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


Cleveland steamer
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A sexual act involving defecating on someone's chest, then sitting in it and rolling back and forth like a steamroller.
    • 2010, Justin Heimberg, ‎David Gomberg, The Big Book: Over 1,500 Absolutely Absurd Dilemmas to Ponder In an era where Internet Porn is consumed like a daily vitamin, and a Cleveland Steamer is considered second base, you might think it would be harder to make your sex life odder than it already is.
clever-clever etymology Reduplication of clever. pronunciation
  • /ˈklɛvəklɛvə/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (pejorative) Showily or ostentatiously clever.
    • 1994, Christmas Humphreys, Zen Comes West (Routledge 1994), page 107: The difference between clever-clever talk and the appearance of a real awareness is desperately fine, and I do not guarantee to be right in my diagnosis every time.
    • 2007 July 15, Sarah Hughes, in The Observer: You used to know where you stood with musicals. There were the old traditionals with scores by Rodgers and Hammerstein; the clever-clever shows with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; and the bombastic 'supermusicals', with sub-operatic numbers.
    • 2013 November 14, Scott Murray, in The Guardian: England have tried a couple of clever-clever short corners tonight, and both of them have ended in total farce. England have many strengths, but clever-clever is not an option in their back pocket.
clever clogs
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Somebody who is rather too clever; a smart aleck.
Alternative forms: cleverclogs
cleverish etymology clever + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Somewhat clever.
  2. (colloquial) Quite clever.
cleversticks etymology clever + sticks
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A clever clogs or smart aleck.
    • 2012, Compton MacKenzie, Rich Relatives (page 167) "Oh, would you, cleversticks?" her sister sneered.
etymology 1 {{rfe}}
noun: {{head}}
  1. (rare) A háček.
    • 1980, The Bible Translator () XXXI–XXXIII, page 222: All rising tones (a sequence of low-tone plus high-tone on one syllable) are marked with clicka ˇ above the syllable affected.
    • 1988, John Negru, Computer Typesetting (; ISBN 0442266960, 9780442266967), page 60: Accents for other languages include the macron, breve, overdot, angstrom and caron (sometimes called hacek or clicka).
etymology 2 {{rfe}}
noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang) Clique, group, gang.
clickbait {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: click-bait, click bait etymology From click + bait. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈklɪkbeɪt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet marketing, pejorative) Website content that is aimed at generating advertising revenue, especially at the expense of quality or accuracy, relying on sensationalist headlines to attract click-through; such headlines.
    • 2012, Gideon Haigh, The Deserted Newsroom: Fairfax's sites are renowned for what is sometimes called ‘clickbait’: headlines written to beguile passing eyeballs but which obscure nondescript or irrelevant stories.
    • 2013, Peter Preston, The Observer, 29 Sep 2013: "His careful lawyerly writing would be out of fashion now", wrote one commenter after Kettle's piece. "It wasn't clickbait".
Synonyms: link bait
clickbaity Alternative forms: clickbait-y etymology clickbait + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Of, related to, or characteristic of clickbait.
    • 2011, Maura Johnston, "Lady Gaga's 'Judas' Video: The Last Temptation Of Something-Or-Other", Village Voice, 5 May 2011: {{…}} all I can wonder is, "How would the 'Like A Prayer' video have been received in the age of Twitter and SEO-happy music blogs trying to capitalize on the clickbaity ways of its plotline and the artist behind it?"
    • 2014, David Griner, "Can You Spot the BS Headlines in This Clickbait Quiz? CentUp mocks the idiocy of today's hottest content", Adweek, 8 January 2014: "Clickbaity headlines are taking over the Web. Today, publishers make more money from quantity than quality. They're incentivized to manipulate lots of people into clicking on a headline instead of getting engaged readers," CentUp stated.
    • 2014, Felix Salmon, "Viral math", Columbia Journalism Review, 3 February 2014: To put it another way: at the moment, Facebook assumes that people click on exactly the material that they want to click on, and that if it serves up a lot of clickbaity curiosity-gap headlines, then it’s giving its users what they want.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
clicker etymology click + er pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The remote-control device used to change settings on a television set, VCR, or other electronic equipment. We have a clicker for the TV, one for the VCR, one for the DVD player and another one that does it all. There are too many clickers in this house.
  2. A person who cuts out the upper of shoe from pieces of leather using a flexible knife that click as it changes direction.
  3. A machine that cuts materials using a steel rule die. The name comes from the sound (click) when the material is cut. May be hand, pneumatic, or hydraulic powered.
  4. A signal device used by military forces. Pressed between thumb and fingers, it makes a small but distinctive click understood by other members of a unit.
  5. A small mechanical device that produces a clicking sound, used in dog training.
  6. Someone who click, for example using a computer mouse.
  7. (obsolete, UK) One who stands before a shop door to invite people to buy.
  8. (obsolete, printing) One who has charge of the work of a companionship.
{{Webster 1913}}
clickfest etymology click + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (video games, informal) A game that involves a great deal of click (with the mouse or other pointing device).
clicko pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Unknown.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (dated, entertainment) Extremely good or successful.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, entertainment) An extremely successful production; a hit.
Synonyms: boffo
etymology 2 click + o, by analogy with typo, as if this were formed a similar way from type
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet, computing, slang, neologism) The inadvertent depressing of a computer mouse button on a wrong selection.
coordinate terms:
  • scanno, spello, thinko, typo
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click of death {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, informal) A click sound produced by the unexpected movement of the read-write actuator in a Zip drive, associated with hardware failure.
clicktivism etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) half-hearted activism on the Internet, lacking actual engagement with the real-world issues
climax etymology From Latin clīmax, from Ancient Greek κλῖμαξ 〈klîmax〉, from κλίνω 〈klínō〉. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}} /ˈklaɪmæks/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The point of greatest intensity or force in an ascend series; a culmination
    • 1949, Bruce Kiskaddon, George R. Stewart, The snowshoe-rabbits build up through the years until they reach a climax when the seem to be everywhere; then with dramatic suddenness their pestilence falls upon them.
  2. The turning point in a plot or in dramatic action, especially one marking a change in the protagonist's affairs.
  3. {{anchor}}(ecology) A stage of ecological development in which a community of organism is stable and capable of perpetuating itself.
  4. (slang) An orgasm.
  5. (rhetoric) Ordering of terms in increasing order of importance or magnitude.
  6. (rhetoric) Anadiplosis.
Synonyms: See also
coordinate terms:
  • (order by increasing importance) catacosmesis
related terms:
  • climacteric
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To reach or bring to a climax
    • {{quote-news }}
  2. To orgasm; to reach orgasm
clinger etymology cling + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who cling.
  2. (informal) An emotional clingy person.
  • cringle
clingy etymology From cling + y. pronunciation
  • /ˈklɪŋi/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having a tendency to cling. a clingy minidress
  2. (informal, usually, derogatory) Pathetically possessive of someone, usually a significant other. a clingy ex-girlfriend who won't stop calling
Synonyms: clinging
  • glycin
clink pronunciation
  • /klɪŋk/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Onomatpoeic, as metal against metal. Related to Dutch klinken, Old High German klingan, German klingen. Maybe from Proto-Indo-European *glengʰ-, from Proto-Indo-European *gal(o)s-, *glōs-, *golH-so-, related to call.
noun: {{en-noun}} {{examples-right}}
  1. (onomatopoeia) The sound of metal on metal, or glass on glass. You could hear the clink of the glasses from the next room.
    • 1874, Marcus Clarke, For the Term of His Natural Life Chapter V When Frere had come down, an hour before, the prisoners were all snugly between their blankets. They were not so now; though, at the first clink of the bolts, they would be back again in their old positions, to all appearances sound asleep.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make a clinking sound; to make a sound of metal on metal or glass on glass; to strike materials such as metal or glass against one another. The hammers clinked on the stone all night.
    • Tennyson the clinking latch
  2. (humorous, dated) To rhyme.
etymology 2 From prison in Southwark, London, itself presumably named after sound of doors being bolted or chains rattling.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Jail or prison, after The Clink prison in Southwark, London. Used in the phrase in the clink. If he keeps doing things like that, he’s sure to end up in the clink.
  2. Stress cracks produced in metal ingot as they cool after being cast.
Synonyms: See also
clip {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /klɪp/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Old English clyppan, from Proto-Germanic *klupjaną.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To grip tightly.
  2. To fasten with a clip. Please clip the photos to the pages where they will go.
  3. (archaic) To hug, embrace.
    • Shakespeare O … that Neptune's arms, who clippeth thee about, / Would bear thee from the knowledge of thyself.
{{quote-Fanny Hill}}
  1. (slang) To collect signatures, generally with the use of a clipboard.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Something which clips or grasps; a device for attaching one object to another. Use this clip to attach the check to your tax form.
  2. (slang) An unspecified but normally understood as rapid speed or pace. She reads at a pretty good clip. He was walking at a fair clip and I was out of breath trying to keep up.
  3. (obsolete) An embrace. {{rfquotek}}
  4. A frame containing a number of bullet which is intended to be inserted into the magazine of a firearm to allow for rapid reloading.
  5. A projecting flange on the upper edge of a horseshoe, turned up so as to embrace the lower part of the hoof; a toe clip or beak. {{rfquotek}}
  6. (fishing, UK, Scotland) A gaff or hook for land the fish, as in salmon fishing.
etymology 2 Probably from Old Norse klippa.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To cut, especially with scissors or shears as opposed to a knife etc. She clipped my hair with her scissors. Please clip that coupon out of the newspaper.
    • Macaulay sentenced to have his ears clipped
  2. To curtail; to cut short.
    • Shakespeare All my reports go with the modest truth; / No more nor clipped, but so.
    • Jonathan Swift In London they clip their words after one manner about the court, another in the city, and a third in the suburbs.
  3. (dialectal, informal) To strike with the hand. I'll clip ye round the lugs!
  4. (American football) An illegal tackle: Throwing the body across the back of an opponent's leg or hitting him from the back below the waist while moving up from behind unless the opponent is a runner or the action is in close line play.
  5. (signal processing) to cut off a signal level at a certain maximum value
  6. (computer graphics) To discard (an occlude part of a model or scene) rather than waste resources on render it.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Something which has been clipped; a small portion of a larger whole, especially an excerpt of a larger work. They played a clip of last night's debate.
  2. An act of clipping, such as a haircut. I went into the salon to get a clip.
  3. The product of a single shearing of sheep; a season's crop of wool.
  4. (uncountable, Geordie) The condition of something, its state. Deeky the clip of that aad wife ower thor!
  5. (informal) A blow with the hand. Give him a clip round the ear!
  • ILPC
clipcock etymology clip + cock
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) A circumcised male.
clip joint
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (informal) An establishment, usually a strip club or bar, in which customers are trick into paying money only to receive poor goods or services or none at all.
clipped Alternative forms: clipt pronunciation
  • /klɪpt/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of clip
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having an end cut off; trimmed or cut back.
  2. (of speech) With each word pronounced separately and distinctly.
  3. (informal) Circumcised.
    • 1999, Ben Edward Akerley, The X-Rated Bible: An Irreverent Survey of Sex in the Scriptures, Feral House (1999), ISBN 9780922915552, page 102: After all, Jehovah had instituted the rite of circumcision in which the clipped penis became consecrated to him, {{…}}
    • {{seemoreCites}}
Synonyms: (circumcised) see also .
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. Anything that clip.
    • 2010, James Morrow, The Last Witchfinder Surtouts billowing in an unseasonably fierce wind, the ursine Chelmsford magistrate and his equally bulky constable herded their bound prisoners – three murderers, three thieves, a coin clipper, two convicted witches – across the Common …
  2. (chiefly, in the plural) A tool used for clipping something, such as hair, coin, or fingernail.
  3. Something that moves swiftly; especially:
    1. (nautical) Any of several forms of very fast sailing ship having a long, low hull and a sharply raked stem.
    2. (informal) An Alberta clipper.
  4. (electronics) A circuit which prevents the amplitude of a wave from exceeding a set value.
  • cripple
clippie pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, informal) A bus conductress.
clit etymology {{back-form}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /klɪt/ {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The clitoris. {{defdate}}
    • 2006, Tiva Wallon, A Donovan to Love (page 65) There was a bright red tongue tattooed over most of her cooter and there was a thick, gold ring that had been pierced through her clit.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, of a female) To stimulate one's clitoris.
    • 1998, Aemilia, Re: Afternoon reading... Group: alt.tasteless … the only two expressions that come to mind are "clitting off" and "tickling the bearded clam"
clitar etymology See play the clitar.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncommon, humorous, slang) The clitoris. {{only used in}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, colloquial, coarse) The clitoral glans.
clitsucker etymology From clit + sucker.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) A cunnilinguist.
clit tease etymology From clit + tease, by analogy with cock tease.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) A person, usually a man, who tease a woman with a promise (either implicit or explicit) of sexual fulfillment but does not deliver on it.
    • 2011, Deanna Lee, Sweet Surrender, Aphrodisia Books (2011), ISBN 9780758235008, page 187: “Don't be a clit-tease, Grant, or you'll learn the true depth of my badassness.”
    • 2012, Hope Tarr, Operation Cinderella, Entangled Publishing, LLC (2012), ISBN 9781622669837, unnumbered page: Was Ross Mannon a clit tease or was he simply trying to kill her?
    • 2013, Lauren Dane, Lost in You, Samhain Publishing (2013), ISBN 9781619212855, page 59: {{…}} You can't lead me on like a...a clit tease! That's what you are. I demand you satisfy me sexually.”
coordinate terms:
  • cock tease
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The clitoris; clit.
clobber pronunciation
  • (UK) /klɒb.ə(ɹ)/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 British slang from 1941; possibly onomatopoeic of the sound of detonated bombs in the distance.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, slang) To hit or bash severely; to seriously harm or damage.
    • 1954, , The Blackboard Jungle, 1984, [http//|%22clobbers%22|%22clobbering%22|%22clobbered%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22clobber%22|%22clobbers%22|%22clobbering%22|%22clobbered%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bpQrT7LpA4PmmAWjr6nJDw&redir_esc=y page 201], So the temptation to clobber was always there, and it was sometimes more difficult not to strike than it would have been to strike, and the consequences be damned.
    • 2000 November 30, Kenya National Assembly Official Record (Hansard), [http//|%22clobbers%22|%22clobbering%22|%22clobbered%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=b9wqT4fKIKqfmQW5zZHQDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22clobber%22|%22clobbers%22|%22clobbering%22|%22clobbered%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 3034], Mr. Speaker, Sir, in the East African Standard newspaper we saw a picture of a man being carried away after being clobbered. We also saw women being clobbered by well-built policemen using big clubs. They were clobbering women who had already fallen on the ground.
    • 2002, Donald K. Burleson, Oracle9i UNIX Administration Handbook, [http//|%22clobbers%22|%22clobbering%22|%22clobbered%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=e94qT4HXMu7LmAXNteAB&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22clobber%22|%22clobbers%22|%22clobbering%22|%22clobbered%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 395], Most of the job of the UNIX Oracle DBA is keeping the database running, and it does not come as a surprise when they see how easy it is to clobber a server. The following script cripples the UNIX server by an implosion of incoming jobs. This is known as a denial of service (DOS) attack….
  2. (transitive, computing) To overwrite (data) or override (an assignment of a value), often unintentionally or unexpectedly.
    • 1999, Michael J. Wooldridge, Anand Rao, Foundations of Rational Agency, [http//|%22clobbers%22|%22clobbering%22|%22clobbered%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=UI8rT9G-JeTImQX0t9jFDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22clobber%22|%22clobbers%22|%22clobbering%22|%22clobbered%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 74], Inferences made in accordance with this reason are defeated by finding that the merged plan clobbers one of the causal-links in one of the constituent plans.
    • 2004, John R. Levine, Margaret Levine Young, Unix for Dummies, [http//|%22clobbers%22|%22clobbering%22|%22clobbered%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=xTQrT8vXKPCcmQXYzNXMDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22clobber%22|%22clobbers%22|%22clobbering%22|%22clobbered%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 314], The cp command does one thing as it clobbers a file; mv and ln do another.
    • 2007, Billy Hoffman, Bryan Sullivan, Ajax Security, [http//|%22clobbers%22|%22clobbering%22|%22clobbered%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=e94qT4HXMu7LmAXNteAB&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22clobber%22|%22clobbers%22|%22clobbering%22|%22clobbered%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], These functions collide, and we can see in Figure 7-1 that the debug() function for SexyWidgets clobbers the developer′s debug() function. The last function declared with the same name in the same scope will silently clobber the earlier function definition.
etymology 2 British slang from 19th Century.
etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, Australia, slang) Clothing.
    • 1892, , Loot, in Barrack-Room Ballads, Gutenberg eBook #2819, W′y, they call a man a robber if ′e stuffs ′is marchin′ clobber / With the— / (Chorus) Loo! loo! Lulu! lulu! Loo! loo! Loot! loot! loot!
    • 1899, , , Gutenberg eBook #3418, Now to get rid of this respectable clobber and feel like a man again.
    • 1919, , Red Robin, in Jim of The Hills, Gutenberg Australia eBook #0500931, I was thinkin′ of the widow while I gets me clobber on - / Like a feller will start thinkin′ of the times that′s past an′ gone.
  2. (UK, slang) Equipment.
  • cobbler
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, slang) Drunk.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of clobber
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of clobber
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A beating; a thrashing; a thorough defeat.
clock {{slim-wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /klɒk/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /klɑk/
  • {{audio}}
etymology 1 c. 1350–1400, Middle English clokke, from Middle Dutch klocke, from onf cloque, from Malayalam clocca, probably of Celtic origin, from Proto-Celtic *klokkos (compare Welsh cloch, Irish clog), from Proto-Indo-European *klēg-, *klōg-. Related to Old English clucge, Low German Klock, German Glocke, Swedish klocka. More at laugh. Alternative forms: CLK (contraction used in electronics)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An instrument used to measure or keep track of time; a non-portable timepiece.
  2. (British) The odometer of a motor vehicle. This car has over 300,000 miles on the clock.
  3. (electronics) An electrical signal that synchronize timing among digital circuit of semiconductor chip or module.
  4. The seed head of a dandelion.
  5. A timeclock. I can't go off to lunch yet, I'm still on the clock. We let the guys use the shop's tools and equipment for their own projects as long as they're off the clock.
Synonyms: (instrument used to measure or keep track of time) timepiece, (odometer of a motor vehicle) odometer
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To measure the duration of.
  2. (transitive) To measure the speed of. He was clocked at 155 miles per hour.
  3. (transitive, slang) To hit (someone) heavily. When the boxer let down his guard, his opponent clocked him.
  4. (slang) To take notice of; to realise. Clock the wheels on that car! He finally clocked that there were no more cornflakes.
    • 2006, Lily Allen, Knock 'Em Out Cut to the pub on a lads night out, Man at the bar cos it was his shout, Clocks this bird and she looks OK, Caught him looking and she walks his way,
  5. (British, slang) To falsify the reading of the odometer of a vehicle. I don't believe that car has done only 40,000 miles. It's been clocked.
  6. (transitive, New Zealand, slang) To beat a video game. Have you clocked that game yet?
Synonyms: (measure the duration of) time, (measure the speed of), (slang: hit (someone)) slug, smack, thump, whack, (slang: take notice of) check out, scope out, (slang: falsify the reading of the odometer of a vehicle) turn back (the vehicle's) clock, wind back (the vehicle's) clock
etymology 2 Origin uncertain; designs may have originally been bell-shaped and thus related to Etymology 1, above.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A pattern near the heel of a sock or stocking. {{rfquotek}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To ornament (e.g. the side of a stocking) with figured work.
etymology 3
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A large beetle, especially the European dung beetle (Scarabaeus stercorarius).
etymology 4
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, dated) To make the sound of a hen; to cluck.
{{Webster 1913}}
clocker etymology clock + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who clock (illegally winds back the milometer of) a motor car
  2. (slang) A low-level drug dealer who operates on the streets.
clockweight etymology clock + weight
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One of the weight that regulate the mechanism of a clock.
  2. (slang, chiefly, in the plural) A testicle.
clockworky etymology clockwork + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Resembling or characteristic of clockwork.
    • 1988, Lin Carter, Callipygia (page 122) ...its innards hummed and buzzed, clicked and purred, whizzed and clacked and whirred, and made other annoying clockworky noises...
    • 2006, Howard Whitehouse, Bill Slavin, The Strictest School in the World (page 150) He had cleared it of springs, tubes, coils and clockworky bits for the occasion.
clodpole Alternative forms: clodpoll etymology clod + pole ‘head’
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) a stupid person; blockhead
    • c. 1600:, , ...this letter, being so excellently ignorant, will breed no terror in the youth: he will find it comes from a clodpole.
    • 1843, , , book 4, chapter VI, The Landed ‘Show the dullest clodpole,’ says my invaluable German friend, ‘show the haughtiest feather-head, that a soul higher than himself is here; were his knees stiffened into brass, he must down and worship.’
clog pronunciation
  • (UK) /klɒɡ/
  • (US) /klɑɡ/, /klɔɡ/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology Middle English clog
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. A type of shoe with an inflexible, often wooden sole sometimes with an open heel. Dutch people rarely wear clogs these days.
  2. A blockage. The plumber cleared the clog from the drain.
  3. (UK, colloquial) A shoe of any type.
    • 1987, : Withnail: I let him in this morning. He lost one of his clogs.
  4. A weight, such as a log or block of wood, attached to a person or animal to hinder motion.
    • Hudibras As a dog … by chance breaks loose, / And quits his clog.
    • Tennyson A clog of lead was round my feet.
  5. That which hinders or impedes motion; an encumbrance, restraint, or impediment of any kind.
    • Burke All the ancient, honest, juridical principles and institutions of England are so many clogs to check and retard the headlong course of violence and oppression.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To block or slow passage through (often with 'up'). Hair is clogging the drainpipe. The roads are clogged up with traffic.
  2. To encumber or load, especially with something that impedes motion; to hamper.
    • Dryden The wings of winds were clogged with ice and snow.
  3. To burden; to trammel; to embarrass; to perplex.
    • Addison The commodities are clogged with impositions.
    • Shakespeare You'll rue the time / That clogs me with this answer.
clog wog
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A Netherlander; a Dutch person, especially an immigrant.
    • 1999, , Peeling the Onion, [http//|%22clog+wogs%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22clog+wog%22|%22clog+wogs%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=D5orT4v3N-3zmAX3rrDdDw&redir_esc=y unidentified page], She laughs when Mum calls herself a clog wog, and says they′re okay, just as buttoned-up as Anglo-Saxons.
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clomper etymology clomp + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A heavy, ungainly shoe or boot.
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clompy etymology clomp + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, of shoes etc.) Of a heavy kind that might make clomp noises; stompy.
  • comply
close as wax
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (simile, colloquial) Miserly.
close enough for government work etymology Unknown. Some claims for origin in World War II, it is claimed that at the time it meant it could pass the most rigorous of standards; however, earliest specific claim of the phrase being used is after 1960, when it was already used in the modern derogatory fashion. “Government work” is also a term for the manufacture of something on company time for personal use. For example, a custom trailer hitch made at a welding shop for the welder himself on the afternoon shift with no supervisors around is government work. Commonly heard in Ontario, Canada and northeast US.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, humorous, disparaging, slang) Good enough; not worth the time or effort of perfect.
Synonyms: close enough, good enough, good enough for government work
etymology 1 closet + ed
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Not open about one's homosexuality.
Synonyms: (not open about one's homosexuality) in the closet
etymology 2 See closet (verb)
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of closet
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Confined. He's spent all day closeted in his room.
Synonyms: (confined) confined, holed up
close to
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (of quantifiers of nouns) Approximately exampleIt lasted close to an hour. exampleIt rained for close to forty days and forty nights.
  2. (informal) Nearly; almost exampleThe project is close to finished.
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. Near. exampleThe chair was close to the window.
    • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} They burned the old gun that used to stand in the dark corner up in the garret, close to the stuffed fox that always grinned so fiercely. Perhaps the reason why he seemed in such a ghastly rage was that he did not come by his death fairly. Otherwise his pelt would not have been so perfect.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 7 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Old Applegate, in the stern, just set and looked at me, and Lord James, amidship, waved both arms and kept hollering for help. I took a couple of everlasting big strokes and managed to grab hold of the skiff's rail, close to the stern.”
  • coolest
  • ocelots
etymology 1 From Middle English cloþes. pronunciation
  • (RP) /kləʊz/, /kləʊðz/, {{audio}}
  • (GenAm) /kloʊz/, /kloʊðz/, {{audio}} {{audio}}
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noun: {{head}}
  1. (plural only) Items of clothing; apparel.
  2. (obsolete) plural of cloth.
  3. The covering of a bed; bedclothes.
    • Prior She turned each way her frighted head, / Then sunk it deep beneath the clothes.
etymology 2 clothe + s pronunciation
  • (RP) /kləʊðz/, {{audio}}
  • (GenAm) /kloʊðz/, {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of clothe
cloud etymology From Middle English cloud, cloude, clod, clud, clude, from Old English clūd, from Proto-Germanic *klūtaz, *klutaz, from Proto-Indo-European *gel-. Cognate with Scots cloud, clud, Dutch kluit, German Low German Kluute, German Kloß, Danish klode, Swedish klot, Icelandic klót. Related to clod, clot, clump, club. pronunciation
  • /klaʊd/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A rock; boulder; a hill.
  2. A visible mass of water droplets suspended in the air.
    • {{RQ:Frgsn Zlnstn}} So this was my future home, I thought!…Backed by towering hills, the but faintly discernible purple line of the French boundary off to the southwest, a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
  3. Any mass of dust, steam or smoke resembling such a mass.
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  4. Anything which makes things foggy or gloomy.
  5. A group or swarm, especially suspended above the ground or flying. exampleHe opened the door and was greeted by a cloud of bats.
    • Bible, Epistle to the Hebrews xii. 1 so great a cloud of witnesses
  6. An elliptical shape or symbol whose outline is a series of semicircle, supposed to resemble a cloud. exampleThe comic-book character's thoughts appeared in a cloud above his head.
  7. (computing, with the) The Internet, regarded as an amorphous omnipresent space for processing and storage, the focus of cloud computing.
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  8. (figuratively) A negative aspect of something positive: see every cloud has a silver lining or every silver lining has a cloud.
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  9. (slang) Crystal methamphetamine.
  10. A large, loosely-knitted headscarf worn by women.
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To become foggy or gloomy, to become obscured from sight. The glass clouds when you breathe on it.
  2. (transitive) To overspread or hide with a cloud or clouds. The sky is clouded.
  3. (transitive) To make obscure. All this talk about human rights is clouding the real issue.
  4. (transitive) To make gloomy or sullen.
    • Shakespeare One day too late, I fear me, noble lord, / Hath clouded all thy happy days on earth.
    • Milton Be not disheartened, then, nor cloud those looks.
  5. (transitive) To blacken; to sully; to stain; to tarnish (reputation or character).
    • Shakespeare I would not be a stander-by to hear / My sovereign mistress clouded so, without / My present vengeance taken.
  6. (transitive) To mark with, or darken in, veins or sports; to variegate with colours. to cloud yarn
    • Alexander Pope the nice conduct of a clouded cane
  • could
cloud computing
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (informal, computing) Computing services provided over the Internet (or "cloud"), whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices on demand.
clout etymology Old English clūt, from Proto-Germanic *klūtaz, from Proto-Indo-European *glūdos. Cognate with Old Norse klútr{{R:Webster 1913|clout}} (Swedish klut, Danish klud), Middle High German klōz (German Kloß), dialect Russian глуда 〈gluda〉[ clout] in Merriam-Webster's Dictionary. See also cleat. The sense "influence, especially political" originated in the dialect of , but has become widespread. pronunciation
  • /klaʊt/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Influence or effectiveness, especially political.
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  2. (regional, informal) A blow with the hand.
    • 1910, , Frau Brenchenmacher Attends A Wedding 'Such a clout on the ear as you gave me… But I soon taught you.'
  3. (informal) A home run.
    • 2011, , "Triple double", in The Boston Globe, August 17, 2011, p. C1. '... allowed Boston to score all of its runs on homers, including a pair of clouts by Jacoby Ellsbury ...'
  4. (archery) The center of the butt at which archer shoot; probably once a piece of white cloth or a nail head.
    • Shakespeare A' must shoot nearer or he'll ne'er hit the clout.
  5. (regional, dated) A swaddling cloth.
  6. (archaic) A cloth; a piece of cloth or leather; a patch; a rag.
    • Spenser His garments, nought but many ragged clouts, / With thorns together pinned and patched was.
    • Shakespeare a clout upon that head where late the diadem stood
    • 1980, Colin Thubron, Seafarers: The Venetians, page 33, “The Byzantines, wrote Robert of Clari, hooted and jeered from the battlements, "and let down their clouts and showed them their backsides."”
  7. (archaic) An iron plate on an axletree or other wood to keep it from wear; a washer.
    • 1866, , A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 1, p. 546. Clouts were thin and flat pieces of iron, used it appears to strengthen the box of the wheel; perhaps also for nailing on such other parts of the cart as were particularly exposed to wear.
  8. (obsolete) A piece; a fragment. {{rfquotek}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To hit, especially with the fist.
  2. To cover with cloth, leather, or other material; to bandage; patch, or mend, with a clout.
    • Latimer Paul, yea, and Peter, too, had more skill in … clouting an old tent than to teach lawyers.
  3. To stud with nails, as a timber, or a boot sole.
  4. To guard with an iron plate, as an axletree.
  5. To join or patch clumsily.
    • P. Fletcher if fond Bavius vent his clouted song
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of clover
  2. (informal) the suit of clubs; primarily childish.
  • Velcros
clown etymology Likely from gmq, akin to Icelandic klunni and ofs klönne. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /klaʊn/
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noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A performance artist often associated with a circus and typically characterised by bright, oversized clothing, a red nose, face paint, and a brightly colored wig and who performs slapstick.
  2. A person who acts in a silly fashion.
  3. (UK) A stupid person.
  4. (obsolete) A man of coarse nature and manners; an awkward fellow; an illbred person; a boor. {{rfquotek}}
  5. (obsolete) One who works upon the soil; a rustic; a churl.
    • Cowper The clown, the child of nature, without guile.
Synonyms: (performance artist working in a circus), (person who acts in a silly fashion) buffoon, fool
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To act in a silly fashion.
clownophobia etymology From en + clown + -o- + -phobia.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, informal) The fear of clown.
Synonyms: bozophobia (humorous), coulrophobia
club {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /klʌb/
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etymology From Middle English clubbe, from Old Norse klubba, klumba, from Proto-Germanic *klumpô, from Proto-Indo-European *glemb-, *glembʰ-, from Proto-Indo-European *gel-. Cognate with English clump, cloud, Latin globus, glomus; and perhaps related to gml kolve, German Kolbe.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A heavy stick intended for use as a weapon or playthingIndian clubs.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 12 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “There were many wooden chairs for the bulk of his visitors, and two wicker armchairs with red cloth cushions for superior people. From the packing-cases had emerged some Indian clubs,{{nb...}}, and all these articles{{nb...}} made a scattered and untidy decoration that Mrs. Clough assiduously dusted and greatly cherished.”
    1. An implement to hit the ball in some ballgames, e.g. golf.
  2. An association of member joining together for some common purpose, especially sports or recreation.
    • {{RQ:WBsnt IvryGt}} At half-past nine on this Saturday evening, the parlour of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors.…In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.
    1. (archaic) The fees associated with belonging to such a club.
      • {{rfdate}} Benjamin Franklin: He can have no right to the benefits of Society, who will not pay his Club towards the Support of it.
  3. A joint charge of expense, or any person's share of it; a contribution to a common fund.
    • Roger L'Estrange (1616-1704) They laid down the club.
    • Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) We dined at a French house, but paid ten shillings for our part of the club.
  4. An establishment that provides stage entertainment, often with food and drink, such as a nightclub. exampleShe was sitting in a jazz club, sipping wine and listening to a bass player's solo.
  5. A black clover shape (♣), one of the four symbols used to mark the suit of playing card.
    1. A playing card marked with such a symbol. exampleI've got only one club in my hand.
  6. (humorous) Any set of people with a shared characteristic. exampleYou also hate Night Court?  Join the club. exampleMichael stood you up?  Welcome to the club.
Synonyms: (weapon) cudgel, (sports association) team
  • chess club
  • sports club
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) to hit with a club. He clubbed the poor dog.
  2. (intransitive) To join together to form a group.
    • Dryden Till grosser atoms, tumbling in the stream / Of fancy, madly met, and clubbed into a dream.
  3. (intransitive, transitive) To combine into a club-shaped mass. a medical condition with clubbing of the fingers and toes
  4. (intransitive) To go to nightclub. We went clubbing in Ibiza.
  5. (intransitive) To pay an equal or proportionate share of a common charge or expense.
    • Jonathan Swift The owl, the raven, and the bat / Clubbed for a feather to his hat.
  6. (transitive) To raise, or defray, by a proportional assessment. to club the expense
  7. (nautical) To drift in a current with an anchor out.
  8. (military) To throw, or allow to fall, into confusion.
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  1. (transitive) To unite, or contribute, for the accomplishment of a common end. to club exertions
  2. (transitive, military) To turn the breech of (a musket) uppermost, so as to use it as a club.
  • culb
clubby pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Resembling or suggestive of a social club or clubhouse: congenial and exclusive.
  2. (informal) Who enjoys frequenting nightclub.
In the sense of “resembling or suggestive of a social club”, the emphasis can be more on the congeniality (friendly, treating all guests as welcome insiders: compare family diner) or on the exclusivity; compare cliquey.
club kid
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A denizen of a nightclub.
club nine
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (baseball, slang, 1800s) The team.
clubs pronunciation
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verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of club
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of club
  2. One of the four suits of playing cards, marked with the symbol .
related terms:
  • club
  • culbs
cluck Alternative forms: clutch (dialectal), clock etymology From Middle English clocken, clokken, from Old English cloccian, from Proto-Germanic *klukkwōną, of imitative origin. Cognate with Scots clok, clock, Dutch klokken, Low German klucken, German glucken, Danish klukke, Swedish klucka, Icelandic klökkva. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The sound made by a hen, especially when brooding, or calling her chick.
  2. Any sound similar to this.
  3. A kind of tongue click used to urge on a horse.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make such a sound.
  2. To call together, or call to follow, as a hen does her chickens.
    • Shakespeare She, poor hen, fond of no second brood, / Has clucked three to the wars.
  3. (British, drug slang) to suffer withdrawal from heroin.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, UK dialectal) A toilet.
    • 1994, Gordon Legge, I Love Me (Who Do You Love?), p. 10: ‘Listen, hen, I better get going. Just need to visit the old cludge first.’
    • 2012, Caitlin Moran, Moranthology, Ebury Press 2012, p. 48: Should I ever coin it in with a series of bonkbusters, I reflect, looking at the draughty – doubtless rat-infested – cludge, I should like to erect a similar statue, to all the nameless women throughout time who died on the toilet of cystitis.
  2. alternative form of kludge
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. alternative form of kludge
  • cudgel
clue etymology Variant of clew, from Middle English clewe, from Old English clēowen, clīewen, from Proto-Germanic *kliuwīną, *klewô, from Proto-Indo-European *glew-. Sense evolution with reference to the one which the mythical used to guide him out of the Minotaur's labyrinth. More at clew. pronunciation
  • /kluː/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now rare) A strand of yarn etc. as used to guide one through a labyrinth; something which points the way, a guide.
    • 1897, Henry James, What Maisie Knew: she had even had in the past a small smug conviction that in the domestic labyrinth she always kept the clue.
  2. Information which may lead one to a certain point or conclusion.
  3. An object or a kind of indication which may be used as evidence.
  4. (slang) Insight or understanding ("to have a clue [about]" or "to have clue". See have a clue, clue stick)
Synonyms: (information which may lead one to a certain point or conclusion) hint, indication, suggestion, (object or indication which may be used as evidence) signature
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To provide with a clue. The crossword compiler wasn't sure how to clue the word "should".
  2. To provide someone with information which he or she lacks (often used with "in" or "up"). Smith, clue Jones in on what's been happening.
cluebat etymology clue + bat pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkluːˌbæt/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing slang) A bat club with which someone clueless is (figuratively or in one's imagination) struck.
Synonyms: clue stick, clue-by-four, LART
noun: {{head}}
  1. (computing, slang) plural of cluebat
clue-by-four Alternative forms: clue by four etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, figuratively) An object used when roughly imparting clue to the clueless.
    • 1993, Anonymous, Re: Recent Events from the Horseman,, If I think they're a jerk who's using a march to show how cool and open minded they are, I pull out the ol' clue by four.
    • 1998, TCurryFan, Re: Carlos and Ashley?,, Nah... I'm not gonna waste a good clue-by-four on someone with no brain...
    • 2003, Willow Polson, The Veil's Edge: Exploring the Boundaries of Magic, p152 Sometimes the magic "clue-by-four" is so obvious that even your oblivious rock-headed uncle picks up on it.
Synonyms: cluestick, cluebat
clueful etymology From clue + ful, by analogy with clueless. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkluː.fəl/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (computing, informal) Knowledgeable and well-informed.
  • clueless
Cluj etymology From Romanian Cluj; see below for more.
proper noun: {{en-prop}}
  1. (informal or historical) Cluj-Napoca
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of clumsy
  2. (humorous, plurale tantum, the clumsies) A state of clumsiness.
    • “Coffee Filters: When you are cooking for guests, do you get afflicted with the clumsies, especially when you try to separate paper coffee filters?”, 1995, Heloise, Heloise Hints for All Occasions, page 40,
clumsy pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈklʌmzi/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. awkward, lack coordination, not graceful, not dextrous He's very clumsy. I wouldn't trust him with carrying the dishes.
  2. Not elegant or well-planned, lacking tact or subtlety It is a clumsy solution, but it might work for now. What a clumsy joke...
  3. awkward or inefficient in use or construction, difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, fairly rare) A clumsy person.
Synonyms: butterfingers, klutz
  • cumyls
  • muscly
clunge etymology {{rfe}} Popularised by British television series The Inbetweeners (from 2008), but existed earlier. Ku-lunge
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, vulgar, slang, mostly, internet) vagina
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clunker etymology clunk + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A decrepit motor car.
    • 2004, Teralee E. M. Bird, What the Herald Angel Sang (Seraphim Trilogy Book One), ISBN 9781411617216: The only rig nobody'd recognize is that clunker that Vic drove here in, and he won't take it.
  2. (informal) Anything which is in poor condition or of poor quality.
    • 1974, , "Who's Been Playing At Erma's Typewriter?," Ocala Star-Banner, 3 Oct., p. 12A (retrieved 2 Sep. 2009): I bought an old clunker of a typewriter.
    • 2006, Elizabeth Crane, "Books: Best book by a Chicago author" (Review of Trouble by Patrick Somerville), Time Out Chicago, 28 Dec. (retrieved 2 Sep. 2009): All of the stories have a subtle undercurrent of brutality, and the writing is consistently sharp, direct and darkly funny, and there’s not a clunker in the bunch.
clunky pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Ungainly; awkward; inelegant; cumbersome.
    • 2013 May 23, , "British Leader’s Liberal Turn Sets Off a Rebellion in His Party," New York Times (retrieved 29 May 2013): At a time when Mr. Cameron is being squeezed from both sides — from the right by members of his own party and by the anti-immigrant, anti-Europe U.K. Independence Party, and from the left by his Liberal Democrat coalition partners — the move seemed uncharacteristically clunky.
cluon etymology from clue + -on
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The imaginary elementary particle of cluefulness; the anti-particle to the bogon.
  2. (slang) A person who is well-informed, or says well-informed things.
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clusterfuck Alternative forms: cluster fuck etymology Reportedly coined in the 1960s by poet as Mongolian Cluster Fuck. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈklʌs.təˌfʌk/
  • (US) /ˈklʌs.tɚˌfʌk/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) A chaotic situation where everything seems to go wrong. It is often caused by incompetence, communication failure, or a complex environment.
    • 1986, , , IMDB tt0091187, tt0091187 When asked how he thought the military exercise went, Highway responded, "It's a cluster fuck. ".
    • 1989: P. J. O'Rourke, Holidays in Hell p. 216 "Mongolian Cluster Fuck" is the technical term journalists use for a preplanned, wholly scripted, news-free event.
    • 1990, , Dark Half, ISBN 0451167317, p. 151 They had a name for something like this in the army—a cluster fuck. Yes. Good name. ... He was sitting here in the middle of a great big cluster fuck
    • 1994: James O'Barr / Alex Proyas, The Crow A simple sweep-and-clear turned into a total clusterfuck: T-Bird, trying to explain to Eric how the situation escalated on Devil's Night [...]
    • 1995: John Barnes, Mother of Storms Please note also my request that henceforth I wish to be reminded of the possibility of a clusterfuck in any contingency plan or operations proposal [...]
    • 2004, Ray Kopp, Thunder in the Night: A Sailor's Perspective on Vietnam, ISBN 189245128X, p. 87 My cousin was in the Army over here in '68. He says don't trust anybody to know what they're doing, calls it a cluster-fuck. Fucked-up-beyond- all-repair, FUBAR he says.
    • 2004: Jon Stewart, America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide To Democracy Inaction [...] and you will still only begin to get a sense of the constitutionally mandated clusterfuck that is the modern presidency.
    • 2005: Charles W. Sasser, Patton's Panthers: The African-American 761st Tank Battalion in World War II It was a clusterfuck, a deadly clusterfuck. When the doughs finally got off the ground in some numbers and charged into the woods, the Krauts broke contact [...]
    • 2008, , , IMDB tt0887883, tt0887883 In the last sequence the CIA-Superior summarized the highly complex events/mess: "Jesus, what a clusterfuck. ".
    • 2013: Barbara Kruger: What a ridiculous clusterfuck of totally uncool jokers. I make my work about this kind of sadly foolish farce. I’m waiting for all of them to sue me for copyright infringement in response to the Supreme v Married To The Mob battle
Synonyms: car crash (chiefly UK), CF, Charlie Foxtrot, cluster foxtrot, comedy of errors, debacle, dysfunction, fiasco, FUBAR, goat rope, imbroglio, omnishambles, quagmire, SNAFU, trainwreck (chiefly US)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (vulgar) To fuck (something) up, to make a total mess of.
Clydesdale {{wikipedia}} etymology Named because they were bred in the valley of the Clyde in Scotland.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A particularly large and powerful breed of rare draft horse.
  2. (US) A heavier than usual athlete (Over 200 lbs for men, over 145 lbs for women)
  3. (derogatory, slang) A very morbidly obese person.
related terms:
  • Clydesdale terrier
Synonyms: See also
c-note Alternative forms: c note
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) A one-hundred dollar banknote.
  2. (music) the lowest note of an instrument, written below the staff and the D note.
Synonyms: Benjamin
  • cento, Noteć
co {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) company
Alternative forms: co. , Co , Co.
etymology 2 pronunciation
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /koʊ/
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. (neologism, nonstandard) they (singular). Gender-neutral subject pronoun, coordinate with gendered pronouns he and she.
    • 1983, Ingrid Komar, Living the Dream: Co consistently does less than cos share of the Community work. 4. Co absents coself from the Community for more than three weeks [...]
    • 1996, Brett Beemyn, Mickey Elianon, Queer studies: a lesbian, gay, bisexual, & transgender anthology, page 74: At the very least, an individual might have to use different terms to describe coself in a heterosexual context than co uses in a sexual minority context [...]
    • 2004 April 1, "Pieira dos Lobos" (username), "Fern's Story two", alt.magick.serious, Usenet: A youngster of my own introduction had been rejected by an object of preadolescent craving and had killed coself by leaping at the ceiling of co's quarters. Co was a rising Large Game star, her spring was powerful, our gravity flux was low - co's head struck the surface with enough force to kill on impact.
  2. (neologism, nonstandard) them (singular). Gender-neutral object pronoun, coordinate with gendered pronouns him and her.
  • (as subject) he, she
  • (as object) him, her
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) Church of Scientology
  • OC, Oc
coachee etymology coach + ee
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who is coach (receives training).
  2. (slang, dated) A coachman.
coach horse
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A horse that draw a coach.
  2. (nautical, slang) A member of the crew who rowed the admiral's barge or a state barge
coachspeak etymology coach + speak
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The jargon or pep talk given by sports coach.
    • {{quote-news}}
coachwheel etymology From coach + wheel
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A cartwheel, the wheel of a horse-drawn coach
  2. (UK, historical, obsolete slang) A crown coin; its value, 5 shilling.
    • 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}}.
coaster {{wikipedia}} etymology {{-er}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /kəʊ.stə(ɹ)/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Agent noun of coast: one who coasts.
  2. Something that coast, such as a sled or toboggan.
  3. (nautical) A merchant vessel that stays in coastal water.
  4. (nautical) A sailor who travels only in coastal water.
    • 1881, Symon's monthly meteorological magazine (page 59) If you question a seaman on the subject, whether mere coaster or circumnavigator, he will tell you that in a snow-storm, because of its constant eddyings and gyrations, frequent trimming of sails is more necessary than in any other gale…
  5. A person who originates from or inhabits a coastal area.
  6. A small piece of material used to protect the surface of a table, upon which one places cups or mugs.
  7. A small tray on wheel, used to pass something around a table.
  8. (computing, slang) A worthless compact disc or DVD, such as one that was burn incorrectly.
  9. (informal) A rollercoaster.
  10. (Lake Superior) A {{vern}} (brook trout, Salvelinus fontinalis)
Synonyms: (small piece of material for protecting the surface of a table, upon which one places the cup) beer mat, beermat
coordinate terms:
  • (small piece of material for protecting the surface of a table, upon which one places the cup) saucer
  • recoats
coasterware etymology coaster + ware, from the jocular notion that the disc containing the software is more useful as a drink coaster.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, slang, derogatory) Exceptionally low-quality software.
    • 2003, "Europa Universalis: Crown of the North", Computer Gaming World, 1 November 2003: From start to finish, it is a poorly conceived, ill-executed, and time-wasting piece of coasterware designed to suck money away from both fans of the much-lauded series and unsuspecting newcomers.
Synonyms: cheeseware, crapware, crudware, shitware (vulgar)
Cobainiac etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fan of American grunge musician Kurt Cobain and/or his band Nirvana.
cobbler {{wikipedia}} etymology The origin is unknown.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who repairs shoe. {{rfquotek}}
  2. A person who lays cobble
  3. A kind of pie, usually filled with fruit, that lacks a base crust.
  4. (slang, usually plural) A police officer. Look out, it's the cobblers!.
  5. An alcoholic drink containing spirit or wine, with sugar and lemon juice.
    • 1858 June, , in , Volume 2, Number 1, In the creed of Asirvadam the Brahmin, the drinker of strong drink is a Pariah, and the eater of cow's flesh is damned already. If, then, he can tell a cocktail from a cobbler, and scientifically discriminate between a julep and a gin-sling, it must be because the Vedas are unclasped to him; for in the Vedas all things are taught.
  6. (obsolete) A clumsy workman.
    • 1599, , , I. i. 11: Truly, sir, in respect of a fine workman, I / am but, as you would say, a cobbler.
Synonyms: (person who repairs shoes) shoemender, shoe repairer, shoemaker person fabricating shoes, (police officer) see
  • clobber
cobweb etymology From the Middle English coppeweb, from coppe, from attercoppe, from Old English āttercoppe, from ātor + copp + web; also West-Flemish kobbe. pronunciation
  • {{hyphenation}}
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noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A spiderweb, or the remain of one, especially an asymmetrical one that is woven with an irregular pattern of threads.
  2. One of its filament; gossamer
  3. (figurative) Something thin and unsubstantial, or flimsy and worthless; rubbish.
    • Sir Philip Sidney The dust and cobwebs of that uncivil age.
  4. An intricate plot to catch the unwary
    • Cowper Entangled in the cobwebs of the schools.
  5. (internet, rare, slang) A web page that either has not been update for a long time, or that is rarely visit
  6. The European spotted flycatcher, {{taxlink}}.
cobweb site
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, rare, slang) a website that has not been updated for a very long time (and has thus figuratively grown cobwebs)
Cocacolonization {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: Cocacolonisation (UK), CocaColonisation (UK), CocaColonization, cocacolonisation (UK), cocacolonization, coca-colonisation (UK), coca-colonization etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, often pejorative) globalization or cultural colonization likened to westernization or Americanization consisting of the importing of western or American goods or cultural values to the detriment of local goods or values
Synonyms: McDonaldization
cocaine pronunciation
  • /koʊˈkeɪn/, /kəˈkeɪn/, /ˈkoʊkeɪn/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology coca + ine. coca is from Quechua kuka.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) A stimulant narcotic, derived from cultivated plants of the genus {{taxlink}}, in the form of a white powder that users generally self-administer by insufflation through the nose.
  2. (countable) Any derivative of cocaine.
Synonyms: (slang) blow, Bolivian marching powder, boots, California corn flakes, charlie, coke, girl, nose candy, powder, rock, slim, snow, snuff, white lady, yayo or yeyo, yola, See also
related terms:
  • cokehead
  • hydroxytropacocaine
  • tropacocaine
  • oceanic, Oceanic
cocaine bugs
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (colloquial) formication caused by cocaine use
coccyx etymology From Ancient Greek κόκκυξ 〈kókkyx〉, referring to the curved shape of a cuckoo's beak when viewed from the side. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈkɑksɪks/
  • (RP) /ˈkɒksɪks/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (medical, formal) The final (bottommost) fused vertebra at the base of the spine, the tailbone.
Synonyms: tailbone (informal)
  • bone
cock {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /kɒk/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /kɑk/, /kɔːk/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{homophones}} (some pronunciations)
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English cok, from Old English coc, cocc, from Proto-Germanic *kukkaz, probably of onomatopoeic origin. Cognate with Old Norse kokkr "cock"; whence Danish kok. Reinforced by Old French coc, also of imitative origin.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A male bird, especially a domestic fowl.
    1. A male chicken or other gallinaceous bird.
    2. A male pigeon.
  2. A valve or tap for controlling flow in plumbing.
  3. The hammer of a firearm trigger mechanism.
  4. The notch of an arrow or crossbow.
  5. (slang, vulgar) The penis.
    • 1971, William S. Burroughs, The Wild Boys: A Book of the Dead, page 181
    • 1991, Dennis Cooper, Frisk
    • 2001, Carlton Mellick III, Satan Burger
  6. (curling) The circle at the end of the rink.
  7. The state of being cocked; an upward turn, tilt or angle.
  8. (British, NZ, pejorative, slang) A stupid person.
  9. (informal, British, Tasmania) Term of address. All right, cock?
  10. A boastful tilt of one's head or hat.
  11. (informal) shuttlecock
  12. A vane in the shape of a cock; a weathercock.
    • Shakespeare Drenched our steeples, drowned the cocks!
  13. (dated, humorous) A chief man; a leader or master.
    • Addison Sir Andrew is the cock of the club, since he left us.
  14. The crow of a cock, especially the first crow in the morning; cockcrow.
    • Shakespeare He begins at curfew, and walks till the first cock.
  15. The style or gnomon of a sundial. {{rfquotek}}
  16. The indicator of a balance. {{rfquotek}}
  17. The bridge piece that affords a bearing for the pivot of a balance in a clock or watch. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (male bird) cockbird, (male chicken) rooster, (valve) stopcock, (penis) see
related terms:
  • cockerel
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (ambitransitive) To lift the cock of a firearm or crossbow; to prepare (a gun or crossbow) to be fire.
    • Byron Cocked, fired, and missed his man.
  2. (intransitive) To be prepared to be trigger by having the cock lifted. In the darkness, the gun cocked loudly.
  3. (transitive) To erect; to turn up.
    • Gay Our Lightfoot barks, and cocks his ears.
    • Jonathan Swift Dick would cock his nose in scorn.
  4. (British, transitive, slang) To copulate with.
  5. (transitive) To turn or twist something upwards or to one side; to lift or tilt (e.g. headwear) boastfully. He cocked his hat jauntily.
  6. (intransitive, dated) To turn (the eye) obliquely and partially close its lid, as an expression of derision or insinuation.
  7. (intransitive, dated) To strut; to swagger; to look big, pert, or menacing. {{rfquotek}}
  8. (transitive, obsolete) To make a nestle-cock of, to pamper or spoil (of children)
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang) Expression of annoyance.
    • 2006, "Vamp", oh cock i should have kept with a toyota! (on newsgroup
etymology 2 From Middle English cock, cok, from Old English cocc, from Old Norse kǫkkr, from Proto-Germanic *kukkaz, from Proto-Indo-European *geugh-. Cognate with Norwegian kok, Swedish koka, German Kocke, gml kogge, Dutch kogel, German Kugel.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small conical pile of hay. The farmhands stack the hay into cocks
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To form into pile.
    • Spenser Under the cocked hay.
etymology 3 from Old French coque, from child-talk coco 'egg'
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Short for cock-boat, a type of small boat.
    • Shakespeare Yond tall anchoring bark [appears] / Diminished to her cock; her cock, a buoy / Almost too small for sight.
etymology 4
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A corruption of the word God, used in oaths.
    • Shakespeare By cock and pie.
{{Webster 1913}}
cockaholic etymology cock + -aholic
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) A person obsessed with the penis as a sexual organ.
    • 2004, Danny King, The Pornographer Diaries: But again, Sophie just wouldn't get it and next month I'd get a story about a hunky young shop assistant being dragged into the changing rooms by some old cockaholic housewife.
    • 2009, Peter Tatchell, "Brüno will both incite homophobia and make bigots squirm", The Independent: A sex-obsessed "cockaholic", he is a shallow bitchy queen who uses and abuses everyone around him. Not nice.
cockaludicrous etymology cock + -a- + ludicrous
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, neologism) Ridiculously androcentric or patriarchal.
cock a snook
verb: cock a snook
  1. (UK, idiomatic, pejorative, as a gesture) To perform a snook, a gesture of disrespect.
Synonyms: thumb one's nose
cockatoo {{wikipedia}} etymology From Malay burung kakaktua.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A bird of the family Cacatuidae with a curved beak and a zygodactyl foot.
  2. (slang, obsolete) A lookout posted during a two-up game.
Synonyms: cocky
cockatoo farmer etymology Probably refers to the practice of working a small patch of land for a short period before moving on, in the manner of a feeding cockatoo.[ Australian National Dictionary Centre » Meanings and origins of Australian words and idioms » C]. Alternatively so called to compare the farmers with the common sulphur-crested cockatoo, which come down on the newly sown cornfields in myriads.Lentzner Karl, "Dictionary of the slang-english of Australia, and of some mixed languages", 1893.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, derogatory, obsolete) A small-scale farmer.
    • 1875, Anthony Trollope, Bradford Allen Booth (editor), The Tireless Traveler: Twenty Letters to the Liverpool Mercury, [http//|%22cockatoo+farmers%22+-intitle:%22cockatoo%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=0OArT8fcOIfbmAWps5EC&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22cockatoo%20farmer%22|%22cockatoo%20farmers%22%20-intitle%3A%22cockatoo%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 177], The cockatoo farmer of South Australia lives a plentiful but not a picturesque life, and unless he gets hopelessly into debt is his own master.
    • 1888, William Gordon Stables, From Squire to Squatter, [http//|%22cockatoo+farmers%22+-intitle:%22cockatoo%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22cockatoo+farmer%22|%22cockatoo+farmers%22+-intitle:%22cockatoo%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=rtsrT82CDOjQmAXf-6X3Dw&redir_esc=y page 182], “ Does it pay to breed cockatoos ?” said Archie innocently. “Don′t be the death o′ me, Johnnie. A cockatoo farmer is just a crofter.…”
    • 1911, The Academy, Volume 81, [http//|%22cockatoo+farmers%22+-intitle:%22cockatoo%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22cockatoo+farmer%22|%22cockatoo+farmers%22+-intitle:%22cockatoo%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=rtsrT82CDOjQmAXf-6X3Dw&redir_esc=y page 415], This is the dwelling of a cockatoo-farmer, the humble agriculturist who makes the most of his thirty or forty acres of land,…
The term was used by squatter in disparagement of the small scale of the operations.
cockatrice {{wikipedia}} etymology First attested , from Old French cocatriz, from ll calcātrīx, from Latin calcō, from calx.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A legendary creature about the size and shape of a dragon or wyvern, but in appearance resembling a giant rooster, with some lizard-like characteristics.
    • {{rfdate}} , The Spell of Egypt “Peace reigns in happy Luxor. The lion lies down with the lamb, and the child, if it will, may harmlessly put its hand into the cockatrice’s den”
  2. (obsolete) Mistress, harlot
cockblock Alternative forms: cock block etymology From cock + block.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) To make impossible another's intended goal of sexual intercourse.
  2. (vulgar, slang, by extension) To prevent someone from achieving a goal, aggressively getting in the way.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) A person who deliberately or inadvertently makes impossible another's intended goal of sexual intercourse.
  2. (vulgar, slang, by extension) Something designed to prevent one from achieving a goal (e.g. an intentionally difficult level of video game).
  • {{seeCites}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) a stupid person
cockbreath etymology cock + breath
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, colloquial, pejorative) A contemptible person, usually used as a disparaging term of address
    • 1997, Greg Rucka, Keeper "Fuck my ass, cockbreath," he snarled back.
    • 1997, Richard Marcinko, Task Force Blue, page 162 And you know what that means, cockbreath?
    • 2006, Peter Temple, Bad Debts, page 103 I said I didn't want to answer any more questions and he said: "Answer me, cockbreath." Those were his words.
    • 2007, Richard Marcinko and James DeFelice, Holy Terror, page 235 “Ohayo gozaimasu, and fuck you too, you little monkeybrain cockbreath squirt.”
    • 2008, Daniel Lyons, Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs, page 79 Maybe the altitude is messing up his head and he figures I don't remember what a cockbreath he was on the music store.

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