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Colourful extracts from Wiktionary. Slang, vulgarities, profanities, slurs, interjections, colloquialisms and more.


bubblegummy etymology bubblegum + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Resembling or characteristic of bubblegum pop music.
bubblehead etymology bubble + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A stupid person.
  2. (slang) A submariner; bubble-head.
  3. A navy hardhat or salvage diver, inspired by the shape of the old, spun copper diving helmet.
bubble-head Alternative forms: bubblehead
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (military slang, derogatory) A submariner.
  • Originally a derogatory name given by U.S. Navy surface fleet personnel.
  • The term has been adopted by submariners and is used among themselves to refer to any service member serving onboard or qualified in Submarines.
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of bubble
  2. (slang) Sparkling wine; champagne.
    • 2011 Grace Dent "TV OD: Candy Cabs" The Guardian, 9 April 2011: my grandest ambition is "pamper time" with "a glass of bubbles" and "some nibbles".
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of bubble
bubblicious etymology bubble + licious
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (rare) Relating to a bubble (economic sense).
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  2. (rare, slang) bubbly and delicious bubblicious champagne
bubbly etymology bubble + y pronunciation
  • /ˈbʌbli/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Full of bubble. Whip the egg white into a bubbly froth.
  2. (informal) Cheerful, lively. She has a bubbly personality.
  3. Having the characteristics of bubble. The architecture of the conservatory was bubbly.
  4. (economics) Having the characteristics of economic bubble.
    • Iana Dreyer, China’s coming era of slower growth: Are western economies prepared?, East Asia Forum, 2011: China’s economy is too bubbly and will soon slow down.
Synonyms: (lively) ebullient, perky (similar image)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Champagne. We're getting married - this calls for a bottle of bubbly!
Synonyms: (all informal or slang): champers, fizz, shampoo
etymology 1 Perhaps from a dialectal German term Bübbi.''Oxford Dictionary of English'' (ISBN 0199571120) Some older references connected the word to French poupe, but this is considered "very doubtful" by the OED.As early as the 1887 edition (''A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles'') it has said of ''bubby'' "Cf. Ger. ''bübbi'' teat (Grimm). Connexion with F. ''poupe'' teat of an animal (formerly also of a woman), Pr. ''popa'', It. ''poppa'' teat, is very doubtful." pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈbubi/, /ˈbʊbi/, /ˈbʌbi/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A woman's breast.
    • 1685, John Dryden, Sylvae: Chlo: What do you mean (uncivil as you are) / To touch my breaſts and leave my boſome bare? / Daph: Theſe pretty bubbies firſt I make my own.
    • 2009, Arlene Gorey, My Spanking Diary: Mr. Douglas got up from the couch, shucked down his pants, and then knelt down beside my mother. He reached out and grabbed her big round bubbies, and began to squeeze and play with them, while he teased her by prodding his cock against her red behind.
etymology 2 Probably from brother, as pronounced by young children who are not yet able to properly pronounce its complex consonants, but note similar terms in other Germanic languages derived from Proto-Germanic , such as West Frisian bobbe, German Bube ("boy"), Swedish dialectal babbe ("little boy"), English babe, Dutch boef ("mischievous lad, rascal"), Middle Low German bōve, and Icelandic bófi. Also, compare sissy.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish) Familiar term of address for a boy; bub; bubba. 1862 , Wine or water; a tale of New England , 22167977 , page 78 , “Mother sent me to hunt you; she is dying, and sissy and bubby are hungry and the baby is crying, and we're afraid the cross man will come.”
etymology 3 Variant spelling. (From Yiddish.)
noun: {{head}}
  1. alternative spelling of bubbe
Bucephalus Alternative forms: {{alter}} etymology From the Ancient Greek Βουκέφαλος, Βουκεφάλας 〈Bouképhalos, Boukephálas〉, from βοῦς ‘ox’ + κεφᾰλή ‘head’.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (historical) The warhorse of Alexander the Great.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) Any horse used for riding. {{rfquotek}}
buck {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /bʌk/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English buc, bucke, bukke, from Old English buc, bucc, bucca, from Proto-Germanic *bukkaz, *bukkô (compare Western Frisian bok, German Bock), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰug- (compare Albanian buzë, xcl բուծ 〈buc〉, Persian بز 〈bz〉, Sanskrit बुख 〈bukha〉). Sense 6 is from mid 19th century, but of unknown origin.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A male deer, antelope, sheep, goat, rabbit, hare, and sometimes the male of other animals such as the ferret and shad.
  2. (US) An uncastrated sheep, a ram.
  3. A young buck; an adventurous, impetuous, dashing, or high-spirited young man.
  4. (British, obsolete) A fop or dandy.
    • 1808, (editor), The Connoisseur, The British Essayists, Volume 32, [http//|%22twenty+bucks%22+-intitle:%22buck|bucks%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=YEgNT_e2M9CJmQXk0OGlBg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22a%20buck%22|%22twenty%20bucks%22%20-intitle%3A%22buck|bucks%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 93], This pusillanimous creature thinks himself, and would be thought, a buck.
    • 1825, , I Zingari, The English in Italy, Volume II, [http//|%22twenty+bucks%22+-intitle:%22buck|bucks%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=-UQNT_euM4rEmQWYl5ytBg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22a%20buck%22|%22twenty%20bucks%22%20-intitle%3A%22buck|bucks%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 153], The Captain was then a buck and dandy, during the reign of those two successive dynasties, of the first rank of the second order ; the characteristic of which very respectable rank of fashionables I hold to be, that their spurs impinge upon the pavement oftener than upon the sides of a horse.
  5. (US, dated, derogatory) A black or Native American man.
  6. (US, Australia, NZ, informal) A dollar (one hundred cent). Can I borrow five bucks?
  7. (South Africa, informal) A rand (currency unit).
  8. (by extension, Australia, South Africa, US, informal) Money Corporations will do anything to make a buck.
  9. (US, slang) One hundred. The police caught me driving a buck forty on the freeway. That skinny guy? C'mon, he can't weigh more than a buck and a quarter.
  10. (dated) An object of various types, placed on a table to indicate turn or status; such as a brass object, placed in rotation on a US Navy wardroom dining table to indicate which officer is to be served first, or an item passed around a poker table indicating the dealer or placed in the pot to remind the winner of some privilege or obligation when his or her turn to deal next comes.
  11. (US, in certain metaphors or phrases) Blame; responsibility; scapegoat; finger-pointing. pass the buck; the buck stops here
  12. (UK, dialect) The body of a post mill, particularly in . See Wikipedia:.
  13. (finance, jargon) One million dollars.
  14. (informal) A euro
  15. A frame on which firewood is sawed; a sawhorse; a sawbuck.
Synonyms: (male deer) stag, (male goat) billygoat, billy, buckling, buck-goat, he-goat, (male ferret) hob, hob-ferret, (ram) ram, tup, (slang: dollar) bill, bone, clam, cucumber, dead president, greenback, note, one-spot, paper, simoleon, single, smackeroo, (item that indicates dealer in poker) button, dealer button
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To copulate, as bucks and doe.
etymology 2 From gml bucken or Middle Dutch bucken, bocken, intensive forms of osx būgan and odt *būgan, from Proto-Germanic *būganą, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰūgʰ-. Cognate with German bücken, Danish bukke, Swedish bocka. In fluenced in some senses by buck. See above. Compare bow.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To bend; buckle.
  2. (intransitive, of a horse or similar saddle or pack animal) To leap upward arching its back, coming down with head low and forelegs stiff, forcefully kicking its hind leg upward, often in an attempt to dislodge or throw a rider or pack.
    • 1849, Jackey Jackey, The Statement of the Aboriginal Native Jackey Jackey, who Accompanied Mr. Kennedy, William Carron, Narrative of an Expedition Undertaken Under the Direction of the Late Mr. Assistant Surveyor E. B. Kennedy, 2004 Gutenberg Australia eBook #0201121, At the same time we got speared, the horses got speared too, and jumped and bucked all about, and got into the swamp.
  3. (transitive, of a horse or similar saddle or pack animal) To throw (a rider or pack) by bucking.
    • W. E. Norris The brute that he was riding had nearly bucked him out of the saddle.
  4. (transitive, military) To subject to a mode of punishment which consists of tying the wrists together, passing the arms over the bent knees, and putting a stick across the arms and in the angle formed by the knees.
  5. (intransitive, by extension) To resist obstinate; oppose or object strongly. The vice president bucked at the board's latest solution.
  6. (intransitive, by extension) To move or operate in a sharp, jerk, or uneven manner. The motor bucked and sputtered before dying completely.
  7. (transitive, by extension) To overcome or shed (e.g., an impediment or expectation), in pursuit of a goal; to force a way through despite (an obstacle); to resist or proceed against. The plane bucked a strong headwind. Our managers have to learn to buck the trend and do the right thing for their employees. John is really bucking the odds on that risky business venture. He's doing quite well.
  8. (riveting) To press a reinforcing device (bucking bar) against (the force of a rivet) in order to absorb vibration and increase expansion. See Wikipedia: .
  9. (forestry) To saw a felled tree into shorter lengths, as for firewood.
etymology 3 See beech.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Scotland) The beech tree. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 4
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. lye or suds in which cloth is soak in the operation of bleach, or in which clothes are wash
  2. The cloth or clothes soaked or washed. {{rfquotek}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To soak, steep or boil in lye or suds, as part of the bleaching process.
  2. To wash (clothes) in lye or suds, or, in later usage, by beating them on stones in running water.
  3. (mining) To break up or pulverize, as ores.
    • 1991, Joan Day, ‎R. F. Tylecote, The industrial revolution in metals (page 89) This [ore mixture] was bucked or cobbed down to a 'peasy' size (i.e. the size of a pea) or less, using a flat-bottomed bucking hammer, and then riddled into coarse peasy and finer (sand-sized) 'smitham' grades.
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buckaroo etymology 1889, derived from Spanish vaquero, from vaca, from Latin vacca, plus Spanish -ero. Spelling influenced by buck. Alternative forms: buckeroo
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A cowboy, specifically, a working cowboy who generally does not do rodeos.
    • 2005, , 00:51:25: "No thanks, cowboy. If I was to let every rodeo hand I pulled a bull off of buy me liquor, I'd have been an alcoholic long ago. Pullin' bulls off of you buckaroos is just my job. So save your money for your next entry fee, cowboy."
  2. One who sports a distinctive buckaroo style of cowboy clothing, boots, and heritage. Many cowboy poets have a buckaroo look and feel about them.
  3. A style of cowboy boot with a high and uniquely tapered heel.
  4. A reckless, headstrong person. Don’t run in looking for a fight like some kind of buckaroo.
  5. (slang) A dollar (variation of buck). That’ll be twenty buckaroos, buddy.
bucket etymology From Middle English buket, partly from xno buket (compare nrf boutchet, nrf bouquet), diminutive of buc ‘abdomen; object with a cavity’, from vl *būco (compare Occitan/Catalan buc, Italian buco, buca), from Old frk *buk, and partly from Old English bucc (mod. dialectal buck), both from Proto-Germanic *būkaz, equivalent to bouk + et. More at bouk. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈbʌkɪt/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A container made of rigid material, often with a handle, used to carry liquids or small items. I need a bucket to carry the water from the well.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room Chapter 1 The crab was cool and very light. But the water was thick with sand, and so, scrambling down, Jacob was about to jump, holding his bucket in front of him, when he saw, stretched entirely rigid, side by side, their faces very red, an enormous man and woman.
  2. The amount held in this container. The horse drank a whole bucket of water.
  3. (UK, archaic) A unit of measure equal to four gallon.
  4. Part of a piece of machinery that resemble a bucket.
  5. (slang) An old car that is not in good working order.
  6. (basketball, informal) The basket. The forward drove to the bucket.
  7. (basketball, informal) A field goal. We can't keep giving up easy buckets.
  8. (variation management) A mechanism for avoiding the allocation of targets in cases of mismanagement.
  9. (computing) A storage space in a hash table for every item sharing a particular key.
  10. (informal, chiefly, plural) A large amount of liquid. It rained buckets yesterday. I was so nervous that I sweated buckets.
Synonyms: (container) pail, (piece of machinery) scoop, vane, blade, (old car) banger, jalopy, rustbucket
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To place inside a bucket.
  2. (transitive) To draw or lift in, or as if in, buckets. to bucket water
  3. (intransitive, informal) To rain heavily.
    • It’s really bucketing down out there.
  4. (intransitive, informal) To travel very quick.
    • The boat is bucketing along.
  5. (computing, transitive) To categorize (data) by splitting it into buckets, or groups of related items.
    • 2002, Nicolò Cesa-Bianchi, Masayuki Numao, Rüdiger Reischuk, Algorithmic Learning Theory: 13th International Conference (page 352) These candidates are then bucketed into a discretized version of the space of all possible lines.
    • 2008, Hari Mohan Pandey, Design Analysis and Algorithm (page 136) Thus, sorting each bucket takes O(1) times. The total effort of bucketing, sorting buckets, and concotenating{{SIC}} the sorted buckets together is O(n).
  6. (transitive) To ride (a horse) hard or mercilessly.
  7. (transitive, UK, rowing) To make, or cause to make (the recovery), with a certain hurried or unskillful forward swing of the body.
Synonyms: (rain heavily) chuck it down, piss down, rain cats and dogs, (travel very quickly) hurtle, rocket, shoot, speed, whizz, book it
bucket chemistry
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, chemistry) Any chemical process or technique that is relatively low-tech, and does not require specialist equipment or skill, or precise measurement or control.
    • 1971 Francis A. Gunther - Residue Reviews Analytical procedures for pesticides were largely still in the "bucket chemistry" era and the methods were provided by either the chemical company or the "Official Methods" of the Association of Agricultural Chemists".
    • 1994 E. Roland Menzel - Laser Spectroscopy: Techniques and Applications One can prepare the organo-rare earth complexes by rather easy bucket chemistry.
    • 2003 Donnell R. Christian - Forensic Investigation of Clandestine Laboratories There are certain manufacturing methods that do not require traditional chemical apparatuses. "Bucket" chemistry is an appropriate term, because these reactions can literally take place in a plastic bucket.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. As much as a bucket can hold
  2. (informal) A large amount
bucket naked etymology Apparently an error for, or alteration of, buck naked, butt naked.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Completely naked.
    • 2007, Marissa Monteilh, Dr. Feelgood, Dafina Books, ISBN 978-0-7582-1122-4, page 2: Normally, it was just about raw, bucket-naked nasty sex, …
bucket shop Alternative forms: bucketshop etymology bucket + shop
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (finance, pejorative, obsolete) A stockbroking firm which takes small order from clients and takes them on its own account rather than actually transmitting them to the market. Prevalent in the US 1870s to 1920s; often setup as shop-fronts in the 1920s.
  2. (pejorative, finance) A stockbroking firm which sells stock to clients when it has an undisclosed relationship with that company or its owner.
  3. (travel, dated) a travel agency selling discounted airfares, usually in defiance of existing minimum fare arrangements. Now usually refers to any small cheap agency.
  4. (legal) a legal services firm selling heavily discounted legal services and documents made in large volume from boilerplate text and clauses, sometimes as a white label loss leader
(Law / Finance) Traditionally understood as pejorative and with implications of fraud.
buckeye {{rfi}} {{wikipedia}} etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of several species of tree of the genus Aesculus.
    1. {{taxlink}}, the horse chestnut.
  2. Any of several species of the related {{vern}}, (genus {{taxlink}}).
  3. The seed or fruit of these plants.
  4. (US, slang) A native or resident of the American state of Ohio.
buck for
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, US, colloquial) To strive for persistent; to try hard to obtain (a promotion, raise, etc.).
Buckie etymology Diminutive with -ie.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang) Buckfast Tonic Wine, a brand of fortified wine.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, informal) alternative form of Buckley's chance
    • 1915, , The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke, Gutenberg eBook #4730, It wer′n′t no guyver neither; fer I knoo / That any other bloke ′ad Buckley′s ′oo / Tried fer to pick ′er up.
    • 1956, Brent of Bin Bin (), Gentleman at Gyang Gyang, Gutenberg Australia eBook #0900141, “Wot with the basic wage an′ the high price of livin′, might cost too much,” said Beardy, grinning. “An′ all you young sparks has got such a turr′ble drooth on yez for the pooty faces and pink cheeks of girls that I'd have Buckley′s of gettin′ in the runnin′.”
Buckley's and none etymology Uncertain. Various folk legends are listed at Buckley's chance
noun: {{head}}
  1. (Australia, idiomatic, informal) A supposed two chances (probabilities), being Buckley's chance (meaning a very small chance) or no chance at all.
related terms:
  • Buckley's, Buckley's chance
Buckley's chance etymology Uncertain. Candidates are:
  • A reference to (1780-1856), a convict who escaped in Victoria in 1803 and lived among the Aborigine there for 30 years (survival in the bush was reckoned no chance). This is the most popular candidate, but earliest known usages date from the 1890s, some 30 years after his death. [ Ozwords October 2000 at the Australian National University].
  • From Buckley's and none, presuming that expression derives from the Melbourne department store.
  • A reference to Mr Buckley of the region of southern New South Wales, who sued the government over title to land, the action seeming to have little prospect of success.“Buckley′s Chance”, entry in '''1970''', Bill Wannan, ''Australian Folklore'', Lansdowne Press, reprint 1979, ISBN 0-7018-1309-1, correspondence from a Mr F. Verdich of Rockdale, NSW.
  • Again a reference to Mars Buckley, not in connection with Crumpton Nunn (as above, re Buckley's and none), but rather in relation to an 1893 run on banks, when Buckley ensured that the Bank of Australasia would have no chance of using his money to pay other depositors. The bank thus had “Buckley′s chance” of getting his money. This etymology is arguably the more likely since the phrase was first cited three years after this incident
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, idiomatic, informal) A very small chance; no chance at all.
    • 1936, , The Shearer′s Colt, Gutenberg Australia eBook #0603461h, "So he has a chance," said Connie. "Buckley's chance, the way his luck is. Fell out with his girl he did, and lost his job, and now 'e's goin' to lose 'is life. The unluckiest man that ever lived."
Synonyms: Buckley's
related terms:
  • Buckley's and none
buck private
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, military slang) A private soldier keen ("bucking") for promotion; an ambitious private.
    • 2007, Tim Weiner, Legacy of Ashes, Penguin 2008, pp. 15-16: Bedell Smith was a shopkeeper's son from Indiana who rose from buck private to general without the polish of West Point or a college degree.
buckra etymology possibly from mbakara ("master") in Efik, a language of the Ibibio people of southern Nigeria
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, AAVE, derogatory) A poor white person.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (AAVE, archaic) white a buckra yam
bucks' party
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) bachelor party
buckshee etymology Alteration of baksheesh.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A gift or bribe.
  2. An extra portion, ration etc.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Extra, spare.
    • 1929, Frederic Manning, The Middle Parts of Fortune, Vintage 2014, p. 35: However, you come along about nine o'clock. There's some buckshee rum.
buck up
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (idiomatic) Cheer up; take courage; take heart.
  2. (idiomatic, dated) Hurry up; make haste.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, intransitive) To become encouraged, reinvigorated, or cheerful; to summon one's courage or spirits. I realized I needed to buck up and tackle the problem head-on.
  2. (idiomatic, transitive) To encourage or refresh; to hearten. I knew I had to try and buck up the rest of my team as well.
  3. (idiomatic, intransitive, dated, early 1900's) To dress oneself up smartly; compare (obsolete) buck ("a fop, dandy")
  4. (idiomatic, transitive, colloquial) To pass on to higher authority for resolution. See also pass the buck. He started bucking up everything to management when he didn't get a raise. He just bucked everything risky up to management. Instead of dealing with the customer's complaint himself, he just bucked it up to his boss.
  • In the transitive senses 2, 4 the object may appear before or after the particle. If the object is a pronoun, then it must be before the particle.
buck wild etymology From the aggressive state of buck during mating season.Jonathan Green, ''Cassell's Dictionary of Slang'', Weidenfeld & Nicolson (2005), ISBN 0304366366, [ page 195]
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (African American Vernacular English, slang) Crazy, unrestrained, uncontrolled.
    • 1998, , Addicted, Atria Books (2003), ISBN 0743442849, page 190: The dancer was buck wild, and all the old, beer-bellied men were clapping and sticking money in the waistline of her sheer-leg pants.
    • 2001, , "", : Hey ladies, when your man wanna get buck wild, just go back and hit 'em up style / Put your hands on his cash and spend it to the last dime for all the hard times
    • 2010, , Call Me Russell, Doubleday Canada (2010), ISBN 9780385669634, page 150: We had a great time that night, when the DJ at Pacha NYC found out that Mel was in the house, he played "White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)." Mel's girlfriend really went buck wild when they played it.
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bucky pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{head}}
  1. (British, slang) gun
buckyball etymology {{blend}}, used as an abbreviation for buckminsterfullerene Alternative forms: bucky-ball
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chemistry, informal) A buckminsterfullerene molecule (C60).
  2. by extension, the most common types of spheroidal fullerne, C60 and C70 usually, with additionally C72 and C76 also included at times
  3. by extension, any spheroidal fullerene, from C20 on upwards
coordinate terms: (carbon allotrope)
  • graphene
  • graphite
  • diamond
  • carbon nanotube / buckytube
  • fullerene
  • carbyne
  • atomic carbon
  • amorphous carbon
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, chemistry) A corannulene
Bud pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /bʌd/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From bud.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A male nickname. I remember many visits from my uncle Bud.
  2. (rare, ,, chiefly, US) A given name.
etymology 2 From Budweiser.
proper noun:
  1. (informal) A nickname for the beer . I'd like a Bud, please.
  • BDU
  • dub
bud {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /bʌd/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English budde 'bud, seedpod', from Proto-Germanic *buddōn (compare Dutch bot 'bud', German Hagebutte ‘hip, rosehip', Butzen 'seedpod', Swedish dialect bodd 'head'), perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *bʰew-, *bu-.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A newly formed leaf or flower that has not yet unfolded. After a long, cold winter, the trees finally began to produce buds.
  2. (usually uncountable, slang) Potent cannabis taken from the flowering part of the plant (the bud), or marijuana generally. Hey bro, want to smoke some bud?
  3. A small rounded body in the process of splitting from an organism, which may grow into a genetically identical new organism. In this slide, you can see a yeast cell forming buds.
  4. A weaned calf in its first year, so called because the horns are then beginning to bud.
Synonyms: (marijuana) nug; see also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To form buds. The trees are finally starting to bud.
  2. To reproduce by splitting off buds. Yeast reproduces by budding.
  3. To begin to grow, or to issue from a stock in the manner of a bud, as a horn.
  4. To be like a bud in respect to youth and freshness, or growth and promise. a budding virgin {{rfquotek}}
etymology 2 From buddy.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Buddy, friend. I like to hang out with my buds on Saturday night.
  2. (informal) used to address a male
Synonyms: See also
  • BDU
  • dub
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (offensive, ethnic slur) Mimicking East Asian speech.
buddha Alternative forms: Buddha pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An enlightened human being.
  2. A statue or image of the Buddha.
  3. (informal) marijuana
related terms:
  • Buddhahood
  • Buddhism
  • Buddhist
Buddha belly etymology From depictions of the potbellied Chinese folkloric deity that are often mistakenly thought to represent the in the West.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A round, protruding belly.
    • 2000, , The Attorney, Jove Books (2001), ISBN 9781101549599, unnumbered page: He wears a wrinkled polo shirt that does little to disguise his bulging Buddha belly.
Synonyms: See also .
  • {{seemoreCites}}
buddhahead etymology Buddha + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, pejorative, Hawaii) A Japanese-Hawaiian person.
buddy etymology
  • Colloquial butty (1802), meaning companion, also the form of an older dialect term meaning workmate, associated with coal mining. Itself believed derived from booty fellow (1530), a partner with whom one shares booty or loot.
  • Sometimes referred to in North American dictionaries as an alteration of brother.
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  1. A friend or casual acquaintance. They have been buddies since they were in school.
  2. A partner for a particular activity. drinking buddies
  3. An informal and friendly address to a stranger; a friendly placeholder name for a person one does not know. Hey, buddy, I think you dropped this.
Synonyms: (friend or acquaintance): mate, (address to a stranger): mate, See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To assign a buddy, or partner.
Buddyroll etymology Possibly originating from Boudreaux or Budreaux, a common family name in Louisiana (US).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) An aggressive informal address to a stranger. Hey, Buddyroll, who you looking at?
buddyroo etymology Popularized by The Catcher in the Rye (1951) by J. D. Salinger.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A close friend or pal
related terms:
  • buddy
budgie pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A budgerigar.
budgie smugglers {{wikipedia}} etymology (swimming costume) A jocular reference to a man's tight-fitting swimming costume or swimsuit, typically speedos. Alternative forms: (swimming costume) budgie-smugglers
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  1. (Australia, NZ, informal, plural only) A style of tightfitting men's swimming costume cut like underwear briefs that covers the buttocks and groin but not the legs, especially worn in surf lifesaving and in swimming races.
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  2. plural of budgie smuggler
Synonyms: (swimming costume) See also .
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  1. (slang, US, Air Force) Big Ugly Fat Fellow (or Fucker); US Airforce nickname for the B-52 bomber.
    • 1994, Frederick Forsyth, The Fist of God: [a novel], page 377: The B-52 Stratofortress is not called the Buff because it is painted a tan or dun-brown color.
    • 2002, S. Lock, Ribald Tales & Stories from U.T.: Confessions of a Staff Weenie, page 3: I should note here in polite society it is considered proper to call the B-52 a BUFF for Big Ugly Fat Fella or Fellows
    • 2004, Nick Veronico, Nicholas A. Veronico, Jim Dunn, 21st Century U.S. Air Power, page 48: Deployed at no higher than 135 knots, the 44-foot drag chute aids in braking the BUFF.
    • 2004, Keith R Parris, The Servants of Freedom: The SOF, page 29: There were also, however disgusting it might seem, "BUFF" drivers coming in from B-52 bombers and C-130 cargo haulers.
    • 2006, Jim Clonts, When Penguins Flew and Water Burned, page 447: The general invited his old buddy to Barksdale to fly in the B-52 and show him just what the old BUFF could do.
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buff pronunciation
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etymology 1 From buffe, from Middle French buffle.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Undyed leather from the skin of buffalo or similar animals.
    • Shakespeare a suit of buff
  2. A tool, often one covered with buff leather, used for polishing.
  3. A brownish yellow colour. {{color panel}}
    • Dryden a visage rough, deformed, unfeatured, and a skin of buff
  4. A military coat made of buff leather. {{rfquotek}}
  5. (informal) A person who is very interested in a particular subject; an enthusiast. He’s a real history buff. He knows everything there is to know about the civil war.
  6. (gaming) An effect that temporally makes a gaming character stronger. I just picked up an epic damage buff! Lets go gank the other team!
  7. (rail transport) Compressive coupler force that occurs during a slack bunched condition.
  8. The bare skin. to strip to the buff
    • Wright To be in buff is equivalent to being naked.
  9. The greyish viscid substance constituting the buffy coat.
  10. A substance used to dilute (street) drugs in order to increase profits.
    • Police said the 20 ton hydraulic jack was used to press mixtures of cocaine and "buff" into bricks. (CBC)
  • (video games) debuff
  • (video games) nerf
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of the color of buff leather, a brownish yellow.
  2. (bodybuilding): Unusually muscular. (also buffed or buffed out) The bouncer was a big, buff dude with tattoos, a shaved head, and a serious scowl.
    • 1994, Blurred Boundaries: Questions of Meaning in Contemporary Culture, page 155: The appearance of logic often derives from faulty syllogisms such as Sgt. Koon's conclusion that King was an ex-con because he was "buffed out" (heavily muscled). The thinking is: "ex-cons are often buffed out; this man is buffed out; therefore, this man is an ex-con."
  3. (slang) attractive.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To polish and make shiny by rubbing. exampleHe was already buffing the car's hubs.
  2. (gaming) To make a character stronger. The enchanter buffed the paladin to prepare him to fight the dragon.
Synonyms: (to make smooth and shiny by rubbing) wax, shine, polish, furbish, burnish, (video games) debuff, (video games) nerf, Finnish: fi, German: de, Russian: ru, Slovak: sk sk
etymology 2 Old French bufer. See buffet.
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  1. To strike. {{rfquotek}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A buffet; a blow.
    • Spenser Nathless so sore a buff to him it lent / That made him reel.
Buffaholic etymology Buffy + aholic
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fan of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Synonyms: Buffista, Buffyholic, Buffian, Buffyite
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buffalo {{slim-wikipedia}} etymology From Portuguese or Spanish búfalo from ll būfalus, from Latin būbalus, from Ancient Greek βούβαλος 〈boúbalos〉. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈbʌf.əl.əʊ/
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  1. Any of the Old World mammals of the family Bovidae, such as the Cape buffalo, {{taxlink}}, or the water buffalo {{taxlink}}.
  2. A related North American animal, the American bison, Bison bison.
  3. A buffalo robe.
  4. The buffalo fish.
related terms:
  • buffalo berry
  • buffalo bird
  • buffalo bug
  • buffalo clover
  • buffalo fly
  • buffalo gnat
  • water buffalo
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  1. (transitive) To hunt buffalo.
  2. (US, slang, transitive) To outwit, confuse, deceive, or intimidate.
  3. (archaic, transitive) To pistol-whip.
buffer {{wikipedia}} etymology Agent noun from obsolete verb buff(mid-16c.), from Old French buffe. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈbʌfə(ɹ)/, [ˈbɐfə(ɹ)]
  • (GenAm) /ˈbʌfɚ/
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  • (Australia) /ˈbafə(ɹ)/, [ˈbäfə(ɹ)]
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  1. Someone or something that buff.
  2. (chemistry) A solution used to stabilize the pH (acidity) of a liquid.
  3. (computing) A portion of memory set aside to store data, often before it is sent to an external device or as it is received from an external device.
  4. (mechanical) Anything used to maintain slack or isolate different objects.
  5. (telecommunications) A routine or storage medium used to compensate for a difference in rate of flow of data, or time of occurrence of events, when transferring data from one device to another.
  6. (rail) A device on trains and carriages designed to cushion the impact between them.
  7. (rail) The metal barrier to help prevent trains from running off the end of the track.
  8. An isolating circuit, often an amplifier, used to minimize the influence of a driven circuit on the driving circuit.
  9. (politics, international relations) A buffer zone (such as a demilitarized zone) or a buffer state.
  10. (colloquial) A good-humoured, slow-witted fellow, usually an elderly man.
  11. (figurative) A gap that isolates or separates two things.
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To use a buffer or buffers; to isolate or minimize the effects of one thing on another.
  2. (computing) To store data in memory temporarily.
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  1. en-comparative of buff
related terms:
  • bufferize
  • buffer lass
  • buffer up
  • buffer zone
  • rebuff
Buffian etymology Buffy + ian
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fan of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Synonyms: Buffista, Buffaholic, Buffyholic, Buffyite
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Buffista etymology Buffy + ista
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fan of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Synonyms: Buffaholic, Buffian, Buffyholic, Buffyite
  • Whedonite
buffly {{wikipedia}} etymology buff + ly pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbʌf.lɪ/
  • (US) /ˈbʌ
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (slang) in a buff manner; attractively or muscularly The girl walked past buffly.
    • 2003 Dragon Hues by H. T. Brashears - Page 43 We enter a loud bar with a buffly built bouncer blocking the door.
    • Jul 18, 2006 Future of Japanese anime and manga looking bright in US San Francisco Chronicle - "yaoi" goes against the grain of traditional rendering of men as buffly masculine.
buffoon etymology From Middle French bouffon, from Italian buffone, from buffare pronunciation
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  1. One who acts in a silly or ridiculous fashion; a clown or fool.
    • Melmoth To divert the audience with buffoon postures and antic dances.
  2. (pejorative) An unintentionally ridiculous person.
  • In the United States the term is used most commonly to describe inappropriate, clownish figures on the public stage; here the behavior of a variety of public figures have caused them to be described as buffoons by their political opponents.
  • In the UK the term is used more broadly, to describe such people who are held in popular regard but who nevertheless engender amusement with their pronouncements and acts.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To behave like a buffoon
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Buffyholic etymology Buffy + holic
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fan of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
    • 1998, 13 August, barklage [username], Starcon 98 (Denver),!original/,, “Anyway, I was thinking that some of us Buffyholics could meet there and perhaps organize a Denver "goober" for Buffy's season premiere.”
    • 2003, Michael Adams, Slayer Slang: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lexicon, Oxford University Press (2003), ISBN 0195175999, page 100: Cordesman was introduced to Buffy by Buffyholics in his family, watched an episode or two, perceived analogies between the show and America's approach to threats of biological warfare, and developed Buffy into compounds that expressed his views on security.
    • 2009, Justine Larbalestier, "A Buffy Confession", in Seven Seasons of Buffy: Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Discuss Their Favorite Television Show (ed. Glenn Yeffeth), BenBella Books (2009), ISBN 9781935251491, page 78: Before “Prophecy Girl,” I thought Buffy was a pretty cool show with some great moments, way better than anything else on the box. In its wake, I was an obsessive Buffyholic.
Synonyms: Buffaholic, Buffian, Buffista, Buffyite
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Buffyite etymology Buffy + ite
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fan of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
    • 1998, 25 May, Georg McLaughlin, Re: Newbie (ages ?),!original/,, “46 and proud to be a Buffyite. One of the best shows on the tube.”
    • 2005, Rhonda Wilcox (quoting Eric Alterman), Why Buffy Matters: The Art of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I. B. Tauris & Co Ltd (2006), ISBN 9781845110215, unnumbered page: Buffyites [felt] the show had slipped this year, falling into a very administration-like (and un-Buffy-like) us vs. them moral schema.
    • 2009, Mary Kirby-Diaz, "Buffy, Angel, and the Creation of Virtual Communities", in Buffy and Angel Conquer the Internet: Essays on Online Fandom (ed. Mary Kirby-Diaz), McFarland & Company (2009), ISBN 9780786442058, page 18: Although Internet communities are virtual, it is the hypothesis of this paper that the virtcom can become a real community, by means of which Buffyites and Angelites can regularly interact.
Synonyms: Buffaholic, Buffian, Buffista, Buffyholic,
  • Whedonite
bufo etymology From Multiple Languages Bufo marinus (now Rhinella marina), the cane toad, from Latin būfo.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Hawaii, slang) toad, frog
bug {{wikipedia}} etymology First attested in this form around 1620 (referring to a bedbug), from earlier bugge, a conflation of two words:
  1. Middle English bugge, from Proto-Germanic *bugja- (compare Norwegian bugge, dialectal Low German Bögge
  2. Middle English budde, from Old English budda (see scearnbudda), from Proto-Germanic *buddô, *buzdô (compare Low German Budde, Norwegian budda). More at bud.
The term is used to refer to technical errors and problems at least as early as the 19th century, predating the commonly known story of a moth being caught in a computer.
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  1. An insect of the order Hemiptera (the "true bugs").
  2. (colloquial) Any insect, arachnid, or other terrestrial arthropod that is a pest. These flies are a bother. I’ll get some bug spray and kill them.
  3. Various species of marine or freshwater crustacean; e.g. a Morton Bay bug, mudbug.
  4. A problem that needs fixing, especially in computing. The software bug led the computer to calculate 2 plus 2 as 5.
    • 1878 , 1989 , Thomas Edison , Thomas P. Hughes , American Genesis: A History of the American Genius for Invention , , Edison to Puskas, 13 November 1878, Edison papers , cited by , , , 0-14-009741-4 , , Penguin Books , Edison National Laboratory, U.S. National Park Service, West Orange, N.J. , , , page 75 , “ I have the right principle and am on the right track, but time, hard work and some good luck are necessary too. It has been just so in all of my inventions. The first step is an intuition, and comes with a burst, then difficulties arise -- this thing gives out and [it is] then that "Bugs" -- as such little faults and difficulties are called -- show themselves and months of intense watching, study and labor are requisite before commercial success or failure is certainly reached. ”
  5. A contagious illness; a bacterium or virus causing it He’s got the flu bug.
  6. An enthusiasm for something; an obsession I think he’s a gold bug, he has over 10,000 ounces in storage. to catch the skiing bug
  7. An electronic intercept device We installed a bug in her telephone
  8. A small and and usually invisible file (traditionally a single-pixel image) on a World Wide Web page, primarily used to track users. He suspected the image was a web bug used for determining who was visiting the site.
  9. (broadcasting) A small, usually transparent or translucent image placed in a corner of a television program to indicate what network or cable channel is televising it Channel 4's bug distracted Jim from his favorite show
  10. (aviation) A manually positioned marker in flight instruments
  11. A semi-automated telegraph key
    • 1938, Paul Gallico, Farewell to Sport, page 257: At this point your telegraph operator, sitting at your right, goes "Ticky-tick-tickety-de-tick-tick," with his bug, as he calls his transmitter, and looks at you expectantly.
    • 1942, Arthur Reinhold Nilson, Radio Code Manual, page 134: As far as the dashes are concerned, the bug is the same in operation as any regular key would be if it were turned up on edge instead of sitting flat on the desk.
    • 1986, E. L. Doctorow, World's Fair, page 282: I was a very good radio operator. I bought my own bug. That's what the telegraph key in its modern form was called. It was semiautomatic.
  12. (obsolete) A bugbear; anything that terrifies.
    • Shakespeare Sir, spare your threats: / The bug which you would fright me with I seek.
  13. (chiefly, LGBT, "the bug") HIV.
  14. (poker) A limited form of wild card in some variants of poker.
  • Adjectives often applied to "bug": major, minor, serious, critical, nasty, annoying, important, strange, stupid, flying, silly.
Synonyms: (An intercept device) wiretap, See also
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  1. (informal, transitive) To annoy. Don’t bug me, I’m busy!
  2. (transitive) To install an electronic listening device or devices in. We need to know what’s going on. We’ll bug his house.
Synonyms: See also
  • gub
bug-eyed monster
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  1. (science fiction, derogatory) An extraterrestrial.
bugfucker etymology From bug + fucker.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang, derogatory, offensive) One who has a very small penis; an inadequate male lover.
    • 1996, Adam Barrow, Flawless (page 132) "Hear she's bangin' that science teacher." "Elliott? That needle-dicked little bugfucker? Nah."
bugger etymology From French bougre, from Malayalam Bulgarus, used in designation of heretic (especially the Bogomil, who arose in the 10th century in the First Bulgarian Empire) to whom various unnatural practices were ascribed. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈbʌɡɚ/
  • (RP) /ˈbʌɡə/
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  1. (obsolete) A heretic.
  2. (British legal) Someone who commits buggery; a sodomite. The British Sexual Offences Act of 1967 is a buggers′ charter. (see Are judges politically correct?)
  3. (slang, pejorative, UK, Australian, NZ) A foolish or worthless person or thing; a despicable person. He's a silly bugger for losing his keys. The bugger′s given me the wrong change. My computer's being a bit of a bugger.
    • 1928, Frank Parker Day, Rockbound, Gutenberg Australia eBook #0500721h, “I′ll take it out on dat young bugger,” he thought viciously.
    • 1947, James Hilton, So Well Remembered, Gutenberg Australia eBook #0600371h, Here the cheers and shouts of the gallery were interrupted by a shabby little man in the back row who yelled out with piercing distinctness: “Don't matter what you call ′im now, George. The bugger′s dead.”
  4. (slang, UK, Australian, NZ) A situation that causes dismay. So you're stuck out in woop-woop and the next train back is Thursday next week. Well, that's a bit of a bugger.
  5. (slang, UK, Australian, NZ) Someone viewed with affection; a chap. How are you, you old bugger?
    • 1946, Olaf Stapledon, Arms Out of Hand, in Collected Stories, Gutenberg Australia eBook #0601341, Good luck, you old bugger!
    • 1953 February-March, , , Null-ABC, in , Gutenberg eBook #18346], “And if Pelton found out that his kids are Literates—Woooo!” Cardon grimaced. “Or what we've been doing to him. I hope I′m not around when that happens. I′m beginning to like the cantankerous old bugger.”
  6. (slang, dated) A damn, anything at all. I don't give a bugger how important you think it is.
  7. (slang, British) Someone who is very fond of something I'm a bugger for Welsh cakes.
  8. (slang, USA - West) A rough synonym for whippersnapper. What is that little bugger up to now?
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  1. (vulgar, British) To sodomize. To be buggered sore like a hobo's whore (Attributed to Harry Mclintock's 1920s era )
  2. (slang, coarse in British) To break or ruin. This computer is buggered! Oh no! I've buggered it up.
  3. (slang, British, Australian, NZ) To be surprised. Bugger me sideways! Bugger me, here's my bus. Well, I'm buggered!
  4. (slang, British, Australian, NZ) To feel contempt for some person or thing. Bugger Bognor. (Alleged to be the last words of king George V of the United Kingdom in response to a suggestion that he might recover from his illness and visit Bognor Regis.)
  5. (slang, British, Australian, NZ) To feel frustration with something, or to consider that something is futile. Bugger this for a lark. Bugger this for a game of soldiers.
  6. (slang, British, Australian, NZ) To be fatigued. I'm buggered from all that walking.
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  1. (slang, British, Australia, New Zealand, coarse) An expression of annoyance or displeasure. Bugger, I've missed the bus. Oh, bugger--
  2. (slang, US, euphemistic, rare) Cutesy expression of very mild annoyance.
Synonyms: bummer, damn, whoops, See also
bugger all
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  1. (chiefly, British, Australia, New Zealand, idiomatic, vulgar) Nothing. You may not like paying taxes, but there's bugger all you can do about it.
Synonyms: See also
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  1. (slang) Broken; not properly functioning. Your telly is buggered, best get it fixed. It's well and truly buggered now; you may as well throw it out.
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  2. (slang) In trouble; in a bad situation. The police caught you on CCTV, now you're really buggered.
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  3. (UK, Australia, NZ, slang) Tired, worn-out, exhausted. You'll have to take over from here, mate, I'm completely buggered.
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Synonyms: (broken) fucked, kaput, stuffed, (in trouble) fucked, in for it, (tired) all in, done in, exhausted
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  1. en-past of bugger
  • begrudge
  • debugger
bugger factor
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  1. (slang, British) Another term for Sod's law or Murphy's law: "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong."
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) a contemptible person
bugger off
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  1. (idiomatic, vulgar, UK, Australia, New Zealand, emphatic, colloquial, dismissal) Go away.
  2. (idiomatic, vulgar, UK, Australia, New Zealand, emphatic, colloquial) An expression of disagreement or disbelief. Bugger off! You are joking, aren't you?
Synonyms: (go away) get lost, fuck off, screw off
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  1. (intransitive, idiomatic, vulgar) To leave, go away, disappear. We tried to catch him, but he had already buggered off.
Synonyms: See also
bughouse etymology From bug + house. pronunciation
  • /ˈbʌɡhaʊs/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A flea-infested hotel, lodging-house etc.
  2. (US, slang) A prison.
  3. (US, slang) A hospital, especially a lunatic asylum.
  4. (South Africa, slang) A cheap and dirty cinema.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, slang) Crazy, insane.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 1127: Ewball, man, that is some bughouse talk.
bug juice {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US) An artificial fruit-flavor beverage, made from a powder concentrate and water, that is often served at American residential camps; Kool-Aid or a generic equivalent.
  2. (US, slang) Insect repellent.
  3. (US, slang) Moonshine (an illicitly distilled alcoholic beverage).
buglet etymology bug + let
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, informal) A minor bug in a program.
bugly etymology {{blend}}.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Exceptionally ugly.
    • 1896, David Macbeth Moir, Conjugal Amenities: She has immense white teeth that snap, and a bugly bonnet, with one dismal ostrich feather wobbling sternly on end.
    • 2000, Richard Spears, NTC's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions: I have never seen such a bugly guy in my life!
    • 2010, Denise Mina, Still Midnight: “For every ugly there's a bugly.” She smiled.
bug off
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal, transitive) Used to tell somebody to leave one alone.
Synonyms: bog off, bugger off (more vulgar), scram
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  1. (informal, intransitive) To go away. I lied to him to appease him so he would bug off.
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  1. (archaic or childish, nonstandard) en-past of build
    • {{RQ:Authorized Version}}, And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.
    • 1804, William Blake, And did those feet in ancient time And was Jerusalem builded here, Among these dark Satanic Mills?
    • 1862, February, , "", in The Atlantic Monthly, Volume IX, Number LII, page 10, […] / They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps; / […]
    • 1939, , Additional Poems, XXI, New Year’s Eve, lines 35-36 Down ruins the ancient order And empire builded of old.
    • 1993, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, page 407 Oh, thou dark Hindoo half of nature, who of drowned bones hast builded thy separate thrones somewhere in the heart of these unverdured seas[.]
    • 2003, Rhiannon, aged 14, quoted in Ian Butler et al, Divorcing Children: Children's Experience of Their Parents' Divorce, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, ISBN 1-84310-103-3, page 52, I think it just sort of gradually ‘builded’ up.
builder's bum
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, UK, NZ, slang) the top of the buttock showing when a pair of trousers are worn too low, or when the wearer is bending over.
Synonyms: crack (US), plumber's crack
building pronunciation
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etymology 1 Middle English
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  1. (uncountable) The act or process of build. exampleThe building of the bridge will be completed in a couple of weeks.
  2. A closed structure with wall and a roof.
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    exampleMy sister lives in that apartment building.
Synonyms: (act or process of building) construction, (closed structure with walls and a roof) edifice, See also
etymology 2 See build
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  1. present participle of build
built pronunciation
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  1. (informal) well-built
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) Shape; build; form of structure. the built of a ship
    • 1764, , Inquiry into the Human Mind on the Principles of Common Sense: The sailor sees the burthen, the built, and the distance of a ship at sea, while she is a great way off.
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  1. en-simple past of build
  2. past participle of build
built like a brick shithouse {{move}}
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  1. (Australia, Canada, British, US, simile, idiomatic, colloquial, mildly, vulgar) (of a man) Having a muscular body, particularly with well developed muscles of the chest, arms and abdominals.
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  2. (Canada, US, simile, idiomatic, colloquial, somewhat, vulgar) (of a woman) Having an athletic or muscular body; often implying also having large breasts and/or an attractive body. "Over built" for the purpose. More effectively, or handsomely built than is strictly necessary.
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  3. (Australia, Canada, US, simile, colloquial, mildly, vulgar) (of an object) Exceptionally well constructed; strong or tough.
  • Generally used in reference to a person, but may also be used to describe cars, boats, buildings, etc.
built like a tank
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, idiomatic, of a man) Broad shouldered and of solid, muscular build. Standing 6'8" and built like a tank, Adam was not a man to be messed with.
  2. (slang, idiomatic, of a car, etc) Sturdy; exceptionally well constructed.
  • Normally applied to a person, but can also be used for buildings or cars etc.
bulge {{wikipedia}} etymology From onf boulge, from ll bulga, from Gaulish *bulga, *bulgos, from Proto-Celtic *bolgos. Cognate with bilge, belly, bellows, budget, French bouge, German Balg, etc.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Something sticking out from a surface; a swelling, protuberant part; a bending outward, especially when caused by pressure. a bulge in a wall a bulge in my pocket where I kept my wallet
  2. The bilge or protuberant part of a cask.
  3. (nautical) The bilge of a vessel.
  4. (colloquial) The outline of a man's penis and testicles visible through clothing.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To stick out from (a surface). The submarine bulged because of the enormous air pressure inside. He stood six feet tall, with muscular arms bulging out of his black T-shirt.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room Chapter 1 The wind actually stirred the cloth on the chest of drawers, and let in a little light, so that the sharp edge of the chest of drawers was visible, running straight up, until a white shape bulged out; and a silver streak showed in the looking-glass.
  2. (intransitive) To bilge, as a ship; to founder.
    • Broome And scattered navies bulge on distant shores.
  • bugle
bull {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /bʊl/
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  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English bul, bule, from Old English bula, from Proto-Germanic *bulô "bull"; compare West Frisian bolle, Dutch bul, German Bulle, Old Norse boli, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰl̥no- (compare Old Irish ball, Latin follis, Thracian βόλινθος 〈bólinthos〉, Albanian "buall" (bull) or related bolle, Ancient Greek φαλλός 〈phallós〉), from Proto-Indo-European *bhel. More at blow.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An adult male of domesticated cattle or ox.
    1. Specifically, one that is uncastrated.
  2. An adult male of certain large mammals, such as whale, elephant and seal.
  3. A large, strong man.
  4. (finance) An investor who buys (commodities or securities) in anticipation of a rise in prices.
  5. (slang) A policeman.
    • {{RQ:RnhrtHpwd Bat}} The Bat—they called him the Bat.{{nb...}}. He'd never been in stir, the bulls had never mugged him, he didn't run with a mob, he played a lone hand, and fenced his stuff so that even the fence couldn't swear he knew his face.
  6. (UK, historical, obsolete slang) A crown coin; its value, {{nowrap}}
    • 1859, J.C. Hotten, A Dictionary of Modern Slang, Cant, and Vulgar Words Half-a-crown is known as an {{smallcaps}}, {{smallcaps}}, {{smallcaps}}, and a {{smallcaps}}; whilst a crown piece, or five shilling, may be called either a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}.
  7. (Philadelphia, slang) A man.
Synonyms: (slang: male person) guy, dude, bro, cat, (slang: policeman) cop, copper, pig (derogatory), rozzer (British). See also
  • (finance: investor who buys in anticipation of a rise in prices) bear
coordinate terms:
  • cow, ox, calf, steer
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Large and strong, like a bull.
  2. Of large mammals, male. a bull elephant
  3. (finance) Of a market in which prices are rising (compare bear)
Synonyms: (large and strong) beefy, hunky, robust, (male): male
  • (large and strong): feeble, puny, weak
  • (male): female
  • (of a market): bear
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To force oneself (in a particular direction). He bulled his way in.
  2. (intransitive) To lie, to tell untruth.
  3. (intransitive) To be in heat; to manifest sexual desire as cows do.
  4. (UK, military) To polish boot to a high shine.
  5. (finance, transitive) To endeavour to raise the market price of. to bull railroad bonds
  6. (finance, transitive) To endeavour to raise prices in. to bull the market
etymology 2 From Middle English bulle, from Old French bulle, from Low Latin bulla
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A papal bull, an official document or edict from the Pope.
  2. A seal affixed to a document, especially a document from the Pope.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (dated, 17th century) to publish in a Papal bull
etymology 3 From Middle English bull, of unknown origin. Possibly related to Old French boul, boule, bole. Popularly associated with bullshit.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A lie.
  2. (euphemistic, informal) Nonsense.
Synonyms: (nonsense) See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to mock, cheat
etymology 4 From Old French boule, from Latin bulla, from Proto-Indo-European *bhel.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (16th century, obsolete) a bubble
bull's eye etymology From the shape of the key plate or vignette
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Any of the first postage stamp produced in Brazil from 1843.
bull butter etymology From bull + butter.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, disparaging) margarine
    • 1892, R. Henry Rew, "An inquiry into the statistics of the production and consumption of milk in Great Britain." Journal of the Royal Statistical Society volume 55, page 285: About one-third of this importation was margarine, which in America was called "bull butter."
  2. (euphemism, slang, literal or figurative) bullshit
    • 2014, Ken English, More COMMON Sense page 86: (for you city folks, bull butter is that black, smelly substance found in piles all over cow pastures) but in your case, the bull butter ain't on the outside.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US and British, vulgar) Bullshit.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, offensive, derogatory) A lesbian.
    • 2010, Gary Bridge, Sophie Watson, The Blackwell City Reader (page 249) The visibility of bulldaggers and faggots in the streets and clubs of Harlem during the late 1920s and early 1930s does not mean they enjoyed unqualified toleration throughout Harlem society.
related terms:
  • bulldyke
bulldog etymology From bullbaiting and dog. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A breed of dog developed in England by the crossing of the bullbaiting dog and the Pug to produce a ladies companion dog. Having a very smooth coat, a flatten face, wrinkly cheek, powerful front legs and smaller hind leg.
  2. British bulldog
  3. A stubborn person.
  4. A refractory material used as a furnace lining, obtained by calcining the cinder or slag from the puddling furnace of a rolling mill.
  5. (UK, Oxford University, slang) One of the proctor' officer.
Synonyms: (breed of dog) English bulldog, See also
related terms:
  • bull-bitch
  • bull-pup
  • 1971, Carol King and Gerry Goffin, “Smackwater Jack”, Tapestry, Ode Records Big Jim the Chief stood for law and order.... Now from his bulldog mouth... Came the cry, “We got to ride to clean up the streets...!”
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To chase (a steer) on horseback and wrestle it to the ground by twist its horn (as a rodeo performance).
bulldoze etymology From earlier bulldose, equivalent to bull + dose.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To destroy with a bulldozer. He's certainly very chirpy for a man whose house has just been bulldozed down.
  2. (UK) To push someone over by heading straight over them. Often used in conjunction with "over". He just ran across the field bulldozing everyone over.
  3. (UK) To push through forcefully.
    • {{quote-news}} For the second time in a week, Wenger's team gave themselves an encouraging platform. In the 11th minute Theo Walcott drilled in a corner, and Olivier Giroud bulldozed through unopposed to thump the ball goalwards.
  4. To push, as a bulldozer pushes
    • "Again the animal had bulldozed all its bedding with its fat bottom into a heap at one end of its cage."
  5. (UK) To shoot down an idea immediately and forcefully. That was a good suggestion, but you just bulldozed it.
  6. (US, slang, dated) To intimidate; to restrain or coerce by intimidation or violence; used originally of the intimidation of black voters in Louisiana.
bulldozer pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈbʊldoʊzɚ/
etymology Originally bull-dozer (1875, Louisiana, US); bulldoze + er.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A tractor with an attached blade for pushing earth and building debris for coarse preliminary surface grading, demolishing building structures, etc.
  2. One who bulldoze.
  3. (chiefly, in the plural) A self-identified group of white US Southerners who colluded to influence outcomes of post-Reconstruction elections by intimidating, coercing and bullying black voters and legislators, including burning down houses and churches, flogging and murdering opponents. Also known as "regulators". Later used to describe anyone who intimidated or bullied in a similar manner.
  4. A bully, overbearing individual.
Synonyms: (?) blade (slang)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To bulldoze (push through forcefully).
bulldust etymology From bull + dust. In slang sense, a variant of bullshit. pronunciation
  • /ˈbʊldʌst/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia) Fine red dust, found in desert regions of Australia.
    • 2007, , Joy McKean, Another Day, Another Town, [http//|%22bulldusts%22+-intitle:%22bulldust%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=GI4TT425BoPfmAWR2NT1Aw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bulldust%22|%22bulldusts%22%20-intitle%3A%22bulldust%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 151], Bulldust is like talcum powder and it covers the holes in the road. No matter how carefully we drove, the bulldust rose in the air and cascaded down over our vehicle to the extent that we sometimes used the wipers to clear the windscreen.
    • 2007, Dick Eussen, Australia's Savannah Way: Cairns to Broome, [http//|%22bulldusts%22+-intitle:%22bulldust%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=GI4TT425BoPfmAWR2NT1Aw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bulldust%22|%22bulldusts%22%20-intitle%3A%22bulldust%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 23], Road trains are over 50 m long when towing three trailers. On dirt roads, they trail a blinding cloud of bulldust and window smashing, fist-size stones.
    • 2011, Leon Isackson, Jon Hayton, Behind the Rock and Beyond, [http//|%22bulldusts%22+-intitle:%22bulldust%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=HYsTT5udOIeEmQXjlI3sAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bulldust%22|%22bulldusts%22%20-intitle%3A%22bulldust%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], The bulldust was starting to get really thick now and even thicker in the back of the Hudson! It got into everything.
  2. (Australia, slang) Nonsense; blatantly false statements.
    • 1991, Antonio Casella, The Sensualist, [http//|%22bulldusts%22+-intitle:%22bulldust%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=GpITT5-8OKTEmQXeqL3zAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bulldust%22|%22bulldusts%22%20-intitle%3A%22bulldust%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 10], She was told some bulldust. The same bulldust they tell any dickhead willing to part with money: that she'd be rich one day and live to a ripe old age.
    • 1993, , Arnold Rampersad, Days of Grace: A Memoir, [http//|%22bulldusts%22+-intitle:%22bulldust%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22bulldust%22|%22bulldusts%22+-intitle:%22bulldust%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=4pQTT8-vD-X2mAWG2PzxAw&redir_esc=y page 70], “Your theory is bulldust, Arthur,” said Pancho. “Nothing but bulldust. You should play your best doubles players even if they are playing singles. If they are fit, they are not going to be too tired. McEnroe would not have lost that match.”
    • 2008, Catherine Deveny, Say When, [http//|%22bulldusts%22+-intitle:%22bulldust%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=GpITT5-8OKTEmQXeqL3zAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bulldust%22|%22bulldusts%22%20-intitle%3A%22bulldust%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 181], In these harsh times of economic rationalism (sacking), restructuring (sacking) and merit-assessed and incentive-based liquidation and redirecting of human resources (sacking), the bulldust detector is invaluable.
Synonyms: bullshit
bulldyke etymology bull + dyke pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A lesbian who appears masculine or act in a masculine manner.
Synonyms: butch
  • lipstick lesbian, designer dyke
bull dyke etymology bull + dyke pronunciation {{audio}}
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, slang) A macho or an extremely masculine or butch lesbian
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A member of the Bullingdon Club.
bullet {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle French boulette. pronunciation
  • (UK) /bʊl.ɪt/
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  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A projectile, usually of metal, shot from a gun at high speed.
  2. Ammunition for a sling or slingshot which has been manufactured for such use.
  3. (typography) A printed symbol in the form of a solid circle, (), often used for marking items in a list. (see also bulleted)
  4. (informal) An entire round of unfired ammunition for a firearm, including the projectile, the cartridge casing, the propellant charge, etc.
  5. (banking, finance) A large scheduled repayment of the principal of a loan; a balloon payment.
  6. A rejection letter, as for employment, admission to a school or a competition. John's not going to any of his top schools; he got a bullet from the last of them yesterday.
  7. (slang) One year of prison time
  8. (slang) An ace (the playing card).
  9. (figuratively) Anything that is projected extremely fast.
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  10. (in attributive use) Very fast speedy. bullet train bullet chess
  11. (obsolete) A small ball.
    • 1881, , : Would you not suppose these persons had been whispered, by the Master of the Ceremonies, the promise of some momentous destiny? and that this lukewarm bullet on which they play their farces was the bull's-eye and centrepoint of all the universe?
  12. (obsolete) A cannonball.
    • Stow A ship before Greenwich … shot off her ordnance, one piece being charged with a bullet of stone.
  13. (obsolete) The fetlock of a horse.
hyponyms: {{hyp-top}}
  • blank bullet
  • double-action bullet
  • brass-tipped bullet
  • rubber bullet
  • rubber-tipped bullet
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • bite the bullet
  • bullet hole
  • bullet list
  • bullet point
  • bullet time
  • bullet with someone's name on it
  • dodge a bullet
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, informal) To draw attention to (text) by, or as if by, placing a graphic bullet in front of it.
    • Merriam-Webster's collegiate encyclopedia‎, page x, Merriam-Webster, Inc, 2000, “For instance, in the article on Tim Berners-Lee, we have bulleted "World Wide Web"”
    • HazMat data: for first response, transportation, storage, and security‎, page x, Richard P. Pohanish, 2004, “The author has bulleted this section to make it easier to read and included important notes and warnings.”
    • The law of attraction in action, page 42, Deanna Davis, 2008, “I had mind-mapped everything from my business to my baby girl's needs and had bulleted my talking points, brownie points, and breaking points for just about every life area”
  2. (intransitive, informal) To speed, like a bullet. Their debut started slow, but bulleted to number six in its fourth week.
  3. (transitive, informal) To make a shot, especially with great speed. He bulleted a header for his first score of the season.
bulletproof Alternative forms: bullet-proof etymology bullet + proof pronunciation
  • /bʊl.ɪtpɹuːf/
  • {{hyphenation}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (of a material) Capable of withstanding a direct shot by a bullet fired from a gun. A bulletproof window. A bulletproof vest.
  2. (idiomatic) reliable, infallible, sturdy or error-tolerant.
  3. (usually, of an idea or concept) Unbreakable, very tough.
Synonyms: (infallible) foolproof
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make proof against bullets.
  2. (slang) to make resistant to failure. We have to bulletproof this program before we let the users at it; check every input, catch every possible must not fail in use.
bullet train {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rail transport) The shinkansen, a high-speed passenger train of Japan. Runs at speeds from 200-300 kilometer per hour.
  2. (rail transport) A high-speed train which resembles such a train.
  3. (informal) Suicide by small firearm; see take the bullet train. “I should probably take the bullet train, and save her the grief.”
etymology 1 see bullock
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of bullock
etymology 2 Alteration of bollocks
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang, euphemistic) Testicles.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang, euphemistic) Expression of frustration.
bullocky {{wikipedia}} etymology From bullock + y. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbʊləki/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia and New Zealand colloquial, now historical) A person (usually a man) who drives a cart pulled by a team of bullock.
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber and Faber 2003, p. 21: He could yarn with the bullockies for hours.
    • 1993, Mark St Leon, The Wizard of the Wire: The Story of Con Colleano, [http//|%22bullockies%22+-intitle:%22bullocky|bullockies%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=crITT52vI-uTiQf46ckw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bullocky%22|%22bullockies%22%20-intitle%3A%22bullocky|bullockies%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 18], Through the bush, the shouts of the bullockies and the cracking of their savage wattlestick whips reverberated as the teams slowly made their way. The bullocky′s whip was over four metres long with a handle of nearly three metres.
    • 2006, Jaydeep Sarangi, Binod Mishra, Explorations In Australian Literature, [http//|%22bullockies%22+-intitle:%22bullocky|bullockies%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=OrUTT_HgJafomAX0j6naAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bullocky%22|%22bullockies%22%20-intitle%3A%22bullocky|bullockies%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 107], In so doing, the bullocky assumes a larger than life dimension and passes into the realm of myth and Australian legend. The bullocky in Australia has vanished into the past and old methods have given way to new - ‘grass is across the waggon-tracks and plough strikes bone beneath the grass’.
    • 2010, Graham Seal, Great Australian Stories: Legends, Yarns and Tall Tales, [http//|%22bullockies%22+-intitle:%22bullocky|bullockies%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=qK8TT4vkBLCTiAfsyNhD&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bullocky%22|%22bullockies%22%20-intitle%3A%22bullocky|bullockies%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 249], The bullock driver, or bullocky, was an important part of the rural labour force in the era before cars and, in some places, for long after.…A good bullocky could get work just about anywhere.
bullscutter etymology bull + scutter
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) Bullshit.
    • 29 March 2010, CerebralGolfer, Keane Dismisses Bullscutter, BBC: Roy Keane has dismissed media bullscutter that he is set to lose his job at Portman Road.
bullshido {{wikipedia}} etymology {{blend}}. Attested from 1996, and popularized by the website from 2002.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) martial arts fraud, especially exaggerated or fraudulent claims regarding the biography, lineage, skills or experience of martial arts instructors We understand the spirit of Bushido better than anyone. Or was that Bullshido? (, 22 August 1996)
bullshit {{wikipedia}} etymology From bull + shit. In use since the 1920s. pronunciation
  • /ˈbʊlʃɪt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (literally) The faeces of a bull.
  2. (vulgar, slang) False or exaggerated statements made to impress and deceive the listener rather than inform; nonsense. Don't pay any attention to him. He talks a lot of bullshit.
  3. (vulgar, slang) A card game in which the object is to bluff about cards laid down and to determine when one's opponents are bluffing; also known as "BS", "Cheat" or "I Doubt It". Anyone want to play a few hands of bullshit?
  4. (vulgar, slang) An object of frustration and/or disgust, often caused by a perceived deception. That's total bullshit! I called your office and they said you never came in!
Synonyms: BS, bull, bulldada, bull puckey, bushwah, (card game) cheat, I doubt it
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) Absurd, irrational, or nonsensical. Most often said of speech, information, or content. That's the most bullshit excuse I've ever heard.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) To tell lies, exaggerate; to mislead; to deceive. I think you're bullshitting. Let’s just call your office and see if you even came in. You’re bullshitting me. I called your office and you never even came in. He caught my attention with irrelevant asides that didn’t quite make sense, but sounded very erudite if you didn’t think about it too much. In other words, I noticed that he was bullshitting. http//
  2. (vulgar, slang) To have casual conversation with no real point. I will probably just go and bullshit with Joe for awhile.
  3. (vulgar, slang) To come up with on the spot, to improvise poorly. We just went on stage and bullshitted the whole concert because we didn't know any songs.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) An expression of disbelief or doubt at what one has just heard.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) Someone who lies a lot, especially in order to get noticed.
bullshittery etymology bullshit + ery
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, vulgar, nonstandard) bullshit
bullshitty etymology bullshit + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) Characteristic of bullshit; nonsensical. This bullshitty movie makes no sense at all.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, colloquial) A teller of lie or exaggerated stories.
bully {{wikipedia}} etymology 1530, from Dutch boel, from Middle Dutch boel, from Proto-Germanic *bō-lan- (compare gml bōle, Middle High German buole, German Buhle), diminutive of expressive *bō-. More at boy. pronunciation
  • /ˈbʊli/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who is cruel to others, especially those who are weaker or have less power. A playground bully pushed a girl off the swing. I noticed you being a bully towards people with disabilities.
  2. A noisy, blustering fellow, more insolent than courageous; one who is threatening and quarrelsome; an insolent, tyrannical fellow.
    • Palmerston Bullies seldom execute the threats they deal in.
  3. A hired thug.
  4. A prostitute’s minder; a pimp.
  5. (uncountable) Bully beef.
  6. (obsolete) A brisk, dashing fellow. "Bully Bottom" from A Midsummer Night's Dream, III, i, 6.
  7. The small scrum in the Eton College field game.
  8. A small freshwater fish.
Synonyms: (hired thug) henchman, thug, (pimp) pimp, ponce
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To intimidate (someone) as a bully. You shouldn't bully people for being gay.
  2. (transitive) To act aggressively towards.
    • {{quote-news}}
Synonyms: (intimidate) browbeat, hector, intimidate, ride roughshod over, (act aggressively toward) push around, ride roughshod over
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, slang) Very good; excellent. a bully horse
  2. (slang) Jovial and blustering; dashing.
    • Shakespeare Bless thee, bully doctor.
Synonyms: (excellent) excellent, marvellous/marvelous, splendid, super, superb, top-notch
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (often, followed by for) Well done! She's finally leaving her abusive husband — bully for her!
Synonyms: (Well done!) bravo, well done, see also .
bullyman etymology bully + man
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (AU, Aboriginal, slang, derogatory) A police officer.

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