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ganja etymology From Bengali scBeng, from Sanskrit scDeva. pronunciation
  • /ˈɡæn.dʒə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) marijuana, as used for smoking.
Synonyms: See also
gank pronunciation
  • /ɡæŋk/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, slang) To swindle.
    • 1989, The Beastie Boys in "Car Thief" from the album Paul's Boutique Then I met this girl she tried to gank me / So I smacked her in the booty with M.C. Plank Bee
    • 2001, Delphine Jamet, Street Kid in the City Jay was ganked (mugged) for $55 by some Noongar boys when Brad told them he had a lot of money on him.
    • 2004, Mike Sager, Scary Monsters and Super Freaks: Stories of Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll and Murder Page 135 Just as Eazy had robbed Lonzo at Crew Cut Records, Suge and Dre had now ganked Eazy. This time, however, there was a slight problem.
    • 2004, U.S. Congress Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Combating Gang Violence in America Page 28 And in the old days, you know, if you ganked a drug dealer, they would beat you senseless.
  2. (transitive, slang) To steal.
    • 2002, A. K. Stanfield, Zen Smoking: A Mock Epic with Stock Characters Page 261 “I ganked these from the Major's house last night,” I explained, reaching into the backpack to withdraw the two books.
    • 2006, N. Frank Daniels, Futureproof Page 206 It was one of the syringes Splinter ganked from the hospital the other day when he was in there for chest pains.
  3. (transitive, Internet, online gaming, slang) To kill, ambush, or defeat with little effort; used in online games. Our group totally ganked this guy. I hate it when corpse-campers gank me over and over again.
  • knag
garage {{wikipedia}} etymology Borrowing from French garage, derivative of French garer, from Middle French garer, garrer, guerrer; partly from Old French garir, warir (from Old frk *warjan); and partly from Old French varer, from Old Norse varask, reflexive of vara; both ultimately from Proto-Germanic *warjaną, *warōną, from Proto-Indo-European *wer-. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɡæɹɑː(d)ʒ/the ˈˈ[httpː//ɡaraɡe Oxford Advanced Learnerˈs Dictionary]ˈˈ[httpː//ɡaraɡe MacMillan]ˈs British dictionary;
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  • (UK) /ˈɡæˌɹɪdʒ/
  • (US) /ɡəˈɹɑː(d)ʒ/{{Rː}}
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  • (Canada) /ɡəˈɹæ(d)ʒ/
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noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A building (or section of a building) used to store a car or cars, tools and other miscellaneous items.
  2. (chiefly, British, Canada, Australia, NZ) A place where cars are serviced and repaired.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, The China Governess , 7, , “The highway to the East Coast which ran through the borough of Ebbfield had always been a main road and even now, despite the vast garages, the pylons and the gaily painted factory glasshouses which had sprung up beside it, there still remained an occasional trace of past cultures.”
  3. (chiefly, British, Canada, Australia, NZ) A petrol filling station.
  4. (dated, 20th century, North America) An independent automobile repair shop.
  5. (aviation) A shed for housing an airship or aeroplane; a hangar.
  6. A side way or space in a canal to enable vessel to pass each other; a siding.
  7. (attributive) A type of guitar rock music, personified by amateur bands playing in the basement or garage.
  8. (British) A type of electronic dance music related to house music, with warp and time-stretch sounds.
Historically a commercial garage would offer storage, refueling, servicing, and repair of vehicles. Since the mid-late 20th Century, storage has become uncommon at premises having the other functions. Now refueling, servicing, and repair are becoming increasingly separated from each other. Few repair garages still sell petrol; it is very uncommon for a new filling station to have a mechanic or any facilities for servicing beyond inflating tires; and a new kind of business exists to provide servicing: the oil/lube change shop. Synonyms: (a petrol filling station) filling station, gas station (North America), petrol station (UK)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To store in a garage. We garaged the convertible during the monsoon months.
    • {{RQ:Wodehouse Offing}}
garageware etymology garage + ware, suggesting development by amateurs in a domestic garage.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, slang, derogatory) Shoddy, amateurish software.
    • 1997, "vak", Lack of Free Software for PP... (on newsgroup alt.comp.sys.palmtops.pilot) People who spend real money on real servers aren't in the habit of running shareware or garageware.
    • 2001, "Bob", Zone Alarm 3.6 True Vector (on newsgroup The ones which cause me the most trouble are various garageware sound file editors. One of them will crash Win2K if I run it and run an ascii editor at the same time.
    • 2007, "Walter Mitty", Help! Upgraded to XP (on newsgroup …the simple fact is that most native Linux games are rubbish garageware and that the industry simply doesnt{{SIC}} care about the Linux community at large because they are generally not gamers but more serious "hackers" and hobbyists.
garbage scow
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A watercraft that carries garbage and waste from one location to others for distribution and disposal.
garbley gook
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Communication that is garbled; language messed up and hard to understand.
    • 2007. L. J. Newlin, Trail Mix, p. 158: "It looks like garbley gook." Brent remarked. "No, it's code. I haven'ta clue what it means but its computer code alright." Travis deduced.
garbo etymology From garbage + o.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, informal) A rubbish collector.
    • 1986, Emily George, Merri Lee: A Feminist Fantasy, [http//|%22garbos%22+-greta+rubbish+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22garbo%22|%22garbos%22+-greta+rubbish+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=zwdaT5bcK860iQeZzOmsDQ&redir_esc=y page 124], Then believe it or not, I worked for some time as a garbo, collecting the rubbish in the wee hours of the morning.
    • 1998, Hall Greenland, Red Hot: The Life & Times of Nick Origlass, 1908-1996, [http//|%22garbos%22+-greta+rubbish+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22garbo%22|%22garbos%22+-greta+rubbish+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=vQNaT-WMF6ediAe86cWaDQ&redir_esc=y page 253], The referendum papers, accompanied by a strong statement of Council′s position, was to be letterboxed by the Council′s “garbos” (rubbish collectors) and inspectors on a Thursday and collected by volunteers over the weekend.
    • 2010, Zana Fraillon, Monstrum House: Locked In, [http//|%22garbos%22+-greta+rubbish+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=vQNaT-WMF6ediAe86cWaDQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22garbo%22|%22garbos%22%20-greta%20rubbish%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], As far as Jasper was concerned, his mum being a garbo was pretty cool. She got to drive a truck and be home in time to take his little sisters to school. Before she got the job as a rubbish collector, his mum had done shift work and it was left to Jasper to get his sisters to school.
    • 2010, Adam Shand, The Skull: Informers, Hit Men and Australia′s Toughest Cop, [http//|%22garbos%22+-greta+rubbish+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=YQZaT_ToBuqziQelk43iCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22garbo%22|%22garbos%22%20-greta%20rubbish%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 350], The priest would bring salvation while the garbo took the rubbish.
Synonyms: bin man (UK), dustman (UK), garbage collector (US), garbage man (US), refuse collector (UK), sanitation engineer (US), trashman (US)
  • gobar
garbologist etymology garbology + ist.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who examines refuse using archaeological techniques. A garbologist forages through waste paper baskets in search of interesting documents.
    • 1998 October, Trash Talk, , [http//|%22garbologists%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=HAtaT_bNB46iiAf4hKmiDQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22garbologist%22|%22garbologists%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 10], Garbologists discovered the leachate, mostly water mixed with rotting garbage, actually aided in decomposing other trash in the area.
  2. (Australia, humorous) A garbage collector.
Synonyms: garbage collector, refuse collector, trash collector
garden {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English garden, from xno, onf gardin (compare modern French jardin from Old French jardin), diminutive (compare vl hortus gardinus) or oblique form of *gard (compare Old French jart), from Old Low frk *gardin, *gardo (compare Dutch gaarde, gaard), from Proto-Germanic *gardô (compare West Frisian gard, Low German Goorn, German Garten), from Proto-Germanic *gardaz. More at yard. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈɡɑː(ɹ)dən/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An outdoor area containing one or more types of plant, usually plants grown for food or ornamental purposes. examplea vegetable garden  a flower garden
    1. (in the plural) Such an ornamental place to which the public have access. exampleYou can spend the afternoon walking around the town gardens.
    2. (attributive) Taking place in, or used in, such a garden. examplea garden party;  a garden spade;  a garden path
      • {{RQ:Chrsty Atbgrfy}} The garden parties of pre-1914 were something to be remembered. Everyone was dressed up to the nines, high-heeled shoes, muslin frocks with blue sashes, large leghorn hats with drooping roses. There were lovely ices…with every kind of cream cake, of sandwich, of éclair, and peaches, muscat grapes, and nectarines.
  2. The grounds at the front or back of a house. exampleThis house has a swimming pool, a tent, a swing set and a fountain in the garden.  {{nowrap}}  {{nowrap}}
  3. (figuratively) A cluster, a bunch.
  4. (slang) Pubic hair or the genitalia it masks.
    • 1995, Lee Tyler, Biblical Sexual Morality and What About Pornography? viewed at on 9 May 2006 Blow on my garden [speaking of her genitalia], so the spices of it may flow out. Let my Beloved come into His garden [her pubic area] and eat His pleasant fruits. (A commentary on Song of Solomon 4:16, which was written in Hebrew c950 BC; book footnotes shown here bracketed within the text; many scholars disagree with the Biblical interpretation, which is included as evidence of usage in 1995 rather than intended meaning in 950 BC.)
    • c2004, Hair Care Down There, Inc, The History of Hair Removal viewed at on 9 May 2006 - Primping and pruning the secret garden might seem like a totally 21st century concept, but the fact is women have gotten into below-the-belt grooming since before the Bronze Age.
    • 2006, Guest on Female First Forum at posting on Fashionable to shave the pubic area?? viewed on 9 May 2006 A woman's [unshaven] dark pubic triangle, glistening with pussy nectar and promising access to a hidden garden of delights.
Synonyms: (decorative place outside), (gardens with public access) park, public gardens, (grounds at the front or back of a house) yard (US), (the pubic hair) See pubic hair
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, chiefly, North America) to grow plant in a garden; to create or maintain a garden. I love to garden — this year I'm going to plant some daffodils.
  2. (intransitive, cricket) of a batsman, to inspect and tap the pitch lightly with the bat so as to smooth out small rough patches and irregularities.
Synonyms: (in cricket) farm
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Common, ordinary, domesticated.
  • danger, gander, grande, ranged
gargle {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈɡɑɹɡəl/
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etymology 1 From Old French gargouiller, from gargouille. Compare gargoyle.
verb: {{en-verb}} {{examples-right}}
  1. (intransitive) to clean one's mouth by holding water or some other liquid in the back of the mouth and blowing air out from the lungs
    • 1915, Willa Cather, The Song of the Lark: She hated the poisoned feeling in her throat, and no matter how often she gargled she felt unclean and disgusting.
  2. (intransitive) to make a sound like the one made while gargling
  3. (transitive) to clean a specific part of the body by gargling (almost always throat or mouth)
    • 1893, Gilbert Parker, Mrs. Falchion: They don't gargle their throats with anything stronger than coffee at this tavern.
  4. (transitive) to use (a liquid) for purposes of cleaning one's mouth or throat by gargling. Every morning he gargled a little cheap Scotch.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a liquid used for gargling
    • 1861, Young's Demonstrative Translation of Scientific Secrets: Take of borax 1 drm., tinc. of myrrh 1/2 oz., clarified honey 1 oz., rose or distilled water, 4 oz.; mix. To be used as a gargle or mouth wash in sore mouth or affection of the gums.
  2. the sound of gargling
  3. (slang) lager, drink
Synonyms: mouthwash
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. obsolete form of gargoyle
  • lagger
  • raggle
gargle-factory etymology gargle (slang sense drink) + factory
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, slang) bar, pub, a place for drinking
gargoyle {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old French gargouille. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɡɑː.ɡɔɪl/
  • (US) /ˈɡɑɹ.ɡɔɪl/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A carved grotesque figure on a spout which conveys water away from the gutter.
    • 1906, , The Trampling of the Lilies‎, page 110 From between set teeth came now a flow of oaths and imprecations as steady as the flow of water from the gargoyle overhead.
  2. Any decorative carved grotesque figure on a building.
  3. A fictional winged monster.
    • 2005, Mel Odom, The Secret Explodes‎, page 200 Almost immediately one of the gargoyles swept down from the sky and attacked him. The gargoyle's momentum drove them both over the side.
  4. (slang, pejorative) An ugly woman.
Synonyms: (any decorative carved grotesque figure) grotesque, hunky punk, (ugly woman) crone, hag
etymology 1 From Old English gearn. Compare also Danish and Old Norse garn.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) yarn (twisted fibers for weaving)
etymology 2 From .
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (Cockney slang) A response that expresses disbelief or mockery.
    • 1912, George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion (play): Mrs Pearce: … She may be married. Liza: Garn!
  • ARNG, gnar, gran, rang
garnish etymology From Middle English garnischen, from Old French garnir, stem of certain forms of the verb garnir, guarnir, warnir, from a conflation of Old frk *warnjan and *warnon, from Proto-Germanic *warnijaną and Proto-Germanic *warnōną; both from Proto-Indo-European *wer-. Cognate with Old English wiernan and warnian. More at warn.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To decorate with ornamental appendages; to set off; to adorn; to embellish.
    • Spenser All within with flowers was garnished.
  2. (cooking) To ornament, as a dish, with something laid about it; as, a dish garnished with parsley.
  3. To furnish; to supply. By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent. (Job 26:13, KJV)
  4. (slang, archaic) To fit with fetters; to fetter {{rfquotek}}
  5. (legal) To warn by garnishment; to give notice to; to garnishee.
related terms:
  • garrison
  • garment
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A set of dish, often pewter, containing a dozen pieces of several types.
  2. Pewter vessels in general.
    • 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 478: The accounts of collegiate and monastic institutions give abundant entries of the price of pewter vessels, called also garnish.
  3. Something added for embellishment; decoration; ornament; also, dress; garments, especially when showy or decorated.
    • Shakespeare So are you, sweet, / Even in the lovely garnish of a boy.
    • Prior Matter and figure they produce; / For garnish this, and that for use.
  4. (cookery) Something set round or upon a dish as an embellishment.
  5. (slang, obsolete) Fetters.
  6. (slang, historical) A fee; specifically, in English jails, formerly an unauthorized fee demanded from a newcomer by the older prisoners. {{rfquotek}}
  • sharing
garreteer etymology garret + eer pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who lives in a garret.
  2. (derogatory) A poor author; a literary hack. {{rfquotek}}
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Gary Glitter etymology Rhyming slang for shitter, referring to Gary Glitter, British glam rock singer.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, vulgar, slang, idiomatic) The anus, especially when used in anal sex.
    • 2010, Stephen Fry, The Hippopotamus Just because we like to take it up the Gary Glitter, darling, it doesn't mean we have to grow fat to satisfy the fears of our friends
    • 2005, Jack Leonard, Bad Altitude "...and I bet she's dirty, and all. She's bound to take it up the Gary Glitter.” “I'm sure that Mel's a nice church-going lass,” I countered, almost managing a straight face, “who has never been kissed, let alone done up the arse.”
gas {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ɡæs/, /ɡæz/
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etymology 1 From Dutch gas, a word coined by chemist . From Ancient Greek χάος 〈cháos〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable, chemistry) Matter in a state intermediate between liquid and plasma that can be contained only if it is fully surrounded by a solid (or in a bubble of liquid) (or held together by gravitational pull); it can condense into a liquid, or can (rarely) become a solid directly.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    exampleA lot of gas had escaped from the cylinder.
  2. (countable, chemistry) A chemical element or compound in such a state. exampleThe atmosphere is made up of a number of different gases.
  3. (uncountable) A flammable gaseous hydrocarbon or hydrocarbon mixture (typically predominantly methane) used as a fuel, e.g. for cooking, heating, electricity generation or as a fuel in internal combustion engines in vehicles. exampleGas-fired power stations have largely replaced coal-burning ones.
  4. (countable) A hob on a gas cooker. exampleShe turned the gas on, put the potatoes on, then lit the oven.
  5. (US) Methane or other waste gases trapped in one's belly as a result of the digestive process. exampleMy tummy hurts so bad, I have gas.
  6. (slang) A humorous or entertaining event or person. exampleHe is such a gas!
  7. (baseball) A fastball. exampleThe closer threw him nothing but gas.
Synonyms: (state of matter) vapor / vapour, (digestive process) wind, fart (when gas is released) (US)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To kill with poisonous gas.
  2. (intransitive) To talk, chat.
    • 1899, Stephen Crane , Twelve O'Clock, 1 , “[…] (it was the town's humour to be always gassing of phantom investors who were likely to come any moment and pay a thousand prices for everything) — “[…] Them rich fellers, they don't make no bad breaks with their money. […]””
  3. (intransitive) To emit gas. exampleThe battery cell was gassing.
  4. (transitive) To impregnate with gas. to gas lime with chlorine in the manufacture of bleaching powder
  5. (transitive) To singe, as in a gas flame, so as to remove loose fibers. to gas thread
etymology 2 Shortening of gasoline.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable, US) Gasoline; a derivative of petroleum used as fuel.
  2. (US) gas pedal
Synonyms: (gasoline) gasoline (US), petrol (British), See also .
related terms:
  • gas-guzzler
  • gasohol
  • gas up
  • gasoline
  • hit the gas
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US) To give a vehicle more fuel in order to accelerate it. The cops are coming. Gas it!
  2. (US) To fill (a vehicle's fuel tank) with fuel
Synonyms: (accelerate) step on the gas, hit the gas, (filll fuel tank) refuel
etymology 3 Compare the slang usage of "a gas", above.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Ireland, colloquial) comical, zany. Mary's new boyfriend is a gas man. It was gas when the bird flew into the classroom.
  • This is common in speech, but rarely used in writing.
  • GSA, SAG, sag, SGA
gasconade Alternative forms: Gasconade etymology From French gasconnade. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ɡaskəˈneɪd/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Boastful talk.
    • {{quote-book }}
    • 1687, , Reflections on the Historical Part of Church Government , , , , Theatre , Oxford , , 5 , page 60 , “If the Author was Jesuite enough to say this to himself, before he wrote it, he may come off, If not, it will prove a most unconscionable Gasconade. Pate <sup>a</sup> was never Bishop of Rochester, but of Worcester; he was not Banish'd, but Fed; and this not in King Edward's time, but in King Henry's. ”
    • 1782, W. Cunningham Mallory, translation of Confessions by , Book III : "This Gasconade surprised Le Maitre — 'You'll see,' said he, whispering to me, 'that he does not know a single note.'"
    • 1881, Robert Louis Stevenson, : "Just now... a cry from the opposite party who are content when they have enough, and like to look on and enjoy in the meanwhile, savours a little of bravado and gasconade."
    • 1988, James McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom, Oxford 2004, p. 816: Nor was the president's talk of abundant and inexhaustible resources mere gasconade.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete) Of or pertaining to exaggeration or extravagant boasting; bombastic.
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete, derogatory) To talk boastfully.
    • 1817, review of "Wilks's Historical Sketches of the South of India," in The Quarterly Review , page 57: "The Frenchman, not being able to bring the precise number, received only, as the first month's pay, 2,000 rupees. He demanded an audience, talked loud, and gasconaded."
    • 1847, Dorothy (Wordsworth) Quillinan, Journal of a Few Months Residence in Portugal and Glimpses of the South of Spain , page 246: "...he gasconaded on the theme of his personal exploits in the Seven Years' War of France in Spain, as if he had been as prime a sword-player as Murat..."
Synonyms: bluster, boast Seldom used after the late 19th century. Appears overwhelmingly in references to the French.
gasface etymology gas + face
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, African American Vernacular English) To disrespect someone.
  2. (slang, African American Vernacular English) To make a stupid or disrespectful face to someone.
gas guzzler
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) a vehicle that consumes a large amount of fuel
gash etymology From an alteration of Middle English garsen, from Old French garser, jarsier (Modern French gercer), from vl *charaxāre, from Ancient Greek charássein ("to scratch, notch"). pronunciation
  • /ɡæʃ/
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  1. A deep cut.
    • 2006, New York Times, “Bush Mourns 9/11 at Ground Zero as N.Y. Remembers”, : Vowing that he was “never going to forget the lessons of that day,” President Bush paid tribute last night to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack, laying wreaths at ground zero, attending a prayer service at St. Paul’s Chapel and making a surprise stop at a firehouse and a memorial museum overlooking the vast gash in the ground where the twin towers once stood.
  2. (slang, vulgar) A vulva, pussy
    • 1959, William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch, 50th anniversary edition (2009), p. 126: “Oh Gertie it’s true. It’s all true. They’ve got a horrid gash instead of a thrilling thing.”
  3. (slang, offensive) A woman
  4. (slang, British Royal Navy) Rubbish, spare kit
  5. (slang) Rubbish on board an aircraft
  6. (slang) Unused film or sound during film editing
  7. (slang) Poor quality beer, usually watered down.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make a deep, long cut, to slash.
  • hags
  • shag
gaslight Alternative forms: gas lamp (US) etymology gas + light. The verb sense derives from the 1938 stage play Gas Light, in which a husband attempts to convince his wife and others that she is insane by manipulating small elements of their environment.
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (British) The light produced by burning piped illuminating gas.
  2. (British) A lamp which operates by burning gas.
verb: {{wikipedia}} {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To manipulate someone psychologically such that they question their own sanity.
gasman etymology gas + man
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A worker for a company that supplies gas (in the sense of the gaseous fuel), especially one who visits premises to read the meter, test appliances etc. I spent all morning waiting for the gasman to call.
gasoline {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: gasolene (archaic in America, but not in Jamaica) etymology From Cazeline (possibly influenced by Gazeline, the name of an Irish copy), a brand of petroleum-derived lighting oil,[ ''The Solicitors' Journal and Reporter''], volume 9, page 368, 1865 from the surname of the man who first marketed it in 1862, ,John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, ''1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off'', Faber & Faber, 2012 ISBN 0571297951. and the suffix –eline, from Greek ἔλαιον 〈élaion〉, from ἐλαία 〈elaía〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɡæs.ə.lin/ US, dialectal: /gæsl̩ ˈin/, /gæsˈlin/, [gæˈsɵlin], or [gæsɵˈlin]
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable, North America) A flammable liquid consisting of a mixture of refined petroleum hydrocarbon, mainly used as a motor fuel; petrol.
    • 1991, (actor), : So you punched out a window for ventilation. Was that before or after you noticed you were standing in a lake of gasoline?
    • 2012 October 31, David M. Halbfinger, "," New York Times (retrieved 31 October 2012): Localities across New Jersey imposed curfews to prevent looting. In Monmouth, Ocean and other counties, people waited for hours for gasoline at the few stations that had electricity. Supermarket shelves were stripped bare.
  2. (countable) A certain kind of gasoline. The quality of automobile gasolines varies considerably from one country and producer to another. The X refinery produces a wide range of gasolines.
Gasoline is defined by its combustion properties rather than by chemical composition, which is quite variable. Synonyms: gas (North America), petrol (UK)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Made from or using gasoline.
gasp etymology From Middle English. Related to and possibly derived from Old Norse geispa or Danish gispe.{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary|gasp}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ɡɑːsp/
  • (US) /ɡæsp/
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  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A short, sudden intake of breath. The audience gave a gasp of astonishment
  2. (British, slang): A draw or drag on a cigarette (or gasper). I'm popping out for a gasp.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To draw in the breath suddenly, as if from a shock. The audience gasped as the magician disappeared.
  2. (intransitive) To breathe laboriously or convulsively. We were all gasping when we reached the summit.
    • Lloyd She gasps and struggles hard for life.
  3. (transitive) To speak in a breathless manner. The old man gasped his last few words.
  4. To pant with eagerness; to show vehement desire. I'm gasping for a cup of tea.
    • Spenser Quenching the gasping furrows' thirst with rain.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (humorous) The sound of a gasp. Gasp! What will happen next?
  • gaps
  • spag, SPAG
gasper etymology gasp + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person or animal that gasps.
  2. (British, slang) A cigarette.
  3. (BDSM, slang) One who is arouse by asphyxiation.
    • 1999, "", gay male gaspers/breath control and choking roleplay. (on newsgroup
  4. An adjustable air outlet over a passenger seat in aircraft.
  • gapers
  • grapes
  • pagers
  • sparge
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of gas
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Poisoning by noxious gas.
  2. The liberation of hydrogen from an overcharged battery due to electrolysis of the electrolyte.
  3. The process of passing cotton goods between two roller and exposing them to numerous minute jet of gas to burn off the small fibre.
  4. Any similar process of singe.
  5. (slang, dated) boast; insincere or empty talk
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gas station {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (North America) A place which sells gasoline to pump directly into a car or into an approved container.
Synonyms: See also
gastro etymology From gastroenteritis by shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, UK, Australia) Gastroenteritis He had a bad case of gastro, but came right as rain the next day.
  • argots, gators, gotras, groats
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The gastrocnemius muscle.
  • go-carts
gastrodome etymology gastro + dome, possibly by analogy with gastronome
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A large, impressive restaurant
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etymology 1 From galaxy + astrophysics
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (physics, cosmology) The physics involved in the formation of galaxies
etymology 2 From gastronomy + physics
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The physics of cooking
gastropubby etymology gastropub + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Characteristic of a gastropub.
    • 2012, Sean Thomas, Millions of Women are Waiting to Meet You (page 228) At this time in my life, our group of friends had a habit of heading out for enormously long, gastropubby Sunday lunches, where we would sit around chatting, smoking, swearing, and guzzling endless Merlot.
gas up
verb: {{head}}
  1. (transitive, US, slang) To fill the gas tank of an automobile with fuel.
    • 1977, James Taylor, “Bartender’s Blues”, JT, Columbia Records I can close down this bar. / I can gas up my car. / I can pack up and mail in my key.
  • gaups
  • spaug
gat pronunciation
  • /ɡæt/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Gatling gun, after inventor Richard Gatling.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic, slang, in old westerns) A Gatling gun.
  2. (slang, 1920's gangster) Any type of gun, usually a pistol.
    • 1939, , . You're the second guy I've met within hours who seems to think a gat in the hand means a world by the tail.
    • 1988, , Goin' off on a motherfucker like that With a gat that's pointed at yo ass
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To shoot someone with a pistol or other handheld firearm.
    • One Woman Short, page 27, George Nelson, 2000, “He in a black suit in a coffin, gatted by a junkie for his fake Rolex watch at a taco stand on Western.”
    • Shadow Clock‎, page 293, Brian A. Massey, 2002, “Vance's death scene would have a racy romantic glamour, sort of like Dillinger gatted at the Biograph, Pretty Boy slain in the cornfield, Bonnie and Clyde ambushed in their Ford Roadster.”
    • Turn that down!, page 198, Lewis Grossberger, 2005, “Fact I was chillin' with Notorious BIG when he got gatted. It was a accident. Biggie got in front of my Glock when I was bustin' slugs at some mothaf***a.”
etymology 2 From guitar, by shortening
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (New Zealand, slang) A guitar
etymology 3
verb: {{head}}
  1. (Scottish and Northern English, or archaic) en-simple past of get And Abraham gat up early in the morning (Genesis 1927)
  • GTA, tag, TGA
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A person who enters some event without a ticket or invitation, either by sneaking in, or talking their way past a ticket taker, or some other stealthy technique, rather than a confrontational encounter.
related terms:
  • gatecrash
  • crashing
  • crasher
Gateway City
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (somewhat, informal) The city of Saint Louis, in Missouri.
gator etymology Clipped form of alligator. pronunciation
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  • /ɡeɪtə(ɹ)/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Alligator.
  • argot, gotra, groat
gator bait
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, ethnic slur) A black person
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, slang) Drunk.
Synonyms: See also .
gatvol etymology Afrikaans gatvol
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (South Africa, slang) Fed up to the brim. Very upset. I have had it up to here! I am gatvol. If you don't tidy your room, you are grounded. This ouk is very gatvol for his job.
gaudy pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɡɔː.di/
  • (US) /ˈɡɑ.di/, /ˈɡɔ.di/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Origin uncertain; perhaps from gaud, itself perhaps from Old French gaudir. A common claim that the word derives from , designer of Barcelona's , is not supported by evidence (the word was in use at least half a century before Gaudí was born).
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. very showy or ornamented, now especially when excessive, or in a tasteless or vulgar manner
    • Shakespeare Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, / But not expressed in fancy; rich, not gaudy.
    • 1813, , Pride and Prejudice The rooms were lofty and handsome, and their furniture suitable to the fortune of its proprietor; but Elizabeth saw, with admiration of his taste, that it was neither gaudy nor uselessly fine; with less of splendour, and more real elegance, than the furniture of Rosings.
    • 1887, Homer Greene, Burnham Breaker A large gaudy, flowing cravat, and an ill-used silk hat, set well back on the wearer's head, completed this somewhat noticeable costume.
    • 2005, Thomas Hauser & Marilyn Cole Lownes, "How Bling-bling Took Over the Ring", The Observer, 9 January 2005 Gaudy jewellery might offend some people's sense of style. But former heavyweight champion and grilling-machine entrepreneur George Foreman is philosophical about today's craze for bling-bling.
  2. (obsolete) gay; merry; festive {{rfquotek}}
    • Shakespeare Let's have one other gaudy night.
    • Twain And then, there he was, slim and handsome, and dressed the gaudiest and prettiest you ever saw...
Synonyms: (excessively showy) tawdry, flashy, garish, kitschy,
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One of the large bead in the rosary at which the paternoster is recited. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 2 From Latin gaudium "joy".
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A reunion held by one of the colleges of the University of Oxford for alumni, normally held during the summer vacations.
gaum pronunciation
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etymology 1 The noun is from dialectal Middle English gome, from Old Norse gaum, gaumr, from Proto-Germanic *gaumō. The verb if from Middle English *gomen, from the noun. Compare Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐌿𐌼𐌾𐌰𐌽 〈𐌲𐌰𐌿𐌼𐌾𐌰𐌽〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, dialectal, rare) Heed; attention.
    • 1862, C. Clough Robinson, The Dialect of Leeds and its Neighbourhood, Illustrated, page 18: "S'cat! s'cat! — set that cat off that barns knee — it al puzzum it!" "Ah've tel'd 'em awal abart that tu monny a hunderd times, bud thuh tak no moar gaum o' muh then a stoop."
    • 1919, Ethel Carnie Holdsworth, The Taming of Nan, page 31: "Good-night, Uncle Nat," he called. Uncle Nat walked on in grim silence, never turning his head, for quite half a dozen paces. Then he came back to the gate to which Adam had also returned. "Tak' no gaum o' my gruntlin', Addy," asked Uncle.
    • 1972, William Mayne, The Incline (ISBN 0525325506), page 141: "Take no gaum," he said. "I've not heard her. This is between thee and me, Tommy. I'll use but one hand."
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (dialectal, obsolete) To understand; comprehend; consider.
    • 1893, Keighley Snowden, Tales of the Yorkshire Wolds, page 171: "We said nowt on 't. Ther' no 'casion to stir up trouble. But we all gaumed aposat when he heerd t' sounds o' them 'at com to lowse us he'd crawled off into t' workin's an' brayed his head agean a shou'der o' quartz."
    • 1896, James Keighley Snowden, Web of an Old Weaver, quoted in The English Dialect Dictionary (1900 edition): 'Nobody gaums where we are now,' I said.
    • 1870, John Christopher Atkinson, Lost, quoted in The English Dialect Dictionary (1900 edition): Aye sir, we gaum ye.
related terms:
  • gorm
  • goam
etymology 2 Uncertain; perhaps a variant of gum.{{R:Century 1911}} Alternative forms: gorm
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US and UK, dialects, chiefly, South Midlands, Southern US, Appalachia) To smear.
    • 1894, Rowland Evans Robinson, Danvis Folks, chapter VI, The Paring-Bee, page 117: No, bubby, couldn't hev the wax. Gaum him all up so 't mammy 'd hafter nigh abaout skin him tu git him clean ag'in; …
    • {{circa}} Mark Twain, Little Bessie, published in 1972 in Mark Twain's Fables of Man: Isn't it horrible, mamma! One fly produces fifty-two billions of descendants in 60 days in June and July, and they go and crawl over sick people and wade through pus, and sputa, and foul matter exuding from sores, and gaum themselves with every kind of disease-germ, then they go to everybody's dinner-table and wipe themselves off on the butter …
    • 1930, Marietta Minnigerode Andrews, Memoirs of a Poor Relation: Being the Story of a Post-war Southern Girl and Her Battle with Destiny, page 293: Butter became in my eyes a gauge of character and gentility, almost of integrity. I watched these ravenous wretches "gaum" their batter-cakes with it, help themselves to more than they really wanted, leaving great golden chunks of it half melted and wholly useless, mixed as it was with gravy …
    • 1990, Appalachian Journal, volume 18, page 196: Simply gaum them all over with thick claybank mud and throw them into the fire. The clay will bake hard.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
etymology 3 unknown. Possibly related to gaum.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Appalachia and other dialects, rare) Grime.
    • 1913, William Gerard Chapman, Wine of the Orchard, in Outing: Sport, Adventure, Travel Fiction, volume 61, page 210: "douse your head under the pump and wash some of the gaum off your hands and we'll see what your Aunt Debbie can do for that empty feelin'."
    • 1927, Robert Lindsay Mason, The lure of the Great Smokies, page 150: Said 'Black Bill' Walker, of Walker's Valley, in speaking of the forge: 'I never heerd sech a rackity-rack! Ye'd think the heavens was fallin' down! Them fellers aworkin' thar in the sweat an' gaum reminded me more of the gate to the bad place!'
    • 2000, Howard Bahr, The Black Flower: A Novel of the Civil War (ISBN 0312265077), page 106: They thrust their wedge-shaped faces into the light, then, one by one, tried the air with their delicate paper wings. The air bore them up; they circled lazily over the heads of men, they lit on hands and faces and in the gaum of wounds, they died underfoot.
etymology 4 unknown.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dialectal, rare) A bit, a small amount.
    • 1939, Esquire, volume 12, issues 1-3, page 54: When he had let what he deemed was a sufficiency of blood out of the incised vein, he called to Elvira to bring a spoon of "sut" from off the back of the fireplace and a "gaum" of spiderwebs from somewhere or other.
    • 1978, Editorials on File, volume 9, issue 2, page 1392: The Rockwellian palette was what Arkansans would call a "gaum" of sentiment— sentimentality, the cynical would say. His paintings were what these same cynics would probably call "representational," …
    • 1990, Donald Harington, The Cockroaches of Stay More (ISBN 0679728082), page 191: "There aint a gaum of grub to be found nowheres. If rain was syrup, we'd all be gorged, but there aint enough sup to make a housefly floop his snoot."
etymology 5 Probably a variant of gom (an Irish English slang term for a foolish person), but possibly related to or influenced by gorming.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, dialectal or colloquial) A useless person.
    • 1947, James Reynolds, A world of horses: A conversation piece, page 229: I saw standing up out of the grass a murderous length of sharp steel. Some gaum of a farm boy had abandoned this scythe while cutting bundles of sourgrass for cattle-breeding.
    • 1956, Sean O'Casey, I knock at the door. Pictures in the hallway. [etc], page 133: I'm no gaum. I'll work th' delivery in such a wise way that neither of the boyos'll fall into the suspicion they had lost as much as a burnt-out match.
    • 2011, Liam O'Flaherty, Land (ISBN 1448203880): He's a scrawny gaum of a lad named Tony Regan, the tailor's eldest son.
etymology 6 Variant of gorm, which see for more.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. alternative form of gorm to make a mess of.
    • 2005, Charles Ray, The Tarheel Connection: An Environmental Romance (ISBN 094461969X), page 93: "She'll get plum bereft 'n worried, even git the all'overs, if n the place's all gaumed up."
    • 2011, Caroline Miller, Lamb in His Bosom (ISBN 1561456497), page 206: Some gaumed up their whole lives by a-hasteing in this or that thing, taking out their impatience on this or the other body.
  • Guam, GUAM
  • MUGA
gavver etymology Romany
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang) A member of the police.
    • 2007, Kevin Brooks, The Road of the Dead (page 177) "Yeah, the gavvers were after Dad for a bunch of stuff he'd done years ago — fake license plates, stolen cars, that dodgy Range Rover deal he had going..."
    • 2009, Kate Wild, Fight Game, Book 1 (page 28) The gavver in the car had really rattled him.
Synonyms: cop, rozzer
Gawd pronunciation
  • (US) {{enPR}}, [ɡɔːd]
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (humorous) eye dialect of God
  • dawg, DAWG
gawth etymology Phonetic respelling.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, ironic, sometimes, derogatory) A goth (member of the subculture).
gay {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ɡeɪ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English gay, from Old French gai, usually thought to be a borrowing of Old Provençal gai, from Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐌷𐌴𐌹𐍃 〈𐌲𐌰𐌷𐌴𐌹𐍃〉, merging with earlier Old French jai &quot;merry&quot;; see jay, from frk *gāhi;Alain Rey, ed., ''Dictionnaire historique de la langue française'', vol. 2, s.v. “gai” (Paris: Le Robert, 2006). both from Proto-Germanic *ganhuz, *ganhwaz, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰengʰ-, from *ǵʰēy-.Marlies Philippa et al., eds., ''Etymologisch Woordenboek van het Nederlands'', A-Z, s.v. “gauw” (Amsterdam UP, 3 Dec. 2009): <>.Louis Guinet, ''Les emprunts gallo-romans au germanique'' (Paris: Klincksieck, 1982). Cognate with Dutch gauw, Westphalian Low German gau, gai, German jäh. Anatoly Liberman, following Frank Chance and Harri Meier, believes Old French gai was instead a native development from Latin vagus, with *[w] > [g] as in French gaine.[] The sense of homosexual (first recorded no later than 1937 by Cary Grant in the film Bringing Up Baby) was shortened from earlier gay cat ‘homosexual boy’ in underworld and prison slang, itself first attested about 1935, but used earlier for a young tramp or hobo attached to an older one.Robert K. Barnhart, ed., ''Chambers Dictionary of Etymology'', s.v. “gay” (Edinburgh: Chambers Harrap, [2008], c1988), 425. The reason behind the recent pejorative usage is not documented, though it is primarily speculated to be due to hostility towards homosexuality. The sense of ‘upright’, used in reference to a dog’s tail, probably derives from the ‘happy’ sense of the word.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (dated)
    1. Happy, joyful, and lively.
    2. Festive, bright, or colourful.
      • Milton A bevy of fair women, richly gay / In gems and wanton dress.
      Pennsylvania Dutch include the plain folk and the gay folk.
      • 1881, J. P. McCaskey (editor), “Deck the Hall{{SIC}}”, Franklin Square Song Collection, number 1, Harper & Brothers (New York), page 120 Don we now our gay apparel.
      • 1944, Ralph Blane, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, Meet Me in St. Louis, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Make the Yule-tide gay / From now on our troubles will be miles away
  2. (obsolete) Sexually promiscuous (of either gender).
    • 1856, Bayle St. John, The Subalpine kingdom: or, Experiences and studies in Savoy, Piedmont, and Genoa, Volume 2 p. 158 Prince Borghese was what is called a "gay, dissipated man"—that is to say, a powerful person leading a debauched and infamous life.
    • 1879, House of Commons, Great Britain, Reports from committees, p. 61 is possible for people to be diseased without being prostitutes or gay women; it is possible for people years ago to have spent a gay life and to have not got rid of their disease, or they may have become diseased by their husbands or lovers.
    • 1889, Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland, A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo-Indian Slang, Pidgin English, Tinker's Jargon and Other Irregular Phraseology, Volume 1, p. 399 Gay (common, loose, dissipated; a "gay woman" or "gay girl," a prostitute. "All gay," vide All gay.
    • 1898, John Mackinnon Robertson, G. Aston Singer, "The Social Evil Problem" in The University magazine and free review: a monthly magazine, Volume 9, p. 308 She imprudently forms the acquaintance of a "gay girl" living in the same street.
    • 1899, Henry Fielding, Edmund Gosse, The works of Henry Fielding with an introduction, Volume 11, p. 290 "As nothing could be more gay, i.e., debauched, than Zeno's court, so the ladies of gay disposition had great sway in it; particularly one, whose name was Fausta, who, though not extremely handsome, was by her wit and sprightliness very agreeable to the emperor.
  3. Homosexual:
    1. (of a person or animal, especially a male person) Possessing sexual and emotional attraction towards members of the same gender or sex.
      • 1947, Rorschach Research Exchange and Journal of Projective Techniques, p. 240: He was not happy at the farm and went to a Western city where he associated with a homosexual crowd, being "gay," and wearing female clothes and makeup.
      • 2003, Michael McAvennie, The World Wrestling Entertainment Yearbook: She couldn't even gain access from a family friend whose name was on the list, nor could she use her feminine charms to turn on the staff member, who revealed he was gay and was more impressed seeing Billy and Chuck enter the building.
      • 2009, Betty Jean Lifton, Lost & Found: the Adoption Experience, page 67: Her adoptive mother fainted when Gail told her she was gay.
      • 2010, Noėl Sturgeon, Environmentalism in Popular Culture: Gender, Race, Sexuality, and the Politics of the Natural, page 128: In fact, as several letter writers to the New York Times pointed out in their response to the article, the disjuncture between these two popularized penguins shows how radically separated from each other are communities of gay people and communities of right-wing religious conservatives: if the Christian fundamentalists had looked up “gay penguins” or even “penguins” on the Internet, they would have encountered several gay penguin sites, including the story of Roy and Silo, the Central Park Zoo gay penguin couple about whom a children's book was written; the saga of the gay penguin community at a German zoo; and the campaign of Gay Penguin for President (whose slogan was “George W. Bush talks the talk, but Gay Penguin walks the walk.”)
    2. (of a romantic or sexual act or relationship) Being between two people of the same gender or the same sex; especially, being between two men. Gay marriage, though legal here, is still very controversial. Although the number of gay weddings has increased significantly, many gay and lesbian couples — like many straight couples — are not interested in getting married. gay sex, gay acts
    3. (of an institution or group) Intended for gay people, especially gay men. She professes an undying love for gay bars and gay movies, and even admits to having watched gay porn.
      • 2003, Lawrence Block, Small Town, page 269: He might well have suspected Cheek was a gay bar without seeing any of its patrons, simply because it was in a neighborhood where most of the bars were gay, and because you couldn't see in the windows.
      • 2004, Martin Hughes, Sarah Johnstone, Tom Masters, London, page 208: Turn left into chilled-out Old Compton St and try to guess which bars are gay. Even the straight bars in Soho are quite gay, so it's often a bit hard to tell.
      • 2010, Jay Mohr, No Wonder My Parents Drank: Tales from a Stand-Up Dad, page 252: Again I was to masturbate into a cup and again the majority of the porn was gay.
    4. In accordance with stereotypes of homosexual people:
      1. (loosely, of appearance or behavior) Being in accordance with stereotypes of gay people, especially gay men.
      2. (loosely, of a person, especially a man) Exhibiting appearance or behavior that accords with stereotypes of gay people, especially gay men.
        • {{ante}} Jason Christopher Hartley, “October 23, 2004: This Is My Weapon, This Is My Gerber”, in Just Another Soldier: A Year on the Ground in Iraq, HarperCollins (2005), ISBN 0-06-084366-7, page 25: This incident has become a source of much discussion, and the jury is still out on who is more gay: the guy who touched a dick or the guy who let a guy touch his dick.
  4. A pejorative:
    1. (slang, pejorative, dated) Effeminate or flamboyant in behavior.
    2. (slang, pejorative) Used to express dislike: lame, uncool, stupid. This game is gay; let’s play a different one. = I dislike this game; let’s play a different one.
      • 1996, Lisa's Date With Density, The Simpsons (cartoon television series). Upon discovering Nelson kissing Lisa: Dolph: "Oh, man! You kissed a girl!" Jimbo: "That is so gay!"
      • 2000, Nancy Updike, That's So GayWtXmlEndTag[#ext-link](), Salon [Y]ou or someone you know has declared something gay in the last week. Not gay as in homosexual, but gay in that grade-school "That is so gay!" way, i.e. lame, wrongheaded, queer in the original sense. This is happening all around you. That woman’s hairdo? Gay. That book jacket? Gay. The fact that Dick and Lynne Cheney won’t talk about their lesbian daughter? Gay gay gay.
  5. (of a dog's tail) Upright or curved over the back.
    • 1997, Michael DeVine, Border Collies While the dog in concentrating at a given task, the tail is carried low and used for balance. In excitement it may rise level with the back. A “gay” tail is a fault.
    • 2000, David Leavitt, Martin Bauman; or, a Sure Thing By now Nora had left my side and was grappling with Maisie, trying to hold her still long enough to examine her bit. “You haven’t trained her well,” she muttered to Eli. “Oh, she’s got a gay tail!” Eli laughed. “A gay tail? What does that mean?” “It curls upward.” Nona let Maisie go. “Still, you never intended her to be a show dog,” she added. brushing off her skirt as she made for the house.
  6. (colloquial) fun, fabulous, tasteful; fashionable. {{defdate}} Her decor is quite gay just in time for the new season. = Her house is decorated fabulously and tastefully.
    • {{rfdate}} Robin Williams. ‘We had gay burglars the other night. They broke in and rearranged the furniture.’
    • 2000's, Lewis Black. Maybe there's a group of gay bandidos. They travel from village to dell. And as night falls, they travel to that cul-de-sac, where only one house stands. And in the window, you see a family, just setting down to their evening meal. And these queers... these queers... don their black hoods, and matching pumps, very tasteful.
  • Gay has been predominantly used in recent decades in the sense of homosexual and the related senses. The earlier uses of festive, colorful and bright are still found, especially in literary contexts; however, this usage has fallen out of fashion and is now likely to be misunderstood by those who are unaware of the original meaning of the word which dates back to 13th-century Middle English.
  • Gay is preferred to homosexual by many gay (homosexual) people as their own term for themselves. Some claim that homosexual is dated and evokes a time when homosexuality was considered a mental illness by the mental health community, while others feel that the word homosexuality does not express the emotional aspects of sexual orientation.
  • Currently, the usage implying homosexuality and the pejorative description of queerness are both predominant.
Synonyms: (lame, uncool:) ghey, (community) LGBT
related terms:
  • jay
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, in plural or attributive) A homosexual, especially a male homosexual; see also lesbian.
  2. (obsolete) An ornament. {{rfquotek}}
"Gay may be regarded as offensive when used as a noun to refer to particular individuals." Synonyms: See also
related terms:
  • gay bar
  • gay bashing
  • gaydar
  • gay marriage
  • gay pride
  • gay rights
  • nosegay
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (dated, uncommon) To make happy or cheerful. {{defdate}}
    • 1922, Thomas Hardy, Late lyrics and earlier: with many other verses, page 119: SAYING GOOD-BYE (song) WE are always saying / "Good-bye, good-bye! / In work, in playing, / In gloom, in gaying
    • 1952, American Childhood, volume 38, page 2: Gaying Things Up For Christmas. JESSIE TODD, Laboratory School, University of Chicago. EVERY schoolroom in America is gayed up for Christmas.
  2. (uncommon) To cause (an issue, especially AIDS) to be associated with gay people. {{defdate}}
related terms:
  • de-gay
  • re-gay
etymology 2 From Pitman kay, which it is derived from graphically, and the sound it represents. The traditional name gee was considered inappropriate, as the Pitman letter never has the sound of that name.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The name of the letter ⟨⟩, which stands for the sound /ɡ/, in Pitman shorthand.
related terms:
  • gee (in Latin script)
  • YAG
gay 90s
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A romanticized vision of the 1890s; compare with roaring 20s.
  2. (derogatory) The 1990s, perceived as mediocre in comparison.
gay-ass etymology From gay + ass; see derogatory sense of gay.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, informal) Lame, uncool, backwards, disgusting.
gay blade
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A dashing swordsman.
  2. (dated) A dashing youth.
  3. (colloquial, dated) A gay person, or person displaying homosexual qualities.
  • 1941 Jonathan Daniels - Tar Heels: A Portrait of North Carolina At college he was a gay blade who played the guitar or one of the instruments for the accompaniment of song.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) A gay man.
gay bob
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (pejorative, colloquial) Divergent from the group, by comparison with a homosexual. If you're too gay bob and want to go play with your dolls instead, I guess you don't have to play football with us.
Synonyms: (pejorative for divergent, by comparison with homosexual): gay, namby-pamby
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, colloquial) One who is acting in a manner divergent from the group, by comparison with a homosexual. The others called me a gay bob when I wouldn't ditch class with them.
Synonyms: (pejorative for a divergent individual, by comparison with a homosexual): queer
  • 1997 November 22, Gary L. Simmons, “Re: Starship Troopers”,, Usenet I had no idea so many gay BOBs read this newsgroup!
  • 2000 July 1, “census & your name”,, Usenet Phil Sidler: What is the statistical significance of putting your name on the census questionnaire? Does more Bob's [sic.] in my neighborhood mean we get more or less money for gerbil research? Tim Robinson: [Only] if they are gay Bobs. That is to say, Oral Roberts.
  • 2003: “Mr Wonderful” (pseudonym), “Liberalism--Light On Crime”, soc.culture.african.american, Usenet You can have some of that big ass and those big titties, unless you are too much of a gay bob to partake.
  • 2006: Eric Wilder, Murder Etouffee, Virtualbookworm Publishing, ISBN 1589398599, page 125 "May-be [sic.] I don't like having a gay bob for a brother." Beaux must have expected Bertram's retort, though he apparently had no immediate reply for it.
  • bagboy
Gaybraham etymology gay + Abraham pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /ˈɡeɪbɹəham/
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (humorous, chiefly, pejorative, very rare) A respelling of the given name Abraham, insinuating homosexuality.
    • 2004: Brian Bouldrey, Monster: Gay Adventures in American Machismo, page 58 (Alyson Books; ISBN 1555837999, 9781555837990) Now that Larry Kramer has decided that Lincoln’s first name was Gaybraham, the whole world, apparently, has gone gay.
gay dog
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, dated) A womanizer.
    • You are a clown and a coward, Kirby Winter — a lousy, neurotic, mixed-up coward, and yet you go around making women believe you’re a gay dog. — (1962)
adjective: {{head}}
  1. en-comparative of gay
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, UK, colloquial, derogatory) Somebody who is gay (in the sense of either homosexual or uncool).
    • 1999, Dann Hazel, Witness: gay and lesbian clergy report from the front Many ex-gayers are encouraged to bond with an older straight man from their church.
    • 2002, "Marblehead Johnson", universal is no more (discussion on Internet newsgroup shut the fuck up you gayer :)
    • 2008, "Frankie Carbone", Frankie's passed out (discussion on Internet newsgroup Facist {{SIC}} Frankie, PMSL, you gayers are funny.
  • yager
gayfag etymology From gay + fag.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (offensive) A homosexual.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (offensive) homosexual.
gay for the stay
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) of a normally heterosexual person, engaging in homosexual sex acts when segregated from the opposite sex.
  • The phrase is normally used in a jail or prison setting, but it can also be applied to a gender segregated school. Example, the magazine FEMME FATALE, Heidi Fleiss regarding her time in prison quoted as saying "I was gay for the stay."
gaymer etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, video games) A homosexual gamer.
    • 2003, "Gorf", FA:Fzero Jap (discussion on Internet newsgroup You're a gaymer aintcha? :)
    • 2003, "Nick", Gaymers (discussion on Internet newsgroup > Are you a gaymer then?No, I'm just a gay man that enjoys computer games in exactly the same way that non-gay men enjoy computer games.
    • 2003, "Julie d'Aubigny", Gaymers (discussion on Internet newsgroup How is this self-ostracism? Is anyone who would choose to post there thus prevented from posting here, or to any of the planet* websites Gamespy owns? Or to any of the publisher/developer forums available for discussion? I post to a mailing list for gay gaymers, and yet I post here. How am I ostracized?
  • meagry
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A homosexual
Synonyms: gaywad
gay panic defense {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, legal) A defence in which self-defence against an unwanted homosexual advance is claimed as the motive for an assault.
Synonyms: homosexual panic defense
gaysian etymology gay + Asian
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (LGBT, slang) A gay Asian, especially a male.
    • 2011, Jimmy Nguyen, Why the gay rainbow needs to embrace more colors of beauty, in the San Diego Gay and Lesbian News (link): It’s also supported by comments from my gaysian friends, and observing how Asian men are treated in gayville.
Gaystapo etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) Gay activist viewed as a militant and oppressive force.
    • 2001, 25 September, hgr999 [username], Re: MORE Facts to Surface,!original/alt.true-crime/7yYEuNfYCRI/PBAxJj0Q_t4J, alt.true-crime, “Probably intimidated into a mandatory round of the Gaystapo's "Homosexuals are People, Too!" re-education programs.”
    • 2011, Mike Adams, "A Queer and Present Danger",, 13 July 2011 (archived on Usenet): It looks like the Gaystapo is really up in arms over my recent series of articles on Cisco’s firing of Frank Turek.
    • 2011, Alan Craig, "Confronting the Gaystapo", Church of England Newspaper, Number 6098, 28 October 2011, page 9: But the hidden hegemonic ambitions of the Gaystapo have been exposed recently by their plans to annex and redefine ‘marriage’.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
gaytheist etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish, derogatory) atheist
gaytopia etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A very gay-friendly place or environment.
    • 2009, Jyoti Thottam, "Why Asia's Gays are Starting to Win Acceptance", Time, 24 August 2009: In less than a decade, Nepal, a poor and devout Hindu kingdom, had become what the Indian writer and gay activist C.K. Meena calls "a gaytopia."
    • {{seemoreCites}}
gay up
verb: gay up
  1. (colloquial) To make something more appealing to the gay community e.g. by adding gay characters to a soap opera
  2. (colloquial) To give something perceived gay characteristics
related terms:
  • begay
etymology 1 From Gay + ville, after various persons with the surname Gay.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A tiny town in New York in the United States.
  2. A tiny town in South Dakota in the United States.
etymology 2 From gay + ville.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (LGBT slang, rare) The gay community; gays, taken collectively.
    • 2011 March 3, Jimmy Nguyen, “Gaysians Are Beautiful”, in : It’s also supported by comments from my gaysian friends and observing how Asian men are treated in Gayville.
gaywad etymology gay + wad
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) Somebody who is gay (homosexual or "lame, uncool").
    • 2001, Mike Albo, Hornito: My Lie Life "You look like a little gaywad!" My brother Mark catches me dancing in front of the long mirror in my satin shorts in Mom's walk-in closet.
    • 2004, Richard Joseph Andreoli, Mondohomo: your essential guide to queer pop culture This kid also said stuff like, "Don't read that Reader's Digest version of Jaws, gaywad! The real one has all the sex stuff!"
    • 2006, Linden Dalecki, Kid B Speak up, gaywad. I can't hear you.
gazabo etymology Possibly from Spanish gazapo. pronunciation
  • /ɡəˈzeɪbəʊ/
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) guy, fellow
gazelle in the garden Alternative forms: gazelle on the lawn etymology Possibly from an Arabic word that means both beard and garden. {{etystub}} {{attention}}
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (euphemistic, colloquial) Used during a meal to alert a family member or friend that they have a crumb on their face.
    • 1990, Judith Roman, Annie Adams Fields: the spirit of Charles Street, page 12 The other ubiquitous anecdote, told by Harvard undergraduates who enjoyed poking gentle fun at the stately and aged Mrs. Fields, describes Annie saying "There's a gazelle in the garden" when she noticed food in her husband's beard at the dinner table.
    • 1922, Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow, Random memories, page 35 If he got a crumb lodged in his beard, she would say, "Jamie, dear, there is a gazelle in the garden," which amused his friends and became a household expression in our family.
    • 1956, Louise Hall Tharp, ', page 254 At one of their literary dinners, should a crumb get caught in the luxuriant Fields beard — "There's a gazelle in the garden, Jamie," his wife would say.
gazelle on the lawn
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (euphemistic, colloquial) alternative form of gazelle in the garden
    • 1916, Charles Gilman Norris, The Amateur, page 63: Jerry Hart leaned over to whisper in Carey's ear: "Why don't someone tell Washburn there's a gazelle on the lawn?" he said. Carey turned a puzzled look at him. "That crumb he's got there on his lip! We call it a 'gazelle on the lawn' out home. Some one ought to put him wise; it may grow there."
gazillion {{wikipedia}} etymology See + illion pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, hyperbole) An unspecified large number (of).Indefinite and fictitious numbers
Synonyms: See also .
gazillionaire etymology From gazillion and modelled on millionaire
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) An incredibly rich person.
Synonyms: bazillionaire, squillionaire, zillionaire
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) The ordinal form of the number gazillion.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The person or thing in the gazillionth position.
  2. (informal) One of a gazillion equal parts of a whole.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (humorous) eye dialect of goes into
    • 1941, Ogden Nash Spring is what winter / Always gazinta.
    • 1945, Grade teacher: Volume 63 Singing the multiplication tables, the 24-"gazinta"-48-how-many-times method
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) a female breast
gazonga pronunciation
  • (UK) /ɡəˈzɒŋɡə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) large female breast
  • Often used in its plural form.
etymology 1 Possibly from גזלן 〈gzln〉.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (British) To swindle; to extort.
  2. (British, Australia, real estate) To raise the selling price of something (especially property) after previously agreeing to a lower one.
    • 1980, The Estates Gazette, Volume 256, Part 2, page 902, If one believes that morality plays no part in such a transaction, and that the law is all that prevails, then I believe society is the poorer. Clearly no surveyor refuses to act for a client who gazumps — but while the practice is legal it can hardly be described as moral, and the position of the surveyor is far from clear.
    • 1981, Geoffrey Chevalier Cheshire, M. P. Furmston, Cecil Herbert Stuart Fifoot, Cheshire and Fifoot's Law Of Contract, page 35, During the early 1970s however in a period of rapidly increasing house prices it came to appear unfavourable to buyers since it allowed the seller to ‘gazump’, that is to refuse to sign the formal contract unless the buyer would agree to an increased price.
  3. (British, Australia, real estate) To buy a property by bidding more than the price of an existing, accepted offer.
  4. (British, Australia) To trump or preempt; to reap the benefit underhandedly from a situation that someone else has worked to create.
    • 1995, , All Honourable Men: Inside the Muldoon Cabinet, 1975-1984, page 107, The tactic was to gazump the Labour Party and the FOL by a major restructuring of the tax system.
    • 2004, John McLeod, Postcolonial London: Rewriting the Metropolis, page 72, Just as Whymper effectively gazumps Mr Stone in taking credit for the Knights Companion scheme for ambitious ends, so too does this dangerous, multicultural, overcrowded version of London seem to be displacing the colonial fantasy of England by the novel's conclusion.
    • 2010, Fionn Davenport, Ireland, Lonely Planet ebook Edition, page 43, Fianna Fáil lost the 1948 general election to Fine Gael (as Cumann na Gael were now known), who proceeded to gazump the Republican credentials by leaving the British Commonwealth and officially declaring the Free State a republic.
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, dated) An automobile.
    • 1884, , The Shield: official publication of the Theta Delta Chi Fraternity, Volume 27, page 335, "Phoney" Thorpe, '06, and "Shorty" Winchester, '01, have been driving their "90 HP Gazumps" through the wilds of New Jersey, but otherwise keeping on the job.
    • 1915, Francis Joseph Reynolds, Master tales of mystery, Volume 1, page 373, Go out and hire the finest gazump that ever burned benzine.
  2. {{rfdef}}
    • 1918, The National provisioner, Volume 59, page 36, This year's crop of "nite bloomin' wood-be mayors" includes such famous gazumps as Mac Hoyne, Tom Carey, Barney Mullaney, possibly Carter H., Wilhelm Thompson, and the devil knows who else.
    • 1920, , Neighbors, Smoke and Steel, republished in 2002 The Complete Poems of Carl Sandburg, page 170, Fix it, you gazump, you slant-head, fix it.
Gazzamania etymology Gazza + mania
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Enthusiasm for the English footballer Paul Gascoigne (born 1967).
    • 1995, Roger Horrocks, Male myths and icons: masculinity in popular culture (page 162) Thus, Gazzamania conceals a complex sub-text about three things: gender; the white male body; and the British working class (and its relations with other classes).
    • 2009, Ben Carrington, Ian McDonald, Marxism, cultural studies and sport (page 78) Paul Gascoigne went from being the focal point of Gazzamania to sad, fat clown in a matter of months…
    • 2011, Simon Kuper, Football Against The Enemy Gazzamania, that much is clear, took off after the World Cup semi-final between England and Germany in Turin.
GB plc
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The British commercial community considered as a single organization; or the commercial interest of Britain considered as a whole
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (vulgar) God Damn
  2. (netball) goal defence
  • DG
GDGD pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɡdˈɡd/, /ˈɡʊdˈɡʊd/
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (initialism, Internet, informal) Good, good.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Gamma Delta Iota (ΓΔΙ) or God Damn Independent; A fictitious fraternity used by fraternity and sorority members to refer to people not affiliated with such organizations.
  2. (computing, Microsoft Windows) Graphics Device Interface
  3. (coarse, slang) goddamn it.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. initialism of (Sammlung der) griechisch Dialekt-Inschrift
  • dig, dIG, DIG
  • IgD
gear {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ɡɪə(ɹ)/
  • (US) /ɡɪɚ/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology Old Norse gervi, from Proto-Germanic *garwjaną.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) equipment or paraphernalia, especially that used for an athletic endeavor.
  2. Clothing; garments.
    • Spenser Array thyself in thy most gorgeous gear.
  3. (obsolete) Goods; property; household items. {{rfquotek}}
    • Robynson (More's Utopia) Homely gear and common ware.
  4. (countable) a wheel with grooves (teeth) engraved on the outer circumference, such that two such devices can interlock and convey motion from one to the other.
  5. (countable) a particular combination or choice of interlocking gears, such that a particular gear ratio is achieved.
  6. (countable) A configuration of the transmission of a motor car so as to achieve a particular ratio of engine to axle torque
  7. (slang) recreational drug
    • 2003, Marianne Hancock, Looking for Oliver (page 90) "Have you got any gear? Dominic, have you got any acid?" Emma kept running her hands nervously through her hair. "Not LSD, man; that last trip freaked me out."
  8. (uncountable, archaic) stuff.
    • 1662, , , Book III, A Collection of Several Philosophical Writings of Dr. Henry More, p. 113: "When he was digged up, which was in the presence of the Magistracy of the Town, his body was found entire, not at all putrid, no ill smell about him, saving the mustiness of the grave-Clothes, his joynts limber and flexible, as in those that are alive, his skin only flaccid, but a more fresh grown in the room of it, the wound of his throat gaping, but no gear nor corruption in it; there was also observed a Magical mark in the great toe of his right foot, viz. an Excrescency in the form of a Rose."
  9. (obsolete) Business matters; affairs; concern.
    • Spenser Thus go they both together to their gear.
  10. (obsolete, UK, dialect) Anything worthless; nonsense; rubbish. {{rfquotek}}
    • Latimer That servant of his that confessed and uttered this gear was an honest man.
Synonyms: cog, cogwheel, gearwheel
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (engineering, transitive) To provide with gearing; to fit with gears in order to achieve a desired gear ratio.
  1. (engineering, intransitive) To be in, or come into, gear.
  2. to dress; to put gear on; to harness.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (mostly British (Scouse)) great or fantastic
  • ager
  • areg
  • GRAE
  • rage
gearhead etymology gear + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A mechanical device used to increase the torque of gear.
    • 2007, "Animatics buys UK’s Harmonic Linear Drive," Drives & Controls (UK), 17 Dec., HLD has developed a linear belt actuator that circulates the belt in an unusual way, resulting in a gearing reduction of up to 40:1 without a gearhead.
  2. (informal) An enthusiast for new technology, or for motoring.
    • 2000, "Ford Harley-Davidson Truck Rumbles Onto Web to Benefit Charities," (US), retrieved 23 Dec/07, A self-proclaimed gearhead, Leno loves fast Fords and hot Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
  • headgear
  • Heegaard
gearjammer etymology gear + jammer
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A speeding trucker.
geck etymology Either from Middle High German geck (German Geck), or directly from its source, gml geck, gek. Cognate to Dutch gek. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. scorn; derision; contempt
  2. (archaic, pejorative) Fool; idiot; imbecile
    • Shakespeare To become the geck and scorn / O' the other's villainy.
    • {{quote-book }}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To jeer; to show contempt. {{rfquotek}}
  2. To cheat or trick. {{rfquotek}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, military, slang) A snack; a junk food item.
etymology 1 A shortening of Jesus, perhaps as in the oath by Jesus pronunciation
  • /dʒiː/
  • {{rhymes}}
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. A general exclamation of surprise or frustration. Gee, I didn't know that! Gee, this is swell fun!
Gee is generally considered somewhat dated or juvenile. It is often used for ironic effect, with the speaker putting on the persona of a freshly-scrubbed freckle-faced kid from days gone by (e.g. 1950 sitcom children, such as Beaver on ). Synonyms: (exclamation of surprise) geez, gosh, golly
etymology 2 unknown pronunciation
  • /dʒiː/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (often as imperative to a draft animal) To turn in a direction away from the driver, typically to the right. This horse won't gee when I tell him to. You may need to walk up to the front of the pack and physically gee the lead dog. Mush, huskies. Now, gee! Gee!
  2. (UK, dialect, obsolete) To agree; to harmonize. {{rfquotek}}
coordinate terms:
  • haw
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A gee-gee; a horse.
    • 1879, and , , Act I: You'll say a better Major-General has never sat a gee.
etymology 3 Pronunciation of the letter G. pronunciation
  • /dʒiː/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • /dʒiː/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. {{Latn-def}} One branch of English society drops its initial aitch, and another branch ignores its terminal gees.
  2. (slang) abbreviation of grand; a thousand dollar. ten gees
  3. (physics) abbreviation of gravity; the unit of acceleration equal to that exerted by gravity at the earth's surface.
    • {{quote-magazine }}
    • {{quote-book }}
  4. (US, slang) A guy.
    • 1939, Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep, Penguin 2011, p. 197: Just off the highway there's a small garage and paint-shop run by a gee named Art Huck.
related terms:
  • gay (in shorthand)
etymology 4 {{rfe}} pronunciation
  • /ɡiː/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland, slang) vagina, vulva[ ''The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English''] p. 850, Tom Dalzell and Terry Victor. Routledge, 2006. ISBN: 0-415-25937-1.
    • 1987, Roddy Doyle, The Commitments, King Farouk, Dublin: The brasser, yeh know wha' I mean. The gee. Is tha' why?
    • 1991, Roddy Doyle, The Van (novel), p. 65. Secker & Warburg (ISBN: 0-436-20052-X): But he'd had to keep feeling them up and down from her knees up to her gee after she'd said that....
    • 1992, Samuel Beckett, Dream of Fair to Middling Women, p. 71. John Calder (ISBN: 978-0714542133): Lily Neary has a lovely gee and her pore Paddy got his B.A. and by the holy fly I wouldn't recommend you to ask me what class of a tree they were under when he put his hand on her and enjoyed that.
    • 1995, Joseph O'Connor, Red Roses and Petrol, p. 7. Methuen (ISBN: 978-0413699909): And I thought, gee is certainly something that gobshite knows all about.
  • EEG
gee and haw
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang, US, southeast) get along He and I don't really gee and haw.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland, slang, derogatory) An objectionable person, usually female.
    • 2008, Tana French, The Likeness (page 312) 'OhmyGod', I said, matching his peeved tone and doing the same geebag accent I'd used to get Naylor out of his hedge.
    • 2010, Gerald Hansen, Hand in the Till “Get it offa me, ye mindless geebag!” Tomlinson's glazed eyes danced with sudden glee, and he tore the top from her, Dymphna's breasts spilling out like the screams spilled from her mouth.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, usually, childish) A horse.
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of gee-gee
  2. (UK, slang, plurale tantum) horse racing.
    • 2008, Nigel Hinton, Time Bomb I put some money on the gee-gees last week, and I've got to see a bloke about it.
geek {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ɡiːk/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{audio}}
etymology 1 From the British dialectal term geck, from Low German Geck, from gml; The root still survives in the Dutch gek and gekkie.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated) A carnival performer specializing in bizarre and unappetizing behavior. I once saw a geek bite the head off a live chicken.
  2. (colloquial) A person who is intensely interested in a particular field or hobby and usually asocial. Often used with an attributive noun. I was a complete computer geek in high school, but I get out a lot more now. Most famous actors are really theater geeks at heart.
  3. (colloquial, by extension) An expert in a technical field, particularly one having to do with computer. My laptop’s locked up again. I need a geek. Do you need a hardware geek or a software geek?
  4. (colloquial) The subculture of geeks; an esoteric subject of interest that is marginal to the social mainstream; the philosophy, events, and physical artifacts of geeks.
    • 2007 Kelly Boler, "Basically," says [Harry J.] Knowles [founder, 'Ain't It Cool News' website], "it's my job to stay on top of the latest and coolest in geek that's out there, specifically as it relates to the world of film."
  5. (colloquial) An unfashionable or socially undesirable person. Why do you hang around with them? They’re just geeks.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial) To get high on cocaine.
etymology 2 Probably related to keek; compare German gucken, kieken.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, colloquial) A look.
    • 2005, , The Essential Bird, unnumbered page, Then he says let′s have a geek at some of the elephant pictures instead.
    Have a geek at this.
Synonyms: (Australia, look) butcher’s, gander
geekazoid etymology geek + -a- + -oid
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An especially geeky person.
    • 2004, Bill O'Brien, "Birth of a CPU", Maximum PC, November 2004, page 56: If you've always imagined that CPU design begins when a bespectacled geekazoid puts down his #2 pencil, raises his hand, and says, "Um, I just got this great idea for a new CPU...," you're way off base.
    • 2013, Carolyn Breckinridge, Tuscaloosa Moon, AuthorHouse (2013), ISBN 9781481718936, page 69: “No. But he is. He looked like a geekazoid then, too. He had thick black glasses and sideburns and curly red hair.”
    • 2013, James Patterson & Howard Roughan, Second Honeymoon, Little, Brown and Company (2013), ISBN 9780316211192, unnumbered pages: "Where's your brother?" I asked Max. "Where else?" he answered with an eye roll underneath his Yankees cap. "On his computer. The geekazoid."
geekdar etymology geek + dar
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The ability to detect whether or not a person is a geek.
geekerati etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang) An elite community of computer geek.
    • 2007, Hank Bordowitz, Dirty Little Secrets of the Record Business (page 165) It took until 1993 and the advent of Mosaic (a forerunner of Netscape) to move the Web out of the hands of solely the geekerati and into the realm of technological early adapters{{SIC}}.
    • {{quote-news}}
geekfest etymology geek + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An event or situation that is very geeky.
geekgasm Alternative forms: geekasm etymology geek + gasm
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, ) A feeling of intense excitement or pleasure over something geeky.
Synonyms: nerdgasm
geeklet etymology geek + let
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, sometimes pejorative) A young or unimportant geek.
    • 1994, Rudy Rucker, Live Robots: 2 in 1 Volume of Software/Wetware, Avon Books (1994), ISBN 9780380775439, page 196: {{…}} And tell Mom to keep quiet, too. If she gets drunk and starts talking about me, I'm going to — " "Relax, geeklet."
    • 2010, Ken Denmead, Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share, Gotham Books (2010), ISBN 9781101404317, unnumbered page: {{…}} Tom Baker's Doctor Who Scarf, a Hogwarts Gryffindor Scarf, or anything else you and your geeklet's imagination can come up with.
    • 2012, Natania Barron, Kathy Ceceri, Corrina Lawson, & Jenny Williams, Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Families, Potter Craft (2012), ISBN 9780823085927, page 51: Though you don't have to think of a theme, having one can help you (or your younger, easily distracted geeklet) stay focused.
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Synonyms: dweeblet, geekling, nerdlet, nerdling
geekling etymology geek + ling
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  1. (slang, sometimes pejorative) A young or unimportant geek.
    • 2008, Michelle Goodman, My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire, Seal Press (2008), ISBN 9781580052597, page 52: As Seattle author, überblogger, and social media guru Ariel Meadow Stallings says, “You'll get a better-looking site, at way better rates, and you'll be helping a young geekling build their portfolio.”
    • 2010, Ken Denmead, Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share, Gotham Books (2010), ISBN 9781101404317, unnumbered page: Your geeky passions may differ slightly, and so the variations you teach your geeklings should as well.
    • 2012, Natania Barron, Kathy Ceceri, Corrina Lawson, & Jenny Williams, Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Families, Potter Craft (2012), ISBN 9780823085927, page 11: But more than just a how-to, we wrote the Geek Mom book to encourage mothers and geeklings to be proud of their true selves.
Synonyms: dweeblet, geeklet, nerdlet, nerdling

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