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gobsmack etymology See gobsmacked.
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  1. (transitive, slang) To astonish.
gobsmacked etymology As if smack in the gob. Attested since 1959, from Northern English dialect, particularly Liverpool, popularized via television.[ World Wide Words: Gobsmacked] pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɡɒb.smækt/
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  1. (chiefly, British, Australian, , slang) Flabbergasted, astounded, speechless, overawed.
    • 1989 Aug. 7, Glenn Frankel, "Salman Rushdie's Life on the Run," Los Angeles Times: We were as appalled and stunned and confused and gobsmacked (punched on the mouth) as anyone else.
    • 2008 June 16, Caroline Mallan, "Linwood Barclay novel wins a plug on key UK book list," Toronto Star (Canada), p. A2: "I guess the word would be gobsmacked," Barclay said, of his reaction. "I am stunned."
related terms:
  • gobsmacking
  • gobstruck (much less common)
gobsmackingly etymology As gobsmacked.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (slang, British) astonishingly; amazingly Astonishingly blunt, completely oblivious to the fact that his opinions and rudeness might be alien or offensive to others, and gobsmackingly ignorant of any other point of view. — Root Into Europe, BBC Guide to Comedy
gob stick Alternative forms: gobstick, gob-stick etymology gob + stick; see gob.
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  1. (slang) A clarinet.
    • 2013, , "1930s Poems: Licking the Chops" in Slang Poetry Volume 1, ISBN 9781300799641, p. 57 (Google books view): Stop spouting and give us some groovy licks on that gob stick of yours.
  2. (archaic, UK, dialect or slang) A spoon.
  3. A stick or device for removing the hook from a fish's gullet.
    • 1897, Rudyard Kipling, Captains Courageous, ch. 3: He … wrenched out the hook with the short wooden stick he called a "gob-stick".
gobstruck etymology gob + struck
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, chiefly, UK) gobsmacked; astonished; astounded
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  1. (British, slang) To refrain from speak, keep silent, be quite, shut your mouth I'm tired of listening to you, so gob-up!
related terms:
  • shut your gob
go bye-bye Alternative forms: go bye bye
verb: {{head}}
  1. (childish) to leave; to be or go away
god {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English god, from Old English god (akin to Old High German got (a rank of deity)), originally neuter, then changed to masculine to reflect the change in religion to Christianity, both from the Proto-Germanic *gudą (compare Dutch god, German Gott, Danish gud), from the Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰuto-, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰewH- or *ǵʰew-. Not related to the word good. {{rfv-etymology}} pronunciation
  • (New Zealand) /ɡɒd/
  • (Scotland) /ɡɔd/
  • (US) /ɡɑːd/
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noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A deity.
    1. A supernatural, typically immortal being with superior power.
    2. A male deity.
      • 2002, Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby: When ancient Greeks had a thought, it occurred to them as a god or goddess giving an order. Apollo was telling them to be brave. Athena was telling them to fall in love.
    3. A supreme being; God. The most frequently used name for the Islamic god is Allah.
  2. alternative spelling of God
  3. An idol.
    1. A representation of a deity, especially a statue or statuette.
    2. Something or someone particularly revered, worship, idealized, admired and/or followed.
      • Bible, Phil. iii. 19 whose god is their belly
  4. (metaphor) A person in a high position of authority; a powerful ruler or tyrant.
  5. (colloquial) An exceedingly handsome man. Lounging on the beach were several Greek gods.
    • Wilfred Owen, Disabled (poem) Someone had said he'd look a god in kilts.
  6. (Internet) The person who owns and runs a multi-user dungeon.
    • 1996, Andy Eddy, Internet after hours The gods usually have several wizards, or "immortals," to assist them in building the MUD.
    • 2003, David Lojek, Emote to the Max (page 11) The wizzes are only the junior grade of the MUD illuminati. The people who attain the senior grade of MUD freemasonry by starting their own MUD, with all due hubris, are known as gods.
The word god is often applied both to males and to females. The word was originally neuter in Proto-Germanic; monotheistic – notably Judeo-Christian – usage completely shifted the gender to masculine, necessitating the development of a feminine form, goddess. Synonyms: (supernatural being with superior powers) deity, See also
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  1. (very, rare) alternative form of God
    • 1530, , An aunſwere vnto Syr Thomas Mores Dialogue in The whole workes of W. Tyndall, Iohn Frith, and Doct. Barnes, three worthy Martyrs, and principall teachers of this Churche of England, collected and compiled in one Tome togither, beyng before ſcattered, & now in Print here exhibited to the Church (1573), page 271/2: And ſuch is to beare yͤ names of god with croſſes betwene ech name about them.
    • 1900, , "The Happy Man" in The Wild Knight and Other Poems: Golgotha's ghastly trinity— Three persons and one god.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To idolize.
    • Act V Scene III, “CORIOLANUS: This last old man, / Whom with a crack'd heart I have sent to Rome, / Loved me above the measure of a father; / Nay, godded me, indeed.”
    • a. 1866, Edward Bulwer Lytton, "Death and Sisyphus". To men the first necessity is gods; / And if the gods were not, / " Man would invent them, tho' they godded stones.
    • 2001, Conrad C. Fink, Sportswriting: The Lively Game, page 78 "Godded him up" ... It's the fear of discerning journalists: Does coverage of athletic stars, on field and off, approach beatification of the living?
  2. to deify
    • 1595, Edmund Spenser, Colin Clouts Come Home Againe. Then got he bow and fhafts of gold and lead, / In which fo fell and puiflant he grew, / That Jove himfelfe his powre began to dread, / And, taking up to heaven, him godded new.
    • 1951, Eric Voegelin, Dante Germino ed., The New Science of Politics: An Introduction (1987), page 125 The superman marks the end of a road on which we find such figures as the "godded man" of English Reformation mystics
    • 1956, C. S. Lewis, Fritz Eichenberg, , page 241 "She is so lately godded that she is still a rather poor goddess, Stranger.
  • dog, DOG
god-awful Alternative forms: god awful, godawful
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, slang) A superlative form of the adjective awful Your roast beef was the most god-awful tough piece of meat I ever ate.
God be with the days
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  1. (Ireland, informal) A phrase alluding to better days of yesteryear, often follows by the thing the speaker regrets losing. exampleGod be with the days when people had respect for their elders.
  • The term is sometimes used on its own to refer to something previously mentioned by another speaker.
God bless you
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Short for May God bless you; said as a short prayer for the recipient.
  2. Said to somebody who has sneezed, as a rhetorical response. (see also bless you)
God botherer etymology From God + botherer.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang, pejorative) A person who persistently promotes religious belief to others, even when unwelcome.
  2. (Australia, NZ, slang, pejorative) A religious preacher who visits homes to promote his or her beliefs.
  3. (UK, slang, pejorative) An excessively pious person.
  4. (UK, military slang) A military chaplain.
related terms:
  • God-bothering
Synonyms: (persistent promoter of religious beliefs) Bible basher, Bible thumper, (preacher who visits homes), (excessively pious person), (military chaplain) sky pilot
God boy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) A pious male Christian. OK, God boy, I'll be in church tomorrow, front row and centre!
  • good-by
goddamn Alternative forms: god damn, God damn, goddamned
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) An expression of anger, surprise, or frustration.
Synonyms: gods damn (polytheistic)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (pejorative) Damned by God.
  2. (vulgar, offensive) Used as an intensifier. Where's the goddamn cartridge? You were in the background; you were a goddamn extra! That's good enough!
Synonyms: gods damn (polytheistic)Synonyms: See also
goddamned Alternative forms: goddamn, god damn, God damn
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (pejorative) Damned by God.
  2. (often offensive) Used as an intensifier. Where's the goddamned cartridge?
goddidit etymology God + did + it
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang) A sarcastic assertion that something that has not been satisfactorily explained by science is therefore evidence of God.
    • Dec 7, 1997, Chris Kennedy, Fighting something that doesn't exist, alt.atheism: Yes, well, I'm not surprised. I'll bet a lot of things are puzzling to you. But you can just say goddidit and forget about them, can't you?
    • Apr 28, 1998, Kevin Jaget, Either God or matter has existed for eternity, talk.atheism: Anything we can possibly observe can be explained by Goddidit, after the fact. If it rains, goddidit. If it didn't, goddidit. If the Earth is round, goddidit. If the Earth isn't round, goddidit. It explains everything, but predicts nothing, and is therefore is a totally content-free statement.
    • Sep 10, 1999, Al Klein, Recreating the Origins of Life, How did whales survive in a fresh-water ocean for a year? Goddidit. How did any totally impossible thing happen?
    • Feb 2, 2001, Martijn Faassen, Can the Genetic Code be simpler?, Goddidit is not a scientific theory, if God is assumed to be omnipotent, as omnipotence cannot be scientifically verified.
    • 2003, Leslie G. Howarth, Genesis 2.0: The Search for the Truth Continues, p. 188: The search for the truth is not over yet. In the previous chapter I described how creationism believes the opposite and tends to argue against science rather than providing answers to critical questions, usually falling back upon its untested and unproven "Goddidit" hypothesis.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) a believer in God, a monotheist
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etymology 1 God + y
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (dialect or informal) variation of God
etymology 2 Diminutive of Godwin with -y.
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  1. Nickname for Godwin.
    • 2005, Monica Ferris, Embroidered Truths "Oh, Goddy, stop it. Anyhow, if it's a watch, it better be a Rolex." Godwin giggled. "We could throw a pretty nice party on what you can get for a Rolex."
  • dodgy
go-devil etymology From go + devil. pronunciation
  • /ˈɡəʊdɛvəl/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, colloquial) A gadget or unspecified device, as used in various industries.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, page 952: He had three wagonloads of go-devil squibs he wanted to sell, you know, these little oil-well torpedoes, hold about a quart of nitro each? Beautiful.
    1. A weight which is dropped into a bore, as of an oil well, to explode a cartridge previously lowered.
    2. A device, such as a loosely fitted plug, which is driven through a pipe by the pressure of the contents behind the plug to clear away obstruction.
    3. A rough sled or dray used for dragging log, hauling stone, etc.
godite Alternative forms: Godite etymology From god + ite. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɡɒdʌɪt/
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  1. (pejorative, now rare) A believer in God; a theist.
    • 1842, William Chilton (printer), The Oracle of Reason, vol. I, p. 221: The godite, in persisting that the god idea proves a god, overlooks this difficulty, that, inasmuch as every man has a different idea of a god to his neighbour, arising out of the varieties of organisations, every individual must be an Atheist to every other individual, although in reality they are all Theists, or believers in a god.
    • 1857, The Investigator, Sep 1857: As the Godites are evidently anxious to prevent the circulation of this interesting discussion, a liberal allowance will be made to Booksellers.
    • 1888, Annie Besant, Our Corner, p. 210: The question would resolve itself into an inquiry whether, given a revolution, the godites or the godless are the more violent — a point not easily settled from a comparison of histories.
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  1. (informal) godchild
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  1. A statesman who holds all state's powers and has religious significance to constituency.
  2. (pejorative) Jargon in open source and collaborative projects communities meaning an owner/operator of a project who behaves as a tyrant.
godless pronunciation
  • /ˈɡɒdləs/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology god + less.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Not acknowledging any deity or god; without belief in any deity or god.
  2. An atheist.
  3. (pejorative, slang) evil, wicked, worldly.
Synonyms: agnostic, atheistic, blasphemous, graceless, impious, infidel, iniquitous, irreligious
related terms:
  • godlessness
  • godlessly
  • dogless, glossed
godmama etymology god + mama
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, dated) A godmother.
godman {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (India, colloquial, derogatory) A type of charismatic guru.
godmoder etymology god mode + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, role-playing games, often, derogatory) A player who engages in godmoding.
godmoding etymology god mode + ing
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, role-playing games, often, derogatory) Behaviour that gives one's own character an unfair advantage.
go down
verb: go down (see go for conjugation; see down for other possible meanings)
  1. (transitive) To descend; to move from a higher place to a lower one. You'll need to go down two floors to get to that office.
  2. (intransitive) To decrease; to change from a greater value to a lesser one. The unemployment rate has gone down significantly in recent months.
  3. (intransitive) To fall (down), fall to the floor. The boxer went down in the second round, after a blow to the chin.
  4. (computing, engineering) To stop functioning, to go offline. Did the server just go down again? We'll have to reboot it.
  5. (intransitive) To be received or accepted. The news didn't go down well with her parents.
  6. (intransitive) To be recorded or remembered (as). Today will go down as a monumental failure.
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  7. (idiomatic) To perform oral sex. He felt nervous about going down on his girlfriend for the first time.
  8. (slang) To take place, happen. A big heist went down yesterday by the docks.
  9. (intransitive, of a heavenly body) To disappear below the horizon of a plane; to set.
    • 2010, , Heroism : You can be heroic and start the process of truly saving the world before the Sun goes down tonight.
As down may be used as a preposition or adverb in its own right, the combination go down may also occur in cases where go is used literally. For example, down the street means "away from the speaker along the street in question" regardless of whether go is present:
  • She lives down the street.
  • Go down the street to get to her house.
Idioms such as these are properly considered senses of down.
related terms:
  • go down on
go down on
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, euphemistic, colloquial) To perform oral sex upon (either sex).
Synonyms: See also
go downtown
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) to perform oral sex
Synonyms: go down on
godpapa etymology god + papa
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, dated) A godfather.
God particle etymology 's book was thus called at the suggestion of his editor. According to Lederman (page 22) he wanted to call the Higgs boson the Goddamn Particle, "given its villainous nature and the expense it is causing," but his publisher wouldn't let him. So they agreed to call it the "The God Particle" as "there is a connection, of sorts" to and the story of the in the sense that it appears as if the Higgs boson "has been put there to test and confuse us."
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The Higgs boson.
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godsdamn Alternative forms: gods damn
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (neologism, vulgar, slang) An expression of anger, surprise, or frustration.
    • 2006, Cheyenne McCray, Seduced by Magic (ISBN 1429967048), page 55: “Godsdamn, Airell.” He pushed himself from the bench and began pacing.
Synonyms: goddamn (monotheistic)
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  1. (neologism, vulgar, offensive) Damned by gods; used as an intensifier.
    • 2004, China Mieville, The Scar (ISBN 0345460014), page 164: Every godsdamn crevice and crack and water tank in the city would be a fucking encampment.
Synonyms: goddamn (monotheistic)
gods damn
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) alternative form of godsdamn
God slot
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The time in a television schedule set aside for religious broadcast.
go Dutch {{wikipedia}}
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  1. (idiomatic) To pay for one's own food and bills, or split the cost, when eating at a restaurant or going out for entertainment.
    • 1958, Evelyn Ruth (Millis) Duvall, The Art of Dating, Associated Press, p. 138: GOING DUTCH Some girls are quite willing to pay part of the expenses on special dates. When something is planned which is beyond the boy's means. . . .
    • 2005, , reviewing De-Lovely in Mews Items: Amazing But True Cat Stories, by Allan Zullo and Mara Bovsun, p. 193: Ashley Olsen may be a teenage zillionaire, but when she's out on the town with pals, she goes dutch.
Godwin's law {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: Godwin's Law etymology After (born 1956), American attorney and author.
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  1. (internet, usually, humorous) The adage that any Usenet discussion will eventually mention the Nazi or .
  • Mentioning Godwin's law as having been fulfilled in a particular discussion is often deemed sufficient grounds for ending that discussion.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, hyperbole) An unspecified large number (of).
Synonyms: See also
Godzone etymology Contraction of God's own country. pronunciation
  • /ˈɡɒdzəʊn/
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  1. (New Zealand, informal) New Zealand.
goer etymology From Middle English goere, equivalent to go + er. Compare German Geher. pronunciation
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  1. One who, or that which, go.
    • Macaulay This antechamber has been filled with comers and goers.
    She is an avid movie-goer.
  2. Anything, especially a machine such as a motor car, that performs well, or operates successfully. I bought her secondhand, but she's a good little goer.
  3. (British, slang) A person, often a woman, who enjoys sexual activity. She's a right little goer, I could hear her from next door.
    • 1990, Hampton Charles, Advantage Miss Seeton, page 45, He winked at Parsons. "If I'm any judge, she must've bin a right little goer in 'er day."
    • 2001, Peter Buse, Drama + Theory: Critical Approaches to Modern British Drama, page 102, '…(Intimate, man to man) Eh, I bet she's a goer, int she sunshine? She's got a fair pair of knockers on her too.'
    • 2001, Edna Walsh, Bedbound and Misterman, ISBN 1854596403, page 22, 'I can tell that yer a right little goer, hey Larsie?!' I call over two slappers and slip them a few hundred! Before I know it me and Lars and the two slappers are rolling around a giant bed with the hungriest genitals in Gay Paree!
  4. (obsolete) A foot. {{rfquotek}}
  5. (dated) A horse, considered in reference to its gait. a safe goer
    • James Joyce I'd like nothing better this minute, said Mr Browne stoutly, than a rattling fine walk in the country or a fast drive with a good spanking goer between the shafts.
  • ergo
  • gore
  • ogre, Ogre
  • rego
go-faster stripe
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  1. (British, humorous) Decorative parallel stripe on the bodywork of a vehicle, imitating those found on racing car.
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    • 1999, Mark Simpson, It's a Queer World Later, on the motorway, a car with go-faster stripes and spoilers overtakes us, horn blaring.
    • 2003, Clare Morris, Quantitative Approaches in Business Studies Rather, when Mrs Lee orders a red GT model with electric windows, a heated driving seat and go-faster stripes...
    • 2007, John Connolly, The Unquiet Even the dumbest criminal is likely to look in his rearview at some point, and think, I wonder is that the same '69 Mustang with go-faster stripes...
gofer {{wikipedia}} etymology From go + fer. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈɡoʊfɚ/
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  1. (informal) A worker who runs errands; an errand boy.
    • William Hairston, Passion and Politics More and more people agreed to help with the mailings, the hand-distribution of flyers, and telephonings. Others agreed to be gofers and fetchers.
Synonyms: dogsbody
  • forge
go fever
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  1. (slang) An urge to commence a planned journey regardless of circumstances.
    • 1900, Rudyard Kipling, From Sea to Sea, page 214 He had served the Queen in the Marines and a Line regiment, and the "go-fever" being in his bones, had drifted to America, there to serve Uncle Sam.
    • 1910, , The Intrusion of Jimmy "You seem to do a great deal of moving about." "I do," said Jimmy. "I can't keep still. I've got the go-fever, like that man in Kipling's book.
    • 1921, Edward Verrall Lucas, Rose and Rose: A Story, page 263 At last the go-fever broke out. She had been to London — that promoter of restlessness — to stay with a girl artist friend and show her work to some experts
    • 1994, Jim Lovell, Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13, page 14 The problem, as many people knew, was that Gus had "go fever": he was itching to fly this spacecraft.
goffel etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa, slang, pejorative, offensive, ethnic slur) A working-class black woman.
  2. (Zimbabwe, slang, pejorative, offensive, ethnic slur) A person of mixed race, usually white and black.
go fuck yourself
interjection: {{en-interj}}!
  1. (offensive, markedly, vulgar) A variant of fuck you! You ate all the cake and you're calling me an idiot? Go fuck yourself.
go gaga over
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  1. (informal) To receive positively or react to with enthusiasm, especially to an excessive degree. He always goes gaga over his favourite band's newest album.
goggle box
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) television set
go HAM
verb: go HAM
  1. (slang) To rage; to rampage.
    • 2011 August, and , “H•A•M”, Watch the Throne, deluxe edition, Roc-A-Fella Records: I'm about to go HAM / Hard As a Muthafucker / Let these niggas know who I am
Synonyms: go hard
go in for
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To enter a competition.
  2. (colloquial) To have an interest in or approve of something.
  3. (colloquial) To engage oneself or take part in something.
    • Charles Dickens He was as ready to go in for statistics as for anything else.
  • roofing
going to Alternative forms: gonna (informal) (and variants gunna and gonno)
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  1. Forms a future tense. I’m going to throw out the milk if nobody’s going to drink it.
    • 1872, Mark Twain], "The Story of Grandfather's Old Ram" in Roughing It, Chapter 53 Sh–! Don’t speak–he’s going to commence.
  2. Forms a tense future to some past time. I was going to cut the grass, but it started raining.
  • going is technically a present participle (of go) which may be followed by an infinitive with “to”. However, this phrase is commonly interpreted as a modal or auxiliary verb.
  • The future formed with "going to" (or "gonna") differs from that formed with "will". It usually indicates something already planned, an intention, or something that is bound to happen.
  • It is sometimes used without the main verb (in the infinitive):
"Did you cut the grass?" "No, I was going to, but it started raining."
  • In spoken English "going to" is often replaced by "gonna", but only when forming a future, not in a sentence like "I'm going to New York" (although this might be pronounced "I'm goin' to New York").
go in the out door
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) To engage in anal sex
etymology 1 From Middle English gote, from Old English *gotu, from Proto-Germanic *gutō, from Proto-Indo-European *gʰew-. Cognate with Scots gote, goit, goate, Dutch goot, gml gote. More at gote.
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  1. (UK, Yorkshire and Lancashire) A small artificial channel carrying water. Usually used with respect to channels built to feed mills.
etymology 2 Popularised by the television series . Possibly a shortening of goitre (i.e. a pain in the neck), or from git.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, pejorative) A fool.
go it blind
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang) To act in a rash, reckless, or headlong manner.
  2. (card games) To bet without having examined the cards.
go jump in the lake
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, pejorative, colloquial) Used to tell someone to go away, or that their request will not be met.
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Synonyms: get lost, take a long walk on a short pier
gold {{wikipedia}} {{elements}} Alternative forms: gould (obsolete)
etymology 1 From Middle English gold, from Old English gold, from Proto-Germanic *gulþą (Compare Dutch goud, German Gold, Swedish guld), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰl̥tóm, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰel-. compare Latvian zelts, Russian зо́лото 〈zóloto〉, Persian scfa-Arab, Sanskrit हिरण्य 〈hiraṇya〉. More at yellow. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ɡəʊld/, /ɡɔʊld/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ɡoʊld/, /ɡl̩d/
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  1. (uncountable) A heavy yellow elemental metal of great value, with atomic number 79 and symbol Au.
  2. (countable) A coin made of this material, or supposedly so.
  3. (countable) A bright yellow colour, resembling the metal gold. {{color panel}}
  4. (countable) The bullseye of an archery target.
  5. (countable) A gold medal. France has won three golds and five silvers.
  6. (figuratively) Anything or anyone considered to be very valuable.
    • 2010, Paul Hendy, Who Killed Simon Peters? Now obviously this meant that I went over my allotted time, but the theatre management didn't mind because I was giving them comedy gold and that's what gets bums on seats.
    • 2012, Victor Pemberton, Leo's Girl Marge Quincey didn't deserve a husband like his dad. He was pure gold, and she wasn't worth a light beside him.
  7. (gaming) Miscellaneous unit of currency in fantasy genre.
Synonyms: E175 when used as a food colouring
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • gild
  • gilded
  • gilt
  • goldwasser
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Made of gold.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 2 , “Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke.…A silver snaffle on a heavy leather watch guard which connected the pockets of his corduroy waistcoat, together with a huge gold stirrup in his Ascot tie, sufficiently proclaimed his tastes.”
  2. Having the colour of gold.
  3. (of commercial services) Premium, superior.
Synonyms: (having the colour of gold) golden
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To pyrolyze or burn food until the color begins to change to a light brown, but not as dark as browning
etymology 2 From gold master, a copy of the code certified as being ready for release.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (programming, of software) In a finished state, ready for manufacturing.
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    • 2011, “He felt bone-tired and twitchy, the way he did in the final stages of putting a video-game project together, almost ready to go gold and turn a new game loose on the public.”, Unearthed, Jordan Gray, page 6
    • 2011, “I had coded guilds into M59 over the weekend, shortly before we were supposed to go gold.”, page 221, Developing Online Games: An Insider's Guide, Damion Schubert, Jessica Mulligan and Bridgette Patrovsky
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. of or referring to a gold version of something
  • {{rank}}
goldbricker Alternative forms: gold-bricker etymology goldbrick + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) A lazy person; an idler.
    • {{quote-news}}
Synonyms: goldbrick
gold coin etymology (Australian or New Zealand $1 or $2 coin) From the golden appearance of these coins, which are in fact varieties of bronze.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: gold, coin
  2. (Australia, New Zealand, informal) A one-dollar or two-dollar coin.
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gold digger etymology gold + digger. Literal sense from 1830s, figurative sense (woman who seeks money in a relationship) from 1915.{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}} pronunciation
  • /ɡəʊld ˈdɪɡə(ɹ)/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone who dig or mine for gold.
  2. (pejorative) A person (usually female) who cultivate a personal relationship in order to attain money.
Synonyms: (someone who cultivates a personal relationship for money) fortune hunter
Golden Gate {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} etymology A calque of Latin porta aureus, Ancient Greek χρυσός 〈chrysós〉 πύλη 〈pýlē〉.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. The strait that connects San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean.
  2. (informal) The Golden Gate Bridge.
  3. (Christianity) The oldest of the current gates in Jerusalem's Old City Walls, through which, according to Jewish tradition, the shekinah used to appear and will appear again when the Messiah comes.
golden grease
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A bribe.
golden shower
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. The flowering plant Cassia fistula
  2. (idiomatic, vulgar, slang) The act of a person urinating on another, usually for sexual stimulation of one or both persons.
golden showers
noun: {{head}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) plural of golden shower
goldensprog etymology golden + sprog, presumably influenced by golden boy.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) A child who is coddled by his or her parent, especially one treated as extremely exceptional and incapable of any failure or wrongdoing.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A prospector for gold.
  2. (slang, humorous) A person who clean the latrine.
    • {{RQ:Fielding Tom Jones}} But though in this particular, and perhaps in their success, the truth-finder and the gold-finder may very properly be compared together;
goldie etymology gold + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, birdwatching) the golden eagle.
  2. (UK, birdwatching) the golden plover.
  3. (informal) A goldfish.
    • 1999, "Sutterkid", fish (on newsgroup comp.bbs.tbbs) Outdoor ponds provide the perfect environment for goldies and Koi.
  • Goidel
Goldman roll
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (finance, slang) The 5-business day period (the 5th through 9th business day of the month proceeding the futures expiration month) when the is rolled forward (in 20% increments) into the next futures expiration month. Cattle futures settled lower as funds transferred some of their August long positions into October cattle futures on this day three of the five days of the Goldman Roll.
golfaholic etymology golf + aholic
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A golf enthusiast.
Golgotha {{wikipedia}} etymology From the Ancient Greek Γολγοθᾶ 〈Golgothâ〉 from the Aramaic גּלגּלת 〈ġlġlţ〉. pronunciation
  • {{hyphenation}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (biblical) The hill outside Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified.
  2. (slang, at Oxbridge colleges in the 18th and 19th centuries) The rooms of the heads of the colleges (a pun on "the place of the skulls / heads").
    • 1726, Nicholas Amhurst, , page : But {{smallcaps}} is not the only, nor the principal uſe, for which theſe ſtupendous ſtone-walls were erected; for here is that famous apartment, by idle wits and buffoons nick-named {{smallcaps}}, i.e. the place of {{smallcaps}} or {{smallcaps}} of colleges and halls, where they meet and debate upon all extraordinary affairs, which occur within the precincts of their juriſsdiction.
  • {{RQ:Authorized Version}} "And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha"
  • 1726, "…for here is that famous apartment, by idle wits and buffoons nick-named Golgotha, i.e. the place of Sculls or Heads of colleges and halls, where they meet and debate upon all extraordinary affairs…"
golliwog {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} etymology Coined for the illustrations by for her mother ′s 1895 children′s book, The Adventures of Two Dutch Dolls — and a ‘Golliwogg’. Alternative forms: golliwogg (Original spelling — the final ‘g’ was dropped within nine years of publication.)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A rag doll or mascot in the form of a caricature of a black minstrel.
    • 1983, Norman E. Lee, John Curtin, Saviour of Australia, [http//|%22golliwogs%22+caterpillar+OR+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22golliwog%22|%22golliwogs%22+caterpillar+OR+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=_7tiT6b2NeiiiAfn2enQBQ&redir_esc=y page 47], Lyons was ideal material for the ‘Honest Joe’ image. He had a round chubby face under a mop of curly hair that made him resemble a cross between a koala bear and a golliwog.
    • 2010, Bridget Griffen-Foley, Changing Stations: The Story of Australian Commercial Radio, [http//|%22golliwogs%22+caterpillar+OR+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=UpBiT4SdG6qZiAfussD4BQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22golliwog%22|%22golliwogs%22%20caterpillar%20OR%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 286], A golliwog doll, ‘Rickety Kate’, was fixed to the studio wall.
  2. (dated, racist, offensive) A black person.
    • 2002, Gillian Klein, Reading Into Racism: Bias in Children′s Literature and Learning Materials, [http//|%22golliwogs%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=es1iT6IwoZKIB8fA4d0F&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22golliwog%22|%22golliwogs%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 41], Deemed equally ‘harmless’ by its perpetrators is that close relation to the cannibal; the golliwog.…Dixon′s brilliant essay ‘All things white and beautiful’ (1976) argues that golliwogs are associated with fear and darkness, quoting an Enid Blyton story of Noddy being trapped and robbed of his car and his clothes, even his ‘dear little hat’ by ‘four big strong golliwogs’. Dixon observes how a four-year-old got the message from the pictures alone, which show the golliwogs driving off and ‘poor little’ Noddy on the ground.
  3. (Australia) A hairy caterpillar."'''golliwog'''", entry in '''1984''', Eric Partridge, ''A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English'', 8th edition, reprinted 1991, [|%22golliwogs%22+caterpillar+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=aYhiT6j-K7GXiQfuyoTrBQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22golliwog%22|%22golliwogs%22%20caterpillar%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 483]. {{defdate}}
  4. A receiver of stolen goods. {{defdate}}
  5. {{rfc-sense}} (Rhyming slang as "the" golliwogs): greyhound racing
gollumish etymology Gollum, name of a character in + -ish.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Having similar traits to the fictional character Gollum, including obsessiveness, sinisterness or talk in an unusual manner often punctuated by hiss sounds.
    • 2003: "I do feel a bit Gollumish about it…" —, 12 Nov 2003
    • 2004: "With the gollumish Tony Blair never far away, urging him on, George W Bush doggedly climbed his own Mt Doom and thrust the Coalition of the Willing into the fire – along with a few thousand apparently expendable human lives." —The New Zealand Listener, Vol 191, "2003 reloaded", 27 Jan 2004
golly pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Euphemism for God, dating from the 18th century. Possibly a compaction of “God′s body”. Alternative forms: gollies
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (euphemistic) God! {{defdate}}
    • 1898, , [http//|%22gollies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22golly%22|%22gollies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=eRpjT4S3GIK4iAfd2uDrBQ&redir_esc=y page 511], Golly! What would dad say if I did marry him?”
    • 1906, , Chip of the Flying U, [http//|%22gollies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=FBdjT6TxH6yRiQf46ZHgBQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22golly%22|%22gollies%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 88], “By golly, I don′t see how you done that without seein′ it happen,” exclaimed Slim, looking very dazed and mystified.
    • {{quote-book }}
Synonyms: gosh
etymology 2 From golliwog.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. abbreviation of golliwog
    1. A type of black rag doll.
      • 1985, , Volumes 71-72, [http//|%22gollies%22|%22gollied%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22gollying%22|%22gollies%22|%22gollied%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2iFjT5LUE8WViAfSprHABQ&redir_esc=y page 4], There are pictures of the original “gollywogg” (thus spelt) from Florence Upton′s 19th century children′s books; there are examples of anti-semitic Edwardian gollies with huge noses, and all sorts of other curiosities.
      • 2007, , Littlejohn′s Britain, [http//|%22gollies%22|%22gollied%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=KzhjT86nEoHIrQeAs7i9Bw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22gollying%22|%22gollies%22|%22gollied%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 162], The Golliwog Squad was also making itself busy in Worthing, Sussex. Police said they were treating as a matter of ‘priority’ a complaint about gollies being displayed in a local store. Owner John Scadgell faced charges under Section 2 of the Public Order Act, which makes it an offence to exhibit anything which could be considered threatening, abusive or insulting.
    2. (offensive, ethnic slur) Any dark skinned person.
      • 2005, Richard Snailham, The Blue Nile Revealed: The Story of the Great Abbai Expedition, 1968, [http//|%22gollies%22|%22gollied%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=zz5jT7WuNrCWiQe5vaT6BQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22gollying%22|%22gollies%22|%22gollied%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 217], “Bloody gollies!” muttered David Bromhead, provoked by the assault into bitter xenophobia.
      • 2008, Theo van Leeuwen, Discourse and Practice: New Tools for Critical Analysis, [http//|%22gollies%22|%22gollied%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=xEFjT5jkN-2wiQf_qqm_BQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22gollying%22|%22gollies%22|%22gollied%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 137], …poked fun at the American “fashion” of “political correctness” and reassured viewers that gollies and black minstrel shows are just good, old-fashioned, innocent fun.
etymology 3 Nonstandard diminutive of galosh.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK) A galosh.
etymology 4 Possibly from Goliath.{{etystub}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Australia, juvenile) To spit; to force up phlegm from one's throat. “'''golly'''”, entry in '''1984''', Eric Partridge, ''A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English'', 8th edition, reprinted 2000, [|%22golliwogs%22+partridge+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=oe5iT9-UHrG5iAfduI30BQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false page 483].
    • 2010, Marion Houldsworth, The Morning Side of the Hill: Growing Up in Townsville in World War II, revised edition, [http//|%22gollies%22|%22gollied%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=EkZjT8ukFYyyiQfD9tDjDg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22gollying%22|%22gollies%22|%22gollied%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 113], When he saw what was happening he threw down his bag, gollied up some phlegm, and spat into the sand.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australian slang, juvenile) Chewing gum.
  2. (Australian slang, juvenile) Saliva or phlegm. hack up a golly
    • 2011, Douglas Booth, Surfing: The Ultimate Guide, [http//|%22gollies%22|%22gollied%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=TENjT_yXAuGriAf06sHZBQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22gollying%22|%22gollies%22|%22gollied%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 10], They had to have a spitting competition. They had to hack gollies at each other′s heads.…(Abraham 1999, 53)
gombeen {{wikipedia}} etymology From Irish gaimbín. pronunciation
  • /ɡɒmˈbiːn/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic) Usury.
  2. (historical, Ireland) A moneylender during the Great Famine (Ireland).
    • 2002, Joseph O'Connor, Star of the Sea, Vintage 2003, page xix: It was said by some that he had been a moneylender back in Ireland; a ‘gombeen’ in their slang: a hated figure.
  3. (Ireland, slang) A mean, underhanded, corrupt person. Usually applied to politician.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (Ireland) Corrupt, underhanded. They were talking gombeen politics.
etymology 1
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A Hebrew measure of dry weight.
etymology 2 Gomer, the inventor's name.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A conical chamber at the breech of the bore in heavy ordnance, especially in mortar.
etymology 3 Possibly from the oafish fictional character Gomer Pyle from the 1960s American sitcom The Andy Griffith Show.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A stupid, awkward, or oafish person.
    • 2005, Ralph Hardy, Lefty, iUniverse (2004), ISBN 9780595296262, page 25: “Lordy Jeezus,” he said out loud. When did he become such a gomer?
    • 2007, Brian McDaniel, Walt Disney World: The Full Report, iUniverse (2007), ISBN 9780595477654, page 147: Okay, you wanted to go to the Big Apple, but didn't want to sit in traffic or feel like a country hic, as you stare up at all 'dem big buildins'. Try Universal Studios Florida's version of New York, where you can stare at all the fake big buildings all you want and not feel like a total Gomer.
    • 2008, Julie Johnson Oliver, I've Been 16 for 34 Years, Groveland Branch Press (2008), ISBN 9780578000862, page 72: Everyone will have to guess who I want to dance with tonight, I thought. I'm not giving myself away to this bunch of gomers. That would be way too embarrassing.
Synonyms: See also .
  • Gomerette
gomerette Alternative forms: Gomerette etymology gomer + ette
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, slang, derogatory) A stupid woman or girl.
  • See also .
go moggy etymology Derived from the , a brand of rugged four-wheel drive trucks popular in rural areas of South Africa and Zimbabwe.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (chiefly, South Africa, Zimbabwe, idiomatic, colloquial) To go without restraint; to go wild; to be adventurous.
  2. (chiefly, South Africa, Zimbabwe, idiomatic, colloquial) To go crazy; to be somewhat delirious.
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  3. (chiefly, South Africa, Zimbabwe, idiomatic, colloquial) (usually in the past tense, as in "gone moggy") To break something or to cause something to become disorganized or dysfunctional.
gonad etymology Ancient Greek γονή 〈gonḗ〉, from γίγνεσθαι 〈gígnesthai〉. pronunciation
  • /ˈɡəʊ.næd/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (anatomy) A sex organ that produces gamete; specifically, a testicle or ovary.
  2. (slang, in the plural) The testicles.
  • Dagon
  • donga
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of gonad
  2. (slang) testicles
gonch {{wikipedia}} etymology From gitch, a variation of gotch, from Ukrainian ґатки 〈g̀atki〉, ґаці 〈g̀ací〉. Alternative forms: gotch, ginch, gitch, gonchies, gotchies, ginchies, gitchies
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Alberta and British Columbia, slang) Men's brief-style underwear. Make sure you do laundry tonight, I'm going to need some clean gonch in the morning
    • 1996, Richard Van Camp, The Lesser Blessed, Douglas & McIntyre (1996), ISBN 1550545256, unnumbered page: He was standing in his gonch with his big belly hanging over.
    • 2005, Robert Arthur Strandquist, A Small Dog Barking: Stories, Anvil Press (2005), ISBN 9781895636697, page 29: He rented a room in his old neighbourhood and relaxed in his gonch.
    • 2012, Savanna Fox, The Dirty Girls Book Club, Berkley (2012), ISBN 9781101611364, unnumbered page: “So long as the ad's masculine and not too arty. Arty works for metrosexuals and gays, but not guys who think of themselves as 'real men.' Maybe have him in his gonch doing stuff like sharpening his skate blades.”
Used in British Columbia and Alberta. gitch and gotch are variants heard east of Alberta. It is also acceptable to append -ies to any of these variants, especially when referring to the underwear of male children. The term is becoming more widespread in use as a result of the rise in popularity of Vancouver-based undergarment company GinchGonch. A gotch-pull or gonch-pull is another name for a wedgie.
gone Alternative forms: ywent (obsolete verb form) etymology From Middle English gon, igon, gan, ȝegan, from Old English gān, ġegān, from Proto-Germanic *gānaz, past participle of Proto-Germanic *gāną. Cognate with Scots gane, Western Frisian gien, Dutch gegaan. pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /ɡɒn/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • (GenAm) /ɡɔn/, {{enPR}}; (cot-caught) /ɡɑn/, {{enPR}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{audio}}
verb: {{head}}
  1. past participle of go
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Away, having left. Are they gone already?
  2. (figuratively) No longer part of the present situation. Don't both trying to understand what Grandma says, she's gone. He won't be going out with us tonight. Now that he's engaged, he's gone. Have you seen their revenue numbers? They're gone.
  3. No longer existing, having passed. The days of my youth are gone.
  4. Used up. I'm afraid all the coffee's gone at the moment.
  5. Dead.
  6. (colloquial) Intoxicated to the point of being unaware of one's surroundings Dude, look at Jack. He's completely gone.
  7. (colloquial) Excellent; wonderful.
  8. (archaic) Ago (used post-positionally).
    • 1999, George RR Martin, A Clash of Kings, Bantam 2011, p. 491: Six nights gone, your brother fell upon my uncle Stafford, encamped with his host at a village called Oxcross not three days ride from Casterly Rock.
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. (British, informal) Past, after, later than (a time). You'd better hurry up, it's gone four o'clock.
  • {{rank}}
  • geon
goneness etymology gone + ness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The state or quality of being gone, i.e. no longer present.
    • 1999, Vivian Patraka, Spectacular Suffering: Theatre, Fascism, and the Holocaust It is the goneness of the Holocaust that produces the simultaneous profusion of discourses and understandings; the goneness is what opens up, what spurs, what unleashes the perpetual desire to do, to make, to rethink the Holocaust.
  2. (US, informal) A state of exhaustion or faintness, especially from hunger.
goneski etymology gone + ski
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (AU, slang) gone
gong pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 {{wikipedia}} From Malay gong.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (musici) A percussion instrument consisting of a metal disk that emits a sonorous sound when struck with a soft hammer.
  2. (British, informal) A medal or award.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make the sound of a gong; to ring a gong.
    • 1903, H. G. Wells, The Truth About Pyecraft Poor old Pyecraft! He has just gonged, no doubt to order another buttered tea-cake!
etymology 2 From Old English gang.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A privy or jakes.
gonk {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small furry toy like an ersatz teddy bear, popularized in wartime when production of real teddies stops.
  2. A stupid or dull person.
  3. (UK, crime, slang) A prostitute's client.
Synonyms: (stupid person) see , (prostitute's client) see
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (UK, slang, with "out") To sleep. exampleHe gonked out on the bed.
  2. (US, slang) To lie; to tell an untruth exampleYou're gonking me!
  • kong, Kong
gonnabe etymology gonna + be, after wannabe.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) One who intends to become famous or important.
    • {{quote-news}}
verb: {{en-cont}}
  1. (slang, rare) eye dialect of going to
    • 1987, : Withnail: Understudy Konstantin? I'm not gonno understudy Konstantin.
gonoph Alternative forms: ganef, gonif, goniff etymology Hebrew גנבֿ, 'gannābh', thief.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang, dated) A pickpocket or thief.
'If the smallest "Gonoph" about town were crouching at the bottom... Inspector Field would nose him with a finer scent than an ogre's, when adventurous Jack lay trembling in his kitchen copper.' Charles Dickens, 'On Duty with Inspector Field', Household Words, June 14, 1851. {{Webster 1913}}
gonorrhea {{rfi}} {{wikipedia}} {{wikispecies}} Alternative forms: gonorrhoea, gonorrhœa (British) etymology From Dutch, from ll gonorrhoia, from Ancient Greek γονόρροια 〈gonórroia〉, from γόνος 〈gónos〉 + ῥέω 〈rhéō〉 (ca. 1526). pronunciation
  • (US) /ˌɡɒn.əˈɹi.ə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An STD caused by a species of bacteria (the gonococcus) that affects the mucous membrane of the genital and urinary tract.
Synonyms: the clap
related terms:
  • diarrhea/diarrhoea
  • galactorrhea/galactorrhoea
  • logorrhea/logorrhoea
  • pyorrhea/pyorrhoea
Gonski etymology
  • Named after the reporting committee's chairman, David Gonski.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (AU, education, informal) The Gonski Report, a series of recommendations regarding funding for education in Australia.
go number one Alternative forms: go number 1
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (childish euphemistic) To urinate.
go nuts
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To become mad. Yeah, I sometimes go nuts when people try and write on my stuff.
  2. (in the imperative) Go ahead; feel free. "Can we play in the garden?" "Sure, go nuts."
Synonyms: (become mad) go crazy, go mad, freak out, (in the imperative) go wild; knock oneself out
goo pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 American English, known since 1903, probably from burgoo (1787), possibly an alteration of glue.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable, informal) Any semi-solid or liquid substance; especially one that is sticky, gummy or slippery; frequently of vague or unknown composition, or a bodily fluid. I stepped in some goo and had a terrible time getting the sticky stuff off my shoes.
  2. Excessive, showy sentimentality When dad couldn't stand the goo anymore, he stopped Tommy's tearful goodbye from the Swedish au-pair Matts, firmly smacking the boys' pants and grumbling "Now stop the goo or I'll give each of you a reason to cry!"
Synonyms: gloop, glop, gook, goop, gunge, gunk, gum, muck, ooze, paste, slop, sludge
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  1. (transitive) To apply goo to something. They gooed their hair with some fragrant styling product.
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  1. An example of baby talk. The infant's goos and gahs were endearing.
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  1. (intransitive) To produce baby talk. The baby gooed while daddy made sappy faces at it.
goo ball
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  1. (slang) Any sweet sticky concoction made with cannabis.
goober etymology Via gul from Kongo nguba. pronunciation
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  1. (Southern US) A peanut.
  2. (slang) A foolish, simple, or amusingly silly person.
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Synonyms: goober pea
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  1. (slang) The perineum.
    • 2008, Blueprint, Issues 266-269, unknown page: For those unfamiliar, Johnson helpfully informs us that 'it's for your gooch, your Biffin's bridge, your perineum (the bit on your bum that after days in the saddle starts to chaffe).'
    • 2012, James T Medak, My, What Ticklish Feet You Have, The Nazca Plains Corporation (2012), ISBN 9781610982924, page 59: The feather traced the crevices in Dan's ball-skin. It danced lightly around his gooch (it really liked that, staying there for a whole ten minutes). It traced along the inside of his thigh, and then lightly licked the base [of] Dan's cock.
    • 2013, Geoffrey Girard, Project Cain, Simon & Schuster BFYR (2013), ISBN 9781442476967, unnumbered page: His whole life Albert Fish had this habit/fascination with jamming sewing needles up into his gooch, that weird little area between your ass and balls.
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etymology 1 From Middle English good, from Old English gōd, from Proto-Germanic *gōdaz, from Proto-Indo-European *gʰedʰ-. Cognate with Scots guid, Western Frisian goed, Dutch goed, Low German god, German gut, Danish and Swedish god, Icelandic góður, Lithuanian guõdas, Albanian dial. hut, Old Church Slavonic годъ 〈godʺ〉 and годенъ 〈godenʺ〉, Sanskrit गद्य 〈gadya〉. Related to gather. Alternative forms: g'd (poetic contraction)
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  1. (heading) Of people.
    1. Acting in the interest of good; ethical. examplegood intentions
      • 1891, Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Ch.6 When we are happy, we are always good, but when we are good, we are not always happy.
    2. Competent or talent. examplea good swimmer
      • {{rfdate}} Robert South Those are generally good at flattering who are good for nothing else.
      • 1922, Michael Arlen, [ “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days], 3/19/2 , “Ivor had acquired more than a mile of fishing rights with the house ; he was not at all a good fisherman, but one must do something ; one generally, however, banged a ball with a squash-racket against a wall.”
    3. Able to be depended on for the discharge of obligations incurred; of unimpaired credit. exampleCan you lend me fifty dollars? You know I'm good for it.
    4. Satisfied or at ease exampleWould you like a glass of water? — I'm good. example[Are] you good? — Yeah, I'm fine.
  2. (of capabilities)
    1. Useful for a particular purpose; functional. exampleit’s a good watch;  the flashlight batteries are still good 〈it’s a good watch;  the flashlight batteries are still good
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    2. Effective. examplea good worker
      • {{RQ:BLwnds TLdgr}} There was a neat hat-and-umbrella stand, and the stranger's weary feet fell soft on a good, serviceable dark-red drugget, which matched in colour the flock-paper on the walls.
    3. (obsolete) Real; actual; serious. examplein good sooth
      • {{rfdate}} William Shakespeare Love no man in good earnest.
  3. (heading) Of properties and qualities.
    1. (of food)
      1. Edible; not stale or rotten. exampleThe bread is still good.
      2. Having a particularly pleasant taste. exampleThe food was very good.
        • c. 1430 (reprinted 1888), Thomas Austin, ed., Two Fifteenth-century Cookery-books. Harleian ms. 279 (ab. 1430), & Harl. ms. 4016 (ab. 1450), with Extracts from Ashmole ms. 1429, Laud ms. 553, & Douce ms. 55 [Early English Text Society, Original Series; 91], London: for the Early English Text Society, volume I, 374760, page 11: Soupes dorye. — Take gode almaunde mylke … caste þher-to Safroun an Salt …
        • 1962 (quoting 1381 text), Hans Kurath & Sherman M. Kuhn, eds., Middle English Dictionary, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press, , page 1242: dorrẹ̅, dōrī adj. & n. … cook. glazed with a yellow substance; pome(s ~, sopes ~. … 1381 Pegge Cook. Recipes p. 114: For to make Soupys dorry. Nym onyons … Nym wyn … toste wyte bred and do yt in dischis, and god Almande mylk.
      3. Being satisfying; meeting dietary requirements. exampleEat a good dinner so you will be ready for the big game tomorrow.
    2. Healthful. examplecarrots are good for you;  walking is good for you
    3. Pleasant; enjoyable. examplethe music, dancing, and food were very good;  we had a good time
    4. Favourable. examplea good omen;  good weather
    5. Beneficial; worthwhile. examplea good job
      • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 22 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “Not unnaturally, “Auntie” took this communication in bad part.…Next day she…tried to recover her ward by the hair of the head. Then, thwarted, the wretched creature went to the police for help; she was versed in the law, and had perhaps spared no pains to keep on good terms with the local constabulary.”
    6. Adequate; sufficient; not fallacious.
      • {{rfdate}} William Shakespeare My reasons are both good and weighty.
  4. (colloquial) With "and", extremely. exampleThe soup is good and hot.
  5. (especially when capitalized) Holy. exampleGood Friday
  6. (heading) Of quantities.
    1. Reasonable in amount. exampleall in good time
    2. Large in amount or size. examplea good while longer;  {{nowrap}}  {{nowrap}}  {{nowrap}}  {{nowrap}}.
      • {{RQ:Mrxl SqrsDghtr}} The big houses, and there are a good many of them, lie for the most part in what may be called by courtesy the valleys. You catch a glimpse of them sometimes at a little distance from the [railway] line, which seems to have shown some ingenuity in avoiding them,{{nb...}}.
    3. Entire. exampleThis hill will take a good hour and a half to climb.  The car was a good ten miles away.
      • {{RQ:WBsnt IvryGtP}} Athelstan Arundel walked home all the way, foaming and raging. No omnibus, cab, or conveyance ever built could contain a young man in such a rage. His mother lived at Pembridge Square, which is four good measured miles from Lincoln's Inn.
In informal (often jocular) contexts, best may be inflected further and given the comparative bester and the superlative bestest; these forms are nonstandard. Synonyms: (having positive attributes) not bad, all right, satisfactory, decent, (healthful) well, (competent or talented) accomplished
  • (having positive attributes) bad, poor
  • (ethical) bad, evil
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  1. That is good: an elliptical exclamation of satisfaction or commendation. Good! I can leave now.
etymology 2 From Middle English goode, from the adjective. Compare Dutch goed, German gut, Danish godt, Swedish godt, all from the adjective.
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  1. (nonstandard) Well; satisfactorily or thoroughly.
    • 1906, Zane Grey, The Spirit of the Border: A Romance of the Early Settlers in the Ohio Valley If Silvertip refuses to give you the horse, grab him before he can draw a weapon, and beat him good. You're big enough to do it.
    • 2007 April 19, , “Jimmy Wales on the User-Generated Generation”, , WHYY, Pennsylvania The one thing that we can't throw out the baby with the bathwater.... We know our process works pretty darn good and, uh, it’s really sparked this amazing phenomenon of this...high-quality website.
etymology 3 From Middle English good, god, from Old English gōd, from Proto-Germanic *gōdą, from Proto-Indo-European *gʰedʰ-, *gʰodʰ-.
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  1. (uncountable) The force or behavior that are the enemy of evil. Usually consists of helping others and general benevolence.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 13 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “And Vickers launched forth into a tirade very different from his platform utterances. He spoke with extreme contempt of the dense stupidity exhibited on all occasions by the working classes. He said that if you wanted to do anything for them, you must rule them, not pamper them. Soft heartedness caused more harm than good.”
  2. (countable) A result that is positive in the view of the speaker.
  3. (uncountable) The abstract instantiation of goodness; that which possesses desirable qualities, promotes success, welfare, or happiness, is serviceable, fit, excellent, kind, benevolent, etc.
    • Bible, Psalms iv. 6 There be many that say, Who will show us any good?
    • Jay The good of the whole community can be promoted only by advancing the good of each of the members composing it.
    exampleThe best is the enemy of the good.
  4. (countable, usually in plural) An item of merchandise.
    • William Shakespeare Thy lands and goods / Are, by the laws of Venice, confiscate / Unto the state of Venice.
  • (forces of good) bad, evil
  • (positive result) bad
etymology 4 From Middle English goden, godien, from Old English gōdian, from Proto-Germanic *gōdōną, from Proto-Germanic *gōdaz.
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  1. (intransitive, now chiefly dialectal) To thrive; fatten; prosper; improve.
  2. (transitive, now chiefly dialectal) To make good; turn to good; improve.
  3. (intransitive, now chiefly dialectal) To make improvement or repair.
  4. (intransitive, now chiefly dialectal) To benefit; gain.
  5. (transitive, now chiefly dialectal) To do good to (someone); benefit; cause to improve or gain.
  6. (transitive, now chiefly dialectal) To satisfy; indulge; gratify.
  7. (reflexive, now chiefly dialectal) To flatter; congratulate oneself; anticipate.
etymology 5 From English dialectal, from Middle English *goden, of gmq origin, related to Swedish göda, Danish gøde, ultimately from the adjective. See above.
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  1. (transitive, now chiefly dialectal, Scotland) To furnish with dung; manure; fatten with manure; fertilise. {{rfquotek}}
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goodbye Alternative forms: good-by, good-bye, good bye etymology From earlier Godby, Godby'e, Godbwye, God b'w'y, God bwy yee, God buy you, God be wi' you: each a progressively shorter contraction of God be with you, with the change of God to good by confusion with good morning, good day, etc. pronunciation
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  1. farewell; a formula used to another person or persons when the speaker, writer, or person addressed is depart.
Synonyms: (informal) catch you later, bye, bye-bye, ciao, see you, so long, ta ta, toodeloo, TTFN, ttyl, (formal) adieu, adios, farewell, sayonara, (slang) hasta la vista, hasta la vista, baby, later, laters, keep it real, peace out. take it easy, toodles, peace, cya, (UK, informal) cheerio, cheery-bye, toodle pip (dated), good morn, good morning (during the morning), good afternoon, good midday (during midday), good day (during day), good eve, good evening (during the evening), good night (during night), See also
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  • good riddance
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  1. An utterance of goodbye, the wishing of farewell to someone. John gave Rebecca a goodbye to wish her luck on her holiday.
good enough for jazz
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  1. (idiomatic, informal) Good enough.
Used attributively. Synonyms: good to go, good enough for government work
gooder etymology good + er
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  1. (nonstandard, humorous) en-comparative of good
The correct comparative is better
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  1. (nonstandard, humorous) nominalization of good
New England slang, as in: "You're a gooder, for taking care of your mom." A parallel construction to oner, a nominalization of one, to mean "an outstanding person or thing."
goodest etymology good + est
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  1. (nonstandard, humorous) en-superlative of good
The standard superlative is best
goodfella etymology good + fella. Popularised by the US crime film GoodFellas (1990).
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  1. (US, informal) A Mafia gangster.

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