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bluehair etymology blue + hair, from the blue rinse formerly popular with older women.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) An elderly woman.
    • Lola Newmar, Devlin's Beast (page 33) He'd recently swiped the little orange bottle of OxyContin from the old hag he often watched on Tuesday nights when her cold, indifferent middle-aged daughter played bingo with the other bluehairs from the strip-mall salon she frequented.
blue heeler
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia) A blue-coated variety of the Australian Cattle Dog breed.
    • 2003, Larry McMurtry, Duane's Depressed, page 75, Shorty the Sixth, as he was sometimes called, had been a very winning puppy, and they had kept him at home until he began to exhibit the same tendencies that Duane's blue heelers always exhibited, that is, a tendency to herd children in the same way they would have herded cattle or sheep: they nipped their heels.
    • 2007, Graham Greenwood, A Truckie's Dream: The Allan Scott Story : His Official Biography, page 113, He always has his blue heeler dog in his office tucked away under his feet or near the door.
    • 2008, Elizabeth Bruce, A Show Off, Just Like Your Father, page 92, For some time, Dan and Pat had been at me to get a dog so we took a trip to the Yagoona RSPCA and came back with a blue heeler pup.
  2. (Australia, slang) A police officer; (in plural) the police.
    • 2008, Deborah N. David, The Janus Project, page 382, “Take a gander son, but be quick about it,” he said lighting a cigarette. “The blue heelers come by here and start snoopin about.”
Blue Hen State
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) The state of Delaware.
blueism etymology blue + ism
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, derogatory) The possession or affectation of learning in a woman.
  • sublime
Blue Max etymology Named after WW1 ace , the first German pilot to receive the award.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The military honour.
blue meanie etymology Introduced or popularised by the Beatles film Yellow Submarine (1968).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A police officer.
  2. (slang) Panaeolus cyanescens, a kind of magic mushroom.
bluenette etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A person with blue hair, especially a woman.
    • 2000, B. Werde, "The Love", CMJ New Music Monthly, November 2000: A girl with pale blue hair and a translucent dress wears see-through underwear (she's not a natural bluenette).
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bluenose etymology blue + nose
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A prude
  2. (slang) A person from Nova Scotia, Canada.
  3. (slang) A variety of potato from Nova Scotia, Canada.
  4. (slang) A follower of
  5. (slang) A follower of
bluenoser etymology See bluenose.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A person from Nova Scotia, Canada.
verb: {{head}}
  1. To edit, especially to censor, written documents.
  2. (politics, slang) To use a line-item veto
related terms:
  • red-pencil
blueprint {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: blue print, blue-print etymology blue + print pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈbluːˌpɹɪnt/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A type of paper-based reproduction process producing white-on-blue images, used primarily for technical and architecture's drawings, now largely replaced by other technologies.
  2. A print produced with this process.
  3. (architecture, engineering, by extension) A detailed technical drawing (now often in some electronically storable and transmissible form).
  4. (informal, by extension) Any detailed plan, whether literal or figurative.
Synonyms: (paper-based technical drawing) cyanotype, schematic, (detailed technical drawing) schematic, (informal) road map, schematic, plan, layout
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make a blueprint for. The architect blueprinted the renovation plan once the client had signed off.
  2. To make a detailed operational plan for. They blueprinted every aspect of the first phase of the operation.
blue-rinse brigade
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang, derogatory) Elderly women with traditional, conservative views.
blue ruin
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, now archaic) Low-end gin, usually home-made.
    • 1835, Edgar Allan Poe, ‘King Pest’: ‘tell us who the devil ye all are, and what business ye have here, rigged off like the foul fiends, and swilling the snug blue ruin stowed away for the winter by my honest shipmate, Will Wimble the undertaker!’
    • 1841, Thomas Noel, Rymes and roundelayes‎, p. 197: SIR DEATH is a grim old fellow ; Yet rather facetious at times, When "blue ruin" makes him mellow, And he chants his Stygian rhymes.
    • 1873, J. Fogerty, Lauterdale, p. 17: "Blue-ruin!" exclaimed Josiah, in amazement. "It's another name for cold gin," replied Constable Giblet...
    • 1996, A. J. Liebling et. al., A Neutral Corner: Boxing Essays‎, p. 35: The fighters joined their admirers in lushing Blue Ruin, which was just another name for Daffy, or gin, and Heavy Wet, which was ale.
    • 2005, Edith Layton, Gypsy Lover‎, p. 133: Jug bitten was all you were. You had enough blue ruin to make any man stagger.
  2. Complete and utter ruin, desolation.
    • 1934, Philip Gibbs, European journey‎, p. 116: "It's blue ruin." He laughed for the third time. I notice that people always laugh when they prophesy blue ruin.
    • 1921, Elbert E. Stevens, Labor digest‎, p. 21: For a nation to wait in a market of heavily reduced prices for the still lower prices of blue ruin, even if it could wait, would be economic suicide...
    • 1908, House of Commons of Canada, Debates: Official Report‎, p. 398: But, Sir, hon. members of the government, led by that old knight of blue ruin, have done something infinitely worse than cry blue ruin.
    • 1899, Senate of Canada, Debates of the Senate of the Dominion of Canada, p. 1161: I was amused at the hon. Minister of Justice telling the hon. leader of the opposition that he was preaching blue ruin now. A few years ago the hon. minister himself was preaching blue ruin. The people of this country should understand that when one party is in power it is all lovely with them, and the other party is preaching blue ruin. I know that the gentlemen forming the ministry, and their supporters, always preached blue ruin until they got into power...
Although "blue ruin" began as a generic nickname, several brands later adopted the name in different times and places.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) any of several sports teams whose uniform is predominantly blue.
blues {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /bluːz/
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noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. plural of blue The painting was vibrantly colored in reds and greens and blues.
  2. (informal) A feeling of sadness or depression.
    • 1883, , If we had been allowed to sit idle we should all have fallen into the blues...
  3. (singular or plural, informal) One's particular life experience, particularly including the hardships one has faced. Your blues is just like mine. Your blues are just like mine.
  4. A musical form, African-American in origin, generally featuring an eight-bar or twelve-bar structure and using the blues scale. Many great blues musicians came from the Mississippi Delta region. A large portion of modern popular music is influenced by the blues.
  5. (music, always singular) A musical composition following blues forms. My next number is a blues in G.
  6. A uniform made principally of a blue fabric. The marched in their dress blues.
  7. (sports) Any of a number of sports team which wear blue kit.
    1. (Australian rules football) .
    2. (rugby league) .
    3. (soccer, Birmingham) .
    4. (soccer, Liverpool) .
    5. (soccer, London) .
    6. (soccer, Manchester) .
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of blue
  • lubes
blues and twos
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (informal) The flashing blue lights and (originally) two-tone siren of a police vehicle.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (historical, 1930s) A member of an Irish fascist organization led by Eoin O'Duffy.
  2. (derogatory) A member of Ireland's Fine Gael political party, which O'Duffy's followers joined after their own organization was dissolved.
  3. (ice hockey) A member of the National Hockey League's New York Rangers, named for the blue sweaters they wear in away games.
  4. (historical) A member of the paramilitary wing of the Kuomintang during Chiang Kai-shek's rule of the Republic of China.
  • thuribles
bluestockingism etymology bluestocking + ism
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) The character or manner of a bluestocking; female pedantry.
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (music, informal) Characteristic of the blues
Bluey etymology From blue + y.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang) A nickname commonly given to a red-headed person.
    • 1999, , The Twelfth of Never, page 228, He was a freckled red-haired boy called Bluey.
    • 2009, Duke Boyd, Jeff Divine, Steve Pezman, Legends of Surfing: The Greatest Surfriders from Duke Kahanamoku to Kelly Slater, page 24, Bluey, who of course was a redhead, started out surfing on his mom's ironing board when he was a grommet of six years of age.
    • 2010, Jeff McMullen, A Life of Extremes, unnumbered page, A smile spread slowly across Bluey′s red-whiskered face as the boy went to find his hoe, the one Dad had given him to start a garden in the bush.
bluey etymology From blue + y. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbluː.i/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having a colour similar to blue.
Synonyms: blueish
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Lead.
  2. (Australian slang) A bushman's blanket.
    • Henry Lawson Then we had to wring our blueys which were rotting in the swags, /And we saw the sugar leaking through the bottoms of the bags …
  3. (Australian slang) A collection of clothes and other belongings rolled up into a bundle for carrying; a swag.
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber and Faber 2003, p. 318: ‘Doc’ … shouldered his bluey and whistled up his lame fox-terrier before formally wishing them all well.
  4. (Australian slang) A blue cattle dog, especially a blue heeler.
  5. (Australian slang) A blue singlet, especially one from the Bonds clothing label.
  6. (AU) A bluebottle
bluish Alternative forms: blueish etymology From blue + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having a tint or hue similar to the colour blue.
  2. (figuratively) Somewhat depressed; sad.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The act of performing fellatio while the recipient is defecating in a toilet.
    • 2001, (Federal Communications Commission hearing transcripts 04-49), I said to Mark Wahlberg yesterday, had he ever gotten a blumpkin from a girl.
blunder {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English blonder, blundur, from Old Norse blunda. Cognates include Swedish dialectal blundra, Danish blunde. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈblʌn.də(ɹ)/
  • (US) /ˈblʌn.dɚ/
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  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A clumsy or embarrassing mistake.
Synonyms: (error) blooper, boo-boo, error, faux pas, fluff, flub, fumble, gaffe, goof, lapse, mistake, slip, stumble, thinko
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To make a clumsy or stupid mistake. to blunder in preparing a medical prescription
  2. (intransitive) To move blindly or clumsily.
    • Goldsmith I was never distinguished for address, and have often even blundered in making my bow.
    • Dryden blunders on, and staggers every pace
  3. (transitive) To cause to make a mistake.
    • Ditton To blunder an adversary.
  4. (transitive) To do or treat in a blundering manner; to confuse.
    • Stillingfleet He blunders and confounds all these together.
  • bundler
blunk etymology Ablaut of blink pronunciation
  • /blʌŋk/
verb: {{head}}
  1. (dialect, colloquial, informal) en-simple past of blink
    • 2001, Turanga Leela, Futurama episode "The Cyber House Rules" I did it! I blunk!
related terms:
  • blench
  • blink
blunt {{wikipedia}} etymology Possibly from Old Norse blundra. pronunciation
  • (UK) /blʌnt/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having a thick edge or point, as an instrument; not sharp.
  2. Dull in understanding; slow of discernment; opposed to acute.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) His wits are not so blunt.
  3. Abrupt in address; plain; unceremonious; wanting the forms of civility; rough in manners or speech. the blunt admission that he had never liked my company
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) a plain, blunt man
  4. Hard to impress or penetrate.
    • Alexander Pope (1688-1744) I find my heart hardened and blunt to new impressions.
  5. Slow or deficient in feeling: insensitive.
Synonyms: (having a thick edge or point) dull, pointless, coarse, (dull in understanding) stupid, obtuse, (abrupt in address) curt, short, rude, brusque, impolite, uncivil, harsh
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A fencer's practice foil with a soft tip.
  2. A short needle with a strong point.
  3. (smoking) A marijuana cigar.
    • 2005: to make his point, lead rapper B-Real fired up a blunt in front of the cameras and several hundred thousand people and announced, “I'm taking a hit for every one of y'all!” — Martin Torgoff, Can't Find My Way Home (Simon & Schuster 2005, p. 461)
  4. (UK, slang, archaic, uncountable) money
    • Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers Down he goes to the Commons, to see the lawyer and draw the blunt
  5. A playboating move resembling a cartwheel performed on a wave.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To dull the edge or point of, by making it thicker; to make blunt.
  2. (figuratively) To repress or weaken, as any appetite, desire, or power of the mind; to impair the force, keenness, or susceptibility, of; as, to blunt the feelings.
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Blu-ray Alternative forms: BluRay etymology blue + ray, coming from the blue laser ray having a shorter wavelength and making a higher data density possible.{{cite web | url = | title = Blu-ray Disc | date = 2013-06-08 | format = HTML | publisher = Wikipedia | archiveurl = | archivedate = 2013-06-08 | accessdate = 2013-06-09 }} pronunciation
  • [ˈbluːˌɹeɪ]
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The Blu-ray Disc format. I've bought some of my old favourites on Blu-ray.
    • 2008, Debra Littlejohn Shinder, Michael Cross, Scene of the Cybercrime In 2007, Pioneer announced the release of a Blu-ray drive that can record data to Blu-ray discs, as well as DVDs and CDs.
  2. (informal) A Blu-ray Disc.
  • buryal
BMW {{wikipedia}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (German) Bayerische Motoren-Werke (Bavarian Motor Works), a manufacturer of motor vehicle.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A motor car manufactured by this company
Synonyms: (slang) beamer, beemer, bimmer
etymology 1 Imitative. Alternative forms: boh, boo
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. An exclamation used to startle or frighten.
    • {{RQ:Flr Mntgn Essays}}, II.37: exampleWe may fairely cry bo-bo-boe; it may well make us hoarse, but it will nothing advaunce it.
etymology 2 Probably a shortening of boy.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) Fellow, chap, boy.
    • 1940, Raymond Chandler, Farewell, My Lovely, Penguin 2010, p. 255: example‘Never heard of him,’ he smiled. ‘On your way, bo.’
etymology 3 {{wikipedia}} From Japanese 〈bàng〉, from ltc 〈bàng〉 (compare modern Chinese 〈bàng〉).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (martial arts) A quarterstaff, especially in an oriental context.
  • ob, Ob, OB
board pronunciation
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  • /bɔː(r)d/
  • {{rhymes}}
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etymology 1 From Middle English bord, Old English bord, from Proto-Germanic *burdą, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrdʰ, from *bʰerdʰ. {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A relatively long, wide and thin piece of any material, usually wood or similar, often for use in construction or furniture-making.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 2 , “Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke. He was dressed out in broad gaiters and bright tweeds, like an English tourist, and his face might have belonged to Dagon, idol of the Philistines.”
  2. A device (e.g., switchboard) containing electrical switch and other control and designed to control light, sound, telephone connection, etc.
  3. A flat surface with markings for playing a board game. Each player starts the game with four counters on the board.
  4. Short for blackboard, whiteboard, chessboard, surfboard, message board (on the Internet), etc.
  5. A committee that manage the business of an organization, e.g., a board of directors. exampleWe have to wait to hear back from the board.
  6. (uncountable) Regular meal or the amount paid for them in a place of lodging. exampleRoom and board
  7. (nautical) The side of a ship.
    • Dryden Now board to board the rival vessels row.
  8. (nautical) The distance a sailing vessel runs between tack when working to windward.
  9. (ice hockey) The wall that surrounds an ice hockey rink, often in plural.
  10. (archaic) A long, narrow table, like that used in a medieval dining hall.
    • Milton Fruit of all kinds … / She gathers, tribute large, and on the board / Heaps with unsparing hand.
  11. Paper made thick and stiff like a board, for book covers, etc.; pasteboard. to bind a book in boards
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To step or climb onto or otherwise enter a ship, aircraft, train or other conveyance. It is time to board the aircraft.
    • Totten You board an enemy to capture her, and a stranger to receive news or make a communication.
  2. (transitive) To provide someone with meals and lodging, usually in exchange for money. to board one's horse at a livery stable
  3. (transitive) To receive meals and lodging in exchange for money.
    • Spectator We … board in the same house.
  4. (transitive, nautical) To capture an enemy ship by going alongside and grappling her, then invading her with a boarding party
  5. (intransitive) To obtain meals, or meals and lodging, statedly for compensation
  6. (transitive, now rare) To approach (someone); to make advances to, accost.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.iv: Ere long with like againe he boorded mee, / Saying, he now had boulted all the floure …
  7. To cover with boards or boarding. to board a house
    • Cowper the boarded hovel
  8. To hit (someone) with a wooden board.
etymology 2 From backboard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (basketball, informal) A rebound.
  • {{rank}}
  • abord
  • broad, B road
  • dobra, Dobra
boardie pronunciation {{homophones}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) surfer
related terms:
  • boardies
etymology 1 See board.
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of board
  2. (informal, plurale tantum, with "the") A stage (as in a theater).
  3. Structure around a rink for ice hockey.
  4. (publishing, informal) A hardcover binding on a book. His new novel just came out in boards. The paperback will follow in about a year.
etymology 2 From tests
noun: {{head}}
  1. Examinations given for entry to college or to qualify for a profession.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of board
  • abords
  • adsorb
  • broads, B roads
  • dobras
boast pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English boosten, bosten, from bost, probably of gmq origin, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *bausuz, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰew-, *bew-. Cognate with Scots bost, boist, xno bost "ostentation"; < Germanic. Related to Norwegian baus, German dialectal baustern, German böse, Dutch boos, West Frisian boas. Compare also Norwegian dialectal bausta, busta.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A brag, a loud positive appraisal of oneself.
  2. (squash) A shot where the ball is drive off a side wall and then strikes the front wall.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To brag; to talk loudly in praise of oneself.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. . On no account will he or any other kind be able to boast that he's escaped the pursuit of those who can follow so detailed and comprehensive a method of enquiry.
  2. (transitive) To speak of with pride, vanity, or exultation, with a view to self-commendation; to extol.
    • John Milton Lest bad men should boast / Their specious deeds.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  3. (obsolete) To speak in exulting language of another; to glory; to exult.
    • Bible, Psalms xiiv. 8 In God we boast all the day long.
  4. (squash) To play a .
  5. (ergative) To possess something special. exampleThe hotel boasts one of the best views of the sea. exampleHis family boasted a famous name.
Synonyms: brag
etymology 2
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (masonry) To dress, as a stone, with a broad chisel. {{rfquotek}}
  2. (sculpting) To shape roughly as a preparation for the finer work to follow; to cut to the general form required.
  • boats
  • sabot
boat {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English boot, bot, boet, boyt, from Old English bāt, from Proto-Germanic *baitaz, *baitą, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeyd-. Cognate with Old Norse beit. Old Norse bátr (whence Icelandic bátur, Norwegian båt), Dutch boot, German Boot, Occitan batèl and French bateau are all ultimately borrowings from the Old English word. pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /bəʊt/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • (GenAm) {{enPR}}, /boʊt/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A craft used for transportation of goods, fishing, racing, recreational cruising, or military use on or in the water, propelled by oar or outboard motor or inboard motor or by wind.
    • {{RQ:EHough PrqsPrc}} Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers,{{nb...}}. Even such a boat as the Mount Vernon offered a total deck space so cramped as to leave secrecy or privacy well out of the question, even had the motley and democratic assemblage of passengers been disposed to accord either.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 8 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Philander went into the next room…and came back with a salt mackerel…. Next he put the mackerel in a fry-pan, and the shanty began to smell like a Banks boat just in from a v'yage.”
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  2. (poker slang) A full house.
  3. A vehicle, utensil, or dish somewhat resembling a boat in shape. examplea stone boat;  a gravy boat
  4. (chemistry) One of two possible conformation of cyclohexane rings (the other being chair), shaped roughly like a boat.
  5. (AU, politics, informal) The refugee boats arriving in Australian waters, and by extension, refugees generally.
There is no explicit limit, but the word boat usually refers to a relatively small watercraft, smaller than a ship but larger than a dinghy. It is also the normal designation for a submarine. Synonyms: (craft on or in water) craft, ship, vessel
hyponyms: {{rel-top}}
  • (A craft on or in water) ark, bangca, barge, canoe, catamaran, caravel, carrack, coracle, cruiser, cutter, dhow, dinghy, dory, dragon boat, Dutch barge, East Indiaman, felucca, ferry, ferryboat, fishing boat, flatboat, folding boat, galley, galleon, gig, go-fast boat, gondola, guardboat, gunboat, houseboat, hovercraft, hydrofoil, hydroplane, iceboat, inflatable boat, inflatable raft, jetboat, jetski, junk, caik/kaiki/kayık, kayak, keelboat, ketch, lifeboat, log boat, longboat, luxemotor, mackinaw boat, mailboat, motorboat, motorsailer, narrowboat, Norfolk wherry, outrigger canoe, paddleboat, peniche, pinnace, policeboat, powerboat, raft, rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RIB), riverboat, rowboat, sailboat, schooner, scow, seaboat, sealship, Seiner, ship of the line, skiff, sloop, steamboat, submarine, surfboat, swan boat, tender, tjalk, trawler, trireme, trimaran, troller, tug, tugboat, U-boat, wangkang, water taxi, whaleboat, yacht, yawl
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To travel by boat.
  2. (transitive) To transport in a boat. to boat goods
  3. (transitive) To place in a boat. to boat oars
  • {{rank}}
  • Tabo
boatie etymology boat + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish, or endearing) A boat.
  2. A boater someone who travels by boat
boatload etymology From boat + load. Notionally, because the commodity in question might have constituted the entire load of a cargo ship or boat.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A large quantity. He showed up an hour later with a whole boatload of hamburgers, chips, cookies, and assorted other munchies, not to mention sodas and beer, and we all fell in and stuffed ourselves silly.
    • 2006, Rob Pegoraro, "Waiting for the Winner of a High-Definition High Noon", The Washington Post, December 10 What's a fair price to pay for video perfection, or even something that looks a lot like it? In the case of high-definition movie discs, the answer may not just be "a boatload of money," but having to keep two incompatible players under the TV set.
related terms:
  • containerload
boaty etymology boat + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Relating to boat.
    • 1950, Motor Boating (volume 86, number 6, December 1950, page 20) We compromised by calling it a geyesmeyer, a word coined by a boaty friend of ours, and used quite profusely by him to describe anything from a bilge-pump to a rhinoceros.
    • 2006, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, The Ice Cave Passengers, they meant, not hands. But I found the mistake charming in a boaty kind of way. They were the real thing, these sailors, with salty New England accents and what might have been called coarse manners in a nineteenth-century novel.
BOB {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 Acronym of , fortuitously spelling out the male given name Bob in the case of the humorous colloquial definition.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) Vibrator (device designed to stimulate a woman's genitals).
etymology 1 Acronym of .
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (philately) Back-of-the-book; denoting those stamp in a catalogue that are not used for the payment of regular postage fee, and are displayed separately in the catalogue after that listing; the division between these two groups varies with the publisher.
  • obb
bob {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /bɒb/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /bɑb/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English bobben, of uncertain origin. Compare Scots bob, Icelandic boppa, Swedish bobba.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To move gently and vertically, in either a single motion or repeatedly up and down, at or near the surface of a body of water, or similar medium. The cork bobbed gently in the calm water. The ball, which we had thought lost, suddenly bobbed up out of the water. The flowers were bobbing in the wind.
  2. (transitive) To move (something) as though it were bobbing in water. I bobbed my head under water and saw the goldfish. bob one's head (= to nod)
  3. To curtsy.
  4. To strike with a quick, light blow; to tap.
    • Elyot He was suddenly bobbed on the face by the servants.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A bobbing motion. a bob of the head
  2. A bobber.
    • Lauson Or yellow bobs turn'd up before the plough / Are chiefest baits, with cork and lead enough.
  3. A curtsy.
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A bob haircut.
  2. Any round object attached loosely to a flexible line, a rod, a body part etc., so that it may swing when hanging from it
    • 1773, , Ecod! I have got them. Here they are. My cousin Con's necklaces, bobs and all.
  3. The dangling mass of a pendulum or plumb line.
  4. The docked tail of a horse.
  5. A short line ending a stanza of a poem.
  6. The short runner of a sled.
  7. A small wheel, made of leather, with rounded edges, used in polishing spoons, etc.
  8. A working beam in a steam engine.
  9. A particular style of ringing changes on bells.
  10. A blow; a shake or jog; a rap, as with the fist.
  11. (obsolete) A knot or short curl of hair; also, a bob wig.
    • Shenstone A plain brown bob he wore.
  12. (obsolete) The refrain of a song.
    • L'Estrange To bed, to bed, will be the bob of the song.
  13. (obsolete) A jeer; a sharp jest or taunt.
    • Shakespeare He that a fool doth very wisely hit, / Doth very foolishly, although he smart, / Not to seem senseless of the bob.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To cut (hair) into a bob haircut. I got my hair bobbed. How do you like it?
  2. (transitive) To shorten by cutting; to dock; to crop
  3. Short form of bobsleigh
etymology 3
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK & Australia, historical, dated slang) A shilling.
    • {{RQ:Joyce Ulysses}}, Episode 12, The Cyclops One of the bottlenosed fraternity it was went by the name of James Wought alias Saphiro alias Spark and Spiro, put an ad in the papers saying he'd give a passage to Canada for twenty bob.
    1933, George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London, xxix ‘’Ere y’, the best rig-out you ever ’ad. A tosheroon [half a crown] for the coat, two ’og for the trousers, one and a tanner for the boots, and a ’og for the cap and scarf. That’s seven bob.’
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XVII … there was a sound of barking and a great hefty dog of the Hound of the Baskervilles type came galloping at me, obviously intent on mayhem, [... and] I was just commending my soul to God and thinking that this was where my new flannel trousers got about thirty bobs' worth of value bitten out of them …
  2. (Australia, dated slang) A 10-cent coin.
  3. (slang) An unspecified amount of money.
    • Spot me a few bob, Robert.
  • The use of bob for shilling is dated slang in the UK and Australia, since decimalisation. In East African countries where the currency is the shilling, it is current usage, and not considered slang. OED gives first usage as 1789.
  • The use of bob to describe a 10-cent coin is derived from the fact that it was of equal worth to a shilling during decimalisation, however since then, the term has slowly dropped out of usage and is seldom used today.
etymology 4
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. abbreviation of shishkabob
etymology 5 blitter object
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computer graphics, demoscene) A graphical element, resembling a hardware sprite, that can be blit around the screen in large numbers.
    • 1986, Eugene P Mortimore, Amiga programmer's handbook, Volumes 1-2 The bob list determines the drawing priority...
    • 1995, "John Girvin", Blitting bobs (on Internet newsgroup comp.sys.amiga.programmer) IMHO, youd {{SIC}} be better doing other things with the CPU and letting the blitter draw bobs, esp on a machine with fast ram.
    • 2002, "demoeffects", Demotized 0.0.1 - A collection of demo effects from the early days of the demo scene. (on Internet newsgroup fm.announce) Changes: This release adds 2 new effects (bobs and unlimited bobs), has a GFX directory for sharing graphics, adds utility functions to the common code...
  • obb
bobar Alternative forms: bobbar
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, Northern England, slang) Excrement.
  2. (vulgar, Northern England, slang) Something that is rubbish, useless, nonsense.
  3. (vulgar, Northern England, slang) Something of poor quality.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Northern England, slang) To defecate.
Used in the North of England, especially in Sheffield and Barnsley.
bobbar Alternative forms: bobar
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, Northern England, slang) Excrement.
  2. (vulgar, Northern England, slang) Something that is rubbish, useless, nonsense.
  3. (vulgar, Northern England, slang) Something of poor quality.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Northern England, slang) To defecate.
Used in the North of England, especially in Sheffield and Barnsley.
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of bobbin
  2. (Lancashire, slang) crap, rubbish, worthless
bobbish etymology bob + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, slang, dated) hearty; in good spirits {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}}
bobbitt etymology From the surname of , whose wife cut off his penis during his sleep.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal, transitive) To cut off the penis of (a man). Watch out: she might bobbitt you as you sleep.
bobble pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A furry ball attached on top of a hat.
  2. (British) Elasticated band used for securing hair (for instance in a ponytail), a hair tie
  3. (informal) A pill (ball formed on surface of fabric, as on laundered clothes).
  4. (knitting) A localized set of stitch forming a raised bump.
    • 2008, Claire Compton, ‎Sue Whiting, The Knitting and Crochet Bible (page 45) From the top the sample shows four stitch popcorns, five stitch bobbles, two rows of bells and a central leaf with leaves sloping to the left and right each side.
  5. A wobbling motion.
    • 2013, Elizabeth Chatterjee, Delhi: Mostly Harmless: One woman’s vision of the city My favourite dubious history of the head bobble was put forward by an Indian management consultant …
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To bob up and down.
  2. (US) To make a mistake in.
  3. to roll slowly
    • November 17 2012, BBC Sport: Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham A neat interchange between Mikel Arteta and Wilshere set up Podolski and his finish bobbled into the net via Gallas.
bobby etymology From the given name of , who establish London's police force.{{reference-book | title = The Insomniac's Dictionary | edition = | last = Hellweg | first = Paul | coauthors = | year = 1986 | publisher = Facts On File Publications | id = 0-8160-1364-0 | pages = 108}} pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) A police officer.
  2. (British, slang) A railway signaller.
Synonyms: See also
bobby-dazzler etymology Unknown. Originated in 19th century Lancashire.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, chiefly, British and Australian) An attractive person.
    • 1913, , , Suddenly she appeared in the inner doorway rather shyly. She had got a new cotton blouse on. Paul jumped up and went forward. "Oh, my stars!" he exclaimed. "What a bobby-dazzler!" She sniffed in a little haughty way, and put her head up. "It's not a bobby-dazzler at all!" she replied. "It's very quiet."
Alternative forms: Bobby-dazzler, Bobby Dazzler, Bobby dazzler
BOBFOC etymology Short for "body off Baywatch, face off Crimewatch".
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, informal, humorous, pejorative) A person with an attractive body but ugly face.
    • 2009, Kate Copstick, Jamie Maclean, Sex and the Recession (page 31) Female Threes can be less than a Two and more than a Four for a variety of reasons: many MILFs* and GILFs* are Threes, as are BOBFOCs* and their opposite, FFTBBBs*.
    • 2010, Tana French, Faithful Place She had never been a stunner, but she had had height and good legs and a good walk, and those three can take you a long way. These days she was what the boys on the squad call a BOBFOC: body off Baywatch, face off Crimewatch.
    • 2011, Anita Notaro, Take A Look At Me Now (page 47) 'So she was a BOBFOC?' 'A what?'
Synonyms: butterface
  • butterbody
Boche etymology from French
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, slang, ethnic slur) A German.
Synonyms: Fritz, jerry, Kraut, Hun
Bod etymology Shortening.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (UK, slang, Oxford University) The Bodleian Library.
bod etymology {{clipping}}. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /bɑd/
  • (RP) /bɒd/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The body. exampleFred likes to keep his bod in shape.
  2. (slang) A person. exampleGeorge was a bit of an odd bod.
    • 2005, Richard Templar, The Rules of Management (page 73) exampleThere were cameras covering car parks, offices, corridors and storage areas in the basement. Result. The security bods started watching as if their lives depended on it.
  • dob, DOB
bodega etymology Borrowing from Spanish, from Latin apotheca, from Ancient Greek ἀποθήκη 〈apothḗkē〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A storehouse for maturing wine, a winery.
  2. A store specializing in Hispanic groceries.
  3. (slang, New York City) Any convenience store.
etymology 1 From Middle English bocchen, of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Middle Dutch botsen, butsen, boetsen (Modern Dutch: botsen), related to Old High German bōzan, See beat; or perhaps from Old English bōtettan, Old English bōtian. More at boot.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (British) To do a clumsy or inelegant job, usually as a temporary repair; patch up; repair, mend
    • All the actions of his life are like so many things bodged in without any natural cadence or connexion at all. — (A book of characters, selected from the writings of Overbury, Earle, and Butler, Thomas Overbury and John Earle, 1865)
    • Some cars were neglected, others bodged to keep them running with inevitable consequences — (Original Porsche 356: The Restorer's Guide, Laurence Meredith, 2003)
    • Do not be satisfied with a bodged job, set yourself professional goals and standards — (The Restauration Handbook, Enric Roselló, 2007)
  2. To work green wood using traditional country methods; to perform the craft of a bodger.
    • 1978, John Geraint Jenkins, Traditional Country Craftsmen, page 16, ISBN 0710087268. His father, grandfather and countless generations before him had obtained a living from chair bodging in the solitude of the beech glades.
    • 1989, John Birchard, "The artful bodger", American Woodworker, page 41, May-June. "Bodging is more a curiosity than a valid craft these days," says Don. "But experience in low-tech woodworking is also a good way for the beginner to start getting a feel for turning without having to make a huge investment in a modern lathe."
    • 2000, Beth Robinson Bosk, The New Settler Interviews: Boogie at the Brink, ISBN 189013239X. Which is no different than my chair bodging, in that I can go out into the woodland and do my work without having to be tied in to a village shop situation.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A clumsy or inelegant job, usually a temporary repair; a patch, a repair
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related terms:
  • bodger
  • botch
etymology 2 Unknown
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (historical) The water in which a smith would quench items heated in a forge.
  2. (South East England) A four wheeled handcart used for transporting goods. Also a home made go-cart.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, Northern Ireland) insane or off the rails
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) A member of a 1950s rock subculture; a male member of the subculture.
    • 1993, Lesley Johnson, The Modern Girl: Girlhood and Growing Up, [http//|bodgies%22+-intitle:%22koomkie%22&dq=%22bodgie|bodgies%22+-intitle:%22koomkie%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2xP7TtW6NOL0mAXOkdCWAg&redir_esc=y page 100], Unlike McDonald, Manning noted with dismay that traditional relations between the sexes were broken down in bodgie groups. Bodgies, he argued, were disturbed youth, hooligans, maladjusted.
    • 2001, Roy Shuker, Understanding Popular Music, [http//|bodgies%22+-intitle:%22koomkie%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=8hH7TuWLE6XimAW-zp2_Ag&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bodgie|bodgies%22%20-intitle%3A%22koomkie%22&f=false page 223], The New Zealand public and press largely shared his view of bodgies as juvenile delinquents who posed a social threat. The bodgie soon became a national bogey man, with alarmist newspaper reports about bodgie behaviour.
    • 2010, William Stokes, Westbrook, [http//|bodgies%22+-intitle:%22koomkie%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2xP7TtW6NOL0mAXOkdCWAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bodgie|bodgies%22%20-intitle%3A%22koomkie%22&f=false page 183], In Toowoomba, Magistrate Kearney was up in arms over the bodgies and widgies in town – those dressed-up teenagers with their spruced hair and polka-dot dresses who loitered around the city streets. They were seen as a threat to society.
coordinate terms:
  • widgie (female)
Synonyms: (member of 50s rock subculture) greaser (US), rocker (British)
body {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English body, bodiȝ, from Old English bodiġ, bodeġ, from Proto-Germanic *budagą, *budagaz, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰewdʰ-. Cognate with German Bottech, Bavarian Bottich and swg Bottich. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈbɒdi/
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  • (GenAm) /ˈbɑdi/, [ˈbɑɾi]
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noun: {{picdic}} {{en-noun}}
  1. Physical frame.
    1. The physical structure of a human or animal seen as one single organism. {{defdate}} I saw them walking from a distance, their bodies strangely angular in the dawn light.
    2. The fleshly or corporeal nature of a human, as opposed to the spirit or soul. {{defdate}} The body is driven by desires, but the soul is at peace.
    3. A corpse. {{defdate}} Her body was found at four o'clock, just two hours after the murder.
    4. (archaic or informal except in compounds) A person. {{defdate}}
      • 1749, Henry Fielding, , Folio Society 1973, p. 463: Indeed, if it belonged to a poor body, it would be another thing; but so great a lady, to be sure, can never want it [...]
      • 1876, Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Chapter 28: Sometime I've set right down and eat WITH him. But you needn't tell that. A body's got to do things when he's awful hungry he wouldn't want to do as a steady thing.
      • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 5 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , ““Well,” I says, “I cal'late a body could get used to Tophet if he stayed there long enough.” ¶ She flared up; the least mite of a slam at Doctor Wool was enough to set her going.”
      What's a body gotta do to get a drink around here?
  2. Main section.
    1. The torso, the main structure of a human or animal frame excluding the extremities (limbs, head, tail). {{defdate}} The boxer took a blow to the body.
    2. The largest or most important part of anything, as distinct from its appendage or accessories. {{defdate}} The bumpers and front tyres were ruined, but the body of the car was in remarkable shape.
    3. (archaic) The section of a dress extending from the neck to the waist, excluding the arms. {{defdate}} Penny was in the scullery, pressing the body of her new dress.
    4. The content of a letter, message, or other printed or electronic document, as distinct from signatures, salutations, headers, and so on. {{defdate}}
    5. A bodysuit. {{defdate}}
    6. (programming) The code of a subroutine, contrasted to its signature and parameter. {{defdate}} In many programming languages, the method body is enclosed in braces.
  3. Coherent group.
    1. A group of people having a common purpose or opinion; a mass. {{defdate}} I was escorted from the building by a body of armed security guards.
    2. An organisation, company or other authoritative group. {{defdate}} The local train operating company is the managing body for this section of track.
    3. A unified collection of detail, knowledge or information. {{defdate}} We have now amassed a body of evidence which points to one conclusion.
  4. Material entity.
    1. Any physical object or material thing. {{defdate}} All bodies are held together by internal forces.
    2. (uncountable) Substance; physical presence. {{defdate}}
      • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room Chapter 1 The voice had an extraordinary sadness. Pure from all body, pure from all passion, going out into the world, solitary, unanswered, breaking against rocks—so it sounded.
      We have given body to what was just a vague idea.
    3. (uncountable) Comparative viscosity, solidity or substance (in wine, colours etc.). {{defdate}} The red wine, sadly, lacked body.
    4. An agglomeration of some substance, especially one that would be otherwise uncountable.
      • 1806 June 26, Thomas Paine, "The cause of Yellow Fever and the means of preventing it, in places not yet infected with it, addressed to the Board of Health in America", The political and miscellaneous works of Thomas Paine, page 179: In a gentle breeze, the whole body of air, as far as the breeze extends, moves at the rate of seven or eight miles an hour; in a high wind, at the rate of seventy, eighty, or an hundred miles an hour [...]
      • 2012 March 19, Helge Løseth, Nuno Rodrigues and Peter R. Cobbold, "World's largest extrusive body of sand?", Geology, volume 40, issue 5 Using three-dimensional seismic and well data from the northern North Sea, we describe a large (10 km3) body of sand and interpret it as extrusive.
      The English Channel is a body of water lying between Great Britain and France.
  5. (printing) The shank of a type, or the depth of the shank (by which the size is indicated). a nonpareil face on an agate body
Synonyms: See also , See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To give body or shape to something.
  2. To construct the bodywork of a car.
  3. (transitive) To embody.
    • 1955, Philip Larkin, Toads I don't say, one bodies the other / One's spiritual truth; / But I do say it's hard to lose either, / When you have both.
  • {{rank}}
  • Boyd
bodybuilder {{was wotd}} etymology From body + builder. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈbɒ.diˌbɪl.də/
  • (US) /ˈbɑː.diˌbɪl.dɚ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (bodybuilding): A person who uses diet and exercise to build an aesthetically muscular physique, in order to compete in bodybuilding.
    • 1964 "Muscles are his business", Ebony‎ (Dec.) 20 (2): 148 Physique of powerful bodybuilder (below) is like piece of sculpture. Buffs strive for the well-rounded body, disdain the professional weightlifter, who merely develops a number of very specialized muscles.
    • 1974 — Charles Gaines & George Butler, Pumping Iron: The Art and Sport of Bodybuilding, ch 2 Because it is necessary for a muscle to rest while it grows and because of the importance of balanced development, most competitive bodybuilders train on a split routine; they work certain parts of the body one day and rest those muscles the next while they work the others, alternating like that six days a week.
    • 1991 — Samuel Wilson Fussell, Muscle: Confessions of an Unlikely Bodybuilder, ch 4 In the competitions, bodybuilders go through "mandatories"—a set of mandatory poses—in the morning, where the judges compare the body parts of the builders.
Synonyms: builder
related terms:
  • bodybuilding
body snatcher Alternative forms: bodysnatcher, body-snatcher etymology From body + snatcher. Later use highly influenced by the 1955 novel The Body Snatchers and its repeated adaptation into film, wherein alien begin replacing humans with pod people.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, jocular, pejorative, obsolete) One who make arrest, such as a bailiff or policeman.
    • 1778 August 19, Public Advertiser They proved to be two of those Body-Snatchers, called hired Constables, who were patrolling the Fields.
    • 1877, R. Rae, Newport, 40 Look here, my body-snatchers, you have unlawfully abridged the liberty of one of the sons of the sovereign State of New York!
  2. One who abduct or control another's body, such as a slaver, psychic, or human resources agent.
    • 1852, B.R. Hall, Frank Freeman's Barber Shop, xiv. 252 A black woman told Carrie not to say master and missis, because you were body-snatchers and slave-drivers.
    • 1894 September, Harper's Magazine, 581/2 Girls who can't let a man go by without reaching out for him. That's what I call them—body snatchers.
    • 1961 June, Fortune, 129/1 McCulloch had no compunction about using these executive recruiting firms. They were, he knew, often derisively called ‘body snatchers’, ‘head hunters’, ‘flesh peddlers’, and ‘pirates’.
    • 1994 August 9, Associated Press, Newswire claims hundreds abducted by North Korea's ‘body snatchers’.
    • 2000, C. Golden, Head Games, 166 ‘What are you looking at?’ ‘An alien body snatcher who stole my partner and took her place.’
  3. (historical) One who sell cadaver to anatomist, surgeon, etc., especially by exhuming corpse from grave, a resurrection man.
    • 1819, J. H. Vaux, New Vocab. Flash Lang. in Memoirs Body-snatcher, a stealer of dead bodies from churchyards; which are sold to the surgeons and students in anatomy.
    • 1910, Encyclopædia Britannica, I. 937/2: So emboldened and careless did these body-snatchers become... that they no longer confined themselves to pauper graves.
  4. (in particular) A graverobber who steal bodies or body part.
    • 2008 March 19, Daily Record (Glasgow), 9: The head of a ring of bodysnatchers who stole the bones of broadcaster Alistair Cooke pleaded guilty yesterday.
Synonyms: (alien) pod person, (corpse-stealer) resurrection man, resurrectionist
boep etymology Afrikaans
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa, slang) beer belly
    • 2002, Justin Fox, With both hands waving: a journey through Mozambique (page 44) 'It's a local fish - tastes just like barracuda,' said Leo from behind the bar as we dug into platteland-size plates of fish. A bunch of boitjies stood resting their boeps against the counter and talking about fish size and breast size.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa, slang) boerewors
boet etymology Afrikaans boet, 1908, Dutch regional (Zeeland and West Flemish) boet (from the second half of the 19th century), probably a hypocoristic form of broeder. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /bʊt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa, informal) A brother, often prefixed informally to a man’s first name.
  2. (South Africa, informal) As a familiar form of address: pal, mate.
boff pronunciation
  • (US) /bɒf/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Alternative forms: bauf
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) to have sexual intercourse (with someone)
Synonyms: see
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a big laugh
  2. a line in a film etc that elicit such a laugh
etymology 2 Shortened from boffin?
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A pupil who works hard; a swot.
boffer {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fake weapon made from foam and used in simulated combat, as in roleplaying game.
boffin {{wikipedia}} etymology unknown. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈbɒfɪn/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, Australia, informal) A scientist or engineer, especially one engaged in technological or military research.
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Synonyms: egghead
boffing Alternative forms: bauffing
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A sport
  2. (slang) sexual intercourse
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of boff
boffinry etymology boffin + ry
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, informal) The characteristic behaviour of boffin; nerdy scientific thinking.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Very good or successful
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, in the world of entertainment) A great success; a hit
Synonyms: clicko
BOFH {{wikipedia}}
{{initialism-old}}: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, computing, Internet) Bastard Operator From Hell
bog {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (GenAM): {{enPR}}, /bɑɡ/
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  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /bɒɡ/
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etymology 1 Irish and Scottish Gaelic bogach, from Old Irish bog, from Proto-Celtic *buggos + Old Irish -ach, from Proto-Celtic *-ākos.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An expanse of marshland.
  2. (Ireland, British, New Zealand, coarse, slang) A toilet.
  3. (US, dialect) A little elevated spot or clump of earth, roots, and grass, in a marsh or swamp.
Synonyms: (expanse of marshland) marsh, moor, swamp, (coarse slang: a toilet) shithouse (taboo slang), dunny (Australia)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, informal) To become (figuratively or literally) mire or stuck.
  2. (transitive, British, informal) To make a mess of something.
etymology 2 by shortening and euphemistic alteration from bugger
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (euphemistic, slang, British, with "off") To go away.
  • gob
etymology 1
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang, derogatory) A person perceived to be unsophisticated or of a lower class background.
    • 1999, , Lockie Leonard, Scumbuster, [http//|the+bogan%22|%22bogans%22+-intitle:%22bogan|bogans%22+-inauthor:%22bogan%22&dq=%22a|the+bogan%22|%22bogans%22+-intitle:%22bogan|bogans%22+-inauthor:%22bogan%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=qVP7TsvtDIWOiAe7teHVDQ&redir_esc=y page 6], Bogans were Lockie's least favorite kind of people.
    • 2009, Catherine Deveny, Free to a Good Home, [http//|the+bogan%22|%22bogans%22+-intitle:%22bogan|bogans%22+-inauthor:%22bogan%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ekj7Tq_jJqejiAf6hqCeAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22a|the%20bogan%22|%22bogans%22%20-intitle%3A%22bogan|bogans%22%20-inauthor%3A%22bogan%22&f=false page 47], The Reservoir I grew up in was populated by menacing, toothless Torana-driving bogans, crushed menthol-smoking pensioners and toddlers who swore.
  2. (Australia, slang, obsolete) Something of poor quality.
  3. (New Zealand, slang, derogatory) An Anglo-Celtic member of a lower socioeconomic group, stereotypically classified as wearing black jumper or black concert T-shirt.
  4. (New Zealand, slang, derogatory) A petrolhead.
  5. (Canada, North Western Ontario, slang, derogatory) An aboriginal person perceived as having gangster ties.
Synonyms: (unsophisticated person) dag (Australia), chav (British), redneck (US), (poor Anglo-Celtic person) bevan (Australia, Queensland), westy / westie (Australia (esp. Sydney), NZ (esp. Auckland)), booner (Australia, Canberra), white trash (US)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (rare) To act like a bogan. "If you're coming in to cause trouble, don't bother ... bogan it up at home." - Lord Mayor Robert Doyle
etymology 2 Apparently a conflation of logan (from pokelogan) with bog.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Canada) Any narrow water or creek, particularly a tranquil backwater.
    • 2001, Charles G. D. Roberts, Seán Virgo, Kindred of the Wild, page 130: All around the shores of the narrow bogan crowded the beasts, watching with wide, fascinated eyes the flight and fall of these disastrous missiles.
  • Gabon
bogart etymology From actor Humphrey Bogart, from Dutch surname Bogart, from boomgaard, cognate to English boom/beam + garden. Senses of selfishness and excess evolved from the original 1960’s use meaning “keep a joint in the mouth instead of passing it on”, recalling the actor’s signature practice of constantly keeping a cigarette dangling out of his mouth, even while talking. Other senses of “bullying” or “tough guy” also originated in the 1960’s and recall the actor’s various movie roles. Another potential origin of the vernacular comes from Humphrey Bogart's role in the film (1948) in which his character, Dobbs, becomes increasingly selfish with the gold mine that he shares with his two partners.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A very long inhalation of smoke, particularly marijuana. He took a huge bogart from the joint before finally passing it on.
  2. (slang) Excess. There are over two dozen related terms for station? What a bogart!
  3. (slang) One given to excess, whether good or ill. Smith is the writer, director, star and producer. What a bogart!
  4. (slang) An obnoxious, selfish and overbearing person; an attention hog. He walked in, swiped my beer off the table and chugged it. I said “Dude, don’t be a bogart”, but he didn’t care.
  5. (slang) A disappointment. Then right in the middle of their best song, the power went out? That’s a bogart.
  6. (slang) The first cup of brew coffee collected from under the coffee filter. Also, a cup of very strong coffee, much the same as espresso. Would you like a cup of bogart now or would you rather wait for the coffee to finish brewing?
Synonyms: (long inhalation) Bogart drag
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To selfishly take or keep something; to hog; especially to hold a joint (marijuana) dangling between the lips instead of passing it on. Dude, don’t bogart the chocolate fudge! Don’t bogart the can, man.
  2. (slang) To get something by bully, intimidation; be a tough guy. He tried to bogart his way in.
quotations: An early, prominent use of the term in reference to hogging a joint (marijuana cigarette) appeared in the lyrics of the song “Don’t Bogart Me” by the American band . The song was released on LP in 1968, and subsequently used in the 1969 film . In 1978, widely celebrated live album included a song entitled “Don't Bogart That Joint”. In the television series (Season 5, Episode 10), Patrick Jane, a consultant with the "CBI," informs a tobacco company that "someone bogarted your stash" of Marijuana.
Synonyms: (selfishly keep) hog
bog brush
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) a toilet brush
    • 2003, , , page 19 And it doesn't work, does it? Your hair is too coarse to flop like a wild Tay salmon or a swatch of Savile Row suiting, your hair bristles, like a bog brush, like a suburban doormat.
  • bohrbugs
bogey Alternative forms: bogie, bogy pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic) The Devil.
  2. An object of terror; a bugbear.
    • 1990, Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game, Folio Society 2010, p. 54: If one man could be said to be responsible for the creation of the Russian bogy, it was a much-decorated British general named Sir Robert Wilson.
  3. One of two set of wheel under a train car.
  4. (UK) A piece of solid or semisolid mucus in or removed from the nostril.
  5. (engineering) A representative specimen, taken from the centre a spread of production - a sample with bogey (typical) characteristics.
  6. (engineering) a standard of performance set up as a mark to be aimed at in competition.
  7. (military slang) An unidentified aircraft, especially as observed as a spot on a radar screen, and often suspected to be hostile. (Also sometimes used as a synonym for bandit - an enemy aircraft)
  8. (golf) A score of one over par in golf.
Synonyms: (piece of semisolid mucus) booger (US)
related terms:
  • double bogey
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (golf) To make a bogey.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sometimes, humorous) A bogeyman of either gender.
    • 1996, Daniel Clement Dennett, Darwin's dangerous idea: evolution and the meanings of life If secular humanism is your bogeyperson, you shouldn't concentrate all your energy on attacking sociobiologists or behaviorists or academic philosophers…
    • 2010, Suzie Hayman, Be a Great Step Parent: Teach Yourself More often, it's to make the other parent the bogeyperson and leave the step-parent and their partner feeling it's not their fault that the child behaves like this.
bogger pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From bog + er.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone associated with or who works in a bog.
    • 2000 Lorraine Heath. Never Love a Cowboy, page 51, “I was a bogger afore the war—” “A bogger?” “Yep. I was the one sent to get the cattle out of the muddy bogs and thickets.”
  2. (Australia, slang) A man who catches nippers (snapping prawns). '''1966''', Sidney John Baker, ''The Australian language'', [* page 223].
  3. (Ireland, derogatory) Someone not from a city.
  4. (Ireland, derogatory) Someone not from Dublin (from outside the ).
  5. (Newfoundland, Labrador) A dare, a task that children challenge each other to complete.[ “bogger”], entry in '''2004''' [1990], George Morley Story, W. J. Kirwin, John David Allison Widdowson, ''Dictionary of Newfoundland English''.
  6. (Australia, Western Australia, slang) Someone who works to shovel ore or waste rock underground. [ “bogger”], entry in '''1989''', Joan Hughes, ''Australian words and their origins''.
    • 1962, Bill Wannan, Modern Australian humour, page 176, Polish Joe was a bogger, a man who shifted unbelievable quantities of dirt away from the face from which it had been blown, and into trucks for dumping in the underground bins each day.
  7. (Australia, slang) A toilet.
  8. (Northern England, derogatory, slang) Someone of the goth, skate, punk, or emo subculture.
related terms:
  • bogtrotter (Ireland) ['Bog-trotter' “Bog-Trotter”], entry in '''1984''', Eric Partridge, Paul Beale, ''A dictionary of slang and unconventional English'', 8th edition — Any Irishman whatsoever.
  • bog warrior (Ireland)
  • bogman (Ireland)
  • nipper-bogger (Australia)
etymology 2 From bugger.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. eye dialect of bugger Used particularly as an epithet or term of camaraderie or endearment.[ “Bogger”], entry in '''1990''', Leslie Dunkling, ''A dictionary of epithets and terms of address''.
    • 1986, Ian Breakwell. Ian Breakwell's diary, 1964-1985, "You bloody bogger...!
    • 1998, Alan Sillitoe, The Broken Chariot, "You're a funny bogger, though. I never could mek yo' out. Ye're just like one of the lads, but sometimes there's a posh bogger trying to scramble out."
    • 1992, Alan Sillitoe, Saturday night and Sunday morning, "The dirty bogger! He's got a fancy woman! Nine times a week!"
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of bog
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Scotland, coarse, slang) Stinking.
bog off etymology Shortening and euphemistic alteration from bugger off.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, euphemistic, slang) To leave, to go away.
Synonyms: (slang, vulgar) to fuck off, (slang, vulgar) to piss off, (slang, vulgar) to bugger off
bogon etymology From bogus + -on
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The imaginary elementary particle of bogosity; the anti-particle to the cluon.
    • 1996, "John Novak", Re: TOR is Fucking with Us All (on newsgroup rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan) Chain book sellers are, by and large, bogon and bozon emitters like nothing you've ever seen.
  2. (Internet, slang) An invalid Internet Protocol packet, particularly one sent from an address that is not in use.
  • {{seeCites}}
  • bongo
  • boong
bogon filter
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Any device that limits or suppresses the flow of bogons.
  2. (slang, humorous) An imaginary device capable of preventing high-bogosity material from reaching its destination.
bogosity etymology From bogus + -osity
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous, nonstandard) the state of being bogus
  2. (humorous, nonstandard) the relative degree to which something is bogus
  3. (humorous, nonstandard) something that is bogus
bogotic etymology bogosity + ic
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (humorous, rare) Exhibiting bogosity; bogus, bad, incorrect.
    • 1999, "Arjun Ray", Comments on <!-- comments --> ? (on Internet newsgroup comp.infosystems.www.authoring.html) The only answer to that is to avoid such bogotic software as and when you come across it.
bogotify etymology bogus + ify
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (computing, slang) To make bogus, incorrect, or broken.
    • 1996, "Jonny Llama", Re: New hacker (on newsgroup alt.hacker) You little muSoft goons should learn about FAQs before you bogotify yourselves in front of large audiences.
    • 1998, "J Wunsch", Re: CTT8000-S problems solved (on newsgroup mailing.freebsd.scsi) In theory, this might bogotify the end-of-tape detection (and dump's prompting for a new tape), but in practice the end-of-tape signalling of the st(4) driver is broken anyway.
    • 1999, "Nick Hibma", Re: kern/8875: Patch to allow DMA IDE with generic chipset + UDMA drives (fwd) (on newsgroup mpc.lists.freebsd.bugs) It was a quick fix for the author's Ali motherboard or BIOS but it is obviously wrong in general since it bogotifies the comment preceding it (the point of the "generic" support is to assume that everything is already set up correctly; any hardware programming risks disturbing the setup).
    • 2002, "John Wilson", Re: Street Atlas 9.0 colors (newsgroup misc.transport.rail.americas) SA9 Deluxe's screens and printed output were so ugly and the lack of backward compatibility with SA8 and before bogotified it so thoroughly that I sent it back for a refund, and got SA9 non-deluxe instead.
bog paper etymology Derived from the reference to a toilet as "the bog".
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, informal) toilet paper
related terms:
  • bog brush
  • bog roll
bograt etymology bog + rat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (AU, NZ, military, humorous, derogatory) A junior fighter pilot.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A roll of toilet paper
bog roll
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, mildly, vulgar) toilet paper. This week on The Amazing Prize Giveaway Show, the grand prize is 10,000 rolls of bog roll!
  2. (British, mildly, vulgar) a roll of toilet paper.
Synonyms: (UK) loo roll, toilet paper, bathroom tissue, (US) toilet tissue
Bohemian etymology Bohemia + ian In sense of Romani and by association, marginalized artists, from French bohémien, from Bohême. Regarding the sense evolution, compare gypsy.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) A native or resident of Bohemia.
  2. (uncountable) The dialect of the Czech language spoken in Bohemia.
  3. (countable, archaic) A Gypsy, a Romani.
  4. (countable, slang) A marginalized and impoverished young artist, or member of the urban literati.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of, or relating to Bohemia or its language.
  2. Of, or relating to the untraditional lifestyles of marginalized and impoverished artists, writers, musicians, and actors in major European cities (or by extension, major North American cities as well).
bohunk etymology Probably Bohemian + Hungarian. Compare hunk, hunky, honky. pronunciation
  • /ˈboʊhʌŋk/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (North America, ethnic slur) An immigrant from Central Europe.
  2. (North America, derogatory) A brawny or coarse person.
boi {{wikipedia}} etymology From boy.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable, slang, Internet) alternative spelling of boy
  2. (BDSM, especially in roleplay) A male bottom (i.e. submissive partner), defined not by junior age, but by his obedient role, especially when that implies him being subject to spanking and/or other punishment by the dominant "top".
  • bio, Bio, bio.
  • Ibo
  • IOB
  • obi
boil pronunciation
  • (UK) /bɔɪl/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English bile, bule, from Old English bȳl, bȳle, from Proto-Germanic *būlijō, *būlō. Akin to German Beule, Icelandic beyla.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A localize accumulation of pus in the skin, resulting from infection.
Synonyms: abscess, carbuncle, cyst, furuncle, pimple, pustule
etymology 2 Middle English boillen, from Old French boillir (French: bouillir) from Latin bullīre, present active infinitive of bulliō, from bulla. Displaced native Middle English sethen "to boil" (from Old English sēoþan "to boil, seethe"), Middle English wellen "to boil, bubble" (from Old English wiellan "to bubble, boil"), Middle English wallen "to well up, boil" (from Old English weallan "to well up, boil"). More at seethe, well.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The point at which fluid begins to change to a vapour. Add the noodles when the water comes to the boil.
  2. A dish of boiled food, especially based on seafood.
  3. (rare, nonstandard) The collective noun for a group of hawk.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To heat (a liquid) to the point where it begins to turn into a gas. Boil some water in a pan.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To cook in boiling water. Boil the eggs for two minutes. Is the rice boiling yet?
  3. (intransitive) Of a liquid, to begin to turn into a gas, seethe. Pure water boils at 100 degrees Celsius.
  4. (intransitive, informal, used only in progressive tenses) Said of weather being uncomfortably hot. It’s boiling outside!
  5. (intransitive, informal, used only in progressive tenses) To feel uncomfortably hot. See also seethe. I’m boiling in here – could you open the window?
  6. To form, or separate, by boiling or evaporation. to boil sugar or salt
  7. (obsolete) To steep or soak in warm water.
    • Francis Bacon To try whether seeds be old or new, the sense cannot inform; but if you boil them in water, the new seeds will sprout sooner.
  8. To be agitated like boiling water; to bubble; to effervesce. the boiling waves of the sea
    • Bible, Job xii. 31 He maketh the deep to boil like a pot.
  9. To be moved or excited with passion; to be hot or fervid. His blood boils with anger.
    • Surrey Then boiled my breast with flame and burning wrath.
Synonyms: (of a liquid) seethe, well, plaw (UK, dialectal, dated, uncommon); see also , (of the weather) be baking, be scorching, be sweltering, (of a person) be seething, be baking, be stewing
  • (of a liquid) condense
  • (of the weather) be freezing
  • (of a person) be freezing
related terms:
  • ebullient
  • biol, biol.
boiled pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of boil
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Cooked in boiling water.
  2. (of water) having reached the boiling point
  3. (colloquial) angry
  4. (colloquial) drunk
  • bolide
  • oldbie
boiler pronunciation
  • /ˈbɔɪlə(r)/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 boil + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An apparatus that generate heat (usually by burn fuel) and uses it to heat circulating water (or sometimes another liquid) in a closed system that is then used for space heating, swimming pool heating, or domestic hot water or industrial process.
  2. Less commonly, a hot water heater.
  3. (approximate definition) A fuel burning apparatus in which water is boil to produce steam for space heating, power generation, or industrial processes. (more precisely) An apparatus in which a heat source other than a hot liquid or steam (most commonly burning fuel, exhaust gas from an internal combustion engine or gas turbine, waste heat from a process, solar energy or electricity) is used to boil water (or rarely another liquid), under pressure to provide steam (or other gas) for use as a heat source in calorifiers, heat exchangers or heat emitters, or for use directly for humidification, in an industrial process, or to power steam turbines.
  4. A kitchen vessel for steaming or boiling food.
  5. (UK, informal) A tough old chicken only suitable for cooking by boiling.
  6. A sunken reef, especially a coral reef, on which the sea breaks heavily.
etymology 2 Shortening of boilerplate
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, informal) Boilerplate.
    • 1994 May 4, Glenn Nicholas, "Re: Forms4 boilerplate accessible?", in, Usenet: While it appears the FRM40_TEXT table is the answer, saving a form with boiler text does not seem to insert into this table.
    • 2003 December 7, Tom Potter, "Re: Why don't more people hate Bush?", in alt.politics.democrats and other newsgroups, Usenet: Note that Stuart Grey makes the assertion: "I think rationally on all subjects.", and then proceeds to use the standard boiler tactics and phrases of the people WHO instigate conflict and war.
    • 2007, Jim Casey, "Re: NRA vs Bar Assoc over guns in cars", in tx.guns, Usenet: Nearly every employer in my field has similar terms (they all come out of a legal boiler mill somewhere).
    • 2009 March 30, "hughess7" (username), "Re: Mail merge to PDF", in microsoft.public.access, Usenet: Just aligning all the paragraphs of 'boiler text' is tedious but trying to insert values in alignment is impossible!
  • libero, reboil
boiler room
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A room in a building that houses the boiler(s) and similar equipment.
  2. A compartment on a steamship that houses the boiler.
  3. (informal) A telemarketing firm that makes cold call.
boiling pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of boil
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. The process of changing the state of a substance from liquid to gas by heat it to its boiling point.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. That boils or boil. exampleboiling kettle exampleboiling oil
  2. (of a thing, informal, hyperbole) Extremely hot or active. exampleThe radiator is boiling &ndash; I'm going to turn it down a bit.
  3. (of a person, informal, hyperbole) Feeling uncomfortably hot. exampleI'm boiling &ndash; can't we open a window?
  4. (of the weather, hyperbole) Very hot. exampleIt's boiling out today!
  • {{seeCites}}
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (of adjectives associated with heat) Extremely He was boiling mad.
Boingoloid etymology Oingo Boingo + -oid
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fan of the American rock band Oingo Boingo.
boink pronunciation
  • /bɔɪŋk/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. alternative spelling of bonk
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, slang) A real-world social gathering of computer user.
boitjie Alternative forms: boykie etymology From Afrikaans, from English boy.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa, slang) A sporty young man; a jock.
    • 2002, Justin Fox, With both hands waving: a journey through Mozambique (page 44) 'It's a local fish - tastes just like barracuda,' said Leo from behind the bar as we dug into platteland-size plates of fish. A bunch of boitjies stood resting their boeps against the counter and talking about fish size and breast size.
bok pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Afrikaans bok
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (South Africa, slang) keen or willing. "Do you want to go to the movies?" "Ja, I'm bok."
etymology 2 Imitative.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. The cluck sound of a chicken.
    • 2000, William S Pollack, Todd Shuster, Real boys' voices And he says, "Chicken! Bok bok bok bok!" One time I got up and put the controller down and we started fighting.
    • 2004, Andrew Bennett, Nicholas Royle, An introduction to literature, criticism and theory So the librarian gives the chicken a book. The chicken goes away, but comes back the next day, goes up to the librarian's desk and says: 'Bok, bok!'
  • KBO, kob
etymology 1 {{clipping}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) bolognese
etymology 2 {{rfv}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. excrescence on the trunk of a tree usually covering a knot
etymology 1 {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous, pejorative) politics
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. eye dialect of politics
Bolivian marching powder
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Cocaine.
    • 1986, Robert Emmet Long, Drugs and American Society: For those enamored of the glitzy life, coke — snow, blow, nose candy, Bolivian Marching Powder — became the drug.
    • 1991, , American Psycho: ...going downstairs to fetch the Bolivian Marching Powder since neither one of us wants to sit here in the booth with the girls...
    • 2003, Sean O'Reilly, Larry Habegger, James O'Reilly, Hyenas Laughed at Me and Now I Know Why: ...greedily inhale another ten lines of uncut Bolivian marching powder...

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