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Colourful extracts from Wiktionary. Slang, vulgarities, profanities, slurs, interjections, colloquialisms and more.


good folk
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (colloquial, UK) Fairies, brownie, pixie, etc.
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good golly
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang) expression of surprise, etc.; golly
good guy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) a hero
  2. (informal) an all-around pleasant person; usually used in reference to a male. He was an all-around good guy to visit with and be around.
  • bad guy
goodie pronunciation
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interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Expression of pleasure; yippee.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A good character in a story, often a hero too.
  • baddie
good lick
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Something useful; a good deed. If you could carry that bucket of water over here, that'd be a good lick.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. physically attractive of a person You're a good-looking guy, so why can't you get a girlfriend?
Synonyms: handsome, beautiful, sexy, hot
good luck pronunciation
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interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. A phrase said to wish fortune on someone or as encouragement.
This expression is considered to bring bad luck in the theatre, where – according to superstition – break a leg should be used in its place. Synonyms: break a leg (theatre), come on, take heart, toi, toi, toi (opera)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Desirable or beneficial fortune.
Synonyms: good fortune
good morning {{phrasebook}} etymology An ellipsis for an expression such as “I wish you a good morning.” pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˌɡʊd ˈmɔː.nɪŋ/
  • (US) /ˌɡʊd ˈmɔːr.nɪŋ/
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interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Used as a greeting when meeting somebody for the first time in the morning.. "Good morning, Joan." said Judy at 9 o'clock AM.
  2. (by extension, humorous) used to greet someone who has just awakened (irrespective of the time of day).
  3. (by extension, informal) Said to someone who has come to a belated realization.
  4. A greeting said when parting from someone in the morning.
coordinate terms:
  • good afternoon
  • good day
  • good evening
  • good morrow
  • good night
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An exercise performed by bending forward at the waist and then returning to a standing posture, while bearing a barbell across the shoulders.
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good night {{phrasebook}} Alternative forms: goodnight etymology Probably a shortening of "May you have a good night." pronunciation
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phrase: {{head}}
  1. A farewell said in the evening or before going to sleep.
Synonyms: night, night night
related terms:
  • goodnight Vienna
  • nighty night
coordinate terms:
  • good afternoon
  • good day
  • good evening
  • good morning
  • Good Thing
goodo etymology From good + o. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: goodo (comparative and superlative as for good)
  1. (Australian slang) Good; used after the noun.
    • 1937, , Wings Above the Diamantina, 1985, page 287, To Knowles he said: “Quick! Give her tucker!. She hungry. She eat. She sleep. Bimeby she goodo.”
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (UK, Australian, NZ, colloquial, slang) Good; used to show approval or satisfaction.
    • 1957, Horace Sawyer Mazet, Shark Fishing off the Great Barrier Reef, page 61, “Now we′re cooking! It works!” crowed Bob. “And now before it grows dark let′s pour it off into our storage tanks.” “Goodo, Bob. We rich now!” Ebony gloated.
    • 1984, , , 1995, page 40, “Goodo,” Picnic said, blinking. “Man, look at the quail.”
    • 2004, David L. Andrews, Manchester United: A Thematic Study, page 203, Some bantering responses joked about whether David May was connected to Brian May, and the rock group Queen, but most expressed a sense of relief that anyone was willing to come to the small-town, economically struggling club. Jo Tomlinson: ‘Goodo, a signing! Even though we did boo him last year...’
    • 2009, George W. Adams, Under the Southern Cross, page 111, John held both my hands tightly, looking straight into my eyes for several moments. His eyes moistened, “I don′t know how to thank you – it′s been quite a spell since my Janeie has been happy.” Bob gleefully joined in, “Goodo Sport!...Goodo!”
    • 2010, , A Simpler Time, unnumbered page, ‘I have a sore elbow...’ I fib in a small whine, as I know she worries sometimes when I have too many nightmares. ‘Goodo. Well, let me “tiss” it better,’ she whispers back, so as not to wake Dad from his heavy, snoring slumber, and with her eyes still closed—as the surrounding bush continues to coo its soft night noises through her open bedroom window—she reaches out, finds my proffered elbow, and applies a kiss.
Synonyms: righto
good old boy Alternative forms: good ol' boy, good ole boy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic) A male friend or chum, especially a schoolmate; a man with an established network of friends who assist one another in social and business situations; a decent, dependable fellow.
    • 1899, , Active Service, ch. 5: "Billie, what kind of a lad is that young Coke up at Washurst?" He addressed an old college friend. . . . "He's one of those Ohio Cokes—regular thing—father millionaire—used to be a barber—good old boy."
    • 1910, , Queen Sheba's Ring, ch. 7: Tell these fellows to say to their Sultan that he is a good old boy, and that we thank him very much.
  2. (idiomatic, chiefly, southern US, sometimes, derogatory) A friendly, unambitious, relatively uneducated, sometimes racial biased white man who embodies the stereotype of the folksy culture of the rural southern USA.
    • 1973, "Quick Cuts" (film review), Time, 24 Sep.: "White Lightning" concerns a good old boy named Gator McKluskey (Burt Reynolds) who is serving time in the Arkansas pen for messing around with illegal liquor.
Synonyms: (male friend) buddy, pal, (friendly, unambitious white man in rural southern USA) bubba, cracker, redneck
good people
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A good person.
goods pronunciation
  • /ɡʊdz/
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noun: {{head}}
  1. (business, economics, plurale tantum) That which is produce, then trade, bought or sold, then finally consume.
  2. (informal, often preceded by the) Something authentic, important, or revealing.
  3. (transport) freight (not passengers)
  4. plural of good
  • Adjectives often applied to produced, traded, or consumed "goods": returned, used, damaged, stolen, lost, dangerous, non-traded, intermediate, promotional, industrial, agricultural, imported, cheap, expensive, luxury, inferior, counterfeit, raw, processed, scarce, durable, perishable, baked, public, collective, digital, virtual, necessary, essential.
Synonyms: (that which is consumed) wares, (something authentic, important, or revealing) evidence, fact
  • (that which is consumed) capital, services
good shit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, colloquial, basketball) Used to mean "nice move" or "good play" in basketball. That's good shit.
  2. (positive, colloquial) A very likeable person Jake is a good shit.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (colloquial) Is an expression someone says when they like an action or event that has happened. They are amazing live, you're going to have a blast! Good shit!
goods train
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A train used for the transportation of goods.
Synonyms: freight train
good value
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: good, value
    • 1910, Iowa Department of Agriculture, The Iowa Year Book of Agriculture, Volume 10, [http//|she+is+good+value%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22he|she+is+good+value%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=gDVkT_axNsTKmQWsrOmgBw&redir_esc=y page 475], It is no matter how high-priced a sheep is, just so he is a good value.
    • 1960, The Illustrated London News, Volume 237, Issue 1, [http//|she+is+good|better|best+value%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22he|she+is+good|better|best+value%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=dHlkT4TGL6aimQWNzonxDQ&redir_esc=y page 202], Moreover, today we meet Bridie in theatre far too seldom : he is a better value, and more likely to live in record, than the modish mayflies of our stage.
    • 1973, , Volume 138, [http//|she+is+good+value%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22he|she+is+good+value%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=UzZkT98e5dOYBbK6tIAI&redir_esc=y page 11], She is a good value at £594 in standard form, but a suitable 40 hp engine and a trailer would raise the total price to well over £1000 (Microplas Ltd., Homewood Road, Mitcham, Surrey).
    • 1983, , Issues 1384-1395, [http//|she+is+good+value%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22he|she+is+good+value%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=UzZkT98e5dOYBbK6tIAI&redir_esc=y page 66], Audiences fill theatres where his work is staged. He is a good value. He never fails, which is not to say he always succeeds.
    • 2007, , , [http//|she+is+good+value%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=fWlkT6yGOtGemQWK8qGdCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22he|she%20is%20good%20value%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 95], He is a good value—earnest, sympathetic, solid to the bone and not overcomplicated—just the way you′d hope your undertaker would be.
  2. (UK, Australia, idiomatic, slang) Friendly; easy-going.
  3. (UK, Australia, idiomatic, slang) Funny; witty.
    • 2003 , Interactive Publications, Liars and Lovers, [http//|she+is+good+value%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=djZkT8WkI4KEmQXYn7WJCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22he|she%20is%20good%20value%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 79], ‘Not anymore,’ she said, quickly ‘But he′s worth his weight in gold at a party. He always has something to say, and most of the time it′s interesting. That reflects well on me for inviting him.’ ‘He is a good value.’
    • 2010, , Something Sensational to Read in the Train: The Diary of a Lifetime, [http//|she+is+good+value%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=gDVkT_axNsTKmQWsrOmgBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22he|she%20is%20good%20value%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], Friday, 17 July 1981 Yesterday: morning with Germaine Greer – she is a good value, stimulating company and completely ridiculous: for the original feminist she is hilariously man-mad.
goody gumdrops Alternative forms: goody goody gumdrops
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (childish) A cry of delight on hearing good news.
  2. (sarcastic) Implied disdain or disinterest with something. 'Goody gumdrops', I get to take the trash out!
goodyship etymology goody + ship
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, humorous) The state or quality of a goody or goodwife.
    • Butler, Samuel. Hudibras : In Three Parts. Written in the Time of the Late Wars. Edinburgh: Printed for R. Clark, P. Anderson, & A. Brown, 1784. Part I, Canto 3, lines 517–518. The more shame for her goodyship, / To give so near a friend the slip.
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goofball etymology goof + ball pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈɡufˌbɔl/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) A foolish or silly person. If that goofball would put half the effort into her studies as she does into her juggling, she might do very well.
  2. (informal) A pill or tablet containing a pharmaceutical which has hypnotic or intoxicating effects, especially a barbiturate.
    • 1953 April 27, "Capsules," Time: Strong Cobb & Co. of Cleveland announced a new barbiturate which in overlarge doses will turn the stomachs of "goofball" addicts and would-be suicides.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Silly. He announced, with his usual goofball humor, that he'd like to marry me!
goofballery etymology goofball + ery
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Behaviour of a goofball.
go off halfcocked
verb: {{head}}
  1. (of a firearm) To be discharged prematurely, or with the trigger at half cock.
  2. (slang) To do or say something without due thought or care.
{{Webster 1913}}
go off half-cocked etymology From the days of flintlock and caplock firearm, where the half-cock position of the hammer was both a rudimentary safety, and the proper position for priming the pan or inserting a percussion cap. The phrase was originally rendered, "to go off at half-cock."
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial): To take a premature or ill-considered action. Make sure none of your men go off half-cocked and ruin this operation.
go off on one
verb: go off on one
  1. (British, colloquial) To launch into an animated diatribe, or passionate description or explanation of something. I barely mentioned the band's name before he went off on one about how commercial the top forty is these days.
goof up
verb: to goof up
  1. (slang) To make a mistake. If I go near a skateboard, I'm sure I'm just going to goof up and fall off.
  2. (transitive, slang) To introduce problem to or damage through incompetence. I tried to fix it, but I think I just goofed it up some more.
  • The object of the transitive verb comes between "goof" and "up", so "I goofed it up" is correct, and *"I goofed up it" is not.
Synonyms: cock up (UK), foul up, fuck up (taboo), screw up, balls up (taboo), bollocks up (UK, taboo), bugger up (UK, taboo) cock up (UK), foul up, fuck up (taboo), mess up, screw up
goof-up etymology From goof up.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A mistake or problem. The letter they sent was a goof-up; it was intended for someone else.
Synonyms: cock-up (UK), foul-up, fuck-up (taboo), mess-up, screw-up
goog etymology Abbreviation of googie, from Scottish Gaelic. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ɡuːɡ/, /ɡʊɡ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang) An egg.
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber & Faber 2003, p. 53: I always supposed he was called Goog because the tiny flattened ears did nothing to interrupt the goog-like sweep from crown to jaw.
  • gogo, go-go
googillion etymology googol + illion, which would imply a very large power of ten.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, hyperbole) An indefinitely large number.
    • 1996 February 18, John Carl Pryor, “Re: A New Theory of Free Will -- continuation of an Open Letter to Professor Penrose”, alt.philosophy.objectivism,, sci.physics,,[tt](), sci.philosophy.meta, alt.memetics{{,}} and alt.extropians, Usenet what measurement outside of time and space do we use to measure time and space themselves? ... And what man can possibly project his mind beyond all space and time to make an objective measure and pronounce, "the universe is a googillion years old".
    • 1998 October 8, Noah Roberts, “Re: Can a HTML page run a program and pas[s] instruction to this program.”, comp.lang.c, Usenet So, if this is what your trying to do, do a web search on CGI and read on[e] of the googillion tutorials on the subject.
    • 2000 March 27, macromedia.dreamweaver, Marian Buchanan, “Re: how can I get path animation to work with Align Layer and Position Layer?” Thanks a googillion
    • 2006 August 1, Lynn Irwin, from, “Re: Flash 8 Video Encoder problems”, macromedia.flash, Usenet That makes no sense whatsoever. How can my googillion attempts be failing?
    • 2007 January 7, Gary Collard, “Re: Odds to win Super Bowl XLI -- January 3, 2007 ...”,,{{,}} and rec.gambling.sports, Usenet One googillion to one.
  • Any definition specifying a particular number of zeroes or powers is unattested.
Synonyms: (indefinitely large number) See also .
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of google
  2. (slang) The number of pages returned by a Google search. The word oceanfront has 4,990,000 googles so it must be a real word.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of google
etymology 1 Possibly from the Tagalog gugus, "tutelary spirit." Adapted as an ethnic slur by American troops during the .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) A Philippine person.
Alternative forms: gugu
etymology 2 From good government
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, politics, pejorative) A government reformer
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Alternative forms: Goo-Goo
etymology 1 Use traced to U.S. Marines in Philippines in early 20th century.[]Pearson, Kim, "[ Gook]". Earliest recorded example is dated 1920.Seligman, Herbert J., "[ The Conquest of Haiti]", ''The Nation,'' July 10, 1920.
  • Folk etymology suggests that during the Korean War, young Korean children would point at U.S. soldiers and shout "미국" (Miguk), the Korean word for "America". Soldiers heard the word as "me gook", as if the children were defining themselves as "gooks". The soldiers proceeded to use that term to refer to the Koreans. The word (, guk) itself simply means "country". This explanation ignores the fact that there are many examples of the word's use that pre-date the Korean War.
  • /ɡuk/{{ 1.1}}; (less commonly:) /ɡʊk/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, pejorative, offensive, ethnic slur) A person from the Far East, Oceania or Southeast Asia, in particular a Vietnamese, Filipino, Chinese, Korean person.
  • In the US, gook refers particularly to a Vietnamese person in the context of the Vietnam War, and particularly to the Viet Cong. It is generally considered highly offensive, on a par with nigger.
etymology 2 Possible blend of goop and gunk. pronunciation
  • /ɡʊk/, /ɡuk/{{ 1.1}}
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Grime or mud.
gook wagon
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, ethnic slur) Any Asian automobile.
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang, British) The testicles. He was getting on my nerves so I decided to kick him in the goolies. That shut him up.
  • loogies, ologies
goomah etymology Italian comare, "godmother". Popularised by American television drama The Sopranos (1999).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Italian-American slang) A mistress.
  2. (slang) The mistress of a Mafioso.
    • 2004, Richard Greene, Peter Vernezze, The Sopranos and philosophy: I kill therefore I am, page 54: Not only was Ralph a "made guy," but, as Silvio pointed out, Tracee was not related to Tony by blood, nor was she his goomah.
    • 2008, Christopher J. Vincent, Paying respect to The Sopranos: a psychosocial analysis, page 25: Under the cover story of Tippy having worms and going to live on a farm, Johnny gave Tippy to his goomah, Fran, whose son renamed him Freckles.
goombah {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 Probably originates from the Neapolitan cumpà, (Italian compare and the Sicilian cognate, cumpari, akin to Spanish compadre), and literally means "godfather," but used to denote "friend." Often used to refer to 'family friends' or friends close enough to be considered an 'aunt' or 'uncle', though not related by blood. To an English-speaking ear, the unaspirated stops of the Southern Italian dialect (especially Neapolitan) are interpreted as voiced stops, yielding "goombah."
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, pejorative, ethnic slur) A person of Italian descent.
  2. (US, slang) A companion, pal, close friend, or associate, used especially among Italian-American men. It sometimes has the connotation of an older friend who acts as a patron, protector or adviser.
Synonyms: (person of Italian descent) dago, (person of Italian descent) Eyetie, (person of Italian descent) greaseball, (person of Italian descent) guido, (person of Italian descent) guinea, (person of Italian descent) wog, (person of Italian descent) wop
etymology 2 see gumbe
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative form of gumbe, a .
goon pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Shortened from gooney, from obsolete gony ("simpleton", circa 1580), of unknown origin. Gony was applied by sailors to the albatross and similar big, clumsy birds (circa 1839). Goon first carried the meaning "stupid person" (circa 1921).
  • The meaning of "hired thug" (circa 1938) is largely influenced by the comic strip character from the series.
  • The "fool" sense was reinforced by the popular radio program, , starring and .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A thug; a usually muscular henchman with little intelligence (also known as a 'hired goon').
  2. A fool; someone considered silly, stupid, awkward, or outlandish.
  3. (ice hockey, pejorative)  An enforcer or fighter.
etymology 2 Diminutive slang for flagon.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, countable, informal) A wine flagon or cask.
    • 2009, , Will It Be Funny Tomorrow, Billy?: Misadventures in Music, [http//|%22goons%22+australia+OR+wine+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=IMxlT4iJIM7wmAXYxMCnCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22goon%22|%22goons%22%20australia%20OR%20wine%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 11], We drank goons of cheap wine.
  2. (Australia, uncountable, informal) Cheap or inferior cask wine.
    • 2010, , The Mary Smokes Boys, [http//|%22goons%22+australia+OR+wine+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=xsVlT-L0GarJmQWLj4mGCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22goon%22|%22goons%22%20australia%20OR%20wine%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], ‘On the night of our school graduation he stole a flagon of goon wine and disappeared into the woods. The police found him the next day asleep on the creek.…’
    • 2010, Jason Leung, This All Encompassing Trip: Chasing Pearl Jam Around the World, [http//|%22goons%22+australia+OR+wine+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=d8dlT-yZIq_umAXyiJS3CA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22goon%22|%22goons%22%20australia%20OR%20wine%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 384], With these instructions, we take turns sipping the wine directly from the bottle on the beach. It′s not the classiest thing to do but the fact that it′s in a bottle already makes it classier than all the boxes of goon we′ve consumed this trip.
    • 2011, E.C. McSween, et al., Boganomics: The Science of Things Bogans Like, [http//|%22goons%22+australia+OR+wine+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=vNBlT5PBNObvmAWdxp2SCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22goon%22|%22goons%22%20australia%20OR%20wine%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], Red wine was consumed largely by posh folk, white wine meant goon, mention of a Jägerbomb would have sent its father ducking for cover, and ‘sex on the beach’ meant just that.
Synonyms: box wine, cask wine
  • no-go, nogo
gooney Alternative forms: goonie, goony, gooney bird
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of several albatross, especially the ({{taxlink}}) and the , that dwell primarily on islands in the Pacific Ocean, often near naval bases.
  2. (slang) a foolish, silly or awkward person or thing; a goon.
gooney bird Alternative forms: gooney, goonie, goony
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of several albatross, especially the (Diomedea nigripes) and the , that dwell primarily on islands in the Pacific Ocean, often near naval bases.
  2. (slang) a foolish, silly, or awkward person or thing; a goon.
goonie Alternative forms: gooney, gooney bird, goony
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of several albatross, especially the (Diomedea nigripes) and the , that dwell primarily on islands in the Pacific Ocean, often near naval bases.
  2. (slang) a foolish, silly, or awkward person or thing; a goon.
  • noogie
go on then
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (colloquial) used to accept an offer Would you like another pint, mate? Yeah, go on then.
goony etymology
  • From goon + -y. Also as a shortened form of gooney.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. of or like a goon; thuggish; brutal.
  2. (slang) silly, crazy, foolish, stupid, or awkward. After their prank was successful, the friends wore goony smiles on their faces for the rest of the schoolday.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) a goon; a foolish, stupid, silly, or awkward person.
  2. Alternate form of gooney (gooney bird, the ).
  • noogy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (emphatic, informal) alternative form of goo
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noun: {{head}}
  1. (emphatic, informal) alternative form of go
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goop pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, usually, uncountable) A thick, slimy substance; goo.
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  2. (countable, informal, derogatory, dated) A silly, stupid, or boorish person.
  • pogo
goose {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English goos, gos, from Old English gōs, from Proto-Germanic *gans, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰans- (compare Western Frisian goes, Northern Frisian göis (also Fering-Öömrang dialect gus; Sölring dialect guus; Heligoland dialect gus), Low German Goos, Gans, Dutch gans, German Gans, Danish gås, Swedish gås, Norwegian gås, Icelandic gæs, Irish , Latin ānser, Latvian zoss, Russian гусь 〈gusʹ〉, Albanian gatë, Ancient Greek χήν 〈chḗn〉, Avestan 𐬰𐬁 〈𐬰𐬁〉, Sanskrit हंस 〈hansa〉). pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ɡuːs/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of various grazing waterfowl of the family Anatidae, which have feathers and webbed feet and are capable of flying, swimming, and walking on land, and which are bigger than duck. There is a flock of geese on the pond.
  2. The flesh of the goose used as food.
    • Stave 3: The Second of the Three Spirits, “Mrs. Cratchit made the gravy (ready beforehand in a little saucepan) hissing hot; Master Peter mashed the potatoes with incredible vigour; Miss Belinda sweetened up the apple-sauce; Martha dusted the hot plates; Bob took Tiny Tim beside him in a tiny corner at the table; the two young Cratchits set chairs for everybody, not forgetting themselves, and mounting guard upon their posts, crammed spoons into their mouths, lest they should shriek for goose before their turn came to be helped.”
  3. (slang) A silly person.
  4. (archaic) A tailor's iron, heated in live coals or embers, used to press fabrics.
    • {{RQ:Shakespeare Macbeth}} Scene 3: Come in, tailor. Here you may roast your goose.
  5. (South Africa, slang, dated) A young woman or girlfriend.
  • A male goose is called a gander. A young goose is a gosling.
  • A group of geese can be called a gaggle when they are on the ground or in the water, and a skein or a wedge when they are in flight.
Synonyms: (tailor's iron) goose iron
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  1. (slang) To sharply poke or pinch someone's buttocks. Derived from a goose's inclination to bite at a retreating intruder's hindquarters.
  2. To stimulate, to spur.
  3. (slang) To gently accelerate an automobile or machine, or give repeated small taps on the accelerator.
  4. (UK slang) Of private-hire taxi drivers, to pick up a passenger who has not pre-booked a cab. This is unauthorised under UK licensing conditions.
goose bump Alternative forms:
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Raised skin, usually caused by the involuntary erection of hairs on the neck or arms caused by cold, excitement, or fear.
Synonyms: goose pimples, goose skin, goose flesh, horripilation, pilomotor reflex
goosebumpy etymology goosebump + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Affected by, or characteristic of, goosebump.
    • 1965, Don Robertson, The greatest thing since sliced bread You say you feel goosebumpy? Good. That's the way you ought to feel.
    • 1987, Jerome McDonough, I'll be Cloned for Christmas‎ Oh, Barney, I get all goosebumpy when I think about it. Don't you, kids?
    • 2002, Barbara Ware Holmes, Following Fake Man I felt this twinge, this sort of goosebumpy feeling...
goose egg etymology From the oval shape of both a goose's egg and the Arabic numeral zero (0).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Zero; nothing. I missed every question on the quiz and got a goose egg.
  2. (informal) A swelling caused by a bump on the head.
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  1. (UK, informal) gooseberry
goosh etymology Imitative, or related to gush?
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To move in a messy, liquid manner.
    • 1999, H. Mel Malton, Cue the Dead Guy: A Polly Deacon Mystery (page 202) In a way, it's rather useful to have your body remind you on a regular basis that there's healthy red stuff gooshing around inside you, just below the surface …
    • 2002, Piers Anthony, Pornucopia More fluid gooshed forth, arching beautifully and descending to strike Prior's arm. It was hot and gooey and repulsive.
    • 2006, Evelyn Vaughn, Grail Keepers Duo (page 71) I waded out, my hair streaming water down my back, my toes gooshing deliciously in the mud.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish or endearing) goose
go out
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To leave, especially a building. Please go out through the back door.
  2. (intransitive, idiomatic) To leave one's abode to go to public places. They were going to stay in and read, but instead went out shopping. After going to Joan's for dinner, they went out.
  3. (intransitive) To be eliminate from a competition. Our team went out in the third round.
  4. (intransitive) To be turned off or extinguished. The lights went out.
  5. (intransitive) To become extinct, to expire.
    • 1922, Alfred Edward Housman, XXVIII, lines 3-4 And cold the poor man lies at night, / And so goes out the year.
  6. (intransitive, card games) To discard or meld all the cards in one's hand. Leon made two canasta, then went out by melding trey.
  7. (intransitive) To become out of fashion. He thought Nehru jacket went out in the late seventies.
  8. (intransitive, of a couple) To have a romantic relationship, one that involves going out together on dates. They've been going out for three years now, but still live apart.
  9. (transitive, with [[with]]) To have a romantic relationship with someone. Jack's been going out with Susan for three weeks now. Do you think she will go out with anyone this year?
    • 1978 Joe Jackson – Is She Really Going Out with Him?
  10. (colloquial) To fail. I'd like to help clear the field, but my knee went out on me.
Synonyms: (have a romantic relationship) date
  • outgo
  1. (slang) A lowlife, a despised person.
    • The American Artisan - Volume 75, Issue 2 , 1918 , “No goozer or floater need apply. ”
    • Inside History of First Baptist Church, Fort Worth and Temple Baptist Church, Detroit , John Frank Norris , 1938 , “But I don't believe any preacher should be riding on the coupling pole while some old goozer of a deacon or Jezebel sits on the front seat — that's his place, let him ride on the front seat and drive the team. ”
    • The Judgment House , Gilbert Parker , 2008 , 1442949082 , “He's got a tongue like a tanner's vat, that goozer. ”
  2. (slang, chiefly UK) A kiss, a smooch.
    • The Fields , Kevin Maher , 2013 , 1405515627 , “And then there's the visiting, with a million mad cartrips all around Dublin to the uncles and aunties who, right up until your eighteenth birthday, always seek you out by the peanut bowls and the 7-Up, and give you a pressie and a big goozer on the cheek for your troubles. ”
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) (slang, chiefly UK) To kiss.
    • A to Z of Comical Poems and Jokes , Tony Dawson , 2004 , 1412033519 , “So your best bet to win is to spend your money in the boozer./ There you have a chance to win some merry maiden's goozer./ And then begins the greatest, riskiest lottery of your life,/ Will the maiden you have goozered be the best choice for a wife? ”
go pill etymology Referring to its stimulant effects.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An amphetamine tablet.
go poof
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  1. (informal) to disappear
go postal {{wikipedia}} etymology go (in the sense "become") + postal; from a rash of incidents, mostly gun violence, perpetrated by disgruntled U.S. Postal Service workers on co-workers in the United States, beginning in the 1980s (see quotations)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, chiefly, US, informal) To behave in a hysterical, angry or irrational manner.
    • 1993 Vick, Karl “Violence at work tied to loss of esteem”, in the St. Petersburg Times, December 17, 1993. The symposium was sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service, which has seen so many outbursts that in some circles excessive stress is known as “going postal.” Thirty-five people have been killed in 11 post office shootings since 1983.
Synonyms: run amok
  • goalpost, goal post
go potty
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  1. Used other than as an idiom: potty To go crazy or mad.
  2. (childish) To use the potty; to defecate. I have to go potty!
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Ugly; disgusting.
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    • 2010, Matt Croucher, Bullet Proof (page 147) They were gopping: the biggest bruises I have ever seen on his thighs and legs. I had completely messed him up.
    • 2010, Karen Swan, Players 'You look gopping,' Cress said, glancing over at Tor - who was pale and black- eyed from last night's bottle of wine - as she rifled through her confection of rainbow-coloured chiffons and slinky slipper satins.
Gorbymania etymology Gorbachev + mania
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Enthusiasm for , USSR head of state from 1985 to 1991, who introduced the liberalizing reform of glasnost and perestroika.
    • 1992, Claude E Barfield, Mark Perlman, Industry, Services, and Agriculture: The United States Faces a United Europe, While in Bonn, at the time of Gorbymania, I fell in with part of the Russian entourage.
    • 1994, Yevgenia Albats, Catherine Fitzpatrick, The State Within a State: The KGB and Its Hold on Russia, Western readers stricken by Gorbymania and with only limited knowledge of the nuances of the Soviet power structure found such "exposes" shocking.
gorefest etymology gore + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An event, situation, etc. that is characterised by gore. This horror novel is a real gorefest: everybody gets decapitated.
etymology 1 From Middle English, from Old French, from ll gurga, likely connected to Latin gurges pronunciation
  • (UK) /ɡɔːdʒ/
  • (US) /ɡɔɹd͡ʒ/
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  1. A deep narrow passage with steep rock sides; a ravine.
  2. The throat or gullet.
    • Spenser Wherewith he gripped her gorge with so great pain.
    • Shakespeare Now, how abhorred! … my gorge rises at it.
  3. That which is gorged or swallowed, especially by a hawk or other fowl.
    • Spenser And all the way, most like a brutish beast, / He spewed up his gorge, that all did him detest.
  4. A filling or choking of a passage or channel by an obstruction. an ice gorge in a river
  5. (architecture) A concave moulding; a cavetto. {{rfquotek}}
  6. (nautical) The groove of a pulley.
  7. (fishing) A primitive device used instead of a hook, consisting of an object easy to swallow but difficult to eject or loosen, such as a piece of bone or stone pointed at each end and attached in the middle to a line.
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  1. (reflexive, often followed by on) To eat greed and in large quantities. They gorged themselves on chocolate and cake.
  2. To swallow, especially with greediness, or in large mouthfuls or quantities.
    • Johnson The fish has gorged the hook.
  3. To glut; to fill up to the throat; to satiate.
    • Dryden Gorge with my blood thy barbarous appetite.
    • Addison The giant, gorged with flesh, and wine, and blood, / Lay stretch'd at length and snoring in his den…
etymology 2 Shortened from gorgeous.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (UK, slang) Gorgeous. Oh, look at him: isn't he gorge?
    • 2013, Brittany Geragotelis, Life's A Witch "Um, Hadley? Don't tell me that's another new outfit. It's totally gorge!” Sofia stopped me in the middle of the hallway to admire the clothes I'd meticulously picked out that morning.
  • grego
gorillalike etymology gorilla + like
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Resembling or characteristic of a gorilla.
gorilla pimp
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A pimp who is physically violent toward the prostitute he manages.
gorilla salad
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, slang) pubic hair
gork etymology 1970-75; perhaps back formation from gorked (slang) anesthetized; apparently an expressive coinage pronunciation
  • (US) /gɔːɹk/
  • (UK) /gɔːk/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (medical, slang, offensive) A terminal patient whose brain is nonfunctional and the rest of whose body can be kept functioning only by the extensive use of mechanical devices and nutrient solutions.
  2. (medical, slang, offensive) A stuporous or imbecilic patient; a patient who has lost brain function.
  3. (slang) A despised person; dork, geek, jerk.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (medical, slang) To sedate a patient heavily.
related terms:
  • gorked
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Awkward or strange.
    • 2009, Maria Croce, "Rise of the silver fox: Why grey is best look for older men", Daily Record (Scotland), 22 January 2009: Dr Gill says: "Phillip Schofield went from being a gorky boyish chump to a daytime anchor when he went back to grey. Suddenly, he seemed more mature. Maturity is what women want for a stable relationship."
    • 2010, Sue Hewitt, "Legal stoush over Chihuahua", Herald Sun, 17 October 2010: "He was nine weeks old when he arrived and, although he was a gorky long-legged funny little fellow, he won our hearts instantly, especially mine," Michelle Ackland said.
    • 2011, Calvin Wade, Forever Is Over, AuthorHouse (2011), ISBN 9781456770099, page 282: We kept in touch, but not long after starting at the bank, she started dating some real gorky looking older bloke called Ray. He must have felt like all his Saturdays had come at once to be dating a girl like Jemma when his mirror told only horror stories.
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etymology 1 A variant of gaum (from Old Norse; compare Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐌿𐌼𐌾𐌰𐌽 〈𐌲𐌰𐌿𐌼𐌾𐌰𐌽〉), with the ‘r’ being a vowel-lengthening device common in non-rhotic dialects of English. See gaum for more. Alternative forms: gawm (UK dialects)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (UK and US, dialects) To gawk; to stare or gape.
    • 1922, Elinor Mordaunt, Laura Creichton, page 110: Passing through St. George's Square, Lupus Street, Chichester Street, he scarcely saw a soul; then, quite suddenly, he struck a dense crowd, kept back by the police, standing gorming at a great jagged hole in a high blank wall, a glimpse, the merest glimpse of more broken walls, shattered chimneys.
    • 1901, New Outlook, volume 67, page 408: "Tell Sannah to bring some coffee," said the young woman to a diminutive Kaffir boy, who stood gorming at us with round black eyes.
    • 1990, Jean Ure, Play Nimrod for him (ISBN 0370311841), page 96: They would stand in silence, mindlessly gorming at each other, …
    • 2005, Lynne Truss, The Lynne Truss Treasury: Columns and Three Comic Novels (ISBN 1101218266): In particular, we like to emphasize that, far from wasting our childhoods (not to mention adulthoods) mindlessly gorming at The Virginian and The Avengers, we spent those couch-potato years in rigorous preparation for our chosen career.
related terms:
  • goam
  • gaum
etymology 2 A variant of gaum (itself likely a variant of gum), with the ‘r’ being a vowel-lengthening device common in non-rhotic dialects of English.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. alternative form of gaum to smear.
    • 1884, Margaret Elizabeth Majendie, Out of their element, page 70: 'It is quite ruined.' 'How did she do it? What a pity!' 'With paint—assisting in the painting of a garden-gate. She told me the pleasure of "gorming" it on was too irresistible to be resisted; and the poor little new gown in done for.'
    • 1909, Augusta Kortrecht, The Widow Mary, in Good Housekeeping, volume 48, page 182: "It was in a little sprinkler bottle, an' I gormed it onto my vittles good an' thick. Lordy, Lordy, an' now I got to die!"
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etymology 3 From gormandize/gormandise.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial, rare) To devour; to wolf down (food).
    • 1885 James Johonnot, Neighbors with Claws and Hoofs, and Their Kin, page 105: The bear came up to the berries and stopped. Not accustomed to eat out of a pail, he tipped it over, and nosed about the fruit "gorming" it down, mixed with leaves and dirt, …
    • 1920, Outdoor Recreation: The Magazine that Brings the Outdoors In: … an itinerant bruin and with naught on his hands but time and an appetite, [to] wander from ravine to ravine and gorm down this delectable fruit.
    • 1980, Michael G. Karni, Finnish Americana, page 5: As Luohi said later, "He gormed it. Nay, he didn't eat it. He gormed it, the pig."
etymology 4 Supposed by some to be related to gormless and/or gorming, and by others to be related to gorm (itself probably related to gum).''Smoky Mountain Voices: A Lexicon of Southern Appalachian Speech'' (1993, ISBN 0813129583) Alternative forms: gaum
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  1. (dialectal, chiefly, Southern US, Appalachia, New England, often with ‘up’) To make a mess of.
    • 1910, English Mechanic and World of Science, volume 91, page 273: I find the cheap shilling self-filling pen advertised in these pages excellent value—quite equal to that of fountain-pens I have paid ten times as much for. It is also durable. I am a careless person, and prefer to discard it when I have “gormed” it …
    • 2008, Christine Blevins, Midwife of the Blue Ridge (ISBN 0425221687), page 133: "Truth is, I've gormed it all up, Alistair. When it comes t' women — nice women anyway — I'm as caw-handed and cork-brained as any pimply boy."
goshwow etymology {{blend}}. Derived from a caption ("Gosh! Wow! Boyohboy! The mosta and the besta!") used in the July 10, 1939 issue of Time magazine, reprinted from a letter in the August 1939 issue of science fiction pulp magazine Thrilling Wonder Stories, in an article about the , aka Nycon I, held in New York in July 1939.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (dated, fandom slang, often, pejorative) Of or pertaining to a juvenile overenthusiasm; naive; uncritical.
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  2. (dated, fandom slang, &, computing) Of or pertaining to a sense of wonder; awe inspiring; amazement causing.
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    • {{quote-usenet }} My 33mhz 486 is no longer a goshwow machine, Dell having done their usual trick of waiting until I bought it before dropping the price hugely.
    • {{quote-usenet }} Overall, you seem enraputered{{sic}} with all the really neat goshwow technology that is still near the edge of sci-fi wishful thinking.
Synonyms: (overenthusiastic) goshwowboyoboy, overenthusiastic, (sense of wonder) amazing, wondrous, see also
goshwowboyoboy etymology {{blend}}. Derived from a caption ("Gosh! Wow! Boyohboy! The mosta and the besta!") used in the July 10, 1939 issue of Time magazine, reprinted from a letter in the August 1939 issue of science fiction pulp magazine Thrilling Wonder Stories, in an article about the , aka Nycon I, held in New York in July 1939.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (dated, fandom slang, pejorative) Of or pertaining to a juvenile overenthusiasm; naive; uncritical.
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    • {{quote-usenet }} The names you cite are as familiar to me as they are to you, and as fondly remembered. But I also remember the crap, and the naive goshwowboyoboy attitude of fellow neo-phans. I remember it well because I suffered from it.
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Synonyms: goshwow
go spare
verb: go spare
  1. To be available or unused. There's some bacon going spare if anyone wants some more.
  2. (UK, informal) To become angry, to lose one's temper When he found out that someone had broken the window, he went spare.
  3. To become frustrated or distressed. The poor girl is going spare, stuck in the house all day with the kids like that.
  4. (archaic) To be unemployed.
  • porages
gospel bird etymology Fried chicken was often served on Sunday, the day of attending church.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, humorous) fried chicken
gospelmonger etymology gospel + monger
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, derogatory) One who peddle the gospel; a Bible thumper.
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Gospel shop
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A church.
etymology 1 Shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) gossip. The hottest goss in celeb-land today is that Angelina Jolie is jealous of her fella's relationship with his ex-wife.
etymology 2 See gorse.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. obsolete form of gorse
    • 1611, William Shakespeare, , IV. i. 180: through / Toothed briars, sharp furzes, pricking goss, and thorns,
Gossage etymology Named after , Commander-in-Chief RAF Balloon Command 1940-4.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, UK, WW II, RAF) A barrage balloon.
gossip {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English gossib, godsib, from Old English godsibb, equivalent to god + sib. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone who likes to talk about someone else’s private or personal business.
  2. Idle talk about someone’s private or personal matters, especially someone not present.
    • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} "I ought to arise and go forth with timbrels and with dances; but, do you know, I am not inclined to revels? There has been a little—just a very little bit too much festivity so far …. Not that I don't adore dinners and gossip and dances; not that I do not love to pervade bright and glittering places.{{nb...}}"
  3. A genre in contemporary media, usually focused on the personal affairs of celebrities.
    • {{RQ:Vance Nobody}} Little disappointed, then, she turned attention to "Chat of the Social World," gossip which exercised potent fascination upon the girl's intelligence. She devoured with more avidity than she had her food those pretentiously phrased chronicles of the snobocracy…distilling therefrom an acid envy that robbed her napoleon of all its savour.
  4. (obsolete) A sponsor; a godfather or godmother.
    • John Selden (1584-1654) Should a great lady that was invited to be a gossip, in her place send her kitchen maid, 'twould be ill taken.
Synonyms: scuttle-butt, See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To talk about someone else's private or personal business, especially in a way that spread the information.
  2. To talk idly.
Synonyms: (talk about someone else's private or personal business) blab, talk out of turn, tell tales out of school
gossipfest etymology gossip + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A session of enthusiastic gossip.
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got pronunciation
  • (RP) /ɡɒt/
  • (GenAm) /ɡɑt/
  • (Boston) /ɡʌt/, /ɡɒt/
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  1. en-simple past of get We got the last bus home.
  2. (British, NZ) past participle of get By that time we'd got very cold. I've got two children. How many children have you got?
  3. Expressing obligation. I can't go out tonight, I've got to study for my exams.
  4. (Southern US, with to) must; have (to). I got to go study.
    • 1971, Carol King and Gerry Goffin, “Smackwater Jack”, Tapestry, Ode Records We got to ride to clean up the streets / For our wives and our daughters!
  5. (Southern US, UK, slang) have They got a new car. He got a lot of nerve.
  • (past participle of get) The second sentence literally means "At some time in the past I got (obtained) two children", but in "have got" constructions like this, where "got" is used in the sense of "obtained", the sense of obtaining is lost, becoming merely one of possessing, and the sentence is in effect just a more colloquial way of saying "I have two children". Similarly, the third sentence is just a more colloquial way of saying "How many children do you have?"
  • (past participle of get) The American and archaic British usage of the verb conjugates as get-got-gotten or as get-got-got depending on the meaning (see Usage Notes on "get" for details), whereas the modern British usage of the verb has mostly lost this distinction and conjugates as get-got-got in most cases.
  • (expressing obligation) "Got" is a filler word here with no obvious grammatical or semantic function. "I have to study for my exams" has the same meaning. It is often stressed in speech: "You've just got to see this."
Synonyms: (must, have (to)) gotta (informal)
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  • tog
gotch {{wikipedia}} etymology From Ukrainian ґатки 〈g̀atki〉. Possibly back-formed from diminutive gotchies, after Ukrainian diminutive ґаці 〈g̀ací〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Saskatchewan and Manitoba, slang) Men's underwear.
    • 1998, Steven Erikson, This River Awakens, Tor (2013), ISBN 9780765334992, unnumbered page: I stopped beside Carl. 'Go ahead,' I told him. 'Pull his gotch right up over his fucking head.'
    • 2009, Milton Ramsden, Northward to Love, Trafford Publishing (2009), ISBN 9781425190262, page 56: Hilly howled as he lit the lamp and dove toward us clad in only his gotch.
    • 2013, D. W. Wilson, Ballistics, Hamish Hamilton (2013), ISBN 9780670065752, unnumbered page: So I was off atop a mountain, a day out of town and soaked through the gotch, when Jack spotted the American car.
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gotcha Alternative forms: gotchya
etymology 1 Written form of a of got you. got + cha pronunciation
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contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. (colloquial) Got you; have you; as in capture or apprehend. I gotcha now, ya little twerp.
  2. (colloquial) Understand; comprehend. Yeah, I gotcha. Good thinkin'!
  3. (colloquial) Got you covered, got your back; when you have an advantage or responsibility over someone. Gotcha! Go on in...
  4. (colloquial) Got you back; as in after causing some form of retaliation or revenge against someone. Gotcha! And don't ever do that to me again.
  5. (colloquial) Got you by surprise; Exclamation indicating a successful trick or prank. Gotcha! They never notice the whoopie cushion!
  6. (colloquial) Got you by surprise; as in engineering or computer programming; typically an unintended consequence or problem caused by a small variation in areas such as command syntax, function definition, results application.
related terms:
  • getcha
etymology 2 Direct acquisition of gotcha, the contraction of got you.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A potential problem or source of trouble. Review the work thoroughly and make sure there are no gotchas.
  2. (colloquial) An instance of publicly tricking someone or exposing them to ridicule, especially by means of an elaborate deception. They change the number at random intervals and if you miss a sign, bingo - gotcha!
  3. (colloquial) An instance of accomplishing a tricky idea or overcoming a difficult obstacle. Now here's another few gotchas that you can do to implement it.
  4. (computing) a feature of a system or a program that works in the way it is documented but is counter-intuitive and almost invites mistake or non-function. Wireless was the first gotcha when installing the distro.
Gothamite etymology Gotham + ite
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A Gothamist.
  2. (humorous, dated) An inhabitant of New York City. {{rfquotek}}
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Somewhat Gothic.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Somewhat gothic.
goth up
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  1. (ambitransitive, informal, humorous) To dress or decorate in the style of goth subculture.
    • 2002, Paul Hodkinson, Goth: Identity, Style and Subculture Toward the evening, we return to our bed and breakfast in order to get 'gothed up', which entails making our appearance as impressive as possible...
    • 2004, Nancy Kilpatrick, The Goth Bible: A Compendium for the Darkly Inclined The goth gardeners have suggestions for gothing up a garden, whether it's in a yard, in a container, in window boxes, on a rooftop...
    • 2004, Mark Jacobson, Rae Jacobson, 12,000 Miles in the Nick of Time On Saturday nights we'd all get Gothed up and trek down to Houston and Avenue A.
    • 2007, Rachel Caine, The Dead Girls' Dance He's still Gothing up, dying his brown hair into black spikes, and he had on more eyeliner than I did.
    • 2007, James Burr, Ugly Stories for Beautiful People (page 45) There were a lot of young girls, in their early-twenties she guessed, many of them either Gothed up in thick black mascara and black lip stick, others looking like stereotypical Beat Girls in black rollnecks and jeans.
gothy etymology goth + y
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  1. (informal) Somewhat goth.
    • 2007, Michelle Tea, It's so you (page 235) The gothy new wave employees were obviously tired of the endless brown leather penny loafers that walked in and out of the store, mocking their patent black platforms and Mary Janes.
    • 2010, Lori Weber, If You Live Like Me (page 32) Aren't you urban gothy types supposed to be immune to public opinion?
got it
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  1. en-past of get it
  • In informal contexts, "Got it?" or "You got it?" means "Do you understand?" and "Got it." or "I got it." means "I understand."
got it going on {{rfc}}
verb: {{head}}
  1. form of alternative present indicative form
  2. past participle of have it going on
  3. (idiomatic, colloquial, chiefly, US) Attractive, outgoing (typically of women).
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  4. (idiomatic, colloquial, chiefly, US) Appreciatively, of someone or something for being active and successful in a pursuit, or having the ability to be active and successful in a pursuit.
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go to Putney on a pig
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (archaic, slang, euphemistic) minced oath for go to hell Go to Putney on a pig, you bleeding twerp!
  2. used less aggressively as 'go on with you'
related terms:
  • go to the devils
  • go to hell
go to shit
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) To completely fail; to have no result. All his hard work went to shit when the company filed for bankruptcy.
Synonyms: come to nought, come to nothing, die in the ass
go to the dogs
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) To decline or deteriorate. After three years without maintenance, their yard has really gone to the dogs.
    • 1919, , , I suppose there was some kink in Abraham. Poor devil, he's gone to the dogs altogether. He's got some twopenny-halfpenny job in the medical at Alexandria—sanitary officer or something like that.
Synonyms: go to pot
gotta pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈɡɑtə/, [ˈɡɑɾə]
  • (Boston) /ˈɡʌtə/, /ˈɡɒtə/
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contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. (informal) contraction of got to I gotta learn this for my examination.
  2. (informal) contraction of got a
    • 2009, The Black Eyed Peas, I Gotta Feeling I gotta feeling that tonight's gonna be a good night
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got to
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  1. en-simple past of get to
  2. (UK) past participle of get to
  3. (informal) have to
gouge etymology From Old French gouge, from ll gulbia, from Gaulish *gulbia (compare Scottish Gaelic gilb, Welsh gylyf), from Proto-Celtic *gulbi (compare Old Irish gulba, Welsh gylf, obt golb). pronunciation
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  1. A cut or groove, as left by something sharp. The nail left a deep gouge in the tire.
  2. A chisel, with a curve blade, for scoop or cutting holes, channel, or groove, in wood, stone, etc.
    • 1823, , , The "steeple" was a little cupola, reared on the very centre of the roof, on four tall pillars of pine that were fluted with a gouge, and loaded with mouldings.
  3. A bookbinder's tool with a curved face, used for blind tooling or gild.
  4. An incising tool that cuts form or blank for glove, envelope, etc.. from leather, paper, etc. {{rfquotek}}
  5. (mining) Soft material lying between the wall of a vein and the solid vein. {{rfquotek}}
  6. (slang) Imposition; cheat; fraud.
  7. (slang) An impostor; a cheat.
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  1. (transitive) To make a mark or hole by scooping. Japanese and Chinese printers used to gouge characters in wood.
  2. (transitive or intransitive) To push, or try to push the eye (of a person) out of its socket.
    • 1930, , , He tried to clinch and gouge, but another right hook to the jaw sent him down and out.
  3. (transitive) To charge an unreasonably or unfairly high price. They have no competition, so they tend to gouge their customers.
Synonyms: (make a mark or hole by scooping) engrave, (charge an unreasonable price) swindle
related terms:
  • gouger
go up for
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom:
  2. (cricket, informal) Of the fielding side, to appeal for the batsman or batswoman to be out. examplethe keeper went up for a caught behind
Synonyms: appeal (standard), ask the question (slang)
go up in smoke
verb: {{head}}
  1. To catch fire and burn
  2. (idiomatic) (by extension) To be completely ruined When the bank refused the credit, all our plans went up in smoke.
Synonyms: (be ruined) come to nothing
gourd {{wikipedia}} etymology From xno gurde, gourde, from Latin cucurbita. pronunciation
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  • (UK) /ɡʊəd/, /ɡɔːd/
  • (US) /ɡʊrd/, /ɡɔːrd/
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  1. Any of the trailing or climbing vines producing fruit with a hard rind or shell, from the genera Lagenaria and Cucurbita (in Cucurbitaceae).
  2. A hard-shelled fruit from a plant in Lagenaria or Cucurbita.
  3. The dried and hardened shell of such fruit, made into a drinking vessel, bowl, spoon, or other objects designed for use or decoration.
  4. (obsolete) Any of the climbing or trailing plants from the family Cucurbitaceae, which includes watermelon, pumpkins, and cucumber.
  5. (informal) loaded dice.{{reference-book|last= Brewer|first= Ebenezer Cobham|date= 1898 |title= Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of Common Phrases, Allusions, and Words that Have a Tale to Tell|url=|location= |publisher=Henry Altemus Company |page= 541||accessdate= December 8, 2014}}
  6. (slang) Head. I got so stoned last night. I was out of my gourd.
gourmand {{was wotd}} Alternative forms: gormand etymology From French gourmand. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɡʊə.mənd/, /ˈɡʊʁmɑ̃/
  • (US) /ɡɔɹˈmɑnd/, /ˈɡʊɹ.mɑnd/
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  1. A person given to excess in the consumption of food and drink; a greedy or ravenous eater.
    • Ben Jonson (1572-1637) That great gourmand, fat Apicius
    • {{RQ:Frgsn Zlnstn}} The colonel and his sponsor made a queer contrast: Greystone [the sponsor] long and stringy, with a face that seemed as if a cold wind was eternally playing on it. […] But there was not a more lascivious reprobate and gourmand in all London than this same Greystone.
  2. A person who appreciate good food.
Synonyms: (person given to excess consumption) glutton, trencherman, see also , (person who appreciates food) chowhound, gastronaut, gourmet, (person with a special interest or knowledge of food) foodie
related terms:
  • gourmet
gov Alternative forms: gov., (governor) guv pronunciation
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  1. (politics, abbreviation) Government.
  2. (slang, abbreviation) Governor.
related terms:
  • (government) gov't
  • vog
governessy etymology governess + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) governesslike
governmentese etymology government + ese
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The jargon spoken in government.
government stroke
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang) The deliberately slow pace of work supposed to be typical of government workers.[[w:Australian Broadcasting Commission|Australian Broadcasting Commission]] [[w:Radio National|Radio National]] ''Lingua Franca'' program, 24 August 2002 [].
    • 1991 December 2, Donald Bowman, debate before the New South Wales Legislative Assembly: Why not just leave things as they are and say, "We are going to run this government organisation efficiently; we are going to make sure that the government stroke has disappeared, that the managers are on the ball and that the customers get good service".
  2. (Australia, slang, obsolete or historical) The amount work that a convict was required to complete each day.'''1996''', [[w:Robert Hughes (critic)|Robert Hughes]], ''[[w:The Fatal Shore|The Fatal Shore]]'' ISBN 1-86046-150-6.
governor {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: governour, gouvernor, gouvernour, governer (all obsolete) etymology From Middle English govenour, from Old French gouvreneur, from Latin gubernator, from Ancient Greek κυβερνήτης 〈kybernḗtēs〉, from κυβερνάω 〈kybernáō〉, from a Mediterranean substrate, likely pregrc. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɡʌv(ə)nə(ɹ)/
  • (US) /ˈɡʌvəɹnəɹ/
  • (US) /ˈɡʌvənə(ɹ)/
  • (US) /ˈɡʌvənəɹ/
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  1. (politics) The leader of a region or state that is a member of a federation or an empire. In Rome, they were endorsed by the emperor and appointed by the Senate. In the modern United States, they are elected by the people of that state.
    • 1999, Karen O'Connor, The essentials of American government: continuity and change, p 17 Younger voters are more libertarian in political philosophy than older voters and are credited with the success of libertarian governor Jesse Ventura of Minnesota
  2. A device which regulate or control some action of a machine through automatic feedback.
  3. A member of a decision-making for an organization or entity (including some public agencies) similar to or equivalent to a board of directors (used especially for banks); a member of the board of governors. The seven members of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, (November 6, 2009)
  4. (informal) father.
    • 1869, Louisa May Alcott, An Old-Fashioned Girl: "Say 'father.' We never called him papa; and if one of my brothers had addressed him as 'governor,' as boys do now, I really think he'd have him cut off with a shilling."
  5. (informal) Boss, employer.
  6. (grammar) A constituent of a phrase that govern another.
  7. (dated) One who has the care or guardianship of a young man; a tutor; a guardian.
  8. (nautical) A pilot; a steersman.
related terms:
  • govern
  • government
  • governor-general, governor general, Governor-General, Governor General
  • gubernatorial
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