The Alternative English Dictionary

Android app on Google Play

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


Alpha Cen
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) abbreviation of Alpha Centauri
alright Alternative forms: all right, aight (AAVE), awright, oright etymology From all + right. Compare Old English eallriht, equivalent to al + right. pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. nonstandard form of all right Satisfactory; okay; in acceptable order.
    • 1662 : Cantus, songs and fancies, to three, four, or five parts, both apt for voices and viols : with a brief introduction to musick, as is taught by Thomas Davidson, in the Musick-School of Aberdene by Thomas Davidson, iii. sig. B/1 Where ever I go, both to and fro You have my heart alright.
    • 1922 : by , chapter 18 …if I went by his advices every blessed hat I put on does that suit me yes take that thats alright the one like a wedding cake standing up miles off my head…
    • 1932 : "Goodbye, Christ" by You did alright in your day, I reckon— But that day's gone now.
    • 1939 : by , chapter 1.40 Bladyughfoulmoecklenburgwhurawhorascortastrumpapornanennykocksapastippatappatupperstrippuckputtanach, eh? You have it alright.
    • 2000 : House of Leaves by , page 105 "You're alright Johnny," she said in a way that actually made him feel alright. At least for a little while.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (informal) Used to indicate acknowledgement or acceptance; OK
  2. (UK, informal) Generic greeting.
  • Some distinguish between "alright" and "all right" by using "alright" to mean "fine, good, okay" and "all right" to mean "all correct". Alternatively (or in addition to the previous), "Alright" may be used as an interjection à la "OK", whilst "all right" used in the sense of "unharmed, healthy".
  • The Oxford English Dictionary notes that, while analogous forms exist in words such as "already," "altogether," and "always," "the contracted form is strongly criticized in the vast majority of usage guides, but without cogent reasons.""all right, adv., adj., int., and n.". OED Online. September 2012. Oxford University Press. 4 October 2012 <[]>.
  • The contracted term is considered nonstandard by Garner's Modern American Usage and American Heritage Dictionary. Other dictionaries consider it incorrect or less correct than all right.
Synonyms: (satisfactory) acceptable, adequate, fine, good enough, OK/okay, passable, satisfactory, sufficient, suitable, (greeting) see
alright me babber Alternative forms: alright my babber
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (UK dialect, Bristol, informal) A generic greeting.
alright me lover Alternative forms: alright my lover
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (UK dialect, West Country, informal) A generic greeting.
alright my babber
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (UK dialect, Bristol, informal) alternative form of alright me babber
alright my lover
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (UK dialect, West Country, informal) alternative form of alright me lover
altho etymology American English; Alteration of although.
conjunction: {{en-con}}
  1. (informal, chiefly, US) alternative spelling of although
    • {{quote-book }}
  • loath, lotah, tolah
although Alternative forms: altho (informal), altho', allthough (obsolete) etymology From Middle English, from Old English althagh, compound of eall + þeah pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}
  • (UK) /ɔːlˈðəʊ/
  • (US) /ɔlˈðoʊ/, /ɑlˈðoʊ/ (for speakers with cot–caught merger)
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
conjunction: {{en-con}}
  1. Though, even though, in spite of the fact that: introducing a clause that expresses a concession. exampleAlthough it was very muddy, the football game went on.
  2. But, except. exampleIt was difficult, although not as difficult as we had expected.
  • When conjunction, the words "although" and "though" are generally interchangeable: Although she smiled, she was angry. = Though she smiled, she was angry.
  • "Although" is usually placed at the beginning of its clause, whereas "though" may occur elsewhere and is the more common term when used to link words or phrases (as in "wiser though poorer"). In certain constructions, only "though" is acceptable: Fond though I am of sports, I'd rather not sit through another basketball game.
Synonyms: (in spite of) notwithstanding (that), even if, albeit (that), even though
related terms:
  • though
  • even though
  • {{rank}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) One who believes in the efficacy of alternative medicine.
Altuve etymology After , Venezuelan-American baseball player who stands five feet, five inches tall.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (baseball, slang) A unit of distance equal to five feet, five inches, used chiefly to measure distances of home run balls.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An alternative newspaper published weekly. Alt-weeklies are known for their investigative journalism.
aluminum {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: aluminium (the spelling used in the sciences, and in everyday British English) etymology Named in 1812 by British chemist who discovered it, after the earlier 1807 Dutch form alumium.''Chambers Dictionary of Etymology'', Robert K. Barnhart (ed.), Chambers, 1988 pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ə.ˈlu.mɪ̆.ˌnə̆m/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A metallic chemical element (symbol Al) with an atomic number of 13.
  2. (slang) Aircraft or other machinery made partially or wholly of aluminum.
always {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: alwayes (obsolete) etymology Originally a genitive form of alway, from Middle English allwaye, alle wey, from Old English ealneġ, ealneweġ, from ealne + weġ, equivalent to al + way, or all + ways. Cognate with Scots alwayis, Low German allerwegens. More at all, way. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɔːl.weɪz/, /ˈɔːl.wɪz/
  • {{audio}}
  • (US) /ˈɔl.weɪz/, /ˈɔl.wɪz/, /ˈɔl.wiz/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. At all times; ever; perpetually; throughout all time; continually. exampleGod is always the same.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  2. Constantly during a certain period, or regularly at stated intervals; invariably; uniformly;—opposed to sometimes or occasionally. exampleOur first dog always barked at passers-by.
  3. (informal) In any event. exampleI thought I could always go back to work.
  • Used for both duration and frequency.
Synonyms: (at all times) forever
  • (at all times) never
  • {{rank}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Alzheimer's disease.
Alzheimer's disease {{wikipedia}} etymology Named after (June 14, 1864 - December 19, 1915), a German neurologist who described the disease in 1906. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈɑːltshaɪmə(r)z/
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈæltshaɪmə(r)z/
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈɔːltshaɪmə(r)z/
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈɔːlzhaɪmə(r)z/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (neurology, disease) A disorder involving loss of mental function resulting from brain tissue changes; senile dementia of Alzheimer's type.
Synonyms: (neurology, pathology) Alzheimer's (colloquial), senile dementia (especially formerly), old timer's disease (slang)
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. initialism of American Medical Association
  2. initialism of Alberta Motor Association
  3. initialism of Australian Medical Association
  4. initialism of American Motorcyclists Association
Alternative forms: A.M.A., A. M. A.
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{en-initialism}}
  1. (medicine) against medical advice
  2. (slang, internet) ask me anything
Alternative forms: (against medical advice) A.M.A. , A. M. A. , a.m.a. , a. m. a. , ama, (ask me anything) ama
  • aam , AAM
  • maa
amazeballs etymology amaze + balls
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Amazing.
    • 2010, Bill Rancic & Giuliana Rancic, I Do, Now What?: Secrets, Stories, and Advice from a Madly-in-Love Couple, Ballantine Books (2010), ISBN 9780345525154, page 16: Giuliana: Speak for yourself, Rancic. I can run in heels like no other; it's amazeballs!
    • 2011, Jessica Rudd, Ruby Blues, The Text Publishing Company (2011), ISBN 9781922079046, unnumbered page: 'Chief said she'd like me to be there to support you because one of the advancers has appendicitis. This is going to be amazeballs!'
    • 2012, Kari Chapin, Grow Your Handmade Business: How to Envision, Develop, and Sustain a Successful Creative Business, Storey Publishing (2012), ISBN 9781603429894, page 45: As a bonus, [since starting my business] I've met more likeminded, creative, passionate, unique, amazeballs folks.
    • 2012, Heather Rutman, The Girl's Guide to Depravity: How to Get Laid Without Getting Screwed, Running Press (2012), ISBN 9780762445356, unnumbered page: He always notices your new shoes and knows how much you spent on them and never seems to notice when you've gained a few pounds, only that your tits look “amazeballs!” So when he starts groping said amazeballs tits and shoving his tongue down your throat [...]
    • 2012, Michelle Ward, "My Hero, Deirdre (or the one who taught me not to 'pimp'", in End Sex Trafficking: Let's Be Impossible to Ignore (ed. Erin Giles), EMG Studios (2012), ISBN 9780985780104, page 123: See what I mean about her being such an amazeballs educator? Making the world a better place—that's my hero and friend, Deirdre.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (humorous) To engage in the professional work of an ambassador.
    • 1913, John Kendrick Bangs, "To Marse Tom and Meh Lady", The Bookman, Volume XXXVIII, page 114 How fruitless attempts to involve us in war With HIM to AMBASS and with HER to ADOR.
    • 1917, John Kendrick Bangs, Half hours with the Idiot, Little, Brown, and Company, page 4 The home of an American Ambassador should express America not the country to which he is sent to Ambass.
    • 1914, , Association men , Volume 39, YMCA of the USA, page 361 Politics, graft, war, sport and scandal are aired in turn, but the "ambassador" fails to ambass — the "worker" fails to work — the "messenger" makes a mess of it.
    • 1961, Ilka Chase, The Carthaginian rose, Doubleday, page 51 ... cut off from their governments and obliged to rely on their own wisdom, knowledge and experience, when they had, in a word, to ambass. Nowadays they pick up the phone and the State Department, for better or worse, tells then what to do.
    • ?, Will Rogers, Will Rogers speaks (1995), ISBN 0871317710, page 21 I have always maintained there was something wrong with Ambassadors, as none of them seemed to ambass properly.
    • 2001, Peter David, The Rift (2001) (Star Trek: The Original Series Book 57), Simon & Schuster, ISBN-13 978-0-7434-2008-2, page 161 "Therefore," said Kirk, [..] "Shipping her back in box is not one of the options, [..] this will require the skills of an Ambassador. So you're going to have to [..] Ambass."
amber fluid
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang) Beer.
    • 1995, Alan A. Siegel, Smile: A Picture History of Olympic Park, 1887-1965, page 8, Merrymakers brought their own beer. Those not provisioned with the amber fluid found a ready supply in the dressing room of the Hilton Base Ball Club at three cents a glass.
    • 2004, Duane Swierczynski, The Big Book O' Beer: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Greatest Beverage on Earth, page 21, Beer was lumped in with the rest of booze, and for 13 awful years, not one legal drop of precious amber fluid could be found between San Francisco and New York City.
    • 2009, Ron Crittall, Lee Atkinson, Marc Llewellyn, Lee Mylne, Frommer's Australia 2010, page 503, …for a range of amber fluids, all brewed on the premises.
    • 2010, Fran Parnell, Etain O'Carroll, Brandon Presser, Iceland, Lonely Planet, page 51, Suddenly, in 1988, a vote was taken to legalise real beer in a year's time, and on 1 March 1989 the amber fluid finally flowed again.
Synonyms: amber liquid, amber nectar
ambidextrous etymology ambi + Latin dexter + -ous (as if both hands are like the right hand, which is the stronger hand in most people). pronunciation
  • /æˈdɛk.stɹəs/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having equal ability in both hand; in particular, able to write equally well with both hands. {{rfquotek}}
  2. Equally usable by left-handed and right-handed people as a tool or instrument.
  3. Practising or siding with both parties.
    • {{rfdate}} L'Estrange All false, shuffling, and ambidextrous dealings.
  4. (humorous) Of a person, bisexual.
Synonyms: both-handed, either-handed
  • ambilevous
  • ambisinistrous
related terms:
  • ambidexterity
ambimoustrous etymology From ambidextrous and mouse.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (humorous, rare) Capable of operating a computer mouse using either hand.
ambisextrous etymology {{blend}}.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (humorous, sometimes offensive, of a person) Bisexual. She is ambisextrous, so may have a sexual partner of either gender.
    • {{quote-book }}
    • {{quote-book }}
    • {{quote-book }}
  2. Epicene, androgynous.
    • {{quote-book }}
    • {{quote-book }}
    • {{quote-book }}
  3. Having both male and female, or masculine and feminine elements.
    • 1920, , “Genesis, or, The First Book in the Bible”, reprinted in Pavannes and Divagations, New Directions Publishing (1974), ISBN 978-0-8112-0575-7, page 171: One searches to see whether the author [of “He created them male and female”, 5:2] meant to say that man was at the start ambisextrous
    • {{quote-magazine }}
    • {{ante}} “Adolf Smith” (pseudonym), quoted in Dudley Ward Fay, “Adolf, a Modern Edipus”, in The Psychoanalytic Review, Volume IX Number 3 (July 1922), page 281: My signature with either hand is the same. I’m ambidextrous, ambisextrous. I’m intermediate sex.
ambisexual etymology ambi + sexual, influenced by bisexual
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Bisexual: attracted to persons of either sex.
  2. Unisex: fit for persons of either sex.
  3. (slang) Of ambiguous sexual orientation.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An ambisexual person.
  • Ambisexual is a generalized cognate of bisexual.
  • The character 'Pat' from the show Saturday Night Live is NOT a good instance of an ambisexual, because s/he is not only ambisexual, but is also androgynous.
  • A decent instance of an ambisexual sometimes to some people: a male who sometimes wears eyeshadow or eyeliner, etc., and triggers a question in peoples' minds and off their tongues "just what kind of sexuality are you running here?". If and when the response comes "does it matter?", then to them he remains 'ambisexual'.
Synonyms: gender bender
ambo pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈæmbəʊ/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From ll ambō, from Ancient Greek ἄμβων 〈ámbōn〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A raised platform in an early Christian church, as well as in the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Eastern Catholic churches.
    • 1918, ‘It will get better somehow,’ he thought, and went to the ambo. On going up the steps and turning to the right he saw the priest. — Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, tr. Louise & Aylmer Maude (Oxford 1998, page 438)
    • 1997, the Emperor arrived and instead of moving directly to his seat climbed to the top level of the ambo, the great three-decker pulpit of polychrome marble. — John Julius Norwich, A Short History of Byzantium (Penguin 1998, page 150)
  2. (Roman Catholicism) A stationary podium used for reading and homilies.
    • 2010, The dignity of the Word of God requires that in the church there be a suitable place from which it may be proclaimed and toward which the attention of the faithful naturally turns during the Liturgy of the Word. It is appropriate that generally this place be a stationary ambo and not simply a movable lectern. (, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 2011, #309)
related terms:
  • ambon, lectern, podium, pulpit
etymology 2 Shortening of ambulance + -o.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An ambulance driver.
  2. (informal) An ambulance.
  • boma
  • Moab, MOAB
ambonoclast {{wikipedia}} etymology From Ancient Greek {{l/grc}} (ambonos), genitive form of {{l/grc}} (ambos) "rim, edge", and {{l/grc}} (klastos) "broken". Hence, literally, "one who wishes to tear down screens", in reference to the rood screens that separated the chancel (where priests were) from the nave (where the congregation was) in a medieval church.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) One who wishes to excessively modernize church, particularly by removing traditional screens.
    • 1861, A. Welby Pugin, Recollections of A.N. Welby Pugin, and His Father, Augustus Pugin: With Notices of Their Works , page 153: "The principal characteristics of modern ambonoclasts may be summed up as follows:"
    • 1915, Edward Walford et al., The Antiquary, page 331 : "ambonoclasts who destroyed so much screenwork during the last century ..."
    • 1931, Basil Clarke, Church Builders of the Nineteenth Century: A Study of the Gothic Revival in England, Macmillan, page 66 : "Wyatt's policy, too, was to remove screens and to open a building from end to end: he was an ambonoclast. "
Ambot etymology See -bot.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) A person involved in the Amway multi-level marketing organization.
ambulance {{wikipedia}} etymology Borrowing from French ambulance, from ambulant, from Latin ambulō. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈæmbjələns/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An emergency vehicle that transports sick or injured people to a hospital.
  2. (military) A mobile field hospital.
related terms:
  • ambulatory
  • ambulant
ambulance chaser etymology The origins of this phrase date from 1897, from newspaper articles about attorneys seeking clients through targeted mail solicitation."[]" 15 Jul. 2006 “Ambulance chasing” was one of the descriptive phrases employed by the media for this activity. It later became a derogatory term for direct advertising.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) An unethical attorney who solicits business at the scenes of accidents or in hospitals, in exchange for a percentage of the damages that will be recovered in the case.“[ West’s Encyclopedia of American Law, The Gale Group, Inc, 1998.]”, 15 Jul. 2006
    • 2004, Richard Lacayo, "Court and Spark: Edwards' Legal Career," Time, 19 July, Republicans have tried to cast him as a millionaire ambulance chaser, the kind of man who forces doctors and businesses to pay ever higher liability-insurance costs.
  2. (by extension) An attorney who engages in unethical behavior.
  3. (derogatory) An unethical funeral director or person who engages in the unlicensed sale of preneeds or other services to those who do not yet need them in an attempt to increase business.“[ State of Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, minutes, Sep. 17, 2007]” - specific contextual example.
related terms:
  • ambulance chasing
amby etymology Shortening of ambidextrous, after the pattern of rightie and leftie.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An ambidextrous person.
Ameche etymology After , who played in a 1939 film.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, dated, slang) A telephone.
  • {{seeCites}}
America's Hat etymology From the jocular image of Canada as a hat worn by the United States on its northern border.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal, humorous) Canada.
America at home etymology Originally, and literally, the state of enjoying the comfortable life associated with emigrating to America while remaining "at home" in Ireland (thus having the best of both worlds). E.g.:
  • 1887, Conyngham Crawford Taylor The Queen's jubilee and Toronto "called back" from 1887 to 1847 p.387 As landlords in Canada expect their tenants to pay their rent when due, Mr. Kilbride would not improve his position by emigrating to this country, as, to use a common Irish expression, he appears to have a "very good America at home."
  • 1971, Thomas P. Flanagan, Seanad Éireann debates 19 May 1971 Vol.70 no.4 p.5 c.292: She asked me if I was the man who was in charge of the turf production and I said I was. She began to praise me and bless me because she said they had England and America at home. In other words, the earnings from turf production on a family basis were equivalent to what they would have got in England and America if the family had emigrated.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Irish, informal, dated) the height of luxury, comfort, or modernity
    • {{quote-news }}
    • {{quote-book }}
    • {{quote-book }}
    • {{quote-book }}
American {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} etymology From America + an, or via Modified Latin Americanus (Latin americanus) with the same etymology. pronunciation
  • (UK) /əˈmɛɹɪkən/
  • (US) /əˈmɛɹəkən/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An indigenous inhabitant of the Americas; an American Indian. (Now chiefly with qualifying word.) {{defdate}}
    • 1711, Joseph Addison, The Spectator, 56.1: The Americans believe that all creatures have souls.
    • 2012, Jonathan Keates, ‘Mon Père, ce héros’, Literary Review, 402: Within a few months the ‘slave Alexandre’ had been successfully transformed into what, across the Channel, was called a ‘blackamoor dandy’. Parisians preferred the more politely euphemistic term ‘American’.
  2. An inhabitant of the America. More often this is specified as either North American, Central American or South American. Every American's origin is, historically speaking, by immigration, if scientific speculation that points to a human origin in Asia and a migration to the New World over frozen Bering Strait turns out to be correct.
  3. Originally, a native or inhabitant of the British North American colonies of European descent; now, a person born in, or a citizen or inhabitant of, the United States of America. {{defdate}}
    • 2008, Chris Moss, The Guardian, 9 Aug 2008: They say Americans don't walk. Well, they do in the Navajo Nation - because even if northern Arizona has gigabytes of photogenic vistas, getting out of the car is the only way to get your boots covered in desert dust and soak up the silence.
  4. (uncountable, US printing, rare, dated) A size of type small than German, 1-point type.
Synonyms: Western Hemispherian, New Worlder
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. The English language as spoken in the USA; American English.
    • 1942, We sat down in the central square and drank coffee and a man came up and spoke to us in American. — Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Canongate 2006, p. 756)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or pertaining to the America. More often this is specified as either "North American" or "South American."
  2. Of, from, or pertaining to the United States of America, or . Thanksgiving is an American tradition. He married an American woman in order to get an American passport.
    • {{RQ:Melville Moby-Dick}} Should you ever be athirst in the great American desert, try this experiment, if your caravan happen to be supplied with a metaphysical professor.
Sometimes (usually outside of the USA) used pejoratively (see also anti-Americanism). Synonyms: Western Hemispherian, New Worlder, (US American) United Statesian, USAian, Usanian, Usonian, US American, US-ian; (in Cockney rhyming slang:) Septic, Usonan
  • (US American) North Atlanticist
  • amacrine
  • cinerama
  • in camera
Americanese etymology American + ese
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal, often derogatory) American English
    • 2010, Paul Bignell, Queen's English still rules: We say tomato... as does most of the world: Researchers at the University of Cambridge have shattered the myth that Americanese has taken an unshakeable hold on the Anglophone world.
American football {{wikipedia}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}} {{tcx}}
  1. A game similar to rugby football in which two teams attempt to get an ovoid ball into each other's territory.
  • Called football in the United States and Canada and American football elsewhere in the world.
Americanian etymology American + ian pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) alternative form of American
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (humorous) alternative form of American
Americanitis etymology American + itis, because Americans were said to be particularly prone to the condition. Popularised by William James.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, dated) neurasthenia
American South
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. An expansive region encompassing the southeastern and south-central part of the United States, typically defined as including the state of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Virginia.
The term American South is defined more by shared culture and history than strict geography. Although located in the extreme south of the United States, southern California, New Mexico, and Arizona are not considered part of it. In contrast, Virginia and West Virginia, though located in the middle of the east coast, are considered part of it. Synonyms: Dixie (informal), Southern United States, the South
Americunt etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, offensive, derogatory, ethnic slur) An American.
    • 2004, "AK", Jazeera's Iraq coverage hits U.S. raw nerve (on newsgroup soc.culture.arabic) Huh? Even I have seen thousands of Imams condemning terrorists acts and I am not even Muslim. Just search Yahoo. However, I have never seen an Americunt admitting that the biggest terrorist country in history is America.
    • 2007, "J0HN H0WARD", Phuktard Americunts now Killing The People They Liberated (on newsgroup So you've been there for 4 years fighting everybody and everything, two are{{SIC}} three times over. Why don't you admit it phuktards, You haven't got a clue and you've set yourself up for NUCLEAR ANNIHILATION. You are going to teach yourself a real big lesson aren't you PHUKTARDS?
Amerika etymology From German, in imitation of the German-speaking Nazi.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (pejorative) America; used to imply that the US is fascist.
Amerikkka Alternative forms: AmeriKKKa etymology {{blend}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (pejorative slang) The United States of America. Generally used in depicting the country as fascist or racist.
Amerikkkan etymology Respelling of American to incorporate KKK.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (pejorative, slang) American; generally used in depicting America or Americans as fascist or racist.
    • 1971, in Revolutionary actions ... U.S.A. ... in retrospect: what to do now, page 58: People are rising up to free themselves from amerikkkan corporate exploitation.
    • 1973, in Chicano studies, page 31: Contemporary Yankees don't kolonize{{SIC}} with guns and crucifixes only, they now kolonize with the “sale” of Amerikkkan produkts{{SIC}} which range from T.V. dinners to nuclear armaments.
    • 2007, Sadiki Bakari, Butt Naked Raw & Uncensored, page 18: Hasn’t this been the history of Amerikkkan racist rhetoric and action?
    • 2005, Okeyo A. Jumal, Spiritual Shackles, page 301: "To Blacks over the years, that flag flew over an AmeriKKKan government that made the crime of slavery legal. "That same flag flew over the signing of the US Constitution that scribes with indelible ink that Blacks are three-fifths of a human being.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, slang) An American; generally used in depicting America or Americans as fascist or racist.
Amerikkkans etymology Amerikkkan (a blend of American and KKK) + s
noun: {{head}}
  1. (pejorative, slang) plural of Amerikkkan
    • 1990, George Jackson, Blood in my Eye, page 185: A people without a collective consciousness that transcends national boundaries — freaks, Afro-Amerikkkans, Negroes, even Amerikkkans, without the sense of a larger community than their own group — can have no effect on history.
    • 2006, Reynaldo Berrios, Cholo style: homies, homegirls & la raza: It's November 9 and the tio taco, gavacho foreigners and the white-washed Amerikkkans voted for 187.
    • 2008, Sean Manning (editor), Rock and Roll Cage Match: Music's Greatest Rivalries, Decided, page 237: [...] not the least of which stems from a discomfiting sense that, if you feel a surge of protectiveness toward these pale, two-dimensional sunbathers, you have fallen into a trap, laid craftily and cannily, to catch AmeriKKKans.
Ameritard etymology American + tard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A stupid or ignorant American.
Ameritrash etymology {{blend}}. The board game sense was originally used by Eurogame fans to deride American-style board games, but was later adopted by fans of these games.James Stubbs, "Traditional Board Games: From Ameritrash to Eurogames", in ''Teen Games Rule!: A Librarian's Guide to Platforms and Programs'' (eds. Julie Scordato & Ellen Forsyth), ABC-CLIO (2014), ISBN 9781598847048, [ page 72]
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) American people viewed as stupid or contemptible.
    • 1986, Ellis Weiner, "The Last Working Stiff", Spy, December 1986, page 50: These individuals, either by birth or marriage, have acquired trust fund wings, which permit them to defy the law of economic gravity that rules everyone else. They are Ameritrash.
    • 2003, Steve Johnson, "An 'SNL' to make you wish you lived in Iowa, Chicago Tribune, 8 December 2003: Ameritrash heiress and, now, reality-TV star Paris Hilton coming on to mock her Internet sex tape was funny, until Fallon's winking performance pushed the dialogue past sly innuendo and into sophomoric overkill.
    • 2004, David Brooks, On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense, Simon & Schuster (2004), ISBN 0743262859, page 19: Late at night in these neighborhoods, you find the Ameritrash, the club-happy, E-popping, pacifier-sucking people who live in a world of gold teeth caps, colorful scarfwear, {{…}}
  2. (gaming, sometimes derogatory) A genre of board game predominant in the United States, characterized by a high degree of luck, longer playtime, player conflict, and highly-developed, often dramatic theme, especially involving war or adventure.
    • 2012, Keith Burgun, Game Design Theory: A New Philosophy for Understanding Games, CRC Press (2013), ISBN 9781466554207, page 55: It's worth noting that Ameritrash games seem to have the most in common with modern video games: heavily thematic experiences with a big focus on production values.
    • 2012, Scott Rogers, Swipe This!: The Guide to Great Touchscreen Game Design, John Wiley & Sons (2012), ISBN 9781119940548, page 231: Ameritrash players like to play games with lots of dice, blind luck and space marines fighting zombies.
    • 2014, James Stubbs, "Traditional Board Games: From Ameritrash to Eurogames", in Teen Games Rule!: A Librarian's Guide to Platforms and Programs (eds. Julie Scordato & Ellen Forsyth), ABC-CLIO (2014), ISBN 9781598847048, page 72: Risk and Monopoly are the poster children of Ameritrash.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
amexed etymology From the telegraph code AMEX, meaning "train cancelled", and -ed.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (AU, railfan slang) cancel
    • 2001, "Ricky W", [CityRail] Calling all Drivers and Signallers (on newsgroup aus.rail) Do they still get express sets ex ncle to stop all stations Hornsby to Strathfield if there is a local amexed?
    • 2003, "Nathan", WT28 stuffed up? (on newsgroup aus.rail) Well something must be wrong with the Countrylink fleet cos yesterday SP.21 was amexed as well on the South line.
noun: {{head}}
  1. (legal, informal) plural of amicus
amicus etymology Abbreviation of amicus curiae.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (legal, informal) Someone not a party to a case who submits a brief and/or presents oral argument in that case.
Synonyms: amicus curiae (formal)
  • Macusi
amicus curiae Alternative forms: amica curiae (feminine) etymology Latin, amicus + curiae, genitive singular of curia
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (legal) a person/entity who has been allowed by the court to plead or make submission but who, however, is not directly involved in the action. BANNATYNE v BANNATYNE (COMMISSION FOR GENDER EQUALITY, AS AMICUS CURIAE) 2003 (2) SA 363 (CC) "The Court admitted as amicus curiae the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) which lodged empirical data on the state of the maintenance system in South Africa and its effect on the rights of women and children in seeking effective relief pursuant to the Maintenance Act (the Act)."
Synonyms: amicus (informal)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A user of the Commodore Amiga computer.
    • 1990, Compute Don't forget that you need such sustenance in real life, too — soon after Dungeon Master's release, a number of Amigans were found draped over their computers, suffering from malnutrition and dehydration…
    • 2008, Maximum PC Desktop video? Four-channel stereo sound and text-to-speech capabilities? The Osborne, TRS-80, Commodore 64, and Apple II all made the list, but nothing for the Amigans?
amigo etymology From Spanish amigo, from Latin amicus, derived from amo. Compare French ami, Italian amico, Portuguese amigo and Romanian amic. pronunciation
  • (UK) /əˈmiː.ɡəʊ/
  • (US) [əˈmiɡoʊ]
noun: {{head}}
  1. (casual term) friend
  2. (casual term, mainly California, informal) Mexican
  3. (historical) A native of the Philippines who was friendly toward the Spanish.
Synonyms: See also
  • imago
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (1811, derogatory) A Quaker.
am I right Alternative forms: amirite, am I right or am I right
phrase: {{en-phrase}}?
  1. (colloquial, rhetorical question) Said by someone who has just stated what he or she considers to be an unassailable truth.
    • 1859, Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, Book the First, Chapter V "Ah! So much the worse! A bitter taste it is that such poor cattle always have in their mouths, and hard lives they live, Jacques. Am I right, Jacques?"
    • 1975, William Gaddis, J R, p. 323 Not a word out of him, he just sat there taking it all in, am I right? Look at their face and you don't know what's going on inside, am I right? Talking about racial overtones, whose insurance company does he think he's working for, am I right Dan?
    • 1985, Stephen King, Thinner (novel) "And life's short, paisan. I mean, life is short, am I right?"
    • 1993, Bill Clinton, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton, 1993, Bk. 2, August 1 to December 31, 1993 (Government Printing Office) p. 1467 I mean, you're paying for $24 billion worth of training, and I'm sure there's not a person here who could name 10, much less 150, of the separate training programs available. Am I right?
am I right or am I right
phrase: {{en-phrase}}?
  1. (colloquial, rhetorical question) alternative form of am I right
    • 1974, William Goldman, Marathon Man (novel) (Delacorte Press) And next to Rosa is Mont Charre, which is great, but just a hair less great than Rosa, am I right or am I right?
    • 1988, The Singing Detective, episode 3 There are songs to sing, there are feelings to feel, there are thoughts to think. That makes three things, and you can't do three things at the same time. The singing is easy, syrup in my mouth, and the thinking comes with the tune, so that leaves only the feelings. Am I right, or am I right? I can sing the singing. I can think the thinking. But you're not going to catch me feeling the feeling. No, sir.
    • 1988, Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses What I love about this country is that: its genius. Greatest inventors in the world. It's beautiful: am I right or am I right?
    • 1993, Groundhog Day (film) Do you have life insurance, Phil? Because if you do, you could always use a little more, right? I mean, who couldn't? But you wanna know something? I got the feeling ... [whistles] ... you ain't got any. Am I right or am I right? Or am I right? Am I right?
    • 1999, Gordon Lish, "Aubade", Salmagundi (magazine), No. 121/122 (Winter-Spring 1999), p. 201 You take your ileum as Wallace Stevens/and you take my ileum/as Gordon Lish,/am I right or am I right?
amirite etymology From am + I + rite ‘right’.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (Internet, informal, rhetorical question) alternative form of am I right
    • 2009, Tim Lindquist, New Super Mario Bros Wii Coin Collector's Guide, page 51: It's not like you wouldn't want to jump over those lava fountains, amirite?
amiss etymology From a + miss. pronunciation
  • (UK) /əˈmɪs/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Wrong; faulty; out of order; improper; as, it may not be amiss to ask advice. He suspected something was amiss. Something amiss in the arrangements had distracted the staff.
    • Wollaston His wisdom and virtue cannot always rectify that which is amiss in himself or his circumstances.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (archaic) Mistakenly
  2. (archaic) Astray
  3. (archaic) Wrongly.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) Fault; wrong; an evil act, a bad deed.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.i: Now by my head (said Guyon) much I muse, / How that same knight should do so foule amis [...].
    • 1635, John Donne, "His parting from her": Yet Love, thou'rt blinder then thy self in this, / To vex my Dove-like friend for my amiss [...].
  • missa
  • saims
  • Samis
ammo pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Short form of ammunition.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, informal) To load up on ammunition.
    • 2001, H. Beam Piper, Uller Uprising: "Harry and Hassan are getting the car re-ammoed; they dropped me off here.
  • MoMA
ammo humper
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (military, slang) A soldier responsible for carry the ammunition.
Ammy etymology Diminutive form of with -y. pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, informal) An computer.
    • 1995, "Paul Branney", CPC464+ wanted (discussion on Internet newsgroup comp.sys.amstrad.8bit) Hi. I used to have a CPC464 and now have an Amiga 1200. I've moved to Edinburgh for Uni, and left the Ammy for my younger brother and sister. However, I wouldn't mind being able to play all the old classics...
    • 1998, "D Mazzetti", CPC 6128 (discussion on Internet newsgroup comp.sys.amstrad.8bit) Hi all. A few weeks ago I asked for information on how I could get a replacement 3" drive for/repair to my Amstrad 6128. Glad to say that the drive has now been fixed and my lovely Ammy now works a treat.
    • 1999, "Paul Morse", Ammy 6128 (discussion on Internet newsgroup comp.sys.amstrad.8bit) Has anyone got an {{SIC}} 6128 for sale?
amp pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /æmp/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) ampere, the unit of electrical current.
  2. (colloquial) amplifier.{{R:Concise Oxford 1982}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To amplify. He asked the disk jockey to amp it up.
  • APM
  • map, MAP
  • MPA
  • pam, Pam, PAM
amphetamine {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: amfetamine etymology Shortened form of alpha-methylphenethylamine. pronunciation
  • (US) /æmˈfɛtəmin/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (organic compound, proper) The racemic freebase of amphetamine, the chemical with an IUPAC name of "1-phenylpropan-2-amine"; equal parts of the levoamphetamine and dextroamphetamine stereoisomer in their pure amine forms.
  2. (informal) Any mixture of the amphetamine enantiomers, dextroamphetamine and levoamphetamine; any chemical that can be described by an enantiomeric ratio of the amphetamine enantiomers.
  3. (informal, nonstandard) Referring to a substituted amphetamine; a member of the amphetamine class of chemicals.
  4. (medicine) A potent central nervous system stimulant of the phenethylamine chemical class that is used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy.
ampless etymology amp + less
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Without an amplifier.
    • 2007, Adam Gussow, Journeyman's road (page 36) My own story begins when I was sixteen and ampless, with a cheap new electric guitar and an adaptor that let me plug directly into my stereo system.
AMSWWBUW etymology Initialism.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (internet, humorous) association of mad scientist who want to blow up the world
-amundo etymology From Spanish mundo. Popularized by the character Fonzie on the sitcom Happy Days.
suffix: {{en-suffix}}
  1. (slang) An intensifier.
    • {{quote-video }}
    • {{quote-book }}
amusement etymology Borrowed from French amusement, from amuse + ment. pronunciation
  • /əˈmjuzmənt/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) Entertainment
    • 2005, , Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. . This is some form of amusement you're talking about.
  2. (countable) An activity that is entertaining or amusing, such as dancing, gunning, or fishing.
    • “"What a charming amusement for young people this is, Mr. Darcy! There is nothing like dancing after all. I consider it as one of the first refinements of polished society."”, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, 1813
    • “His chief amusements were gunning and fishing, or sauntering along the beach and through the myrtles, in quest of shells or entomological specimens--his collection of the latter might have been envied by a Swammerdamm.”, 1843, The Gold-Bug, Edgar Allan Poe
    • “The Cat was sour-tempered and grumpy, at first, but before they had journeyed far, the crystal creature had discovered a fine amusement. The long tails of the monkeys were constantly sticking through the bars of their cage, and when they did, the Glass Cat would slyly seize the tails in her paws and pull them.”, 1919, The Magic of Oz, L. Frank Baum
amyl nitrite {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (organic compound) The ester of amyl alcohol and nitrous acid.
  2. (informal) isoamyl nitrite
The non-chemical use of the term is always of isoamyl nitrite, the vasodilator and stimulant.
an {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (stressed)
    • /æn/
    • {{audio}}
    • {{rhymes}}
  • (unstressed)
    • /ən/
    • {{audio}}
  • {{homophones}} (in some accents)
etymology 1 From Old English ān.
article: {{head}}
  1. form of Form, used before a vowel sound,
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 2 , “Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke. He was dressed out in broad gaiters and bright tweeds, like an English tourist, and his face might have belonged to Dagon, idol of the Philistines.”
  2. (UK, non-standard) form of Form used in many British regional accents before some words beginning with a pronounced h
  • The article an is used before vowel sounds and (optionally) before silent hs, and a before consonant sounds.
  • The various article senses of a, all are senses of .
etymology 2 From Middle English an.
conjunction: {{en-con}}
  1. (archaic) If, so long as. An it please you, my lord.
  2. (archaic) as if; as though. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere (Original Version of 1797) 61-64: At length did cross an Albatross, Thorough the Fog it came; And an it were a Christian Soul, We hail'd it in God's Name.
etymology 3 Borrowing from Georgian.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The first letter of the Georgian alphabet, (Mkhedruli), (Asomtavruli) or (Nuskhuri).
etymology 4 From the Old English preposition an/on.
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. In each; to or for each; per. I was only going twenty miles an hour.
  • This is the same as the word a in such contexts, modified because of preceding an unpronounced h. The train was speeding along at a mile a minute.
Synonyms: per
  • {{rank}}
  • N.A., NA, n.a., n/a, na
etymology 1 Formed from the Latin suffix -ana; compare ism (from -ism), itis (from -itis), phobia (from -phobia). pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A collection of things associated with a person or place, especially a personal collection of anecdote or conversations at table
    • 1803, publisher's advertisement in Memoirs of the Late Mrs. Robinson, Page 8 The FRENCH ANAS, or Selections from the best of the French Anas, interspersed with biographical sketches. In three elegant Volumes, small 8vo. price 15s. boards
    • 1903, , Franklin B. Sawvel (editor), The complete anas of Thomas Jefferson, Round Table Press, New York
    • 2008, Kevin J. Hayes, The road to Monticello: The life and mind of Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson was aware of the literary tradition of anas, which extended back at least as far as Athenaeus's Dipnosophistarum, a delightful collection of table talk from ancient times covering a variety of subjects including law, literature, medicine, and philosophy.
etymology 2 From Ancient Greek ἀνά 〈aná〉.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (in prescriptions) Of each; an equal quantity. wine and honey, ana [or contracted to aa] / ij of wine and honey, each, two ounces
Synonyms: (of each) aa (abbreviation)
etymology 3
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet, slang) Anorexia (used especially by the pro-ana movement).
etymology 4 Ancient Greek; see ana-.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. In a direction analogous to up, but along the additional axis added by the fourth dimension.
    • 1985, Rudy von Bitter Rucker, The Fourth Dimension: A Guided Tour of the Higher Universes (page 43) Your right half would move ana, let us say, and your left half would move kata. The two halves would, in their parallel spaces, move past the plane of rotation, and then they would swing back into our space.
    • 2005, Animation journal (volumes 13-15) Added to the conventional FPS control keys are two extra keys that move the player in ana and kata direction in 4d space. If you go in this extra direction the space around you changes, the room transforms.
  • kata
  • naa
anabolic steroid {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (steroid hormone) A class of steroid hormone that promote growth of tissue.
Synonyms: steroid (informally)
anaconda {{wikipedia}} {{wikispecies}} etymology From the Sinhala හෙනකඳයා 〈හෙනකඳයා〉, a species of constrictor found in Sri Lanka. pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of various large nonvenomous snake of the genus Eunectes, found mainly in northern South America. Their length can grow to as much as 5 m (15 ft).
  2. (by extension, slang, vulgar) Penis.
    • 1992, , "", : My anaconda don't want none / Unless you got buns, hon
    • 2000, Eric Jerome Dickey, Liar's Game, Signet (2002), ISBN 9781101142998, unnumbered page: Womack went into the bedroom and checked on his two boys. When I headed to the bathroom to drain my anaconda, I caught a profile of him standing in the doorway, smiling down on the little rascals.
    • 2006, Christopher Darrick Odom, Visa Versa: Black Men Suffer in the Dating Game Too!, iUniverse (2006), ISBN 9780595403516, page xi: I have chased after white women to find they only wanted to dance with my anaconda and weren't interested in me as a partner.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
Synonyms: (penis) see also .
anal pronunciation
  • /ˈeɪnəl/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. of, related to, intended for or involving the anus anal thermometer an anal examination anal sex
  2. (psychoanalysis) of the stage in psychosexual development when the child's interest is concentrated on the anal region.
  3. (psychology) of a person, obsessed with neatness, accuracy, compulsiveness and stubbornness, supposedly from not having progressed beyond the anal stage. Please don't touch his furniture, as he can get very anal about things like that.
Synonyms: (3): fussy, pernickety, picky
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of the anal scale of a reptile.
  2. (informal) anal sex In the right mood, I'll accept anal. I'll do anything except anal.
  • Alan, alan, Lana
anal cleft
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (anatomy) The groove between buttocks.
Synonyms: See also .
etymology 1
verb: {{head}}
  1. misspelling of analyze
etymology 2 anal + ize
verb: {{head}}
  1. (rare, vulgar, slang) To subject to anal sex; to fuck anally.
    • 2006 August 14, "" (username), Nice boobs hentai sex, Slave with ball gag gets waterbondage, Beautiful blonde babe gets rough double penetrated and cummed, Sexy blond babe takes hard ass fucking for the first time, in, Usenet: Cheating babe analized and boobs jizzed
    • 2006 September 27, "" (username), Hardcore indian sex, Brittney skye facial cum, Monica sweetheart enjoys slurping, in, Usenet: Sweet teen analized hard doggystyle and facialized
    • 2012 December 23, "freggel" (username), Re: Hottie Gloria Analized Hard, in free.usenet, Usenet
anally inflicted death sentence etymology Backronym; with reference to a means of contracting HIV via anal sex and to the fatal, virtual incurability of the disease.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (extremely, offensive) AIDS; acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
    • 1994, Jory Farr, Moguls and Madmen: The Pursuit of Power in Popular Music (Simon & Schuster; ISBN 0671739468, 9780671739461), page 135: No, in Canada gays had marched in the streets protesting the group’s song “AIDS” (Anally Inflicted Death Sentence), which boasted such memorable lyrics as: …
    • 1999 November 9, “Poseidon”, (Google group): Stormtroopers of Death???: anally inflicted death sentence AIDS. Oh sorry that’s MOD, same thing though
    • 2006 February 27, “”, (Google group): South Dakota Nears Abortion Band: WTF? Why would I expose myself to anally inflicted death sentence (AIDS)? Of course, I’m being cynical, but homosexual sex has a much higher statistical chance of catching a deadly STD
anal pore
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (biology) The normal physical exit area for undigested solid food in living beings.
Synonyms: anus, (vulgar, not in the context of biology) asshole
anal sex {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A sexual activity involving stimulation of a sexual partner’s anus and/or rectum, especially by penetration. I sometimes engage in anal sex with my wife.
coordinate terms:
  • scissoring
Synonyms: See also
anatidaephobia etymology Anatidae + phobia, coined by Gary Larson in a Far Side comic.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) The fear that one is being constantly watch by a duck.
    • 2010, Amber K, True Magick: A Beginner's Guide, Llewellyn Publications (2010), ISBN 9780738717074, page 9: My regards to the ducks who watched me as I worked and gently encouraged me to stay on track. Even mild anatidaephobia has its uses.
    • 2013, Montgomery Trevour Halle-Bouern, Objects in the Mirror Aka Vulture Culture, iUniverse (2013), ISBN 9781475976953, page 16: Worse than that, Thomas himself suffered from anatidaephobia, the fear that you were being watched by a duck. As a youth, every time those Aflac commercials came on, Thomas had to retreat to his room in anguish.
    • 2014, Ahava Leibtag, The Digital Crown: Winning at Content on the Web, Morgan Kaufmann (2014), ISBN 9780124076747, unnumbered page: For example, Aflac, the insurance company, posted an ad featuring their duck mascot on the same page as an article about anatidaephobia—the fear that you are being watched by a duck (Figure 1.2).
    • {{seemoreCites}}
anatomy {{wikipedia}} etymology From French anatomie, from Latin anatomia, from Ancient Greek ἀνατομία 〈anatomía〉, from ἀνατομή 〈anatomḗ〉, from ἀνά 〈aná〉 + τέμνω 〈témnō〉 (surface analysis {{confix}}), literally “cut up”. pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
  • /əˈnætəmi/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The art of studying the different parts of any organized body, to discover their situation, structure, and economy; dissection.
  2. The science that deals with the form and structure of organic bodies; anatomical structure or organization.
    • John Dryden Let the muscles be well inserted and bound together, according to the knowledge of them which is given us by anatomy.
    Animal anatomy is also called zomy or zootomy; vegetable anatomy, phytotomy; and human anatomy, anthropotomy.
  3. A treatise or book on anatomy.
  4. The act of dividing anything, corporeal or intellectual, for the purpose of examining its parts; analysis; as, the anatomy of a discourse.
  5. (colloquial) The form of an individual, particularly a person, used in a tongue in cheek manner, as might be a term used by a medical professional, but in a markedly a less formal context, in which a touch of irony becomes apparent. example"I went to the Venice beach body building competition and noticed the competitor from Athen, and boy oh boy lemme tell ya, that's what a call classic Greek anatomy."
  6. (archaic) A skeleton, or dead body.
    • {{RQ:Flr Mntgn Essays}}, Folio Society, 2006, vol.1 p.68: So did the Ægyptians, who in the middest of their banquetings, and in the full of their greatest cheere, caused the anatomie of a dead man to be brought before them, as a memorandum and warning to their guests.
  7. The physical or functional organization of an organism, or part of it.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
anchor baby {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, offensive) A child born to immigrant or noncitizen parents in the United States or another country that grants birthright citizenship, and who, as a citizen, can provide immigration benefit to relatives.
    • 2009, Daniel Sheehy, Fighting Immigration Anarchy (page 63) In the US each year, hundreds of thousands of anchor babies are born to illegal-alien mothers.
    • 2010, Mike McPheters, Cartels and Combinations I suppose you're going to tell me all about the stupidity of the gringos. By the way, you're one of them, anchor baby. Once your folks swam the river and had you over here, you started getting all the freebies, right?
    • 2011, David Carraturo, Cameron Nation: Going All-In to Save His Country (page 201) … scenes of an ambulance let through the Tijuana-San Diego border and a pregnant senorita emerging to give birth to her anchor baby.
Synonyms: passport baby (Canada)
anchoress Alternative forms: anchoritess, anchress etymology From anchor + ess
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A female anchorite. A woman who chooses to withdraw from the world to live a solitary life of prayer and contemplation.
    • {{quote-book }}
  2. (informal) an anchorwoman
    • {{quote-web }}
    • {{quote-web }}
ancien régime etymology From French ancien régime; the term first appeared in English print in 1794. pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, [ɑ̃siæ̃ ʁeʒim],“[ ‖ancien régime]” listed in the '''Oxford English Dictionary''' [2<sup>nd</sup> Ed.; 1989]
  • (US) /ɑ̃.sjɛ̃ ɹeɪ.ˈʒim/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) A system of government long since supplanted by another, particularly a state of feudalism with an absolute monarchy supported by the doctrine of divine right with the explicit consent of an established church.
and {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (stressed) {{enPR}} /ænd/
  • {{audio}}
  • (unstressed) {{enPR}} /ən(d)/, /ɛn/, /n̩/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English and, an, from Old English and, ond, end, from Proto-Germanic *andi, *anþi, *undi, *unþi, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂énti 〈*h₂énti〉. Cognate with Scots an, North Frisian en, West Frisian en, in, Low German un, Dutch en, German und, Danish end, Swedish än, Icelandic enn, Albanian edhe (dialectal ênde, ênne) , ende, Latin ante, and Ancient Greek ἀντί 〈antí〉. Alternative forms: et (obsolete)
conjunction: {{en-con}}
  1. As a coordinating conjunction; expressing two elements to be taken together or in addition to each other.
    1. Used simply to connect two noun phrases, adjectives or adverbs. {{defdate}}
      • c. 1430 (reprinted 1888), Thomas Austin, ed., Two Fifteenth-century Cookery-books. Harleian ms. 279 (ab. 1430), & Harl. ms. 4016 (ab. 1450), with Extracts from Ashmole ms. 1429, Laud ms. 553, & Douce ms. 55 [Early English Text Society, Original Series; 91], London: for the Early English Text Society, volume I, 374760, page 11: Soupes dorye. — Take gode almaunde mylke … caste þher-to Safroun an Salt …
      • {{RQ:Authorised Version}}: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
      • 1817, Jane Austen, Persuasion: as for Mrs. Smith, she had claims of various kinds to recommend her quickly and permanently.
      • 2011, Mark Townsend, The Guardian, 5 November: ‘The UKBA has some serious explaining to do if it is routinely carrying out such abusive and unlawful inspections.’
    2. Simply connecting two clauses or sentences. {{defdate}}
      • 1991, Jung Chang, Wild Swans: When she saw several boys carrying a huge wooden case full of porcelain, she mumbled to Jinming that she was going to have a look, and left the room.
      • 2011, Helena Smith & Tom Kington, The Guardian, 5 November: "Consensus is essential for the country," he said, adding that he was not "tied" to his post and was willing to step aside.
    3. Introducing a clause or sentence which follows on in time or consequence from the first. {{defdate}}
      • 1996, David Beasley, Chocolate for the Poor: ‘But if you think you can get it, Christian, you're a fool. Set one foot upcountry and I'll kill you.’
      • 2004, Will Buckley, The Observer:, 22 August: One more error and all the good work she had done on Friday would be for nought.
    4. (obsolete) Yet; but. {{defdate}}
      • 1611, Authorised (King James) Version, Bible, Matthew XXII: Hee said, I goe sir, and went not.
    5. Used to connect certain numbers: connecting units when they precede tens (not dated); connecting tens and units to hundreds, thousands etc. (now chiefly UK); to connect fractions to wholes. {{defdate}}
      • 1863, Abraham Lincoln, ‘Gettysburg Address’: Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that "all men are created equal".
      • {{RQ:Sinclair Jungle}} In Chicago these latter were receiving, for the most part, eighteen and a half cents an hour, and the unions wished to make this the general wage for the next year.
      • 1956, Dodie Smith, (title): The One Hundred and One Dalmatians.
    6. (now colloquial or literary) Used to connect more than two elements together in a chain, sometimes to stress the number of elements.
      • 1623, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, First Folio, II.2: And these does she apply, for warnings and portents, / And euils imminent; and on her knee / Hath begg'd, that I will stay at home to day.
      • 1939, Langley, Ryerson & Woolf, The Wizard of Oz (screenplay): Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my!
    7. Connecting two identical elements, with implications of continued or infinite repetition. {{defdate}}
      • 1611, Authorised (King James) Version, Bible, Psalms CXLV: I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
      • 2011, Jonathan Watts, The Guardian, 18 March: He was at work in a nearby city when the tsunami struck. ‘As soon as I saw it, I called home. It rang and rang, but there was no answer.’
    8. Introducing a parenthetical or explanatory clause. {{defdate}}
      • 1918, George W. E. Russell, Prime Ministers and Some Others: The word "capable" occurs in Mr. Fisher's Bill, and rightly, because our mental and physical capacities are infinitely varied.
      • 2008, The Guardian, 29 Jan 2008: President Pervez Musharraf is undoubtedly sincere in his belief that he, and he alone, can save Pakistan from the twin perils of terrorism and anarchy.
    9. Introducing the continuation of narration from a previous understood point; also used alone as a question: ‘and so what?’.
      • 1611, Authorised (King James) Version, Bible, Revelation XIV: And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps{{nb...}}.
      • 1861, Charles Dickens, Great Expectations: ‘You take it smoothly now,’ said I, ‘but you were very serious last night, when you swore it was Death.’ ‘And so I swear it is Death,’ said he, putting his pipe back in his mouth{{nb...}}.
      • 1914, Saki, ‘The Lull’, Beasts and Superbeasts: ‘And, Vera,’ added Mrs. Durmot, turning to her sixteen-year-old niece, ‘be careful what colour ribbon you wear in your hair{{nb...}}.’
    10. (now regional or somewhat colloquial) Used to connect two verbs where the second is dependent on the first: ‘to’. Used especially after come, go and try. {{defdate}}
      • 1817, Jane Austen, Sanditon: Beyond paying her a few charming compliments and amusing her with gay conversation, had he done anything at all to try and gain her affection?
      • 1989, James Kelman, A Disaffection: Remember and help yourself to the soup! called Gavin.
    11. Introducing a qualitative difference between things having the same name; "as well as other". {{defdate}}
      • 1936, The Labour Monthly, vol. XVIII: Undoubtedly every party makes mistakes. But there are mistakes and mistakes.
      • 1972, Esquire, vol. LXXVIII: "There are managers and there are managers," he tells me. "I'm totally involved in every aspect of Nina's career."
    12. Used to combine numbers in addition; plus (with singular or plural verb). {{defdate}}
      • 1791, James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson: ‘Nobody attempts to dispute that two and two make four: but with contests concerning moral truth, human passions are generally mixed{{nb...}}.’
      • 1871, Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There: ‘Can you do Addition?’ the White Queen asked. ‘What's one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one?’
  2. (heading) Expressing a condition.
    1. (now US dialect) If; provided that. {{defdate}}
      • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book VII: "Where ys Sir Launcelot?" seyde King Arthure. "And he were here, he wolde nat grucche to do batayle for you."
      • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Matthew XIV: Peter answered, and sayde: master, and thou be he, bidde me come unto the on the water.
      • 1958, Shirley Ann Grau, The Hard Blue Sky: "And he went slower," Mike said softly, "he go better."
    2. (obsolete) As if, as though. {{defdate}}
      • 1600, William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, I.2: I will roare you, and 'twere any Nightingale.
    3. (obsolete) Even though.
      • Francis Bacon As they will set an house on fire, and it were but to roast their eggs.
  • {{seeCites}}
{{rel-top}} Beginning a sentence with and or other coordinating conjunctions is considered incorrect by classical grammarians arguing that a coordinating conjunction at the start of a sentence has nothing to connect, but use of the word in this way is very common. The practice will be found in literature from Anglo-Saxon times onwards, especially as an aid to continuity in narrative and dialogue. The OED provides examples from the 9th century to the 19th century, including one from Shakespeare’s King John:Arthur. Must you with hot Irons, burne out both mine eyes? Hubert. Young boy, I must. Arthur. And will you? Hubert. And I will.” It is also used for other rhetorical purposes, especially to denote surprise (O John! and you have seen him! And are you really going?—1884 in OED) and sometimes just to introduce an improvised afterthought (I’m going to swim. And don’t you dare watch—G. Butler, 1983) It is, however, poor style to separate short statements into separate sentences when no special effect is needed: I opened the door and I looked into the room (not *I opened the door. And I looked into the room). Combining sentences or starting with in addition or moreover is preferred in formal writing. and is often omitted for contextual effects of various kinds, especially between sequences of descriptive adjectives which can be separated by commas or simply by spaces (The teeming jerrybuilt dun-coloured traffic-ridden deafening city—Penelope Lively, 1987) and all is a well-established tag added to the end of a statement, as in Isn’t it amazing? He has a Ph.D. and all—J. Shute, 1992 With the nominal meaning “also, besides, in addition”, the use has origins in dialect, as can be seen from the material from many regions given in the English Dialect Dictionary (often written in special ways, e.g., , , ). In many of the examples it seems to lack any perceptible lexical meaning and to be just a rhythmical device to eke out a sentence. {{rel-bottom}} Synonyms: (used to connect two similar words or phrases) as well as, together with, in addition to, (informal) &, 'n', +
etymology 2 From Middle English ande, from Old English anda and Old Norse andi; both from Proto-Germanic *andô, from Proto-Indo-European *ane-. Cognate with German Ahnd, And, Danish ånde, Swedish anda, ande, Icelandic andi, Latin animus. Related to onde. Alternative forms: aynd, eind, eynd, yane, end
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK dialectal) Breath.
  2. (UK dialectal) Sea-mist; water-smoke.
etymology 3 From Middle English anden, from Old English andian and Old Norse anda; both from Proto-Germanic *andōną. Cognate with German ahnden, Danish ånde, Swedish andas, Icelandic anda. See above. Alternative forms: eind, eynd, ein
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (UK dialectal, intransitive) To breathe; whisper; devise; imagine.
  • {{rank}}
  • ADN; dan, Dan, Dan., DAN; DNA; nad, NAD; NDA
and all
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (idiomatic) Including every object, attribute, or process associated with preceding item or series of items. He ate the whole fish, bones and all.
    • {{quote-news}}
    • {{quote-news}}
    • {{quote-news}}
  2. (idiomatic, informal) Used to suggest certain unstated relevant implications or what has been stated. What with you saying he was sick and all, I figured neither of you were coming.
  3. (dialectal) Used to add emphasis. He starts yelling and we come running to help, but a fat load of thanks we get and all!
  • Can terminate lists of one or more nouns, verbs, adjectives, or adverbs
and all that
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) Used at the end of a statement to insinuate that there is more information that can be inferred from the preceding. She likes Punk Rock, Screamo, Death Metal and all that.
Synonyms: et cetera, and so on and so forth, and that
and all this
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) Used at the end of a statement to insinuate that there is more information that can be inferred from the preceding. She likes Punk Rock, Screamo, Death Metal and all this.
Synonyms: and all that, et cetera, and so on and so forth, and that
and crap
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar) alternative form of and shit
andele etymology From Spanish ándale.
interjection: {{head}}
  1. (US, slang) hurry up; come on; get a move on
    • 2006, Joseph McLaughlin, Trail of Death, page 413: What's wrong with you Miguel? Is that all the juice you can get out of this engine? I thought you were supposed to be the best driver in the unit! My old crippled grandmother can drive faster than you, and she only has one leg. Andele! Andele!
and finally etymology From a newsreader's standard introduction to such pieces, which typically come at the end of a news bulletin.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, journalism, colloquial) A light news story reserved for the end of a bulletin when there is a lack of more important items; typically involving animals or other features supposed to be amusing.
    • 2005, Raymond Snoddy, The Independent, 26 December 2005: All this was broadcast on the evening of 23 February 1956, and it's the earliest surviving example of an Independent Television News bulletin. Even then, there was an ‘And finally...’ item, but on this occasion it was merely the good news that a thaw was on the way.
    • 2006, Eddy Lawrence, Time Out (London), 20 June 2006: Racing domestic animals in funny costumes on soapbox sleds is surely no more offensive than watching David Blaine take a dump in a Perspex box, and will look much better as an ‘And finally...’ on the news.
    • 2008, The Highlands, The shots were included as part of BBC natural history producer Fergus Beeley nature diary from Beinn Eighe’s National Nature Reserve show water being blown back uphill on a windy day in Torridon. They have been picked up by the media as an ‘and finally’ and widely circulated.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) androstenedione
    • {{quote-news}}
  • adorn
  • and/or
  • radon
and shit
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar) Used after one or more listed objects, attributes or processes to indicate additional others. Oh no! All this seaweed and shit is getting all over me!
    • {{quote-journal}}
Synonyms: and crap
and that
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (informal) And everything related to that; and so on; etc.
    • 1987, : Parkin: I can bring you some logs up later but I've got the cows and that to feed first.
  2. (UK, NZ, slang) And the others; used after a name to denote the friends or social group of that person. Are we meeting Tom and that?
Synonyms: and all that
and the like
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) And other similar items.
and then some
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) Used to confirm preceding utterance, while implying that what was said or asked is an understatement Did it create a disruption? And then some! It created a disruption, and then some.
Synonyms: and how, to say the least
andy etymology From android + y, coined by Philip K. Dick in his 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (scifi, slang) android
    • 1968, Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Well, no intelligence test would trap such an andy. But then, intelligence tests hadn't trapped an andy in years, not since the primordial, crude varieties of the '70s.
    • 1989, Ron Goulart (ghostwriting as William Shatner), TekWar These damn andies can pass for humans, as can most of the more expensive andies these days.
Synonyms: replicant
anecdata etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (usually, humorous or pejorative) Anecdotal evidence.
    • 1992, Paul Solman on MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour show #4285 (March 6, 1992), "Guessing Game": A handful of stores, just one mall, not what you'd call a statistically significant sample. In fact, the most recent government report was that retail sales rose in January, which just goes to show why the journalist's approach to reality, what you might call "anecdata," may be the flimsiest form of forecasting.
    • 1997, Chris Doherty, in uw.general Anecodotal evidence strongly suggests that this is just the high profile expression of a much larger problem of misogynistic violence. Ah, yes. Anecdata. Fortunately, real honest studies which are peer-reviewed and critiqued suggest otherwise.
    • 2003, Justin Hughes, “Legal Pressures in Intellectual Property Law,” in Role of Scientific and Technical Data in the Public Domain That is one of those stories that I call “anecdata”—these horror stories over which we try to construct theories about how something is or is not working in IP law and policy.
    • 2004, David J Windisch, in Might even try this anecdata in Roy's Toy3, to see if its gui-ed algorithm-ized academic mumblings prove this scandalous anecdata.
    • 2005, Lindsay Endell, in uk.misc I have read interviews with people (yeah, I know, anecdata) who have said that they wanted an apology for a mistake being made and ended up going to court over it. And invariably winning.
anew etymology From Middle English onew, of newe, Old English of niowe. pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (literary, poetic or formal) again, once more Each morning, opportunity—like the sun—dawns anew.
  • Ewan
  • wane
  • wean
angel {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: aynjel (Jamaican English) etymology From Middle English angel, aungel, ængel, engel, from xno angele, angle and Old English ængel, engel, possibly via an early Proto-Germanic *angiluz but ultimately from Latin angelus, from Ancient Greek ἄγγελος 〈ángelos〉. Cognate with Scots angel, Saterland Frisian Ängel, Western Frisian ingel, Dutch engel, Low German engel, German Engel, Swedish ängel, Icelandic engill, Gothic 𐌰𐌲𐌲𐌹𐌻𐌿𐍃 〈𐌰𐌲𐌲𐌹𐌻𐌿𐍃〉. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈeɪn.dʒəl/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A divine and supernatural messenger from a deity, or other divine entity.
    • Ben Jonson The dear good angel of the Spring, / The nightingale.
  2. (Abrahamic tradition) The lowest order of angels, below virtue.
  3. A selfless person. You made me breakfast in bed, you little angel.
  4. (military slang) An altitude, measured in thousands of feet. Climb to angels sixty.
  5. An affluent individual who provides capital for a startup, usually in exchange for convertible debt or ownership equity.
  6. A minister or pastor of a church, as in the Seven Asiatic churches.
    • Bible, Rev. ii. 1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write.
  7. (obsolete) Attendant spirit; genius; demon. {{rfquotek}}
  8. (historical) An ancient gold coin of England, bearing the figure of the archangel Michael, and varying in value from six shilling and eightpence to ten shillings.
Synonyms: errand-ghost
  • cherub, minion, power, principality, seraph, throne
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • evangelist
  • evangelize
  • Hawaiian: ʻānela
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, slang) To support by donating money.
    • {{quote-journal}}
  • angle, Angle
  • Elgan
  • Galen
  • glean
angel dust
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Phencyclidine, a type of dissociative anesthetic. Another trial witness, Janet Johnson, described having been with defendant during the afternoon of the same day, and observed him ingest "angel dust" (phencyclidine or PCP) from 2 o'clock to 6 o'clock, and act "Spaced out. Just not normal." Supreme Court of California, People v. Frierson (1979) 25 C3d 142, 154
  2. (Ireland, slang) clenbuterol, a banned growth hormone formerly used in animal feedlot.
Synonyms: (phencyclidine, slang) PCP, peace pill, crystal, hog, horse tranquilizer, tic, zoot
Angelina {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (astronomy) Short for 64 Angelina, a main belt asteroid.
  2. A given name, an Italian diminutive of Angela.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A young, inexperienced hobo (of either gender).
    • 2009, Karen Schwabach, The Hope Chest (page 50) He had a plug of tobacco fixed firmly in his left cheek and talked around it in fluent hobo slang. "You Angelinas lookin' to catch a blind?" he said as Violet and Myrtle stood on the platform in Penn Station…
    • 2011, Josh Mack, The Hobo Handbook You'll like yourself better for it in the end, and when the next optimistic “Angelina” saunters in fresh from the rails looking for some work, he may benefit from your good conduct.
  • Nagelian
Angelite etymology Angel + ite
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fan of the television series Angel (1999 TV series).
  • Whedonite

All Languages

Languages and entry counts