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decent etymology From Middle French décent, or its source, Latin decēns, present participle of decet, from Proto-Indo-European *deke-, from base *dek- (compare Ancient Greek δοκεῖν 〈dokeîn〉, δέχεσθαι 〈déchesthai〉; {{rfscript}} Sanskrit , ). Meaning kind, pleasant is from 1902. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdiːsənt/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete) Appropriate; suitable for the circumstances.
  2. (of a person) Having a suitable conformity to basic moral standards; showing integrity, fairness, or other characteristics associated with moral uprightness.
  3. Sufficiently clothed or dressed to be seen. exampleAre you decent? May I come in?
  4. Fair; good enough; okay. exampleHe's a decent saxophonist, but probably not good enough to make a career of it.
  5. Significant; substantial. exampleThere are a decent number of references out there, if you can find them.
  6. (obsolete) Comely; shapely; well-formed.
    • A sable stole of cyprus lawn / Over thy decent shoulders drawn — Milton.
  • indecent
related terms:
  • decency
  • decently
  • cedent
decentish etymology decent + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Somewhat decent; all right, tolerable.
  • dehiscent
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, humorous) Reluctance to make decisions.
decimal {{wikipedia}} etymology From Malayalam decimalis, from Latin decimus, from decem, ten + adjective suffix -alis pronunciation
  • (UK) [ˈdɛsɪməɫ]
  • (US) /ˈdɛsɪməl/
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noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (arithmetic, computing, uncountable) The number system that uses the digits 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.
  2. (countable) A number expressed in this system.
  3. (informal) A decimal place. Pi has a value of 3.141, to three decimals.
  4. (informal) A numeral written as a concatenation of successive negative power of the base.
  5. (informal) A decimal point.
Synonyms: (system): base 10, decimal system, (number): decimal number, (decimal place): decimal place, place of decimals
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (arithmetic, computing) Concerning numbers expressed in decimal or mathematical calculations performed using decimal.
Synonyms: base-10, denary (rare)
  • camelid
  • claimed
  • declaim
  • medical
decimal place {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (arithmetic) the position of a digit to the right of the decimal point in a decimal number. The answer is 1.245, to three decimal places
Synonyms: decimal (informal), place of decimals
  • See decimal point
decimal without a zero
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (mathematics, informal) Bijective numeration in base ten.
deck {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /dɛk/
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etymology 1 Middle English dekke, from Middle Dutch deck.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any flat surface that can be walked on: a balcony; a porch; a raised patio; a flat rooftop.
  2. (nautical) The floorlike covering of the horizontal sections, or compartments, of a ship. Small vessels have only one deck; larger ships have two or three decks. exampleto swab the deck
    • {{RQ:EHough PrqsPrc}} Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers,{{nb...}}. Even such a boat as the Mount Vernon offered a total deck space so cramped as to leave secrecy or privacy well out of the question, even had the motley and democratic assemblage of passengers been disposed to accord either.
  3. (aviation) A main aeroplane surface, especially of a biplane or multiplane.
  4. A pack or set of playing cards.
  5. A set of slide for a presentation.
    • 2011, David Kroenke, Donald Nilson, Office 365 in Business Navigate to the location where your PowerPoint deck is stored and select it.
  6. (obsolete) A heap or store.
    • Philip Massinger (1583-1640) Who … hath such trinkets / Ready in the deck.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (uncommon) To furnish with a deck, as a vessel.
  2. (informal) To knock someone to the floor, especially with a single punch. Wow, did you see her deck that guy who pinched her?
etymology 2 From Middle Dutch dekken.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, sometimes with out) To dress (someone) up, to clothe with more than ordinary elegance
    • 1919, , , They call beautiful a dress, a dog, a sermon; and when they are face to face with Beauty cannot recognise it. The false emphasis with which they try to deck their worthless thoughts blunts their susceptibilities.
    • Bible, Job xl. 10 Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency.
    • Shakespeare Deck my body in gay ornaments.
  2. (transitive, with out) To decorate (something).
    • Dryden The dew with spangles decked the ground.
  3. To cover; to overspread.
    • Milton to deck with clouds the uncoloured sky
  • See deck out
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) decarbonization.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To decarbonize, especially to remove the build-up of carbon in the cylinder of an engine or the bowl or a pipe
decompress pronunciation
  • (UK) /diːkəmˈprɛs/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To relieve the pressure or compression on something.
  2. (transitive) To bring someone (such as a diver) back to normal atmospheric pressure after being exposed to high pressure.
  3. (transitive, computing) To restore compressed data to its normal size.
  4. (intransitive) To adjust to normal atmospheric pressure after being exposed to high pressure.
  5. (intransitive, informal) To relax.
  • compressed
decoy pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdiːkɔɪ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person or object meant to lure something to danger.
  2. A real or fake animal used by hunter to lure game.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To act or use a decoy.
  2. (transitive) To lead into danger by artifice; to lure into a net or snare; to entrap. to decoy troops into an ambush; to decoy ducks into a net
    • Goldsmith E'en while fashion's brightest arts decoy, / The heart, distrusting, asks if this be joy.
  • coyed
decrease pronunciation
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  • (verb) {{enPR}}, /dɪˈkɹiːs/
  • (noun) {{enPR}}, /ˈdiːkɹiːs/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology From Old French descreistre (French: décroître), from Latin decrescere.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) Of a quantity, to become smaller.
  2. (transitive) To make (a quantity) smaller.
Synonyms: (become smaller) drop, fall, go down, plummet (rapidly), plunge (rapidly), reduce, shrink, sink, (make smaller) abate, cut, decrement, lower, reduce
  • (become larger) go up, grow, increase, rise, soar (rapidly), shoot up (rapidly)
  • (make larger) increase, increment, raise, up (informal)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An amount by which a quantity is decreased.
  2. (knitting) A reduction in the number of stitch, usually accomplished by suspend the stitch to be decreased from another existing stitch or by knitting it together with another stitch. See Decrease (knitting).
Synonyms: (amount by which a quantity is decreased) cut, decrement, drop, fall, loss, lowering, reduction, shrinkage
  • (amount by which a quantity is decreased) gain, increase, increment, raise (US, of pay), rise
  • deceaser
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (vulgar, rare) to remove one's penis from a vagina
Synonyms: uncunt
  • cunted, uncted
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) deduplication
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) deduplicate
dee Alternative forms: de (Northumbria) pronunciation
  • /diː/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Northumbria) To do. What are ye deein man!
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. {{Latn-def}}
  2. Something shaped like the letter D, such as a dee lock. the pommel is furnished with dees.
  3. (colloquial) Police detective. the dees are about.
deed etymology From Middle English dede, from Old English dēd, (West Saxon) dǣd, from Proto-Germanic *dēdiz, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰéh₁tis 〈*dʰéh₁tis〉. Cognate with West Frisian died, Dutch daad, Low German Daat, German Tat, Swedish and Danish dåd. The Proto-Indo-European root is also the source of Ancient Greek θέσις 〈thésis〉. Related to do. pronunciation
  • /diːd/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An action or act; something that is done.
    • Bible, Genesis xliv. 15 And Joseph said to them, What deed is this which ye have done?
  2. A brave or noteworthy action; a feat or exploit.
    • Spenser knightly deeds
    • Dryden whose deeds some nobler poem shall adorn
  3. Action or fact, as opposed to rhetoric or deliberation. I have fulfilled my promise in word and in deed.
  4. (legal) A legal contract showing bond in form of a document. I inherited the deed to the house.
Synonyms: (action) act, action, (law) document, certificat, instrument
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To transfer real property by deed. He deeded over the mineral rights to some fellas from Denver.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Geordie, slang) To look, alternative form of deek.
related terms:
  • deek (Geordie)
  • deeksies (Geordie)
  • look (Standard English)
  • keyed
deener pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdiːnə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (AU, slang) A shilling.
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber and Faber 2003, p. 370: ‘You're very fortunate.’ ‘I worked for it, every zac and deener.’
deer fly fever
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) tularemia
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of dee, the name of the letter D.
  2. Something shaped like the letter D.
    • the pommel is furnished with dees.
  3. (colloquial) Police detectives.
    • the dees are about.
  • EDES, sede, seed
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang) Details. Please email me the deets about the party.
def {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /dɛf/
  • {{rhymes}}
abbreviation: def.
  1. deficit
  2. definitely
  3. definition
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, slang) very good (short for "definitive" or "definitely")
  • {{rank}}
  • fed, Fed, Fed., FED
defecate Alternative forms: defæcate, defaecate etymology From the participle stem of Latin dēfaecāre, from de- and faex. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdɛfɪkeɪt/, /ˈdɛfəkeɪt/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (now rare) To purify, to clean of dregs etc.
    • Boyle to defecate the dark and muddy oil of amber
    • {{RQ:RBrtn AntmyMlncly}}, New York 2001, p.224: Some are of opinion that such fat, standing waters make the best beer, and that seething doth defecate it […].
  2. (now rare, transitive) To purge; to pass (something) as excrement.
  3. (intransitive) To empty one's bowels of feces.
  • The sense 'to purify' is rare in contrast to the common mean to empty bowels.
Synonyms: (void one’s bowels) (slang) crap, (obsolete) drite, (slang) dump, (informal) pinch a loaf, (informal, humorous) drop a bomb, (informal, humorous) drop the kids off at the pool, (vulgar) shit, (vulgar) shite, (vulgar) take a shit, (slang) take a dump, (informal) drop a deuce, See also
related terms:
  • defecation
  • fæces
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete) Freed from pollutant, dregs, lees, etc.; refined; purified.
    • Bates Till the soul be defecate from the dregs of sense.
defective on arrival
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial, business, of an item) Upon receipt, damaged or defective to the point of being unusable. This condition is frequently noted in warranties on items that can't be checked before payment, and also as a valid reason for returning merchandise.
Synonyms: DOA
defenestrate {{was wotd}} etymology {{back-form}}, from Latin de-, + fenestra. pronunciation
  • (UK) /dɪˈfɛnɪstɹeɪt/
  • (US) /dəˈfɛnɪstɹeɪt/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To eject or throw (someone or something) from a window; compare transfenestrate.
    • 1998 September 25, , quoted in "TFK Q&A: Lane Smith and Jon Scieszka", in Time for Kids: I defenestrated a clock to see if time flies!
  2. (transitive) To throw out.
    • 1998, Barry J. Fraser and Kenneth George Tobin, International Handbook of Science Education, Volume 2, The cultural historians of science 'feel the need to defenestrate science, or at least take it off its pedestal' (Pumfrey. Rossi & Slawinski 1991. p. 3).
    • 2001, , Volume 381, Issues 8498-8501, Page 42, Ever since he helped to defenestrate Richard Nixon in 1974, Mr Woodward has been a sort of super-reporter ...
    • 2004, Mary Carey and Kim Berquist, Writing from a Small Country: Anthology of the Creative Writing Club, Luxembourg‎, According to the guidebooks, they do it so strenuously that women would very much like to defenestrate the custom.
  3. (computing, transitive, humorous, slang) To remove a Windows operating system from a computer.
    • 1998 December 17, Darren Salt <>, "Re: Coding speccy games in the good 'ole days", message-ID <>, comp.sys.sinclair, Usenet : This posting was written on a Windows 95 PC, Defenestrate it immediately. Install Linux. :-)
    • 2001 July 21, "Packet Rat" (pseudonym), "Judge Rat calls for a Microsoft defenestration", on GCN: Government Computer News: ◦ Enable one-click uninstalls of unwanted OS and application features with a Defenestrate icon.
    • 2007 May 16, , speech, , Now of course people who want freedom shouldn't use Windows at all, you've got to defenestrate your computer, which mean either you throw Windows out of the computer, or you throw the computer out the window.
defenestration etymology First attested circa , from Latin + fenestra, historically, it was used as an act of political dissent, notably the . pronunciation
  • (UK) /dɪˌfɛnɪˈstɹeɪʃən/
  • (US) /diˌfɛnəˈstreɪʃən/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of throwing something, or someone, out of a window.
    • 1905, Rossiter Johnson (Ed.), The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11, pages 62–75, The "Defenestration" at Prague (A.D. 1618). ... The imperial Austrian Councillors are thrown out of the window of the castle of Hradschin by the enraged Bohemian Deputies
    • page 40, Adrian G. V. Hyde-Price, 1996, “The Third Defenestration of Prague occurred on 10 March 1948. During the closing stages of the communist takeover in Czechoslovakia, Jan Masaryk, the popular foreign minister and son of Tomas Masaryk, fell - or more likely was pushed - out of a window.”
    • 2004, Carleton, Paul D, Concepts: a prototheist quest for science-minded skeptics of Catholic, and other Christian, Jewish, & Muslim backgrounds. Page 359. "15. About to die anyway - On September 11, 2001 when NYC's Twin Towers were impacted...some occupants trapped above the inferno facing certain death instead jumped from windows to their certain death (self defenestration)."
  2. (British) High profile removal of a person from an organization.
    • 2005, Sunday Times, September 4 Be that as it may, his defenestration was coldly abrupt, and in his place, the Football Association resurrected a veteran manager and former England star in Joe Mercer for seven games.
  3. (neologism, humorous) The act of removing the Microsoft Windows operating system from a computer in order to install an alternative one.
    • 1998, "Dorian Bliss", He's dead, Jim (on Internet newsgroup Defenestration might be an option too. May I recommend Linux?
    • 1999, Graham Lea, "Stunned MS vows to fight on for freedom," , : It's defenestration day in Redmond today.
    • 2002, Jon Kilburn, Palm Programming in Basic, Springer, ISBN 9781893115491, pg. 392 (unpaginated): No defenestration here. Ask questions about all aspects of Windows programming, get help on Microsoft technologies covered in Apress books, or provide feedback on any Apress Windows book.
    • 2004 February 12, Paul Murphy, "What Does Linux Cost?, on LinuxInsider: What's needed is defenestration -- throwing out the Windows mindset along with Microsoft's licenses and software -- but …
    • 2005, December 1, Braue D, Gray P, Colquhoun L, Douglas J-V. Leaders of the pack. MIS Australia, "...defenestration is starting to be linked to the throwing out of Windows software."
related terms:
  • autodefenestration
  • defenestrate
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (Internet, slang) alternative form of definitely
deffo etymology From definitely or definite + o. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdɛfəʊ/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, Australia, UK, Ireland, usually with "for") Definite.
    • 2003, Grace Dent, LBD: it′s a girl thing, page 45, I know for certain they′re not speaking to each other, that′s for deffo, not that I′ve even seen them in the same room over the last week to confirm their silence.
    • 2009, Joe Stretch, Wildlife, unnumbered page, ‘An infection. Nothing serious. They′ll have some colour in them soon, for deffo.’
    • 2009, Stephen Leonard Lancashire, Immaculate Deception, page 271, “Couldn′t say for deffo, probably at least fifteen years old, but I know they don′t make them like these any more for exactly the reason you′ve just seen. The security systems shite.”
    • 2010, Simon Pegg, Nerd Do Well, page 25, Needles wilted under the force of Pegg′s demand, his eyes widened and he seemed to shrink in size, and I can′t say for deffo but I think he probably wet himself.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (slang, Australia, UK, Ireland, Canada) Definitely. He told me that he's deffo going to be there tonight.
    • 2009, Nick Leather, Billy Wonderful, page 12, And I deffo don′t believe in me, cos I′m a proper knobhead, aren′t I, and always have been.
    • 2011, Andrew Fitzpatrick, Strictly Legal, page 128, It′s weird, but even though Dosser was only grounded for like two weeks, I was actually starting to kind of miss him, and I deffo would′ve loved to have gone for a good old-fashioned crow-hunt that Saturday afternoon,….
    • 2011, Maggie Graham, Me and My Animals, page 142, ‘…And no giving in at the slightest whimper. Agreed?’ ‘Deffo!’ He couldn′t see my fingers crossed behind my back.
  • offed
defib etymology Shortening.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal, transitive) To defibrillate.
definitioneering etymology
  • A portmanteau word of definition + engineering — or simply from -eer?
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, humorous) The act of creating, usually by making up, definitions.
    • 1968 (1972?), "Definitioneering: An Article-review of Sidney Hook's Academic Freedom," The Philosophy Forum, supplement 11, nos. 1-2 (Summer 1972): S77-S95: Are we entitled to so define, or is Hook bogged down in a form of "persuasive definitioneering"?
    • 1973, Paul Kurtz, The Humanist Alternative: Some Definitions of Humanism, Prometheus Books, pg. 177: ...danger is that we may become bogged down in 'definitioneering'; that is, we may become advocates of special definitions that are arbitrarily stipulated.
    • 2001, Catherine Brölmann, "T. Makkonen, Identity, Difference and Otherness. The Concepts of People, Indigenous People and Minority in International Law," International Journal on Minority and Group Rights, ISSN 1385-4879, 2001, vol. 8; issue 1, pg. 93: Makkonen argues that the rationale of the rights concerned should always be taken as a point of departure, rather than an attempt at a priori 'definitioneering'.
    • 2006, John Wenzel, "We make the music we want to make," Denver Post, December 29, 2006: "...when you try to define it it becomes a surreal puddle of definitioneering," said drummer Brandon Weaver.
defog pronunciation
  • (UK) /diːˈfɒɡ/
  • (US) /diːˈfɑɡ/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to remove the moisture or fog from.
  2. (informal) to make intelligible.
related terms:
  • defogger
defragger pronunciation
  • (UK) /diːˈfɹæɡə(ɹ)/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, informal) A defragmenter.
defrost pronunciation
  • (UK) /diːˈfɹɒst/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To remove frost from. I have just defrosted the fridge.
  2. (transitive) To thaw something. Will you defrost the chops for supper tonight?
  3. (informal, intransitive) To recover from something tiresome. See you tomorrow evening; I'll have defrosted from my trip by then.
  • frosted
defunkify etymology de- + funk + -ify
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, humorous) To mask or remove the odor from; to deodorize.
  2. (slang) To take out of a funk; to enliven; to cheer up.
    • 2001, 9 December, Destiny in the Dark [username], Re: Trying to get defunky,!original/,, “ But that only depresses me more! I need to defunkify myself in that manner too.”
    • 2004, Rochell J. Isaac, Black Girls Who Eat Sushi: Life Stories, iUniverse (2004), ISBN 0595318223, page 23: I am not trying to spit funky shit to my sisters even when they trying to defunkify my emotions by acting like we ain't all in de bottom of de black boat together.
    • 2004, Lauren Myracle, ttyl, Abrams (2014), ISBN 9781419711428, page 1: i just know that the end of the summer always throws u into a funk, so i wanted to do something to defunkify u.
Synonyms: (deodorize) destinkify
degenerate {{wikipedia}} etymology From Latin degeneratus, past participle of degenerare, from degener, from de + genus; see genus, general. pronunciation
  • (UK) /dɪˈdʒɛnəɹət/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (of qualities) Having deteriorate, degrade or fallen from normal, coherent, balanced and desirable to undesirable and typically abnormal.
    • Shakespeare faint-hearted and degenerate king
    • Jonathan Swift degenerate from their ancient blood
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  2. (of a human or system) Having lost good or desirable qualities.
  3. (of an encoding or function) Having multiple domain elements correspond to one element of the range. The genetic code is degenerate because a single amino acid can be coded by one of several codons.
  4. (mathematics) A degenerate case is a limiting case in which a class of object changes its nature so as to belong to another, usually simpler, class.
  5. (physics) Having the same quantum energy level.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One is degenerate, who has fallen from previous stature. You are a degenerate, boy. You're a disgrace to your ancestors.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To lose good or desirable qualities. His condition continued to degenerate even after admission to hospital.
    • 1870, Shirley Hibberd, Rustic Adornments for Homes of Taste (page 170) Another bird quickly learned to imitate the song of a canary that was mated with it, but as the parrakeet improved in the performance the canary degenerated, and came at last to mingle the other bird's harsh chitterings with its own proper music.
  2. (transitive) To cause to lose good or desirable qualities.
degree mill
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) a disreputable university, churning out degrees to unqualified students.
Synonyms: diploma mill
degunk etymology de + gunk pronunciation
  • (UK) /diːˈɡʌŋk/, /diːˈɡʊŋk/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal, transitive) To remove gunk from.
degunker etymology degunk + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Something that removes gunk.
    • 2005, Ron Wanttaja, Airplane Ownership (page 191) It used to be that you could take off the cowling, wrap plastic bags around the electrical stuff (magnetos, regulator, and alternator) and vacuum pump, and blast away with engine degunker.
    • 2005, Wayne Palaia, Christina Palaia, Degunking Microsoft Office The Disk Defragmenter utility (see Figure 3-5) is a degunker's friend, enabling your computer to consolidate fragmented files and gain more efficient access to your folder system.
    • {{quote-news}}
degunkify etymology de- + gunk + -ify
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, humorous) To remove dirt or grime from.
    • 2007, Chuck Gloman & Rob Napoli, Scenic Design and Lighting Techniques: A Basic Guide for Theatre, Focal Press (2007), ISBN 9780240808062, page 291: An aluminum window screen (nonrusting) placed at the bottom of your paint sink makes it easy to degunkify your sink.
    • 2009, Jenny Jones, So Not Happening, Thomas Nelson (2009), ISBN 9781595545411, page 112: Even though I spent half the night in the shower to degunkify.
    • 2009, Andy Rathbone, Windows 7 For Dummies, Wiley Publishing, Inc. (2009), ISBN 9780470497432, page 244: If your mouse pointer jumps around on-screen or doesn't move at all, your mouse is probably clogged with desktop gunk. Follow these steps to degunkify it: {{…}}
dejunk etymology de- + junk
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, transitive) To remove junk from; declutter.
  • junked
dek Alternative forms: deck etymology Deliberate misspelling of deck, to distinguish the word as not belonging in the story.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (journalism, slang) The subhead of a news story.
  • KDE
  • ked
deke {{wikipedia}} etymology Canadian English, a contraction of decoy. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
  • /diːk/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (ice hockey) A feint, fake, or other move made by the player with the puck to deceive a goaltender or other defender.
  2. (ice hockey) A series of feints, fakes, or other moves made by the player with the puck to deceive a goaltender or other defender.
  3. (Canada, slang) A quick detour.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Canada) To avoid, go around, or dodge an object, person, or conversation topic; often by using trickery.
  2. (ice hockey) To execute a deke.
  • deek
  • eked
dekko pronunciation
  • /ˈdekəʊ/
etymology From Hindustani देखना 〈dēkhanā〉 / دیکھنا 〈dy̰ḵھnạ〉. Comes directly from the Hindi "Dekho" (see)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) A look.
    • {{RQ:Wodehouse Offing}}
  2. (British, slang) A glance.
delectabubble etymology Reduplicative form of delectable, perhaps imitating childish speech, and incorporating bubble.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, rare) delectable
Delhi belly etymology From the diarrhoea often experienced by foreign travellers to India; the city of Delhi was probably chosen as it rhymes with belly.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) Digestive illness or diarrhoea, especially if suffered by a visitor to India.
deli etymology 1954. Clipped from English delicatessen, from German, from French, from Latin. See delicatessen for more. pronunciation
  • /ˈdɛl i/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A shop that sells cook or prepare food ready for serving.
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  2. (informal) Food sold at a delicatessen.
  • diel, idle, lied
delicate etymology From Middle English delicat, from Latin delicatus, from delicia, usually in plural deliciae, from delicere, from de + lacere. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdɛlɪkət/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Easily damage or requiring careful handling. Those clothes are made from delicate lace. The negotiations were very delicate.
    • F. W. Robertson There are some things too delicate and too sacred to be handled rudely without injury to truth.
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  2. Characterized by a fine structure or thin lines. Her face was delicate. The spider wove a delicate web. There was a delicate pattern of frost on the window.
  3. Intended for use with fragile items. Set the washing machine to the delicate cycle.
  4. Refined; gentle; scrupulous not to trespass or offend; considerate; said of manners, conduct, or feelings. delicate behaviour; delicate attentions; delicate thoughtfulness
  5. Of weak health; easily sick; unable to endure hardship. a delicate child; delicate health
    • Shakespeare a delicate and tender prince
  6. (informal) Unwell, especially because of having drunk too much alcohol. Please don't speak so loudly: I'm feeling a bit delicate this morning.
  7. (obsolete) Addicted to pleasure; luxurious; voluptuous; alluring.
    • 1360–1387, William Langland, Piers Plowman (C-text), passus IX, line 285: Þenk þat diues for hus delicat lyf to þe deuel wente.
    • circa 1660, John Evelyn (author), (editor), , volume I of II (1901), entry for the 19th of August in 1641, page 29: Haerlem is a very delicate town and hath one of the fairest churches of the Gothic design I had ever seen.
  8. Pleasing to the senses; refined; adapted to please an elegant or cultivated taste. a delicate dish; delicate flavour
  9. Slight and shapely; lovely; graceful.
    • circa 1603, William Shakespeare, Othello, act II, scene iii, lines 18 and 20–21: :   She’s a most exquisite lady.…Indeed, she’s a most fresh and delicate creature.
  10. Light, or softly tinted; said of a colour. a delicate shade of blue
  11. Of exacting tastes and habits; dainty; fastidious.
  12. Highly discriminating or perceptive; refinedly critical; sensitive; exquisite. a delicate taste; a delicate ear for music
  13. Affected by slight causes; showing slight changes. a delicate thermometer
related terms:
  • delicacy
  • delicately
  • delicatessen
  • delicious
  • delight
Synonyms: (easily damaged) fragile
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A delicate item of clothing, especially underwear or lingerie. Don't put that in with your jeans: it's a delicate!
  2. (obsolete) A choice dainty; a delicacy. With abstinence all delicates he sees. — Dryden.
  3. (obsolete) A delicate, luxurious, or effeminate person. All the vessels, then, which our delicates have, — those I mean that would seem to be more fine in their houses than their neighbours, — are only of the Corinth metal. — Holland.
delicious etymology Middle English delicious, from xno delicious from Old French delicious, from ll deliciosus from dēliciae, plural of dēlicia from deliciō from de- + laciō. Displaced native Middle English este (from Old English ēste), Middle English wunlic (from Old English wynlīċ), Old English ēstelīc. pronunciation
  • (UK) /dɪˈlɪʃəs/
  • (US) /dəˈlɪʃəs/, /diˈlɪʃəs/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Pleasing to taste; tasty.
  2. (colloquial) Metaphorically pleasing to taste; pleasing to the eyes or mind.
Synonyms: See also
  • lousicide
delish etymology Abbreviated phonetic form.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) delicious
    • 2007, David Else, England, p. 144: Tom Aikens is the name of the notorious kitchen firebrand who runs this wonderful modern European restaurant where the setting is handsome and the food delish.
    • 2000, Kathryn Glasgow Stern, Another Song about the King: A Novel, p. 262: "Ummm. Sounds delish." I don't know what to say; this is what comes out. "Yes, delish."
    • 1997, James Grippando, The Informant, p. 239: Delish! I tried some crackers loaded with cheese and pâté. Double delish!
    • 1956, Julian Maclaren-Ross, The Funny Bone, p. 36: Not that I want to rush you, but that'd be simply delish!
  • shield
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or pertaining to the Accademia della Crusca in Florence, Italy.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, historical) Any of a class of English writer seen as affected, most of whom lived in Florence, circa 1785.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Shoulder
    • 2005, F. Paul Wilson, Midnight Mass‎, page 67 …she had this tat of a devil face sticking out a Gene Simmons-class tongue on her left delt.
Synonyms: (shoulder) shoulder
related terms:
  • delts
verb: {{head}}
  1. archaic spelling of dealt
delta {{letter_disp2}} {{slim-wikipedia}} etymology From Ancient Greek δέλτα 〈délta〉. pronunciation
  • /ˈdɛɫtə/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The fourth letter of the modern Greek alphabet Δ, δ.
  2. A landform at the mouth of a river where it empties into a body of water.
  3. The letter D in the ICAO spelling alphabet, which assigns words to letters of the alphabet.
  4. (mathematics) The symbol Δ.
  5. (computing, informal) A small but noticeable effect. Compare epsilon. This will slow the main code path down, but only by delta.
  6. (computing) The set of differences between two versions of a file. When you update the file, the system will only save the deltas.
  7. (surveying) The angle subtended at the center of a circular arc.
  8. A type of cargo bike that has one wheel in front and two in back.
  9. (electrical, often, attributive) The closed figure produced by connecting three coils or circuits successively, end for end, especially in a three-phase system. delta winding; delta connection; delta current
  • atled
  • dalet
  • dealt
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (bodybuilding, slang) The deltoid muscle.
    • 1988, Steve Holman, "Christian Conquers Columbus", 47 (6): 28-34. His enthusiasm is contagious, and his delts are outrageous.
dem pronunciation
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pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. nonstandard spelling of them
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determiner: {{en-det}}
  1. nonstandard spelling of them (in the sense of "those") What are dem fing doing 'ere?
  2. (Carribean, MLE, slang) (clitic, postfix) A group of.
    • 2009, , , Chillin' wiv da man dem Jammin' wiv da man dem It's all good in the hood wiv da man dem
    • 2010, , , I’ve got my peeps dem with me shouting pull up your socks, Cos we just broke the law and now we're running from cops.
  • DME, D. Me.; Edm, EDM; med, Med, MEd
demagogue {{was wotd}} Alternative forms: demagog etymology From Ancient Greek δημαγωγός 〈dēmagōgós〉, from δῆμος 〈dē̂mos〉 + ἀγωγός 〈agōgós〉. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈdɛməɡɑɡ/, /ˈdɛməɡɔɡ/
  • (RP) /ˈdɛməɡɒɡ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (historical) A leader of the people.
  2. (pejorative) A political orator or leader who gains favor by pander to or exciting the passion and prejudice of the audience rather than by using rational argument.
    • 1938, , , 424 BC, tr. O'Neill , lines 191-193, A demagogue must be neither an educated nor an honest man; he has to be an ignoramus and a rogue.
    • 1949, , , p. ix, If the majority of our fellow-citizens are more susceptible to the slogans of fear and race hatred than to those of peaceful accommodation and mutual respect among human beings, our political liberties remain at the mercy of any eloquent and unscrupulous demagogue.
    • 2004 December 4, , Why It’s Time to Worry, , It is true that America has a paranoid streak in its politics, and demagogues come along from time to time to feed on anger and resentment.
related terms:
  • galactagogue
  • ochlagogue
  • pedagogue
  • synagogue
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive and transitive) To speak or act in the manner of a demagogue; to speak about (an issue) in the manner of a demagogue.
    • {{circa}} , , quoted in 1970, Richard B. Henderson, Maury Maverick: A Political Biography, page 183, I never demagogued on our serious questions and stood for civil liberties.
    • 1995, Richard J. Carroll, An Economic Record of Presidential Performance: From Truman to Bush, page 171, On the subject of foreign aid, although it is a relatively unimportant economic category, it is an area of expenditure that has frequently been demagogued and has been a favorite target of politicians during tough times in the domestic economy.
    • 2006, Patrick Hynes, In Defense of the Religious Right, page 194, Talk to anyone with half a brain (and at least half a heart) and they will tell you, regardless of their position, that this is an issue to be weighed, not demagogued.
demented pronunciation
  • (UK) /dᵻˈmɛntəd/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Insane or mentally ill.
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  2. Suffering from dementia.
  3. (informal) Crazy; ridiculous. a demented idea
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of dement
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative spelling of demy
  2. (slang) a fifty pence piece.
  3. A bottle of wine containing 0.375 liter of fluid, 1/2 the volume of a standard bottle; a split.
  • dime, Dime, idem
demirep etymology From demi + reputation. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdɛmiːɹɛp/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, dated) A woman of doubtful reputation or suspected character; an adventuress.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, page 569: he had no knowledge of that character which is vulgarly called a demirep; that is to say, a woman who intrigues with every man she likes, under the name and appearance of virtue [...] in short, whom everybody knows to be what nobody calls her.
    • 1813, Leigh Hunt, in a journal article about the prince.(Chambers, R.. "'The Book of Days': A miscellany of popular antiquities. Londres: W & R Chambers, 1832." Google Books): … in short, this delightful, blissful, wise, pleasurable, honourable, virtuous, true, and immortal prince, was a violator of his word, a libertine, over head and ears in disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps ….
    • 1822, Thomas de Quincey, : … the greater part of our confessions (that is, spontaneous and extra-judicial confessions) proceed from demireps, adventurers, or swindlers ….
    • 1904, Oscar Wilde, : With the mincing step of a demirep / Some sidled up the stairs ….
    • 1932, Duff Cooper, Talleyrand, Folio Society 2010, p. 65: In this new world, ruled by charlatans and dominated by demireps, Talleyrand may have found much to shock his sense of decorum, but little to outrage his moral standards.
  • impeder
  • per diem
  • remiped
demisexual etymology demi + sexual pronunciation
  • /ˌdɛmiːˈsɛkʃuəl/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (of humans) Sexually attracted to people only after a strong emotional bond has been formed.
    • 2010, Sophie Gamwell, "Asexuality", BoLT, Issue 1, April 2010, page 14: Some people may identify as asexual for a period and then decide that they are in fact demisexual, or even sexual.
    • 2013, Tracey Hickey, "Asexuality should be recognized as a legitimate sexual orientation", The Pitt News (University of Pittsburgh), 14 February 2013: Some think of themselves as demisexual, only able to feel attraction when a very strong emotional bond already exists.
    • 2013, C. J. Bishop, "A mystery wrapped in an enigma – asexuality: a virtual discussion", Psychology & Sexuality, Volume 4, Issue 2, March 2013, page 205 (quoting A. C. Hinderliter): In asexual / ace communities in the past few years, there has been an enormous increase in prominence of people identifying as gray-A and as demisexual, with ‘ace’ now sometimes being used as an umbrella term.
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Synonyms: demi (colloquial)
coordinate terms:
  • {{list:sexual orientations/en}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who is demisexual.
    • 2011, Mark Carrigan, "There’s more to life than sex? Difference and commonality within the asexual community", Sexualities, Volume 14, Number 4, August 2011, page 470: Demisexuals experience sexual attraction as a consequence of romantic attraction but not independently of it.
    • 2011, Holly Combs, "Labeling sexuality is not simple", The Maroon (Loyola University New Orleans), Volume 90, Number 10, 11 November 2011, page 6: Demisexuals experience sexual desire only toward people with whom they already have a strong emotional bond. Like an asexual, a demisexual would not see an attractive woman and immediately desire sex, unless, of course, that attractive woman happened to be in a serious emotional relationship with the demisexual.
    • 2013, Whitney Cyr, "Students ‘come out’ and inspire with stories", The Equinox (Keene State College), 24 April 2013: Rines identified himself as a demisexual, meaning that he is only sexually attracted to a person once a strong emotional attachment has been formed.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
Synonyms: demi (colloquial)
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  1. plural of Democrat
  2. (chiefly, US, informal) The Democratic Party
Demoncrat etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, pejorative) A member or supporter of of the (with a demonic implication).
demy pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A printing paper size, 17½ inches by 22½ inches.
  2. (colloquial) A demyship.
    • 1781, , Addison, , 1840, Arthur Murphy (editor), The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL. D., Volume 2, page 132, …by whose recommendations he was elected into Magdalen College as a demy; a term by which that society denominates those elsewhere called scholars, young men who partake of the founder's benefaction, and succeed in their order to vacant fellowships;….
etymology 1 From Middle English den, from Old English denn, from Proto-Germanic *danjō, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰen-. Cognate with Scots den, Dutch denne, Dutch den, gml denne, danne, German Tenne. pronunciation
  • /dɛn/
  • (pin-pen) /dɪn/
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  • {{homophones}} (pin-pen merger)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small cavern or hollow place in the side of a hill, or among rock; especially, a cave used by a wild animal for shelter or concealment. a den of robbers Daniel was put into the lions’ den.
  2. A squalid or wretched place; a haunt. a den of vice an opium den; a gambling den
  3. A comfortable room not used for formal entertaining.
  4. (UK, Scotland, obsolete) A narrow glen; a ravine; a dell. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (home of certain animals) lair See also:
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (reflexive) To ensconce or hide oneself in (or as in) a den.
etymology 2 From Old French denier, from Latin denarius.
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. abbreviation of denier (a unit of weight)
  • DNE, end, NDE, NED, Ned, ned
denial is not a river in Egypt Alternative forms: denial ain't just a river in Egypt etymology A pun on the Nile.
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (humorous) Used to point out that somebody is in a state of psychological denial.
denialist etymology denial + ist pronunciation
  • (UK) /dɪˈnaɪ(j)əlɪst/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) One who denies an assertion in a controversial debate.
    • 2004, The Sunday Times, November 21 (online) The whole point of the TAC and other Aids activists is that the country can never deal with its Aids problem while the president is an Aids denialist, and while the government keeps putting back the timetable for providing ARVs.
    • 2005, The Cape Times 2005-03-11 (online) The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has found in favour of the Treatment Action Campaign, which complained to it about an advertisement that was placed by a controversial German Aids denialist and which said, among other things, that anti-retrovirals were poisonous.
  • This is usually used by those who make the assertion, or by those who implicitly hold the assertion to be true, of others. It is rarely used self-descriptively.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Relating to denial in a controversial debate.
related terms:
  • denialism
  • disentail, Latinised
deniggerization etymology de + niggerization
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (offensive, ethnic slur) The act or process of deniggerizing; the amelioration of the negative aspects of nigger, or cancellation of the stereotype's effect on blacks and others.
  • niggerization
deniggerize etymology de + niggerize
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, ethnic slur) To raise (a black person, etc.) above the traditional negative racist stereotype.
    • 1996, Carl Upchurch, Convicted in the womb: one man's journey from prisoner to peacemaker: A broad spectrum of African-Americans have used education to deniggerize themselves …
    • 2000, Iceberg Slim, The Naked Soul of Iceberg Slim, page 89: But Al had accused Holly of going beyond the wishing to live the delusion that she had escaped the trap of blackness and had become an adored equal in a racist white world that considered her deniggerized and no longer tainted …
    • 2003, Keith Gilyard, Liberation memories: the rhetoric and poetics of John Oliver Killens, page 140: Included in Killens's attempt to change or deniggerize the world was a continual verbal assault on literary, media, and educational establishments relative to their collectively abysmal record of promoting positive Black images.
  2. (transitive, ethnic slur) To free from black people or their influence.
    • 2010, Stuart Buck, Acting White: The Ironic Legacy of Desegregation, page 85: In some areas black schools were integrated only after insulting efforts to 'deniggerize' the school were carried out (replacement of all toilet seats, fumigation of the school, etc.
  • The verb , like any term containing nigger, is potentially offensive.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (Ireland, informal) A diminutive name for someone named Denis Joseph.
denounce etymology From Old French denuncier, from Latin dēnūntiō, from de + nūntiō, from nūntius pronunciation
  • /diˈnaʊns/, /dəˈnaʊns/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, obsolete) To make known in a formal manner; to proclaim; to announce; to declare.
    • {{RQ:Flr Mntgn Essays}}, II.35: Nero…sent his Satellites or officers toward him, to denounce the decree of his death to him{{nb...}}.
    • Paradise Lost, John Milton, 1667, “And full of peace, denouncing wrath to come”
  2. (transitive) To criticize or speak out against (someone or something); to point out as deserving of reprehension or punishment, etc.; to openly accuse or condemn in a threatening manner; to invoke censure upon; to stigmatize; to blame. to denounce someone as a swindler, or as a coward
    • 2013 May 23, Sarah Lyall, "British Leader’s Liberal Turn Sets Off a Rebellion in His Party," New York Times (retrieved 29 May 2013): Mr. Cameron had a respite Thursday from the negative chatter swirling around him when he appeared outside 10 Downing Street to denounce the murder a day before of a British soldier on a London street.
  3. (transitive) To make a formal or public accusation against; to inform against; to accuse. to denounce a confederate in crime to denounce someone to the authorities
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To proclaim in a threaten manner; to threaten by some outward sign or expression; make a menace of. to denounce war; to denounce punishment
  5. (transitive) To announce the termination of; especially a treaty or armistice.
Synonyms: attack, charge, condemn, criticize, damn, decry, discredit, inveigh against, proscribe, report
related terms:
  • denunciate
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • denunciate
  • denunciation
  • denunciative
  • denunciator
  • denunciatory
  • enounced
dense {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle French dense, from Latin densus. pronunciation
  • (RP) /dɛns/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having relatively high density.
  2. Compact; crowded together.
  3. Thick; difficult to penetrate.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 13 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “And Vickers launched forth into a tirade very different from his platform utterances. He spoke with extreme contempt of the dense stupidity exhibited on all occasions by the working classes. He said that if you wanted to do anything for them, you must rule them, not pamper them.”
  4. Opaque; allowing little light to pass through.
  5. Obscure, or difficult to understand.
  6. (mathematics, topology) Being a subset of a topological space that approximates the space well. See Wikipedia article on dense sets for mathematical definition.
  7. Of a person, slow to comprehend; of low intelligence.{{anchor}}
Synonyms: (having relatively high density) solid, (crowded together) compact, crowded, packed, (difficult to penetrate) thick, solid, (allowing little light to pass through) cloudy, opaque, (difficult to understand) abstruse, difficult, hard, incomprehensible, obscure, tough, (slow to comprehend) dumb, slow, stupid, thick
  • (crowded together) diffuse, few and far between (of things as opposed to one thing), scattered, sparse, rarefied (scientific, to describe gases)
  • (difficult to penetrate) thin
  • (allowing little light to pass through) clear, diaphanous, see-through, translucent, transparent
  • (difficult to understand) clear, comprehensible, easy, simple, straightforward, understandable
  • (in mathematics) meager
  • (slow to comprehend) bright, canny, intelligent, quick, quick-witted, smart
  • denes
  • needs
dent pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /dɛnt/
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etymology 1 Middle English dent, from Old English dynt, from Proto-Germanic *duntiz. Akin to Old Norse dyntr. More at dint.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A shallow deformation in the surface of an object, produced by an impact. exampleThe crash produced a dent in the left side of the car.
  2. (by extension, informal) A sudden negative change, such as loss, damage, weakening, consumption or diminution, especially one produced by an external force, event or action exampleThat purchase put a bit of a dent in my wallet.
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To impact something, producing a dent.
  2. (intransitive) To develop a dent or dents. exampleCopper is soft and dents easily.
etymology 2 French, from Latin dens, dentis, tooth. See tooth.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (engineering) A tooth, as of a card, a gear wheel, etc. {{rfquotek}}
  • tend
dentist {{wikipedia}} etymology From French dentiste. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdɛntɪst/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A medical doctor who specializes in dentistry.
related terms:
  • dental
  • denture
  • stinted
Denver {{wikipedia}} etymology Named after James W. Denver. The surname Denver ultimately derives from Old English Dene-fær &quot;crossing or passing of the Danes&quot;; or alternately from den-ōfer &quot;valley-bank&quot;.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. {{surname}}
  2. The capital of the US state of Colorado
Synonyms: Mile High City (informal)
  • nerved
  • vender
Denver boot
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (North America) A device lock into place over the wheel of a road vehicle, immobilizing it.
Synonyms: boot (informal), wheel clamp
etymology 1
verb: {{head}}
  1. (scanning error) misspelling of departs
etymology 2 de- + pants (from pantaloons)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) to remove the trousers from someone, often by force or surprise.
    • 1954, Edith Pope, River in the Wind, Scribner, page 100: "'First off we depants's you. Then we take and bounce you. You'll be pulling oyster shells out of your backside—'
    • 1998, Bruce Clayton, Praying for Base Hits: An American Boyhood, University of Missouri Press, ISBN 0826211895, page 195: "For moronic fun we liked to sneak up behind a buddy and depants him, particularly if he was trying to sweet-talk a young college-bound girl."
    • 2004, Vicki Lewis Thompson, The Nerd Who Loved Me, St. Martin's Press, ISBN 0312998562, page 72: "Harry had been about eight when three burly high school kids had followed him home, threatening to 'depants that little nerd.'"
  • pantsed
  • pedants
  • pentads
departmentalitis etymology departmental + itis
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The pursuit of departmental objectives, rather than those of an organization or government
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (legal, informal) deposition
deportable etymology deport + able
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Able to be deport.
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, sometimes offensive) Someone who is deportable.
    • 1939, Canadian Public Health Journal, volume 30, page 524: The death rate of 21 in deportables from the British Isles is lower than our provincial rate of 28; the rate of those from Europe is to our rate as 47 is to 28; …
depreciate etymology Latin depretiare, depreciare, to depreciate, from de- + pretium, price pronunciation
  • (UK) /dɪˈpɹiːʃɪeɪt/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To lessen in price or estimated value; to lower the worth of; to represent as of little value or claim to esteem; to undervalue.
    • {{rfdate}} Cudworth … which … some over-severe philosophers may look upon fastidiously, or undervalue and depreciate.
    • {{rfdate}} Burke To prove that the Americans ought not to be free, we are obliged to depreciate the value of freedom itself.
  2. (intransitive) To decline in value over time.
  3. (transitive) To belittle.
  • Do not confuse with deprecate, which means 'to disapprove of'. The meaning of deprecate has lately been encroach on depreciate in the sense 'to belittle'.
Synonyms: (reduce in value over time), (belittle) do down
  • (reduce in value over time) appreciate
  • (belittle) aggrandise/aggrandize, big up (slang)
depressed etymology depress + en pronunciation
  • (US) /dɪˈprɛst/
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of depress
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. unhappy, and blaming oneself rather than others; despondent
  2. Suffering from clinical depression.
  3. Suffering damaging effects of economic recession.
Synonyms: despondent, gloomy, melancholy, miserable, sad, unhappy, emo (informal)
  • cheerful
depressoid etymology depress + oid
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Resembling depression.
    • 1982, Psychiatric Annals, Volume 16, page 304: {{…}} of the difficulties in differentiating the "depressoid" picture of acute grief from the clinical depressions that may evolve later, {{…}}
    • 1987, Sidney Zisook, Biophysical Aspects of Bereavement, American Psychiatric Press (1987), ISBN 9780880481359, page 183: The major problem for the clinician involves the differentiation of those states which represent "real" depression from those "depressoid" states associated with grief.
    • 1993, Therese A. Rando, Treatment of Complicated Mourning, Research Press (1993), ISBN 9780878223299, page 210: They recommend that such depressions be treated with antidepressants whether evolved from the depressoid state of acute grief or not.
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  2. (slang, pejorative) Depressing or miserable.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) A depressed or miserable person.
    • 1982, Jean Rosenbaum & Veryl Rosenbaum, The Writer's Survival Guide, Writer's Digest Books (1982), ISBN 9780898790566, page 140: {{…}} I have no time for prolonged sadness or self-pity because I am making a living. People care little about your failures and don't enjoy the company of a depressoid. {{…}}
    • 1992, Wayne Robins, "The Cure: An Antidote For Gloom", Newsday, 19 May 1992: Those who think of the Cure as a band of depressoids playing dark music for adolescent introverts could not imagine how determined it was to let the sun shine into Nassau Coliseum Friday night.
    • 2011, Mindy Kaling, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), Crown Archetype (2011), ISBN 9780307886262, page 142: It's always been incredibly challenging for me to put pen to page, because writing, at its heart, is a solitary pursuit, designed to make people depressoids, drug addicts, misanthropes, and antisocial weirdos (see every successful writer ever except Judy Blume).
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous or nonstandard) Extermination of rat, especially aboard a merchant vessel.
der-brain Alternative forms: derr-brain, dur-brain, durr-brain, duh-brain pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdɜː(ɹ)bɹeɪn/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fool
derive {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English deriven, from Old French deriver, from Latin derivare, from de + rivus; see rival. pronunciation
  • /dəˈɹaɪv/
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verb: {{en-verb}} {{rfex}}
  1. (transitive) To obtain or receive (something) from something else.
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  2. (transitive, logic) To deduce (a conclusion) by reasoning.
  3. (transitive, linguistics) To find the derivation of (a word or phrase).
  4. (transitive, chemistry) To create (a compound) from another by means of a reaction.
  5. (intransitive) To originate or stem (from).
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  6. To turn the course of (water, etc.); to divert and distribute into subordinate channels.
    • {{rfdate}} Holland For fear it [water] choke up the pits…they [the workman] derive it by other drains.
related terms:
  • derivation
  • derivative
  • reived
etymology 1 Dutch darm through Afrikaans derm
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa vulgar slang, usually, in the plural, [[derms]]) guts What are you going to do with the fish derms? I saw an accident and a girl was lying on the pavement and her derms were all hanging out.
    • : It is so easy!! To make your own boerewors with these spices is dead easy! All you do is mince your meat, add some water and spice, mix and fill the "derms" The recipes for all the spices mentioned below are on our web site. ...
    • 74k - Supplemental Result: Don't even try to kickstart that monster. You'd have to armour plate your jocks to prevent you blowing your derms out your mudbox.
etymology 2 {{abbreviation-old}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A dermatologist.
etymology 3 Ancient Greek δέρμα 〈dérma〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (anatomy) The integument of animal; the skin.
  2. alternative form of dermis
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derogate {{was wotd}} etymology From (the participle stem of) Latin dērogāre, from de- + rogāre. Compare abrogate, interrogate. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdɛɹəɡeɪt/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete, transitive) To partially repeal (a law etc.). {{defdate}}
    • Sir M. Hale By several contrary customs, … many of the civil and canon laws are controlled and derogated.
  2. (transitive) To detract from (something); to disparage, belittle. {{defdate}}
    • 1642, John Milton, An Apology for Smectymnuus: I never thought the human frailty of erring in cases of religion, infamy to a state, no more than to a council: it had therefore been neither civil nor christianly, to derogate the honour of the state for that cause [...].
    • 1999, Ziva Kunda, Social Cognition, p. 222: When the need for self-affirmation is satisfied through other means, one is less compelled to derogate members of negatively setereotyped groups.
    • 2001, Russell Cropanzano, Justice in the Workplace, vol. II, p. 104: Bandura (1990) gave a related example of gas chamber operators in Nazi prison camps, who found it necessary to derogate and dehumanize their victims rather than become overwhelmed by distress.
  3. (ambitransitive) To take away (something from something else) in a way which leaves it lessened. {{defdate}}
    • Sir T. More Anything … that should derogate, minish, or hurt his glory and his name.
    • Burke It derogates little from his fortitude, while it adds infinitely to the honor of his humanity.
  4. (intransitive) To remove a part, to detract from (a quality of excellence, authority etc.). {{defdate}}
    • 1857, , , Volume the Second, page 147 (ISBN 1857150570) In doing so she had derogated from her dignity and committed herself.
    • 1946, Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy, I.19: God does not have the attributes of a Christian Providence, for it would derogate from His perfection to think about anything except what is perfect, i.e. Himself.
    • 1967, "The undoing of Dodd", Time, 5 Dec 1967: The six-member Committee on Standards and Conduct unanimously recommended that the Senate censure the Connecticut Democrat for behavior that is "contrary to good morals, derogates from the public trust expected of a Senator, and tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute."
  5. (intransitive) To act in a manner below oneself; to debase oneself. {{defdate}}
    • c. 1611, William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, II.1: CLOTEN. Is it fit I went to look upon him? Is there no derogation in't? SECOND LORD. You cannot derogate, my lord.
    • Hazlitt Would Charles X. derogate from his ancestors? Would he be the degenerate scion of that royal line?
The verb form is relatively uncommon, but the related adjective derogatory is common. Synonyms: decry
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  • abrogate
  • interrogate
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (archaic) debased
    • 1605, Dry up in her the organs of increase, / And from her derogate body never spring / A babe to honour her. — William Shakespeare, King Lear I.iv
related terms:
  • derogatory
  • derogation
  • derogative
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of derogatory
derogatory etymology From ll dērogātōrius, from Latin dērogāre; corresponding to derogate + ory. pronunciation
  • (UK) /dɪˈɹɒɡətɹi/
  • (US) /dɪˈɹɑɡətɔɹi/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (usually with to) Tending to derogate, or lessen in value of someone; expressing derogation; detract; injurious.
    • {{rfdate}} Blackstone. Acts of Parliament derogatory from the power of subsequent Parliaments bind not.
    • {{rfdate}} Macaulay. His language was severely censured by some of his brother peers as derogatory to their other.
  2. (legal) When referring to a clause in a testament: a sentence of secret character inserted by the testator alone, of which he reserves the knowledge to himself, with a condition that no will he may make thereafter shall be valid, unless this clause is inserted word for word; – a precaution to guard against later wills extorted by violence, or obtained by suggestion.
In common language, particularly used in the phrase “derogatory term”, equivalent to less common pejorative, and in “derogatory statements”, equivalent to more casual offensive.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A trade-line on a credit report that includes negative credit history.
Synonyms: pejorative
related terms:
  • derogate
  • derogation
derp etymology {{etystub}} unknown from the term duh, a sound indicating falter speech and assumed stupidity, glottalize for emphasis.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang) Draws attention to an act of foolishness or stupidity. I put chips in my soup instead of crackers. Derp.
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  2. (slang) placeholder for unimportant details, blah blah blah
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In the placeholder sense, often used with herp. Can be used like a noun or a verb or with various suffixes. Connotes that whatever it stands in for does not matter, and often that it is foolish or nonsensical.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To act stupid or foolish
  2. To make a stupid mistake
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  3. (slang, of eyes) To point in different directions; (of a, person) To have a facial expression with one's eyes pointing in different directions.
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derpy etymology derp + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Foolish, silly.
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Synonyms: See also .
derriere etymology Borrowing from French derrière.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humourous) bottom, bum
derrière etymology Borrowing from French derrière. pronunciation
  • /ˌdɛɹiˈɛə(ɹ)/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) Bottom, bum, backside.
    • 2011, "Baby you can drive my genes", The Economist, 30 Jul 2011: As for high-heels, they hoist the derrière and make the gait more feminine and physically attractive.
derro etymology From derelict + o. Alternative forms: dero
noun: {{head}}
  1. (Australia, slang) A homeless person; a social derelict.
    • 1989, , Girls′ Night Out, [http//|%22derros%22&dq=%22derro%22|%22derros%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=tjA5T-SyKIOtiQeSrs2eAg&redir_esc=y page 107], I sat in the derros′ park in Taylor Square. Knee-deep in drunks and drug addicts, it was called “Fantasy Island” by the cops.
    • 2002, , Matthew Flinders' Cat, 2006, [http//|%22derros%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=AS85T_u0AcadiAeCwbj7AQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22derro%22|%22derros%22&f=false unnumbered page], He leaned back slightly, a small smile on his face. 'Who's gunna worry about an old derro found dead in the gutter, eh? Sure, someone will find out who you once were, that won't cut any ice neither, you're a nothing now, less than a nobody, a drunken derro, a homeless person.'
    • 2010, Caroline Brem, Chloë Plays Detective, [http//|%22derros%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Pyw5T4jIJbDJmAXP9qGcAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22derro%22|%22derros%22&f=false page 107], “I was thinking of talking to the derro again. He pointed the place out to me to begin with. Perhaps he knows more about it.”…By ten-thirty I was down at Martin Plaza, but the derro wasn′t.
  • order
dese etymology Representing a colloquial pronunciation of these.
determiner: {{en-det}}
  1. (slang) these
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. (slang) these
designated hitter
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (baseball) A batter who is permitted to substitute for a pitcher in the batting rotation in Major League Baseball's American League.
  2. (colloquial) A person who is asked to substitute for another in handling a portion of a task for which the other is less capable.
Synonyms: (abbreviation) DH
designerati etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (informal) Fashion designer collectively.
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designer dyke
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (LGBT, slang) A lipstick lesbian.
desk job
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An employment position in which one remains mostly seated at a desk, performing routine office work.
    • 1981, "Advice and Dissent," Time, 13 July: For 13 months in 1966 and '67 Corson served as commander of 3,500 men in 114 platoons spread out in hamlets across five provinces in South Viet Nam. . . . In 1968 Corson was reassigned to a desk job at the Pentagon.
    • 2006, Janet Novack, "Beach House Bummer," Forbes, 5 June (retrieved 21 Aug. 2010): "I really like working with the clients. Things break, but I've always been handy. And it sure beats a desk job," he says.
desmo etymology Shortening.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) desmodromic a desmo valve
desmond etymology Abbreviation of , which sounds like 2.2. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdɛz.mənd/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, rhyming slang) A lower second class honours or 2.2 degree.
destash etymology de + stash
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, textiles, informal) To remove (a yarn, fabric, equipment, etc.) from one's collection.
    • 2004, "JJMolvik", A question about selling (on newsgroup rec.crafts.textiles.yarn) She destashed some needles that I ended up taking off her hands last summer.
    • 2007, "WoolyGooly", Destashing (on newsgroup rec.crafts.textiles.yarn) I'm doing some destashing to feed my coffee addiction (and to free up some space!). Nothing is "for sale" as such…

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