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fescennine {{was wotd}} Alternative forms: Fescennine etymology From Latin Fescennīnus, from the name of the ancient Etruscan town of Fescennia, noted for the "Fescennine Verses," a tradition of scurrilous songs performed on special occasions.[ "Fescennine" - Licentious, obscene, scurrilous], Michael Quinion, ''World Wide Words'', accessed 14/7/2010 pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈfɛsənʌɪn/
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  1. Obscene or scurrilous.
    • 1988 James D. Simmonds, Milton Studies, Volume 6, Univ of Pittsburgh Press, p168 As the poet decorously shows his desire to consummate the marriage, he retains the fescennine element without being crude.
    • 1995 John Donne & Gary A. Stringer, The variorum edition of the poetry of John Donne: The Epigrams, Epithalamions, Epitaphs, Inscriptions and Miscellaneous poems, Indiana University Press, p380-1 “The conventional complaint over the delay in the proceedings is voiced by the poet in... [this] series of questions which include fescennine teasing of the bridal couple”
    • 2003 Mark Steven Morton, The Lover's Tongue: A Merry Romp Through the Language of Love and Sex, Insomniac Press, p25 For instance, I admit that this book is anacreontic, paphian, and sometimes even fescennine [...]
fess up Alternative forms: 'fess up (with preceding apostrophe) etymology Aphetic form of confess + up.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, slang) To confess to something; to admit something.
    • 1918, , The Winds of Chance ch. 26: "‛Fess up," she persisted. "Have you boys been quarreling again?"
    • 2008, , "": And you know, one of the things that I hope is that the American people will find when we make a mistake, we're willing to fess up to it and change.
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-fest etymology From fest, from German Fest, abstracted from Volksfest, etc.
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  1. A festival, a fest; used in names of events. summer Yule
  2. (informal) Appended to a noun to denote a thing, especially an event or artistic work, characterized by the noun's referent. snoozesnoozefest slugslugfest actionactionfest jokejokefest
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  1. (Australia, slang) Disgusting.
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  2. Very bad, dreadful.
etymology 2 From festival + y
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  1. A festival.
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fettler etymology fettle + -er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who maintains railway lines.
  2. Someone whose job is to sand and grind small imperfections from metal and ceramic castings.
  3. (by extension) Someone who fiddles or tinkers with things.
  4. (slang, UK, Lancashire) A friend or mate How's tha' doing fettler?
  • 1939. Comrade Fettler (a Union song about Fettlers]) The summer brings its nursery, with dust and sandy blight But the Fettler must keep toiling, to keep the track alright.
fetus fetishist
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, Canada, politics, derogatory) One who supports fetal rights; a pro-lifer.
    • 1988, "TV opponents take gloves off following debate on abortions", Toronto Star, 10 February 1988: As Campbell announced he supported life, Morgentaler cut him off and shouted, "I'm a pro-choicer and a pro-lifer. You are not a pro-lifer; you are a fetus fetishist."
Synonyms: antiabortionist, antichoicer (derogatory), forced-birther (derogatory), pro-lifer, right-to-lifer
fever {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: fevre (obsolete) etymology From Middle English, from Old French fievre, reinforced by native Old English fēfor, from Latin febris, from ferveo; or perhaps literally 'a trembling', akin to Greek φέβεσθαι 〈phébesthai〉, φόβος 〈phóbos〉. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈfiːvə/
  • (GenAm) /ˈfiːvɚ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A higher than normal body temperature of a person (or, generally, a mammal), usually caused by disease. "I have a fever. I think I've caught a cold."
  2. (usually, in combination with one or more preceding words) Any of various diseases. scarlet fever
  3. A state of excitement (of a person or people).
    • Shakespeare an envious fever
  4. A group of stingray.
Synonyms: (higher than normal body temperature): high temperature, pyrexia (medical term), temperature, (state of excitement): excitation, excitement, passion
related terms:
  • fervent
  • fervid
  • fervor
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  1. To put into a fever; to affect with fever. a fevered lip The white hand of a lady fever thee. — Shakespeare.
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  1. Fast forward
  2. False flag
  3. Form feed (printing character, ASCII decimal value 12.)
  4. initialism of fill factor
  5. Fianna Fáil an Irish political party.
  6. Fully finished
  7. (vulgar, slang) Fist-fucking
  8. (video games) (at Wikipedia)
  9. an Australian political party.
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  1. frigate, a type of warship
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  1. (Internet slang, initialism, vulgar) For fuck's sake.
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  1. (Internet slang, initialism) Free for shipping.
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  1. (British) Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries (professional qualification)
  2. , an international association for motoring and motor racing.
  3. (Internet slang, vulgar) Fuck it all.
  4. (slang) short form of FIA curbing or FIA kerbing, a form of roadside kerb formerly specified in the FIA ruleset for Formula 1 during the 1980s, for F1 Grand Prix circuits.
related terms:
  • FYA (Fuck you all).
  • AFI
  • AIF
fiasco {{was wotd}} {{wikipedia}} etymology From Italian fiasco, from ll flasca, flascō "bottle, container", from frk flaska "bottle, flask" from Proto-Germanic *flaskǭ; see flask. "Failure" sense comes through French (faire fiasco) from Italian theatrical slang far fiasco (literally, "to make a bottle"), of unknown origin. pronunciation
  • /fɪˈæs.kəʊ/
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  1. A ludicrous or humiliating situation. Some effort that went quite wrong.
  2. A wine bottle in a (usually straw) jacket.
Synonyms: (ludicrous or humiliating situation) debacle
phrase: FIAT
  1. (derogatory, slang, automobiles) fix it again Tony, a derogatory slang phrase for Fiat, a backronym
Fiat etymology Italian abbreviation:
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  1. An automobile manufactured by the Italian firm .
    • 1997 Jill Nagle: Whores and Other Feminists (page 160) Even as a young feminist who was very angry at men, a real ballbuster, I had a boyfriend who drove a Fiat, I was always fashionable, even though it was hippie gear.
    • 2003 -- Mary-Rose MacColl: Killing Superman (page 108) We'd watched Marion pile her three kids and their stuff into an old Fiat 124 I was sure Dad must have picked for her; she didn't look like a Fiat driver at heart.
    • 2005 -- Chris Bonner: Reducing Stress-related Behaviours in People with Dementia Care-based Therapy (page 13) You are jet-lagged, have a headache, can't stand driving a Fiat, it's turned dark and you cannot see or read the road signs.
fib pronunciation
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etymology 1 Probably from fable; compare fibble-fabble (nonsense).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A lie, especially one that is more or less inconsequential.
    • Henry James They are very serious; they don't tell fibs.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To lie, especially more or less inconsequentially.
Synonyms: tell a fib, tell fibs
etymology 2 Shortened from fibula
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (medicine, informal) Short form of fibula.
  • BFI
  • FBI
  • IBF
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) a liar
fibrofog etymology fibromyalgia + fog
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Cognitive dysfunction associated with fibromyalgia.
    • 1998, Devin J Starlanyl, The fibromyalgia advocate Certainly, when we are in fibrofog, we have difficulties communicating...
Synonyms: brain fog
fic etymology A shortening of fanfic, itself a shortening of fan fiction pronunciation
  • /fiːk/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, countable) a fictional story set within a preexisting fandom; a fanfic
  • CIF
  • ICF
ficcer etymology fic + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) One who writes fan fiction.
fiction {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /fɪkʃən/
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etymology From Old French ficcion, from Latin fictionem, accusative of fictio, from fingere.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Literary type using invented or imaginative writing, instead of real facts, usually written as prose. The company’s accounts contained a number of blatant fictions. I am a great reader of fiction.
  2. (uncountable) Invention. The butler’s account of the crime was pure fiction.
Synonyms: fabrication, figment
  • documentary
  • fact
  • non-fiction
related terms:
  • fictitious
  • fictional
fiddle {{rfi}} {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English fithele, from Old English fiðele. Cognate with Old High German fidula (German Fiedel), Old Norse fiðla (Icelandic fiðla, Danish fiddel, Norwegian fela), Middle Dutch vedele (Dutch veel, vedel). {{rel-top}} The ultimate source of the word is unknown. Some argue that the similarity in Germanic variations can be explained by adoption and subsequent corruption of a contemporary Latin word, vitula or vidula. This is known to have occurred with the Romance languages eg. viol or viola in French, Portuguese, Italian and Spanish. Others argue that the Germanic words have a uniquely Teutonic origin, but no earlier forms have been found. {{rel-bottom}} pronunciation
  • /ˈfɪ.dl̩/
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  1. (music) Any of various bow string instrument, often used to refer to a violin when played in any of various traditional styles, as opposed to classical violin. When I play it like this, it's a fiddle; when I play it like that, it's a violin.
  2. A kind of dock (Rumex pulcher) with leaves shaped like the musical instrument.
  3. An adjustment intended to cover up a basic flaw. That parameter setting is just a fiddle to make the lighting look right.
  4. A fraud; a scam.
  5. (nautical) On board a ship or boat, a rail or batten around the edge of a table or stove to prevent objects falling off at sea. (Also fiddle rail)
Synonyms: (instrument) violin
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To play aimlessly.
    • Samuel Pepys Talking, and fiddling with their hats and feathers.
    You're fiddling your life away.
  2. To adjust in order to cover a basic flaw or fraud etc. I needed to fiddle the lighting parameters to get the image to look right. Fred was sacked when the auditors caught him fiddling the books.
  3. (music) To play traditional tune on a violin in a non-classical style.
    • Francis Bacon Themistocles … said he could not fiddle, but he could make a small town a great city.
Synonyms: (to adjust in order to cover a basic flaw) fudge
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (colloquial, dated) nonsense; rubbish
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fiddlefuck Alternative forms: fiddle fuck etymology fiddle + fuck
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, US) to waste time.
Synonyms: fiddlefart
fidget pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈfɪdʒ.ɪt/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To wiggle or twitch; to move around nervous or idly.
    • 1883: , "Look, Jim, how my fingers fidget," he continued, in the pleading tone. "I can't keep e'm still, not I."
  2. (transitive) To cause to fidget; to make uneasy.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A person who fidgets, especially habitually.
  • gifted
fidlam ben
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, archaic) thief
fiefdom {{wikipedia}} etymology fief + dom
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The estate controlled by a feudal lord; a fief. The duke's fiefdom had been greatly expanded as a reward for his dutiful military service on behalf of the king.
  2. (by extension, mostly, pejorative) Any organization in the control of a dominant individual. Most of our company's computers are standardized, but the IT director allows the employees in his own little fiefdom to specify their own machines.
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fiend Alternative forms: fend etymology From Middle English feend, from Old English fēond, from Proto-Germanic *fijandz. Cognate with Old Norse fjándi (Icelandic fjandi, Danish fjende, Swedish fiende), Western Frisian fijân, Low German Feend, Fiend, Dutch vijand, German Feind, Gothic 𐍆𐌹𐌾𐌰𐌽𐌳𐍃 〈𐍆𐌹𐌾𐌰𐌽𐌳𐍃〉, all of them meaning foe. The Old Norse and Gothic terms are present participles of the corresponding verbs fjá/fijan, to hate. Akin to Sanskrit पियति 〈piyati〉. pronunciation
  • /fiːnd/
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  1. (obsolete) An enemy, unfriend, or foe.
  2. (religious, archaic) The enemy of mankind, specifically, the Devil; Satan.
    • 1971, Keith Thomas (historian), Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, p. 35: At the confirmation ceremony the bishop would lay his hands on the child and tie around its forehead a linen band […]. This was believed to strengthen him against the assaults of the fiend […].
  3. A devil or demon; a malignant or diabolical being; an evil spirit.
    • 1845, E.A. Poe, "The Raven" "Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!"
  4. A very evil person
  5. (informal) An addict or fanatic a jazz fiend
Synonyms: monster
  • finde
  • fined
  • indef
fierce etymology From Middle English, from Old French fers, nominative of fer, from Latin ferus pronunciation
  • (RP) /fɪəs/
  • (General American) /fɪɹs/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Extremely violent, severe, ferocious or savage. A fierce storm battered the coast.
  2. Resolute or strenuously active. We made a fierce attempt to escape.
  3. Threatening in appearance or demeanor. The lion gave a fierce roar.
  4. (slang, Ireland, rural) very, excellent. It was fierce cold. Q: "How was the party last night?" A: "Fierce!"
  5. (slang, US) Of exceptional quality, exhibiting boldness or chutzpah. Tyra said to strike a pose and make it fierce.
  • Recife
fifteen {{number box}} {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English, from Old English fīftīene, fīftēne, from Proto-Germanic *fimftehun. Compare West Frisian fyftjin, Dutch vijftien, German fünfzehn, Danish femten. pronunciation
  • (next word stressed near the first syllable) (UK) /ˈfɪf.tiːn/
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  • (next word stressed after the first syllable) (UK) /fɪfˈtiːn/
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  1. The cardinal number occurring after fourteen (14) and before sixteen (16).
Synonyms: Roman numerals: XV, Arabic numerals: 15
fifteener etymology fifteen + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, informal) A film assigned an age rating of 15, those under 15 not being permitted to view it.
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fifteenish etymology fifteen + ish
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  1. (informal) Of about fifteen years of age.
Fifth etymology From the name of the , protecting various rights in United States legal proceedings.
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  1. (chiefly, US, informal, with the) The Fifth Amendment.
  2. (chiefly, US, informal, with the, by extension) The right not to give self-incriminating testimony.
  3. (chiefly, US) Fifth Avenue.
  4. (chiefly, US) Fifth Street.
related terms:
  • take the Fifth
  • plead the Fifth
fifth {{wikipedia}} {{number box}} Alternative forms: fift (obsolete) etymology From Middle English fifthe, fifte, fift, from Old English fīfta, from Proto-Germanic *fimftô or *femftô, equivalent to five + th. Cognate with Scots fift, fyft, Northern Frisian fyfde, Western Frisian fyfde, Dutch vijfde, Low German fifte, föfte, füfte, German fünfte, Danish femte, Swedish femte, Icelandic fimmta. pronunciation
  • (UK) /fɪfθ/
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  • (UK) /fɪθ/
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  1. The ordinal form of the number five.
Synonyms: 5th; (in names of monarchs and popes) V
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The person or thing in the fifth position.
  2. One of five equal parts of a whole.
  3. The fifth gear of an engine.
  4. A quantity of liquor equal to one-fifth of a gallon, or, more commonly, 750 milliliters.
  5. The musical interval between one note and another five tone higher.
  6. The fifth voice in a polyphonic melody.
Synonyms: (one of five equal parts)
related terms:
  • Fifth Amendment
  • fifth gear
  • fifth wheel
  • take the Fifth
fifty-first state {{wp}} etymology As though an addition to the existing fifty states of the USA. Alternative forms: 51st state
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) A country or region regarded as under the control of the United States.
fifty six
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) Among policemen, "time off from work."
fiftysomething Alternative forms: fifty-something
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable, colloquial) A person aged between 50 and 59 years. She was a spritely fiftysomething.
Synonyms: quinquagenarian
numeral: {{head}}
  1. Between fifty and sixty.
fight pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /faɪt/
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  • (US) [fʌɪt]
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etymology From Middle English fighten, from Old English feohtan, from Proto-Germanic *fehtaną, from Proto-Indo-European *peḱ- 〈*peḱ-〉. Cognate with Scots fecht, Western Frisian fjochtsje, fjuchte, Dutch vechten, Low German fechten, German fechten, Swedish fäkta, Latin pectō, Albanian pjek, Ancient Greek πέκω 〈pékō〉. Related also to Old English feht. The noun is from Old English feoht, from the verb; compare Dutch gevecht and German Gefecht.
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  1. (intransitive) To contend in physical conflict, either singly or in war, battle etc. exampleThe two boxers have been fighting for more than half an hour. exampleA wounded animal will fight like a maniac.
  2. (intransitive) To strive for; to campaign or contend for success. exampleHe fought for the Democrats in the last election.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 7 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Old Applegate, in the stern, just set and looked at me, and Lord James, amidship, waved both arms and kept hollering for help. I took a couple of everlasting big strokes and managed to grab hold of the skiff's rail, close to the stern. Then, for a jiffy, I hung on and fought for breath.”
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  3. (transitive) To conduct or engage in (battle, warfare etc.). exampleThe battle was fought just over that hill.
    • Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay (1800-1859) He had to fight his way through the world.
    • Bible, Second Epistle to Timothy iv. 7 I have fought a good fight.
  4. (transitive) To engage in combat with; to oppose physically, to contest with. exampleMy grandfather fought the Nazis in World War II.
  5. (transitive) To try to overpower; to fiercely counteract. exampleThe government pledged to fight corruption.
  6. (transitive, archaic) To cause to fight; to manage or manoeuvre in a fight. exampleto fight cocks;  to fight one's ship
Synonyms: See also
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  1. An occasion of fighting. exampleOne of them got stabbed to death during the fight.
  2. (archaic) A battle between opposing armies.
  3. A physical confrontation or combat between two or more people or groups. exampleWatch your language, are you looking for a fight?
  4. (sports) A boxing or martial arts match. exampleI'm going to Nick’s to watch the big fight tomorrow night.
  5. A conflict, possibly nonphysical, with opposing ideas or forces; strife. exampleI'll put up a fight to save this company.
  6. The will or ability to fight. exampleThat little guy has a bit of fight in him after all.   As soon as he saw the size of his opponent, all the fight went out of him.
  7. (obsolete) A screen for the combatants in ships.
    • Dryden Up with your fights, and your nettings prepare.
Synonyms: See also
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fighter etymology fight + er pronunciation
  • (UK) /faɪ.tə(ɹ)/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who fight, a combatant.
  2. A warrior; fighting soldier.
  3. A pugnacious, competitive person.
  4. A class of fixed-wing aircraft whose primary purpose is that of shooting down other aircraft. Some of these (Fighter-Attack or Attack aircraft) also have a secondary purpose of attacking ground targets.
  5. A boxer or participant in any martial art.
  6. (colloquial) A firefighter
  7. (video games) A game with a focus on physical combat.
    • 2004, Simon Carless, Gaming Hacks (page 59) Still, it's excellent software, especially for one-on-one fighting titles such as the King Of Fighters series, classic Street Fighter II variants, and newer one-on-one fighters such as Garou.
  • freight
  • refight
figment etymology From ll figmentum, from fingō; see fiction, feign. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈfɪɡ.mənt/
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  1. A fabrication, fantasy, invention; something fictitious.
    • 1989 (Sep 30), R. McNeill Alexander, "Biomechanics in the days before Newton", New Scientist volume 123, No. 1684, page 59 He had not seen sarcomeres: these segments were a figment of his imagination.
    • 1999, Martin Gardner, The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener, page 12 Perhaps, dear reader, you are only a figment in the dream of some god, as Sherlock Holmes was a figment in the mind of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • 2004, Daniel C. Noel, In a Wayward Mood: Selected Writings 1969-2002, page 256 Jung's implication here is clearly that one should try to forget that this is only a figment or fantasy, merely make-believe—or perhaps that one should forget the “only,” the “merely”—and indeed take the fantasy seriously as a reality.
  • Often used in the form "a figment of [someone's] imagination".
related terms:
  • feign
  • fiction
  • fictional
  • fictitious
FIGMO etymology Initialism. The forget it usage is likely a retronym, coined to avoid using the profanity fuck.
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  1. (military, slang, vulgar) acronym of fuck it, got my orders
  2. (military, slang, euphemistic) acronym of forget it, got my orders
figure eight pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˌfɪɡəɹˈeɪt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The shape consisting of two circle or oval joined together at one point, resembling the numeral 8.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To move in a figure eight pattern.
    • 1940, Raymond Chandler, Farewell, My Lovely, Penguin 2010, p. 61: For two minutes we figure-eighted back and forth across the face of the mountain and then popped out right beside the sidewalk café.
  2. (slang) To engage in mutual masturbation (meaning 2).
filch etymology From Middle English filchen, of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to Old English fylcian, Old English ġefylce. Related to folk. pronunciation
  • /fɪltʃ/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To steal, to illegally take possession of. Hey! Someone filched my noggin.
Synonyms: lift, nick, pinch, pocket, rob, thieve, (Australia, slang) flog, (Cockney rhyming slang) half-inch, (slang) knock off, (slang) jack, See also
file {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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  • (UK) /ˈfaɪəl/, /faɪl/
  • (US) /faɪl/
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etymology 1 French fil, Latin filum.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A collection of paper collated and archive together.
    • Shakespeare It is upon a file with the duke's other letters.
  2. A roll or list.
    • Shakespeare a file of all the gentry
  3. Course of thought; thread of narration.
    • Sir H. Wotton Let me resume the file of my narration.
  4. (computing) An aggregation of data on a storage device, identified by a name. I'm going to delete these unwanted files to free up some disk space.
Synonyms: (collection) document, a paper
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To commit official paper to some office
  2. (transitive) To place in an archive in a logical place and order
  3. (transitive) To store a file aggregation of data on a storage medium such as a disc or another computer.
  4. (intransitive, with for, chiefly legal) To make a formal request for the benefit of an official status. She filed for divorce the next day. The company filed for bankruptcy when the office opened on Monday. They filed for a refund under their warranty.
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  5. (transitive, obsolete) To set in order; to arrange, or lay away.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher I would have my several courses and my dishes well filed.
etymology 2 French file, from filer, “to spin out”, “arrange one behind another”, Latin fīlāre, from filum, “thread”.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A column of people one behind another, whether "single file" or in a large group with many files side by side. The troops marched in Indian file.
  2. (chess) one of the eight vertical lines of squares on a chessboard (i.e., those which run from number to number). The analog horizontal lines are the rank.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To move in a file. The applicants kept filing into the room until it was full.
etymology 3 Old English feol. Cognate with Dutch vijl, German Feile, Western Frisian file.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A hand tool consisting of a handle to which a block of coarse metal is attached, and used for removing sharp edges or for cutting, especially through metal.
  2. (slang, archaic) A cunning or resourceful person.
    • Thackeray Will is an old file, in spite of his smooth face.
  • rasp
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To smooth, grind, or cut with a file. exampleI'd better file the bottoms of the table legs. Otherwise they will scratch the flooring.
    • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. Indeed, a nail filed sharp is not of much avail as an arrowhead; you must have it barbed, and that was a little beyond our skill.
etymology 4 Middle English filen, from Old English fȳlan, from fūl. More at defile.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (archaic) to defile
  2. to corrupt
  • lief, life, Life
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) Anything that serves to fill up, such as a snack food or a stopgap measure.
fill up
verb: {{head}}
  1. To make a container full.
  2. To become full.
  3. (idiomatic, colloquial) To annoy, or displease, by taunting, or by excessive nagging. You're filling me up with your rules — The Beatles :
  4. To satisfy someone's hunger. Thanks for the chocolate cake - it really filled me up!
  5. (poker slang) To make a full house on the turn or the river.
  • upfill
filmish etymology From film + ish.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, colloquial) Of, relating to, or characteristic of film, movies, or the film industry; cinematic.
filmmaker Alternative forms: film-maker, film maker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A producer or director of film / movie
Synonyms: moviemaker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A Filipino.
  • FOIL, foil, LIFO, lo-fi
filth {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English filth, from Old English fȳlþ, from Proto-Germanic *fūliþō, from Proto-Germanic *fūlaz, from Proto-Indo-European *pū-, equivalent to foul + th. Cognate with Dutch vuilte. More at foul.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. dirt; foul matter; that which soils or defiles
  2. smut; that which sullies or defiles the moral character; corruption; pollution
    • Tillotson to purify the soul from the dross and filth of sensual delights
  3. (British, pejorative, slang) the police
  4. (US, agriculture, dated) weed growing on pasture land Grampa remembers when he had to cut filth with a scythe.
filthy {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology filth + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Covered with filth; very dirty.
  2. Obscene or offensive.
  3. Very unpleasant or disagreeable.
  • (covered with filth): pristine
  • (obscene): holy, venerable
Synonyms: (covered with filth): sleazy, slimy, grimy, (obscene): gruesome
  • (obscene) 1987:Filthy smirking Pat Robertson has come in second in the Iowa Republican caucuses.” -Final Diary, Michael Grumley
fin {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /fɪn/
  • {{audio}}
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etymology 1 From Middle English fin, from Old English finn, from Proto-Germanic *finjō, *finjaz (compare Dutch vin, German Finne, Swedish fena), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pīn- (compare Old Irish ind, Latin pinna, xto spin, Sanskrit trsphyá.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (ichthyology) One of the appendages of a fish, used to propel itself and to manoeuvre/maneuver.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 4 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Then he commenced to talk, really talk. and inside of two flaps of a herring's fin he had me mesmerized, like Eben Holt's boy at the town hall show. He talked about the ills of humanity, and the glories of health and Nature and service and land knows what all.”
    exampleThe fish's fins minimize water flow.
  2. A similar appendage of a cetacean or other marine animal. examplea dolphin's fin
  3. A thin, rigid component of an aircraft, extending from the fuselage and used to stabilise and steer the aircraft. exampleThe fin stabilises the plane in flight.
  4. A similar structure on the tail of a bomb, used to help keep it on course.
  5. A hairstyle, resembling the fin of a fish, in which the hair is comb and set into a vertical ridge along the top of the head from about the crown to the forehead.
  6. A device worn by divers and swimmers on their feet. exampleThe divers wore fins to swim faster.
  7. An extending part on a surface of a radiator, engine, heatsink, etc., used to facilitate cooling.
  8. A sharp raised edge (generally in concrete) capable of damaging a roof membrane or vapor retarder.
Synonyms: (appendange of a fish), (appendage of a cetacean or other marine animal) flipper (of mammals), (aircraft component), (of a bomb) vane, (hairstyle) Mohican, (device worn by divers) flipper
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. {{senseid}}(transitive) To cut the fins from a fish, shark, etc.
  2. (intransitive) To swim in the manner of a fish. A neutrally buoyant diver does not need to fin to maintain depth.
  3. (transitive) To provide (a motor vehicle etc) with fins.
etymology 2 From Yiddish פֿינף 〈p̄ynp〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A five-dollar bill.
Synonyms: (five-dollar bill) fiver, Lincoln
  • NFI
Final Four {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (basketball, in US, informal) The four regional champions of the NCAA Division I tournament, one of whom will become the national champion.
  2. (basketball, in US, informal) The final two rounds of the NCAA Division I tournament.
  3. (basketball, in US, informal) An appearance in the Final Four. These two teams have an amazing number of Final Fours between them.
  4. (basketball, in Europe) The final round of the continent-wide club basketball competition, featuring four teams with one becoming champion.
final straw etymology From the larger expression the straw that broke the camel's back.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A small addition to a burden which causes it to exceed the capacity. That’s the final straw; it’s a petty demand but I’m already under too much work. I quit!
Synonyms: last straw, the straw that broke the camel's back
verb: {{head}}
  1. (nonstandard, childish) en-past of find
find the latchstring out etymology Intrusion is prevented by drawing in the latchstring.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (US, informal) To meet with hospitality; to be welcome.
fine {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From Middle English fin, from Old French fin, probably, from Latin finitus, past participle of fīnīre, from finis. pronunciation
  • /faɪn/, {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • (Tasmanian) /fæːn/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (heading) Of subjective quality.
    1. Of superior quality. exampleThe tree frog that they encountered was truly a fine specimen.  Only a really fine wine could fully complement Lucía's hand-made pasta.
      • {{RQ:EHough PrqsPrc}} "A fine man, that Dunwody, yonder," commented the young captain, as they parted, and as he turned to his prisoner. "We'll see him on in Washington some day. He is strengthening his forces now against Mr. Benton out there.{{nb...}}."
    2. (informal) Being acceptable, adequate, passable, or satisfactory. example"How are you today?" "Fine."  "Will this one do? It's got a dent in it" "Yeah, it'll be fine, I guess."  "It's fine with me if you stay out late, so long as you're back by three."
      • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 3 , “Now all this was very fine, but not at all in keeping with the Celebrity's character as I had come to conceive it. The idea that adulation ever cloyed on him was ludicrous in itself. In fact I thought the whole story fishy, and came very near to saying so.”
    3. (informal) Good-looking, attractive. exampleThat man is so fine that I'd jump into his pants without a moment's hesitation.
      • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 10 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “It was a joy to snatch some brief respite, and find himself in the rectory drawing–room. Listening here was as pleasant as talking; just to watch was pleasant. The young priests who lived here wore cassocks and birettas; their faces were fine and mild, yet really strong, like the rector's face; and in their intercourse with him and his wife they seemed to be brothers.”
    4. Subtle, delicate balanced.
      • The Independent The fine distinction between lender of last resort and a bail-out{{nb...}}
    5. (obsolete) Showy; overdecorated.
      • Matthew Arnold (1822-1888) He gratified them with occasional…fine writing.
    6. Delicate; subtle; exquisite; artful; dexterous.
      • Alexander Pope (1688-1744) The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine!
      • John Dryden (1631-1700) The nicest and most delicate touches of satire consist in fine raillery.
      • Thomas Gray (1716-1771) He has as fine a hand at picking a pocket as a woman.
  2. (heading) Of objective quality.
    1. Of a particular grade of quality, usually between very good and very fine, and below mint. exampleThe small scratch meant that his copy of X-Men #2 was merely fine when it otherwise would have been near mint.
    2. (of weather) Sunny and not raining.
      • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 23 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “If the afternoon was fine they strolled together in the park, very slowly, and with pauses to draw breath wherever the ground sloped upward. The slightest effort made the patient cough.”
    3. Consisting of especially minute particulate; made up of particularly small pieces. exampleGrind it into a fine powder.   When she touched the artifact, it collapsed into a heap of fine dust.
    4. Particularly slender; especially thin, narrow, or of small girth. exampleThe threads were so fine that you had to look through a magnifying glass to see them.
    5. Made of slender or thin filaments. exampleThey protected themselves from the small parasites with a fine wire mesh.
    6. Having a (specified) proportion of pure metal in its composition. examplecoins nine tenths fine
  3. (cricket) Behind the batsman and at a small angle to the line between the wicket. example…to nudge it through the covers (or tickle it down to fine leg) for a four{{nb...}} 〈…to nudge it through the covers (or tickle it down to fine leg) for a four{{nb...}}
  4. (obsolete) Subtle; thin; tenuous.
    • Francis Bacon (1561-1626) The eye standeth in the finer medium and the object in the grosser.
Synonyms: (of superior quality) good, excellent, (informal) (being acceptable, adequate, passable, or satisfactory): all right, ok, o.k., okay, hunky-dory, kosher, (made up of particularly small pieces) fine-grained, powdered, powdery, pulverised, pulverized, small-grained, (made of slender or thin filaments) fine-threaded
  • (made up of particularly small pieces) coarse
  • (made of slender or thin filaments) coarse
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. expression of agreement
  2. well, nicely, in a positive way Everything worked out fine.
  3. (dated, dialect, colloquial) Finely; elegantly; delicately.
  4. (pool, billiards) In a manner so that the driven ball strikes the object ball so far to one side as to be barely deflected, the object ball being driven to one side.
Synonyms: (expression of agreement) all right, alright, OK, very well
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Fine champagne; French brandy.
    • 1926, Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises, Scribner 2003, p. 14: We had dined at l'Avenue's, and afterward went to the Café de Versailles for coffee. We had several fines after the coffee, and I said I must be going.
    • 1936, Djuna Barnes, Nightwood, Faber & Faber 2007, p. 18: He refilled his glass. ‘The fine is very good,’ he said.
  2. (usually, in the plural) something that is fine; fine particles
    • They filtered silt and fines out of the soil.
Particularly used in plural as fines of ground coffee beans in espresso making.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) to make finer, purer, or cleaner; to purify or clarify. to fine gold
    • Hobbes It hath been fined and refined by … learned men.
  2. (intransitive) to become finer, purer, or cleaner.
  3. To make finer, or less coarse, as in bulk, texture, etc. to fine the soil {{rfquotek}}
  4. To change by fine gradations. to fine down a ship's lines, i.e. to diminish her lines gradually
    • Browning I often sate at home / On evenings, watching how they fined themselves / With gradual conscience to a perfect night.
  5. (transitive) to clarify (wine and beer) by filtration.
  6. (intransitive, dated) To become gradually fine; to diminish; to dwindle (with away, down, or off).
    • W. C. Russel I watched her [the ship] … gradually fining down in the westward until I lost sight of her hull.
Synonyms: (to make or become finer, purer, or cleaner) clarify, refine, purify
related terms:
  • (clarify by filtration) finings
related terms:
  • final
  • finite
etymology 2 {{rft}} Old French fin, from Malayalam finis pronunciation
  • /faɪn/, {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A fee levied as punishment for breaking the law. The fine for jay-walking has gone from two dollars to thirty in the last fifteen years.
Synonyms: amercement
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To issue a fine as punishment to (someone). She was fined a thousand dollars for littering, but she appealed.
  2. (intransitive) To pay a fine.
    • Hallam Men fined for the king's good will; or that he would remit his anger; women fined for leave to marry.
Synonyms: amerce
related terms:
  • finance
etymology 3 From Italian fine ("end"). pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈfiːneɪ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (music) The end of a musical composition.
  2. (music) The location in a musical score that indicates the end of the piece, particularly when the piece ends somewhere in the middle of the score due to a section of the music being repeated.
This word is virtually never used in speech and therefore essentially confined to musical notation.
etymology 4 Old French finer, French finir. See finish (transitive verb).
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To finish; to cease.
  2. (obsolete, transitive) To cause to cease; to stop.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) End; conclusion; termination; extinction.
    • Spenser to see their fatal fine
    • Shakespeare Is this the fine of his fines?
  2. A final agreement concerning lands or rents between persons, as the lord and his vassal. {{rfquotek}}
  3. (UK, legal) A sum of money or price paid for obtaining a benefit, favor, or privilege, as for admission to a copyhold, or for obtaining or renewing a lease.
{{Webster 1913}}
  • {{rank}}
  • Enif
  • ifen
  • nief
fine and dandy
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) superb, excellent
fine as frog hair
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (simile, colloquial) Extremely fine.
related terms:
  • finer than frog hair
finer than frog hair
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (simile, colloquial) Extremely fine.
    • 1997 -- Martin Limón: Slicky Boys (page 2) Eun-hi was a business girl. One of the finest in Itaewon. Finer than frog hair, to be exact. A GI's dream...
finest pronunciation
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  1. en-superlative of fine This is the finest wine you can get here. Use the finest sandpaper available.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Police officer. Fifty of New York's finest were on hand for security.
  • feints, infest
fingerbang Alternative forms: finger bang
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (vulgar) To insert one or more digits into another person's vagina or anus for sexual pleasure.
    • 1998, Bret Easton Ellis, Glamorama I would tell her "Your roommate's really pretty," before moving on to long monologues about ex-girlfriends, every cheerleader I ever fucked, a cousin I fingerbanged at a party in Virginia Beach…
Synonyms: fingerfuck
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) The insertion of one or more digits into another person's vagina or anus for sexual pleasure.
fingerfuck etymology finger + fuck
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of sexual penetration or masturbation with the fingers
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (vulgar) To sexually penetrate or masturbate with fingers
    • 1990, Dennis Cooper, Closer, page 117 I started to fingerfuck George, which is my favorite sex act
related terms:
  • mouthfuck, assfuck, titfuck, tonguefuck, footfuck, cuntfuck, buttfuck
finger-lickin' good Alternative forms: finger licking good etymology Colloquial phrase made popular in early advertising of , a US fast-food operation.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial, US) Extremely good, usually in reference to food, but can refer to anything lickable or anything that can be said to be delicious.
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related terms:
  • finger-licking
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) finicky; picky
finicky etymology From finicking, from finical, from fine
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Fastidious and fussy; difficult to please; exacting, especially about detail. The baby was finicky until her diaper was changed.
  2. (informal) Demanding, requiring above-normal care. The lawnmower is a bit finicky in cold weather.
  • The forms finickier and finickiest also exist, but are quite rare, and perhaps nonstandard. The forms and are much more common, and certainly standard.
Synonyms: fastidious, fussy, See
finif Alternative forms: finiff, finnif, finniff etymology From the Yiddish פֿינף 〈p̄ynp〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US slang, dated) A five-dollar bill note.
    • 1884, , The Entailed Hat, or Patty Cannon's Times, Harper & Brothers, p. 182 (Google preview): Five of them finniffs makes a quarter of a hundred dollars.
    • 2004, , Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero, ISBN 9780385507493, (Google preview): “Kid, I got a finif [a five-dollar bill],” Orlando said. “I'll split it with you.”
    • 2013, , The Big Crowd, ISBN 9780618859900, p. 113 (Google preview): "You bet much on the fights, Mr. Boyle?" . . . "Oh, I dunno. A finniff here, a deuce there."
finisher etymology finish + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who finish or complete something.
  2. A construction machine used to smooth a newly constructed road surface.
  3. (video games, informal) A finishing move.
    • 1999, BradyGames, Secret Codes for Sega Dreamcast Tie Up Fallaway Slam (Finisher)
    • 2002, Ben Cureton, Paul Edwards, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance(tm) Official Strategy Guide Shadow Kick (OO+O) is best used as a punishing move and a combo finisher.
  4. (soccer) A player who shoots goals.
    • 2013, Alistair Magowan, "Arsenal 3-1 Stoke", BBC Sport, 22 September 2013: After suffering a broken leg in a challenge from Stoke's Ryan Shawcross in 2010, the goal allowed Ramsey to put a positive slant on this fixture and show how he is evolving into a composed finisher.
  • refinish
fink pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, US, slang) Someone who betray a trust.
Synonyms: (Someone who betrays a trust) betrayer, traitor
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (chiefly, US, slang) To betray a trust.
finocchio Alternative forms: {{forms}} fennocchio, fennochio, fenocchio, fenochio, finnocchio, finnochio, finocchio, finochio, {{forms}} fenochia, finnochia, finocchia, finocha, finochia, {{forms}} finochie etymology From the Italian finocchio. pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /fɪˈnɒkɪəʊ/, /fɪˈnəʊkɪəʊ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A fennel cultivar with a bulb-like structure at its base, used as a vegetable; Florence fennel ({{taxlink}}).
    • 1974, Ali-Bab (author) and Elizabeth Benson (translator), Encyclopedia of Practical Gastronomy, page 41 Finocchios are shoots of the fennel, an odoriferous plant of the Umbelliferae family.
    • 1981, Country Life, volume 170, page 1,057 For the first time, finocchio, or Florence fennel, has performed for me as it should and has swollen out into bulbous protrusions at the base of its leaf stalks.
    • 1983, Theodore James, The Gourmet Garden, page 44 The strong anise odor of finocchio repels many insects from other vegetables.
    • 1994, B. Rosie Lerner and Beverly S. Netzhammer, Possum in the Pawpaw Tree: A Seasonal Guide to Midwestern Gardening, page 43 Also called Florence fennel, finocchio has long been a popular vegetable in Europe but has somehow fallen out of circulation from most American gardens.
  2. (derogatory slang) A male homosexual. (in β 〈b〉-forms, rare) A lesbian.
    • 2008, Edward Anthony Gibbons, A Cultural Affair, page 6 On many, a cold freezing night, of temperatures hovering near zero, the finocchios tease and try to encourage Tedesco to join in their warm body orgies.
    • 2009, Paul MacKenzie, Redemption Comes to Brooklyn, page 172 Not to mention, he and Julie were finocchios; but at least Larry was a smart finocchio.
    • 2010, Suzanne Corso, Brooklyn Story, page 182 “Don’ stand next to any finocchios who might try’n grab your best friend,” Vin cracked. Richie roared as Tony made his way to the men’s room.
    • 2011 August 19, , episode 7: “”, 23:51–23:57 Salvatore Maranzano: Rumour is you two are a pair of finocchi. : That’s not a rumour; that’s a boast.
finook Alternative forms: fanook etymology From Italian finocchio.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) Homosexual.
fipenny Alternative forms: fippenny etymology Contraction of fivepenny. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈfɪpəni/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now historical) A fivepenny; a fivepenny bit.
    • 1974, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York 2007, p. 13: On the Ash Wednesday, when we had holiday from school, I trotted into Town on my own and walked into the Old Bank and plonked down on the counter twenty-one Guernsey shillings in pennies and halfpennies and fippennies and francs.
  2. (slang) A flick-knife.
fire etymology From Middle English fier, from Old English fȳr, from *fuïr, a regularised form of Proto-Germanic *fōr (compare Saterland Frisian Fjuur, West Frisian fjoer, Dutch vuur, Low German Füer, German Feuer, Danish fyr), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *péh₂ur 〈*péh₂ur〉 (compare Hittite 𒉺𒀪𒄯 〈𒉺𒀪𒄯〉, xum pir, Tocharian A/B por/puwar, Czech pýř, Ancient Greek πῦρ 〈pŷr〉, Armenian հուր 〈hur〉) and perhaps Albanian prush. This was an inanimate noun whose animate counterpart was Proto-Indo-European *h₁ngʷnis 〈*h₁ngʷnis〉, *h₁ngʷni- 〈*h₁ngʷni-〉. {{etymtwin}} pyre. pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈfaɪ̯ə(ɹ)/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈfaɪ̯ɚ/
    • (Southern US) /'fɑːɚ/
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  1. (uncountable) A (usually self-sustaining) chemical reaction involving the bond of oxygen with carbon or other fuel, with the production of heat and the presence of flame or smouldering.
  2. (countable) Something that has produce or is capable of producing this chemical reaction, such as a campfire. exampleWe sat around the fire singing songs and telling stories.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 8 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “We toted in the wood and got the fire going nice and comfortable. Lord James still set in one of the chairs and Applegate had cabbaged the other and was hugging the stove.”
  3. (countable) The often accidental occurrence of fire in a certain place. exampleThere was a fire at the school last night and the whole place burned down. exampleDuring hot and dry summers many fires in forests are caused by regardlessly discarded cigarette butts.
  4. (uncountable, alchemy) One of the four basic element.
  5. (China, India and Japan) One of the five basic elements (see Classical_element).
  6. (countable, British) A heater or stove used in place of a real fire (such as an electric fire).
  7. (countable) The elements necessary to start a fire. exampleThe fire was laid and needed to be lit.
  8. (uncountable) The bullet or other projectile fired from a gun. exampleThe fire from the enemy guns kept us from attacking.
  9. Strength of passion, whether love or hate.
    • Atterbury He had fire in his temper.
  10. Liveliness of imagination or fancy; intellectual and moral enthusiasm.
    • Alexander Pope And bless their critic with a poet's fire.
  11. Splendour; brilliancy; lustre; hence, a star.
    • William Shakespeare Stars, hide your fires.
    • John Milton As in a zodiac representing the heavenly fires.
  12. (countable) A button (on a joypad, joystick or similar device) usually used to make a video game character fire a weapon. examplePress fire to fire the gun.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To set (something) on fire.
    • {{RQ:Wells Invisible}} Chapter 20: "Then I slipped up again with a box of matches, fired my heap of paper and rubbish, put the chairs and bedding thereby, led the gas to the affair, by means of an india-rubber tube, and waving a farewell to the room left it for the last time." ¶ "You fired the house!" exclaimed Kemp. ¶ "Fired the house. It was the only way to cover my trail—and no doubt it was insured."
    • 1907, Jack London, The Iron Heel It was long a question of debate, whether the burning of the South Side ghetto was accidental, or whether it was done by the Mercenaries; but it is definitely settled now that the ghetto was fired by the Mercenaries under orders from their chiefs.
  2. (transitive) To heat without setting on fire, as ceramic, metal objects, etc. exampleIf you fire the pottery at too high a temperature, it may crack. exampleThey fire the wood to make it easier to put a point on the end.
    • {{RQ:Frgsn Zlnstn}} So this was my future home, I thought! Certainly it made a brave picture. I had seen similar ones fired-in on many a Heidelberg stein. Backed by towering hills,…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. (transitive) To drive away by setting a fire.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) Till my bad angel fire my good one out.
  4. (transitive) To terminate the employment contract of (an employee), especially for cause (such as misconduct or poor performance).
    • 1969, Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle, Penguin 2011, p.226: The first, obvious choice was hysterical and fantastic Blanche – had there not been her timidity, her fear of being ‘fired{{nb...}}.
  5. (transitive) To shoot (a device that launches a projectile or a pulse of stream of something). exampleWe will fire our guns at the enemy. exampleHe fired his radar gun at passing cars.
  6. (intransitive) To shoot a gun, a cannon or a similar weapon. exampleDon't fire until you see the whites of their eyes. exampleHis nail gun fired about twenty roofing nails a minute.
  7. (transitive, sports) To shoot; to attempt to score a goal.
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  8. (intransitive, physiology) To cause an action potential in a cell. exampleWhen a neuron fires, it transmits information.
  9. (transitive) To forcibly direct (something). exampleHe answered the questions the reporters fired at him.
  10. (intransitive, computer sciences, software engineering) To initiate an event (by means of an event handler). exampleThe event handler should only fire after all web page content has finished loading.
  11. To inflame; to irritate, as the passions. exampleto fire the soul with anger, pride, or revenge
    • John Dryden (1631-1700) Love had fired my mind.
  12. To animate; to give life or spirit to. exampleto fire the genius of a young man
  13. To feed or serve the fire of. exampleto fire a boiler
  14. To light up as if by fire; to illuminate.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) [The sun] fires the proud tops of the eastern pines.
  15. (farriery) To cauterize.
  16. (intransitive, dated) To catch fire; to be kindled.
  17. (intransitive, dated) To be irritated or inflamed with passion.
Synonyms: (set on fire) See set on fire, (transitive, shoot) let off, loose (archery), shoot,, (terminate the employment of) dismiss, be given one's cards, be given the boot, be given the elbow, be given the old heave-ho, let go, make redundant, sack, throw out , (intransitive, shoot a weapon) open fire, shoot, See also
  • (to terminate the employment) hire
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noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. The chamber of a steam engine, or a steam locomotive, in which the fuel is burned.
  2. The part of a fireplace where the fuel is burned.
  3. (vulgar) A redheaded woman (by synecdoche, pars pro toto), or her red pubic hair, from box.
firebreather Alternative forms: fire breather, fire-breather etymology fire + breather
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A performer who creates fireball by breathing a fine mist of fuel over an open flame.
  2. (fantasy) Any creature, such as a dragon, that breathes flame.
  3. (colloquial) A verbally aggressive person. Our new boss is a real firebreather!
related terms:
  • firebreathing
firebug {{wikipedia}} {{wikispecies}} etymology fire + bug
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. {{taxlink}}, a common red and black insect, that is the type species of the family {{taxlink}}.
  2. (slang) a pyromaniac or arsonist.
firecracker {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A firework consisting of a string of bangers linked by a fuse designed to emit a series of loud bangs when lit. Traditionally used in Chinese celebrations (e.g. Chinese New Year) to scare off ghosts and bad spirits and to bring good luck.
  2. A peanut butter cracker baked with marijuana, similar in concept to an Alice B. Toklas brownie.
  3. A person who is exciting and/or unpredictable.{{attention}}
fire-crotch Alternative forms: fire crotch
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, sometimes derogatory) A person who has, or is assumed to have, red pubic hair.
    • 1993, Dec 20, Jason D. Kelleher, Re: love,, alt.drunken.bastards, “It's time to regain your manhood. Go out, get drunk, find a cute fire-crotch, then.... Fuck the snot out of her on your kitchen floor.”
    • 1994 Feb 24, , "Parent & Child," The New York Times: The harassment started a few months ago on the school bus. Millie, a 10th-grade student with red hair, was called "fire crotch" by several sixth-grade boys, who giggled and snickered among themselves.
    • 2000, Chris Mooney, Deviant Ways, Pocket Books (2000), ISBN 0671040596, page 5: His wife, Ash, was no great lay—not like that nurse at the hospital, fire crotch, a hot little minkie with flaming red pubic hair and a very uninhibited appetite.
    • 2005 Jun 16, Scott Lamb, "The Fix," Still suffering from the fallout of his stomach-churning "Lindsay Lohan is a fire crotch" tirade that paparazzi caught on tape last month, Brandon Davis is now blaming it all on drugs and has checked himself into rehab.
fire diamond {{wikipedia}} etymology One of the four divisions of the symbol indicates flammability.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A coloured diamond symbol identifying the specific risk posed by a hazardous material according to the NFPA 704 classification.
    • 1999, Gayle Woodside, Hazardous Materials and Hazardous Waste Management (page 133) Many facilities that manufacture, use, or store hazardous materials use the NFPA fire diamond to communicate fire hazards. Indeed, numerous cities have local regulations or ordinances requiring the use of fire diamonds or equivalent communication/warning labels.
fired up
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Very emotional or excited, positively or negatively, regarding something. Watching the political commentators on cable news channels always gets him fired up.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of fire up
fire hose Alternative forms: firehose
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A hose designed to deliver water to douse a fire, usually much stronger and wider in diameter than a garden hose.
  2. (idiomatic) Any fast, heavy stream (e.g. of information). She felt she was standing in front of a fire hose of instructions, trying to absorb them all with a sponge.
  3. (idiomatic, colloquial) A human penis.
firepower kill
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (military, slang) The damage inflicted by a weapon on a vehicle that destroys its weapon systems, or substantially reduces its ability to deliver weapons accurately.
  2. (military, slang) A vehicle or vehicles that have their guns or missile system damaged under fire; when damaged, vents open to channel ignited propellants and explosives away from the crew cabin. The firepower-killed tank can then return to a maintenance center with its crew intact.
Synonyms: F-kill
fireship pronunciation etymology From fire + ship
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical) A sailing ship that has been set alight and left to drift into an opposing fleet. Famously used by Englishman Sir Francis Drake when fighting the Spanish Armada of 1588.
  2. (vulgar, slang) A disease prostitute.
firestarter Alternative forms: fire starter, fire-starter
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. one who starts fire
  2. a tool used to start a fire.
  • (person who starts fires)
    • arsonist
    • firebug
    • fireraiser
    • pyromaniac
    • torch
  • (tool used to start a fire)
    • incendiary
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A building with limited emergency exit in which people would be trapped in the event of a fire.
fire up
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To ignite. Let's fire up the grill and have a barbecue.
  2. (intransitive) Of an engine or similar, to start. The generator fired up shortly after the power failure began.
  3. (transitive, computing, informal) To launch; to run. Fire up Excel. Fire up your computer.
  4. (transitive) To excite; to infuse with energy. The band went out to fire up the crowd before the game.
  5. (intransitive, dated) To grow irritated or angry.
    • Macaulay He … fired up, and stood vigorously on his defence.
firewall {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈfaɪə.wɔəl/
  • (UK) /ˈfaɪ.əˌwɔːl/
  • (US) /ˈfaɪ(ə)rˌwɔl/, /ˈfaɪ(ə)rˌwɑl/
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etymology From fire + wall
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A fireproof barrier used to prevent the spread of fire between or through buildings, structures, electrical substation transformers, or within an aircraft or vehicle.
  2. (computer security) The software that monitor traffic in and out of a private network or a personal computer and allow or block such traffic depending on its perceive threat.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, computer security) To protect with a firewall.
  2. (transitive, computer security) To block with a firewall.
  3. (intransitive, motor vehicles or aircraft, slang) To use maximum acceleration.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. misspelling of fiery
The word fire and the fier- in the word fiery have counterintuitively different spellings. Furthermore, fire is traditionally one syllable (now usually two), while fiery is three. As such, it is easy to mistake fiery as a misspelling of fire + -y.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, colloquial) A firefighter.
    • 2006, Don Woodland, Simon Bouda, Salvation Army, Picking Up the Pieces: A Life of Care and Compassion, [http//|%22fireys%22+firefighting+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=DDpQT8riBa7nmAWckp2ICg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22firey%22|%22fireys%22%20firefighting%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 135], So if a firey was having difficulties, I could go into bat for him if I felt it was necessary.
    • 2010, Helen Thomas, Life with Rosie: The Highs and Lows of Raising a Racehorse, [http//|%22fireys%22+firefighting+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=qDdQT8mWO5CJmQX42qWKCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22firey%22|%22fireys%22%20firefighting%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], ‘Just one of those things that happens on a day like this,’ one of the fireys says, staring at what was the back door of the car.
    • 2010, Karen Kissane, Worst of Days: Inside the Black Saturday Firestorm, [http//|%22fireys%22+firefighting+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=qDdQT8mWO5CJmQX42qWKCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22firey%22|%22fireys%22%20firefighting%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], Kinglake West firey Chris Lloyd says the camaraderie is a critical ingredient of CFA life.
Alternative forms: firie
  • fiery
  • reify
firm {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /fɝm/
  • (RP) /fɜːm/
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etymology 1 From German Firma, from Italian firma, from firmare, from Latin firmare, from firmus.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, business) A business partnership; the name under which it trade.
  2. (business, economics) A business enterprise, however organized.
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  3. (slang) A criminal gang.
etymology 2 Middle English ferme, from Old French ferme, from Latin firmus.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. steadfast, secure, hard (in position) exampleIt's good to have a firm grip when shaking hands.
  2. fixed (in opinion) a firm believer; a firm friend; a firm adherent
    • He was firm that selling his company would a good choice and didn't let anyone talk him out of it.
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  3. solid, rigid (material state) firm flesh; firm muscles, firm wood; firm land (i.e. not soft and marshy)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To make firm or strong; fix securely.
  2. (transitive) To make compact or resistant to pressure; solidify.
  3. (intransitive) To become firm; stabilise.
  4. (intransitive) To improve after decline.
  5. (intransitive, Australia) To shorten (of betting odds).
  • fMRI
  • frim, FRIM
first {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /fɜːst/
  • (US) /fɝst/
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etymology 1 {{number box}} From Middle English first, furst, ferst, fyrst, from Old English fyrst, fyrest, from Proto-Germanic *furistaz, superlative of Proto-Germanic *fur, *fura, *furi, from Proto-Indo-European *per-, *pero-, equivalent to fore + est. Cognate with Northern Frisian foarste, Dutch voorste, German Fürst, Swedish första, Icelandic fyrstur. Alternative forms: firste (archaic), fyrst (obsolete), fyrste (obsolete)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Preceding all others of a series or kind; the ordinal of one; earliest.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 2 , “Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke. He was dressed out in broad gaiters and bright tweeds, like an English tourist, and his face might have belonged to Dagon, idol of the Philistines.”
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    exampleThe first day of September 2013 was a Sunday.   I was the first runner to reach the finish line, and won the race.
  2. Most eminent or exalted; most excellent; chief; highest.
    • 1784: William Jones, The Description and Use of a New Portable Orrery, &c., PREFACE THE favourable reception the Orrery has met with from Perſons of the firſt diſtinction, and from Gentlemen and Ladies in general, has induced me to add to it ſeveral new improvements in order to give it a degree of Perfection; and diſtinguiſh it from others; which by Piracy, or Imitation, may be introduced to the Public.
    exampleDemosthenes was the first orator of Greece.
Alternative forms: 1st; (in names of monarchs and popes) I
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Before anything else; firstly. exampleClean the sink first, before you even think of starting to cook.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 8 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “That concertina was a wonder in its way. The handles that was on it first was wore out long ago, and he'd made new ones of braided rope yarn. And the bellows was patched in more places than a cranberry picker's overalls.”
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) The person or thing in the first position. exampleHe was the first to complete the course.
    • 1699, Sir William Temple, 1st Baronet, Heads designed for an essay on conversations Study gives strength to the mind; conversation, grace: the first apt to give stiffness, the other suppleness: one gives substance and form to the statue, the other polishes it.
  2. (uncountable) The first gear of an engine.
  3. (countable) Something that has never happened before; a new occurrence. exampleThis is a first. For once he has nothing to say.
  4. (countable, baseball) first base exampleThere was a close play at first.
  5. (countable, British, colloquial) A first-class honours degree.
  6. (countable, colloquial) A first-edition copy of some publication.
  7. A fraction of an integer ending in one. exampleone forty-first of the estate
etymology 2 From Middle English first, furst, fyrst, from Old English fyrst, fierst, first, from Proto-Germanic *fristaz, *fristą, from Proto-Indo-European *pres-, *per-. Cognate with Northern Frisian ferst, frest, German Frist, Swedish frist, Icelandic frestur. See also frist.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) Time; time granted; respite.
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  • frits
  • rifts
first base
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  1. (singulare tantum, baseball) The base after home plate in a counter-clockwise path around a baseball infield. The runner took his lead off of first base.
  2. (singulare tantum, by extension) Completion of the first phase of an activity.
  3. (singulare tantum, US, colloquial) Kissing, regarded as the first phase of a sexual relationship.
  4. (blackjack) The betting spot located immediately to the left of the dealer, which is first to receive cards and first to act.
first bite free
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (law, informal) the concept that a dog is not considered dangerous until it has bitten someone.
First Bloke
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (AU, informal, comical) the male partner of Australia's female prime minister
firstie etymology first + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, military, informal) A first-class cadet.
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fish {{wikipedia}} {{ picdic }} pronunciation
  • /ˈfɪʃ/
  • (NZ) /ˈfɘʃ/
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etymology 1 From Middle English fisch, from Old English fisc, from Proto-Germanic *fiskaz (compare Western Frisian fisk, Dutch vis, Danish fisk, German Fisch), from Proto-Indo-European *pisḱ- 〈*pisḱ-〉 (compare Irish iasc, Latin piscis).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) A cold-blooded vertebrate animal that lives in water, moving with the help of fin and breathing with gill. Salmon is a fish. The Sun Mother created all the fishes of the world. The Sun Mother created all the fish of the world. We have many fish in our aquarium.
  2. (possibly archaic) Any animal that lives exclusively in water.
    • 1774, Oliver Goldsmith, History of the Earth and Animated Nature, Volume IV: The whale, the limpet, the tortoise and the oyster… as men have been willing to give them all the name of fishes, it is wisest for us to conform.
  3. (uncountable) The flesh of the fish used as food.
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    The seafood pasta had lots of fish but not enough pasta.
  4. (countable) A period of time spent fishing. The fish at the lake didn't prove successful.
  5. (countable) An instance of seeking something. Merely two fishes for information told the whole story.
  6. (uncountable) A card game in which the object is to obtain cards in pairs or sets of four (depending on the variation), by asking the other players for cards of a particular rank.
  7. (uncountable, derogatory, slang) A woman.
  8. (countable, slang) An easy victim for swindling.
  9. (countable, poker slang) A bad poker player.
  10. (countable, nautical) A makeshift overlapping longitudinal brace, originally shaped roughly like a fish, used to temporarily repair or extend a spar or mast of a ship.
  11. (nautical) A purchase used to fish the anchor.
  12. (countable, nautical) A torpedo.
    • 1977, Richard O'Kane, Clear the Bridge: The War Patrols of the U.S.S. Tang, Ballantine Books (2003), page 344: The second and third fish went to the middle of her long superstructure and under her forward deck.
  13. (zoology) A polyphyletic grouping of the following extant taxonomic groups:
    1. Class Myxini, the hagfish (no vertebra)
    2. Class Petromyzontida, the lamprey (no jaw)
    3. Within infraphylum Gnathostomata (jawed vertebrates (also including Tetrapoda)
      1. Class Chondrichthyes, cartilaginous fish such as shark and ray
      2. Superclass Osteichthyes, bony fish.
The collective plural of fish is normally fish in the UK, except in archaic texts where fishes may be encountered; in the US, fishes is encountered as well. When referring to two or more kinds of fish, the plural is fishes. Synonyms: (potential swindling victim) mark, (card game) Go Fish, (bad poker player) donkey, donk
related terms:
  • (adj) piscine, ichthyic, ichthyal (formal), fishy (inf.)
  • (astronomical) The Fish, Pisces
  • (collective) piscifauna
  • (combinatorial form) ichthyo- (Greek), pisci- (Latinate)
  • (fish-catcher) See fisher
  • (fish-eater) ichthyophage (esp. animal), piscivore, ichthyophagist (esp. human), ichthyophagan (obs.)
  • (fish fossil) ichthyolite
  • (fish-infesting) piscolous
  • (fish-killing) piscicidal
  • (fish-like) icthyoid (formal), piscose (culinary), fishy, fishlike (inf.)
  • (fish science) ichthyology (proper), piscatology (irreg.)
  • (fish scientist) ichthyologist
  • (fish shape) ichthus (Christian, stylized)
  • (fish-shaped) pisciform, ichthyoid, ichthyomorphic
  • (fish vendor) fishmonger, piscitarian
  • (full of fish) pisculent
  • (rule by fish; domain of fish) ichthyarchy
  • (skin disorder) ichthyosis (formal), fish-skin disease, porcupine disease (inf.)
  • (state of being a fish) piscinity (formal), fishiness (inf.)
  • (writer on fish) ichthyographer
  • (writing on fish) ichthyography
  • (aquatic cold-blooded vertabrae with gills) Cephalaspidomorphi, Chondrichthyes, Osteichthyes
  • (food) seafood
etymology 2 From Old English fiscian, from Proto-Germanic *fiskōną.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To try to catch fish, whether successfully or not. She went to the river to fish for trout.
  2. (transitive) To try to find something other than fish in (a body of water). They fished the surrounding lakes for the dead body.
  3. (intransitive) To attempt to find or get hold of an object by searching among other objects. Why are you fishing through my things? He was fishing for the keys in his pocket.
  4. (intransitive, followed by "around") To attempt to obtain information by talking to people. The detective visited the local pubs fishing around for more information.
  5. (intransitive, cricket) Of a batsman, to attempt to hit a ball outside off stump and miss it.
  6. (transitive, figuratively, followed by "for") To attempt to gain. The actors loitered at the door, fishing for compliments.
  7. (nautical) To repair a spar or mast using a brace often called a fish (see NOUN above).
    • 1970, James Henderson, The Frigates, an account of the lesser warships of the wars from 1793 to 1815, Wordsworth (1998), page 143: … the crew were set to replacing and splicing the rigging and fishing the spars.
Synonyms: (try to catch a fish) angle, drop in a line, (try to find something) rifle, rummage, (attempt to gain (compliments, etc)) angle
etymology 3 Borrowing from French fiche.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A counter, used in various game.
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fishapod etymology A {{blend}}, coined by Neil Shubin circa 2006.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, paleontology) Any of several extinct creatures having features both of fish and tetrapod of the subclass Tetrapodomorpha, especially Tiktaalik.
fishetarian etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) pescetarian; one who eats no meat other than fish
    • 2005, Michael Bywater, Lost Worlds (page 39) 'Okay, we can't do monkfish for the fishetarians because it's not kosher, and the koshers won't eat red meat either, so cod will do for them…
    • 2006, Hana Schank, A More Perfect Union (page 82) Uncle Murray is on a very strict heart healthy diet. Katherine may be a fishetarian — she has some sort of ulcer-thing I think, because I know that eating much in the way of tomatoes is a no-no for her.
fishhook etymology From Middle English fisch-hook, from Old English *fischōc, equivalent to fish + hook. Cognate with Dutch vishaak. pronunciation
  • /ˈfɪʃˌhʊk/
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  1. a barb hook, usually metal, used for fishing
  2. (slang) A jack (the playing card)
Synonyms: fishing hook, hook
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of fishhook
  2. (slang) A pair of jack (the playing card)
fishie Alternative forms: fishy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish) diminutive of fish; alternative spelling of fishy
fishing pronunciation
  • /ˈfɪʃɪŋ/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of, about, or pertain to the act of fishing.
    • 1922, Michael Arlen, [ “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days], 3/19/2 , “Ivor had acquired more than a mile of fishing rights with the house ; he was not at all a good fisherman, but one must do something ; one generally, however, banged a ball with a squash-racket against a wall.”
Synonyms: piscatorious, piscatory, piscatorial, piscatorical, piscatorian
related terms:
  • (adv) piscatorially
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) The act of catch fish. a good day's fishing
  2. (uncountable, informal) The act of catch other form of seafood, separately or together with fish.
  3. {{senseid}}(uncountable) Commercial fishing: the business or industry of catch fish and other seafood for sale. the fishing industry
  4. (countable) A fishery, a place for catch fish.
    • Spenser the rent of the fishings
Synonyms: (act) piscatology, piscation, piscicide (pejorative), piscicapture, the gentle craft, (business) fishery, the fish industry, the seafood industry, (sport) sportfishing, (place) See fishery
related terms:
  • (adj) See fishing
  • (adv) halieutically
  • (science) halieutics, piscatology
  • (writing on fishing) halieutics, piscatory
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  1. present participle of fish
fishing expedition
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, legal, US, informal, pejorative) A non-specific search for information, especially incriminating information.

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