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bollock etymology From Old English beallucas, from Proto-Germanic *ball-, from Proto-Indo-European *bhel-
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, vulgar, chiefly, in the plural) A testicle. You've got a bollock hanging out of your shorts.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (British, transitive, vulgar, slang) To reprimand severely and grossly. The boss bollocked me for coming in late.
bollock naked
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, vulgar, emphatic) Not wearing clothes.
bollocks pronunciation
  • Noun, verb {{audio}}
  • Interjection {{audio}}
etymology 1 An alteration of ballocks.
noun: {{en-noun}} (rarely used in the singular)
  1. (British, vulgar) The testicle (sometimes used in the singular)
  2. (British, vulgar) Nonsense or information deliberately intended to mislead. That's a load of bollocks, mate!
  3. (Ireland, vulgar) An idiot, an ignorant or disagreeable person. Don't mind him; he's only an oul' bollocks!
  4. (British, vulgar) A contraction of the dog's bollocks.
Alternative forms: ballicks, ballix (Northern Ireland)Synonyms: (testicles) See also , (nonsense) See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, British, taboo, slang) To break. The telly's bollocksed.
  2. (transitive, British, taboo, slang) To fail (a task); to make a mess of. I bollocksed that exam.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (British, taboo, slang) Expressing anger, frustration, etc. Oh bollocks I am late for work!
Synonyms: Horlicks (euphemism)
etymology 2 See bollock
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of bollock
bollocks more like
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (UK, slang, vulgar) Rubbish; nonsense.
    • 2000, "Danny McNeil", DC @ £100 - bollocks more like (on Internet newsgroup
    • 2002, Richard Kirk, Homo Superior "Bollocks more like," returned Smith. He was loving the moment, revelling in getting the upper hand.
bollocky etymology bollock + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) bollock naked; completely naked
    • 2001, Stephen King, Dreamcatcher “Is she bollocky?” “No,” Jonesy admits. “Davey says you can't even see her tits, but she's holding her skirt up and she isn't wearing pants and you can see it, just as clear as day.”
    • 2006, Paul Theroux, The Mosquito Coast I've seen them, running around bollocky, playing God.
bolloxology etymology bollox + ology
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland, slang) nonsense; rubbish
    • 2008, Gerry Ryan, Would The Real Gerry Ryan Please Stand Up Instead I was talking about Nietzsche, or some bolloxology, trying to impress her instead of getting a plan together.
    • 2009, Dónal Óg Cusack, Come What May: The Autobiography Bob said that that was bolloxology. I hadn't heard that term in years. Bolloxology! Anyway, after some lively debate and some give and take of bolloxology we left them in the room.
Bolly pronunciation
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proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang) champagne
    • 2002 -- Paul Simpson: The Rough Guide to James Bond (page 211) The DB5 makes a brief reappearance in GoldenEye, this time with a refrigerated glove box for a bottle of Bolly
    • 2005 Jane Wenham-Jones: One Glass Is Never Enough (page 295) ... popped the cork from a bottle of Bolly.
    • 2006 --Ambrosia: Greek Girls Don't Cry (page 48) "Can I order a bottle of Bolly?" "Of course you can, love. Give them a bell. I won't be a mo."
Bollywood {{wikipedia}} etymology {{blend}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) The Hindi film industry located in Mumbai, India.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. of or relating to the city of or its inhabitants
  2. (of a pasta sauce) made from minced veal, pork and beef, onion, garlic, tomato, bay leaf, carrot and celery and wine
  3. (informal, of a pasta sauce) made from minced meat, tomato and any combination of other ingredients
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An Italian sauce made of ground meat and tomato.
  2. A dish served with bolognese.
Synonyms: bol (informal)Synonyms: (sauce) Bolognese sauce
bolshie etymology From Bolshevik (Russian большевик 〈bolʹševik〉, the socialist party in the 1918 Russian Revolution, from Russian Bolsheviki, "majority faction") pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbɒl.ʃi/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, Britain, dated) A government leftist, especially a communist, socialist, or labour union leader.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Difficult or rebellious. Timothy, don't be so bolshie!
Alternative forms: bolshy
related terms:
  • Bolshevik
Bomb etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The atomic bomb; the capacity to launch a nuclear attack. Often used with “the”. Pakistan and India both have the Bomb now.
bomb {{slim-wikipedia}} etymology From French bombe, from Italian bomba, from Latin bombus, from Ancient Greek βόμβος 〈bómbos〉, imitative of the sound itself. pronunciation
  • (UK), (AusE) /bɒm/
  • (US) /bɑm/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}} (for speakers with the )
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An explosive device used or intended as a weapon.
    • 2008, Sidney Gelb, Foreign Service Agent, page 629, The size of the ground hole crater from the blast indicates it was a bomb.
    1. (dated) The atomic bomb. exampleDuring the Cold War, everyone worried about the bomb sometimes.
    2. (figurative) Events or conditions that have a speedy destructive effect.
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  2. (slang) A failure; an unpopular commercial product.
    • 1997, Eric L. Flom, Chaplin in the Sound Era: An Analysis of the Seven Talkies, [http//|film+was+a+bomb%22+-intitle:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=LZP9TpugE6maiQe1sOj-Cg&sqi=2&ved=0CFEQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=%22the%20movie|film%20was%20a%20bomb%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22&f=false page 277], Projection problems plagued Countess′ London premiere on January 5, 1967, Jerry Epstein recalled, and it was perhaps an omen, for reaction by critics afterward was swift and immediate: The film was a bomb.
    • 2010, Tony Curtis, Peter Golenbock, American Prince: My Autobiography, [http//|film+was+a+bomb%22+-intitle:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=LZP9TpugE6maiQe1sOj-Cg&sqi=2&ved=0CGIQ6AEwCA#v=onepage&q=%22the%20movie|film%20was%20a%20bomb%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], The movie was a bomb and so was my next film, Balboa, in which I played a scheming real estate tycoon.
    • 2011, Elizabeth Barfoot Christian, Rock Brands: Selling Sound in a Media Saturated Culture, [http//|film+was+a+bomb%22+-intitle:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=aJv9TpWgCMaTiAeUv-WvAQ&ved=0CEwQ6AEwBTgK#v=onepage&q=%22the%20movie|film%20was%20a%20bomb%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22&f=false page 11], The movie was a bomb, but it put the band before an even larger audience.
    1. (US, Australia, informal) A car in poor condition.
      • 2005 August 6, Warm affection for a rust-bucket past, Nowadays, an old bomb simply won’t pass the inspection.
      • 2010, Rebecca James, Beautiful Malice, page 19, We′ve got the money and it just feels ridiculous to let you drive around in that old bomb.
      • 2011, Amarinda Jones, Seducing Celestine, page 49, After two weeks of driving it she knew the car was a bomb and she did not need anyone saying it to her. The only one allowed to pick on her car was her. Piece of crap car…
  3. (UK, slang) A large amount of money, a fortune. examplemake a bomb;  cost a bomb
    • 2009, Matthew Vierling, The Blizzard, page 133, When Kiley presented Blackpool with the custom shotgun, he said, “This must′ve cost a bomb.”
    • 2010, Liz Young, Fair Game, [http//|cost+a+bomb%22+-intitle:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=4MH9TqmICbGaiAfXpcDVAQ&ved=0CF0Q6AEwCTgK#v=onepage&q=%22spent|cost%20a%20bomb%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22&f=false page 136], ‘You′ve already spent a bomb!’ ‘Not on it, Sal — under it. Presents!’ As we eventually staggered up to bed, Sally said to me, ‘I hope to God he′s not been spending a bomb on presents, too.…’
    • 2011, Michael R. Häack, Passport: A Novel of International Intrigue, [http//|cost+a+bomb%22+-intitle:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=4MH9TqmICbGaiAfXpcDVAQ&ved=0CFcQ6AEwCDgK#v=onepage&q=%22spent|cost%20a%20bomb%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22&f=false page 47], The kids cost a bomb to feed, they eat all the time.
    • 2011, Bibe, A Victim, [http//|cost+a+bomb%22+-intitle:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=4MH9TqmICbGaiAfXpcDVAQ&ved=0CE0Q6AEwBjgK#v=onepage&q=%22spent|cost%20a%20bomb%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22&f=false page 38], He had recently exchanged his old bike for a new, three speed racer, which cost a bomb and the weekly payment were becoming difficult, with the dangers of repossession.
  4. (social) Something highly effective or attractive.
    1. (chiefly, British, slang) A success; the bomb. exampleOur fabulous new crumpets have been selling like a bomb.
    2. (chiefly, British, slang) A very attractive woman; a bombshell.
    3. (often, in combination) An action or statement that causes a strong reaction. exampleIt was an ordinary speech, until the president dropped a bomb: he would be retiring for medical reasons. exampleNormally very controlled, he dropped the F-bomb and cursed the paparazzi.
    4. (American football, slang) A long forward pass.
    5. (informal) A jump into water in a squat position, with the arms wrapped around the legs, for maximum splash.
  5. (chemistry) A heavy-walled container designed to permit chemical reactions under high pressure.
    • 2008, François Cardarelli, Materials Handbook: A Concise Desktop Reference, page 276, The process consisted in preparing the metal by metallothermic reduction of titanium tetrachloride with sodium metal in a steel bomb.
  6. (obsolete) A great booming noise; a hollow sound.
    • Francis Bacon (1561-1626) A pillar of iron…which if you had struck, would make…a great bomb in the chamber beneath.
  • The diametrical slang meanings are somewhat distinguishable by the article. For “a success”, the phrase is generally the bomb. Otherwise bomb can mean “a failure”.
Synonyms: (attractive woman) bombshell, (car) rustbucket, (large amount of money) fortune, packet, pretty penny
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, intransitive) To attack using one or more bomb; to bombard.
    • 2000, Canadian Peace Research Institute, Canadian Peace Research and Education Association, Peace Research, Volumes 32-33, [http//|%22bombed%22+-intitle:%22bombing|bombed%22&dq=%22bombing%22|%22bombed%22+-intitle:%22bombing|bombed%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=89H9TpLeI8eUiAfyq8W7AQ&redir_esc=y page 65], 15 May: US jets bombed air-defence sites north of Mosul, as the Russian Foreign Ministry accused the US and Britain of intentionally bombing civilian targets. (AP)
    • 2005, Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present, [http//|%22bombed%22+-intitle:%22bombing|bombed%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=WM79TsG7DeyhiAen6LXGAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bombing%22|%22bombed%22%20-intitle%3A%22bombing|bombed%22&f=false page 421], Italy had bombed cities in the Ethiopian war; Italy and Germany had bombed civilians in the Spanish Civil War; at the start of World War II German planes dropped bombs on Rotterdam in Holland, Coventry in England, and elsewhere.
    • 2007, David Parker, Hertfordshire Children in War and Peace, 1914-1939, [http//|%22bombed%22+-intitle:%22bombing|bombed%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=7Mv9Ttn4MMmWiQeL59TFCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bombing%22|%22bombed%22%20-intitle%3A%22bombing|bombed%22&f=false page 59], Essendon was bombed in the early hours of 3 September 1916; a few houses and part of the church were destroyed, and two sisters killed.
  2. (intransitive, slang) To fail dismally.
    • 1992 June, Lynn Norment, Arsenio Hall: Claiming the Late-night Crown, in , [http//|it+bombed%22+-intitle:%22bombing|bombed%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=v9b9Tsz_MM-QiQeBz5CADw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22he|it%20bombed%22%20-intitle%3A%22bombing|bombed%22&f=false page 74], So Hall quit the job, turned in the company car and went to Chicago, where as a stand-up comic he bombed several times before he was discovered by Nancy Wilson, who took him on the road — where he bombed again before a room of Republicans—and then to Los Angeles.
    • 2000, Carmen Infantino, Jon B. Cooke (interviewer), The Carmen Infantino Interview, in Jon B. Cooke, Neal Adams, Comic Book Artist Collection, [http//|it+bombed%22+-intitle:%22bombing|bombed%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=v9b9Tsz_MM-QiQeBz5CADw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22he|it%20bombed%22%20-intitle%3A%22bombing|bombed%22&f=false page 12], Carmen:… Then it bombed and it bombed badly. After a few more issues I asked Mike what was happening and he said, “I′m trying everything I can but it′s just not working.” So I took him off the book and he left. That was it.
    • 2008, Erik Sternberger, The Long and Winding Road, [http//|it+bombed%22+-intitle:%22bombing|bombed%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Itz9ToLbCuuXiAe1q-2fCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22he|it%20bombed%22%20-intitle%3A%22bombing|bombed%22&f=false page 62], She was the reason why he bombed the interview. He just couldn′t seem to get her out of his mind.
  3. (informal) To jump into water in a squat position, with the arms wrapped around the legs.
  4. (obsolete) To sound; to boom; to make a humming or buzzing sound. {{rfquotek}}
  5. (slang) To cover an area in many graffiti tag.
    • 2009, Scape Martinez, GRAFF: The Art & Technique of Graffiti (page 124) It is often used to collect other writer's tags, and future plans for bombing and piecing.
  6. (informal, AU) to add an excessive amount of chlorine to a pool when it has not been maintained properly.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Great, awesome. Have you tried the new tacos from that restaurant? They're pretty bomb!
bomb-ass Alternative forms: bomb ass etymology the bomb + ass.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, chiefly, African American Vernacular English) Excellent; great; very successful.
    • 2007, Stacey L. Ford, Selling the Fantasy “And you know that's right, but I still have to represent myself as the bomb-ass babe that I am,” I said as I joined in with her laughter.
bomber {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 {{-er}}
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. A military aircraft designed to carry and drop bomb.
  2. A person who sets bombs, especially as an act of terrorism.
  3. A bomber jacket.
    • 2012 November 15, Tom Lamont, How Mumford & Sons became the biggest band in the world (in The Guardian) First singer and guitarist Marcus Mumford, wearing a black suit, then bassist Ted Dwane, in leather bomber and T-shirt. Next bearded banjo player Winston Marshall, his blue flannel shirt hanging loose, and pianist Ben Lovett, wrapped in a woollen coat.
  4. (US) A 22-ounce beer bottle.
related terms:
  • bombardier
etymology 2 A shortened form of bombproof.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (climbing, slang) Completely solid and secure, usually referring to some form of protective gear (n.b. the forms "more bomber" or "most bomber" are unusual).
  • mobber
bomb it
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To travel very rapid, especially in a vehicle.
    • 1973, Joseph Wambaugh, The Blue Knight ...slicing through the heavy traffic and then bombing it down Vermont...
    • 2002, Gwendoline Riley, Cold Water I nodded at Shelley, took a breath and then started bombing it down the hill. The thing about these All Stars is they have no cushioning...
    • 2005, Jenny Colgan, The Boy I Loved Before I sprinted across to the fire exit and bombed it down the stairs like a wet cat...
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a bomb or artillery shell designed to explode on impact
  2. something that is very surprising, shocking, amazing or sensational
  3. (by extension) someone who is very attractive (compare sex symbol) Diana Dors, the "1950s blonde bombshell" ...
bonable etymology bone + able
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Able to be or worthy of being bone; sexually attractive.
    • 2001 January 31, Kenneth R. Crudup, “Re: Are we all geeks or what?”,, Usenet Pete discovers the pitfalls to dating highly-bonable actress-type Hollywood women from 1/2 a world away
    • 2005 July 22, Petey Poblano, “Re: Ouch! My ears!”,, Usenet Nikomis still hurts my eyes. Yikes, what a horror show. At least Holly is bonable.
    • 2006 September 7, Jason Lammers, “Re: [horrog] Re: g banger sister”, Horrog, Google groups if we put all our own bits of information together we might get a clearer picture. I heard she's pretty bonable! How about you guys. Does she have a fat rack?
bon appétit Alternative forms: bon appetit etymology Borrowing from French bon appétit, from bon + appétit. pronunciation
  • /ˌboʊn æpeɪˈtiː/
  • {{enPR}}
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Used to wish someone enjoyment of the meal they are about to eat.
Synonyms: enjoy your meal
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The perineum.
    • 2000, 9 May, James Ferrenberg, Re: Spong on a Positive Tack,!original/alt.religion.christian.episcopal/B7XK7IFmdqM/K24Bjkrdbs4J, alt.religion.christian.episcopal, “Well, no thanks on the Jesus Seminar stuff, I have looked into it and they make my bonch sweat.”
    • 2002, 17 November, Baloo Ursidae, Re: Anthromorphic animals- how would they pee in urinals?,!original/,, “I'm suddenly reminded of a conversation on rec.bicycles.misc about two years ago on the subject of bicycle seats that are less likely to pinch nerves and arteries in the bonch region (as such pinching can cause you to go limp permanently, which is why I ride with a notched seat) and riding clothing that would prevent you from sitting on your bits when getting on a bike on nasty hot days when you're riding low-slung, so to speak.”
    • 2007, "Boy Meets Girl Meets Column", The Chariot (MiraCosta College), Volume 13, Issue 12, 30 April 2007, back page: You can lightly massage his perineum (taint, bonch, grundle, nifkin, whatever it is you kids call it these days), or you can snap on a latex (or nitrile if either of you are allergic to latex) glove and go about two inches in and feel around for something the size of a walnut, and massage gently.
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Synonyms: See also .
bone {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /boʊn/
  • (Australia) [bəʉn]
  • (New Zealand) [bɐʉn]
  • (UK) [bəʊn]
  • (US) [boʊn]
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English bon, from Old English scLatn, from Proto-Germanic *bainą, from Proto-Germanic *bainaz, from Proto-Indo-European *bhey-. Cognate with Scots bane, been, bean, bein, bain, Northern Frisian bien, Western Frisian bien, Dutch been, German Low German Been, Bein, German Bein, German Gebein, Swedish ben, Icelandic bein, Breton benañ, Latin perfinēs, Avestan . Related also to Old Norse beinn (from whence Middle English bain, bayne, bayn, beyn, Scots bein, bien), Icelandic beinn, Norwegian bein. See bain, bein. Alternative forms: bane, byen (dialectal)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) A composite material consisting largely of calcium phosphate and collagen and making up the skeleton of most vertebrate.
  2. (countable) Any of the components of an endoskeleton, made of bone.
  3. A bone of a fish; a fishbone.
  4. One of the rigid parts of a corset that forms its frame, the boning, originally made of whalebone.
  5. Anything made of bone, such as a bobbin for weaving bone lace.
  6. (figurative) The framework of anything.
  7. An off-white colour, like the colour of bone. {{color panel}}
  8. (US, informal) A dollar.
  9. (slang) An erect penis; a boner.
  10. (slang) Domino or dice.
  11. (slang) form of shortened form.
Synonyms: (rigid parts of a corset) rib, stay
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of an off-white colour, like the colour of bone.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To prepare (meat, etc) by removing the bone or bones from.
    • 1949, Kenneth Lewis Roberts, I Wanted to Write, [http//|%22boning%22+-intitle:%22boned|boning%22+-inauthor:%22boned|boning%22&dq=%22boned%22|%22boning%22+-intitle:%22boned|boning%22+-inauthor:%22boned|boning%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=KyP_TrXtI6PsmAWp8MzvCw&redir_esc=y page 44], One of the fish stalls specialized in boning shad, and he who has never eaten a boned shad baked twenty minutes on a hot oak plank has been deprived of the most delicious morsel that the ocean yields.
    • 1977, Prosper Montagné, Charlotte Snyder Turgeon, The New Larousse Gastronomique, [http//|%22boning%22+-intitle:%22boned|boning%22+-inauthor:%22boned|boning%22&dq=%22boned%22|%22boning%22+-intitle:%22boned|boning%22+-inauthor:%22boned|boning%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=wRb_Tuv2O-XMmAXioqiIAg&redir_esc=y page 73], The ballottine is made of a piece of meat, fowl, game or fish which is boned, stuffed, and rolled into the shape of a bundle. The term ballottine should strictly apply only to meat, boned and rolled, but not stuffed.
    • 2009, Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat, A History of Food, [http//|%22boning%22+-intitle:%22boned|boning%22+-inauthor:%22boned|boning%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=0w7_Toz1FYyUmQX25YSjAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22boned%22|%22boning%22%20-intitle%3A%22boned|boning%22%20-inauthor%3A%22boned|boning%22&f=false page 379], Then it is boned; keeping the bone in during cooking improves the flavour and enriches the meat with calcium.
    • 2011, Aliza Green, Steve Legato, The Fishmonger's Apprentice, [http//|%22boning%22+-intitle:%22boned|boning%22+-inauthor:%22boned|boning%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=1_X-Tv-rDO_zmAXHqsG1Ag&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22boned%22|%22boning%22%20-intitle%3A%22boned|boning%22%20-inauthor%3A%22boned|boning%22&f=false page 38], Other fish suited to boning through the back include small bluefish, Arctic char, steelhead salmon, salmon, small wild striped bass, hybrid striped bass, Whitefish, drum, trout, and sea trout.
  2. To fertilize with bone.
    • 1859 July 9, The Economist, [http//|%22boning%22+-intitle:%22boned|boning%22+-inauthor:%22boned|boning%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=HBr_Tq7KMaXymAXC4dCYAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22boned%22|%22boning%22%20-intitle%3A%22boned|boning%22%20-inauthor%3A%22boned|boning%22&f=false page 758], He cites an instance of land heavily boned 70 years ago as “still markedly luxuriant beyond any other grass land in the same district.”
  3. To put whalebone into. to bone stays {{rfquotek}}
  4. (civil engineering) To make level, using a particular procedure; to survey a level line. boning rod
  5. (vulgar, slang, of a man) To have sexual intercourse with. So, did you bone her?
  6. (Australia, dated, in Aboriginal culture) To perform "bone pointing", a ritual that is intended to bring illness or even death to the victim.
    • 1962, Arthur Upfield, The Will of the Tribe, Collier Books, page 48. "You don't know!", Bony echoed. "You can tell me who boned me fifteen years ago on the other side of the world, and you can't tell me who killed the white-fella in the Crater".
  7. (usually with "up") To study. bone up
    • 1896, Burt L. Standish, Frank Merriwell's Chums "I know it. You do not study." "What's the use of boning all the time! I wasn't cut out for it."
  8. To polish boots to a shiny finish.
    • {{circa}} F. van Zyl, SADF National Service (1979-1980) "...the permanent boning (excessive polishing) of boots by recruits"
Synonyms: (remove the bone from) debone, (vulgar, have sexual intercourse with) bury the bone, bonk (British), do, fuck, screw, shag (British)
etymology 2 Origin unknown; probably related in some way to Etymology 1, above.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, slang) To apprehend, steal.
    • 1839, Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby, in Museum of Foreign Literature, Science and Art, Volume XXXVII, [http//|%22boning%22+-intitle:%22boned|boning%22+-inauthor:%22boned|boning%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2B3_TtvrC4f_mAXim5XJAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22boned%22|%22boning%22%20-intitle%3A%22boned|boning%22%20-inauthor%3A%22boned|boning%22&f=false page 127], “Did I?” said Squeers, “Well it was rather a startling thing for a stranger to come and recommend himself by saying that he knew all about you, and what your name was, and why you were living so quiet here, and what you had boned, and who you had boned it from.”
    • 1915, William Roscoe Thayer, The Life and Letters of John Hay, …as long as you and I live I take it for granted that you will not suspect me of boning them. But to guard against casualties hereafter, I have asked Nicolay to write you a line saying that I have never had in my possession or custody any of the papers which you entrusted to him.
    • 1942, Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, 2006, Canongate, p.802, Therefore she wants to take results that belong to other people: she wants to bone everybody else's loaf.
etymology 3 From French bornoyer to look at with one eye, to sight, from borgne one-eyed.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (carpentry, masonry, surveying) To sight along an object or set of objects to check whether they are level or in line. {{rfquotek}}
    • W. M. Buchanan Joiners, etc., bone their work with two straight edges.
  • ebon
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of bone
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (in combination) Having some specific type of bone.
  2. (slang) beset with unfortunate circumstances that seem difficult or impossible to overcome; in imminent danger.
    • 1999 March, Matt Groening, “Space Pilot 3000”, Futurama, season 1, episode 1 Bender: Well, we're boned! / Leela: Can't we get away in the ship?
  3. (slang) Broken.
  • Boden
bonehead etymology bone + head
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Someone who is stubborn, thick-skulled, or stupid.
    • 1921, James Huneker, Variations, page 248: Musical Potterism, for example, is everywhere rampant. It bobs up in music criticisms and peeps forth in daily intercourse. "Give me good old ," cries the classical Potterite, "and keep your modern kickshaw. Mozart is good enough for me!" Alas, we think Mozart is too good for this bonehead, who no doubt prefers a Broadway comic opera to .
boneheaded etymology bone + headed
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) like a bonehead
  2. (slang) like something a bonehead would do
boner etymology from bone + er pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbəʊ.nə(ɹ)/
  • (US) /ˈboʊ.nɚ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (literally) One who or that which bone (removes bones).
  2. (dated, baseball, slang) A blunder; a silly mistake. {{defdate}} He really pulled a boner that time!
  3. (slang) An erect penis. {{defdate}} Why do guys get boners when they wake up in the morning?
Synonyms: (slang, erect penis) erection, hard-on, stiffy See , (mistake) blooper, blunder
related terms:
  • bone head
  • boney
  • boning knife
  • boneration
  • borne
bones {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of bone
  2. A percussive folk musical instrument played as a pair in one hand, often made from bovine ribs.
  3. (informal) The act of two fists meeting together in the manner equivalent to a high-five.
Synonyms: (fists meeting equivalent to a high-five) props
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of bone
  • ebons
boneyard etymology bone + yard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A graveyard.
  2. (games) In the game of dominoes, the pile of upside-down, as-yet-unused pieces.
Synonyms: (graveyard) see also .
bong pronunciation
  • (UK) /bɒŋ/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Onomatopoeia
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A clang of a large bell.
  2. Door bell chime.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to pull a bell.
  2. to ring a doorbell.
etymology 2 {{wikipedia}} From Thai บ้อง 〈b̂xng〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A vessel, usually made of glass or ceramic and filled with water, used in smoking various substances; especially marijuana or pot.
  2. A device for rapidly consuming beer, usually consisting of a funnel or reservoir of beer and a length of tubing.
Synonyms: (vessel for smoking) bucket bong, water pipe, (device for consuming beer) beer bong
etymology 3
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A very wide piton.
Bongo Bongo Land
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (dated, derogatory) The Third World countries, especially those in Africa.
bonkable etymology bonk + able
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, slang) Worthy of shag; fuckable.
bonkbuster etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) a popular novel involving frequent explicit sexual encounter, normally in a contemporary setting
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) of, pertaining to, or using the style of a bonkbuster
bonkers etymology {{rfe}} pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (informal) irrational, crazy
bonkersdom etymology From bonkers + dom.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) The state of being bonkers; craziness.
    • 2010, Simon Mills, "Shortcuts", The Guardian, 20 Jul 2010: "CLC" (that's "Courtney Love Cobain") travels the world, texting and tweeting her barely lucid missives from the frontline of fashion, fabulousness and utter bonkersdom.
bonnet Alternative forms: (Scottish brimless hat) bunnet etymology From Middle English bonet, from Middle French bonet (Modern French bonnet), from Old French bonet, from frk *, from Proto-Germanic *bundiją, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰendʰ-. Compare also ll abbonis, obbonis, also of gem origin, from frk *, from * + *. Cognate with Old High German gibunt, Middle Dutch bont, Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐌱𐌿𐌽𐌳𐌹 〈𐌲𐌰𐌱𐌿𐌽𐌳𐌹〉. More at over, bundle. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbɒn.ɪt/, /ˈbɑː.nɪt/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A type of hat, once worn by women or children, held in place by ribbon tied under the chin.
    • 1936, , , [http//|%22bonnets%22+-intitle:%22bonnet|bonnets%22+-inauthor:%22bonnet|bonnets%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=E57_TqWdPJGviQfI56CzCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bonnet%22|%22bonnets%22%20-intitle%3A%22bonnet|bonnets%22%20-inauthor%3A%22bonnet|bonnets%22&f=false unnumbered page], In the hall, Scarlett saw a bonnet and put it on hurriedly, tying the ribbons under her chin. It was Melanie's black mourning bonnet and it did not fit Scarlett's head but she could not recall where she had put her own bonnet.
    • 2008, Russell H. Conwell, Robert Shackleton, Acres of Diamonds, [http//|%22bonnets%22+-intitle:%22bonnet|bonnets%22+-inauthor:%22bonnet|bonnets%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ZTn_Tr7GIIewiQfrodCcAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bonnet%22|%22bonnets%22%20-intitle%3A%22bonnet|bonnets%22%20-inauthor%3A%22bonnet|bonnets%22&f=false page 35], “Now,” said he, “put such a bonnet as that in the show window.” He did not fill his show-window up town with a lot of hats and bonnets to drive people away, and then sit on the back stairs and bawl because people went to Wanamaker's to trade.
  2. A traditional Scottish woollen brimless cap; a bunnet. {{rfquotek}}
  3. (by extension) The polishing head of a power buffer, often made of wool.
    • 2008, The Editors of Popular Mechanics, Popular Mechanics Complete Car Care Manual, [http//|%22bonnets%22+car+-intitle:%22bonnet|bonnets%22+-inauthor:%22bonnet|bonnets%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Ufb_TvfIIIXjmAWnoZHnCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bonnet%22|%22bonnets%22%20car%20-intitle%3A%22bonnet|bonnets%22%20-inauthor%3A%22bonnet|bonnets%22&f=false page 297], Make sure that the power buffer's lamb's-wool bonnet is clean. Change or rinse the bonnet frequently to avoid scratching the finish. Use the bonnet as a mitten to buff in the crevices and other areas that the power buffer can't reach.
  4. (Australia, British, NZ, South Africa, automotive) The hinge cover over the engine of a motor car; a hood.
    • 2003, Jon McGregor, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, [http//|%22bonnets%22+car+-intitle:%22bonnet|bonnets%22+-inauthor:%22bonnet|bonnets%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=qwcAT-WuEYSriAe_06G8AQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bonnet%22|%22bonnets%22%20car%20-intitle%3A%22bonnet|bonnets%22%20-inauthor%3A%22bonnet|bonnets%22&f=false page 189], The car is burgundy red, wide and elegant, ten years old but still the boys are impressed and they run to touch it, pressing sticky handprints against the polished bodywork and trying to climb up onto the bonnet.
    • 2004, David Spencer, quoted in Don Loffler, The FJ Holden: A Favourite Australian Car, [http//|%22bonnets%22+car+-intitle:%22bonnet|bonnets%22+-inauthor:%22bonnet|bonnets%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=g_r_Ts-8IsOziQfusoWZAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bonnet%22|%22bonnets%22%20car%20-intitle%3A%22bonnet|bonnets%22%20-inauthor%3A%22bonnet|bonnets%22&f=false page 217], People were reluctant to slam a bonnet shut in those days. One just did not slam bonnets and doors.
    • 2009, Ciaran Simms, Denis Wood, Pedestrian and Cyclist Impact: A Biomechanical Perspective, [http//|%22bonnets%22+car+-intitle:%22bonnet|bonnets%22+-inauthor:%22bonnet|bonnets%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Vv7_TpH8LMqaiQexrfShDA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bonnet%22|%22bonnets%22%20car%20-intitle%3A%22bonnet|bonnets%22%20-inauthor%3A%22bonnet|bonnets%22&f=false page 38], By about 20 ms, there is contact between the bonnet leading edge and the pedestrian upper leg/pelvis on the struck side, the severity of which depends on the vehicle shape.
    • 2009, Stefan Aust, Anthea Bell, Baader-Meinhof: the inside story of the R.A.F., [http//|%22bonnets%22+car+-intitle:%22bonnet|bonnets%22+-inauthor:%22bonnet|bonnets%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=VAAAT_qmFKnUmAW64bXrDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bonnet%22|%22bonnets%22%20car%20-intitle%3A%22bonnet|bonnets%22%20-inauthor%3A%22bonnet|bonnets%22&f=false page 308], Stoll was still standing on the car bonnet with the catch of his large-calibre repeating rifle off.
  5. (nautical) A length of canvas attached to a fore-and-aft sail to increase the pulling power. {{rfquotek}}
  6. (obsolete, slang) An accomplice of a gambler, auctioneer, etc., who entices others to bet or to bid.
  7. The second stomach of a ruminant.
  8. Anything resembling a bonnet (hat) in shape or use.
    1. A small defence work at a salient angle; or a part of a parapet elevated to screen the other part from enfilade fire.
    2. A metallic canopy, or projection, over an opening, as a fireplace, or a cowl or hood to increase the draught of a chimney, etc.
    3. A frame of wire netting over a locomotive chimney, to prevent escape of sparks.
    4. A roofing over the cage of a mine, to protect its occupants from objects falling down the shaft.
    5. In pumps, a metal covering for the openings in the valve chambers.
Synonyms: (Scottish brimless hat) tam o'shanter, (cover over the engine of a motor car) hood (US)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete) To take off the bonnet or cap as a mark of respect; to uncover. {{rfquotek}}
  2. (dated, transitive) To pull the bonnet or cap down over the head of.
    • quotationDickens, The Pickwick Papers, 43
{{Webster 1913}}
  • bent on
bon voyage {{wikipedia}} etymology Borrowing from French: bon + voyage.
interjection: {{phrasebook}} {{en-interj}}
  1. Used to wish someone a good journey.
boo pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Coined to create a loud and startling sound. Compare Latin boō.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. A loud exclamation intended to scare someone, especially a child. Usually used when one has been hidden from the victim and then suddenly appear unexpectedly.
  2. A word used ironically in a situation where one might have scared someone, but said someone was not scared. Not said as loudly as in definition 1.
  3. An exclamation used by a member or many members of an audience, as at a stage play or sports game, to indicate derision or disapproval of what has just occurred.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A derisive shout made to indicate disapproval.
    • {{quote-news }}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To shout extended boos derisively. When he took the podium, the crowd booed.
    • 2004, The New Yorker, 18 Oct 2004 Nobody booed and nobody clapped
  2. (transitive) To derisively shout extended boos at. The protesters loudly booed the visiting senator.
etymology 2 From beau.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, AAVE, slang) A close acquaintance or significant other.
  • o/b/o
  • OOB
boob etymology Short for booby. The noun sense "dummy" dates to 1909, while the noun sense "breast" dates to 1945. pronunciation
  • /ˈbuːb/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, pejorative) Idiot, fool.
    • 1914, George Vere Hobart, Boobs, as Seen by John Henry, 14521032, page 75, “Not having an ear for music it annoys me to hear the boobs squeal.”
  2. (slang) A breast, especially that of a human adult or adolescent female.
    • 1945, James T Farrell, Judgement Day, 186789080, page 314, “Tough luck. Too quick in covering to let them see her boobs.”
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To behave stupidly; to act like a boob.
    • 1969, Colin Watson, The Flaxborough Chronicle, 26730196, page 250, “After three hits his cleverness ran out. He boobed.”
  2. (informal, intransitive) To make a mistake
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  • bobo, Bobo
boobage etymology boob + age
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Bosom, breast.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of boob
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Having boob (breasts) of a specified kind. a large-boobed woman
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, chiefly in the plural) A woman's breast.
Synonyms: See also .
boobfest etymology boob + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, slang) Any event involving the showing of bare female breast, especially to a large extent.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, of a woman) Having breast
    • 1977, Laurence Delaney, The Triton Ultimatum, 9780690014907, page 84, “Did you ever see any place filled with so many big-boobied blondes, and dressed in those string bikini things?”
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of booby
boobird etymology {{blend}}? Related to e.g. Toronto Blue Jays?
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A spectator at a sport event who boo the home team.
    • {{quote-news}}
boob job
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A breast augmentation (or, less commonly, a breast reduction). Do you reckon that celebrity’s had a boob job?
boob juice {{rfquote}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, slang) breast milk
boobless etymology boob + less
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Without boob (breasts).
boo-boo etymology
  • Possibly from bug-a-boo, an imaginary evil goblin.
  • Possibly from bubo, a swollen lymph node especially obvious in sufferers of bubonic plague.
  • Possibly from the sound a baby or young toddler might make.
  • (Canada) /ˈbuːˌbuː/
  • {{audio}}
Alternative forms: booboo, boo boo
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (colloquial, often, childish) A mistake or error.
  2. (colloquial, childish, by or to young children) A minor injury, such as a cut or a bruise.
  3. (colloquial, childish, by or to young children) Feces.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial, childish, by or to young children) To defecate.
Synonyms: (error) blooper, blunder, faux pas, fluff, gaffe, lapse, slip, stumble, thinko, (minor injury) owie, scrape, bruise, nick, scratch, (void one’s bowels) (slang) crap, (obsolete) drite, (slang) dump, (informal) pinch a loaf, (informal, humorous) drop a bomb, (informal, humorous) drop the kids off at the pool, (vulgar) shit, (vulgar) shite, (vulgar) take a shit, (slang) take a dump, (informal) drop a deuce Sometimes used sarcastic when the speaker believes the listener is overreacting to a very minor injury, as in Aw, did the little boy get a boo-boo?
related terms:
  • defecation
  • fæces
boob tube {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) television
  2. (British, informal) A type of woman's upper body garment consisting of a taut band of cloth around the breasts and back.
Synonyms: (garment) tube top (US) The word used as a synonym for television was heard as early as 1965 on an episode of . It was probably being used before that time.
booby {{wikipedia}} {{wikispecies}} pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 17th Century. Spanish bobo, from Latin balbus.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A stupid person.
  2. (by extension) Any of various large tropical seabird from the genera Sula and Papasula in the gannet family Sulidae, traditionally considered to be stupid.
    • 1638 Herbert, Sir Thomas Some years travels into divers parts of Asia and Afrique At which time, ſome Boobyes, weary of flight, made our Ship their pearch, an animall ſo ſimple as ſuffers any to take her without feare, as if a ſtupid ſenſe made her careleſſe of danger...
Synonyms: (stupid person) , (large tropical seabird) sulid
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (rare, intransitive) To behave stupidly; to act like a booby.
    • 1824 Washington Irving, "Proclamation", Salmagundi volume 1: Who lounge and who loot, and who booby about, / No knowledge within, and no manners without;
  2. (transitive) To install a booby trap on or at (something); to attack (someone) with a booby trap.
    • 1976 "Weekly Almanac", Jet volume 22, page 44: Self Boobied. Donald E. Campbell of Merritt Island, Fla., accidentally tripped on one of the shotgun shell booby traps he had installed
etymology 2 From the earlier form bubby.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) a woman’s breast
    • 1934 Henry Miller, At ten o’clock she was lying on the divan with her boobies in her hands.
  • yobbo
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical) a small hatchway in the deck of a ship
  2. (slang, pejorative) a lunatic asylum or similar institution
booder etymology The term came into the popular vernacular in the jazz scene in 1920's Harlem- the Making of a Ghetto 1890-1930, Gilbert Osofsky, 1966.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, dated, jazz) A catch-all phrase for an object, person, or place.
Originally used by young males from what would become the neighborhood of , to the north of Harlem.The Harlem Renaissance, James Haskins, 1996 The vernacular moved with the spread of jazz music through , traveling gradually downtown. Secondhand accounts cite having used the word to describe the "...booders in those martinis..." and saying that his "[expletive] booder is loose," before a concert with in 1925. Soloists and Sidemen: American Jazz Stories, Peter Vacher, 2004 Usage declined in the mid-50's.Rock and Roll: A Social History, Paul Friedlander, 1996
  • doober
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, baseball, dated, 19th C) one displaying unsportsmanlike behavior
boodling etymology From boodle
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (USA, informal, dated) political corruption
    • {{quote-news}}
boofhead etymology From (obsolete) bufflehead. Boofhead was the name of a cartoon character in a Sydney newspaper during the 1940s.[ Australian National Dictionary Centre]
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang, derogatory) Idiot.
    • 2007, Felice Arena, Garry Lyon, Specky Magee & the Spirit of the Game, [http//|%22boofheads%22+-intitle:%22boofhead|boofheads%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=xUEAT9n1JI-ziQfwwsG2AQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22boofhead%22|%22boofheads%22%20-intitle%3A%22boofhead|boofheads%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], ‘Ah, if it isn′t the grunter and his boofhead mate, Biff,’ said Matt, standing between Specky and the two Sovereign Grove thugs.
    • 2010, Emily Maguire, Smoke in the Room, [http//|%22boofheads%22+-intitle:%22boofhead|boofheads%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Rj4AT634HoSiiAecwbz6DQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22boofhead%22|%22boofheads%22%20-intitle%3A%22boofhead|boofheads%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 2], ‘And he looks fit. Strong. I worry about you here alone. There are some real boofheads in this building.’ ‘Harmless boofheads. Anyway, I′m safer with boofheads down the hall than some religious nut-job muscle man in the flat with me.’
    • 2010, Cathryn Brunet, Three Over Par, [http//|%22boofheads%22+-intitle:%22boofhead|boofheads%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=xUEAT9n1JI-ziQfwwsG2AQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22boofhead%22|%22boofheads%22%20-intitle%3A%22boofhead|boofheads%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], “Stop it, you daft thing.” He draws me into a warm hug. “I might be a bit of a boofhead but I do understand.” My arms wrap tightly around him. “You′re not a boofhead. You′re a very nice man and I′m glad you′re my friend.”
boofy pronunciation
  • (AusE) /ˈbʊfi/
etymology 1 From bouffant.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Australia, colloquial) Of hair, puffy, or having extra volume, not necessarily desired; having such hair; see bouffant. My hair was so boofy this morning it took 10 minutes of brushing to get it looking decent.
    • 2004, Margaret Simons, Latham's World: The New Politics of the Outsiders, [http//|%22boofier%22|%22boofiest%22+-intitle:%22boofy|boofier%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=4FkAT6T7DaihiAe_g7nDAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22boofy%22|%22boofier%22|%22boofiest%22%20-intitle%3A%22boofy|boofier%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 38], He appeared in person much as he did on television – big, boofy even when well groomed – like a version of Ginger Meggs grown up and gone into politics.
    • 2005, John Harms, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story, [http//|%22boofier%22|%22boofiest%22+-intitle:%22boofy|boofier%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=4FkAT6T7DaihiAe_g7nDAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22boofy%22|%22boofier%22|%22boofiest%22%20-intitle%3A%22boofy|boofier%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 81], Steve trotted onto the field: a young footballer with a boofy, 1980s haircut.
    • 2010, James Dack, Stephen Dack, Larry Writer, Sunshine and Shadow: A Brothers' Story, [http//|%22boofier%22|%22boofiest%22+-intitle:%22boofy|boofier%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=flwAT8DxM7GYiAf7rsjRAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22boofy%22|%22boofier%22|%22boofiest%22%20-intitle%3A%22boofy|boofier%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], I'm smiling, my tie is askew, and I'm sporting a boofy big hairdo, like all the other kids in my class.
etymology 2 Possibly from or influenced by boofhead.{{etystub}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Australia, colloquial) Brawny, overtly masculine and rather dim-witted. Dave, the big boofy builder, finally solved the mouse problem the big boofy bloke way: by crushing it unceremoniously under his boot.
    • 2006, Judy Hardy-Holden, Love in the Afternoon, [http//|%22boofier%22|%22boofiest%22+-intitle:%22boofy|boofier%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=62IAT4unC62kiAeI9oSQBQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22boofy%22|%22boofier%22|%22boofiest%22%20-intitle%3A%22boofy|boofier%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 58], My friend Sharn has a friend in her late 50s who is very keen to maintain sexual relations with her husband, a big boofy bloke, a mechanic by trade.
    • 2011, Dave Graney, 1001 Australian Nights: A Memoir, [http//|%22boofier%22|%22boofiest%22+-intitle:%22boofy|boofier%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=flwAT8DxM7GYiAf7rsjRAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22boofy%22|%22boofier%22|%22boofiest%22%20-intitle%3A%22boofy|boofier%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 116], Suddenly the carriage was full of boofy schoolboys all excitedly chesting and punching each other and stretching their limbs as they tried to sit still.
    • 2011, John Sullivan, Firebug, [http//|%22boofier%22|%22boofiest%22+-intitle:%22boofy|boofier%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=nGQAT_TbHJGeiQe1jMGrAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22boofy%22|%22boofier%22|%22boofiest%22%20-intitle%3A%22boofy|boofier%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 72], She likes Doug Wright, believes behind the hard facade lives a warm, boofy bloke not unlike her Dave.
related terms:
  • boofhead
boog etymology Originated in 1930s (boogiewoogie).
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To dance; to go boogiewooging.
booger pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈbʊɡɚ/
  • (RP) /ˈbʊɡə/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Alteration of the English dialectal words buggard, boggart (bug + ard) or boggard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US) A piece of solid or semisolid mucus in or removed from the nostril.
  2. (US, slang) A thing; especially a problematic or difficult thing.
Synonyms: (mucus) bogey, bogie (UK), (thing) puppy
etymology 2 From boogie board.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (surfing, slang, mildly derogatory) bodyboarder Watch the local boogers charge it!
  • goober
boogie pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
Alternative forms: boogy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A piece of solid or semi-solid mucus in or removed from the nostril cavity; booger.
  2. (informal) Dancing usually prominently exhibit movement of the buttocks.
  3. (skydiving, informal) A large, organised skydiving event.
  • 2007 October 23, Murry Taylor, as quoted by Eric Weiner, “High-Tech Drone to Join Battle Against Calif. Flames”, National Public Radio, at the fire engines are bigger, the crews are better trained and the aircraft are more modern. But we're dealing with Mother Nature, and she dances a mean boogie.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To dance a boogie.
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  2. (intransitive, informal) To move, walk, leave, exit.
    • Let's boogie on out of here.
    • 15 Months with SOG: A Warrior's Tour‎, page 75, Thom Nicholson, 1999, “Again, the entire line stopped, and again, by the time I got there the enemy had boogied, having accomplished their mission: to delay and harass us”
    • Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter, page 69, Blaize Clement, 2007, “The waiter boogied back with the drinks and did a little shimmy before he boogied off.”
    • A Beast the Color of Winter: The Mountain Goat Observed‎, page 149, Douglas H. Chadwick, 2002, “Once in a while just coming upon a tilted snowbank in the midst of a feeding area is enough to send a band boogieing away downhill.”
book {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /bʊk/
  • {{audio}} plural {{audio}}
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English book, from Old English bōc, from Proto-Germanic *bōks, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeh₂ǵos 〈*bʰeh₂ǵos〉. {{rel-top}}Cognate with Scots buik, beuk, Western Frisian boek, German Low German Book, Dutch Low Saxon book, Dutch boek, German Buch, Danish bog, Swedish bok. Related also to Latin fāgus, Russian бук 〈buk〉, Albanian bung, Ancient Greek φηγός 〈phēgós〉, Armenian բուն 〈bun〉, Kurdish bûz. More at beech, buckwheat. {{rel-bottom}} The sense development of beech to book is explained by the fact that smooth gray beech bark was commonly used as bookfell.J.P. Mallory, ''Encyclopedia of Indo-European Culture'', s.v. "beech" (London: Fitroy-Dearborn, 1997), 58.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A collection of sheets of paper bound together to hinge at one edge, containing printed or written material, pictures, etc. She opened the book to page 37 and began to read aloud. He was frustrated because he couldn't find anything about dinosaurs in the book.
  2. A long work fit for publication, typically prose, such as a novel or textbook, and typically published as such a bound collection of sheets. I have three copies of his first book.
  3. A major division of a long work. Genesis is the first book of the Bible. Many readers find the first book of A Tale of Two Cities to be confusing.
  4. A record of betting (from the use of a notebook to record what each person has bet). I'm running a book on who is going to win the race.
  5. A convenient collection, in a form resembling a book, of small paper items for individual use. a book of stamps a book of raffle tickets
  6. The script of a musical.
  7. (usually, in the plural) Records of the accounts of a business.
  8. A long document stored (as data) that is or will become a book; an e-book.
  9. (legal) A colloquial reference to a book award, a recognition for receiving the highest grade in a class (traditionally an actual book, but recently more likely a letter or certificate acknowledging the achievement).
  10. (whist) Six trick taken by one side.
  11. (poker slang) four of a kindWeisenberg, Michael (2000) ''[ The Official Dictionary of Poker].'' MGI/Mike Caro University. ISBN 978-1880069523
  12. (sports) A document, held by the referee, of the incidents happened in the game.
  13. (sports, by extension) A list of all players who have been booked (received a warning) in a game.
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Synonyms: (collection of sheets of paper bound together containing printed or written material) tome (especially a large book), (convenient collection of small paper items, such as stamps) booklet, (major division of a published work, larger than a chapter) tome, volume, (script of a musical) libretto, (records of the accounts of a business) account, record
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To reserve (something) for future use. I want to book a hotel room for tomorrow night I can book tickets for the concert next week.
  2. (transitive) To write down, to register or record in a book or as in a book. They booked that message from the hill
  3. (law enforcement, transitive) To record the name and other details of a suspected offender and the offence for later judicial action. The police booked him for driving too fast.
  4. (sports) To issue with a caution, usually a yellow card, or a red card if a yellow card has already been issued.
  5. (intransitive, slang) To travel very fast. He was really booking, until he passed the speed trap.
  6. To record bets as bookmaker.
  7. (transitive, law student slang) To receive the highest grade in a class. The top three students had a bet on which one was going to book their intellectual property class.
  8. (intransitive, slang) To leave. He was here earlier, but he booked.
Synonyms: (to reserve) reserve, (to write down) make a note of, note down, record, write down, (to travel very fast) bomb (slang), hurtle, rocket (informal), speed, shoot, whiz (informal)
etymology 2 From Middle English book, from Old English bōc, first and third person singular preterite of bacan. Cognate with Scots beuk, German buk and probably Albanian bukë. More at bake.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (UK dialectal, Northern England) en-simple past of bake
  • {{rank}}
  • boko
  • kobo
bookaholic etymology book + aholic
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A lover of book.
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Synonyms: bibliophile, booklover
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of bookend
  2. (poker, slang) An ace and a ten as a starting hand in Texas hold 'em as the cards are the first and last in a top straight
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of bookend
bookie {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ˈbʊki/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A bookmaker, being a person who, or business which, takes bets from the general public on sporting events and similar.
Synonyms: turf accountant
booking pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology From the verb to book, from the noun book
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of book
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act or process of writing something down in a book or books, e.g. in accounting.
  2. A reservation for a service, such as accommodation in an hotel.
  3. The engagement of a performer for a particular performance.
  4. (sports) The issuing of a caution which is usually written down in a book, and results in a yellow card or (after two bookings) a red card, that is to say, the player is sent from the field of play.
  5. (legal) The process of photograph, fingerprint and record identifying data of a suspect following arrest.
bookish etymology book + ish pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbʊk.ɪʃ/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Given to reading; fond of study; better acquainted with book than with people; learned from books.
    • 1783, , The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin‎, page 16 From a child I was fond of reading, and all the little money that came into my hands was ever laid out in books. … This bookish inclination at length determined my father to make me a printer, though he had already one son (James) of that profession.
  2. Characterized by a method of expression generally found in books.
    • 1996, Helen L. Harrison, Pistoles/Paroles: Money and Language in Seventeenth-century French Comedy‎, page 50 Obviously, neither Corneille nor the characters who laugh at excessively bookish speech avoid literary convention.
Synonyms: (characterized by expression found in books) formal, labored, literary, pedantic
  • Kibosho
book it
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To take off quickly; to leave in a hurry. I may be late if I don't book it now to get there.
booksy etymology books + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Pertaining to book.
    • 1948, Dan Wickenden, Tobias Brandywine "I feel that a book shop should be more, well, booksy."
    • 1955, John Innes Mackintosh Stewart, The guardians "Booksy talk?" Quail was amused by this not entirely felicitous apology. "But my dear young man, you were as booksy as any of us...
  2. (informal) Inclined to read books; literate.
    • 1972, John Braine, The queen of a distant country And he wasn't booksy and didn't pretend to be: he cheerfully admitted to reading no books except the occasional thriller.
boom {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}
    • (UK) /buːm/
    • (US) /bum/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Onomatopoetic, perhaps borrowed; compare German bummen, Dutch bommen.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make a loud, resonant sound. Thunder boomed in the distance and lightning flashes lit up the horizon. The cannon boomed, recoiled, and spewed a heavy smoke cloud. Beneath the cliff, the sea was booming on the rocks. I can hear the organ slowly booming from the chapel.
  2. (transitive, figuratively, of speech) To exclaim with force, to shout, to thunder.
    • {{RQ:Wodehouse Offing}}
  3. (transitive) To make something boom. Men in grey robes slowly booming the drums of death.
  4. (slang, US, obsolete) To publicly praise.
    • {{rfdate}}, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Problem of Thor Bridge
    If you pull this off every paper in England and America will be booming you.
  5. To rush with violence and noise, as a ship under a press of sail, before a free wind.
    • Totten She comes booming down before it.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A low-pitched, resonant sound, such as of an explosion. The boom of the surf.
  2. One of the call of certain monkey or bird.
    • 1990, Mark A. Berkley, William C. Stebbins, Comparative Perception Interestingly, the blue monkey's boom and pyow calls are both long-distance signals (Brown, 1989), yet the two calls differ in respect to their susceptibility to habitat-induced degradation.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. used to suggest the sound of an explosion.
etymology 2 From Dutch boom. Compare English beam.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical) A spar extending the foot of a sail; a spar rigged outboard from a ship's side to which boat are secured in harbour.
  2. A movable pole used to support a microphone or camera.
  3. A horizontal member of a crane or derrick, used for lifting.
  4. (electronics) The longest element of a Yagi antenna, on which the other, smaller ones, are transversally mounted.
  5. A floating barrier used to obstruct navigation, for military or other purposes; or used for the containment of an oil spill.
  6. A wishbone shaped piece of windsurfing equipment.
  7. The arm of a crane (mechanical lifting machine).
  8. The section of the arm on a backhoe closest to the tractor.
related terms:
  • (nautical) buoy, cathead
  • crane
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To extend, or push, with a boom or pole. to boom out a sail; to boom off a boat
etymology 3 Or uncertain origin; perhaps a development of Etymology 1, above.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (economics, business) A period of prosperity or high market activity.
  • (period of prosperity) recession
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To be prosperous. Business was booming.
  2. (transitive, dated) To cause to advance rapidly in price. to boom railroad or mining shares
Synonyms: (to be prosperous) flourish, prosper
  • mobo, MOBO, moob
boomer pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An adult male kangaroo.
  2. A baby boomer.
  3. (US, mainly 1920-1930) A transient worker who would move from boom town to boom town in search of temporary work.
  4. (US, nautical, military, slang) A nuclear ballistic missile submarine, SSBN.
    • 1990, The Hunt For Red October: Distant contact, probably submerged. It's a wild guess, but I'd say we hit a boomer coming out of the barn. Could be a missile boat out of Polijarny.
  5. (UK) The bittern.
boomeritis etymology boomer + itis, coined by Ken Wilber in Boomeritis: A Novel That Will Set You Free (2002).
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (informal) A narcissistic liberal worldview associated with baby boomer.
    • 2009, Larry Samuel, Rich: the rise and fall of American wealth culture (page 222) Techies were the most juvenile, but other wealthy men, in the full throes of boomeritis, also acted like kids in a candy store.
boomshanka etymology {{wikipedia}} The phrase originated in an episode of the British television comedy series The Young Ones. The episode, entitled "Cash", was first broadcast in 1984. The segment of dialogue, where Neil is composing a letter to his bank manager to request a loan, is as follows;
  • Neil: I know, why not "Boomshanka"? It means, "May the seed of your loin be fruitful in the belly of your woman"
  • Mike: He'll never understand "Boomshanka". You'll have to write the whole thing out
  • Neil: Right, okay, here we go. "Darling Fascist Bullyboy, Give me some more money, you bastard. May the seed of your loin be fruitful in the belly of your woman, Neil."
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (idiomatic, British, humorous) A wish of happiness. Purportedly a literal translation (from an unknown language) is, "May the seed of your loin be fruitful in the belly of your woman"
boomslang {{wikipedia}} etymology From Afrikaans boomslang, from Dutch boomslang, composed of boom + slang.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa) A highly venomous snake found in sub-Saharan Africa, Dispholidus typus.
boomstick etymology From boom ‘a log; explosion sound’ + stick.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. In logging, any of the larger logs chained together to create a floating boom.
  2. (slang) a shotgun, especially a sawn-off version.
etymology 1 Suggestions are:
  • From boondocks.
  • From the name of the town of or the .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, chiefly, Canberra, slang) A person who takes particular pride in their car and enjoys showing it off.
  2. (Australia, slang, derogatory) A bogan.
Synonyms: (car-proud person) hoon, petrolhead
etymology 2 From the .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US) A trophy size big game animal, as measured by the ranking criteria.
  • Borneo
  • Oberon
boong etymology First used by soldiers in New Guinea. Suggested sources are
  • Malay boong,'''1959''', [[w:Xavier Herbert|Xavier Herbert]], ''Seven Emus'', 2003, [ page 5] — The term ''boong'' is originally Malayan, meaning “brother”, but it doesn't mean anything like that in Australian usage.
  • Indonesian dialectal bung
  • A
  • An language.'''1988''', ''[[w:The Bulletin|The Bulletin]]'', Issues 5617-5625, [ page 121] — They would doubtless have been amused to learn that in New Guinea, where the term "boong" originated, it means "brother" and has a kinship with the Indonesian "bung" and Thursday Island's "binghi".
Previously the word binghi was used widely in similar fashion to the present-day use of the term Negro for peoples of African ancestry, see titles from this booklist and also writings of (e.g. in ), for example.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang, dated) A native of New Guinea.
    • 1943, Australian Army, Timor Souvenir, in Khaki and Green: With the Australian Army at Home and Overseas, page 119, A couple of boongs came down and carried me up to the hut where our R.A.P. corporal was.
    • 1998, August Ibrum K. Kituai, My Gun, My Brother: The World of the Papua New Guinea Colonial Police, 1920-1960, page 282, During the War the soldiers generally referred to Papua New Guineans as “Boongs,” a name also given to black Americans. It is not a nice word, but is fair to say that the Aussies held the boongs in quite some affection during the War.
    • 2000, Prue Torney-Parlicki, Somewhere in Asia: War, Journalism and Australia's Neighbours 1941-75, page 48, [Department of Information cameraman Damien] Parer's views on mateship encompassed both the Papuans and the soldiers: at one point he wrote ‘“no boongs, no battle”, implying that natives and diggers were equal partners in their fight against the Japanese.’71
  1. (Australia, slang, very pejorative, ethnic slur) An Australian aboriginal.
    • 1988, Bruce Chatwin, The Songlines, page 92, I heard Bruce tell one of the drinkers he'd bought a place in Queensland where you could ‘still call a Boong a Boong’.
    • 2010, Peter Temple, The Broken Shore, page 82, ‘…I quit the feds because I didn't want to be a showpiece boong cop.’
    • 2011, Linda Lee Rathbun, Tjuringa, unnumbered page, “Yeah,” he said, “them boongs are a useless lot. The sooner they all die off, the better.” “And why is that?” Bill asked. “The Abos are nothing but a pack of boozers. All they wanna' do is get pissed.” The man glared at his beer. “Useless, they are.”
Synonyms: (Asian or dark-skinned person) Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel, (aboriginal) abo, Jacky
  • bogon, bongo
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (New Zealand, taboo) A person of Polynesian origin.
  2. (Straya, taboo) a willy
boonies etymology From boondocks, via clipping and adding the suffix + ies, as if a singular *.
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang) Boondocks.
Synonyms: See:
  • noobies
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (informal, childish) A woman's breast.
    • 1954, Oren Arnold, The golden chair (page 89) I swallowed hard, and I felt my ears beginning to burn. You know why? It was because of her boosies.
    • 1999, Sheila Kohler, Cracks (page 92) Di wanted to weep because Miss G had never even touched her boosies. Then Fiamma pushed Miss G away from her, roughly.
    • 2001, Penelope Todd, Peri (page 65) Peri's face was pink from the beach and she had a blue shirt so you could see the tops of her boosies and Mum said, 'Just one more button, Peri,' so she pulled the edges together but she didn't do up the button.
boost {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology The verb is first recorded 1815; the noun, 1825.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A push from behind, as to one who is endeavoring to climb; help.
  2. (automotive engineering) A positive intake manifold pressure in cars with turbocharger or supercharger.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To lift or push from behind (one who is endeavoring to climb); to push up.
    • 2009, Richard L. Cave, Peace Keepers (page 39) Gaddis found that with his broken arm, he couldn't climb the wall. Josh grabbed his foot and boosted him up.
  2. (transitive, by extension) To help or encourage (something) to increase or improve; to assist in overcoming obstacles. This campaign will boost your chances of winning the election.
  3. (slang, transitive) To steal.
  4. (Canada, transitive) To jump-start a vehicle by using cables to connect the battery in a running vehicle to the battery in a vehicle that won't start.
    • 1980, Popular Mechanics (volume 154, number 4, page 152) It's easy to boost a dead battery, but this can be dangerous if it's done the wrong way.
    • 2004, "Doug Mitchell", how to connect for boost? (on newsgroup If I want to use the charged Montana battery to boost my old Summit where do I connect the negative cable on the good battery of the Montana?
    • 2010, Thomas Hurka, The Best Things in Life: A Guide to What Really Matters (page 121) Virtue is therefore like boosting one car battery from another: you want to connect positive to positive and negative to negative.
  • boots
  • botos
boot {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /buːt/, [buːt]
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English boote, bote, from Old French bote. Of obscure origin, but probably related to Old French bot, Old French bot, from Old frk *butt, from Proto-Germanic *buttaz, *butaz, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰewt-, *bʰewd-. Compare Norwegian butt, Low German butt, Old English bytt, Old English buttuc. More at buttock.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A heavy shoe that cover part of the leg.
  2. A blow with the foot; a kick.
  3. (construction) A flexible cover of rubber or plastic, which may be preformed to a particular shape and used to protect a shaft, lever, switch, or opening from dust, dirt, moisture, etc.
  4. A torture device used on the feet or legs, such as a Spanish boot.
  5. (US) A parking enforcement device used to immobilize a car until it can be tow or a fine is paid; a wheel clamp.
  6. A rubber bladder on the leading edge of an aircraft’s wing, which is inflated periodically to remove ice buildup. A deicing boot.
  7. (obsolete) A place at the side of a coach, where attendants rode; also, a low outside place before and behind the body of the coach.
  8. (archaic) A place for baggage at either end of an old-fashioned stagecoach.
  9. (Australia, British, NZ, automotive) The luggage storage compartment of a sedan or saloon car.
    • 1998, , A Sight For Sore Eyes, 2010, [http//|%22boots%22+car+-intitle:%22boot|boots%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=MYUBT93bJYnwmAWVzsToBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22boot%22|%22boots%22%20car%20-intitle%3A%22boot|boots%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 260], He heaved the bag and its contents over the lip of the boot and on to the flagstones. When it was out, no longer in that boot but on the ground, and the bag was still intact, he knew the worst was over.
    • 2003, Keith Bluemel, Original Ferrari V-12 1965-1973: The Restorer's Guide, [http//|%22boots%22+car+-intitle:%22boot|boots%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=v5IBT86KCeXWmAWyrbi0Ag&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22boot%22|%22boots%22%20car%20-intitle%3A%22boot|boots%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], The body is constructed of welded steel panels, with the bonnet, doors and boot lid in aluminium on steel frames.
    • 2008, MB Chattelle, Richmond, London: The Peter Hacket Chronicles, [http//|%22boots%22+car+-intitle:%22boot|boots%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=v5IBT86KCeXWmAWyrbi0Ag&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22boot%22|%22boots%22%20car%20-intitle%3A%22boot|boots%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 104], Peers leant against the outside of the car a lit up her filter tip and watched as Bauer and Putin placed their compact suitcases in the boot of the BMW and slammed the boot lid down.
  10. (computing, informal) The act or process of removing somebody from a chat room.
  11. (British, slang) unattractive person, ugly woman
  12. (firearms) A hard plastic case for a long firearm, typically moulded to the shape of the gun and intended for use in a vehicle.
Synonyms: (shoe) buskin, mukluk, (blow with foot) kick, (car storage) trunk (US), (parking enforcement device) wheel clamp, (sacked, dismissed) fired, laid off
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To kick. I booted the ball toward my teammate.
  2. To put boots on, especially for riding.
    • Ben Jonson Coated and booted for it.
  3. To apply corporal punishment (compare slippering).
  4. (informal) To forcibly eject. We need to boot those troublemakers as soon as possible
  5. (computing, informal) To disconnect forcibly; to eject from an online service, conversation, etc.
    • 2002, Dan Verton, The Hacker Diaries - Page 67 As an IRC member with operator status, Swallow was able to manage who was allowed to remain in chat sessions and who got booted off the channel.
    • 2003, John C. Dvorak, Chris Pirillo, Online! - Page 173 Even flagrant violators of the TOS are not booted.
    • 2002, Jobe Makar, Macromedia Flash Mx Game Design Demystified - Page 544 In Electroserver, the kick command disconnects a user totally from the server and gives him a message about why he was booted.
  6. (slang) To vomit. Sorry, I didn’t mean to boot all over your couch.
The more common term for “to eject from a chatroom” etc. is kick. Synonyms: (kick) hoof, kick, (disconnect from online conversation) kick
etymology 2 From Middle English boote, bote, bot, from Old English bōt, from Proto-Germanic *bōtō, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeHd-, *bʰoHd-. Akin to Old Norse bót (Danish bod), Gothic 𐌱𐍉𐍄𐌰 〈𐌱𐍉𐍄𐌰〉, German Buße. Alternative forms: bote
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated) remedy, amends
    • Sir Walter Scott Thou art boot for many a bruise / And healest many a wound.
    • Wordsworth next her Son, our soul's best boot
  2. (uncountable) profit, plunder
  3. (obsolete) That which is given to make an exchange equal, or to make up for the deficiency of value in one of the things exchanged; compensation; recompense
    • Shakespeare I'll give you boot, I'll give you three for one.
  4. (obsolete) Profit; gain; advantage; use.
    • Shakespeare Then talk no more of flight, it is no boot.
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  1. (transitive) to profit, avail, benefit
    • Hooker What booteth it to others that we wish them well, and do nothing for them?
    • Byron What subdued / To change like this a mind so far imbued / With scorn of man, it little boots to know.
    • Southey What boots to us your victories?
  2. To enrich; to benefit; to give in addition.
    • Shakespeare And I will boot thee with what gift beside / Thy modesty can beg.
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etymology 3 Shortening of bootstrap.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing) The act or process of bootstrap; the start or re-starting of a computing device. It took three boots, but I finally got the application installed.
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  1. (computing) To bootstrap; to start a system, e.g. a computer, by invoking its boot process or bootstrap. When arriving at the office, first thing I do is booting my machine.
etymology 4 From bootleg, by shortening
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A bootleg recording.
  • boto
  • OOTB
boot boy Alternative forms: boot-boy etymology boot + boy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (C19 British ) A boy who cleans boot and shoe.
  2. (1970s British slang) One of a gang of violent hooligan who usually wear short-cropped hair and bovver boots.
    • 28 June 2013, Irish Independent, Shatter urges ex-FF ministers to reveal contacts with Anglo: "He's acting like a political thug and a political boot boy in a party political fashion."
  3. (British) A boy who cares for a footballer's boots.
    • 22 March 2009, The Guardian, Gunn peppers Birmingham's automatic promotion hopes: Among Bryan Gunn's myriad incarnations, from Alex Ferguson's babysitter through Scotland goalkeeper to Norwich manager, boot boy to Alex McLeish was one of the less successful. Once, just before a Scottish Cup final, McLeish discovered his size 10s were still in Aberdeen.
Synonyms: bovver boy, hooligan, skinhead
boot camp
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  1. (chiefly, North America, colloquial) Initial, basic indoctrination, physical fitness training and basic instruction in service-related subjects for new recruits in the armed forces (Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps).
  2. (chiefly, North America) A short, intensive, quasi-military program generally aimed at young offenders as an alternative to a jail term.
  3. (chiefly, North America, idiomatic) Any short, intensive course of training. We will institute a boot camp for training the sales force in these new products.
Synonyms: basic training
bootied etymology booty + ed
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  1. (slang) Having a booty or backside (of a specified kind).
    • 2003, Weekly World News (volume 24, number 18, 14 January 2003, page 48) The big-bootied diva was seen dallying with the boy-band singer earlier this year.
bootjack etymology boot + jack
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a V-shaped, or forked, device for pulling off boots.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) to steal
  • jackboot
bootneck etymology boot + neck
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang, military) A member of the Royal Marines.
boots pronunciation
  • /buːts/
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  1. plural of boot
  2. (sports) The sport shoe worn by player of certain game such as cricket and football.
  3. (dated) A servant at a hotel etc. who clean and black the boots and shoes. (takes a singular verb)
    • “The young man with Doyler, who indeed no longer worked at Lee's of Kingstown, but had advanced to a position of boots and bottle-washer at the Russell Hotel adjacent the Green, was looking uneasy. [...] The boots was sure. ”, Scribner , 0-7432-2294-6 , New York
  4. (Jamaica, slang, plurale tantum) A condom.Ras Dennis Jabari Reynolds, ''Jabari: Authentic Jamaican Dictionary of the Jamic Language'', Around the Way Books (2006), ISBN 0975534254, [ page 17]
    • 1980, , "Abortion", Black Uhuru (re-released as in 1983): I said throw away the boots, I want my little youth
Synonyms: (condom) see also .
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of boot
  • boost
  • botos
bootstrap {{wikipedia}} etymology boot + strap
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A loop (leather or other material) sewn at the side or top rear of a boot to help in pull the boot on.
  2. A means of advancing oneself or accomplishing something without aid. He used his business experience as a bootstrap to win voters.
  3. (computing) The process by which the operating system of a computer is loaded into its memory
  4. (computing) The process necessary to compile the tools that will be used to compile the rest of the system or program.
  5. (statistics) Any method or instance of estimating properties of an estimator (such as its variance) by measuring those properties when sampling from an approximating distribution.
related terms:
  • booting
  • cold boot
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To help (oneself) without the aid of others. Sam spent years bootstrapping himself through college.
  2. (computing) To load the operating system into the memory of a computer. Usually shortened to boot.
  3. (computing) To compile the tools that will be used to compile the rest of the system or program. Bootstrapping means building the GNU C Library, GNU Compiler Collection and several other key system programs.
related terms:
  • reboot
booty {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Old French butin
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical) A form of prize which, when a ship was captured at sea, could be distributed at once.
  2. Plunder taken from an enemy in time of war, or seized by piracy.
  3. (figuratively) Something that has been stolen or legally obtained from elsewhere. After returning from their Halloween trick-or-treat, the kids settled down to enjoy their booty of candies.
    • Charles Johnstone, Charles Johnstone, The Reverie; or, A Flight to the Paradise of Fools,, 2, Dublin, Printed by Dillon Chamberlaine, 1762, 202–203, 519072825, “[H]e ſtood ſtill till ſhe came to him, and then, ſpreading his arms in her way, caught her, loaded as ſhe was with the pieces of candles, with which ſhe had filled the forepart of her ſhift; for ſhe had, in her haste, forgot to bring any thing to carry them off. … If ſhe ſpoke to refuſe him, ſhe knew her voice would betray her, and ſhe ſhould be exposed for ever, at the same time that the fear of loſing her booty prevented her letting go her hold to ſtruggle with him, and ſtrive to repel force by force.”
    • George Crabb, George Crabb (writer), English Synonymes Explained, in Alphabetical Order: With Copious Illustrations and Examples Drawn from the Best Writers,, 2nd, London, Printed for Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy; and T[homas] Boosey, 1818, page 162, 560181292, Booty and prey are often used in an extended sense. Plunderers obtain a rich booty ; the diligent bee returns loaded with its booty.”
related terms:
  • boodle
coordinate terms:
  • loot
etymology 2 From butt
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The buttocks, usually that of a female. You got a big ol' booty.
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    • Fannie Lillian Miles Bellamy, Defaming Teddy: A Father Falsely Accused, Pittsburgh, Penn., Dorrance Publishing Co., 2004, page 6, 978-0-8059-6270-3, “She didn't like it when he touched her and indicated her clitoral area and buttocks. … Patty also commented that her daddy has played with her vagina and put toys in [her] booty. … Her father made her touch his private stuff, "his penis and booty." … In her sleep when Mrs. Porter was babysitting, Patty was observed to pull down her diaper and manipulate her clitoris and try to insert her finger into her "booty".”
    • Cathryn Parry, Out of His League, Richmond, Surrey, Mills & Boon, 2013, Chapter 9, 978-1-4720-1656-0, “When she turned her back to the mirror, the spandex in the material clung tightly to her booty. Ugh. She was even calling her derriere a "booty," because that's what her eight-year-old, cartoon-watching nephew called it. Whatever the name for her overcurvaceous backside, it was the bane of her existence. She simply sat too much. Even the two ballet classes a week she took at work, in the hospital exercise studio, did not help. If anything, they made her "booty" even "bootier".”
  2. (slang, not countable) A woman, considered as sexual partner or sex object.
    • 2000, (film) It’s my duty to please that booty.
etymology 3 From boot.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative spelling of bootee
booty bump
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  1. (slang) The act of taking methamphetamine by squirt it into the rectum.
bootyhole etymology booty ‘the buttocks’ + hole
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) The anus.
    • 2009, Zack Parsons, Your Next-Door Neighbor Is a Dragon: A Guided Tour of the Internet's Strange Subcultures and Weird Realities, Rebel Base Books (2009), ISBN 9780806527598, page 196: "Holy shit, that girl is crazy," I remarked at her scandalous poses with huge ass telephones betwixt her nether-loins and also up her bootyhole.
    • 2010, Karen Williams, Dirty to the Grave, Urban Books (2010), ISBN 9781599832814, unnumbered page: “Now y'all done started something. It's about to go down. I just wanna see a couple nipples and bootyholes.”
    • 2014, R. Talent, "Jojo", in Men on the Make: True Gay Sex Confessions (ed. Shane Allison), Cleis Press (2014), ISBN 9781627780612, page 100: I was already wet back there, but for another first, my bootyhole had this serious hankering to fit some dick in it.
Synonyms: See also .
bootylicious Alternative forms: bootilicious etymology booty + licious pronunciation
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  1. (slang) Callipygous or otherwise appealingly voluptuous.
    • 2001, (band), "" (song), (album) I don't think you ready for this jelly / I don't think you ready for this / 'Cause my body too bootylicious for ya, babe
    • 2003, Dale Alderman, Being a Dad, iUniverse (2003), ISBN 0595296173, page 104: Is it OK for a chunky, 40-something white guy to feel bootylicious? Oh, how I hope it's acceptable, because if feeling bootylicious is wrong, I don't wanna be right.
    • 2004, Jon Jeffrey, Boyfriend Material, Kensington Books (2004), ISBN 9780758201034, page 93: He lingered for a few minutes, vacantly watching a bootylicious black girl bump and grind to Pink’s catchy smash, “Get the Party Started.”
    • 2005, , The Real America, Pocket Books (2005), ISBN 0743486331, unnumbered page: It’s your daughter with a tank top that says porn star, hot pants that say bootylicious and, of course, underneath ... the kiddie thong.
  2. (slang, nonce) Bad; weak.
    • 1992, and , "", : Your bark was loud, but your bite wasn't vicious / And them rhymes you were kickin' were quite bootylicious
Synonyms: bumtastic, callipygian, callipygous, rumpalicious
booty scratcher etymology Said due to the fact that many impoverished people in Africa are recorded in abject poverty swatting or scratching at flies.
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  1. (derogatory, ethnic slur) An African person
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  1. (slang) An exclamation of joy, excitement or triumph.
    • 1996 (film) -- Catch the ball!' BOO YA! Touchdown! I make miracles happen!
    • 1997 (film) -- As Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) is sitting in the fitting room and sliding the bag filled with bath towels, books and money under the dressing room door to Melanie (Bridget Fonda), Jackie adds an extra wad of cash - a "cherry on top..." and exclaims, "Boo-ya!"
    • 2002 Scooter and the Galactic Starship by Douglas R. Robinson -- "Boo-ya!" yelled Jay as he sank an outside shot from the edge of the lawn. "Nothing but net. Just wait till next week, I'm going to light it up for a whole bunch of points."
    • 2002 Geoffrey Litwack 2002 Annual by Geoffrey Litwack -- [I should] try to get an American Express Stanwood card. That way I can get free upgrades. Boo-ya! Not to Iowa, though. Out of the country.
Alternative forms: booyah
booyah Alternative forms: boo-yah, boo-ya, booyeah, boo-yay
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. A term of excitement and anticipation with military overtones. Let's go storm that hill. Booyah! The party on Saturday night is going to be awesome. Booyah!
  2. (colloquial) A term indicating satisfaction or accomplishment. Mission accomplished. Booyah!
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  1. (colloquial) A thick soup of European origin made throughout the Upper Midwestern United States. I'd say it's a mixture of veggies, the stewing chickens and the long cooking time that are absolutely essential when you're talking REAL booyah flavor.[ Booyah] Classic Wisconsin.
  • yah boo
booyakasha etymology Popularised in the mid-2000s by Ali G, alter-ego of British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, and more recently by Sterling Archer, voiced by H Jon Benjamin, in the animated series Archer.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang) used to express triumph, normally if trying to appear a "gangsta".
booze {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /buːz/ Homophones: boo
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etymology Alteration of bowse.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Any alcoholic beverage.
Synonyms: grog; see also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To drink alcohol. We were out all night boozing until we dragged ourselves home hung over.
    • Hugh Reginald Haweis This is better than boozing in public houses.
boozefest etymology booze + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An event where a great deal of alcohol is consumed.
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boozehead etymology booze + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An alcoholic.
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booze jockey
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, pejorative) an alcoholic.
boozer etymology From booze + er. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbuː.zə(ɹ)/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) One who drinks habitually; a drunkard.
    • 1891, , , 1963, [http//|%22boozers%22+-intitle:%22boozer|boozers%22+-inauthor:%22boozer|boozers%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=gnsCT4D5CeLTmAX4gZ2TBg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22boozer%22|%22boozers%22%20-intitle%3A%22boozer|boozers%22%20-inauthor%3A%22boozer|boozers%22&f=false page 25], “Tess is a fine figure o′ fun, as I said to myself today when I zeed her vamping round parish with the rest,” observed one of the elderly boozers in an undertone.
    • 1918, Charles Stelzle, Why Prohibition!, 2008, [http//|%22boozers%22+-intitle:%22boozer|boozers%22+-inauthor:%22boozer|boozers%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=9XYCT6f8J4L4mAXb3LysAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22boozer%22|%22boozers%22%20-intitle%3A%22boozer|boozers%22%20-inauthor%3A%22boozer|boozers%22&f=false page 49], But they have only one insurance rate for ordinary men — drinkers and non-drinkers, and they compel the man who doesn′t booze to make up for the extra amount that the boozer should pay.
    • 2009 November, Neville Franks, The Lost Boy of the Ozarks, , [http//|%22boozers%22+-intitle:%22boozer|boozers%22+-inauthor:%22boozer|boozers%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=MW8CT9nKMuznmAXOx8isAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22boozer%22|%22boozers%22%20-intitle%3A%22boozer|boozers%22%20-inauthor%3A%22boozer|boozers%22&f=false page 82], Every swig made me more relaxed, and happy, and I was definitely a boozer again, and I wondered why I had ever thought I wasn't a boozer and I took another pull and I was going to clap BC on the back and thank him for being such a good hotel manager, and faithful guide, for being my friend, and then I passed out.
  2. (UK, Australia, NZ, slang) A public house.
  3. (UK, military, obsolete) A World War II fighter radar detector, fitted to British bombers.
  4. (Africa) A vehicle equipped with tanks for supplying water to remote locations.
    • 2010 June 8, Kenya National Assembly Official Record (Hansard), [http//|%22boozers%22+-intitle:%22boozer|boozers%22+-inauthor:%22boozer|boozers%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=03ECT43hFKnwmAXP7_GNAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22boozer%22|%22boozers%22%20-intitle%3A%22boozer|boozers%22%20-inauthor%3A%22boozer|boozers%22&f=false page 2], Mr. Mututho: Mr. Speaker, Sir, the Assistant Minister should assure the people of Vihiga that they will get a water boozer because the sick people are not party to this complication. Could he assure the people that he can send a boozer in his capacity even if he cannot supply power or a standby generator, so that they can have a small well?
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  • rebozo

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