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Apop etymology Shortening.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) The Norwegian musical group .
    • 2000, "oddlystrange", VNV/Apop show in DC (on Internet newsgroup Well I spoke with the bands {{SIC}} crew outside along with everyone else. I also spoke with VNV who said that although it was technically possible for them to make noise come out of their band inside the black cat it was going to be a horrible effort for them to do it AND I also spoke with the Apop guys who said it was technically IMPOSSIBLE for them to play at all.
    • 2001, "R-Lex", Apoptygma DVD (on Internet newsgroup So if you hate Apop so much, why the hell did you buy it? I love it when people try to impress with vitriol by setting up a scarecrow and then knocking it over.
    • 2003, "elegia", um... hey... (on Internet newsgroup i'd like to say that apoptygma berzerks {{SIC}} cover of "fade to black" was better, but alas it isn't. shame really because i really like apop.
apoplexy {{wikipedia}} etymology Old English poplexye, ll poplexia, apoplexia, from Ancient Greek ἀποπληξία 〈apoplēxía〉, from ἀποπλήσσειν 〈apoplḗssein〉 to cripple by a stroke; ἀπό 〈apó〉 + πλήσσειν 〈plḗssein〉: compare with French apoplexie. See plague. pronunciation
  • /ˈæp.əˌplɛ
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (symptom) Bleeding within internal organs and the accompanying symptoms.
  2. (symptom) Sudden diminution or loss of consciousness, sensation, and voluntary motion, usually caused by pressure on the brain.
  3. (colloquially) Great anger and excitement.
The term is now usually limited to cerebral apoplexy, or loss of consciousness due to effusion of blood or other lesion within the substance of the brain; but it is sometimes extended to denote an effusion of blood into the substance of any organ; as, apoplexy of the lung.
related terms:
  • apoplectic
apostle {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /əˈpɑsl̩/
  • (RP) /əˈpɒs(ə)l/
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etymology 1 From Old French apostle, from Ancient Greek ἀπόστολος 〈apóstolos〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A missionary, or leader of a religious mission, especially one in the early Christian Church (but see Apostle).
  2. A pioneer or early advocate of a particular cause, prophet of a belief.
  3. A top-ranking ecclesiastical official in the twelve seat administrative council of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  4. (obsolete, Cambridge slang) A person who is plucked, i.e. refused an academic degree.
Synonyms: disciple
etymology 2 See apostil.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (legal) A letter dismissory.
  2. (legal) A note sent to an appeal court presenting the appeal in summary.
  3. (legal) The trial court record sent to an appeal court concerning an appeal.
  • ale post
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (rhetoric) Using apostrophe; with sudden exclamatory dialogue.
  2. (orthography, humorous) With apostrophe.
related terms:
  • apostrophe
app etymology Shortening. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ap/
  • (US) /æp/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing) An application (program), especially a small one designed for a mobile device.
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    • JavaScript application cookbook, page xi, Jerry Bradenbaugh, 1999, “So is a spreadsheet app, but I'm not going to put those on a web site any time soon.”
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  2. (informal) appetizer
    • 2007, Evelyn Spence, Explorer's Guide Colorado's Classic Mountain Towns The food is some of Breck's best: apps like sweet potato gnocchi with smoked chicken and sage cream…
    • 2009, Robin Asbell, New Vegetarian If you lay out a platter of these exciting, beautiful vegetarian appetizers, the other apps will pale in comparison.
    • 2010, Bill Allen, Grillin', Chillin', and Swillin' (page 1) This is not to say that we only serve apps at dinner parties. Quite the contrary; but for smaller gatherings, good appetizers can distinguish you as a host who puts more thought and effort into his or her party menu. Better yet, most apps are relatively easy to make…
  3. (military) application not a computer program
  4. (sports) an appearance in a game (e.g., a player with 10 apps in a season played 10 times)
  • pap, PAP
apparatchik {{wikipedia}} etymology From Russian аппара́тчик 〈apparátčik〉, from аппарат 〈apparat〉 + suffix -чик 〈-čik〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) /apəˈɹatʃɪk/
  • (US) /æpəˈɹæt͡ʃɪk/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (historical) A member of the Soviet apparat; a Communist bureaucrat or agent. {{defdate}}
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    • 2007 , Elizabeth , Roberts , Realm of the Black Mountain: A History of Montenegro , Cornell Univ. Press , Ithaca , 9780801446016 , 2006048845 , 9776170M , 34 , , In these dire conditions the ambitious Serbo-Croatian Communist Party apparatchik Slobodan Milošević played the national card in Kosovo.
  2. A blindly loyal bureaucrat. {{defdate}}
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appendix {{wikipedia}} etymology Borrowing from Latin appendix. pronunciation
  • (UK) /əˈpɛn.dɪks/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete in general sense) Something attached to something else; an attachment or accompaniment.
    • {{RQ:RBrtn AntmyMlncly}}, vol.I, New York 2001, p.244: idleness is an appendix to nobility; they count it a disgrace to work, and spend all their days in sports, recreations, and pastimes […].
  2. Specifically, a text added to the end of a book or an article, containing information that is important to but is not the main idea of the main text.
  3. (anatomy) The vermiform appendix, an inner organ without known use that can become inflamed.
The correct plural of depends on the circumstances. When referring to the text at the end of a book or article, the plural is usually stated as appendices, although often as appendixes. Either is correct in standard usage. In the sense of the organ, appendixes is the only plural. Compare vacuum, which can pluralize to vacua or vacuums depending on the meaning.
applause etymology From the Latin applausus, from applaudō (whence the English verb applaud). pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /əˈplɔːz/
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  • (US) {{enPR}}, /əˈplɔz/
  • (cot-caught) {{enPR}}, /əˈplɑz/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of applauding; approbation and praise publicly expressed by the clapping of hands, stamping or tapping of the feet, acclamation, huzza, or other means; marked commendation.
Synonyms: acclaim, acclamation, approbation, approval, commendation, plaudit
applauseometer Alternative forms: applausometer etymology en + applause + -o- + -meter pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /əˈplɔːzəʊˌmiːtə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, US) A device of dubious accuracy used to measure the volume of an audience’s applause.
    • 1989, Nov.–Dec., , volume 78, № 2, page 24 Its four-color animation board has message capabilities, angled lenses for easy daytime viewing, and an applauseometer, which measures the crowd’s Longhorn-cheering levels.
    • 2000: Marshal Scott Younger, The Great Kidsboro Takeover, page 93 (Review and Herald Publishing Association; ISBN 0828014272, 9780828014274) Again, there was scattered applause. I looked into the crowd at Nelson. He told me he was bringing a new invention — an applauseometer — to the debate.
    • 2001: Stanley Marcus, Quest for the Best, page 27 (University of North Texas Press; ISBN 1574411373, 9781574411379) Is the best measurable? If so, by what kind of instrumentation? Certainly not by an “applauseometer,” as used to record the volume of applause on the “Major Bowes Amateur Night Talent” shows during the heyday of radio. I know of no universal empirical devices, but I do believe that the best is discernible to the observant eye.
Synonyms: clapometer
apple {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English appel, from Old English æppel, from Proto-Germanic *aplaz (compare Scots aipple, Western Frisian apel, Dutch appel, German Apfel, Swedish äpple), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ébl̥ 〈*h₂ébl̥〉, *h₂ebōl 〈*h₂ebōl〉 (compare Irish úll, Lithuanian óbuolỹs 〈óbuolỹs〉, Russian я́блоко 〈ấbloko〉, possibly Ancient Greek ἄμπελος 〈ámpelos〉).[ etymonline][] pronunciation
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈæpl̩/, /ˈæpəl/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A common, round fruit produced by the tree Malus domestica, cultivated in temperate climates. {{defdate}}
    • c. 1378, William Langland, Piers Plowman: I prayed pieres to pulle adown an apple.
    • 1815, Jane Austen, Emma: Not that I had any doubt before – I have so often heard Mr. Woodhouse recommend a baked apple.
    • 2013, John Vallins, The Guardian, 28 Oct 2013: Close by and under cover, I watched the juicing process. Apples were washed, then tipped, stalks and all, into the crusher and reduced to pulp.
  2. Any of various tree-borne fruit or vegetable especially considered as resembling an apple; also (with qualifying words) used to form the names of other specific fruits such as custard apple, thorn apple etc. {{defdate}}
    • 1658, trans. Giambattista della Porta, Natural Magick, I.16: In Persia there grows a deadly tree, whose Apples are Poison, and present death.
    • 1784, James Cook, A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, II: Otaheite […] is remarkable for producing great quantities of that delicious fruit we called apples, which are found in none of the others, except Eimeo.
    • 1825, Theodric Romeyn Beck, Elements of Medical Jurisprudence, 2nd edition, p. 565: Hippomane mancinella. (Manchineel-tree.) Dr. Peysonnel relates that a soldier, who was a slave with the Turks, eat some of the apples of this tree, and was soon seized with a swelling and pain of the abdomen.
  3. The fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, eaten by Adam and Eve according to post-Biblical Christian tradition; the forbidden fruit. {{defdate}}
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book X: Him by fraud I have seduced / From his Creator; and, the more to encrease / Your wonder, with an apple […].
    • 1985, Barry Reckord, The White Witch: Woman ate the apple, and discovered sex, and lost all shame, and lift up her fig—leaf, and she must suffer the pains of hell. Monthly.
  4. A tree of the genus Malus, especially one cultivated for its edible fruit; the apple tree. {{defdate}}
  5. The wood of the apple tree. {{defdate}}
  6. (in the plural, Cockney rhyming slang) Short for apples and pears, slang for stairs. {{defdate}}
  7. (baseball, slang, obsolete) The ball in baseball. {{defdate}}
  8. (informal) When smiling, the round, fleshy part of the cheeks between the eyes and the corners of the mouth.
  9. (pejorative, ethnic slur) A Native American or red-skinned person who acts and/or thinks like a white (Caucasian) person.
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  • appel
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang) large, spacious underwear
apple dumpling shop
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete or archaic, vulgar, slang) The bosom of a woman, especially a fat or large-breasted woman.
    • 1997, Casey Claybourne, A Spirited Seduction, page 121: Instinctively Nell glanced to her bosom to make sure it was adequately exposed before she remembered he couldn't see her. He couldn't appreciate the sight of her apple dumplin' shop because, to him, she was invisible.
    • 2010, Aishling Morgan, Devon Cream: You're neither of you exactly what you'd call short in the apple-dumpling shop.
    • 2011, Gillian Bagwell, The Darling Strumpet: A Novel of Nell Gwynn: When she noticed a gentleman surveying her bosom as well as her oranges, she said pertly, “Sixpence for anything in the basket, sir, but the goods in the apple dumpling shop are not for sale.”
Apple Isle etymology From apple + isle.
  • (Avalon) Translation of Latin Insula Pomorum, 's alternative name for Insula Avallonis.
  • (Tasmania) A reference to Tasmania's former status as an important apple grower and exporter. Possibly influenced by a supposed resemblance of the map of Tasmania to the shape of an apple.
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  1. (mythology) Avalon.
    • 2002, Sheena Morgan, The Real Halloween: Ritual and Magic for the New Millennium, page 67, The journey involved a quest for the mysterious Avalon, the Apple Isle — home of immortality and hidden wisdom.
    • 2004, Eithne Massey, Legendary Ireland: A Journey through Celtic Places and Myths, page 139, He is equally at home over and under the waves, bringing some chosen ones, like Connla and Bran and the great King Cormac, to visit him in the Apple Isle, the Land of Promise.
    • 2010, Jhenah Telyndru, Avalon Within: A Sacred Journey of Myth, Mystery, and Inner Wisdom, page 5, How can we, who have heard the Voice of the Lady of the Apple Isle, fulfill this calling?
  2. (Australia, informal) Tasmania.
    • 2004, (editor), Jane Franklin: Not People of the First Respectability, in The Birth of Melbourne, page 96, Less esteemed was her attempt to drive all snakes from the Apple Isle by paying convicts a shilling for each reptilian head brought to her.
    • 2009, Nigel Marsh, Fat, Forty, and Fired, page 78, The irony of me talking about wanting a more balanced life as I gently strolled around the Apple Isle with no job or family to bother me, having left my wife alone to fend for herself with four young kids, was something I didn't dwell on.
    • 2009, John P. Devaney, Full Points Footy: Encyclopedia of Australian Football Clubs page 337, Named Tasmania's first ever All Australian at the 1953 Adelaide carnival (when he was playing at North Launceston) Leedham is regarded by many as being the best footballer ever produced in the Apple Isle.
Synonyms: (Tasmania) Tassie
Apple Mac
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An computer.
Synonyms: Mac
apple-pie order etymology {{rfv-etymology}} unknown. First recorded in 1780 in the sea journal of an Englishman. There are two mainstream theories as to its origin, although there is no evidence for either:
  • French cap-à-pied
  • French
The proposed nappe pliée fits more closely with the date of first attestation.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, dated) A neat and tidy arrangement or organization.
    • 1899, , , And he was devoted to his books, which were in apple-pie order.
    • 1904, , He was made welcome...and was able before retiring to rest to arrange his materials for work in apple-pie order upon a commodious table which occupied the outer end of the room...
apples etymology
  • (stairs) From Cockney rhyming slang apples and pears.
  • (nice) From Australian rhyming slang apples and spice or apples and rice.
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of apple
  2. (Cockney rhyming slang) Stairs. {{short for}}
  3. (Australian, Australian rhyming slang) Nice, fine.
  4. (slang) Testicles.
applesauce Alternative forms: apple sauce (UK) etymology apple + sauce
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US) Apple sauce.
    • 1955, , , page 101 Because Mother had been so busy making applesauce, dinner was a little late that night.
  2. (slang, US, dated, 1920s) Nonsense, balderdash, bunk, piffle.
interjection: {{en-interj}}!
  1. (slang, US, dated) nonsense!
apple sauce Alternative forms: applesauce (US)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK) A food prepared by pureeing cooked apple.
  2. (slang, dated) alternative spelling of applesauce (nonsense, balderdash, bunk, piffle).
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Appletard etymology Apple + tard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A user of Apple Inc. products.
    • 2012, "Gutless Umbrella Carrying Sissy", Rights? You have no right to your eBooks. (on newsgroup rec.arts.sf.written) I'm guess{{SIC}} that if Apple carved their logo on a cow turd, Appletards would buy it by the milions{{SIC}}.
    • 2012, "owl", HTC losing money on Android - forced to shut down offices and layoff{{SIC}} employees (on newsgroup comp.os.linux.advocacy) I hope they all die. Then only Appletards would have smart phones, and eventually the cost of service would skyrocket so that even they would toss them.
Apple tax etymology Apple + tax referring to the Apple corporation
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) the price premium paid by Macintosh users over that of a Wintel PC of comparable power and features
  2. (slang) by extension, the price premium paid by consumers of Apple consumer products over comparable devices from competitors
  3. (slang) the large cut of the gross paid to iTunes from every sale on iTunes by content providers, over how much a cut is given at other online retailers
appointment {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle French apointement (French appointement). See appoint. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /əˈpɔɪnt.mɛnt/
  • (Southern US) /əˈpɔɪnt.mɪnt/, [əˈpʰɔɪ̯nʔmɪnʔ], [əˈpʰɔɪ̯̃ʔmɪnʔ]
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of appointing; designation of a person to hold an office or discharge a trust. He erred by the appointment of unsuitable men.
  2. The state of being appointed to a service or office; an office to which one is appointed; station; position. the appointment of treasurer
  3. Stipulation; agreement; the act of fixing by mutual agreement.
  4. An arrangement for a meeting; an engagement. They made an appointment to meet at six. I'm leaving work early because I have a doctor's appointment.
  5. Decree; direction; established order or constitution. To submit to the divine appointments. According to the appointment of the priests. --Ezra vi. 9.
  6. (law) The exercise of the power of designating (under a power of appointment) a person to enjoy an estate or other specific property; also, the instrument by which the designation is made.
  7. (government) The assignment of a person by an official to perform a duty, such as a presidential appointment of a judge to a court.
  8. (now in the plural) Equipment, furniture.
    • 1910, Saki, ‘The Soul of Laploshka’, Reginald in Russia: The appointments were primitive, but the Schnitzel, the beer, and the cheese could not have been improved on.
  9. (US) A honorary part or exercise, as an oration, etc., at a public exhibition of a college; as, to have an appointment.
Synonyms: command, designation, direction, equipment, establishment, order
  • (act of appointing) dismissal
apricot {{wikipedia}} {{wikispecies}} {{commons}} etymology Alteration (under the influence of French abricot) of apricock, itself an alteration (under influence of Latin apricum) of abrecock, from dialectal Catalan abrecoc, abercoc, variant of standard albercoc, from Arabic برقوق 〈brqwq〉, from gkm βερικοκκία 〈berikokkía〉 (pl.), from Ancient Greek πραικόκιον 〈praikókion〉, from ll (persicum) praecoquum (pl.), (mālum) praecoquum, neuter of Latin (persicum) praecox, literally 'over-ripe peach'. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈeɪprɪkɒt/
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  • (US) /ˈeɪprɪkɒt/
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  • (US) /ˈæprɪkɒt/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A round sweet and juicy stone fruit, resembling peach or plum in taste, with a yellow-orange flesh, lightly fuzzy skin and a large seed inside.
  2. The apricot tree, Prunus armeniaca
  3. A pale yellow-orange colour, like that of an apricot fruit. {{color panel}}
  4. A dog with an orange-coloured coat.
  5. (sniper slang) the junction of the brain and brain stem on a target, used as an aiming point to ensure a one-shot kill.
  6. (slang, usually in plural) A testicle.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of a pale yellowish-orange colour, like that of an apricot.
  • aprotic
apron etymology Earlier napron, from Old French napperon, diminutive of nappe, from Latin nappa. The phrase a napron was reinterpreted as an apron, that is why the initial n is now missing. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈeɪ.pɹən/
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noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. An article of clothing worn over the front of the torso and/or legs for protection from spill.
  2. A hard surface bordering a structure or area.
    1. The paved area of an airport, especially the area where aircraft park away from a terminal
    2. The spreading end of a driveway.
    3. The paved area below the yellow line on a race track.
    4. The loading, parking or roadway area immediately beside a railway station
    5. The portion of a stage extending towards the audience beyond the proscenium arch in a theatre.
  3. The sides of a tree’s canopy.
  4. The cap of a cannon; a piece of lead laid over the vent to keep the priming dry.
apron-string hold
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, obsolete, informal) An estate held by a man during his wife's life.
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aquabib etymology Based on Latin aqua + bibere, infinitive of bibō pronunciation
  • /æk.wə.bɪb/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (very, rare, obsolete, derogatory) A teetotaler; one who does not consume alcohol.
    • 1883, The Louisville Medical News: a weekly journal of medicine and surgery: Volumes 15-16 , “and aquabibs are epithets bestowed by the champions of alcohol in London upon the temperance folk.”
    • 1949, The spectacular San Franciscans, Julia Cooley Altrocchi, “Dwight L. Moody and John B. Gough, the great aquabib, had commanded attention …”
    • 1966, Topographical poetry in XVII-century Eng, Robert Arnold Aubin, “While its more sober counterpart was directed to quite different ends by a pugnacious aquabib, William Henry Draper”
  • Proposed circa 1883 as a slur for members of the temperance movement, who would not drink alcohol.
aquacise etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A type of physical exercise practiced in water mostly vertically and without swimming, typically in a swimming pool in waist deep or deeper water.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To practice such exercise. She aquacised the hippos in the zoo's pond before feeding them.
aqua pumpaginis etymology The term mimics the Latin terms for other everyday things that apothecaries used.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, slang) Pump water.
Arabian goggles
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (plurale tantum, slang) A sexual act of settling testicle in a person's eye socket.
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arachnerd etymology {{blend}}, by analogy with web. Included on lists of Internet slang as early as 1996.Jon Casimir, "[ dWeEB]", ''Sydney Morning Herald'', 29 March 1996[[w:Paul McFedries|Paul McFedries]], ''Microsoft Office 97 Unleashed'', Sams Publishing (1996), ISBN 9780672310102, page 853
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet, slang) A person who spends a lot of time on the Internet.
    • 2003, Chris Sherman, "To Google, and Other Internet Neologisms", Search Engine Watch, 8 June 2003: Why do I find these Internet neologisms so interesting? Guess it's because I'm a bona-fide arachnerd, a person that spends way too much time either surfing the Web or fussing with their home page.
Araucania etymology From Spanish Araucanía. pronunciation
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  1. (historical, now, offensive) The homeland of the Mapuche people in part of Patagonia (south central Chile and adjacent area of Argentina).
  2. One of the fifteen adminstrative regions of Chile. The capital of Araucania is Temuco.
  • This term is becoming dated because it is regarded by the Mapuche as offensive.
Araucanian pronunciation
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etymology Araucania + an
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (uncommon, offensive) The Mapudungun language.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (offensive) A Mapuche.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (offensive) Mapuche
  2. (uncommon, offensive) Of or in the Mapudungun or Mapuche language.
  • This term is becoming dated because it is regarded by the Mapuche as offensive; they prefer the term Mapuche.
arb etymology Clipping.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (finance, trading) One who engages in arbitrage, an arbitrageur.
  2. (informal) An arboretum.
    • 2005, Adam Zang, Jendrey Julie, Chris Mason, Carleton College Just don't be too scared when you hear rumors of sacrificial ceremonies in the Arb
arbit etymology Shortened form of arbitrary.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (India, colloquial) Strange, random or weird. Although he seemed arbit at first, a few minutes of talking exposed a decent and well mannered human being.
  • ribat
arcader etymology arcade + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) One who plays arcade game.
    • 1983, Popular Mechanics (volume 160, number 2, August 1983, page 88) The arcaders have it easy. All they need to do is drop a quarter into a machine to find out how good the latest shoot 'em up game really is. But for the home computer owner, it's another story.
    • 1990, Compute: Volume 12, Issues 6-9 Bruce Lee Lives will take even advanced arcaders hours to complete. Software Toolworks' Troy Heere offers some hints not found in the manual to help you get through the game a little faster.
    • 2010, Steven Levy Hackers (page 414) Jerry Jewell was on the scene with Sirius' two most awesome arcaders. On-Line would arrive tomorrow. After the presentation, Jewell bragged to one of the competitors that one of his men might well be the world's best videogamer.
arcadey etymology arcade + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (video games, informal) Characteristic of an arcade game, generally focused on action rather than strategy or realism.
    • GameAxis Unwired Fans of arcadey sports titles (like the ones I mentioned above) will be in heaven, as despite its cutesy trappings, Mario Strikers adheres pretty much to Midway's proven gonzo sports formula.
Archie pronunciation
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proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A diminutive of the male given name Archibald.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, informal) An computer.
    • 2005, "Jonathan", BBC Micro B and Acorn Archimedes A400 (?) to PC file transfer (on Internet newsgroup comp.sys.acorn.networking) And what about getting the data from the Archie to the PC?
  • achier
  • archei
are {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From Middle English aren, from Old English earun, earon, reinforced by Old Norse plural forms in (displacing alternative Old English sind and bēoþ), from Proto-Germanic *arun, from the third person plural preterite indicative form of *iraną, from Proto-Indo-European *er-, *or(w)-. Cognate with Old Norse erun, Old English eart. More at art. pronunciation Stressed
  • (UK) /ɑː(ɹ)/
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  • (US) /ɑɹ/
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  • (UK) /ə(ɹ)/
  • (US) /ɚ/
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  1. form of second-person singular simple present tense Mary, where are you going?
  2. form of first-person plural simple present tense We are not coming.
  3. form of second-person plural simple present tense Mary and John, are you listening?
  4. form of third-person plural simple present tense They are here somewhere.
Synonyms: (second-person singular) (archaic) art (used with thou)
etymology 2 From French are.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare) An accepted (but deprecate and rarely used) SI unit of area equal to 100 square metre, or a former unit of approximately the same extent. Symbol: a
  • Are is now rarely used except in its derivative hectare.
Synonyms: (SI unit) (rare) square decametre
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  • ear
  • era, ERA
  • Rae
area etymology From Latin area. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈɛə̯ɹɪə̯/
  • (US) /ˈæɹ.i.ə/, /ˈɛɹ.i.ə/
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  1. (mathematics) A measure of the extent of a surface; it is measured in square units.
  2. A particular geographic region.
  3. Any particular extent of surface, especially an empty or unused extent. exampleThe photo is a little dark in that area.
  4. Figuratively, any extent, scope or range of an object or concept.
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    exampleThe plans are a bit vague in that area.
  5. (British) An open space, below ground level, between the front of a house and the pavement. {{rfquotek}}
  6. (soccer) Penalty box; penalty area.
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  7. (slang) Genitals.
related terms:
  • areal
  • æra
Area 51
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  1. (informal) A military base in Nevada, rumored to be where the US government hides extra-planetary alien visitor.
aren't etymology are + n't pronunciation
  • /ɑː(r)nt/
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  1. contraction of are not
  2. (colloquial) Spelling replacement of the homonym an’t, a contraction of “am not”, used e.g. in the construction aren’t I?
    • 1800 , To Win Or To Die: A Tale of the Klondike Gold Craze , George Manville , Fenn , I’m a nasty-tempered dog if any one tries to take my bone away; aren’t I, my sons?
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Synonyms: (are not) ain’t (slang), (am not) ain’t (slang), amn’t (Scottish and Irish dialect)
  • Aren’t as a contraction of “am not” is used most often in the question aren’t I? (= am I not?). In the non-interrogative form, the standard contraction of “I am not” is “I’m not”.
  • (are not) are
  • (am not) am
  • antre, earnt, Netra
are you allergic to any medications {{phrasebook}}
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. Asked mostly by doctors and nurses to ascertain whether certain medications should not be given to patients.
are you married {{phrasebook}}
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. Used to ask whether the interlocutor does or doesn't have a spouse.
are you OK {{phrasebook}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ɑː juː əʊˈkeɪ/, [ɑ̟ː ju̟ː əʊˈkʰeɪ]
  • (US) /ɑɹ juː oʊˈkeɪ/, [ɑ̟ɹ ju̟ː oʊˈkʰeɪ]
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  1. Asking if the listener is OK (e.g. not hurt).
are your ears burning
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  1. (idiomatic, colloquial, rhetorical question) Said of somebody who was not present but was the topic of discussion. Are your ears burning? We were just talking about you.
are you religious {{phrasebook}}
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  1. A request for information about the listener's (or listeners') religious beliefs.
are you single
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. Used to ask whether the interlocutor does or doesn't have a (romantic) partner.
Synonyms: are you seeing anybody
arg etymology Shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, programming, informal) An argument; a value passed as a parameter. The first arg needs to be an int.
Argie etymology Diminutive of Argentinian with -ie.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An Argentinian.
    • 2012, Tony Banks, Storming The Falklands: My War and After The Argies attempted a half-hearted counter-offensive, but our artillery quickly put paid to that.
  • Used especially in British tabloid newspapers during the Falklands War against Argentina in 1982.
argie bargie
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  1. (slang) alternative spelling of argy-bargy (to argue contentiously)
argle-bargle etymology 1808 Scottish,{{w|John Jamieson}}, ''Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Tongue.'' [ p. 82]“[ Scalia's argle-bargle]”, Ben Zimmer, ''Language Log,'' June 27, 2013[ Words in the Courtroom, from Mobspeak to "Argle-Bargle"], Ben Zimmer, ''Word Routes,'' June 27, 2013 from earlier argle (16th century), presumably from argue + le#Etymology_1, though possibly from Old Norse (Suio-Gothic) ierga – possibly influenced by haggle''[ Word Detective],'' [ Issue of January 5, 2006], “Put up your duke's.”, Evan Morris. – plus rhyming reduplication, possibly from bargain, found in early variant (1720).“But ’tis a Daffin to debate, / And '''aurgle-bargain''' with our Fate.” —[[w:Allan Ramsay (poet)|Allan Ramsay]], ''Poems,'' “The Rise and Fall of Stocks, 1720. An Epistle to the Right Honorable my Lord ''Ramsay.''”, [ p. 270]
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A verbal argument.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To argue.
    • {{RQ:Stevenson Kidnapped}} Last night ye haggled and argle-bargled like an apple-wife; and then passed me your word, and gave me your hand to back it; and ye ken very well what was the upshot.
    • 2013, Antonin Scalia, United States v. Windsor, p. 22: As I have said, the real rationale of today’s opinion, whatever disappearing trail of its legalistic argle-bargle one chooses to follow, is that DOMA is motivated by '"bare . . . desire to harm"' couples in same-sex marriages.
related terms:
  • argie-bargie
  • argy-bargy
argot etymology From French argot pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɑːɡəʊ/,
  • (US) /ˈɑːrɡoʊ/, /ˈɑːrɡət/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A secret language or conventional slang peculiar to thieves, tramps and vagabonds.
  2. The specialized informal vocabulary and terminology used between people with special skill in a field, such as between doctors, mathematicians or hacker; a jargon. The conversation was in the argot of the trade, full of acronyms and abbreviations that made no sense to the uninitiate.
Synonyms: (secret language) cant, jargon, slang, (specialized vocabulary) jargon
  • gator
  • gotra
  • groat
arguable etymology argue + able pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈɑːɡjuəbl/
  • (GenAm) /ˈɑɹɡjuəbl/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. That which can be argued; i.e., that which can be proven or strongly supported with sound logical deduction, precedent, and evidence.
  2. (colloquial) Open to doubt, argument or debate.
argumentums ad hominem Alternative forms: argumenta ad hominem
noun: {{head}} {{g}}
  1. (informal, rare) plural of argumentum ad hominem
    • 1790: Fulke Greville, Reflection: A Poem, in Four Cantos…, p134 To go at all largely into this conſideration would much exceed the limits of even one of my own notes; (oh, how my argumentums ad hominem would deal about them, were I inclined (as I am not at all) to let them looſe, gentlemen, among you!)
    • 1977: University of Melbourne, Meanjin, p46 Four pages of polemic, ridicule, rhetoric, innuendo, calumny, detraction, contumely, begging of questions, a prioris, argumentums ad hominem, pathetic fallacies, ignoratio elenchis, undistributed middles… (regaining thread) Not even Kendall’s finest lyric achievement is safe from Grigsby’s flailing haymakers and knees to the groin.
    • 1998: “Reina 616”, rec.arts.movies.current-films (Google group): GOOD WILL HUNTING is absolutely terrific!, the 26th day of August at 8 o’clock a.m. I would have no quarrel with the above. If someone DISAGREES it’s one thing. But people go further and tell me I’m WRONG, dead wrong, tasteless, lacking in judgment (we are now getting into the area of argumentums ad hominem (attacking the person instead of the argument).
Argyll Robertson pupil {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A bilateral small pupil of the eye that reduces in size when the patient focus on a near object but does not constrict when exposed to bright light. It is a sign of neurosyphilis.
Synonyms: (bilateral small pupil) AR pupil, prostitute's pupil (humorous)
etymology 1 From ll Arianus. pronunciation
  • /ˈɛəɹiən/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Christianity) A disciple of the Egyptian monk Arius, presbyter of Alexandria, who denied the Trinity but did not deny the preexistence of Christ.
    1. One who follows the Christology of Arianism.
    2. (derogatory, mainly 17-19th Century usage) A heretic or any heresy.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Christianity) Of or pertaining to Arius or Arianism.
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person whose star sign is Aries
etymology 3
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative form of Aryan
  • airan, naira
arigato etymology Japanese ありがとう 〈arigatou〉
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (Japanese, colloquial) thank you
aristo etymology Shortening of aristocrat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An aristocrat
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  2. (slang) A wealthy man, especially married, who has sexual affairs with much younger women and spends money on them
  • aorist
  • ratios
  • satori
Synonyms: sugar daddy
Arkansas elevation
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A shooter's adjustment by aiming higher than the target's position in the sight to allow for the bullet's drop during travel rather than adjusting the sight.
ark at ee etymology From hark + to + he or thee. Imitative of the pronunciation used by some natives of Bristol and the West Country of England. pronunciation
  • /ɑː(ɹ)k æt iː/
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  1. (UK dialect, Bristol, &, West Country, informal) Listen to you; listen to yourself; listen to it.
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  2. (UK dialect, Bristol, &, West Country, informal) Used to draw attention to something or someone.
    • {{quote-web }} "Then a lady came into the shop and saw the T-shirts and said 'ark at ee' so that was the next one we did."
    • {{quote-web }} Ark at ee, it’s our old friend MARK ‘NOT THAT ONE’ OWEN, the moribund boss of troubled equine charity HorseWorld!
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) A person from Arkansas.
Synonyms: Arkansan, Arkansasan, Arkansasian, Arkansawyer
arm {{wikipedia}} {{picdic}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ɑːm/
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  • (US) /ɑɹm/
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etymology 1 From Middle English arm, from Old English earm, from Proto-Germanic *armaz, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂(e)rmos 〈*h₂(e)rmos〉, a suffixed form of *h₂er- 〈*h₂er-〉. {{rel-top}} Akin to Dutch arm, German Arm, Yiddish אָרעם 〈ʼárʻm〉, Swedish arm. Indo-European cognates include Latin armus, Armenian արմունկ 〈armunk〉, Greek.1 ἁρμός 〈harmós〉, Greek.2 ἅρμα 〈hárma〉, Avestan 𐬀𐬭𐬨𐬀 〈𐬀𐬭𐬨𐬀〉, Old Persian trarma. {{rel-bottom}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The portion of the upper human appendage, from the shoulder to the wrist and sometimes including the hand. exampleShe stood with her right arm extended and her palm forward to indicate “Stop!”
  2. (anatomy) The extended portion of the upper limb, from the shoulder to the elbow. exampleThe arm and forearm are parts of the upper limb in the human body.
  3. A limb, or locomotive or prehensile organ, of an invertebrate animal. the arms of an octopus
  4. A long, narrow, more or less rigid part of an object extend from the main part or centre of the object, such as the arm of an armchair, a crane, a pair of spectacles or a pair of compasses. exampleThe robot arm reached out and placed the part on the assembly line.
  5. A bay or inlet off a main body of water. exampleShelburne Bay is an arm of Lake Champlain.
  6. A branch of an organization. examplethe cavalry arm of the military service
  7. (figurative) Power; might; strength; support. the arm of the law the secular arm
    • Bible, Isa. lii. 1 To whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?
  8. (baseball, slang) A pitcher
    • The team needs to sign another arm in the offseason.
  9. (genetics) One of the two parts of a chromosome
  10. A group of patients in a medical trial.
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  1. To take by the arm; to take up in one's arms.
    • Shakespeare And make him with our pikes and partisans / A grave: come, arm him.
    • Two N. Kins Arm your prize; / I know you will not lose him.
  2. To supply with arms or limbs.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher His shoulders broad and strong, / Armed long and round.
etymology 2 From Middle English arm, from Old English earm, from Proto-Germanic *armaz, from Proto-Indo-European *erm-. {{rel-top}} Akin to Dutch arm, German arm, Yiddish אָרעם 〈ʼárʻm〉, Swedish arm. {{rel-bottom}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK dialectal, chiefly, Scotland) Poor; lacking in riches or wealth.
  2. (UK dialectal, chiefly, Scotland) To be pitied; pitiful; wretched.
etymology 3 Middle English, from Old French arme, from Latin arma, from Proto-Indo-European *ar-mo-, a suffixed form of *h₂er- 〈*h₂er-〉, hence ultimately cognate with etymology 1.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (usually used in the plural) A weapon.
  2. (in the plural) heraldic bearing or insignia
Synonyms: See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To supply with armour or (later especially) weapon.
  2. To prepare a tool or a weapon for action; to activate. Remember to arm an alarm system.
  3. To cover or furnish with a plate, or with whatever will add strength, force, security, or efficiency. to arm the hit of a sword; to arm a hook in angling
  4. (figurative) To furnish with means of defence; to prepare for resistance; to fortify, in a moral sense.
    • Bible, 1 Peter iv. 1 Arm yourselves … with the same mind.
  5. To fit (a magnet) with an armature.
  • {{rank}}
  • mar, Mar, Mar., MAR
  • MRA
  • ram, Ram, RAM
  • RMA
arm and a leg etymology The loss of an arm and a leg would be a high price to pay for something.
noun: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic) A very high price for an item or service; an exorbitant price; usually used after the verb cost.
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armor Alternative forms: armour (British) etymology From Middle English armour, from xno armure, from Old French armure, from Latin armātūra. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɑː(ɹ)mə(ɹ)/
  • (US) /ˈɑːɹmɚ/
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  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}} (chiefly, American spelling)
  1. (uncountable) A protective layer over a body, vehicle, or other object intended to deflect or diffuse damaging forces.
  2. (uncountable) A natural form of this kind of protection on an animal's body.
  3. (uncountable) Metal plate, protecting a ship, military vehicle, or aircraft.
  4. (countable) A tank, or other heavy mobile assault vehicle.
  5. (military, uncountable) A military formation consisting primarily of tanks or other armoured fighting vehicles, collectively.
  6. (hydrology, uncountable) The naturally occurring surface of pebbles, rocks or boulders that line the bed of a waterway or beach and provide protection against erosion.
Synonyms: (body armour) body armour, body armor, mail, chain mail, plate, suit of armour, suit of armor, (animal) horn, carapace, chitin, (metal plate) armour plate, armor plate, (military) mechanized, cavalry
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  • arm
  • arms
  • armament
  • armaments
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To equip something with armor or a protective coating or hardening.
  2. (transitive) To provide something with an analogous form of protection.
army golf etymology The term stems from the army marching cadence: left-right-left. In other words, a golfer hits one shot to the left, the next to the right, and very few of them straight.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (golf, slang, humorous, derogatory) The situation when a player is spraying the golf ball all over the golf course in different directions.
    • 2002, John P. Borden, The Complete Guide for the Romantically Challenged Male (page 102) I play army golf; right, left, right, left from one side of the course to the other. More than I would like, I hit the ball into shrubs or trees rather than into the generous mowed areas of grass.
noun: {{en-noun}} {{rfv}}
  1. An androsexual male or SGA male
  2. (slang) Aromantic
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Any plant of the family Araceae, found chiefly in the tropics.
  • arum plant of genus Arum
  • radio
around {{rfc}} Alternative forms: arownd (obsolete) etymology From Middle English around, from a- (from Old English a-) + Middle English round, equivalent to a + round. Cognate with Scots aroond, aroon. Displaced earlier Middle English umbe, embe (from Old English ymbe). See umbe. pronunciation
  • (UK) /əˈɹaʊnd/
  • (US) /əˈɹæwnd/
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preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. Defining a circle or closed curve containing a thing. exampleI planted a row of lillies around the statue.  The jackals began to gather around [someone or something].
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  2. Following the perimeter of a specified area and returning to the starting point. exampleWe walked around the football field.  She went around the track fifty times.
  3. Following a path which curves near an object, with the object on the inside of the curve. exampleThe road took a brief detour around the large rock formation, then went straight on.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients], 1 , “I stumbled along through the young pines and huckleberry bushes. Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path that, I cal'lated, might lead to the road I was hunting for. It twisted and turned, and, the first thing I knew, made a sudden bend around a bunch of bayberry scrub and opened out into a big clear space like a lawn.”
    • 1959, Georgette Heyer, The Unknown Ajax, 1 , “But Richmond…appeared to lose himself in his own reflections. Some pickled crab, which he had not touched, had been removed with a damson pie; and his sister saw, peeping around the massive silver epergne that almost obscured him from her view, that he had eaten no more than a spoonful of that either.”
  4. (of distance, time) Near; in the vicinity of. exampleI left my keys somewhere around here.  I left the house around 10 this morning.  There isn't another house here for miles around.  I'll see you around [the neighbourhood, etc.]
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  5. At various places in. exampleThe pages from the notebook were scattered around the room.  Those teenagers like to hang around the mall.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 10 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Men that I knew around Wapatomac didn't wear high, shiny plug hats, nor yeller spring overcoats, nor carry canes with ivory heads as big as a catboat's anchor, as you might say.”
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, with the verb "to be") Alive; existing.
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    exampleThe record store on Main Street? Yes, it's still around. example"How is old Bob? I heard that his health is failing."  "Oh, he's still around. He's feeling better now."
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Generally.
  2. From place to place. exampleThere are rumors going around that the company is bankrupt. exampleShe went around the office and got everyone to sign the card. exampleLook around and see what you find. exampleWe moved the furniture around in the living room.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 5 , “Then came a maid with hand-bag and shawls, and after her a tall young lady.…She looked around expectantly, and recognizing Mrs. Cooke's maid…Miss Thorn greeted her with a smile which greatly prepossessed us in her favor.”
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  3. From one state or condition to an opposite or very different one; with a metaphorical change in direction; bringing about awareness or agreement. exampleThe team wasn't doing well, but the new coach really turned things around. exampleHe used to stay up late but his new girlfriend changed that around. exampleThe patient was unconscious but the doctor brought him around quickly. (see bring around, come around) exampleI didn't think he would ever like the new design, but eventually we brought him around. (see bring around, come around)
  4. (with [[turn]], [[spin]]{{,}} etc.) Partially or completely rotated, including to face in the opposite direction. exampleTurn around at the end of this street. exampleShe spun around a few times.
  5. Used with verbs to indicate repeated or continuous action, or in numerous locations or with numerous people exampleStop kidding around. I'm serious. exampleI asked around, and no-one really liked it. exampleShopping around can get you a better deal. exampleWhen are you going to stop whoring around, find a nice girl, and give us grandchildren?
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arris etymology From Old French areste, from Latin arista pronunciation
  • /ˈæɹɪs/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A sharp edge or ridge formed by the intersection of two surface
  2. (architecture) A sharp edge or ridge formed by the intersection of two curved surfaces
  3. (archaeology) A ridge formed on the surface of flaked stone that results from the intersection of two or more flake removals. The arris marks the location of flake scars on the dorsal surface of chipped stone.Andrefsky, W. (2005) ''Lithics: Macroscopic Approaches to Analysis''. 2d Ed. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. P. 252
  4. (UK, slang) Buttocks, arse.
etymology 1 From Middle English arow, arwe, from Old English earh, arewe, arwe, from Proto-Germanic *arhwō, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂érkʷo- 〈*h₂érkʷo-〉. Cognate with Faroese ørv, ørvur, Icelandic ör, örvar, Gothic 𐌰𐍂𐍈𐌰𐌶𐌽𐌰 〈𐌰𐍂𐍈𐌰𐌶𐌽𐌰〉, Latin arquus, arcus. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈaɹ.əʊ/
  • (US) /ˈæɹ.oʊ/, /ˈeɹ.oʊ/, /ˈɛəɹ.oʊ/
  • {{audio}} (non-Mary-marry-merry)
  • {{audio}} (Mary-marry-merry)
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A projectile consisting of a shaft, a point and a tail with stabilizing fins that is shot from a bow.
    • {{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.
  2. A sign or symbol used to indicate a direction (e.g. \to).
  3. (graph theory) A directed edge.
  4. (colloquial, darts) A dart.
Synonyms: (projectile) streal, (in graph theory) arc, directed edge
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To move swiftly and directly (like an arrow)
  2. To let fly swiftly and directly
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etymology 2 Representing pronunciation.
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  1. (obsolete) contraction of ever a
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, page 153: though he hath lived here this many years, I don't believe there is arrow a servant in the house ever saw the colour of his money.
arse {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: ass (US) etymology From Old English ærs, ears, from Proto-Germanic *arsaz. Cognate with Dutch aars and German Arsch. Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *órsos (according to and ). pronunciation
  • (RP) /ɑːs/
  • (Ireland) /ɑɹs/
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  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated in New England, current in the UK, Ireland, Australia, NZ, now slang) The buttocks or more specifically, the anus.
    • {{RQ:Mlry MrtDrthr}}: & thenne he rode after the bore / & thenne syre laūcelot was ware where the bore set his ars to a tree by an hermytage / Thenne sir launcelot ranne atte bore with his spere / & ther with the bore torned hym nemly
    • 2011, James Smart, The Guardian, 12 March: As the novel progresses, he is shot in the hand with his own gun, shot in the arse with someone else's and lacerated by a prosthetic weed trimmer.
  2. (chiefly, UK, pejorative slang) A stupid, mean or despicable person.
    • 2007, Martin Harrison, The Judgement of Paris, p.282: “You're an arse,” Ellen said. ¶ “Please? You must like something about me …?” ¶ “I do. You're an arse. I just told you that. I feel comfy with you, because you're such an arse.”
    • 2007, L. A. Wilson, The Silurian: Book One: The Fox and the Bear, p.103: He looked at me, was just about to call me an arse, when I told him, “You throw it too hard. Try and think of the javelin hitting the target before you throw it. Let it all go through your mind first, see it, feel it, then throw it.” ¶ “Good advice, you arse,” he said and tried again.
    • 2011, Joe Abercrombie, The Heroes, unnumbered page: Felnigg. What a suppurating arse. Look at him. Arse.
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  1. (slang, intransitive) To be silly, act stupid or mess around. Stop arsing around!
    • 1985, Sam McAughtry, McAughtry's War, page 10, He was university material, just arsing about as a rigger, arsing about, killing time with bohunks like me….
    • 2005, , , page 291, Pi, upset, roars, "Quit arsing around there and get cracking," and a dozen heads turn their way.
    • 2011, Jaine Fenn, Bringer of Light, unnumbered page, He was half-expecting a call from the lingua, telling him to stop arsing around, but his com stayed silent, so it looked like a certain amount of arsing around was allowed.
  2. (slang) To make, to bother. (If one cannot be arsed to do something, one does not have the will to make the effort to do it.) I can't be arsed to write that essay for tomorrow. I couldn't be arsed to write that essay for tomorrow.
    • 2008, Lynn Broadbent, Infinite Ideas Staff, Be Arsed: 365 Brilliant Ideas for Getting Off Your Backside and Living Life to the Full.
    • 2008, Guy Cullen, Loose Ends, page 2, You can keep all the macho bollocks that goes with the job. I can't be arsed who thinks what of me to be perfectly honest and I have no time for those that are.
    • 2011, Ray Banks. Beast of Burden, page 133, …but here's the way you're supposed to run it: make out like it'll be a long, drawn out process, that you can't be arsed and that they shouldn′t be arsed because it'll probably end up doing fuck all except getting a copper pissed off at them.
  • ares, Ares, ears, eras, ERAs, rase, sear, sera
arse about Alternative forms: arse-about {{pos_a}}
verb: {{head}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: arse, about Quit arsing about and get to work!
  2. (1811) To turn round.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) The wrong way round; exactly opposite to that which is desirable; contrary; conceptually invert; wrong. You've got this arse-about!
    • 1995, David Wills, Prosthesis, Stanford University Press, page 207, For the dome of the belly turned arse about has its parallel in the eye that falls out like the contents of a broken egg and that in its evocation of and preempting of regeneration becomes, in Bataille's novel, unremittingly erotic and polymorphously perverse.
    • 2007, L. J. Spears, Jack Flagg, page 66, Strike me if wasn't thinking old Colonel Bill had got it arse about.
    • 2008, Kieran Kelly, Aspiring, Pan MacMillan Australia, page 65, ‘This is arse-about, you know,’ I said. ‘You′ve got the athletic skills, and I'm the one going mountain climbing.….’
arse around
verb: {{head}}
  1. (intransitive, slang) To arse about; to behave in a clownish, irresponsible or inefficient manner.
arse bandit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (AU, NZ, British, slang, offensive) A gay man; a male homosexual (not necessarily one who practices anal sex).
  • The term is usually considered derogatory, though some gay men have attempted to reclaim the term and use it jokingly.
  • This term is not to be confused with the obsolete American English term ass bandit.
Synonyms: See also .
arsebreath Alternative forms: arse breath, assbreath (ass-breath, ass breath) (American English) etymology arse + breath
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, offensive) An annoying or contemptuous person.
Synonyms: buttbreath
arsed pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{head}}
  1. (AU, NZ, British, vulgar, slang) en-past of arse; Bothered (as in can't be bothered to...). I can't be arsed to get out of bed today. We asked John if he wanted to come down the pub with us, but he couldn't be arsed.
  • dares
  • dears
  • rased
  • reads
arse end of nowhere
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, derogatory) A very remote place.
Synonyms: see:
arseface etymology arse + face
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, vulgar) a contemptible person
  2. (UK, vulgar) an ugly person
arsehead etymology arse + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, vulgar, derogatory, slang) an idiotic or undesirable person.
    • 1987, , Blackadder: Meet the new Member of Parliament for Danny-on-the-Wold. Prince George: But he's an absolute arsehead!
arsehole {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: asshole (US) etymology From Middle English arce-hoole, equivalent to arse + hole. Compare Old English earsþerl.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, Australia, Ireland, NZ, vulgar) The anus. The moment I sat on the toilet, my crap immediately came out of my arsehole.
    • 1986, , The Knife and the Stone, Te Kaihau: The Windeater, page 103, Second cut, quick flash to the anus careful not to cut any sacs of roe. Then hold up the slimed thing and quickly slit down the other side to the arsehole again.
    • 1994, G. C. Scott, His Mistress's Voice, 2010 eBook, unnumbered page, Harriet waited until she was still before striking her again, this time vertically, on the arsehole.
    • 2002, , , Part 4: The Bosom of the Family, page 533, Lessons aren't due to resume until two, and Sugar is longing for the respite, if only for the opportunity to remedy her physical discomforts – numb, half-frozen feet, armpits clammy with sweat, a sore and itchy arsehole.
  2. (vulgar, offensive) An inconsiderate or mean-spirited person. Less vulgar and intense than fucker. Shut up, you big dummy! Hey! Don't call me big dummy, you arsehole!
    • 2006, Donna Moore, Go to Helena Handbasket, page 55, “He's dead, you arsehole!” I yelled at the top of my lungs, determined to get a word in edgeways.
    • 2007, Bernice Friesen, The Book of Beasts, page 345, “Marilyn, ye must know that he was an arsehole as well as an idiot. Everyone must tell you that.”
    • 2009, , I Am Ozzy, unnumbered page, But I said to her, ‘Look, I don't know what your real feelings are towards your father, but I strongly advise you, if you've got anything to say to him, even if it's just to call him an arsehole again, do it now.…’
  3. (UK, uncountable) A variant of the card game big two.
Synonyms: See also
  • earholes
arseholed etymology arsehole + ed
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, vulgar, slang) drunk
    • 1987, , 00:50:25 By the time the doors opened he was arseholed on rum and got progresively more arseholed until he could take no more and fell over at about twelve 'o' clock.
arseholery Alternative forms: assholery
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) The behavior consistent with that of an arsehole.
arseholic Alternative forms: assholic (US) etymology From arsehole + ic.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (vulgar, informal) Of, pertaining to, or being an arsehole.
arse-kisser Alternative forms: ass-kisser
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) sycophant
Synonyms: brown-noser, arse-licker, ass-licker, See also
  • seraskiers
noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang) Sycophancy.
  2. (slang) Anilingus.
related terms:
  • arse-licker
arsemunch etymology arse + munch
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British spelling, vulgar) alternative form of assmunch
arse over tit
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (AU, NZ, British, idiomatic, vulgar) Tumbling; falling; upside-down; unstable or unbalanced. I missed the step and went arse over tit.
  • The comparative and superlative forms are uncommon, but do occur.
  • Sometimes abbreviated and slightly sanitised as A over T
  • Then a big Turkish shell knocked me arse over tit / And when I woke up in my hospital bed / And saw what it had done, I wished I was dead. "" by Eric Bogle (1972)
Synonyms: head over heels, base over apex
  • restorative
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) toilet paper
  2. (AU, NZ, British, slang) A useless or annoying person
arsey etymology arse + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, British) unpleasant, especially in a sarcastic, grumpy or haughty manner.
    • 2007, , How to...... do work experience, April 30 Work experience as an arsey teenager is pretty straightforward: disappear into the storeroom, smoke a few cigarettes, text your mates and watch the minute hand tick slowly by. If there's nowhere suitable to hide, all you need is a vacant computer and you can chat to your skiving associate in the building next door.
    • 2002, , Sophie's world, interview with , October 28 "Oh, we had that singer in the other day and they were really arsey with us, and we only kept them waiting half an hour' - and I go, 'Hang on a minute, that's a long time and they've probably been doing lots of work that day and I think that it's actually justified for them to get annoyed.'"
    • 2000, , Sensing the City Through Television: Urban Identities in Fictional Drama page 50 First few months in, I was arsey as hell. Thought they were a right bunch of wankers.
  • ayres, resay, sayer, Sayer, years
arsy varsy Alternative forms: arsey varsey, arsy varsey, arsey varsyAlternative forms: arsy versy etymology Alteration of arsy versy, from arse + vice versa
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (idiomatic, British, vulgar) Tumbling upside down; head over heels; backwards.
Synonyms: (vulgar, backwards) ass over teakettle, ass backwards, back asswards
arsy versy Alternative forms: arsey versey, arsy versey, arsey versyAlternative forms: arsy varsy etymology Alteration of arsa versa, a blend of an alteration of arse + vice versa, modeled on vicey versey
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (idiomatic, British, vulgar) Tumbling upside down; head over heels; backwards.
    • 1612, Benvenuto, The Passenger of Benvenuto: Dost thou not know that from the beginning the world goes arsie-versie.
Synonyms: (vulgar, backwards) ass over teakettle, ass backwards, back-asswards
artfag etymology art + fag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, derogatory) A pretentious artist or person interested in the arts.
    • 1997, Jeffrey DeShell, S & M, FC2 (1997), ISBN 1573660248, page 136: {{…}} I was still really horny but my lust wasn't directed at anyone in particular it was sort of a generalized desire maybe my standards were too high but after a while the thought of fucking another one of those stuck up pomo boho artfags really turned my stomach {{…}}
    • 2004, Garth Stein, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets, Soho Press (2004), ISBN 1569473900, unnumbered page: “Someone posted on the Internet that Tom Waits was showing up. I guess they all figure if Tom Waits shows, Jim Jarmusch might show because he's shooting a film in Portland, and they figure if Jim Jarmusch shows, Johnny Depp can't be too far behind. So, therefore, you get all these loser artfags going to a see a band they've never heard of before tonight.”
    • 2011, Stacy Pershall, Loud in the House of Myself: Memoir of a Strange Girl, W. W. Norton & Company (2011), ISBN 9780393066920, page 107: As I popped open the blister packs, I thought of all the other things I could be doing: writing a story, reading a story, dancing with the artfags, protesting something.
Synonyms: artfuck
artfuck etymology art + fuck
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, pejorative) A pretentious artist or person interested in the arts.
Synonyms: artfag
etymology 1 From the name of the legendary king, probably related to Proto-Celtic *artos. Further suggestions include owl arth and ur. Latin origin has also been suggested. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈɑɹθɹ̩/
  • (UK) /ˈɑːθə(ɹ)/
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A given name.
    • 1380s-1390s, Geoffrey Chaucer, In tholde dayes of the king Arthour, / Of which that Britons speken greet honour, / All was this land fulfild of fayerye.
    • {{RQ:Shakespeare John}}: Act IV, Scene II: Young Arthur is alive: this hand of mine / Is yet a maiden and an innocent hand, / Not painted with the crimson spots of blood.
    • 1951 Graham Greene, The End of the Affair, Viking Press, page 96: "Is his name Arthur?" "Arthur James." "It’s quite an old-fashioned name." "We’re an old-fashioned family. His mother was fond of Tennyson."
    • 1966 Patrick White, The Solid Mandala, Avon Books (1975), ISBN 0380003759, page 270: "It will not be his only name," Mr. Saporta said, and his glance hoped he had found an acceptable solution. " We shall also call him 'Aaron'. That will be his Jewish name. But for everyday purposes—Arthur."
  2. {{surname}}
  3. A village in Illinois
  4. A city in Iowa
  5. A rural municipality in Manitoba, Canada
  6. A village in Nebraska
  7. A ghost town in Nevada
  8. A city in North Dakota
  9. A town and a community in Wisconsin
  • In continuous use as a given name since early Middle Ages. Popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
related terms:
  • King Arthur
etymology 2 After Arthur Guinness, famous brewer.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland, informal) Guinness stout.
  • Often said as a "pint of Arthur".
artic pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Short form of articulated lorry.
  2. (informal) Short form of articulated bus.
Synonyms: semitrailer / semi-trailer (US), bendy bus
  • Traci
article etymology From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin articulus; prop. diminutive of artus, akin to Ancient Greek ἄρθρον 〈árthron〉, from root *; see arm, art, etc. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈɑːtɪkəl/,[ˈɑːtʰɪkʰəɫ]
  • (GenAm) /ˈɑɹtəkl̩/, [ˈɑ(ː)ɹtəkɫ],
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A part or segment of something joined to other parts, or, in combination, forming a structured set. exampleEach of the chelicerae is composed of two articles, forming a powerful pincer. exampleThe [[Wikipedia:Articles of War|Articles of War]] are a set of regulations…to govern the conduct of…military…forces
    • Paley upon each article of human duty
    • Habington each article of time
    • E. Darwin the articles which compose the blood
  2. A story, report, or opinion piece in a newspaper, magazine, journal, etc.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  3. A member of a group or class examplean article of clothing
  4. An object.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 12 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “There were many wooden chairs for the bulk of his visitors, and two wicker armchairs with red cloth cushions for superior people. From the packing-cases had emerged some Indian clubs, […], and all these articles […] made a scattered and untidy decoration that Mrs. Clough assiduously dusted and greatly cherished.”
    examplea sales article
  5. (grammar) A part of speech that indicates, specifies and limits a noun (a, an, or the in English). In some languages the article may appear as an ending (e.g. definite article in Swedish) or there may be none (e.g. Russian, Pashto).
  6. A section of a legal document, bylaw, etc.
  7. (derogatory) A person.
    • {{quote-news}}
  8. (1811) A wench. A prime article = A handsome girl. exampleShe's a prime article (whip slang), she's a devilish good piece, a hell of a goer.
  9. (dated) Subject matter; concern.
    • Addison a very great revolution that happened in this article of good breeding
    • Daniel Defoe This last article will hardly be believed.
  10. (dated) A distinct part.
  11. (obsolete) A precise point in time; a moment.
    • Evelyn This fatal news coming to Hick's Hall upon the article of my Lord Russell's trial, was said to have had no little influence on the jury and all the bench to his prejudice.
related terms:
  • articulate
  • articulation
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To bind by articles of apprenticeship. to article an apprentice to a mechanic
    • 1876, Sabine Baring-Gould, The Vicar of Morwenstow, When the boy left school at Liskeard, he was articled to a lawyer, Mr. Jacobson, at Plymouth, a wealthy man in good practice, first cousin to his mother; but this sort of profession did not at all approve itself to Robert's taste, and he only remained with Mr. Jacobson a few months.
  2. (obsolete) To accuse or charge by an exhibition of articles or accusations.
    • 1665, Samuel Pepys, Diary, At noon dined alone with Sir W. Batten, where great discourse of Sir W. Pen, Sir W. Batten being, I perceive, quite out of love with him, thinking him too great and too high, and began to talk that the world do question his courage, upon which I told him plainly I have been told that he was articled against for it, and that Sir H. Vane was his great friend therein.
    • Stat. 33 Geo. III He shall be articled against in the high court of admiralty.
  3. To formulate in articles; to set forth in distinct particulars.
    • Jeremy Taylor If all his errors and follies were articled against him, the man would seem vicious and miserable.
  • recital
articles pronunciation
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noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of article
  2. (slang) Breeches; coat and waistcoat.
  3. (legal) the period during which a person works as an articled clerk; articling
  • recitals, sclarite, sterical, triacles
artsploitation etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (arts, slang) A genre of art; referring to any piece which is fueled, at its core, by a möbius of self-referential meta.
  2. A genre of art film with lots of gratuitous sex or violence
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (sometimes derogatory) Inclined towards the arts; arty.
related terms:
  • artsy-craftsy
  • artsy-fartsy
  • satyr
  • stray
  • trays, T-rays
artsy-craftsy Alternative forms: arty-crafty
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (not comparable) Related to arts and crafts; crafted or decorated manually by an artisan.
  2. (comparable, often, derogatory) Crafted in an excessive decorated manner; trivial or affected in design or execution (in comparison to other artistic products).
Synonyms: (related to arts and crafts; crafted by an artisan) handmade, (crafted in an excessively decorated manner) artsy, arty, cutesy, precious
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) A frivolous or dismissive description of someone or something that is artistic or pretentiously artistic.
related terms:
  • hoity-toity
  • highfalutin

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