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die in the ass Alternative forms: die in the arse (Commonwealth)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) To fail to function properly. My computer died in the ass yesterday when I tried to turn it on.
  2. (slang, vulgar) To be left unresolved. Our plans to go to France died in the ass.
Synonyms: come to nought, come to nothing, go to shit
diesel {{slim-wikipedia}} etymology From the inventor, , who developed a heavy-duty engine in Germany (1892–1897) and perfected it throughout his life. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈdiːzəl/
  • (US) /ˈdisəl/, /ˈdizəl/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A fuel derived from petroleum (or other oils) but heavier than gasoline/petrol. Used to power diesel engine which burn this fuel using the heat produced when air is compress
  2. A vehicle powered by a diesel engine
  3. (UK, slang) snakebite and black
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To ignite a substance by using the heat generated by compression
  2. (automotive) For a spark-ignition internal combustion engine to continue running after the electrical current to the spark plugs has been turned off. This occurs when there's enough heat in the combustion chamber to ignite the air/fuel without a spark, the same way heat and pressure cause ignition in a diesel engine. The only reason the VW bug has a solenoid is to prevent it from dieseling.
  • elides
  • seidel
Diet Coke {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable, informal) A cola-based soft drink containing no or low amounts of sugar.
  2. (countable, informal) A bottle, glass or can of such a drink.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) abbreviation of difference A peach and an apricot? What's the diff?
  2. (computing) Any program which compares two files or sets of files and outputs a description of the differences between them.
  3. (computing) The output of a diff program. A diff file.
    • 2004, , Great Hackers, Essay: I didn't want to waste people's time telling them things they already knew. It's more efficient just to give them the diffs.
  4. (medicine) abbreviation of differential: differential of types of white blood cell in a complete blood count.
  5. (slang) abbreviation of difficult
  6. (rock climbing) A difficult route.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, computing) To run a diff program on (files or items) so as to produce a description of the differences between them, as for a patch file.
  2. (transitive, computing) To compare two files or other objects, manually or otherwise.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (computing) A program, historically part of the Unix operating system, which compares two files or sets of files and outputs a description of the differences between them.
related terms:
  • (computing) diff file
differently able Alternative forms: differently abled
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (pejorative or politically correct) disabled or handicapped
diffical techniculties etymology A form of spoonerism, suggesting that there are also difficulties in speaking or writing.
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (humorous) technical difficulties
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difficulties pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of difficulty
  2. (colloquial) a series of frustration
dig {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /dɪɡ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English diggen, alteration (possibly due to Danish dige) of Old English dīcian (compare Old English dīcere) from dic from Proto-Germanic *dīkaz, *dīkiją, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰīgʷ-, *dʰeygʷ-. Additionally, Middle English diggen may derive from an unrecorded suffixed variant, *dicgian. Akin to Danish dige, Swedish dika. Related to Middle French diguer, from Old French dikier, itself a borrowing of the same Germanic root (from Middle Dutch dijc). More at ditch, dike.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, intransitive) To move hard-packed earth out of the way, especially downward to make a hole with a shovel. Or to drill, or the like, through rocks, roads, or the like. More generally, to make any similar hole by moving material out of the way.{{attention}} exampleThey dug an eight-foot ditch along the side of the road. exampleIn the wintertime, heavy truck tires dig into the road, forming potholes. exampleIf the plane can't pull out of the dive it is in, it'll dig a hole in the ground. exampleMy seven-year-old son always digs a hole in the middle of his mashed potatoes and fills it with gravy before he starts to eat them.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 8 , “Miss Thorn began digging up the turf with her lofter: it was a painful moment for me. ¶ “You might at least have tried me, Mrs. Cooke,” I said.”
  2. (transitive) To get by digging; to take from the ground; often with up. exampleto dig potatoes;   to dig up gold
  3. (mining) To take ore from its bed, in distinction from making excavation in search of ore.
  4. (US, slang, dated) To work like a digger; to study ploddingly and laboriously.
    • Paul L. Ford Peter dug at his books all the harder.
  5. (figurative) To investigate, to research, often followed by out or up. exampleto dig up evidence;   to dig out the facts
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  6. To thrust; to poke.
    • Robynson (More's Utopia) You should have seen children … dig and push their mothers under the sides, saying thus to them: Look, mother, how great a lubber doth yet wear pearls.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An archeological investigation.
  2. (US, colloquial, dated) A plodding and laborious student.
  3. A thrust; a poke. He guffawed and gave me a dig in the ribs after telling his latest joke.
  4. (UK, dialect, dated) A tool for digging.
Synonyms: (archaeological investigation) excavation
etymology 2 From African American Vernacular English; due to lack of writing of slave speech, etymology is unknown to trace, but it has been suggested that it is from Wolof dëgg, dëgga.Smitherman, Geneva (2000), Black Talk: Words and Phrases from the Hood to the Amen Corner (revised ed.), Boston: Houghton Mifflin, ISBN 0-395-96919-0 It has also been suggested that it is from Irish tuig.Random House Unabridged, 2001 Others do not propose a distinct etymology, instead considering this a semantic shift of the existing English term (compare dig in/dig into).eg: OED, "dig", from ME vt ''diggen''
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To understand or show interest in.{{attention}} You dig?
  2. (slang) To appreciate, or like. Baby, I dig you.
  • GDI, IgD
digerati {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: digirati, digiterati etymology {{blend}}. pronunciation
  • (UK) /dɪdʒɪˈɹɑːti/
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (colloquial) People who are considered the elite in using computer and the Internet.
related terms:
  • glitterati
  • literati
Digger pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{rfv-etymology}} Derived from Australian Colonial goldfields terminology. The term represents the mateship of common interests and activities where most of the population were gold miners, and almost everybody was a mate, a "digger", with a common cause against the trooper, the trap, the mining licence inspector.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A soldier from Australia or New Zealand.
  2. (historical) One of a group of Protestant English agrarian communist, begun by Gerrard Winstanley as "True Levellers" in 1649.
  3. (obsolete, derogatory) One of a degraded tribe of California Native American who dug up root for food.
  • rigged
digger etymology Derived from dig.
  • (Australian soldier) Attributed to the considerable time that soldiers spent digging trenches during World War I.
  • (GenAm) /ˈdɪɡɚ/
  • (RP) /ˈdɪɡə/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A large piece of machinery that digs holes or trenches; an excavator.
  2. A tool for digging.
    • 2009, Sharon Bomgaars, The Best Clubhouse Ever, [http//|%22diggers%22+-intitle:%22digger|diggers%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Xrg8T4miN4fcmAXR6YW0Bw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22digger%22|%22diggers%22%20-intitle%3A%22digger|diggers%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 143], The post hole digger did look ancient. I was pretty certain myself that it hadn′t dug any holes for a long, long time.
  3. A spade (playing card).
  4. One who dig.
    • 1997, Barbara J. Wrede, Civilizing Your Puppy, [http//|%22diggers%22+-intitle:%22digger|diggers%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Xrg8T4miN4fcmAXR6YW0Bw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22digger%22|%22diggers%22%20-intitle%3A%22digger|diggers%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 75], You′ve tried the supposedly sure method of squirting the digger with water from a hose, and that hasn′t worked.…This step will discourage 99 percent of the diggers.
    • 2005, Gary R. Sampson, Dick Wolfsie, Dog Dilemmas: Simple Solutions to Everyday Problems, [http//|%22diggers%22+-intitle:%22digger|diggers%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=HLw8T6fqAYrEmQWFy7XZBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22digger%22|%22diggers%22%20-intitle%3A%22digger|diggers%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 130], Most retrievers are not inveterate diggers — that′s a trait usually reserved for other breeds like wire-haired terriers and schnauzers.
  5. (Australia, obsolete) A gold miner, one who digs for gold.
    • 1853, (editor), Household Words, Volume 21, [http//|%22diggers%22+-intitle:%22digger|diggers%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=HLw8T6fqAYrEmQWFy7XZBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22digger%22|%22diggers%22%20-intitle%3A%22digger|diggers%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 64], A successful Australian digger — successful, not merely in siftings and washings, but bearing the title, and its best credentials, of a “nuggetter” − came down from Forest Creek recently and took up his abode in a low lodging-house in Little Bourke Street, Melbourne.
  6. (Australia, dated) An informal nickname for a friend; used as a term of endearment.
  7. (Australia, informal) An Australian soldier.
    • 1998, Helen Gilbert, Sightlines: Race, Gender, and Nation in Contemporary Australian Theatre, [http//|%22diggers%22+soldier+-intitle:%22digger|diggers%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=VtU8T6ykG5HumAWknpjGBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22digger%22|%22diggers%22%20soldier%20-intitle%3A%22digger|diggers%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 191], Costume played a key part in his differentiation from British soldiers as the Digger uniform came to embody Australian versions of masculinity and mateship.
    • 2002, Jeff Doyle, Jeffrey Grey, Peter Pierce, Australia's Vietnam War, [http//|%22diggers%22+soldier+-intitle:%22digger|diggers%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=VtU8T6ykG5HumAWknpjGBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22digger%22|%22diggers%22%20soldier%20-intitle%3A%22digger|diggers%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page xxiii], For many, the congruencies of the Anzac legend and the diggers who served in Vietnam were slight, too slight, and the legend seemed unable to accommodate them.
    • 2004, Lisanne Gibson, Joanna Besley, Monumental Queensland: Signposts on a Cultural Landscape, [http//|%22diggers%22+soldier+-intitle:%22digger|diggers%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=B8U8T4LmMarPmAXoofS5Bw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22digger%22|%22diggers%22%20soldier%20-intitle%3A%22digger|diggers%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 99], Like many other Queensland communities, the workers from the North Ipswich Railway Workshops chose a statue of a soldier, or digger, to honour their fellow workers.
  • rigged
digging pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdɪɡɪŋ(ɡ)/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The action performed by a person or thing that dig.
  2. A place where ore is dug, especially certain localities in California, Australia, etc. where gold is obtained.
  3. (archaic, colloquial) region; locality
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of dig
digit {{wikipedia}} etymology From Latin digitus. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈdɪdʒɪt/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A finger or toe.
    • Owen The ruminants have the cloven foot, i.e. two hoofed digits on each foot.
  2. A numeral that can be combined with others to write larger numbers, and that cannot itself be split into other numerals. The digits of the decimal number system are 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, and those in the hexadecimal number system are those in the decimal system along with A, B, C, D, E and F. The number 2307 has four digits: the thousands digit is 2; the hundreds digit is 3; the tens digit is 0; and the units digit is 7.
  3. (slang, in the plural) One's phone number. That girl likes me — she gave me her digits.
  4. (archaic) A finger's breadth, commonly estimated to be three quarters of an inch.
  5. (astronomy) A twelfth of the diameter of the Sun or Moon; used to express the quantity of an eclipse. An eclipse of eight digits is one which hides two thirds of the diameter of the disk.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To point at or point out with the finger.
digital brownshirt etymology Coined by former U.S. vice president .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, US, derogatory) A right-wing blogger.
digitalize {{wikipedia}} etymology digital + ize pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˌdɪdʒɪtəˈlaɪz/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (computing) To digitize, to make digital.
Synonyms: digitize
dig out
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (sometimes, figurative) To find or retrieve something by removing overlying material, or material that hides it The archaeologist dug out a Saxon dagger. I shall try to dig out my old textbooks.
    • {{quote-news }}
  2. (intransitive) Used other than as an idiom: dig, out Houdini not only got out of the ropes: he also dug out of the hole he had been buried in.
  3. (intransitive, US, slang) To decamp; to leave a place hastily.
digs pronunciation
  • (UK) /dɪɡz/
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of dig
  2. (pluralonly, colloquial) Lodgings. From diggings.
    • {{RQ:Joyce Ulysses}}, Episode 16 Corley at the first go-off was inclined to suspect it was something to do with Stephen being fired out of his digs for bringing in a bloody tart off the street.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of dig
  • GDIs
dike Alternative forms: dyke pronunciation
  • (UK) /daɪk/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology Middle English (Northern) dik, dike, from Old Norse díki 'ditch, dike'. More at and doublet of ditch.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British) Archaic spelling of all (British) meanings of dyke.
  2. A barrier of stone or earth used to hold back water and prevent flooding.
    • 1891: {{reference-book}}
      • The king of Texcuco advised the building of a great dike, so thick and strong as to keep out the water.
  3. (pejorative) A lesbian, especially a butch lesbian.
  4. (geology) A body of once molten igneous rock that was injected into older rocks in a manner that crosses bedding planes.
Synonyms: (barrier of stone or earth) bank, embankment, dam, levee, breakwater, floodwall, seawall, (long, narrow excavation) ditch
  • dune
related terms:
  • ditch
  • dig
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To surround or protect with a dike or dry bank; to secure with a bank.
    • {{quote-journal}}
    • {{quote-news}}
  2. (transitive) To drain by a dike or ditch.
dildo {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ˈdɪldəʊ/
  • (UK) [ˈdɪldəʊ]
  • (US) [ˈdɪɫdoʊ]
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Unclear; possibly an alteration of Italian diletto or English diddle; or possibly derived from "Dil Doul", as in e.g. "The Maids Complaint for want of a Dil Doul", a song found in the library of .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An artificial phallus (penis), particularly for sexual uses.
  2. (pejorative) An idiot.
  3. A columnar cactaceous plant of the West Indies (Cereus swartzii).
antonyms: (sex toy) fleshlight
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To penetrate with a dildo.
    • 2010, Reggie Chesterfield, Goody Goes Bad! (page 40) A muscular female prison guard was dildoing a petite brunette with a night stick.
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. {{rfv-sense}} (obsolete) A burden in popular song.
    • Shakespeare delicate burthens of dildos and fadings
dilettante {{was wotd}} etymology From Italian dilettante, prop. present participle of dilettare, from Latin delectare. pronunciation
  • (UK) /dɪləˈtɒnt/
  • (US) /ˈdɪlɪˌtɑnt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An amateur, someone who dabble in a field out of casual interest rather than as a profession or serious interest.
  2. (sometimes, offensive) A person with a general but superficial interest in any art or a branch of knowledge.
related terms:
  • delectable
  • delight
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Pertaining to or like a dilettante.
DILF etymology Acronym of dad I'd like to fuck, after MILF.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, acronym) A (putative) father found sexually attractive.
    • 2011, Caitlin Moran, The Times, 24 Sep 2011: Sexy DILF butler Bates looks like he's finally going to get it on with housemaid Anna, after spending all of Series One mooning after her like a calf on Wobbly Eggs.
  • flid, LDIF
dill {{wikipedia}} {{wikispecies}} {{slim-wikipedia}} etymology From Old English dile; cognate with Old Saxon dilli, Dutch dille, Swedish dill, German Dill. pronunciation
  • /dɪɫ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Anethum graveolens (the sole species of the genus {{taxlink}}), a herb, the seeds of which are moderately warming, pungent, and aromatic, formerly used as a soothing medicine for children; also known as dillseed.
  2. A cucumber pickled with dill flavoring, also called a dill pickle.
  3. (informal) a fool.
Synonyms: (herb) anet, dillseed, {{taxlink}}, (type of pickle) dill pickle
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To still; to assuage; to calm; to soothe, as one in pain.
  2. To lull to sleep.
DILLIC Alternative forms: dillic
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (slang, Internet slang, text messaging) Do I look like I care?
dillio etymology From the slang phrase "what's the deal, yo?" meaning "what's going on?".
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) The deal; that which is current, relevant, or taking place.
    • 1998, "Chris", Sound Advice.... (discussion on Internet newsgroup news.newusers.questions) I am having an incredibly time getting my sound recorder to work and would appreciate any possible insight available. Here's the dillio, the microphone is properly hooked up to the sound card. I can hear the sound through the PC speakers and the microphone volume is up just loud enough to fend off the steady stream of feedback.
    • 2003, Dexter Jeffries, Triple Exposure "That's the dillio." Tosha, sensing that this version of the story would take too long, cut her off.
    • 2007, Kirsten Sawyer, Not Quite a Bride "What's the dillio? I just saw you! Call me."
dillio is always preceded by the. Since it takes the place of "deal, yo", the word is rarely encountered in mid-clause.
dillion etymology See -illion.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, hyperbole) An unspecified large number (of).
    • 1982, Roald Dahl, The BFG 'The human bean,' the Giant went on, 'is coming in dillions of different flavours. …
    • 2012, Gretel Killeen, My Sister's a Yo-Yo He'd been sitting in the car for a dillion years waiting for his mother to find her glasses.
    • 2014, Lev Grossman, The Magician's Land You have like a dillion books here, probably nobody would have even looked at it.
Synonyms: See also .
dillweed {{wikipedia}} etymology Compound of dill + weed. From From Old English dili.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) Dill, an aromatic herb used in cooking and medicine; Anethum graveolens.
    • 1909, Missouri Railroad and Warehouse Commission, "Annual Report" page 413: Vinegar and Pickles (kraut, cucumber, dillweed, tomato, cauliflower and onion).
  2. (slang, derogatory) A contemptible person; a fool.
    • 1996, Timothy Jay, What to Do When Your Students Talk Dirty page 207: ...they have been exchanging insults in writing: "dickhead," "dillweed," "fuzzbutt," "dorkwad," "asswipe," and so forth.
dilute etymology From Latin dilutus, from diluere, from di-, dis- + luere. See lave, and compare deluge. pronunciation
  • (UK) /daɪˈljuːt/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To make thinner by adding solvent to a solution; especially by adding water.
    • Blackmore Mix their watery store / With the chyle's current, and dilute it more.
  2. (transitive) To weaken, especially by adding a foreign substance.
    • Sir Isaac Newton Lest these colours should be diluted and weakened by the mixture of any adventitious light.
  3. (transitive, stock market) To cause the value of individual shares to decrease by increasing the total number of shares.
  4. (intransitive) To become attenuated, thin, or weak. it dilutes easily
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having a low concentration. Clean the panel with a dilute, neutral cleaner.
  2. Weak; reduced in strength due to dilution, diluted.
related terms:
  • diluent
  • dilutant
  • dilution
  • diluvium
  • dilutable
dim etymology From Middle English dim, dym, from Old English dim, dimm, from Proto-Germanic *dimmaz, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰem-. Compare Icelandic dimmur and dimma. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /dɪm/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Not bright or colorful. The lighting was too dim for me to make out his facial features.
  2. (colloquial) Not smart or intelligent. He may be a bit dim, but he's not retarded.
  3. Indistinct, hazy or unclear. His vision grew dimmer as he aged.
  4. Disapproving, unfavorable: rarely used outside the phrase take a dim view of.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (obsolete) Dimly, indistinctly.
    • Shelley, Adonais that sustaining Love / Which, through the web of being blindly wove / By man and beast and earth and air and sea, / Burns bright or dim
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic) Dimness.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To make something less bright. He dimmed the lights and put on soft music.
  2. (intransitive) To become dark. The lights dimmed briefly when the air conditioning was turned on.
  3. To render dim, obscure, or dark; to make less bright or distinct; to take away the luster of; to darken; to dull; to obscure; to eclipse.
    • Dryden a king among his courtiers, who dims all his attendants
    • Cowper Now set the sun, and twilight dimmed the ways.
  4. To deprive of distinct vision; to hinder from seeing clearly, either by dazzling or clouding the eyes; to darken the senses or understanding of.
    • C. Pitt Her starry eyes were dimmed with streaming tears.
  • IDM
  • MDI
  • mid
dime pronunciation
  • /daɪm/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From French dîme, from Latin decimus
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US) A coin worth one-tenth of a dollar. The physical coin is smaller than a penny.
  2. (Canada) A coin worth one-tenth of a Canadian dollar.
  3. (US, basketball) An assist
  4. (slang) A playing card with the rank of ten
  5. (slang) Ten dollars
  6. (slang) A thousand dollars
  7. (slang) A measurement of illicit drugs (usually marijuana) sold in ten dollar bags.
  8. (slang) Payment responsibility Are you traveling on the company's dime?
  9. (slang) A beautiful woman (10 from the 10-point scale) She's a dime piece.
Synonyms: (coin) ten cent piece (Used in other countries with dollars and cents currencies), (thousand dollars) grand
etymology 2 From the use of the coin in a payphone to report a crime to the police. US payphones charged 10¢ in almost all jurisdictions until the late 1970s.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US, slang, with "on") To inform on, to turn in to the authorities, to rat on, especially anonymously. Somebody dimed on me and I got arrested for selling marijuana.
Synonyms: (inform on) drop a dime on,
  • demi, Demi
  • idem
etymology 1 Presumably from dime.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) (of an electric guitar or its amplifier) At volume setting 10 (the loud).
    • 1998 January 6, Rory McQuillan, "Gear: Does anyone use tone controls on their guitar?", bit.listserv.blues-l, Usenet, "I asked […] how they adjusted the tone controls on their guitars. They both told me the same thing, that they dimed 'em and adjusted their tone at the amp."
    • 1998 February 15, Milan Plechata, "Re: DIMED- N.J. Slang??", alt.guitar, Usenet, "Using dimed to mean at ten or full volume is pretty common here in South Carolina, too. I've been hearing it for years, now."
    • 2002 January 17, ryanm, "Re: Most appropriate Marshall guitar amp for studio",, Usenet, "The only way you're going to get the 'dimed marshal plexi' sound is with a dimed marshall plexi. It's gotta be non-master, though, and you have to put all the knobs on 10."
    • 2007 February 13, Jim, "Re: A question about amp volume.", alt.guitar, Usenet, "Tell us why many amps will give a warmer, smoother tone with preamp volume dimed and guitar volume down (as compared to guitar on 10, then turning up the amp)."
etymology 2 From the verb dime.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of dime
dime piece
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A beautiful woman (10 from the 10-point scale) She's a dime piece.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The drug dimethyltryptamine.
dimp pronunciation
  • /dɪmp/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, colloquial) (primarily Manchester) A small or short cigarette; by extension, the butt end of a cigarette, before it has been completely smoke; a half-smoked cigarette.
dimwit etymology From dim + wit pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdɪmwɪt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) A person who is deficient in intelligence.
Synonyms: See
din pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /dɪn/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Old English dyne, from Proto-Germanic *duniz, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰwen-. Akin to Old Norse dynr, Sanskrit ध्वनति 〈dhvanati〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A loud noise; a cacophony or loud commotion.
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etymology 2 From Old English dynnan, from Proto-Germanic *dunjaną, from the same stem as Etymology 1, above.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete) To be filled with sound; to resound.
  2. (transitive) To assail with loud noise.
  3. (transitive) To repeat continuously, as though to the point of deafening or exhausting somebody.
    • Jonathan Swift This hath been often dinned in my ears.
    2003, His mother had dinned The Whole Duty of Man into him in early childhood — Roy Porter, Flesh in the Age of Reason (Penguin 2004, p. 183)
  4. (intransitive) To make a din.
  • D'ni, ind., Ind., in d., IND, nid
dincha etymology didn't + -cha. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdɪntʃə/
contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. (eye dialect, informal) Didn't you.
    • 1937, Whit Burnett, Martha Foley, Story magazine "It's like lookin' at a nakid lady," she said. "It ain't." "Dincha ever see one?"
    • 2001, Jenny Carroll, Code Name Cassandra "Thought you'd seen the last of me, dincha, girlie?" Clay Larsson leered down at Shane and me.
din-dins etymology Diminutive form of dinner.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) Dinner.
    • 1979, Simon Gray, Stage Struck ...he said, well darling, if we're all so desperate for our din-dins we're not allowed a decent curtain, ...
    • 1992, Rosamunde Pilcher, Flowers in the Rain and Other Stories "Who's ready for their din-dins then? Who are Mummy's darling boys?"
dine at the Y etymology From the Y-like shape of the female crotch.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To perform cunnilingus.
ding pronunciation
  • (UK) /dɪŋ/
  • (US) /ˈdiːŋ/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English dingen, dyngen, from Old English *dingan, from Proto-Germanic *dingwaną, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰen-. Related to Old English dengan and Old Norse dengja; both from Proto-Germanic *dangijaną, causative of *dingwaną. Cognate with Icelandic dengja, Swedish dänga, Danish dænge, German tengeln, dengeln.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Very minor damage, a small dent or chip.
  2. (colloquial) A rejection. I just got my first ding letter.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To sound, as a bell; to ring; to clang. The elevator dinged and the doors opened.
  2. (transitive) To hit or strike.
  3. To dash; to throw violently.
    • Milton to ding the book a coit's distance from him
  4. (transitive) To inflict minor damage upon, especially by hitting or striking. If you surf regularly, then you're going to ding your board. — BBC surfing Wales
  5. (transitive, colloquial) To fire or reject. His top school dinged him last week.
  6. (transitive, colloquial) To deduct, as points, from another, in the manner of a penalty. My bank dinged me three bucks for using their competitor's ATM.
  7. (transitive, golf) To mishit (a golf ball).
etymology 2 Onomatopoeic. Compare ding-dong,
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A high-pitched sound of a bell, especially with wearisome continuance.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To make high-pitched sound like a bell.
    • Washington Irving The fretful tinkling of the convent bell evermore dinging among the mountain echoes.
  2. (transitive) To keep repeating; impress by reiteration, with reference to the monotonous striking of a bell.
    • 1884, Oswald Crawfurd, English comic dramatists: If I'm to have any good, let it come of itself; not keep dinging it, dinging it into one so.
  3. (intransitive, colloquial, gaming) To level up
etymology 3 Romanized from cmn 〈dǐng〉
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Ancient Chinese vessel with leg and a lid; also called ting.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A penis.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The sound of a small bell; the sound of a fire engine bell.
  2. (US) An eccentric or crazy person.
  3. (slang) The penis.
Synonyms: dingbat (person), ting-a-ling (sound), schmuck, shmuck (penis)
dingbat {{wikipedia}} etymology {{rfe}} pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈdɪŋˌbæt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A silly, crazy or stupid person.
    • 2003, The Gilmore Girls (TV, episode 4.07) "The fire department is out here because some dingbat parked in the red zone."
    • 1978, World according to Garp, John Irving, chapter 2 "'Midge was such a dingbat', Jenny Fields wrote in her autobiografy, 'that she went to Hawaii for a vacation during World War Two.'"
  2. (typography) A special ornamental typographical symbol, such as a bullet, an arrow, a pointing hand etc.
    • 1982, The Elements of Editing: A Modern Guide for Editors and Journalists, Arthur Plotnik, p.8 "The compulsive editor, when checking the specs on an article, can't help checking also for such items as initial capital and closing dingbat, if they are used routinely. These decorative items have a way of being forgotten..."
  3. (architecture) An architectural style of apartment building, where the second storey overhang an area for parking cars.
related terms:
  • dingwad
ding dong {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /dɪŋ(ɡ)ˈdɒŋ(ɡ)/
interjection: ding dong! {{examples-right}}
  1. (onomatopoeia, colloquial, often, childish) The sound made by a bell or doorbell. Ding dong bell, pussy's in the well! Who put her in, little Johnny Thin. Who pulled her out, little Tommy Stout. — Traditional English nursery rhyme
  2. (colloquial) A general exclamation of surprise or approval. — "Here's a photo of my new girlfriend.""Ding dong!"
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, pejorative) An idiot. My girlfriend's math teacher is a ding dong.
  2. (colloquial, often, humorous, euphemism) A penis. What do you mean booze ain't food? I'd rather chop off my ding dong than admit that!
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Closely fought.
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative form of ding dong sound made by a bell
  2. (slang) A woman's breast.
  3. A fight, an argument; a set-to.
  4. An idiot.
  5. An attachment to a clock by which the quarter hour are struck upon bell of different tone.
Synonyms: See also , See also
dinge pronunciation
  • /dɪndʒ/
etymology 1 From dingy.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Dinginess.
  2. (US slang, dated) A black person.
    • 1940, Raymond Chandler, Farewell, My Lovely, Penguin 2010 p. 3: ‘A dinge,’ he said. ‘I just thrown him out. You seen me throw him out?’
    • 1970, John Glassco, Memoirs of Montparnasse, New York 2007, p. 46: ‘You made a hit with the dinge,’ Bob was saying.
etymology 2 From Old English dengan, dencgan, from Proto-Germanic *dangijaną.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To strike, scourge, or beat.
  2. To flog, as in penance
  • deign
dinger etymology From ding + er. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdɪŋ(ɡ)ə(ɹ)/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A bell or chime.
    • 1997, Sarah Gregory, Public Trust, Signet (1997), ISBN 9780451190765, page 47: Sharon patted the dinger to call for service.
  2. (baseball) A home run. The starting pitcher gave up three dingers.
    • 1989, John Holway, "Strikeouts: The High Cost of Hitting Home Runs", Baseball Digest, June 1989: He should know, he fanned 2597 times — far more than any other man — but made millions hitting 563 dingers.
    • 1997, Hank Davis, Small-Town Heroes: Images of Minor League Baseball, University of Nebraska Press (2003), ISBN 0803266391, page 264: Then as you're taking his picture, say something about the thirty dingers he's going to hit this season. You get that little extra smile on his face.
    • 2008, & , The Great Book of Detroit Sports Lists, Running Press (2008), ISBN 9780762433544, page 209: For you youngsters out there, hitting 50 dingers in the pre-steroid craze days of the early 90s was an actual accomplishment; the only questionable substance Fielder was putting in his body were McRib sandwiches.
  3. (North America, slang) The penis.
    • 1994, Max Evans, Bluefeather Fellini in the Sacred Realm, University Press of Colorado (1994), ISBN 9780553565409, page 131: "He had a red wool sock on his dinger. That's all."
  4. (Australian slang, dated) A condom.
  5. (Australian slang) The buttocks, the anus. Let′s leave them to sit on their dingers for a while.
    • 1955, Norman Bartlett, Island Victory, Angus and Robertson (1955), page 6: "We'd get even more out of 'em if some of the pilots sat on their dingers less and polished their kites more."
    • 1979, Derek Maitland, Breaking Out, Allen Lane (1979), page 63: And why had he belted the Australian envoy flat on his dinger in that Spanish bar?
    • 1988, Peter Pinney, The Barbarians: A Soldier's New Guinea Diary, University of Queensland Press (1988), ISBN 9780702221583, page 109: "Yeah? Well, stand up anyone who's got a three-inch mortar hid up his dinger!"
  6. (Australian slang) A catapult, a shanghai.
    • 2010, , Racial Folly: A Twentieth-Century Aboriginal Family, Anu E Press (2010), ISBN 9781921666209, page 59: We made our 'dingers' (as we called them) out of truck tyre inner tubes that were heavy-duty rubber that could shoot a stone a very long distance.
Synonyms: (penis) see also , (buttocks, anus) ding, (condom) franger, See also
  • dering, engird, girned, reding, ringed
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A stupid or foolish person
dingleberry {{rfi}} {{wikipedia}} {{wikispecies}} etymology {{rfe}} pronunciation
  • /ˈdɪŋɡəɫbɛɹi/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Vaccinium erythrocarpum, the Southern mountain cranberry.“dingleberry n” listed [ on page 73] of the ''{{w|Dictionary of American Regional English}}'' by Frederic Gomes Cassidy and Joan Houston Hall (1985; [ Harvard University Press]; ISBN 0674205111, 9780674205116)
  2. (dated, manufacturing) Any residual irregularity following processing
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  3. (slang) A small piece of feces clumped to hair around the anus.
  4. (slang) A stupid person.
Synonyms: (cranberry) arando, bearberry, (stupid person) idiot, moron, (piece of faeces) (Australia) dag, (Australia) dags
dingus etymology From Dutch dinges, ding. pronunciation
  • /ˈdɪŋɡəs/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Something whose name is either unknown or forgotten; a thingamajig.
    • 1953, Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye, Penguin 2010, p. 29: I wet the rod and measured the stuff into the top and and by that time the water was steaming. I filled the lower half of the dingus and set it on the flame.
    • 1979, Kyril Bonfiglioli, After You with the Pistol, Penguin 2001, p. 241: ‘Say, what’s that dingus you Britishers wear when you’re playing cricket?’
  2. A fool or incompetent person. I just lost my keys again. Now I feel like a dingus.
  3. (slang, vulgar) penis
    • 1970, Don Tracy, The Last Boat Out of Cincinnati, Trident Press (1970), ISBN 9780671270568, page 74: "He got mad at me because his dingus wouldn’t come up for him — too drunk, I guess. {{…}}
dingwad pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈdɪŋˌwɑd/, [ˈdɪŋˌwɑd]
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A stupid person.
related terms:
  • dingbat
etymology 1 From English dialectal (Kentish) dingy, of unknown origin, though probably from an unrecorded Middle English *dingy, *dungy, from Old English *dyncgig, an umlaut form of Old English duncge, dung, equivalent to dung + y. pronunciation
  • /ˈdɪn.dʒi/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. drab; shabby; dirty; squalid
Synonyms: (drab) dismal, drab, dreary, gloomy, grimy
  • (drab) bright, clean
noun: {{head}}
  1. {{rfv-sense}} (childish) Penis.
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative form of dinghy {{rfquotek}}
  • dying
dining needle etymology A misconstruction of darning needle
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) alternative form of darning needle; a dragonfly.
dink pronunciation
  • /dɪŋk/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (tennis) A soft drop shot.
  2. (US, pejorative) A North Vietnamese soldier.
  3. (US) Double Income No Kids - a childless couple with two jobs
  4. (Canada, colloquial) A penis.
  • {{seeCites}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (tennis) To play a soft drop shot.
  2. (football) To chip lightly, to play a light chip shot. The forward dinked the ball over the goalkeeper to score his first goal of the season.
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  3. (Australia, colloquial) To carry someone on a pushbike: behind, on the crossbar or on the handlebar. I gave him a dink on my bike.
    • 1947, (editor), The Penguin New Writing, Issue 30, page 103, I didn't like them at all ; only the lame one who used to let me dink him home on his bicycle.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, military) alternative spelling of dinq
  • kind
dinkum etymology unknown, possibly from Lincolnshire dialect. First use (as a noun) from 1888. pronunciation
  • /ˈdɪŋkəm/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Australia, slang) Genuine, true, honest, on the level. {{defdate}}
    • 1956, , Parliamentary Debates, page 2194, Hon. Sir Ross McLarty: We were always dinkum. Mr. MAY: The ultimate result showed how dinkum the hon. member was.
    • 1966, Craig McGregor, Profile of Australia, page 21, The dinkum Aussie everyone talks about, almost always with a certain unreal sentimentality, is clearly a worker.
    • 2004, A. J. Liebling, Direction: Paris, Mollie and Other War Pieces, page 242, Larry's jeep was behind mine, and as I went past an intersection, I saw a lot of their chaps around a dinkum super Mark VI tank — p'raps a Mark VII or VIII. I didn't have a chance for a proper dinkum look-see, what?
    • 2006, Ron Fitch, Australian Railwayman: From Cadet Engineer to Railways Commissioner, page 65, He explained that he was due to have a game of hazards that night with a couple of Italian prospectors and that he was doctoring the dice so that they would do just what he wanted them to do. ‘Tim, is this game dinkum?’ asked Ted. Highly indignant that such a suspicion should arise, he replied angrily: ‘Of course it's dinkum. They'll have loaded dice too!’
Synonyms: dinky-die
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang) Hard work. {{defdate}}
  2. (Australia, slang) Truth.
    • 1917, Ralph Albert Parlette, The Lyceum magazine, Volume 27, page 20, You look real jockey — thats' the dinkum.
dinky pronunciation
  • /ˈdɪŋki/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1780-90; compare Scots dink neatly dressed, trim (of obscure origin); sense shift perhaps: trim > dainty > small > insignificant; see -y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, British) Tiny and cute; small and attractive.
    • 1915, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of the Island, How do you like my hat? That one you had on in church yesterday was real dinky.
    • 2010, Sharon Wallace, A House Full of Whispers, page 5 I played in the dirt with a small dinky car as the garage held no fascination for a little girl of five.
  2. (informal, US) Tiny and insignificant; small and undesirable. They stayed in a dinky hotel room, but they had a great trip.
Synonyms: See also
acronym: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. Double income, no kids yet. Said of a relationship.
  • kindy
dinner lady
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, informal) A woman employed to serve food in a school canteen.
dino {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ˈdaɪnoʊ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) dinosaur.
  • Dion
  • do in, doin'
  • Odin
dinomania etymology dino + mania pronunciation
  • (UK) /daɪnəʊˈmeɪnɪə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Enthusiasm for dinosaur.
    • 2002, José Luis Sanz, Starring T. rex!: dinosaur mythology and popular culture At this point, we may attempt to define dinomania as the impulse to surround oneself with all forms of dinosaur iconology and to hoard information about their appearance, size, and way of life.
    • 2003, Henry Gee, Luis V Rey, A field guide to dinosaurs Dinomania didn't start with Jurassic Park - it has been with us since dinosaurs were discovered.
    • 2005, David Rains Wallace, Beasts of Eden In 1898, the yellow press snatched up the potential sensation, and invented dinomania. "MOST COLOSSAL ANIMAL EVER ON EARTH JUST FOUND OUT WEST," William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal blared...
dinomaniac etymology dino + maniac
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) One who has dinomania; a dinosaur enthusiast.
Synonyms: dinophile
dinophile etymology dino + phile
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) One who is fond of dinosaur.
    • 2002, Allen A. Debus & Diane E. Debus, Paleoimagery: The Evolution of Dinosaurs in Art, McFarland & Company (2002), ISBN 9780786412228, page 126: For what self-respecting dinophile would want to think of his favorite stock—the carnivorous lineage known as theropods—in undignified fashion, all covered with feathers?
    • 2002, Charles L. P. Silet, "Introduction", The Films of Steven Spielberg (ed. Charles L. P. Silet), Scarecrow Press (2002), ISBN 9781461672821, page xviii: Stephen Jay Gould, an admitted dinophile since childhood, examines Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Michael Crichton's novel Jurassic Park and our fascination with dinosaurs from a variety of perspectives, both scientific and cultural.
    • 2012, Eric Peterson, Frommer's Utah, John Wiley & Sons (2012), ISBN 9781118086070, page 32: For the true dinophile, drive about 35 miles out of town to the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, where you'll find relics of more than 70 dinosaurs.
Synonyms: dinomaniac
dinosaur {{ picdic }} Alternative forms: deinosaur (archaic) etymology From Ancient Greek δεινός 〈deinós〉 + σαῦρος 〈saûros〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdaɪnəsɔː(ɹ)/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of the animals belonging to the clade Dinosauria, especially those that existed during the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods and are now extinct {{defdate}}
  2. (proscribed) Any extinct reptile, not necessarily belonging to Dinosauria, that existed between about 230 million and 65 million years ago
  3. (figuratively, colloquial) A person or organisation that is very old, has very old-fashioned views, or is not willing to change and adapt
  4. (figuratively, colloquial) Anything no longer in common use or practice
Many animals commonly described as dinosaurs do not belong to Dinosauria, and are not true dinosaurs. These include pterosaur, ichthyosaur and plesiosaur. Describing these as dinosaurs is frowned upon in scientific writing but persists in the media and in everyday speech. Conversely, not all members of Dinosauria became extinct in the . Those that survived were the ancestors of modern bird, which therefore also belong to Dinosauria. However, birds are not usually described as dinosaurs, except in some popular science writing. Synonyms: (dinosaur excluding birds) non-avian dinosaur, (person who is very old) fossil, old fart
dinosaurish etymology dinosaur + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Old-fashioned, outdated.
dinosaur juice etymology From a humorous (and technically incorrect, since petroleum is derived primarily from fossilized zooplankton and algae) allusion to the term fossil fuel.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, humorous) Petroleum.
    • 1999, Jean-Jacques Jura & Rodney Norman Bardin, Balboa Films: A History and Filmography of the Silent Film Studio, McFarland & Company (1999), ISBN 9780786404964, page 157: Within the first 50 years of drilling 2,400 wells, over 859,000,000 barrels of petroleum were extracted in Signal Hill and the Long Beach area. The new darling of Long Beach was dinosaur juice, not celluloid, with the city going wild over the revenues generated by the plentiful natural resource oozing below the former stages of the city's movie community.
    • 2002, Paul Wood, False Confessions: A Life in Hawaiʻi, Flying Rabbit Press (2002), ISBN 9780970620002, page 113: {{…}} but most of all why are we robbing our grandchildren by wantonly burning up all the world's dinosaur juice?
    • 2003, Aaron P. Frank, Honda Motorcycles, MBI Publishing Company (2003), ISBN 9780760310779, page 188: And that's just what runs on dinosaur juice — Honda also manufactures electric bicycles and carts and is constantly experimenting with solar- and other ultralow- and zero-emissions vehicles, …
    • {{seemoreCites}}
Synonyms: See also .
dinosaurologist etymology dinosaur + ologist
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A paleontologist who focuses on studying dinosaur.
related terms:
  • dinosaurology
dinosaurology etymology dinosaur + ology
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The branch of paleontology that focuses on studying dinosaur.
related terms:
  • dinosaurologist
dinq Alternative forms: dink etymology Initialism of delinquent in nuclear qualification, originally used in nuclear submarine programs.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, Navy, slang) Not making a requisite amount of progress in one's qualifications. My mate is so dinq that he could get 100 signatures a day and he'd still be behind.
Synonyms: behind the curve
dip {{slim-wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /dɪp/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English dippen, from Old English dyppan, from Proto-Germanic *daupijaną. Compare Low German düppen and döpen, Dutch dopen, German taufen.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A lower section of a road or geological feature. There is a dip in the road ahead.
  2. Inclination downward; direction below a horizontal line; slope; pitch.
  3. The action of dipping or plunging for a moment into a liquid.
    • Glover the dip of oars in unison
  4. A tank or trough where cattle or sheep are immersed in chemicals to kill parasites.
  5. A dip stick.
  6. A swim, usually a short swim to refresh. I'm going for a dip before breakfast.
  7. (colloquial, dated) A pickpocket.
    • 1906, Fred L. Boalt, "The Snitcher", McClure's Magazine v.26, p.633 The Moocher was a "dip" in a dilettante sort of way, and his particular graft was boarding street-cars with his papers and grabbing women's pocket-books.
  8. A sauce for dipping. This onion dip is just scrumptious.
  9. (geology) The angle from horizontal of a planar geologic surface, such as a fault line.
  10. (archaic) A dipped candle. {{rfquotek}}
  11. (dance) a move in many different styles of partner dances, often performed at the end of a dance, in which the follower leans far to the side and is supported by the leader
  12. A gymnastic exercise on the parallel bars in which the performer, resting on his hands, lets his arms bend and his body sink until his chin is level with the bars, and then raises himself by straightening his arms.
  13. In the turpentine industry, the viscid exudation that is dipped out from incision in the tree. Virgin dip is the runnings of the first year, yellow dip the runnings of subsequent years.
  14. (aeronautics) A sudden drop followed by a climb, usually to avoid obstacles or as the result of getting into an airhole.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To lower into a liquid. Dip your biscuit into your tea.
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula Chapter 21 He dipped the end of a towel in cold water and with it began to flick him on the face, his wife all the while holding her face between her hands and sobbing in a way that was heart breaking to hear.
  2. (intransitive) To immerse oneself; to become plunged in a liquid; to sink.
    • Coleridge The sun's rim dips; the stars rush out.
  3. (intransitive) (of a value or rate) To decrease slightly.
  4. (transitive) To lower a light's beam. Dip your lights as you meet an oncoming car.
  5. (transitive) To lower (a flag), particularly a national ensign, to a partially hoisted position in order to render or to return a salute. While lowered, the flag is said to be “at the dip.” A flag being carried on a staff may be dipped by leaning it forward at an approximate angle of 45 degrees. “The sailor rushed to the flag hoist to dip the flag in return.”
  6. (transitive) To treat cattle or sheep by immersion in chemical solution. The farmer is going to dip the cattle today.
  7. (transitive) To use a dip stick to check oil level in an engine.
  8. To consume snuff by placing a pinch behind the lip or under the tongue so that the active chemical constituents of the snuff may be absorbed into the system for their narcotic effect.
  9. To immerse for baptism. {{rfquotek}}
    • Charles Wheatly, A rational illustration of the Book of Common Prayer … during the reigns of King James and King Charles I, there were but very few children dipped in the font.
  10. To wet, as if by immersing; to moisten.
    • Milton A cold shuddering dew / Dips me all o'er.
  11. To plunge or engage thoroughly in any affair.
    • Dryden He was … dipt in the rebellion of the Commons.
  12. (transitive) To take out, by dipping a dipper, ladle, or other receptacle, into a fluid and removing a part; often with out. to dip water from a boiler; to dip out water
  13. (intransitive) To perform the action of plunging a dipper, ladle. etc. into a liquid or soft substance and removing a part.
    • L'Estrange Whoever dips too deep will find death in the pot.
  14. To engage as a pledge; to mortgage.
    • Dryden Live on the use and never dip thy lands.
  15. (transitive) To perform (a bow or curtsey) by inclining the body.
  16. (intransitive) To incline downward from the plane of the horizon. Strata of rock dip.
  17. (dance) To perform a dip dance move (often phrased with the leader as the subject noun and the follower as the subject noun being dipped)
etymology 2 {{back-form}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A foolish person.
  • DPI, dpi, IDP, PDI, PID
diploma mill
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) a disreputable university, churning out diplomas to unqualified students.
diplomatese etymology diplomat + ese
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) The jargon used by diplomat.
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dipped etymology From dip + ed. pronunciation
  • (UK) /dɪpt/
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of dip
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. That has been briefly immerse in a liquid.
  2. Of headlights: lowered.
  3. (archaic, colloquial) Caught up in debt; mortgaged.
    • 1705, Bernard Mandeville, The Fable of the Bees: The Lawyers [...] Opposed all Registers, that Cheats / Might make more Work with dipt Estates [...].
Dipper {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 A translation of the cmn Chinese 斗宿 〈dòu sù〉
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (astronomy) A Chinese constellation located near Sagittarius, one of the 28 lunar mansion and part of the larger Black Turtle.
etymology 2 From NDPer (NDP + -er).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Canada, politics, informal) A member or supporter of the Canadian New Democratic Party.
    • 2011 Apr 11, Lysiane Gagnon, "In Quebec, the NDP is No. 2," The Globe and Mail (retrieved 11 May 2011): But the Dippers should hold their applause, since their party doesn't have the grassroots organization or the roster of good candidates it needs to capitalize on their leader's popularity.
  2. (Canada, politics, informal, attributively) Of or belonging to the New Democratic Party or supporters of it.
    • 2011 Apr 27, David Olive, "Historic shift to NDP confirmed in new poll," Toronto Star (retrieved 11 May 2011): It's either that or watch Dipper hopes of big overall seat gains dashed May 2 in Ontario.
Synonyms: NDPer, New Democrat
dipper {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdɪpə(ɹ)/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of various small passerine bird of the genus Cinclus that live near fast-flowing streams and feed along the bottom.
  2. A cup-shaped vessel with a long handle, for dip out liquid.
  3. (slang) pickpocket
  • (Cinclus) {{taxlink}}, {{vern}}
  • ripped
dipsey Alternative forms: dipsie, dipsy etymology From deep sea.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical, slang, attributive) deep sea a dipsey line; a dipsey lead
  2. (nautical, slang) A deep-sea lead.
  3. (US, dialect) A sinker attached to a fishing line.
  4. (US, dialect) A line having several branch, each with such a sinker, used in deep-sea fishing.
dipshit etymology c. 1960 dip + shit pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdɪpʃɪt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) A stupid or undesirable person. That guy at work is such a dipshit!
  2. (vulgar) Something unwanted or undesirable. I don't have time for all this dipshit.
related terms:
  • dipstick
dipso etymology abbreviation of dipsomaniac pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) dipsomaniac
  • iPods
dipstick etymology dip + stick pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdɪpstɪk/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A stick or rod used to measure the depth of a liquid. Often used to check the level at which a liquid in an opaque or inaccessible tank or reservoir stands; gauge. I haven't checked the oil level of my car's motor since I lost the dipstick three months ago.
  2. (slang) A penis.
  3. (slang) A useless person.
  4. (slang, euphemistic) A dipshit.
  5. (slang, UK) A person of inferior intellect or, more accurately, someone who makes an action that would imply this. That referee is a right dipstick.
dipwad etymology dip + wad
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) An obnoxious fool; a jerk.
dire etymology From Latin dirus. pronunciation
  • /ˈdaɪ̯ə(ɹ)/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Warning of bad consequences: ill-boding; portentous. exampledire omens
  2. Requiring action to prevent bad consequences: urgent, pressing. exampledire need
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  3. Expressing bad consequences: dreadful; dismal; horrible; terrible; lamentable. exampledire consequences;  to be in dire straits
  4. (informal) Bad in quality, awful, terrible.
    • {{quote-news}}
  • {{seeCites}}
  • ired
  • Reid
  • ride
Directioner etymology direction + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fan of the British-Irish pop group One Direction.
    • 2012, "One Direction announces Aussie tour in September 2013", The Australian, 18 April 2012: With their entire 2012 Australian tour selling out in three minutes, Directioners who missed out can see the British boys live when the Aussie leg of their 2013 World Tour kicks off in Brisbane on September 11, 2013.
    • 2012, "Justin Bieber keen to record track with One Direction", Metro (UK), 22 April 2012: Justin has now revived the hopes of Beliebers and Directioners by revealing he would love to work with the band, as they ‘make great music’.
    • 2013, Roland Ellison & James Robertson, "One Direction tour tickets: Fans tipped to crash ticket websites as Where We Are Tour 2014 tickets go on sale today, Daily Mirror, 25 May 2013: Frenzied Directioners across the British Isles are set to go into overdrive as tickets for One Direction's eagerly anticipated UK and Ireland arena tour dates go on sale this morning at 9am.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
dire straits
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. A difficult position To be in dire straits
Synonyms: See also
dirk {{wikipedia}} etymology Etymology unknown, apparently from Scots. First attested in 1602 as dork, in the later 17th century as durk. The spelling is due to Johnson's Dictionary of 1755. Early quotations as well as Johnson 1755 suggest that the word is of Scottish Gaelic origin, but no such Gaelic word is known. The Gaelic name for the weapon is biodag. Gaelic duirc is merely an 18th-century adoption of the English word. A possible derivation is from the Scandinavian personal name Dirk (short for Diederik), which is used of lock-picking tools (but not of knives or daggers). Another possibility is that dork originates as a sailor's or soldier's corruption of dolk, the Dutch and Scandinavian form of German Dolch. The American slang term may be a variant of dick. pronunciation
  • /dɜː(ɹ)k/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A long Scottish dagger with a straight blade.
    • 1883, , In half a minute he had reached the port scuppers, and picked, out of a coil of rope, a long knife, or rather a short dirk, discolored to the hilt with blood.
  2. (US, Midwest, dated, slang) A penis; dork.
    • May 1964, Lawrence Poston, "Some Problems in the Study of Campus Slang", American Speech volume 39, issue 2 The word dick itself serves as model for two variants which are probably Midwestern, dirk and dork, also meaning "penis"...
  3. (US, Midwest, dated, slang) A socially unacceptable person; an oddball.
    • May 1964, Lawrence Poston, "Some Problems in the Study of Campus Slang", American Speech volume 39, issue 2 ...on at least one Midwestern campus a dirk may be an "oddball" student, while a prick (more common) is of course an offensive one.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To stab with a dirk. {{rfquotek}}
  2. (obsolete) To darken. {{rfquotek}}
dirtbag etymology dirt + bag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A dirty, grimy, sleazy, or disreputable person I'm just a teenage dirtbag, baby. Listen to Iron Maiden, baby...with me -
  2. (climbing) A poor climber, alpinist, skier or other outdoorsman who lives cheaply, without normal employment, and with few amenities in order to spend as much time on their sport as possible. Used praisingly.
related terms:
  • hosebag
  • scumbag
  • sleazebag
  • drag bit
dirtball etymology dirt + ball
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A dirty or sleazy person.
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dirthead etymology dirt + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, slang) A term of abuse.
Synonyms: {{ws}}
dirtsider etymology dirtside + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (science fiction, often pejorative) Someone who lives on the surface of a planet or moon, as opposed to in space.
    • 1998, Jerry Oltion, Where Sea Meets Sky, Pocket Books (1998), ISBN 0671024000, page 23: He really hadn't been in space before. You can always tell a dirtsider by the twinkle in their eyes at the idea of seeing their planet from above.
    • 2001, Roger MacBride Allen, The Depths of Time, Random House (2001), ISBN 9780553574975, page 378: So you tell me, Senyor Parrige, how many habitats would be willing to take on their maximum possible population load in the form of half-starved, uneducated, indigent, disease-ridden dirtsiders who know nothing of habitat life and have no skills that are of much use in space?
    • 2010, Shayla Kersten, Angel Moon, Ellora's Cave (2010), ISBN 9781419925146, page 52: As a dirtsider, the idea of dying in the cold of space terrified him, though he'd never admit it to his space-loving mate.
related terms:
  • dirtside
dirtwad etymology dirt + wad
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, slang) A term of abuse.
Synonyms: {{ws}}
dirty etymology From dirt + y. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdɜː(ɹ)ti/
  • {{audio}}
  • (US) /ˈdɜɹti/
  • {{audio}}
  • (NYC) /ˈdɜjɾi/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Unclean; covered with or containing unpleasant substances such as dirt or grime.
    • George Bernard Shaw, The author's apology from Mrs. Warren's Profession, page 61, 1905, “Many persons are more comfortable when they are dirty than when they are clean; but that does not recommend dirt as a national policy.”
    exampleDespite a walk in the rain, my shoes weren't too dirty.
  2. That makes one unclean; corrupting, infecting. exampleDon't put that in your mouth, dear, it's dirty.
  3. Morally unclean; obscene or indecent, especially sexually. exampleAt the reception, Uncle Nick got drunk and told dirty jokes to the bridesmaids.
  4. Dishonourable; violating accepted standards or rules.
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    exampleHe might have scored, but it was a dirty trick that won him the penalty.
  5. Corrupt, illegal, or improper. exampleI won't accept your dirty money!
  6. Out of tune. exampleYou need to tune that guitar, the G string sounds dirty.
  7. Of color, discolored by impurities. exampleThe old flag was a dirty white.
  8. (computing) Containing data which need to be written back to a larger memory. exampleOccasionally it reads the sector into a dirty buffer, which means it needs to sync the dirty buffer first.
  9. (slang) Carrying illegal drugs among one's possessions or inside of one's bloodstream. exampleNone of y'all get into my car if you're dirty.
  10. (informal) Used as an intensifier, especially in conjunction with "great". exampleHe lives in a dirty great mansion.
  11. Sleety; gusty; stormy.
    • M. Arnold Storms of wind, clouds of dust, an angry, dirty sea.
    • Douglas Adams, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish Rain type 17 was a dirty blatter battering against his windscreen so hard that it didn't make much odds whether he had his wipers on or off.
    exampledirty weather
Synonyms: (covered with or containing dirt) filthy, soiled, sordid, unclean, unwashed; see also , (violating accepted standards or rules) cheating, foul, unsporting, unsportsmanlike, (obtained illegally or by improper means) ill-gotten, (considered morally corrupt) base, dishonest, dishonorable, filthy, despicable, lousy, mean, sordid, unethical, vile, (considered obscene or indecent) indecent, lewd, obscene, raunchy, salacious, (of color, discolored by impurities) dingy, dullish, muddied, muddy
  • (covered with or containing dirt) clean
  • (violating accepted standards or rules) sportsmanlike
  • (of color: discolored by impurities) bright, pure
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. In a dirty manner. exampleto play dirty
Synonyms: (in a dirty manner) deceptively, dirtily, indecently, underhandedly
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To make (something) dirty.
  2. (transitive) To stain or tarnish (somebody) with dishonor.
  3. (transitive) To debase by distort the real nature of (something).
  4. (intransitive) To become soiled.
Synonyms: (to make dirty) soil, taint; see also , (to stain or tarnish with dishonor) sully
dirty business
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. the practice of unethical methods
  2. (slang) anal sex
dirty code
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, pejorative) Software code that has had many editors with conflicting styles, making it nearly impossible to maintain. That software has dirty code and we should not use it.
dirty cop
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, idiomatic, law enforcement) A police officer or prison guard who is corrupt or unethical. The dirty cop accepted a bribe from the double agent that was being investigated as a spy.
dirty girl
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) An adult female, usually young, who acts in a promiscuous manner and often has an “easyreputation. Sometimes abbreviated DG.
dirty mouth
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The characteristic of regularly using vulgar language or profanity. The comedian lost his gig at the nightclub because he had such a dirty mouth.
Synonyms: potty mouth
dirty pool etymology Probably an allusion to failing to follow the rules when playing billiards.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Foul play, misconduct.
    • 1967, Keith Wheeler and Sandy Smith, "Murf the Surf and his Jewel-studded Jinx," Life, vol. 62, no. 16 (21 Apr.), p. 95: The thieves, in their turn, have developed a self-pity syndrome about the FBI, considering government surveillance to be dirty pool — unjustifiable interference with free enterprise.
dirty Sanchez {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: dirty sanchez
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang, sexuality) After anal sex, the act of drawing a mustache on the recipient's face with the object of penetration (usually a penis).
    • 2002 Sex, Death and Travel: A Novel by Morgan D. Rosenberg I told her, repeatedly, that the only thing I wanted to do on my birthday was give her a dirty Sanchez, which I think is doubly appropriate for my little wetback slut.
    • 2002 The Sex Book by Suzi Godson He did the dirty Sanchez - fucked my arse, wiped his cock in his hand, and then drew a mustache of shit across my upper lip.
    • 2006 Belegana: Just a Silly Wite Man by Sean Makiney (page 43) [An ex-porn star] will be attending a meeting with presidential advisor [..], giving her recommendations on important national issues. If their meeting goes accordingly, then Palestine will be receiving a Dirty Sanchez from Israel.
    • 2006 Porn star's name may ring a 'Bell' New York Daily News, originally published on September 27, 2006 We can't get too graphic here, but word is that the action includes some bodily functions and an act known as a "Dirty Sanchez."
dis {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /dɪs/
etymology 1 Abbreviation of disrespect.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) alternative spelling of diss
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative form of diss
etymology 2 From Old Norse dís.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of a group of minor female deities in Scandinavian folklore.
    • {{reference-book}} exampleIn Norway the Dîsir appear to have been held in great veneration.
    • {{reference-book}} exampleA number of places in Norway and Sweden were also named after the Disir
    • 1997, ‘Egil's Saga’, tr. Bernard Scudder, The Sagas of Icelanders (Penguin 2001, p. 67) exampleBard had prepared a feast for him, because a sacrifice was being made to the disir.
etymology 3 Representing a colloquial or dialectal pronunciation of this.
determiner: {{en-det}}
  1. (slang or eye dialect) This.
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. (slang or eye dialect) This.
  • ids, IDs, IDS, ISD, SDI, Sid
disability {{wikipedia}} {{Webster 1913}} etymology Circa 1570 disable + ity. pronunciation
  • (UK) /dɪsəˈbɪlɪti/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. State of being disabled; deprivation or want of ability; absence of competent physical, intellectual, or moral power, means, fitness, and the like.
    • {{rfdate}}, Grossest faults, or disabilities to perform what was covenanted.
    • {{rfdate}}, Chatham refused to see him, pleading his disability.
  2. Want of legal qualification to do a thing; legal incapacity or incompetency.
    • {{rfdate}}, . The disabilities of idiocy, infancy, and coverture.
  3. (uncountable, informal) Regular payments received by a disabled person, usually from the state I had to go on disability after the accident. Did you get your disability this month?
  • Disability and inability: Inability is an inherent want of power to perform the thing in question; disability arises from some deprivation or loss of the needed competency. One who becomes deranged is under a disability of holding his estate; and one who is made a judge, of deciding in his own case. A man may decline an office on account of his inability to discharge its duties; he may refuse to accept a trust or employment on account of some disability prevents him from entering into such engagements.
Synonyms: disqualification, impotence, inability, incapacity, incompetency, incompetence, weakness
  • ability
  • capacity
  • competence
  • competency
  • potence
  • potential
  • qualification
  • strength
related terms:
  • disable
  • disabled
  • disablism
disad etymology Shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A disadvantage.
  • diads
disagree etymology From Middle English, from xno desagreer, as if dis + agree. pronunciation
  • (UK) /dɪsəˈɡɹiː/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To not agree harmonize. John disagreed with Mary frequently. (informal usage) I disagree that this will work.
  2. (intransitive) To not agree conform, correspond. My results consistently disagree with yours!
  3. (intransitive) To not agree suit. A burrito disagreed with me.
disburse etymology From Old French desbourser (modern: débourser). Equivalent to dis + burse. pronunciation
  • (US) /dɪsˈbɚs/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (finance) To pay out, expend; usually from a public fund or treasury.
  • Do not confuse with the scattering word disperse, despite similarity.
dischuffed pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology dis + chuffed
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (New Zealand, British, informal) Very displeased or unsatisfied.
  • chuffed

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