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


charismania {{wikipedia}} etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) enthusiasm for the Christian Charismatic Movement
    • 2011, Ken M. Schmidt, Not Afraid To Tell the Truth (page 300) One surprising characteristic of charismania and cults is that they lie. Cults lie to recruit their members. They either tell out-and-out lies, or withhold part of the truth (same thing).
charity mugger
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, derogatory) A person employ by a charity, or by an intermediary fundraising agency employed by the charity, who stands in the street and invites passersby to set up standing order or direct debits to make regular donation to the charity.
Synonyms: chugger
charity stripe
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, basketball, informal) The free-throw line.
Charlie Alternative forms: Charley
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A given name; also used as a formal given name.
    • 1979 , Dateline America, Harcourt Brace Jovanocich, ISBN 0151239576, page 184: Heaven only knows why a man with a strong biblical name like James wants to be a president named Jimmy. I'm certain that if he were called Charles, he wouldn't fool around that way. Charles is not so bad, but Charlie is a terrible burden to bear.
  2. A given name or Charlene, also used as a formal given name, although less common than the male name.
    • 2007 Sophie Hannah, Hurting Distance, Hodder & Stoughton, ISBN 9780340 937907, page 225: 'Can I call you Charlotte?' 'No. I hate the name, makes me sound like a Victorian aunt. I'm Charlie, and no, you can't call me that either.'
  3. The letter C in the .
  4. {{n-g}}
Synonyms: (diminutive of Charles) Chas, Chuck
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (military slang) An enemy; the Vietcong; short for Victor Charlie.
  2. (uncountable, slang) Cocaine.
  3. (countable, chiefly, UK, slang, often with "right" and/or "proper") A fool. You look a right Charlie in that clown outfit!Yes, we make a right pair of Charlies. Is your name Charlie? ... Well, you look like one.
    • 2009, , The Best Man To Die, [http//|proper|some|any|a+charlie|charlies%22+-intitle:%22charlie%22+-inauthor:%22charlie%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=g5UiT9WwM4WSiAedg7HOBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22right|proper|some|any|a%20charlie|charlies%22%20-intitle%3A%22charlie%22%20-inauthor%3A%22charlie%22&f=false page 26], He looked a right Charlie in those tails and striped trousers.
  4. (dated) A nightwatchman.
  5. A short, pointed beard, like that of King Charles I.
Synonyms: (cocaine) snow, (fool) See fool
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A best-selling record; the artist featured on such a record
charva {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: charver etymology Perhaps from nineteenth-century Romany charver. pronunciation
  • /ˈtʃɑːvə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Geordie, pejorative) Unruly youth; disobedient child or teenager.
  2. (Geordie, pejorative) Unemployed youth with poor taste and dress sense.
Synonyms: see chav
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Geordie, pejorative) A female charva.
related terms:
  • chav
  • chavette
  • charva
  • charver
  • scally
chase tail
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang, somewhat vulgar) To be on hunt for a (mostly sexual) partner. Let's go out clubbing tonight and chase some tail
chase the dragon etymology A slang phrase of Cantonese origin from Hong Kong. Traditional Chinese: 追龍, Simplified Chinese: 追龙. "Chasing" refers to the careful movement of the liquid in order to keep it from coalescing into a single, unmanageable mass.
verb: {{head}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (slang) To inhale the vapour from heat morphine, heroin, oxycodone or opium that has been placed on a piece of foil.
chassis {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: châssis etymology Borrowing from French châssis, from Latin capsa. pronunciation
  • /ˈtʃæsi/, /ˈʃæsi/
    • Plural: /ˈtʃæsiz/, /ˈʃæsiz/
  • (Australia) /ˈʃæzi/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A base frame, or movable railway, along which the carriage of a mounted gun moves backward and forward.
  2. The base frame of a motor vehicle.
  3. A frame or housing containing electrical or mechanical equipment, such as on a computer.
  4. (slang) A woman's buttocks.
chat {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /tʃæt/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Abbreviation of chatter. The bird sense refers to the sound of its call.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To be engage in informal conversation. She chatted with her friend in the cafe. I like to chat over a coffee with a friend.
  2. To talk more than a few words. I met my old friend in the street, so we chatted for a while.
  3. (transitive) To talk of; to discuss. They chatted politics for a while.
  4. To exchange text or voice message in real time through a computer network, as if having a face-to-face conversation. Do you want to chat online later?
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) Informal conversation.
  2. A conversation to stop an argument or settle situations.
  3. An exchange of text or voice messages in real time through a computer network, resembling a face-to-face conversation.
  4. Any of various small Old World passerine bird in the subfamily Saxicolini that feed on insect.
etymology 2 Compare chit "small piece of paper", and chad.William Safire, ''The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time'', p. 43, Simon and Schuster, 2007 ISBN 1416587403.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small potato, such as is given to swine.
etymology 3 Origin unknown.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (mining, local use) Mining waste from lead and zinc mines.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 441: Frank had been looking at calcite crystals for a while now [...] among the chats or zinc tailings of the Lake County mines, down here in the silver lodes of the Vita Madre and so forth.
etymology 4 From Thieves' cant. Alternative forms: chatt
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, Australia, NZ, WWI military slang) A louse small, parasitic insect.
    • 1977, Mary Emily Pearce, Apple Tree Lean Down, page 520: 'Do officers have chats, then, the same as us?' 'Not the same, no. The chats they got is bigger and better, with pips on their shoulders and Sam Browne belts.'
    • 2007, How Can I Sleep when the Seagull Calls? (ISBN 978-1-4357-1811-1), page 18: May a thousand chats from Belgium crawl under their fingers as they write.
    • 2013, Graham Seal, The Soldiers' Press: Trench Journals in the First World War (ISBN 1137303263), page 149: Trench foot was a nasty and potentially fatal foot disease commonly caused by these conditions, in which chats or body lice were the bane of all.
etymology 5
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative form of chaat
  • ACTH, Cath, cath, tach
chatathon etymology chat + athon
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, rare) A long period of chat.
related terms:
  • talkathon
noun: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) plural of château
    • 1966, Samuel Chamberlain, Bouquet de France: an epicurean tour of the French provinces - Page 455 "Very active at the moment is “Les Relais de Champagne,” a group of sixty-four hotels, auberges, châteaus, and manor houses scattered all over France."
    • 2005, Kevin Zraly, Windows On The World Complete Wine Course 2006 - Page 110 "Well, I'm sorry to shatter your dreams, but most châteaus are not like that at all."
    • 2005, James Salter, There & Then: The Travel Writings of James Salter - Page 90 "The green Michelin called Châteaux of the Loire is the other essential volume. ... There is even recommended reading and a list of the châteaus that have son et lumière — sound and light — performances."
Synonyms: châteaux
chatfest etymology chat + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A talkfest.
chat shit
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, British) To talk nonsense or to lie. - I shagged David Beckham last week. - Stop chatting shit, that's a load of bollocks.
  2. (slang, vulgar, British) To have a casual or meaningless conversation. My brother came round and we were chatting shit for hours.
Synonyms: (talk nonsense or lies) talk trash (US), (talk nonsense or lies) talk shit (UK), (talk nonsense or lies) talk shite (UK), (talk nonsense or lies) chat shite (UK), (have casual conversation) shoot the shit
chatspeak etymology chat + speak
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet, informal) The blend of informal language, conventional abbreviations and emoticon typical of chatroom.
    • 2001, Edward Castronova, "Virtual Worlds: A First-Hand Account of Market and Society on the Cyberian Frontier," CESifo Working Papers, 618, p. 13 Given that people are trying to speak by writing in real time, chatspeak is infused with extensive abbreviations and there is little punctuation.
    • 2002, Ronald A. Berk, Humor as an instructional defibrillator: evidence-based techniques in teaching and assessment, Stylus, p. 140, Our students are using Internet shorthand or chatspeak in their online yakking in chat rooms and e-mails.
    • 2004, "Hello, All (who ever that is)", Smite the illiterate, I don't mind saying 'u' instead of 'you' so much, mostly because I've become numb to it, and some people do it because it's 'cool' to speak chatspeak.
    • 2008, Tom Breen, The Messiah formerly known as Jesus : dispatches from the intersection of Christianity and pop culture, Baylor University Press, p. 69, Is it too much to imagine a Bible written entirely in the language of tomorrow: Internet chatspeak and text message shorthand?
related terms:
  • leetspeak
  • netspeak
chatter {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈtʃætə/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈtʃætɚ/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English chateren, of imitative origin.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. talk, especially meaningless or unimportant talk
  2. the sound of talking
  3. the sound made by a magpie
  4. an intermittent noise, as from vibration Proper brake adjustment will help to reduce the chatter.
  5. in national security, the degree of communication between suspect groups and individuals, used to gauge the degree of expected terrorist activity. The NSA is concerned about increased chatter between known terror groups.
Synonyms: (talk, especially meaningless or unimportant talk) chattering, chatting, nattering, See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To talk idly. They knitted and chattered the whole time.
    • Shakespeare To tame a shrew, and charm her chattering tongue.
  2. (intransitive) Of teeth, machinery, etc, to make a noise by rapid collisions. He was so cold that his teeth were chattering.
  3. To utter sounds which somewhat resemble language, but are inarticulate and indistinct.
    • Wordsworth The jaw makes answer, as the magpie chatters.
Synonyms: (talk idly) chat, natter, (make a chattering noise) clatter, knock, pink (said of an engine)
etymology 2 chat + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. one who chat
  2. (Internet) a user of chat room
    • 2013, Michael K. Sullivan, Sexual Minorities (page 148) During the chat sessions, two outreach team members would engage in a conversation about the topic chosen for that event in the main chat room and entice other chatters to join in.
  • ratchet
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, dated) chatter {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}}
chatterbox {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) One who chat or talk to excess.
    • {{quote-news}}
Synonyms: babbler, jabberer, chatterer, yakker; see also
chatty pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Of a person, chat a lot or fond of chatting.
  2. (informal) Of a text or speech, expressed in a conversational style.
  3. (WWI slang) Infested with chat, ie, lice
Synonyms: See also
chauffeur {{wikipedia}} etymology Borrowing from French chauffeur. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ʃɒˈfɜː/, /ˈʃəʊfə/
  • (US) /ʃoʊˈfɜ˞/, /ˈʃoʊfə˞/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person employed to drive a private motor car or a hired car of executive or luxury class (like a limousine).
  2. (firefighting) The driver of a fire truck.
As the French word chauffeur has masculine gender, a female chauffeur is sometimes called a chauffeuse or, jocularly, a chauffeuress.
  • (both senses) driver
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To be, or act as, a chauffeur driver of a motor car.
  2. (transitive) To transport (someone) in a motor car.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang, obsolete) A street seller of ballad and other broadside.
  2. (colloquial) A deceitful, tricky dealer or horse jockey.
    • Dickens He was a horse chaunter; he's a leg now.
  3. The chanter or flute of a bagpipe.
{{Webster 1913}}
chauvinism etymology Borrowing from French chauvinisme meaning 'idealistic devotion to Napoleon' and named for , a legendary and excessively patriotic soldier of the . The figure of Chauvin became especially famous as a character in the play La Cocarde Tricolore by the . pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈʃəʊ.vɪ.nɪ.zəm/
  • (US) /ˈʃoʊ.vɪˌnɪzm̩/
  • (Australia) /ˈʃəʊ.və.nɪ.zəm/
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) Excessive patriotism, eagerness for national superiority; jingoism.
  2. (pejorative) Unwarranted bias, favoritism, or devotion to one's own particular group, cause, or idea. Feminists say that male chauvinism is still prevalent in cultures worldwide.
Synonyms: jingoism
related terms:
  • chauvinist
chauvinist {{wikipedia}} etymology See chauvinism
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (pejorative) chauvinistic.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) A chauvinistic person.
chauvinistic etymology chauvinist + ic
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (pejorative) Of or pertaining to chauvinism or chauvinist.
chav {{wikipedia}} etymology Origin uncertain (see discussion page); probably of rme origin. Compare Romani chavi or chavo, shavo, chal, chavvy, compare Swedish tjej; possible cognate with Spanish chaval. See also charva. pronunciation
  • (UK) /tʃav/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, pejorative, offensive) A working-class youth, especially one associated with aggression, poor education, and a perceived "common" taste in clothing and lifestyle.
    • 2011, ‘Giving the poor a good kicking’, The Economist, 18 Jun 2011: His book concerns ‘chavs’, a supposed underclass of ill-educated, fast-breeding, violent and amoral poor people currently plaguing Britain.
Synonyms: See
  • HVAC
Chavacano etymology From Spanish chabacano
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. The common name for the six dialects of the Philippine Creole Spanish spoken in the Philippines.
Synonyms: (Philippine Creole Spanish) Zamboangueño, Chabakano
chavette etymology From chav + -ette. pronunciation
  • /tʃæˈvɛt/,
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, pejorative, slang) A female chav.
related terms:
  • charva
  • charvette
  • charver
  • chav
chavish Alternative forms: chavvish less common
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (derogatory UK slang) in the manner of or typical of a chav.
Chavril {{wikipedia}} etymology {{blend}}.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (Canada, slang) The couple consisting of celebrities Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne.
    • 2012, Marsha Lederman, "Is Chavril our own Brangelina pairing?", The Globe and Mail, 23 August 2012 However one feels about the engagement of Canadian pop stars Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger, one thing is certain: When People magazine stunned the world with the news late Tuesday, the reaction was instantaneous. Twitter was afire with news of Canada’s answer to Brangelina. In Chavril, Canada had its own royal couple.
    • 2013, "Chavril hitched in France", The Province, 2 July 2013 (only used in title): Avril Lavigne is rumoured to have been married in her "favourite place to be." The Here's To Never Growing Up hitmaker was set to tie the knot with Chad Kroeger in Cannes, France, on Monday.
    • 2013, Lyranda Martin Evans & Fiona Stevenson, "Kids' CDs even parents will like", Metro (Edmonton), 17 September 2013, page 35: A three-album compilation by various adult artists, including Canuck crooners Sarah Harmer, The Barenaked Ladies, Sarah McLachlan and Canada's pre-Chavril sweethearts Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
chavtastic etymology chav + tastic
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (pejorative) Something that includes a lot of items which are related to chav.
  2. (pejorative) Something which is both fantastic and chavvy.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) In a chavtastic manner.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (derogatory UK slang) a variant spelling of chavish
chaw pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology From earlier chawe. More at jaw. See also chew.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, uncountable) Chewing tobacco. When the doctor told him to quit smoking, Harvey switched to chaw, but then developed cancer of the mouth.
  2. (countable) A plug or wad of chewing tobacco. My uncle's way to convince us not to use tobacco was to give us each a big chaw, and then get us to swallow it.
    • 1889, , , Chapter XXI, "YOU give him a chaw, did you? So did your sister's cat's grandmother. You pay me back the chaws you've awready borry'd off'n me, Lafe Buckner, then I'll loan you one or two ton of it, and won't charge you no back intrust, nuther."
  3. (obsolete) The jaw. {{rfquotek}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (archaic or nonstandard) To chew; to grind with one's teeth; to masticate (food, or the cud); to champ (at the bit). {{rfquotek}}
    • Surrey The trampling steed, with gold and purple trapped, / Chawing the foamy bit, there fiercely stood.
    • 1884, , , Chapter XXIX, … the king he set down and twisted his head to one side, and chawed his tongue, and scrawled off something …
  2. To ruminate in thought; to consider; to keep the mind working upon; to brood over. {{rfquotek}}
  3. (UK, slang) To steal. Some pikey's chawed my bike.
chazzer etymology From Yiddish חזיר 〈ẖzyr〉, from Hebrew חזיר 〈ẖzyr〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) pig
  2. (slang) a cop; in particular a crooked cop
chazzerai etymology From chazzer (Yiddish חזיר 〈ẖzyr〉, from Hebrew חזיר 〈ẖzyr〉).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Food that is awful. Who could each such chazzerai?
  2. (slang) Junk; trash. That movie was nothing but chazzerai.
  3. (slang) Anything disgusting or loathsome. A good deal of contemporary theater strikes me as chazzerai.
cheap pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /tʃiːp/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
Alternative forms: chap, chop (dialectal) etymology From Middle English cheep, chepe / chepen, chep, cheap / cheapien, chapien, from Old English cēap, ċēapian, from Proto-Germanic *kaupaz, *kaupô, Proto-Germanic *kaupōną, *kaupijaną, from Latin caupo, cauponari, from Proto-Indo-European *kaup-, *ḱaup- 〈*ḱaup-〉, *kwap-, *ḱwap- 〈*ḱwap-〉, related to Ancient Greek κάπηλος 〈kápēlos〉. Cognate with Scots chepe, chape, Northern Frisian keap, Western Frisian keap, Dutch koop, kopen, Low German kopen, German Kauf, kaufen, Swedish köp, köpa, Icelandic kaup, kaupa, Finnish kauppa.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Trade; traffic; chaffer; chaffering.
  2. A market; marketplace.
  3. Price.
  4. A low price; a bargain.
    • Shakespeare The sack that thou hast drunk me would have bought me lights as good cheap at the dearest chandler's in Europe.
  5. Cheapness; lowness of price; abundance of supply.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Low and/or reduced in price.
    • John Locke Where there are a great sellers to a few buyers, there the thing to be sold will be cheap.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 3 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “One saint's day in mid-term a certain newly appointed suffragan-bishop came to the school chapel, and there preached on “The Inner Life.”  He at once secured attention by his informal method, and when presently the coughing of Jarvis […] interrupted the sermon, he altogether captivated his audience with a remark about cough lozenges being cheap and easily procurable.”
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  2. Of poor quality.
  3. Of little worth.
    • Dryden You grow cheap in every subject's eye.
  4. (slang, of an action or tactic in a game of skill) underhand; dubious.
  5. (derogatory) Frugal; stingy. exampleInsurance is expensive, but don't be so cheap that you risk losing your home because of a fire.
Synonyms: (low/reduced in price) bargain, inexpensive, frugal, no frills, priced-off, (of poor quality) flimsy
  • (low or reduced in price) dear, expensive, high-priced, pricey,
  • (of low value) precious, valuable
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • chapman
  • cheap and cheerful
  • cheap as chips
  • cheap drunk
  • cheapen
  • cheapjack
  • cheaply
  • cheapness
  • cheapskate
  • cheapstead
  • el cheapo
  • talk is cheap
  • hold cheap
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, obsolete) To trade; traffic; bargain; chaffer; ask the price of goods; cheapen goods.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To bargain for; chaffer for; ask the price of; offer a price for; cheapen.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To buy; purchase.
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To sell.
Use of cheap as a verb has been surpassed by cheapen.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Cheaply. {{rfquotek}}
  • chape
  • peach, Peach
cheap-arse Tuesday
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, idiomatic, Australia) The day of the week (Tuesday) when establishment such as the cinema, restaurant, etc, offer some of their goods and services at discounted prices.
Synonyms: cheap-ass Tuesday
cheapass etymology cheap + ass
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Cheap, niggardly, stingy; unwilling to spend money.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A cheapass person; a cheapskate.
cheap at half the price etymology "Cheap at half the price" is the original and correct version of the saying. In Middle English, cheap, or "cheep" also meant goods or property, so the street cry, "Cheap at half the price!", was the Middle Ages' equivalent of today's shop window sign, "All stock 50% off". Chaucer uses this meaning in, "...greet cheep is holde at litel pris...". That is to say, where there is an abundance, "greet cheep" = great supply of goods, the price is low "..holde at litel price" = is valued at a low price. Possibly the earliest reference to supply and demand! The corruption, "Cheap at twice the price" would have appeared through a misunderstanding of the original meaning of "cheep".
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (humorous) Quite expensive.
    • 2007, Gordon Hughes, Hard Drive!: As the Disc Turns, page 76 After breakfast, Shirley and Gordon walked down the street to a shopping mall to look at fancy clothes and high priced jewelry. "Cheap at half the price," Gordon observed. Shirley smiled.
  2. (from misunderstanding) Satisfactorily cheap.
    • 2001, Roy Holland, C. H. Muller, Flakes of Dark and Light: Tales from Southern Africa and Elsewhere, page 110 After he'd convinced you you'd only got one leg – the left – he'd sell you a gross of right-footed shoes. "Cheap at half the price! A real bargain." Afterwards, you'd feel you'd been done a favour to, and obligingly walk off with a limp.
cheap drunk
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, informal) Someone who is easily intoxicated.
  • expensive drunk
cheapen etymology See cheap.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) to decrease the value of; to make cheap
  2. (transitive) to make vulgar
  3. (intransitive) to become cheaper
  4. (obsolete) to bargain for, ask the price of.
  • ha'pence
cheapernet etymology cheaper + net, as an approximate rhyme for Ethernet, because cheaper than the thicknet variety.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) The thinnet form of Ethernet.
cheapie Alternative forms: cheapy
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Cheap; inferior.
    • 2007, , "Has Jim Carrey Flipped Out?," Time, 14 Feb: And now he's made The Number 23, a cheapie $30 million horror film about a man consumed with numerology.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An item which is inexpensive.
  2. (informal) An item of poor quality.
  3. (informal) A person who is stingy, a cheapskate.
cheap like borscht etymology A calque from Yiddish, as the beets used to make it were among the cheapest vegetables.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Canada, informal) Very inexpensive.
cheapo etymology cheap + -o pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Inexpensive and of poor quality. They wanted crystal champagne glasses for the party but the caterers provided cheapo plastic cups instead.
Synonyms: cheap, cheapie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A person who is stingy, a cheapskate.
  2. (chess) A primitive trap, often set in the hope of swindling a win or draw from a losing position.
Synonyms: cheapie, piker, skinflint, tightwad
Cheaster etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An individual who attends religious services only twice a year, at Christmas and Easter.
  • cheaters, hectares, recheats, teachers
cheater, cheater, pumpkin eater etymology Children's rhyme.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish) Someone who cheat.
    • 2011, Lara Bergen, Sophie the Snoop Archie was a cheater, cheater, pumpkin eater. More proof that he was a thief!
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of cheater
  2. (informal, plurale tantum) Non-prescription spectacles that magnify, for use by hyperope.
  • Cheaster
  • hectares
  • recheats
  • teachers
cheat sheet Alternative forms: cheat-sheet, cheatsheet
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A sheet of paper containing notes used to assist (with or without permission) on a test.
  2. (idiomatic) Any summary or quick reference used as a shortcut or reminder, a crib sheet. If you have trouble remembering all the trigonometric identities, the book has a cheat sheet in back that lists them.
cheaty etymology cheat + y
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  1. (informal, of a person) prone to cheat.
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  2. (informal) Involving cheat; fraudulent. a cheaty technique
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) breasts, tits, boobs
check {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English chek, chekke, from Old French eschek, eschec, eschac, from Malayalam scaccus, from Arabic شاه 〈sẖạh〉, from Persian شاه 〈sẖạh〉, from Pahlavi 𐭬𐭫𐭪𐭠 〈𐭬𐭫𐭪𐭠〉, from Old Persian 𐏋 〈𐏋〉, from Proto-Indo-Iranian *ksayati, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *tke-. All English senses developed from the chess sense. Compare Saterland Frisian Schak, Schach, Dutch schaak, German Schach, Danish skak, Swedish schack, Icelandic skák, French échec, Italian scacco.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chess) A situation in which the king is directly threatened by an opposing piece.
  2. An inspection or examination. I don't know if she will be there, but it's worth a check.
  3. A control; a limit or stop. checks and balances The castle moat should hold the enemy in check.
    • Addison a remarkable check to the first progress of Christianity
  4. (US) A mark (especially a checkmark: Latinx) used as an indicator, equivalent to a tick (UK). Place a check by the things you have done.
  5. (US) An order to a bank to pay money to a named person or entity; a cheque (UK, Canada). I was not carrying cash, so I wrote a check for the amount.
  6. (US) A bill, particularly in a restaurant. I summoned the waiter, paid the check, and hurried to leave.
  7. (contact sports) A maneuver performed by a player to take another player out of the play. The hockey player gave a good hard check to obtain the puck.
  8. A token used instead of cash in gaming machines.
    • 1963, American law reports annotated: second series (volume 89) …the statute prohibits a machine which dispenses checks or tokens for replay…
  9. A lengthwise separation through the growth ring in wood.
  10. A mark, certificate, or token, by which, errors may be prevented, or a thing or person may be identified. a check given for baggage; a return check on a railroad
  11. (falconry) The forsaking by a hawk of its proper game to follow other birds.
  12. A small chink or crack.
Synonyms: (note of monetary transfer) cheque (UK, Canada), (indicator mark) tick (UK), checkmark, , (bill of sale) cheque (Canada)
  • German: checken
  • Spanish: chequear
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To inspect; to examine. Check the oil in your car once a month. Check whether this page has a watermark.
  2. To mark with a checkmark. Check the correct answer to each question.
  3. To control, limit, or halt. Check your enthusiasm during a negotiation.
    • Burke so many clogs to check and retard the headlong course of violence and oppression
    • 1922, James Joyce, Chapter 13 She was about to retort but something checked the words on her tongue.
  4. To verify or compare with a source of information. Check your data against known values.
  5. To leave in safekeeping. Check your hat and coat at the door.
  6. To leave with a shipping agent for shipping. Check your bags at the ticket counter before the flight.
  7. (street basketball) To pass or bounce the ball to an opponent from behind the three-point line and have the opponent pass or bounce it back to start play. He checked the ball and then proceeded to perform a perfect layup. That basket doesn't count—you forgot to check!
  8. (contact sports) To physically remove a person from play. The hockey player checked the defenceman to obtain the puck.
  9. (poker) To remain in a hand without bet. Only legal if no one has yet bet. Tom didn't think he could win, so he checked.
  10. (chess) To make a move which puts an adversary's piece, especially the king, in check; to put in check.
  11. To chide, rebuke, or reprove.
    • Shakespeare The good king, his master, will check him for it.
  12. (nautical) To slack or ease off, as a brace which is too stiffly extended.
  13. To crack or gape open, as wood in drying; or to crack in small checks, as varnish, paint, etc.
  14. To make checks or chinks in; to cause to crack. The sun checks timber.
  15. To make a stop; to pause; with at.
    • John Locke The mind, once jaded by an attempt above its power, either is disabled for the future, or else checks at any vigorous undertaking ever after.
  16. (obsolete) To clash or interfere. {{rfquotek}}
  17. To act as a curb or restraint.
    • Dryden It [his presence] checks too strong upon me.
  18. (falconry) To turn, when in pursuit of proper game, and fly after other birds.
    • Shakespeare And like the haggard, check at every feather / That comes before his eye.
etymology 2 By shortening from checker, from Old French eschequier, from Malayalam scaccarium, ultimately from the same Persian root as above.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (textiles, usually, pluralized) A pattern made up of a grid of squares of alternating colors; a checker pattern. The tablecloth had red and white checks.
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  1. present participle of check
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  1. (ice hockey) The act of physically keeping an opposing player in check.
  2. (informal) A checking account. Withdraw $5000 from checking and put it into savings.
checkout chick etymology From checkout + chick.
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  1. (chiefly, Australia, NZ, informal) A supermarket cashier.
    • 2005, , Fool′s Gold: Color Me Consumed, [http//|%22checkout+chicks%22+-intitle:%22chick%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=0KciT43QH4qjiAe85tDYBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22checkout%20chick%22|%22checkout%20chicks%22%20-intitle%3A%22chick%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], As I set my purchases on the counter, I forget myself and slip into my old Aussie greeting and say “G′day!” to the middle-aged Asian checkout chick. She looks at me curiously but just starts adding up my purchases, then finally proclaims, “$148.76.”
    • 2005, Anna Krien, Trouble on the Night Shift, (editor), The Best Australian Essays 2005, [http//|%22checkout+chicks%22+-intitle:%22chick%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=UqgiT8CgDYSQiQeo25H9BA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22checkout%20chick%22|%22checkout%20chicks%22%20-intitle%3A%22chick%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 305], Checkout chicks are hassled into letting their family pass through the register without paying.
    • 2006, , Chart Throb, Black Swan, 2007, [http//|%22checkout+chicks%22+-intitle:%22chick%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=0KciT43QH4qjiAe85tDYBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22checkout%20chick%22|%22checkout%20chicks%22%20-intitle%3A%22chick%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 354], ‘Passenger! It′s like Roy Orbison had teamed up with a checkout chick from Tesco′s.’ ‘Except I′m sure some checkout chicks can sing,’ Beryl added.
Usually refers to a female cashier, but may also be used of a male.
check yourself before you wreck yourself etymology Chosen for the rhyme.
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  1. (colloquial) Consider the consequences of your actions before you end up in trouble.
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  1. (slang) alternative spelling of cheddar; cash; money.
cheddar etymology From Cheddar cheese pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈtʃɛdə(r)/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A cheese styled after the Cheddar cheese made in Cheddar.
  2. (slang) Money; cash.
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  1. (cheese making) To cut and press cheese so as to remove the whey and leave drier curds.
Cheddarhead etymology Cheddar + head; Wisconsin is famed for its cheese production.
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  1. (US, slang, sometimes derogatory) A Wisconsinite.
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  1. (slang) marijuana
Synonyms: See also
chee chee Alternative forms: chee-chee etymology Probably from Spanish
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A breast, tit, tittie. Rarely used in the singular, usually used in the plural, chee chees.
chee-chee etymology Probably from Spanish.
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  1. (US, slang) alternative spelling of chee chee
chee chees Alternative forms: chee-chees etymology Probably from Spanish.
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  1. (slang) Breasts, tits, titties. plural of chee chee.
cheek {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /tʃiːk/
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etymology From Old English ceace, itself from Proto-Germanic *kakǭ.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (anatomy) The soft skin on each side of the face, below the eyes; the outer surface of the sides of the oral cavity.
  2. (informal, usually, in the plural) A buttock.
  3. (informal) Impudence. You’ve got some cheek, asking me for money!
  4. (biology, informal) One of the genae, flat areas on the sides of a trilobite's cephalon.
  5. The pieces of a machine, or of timber or stonework, that form corresponding sides or a similar pair. the cheeks of a vice; the cheeks of a gun carriage
  6. (in plural) The branch of a bridle bit. {{rfquotek}}
  7. (metalworking) The middle section of a flask, made so that it can be moved laterally, to permit the removal of the pattern from the mould.
Synonyms: (side of the face) wang, (impudence) impertinence, impudence, brass neck (slang), nerve (informal), sass (informal, especially US), (gena) gena
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To be impudent towards. Don't cheek me, you little rascal!
cheeky etymology From cheek + y. pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Impudent; impertinent; impertinently bold, often in a way that is regarded as endearing or amusing.
    • 1899, , Stalky & Co., chaper 4: "Shut up," said Harrison. "You chaps always behave as if you were jawin' us when we come to jaw you." "You're a lot too cheeky," said Craye.
    • 1909, , The Swoop! or How Clarence Saved England, chaper 7: The Young Turks, as might have been expected, wrote in their customary flippant, cheeky style.
  2. (informal, UK, of food and drink) Eaten or drunk as an indulgence.
    • 2009, Amy Huberman, Hello, Heartbreak, Penguin UK (ISBN 9780141943237) Although sometimes I'd award myself a cheeky McDonald's hangover treat if I did well.
    • 2010, Richard Herring, How Not to Grow Up: A Coming of Age Memoir. Sort of., Random House (ISBN 9781407031439), page 285 It was a massive struggle to resist the lure of a cheeky beer, but I held firm.
    • 2011, John Donoghue, Police, Crime & 999, Troubador Publishing Ltd (ISBN 9781848766853), page 7 It transpired that Mrs Egg had been cooking dinner when she discovered Mr Singlet making himself a sandwich. I don't know about you but it does seem a little bit naught after she's gone to all that effort. Naughty yes but hardly a crime and certainly not enough to warrant a 999 call. Yet that's what she had done. That's why we had left our own dinner, charged through rush hour traffic, disrupted commuters on their way home – all for a cheeky sandwich.
Synonyms: saucy, insolent, See
cheerio etymology {{rfe}}
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  1. (British, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, informal) a greeting or parting
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Synonyms: (greeting) hello, (parting) goodbye Rarely used in North America. Although likely to be understood, it is likely to be considered humorous, and may be used in a parody of British English speakers.
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  1. (NZ, AU) A small saveloy often consumed with tomato sauce at parties, also known as a cocktail sausage or a little boy.
    • 1978, New Zealand. Parliament. House of Representatives, Parliamentary Debates (page 4230) The man who has gone around the cocktail circuit pounding cheerios to the end of time did not come in here and open his mouth once on the Bill.
cheers pronunciation
  • (UK): /tʃɪəz/
  • (US): {{enPR}}, /tʃɪrz/
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  1. en-third-person singular of cheer
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  1. plural of cheer
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. A common toast used when drinking in company.
  2. (British, informal) goodbye
  3. (British, Australian, NZ, informal) thank you
Synonyms: (toast): bottoms up, skoal, chin chin, down the hatch, here’s mud in your eye, (informal: goodbye): bye, catch you later, cheerio (UK), laters (slang), see you, see you later, see you after (Scottish), see you later alligator, so long, ta-ta (British), (informal: thank you): ta (UK, AUS, NZL), thanks; see also
cheer up
verb: {{head}}
  1. (intransitive, idiomatic) to become happy Cheer up! Things could be worse.
  2. (transitive, idiomatic) to make someone happy The arrival of the unexpected letter cheered him up almost immediately.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. an encouragement
  • upcheer
cheese {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English chese, from Old English ċēse, ċīese, from gmw or late Proto-Germanic *kāsijaz, from Latin cāseus, from Proto-Indo-European *kwat-. Cognate with Western Frisian tsiis, Low German Kees, Dutch kaas, German Käse. Also related to Old English hwaþerian, dialectal Swedish hvå, Albanian kos, Latvian kūsāt, Church Slavic квасъ 〈kvasʺ〉, Sanskrit क्वथते 〈kvathatē〉.
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  1. (uncountable) A dairy product made from curdle or culture milk.
  2. (countable) Any particular variety of cheese.
  3. (countable) A piece of cheese, especially one moulded into a large round shape during manufacture.
  4. (uncountable, colloquial) That which is melodramatic, overly emotional, or cliché, i.e. cheesy.
  5. (uncountable, slang) Money.
  6. (countable, UK) In skittles, the roughly ovoid object that is thrown to knock down the skittles.
  7. (uncountable, slang, baseball) A fastball.
  8. (uncountable, slang) A dangerous mixture of black tar heroin and crushed Tylenol PM tablets. The resulting powder resembles grated cheese and is snorted.
  9. (vulgar, slang) Smegma.
  10. (technology) Holed pattern of circuitry to decrease pattern density.
    • 2006, US Patent 7458053, International Business Machines Corporation It is known in the art to insert features that are electrically inactive (“fill structures”) into a layout to increase layout pattern density or and to remove features from the layout (“cheese structures”) to decrease layout pattern density.
  11. A mass of pomace, or ground apples, pressed together in the shape of a cheese.
  12. The flat, circular, mucilaginous fruit of the dwarf mallow (Malva rotundifolia).
  13. A low curtsey; so called on account of the cheese shape assumed by a woman's dress when she stoops after extending the skirts by a rapid gyration. {{rfquotek}} {{rfquotek}}
  • See also
  • fill (dummy pattern to increase pattern density)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To prepare curds for making cheese.
  2. (technology) To make holes in a pattern of circuitry to decrease pattern density.
  3. (slang) To smile excessively, as for a camera.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (photography) Said while being photographed, to give the impression of smiling. Say "cheese"! ... and there we are!
etymology 2 Probably from Persian چيز 〈cẖyz〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Wealth, fame, excellence, importance.
etymology 3 {{rfe}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To stop; to refrain from.
  2. (slang) To anger or irritate someone, usually in combination with "off". All this waiting around is really cheesing me off.
etymology 4 From cheesy.
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  1. (gaming, slang) To use an unsporting tactic; to repeatedly use an attack which is overpowered or difficult to counter You can cheese most of the game using certain exploits.
  2. (gaming) To use an unconventional, all-in strategy to take one's opponent by surprise early in the game (especially for real-time strategy games) It's not every day you can see someone defend a cheese maneuver with a planetary fortress and win the game without using a single unit.
Synonyms: (use a surprise all-in strategy early in a game) rush, zerg
cheeseball {{rfi}} etymology cheese + ball
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A spherical mass of cheese or cream cheese, often including nuts or other additions and served as an hors d'oeuvre or finger food, usually with bread or crackers.
  2. The tree {{taxlink}}.
  3. (pejorative) someone cheesy, lacking taste or style.
cheesecakey etymology cheesecake + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) In the style of cheesecake (mildly erotic depictions of women).
cheesedick etymology cheese ‘smegma’ + dick +
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, derogatory) A rude, annoying, or obnoxious person (usually a man).
    • 1999, Howard Swindle, Jitter Joint, St. Martin's Press (1999), ISBN 9780312200664, unnumbered page: Dr. Bergoff was a Machiavellian cheesedick.
    • 2010, Miriam Anwari, Circumstantiality, iUniverse (2010), ISBN 9781450245814, page 27: “In case you can't tell, Astin is good friends with quite a few cheesedicks in administration here.”
    • 2010, John Vorhaus, The California Roll, Shaye Areheart Books (2010), ISBN 9780307463197, unnumbered page: “You know, Radar,” he muttered, “sometimes you can be a real cheesedick.”
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cheesed off
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) Annoyed, upset, angry. I'm really cheesed off about the lack of hand dryers in this washroom!
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of cheese off
Synonyms: browned off, peed off, pissed off, teed off, ticked off
cheese-eating surrender monkey {{wikipedia}} etymology Coined in 1995 by Ken Keeler, a writer for the television series The Simpsons. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, pejorative) A French person.
cheese-eating surrender monkeys etymology Coined on the TV show in 1995.
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (humorous, derogatory) The French people.
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Usually considered to be a plurale tantum.
cheesehead etymology cheese + head, in reference to Wisconsin's cheese production.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A person from Wisconsin.
  2. (slang) A fan of the (an American football team of Wisconsin), some of whom wear foam hat shaped like wedge of cheese.
  • head cheese, headcheese
cheese it etymology unknown, but lexicographer (1894-1976) speculated that it may be a corruption of cease. In his Vocabulary of the Flash Language, author and former convict James Hardy Vaux (1782-?) defined cheese it as synonymous with stash it and stow it, all meaning to desist or leave off.
phrase: {{head}}!
  1. (idiomatic, slang) An imperative used as a warning to stop, hide, or flee
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cheesemeister etymology cheese + meister
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, rare) A purveyor of cheesy (melodramatic or cliché) material.
    • 1995, Jean Strouse, Newsweek, Volume 125, Issues 10-17 (page 528) Making the 43-year-old cheesemeister look cool was a PR coup, like Tony Bennett going on MTV.
    • 1996, Film review Billed as the most expensive low-budget movie from cheesemeisters Troma...
    • 1996, New York Magazine (volume 29, number 22, 3 Jun 1996, page 36) ...that Jagged Little Pill was produced by cheesemeister Glen Ballard...
cheese syndrome
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  1. (medicine, informal) A hypertensive crisis caused by the ingestion of foods high in tyramine (such as some cheeses) while the monoamine metabolism is compromised by the use of monoamine oxidase inhibitor.
cheesetastic etymology cheese + tastic
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) incredibly cheesy (overdramatic or clichéd)
cheeseware etymology cheese + ware
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, slang, pejorative) Exceptionally low-quality software.
Synonyms: coasterware, crapware, crudware, shitware (vulgar)
cheese with that whine Alternative forms: cheese with your whine etymology A pun on whine and wine (traditionally served with cheese); popularised by Phil McGraw ("Dr. Phil"), American TV psychologist.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) Offered to somebody who is perceived to be complaining too much.
    • 2009, Kelly Jamieson, Irish Sex Fairy (page 29) She sighed and flopped back down on the bed, arms out at her sides. What was the point of getting out of bed? She had nothing to do. Nobody cared. Oh brother. Want some cheese with that whine?
    • 2011, Katherine C. Kellogg, Challenging Operations: Medical Reform and Resistance in Surgery (page 60) One of my favorites, overheard as a chief responded to an intern: “Do you want some cheese with that whine?” What was occurring, of course, was that the seniors taught the juniors how to act in accepted and time-honored ways.
    • 2012, Meg Blackburn Losey, The Art of Living Out Loud Want a little cheese with that whine? As if we are ever in control anyway. Hard to have sympathy for an attitude like that, yet how many of us really do have that mindset?
cheesy pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈtʃiːzi/
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etymology cheese + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. {{rfd-sense}} Of or relating to cheese. This sandwich is full of cheesy goodness.
  2. Resembling, or containing cheese. examplea cheesy flavor'';  cheesy nachos exampleI like pizzas with a cheesy crust.
  3. (informal) Of poor quality through being overdramatic, excessively emotional or clichéd, trite, contrived, shoddy. examplea cheesy song;  a cheesy movie
  4. (of a smile or grin) Exaggerated and likely to be forced or insincere.
    • 2008, Jeff Spanke, Second Hand Out (page 86) Needless to say, toward the end of Martin's first term, the relationship he once enjoyed with President Waverly had evolved into a slapdash charade of cheap promises and cheesy smiles.
    • 2012, Ginny Felch, Photographing Children Photo Workshop There is something about 5- and 6-year-olds that makes them ever-ready to pose with the big, cheesy grin with no provocation.
Synonyms: (of poor quality through being overdramatic, excessively emotional or clichéd, trite, contrived, shoddy), cheeseball, corny, tacky
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Indian Classical music) composition
  2. (slang) cheese
Chelsea tractor etymology From , a wealthy borough of London in which this type of vehicle is popular, and tractor, in reference to the size and bulkiness of the vehicle
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, humorous) An SUV or 4x4 vehicle.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, college) {{abbreviation of }}; commonly capitalized, short for the subject or the department.
chemical etymology chemic + al pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈkɛmɪkəl/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete) Of or relating to alchemy.
  2. Of or relating to chemistry.
  3. Of or relating to a material or processes not commonly found in nature or in a particular product.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chemistry, sciences) Any specific chemical element or chemical compound or alloy.
  2. (colloquial) An artificial chemical compound. I color my hair with henna, not chemicals.
  3. (slang) An addictive drug.
  • The noun is frequently used in a slang and more specific non-technical way (2nd and 3rd definition) by the general public. Chemists and those who understand chemistry may gravitate toward the first, but the term "substance" is preferred usage.
related terms:
  • alchemical
  • chemist
  • chemistry
  • alchemic
chemical compound {{slim-wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chemistry) Any substance formed by the union of two or more chemical element in a fixed ratio, the union being a chemical bond.
  2. (informal, proscribed) Any single substance, either compound or element
  • See also
chemistry {{wikipedia}} etymology First coined 1605. From chemist, chymist, from Latin alchimista, from Arabic الكيمياء 〈ạlkymyạʾ〉, from article ال- 〈ạl-〉 + Ancient Greek χυμεία 〈chymeía〉, from χύμα 〈chýma〉, from χυμός 〈chymós〉, from χέω 〈chéō〉. pronunciation
  • /ˈkɛm.ɪ.stri/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) The branch of natural science that deals with the composition and constitution of substance and the changes that they undergo as a consequence of alterations in the constitution of their molecule.
  2. (countable) An application of chemical theory and method to a particular substance. the chemistry of iron the chemistry of indigo
  3. (informal) The mutual attraction between two people; rapport.
  • Historical note: This word and its derivatives were formerly spelled chy- or sometimes chi- (i.e., chymistry, chymist, chymical, etc., or chimistry, chimist, chimical, etc.) with pronunciation depending on the spelling.
  • See also
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • alchemy
  • chemical
  • chemical equation
  • chemist
chemo pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Short for chemotherapy.
chemobrain etymology chemo + brain
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Cognitive impairment resulting from chemotherapy.
chemofog etymology chemo + fog
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Cognitive impairment resulting from chemotherapy.
Synonyms: chemobrain
cherry {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English cheri (loanword from xno, from onf cherise; compare Old French cerise, which gave modern French cerise and later English cerise from this). Compare Old English ciris, (from Late Latin ceresia), which may have also contributed to the modern word.{{}} The Middle English singular is a back-formation from onf cherise (interpreted as a plural), from vl ceresia, a reinterpretation of the neuter plural of ll ceresium, from Latin cerasium (cerasum, cerasus), from Ancient Greek κεράσιον 〈kerásion〉, from Ancient Greek κερασός 〈kerasós〉, and ultimately possibly of ine origin (the intervocalic σ suggests a pre-Greek origin for the word).{{cite book|author=Robert Stephen Paul Beekes|title=Etymological Dictionary of Greek|url=|year=2010|publisher=Brill|entry=κέρασος|isbn=978-90-04-17418-4}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈt͡ʃɛɹi/
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  1. A small fruit, usually red, black or yellow, with a smooth hard seed and a short hard stem.
  2. Prunus subg. Cerasus, tree or shrub that bears cherries.
  3. The wood of a cherry tree.
  4. Cherry red.
  5. (slang) Virginity, especially female virginity as embodied by a hymen.
    • 2004, Nick Wright, Treading Ground #47 – Throwback In any case it’s ironic, considering there hasn’t been a cherry in the white house since Chelsea Clinton was fourteen.
  6. (graph theory) A subtree consisting of a node with exactly two leaves.
    • 2004, Suleyman Cenk Sahinalp, S Muthukrishnan, Ugur Dogrusoz, Combinatorial Pattern Matching Non-isomorphism is detected whenever the algorithm finds a cherry v_1 \in T_1…
    • 2005, Lior Pachter, Bernd Sturmfels, Algebraic Statistics for Computational Biology Step 3: Output the tree T. The edge lengths of T are determined recursively: If (x,y) is a cherry connected to node z as in Step 2…
  7. (cricket) A cricket ball.
    • 2000, Woorkheri Raman, Indians adopt safety first tactics, ESPNcricinfo: The Indians have to get early wickets on the morrow and they will have the option of taking the new cherry.
    • 2007, Ben Dirs, England v West Indies 1st Test, BBC: Players are back out and it's Harmison to have first go with the cherry.
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Containing or having the taste of cherries.
  2. Of a bright red colour.
  3. (informal, often, of cars) In excellent condition; mint condition.
    • 2003, John Morgan Wilson, Blind Eye, St. Martin’s Press, ISBN 0312309198, page 108: A few years earlier, I’d restored my ’65 Mustang convertible to cherry condition—fire engine red, with matching tuck-and-roll—and I wasn’t surprised that it drew attention.
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  • cerise
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sports, US, slang) A four square ball game term which basically means spiking the ball or slamming it down with a force to make it hard for a person to retrieve it to stay in the game. A cherry-bomb with an even more impressive force would be called a tree-top.
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  1. (informal) of, or pertaining to, the chest region
    • 1979 Ascent, Volume 5, Christian Endeavour Union of Great Britain and Ireland, p54 In a long-skirted, gold and green and white cotton affair that slides mildly over her chestal area right up to her neck.
    • 1994 Jonathan Collier, "Bart's Girlfriend," The Simpsons, Season 6, Episode 7 (aired 6 November 1994), spoken by Bart Simpson (Nancy Cartwright). I'm all tense through the chestal area!
    • 1999 Out, Vol. 8, No. 3 (September 1999), Here Publishing Feeling cursed with too little in the chestal region?
    • 2008 Micol Ostow, Popular Vote, Scholastic Inc., p189 I'd be lying to myself if I pretended that seeing Logan here now isn't causing a parade of elephants to stampede through my upper chestal region.
  • chalets, châlets, latches, satchel
chesticle etymology {{blend}}. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈtʃɛstɪkl/
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  1. (slang, humorous) A (woman's) breast.
chesticles etymology {{blend}}.
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  1. plural of chesticle ((slang, humorous) a woman's breast)
chestnutty etymology chestnut + y
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  1. (informal) Resembling or characteristic of a chestnut.
    • 1996, Eliot Wigginton, A foxfire Christmas Being in the shell like that, the salt wouldn't get through that shell enough to spoil them, and they'd have that nice sweet chestnutty taste.
Chev etymology Shortening.
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  1. (informal) A Chevrolet automobile.
chevron etymology Borrowing from French chevron, the mark so called because it looks like rafters of a shallow roof, from vl capriō, from Latin caper, the likely connection between goats and rafters being the animal's angular hind legs.
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  1. A V-shaped pattern; used in architecture, and as an insignia of military or police rank, on the sleeve
  2. (heraldiccharge) A wide inverted V placed on a shield.
  3. (chiefly, British) One of the V-shaped markings on the surface of road used to indicate minimum distances between vehicle.
    • 2009, Jamie Dunn, Truckie has a point, Sunshine Coast Daily Online, June 13, 2009. I told you that in fact they were called chevrons and it was an exercise by the transport department to teach us to stay two chevrons behind the car in front.
  4. A guillemet, either of the punctuation marks “«” or “»”, used in several language to indicate passage of speech. Similar to typical quotation mark used in the English language such as “” and “”.
  5. (informal) A háček, a diacritical mark that may resemble an inverted circumflex.
    • 1953, William James Entwistle, Aspects of Language (), page 107 It is pertinent to remember, however, that one of the greatest phoneticians, Jan Hus, used diacritics (in the form of points, which have later become chevrons in his own language), and that his alphabet is the most satisfactory for eastern Europe, since it has been officially adopted by the languages which use the Latin script.
    • 1976, Stephen J. Lieberman, The Sumerian Loanwords in Old-Babylonian Akkadian (Harvard Semitic Studies, issue 22; published by Scholars Press for ), page 66 The symbol ř (“r” with a chevron) is used for a phoneme which sounds like Czech ř (as in Dvořák), i.e. a voiced alveolar flap. The presence of the chevron has no effect on the index numbers used in transliteration; cf. 2.058.
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  1. To form or be formed into chevrons
    • 1963, Lucien Victor Gewiss, "Process and Devices for Chevroning Pliable Sheet Material," US Patent 3397261 , page 14: ...the sheet to be chevroned locks itself into the furrow.
    • 1983, Allen Sillitoe, The Lost Flying Boat, ISBN 0246122366, page 118: Bull fixed the claw under a batten, strained like a sailor at the capstan, shirt off, arms chevroned by elaborate tattoos.
    • 2003, Felice Picano, A House on the Ocean, a House on the Bay, ISBN 1560234407, page 55: Earlier, in glaring winter daylight, I'd first noticed thin lines chevroning off the edge of each eye into the taut skin of his cheeks...

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