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


noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (internet slang, offensive, vulgar) dumbass motherfucker
contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. (informal) damn it all
damn etymology Middle English dampnen, from Old French damner, from Latin damnare, from damnum. pronunciation
  • /dæm/
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  1. (theology, transitive, intransitive) To condemn to hell. The official position is that anyone who does this will be damned for all eternity. Only God can damn'.I damn you eternally, fiend!
  2. To condemn; to declare guilty; to doom; to adjudge to punishment; to sentence; to censure.
    • Shakespeare He shall not live; look, with a spot I damn him.
  3. To put out of favor; to ruin; to label negatively. I’m afraid that if I speak out on this, I’ll be damned as a troublemaker.
  4. To condemn as unfit, harmful, of poor quality, unsuccessful, invalid, immoral or illegal.
    • Alexander Pope You are not so arrant a critic as to damn them [the works of modern poets] … without hearing.
  5. (profane) To curse; put a curse upon. That man stole my wallet. Damn him!
  6. (archaic) To invoke damnation; to curse.
    • Goldsmith: … while I inwardly damn.
related terms: {{top3}}
  • damnation
  • damned
  • damnable
  • dammit
  • give a damn
  • tinker's damn
  • goddammit
  • God damn, goddamn
  • goddamned
  • damn skippy
  • damn straight
  • damn by association
  • damn with faint praise
  • damn the torpedoes
  • damn your eyes
  • damn your hide
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (profane) Generic intensifier. Fucking; bloody. Shut the damn door!
Synonyms: see also
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (profane) Very, extremely. That car was going damn fast!
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (profane) Used to express anger, irritation, disappointment, annoyance, contempt, etc. See also dammit.
Synonyms: see also '
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The use of "damn" as a curse. said a few damns and left
  2. (profane) A small, negligible quantity, being of little value. The new hires aren't worth a damn.
  3. (profane) The smallest amount of concern or consideration. I don’t give a damn.
damn all
pronoun: {{head}}
  1. (informal, vulgar) Nothing not any thing: no thing.
    • 1976, , Possession, , ISBN 0385110758, page 112: And that's just to let you see we don't spend all our time sitting round on our arses doing damn all.
damned pronunciation
  • /dæmd/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. god-forsaken
  2. Variant of profane damn. His damned cards are scattered!
  • Used as an example of something someone is not: ; .
Synonyms: See also
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (vulgar) Very. What's so damned important about a football game?
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of damn
  • demand
  • madden
damnfool etymology damn fool
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Contemptibly foolish.
    • 1973, Edith Taylor, The Serpent Under It ...those damnfool detective stories you read...
    • 1988, Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses Damnfool thing to be asking. Might as well inquire, what possessed you to rush in here?
    • 2000, Suzette Haden Elgin, Susan M Squier, Julie Vedder, Native Tongue And celebrating damnfool so-called holidays like Space Colony Day and Reagan's Birthday? 'Course, they do Halloween and Thanksgiving and Christmas and such...
damn skippy
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) A term of approval or excitement
  2. (slang) An indication of agreement
dancing bologna
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (internet slang, pejorative) Generally useless animations and other dynamic content on a website.
dander {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 Alteration of dandruff {{etystub}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Dandruff—scaly white dead skin flakes from the human scalp.
  2. Hair follicles and dead skin shed from mammals.
  3. Allergen particles that accumulate on and may be shed from the skin and fur of domestic animals, especially from household pets such as cats and dogs.
etymology 2 {{etystub}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Passion, temper, anger. Usually preceded by "have" or "get" and followed by "up". He'll get his dander up if his team is criticized. She has her dander up every day about discrimination against women.
etymology 3 Alteration of dandle or daddle
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To wander about.
    • {{RQ:Joyce Ulysses}}, Episode 16 So as neither of them were particularly pressed for time, as it happened, and the temperature refreshing since it cleared up after the recent visitation of Jupiter Pluvius, they dandered along past by where the empty vehicle was waiting without a fare or a jarvey
  2. To maunder, to talk incoherently.
  • darned
dandy etymology {{etystub}} pronunciation
  • /ˈdændi/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Like a dandy, foppish.
  2. Very good; better than expected but not as good as could be. That's all fine and dandy, but how much does it cost?
  3. Almost first rate. What a dandy little laptop you have.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A man very concerned about his clothes and his appearance.
  2. (British, nautical) A yawl, or a small after-sail on a yawl.
  3. A dandy roller.
Synonyms: (man concerned with appearance) dude, fop, macaroni, masher, metrosexual, popinjay, buck
dangerous etymology From Middle English dangerous, daungerous, from xno, from Old French dangereus, from dangier. Equivalent to danger + -ous. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdeɪndʒəɹəs/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Full of danger. exampleRailway crossings without gates are highly dangerous.
    • {{RQ:EHough PrqsPrc}} “[…] it is not fair of you to bring against mankind double weapons ! Dangerous enough you are as woman alone, without bringing to your aid those gifts of mind suited to problems which men have been accustomed to arrogate to themselves.”
  2. Causing danger; ready to do harm or injury.
    • John Milton (1608-1674) If they incline to think you dangerous / To less than gods
  3. (colloquial, dated) In a condition of danger, as from illness; threatened with death. Forby. Bartlett.
  4. (obsolete) Hard to suit; difficult to please.
    • Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1343-1400) My wages ben full strait, and eke full small; / My lord to me is hard and dangerous.
  5. (obsolete) Reserved; not affable.
    • Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1343-1400) Of his speech dangerous
Synonyms: hazardous, perilous, risky, unsafe, See also
  • (full of danger) safe
related terms:
  • danger
  • dangerously
  • nose guard, noseguard
dang it Alternative forms: dangit
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (chiefly, US, informal) An expression used to show displeasure. Sometimes considered very mildly profane. A less emphatic, less profane version of damnit.
  • dating
dangle etymology Perhaps of Scandinavian origin, akin to Danish dingle. pronunciation
  • /ˈdæŋ.ɡəl/
  • (also) (US) /ˈdeɪŋ.ɡəl/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) to hang loosely with the ability to swing
    • Hudibras He'd rather on a gibbet dangle / Than miss his dear delight, to wrangle.
    • Tennyson From her lifted hand / Dangled a length of ribbon.
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    exampleHis feet would dangle in the water.
  2. (intransitive, slang, ice hockey, lacrosse) The action of performing a move or deke with the puck in order to get past a defender or goalie; perhaps because of the resemblance to dangling the puck on a string. exampleHe dangled around three players and the goalie to score.
  3. (transitive) To hang or trail something loosely. exampleI like to sit on the edge and dangle my feet in the water.
  4. (intransitive, dated) To trail or follow around.
    • 1833, Miller's Modern Acting Drama To dangle at the elbow of a wench who can't make up her mind to accept the common title of wife, till she has been courted a certain number of weeks — so the old blinker, her father, says.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. An agent of one intelligence agency or group who pretends to be interested in defect or turn to another intelligence agency or group.
  2. (slang, ice hockey, lacrosse) The action of dangling; a series of complex stick tricks and fakes in order to defeat the defender in style. That was a sick dangle for a great goal!
  3. A dangling ornament or decoration.
    • 1941, Flora Thompson, Over to Candleford So her father wrote to Mrs. Herring, and one day she arrived and turned out to be a little, lean old lady with a dark brown mole on one leathery cheek and wearing a black bonnet decorated with jet dangles, like tiny fishing rods.
  • angled
  • Glenda
Danglebahn etymology a compound of English dangle and German Bahn by analogy with other rail transport systems such as U-bahn, straßenbahn, etc. pronunciation
  • (UK) /dæŋ.ɡəlˌbɑːn/
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) The suspended monorail system.
danglebahn etymology From Danglebahn, a compound of English dangle and German Bahn, by analogy with other rail transport systems such as U-bahn, straßenbahn, etc. pronunciation
  • (UK) /dæŋ.ɡəlˌbɑːn/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A suspended monorail, cable car or public transport system.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of dangle
  • glandes
  • slanged
daniel pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdænjəl/
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etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US slang) The buttock.
    • 1946, Mezz Mezzrow and Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Payback Press 1999, p. 85: He'd pull the chair out from under some dignified dowager and catch her just before she went to fall on her daniel [...].
  • Aldine, alined, deal in, dealin', denial, enlaid, inlead, lead-in, nailed
dankie etymology From Afrikaans
noun: {{en-interj}}
  1. (South Africa, slang) thanks.
dappa etymology From dapper.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Geordie, pejorative) A term used to insult those who are smartly dressed: "Hoo man ye dappa!"
  2. (Geordie) Dapper, smart.
  • Term often used by those whose cultural background may preclude them from dressing smartly e.g. a charva.
  • papad
Dapper Dan
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A man who dresses and is groom in a fancy, elegant, or fastidious manner.
    • 2001 Dec. 18, "Timothy C. Kelly: A Dapper Throwback," New York Times (retrieved 12 Dec 2012): Timothy C. Kelly cultivated a taste for the chivalry and silk handkerchiefs of his parents' generation. "He was a man who enjoyed the finer things in life," said his wife, Julie. ". . . He was a Dapper Dan."
    • 2010, Charles F. Lee, The Adventures of Ickle, Packy, Pickle and Gooch, ISBN 9781453566381, p. 49: “We call him Dapper Dan,” the chief pointed to a well-dressed man wearing a white shirt, tie, and a three-piece pin-striped suit.
    • 2011, , Naked Cruelty, ISBN 9781770870468, (Google preview): [T]hey sat together in the front row, together with a very elderly fellow of the kind Carmine always called a “Dapper Dan”—a bit like the 1930s movie star, William Powell, even including the little mustache.
-dar etymology From radar, by analogy with gaydar.
suffix: {{en-suffix}}
  1. (usually, humorous) Forming nouns denoting a putative ability to detect a thing.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang) A cigarette.
  2. (slang) Something beautiful, a charm, a peach.
    • 1931, Courtney Ryley Cooper, Circus Day, [http//|%22darbs%22+cigarette+OR+smoke+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22darb%22|%22darbs%22+cigarette+OR+smoke+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=PnI2T43DAuXEmAX33IT2AQ&redir_esc=y page 263], “Boss,” he exclaimed, “it's a darb.” “It's more than that,” I cut in, “it′s a wonder. It′s a masterpiece.…”
    • 1934, Story, Volume 4, [http//|%22darbs%22+cigarette+OR+smoke+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22darb%22|%22darbs%22+cigarette+OR+smoke+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=3m02T9nmOevOmAWI96ibAg&redir_esc=y page 35], ‘My new bird is a darb,’ he says, ‘only four months old and he′s got a roll and a chop the size of your arm. Never heard a young bird sing like that.’
    • 1941, Amazing Stories, Ziff-Davis, Volume 15, Issues 1-6, [http//|%22darbs%22+cigarette+OR+smoke+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22darb%22|%22darbs%22+cigarette+OR+smoke+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=iG82T8j2FIrumAWGufGRAg&redir_esc=y page 21], You can figure for yourself what a darb of a setup that was for us seven hundred professional killers!
Synonyms: (cigarette) death stick, durrie
  • bard
  • brad, Brad
  • drab
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of darby
  2. (UK, slang) handcuffs
  • abiders, air beds, airbeds, barside, braised, sea bird, seabird, sidebar
Dark Continent etymology Victiorian nickname. It referred to the fact that little was known in the West about the interior of the continent.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, informal) Africa. 1879, De Lesseps, the engineer, has been visiting the Boy of Tunis, and trying to get his consent to the scheme for piercing tho isthmus of Zaber, and opening up communication with the interior of the Dark Continent by water. The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 March 1879 1903 Africa is still the Dark Continent, the land of the unknown, the remarkable. The Advertiser Adelaide, 10 November 1903.
darkey Alternative forms: darky, darkie etymology dark + ey pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdɑː(ɹ)ki/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, offensive, ethnic slur) A person with dark skin.
  • yarked
darkmans etymology From dark + man + 's. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdɑː(ɹ)kmənz/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic, thieves' slang) The night.
    • 1611, Thomas Middleton, The Roaring Girl, Edward Lumley 1840, p. 538: I have, by the salomon, a doxy that carries a kinchin mort in her slate at her back, besides my dell and my dainty wild dell, with all whom I'll tumble this next darkmans in the strommel [...].
    • 1815, Sir Walter Scott, Guy Mannering, Penguin 2003, p. 148: Men were men then, and fought other in the open field, and there was nae milling in the darkmans.
    • 1828, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Pelham, BiblioBazaar 2007, p. 481: Ah, Bess, my covess, strike me blind if my sees don't tout your bingo muns in spite of the darkmans.
dark meat {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The leg, thigh and wing of poultry.
  2. (slang, vulgar) A black person, regarded as a sex partner.
  • white meat
darl etymology Shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) darling (as a term of address)
    • 2004, Marie Seltenrych, Five Golden Rings and a Diamond (page 306) 'Well if you're sure. I was going to make myself a cup of tea before it gets too hot. Do you want one?' 'No. I'll be right. Listen darl, I brought you back something, and the kids,' he says, opening his backpack…
    • 2010, Joanna Neil, ‎Lucy Clark, Posh Doc, Society Wedding / New Boss, New-Year Bride 'Hello, darl. This must be the newest addition to our family.' Melissa's attention was wrenched away from her confusing thoughts about Joss as she was enveloped in a warm hug from a woman just a little shorter than her.
darling Alternative forms: darlin' (informal), dearling etymology From Middle English derling, from Old English dēorling, corresponding to dear + ling. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdɑː(ɹ)lɪŋ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who is dear to one.
    • 1959, Georgette Heyer, The Unknown Ajax, 1 , “But Richmond, his grandfather's darling, after one thoughtful glance cast under his lashes at that uncompromising countenance appeared to lose himself in his own reflections.”
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Synonyms: dearling, liefling, loveling, sweetling
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Dear; cherished. She is my darling wife of twenty-two years.
  2. charming Well isn't that a darling little outfit she has on.
darlinger is rarely used.
  • larding
Darlo etymology Darlington + o
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (UK, slang) Darlington
Darth {{wikipedia}} etymology From the Star Wars universe, where it is used as a title for Sith Lords.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (humorous) Used as a title or name for an evil person.
    • 2000, David G. Messerschmitt, Understanding Networked Applications: A First Course (textbook), Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, ISBN 978-1-55860-537-4, page 400: Consider the threat of an evil hacker, Darth, who can not only eavesdrop on your network connection but also alter the messages that are sent.
    • 2000, and Malcolm McConnell, The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA, HarperCollins (2000), ISBN 9780060957919, page 186: … glaring malevolently across his desk at me in the manner that had earned him the nickname “Darth” among his elite cadre of audio penetration officers.
    • 2005, John Illig, Pacific Dream: A Pacific Crest Trail Through-Hike, Elderberry Press, ISBN 978-1-932762-37-2, page 74: The evil Darth Leonard steals the formula and a young couple must get it back (real life Ward Leonard is a legendary recluse who has hiked the Appalachian Trail something like 20-30 times).
    • 1977 May 25, George Lucas, Star Wars, 20th Century Fox: Ben: You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.
Darvon cocktail
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A mixture of drugs used to commit suicide (containing propoxyphene as one of the constituents).
Darwin stubby etymology From Darwin, the Australian city where has been sold since 1958'''2008''' May 15 ''[ Toasting the Darwin Stubby]'', [[w:The Daily Telegraph (Australia)|The Daily Telegraph]]., + stubby, intended ironically. Alternative forms: Darwin stubbie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, informal) A 2.25 litre bottle of beer, today made principally as a tourist novelty.
    • 2003, Our Own Little Kakadu, , North of Nowhere, South of Loss, [http//|%22Darwin+stubbies%22|%22Darwin+stubbie%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=XYw3T6jSBuTImQXrqfXpAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22Darwin%20stubby%22|%22Darwin%20stubbies%22|%22Darwin%20stubbie%22&f=false page 102], It was a steamy Sunday night, and Jug, guzzling from a large Darwin stubby of tarblack bitter, was weaving by the chapel′s open door on the esplanade when the Lord shouted at the top of His Almighty lungs: “Jug Wilkins, it is required of you this night to be a juggernaut for God.”
    • 2007, Leslie P. Richards, Truckin′ Tales, [http//|%22Darwin+stubbies%22|%22Darwin+stubbie%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=TIQ3T5SiIKTDmQXih8z6AQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22Darwin%20stubby%22|%22Darwin%20stubbies%22|%22Darwin%20stubbie%22&f=false page 31], The stake now meant the winner got two hundred pounds, and the money was handed over the bar. I told him, “Wait here while I get the stubbies” I went out and got a Darwin Stubby out of the truck. When I went back inside I was holding it behind my back, but the ones who saw what I had were having trouble hiding their laughter.
    • 2011, "bottle sizes", entry in Tom Colicchio, Charles Bamforth, George Philliskirk, Keith Villa, Wolfgang Stempfl, Patrick Hayes, The Oxford Companion to Beer, [http//|%22Darwin+stubbies%22|%22Darwin+stubbie%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ipI3T_yjGM6fmQWoobyXAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22Darwin%20stubby%22|%22Darwin%20stubbies%22|%22Darwin%20stubbie%22&f=false page 152], In the Northern Territory of Australia the “Darwin stubby” is a 2-l beer bottle, originally four Imperial pints (2.27 l), sold to capitalize on the region′s reputation for beer consumption.
dash pronunciation
  • /dæʃ/
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  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (typography) Any of the following symbols: (figure dash), (en dash), (em dash), or (horizontal bar). sometimes dash is also used colloquially to refer to a hyphen or minus sign.
  2. A short run.
  3. A small quantity of a liquid substance; less than 1/8 of a teaspoon. Add a dash of vinegar
  4. Vigor. Aren't we full of dash this morning?
  5. A dashboard.
    • 1955, , "The Next Witness", in , October 1994 edition, ISBN 0553249592, page 31: The dash clock said 2:38 when… I turned off a dirt road….
  6. One of the two symbols of Morse code.
  7. (Nigeria) A bribe or gratuity.
    • 1992, George B. N. Ayittey, Africa betrayed (page 44) The traditional practice of offering gifts or "dash" to chiefs has often been misinterpreted by scholars to provide a cultural explanation for the pervasive incidence of bribery and corruption in modern Africa.
    • 2006, Adiele Eberechukwu Afigbo, The Abolition of the Slave Trade in Southeastern Nigeria, 1885-1950 (page 99) Writing in 1924 on a similar situation in Ugep, the political officer, Mr. S. T. Harvey noted: "In the old days there was no specified dowry but merely dashes given to the father-in-law…
    • 2008, Lizzie Williams, Nigeria: The Bradt Travel Guide (page 84) The only other times you'll be asked for a dash is from beggars.
  8. (obsolete, euphemistic) A stand-in for a censored word, like "Devil" or "damn". (Compare deuce.)
    • 1824, "Kiddywinkle History, No. II", Blackwood's Magazine (15, May 1824) p. 540 I'll be dashed if I gan another step for less 'an oaf.
    • 1853, William Makepeace Thackery, The Newcomes, Chapter VI, serialized in Harper's New Monthly Magazine, (VIII, no. 43, Dec 1853) p. 118 Sir Thomas looks as if to ask what the dash is that to you! but wanting still to go to India again, and knowing how strong the Newcomes are in Leadenhall Street, he thinks it necessary to be civil to the young cub, and swallows his pride once more into his waistband. Comment: Some editions leave this passage out. Of those that include it, some change the 'you!' to 'you?'.
    • 1884, Lord Robert Gower, My Reminiscences, reprinted in "The Evening Lamp", The Christian Union, (29) 22, (May 29, 1884) p. 524 Who the dash is this person whom none of us know? and what the dash does he do here?
    • 1939, P. G. Wodehouse, Uncle Fred in the Springtime Chapter 8 I'll be dashed if I squash in with any domestic staff.
  • See also
  • punctuation mark
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To run quick or for a short distance. He dashed across the field.
  2. (intransitive, informal) To leave or depart. I have to dash now. See you soon.
  3. (transitive) To destroy by striking (against). He dashed the bottle against the bar and turned about to fight.
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula Chapter 21 "`Silence! If you make a sound I shall take him and dash his brains out before your very eyes.'
    • 1912: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes, Chapter 4 Kala was the youngest mate of a male called Tublat, meaning broken nose, and the child she had seen dashed to death was her first; for she was but nine or ten years old.
  4. (transitive) To throw violent. The man was dashed from the vehicle during the accident.
    • Francis Bacon If you dash a stone against a stone in the bottom of the water, it maketh a sound.
  5. (transitive) To sprinkle; to splatter.
    • Thomson On each hand the gushing waters play, / And down the rough cascade all dashing fall.
  6. (transitive, of hopes or dreams) To ruin; to destroy. Her hopes were dashed when she saw the damage.
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  7. (transitive) To dishearten; to sadden. Her thoughts were dashed to melancholy.
  8. (transitive) To complete hastily, usually with down or off. He dashed down his eggs, she dashed off her homework
  9. To draw quickly; jot.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room Chapter 1 "Scarborough," Mrs. Flanders wrote on the envelope, and dashed a bold line beneath; it was her native town; the hub of the universe.
  10. To throw in or on in a rapid, careless manner; to mix, reduce, or adulterate, by throwing in something of an inferior quality; to overspread partially; to bespatter; to touch here and there. to dash wine with water; to dash paint upon a picture
    • Addison I take care to dash the character with such particular circumstance as may prevent ill-natured applications.
    • Tennyson The very source and fount of day / Is dashed with wandering isles of night.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (euphemistic) Damn!
  • dahs
  • Sadh
  • shad
dashboard {{wikipedia}} etymology From dash ‘to sprinkle; to splatter’ + board for meaning 1. Possibly expanded meaning later. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdæʃˌbɔː(ɹ)d/
  • (US) /ˈdæʃˌboəɹd/, /ˈdæʃˌbɔːɹd/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An upturned screen of wood or leather placed on the front of a horse-drawn carriage, sleigh or other vehicle that protected the driver from mud, debris, water and snow thrown up by the horse's hooves.
  2. A panel under the windscreen of a motor car or aircraft, containing indicator dials, compartments, and sometimes controls.
  3. (computing, video games) A graphical user interface in the form of or resembling a motor car dashboard.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To organize in a dashboard format. Dashboarding your work can enhance productivity.
dash cherry
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) the red rotating light put on a police car's dashboard to indicate an emergency.
dashed pronunciation
  • /dæʃt/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{head}}
  1. past participle of dash
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of a line, made up of short lines with small gaps between each one and the next.
  2. (British, informal) A euphemism for damned. It's a dashed shame that Tarquin failed all his A-levels — we were hoping to get him into Oxford.
  • Dashed in the sense of "damned" is considered to be upper-class or somewhat old-fashioned.
Synonyms: (line) broken, (damned) darned (especially US)
  • shaded
dashism etymology dash + ism
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, colloquial, dated) The character of making ostentatious or bluster parade or show. He must fight a duel before his claim to … dashism can be universally allowed. — V. Knox.
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contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. (informal) dash it all: a minced oath {{rfquotek}}
related terms:
  • dammitall
dashy etymology dash + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial, dated) Calculated to arrest attention; ostentatious fashionable; showy.
related terms:
  • dashing
dat etymology Representing a colloquial pronunciation of that, likely from . pronunciation
  • /dæt/
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determiner: {{en-det}}
  1. (slang or dialectal or nonstandard) that
conjunction: {{en-con}}
  1. (slang or dialectal or nonstandard) that
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. (slang or dialectal or nonstandard) that
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (slang or dialectal or nonstandard) that
  • ADT
  • DTA
  • tad, Tad
  • TDA
date {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From French datte, from Latin dactylus, from Ancient Greek δάκτυλος 〈dáktylos〉 (from the resemblance of the date to a human finger), probably from a Semitic source such as Arabic دقل 〈dql〉 or Hebrew דֶּקֶל 〈dėqel〉. pronunciation
  • /deɪt/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The fruit of the date palm, Phoenix dactylifera, somewhat in the shape of an olive, containing a soft, sweet pulp and enclosing a hard kernel. We made a nice cake from dates.
  2. The date palm. There were a few dates planted around the house.
etymology 2 From Old French date, ll data, from Latin datus, past participle of dare; akin to Greek, Old Slavonic dati, Sanskrit . Compare datum, dose, Dato{{,}} and Die.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. That addition to a writing, inscription, coin, etc., which specifies the time (as day, month, and year) when the writing or inscription was given, or executed, or made. the date of a letter, of a will, of a deed, of a coin, etc. US date : 05/24/08 = Tuesday, May 24th, 2008. UK date : 24/05/08 = Tuesday 24th May 2008.
    • 1681, John Dryden, The Spanish Friar And bonds without a date, they say, are void.
  2. The point of time at which a transaction or event takes place, or is appointed to take place; a given point of time; epoch; as, the date of a battle. A specific day. the date for pleading
    • 1844, Mark Akenside, The Pleasures of the Imagination, Book II He at once, Down the long series of eventful time, So fix'd the dates of being, so disposed To every living soul of every kind The field of motion, and the hour of rest.
    Do you know the date of the wedding? We had to change the dates of the festival because of the flooding.
  3. A point in time You may need that at a later date.
  4. (rare) Assigned end; conclusion.
    • {{rfdate}} Alexander Pope, What Time would spare, from Steel receives its date.
  5. (obsolete) Given or assigned length of life; duration.
    • {{rfdate}} Edmund Spenser, Good luck prolonged hath thy date.
    • {{rfdate}} George Chapman (translator), Homer (author), Odyssey, Volume 1, Book IV, lines 282–5, As now Saturnius, through his life's whole date, Hath Nestor's bliss raised to as steep a state, Both in his age to keep in peace his house, And to have children wise and valorous.
  6. A pre-arranged social meeting. I arranged a date with my Australian business partners.
  7. A companion when one is partaking in a social occasion. I brought Melinda to the wedding as my date.
  8. A meeting with a lover or potential lover, or the person so met. We really hit it off on the first date, so we decided to meet the week after. We slept together on the first date. The cinema is a popular place to take someone on a date.
  • German: Date
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To note the time of writing or executing; to express in an instrument the time of its execution.
    • {{rfdate}} Joseph Addison You will be surprised, I don't question, to find among your correspondencies in foreign parts, a letter dated from Blois.
    • 1801 [1796 January], William Cobbett, A New Year's Gift, Porcupine's works, footnote, page 430, I keep to the very words of the letter; but that, by "this State," is meant the State of Pennsylvania, cannot be doubted, especially when we see that the letter is dated at Philadelphia.
    • 1913 [1863], Marcus Aurelius, George Long (scholar) (translator), Matthew Arnold (essay), Meditations, G. Bell and Sons, page 227, In these countries much of his Journal seems to have been written; parts of it are dated from them; and there, a few weeks before his fifty-ninth birthday, he fell sick and died.
    exampleto date a letter, a bond, a deed, or a charter
  2. (transitive) To note or fix the time of, as of an event; to give the date of.
  3. (transitive) To determine the age of something. exampleto date the building of the pyramids
  4. (transitive) To take (someone) on a series of dates.
  5. (transitive) To have a steady relationship with, to be romantically involved with.
    • 2008 May 15,, "Jessica Simpson upset John Mayer dating Jennifer Aniston": Jessica Simpson reportedly went on a drinking binge after discovering ex-boyfriend John Mayer is dating Jennifer Aniston.
  6. (intransitive) Of a couple, to be in a romantic relationship.
  7. (intransitive) To become old, especially in such a way as to fall out of fashion, become less appealing or attractive, etc. exampleThis show hasn't dated well.
  8. (intransitive, with from) To have beginning; to begin; to be dated or reckoned.
  • To note the time of writing one may say dated at or from a place.
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dateless pronunciation
  • /ˈdeɪtlɪs/
etymology 1 unknown. Perhaps derived from Old English þeatless. See also deedless.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Out of one's head; deranged.
  2. (British, dialect, slang) thick-headed They're so dateless that Burger King will not offer them a job.
etymology 2 Coined between 1585 and 1595 from date + less[ “Dateless” at][ “Dateless” in Merriam-Webster]
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Without a date imprinted, assigned, or associated.
  2. Having no date—a meeting with a lover or potential lover. It is hard to believe that she could be dateless on a Saturday night.
  3. Timeless; immortal
  4. Without a start; immemorial
  5. (archaic) Without an end; endless
    • William Shakespeare, Sonnet XXX, Then can I drown an eye, unused to flow, / For precious friends hid in death's dateless night
  • detassel
  • tasseled
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (slang) Stands for Dining At The Y. Performing oral sex on a woman with her legs spread.
Synonyms: cunnilingus, oral sex, dine at the Y
daughterfucker etymology From daughter + fucker, by analogy with motherfucker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (strongly vulgar, offensive) An extremely contemptible person.
  2. (literally, vulgar) One who engages in incest with their daughter.
dawdle etymology {{etystub}} First attested around 1656; variant of daddle ("to walk unsteadily"), perhaps influenced by daw, since the bird was regarded as sluggish and silly. Not in general use until around 1775. pronunciation
  • /ˈdɔːdəl/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To spend time idly and unfruitfully, to waste time.
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    • Johnson Come some evening and dawdle over a dish of tea with me.
  2. (transitive) To spend (time) without haste or purpose. to dawdle away the whole morning
  3. (intransitive) To move or walk lackadaisically. If you dawdle on your daily walk, you won't get as much exercise.
    • Thackeray We … dawdle up and down Pall Mall.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A dawdler. {{rfquotek}}
  • waddle
dawg pronunciation
  • /dɔːɡ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. eye dialect of dog; also hound dawg. That dawg won't hunt.
  2. (slang) Dude, bud, pal. used to address a close male friend. Sup, dawg.
Synonyms: See also
Using this spelling of dog emphasizes dialect and should only be done if this is explicitly intended. Every example above could also be written with dog, de-emphasizing dialect.
  • Gawd, gawd
day and night
adverb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic) all the time; round the clock; unceasingly
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (figuratively) alternative form of night and day
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  1. (slang) San Diego, city in the state of California, in the United States of America
    • 1998 August 3, "dj_skinnydip" (username), "Re: Thurston Howell III", in, Usenet: Yeah, he rolled through Daygo with the first Lyricist Lounge tour, (anybody know about a second tour with De La headlinin'?).
    • 1999 October 12, "Jade Burnes-Ferguson" (username), "*TO EVERYBODY OUT THERE*", in, Usenet: Current Residence: Daygo, KaLiFoRNiA
    • 2003 October 25, "M Brundage" (username), "Re: Intro & Querry About Front Shocks", in alt.mountain-bike, Usenet: I lived in Daygo for 6 years in the late 70's. There were some great trails but everyone rode motorcycles on them away{{SIC}} back then. ;-)
daylight robbery etymology First known in print in 1916 (, Harold Brighouse). Sometimes attributed to .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic) an exorbitant charge for a product or service
daylights pronunciation
  • /ˈdeɪlaɪts/
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of daylight
  2. (slang, chiefly, boxing) Eyes.
  3. mental soundness, wits, consciousness. It scared the daylights out of us! They beat the living daylights' out of us.
dayum etymology Respelling of damn to reflect the emphatic stress and a southern African American accent. pronunciation
  • [ˈdæ̙jəm], ['deəjəm]
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang, emphatic) eye dialect of damn Oh, man, did you see her?! Dayum! She was hella fine!
D-bag etymology Shortening of douchebag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (neologism, slang) an idiot or retard; a general purpose moderate insult. Just get out of my life, you D-bag!
deacon etymology From Old English diacon, from Greek diaconus, from Ancient Greek διάκονος 〈diákonos〉. pronunciation
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  • {{enPR}}, /ˈdiːkən/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Church history) A designated minister of charity in the early Church (see Acts 6:1-6).
  2. (Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism) A clergyman ranked directly below a priest, with duties of helping the priests and carrying out parish work.
  3. (Protestantism) Free Churches: A lay leader of a congregation who assists the pastor.
  4. (Protestantism) Anglicanism: An ordained clergyman usually serving a year prior to being ordained presbyter, though in some cases they remain a permanent deacon.
  5. (Protestantism) Methodism: A separate office from that of minister, neither leading to the other; instead there is a permanent deaconate.
  6. (freemasonry) A junior lodge officer.
  7. (Mormonism) The lowest office in the Aaronic priesthood, generally held by 12 or 13 year old boys or recent converts.
  8. (US, animal husbandry) A male calf of a dairy breed, so called because they are usually deacon (see below).
  9. (Scotland) The chairman of an incorporate company.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Christianity, music) For a choir leader to lead a hymn by speaking one or two lines at a time, which are then sung by the choir.
  2. (US, animal husbandry) To kill a calf shortly after birth.
  3. (US, slang) To place fresh fruit at the top of a barrel or other container, with spoiled or imperfect fruit hidden beneath.
    • , “It's like buying a barrel of apples that's been deaconed — after you've found that the deeper you go the meaner and wormier the fruit, you forget all about the layer of big, rosy, wax-finished pippins that was on top.”
  4. (US, slang) To make sly alterations to the boundaries of (land); to adulterate or doctor (an article to be sold), etc.
  • acnode
  • canoed
dead {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English ded, deed, from Old English dēad, from Proto-Germanic *daudaz. Compare Western Frisian dead, Dutch dood, German tot, Danish død. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /dɛd/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • (New Zealand) {{homophones}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (not comparable) No longer living. All of my grandparents are dead.
  2. (hyperbole) Figuratively, not alive; lack life
    • 1600, William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act III, Scene 3: When a man's verses cannot be understood, nor a man's good wit seconded with the forward child, understanding, it strikes a man more dead than a great reckoning in a little room.
  3. (of another person) So hate that they are absolutely ignore. He is dead to me.
  4. Without emotion. She stood with dead face and limp arms, unresponsive to my plea.
  5. Stationary; static. the dead load on the floor; a dead lift.
  6. Without interest to one of the senses; dull; flat. dead air; a dead glass of soda.
  7. Unproductive. dead time; dead fields; also in compounds.
  8. (not comparable, of a machine, device, or electrical circuit) Completely inactive; without power; without a signal. OK, the circuit's dead. Go ahead and cut the wire. Now that the motor's dead you can reach in and extract the spark plugs.
  9. (not comparable) Broken or inoperable. That monitor is dead; don’t bother hooking it up.
  10. (not comparable) No longer used or required. There are several dead laws still on the books regulating where horses may be hitched. Is this beer glass dead?
  11. (not comparable, sports) Not in play. Once the ball crosses the foul line, it's dead.
  12. (not comparable, golf, of a golf ball) Lying so near the hole that the player is certain to hole it in the next stroke.
  13. (not comparable, baseball, slang, 1800s) Tagged out.
  14. (not comparable) Full and complete. dead stop; dead sleep; dead giveaway; dead silence
  15. (not comparable) Exact. dead center; dead aim; a dead eye; a dead level
  16. Experiencing pins and needles (paresthesia). After sitting on my hands for a while, my arms became dead.
  17. (informal) (Certain to be) in big trouble. "You come back here this instant! Oh, when I get my hands on you, you're dead, mister!"
  18. Constructed so as not to transmit sound; soundless. a dead floor
  19. (obsolete) Bringing death; deadly. {{rfquotek}}
  20. (legal) Cut off from the rights of a citizen; deprived of the power of enjoying the rights of property. A person who is banished or who becomes a monk is civilly dead.
  21. (engineering) Not imparting motion or power. the dead spindle of a lathe
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Synonyms: See also
  • alive
  • living
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (degree) Exactly right. dead right; dead level; dead flat; dead straight; dead left He hit the target dead in the centre.
  2. (degree) Very, absolutely, extremely, suddenly. dead wrong; dead set; dead serious; dead drunk; dead broke; dead earnest; dead certain; dead slow; dead sure; dead simple; dead honest; dead accurate; dead easy; dead scared; dead solid; dead black; dead white; dead empty;
  3. As if dead. dead tired; dead quiet; dead asleep; dead pale; dead cold; dead still
    • {{rfdate}} Charles Dickens I was tired of reading, and dead sleepy.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. {{senseid}}(in the singular) Time when coldness, darkness, or stillness is most intense. The dead of night. The dead of winter.
  2. (in the plural) Those who have died. Have respect for the dead.
Synonyms: (those who have died) the deceased
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (archaic) Formerly, "be dead" was used instead of "have died" as the perfect tense of "die".
    • "I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead [ἀπέθανεν] in vain." Galatians 2:21, King James Version (1611).
  2. (transitive) To prevent by disabling; stop.
    • 1826, The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Edward Reynolds, Lord Bishop of Norwich, collected by Edward Reynolds, Benedict Riveley, and Alexander Chalmers. pp. 227. London: B. Holdsworth. “What a man should do, when finds his natural impotency dead him in spiritual works”
  3. (transitive) To make dead; to deaden; to deprive of life, force, or vigour.
    • Chapman Heaven's stern decree, / With many an ill, hath numbed and deaded me.
  4. (UK, transitive, slang) To kill.
    • 2006, Leighanne Boyd, Once Upon A Time In The Bricks (page 178) This dude at the club was trying to kill us so I deaded him, and then I had to collect from Spice.
    • 2008, Marvlous Harrison, The Coalition (page 106) “What, you was just gonna dead him because if that's the case then why the fuck we getting the money?” Sha asked annoyed.
related terms:
  • deaden
  • deadliness
  • deadly
  • deadness
  • death
  • undead
  • {{rank}}
  • adde, Dade, Edda
deadbeat dad {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, US and Canada, idiomatic, derogatory) A man, especially one who is divorce or estrange from his partner, who fail to provide monetary child support when he is legally require to do so.
    • 1995, David Van Biema, "Dunning Deadbeats," Time, 3 Apr., If the '90s offer one villain by consensus, it is the deadbeat dad, that selfish fugitive condemned by liberals and conservatives alike for his irresponsible behavior and generous contributions to the cycle of welfare dependency.
dead bird
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (baseball, slang) a ball which falls over the infielder' heads for a hit as if it were a bird shot by a hunter Jones got on board with a dead bird to start the innning.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (figuratively, humorous) en-comparative of dead; or at least more evidently dead. He was deader than a dead dog's bone buried down a blind alley off a dead-end street in a ghost town. Man, he was dead.
    • 1920, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan the Untamed Oldwick drew the pistol from his shirt. "If he has made up his mind to kill me," he thought. "I can't see that it will make any difference in the long run whether I infuriate him or not. The beggar can't kill me any deader in one mood than another."
    • 1920, Sinclair Lewis, Main Street The days of pioneering, of lassies in sunbonnets, and bears killed with axes in piney clearings, are deader now than Camelot...
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (figurative or humorous, informal) One who is deceased, or will shortly become so. I could tell he was a deader by the way his eyes were glazed over; there was no life left in those eyes.
    • 1887, Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet "No, nor drink. And Mr. Bender, he was the fust to go, and then Indian Pete, and then Mrs. McGregor, and then Johnny Hones, and then, dearie, your mother." "Then mother's a deader too," cried the little girl, dropping her face in her pinafore and sobbing bitterly. "Yes, they all went except you and me...
deader than a doornail
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (humorous) alternative form of dead as a doornail
deadfall etymology From dead + fall. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdɛdfɔːɫ/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈdɛdfɑl/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US) A kind of trap for large animals, consisting of a heavy board or log that fall on to the prey.
  2. deadwood
  3. (US, slang) A cheap, rough saloon or bar.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 406: They had lived down in horse barns, army “A” tents with the old blood-stains onto them, city hotels with canopy beds, woke up in back rooms of deadfalls where the bars had toothmarks end to end.
Synonyms: (trap): deadfall trap, (cheap, rough bar): dive
Deadhead etymology From + -head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fan of the rock band .
deadhead etymology From dead + head. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdɛdhɛd/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person either admitted to a theatrical or musical performance without charge, or paid to attend
    • 1901 R. J. Broadbent, A History of Pantomime Among the Romans.... The free admission tickets were small ivory death's heads, and specimens of these are to be seen in the Museum of Naples. From this custom, it is stated, that we derive our word "Deadhead," as denoting one who has a free entrance to places of amusement.
  2. An employee of a transportation company, especially a pilot, traveling as a passenger for logistical reasons, for example to return home or travel to their next assignment.
    • 2002, , , Are you my deadhead to Miami?
  3. Anyone traveling for free.
    • 1873, Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) and Charles Dudley Warner, The Gilded Age, Part 4. With the check came two through tickets—good on the railroad from Hawkeye to Washington via New York—and they were "deadhead" tickets, too, which had been given to Senator Dilworthy by the railway companies. Senators and representatives were paid thousands of dollars by the government for traveling expenses, but they always traveled "deadhead" both ways, and then did as any honorable, high-minded men would naturally do—declined to receive the mileage tendered them by the government. The Senator had plenty of railway passes, and could. easily spare two to Laura—one for herself and one for a male escort.
    • 1882, Bret Harte, Found At Blazing Star I reckon I won't take the vote of any deadhead passenger.
    • 1904, Gideon Wurdz, The Foolish Dictionary PASSENGER One who does not travel on a pass. (Antonym for Deadhead). From Eng. pass, to go, and Grk. endidomi, to give up. One who has to give up to go.
    • 1908, Wallace Irwin, The Love Sonnets of a Car Conductor The yap that kicks and rings a deadhead call Must either spend or else get off the car.
  4. A train or truck moved between cities with no passengers or freight, in order to make it available for service
  5. A person staying at a lodging, such as a hotel or boarding house, without paying rent; freeloader.
    • 1872, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr, The Poet At The Breakfast Table For the Caput mortuum (or deadhead, in vulgar phrase) is apt to be furnished with a Venter vivus, or, as we may say, a lively appetite.
    • 1922, Rex Beach, Flowing Gold Haviland had a sense of humor; it would make a story too good to keep--the new oil operator, the magnificent and mysterious New York financier, a "deadhead" at the Ajax. Oh, murder!
  6. A stupid or boring person; dullard
    • 1967, , Go to the Widow-Maker, Delacorte Press (1967), 72, "Listen, you two deadheads," he growled at them, more viciously energetic than he meant, and both turned to stare. He softened his tone. "What's going on here, anyway? What kind of a morgue is this? Is this any way to spend my last four days in town? Come on, let's all go out and do something."
  7. (slang) Driftwood.
  8. (slang) A fan of the rock band the (usually Deadhead).
  9. (slang) A zombie.
    • 2010, Mark Tufo, Sylwia Serwinska, Zombie Fallout (page 148) I was dreaming about working at Wal-Mart before the deadheads came.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To travel as a deadhead, or non-paying passenger.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To drive an empty vehicle.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 845: Kit had fallen into conversation with a footplate man who was deadheading back out to Samarkand, where he lived with his wife and children.
  3. (transitive) To send (a person or message) for free.
    • 1873, Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) and Charles Dudley Warner, The Gilded Age, Part 4. Washington suggested that she get some old friend of the family to come with her, and said the Senator would "deadhead" him home again as soon as he had grown tired, of the sights of the capital.
    • 1910, Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin, Edison, His Life and Inventions He said that if the operator had taken $800 and sent the message at the regular rate, which was twenty-five cents, it would have been all right, as the Jew would be punished for trying to bribe a military operator; but when the operator took the $800 and then sent the message deadhead, he couldn't stand it, and he would never relent.
    • 1934, Lester Dent (as Kenneth Robeson), Brand Of The Werewolf, A Doc Savage Adventure "I'll deadhead the message for you, Mr. Savage. It won't cost a thing."
  4. (transitive) To remove spent or dead blossom from a plant. If you deadhead your roses regularly, they will bloom all season.
deadly etymology Old English dēadlīċ (adj.), dēadlīċe (adv.), corresponding to dead + ly. Cognate with Dutch dodelijk, German tödlich. pronunciation
  • /ˈdɛdli/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete) Subject to death; mortal.
    • {{RQ:Mlry MrtDrthr}}: And whan he cam to the sacrament of the masse / and had done / anone he called Galahad and sayd to hym come forthe the seruaunt of Ihesu cryst and thou shalt see that thou hast moche desyred to see / & thenne he beganne to tremble ryght hard / whan the dedely flesshe beganne to beholde the spyrytuel thynges
    • Wyclif Bible, Epistle to the Romans i. 23 The image of a deadly man.
  2. Causing death; lethal.
  3. Aiming or willing to destroy; implacable; desperately hostile. exampledeadly enemies
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Thy assailant is quick, skillful, and deadly.
  4. (by extension) Very accurate (of aiming with a bow, firearm, etc.).
    • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} But then I had the [massive] flintlock by me for protection. ¶…The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window{{nb...}}, and a 'bead' could be drawn upon Molly, the dairymaid, kissing the fogger behind the hedge, little dreaming that the deadly tube was levelled at them.
  5. (informal) Very boring.
    • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} “I don't mean all of your friends—only a small proportion—which, however, connects your circle with that deadly, idle, brainless bunch—the insolent chatterers at the opera, the gorged dowagers, the worn-out, passionless men, the enervated matrons of the summer capital,{{nb...}}!”
  6. (informal) Excellent, awesome, cool.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (obsolete) Fatally, mortally.
    • {{RQ:Flr Mntgn Essays}}, Folio Society, 2006, p.16: perceiving himselfe deadly wounded by a shot received in his body, being by his men perswaded to come off and retire himselfe from out the throng, answered, he would not now so neere his end, begin to turn his face from his enemie
  2. In a way which suggests death. Her face suddenly became deadly white.
  3. Extremely. deadly weary — Orrery. so deadly cunning a man — Arbuthnot.
related terms:
  • dead
deadly diamond of death
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, programming, humorous) The diamond problem.
dead marine
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) an empty beer bottle.
dead meat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A corpse
  2. (slang, idiomatic) Someone in danger of death or severe punishment. exampleWe'll be dead meat if anyone catches us smoking.
dead president etymology Based on the observation that the presidents whose faces decorate U.S. currency are invariably deceased.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A piece of U.S. paper currency
dead presidents
noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang, US) plural of dead president
  2. (slang, US) Money.
dead soldier
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An empty container, usually a bottle or can which contained an alcoholic beverage.
    • 1968 — Flesh And Blood By William Handley (1968) p.15
      • Another Dead Soldier! (Lays the bottle gently on its side.)
    • 2000 — Thus Spake the Corpse: An Exquisite Corpse Reader 1988-1998 By Andrei Codrescu, Laura Rosenthal (2000) p. 344
      • When my mother drinks beer, she peeks in the bottle to make sure it's a dead soldier.
    • 2002 — Thread of the Spider By Val Davis (2002) p. 117
      • By the time the pint was a dead soldier, Decker had the man's life story.
dead tree edition {{was wotd}} etymology Dysphemism, referring to the raw materials from trees used in the manufacture of paper.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, pejorative, humorous) Paper version of a publication that can be found in an electronic media version.
Synonyms: hard copy, soft copy, e-zine, e-book
dead white European male {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) Any of various white male historical figure in art and culture seen to represent racism, sexism, etc. ingrain into Western education.
Synonyms: DWEM
deaf aid
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, offensive) A hearing aid.
  2. (UK, offensive) A person wearing a hearing aid.
    • 2006, , Series 1, Episode 2: Gene Hunt: Oi, he said stop right there, deaf aid!
deafie etymology deaf + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A deaf person.
  • This is acceptable, not derogatory, as used within the Deaf community.
deal pronunciation
  • (UK) /dɪəɫ/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /diːl/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English dele, from Old English dǣl, from Proto-Germanic *dailiz, from Proto-Indo-European *dhAil-. Cognate with Scots dele, Western Frisian diel, Dutch deel, German Teil, Danish del, Icelandic deila, Gothic 𐌳𐌰𐌹𐌻𐍃 〈𐌳𐌰𐌹𐌻𐍃〉. Related to Old English dāl. More at dole.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A division, a portion, a share. exampleWe gave three deals of grain in tribute to the king.
  2. (often followed by of) An indefinite quantity or amount; a lot (now usually qualified by great or good).
    • {{RQ:Mlry MrtDrthr}}: And so they alle bare hym vnto the hermytage / and vnarmed hym / and layd hym in his bedde / & euer more his wound bledde pytously / but he stered no lymme of hym / Thenne the knyghte heremyte put a thynge in his nose and a lytel dele of water in his mouthe / And thenne sir launcelot waked of his swoune / and thenne the heremyte staunched his bledynge
    • 1814, Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, Ch.2: There is a vast deal of difference in memories, as well as in every thing else, and therefore you should make allowance for your cousin, and pity her deficiency.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, Ch.32: There is a deal of obscurity concerning the identity of the species thus multitudinously baptized.
    • 1928, Lawrence R. Bourne , 3, [ Well Tackled!] , ““They know our boats will stand up to their work,” said Willison, “and that counts for a good deal. A low estimate from us doesn't mean scamped work, but just that we want to keep the yard busy over a slack time.””
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  3. A unit of volume equal to 12 ft × 11 in × 1.5 in, used to measure firewood.
Synonyms: (act of apportioning or distributing) allotment, apportionment, distribution, doling out, sharing, sharing out, (large number or amount or extent) batch, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, load, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, muckle, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad, whole lot, whole slew
etymology 2 From Middle English delen, from Old English dǣlan, from Proto-Germanic *dailijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰail-. Cognate with Western Frisian diele, Dutch delen, German teilen, Swedish dela; and with Lithuanian dalinti, Russian делить 〈delitʹ〉.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To distribute among a number of recipient, to give out as one’s portion or share. The fighting is over; now we deal out the spoils of victory.
    • Tickell Rome deals out her blessings and her gold.
  2. (transitive) To administer or give out, as in small portions.
    • 1820, , The Abbot, ch. 30: "Away, proud woman!" said the Lady; "who ever knew so well as thou to deal the deepest wounds under the pretence of kindness and courtesy?"
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  3. To distribute cards to the players in a game. I was dealt four aces. The cards were shuffled and dealt by the croupier.
  4. (baseball) To pitch. The whole crowd waited for him to deal a real humdinger.
  5. (intransitive) To have dealings or business.
    • 1838, , Oliver Twist, ch. 11: Mr. Brownlow contrived to state his case; observing that, in the surprise of the moment, he had run after the boy because he saw him running away; and expressing his hope that, if the magistrate should believe him, although not actually the thief, to be connected with thieves; he would deal as leniently with him as justice would allow.
  6. (intransitive) To conduct oneself, to behave.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.ii: In Deheubarth that now South-wales is hight, / What time king Ryence raign'd, and dealed right [...].
  7. (obsolete, intransitive) To take action; to act.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book IV: Wel said syr Uwayne go on your waye, and lete me dele.
  8. (intransitive) To trade professionally (followed by in). She deals in gold.
  9. (transitive) To sell, especially to sell illicit drug. This club takes a dim view of members who deal drugs.
  10. (intransitive) To be concerned with.
    • 1922, , Ulysses, episode 14: Science, it cannot be too often repeated, deals with tangible phenomena.
  11. (intransitive) To handle, to manage, to cope.
    • 1897, , Dracula, ch 19: Then there was the sound of a struggle, and I knew that the attendants were dealing with him.
    I can't deal with this.
Synonyms: (distribute among a number of recipients) apportion, divvy up, share, share out, portion out, (administer in portions) administer, allot, deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole out, hand out, lot, mete out, parcel out, shell out, (distribute (cards)), (baseball slang: to pitch) pitch, throw, (have dealings with), (trade) sell, trade, bargain, (sell (illicit drugs)) sell, (be concerned with), (handle, cope)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic in general sense) An act of dealing or sharing.
  2. The distribution of cards to players; a player's turn for this. I didn’t have a good deal all evening. I believe it's your deal.
  3. A particular instance of buying or selling, a transaction We need to finalise the deal with Henderson by midnight.
    • 2014, Jamie Jackson, "Ángel di María says Manchester United were the ‘only club’ after Real", The Guardian, 26 August 2014: The deal, which overtakes the £50m paid to Liverpool by Chelsea for Fernando Torres in January 2011 as the highest paid by a British club, takes United’s summer spend to £130.7m, following the £27m spent on Luke Shaw, the £28m for Ander Herrera and £16m for Marcos Rojo.
  4. Specifically, a transaction offered which is financially beneficial; a bargain.
    • 2009, The Guardian, Virginia Wallis, 22 Jul 2009: You also have to look at the kind of mortgage deals available to you and whether you will be able to trade up to the kind of property you are looking for.
  5. An agreement between parties; an arrangement
    • 2009, Jennifer Steinhauer, New York Times, 20 Jul 2009: California lawmakers, their state broke and its credit rating shot, finally sealed the deal with the governor Monday night on a plan to close a $26 billion budget gap.
    He made a deal with the devil.
  6. (informal) A situation, occasion, or event. "I've never killed anybody before. I don't see what's the big deal." Line spoken by character played by John Travolta in the movie Broken Arrow. What's the deal?
  7. (informal) A thing, an unspecified or unidentified object. The deal with four tines is called a pitchfork.
Synonyms: (cards held in a card game by a player at any given time) hand, (instance of buying or selling) business deal, sale, trade, transaction, (a beneficial transaction) steal, bargain, (agreement between parties fixing obligations of each) contract, pact
etymology 3 From gml dele, cognate with Old English þille.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) Wood that is easy to saw (from conifer such as pine or fir)
  2. (countable) A plank of softwood (fir or pine board)
Synonyms: (wood that is easy to saw, from conifers such as pine or fir), (plank of softwood)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Made of deal. A plain deal table
    • 1913, , , She glanced round the kitchen. It was small and curious to her, with its glittering kissing-bunch, its evergreens behind the pictures, its wooden chairs and little deal table.
    • 1919, , , Through the open door you see a red-tiled floor, a large wooden bed, and on a deal table a ewer and a basin.
  • {{rank}}
  • Adel
  • dale, Dale
  • E.D. La.
  • lade
  • lead
dealer pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdiːlə(ɹ)/
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  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who deal things, especially automobiles; a middleman. That used car dealer gave me a great deal on my 1962 rusted-out Volkswagen bug!
  2. One who peddle illicit drug, especially to teenagers.
  3. A particular type of stock broker or trader.
  4. The person who deal the card in a card game.
  • leader
  • redeal
dealie Alternative forms: dealy, dealie-o pronunciation
  • /ˈdili/
etymology Diminutive of deal.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A thing, especially one seen as complex or having much associated with it.
Sometimes used as a placeholder for an object whose name does not immediately spring to mind, as, Hand me that little plastic dealie. More often used with a noun in attribution, as, How do I set up this blog dealie?
  • aedile, ædile
dealio Alternative forms: dillio
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) alternative form of deal What's the dealio?
dealy etymology deal + y
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) An object, especially a gadget, whose name the speaker currently cannot recall.
    • That dealy behind the cab with a chain hooked to it
  • delay, ladye
dean {{wikipedia}} etymology From xno deen < Old French deien < Latin decānus. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /dĩːn/
  • {{rhymes}} Homophones: dene
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A senior official in a college or university, who may be in charge of a division or faculty (for example, the dean of science) or have some other advisory or disciplinary function (for example, the dean of students).
  2. A dignitary or presiding officer in certain church bodies, especially an ecclesiastical dignitary, subordinate to a bishop, in charge of a chapter of canon.
  3. The senior member of some group of people. dean of the diplomatic corps - a country's most senior ambassador dean of the House - the longest-serving member of a legislature
    • 1955, , "The Next Witness", in , October 1994 edition, ISBN 0553249592, page 67: All of the switchboard operators had been parties to it, including Marie Willis. Their dean, Alice Hart, collected…
  4. (Sussex) a hill (chiefly place names).
related terms:
  • decanal
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, rare) To serve as a dean.
  2. (transitive, rare, informal) To send (a student) to see the dean of a university.
  • Aden
  • Dane
  • Edna
dear pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /dɪɹ/
  • (RP) /dɪə/
  • (Scotland) /diːr/
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  • {{rhymes}}
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etymology 1 From Middle English dere, from Old English dēore, from Proto-Germanic *diurijaz. Cognate with Dutch duur, German teuer, Icelandic dýr, Norwegian dyr, Swedish dyr.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Loved; lovable.
    • {{RQ:Frgsn Zlnstn}} So this was my future home, I thought!…Backed by towering hills, the but faintly discernible purple line of the French boundary off to the southwest, a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
  2. Loving, affectionate, heartfelt exampleSuch dear embrace tenderly comforts even in this dear sorrow.
  3. Precious to or greatly value by someone. exampleThe dearer the giver, the dearer the trinket he brings!
  4. High in price; expensive. exampleThe dearer the jewel, the greater the love expressed.
  5. A formal way to start (possibly after my) addressing somebody at the beginning of a letter, memo etc. exampleDear Sir/Madam/Miss, please notice our offices will be closed during the following bank holidays:{{nb...}}.
  6. A formal way to start (often after my) addressing somebody one likes or regards kindly. exampleMy dear friend, I feel better as soon as you come sit beside my sickbed!
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 7 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , ““A very welcome, kind, useful present, that means to the parish. By the way, Hopkins, let this go no further. We don't want the tale running round that a rich person has arrived. Churchill, my dear fellow, we have such greedy sharks, and wolves in lamb's clothing.{{nb...}}””
  7. An ironic way to start (often after my) addressing an inferior. exampleMy dear boy, if your grades don't pick up I won't bounce you on but over my knee!
  8. (obsolete) Noble.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A very kind, loving person. My cousin is such a dear, always drawing me pictures.
  2. A beloved person
Synonyms: (kind loving person) darling
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete) To endear. {{rfquotek}}
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (obsolete) dearly; at a high price
    • Shakespeare If thou attempt it, it will cost thee dear.
etymology 2 Middle English dere, from Old English dēor. Cognate with the above
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Severe(ly affected), sore
  • {{rank}}
  • DARE, dare, 'eard, rade, Read, read
deary {{Webster 1913}} Alternative forms: dearie pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdɪəɹi/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A dear; a darling.
  2. (informal) A term of address for a female. Listen, deary. I'd appreciate your not talking about my son like that.
  • rayed, ready, yeard
death by cop
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A method of suicide where a person points a firearm at an armed police officer, forcing them to shoot.
Synonyms: copicide, suicide by cop
deather etymology death + er
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (US, pejorative) One who favours the ration of healthcare in the United States.
  2. (US, pejorative) One who subscribes to a conspiracy theory suggesting that Osama bin Laden was not killed.
death futures
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Trading life assurance policies of terminally ill people, bought by a third party as an investment.
death panel {{wikipedia}} {{Wikisource}} etymology First used in a 2009 Facebook note by U.S. politician : "... my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of 's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care."
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, originally in right-wing discourse, otherwise humorous) A fictitious government committee which is responsible for choosing which of various patients will receive healthcare, and which withholds life-saving treatment from some in order to reduce costs.{{cite web |url= |title='Tweet' 2009 Word of the Year, 'Google' Word of the Decade, as voted by American Dialect Society |date=January 8, 2010 |publisher=American Dialect Society |accessdate=October 8, 2010}}
death star etymology death + star: "star" as is satellite; "death" as in the decimation of an industry. Influenced by the Star Wars "death star".
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, colloquialism, North America, television, dated) a direct-to-home satellite television satellite used by the cable television provider industry, to describe their competitors and the effect they would have in decimating the cable industry, prior to the introduction of digital satellite television and the three-foot dish revolution
Synonyms: DBS , direct broadcast satellite
death stick
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A cigarette
Synonyms: cancer stick
death tax
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) inheritance tax
deb pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) debutante
  • bed, B.Ed., DBE
debate etymology From Old French debatre, from Romanic desbattere, from Latin dis- + battuere. pronunciation
  • (UK) /dɪˈbeɪt/
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  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) Strife, discord.
  2. An argument, or discussion, usually in an ordered or formal setting, often with more than two people, generally ending with a vote or other decision. exampleAfter a four-hour debate, the committee voted to table the motion.
  3. An informal and spirited but generally civil discussion of opposing views. exampleThe debate over the age of the universe is thousands of years old. exampleThere was a bit of a debate over who should pay for the damaged fence.
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  4. (uncountable) Discussion of opposing views. exampleThere has been considerable debate concerning exactly how to format these articles.
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  5. (Frequently in French form débat) A type of literary composition, taking the form of a discussion or disputation, commonly found in the vernacular medieval poetry of many European countries, as well as in .
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (ambitransitive) To participate in a debate; to dispute, argue, especially in a public arena. {{defdate}}
    • Shakespeare a wise council … that did debate this business
    • Bible, Proverbs xxv. 9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself.
    • Tatler He presents that great soul debating upon the subject of life and death with his intimate friends.
  2. (obsolete, intransitive) To fight. {{defdate}}
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.viii: Well knew they both his person, sith of late / With him in bloudie armes they rashly did debate.
  3. (obsolete, transitive) To engage in combat for; to strive for.
    • Prescott Volunteers … thronged to serve under his banner, and the cause of religion was debated with the same ardour in Spain as on the plains of Palestine.
  4. (transitive) To consider (to oneself), to think over, to attempt to decide
related terms:
  • debatable
  • debation
  • beated, betaed
Debbie Downer etymology Name of a character on Saturday Night Live who spoils social gatherings by bringing up negative topics.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, pejorative) A naysayer; one whose negative remarks depress or dissuade others.
debigulate etymology de- + big + -ate. From a fictional shrink ray called The Debigulator featured in the episode "Treehouse of Horror VII" of the American animated television series The Simpsons.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (rare, humorous) To reduce or shrink; to make or become smaller.
Synonyms: ensmallen
  • embiggen
debug {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /diːˈbʌɡ/, /diːˈbʊɡ/
  • {{audio}}
etymology de- + bug
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (computer science) To search for and eliminate malfunctioning element or error in something, especially a computer program or machinery.
  2. (electronics) To remove a hidden electronic surveillance device from (somewhere).
  3. (US) To remove insect from (somewhere).
Synonyms: diagnose, troubleshoot
  • budge
debugger {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /diːˈbʌɡə(ɹ)/, /diːˈbʊɡə/
  • {{audio}}
etymology to debug + -er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (programming) A computer program that helps the user to test and debug other programs, by enabling their step-by-step execution controlled by the user, setting of breakpoint, and monitoring values of variables.
  • begrudge
  • buggered
debutard etymology debutante + tard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A young, wealthy person (especially a girl or woman) lacking in intelligence or common sense.
    • 2008, Brian K. Vaughan, Georges Jeanty, & Joss Whedon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: No Future for You, Dark Horse Books (2008), ISBN 9781621150183, unnumbered page: I thought this stuck-up debutard lived in Jolly Olde.
    • 2009, Gigi Levangie Grazer, Queen Takes King, Simon & Schuster (2009), ISBN 9780743291996, page 207: The “scions,” “children of,” the “debutards,” the boys who worked at art galleries their parents owned, the girls who worked at Christie's and Sotheby's while awaiting their spread in a fashion monthly.
    • 2010, Maureen Johnson, Scarlett Fever, Point (2010), ISBN 9780545253307, unnumbered page: WE LOVE A DEBUTARD much as anyone else. Probably more than most. We love the spectacle of New York's richest and dumbest making the tie that binds.
decaf {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) a decaffeinated coffee, tea, or soft drink.
  • faced
decapitate etymology From French décapiter, from ll decapitare, from de- + caput. pronunciation
  • (UK) /dɪˈkapɪteɪt/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To remove the head of.
Synonyms: behead, decollate
  • recapitate
decaversary etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, rare) The tenth anniversary of something.
    • 2003, Albert Goldbarth, Combinations of the Universe, Ohio State University Press (2003), ISBN 9780814209257, page 122: where Rick and Dara took their vows. The priest was good, and the cake was good, and the wine so kickass special that they saved a liter to share on their decaversary.
    • 2010, "VICS still in the mix", Global Times, 7 May 2010: In an anniversary event perhaps second only to the 60th birthday celebrations of the People's Republic, Beijing nightclub stalwart VICS begins a month-long celebration of it's{{sic}} "decaversary" this weekend with a series of events designed to confirm its position as the city's leading drunken experience.
    • 2011, Susan Segal, "Coast Calendar", Coast Magazine, October 2011: The annual summer concert series is marking its decaversary by bringing back blink-182, the inaugural artist from the first Honda Civic Tour in 2001, along with My Chemical Romance, for a 40-plus date nationwide.
Synonyms: decennial, tin anniversary (informal)
dece pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /diːs/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology Shortening.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) decent; reasonably good
    • 1993, "Chris L Concepcion", Re: _Bad Voltage_ (on newsgroup alt.cyberpunk) I'm sorry but this book did not quite move me. Yeah, the slang wuz kewl, the attitude was neat, and the music was dece (if you read the book four years ago) but it's not THE BEST READ I've ever had…
    • 2006, "", Re: Callahan race, post-Regionals (on newsgroup Salad and Franchise both played ridiculously well after we took our lead, especially considering the ridiculous conditions of the game. I suppose the rest of Texas was dece as well, good for you…
decennial etymology From Latin decennialis, from decem + -ennium (compare annus) + -ālis. pronunciation
  • (UK) /dɪˈsɛnɪəɫ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The tenth anniversary of an event or happening.
Synonyms: decaversary (informal), tin anniversary (informal)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Occurring every ten years.
  • celandine
  • line dance

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