, honestly, tell you the truth
related terms:
  • tell you the truth
tell you the truth
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) Used to positively assert the frank honesty of an associated statement of set of statements; equivalent to "to you tell the truth".
    • 1994, A Long Line of Dead Men, Lawrence Block, “"What's the point? Your buddies can kick back and relax. I'm going into voluntary retirement." / "Oh?" / "Tell you the truth, I was getting a little tired of Jim Shorter. Tired of that little room on Ninety-fourth Street. You know what I might do? I might leave town."”
  • Used bracketed by punctuation, especially commas, dashes, or parentheses.
  • More intimate than tell the truth.
Synonyms: (used to assert frank honesty of statement) frankly, honestly, tell the truth
related terms:
  • tell the truth
telly tennis etymology From telly + tennis, the game having a superficial resemblance to tennis.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, video games, UK, Australia) The game of Pong, or any TV game closely based on it.
    • 1976, , The ecstasy of Dr Miriam Garner (page 101) The monitored heart-rate on a small screen, like a hesitant green version of the telly tennis he'd played in pubs or railway stations.
    • 1979, New Scientist (volume 84, number 1175, 4 Oct 1979, page 48) Hooked on telly tennis, or football? We've been carrying out some in-depth testing of (playing with) a TV games unit for you to build.
    • 1992, (Colin Johnson), Long live Sandawara (page 61) He finds them sitting at a small table holding a horizontal video tube and stands watching them play telly tennis.
temp {{wikipedia}}
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. temperature
  2. temporary
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a temporary employee, usually in an office
  2. (computing, informal, mostly, attributive) a temporary storage location
    • 2001, John Y. Hsu, Computer Architecture: Software Aspects, Coding, and Hardware Consequently, the unit executes and places the result in a temp register.
    • 2014, Andrew W. Appel, Program Logics for Certified Compilers (page 162) That is, r-values include numeric constants, nonaddressable local variables (temps) …
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To work as a temporary employee.
    • 2007, , 01:24:50 --I temp for money, but it's not my main thing. I write plays.
temporary gentleman
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial or pejorative) Someone who may be considered (through rank etc.) a gentleman for the duration of a war. Abbreviated as TG.
ten {{number box}} {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English ten, tene, from Old English tīen, from Proto-Germanic *tehun, from Proto-Indo-European *déḱm̥t 〈*déḱm̥t〉. Cognate with Scots ten, tene, Western Frisian tsien, Saterland Frisian tjoon, Northern Frisian tiin, Dutch tien, German zehn, Swedish tio; and with Sanskrit दश 〈daśa〉, Ancient Greek δέκα 〈déka〉, Albanian dhjetë, Latin decem, Irish deich, Serbo-Croatian deset. See also teen. pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}} /tɛn/, [tʰɛn]
  • /tɪn/ (pin-pen)
  • {{audio}}
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}, {{rhymes}} (pin-pen)
numeral: {{head}}
  1. (cardinal) A numerical value equal to 10; the number occurring after nine and before eleven, represented in Roman numerals as X, in Arabic numerals (and base ten) as 10, and in the hexadecimal system (base 16) as A.
related terms:
  • tenth
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) The number following nine.
  2. (countable) (Cards) The card between the nine and jack in a given suit.
  3. (countable) A monetary denomination worth ten units.
  4. (countable, US, slang) A superb specimen.
    1. (countable, slang) A beautiful or sexy person; a person whom one gives the highest possible rating on a 1-to-10 scale of attractiveness.
related terms:
  • tenner
  • tenfold
  • tenth
Synonyms: Roman numerals: X,
  • Previous: nine (9)
  • Next: eleven (11)
, Previous: nine (9), Next: eleven (11)
  • ent, ENT
  • net, Net, .NET
tench {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old French tenche, from ll tinca. pronunciation
  • /tɛnt͡ʃ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A species of freshwater game fish, {{taxlink}}.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) excellent performance in a tense situation.
tenderoni etymology From tender.
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (slang) A younger love interest.
tenderpreneur etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, South Africa) A government official or politician who uses their powers and influence to secure government tender and contracts.
    • {{quote-news}}
    • {{quote-news}}
    • 2010. Blade Nzimande. Blade: Make all tenders public., Times LIVE. 6 Jan. 2010: Let's be bold, let's go and promote small entrepreneurs and defeat tenderpreneurs, those who steal."
    • 2010, Red Card, The: The Best of 2009/2010, page 119,, Tenderpreneur Julius Malema says he is not a hypocrite for publicly condemning personal enrichment while allegedly privately enriching himself, saying that there is no word for 'hypocrite' in the Pedi dictionary.”
tenish etymology ten + ish
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Any time close to ten o'clock.
Alternative forms: tennish
  • shiten
tenner pronunciation
  • (UK) /tɛnə(r)/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A monetary note bill whose face value is ten basic units of currency. Originally, it referred to 10 shilling (half pound) notes.
  • rennet
tennis {{commons}} {{wikipedia}} etymology Old French tenez, second-person imperative of tenir. pronunciation
  • /ˈtɛ.nɪs/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sports) A sport played by two players (or four in doubles), who alternately strike the ball over a net using racquet.
    • 1935, [ George Goodchild] , Death on the Centre Court, 1 , ““Anthea hasn't a notion in her head but to vamp a lot of silly mugwumps. She's set her heart on that tennis bloke…whom the papers are making such a fuss about.””
  2. (dated) A match in this sport.
    • 1918, Violet Hunt, The Last Ditch (page 95) We go about to parties in the daytime as usual, teas and tennises
  3. (obsolete) An earlier game in which a ball is driven to and fro, or kept in motion by striking it with a racquet or with the open hand.
    • {{rfquotek}}
    • Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay (1800-1859) His easy bow, his good stories, his style of dancing and playing tennis, … were familiar to all London.
related terms:
  • tennis elbow
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, dated) To play tennis.
  2. (transitive) To drive backward and forward like a tennis ball. {{rfquotek}}
  • nestin, sennit, sinnet, tensin
ten points to Gryffindor Alternative forms: 10 points to Gryffindor etymology From the Harry Potter, in which students of the magical school Hogwarts belong to four houses (including Gryffindor), and earn or lose points for them based on their actions.
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (slang) Used to praise someone for a statement or action viewed as commendable.
    • 2008, James Goss, Torchwood: Almost Perfect, BBC Books (2008), ISBN 9781409072980, page 90: 'Well, I'm assuming two things will happen. One, she'll try and kill me, two, you'll come down on her like a ton of bricks.' 'Ten points to Gryffindor,' said Gwen.
    • 2013, Kristi Cook, Eternal, Simon and Schuster (2013), ISBN 9781442485327, page 232: “Yeah, sure. You know I can't stand the sight of blood, right?” “Said no one ever while dating a vampire,” he quipped. “Very clever. Ten points to Gryffindor.”
    • 2013, Lara Hovsepian-Ruby, "Words That Should Be Part of the English Language", Caliber Magazine (University of California, Berkeley), Summer 2013, page 12: Yeah, well he has a backpfeifengesicht (ten points to Gryffindor if you can pronounce this word), AKA: a face that deserves to be punched.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A strike; the knocking down of all ten pin with one delivery of the ball
  2. (US, informal) Any quick, decisive stroke or act.
{{Webster 1913}}
tent {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /tɛnt/
  • /tɪnt/ (pin-pen)
  • {{audio}}
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Middle English tente, from Old French tente, from Latin tenta, feminine of tentus, ptp. of tendere. Displaced native Middle English tilt, from Old English teld.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A pavilion or portable lodge consisting of skins, canvas, or some strong cloth, stretched and sustained by poles, used for sheltering persons from the weather.
  2. (archaic) The representation of a tent used as a bearing.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To go camp. We’ll be tented at the campground this weekend.
  2. (cooking) To prop up aluminum foil in an inverted "V" (reminiscent of a pop-up tent) over food to reduce splatter, before putting it in the oven.
  3. (intransitive) To form into a tent-like shape. The sheet tented over his midsection.
etymology 2 Middle English tent, aphetic variation of attent, from Old French atente, from Latin attenta, feminine of attentus, past participle of attendere.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (archaic, UK, Scotland, dialect) To attend to; to heed; hence, to guard; to hinder. {{rfquotek}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic, UK, Scotland, dialect) Attention; regard, care. {{rfquotek}}
  2. (archaic) Intention; design. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 3 Middle English tente, from Middle French tente, deverbal of tenter, from Latin tentāre, alteration of temptāre.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (medicine) A roll of lint or linen, or a conical or cylindrical piece of sponge or other absorbent, used chiefly to dilate a natural canal, to keep open the orifice of a wound, or to absorb discharges.
  2. (medicine) A probe for searching a wound.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (medicine, sometimes, figurative) To probe or to search with a tent; to keep open with a tent. to tent a wound
    • Shakespeare I'll tent him to the quick.
etymology 4 Spanish tinto, from Latin tinctus, past participle of tingo. More at tinge, tint, tinto. Compare claret, also from color.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic) A kind of wine of a deep red color, chiefly from Galicia or Malaga in Spain; called also tent wine, and tinta.
  • nett

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