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geekspeak etymology From geek + speak. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ɡiːk.spiːk/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A type of slang used by geeks, especially computer geeks. It incorporates several terms derived from science fiction, as well as neologism and grammar quirks, and is frequently found in combination with computer jargon.
Synonyms: nerdspeak
related terms:
  • chatspeak
  • fanspeak
  • leetspeak
  • netspeak
  • technobabble
geeksta etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, humorous) An unfashionable, nerdy individual who performs gangsta-style music.
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A good looking man that intentionally makes himself look geeky, through his use of glasses, hairstyle or clothing style.
  • Greekest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A place thought to be geeky
geekwad etymology geek + wad
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, sometimes used attributively) A geeky or uncool person.
    • 1994, Rick Barba, CD-Rom Games Secrets, Volume 1, Prima Publishing (1994), ISBN 9781559585262, unnumbered page: From the Gateway and Spellcasting series to Eric the Unready to its latest endeavor, Companions of Xanth, Legend seems to delight in administering the digital equivalent of an atomic wedgie to all those geekwad fantasy-gamer types who take their genres a bit too seriously.
    • 2008, Matthue Roth, Candy in Action, Soft Skull Press (2008), ISBN 1933368632, page 73: We ordered cosmopolitans. They came with umbrellas. That was how top-of-the-line geekwad this bar was.
    • 2011, Chris Hardwick, The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life), Berkley (2011), ISBN 9781101548059, unnumbered page: You don't have to be a stereotypical geekwad to give yourself over to the philosophical tenets of Nerdism, the ideology for us obsessive types.
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geekwear etymology geek + wear
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Clothing befitting a geek.
    • 2005, David S St Lawrence, Danger Quicksand - Have a Nice Day Women wear a variety of outfits in larger companies, from casual geekwear to power suits.
    • 2009, K A Schloegel, The Peculiar Superpowers of Eleanor Armstrong: A Zombie Love Story Even while wearing seemingly traditional geekwear, it really isn't. It is anti-style style and it looks really hot on her.
gee up etymology {{rfe}}
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (directed at a horse) move on!, go faster!
    • 1850, , Chapter XII Gee up, Dobbin, Gee ho, Dobbin, Gee up, Dobbin, Gee up, and gee ho - o - o!
    • 1961, Nikolaĭ Vasilʹevich Gogolʹ, Dead Souls, ISBN 0140441131, chapter 1 "Gee up!" The horses roused themselves and pulled the light carriage along as though it were a feather
    • 1996, Andrew Lang, The Yellow Fairy Book Big Klaus and Little Klaus, ISBN 0486216748 He kept on cracking his whip, and calling out, "Gee-up, my five horses!"
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) to encourage
  2. (slang) to excite in order to try to achieve a desired result "US fund manager Eric Knight has a fearful reputation as a shareholder activist, geeing up underperforming managements at Royal Dutch Shell and Suez." – HSBC: activist pounces, The Week, 15 September 2007, 631, 43.
  • whoa
related terms:
  • giddyup
  • geed up
  • gee-gee
etymology 1 A minced oath of the word Jesus. Alternative forms: jeez pronunciation
  • /dʒiːz/
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (euphemistic) An exclamation denoting surprise or frustration.
etymology 2 Abbreviation of geezer. pronunciation
  • /ɡiːz/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{head}}
  1. (UK, slang) Informal address to a male. Hi geez, you alright?
geezer {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}} (In some dialects)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, chiefly, British, dated in US) A male person.
    • 1922, , Right Ho, Jeeves, ch. 19: You are a silly young geezer.
  2. (UK, slang) Informal address to a male. Hi geezer, you alright?
  3. (informal, chiefly, US, sometimes, mildly, derogatory) An old person, usually a male, typically a cranky old man.
    • 2000, Moira McDonald, "Outtakes," Seattle Times, 25 Aug. (retrieved 6 Sep. 2008): The technical term for a female geezer is "old broad," but this is irrelevant, as nobody in Hollywood makes films about women over 55.
    • 2014, The Geezer Gallery, "," (retrieved 31 Jan 2014): Why Geezer? Why would a fine arts gallery choose a name that conjures images of a grumpy old guy sitting on the front porch hollering, “get off my lawn”?
  4. (British) A device for boil water for such domestic uses as heating or washing; a boiler. The normal spelling is water geyser.
geezerdom etymology geezer + dom
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) old age
    • 2001, John Rothchild, The Davis dynasty: fifty years of successful investing on Wall Street As the wealthiest generation in US history approached geezerdom, drug companies, health care, and nursing homes were beneficiaries.
geezerish etymology geezer + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, UK) Resembling or characteristic of a geezer, or common man.
    • 2008, Lisa Plumley, Home For The Holidays He wore old-fashioned boxers, she knew (because of the few times his washing machine had been on the fritz and she'd let him do laundry at her place), which should have been geezerish but was actually kind of mysterious and sexy.
geezery etymology geezer + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, informal) Like a geezer: old and senile
Synonyms: geezerly
geez Louise Alternative forms: jeez Louise
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (US, slang) Geez.
    • 1997, Adrian C Louis, Wild Indians and Other Creatures "Geez-Louise, are you getting Alzheimer's or what?" Coyote asked.
    • 2003, Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife Geez, Louise, you're a tough customer.
    • 2005, Jeanne Hamilton, Wedding Etiquette Hell: The Bride's Bible to Avoiding Everlasting Damnation Geez Louise, people are bringing shower gifts and they are also getting bilked for the cost of their own refreshments? Dang, that's tacky.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, UK, derogatory) Someone who does not conform to "chav" or "goth" stereotypes.
geish etymology From French guiche.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The perineum.
Synonyms: See also .
gelivable etymology From Chinese Hani (gěilì, "to give power; to be powerful, awesome") + -able; perhaps a back-formation from ungelivable, which was modelled on unbelievable.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, chiefly by Chinese netizens) awesome, incredible, amazing, extraordinary
gelt pronunciation
  • (UK) /ɡɛlt/
etymology 1 From Irish geilt.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare) A lunatic.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.7: She … like a ghastly Gelt whose wits are reaved, / Ran forth in hast with hideous outcry …
etymology 2 Variation of gilt.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) Gilding; gilt.
etymology 3 From Middle English, from gelden. More at geld.
verb: {{head}}
  1. form of Simple past and past participle
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A gelding. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 4 From Middle High German gelt (Modern German Geld), from Old High German gelt, from Proto-Germanic *geldą, from Proto-Indo-European *gheldh-. Reinforced by Yiddish געלט 〈gʻlt〉. Cognate with native geld, Dutch geld, Danish gjæld, Swedish gäld.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Money.
    • 1948, William Burroughs, letter, 5 Jun 1948: Have bought some farm land in Rio Grande Valley which should bring in a sizeable bundle of gelts come cotton picking time.
  2. tribute; tax
    • Fuller All these the king granted unto them … free from all gelts and payments, in a most full and ample manner.
etymology 5 From Yiddish געלט 〈gʻlt〉. See above for more.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Judaism) Money, especially that given as a gift on Hanukkah or used in games of dreidel.
  2. (Judaism) Chocolate candy in the shape of coin, usually wrapped in metallic foil, usually eaten on Hanukkah and often used for games of dreidel.
gemminess Alternative forms: jemminess etymology gemmy + ness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang, archaic) The state or quality of being gemmy; spruceness; smartness. {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}}
gemmy etymology gem + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Full of gem; bright; glitter. The gemmy bridle glittered free. — Tennyson.
  2. (UK, informal, dated) spruce; smart
{{Webster 1913}}
gen pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. gender
  2. general, generally
  3. generation
  4. genitive
  5. genus
etymology 1
  • Shortened from general
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, British, informal) information
  2. (fandom) Fanfiction that does not specifically focus on romance or sex.
Synonyms: (fan fiction) genfic
  • eng, Eng., ENG
  • neg
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative case form of Gen
gender {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (RP) /dʒɛndə/
  • (US) /dʒɛndɚ/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English, from Middle French gendre, genre, from Latin genus. The verb developed after the noun.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (grammar) A division of nouns and pronouns (and sometimes of other parts of speech), such as masculine / feminine / neuter, or animate / inanimate.
    • 1991, Greville G. Corbett, Gender (ISBN 052133845X), page 65: In Algonquian languages, given the full morphology of a noun, one can predict whether it belongs to the animate or inanimate gender
  2. (informal, sometimes proscribed) Biological sex: a division into which an organism is placed according to its reproductive functions or organs. the trait is found in both genders
  3. (informal, sometimes proscribed) Biological sex: the sum of the biological characteristics by which male and female and other organisms are distinguished. The effect of the medication is dependent upon age, gender, and other factors.
  4. Identification as male/masculine, female/feminine{{,}} or something else, and association with a (social) role or set of behavioral and cultural traits, clothing, etc typically associated with one sex. (Compare gender role, gender identity.)
    • 2007, Helen Boyd, She's Not the Man I Married: My Life with a Transgender Husband (ISBN 0786750545), page 93: One wife I met at a conference was in a hurry for her husband to have the genital surgery because she worried about his gender and genitals not matching if he were in a car accident, …
    • 2010, Eve Shapiro, Gender Circuits: Bodies and Identities in a Technological Age (ISBN 113499950X): Thomas Beatie, a transgendered man, announced in an April 2008 issue of the gay and lesbian news magazine, The Advocate, that he was pregnant. … Moreover, he saw no conflict between his gender and his pregnancy.
    • 2012, Elizabeth Reis, American Sexual Histories, page 5: Intersex people too challenge the idea that physical sex, not merely gender, is binary – a person must be definitively either one sex or the other.
  5. The sociocultural phenomenon of the division of people into various categories such as "male" and "female", with each having associated clothing, roles, stereotypes, etc.
    • 1993, David Spurr, The Rhetoric of Empire: Colonial Discourse in Journalism, Travel Writing, and Imperial Administration, page 187: The annals of colonial history offer relatively few such encounters between women, and it may be that gender has created here a marginal space in which something like an actual dialogue is possible between British and Sudanese.
    • 2004, Wenona Mary Giles, Jennifer Hyndman, Sites of violence: gender and conflict zones, page 28: Gender does not necessarily have primacy in this respect. Economic class and ethnic differentiation can also be important relational hierarchies, …. But these other differentiations are always also gendered, and in turn they help construct what is a man or a woman in any given circumstance. So while gender is binary, its components have varied expressions.
    • 2005, Colin Renfrew, Paul Bahn, Archaeology: The Key Concepts, page 131: Even with some adamant processualists, however, gender has made inroads.
  6. (obsolete) Class; kind.
    • circa 1603, Shakespeare, , Act 1, Scene 3: ...plant nettles or sow lettuce, set hyssop and weed up thyme, supply it with one gender of herbs or distract it with many...
{{U:en:sex and gender}} Synonyms: (biological sex) sex, (class or kind) genre
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (sociology) To assign a gender to (a person); to perceive as having a gender; to address using terms (pronouns, nouns, adjectives...) that express a certain gender.
    • 2011, Kristen Schilt, Just One of the Guys?: Transgender Men and the Persistence of Gender Inequality, page 147: In an interview, he even noted that he "dressed, acted and thought like a man" for years, but his coworkers continued to gender him as female (Shaver 1995, 2).
  2. (sociology) To perceive (a thing) as having characteristics associated with a certain gender, or as having been authored by someone of a certain gender.
    • 1996, Athalya Brenner, A Feminist Companion to the Hebrew Bible in the New Testament, page 191: At the same time, however, the convictions they held about how a woman or man might write led them to interpret their findings in a rather androcentric fashion, and to gender the text accordingly.
    • 2003, Reading the Anonymous Female Voice, in The Anonymous Renaissance: Cultures of Discretion in Tudor-Stuart England, page 244: Yet because texts by “female authors” are not dependent on the voice to gender the text, the topics that they address and the traditions that they employ seem broader and somewhat less constrained by gender stereotypes.
related terms:
  • misgender
  • ungender, degender
  • regender
etymology 2 From Middle English gendren, genderen, from Middle French gendrer, from Latin generāre.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (archaic) To engender.
  2. (archaic or obsolete) To breed.
    • Leviticus 19:19 (KJV): Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee.
gender bender
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) A person who dress in the clothes of another sex, or in clothes which make their gender identity ambiguous.
  2. (by extension) An event where people are encouraged to dress in the clothes of another sex, even if they would normally not.
Synonyms: See also
related terms:
  • genderbending
  • genderbent
genderqueer {{wikipedia}} etymology gender + queer, because genderqueer people queer (verb) gender.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (LGBT, of a, person) Not exclusively male or female; identifying as (having a gender identity which is) outside of the gender binary.
Synonyms: (outside of the gender binary) non-binary (less common)
  • genderfluid
  • bigender/ambigender, trigender, pangender
  • third-gender (third gender)
  • agender, genderless, genderfree/gender-free
  • neutrois
related terms:
  • genderfuck
  • cisgender
  • transgender
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sometimes considered offensive) Someone who is genderqueer.
  • Usage of this word as a noun may be offensive. See the usage note at transsexual regarding the use of words of this type as nouns.
general Alternative forms: generall (chiefly archaic) etymology From xno general, generall, Middle French general, and their source, Latin generālis, from genus + -alis. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdʒɛnɹəl/
  • (US) /ˈdʒɛnəɹəl/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Including or involving every part or member of a given or implied entity, whole etc.; as opposed to specific or particular. {{defdate}}
    • c. 1495, John Skelton, "Vppon a deedman's hed": It is generall / To be mortall: / I haue well espyde / No man may hym hyde / From Deth holow eyed [...].
    • 1842, Douglas Jerrold, "Mr Peppersorn ‘At Home’", Cakes and Ale: "Among us!" was the general shout, and Peppersorn sat frozen to his chair.
    • 1946, Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy, I.27: Undoubtedly the age of the Antonines was much better than any later age until the Renaissance, from the point of view of the general happiness.
    • 2006, Ruth Sutherland, "Invite public to the private equity party", The Observer, 15 Oct 06: One advantage of having profitable companies in Britain is that they pay large sums in corporate tax into the Exchequer, which in theory at least is used for the general good.
  2. Applied to a person (as a postmodifier or a normal preceding adjective) to indicate supreme rank, in civil or military titles, and later in other terms; pre-eminent. {{defdate}}
    • 1865, Edward Cust, Lives of the Warriors of the Thirty Years War, p. 527: For these successes he obtained the rank of Field-Marshal General.
    • 2002, James Turner, Libertines and Radicals in Early Modern London, p. 122: He becomes the chief chartered libertine, the whoremaster-general flourishing his "standard" over a female army [...].
  3. Prevalent or widespread among a given class or area; common, usual. {{defdate}}
    • 1817, Walter Scott, Rob Roy, IX: ‘I can't quite afford you the sympathy you expect upon this score,’ I replied; ‘the misfortune is so general, that it belongs to one half of the species [...].’
    • 2008, John Patterson, "Home movies", The Guardian, 20 Dec 08: The general opinion on Baz Luhrmann's overstuffed epic Australia seems to be that it throws in everything but the kitchen sink, and then tosses that in too, just to be sure.
  4. Not limited in use or application; applicable to the whole or every member of a class or category. {{defdate}}
    • 1924, Time, 17 Mar 1924: M. Venizelos went to Athens from Paris early last January in response to a general invitation from the Greek populace.
    • 2009, Douglas P Zipes, Saturday Evening Post, vol. 281:1, p. 20: Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is a general term indicating a rapid heartbeat (tachycardia) coming from the top chambers of the heart - in essence, above (supra) the lower chamber (ventricular).
  5. Giving or consisting of only the most important aspects of something, ignoring minor details; indefinite. {{defdate}}
    • 1817, Walter Scott, Rob Roy, X: As she thus spoke, the entrance of the servants with dinner cut off all conversation but that of a general nature.
    • 2006, Kevin Nance, "Ghosts of the White City", Chicago Sun-Times, 16 Jul 06: The quick answer is that the 1893 Exposition was simply so important -- "the greatest event in the history of the country since the Civil War," as Harper's put it that October -- but that feels too general.
    • 2008, Robert P Maloney, "The Quiet Carpenter", America, vol. 199:19, p. 18: Given the scarcity of relevant historical detail in the New Testament, we are left with only a general outline about Joseph.
  6. Not limited to a specific class; miscellaneous, concerned with all branches of a given subject or area. {{defdate}}
    • 1941, W Somerset Maugham, Up at the Villa, Vintage 2004, p. 24: There was a moment's pause. The Princess broke in with some casual remark and once more the conversation became general.
    • 1947, "Russian Catechism", Time, 20 Oct 1947: Already in the primary school work is conducted for the purpose of equipping the pupils with those elements of general knowledge which are closely related to the military preparation of future warriors.
    • 2007, Alan Cheuse, "A Little Death", Southern Review, vol. 43:3, p. 692: His measured, springless walk was the walk of the skilled countryman as distinct from the desultory shamble of the general labourer [...].
  • particular
  • specific
related terms:
  • universal
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now rare) A general fact or proposition; a generality. {{defdate}} We have dealt with the generals; now let us turn to the particulars.
  2. (military ranks) A senior military title, originally designating the commander of an army and now a specific rank falling under field marshal (in the British army) and below general of the army or general of the air force in the US army and air forces. {{defdate}}
  3. A great strategist or tactician. {{defdate}} Hannibal was one of the greatest generals of the ancient world.
  4. (Christianity) The head of certain religious order, especially Dominican or Jesuit. {{defdate}}
  5. (nautical) A commander of naval forces; an admiral. {{defdate}}
  6. (colloquial, now historical) A general servant; a maid with no specific duties. {{defdate}}
    • 1918, Rebecca West, The Return of the Soldier, Virago 2014, p. 16: She flung at us as we sat down, ‘My general is sister to your second housemaid.’
  7. A general anaesthetic; general anaesthesia.
When used as a title, it is always capitalized. Example: General John Doe. The rank corresponds to pay grade O-10. Abbreviations: GEN.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To lead (soldiers) as a general
  • {{rank}}
  • enlarge, gleaner
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, genetics) The ethics of genetics
  • chitenges
genetic girl
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (LGBT slang) A ciswoman. (Abbreviated GG.)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A person skilled at gengineering
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) genetic engineering
related terms:
  • gengineer
genius {{wikipedia}} etymology From Latin genius, from gignere, Old Latin genere, the root gen; see genus. pronunciation
  • {{audio}} {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) ingenious, very clever, or original. What a genius idea!
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (eulogistic) Someone possessing extraordinary intelligence or skill; especially somebody who has demonstrated this by a creative or original work in science, music, art etc.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 1 , “In the old days, to my commonplace and unobserving mind, he gave no evidences of genius whatsoever. He never read me any of his manuscripts, […], and therefore my lack of detection of his promise may in some degree be pardoned.”
  2. Extraordinary mental capacity.
  3. Inspiration, a mental leap, an extraordinary creative process. examplea work of genius
  4. (Roman mythology) The guardian spirit of a place or person.
  5. A way of thinking, optimizing one's capacity for learning and understanding.
Synonyms: See also
  • idiot
related terms:
  • engine
  • engineer
  • genie
  • ingenious
  • ingeniosity
Gentle Annie {{wikipedia}} etymology Possibly related to the Celtic goddess Anann (an aspect of the Mórrígan responsible, among other things, for culling weak cattle) or to the song (1856).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, informal) A long uphill road or trail without a resting place. Gentle Annie Hill, New Zealand Gentle Annie Rise, Tasmania
gentlebeing etymology gentle + being, modelled on gentleman.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (scifi, mostly, plural, sometimes, humorous) Polite term of address for any living being, human or otherwise.
  • Used in some science fiction in contexts where ladies and gentlemen would traditionally be used.
gentlegirl etymology gentle + girl, modelled on gentleman and/or gentlewoman.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, informal or _, humorous) {{non-gloss}}
Synonyms: gentlelady, gentlewoman
gentleman {{wikipedia}} etymology {{calque}}. pronunciation
  • /ˈdʒɛnl̩.mən/, /ˈdʒɪnl̩.mən/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A well‐mannered or charming man.
  2. A man of breed or higher class.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 8 , “I corralled the judge, and we started off across the fields, in no very mild state of fear of that gentleman's wife, whose vigilance was seldom relaxed.”
    • {{RQ:Brmnghm Gsmr}} As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish,{{nb...}}. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get.…I do not suppose that it matters much in reality whether laws are made by dukes or cornerboys, but I like, as far as possible, to associate with gentlemen in private life.
  3. A polite term referring to a man. examplePlease direct this gentleman to the menswear department.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 7 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , ““[…] This is Mr. Churchill, who, as you are aware, is good enough to come to us for his diaconate, and, as we hope, for much longer; and being a gentleman of independent means, he declines to take any payment.” Saying this Walden rubbed his hands together and smiled contentedly.”
  4. (in plural only, gentlemen) A polite form of address to a group of men. exampleFollow me, gentlemen.
  5. (in plural possessive, gentlemen's) Toilets intended for use by men.
  6. (cricket) A cricketer of independent wealth, who does not (require to) get paid to play the sport.
  7. (euphemistic, of a man) Amateur.
    • 2004, Mary N. Woods, "The First Professional: Benjamin Henry Latrobe", in, Keith L. Eggener, editor, American Architectural History: A Contemporary Reader, Routledge, electronic edition, ISBN 0203643682, p.119 : Latrobe had extensive dealings with Jefferson, the most prominent gentleman-architect in the United States.
  • (gentlemen, form of address) The equivalent form of address to one man is Sir.
Synonyms: (toilets) gents (colloquial), little boy's room (colloquial), men's room
  • (cricketer) professional, player (historical)
related terms:
  • gentlewoman
  • gentlelady
  • {{rank}}
gentleman's cruiser
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical, informal) A style of traditional motor yacht, typically lowset with vertical all-round windows and traditional woodwork.
gents pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdʒɛnts/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From a shortening of gents', plural possesive of gent, + room
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) toilets intended for use by men. Where is the gents? There are public gents all over town.
coordinate terms:
  • (toilets for men) ladies
etymology 2 See gent
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of gent
Gen-Xer Alternative forms: Gen Xer etymology Shortened Generation X + -er.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A member of Generation X.
George {{wikipedia}} etymology Name of an early saint, from Latin Georgius, from Ancient Greek Γεώργιος 〈Geṓrgios〉, from γεωργός 〈geōrgós〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) /dʒɔː(ɹ)dʒ/
  • {{rhymes}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A given name.
    • ~1594 William Shakespeare: Richard III: Act V, Scene III: Our ancient word of courage, fair Saint George, / Inspire us with the spleen of fiery dragons!
    • 1830 Mary Russell Mitford, Our Village: Fourth Series: Cottage Names: George and Charles are unlucky in this respect; they have no diminutives, and what a mouthful of monosyllables they are! names royal too, and therefore unshortened. A king must be of a very rare class who could afford to be called by shorthand;
    • 1977 Joyce Grenfell, Nursery School: George... don't do that!
  2. {{surname}}
  3. A given name or Georgia; also used in the conjoined name George Ann(e).
    • 1942 Enid Blyton, Five on a Treasure Island, Brockhampton Press (1974), ISBN 0340174927, page 18: 'No,' she said, 'I'm not Georgina.' 'Oh!' said Anne, in surprise. 'Then who are you?' 'I'm George,' said the girl. 'I shall only answer if you call me George. I hate being a girl.'
related terms:
  • George Cross
  • George Foreman grill
  • George Town
  • Georgetown
  • Georgia
  • Georgiana
  • Georgie
  • Georgina
  • Saint George
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  1. (slang, archaic) A coin with King George's profile. Take the Georges, Pew, and don’t stand here squalling. — Robert Louis Stevenson.
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George Sandism etymology After the French novelist George Sand (Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, 1804–1876), who had various romantic affairs and scandalously wore male clothing and smoked tobacco in public.
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  1. (archaic, derogatory) moral transgression and independence among women
Georgia Strait
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  1. (informal) An alternative name for the Strait of Georgia.
gerbil Alternative forms: gerble (verb) etymology French gerbille, from Latin gerbo, from Arabic يربوع 〈yrbwʿ〉. pronunciation
  • /ˈdʒɚ.bəl/
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  1. One of several species of small, jumping, murine rodent, of the genus {{taxlink}}. In their leaping powers they resemble the jerboa. They inhabit Africa, India, and Southern Europe.
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  1. To rotate inside a monowheel or similar apparatus due to sudden acceleration or braking.
  2. (slang) To insert a small animal into the rectum of a person.
geriatric etymology {{etystub}} From geriatrics.
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  1. Of or pertaining to the elderly.
  2. Of or pertaining to geriatrics.
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  1. (slang) An old person.
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  1. (UK, derogatory) a German person.
germ etymology From Middle French germe, from Latin germen. pronunciation
  • (UK), /d͡ʒəːm/
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  1. (biology) The small mass of cell from which a new organism develop; a seed, bud or spore.
  2. A pathogenic microorganism.
  3. The origin of an idea or project. the germ of civil liberty
  4. The embryo of a seed, especially of a seed used as a cereal or grain. See .
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  1. To germinate.
    • Sir Walter Scott O for a withering curse to blast the germing of their wicked machinations.
    • Thomas Hardy Thus tempted, the lust to avenge me / Germed inly and grew.
  2. (slang) To grow, as if parasitic.
    • "I’m addicted, want to germ inside your love" - Just Can't Get Enough by the Black Eyed Peas
German {{interwiktionary}} {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: (abbreviation): Germ. etymology From Latin Germanus, Germani, as distinct from Gauls (in the writings of Caesar and Tacitus), and of uncertain ultimate origin (possibly cel/Gaulish). Not related to the Latin adjective germānus (whence the English words german and germane, through Old French). Attested since at least 1520. Replaced the older terms Almain and Dutch in English. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈd͡ʒɜːmən/
  • (US) /ˈd͡ʒɝmən/
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  1. A native or inhabitant of Germany; a person of German citizenship or nationality.
  2. A member of the Germanic ethnic group which is the most populous ethnic group in Germany; a person of German descent.
  3. A member of a Germanic tribe. Rome was sacked by Germans and the Western Roman Empire collapsed.
  4. (uncountable, US printing, rare, dated) A size of type between American and Saxon, 1½-point type.
Synonyms: (member of the German ethnic group) Teuton, (member of the German ethnic group) Boche, Fritz, Hun, Jerry, Kraut (slang)
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  1. An Indo-European (Indo-Germanic) language, primarily spoken in Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, South Tyrol, Switzerland, Luxembourg{{,}} and a small part of Belgium. German has three genders: masculine, feminine and neuter.
Synonyms: (language) High German
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  1. Of or relating to the nation of Germany.
    • 2001, Donald L. Niewyk, The Jews in Weimar Germany (ISBN 0765806924), page 31: In Prussia, always the most progressive of the German states during the Weimar years and a stronghold of the two parties, Jews could be found in virtually all administrative departments ….
  2. Of or relating to the natives or inhabitants of Germany; to people of German descent. Her German husband has blond hair.
  3. Of, in or relating to the German language. We take German classes twice a week. Because the instructions were German, Yves couldn't read them.
Synonyms: Teutonic
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  • manger
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German goitre Alternative forms: German goiter
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  1. (idiomatic, humorous) A protruding stomach, especially one supposed to be indicative of excessive consumption of beer.
    • 1939, American Flint, vol. 28, p. 41 Brothers Gribble, Berger, Wolf, Shadwill and the writer are still nursing their “beer muscles.” I mean German goitres.
    • 1956, "Advantages of Being Fat," Milwaukee Journal, 8 Oct., p. 22 (retrieved 3 Jan. 2010): Any man who likes playing Santa Claus is in much better shape come Christmas if he has a German goiter.
Synonyms: See also .
  • German goiter
Germanland etymology From German + land.
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  1. (nonstandard, dated or humorous) Germany.
Germanoid etymology German + oid
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  1. (informal) German-like; Germanic; similar to German, but ambiguous as to definite origin.
germy etymology germ + y
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  1. (informal) That carries germ.
  • Gryme
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  1. (informal, genetics) Any gene that is involved in the regulation of aging and life span
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  1. (dialect, slang) Get off.
    • 1966, Sean Hignett, A picture to hang on the wall Aw, gerroff, gerroff, will you, you're not funny, the pair of you.
Alternative forms: geroff
gerrymander {{was wotd}} etymology From w:Elbridge Gerry + salamander, from the similarity in shape to a salamander of an electoral district created when Gerry was the governor of Massachusetts pronunciation Note: Elbridge Gerry's surname was pronounced with a hard g (g, /ɡ/, /g/) but gerrymander is pronounced with a soft g ({{enPR}}, /dʒ/)
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /ˈdʒɛriˌmændə/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈdʒɛriˌmændɚ/
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  1. (transitive, pejorative) To divide a geographic area into voting district in such a way as to give an unfair advantage to one party in an election.
  2. (transitive, pejorative, by extension) To draw dividing lines for other types of districts in an unintuitive way to favor a particular group or for other perceived gain. The superintendent helped gerrymander the school district lines in order to keep the children of the wealthy gated community in the better school all the way across town.
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  1. (pejorative) The act of gerrymandering. By this iniquitous practice, which is known as the gerrymander, the party in a minority in each State is allowed to get only about one-half or one-quarter of its proper share of representation.
  2. (pejorative) A voting district skewed by gerrymandering. Any citizen looking at a map of district 12 could immediately tell that it was a gerrymander because of the ridiculous way it cut across 4 counties while carving up neighborhoods in half.
gert Alternative forms: gurt etymology From great pronunciation
  • (Bristolian) /ɡɜːɹt/
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  1. (slang, Bristol) big That's a gert sandwich.
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  1. (slang, Bristol) very That's a gert big sandwich. That pizza was gert tasty.
gertcha etymology contraction of get you gone
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  1. (Cockney, slang) Get you gone! Go away!
  2. (Cockney, slang) get out of here no way expression of disbelief
Synonyms: get out of it
gert lush
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  1. (UK, Bristol, slang) Very nice.
    • {{quote-web }} Why is it such a special city? - Great people, a gert lush accent, and the city has great scenery with a gert macky Clifton Suspension Bridge.
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  1. (South Africa, slang) drunk
    • 1999, Aqua: The PADI Diving Society Magazine (volume 2, issue 4, page 55) In fact, I'd been slightly gesuip ever since I'd settled into my seat in preparation for the 14-hour nonstop flight from Miami to Cape Town.
    • 2005, Anne Schuster, Foolish Delusions (page 178) Sebastian smirks, 'She was too gesuip, too drunk to see anything.'
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etymology 1 From Middle English geten, from Old Norse geta, from Proto-Germanic *getaną (compare Old English ġietan, Old High German pi-gezzan 'to uphold', Gothic bi-gitan 'to find, discover'), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰend- 'to seize'. Cognate with Latin prehendo.
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  1. (transitive) To obtain; to acquire. exampleI'm going to get a computer tomorrow from the discount store.
  2. (transitive) To receive. exampleI got a computer from my parents for my birthday. exampleYou need to get permission to leave early. exampleHe got a severe reprimand for that.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 8 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Afore we got to the shanty Colonel Applegate stuck his head out of the door. His temper had been getting raggeder all the time, and the sousing he got when he fell overboard had just about ripped what was left of it to ravellings.”
  3. (intransitive, obsolete) To make acquisitions; to gain; to profit.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) We mourn, France smiles; we lose, they daily get.
  4. (copulative) To become. exampleI'm getting hungry; how about you? exampleDon't get drunk tonight.
    • Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) His chariot wheels get hot by driving fast.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 8 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Afore we got to the shanty Colonel Applegate stuck his head out of the door. His temper had been getting raggeder all the time, and the sousing he got when he fell overboard had just about ripped what was left of it to ravellings.”
  5. (transitive) To cause to become; to bring about. exampleThat song gets me so depressed every time I hear it. exampleI'll get this finished by lunchtime. exampleI can't get these boots off (or on'').
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients], 1 , “Then there came a reg'lar terror of a sou'wester same as you don't get one summer in a thousand, and blowed the shanty flat and ripped about half of the weir poles out of the sand. We spent consider'ble money getting 'em reset, and then a swordfish got into the pound and tore the nets all to slathers, right in the middle of the squiteague season.”
  6. (transitive) To fetch, bring, take. exampleCan you get my bag from the living-room, please? exampleI need to get this to the office.
    • Bible, Book of Genesis xxxi. 13 Get thee out from this land.
    • Richard Knolles (1545-1610) He…got himself…to the strong town of Mega.
  7. (transitive) To cause to do. exampleSomehow she got him to agree to it. exampleI can't get it to work.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Get him to say his prayers.
    • 1927, [ F. E. Penny] , 5, [ Pulling the Strings] , “Anstruther laughed good-naturedly. “[…] I shall take out half a dozen intelligent maistries from our Press and get them to give our villagers instruction when they begin work and when they are in the fields.””
  8. (intransitive, with various prepositions, such as into, over, or behind; for specific idiomatic senses see individual entries get into, get over, etc.) To adopt, assume, arrive at, or progress towards (a certain position, location, state). exampleThe actors are getting into position. exampleWhen are we going to get to London? exampleI'm getting into a muddle. exampleWe got behind the wall.
    • Alexander Pope (1688-1744) to get rid of fools and scoundrels
  9. (transitive) To cover (a certain distance) while travelling. to get a mile
  10. (transitive) To cause to come or go or move.
  11. (transitive) To cause to be in a certain status or position.
    • Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Retro me, Sathana, line 1 Get thee behind me.
  12. (intransitive) To begin (doing something). exampleWe ought to get moving or we'll be late. exampleAfter lunch we got chatting.
  13. (transitive) To take or catch (a scheduled transportation service). exampleI normally get the 7:45 train. exampleI'll get the 9 a.m. [flight] to Boston.
  14. (transitive) To respond to (a telephone call, a doorbell, etc). exampleCan you get that call, please? I'm busy.
  15. (intransitive, followed by infinitive) To be able, permitted (to do something); to have the opportunity (to do something). exampleI'm so jealous that you got to see them perform live! exampleThe finders get to keep 80 percent of the treasure.
  16. (transitive, informal) To understand. (Compare get it.) exampleYeah, I get it, it's just not funny. exampleI don't get what you mean by "fun". This place sucks! exampleI mentioned that I was feeling sad, so she mailed me a box of chocolates. She gets me.
  17. (transitive, informal) To be subjected to. example"You look just like Helen Mirren." / "I get that a lot."
    • {{quote-song}} Do you mind? Excuse me / I saw you over there / Can I just tell you ¶ Although there are millions of / Cephalophores that wander through this world / You've got something extra going on / I think you probably know ¶ You probably get that a lot / I'll bet that people say that a lot to you, girl
  18. (informal) To be. Used to form the passive of verbs. exampleHe got bitten by a dog.
    • Law, Pragmatism, and Democracy, 95, 0674010817, Richard A. Posner, 2003, Of particular importance is the bureaucratic organization of European judiciaries. The judiciary is a career. You start at the bottom and get assigned and promoted at the pleasure of your superiors.
  19. (transitive) To become ill with or catch (a disease). exampleI went on holiday and got malaria.
  20. (transitive, informal) To catch out, trick successfully. exampleHe keeps calling pretending to be my boss—it gets me every time.
  21. (transitive, informal) To perplex, stump. exampleThat question's really got me.
  22. (transitive) To find as an answer. exampleWhat did you get for question four?
  23. (transitive, informal) To bring to reckoning; to catch (as a criminal); to effect retribution. exampleThe cops finally got me. exampleI'm gonna get him for that.
  24. (transitive) To hear completely; catch. exampleSorry, I didn't get that. Could you repeat it?
  25. (transitive) To getter. exampleI put the getter into the container to get the gases.
  26. (now rare) To beget (of a father).
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) I had rather to adopt a child than get it.
    • 2009, Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall, Fourth Estate 2010, p. 310: Walter had said, dear God, Thomas, it was St fucking Felicity if I'm not mistaken, and her face was to the wall for sure the night I got you.
  27. (archaic) To learn; to commit to memory; to memorize; sometimes with out. exampleto get a lesson;  to get out one's Greek lesson
    • John Fell (bishop) (1625-1686) it being harder with him to get one sermon by heart, than to pen twenty
  28. (imperative, informal) Used with a personal pronoun to indicate that someone is being pretentious or grandiose. exampleGet her with her new hairdo.
    • 2007, Tom Dyckhoff, Let's move to ..., The Guardian: Money's pouring in somewhere, because Churchgate's got lovely new stone setts, and a cultural quarter (ooh, get her) is promised.
  29. (euphemism) To kill. They’re coming to get you, Barbara.
In dialects featuring the past participle gotten, the form "gotten" is not used universally as the past participle. Rather, inchoative and concessive uses (with meanings such as "obtain" or "become", or "am permitted to") use "gotten" as their past participle, whereas stative uses (with meanings like "have") use "got" as their past participle[] and [], thus enabling users of "gotten"-enabled dialects to make distinctions such as "I've gotten (received) my marks" vs. "I've got (possess) my marks"; a subtle distinction, to be sure, but a useful one. The first example probably means that the person has received them, and has them somewhere, whereas the second probably means that they have them in their hand right now. Synonyms: (obtain) acquire, come by, have, (receive) receive, be give, (fetch) bring, fetch, retrieve, (become) become, (cause to become) cause to be, cause to become, make, (cause to do) make, (arrive) arrive at, reach, (go, come) come, go, travel, (adopt or assume (a position or state)): go, move, (begin) begin, commence, start, (catch (a means of public transport)): catch, take, (respond to (telephone, doorbell)): answer, (be able to; have the opportunity to do) be able to, (informal: understand) dig, follow, make sense of, understand, (informal: be (used to form the passive)): be, (informal: catch (a disease)): catch, come down with, (informal: trick) con, deceive, dupe, hoodwink, trick, (informal: perplex) confuse, perplex, stump, (find as an answer) obtain, (bring to reckoning; to catch (as a criminal)): catch, nab, nobble, (physically assault) assault, beat, beat up, (informal: hear) catch, hear, (getter) getter
  • (obtain) lose
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  1. Offspring.
    • 1976, Frank Herbert, Children of Dune You must admit that the bastard get of Paul Atreides would be no more than juicy morsels for those two [tigers].
    • 1999, George RR Martin, A Clash of Kings, Bantam 2011, p. 755: ‘You were a high lord's get. Don't tell me Lord Eddard Stark of Winterfell never killed a man.’
  2. Lineage.
  3. (sports, tennis) A difficult return or block of a shot.
  4. Something gained.
    • 2008, Karen Yampolsky, Falling Out of Fashion (page 73) I had reconnected with the lust of my life while landing a big get for the magazine.
etymology 2 Variant of git
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  1. (British, regional) A git.
etymology 3 From Hebrew גֵּט 〈gé̇t〉.
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  1. (Judaism) A Jewish writ of divorce.
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get a room etymology Suggesting that the couple rent a hotel or motel room to continue amorous activities in private.
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  1. (idiomatic, informal, sometimes, humorous) Used to instruct a couple to stop displaying physical affection in public.
get around
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  1. Used other than as an idiom: get, around
  2. To move to the other side of an obstruction. It might be a while before we can get around from this traffic jam. There's no trail going through. We can't get around to the lake.
  3. To come around something. Cross at the rocks when you get around the bend.
  4. To avoid or bypass an obstacle. I'll show you the stash if we can get around the guards. Tax consultants look for ways to get around the law.
  5. To circumvent the obligation and performance of a chore. How did you get around having to write the executive report? My brother always gets around cleaning his room himself.
  6. To transport oneself from place to place. How's he gonna get around without a car? Granny uses a wheelchair to get around.
  7. (slang) To be sexually promiscuous. Wow, she really gets around.
Synonyms: get round, go around
get at
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  1. To manage to gain access to. I have a lot of money in my trust fund. I just can't get at it.
  2. To understand or ascertain by investigation. We need to get at the root cause of all this.
  3. To mean, signify. I don't understand. What are you getting at?
  4. To attack verbally or physically; to annoy, bother. He's a bit disheartened. The newspapers have been getting at him again. My cat was badly injured after the neighbour's dog got at her.
  5. To persuade by intimidation, to tamper with. That was a ridiculous verdict. I think the jury was got at.
  6. (slang) To contact someone. I've got some things to do for about an hour. After that, get at me.
get a wiggle on
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  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) To hurry up.
    • 1907, , The Brass Bowl, ch. 16: “If yeh're goin' to see yer fren', yeh better get a wiggle on. He won't last long.”
    • 1910, , The Rules of the Game, ch. 17: Get a wiggle on you, fellows. We'll never get out at this rate.
    • 1915, , The Little Man, sc. 1: AMERICAN: My eggs! Get a wiggle on you! WAITER: Yes, sare.
    • 2008 June 11, "Counties set to defy Modi diktat," (India) (retrieved 20 May 2011) “If it is up to Cricket Australia to come up with rules and regulations, then maybe they would like to get a wiggle on because this thing is about to start.”
get bent
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  1. (idiomatic, slang) Used to dismiss a person or what they are saying, and end the conversation.
Synonyms: get lost, go soak your head, get fucked
getcha Alternative forms: getchya, gitcha etymology Written form of a of get you. get + cha pronunciation
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  1. (colloquial) Contraction of "get you". Look out, or Daddy's gonna getcha! We all go through that. Don't let it getcha down.
  2. (colloquial) Understand; comprehend. Yeah, I getcha, smarty pants.
  3. (colloquial) contraction of "get your". Getcha butt over here!
Synonyms: (understand) gotcha, gotchya
related terms:
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get down {{wikipedia}}
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  1. To bring or come down; descend. The kitten climbed the tree, but then couldn't get down again.
  2. To concentrate; attend. To get down to the matter at hand.
  3. To depress; discourage; fatigue. Nothing gets me down so much as a rainy day.
  4. To swallow. The pill was so large that he couldn't get it down.
  5. To relax and enjoy oneself completely; be uninhibited in one's enjoyment. Getting down with a bunch of old friends.
    • 2011, Rebecca Black featuring , It's Friday, Friday Gotta get down on Friday Everybody's lookin' forward to the weekend, weekend
  6. (informal) To duck or take cover, usually to avoid harm. Commonly used as a caution or warning in the imperative. With bullets flying, all I could do was get down and pray.
  7. (informal) To dance with abandon.
  8. (British, informal, of a child) To leave the table after dining. Mummy, can I get down?
  9. (also take down) To record in writing. Quick, here's a pen, get this down will you, before I forget.
get drunk
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  1. (intransitive) To intoxicate oneself with alcohol. I'm going out tonight to get drunk.
  2. (transitive) To make drunk. We got him drunk by spiking the punch.
Synonyms: bedrink
get freaky
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  1. (slang) To have sex. I saw the couple getting freaky in a video on the Internet.
get fresh
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  1. (idiomatic, informal) To flirt.
get fucked
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  1. (vulgar, offensive) A term used to express contempt. Get fucked-- I'm disgusted with the way you acted today.
  2. (vulgar, offensive, dismissal) Go away, get lost. Get fucked-- I don't need your help.
  3. (vulgar, offensive) A curse meaning "go to hell". How dare you do that to Elizabeth? Get fucked!
Synonyms: fuck you, go fuck yourself, fuck off, go away, get lost, See also
get-go Alternative forms: getgo, git-go etymology get + go
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  1. (colloquial) The beginning.
get hitched
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  1. (colloquial, intransitive) To get married, to wed. They're gonna get hitched next Saturday.
    • 2009, Dee Kassabian, My Four Fathers and Other Short Stories (page 45) His parents flipped their lids when the two lovebugs got hitched. Jonnie couldn't stand the fact that her beautiful young son, gone so long over seas, had now tangled up with an older woman, and even worse, an older divorced woman …
Synonyms: (get married) get married, wed (formal), tie the knot (colloquial)
get in on
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  1. (informal) To gain participation in an activity, especially an attractive one.
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get into someone's pants Alternative forms: get inside someone's pants
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  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) To have sex with. My groupie has been trying to get into my pants for ages. Maybe one day I’ll give in to her demands.
get into trouble
verb: to get into trouble
  1. (intransitive) To perform an action which is illegal, prohibited, forbidden or proscribed and to become subject to punishment for such action.
  2. (intransitive) To fall into difficulty.
  3. (slang) (Usually said of an unmarried woman) to become pregnant.
get it on
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  1. (slang, idiomatic) To have sex. I can see the sparks between us, let's get it on, baby!
  2. (slang, idiomatic) To engage in a fight. You want a piece of me? OK, let's get it on!.
  3. (idiomatic) To hurry up; to get a move on. I need to get it on: there's not much time left.
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get it up
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  1. (slang, idiomatic) to achieve a penile erection I love my boyfriend, but am left unsatisfied because he can't get it up
get jiggy etymology From the up-and-down movement made during sexual intercourse.
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  1. (intransitive, slang) To have sexual intercourse. The two of them are getting jiggy in the bedroom. He told that girl he wants to get jiggy with her.
get laid
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  1. (slang, intransitive) To have sex. The teen-aged boy boasted that he was going to get laid by the homecoming queen, because she was the most beautiful girl he'd ever seen. Dave hasn't even touched a woman in three months. We have to get him laid.
  2. Used other than as an idiom: get, laid I finally got the baby laid down in his crib, and you have to come in making so much noise!?
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get lost pronunciation
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  1. (idiomatic, colloquial, dismissal) Used to tell somebody to go away or leave one alone.
Synonyms: (used to tell someone to go away) beat it, fuck off, go away, take a hike, piss off, bugger off, See also
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  1. (intransitive) To lose one's way. Don't you have a map? How did we get lost? I got lost in his reasoning.
  2. (intransitive) To be absent, to seem to be absent. The violins get lost with the rest of the music.
get lucky
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To encounter luck.
  2. (intransitive, slang, usually, said of a man) To have a desired sexual opportunity fulfilled. He got lucky in the past week with two different women.
get off
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  1. (transitive) To move from being on top of (something) to not being on top of it. Get off your chair and help me.
  2. (transitive) To move (something) from being on top of (something else) to not being on top of it. Could you get the book off the top shelf for me?
  3. (transitive and intransitive) To disembark, especially from mass transportation, such as a bus or train. You get off the train at the third stop. When we reach the next stop, we'll get off.
  4. (transitive and intransitive) To stop (doing something), to desist from (doing something). This is where you get off ordering me about!
    • 2001, , , Dutton, ISBN 0525946284, page 140, "And you're the only person in the country who can do it." "Get off," she said skeptically.
  5. (transitive) To stop using a piece of equipment, such as a telephone or computer. Can you get off the phone, please? I need to use it urgently.
  6. (transitive and intransitive) To complete a shift or a day's work. If I can get off early tomorrow, I'll give you a ride home.
  7. (intransitive) To stop touching or interfering with something or someone. Don't tickle me – get off!
  8. (transitive with object following “get”, slang) To excite or arouse, especially in a sexual manner. Catwoman's costume really gets me off.
  9. (intransitive, slang) To experience an orgasm or other sexual pleasure; to become sexually arouse. You are not allowed to get off in my bedroom. It takes more than a picture in a girlie magazine for me to get off.
  10. (transitive, slang, UK) To kiss; to smooch. I'd like to get off with him after the party.
  11. (intransitive) To escape (with usually only mild consequences). The vandal got off easy, with only a fine. to get off easily from a trial You got off lightly by not being kept in detention for breaking that window.
  12. (intransitive) To fall asleep. If I wake up during the night, I cannot get off again.
  13. (transitive, especially in an interrogative sentence) To behave in an presumptuous, rude, or intrusive manner. Where do you get off talking to me like that?
  14. (dated) To utter; to discharge. to get off a joke
Synonyms: (move from being on top of) get down from, (disembark) disembark from, leave, detrain (from a train), debus (from a bus), deplane (from an aircraft), (stop) stop, desist from, refrain from, quit, end, (move from being on something) get down, (stop touching someone) stop, desist, refrain, leave alone, let alone, (experience sexual pleasure) cop off , (fall asleep) drop off
  • (disembark) get on
get off on
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  1. (slang) To be excite or arouse by; to derive pleasure from.
    • {{quote-song}} Now's the chance to get off on your new math tricks: twelve times eight is the same as ten times eight plus two times eight... eighty plus sixteen: ninety-six!
    I don't get off on champagne.
Synonyms: get a charge out of
related terms:
  • get off
  • get on
get off one's ass
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  1. (US, informal) To stop lazing around.
    • 1967, : Mr. Braddock: But after a few weeks, I believe that person would wanna take some stock in himself and his situation, and start to think about getting off his ass!
get off with
verb: get off with (someone)
  1. (British, idiomatic, informal) To have a romantic assignation with.
The degree of intimacy varies with culture, but usually involves a minimum of kiss. Synonyms: make out with (slang), hook up with (slang), go with (slang), get with
get one's arse in gear
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  1. (UK, slang) To start performing a task effectively or start behaving better in general; to shape up.
get one's ass in gear Alternative forms: get one's arse into gear, get one's ass into gear, put one's ass in gear, have one's ass in gear
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  1. (US, idiomatic) To exert effective effort; to get going; to get moving; to start producing. He had been sitting there for two hours until the boss showed up and told him to get his ass in gear.
  • "Ass" frequently acts as a pronoun for self in idioms and expressions as in "get your ass up", "get your ass out of here." The "in gear" references a manual automobile transmission, and the putting of it "into gear" to begin motion.
get one's freak on
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  1. (US, idiomatic, slang) To have sex.
  2. (US, idiomatic, slang) To dance.
  3. (US, idiomatic, slang) To go crazy; to freak out.
  4. (US, idiomatic, slang) To party.
get one's kit off
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  1. (British, slang) To undress or be naked with the intention of being seen naked. The woman in this film is not shy about getting her kit off, is she?
get one's leg over
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  1. (intransitive, slang) To have sex It's all well and good being kind to girls and respecting them, but at the end of the day all I want to do is get my leg over.
  2. Literally: for a person to lift his or her leg over something. 1991: He just didn't quite get his leg over. — , BBC , describing treading on his stumps. Co-commentator was reduced to a fit of on-air giggles at the (presumably unintentional) double-entendre with the slang sense above. Quoted in The Guinness Book of Cricket Blunders, Cris Freddi, Guinness Publishing, 1996, ISBN 0-85112-624-3, page 138.
related terms:
  • get over on
get one's skates on
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  1. (informal, idiomatic) To start doing something quickly; to stop procrastinating; to hurry up. If I don't get my skate's on now I'm going to be late!
Synonyms: get a move on, hurry up
get one's tits in a wringer
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  1. (idiomatic, slang) To get into trouble
get one's ya-yas out
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  1. (US, slang) To behave in a wild and carefree manner, so as to use up excess energy or exuberance.
    • 2005, Vanity Fair (issues 537-539, page 110) … Feist still gets her ya-yas out as part of atmospheric-rock collective Broken Social Scene, and just a few years ago she could be found rapping in Spanish through a sock puppet …
    • 2009, Rachel Toor, The Pig and I (page 14) Maybe she was just getting her ya-yas out, running for the sheer joy of being in a physical body.
    • 2012, Heidi Murkoff, What to Expect: The Second Year Pounding with a toy hammer or banging on a toy drum, punching a pillow, pounding on play clay, running around outdoors, and swinging on a swing can also help him get his ya-yas out.
get on someone's nerves
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  1. (idiomatic) To annoy or irritate; to bother. There’s an insect buzzing around in my bedroom tonight, and it’s really getting on my nerves.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Chapter 13 Gerty wished to goodness they would take their squalling baby home out of that and not get on her nerves...
get on someone's tits
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  1. (UK, vulgar, slang) To annoy or irritate.
Synonyms: get on someone's nerves (slang), get on someone's wick (slang)
get on up
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  1. (colloquial) Get up.
    • 1925, , “Sunset”, reprinted in New Orleans Sketches, University Press of Mississippi (2002), ISBN 1-57806-471-6, page 77, “Get on up yonder and get a ticket, if you want to ride.”
    • 1943, , Here is Your War, page 167 All morning I tried to get on up where the tanks were [...].
  2. (colloquial) To dance with abandon
    • 1967, The Esquires, Get On Up (song) So get on up (get on up) / On the floor (get on up) / Get on up, now (get on up) / And dance some more (get on up)
Synonyms: (dance with abandon) get down
get out pronunciation
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  1. To leave or escape In case of fire, get out by the nearest exit. Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyways.
  2. To help someone leave We must get the children out first.
  3. To leave a vehicle such as a car. (Note: for public transport, get off is more common.) I'll get out at the end of the road and walk from there.
  4. To become known. Somehow the secret got out.
  5. To spend free time out of the house. You work too hard. You should get out more.
  6. To publish something, or make a product available. The organization has just gotten their newsletter out.
  7. To say something with difficulty. He could hardly get the words out for the tears.
  8. To clean something. To eliminate dirt or stains. This detergent will get most household stains out.
  9. To take something from its container.
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  1. Indicating incredulity.
  2. (UK, slang) Expressing disapproval or disgust, especially after a bad joke. Just get out.
related terms:
  • get out of here
  • get out of town
  • goutte
get-out clause
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  1. (informal) An escape clause.
get out of here
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  1. Used other than as an idiom: To leave or exit a place. If you're smart, don't sign the employment contract and get out of here while you still can.
interjection: {{en-interj}}!
  1. Used other than as an idiom: Command for someone to leave immediately.
    • Get out of here and don't come back!
  2. (idiomatic, informal) An exclamation of disbelief
    • Did she really say that? Get out of here!
Synonyms: (disbelief) get out of town
get outside
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  1. (informal, transitive) To consume eat or drink.
    • 1912, , The Man with the Black Feather (translation of ), , page 306 : All this troop had come from the Palais de Justice; and when it reached the Buci Cross-roads, you dismounted, because you were thirsty, and wished before the ceremony to get outside a pint at the tavern kept by the Smacker.
    • 1954, , , 2000 edition, ISBN 0743203615, chapter 10, pages 97–98: The sunset swayed before my eyes as if it were doing the shimmy, and a bird close by which was getting outside its evening worm looked for an instant like two birds, both flickering.
  2. (chiefly, intransitive) Used other than as an idiom: get, outside I need to get outside. I've been cooped up for days.
get outta
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  1. (colloquial) eye dialect of to get out of Get outta my house!
get outta here
interjection: {{en-interj}}!
  1. eye dialect of get out of here
  2. (colloquial) Used to tell somebody to go away or leave one alone. Get outta here! I'm trying to read!
  3. (idiomatic, colloquial) Indicating disbelief or requesting confirmation. A: I just got a date with Cindy. B: Get outta here!
Synonyms: (used to tell someone to go away) beat it, go away, (indicating disbelief or requesting confirmation) really?, no way!, See also
get out while the getting's good etymology contraction of get out while the getting is good
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  1. (colloquial) To leave at an opportune time or before adverse conditions appear.
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  2. (idiomatic, colloquial) To sell all or part of one's holdings in stocks, real estate, a business, etc. while conditions are good, particularly in anticipation of a drop in prices.
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Synonyms: bail out, 23 skidoo

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