The Alternative English Dictionary

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etymology 1 From cushty, from Romany kushto, kushti.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Geordie, slang) Excellent, very good. That car owner thor is propa cush!
etymology 2 From cushion.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sports, billiards, snooker, pool) Shortened form of cushion, the soft lip around the edge of the table that allows the balls to bounce cleanly.
  • hucs
  • such
cushat etymology From Old English cuscute, of uncertain origin. pronunciation
  • /ˈkʌʃət/ or /ˈkʊʃət/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Geordie or informal) A pigeon, wood pigeon or ring dove.
Synonyms: cushat dove, cushat-dove
cushty Alternative forms: cushdy, cushdie etymology From Romany kushto, kushti. Perhaps influenced by cushy. pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, slang) Excellent, very good. “That's pure cushdie that man!”
related terms:
  • cush
  • schuyt
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (colloquial) accursedly; damnably
cuss word Alternative forms: cussword
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Curse word or phrase.
custie etymology customer + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) customer
    • 2012, Freeman Hall, Coworker Hell: A Retail Hell Underground Digital Short So when everyone was stopping at the grocery store for one or two things on the way home from work, inundating each express lane with at least ten custies, the cashier on the express lane was due for a break …
    • 2012, Michael Daniel Baptiste, Godchild It all took maybe three minutes, tops, and the dealer was now ninety dollars richer. He even gave the custie one for free to make it an even ten jacks.
    • 2014, Ramsey F. Venner, No Loose Ends We've only had one bad-weather situation since we've been in business. A driver before Ben was making a delivery to a custie in a residential neighborhood.
customer pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkʌstəməʳ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A patron; one who purchase or receive a product or service from a business or merchant, or intends to do so. Every person who passes by is a potential customer.
  2. (informal) A person, especially one engaging in some sort of interaction with others. a cool customer, a tough customer, an ugly customer
related terms: {{rel-top3}}
  • consuetude
  • costumal
  • costume
  • custom
  • customary
  • customization
  • customize
  • customs
  • costumer
customize Alternative forms: customise (mostly British) etymology custom + ize. First attested in 1934 in American English. pronunciation
  • /ˈkʌst.ə.maɪ̯z/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To alter to suit individual requirement or specification
related terms:
  • consuetude
  • costumal
  • costume
  • custom
  • customary
  • customer
  • customization
cut etymology From Middle English cutten, kitten, kytten, ketten, "to cut"; compare Scots kut, kit, from Old English *cyttan, from Proto-Germanic *kutjaną, *kuttaną, of uncertain origin, perhaps related to Proto-Germanic *kwetwą "meat, flesh"; > Old Norse Old Norse kvett. Akin to Middle Swedish kotta "to cut or carve with a knife"; > Swedish dialectal kåta, kuta, Swedish kuta, kytti, Norwegian kutte, Icelandic kuta, Old Norse kuti, Norwegian kyttel, kytel, kjutul. pronunciation
  • /kʌt/
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adjective: {{rfc}} {{en-adj}}
  1. (participial adjective) Having been cut.
  2. Reduced. The pitcher threw a cut fastball that was slower than his usual pitch. Cut brandy is a liquor made of brandy and hard grain liquor.
  3. (of a gem) Carve into a shape; not raw.
  4. {{rfc-sense}} (cricket, of a shot) Played with a horizontal bat to hit the ball backward of point.
  5. (bodybuilding) Having muscular definition in which individual groups of muscle fibers stand out among larger muscles.
    • 1988, Steve Holman, "Christian Conquers Columbus", 47 (6): 28-34. Or how 'bout Shane DiMora? Could he possibly get rip-roaring cut this time around?
    • 2010, Bill Geiger, "6-pack Abs in 9 Weeks", Reps! 17:106 That's the premise of the overload principle, and it must be applied, even to ab training, if you're going to develop a cut, ripped midsection.
  6. (informal) Circumcised.
  7. (Australia, NZ, slang) Emotionally hurt.
  8. Eliminated from consideration during a recruitment drive.
  9. Removed from a team roster.
  10. (NZ) Intoxicated as a result of drugs or alcohol.
Synonyms: snithe
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An opening resulting from cutting. Look at this cut on my finger!
  2. The act of cutting. He made a fine cut with his sword.
  3. The result of cutting. a smooth or clear cut
  4. A notch, passage, or channel made by cutting or digging; a furrow; a groove. a cut for a railroad
    • Knolles This great cut or ditch Secostris … purposed to have made a great deal wider and deeper.
  5. A share or portion. The lawyer took a cut of the profits.
  6. (cricket) A batsman's shot played with a swing motion of the bat, to hit the ball backward of point.
  7. (cricket) Sideways movement of the ball through the air caused by a fast bowler impart spin to the ball.
  8. (sports) In lawn tennis, etc., a slanting stroke causing the ball to spin and bound irregularly; also, the spin thus given to the ball.
  9. The act or right of dividing a deck of playing cards. The player next to the dealer makes a cut by placing the bottom half on top.
  10. The manner or style a garment etc. is fashioned in. I like the cut of that suit.
    • Shakespeare with eyes severe and beard of formal cut
  11. A slab, especially of meat. That’s our finest cut of meat.
  12. (fencing) An attack made with a chopping motion of the blade, landing with its edge or point.
  13. A deliberate snub, typically a refusal to return a bow or other acknowledgement of acquaintance.
    • Washington Irving Rip called him by name, but the cur snarled, snapped his teeth, and passed on. This was an unkind cut indeed.
  14. A definable part, such as an individual song, of a recording, particularly of commercial records, audio tape, CD, etc. The drummer on the last cut of their CD is not identified.
  15. (archaeology) A truncation, a context that represents a moment in time when other archaeological deposit were removed for the creation of some feature such as a ditch or pit.
  16. A haircut.
  17. (graph theory) the partition of a graph’s vertices into two subgroups
  18. A string of railway cars coupled together.
  19. An engraved block or plate; the impression from such an engraving. a book illustrated with fine cuts
  20. (obsolete) A common workhorse; a gelding.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher He'll buy me a cut, forth for to ride.
  21. (slang, dated) The failure of a college officer or student to be present at any appointed exercise.
  22. A skein of yarn. {{rfquotek}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (heading, transitive) To incise, to cut into the surface of something.
    1. To perform an incision on, for example with a knife.
      • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) You must cut this flesh from off his breast.
    2. To divide with a knife, scissors, or another sharp instrument. exampleWould you please cut the cake?
      • Alexander Pope (1688-1744) Before the whistling winds the vessels fly, / With rapid swiftness cut the liquid way.
    3. To form or shape by cutting. exampleI have three diamonds to cut today.
      • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) Why should a man, whose blood is warm within, / Sit like his grandsire cut in alabaster?
      • John Milton (1608-1674) loopholes cut through thickest shade
    4. To wound with a knife.
      • 1990, Stephen Dobyns, The house on Alexandrine We don't want your money no more. We just going to cut you.
    5. To deliver a stroke with a whip or like instrument to.
      • {{RQ:Frgsn Zlnstn}} “My Continental prominence is improving,” I commented dryly. ¶ Von Lindowe cut at a furze bush with his silver-mounted rattan. ¶ “Quite so,” he said as dryly, his hand at his mustache. “I may say if your intentions were known your life would not be worth a curse.”
    6. To wound or hurt deeply the sensibilities of; to pierce. exampleSarcasm cuts to the quick.
      • Joseph Addison (1672–1719) The man was cut to the heart.
    7. To castrate or geld. exampleto cut a horse
    8. To interfere, as a horse; to strike one foot against the opposite foot or ankle in using the legs.
  2. (intransitive) To admit of incision or severance; to yield to a cutting instrument.
    • 1858, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table, The Deacon's Masterpiece, in Chapter XI: The panels of white-wood that cuts like cheese, / But lasts like iron for things like these;
  3. (transitive, heading, social) To separate, remove, reject or reduce.
    1. To separate from prior association; to remove a portion of a recording during editing. exampleTravis was cut from the team.
    2. To reduce, especially intentionally. exampleThey're going to cut salaries by fifteen percent.
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    3. To absent oneself from (a class, an appointment, etc.). exampleI cut fifth period to hang out with Angela.
      • Thomas Hamilton (writer) (1789-1842) An English tradesman is always solicitous to cut the shop whenever he can do so with impunity.
    4. To ignore as a social snub. exampleAfter the incident at the dinner party, people started to cut him on the street.
  4. (intransitive, cinema, audio, usually as imperative) To cease record activities. exampleAfter the actors read their lines, the director yelled "Cut!"
  5. (transitive, computing) To remove and place in memory for later use. exampleSelect the text, cut it, and then paste it in the other application.
  6. (intransitive) To enter a queue in the wrong place. exampleOne student kept trying to cut in front of the line.
  7. (intransitive) To intersect or cross in such a way as to divide in half or nearly so. exampleThis road cuts right through downtown.
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  8. (transitive, cricket) To make the ball spin sideways by running one's finger down the side of the ball while bowling it. {{rfex}}
  9. (transitive, cricket) To deflect (a bowled ball) to the off, with a chopping movement of the bat.
  10. (intransitive) To change direction suddenly. exampleThe football player cut to his left to evade a tackle.
  11. (transitive, intransitive) To divide a pack of playing card into two. exampleIf you cut then I'll deal.
  12. (transitive, slang) To write. examplecut orders;  cut a check
  13. (transitive, slang) To dilute a liquid, usually alcohol. exampleThe bartender cuts his beer to save money and now it's all watery.
  14. (transitive) To exhibit (a quality).
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  15. (transitive) To stop or disengage. exampleCut the engines when the plane comes to a halt!
  16. (sports) To drive (a ball) to one side, as by (in billiards or croquet) hitting it fine with another ball, or (in tennis) striking it with the racket inclined.
Synonyms: See
  • chop, hack, slice, trim
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cut a feather
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  1. (nautical) To make the water foam in moving; in allusion to the ripple which a ship throws off from her bows.
  2. (colloquial) To make oneself conspicuous.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A car that has been weld together from vehicle previously involved in accident.
cute {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /kjuːt/
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etymology Shortened from acute, originally “keenly perceptive or discerning, shrewd” (1731). Meaning transferred to “pretty, fetching” by US students (slang) c.1834. Meaning drifted further to associate specifically with the pleasing attraction to features usually possessed by the young.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Possessing physical features, behavior, personality traits or other properties that are mainly attributed to infant and small or cuddly animals; e.g. fair, dainty, round, and soft physical features, disproportionately large eyes and head, playfulness, fragility, helplessness, curiosity or shyness, innocence, affectionate behavior. Our reaction to cute attributes is understood as the way nature ensures mammals care for their young.
  2. Generally, attractive or pleasing, especially in a youthful, dainty, quaint or fun-spirited way. Let's go to the mall and look for cute girls. Emma is so damn cute.
  3. Affected or contrived to charm; mincingly clever; precious; cutesy. The actor's performance was too cute for me. All that mugging to the audience killed the humor. Don't get cute with me, boy!
  4. Mentally keen or discerning; clever; shrewd; see acute.
    • ca. 1850. Anonymous, "Turpin Hero" (broadside ballad, probably originally dating to 18th century) Then Turpin being so very cute, He hid his money in his boot.
    Cute trick, but can you do it consistently?
cute hoor etymology From cute and whore pronunciation
  • /kjut huɹ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland, slang) A shrewd scoundrel, especially in business or politics.
The term is not necessarily insulting, and can often be considered flattering. It does not carry sexual connotations in modern usage. Usually used to describe a male 'rogue'.
cuteness etymology cute + ness
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  1. The state of being cute (endearingly attractive).
    • 2007, Christine Locher, The Cult of Cuteness in Japanese Youth Culture (page 13) The craving for cuteness is a psychological phenomenon that originally had the purpose of increasing the chances of a baby to survive …
  2. (colloquial, dated) acuteness; cunning
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) cuteness
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Made of cut glass
  2. (informal, of an English accent) posh
cutify {{was wotd}} pronunciation
  • /ˈkjuːtɪfaɪ/; {{enPR}}
etymology 1 From Latin cutis and faciō.William Dwight Whitney, ''The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language'',<sup >[ ]</sup> The Century Company (1889), [;pg=PA1416&amp;dq=cutify page 1416].
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To form skin.
    • 1898 May, T. L. MacDonald, “The Correction of Inveterate Hystero-Recto-Vesico-Ptosis by Laparotomy, and Implantation of the Uterus within the Abdominal Incision”, in The Hahnemannian Monthly volume 33, LaBarre Printing Company, page 281, A small area of the fundus protruded between the lips of the wound and was left to cutify.
etymology 2 From cute + ify, perhaps with influence from beautify.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To make cute.
    • {{ante}} , quoted in Alex Witchel, Girls Only: Sleepovers, Squabbles, Tuna Fish, and Other Facts of Family Life, Simon and Schuster (2008), ISBN 0743254929, page 110, “ wouldn’t even eat in the same restaurants or stay in the same hotels as ,” she was saying now. “There really were classes of people. And vaudeville was very proud, extremely proud. In , burlesque was all cutified, not the way it really was, down and dirty, men with raw liver and milk bottles masturbating. […]”
cut one
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, idiomatic) to fart
Synonyms: cut one loose
cut one loose
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang, idiomatic) to fart
cut stick Alternative forms: cut one's stick
verb: {{head}}
  1. (dated, slang) To depart clandestinely or in a hurry.
cutter {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈkʌtɚ/
  • (RP) /ˈkʌtə/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person or device that cuts (in various senses). a stone cutter; a die cutter
    • 1988, Jorge Amado, Home is the Sailor (page 55) Chico Pacheco kept repeating the phrase between clenched teeth, lamenting the wasted days of his youth; he had been a notorious cutter of classes.
  2. (nautical) A single-mast, fore-and-aft rigged, sail vessel with at least two headsail, and a mast set further aft than that of a sloop.
  3. A foretooth; an incisor. {{rfquotek}}
  4. A heavy-duty motor boat for official use. a coastguard cutter.
  5. (nautical) A ship's boat, used for transport ship-to-ship or ship-to-shore.
  6. (cricket) A ball that moves sideways in the air, or off the pitch, because it has been cut.
  7. (baseball) A cut fastball.
  8. (slang) A ten-pence piece. So named because it is the coin most often sharpened by prison inmate to use as a weapon.
  9. (slang) A person who practices self-injury.
  10. (obsolete) An officer in the exchequer who note by cutting on the tallies the sum paid.
  11. (obsolete) A ruffian; a bravo; a destroyer.
  12. (obsolete) A kind of soft yellow brick, easily cut, and used for facework.
  13. A light sleigh drawn by one horse.
    • 2007, Carrie A. Meyer, Days on the Family Farm, U of Minnesota Press, page 55 : Throughout much of the winter, the sled or the cutter was the vehicle of choice. Emily and Joseph had a cutter, for traveling in style in snow.
cutterman etymology There may also be some tie to the Slate Belt region, USA, where Cornish and Welsh quarry of the last two centuries were likely referred to as cutters.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, US) A person who is either unkempt or slovenly.
It is almost exclusive to Monroe County, Pennsylvania. Variations of the word are cudderman or cunnerman. School children and young adults in the area frequently shorten it to cutty to describe something or someone less desirable.
cut the cheese etymology This idiom references the foul smell emitted by some cheeses many of which have a rind that keep the odor in. Once the rind is pierced, as in the case of slicing it, the not so pleasant smell is released. This smell can be remarkably similar to one passing gas, depending on the cheese, and the person.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US, idiomatic, euphemistic, slang) To flatulate. Hey, who cut the cheese?
Synonyms: break wind, fart, flatulate, pass gas, See also
cut the crap
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar) to stop talking about irrelevant things.
  2. (idiomatic, vulgar) to stop lying.
cuttie etymology From cut.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, surfing) Short for a cutback.
  2. (colloquial) A t-shirt that has had the sleeves removed.
  3. (Scotland) alternative spelling of cutty Someone or something common and short or small.
  4. (Scotland, archaic) A hare.
  5. (Scotland, archaic) The Black Guillemot.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Scotland) Short, shortened or small. alternative spelling of cutty
cutty grass
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, New Zealand) Any grass species of the genus {{taxlink}} (formerly within genus {{taxlink}}), with sharp serrated edges.
  • The plural cutty grasses is used to indicate multiple varieties of cutty grass, not clumps of the same grass.
Synonyms: (grass of genus Austroderia) {{vern|toetoe}]
cut up
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To cut into smaller piece, part, or section. With a little practice, you can cut up a whole chicken yourself for frying.
  2. (transitive, informal) To lacerate; to wound by multiple laceration; to injure or damage by cutting, or as if by cutting. The attackers cut him up pretty bad.
  3. (transitive, idiomatic) To distress mentally or emotionally.
    • 1843, Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol, And even Scrooge was not so dreadfully cut up by the sad event...
  4. (transitive, idiomatic, dated) To severely criticize or censure; to subject to hostile criticism. The reviewer cut up the book mercilessly.
  5. (intransitive, idiomatic) To behave like a clown or jokester (a cut-up); to misbehave; to act in a playful, comical, boisterous, or unruly manner to elicit laughter, attention, etc. We need to talk about Johnny's tendency to cut up in class.
  6. (transitive, idiomatic, British) To move aggressively in front of another vehicle while driving. US: cut off.
    • 2005, Richard Hunter, Righteous Indignation: Driving Psychology, AuthorHouse, ISBN 978-1-4259-0160-8, page 42: If you are a victim of Road Rage, this normally means you may have inadvertently cut someone up on the road, or he may perceive that you have cut him up.
    • 2006, Jane M. Ussher, Managing the Monstrous Feminine: Regulating the Reproductive Body, Routledge, ISBN 978-0-415-32810-4, page 170: The third gave an account of losing her temper in traffic, after being cut up by another driver, then bursting into tears.
    • {{ante}} “Jones” (former police officer; possible pseudonym), quoted in Tom Rennie, Governors, Guns and Money,, ISBN 978-1-8479-9154-6, page 78: One night coming home from work, I was driving through a quiet housing estate and had a driver cut me up. I had my window open, and mouthed some obscenity towards him.
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  8. (slang, dated) To divide into portions well or badly; to have the property left at one's death turn out well or poorly when divided among heirs, legatees, etc.
    • Thackeray When I die, may I cut up as well as Morgan Pendennis.
Synonyms: (move in front of another vehicle) cut off (US)
related terms:
  • cutup, cut-up
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having been cut into smaller pieces. Put the cut up vegetables in the pot.
  2. Wounded with multiple laceration. He is cut up pretty bad.
  3. (idiomatic, UK, Australia) Emotionally upset; mentally distressed. She was seriously cut up over her dog disappearing.
  4. (informal) Muscular and lean. I go to the gym to get stronger and cut up.
cut up shines
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  1. (US, slang, dated) To play prank.
etymology 1 Short for because. Alternative forms: cause, 'cause, cos, 'cos, coz, 'coz, 'cuz pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /kɘz/
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (informal) because
conjunction: {{en-con}}
  1. (informal) because
etymology 2 Short for cousin. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈkʌz/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) cousin (usually as a term of address, but not necessarily towards one's cousin)
cyber etymology Originally from cybernetics before becoming a stand alone word. pronunciation
  • ˈsʌɪbə
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Pertaining to the Internet; alternative spelling of cyber-
  2. (informal) Cybergoth.
    • 1998, Richard Peter Treadwell Davenport-Hines, Gothic: four hundred years of excess, horror, evil, and ruin She is a high priestess of the Church of the SubGenius, a devotee of the music of Tom Waits and Robert Smith, and of goth and cyber subcultures.
    • 2007, Tiffany Godoy, Ivan Vartanian, Style Deficit Disorder: Harajuku Street Fashion, Tokyo ...a cross between metal, punk, goth, cyber, and rock.
    • 2007, Raven Digitalis, Goth Craft: The Magickal Side of Dark Culture No CyberGoth is complete without gigantic "stompy" platform boots and the optional toy ray gun. Some are even more anachronistic in that they incorporate old Renaissance and Victorian styles into their much-loved cyber wear.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To engage in cybersex. Wanna cyber?
  • Bryce
cyberbabble etymology cyber + babble
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) Obscure or meaningless talk about cyber topics.
  • technobabble
cyberbabe etymology cyber + babe
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An attractive woman on the Internet or in cyberspace.
    • 2000, New Statesman (volume 129, issues 4481-4492, page 94) The invasion of the cyberbabes is well advanced. "Virtual" newsreaders Ananova and Vandrea are following the ass-kicking footsteps of the phenomenally successful computer game heroine Lara Croft of Tomb Raider…
    • 2001, Chuck Palahniuk, Choke And those old chat room sex hounds pretending to be sixteen-year-old girls. For serious, old FBI guys make the sexiest cyberbabes.
cybercop etymology cyber + cop
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A member of a cyberpolice force.
    • 2005, Pat Choate, Hot property: the stealing of ideas in an age of globalization Second, the proposed legislation would make telephone and Internet companies assume the role of cybercops, in effect making them responsible for policing...
  2. (Internet, slang, derogatory) A user who attempts to enforce netiquette or other standards.
Synonyms: (user attempting to enforce standards) netcop
cybercowboy etymology cyber + cowboy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (science fiction) A character who carries out contract work, especially of a legally dubious nature, in cyberspace.
    • 2000, Cutting Edge, Digital desires: language, identity and new technologies ...from the voyeur and beau, through the private dick and the hobo to the cybercowboy and the cyborg.
    • 2002, Amanda Fernbach, Fantasies of fetishism: from decadence to the post-human Unlike the cyborg and cybercowboy, technoman Lenny is a sad figure who cannot move on. Despite Faith's rejections he loiters about the club where she works...
    • 2003, Frederick Buell, From apocalypse to way of life: environmental crisis in the American century ...ruthlessly competitive with each other, these corporations hire cybercowboys like Case to do this risky work for them.
  2. (informal) An Internet user.
    • 1995, Maurice Berger, Brian Wallis, Simon Watson, Carrie Mae Weems, Constructing masculinity ...shares not a little with libertarian cybercowboys of the technosphere like John Barlow and Mitch Kapor...
    • 2001, Jim Sterne, World Wide Web marketing Within the week he upgraded his PC, got a modem, downloaded Netscape, and became a cybercowboy.
Synonyms: (Internet user) cybernaut, cybersurfer, netizen
cyberfreak etymology cyber + freak
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, often, derogatory) An obsessive Internet user.
    • 1998, Matt Goldberg, Tripod's Tools for Life In truth, those who take chat seriously, as a means of meeting other like minds and sharing mutual interests, can suss out who's a cyberfreak and who isn't.
    • 2003, P. J. Tracy, Monkeewrench Probably some twisted little cyberfreak getting his anonymous fifteen minutes.
    • 2005, John le Carré, The Constant Gardener (page 335) She phoned a couple of friends only to establish that their machines were unaffected. “Wow, Ghita, maybe you've picked up one of these crazy viruses from the Philippines or wherever those cyberfreaks hang out!"
    • 2007, Henry Hart, Background Radiation (page 86) Her daughter threatened to publish our emails in a memoir. How she got them is a mystery. She's one of those cyberfreaks.
cyberjunk etymology cyber + junk
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, informal) Worthless material on the Internet.
    • 1999, Terry William Ogletree, Upgrading and repairing networks Take the following steps to stem the tide of cyberjunk...
    • 1999, David W Schumann, Esther Thorson, Advertising and the World Wide Web As cyberjunk gives way to carefully targeted information, interest will shift (Mehta & Sivadas, 1995).
    • 2004, Joe Kraynak, Que's Official Internet Yellow Pages, 2005 Edition ...this site is designed to help you discern the valuable nutrition sites on the Web from those that are mere cyberjunk.
cyberjunkie etymology cyber + junkie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A person who is addict to computer or the Internet.
cyberkid etymology cyber + kid
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A child of the Information Age, familiar with computer technology.
    • 1998, Glen Segell, Regionalisation, globalisation and the emancipation of information Companies are ill-prepared for this wave of so-called cyberkids...
    • 2000, Parents (volume 75, issues 10-12) With online games and activities like Monster Match and Virtual Pumpkin Carving, is a cyberkid's dream.
cyberland etymology cyber + land
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The Internet or cyberspace.
    • 1996, Allen Kent, James G Williams, Carolyn M Hall, Rosalind Kent, Encyclopedia of Microcomputers: Volume 19 As more people begin to own virtual real estate in cyberland, space and traffic become forces that threaten users' ability to explore...
    • 1997, Sue-Ellen Case, The domain-matrix: performing lesbian at the end of print culture In the light of such a discovery, what kind of a materialist critique could remain useful within the emerging cyberland?
    • 2001, Barbara Maria Stafford, Visual Analogy: Consciousness as the Art of Connecting Face identification, hand geometry, and iris scanning indicate that all is not well in cyberland.
    • 2001, Michael Drapkin, Jon Lowy, Daniel Marovitz, Three clicks away: advice from the trenches of eCommerce This section outlines a process that can be used for identifying, quantifying, shepherding, and delivering whatever you are trying to achieve in cyberland.
    • 2004, Ronald Alsop, The 18 immutable laws of corporate reputation Here's a little sampling of what's being said in cyberland about companies whose names you know very well.
cyberlingo etymology cyber + lingo
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The lingo used on the Internet or in cyberspace.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Cyberliterature.
cyberloafing etymology cyber + loafing
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The use of computer by employee for purposes unrelated to work.
cybermoney etymology cyber + money
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, Internet) Money represented in electronic form for the purpose of financial transaction over the Internet.
Synonyms: cybercash
cybernat etymology Shortening of cybernationalist.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, informal) A Scottish nationalist who takes part in Internet activism.
cyberpunkish etymology cyberpunk + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Resembling or characteristic of cyberpunk.
cyberpunky etymology cyberpunk + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Reminiscent of the cyberpunk genre.
    • 2004, Gareth Branwyn, Absolute Beginner's Guide to Building Robots (page 261) Continuing in the grand cyberpunky tradition of "the street finds its own uses for things," we took a lowly chip originally designed to boost the speaker on your home answering machine and we turned it into a robot brain.
cybersavvy etymology cyber + savvy
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Savvy with regard to computer or the Internet; technological inclined.
    • 1998, Richard Davis, Diana Marie Owen, New Media and American Politics We may be in store for a new era of cybersavvy candidates who campaign well online, limiting the pool of potential leaders.
    • 2002, David Taylor, Alyse D Terhune, Doing E-Business: Strategies for Thriving in an Electronic Marketplace ...such as disintermediation or significant loss of market share to Internet upstarts or cybersavvy traditional competitors.
    • 2006, Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Frommer's Ireland from $90 a Day In cybersavvy Dublin, public-access terminals are in shopping malls, hotels, and hostels throughout the city center.
cybersickness etymology cyber + sickness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A form of motion sickness associated with virtual reality environments.
Synonyms: barfogenesis (slang)
cyberslacking etymology cyber + slacking
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Use of the Internet during work hour for unrelated task
cyberslang etymology cyber + slang
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The slang used on the Internet.
cybersleuth etymology cyber + sleuth
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A cyberdetective.
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cyberslut etymology cyber + slut
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A slut in cyberspace.
    • 2005, Chuck Chambers, The Private Investigator's Handbook Should these methods fail to produce the name of this cyberslut or cyberstud...
    • 2006, Chuck Zito, A Habit for Death The techno-geek has been in one of those online cyberslut places chatting up every anonymous dick that comes by, thank you.
cybersmut etymology cyber + smut
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Pornographic material published on the Internet or in cyberspace.
cyberspeak etymology cyber + speak
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The language used on the Internet or in cyberspace.
cyberstud etymology cyber + stud
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A stud (male lover) in cyberspace.
    • 1997, Celia Pearce, The interactive book To be a cyberstud, you need to be a good writer.
    • 2003, Sonya Sones, What My Mother Doesn't Know Grace says that depends on who I like talking to more, the cyberstud (as she calls him) or Dylan.
    • 2005, Chuck Chambers, The Private Investigator's Handbook Should these methods fail to produce the name of this cyberslut or cyberstud...
cyberstyle etymology cyber + style
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (rare, informal) By means of a computer.
    • 1997, Anna Leider, Robert Leider, Don't miss out: the ambitious student's guide to financial aid, Volume 22 ...snail mail it to their regional processor (who will in turn send a signature "flag" to the central processor), but everything else goes cyberstyle.
    • 1997, "RoDeoFlowr", looking for penpals cyberstyle (on Internet newsgroup soc.penpals)
    • 1999, Cynthia Green, Jennifer Reingold, Business Week guide to the best business schools Finally, you enter a credit card number, and with a click of a button, your application flies cyberstyle to the school of choice, although you can print it out and mail it in if you prefer.
    • 2008, Mary Ann Lamanna, Agnes Riedmann, Marriages and Families: Making Choices in a Diverse Society‎ Is it sex—cyberstyle—or is it abstinence?
cybertalk etymology cyber + talk
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The language used on the Internet or in cyberspace.
cyc etymology Shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) cyclorama
cyst and decease
verb: {{head}}
  1. (humorous) form of form: stop.
d'oh Alternative forms: doh etymology Imitative. Later popularised by the cartoon character Homer Simpson in The Simpsons. Voice actor Dan Castellaneta has said he modelled his version on the drawn-out "do-o-o-o" sound made by in the films of . pronunciation
  • (US) /doʊ/, /doʊʔ/
  • (UK) /dəʊ/, /dəʊʔ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{homophones}}, do (music)
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Expresses frustration or anger, especially at one’s own stupidity. "I just paid for our food." "You didn't have to. It's free." "D'oh!"
  • hod
contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. (archaic, informal) Did ye.
  2. (archaic, informal) Do ye. D'ye ken John Peel with his coat so grey?
Synonyms: d'you (contemporary)
  • dey, Dey
d'you pronunciation
  • (stressed) /djuː/, /dʒuː/
  • (unstressed before a vowel) /dju/, /dʒu/
  • (unstressed elsewhere) /djə/, /dʒə/
contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. (informal) Did you. D'you go to the store yet?
  2. (UK, informal) Do you. D'you think this outfit suits me?
Synonyms: d'ye (archaic)
  • you'd
da pronunciation
  • (UK) /də/, /dæ/
  • (UK) /dɑː/
etymology 1 Abbreviation of dad
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland, Scotland, Northern England) Father.
    • 2008, James Kelman, Kieron Smith, Boy, Penguin 2009, page 55 exampleOh where is yer da son? The man said it to me and was grumpy. Is yer da here?
Synonyms: pa, Pa, daddy
etymology 2 From Russian да 〈da〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, Russianism) Yes; an affirmative response.
interjection: {{en-interjection}}
  1. (slang, Russianism) Yes!
  • nyet
etymology 3 Representing pronunciation of the in informal speech.
article: {{head}}
  1. (in the US, especially used in Chicago and New York) eye dialect of the Da New York Times, Da Bears
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etymology 4 Abbreviation of duck's ass pronunciation {{rfp}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Hair at the back of a person's head, styled resembling the rear of a duck. (See drawing at ducktail.)
Synonyms: ducktail
  • ad, ad., AD
da bomb pronunciation
  • (UK) /dəˈbɒm/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) the best, the ultimate cool
Synonyms: the bomb
dacent pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdeɪsənt/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Ireland, slang) awesome, really good
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Australia, informal) To pull down someone's trousers as a practical joke.
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (Australia, NZ, informal) alternative form of daks
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of dack
dad {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: dadde (obsolete), dadda, Dad etymology From Middle English dadd, dadde, perhaps of cel origin, compare Welsh and Breton tad, Old Irish data; possibly related to Russian дядя 〈dâdâ〉 and/or дедушка 〈deduška〉. pronunciation
  • /dæd/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A father, a male parent. exampleHe hadn't seen his dad in years.
  2. (familiar) Used to address one's father exampleHappy Father's Day, Dad!
  3. (slang) Used to address an older adult male
Synonyms: (a father), (used to address one's father familiarly) dada, daddy, pa, Pa, papa, pop, Pop, papá, papà, pappa, pater, paw, (used to address an older adult male) daddio, pop, pops
related terms: {{rel3}}
  • add , ADD
Dad's Day
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Father's Day
dada {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish) Father, dad.
  1. (informal, South-east Asia) illegal drugs.
Not to be confused with Dada.
da da
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish) alternative form of dada The baby said da da.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, informal, euphemistic) goddamned
    • 1918, Robert Lemuel Wiggins, The Life of Joel Chandler Harris these dad-blamed newfangled notions
    • 1938, William Riley Burnett, The Dark Command: A Kansas Iliad He said he didn't have a dad-blamed furriner nor a dad-blamed Injun in his outfit.
    • 1967, Nevada C Colley, From Maine to Mecca You know how that dad-blamed fathead is always talking like a doctor.
dad burn
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (US, informal, euphemistic) God damn
    • 1918, Stars and Stripes (taken from the Pittsburgh Post), By, by gum, we'll lick the kaiser when the sergeants teach us how, for, dad burn it, he's the reason that we're in the army now!
daddy {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈdædi/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (usually, childish) father.
  2. (informal) male lover.
    • 1955, Ray Charles, Greenbacks She looked at me with that familiar desire Her eyes lit up like they were on fire She said, "My name's Flo, and you're on the right track, But look here, daddy, I wear furs on my back, So if you want to have fun in this man's land, Let Lincoln and Jackson start shaking hands."
Synonyms: da (Irish), dad, daddio, pa, papa, paw, pop, poppa, See also
daddyhood etymology daddy + hood
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (North America, informal) fatherhood
daddyish etymology daddy + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Resembling or characteristic of a father; paternal.
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daddy-o pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdædɪəʊ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, dated) Term of address for a man.
    • 1956, Nervous Norvus, "Transfusion" (lyrics) Hey daddy-o, make that type O huh? That a boy.
    • 1959, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, "" (lyrics) He walks in the classroom cool and slow, / Who calls the English teacher Daddy-O?
    • 1959, , But Godot also means 'ot Dog, or the dog who is hot, and it means God-O, God as the female j principle, just as Daddy-O in Hip means father who has failed, . . .
  • Used in the 1950s and 1960s as a term of endearment, or to appear "hip".
dad joke
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A lame, embarassing or unfunny joke told by someone's father.
dadlike etymology dad + like
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Befitting a dad; fatherly.
    • 2005, Brian Sloan, A Really Nice Prom Mess He put his hand around the back of my neck in a friendly, dadlike way.
    • 2007, Laura Preble, Queen Geeks in Love He still has that dadlike tone that means I must obey him, so I sit.
    • 2008, Robert Engelman, More For most apes and probably for early hominids, we wouldn't expect much dadlike behavior.
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (internet slang) initialism of does anybody else or initialism of does anyone else
daff pronunciation
  • (UK) /dæf/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English daf, daffe, from Old Norse daufr, from Proto-Germanic *daubaz, from Proto-Indo-European *dheubh-. Cognate with Swedish döf, Danish døv. More at deaf.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A fool; an idiot; a blockhead.
etymology 2 From Middle English daffen, from daf, daffe. See above.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To be foolish; make sport; play; toy. {{rfquotek}}
  2. (UK, dialect) To daunt. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 3 Variant of doff.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To toss (aside); to dismiss.
    • 1599, , , DON PEDRO. I would she had bestowed this dotage on me; I would have daffed all other respects and made her half myself.
    • 1948, CS Lewis, ‘Notes on the Way’: Such is the record of Scripture. Nor can you daff it aside by saying that local and temporary conditions condemned women to silence and private life.
  2. (transitive) To turn (someone) aside; divert.
etymology 4 From daffodil.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, informal) Short form of daffodil. Get your daffs here - £2 a bunch
  • aff'd
daffiness pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdæfinəs/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) silly or foolish
  2. (informal) crazy or mad
daffodowndilly pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˌdæfədaʊnˈdɪli/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) the daffodil.
    • 1911, Margaret Deland, The Iron Woman, p15 She had put a daffodowndilly behind each ear, and twisted a dandelion chain around her neck.
    • Stella Gibbons - Cold Comfort Farm ye might as soon send the white hawthorn or the yellow daffodowndilly to school as my Elfine.
DAFN etymology Initialism.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (offensive, derogatory, ethnic slur, vulgar) dumbass fucking nigger
daft {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old English dæfte, from Proto-Germanic *daftuz. pronunciation
  • (UK) /dɑːft/, /dæft/
  • (US) /dæft/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. insane, mad
  2. silly
  3. stupid
Synonyms: soft
  • DFAT
daft as a brush
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Describes someone who is known to do and say silly things.
dafuq etymology Altered form of the fuck.
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (vulgar, internet slang) The fuck.
    • 2012, Connie Anne McEntee, Waking for Hours, iUniverse (2012), ISBN 9781475958843, page 193: Donnie: Where dafuq r u?
    • 2012, Maika Duperval, "The Friend Zone", The Plant (Dawson College), Volume 40, Issue 21, 5 April 2012, page 17: If you're lonely, do not be some stubborn brat who only needs company and will hump anything that'll walk and give you the time of, dafuq do you think you are? Barney Stinson?
    • 2012, Michael Voloshin, "Getting Hit With OKCupid's questionarrow", The Daily Cardinal, 30 October 2012, Volume 122, Issue 42, page 2: Alright OKCupid, in the first 10 questions you’ve already asked me if I’d rather be normal or weird, if I’m happy, and if religion or race matters to me. Dafuq OKCupid? I thought you were cool and the questions would be about my favorite super power (invisibility, duh), or which Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle I most closely align with (Michelangelo).
    • {{seemoreCites}}
Synonyms: the blazes, the devil, the dickens, the heck, the hell
dag pronunciation
  • /dæɡ/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Old English dagge, of uncertain (probably gem) origin, cognate with (Middle) Dutch dag, dagge, dagh.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A hanging end or shred, in particular a long point strip of cloth at the edge of a piece of clothing, or one of a row of decorative strips of cloth that may ornament a tent, booth or fairground.
etymology 2 From daglock or daggle-lock.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A dangling lock of sheep’s wool matted with dung.
    • Wedgwood Daglocks, clotted locks hanging in dags or jags at a sheep's tail.
    • 1998, Wool: Volume 8, Issue 10, as published by the Massey Wool Association: He was one of the first significant private buyers of wool in New Zealand, playing a major part in bringing respectability to what at first was a very diverse group. He pioneered the pelletising of dag waste.
    • 1999, G. C. Waghorn, N. G. Gregory, S. E. Todd, and R. Wesselink, Dags in sheep; a look at faeces and reasons for dag formation, published in the Proceedings of the New Zealand Grassland Association 61, on pages 43–49: The development of dags first requires some faeces to adhere to wool, but this is only the initial step in accumulation.
    • 2004, Mette Vaarst, Animal health and welfare in organic agriculture, page 323: [...] and the use of tanniferous forages may affect faecal consistency, reducing the formation of dag (faeces-coated wool).
    • 2006, in the compilation of the Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture, volume 46, issues 1-5, published by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (Australia), on page 7: [Researchers] note that free pellets are characteristic of healthy sheep and that if sheep consistently produced free pellets, wool staining and dag formation would not occur.
Synonyms: daglock, taglock, dagging, dung tag
  • 1989, Paula Simmons, Raising Sheep the Modern Way, revised edition, Storey Communications Inc., Pownal Vermont, page 212 Remove dung tags, and do not tie them in with the fleece.
, 1989, Paula Simmons, Raising Sheep the Modern Way, revised edition, Storey Communications Inc., Pownal Vermont, page 212 Remove dung tags, and do not tie them in with the fleece.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To shear the hindquarters of a sheep in order to remove dags or prevent their formation.
    • 2007, Graeme R. Quick, Remarkable Australian Farm Machines: Ingenuity on the Land, Blade shearers could shear, crutch, mules or dag sheep anywhere they were needed.
    • 2010 January 29, Emma Partridge, Stock Journal, Richie Foster a cut above the rest, After learning how to crutch at 13, he could dag 400 sheep in a day by the spring of 1965 and earned himself more than just a bit of pocket money.
  2. To daggle or bemire. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 3 From Old French dague (from Old Provençal dague, of uncertain origin, perhaps from vl *daca, from the Roman province Dacia (roughly modern Romania); the ending is possibly the faintly pejorative -ard suffix, as in poignard); cognate with dagger.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A skewer.
  2. A spit, a sharpen rod used for roast food over a fire.
  3. (obsolete) A dagger; a poniard. {{rfquotek}}
  4. (obsolete) A kind of large pistol.
    • Foxe The Spaniards discharged their dags, and hurt some.
    • Grose A sort of pistol, called dag, was used about the same time as hand guns and harquebuts.
  5. The unbranched antler of a young deer.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To skewer food, for roasting over a fire
  2. (transitive) To cut or slash the edge of a garment into dags
etymology 4 Variation of dang. {{etystub}}
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (US, informal) Expressing shock, awe or surprise; used as a general intensifier.
etymology 5 {{back-form}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia slang, New Zealand derogatory slang) One who dress unfashionably or without apparent care about appearance.
    • 2004 July 25, Debbie Kruger, Melbourne Weekly Magazine, All the World's a Stage, Now, wide-eyed and unfashionably excited ("I’m such a dag!" she remarks several times), she has the leading role of Viola in the Bell Shakespeare Company’s production of Twelfth Night, opening on August 10 at the Victorian Arts Centre Playhouse.
    • 2006 September 26, , Klancie Keough eliminated, What did you think about Mark calling you a dag? To me a dag is a person who doesn't have a lot of pride in their appearance or the way they present themselves — the way they sing and how they hold themselves basically. But it didn't really bother me. He said, "You're such a dag, you're cool." I took it as "you're a laidback person". The way they cut it and edited it made it sound on TV like I was grumpy about it, but I wasn't. It was pretty funny how it came across.
    • 2009 November 14, , Catherine Zeta - Hollywood's biggest dag?, SHE is one of Hollywood's most beautiful leading ladies and has access to any fashion designers, so then why is Catherine Zeta-Jones dressing like a bag lady?
    • 2010 January 15, Michael Dwyer, , Talented dag plucks up the cool, A graduate of film studies in New York, May has had a hand in editing two of his three videos. Each casts him as a bespectacled dag in a world of glamour.
related terms:
  • daggy (adj)
Synonyms: dork, loser, nerd
  • May be used as form of endearment, perhaps with the intention of indicating fellowship or sympathy with regard to apparent rejection of societal norms.
etymology 6 Initialism for directed acyclic graph.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (graph theory) A directed acyclic graph; an ordered pair (V, E) such that E is a subset of some partial ordering relation on V.
etymology 7 Of gmq origin; compare Swedish dagg. See dew.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A misty shower; dew.
etymology 8
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (UK, dialect) To be misty; to drizzle.
{{Webster 1913}}
  • GAD, Gad, gad, GDA
dagmar etymology After , buxom American actress. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdæɡmɑː(ɹ)/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) bullet-shaped protrusions on the bumpers of various 1950s cars, especially Cadillac
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Extremely distasteful; horrible. I may look bad, but you look dagnasty.
related terms:
  • nasty
dago pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdeɪɡəʊ/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology Alteration of diego, from Spanish Diego by law of Hobson-Jobson. See Mick and Jock for similar epithets.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang, offensive, ethnic slur) A person of Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, or other Mediterranean descent.
  2. (US, Australia, slang, offensive, ethnic slur) A person of Italian descent.
  • The sense has become less pejorative in recent years, with people of Spanish or Portuguese origin themselves adopting the term.
  • Usually a sailor or deckhand. "diego" is the Portuguese nickname for any deckhand and "jack" is the British equivalent.[Citation needed]
  • The sense has become more pejorative in recent years, having been considered more acceptable at the start of the 20th century. In the Upper Midwest region of the United States, the term is still used for several Italian-inspired food items with no apparent pejorative connotation.
  • The word is used in the term "dago dazzler" (see )
Synonyms: (person of Italian descent) Eyetie, (person of Italian descent) goombah, (person of Italian descent) greaseball, (person of Italian descent) guido, (person of Italian descent) guinea, (person of Italian descent) wog, (person of Italian descent) wop
  • goad
Dagwood sandwich Alternative forms: Dagwood, Dagwood Sandwich etymology After , a character in the American comic strip .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An exceptional thick sandwich made with numerous layers of various meat, cheese, vegetable, and condiment.
    • 1980, Arthur Asa Berger, Television As An instrument of Terror, ISBN 9781412835657, p. 76 (Google preview): The kind of sandwich he made famous, the Dagwood sandwich, is a hodgepodge of leftovers in the refrigerator all wedged in between two slices of bread.
    • 1999 Sept. 7, Tom Zeller, "Nutrition: When Refrigerator Raiders Lose Control," New York Times (retrieved 19 April 2014): Everyone gets the late-night munchies now and then, whether for rocky road ice cream or a Dagwood sandwich of salami, pickles and deli Swiss on rye.
    • 2012 Nov. 1, Brian Truitt, "Dagwood runs for president in longtime 'Blondie' strip," USA Today (retrieved 19 April 2014): And who wouldn't like to think of the Dagwood sandwich somewhere on the White House menu?
  2. (figuratively, by extension) A thick stack of flat objects or a complicated melange of diverse component or ingredient.
    • 1956 Feb. 27, "Medicine: Don't-Give-a-Damn Pills," Time (retrieved 19 April 2014): As one of Groucho Marx's writers told it: an unemployed actor was interrupted at breakfast by his wife carrying a Dagwood sandwich of unpaid bills.
    • 1984 Aug. 28, Erik Sandberg-Diment, "Personal Computers: Awkward Junior Has Growing Pains," New York Times (retrieved 19 April 2014): [T]o use the full 512K theoretically available, one will have a computer carrying a Dagwood sandwich of expansion attachments on one of its sides.
    • 2013 Dec. 18, , "The Week So Far: A Dagwood Sandwich of Bad News for Obamacare," National Review Online (retrieved 19 April 2014): Today’s Morning Jolt is just a Dagwood sandwich of bad news for Obamacare, piled higher and higher.
daily etymology From Middle English dayly, from Old English dæġlīċ, from dæġ + -līċ (equivalent to modern day + ly). pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈdeɪli/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. quotidian, that occurs every day, or at least every working day
    • Bible, Matthew vi. 11 Give us this day our daily bread.
    • Macaulay Bunyan has told us … that in New England his dream was the daily subject of the conversation of thousands.
    • Milton Man hath his daily work of body or mind / Appointed, which declares his dignity, / And the regard of Heaven on all his ways.
  2. diurnal, by daylight, as opposed to nightly
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. quotidianly, every day
  2. diurnally, by daylight
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a newspaper that is published every day.
  2. (UK) a cleaner who comes in daily.
  3. (UK, slang) a daily disposable.
  4. (video games) A quest in a massively multiplayer online game that can be repeat every day for cumulative reward.
Synonyms: daily help, daily maid (woman only), daily paper
  • Lydia
daisy cutter Alternative forms: Daisy Cutter, daisy-cutter, daisycutter
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (baseball, slang, dated, 1800s) A well-struck ground ball.
  2. (cricket) A ball that bounces more than once before reaching the batsman.
  3. (slang) The BLU-82 bomb, for its ability to flatten a forest into a helicopter landing zone.
da kine Alternative forms: da kind, da'kine, dakine etymology From the kind. It is a lexicalization of a voiced dental fricative having become a plosive and the plosive of the nasal + consonant termination having been dropped, both of which are common developments in many slang registers of English, such as AAVE. pronunciation
  • /dɑˈkaɪn/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. good, best
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Hawaii, slang) that; it; that thing.
  2. (Hawaii, slang) the kind of thing we're discussing (a shibboleth)
In HCE (Hawaiian Creole English), da kine is used generally to mean almost anything, particularly when referring to a thing whose name is not known or whose name does not come immediately to mind.
dakka etymology From Warhammer 40k Ork language
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, gaming) firepower ... this officer had brought with him a new, high-rate-of fire .30 calibre machinegun which, in the view of Ordnance Branch, would adequately meet the request for more dakka. (The Chieftain's Hatch: Patton's MGs.
etymology 1 Derived from dak.
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of dak
etymology 2 From DAKS, a brand of trousers originally made in the 1930s by ; said to be short for Dad′s slacks. Alternative forms: dacks
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (Australian, New Zealand, informal) Trousers or underwear.
    • 2004, , , 2008, [http//|%22dacks%22+pair+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=o0Q2T9GgFYjKmQXa5NXsAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22daks%22|%22dacks%22%20pair%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], The usual stuff – sports jacket, a couple of pairs of daks, one brown and one grey, three pairs of socks, though I only had need for one sock in the meantime, two white shirts and a decent pair of shoes, though again, only one shoe being useful in my present predicament.
    • 2008, Dave Sabben, The Scorpion Dance, Denny Neave, Soldiers' Tale: A Collection of True Stories from Aussie Soldiers, [http//|%22dacks%22+pair+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=gBg2T9f6JI6NmQXq3qCKAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22daks%22|%22dacks%22%20pair%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 144], But the pain′s still there, so I begin to drop my daks to investigate the territory.
    • 2010, Robin Easton, Naked in Eden: My Adventure and Awakening in the Australian Rainforest, [http//|%22dacks%22+pair+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=pEk2T6buBM-gmQWGts3vAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22daks%22|%22dacks%22%20pair%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 43], “Look, I'll pull the bloody leeches off you. Okay? They won't hurt you. They′s only trying to suck your bloody blood. Why waste a pair of clean dacks?”
    • 2011, , Space Junk, [http//|%22dacks%22+pair+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=gBg2T9f6JI6NmQXq3qCKAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22daks%22|%22dacks%22%20pair%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 14], They were still there the next morning, flapping in the breeze. Filthy, grease stained pair of daks. The crotch half rotted away.
  • DASK
  • S.Dak.
dakuten {{wikipedia}} etymology From Japanese 濁点 〈zhuó diǎn〉, from ltc (ɖæwk "voiced" < "turbid") + (tém "dot", "mark").
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a Japanese voicing mark ()
Synonyms: tenten, ten-ten, nigori
damage {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old French damage (Modern French dommage), from vl *damnaticum from Classical Latin damnum. pronunciation
  • /ˈdæmɪdʒ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Injury or harm; the condition or measure of something not being intact. The storm did a lot of damage to the area.
    • Francis Bacon Great errors and absurdities many commit for want of a friend to tell them of them, to the great damage both of their fame and fortune.
  2. (slang) Cost or expense. "What's the damage?" he asked the waiter.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To impair the soundness, goodness, or value of; to harm or cause destruction. Be careful not to damage any of the fragile items while unpacking them.
    • 1774, Edward Long, The History of Jamaica. Or, General Survey of the Antient and Modern State of that Island, volume 2, book 2, chapter 7, {{gbooks}}: The building was erected in two years, at the parochial expence, on the foundation of the former one, which was irreparably damaged by the hurricane of Auguſt, 1712.
    • Clarendon He … came up to the English admiral and gave him a broadside, with which he killed many of his men and damaged the ship.
dame etymology Middle English, from Old French, from Latin domina pronunciation
  • (UK) /deɪm/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British) The equivalent title to Sir for a female knight. Dame Edith Sitwell
  2. (dated, informal, slightly, derogatory, US) A woman.
    • 1949, Oscar Hammerstein II, "There is Nothing Like a Dame", There ain't nothin' like a dame! / Nothin' in the world! / There is nothin' you can name / That is anythin' like a dame!
  3. A traditional character in British pantomime, a melodramatic female often played by a man in drag.
  4. (archaic) lady, woman.
Synonyms: See also
related terms:
  • grande dame
  • ADME
  • Edam
  • made
  • mead

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