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thunder pot
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, informal) A chamber pot.
thunder thighs etymology thunder + thighs
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) An overweight or obese woman with fat thigh.
Synonyms: See also
thunk pronunciation
  • /θʌŋk/
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etymology 1 By analogy with past tenses and past participles ending in "-unk", such as drunk and sunk
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  1. (humorous, nonstandard) past participle of think
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    Who would have thunk those guys would have a problem with a little lie?
etymology 2 Onomatopoeic
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Representing the dull sound of the impact of a heavy object striking another and coming to an immediate standstill, with neither object being broken by the impact.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to strike against something, without breakage, making a "thunk" sound I was thunked on the head by his stick.
etymology 3 Claimed by the inventors to be from the supposed past tense, being coined when they realised after much thought (whence "thunk") that the type of an argument in could be predetermined at compile time; not, as is sometimes claimed, from the interjection, being the supposed sound made by data hitting the stack or an accumulator
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  1. (computing, functional programming) a delayed computation
  2. (computing) In the Scheme programming language, a function or procedure taking no arguments.
  3. (computing) a mapping of machine data from one system-specific form to another, usually for compatibility reasons, such as from 16-bit addresses to 32-bit to allow a 16-bit program to run on a 32-bit operating system.
    • PC Mag (volume 14, number 17, 10 October 1995, page 326) If the provider of these DLLs has not updated the code to a 32-bit environment, you will have to switch to a new 32-bit library or write thunks between your 32-bit code and the 16-bit DLL.
related terms:
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Thursday {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English, from Old English þursdæġ, þurresdæġ, possibly from a contraction of Old English þunresdæġ, but more likely of gmq origin, from Old Norse þórsdagr or Old Danish þursdag; all from Proto-Germanic *Þunras dagaz. Compare West Frisian tongersdei, Low German Dunnersdag, Dutch donderdag, German Donnerstag, Danish torsdag. More at thunder, day. A calque of Latin dies Iovis (dies Jovis), via an association of the god Thor with the Roman god of thunder Jove (Jupiter). pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈθɜːzdeɪ/ or /ˈθɜːzdi/
  • (US) /ˈθɝzdeɪ/ or /ˈθɝzdi/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The fifth day of the week in many religious traditions, and the fourth day of the week in systems using the ISO 8601 norm; it follows Wednesday and precedes Friday.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. on Thursday
thus pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈðʌs/
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etymology 1 From Middle English thus, thous, thos, from Old English þus, from Proto-Germanic *þus, perhaps originally from a variant of the instrumental form of this, related to Old English þȳs, osx thius. Cognate with Scots thus, Northern Frisian alal doz, Western Frisian dus, Dutch dus, Low German sus.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (manner) In this way or manner. exampleIf you throw the ball thus, as I’m showing you, you’ll have better luck hitting the target. 〈If you throw the ball thus, as I’m showing you, you’ll have better luck hitting the target.〉
    • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} But then I had the [massive] flintlock by me for protection. ¶…The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window at the old mare feeding in the meadow below by the brook, and a 'bead' could be drawn upon Molly, the dairymaid, kissing the fogger behind the hedge,{{nb...}}.
  2. (conjunctive) As a result. exampleI have all the tools I need; thus, I will be able to fix the car without having to call a mechanic.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 8 , “I corralled the judge, and we started off across the fields, in no very mild state of fear of that gentleman's wife, whose vigilance was seldom relaxed. And thus we came by a circuitous route to Mohair, the judge occupied by his own guilty thoughts, and I by others not less disturbing.”
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 22 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “Not unnaturally, “Auntie” took this communication in bad part. Thus outraged, she showed herself to be a bold as well as a furious virago.”
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Synonyms: (as a result) as a result, consequently, hence, so, therefore, (in this way) like so, like this, so, this way, thusly
etymology 2 See thuris
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative spelling of thuris
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  • huts
  • shut
  • STHU
  • tush
thy {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English thy, apocopated form of thine, from Old English þīn, from Proto-Germanic *þīnaz. More at thou.
determiner: {{head}}
  1. (archaic) That belongs to thee; the possessive form of thou.
  2. (archaic or literary) your (informal); that belongs to you (singular).
etymology 2 From Middle English thyl, shortened form of forthy, from Old English for þy þe from for (instrumental preposition) + þȳ, instrumental case of þæt. More at the, that.
conjunction: {{en-con}}
  1. (obsolete) because.
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pronoun: {{head}}
  1. (archaic or literary, informal) yourself (as the object of a verb or preposition or as an intensifier); reflexive case of thou exampleThou hast only thyself to blame. exampleThou thyself art to blame.
tich etymology After the music hall comedian Harry Relph, who used the stage name . This referred to a supposed resemblance to the claimant in the . pronunciation
  • /tɪtʃ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, colloquial) A very small person.
  • Sometimes used (capitalised) as a nickname. (As for example .)
  • chit
  • itch
tick {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Old English ticia, from gmw, compare Dutch teek, German Zecke.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A tiny woodland arachnid of the suborder Ixodida.
etymology 2 From Middle English tek
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A relatively quiet but sharp sound generally made repeatedly by moving machinery. The steady tick of the clock provided a comforting background for the conversation.
  2. A mark on any scale of measurement; a unit of measurement. At midday, the long bond is up a tick.
  3. (computing) A jiffy (unit of time defined by basic timer frequency).
  4. (colloquial) A short period of time, particularly a second. I'll be back in a tick.
  5. (Australian, NZ, British, Irish) a mark () made to indicate agreement, correctness or acknowledgement; checkmark Indicate that you are willing to receive marketing material by putting a tick in the box
  6. (birdwatching, slang) A lifer (bird seen by a birdwatcher for the first time) that is uninteresting and routine, thus merely a tick mark on a list.
  7. The whinchat; so called from its note.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make a clicking noise similar to the movement of the hand in an analog clock.
  2. To make a tick mark.
  3. (informal) To work or operate, especially mechanically. He took the computer apart to see how it ticked. I wonder what makes her tick.
  4. To strike gently; to pat.
    • Latimer Stand not ticking and toying at the branches.
etymology 3 From Middle English tike, probably from Middle Dutch, from Latin theca
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) Ticking.
  2. A sheet that wraps around a mattress; the cover of a mattress, containing the filling.
Synonyms: ticking
etymology 4 From ticket
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, colloquial) Credit, trust.
    • 1974, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York 2007, p. 190: He paid his mother-in-law rent and, when the baker or the butcher or the grocer wouldn't let her have any more on tick, he paid the bills.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To go on trust, or credit.
  2. To give tick; to trust.
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tick and flick
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, banking, informal) Process which allows an account holder to sign up to another financial institution, with the new bank taking care of all transfers, fees, and paperwork.
tick bite etymology
  • tick + bite
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A bite made by a tick that can pass various illnesses to the bitten host.
ticker pronunciation
  • /tɪkə(r)/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A measuring or reporting device, particularly one which makes a tick sound as the measured events occur. The ticker was showing an increased rate of flow.
  2. A ticker tape. I checked the prices on the ticker one last time before placing the trade. To my surprise, the ticker showed that the deal had already gone through.
  3. (colloquial) The heart. My ticker gave out and I had to go to the hospital for surgery.
  4. (birdwatching, slang) A birdwatcher who aims to see (and tick off on a list) as many bird species as possible.
ticket etymology From Middle French estiquet, also estiquette. More at etiquette. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈtɪkɪt/
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  1. A pass entitling the holder to admission to a show, concert, etc.
  2. A pass entitling the holder to board a train, a bus, a plane, or other means of transportation
  3. A citation for a traffic violation.
  4. A permit to operate a machine on a construction site.
  5. A service request, used to track complaint or requests that an issue be handled. (Generally Internet Service Provider related).
  6. (informal) A list of candidate for an election, or a particular theme to a candidate's manifesto. Joe has joined the party's ticket for the county elections. Joe will be running on an anti-crime ticket.
  7. A solution to a problem; something that is needed. That's the ticket. I saw my first bike as my ticket to freedom.
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  8. (dated) A little note or notice.
    • Fuller He constantly read his lectures twice a week for above forty years, giving notice of the time to his auditors in a ticket on the school doors.
  9. (dated) A tradesman's bill or account (hence the phrase on ticket and eventually on tick).
    • J. Cotgrave Your courtier is mad to take up silks and velvets / On ticket for his mistress.
  10. A label affixed to goods to show their price or description.
  11. A certificate or token of a share in a lottery or other scheme for distributing money, goods, etc.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To issue someone a ticket, as for travel or for a violation of a local or traffic law.
ticket inspector Alternative forms: ticket-inspector
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who checks that passenger on a train etc have a valid ticket, and marks it so that it cannot be used again.
Synonyms: conductor (mostly US)
tickets pronunciation
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noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of ticket
Synonyms: tix (informal)
tickety-boo Alternative forms: tickety boo, ticketty-boo, tiggity-boo etymology {{rfe}} Possibly from an Indo-Aryan language: Compare Hindi ठीक 〈ṭhīka〉 है 〈hai〉, बाबू 〈bābū〉, "It's all right, sir". The phrase could have been picked up by UK personnel in India before independence and spread in modified form to the UK and elsewhere in the Commonwealth[ World Wide Words:Tickety-boo]
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (chiefly, UK, informal) Correct, satisfactory.
    • 1947, , The Chequer Board, W. Morrow, p. 220: I want everything to be all tickety-boo. I want to marry you properly according to the English law so that your people will know that I'm playing straight.
Synonyms: alright, fine, hunky-dory
tickey box Alternative forms: tickey-box, ticky box, ticky-box etymology From tickey, obsolete South African slang for a threepenny coin (the cost of a payphone call at the time of the term's origin), and box.Jonathan Green, ''Cassell's Dictionary of Slang'', Weidenfeld & Nicolson (2005), ISBN 0304366366, [ page 1435]
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa, slang) A payphone.
    • 2002, , The Children's Day, Jonathan Ball Publishers (2002), ISBN 9781868421251, page 81: {{…}} He phones his mother in Hopetown every afternoon from the tickey box in the hostel.'
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa, slang) alternative spelling of tickey box
    • 1993, , An Act of Terror, Vintage International (1993), ISBN 9780679744290, page 301: But Judy phoned Justin soon after lunch, from a tickey-box.
tickler etymology tickle + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who or thing which amuses, tickle, excites.
  2. A reminder. Put it in the tickler file for next week.
  3. A latex condom that has additional protrusions, for enhancing the sexual pleasure of the user.
  4. (dated) Something puzzling or difficult; a conundrum.
  5. (US, dated, slang, business) A book containing a memorandum of note and debt arranged in the order of their maturity. {{rfquotek}}
  6. (UK, dated) A prong used by cooper to extract bung from cask.
Synonyms: (condom) French tickler
  • trickle
tickle someone's pickle
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang, transitive) To masturbate (a man).
tick off
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (sometimes, methaphorical) To sign with a tick. I ticked off Harry today because he announced he was present. I ticked three things off the list in my head, and had only four chores left to do.
  2. To list create or recite a list.
    • 2010, David A. Powell, Failure in the Saddle, , ISBN 9781932714876, page 68 : In a lengthy missive dispatched the next afternoon, Wheeler ticked off a laundry list of reasons why he could not obey Bragg's order.
  3. (idiomatic) To annoy, aggravate. It really ticks me off when people don't use proper punctuation marks.
  4. (British) To reprimand. Fred was ticked off by the teacher for playing around in class.
ticky etymology tick + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. infested with tick (The tiny woodland arthropod of the order Acarina.) The ticky cows should be kept well separated to avoid contamination.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish) a tick (particularly, a check mark). Can I get another ticky?
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (onomatopoeia, also tick) Representing short pitch sound at a reasonable volume. Ticky-ticky-ticky the clock continued regardless of whether anyone listened.
ticky box Alternative forms: ticky-box
etymology 1 ticky ‘a tick mark’ + box.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A blank square on a form in which a check mark or cross may be placed in order to indicate a selection.
    • 2006, Kay Sambell, Liz McDowell, and Alistair Sambell, "Supporting diverse students: developing learner autonomy via assessment", in Innovative Assessment in Higher Education (eds. Cordelia Bryan and Karen Clegg), Routledge (2006), ISBN 0415356415, page 164: At college I took a sort of ticky box approach to doing my work. I'd say to myself, right, I've done that, I've measured that, I've read that.
Synonyms: check box, tick box
etymology 2 tickey ‘South African threepenny coin’ + box.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa, slang) A payphone; alternative spelling of tickey box
    • 2008, Paula Nangle, The Leper Compound, Bellevue Literary Press (2008), ISBN 9781934137062, page 96: They were trying to figure out how to call long distance from the ticky box.
Tico etymology From Spanish tico which arose from the frequent use of the diminutive suffix -tico in Costa Rica.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Costa Rican
    • October 1946, National Geographic The musical intonation and liberal use of diminutives make Tico Spanish particularly effective for expressing sentiment and affection.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Costa Rican
    • 1980, Leonard St. Clair, Obsessions Most of the people here are from the embassies. The Ticos—that's what the natives call themselves—come in the evening.
tic tac etymology {{rfe}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) fussy, petty
  • tactic
tidbit Alternative forms: titbit pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A tasty morsel (of food, gossip etc.)
  2. (computing, informal) A quarter of a byte (Half of a nybble; two bit).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small person
  2. (British, informal) A small fish, especially a stickleback
tiddly pronunciation
  • /tɪ
etymology 1
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An alcoholic beverage.
    • 2002, Pat Patterson, SpiritPath, iUniverse, ISBN 9780595216710, p. 429: As far as he could tell, except for her evening ‘tiddlies’, two rather hefty drinks taken ‘neat’ without the diluting benefit of water or ice, his mother had very nearly stopped her drinking.
    • 2010, Jeff Jacobson, Wormfood, Medallion Press, ISBN 9781605424293, p. 54: Well, hell, I figured we’d just save that money, get us a few tiddlies at Fat Ernst’s instead.
    • 2012, Johnny Mack Hood, Cannibal Caper, AuthorHouse, ISBN 9781468557312, p. 101: JC heard him remark, “I need a bit of the tiddly my dear. It’s been a hard day.” Tiddly, hm, must be an English drink?
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. drunk
Synonyms: tipsy
related terms:
  • tiddlywinks
etymology 2
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) tiny or little bit Jeff wouldn't slow down, not even a tiddly bit.
tidemark pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a line (of seaweed or differently coloured sand etc) on the shore showing the level of high or low tide
  2. (by extension) any mark showing the limit of some past activity
  3. (humorous) a line of scum left on a bath tub when the water is drained away
tidge etymology Possibly a of tidbit and smidge.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A very small amount.
    • 1978, Colin Tudge, "Cold turkey", New Scientist, 21-28 December 1978: Cucumber left for half a day, with red peppers and soy sauce and a tidge of sea salt (which tastes nice) comes through fierce and maritime as a Yangtse pirate.
    • 2007, Christian Moerk, Darling Jim, Henry Holt (2009), ISBN 9780805092080, page 39: Before I knew it he had taken my hand and squeezed it, just a tidge, like a gentleman would.
    • 2008, Connie Bailey, True Blue, Dreamspinner Press (2008), ISBN 9781935192251, page 178: “Sorry if I'm just a tidge miffed over the dirty trick he played on me.”
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Synonyms: See also .
tidy {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English tidy, tydy, tidi, equivalent to tide + y. Cognate with Dutch tijdig, Middle Low German tīdich, German zeitig, Danish tidig, Swedish tidig. pronunciation
  • /ˈtaɪdi/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete) In good time; at the right time; timely; seasonable; opportune; favourable; fit; suitable.
    • Tusser if weather be fair and tidy
  2. (obsolete) Brave; smart; skillful; fine; good.
  3. Appropriate or suitable as regards occasion, circumstances, arrangement, or order.
  4. Arranged neatly and in order. Keep Britain tidy.
  5. Not messy; neat and controlled.
  6. Satisfactory; comfortable.
  7. (informal) Generous, considerable. The scheme made a tidy profit.
Synonyms: neat, orderly, presentable, spick and span
  • messy
  • untidy
related terms:
  • tidily
  • tidiness
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make tidy; to neaten.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A tabletop container for pen and stationery. a desk tidy
  2. A cover, often of tatting, drawn work, or other ornamental work, for the back of a chair, the arms of a sofa, etc.
  3. (dated) A child's pinafore. {{rfquotek}}
  4. The wren. {{rfquotek}}
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (Wales) Expression of positive agreement, usually in reply to a question.
Often used by people from South Wales to end a sentence or as a reply to a question meaning "Great" or "Fine", for example "I'm going to the shops for ten fags" may get the reply "Tidy."
tidy whities Alternative forms: tighty whities etymology An eggcorn of tighty whities.
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (informal) Men's briefs; underwear.
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tiger {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: tigre (obsolete), tyger (dated) etymology From Middle English tygre, in part from Old English tigras (pl.), in part from xno tigre, both from Latin tigris, from Ancient Greek τίγρις 〈tígris〉, from ira (compare Avestan , ). More at stick. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈtaɪɡɚ/
  • (RP) /ˈtaɪɡə/
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  1. Panthera tigris, a large predatory mammal of the cat family, indigenous to Asia.
    1. A male tiger.
  2. A servant in livery, who rides with his master or mistress. {{rfquotek}}
    • 1843, , , book 2, ch. XVII, The Beginnings The doom of Fate was, Be thou a Dandy! Have thy eye-glasses, opera-glasses, thy Long-Acre cabs with white-breeched tiger, thy yawning impassivities, pococurantisms; fix thyself in Dandyhood, undeliverable; it is thy doom.
  3. (South Africa, dated but still used) A leopard.
    • 1907, Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, Jock of the Bushveld, Longmans 1976 ed., ISBN 0582161231, page 251: Jim remarked irrelevantly that tigers were 'schelms' and it was his conviction that there were a great many in the kloofs round about.
  4. (US, slang) A person who is very athletic during sexual intercourse.
    • 2010, Jeff Wilser, The Maxims of Manhood Don't … Tell your roommate that you heard the walls shaking all night, and it sounds like he's a real tiger in the sack.
  5. (figurative) A ferocious, bloodthirsty person.
    • Shakespeare As for heinous tiger, Tamora.
  6. (US, colloquial) A kind of growl or screech, after cheer. three cheers and a tiger
  7. A pneumatic box or pan used in refining sugar.
{{Webster 1913}} Synonyms: Panthera tigris
related terms:
  • Tigger
  • tigress
  • tigrine
  • felid
  • Tigre
tiger in one's tank etymology From a postwar advertising campaign for Esso petrol: "Put a tiger in your tank".
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) enthusiasm, energy, fervor
tiger kidnap
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (British, criminal, slang) To abduct someone, or to hold someone hostage, in order to persuade someone else to assist in a crime.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Such an abduction or hostage-taking.
tight {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English thight, thiht, from Old English *þīht, *þiht (attested in meteþiht) and Old Norse þéttr, both from Proto-Germanic *þinhtaz, from Proto-Indo-European *tenkt-, from Proto-Indo-European *ten-. Cognate with Scots ticht, West Frisian ticht, Danish tæt, Norwegian tett, tjett, Swedish tät, Dutch dicht, German dicht. pronunciation
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  1. Firmly held together; compact; not loose or open. exampletight cloth;  a tight knot
  2. Fitting close, or too close, to the body. examplea tight coat;  My socks are too tight.
  3. Of a space, etc, narrow, so that it is difficult for something or someone to pass through it. exampleThe passageway was so tight we could barely get through. exampleThey flew in a tight formation.
  4. Of a turn, sharp, so that the timeframe for making it is narrow and following it is difficult. exampleThe mountain pass was made dangerous by its many tight corners.
  5. Under high tension. exampleMake sure to pull the rope tight.
  6. Well-rehearse and accurate in execution. exampleTheir marching band is extremely tight.
  7. Lacking holes; difficult to penetrate; waterproof.
    • 1965, MotorBoating, page 145 He reported the hull was tight and secure and did not leak a drop.
    • 2014, Ian Black, "Courts kept busy as Jordan works to crush support for Isis", The Guardian, 27 November: Security is tight inside and outside the building, guarded by a bewildering collection of soldiers, policemen and gendarmes. Relatives watch as prisoners in handcuffs and leg irons shuffle past.
    • 2014, , "Southampton hammer eight past hapless Sunderland in barmy encounter", The Guardian, 18 October 2014: The odd thing was that Sunderland made the better start and showed early signs that they might pose serious problems to the Premier League’s tightest defence.
  8. (slang) Intoxicated; drunk or acting like being drunk. exampleWe went drinking and got tight.
    • 2001, Gaelic Storm, Johnny Tarr (on the album Tree (Gaelic Storm album)): Johnny walked into the Castle Bar, looking to get tight.
  9. (colloquial) Intimately friendly. exampleWe've grown tighter over the years.
  10. (slang) Extraordinarily great or special. exampleThat is one tight bicycle!
  11. (slang, British (regional)) Mean; unfair; unkind.
    • 1977, Willy Russell, Our Day Out, Act One, Scene One: Reilly: Ey, Miss, hang on, hang on... can we come with y', Miss? Can we? Digga: Go on, Miss, don't be tight, let's come.
    • 2001, Kevin Sampson, Outlaws, p.244: "Ah leave him, ay!" goes one of the girls. "Don't be tight." I turns to her. "Don't you think it's tight terrorising old ladies? Ay?"
    • 2011, Andrew Hicks, "Thai Girl: A story of the one who said 'no'", unnumbered page: "That's right ... so even when life's a grind, the Thais keep smiling. They think the farang are a miserable lot who have to get drunk to enjoy themselves." "Dutch, that's tight mate, I mean what's wrong with getting pissed. When you're not working, you gotta have a good time," said Darren.
  12. (slang, usually derogatory) Miserly or frugal. exampleHe's a bit tight with his money.
  13. (colloquial) Scarce, hard to come by. exampleI grew up in a poor neighborhood; money was very tight, but we made do.
  14. examplesport Not conceding many goals.
  15. (obsolete) Not ragged; whole; neat; tidy.
    • John Evelyn (1620-1706) clad very plain, but clean and tight
    • Thomas Gray (1716-1771) I'll spin and card, and keep our children tight.
    • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} “A tight little craft,” was Austin’s invariable comment on the matron; and she looked it, always trim and trig and smooth of surface like a converted yacht cleared for action. ¶ Near her wandered her husband…from time to time squinting sideways, as usual, in the ever-renewed expectation that he might catch a glimpse of his stiff, retroussé moustache.
  16. (obsolete) Handy; adroit; brisk. {{rfquotek}}
  17. (poker) Of a player, who plays very few hands. {{rfex}}
  18. (poker) Using a strategy which involves playing very few hands. {{rfex}}
Synonyms: (pushed/pulled together): close, serried (of ranks), tight-fitting (of clothes), (narrow) narrow, (under high tension) taut, tense, under tension, (well-rehearsed and accurate) polished, precise, (intimately friendly) close, close-knit, intimate, (slang: intoxicated) See also , (slang: extraordinarily great or special) ace, cool, fab, rad, slick
  • (pushed/pulled together): baggy (of clothing or other material), loose, sagging, saggy, slack
  • (narrow) broad, capacious, open, roomy, spacious, wide
  • (under high tension) loose, relaxed, slack
  • (well-rehearsed and accurate) slack, slapdash, sloppy
  • (slang: extraordinarily great or special) crap, naff, pathetic, rubbish
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Firmly, so as not to come loose easily. Make sure the lid is closed tight.
  2. Soundly. Good night, sleep tight.
Synonyms: (firmly) fast, firmly, securely, (soundly) soundly, well
  • (firmly) loosely
  • (soundly) badly, fitfully
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete) To tighten.
tight as a duck's ass
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, slang, vulgar) Extremely tight (in various senses: secure, stingy, etc.).
tight as a tick
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Drunk, inebriated.
    • 1933, , "Eighteenth Amen Repealed", in The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin‎, page 290 For there ain't no kickGetting tight as a tickWhen you know that you're not breaking the law
  2. Fully inflated; swollen near to bursting.
    • 2002, Steven Callahan, Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea‎, page 115 I blow it up until it's tight as a tick. Just below the skirt through which the lanyard passes, a tiny mouth whistles a single-note tune until the balloon's lungs are emptied.
  3. Unwilling to spend money.
    • 2003, Anna Quindlen, Blessings: a Novel, page ‎215 "Son, excuse me, but the woman was as tight as a tick, as my grannie used to say. The reason I didn't work on that car of hers is because the one time I did, I charged her a hundred forty-four dollars for a battery, which as you know is the cost to me. She said I was gouging her."
    • 2003, Rita Mae Brown, Catch as Cat Can‎, page 20 The last time she had visited, Sean's father, Tiny Tim, who was tight as a tick with his money, jovially presided over the place, one big yard filled with rusting cars.
Synonyms: (drunk, inebriated) drunk, full as a goog, full as a tick, inebriated, intoxicated, (fully inflated) full, full as a tick, inflated, overinflated, swollen, (unwilling to spend money) miserly, thrifty, See also
tightass etymology tight + ass
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, mildly vulgar) Someone who does not know how to have fun, or who is so worried about insignificant things as to ruin any fun that anyone around them may be having.
  2. (slang, mildly vulgar) Someone who is stingy, or who is tight with money.
tighten the purse strings Alternative forms: tighten the purse-strings, tighten the pursestrings
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) To decrease spending or disallow increased spending; to increase control of spending.
    • {{quote-book }}
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  • loosen the purse strings
tighter etymology From tight + er.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. en-comparative of tight
adverb: {{head}}
  1. en-comparative of tight We need to pull that rope tighter.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete or colloquial) A ribbon or string used to draw clothes closer; a tightener.
{{Webster 1913}}
tighter than wallpaper
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) stingy with money
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (U.S., informal) men's white-colored and tight-fitting briefs
Synonyms: Y-fronts (British)
tighty whities Alternative forms: tidy whities, tighty-whities
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (informal) Men's briefs; underwear.
    • {{quote-newsgroup }}
    • 1995, National Speleological Society, Nittany Grotto News I had the pleasure of seeing the boys and their tighty whities as they changed to clean clothes. Nikki and I didn't have clean clothes…
    • 1999, Noah Hawley, A Conspiracy of Tall Men, page 345 Forbes, in his tighty whities and black socks, seems an incongruous apparition against the sense of home the kitchen implies.
    • 2000, Edward Lerner, Creative Destruction, page 29 It would indeed be great if my red socks and my tighty whities declared themselves to my washer.
tighty-whities Alternative forms: tidy whities, tighty whities
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (informal) alternative form of tighty whities
    • 1999, Gordon Muir Giles & Jo Clark-Wilson, Rehabilitation of the Severely Brain-injured Adult, page 77 While your parents may have had no other choice but to wash your tighty-whities when you were a tyke, those days are long gone.
tik etymology from "Narcotic"? this needs to be verified.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa, slang) crystal meth or speed.
    • "This Tuesday Special Assignment focuses on a deepening crisis in Cape Town. Many young adults and schoolchildren as young as 10 years are in the grip of a powerful drug called crystal methamphetamine – known locally as tik. It’s been on the fringes for several years but it is now catching on fast among the youth of the Western Cape. - 27k
    • "Over a third of all people seeking rehabilitation in the second half of 2005 reported that their primary problem was tik". Weekend Argus 13/14 May 2006 p.12.
  • ITK
  • kit, Kit, KIT
tilbury etymology From the surname Tilbury (the inventor). pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈtɪlbəɹi/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (historical) A small open two-wheeled carriage.
  2. (slang, obsolete) Sixpence (formerly the fare from Gravesend to Tilbury Fort).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who set tile.
  2. (freemasonry) A doorkeeper or attendant at a lodge of Freemason.
  • liter
  • litre
  • relit
tiller pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈtɪlə/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From till + er.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who till; a farmer.
    • 2000, Alasdair Gray, The Book of Prefaces, Bloomsbury 2002, page 63: In France, Europe's most fertile and cultivated land, the tillers of it suffered more and more hunger.
  2. A machine that mechanically tills the soil.
Synonyms: (machine) cultivator
etymology 2 From Middle English *, from Old English telgor, telgra, telgre "twig, branch, shoot" (also telga, telge (whence tillow)), from Proto-Germanic *telgô, *telgōn, from Proto-Indo-European *delgʰ-. Cognate with Dutch telg, Dutch Low Saxon telge, German Zelge, Swedish telning, Icelandic tág. Alternative forms: tillow
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A young tree. {{rfquotek}}
  2. A shoot of a plant which springs from the root or bottom of the original stalk; a sapling; a sucker.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To put forth new shoot from the root or from around the bottom of the original stalk; stool.
etymology 3 xno telier, from Malayalam telarium, from Latin tela.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archery) The stock; a beam on a crossbow carved to fit the arrow, or the point of balance in a longbow.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher You can shoot in a tiller.
  2. (nautical) A bar of iron or wood connected with the rudderhead and leadline, usually forward, in which the rudder is moved as desired by the tiller (FM 55-501).
  3. (nautical) The handle of the rudder which the helmsman holds to steer the boat, a piece of wood or metal extending forward from the rudder over or through the transom. Generally attached at the top of the rudder.
  4. A handle; a stalk.
  5. (UK, dialect, obsolete) A small drawer; a till. {{rfquotek}}
Tim {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /tɪm/
  • {{rhymes}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A male given name, a diminutive form of Timothy and, very rarely, of Timon.
  2. (slang, derogatory, UK, Ireland) A Catholic.
  3. A supporter of the Scottish football team,
  • MIT
  • TMI
timber {{was wotd}} etymology From Middle English tymber, from Old English timber, from Proto-Germanic *timrą, from Proto-Indo-European *demh₂- 〈*demh₂-〉 (see Proto-Indo-European *dṓm 〈*dṓm〉). Cognates include Dutch timmer, Old High German zimbar (German Zimmer), Old Norse timbr, Gothic 𐍄𐌹𐌼𐍂𐌾𐌰𐌽 〈𐍄𐌹𐌼𐍂𐌾𐌰𐌽〉, and Latin domus. pronunciation
  • (UK)
    • (noun) /ˈtɪmbə/
    • (interjection) /ˈtɪːmˌbəː/
  • (US)
    • (noun) {{enPR}}, /ˈtɪmbɚ/
    • (interjection) /ˈtɪːmˌbɚː/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
  • {{homophones}} (for one US pronunciation of that word)
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) Trees in a forest regarded as a source of wood.
  2. (British, uncountable) Wood that has been pre-cut and is ready for use in construction.
  3. (countable) A heavy wooden beam, generally a whole log that has been squared off and used to provide heavy support for something such as a roof. Historically also used in the plural, as in "ship's timbers".
  4. (archaic) A certain quantity of fur skin (as of martens, ermines, sables, etc.) packed between board; in some cases forty skins, in others one hundred and twenty. Also timmer, timbre.
  5. (firearms, informal) The wooden stock of a rifle or shotgun.
Synonyms: (trees considered as a source of wood) timberland, forest, (wood that has been cut ready for construction) lumber (US), wood, (beam used to support a roof) beam, rafter
interjection: timber!
  1. Used by logger to warn others that a tree being felled is falling.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To fit with timbers. timbering a roof
  2. (falconry, intransitive) To light or land on a tree.
  3. (obsolete) To make a nest.
  4. To surmount as a timber does.
{{Webster 1913}}
  • timbre
TimberBiel etymology {{blend}}.
proper noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang) The couple consisting of celebrities and .
    • 2011, Scott Stinson, "eTalk and the celebrity gossip juggernaut", National Post, 7 September 2011: But it also remains that a TimberBiel sighting (that one’s all yours, gossip columnists!) is something that a wide swath of news organizations would be bound to pick up.
    • 2012, Jake Nichols, "Biel and Timberlake get 'N Sync 'N Jackson", JH Weekly, 22 August 2012 - 28 August 2012, page 8: Without being able to get verifiable evidence, every tell-all cyber blabber in the country began running with the rumor TimberBiel was a done deal.
    • 2012, "Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake Marry in Italy!", EDGE Davao, Volume 5, Issue 165, 21 October 2012 - 22 October 2012, page A3: Private security was tight everywhere the wedding party went, while a source told E! News that the guests were asked to sign nondisclosure agreements to ensure that the TimberBiel nuptials stayed private for as long as possible.
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timber nigger etymology From timber, presumably a reference to the stereotypical forest habitat of the , and nigger. Arose in Wisconsin in the late 1980s during public outcry and protest from outdoor enthusiasts over the Ojibwe exercising the right to spearfish in non-reservation lakes granted to them by treaties."[,4159207 As spears of racism pierce the north]", ''The Milwaukee Journal'', 13 May 1989Eric Partridge, Tom Dalzell, & Terry Victor, ''The Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English'', Routledge (2008), ISBN 9780415212595, [ page 652]Philip H. Herbst, ''The Color of Words: An Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Ethnic Bias in the United States'', Intercultural Press (1997), ISBN 1877864420, [ page 217]
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (ethnic slur, derogatory, slang) A Native American person, especially one of Ojibwe descent.
    • 2004, Mary Relindes Ellis, The Turtle Warrior, Penguin Books (2005), ISBN 9780143034520, page 161: Or like his neighbor Morriseau, who probably got a government subsidy because he was a timber nigger.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
Synonyms: (ethnic slur for Native American person) redskin
time {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: tyme (obsolete) etymology From Middle English time, tyme, from Old English tīma, from Proto-Germanic *tīmô, from Proto-Indo-European *dī-. Cognate with Scots tym, tyme, Swiss German Zimen, Zimmän, Danish time, Swedish timme, Norwegian time, Faroese tími, Icelandic tími. See also tide. pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /taɪm/
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  • (AusE) /tɑem/
  • {{rfv-pronunciation}} (Tasmanian) /tɜːm/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (tennis) Reminder by the umpire for the players to continue playing after their pause.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) The inevitable progression into the future with the passing of present events into the past. exampleTime stops for nobody.   the ebb and flow of time
    • 1937, Delmore Schwartz, Calmly We Walk Through This April's Day Time is the fire in which we burn.
  2. A duration of time.
    1. (uncountable) A quantity of availability of duration. exampleMore time is needed to complete the project.   You had plenty of time, but you waited until the last minute.   Are you finished yet? Time’s up!
      • 1661, John Fell (bishop), The Life of the most learned, reverend and pious Dr. H. Hammond During the whole time of his abode in the university he generally spent thirteen hours of the day in study; by which assiduity besides an exact dispatch of the whole course of philosophy, he read over in a manner all classic authors that are extant…
    2. (countable) A measurement of a quantity of time; a numerical or general indication of a length of progression. examplea long time;&nbsp; Record the individual times for the processes in each batch.&nbsp;&nbsp; Only your best time is compared with the other competitors.&nbsp;&nbsp; The algorithm runs in O(n<sup>2</sup>) time.
      • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 1 , “I was about to say that I had known the Celebrity from the time he wore kilts. But I see I will have to amend that, because he was not a celebrity then, nor, indeed, did he achieve fame until some time after I left New York for the West.”
      • 1938, Richard Hughes, In Hazard The shock of the water, of course, woke him, and he swam for quite a time.
    3. (uncountable, slang) The serving of a prison sentence. exampleThe judge leniently granted a sentence with no hard time.&nbsp;&nbsp; He is not living at home because he is doing time.
    4. (countable) An experience. exampleWe had a wonderful time at the party.
      • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 1 , “I was about to say that I had known the Celebrity from the time he wore kilts. But I see I will have to amend that, because he was not a celebrity then, nor, indeed, did he achieve fame until some time after I left New York for the West.”
    5. (countable) An era; (with the, sometimes in plural) the current era, the current state of affairs. exampleRoman times;&nbsp; the time of the dinosaurs
      • {{rfdate}} Cicero, First Oration against Catiline (translation) O the times, O the customs!
      • 1601, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark The time is out of joint
    6. (uncountable, with possessive) A person's youth or young adulthood, as opposed to the present day. exampleIn my time, we respected our elders.
    7. (only in singular, sports and figuratively) Time out; temporary, limited suspension of play.
  3. An instant of time.
    1. (uncountable) How much of a day has passed; the moment, as indicated by a clock or similar device. exampleExcuse me, have you got the time?&nbsp;&nbsp; What time is it, do you guess? Ten o’clock?&nbsp;&nbsp; A computer keeps time using a clock battery.
      • {{quote-magazine}}
    2. (countable) A particular moment or hour; the appropriate moment or hour for something (especially with prepositional phrase or imperfect subjunctive). exampleit’s time for bed;&nbsp; it’s time to sleep;&nbsp; we must wait for the right time;&nbsp; it's time we were going
      • 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; for, even after she had conquered her love for the Celebrity, the mortification of having been jilted by him remained.”
      • {{quote-magazine}}
    3. (countable) A numerical indication of a particular moment. exampleat what times do the trains arrive?;&nbsp; these times were erroneously converted between zones
    4. (countable) An instance or occurrence. exampleWhen was the last time we went out? I don’t remember. examplesee you another time;&nbsp; that’s three times he’s made the same mistake exampleOkay, but this is the last time. No more after that!
      • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 2 , “Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke. He was dressed out in broad gaiters and bright tweeds, like an English tourist, and his face might have belonged to Dagon, idol of the Philistines.”
    5. (UK, of pubs) Closing time. exampleLast call: it's almost time.
    6. The hour of childbirth.
      • Edward_Hyde,_1st_Earl_of_Clarendon (1609-1674) She was within one month of her time.
  4. (countable) The measurement under some system of region of day or moment. exampleLet's synchronize our watches so we're not on different time.
  5. (countable) Ratio of comparison. exampleyour car runs three times faster than mine;&nbsp; that is four times as heavy as this
  6. (grammar, dated) Tense. examplethe time of a verb
  7. (music) The measured duration of sounds; measure; tempo; rate of movement; rhythmical division. examplecommon or triple time; &nbsp; the musician keeps good time.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher (1603-1625) some few lines set unto a solemn time
For the number of occurrences and the ratio of comparison, once and twice are used instead of one time and two times. Thrice is uncommon but not obsolescent.
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related terms:
  • counter-time
  • have time
  • have the time
  • untime
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To measure or record the time, duration, or rate of. I used a stopwatch to time myself running around the block.
  2. To choose when something begins or how long it lasts. The President timed his speech badly, coinciding with the Super Bowl. The bomb was timed to explode at 9:20 p.m.
    • Francis Bacon There is no greater wisdom than well to time the beginnings and onsets of things.
  3. (obsolete) To keep or beat time; to proceed or move in time.
    • Whittier With oar strokes timing to their song.
  4. (obsolete) To pass time; to delay.
  5. To regulate as to time; to accompany, or agree with, in time of movement.
    • Addison Who overlooked the oars, and timed the stroke.
    • Shakespeare He was a thing of blood, whose every motion / Was timed with dying cries.
  6. To measure, as in music or harmony.
Synonyms: (to measure time) clock, (to choose the time for) set
  • {{rank}}
  • emit
  • item
  • mite
times pronunciation
  • /taɪmz/
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  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of time
  2. The circumstance of a certain time.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    exampleModern times are so very different from the past.
  3. A person's experiences or biography. exampleThe Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. Product of the previous number and the following number. Four times five is twenty. One times one is one.
related terms:
  • × (the multiplication sign)
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of time
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal, arithmetic) To multiply.
    • 1994, Harvey Mellar, Learning with artificial worlds: computer-based modelling in the curriculum I've taken the calories and the amount of food . . . and it's 410 calories per portion timesed by 6 portions which {{SIC}} the answer was 2460 calories...
    • 1995, Mathematical Association, The Australian mathematics teacher, Volumes 51-53 A student as junior as Year 4 informed me that he made a forward estimate of cheeses in 100 trials by 'timesing both numbers by 10'...
    • 1998, Psychology of mathematics education, Volume 2 Alex: Yeah - if you're timesing that distance there by this height, it will disappear.
  • {{rank}}
  • emits, i-stem, items, Metis, Métis, metis, mites, smite
time sink
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Something that consume a great deal of time, usually with little benefit; a waste of time.
times sign
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (arithmetic, informal) A multiplication sign.
timesuck Alternative forms: time-suck, time suck etymology From time + suck.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Any time-consuming activity.
    • 2006, T. Michael Clark, Corel Paint Shop Pro X Digital Darkroom (page 244) Give it a try and explore some of the Paint Shop Pro Web rings. You never know what you'll find. Be careful, though, because this can be a huge timesuck and you might find the afternoon slipping away unnoticed.
    • 2007, Jennifer Niesslein, Practically Perfect (in Every Way) the old-fashioned timesuck of housework
Synonyms: time sink
time you got a watch
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (humorous) A phrase used to reply to the question what time is it?.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (Canada, informal) Tim Hortons, a Canadian restaurant chain known for its coffee and doughnut.
    • 2001, "WANDA BRAUGH", ATTENTION DRIVE THRU EMPLOYEES (on newsgroup Now to end the past 7 days of hell I have gotten the wrong order at Timmy's!!!!!!
    • 2011, Robert J. Sawyer, Wonder "Where do you want to go?" "Just down to Timmy's." She felt all Canadian-like, calling the Tim Hortons donut chain by the nickname the locals used.
    • 2011, Ron MacLean, Kirstie McLellan Day, Cornered: Hijinks, Highlights, Late Nights and Insights Back in the car, I turned on the cruise control at a safe 110 kilometres an hour and, thanks to Timmy's donuts and coffee, I began to wake up.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (plurale tantum, musical instruments, informal) timpani
tin {{elements}} {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old English tin, from Proto-Germanic *tiną, of unknown origin. Cognates include German Zinn and Dutch tin. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /tɪn/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{audio}}
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) A malleable, ductile, metal element, resistant to corrosion, with atomic number 50 and symbol Sn.
  2. (NZ, British, countable) An airtight container, made of tin or another metal, used to preserve food.
  3. (countable) A metal pan used for baking, roasting, etc. muffin tin roasting tin
  4. (countable, squash) The bottom part of the front wall, which is "out" if a player strikes it with the ball.
  5. (slang, dated, uncountable) money {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (airtight container) can (especially US), tin can
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Made of tin.
  2. Made of galvanised iron or built of corrugated iron.
    • 1939, George Orwell, "Coming up for Air", London: Victor Gollancz. […] in fact he was a big noise, literally, in the Baptist Chapel, known locally as the Tin Tab[ernacle] - whereas my family were 'church' and Uncle Ezekiel was an infidel at that.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To place into a tin in order to preserve.
  2. (transitive) To cover with tin.
  3. (transitive) To coat with solder in preparation for soldering.
  • int, in't, ITN, nit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The drug methamphetamine hydrochloride (crystal meth)
  • ain't
  • anti
  • NAIT
  • tian
tin anniversary {{was wotd}} etymology From the practice, popularised during the Victorian era, of giving gifts made out of specific materials on particular wedding anniversaries, such as tin for the tenth."[ Celebrating Wedding Anniversaries]", ''Martha Stewart Living'', January 2002 pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈtɪn ænɪˌvɜɹsəɹi/, /ˈtɪn ænəˌvɜɹsəɹi/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The tenth anniversary of something, especially a wedding.
    • 1977, "The Golden Landmark", The Sumter Daily Item, 9 September 1977: And a couple marrying at age 65 today can look forward to their tin anniversary, or at least 10 years of marriage.
    • 1991, Craig R. Whitney, "An Anniversary Dinner That's a Feast for Gossips", The New York Times, 30 July 1991: Their tin anniversary [Prince Charles and Princess Diana's] today has been kicked around by Fleet Street so hard it almost rattles, but millions of Britons and other royal-watchers around the world are wont to hear all the dirt, making publishers of racy newspapers and glossy magazines rich.
    • 2011, Jameson Berkow, "Bootup: Major Apple product launch rumoured for Thursday", Financial Post, 17 May 2011: The connection to a possible launch is that Apple opened its first two retail stores on that date in 2001; suggesting the Cupertino, Calif.-based company might be planning something special to celebrate its tin anniversary.
Synonyms: decaversary (informal), decennial
tincture {{wikipedia}} etymology Middle English, from Latin tinctura, from the verb tingo. Compare tint, taint. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈtɪŋk.tʃə/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A pigment or other substance that colour or dye.
  2. A tint, or an added colour.
  3. (heraldry) A colour or metal used in the depiction of a coat of arms.
  4. An alcoholic extract of plant material, used as a medicine.
  5. (humorous) A small alcoholic drink.
  6. An essential characteristic.
    • 1924, ARISTOTLE. . Translated by W. D. Ross. Nashotah, Wisconsin, USA: The Classical Library, 2001. Book 1, Part 6. for the earlier thinkers had no tincture of dialectic
  7. The finer and more volatile parts of a substance, separated by a solvent; an extract of a part of the substance of a body communicated to the solvent.
  8. A slight taste superadded to any substance. a tincture of orange peel
  9. A slight quality added to anything; a tinge.
    • Alexander Pope All manners take a tincture from our own.
    • Macaulay Every man had a slight tincture of soldiership, and scarcely any man more than a slight tincture.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to stain or impregnate (something) with colour
  • intercut
Tinderella etymology Blend of and Cinderella.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet, slang) A female user of the dating app , especially as a romantic connection or potential romantic connection of another user.
    • 2013, Melanie Stone, "New app not the answer to meeting someone special", The Daily Illini (University of Illinois), Volume 142, Issue 102, 15 February 2013, page 4A: If I couldn't even get a harmless little interview on Tinder, then how could any Tinderellas out there expect to get a date?
    • 2014, Rebecca Dooley, "Peculiar pictorial pairings", The Courier (Newcastle University), Issue 1284, 10 February 2014, 10 February 2014, page 28: A bit like meeting on Tinder these days and awkwardly mumbling how you met your Tinderella.
    • 2014, Claire Dodson, "Five ways to make the most of Tinder", The Daily Beacon (University of Tennessee), Issue 3, Volume 127, 22 August 2014, page 4: This will reflect how cool, casual and not-at-all-obsessed-with-you-I-swear you are to your prospective Tinderella or fella.
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tinfoiler etymology tinfoil hat + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A paranoid conspiracy theorist.
etymology 1 Imitative.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To emit a high-pitched noise. Jimmy heard the bells tink. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: tinkle
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated) A sharp, quick sound; a tinkle.
etymology 2 knit spelled backwards.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (knitting, slang, transitive) To unknit.
    • Amy Lane, A Knitter in His Natural Habitat (page 48) Stanley knitted when he should have purled and swore, tinking the knitting back to fix the flaw.
    • 2006, Heather Dixon, Not Your Mama's Knitting (page 89) If the stitch you need to fix is on the last or previous row, a bit of unknitting, or “tinking” as it is known by some knitters, is all that is needed to get back to the point where you can mend your mistake.
  • knit
tinker pronunciation
  • (UK) /tɪŋkə(ɹ)/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology From Middle English tinkere
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. an itinerant tinsmith and mender of household utensil made of tin
  2. (dated, chiefly, British and Irish, offensive) A member of the travelling community. A gypsy.
  3. (usually with "little") A mischievous person, especially a playful, impish youngster.
  4. Someone who repairs, or attempts repair on anything mechanical (tinkers) or invents.
  5. The act of repair or invention.
  6. (military, obsolete) A small mortar on the end of a staff.
  7. Any of various fish: the chub mackerel, the silverside, the skate, or a young mackerel about two years old.
  8. A bird, the razor-billed auk.
{{Webster 1913}} Synonyms: (mischievous person) rapscallion, rascal, rogue, scamp, scoundrel, (member of the travelling community) traveller
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To fiddle with something in an attempt to fix, mend or improve it, especially in an experimental or unskilled manner.
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  2. To work as a tinker.
  • reknit
tinker's cuss
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) A tinker's damn.
Synonyms: (lack of interest or concern) I don't give a rat's arse, I don't give a monkey's, I don't give a tinker's, I don't give a shit / fuck, I don't give a fig
tinkle pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈtɪŋkəl/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To make light metallic sounds, rather like a very small bell. The glasses tinkled together as they were placed on the table.
    • Dodsley The sprightly horse / Moves to the music of his tinkling bells.
  2. (intransitive, informal, juvenile) To urinate.
  3. (transitive) To cause to tinkle.
  4. (transitive) To indicate, signal, etc. by tinkling. The butler tinkled dinner.
  5. To hear, or resound with, a small, sharp sound.
    • Dryden And his ears tinkled, and the colour fled.
related terms:
  • tinkle the ivories
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A light metallic sound, resembling the tinkling of bells or wind chimes.
    • 1994, Stephen Fry, The Hippopotamus, ch. 2: At the very moment he cried out, David realised that what he had run into was only the Christmas tree. . . . There were no sounds of any movement upstairs: no shouts, no sleepy grumbles, only a gentle tinkle from the decorations as the tree had recovered from the collision.
  2. (UK, informal) A telephone call. Give me a tinkle when you arrive.
  3. (informal, euphemism) An act of urination.
etymology 1 tinkle + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) penis
    • 1983, John Wheatcroft, Catherine, Her Book (page 44) As his drawers came free, his tinkler leapt straight up. How different he was between the legs from Hindley, who had that darkness!
    • 2006, Andrea D'Allasandra, House of the Screaming Clowns (page 42) Johnny felt a delicious surge of energy in his tinkler.
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, dialect) A tinker.
{{Webster 1913}}
tin Lizzie {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: Tin Lizzie, tin lizzie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, dated) The Ford Motor Company's Model T automobile.
    • 1917, , The Oakdale Affair, ch. 6: Fate, in the guise of a rural free delivery carrier and a Ford, passed by the front gate. . . . "I don' see why he don't carry a whip," mused Jeb Case. "A-gidappin' to that there tin lizzie," he muttered disgustedly, "jes' like it was as good as a hoss."
    • 1947 April 21, "Michigan: Detroit Dynast," Time: The Model T became a legend. . . . The Tin Lizzie rattled and banged across the country.
  2. (informal, by extension) A small, unpretentious, vintage automobile, especially one that is in run-down condition.
    • 1921, , Alice Adams, ch. 6: "It's a ottomobile. . . . It's a second-hand tin Lizzie," said Walter. "D'you know what that means? It means a flivver."
    • 2003, Thomas Rendell Curran, Undertow, ISBN 9781550811933, p. 160: "The car he was driving was a shit-box, a real Tin Lizzie, older than Christ."
Synonyms: (small, inexpensive, vintage automobile) flivver, jalopy, wreck
tinned dog
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang, jocular, disparaging) Canned meat.
    • 1901, , The Ghosts Of Many Christmases, in Children of the Bush, 2007, Echo Library, unnumbered page, The storekeeper packed the case of tinned dog, etc., but by some blunder he or his man put the label on the wrong box, and it went per rail, per coach, per camel, and the last stage per boot, and reached my friends' camp on Christmas Eve, to their great joy.
    • 2001, Curt Wheat, North of Capricorn: Tales and Travels from Australia′s Far Northern Outback, page 47, “How ′bout some tinned dog and a bit of damper, mate?” Bob offered Hank. “You gonna be peckish by the time we stop tonight.”
    • 2006, Ron Fitch, Australian Railwayman: From Cadet Engineer to Railways Commissioner, page 63, After we had eaten our customary evening meal of tinned dog, potatoes and onions, six of us — three members of the permanent way gang, the publican′s son, my timekeeper and I — would cook the crayfish and devour the 30 at one sittng.
tinnie {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang) A can of beer.
    • 2005, Jack Leonard, Bad Altitude, [http//|%22tinnies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=EbEQa0GPg3&sig=cd_lEu4ojvpK64Tx8mkPZoU7b2k&hl=en&sa=X&ei=I7SEUOjuDIrUmAXG74GYDg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22tinnie%22|%22tinnies%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 170], Far better to send one of the girls out for a pizza and some tinnies, and then give her undivided attention when she returns.
    • 2008, Peter Dragicevich, Jolyon Attwooll, Sydney, Lonely Planet, [http//|%22tinnies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=e7ZN5u98zR&sig=JPaLvpROQ7h6RmK5FpR1TLV-qdQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=I7SEUOjuDIrUmAXG74GYDg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22tinnie%22|%22tinnies%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 154], In a city where alcohol was once the main currency (see p23), it′s little wonder that drinking is a big part of the social fabric – whether it′s knocking back some tinnies on the beach or meeting mates at the pub.
    • 2011, Calvin Wade, Forever Is Over, [http//|%22tinnies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=qPgK6Sn6AX&sig=_XdxmopSFJ_mv_Jarbcxm90bIow&hl=en&sa=X&ei=I7SEUOjuDIrUmAXG74GYDg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22tinnie%22|%22tinnies%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 378], I′m forty and Tyrene says if I keep supping the tinnies at this rate it won′t be long before I′m forty stone! I′m nineteen stone right now and if I had a dollar for every time Tyrene called me a “big, fat, lazy bastard”, I could charter a yacht and sail to the Whitsundays and we live in Perth!
  2. (Australia, slang) A small open aluminium boat.
    • 2003, Christopher Cummings, The Mudskipper Cup: A North Queensland Story about Navy Cadets, [http//|%22tinnies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=kyLGReGwM3&sig=LMBNLuZZCDkV_miLEXsmoPgTgBc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=OK2EUPimIceViAfNtoDABA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22tinnie%22|%22tinnies%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 355], The bullies laughed and whistled and the tinnie turned once more, this time racing straight towards them from the port beam, bows tilted up, spray creaming out.
    • 2007, Caroline De Costa, Rookwood Island, [http//|%22tinnies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=h9SE-JqPEr&sig=U4TUg4D1ccRl57tUXyO_0SKAHP8&hl=en&sa=X&ei=OK2EUPimIceViAfNtoDABA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22tinnie%22|%22tinnies%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 239], Part of the tinnie could be seen pushed up against the bank but otherwise it had all sunk.
    • 2009, Rebecca Pannell, Seachange, Where Fish Fly, Susan Hosking, Rick Hosking, Rebecca Pannell, Nena Bierbaum (editors), Something Rich and Strange: Sea Changes, Beaches and the Littoral in the Antipodes, [http//|%22tinnies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=OePv-8xBIy&sig=A_dkfpMgBW5DE-AawXwm6RiXUN0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=I7SEUOjuDIrUmAXG74GYDg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22tinnie%22|%22tinnies%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 56], The miracles seem to have followed Kevin and Trevor who have remarkably travelled over fifty-eight nautical miles in little more than a tinnie, encountering all sorts of astounding natural phenomena such as enormous whales and strangely behaving sharks, bixarre star patterns and odd schools of fish.
  3. (New Zealand, slang) Small package of drug wrapped in foil.
  • intein
  • intine
tin-pot Alternative forms: tinpot, tin pot etymology Origin 1700s, from the low esteem for a tinker’s wares. {{etystub}} pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈtɪn.pɒt/
  • (US) /ˈtɪn.pɑːt/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Inferior; shoddy.
    • 1899, , , It was a great comfort to turn from that chap to my influential friend, the battered, twisted, ruined, tin–pot steamboat.
  2. (informal) Of a country, regime etc., autocratic, especially amusing so.
related terms:
  • tin-foil
tin sandwich
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Term for a simple harmonica
    • 2001, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Playing the Harmonica, By William Melton, Randy Weinstein, P.50 The reason that the harmonica sometimes is called a tin sandwich is that you hold it just like a sandwich.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang) Hollywood, especially its movie industry.
tint pronunciation
  • /tɪnt/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Alteration of earlier tinct, from Latin tinctus, past participle of verb tingo.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A slight coloring.
  2. A pale or faint tinge of any color; especially, a variation of a color obtained by adding white (contrast shade)
  3. A color considered with reference to other very similar colors. Red and blue are different colors, but two shades of scarlet are different tints.
  4. A shaded effect in engraving, produced by the juxtaposition of many fine parallel lines.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, intransitive)  To shade, to color.
etymology 2 Unknown(?) Alternative forms: int
contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. (Yorkshire, colloquial) it is not; it isn't; 'tisn't; it'sn't
tiny etymology From Middle English tine, tyne + -y. Perhaps from tine. pronunciation
  • /ˈtaɪni/
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  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Very small.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
Synonyms: See also
  • huge, large, big
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small child; an infant.
    • 1924, Ford Madox Ford, Some Do Not…, Penguin 2012 (Parade's End), p. 28: ‘You know I loved your husband like a brother, and you know I've loved you and Sylvia ever since she was a tiny.’
    • 1982, Young children in China (page 84) The lessons we saw have been well suited to the age of the children as regards music, singing and moving (and stories about animals for the tinies and more abstract themes for the older children).
  2. Anything very small.
    • 1956, Victoria Sackville-West, Even More For Your Garden (page 102) Might I now add a plea for the smaller irises, the tinies? They, also, should be divided up and replanted just now.
  • tiyn
tinygram etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet, informal) A very small packet of data. Too many tinygrams can congest a network connection.
tip {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /tɪp/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English tip, typ, tippe, probably from an unrecorded Old English *typpa, *typpe, from Proto-Germanic *tuppijô, *tuppijǭ, diminutive of *tuppaz. Cognate with East Frisian Tip, West Frisian tippe, tip, Dutch tip, Low German Tip, Tippel, German dialectal (Bavarian) Zipf, Standard German Zipfel, Danish tip, Swedish tipp, Icelandic typpi. Compare also Saterland Frisian Timpe, West Frisian timpe, Old English tæppa, Albanian thep.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The extreme end of something, especially when pointed; e.g. the sharp end of a pencil. {{defdate}}
    • 1848, Anne Bronte, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall: When he woke up, about half an hour after, he called it to him again, but Dash only looked sheepish and wagged the tip of his tail.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    examplethe tip of one's nose
  2. A piece of metal, fabric or other material used to cover the top of something for protection, utility or decoration. {{defdate}} examplea tip for an umbrella, a shoe, a gas burner, etc.
  3. (music) The end of a bow of a stringed instrument that is not held.
  4. (chiefly, in the plural) A small piece of meat. chicken tips over rice, pork tips, marinated alligator tips
    • 1998, Alan Morris, Between Earth and Sky (Guardians of the North book 4; ISBN 1441263039): He dutifully speared a beef tip and chewed it with false gusto.
  5. A piece of stiffened lining pasted on the inside of a hat crown.
  6. A thin, boarded brush made of camel's hair, used by gilder in lifting gold leaf.
  7. Rubbish thrown from a quarry.
{{Webster 1913}} Synonyms: (extreme end of something) extremity
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To provide with a tip; to cover the tip of. {{defdate}}
    • 1598, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act V: I thinke he thinkes vpon the sauage bull: / Tush, feare not man, wee'll tip thy hornes with gold, / And all Europa shall reioyce at thee [...].
    • Hudibras truncheon tipped with iron head
    • Thomson Tipped with jet, / Fair ermines spotless as the snows they press.
etymology 2 Possibly from Scandinavian, or a special use of Etymology 1.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To knock over; to make fall down, to overturn. {{defdate}}
  2. (intransitive) To fall over. {{defdate}}
  3. (intransitive) To be, or come to be, in a tilted or sloping position; to become unbalanced. {{defdate}}
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick: the brief suspended agony of the boat, as it would tip for an instant on the knife-like edge of the sharper waves, that almost seemed threatening to cut it in two [...].
  4. (transitive, slang, dated) To drink. {{defdate}}
  5. (transitive) To dump (refuse). {{defdate}}
  6. (US, transitive) To pour a libation, particularly from a forty of malt liquor. {{defdate}}
    • 1993, , “”: I tip my 40 to your memory.
  7. (transitive) To deflect with one′s fingers, especially one′s fingertip
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (skittles, obsolete) The knocking over of a skittle. {{defdate}}
  2. An act of tipping up or tilting. {{defdate}}
  3. (UK, Australia, New Zealand) An area or a place for dump something, such as rubbish or refuse, as from a mine; a heap (see tipple); a dump. {{defdate}}
    • 1972 May 18, Jon Tinker, Must we waste rubbish?, , [http//|%22tips%22+rubbish+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=8AORyE6tM0&sig=fQ4RzqlkaMusJxxa1LPiYBDea0Q&hl=en&sa=X&ei=hbyEUOjJI6-VmQXPkYEQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22tip%22|%22tips%22%20rubbish%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 389], As the tip slowly squashes under its own weight, bacteria rot away the organic matter, mainly anaerobically with the generation of methane.
    • 2009, Donna Kelly, [http//| 'Don't dump on Hepburn's top tip'], [http//| The Hepburn Advocate], Fairfax Digital When I was a kid I used to love going to the tip.
    • 2009, Rother District Council, [http//| Rother District Council Website] There are two rubbish tips in Rother.
    • 2009, Beck Vass, 'Computer collectibles saved from the tip' [http//| The New Zealand Herald, Technology section], APN Holdings NZ Ltd Computer collectibles saved from the tip
  4. (UK, Australia, New Zealand, by extension) A recycling centre.
  5. (colloquial) A very untidy place. {{defdate}}
  6. The act of deflecting with one's fingers, especially the fingertip
    • {{quote-news }}
etymology 3 Of uncertain origin; apparently cognate with Dutch tippen, German tippen, Swedish tippa.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (now rare) To hit quickly and lightly; to tap. {{defdate}}
    • Jonathan Swift A third rogue tips me by the elbow.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now rare) A light blow or tap. {{defdate}}
etymology 4 Originally thieves' slang, of uncertain orign.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To give a small gratuity to, especially to an employee of someone who provides a service. {{defdate}} exampleIn some cities waiters must be tipped.
  2. (thieves′ slang) To give, pass. {{defdate}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A gratuity; a small amount of money left for a bartender, waiter, taxi driver or other servant as a token of appreciation. {{defdate}}
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula: A half crown tip put the deputy's knowledge at my disposal, and I learned that Mr. Bloxam [...] had left for his work at five o'clock that morning.
Synonyms: cumshaw, baksheesh
etymology 5 Probably from tip or tip, or a combination of the two.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A piece of private or secret information, especially imparted by someone with expert knowledge about sporting odds, business performance etc. {{defdate}}
  2. A piece of advice.
  • German: Tipp
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To give a piece of private information to; to inform (someone) of a clue, secret knowledge, etc. {{defdate}}
etymology 6
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (AAVE) A kick or phase; one's current habits or behaviour.
  2. (AAVE) A particular arena or sphere of interest; a front.
  • pit, PIT
  • tpi, TPI
tipper pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone who tip, someone who gives a tip. The Americans are among the most generous tippers in the world.
  2. A kind of ale brewed with brackish water obtained from a particular well; -- so called from the first brewer of it, one Thomas Tipper.
  3. (slang) A small moustache.
tipple etymology Origin unknown but possibly from Scandinavian source (see Norwegian tipla). pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈtɪpəl/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An area near the entrance of mine which is used to load and unload coal.
  2. (rail transport) An apparatus for unloading railroad freight car by tipping them; the place where this is done.
  3. (slang) Any alcoholic drink.
Synonyms: (alcoholic drink) see
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To sell alcoholic liquor by retail. {{defdate}}
  2. To drink too much alcohol. {{defdate}}
  3. To drink alcohol regularly or habitually, but not to excess.
    • Macaulay Few of those who were summoned left their homes, and those few generally found it more agreeable to tipple in alehouses than to pace the streets.
  4. To put up (hay, etc.) in bundle in order to dry it.
Synonyms: (to drink regularly but not in excess) bibble
etymology 1 1790, tip + y. Sense of “clever” may be influenced by tip.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete, colloquial or slang) Fashionable, tip-top.
    • 1806, Kitty Crotchet, “The Bootees—A New Song”, in The Port Folio, v 2, Philadelphia: John Watts, p 76: Of all the gay beaux, / That sport their smart cloathes, / There's none that my fancy can please, / With their Spencers or Crops, / Or woolly Foretops, / Like Bob with his Tippy Bootees.
  2. (obsolete, colloquial or slang, absolute, with the) In the height of fashion, excellent, cool.
    • 1802, “Ladies Literature”, in New England Quarterly Magazine, v 2, Boston, p 225: I underſtand, however, that there is a diſtinction between theſe names in the city and St. James's; in the latter place you may find faſhion in the characters of the ton, the taſte, the etiquette, &c. in the city they are all the tippy, the thing, the ſort, &c. and pretty things they are, Heaven knowns! [sic]—with a ſort of a cane, which being twelve inches long, one blow of an Iriſhman's ſhillalagh would drive twelve yards away.
    • 1806, The Port Folio, v 2, Philadelphia: John Watts, p 143: The wig's the thing, the wig, the wig, / Be of the ton a natty sprig, / The thing, the tippy and the twig, / Nor heed who are the truly wise, / For after all, in vulgar eyes, / The wisdom's in the wig.
    • 1808, Thomas Morton, “A Cure for the Heart Ache”, in The British Theatre; or, A Collection of Plays, London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, p 10: Rent! you boor!—That, for Sir Hubert!—[Snapping his Fingers.] Ah! Nabob's servants be the tippy—Every thing be done by them so genteely.
    • 1845, “The Frog and the Fox”, in The New Monthly Magazine and Humorist, London: Henry Colburn, p 371: As neither of them said “No,” he opened the will, and found that the old lady had left all the accumulated scrapings of a long life of industry to her son William, to aid his “great abilities” in promoting the honour of the family. [. . .] “That'll do, Smugs,” said Bill, and then turning to his brothers, he observed. “Just the tippy, for I was cleaned out. [. . .]”
  3. (colloquial or slang) Clever, neat, smart.
    • 1863 [1910], Early Letters of Marcus Dods, D.D., p 344: She read Renan's Vie de Jésus, and I am now going to lend her the antidote—a tippy little bit of criticism by Pressensé.
  4. Of tea, having a large amount of tips, or leaf buds.
    • 1886, T.C. Owen, The Tea Planter's Manual, Colombo: A.M. & J. Ferguson, pp 49–50: Before rolling some planters are in the habit of sifting the leaf through a No. 4 sieve, and manufacturing the small leaf and tips that fall through separately. This will add to the appearance of the tea, by making it more tippy, but unless fancy teas are being made will not pay for the time and trouble incurred.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, colloquial or slang) A dandy.
    • 1798, “Whimſical Peculiarities of Expreſſion”, in The Monthly Magazine and British Register, v 6, London: R. Phillips, p 173: Is his dreſs, as we may preſume it will be, elegant; exhibiting no articles of apparel but ſuch as are “All the rage?” he is “Quite the tippy.”
etymology 2 1886, tip + y.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Canada, US) Tending to tip or tilt over; unstable.
quotations: {{seeCites}}
tipsify etymology tipsy + fy
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial, transitive) To make tipsy. {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}}
tipster etymology
  • From tip#Etymology_5 + ster.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone who makes a living by studying the form of racehorse and selling advice on wagers to other punter. {{defdate}}
  2. (video games, informal) One who provides tip or hint on how to succeed at a game.
    • 1987, CRASH magazine (issue 41, June 1987) Absent from the pages of CRASH for a year, ex-tipster Robin Candy returns and puts finger to key to debate the state of the games software industry.
    • 1994, Amiga Power magazine (issue 42) Those are the two choice words top tipster Rich Pelley used to describe the monthly helpathon that is the one and only COMPLETE CONTROL.
    • 1995, "Stephen Smith", Zub - Hidden Game? (on newsgroup comp.sys.sinclair) Does anybody know what Jon Riglar is doing now? (SU Tipster for about 6 years - Zapchat!).
  • pitters
  • spitter
tip the wink
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang, dated) To give a hint or suggestion, as if by a wink; to ask or tell surreptitiously. {{rfquotek}}
tired and emotional {{wikipedia}} etymology First used by the British satirical magazine in 1967, in a spoof diplomatic memo to describe the state of cabinet minister George Brown. It is now used as a stock phrase and euphemism to avoid litigation for libel, and the phrase has spread well beyond the magazine.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (British, humorous, idiomatic, euphemistic) Drunk.
    • 2006, Private Eye Harry was "fired up. He'd been drinking and was tired and emotional."
Synonyms: See
tissy Origination: a play on the word, hissy or hissy fit.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A type of behavior, usually when a male acts feminine in a manner of frustration. Mark threw a huge tissy when he came in today and saw the mess that was made of his magazines. After the laughter that was directed at him after his first tissy-fit, Mark started to tissy for a whole new reason.
tit {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /tɪt/
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etymology 1 From Old English titt, of uncertain origin. Cognate with Dutch tiet, dialectal Dutch tet, German Zitze, Titte. Probably related to an original meaning 'to suck'. Compare Albanian thith. Compare teat.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A mammary gland, teat.
  2. (slang, vulgar, chiefly, in the plural) A woman's breast.
    • 2012, Caitlin Moran, Moranthology, Ebury Press 2012, p. 13: I have enjoyed taking to my writing bureau and writing about poverty, benefit reform and the coalition government in the manner of a shit Dickens, or Orwell, but with tits.
  3. (British, pejorative, slang) An idiot; a fool. Look at that tit driving on the wrong side of the road!
    • 2002, Dick Plamondon, Have You Ever Been Screwed, iUniverse, ISBN 0-595-26199-X, page 234, “What did you say to the cops?” / “I told them everything about the smuggling ring.” / “Why the fuck did you do that?” / “They were nice to me.” / “They’re always nice to people they want to get information from, you dumb tit.”
    • 2012 January 15, , "", episode 2-3 of , 00:52:46-00:52:55: John Watson (to Sherlock Holmes): It's Lestrade. Says they're all coming over here right now. Queuing up to slap on the handcuffs, every single officer you ever made feel like a tit. Which is a lot of people.
Synonyms: (breast) See also ., (fool, idiot) See also .
related terms:
  • titty, tittie
etymology 2 Perhaps imitative of light tap. Compare earlier tip for tap, from tip, + tap; compare also dialectal tint for tant.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic) A light blow or hit (now usually in phrase tit for tat).
etymology 3 Probably of Scandinavian origin; found earliest in titling and titmouse; compare Faroese títlingur, dialectal Norwegian titling. {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} {{wikispecies}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A chickadee; a small passerine bird of the genus Parus or the family Paridae, common in the Northern Hemisphere.
  2. Any of various other small passerine birds.
  3. (archaic) A small horse; a nag.
    • 1759, Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Penguin 2003, p. 28) he was resolved, for the time to come, to ride his tit with more sobriety.
  4. (archaic) A young girl, later especially a minx, hussy. {{rfquotek}}
  5. A morsel; a bit. {{rfquotek}}
  • ITT, itt
titch etymology See tich. pronunciation
  • /tɪtʃ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, colloquial) A very small person; a small child; a small amount. "I'll have just a titch more cake."
    • 1988 Howard Lewis Russell: Rush to Nowhere (page 148) ...and just a titch of my special pepper sauce over these turnip greens
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) tiny, very small. "Let's 'ave a look at some of them titchy ones" Roald Dahl, Boy, p. 43
  • chitty
tit fuck etymology tit + fuck.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sexuality, vulgar) The stimulation of a penis by someone's breast, usually until the point of ejaculation.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (sexuality) To perform a tit fuck.
titivate Alternative forms: tidivate, tiddivate, tittivate etymology Modification of earlier spelling tidivate, perhaps based on tidy + , on the pattern of words like cultivate and renovate. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈtɪt.ɪ.veɪt/, /ˈtɪt.ə.veɪt/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make small improvement or alteration to (one's appearance etc.); to add some finishing touches to.
tit juice
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) Human milk.
title {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English title, titel, from Old English titul, from Latin titulus. pronunciation
  • /ˈtaɪtl̩/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A prefix (honorific) or suffix (post-nominal) added to a person's name to signify either veneration, official position or a professional or academic qualification. See also
  2. (legal) Legal right to ownership of a property; a deed or other certificate proving this. examplea good title to an estate, or an imperfect title
  3. In canon law, that by which a beneficiary holds a benefice.
  4. A church to which a priest was ordain, and where he was to reside.
  5. The name of a book, film, musical piece, painting, or other work of art. exampleI know the singer's name, but not the title of the song.
  6. A publication. exampleThe retailer carries thousands of titles. exampleBuyers of the new video game console can choose from three bundled titles.
  7. A section or division of a subject, as of a law or a book.
  8. (mostly, in the plural) A written title, credit, or caption shown with a film, video, or performance. exampleThe titles scrolled by too quickly to read.
  9. (bookbinding) The panel for the name, between the bands of the back of a book.
  10. The subject of a writing; a short phrase that summarize the entire topic.
  11. A division of an act of Congress or Parliament. exampleTitle II of the USA PATRIOT Act
  12. (sports) The recognition given to the winner of a championship in sports.
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    • 1997, David Kenneth Wiggins, Glory Bound: Black Athletes in a White America Equally disadvantageous to Jackson was the fact that other than the Jacksonville Athletic Club and the National Sporting Club, virtually no organization was willing to sponsor a title fight between a black fighter and a white one.
Synonyms: See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To assign a title to; to entitle.
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of tit
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  1. (British, slang) Expressing dismay or annoyance.
    • 1999, Robin Mitchell, Grave robbers "Oh tits, a slight mishap, I've taken his fuckin' feet off!"
    • 2007, Damian Tarnopolsky, Lanzmann and Other Stories "Oh, tits. We can't do anything with those."
  2. (American, adjective) Very good, awesome, amazing
    • The Venture Bros., Dean Venture, "This place is tits!"
tits up Alternative forms: tits-up, titsup etymology From “tits” + “up”, in reference to a woman lying on her back.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, usually of a woman, usually naked) lying down, face up.
  2. (idiomatic, slang, vulgar) completely failed so as to become inactive.
    • 1987, Nora Roberts, Daring to dream, page 157: The vast majority go tits up in the first year. Basic economics, even if the people have some training and education in retail.
    • 2007, Gemma Townley, The Hopeless Romantic's Handbook‎, page 102: But believe me, sunshine, if this show goes tits up, none of us are going to come out smelling of roses."
tits-up Alternative forms: tits up, titsup etymology From “tits” + “up”, in reference to a woman lying on her back. or a Technical term: TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang, usually of a woman, usually naked) Lying down face up.
    • 1998, Anna Linzer, Ghost Dancing, Picador, page 39: Maybe she knows you and Mary will be taking her home, and that by next week she'll be sleeping under the cool green branches of a giant cedar tree instead of tits-up in some dusty cornfield.
    • 1999, Stephen Rhodes, The Velocity of Money: A Novel of Wall Street (HarperCollins Publishers Inc.), page 253: Next thing he remembered was blanking out, and waking to find himself tits-up in the S&P pit, a forest of undulating legs roiling around him.
    • 2005, Lucia St. Clair Robson, Shadow Patriots, Tor/Forge, page 215: The two women were naked except for their wigs and their gartered stockings. They both lay tits-up on the floor, facing André and Clinton.
  2. (idiomatic, slang, vulgar) Broken; failed; inoperable.
    • 1987, Tom Clancy, Patriot Games, Putnam, page 197: The bird went tits-up, take another day or so to fix.
    • 2000, Dewey Lambdin, King's Captain: An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure, St. Martin's Press, page 66: Yeomanry . . . militia forces. . . do I not make major-general by this time next year, I've either gone tits-up. . . or wasn't really tryin'!
    • 2005, Bill Fitzhugh, Pest Control, HarperCollins, page 46: Mary said that seventy percent of new businesses failed within the first six months. Another twenty percent went tits-up within the year.
  3. (idiomatic, slang, vulgar) Dead.

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