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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (India, slang) wonderful, brilliant
  2. (India, slang) intelligent
funfest etymology fun + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, US) A fun event.
fungo etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (baseball) A fielding practice drill where a person hits fly balls intended to be caught. The fielding coach played fungo with the outfielders to warm them up.
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  2. (baseball, informal) A fungo bat. He is so strong he could hit it out of the park with a fungo.
funk {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English funke, fonke, from Old English *funca, *fanca, from Proto-Germanic *funkô, *fankô, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)peng-, *(s)pheng-. Cognate with gml funke, fanke, Middle Dutch vonke, Old High German funcho, funko, German Funke. More at spunk.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) spark
  2. (obsolete) touchwood, punk, tinder
etymology 2 1743, Scottish and Northern English dialectal word, originally a verb meaning "to panic, fail due to panic". Perhaps from or cognate with obsolete Dutch fonck, from Middle Dutch fonck. More at flunk.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) mental depression
  2. (uncountable) A state of fear or panic, especially cowardly
    • Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness [The helmsman] steered with no end of a swagger while you were by; but if he lost sight of you, he became instantly the prey of an abject funk
  3. (countable) One who fears or panics; a coward.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (ambitransitive) To shrink from, or avoid something because of fear. {{rfquotek}}
  2. (transitive) To frighten; to cause to flinch.
etymology 3 1620, from French dialectal (Norman) funquer, funquier, from onf fungier, from vl fūmicāre, alteration of Latin fūmigāre. Related to French dialect funkière. More at fumigate.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) Foul or unpleasant smell, especially body odour.
  2. {{rft-sense}} (uncountable) Music that combines traditional forms of black music (as blues, gospel, or soul) and is characterized by a strong backbeat.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To emit an offensive smell; to stink.
  2. (transitive) To envelop with an offensive smell or smoke. {{rfquotek}}
funkadelic pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˌfʌŋkəˈdɛlɪk/
etymology {{blend}}
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (music) Of, or relating to, funkadelia
  2. (music, slang) having a funky beat
quotations: 2002 It's more or less what we call funkadelic. It's a combination of R&B, psychedelic, and funky African-type beat - Stevie Wonder (1969 interview) in "Coming of Age at Motown"
funktastic etymology funk + tastic
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) funky; cool or stylish, especially in a way that relates to funk music
funky etymology funk + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, slang) offbeat, unconventional or eccentric.
  2. (US, slang) Not quite right; of questionable quality; not appropriate to the context.
  3. (slang, UK, US) cool; great; excellent
    • 1989, inCider magazine (volume 7) Eight-bit Arkanoid is a funky game — not as sexy as its 16-bit sister, but fun to spend time with. I'm hooked.
    • 2001, ELLEgirl magazine (Autumn 2001, page 127) I love high heels, and these were totally funky! The coolest part: They actually let me take 'em home!
    • 2006, Sue Cook, Claire Crompton, Quick to Stitch Cross Stitch Cards (page 60) What every teenage driver desires: a fab, funky car and freedom!
  4. Having or relating to the smell of funk.
  5. (music) relating to or reminiscent of various genres of African American music.
  6. (UK, slang, dated) Relating to, or characterized by, great fear, or funk.
related terms:
  • funk
  • funktastic
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (humorous, nonstandard) en-comparative of fun
    • 1979, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in Wyoming, United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency "I wish I would have played basketball when I was out. It's a lot more funner."
    • 1992, Ana Malinow Rajkovic, Manual for (Relatively) Painless Medical Spanish Sounds like a great vacation, doesn’t it? It would be much funner, undoubtedly, to spend four weeks learning intensive Spanish in Guadalajara... but what do you expect for this price?
    • 2000, Julia Bourland, The Go-Girl Guide Every wardrobe needs an all-purpose cocktail dress, but these are often funner if you can find a retro party dress in flawless shape at a vintage clothing store.
While funner is a regular comparative of the adjective fun, the comparative more fun is much more common. The use of fun as an adjective is itself still often seen as informal''American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language'', 4th edition, 2000. (web version) [] or casualEdith Hope Fine, Judith Pinkerton Josephson, ''More Nitty-Gritty Grammar,'' 2001. [] and to be avoided in formal writing, and this would apply equally to the comparative form. Merriam-Webster gives fun as an adjective without comment, and states that funner and funnest are "sometimes" used[].
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (humorous, nonstandard) form of superlative
    • 2007, Terry Francona, Pressure on Red Sox as ALCS shifts to Cleveland That was one of the funnest games I've ever been a part of until the very end, and then it rapidly became a whole lot not of fun. We lost in kind of an ugly fashion at the end.
While funnest is a regular superlative of the adjective fun, the superlative most fun is much more common. The use of fun as an adjective is itself still often seen as informal''American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language'', 4th edition, 2000. (web version) [] or casualEdith Hope Fine, Judith Pinkerton Josephson, ''More Nitty-Gritty Grammar,'' 2001. [] and to be avoided in formal writing, and this would apply equally to the superlative form. Merriam-Webster gives fun as an adjective without comment, and states that funner and funnest are "sometimes" used[].
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funnish etymology fun + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Quite fun
funny pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈfʌni/
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etymology 1 From fun + y.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Amusing; humorous; comical. {{defdate}} When I went to the circus, I only found the clowns funny.
  2. Strange or unusual, often implying unpleasant. {{defdate}} The milk smelt funny so I poured it away. I've got a funny feeling that this isn't going to work.
Synonyms: See also , See also
related terms:
  • fun
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) A joke.
    • 2014, Brian Conaghan, When Mr. Dog Bites (page 54) Everyone would be sitting on big fluffy white clouds singing songs, telling funnies and just enjoying the day.
  2. (humorous) A comic strip.
    • 2009, R. P. Moffa, The Vaulted Sky (page 343) His father was more likely to listen to the radio, although he would read the Sunday funnies, and his grandmother would only read the Italian language paper she picked up at the corner candy store.
etymology 2 Perhaps a jocular use of . See above.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British) A narrow boat for sculling.
funny business
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. unethical practice
  2. (slang) sexual intercourse
    • 1989, Grant Naylor, Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers '… I tipped her double to pretend we were dating on a regular basis, and to act as if she was crazy about me. Only in public,' Rimmer waved his hand, as if to ward off evil thoughts, 'there was no funny business. Oh, how I longed for the funny business! But that wasn't the deal. It was all above board.'
Synonyms: See also
funny farm
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic) An insane asylum. {{defdate}}
Synonyms: See
funnyman etymology From funny + man
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) comedian To get the party started a professional funnyman was hired.
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funny money
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic) Money gained in a devious or sneaky manner.
  2. (informal, US) A highly inflated currency.
  3. (slang, US) Bills of any foreign currency or of counterfeit origin.
  4. (slang) Play money.
Synonyms: (bills of any foreign currency) play money
related terms:
  • dirty money
funsies etymology fun + sies.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish) The act of doing something fun or for fun, instead of in earnest. Let's just play for funsies.
  • keepsies
funster etymology fun + ster
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, humorous or childish) A fun person.
funtivity etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A fun activity.
    • Fly Fishing with Darth Vader: And Other Adventures with Evangelical Wrestlers, Political Hitmen, and Jewish Cowboys , Matt Labash , 2010, page 275 , 143917010X , “The culminating funtivity is a cash grab on a Twister-like mat between two people, in which they stuff as much money into their various pockets, shirt fronts, and orifices as humanly possible. ”
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, vulgar) fat upper pubic/pussy/penis/prick area; used in reference to a pubis with overhanging fat and flab
    • 2010, Daniel Reimold, Sex and the University (page 188) FUPA (fat upper pubic area) girl: “This girl wears tight shirts and low-rise jeans showing off her impressive beer gut she has been working on all of college. She isn't exactly fat …
    • 2012, B. Miller, American Stereotypes Not to mention how does a woman hold up the massive weight of her F.U.P.A. (fat upper pussy area) long enough for her mate to reach orgasm before her and his portly arms tire.
fur etymology Middle English furren, from xno furrer, from fuerre, from frk *fōdar, from Proto-Germanic *fōdrą (compare Old English fōdor, Dutch voering, German Futter, Gothic 𐍆𐍉𐌳𐍂 〈𐍆𐍉𐌳𐍂〉), from Proto-Indo-European *peh₂- 〈*peh₂-〉, *poh₂- 〈*poh₂-〉 (compare Lithuanian piemuō, Ancient Greek πῶυ pōy 'flock', Ancient Greek πῶμα pōma 'lid', ποιμήν 〈poimḗn〉, xcl հօրան 〈hōran〉, Kurdish pawan, Sanskrit पाति 〈pāti〉, pātram 'container'). pronunciation
  • (UK) /fɜː(ɹ)/
  • (RP) [fɜ̝ː]
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /fɝ/, New England
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Hairy coat of various mammal species, especially: when fine, soft and thick.
  2. Hairy skin of an animal processed into clothing for human.
    • Lady M. W. Montagu wrapped up in my furs
  3. A pelt used to make, trim or line clothing apparel.
  4. A coating, lining resembling fur in function and/or appearance.
    1. A thick pile of fabric.
    2. The soft, downy covering on the skin of a peach.
    3. The deposit formed on the interior of boilers and other vessels by hard water.
    4. The layer of epithelial debris on a tongue.
  5. (heraldry) One of several pattern or diaper used as tincture.
  6. A furry; a member of the furry subculture.
    • 2006, Shari Caudron, Who Are You People? "You want to know what brings furries together?" she asks. "Furs are here because they don't fit in anywhere else. For real furs, this is the only place they feel comfortable."
  7. (vulgar, slang) Pubic hair.
  8. (vulgar, slang) Sexual attractive.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To cover with fur.
furbaby etymology fur + baby
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A furry pet considered a child by a human.
    • 2007, Barbara Karmazin, Night Moves, Loose Id (2007), ISBN 9781596324121, unnumbered page: Mrs. Jackson still kept doggie biscuits in her pockets, even though her furbaby had died two months ago.
    • 2012, Marion Arnott, "Another One in from the Cold", in The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories by Women (ed. Marie O'Regan), Constable & Robinson (2012), ISBN 9781780330259, unnumbered page: As I took the satiny-furred cat into my arms, his purring ratcheted up a couple of notches. Brian stood looking at the two of us, grinning, then said of the malnourished creature, “I guess we have a furbaby!”
    • 2015, Kallypso Masters, Nobody's Dream, ISBN 9781941060117, unnumbered page: He looked down at the puppy fast asleep in his arms. Maybe this furbaby would slow down the ticking of her biological clock, too.
  • babyfur
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A ball of fur, especially one cough up by a cat.
  2. (informal) A particularly furry person or animal.
  3. (military, slang) A large aerial battle consisting of many fighter aircraft.
  • full bar
fur burger
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, usually in the context of cunnilingus): A vulva, specifically an unshaven one.
    • 2001 August 16, John Duffey, reply in "She will be mine...", Oh you haven't lived till you've had a nibble on a fur burger!
    • 2002, Elvis F. Mitchell, The Voices of the Oppressed, iUniverse, page 85 Tonight I want to eat your fur-burger and I do not care about getting glazed
    • 2007, Karl Rockwood, The Very Private Secretary, Blackmask Online, page 95 Now, slowly and not to obviously, you cross your legs and give them a quick glance at your little fur-burger.
Synonyms: fur pie, hair pie
furfag etymology fur + fag.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, offensive, vulgar, slang) A member (esp. a homosexual male) of the furry subculture.
    • 2002, "Michael Hirtes", Hirtes can't be living in his Mom's basement. (on newsgroup Well, there WAS that one lone snotwad who came up to my table and tried to make it sound like I did a bad, BAD thing by not publishing any nekkid guys in my zines, and that he was gonna punish me by not bying any of my stuff. Oh, how utterly crushed that made me. Why ever did I NOT publish loads and loads of buttburglar comix like ASB? Then I'd have more furfags dropping lots of "cash on my a$$".
    • 2009, "Chance Furlong", AAPL dropping like rock (on newsgroup comp.sys.mac.advocacy) Dreaming again, furfag?
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, derogatory) The condition of being a furry.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang) alternative form of furphy
    • 1998, Peter Pinney, Signaller Johnston's Secret War: New Guinea 1943-1945, page 156, "He's off his lolly. It's just bloody Buka talk. Another of their half-arsed furfies. And he knows it!"
furkid etymology fur + kid
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A pet (normally a cat or dog) that the owner treats as if it were a child.
furphy {{wikipedia}} etymology From Furphy. The firm of (still in business today[ Furphy Engineering: home page]) manufactured and supplied water carts[ Furphy Engineering: The Furphy Water Cart] to the in Egypt during World War I. Soldiers stood around these and talked, exchanging rumours and news. The manufacturer's name, which was emblazoned on the carts, was soon adopted for unreliable information or speculation. ''The Lingo: Listening to Australian English'', Graham Seal, [[w:University of New South Wales Press|University of New South Wales Press]], 1999, ISBN 086840-680-5, page 59. Alternative forms: furfie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang) a rumour, or an erroneous or improbable story.
    • 1996, Julian M. Alston, Philip G. Pardey, Making Science Pay: The Economics of Agricultural R&D Policy, page 313, A number of the furphies and fads in relation to public-sector agricultural R&D relate to attempts to increase demand for farm products in various ways.
    • 1997, Edward Wybergh Docker, Lynette Ramsay Silver, Fabulous Furphies: 10 Great Myths from Australia's Past.
    • 2005, , , page 328, Gartrell and Faulkner also released Maurie Daly's letter, which was sent to us on Monday, to the media, putting the Liverpool furphies to rest.
Synonyms: scuttlebutt
fur pie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) An unshaven vulva.
    • 1983, W. D. Ehrhart, Vietnam-Perkasie: A Combat Marine Memoir, McFarland (1983), ISBN 9780899500768, page 123: Back in New Jersey, Christ, you should see Ocean City on Memorial Day. Fuckin' fur-pie everywhere. Wall-to-wall beavers. Two piece bikinis with little hairs stickin' out around the crotch.
    • 1993, Carl Hiaasen, Strip Tease, Knopf (1993), ISBN 9780307767400, unnumbered page: His face is maybe twelve inches from Sabrina's fur pie, and the guy is fucking snoring.
    • 2001, & Guillaume Laurant, , 01:00:49-01:01:07 (official English subtitles): Man: Porno Video Palace. Amélie Poulain: I'm calling about the ad. Man: You're over 18? Amélie Poulain: Yes. Man: Shaved? Amélie Poulain: Sorry? Man: Are you shaved? Fur pie doesn't sell.
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Synonyms: fur burger, hair pie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Now chiefly pejorative) form of dialectal variant
    • 1853(?), , Yankee Gypsies, I took this 'ere paper, you see, to help a poor furriner, who could n't make himself understood any more than a wild goose.
    • 1885, , By Shore and Sedge, Thar ain't no place whar you haven't as much right to go ez any other man; thar ain't any man, furriner or Amerykan, young or old, dyed or undyed, ez hev got any better rights.
    • 1905, , The Scarlet Pimpernel, Just fancy ME bein' talked over by any God-forsaken furriner!
related terms:
  • furrin
furry {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈfɜːɹi/
  • (US) /ˈfɝ.ɹi/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Covered with fur, or with something resembling fur.
  2. (informal) Having both animal and human characteristics; of or related to the furry subculture.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An animal character with human characteristics; most commonly refers to such characters created by members of the furry subculture.
  2. (slang) A member of the furry fandom or subculture; a furfan.
  3. (slang) Someone who roleplay or describes themselves as being a furry character. (compare therianthrope)
related terms:
  • furdom
  • furfag
  • furfan
  • furrydom
  • fursecution
coordinate terms:
  • (furry fandom senses) scalie, avian
furry muff etymology Humorous alteration due to the homœophony of fair enough and
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang, jocular) fair enough
Synonyms: fairy snuff, fair dos
fursuit {{wikipedia}} etymology From fur + suit.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An animal outfit used in the furry subculture.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To wear a fursuit.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (nonstandard, humorous use only, informal) furthest
fuse {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /fjuːz/
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etymology 1 From Italian fuso and French fusée, from Latin fusus.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (also fuze in US) A cord that, when lit, convey the fire to some explosive device.
  2. (industry, mining, military) The mechanism that ignites the charge in an explosive device.
  3. A device to prevent the overload of an electrical circuit.
  4. Indicating a tendency to lose one's temper. When talking about being laid off, he has a short fuse.
  5. A friction match for smoker' use, having a bulbous head which when ignite is not easily blown out even in a gale of wind.
  6. A kind of match made of paper impregnated with niter and having the usual igniting tip.
etymology 2 From fusion, "to melt" (back-formation).
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To melt together; to blend; to mix indistinguishably.
  2. (intransitive) To melt together.
  3. To furnish with or install a fuse.
fuss etymology Of unkown origin. Perhaps from Danish fjas{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary|fuss}}, from gml (compare German faseln) pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable or uncountable) Excessive activity, worry, bother, or talk about something. exampleThey made a big fuss about the wedding plans. exampleWhat's all the fuss about?
    • Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) zealously, assiduously, and with a minimum of fuss or noise
    • 1935, [ George Goodchild] , Death on the Centre Court, 1 , ““Anthea hasn't a notion in her head but to vamp a lot of silly mugwumps. She's set her heart on that tennis bloke…whom the papers are making such a fuss about.””
    1. A complaint or noise. exampleIf you make enough of a fuss about the problem, maybe they'll fix it for you.
    2. An exhibition of affection or admiration. exampleThey made a great fuss over the new baby.
  2. One who is unduly anxious about trifles.
    • William Dean Howells (1837-1920) I am a fuss and I don't deny it.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To be very worried or excited about something, often too much. His grandmother will never quit fussing over his vegetarianism.
  2. (intransitive) To fiddle; fidget; wiggle, or adjust; to worry something Quit fussing with your hair. It looks fine.
  3. (intransitive, especially of babies) To cry or be ill-humoured.
  • Generally used with with, over, or about.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (transitive) To show affection for, especially animals.
  2. (transitive) To pet. He fussed the cat.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A person who makes a fuss, particularly about trivial things. My teacher is such a fusspot, he marks us down for handwriting!
Synonyms: fussbudget
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) {{short for}}
futhermucker etymology Euphemistic spoonerism of motherfucker.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (euphemistic, slang, usually pejorative) Motherfucker.
    • 1975, Sheila Ballantyne, Norma Jean, the Termite Queen, Doubleday & Company (1975), ISBN 01-385-3254-1, page 72: "Fuck off, futhermucker."
    • 1986, Carol Taylor, A Third Story, Lace Publications (1986), ISBN 0917597060, page 81: "What a dumb futhermucker. What a waste of everybody's time."
    • 2011, Lisa McMann, Cryer's Cross, Simon Pulse (2011), ISBN 9781416994824, page 72: {{…}} Swelling's going down already. Just hurt like a futhermucker for a few minutes."
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futz etymology Perhaps from Yiddish arumfartzen; perhaps a combination of putz and fuck; or perhaps related to German Fotze.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, colloquial, dialectal) Female genitalia, especially the vagina
  2. (vulgar, colloquial, dialectal, derogatory) An objectionable woman Janet gets on my nerves. She's a dumb futz, ain't?
Synonyms: See cunt
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To be frivolous and waste time {{defdate}}
    • 1969, , I am nobody to futz around with when I know myself to be four hundred per cent in the right.
  2. To experiment by trial and error
  • Used especially in the phrase futz around.
fuzz {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /fʌz/
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etymology 1
  • Some dictionaries suggest a Germanic source
  • Some dictionaries suggest a {{back-form}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A frizzy mass of hair or fibre.
    • 1895, Hamlin Garland, Rose of Dutcher's Coolly, page 352: His cheeks were like peaches, with much the same sort of fuzz over them.
  2. A blur image.
  3. (computing) The random data used in fuzz testing.
  4. (obsolete) A state of befuddlement.
    • 1784, Jonathan Swift, "Journal to Stella", The works of the Rev. Dr. Jonathan Swift, page 54: I think I'm in a fuzz, and don't know what I ſay, I never ſaw the like.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To make fuzzy.
  2. (intransitive) To become fuzzy.
  3. (transitive, dated) To make drunk. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 2 Unknown
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, dated, with "the") The police.
    • 2009, , 0:26:17: Let's get the hell out of here before the fuzz turns up
fuzznut etymology Compound of fuzz + nut. Possibly from the archaic sense of fuzz as "a befuddled state".
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) A foolish person; a despised person.
    • 1979, Richard and Elaine Lorren, "The Pyramid Issue", Spit in the Ocean, page 146: Then don't give me no crap like I bought tickets to the wrong state, Feather Bean! Fuzz nut!
fuzznuts etymology Compound of fuzz + nuts, where nuts is slang for testicles, or fuzz + nut, slang for head.
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. plural form of fuzznut
  2. (slang, pejorative) A foolish person; a despised person.
    • 2013, Gino Venaglia, Wanderlust, page 264: Well fuzz nuts I'm standing on a corner in downtown Stockton answering your dumb ass questions.
  3. (slang) A boy or young man without pubic hair.
    • 1988, Geoffrey Clark, Ruffian on the Stair, page 6: Better wait'll you're a little more growed up and got some hair on your ass, fuzznuts, before you...
Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel {{wikipedia}} etymology First attested in Sapper Bert Beros′s 1942 poem Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, and popularised by the Australian wartime press.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, informal) One of the native people of Papua New Guinea who, during the Second World War, helped escort or stretcher wounded Australian soldiers to field hospital. {{defdate}}
    • 2002, , , [http//|%22Fuzzy+Wuzzy+Angels%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22Fuzzy+Wuzzy+Angel%22|%22Fuzzy+Wuzzy+Angels%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=PaFZT_ixOKydmQX5h82oDA&redir_esc=y page 251], Yet the statue is drawn from one of the most famous of all Australian images: the photograph from World War II of a blind, wounded soldier being guided down a jungle track by a Papuan carrier, a ‘fuzzy wuzzy angel’.
    • 2008, , Parliamentary Debates Australia: House of Representatives, Volume 135, [http//|%22Fuzzy+Wuzzy+Angels%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22Fuzzy+Wuzzy+Angel%22|%22Fuzzy+Wuzzy+Angels%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=aVtZT--bH6OiiAf9lbSXDQ&redir_esc=y page 6150], I want to commend the motion passed this week because it calls for the immediate determination of a new award and medal to be presented to the fuzzy wuzzy angels, who carried stretchers, stores and wounded diggers directly on their shoulders over some of the toughest terrain in the world.
    • 2012, Peter Williams, Kokoda for Dummies, Australian Edition, [http//|%22Fuzzy+Wuzzy+Angels%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=aVtZT--bH6OiiAf9lbSXDQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22Fuzzy%20Wuzzy%20Angel%22|%22Fuzzy%20Wuzzy%20Angels%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 245], Chances are the person to whom you′re speaking is the descendant of an indigenous veteran or Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel.
  • Most common in the plural.
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. foreign exchange
  2. (slang, video games, film, television) special effects
  3. abbreviation of factor X clotting factor X
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • FI
  • FII
  • FIII
  • FIV
  • FV
  • FVI
  • FVII
  • FVII
  • FIX
  • FXI
  • FXII
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. For your action.
  2. For your attention.
  3. (Internet slang, vulgar) Fuck you all.
  • "For your action": commonly used in corporate e-mail forwarding.
related terms:
  • FYI (For your information).
  • FIA (Fuck it all).
  • fay, Fay
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (slang, Internet, shooter games) Fuck Your Face
etymology 1 pronunciation
  • /dʒiː/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
letter: {{en-letter}}
  1. {{Latn-def}}
    • {{RQ:Orwell Animal Farm}} On several occasions, indeed, he did learn E, F, G, H, but by the time he knew them, it was always discovered that he had forgotten A, B, C, and D.
numeral: {{en-number}}
  1. {{Latn-def}}
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sports, baseball) Games (the statistic reporting the number of games that a player has participated in).
  2. (US politics) Green.
  3. (US, of a movie) General suitable for a general audience.
  4. (sports) Goals (a sports statistic).
  5. Ground floor (of a building).
  6. A galaxy.
  7. (slang, chiefly, US) Grand thousand dollars. I dropped a G in Vegas.I spent / lost a thousand dollars in Las Vegas.
  8. (grammar) abbreviation of genitive case
Alternative forms: G.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A gangster, gangsta.
  2. (economics) Abbreviation for .
  3. alternative case form of g unit of gravitational acceleration.
G.I. Joe
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An American soldier.
g'day Alternative forms: gidday etymology Contraction of good day. pronunciation
  • /ɡəˈdeɪ/
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, colloquial) Hi, hello.
    • 1901, Bushwoman, “Lizer o' th' Overshot”, Australian Town and Country Journal, December 14: "G'day, Missus," said he, with a jerk of his head, and he shifted from one leg to the other, and turned his hat over and over uneasily in his great brown hands.…"G'day," said 'Lizer, with a bright smile that revealed the prettiest of white teeth. The girl's mouth was as fresh as a rose.…"G'day, Missus, hope you're keepin' well, an' the Boss, an' the children. Got back sooner'n I expected; Well, how's my mate shapin?" said he.…It ain't no one's fault but mine," he said, generously. "G'day, Missus; I'm goin' ter find my mate, alive-or dead;" and he galloped away.
    • {{quote-newsgroup }}
  2. (North America, air traffic control, informal) Denotes the end of a radio transmission. Golf Golf Whiskey Golf, cleared the ILS approach runway one two, contact Sault Tower one one eight decimal eight, g'day.
  • (good day) Used interchangeably with hello and hi, but more characteristically (and stereotypically) Australian/New Zealand, and perhaps the most informal of these options. Also used in the constructions G′day, mate (a greeting to a friend or acquaintance) and G′day, stranger (ironically, to a friend not seen in some time).
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (military, intelligence, US) army military intelligence officer position at the division level and higher
related terms:
  • S-2
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (military, slang) gear-to, gear up; to gear up and get ready for battle, movement, or any type of action.
This is the same naming convention used in K-9, 'canine', referring to dogs.
related terms:
  • K-9
gadfly etymology "fly which bites cattle", from Old Norse gaddr.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. Any dipterous insect of the family Oestridae, commonly known as botflies.
  2. A horsefly: any of various species of fly, of the family Tabanidae, noted for buzz about animals and suck their blood.
  3. One who upsets the status quo by posing upsetting or novel questions, or attempts to stimulate innovation by proving an irritant.
  4. (pejorative) One who merely irritates without making useful suggestions.
  5. (slang) A bloodsucker He's a regular gadfly and takes advantage of his friend's generosity.
gadget {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: gadjet etymology unknown. First used in print by Robert Brown in 1886 (see quote in definition section). Might come from French gâchette or gagée. pronunciation
  • /ɡædʒɪt/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) a thing whose name cannot be remember; thingamajig, doohickey
    • 1886, Robert Brown, Spunyard and Spindrift, A Sailor Boy's Log of a Voyage Out and Home in a China Tea-clipper: Then the names of all the other things on board a ship! I don't know half of them yet; even the sailors forget at times, and if the exact name of anything they want happens to slip from their memory, they call it a chicken-fixing, or a gadjet, or a timmey-noggy, or a wim-wom—just pro tem., you know.
  2. any device or machine, especially one whose name cannot be recalled. Often either clever or complicated. He bought a neat new gadget for shredding potatoes. That's quite a lot of gadgets you have collected. Do you use any of them?
  3. (slang) a consumer electronics product
Synonyms: contraption, contrivance, doohickey, gizmo, widget
  • tagged
gadgetbahn etymology It is a portmanteau of the English gadget, and the German word Bahn (way, lane, rail and tram.)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, transport, pejorative) In public transport, transportation concepts which seem to be infeasible or unnecessary.
Transportation concepts often labeled as gadgetbahn include monorail, maglev and personal rapid transit.
gadgety etymology gadget + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Characterised by gadget; hi-tech in a gimmicky way.
gadgie pronunciation
  • /ˈɡædʒi/
etymology 1
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Mackem, pejorative) An old man.
  2. (Mackem) A watchman.
related terms:
  • radgie gadgie
etymology 2 From Romany gadje.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Scotland, pejorative) A person who is poorly educated and engages in hooliganism, petty criminality or loutish behaviour. This usage sometimes carries the connotation of youth.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, hyperbole) An unspecified large number (of).
Synonyms: See also
gaff {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Middle English, from Middle French gaffe, from Old Provençal gaf, derivative of gafar, from Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐍆𐍆- 〈𐌲𐌰𐍆𐍆-〉 derived from 𐌲𐌹𐌱𐌰𐌽 〈𐌲𐌹𐌱𐌰𐌽〉. Alternative forms: gaffe (minor error or faux pas)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A tool consisting of a large metal hook with a handle or pole, especially the one used to pull large fish aboard a boat.
  2. A minor error or faux pas. We politely ignored his gaff.
  3. A trick or con. The sideshow feat was a just a gaff, but the audience was too proud to admit they'd been fooled.
  4. (British, Irish, slang) A place of residence. We're going round to Mike's gaff later to watch the footie.
  5. (nautical) The upper spar used to control a gaff-rigged sail.
  6. A garment worn to hide the genital by some trans people.
Synonyms: hakapik
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To use a gaff, especially to land a fish.
  2. To cheat or hoax
etymology 2 Perhaps from Old English gafsprǣc, from Old English gaf + Old English sprǣc
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. rough or harsh treatment; criticism {{quote-book }}
  • aff'g
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, colloquial) Gaffer tape.
    • 2012, Katherine Angel, Unmastered, Penguin 2014, p. 250: A body – a corpse – my own, I think – wrapped in tape, suspended in gaffa.
etymology 1 From Middle English gaffe + -er. The natural lighting on early film sets was adjusted by opening and closing flaps in the tent cloths, called gaff cloths or gaff flaps. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ɡæfɚ/
  • (RP) /ɡæfə/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (film) A chief lighting technician for a motion-picture or television production.
  2. A glassblower.
    • 2003, Jennifer Bosveld, Glass Works (page 18) The apprentice carries a gather of glass on the blowpipe to the gaffer's bench …
related terms:
  • gaffer tape
etymology 2 Likely a contraction of godfather, but with the vowels influenced by grandfather. Compare French compère, German Gevatter.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) An old man.
  2. (British) A foreman.
  3. An "Old Gaffer" is a sailor.
  4. In Maritime regions "the Little Gaffer" is the baby in the house.
Synonyms: See also
related terms:
  • gammer
gaffer tape {{wikipedia}} etymology From gaffer + tape.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A sturdy adhesive tape, made of plastic reinforced with cross-linked fibre, often used by lighting electricians.
gag pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{head}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. group specific antigens
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A device to restrain speech, such as a rag in the mouth secured with tape or a rubber ball threaded onto a cord or strap.
  2. (legal) An order or rule forbidding discussion of a case or subject.
  3. A joke or other mischievous prank.
    • {{quote-news }}
  4. A convulsion of the upper digestive tract.
  5. (archaic) A mouthful that makes one retch or choke. a gag of mutton fat {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (legal) gag order, (joke) See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To experience the vomiting reflex. He gagged when he saw the open wound.
  2. (transitive) To cause to heave with nausea.
  3. {{rfc-sense}} (U.S. Army, slang) To smoke: to order a recruit to exercise until he "gags" (usually spoken in exaggeration).
  4. (transitive) To restrain someone's speech by blocking his or her mouth. The victims could not speak because the burglar had gagged them with duct tape.
  5. (transitive, figuratively) To restrain someone's speech without using physical means. When the financial irregularities were discovered, the CEO gagged everyone in the accounting department.
    • Macaulay The time was not yet come when eloquence was to be gagged, and reason to be hoodwinked.
  6. To pry or hold open by means of a gag.
    • Fortescue (translation) mouths gagged to such a wideness
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Mentally senile. The elderly patients in the hospital were going gaga.
  2. (informal) Crazy. You might go gaga if you stare at this screen too long.
    • {{quote-book }} Should he lose it once and for all, he and Kathleen would need lots of money. Also, he had said to me, you could be gaga in a tenured chair at Princeton, and would anybody notice?
  3. (informal) Infatuated. The girls were going gaga over the handsome new boy who joined the class.
  • As demonstrated in the example sentences above, gaga is often preceded by the verb go.
gagging for it
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, slang, idiomatic) Having a strong desire for sex.
Synonyms: up for it
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, hyperbole) An unspecified large number (of).
Synonyms: See also
gagmeister etymology gag + meister
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A joker or comedian.
  • gigameters, gigametres
gag me with a spoon
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (slang) An expression of disgust.
    • 1999, Tamar Myers, Baroque and Desperate: A Den of Antiquity Mystery: "Gag me with a spoon," I said. He scratched his head.
    • 2005, , Lucky Child: "Whatever!" I pretend to stick my finger in my mouth and make a choking sound of mock disgust at Beth's compliment. "Like gag me with a spoon!" I laugh.
This is a stereotypical phrase in "valspeak".
gag order
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (legal) An order issued by a court prohibit specified persons from discussing a case outside limitation set by the court.
  2. (informal) Any directive from a person in authority prohibiting another person from speaking about a certain thing.
gagworthy etymology gag + worthy
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Disgusting
gaijin card
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (informal) An identity card given to alien who are resident in Japan.
gainer pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈɡeɪnə/
  • (US) /ˈɡeɪnɚ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who gains a profit or advantage.
  2. One who puts on weight.
  3. (sports, slang) A diving (or gymnastics) maneuver (from a high-dive diving board or high diving platform) involving a simultaneous inversion and rotation.
    • 1961, , , chapter 4: I tried a full gainer with a twist, the way he did it, but succeeded only in smacking the water with my thighs.
related terms:
  • back gainer sports
  • full gainer sports
  • gain
  • half gainer sports
  • reverse gainer sports
  • anigre
  • earing
  • regain
  • Regina
gajillion etymology See + illion
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, hyperbole) An unspecified large number (of); a gazillion.
Synonyms: See also .
etymology 1 Imitative of a gagging noise in the throat.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Expressing disgust or trepidation.
    • 2002, "93 Percent Wise", the NT then and now (discussion on Internet newsgroup alt.messianic) proselytizing is, ultimately, a disgusting way of relating to people. whether it's amway, xnty, or discovery toys, it's just awful manipulation pride and disrespect. i hate it, i hate that i did it, it's yucky yucky yucky. puke puke gak vomit.
    • 2008, Erin McCarthy, You Don't Know Jack Gak. She'd thought that's what it meant. Her heart slammed into her gut. No, no, no.
    • 2009, Joel Rubinoff, It's not a dream: They're back (in Toronto Star, 19 March 2009) Unsure what to make of it, I flicked on Entertainment Tonight (7:30 p.m. weekdays on NBC, Global) to find — gak — his sister Marie, who served her own headline-grabbing stint on Dancing two seasons ago, being treated like visiting royalty by the outrageously overcaffeinated Mary Hart.
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The drug crystal meth.
gal pronunciation
  • /ɡæl/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From gallon.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A gallon.
etymology 2 Representing a nonstandard pronunciation of girl.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, dated) An adolescent girl or young woman.
Synonyms: See also
etymology 3 Shortened from galileo
noun: {{head}}
  1. A galileo.
  • AGL, GLA, lag
galah {{wikipedia}} etymology From kld gilaa.
  • (fool) From the bird. A connection with Malay gila has been suggested, but this explanation has not gained acceptance.[ Australian National Dictionary Centre Home » Australian words » Meanings and origins of Australian words and idioms » F]
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A pink and grey species of cockatoo, Eolophus roseicapilla, native to Australia.
    • 2005, David Lindenmayer, Mark A. Burgman, Practical Conservation Biology, [http//|%22galahs%22+-intitle:%22galah%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=otJZT_yJB-OziQfVsOmfDQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22galah%22|%22galahs%22%20-intitle%3A%22galah%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 175], The Galah has benefited from changes in the environment brought about by human activities (Rowley, 1990; Saunders and Ingram, 1995; Forshaw, 2002). The Galah′s diet is predominantly seeds, especially those from cereal crops and agricultural weeds.
  2. (Australia, slang) A fool, an idiot. That galah nearly drove me off the road.
    • 1991, , River of the Sun, [http//|right|great+galah%22+-intitle:%22galah%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=f99ZT9ubH8OfiAeA8bSvDQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22proper|right|great%20galah%22%20-intitle%3A%22galah%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], ‘Don′t just stand there, you great galah, lend a hand here!’ Billy Kemp shoved Edmund towards the longboat. ‘Get it free. The lads are bringing up the casks.’
    • 1999, , Solomon's Song, [http//|right|great+galah%22+-intitle:%22galah%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=f99ZT9ubH8OfiAeA8bSvDQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22proper|right|great%20galah%22%20-intitle%3A%22galah%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], ‘But, Sergeant, I reckon a man would look a proper galah falling about with an empty rifle, going click, click, click, “bang you′re dead” when he wasn′t doing rifle drill on parade, like when it′s not official, know what I mean?’ one of the infantrymen volunteers.
    • 2006, John Chalmers, The Professional Guest, [http//|right|great+galah%22+-intitle:%22galah%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=0NhZT4vSJoSjiAfzxcmvDQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22proper|right|great%20galah%22%20-intitle%3A%22galah%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 13], ‘…Then you will strut around like a great galah tryin′ to impress the sheilas about what a fuckin′ big iron ore miner you are.’
Synonyms: (fool) drongo
galah session etymology From galah + session.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, informal, obsolete) A period on an outback radio network, allocated for private conversation.
    • 1986, Phyllis Gibb, Classrooms a World Apart: The Story of the Founding of the Broken Hill School of the Air, [http//|%22galah+sessions%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22galah+session%22|%22galah+sessions%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=jY5aT7eSOeSJmQWJ0_S1BA&redir_esc=y page 59], She also had an opportunity to talk to some of these schoolmates on the Galah Session. This is the unofficial session when, at allocated times, people on the network are free to chat to each other.
    • 1992, Herb Wharton, Unbranded, [http//|%22galah+sessions%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=iJBaT7-BKYe5iAeC-fGbDQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22galah%20session%22|%22galah%20sessions%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], If they headed out to investigate, Forklift and his mate, who listened to everything on the Galah session of the Flying Doctor network, would know the police were on their way and might get rid of Comet so as to have no evidence.
    • 2011, Bill Marsh, Great Australian Flying Doctor Stories, [http//|%22galah+sessions%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=cYpaT927GeegmQWI2eSiDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22galah%20session%22|%22galah%20sessions%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], Now, aligned to this online radio service, the Flying Doctor base also ran what us station hands called ‘galah sessions’. And these galah sessions were in part set up so that, after the business was concluded, the station women could have a good chat to each other and catch up on all the gossip and stuff.
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of Galenist
  • slangiest
Galilean etymology
  • Originated 1605–15 from Latin Galilaea, from Galilee+-an.
  • (philosophy) Originated 1720–30, from Galileo+-an.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. of or pertaining to Galilee, or a native or inhabitant thereof.
  2. (philosophy) of or pertaining to the Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher Galileo Galilei.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A native or resident of Galilee.
  2. (historical) A zealous follower of Judas of Galilee, who fiercely resented the taxation of the Roman, and whose violence contributed to induce the latter to vow the extermination of the whole race.
  3. (by extension, sometimes, derogatory) A Christian.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. Jesus Christ.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, colloquial) Galvanized iron.
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber and Faber 2003, p. 12: She eliminated those lonely treeless farmhouses with the sun beating on their shining gal-iron roofs.
gall bladder {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: gallbladder
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (anatomy) A pear-shaped organ that stores bile from the liver, until the body needs it for the digestion and absorption of fats in the duodenum.
Synonyms: cholecyst, vescica biliaris, vescica fellea
gallerina etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fashionable art gallery employee, usually female.
    • {{quote-news}}
gallon etymology From onf galun, galon (compare Old French jalon), from ll galum, galus, from vl *galla, possibly from Gaulish, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *kel-. Cognate with Ancient Greek κύλιξ 〈kýlix〉, Sanskrit कलश 〈kalaśa〉. Related to Old French gille (from Malayalam gillo), Old French jale, Old French jaloie. pronunciation
  • /ˈɡælən/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A unit of volume, equivalent to eight pint
  2. (British, Canadian) exactly 4.54609 liter; an imperial gallon
  3. (US) 231 cubic inch or approximately 3.785 liters for liquid (a "U.S. liquid gallon")
  4. (US) one-eighth of a U.S. bushel or approximately 4.405 liters for dry goods (a "U.S. dry gallon").
  5. (in the plural, informal) A large quantity (of any liquid). The pipe burst and gallons of water flooded into the kitchen.
  • Loglan
gallows {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ˈɡæləʊz/
  • {{audio}}
etymology 1 From Middle English galwes, galewes, galowe, galwe, from Old English ġealga, from Proto-Germanic *galgô, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰalgʰ-, *ǵʰalg-. Compare West Frisian galge, Dutch galg, German Galgen, Danish galge, Icelandic gálgi.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Wooden framework on which persons are put to death by hanging.
    • {{quote-book }}
  2. (colloquial, obsolete) A wretch who deserves to be hanged.
    • 1590, , , V. ii. 12: Ay, and a shrewd unhappy gallows too. / You'll ne'er be friends with him: a' kill'd your sister.
  3. (printing, obsolete) The rest for the tympan when raised.
  4. (colloquial, obsolete) suspenders; braces
Synonyms: gallows tree, gallow tree, hanging tree, gibbet
etymology 2
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of gallow
Gallup poll {{wikipedia}} etymology Eponym.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A poll of the opinion of random chosen person, used to represent the opinion of the public, conducted by George Gallup or one the companies he founded.
  2. (by extension, informal) Any poll of the opinion of random chosen person, used to represent the opinion of the public.
    • 1971, , , chapter 42, "Pity we live in the same century with that strange creature. Say, we have here two men who talked at length face to face with the fellow. Let's take a Gallup poll. Sumner, do you think Hitler is a madman?"
    • 1988, Martha E. Gellhorn, The View from the Ground, Atlantic Monthly Press, ISBN 0871132125, page 223, My tiny personal Gallup poll unearthed plenty of refugees who were happy where they were and had no desire to return to Palestine, no matter what;... .
    • 1999 (date of publication), The Freedom Writers and Erin Gruwell, The Freedom Writers Diary, ISBN 038549422X, Diary 54, It was like that until I transferred to Ms. Gruwell's class. Up until that point it had always been: "So, Joyce, how do black people feel about Affirmative Action?"... I just new I wouldn't have to keep sending Gallup polls out to Negroes all around the country. And that is how I found myself starting my junior year in Ms. Gruwell's class.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, ) A clumsy or uncouth person.
    • 1901, , , 2008, page 293, "I talk like a galoot when I get talking to feemale{{sic}} girls and I can't lay my tongue to anything that sounds right."
    • 1901, , , 2008, page 190, "Now there was an ugly galoot whose name isn't worth mentioning.…"
    • 1993, , Volume 141, Issues 18-26, page 53, On TV and in movies and magazine ads, the image of fathers over the past generation evolved from the stern, sturdy father who knew best to a helpless Homer Simpson, or some ham-handed galoot confounded by the prospect of changing a diaper.
    • 2012, John C. Gallagher, The Blood-Dimmed Tide Is Loosed, page 113, “So if someone does something I do not agree with, I could call him a galoot and it would be okay?” “Something like that, if you were friends.” “Are galoots always men?”
Synonyms: (clumsy or uncouth person) lout, oaf
galpal etymology gal + pal, chosen for the rhyme.
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  1. (slang) A female friend or girlfriend.
    • 1992, Outlook, Issues 15-17 "Drew dumps boyfriend and shacks up with gay galpal."
    • 2001, Kim Cooper, David Smay, Bubblegum music is the naked truth My kid and her galpals all played this song five hundred thousand times in a row when they first brought it home...
    • 2005, Scott Von Doviak, Hick flicks: the rise and fall of redneck cinema It is there he first sees Lynn Halsey-Taylor, an up-and-coming young country singer played by Eastwood's then-galpal Sondra Locke.
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gam pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Italian gamba.{{}}
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  1. (slang) A person's leg, especially an attractive woman's leg.
    • 2010, Home Swell Home: Designing Your Dream Pad (ISBN 0743446356), page 19: Make the salesclerk blush by flashing some gam and asking him to mix a bucket in your flesh tone.
    • 2012 September 10, Ariel Levy, "The Space In Between", in The New Yorker: The women's-liberation movement of the late sixties and the seventies – the so-called second wave of feminism – introduced Americans to the notion that their mothers and sisters and daughters ought not to be "objectified": that there was something wrong with reducing female people to boobs, gams, and beaver.
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  1. Collective noun used to refer to a group of whales, or rarely also of porpoise; a pod.
    • 1862, Henry Theodore Cheever, The Whalemen's Adventures in the Southern Ocean, Darton & Hodge, page 116: Upon getting into a "gam" of whales, this boat, together with that of one of the mates, pulled for a single whale that was seen at a distance from the others, and succeeded in getting square up to their victim unperceived.
    • 1985, Dennis Kyte, To the Heart of a Bear: The Last Elegant Bear (ISBN 067154781X): Breakfast was interrupted as a gam of porpoises surrounded the Argyle, swaying in the foam and singing in gurgles and beeps.
    • 2010, Jack White, Mastery of Self Promotion (ISBN 0557339510), page 119: Christmas day in 1998, we lived on the Pacific Ocean in Pacific Grove, California and watched a gam of whales breaching in the deep ultramarine water.
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  2. (by extension) A social gathering of whaler (whaling ship).
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, Harper and Brothers, chapter 53: But what is a Gam? You might wear out your index-finger running up and down the columns of dictionaries, and never find the word, Dr. Johnson never attained to that erudition; Noah Webster’s ark does not hold it. Nevertheless, this same expressive word has now for many years been in constant use among some fifteen thousand true born Yankees. Certainly, it needs a definition, and should be incorporated into the Lexicon. With that view, let me learnedly define it. Gam. NOUN—A social meeting of two (or more) Whaleships, generally on a cruising-ground; when, after exchanging hails, they exchange visits by boats’ crews, the two captains remaining, for the time, on board of one ship, and the two chief mates on the other.
    • 1916, Harry B. Turner, Nantucket's Early Telegraph Service, in the Proceedings of the Nantucket Historical Association, page 50: There is still that yearning for news from Nantucket that there was when the whale-ships stopped for a gam out in the far-distant Pacific Ocean …
    • 1997, Gillies Ross, ‎Margaret Penny, This Distant and Unsurveyed Country (ISBN 0773516743), page 14: If time was available, whaling prospects poor, and the weather gentle, a gam might last all day and include tea and dinner.
    • 2007, Tom Chaffin, Sea of Gray: The Around-the-World Odyssey of the Confederate Raider Shenandoah (ISBN 0374707006), page 230: Twice each year, the Russian Navy sent out such ships to provision Russian whalers in the Sea of Okhotsk. In sailing toward the supposed Russian ship, the Abigail’s captain, Ebenezer Nye, was hoping for a gam with the ship's officers …
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  1. (nautical, ambitransitive) To pay a social visit on another ship at sea.
    • 2008, Eric Jay Dolin, Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America (ISBN 0393066665), page 436: Although most whalemen looked forward to gamming and enjoyed these ocean-borne gatherings, there were at least a few whalemen who either grew weary of them, or just weary of gamming so often with the same ships over and over.
    • 2011, Paul Schneider, The Enduring Shore: A History of Cape Cod (ISBN 0805067345), page 255: This was early in the summer of 1820, after nearly a year at sea, and they had gammed the whaling ship Aurora, which had on board not only plenty of letters but some newspapers as well.
    • 2014, James Revell Carr, Hawaiian Music in Motion (ISBN 0252096525), page 181: In chapter 2 we saw how gamming whalers sang songs that tied them to their homelands while emphasizing the transient, cosmopolitan nature of their work, …
  2. (US, dialect) To engage in social intercourse anywhere.
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gamble {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old English gamenian 'to play', either via a dialectal survival of Middle English gammlen, a variant of gamenen 'to play, jest, be merry', or via a derivative of gamel 'to play games' pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɡæm.bəl/
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  1. A significant risk, undertaken with a potential gain.
  2. A risky venture The sailors had taken many gambles with the sea and always won.
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  1. To take a risk, with the potential of a positive outcome.
  2. To play risky game, especially casino games, for monetary gain.
  3. (transitive) To risk (something) for potential gain. He gambled his reputation on the outcome.
  4. To interact with equipment at a casino
game etymology From Middle English game, gamen, gammen, from Old English gamen, from Proto-Germanic *gamaną, from *ga- + *mann-, equivalent to ge + man; or alternatively from *ga- + a root from Proto-Indo-European *men-, equivalent to ge + mind. Cognate with Middle High German gamen, Swedish gamman, Icelandic gaman. Related to gammon, gamble. pronunciation
  • AHD: /gām/
  • /ɡeɪm/
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  1. A playful or competitive activity.
    1. A playful activity that may be unstructured; an amusement or pastime. exampleBeing a child is all fun and games.
    2. (countable) An activity described by a set of rule, especially for the purpose of entertainment, often competitive or having an explicit goal. exampleGames in the classroom can make learning fun.
      • 1983, Lawrence Lasker, Walter F. Parkes, and Walon Green, WarGames, MGM/UA Entertainment Co.: Joshua: Shall we play a game?
    3. (countable) A particular instance of playing a game; match. exampleSally won the game. exampleThey can turn the game around in the second half.
      • {{RQ:Frgsn Zlnstn}} “I'm through with all pawn-games,” I laughed. “Come, let us have a game of lansquenet. Either I will take a farewell fall out of you or you will have your sevenfold revenge”.
    4. That which is gained, such as the stake in a game.
    5. The number of point necessary to win a game. exampleIn short whist, five points are game.
    6. (card games) In some games, a point awarded to the player whose card add up to the largest sum.
    7. (countable) The equipment that enables such activity, particularly as packaged under a title. exampleSome of the games in the closet we have on the computer as well.
    8. One's manner, style, or performance in playing a game. exampleStudy can help your game of chess. exampleHit the gym if you want to toughen up your game.
  2. (countable, informal, nearly always singular) A field of gainful activity, as an industry or profession. exampleWhen it comes to making sales, John is the best in the game. exampleHe's in the securities game somehow.
  3. (countable, figuratively) Something that resembles a game with rules, despite not being designed. exampleIn the game of life, you may find yourself playing the waiting game far too often.
    • {{RQ:Shakespeare Henry 5}} I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips, straining upon the start. The game’s afoot!
    • {{RQ:Frgsn Zlnstn}} “I'm through with all pawn-games,” I laughed. “Come, let us have a game of lansquenet. Either I will take a farewell fall out of you or you will have your sevenfold revenge”.
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  4. (countable, military) An exercise simulating warfare, whether computerized or involving human participants.
  5. (uncountable) Wild animals hunted for food. exampleThe forest has plenty of game.
  6. (uncountable, informal, used mostly of males) The ability to seduce someone, usually by strategy. exampleHe didn't get anywhere with her because he had no game.
  7. (countable) A questionable or unethical practice in pursuit of a goal; a scheme. exampleYou want to borrow my credit card for a week? What's your game?
    • Blackwood Magazine Your murderous game is nearly up.
    • George Saintsbury (1845-1933) It was obviously Lord Macaulay's game to blacken the greatest literary champion of the cause he had set himself to attack.
Synonyms: See also , (synonyms to be checked) pastime, play, recreation, frolic, sport, diversion, fun, amusement, merriment, festivity, entertainment, spree, prank, lark, gambol, merrymaking, gaiety, (instance of gameplay) match, (field of gainful activity) line, (military) wargame, (business or occupation) racket, (questionable practices) racket
  • (antonyms to be checked) drudgery, work, toil
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  1. (colloquial) Willing to participate.
    • {{rfdate}} (computer game): I'm game, would you like to tell me how [to do that]?
  2. (of an animal) That shows a tendency to continue to fight against another animal, despite being wounded, often severely.
  3. Persistent, especially in senses similar to the above.
  4. Injured, lame (of a limb).
    • around 1900, O. Henry, You come with me and we'll have a cozy dinner and a pleasant talk together, and by that time your game ankle will carry you home very nicely, I am sure."
Synonyms: (willing to participate) sporting, willing, daring, disposed, favorable, nervy, courageous, valiant
  • (willing to participate) cautious, disinclined
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  1. (intransitive) To gamble.
  2. (intransitive) To play games and be a gamer.
  3. (transitive) To exploit loopholes in a system or bureaucracy in a way which defeats or nullifies the spirit of the rules in effect, usually to obtain a result which otherwise would be unobtainable. We'll bury them in paperwork, and game the system.
  4. (transitive, slang, of males) To perform premeditated seduction strategy.
    • 2005, "Picking up the pieces", The Economist, 6 October 2005: Returning briefly to his journalistic persona to interview Britney Spears, he finds himself gaming her, and she gives him her phone number.
    • 2010, Mystery, The Pickup Artist: The New and Improved Art of Seduction, Villard Books (2010), ISBN 9780345518217, page 100: A business associate of mine at the time, George Wu, sat across the way, gaming a stripper the way I taught him.
    • 2010, Sheila McClear, "Would you date a pickup artist?", New York Post, 9 July 2010: How did Amanda know she wasn’t getting gamed? Well, she didn’t. “I would wonder, ‘Is he saying stuff to other girls that he says to me?’ We did everything we could to cut it off . . . yet we somehow couldn’t.”
  • mage
  • mega
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  1. (chemistry) Any salt or ester of gamma-hydroxybutyric acid, especially the sodium or potassium salts used as the drug "fantasy"
Synonyms: GBH, GHB (abbreviation), (slang terms for GHB) battery acid, cherry meth, date rape drug, easy lay, everclear, fantasy, G, Georgia Home Boy, goop, grievous bodily harm, jib, liquid ecstasy, liquid G, liquid X, organic Quaalude, salty war, salty water, scoop, sleep 500, soap, vita G, zonked
gammon {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From Old French gambon (compare modern French jambon), from gambe, from ll *gamba.
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈɡæmən/, alternatively /ˈɡɑmən/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The lower or hind part of a side of bacon.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To cure bacon by salting.
etymology 2 Probably a special use of Middle English gamen.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (backgammon) A victory in backgammon achieved when the opponent has not taken a single stone; (also, rarely, backgammon, the game itself).
related terms:
  • backgammon
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (backgammon) To beat by a gammon (without the opponent taking a stone).
etymology 3 Perhaps related to the first etymology, with reference to tying up a ham.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical) A rope fastening a bowsprit to the stem of a ship (usually called a gammoning).
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To lash with ropes (on a ship).
etymology 4 Perhaps a special use of the word from etymology 2.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated) Chatter, ridiculous nonsense.
    • quotationDickens, The Pickwick Papers, 40
    • 1911: , He swore that all other religions were gammon,And wore out his knees in the worship of Mammon.
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  1. (colloquial, dated) To deceive, to lie plausibly.
    • 1959, Georgette Heyer, The Unknown Ajax, 1 , “And no use for anyone to tell Charles that this was because the Family was in mourning for Mr Granville Darracott […]: Charles might only have been second footman at Darracott Place for a couple of months when that disaster occurred, but no one could gammon him into thinking that my lord cared a spangle for his heir.”
etymology 1 Origin obscure and uncertain. Possibly from English dialectal (North Midlands) game, or from the Irish cam, by way of sth. Compare also Old Provençal gambi, related to Old Provençal gamba (see also French jambe). pronunciation
  • /ˈɡæmi/
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  1. Injured, or not functioning properly (with respect to legs). I have got a gammy leg, and can't walk far.
etymology 2 Abbreviation.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) grandmother Had our beloved gammy lost it?
etymology 3 Unclear. Perhaps from the same Irish word as gam.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Scotland, slang, vulgar) A blowjob; fellatio.
gander pronunciation
  • (UK) /ɡæn.də(ɹ)/
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  1. A male goose.
    • 1916, Blanche Fisher Wright, The Original Mother Goose Old Mother Goose / When she wanted to wander / Would ride through the air / On a very fine gander.
  2. A fool, simpleton
  3. (slang, used only with “have” and “take”) A glance, look. Have a gander at what he’s written.
Synonyms: (slang, look) butcher's, butcher's hook (Cockney rhyming slang for "look")
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  1. (dialect, intransitive) ramble, wander
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ganef Alternative forms: gonoph, gonif, goniff, gonef etymology From Yiddish גנבֿ 〈gnb̄〉, from Hebrew גנב 〈gnb〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) Thief, rascal, scoundrel.
gang bang
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A gang rape.
  2. An orgy, especially a sexual one. Quotation 2005: "This gang-bang speaks more to journalistic groupthink than to any real moral or legal reasoning." - Jacob Weisberg, Slate Magazine
  3. A gang fight.
  4. Protecting gang turf, especially when dealing drugs or other black market objects.
gangbanger pronunciation
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  1. (slang) A member of a violent gang.
  2. (slang) A violent person.
  3. Someone who gangbang.
related terms:
  • bang
  • banger
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, vulgar) To engage in group sex
  2. (transitive, vulgar) To take turns having sex with someone or something
    • 1961, William S. Burroughs, The Soft Machine, page 14-15 That night we requisitioned a ranch house and all got drunk and Johnny did this dance with his tie around his neck lolling his head on one side and letting his tongue fall out and wriggled his ass and dropped his pants and his cock flipped out and the soldiers rolled around laughing till they pissed all over themselves—Then they rigged up a harness under his arms and hoisted him up off the floor to a beam and gang-fucked him—By the time we got to Monterrey there was Spaniards around in armor like a costume movie and again we were lucky to arrive just at the right time.
related terms:
  • gang bang
gangsta etymology From gangster
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A member of an urban criminal or street gang.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (slang) exhibiting the traits or demeanor associated with the high risk lifestyle of urban street-thugs or hustlers.
gangsterish etymology gangster + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Gangsterlike.
ganj etymology Shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Ganja.
    • 1997, William Lashner, Veritas "Maybe you want some ganj?" He puts two fingers to his lips and pretends to inhale deeply.

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