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fashionmonger etymology fashion + monger
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  1. (derogatory) One who slavish follows the latest fashion.
fashion victim
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A person who slavishly follows current fashion.
Synonyms: slave to fashion
fashiony etymology fashion + y
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  1. (informal) Characteristic of the fashion industry.
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  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /fɑːst/
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etymology 1 From Middle English fast, from Old English fæst, from Proto-Germanic *fastaz, *fastijaz, *fastuz; see it for cognates and further etymology. The development of “rapid” from an original sense of “secure” apparently happened first in the adverb and then transferred to the adjective; compare hard in expressions like “to run hard”. The original sense of “secure, firm” is now slightly archaic, but retained in the related fasten.
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  1. (dated) Firmly or securely fixed in place; stable. {{defdate}} That rope is dangerously loose. Make it fast!
  2. Firm against attack; fortified by nature or art; impregnable; strong.
    • Spenser outlaws … lurking in woods and fast places
  3. (of people) Steadfast, with unwavering feeling. (Now only in set phrases like "fast friend".) {{defdate}}
  4. Moving with great speed, or capable of doing so; swift, rapid. {{defdate}} I am going to buy a fast car.
  5. Causing unusual rapidity of play or action. a fast racket, or tennis court; a fast track; a fast billiard table
  6. (computing, of a piece of hardware) Able to transfer data in a short period of time.
  7. Deep or sound (of sleep); fast asleep (of people). {{defdate}}
    • Shakespeare all this while in a most fast sleep
  8. (of dyes or colours) Not run or fading when subject to detrimental condition such as wetness or intense light; permanent. {{defdate}} All the washing has come out pink. That red tee-shirt was not fast.
  9. (obsolete) Tenacious; retentive.
    • Francis Bacon Roses, damask and red, are fast flowers of their smells.
  10. (colloquial) Having an extravagant lifestyle or immoral habits. {{defdate}} She's fast – she slept with him on their first date..
  11. Ahead of the correct time or schedule. {{defdate}} There must be something wrong with the hall clock. It is always fast.
  12. (of photographic film) More sensitive to light than average. {{defdate}}
Synonyms: (occurring or happening within a short time) quick, rapid, speedy, swift, (capable of moving with great speed) quick, rapid, speedy, (ahead of the correct time or schedule) ahead, (rapidly consents to sexual activity) easy, slutty, (firmly or securely fixed in place) firm, immobile, secure, stable, stuck, tight, (firm against attack) fortified, impenetrable, (of a dye: not running or fading) colour-fast, (of sleep: deep or sound) deep, sound
  • (occurring or happening within a short time) slow
  • (ahead of the correct time or schedule) slow, behind
  • (firmly or securely fixed in place) loose
  • (firm against attack) penetrable, weak
  • (of sleep: deep or sound) light
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. In a firm or secure manner, securely; in such a way as not to be moved {{defdate}}. exampleHold this rope as fast as you can.
  2. (of sleeping) Deep or sound {{defdate}}. exampleHe is fast asleep.
  3. Immediately following in place or time; close, very near {{defdate}}. exampleThe horsemen came fast on our heels.
  4. Quickly, with great speed; within a short time {{defdate}}.
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    exampleDo it as fast as you can.
  5. Ahead of the correct time or schedule. exampleI think my watch is running fast.
Synonyms: (quickly) quickly, rapidly, speedily, swiftly, (in a firm or secure manner) firmly, securely, tightly, (of sleeping: deeply or soundly) deeply, (ahead of the correct time or schedule) ahead
  • (quickly) slowly
  • (in a firm or secure manner) loosely
  • (of sleeping: deeply or soundly) lightly
  • (ahead of the correct time or schedule) behind
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, rail transport) A train that calls at only some station it passes between its origin and destination, typically just the principal stations
Synonyms: (rail transport) express, express train, fast train
  • (rail transport) local, slow train, stopper
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  1. (archery) Short for "stand fast", a warning not to pass between the arrow and the target
  • (archery) loose
etymology 2 From Middle English fasten, from Old English fæstan (verb), from Proto-Germanic *fastijaną. Cognate with Dutch vasten, German fasten, Old Norse fasta, Gothic 𐍆𐌰𐍃𐍄𐌰𐌽 〈𐍆𐌰𐍃𐍄𐌰𐌽〉, Russian пост 〈post〉. The noun is probably from Old Norse fasta.
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  1. (intransitive) To abstain from food, or eat very little, especially for religious or medical reasons. Muslims fast during Ramadan.
    • Bible, 2 Sam. xii. 21 Thou didst fast and weep for the child.
    • Milton Fasting he went to sleep, and fasting waked.
    • 2007, John Zerzan, Silence, p. 3, It is at the core of the Vision Quest, the solitary period of fasting and closeness to the earth to discover one's life path and purpose.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act or practice of abstain from food or of eat very little food
  2. The period of time during which one abstains from or eats very little food
    • Lent and Ramadan are fasts of two religion.
Synonyms: (act or practice) fasting
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fastidious {{was wotd}} etymology From Latin fastidiosus, from fastidium, perhaps for *fastutidium, from fastus + taedium. Cf. French fastidieux. pronunciation
  • /fæˈstɪdiəs/, /fəˈstɪdiəs/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Excessively particular, demand, or fussy about details, especially about tidiness and cleanliness.
    • 2008, Robert Fisher, Memory Road, : His fastidious nature had been evident in his careful snipping of a customer's hair and now he guided his pencil with the same adroitness.
    • 2004, Maria Osborne Perr, Ravished Wings, : As she cleaned the room daily, she knew it was against his fastidious nature to bring or have food in his room.
    • 2003, Lynsay Sands, Single White Vampire:
    • He had at first tried to clean up as they ate, his fastidious nature kicking in, but Chris had told him to just stop, he was blocking the TV.
  2. Difficult to please; quick to find fault.
    • 1897, , , "It's burn[t], M'sieur," said Marie Louise, politely, but decidedly, to the utter confusion of Mr. Billy, who was as mortified as could be at the failure of his dinner to please his fastidious little visitor.
    • 1881, , , You're too fastidious, and too indolent, and too rich.
Synonyms: (excessively particular) exacting, fussy, meticulous, See also
fastish etymology fast + ish
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  1. (colloquial) Rather fast. {{rfquotek}}
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fat {{slim-wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English, from Old English fǣtt, from Proto-Germanic *faitidaz, originally the past participle of the verb *faitijaną, from *faitaz, from Proto-Indo-European *poid-, from Proto-Indo-European *poi-. Cognate with German feist. Related also to Dutch vet, German fett, Swedish fet, Icelandic feitur.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Carrying more fat than usual on one's body; plump; not lean or thin. The fat man had trouble getting through the door. The fattest pig should yield the most meat.
  2. Thick. The fat wallets of the men from the city brought joy to the peddlers.
    • {{RQ:Frgsn Zlnstn}} So this was my future home, I thought!…Backed by towering hills, the but faintly discernible purple line of the French boundary off to the southwest, a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
  3. Bountiful.
  4. Oily; greasy; unctuous; rich; said of food.
  5. (obsolete) Exhibiting the qualities of a fat animal; coarse; heavy; gross; dull; stupid.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) making our western wits fat and mean
    • Bible, Book of Isaiah vi. 10 Make the heart of this people fat.
  6. Fertile; productive. a fat soil;  a fat pasture
  7. Rich; producing a large income; desirable. a fat benefice;  a fat office;  a fat job
    • Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) now parson of Troston, a fat living in Suffolk
  8. Abounding in riches; affluent; fortunate.
    • Jonathan Swift (1667–1745) persons grown fat and wealthy by long impostures
  9. (dated, printing) Of a character which enables the compositor to make large wages; said of matter containing blank, cut, or many lead, etc. a fat take;  a fat page
  10. alternative form of phat
Synonyms: (carrying a larger than normal amount of fat) chubby, chunky, corpulent, lardy (slang), obese, overweight, plump, porky (slang), rotund, tubby, well-fed; see also , (thick) thick, (bountiful) bountiful, prosperous
  • Of sense (carrying a larger than normal amount of fat) lean, skinny, slender, slim, thin
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) A specialized animal tissue with a high oil content, used for long-term storage of energy.
  2. (countable) A refined substance chemically resembling the oils in animal fat.
  3. That part of an organization deemed wasteful. We need to trim the fat in this company
  4. (slang) An erection. "I saw Daniel crack a fat."
  5. (golf) A poorly played shot where the ball is struck by the top part of the club head. (see also thin, shank, toe)
  6. The best or richest productions; the best part. to live on the fat of the land
  7. (dated, printing) Work containing much blank, or its equivalent, and therefore profitable to the compositor.
Synonyms: (animal tissue) adipose tissue, lard (in animals; derogatory slang when used of human fat), (substance chemically resembling the oils in animal fat) grease, lard
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, archaic) To make fat; to fatten. kill the fatted calf
  2. (intransitive, archaic) To become fat; to fatten.
etymology 2 From Middle English, from Old English fæt, from Proto-Germanic *fatą, from Proto-Indo-European *pod-. Cognate with Dutch vat, German Fass, Swedish fat. See vat.
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  1. (obsolete) A large tub or vessel for water, wine, or other liquids; a cistern.
    • Bible, Joel ii. 24 The fats shall overflow with wine[, strong drink] and oil.
    • 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, volume 4, page 429: In 1431 New College purchases brewing vessels, under the names of a mash fat, for 6s. 10d., a wort fat for 2s., a 'Gilleding' tub for 2s. 6d., and two tunning barrels at 8d. each, a leaden boiler for 24s., another for 12s., and a great copper beer pot for 13s. 4d.
  2. (obsolete) A dry measure, generally equal to nine bushels.
Synonyms: vat
  • aft , AFT; ATF, FTA, TAF, TFA
fat-ass Alternative forms: fatass
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (coarse, slang, pejorative) A rotund, overweight, or obese person. He is such a fat-ass he can barely put his feet together.
  2. (pejorative) A jibe used on someone disliked, frequently someone regarded as lazy. My boss is a fat-ass who doesn't know his job as well as I do. Yes, your whole department is full of fat-asses.
Synonyms: See also
fatassed etymology fat + assed
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) fat, obese
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) An overweight person.
fat cat {{wikipedia}} etymology The phrase was first used in the 1920s in the United States to describe rich political donors. These capitalists have what the organisation needs - money to finance the campaign. These men are needed in political circles as 'Fat Cats'. - F.R. Kent, 1928 By the middle of the 20th century the term was being applied more widely to any wealthy individual.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A rich person who contributes to a political campaign.
  2. (slang) Any affluent person who is perceived to have profited from the labour of others.
fat chance
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial, sarcastic) Little or no likelihood of occurrence or success. Fat chance that I’ll ever go back to Swansea.
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  1. (derogatory) Someone with a fat face
fat farm
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A health club or resort running weight-loss programs.
fat-finger Alternative forms: fat finger, fatfinger etymology fat + finger, the implication being that a person who fat-fingers does so because his or her fingers are too fat to strike a key without accidentally simultaneously striking a neighboring key.
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  1. (transitive, informal) To make errors in typing on a keyboard or keypad by accidentally striking more than one key simultaneously with one finger.
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fatfuck Alternative forms: fat fuck etymology fat + fuck
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, derogatory) A contemptible obese person.
    • 2008, Andrew P.H. Cline, Lithiumbuzz, page 60 And everything had been somewhat fine until that fatfuck bastard Ken, going to that fucking eeting, and bashing him over the head with a bottle! shipped to St. Mark's
    • 2008, Dan Fante, Short dog: cab driver stories from the L.A. streets An interminable, witless fabrication, spontaneously invented by fatfuck pusshole to beguile and astound the new guys behind me.
    • 2009, Stewart O'Nan, Songs for the Missing “I'm not supposed to get fatfuck in them.”
    I hate that fatfuck bitch in HR!
Synonyms: fatass, fatso, butterball, chunker
fathead etymology fat + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) An idiot; a fool. Donny, you fathead! You forgot to put the milk in the fridge and now it's spoiled!
  2. (zoology) A cyprinoid fish of the Mississippi valley, Pimephales promelas, the {{vern}}.
  3. (zoology) A labroid food fish of California; the redfish.
{{Webster 1913}} Synonyms: (derogatory) dunce, imbecile, lout, nincompoop, see also
  • (derogatory) genius
father {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English fader, from Old English fæder, from Proto-Germanic *fadēr (compare West Frisian faar, North Frisian faaðer, Low German Fader, Dutch vader, German Vater, Danish fader), from Proto-Indo-European *ph₂tḗr 〈*ph₂tḗr〉 (compare Irish athair, Tocharian A pācar, B pācer, Persian پدر 〈pdr〉, Lithuanian patinas, akin to Latin pater, akin to Ancient Greek πατήρ 〈patḗr〉, akin to Armenian հայր 〈hayr〉, akin to Sankskrit पितृ 〈pitr̥〉. pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /ˈfɑː.ðə(ɹ)/
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  • (AusE) {{enPR}}, /ˈfaː.ðə/
  • (GenAm) {{enPR}}, /ˈfɑðɚ/
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  1. A (generally human) male who beget a child. exampleMy father was a strong influence on me. exampleMy friend Tony just became a father.
    • Bible, Proverbs x. 1 A wise son maketh a glad father.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 5 , “When this conversation was repeated in detail within the hearing of the young woman in question, and undoubtedly for his benefit, Mr. Trevor threw shame to the winds and scandalized the Misses Brewster then and there by proclaiming his father to have been a country storekeeper.”
  2. A male ancestor more remote than a parent; a progenitor; especially, a first ancestor.
    • Bible, 1 Kings ii. 10 David slept with his fathers.
    • Bible, Rom. iv. 16 Abraham, who is the father of us all
  3. A term of respectful address for an elderly man. exampleCome, father; you can sit here.
  4. A term of respectful address for a priest.
    • Shakespeare Bless you, good father friar!
  5. A person who plays the role of a father in some way. exampleMy brother was a father to me after my parents got divorced. exampleThe child is father to the man.
    • Bible, Job xxix. 16 I was a father to the poor.
    • Bible, Genesis xiv. 8 He hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house.
  6. The founder of a discipline or science. exampleAlbert Einstein is the father of modern physics.
  7. A senator of Ancient Rome.
Synonyms: (parent) See also
  • (with regards to gender) mother
  • (with regards to ancestry) son, daughter, child
  • (a male parent) parent
related terms:
  • Father
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To be a father to; to sire.
    • 1592, , v 4 Well, go to; we'll have no bastards live; Especially since Charles must father it.
  2. (figuratively) To give rise to.
    • 1610 — , ii 2 Cowards father cowards and base things sire base.
  3. To act as a father; to support and nurture.
    • 1610 — , iv 2 Ay, good youth! And rather father thee than master thee.
  4. To provide with a father.
    • Shakespeare Think you I am no stronger than my sex, / Being so fathered and so husbanded?
  5. To adopt as one's own.
    • Jonathan Swift Men of wit / Often fathered what he writ.
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  • afther
  • fareth
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  1. (vulgar) A generic term of abuse, similar to motherfucker.
  2. (neologism, literally, vulgar) One who engages in incestuous sex with their father.
    • 1991, Keith Allan, Kate Burridge, Euphemism & dysphemism: language used as shield and weapon, page 134
  3. (vulgar, offensive) A gay man.
  4. (vulgar) A woman who engages in intercourse with men much older than herself, or who has an Electra complex. She's a total fatherfucker; all of her boyfriends have been at least twice her age.
  • inbreeder
related terms:
  • motherfucker
  • sisterfucker
  • brotherfucker
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (pejorative, archaic) An insult meaning gross and lubberly.
    • , Henry IV (Part 1, act 2, scene 2): Peace, ye fat-kidneyed rascall.
fatkini etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A two-piece swimsuit designed for an overweight woman; a plus-size bikini.
    • 2013, Jennifer Barger, "Curve Appeal", The Washington Post, 1 February 2013: Gregg, a size 18, famously posted an image of herself in a striped “fatkini” last spring — deep cleavage, non-skinny legs and all.
    • 2013, Olivia Fleming, "Fashion blogger's 'Fatkini' swimsuits sell out within hours to the disappointment of thousands of eager plus-size customers", Daily Mail, 24 May 2013: Gabi’s "fatkini" stories shed light on the misconceptions about women, body image, and swimwear.
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fatness etymology From Middle English, from Old English fǣtnes, equivalent to fat + ness.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The state of being fat
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fat pants
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (plurale tantum, slang) Relatively large or stretchy pants (trousers) that are comfortable even when smaller pairs would feel tight. While I was pregnant, I wore my fat pants most of the time.
fatshit etymology fat + shit
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  1. (derogatory) a contemptible fat person
    • 1975, Robert Klane, Fire sale, link At times Herma answered to the name of fatshit, pukeface, and lardass.
    • 1988, Dick Dunham, Fat Guys Don't Wear Stripes, link "Hey, fatshit," Tommy said.
    • 2007, Charles E. Merkel, II, The Girl in the Picture, link Mr. Fatshit is here, and we're living with him every day!
    • 2011, Bill Watkins, A Celtic Childhood, page 214 He came home all happy and now you've depressed the hell out of him with your fascists and fatshits and God knows what else! Jasus, what do you think yer on!”
Synonyms: See also
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  1. (pejorative) Someone who is overweight.
Synonyms: See also
fat tax {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Any tax on unhealthy food, especially food with a high fat content, usually proposed as a way of improving society's eating habits.
fatty {{rfc}} etymology From fat + y. Cognate with Dutch vettig, German fettig. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈfæ.ti/
  • (US) /ˈfæ.ɾi/
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  1. Containing, composed of, or consisting of fat.
    • 1896, H.G. Wells, The Island of Doctor Moreau, . Then in the case of excisions you have all kinds of secondary changes, pigmentary disturbances, modifications of the passions, alterations in the secretion of fatty tissue.
    • 2002, George W. Bush, . That means eating fruits and vegetables and cutting back on fatty foods.
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  2. Like fat; greasy.
    • 1849, Hippocrates (Translated by Francis Bacon), , Book II, Section 1. On the sixth, stools black, fatty, viscid, fetid; slept, more collected.
    • 1861, Charles Dickens, Great Expectations, …which had a greasy and fatty surface like cold broth
  3. (slang) Literally or figuratively large.
    • 2007, getting rid of weed smell tips Be careful of the taxi drivers out there though, I've heard they sell you drugs, drop you off at your hotel and then dob you in to the Thai Police to get a fatty reward!
    • 2007, A. Bryant, Disappointment to Say the Least Instead of going my normal route (ordering the book through the store, checking it out in person, and then ordering it online so I could get a fatty discount) I impulsively bought the book.
    • 2007, Rimma I'm trying to get a fatty project done in a couple of hours right now.
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  1. (pejorative, slang) An obese person. It's hardly surprising, when it has to support that enormous gut! Lose some weight, fatty!
Synonyms: See also Alternative forms: fattie
fatware etymology fat + ware. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, informal) Bloatware.
Synonyms: fatware
fault {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (RP) /fɔːlt/, /fɒlt/
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  • (US) /fɔlt/
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  • (cot-caught) /fɑlt/
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etymology From Middle English faulte, faulte, from xno and Old French faute, from vl *fallita, from Latin falsus, perfect passive participle of fallō. Displaced native Middle English schuld (from Old English scyld), Middle English lac (from Middle Dutch lak), Middle English last (from Old Norse lǫstr).
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  1. A defect; something that detract from perfection.
    • Shakespeare As patches set upon a little breach / Discredit more in hiding of the fault.
  2. A mistake or error. No!. This is my fault, not yours
  3. A weakness of character; a failing. For all her faults, she's a good person at heart.
  4. A minor offense.
  5. Blame; the responsibility for a mistake. The fault lies with you.
  6. (seismology) A fracture in a rock formation causing a discontinuity.
  7. (mining) In coal seam, coal rendered worthless by impurities in the seam. slate fault, dirt fault, etc. {{rfquotek}}
  8. (tennis) An illegal serve.
  9. (electrical) An abnormal connection in a circuit.
  10. (obsolete) want; lack
    • Shakespeare one, it pleases me, for fault of a better, to call my friend
  11. (hunting) A lost scent; act of losing the scent.
    • Shakespeare Ceasing their clamorous cry till they have singled, / With much ado, the cold fault clearly out.
Synonyms: See also
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  1. (transitive) To criticize, blame or find fault with something or someone.
    • Traditional song For that I will not fault thee / But for humbleness exalt thee.
  2. (intransitive, geology) To fracture.
  3. (intransitive) To commit a mistake or error.
  4. (intransitive, computing) To undergo a page fault.
    • 2002, Æleen Frisch, Essential system administration When a page is read in, a few pages surrounding the faulted page are typically loaded as well in the same I/O operation in an effort to head off future page faults.
fauxgasm etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A simulate orgasm.
    • 2008, Andrea Burns, "Column: Why girls find faking it easier than making it", Herald Sun, 4 March 2008: Every woman, if she is honest, will admit to having performed a fauxgasm at least once in her life.
    • 2010, Time Out New York, Time Out Guides Ltd (2010), ISBN 9781846701672, page 67: Opened in 1888, this kosher deli continues to serve some of the best pastrami in New York (and was the site of Meg Ryan's famous 'fauxgasm' scene in When Harry Met Sally…).
    • 2010, Monica Hesse, "New research snub of G spot leaves many hot and bothered", The Washington Post, 30 January 2010: (Question: Why is every news article about these studies accompanied by a photo of Meg Ryan's fauxgasm scene in "When Harry Met Sally"? Centuries from now, archaeologists will infer that we copulated only fully clothed in delis.)
fauxlex etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, slang) A fake Rolex watch.
fauxminist etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) An insincere or inauthentic feminist.
Synonyms: pseudofeminist
fauxmosexual etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A heterosexual person who affects homosexual characteristics.
quotations: {{seeCites}}
faux pas {{wikipedia}} etymology Borrowing from French faux pas, of the same meaning; composed of faux, “false, wrong”, and pas, “step”. pronunciation Singular
  • (RP) /fəʊ pɑː/
  • (RP) /fəʊ pɑːz/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An embarrassing or tactless blunder (especially used in social situations and contexts); a misstep.
    • 1906, Chesterton, Charles Dickens, A saint after repentance will forgive himself for a sin; a man about town will never forgive himself for a faux pas.
Synonyms: (a mistake) blooper, blunder, boo-boo, defect, error, fault, fluff, gaffe, lapse, mistake, misstep, slip, stumble, thinko, Freudian slip, See also
fauxpology etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A nominal apology which seems to express contrition but does not actually acknowledge any wrongdoing.
    • 2010, Ruth Marcus, "The Gulf oil disaster: when bad things happen to bad companies", The Seattle Times, 23 June 2010: What satirist could then top Texas Republican Joe Barton's coerced, linguistically mangled fauxpology? "If anything I said this morning has been misconstrued to the opposite effect I want to apologize for that misconstrued misconstruction." Translation: It's your fault for hearing me right the first time.
    • 2010, Belinda Luscombe, "Thank You, Ginni Thomas", Time, 20 October 2010: The old “sorry if I upset you” route is the go-to tactic of politicians, celebrities, media corporations and spouses for a reason. It looks and smells like an apology, but acknowledges no wrongdoing. It’s a fauxpology.
    • 2012, Julie Golden, Vagilantes, Abbott Press (2012), ISBN 9781458201775, page 190: “Hey love. How'sit?” Jena greets without even a fauxpology for her lateness.
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Synonyms: non-apology, notpology
faux queen
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang, LGBT) A bio queen.
fav Alternative forms: fave etymology From favorite or favourite, by shortening
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) abbreviation of favorite (US) or favourite (UK).
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) abbreviation of favorite (US) or favourite (UK).
  • AFV
fave Alternative forms: fav etymology From favorite or favourite, by shortening pronunciation
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adjective: {{head}}
  1. (informal) Favorite (US) or favourite (UK).
    • 2010 September, , ISSN 1090-5723, volume 16, issue 9, page 8: At this month
      • Select articles from this issue
      • An editors' podcast
      • A Google Map of our Best Dressed winners' fave shops
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Favorite (US) or favourite (UK)
fawce pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /fɔː(ɹ)s/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, slang) cunning, sly
fax {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /fæks/
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etymology 1 From Middle English fax, from Old English feax, from Proto-Germanic *fahsą, from Proto-Indo-European *poḱs- 〈*poḱs-〉, from Proto-Indo-European *peḱ- 〈*peḱ-〉. Cognate with Dutch vas, German Fachs, Norwegian faks, Icelandic fax, Sanskrit पक्ष्मन् 〈pakṣman〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete or UK dialectal) The hair of the head.
etymology 2 From facsimile, first attested 1979.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A fax machine or a document received and printed by one.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To send a document via a fax machine.
fay pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /feɪ/
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etymology 1 From Middle English feyen, feien, from Old English fēġan, from Proto-Germanic *fōgijaną, from Proto-Germanic *fōgō, from Proto-Indo-European *paḱ- 〈*paḱ-〉. Akin to ofs fōgia, osx fōgian, gml fögen, Dutch voegen, Old High German fuogen (German fügen), Old English fōn. More at fang.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To fit.
  2. To join or unite closely or tightly.
    • US Patent Application 20070033853, 2006: Under the four outer corners of the horizontal frame platform 22 are four tubular leg sleeves 23 that are fay together one at each outer corner.
    • Model Shipbuilders, 2010: I have a strip cutter and I can cut the exact widths I need to fit, they are easy to fay together and attach very firmly to the bulkheads.
  3. To lie close together.
  4. To fadge.
etymology 2 From Middle English fegien, fæien, from Old Norse fægja, from Proto-Germanic *fēgijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *pōḱ- 〈*pōḱ-〉, *pēḱ- 〈*pēḱ-〉. Cognate with Swedish feja, Danish feje, German fegen, Dutch vegen. More at feague, fake, fair.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (dialectal) To cleanse; clean out.
etymology 3 Middle English faie, fei, from Middle French feie, fee. More at fairy.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A fairy; an elf.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.ii: that mighty Princesse did complaine / Of grieuous mischiefes, which a wicked Fay / Had wrought [...].
etymology 4 Abbreviation of ofay.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US slang) A white person.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US slang) White.
    • 1946, Mezz Mezzrow and Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Payback Press 1999, p. 62: I really went for Ray's press roll on the drums; he was the first fay boy I ever heard who mastered this vital foundation of jazz music.
  • FYA
faze Alternative forms: feaze etymology From English dialectal (Kentish) feeze, feese, from Middle English fesen, from Old English fēsan, fȳsan, from Proto-Germanic *funsijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *pent-. Cognate with osx fūsian, Old Norse fýsa. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /feɪz/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To frighten or cause hesitation; to daunt, put off (usually used in the negative), to perturb, to disconcert. Jumping out of an airplane does not faze him, yet he is afraid to ride a roller coaster.
  • Citations for in the start in 1830; usage was established by 1890.
  • The word phase is sometimes used incorrectly for ;{{R:Brians 2008|faze|Faze/Phase}} such notables as The New York Times and Mark Twain have made this error. This sometimes leads to the supposition that is an uneducated spelling of ; they are distinct terms.
related terms:
  • unfazed
FBI pronunciation
  • /ˈɛf.biː.aɪ/
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (US) Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  2. (British) Federation of British Industry 1916–1965, forerunner of CBI (Confederation of British Industry).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Fixed-bit index.
  2. (US, humorous) Female body inspector.
  • BFI, fib, IBF
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) a feather-brained or stupid person (especially a woman)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) giddy; frivolous; foolish {{rfquotek}}
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial, dated) Light-heeled; frisky; frolicsome.
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featherless biped etymology Proposed by (427-347 BCE) in his dialogue .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, usually, humorous) A human being.
    • 1863, , Hard Cash, ch. 12: The schoolmen, or rather certain of the schoolmen—for nothing is much shallower than to speak of all those disputants as one school—defined woman, "a featherless biped vehemently addicted to jealousy."
    • 1889, , "Discipline in American Colleges", The North American Review, vol. 149, no. 392, p. 15: But the college student is often neither a boy nor a man. . . . Reference is here made, of course, to that species of featherless biped which at times, especially when taken alone, seems to show many of the characteristics of rational intelligence, but which, when merged into a crowd of its fellows, is apt, on the least provocation, to part with its power of thought and lapse into all manner of irrational ways.
    • 1933, , The Great Chain of Being (1964 ed.), ISBN 9780674361539, p. 102: There were, of course, other elements in the medieval Christian system which were adapted to breed in the featherless biped a high sense of his cosmic importance and of the momentousness of his own doings.
    • 2008 June 16, Dan Tynan, "Bill Gates: 10 Memorable Moments," ABC News (retrieved 9 Sep 2010): The day Microsoft went public, Gates became an instant megamillionaire . . . . But it wasn't until July 17, 1995, that Forbes magazine named him the richest featherless biped on the planet.
  • Used throughout the history of western philosophy as an example of an unsatisfactory definition.
featherwood etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (prison slang) A white female inmate, especially one who is racist or who is a member of a race-based prison gang.
    • 1998, Barbara A. Owen, "In the Mix": Struggle and Survival in a Women's Prision, page 155: I have another roommate who is a white girl, she is a featherwood. So she got this thing in the mail from her pen pal that had peckerwood written in it. And this black girl wanted to look at her mail, which she had no business doing …
    • 2007, Sandra Coleman, From Housewife and Mother to Convict, page 100: "I don't know, Teri asked me if I was a featherwood and I said no because I don't have wings …" … "Girl do you know what a featherwood is?" Tai asked. "I thought it was a bird." "God you're so innocent." Dolores stated.
    • 2010, Kenneth E. Hartman, Mother California: A Story of Redemption Behind Bars, page 68: I've been visiting a couple of featherwoods, all bad tattoos and twisted intentions. Seeing Anita for the first time without a half-inch-thick plate of shatterproof Plexiglas between us (the county jail allows only noncontact visits), …
  • 1999, in Cold new world: growing up in a harder country: Angela would tear herself away from the TV and finish opening the can, declaring herself “a skin bitch, a Featherwood.” Someone at the window would shout, “Check out this Fender!” And the others would rush to the window …
  • 2007, Gang investigations: a street cop's guide (edited by Derrick Watkins, Richard Ashby), page 115: Any white man in prison is referred to as a "peckerwood," which is similar to "honky"; a white female would be a "featherwood." Be alert for "peckerwood" or " 100% wood" tattoos, and avoid classifying individuals as gang members based on these marks alone.
featurism etymology feature + ism, coined by Australian architect Robin Boyd in his book The Australian Ugliness (1960).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) A form of architectural design based around certain accentuated feature.
related terms:
  • creeping featurism
featuritis etymology feature + itis
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) feature creep
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To discharge feces from the digestive tract.
Synonyms: defecate, shit
feces {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: faeces (British), fæces (archaic) etymology From Latin faecēs, nominative plural of faex. pronunciation
  • /ˈfiːsiːz/
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noun: {{en-plural noun}} (North American spelling)
  1. Digested waste material (typically solid or semi-solid) discharge from the bowel; excrement.
  • This word can be used with plural verbs ("feces have a strong smell") or singular ones ("feces has a strong smell"). Use with plural verbs is more common, especially in Britain, and is the only use recognized by some dictionaries,{{}} while others recognize both plural and singular use.{{R:TheFreeDictionary}}
Synonyms: (discharged animal waste) excrement, faecal matter, guano (of birds or bats only), manure (not used of human faeces), night soil (euphemistic), doo, poo, poop, boo-boo, and doody (euphemistic or hypocoristic), crap, shit, turd, log (vulgar), See also
related terms:
  • defecate
  • fecal
  • feceate
  • feculence
  • feculent
feck pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Scots, aphetic form of effect.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Effect, value; vigor.
    • 1996, David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest, Abacus 2013, p. 64: some of which have earned a small academic following for their technical feck and for a pathos that was somehow both surreally abstract and CNS-rendingly melodramatic at the same time.
  2. (Scotland) The greater or larger part.
    • Robert Burns the feck o' my life
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Ireland, slang) To throw.
  2. (Ireland, slang) To steal.
  3. (Ireland, slang) To leave hastily.
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etymology 3 Alteration of fuck
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (euphemistic, chiefly, Irish) Fuck (except literally).
    • The I.R.A., Tim Pat Coogan, 1970, “As Charlie Murphy put it to me, 'When the bishops called down fire and brimstone not a man stirred but when Joe Christle fecked off half the shagging IRA followed him!”
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fed {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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  • /fɛd/
etymology 1 Shortening of federal.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) a federal government officer or official, especially FBI and DEA agents.
  2. (UK, slang) a police officer.
Synonyms: (police officer) see
etymology 2
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of feed
  • def
federast etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) A federalist, especially in the EU.
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    • Lucky George: Memoirs of an Anti-politician, page 164, George Walden, 1999, “I enjoyed the company of Jacques Delors, later to become a demon federast in the eyes of the Tory Right, rather more.”
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  • draftees
FedEx quest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, role-playing games) A simple quest that is about deliver an item to somebody.
Fedspeak etymology Fed + speak
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Impenetrable economic jargon used by the US Federal Reserve.
Fedzilla etymology federal + zilla
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) US federal government regarded as a rapacious monster with an appetite for political power, money, etc.
    • 2010, Ted Nugent, Ted, White, and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto Allow me to state a blindingly obvious fact: when Fedzilla gets involved in anything, political motives and ideologies take precedence over everything else—including your health.
feeb etymology Short for feeble in feeble-minded. pronunciation
  • /fiːb/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) Someone who is feeble-minded; an idiot.
    • 1931, William Faulkner, Sanctuary, Vintage 1993, p. 128: ‘Everybody that knows anything about me knows that I wouldn't hurt a feeb.’
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 285: “Eeeyynnhh, too many feebs to deal with over the years, I guess—oh I'm sorry, hope I'm not offending—”
  • beef
feechur etymology eye dialect of feature
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, slang, derogatory) An undesirable or misimplement feature (software capability).
feed {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ˈfiːd/
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etymology 1 From Middle English feden, from Old English fēdan, from Proto-Germanic *fōdijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *peh₂- 〈*peh₂-〉. Cognate with Western Frisian fiede, Dutch voeden, Danish føde, Swedish föda, Icelandic fæða, and more distantly with Latin pāscō through Indo-European. More at food, fodder.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To give (someone or something) food to eat. exampleFeed the dog every evening.
    • Bible, Epistle to the Romans xii.20: If thine enemy hunger, feed him.
  2. (intransitive) To eat (usually of animals). exampleSpiders feed on gnats and flies.
    • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} But then I had the [massive] flintlock by me for protection. ¶…The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window at the old mare feeding in the meadow below by the brook, and a 'bead' could be drawn upon Molly, the dairymaid, kissing the fogger behind the hedge,{{nb...}}.
  3. (transitive) To give (someone or something) to (someone or something else) as food. exampleFeed the fish to the dolphins.
    • 2012 December 25 (airdate), Steven Moffat, The Snowmen (Doctor Who) DR SIMEON: I said I'd feed you. I didn't say who to.
  4. (transitive) To give to a machine to be process. exampleFeed the paper gently into the document shredder. exampleWe got interesting results after feeding the computer with the new data.
  5. (figurative) To satisfy, gratify, or minister to (a sense, taste, desire, etc.).
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.
    • Richard Knolles (1545-1610) feeding him with the hope of liberty
  6. To supply with something. exampleSprings feed ponds with water.
  7. To graze; to cause to be crop by feeding, as herbage by cattle. exampleIf grain is too forward in autumn, feed it with sheep.
    • Mortimer Once in three years feed your mowing lands.
  8. (sports, transitive) To pass to.
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  9. (phonology, of a phonological rule) To create the environment where another phonological rule can apply. exampleNasalization feeds raising.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) Food given to (especially herbivorous) animals. They sell feed, riding helmets, and everything else for horses.
  2. Something supplied continuously. a satellite feed
  3. The part of a machine that supplies the material to be operated upon. the paper feed of a printer
  4. (countable) A gathering to eat, especially in quantity They held a crab feed on the beach.
  5. (Internet) Encapsulated online content, such as news or a blog, that can be subscribe to. I've subscribed to the feeds of my favourite blogs, so I can find out when new posts are added without having to visit those sites.
etymology 2 fe(e) + -(e)d
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of fee
feeder {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology feed + -er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. That which feed.
  2. That which is used to feed. a bird feeder
  3. A tributary stream, especially of a canal.
  4. A branch line of a railway
  5. A transmission line that feeds the electricity for an electricity substation, or for a transmitter.
  6. (baseball, slang, archaic, 1800s) The pitcher.
  7. (video games, derogatory) A player who is killed by the opposing player or team more than once through lack of skills and experience, thus helping the opposing side. Stop feeding! You feeder.
  8. The participant in feederism who feeds the other (the feedee).
    • 2010, Niall Richardson, Transgressive Bodies Often similes such as 'soft as velvet' or 'fluffy like a cloud' will be employed and the feeder will describe how he feels he can be lost in the enveloping folds of soft flesh.
  • reefed
  • refeed
fee-fees etymology From feelings by shortening and reduplication.
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) Feelings.
Synonyms: feels
feel {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /fiːl/
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etymology 1 From Middle English felen, from Old English fēlan, from Proto-Germanic *fōlijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *pelem-, *pal-. Cognate with Scots fele, Western Frisian fiele, Dutch voelen, Low German fölen, föhlen, German fühlen, Danish føle, and through Indo-European, with Latin palpō, Ancient Greek πάλλω 〈pállō〉.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (heading) To use the sense of touch.
    1. (transitive, copulative) To become aware of through the skin; to use the sense of touch on. exampleYou can feel a heartbeat if you put your fingers on your breast. exampleI felt downright hot and miserable evening at night.
    2. (transitive) To find one's way (literally or figuratively) by touching or using cautious movements. exampleI felt my way through the darkened room. exampleI felt my way cautiously through the dangerous business maneuver.
    3. (intransitive) To receive information by touch or by any neuron other than those responsible for sight, smell, taste, or hearing.
    4. (intransitive) To search by sense of touch. exampleHe felt for the light switch in the dark.
  2. (heading) To sense or think emotionally or judgmentally.
    1. (transitive) To experience an emotion or other mental state about. exampleI can feel the sadness in his poems.
      • Alexander Pope (1688-1744) Teach me to feel another's woe.
      • {{RQ:EHough PrqsPrc}} Captain Edward Carlisle, soldier as he was, martinet as he was, felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, her alluring smile ; he could not tell what this prisoner might do.
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    2. (transitive) To think, believe, or have an impression concerning. exampleI feel that we need to try harder.
    3. (intransitive, copulative) To experience an emotion or other mental state. exampleHe obviously feels strongly about it. exampleShe felt even more upset when she heard the details.
      • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 5 , “Then we relapsed into a discomfited silence, and wished we were anywhere else. But Miss Thorn relieved the situation by laughing aloud, and with such a hearty enjoyment that instead of getting angry and more mortified we began to laugh ourselves, and instantly felt better.”
    4. (intransitive) To sympathise; to have the sensibilities moved or affected. exampleI feel for you and your plight.
      • Edmund Burke (1729-1797) [She] feels with the dignity of a Roman matron.
      • Alexander Pope (1688-1744) who feel for all mankind
  3. (transitive) To be or become aware of.
  4. (transitive) To experience the consequence of. exampleFeel my wrath!
  5. (copulative) To seem (through touch or otherwise). exampleIt looks like wood, but it feels more like plastic. exampleThis is supposed to be a party, but it feels more like a funeral!
  6. (transitive, US, slang) To understand. exampleI don't want you back here, ya feel me?
  • Most prescriptive grammarians prefer "I feel bad" to "I feel badly", but "I feel badly" is widely used in US English.
  • badly is sometimes used after feel in its copulative sense where one might expect an adjective, ie, bad.
  • Some users use badly when referring to an emotional state, and bad when referring to a more physical or medical state.
  • Adjectives to which "feel" is often applied as a copula: free, cold, cool, warm, hot, young, old, good, great, fine, happy, glad, satisfied, excited, bad, depressed, unhappy, sad, blue, sorry, smart, stupid, loved, appreciated, accepted, rejected, lonely, isolated, insulted, offended, slighted, cheated, shy, refreshed, tired, exhausted, calm, relaxed, angry, annoyed, frustrated, anxious, worried, jealous, proud, confident, safe, grateful, uncomfortable, unsafe, insecure, desperate, guilty, ashamed, disappointed, dirty, odd, strange, ill, sick.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A quality of an object experienced by touch. Bark has a rough feel.
  2. A vague mental impression. You should get a feel of the area before moving in.
  3. An act of fondling. She gave me a quick feel to show that she loves me.
  4. A vague understanding I'm getting a feel for what you mean.
  5. An intuitive ability She has a feel for music.
  6. Alternative form of feeling I know that feel.
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  • fele, flee
etymology 2 From Middle English feele, fele, feole, from Old English fela, feala, feolo, from Proto-Germanic *felu, from Proto-Indo-European *pélu-. Cognate with Scots fele, Dutch veel, German viel, Latin plūs, Ancient Greek πολύς 〈polýs〉. Related to full.
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. (dialectal or obsolete) alternative form of fele
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. alternative form of fele
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. alternative form of fele
feel free
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, with to-infinitive) To feel able without giving offense. The co-pilot didn't feel free to speak up to the pilot in the cockpit.
  2. (as imperative, with to-infinitive) You have my permission. While you're babysitting, feel free to open anything in the spirit cupboard.
  3. (as imperative, in response) You have my permission. "Can I take a look at the draft you've prepared?" / "Feel free."
Synonyms: (as imperative, in response) be my guest
feels pronunciation
  • /fiːlz/
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noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of feel
  2. (colloquial) Feelings.
Synonyms: (feelings) fee-fees
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of feel
  • flees
  • selfe
feel the pinch
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) To suffer a hardship, especially significant financial pressure. Working-class families are feeling the pinch in the wake of the recession.
  1. (transitive, informal) to want something obsessively; to have a strong desire for.
feist {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: fist etymology Earliest sense is “fart”, and later “stink”. Sense of dog is 1805 American English, from earlier forms fice and fist, as abbreviation for fysting curre “stinking cur” (1520s), from Middle English fysten, fisten (mid-15th century) (related to Old English fisting). Old English term is from Proto-Germanic *fistiz-, presumably from Proto-Indo-European *pezd-, though this is disputed.{{R:Online_Etymology_Dictionary}} One explanation for the association of farting with small dogs is given in an 1811 slang dictionary, which suggests that the dogs were blamed for farting, specifically defining fice as “a small windy escape backwards, more obvious to the nose than ears; frequently by old ladies charged on their lap-dogs.”Classic 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue Cognate terms include Danish fise and obsolete Middle English askefise, from Old Norse; originally “a term of reproach among northern nations for an unwarlike fellow who stayed at home in the chimney corner”.OED pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, regional) a small snappy belligerent mixed-breed dog
  2. (vulgar) A silent (but pungent) fart (flatus)
The term feist is uncommon, but the derived term feisty is common. Synonyms: SBD
fella Alternative forms: fellah, feller etymology From English fellow. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. eye dialect of fellow
  2. (informal) used to address a male
    • Donald Meichenbaum, Discussion, The Evolution of Psychotherapy: The Third Conference‎, page 90, Jeffrey K. Zeig, 1997, “By the third go-around, the essence of what I wrote was, "And the same to you, fella!" I am glad that our relationship has survived that exchange.”
    Am I right, fellas?
  • Bislama: -fala, -pela
  • Pijin: -fala
  • Tok Pisin: -pela, -pla
fellate etymology From Latin fellātus, past participle of fellō, from Proto-Indo-European *dhe-. pronunciation
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, intransitive) To perform oral sex (on a man); to stimulate (a penis) using the mouth.
    • 1997, Henning Bech, When Men Meet: Homosexuality and Modernity, page 11: … semen is a gift, and the relation between the one who is fellated and the one who fellates is a relation between one who gives and one who receives.
  2. (transitive, by extension) To suck (something) in a manner suggestive of fellatio.
    • 1995, Lynne Pearce, Jackie Stacey, Romance Revisited - Volume 1995, part 2, page 186 Can she only come when a White woman kneels before her fellating her dildo? Or does the Black woman just see another dyke she fancies, who fancies her? I'm attracted to White women because my White lover is Other to me …
    • 2004, Edmund White, Don Weise, FRESH MEN (tr) (ISBN 0786714212), page 66: Leina went on fellating her finger, making faces of exquisite ecstasy.
  3. (transitive, figuratively) To suck up to, to flatter or be shamefully subservient to.
    • 2010, Karl Denninger, The German Government Has Had Enough: If you thought the German government was going to be a lapdog for Sarcozy, or worse, was going to fellate Brussels and the ECB, you got a rude shock today.
Synonyms: suck off, blow, See also
  • go down on
  • leaflet
fellatio {{wikipedia}} etymology Latin fellātio, from fellātus, perfect participle of fellō. pronunciation
  • (UK) /fəˈleɪ.ʃi.əʊ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The stimulation of the penis using the lips, tongue and inside of the mouth.
Synonyms: blowjob, hummer, head, See also
related terms:
  • fellator
  • fellatrix
coordinate terms:
  • cunnilingus
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sexuality) One who performs fellatio.
related terms:
  • fellatrix
fellow {{wikipedia}} {{rfc}} etymology From Middle English felowe, felawe, felage, from Old Norse félagi, from félag, from the Germanic bases of two words represented in English by fee and law. Cognate with Scots falow, fallow, follow, Danish fælle, Norwegian felle, Faroese felagi, Icelandic félagi. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈfɛləʊ/
  • (GenAm) /ˈfɛloʊ/
  • {{audio}} {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A colleague or partner.
  2. (archaic) A companion; a comrade.
    • John Milton (1608-1674) the fellows of his crime
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) We are fellows still, / Serving alike in sorrow.
    • Edward Gibbon (1737-1794) That enormous engine was flanked by two fellows almost of equal magnitude.
    • {{RQ:EHough PrqsPrc}} Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers, of errand not wholly obvious to their fellows, yet of such sort as to call into query alike the nature of their errand and their own relations.
  3. A man without good breeding or worth; an ignoble or mean man.
    • Alexander Pope (1688-1744) Worth makes the man, and want of it, the fellow.
  4. An equal in power, rank, character, etc.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) It is impossible that ever Rome / Should breed thy fellow.
  5. One of a pair, or of two things used together or suited to each other; a mate.
    • Philemon Holland (1552-1637) When they be but heifers of one year,…they are let go to the fellow and breed.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) This was my glove; here is the fellow of it.
  6. (colloquial) A male person; a man.
    • 1910, Saki, ‘The Strategist’, Reginald in Russia: ‘There'll be about ten girls,’ speculated Rollo, as he drove to the function, ‘and I suppose four fellows, unless the Wrotsleys bring their cousin, which Heaven forbid.’
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 7 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , ““A very welcome, kind, useful present, that means to the parish. By the way, Hopkins, let this go no further. We don't want the tale running round that a rich person has arrived. Churchill, my dear fellow, we have such greedy sharks, and wolves in lamb's clothing.{{nb...}}””
  7. (rare) A person; an individual, male or female.
    • Charles Dickens (1812-1870) She seemed to be a good sort of fellow.
  8. (heading) A rank or title in the professional world, usually given as "Fellow".
    1. In the English universities, a scholar who is appointed to a foundation called a fellowship, which gives a title to certain perquisites and privileges.
    2. In an American college or university, a member of the corporation which manages its business interests; also, a graduate appointed to a fellowship, who receives the income of the foundation.
    3. A member of a literary or scientific society; as, a Fellow of the Royal Society.
    4. The most senior rank or title one can achieve on a technical career in certain companies (though some Fellows also hold business titles such as Vice President or Chief Technology Officer). This is typically found in large corporations in research and development-intensive industries (IBM or Sun Microsystems in information technology, and Boston Scientific in Medical Devices for example). They appoint a small number of senior scientists and engineers as Fellows.
    5. In the US and Canada, a physician who is undergoing a supervised, sub-specialty medical training (fellowship) after completing a specialty training program (residency).
In North America, fellow is less likely to be used for a man in general in comparison to other words that have the same purpose. Nevertheless, it is still used by some. In addition, it has a good bit of use as an academic or medical title or membership. Synonyms: See also , See also
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having common characteristics; being of the same kind, or in the same group
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To suit with; to pair with; to match.
  • {{rank}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, especially as a term of address) A young man.
    • 1917, Bartimeus (Lewis Anselm da Costa), The Long Trick Lor'! it does me good to see all you young fellow-me-lads turning up here bright and early with the roses in your cheeks.
    • 1983, Mikhail Sholokhov, H C Stevens, Tales from the Don "Why did you leave Zakhar, my handsome fellow-me-lad?" he asked Fiodor, his grey eyebrows rising and falling on his forehead.
    • 1998, Jane Feather, The Hostage Bride Then the captain said, "And just what d'you know of Lord Rothbury, fellow-me-lad?" "I told you. I'm with his militia," Portia repeated doggedly.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, pejorative) An effeminate or homosexual man.
  2. (LGBT slang) The more feminine member of a lesbian relationship.
  • EFM
  • EMF
  • MEF
female circumcision {{wikipedia}} {{Wikiquote}} etymology female + circumcision
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (medicine, science) the specific removal of solely the clitoral hood, the female prepuce cognate to the foreskin removed in the male equivalent
    • Phimosis of the prepuce of the clitoris: indication for female circumcision by D G McLintock in J R Soc Med. 1985 March; 78(3): 257–258
  2. (dated, slang) Any operation involving removal of any of various parts of the female external genital organ including and in addition to the hood, such as the clitoris or labia; regarded as mutilation in many societies. {{defdate}}
  • male circumcision
  • circumcision
  • female genital cutting, sometimes included under female genital mutilation (abbreviated as FGM)
related terms:
  • infibulation
fembot {{wikipedia}} etymology female + bot. Coined by screenwriters Arthur Rowe and in the television series (1976–1978), specifically in "Kill Oscar" (season 2, episode 5) first broadcast on October 27, 1976. pronunciation
  • /ˈfɛmbɒt/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (science fiction) A robot in female form.
    • {{quote-video }}
    • 2003, Jyanni Steffensen, "Doing It Digitally: Rosalind Brodsky and the Art of Virtual Female Subjectivity", Reload: Rethinking Women + Cyberculture, The MIT Press, p. 218, ISBN 0262561506 The body of Eve 8, the fembot, represents both steely industrial strength and the mysteries of microelectronic circuitry.
    • {{seemorecites}}
  2. (derogatory) A docile, unthinking and conformist woman.
    • 1996, Melissa Raphael, Thealogy and Embodiment: The Post-Patriarchal Reconstruction of Female Sacrality, Sheffield Academic Press, p. 61, ISBN 1850757577 [...] patriarchal socialization works to sap, stunt and tame this energy, leaving successfully adapted women as little more than 'fembots' or 'feminized artifacts' who have become the products and commodities of patriarchal 'necrophilic' sexual fantasy.
    • 2003, Donna Haraway, The Haraway Reader, Routledge, p. 3, ISBN 0415966892 Too many people, forgetting the discipline of love and rage, have read the "Manifesto" as the ramblings of a blissed-out, technobunny, fembot.
Synonyms: (robot) gynoid, (unthinking woman) Stepford
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, neologism, vulgar) feminist
femifascism etymology From femifascist, or {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, offensive, rare) Radical or militant feminism, intolerant of opposing views.
quotations: {{seeCites}}
related terms:
  • femifascist
femifascist etymology {{blend}}, perhaps coined as an alternative to feminazi to avoid the genocidal connotations of Nazi.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, offensive, rare) A radical or militant feminist who is intolerant of opposing views.
quotations: {{seeCites}}
Synonyms: feminazi
related terms:
  • femifascism
feminazi {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: femi-Nazi, femme-Nazi etymology {{blend}}, popularized by politically conservative radio personality , who credited his friend Tom Hazlett, a professor of law and economics at George Mason University, with coining the term.{{quote-book | year = 1992 | title = The Way Things Ought to Be | author = Rush H. Limbaugh, III | location = New York | publisher = Pocket Books | isbn = 9780671751456 | ol = 1724938M | page = 193 | passage = Tom Hazlett, a good friend who is an esteemed and highly regarded professor of economics at the University of California at Davis, coined the term to describe any female who is intolerant of any point of view that challenges militant feminism. }} However, this term or one similar may have been independently coined earlier.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, derogatory) A radical or militant feminist who is intolerant of opposing views.
    • {{seeCites}}
See the usage notes about Nazi. Limbaugh defined the term as "a feminist to whom the most important thing in life is ensuring that as many abortions as possible occur," adding that, "There are fewer than twenty-five known Feminazis in the United States."{{quote-book | year = 1992 | chapter = The Limbaugh Lexicon | title = The Way Things Ought to Be | author = Rush H. Limbaugh, III | location = New York | publisher = Pocket Books | isbn = 9780671751456 | ol = 1724938M | page = 296 | passage = '''Feminazi:''' Widely misunderstood by most to simply mean “feminist.” Not so, boobala. A Feminazi is a feminist to whom the most important thing in life is ensuring that as many abortions as possible occur. There are fewer than twenty-five known Feminazis in the United States. }}{{reference-book | year = 2005 | author = Britt Gillette | title = The Dittohead's Guide to Adult Beverages | publisher = Regnery Publishing | page = xii | pageurl = }} However, in practice he and others use the term in a much wider context.{{quote-book | date = 2011-03-01 | chapter = Bitches, Butt Boys, and Feminazis: Limbaugh’s Sexism and Homophobia | title = The Most Dangerous Man in America: Rush Limbaugh’s Assault on Reason | first = John K. | last = Wilson | publisher = Macmillan | isbn = 9780312612146 | ol = 24385112M | page = 56 | pageurl = | passage = When asked in 1995 about the term “feminazi,” he declared: “It’s the way I look at the feminist movement.” Limbaugh referred to the National Center for Women and Policing and the Feminist Majority Foundation as “feminazis.” So it’s not just twenty-five individuals, but every single feminist organization, its leaders, and millions upon millions of Americans with the same views whom Limbaugh compares to Nazis. }} Synonyms: femifascist (rare)
feminazism etymology feminazi + ism
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) aggressive militant radical feminism
    • {{quote-newsgroup }}
feminerd etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A feminist nerd, especially a woman.
    • 2012, Rob Salkowitz, Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture: What the World’s Wildest Trade Show Can Tell Us About the Future of Entertainment, McGraw Hill Professional (2012), ISBN 9780071797023, page 82: The rise of the Internet poured gasoline on the fire, creating spaces for feminerds to come out of the woodwork and share their passions.
    • 2012, Jessica Bickford, "No girls allowed", The Carillion (University of Reginia), Volume 55, Issue 2, 2 August 2012 - 5 September 2012, page 14: This 'boys' club' attitude that girls can't be geeks is still a major stumbling block for feminerds and girls who want to break into geek culture.
    • 2014, Whitney Beyer, "Women fight to be nerd", Vanguard (Portland State University), Volume 69, Issue 11, 21 October 2014, page 18: Bored with assumptions that women and girls who participate in nerd culture are somehow faking it—or worse, that they are only doing it to appease their geeky boyfriends—feminerds are turning up the volume to air their grievances with widespread sexism in geek communities.
feminist etymology First recorded in English 1852. Ultimately from Latin fēminīnus, from fēmina. See also feminine, feminism. pronunciation
  • /ˈfɛmənɪst/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Relating to or in accordance with feminism.
    • {{quote-book }}
  • egalitarian
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An advocate of feminism; a person who believes in bringing about the equality of the sexes (of women and men) in all aspects of public and private life.
  2. A member of a feminist political movement.
  • egalitarian
related terms:
  • feminism
  • feminine
  • femicentric, femi-centric
  • feminocentric, feminacentric
etymology 1 feminine + oid
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Apparently, but not actually, female.
    • 1932, Gregorio Marañón, Warre Bradley Wells, The evolution of sex and intersexual conditions We may speak, therefore, of a feminoid intersexuality at puberty...
    • 1962, Marie Bonaparte, Female sexuality On the other hand, there are men with more bisexual, more feminoid natures, who seek the missing complement of their own masculinity in women.
etymology 2 feminist + oid (suggesting a robotic, heartless quality as in android).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A feminist.
    • 2000, Laura K Egendorf, Male/female roles: opposing viewpoints These establishments serve as headquarters for covens of feminoids primarily to pursue their own agendas and only secondarily to help these alleged victims.
    • 2006, George P Garrett, Empty bed blues That may have changed just a little bit, time will tell, since the professional feminoids have discovered the evils and dangers of pornography.
femismo etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, rare) Exaggerated, stubborn, or aggressive femininity; female machismo.
coordinate terms:
  • machismo
femme {{wikipedia}} etymology Used in Middle English, from Old French fame et al. The modern spelling is under the influence of Middle and Modern French femme. pronunciation
  • /fɛm/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic, rare) A woman, a wife, particularly in heraldry.
    • 1885, Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Night 18: Then I turned to him and said, "O my lord, I have that to propose to thee wherein thou must not cross me; and this it is that, when we reach Baghdad, my native city, I offer thee my life as thy handmaiden in holy matrimony, and thou shalt be to me baron and I will be femme to thee."
  2. (slang, LGBT) A feminine lesbian, especially one who is attracted to masculine (butch) lesbians.
femspeak etymology fem + speak
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) The characteristic jargon of feminist and feminist discourse. Why must you pick apart everything with your femspeak?
    • 1980, Robert Hughes, "An Obsessive Feminist Pantheon", Time, 15 December 1980: The aim of this jargon-sodden Femspeak is to set up a myth of women artists as a hated underclass, which they were not in 1975 and are not today; in such a scheme, vagina hatred is imputed to men as automatically as penis envy once was to women.
    • 2005, Ann Oakley, The Ann Oakley Reader: Gender, Women and Social Science, The Policy Press (2005), ISBN 9781861346919, page 44: The Bergers assert that “the family is a problem”, and note that the concept of 'gender roles' is merely “femspeak” – a technique for arguing that the assignment of roles within the family is arbitrary and that it can/should be changed, so as to advance women's welfare (p 64).
    • 2007, Robert Menzies, "Virtual Backlash: Representations of Men's 'Rights' and Feminist 'Wrongs' in Cyberspace", in Reaction and Resistance: Feminism, Law, and Social Change (eds. Susan B. Boyd, Dorothy E. Chunn, Hester Lessard), UBC Press (2007), ISBN 9780774814119, page 83: According to Warren Farrell, an Orwellian “lace curtain” of governing “femspeak” is virtually indistinguishable from the propaganda machinery of tyranny states.
femtard etymology feminist + tard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) feminist
    • 2005, "MCP", Re: Pointless personel {{SIC}} managers (on newsgroup Thus, these femtard bitches, with their belief that women are great and men are useless, and their conviction that women need to given lots of leg-ups and help, will be able to put this into practice and concentrate on hiring women only.
    • 2006, "Avenger", Re: Guy talk hits career women where it hurts (on newsgroup This Forbes article has been discussed on plenty of anti-feminist websites. It's fantastic, it's really pissed off a load of dim-witted femtards.
fence {{wikipedia}} etymology The original meaning is "the act of defending", from Middle French defens (see defence), adopted in the 14th century. The sense "enclosure" arises in the mid 15th century. Also from the 15th century is use as a verb in the sense "to enclose with a fence". The generalized sense "to defend, screen, protect" arises ca. 1500. The sense "to fight with swords (rapiers)" is from the 1590s (Shakespeare). pronunciation
  • /fɛns/, [fɛn(t)s]
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A thin, human-constructed barrier which separates two pieces of land or a house perimeter.
    • 1865, Horatio Alger, , Ch.XVII: There was a weak place in the fence separating the two inclosures
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  2. A middleman for transactions of stolen goods.
    • {{RQ:RnhrtHpwd Bat}} The Bat—they called him the Bat.{{nb...}}. He'd never been in stir, the bulls had never mugged him, he didn't run with a mob, he played a lone hand, and fenced his stuff so that even the fence couldn't swear he knew his face.
    1. The place whence such a middleman operates.
  3. Skill in oral debate.
  4. The art or practice of fencing.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, , I bruised my shin th' other day with playing at sword and dagger with a master of fence
  5. A guard or guide on machinery.
  6. (figuratively) A barrier, for example an emotional barrier.
    • 1980, ABBA, The Winner Takes It All I was in your arms / Thinking I belonged there {{nowrap}} {{nowrap}}
  7. (computing, programming) A memory barrier.
Synonyms: (middleman) pawn, (place where a middleman operates) pawn shop
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To enclose, contain or separate by building fence.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) O thou wall!…dive in the earth, / And fence not Athens.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) a sheepcote fenced about with olive trees
    • 1856, George A. Smith, , Here are twenty acres of land, and it is all you can properly farm, unless you have more help than yourself. Now fence and cultivate it, and you can make an abundant living.
  2. (transitive) To defend or guard.
    • John Milton (1608-1674) To fence my ear against thy sorceries.
  3. (transitive) To engage in the selling or buying of stolen goods.
    • {{RQ:RnhrtHpwd Bat}} The Bat—they called him the Bat.{{nb...}}. He'd never been in stir, the bulls had never mugged him, he didn't run with a mob, he played a lone hand, and fenced his stuff so that even the fence couldn't swear he knew his face.
  4. (intransitive, sports) To engage in (the sport) fencing.
    • 1921, Rafael Sabatini, , Challenges are flying right and left between these bully-swordsmen, these spadassinicides, and poor devils of the robe who have never learnt to fence with anything but a quill.
  5. (intransitive, equestrianism) To jump over a fence.
Synonyms: (to sell or buy stolen goods) pawn
fence month
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, dated) The month in which female deer are fawn, when hunt is prohibit. {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}}
fence sitter etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who takes neither side of an argument or controversy, but maintains a neutral position.
  2. (potentially offensive) One who is bisexual, or who is uncertain about his or her sexual orientation.
    • 2007, , Shortcomings (graphic novel), ISBN 978-1-897299-16-6, page 65: What...? EW. You scored with the fence-sitter?
related terms:
  • on the fence
Fenian etymology Blend of Old Irish feinne or fianna, plural of fiann, the name of a legendary band of Irish warriors, and Fene or Féni, legendary settlers of Ireland. First attested from . pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈfiːniːən/, /ˈfiːnjən/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, Irish) An or .
  2. (historical) A member of the or the , Irish republican organizations active in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
  3. (derogatory, Scotland and Northern Ireland) A Catholic, especially one of ethnicity or descent.
  4. (derogatory, Scotland and Northern Ireland) A supporter of Scottish association football club
Synonyms: (derogatory, Irish Catholic or supporter of Celtic F.C) taig, Tim
related terms:
  • Fenian Cycle
  • Fannie
fenugreek etymology {{wikipedia}} From Latin foenum (variant of faenum) + graecum (neuter form of graecus), “Greek hay”. pronunciation
  • /ˈfɛnjʊˌɡriːk/, /ˈfɛnjəˌɡriːk/
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A leguminous plant, {{taxlink}}, eaten as a vegetable and with seeds used as a spice.
  2. The seed of this plant, used as a spice (especially in Indian and Thai cooking).
feral etymology From French féral, from Latin ferus. pronunciation
  • /fɛrəl/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Wild, untamed, especially of domesticated animal having returned to the wild.
  2. (of a person) Contemptible, unruly, misbehaved.
  • feral child
  • feral cat
  • razorback
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A domesticated animal that has returned to the wild; an animal, particularly a domesticated animal, living independently of humans.
    • 1960 May 19, , Notes and Comments: No homes for the pigeons, page 1261, Although it is not difficult to induce domestic pigeons to nest in boxes fixed to trees, London′s ferals are not yet acclimatized to arboreal holes.
    • 2005, Alexandra Powe Allred, Cats' Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Mysterious Mousers, Talented Tabbies, and Feline Oddities, unnumbered page, Traffic, abuse, inhumane traps, and accidental poisoning are other hazards ferals must face.…In England one gamekeeper claimed to have killed over three hundred ferals, while another brought home pelts to his wife so that she could design rugs from cat skins as a source of secondary income.
    • 2007, Clea Simon, Cries and Whiskers, page 26, You trap ferals, neuter them, and give them their rabies shot. Maybe distemper.
    • 2011, Gina Spadafori, Paul D. Pion, Cats for Dummies, unnumbered page, If you′ve ever put a saucer of milk out for a hard-luck kitty, or if you′re spending your lunch hour sharing sandwiches with the ferals near your office, this is the chapter for you.
  2. (Australia, colloquial) A contemptible young person, a lout, a person who behaves wildly.
  3. (Australia, colloquial) A person who has isolated themselves from the outside world; one living an alternative lifestyle.
    • 1995, Bill Metcalf, From Utopian Dreaming to Communal Reality: Cooperative Lifestyles in Australia, page 82, The intolerance which was directed towards us during the early years has now shifted to ‘the ferals’ who embrace a new version of nonconformist behaviour that even some of us in their parent′s generation — the Aquarian settlers — don′t like. The ferals are the scapegoats for the drug problems here, and are highly visible since many of them have nowhere to live.
    • 2002, , Something Fishy, 2003, page 208, A pod of ferals was moving towards the exit, a half-dozen soap-shy, low-tech, bush-dwelling hippies.
    • 2010, Anna Krien, Into The Woods: The Battle For Tasmania's Forests, page 102, It′s the rootlessness of the ferals that people don′t seem to trust; their claims of connectedness to all wild places touches a nerve. Even residents of Maydena who want to see the Florentine protected dislike the ratbags′ itinerancy.
  • The term should not be confused with feral child, a child raised with little or no human assistance.
  • flare
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) From inferior by dropping prefix in-, meaning the opposite of inferior, or excellent, superior.
fermata {{was wotd}} {{wikipedia}} etymology From Italian fermata, from fermare. pronunciation
  • (RP) /fɜːˈmɑːtə/
  • (US) /fɜːrˈmɑːtə/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (music) The holding of a note or rest for longer than its usual duration; also the notation of such a prolongation, usually represented as a dot with a semi-circle above it, written above the prolonged note or rest.
Synonyms: hold, bird's-eye (colloquial)
ferroequinologist etymology Latin ferrum + Latin equus + English -logist
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous, nonstandard) A student of ferroequinology; a person who studies trains.
    • 1954, Trains, Kalmbach Pub. Co. And because you care, you’ve automatically classified yourself as a railfan (alias railroad enthusiast, train-watcher, ferroequinologist).
    • {{quote-newsgroup }}
    • {{quote-newsgroup }}
    • {{quote-newsgroup }}
Synonyms: (enthusiast) railfan
ferroequinology etymology Latin ferrum + Latin equus + English -logy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous, nonstandard) The study of railway in general, but especially locomotive.
    • 1993 December 5, J. Alan Septimus, “Re: altitudes (was Re: Engines (Re: Amtrak derails in Boise ...))”, rec.railroad, Usenet Anyone interested in Colorado ferroequinology, get yourself a copy of the DeLorme atlas. This shows the alignments of lots of old railroad grades
    • 1995 January 30, Glenn Laubaugh, “BRASS KEY”, rec.railroad, pdx.general{{,}} and or.general, Usenet The BRASS the unofficial, unauthorized internet newspaper of ferroequinology (Latin: Study of Iron Horses) in the Pacific Northwest.
    • 1995 July 6, Paul Marsh, as quoted by Craig Symington in “Nebraska, Mosquitos, trains and girlfriends....”, bit.listserv.railroad, Usenet It has been well-established by the ferroequinology cognoscenti that train whistles cause a serious distubance among mosquitos, making them far less willing to strike their victims.

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