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faggoty etymology faggot + y
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  1. (slang, derogatory, offensive) like or resembling a homosexual man, or appropriate for homosexual men
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    • 2002, George Carlin, Napalm and Silly Putty, page 107 Lacrosse is not a sport; lacrosse is a faggoty college activity.
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faggy etymology fag + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (pejorative, informal) Effeminate; homosexual; gay
fag hag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar, pejorative, slang, LGBT) A woman who likes the company of gay men.
  • May be used offensively or affectionately.
coordinate terms:
  • fag stag
faglet etymology fag + let, from faggot.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sometimes pejorative) A young male homosexual.
    • 2006, Robert Williams, Ted Gideonse, From Boys to Men: Gay Men Write About Growing Up, page 243 Growing Up in Horror D. Travers Scott AS A TENDER young faglet, I had sense enough to cache my musty copies of International Male and Penthouse beneath the false bottom of my chest of drawers.
fag mag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, offensive, derogatory) A magazine which focuses on gay issues and interests.
    • 1995, Richard Smith, Seduced and Abandoned: Essays on Gay Men and Popular Music, Cassell (1995), ISBN 9780304333431, page 118: What people usually mean by that is 'my career has gone so far down the dumper I only have gay fans', or 'my career is at such a low ebb no one else can be bothered to interview me so my press officer officer fixed up this interview with some crummy fag mag.')
    • 1999, Steve Vivan, A Self-Made Monster, Boson Books (1999), ISBN 9781886420588, unnumbered page: “You probably want some fag mag. Tight butts with chest hair and trim mustaches.”
    • 2002, Stephen Tropiano, The Prime Time Closet: A History of Gays and Lesbians on TV, Applause Theatre & Cinema (2002), ISBN 9781476847986, unnumbered page: Todd's secret is uncovered when his friends Alan (Evan Handler) and Kirk (Manfred Melcher) find a “fag mag” in Todd's desk.
Synonyms: fagazine, fag rag
fag marriage
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, offensive, derogatory) Same-sex marriage.
    • 2010, Becky Young, "Community Rejects 'Message of Hate' at Weaver Memorial", Williamsburg Yorktown Daily, 28 September 2010: “There is the push for fag marriage in this country,” she said. “You’re a freak if you’re not fornicating by the time you’re 14.”
    • 2011, Roland Boyle, Tea Party Guide to Being a Real American: Arming Yourself Against Godless Liberals, Dirty Socialists, and Sexy Ideas, Sourcebooks (2011), ISBN 9781402262715, unnumbered page: He also suggested a “final solution to the problem of fag marriage” that involved replacing rice/birdseed with bullets/hand grenades at gay weddings (this book may not have gotten the details there quite right).
    • 2012, Zack W. Van, Inanimate Heroes, ISBN 9781456606145, unnumbered page: “I hear they are letting queers get married now. They voted yes on that fag marriage idea, so you should be happy Andy!”
fag rag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, offensive, derogatory) A magazine which focuses on gay issues and interests.
    • 1992, Louise Rafkin, Queer and Pleasant Danger: Writing Out My Life, Cleis Press (1992), ISBN 9780939416608, page 148: For those of you out-of-the-know, Blueboy is a fag rag on the nice end of the spectrum (opposite Manmeat.)
    • 1997, John Patrick, Come Again, STARbooks press (2008), ISBN 9781934187371, page 110: He handed her the magazine, and she recognized it as one of her brother Herb's gay publications which he kept hidden in a box under his bed, thinking no one knew about his stash of fag rags.
    • 2011, Karl Andersson, Gay Man's Worst Friend: The Story of Destroyer Magazine, Entartetes Leben (2011; original Swedish book published 2010), ISBN 9789163368998, page 50: I ask my readers to send their old “fag rags” to me instead of burning them, since I argue that these magazines are part of our gay cultural heritage.
Synonyms: fagazine, fag mag
fag stag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) A heterosexual man who socialize with homosexual men
coordinate terms:
  • fag hag
fagtard etymology fag + tard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A contemptible person, especially one perceived as being gay.
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fail pronunciation
  • /feɪl/
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etymology 1 From Middle English failen, from xno faillir, from vl *fallire, alteration of Latin fallere, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰāl-. Compare Dutch feilen, falen, German fehlen, Danish feile, Swedish fela, Icelandic feila.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To be unsuccessful.
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    exampleThroughout my life, I have always failed.
  2. (transitive) Not to achieve a particular stated goal. (Usage note: The direct object of this word is usually an infinitive.) exampleThe truck failed to start.
  3. (transitive) To neglect. exampleThe report fails to take into account all the mitigating factors.
  4. (intransitive, of a machine, etc.) To cease to operate correctly. exampleAfter running five minutes, the engine failed.
  5. (transitive) To be wanting to, to be insufficient for, to disappoint, to desert.
  6. (intransitive) To receive one or more non-passing grade in academic pursuits. exampleI failed in English last year.
  7. (transitive) To give a student a non-passing grade in an academic endeavour. exampleThe professor failed me because I did not complete any of the course assignments.
  8. (transitive, obsolete) To miss attaining; to lose.
    • {{rfdate}} Milton though that seat of earthly bliss be failed
  9. To be wanting; to fall short; to be or become deficient in any measure or degree up to total absence. The crops failed last year.
    • Bible, Job xiv. 11 as the waters fail from the sea
    • {{rfdate}} Shakespeare Till Lionel's issue fails, his should not reign.
  10. (archaic) To be affected with want; to come short; to lack; to be deficient or unprovided; used with of.
    • {{rfdate}} Berke If ever they fail of beauty, this failure is not be attributed to their size.
  11. (archaic) To fall away; to become diminished; to decline; to decay; to sink.
    • {{rfdate}} Milton When earnestly they seek / Such proof, conclude they then begin to fail.
  12. (archaic) To deteriorate in respect to vigour, activity, resources, etc.; to become weaker. A sick man fails.
  13. (obsolete) To perish; to die; used of a person.
    • {{rfdate}} Shakespeare had the king in his last sickness failed
  14. (obsolete) To err in judgment; to be mistaken.
    • {{rfdate}} Milton Which ofttimes may succeed, so as perhaps / Shall grieve him, if I fail not.
  15. To become unable to meet one's engagements; especially, to be unable to pay one's debts or discharge one's business obligation; to become bankrupt or insolvent.
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Synonyms: (to be unsuccessful) fall on one's face
  • (to be unsuccessful) succeed
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) (slang) Poor quality; substandard workmanship. The project was full of fail.
  2. (slang) A failure condition of being unsuccessful
  3. (slang, US) A failure something incapable of success
  4. A failure, especially of a financial transaction a termination of an action.
  5. A failing grade in an academic examination.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, US) That is a failure.
etymology 2 {{rfelite}}
Alternative forms: feal, A piece of turf cut from grassland., fail and divot
  • alif, fila
failcascade Alternative forms: fail cascade, failscade etymology From .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, internet, video games) the quick and unexpected demise of a large online social group
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, internet, video games) to cause or undergo the quick demise of or as a large online social group
failscade Alternative forms: fail cascade, failcascade etymology From .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, internet, video games) the quick and unexpected demise of a large online social group
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, internet, video games) to cause or undergo the quick demise of or as a large online social group
fair {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (RP) /fɛə(ɹ)/, /fɛː(ɹ)/
  • (GenAm) /fɛɚ/
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etymology 1 From Middle English fayr, feir, fager, from Old English fæġer, from Proto-Germanic *fagraz, from Proto-Indo-European *ph₂ḱ- 〈*ph₂ḱ-〉. Cognate with Scots fayr, fare, Danish feir, faver, fager, Norwegian fager, Swedish fager, Icelandic fagur, xum pacer, Slovak pekný.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (literary or archaic) Beautiful, of a pleasing appearance, with a pure and fresh quality. exampleMonday's child is fair of face. exampleThere was once a knight who wooed a fair young maid.
    • 1917, 2008 , HTML, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Gutenberg Project , [ A Princess of Mars] , “"It was a purely scientific research party sent out by my father's father, the Jeddak of Helium, to rechart the air currents, and to take atmospheric density tests," replied the fair prisoner, in a low, well-modulated voice.”
    • 2010, Stephan Grundy , [ Beowulf] , Fiction, iUniverse, 9781440156977, page 33 , “And yet he was also, though many generations separated them, distant cousin to the shining eoten-main Geard, whom the god Frea Ing had seen from afar and wedded; and to Scatha, the fair daughter of the old thurse Theasa, who had claimed a husband from among the gods as weregild for her father's slaying: often, it was said, the ugliest eotens would sire the fairest maids.”
  2. Unblemished (figuratively or literally); clean and pure; innocent. exampleone's fair name exampleAfter scratching out and replacing various words in the manuscript, he scribed a fair copy to send to the publisher.
    • Book of Common Prayer a fair white linen cloth
  3. Light in color, pale, particularly as regards skin tone but also referring to blond hair. exampleShe had fair hair and blue eyes.
    • 1677, Matthew Hale, The Primitive Origination of Mankind, Considered and Examined According to the Light of Nature, page 200 the northern people large and fair-complexioned
    • {{RQ:EHough PrqsPrc}} This new-comer was a man who in any company would have seemed striking. In complexion fair, and with blue or gray eyes, he was tall as any Viking, as broad in the shoulder.
  4. Just, equitable. exampleHe must be given a fair trial.
    • {{RQ:EHough PrqsPrc}} “[…] it is not fair of you to bring against mankind double weapons ! Dangerous enough you are as woman alone, without bringing to your aid those gifts of mind suited to problems which men have been accustomed to arrogate to themselves.”
  5. Adequate, reasonable, or decent. exampleThe patient was in a fair condition after some treatment.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 3 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “My hopes wa'n't disappointed. I never saw clams thicker than they was along them inshore flats. I filled my dreener in no time, and then it come to me that 'twouldn't be a bad idee to get a lot more, take 'em with me to Wellmouth, and peddle 'em out. Clams was fairly scarce over that side of the bay and ought to fetch a fair price.”
  6. (nautical, of a wind) Favorable to a ship's course.
  7. Not overcast; cloudless; clear; pleasant; propitious; said of the sky, weather, or wind, etc. examplea fair sky;  a fair day
    • Matthew Prior (1664-1721) You wish fair winds may waft him over.
  8. Free from obstacles or hindrances; unobstructed; unencumbered; open; direct; said of a road, passage, etc. examplea fair mark;  in fair sight;  a fair view
    • Sir Walter Raleigh (ca.1554-1618) The caliphs obtained a mighty empire, which was in a fair way to have enlarged.
  9. (shipbuilding) Without sudden change of direction or curvature; smooth; flowing; said of the figure of a vessel, and of surfaces, water lines, and other lines.
  10. (baseball) Between the baselines.
Synonyms: (beautiful) beautiful, pretty, lovely, (unblemished) pure, clean, neat, (light in color) pale, (just) honest, just, equitable
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Something which is fair (in various senses of the adjective). When will we learn to distinguish between the fair and the foul?
  2. (obsolete) A woman, a member of the ‘fair sex’; also as a collective singular, women.
    • 1744, , , act 2, scene 8 Love and Hymen, hand in hand, Come, restore the nuptial band! And sincere delights prepare To crown the hero and the fair.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 39: In enjoying, therefore, such place of rendezvous, the British fair ought to esteem themselves more happy than any of their foreign sisters …
    • 1819, Lord Byron, Don Juan, III.24: If single, probably his plighted Fair / Has in his absence wedded some rich miser [...].
  3. (obsolete) Fairness, beauty. {{rfquotek}}
  4. A fair woman; a sweetheart.
    • Shenstone I have found out a gift for my fair.
  5. (obsolete) Good fortune; good luck.
    • Shakespeare Now fair befall thee!
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To smoothen or even a surface (especially a connection or junction on a surface).
  2. To bring into perfect alignment (especially about rivet hole when connecting structural members).
  3. To construct or design a structure whose primary function is to produce a smooth outline or reduce air drag or water resistance.
  4. (obsolete) To make fair or beautiful.
    • Shakespeare Fairing the foul.
Synonyms: (to reduce air drag or water resistance) to streamline
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  1. Clearly; openly; frankly; civilly; honestly; favorably; auspiciously; agreeably.
etymology 2 From Old French feire, from Latin fēriae.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A community gathering to celebrate and exhibit local achievements.
  2. An event for public entertainment and trade, a market.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 7 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “The turmoil went on—no rest, no peace. […] It was nearly eleven o'clock now, and he strolled out again. In the little fair created by the costers' barrows the evening only seemed beginning; and the naphtha flares made one's eyes ache, the men's voices grated harshly, and the girls' faces saddened one.”
  3. An event for professionals in a trade to learn of new products and do business.
  4. A funfair, an amusement park.
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fair crack of the whip
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (Australia, colloquial, informal) Fair go, fair suck of the sauce bottle; used as an appeal for reasonableness.
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    • 2011, Peter McAra, The Vintner's Letters, unnumbered page, ‘Fair crack of the whip, mate. We′ve had bacon and eggs for a week.’ He coughed noisily. ‘And you expect a man to jump out of bed for bacon and bloody eggs.’ ‘What would sir prefer? Soufflé au Parmesan? Or a swift kick up the backside?’
    • 2011, Michael Lawriwsky, Hard Jacka: The Story of a Gallipoli Legend, unnumbered page, “Now, straighten up!” The men shuffled into position. “Come on, sir!” pleaded one of them. “Fair crack of the whip mate”, Nugget said.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, colloquial, informal) An equitable opportunity to achieve something; a fair go.
    • 1993, William Trethowan, interviewed, in Greg Wilkinson (editor) Talking About Psychiatry, page 43, I never thought the Department of Psychiatry had a fair crack of the whip during my time in Birmingham. I was promised facilities, a new unit for psychiatry, none of which came to pass.
    • 2001, Terry Hodgson, The Plays of Tom Stoppard: For Stage, Radio, TV and Film, page 86, Yet style for Stoppard is not, as he feels it was for Oscar Wilde, the means and the end: ‘I′m not a writer who doesn′t care what things mean ... but despite myself I am a kind of writer who doesn′t give a fair crack of the whip to that meaning’ (Delaney, p.99).
    • 2010, , The British Film and Television Industries: Decline Or Opportunity? 1st Report of Session 2009-10, Volume II: Evidence, page 91, Lord Inglewood: Then you intimated that you felt that your members were not getting a fair crack of the whip. Is that right? Mr McVay: I think that previously we do not think that we were getting a fair crack of the whip. I think we have every chance now to exploit our content.
fair dinkum
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Australia, slang) Genuine, honest, fair and square. Are you fair dinkum? — Are you telling me the truth? ; Do you really mean that?
    • 2002, John Dutch, April and Anderson, page 63, I mean, if they were out at a concert or something, or if they were involved in some other out-of-school social activity and some fair dinkum Aussie bloke, with a fair dinkum Aussie accent, and a fair dinkum Aussie hat, preferably chewing on a fair dinkum gum leaf, and holding a koala bear in one hand and a kangaroo in the other stood up and delivered those Lawson poems in full bore Strine, the girls would probably have loved him.
    • 2004, Susie Ashworth et al., Lonely Planet AustraliaWtImEndTag[@i](), When people think of Australia they commonly think of the outback; or koalas, kangaroos and ‘fair dinkum’ frontier types.
    • 2007, Barbara Hartmann King, Coloured Sands, page 55, ‘You're not wrong there, Doc. Of course, you'd get more of a fair dinkum picture if you were able to interview members of the Wilson family but that would be darned near impossible.’
    • 2008 interviewed on , , He appreciated the honesty, he appreciated the fact that I rang him and was prepared to be fair dinkum with him, and he heard what I said.
Synonyms: (genuine) for real, genuine, honest, straight dinkum, true
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (Australia, slang) Truly, honestly.
    • 1991, , , 2004, Pan Macmillan, unnumbered page, She checked what he had produced against the diagram in her book, smiled and said, “Fair dinkum, you really do teach maths,” which took Daniel a little by surprise as he wasn’t sure what “fair dinkum” meant, but as it was accompanied by a smile he assumed it was some form of approval.
    • 1995, Edward Berridge, The Lives of the Saints, page 33, Fair dinkum, I'm being straight up with you now, I could have hit him.
    • 2004, Sally Warhaft, Well May We Say: The Speeches That Made Australia, page 466, Kevin, fair dinkum mate, you've got to put your boot into the ball, you're too slow to do all this finessin'.
    • 2011, Annabel Stafford, The Mob Can't Hurt You, , The Life You Chose and That Chose You: The 25th UTS Writers' Anthology, unnumbered page, Well, then I've started fucken crying cause I'm fair dinkum scared the prick's gonna kill me. … Fair dinkum, it sounds like the whole fucken town's out.
Synonyms: (truly) for real, straight up
fair dos pronunciation
  • /ˌfɛə(r)ˈduːz/
Alternative forms: fair does, fair do's
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (UK, colloquial) fair enough
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fair go
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (Australia, informal) Used in protest to implore or demand that someone act with more fairness or reason, or desist in something considered outrageous. Fair go mum! Let me go to the party tonight!
    • 2010, Colin McLaren, Sunflower: A Tale of Love, War and Intrigue, [http//|mum|dad%22|%22fair+gos%22+-intitle:%22fair%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=aplLT4ywGuihmQW-s_2mDg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22fair%20go%20mate|mum|dad%22|%22fair%20gos%22%20-intitle%3A%22fair%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 62], ‘Fair go, mate,’ protested Al, as the man dropped to his knees and attempted to pull the sturdy army-issue boots from the private′s feet. George, catching on, directed Al′s gaze to a row of neatly stacked shoes and Aloysius begrudgingly relented.
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  1. (Australia, NZ, informal) A reasonable or equitable opportunity to attempt something. He said he wanted a fair go to apply for the scholarship.
    • 1944, , Parliamentary Debates (Hansard): House of Representatives, Volume 266, [page 32254], But for this government to load up funding to the wealthiest schools in this country is anathema to the great Aussie notion of a fair go for all.
    • 1976, , Crash Through or Crash: The Unmaking of a Prime Minister, [http//|%22fair+gos%22+-intitle:%22fair%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22fair+go%22|%22fair+gos%22+-intitle:%22fair%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=HpRLT6y3JeidiQKXrM3bDQ&redir_esc=y page 241], ‘We have heard about a fair go for Labor,’ Fraser told the crowd in his peroration. ‘A fair go for the most hopeless Government in our history? A fair go for the party that created the first depression for forty years?…’
    • 1983, , House of Representatives Weekly Hansard, Issues 4-5, [http//|%22fair+gos%22+-intitle:%22fair%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22fair+go%22|%22fair+gos%22+-intitle:%22fair%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=zZVLT-nOHcrciQKcwazaDQ&redir_esc=y page 2677], The people of the Northern Territory do not want any special deals. They are not looking for privilege or preferential treatment. All they are after is a good old-fashioned fair go.
    • 2002, Francis Gordon Clarke, The History of Australia, [http//|%22fair+gos%22+-intitle:%22fair%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=zZVLT-nOHcrciQKcwazaDQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22fair%20go%22|%22fair%20gos%22%20-intitle%3A%22fair%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 186], The traditional ethic of the fair go was resurrected, the light on the hill reignited, and the government promised that those currently unemployed would not be left to stagnate.
fair play
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Good behavior, following the rules
related terms:
  • play fair
  • turnabout is fair play
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial, UK, Irish) used to acknowledge or congratulate for something.
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fair sex
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, dated, now sometimes, offensive) Women collectively.
    • 1728, Daniel Defoe, Military Memoirs of Capt. George Carleton, ch. 8: The younger Gentry, or Dons, to express their Gallantry, carry about them Egg-shells, fill'd with Orange or other sweet Water, which they cast at Ladies in their Coaches, or such other of the fair Sex as they happen to meet in the Streets.
    • 1820, Walter Scott, The Abbot, ch. 23: "Permit me rather to perform my duty in attending them," said Roland, anxious to show he was possessed of the high tone of deference prescribed by the rules of chivalry towards the fair sex, and especially to dames and maidens of quality.
    • 1922, D. H. Lawrence, "The Blind Man," in England, My England: And he had his friends among the fair sex—not lovers, friends.
  • Usually preceded by the.
  • In contemporary usage, this term may be regarded by some as patronizing toward women, though it was not originally intended thus.
fair suck of the sauce bottle
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (Australia, colloquial, informal) Used to protest against unreasonableness, such as somebody taking more than their share.
    • 1983, Alistair Skelton, Bill′s Break, page 198, I tried to calm him down. “Fair suck of the sauce bottle,” I said. "Take it easy, mate. I was just admiring your cobber. Don′t often see a man like him around.”
    • 1985, Australian Short Stories, Issue 15, page 10, ‘Garn with ya. Fair suck of the sauce bottle’, countered Sid. ‘Look all ya gotta do is knock a little bit of the tube out and it won′t wink anymore. Get a yonnie and give it a little tap.’
    • 1993, Jill Bowen, Kidman: The Forgotten King, 2010, unnumbered page, Some idiots even blamed him for the drought—and the depression—because he owned so much country. Fair suck of the sauce bottle, I tell you.
Synonyms: fair crack of the whip!, fair go!, fair shake of the sauce bottle!, fair suck of the sav!
fair suck of the sav
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, colloquial, informal) alternative form of fair suck of the sauce bottle
Synonyms: fair go!, fair shake of the sauce bottle!, fair suck of the sauce bottle!
fairy {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: faery, faerie etymology From Middle English fairie, from Old French faerie, the -erie abstract of fae, from vl Fāta, from Latin fātum English from ca. 1300, first in the sense of "enchantment, illusion, dream" and later "realm of the fays, fairy-land" or "the inhabitants of fairyland as a collective". The re-interpretation of the term as a countable noun denoting individual inhabitants of fairy-land can be traced to the 1390s, but becomes common only in the 16th century. pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /ˈfɛəɹɪ/
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  1. (uncountable, obsolete) the realm of faerie; enchantment, illusion.
  2. A mythical being who had magical powers, known in many sizes and descriptions, although often depicted in modern illustrations only as small and spritely with gauze-like wings; A sprite.
  3. (Northern England, US, derogatory, colloquial) a male homosexual, especially one who is effeminate.
  4. (paganism) A nature spirit revered in modern paganism.
  5. Two species of hummingbird in the genus Heliothryx.
Synonyms: (mythical being) fay, fey, fae, sprite, (male homosexual) fag (US), faggot (US), poof (UK), queen
fairy nuff etymology Phonetic respelling.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (humorous, mostly, internet) fair enough
faitheist etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, neologism) An atheist who thinks faith should not be criticized.
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related terms:
  • faitheism
  • faitheistic
faithhead Alternative forms: faith head etymology From faith + -head.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, slang) Someone who is overly religious
Synonyms: See also
faith-lift etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An act or instance of strengthening one's faith.
    • 2008, Diana Lynn, Soulutions: Your Spiritual Makeover, iUniverse (2008), ISBN 9780595461578, page 13: If your vision ever becomes cloudy, and you find yourself losing faith, your spiritual makeover suggests you treat yourself to a “faith-lift”!
    • 2008, Mark Stibbe & Andrew Williams, Breakout: Our Church's Story of Mission and Growth in the Holy Spirit, Saffron House (2010), ISBN 9781850789703, unnumbered page: They simply believe that we are not called to manage decline but rather to oversee the expansion of the Kingdom of God through the local church. I like hanging out with such people, simply because they give me a much-needed faith-lift.
    • 2013, David Stanford, "That's Not Odd … That's GOD!", WestBow Press (2013), ISBN 9781490814230, page xiii: Perhaps you don't fit either of these categories, but you simply need a booster-shot of faith. God's providence to Debbie and me has certainly bolstered ours, so our prayer is that these stories will give a faith-lift as well.
fake pronunciation
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etymology 1 {{wikipedia}} The origin is not known with certainty, although first attested in 1775 {{C.E.}} in British criminals' slang . It is probably from feak, feague; akin to Dutch veeg, vegen; German fegen. Compare Old English fācn, fācen. Perhaps related to Old Norse fjuka, feikn and Albanian fik
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Not real; false, fraudulent. Which fur coat looks fake?
Synonyms: See also
  • genuine
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Something which is not genuine, or is presented fraudulently.
  2. A trick; a swindle.
  3. (soccer) Move meant to deceive an opposing player, used for gaining advantage when dribbling an opponent.
Synonyms: (soccer move) feint, (ice hokey move) deke
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To cheat; to swindle; to steal; to rob.
  2. To modify fraudulently, so as to make an object appear better or other than it really is; as, to fake a bulldog, by burning his upper lip and thus artificially shortening it.
  3. To make a counterfeit, to counterfeit, to forge, to falsify.
  4. To make a false display of, to affect, to feign, to simulate.
Synonyms: (To modify fraudulently) adulterate, (To make a false display) pass off, pose
etymology 2 From Middle English faken, to coil a rope.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical) One of the circle or winding of a cable or hawser, as it lies in a coil; a single turn or coil.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (nautical) To coil (a rope, line, or hawser), by winding alternately in opposite directions, in layers usually of zigzag or figure of eight form, to prevent twisting when running out.
fakefan Alternative forms: fake fan, fake-fan etymology fake + fan pronunciation
  • /feɪkfæn/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, fandom, sometimes, pejorative) Someone who socialise with fan but has little or no interest in the subject of the fandom.
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    • {{quote-usenet }} I consider myself basically a fakefan, in the classical sense of somebody who hangs around fanzine fandom but never actually *does* anything like pub an ish or write a LoC. Seems to me that somebody who wanted to come to Corflu but who had no zine name to put on the badge would fit the "fakefan" definition.
    • {{quote-usenet }} I suspect some of the people jumping can't be brought to understand that you really _mean it_ when you say that this is your idea of an enjoyable con. Since they think you are intelligent and fannish types, you must Like What They Like, and probably indulge in gaming, anime and video just to lure fakefen to the con.
fake fan
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, fandom, sometimes, pejorative) alternative form of fakefan
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  2. (pejorative) Someone who falsely claims to be a fan.
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    • {{quote-usenet }} I just thought I would let you know that a bandwagon fan is a fake fan.
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    • {{quote-web }} What's up with this whole 'fake fan' thing? a fan is a fan regardless of what they do, don't judge ppl
coordinate terms:
  • (not a real fan) fake geek (geekdom), fake geek girl (geekdom), glory supporter (sport), pink hat (sport)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, fandom, sometimes, pejorative) alternative form of fakefan
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    • {{quote-usenet }} This issue features articles by Christina Lake, concerning New Year's celebrations among Melbourne fans, Ted White's take on the origin and development of Corflu bidding tradition, Lesley Reece's views on the Socratic method, Randy Byer's take on being past-president of the fringe-fan writers of America and the need to found another group, the fake-fan writers of America, Victor Gonzalez' research into just how frequent Apparatchik really is, some fine letters from our readers, and some dull-witted crap by me.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, dated) A made-up story; a con.
    • 1940, Raymond Chandler, Farewell, My Lovely, Penguin 2010, p. 107: A fakeloo artist, a hoopla spreader, and a lad who had his cards rolled up inside sticks of tea, found on a dead man.
    • 1957, Dan Cushman, The Silver Mountain: All those fakeloo bummers and ink merchants, they bedazzle a girl. She's only human.
fake out
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, informal) To deceive, mislead, or trick (someone).
    • 1989 Nov. 16, Kristin Casler, "Police Recover Stolen Gun," The Morning Call (Pennsylvania, USA), p. B1 (retrieved 14 Jan 2012): Rhyder, who police later concluded had been faking them out during the pursuit by reaching into his pants several times for a gun, actually had been searching frantically for the weapon.
    • 2005 Oct. 13, , "King Kaufman’s Sports Daily," (retrieved 14 Jan 2012): There’s no reason for the catcher to try to spoof the ump, fake him out, in that situation. . . . There’s no need for deception.
    • 2007 August 19, Susan Dominus, "Dangerous When Interested," New York Times (retrieved 14 Jan 2012): Wee-Man ran up to Williams to shake hands, then faked her out, running his hand through his hair instead.
  • The object of this verb is usually placed between fake and out.
  • Often used in a sporting context to indicate a situation in which a player is lured out of position or put off stride by a misleading movement by an opposing player.
fakester etymology fake + ster
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who seeks to deceive others.
    • 1990, , "Pop eye", Los Angeles Times, 7 October 1990: And congrats to KROQ-FM deejay the Poorman, who nabbed a fakester passing himself off as comic-pitchman Joe Piscopo.
  2. (Internet) A user account on a social networking site with a profile containing information of a false, satirical, or promotional nature.
    • 2003, Lessley Anderson, "Attack of the Smartasses", SF Weekly, 13 August 2003: These "fakesters" portray themselves as everything from inanimate objects like the World Trade Center to celebrities like Paris Hilton to historical forces like War (which lists its profession as "resolving disputes").
  3. (slang) A person who affects a behavior, style, or attitude.
    • 2010, , The Aristobrats, Sourcebooks Jabberworky (2010), ISBN 9781402242588, pages 17-17: She was preppy. Seriously preppy. And not in a fakester way, like an Abercrombie Zombie or a Polo-poser.
Synonyms: (one who seeks to deceive others) con artist, fraudster, imposter, trickster, (one who affects a behavior, style, or attitude) poseur
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) Palestine
It is an epithet primarily used by anti-Palestinian, by expansionistic Zionists who envision a greater Israel, or those who disagree with the Palestinian narrative of the Nakba as well as their right to return.
Fakestinian etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, offensive, rare) A Palestinian.
  • Used by conspiracy theorists who deny the existence of Palestinian as a people, and/or who deny the Nakba.
fakey etymology fake + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Fake.
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fall {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English fallen, from Old English feallan, from Proto-Germanic *fallaną, from Proto-Indo-European *pōl-, *spōl-. Cognate with Western Frisian falle, Low German fallen, Dutch vallen, German fallen, Icelandic falla, Albanian fal, Lithuanian pùlti, Ancient Greek σφάλλω 〈sphállō〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /fɔːl/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /fɔl/
  • (cot-caught) {{enPR}}, /fɑl/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (heading, intransitive) To move downwards.
    1. To move to a lower position under the effect of gravity. exampleThrown from a cliff, the stone fell 100 feet before hitting the ground.
      • {{RQ:BLwnds TLdgr}} There was a neat hat-and-umbrella stand, and the stranger's weary feet fell soft on a good, serviceable dark-red drugget, which matched in colour the flock-paper on the walls.
    2. To come down, to drop or descend. exampleThe rain fell at dawn.
      • 1920, Herman Cyril McNeile, Bulldog Drummond, Ch.1: Her eyes fell on the table, and she advanced into the room wiping her hands on her apron.
    3. To come to the ground deliberately, to prostrate oneself. exampleHe fell to the floor and begged for mercy.
    4. To be brought to the ground.
  2. (transitive) To be moved downwards.
    1. (obsolete) To let fall; to drop.
      • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) For every tear he falls, a Trojan bleeds.
    2. (obsolete) To sink; to depress. exampleto fall the voice
    3. (UK, US, dialect, archaic) To fell; to cut down. exampleto fall a tree
  3. (intransitive) To happen, to change negatively.
    1. (copulative) To become. exampleShe has fallen ill.  {{nowrap}}  {{nowrap}}
    2. To occur (on a certain day of the week, date, or similar); said of an instance of a recurring event such as a holiday or date. exampleThanksgiving always falls on a Thursday.  {{nowrap}}
    3. (intransitive) To collapse; to be overthrown or defeated. exampleRome fell to the Goths in 410 AD.
    4. (intransitive, formal, euphemistic) To die, especially in battle or by disease. exampleThis is a monument to all those who fell in the First World War.
    5. (intransitive) To become lower (in quantity, pitch, etc.). exampleThe candidate's poll ratings fell abruptly after the banking scandal.
      • Sir John Davies (poet) (c.1569-1626) The greatness of these Irish lords suddenly fell and vanished.
      • 1835, Sir John Ross (Arctic explorer), Sir James Clark Ross, Narrative of a Second Voyage in Search of a North-west Passage …, Vol.1, pp.284-5: Towards the following morning, the thermometer fell to 5°; and at daylight, there was not an atom of water to be seen in any direction.
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    6. (followed by a determining word or phrase) To become; to be affected by or befallen with a calamity; to change into the state described by words following; to become prostrated literally or figuratively (see Usage notes below). exampleOur senator fell into disrepute because of the banking scandal.
  4. (transitive) To be allot to; to arrive through chance, fate, or inheritance. exampleAnd so it falls to me to make this important decision.  {{nowrap}}
    • Alexander Pope (1688-1744) If to her share some female errors fall, / Look on her face, and you'll forget them all.
  5. (transitive, obsolete) To diminish; to lessen or lower.
    • John Locke (1632-1705) Upon lessening interest to four per cent, you fall the price of your native commodities.
  6. (transitive, obsolete) To bring forth. exampleto fall lambs {{rfquotek}}
  7. (intransitive, obsolete) To issue forth into life; to be brought forth; said of the young of certain animals. {{rfquotek}}
  8. To descend in character or reputation; to become degraded; to sink into vice, error, or sin.
    • Bible}, Epistle to the Hebrews iv.11: Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
  9. To become ensnared or entrapped; to be worse off than before. exampleto fall into error;  to fall into difficulties
  10. To assume a look of shame or disappointment; to become or appear dejected; said of the face.
    • Bible, Book of Genesis iv.5: Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
    • Joseph Addison (1672–1719) I have observed of late thy looks are fallen.
  11. To happen; to come to pass; to chance or light (upon).
    • Jonathan Swift (1667–1745) The Romans fell on this model by chance.
    • Bible, Book of Ruth iii.18: Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall.
    • Herbert Spenser (1820-1903) Primitive men…do not make laws, they fall into customs.
  12. To begin with haste, ardour, or vehemence; to rush or hurry. exampleAfter arguing, they fell to blows.
    • Benjamin Jowett (1817-1893) (Thucydides) They now no longer doubted, but fell to work heart and soul.
  13. To be dropped or uttered carelessly. exampleAn unguarded expression fell from his lips.
  • {{circa}} , , Andrew Wiſe (publisher, 1598 — second quarto), Act V, Scene 3: Ghoaſt [of Clarence]. … / To morrow in the battaile thinke on me, / And fall thy edgeleſſe ſword, diſpaire and die.
Synonyms: (move to a lower position under the effect of gravity) drop, plummet, plunge, (come down) come down, descend, drop, (come to the ground deliberately) drop, lower oneself, prostrate oneself, (be brought to the ground), (collapse; be overthrown or defeated): be beat by, be defeat by, be overthrow by, be smitten by, be vanquish by,, (die) die, (be allotted to) be the responsibility of, be up to, (become lower (in quantity, pitch, etc)): dip, drop, (become) become, get, (cause (something) to descend to the ground): cut down (of a tree), fell, knock down, knock over, strike down
  • (come down) ascend, go up, rise
  • (come to the ground deliberately) get up, pick oneself up, stand up
  • (collapse; be overthrown or defeated): beat, defeat, overthrow, smite, vanquish
  • (become lower (in quantity, pitch, etc)): rise
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • atfall
  • befall
  • fell (verb, as in "to fell a tree", "to fell an opponent")
  • i-falle
  • i-fallen
  • of-fall
  • to-fall
  • y-falle
  • yfalle, yfallen
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of moving to a lower position under the effect of gravity.
  2. A reduction in quantity, pitch, etc.
    • {{RQ:Frgsn Zlnstn}} “I'm through with all pawn-games,” I laughed. “Come, let us have a game of lansquenet. Either I will take a farewell fall out of you or you will have your sevenfold revenge”.
  3. (chiefly, North America, obsolete elsewhere, from the falling of leaves during this season) The time of the year when the leaves typically fall from the trees; autumn; the season of the year between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice. {{defdate}}
  4. A loss of greatness or status. examplethe fall of Rome
  5. (sport) A crucial event or circumstance.
    1. (cricket, of a wicket) The action of a batsman being out.
    2. (curling) A defect in the ice which causes stone thrown into an area to drift in a given direction.
    3. (wrestling) An instance of a wrestler being pin to the mat.
  6. A hairpiece for women consisting of long strands of hair on a woven backing, intended primarily to cover hair loss.
    • Hair Care: An Illustrated Dermatologic Handbook , Zoe Diana Draelos , 2004 , page 202 , 0203314247 , “Female patients with localized hair loss on the top of scalp could select a fall or a demiwig to camouflage crown and anterior scalp loss. ”
  7. (informal, US) Blame or punishment for a failure or misdeed. exampleHe set up his rival to take the fall.
  8. The part of the rope of a tackle to which the power is applied in hoisting.
  9. See falls
  10. An old Scots unit of measure equal to six ell.
Synonyms: (act of moving to a lower position) descent, drop, (reduction) decrease, dip, drop, lowering, reduction, (season) autumn, (loss of greatness or status) downfall, (blame; punishment) rap
  • (act of moving to a lower position under the effect of gravity) ascent, rise
  • (reduction) increase, rise
  • (loss of greatness or status) ascent, rise
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  • bergfall
  • brothfall
  • fussefall
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noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (colloquial, dated) ornament; trinket; frippery
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fall over
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, idiomatic) To fall from an upright or standing position to a horizontal or prone position.
  2. (intransitive, idiomatic) Of an argument, to fail to be valid.
  3. (intransitive, idiomatic, informal, computing) Of a computer program or system, to crash.
Synonyms: (fall to a horizontal position) topple
  • overfall
false analogy {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (logic) An informal fallacy applying to inductive argument, in which the similarity in one respect of two concepts, objects, or events is taken as sufficient to establish that they are similar in another respect in which they actually are dissimilar.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Family I'm gonna visit the fam.
  2. (colloquial, hospitality industry) Familiarization. The tourist board organized fam junkets for travel agents. She arranged back-to-back fams and took her boyfriend.
  3. (slang, AAVE and Multicultural London English) A Term of endearment between friends; derived from "family" but not used between relatives. Hey fam how you doin'? / Safe mate, safe.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) family
alternative spellings:
  • fambam
  • fam bam
etymology 1
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, slang) A hand.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher We clap our fambles.
    • Georgette Heyer, The Quiet Gentleman A Bow Street Runner says "I knew a cove as talked the way you do – leastways, in the way of business I knew him! In fact, you remind me of him very strong … He was on the dub-lay, and very clever with his fambles. He ended up in the Whit, o’ course."
etymology 2 Old English falmelen
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete) To stammer. {{rfquotek}}
fame {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English, from Old French fame, from Latin fāma, from Proto-Indo-European *bheh₂meh₂- 〈*bheh₂meh₂-〉, from Proto-Indo-European *bheh₂- 〈*bheh₂-〉. Cognate with Ancient Greek φήμη 〈phḗmē〉. Related also to Latin for, Old English bōian, Old English bēn, Old English bannan. More at ban. pronunciation
  • /feɪm/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now rare) What is said or reported; gossip, rumour.
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 1, ll. 651-4: There went a fame in Heav'n that he ere long / Intended to create, and therein plant / A generation, whom his choice regard / Should favour […].
    • 2012, Faramerz Dabhoiwala, The Origins of Sex, Penguin 2013, p. 23: If the accused could produce a specified number of honest neighbours to swear publicly that the suspicion was unfounded, and if no one else came forward to contradict them convincingly, the charge was dropped: otherwise the common fame was held to be true.
  2. One's reputation.
  3. The state of being famous or well-known and spoken of.
    • William Shakespeare I find thou art no less than fame hath bruited.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 1 , “I was about to say that I had known the Celebrity from the time he wore kilts. But I see I will have to amend that, because he was not a celebrity then, nor, indeed, did he achieve fame until some time after I left New York for the West.”
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To make (someone or something) famous.
related terms:
  • famed
  • famous
  • FEMA
fame whore Alternative forms: famewhore
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, vulgar, derogatory) A person who is excessively driven to achieve fame or notoriety.
Famiclone etymology Blend of Famicom (shortening of Family Computer), Japanese name of the Nintendo Entertainment System, and clone.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, video games) Any electronic hardware designed to replicate the Nintendo Entertainment System video game console.
    • 2005, Simon Carless, Gaming Hacks (page 34) You may also see very unauthorized Famiclones — third-party, unlicensed NES joysticks, sometimes with an attached light gun and not as many games as the packaging says.
    • 2009, James Derek Lomas, The social movement laboratory Like keyboard-based Famiclones today, these early home computers were also commonly connected to a TV display…
family {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} etymology From Early Modern English familie (not in Middle English), from Latin familia, from famulus/famula, from Old Latin famul, of obscure origin. Perhaps derived from or cognate to osc famel. pronunciation
  • /ˈfæməli/, /ˈfæmli/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) A group of people who are closely related to one another (by blood, marriage or adoption); for example, a set of parents and their children; an immediate family. exampleOur family lives in town.
    • {{RQ:WBsnt IvryGtP}} Such a scandal as the prosecution of a brother for forgery—with a verdict of guilty—is a most truly horrible, deplorable, fatal thing. It takes the respectability out of a family perhaps at a critical moment, when the family is just assuming the robes of respectability:…it is a black spot which all the soaps ever advertised could never wash off.
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  2. (countable) An extended family; a group of people who are related to one another by blood or marriage.
    • 1915, William T. Groves, A History and Genealogy of the Groves Family in America
  3. (countable) A (close-knit) group of people related by blood, marriage, law, or custom, especially if they live or work together. examplecrime family, Mafia family exampleThis is my fraternity family at the university. exampleOur company is one big happy family.
  4. (countable, biology, taxonomy) A rank in the classification of organism, below order and above genus; a taxon at that rank. exampleMagnolias belong to the family Magnoliaceae.
    • {{RQ:Schuster Hepaticae V}} The closest affinities of the Jubulaceae are with the Lejeuneaceae. The two families share in common: a elaters usually 1-spiral, trumpet-shaped and fixed to the capsule valves, distally{{nb...}}.
  5. (countable) Any group or aggregation of things classed together as kindred or related from possessing in common characteristics which distinguish them from other things of the same order. exampleDoliracetam is a drug from the racetam family.
  6. (countable, music) A group of instruments having the same basic method of tone production. examplethe brass family;  the violin family
  7. (countable, linguistics) A group of languages believed to have descended from the same ancestral language. examplethe Indo-European language family;  the Afro-Asiatic language family
  8. Used attributively. exampleThe dog was kept as a family pet. exampleFor Apocynaceae, this type of flower is a family characteristic.
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  • In some dialects, family is used as a plurale tantum.
Synonyms: see also , see also nuclear family, immediate family, extended family
  • (computing) C family
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Suitable for children and adults. It's not good for a date, it's a family restaurant. Some animated movies are not just for kids, they are family movies.
  2. Conservative, traditional. The cultural struggle is for the survival of family values against all manner of atheistic amorality.
  3. (slang) Homosexual. I knew he was family when I first met him.
related terms:
  • familial
  • familiar, familiarity
  • familicide
  • {{rank}}
familyish etymology family + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Suitable for, or characteristic of, family.
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famine resistant
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (euphemistic or humorous) Overweight, fat.
Synonyms: See also .
fan {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ˈfæn/
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  • {{homophones}}
etymology 1 From Middle English fan, from Old English fann, from Latin vannus, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂weh₁- 〈*h₂weh₁-〉. Cognate with Latin ventus, Dutch wan, German Wanne, Swedish vanna, Old English windwian. More at winnow.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A hand-held device consisting of concertina material, or slats of material, gathered together at one end, that may be opened out into the shape of a sector of a circle and waved back and forth in order to move air towards oneself and cool oneself.
  2. An electrical device for moving air, used for cooling people, machinery, etc.
  3. Anything resembling a hand-held fan in shape, e.g., a peacock’s tail.
  4. An instrument for winnow grain, by moving which the grain is tossed and agitated, and the chaff is separated and blown away.
    • {{RQ:Authorized Version}}: The oxen likewise and the young asses that ear the ground shall eat clean provender, which hath been winnowed with the shovel and with the fan.
    • {{RQ:Authorized Version}}: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
  5. A small vane or sail, used to keep the large sails of a smock windmill always in the direction of the wind.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To blow air on (something) by means of a fan (hand-held, mechanical or electrical) or otherwise. We enjoyed standing at the edge of the cliff, being fanned by the wind..
    • 1865, Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Alice took up the fan and gloves, and, as the hall was very hot, she kept fanning herself all the time she went on talking.
  2. (transitive) To slap (a behind, especially).
    • 1934, , , 1992 edition, ISBN 0553278193, page 148:
    • …it would have been a real satisfaction toput her across my knees and pull up her skirts and giver{{SIC}} her a swell fanning
  3. (intransitive, usually to fan out) To move or spread in multiple direction from one point, in the shape of a hand-held fan.
etymology 2 Shortened from fanatic.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An admirer or aficionado, especially of a sport or performer; someone who is fond of something or someone; an admirer. I am a big fan of libraries.
  • NAF
  • NFA
fanbrat etymology fan + brat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (fandom slang, derogatory) An immature, obnoxious fan.
fancruft etymology fan + cruft
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) Low-quality material (especially literature) produced by fans of a performer, group, author etc.
fancy {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: fant’sy, phancie, phancy, phansie, phansy, phant’sy (all obsolete) etymology From Middle English, a contraction of fantasy, from Old French fantasie, from Malayalam fantasia, from ll phantasia, from Ancient Greek φαντάζω 〈phantázō〉 pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈfæn.(t)si/
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  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The imagination.
    • Milton In the soul / Are many lesser faculties, that serve / Reason as chief. Among these fancy next / Her office holds.
  2. An image or representation of anything formed in the mind; conception; thought; idea.
    • Shakespeare How now, my lord! why do you keep alone, / Of sorriest fancies your companions making?
  3. An opinion or notion formed without much reflection; an impression.
    • John Locke I have always had a fancy that learning might be made a play and recreation to children.
  4. A whim. I had a fancy to learn to play the flute.
  5. Love or amorous attachment. He took a fancy to her.
  6. The object of inclination or liking.
    • Shakespeare to fit your fancies to your father's will
  7. Any sport or hobby pursued by a group. Trainspotting is the fancy of a special lot. the cat fancy
  8. The enthusiast of such a pursuit. He fell out of favor with the boxing fancy after the incident.
    • De Quincey a great book sale in London, which had congregated all the fancy
  9. A diamond with a distinctive colour.
  10. That which pleases or entertains the taste or caprice without much use or value.
    • Mortimer London pride is a pretty fancy for borders.
  11. (obsolete) A sort of love song or light impromptu ballad. {{rfquotek}}
  12. In the game of jacks, a style of play involving additional actions (contrasted with plainsies).
    • 1970, Marta Weigle, Follow my fancy: the book of jacks and jack games (page 22) When you have mastered plainsies, the regular jack game, and have learned all the rules, you will be ready to use this part of the book. A fancy is a variation of plainsies which usually requires more skill than plainsies does.
    • 2002, Elizabeth Dana Jaffe, ‎Sherry L. Field, ‎Linda D. Labbo, Jacks (page 26) When you get good at jacks, try adding a fancy. A fancy is an extra round at the end of a game. It makes the game a little harder. Jack Be Nimble, Around the World, or Black Widow are some fancies.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Decorative. This is a fancy shawl.
  2. Of a superior grade. This box contains bottles of the fancy grade of jelly.
  3. Executed with skill. He initiated the game winning play with a fancy, deked saucer pass to the winger.
  4. (colloquial) Unnecessarily complicated. I'm not keen on him and his fancy ideas.
  5. (obsolete) Extravagant; above real value.
    • Macaulay This anxiety never degenerated into a monomania, like that which led his [Frederick the Great's] father to pay fancy prices for giants.
Synonyms: (decorative) decorative, ornate, (unnecessarily complicated) highfalutin
  • (decorative) plain, simple
  • (unnecessarily complicated) simple
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (formal) To appreciate without jealousy or greed. I fancy your new car, but I like my old one just fine.
  2. (British) would like I fancy a burger tonight for dinner Do you fancy going to town this weekend?
  3. (British, informal) To be sexually attract to. I fancy that girl over there.
  4. (dated) To imagine, suppose. I fancy you'll want something to drink after your long journey. Fancy meeting you here! Fancy that! I saw Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy kissing in the garden.
    • John Locke If our search has reached no farther than simile and metaphor, we rather fancy than know.
    • Thackeray He fancied he was welcome, because those around him were his kinsmen.
    • 1895, H. G. Wells, The Time Machine Chapter X I fancied at first the stuff was paraffin wax, and smashed the jar accordingly. But the odor of camphor was unmistakable.
  5. To form a conception of; to portray in the mind; to imagine.
    • Dryden he whom I fancy, but can ne'er express
  6. To have a fancy for; to like; to be pleased with, particularly on account of external appearance or manners.
    • Shakespeare We fancy not the cardinal.
Synonyms: (be sexually attracted to) like (US), (would like to) feel like
fancypants Alternative forms: fancy-pants etymology fancy + pants
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (pejorative) alternative spelling of fancy pants The condition of being overly showy; concerned more about one's reputation than anything else.
    • 2001, William W Johnstone, Code of the Mountain Man, Page 29 And I don't need some fancypants US Marshal from back East stumbling around screwing up what trail there is left. You understand me?
fandabidozi etymology Corruption of English fantastic by Wee Jimmy Krankie of Scottish comedy duo . pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈfæn.dæb.iːˌdəʊ.zi/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, informal) Very good. Those potatoes are fandabidozi - can I get the recipe?...
fanfic etymology Shortening of fan fiction.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, uncountable) fan fiction
  2. (countable) a work of fan fiction
related terms:
  • fic
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Someone who writes fan fiction.
    • 2014, Laurie Penny, The New Statesman, 12 Jan 2014: Fan-ficcers are used to being treated as the pondscum of the nerd world, a few slimy feet below the table-top roleplayers and historical re-enacters.
fanfuckingtastic etymology fantastic with -fucking-
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) Fantastic; great.
    • 1976, William Goldman, Magic: a novel "Hey this is fanfuckingtastic," Corky said. "Up and at 'em."
    • 1999, Scott Turow, Personal Injuries And it was some mind-numbingly, unbelievably, sky-high fanfuckingtastic sex. And that seemed to be the only time she was really relaxed.
    • 2008, Nicholas Coleridge, Godchildren Hey, Calypso, your bum looks fanfuckingtastic in those jeans. How about we spend the whole afternoon in bed?
fanny pronunciation
  • /ˈfæni/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Origin unknown
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, Irish, Australia, NZ, South African, vulgar) The female genitalia. Her dress was so short you could nearly see her fanny
  2. (North America, informal) The buttocks; arguably the most nearly polite of several euphemism. Children, sit down on your fannies, and eat your lunch. Get off your fanny and get back to work!
  3. (UK, vulgar) Sexual intercourse with a woman. get some fanny tonight
  4. (UK, vulgar) A woman, or women generally, as a sexual object(s). This club is full of fanny.
Synonyms: (vulva or vagina) beaver, box, bush, coochie, cunt, front bottom, gash, kebab, minge, muff, pussy, quim, snatch, twat, slit, bearded clam, flange, clunge, lips, vertical smile; see also and , (buttocks) arse, ass, booty, bum, butt, hiney, tush, tushie; see also
related terms:
  • fanny bag
  • fanny pack
  • fanny fart
etymology 2 The British naval slang sense derives from Fanny Adams. Tins of mutton introduced as rations were not liked by the sailors and were taken by them to contain the butchered remains of who had been brutally murdered and dismembered. The tins were re-used for eating from and cooking with. [ Royal Navy: Surnames page (Adams - Cooper)]
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, naval slang) Mess kettle or cooking pot.
fanny batter
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, vulgar slang) the vaginal discharge of a sexually aroused female.
fanny fart etymology From fanny + fart.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang) A noise made by the emission of air from the vagina, usually associated with a physical activity such as horse riding or sexual intercourse.
  2. (US, mildly vulgar or baby talk) A (normal) fart.
Synonyms: queef
fanny flaps
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (UK, slang, vulgar) The labia majora.
Synonyms: See also .
fanny magnet
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A man or thing that is believed to attract female.
etymology 1 pronunciation
  • /ˈfænən/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A vestment reserved only for the Pope for use during a pontifical Mass.
  2. Part of a bishop's mitre. They are the tabs extending down from the mitre, often with a cross near the end of each. See lappet.
  3. A maniple.
etymology 2 {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, fandom) Elements introduced by fan which are not in the official canon of a fictional world but are widely believed to be or treated as if canonical.
fanpire etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (fandom slang) A fan of 's book series or the associated films.
    • 2008, Derrik J. Lang, "Fans flock to 'Twilight' premiere in Los Angeles", USA Today, 18 November 2008: The self-proclaimed fanpires gawked, squealed and begged for autographs and photos with the stars.
    • 2009, "An event to sink your teeth into", The Charleston Gazette, 16 July 2009: Have you devoured the "Twilight" books? Are you obsessed with Edward? Can you recite the entire "Twilight" movie? Do you have Bella on the brain? Then you just might be a "Twilight" fanpire.
    • 2012, Victoria Nelson, Gothicka: Vampire Heroes, Human Gods, and the New Supernatural, Harvard University Press (2012), ISBN 9780674050143, page 136: That their emotional relationship is foregrounded over sex may also explain why the mothers of Meyer's “fanpires” are great enthusiasts of the books, too.
Synonyms: Twifan, Twihard, Twilighter, Twitard (derogatory)
  • Twimom
fanslation etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) fan translation
fanslator etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A fan translator.
    • 2008, James Newman, Playing with videogames (page x) It is to all the speedrunners, sequence breakers, cosplayers, modders, walkthrough authors, fanfic writers, artists, musicians, fanslators, remixers, hackers and above all, gamers, that this book is dedicated.
Fanson etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fan of the American boy band Hanson (band).
    • 1999, 11 October, SK, My rant: will you be heard?,!original/,, “While we are a community of "Fansons" (ROFL), we are also people with other things in common.”
    • 2004, Tatiana Morales, "'90s Music Quiz With Hanson", CBS News, 14 July 2004: If you do, you may be part of the "Fansons," and you probably know that Isaac is available, Taylor is married with a young baby boy, and Zac has a girlfriend.
    • 2011, Kaitlyn Schnell, "Confessions of a Fanson", Emmie (University of Wisconsin - Madison), Fall 2011, page 11: Fansons are a breed of their own, where every one of us are so-called "number one fans."
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fanspeak etymology fan + speak. After English Newspeak, coined in 's 1949 novel . pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /fæn.spiːk/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The jargon spoken by science fiction fan.
    • {{quote-book }}
    • 2000, Elyce Rae Helford, Fantasy girls (page 64) The "lack" in the narrative's central relationship produces UST (fanspeak for "unresolved sexual tension") and more, a space for sublimated discourse about body and gender politics...
related terms:
  • geekspeak
  • nerdspeak
fanstuff etymology fan + stuff
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) material created by fan or enthusiast, such as fanart and fan fiction
    • 1995, "Michael Bowen", Fairport Newsgroup? (on newsgroup It is by far the best mailing list I've run across; no drippy teeny-bopper fanstuff and no horrendous flamewars.
fantabulous etymology {{blend}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, intentionally incorrect) Fantastic, fabulous, excellent.
fantard etymology fan + tard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (fandom, pejorative) A stupid fan, especially one that gives the fandom a bad name or engages in wank.
fantastico etymology From Italian fantastico, from ll phantasticus
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, humorous) fantastic
fantasy {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: phantasie (archaic), phantasy (chiefly dated) etymology From Old French fantasie, from Latin phantasia, from Ancient Greek φαντασία 〈phantasía〉, from φαντάζω 〈phantázō〉, from φαίνω 〈phaínō〉, from the same root as ϕῶς 〈phō̂s〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈfæntəsi/, /ˈfæntəzi/
  • (US) /ˈfæntəsi/, [ˈfæntɪ̈si], [ˈfæɾ̃ɪ̈si]
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. That which comes from one's imagination.
    • Shakespeare Is not this something more than fantasy ?
    • Milton A thousand fantasies begin to throng into my memory.
  2. (literature) The literary genre generally dealing with themes of magic and fictive medieval technology.
  3. A fantastical design.
    • Hawthorne Embroidered with fantasies and flourishes of gold thread.
  4. (slang) The drug gamma-hydroxybutyric acid.
related terms:
  • fantasize
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (literary, psychoanalysis) To fantasize (about).
    • 2013, Mark J. Blechner, Hope and Mortality: Psychodynamic Approaches to AIDS and HIV Perhaps I would be able to help him recapture the well-being and emotional closeness he fantasied his brother had experienced with his parents prior to his birth.
  2. (obsolete) To have a fancy for; to be pleased with; to like. {{rfquotek}}
    • Robynson (More's Utopia) Which he doth most fantasy.
fanwank etymology fan + wank. See fan.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (fandom slang, derogatory) Explanation invented by fan (of a television series etc.) to gloss over mistakes in continuity.
  2. (fandom slang) Elements added to a television program or similar entertainment that appeal to avid fans but are of little interest to outsiders.
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etymology 1 Late 16th century.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete) Drunk.
    • {{RQ:Shakespeare Wives}}, act I, scene I BARDOLPH: Why, sir, for my part, I say the gentleman had drunk himself out of his five sentences. EVANS: It is his 'five senses'; fie, what the ignorance is! BARDOLPH: And being fap, sir, was, as they say, cashier'd; and so conclusions passed the careires.
etymology 2 Echoic Internet neologism from the sound of male masturbation, originally used in English translations of some adult Japanese manga, and popularized on the Internet by the webcomic The Thin H Line/Sexy Losers and other online sources.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (informal) To indicate that someone (normally the speaker) is either masturbating, or inspired to by sexual arousal. I was watching some porn – fap fap fap – when my computer crashed, again! She's single?... *fap fap fap*
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To masturbate. He really likes to fap; I hear him five times a day at least. I knew you liked fapping, but 300 gigabytes of porn is a little too much.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, countable) A session of masturbation. I was horny, so I had a quick fap in the public restroom.
  2. (slang, uncountable, rare) Pornography. I've just downloaded loads of fap for while I'm away.
Synonyms: jerk off, masturbate, wank
  • AFP, PFA
fapper etymology en + fap + -er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) masturbator
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fapworthy etymology fap + worthy
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (internet, slang) Worthy of being masturbate to; sexually attractive.
farang {{wikipedia}} etymology From Thai ฝรั่ง 〈f̄rạ̀ng〉
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Thailand, sometimes, derogatory) A Caucasian or a white foreigner; one who comes to Thailand from another country.
fare pronunciation
  • (RP) /fɛə(ɹ)/, /fɛː(ɹ)/
  • (GenAm) /fɛɚ/
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  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
etymology 1 From Middle English fare, from the merger of Old English fær, a neuter, + faru, feminine, from Proto-Germanic *farą, *farō, from Proto-Indo-European *por-.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) a going; journey; travel; voyage; course; passage
  2. Money paid for a transport ticket.
  3. A paying passenger, especially in a taxi.
  4. Food and drink.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 16 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , ““[…] She takes the whole thing with desperate seriousness. But the others are all easy and jovial—thinking about the good fare that is soon to be eaten, about the hired fly, about anything.””
  5. Supplies for consumption or pleasure.
  6. (UK, crime, slang) A prostitute's client.
Synonyms: (journey) see , (prostitute's client) see
etymology 2 From Old English faran, from Proto-Germanic *faraną, from Proto-Indo-European *por-. Cognates include West Frisian farre, Dutch varen, German fahren, Danish fare, Icelandic fara and Swedish fara.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, archaic) To go, travel.
  2. (intransitive) To get along, succeed (well or badly); to be in any state, or pass through any experience, good or bad; to be attended with any circumstances or train of events.
    • Denham So fares the stag among the enraged hounds.
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  3. (intransitive) To eat, dine.
    • Bible, Luke xvi. 19 There was a certain rich man which … fared sumptuously every day.
  4. (intransitive, impersonal) To happen well, or ill. We shall see how it will fare with him.
    • Milton So fares it when with truth falsehood contends.
  • Afer, fear, FERA
etymology 1 From fuck. pronunciation
  • (Australia) /faːk/
  • (NZ) /fɐːk/
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (Australia, NZ, vulgar) eye dialect of fuck, used to express surprise, etc.
In Australia and New Zealand, fark is only very slightly less offensive than fuck itself. The only difference in pronunciation between fark and fuck is in vowel length; fuck is pronounced /fak/ in Australia and /fɐk/ in New Zealand.
etymology 2 From the name of the popular website Fark, because when it links to a small website from its main page, the small site is often subjected to so much new traffic that it is rendered inoperable due to server failure.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US) To subject a website to a high volume of requests, such that the server stops responding.
farm Alternative forms: feorm (historical), ferme (obsolete) pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /fɑː(ɹ)m/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology From Middle English ferme, farme, from xno ferme, from Malayalam ferma, firma, from Old English feorm, fearm, farm, from Proto-Germanic *fermō, from Proto-Germanic *ferhwō, *ferhuz, from Proto-Indo-European *perkʷ-. Cognate with Scots ferm. Related also to Old English feorh, German Ferch, Icelandic fjör, Gothic 𐍆𐌰𐌹𐍂𐍈𐌿𐍃 〈𐍆𐌰𐌹𐍂𐍈𐌿𐍃〉. Compare also Old English feormehām, feormere. Old English feorm is the origin of Malayalam ferma, firma (whence also Old French ferme, Occitan ferma), instead of the historically assumed derivation from unrelated Latin firmus, which shares the same form. The sense of "rent, fixed payment", which was already present in the Old English word, may have been further strengthened due to resemblance to Latin firmitas. Additionally, Old French ferme continued to shape the development of the English word throughout the Middle English period The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia, "farm".Wedgwood, Atkinson, ''A dictionary of English etymology'', Farm.Mantello, Rigg, ''Medieval Latin: an introduction and bibliographical guide'', 11.3.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) Food; provisions; a meal
  2. (obsolete) A banquet; feast
  3. (obsolete) A fixed yearly amount (food, provisions, money, etc.) payable as rent or tax
    • 1642, tr. J. Perkins, Profitable Bk. (new ed.) xi. §751. 329: If a man be bounden unto 1.s. in 100.l.£ to grant unto him the rent and farme of such a Mill.
    • 1700, J. Tyrrell, Gen. Hist. Eng. II. 814: All..Tythings shall stand at the old Farm, without any Increase.
    • 1767, W. Blackstone, Comm. Laws Eng. II. 320: The most usual and customary feorm or rent..must be reserved yearly on such lease.
  4. (historical) A fixed yearly sum accepted from a person as a composition for taxes or other moneys which he is empowered to collect; also, a fixed charge imposed on a town, county, etc., in respect of a tax or taxes to be collected within its limits.
    • 1876, E. A. Freeman, Hist. Norman Conquest V. xxiv. 439: He [the Sheriff] paid into the Exchequer the fixed yearly sum which formed the farm of the shire.
  5. (historical) The letting-out of public revenue to a ‘farmer’; the privilege of farming a tax or taxes.
    • 1885, Edwards in Encycl. Brit. XIX. 580: The first farm of postal income was made in 1672.
  6. The body of farmers of public revenues.
    • 1786, T. Jefferson, Writings (1859) I. 568: They despair of a suppression of the Farm.
  7. The condition of being let at a fixed rent; lease; a lease
    • a1599, Spenser, View State Ireland in J. Ware Two Hist. Ireland (1633) 58: It is a great willfullnes in any such Land-lord to refuse to make any longer farmes unto their Tennants.
    • 1647, N. Bacon, Hist. Disc. Govt. 75: Thence the Leases so made were called Feormes or Farmes, which word signifieth Victuals.
    • 1818, W. Cruise, Digest Laws Eng. Real Prop. (ed. 2) IV. 68: The words demise, lease, and to farm let, are the proper ones to constitute a lease.
  8. A tract of land held on lease for the purpose of cultivation
  9. A place where agricultural and similar activities take place, especially the grow of crop or the raising of livestock
  10. (usually, in combination) A location used for an industrial purpose, having many similar structures fuel farm; wind farm; antenna farm
  11. (computing) A group of coordinated server a render farm; a server farm
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To work on a farm, especially in the growing and harvest of crops.
  2. (transitive) To devote (land) to farming.
  3. (transitive) To grow (a particular crop).
  4. To give up to another, as an estate, a business, the revenue, etc., on condition of receiving in return a percentage of what it yields; to farm out. to farm the taxes
    • Burke to farm their subjects and their duties toward these
  5. (obsolete) To lease or let for an equivalent, e.g. land for a rent; to yield the use of to proceeds.
    • Shakespeare We are enforced to farm our royal realm.
  6. (obsolete) To take at a certain rent or rate.
  7. (video games, chiefly online gaming) To engage in grinding (repetitive activity) in a particular area or against specific enemies for a particular drop or item.
    • 2004, "Doug Freyburger", Pudding Farming Requires Care (on newsgroup When you hit a black pudding with an iron weapon that does at least one point of damage there is a good chance it will divide into two black puddings of the same size (but half the hit points IIRC). … When eaten black puddings confer several intrinsics so AC [armor class] is not the only potential benefit. … Since black puddings are formidible{{SIC}} monsters for an inexperienced character, farming is also a good way to die.
    • 2010, Robert Alan Brookey, Hollywood Gamers (page 130) The practice of gold farming is controversial within gaming communities and violates the end user licensing agreements…
related terms:
  • farmer
  • farming
  • farm out
  • gold farming
  • gold farmer
farm animal {{ picdic }}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An animal stereotypically found on a farm; livestock.
farmette etymology farm + ette
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) A small farm.
farm nigger
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (ethnic slur, offensive, idiomatic) An inferior black person compared to having the intellect of a fieldhand
  2. (dated) A slave employed in manual labor as opposed to a house nigger.
Synonyms: plantation nigger
farm team etymology A reference to the fact that many minor league teams in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were in small towns in rural areas.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (team sports, slang) A minor league baseball, ice hockey or other sports team, especially one concerned with player development.
farrier pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology From Old French ferrier, from Latin ferrarius, from ferrum.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who maintains the health and balance of the horse's feet through the trimming of the hoof and placement of horseshoe.
Synonyms: blacksmith (informal)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To practise as a farrier; to carry on the trade of a farrier. {{rfquotek}}
fart {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English ferten, farten, from Old English *feortan (in feorting (verbal noun)), from Proto-Germanic *fertaną (compare German farzen, furzen, Norwegian fjert), from Proto-Indo-European *perd-, *pérde. Cognate to Welsh rhech, Albanian pjerdh, Russian пердеть 〈perdetʹ〉, French péter, Ancient Greek πέρδομαι 〈pérdomai〉, Sanskrit पर्दते 〈pardatē〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /fɑː(ɹ)t/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal, mildly, vulgar) To emit digestive gases from the anus; to flatulate.
    • 1728, , "A Dialogue between Mad Mullinix and Timothy": I fart with twenty ladies by; They call me beast; and what care I?
  2. (colloquial, usually, as "fart around") To waste time with idle and inconsequential tasks; to go about one's activities in a lackadaisical manner; to be lazy or over-relaxed in one's manner or bearing.
Synonyms: beef, blow off, break wind, cut one loose, cut the cheese, flatulate, guff, have gas, let one rip, pass gas, pass wind, poot, step on a duck, step on a frog, toot, blown bowel bugle, trouser cough, See also
noun: {{en-noun}} {{listen}}
  1. (informal) An emission of digestive gases from the anus; a flatus. {{defdate}}
    • {{RQ:Flr Mntgn Essays}}, II.12: Metrocles somewhat indiscreetly, as he was disputing in his Schole, in presence of his auditory, let a fart, for shame whereof he afterwards kept his house and could not be drawen abroad{{nb...}}.
  2. (colloquial, vulgar) An irritating person; a fool.
  3. (colloquial, vulgar, potentially offensive) (usually as "old fart") An elderly person; especially one perceived to hold old-fashioned views.
Synonyms: barking spider, bottom burp , flatus, fluffer-doodle, air biscuit, poot, raspberry tart (Cockney rhyming slang), toot, beef, See also
  • frat
  • raft
  • RTFA
  • traf, TRAF
fart about
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To waste time, or to fool about.
Synonyms: fart around, fool around
fart around
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To waste time, or to fool about.
Synonyms: fart about, fool around
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang, derogatory) A generic term of insult.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (British, slang) To waste time or opportunities; to dawdle.
    • 2008, , Falling Sideways, Orbit books, ISBN 1-84149-110-1, p. 24: No good fartarsing about, …
    • 2009 May 29, , "Terry Campese's made it on own merits," : For the last couple of years, the coaches at the Raiders have never given him much of a chance. They've been fart-arsing him around.
farthead etymology fart + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) an imbecile
fartknocker Alternative forms: fart knocker, fart-knocker etymology fart + knocker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A contemptible or annoying person.
    • 1971, Nolan Porterfield, A Way of Knowing: A Novel, Harper's Magazine Press, page 112: He ran off, laughing and screaming. Dud jumped up and gave chase. "You little fart knocker," he said, clomping away, long-legged, into the dark. "Bring back here my Hubert Terrapins."
    • August 1974, Larry L. King, “Redneck!”, Texas Monthly, vol. 2, no. 8, p. 63: Well, alright, dammit, I don’t like hearing the little fartknocker cry neither.
    • 1997, Emily Toth, Ms. Mentor's Impeccable Advice for Women in Academia, University of Pennsylvania Press (1997), ISBN 0812215664, page 34: {{…}} Conversely, “What are you racist fartknockers doing about your piss-ant legislature?” won't get you hired at a state university.)
    • 2000, Dorothy Garlock, After the Parade, Warner Books (2000), ISBN 9780446548779, unnumbered page: “Some no-good fart-knocker is out there beatin' up on a woman. {{…}}
    • 2013, Hilary Fields, Bliss, Redhook Orbit (2013), ISBN 9780316277341, unnumbered page: “Well, then, why have none of you worthless fart knockers seen fit to fetch her lazy arse? …
  2. (slang, derogatory) A homosexual man.
  3. (informal) An instance of being thrown from, or hitting the ground after being thrown from, a horse.
    • 1971, Ramon F. Adams, The Cowman Says It Salty, University of Arizona Press (1971), page 70: {{…}} and, as one cowboy said, "I didn't get settled in the saddle before that hoss shore sent me on a fart knocker."
    • 1975, Jake Logan, Ride, Slocum, Ride, Playboy Press (1975), ISBN 0872169146, page 50: Slocum flew from the saddle and came down on the road a solid fart knocker.
    • 1989, Doyle Trent, Gunsmoke Justice, Zebra Books (1989), ISBN 0821725823, page 22: “Wa-al, old Jennifer, she don't care much for strangers anyhow, and she snorted like a steam engine and went straight up. That sombitch turned a double fart-knocker and lit flat on his back. He wasn't dead but he had the hound dog shit knocked out of 'im."
Synonyms: (homosexual man) see also .
fartless etymology fart + less
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Without fart.
    • 2012, Janis Birkeland, Positive Development We have horticultural science that can design seedless watermelons, fartless beans and square tomatoes.
  2. (slang, vulgar) shitless; very frightened He was scared fartless.
fart sack
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (military, colloquial) Sleeping bag (especially a heavily-insulated bag). Don't forget your fart sack!
farty etymology fart + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Resembling or characteristic of a fart; flatulent.
    • 2005, Craig Sherborne, Hoi Polloi (page 66) He slaps me playfully on the knee just as Heels opens the flat's door letting in a farty smell of boiling vegetables from the rest of the building.
  2. (chiefly, British, informal) Small and insignificant; petty.
    • 2008, Milly Johnson, The Birds and the Bees If the bloody basic bill wasn't bad enough, he discovered all the ironing services she had charged to the room, and she had just wasted another fifteen quid on coffee and farty little chocolate truffles…
fascinoma etymology From “fascinating” + “-oma” (suffix of many types of tumor growths).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (medicine, slang) an unusual or interesting case or diagnosis.
Synonyms: zebra
fascist {{wikipedia}} etymology From Italian w:National Fascist Party, from fascio. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈfæʃɪst/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or relating to fascism.
  2. Supporting the principles of fascism.
  3. (informal) Unfairly oppressive or needlessly strict. I have a fascist boss.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A member of a political party or other organization that advocates fascist principles.
  2. A proponent of fascism.
related terms:
  • fascism
  • fascistic
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) fashionable
fashionese etymology fashion + ese
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The language of fashion.
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