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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, only in combination) Having a specified kind of tit (breasts). A big-titted woman.
titter pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A nervous or repressed giggle.
    • Coleridge There was a titter of … delight on his countenance.
  2. (slang, vulgar, chiefly, in the plural) A woman's breast.
Synonyms: (a woman's breast) See also .
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To laugh or giggle in a somewhat subdue manner.
    • Longfellow A group of tittering pages ran before.
  2. (obsolete) To teeter; to seesaw.
Synonyms: See also
tittied etymology titty + ed
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, only in combination) Having a specified kind of breast.
    • 2007, H. L. Cherryholmes, A Slight Touch (page 160) As he stood there, his legs spread and his hands on his hips like a man who knew what he was doing, he saw his big tittied neighbor pull up in her car.
titty Alternative forms: teetee, tittie pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) a breast
  2. (slang) a nipple
  3. a kitten
  4. (Scottish colloquial) a sister or girl
titty bar
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) strip club
titty juice
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) Human breast milk.
titty twister
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) A school prank involving taking a person's nipple between the thumb and forefinger and then twisting it around roughly.
Synonyms: nipple cripple, purple nurple
titwank {{wikipedia}} etymology tit + wank
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) an act of masturbating between breast.
Synonyms: titjob, titfuck
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) to masturbate using breast
Synonyms: titfuck
tit wank
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) A sexual act and form of masturbation where the penis is between the female's breast and rubbed.
Synonyms: tit fuck
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (informal, abbreviation) Tickets.
    • 2005 May 29, Jeremy Caplan, "The Sweet Sounds of Summer," Time: Go to, a new site that scours the Web for the cheapest concert tix.
Synonyms: tickets
tizz etymology From tizzy, by shortening
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A tizzy; a state of worried confusion.
tizzy etymology unknown. American, 1935. Possibly related to tizzysixpence coin”, slang for tester, a name for the coin.{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A state of nervous excitement, confusion, or distress; a dither.
  2. (UK, slang, archaic) A sixpence; a tester.
Frequently used in the phrase “in a tizzy”. Synonyms: dither, upset
TLA {{wikipedia}}
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. Three-letter acronym; or, three-letter abbreviation.
  2. (US, humorous) Three-letter agency; used in reference to CIA, NSA, and so on.
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. Tlaxcala, a state of Mexico.
  • alt, Alt
  • ATL
  • lat, Lat., LAT
  • LTA
  • Tal
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (Internet, slang) TLDR; too long did not read.
TMI {{wikipedia}} etymology
  • (trimethylindium) initialism of [[tri-|Tri]][[methyl-|Methyl]][[indium|Indium]]
  • (too much information) initialism of [[too|Too]] [[much|Much]] [[information|Information]]
  • (transmarginal inhibition) initialism of [[trans-|Trans]][[marginal|Marginal]] [[inhibition|Inhibition]]
  • (trans-Mars injection) initialism of trans-Mars injection
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chemistry) trimethylindium, the most preferred metallorganic source of Indium used in MOCVD of compound semiconductor for opto-electronics applications.
  2. (informal) Too much information, an expression indicating that someone has divulged too much personal information and made the listener/viewer uncomfortable. He began to talk about his last trip to the underwear store. I told him, TMI! When Chris updated his status with "just ate entirely too much. Should make for a great bm to share with someone later," I thought it was TMI.
  3. (psychology) transmarginal inhibition, an organism’s response to overwhelming stimuli.
  4. (video, color correction) Temperature, Magenta/Green level, and Intensity
  5. (Solar System astrodynamics) trans-Mars injection, an orbital burn (rocket firing) used to change orbit from local orbit, to a Mars transfer orbit (a Solar orbit that will intercept the planet Mars).
coordinate terms: (trans-Mars injection)
  • trans-lunar injection , TLI
  • Mars transfer orbit , MTO
  • lunar transfer orbit , LTO
  • geostationary transfer orbit , GTO
  • geosynchronous transfer orbit , GTO
  • geostationary orbit , GEO
  • geosynchronous orbit , GSO
  • MIT
  • Tim, Tim., TIM
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{en-initialism}}
  1. initialism of trinitrotoluene an explosive substance used in blasting
  2. (informal) initialism of dynamite an explosive
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (informal) Toronto, a Canadian city.
Synonyms: T.O.
  • OT
toadsticker Alternative forms: toad-sticker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A large knife
toast pronunciation
  • (RP) /təʊst/
  • (GenAm) /toʊst/
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etymology From Old French toster (to roast, to grill), from Latin tostus (grilled, burnt, from verb torrere (to burn, to grill)).
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. Toasted bread. I ate a piece of toast for breakfast. All toasters toast toast.
  2. A proposed salutation (e.g. to say "cheers") while drinking alcohol. At the reception, there were many toasts from the well-wishers.
  3. A person, group, or notable object to which a salutation with alcohol is made; a person or group held in similar esteem. He was the toast of high society.
  4. (slang, chiefly US) Something that will be no more; something subject to impending destruction, harm or injury. If I ever get my hands on the guy that stole my wallet, he’s toast!
  5. (slang, Jamaica) Extemporaneous narrative poem or rap.
  6. (computing) A transient, pop-up informational window
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To lightly cook by brown via direct exposure to a fire or other heat source. We liked to toast marshmallows around the campfire.
  2. To grill, lightly cook by brown specifically under a grill or in a toaster Top with cheese and toast under the grill for a few minutes.
  3. To engage in a salutation and/or accompanying raising of glasses while drinking alcohol in honor of someone or something. We toasted the happy couple many times over the course of the evening.
  4. To warm thoroughly. I toasted my feet by the fire.
  5. (slang, Jamaica) To perform extemporaneous narrative poem or rap.
  • stoat
  • toats
toaster {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈtəʊstə/
  • (US) /ˈtoʊstɚ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who toast.
  2. A device for toasting bread, English muffin, crumpet, etc.
  3. A self-contained software package (or appliance) distributable over the Internet or by burning onto CDs.
  4. (informal, derogatory) An electronic organ, especially a crude one that uses analog technology.
  5. (informal, derogatory) Any of several small, box-like automobile exemplified by the and .
related terms:
  • toast
  • toasted
  • German: Toaster
  • rosetta, rotates
toast rack
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A rack designed to hold toast bread.
  2. A type of bicycle stand consisting of several inverted "U-shaped" metal bars connected at ground level by two parallel rails.
  3. (rail transport, usually, informal) Any several types of railway or tramway passenger vehicles with transverse benches that span the width of the vehicle and open sides, such that it resembles a toast rack.
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tobacco pipe
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small, hand-held device consisting in its simplest form of a bowl and stem; used for inhaling the smoke of burning tobacco.
Synonyms: smoking pipe
tobacky Alternative forms: tobaccy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dialect, informal) tobacco
    • 1856, Thomas Chandler Haliburton, Wise-saws: or, Sam Slick in search of a wife 'Now,' sais I, ' that invention, beautiful and simple as it is, cost me great thought and much tobacky,' said I, lookin' innocent again...
to be continued
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (television) Used at the end of an episode to indicate that the story continues in the next episode.
  2. (colloquial) Used to indicate that a story under discussion has not concluded, either in narration or in reality.
to boot etymology From Middle English bote, from Old English bot. More at boot.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) in addition, besides, also. My boyfriend is funny, and a pretty good cook to boot.
toches Alternative forms: tuches, tokhes, tuchus, tuchis, tookus, tochis, tuchas, tuckus, tochus etymology From Yiddish תּחת 〈ţ̇ẖţ〉, in turn from Hebrew תחת 〈ţẖţ〉. pronunciation
  • /ˈtɒxəs/ (influenced by Litvish), /ˈtʊxəs/ (influenced by Poylish)
Note: Many English speakers are uncomfortable with the phoneme /x/ and commonly replace it here with /k/.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, chiefly US) The buttocks, rear end, butt.
    • 2006, Howard Jacobson, Kalooki Nights, Vintage 2007, p. 66: he sat on the top of mountains and read Wordsworth and Lenin aloud to extravagantly beautiful shikseh waitresses with golden pigtails down to their tocheses (no one ever said arse in this gathering, it was always toches) who repaid him with free Glühwein and he wasn't prepared to tell me what else.
toddler {{wikipedia}} etymology toddle + er – literally “one who walks unsteadily”, hence a young child (not yet able to walk steadily). pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A young human being who has started walk but not fully mastered it, typically between ages one to three year old.
todger etymology A variant of tadger. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, colloquial) A penis. Few people are very patient when they′ve had less down time than Warren Beatty′s todger.
    • 2005, Alexis James, Into the Woods: Erotic Fairytales and Other Stories, Lulu, US, [http//|%22todgers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=q1ZvNxDOCE&sig=bxD2JGNNXs7s0xR7K-sNrypxg0M&hl=en&sa=X&ei=riSFUImWBbGeiAe_ooCQAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22todger%22|%22todgers%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 150], A virgin you are and a virgin you will remain until your 18th birthday, whereupon you shall crave your first cock, taste your first todger, knuzzle your first knob and this shall be your undoing.
    • 2008, Ashley Hames, Sin Cities: Adventures of a Sex Reporter, Tonto Books, UK, [http//|%22todgers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=6MkJGKaezb&sig=UBAT6Kk_pwrbWWzqTIWj_Usj2Ks&hl=en&sa=X&ei=riSFUImWBbGeiAe_ooCQAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22todger%22|%22todgers%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 66], I′ve even been in bed with a girl who, on clapping her eyes on my todger, looked up at me. ‘Your willy′s not very big is it?’ she said.
    • 2011, Calvin Wade, Forever Is Over, AuthorHouse, UK, [http//|%22todgers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=qPgK7LleBZ&sig=107B4RMOjX5ixfPGpRLPd9cqdmE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=riSFUImWBbGeiAe_ooCQAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22todger%22|%22todgers%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 8], As stated previously, boys think with their todgers and I had become a decent looking young girl, so I naturally understood my vagina had magnetic charms to a penis.
Synonyms: tadger, See also
toe jam
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable, slang) Sticky matter accumulated between digits of a foot.
  2. (countable) A stubbed toe.
  3. (countable) A rock-climbing maneuver entailing exerting force with two opposite surfaces of the toe of a shod foot, against two different rock surfaces, for the purpose of preventing motion of that foot in a direction parallel to both of those rock surfaces.
toe job Alternative forms: toejob
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A foot job in which the genitalia are stimulate by someone's toe.
    • 2003, Cynthia Perkins, Smoldering Embers: Hot Erotic Stories and Sex Tips to Light a Couple's Fire‎ (page 156) Perhaps, you could find creative and fun ways to satisfy his foot hunger using things such as foot massages, toe jobs or exciting new shoes for his viewing.
    • 2005, Emily Hayes, Cosmopolitan's A-Z of Sex: Satisfaction from Aaaah! To Zzzz (page 94) 'Toe jobs really don't do it for me: I just become self-conscious about the state of my feet and find it hard to relax.'
toe rag
etymology 1 From toe + rag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang, pejorative) A tramp.
    • 1896, Walter Frith, In Search of Quiet: A Country Journal, May–July (novel), Harper & Brothers Publishers, page 156: “… Look what it's all driven me to!—a beggar, a tramp, a toe-rag commercial. …”
    • 1959, Willis Hall, The Long and the Short and the Tall (play), Heinemann (1994), 978-0-435-23302-0, page 5: Bamforth: Flipping toe-rag! He wants carving up. It’s time that nit got sorted out. …
    • 2001, Eric Clapton, liner notes to Reptile (album)”, quoted in William Ruhlmann, “Reptile / Mar. 13, 2001 / Reprise”, Vladimir Bogdanov et al., All Music Guide to the Blues: The Definitive Guide to the Blues, Third Edition, Hal Leonard Corporation, ISBN 0879307366, page 116: Where I come from, the word ‘reptile’ is a term of endearment, used in much the same way as ‘toe rag’ or ‘moosh’.
  2. (archaic) A cloth worn wrapped around the foot instead of a sock.
    • 1864, “an Ex-Military Officer” (J. F. Mortlock), Experiences of a Convict, Transported in 1843 for Twenty-One Years: An Autobiographical Memoir, part II, Richard Barrett (printer), page 80: Stockings being unknown, some luxurious men wrapped round their feet a piece of old shirting, called, in language more expressive than elegant, a “toe-rag”.
    • 1891, Thomas Alexander Browne, A Sydney-side Saxon, Macmillan and Co., page 157: One of his feet had been bleeding, I could see from his ‘toe-rag,’ which stuck out on one side.
    • 1913, D. H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, Penguin Lawrence Edition, Penguin (1994), ISBN 0140188320, page 213: “I’ll bet ’er wor a toe-rag,” said Morel, following up his joke. ¶ “Don’t you be so cheeky about a queen,” said Annie.
etymology 2
  • Said to be from Tuareg, a nomadic North African tribesman, but may share same etymology as the UK definition: from the cloths worn around the foot.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland, slang, pejorative) An obnoxious or insignificant person.
etymology 3 Unknown
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, Somerset) Dried salt cod-fish.
  • garote
toes up Alternative forms: toes-up etymology From “toes” + “up”, in reference to a person lying on his or her back.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang, of a person) dead, killed
    • 1862, Charles James Lever, Davenport Dunn‎‎, page 119: Groves, of the Forty-sixth, is gone "toes up".
  2. (idiomatic, slang) broken, completely failed so as to become inactive
    • 2005, Mo Hayder, The devil of Nanking‎, page 42: The land deals in Tokyo've gone toes up since the bubble burst, but the landlord's still trying to push through a deal with a developer.
  • toupes
toe tapper
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An energetic song that one is compelled to dance to.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, chiefly, Australia) Agitated, anticipatory, excited (sometimes specifically sexually so), nervous.
    • 2000, Joan Kilby, The Cattleman’s Bride, Harlequin, [http//|most+toey%22|%22toeyer%22|%22toeier%22|%22toeyest%22|%22toeiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22more|most+toey%22|%22toeyer%22|%22toeier%22|%22toeyest%22|%22toeiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=zhMMPoPnsZ&sig=GUc4yurAbU6IhZtUby0DIbDHaRQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=jjmFUM7vIKWQiAfRl4GQAw&redir_esc=y page 158], “You’re toeyer than a chook caught in a swag.” She rolled her eyes. “I still don’t know what you mean.”
Synonyms: (agitated) antsy, (sexually excited) horny, randy
  • eyot
toey as a Roman sandal etymology Open-toed sandals were worn in Ancient Rome.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Australia, simile, informal) Extremely anxious for sex.
    • 2003 November 14, “TUGBOAT”, post to the topic Front-yard frolics upset neighbours, HAHA only in qld, Old man can't get it up, can't afford the big V on the pension, toey as a roman sandal, sees a couple going for it on the front lawn, takes it as a personal insult "in your face gramps" then calls the LEO's in to break it up. —
    • 2006, Patrick Lindsay, Heart of a Champion: The Greg Welch Story, [http//|%22more+toey+than+a+Roman+sandal%22|%22toeyer+than+a+Roman+sandal%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=OUaL5CCPG0&sig=ef9wAR4NXsMh-pF7MCN8ucatur8&hl=en&sa=X&ei=81GFUJTpMcjdigfmqIDoCw&redir_esc=y unnumbered page], He looked at these girls and said, “Those bastards over there are racing and I'm stuck in this stupid thing, and God, I'm as toey as a Roman sandal, and gee, you chicks are looking all right.” Needless to say, he went off with one of the girls and didn′t come back.
    • 2006, Leigh Redhead, Rubdown, 2007 ‘I’ve got to tell you, twenty-four hours of abstinence and I’m toey as a Roman sandal.’
etymology 1
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative spelling of toffee
etymology 2 toff + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, Australia, NZ, derogatory) Posh, upper-class; snooty.
    • 2007, Craig Sherborne, Muck, Victoria University Press (2007), ISBN 9780864735683, page 16: As for that accent of his, his speaking in a toffy English way, it's got toffier since we've known him.
    • 2008, "The king of Corfu", The Economist, 23 October 2008: Rather it lurks in the now-republished photos of Mr Osborne in the Fauntleroy outfit of the Bullingdon club, a toffy Oxford society of which he was a member at the same time as Mr Rothschild (and of which David Cameron, the Tory leader, is also an alumnus).
    • 2012, Paddy O'Reilly, The Fine Color of Rust, Washington Square Press (2012), ISBN 9781451678161, page 44: She heaves an exasperated sigh that would do a shop assistant in a toffy dress emporium proud.
together {{wikipedia}} etymology From Late Middle English together, from earlier togedere, togadere, from Old English tōgædere, from Proto-Germanic *tō + Proto-Germanic *gadar, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷhedh-, equivalent to to + gather. Cognate with Scots togiddir, thegither, ofs togadera, Middle Dutch tegadere, tegader, Middle High German gater. Compare also Old English ætgædere, Old English ġeador. More at gather. pronunciation
  • (UK) /tʊˈɡɛð.ə(ɹ)/, /təˈɡɛð.ə(ɹ)/
  • (US) /tʊˈɡɛðɚ/, /təˈɡɛðɚ/
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adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. At the same time, in the same place; in close association. exampleWe went to school together.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 7 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , ““[…] This is Mr. Churchill, who, as you are aware, is good enough to come to us for his diaconate, and, as we hope, for much longer; and being a gentleman of independent means, he declines to take any payment.” Saying this Walden rubbed his hands together and smiled contentedly.”
  2. Into one place; into a single thing; combined. exampleHe put all the parts together.
    • a1420, 1894, The British Museum Additional MS, 12,056 , Lanfranc of Milan , Lanfranc's "Science of cirurgie.", , Wounds complicated by the Dislocation of a Bone , 1163911380, K. Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co, London , Robert von Fleischhacker, page 63 , “Ne take noon hede to brynge togidere þe parties of þe boon þat is to-broken or dislocate, til viij. daies ben goon in þe wyntir, & v. in þe somer; for þanne it schal make quytture, and be sikir from swellynge; & þanne brynge togidere þe brynkis eiþer þe disiuncture after þe techynge þat schal be seid in þe chapitle of algebra.”
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 2 , “Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke.…A silver snaffle on a heavy leather watch guard which connected the pockets of his corduroy waistcoat, together with a huge gold stirrup in his Ascot tie, sufficiently proclaimed his tastes.”
  3. In a relationship or partnership, for example a business relationship or a romantic partnership. exampleBob and Andy went into business together.  Jenny and Mark have been together since they went on holiday to Mexico.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients], 1 , “A chap named Eleazir Kendrick and I had chummed in together the summer afore and built a fish-weir and shanty at Setuckit Point, down Orham way. For a spell we done pretty well.”
Synonyms: collectively, jointly
  • apart
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) well organize, well develop. He’s really together.
  • {{rank}}
togetherlike Alternative forms: together-like etymology From together + like. Compare togetherly.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (informal) In such a way as to indicate closeness or togetherness.
    • 1872, The Bankers' Magazine - Volume 32 - Page 766: I can read, too, but I'm so little used that the letters somehow gets jumbled together-like, and I can't make nothink on 'em.
    • 1921, Lloyd Osbourne, Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas - Page 206: "Friends," he said," and mates, and respected genelmen hall, we are here, two and three gathered togetherlike, for the purpose of ^organizing a Band of 'Ope."
togs pronunciation
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noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of tog
  2. (UK, plural only, slang) Clothes. 1837-39, , , 'Look at his togs, Fagin!' said Charley, putting the light so close to his new jacket as nearly to set him on fire. 'Look at his togs! Superfine cloth, and the heavy swell cut! Oh, my eye, what a game! And his books, too! Nothing but a gentleman, Fagin!'
  3. (with noun qualifier, plural only) Clothes for a specific occasion or use. gardening togs, swimming togs
  4. (Ireland, Australia (Queensland), New Zealand, plural only) swimsuit, both the women's and men's tight-fitting type (in some regions referred to as "speedos").
Synonyms: (clothes for specific occasion or use) bathers, cossie, swimmers
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of tog
  • gots
  • stog
toil Alternative forms: toyle (obsolete) etymology From Middle English toilen, toylen, apparently a conflation of xno toiler (compare onf toiller, touellier "to agitate, stir"; of unknown origin), and Middle English tilen, telien, teolien, tolen, tolien, tulien, from Old English tilian, telian, teolian, tiolian (compare Middle Dutch tuylen, teulen), from Proto-Germanic *tilōną. Cognate with Scots tulyie. Alternate etymology derives Middle English toilen, toylen from Middle Dutch tuylen, teulen, from tuyl. Cognate with ofs teula, ofs teule. More at till. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. labour, work
    • 1908: , ...he set to work again and made the snow fly in all directions around him. After some further toil his efforts were rewarded, and a very shabby door-mat lay exposed to view.
  2. trouble, strife
  3. A net or snare; any thread, web, or string spread for taking prey; usually in the plural.
    • Denham As a Numidian lion, when first caught, / Endures the toil that holds him.
    • Dryden Then toils for beasts, and lime for birds, were found.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To labour; work.
  2. (intransitive) To struggle.
  3. (transitive) To work (something); often with out.
    • Holland places well toiled and husbanded
    • Milton [I] toiled out my uncouth passage.
  4. (transitive) To weary through excessive labour.
    • Shakespeare toiled with works of war
Synonyms: derve, swink
  • loti
toilet {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: toilette etymology From Middle French toilette, diminutive of toile; a cloth used to protect garments when making up the hair or shaving. pronunciation
  • /ˈtɔɪ.lət/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic) Personal grooming; washing, dressing etc. {{defdate}}
    • 1931, William Faulkner, Sanctuary, Vintage 1993, page 111: Three women got down and standing on the curb they made unabashed toilets, smoothing skirts and stockings, brushing one another's back, opening parcels and donning various finery.
  2. (now, rare) One's style of dressing; dress, outfit. {{defdate}}
    • {{RQ:Eliot Middlemarch}} "It is so painful in you, Celia, that you will look at human beings as if they were merely animals with a toilet, and never see the great soul in a man's face."
    • 1917, Arthur Conan Doyle, : "It is a quarter-past two," he said. "Your telegram was dispatched about one. But no one can glance at your toilet and attire without seeing that your disturbance dates from the moment of your waking."
  3. (archaic) A dressing room. {{defdate}}
  4. Now specifically, a room or enclosed cubicle containing a lavatory, e.g. a bathroom or water closet (WC).
    • {{RQ:Sinclair Jungle}} there were also tons of garbage festering in the sun, and the greasy laundry of the workers hung out to dry, and dining rooms littered with food and black with flies, and toilet rooms that were open sewers.
    • 2002, Digby Tantam, Psychotherapy and Counselling in Practice: A Narrative Framework (page 122) He would hit her when she cried and, if this did not work, would lock her in the toilet for hours on end.
  5. A lavatory or device for depositing human waste and then flushing it away with water. {{defdate}} EPA is currently developing the specification for high-efficiency toilets. All HETs that meet WaterSense criteria for efficiency and performance will be eligible to receive a label once EPA finalizes the specification. — US Environmental Protection Agency.
  6. Other similar devices, such as squat toilets, as in Japan or the Middle East.
  7. (figuratively) A shabby or dirty place, especially a lounge/bar/pub/tavern. {{defdate}}
    • 1982, The Mosquito Coast: Look around you. It's a toilet.
  8. (obsolete) A covering of linen, silk, or tapestry, spread over a table in a chamber or dressing room.
  9. (obsolete) A dressing table.
    • 1904, Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock, Canto I, lines 121-126: And now, unveil’d, the toilet stands display’d, Each silver vase in mystic order laid. First, robed in white, the nymph intent adores, With head uncover’d, the cosmetic powers. A heav’nly image in the glass appears; To that she bends, to that her eyes she rears.
Before the 20th century, toilet universally referred to personal grooming, bathing, and washing, to combing or arranging one's hair, shaving, etc. This sense is preserved today in toiletry 'personal grooming item' and toilet bag. Nowadays, it is mostly used to indicate a toilet seat or a room with such a seat. Terms such as "pulmonary toilet" and "toilet of the mouth" are however still used in hospitals and clinics.
  • Estonian: tualett
  • Japanese: トイレット 〈toiretto〉, トイレ 〈toire〉
Synonyms: bathroom, bog, can, cloakroom, commode, crapper, dunny (Australian slang), facilities, head, jacks (Hiberno-English), john (US), khazi, latrine, lav, lavatory, loo (British English), outhouse, pisser, pot, potty, powder room, privy, restroom, shit house, shitter, stool, throne, thunderbox, WC
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (dated) To dress and groom oneself
  2. To use the toilet, or assist (a child, etc.) in using the toilet
  • litote
  • Lottie
toilet paper
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Paper, usually on a roll, to clean oneself after defecation, or to pat oneself dry after urination. {{abbreviated}}
Synonyms: toilet tissue, bathroom tissue, bog paper, bog roll (British, mildly, vulgar), loo roll (British, mildly, vulgar)
  • Japanese: トイレットペーパー 〈toirettopēpā〉 (borrowed)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US) To cover someone's house (and trees and shrubs) with toilet paper or other similar paper product, often as a celebratory event, without the "victim's" knowledge. Sometimes also performed as an act of hazing. "The football team toilet papered the Smith's house again...this time with paper towels in their trees."
(US) This particular verb is partly due to what Americans could call ghost stories.
tokay gecko etymology {{Onomatopoeic}}, from the mating call. {{listen }}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A species of gecko native to Southeast Asia, {{taxlink}}.
Synonyms: fuck-you lizard (vulgar)
toke pronunciation
  • (British) {{enPR}}, /təʊk/
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  • (US) {{enPR}}, /toʊk/
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etymology 1 Clipping of token.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, casinos) A gratuity. I gave the maitre d’ a $10 toke and he just laughed.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, US casino slang) To give a gratuity to. You have to toke the maitre d’ at least $50 if you want a really good table.
etymology 2 Presumably from Spanish tocar. Noun sense 1968, verb 1952.{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A puff of marijuana. The artist took a thoughtful toke off the joint, then passed it along.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To smoke marijuana. Let's roll up a doobie and toke.
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  2. (slang) To inhale a puff of marijuana
  • keto
toke tube etymology
  • From the words toke (to draw or inhale from a marijuana cigarette) and tube, a rolled paper cylinder.
  • (US) /təʊk tuːb/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A marijuana cigarette.
  • TT (pronounced like titty)
Synonyms: doobie, joint, reefer, See also In the late 1960s through early 1970s, "sucking on a TT" referred to the act of illicit smoking.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (archaic, colloquial) Somewhat tolerable.
    • 1844, William Chambers, Robert Chambers, Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, W. and R. Chambers, page 412: There was a good many there, and some on 'em learned to read very well, and some couldn't learn nohow. I got on tolerablish.
    • 1857, Charlotte Mary Yonge, Dynevor terrace: or, The clue of life, Oxford University, page 29: ‘Ay, ma'am, Betty do fight it out tolerablish,’ was the reply to this compliment.
    • 1882, Charlotte Mary Yonge, Pickle and his page-boy, or, Unlooked for, Oxford University, page 21: “I like it tolerablish when it's a pretty book, all about killing people,” said Robert.
tolerance {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle French tolerance, from Latin tolerantia, from tolerans, present participle of Latin tolerō. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈtɒləɹəns/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable, obsolete) The ability to endure pain or hardship; endurance. {{defdate}}
  2. (uncountable) The ability or practice of tolerating; an acceptance of or patience with the belief, opinions or practice of others; a lack of bigotry. {{defdate}}
  3. (uncountable) The ability of the body (or other organism) to resist the action of a poison, to cope with a dangerous drug or to survive infection by an organism. {{defdate}}
  4. (countable) The variation or deviation from a standard, especially the maximum permitted variation in an engineering measurement. {{defdate}}
  5. (uncountable) The ability of the body to accept a tissue graft without rejection. {{defdate}}
  • intolerance
related terms:
  • tolerability
  • tolerable
  • tolerant
  • tolerate
  • toleration
  • coeternal
toll booth Alternative forms: tollbooth
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A booth on a toll road or toll bridge where the toll is collected.
etymology 1 {{wikipedia}} {{blend}}.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) The Telugu film industry located in Hyderabad, Telangana.
etymology 2 {{wikipedia}} {{blend}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) The Bengali film industry located in Tollygunge, Kolkata, West Bengal.
tom pronunciation
  • (British) /tɒm/
  • (US) /tɑm/
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etymology 1 From generic use of the proper name Tom.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The male of the domesticated cat.
  2. The male of the turkey.
  3. The male of certain other animals.
  4. (British, slang) A prostitute.
  5. (music) A type of drum.
  6. (obsolete) The jack of trump in the card game gleek.
Synonyms: (male cat) tomcat, he-cat, (male turkey) turkey-cock, (male of other animals) male, (prostitute) See also
etymology 2 Shortened from tomato
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, greengrocers' slang) A tomato (the fruit). Toms 90p a pound
etymology 3 Rhyming slang from tomfoolery.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Cockney rhyming slang) jewellery
etymology 4 From Uncle Tom.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, derogatory, of a black person) To act in an obsequiously servile manner toward white authority.
etymology 5
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (nautical) To dig out a hole below the hatch cover of a bulker and fill it with cargo or weight to aid stability.
  • Mot , MOT
Tom, Dick or Harry Alternative forms: Tom, Dick and Harry
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic) Anybody or everybody; random or unknown people. We want the place to be accessible to any Tom, Dick or Harry that happens to find it.
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tomato {{wikipedia}} etymology From Spanish tomate, from nci tomatl. pronunciation
  • (Canada) /təˈmɛɪtoː/, /təˈmætoː/
  • (UK) /təˈmɑːtəʊ/
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  • (US) /təˈmeɪtoʊ/, /təˈmeɪtə/; [tʰəˈmeɪɾoʊ], [tʰəˈmeɪɾə]
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A widely cultivated plant, Solanum lycopersicum, having edible fruit
  2. The savory fruit of this plant, red when ripe, treated as a vegetable in horticulture
    • Note: The US Supreme Court in Nix v. Hedden (1893) ruled that a tomato is a vegetable.
  3. A shade of red, the colour of a ripe tomato.
  4. (slang) A desirable-looking woman. Lookit the legs on that hot tomato!
  5. (slang) A stupid act or person.
Synonyms: love apple, wolf's peach (obsolete)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) to pelt with tomatoes
  2. (transitive) to add tomatoes to (a dish)
tomato can {{wikipedia}} etymology Presumably because of tendency to bleed when battered, tomato juice leaking from a can being a metaphor for bleeding.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, boxing, derogatory) An inferior fighter in the sport of boxing; The insinuation is that an up and coming fighter takes on a “tomato can” to burnish his reputation and record.
  2. (slang, boxing) A boxer who “takes a dive” or loses a fight on purpose.
tombstoner etymology tombstone + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, British) A person who engage in the activity of tombstoning.
TomKat {{wikipedia}} etymology {{blend}}, as a play on tomcat.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang) The couple consisting of celebrities and , together from 2005 to 2012.
    • 2006, Buck Wolf, "Multimillion-Dollar Bounty on TomKat Baby Photo", ABC News, 19 April 2006: Right now, celebrity photographers are in a frenzy trying to wrangle an image of TomKat's kitten.
    • 2006, "Katie welcomes Victoria to the neighbourhood", Daily Mail, 5 December 2006: The Beckhams were among several A-lister guests invited to the TomKat wedding at a castle in Italy last month.
    • 2012, Leslie Miller, "Katie Holmes breaks silence after divorce announcement", ABC 7, 4 July 2012: With her bodyguard tailing closely, Holmes uttered her first public words since the TomKat split, telling the paper, "I'm all right, thank you."
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Tommy etymology Tom + y pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈtɑmi/
  • (RP) /ˈtɒmi/
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proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A given name.
  2. (uncommon relative to the male given name) A given name.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Tommy Atkins; a typical private in the British army; a British soldier.
    • 1892, , "Tommy" Then it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, 'ow's yer soul?" But it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll
    • 1929, D. H. Lawrence, , : And every night now he played pontoon, that game of the Tommies, with Mrs Bolton, gambling with sixpences.
    • 1974, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York 2007, page 129: He liked the Germans better than he did the French; but for all that, if he went down the back streets of a night, it was with three or four British Tommies, in case the Jerries weren't as friendly as they made out.
Synonyms: Tommy Atkins
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang, obsolete) bread, generally a penny roll; the supply of food carried by workmen as their daily allowance
  2. (UK, slang, obsolete) A truck, or barter; the exchange of labour for goods instead of money.
  • Used adjectively or in compounds: tommy master, tommy-store, tommy-shop, etc.
{{Webster 1913}}
tommy cooker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, military, archaic) the M4 Sherman tank, due to its likelihood to "brew up" and explode after being hit by German tank fire in WWII.
Tommy John surgery {{wikipedia}} etymology From , the first professional athlete to undergo the procedure.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, medicine) An ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction.
tomorrow Alternative forms: to-morrow (archaic) etymology From Middle English tomorwe, tomorwen, from Old English tōmorgen, tō morgenne, tōmergen, from + morgene, mergen (dative of morgen), from Proto-Germanic *murganaz, perhaps, from Proto-Indo-European *mergʰ-, equivalent to to + morrow. pronunciation
  • (RP) /təˈmɒɹoʊ/
  • (GenAm) /təˈmɑɹoʊ/
  • (New York) /təˈmɑɹə/
  • (Canada) /təˈmɔɹoʊ/
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adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. On the day after the present day.
  • yesterday
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The day after the present day.
Synonyms: morrow
  • yesterday
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) tomorrow
ton {{wikipedia}} {{rfi}}
etymology 1 Variant of tun, influenced by Old French tonne. pronunciation
  • /tʌn/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A unit of weight (mass) equal to 2240 pound (a long ton) or 2000 pounds (a short ton) or 1000 kilogram (a metric ton).
  2. A unit of volume; register ton.
  3. In refrigeration and air conditioning, a unit of thermal power defined as 12,000 BTU/h (about 3.514 kW or 3024 kcal/h), originally the rate of cooling provided by uniform isothermal melting of one short ton of ice per day at 32 °F (0 °C).
  4. (colloquial, hyperbole) A large amount. I’ve got a ton of work to do. I've got tons of work to do.
  5. (slang) A speed of 100 mph.
  6. (slang) One hundred pounds sterling.
  7. (cricket) One hundred runs.
  8. (darts) One hundred points.
Synonyms: (large amount) heap, load, pile, (one-hundred runs) century, See also
etymology 2 From French ton, from Latin tonus. pronunciation
  • (UK) /tɔ̃/, /tɒn/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Fashion, the current style, the vogue. {{rfquotek}}
    • Thackeray If our people of ton are selfish, at any rate they show they are selfish.
  2. Fashionable society; those in style.
related terms:
  • bon ton
etymology 3
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The common tunny, or house mackerel.
  • NOT, not, Ont, Ont., TNO
tone-deaf {{wikipedia}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Unable to clearly distinguish the difference in pitch between different notes.
  2. (colloquial) Having little appreciation of music, whether or not as a result of (1).
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of tong
  2. The action of seizing, grabbing, holding, or manipulating a given object with tongs.
  3. (colloquial) The action of seizing an object with tongs for the purpose of pictorially documenting the event.
tongue {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English tonge, tunge, tung, from Old English tunge, from Proto-Germanic *tungǭ (compare West Frisian tonge, Dutch tong, German Zunge, Danish tunge, Swedish tunga), from Proto-Indo-European *dn̥ǵʰwéh₂s 〈*dn̥ǵʰwéh₂s〉 (compare Irish teanga, Latin lingua, Tocharian A/B käntu/kantwo, Lithuanian liežùvis, Polish język 'language, tongue', Armenian լեզու 〈lezu〉, Sanskrit जिह्वा 〈jihvā〉). Alternative forms: tounge (obsolete, now considered a misspelling); tung (informal/eye dialect); tong, tonge, toong, toongue, toung, toungue, tunge (obsolete) pronunciation
  • /ˈtʌŋ/
  • /ˈtɒŋ/ (UK, rare)
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The flexible muscular organ in the mouth that is used to move food around, for tasting and that is moved into various positions to modify the flow of air from the lung in order to produce different sounds in speech.
  2. Any similar organ, such as the lingual ribbon, or odontophore, of a mollusk; the proboscis of a moth or butterfly; or the lingua of an insect.
  3. A language. He was speaking in his native tongue. The poem was written in her native tongue.
  4. The power of articulate utterance; speech generally.
    • Dryden parrots imitating human tongue
  5. (obsolete) Discourse; fluency of speech or expression.
    • L'Estrange Much tongue and much judgment seldom go together.
  6. (obsolete) Honourable discourse; eulogy.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher She was born noble; let that title find her a private grave, but neither tongue nor honour.
  7. (religion, often in the plural) Glossolalia.
  8. In a shoe, the flap of material that goes between the laces and the foot, so called because it resembles a tongue in the mouth.
  9. Any large or long physical protrusion on an automotive or machine part or any other part that fits into a long groove on another part.
  10. A projection, or slender appendage or fixture. the tongue of a buckle, or of a balance
  11. A long, narrow strip of land, projecting from the mainland into a sea or lake.
  12. The pole of a vehicle; especially, the pole of an ox cart, to the end of which the oxen are yoked.
  13. The clapper of a bell.
  14. (figuratively) An individual point of flame from a fire.
    • 1895, H. G. Wells, The Time Machine Chapter XI Now, in this decadent age the art of fire-making had been altogether forgotten on the earth. The red tongues that went licking up my heap of wood were an altogether new and strange thing to Weena.
  15. A small sole (type of fish).
  16. (nautical) A short piece of rope splice into the upper part of standing backstays, etc.; also, the upper main piece of a mast composed of several pieces.
  17. (music) A reed.
Synonyms: (language) language, lingo (colloquial)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (music, ambitransitive) On a wind instrument, to articulate a note by starting the air with a tap of the tongue, as though by speaking a 'd' or 't' sound (alveolar plosive). Playing wind instruments involves tonguing on the reed or mouthpiece.
  2. (slang) To manipulate with the tongue, as in kiss or oral sex.
  3. To protrude in relatively long, narrow sections. a soil horizon that tongues into clay
  4. To join by means of a tongue and groove. to tongue boards together
  5. (intransitive, obsolete) To talk; to prate. {{rfquotek}}
  6. (transitive, obsolete) To speak; to utter.
    • Shakespeare such stuff as madmen tongue
  7. (transitive, obsolete) To chide; to scold.
    • Shakespeare How might she tongue me.
  • tounge
tongue clacking
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, pejorative) The act of talk incessantly with little or no meaning.
related terms:
  • clacker
  • tongue clacker
tonguefuck etymology tongue + fuck
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) The act of sexual penetration or impassioned kissing or licking with the tongue
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (vulgar) To sexually penetrate or impassionately kiss or lick with the tongue
    • 1993, Nancy Friday, Women on top, page 81 I begin to tongue-fuck his ear.
    • 2000, Maxim Jubokowski, The Mammoth Book of Erotica, page 277 "But then your tits are smaller than mine, so he might rather tonguefuck you other places."
    • 2008, J.L. Langley, My Fair Captain, page 227 Want me to tongue fuck you?
related terms:
  • mouthfuck, assfuck, titfuck, fingerfuck, footfuck, cuntfuck, buttfuck
tonguefucker etymology tonguefuck + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) someone who tonguefuck
    • Anonymous, The Devil You Lay, page 69 “Don't stop, tongue-fucker. Fuck my hot cunt. Hurry!
tongue-in-chic etymology {{blend}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. form of Mistaken form
  2. (humorous, deliberate) {{rfdef}}
tongue sandwich
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) French kiss
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A given name, sometimes used as a formal given name.
    • 1979 , Darkness Visible, page 134: "I'm not Toni any more. I'm Antonia." Sophy burst out laughing. "And I'm Sophia."
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A homosexual male who approaches male strangers (who are usually straight) and asks them for sex, and aggressively persists them.
Popular in the 1960s and 1970s, commonly heard in the Washington, D.C. area.
  • into, INTO
tonight Alternative forms: to-night (obsolete), tonite (US) etymology From Old English tōniht. pronunciation
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adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. During the night following the current day. I want to party tonight! I had a wonderful time with you tonight.
  2. (obsolete) Last night.
    • 1596, , , IV. ii. 165: Besides, I met Lord Bigot and Lord Salisbury, / With eyes as red as new-enkindled fire, / And others more, going to seek the grave / Of Arthur, whom they say is killed to-night / On your suggestion.
    • 1599, , , III. iii. 1: I dreamt tonight that I did feast with Caesar, / And things unluckily charge my fantasy;
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The nighttime of the current day or date; this night. Tonight is the night. I have high hopes for tonight.
  • hotting
etymology 1 From Old English tōniht. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /təˈnaɪt/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal, entertainment industry) alternative spelling of tonight
Tonite is often used in advertising in the entertainment industry in the United States, for example on signs outside theaters displaying the evening's performances. Tonight is almost always used in most other contexts such as academia, politics, news media, etc.
related terms:
  • nite
etymology 2 Compare Latin tonare to thunder. pronunciation {{rfp}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An explosive compound; a preparation of guncotton.
{{Webster 1913}}
tonk pronunciation
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etymology 1 Origins are unknown, but definitely predate the use of metal flashlights, contrary to the most quoted description of origin. It's probable that the origin is related to Chinese immigration, as the first law to restrict immigration from a particular country was enacted in 1882 to limit the numbers of Chinese coming to the United States. It's said that many of the illegal immigrants made their way to the US via the Gulf of Tonkin area of what is now Vietnam. It's also possible that the term is related to the Chinese "tong" mob.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, mostly, US) An illegal immigrant of any country.
    • 1990: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary, Confirmation Hearings on Federal Appointments: Hearings Before the Committee - An agent, Larry Moy, when asked to define the derivation of the term “tonk,” replied: “'s the sound of flashlight hitting somebody's head, tonk". [This "derivation" is incorrect - see Etymology]
    • 1998: Cirenio Rodriguez & Enrique T Trueba, Leadership, education and political action, in Ethnic Identity and Power: Cultural Contexts of Political Action in School and Society - "Catch as many tonks as you guys can. Safely. An alien is not worth busting a leg."
    • 2005: EMF (poster on The QandO Blog in response to Illegal immigration made easy, read at on 27 May 2006) - The pissed off Arizona land owner who snipes the tonks with a high powered rifle.
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An item of value, or of perceived value, especially for sale. How much tonk have we got to shift?
etymology 3 Alternative forms: tunk
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A match card game, combining features of knock rummy and conquian.
  • knot
tonne etymology Borrowing from French tonne pronunciation
  • tŭn, /tʌn/
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  • (AusE) tŏn, /tɒn/ (especially when emphasizing tonnes and not tons)
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A metric unit of mass equal to 1000 kilogram. Symbol: t
  2. (colloquial, darts) A score of 100.
  1. A tonne (about 2204.6 pound) is not exactly the same as a long ton (2240 pounds). Because "ton" and "tonne" usually have the same pronunciation, the phrase "metric ton" is frequently used for "tonne" where disambiguation is required.
  2. In the 1970s the British steel industry promoted the pronunciation /ˈtʌnɪ/ to help avoid confusion. The pronunciation /tɒn/ has also been used for the same reason.
    • 1971. Transactions of the Royal Institute of Naval Archtects, page 215, volume 113, 1971 The metric ton or 'tonne' is accepted as a synonym for the megagramme, and this form Is to be preferred on the grounds of brevity and familiarity in the industry. It may be as well to use the pronunciation 'tunnie' until the risk of confusion with the old ton has passed.
    • 1972, Which, May 1972 The British Steel Corporation, going metric but realising the possible confusion between a ton and a tonne (1,000 kilograms) has directed its staff to pronounce ‘tonne’ ‘tunnie’.
    • 2002, Richard Chapman, Physics for Geologists, page 138, CRC Press, 2002 ISBN 0415288053 The tonne rhymes with con (perhaps not in North America!) to distinguish it from the non-SI unit of weight, the ton rhyming with bun.
Synonyms: metric ton, megagram
  • nonet
  • tenno, Tenno
  • tenon
tons pronunciation
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noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of ton
  2. (colloquial) A lot; a large quantity (of something). I have tons of pens, but none of them work. I love him tons.
Synonyms: a lot, a thing or two, loads
  • NOTs
  • snot
tonsil {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈtɒn.səl/
  • (US) /ˈtɑn.səl/
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etymology From Latin tonsilla, compare French tonsille.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (anatomy, immunology) Either of a pair of small mass of lymphoid tissue that lie on each side of the throat and that help protect the body against infection; palatine tonsil.
  2. (anatomy, immunology) Any of various small masses of lymphoid tissues, including palatine tonsil, adenoid and lingual tonsil.
Synonyms: tonsilla
  • cerebellar tonsil
  • faucial tonsil
  • lingual tonsil
  • palatine tonsil
  • pharyngeal tonsil
  • adenoid
tonsil hockey
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  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) French kiss; tongue kiss.
Synonyms: tonsil tennis
tonsil tennis
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  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) French kissing; tongue kissing
Synonyms: tonsil hockey
Tony crony
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  1. (British, informal, humorous, derogatory) An ingratiating political associate of the former British prime minister .
    • 1998, The Economist ...including such folk as Peter Mandelson, a Labour spin doctor-turned-minister, and Lord Alli, an ennobled Asian Tony-crony with a television company.
    • 2001, Royal Town Planning Institute, Planning: For the Natural and Built Environment Falconer is basically a good egg but his reputation as a "Tony crony" and his involvement with the Millennium Dome do him no favours.
    • 2007, Alastair Campbell, The Blair Years She said the Tony crony thing was a real problem.
Synonyms: Blairite
too etymology Middle English to, from Old English , adverbial use of preposition . The sense of "in addition, also" deriving from the original meaning of "apart, separately" (compare Old English prefix tō-). More at to. pronunciation
  • (UK) /tuː/, [tʰu̟ː], {{enPR}}
  • (US) /tu/, [tʰu̟], {{enPR}}
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  1. (focus) Likewise.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 16 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “The preposterous altruism too!…Resist not evil. It is an insane immolation of self—as bad intrinsically as fakirs stabbing themselves or anchorites warping their spines in caves scarcely large enough for a fair-sized dog.”
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  2. (conjunctive) Also; in addition.
    • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} They burned the old gun that used to stand in the dark corner up in the garret, close to the stuffed fox that always grinned so fiercely. Perhaps the reason why he seemed in such a ghastly rage was that he did not come by his death fairly. Otherwise his pelt would not have been so perfect. And why else was he put away up there out of sight?—and so magnificent a brush as he had too.
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  3. (degree) To an excessive degree; over; more than enough.
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  4. (degree, colloquial) To a high degree, very. exampleShe doesn't talk too much.  I'm not too sure about this.
  5. (affirmation, colloquial) Used to contradict a negative assertion. example"You're not old enough yet."  "I am, too!"
  • When used in their senses as degree adverbs, very and too never modify verbs; very much and too much do instead.
  • It is unusual but not unheard of for too in its senses of "likewise" or "also" to begin a sentence; when it does, though, it is invariably followed by a comma.
Synonyms: (likewise, also) as well, along with, (over, more than enough) excessively, extremely, overmuch, unnecessarily
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  • oot, OTO
toodle pip pronunciation
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  1. (humorous, British) goodbye Right, I'm off. Toodle pip!
  • Typically used jocularly, in imitation of upper-class speakers.
Synonyms: toodle-oo, farewell, cheerio
tookie Alternative forms: tooky etymology Possibly a diminutive in -ie from tuchus.
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  1. (colloquial) The buttocks.
    • [1958], 1996, , Candy It had wetted the tip of the Buddha’s nose, which did seem, thus lubricated, to be undeniable as it moved slowly into Candy’s coyly arched tooky—the warm wet nose of Buddha, the beloved spot of her meditation!
    • 1983, Michael Seide, Common Wilderness Gosh, I hate to say this, but my tookie sure does pain me from sitting so much for nothing, waiting for something real to pop.
    • 2002, Forrest Winfred Ellis, Love Lights My Way Before I left my seat on the bench and went back into the ward, I recognized that I would have to pass the bar exam in the same way: take an intensive bar-review course and work my tookie off!
tool {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English tool, from Old English tōl, from Proto-Germanic *tōlą, from Proto-Indo-European *dewǝ-, equivalent to taw + le agent suffix. Cognate with Scots tuil, Icelandic tól, Faroese tól. Related to Old English tāwian; see taw, and tow ("fibres used for spinning").{{reference-book|last=Carus|first=Paul|title=The philosophy of the tool|publisher=The Open Court Publishing Company|pages=3-4|location=Chicago|date=1893|ref=refCarus1893}}{{reference-book|last=Hall|first=John Richard Clark|others=Supplement by Herbert D. Merritt|title=A Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary|publisher=Cambridge University Press|pages=338 & 345|origyear=1960|year=1984|edition=4|isbn=9780802065483|ref=refHall1984}} pronunciation
  • /tuːl/
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  1. {{senseid}}A mechanical device intended to make a task easier. exampleHand me that tool, would you?   I don't have the right tools to start fiddling around with the engine.
  2. Equipment used in a profession, e.g., tools of the trade.
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    exampleThese are the tools of the trade.
  3. Something to perform an operation; an instrument; a means.
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  4. (computing) A piece of software used to develop software or hardware, or to perform low-level operations. exampleThe software engineer had been developing lots of EDA tools.   a tool for recovering deleted files from a disk
  5. A person or group which is used or controlled, usually unwittingly, by another person or group. exampleHe was a tool, no more than a pawn to her.
  6. (slang) Penis.
  7. (by extension, slang, pejorative) An obnoxious or uptight person. exampleHe won't sell us tickets because it's 3:01, and they went off sale at 3. That guy's such a tool.
Synonyms: See also , See also
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  1. (transitive) To work on or shape with tools, e.g., hand-tooled leather.
  2. (transitive) To equip with tools.
  3. (transitive) To work very hard.
  4. (transitive, slang) To put down another person (possibly in a subtle, hidden way), and in that way to use him or her to meet a goal. Dude, he's not your friend. He's just tooling you.
  5. (transitive, volleyball) To intentional attack the ball so that it deflect off a blocker out of bounds.
  6. (transitive, UK, slang, dated) To drive (a coach, etc.)
  7. (intransitive, slang, dated) To travel in a vehicle; to ride or drive.
    • Illust. American boys on their bicycles tooling along the well-kept roads
Synonyms: (volleyball) use
  • loot
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toolage etymology tool + age
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  1. the wear and tear involved in tool usage
  2. (slang) the quality of being a tool; obnoxiousness; conceit; hubris
toolbox {{wikipedia}} etymology tool + box
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A storage case for tool.
  2. (computing) A set of pre-existing routine for use in writing new program.
  3. (slang) Dumbass or idiot.
related terms:
  • toolset
  • toolkit
  • tool chest
toolie etymology From tool + ie, influenced by schoolie. pronunciation
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  1. (Australia, colloquial) An adult reveller who deliberately travel to a destination where schoolie congregate, often to solicit sex from the schoolies.
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toolkit {{wikipedia}} etymology tool + kit Alternative forms: tool kit
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  1. An assembly of tools.
  2. (computing) A set of basic component for developing software.
related terms:
  • devkit
  • toolbox
  • toolset
too much pronunciation
  • (US) /tu ˈmʌtʃ/
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adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Excessively. You talk too much. You ate too much cake at the party, and that's why you feel sick.
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  1. (informal) Amusing; entertaining. Oh, my dear, you really are too much.
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  1. A quantity which is excessive to the point of being inappropriate, harmful, or overwhelming. You expect too much from your employees.
interjection: {{head}}!
  1. An expression of satisfaction. Too much, man! That was great!
too much information
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  1. (informal) An expression indicating that someone has reveal information that is too personal and made the listener or reader uncomfortable. Usually written as "TMI".
etymology 1 Abbreviation of cartoon.
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  1. (informal) A cartoon, especially an animated television show.
  2. (informal, video games) A player's avatar or visible character in a massively multiplayer online role-playing game.
etymology 2 From Hindi तून 〈tūna〉, from Sanskrit तुणि 〈tuṇi〉.
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  1. (botany) A southeast Asian and Australian tree ({{taxlink}}) of the mahogany family with fragrant dark red wood and flowers that yield a dye
  2. the wood of this tree
Synonyms: (tree) Australian red cedar, (wood) toonwood
etymology 3 Dialectal variant of town. pronunciation
  • (Geordie) [tuːn]
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  1. (Geordie) A town.
  • noot
  • onto, on to
toonie {{wikipedia}} etymology {{blend}} pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈtuːni/, /tu:ni/
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Alternative forms: twonie, twoonie
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  1. (Canada, informal) A Canadian two-dollar coin.
Synonyms: doubloonie
toonophile etymology toon + -o- + -phile
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A person who is physically attracted to cartoon character.
    • 1999, "Gabriel Gentile", Aristocats f***-ups (discussion on Internet newsgroup I was watching my copy of "The Aristocats" yesterday, and in the opening credits, it lists the voice of Scat Cat as Scatman Crothers... SCATMAN CROTHERS MY ASS!!! Any toonophile worth half his salt knows that Scat Cat was voiced by the late and great Louis Prima (il pisano mio)!
    • 1999, "David Cooke", Something that need to be asked (on newsgroup Some toonophiles are furry lifestylers. Not all lifestylers are toonophiles.
too posh to push
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  1. (British, colloquial) Of a woman or women, preferring to have a Caesarean section rather than undergo natural child birth.
toot {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: tout (in some verb senses only) etymology Compare Dutch toeteren and German tuten. pronunciation
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  1. The noise of a horn or whistle. He gave a little toot of the horn, to get their attention.
  2. (by extension, informal) A fart; flatus.
  3. (uncountable, slang) Cocaine.
  4. (informal) A spree of drunkness.
  5. (informal, pronounced /tʊt/) Rubbish, tat. I'm not paying fifty pounds for this load of old toot!
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To stand out, or be prominent. {{rfquotek}}
  2. To peep; to look narrowly. {{rfquotek}}
    • Spenser for birds in bushes tooting
  3. To see; to spy.
  4. (slang) To flatulate.
  5. To make the sound of a horn or whistle.
    • Thackeray Tooting horns and rattling teams of mail coaches.
  6. To cause a horn or whistle to make its sound.
  7. To go on a drinking binge.
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tooter pronunciation
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etymology toot + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person or device that toot; a person who plays upon a pipe or horn.
    • 1897, , Captains Courageous, ch. 8, "Gimme the tooter." Dan took the tin dinner-horn, but paused before he blew.
  2. (slang) A straw used to inhale cocaine.
tooth {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English tooth, from Old English tōþ, from Proto-Germanic *tanþs, from Proto-Indo-European *h₃dónts 〈*h₃dónts〉. Cognate with Scots tuth, tuith, Northern Frisian toth, tos, Dutch tand, German Zahn, Danish and Swedish tand, Icelandic tönn, Welsh dant, Latin dēns, Lithuanian dantìs, Ancient Greek ὀδούς 〈odoús〉/ὀδών 〈odṓn〉 ("tooth"), Armenian ատամ 〈atam〉, Persian دندان 〈dndạn〉, Sanskrit दत् 〈dat〉. Related to tusk. pronunciation
  • /tuːθ/
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  • Midlands usually /tʊθ/
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  1. A hard, calcareous structure present in the mouth of many vertebrate animals, generally used for eat.
  2. A sharp projection on the blade of a saw or similar implement.
  3. A projection on the edge of a gear that meshes with similar projections on adjacent gears, or on the circumference of a cog that engages with a chain.
  4. (botany) A pointed projection from the margin of a leaf.
  5. (animation) The rough surface of some kinds of cel or other film that allow better adhesion of artwork.
  6. (figurative) taste; palate I have a sweet tooth: I love sugary treats.
    • Dryden These are not dishes for thy dainty tooth.
  • (structure in the mouth) bicuspid, canine, cuspid, incisor, premolar, molar
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  1. To provide or furnish with teeth.
    • {{rfdate}} William Wordsworth The twin cards toothed with glittering wire.
  2. To indent; to jag. to tooth a saw
  3. To lock into each other, like gear wheel. {{rfquotek}}
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toothbrush mustache {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: toothbrush moustache
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Moustache merely covering a philtrum.
Synonyms: Charlie Chaplin mustache (informal), Hitler mustache (informal), philtrum moustache
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly pejorative) Someone who draw teeth; a dentist.
toothless etymology tooth + less
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having no teeth. a toothless old man
  2. (figuratively) Weak, having no capability of enforcing something. The treaty was toothless in combatting climate change.
Synonyms: edentulous
related terms:
  • toothy
  • voice of the toothless one

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