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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (chiefly, humorous) form of Mistaken form
    • 1996 October 21, "Phase" <I1700004@VM.SC.EDU>, "Re: What is MUD?",, Usenet, Since I only have a shoddy understanding of the internet, obviously I need to be educated, eh? Educamate me Mr. Man.
    • 1998 August 14, "!Frank" <>, "Re: WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL OF THE COSBY KIDS?",, Usenet, This is not spam, btw. Go to: . Educamate yourself.
    • 2005 February 5, "SuperGumby [SBS MVP]", "Re: Resolution was Re: RWW Security was compromised.",, Usenet, Well, after the storm in a teacup Susan, I see no reason why a 'password' is not as effective as a 'passphrase'. maybe you could educamate me.
    • 2006 December 17, Sancho Panza <>, "Re: Jews Strive To Restore Christmas Trees At Seattle Airport", alt.abortion, et al., Usenet, You're the one calling people stupid. Educamate us.
    • 2007 August 15, "What Me Worry?", "Re: Bad day for rightwingers and it'll get worse, much worse", alt.politics, Usenet, "My, my, how little you know about politics." Why not educamate us? I can't wait.
    • 2007 October 22, Ophelia <>, "Re: Violet [SNUK]",, Usenet, But see, ya 'ave to be educamated to un'erston' such poetry!
related terms:
  • educamation
  • edumacate
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, humorous) form of Mistaken form
related terms:
  • educamate
noun: {{head}}
  1. (chiefly, humorous) eye dialect of education
educrat pronunciation
  • /ˈɛdʒəkræt/
etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) An official or administrator in a school district.
    • 2000, Laura Ingraham, The Hillary trap: looking for power in all the wrong places‎ It has everything to do with the educrat industry whose grip on our children Hillary is helping to maintain.
    • 2002, Marsh Kaminsky, Onie Many educrats make much of their income and build their reputations trying to fix the problems they themselves created with their dopey educational methodologies.
    • 2003, G Gordon Liddy, When I Was a Kid, This Was a Free Country‎ As a result of the misguided educrats, college students across the country now spend much of the first two years in remedial classes...
  • curated, Decatur, traduce
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (humorous) deliberate misspelling of educate
  • educamate
edumacation etymology By epenthesis: {{infix}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nonstandard or humorous) education I don't need no edumacation!
  • Used in a sarcastic sense, or in dialogue, suggesting lack of education on the part of the speaker.
eduspeak etymology education + speak
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The jargon used by educator.
    • 1992, C Fraser Smith, Lenny, Lefty, and the Chancellor He generally spoke without academic mannerism, though on occasion he dipped into the over-wrought thickets of eduspeak to find words like “antithetical” or “foci” or “interface.”
    • 2003, Raymond E. Lemley, Straight talk for principals The new eduspeak talks about "enhancing," "promoting self-awareness," "sharing," "networking," "modeling," and other assorted activities.
eejit Alternative forms: eedjit pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈiːdʒɪt/
  • (Ireland) [ˈiːd͡ʒɪθ͇]
etymology Hiberno-English and Scottish English pronunciation of idiot.{{cite web |url= |title=eejit | |publisher=Oxford University Press |accessdate=20 September 2013}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland and Scotland, pejorative) An idiot; a fool; an imbecile.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Very small; tiny.
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etymology 1 Possibly from teeny weeny
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) minuscule Can you put an eeny bit of mustard on my hot dog?
Synonyms: itsy bitsy, itty, teeny weeny, tiny, teeny, bitty
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (informal) In a very small way.
    • 1999, Joe Klein, Woody Guthrie: A Life, page 35 Then they would go back to the gang house—Woody named it the Eeny House because it was so small [...].
    • 2003, Craig Lucas, "Reckless", in Reckless and Other Plays, page 54 ... and weep and moan and scream every little eeny orgasm.
    • 2004, Stephen Bayley, "Car culture: Why a MINI is better than a Porsche", Daily Telegraph, 14/08/2004 The interior is, perhaps, an eeny bit tricksy, but has worn surprisingly well over nearly four years and did not really need the light refreshment it has received in the Cabrio
etymology 2 {{etystub}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, dialect) Holey, cellular.
etymology 3 {{etystub}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. eye dialect of any
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (dialect) With most, almost He eeny most had enough to eat.
  2. (dialect) Only He's eeny just come home.
  • eyen
  • eyne
eff Alternative forms: ef etymology A phonetic spelling of the letter f (normally spelled ef), the initial letter of the vulgar term fuck. Compare pee. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ɛf/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (euphemistic, slang) Fuck. Eff off! And he kept saying, "Effing this, effing that."
Eff is used to replace fuck as a taboo swearword but not in its sense of "to copulate".
etymology 1 From Latin effabilis (effor + -able)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (archaic) able to be spoken of; able to be expressed.
etymology 2 From eff + -able
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) fuckable; sexually attractive.
eff all
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (euphemistic, slang) A censored form of the phrase fuck all.
eff and blind etymology From eff and blimey (for "God blind me").
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (British, slang) To swear, to use swearword. I can't stand the way he's always effing and blinding.
effeminate etymology From Latin effēminātus, past participle of effeminare.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (often, derogatory, of a man or boy) Having behaviour or mannerism considered unmasculine or typical of a woman or girl; feminine.
    • Bishop Hurd An effeminate and unmanly foppery.
  2. (obsolete) womanly; tender
    • Shakespeare Gentle, kind, effeminate remorse.
  • (UK) /ɛˈfɛmɪnət/, /ɪˈfɛmɪnət/
Synonyms: camp, swish
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (archaic) To make womanly; to unman.
    • {{RQ:Flr Mntgn Essays}}, Folio Society, 2006, vol.1, p.134: the studie of sciences doth more weaken and effeminate mens minds, than corroborate and adapt them to warre.
    • John Locke It will not corrupt or effeminate children's minds.
  • (UK) /ɛˈfɛmɪneɪt/
related terms:
  • effeminacy
effing pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (euphemistic, slang) form of bowdlerization The effing television's on the blink again!
Synonyms: flaming, flipping, freaking, fricking
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (euphemistic, slang) form of bowdlerization She is effing hot! I effing hate snow!
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of eff I wish he'd stop effing and blinding.
related terms:
  • eff and blind
  • effing and blinding
egg {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ɛɡ/, /eɪɡ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English egge, from Old Norse egg, from Proto-Germanic *ajją, by from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ōwyóm 〈*h₂ōwyóm〉. Cognate with Icelandic egg, Norwegian egg, Swedish ägg, Danish æg. The native English ey (pl. eyren), akin to Dutch ei (pl. eieren) and German Ei (pl. Eier) and ultimately from the same Proto-Germanic root, survived into the 16th century before being fully replaced by egg. More at ey.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (zoology, countable) An approximately spherical or ellipsoidal body produced by birds, snakes, insects and other animals, housing the embryo during its development.
  2. (countable) The egg of a domestic fowl as an item of food.
  3. (uncountable) The contents of one or more (hen's usually) eggs as a culinary ingredient, etc. exampleI also determine the minimal amount of egg required to make good mayonnaise.
  4. (biology, countable) The female primary cell, the ovum.
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  5. Anything shaped like an egg, such as an Easter egg or a chocolate egg.
  6. A swelling on one's head, usually large or noticeable, associated with an injury.
  7. (mildly, pejorative, slang, ethnic slur), (potentially offensive) A person of Caucasian (Western) ancestry, who has a strong desire to learn about and immerse him- or herself in East Asian culture, and/or such a person who is perceived as behaving as if he or she were Asian (from the "white" outside and "yellow" inside).
  8. (NZ, pejorative) A foolish or obnoxious person. exampleShut up, you egg!
  9. In terms such as good egg, bad egg, tough egg etc., a person, fellow.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To throw eggs at.
  2. To dip in or coat with beaten egg (cooking).
  3. To distort a circular cross-section (as in a tube) to an elliptical or oval shape, either inadvertently or intentionally. After I cut the tubing, I found that I had slightly egged it in the vise.
etymology 2 From Old Norse eggja, from egg.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete except in egg on) To encourage, incite.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) Rugby Union, Rugby League, Australian rules football, American Football, or any game where the ball bounces erratically due to its elliptical shape.
eggcellent etymology {{blend}}.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, humorous) Excellent, when referring to egg or Easter.
    • 2003, Sarajane Helm, Celebrations With Polymer Clay: 25 Seasonal Projects, Krause Publications (2003), ISBN 9781440222429, page 60: When emptied of their contents and allowed to dry, chicken, duck, or goose eggshells form an “eggcellent” base that can be covered with polymer clay to form sturdy ornaments and decorative objects for Easter or other holidays.
    • 2006, "'Eggcellent' ideas for food producers", Feedstuffs, 18 December 2006: Food trends specialist Phil Lempert offered several "eggcellent" ideas for marketing eggs during his recent remarks to the United Egg Producers.
    • 2013, Deji Badiru & Iswat Badiru, Physics in the Nigerian Kitchen, iUniverse (2013), ISBN 9781475971743, unnumbered page: She Crabs laden with egg make very eggcellent soup.
Synonyms: eggceptional, eggstraordinary
eggceptional etymology {{blend}}.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, humorous) Exceptional, when referring to egg or Easter.
    • 1990, The Poultry Times, Volume 37, page 40: In the contest, food service operators have the opportunity to win a $2,000 first prize, $1,000 second prize and $500 third prize in both commercial and non-commercial divisions for their "eggceptional" egg entrees.
    • 1994, Steve Weiss, "It's a marvelous morning for a Moondance", Restaurants & Institutions, 15 June 1994: A veteran executive of such eggceptional breakfast-oriented chains as The Good Egg and First Watch, …
    • 2011, "A Cracking Time for the Kids", Liverpool Echo, 19 April 2011: An 'eggceptional' Easter Egg Hunt takes place around the Dock on April 23 and 24, from 1pm-3pm.
Synonyms: eggcellent, eggstraordinary
eggciting etymology {{blend}}.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, humorous) Exciting, when referring to egg or Easter.
    • 2004, Debbie Routh, Learning About Vertebrates, Mark Twain Media (2004), ISBN 9781580378932, page 24: The amniotic egg was an “eggciting” development for an animal that reproduces on land.
    • 2006, Roger Hinrichs & Merlin H. Kleinbach, Energy: Its Use and the Environment, Thomson (2006), ISBN 9780495010852, page 61: A somewhat classic and "eggciting" illustration of Newton's laws of motion is the egg drop experiment.
    • 2008, Anna Brooke, Frommer's Paris and Disneyland Resort Paris With Your Family, John Wiley & Sons (2008), ISBN 9780470519332, page 172: For children, this has to be Paris's most 'eggciting' restaurant, serving nothing but chicken eggs in the form of omelettes (more than 22 varieties), {{…}}
egghead {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) A bald person, especially a man.
  2. (pejorative) An intellectual.
Synonyms: boffin, brain
eggheaded etymology egg + headed
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (derogatory, informal) intellectual
eggplant Alternative forms: egg-plant etymology From egg + plant, originally applied only to the white-colored variety. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}} {{tcx}}
  1. (North America) The plant Solanum melongena.
  2. (North America) The edible fruit of the Solanum melongena: an aubergine.
  3. (North America) A dark purple color, like that of the skin of this fruit. {{color panel}}
  4. (US, slang, derogatory, offensive) A black person (used mainly by Italian-Americans).
    • 2004, Wendy Coakley-Thompson, Back to Life: "Why am I not surprised?" This was the limit. "You know, I'm black enough for his family to yell eggplant-this and nigger-that at me," she said.
    • 2006, Jerome Charyn, Raised by wolves: the turbulent art and times of Quentin Tarantino What else can he do? But Hopper continues his riff. "Sicilians still carry that nigger gene . . . Your ancestors are niggers. You're part eggplant."
Synonyms: (the plant or its fruit) aubergine (UK), brinjal (India, Malaysia), baingan (India), brown jolly (West Indes, dated), (the fruit) melongene (UK)
eggstraordinary etymology {{blend}}.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, humorous) Extraordinary, when referring to egg or Easter.
    • 1996, Sandra Woodruff, Secrets of Fat-Free Italian Cooking: Over 130 Low-Fat and Fat-Free, Traditional and Contemporary Recipes, Avery Publishing Group (1996), ISBN 0895297485, page 39: So whether you are in the mood for a frittata bursting with spinach and ham, or an omelette redolent with glazed onions, heat up the skillet, and get ready for an eggstraordinary delight.
    • 2000, Betty Saw, "Eggstremely versatile", New Straits Times, 15 January 2000: An "eggstraordinary" tip is the use of salt on eggs.
    • 2006, Sandra Magsamen, Living Artfully: A Heart-full Guide of Ideas and Inspirations That Celebrate Life, Love, and Moments That Matter, Atria Books (2008), ISBN 9780743291057, unnumbered page: Decorate “eggstraordinary” Easter eggs with your family's pictures on them to make a beautiful centerpiece for your table.
Synonyms: eggcellent, eggceptional
eggstravaganza etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, humorous) An extravaganza involving egg.
    • 1945, The Journal of Home Economics, Volume 37, page 95: The cake and egg show, advertised as an "eggstravaganza," last May in Tulsa, Oklahoma, may suggest to home economists elsewhere ways of helping to improve the egg marketing situation.
    • 2002, Karen Hastings, Insiders' Guide to Santa Barbara: Including Channel Islands National Park, Insiders' Guide (2002), ISBN 9780762710232, page 225: It's an eggstravaganza! Garden staff dye eggs donated by local markets and tuck them into nooks and crannies throughout the expansive grounds.
    • 2013, Julie Feldman, Grocery Makeover: Small Changes for Big Results, Spry Publishing (2013), ISBN 9781938170188, unnumbered page: Throw yourself an eggstravaganza each and every day by including heart-healthy egg whites in a multitude of ways.
egocaster etymology ego + caster
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet, slang) A person who shares a personality or ego through a network, such as in a weblog or a podcast; someone who is egocasting.
related terms:
  • egocast
egofag etymology ego + fag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet slang, derogatory) An egotistical or attention-seeking person.
related terms:
  • egofaggotry
egofaggotry etymology ego + faggotry
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet slang, derogatory) The behaviour or mentality of an egofag.
egoitis etymology ego + itis
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) A notional disease characterised by an overblown ego.
    • 1906, William Magnay, The Master Spirit "Ah, she has caught the disease egoitis in a virulent form from her husband who was once a commercial traveller," Gastineau commented.
    • 1965, Edward John Kempf, Abraham Lincoln's philosophy of common sense (volume 1, page 166) ...a compensatory egoitis that grew sarcastic and satirical in debate.
eh {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (Canada) {{enPR}}, /eɪ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • (UK) /ɛ/
  • (Scotland) /e/
  • {{rhymes}}
Alternative forms: ay (NZ)
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (informal, UK, Australia) Used as a tag question, to emphasise what goes before or to request that the listener express an opinion about what has been said. These hot dogs are pretty good, eh?
  2. In isolation, a request for repetition or clarification of what has just been said. Compare what, pardon.
  3. (Canada) An interjection used to ascertain the continued attention of an individual addressed by the speaker I went to the restaurant, eh, but my friends didn't show up.
  4. Expressing apathy or lack of enthusiasm; meh. - Do you feel like going out tonight?- Eh, I don't know.
In North America this term is stereotypically associated with Canada and some uses of it outside of Canada can convey that you are trying to sound (sarcastically) Canadian. However, it is in wide use in many other parts of the world, including the northern United States, Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, and South Africa.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, predicative only) Of bad quality; mediocre; unremarkable. My French fries were eh.
  • he, He, HE, H.E.
-eh pronunciation
  • /ɛ/, /i/
suffix: {{en-suffix}}
  1. (humorous, slang, Internet) Used to replace -y, often in lolcat speak. kitteh (for kitty) sunneh (for sunny)
eight-ball {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: 8 ball, eight ball
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A pocket billiard (pool) game played with sixteen balls (a cue ball and fifteen object balls) on a pool table with six pockets.
  2. The billards ball, almost always black, bearing the number eight.
  3. (slang) A portion of cocaine or methamphetamine weighing 1/8 of an ounce, or 3.5 grams.
    • 2003, , 00:43:39: (a policeman confiding to a friend) ".. She had welts and bruises all over. So, one night we get called out there again, and I slip down their hallway and stuff two eight balls in his closet. Turns out he was on parole. He goes back to jail, she's safe, and I slept like a baby."
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (pool) To pot all one's colour balls and then the black ball (or eight-ball) without the opponent potting a single one.
    • 2008, Edward Keating , The Joy of Ex: A Novel She whips me in the first game of pool, I do not even get a shot. Eight-balled from the break. “Have you been practising?” I ask my sister. “Some,” she says, “play again?” “One more.” My sister beats me at pool in public a second time. I claim some dignity back by potting two of my balls before Tammy sinks the black.
coordinate terms:
  • nine-ball
eighteenish etymology eighteen + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Of about eighteen years of age.
eighteenth {{number box}} pronunciation
  • /ˌeɪˈtiːnθ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
adjective: {{head}}
  1. The ordinal form of the number eighteen.
abbreviations: 18th, 18th; (in royal, papal and other names; for centuries) XVIII
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The person or thing in the eighteenth position.
  2. One of eighteen equal parts of a whole.
  3. (informal) A party to celebrate an eighteenth birthday.
eighth {{number box}} etymology Old English eahtoþa, from Proto-Germanic *ahtudô. pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /eɪtθ/
  • (GenAm) {{enPR}}, /eɪtθ/, /eɪθ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{head}}
  1. The ordinal form of the number eight.
Synonyms: 8th, 8th; (in names of monarchs and popes) VIII
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (eighth ones is used for the plural) The person or thing in the eighth position.
  2. One of eight equal parts of a whole.
  3. (slang) An "eighth" of an ounce equalling approximately 3.5 grams in marijuana or other drugs.
Synonyms: (person or thing in the eighth position) eighth one, (One of eight equal parts) , henry (for an eighth of an ounce of marijuana in the UK)
  • height
eightish etymology eight + ish
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Any time close to eight o'clock.
numeral: {{head}}
  1. Number between eighty-seven and eighty-nine; decimal 88
  2. An abbreviation for 'Hugs and kisses' in amateur radio. Used especially in Morse code.
  3. (slang) A piano (from the number of keys)
related terms:
  • eighty
  • eight
  • Ordinal: eighty-eighth
eightyish etymology eighty + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Approximately eighty
  2. (informal) Of about eighty years of age.
etymology 1
  • eighty + six
cardinal numeral: eighty-six
  1. The cardinal number immediately following eighty-five and preceding eighty-seven.
Synonyms: : 86, : LXXXVI
etymology 2 unknown for certain. Possibly rhyming slang for nix (given by the OED), or possibly part of a code of such numbers, created in the 1920s.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial) To cancel an order for food. "eighty-six the ham and eggs for table two!"
  2. (colloquial) To remove an item from the menu. eighty-six the lobster bisque - we won't have the lobster delivery until tomorrow. "Yes, I'd like the tomato soup." / "I'm sorry sir, that's been eighty-sixed - would you like a salad instead?"
  3. (colloquial) To remove or eject, as a disruptive customer Ryan and his friends got too rowdy at the bar, so they were eighty-sixed.
  4. (colloquial) To throw out; discard. "We finally had to eighty-six that old printer after it jammed one too many times."
Synonyms: nix, ixnay
eightysomething Alternative forms: eighty-something
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable, colloquial) A person aged between 80 and 89 years.
    • 2011, Mark Lachs, M.D., What Your Doctor Won't Tell You About Getting Older, Chapter 3: Instead of twentysomethings with one rare but curable disease, they find eightysomethings with many common chronic diseases that aren't curable.
    • 2012, Elizabeth Wurtzel, Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women, page 429: Aunt Zena and Uncle Bill Druss are the coolest eightysomethings I know of, and I will gladly eat the early bird special or visit Sawgrass Mills with them anytime.
Synonyms: octogenarian
numeral: {{head}}
  1. Between eighty and ninety.
    • 2006, Laura Levine, The PMS Murder, page 52: There in the doorway stood an eightysomething Las Vegas showgirl.
Ejaculation Proclamation {{wikipedia}} {{wikisource}} {{commonscat}} etymology Rhyme with Emancipation Proclamation, a well-known presidential proclamation in US history.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (humorous) U.S. President 's admission that he had had an "improper physical relationship" with .
    • 1998-08-19, AN LOOK AT THE SPEECH, basch, alt.rush-limbaugh,, And we now have a title to Clinton's speech to the nation last Monday night: The "Ejaculation Proclamation."
    • 1998-08-19, Hitler 1933, Colin M. Alberts, soc.history.what-if,, I accepted it as the 'momentary lapse of judgment' before posting a 'not appropriate' message to the newsgroup of a person who merely 'volunteered' to articulate a scenario that may have been on some Americans' minds in the hours following their watching of the Ejaculation Proclamation.
    • 1998-08-19, My Fellow Americans, endPC,,, This would be the Ejaculation Proclamation, eh?
    • 1998-08-20, Theatre Of The Absurd, Bob Kemp, alt.personals.intercultural,, the curtain jet up later rather than sooner Monday fo' Slick's Ejaculation Proclamation.
    • 1998-08-20, Embassy bombs retaliated, Scott Sprintz,,, Not sure what nation you're from or the nature of its legal system, but would you and your countrymen be concerned if serious allegations arose causing your leader of perjury, subornation of perjury and obstruction of justice? The great misperception is that it's about sex. Anyone who saw the "Ejaculation Proclamation" speech Monday night should know that's exactly what the Prez wants us to think -- it's between him, Hillary and his God. It's not.
noun: {{head}}
  1. (Ireland, colloquialism) alternative spelling of eejit (A fool or idiot)
Ekka {{wikipedia}} etymology The show was originally called the Brisbane Exhibition, commonly shortened to Ekka. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈɛkə/
  • {{rhymes}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (Australia, Queensland, colloquial) The .
    • 1995, , Issues 5977-5985, page 98, The Queensland Chamber of Commerce questioned the Ekka (the Exhibition - Brisbane′s annual show) public holiday, complaining of loss of productivity.
    • 2006, Andrew Stafford, Pig City: From the Saints to Savage Garden page 231, Hundreds came to Rock Against The Queen (on the Queen's Birthday) or the Ekka (on Exhibition Day in August).
    • 2008, Jennifer Clark, Aborigines & Activism: Race, Aborigines & the Coming of the Sixties to Australia, page 226, At this point the Exhibition Grounds remained the only reasonable choice but when the Queensland Royal National Association also refused permission, the Queensland Cabinet declared a State of Emergency in order to acquire the ground and to counter union boycotts which may have threatened the Ekka, the agricultural exhibition to be held in August.
  • keak
elbow {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English elbowe, from Old English elboga, elnboga, from Proto-Germanic *alinabugô, equivalent to ell + bow. Cognate with Scots elbuck, Saterland Frisian Älbooge, Dutch elleboog, Low German Ellebage, German Ellbogen, Ellenbogen, Danish albue, Icelandic olbogi, olnbogi. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɛlbəʊ/
  • (US) /ˈɛlboʊ/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The joint between the upper arm and the forearm.
    • Robert of Gloucester (historian) (fl.c.1260-c.1300) her arms to the elbows naked
    • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} Elbows almost touching they leaned at ease, idly reading the almost obliterated lines engraved there. ¶ {{nowrap}} understood it," she observed, lightly scornful. "What occult meaning has a sun-dial for the spooney? I'm sure I don't want to read riddles in a strange gentleman's optics."
  2. Any turn or bend like that of the elbow, in a wall, building, coastline, etc.; an angular or jointed part of any structure, such as the raised arm of a chair or sofa, or a short pipe fitting, turning at an angle or bent. examplethe sides of windows, where the jamb makes an elbow with the window back
  3. (US, obsolete, early 20th-century slang) A detective.
    • 1924, Dashiell Hammett, "Zigzags of Treachery": "An elbow, huh?" putting all the contempt he could in his voice; and somehow any synonym for detective seems able to hold a lot of contempt.
  4. (basketball) Part of a basketball court located at the intersection of the free-throw line and the free-throw lane.Newell, Pete; Nater, Swen (2008). ''[ Pete Newell's Playing Big]''. Human Kinetics. p.26: [[Special:BookSources/9780736068093|ISBN 9780736068093]]. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To push with the elbow; to jostle or force. He elbowed his way through the crowd.
  • below, bowel
el cheapo etymology Spanish article el + English cheap + mock-Spanish -o
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, often capitalized) A mock-honorific title given to a particular person who is stingy. Don't expect a big tip from El Cheapo over there.
  2. (slang) A person who is stingy; a cheapskate. He's such an el cheapo that his wallet hasn't been opened for days.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Cheap; inexpensive; of low quality. I only had five bucks, so I bought the el cheapo headphones.
Synonyms: no-name, brand X
elder sister
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: elder, sister {{translation only}}
Electoral College
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. alternative case form of electoral college.
  2. (US, politics) An electoral college chosen, within a state, to formally cast that state's votes for the president and vice president of the United States. Each state's Electoral College submits its votes to the President of the Senate.
  3. (US, politics, informal) All of the United States' electoral colleges, considered as one body.
electric Alternative forms: electrick (chiefly archaic) etymology From Dutch ēlectricus, from Ancient Greek ἤλεκτρον 〈ḗlektron〉, related to ἠλέκτωρ 〈ēléktōr〉. pronunciation
  • /ɪˈlɛktɹɪk/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of, relating to, produced by, operated with, or utilising electricity; electrical.
  2. Of or relating to an electronic version of a musical instrument that has an acoustic equivalent.
  3. Being emotionally thrilling; electrifying.
    • Elizabeth Barrett Browning Electric Pindar.
  4. Drawing electricity from an external source; not battery-operated; corded. exampleIs that a rechargeable vacuum? No, it's electric.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Electricity.
  2. (rare) An electric car.
  3. (archaic) A substance or object which can be electrified; an insulator or non-conductor, like amber or glass.
electric eel {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Electrophorus electricus, a species of fish resembling an eel (not related) that is capable of generating powerful electric shock.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic) An investigator of electricity; one versed in the science of electricity.
  2. A tradesman who installs, repairs and maintains electrical wiring and equipment
related terms:
  • electric
  • electronic
  • electrical
  • electricity
  • electromagnetic
electric soup
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A beverage made by infusing milk with town gas, formerly made and consumed by tramp and alcoholic in Scotland.
electrocute etymology {{blend}} pronunciation
  • /ɪˈlektrəkjuːt/, /əˈlektrəkjuːt/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To cause death from immediate complications resulting from electric shock. He was electrocuted for his crimes.
  2. (informal) To inflict a severe electric shock, not necessarily fatally.
Formally, the words electrocute and electrocution always imply fatality. Informally, however, these terms are rather often used to refer to serious but nonfatal electric shocks. Strictly correct usage is to reserve electrocute and electrocution for fatal electric shocks, and to use shock or electric shock for nonfatal ones.
related terms:
  • electrocution {{pos_n}}
electrocution {{wikipedia}} etymology electrocute + ion
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The accidental death or suicide by electric shock.
  2. Deliberate execution by electric shock, usually involving an electric chair.
  3. (informal, deprecated) A severe electric shock, whether fatal or not.
Formally, the words electrocution and electrocute imply fatality. Informally, however, these terms are sometimes used to refer to serious but nonfatal electric shocks. Preferred usage is to normally reserve electrocution for fatal electric shocks, and to use shock or electric shock for nonfatal ones.
electronicky etymology electronic + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Somewhat electronic.
    • 1999, Mireille Silcott, Rave America: New School Dancescapes (page 27) Those visiting British A&R men realized that it would be hard to package the Detroit music they were hearing as house: it was colder and more electronicky, its lineage was not disco, and it was more obviously conceptualized …
electrosmog etymology electro + smog
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) the electromagnetic radiation emitted by all the computer, mobile phone etc. in the environment
electrostatic series
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, physics) The triboelectric series
elegancy etymology elegance + y or elegant + cy.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative form of elegance
  2. (humorous) A mock title. "Your Elegancy ..." (Robert Southey).
elemeno etymology Phonetic misinterpretation of the four sequential letters L, M, N, O.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish) A nonexistent letter of the alphabet which some children think comes between k and p.
elephant etymology Middle English elefant, elefaunt, from Old French elefant, elefan, olifant, re-latinized in Middle French as elephant, from Latin elephantus, from Ancient Greek ἐλέφας 〈eléphas〉 (gen. ἐλέφαντος 〈eléphantos〉). Believed to be derived from an Afro-Asiatic form such as Proto-Berber *eḷu 〈*eḷu〉 (compare Tamahaq (Tahaggart) êlu, (Ghat) alu) or Ancient Egyptian 𓍋𓃀𓅱𓌟 〈𓍋𓃀𓅱𓌟〉 (ābu) ‘elephant; ivory’. More at ivory. Replaced Middle English olifant, which replaced Old English elpend, olfend. pronunciation
  • /ˈɛləfənt/, /ˈɛlɪfənt/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A mammal of the order Proboscidea, having a trunk, and two large ivory tusks jutting from the upper jaw.
  2. (figuratively) Anything huge and ponderous.
  3. (paper, printing) A printing-paper size measuring 30 inches x 22 inches.
  4. (British, childish) used when counting to add length, so that each count takes about one second. Let's play hide and seek. I'll count. One elephant, two elephant, three elephant...
  5. (obsolete) ivory {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (animal) Elephas maximus, Loxodonta africana, (counting term) see
  • (animal) African bush elephant, African forest elephant, Indian elephant, African elephant
related terms: {{rel-top4}}
  • chryselephantine
  • elephancy
  • elephanta
  • elephanter
  • elephantiac
  • elephantiasis
  • elephantic
  • Elephantidae
  • elephantine
  • elephantoid
  • Elephantopus
  • Elephas
elephant juice
etymology 1 From its use as a tranquilizer for large animals.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Etorphine, particularly when used as a stimulent for horse.
etymology 2 Popularised by the 1999 film "Elephant Juice".
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang, neologism) Used as a substitute for I love you.
When spoken with no sound, this phrase generates a similar pattern of lip movements to saying "I love you". Synonyms: elephant shoes
eleuthero etymology Shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The shrub Eleutherococcus senticosus, used in traditional medicine.
elevate etymology From Latin elevatus, past participle of elevare, from e + levare, from levis; see levity and lever.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To raise (something) to a higher position; to lift.
  2. (transitive) To promote (someone) to a higher rank.
  3. (transitive) To ennoble or honour/honor (someone).
  4. (transitive) To lift someone's spirit; to cheer up.
  5. (transitive) To increase the intensity of something, especially that of sound. to elevate the voice
  6. (dated, colloquial, humorous) To intoxicate in a slight degree; to render tipsy.
    • Sir Walter Scott The elevated cavaliers sent for two tubs of merry stingo.
  7. (obsolete, Latinism) To lessen; to detract from; to disparage. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (raise) lift, raise, (promote) promote, exalt, (ennoble) ennoble, honour/honor, exalt, (elate) cheer up, elate, (increase the intensity of) increase, raise, turn up, up (informal)
  • (raise) drop, lower
  • (promote) demote
  • (elate) depress, sadden
  • (increase the intensity of) decrease, diminish, lower, reduce, turn down
related terms:
  • elevation
  • elevator
  • lever
  • levity
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete) Elevated; raised aloft. {{rfquotek}}
eleven {{number box}} {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: : 11, : XI etymology From Middle English, from Old English endleofan; from Proto-Germanic *ainalif, a compound of *ainaz and *lif-. Compare West Frisian alve, Dutch elf, German elf, Danish elleve. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ɪˈlɛv.ən/, /əˈlɛv.ən/
  • (US) /ɪˈlɛv.ən/, /iˈlɛv.ən/, /əˈlɛv.ən/
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  1. The cardinal number occurring after ten and before twelve. Represented as 11 in Arabic digits.
related terms:
  • onety-one,
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (cricket) A cricket team of eleven player.
  2. (football) A football team of eleven players.
  3. (Internet, slang, sarcastic) Used instead of ! to amplify an exclamation, imitating n00b who forget to press the shift key while typing exclamation points. A: SUM1 Hl3p ME im alwyz L0ziN!!?! B: y d0nt u just g0 away l0zer!!1!!one!!one!!eleven!!1!
Synonyms: (sarcastic substitution for !) one, 1
elevenish etymology eleven + ish
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Any time close to eleven o'clock.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Of about eleven years of age.
eleventeen etymology eleven + teen
numeral: {{head}}
  1. (nonce word) Twenty-one (21).
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  2. (colloquial) A relatively large number, not precisely specified.
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Synonyms: (indefinite number) umpteen
related terms:
  • eleventy
eleventy etymology
  • eleven + ty
From Old English hundendleftig (also spelled hund-endleofantig, hund-endlyftig, and hund-ælleftig). Popularized in the 20th century by 's trilogy.
numeral: {{head}}
  1. (humorous) The number 110, 11 × 10. Compounds with other numerals: eleventy-one (= 111), eleventy-six (= 116), eleventy-first (= one-hundred and eleventh), etc. {{quote-book }} {{quote-book }} {{quote-book }}
  2. (colloquial) An indefinite large number. {{quote-book }} {{quote-book }}
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related terms:
  • eleventeen
  • twelfty
  • teenty
elfin safety pronunciation
  • (UK) /ɛlˈfɪn ˌseɪf.ti/
etymology Rendering of health and safety with Th-fronting and H-dropping.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, informal, pejorative, humorous) ; any reference to a perceived modern obsession with health and safety.
    • 2007, Jonathan Ray, "My new best cellar", The Spectator, Spectator (8 December 2007), Heaven knows what Elfin Safety would say.
eliminate etymology From Latin eliminatus, past participle of eliminare, from e + limen, akin to limes; see limit. pronunciation
  • /ɪˈlɪməneɪt/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To completely destroy (something) so that it no longer exists.
  2. (slang) To kill (a person or animal).
  3. (physiology) To excrete (waste products).
  4. To exclude (from investigation or from further competition). Bill was eliminated as a suspect when the police interviewed witnesses. John was eliminated as a contestant when it was found he had gained, rather than lost, weight.
  5. (accounting) To record amounts in a to remove the effects of inter-company transactions.[ - Consolidated Statements (Interco eliminations)]
Synonyms: See also , abrogate, abolish
related terms:
  • eliminable
  • eliminant
  • elimination
  • eliminative
  • eliminator
  • eliminatory
Synonyms: give the chop to, give the boot to, give the sack to, give the walking papers to, vote off
Elite Eight
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (basketball, US, informal) The eight teams participating in the regional finals of the NCAA Division I tournament, one of whom will become the national champion.
  2. (basketball, US, informal) The round of the NCAA Division I basketball tournament where all but 8teams have been eliminated.
  3. (basketball, US, informal) An appearance in the Elite Eight.
Elizabethan English pronunciation
  • /əˌlɪzəˈbiːθən ˈiːŋɡlɪʃ/
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (colloquial) The dialect of English spoken during the reign of of England.
Synonyms: Early Modern English
related terms:
  • Old English
  • Middle English
  • Modern English
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An Acorn Electron computer.
    • 1999, "Lionel Smith", Reading old DOS discs on a BBC (on Internet newsgroup comp.sys.acorn.misc) Even modified it so that it would work with the differently ordered registers of an Electron. Never did get it working fully on the Elk, I think my Elk with Mode 7 box caused a problem with the use of IRQ workspace, system speed was also a factor IIRC.
    • 2003, "Gareth Williams", What is Electron Elite V2? (on Internet newsgroup I'm pretty certain I remember seeing it on a price list when most BBC and Elk games had to be mail ordered (I think Impact was the mail order company - they also produced games like Zenon and Clogger).
  2. A member of a fraternal organization for men called the Elks.
e-mail {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: email etymology Abbreviation of electronic mail pronunciation
  • /ˈiːmeɪl/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) A system for transferring messages from one computer to another, usually via a network. He sent me his details via e-mail. The advent of e-mail has simultaneously brought our society closer together and farther apart.
  2. (countable, see Usage notes below) A message sent via an e-mail system. He sent me an e-mail last week to that effect. I am searching through my old e-mails.
  3. (uncountable, see Usage notes below) A quantity of e-mail messages. I am searching through my old e-mail. My inbox used to allow only 50 MB of e-mail at a time until last year, when they upgraded it to 2 GBs!
  4. (informal) An e-mail address. What's your e-mail? Don't send personal messages to my work e-mail.
  • The spellings e-mail and email are both in common use. The form email is now more widespread, probably due to one less character and the tendency to drop hyphens, making it easier to write or type, and this form is becoming a standardized usage for most businesses and Internet users. Those who follow strict orthographic rules may consider the hyphenated form to be proper; however, as a recently coined word, the issue remains an unsettled matter at this point.
  • As a contraction of electronic mail, some feel that e-mail should follow the same pluralization rules and be uncountable, prohibiting the forms e-mails and an e-mail. Others feel that it is not necessary for e-mail to maintain grammatical similarity to mail, and prefer to pluralize the term as a countable noun. This issue is hotly debated, but it is seldom considered incorrect to use the uncountable form.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To send an e-mail or e-mails to. She e-mailed me last week, asking about the status of the project.
  2. (intransitive) To send, or compose and send, an e-mail or e-mails. Most teenagers spend twenty-six hours a day e-mailing and surfing the Web.
  3. (transitive, may take two objects) To send via e-mail. I'll e-mail you the link. He e-mailed the file out to everyone.
  • ameli, maile
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of embarrass
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The action of the verb to embarrass.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Causing embarrassment; makes you feel shy or ashamed; leading to a feeling of uncomfortable self-consciousness.
Synonyms: awkward
embarrassment etymology From embarrass + ment pronunciation
  • /ɪmˈbæɹəsmənt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A state of discomfort arising from bashfulness or consciousness of having violated a social rule; humiliation.
  2. A state of confusion arising from hesitation or difficulty in choosing.
  3. A person or thing which is the cause of humiliation to another. Kevin, you are an embarrassment to this family. Losing this highly publicized case was an embarrassment to the firm.
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  4. (medical) Impairment of function due to disease: respiratory embarrassment.
embezzlement {{wikipedia}} etymology embezzle + ment
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (legal, business) The fraudulent conversion of property from a property owner.
related terms:
  • embezzle
embrace the penguin etymology Reference to Linux's official mascot, Tux the penguin.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (computing, slang) To switch one's operating system to Linux.
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, military, slang) Any obstacle (natural or artificial) that gets in the way of progress.
    • 1993, Andy McNab, Bravo Two Zero (novel), from 2008 reprint, ISBN 1407039237, pages 27 and 80: It didn’t matter for them, the course was just a three-week embuggerance and then they’d go home for tea and medals.…We were sleeping with most of our kit on anyway, but it was a major embuggerance to have to pull on your boots, flak jacket and helmet and leg it down to the slit trenches.
    • 2003, Terry Pratchett, Monstrous Regiment (novel): Jackrum stared at him blankly for a moment, and then said: ‘Well, now … it looks like what we have here is an embuggerance which, my lads of the Cheesemongers, is defined as an obstruction in the way of progress. I propose to deal with it in this wise!’
Emerald City etymology The Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau held a contest in 1981 to find a new nickname for . The winning entry, "Emerald City", came from Sarah Sterling-Franklin of , whose submission described the city as "the jewel of the Northwest, the Queen of the Evergreen State, the many-faced city of space, elegance, magic and beauty.""[,872769 Seattle: 'Emerald City']", ''Spokane Daily Chronicle'', 17 September 1981
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) Nickname of the city of Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
    • 1987, "Seattle curbs watering", Deseret News, 4 August 1987: The Emerald City, both famous and notorious for its clouds and rain, has been forced to institute a mandatory water conservation program for the first time "in memorable history."
emerg etymology Abbreviation of emergency. pronunciation (Canada) /iːˈmərd͡ʒ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Canada slang) The emergency department of a hospital.
    • 2009, January 17, Daniel Dale, “Ambulance waits get longer”, Toronto Star: These EMS people, who should just walk into the emerg, drop their patient off, and then leave, are frozen in the emerg for a long period of time, because there aren't enough resources there.
    • 2009, May 26, Theresa Boyle and Tanya Talaga, “Swine flu Factor Probed in death”, Toronto Star: “Rather than going to emerg and getting admitted and having the condition over a period of time, we understand that the event happened fairly quickly.
    • 2009, October 1, Theresa Boyle, “Second swine-flu wave hits Toronto, southern Ontario”, Toronto Star: “What we've seen in the last few days is a number of cases that have come to emerg departments.
  • merge
emergency {{wikipedia}} etymology From Malayalam emergentia, from Latin emergens, present participle of emergo, equivalent to emerge + ency. pronunciation
  • (US) /ɪˈmɝ.dʒə
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A situation which poses an immediate risk and which requires urgent attention. Cardiac arrest is an emergency and if you find someone in cardiac arrest you should call 999 immediately.
  2. (US, Canada, often attributive) The department of a hospital that treats emergencies.
  3. An individual brought in at short notice to replace a member of staff, a player in a sporting team, etc.
    • November 2 2014, Daniel Taylor, "Sergio Agüero strike wins derby for Manchester City against 10-man United," Van Gaal responded by replacing Adnan Januzaj with Carrick and, in fairness, the emergency centre-half did exceedingly well given that he has not played since May.
  4. (archaic) The quality of being emergent; sudden or unexpected appearance; an unforeseen occurrence.
Synonyms: (hospital department) ER, casualty, emerg
emergency room {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A department of a hospital primarily used for the treatment of the most serious, often life-threatening conditions.
Synonyms: emergency department, accident and emergency (A&E), casualty (UK), emergency ward (EW), ER (abbreviation)
emmet etymology Middle English emete, from Old English æmete, (bef. 12c) Cognate to ant. pronunciation
  • /ˈɛmɪt/ {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic) An ant.
    • {{RQ:RBrtn AntmyMlncly}}, New York Review of Books, 2001, p.47: He told him that he saw a vast multitude and a promiscuous, their habitations like molehills, the men as emmets […].
    • 1789, William Blake, Songs of Innocence, : Once a dream did weave a shade / O'er my angel-guarded bed / That an emmet lost its way / Where on grass methought I lay.
    • 1814, William Wordsworth, The Excursion, IV.430: [A benignity that] to the emmet gives / Her foresight, and intelligence that makes / The tiny creatures strong by social league.
    • 1993, Anthony Burgess, A Dead Man in Deptford: We are scurrying emmets or pismires with our sad little comedies.
  2. (Cornish dialect, pejorative) A tourist.
emo {{wikipedia}} etymology Abbreviation of emocore. pronunciation
  • (US) {{enPR}} /ˈi.moʊ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable, music, early 1990s) A particular style of hardcore punk rock
  2. (countable, early 1990s) An individual or group of people associated with that subculture and musical style.
  3. (uncountable, music, late 1990s-current) Any form of guitar-driven alternative rock that is particularly or notably emotional
  4. (countable, late 1990s-current) An individual or group of people associated with a fashion or stereotype of that style of rock.
  5. (countable, 2000s) A young person who is considered to be over-emotional or stereotypically emo.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (often, pejorative) Emotional; sensitive.
  2. (informal, often, pejorative) Depressed.
    • 2008, Vanity Fair (issue 578) Criticism drapes a black velvet cape across the puddle that interrupts the path to change, to be emo about it.
  3. Associated with youth subcultures embodying emotional sensitivity.
    • 2007, James A. Reinking, Robert Von Der Osten, Strategies for successful writing The one thing everyone agrees on is that they've never encountered a band that claimed to be emo.
    • 2012, Megan Bostic, Never Eighteen Trevor looks kind of emo, rail thin, dark hair, guyliner, wears black all the time.
  • EOM, Moe, moe, moé, OEM
employmentally challenged etymology Mocking politically correct terms such as mentally challenged.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (rare, humorous) unemployed; jobless
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) The sediment of beer, cider, etc.
  2. A type of yeast obtained from the remains of the brew process.
related terms:
  • emptyings
emu Alternative forms: emeu (obsolete) pronunciation
  • /ˈiːmjuː/
etymology Probably from Portuguese ema, perhaps from Arabic.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A large flightless bird native to Australia, Dromaius novaehollandiae.
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. electromagnetic unit.
    • 1943, Henry Augustus Perkins, College Physics, p. 530: A bar magnet NS has poles of strength 144 emu, 5 cm apart.
    • 1959, American Geological Institute, Geoscience Abstracts, p. 38: The average intensity is 80 X 10"5 emu/cm3.
    • 1974, William Berkson, Fields of Force: The Development of a World View from Faraday to Einstein, p. 168: The amount of charge named by one emu is that which produces a unit magnetic effect when flowing in a current at one unit length per second.
    • 1976, John Aloysius O'Keefe, Tektites and Their Origin, p. 109: Booker and Harrison (1966) set an upper limit of 10~7 emu/g.
    • 2005, Peter Mohn, Magnetism in the Solid State: An Introduction, p. 39: Experimentally the magnetic moment is usually given in units of emu/g, emu/cm3 or emu/mole.
  2. (computing, video games, informal) emulator
    • 2005, "Dane L. Galden at at", Could this be used for classic emus on GBA? (on newsgroup Saw this article for playing downloadable games on GBA. It's an official Nintendo product in Japan, and thought it might be useful for Nintendo to release actual emus and some of their older game properties (beyond the $20 classic series).
  • meu
  • ume
emvowel Alternative forms: envowel etymology By analogy with disembowel; attributed to (1707-1754). pronunciation
  • /ɪmˈvaʊ.əl/
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  1. (dated, humorous) To replace a portion of a person's name with a dash in printing, in order to avoid libel.
enamel {{wikipedia}} etymology From xno enamailler, from en-+ amailler, variant of Old French esmailler, from esmal, from frk *, from Proto-Germanic *smaltjan. Compare German schmelzen, Danish smelte. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ɪˈnæməl/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An opaque, glassy coating baked onto metal or ceramic objects.
  2. A coating that dries to a hard, glossy finish.
  3. The hard covering on the exposed part of a tooth.
  4. A cosmetic intended to give the appearance of a smooth and beautiful complexion.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To coat or decorate with enamel.
  2. (transitive) To variegate with colours, as if with enamel.
    • Milton Oft he [the serpent] bowed / His turret crest and sleek enamelled neck.
  3. (transitive) To form a glossy surface like enamel upon. to enamel card paper; to enamel leather or cloth
  4. (transitive) To disguise with cosmetics, as a woman's complexion.
  • manele, melena
encunt etymology en + cunt
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (rare, vulgar) To penetrate vaginally.
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Enders etymology Shortening.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (UK, informal, television) EastEnders, a long-running British soap set in the East End of London.
etymology 1 {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) marijuana ...rollin' down the street smokin' endo / sippin' on gin and juice... - So as I drive home / I roll my window up / And my endo up in the same motion... -
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etymology 2 Short for "end over end".
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A bike trick where the bike is ridden on the front wheel. Also known as a stoppie.
prefix: {{en-prefix}}-
  1. A prefix meaning "within" endomembrane - the inside of a membrane
  • done
  • node, NODE
end of etymology From end of story
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial, UK) en
end of story Alternative forms: end of
noun: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) That is as much as I know, am prepared to reveal or am willing to say about the subject.
Synonyms: (that is as much as I know, etc) end of, full stop (UK), period (US), that's that
end run
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A running play in American football in which the player carrying the ball attempts to avoid being tackled by evading the defending players from the opposing team
  2. (informal, by extension) An attempt to avoid a difficult situation by transcending it without confronting it directly
  • dunner, runned
energetic disassembly
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (euphemism, humorous) destructive explosion.
  • Only used seriously within the nuclear power industry, otherwise mostly referred to as an example in discussions of euphemisms or used as a joke.
Energizer bunny etymology From the Energizer bunny, a pink rabbit toy character from the advertising campaign of Energizer, used to demonstrate the longevity of the batteries.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A person who seems to have limitless energy and endurance.
energy weapon {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A weapon that fire a beam or pulse of energy instead of a projectile.
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Synonyms: ray gun (informal)
Engerland {{wikipedia}} etymology England by svarabhakti.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang, UK, football chant) England.
  • Englander
  • Greenland
engineer {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English engineour, from Old French engigneor, from Malayalam ingeniarius, from ingenium, from in + gignere, Old Latin genere; see ingenious. Or from engine + eer. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˌɛndʒɪˈnɪɹ/
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  • (RP) /ˌɛndʒɪˈnɪə/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who is qualified or professionally engaged in any branch of engineering.
  2. (chiefly, American) A person who operate an engine (such as a locomotive).
  • Adjectives often applied to "engineer": mechanical, electrical, civil, architectural, environmental, mechatronics, industrial, optical, nuclear, structural, chemical, military, electronic, professional, chartered, licensed, certified, qualified.
related terms:
  • engine
  • ingenious
  • ingeniosity
  • genius
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To design, construct or manage something as an engineer.
  2. (transitive) To alter or construct something by means of genetic engineering.
  3. (transitive) To plan or achieve some goal by contrivance or guile; to wangle or finagle.

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