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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (NZ, slang) A session of alcohol drink.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) a session of heavy drinking.
bop pronunciation
  • /bɒp/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 imitative of the sound made
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (onomatopoeia) A very light smack, blow or punch.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To gently or playfully strike someone or something.
etymology 2 shortened from bebop
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) A style of improvised jazz from the 1940s.
  2. (countable, UK, Oxford University, slang) A party.
    • 2005, Johnny Rich, Push Guide to Which University (page 472) Theatres; Music House used for bands; May Ball; very popular weekly bops in JCR and MCR; library (57,000 books); 40 networked PCs, 24-hrs.
    • 2012, Owen Jones, Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class (page 120) At universities like Oxford, middle-class students hold 'chav bops' where they dress up as this working-class caricature.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To dance to this music, or indeed any sort of popular music with a strong beat.
  • OBP
bopper etymology bop + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, dated) A person who dance the bop.
borderliner etymology borderline + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An individual who has borderline personality disorder.
Borg etymology {{Wikipedia}} From the franchise, in which the Borg are a cyborg race intent on converting all other life into their own kind; apparently a clipping of cyborg, from cybernetic + organism. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) One who proselytise or assimilate.
    • 2005: Go for the fun of it (yes, I am one of the Borgs) and don't let equipment bother you. Just remember this even when the Borgs assimilate you.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To assimilate rivals, via corporate acquisition or religious proselytisation.
  2. (slang) To turn into a cyborg, to implant machinery into people with the intent of controlling or assimilating them.
    • 2000, Charles Hayward, FREQ: We already do it and they tell us they're going to Borg us with fucking stuff into our brains and we won't have to talk to each other.
    • 2001, Rick C. Hodgin, GeekNews Intel wants to Borg us!
  • Use of other than the infinitive is rare. Lowercase spelling also occurs, less commonly.
boricua etymology From tnq boricua.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial, chiefly, US) Puerto Rican.
    • 2013, Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge, Vintage 2014, p. 55: She hated Lincoln Center, for which an entire neighborhood was destroyed and 7,000 boricua families uprooted, just because Anglos who didn't really give a shit about High Culture were afraid of these people's children.
boring pronunciation
  • /ˈbɔːrɪŋ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A pit or hole which has been bore.
    • 1992, J. Patrick Powers, Construction dewatering: new methods and applications, p. 191: It is common in urban areas that a great many borings exist from prior construction work.
  2. Fragments thrown up when something is bored or drilled.
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of bore
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Causing boredom. What a boring film that was!
Synonyms: dull, mind-numbing (colloquial), tedious, See also
related terms:
  • bore
  • bored
  • boredom
  • orbing
  • robing
Boris bike etymology After Mayor of London Boris Johnson, associated with the launch of the hire scheme. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbɒɹɪs ˈbaɪk/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang) A bicycle offered for hire in London, England as part of Barclays Cycle Hire.
bork pronunciation
  • (US) /bɔɹk/
etymology 1 From the 1987 United States Supreme Court nomination of .{{cite web|url= |title=American Topics |accessdate=2008-11-14 |last=Higbee |first=Arthur |coauthors= |date=1993-01-13 |work=International Herald Tribune |publisher=International Herald Tribune|archiveurl=|archivedate=2005-10-26}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US, politics, often, pejorative) To defeat a judicial nomination through a concerted attack on the nominee's character, background and philosophy.
    • 2002, Orrin G. Hatch, Capital Hill Hearing Testimony before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, February 7, 2002, {{cite web|url= |title=Statement of The Honorable Orrin Hatch |accessdate=2008-11-14 |last=Hatch |first=Orrin G. |coauthors= |date=2007-02-07 |work=The Nomination of Charles W. Pickering to be United States Circuit Court Judge for the Fifth Circuit |publisher=United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary}} After an eight-year hiatus, these groups are back on the scene, ready to implement an apparent vicious strategy of Borking any judicial nominee who happens to disagree with their view of how the world should be.
    • 2004, Mark Tushnet, A Court Divided, p340 Forcing their adversaries to bork nominees may, they may think, lead voters in the middle to think less well of liberals, enhancing the distaste for Washington politics that has helped conservatives gain political power.
    • 2006, Jeffrey Lord, Borking Rush, in American Spectator, October 30, 2006 Above all it discusses the best tactics to defeat a borking. Having been in the Reagan White House when Robert Bork was borked, I knew something about the subject, which was a huge help when the same borking guns were turned on my friend Judge Smith years later.
etymology 2
  • Possibly derived from borken, which is an intentional misspelling of the word broken (e.g. The computer is borken). The word is often used in ironic or humor contexts.
  • Possibly derived from usage described under Etymology 1.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To misconfigure, especially a computer or other complex device.
  2. To break or damage.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (humorous, computing) broken
born loser
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, often, derogatory) A person who is habitually unsuccessful or unlucky or who is prejudge to be a failure in life, especially one with a defeatist outlook.
    • 1940, "Letters Reveal Ordeals in France," New York Times, 29 Sep. p. 12: I will not marry a pessimist, a born loser, a fellow who has no fight in him.
    • 1976, "The Corps on Trial," Time, 12 Jul.: A born loser and high school dropout from Lufkin, Texas, McClure had been rejected by the Army and Air Force.
bosbefok etymology Literally "bush-fucked".
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (South Africa, slang) shell-shocked
    • 2000, Mandla Langa, The memory of stones (page 189) He had seen many people die in accidental shootings or, as happened on border duty, someone went bosbefok and let loose with a machine-gun, screaming at an imaginary enemy.
    • 2002, University of Cape Town. Centre for Creative Writing, New Contrast (volume 30, page 110) And us six months in the army already and a few gone prematurely bosbefok - and man, they had just given us those LMG's.
    • 2003, Geoffrey V. Davis, Voices of justice and reason (page 330) Josh's former Commanding Officer, Louw, quizzes his sister on what he may have told her about Angola, asserting meaningfully that "nobody ever tells everything" and contending that when her brother went bosbefok, "I saved his life.
    • 2008, Chris G. Marnewick, Shepherds and butchers (page 66) 'Why is he no longer in the Army?' Wierda asked as we were heading towards the airport.'He is still on their payroll, but he's become too dangerous for them, too much of a liability. Bosbefok.'
bosh pronunciation
  • /bɒʃ/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
etymology 1 From Turkish boş. Entered into popular usage in English from the novels of .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, British) Nonsense.
    • 1868, Shirley Brooks, For A' That And A' That, “Tho' hundreds cheer his blatant bosh,<br>He's but a goose for a' that.”
    • 1884, George Gissing, The Unclassed, 17, “But you know very well you're talking bosh," exclaimed Abraham, somewhat discomfited. "There must be government, and there must be order, say what you like.”
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (chiefly, British) An expression of disbelief or annoyance.
    • 1904, H. G. Wells, The Food of the Gods, 1, “"Bosh!" said the Vicar, rejecting the hint altogether.”
etymology 2 From German
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The lower part of a blast furnace, between the hearth and the stack.
etymology 3 Compare German Posse, Italian bozzo, bozzetto.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, chiefly, Norfolk, slang, archaic) A figure. to cut a bosh — "to make a figure"
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (British) An expression of speedy and satisfactory completion of a simple or straightforward task.
Synonyms: bish bash bosh
  • HBOS
  • hobs
Bosha {{wikipedia}} etymology From one of the languages spoken in the Caucasus where the people reside; see Russian боша 〈boša〉, Armenian բոշա 〈boša〉, Georgian ბოშა 〈bosha〉, Turkish and Azerbaijani Poşa, Boşa.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (sometimes, offensive) The Lom, a nomadic people related to the Rom and Dom, with origins in India, who reside in the South Caucasus; Caucasian Gypsies.
    • 1988, in Languages and Cultures: Studies in Honor of Edgar C. Polomé, edited by Mohammad Ali Jazayery and Werner Winter, page 199: The Bosha are Central Gypsy (Lomavren) speakers (Patkanoff 1908-1909; le Redžosko 1984); but what is noteworthy is the presence of two Romani (i.e., European or Western) Gypsy-speaking populations in the Middle East: the Ghagar in Egypt (Sampson 1928; Hanna 1982), and the Zagari in Iran (Windfugr 1970).
In Armenian, this exonym carries negative connotations such as "constantly begging", "impudent" and "shameless",'''2002''', in ''Anthropology & archeology of Eurasia: Volumes 41-42'', page 23: "Although "Bosha" and "Tsygan" [Gypsy] imply diametrically opposite concepts in Gyumri (the former is constantly begging, while the second will never give anything no matter how much you beg), they are found in one and the same semantic space. {{...}} the definition of an Armenian respondent from the village of Dzhraber (Armenia) seems extremely typical: 'a Bosha is an impudent person who has lost all sense of shame — a biznesmen.'" and the Lom people find its use offensive.'''2002''', in ''Anthropology & archeology of Eurasia: Volumes 41-42'', page 20: "The word "Gnchu" as an ethnonym to designate all Gypsies came into regular use in the nineteenth century, when the first research about Armenian Gypsies appeared. However, it never entered broad usage in Armenia and is not used as a name for "Armenian Gypsies." This term is no more acceptable to the Armenian Gypsies than the term "Bosha," and its widespread usage would offend then, inasmuch as it would draw a dividing line between them and the Armenians once and for all." The people's autonym, Lom, may be used instead.
bosom friend
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A very close friend.
  2. (slang, euphemistic) A body louse.
Synonyms: (very close friend) bosom buddy, cater-cousin, intimate
boss pronunciation
  • (RP): /bɒs/
  • (GenAm): /bɔs/
  • (cot-caught): /bɑs/,
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English bos, bose, boce, from Old French boce, from Old frk *bottja &quot;a shoot, sprout&quot;; whence also Italian boccia, bocciolo; Italian bozzo; French bosse, a derivative of Old frk *bōtan, from Proto-Germanic *bautaną, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰÀud-, *bʰÀu-. Cognate with ofs botta, gml bote, bōte, Old High German bōzo, Old High German bōz. More at beat.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A swelling, lump or protuberance in an animal, person or object.
  2. (geology) A lump-like mass of rock, especially one projecting through a stratum of different rock.
  3. A convex protuberance in hammered work, especially the rounded projection in the centre of a shield.
  4. (mechanics) A protrusion, frequently a cylinder of material that extends beyond a hole.
  5. (architecture) A knob or projection, usually at the intersection of rib in a vault.
  6. (archery) the target block, made of foam but historically made of hay bales, to which a target face is attached.
  7. A wooden vessel for the mortar used in tiling or masonry, hung by a hook from the laths, or from the rounds of a ladder. {{rfquotek}}
  8. A head or reservoir of water.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To decorate with bosses; to emboss.
etymology 2 Apparently a corruption of bass.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A hassock or small seat, especially made from a bundle of straw.
    • 1916, , , Macmillan Press Ltd, paperback, 36: All were waiting : uncle Charles, who sat far away in the shadow of the window, Dante and Mr Casey, who sat in the easy chairs at either side of the hearth, Stephen, seated on a chair between them, his feet resting on a toasting boss.
Synonyms: (hassock or footrest): footrest, hassock
etymology 3 From Dutch baas, from Middle Dutch baes, from odt *baso, from Proto-Germanic *baswô, masculine form of Proto-Germanic *baswǭ. Cognate with gml bās, ofs bas, Old High German basa &quot;father's sister, cousin&quot;; &gt; German Base. Originally a term of respect used to address an older relative, later, in , it began to mean a person in charge who is not a master.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who oversees and directs the work of others; a supervisor.
  2. A person in charge of a business or company. Chat turned to whisper when the boss entered the conference room. My boss complains that I'm always late to work.
  3. A leader, the head of an organized group or team. They named him boss because he had good leadership skills.
  4. The head of a political party in a given region or district. He is the Republican boss in Kentucky.
  5. (informal) A term of address to a man. Yes, boss.
  6. (video games) An enemy, often at the end of a level, that is particularly challenging and must be beaten in order to progress.
  7. (humorous) Wife. There's no olive oil, will sunflower oil do? — I'll have to run that by the boss.
Synonyms: (person in charge of a business or company): employer, (person who oversees and directs the work of others): line manager, manager, supervisor, (leader of an organized group or team): head, leader, (head of a political party in a given region or district): leader, (informal: term of address to a man): gov/guv (UK), guvnor (UK), mate (UK), See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To exercise authoritative control over; to lord over; to boss around; to tell (someone) what to do, often repeatedly.
    • 1931, Robert L. May, Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Montgomery Ward (publisher): By YOU last night’s journey was actually bossed / Without you, I’m certain, we’d all have been lost.
    • 1932, Lorine Pruette, The Parent and the Happy Child, page 76 His sisters bossed him and spoiled him. All their lives he was to go on being their little brother, who could do no wrong, because he was the baby; [...]
    • 1967, Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, The purloined paperweight, page 90 She bossed him, and he's never gotten over it. She still orders him around, and instead of telling her to go soak her head, he just says 'Yes, ma'am' as weak as a newborn jellyfish [...]
    • 1980, Jean Toomer The wayward and the seeking: a collection of writings by Jean Toomer, page 40 For if, on the one hand, I bossed him and showed him what to do and how to do it, [...]
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, American, Liverpool) Of excellent quality, first-rate. Don't you think surfing's boss?
  • BSOs
  • sobs
etymology 1
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of bossy
etymology 2 Diminutive of bosbefok.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (South Africa, slang) bosbefok; shell-shocked
    • 1983, Frontline (volume 3, issues 3-10, page 32) What, for instance, of all those rumours about troops who went “bossies” - bush-mad?
    • 1987, Andrew Donaldson, Forces' favourites (page 40) "Herman has never been the same since he went bossies, anyway," said a girl with pale pink hair. "He is much less violent now and far more trustworthy. Our relationship has definitely improved since his re-enlistment."
bossy pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈbɔsi/
  • (cot-caught merger) /ˈbɑsi/
  • (RP) /ˈbɒsi/, /ˈbɒsɪ/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 boss + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Tending to give order to others, especially when unwarranted; domineering.
Synonyms: dictatorial, authoritarian, commanding, tyrannical, demanding, inflexible, see also
etymology 2 Diminutive of dialectal English boss, as used in the term boss-calf (which, like buss-calf, is a variant form of boose-calf, a calf kept in a boose).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal, dated) A cow or calf.
    • about 1900, O. Henry, A week before, while riding the prairies, Raidler had come upon a sick and weakling calf deserted and bawling. Without dismounting he had reached and slung the distressed bossy across his saddle, and dropped it at the ranch for the boys to attend to.
etymology 3 boss + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Ornamented with boss; studded.
bossyboots etymology bossy + boots
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A bossy person.
    • 2008, Jennifer DeVere Brody, Punctuation: Art, Politics, and Play Gertrude Stein, who might, in her time, have been considered a bit of a bossyboots herself, suggested that semicolons were simply commas with pretensions.
bossy pants Alternative forms: bossy-pants etymology bossy + pants
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, sometimes used attributively) A pushy or domineering person.
    • 1992, Richard Hoggart, An Imagined Life: Life and Times, Volume III: 1959-91, Chatto & Windus (1992), ISBN 0701136073, page 265: She is in many ways my Aunt Ethel come back to life. I was brought up with, precisely, hauntingly, that shrill, nagging, over-insistent way of speaking, that bossy-pants way of walking, that remorseless insistence on always being right.
    • 2006, Anne Grace, The Perfect Stranger, Berkley Sensation (2006), ISBN 9781101191668, unnumbered page: She pulled off the paper and looked at what he'd bought her, what the horrid, arrogant, boot-burning, bossy pants had bought her.
    • 2010, Sarah Mlynowski, Give Me a Call, Delacorte Press (2010), ISBN 9780385735889, page 104: "This is ridiculous!" she yells. "Go somewhere quiet!" "Hold on, bossy-pants."
    • {{seemoreCites}}
bot {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /bɒt/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{audio}}
etymology 1 Possibly a modification of Scottish Gaelic boiteag. Alternative forms: bott
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The larva of a bot fly, which infest the skin of various mammal, producing warble, or the nasal passage of sheep, or the stomach of horses.
    • 1946, National Research Council of Canada, Canadian Journal of Research: Zoological Sciences, [http//|%22bots%22+-intitle:%22bot|bots%22+-inauthor:%22bot|bots%22&dq=%22bot%22|%22bots%22+-intitle:%22bot|bots%22+-inauthor:%22bot|bots%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=zsgCT7uIHI3KmAWNv4SxAg&redir_esc=y page 76], One deer, later found to be heavily parasitized by bots, suffered severe vomiting attacks during the early spring.
    • 1984, Adrian Forsyth, Kenneth Miyata, Tropical Nature, [http//|%22bots%22+-intitle:%22bot|bots%22+-inauthor:%22bot|bots%22&dq=%22bot%22|%22bots%22+-intitle:%22bot|bots%22+-inauthor:%22bot|bots%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=IMICT53bB-nJmAWJp53fBQ&redir_esc=y page 157], Jerry prepared a glass jar with sterilized sand to act as a nursery for his pulsating bot, but despite his tender ministrations the larva dried out and died before it could encase itself in a pupal sheath.
etymology 2 From bottom.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (British, slang) To bugger
  2. (Australia, informal) To ask for and be given something with the direct intention of exploiting the thing’s usefulness, almost exclusively with cigarettes. Can I bot a smoke? Jonny always bots off me. I just wish he’d get his own pack.
Although there are some references that mention that somebody could actually be a "bot" if they practice the art of botting, this noun is not really commonly used. Synonyms: (To ask for something) bum (UK)
etymology 3 Shortened from robot. Alternative forms: 'bot
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (science fiction, informal) A physical robot.
    • 1998, David G. Hartwell (editor), Year's best SF 3, [http//|%22bots%22+-intitle:%22bot|bots%22+-inauthor:%22bot|bots%22&dq=%22bot%22|%22bots%22+-intitle:%22bot|bots%22+-inauthor:%22bot|bots%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=qscCT8KUAazsmAWkitX9DQ&redir_esc=y page 130], I stared at the bot and recognized her for the first time. She was me.
    • 2007, , The Dreaming Void, [http//|%22bots%22+-intitle:%22bot|bots%22+-inauthor:%22bot|bots%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=a78CT4k9o4qZBa3q5bQC&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bot%22|%22bots%22%20-intitle%3A%22bot|bots%22%20-inauthor%3A%22bot|bots%22&f=false unnumbered page], The bot juddered to a halt, as the whole lower segment of its power arm darkened.
    • 2005, , Quantico, [http//|%22bots%22+-intitle:%22bot|bots%22+-inauthor:%22bot|bots%22&dq=%22bot%22|%22bots%22+-intitle:%22bot|bots%22+-inauthor:%22bot|bots%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=zsgCT7uIHI3KmAWNv4SxAg&redir_esc=y page 71], As he guided the bot, Andrews reminisced about his younger days in Wyoming, when he had witnessed a mishandled load of wheat puff out a dusty fog.
  2. (computing) A piece of software designed to complete a minor but repetitive task automatically or on command, especially when operating with the appearance of a (human) user profile or account.
    • 2009, Ryan Farley, Xinyuan Wang, Roving Bugnet: Distributed Surveillance Threat and Mitigation, Dimitris Gritzalis, Javier López (editors), Emerging Challenges for Security, Privacy and Trust: 24th IFIP TC 11 International Information Security Conference, [http//|%22bots%22+-intitle:%22bot|bots%22+-inauthor:%22bot|bots%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=hbsCT8SeMdCgmQWHyeiQCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bot%22|%22bots%22%20-intitle%3A%22bot|bots%22%20-inauthor%3A%22bot|bots%22&f=false page 42], The goals of IRC bots vary widely, such as automatically kicking other users off or more nefarious things like spamming other IRC users. In this paper, a free standing IRC bot is presented that monitors an IRC channel for commands from a particular user and responds accordingly.
    • 2009, Richard K. Neumann, Legal Reasoning and Legal Writing: Structure, Strategy, and Style, [http//|%22bots%22+-intitle:%22bot|bots%22+-inauthor:%22bot|bots%22&dq=%22bot%22|%22bots%22+-intitle:%22bot|bots%22+-inauthor:%22bot|bots%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=hbsCT8SeMdCgmQWHyeiQCA&redir_esc=y page 91], He is particularly good at creating web robots, which are also called bots. A bot is software that searches for certain kinds of websites and then automatically does something — good or bad — on each site. Google uses bots to search and index websites.
    • 2010, Dusty Reagan, Twitter Application Development For Dummies, [http//|%22bots%22+-intitle:%22bot|bots%22+-inauthor:%22bot|bots%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=IbYCT4_HLsXJmAXkrNW1Ag&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bot%22|%22bots%22%20-intitle%3A%22bot|bots%22%20-inauthor%3A%22bot|bots%22&f=false page 59], Twitter bots can leverage Twitter′s text message support to allow users to accomplish tasks from their cell phones. You could consider Twitter accounts that are simply an automated import of blog′s RSS feed a Twitter bot.
  3. (video games) A computer-controlled character in a multiplayer video game, such as a first-person shooter.
related terms:
  • -bot suffix
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (video games) To use a bot, or automated program. Players caught botting will be banned from the server.
Botany Bay dozen
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang, obsolete or historical) 25 lash, ie. strokes of a whip across a person's back as a punishment. [[w:Robert Hughes (critic)|Robert Hughes]], ''[[w:The Fatal Shore|The Fatal Shore]]'', 1987, paperback 1996 ISBN 1-86046-150-6, chapter 12.
    • 1893, Frank Murcott Bladen, Historical Records of New South Wales: Papers Relating to Grose and Paterson, 1793-1795, Volume 2, page 796, If guilty, he is taken to a cart-wheel to receive a Botany Bay dozen, which is twenty-five lashes ;….
    • 1948, , Storm of Time, 1963, Collins, page 58, “Will they be strung up for a Botany Bay dozen like we are if we so much as squeak? Not those fine gentlemen, with their uniforms an' their pockets full o' gold!”
    • 2003, Mary Hawkins, Australian Outback: Four Journeys to a New Country Ride on the Wings of Faith and Love, page 47, He gave a harsh snort and said angrily, “A Botany Bay dozen is not twelve. It's twenty-five, and more than capable of exposing a man's backbone.”
Synonyms: tester
botch {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (RP) /bɒt͡ʃ/
  • (GenAm) /bɑt͡ʃ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Middle English bocchen, of uncertain origin.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To perform (a task) in an unacceptable or incompetent manner; to make a mess of something; to ruin; to bungle; to spoil; to destroy. A botched haircut seems to take forever to grow out.
  2. To do something without skill, without care, or clumsily.
Synonyms: bodge, Bulgarian: bg, Dutch: nl, Esperanto: eo, Finnish: fi, French: fr, fr, German: de, de, (colloquial) de, Hungarian: hu, hu, hu, Norman: nrf, Polish: pl, pl, pl, pl, Portuguese: pt, Russian: ru, Serbo-Croatian: sh, Spanish: es, es, Bulgarian: bg, Czech: cs, Esperanto: eo, Finnish: fi, French: fr, fr, Hungarian: hu, Norman: nrf, Norwegian: Bokmål: nb, Portuguese: pt, Serbo-Croatian: sh, Spanish: es, es
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An action, job, or task that has been performed very badly.
  2. A patch put on, or a part of a garment patched or mended in a clumsy manner.
  3. A ruined, defective, or clumsy piece of work; mess; bungle.
    • Shakespeare To leave no rubs nor botches in the work.
  4. A mistake that is very stupid or embarrassing.
  5. A messy, disorderly or confusing combination; conglomeration; hodgepodge.
related terms:
  • bodge
etymology 2 From xno boche, from ll bocia.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A tumour or other malignant swelling.
    • Milton Botches and blains must all his flesh emboss.
  2. A case or outbreak of boil or sore.
    • 1395, John Wycliffe, Bible, Job II: Therfor Sathan ȝede out fro the face of the Lord, and smoot Joob with a ful wickid botche fro the sole of the foot til to his top [...].
    • 1611, Bible (Authorized Version), Deuteronomy XXVIII: The LORD will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed.
bottle pronunciation
  • (Canada) [ˈbɑɾ(ə)l]
  • (British) /ˈbɒtəl/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈbɑtəl/, [ˈbɑɾl̩]
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etymology 1 From Middle English bottle, botle, buttle, from Old English botl, bold, from Proto-Germanic *budlą, *buþlą, *bōþlą, from Proto-Indo-European *bhōw-. Cognate with Northern Frisian budel, bodel, bol, boel, Dutch boedel, boel, Danish bol, Icelandic ból. Related to Old English byldan. More at build.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK dialectal or obsolete) A dwelling; habitation.
  2. (UK dialectal) A building; house.
etymology 2 xno and Old French boteille (Modern French bouteille), from vl *, ultimately of disputed origin. Probably a diminutive of ll buttis. Alternative forms: botl (Jamaican English)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A container, typically made of glass or plastic and having a tapered neck, used primarily for holding liquids.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 6 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “He had one hand on the bounce bottle—and he'd never let go of that since he got back to the table—but he had a handkerchief in the other and was swabbing his deadlights with it.”
    exampleBeer is often sold in bottles.
  2. The contents of such a container. exampleI only drank a bottle of beer.
  3. A container with a rubber nipple used for giving liquids to infants, a baby bottle. exampleThe baby wants a bottle.
  4. (British, informal) Nerve, courage. exampleYou don't have the bottle to do that!&nbsp;&nbsp; He was going to ask her out, but he lost his bottle when he saw her.
  5. (attributive, of a person with a particular hair color) With one's hair color produced by dye. exampleDid you know he's a bottle brunette? His natural hair color is strawberry blonde.
  6. (obsolete) A bundle, especially of hay; something tied in a bundle.
    • End of the 14th century, The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer, Is that a Cook of London, with mischance? / Do him come forth, he knoweth his penance; / For he shall tell a tale, by my fay, / Although it be not worth a bottle hay.
    • 1599, Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare, DON PEDRO. Well, if ever thou dost fall from this faith, thou wilt prove a notable argument. BENEDICK. If I do, hang me in a bottle like a cat and shoot at me; and he that hits me, let him be clapped on the shoulder and called Adam.
    • 1590s, , by Christopher Marlowe I was no sooner in the middle of the pond, but my horse vanished away, and I sat upon a bottle of hay, never so near drowning in my life.
  7. (figurative) Intoxicating liquor; alcohol. exampleto drown one's troubles in the bottle , "Fast Car" (song): See, my old man's got a problem. He live{{SIC}} with the bottle; that's the way it is.
Synonyms: (for feeding babies) baby's bottle, feeding bottle, nursing bottle (US), (courage) balls, courage, guts, nerve, pluck
  • (courage) cowardice
  • Indonesian: botol
  • Malay: botol, بوتول 〈bwtwl〉
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To seal (a liquid) into a bottle for later consumption. Also fig. This plant bottles vast quantities of spring water every day.
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  2. (transitive, British) To feed (an infant) baby formula. Because of complications she can't breast feed her baby and so she bottles him.
  3. (British, slang) To refrain from doing (something) at the last moment because of a sudden loss of courage. The rider bottled the big jump.
  4. (British, slang) To strike (someone) with a bottle. He was bottled at a nightclub and had to have facial surgery.
  5. (British, slang) To pelt (a musical act on stage, etc.) with bottles as a sign of disapproval. Meat Loaf was once bottled at Reading Festival.
bottleholder etymology bottle + holder, from the bottle of water they provided to the fighter.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) One who attends a pugilist in a prizefight.
  2. (colloquial, by extension) One who assist or support another in a contest; a backer. Lord Palmerston considered himself the bottleholder of oppressed states.The London Times.
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bottle-o Alternative forms: bottlo, bottle-oh etymology From bottle + o. pronunciation
  • (Australia) /ˈbɔdl̩əʉ/
  • (UK) /ˈbɒtələʊ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, informal, obsolete) A door-to-door trader in used bottle.
    • {{ante}} , 1984, Leonard Cronin (editor), A Fantasy of Man: Henry Lawson Complete Works, 1901-1922, Part 2, [http//|%22bottle-os%22+-intitle:%22bottle-o|bottle-os%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22bottle-o%22|%22bottle-os%22+-intitle:%22bottle-o|bottle-os%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=WgkDT7DGIuPYmAWQt8XUBg&redir_esc=y page 546], Time was when my old friend, Benno the bottle-o, drew his turn-out into the shade of the big old fig-trees under the church at the top of the hill, and went back and thrashed the most notoriously brutal driver well and good.
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber and Faber 2003, p. 103: the bottle-oh with the cleft tongue rode his wagon wrapped tight in an old grey blanket and had his battle-oh cries blown westwards before the icy gusts of wind.
    • 2010, Kathleen M. McGinley, Out of the Daydream: Based on the Autobiography of Barry Mcginley Jones, [http//|%22bottle-os%22+-intitle:%22bottle-o|bottle-os%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=7PkCT72WKIbfmAWT-7yvAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bottle-o%22|%22bottle-os%22%20-intitle%3A%22bottle-o|bottle-os%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 74], Another character was the bottle-o man. He would come around on weekends down the lane standing on a dray driven by an old horse while he cried out: “booooddle-o, any old rags and boddles? Booooddle-o”.
    • 2011, Richard Plant, Life's a Blur, [http//|%22bottle-os%22+-intitle:%22bottle-o|bottle-os%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=VAMDT6fiIqfNmQWcvr2BAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bottle-o%22|%22bottle-os%22%20-intitle%3A%22bottle-o|bottle-os%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], When Kate was a girl living in Albert Park, a lifetime before she met Rex, her bottle-o had some sort of motor truck. Some of us can remember the horse and cart used by the bottle-o, the milk-o, the ice-man, and especially the woodman.
  2. (Australia, NZ, informal) A bottle shop.
bottler pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈbɑtəlɚ/, /ˈbɑtl̩ɚ/, [ˈbɑɾl̩ɚ]
etymology 1 From bottle + er.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person, company, or thing who bottles, especially in bulk.
    • 1899, John Calder, The Prevention of Factory Accidents, [http//|%22bottlers%22+-intitle:%22bottler%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22bottler%22|%22bottlers%22+-intitle:%22bottler%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=_uUDT8XdN4PImAXv35XQCw&redir_esc=y page 307], They shall provide all bottlers with face guards,….
    • 1994 May 30, Shawn Willett, PC tools help Coke add life to flat AS/400 data, , [http//|%22bottlers%22+-intitle:%22bottler%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=F2oDT6i_EOuRiQfdkanPDQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bottler%22|%22bottlers%22%20-intitle%3A%22bottler%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 63], Such data is of great value both to the bottlers and to Coca-Cola′s sales and marketing groups. “When the bottler looks at this information, he might be interested in how a certain supermarket is performing, while we in the company are interested in how much, for example, McDonalds is buying in the Southeast,” Aviles notes.
    • 2010, James M. Wahlen, Clyde P. Stickney, Paul Brown, Stephen P. Baginski, Mark Bradshaw, Financial Reporting, Financial Statement Analysis, and Valuation: A Strategic Perspective, 7th edition, [http//|%22bottlers%22+-intitle:%22bottler%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bnMDT66POO2ViAfK_qHKAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bottler%22|%22bottlers%22%20-intitle%3A%22bottler%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 278], Note 8, “Noncontrolled Bottling Affiliates” (Appendix A), indicates that PepsiCo owns approximately 40 percent of the common stock of some of its bottlers.
  2. A truck used for transporting bottled goods in crates.
  3. (British, sports, slang) A person who or group that fails to meet expectations, especially one prone to such failure.
Synonyms: (person or group prone to unexpected failure) choker
etymology 2 Origin relates to something being of a high quality and worthy of preservation by bottling
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, slang, often with "real") a person or thing that is excellent or admirable.
    • 1970, , Parliamentary Debates, page 455, In Kiwi language anyway, the Minister of Industries and Commerce will go down in history as a real bottler in every sense of the word.
    • 2007, Anthony David Parsons, Tony Parsons, Valley of the White Gold, unnumbered page, Mum's a real bottler and you′ll find her very sympathetic.
    • 2010, Drew Hunt, Colin and Martin′s London Christmas, page 7, “You′re a real bottler, mate. That sheila has been trying to get into my pants ever since Sydney. Didn't know how I′d get rid of her.”
  • blotter
bottlo etymology From bottle + o. Alternative forms: bottle-o
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, informal, obsolete) A door-to-door trader in used bottles.
  2. (Australia, NZ, informal) A shop that sells alcoholic beverage.
    • 2008, , Parliamentary Debates Australia: House of Representatives, Volume 13, [http//|%22bottlos%22+australia+-intitle:%22bottlo|bottlos%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22bottlo%22|%22bottlos%22+australia+-intitle:%22bottlo|bottlos%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=zmMDT5LjIYeZiQf65YDfCA&redir_esc=y page 3169], My local bottlo tells me that the sales of ready-to-drinks have slightly decreased but there has been a sharp increase in the sale of 750-millilitre bottles of straight spirits.
Synonyms: (shop that sells liquor) bottle shop, liquor store, off-licence
  • blotto
bottom etymology From Old English botm, bodan, from Proto-Germanic *butmaz (compare Old Norse botn, Swedish botten), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰud-, a variant of Proto-Indo-European *bʰudʰ-. The other Proto-Germanic variant of the root, *budm-, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰudʰ-, must have given rise to Dutch bodem, ofs boden, German Boden. For cognate in other branches in Indo-European, compare Sanskrit बुध्न 〈budhna〉, Ancient Greek scpolytonic, Latin fundus, Old Irish bond, Albanian bythë. Meaning "posterior of a man" is from 1794; the verb "to reach the bottom of" is from 1808. Bottom dollar "the last dollar one has" is from 1882. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈbɒtəm/
  • (GenAm) /ˈbɑtəm/, [ˈbɑɾəm]
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The lowest part from the uppermost part, in either of these senses:
    1. {{rfc-sense}} The part furthest in the direction toward which an unsupported object would fall.
      • Macaulay barrels with the bottom knocked out
      • Washington Irving No two chairs were alike; such high backs and low backs and leather bottoms and worsted bottoms.
    2. {{rfc-sense}} The part seen, or intended to be seen, nearest the edge of the visual field normally occupied by the lowest visible objects, as "footers appear at the bottoms of pages".
  2. (uncountable, British, slang) Character, reliability, staying power, dignity, integrity or sound judgment. lack bottom
  3. (British, US) a valley, often used in place names. Where shall we go for a walk? How about Ashcombe Bottom?
    • Stoddard the bottoms and the high grounds
  4. (euphemistic) The buttock or anus.
  5. (nautical) a cargo vessel, a ship.
    • 1881, , : We sail in leaky bottoms and on great and perilous waters; [...]
  6. (nautical) certain parts of a vessel, particularly the cargo hold or the portion of the ship that is always underwater.
    • Shakespeare My ventures are not in one bottom trusted.
    • Bancroft Not to sell the teas, but to return them to London in the same bottoms in which they were shipped.
  7. (baseball) The second half of an inning, the home team's turn to bat.
  8. (BDSM) A submissive in sadomasochistic sexual activity.
  9. (LGBT, slang) A man penetrated or with a preference for being penetrated during homosexual intercourse.
  10. (physics) A bottom quark.
  11. (often, figuratively) The lowest part of a container.
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  12. A ball or skein of thread; a cocoon.
    • Mortimer Silkworms finish their bottoms in … fifteen days.
  13. The bed of a body of water, as of a river, lake, or sea.
  14. An abyss. {{rfquotek}}
  15. (obsolete) Power of endurance. a horse of a good bottom
  16. (obsolete) Dregs or grounds; lees; sediment. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (lowest part) base, (buttocks) arse (British, Australian, NZ), ass, fanny (North American), backside, bot, bott, botty, bum, buttocks, (buttocks, British, euphemistic) sit upon, derriere, (BDSM) catcher, (LGBT) catcher, passive, pathic, uke (Japanese fiction), See also , See also
  • (lowest part) top
  • (BDSM) top
  • (LGBT) active, pitcher, top, versatile
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • bot
  • bottom feeder
  • bottom fishing
  • bottom land
  • bottom line
  • bottom-most
  • bottom out
  • bottoms up
  • bottom-up
  • rock bottom
  • top to bottom
  • wind up one's bottoms
  • bottomer
  • bottom bitch
  • power bottom
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To fall to the lowest point.
    • John J. Murphy, Intermarket Analysis: Profiting from Global Market Relationships (2004) p. 119: The Dow Jones Industrial Average bottomed on September 24, 2001. The CRB Index bottomed on October 24.
  2. To establish firmly; to found or justify on or upon something; to set on a firm footing; to set or rest on or upon something which provides support or authority.
    • Atterbury Action is supposed to be bottomed upon principle.
    • South those false and deceiving grounds upon which many bottom their eternal state
    • United States. Congress. House. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, Executive Orders and Presidential Directives, (2001) p.59. Moreover, the Supreme Court has held that the President must obey outstanding executive orders, even when bottomed on the Constitution, until they are revoked.
  3. (intransitive) To rest, as upon an ultimate support; to be based or grounded.
    • John Locke Find on what foundation any proposition bottoms.
  4. (intransitive) To reach or impinge against the bottom, so as to impede free action, as when the point of a cog strikes the bottom of a space between two other cogs, or a piston the end of a cylinder.
  5. (obsolete, transitive) To wind round something, as in making a ball of thread.
    • Shakespeare As you unwind her love from him, / Lest it should ravel and be good to none, / You must provide to bottom it on me.
  6. (transitive) To furnish with a bottom. to bottom a chair
  7. To be the submissive in a BDSM relationship or roleplay.
  8. To be anally penetrated in gay sex.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. The lowest or last place or position. Those files should go on the bottom shelf.
bottom burp
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) Flatulence. 2004 "I would be awoken, not with a gentle kiss from mother, not with the melodic birdsong drifting in from an English country garden, but with a loud bottom burp blasted right into my eardrum at point-blank range..." This Is Your Life by John O'Farrell ISBN: 080214134X - Grove Press
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish, slang) bottom
Synonyms: ass, bum, butt, See also
botty burp
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Flatulence.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial, of hair) in a bouffant style
bought the farm etymology
verb: bought the farm
  1. (idiomatic, US informal euphemistic) en-past of buy the farm: die; often refers to death in battle or by a plane crash.
bougie pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈbuːʒi/
etymology 1 Borrowing from French bougie, after the Algerian city Bougie, and the tapered, hand-dipped candles it made.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (medicine) A tapered cylindrical instrument for introducing an object into a tubular anatomical structure, or to dilate such a structure, as with an esophageal bougie.
  2. a wax candle
etymology 2 From bourgeoisie; compare bourgie.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (chiefly, African American Vernacular English, slang, usually, pejorative) Acting as if one is of a higher social status than one is; suspicions regarding true roots and background are implied. 2007, Satire pervades the series of fictional magazine covers , L. Kent Wolgamott, The Lincoln Journal Star, October 12, 2007, : Called “bougie” when she was growing up, even though she’d never considered herself close to that, Ewing has turned the word around, using it as the title of a fictitious magazine she has dreamed up. 2007, "" by : I'll be on the movie screens Magazines and bougie scenes I'm not clean, I'm not pristine I'm no queen, I'm no machine 2010, , Season 2, Episode 1, Gone With the Window, airdate February 1, 2010: Shangela is kind of bougie, but she's also your homegirl. 2010, "" by : I don't need you or your brand new Benz Or your bougie friends I don't need love lookin' like diamonds Lookin' like diamonds
Synonyms: chichi, ritzy, snobby, high and mighty
related terms:
  • bourgie
bounce {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /baʊns/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To change the direction of motion after hitting an obstacle. The tennis ball bounced off the wall before coming to rest in the ditch.
  2. (intransitive) To move quickly up and then down, or vice versa, once or repeatedly. He bounces nervously on his chair.
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  3. (transitive) To cause to move quickly up and then down, or vice versa, once or repeatedly. He bounced the child on his knee.
  4. To leap or spring suddenly or unceremoniously; to bound. She bounced into the room.
  5. (intransitive, informal, of a cheque/check) To be refuse by a bank because it is draw on insufficient funds. We can’t accept further checks from you, as your last one bounced.
  6. (transitive, informal) To fail to cover have sufficient funds for (a draft present against one's account). He tends to bounce a check or two toward the end of each month, before his payday.
  7. (intransitive, slang) To leave. Let’s wrap this up, I gotta bounce.
  8. (US, slang, dated) To eject violently, as from a room; to discharge unceremoniously, as from employment.
  9. (intransitive, slang, African American Vernacular English) (sometimes employing the preposition with) To have sexual intercourse.
  10. (transitive, air combat) To attack unexpectedly. The squadron was bounced north of the town.
  11. (intransitive, electronics) To turn power off and back on; to reset See if it helps to bounce the router.
  12. (intransitive, Internet, of an e-mail message or address) To return undelivered. What’s your new email address – the old one bounces. The girl in the bar told me her address is, but my mail to that address bounced back to me.
  13. (intransitive, aviation) To land hard and lift off again due to excess momentum. The student pilot bounced several times during his landing.
  14. (slang, dated) To bully; to scold. {{rfquotek}}
  15. (archaic) To strike or thump, so as to rebound, or to make a sudden noise; to knock loudly.
    • Jonathan Swift Another bounces as hard as he can knock.
    • Jonathan Swift Out bounced the mastiff.
  16. (archaic) To boast; to bluster.
Synonyms: (change direction of motion after hitting an obstacle) bounce back, rebound, (move quickly up and down) bob
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A change of direction of motion after hitting the ground or an obstacle.
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  2. A movement up and then down (or vice versa), once or repeatedly.
  3. An email return with any error.
  4. The sack, licensing.
  5. A bang, boom.
    • 1773, Oliver Goldsmith, I don't value her resentment the bounce of a cracker.
  6. A drink based on brandyCherry bounce.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 6 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “He had one hand on the bounce bottle—and he'd never let go of that since he got back to the table—but he had a handkerchief in the other and was swabbing his deadlights with it.”
  7. A heavy, sudden, and often noisy, blow or thump.
    • Dryden The bounce burst open the door.
  8. Bluster; brag; untruthful boasting; audacious exaggeration; an impudent lie; a bouncer. {{rfquotek}} {{rfquotek}}
  9. Scyllium catulus, a European dogfish.
  10. A genre of New Orleans music.
  11. (slang, African American Vernacular English) Drugs.
  12. (slang, African American Vernacular English) Swagger.
  13. (slang, African American Vernacular English) A 'good' beat.
  14. (slang, African American Vernacular English) A talent for leaping. exampleThem pro-ballers got bounce!
Synonyms: (change of direction of motion after hitting an obstacle) rebound, (movement up and down) bob, bobbing (repeated), bouncing (repeated), (talent for leaping) ups, mad ups
bouncebackability etymology bounce back + ability. First claimed [to have been invented] by Crystal Palace manager, Iain Dowie.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The ability to recover from bad circumstances.
    • 2005, Peter McConnell, Cold-Blooded Killer: I think about him everyday, wondering why he gave up, he had so much to live for, he just didn't have that bouncebackability!
    • 2010, Des Dearlove, The Unauthorized Guide to Doing Business the Richard Branson Way, page xiv: One of Branson's enduring strengths is his ability to absorb punches, to take the rough with the smooth. He has bouncebackability
    • circa 2011, Anette Ratz, Skipjack, in Liederbuch & Songbook: I'ma skipjack, I'ma roly-poly doll, I'ma tumbler, what a funny toy. And my best quality is my bouncebackability.
Synonyms: (ability to recover from adversity) resilience
related terms:
  • bouncebackable
bouncer {{wikipedia}} etymology {{-er}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbaʊnsə(ɹ)/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈbaʊnsə˞/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A member of security personnel employed by bar, nightclub, etc to maintain order and deal with patron who cause trouble.
  2. (cricket) A short-pitched ball that bounce up towards, or above the height of the batsman’s head.
  3. (Internet) An account or server (as with IRC and FTP) that invisibly redirect requests to another, used for anonymity or vanity.
  4. (dated) One who bounce; a large, heavy person who makes much noise in moving.
  5. (slang, archaic) A boaster; a bully. {{rfquotek}}
  6. (slang, archaic) A bold lie.
  7. (slang, archaic) A liar. {{rfquotek}}
  8. Something big; a good stout example of the kind.
    • De Quincey The stone must be a bouncer.
  9. A bouncy castle.
  10. A kind of seat mounted in a framework in which a baby can bounce up and down.
Synonyms: (security personnel) doorman, (cricket: bouncing ball) bumper, (IRC account) BNC
bouncing Betty
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (military, informal) A land mine which is propelled a meter or two into the air before exploding to increase the amount of damage inflicted on surrounding troops.
bounder etymology From bound + er. pronunciation
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alternative spelling:
  • boundure
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Something that bound or jumps.
  2. (UK, dated) A dishonourable man; a cad.
  3. A social climber.
  4. That which limit; a boundary.
    • 1638 Martin Fotherby (Iacob Blome: London) Atheomastix p.269: Let the mountaine Pyrenaeus diuide the French, and Spaniards: and the wildernesse of Sand the Aethiopians, from Aegyptians. And in like manner also be all other Kingdomes: they are bound within their bounders, as it were in bands; and shut-vp within their limits, as it were in prison.
  5. (UK, obsolete, colloquial) A four-wheeled type of dogcart or cabriolet
  • rebound, unrobed
bounty jumper
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, historical) One who, during the latter part of the Civil War, enlisted in the United States service, and desert as soon as possible after receiving the bounty.
bourgeois {{was wotd}} Alternative forms: burgeois
etymology 1 Borrowed from French bourgeois, from xno burgeis, from Old French borjois, from borc, from Proto-Germanic *burgz, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrgʰ-. The path from Proto-Germanic to Old French is unclear. Perhaps via Frankish *burg or Late Latin *burgus, or possibly both. See also the related word burgess. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbɔːʒ.wɑː/, /ˈbʊəʒ.wɑː/
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  • (US) /bu(ɹ)ʒ.ˈwɑː/, /ˈbu(ɹ)ʒ.wɑː/, /ˈbʊəʒ.wɑː/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or relating to the middle class, (especially, pejorative) their presume over conventional, conservative, and materialistic value. bourgeois opinion
  2. (historical) Of or relating to the bourgeoisie, the Third Estate of the French Ancien Regime.
  3. (Marxism) Of or relating to the upper class, (usually pejorative) the capitalist exploitation of the proletariat.
Synonyms: (conventional, conservative) square
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (political, collectively, usually plural) The middle class.
  2. (rare) An individual member of the middle class.
  3. (usually, pejorative) A person of any class with bourgeois (i.e., over conventional and materialistic) value and attitude.
  4. (history) An individual member of the bourgeoisie, the Third Estate of the French Ancien Regime.
  5. (Marxism) A capitalist, (usually pejorative) an exploiter of the proletariat.
related terms:
  • bourgeoise
  • bourgeoisie
  • embourgeoisement
etymology 2 From Middle English burjois, from French Bourgois, probably from Bourges + -ois but possibly from bourgeois above or from Jean de Bouregois who worked as a printer in Rouen c. 1500. pronunciation
  • (UK) /bəːˈdʒɔɪs/
  • (US) /bərˈdʒɔɪs/, {{enPR}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (printing, dated) A size of type between brevier and long primer, standardize as 9-point.
Synonyms: (Continental printing) galliard
bourgeoisification etymology bourgeois + ification pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) The process of adopting or the condition of adopting the characteristics of the bourgeoisie; embourgeoisement.
Synonyms: embourgeoisement
bourgie etymology From bourgeoisie or bourgeois, from French; compare bougie. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, [ˈbuʒi]
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (usually, pejorative) used to describe middle-class values in their attempt to give the semblance of discerning taste. Although there were more reasonably priced bottles of wine, they chose an expensive Malbec not for its flavor, but for its bourgie appeal.
    • 2011, and , "", : Bourgie girl / Grab her hand / Fuck that bitch, she don't wanna dance
    • 2012, Sarah Nicole Prickett, "Kristen Stewart should not have apologized, and here's why", The Globe and Mail, 29 July 2012: It takes on faith a heterogeneous, bourgie morality and gives the lie that tween girls – or, more accurately, their movie-ticket-buying parents – want to hear.
Synonyms: bougie, chichi
related terms:
  • bougie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) A member of the bourgeoisie.
bout pronunciation
  • /ˈbaʊt/
etymology 1 From Middle English bught, probably from an unrecorded Old English variant of byht. See bight, bought.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A period of something, usually painful or unpleasant a bout of drought.
  2. (boxing) A boxing match.
  3. (fencing) An assault (a fencing encounter) at which the score is kept.
  4. (roller derby) A roller derby match.
  5. A fighting competition.
    • 1883, Howard Pyle, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood Then they had bouts of wrestling and of cudgel play, so that every day they gained in skill and strength.
  6. (music) A bulge or widening in a musical instrument, such as either of the two characteristic bulges of a guitar.
  7. (dated) The going and returning of a plough, or other implement used to mark the ground and create a headland, across a field.
    • 1809, A Letter to Sir John Sinclair [...] containing a Statement of the System under which a considerable Farm is profitably managed in Hertfordshire. Given at the request of the Board. By Thomas Greg, Esq., published in The Farmer's Magazine, page 395: The outside bout of each land is ploughed two inches deeper, and from thence the water runs into cross furrows, which are dug with a spade [...] I have an instrument of great power, called a scarifier, for this purpose. It is drawn by four horses, and completely prepares the land for the seed at each bout.
    • 1922, An Ingenious One-Way Agrimotor, published in The Commercial Motor, volume 34, published by Temple Press, page 32: It is in this manner that the ploughs are reversed at the termination of each bout of the field.
    • 1976, Claude Culpin, Farm Machinery, page 60: The last two rounds must be ploughed shallower, and on the last bout the strip left should be one furrow width for a two-furrow plough, two for a three-furrow, and so on. [...]
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To contest a bout.
etymology 2 Written form of a of "about".
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. (colloquial) about they're talking bout you! Maddy is bout to get beat up!
boutiquey etymology boutique + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Resembling a boutique (fashionable shop) or some aspect of one.
    • 2004, Paco Underhill, Call of the mall Maybe some shoppers will look at the store and be turned off by the boutiquey feeling, and they won't wander inside.
    • {{quote-news}}
    • 2007, Nora Roberts, High Noon But I don't know anything about real estate and location and boutiquey shops out there. I don't go out there.
bovver etymology Represents a nonstandard or dialectal (in particular Cockney) pronunciation of bother. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. eye dialect of bother
    • 1990, Linda Svendsen, Words We Call Home: Celebrating Creative Writing at UBC, University of British Columbia Press, page 38, "You specials," Nigel said disgustedly. "I don't know why I bovver, really I don't."
    • 1997, Patricia Guiver, Delilah Doolittle and the Purloined Pooch, page 27, No need to tell me, I'd recognize that Cockney accent anywhere! “I'm in a bit of bovver,” he said. “Do me a favour and go to the shelter and do the necessary for Trixie.”
    • 2007, Hugh Walpole, The Golden Scarecrow, page 83, "What do you think, Lucy?" "Oh, I don't know. How can I tell? Don't bother." It was then that Bim felt what was, for him, a very rare sensation. He was irritated. "I don't bovver," he said, with a cross look in the direction of his brother and sister Rochesters. "No, but, Lucy, s'pose some one—nurse s'pose—did fall down into the street and broke all her legs and arms, she wouldn't be dead would she?"
  2. (British, slang) Violence, especially that associated with youth gang.
    • 1976, Freda Adler, Herbert Marcus Adler, Sisters in Crime: The Rise of the New Female Criminal, page 100, In London there are some thirty gangs of “bovver birds,” violence-prone girls who roam the streets in packs attacking almost any vulnerable object for no apparent reason other than the sheer thrill of it.
bovver boots etymology From bovver + boots.
noun: {{head}}
  1. (1970s British slang, plurale tantum) Stout lace-up boots, especially , perceived to be worn for the purpose of kicking people in fights, and popular with skinhead or other troublemaker out looking for bovver).
    • 1991, Rupert Loydell, review of England's Dreaming: Sex Pistols and Punk Rock, in December 1991-January 1992, ThirdWay, page 41, I remember a punk friend - cockerel haircut, leather trousers, bovver boots, and ripped jumper - being shocked at the TV retrospective of the mid-eighties where long-haired oiks in flared trousers stared desultorily at some screaming youths on stage.
    • 2006, Stuart Hall, Tony Jefferson, Resistance Through Rituals: Youth Subcultures in Post-War Britain, 2nd Edition, page 42, The various youth subcultures have been identified by their possessions and objects: the boot-lace tie and velvet-colourd drape jacket of the Ted, the close crop, parker coats and scooter of the Mod, the stained jeans, swastikas and ornamented motorcycles of the bike-boys, the bovver boots and skinned-head of the Skinhead, the Chicago suits or glitter costumes of the Bowieites, etc.
    • 2011, Christine Barter, David Berridge, Children Behaving Badly: Peer Violence Between Children and Young People, page 96, Their image of racism was not what our political culture has come to expect – that is, the Nazi, the shaven-headed skinhead with bovver boots. Rather, they were stylishly dressed in suits and wearing Ben Sherman shirts and Armani sunglasses.
bovvered etymology Popularised as the catchphrase of the fictional Lauren Cooper in The Catherine Tate Show in the mid-2000s.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, British, imitating working class or uneducated pronunciation) bothered
bowler {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbəʊ.lə/
  • (US) /ˈboʊ.lɚ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From bowl + er.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (bowling) One who engages in the sport of bowling.
  2. (cricket) The player currently bowling.
  3. (cricket) A player selected mainly for his bowling ability.
  4. (baseball, slang, 1800s) The pitcher.
Synonyms: (pitcher) pitcher
etymology 2 From the name of the hatmakers Thomas and William Bowler, associated with early production.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A bowler hat; a round black hat formerly popular among British businessmen.
Synonyms: (hat) derby (US)
  • blower
bowling {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbəʊlɪŋ/, /ˈbɔʊlɪŋ/
  • (US) /ˈboʊliŋ/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{audio}}
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of bowl
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A game played by roll a ball down an alley and trying to knock over a triangular group of ten pin; ten-pin bowling
  2. (New England) Candlepin bowling.
  3. Any of several similar games played indoors or outdoors.
  4. (cricket) The action of propelling the ball towards the batsman.
  5. (slang) A particular style of walking associated with urban street culture.
  6. (gerund) The action of the verb bowl.
  7. (Ireland) Road bowling.
related terms:
  • bowl
  • bowler
  • bowls
  • lawn bowls
  • blowing
bowser {{wikipedia}} etymology From Bowser, after US inventor of the first fuel pump; also a trade name of SF Bowser inc., the inventor's company.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now chiefly, Australia and New Zealand) A fuel metering/delivery pump at a filling station.
    • 2001, Michael Gordon, Reconciliation: A Journey, [http//|%22bowsers%22+petrol+-intitle:%22bowser%22+-inauthor:%22bowser%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2CAET52DKYvzmAWer7GzAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bowser%22|%22bowsers%22%20petrol%20-intitle%3A%22bowser%22%20-inauthor%3A%22bowser%22&f=false page 18], ‘Kids are breaking into the service station bowsers at night, draining out the dregs of petrol from the bowser hoses, wandering the streets sniffing petrol from Coke bottles all night,’ he said….
    • 2008, Adrian Scott, The Road Gets Better from Here, [http//|%22bowsers%22+petrol+-intitle:%22bowser%22+-inauthor:%22bowser%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=LSMET4CCKqSDmQXK7KWXAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bowser%22|%22bowsers%22%20petrol%20-intitle%3A%22bowser%22%20-inauthor%3A%22bowser%22&f=false page 165], I needed at least fifteen litres more petrol in my tank to reach the next major settlement and, unlike China, there were no shiny new gas stations here with bowsers of different types of petrol to choose from, nor were there pretty young gas girls in nice uniforms ready to fill ‘er up – in fact there were no gas stations here at all; petrol was bought and sold strictly off market in private transactions.
    • 2010, David Nichols, Green Fields, Brown Fields, New Fields, footnote citing 1926 report, [http//|%22bowsers%22+petrol+-intitle:%22bowser%22+-inauthor:%22bowser%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=lw4ET8LHBuzmmAXDraSxAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bowser%22|%22bowsers%22%20petrol%20-intitle%3A%22bowser%22%20-inauthor%3A%22bowser%22&f=false page 309], The Moree Municipal Council decided to devote the revenue derived from the rent of the bowser petrol pumps within the municipality for this year, which amounted to forty guineas.
  2. A road vehicle (often a trailer) for the transport of liquid fuel, particularly aviation fuel at an airfield.
    • 1962, The All England Law Reports, Volume 3, [http//|%22bowsers%22+petrol+-intitle:%22bowser%22+-inauthor:%22bowser%22&dq=%22bowser%22|%22bowsers%22+petrol+-intitle:%22bowser%22+-inauthor:%22bowser%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=lw4ET8LHBuzmmAXDraSxAg&redir_esc=y page 435], The bowsers then go out to the aircraft and supply them with petrol.
    • 2003, Andy Saunders, No 43 ‘Fighting Cocks’ Squadron, [http//|%22bowsers%22+petrol+-intitle:%22bowser%22+-inauthor:%22bowser%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=lw4ET8LHBuzmmAXDraSxAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bowser%22|%22bowsers%22%20petrol%20-intitle%3A%22bowser%22%20-inauthor%3A%22bowser%22&f=false page 107], By the time No 43 Sqn was given permission to land it was quite dark, and so to assist the pilots in what were to be difficult night landings two petrol bowsers were parked to ‘illuminate’ the runway with their dim blackout headlights. Perhaps, all things considered, the use of petrol bowsers for this particular task was not exactly wise.
  3. (British) A mobile water tank deployed to distribute fresh water in emergency situations where the normal system of piped distribution has broken down or is insufficient.
    • 1999 May 12, Kenya National Assembly Official Record (Hansard), [http//|%22bowsers%22+water+-intitle:%22bowser%22+-inauthor:%22bowser%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=1SwET_mIOaOfmQXA5vzzCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bowser%22|%22bowsers%22%20water%20-intitle%3A%22bowser%22%20-inauthor%3A%22bowser%22&f=false page 588], Mr. Deputy Speaker, Sir, as hon. Shidie has said, there is no water bowser in Garissa and he categorically said that there is a water bowser to supply water to the people of Kulan. Could he give the registration number of this water bowser which is supplying water to the people of Kulan?
    • 2000, Louis L. Jacobs, Quest for the African Dinosaurs: Ancient Roots of the Modern World, [http//|%22bowsers%22+petrol+-intitle:%22bowser%22+-inauthor:%22bowser%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=LSMET4CCKqSDmQXK7KWXAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bowser%22|%22bowsers%22%20petrol%20-intitle%3A%22bowser%22%20-inauthor%3A%22bowser%22&f=false page 112], The water bowser needed filling.
    • 2010, P. Dissanayake, N. Weragala, V. Smakhtin, Environmental Flow Assessment: Recent Examples from Sri Lanka, Alexandra Evans, K. Jinapala (editors), Proceedings of the National Conference on Water, Food Security and Climate Change in Sri Lanka, Volume 2, [http//|%22bowsers%22+water+-intitle:%22bowser%22+-inauthor:%22bowser%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=1SwET_mIOaOfmQXA5vzzCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bowser%22|%22bowsers%22%20water%20-intitle%3A%22bowser%22%20-inauthor%3A%22bowser%22&f=false page 29], Due to increasing levels of water pollution arising from low flows, water becomes unsuitable for bathing during this period and is satisfied by bowser water supply.
  4. (Irish, slang, used in the vocative) A derogatory term of address for a person similar to buffoon or imbecile.
  • bowers
  • browse
Bow Street Runner {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, historical) A member of an early police force founded in 1742 in London, England.
bow wow
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. the sound of a dog barking
  2. (childish) A dog. Look at the cute little bow wow.
bow-wow Alternative forms: bow wow etymology Onomatopoeic.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Representing the sound of a dog bark.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The sound of a dog bark
  2. (humorous or childish) A dog
Synonyms: arf, woof, woof-woof
box {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /bɒks/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /bɑːks/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English box, from Old English box, from Proto-Germanic *buhsuz (compare Dutch bus, German Büchse, Swedish hjulbössa), from ll buxis, from Ancient Greek πυξίς 〈pyxís〉, from πύξος 〈pýxos〉.
noun: {{en-noun}} (see also Usage notes below)
  1. A cuboid space; a container, usually with a hinged lid.
  2. As much as fills a such a container. examplea box of books
  3. A compartment of a storage furniture, or of a part of such a furniture, such as of a drawer, shelving, etc.
  4. A compartment to sit in at a theater, courtroom or auditorium.
  5. A small rectangular shelter like a booth. a sentry box
  6. A rectangle. Place a tick or a cross in the box. This text would stand out better if we put it in a box of colour.
  7. An input field on an interactive electronic display.
  8. A numbered receptacle at a newspaper office for anonymous replies to advertisement.
  9. A trap or predicament. exampleI'm really in a box now.
  10. The driver's seat on a coach.
  11. (cricket)  A hard protector for the genitals worn by a batsman or close fielder inside the underpants.
  12. (engineering)  A cylindrical casing around for example a bearing or gland.
  13. (football)  The penalty area.
    • {{quote-news }}
  14. (computing, slang)  A computer, or the case in which it is housed. {{jump}} examplea UNIX box
  15. (slang, with the)  Television.
  16. (slang, offensive)  The vagina.
  17. (euphemistic)  Coffin.
  18. (juggling)  A pattern usually performed with three balls where the movements of the balls make a boxlike shape.
  19. Horse box.
    • 1877, Anna Sewell, Black Beauty Chapter 22 He was a fine-looking middle-aged man, and his voice said at once that he expected to be obeyed. He was very friendly and polite to John, and after giving us a slight look, he called a groom to take us to our boxes, and invited John to take some refreshment.
  20. (baseball) The rectangle in which the batter stands.
  21. A Mediterranean food fish; the bogue.
  22. (dated) A small country house. a shooting box {{rfquotek}}
    • Cowper tight boxes neatly sashed
  23. (informal) box lacrosse
  • (computer) The whimsical plural boxen is occasionally used.
Synonyms: (rectangular container) case, package, (as much as fills a box) boxful, (compartment to sit in) loge, (small shelter like a booth) shelter, (input field on an electronic display) text box, (driver's seat on a coach) box seat, (coarse slang: the vagina) gash, pussy, twat, (television) telly (UK), tube, TV, {{jump}} computer, machine, (protector for the genitals) cup (US)
  • Portuguese: box, boxe
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To place inside a box; to pack in boxes.
  2. (transitive, usually with 'in') To hem in.
  3. (transitive, computing) To place a value of a primitive type into a corresponding object.
  4. (transitive) To mix two containers of paint of similar color to ensure that the color is identical.
  5. (transitive) To furnish (e.g. a wheel) with boxes.
  6. (architecture) To enclose with boarding, lathing, etc., so as to bring to a required form.
  7. (transitive) To make an incision or hole in (a tree) for the purpose of procuring the sap.
Synonyms: (to place inside a box) box up, case, embox, encase, pack, package, package up, (to hem in) corner
  • (place inside a box) unbox, uncase, unpack
etymology 2 Middle English, from Old English, from Latin buxus, from Ancient Greek πύξος 〈pýxos〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of various evergreen shrub or tree of the genus Buxus.
    • {{quote-news}}
  2. Boxwood: the wood from a box tree.
    • 1884, John R. Jackson, “Boxwood and its Substitutes”, reprinted in Journal of the Society of Arts, 1885 April 10, page 567: Nevertheless, the application of woods other than box for purposes for which that wood is now used would tend to lessen the demand for box, and thus might have an effect in lowering its price.
  3. (slang) A musical instrument, especially/usually one made from boxwood.
    • 1937, , Their Eyes Were Watching God, Harper Perennial (2000), page 100: “Evenin’, folks. Thought y’all might lak uh lil music this evenin’ so Ah brought long mah box.”
Synonyms: (evergreen shrub or tree) boxwood
etymology 3 Middle English boxen and box, of unknown origin but apparently akin to Middle Dutch boke, Middle High German buc, Danish bask. See also Ancient Greek πύξ 〈pýx〉, πυγμή 〈pygmḗ〉 (fist, pugilism)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A blow with the fist.
    • Washington Irving And then he whispered something to the girl which made her laugh, and give him a good-humored box on the ear.
Synonyms: (blow with the fist) blow, punch
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To strike with fists; to punch. box someone's ears Leave this place before I box you!
  2. (transitive) To fight against (a person) in a boxing match.
  3. (intransitive) To participate in boxing; to be a boxer.
  • German: boxen
  • Portuguese: boxe
boxcars {{wikipedia}} etymology From the resemblance of the six on a die with a boxcar.
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of boxcar
  2. (slang) Double six in a dice game with two dice.
boxen pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English boxen, replacing earlier bixen, from Old English byxen, equivalent to box + en.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Made of boxwood.
  2. Resembling box (the wood).
etymology 2 box + en A nonstandard plural of box formed by analogy with oxen. The standard plural of box is boxes; -en is no longer a plural in standard use. See -en for details.
noun: {{head}}
  1. (computing, slang) Multiple computer (or occasionally a single computer), especially those running UNIX.
    • 1996, Siu Ha Vivian Chu, DEC vt320 → linux boxen in comp.os.linux.networking i can't seem to find any how-to regarding connecting a terminal to a linux boxen via parallel port...
    • 2002, Gregory Seidman, serving debian to redhat boxen in muc.lists.debian.user Furthermore, it is necessary that all four Linux boxen have the same development environment...
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of boxer
  2. (informal, plurale tantum) A pair of boxer shorts You could see his boxers under his trousers.
boxing glove
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (boxing) A padded mitten, designed to protect the hand while punching, and worn in boxing.
boxla etymology Shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) box lacrosse
boy Alternative forms: boi (Jamaican English) etymology From Middle English boy, boye, from Old English *bōia, from Proto-Germanic *bōjô, from Proto-Germanic *bō-, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰā-, *bʰāt-. Cognate with Scots boy, Western Frisian boai, Middle Dutch boi, booi, Low German Boi, and probably to the Old English proper name Bōia. Also related to West Flemish boe, Norwegian dialectal boa, English bub, Dutch boef, German dialectal Bube, Icelandic bófi. See also bully. pronunciation
  • /bɔɪ/
  • {{en-SoE}} /bɔːə/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now, uncommon and&#47;or offensive) Male servant.
    1. (now, rare) A male servant, in general senses. {{defdate}}
    2. (historical, now, offensive) A non-white male servant, as used especially by whites in a colonial settlement etc. {{defdate}}
      • When the 'dipenda' (independence movement) in Belgian Congo turned violent, the white colonisers' often materially privileged black domestic boys were mistrusted and often abused as collaborators.
    3. (now, offensive) A non-white male. {{defdate}}
  2. (obsolete) A lower-class or disreputable man; a worthless person. {{defdate}}
    • 1608, William Shakespeare, King Lear, Act I Scene 4: Dost thou call me fool, boy?
  3. A young male human; a male child or young adult. {{defdate}}
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    examplethe boys were playing kickball in the mud;&nbsp; Steve is a boy of 16
  4. A son.
    • Walter Scott My only boy fell by the side of great Dundee.
  5. A man of any age, used as a friendly diminutive, or of a man who is merely younger than the speaker. {{defdate}}
    • 1977, Bert Newton, to Mohammed Ali at the 1977 Logie Awards: I like the boy.
  6. (colloquial) A male friend or fellow of some group, community etc. (mainly used in the plural). {{defdate}} exampleI’m going out for a few drinks with the boys;&nbsp; me and my boy grew up together in Southside
  7. A familiar way of addressing a male dog. {{defdate}} exampleHere, boys, heel; yes, Bobby, show the puppies how, good boy!
  8. (US, slang) Heroin. {{defdate}}
Synonyms: (male servant) manservant, (disreputable man) brat, knave, squirt, (male child or young adult) lad, youngster, youth, (son) son, (man younger than the speaker) chap, guy, lad, (male friend of some group) guy, lad, mate, See also
  • (young male) girl
  • Irish English: boyo
  • Vietnamese: bồi
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Exclamation of surprise, pleasure or longing. exampleBoy, that was close! exampleBoy, that tastes good! exampleBoy, I wish I could go to Canada!
related terms:
  • oh boy
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to use the word boy to refer to someone exampleDon't boy me!
  2. (transitive) to act as a boy (in allusion to the former practice of boys acting women's parts on the stage)
    • Shakespeare I shall see some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness.
  • {{rank}}
  • byo, BYO
  • yob
boycock etymology boy + cock
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The penis of a young man.
    • 1978, Mel Kerf, Closet encounters, page 134 ...he shoved and seven inches of boycock buried itself in the standing man's anus.
    • 1988, Rusty Winter, Aussie hot: more homosexual experiences from Down Under, page 108 Now here it was, a veritable bobby-dazzler, inches from my nose which was busier than a pointing foxhound's, twitching and whiffing away at the bevy of beguiling boycock smells.
    • 2003, John Patrick, John Butler, Living Vicariously, page 131 I backed off for a moment to look at it again, that magnificent boycock, jutting, bouncing, leaking precum.
boy crazy Alternative forms: boy-crazy
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Having a great romantic or sexual attraction to young men
related terms:
  • girl crazy
boy cunt Alternative forms: boycunt, boy-cunt
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, gay slang) the anus of a man, usually the passive participant in gay sex
    • 2010, Bret Yerlac, Cub Boy Training, page 36 Your butt plug is on the sink there clean it up too and put it back up your boy cunt and go upstairs and meet me in the office for your instructions.
    • 2009, Christopher Pierce, Sex Time: Erotic Stories of Time Travel, page 120 While the other two fucked his throbbing boy-cunt, Dirk started jerking off.
    • 2009, John Patrick, Juniors 2, page 15 Rex slid in smoothly, relishing the enfolding heat of Corky's slick boy-cunt as he entered him for the first delicious time. He clasped Corky firmly, holding onto him as he powered deep into his ass.
    • 2007, John Patrick, Mad About the Boys, page 117 His tiny ass opened and I slid into the tightest boy cunt I've ever had. Javier's eyes grew wide, and I thought he must be in incredible pain, but he took only a moment to slide further down on my prick, then a wide grin spread across his face.
boydick etymology boy + dick
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, rare) A young man's penis.
    • 2003, Robin Tamblyn, King of Hollywood, page 157 He was no better than the smug marrieds who haunted Central Park, guzzling boydick then bringing hepatitis home to their wives.
boyf etymology Shortening of boyfriend
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) boyfriend
boyfriend Alternative forms: boy friend (dated) etymology
  • boy + friend
  • /ˈbɔɪ.ˌfrɛnd/
  • (US) /ˈbɔɪ.ˌfrɛnd/, /ˈbɔɪ.ˌfrɪnd/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A male partner in a romantic relationship.
    • 2012, Justin Bieber, Boyfriend If I was your boyfriend, I’d never let you goI can take you places you ain’t never been before.
  2. A male friend.
Synonyms: (male friend) guyfriend (slang) In contrast to its female equivalent, girlfriend, which is often used to describe a woman's close female friends, the term is not that often used in reference to non-romantic relationships. Boyfriend is a relatively modern term, and in the past has had implications of an illicit relationship (as sexual and romantic relationships outside marriage were generally frowned upon). It is now a generally accepted term and has no negative implications. Use of boyfriend generally implies that the male is a boy or a young man. An old man in a non-marital relationship and sometimes even a young man in a long-term relationship is more often described as a significant other or partner. Separating the word into its two components boy friend avoids the romantic implication nowadays, although boy friend used to mean the same as boyfriend does now. However, British and Australian men usually refer to a male friend as a mate. Similarly, Americans and Canadians use the term buddy.
boyfucker etymology From boy + fucker.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, offensive, vulgar) Term of abuse, usually addressed to a male.
  2. (slang, derogatory, offensive, vulgar) A homosexual male.
boy in blue etymology From their blue uniforms.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A Policeman.
Synonyms: (police officer) see
boy in the boat etymology From its shape.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, idiomatic) The human clitoris.
    • 1992, Ruth K. Westheimer, Dr. Ruth's Guide for Married Lovers, Random House (1992), ISBN 9780517631744, page 113: Go in with your finger at the top parting of your genital lips and find that tiny penis, that nub, that "boy in the boat," and feel gently around it.
    • 1997, Playthell Benjamin, "All the Things You Are", from Dark Eros: Black Erotic Writings, page 220: "It's all right here, sweetie," Gretchen said, nodding down toward her open legs as she smilingly pulled the lips of her pussy apart, exposing her boy in the boat.
    • 2001, "Archive Poster" <>, "[SEXSTORY4FREE SITE] - (Group, Swingers, M+/F+) "Jack Off First"",, <> "Shoot it here on my clitty," she ordered. I dropped to my knees and took aim on her girl-dick. She kept the tip of one finger against it so that I could find it, but it was so erect that it made an easy target. The pink core glistened like a little pearl at the tip. I moved closer until the head of my cock was no more than two or three inches from the boy in the boat.
Synonyms: little man in the boat, See also .
boy juice
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Semen or Cowper's fluid.
    • 2009, Mickey Erlach, Boys Caught in the Act, page 98 The anticipation of tasting a load of fresh boy juice made any discomfort bearable.
    • 2007, Christopher Trevor, Love, Torture, and Redemption, page 20 With permission Bobby jacked himself off all over Kent's boots and then proceeded to lick all his creamy boy juice off his master's boots, really shining them up for him.
    • 2009, John Patrick, Juniors 2, page 79 After just two or three pumps, I had a mouthful of boy juice and then some. The cream kept coming and ran down both sides of my chin.
boykin Alternative forms: boikin (archaic, chiefly in the 16 &lt;sup&gt;th&lt;/sup&gt; century)“[ boykin, ''n.'']” listed in the '''Oxford English Dictionary''' [<span style="font-variant:small-caps">Draft revision</span>; Sept. 2008] etymology boy + -kin, diminutive suffix pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈbɔɪkɪn/
  • (US) /ˈbɔɪkən/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now rare, chiefly, informal, affectionate) A little boy.
Synonyms: little boy
boyo pronunciation
  • (UK) /bɔɪ.əʊ/ {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland) A boy or lad.
  2. (sometimes, derogatory (see usage notes)) A stereotypically Welsh form of address for a man (usually younger than the speaker).
(form of address for a man) When used to address a Welshman by a non-Welshman this can be (perceived as) derogatory or patronising; use by obviously Welsh people to anyone is rarely derogatory but may still be patronising, especially if used to address someone older than oneself.
  • yobo
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Involving sexual contact between men; homosexual Although I class myself as straight, I occasionally like a little boy-on-boy action.
boyproof etymology boy + proof
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (chiefly, humorous) Resistant to boy, their romantic appeal, or the damage they cause by playing.
boy pussy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, gay slang) the anus of a man, usually the passive participant in gay sex
    • 2010, Jackman Hill, Forty-Dollar Butt Boy I carried the lube pump with me and set it on the floor next to the bench, so I raised my legs up high, took a few big dollops, and then worked them into my boy pussy, pressing into the well-fucked, well-rimmed passage, which was already sticky from the cum of my last few customers. Then I just lay no the bench, my greased fuck hole open and ready for more.
    • 2009, Mickey Erlach, Pretty Boys and Roughnecks, page 50 "Put your legs up for me. That's it bitch, show me that boy pussy," Marco said. "You want this, whore?" he said, rubbing his wildly throbbing cock against the boy's tight hole.
    • 2006, John Patrick, Boys of the Night, page 144 "Yeah, I'll eat your little boy pussy. I need to make it nice and wet so I can fuck it long and hard."
boys pronunciation
  • /bɔɪz/
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noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of boy
  2. (plural only, slang) The testicles.
  • {{rank}}
  • yobs
boys' club
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A male-dominated organization, especially in business, that excludes or mistreats women.
Synonyms: old boys' club
Boy Scout Alternative forms: boy scout
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A male member of the .
  2. (slang) A person, especially a politician, who is idealistic and naive
    • 2003 Alexander Cockburn & Jeffrey St. Clair, Al Gore: a user's manual, Verso, p233 Gore, of course, has never been a political Boy Scout, least of all when it comes to campaign finance.
    • 2004 Paul Alexander, Man of the People: The Life of John McCain, John Wiley and Sons, p167 When he arrived in Washington, some people thought of him as a Boy Scout, perhaps because he wore his hair in a crew cut.
  • In places where scouting is co-ed, the term "Boy Scout" is generally not used. They use "Scout" instead.
boy scout Alternative forms: Boy Scout
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A male member of the .
  2. A person adhering to traditional values.
  3. (slang, often, pejorative) A person, especially a politician, who is idealistic and naive
    • 1982 The economist, Volume 284, Economist Newspaper Ltd., p24 An independently rich 52-year-old, he is very much a political boy scout, and has flailed the state Republican party as a cloistered "country club".
    • 1987 Wall Street Journal, October 2 But the bottom line is that Simon is running for president as the boy scout who adheres to traditional liberal policies and solutions.
    • 2003 Roger F. S. Kaplan, Conservative socialism: the decline of radicalism and triumph of the Left in France, Transaction Publishers, p91 Rocard, whose two marriages had failed during his long years as the left's boy scout, was reported to be living with a psychoanalyst.
Synonyms: altar boy
boysy etymology boys + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Characteristic of stereotypical boy.
    • 2009, S. K. Lindsay, The India Experiment (page 67) A group of Aussie guys broke into laughter at a boysy joke.
boy toy
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (literally) A toy meant to be play with by a boy.
  2. (US, Canada, idiomatic, colloquial) A gigolo.
  • toyboy, toy boy, toy-boy
boy wonder
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A male child prodigy.
  • wonderboy
boyzilian etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A cosmetic treatment involving complete removal of a man's pubic hair by waxing.
    • 2007, Vegetarian Times, Issues 346-354, page 95: "It's safe to say l would never get a 'boyzilian' (male bikini wax)," he says. "Seriously, l don't know how women do it."
    • 2013, Amy Webb, Data, A Love Story: How I Cracked the Online Dating Code to Meet My Match, Dutton (2013), ISBN 9781101609712, unnumbered page: Since when did American society decide that a man's hotness is achieved through aggressive chest waxing? Or “boyzilians”?
    • 2014, Niall Richardson & Adam Locks, Body Studies: The Basics, Routledge (2014), ISBN 9781317692621, page 39: Meanwhile, men in the West are becoming more comfortable with what's termed “manscaping” (or “grooming”), using a variety of beauty products, shaving their chests and even having “boyzilians” (a male Brazilian wax).
Synonyms: manzilian
bozo etymology
  1. Originating c. 1910. Maybe from Spanish bozal, a term used in slave trade and meaning "one who speaks Spanish poorly."
  2. First used in USA English as a vocative, from Spanish vosotros = "you".
  3. After , a clown character very popular in the USA in the 1950s
  4. After 's usage of the early continental European Germanic-origin personal name .
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A stupid or foolish person.
bozon etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) A notional particle of stupidity.
    • 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.
    • 2000, "Jeffrey Yu", [Fanfic] Flame Wars!!! (on newsgroup alt.startrek.vs.starwars) One bozon is the exact amount of stupidity and lack of scientific knowledge needed to confuse joules with watts.
    • 2000, "Dirt First!", Re: Thanks for all the fish, but I'm vegetarian (on newsgroup comp.lang.perl.misc) Riling people to the point of stupidity is a poor litmus test of their decency, no matter how red and blue their faces get. The result of these trolls seems only to show that the collision of large egos results in the ejection of energetic bozons.
    • 2001, "Kurt[MCoPS]", Re: [ot] Aiiieee! - The Four Horseman{{SIC}} return! (on newsgroup There might be a superhigh concentration of bozons which will create a Stupid Hole and suck them all in.
related terms:
  • bogon
bozophobia etymology Bozo the Clown (a famous American clown character) + -phobia
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, humorous) The fear of clown.
Synonyms: clownophobia, coulrophobia
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (computing) bit per second, a measure of speed of digital communication.
  2. (computing, informal) baud rate
  3. (finance, initialism) basis point,
Synonyms: b/s, bp
coordinate terms:
  • kbps , Mbps , Gbps , Tbps , Ebps , Pbps
related terms:
  • Bps
  • BSP
  • PBS
  • PSB
bra pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /brɑː/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Shortened from brassiere.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. a brassiere
etymology 2 From bracket
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (physics) One of the two vector in the standard notation for describing quantum state in quantum mechanics, the other being the ket.
related terms:
  • bra-ket notation
  • ket
etymology 3 Representing a different pronunciation of bro, meaning brother
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) friend Take it easy, bra!
  2. (slang) female version of bro
  • ABR, ARB, bar, Bar
bra burner etymology After protests against bras and other emblems of femininity in the 1960s; see Bra burning.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, slang) A strident feminist.
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of bracelet
  2. (colloquial) handcuffs
    • 1911, G K. Chesterton, "The Three Tools of Death": "Sergeant," said Inspector Gilder, eyeing the black hands with wrath, "aren't you putting the bracelets on this fellow; he looks pretty dangerous."
brag book
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) a small personal photo album.
bragfest pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈbɹæɡfɛst/
etymology brag + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A song, event, etc. characterized by brag.
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braggadocio etymology After Braggadocchio, boastful character in 's (1590), apparently a pseudo-Italian coinage. pronunciation
  • (Italianate) /braɡaˈdoːt͡ʃio/
  • (RP) /ˌbɹæ.ɡəˈdəʊ.t͡ʃɪ.əʊ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A braggart.
  2. Empty boast.
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Synonyms: (braggart) blowhard, (empty boasting) big talk
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a person who brag
Synonyms: boaster, braggart; see also
adjective: {{head}}
  1. en-comparative of brag
braggie etymology brag + ie; compare selfie.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A photo shared on a social media network with the sole intention of making one's friends/followers jealous. Sarah just posted the ultimate holiday braggie on Instagram.
    • 2013, Lizzie Porter, "Forget the 'selfie': holidaymakers go for 'braggie' photos", The Telegraph, 21 November 2013: The Oxford Dictionary may have named “selfie” the word of the year for 2013, but British tourists are using their holiday photographs as “braggies” to boast about their travels to friends and family on social media
    • 2013, Victoria Woollaston, "Forget selfies - it's all about the 'BRAGGIE': One in three upload photos to social networks just to show off", Daily Mail, 21 November 2013: The most popular form of braggies were by the pool, beach or surrounding areas (43 per cent), drinking cocktails (12 per cent) or pulling a ‘sparrowface’ or ‘duckface pose (3 per cent) which is the trend of pouting at the camera.
    • 2014, Aditi Pancholi And Dipti, "Get, set and brag", The Asian Age, 28 December 2014: She says, “Apart from boasting about the exotic locations that you went to, braggies are a good way of documenting your trips. …
    • {{seemoreCites}}
brailling etymology braille + ing, an allusion to the system of writing for the blind that is read by touch.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A form of cheat in the board game Scrabble, where a player drawing tile from the bag attempts to feel their raised surfaces so as to choose specific letter.
brain {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English brain, from Old English bræġen, from Proto-Germanic *bragną, from Proto-Indo-European *mreghmno-, *mreghmo-, from Proto-Indo-European *mreK-. Cognate with Scots braine, brane, Northern Frisian brayen, brein, Saterland Frisian Brainge, West Frisian brein, Dutch brein, Low German Brägen, Bregen (whence German Bregen), Ancient Greek βρεχμός 〈brechmós〉. pronunciation
  • /bɹeɪn/
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  • {{homophones}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. The control center of the central nervous system of an animal located in the skull which is responsible for perception, cognition, attention, memory, emotion, and action.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  2. (informal) An intelligent person. exampleHe was a total brain.
  3. (UK, plurale tantum) A person who provides the intelligence required for something. exampleHe is the brains behind the scheme.
  4. (in the plural) Intellect.
    • 2008 Quaker Action (magazine) Rights trampled in rush to deport immigrant workers, Fall 2008, Vol. 89, No. 3, p. 8: "We provided a lot of brains and a lot of heart to the response when it was needed," says Sandra Sanchez, director of AFSC's Immigrants' Voice Program in Des Moines.
    exampleHe has a lot of brains.
  5. By analogy with a human brain, the part of a machine or computer that performs calculation. exampleThe computer's brain is capable of millions of calculations a second.
  6. (slang, vulgar) oral sex
    • 2012, Mack Maine featuring Turk and Mystikal, I'm On It You said I got brain from your dame in the range In the passing lane But you really ain't got no proof
Synonyms: harns, See also , See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To dash out the brains of; to kill by smashing the skull.
  2. (transitive, slang) To strike (someone) on the head.
  3. (transitive, figurative) To destroy; to put an end to.
    • Shakespeare There thou mayst brain him.
    • Shakespeare It was the swift celerity of the death … That brained my purpose.
  4. (transitive) To conceive in the mind; to understand.
    • Shakespeare 'Tis still a dream, or else such stuff as madmen / Tongue, and brain not.
  • {{seeCites}}
  • abrin
  • bairn
  • Brian, brian
  • riban

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