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


conspiracy theorist
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  1. One who believes in, follows, or advances a conspiracy theory.
Synonyms: conspiratard (slang)
conspiratard etymology conspiracy + tard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A conspiracy theorist.
constructed language
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  1. (linguistics) A human language that has been consciously devise by an individual or a small group, as opposed to having naturally evolved as part of a culture like a natural language.
  2. Any language, whether a human language, a programming language or markup language, that is not a natural language.
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  3. (linguistics, archaic) Any language used by people, as opposed to less civilized means of communication, such as the socialization between animal.
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Synonyms: (colloquial) conlang, artificial language, planned language
construction worker
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  1. Employee working at a physical construction.
Synonyms: building worker
contact pronunciation
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etymology From Latin contactus, from contingere (to touch on all sides), from tangere (to touch). Used in English since the 17th Century.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of touching physically; being in close association.
    • 1935, [ George Goodchild] , Death on the Centre Court, 1 , “She mixed furniture with the same fatal profligacy as she mixed drinks, and this outrageous contact between things which were intended by Nature to be kept poles apart gave her an inexpressible thrill.”
  2. The establishment of communication (with). exampleI haven't been in contact with her for years.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 1 , “In the old days, […], he gave no evidences of genius whatsoever. He never read me any of his manuscripts, […], and therefore my lack of detection of his promise may in some degree be pardoned. But he had then none of the oddities and mannerisms which I hold to be inseparable from genius, and which struck my attention in after days when I came in contact with the Celebrity.”
  3. A nodule designed to connect a device with something else. exampleTouch the contact to ground and read the number again.
  4. Someone with whom one is in communication. exampleThe salesperson had a whole binder full of contacts for potential clients.
  5. (informal) A contact lens.
  6. (electricity) A device designed for repetitive connections.
  7. (informal, by ellipsis) Contact juggling. exampleI bought myself a new contact ball last week
  8. (mining) The plane between two adjacent bodies of dissimilar rock. {{rfquotek}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To touch; to come into physical contact with. The side of the car contacted the pedestrian.
  2. (transitive) To establish communication with something or someone I am trying to contact my sister.
contact lens
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A thin lens, made of flexible or rigid plastic, that is placed directly on to the eye to correct vision, used as an alternative to spectacles, or, if coloured, to change one's eye color cosmetically.
Synonyms: contact, lens
contempt of cop {{wikipedia}} etymology Modelled on contempt of court.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, colloquial) disrespect shown to a police officer
continuation bet Alternative forms: C-bet (slang)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (poker) A bet made in a round of betting, after raising in the previous round of betting, usually with a weak hand.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (poker) To make a continuation bet.
Synonyms: (to make such a bet) continue
contortionist etymology From contortion + ist.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An acrobat who is capable of twisting his or her body into unusual positions.
related terms:
  • contort
  • contortion
  • contortionism
contra pronunciation
  • /ˈkɒntrə/
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  1. against; contrary or opposed to
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  1. to the contrary to something
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  1. (business) a deal to swap goods or services
  2. (accounting) an entry that cancels another entry
  3. (music, informal) any of the musical instruments in the contrabass range, e.g. contrabassoon, contrabass clarinet or, especially, double bass
  4. contra dance
  • cantor
  • carton
  • craton
contract {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From Middle English, from Old French contract, from Latin contractum, past participle of contraho, from con- + traho. pronunciation
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  • (RP) /ˈkɒntrækt/
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  1. An agreement between two or more parties, to perform a specific job or work order, often temporary or of fixed duration and usually governed by a written agreement. exampleMarriage is a contract.
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  2. (legal) An agreement which the law will enforce in some way. A legally binding contract must contain at least one promise, i.e., a commitment or offer, by an offeror to and accepted by an offeree to do something in the future. A contract is thus executory rather than executed.
  3. (legal) A part of legal studies dealing with law and jurisdiction related to contracts.
  4. (informal) An order, usually given to a hired assassin, to kill someone. exampleThe mafia boss put a contract out on the man who betrayed him.
  5. (bridge) The declarer's undertaking to win the number of tricks bid with a stated suit as trump.
  • (agreement that is legally binding) agreement
  • (agreement that is legally binding) bailment
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete) Contracted; affianced; betrothed. {{rfquotek}}
  2. (obsolete) Not abstract; concrete.
    • Robert Recorde, , 1557: But now in eche kinde of these, there are certaine nombers named Abſtracte: and other called nombers Contracte.
etymology 2 From Middle English, from Middle French contracter, from Latin contractum, past participle of contraho, from con- + traho. the verb developed after the noun, and originally meant only "draw together"; the sense "make a contract with" developed later. pronunciation
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  1. (ambitransitive) To draw together or nearer; to shorten, narrow, or lessen. The snail's body contracted into its shell. to contract one's sphere of action
    • Wordsworth Years contracting to a moment.
    • Dr. H. More In all things desuetude doth contract and narrow our faculties.
  2. (grammar) To shorten by omitting a letter or letters or by reducing two or more vowels or syllables to one. The word "cannot" is often contracted into "can't".
  3. (transitive) To enter into a contract with. {{rfex}}
  4. (transitive) To enter into, with mutual obligations; to make a bargain or covenant for.
    • Hakluyt We have contracted an inviolable amity, peace, and league with the aforesaid queen.
    • Strype Many persons … had contracted marriage within the degrees of consanguinity … prohibited by law.
  5. (intransitive) To make an agreement or contract; to covenant; to agree; to bargain. to contract for carrying the mail
  6. (transitive) To bring on; to incur; to acquire. She contracted the habit of smoking in her teens. to contract a debt
    • Alexander Pope Each from each contract new strength and light.
    • Jonathan Swift Such behaviour we contract by having much conversed with persons of high stature.
  7. (transitive) To gain or acquire (an illness).
    • 1999, Davidson C. Umeh, Protect Your Life: A Health Handbook for Law Enforcement Professionals (page 69) An officer contracted hepatitis B and died after handling the blood-soaked clothing of a homicide victim…
  8. To draw together so as to wrinkle; to knit.
    • Shakespeare Thou didst contract and purse thy brow.
  9. To betroth; to affiance.
    • Shakespeare The truth is, she and I, long since contracted, / Are now so sure, that nothing can dissolve us.
Synonyms: (lessen) abate, decrease, lessen, reduce, (shorten) shorten, shrink, (gain or acquire (an illness)) catch, get
  • (lessen) increase, expand
  • (shorten) grow, lengthen
contrafibularities etymology en + contra- + fibular + -ity From an episode Blackadder (a British television show), in which Dr. Samuel Johnson boasts about his newly completed dictionary containing every word in the English language. Blackadder wishes Dr. Johnson his enthusiastic contrafibularities, upsetting Johnson, who quickly adds the alleged word to his manuscript.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (humorous) False expression of congratulations, sounding congratulatory while actually pulling someone's leg (see Etymology).
    • Rules of the Game , Neil Strauss , 2011 , page 194 , 1921520140 , “My most enthusiastic contrafibularities go to the world-class HarperCollins construction team. ”
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Contragate etymology Contra + gate
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  1. (informal) The Iran–Contra affair.
contraption etymology Possibly a Western US English dialectical word. unknown origin. Perhaps from contrive + trap + -tion. Chambers suggests contrivance + adaptionChambers Dictionary, Edinburgh, 1998, s.v.. Neither Chambers nor Concise Oxford suggests a US origin. cf cantrip (Scots dialect), a wilful piece of trickery. pronunciation
  • (RP) /kənˈtræp.ʃən/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A machine that is complicated and precarious.
  2. (figuratively, derogatory or ironic) Any object.
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Synonyms: (mechanical device) contrivance, device, fandango, gadget, mechanism
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, UK) A person who is the subject of a control order
contumely etymology From Old French contumelie, from Latin contumēlia, perhaps from com- + tumeō. pronunciation
  • /ˈkɒntjuːməli/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Offensive and abusive language or behaviour; scorn, insult.
    • {{RQ:Shakespeare Hamlet}}: For who would beare the Whips and Scornes of time, The Oppressors wrong, the poore mans Contumely [...].
    • 1857, , , Volume the Second, page 19 (ISBN 1857150570) She had been subjected to contumely and cross-questoning and ill-usage through the whole evening.
    • 1914, Grace Livingston Hill, The Best Man: What scorn, what contumely, would be his!
    • 1953, James Strachey, translating Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams, Avon Books, p. 178: If this picture of the two psychical agencies and their relation to the consciousness is accepted, there is a complete analogy in political life to the extraordinary affection which I felt in my dream for my friend R., who was treated with such contumely during the dream's interpretation.
    • 1976, Robert Nye, Falstaff: I could think of no words adequate to the occasion. So I belched. Not out of contumely, you understand. It was a sympathetic belch, a belch of brotherhood.
conundrum etymology A word of unknown origin with several variants, gaining popularity for its burlesque imitation of scholastic Latin, as "hocus-pocus" or "panjandrum". If there is more to its origin than a nonce coinage, Anatoly Liberman suggests the best theory is that connecting it with the , 16C scholastic commentaries on Aristotle by the Jesuits of Coimbra which indulge heavily in arguments relying on multiple significations of words. pronunciation
  • (RP) /kəˈnʌn.dɹəm/
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  1. A difficult question or riddle, especially one using a play on words in the answer.
    • 1816, , , “Why should I understand that, or anything else?” asked the girl. “Don’t bother my head by asking conundrums, I beg of you. Just let me discover myself in my own way.”
  2. A difficult choice or decision that must be made.
    • 2004, , statement read before being sentenced to five months in prison And while I am more concerned about the well-being of others than for myself, more hurt for them and for their losses than for my own, more worried for their futures than for the future of Martha Stewart the person, you are faced with a conundrum, a problem of monumental, to me, proportions.
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Synonyms: (difficult question) brain-teaser, enigma, puzzle, riddle, (difficult choice) dilemma
convict etymology From xno convicter, from Latin convictus, the past participle of convinco pronunciation Verb
  • AHD: kən'vĭkt, /kənˈvɪkt/
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  • (RP) /ˈkɒnvɪkt/
  • (US) AHD: kŏn'vĭkt; /ˈkɑnvɪkt/
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  1. (transitive) To find guilty
    1. as a result of legal proceedings, about of a crime
    2. informally, notably in a moral sense; said about both perpetrator and act.
Synonyms: (legal crime) sentence, (informal) disapprove
related terms:
  • conviction
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  1. (legal) A person convicted of a crime by a judicial body.
  2. A person deport to a penal colony.
  3. A common name for the sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus), owing to its black and stripes.
Synonyms: (person convicted of crime) assigned servant, con, government man, public servant, (person deported to a penal colony) penal colonist
convo etymology From "conv(ersation)" + "-o", diminutive suffix. pronunciation {{rfp}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A conversation.
coo pronunciation
  • /kuː/
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etymology 1 Of onomatopoetic/imitative origin.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The murmuring sound made by a dove or pigeon.
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  1. (transitive or intransitive) To make a soft murmuring sound, as a pigeon.
    • 26 June 2014, A.A Dowd, AV Club Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler spoof rom-com clichés in They Came Together As Norah Jones coos sweet nothings on the soundtrack, the happy couple—played by Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler—canoodle through a Manhattan montage, making pasta for two, swimming through a pile of autumn leaves, and horsing around at a fruit stand.
  2. (intransitive) To speak in an admiring fashion, to be enthusiastic about.
    • 2013, Nicola Cornick, One Night with the Laird (page 206) They were too busy cooing over the baby and his parents were too busy cooing over each other.
related terms:
  • bill and coo
etymology 2 Shortening of cool. Compare foo.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) cool
etymology 3 {{rfe}}
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Expression of fright, surprise, approval, etc.
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    • 1988, Sean Kelly, Professional BMX Simulator (video game review in Your Sinclair, issue 35, November 1988) The last track on each of the three sections is a professional course, where you can customise your bike by changing the tyres and the size of chainwheel. Coo!
    • 1989, Competitions (in Sinclair User, issue 92, November 1989) We want you to come up with a side splitting caption for a picture drawn by the fair hand of those at System 3. If you turn out to be the Funniest "Person", we'll give you a big wopping model of a dinosaur. Coo.
    • 1990, Crash readers' awards ceremony (in Crash, issue 75, April 1990) Mark: 'Coo, I've only had four gallons of extra caffeine coffee today so I'm not my usual talking-to-PR-girlies-for-hours-on-end self. But bear with me a mo while I get myself together (audience waits for an age while he searches through his coat for the golden envelope). Here it is! Coo, and the winner is The New Zealand Story.'
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cooch Alternative forms: cootch pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A Type of belly dance.
  2. (colloquial) Vagina.
related terms:
  • coochie
  • hootchie-cootchie
  • choco
coochie etymology cooch + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) cooch; vagina
coochy Alternative forms: coochie etymology From cooch.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Vagina.
related terms:
  • hootchie-cootchie
cooee Alternative forms: cooey, coo-ee etymology From xdk guuu-wi adopted into English by white settlers in Australia from 1790.[[w:R. M. W. Dixon|R. M. W. Dixon]], Australian Aboriginal Words'', Oxford University Press, 1990, ISBN 0-19-553099-3, page 208. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈkuːiː/ In making the call, the first syllable may be quite elongated; the second is relatively short.
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  1. (Australia, informal, onomatopoeia) A long, loud call used to attract attention when at a distance, mainly done in the Australian bush.
    • 2002, Andrew Parkin, A Thing Apart, page 195, I call out, “Coo-ee” with long Coo and short ee like whip-bird call. Everybody in my mob know my cooee. Any one of my mob hear that, they give me cooee back. I listen. No cooee come back.
    • 2006, Saskia Beudel, Walking: West MacDonnell Ranges 2002, in Drusilla Modjeska, The Best Australian Essays 2006, page 309, Just as I was preparing to write in my exercise book, I heard a cooee. Cooees were not part of the code.
  2. (Australia, informal, with "within", also figuratively) A short distance; hailing distance.
    • 1996, , Parliamentary Debates Australia, Volume 207, page 1469, That is not within cooee of 10 per cent; it is much closer to six per cent.
    • 1999, Tony Shillitoe, Joy Ride, page 136, We were carless, in the dark, and no one to help within cooee.
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  1. (intransitive, Australia, informal) To make such a call.
    • 2001, Robert Holden, Nicholas Holden, Bunyips: Australia's Folklore of Fear, page 65, ‘Look out for snakes,’ said Long Charlie, flourishing his lantern. ‘And don′t all of us be coo-eeing all the time, or when the little chap sings out we shan't be able to hear him.’
    • 2003, Les Hughes, A Young Australian Pioneer: Henry Mundy, page 225, Slipping out of the tail of the dray, I cooeed as loud as I could which was answered.
    • 2006, Saskia Beudel, Walking: West MacDonnell Ranges 2002, in Drusilla Modjeska, The Best Australian Essays 2006, page 310, I cooeed back. Another cooee came in what seemed to be a reply. I cooeed again.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (informal, chiefly, Australia, UK) Used to attract someone's attention. Cooee! I'm over here!
    • 1894, Temple Bar, Volume 183, page 587, Then, raising her hands to her lips she utters a long, loud, piercing " Cooee ! " " Coo — ee ! " comes back over the black waters.
    • 2001, June E. Barker, First Platypus, Gaygar—The Little Mother Duck, in Helen F. McKay (editor), Pauline E. McLeod, Francis Firebrace Jones, June E. Barker, Gadi Mirrabooka: Australian Aboriginal Tales from the Dreaming, page 58, Gaygar could hear her people cooee out to her, "COOEE, GAYGAR! COOEE, GAYGAR!" they would cry.
Synonyms: ahoy! (nautical), hey!, oi! (impolite), yoohoo!
cook pronunciation
  • /kʊk/
  • (UK dialectal) /kuk/
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etymology 1 From Middle English, from Old English cōc, from Proto-Germanic *kukaz, from Latin coquus, from coquō, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *pekʷ-. Cognate with Low German kokk, Dutch kok, German Koch, Danish kok, Norwegian kokk, Swedish kock, Icelandic kokkur, Albanian kuq. The verb is from Middle English coken, from the noun.
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  1. (cooking) A person who prepares food for a living.
  2. (cooking) The head cook of a manor house
  3. (slang) One who manufacture certain illegal drug, especially meth. Police found two meth cooks working in the illicit lab.
    • Mel Bradshaw, Victim Impact By late October, the pressure on the Dark Arrows' ecstasy cook had eased. Other suppliers had moved in with product.
    • 2011, Mackenzie Phillips, High on Arrival Owsley Stanley was a pioneer LSD cook, and the Purple Owsley pill from his now-defunct lab was Dad's prized possession, a rare, potent, druggie collector's item, the alleged inspiration for the Hendrix song “Purple Haze.”
  4. A fish, the European striped wrasse.
Synonyms: (food preparation for a living) chef
  • (food preparation for a living) cordon bleu
coordinate terms: (food preparation for a living)
  • sous-chef
  • line cook
  • prep cook
  • chef
(head cook of a manor house)
  • scullery maid
  • kitchen maid
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To prepare (food) for eating by heating it, often by combining it with other ingredients. I'm cooking bangers and mash.
  2. (intransitive) To prepare (unspecified) food for eating by heating it, often by combining it with other ingredients. He's in the kitchen, cooking.
  3. (intransitive) To be being cooked. The dinner is cooking on the stove.
  4. (intransitive, figuratively) To be uncomfortably hot. Look at that poor dog shut up in that car on a day like today - it must be cooking in there.
  5. (transitive, slang) To hold onto (a grenade) briefly after igniting the fuse, so that it explodes almost immediately after being thrown. I always cook my frag, in case they try to grab one and throw it back.
  6. To concoct or prepare.
    • 2006, Frank Spalding, Methamphetamine: The Dangers of Crystal Meth (page 47) The process of cooking meth can leave residue on surfaces all over the home, exposing all of its occupants to the drug.
  7. To tamper with or alter; to cook up.
    • Addison They all of them receive the same advices from abroad, and very often in the same words; but their way of cooking it is so different.
Synonyms: (to be uncomfortably hot) bake, stew, (hold on to a grenade) cook off
  • (to prepare or plan something) concoct, contrive, devise, make up, plan, prepare
  • Troponyms: bake, barbecue, boil, braise, fry, grill, microwave, poach, roast, scramble, steam, stew
  • See also
etymology 2 Imitative.
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  1. (obsolete, rare) To make the noise of the cuckoo.
    • 1599, The Silkworms Constant cuckoos cook on every side.
etymology 3 Unknown.
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  1. (UK, dialect, obsolete) To throw.
    • Grose Cook me that ball.
Cook's tour etymology
  • From , considered to be the world's first travel agent, running guided tours of Europe and the Middle East in the mid-1800s.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A long or complicated journey, an indirect route. The detour meant that we had to go on a twenty-mile Cook's tour to get home.
cookbookery etymology cookbook + ery
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) The application of (especially mathematical) technique learned by rote, without proper understanding or consideration.
    • 1964, Caribbean quarterly: Volumes 10-11 In this degenerate laboratory work, in this cookbookery of a ritual of recipes, the aim is not to do an honest experiment but to get the "right" answer.
    • 1968, Anglo American Corporation of South Africa, Optima: Volume 18 Most of the New Math is just what the Old Math was — cookbookery. The difference is that the cookbooks are newer, more up to date — which may be a good thing, if cookbookery is what you want.
    • 1992, Samuel Kotz, Norman Lloyd Johnson, Breakthroughs in Statistics: Methodology and distribution The problem of cookbookery is not peculiar to data analysis. But the solution of concentrating upon mathematics and proof is.
cooked pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of food, that has been prepared by cooking.
  2. (computing, slang, of an MP3 audio file) Corrupted by conversion through a text format, requiring uncook to be properly listenable.
  3. (idiomatic) (of accounting records, intelligence) partially or wholly fabricate, falsified
  • raw
  • uncooked
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  1. en-past of cook
cookie {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: cookey, cooky (uncommon) etymology Borrowing from Dutch koekje (possibly through dialectal variation koekie), diminutive of koek, from Proto-Germanic *kōkô (compare Low German Kook, German Kuchen). More at cake. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈkʊki/
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  1. (North America) A small, flat, baked good which is either crisp or soft but firm.
  2. (UK) A sweet baked good (as in the previous sense) which has chocolate chips, fruit, nuts{{,}} etc. baked into it.
  3. (Scotland) A bun.
  4. (computing, browsers) An HTTP cookie, web cookie.
  5. (computing) A magic cookie.
  6. (dated, possibly offensive) A young, attractive woman.
  7. (slang, vulgar) The female genitalia.
    • 2009, T. R. Oulds, Story of Many Secret Night, (2010), ISBN 9781409285816, unnumbered page: Her legs hung over the edge and the large towel covered just enough of her lap to hide her 'cookie'.
    • 2010, Lennie Ross, Blow me, (2010), ISBN 9781257133819, page 47: If she wanted to compete in this dog-eat-pussy world, she had to keep up her personal grooming, even if it meant spreading her legs and letting some Vietnamese woman rip the hair off her cookie every other week.
    • 2014, Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda (Nicki Minaj song)" (Clean Version), The Pinkprint: Cookie put his butt to sleep, now he callin' me Nyquil.
{{U:en:biscuits and cookies}} Synonyms: (baked good) biscuit, bickie (UK)
cooking etymology From cook + ing. The noun and adjective follow from the verb. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈkʊ.kɪŋ/
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  1. (informal) In progress, happening. The project took a few days to gain momentum, but by the end of the week, things were really cooking.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The process of preparing food by using heat.
  2. (by extension) The process of preparing food.
  3. (by extension) The result of that process, a meal.
    • I missed my mum's cooking while I was at university.
  4. The style or genre of food preparation; cookery.
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of cook
cook up
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, figuratively) To manufacture; to fabricate; to falsify; to devise an elaborate lie. He really cooked up a good one this time, something about an airline disaster.
  2. (slang) To prepare a heroin dose by heating.
  3. (slang) To prepare a meal. Lemme cook up some eggs and bacon before you go.
  4. (slang) To manufacture a significant amount of illegal drugs (LSD, meth, etc.)
cool {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: (slang) coo, kewl, kool, qewl, qool pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English, from Old English cōl, from Proto-Germanic *kōlaz, *kōlijaz, from Proto-Indo-European *gelə-. Cognate with Dutch koel, German kühl. Related to cold.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having a slightly low temperature; mildly or pleasantly cold.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 8 , “The day was cool and snappy for August, and the Rise all green with a lavish nature. Now we plunged into a deep shade with the boughs lacing each other overhead, and crossed dainty, rustic bridges over the cold trout-streams, the boards giving back the clatter of our horses' feet:….”
  2. Allowing or suggesting heat relief. examplea cool grey colour
  3. Of a person, not showing emotion, calm and in self-control.
  4. Unenthusiastic, lukewarm, skeptical. exampleHis proposals had a cool reception.
  5. Calmly audacious. exampleIn control as always, he came up with a cool plan.
    • Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) Its cool stare of familiarity was intolerable.
    • 1944 November 28, Irving Brecher and Fred F. Finklehoffe, Meet Me in St. Louis, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer: My father was talking to the World's Fair Commission yesterday, and they estimate it's going to cost a cool fifty million.
  6. (informal) Of a person, knowing what to do and how to behave; considered popular by others.
  7. (informal) In fashion, part of or fitting the in crowd; originally hipster slang.
    • 2008, Lou Schuler, "Foreward", in Nate Green, Built for Show, page xii The fact that I was middle-aged, bald, married, and raising girls instead of chasing them didn't really bother me. Muscles are cool at any age.
  8. (informal) Of an action, all right; acceptable; that does not present a problem. exampleIs it cool if I sleep here tonight?
  9. (informal) A dismissal of a comment perceived as boring or pointless. exampleOk, that's cool man, but I don't care. example[[cool story bro|Cool story bro]].
  10. (informal) Of a person, not upset by circumstances that might ordinarily be upsetting. exampleI'm completely cool about my girlfriend leaving me.
  11. Applied facetiously to a sum of money, commonly as if to give emphasis to the largeness of the amount.
    • Henry Fielding (1707-1754) He had lost a cool hundred.
    • Charles Dickens (1812-1870) leaving a cool four thousand to Mr. Matthew Pocket
Synonyms: (having a slightly low temperature) chilly, (not showing emotion) distant, phlegmatic, standoffish, unemotional, (in fashion)
  • (standard) à la mode, fashionable, in fashion, modish, stylish
  • (colloquial or slang) happening, hip, in, trendy
, (standard) à la mode, fashionable, in fashion, modish, stylish, (colloquial or slang) happening, hip, in, trendy, (acceptable) acceptable, all right, OK, (not upset) easy, fine, not bothered, not fussed
  • (having a slightly low temperature) lukewarm, tepid, warm
  • (not showing emotion) passionate
  • (knowing what to do and how to behave) awkward, uncool
  • (in fashion) démodé, old hat, out, out of fashion
  • (acceptable) not cricket (UK), not on, unacceptable
  • (not upset) bothered, upset
  • (unenthusiastic) warm
  • {{note}} The earliest use of the word in this way seems to be in ' "The Moonstone" 1868: "She has been a guest of yours at this house," I answered. "May I venture to suggest — if nothing was said about me beforehand — that I might see her here?" "Cool!" said Mr. Bruff. With that one word of comment on the reply that I had made to him, he took another turn up and down the room. "In plain English," he said, "my house is to be turned into a trap to catch Rachel ...
  • In 1602, Shakespeare wrote that Queen Gertrude told Hamlet: "O gentle son, Upon the heat and flame of thy distemper, Sprinkle cool patience."
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A moderate or refreshing state of cold; moderate temperature of the air between hot and cold; coolness. in the cool of the morning
  2. A calm temperament.
Synonyms: (calm temperament) calmness, composure
etymology 2 From Middle English colen, from Old English cōlian, from Proto-Germanic *kōlēną, from Proto-Indo-European *gel-. Cognate with Dutch koelen, German kühlen, Swedish, häftigkyla. Also partially from Middle English kelen, from Old English cēlan, from Proto-Germanic *kōlijaną, altered to resemble the adjective cool. See keel.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (literally, intransitive) To lose heat, to get colder. I like to let my tea cool before drinking it so I don't burn my tongue.
  2. (transitive) To make cooler, less warm.
    • Bible, Luke xvi. 24: Send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue.
  3. (figuratively, intransitive) To become less intense, e.g. less amicable or passionate. Relations cooled between the USA and the USSR after 1980.
  4. (transitive) To make less intense, e.g. less amicable or passionate.
    • Shakespeare: We have reason to cool our raging motions, our carnal stings, our unbitted lusts.
  • colo, Colo.
  • loco
coolamundo etymology cool + amundo as an intensifier. Popularized by the character Fonzie on the sitcom Happy Days.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) cool
    • {{quote-book }}
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cooler pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkuːl.ə(ɹ)/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) anything which cools If acid things were used only as coolers, they would not be so proper in this case. — Arbuthnot.
  2. (countable) an insulated bin or box used with ice or freezer packs to keep food or beverage cold while picnic or camp
  3. (US, countable or uncountable) a mixed drink, especially one served chill They served wine coolers in the afternoon.
  4. (US, slang) a prison "About a year or so back we had him in the cooler on a Mann Act rap." - "The Big Sleep", by Raymond Chandler
  5. (poker, colloquial) A cold deck.
  6. (countable) a bouncer or door man
Synonyms: car fridge, cool bag, cool box (UK), chilly bin (New Zealand), esky (Australia), ice chest, bouncer
adjective: {{head}}
  1. en-comparative of cool He looks cooler when he's dressed in shorts.
  • recool
coolie {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: cooly, kuli, quli, koelie, etc. etymology From Hindustani क़ुली 〈qulī〉 / قلی 〈qly̰〉, from Turkish köle. Other forms occur in Bengali kuli and Tamil kuli, "daily hire." The cmn word 苦力 〈kǔ lì〉, meaning "to exert one's abilities; heavy labour work" in Classical Chinese, may have been influenced by cognates of the above Hindi word in other languages and may have further influenced English. pronunciation
  • /ˈkuːli/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (offensive, slang) An unskilled Asian worker, usually of Chinese or Indian descent; a labourer; a porter. Coolies were frequently transported to other countries in the 19th and early 20th centuries as indenture labourers.
  2. (offensive, slang, Trinidad, West Indies, Guyana and parts of Africa) A person of Indian descent.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) cool; awesome; alright.
    • 2003 -- Robert Franek, Princeton Review (Firm), Princeton Review Publishing Staff: The Best Western Colleges: 121 Great Schools to Consider But maybe it's the just the sunny weather that puts everyone in such a good mood: "We're all just coolio at U of A!" boasts one enthusiast.
coolish etymology cool + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Quite cool
coolness etymology From Middle English colnes, colnesse, from Old English cōlnes, equivalent to cool + ness.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) The state of being cool, as in chilly.
  2. (countable) The result or product of being cool, as in chilly.
  3. (slang, uncountable) The state of being cool, as in good or pleasing.
  4. (slang, countable) The result or product of being cool, as in good or pleasing.
  • consoles
cool story bro
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (colloquial) Used to dismiss a comment perceived as boring or pointless, or an anecdote etc. that is not true.
coon pronunciation
  • (US) /kun/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology Shortening of raccoon, itself a shortening of arocoun, from pim.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, chiefly, Southern US) A raccoon.
    • 1963 Sterling North, Rascal, Avon Books (softcover), p 100: How about a glen bong for you and your 'coon?
  2. (racial slur) A black person.
    • 1979, André Brink, A Dry White Season, Vintage 1998, page 149: ‘Listen, Mr Du Toit,’ he said at last, in an obvious effort to sound light-hearted. ‘Why go to all this trouble for the sake of a bloody coon?’
  3. (informal, South Africa) A person who is a member of a colourfully dressed dancing troupe in Cape Town during New Year celebrations.
  4. (Southern US, ethnic slur) A coonass; a white Acadian French person who lives in the swamps.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Southern US, colloquial) To hunt racoon.
  2. (climbing) To traverse by crawling, as a ledge.
  3. (Southern US, colloquial) To crawl while straddling, especially in cross a creek.
    • {{ante}} Roger Martin, “The Parson Goes A-Fishing”, Outing, W. B. Holland, volume LXIX, page 216: There is a little ledge low on the face of the cliff, and by this with careful “cooning” one may reach a recession in the rock which makes a lovely arm chair.
    • 1957, The Arkansas Historical Quarterly, volume XVI, Arkansas Historical Association: 2 o'clock we float up to Duvall's landing—high bluff, store house, and a few dwelling houses. Here the fleet stops. Now for a canter through the woods, cooning logs, and waiding sloughs. Slosh across a small prairie.
    • 1982, Edwin Van Syckle, The River Pioneers, Early Days on Grays Harbor, Pacific Search Press, page 186: “Advertising” was one problem for frontier women. Another was having to “coon” across a fallen tree that had been felled and limbed to bridge a canyon or gully.
  4. (Georgia, colloquial) To fish by noodling, by feeling for large fish in underwater holes.
  5. (African American Vernacular English, of an, African American) To play the dated stereotype of a black fool for an audience, particularly including Caucasian.
    • 1994, Donald Bogle, Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies and Bucks, An Interpretive History of Blacks in American Films, page 234: Rather than cooning or tomming it up to please whites...the black comic characters joked or laughed or acted the fool with one another. Or sometimes they used humor combatively to outwit the white characters.
    • 1999, Nelson George, Elevating the Game, Black Men and Basketball, U of Nebraska Press, ISBN 0803270852, page 52: If any other forties figure paralleled this humorous, graceful man in appeal it was the dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, who, like the Trotter, funneled his extraordinary physical gifts into mass entertainment for whites yet remarkably, considering the time, avoided cooning.
    • 2005, Kermit Ernest Campbell, “gettin’ our groove on”, rhetoric, language, and literacy for the hip hop generation, Wayne State University Press, ISBN 081432925X, page 80: From the classic toasts to the dirty dozens to the early blues50 and now to gangsta rap lyrics—why not consider it all just a bunch of niggers cooning for the white man’s delight and dollars?
    • 2006, A. Khaulid, The Great Book of Fire, Damon Hunter, ISBN 1427602417, page 142: Then the warrior appeared, in a manner that was dead serious as a heart attack wearing a baseball cap. Then came the sidekick, a jet black madman dancing, and almost cooning out of the shadows that cancelled him.
  6. (Southern US, colloquial, dated) To steal.
    • 1940, John W. “Jack” Ganzhorn, I’ve Killed Men, Robert Hale Limited, page 58: Cooning water-melons [sic.] was a common custom, and young people would go out at night on such parties. To prevent any raids on our melon patch Grandfather set a trap alarm—which brought disaster.
    • 1948, John Donald Kingsley, The Antioch Review, volume VIII: He kept on buying and selling horses, he said, sometimes paying for them in bogus, and sometimes cooning them. It was true he helped Malcolm Burnham break into Fred Able’s store
    • 1968, Bill Adler (compiler), Jay David (editor), Growing Up Black, Morrow, page 200: In the summertime, at night, in addition to all the other things we did, some of us boys would slip out down the road, or across the pastures and go “cooning” watermelons.
    • 2006, Timothy M. Gay, Tris Speaker, The Rough-and-Tumble Life of a Baseball Legend, U of Nebraska Press, ISBN 0803222068, page 37: Tris and his gang loved to prowl around at night, “cooning melons,” as Speaker put it in a 1920 interview. By all accounts, young Master Speaker was a handful.
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coon's age etymology An Americanism recorded in 1843 and probably related to the old English expression in a crow's age meaning the same.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, US, colloquial) A very long time. Jarn hasn't seen Schnie in a coon's age. We've been waiting a coon's age for our damn food.
  • The word coon may be considered racially pejorative in some communities, including that of African-Americans in the United States.
Synonyms: (colloquial: a long time) dog's age
coonass {{wikipedia}} etymology See article at Wikipedia for some conjectural etymologies; influenced by coon + ass
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, dialectal, Louisiana, southeast Texas) A White Acadian French person who lives in the swamps.
coon eyes {{rfi}} etymology raccoon + eyes, by analogy to the appearance of the eyes of raccoon that have a similar albeit black coloration surrounding their ocular area. Alternative forms: raccoon eyes
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) The state of the orbits of the eyes (especially the undereyes) having a blueish-purplish coloration
Synonyms: eyecup, shiner
related terms:
  • black eye
coop {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From Middle English cupe, from Old English cȳpe pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /kuːp/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A pen or enclosure for bird.
  2. (slang) jail
  3. A barrel or cask for liquor. {{rfquotek}}
  4. (Scotland) A cart from board; a tumbrel.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To keep in a coop.
  2. (transitive) To shut up or confine in a narrow space; to cramp.
    • Dryden The Trojans cooped within their walls so long.
    • John Locke The contempt of all other knowledge … coops the understanding up within narrow bounds.
  3. (obsolete, transitive) To work upon in the manner of a cooper.
    • Holland Shaken tubs … be new cooped.
etymology 2 From cooperative, by shortening. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkəʊ.ɒp/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈkoʊ.ɑp/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative spelling of co-op
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, informal) Any of very many shop belonging to the and its predecessors
Cooperstown {{wikipedia}} etymology After William Cooper, American judge.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A city in New York
  2. (slang) The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located in the New York town.
coordinates Alternative forms: co-ordinates, coördinates
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of coordinate
  2. (plurale tantum, humorous) Coordinated clothes.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of coordinate
  • carotenoids
  • decorations
coot {{rfi}} {{wikipedia}} {{wikispecies}} etymology {{rfe}} pronunciation
  • /kuːt/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of various aquatic bird of the genus Fulica that are mainly black with a prominent frontal shield on the forehead.
  2. (colloquial) A stupid fellow; a simpleton A silly coot.
    • An old coot
    • A rich coot
    • {{quote-book }}
  3. (slang, with the) A success; something excellent.
    • Man that song's the coot.
    • Would be the coot if we could go this weekend!
  4. (slang) Body louse.
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • fulicine
cooter pronunciation
  • /ˈkutɚ/
etymology 1 From gul cootuh, from an African language, e.g. Bambara kuta.
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. A freshwater tortoise of the eastern United States of the genus {{taxlink}}.
  2. The box turtle.
  3. (slang) A redneck.
etymology 2 Compare cooch.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Vagina or vulva.
    • 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.
cootie {{wikipedia}} etymology Probably from Malay kutu (and/or Tagalog/Maori). First attested in English in 1917 as British army slang during World War I. pronunciation /ˈkuːti/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, British Army military slang) A louse.
  2. (North America, colloquial) A louse.
    • 1921, L. M. Montgomery, Rilla of Ingleside "Tell Rilla I'm glad her war-baby is turning out so well, and tell Susan that I'm fighting a good fight against both Huns and cooties." "Mrs. Dr. dear," whispered Susan solemnly, "what are cooties?" Mrs. Blythe whispered back and then said in reply to Susan's horrified ejaculations, "It's always like that in the trenches, Susan." Susan shook her head and went away in grim silence to re-open a parcel she had sewed up for Jem and slip in a fine tooth comb.
  3. (North America, colloquial, childish, usually plural) Any germ or contaminant, real or imagine, especially from the opposite gender (for pre-pubescent children). I’m not drinking from his glass until I wash the cooties off it.
  4. (rare) A nest-building female American Coot (counterpart to cooter).
  5. (rare) A slang term for a sideswiper, a type of telegraph key.
  • (germ or contaminant) boy germ, girl germ
cootie catcher {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A form of origami with fortune written on the fold, used in children's fortune-telling game.
cooty etymology coot + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Afflicted with body lice or coot.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative spelling of cootie
cooze etymology Uncertain, but compare Danish "kusse" (vagina), vernacular Arabic kus and Kurdish qûz (“vagina”). The term is not documented in the United States before the Second World War and may have been brought back to the US by servicemen who fought in north Africa.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) A vagina.
  2. (slang, derogatory) A woman (viewed as an object of sexual desire).
cop pronunciation
  • (RP) /kɒp/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • (GenAm) /kɑp/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English coppe, from Old English *coppe, as in ātorcoppe, from Old English copp, from Proto-Germanic *kuppaz, from Proto-Indo-European *gū-. Cognate with Middle Dutch koppe, kobbe. More at cobweb.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A spider.
etymology 2 Possibly from Middle French caper, from Latin capio; or possibly from Dutch kapen, from Western Frisian kapia, from ofs kapia, to buy.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, formerly dialect, now informal) to obtain, to purchase (as in drugs), to get hold of, to take
    • 2005, Martin Torgoff, Can't Find My Way Home, Simon & Schuster, page 10: Heroin appeared on the streets of our town for the first time, and Innie watched helplessly as his sixteen-year-old brother began taking the train to Harlem to cop smack.
  2. (transitive) to (be forced to) take; to receive; to shoulder; to bear, especially blame or punishment for a particular instance of wrongdoing. When caught, he would often cop a vicious blow from his father
  3. (transitive) to steal
  4. (transitive) to adopt No need to cop an attitude with me, junior.
  5. (intransitive, usually with "to", slang) to admit, especially to a crime. I already copped to the murder. What else do you want from me? Harold copped to being known as "Dirty Harry".
    • Mr. Paradise, page 295, Elmore Leonard, 2005, “He shot a guy in a bar on Martin Luther King Day and copped to first-degree manslaughter”
etymology 3 Short for copper, itself from cop above, i.e. a criminal.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, law enforcement) A police officer or prison guard.
Synonyms: See also
etymology 4 Old English cop, copp, from Proto-Germanic *kuppaz, from Proto-Indo-European *gu-. Cognate with Dutch kop, German Kopf.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (crafts) The ball of thread wound on to the spindle in a spinning machine.
  2. (obsolete) The top, summit, especially of a hill.
    • Drayton Cop they used to call / The tops of many hills.
  3. (obsolete) The head.
  4. A tube or quill upon which silk is wound.
  5. (architecture, military) A merlon.
cop a plea Alternative forms: cop to a plea
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang, legal) To plead guilty to a lesser criminal charge than one had been charged with.
    • A Walk on the Wild Side‎, page 312, Nelson Algren, 1958, “But blow wise to this, buddy, blow wise to this: Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom's. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own. Never let nobody talk you into shaking another man's jolt. And never you cop another man's plea. I've tried 'em all and I know. They don't work.”, #*:
Synonyms: plea-bargain
related terms:
  • cop out
  • plea bargain
  • plea bargaining
copicide etymology cop + cide
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A method of suicide in which a person deliberately behaves in a threatening manner to provoke a police officer into shooting them.
    • 1999, E. J. Montini, "Prosecuting Mentally Ill Is Insane", The Arizona Republic, 20 June 1999 (reprinted in the Observer-Reporter, 4 July 1999): Carrie told a police negotiator she didn't have the nerve to shoot herself. Later, she'd tell psychiatrist Gwen Levitt she was hoping to commit what the police call "copicide," in which a suicidal person gets the police to shoot him or her.
  2. (informal) The act of killing a police officer.
    • 1992, "It's getting late", Spy, October 1992: More weird media excretion: Time Warner homey Ice-T can't say enough nice things about the Man, his employer. Time Warner executives were so supportive during his recent difficulties, he says. They were exceptionally supportive of his totally private and personal decision to recall his ode to copicide from record stores.
Synonyms: (suicide by provoking a police officer to shoot) death by cop, suicide by cop
cop it
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (British, slang) To get into trouble; to be punish.
    • 1915, Lyman Abbott, Ernest Hamlin Abbott, Hamilton Wright Mabie, Francis Rufus Bellamy, The Outlook "Oh, you'll cop it," said the recruit. "The sergeant has been here twice looking for you."
    • 1966, Maxim Gorky, Ronald Wilks, My Childhood He shook his black, dishevelled hair ominously and said: "You'll cop it for this!"
    • 1970, Alfred Edgar Coppard, Ninepenny Flute I suppose he must have been all right, because you don't half cop it for killing a soldier.
Synonyms: catch it, catch hell, get it
  • optic
  • picot
  • topic
cop-killer {{wikipedia}} etymology
  • From the bullets' supposed ability to penetrate body armor, thus endangering police officers.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) a Teflon coated bullet
  • First used by gun control advocates in the early 1980s following an NBC show on the subject.
cop off
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) to leave school early
  2. (transitive, British, slang) (followed by with) To successfully engage the company of someone for a period of time.
    • Who was that bird you copped off with at the pub last night?
cop on {{was wotd}} {{was wotd}} Alternative forms: cop-on (noun only) pronunciation
  • (RP) /kɒp ɒn/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland, informal, idiomatic) Common sense. That idiot has no cop on.
    • 2008, Joseph Dolan, "Hazards caused by pedestrians" (letter to the editor), Irish Independent, 22 November 2008: While she is right that some cyclists do cycle in a dangerous manner, pedestrians need to have some "cop on" as well.
    • 2011, "Broadside at Croke Park", The Meath Chronicle, 11 May 2011: Fixtures' secretary Jimmy Henry refuted the comments. "I wouldn't have got this job if I hadn't some cop on," he said.
    • 2012, Martina Nee, "Student with no ‘cop on’ fined for using his scientific brilliance for cannabis growing", Galway Advertiser, 29 March 2012: Molloy’s solicitor said that there was a{{SIC}} element of naivety here in that his client, who is “quite brilliant” in his studies in physics, has “no cop on” and took a “scientist’s approach” to growing cannabis.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Ireland, informal, idiomatic) To behave, to grow up. You'll get in trouble with the boss if you don't cop on.
    • 2006, Johnny Fallon, Party Time: Growing Up in Politics, Mercier Press (2006), ISBN 9781856355209, page 110: Drink, drink and more drink. Ulster Bank, College Green, was filled with sore heads for the entire month of the world cup. I knew it was time to start copping on when my housemate, O'Dea, who was a much harder drinker than I ever was, said to me, 'Jaysus, I was fierce worried about you during the World Cup, you were on the lash every fuckin' night, fallin' home in some state.'
    • 2011, Donnacha O'Callaghan, Joking Apart: My Autobiography, Transworld Ireland (2011), ISBN 9781848270961, page 124: After a while, though, we matured and copped on.
    • 2011, Daniel McConnell, "Tough rehab, yes -- but mind you don't end up killing the patient", Irish Independent, 23 October 2011: The inference was clear. You Irish were all very naughty and it's time you copped on and grew up.
  2. (UK, dialect) To understand.
  • OpCon, OPCON
copper {{wikipedia}} {{elements}} pronunciation
  • (AusE) {{enPR}}, /ˈkɔp.ə/
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈkɒp.ə/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈkɑ.pɚ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English coper, from Old English coper, copor, from ll cuprum, contraction of Latin aes Cyprium, from Ancient Greek Κύπρος 〈Kýpros〉. Cognate with Dutch koper, German Kupfer, Icelandic kopar.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) a reddish-brown, malleable, ductile metal element with high electrical and thermal conductivity, symbol Cu, and atomic number 29.
  2. (countable) Something made of copper.
  3. The reddish-brown colour/color of copper. {{color panel}}
  4. (countable) A copper coin.
    • Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) My friends filled my pockets with coppers.
    • {{RQ:Mrxl SqrsDghtr}} "I don't want to spoil any comparison you are going to make," said Jim, "but I was at Winchester and New College." ¶ "That will do," said Mackenzie. "I was dragged up at the workhouse school till I was twelve. Then I ran away and sold papers in the streets, and anything else that I could pick up a few coppers by—except steal.{{nb...}}."
  5. (UK, archaic) A large pot, often used for heating water or washing clothes over a fire. In Australasia at least, it could also be a fixed installation made of copper, with a fire underneath and its own chimney. Generally made redundant by the advent of the washing machine. exampleMum would heat the water in a copper in the kitchen and transfer it to the tin bath. exampleI explain that socks can’t be boiled up in the copper with the sheets and towels or they shrink. 〈I explain that socks can’t be boiled up in the copper with the sheets and towels or they shrink.〉
    • 1797, Dyeing, article in Colin Macfarquhar, George Gleig (editors), Encyclopædia Britannica: or, A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature, Volume 6, Part 1 [http//|the+copper%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=KqIwT_qFGqHUmAW63fDaBQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22water%20in%20a|the%20copper%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false p.207]: When the water in the copper boils, the arsenic and tartar, well pounded, is put into it, and kept boiling till the liquor is reduced to about half.
Synonyms: (colour) chestnut, russet
related terms: {{rel-top4}}
  • copperas
  • cupr-, cupro-
  • cuprane
  • cuprate
  • cuprea bark
  • cupreous
  • cupric
  • cupriferous
  • cuprite
  • cuproid
  • cuproso-
  • cuprous
  • YBCO
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Made of copper.
  2. Having the reddish-brown colour/color of copper.
    • Coleridge All in a hot and copper sky, The bloody Sun, at noon, Right up above the mast did stand, No bigger than the Moon.
Synonyms: (made of copper), (having the colour/color of copper): coppery
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To sheathe or coat with copper.
etymology 2 From cop + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, law enforcement) A police officer.
Synonyms: (policeman) police officer, constable, cop, see also
related terms:
  • cop
copper chopper
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A police helicopter.
Copperhead etymology After the dangerous copperhead snake, to which propagandists of the Republican Party compared Democratic Party interested in appeasement.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, obsolete, slang) A northerner who sympathized with the South or wanted to end hostilities during the American Civil War.
  2. (US, obsolete, pejorative) Any member of the Democratic party. {{defdate}}
copperhead {{rfi}} {{wikipedia}} {{wikispecies}} etymology copper + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of various types of snake having a copper-colored head.
    1. {{taxlink}}, a venomous pit viper species found in parts of North America.
    2. {{taxlink}}, or {{vern}}, a genus of venomous elapid found in southern Australia and Tasmania.
    3. {{taxlink}}, the {{vern}}, a non-venomous species found in southern Asia.
    4. {{taxlink}}, the {{vern}}, a venomous pit viper species found in Southeast Asia
  2. (pejorative) Someone with ginger hair.
copro etymology Shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) coprocessor
cops pronunciation
  • /kɒps/ (UK)
  • {{homophones}}
etymology 1
noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang) plural of cop; Police officers.
    • 1986, Liam Sternberg (performed by The Bangles), Walk Like an Egyptian All the cops in the donut shops say, "Way-oh-way-oh-way-ooo-aaa-ooo"
  2. (slang, with the) The police, considered as a group entity.
    • 1906, , "Maybe he'll git the cops after you, Jack." "I'll watch out fer dat, Nick, an' you must watch out too," answered Jack Sagger.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of cop
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, dialect) The connect crook of a harrow.
    • 1807, The complete farmer: or, a general dictionary of husbandry It is almost needless to say, that the true point of draught should be exactly in the centre notch of the cops
  • COSP, PCOS, PCSO, scop
cop shop etymology From cop + shop.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, NZ, slang) A police station. — title of an Australian television series, 1977-1984
    • 2005, Steve Brewer, Boost, [http//|%22cop+shops%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=NrwvT5atO66ZiAflmO3hDg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22cop%20shop%22|%22cop%20shops%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 42], Billy Suggs spotted Sam standing outside the cop shop when he still was two blocks away.
    • 2007, Rachel Bramble, Stephanie Clover, [http//|%22cop+shops%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=NrwvT5atO66ZiAflmO3hDg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22cop%20shop%22|%22cop%20shops%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 47], “Could you go up the cop shop and bring Paul home again” said Heather.
    • 2011, Robert Watkins, A Face in the Crowd, [http//|%22cop+shops%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=FsYvT4azF8uXiAfAy6HwDg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22cop%20shop%22|%22cop%20shops%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 40], He then drove up to the township and dragged me inside the cop shop.
copter etymology Clipping of helicopter. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkɒptə/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈkɑptɚ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A helicopter.
    • 2005, (the film), Shellie shouts something I can't quite make out over the racket of a passing police copter.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal, transitive) To helicopter: to transport by helicopter.
  2. (informal, intransitive) To helicopter: to travel by helicopter.
copycat Alternative forms: copy cat, copy-cat etymology From copy + cat. It has been in use since at least 1896, in 's The Country of the Pointed Firs.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) One who imitate others' work without adding ingenuity.
  2. A criminal who imitates the crime of another. a copycat strangler
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Imitative; unoriginal.
    • {{quote-journal}}
    • 1997, Daniel Miller, Capitalism: an ethnographic approach, “As one executive put it: Now in the beverage market we are to a great extent very copycat.”
    • 2009, Alan Cole, Fathering your father: the Zen of fabrication in Tang Buddhism, “It was that very copycat kind of "grandfather stealing" that makes Jinjue's text look like the son of Du Fei's Record, even as it works to push Du Fei's "father-text" out of the way.”
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To act as a copycat; to copy in a shameless or derivative way
    • {{quote-news}}
copy-paste Alternative forms: copy/paste, copypaste
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing) The action of duplicating an object by copying it and later pasting somewhere else.
    • 2007, Katrien Herbert, Erik Duval, "Evaluating the ALOCOM Approach for Scalable Content Repurposing", Creating New Learning Experiences on a Global Scale (), Springer (ISBN 9783540751946), page 364 Paragraphs, images or diagrams are frequently assembled manually by copy-paste actions.
    • 2009, Stephen Woessner, The Small Business Owner's Handbook to Search Engine Optimization: Increase Your Google Rankings, Double Your Site Traffic... in Just 15-Steps - Guaranteed, Atlantic Publishing Company (ISBN 9781601384430), page 114 Optimizing your META Keywords field is remarkably easy, especially if you have just optimized your page titles. All you need to do is a simple copy-paste.
    • 2010, Martin Fowler, Domain-Specific Languages, Pearson Education (ISBN 9780131392809) It also has disadvantages; for one thing, the lack of focus on program structure leads to lots of copy-paste programming and poorly structured programs. Language workbenches support developing new kinds of programming platforms like this.
  2. (chiefly, computing, informal) Material incorporate into another work with minimal or no change.
    • 2013, Ronald A Brand, D Wes Rist, The Export of Legal Education, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. (ISBN 9781409496779), page 101 The interesting fact, however, is that the Regulation takes as a model, or better to say it is mostly a copy-paste of the text, of the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods rather than being adjusted to the needs of Kosovo.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (computing) To copy an object and later paste it somewhere else.
    • 2004, Corinne Hervo, Straight to the Point: Flash 5, Firewall Media (ISBN 9788170084631) It can be useful to copy-paste frames to transfer a sequence from the main timeline to the timeline of a clip symbol.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, computing) Having copy protection that is broken or inoperable
cordon etymology From Middle French cordon. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic) A ribbon normally worn diagonal across the chest as a decoration or insignia of rank etc.
  2. A line of people or thing placed around an area to enclose or protect it.
  3. (cricket) The arc of fielder on the off side, behind the batsman - the slips and gully.
  4. (botany) A wood plant, such as a fruit tree, prune and train to grow as a single stem on a support.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (with "off") To form a cordon around an area in order to prevent movement in or out.
  • condor
cords pronunciation
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  • {{homophones}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 cord + s
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of cord
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of cord
etymology 2 Shortening of corduroys
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (informal) Corduroys.
  • scrod
cork {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From Middle English cork, from Middle Dutch curc or gml korck or Early Modern German Kork, 1) from Spanish corcho (also corcha or corche), (via mxi) from Latin cortex, or 2) from (Old) Spanish alcorque, from Andalusian Arabic القورق 〈ạlqwrq〉, from Latin quercus or Latin cortex or from Aramaic
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  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) The bark of the cork oak, which is very light and porous and used for making bottle stoppers, flotation devices, and insulation material.
    • Fate's a fiddler, page 108, Edwin George Pinkham, 1908, “I confess my confidence was shaken by these actions, though I knew well enough that his leg was no more cork than my own”
  2. A bottle stopper made from this or any other material. Snobs feel it's hard to call it wine with a straight face when the cork is made of plastic.
  3. An angling float, also traditionally made of oak cork.
  4. The cork oak, Quercus suber.
  5. (botany) The tissue that grows from the cork cambium.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To seal or stop up, especially with a cork stopper.
    • 2014, Paul Salopek, Blessed. Cursed. Claimed., National Geographic (December 2014) Arms draped on shoulders, kick-stepping in circles, they swing bottles of wine. Purpled thumbs cork the bottles. The wine leaps and jumps behind green glass.
  2. (transitive) To blacken (as) with a burnt cork
  3. To leave the cork in a bottle after attempting to uncork it.
  4. To fill with cork, as the center of a baseball bat. He corked his bat, which was discovered when it broke, causing a controversy.
  5. (transitive, Australia) To injure through a blow; to induce a haematoma. The vicious tackle corked his leg.
    • 2006, Joseph N. Santamaria, The Education of Dr Joe, [http//|corked|corking%22+leg+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=U9wwT4K7GdCPiAeWybWXBQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22corks|corked|corking%22%20leg%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 60], Injuries, which seemed to be of an inconsequential nature, were often sustained, such as a sprained ankle, a dislocated phalanx, a twisted foot, a corked leg and so on.
    • 2007, Shaun A. Saunders, Navigating in the New World, [http//|corked|corking%22+leg+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=7t4wT9C-COuZiAe11OD4BA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22corks|corked|corking%22%20leg%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 202], As he moved away again, William winced at an ache in his thigh. ‘Must have corked my leg when I got up,’ he thought.
    • 2008, Christopher J. Holcroft, Canyon, [http//|my+leg|thigh%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=FOYwT77DOeqUiAfp7cWCBQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22corked%20his|my%20leg|thigh%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 93], “I′m okay. I must have corked my thigh when Bruce fell onto me. I′ll be fine.”
    • 2010, Andrew Stojanovski, Dog Ear Cafe, large print 16pt, [http//|corked|corking%22+leg+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=L-AwT_GOGeaaiQfWy-H9BA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22corks|corked|corking%22%20leg%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 191], Much to my relief he had only corked his leg when he had jumped.
    • 2010, , Ben Cousins: My Life Story, [http//|my+leg|thigh%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=FOYwT77DOeqUiAfp7cWCBQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22corked%20his|my%20leg|thigh%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 108], I corked my thigh late in the game, which we won, and came off.
etymology 2 From the traversal path resembling that of a corkscrew. BBC Sport, [ "Sochi 2014: A jargon-busting guide to the halfpipe"], 11 February 2014
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (snowboarding) a snowboard aerialist maneuver involving a rotation where the rider goes heels over head, with the board overhead.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (snowboarding) to perform such a maneuver
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (snowboarding) having the property of a head over heels rotation
  • rock, Rock
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who puts corks into bottle.
    • 1857, , The Confidence-Man, chapter 30, Yes it is, Frank. Don't you see? Laertes is to take the best of care of his friends—his proved friends, on the same principle that a wine-corker takes the best of care of his proved bottles.
  2. (informal) A person or thing that is exceptional or remarkable.
    • 1889, , A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Well, a body is bound to admit that for just a modest little one-line ad., it's a corker.
  • recork, rocker
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of cork
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) splendid, enjoyable, bang-up
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The formation of white, cork-like striation on a jalapeño pepper.
  • rocking
corkingly etymology corking + ly
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (informal) In a corking manner; splendidly.
cork it
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang) To be quiet; to shut up. He was so loud I told him to cork it.
cork off
verb: {{head}}
  1. (US, slang) To fall asleep.
    • 1929, Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, Folio Society 2008, p. 183: ‘I'm going to sleep on the major's bed,’ Bonello said. ‘I'm going to sleep where the old man corks off.’
corky pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of wine, contaminated by a faulty or tainted cork. This one smells a bit corky; get me another bottle.
  2. Consisting of, or like, cork; dry; shrivel.
    • Shakespeare Bind fast his corky arms.
Synonyms: (like cork) suberose, suberous (in botany)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (AU, slang) An injury caused by a blow ("cork").
  • rocky, Rocky
cormophyte etymology From Ancient Greek κορμός 〈kormós〉 + phyte; see also corm, Latin cormus. pronunciation
  • /ˈkɔːməʊfaɪt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now, informal, biology) Any plant having a proper stem or axis of growth, which is distinct from its leaves, phyllophyte
    • 1940, Edgar Nelson Transeau, Homer Cleveland Sampson, Lewis Hanford Tiffany, Textbook of botany, Part 1, page 156, Very careful developmental or anatomical investigation may be required to show that the variously-constructed organs of many cormophytes are derived by the metamorphosis of the three primary organs, root, stem, and leaf, and to ascertain with which of these any particular structure is really homologous.
    • 2002, E. J. H. Corner, The Life of Plants, page 108, Botany used to recognize, if vaguely, these two kinds of plant, namely the thallophyte which grew and absorbed superficially, and the cormophyte, which is the root-shoot system with internal accommodation.
    • 2008, Giulia Caneva, Maria Pia Nugari, M. P. Nugari, O. Salvadori (editors), Plant Biology for Cultural Heritage: Biodeterioration and Conservation, page 91, The morphology of cormophytes exhibits considerable variations in size, appearance of the various parts, and duration of the life cycle.
coordinate terms:
  • thallophyte
cornball etymology corn + ball
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) An unsophisticated person.
  2. Something excessively corny. That movie was a real cornball.
    • 26 June 2014, A.A Dowd, AV Club Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler spoof rom-com clichés in They Came Together Rudd, especially, finds the perfect balance between synthetic cornball charm and actual emotional engagement. Like the movie itself, he’s best when playing the rom-com clichés straight.
  3. A ball of popped corn stuck together with soft candy from molasses or sugar.
    • 1871, The Myrtle (volume 21, page 301) How large and inviting were the cornballs that piled the platter, and how crisp and glossy the braids and twists of molasses candy that mother and cousin had made when the little ones were snug in bed.
corn-cracker Alternative forms: corn cracker, corncracker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, archaic, mildly derogatory) A lower-class white person in the southern US.
    • 1862, James R. Gilmore, Among the Pines, or, South in Secession Time, ch. 12: Our summons was answered by its owner, a well-to-do, substantial, middle-aged planter, wearing the ordinary homespun of the district, but evidently of a station in life much above the common "corn-crackers" I had seen at the country meeting-house.
  2. (US, archaic) An agricultural machine for removing the shells from corn.
    • 1847 August, The Prairie Farmer, Volumes 6-8, "Editor's Table", p. 261 (Google books): A subscriber at Burnsville inquires for a corn cracker which he can work by attaching it to Warren's horse power. There is a corn cracker made here, but it is not a very superior machine.
cornfed etymology From corn + fed.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (not comparable, of an animal) Fed on corn.
  2. (informal, sometimes, pejorative, of a person) Sheltered; uncultured. a cornfed hillbilly
  3. (informal, of a vehicle) Running on ethanol ().
cornhole {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈkɔɹnˌhoʊl/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, dated) A small room connected to a threshing floor.
    • 1969, J E C Peters, The Development of Farm Buildings in Western Lowland Staffordshire up to 1880, page 97: The cornhole was a small, brick room opening off the threshing floor, about six or seven feet high, […] variously known as the cornhole or cornbin, and was designed for flail threshing, holding the grain until it was winnowed.
    • 1981, J E C Peters, Discovering Traditional Farm Buildings, page 17 with illustration: A small room may be found opening off the threshing floor on one side […] This is the cornhole, a mid-eighteenth-century development so far known only in Staffordshire and Suffolk, with a few in east Sussex.
  2. (US) A game similar to beanbag toss, popular in Ohio, in which a bag is filled with corn feed and thrown into a hole. See in Wikipedia.
    • 2002, “Cornhole Game”,Cincinnati Magazine, October 2002, page 114: Cornhole, the indigenous pastime of Cincinnati's west side, is basically a democratized version of horseshoes.
    • 2009, F. Winternitz, S. Bellman, Insiders' Guide to Cincinnati, page 230: Cincinnatians, of course, know the true meaning of cornhole. The homegrown bag-toss game, which some suggest was even invented here, requires few tools: some beanbags, a box with a hole in it, and… well, that's it, really.
  3. (slang, vulgar) Anus. (From the old-fashioned practice of using dried corncobs instead of toilet paper in outdoor privies)
Synonyms: (beanbag-like game) baggo, corn toss
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) To have anal intercourse with; to penetrate anally.
    • 2006, The Grapple: Settling Accounts, Book Three (ISBN 0345493648): He'd just sent away two more guards from the women's side for having lesbian affairs with the prisoners, and one male guard who'd got caught cornholing colored boys.
Synonyms: (have anal intercourse with) sodomize
cornpone Alternative forms: corn pone etymology From corn + pone. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkɔnpəʊn/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, Appalachian) A form of cornbread made without milk or egg.
  2. (pejorative) Something or someone considered stereotypical of rural, Southern US attitudes or attributes.
    • 2005, John Baxter, We'll Always Have Paris, Bantam 2006, p. 27: Her southern accent was rich as molasses, and she really did, without affectation, call everyone ‘y'all’, but the cornpone was camouflage.
Synonyms: johnnycake
cornshuck etymology corn + shuck
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, colloquial) The husk covering an ear of Indian corn.
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cornstalk etymology corn + stalk
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (botany) The tough, fibrous stalk of a corn (maize) plant, often ground for silage after harvest.
  2. (botany) A single specimen of a corn plant once past the seedling stage and which may, at maturity, bear multiple ear of corn.
  3. (Australia, slang, obsolete) A non-indigenous person born in Australia. {{reference-book | last = Marshall | first = Peter | authorlink = | coauthors = | title = The Cambridge Illustrated History of the British Empire | publisher = Cambridge University Press | date = 2001 | location = Cambridge | pages = 272 | url = | doi = | id = | isbn = 978-0521002547 }} A few decades earlier he<sup>[a non-indigenous person of Australian birth]</sup> would have been nicknamed a ‘cornstalk’, a sarcastic reference to the way in which Australian children, like colonial wheat, grew fast and gangly; but labels could change with great rapidity, and by 1882 ‘cornstalk’ had become a caustic term for the New South Welsh.
  4. (Australia, slang, pejorative) a non-indigenous native of New South Wales. He's a bloody cornstalk.
corny pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 corn + y; in the "hackneyed" sense, from "corn catalogue jokes", reputedly low-quality jokes that were formerly printed in mail-order seed catalogues.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Insipid or trite. The duct tape and wire were a pretty corny solution.
  2. Hackneyed or excessively sentimental. The movie was okay, but the love scene was really corny. He sent a bouquet of twelve red roses and a card: "Roses are red, Violets are blue, Sugar is sweet, And so are you." How corny is that!
  3. (obsolete) Producing corn or grain; furnished with grains of corn.
    • Prior The corny ear.
  4. Containing corn; tasting well of malt.
    • Chaucer A draught of moist and corny ale.
  5. (obsolete, UK, slang) tipsy; drunk {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (hackneyed or excessively sentimental) kitsch, kitschy, cheesy
etymology 2 Latin {{lena}} cornu.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete) Strong, stiff, or hard, like a horn; resembling horn.
    • Milton Up stood the corny reed.
  • crony, croyn
corporatespeak etymology corporate + speak
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) The jargon used within business corporation.
    • {{quote-news}}
Synonyms: bizspeak, corporatese, corpspeak
corporation {{wikipedia}} etymology From ll corporatio, from Latin corporare, past participle corporatus; see corporate. pronunciation
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  • (UK) /ˈkɔːpəˈɹeɪʃən/
  • (US) /ˌkɔɹpəˈɹeɪʃən/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A group of individuals, created by law or under authority of law, having a continuous existence independent of the existences of its members, and powers and liabilities distinct from those of its members.
  2. In Fascist Italy, a joint association of employers' and workers' representatives.
  3. (slang) A protruding belly; a paunch.
    • 1918, Katherine Mansfield, ‘Prelude’, Selected Stories, Oxford World's Classics paperback 2002, page 91: 'You'd be surprised,' said Stanley, as though this were intensely interesting, 'at the number of chaps at the club who have got a corporation.'
    • 1974, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York 2007, p. 316: He was a big chap with a corporation already, and a flat face rather like Dora's, and he had a thin black moustache.
related terms:
  • corporate
corporosity etymology Ultimately from Latin corpus.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, dated) One's body; hence, one's state of health. How's your corporosity today?
corpse etymology From Old French cors, from Latin corpus. Displaced native Old English lic. Alternative forms: corse (obsolete) pronunciation
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  • /ˈkɔː(ɹ)ps/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A dead body.
  2. (archaic, sometimes, derogatory) A human body in general, whether living or dead.
Synonyms: body, cadaver, carcass, See also
related terms:
  • corporate
  • corporation
  • corporeal
  • corps
  • corpulent
  • corpus
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, slang, of an actor) To lose control during a performance and laugh uncontrollably.
  • copers
corpsefucker etymology From corpse + fucker.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, offensive, vulgar) Term of abuse.
correctamundo etymology correct + amundo as an intensifier. Popularized by the character Fonzie on the sitcom Happy Days.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang) correct
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interjection: {{head}}
  1. (slang) alternative spelling of correctamundo
corridor warrior
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, business) A type of worker who works inside a workplace building, who is mobile there and spends most of their time away from their desk. In many cases they may not even have a specific assigned desk.
related terms:
  • road warrior
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. {{surname}}
  2. A given name, occasional transferred use of the surname.
  3. A female given name, diminutive of Cora, Corinne, or borrowed from the Dutch pet form of Cornelia.
  4. (British, informal) abbreviation of Coronation Street, a soap opera.
etymology 1 Borrowed by Scotland from Italy in the 18th century. An Italian variant of Cosimo, from the name Cosmas of a saint (martyred with his brother Damian in the fourth century), from Ancient Greek κόσμος 〈kósmos〉.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A given name, always rather rare.
etymology 2 {{abbreviation-old}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang) magazine.
Costa Rican
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person from Costa Rica or of Costa Rican descent.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of, from, or pertaining to Costa Rica. He has a home in the Costa Rican hills.
  2. Of or pertaining to the people, language, or culture of Costa Rica. His dialect was distinctly Costa Rican.

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