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blimp {{wikipedia}} etymology Origin not entirely certain, however most historians believe that it is onomatopoeia for the sound a blimp makes when thumped. Although there is some disagreement among historians, credit for coining the term is usually given to Lt. A.D. Conningham of the British Royal Navy in 1915. There is an often repeated, but false, alternative explanation for the term. The erroneous story is that at some time in the early 20th century, the United States military had two classes for airships: Type A-rigid and Type B-limp, hence “blimp”. In fact, “there was no American ‘A-class’ of airships as such—all military aircraft, heavier or lighter-than-air were designated with ‘A’ until the appearance of B-class airships in May 1917. There was an American B airship—but there seems to be no record of any official designation of non-rigids as ‘limp’. Further, according to the Oxford Dictionary, the first appearance of the word in print was in 1916, in England, a year before the first B-class airship.” (“Etymology of ‘Blimp’” by Dr. A. D. Topping, AAHS Journal, Winter 1963.) pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /blɪmp/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An airship constructed with a non-rigid lifting agent container.
    • 2004, , 16 & 23 Feb 2004 The Goodyear blimp over Giants Stadium
  2. (slang) An obese person.
  3. A person similar to the cartoon character Colonel Blimp; a pompous, reactionary British man.
Synonyms: barrage balloon, Gossage
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, intransitive) To expand like a blimp or balloon; to become fat. After college, she started blimping and could no longer wear her favorite little black dress. Over a few years the software had blimped into typical bloatware.
Synonyms: blimp out
blimp out
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  1. (intransitive, slang, idiomatic) To become fat or fatter, especially as a result of excessive eat.
    • 1994 Jan. 25, , "Being in front of the camera provides motivation to diet," Kingman Daily Miner (USA), p. 5 (retrieved 2 Apr 2009): I'd get my weight down for the event, then blimp out to where I couldn't fit into Orson Welles' cape.
    • 2008 July 8, Adam Brophy, "Treating the kids to a tasty dish of . . . er, nuggets and chips," (retrieved 2 Apr 2009): Now that I am exercising regularly, I can pig out without blimping out.
Synonyms: pork out
blind Alternative forms: (archaic) blinde pronunciation
  • /blaɪnd/
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etymology From Old English blind, from Proto-Germanic *blindaz. Akin to German blind, Old High German blint.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (not comparable, of a person or animal) Unable to see, due to physiological or neurological factors.
    • Shakespeare He that is strucken blind cannot forget / The precious treasure of his eyesight lost.
    • 1883, , , He was plainly blind, for he tapped before him with a stick, and wore a great green shade over his eyes and nose...
  2. (not comparable, of an eye) Unable to be used to see, due to physiological or neurological factors.
  3. (comparable) Failing to see, acknowledge, perceive. The lovers were blind to each other's faults. Authors are blind to their own defects.
  4. (not comparable) Of a place, having little or no visibility. a blind path; a blind ditch; a blind corner
    • Milton the blind mazes of this tangled wood
  5. (not comparable) Closed at one end; having a dead end; as, a blind hole, a blind alley.
  6. (not comparable) Having no openings for light or passage. a blind wall, open only at one end; a blind alley; a blind gut
  7. smallest or slightest in phrases such as I shouted, but he didn't take a blind bit of notice. We pulled and pulled, but it didn't make a blind bit of difference.
  8. (not comparable) without any prior knowledge. He took a blind guess at which fork in the road would take him to the airport.
  9. (not comparable) unconditional; without regard to evidence, logic, reality, accidental mistakes, extenuating circumstances, etc. blind deference blind punishment
    • Jay This plan is recommended neither to blind approbation nor to blind reprobation.
  10. Unintelligible or illegible. a blind passage in a book; blind writing
  11. (horticulture) Abortive; failing to produce flowers or fruit. blind buds; blind flowers
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A covering for a window to keep out light. The may be made of cloth or of narrow slats that can block light or allow it to pass.
  2. A mounted on a public transport vehicle displaying the route destination, number, name and/or via points, etc.
  3. Any device intended to conceal or hide. a duck blind
  4. Something to mislead the eye or the understanding, or to conceal some covert deed or design; a subterfuge.
  5. (military) A blindage.
  6. A halting place. {{rfquotek}}
  7. (baseball, slang, 1800s) No score.
  8. (poker) A forced bet.
  9. (poker) A player who is or was forced to make a bet.
Synonyms: (destination sign) rollsign (mainly US)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To make temporarily or permanently blind. The light was so bright that for a moment he was blinded. Don't wave that pencil in my face - do you want to blind me?
    • South A blind guide is certainly a great mischief; but a guide that blinds those whom he should lead is … a much greater.
  2. (slang, obsolete) To curse.
    • 1890, Rudyard Kipling, If you're cast for fatigue by a sergeant unkind, Don't grouse like a woman, nor crack on, nor blind; Be handy and civil, and then you will find That it's beer for the young British soldier.
  3. To darken; to obscure to the eye or understanding; to conceal.
    • Dryden Such darkness blinds the sky.
    • Stillingfleet The state of the controversy between us he endeavored, with all his art, to blind and confound.
  4. To cover with a thin coating of sand and fine gravel; as a road newly paved, in order that the joints between the stones may be filled.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Without seeing; unseeingly.
  2. (poker, three card brag) Without looking at the card dealt.
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  1. en-comparative of blind
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Something that blind
  2. a bag or cloth put over the head of a difficult horse while it is being handled or mounted
  3. A screen attached to a horse's bridle preventing it from being able to see things to its side.
  4. (British, slang) An exceptional performance He played a blinder this afternoon on the cricket ground.
Synonyms: (horse's blindfold) blinker, winkers, (exceptional performance) cracker
  • brindle
Blind Freddy etymology Rival theories exist concerning an actual person called Blind Freddy:
  • A blind hawker called Freddy or Freddie who lived in Sydney in the 1920s.'''1966''', Sidney J. Baker, ''The Australian Language'', second edition, page 269.
  • A police officer, Sir Frederick William Pottinger, who was in charge of the Lachlan district. The success of bushranger in evading capture there in 1862 earned Pottinger the name "Blind Freddy".'''2004''' November 24, [ “Gift of sight”], article in [[w:Sydney Morning Herald|Sydney Morning Herald]].
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (Australia, informal) An imaginary incapacitated person held up as an archetype of incapacity: what blind Freddy can see (understand) must be very obvious. {{defdate}}
    • 1965, Leonie Judith Gibson Kramer (editor), Coast to Coast: Australian Stories, 1963-1964, page 80,
    • “I thought you might have bet on Mart,” Angus said coldly. “Just for old times′ sake.” “Don't be Uncle Willy,” Jerry admonished him, mildly. “Old Blind Freddy could'a seen Mart was a gonner. Although I admit I had the wind up a couple′a times!” Angus felt the blood rise in his face.
    • 1973, Council of Law Reporting for New South Wales, New South Wales Law Reports, Volume 2, page 54, Mr Cook said ‘Look, blind Freddy would know that was for scaffolding,’ and he said, ‘Yes, of course,’. He did not have to be told, blind Freddy would know it, anybody in the timber trade would know it.
    • 1978, , The Club, page 18, Blind Freddy could have seen that Danny was being beaten pointless, but Laurie refused to shift him until the last quarter.
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of blind
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Very bright (as if to cause blindness).
  2. Making blind or as if blind; depriving of sight or of understanding. exampleblinding tears;  blinding snow
    • {{RQ:Vance Nobody}} Turning back, then, toward the basement staircase, she began to grope her way through blinding darkness, but had taken only a few uncertain steps when, of a sudden, she stopped short and for a little stood like a stricken thing, quite motionless save that she quaked to her very marrow in the grasp of a great and enervating fear.
  3. (UK, slang) Brilliant; marvellous. example"How's it going?"  "Blinding, mate."
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (neologism) To an extreme degree; blindingly.
    • Critique of Political Reason, page 6, Régis Debray, 1983, “certain 'details' of 'scientifically realized socialism' became blinding obvious”
    • Blood Brothers, page 190, Steven Barnes, 1997, “He made the basket on his second attempt, after an exchange of moves so blinding fast that Derek could barely distinguish them.”
    • The Devil's Toenail, page 139, Sally Prue, 2003, “I was in a nightmare, and everything was blinding bright, inky black, blinding bright; and fading, and fading”
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of causing blindness.
  2. A thin coat of sand or gravel used to fill holes in a new road surface.
  3. A thin sprinkling of sand or chippings laid on a newly tarred surface.
blindman's holiday Alternative forms: blind man's holiday etymology A partially-sighted person would not be able to work in the limited light.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous, archaic) The time between daylight and candlelight.
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blindside Alternative forms: blind-side etymology blind + side pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (automotive) A driver's field of blindness around an automobile; the side areas behind the driver.
  2. (rugby) the space on the side of the pitch with the shorter distance between the breakdown/set piece and the touchline; compare openside.
  3. (rugby union) short for blindside flanker, a position in rugby union, usually number 6. The blindside [flanker] packs down at the scrum on the blindside.
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To attack (a person) on his or her blind side. The robbers crept out of the forest and blindsided the traveller.
  2. (transitive, figurative, informal) To catch off guard; to take by surprise. He had completed his plan to develop a new office building, but was blindsided by the sudden drop in real estate values.
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blind tiger
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A speakeasy.
  2. (slang) A drug joint, where illegal sale of intoxicant drugs happens.
Synonyms: (speakeasy) blind pig, speakeasy
bling bling etymology From Jamaican slang, a sound suggested by the quality of light reflected by diamonds, adopted by American rappers. pronunciation
  • /blɪŋ blɪŋ/
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Shiny jewelry that displays wealth, such as a diamond ring or a stylish gold necklace or bracelet.
Synonyms: (jewelry displaying wealth) bling
blinged etymology bling + ed
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Showing a great deal of bling bling, or shiny jewelry
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blingmobile etymology bling + mobile
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A luxury vehicle and/or any vehicle outfitted with expensive accessories or detailing.
    • 2005, "Creative critique", Precision Marketing, 26 August 2005: While the advertising campaign for this environmentally irresponsible blingmobile is macho to the point of being dated, …
    • 2007, James O'Brien, "Doctor K is back to make us brighter", Daily Mail, 29 June 2007: If the MTV show Pimp My Ride, where run-of-the-mill motors are transformed into blingmobiles, were to turn its attention to heavily-armed robots, the results would look something like this.
    • 2009, Paul Bacon, Bad Cop: New York's Least Likely Police Officer Tells All, Bloomsbury USA (2009), ISBN 9781608191956, pages 81-82: A silver sedan with tinted windows drove by me, then slowed down for no apparent reason. Its shiny rims kept spinning even as the wheels came to a stop. Custom-made rims were common where I'd grown up in California, but in New York City they were gangster accessories. {{…}} I tried to jog away from the blingmobile.
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blingy etymology bling + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) shiny, glittery
    • 2007, Bongani Madondo, Hot type: icons, artists, and god-figurines Kanye, who had a blingy neck chain with Jesus icon - a Jesus Christ with aquatic blue, diamond eyes - tried, unsuccessfully, to get the jeweller to turn Christ's eyes darker and the whole icon a shade darker than it was.
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blinkenlights etymology Mock German from blink and lights; see for history. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (computing, slang) The flashing lights on an electronic device such as a modem, router or network hub (originally the front-panel lights on old computer).
    • 2007, Charles Stross, The Merchants' War The back of the NIRT truck was crowded with consoles and flashing panels of blinkenlights, battered laptops plastered with security inventory stickers...
    • 2011, Charlie Sorrel, "LightDims: Tiny Sunglasses for Blinkenlights", Wired I am talking about — of course — LED blinkenlights, the usually-blue glowing pimples that pepper routers, speakers, computers and even USB hubs.
blinker fluid
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) A mythical automotive material used either in joke or to gauge how inept someone is in basic auto mechanics.
blinking pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. That or who blink or blink. a blinking light
  2. (UK, euphemism, slang) bloody The blinking telly isn't working again.
Synonyms: (that or who blink or blinks): winking, (British slang): blasted, blimming, blooming
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of blink
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of something that blinks. the steady blinkings of lights on the console
bliss ninny
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) A person who is unrealistically optimistic, or a Pollyanna and who might seem to prefer to retreat from difficult situations by professing seemingly irrelevant platitudes, rather than to directly engage with the difficulty at hand in a meaningful way.
  2. (slang, spirituality) A student who may seem to be intoxicated with spiritual teachings, but is ungrounded or untrained.
bliss out
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, informal) to experience bliss, be blissful
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Drunk, wasted
    • 1999, Serena Mackesy, The Temp (page 245) Ben's hangovers just make him look more beautiful, in a blitzed, cheekbony way.
blivet etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Anything overfull.
  2. An item of unknown purpose, often unnecessary or useless or annoying.
  3. (computing, slang) A program that has been worked on by many poorly skilled programmers and is now a mess.
  4. (electronics) An electronic signal that is normally high or on, but goes low for a very short period and then returns to high. A low going spike.
  5. (geology) A hammer sometimes used by geologists to chop rock samples from boulders for examination.
  6. (welding) A hammer used by electric welders to knock off slag off of the welded joint. Such blivet hammers sometimes have springs for handles instead of solid wood or plastic to lessen shock to the human hands.
  7. (airconditioning) A container/tank for refrigerant gas.
blivit {{was wotd}} pronunciation
  • /ˈblɪv.ɪt/
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etymology 1 Origin unknown.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A gadget.
etymology 2 Coined by writer .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) Something useless or impossible.
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  1. (slang, African American Vernacular English) Guns. See all these blix?
blizzaster etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An usually severe snowstorm or series of snowstorms.
    • 2011, Joseph Erbentraut, "Race for mayor, the gay vote: mayoral mania wrap-up",, 16 February 2011: Because of a last-minute double-booking with a rescheduled debate sponsored by the Chicago Defender (who had canceled their previous engagement due to the blizzaster earlier in the month), all of the candidates scrambled in their attempts to make both events, with Emanuel, Braun and del Valle ultimately doing so.
Synonyms: Snowmageddon, snowpocalypse
blizzicane etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A weather system that produces intense rain, wind, and snow.
    • 1993, Steve Stone, "Wicked Winds Tear Up Hampton Roas", The Virginian-Pilot, 14 March 1993: The "blizzicane" of '93 drenched Hampton Roads with monsoonlike rains Saturday morning, ripped the area with near-hurricane force wind in the early afternoon then began dropping some light snow after nightfall.
    • 2007, Chris Mooney, Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming, Harcourt (2008), ISBN 9780156033664, page 293: A certain form of extra-tropical cyclone, the infamous Nor'easter, can even come to exhibit "blizzicane" features, including dramatic drops in central pressure and an eyelike structure.
    • 2013, Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein, "Fans flock to see ‘Today’ show at Faneuil Hall", Boston Globe, 15 February 2013: Lauer applauded the Hub for its response to last weekend’s blizzicane — a storm, he said, that “hammahd’’ the city, mimicking a Boston accent.
bloat etymology Perhaps from Old Norse blautr[ bloat in] Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, akin to Danish blød and German bloß[ Cognates in] [[:w:da:ODS|ODS]]. pronunciation
  • (RP) /bləʊt/
  • (GenAm) /bloʊt/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to cause to become distended
  2. to fill soft substance with gas, water, etc.; to cause to swell
  3. (intransitive) to become distended; to swell up {{rfquotek}}
  4. to fill with vanity or conceit {{rfquotek}}
  5. to preserve by slightly salting and lightly smoking bloated herring
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. distention of the abdomen from death
  2. (figurative) wasteful use of space Adding an e-mail feature to this simple text editor would be pointless bloat.
  3. (derogatory, slang, dated) A worthless, dissipated fellow.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete) bloated William Shakespeare , 1602 , The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark , Act 3, Scene 4. The Queen's Closet. , Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark/Act 3#Scene 4. The Queen's closet. , “Let the bloat king tempt you again to bed”
blob out
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To relax idly and mindless; to veg out.
    • 2004, Brigid Lowry, Guitar Highway Rose The Nanny is one of Pippa's favourite shows, but tonight the pleasure of mindlessly blobbing out in her usual Sunday-laid-back-luxury style...
    • 2006, Paramananda, Change Your Mind: A Practical Guide to Buddhist Meditation ...we then get home and explode at the kids or fall into a kind of lethargy, blobbing out in front of the television.
block {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English blok, from Old French bloc, from Middle Dutch blok, from odt *blok, from Proto-Germanic *blukką, from Proto-Indo-European *bhulg'-, from *bhelg'-. Cognate with Old Frisian blok, Old Saxon blok, Old High German bloh, bloc, Old English bolca, Old Norse bǫlkr. More at balk. pronunciation
  • (RP) /blɒk/
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  • (GenAm) /blɑk/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A substantial, often approximately cuboid, piece of any substance.
    • {{RQ:Orwell Animal Farm}} You young porkers who are sitting in front of me, every one of you will scream your lives out at the block within a year.
    A block of ice. A block of stone. Anne Boleyn placed her head on the block and awaited her execution.
  2. A group of urban lots of property, several acres in extent, not crossed by public streets. I'm going for a walk around the block.
  3. A residential building consisting of flats. A block of flats.
  4. The distance from one street to another in a city that is built (approximately) to a grid pattern. The place you are looking for is two long blocks east and one short block north.
  5. (slang) The human head. I'll knock your block off.
  6. A wig block: a simplified head model upon which wigs are worn.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Next morning, Monday, after disposing of the embalmed head to a barber, for a block, I settled my own and comrade’s bill; using, however, my comrade’s money.
  7. A mould on which hats, bonnets, etc., are shaped.
    • Shakespeare He wears his faith but as the fashion of his hat; it ever changes with the next block.
  8. A set of sheets (of paper) joined together at one end. A block of 100 tickets.
  9. (computing) A logical data storage unit containing one or more physical sectors (see cluster).
  10. (computing) A region of code in a program that acts as a single unit, such as a function or loop.
  11. (cryptography) A fixed-length group of bit making up part of a message.
  12. (rigging) A case with one or more sheave/pulley, used with rope to increase or redirect force, for example, as part of the rigging of a sailing ship.
  13. (chemistry) A portion of a macromolecule, comprising many unit, that has at least one feature not present in adjacent portions.
  14. Something that prevent something from passing (see blockage). There's a block in the pipe that means the water can't get through.
  15. (sports) An action to interfere with the movement of an opposing player or of the object of play (ball, puck).
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  16. (cricket) A shot played by holding the bat vertically in the path of the ball, so that it loses momentum and drops to the ground.
  17. (volleyball) A defensive play by one or more players meant to deflect a spiked ball back to the hitter’s court.
  18. (philately) A joined group of four (or in some cases nine) postage stamp, forming a roughly square shape.
  19. A section of split logs used as fuel.
  20. (UK) Solitary confinement.
  21. A cellblock.
  22. (falconry) The perch on which a bird of prey is kept.
  23. (printing, dated) A piece of hard wood on which a stereotype or electrotype plate is mounted.
  24. (obsolete) A blockhead; a stupid fellow; a dolt.
    • Shakespeare What a block art thou!
  25. A section of a railroad where the block system is used.
  26. (cricket) The position of a player or bat when guarding the wicket.
  27. (cricket) A blockhole.
  28. (cricket) The popping crease.
  29. misspelling of bloc
Synonyms: See also , city block
related terms:
  • bloc
Synonyms: (volleyball) stuff, roof, wall
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To fill (something) so that it is not possible to pass. The pipe is blocked.
  2. (transitive) To prevent (something or someone) from passing. You're blocking the road – I can't get through.
  3. (transitive) To prevent (something from happening or someone from doing something). His plan to take over the business was blocked by the boss.
  4. (transitive, sports) To impede an opponent. He blocked the basketball player's shot. The offensive linemen tried to block the blitz.
  5. (transitive, theater) To specify the positions and movements of the actors. It was very difficult to block this scene convincingly.
  6. (transitive, cricket) To hit with a block.
  7. (intransitive, cricket) To play a block shot.
  8. (transitive) To disable communication via telephone, instant messaging, etc., with an undesirable someone. I tried to send you a message, but you've blocked me!
  9. (computing, intransitive) To wait. When the condition expression is false, the thread blocks on the condition variable.
  10. (transitive) To stretch or mould (a knitted item, a hat, etc.) into the desired shape. I blocked the mittens by wetting them and pinning them to a shaped piece of cardboard.
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • block in
  • block off
  • block out
  • block up
  • blockage
  • blocking
  • reblock
blockbuster drug
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (US, informal) A pharmaceutical product that generates more than a billion dollar of revenue for its owner each year.
blockhead Alternative forms: block head, block-head etymology 1549, blockn. + head.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A stupid person.
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Synonyms: See also
block party
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A festive event held in the street of a city block.
  2. (basketball, slang) A game during which a single player blocks the shots of many other players. Charles Barkley: Dwight Howard's having a block party. Kenny Smith: Who's invited? Charles Barkley: Everybody.
blog {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 Shortened form of weblog. The Oxford English Dictionary says the shortened word was coined May 23, 1999 and references the "Jargon Watch" article in an issue of the online magazine "Tasty Bits from the Technology Front" which attributes the shortening to Peter Merholz who put the following on his web site{{cite web|last=Dawson |first=Keith |date=1999-08-30 |url= |title=TBTF for 1999-08-23: Compliance |accessdate=2012-01-02 }}{{cite web|last=Merholz |first=Peter |date=2002-05-17 |url= |title=Play With Your Words |accessdate=2012-01-02 }}: {{quote}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /blɒɡ/
  • (US) often /blɑɡ/
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  1. (Internet) A website that allows users to reflect, share opinions, and discuss various topics in the form of an online journal, sometimes letting readers comment on their posts. Most blogs are written in a slightly informal tone (personal journals, news, businesses, etc.) Entries typically appear in reverse chronological order.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (blogging) To contribute to a blog.
etymology 2
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (British, slang) To blag, to steal something; To acquire something illegally.
etymology 3
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, fandom slang, jocular) alternative case form of Blog
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    • {{quote-usenet }} The closest we came to that was not serving alcohol in the consuite one year. That was a significant success for it's main purpose. We actually came up with a definition of a fan, albeit a partial one phrased in the negative: Anyone who comes to Minicon just because there's free beer in the consuite is not a fan. That year there was more alcohol and more kinds* of alcohol than at any Minicon before or since; all the real fans who liked to drink brought their own and shared. The policy mainly discouraged the jerks who liked to hang out at the consuite and hit on the women. We did that for one year and happily went back to serving beer and blog.
    • {{quote-usenet }} I can't speak for Faye as ed of FHAPA, but it would be really swell of someone could send us a set of Intersection daily newszines, plus any con flyers or other fannish papers that were there to had for the picking up: fannish things, you know, not including media, gaming, filking or costuming, fine fun but not my cup of blog, thank you.
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blogaholic etymology blog + aholic
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A keen blogger.
blogebrity etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet, informal, countable) A well-known or popular blogger.
    • 2006, "Perez Hilton says he's an 'outsider'", USA Today, 6 November 2006: It's been quite a turnaround for Hilton, who said that before becoming a blogebrity he had been in a deep depression and last year filed for bankruptcy and was fired from a job at a celebrity weekly magazine.
  2. (Internet, informal, uncountable) The state or phenomenon of fame achieved through blogging.
    • 2008, "Introduction", in Ultimate Blogs: Masterworks from the Wild Web (ed. Sarah Boxer), Vintage Books (2008), ISBN 9780307278067, page xii: Given that there are more than 80 million blogs out there, according to the Web-tracking site Technorati, with roughly 15.5 million of them active, "blogebrity" is quite a bizarre phenomenon anyway.
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bloggerati etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (informal) Blog authors collectively.
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bloggy etymology blog + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Having the characteristics of a blog; resembling a blog.
    • 2006, Debbie Weil, The corporate blogging book You can still be professional, but let your personality seep in. If you're managing the blog, give your blog writer time to develop a bloggy rhythm and writing voice. Either way, gauge the reaction from readers or other bloggers.
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Synonyms: blogish, bloggish, bloglike
blognoscenti etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (informal, neologism) Intelligent, discerning blogger.
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blogtastic etymology blog + tastic
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) excellent, with regards to blog or blogging.
bloke etymology First known usage 1851. Origin unknown. Hypotheses include:[ "bloke"], Online Etymology Dictionary
  • from Celtic ploc (large, stubborn person)
  • from Roma or Hindi loke (a man)
  • (British) {{enPR}}, /bləʊk/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A man, a fellow; an ordinary man, a man on the street. {{defdate}}
    • 1930, , , 2006, Overlook Press, [http//|%22blokes%22+-intitle:%22bloke|blokes%22&dq=%22bloke%22|%22blokes%22+-intitle:%22bloke|blokes%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=M0XzTvT5AouOmQWzifm8Ag&redir_esc=y page 235], The door flew open, and there was a bloke with spectacles on his face and all round the spectacles an expression of strained anguish. A bloke with a secret sorrow.
    • 1931, , , , lyrics of 1930, 31 and 33 versions, She messed around with a bloke named Smoky.
    • 1958, , , [http//|%22blokes%22+-intitle:%22bloke|blokes%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=uDbzTqPNLITDmQW8r6GKAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bloke%22|%22blokes%22%20-intitle%3A%22bloke|blokes%22&f=false page 281], It was a Cockney bloke who had never seen a cow till he came inside. Cragg said it took some blokes like that, and city fellows are the worse.
    • 2000, Elizabeth Young, Asking for Trouble, [http//|%22blokes%22+-intitle:%22bloke|blokes%22&dq=%22bloke%22|%22blokes%22+-intitle:%22bloke|blokes%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=uDbzTqPNLITDmQW8r6GKAg&redir_esc=y page 19], As her current bloke was turning out better than expected, I didn't see much of her lately.
  2. (UK) a man who behaves in a particularly laddish or overtly heterosexual manner.
  3. (now chiefly, Quebec, colloquial) An anglophone man.
  4. (Australia) An exemplar of a certain masculine, independent male archetype.
    • 2000 May 5, Belinda Luscombe, “Cinema: Of Mad Max and Madder Maximus”, Time: ‘The Bloke’ is a certain kind of Australian or New Zealand male. … The Classic Bloke is not a voluble beast. His speech patterns are best described as infrequent but colorful. … ¶ The Bloke is pragmatic rather than classy. … ¶ Most of all, the Bloke does not whinge.
Synonyms: See also
coordinate terms:
  • (ordinary man) sheila (New Zealand)
blokeish etymology From bloke + ish.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, informal) Characteristic or typical of a bloke.
    • 2002 December, Cole Moreton, review of , Sean-nós nua, in , page 31, The blokeish bar-room ballad ‘Peggy Gordon’ is performed as a tender love song for another woman.
    • 2003, , Andrew Brown (translator), Sartre, page 443, He's stuck his hand in his pocket as if he wanted to look more like an ordinary man, or more blokeish.
    • 2003, Peter Buckley, The Rough Guide to Rock, page 1161, Hailed by a host of younger guitar bands such as Ocean Colour Scene and Oasis, Weller dropped the jazzy noodlings of his previous couple of sets in favour of a raw, blokeish sound.
Synonyms: blokey, laddish
blonde moment Alternative forms: blond moment etymology From common jokes about supposedly dumb blondes.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) A momentary lapse in concentration, resulting in an embarrassing situation.
related terms:
  • senior moment
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Commonly used nickname for a person with blond hair.
  2. A sweet, chewy, generally vanilla-flavoured and chocolate-free baked good: a blond-colored brownie.
blood {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: bloud (obsolete) etymology From Middle English blood, from Old English blōd, from Proto-Germanic *blōþą, of uncertain origin. Cognate with West Frisian bloed, Dutch bloed, German Blut, Danish blod, Swedish blod. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /blʌd/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A vital liquid flowing in the bodies of many types of animals that usually conveys nutrient and oxygen. In vertebrates, it is colored red by hemoglobin, is conveyed by arteries and vein, is pumped by the heart and is usually generated in bone marrow. exampleThe blood flows into the menstrual cup.
    • 1927, [ F. E. Penny] , 4, [ Pulling the Strings] , “The case was that of a murder. It had an element of mystery about it, however, which was puzzling the authorities. A turban and loincloth soaked in blood had been found; also a staff.”
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  2. A family relationship due to birth, such as that between sibling; contrasted with relationships due to marriage or adoption. (See blood relative, blood relation, by blood.)
    • Edmund Waller (1606-1687) a friend of our own blood
    • Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) to share the blood of Saxon royalty
  3. (medicine, countable) A blood test or blood sample.
  4. The sap or juice which flows in or from plant.
    • 1841, Benjamin Parsons, Anti-Bacchus, page 95: It is no tautology to call the blood of the grape red or purple, because the juice of that fruit was sometimes white and sometimes black or dark. The arterial blood of our bodies is red, but the venous is called "black blood."
    • 1901, Levi Leslie Lamborn, American Carnation Culture, fourth edition, page 57: Disbudding is merely a species of pruning, and should be done as soon as the lateral buds begin to develop on the cane. It diverts the flow of the plant's blood from many buds into one or a few, thus increasing the size of the flower, [...]
    • 1916, John Gordon Dorrance, The Story of the Forest, page 44: Look at a leaf. On it are many little raised lines which reach out to all parts of the leaf and back to the stem and twig. These are "veins," full of the tree's blood. It is white and looks very much like water; [...]
  5. (obsolete) The juice of anything, especially if red.
    • Bible, Book of Genesis xiix. 11 He washed…his clothes in the blood of grapes.
  6. (obsolete) Temper of mind; disposition; state of the passions.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) when you perceive his blood inclined to mirth
  7. (obsolete) A lively, showy man; a rake.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Seest thou not…how giddily 'a turns about all the hot bloods between fourteen and five and thirty?
    • William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) It was the morning costume of a dandy or blood.
  8. alternative case form of Blood member of a certain gang.
  • menstruation
related terms:
  • bleed
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To cause something to be covered with blood; to bloody.
  2. (medicine, historical) To let blood (from); to bleed.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, page 121: exampleMr Western, who imputed these symptoms in his daughter to her fall, advised her to be presently blooded by way of prevention.
  3. To initiate into warfare or a blood sport.
  • {{rank}}
blood and tommy
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (UK, slang, mildly, blasphemous) expression of surprise, contempt, outrage, disgust, boredom, frustration.
bloodfest etymology blood + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) bloodbath; anything involving the shedding of lots of blood.
bloodhound {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: blood-hound, bloudhound, bloud-hound etymology From Middle English blodhound, blodhond, equivalent to blood + hound. Cognate with Dutch bloedhond, gml blōthunt, German Bluthund, Danish blodhund, Swedish blodhund. The detective sense follows from the dog's ability to follow a trail. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈblʌdhaʊnd/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A large scenthound famed for its ability to follow a scent many days old, over vast distances. This dog is often used as a police dog to track missing people, fleeing suspects, or escaped prisoners.
  2. (figuratively) A detective or other person skilled at finding people or clues.
bloodnut Alternative forms: blood nut, blood-nut
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, informal) A person with red hair, a redhead.
    • 2001, , , [http//|%22bloodnuts%22+-intitle:%22bloodnut%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=hVP0Tq7bBc-JmQWehoCSAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bloodnut%22|%22bloodnuts%22%20-intitle%3A%22bloodnut%22&f=false page 185], He was a pugnacious bloodnut with a droll wit and a rollup fag on his lip.
    • 2006, Bill Collopy, House of Given, [http//|%22bloodnuts%22+-intitle:%22bloodnut%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=cFP0TqzZNI7ymAWP7JmuAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bloodnut%22|%22bloodnuts%22%20-intitle%3A%22bloodnut%22&f=false page 13], “Red” his mates called him: a wild bloodnut like his father, and like his late uncles before Tobruk sands claimed them.
    • 2011, Christopher Kremmer, The Chase, [http//|%22bloodnuts%22+-intitle:%22bloodnut%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=hVP0Tq7bBc-JmQWehoCSAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bloodnut%22|%22bloodnuts%22%20-intitle%3A%22bloodnut%22&f=false unnumbered page], He looked younger, thinner, was pale and unshaven, the image of a man on a bender, complete with a red-haired partner in crime. ‘I say, Howard, your chief chemist would look ree-mahr-kable on a polo pony, don′t think?’ said the bloodnut, who reeked of alcohol and stale tobacco.
Sometimes used, capitalised, as a nickname.
blood sweat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A reddish secretion on the skin of a hippopotamus, believed to protect its skin from harsh sun.
bloody Alternative forms: bloudy (obsolete) etymology From Old English blōdiġ, from blōd + -iġ pronunciation
  • (British) /ˈblʌ.di/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Covered in blood. All that remained of his right hand after the accident was a bloody stump.
    • {{circa}} , , Act 5, Scene 1, 2008 [1947], Forgotten Books, [http//|%22bloodier%22|%22bloodiest%22+-intitle:%22bloody|bloodier|bloodiest&hl=en&sa=X&ei=HH_0TsW9OtDGmQXRuuSSAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bloody%22|%22bloodier%22|%22bloodiest%22%20-intitle%3A%22bloody|bloodier|bloodiest&f=false page 84], And, as she fled, her mantle she did fall, / Which Lion vile with bloody mouth did stain.
    • 2011, , Jonathan Bate, Eric Rasmussen, , analysis of Act 2 Scene 1, [http//|%22bloodier%22|%22bloodiest%22+-intitle:%22bloody|bloodier|bloodiest&hl=en&sa=X&ei=IYT0Ts3kJYbkmAW6qpCkAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bloody%22|%22bloodier%22|%22bloodiest%22%20-intitle%3A%22bloody|bloodier|bloodiest&f=falsepage 100], They plan to walk to the market-place, showing their bloody hands and swords and declaring ‘Peace, freedom and liberty!’
  2. Characterised by bloodshed. There have been bloody battles between the two tribes.
    • Shakespeare Some bloody passion shakes your very frame.
    • 1845, , , 2008, [http//|%22bloodier%22|%22bloodiest%22+-intitle:%22bloody|bloodier|bloodiest&hl=en&sa=X&ei=IYT0Ts3kJYbkmAW6qpCkAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bloody%22|%22bloodier%22|%22bloodiest%22%20-intitle%3A%22bloody|bloodier|bloodiest&f=false page 5], I had therefore been, until now, out of the way of the bloody scenes that often occurred on the plantation.
    • 2007, Lucinda Mallows, Lucy Mallows, Slovakia: The Bradt Travel Guide, [http//|%22bloodier%22|%22bloodiest%22+-intitle:%22bloody|bloodier|bloodiest&hl=en&sa=X&ei=RoL0Tu6CBMjcmAWLzpitAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bloody%22|%22bloodier%22|%22bloodiest%22%20-intitle%3A%22bloody|bloodier|bloodiest&f=false page 169], The story of Elizabeth Bathory is one of the bloodiest in history.
  3. (AU, NZ, UK, colloquial, mildly, vulgar, not comparable) Used as an intensifier.
    • 1994, , Lord of Chaos, page 519, Try to keep those bloody women's bloody heads on their bloody shoulders by somehow helping them make this whole mad impossible scheme actually work.
    • 2003, , , page 64, You are not to go asking anyone about who killed that bloody dog.
    • 2007, James MacFarlane, Avenge My Kin, Book 2: A Time of Testing, page 498, “You bloody fool, I could′ve stabbed you in the heart,” David said in mock anger, and then smiled widely.
Synonyms: (covered in blood) bleeding, bloodied, gory, sanguinolent, (intensifier) bally, blasted, bleeding (chiefly British cockney), blinking, blooming, damn, damned, dang, darned, doggone, flaming, freaking, fricking, frigging, fucking, goddam / goddamn, goddamned, godforsaken (rare), wretched, rotten, See also
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (AU, NZ, British, mildly, vulgar) Used to intensify what follows this adverb. 1994: , , 109 - "Dice are no bloody good," David said.
Synonyms: bloody well, bally, blasted, bleeding, blooming
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To draw blood from one's opponent in a fight.
  2. To demonstrably harm the cause of an opponent.
etymology 2 {{clipping}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (casual) bloody mary
  • old boy
infix: {{head}}
  1. (British, slang) An intensifier. Absobloodylutely!
Usually inserted before the stressed syllable. Synonyms: -fucking-
bloody hell pronunciation
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interjection: {{en-interj}} {{tcx}}
  1. An expression of dismay, disgust, anger, surprise etc. Bloody hell! My team lost again! Bloody hell! Where did you come from, scaring me like that! He's not really eating those, is he? Bloody hell! That's disgusting!
    • 2006, Alexandra Ivy, When Darkness Comes, page 32, Bloody hell, there was little wonder he was distracted. In the past few hours, he had endured more shocks than he had in centuries.
    • 2007, Ingrid Winterbach, Elsa Silke (translator), To Hell with Cronjé, page 55, Bloody hell! To hell with Milner. No, Oom Paul said after each new concession, no, no further. Send the troops, Alfred Milner said.
    • 2007, L. H. Maynard, M. P. N. Sims, Demon Eyes, page 145, “Bloody hell,” she moaned. “Bloody hell, bloody hell.” Though her hands were trembling, she managed to reload the crossbow just as Sue had told her; then she began to shakily run towards where she thought the sound had come from.
  2. placed before a verb to add emphasis to a sentence. What the bloody hell are you doing here?
Synonyms: fucking hell, chuffing hell, gorblimey, blimey, crikey, oh my God, bollocks
bloody Nora
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (UK, vulgar) expression of surprise, contempt, outrage, disgust, boredom, frustration.
related terms:
  • flaming Nora
  • flipping Nora
blooey etymology Shortening of kablooie.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (dated, slang) Haywire, amiss.
    • 1921, P. G. Wodehouse, Indiscretions of Archie, George H. Doran Company (1921), Chapter XXI: {{…}} Mother says vegetables contain all the proteins you want. Mother says, if you eat meat, your blood-pressure goes all blooey. Do you think it does?"
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interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Exclamation representing an explosion or abrupt occurrence.
    • 1963, Rick Raphael, "Code Three", Analog Science Fiction and Fact, February 1963: "We were heading for a school dance at Cincinnati and she was boiling along like she was in orbit when blooey she just quit."
    • {{seemoreCites}}
Synonyms: bam, bang, kablooie
Bloomerism etymology Bloomer + ism, after women's-rights advocate Amelia Jenks Bloomer (1818–1894).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic, sometimes, derogatory) Support for equal rights for women; an early form of feminism.
etymology 1
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of bloomer
etymology 2 Named after .
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (dated) Any of several forms of women’s divided garment for the lower body
  2. (informal) Women’s underpants with short legs; knickers or drawers
  • Japanese: ブルマ 〈buruma〉, ブルマー 〈burumā〉
blooming heck
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (UK, slang, euphemistic) blooming hell.
blooming hell
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (UK, slang, blasphemous) expression of surprise, contempt, outrage, disgust, boredom, frustration.
blooper pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An error.
  2. (baseball, slang, 1800s) A fly ball that is weakly hit just over the infielders.
  3. (informal) A film or videotaped outtake that has recorded an amusing mistake and/or accident during the course of regular filming.
  4. (nautical) A kind of sail, a spanker.
Synonyms: (error) blunder, boo-boo, faux pas, fluff, gaffe, lapse, mistake, slip, stumble, thinko, (baseball) banjo hit, Texas leaguer, (an edited-out video/audio fragment containing a funny error) gag reel, See also
  • probole
blooter Alternative forms: bluiter (archaic)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now slang) A babbler, a bumbling idiot, a fool.
    • 1627, Alexander Montgomerie, Poems: A bluiter buskit lyk a belly blind.
    • 1907, Neil Munro, Daft Days: ‘Oh, to the devil wi' ye!’ said Wanton Wully, sweating with vexation. ‘Of all the senseless bells! A big, boss bluiter! I canna compel nor coax ye!’
    • 1999 July 13, in the Glasgow Daily Record: Women go into pubs... to enjoy a quiet drink with friends. And any halitosis-ridden, hand-wandering blooter who thinks otherwise could find himself stuck up his own optic.
  2. (slang) A kick of a ball which is hard and, often, also wild.
    • 2002 December 23, in the Daily Mail: He of the fabulous long-range shot or the useless blooter professes to love everything about Rangers.
  3. (slang) A ball kicked in such a way.
  4. (slang, Scottish) An unattractive woman.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To do poor work, to botch (a job).
    • 1996, M. Munro, Complete Patter: There's no way that hoose could be painted right in wan day; they must've blootered it.
  2. (possibly obsolete) To talk foolishly, to babble.
    • 1913, J. Service, The Memorables of Robin Cummell: Jamie … at last bluitered oot [em] ‘I-I-I was up the water, sir, fellin' a deid dowg!’
  3. (possibly obsolete) To shriek, to cry in a shrill manner.
    • 1793, R. Brown, Carlop Green: The whaup, frae the south, that bluiters In the bogs, like a soo.
  4. (slang) To kick a ball in a hard and usually wild manner.
    • 2001 August 19, Glasgow Sunday Herald: We'd blooter the ball into the terracing.
  5. (slang) To smash; to bludgeon.
    • 1990, J. Byrne, Your Cheatin' Heart: A hauf-inch closer an' that wis me... brains blootered aw err the tarmac.
blootered etymology {{rfe}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) drunk
    • 1997, John Davies, Drugspeak I found my drinking eased up when the all day drinking came in Scotland because although we all went mad on it at first, we were blootered every day, but after about 6 months you began to realise you could have a drink any time.
    • 1999, Duncan McLean, Bucket of Tongues And then a bunch of guys jumped up the front step and into the corridor; they had their arms around each others’ shoulders and appeared to be completely blootered, although the reception had only been going an hour or so: these guys must’ve been chucking the bevvy back all through the meal, full steam ahead from the start.
    • 2005, Stuart MacBride, Cold Granite They’d all gone out and got pissed and Logan hadn’t done a bloody thing to stop the PC getting blootered and bollock-naked.
blotto etymology From blot. pronunciation
  • /ˈblɒtəʊ/ {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{wikipedia}} {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Drunk.
Synonyms: mashed, sozzled, See also
  • bottlo
  • tolbot
blouze Alternative forms: blowse
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, slang) A prostitute.
    • 1749 , (for, by the way, this blouze had left her place in the country, for a bastard)
related terms:
  • blowsy
bloviate {{was wotd}} etymology 1845,{{R:OED}}“[ In Defense of Harding the Bloviator]”, Ben Zimmer, ''Word Routes: Exploring the Pathways of our Lexicon,'' July 29, 2010 US, Ohio,{{R:World Wide Words|weirdwords/ww-blo1.htm|Bloviate|13 Mar. 1999}} from blow + -i- + ate, by analogy with deviate. pronunciation
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US) To speak or discourse at length in a pompous or boastful manner.
    • 1845, Huron Reflector, Norwalk, Ohio, 14 Oct. 3/1: Peter P. Low, Esq., will with open throat…bloviate about the farmers being taxed upon the full value of their farms, while bankers are released from taxation.
Particularly used of politicians, bloviate has passed in and out of fashion over the centuries, falling out of fashion by end of 19th century, but was popularized in the early 1920s with reference to president Warren G. Harding, again in the 1990s, and then once more during the, and is currently in popular use.{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}} Synonyms: See also .
related terms:
  • blowhard
  • oblative
blow {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /bləʊ/, [bləʊ̯]
  • (US) /bloʊ/, [bloʊ̯]
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etymology 1 From Middle English blo, bloo, from Old English blāw, from Proto-Germanic *blēwaz, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰlēw-. Cognate with Latin flavus. More at blue.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (now chiefly dialectal, Northern England) Blue.
etymology 2 From Middle English blowen, from Old English blāwan, from Proto-Germanic *blēaną (compare German blähen), from Proto-Indo-European *bhle- (compare Latin flare, xcl բեղուն 〈beġun〉, Albanian plas).
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To produce an air current.
    • 1606, , King Lear, act 3, sc. 2: "Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!"
    • Walton Hark how it rains and blows!
  2. (transitive) To propel by an air current. Blow the dust off that book and open it up.
  3. (intransitive) To be propelled by an air current. The leaves blow through the streets in the fall.
  4. (transitive) To create or shape by blowing; as in to blow bubbles, to blow glass.
  5. To force a current of air upon with the mouth, or by other means. to blow the fire
  6. To clear of contents by forcing air through. to blow an egg to blow one's nose
  7. (transitive) To cause to make sound by blowing, as a musical instrument.
  8. (intransitive) To make a sound as the result of being blown. In the harbor, the ships' horns blew.
    • Milton There let the pealing organ blow.
  9. (intransitive, of a cetacean) To exhale visibly through the spout the seawater which it has taken in while feeding. There's nothing more thrilling to the whale watcher than to see a whale surface and blow. There she blows! (i.e. "I see a whale spouting!")
  10. (intransitive) To explode. Get away from that burning gas tank! It's about to blow!
  11. (transitive, with "up" or with prep phrase headed by "to") To cause to explode, shatter, or be utterly destroyed. The demolition squad neatly blew the old hotel up. The aerosol can was blown to bits.
  12. (transitive) To cause sudden destruction of. He blew the tires and the engine.
  13. (intransitive) To suddenly fail destructively. He tried to sprint, but his ligaments blew and he was barely able to walk to the finish line.
  14. (intransitive, slang) To be very undesirable (see also suck). This blows!
  15. (transitive, slang) To recklessly squander. I managed to blow $1000 at blackjack in under an hour. I blew $35 thou on a car. We blew an opportunity to get benign corporate sponsorship.
  16. (transitive, vulgar) To fellate. Who did you have to blow to get those backstage passes?
  17. (transitive) To leave. Let's blow this joint.
  18. To make flyblown, to defile, especially with fly eggs.
    • 1606, , , Act V, scene 2, line 55. Shall they hoist me up,And show me to the shouting varletryOf censuring Rome? Rather a ditch in EgyptBe gentle grave unto me, rather on Nilus' mudLay me stark naked, and let the water-fliesBlow me into abhorring!
    • 1610, , by , act 3 scene 1 (FERDINAND) I am, in my condition, A prince, Miranda; I do think, a king;— I would not so!—and would no more endure This wooden slavery than to suffer The flesh-fly blow my mouth.
  19. (obsolete) To spread by report; to publish; to disclose.
    • Dryden Through the court his courtesy was blown.
    • Whiting His language does his knowledge blow.
  20. (obsolete) To inflate, as with pride; to puff up.
    • Shakespeare Look how imagination blows him.
  21. (intransitive) To breathe hard or quick; to pant; to puff.
    • Shakespeare Here is Mistress Page at the door, sweating and blowing.
  22. (transitive) To put out of breath; to cause to blow from fatigue. to blow a horse {{rfquotek}}
  23. (obsolete) To talk loudly; to boast; to storm.
    • Bartlett You blow behind my back, but dare not say anything to my face.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A strong wind. We're having a bit of a blow this afternoon.
  2. (informal) A chance to catch one’s breath. The players were able to get a blow during the last timeout.
  3. (uncountable, US, slang) Cocaine.
  4. (uncountable, UK, slang) Cannabis.
  5. (uncountable, US Chicago Regional, slang) Heroin.
etymology 3 Middle English blowe, blaw, northern variant of blewe, from Proto-Germanic *blewwaną (compare Old Norse blegði, German bläuen, Middle Dutch blouwen). Related to block.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of striking or hit. A fabricator is used to direct a sharp blow to the surface of the stone. During an exchange to end round 13, Duran landed a blow to the midsection.
  2. A sudden or forcible act or effort; an assault.
    • T. Arnold A vigorous blow might win [Hanno's camp].
  3. A damaging occurrence. A further blow to the group came in 1917 when Thomson died while canoeing in Algonquin Park.
    • Shakespeare a most poor man, made tame to fortune's blows
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Synonyms: (The act of striking) bace, strike, hit, punch, (A damaging occurrence) disaster, calamity
etymology 4 Middle English blowen, from Old English blōwan, from Proto-Germanic *blōaną (compare Dutch bloeien, German blühen), from Proto-Indo-European *bhel- 'to thrive, bloom' (compare Latin florēre 'to bloom').
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To blossom; to cause to bloom or blossom.
    • 1599, , , You seem to me as in her orb, As chaste as is the bud ere it be blown;
    • 1667, , Paradise Lost, How blows the citron grove.
    • 1784, William Cowper, Tirocinium; or, A Review of Schools Boys are at best but pretty buds unblown, Whose scent and hues are rather guessed than known;
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related terms:
  • full-blown
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A mass or display of flowers; a yield.
    • {{rfdate}} : Such a blow of tulips.
  2. A display of anything brilliant or bright.
  3. A bloom, state of flowering. roses in full blow.
related terms:
  • ablow
  • bowl
blow away
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: blow, away
  2. (transitive) To cause to go away by blow, or by wind. He blew away the dust which had collected on the book.
    • 2012 October 31, David M. Halbfinger, "," New York Times (retrieved 31 October 2012): Perhaps as startling as the sheer toll was the devastation to some of the state’s well-known locales. Boardwalks along the beach in Seaside Heights, Belmar and other towns on the Jersey Shore were blown away. Amusement parks, arcades and restaurants all but vanished. Bridges to barrier islands buckled, preventing residents from even inspecting the damage to their property.
  3. (intransitive) To disperse or to depart on current of air. I didn't have to rake. The leaves just blew away.
  4. (transitive, idiomatic) To kill (someone) by shooting them. The kid just blew the clerk away.
  5. (transitive, idiomatic, US) To flabbergast; to impress greatly. The critics were blown away by their latest album.
  6. (transitive) To overwhelm.
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  7. (transitive) To cause to go away, to get rid of
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  8. (transitive, computing, informal) To delete (data, files, etc.).
blowback etymology blow + back
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (firearms) A type of action where the pressure from the fired cartridge blows a sliding mechanism backward to extract the fired cartridge, chamber another cartridge, and cock the hammer.
  2. An unintended adverse result, especially of a political action.
  3. (slang) The act of shotgun (inhaling from a pipe etc. and exhaling into another smoker's mouth).
blowbuddy Alternative forms: blow buddy, blow-buddy etymology blow + buddy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, rare, nonstandard) A male same-sex partner, especially for fellatio and mutual masturbation or by extension a close friend (humorous, mockingly)
    • 2004, John Butler, This Gay Utopia, page 63 Jimmy moved away that summer when his father was transferred to Arizona, but Tony had no trouble in developing regular sexual liaisons with a number of new blowbuddies and fuckbuddies in his freshman year at Atlantic High
    • 2010, Greg Bowden, The Folks on Taylor Circle, page 97 Cliff wasn't about to go off to Chicago without the best blow-buddy he'd ever had.
    • 2011, Lenny Francis, Ptsd of a Lesser Known Kind: An Allegory, page 59 Move it [his redneck blowbuddy laughs]! I said move it else I'll put my foot up yer ass!” “Yes sir. On it right away!” acknowledged Alan humbly, taking the tray from him.
    • 2011, Christopher Rice, A Density of Souls But we're not throwing this play just because you and Darby here are blow buddies!" Brandon slammed into Cameron Stern, their helmets cracking together loud enough for Brandon to think he'd gone deaf.
    Tom, Dick, and Harry have been blowbuddies for years now.
Synonyms: See also .
related terms:
  • buttbuddy
blow chunks
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) To vomit chunks of undigested food.
  2. (idiomatic, slang) To suffer from explosive diarrhea.
  3. (idiomatic, slang) To be very bad, inadequate, unpleasant, or miserable; to thoroughly suck. The old version was okay, but the new version blows chunks.
  • This term may be considered mildly vulgar, or too strong for use in polite company.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, vulgar) A prostitute; a courtesan.
Synonyms: blowess
blower pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who blow.
  2. Any device that blows.
  3. (slang, dated, chiefly, British, usually preceded by the) Telephone. Get on the blower and call headquarters right away!
  4. A ducted fan, usually part of a heating, ventilation, and/or air conditioning system.
  5. (dated) A braggart, or loud talker.
  6. The whale; so called by seamen, from its habit of spouting up a column of water.
  7. A small fish of the Atlantic coast, Tetrodon turgidus; the puffer.
  • bowler
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, vulgar) A prostitute; a courtesan.
Synonyms: blowen
blowhard {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: blow-hard etymology blow + hard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) A person who talks too much or too loudly, especially in a boastful or self-important manner.
    • 1861, "Correspondence of the Missouri Democrat," New York Times, 20 Oct., p. 2. (retrieved 24 Aug. 2009): The merchants are the most ultra Secessionists. . . . Some men of Northern origin were the most rabid. A "blowhard," named James Patterson, of Augusta, Jackson County, was originally from Pennsylvania. He stumped the county and was elected to the Convention, and cast his vote for secession.
    • 1896, , "The Shadow of the Greenback" in Revenge!: [T]he loud-mouthed blowhard seemed just the man to flinch when real danger confronted him.
    • 1941, "POLITICAL NOTES: Republican Rift?," Time, 17 Nov.: Oh, this bellowing, blatant, bellicose, belligerent, bombastic blowhard . . . .
    • 2008, Jo-Ellan Dimitrius and Wendy Mazzarella, Reading People, ISBN 9780345504135, p. 137: In my profession, I have seen more than my share of blowhards who use volume to intimidate the weak, fool the feeble-minded, or control the insecure or lazy.
Synonyms: big mouth, blusterer, boaster, braggart, loudmouth, windbag
blowie etymology From blow + ie.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sex, slang) A blow job.
    • 2008, Shane Lindemoen, Empire Dirt, Fallen Publishing, page 91: "I said," my friend says on the phone, "I can call the cops and have you arrested or you can give me a blowie."
    • 2009, , Crystal, [http//|%22blowies%22+-intitle:%22blowie|blowies%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=qcP1TrnTIOeaiQfVspn6DQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22blowie%22|%22blowies%22%20-intitle%3A%22blowie|blowies%22&f=false page 312], ‘I didn′t mind being groped by him,’ Crystal replied. ‘He was cute. In fact I′m looking forward to later; don′t I have to pretend to give him a blowie?’
    • 2010, Zoe Foster, Playing the Field, Round 23: The Enchantress vs The Press, [http//|%22blowies%22+-intitle:%22blowie|blowies%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=5rr1TtHrBrCTiQfPlvmuAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22blowie%22|%22blowies%22%20-intitle%3A%22blowie|blowies%22&f=false unnumbered page], ‘A brothel. Anyway, they got kicked out ′cos one of them – not Josh – took photos on his mobile of some bird giving him a blowie, and she flipped out.’
  2. (Australia, slang) A blowfly, {{taxlink}}.
    • 1997, , Burning for Revenge, [http//|%22blowies%22+-intitle:%22blowie|blowies%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=-6L1ToKpCOqQiQeg_PHGBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22blowie%22|%22blowies%22%20-intitle%3A%22blowie|blowies%22&f=false page 22], I woke just in time to hear the first blowie of the day buzzing around. You know the night's over when you hear the first blowie.
    • 2007, Gayle Kennedy, Me, Antman & Fleabag, [http//|%22blowies%22+-intitle:%22blowie|blowies%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=-6L1ToKpCOqQiQeg_PHGBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22blowie%22|%22blowies%22%20-intitle%3A%22blowie|blowies%22&f=false page 80], The blowie was still hoverin around making random swoops on Boris who by now was well beyond caring.
    • 2010, Peter Conrad, The Monthly, April 2010, Issue 55, The Monthly Ptd Ltd, page 50: Mouths are clamped shut to keep out blowies, with a slit at the corner prised open in case speech - preferably laconic - is necessary; miseries are borne with a stoical shrug.
  3. (Australia, slang) The common toadfish, {{taxlink}}.
    • 1983, , Stories from Suburban Road, [http//|%22blowies%22+-intitle:%22blowie|blowies%22&dq=%22blowie%22|%22blowies%22+-intitle:%22blowie|blowies%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Cqr1TuaLDOOdiAeVrpy7AQ&redir_esc=y page 74], There was always a mob fishing from the jetty, although nobody ever caught much — just trumpeters and gobblies and blowies, and sometimes the pretty little yellow-tail with their golden scales and blue spots.
    • 2000, Wendy Jenkins, Gunna Burn, [http//|%22blowies%22+-intitle:%22blowie|blowies%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=MLL1Tq25JsajiQfqwbnCAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22blowie%22|%22blowies%22%20-intitle%3A%22blowie|blowies%22&f=false page 152], Nat was puffing and heaving like a blowie on a jetty.
    • 2007, , Ocean Road, [http//|%22blowies%22+-intitle:%22blowie|blowies%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=XbD1TvWxMsaWiQeE-aWcAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22blowie%22|%22blowies%22%20-intitle%3A%22blowie|blowies%22&f=false page 102], Cervantes was where I caught my first fish, a blowie, and copped my first bad sunburn — much to my father′s dismay, because my mother had stressed the importance of sun protection and how could he have gotten me so burnt?
blow in the bag etymology From the previous use of a plastic bag over the end of a breathalyser, to measure a specific amount of breath.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal, dated) to supply a specimen of breath for alcohol analysis.
blow it out one's ass
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (vulgar) Used to express anger or disrespect toward another party's statement.
    • 1998, , I Know This Much Is True, Cambridge University Press (1998), ISBN 0-06-039162-6, page 291: Then the one with the bangs handed the phone to the other one, who said something snotty to Leo. He told her she could blow it out her ass.
    • 2002 — , All Families Are Psychotic, Vintage Canada (2002), ISBN 0679311831, page 62: 'You little monsters! Who the hell do you think you are? I'm calling the police right now. You're all going to get a thorough licking on this one. Jail, too.' 'Blow it out your ass,' said Wade. Mrs. Breznek snorted in disgust.
blowjob {{wikipedia}} etymology From blow (originating among prostitutes from 1933) + job. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbləʊdʒɒb/
  • (US) /ˈbloʊdʒɑb/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sex, slang) An act of fellatio, involving oral sex on a man, or suck a penis or other phallic object (such as a dildo). Stimulation of a man's penis with a person's lips, tongue and/or mouth with the purpose of giving him sexual pleasure. It may or may not result in orgasm.
Synonyms: gobby (Australia, New Zealand, slang)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Something that is blown off
  2. The explosive separation of part of a rocket etc in order to prevent its destruction and allow for retrieval
  3. A blowing off of steam, water, etc.
  4. (colloquial) An outburst of temper or excitement.
{{Webster 1913}}
  • bowl-off
blow one's load
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar or slang) To ejaculate; to cum.
    • 2009, John Butler, Wanderlust, page 182 “I want your big cock up my ass so bad, I'm jacking off, and if I don't stop soon, I'm gonna blow my load."
Synonyms: see
blow one's nose
verb: {{head}}
  1. To expel mucus or other matter from one’s nasal passages, via one’s nostril, by force of lung power.
blow one's wad
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic) To spend all of one's money.
  2. (idiomatic) To expend all of one's resource or effort; to express all the arguments or ideas which one has.
  3. (idiomatic, vulgar) to ejaculate
    • 2009, J.M. Snyder, Mastering Stefan: There's a cock ring he keeps stretched around a hairbrush; he rolls it off and slides it down into place against the base of his shaft, to help him stay hard without blowing his wad.
Synonyms: (spend all one's money) shoot one's wad, (expend all one's resources) shoot one's bolt, shoot one's wad, (ejaculate) shoot one's wad, shoot one's load, see
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a sudden puncturing of a pneumatic tyre / tire
  2. a sudden release of oil and gas from a well
  3. a social function, especially one with large quantities of food
  4. (slang, sports) A sporting contest that is decidedly one-sided and whose outcome is no longer in doubt. Often occurs when one team is superior to the other. The game between the two teams was nothing but a blowout.
  5. (geology) A sandy depression in a sand dune ecosystem caused by the removal of sediments by wind.
  6. (AU) an extreme and unexpected increase in cost, such as in government estimate for a project.
  7. The clean of the flue of a boiler from scale, etc., by a blast of steam.
  • bowl out, bowl-out
blow out
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To extinguish something, especially a flame. He blew out the match.
  2. (intransitive) To deflate quickly on being puncture. The tire blew out on a corner.
  3. (sports, transitive) In a sporting contest, to dominate and defeat an opposing team, especially by a large scoring margin. The No. 1-rated football team proceeded to blow out its undermanned opponent.
  4. (transitive) to exhaust; to physically tire
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  5. To be driven out by the expansive force of a gas or vapour. A steam cock or valve sometimes blows out.
  6. (slang, vulgar, archaic) To talk violently or abusively.
related terms:
  • blowout
  • bowl out, bowl-out
blow smoke up someone's ass
verb: {{head}}
  1. (vulgar) alternative form of blow smoke
blow someone's brains out
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang) To shoot in the head.
    • 1724: A General History of the Pyrates, p. 319 ...for Moody, on this Occaſion, took a large Glaſs from him, and threatned to blow his Brains out, (a favourite Phraſe with theſe Pyrates) if he muttered at it.
    • 1763: John Shebbeare, Lydia, or Filial Piety: A Novel, vol. 3, p. 66 In Conſequence of this a profound Silence enſued, the Earl depending on his Skill in the Sword, longing to run the Baronet through the Body; and Sir Timothy, knowing himſelf a good Shot, to blow the Earl’s Brains out.
    • 1783: The Trial of Lieutenant Charles Bourne, Upon the Prosecution of Sir James Wallace, Knt. for an Assault, p. 54 Sir James Wallace pulls out a piſtol from his pocket and cocks it, and ſays, if you ſpeak to me I will blow your brains out immediately
    • 1883: , “One more step, Mr. Hands,” said I, “and I’ll blow your brains out!
    • 1988: , , p. 540 He’d probably blow his brains out a week after the fact, but that might be a little late for the rest of us.
    • 1994 Mike Werb, , Lt. Kellerway (played by ) Start dancing and I'll blow your brains out!
blow this popsicle stand
verb: {{head}}
  1. (US, idiomatic, humorous) To leave an establishment speedily. Well, we've been at this bar for two hours; let's blow this popsicle stand and go to the nightclub.
  • Chiefly used with let's: "let's blow this popsicle stand"
Synonyms: blow this pop stand
blow this pop stand
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) To exit or remove oneself from a less than exciting location or environment. I'm bored out of my mind, let's blow this pop stand.
  • Chiefly used with let's: "let's blow this pop stand".
Synonyms: blow this popsicle stand, blow this joint
blow up
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To explode or be destroyed by explosion. Why do cars in movies always blow up when they fall off a cliff?
  2. (transitive) To cause (something or someone) to explode, or to destroy (something) or maim or kill (someone) by means of an explosion. We had to blow up the bridge before the enemy army arrived. More civilians than soldiers have been blown up by anti-personnel mines.
  3. (transitive) To inflate or fill with air. Blow up the balloons.
  4. (transitive) To enlarge or zoom in. Blow up the picture to get a better look at their faces.
  5. (intransitive) To fail disastrously.
    • Critical injuries, page 118, Joan Barfoot, 2002, “So I wish you luck, but don't come crying to me when it blows up in your face.”
  6. (slang, intransitive) To become popular very quickly. This album is about to blow up; they’re being promoted on MTV.
  7. (slang) To suddenly get very angry. Dad blew up at me when I told him I was pregnant.
  8. (slang, intransitive) To relatively quickly become much more fat or rotund.
  9. (transitive, dated) To inflate, as with pride, self-conceit, etc.; to puff up. to blow someone up with flattery
    • Milton blown up with high conceits engendering pride
  10. (transitive, dated) To excite. to blow up a contention
  11. (transitive, dated) To scold violently. to blow up a person for some offence
    • George Eliot I have blown him up well — nobody can say I wink at what he does.
In senses 2, 3, and 4 the object may appear before or after the particle. If the object is a pronoun, then it must be before the particle.
  • upblow
blow upon
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To defame, discredit; make someone the subject of a scandal.
    • 1867, Dickens, Oliver Twist, 'I'm afraid,' said the Jew, 'that he may say something which will get us into trouble.' 'That's very likely,' returned Sikes with a malicious grin. 'You're blowed upon, Fagin.'
  2. (informal, dated) To inform against.
    • Charles Lamb How far the very custom of hearing anything spouted withers and blows upon a fine passage, may be seen in those speeches from [Shakespeare's] Henry V. which are current in the mouths of schoolboys.
    • Macaulay a lady's maid whose character had been blown upon
blubberfest etymology blubber + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An event characterized by weep.
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blubbo etymology blubber + -o
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) an overweight or obese person.
    • 1985, Dee Matthews, Allan Zullo, Bruce M. Nash, The you can do it! kids diet Bob, fifteen, lost 15 pounds and was 25 pounds from his goal: I've been called names like "fatso" and "blubbo" and that gets me real mad.
    • 1989, Marguerite Kelly, Katy Kelly, The mother's almanac II, Volume 2 You study it together once a week to help him see the pitfalls, but don't get mad when he succumbs to what our flock lovingly calls a "blubbo attack." It's bound to happen.
    • 1997, David Cody Weiss, Bobbi J. G. Weiss, Good switch, bad switch, page 109 "Watch it, blubbo!" shot Salem.
    • 2004, Fred Grandinetti, Popeye: an illustrated cultural history, page 308 POPEYE I'm rights behind ya, blubbo!
Synonyms: fatass, fatso, butterball, fatty, chunker, obeast, fatfuck
blud etymology Created in Multicultural London English, of Jamaican origin. Has since spread around England.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, MLE, slang) Informal address to a male.
bludge etymology Backformation from bludger.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) The act of bludging.
    • 2007, Anne Barry, Playing with Fire, [http//|%22bludges%22|%22bludging%22|%22bludged%22+-intitle:%22bludging%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=uzn4TrzwEI_FmQXw5NjTAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bludge%22|%22bludges%22|%22bludging%22|%22bludged%22%20-intitle%3A%22bludging%22&f=false page 136], A friend offered him a job working as a handyman in his carpet factory – a Mr Fix-it. Effectively off the bludge and back on track.
  2. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) Easy work.
    • 1997, Wendy Morgan, Critical Literacy in the Classroom: The Art of the Possible, [http//|%22bludges%22|%22bludging%22|%22bludged%22+-intitle:%22bludging%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ohz4Tr20NuGfmQXqzL3fBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bludge%22|%22bludges%22|%22bludging%22|%22bludged%22%20-intitle%3A%22bludging%22&f=false page 145], Oh, my name is Gecko and I just thought the whole unit was a bludge, sometimes it got really boring. But like I said I could just fall asleep and let my group members do all the work. And still almost pass.
    • 2011, Irini Savvides, Sky Legs, [http//|%22bludges%22|%22bludging%22|%22bludged%22+-intitle:%22bludging%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=NlX4TsTLKcb4mAXn7uClAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bludge%22|%22bludges%22|%22bludging%22|%22bludged%22%20-intitle%3A%22bludging%22&f=false unnumbered page], ‘Seriously, you′ve got sheep at school?’ I said. ‘Yeah, heaps of kids here do Ag. Reckon it′s a big bludge, like drama.’
Synonyms: (easy work) doddle
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Australia, obsolete, slang) To live off the earnings of a prostitute.
  2. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) To not earn one's keep, to live off someone else or off welfare when one could be working.
  3. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) To avoid one's responsibilities; to leave it to others to perform duties that one is expected to perform.
    • 1999, Tony Shillitoe, Joy Ride, [http//|%22bludges%22|%22bludging%22|%22bludged%22+-intitle:%22bludging%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=uzn4TrzwEI_FmQXw5NjTAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bludge%22|%22bludges%22|%22bludging%22|%22bludged%22%20-intitle%3A%22bludging%22&f=false page 64], The second last Thursday in first term of Year Nine, Jason and I bludged school for the first time together. It wasn't Jason's first time. He bludged school regularly, but I never used to miss days unless I was really sick.
    • 2002, , Anne Gray (editor), The Diaries of Donald Friend, Volume 1, [http//|%22bludges%22|%22bludging%22|%22bludged%22+-intitle:%22bludging%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=GSb4To3MOs2HmQXj3IC2Ag&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bludge%22|%22bludges%22|%22bludging%22|%22bludged%22%20-intitle%3A%22bludging%22&f=false page 343], One of the mess orderlies had consistently bludged on the rest of us all day.
  4. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) To do nothing, to be idle, especially when there is work to be done.
    • 1967, , Parliamentary Debates, [http//|%22bludges%22|%22bludging%22|%22bludged%22+-intitle:%22bludging%22&dq=%22bludge%22|%22bludges%22|%22bludging%22|%22bludged%22+-intitle:%22bludging%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=d174Tu2rFuHrmAWL_bGdBA&redir_esc=y page 3164], We had the member for Piako saying as recently as last year, when dealing with social security benefits and increases, “I feel myself that when we have able-bodied men and women who would bludge and draw the pension, there is something wrong.”
    • 1998, Marion Halligan, Rosanne Fitzgibbon, The gift of story: Three decades of UQP short stories, [http//|%22bludges%22|%22bludging%22|%22bludged%22+-intitle:%22bludging%22&dq=%22bludge%22|%22bludges%22|%22bludging%22|%22bludged%22+-intitle:%22bludging%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=9Vj4TuudEe_HmQWf3MC0Ag&redir_esc=y page 96], Now, you get back out there and you bludge! I don't want to see anyone working, OK? I don't want to see any pick-axes, any hammers, or nothing.
    • 2004, John Smyth, Robert Hattam, et al., ‘Dropping Out,’ Drifting Off, Being Excluded: Becoming Somebody Without School, [http//|%22bludges%22|%22bludging%22|%22bludged%22+-intitle:%22bludging%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=GSb4To3MOs2HmQXj3IC2Ag&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bludge%22|%22bludges%22|%22bludging%22|%22bludged%22%20-intitle%3A%22bludging%22&f=false page 53], I mean, school′s like a job. If you work for it you get your grades; if you work your hours you get your money. But if you bludge, you don't get money; if you bludge you don't get any grades. That's something that I didn't realize when I was young.
  5. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) To take some benefit and give nothing in return. Can I bludge a cigarette off you?
    • 1983, , The Unknown Great Australian and other psychobiographical portraits, [http//|%22bludges%22|%22bludging%22|%22bludged%22+-intitle:%22bludging%22&dq=%22bludge%22|%22bludges%22|%22bludging%22|%22bludged%22+-intitle:%22bludging%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ZXT4TtOBIaKhmQWL6KSIAg&redir_esc=y page 105], Gabriel was a classic bludger. He was a drop-out in the very modern sense of the word. The Rossettis were anything but well-heeled. Solid old brother William kept the show on the road. Gabriel bludged on the family. He bludged on his mates.
    • 2004, Gillian Cowlishaw, Blackfellas, Whitefellas, and the Hidden Injuries of Race, [http//|%22bludges%22|%22bludging%22|%22bludged%22+-intitle:%22bludging%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=GSb4To3MOs2HmQXj3IC2Ag&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bludge%22|%22bludges%22|%22bludging%22|%22bludged%22%20-intitle%3A%22bludging%22&f=false page 135], Now an adult with his own family, this man has become conscious of different norms among his children's white friends, and that whites often see sharing as bludging.
Synonyms: (live off someone else) freeload, sponge, (avoid one's responsibilities) shirk, (be idle, do nothing) idle, laze, lounge, (take without giving back) cadge, scrounge
related terms:
  • bludger
  • bugled
  • bulged
bludger etymology Corruption of bludgeoner. [ “bludger”], entry in Online Etymology Dictionary"bludger", entry in '''2009''', Susan Butler, ''The Dinkum Dictionary: The Origins of Australian Words'', [|%22bludgers%22+-intitle:%22bludger|bludgers%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=feL1To3rBc-4iAeOm6DWCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bludger%22|%22bludgers%22%20-intitle%3A%22bludger|bludgers%22&f=false page 31]—Originally the ‘bludger’ was the lowest of the low because he was a man who lived on the earnings of a prostitute. He protected these earnings by his use of a bludgeon—‘bludger’ is a shortened form of ‘bludgeoner’. Although ‘bludgeoner in this sense was known in the mid-1800s in British English, the specific meaning of pimp seems to have developed in Australian English and been current up to the 1950s.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang, obsolete) A pimp, a man living off the earnings of a harlot. '''1966''', Sidney J. Baker, ''The Australian Language'', second edition, chapter VI, section 3, page 129—''mentions an 1882 record of the "pimp" usage'' {{defdate}}
    • 1997, Barbara Ann Sullivan, The Politics of Sex: Prostitution and Pornography in Australia since 1945, [http//|%22bludgers%22+-intitle:%22bludger|bludgers%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=B-j1Tuv7CeSjiAfbsfSeAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bludger%22|%22bludgers%22%20-intitle%3A%22bludger|bludgers%22&f=false page 30], This was the bludger or, in American parlance, the pimp, a man who lived on the earnings of prostitution. He was often the husband or boyfriend of a prostitute and could be actively involved in protecting or touting for the prostitute. Parliamentarians described the bludger as ‘the most detestable wretch on the face of the earth’ and as a man ‘worthy of no respect whatsoever’ (NSWPD 31:1675).
  2. (Australia, NZ, slang, derogatory) A person who avoids working, or doing their share of work, a loafer, a hanger-on, one who does not pull their weight. {{defdate}}
    • 2005, , Parliamentary Debates: House of Representatives: Ofiicial Hansard, Volume 270, [http//|%22bludgers%22+-intitle:%22bludger|bludgers%22&dq=%22bludger%22|%22bludgers%22+-intitle:%22bludger|bludgers%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=KOv1TuquOu2NiAegzICgAQ&redir_esc=y page 84], If she is doing the work of two parents because her husband has died or left her or is violent and has driven her and the kids from home, then suddenly she is a bludger.
related terms:
  • bludge
  • burgled
blue {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: blew (obsolete), blewe (obsolete) etymology From Middle English blewe, partially from Old English *blǣw "blue"; found in derivative blǣwen; and partially from xno blew, blef, from Malayalam blāvus, blāvius, from Old frk *blaw, *blao; both from Proto-Germanic *blēwaz, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰlēw-. Cognate with English dialectal blow, Scots blue, blew, Northern Frisian bla, blö, Saterland Frisian blau, Dutch blauw, German blau, Swedish blå, Icelandic blár, Latin flāvus, Middle Irish blá, Lithuanian blãvas. Doublet of blae. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /bluː/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of the colour blue. examplethe deep blue sea
  2. (informal) Depressed, melancholic, sad.
    • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} “Heavens!” exclaimed Nina, “the blue-stocking and the fogy!—and yours are pale blue, Eileen!—you’re about as self-conscious as Drina—slumping there with your hair tumbling à la Mérode! Oh, it's very picturesque, of course, but a straight spine and good grooming is better.{{nb...}}
  3. Pale, without redness or glare; said of a flame. exampleThe candle burns blue.
  4. (entertainment, informal) Pornographic or profane. exampleThe air was blue with oaths.  a blue movie
  5. (politics) Supportive of, run by (a member of), pertaining to, or dominated by a political party represented by the colour blue.
    1. (politics, in particular, in the US) Supportive of, run by (a member of), pertaining to, or dominated by the Democratic Party. {{defdate}} exampleI live in a blue constituency.  Congress turned blue in the mid-term elections.
    2. (AU, politics) Supportive of or related to the Liberal Party. exampleIllawarra turns blue in Liberal washout
  6. (astronomy) Of the higher-frequency region of the part of the electromagnetic spectrum which is relevant in the specific observation.
  7. (of steak) Extra rare; left very raw and cold.
  8. (of a dog or cat) Possessing a coat of fur that is a shade of gray.
  9. (archaic) Severe or overly strict in morals; gloomy. exampleblue and sour religionists;  blue laws
  10. (archaic, of women) literary; bluestockinged.
    • William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) The ladies were very blue and well informed.
  11. (particle physics) Having a color charge of blue.
  • (having blue as its colour) nonblue, unblue
  • (having blue as its colour charge) antiblue
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The colour of the clear sky or the deep sea, between green and violet in the visible spectrum, and one of the primary additive colours for transmitted light; the colour obtained by subtracting red and green from white light using magenta and cyan filters; or any colour resembling this. {{color panel}}
  2. A blue dye or pigment.
  3. Any of several processes to protect metal against rust.
  4. Blue clothing The boys in blue marched to the pipers.
  5. (in the plural) A blue uniform. See blues.
  6. (slang) A member of law enforcement
  7. The sky, literally or figuratively. The ball came out of the blue and cracked his windshield. His request for leave came out of the blue.
  8. The ocean; deep waters.
  9. Anything blue, especially to distinguish it from similar objects differing only in color.
  10. (snooker) One of the colour balls used in snooker, with a value of 5 points.
  11. Any of the blue-winged butterflies of the subfamily {{taxlink}} in the family Lycaenidae.
  12. A bluefish.
  13. (Australia, colloquial) An argument.
    • 2008, Cheryl Jorgensen, The Taint, page 135, If they had a blue between themselves, they kept it there, it never flowed out onto the streets to innocent people — like a lot of things that have been happenin′ on the streets today.
    • 2009, John Gilfoyle, Remember Cannon Hill, page 102, On another occasion, there was a blue between Henry Daniels and Merv Wilson down at the pig sale. I don′t know what it was about, it only lasted a minute or so, but they shook hands when it was over and that was the end of it.
    • 2011, Julietta Jameson, Me, Myself and Lord Byron, unnumbered page, I was a bit disappointed. Was that it? No abuse like Lord Byron had endured? Not that I was wishing that upon myself. It was just that a blue between my parents, albeit a raging, foul, bile-spitting hate fest, was not exactly Charles Dickens.
  14. A liquid with an intense blue colour, added to a laundry wash to prevent yellowing of white clothes.
  15. (British) A type of firecracker.
  16. (archaic) A pedantic woman; a bluestocking.
  17. (particle physics) One of the three color charge for quark.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (ergative) To make or become blue.
  2. (transitive) (metallurgy) To treat the surface of steel so that it is passivate chemically and becomes more resistant to rust.
  3. (transitive, slang) To spend (money) extravagantly; to blow.
    • 1974, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York 2007, p. 311: They was willing to blue the lot and have nothing left when they got home except debts on the never-never.
  • lube
blue-ball etymology From blue balls.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, of a man) To leave sexually frustrated by denying or abruptly ending sexual contact.
    • 2009, Kate Brian, Paradise Lost, Simon & Schuster UK (2009), ISBN 9781847384836, unnumbered page: “Stop blue-balling the guy and give in already.”
    • 2010, Doctor Lover, Dr. Lover, Mr. Lies: Cheating 101, E. C. Publishing (2010), unnumbered page: I'm not even upset; I'm just tired of being blue-balled and tired of being rejected. It's just sad to see that I have to argue about having sex with my wife.
    • 2012, Zoe Fishman, Saving Ruth, William Morrow (2012), ISBN 9780062059857, unnumbered page: I thought it would be a good way to go out—to blue-ball him into submission and then leave, the way all of the cool girls did in the movies.
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blue balls
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang) A cramp-like ache in the testicle and prostate region caused by prolonged sexual arousal.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. Of a person or animal, having blue eyes.
  2. (idiomatic) Someone's favorite, as in blue-eyed boy
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  3. naive
  4. performed by white (Caucasian): blue-eyed jazz
  5. Caucasian: blue-eyed performer
coordinate terms:
  • brown-eyed
  • green-eyed
blue-eyed boy
noun: {{en-noun}} (British), (Australian)
  1. (idiomatic, informal, usually, derogatory) The favourite, especially a young one, of especially someone in power; a fair-haired boy (US), (Australian)
    • 1919, , A Damsel in Distress, ...this cove was so deucedly civil, and all that, that now she won't look at anybody else. He's the blue-eyed boy, and everybody else is an also-ran.
    • 2004, , The Golem's Eye, "Keep it up, Mandrake," he said. "Just keep it up. You may be the Prime Minister's blue-eyed boy now, but how long's that going to last if you don't deliver?"
Synonyms: fair-haired boy, teacher's pet, golden boy
Bluegrass State
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) The US state of Kentucky.
bluegrassy etymology bluegrass + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Resembling or characteristic of bluegrass music.
blue gum {{wikipedia}} {{wikispecies}} Alternative forms: bluegum
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of various eucalyptus trees having blueish leaves, especially {{taxlink}}. {{defdate}}
    • 2007, Craig Silvey, Jasper Jones, Allen & Unwin 2007, p. 95: I am hoping, maybe because I am roasting out here, that it is to accommodate some breed of shady tree. Like a bluegum or a paperbark.
  2. (slang, offensive) A person of sub-Saharan African origin, alluding to the blue coloring around their gumline

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