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govvy etymology Diminutive in -y from government. pronunciation
  • /ˈɡʌvi/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Of or run by the government.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A government job.
    • 1986, Coffield, F., Borrill, C. and Marshall, S. “Shit jobs, govvy schemes or on the dole: occupational choice for young adults in the North East of England” [title]
    • 1998, Hollands, R. “Crap jobs, “govvy” schemes and trainspotting: reassessing the youth, employment and idleness debate” [title]
    • 2003, Frank Webster, Theories of the Information Society In these regions new occupations are either state-created ‘govvies’ or in areas such as tourism, leisure and personal care.
go wrong
verb: {{head}}
  1. (intransitive, idiomatic) To fail or go amiss; to have a bad outcome. Everything seems to be going wrong today.
  2. (intransitive, idiomatic) To malfunction. The vending machine went wrong and dispensed five cans of drink at once.
  3. (intransitive, idiomatic) to become depraved
Synonyms: to break bad
go yard
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (baseball, slang) To hit a home run.
    • 2010, Major League Baseball IQ: The Ultimate Test of True Fandom Question 162: To follow-up on the aforementioned Phillies slugger, in 1980 he set a career high and established a Major League record for home runs by a third baseman when he went yard 48 times.
GPS receiver
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An audiovisual device, fitted to a civilian road vehicle, that uses the military as an aid to navigation
Synonyms: satnav
grab pronunciation
  • /ɡɹæb/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle Dutch grabben or gml grabben, from Proto-Germanic *grab-, from Proto-Indo-European *gʰerebʰ- (compare Sanskrit गृह्णाति 〈gr̥hṇāti〉, गृभ्णाति 〈gr̥bhṇāti〉, Avestan 𐬔𐬀𐬭𐬆𐬡 〈𐬔𐬀𐬭𐬆𐬡〉). Cognate with Danish grabbe, Swedish grabba, Old English ġegræppian, Macedonian грабне 〈grabne〉,
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To grip suddenly; to seize; to clutch.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 7 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Old Applegate, in the stern, just set and looked at me, and Lord James, amidship, waved both arms and kept hollering for help. I took a couple of everlasting big strokes and managed to grab hold of the skiff's rail, close to the stern.”
    exampleI grabbed her hand to pull her back from the cliff edge.
  2. (intransitive) To make a sudden grasp or clutch motion (at something). exampleThe suspect suddenly broke free and grabbed at the policeman's gun.
  3. To restrain someone; to arrest.
  4. To grip the attention; to enthrall.
  5. (informal) To quickly collect or retrieve.
    • 1987 James Grady Just a Shot Away, Bantam, p117 "I'll just grab my jacket," said Manh-Hung.
    • 1999 Jillian Dagg, Racing Hearts, Thomas Bouregy & Co., p105 Hardly believing that Rafe actually planned to relax for a while, Kate nodded. "All right. Fine. I'll just go grab my purse."
    • 2009 Mike Taylor, A Thousand Sleeps, Tate Publishing, p216 He looked at Albert and Ben, and then back to Nurse Allen. "I'll just grab my gear and be right back."
  6. (informal) To consume something quickly. exampleWe'll just grab a sandwich and then we'll be on our way. exampleIs there time to grab a coffee?
  7. To take the opportunity of.
    • {{quote-news}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a sudden snatch (for something)
    • 1931 Harold M. Sherman, "The Baseball Clown," Boys' Life, Vol. 21, No. 4 (April 1931), Boy Scouts of America, p47 The ball popped in and popped out, and when he made a grab for it on the ground he kicked it with his foot.
    • 2003 J Davey, Six Years of Darkness, Trafford Publishing, p66 He made a grab for me and I swung my handbag at him as hard as I could.
  2. a mechanical device that grabs or clutches
    1. a device for withdrawing drills, etc., from artesian and other wells that are drilled, bored, or driven
  3. (media) a soundbite
Synonyms: catch, clutch, grasp, seize, snatch
etymology 2 Arabic and Hindi ghurb?: crow, raven, a kind of Arab ship.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A two- or three-mast vessel used on the Malabar coast.
  • brag
  • garb
grabass Alternative forms: grab-ass etymology grab + ass
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Horseplay; play fighting, wrestling. Any sort of playful or casual activity that might be mistaken for fighting. "There's no playing grab-ass or fighting in the building. You got a grudge against another man, you fight him Saturday afternoon. Any man playing grab-ass or fighting in the building spends a night in the box." - Cool Hand Luke, film
  • gas bars
grabfest etymology grab + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An event at which participants greedily attempt to grab goods or resource.
gracias etymology Spanish gracias.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (Spanish, colloquial) thank you
    • 1993, Roddy Doyle, The Van, link Muchos gracias, my friend. —The girls are in the kitchen, Bimbo told Vera.
    • 2000, Linda Ladd, Midnight Fire, link "Gracias, my friend. I owe you a great debt.
    • 2010, Tina Rosenberg, Glenapp Castle: A Scottish Intrigue, page 154 “No, gracias, my friend. This will do fine.”
related terms:
  • muchas gracias
  • grassy arse
  • grassy ass
etymology 1 From German Graf.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncommon, now historical) A German or Austria count.
    • 1843 February, "Graf de Tropp", in Fraser's Magazine for Town and Country, {{nowrap}}, [ page 200]: Without ceremony, the Graf, on his entering the drawing-room, seated himself at the piano-forte, and proposed affording his new friends "a leetle example" how music was performed in Hungary.
etymology 2 Phonetic respelling of abbreviation of paragraph
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (journalism, slang) A paragraph.
  • frag
graf artist
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) graffiti artist
graff pronunciation
  • (RP) /ɡɹɑːf/
  • (US) /ɡɹæf/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Graffiti.
  2. alternative form of graft
  3. (obsolete) A steward; an overseer.
    • John Knox [A prince] is nothing but a servant, overseer, or graff, and not the head, which is a title belonging only to Christ.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. alternative form of graft
etymology 1
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A graffiti artist.
    • 2007, Christine Dew, Uncommissioned art: an A-Z of Australian graffiti A wall in neighbouring Clifton Hill is also very chatty, but the messages are the tags, pieces and throw-ups of subway-style graffiti writers, whose conversation is directed to other graffers rather than the general public (above).
etymology 2 Compare greffier.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (legal, obsolete) A notary or scrivener. {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}}
graft {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: graff pronunciation
  • (RP) /ɡɹɑːft/
  • (US) /ɡɹæft/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English graffe, from Old French greffe, from Latin graphium, from Ancient Greek γραφείον 〈grapheíon〉, from γράφειν 〈gráphein〉; probably akin to English carve. So named from the resemblance of a scion or shoot to a pointed pencil. Compare graphic, grammar.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) A small shoot or scion of a tree inserted in another tree, the stock of which is to support and nourish it. The two unite and become one tree, but the graft determines the kind of fruit.
  2. (countable) A branch or portion of a tree growing from such a shoot.
  3. (surgery, countable) A portion of living tissue used in the operation of autoplasty.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To insert (a graft) in a branch or stem of another tree; to propagate by insertion in another stock; also, to insert a graft upon.
  2. (transitive, surgery) To implant a portion of (living flesh or akin) in a lesion so as to form an organic union.
  3. (transitive) To join (one thing) to another as if by grafting, so as to bring about a close union. 1717 Eloisa to Abelard. And graft my love immortal on thy fame! —
  4. (transitive, nautical) To cover, as a ring bolt, block strap, splicing, etc., with a weaving of small cord or rope-yarns.
  5. (intransitive) To insert scions (grafts) from one tree, or kind of tree, etc., into another; to practice grafting.
etymology 2 {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative form of graff ("canal")
  2. The depth of the blade of a digging tool such as a spade or shovel.
  3. A narrow spade used in digging drainage trenches.
etymology 3 Probably from Etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) Work; labor
  2. (countable) A job or trade.
  3. (uncountable, colloquial) Effort needed for doing hard work.
  4. (uncountable, slang) A criminal's special branch of practice
  5. (uncountable) Illicit profit by corrupt means, especially in public life.
  6. (uncountable) Corruption in official life.
  7. (countable) A con job.
  8. (countable, slang) A cut of the take (money).
  9. (uncountable, US, politics) A bribe, especially on an ongoing basis.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To work
  2. To obtain illegal gain from bribery of similar corrupt practices.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who inserts scions on other stocks, or propagates fruit by ingrafting.
  2. An instrument by which grafting is facilitated.
  3. The original tree from which a scion has been taken for grafting upon another tree.
  4. (slang) Someone who works in market stalls.
related terms:
  • graft
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia) A variety of pumpkin, a cultivar of Cucurbita moschata. Traditionally Cucurbita maxima and Cucurbita moschata have been placed into two groups - pumpkins and grammas respectively.
    • 1941, H. Barnes, Robert Veitch, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Stock, John Howard Simmonds, The Queensland Agricultural and Pastoral Handbook, Volume 1, [http//|%22grammas%22+pumpkin+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22gramma%22|%22grammas%22+pumpkin+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=CHJoT5TZDYGRiQf-h7WWCg&redir_esc=y page 238], Pumpkins and grammas are harvested when mature, usually when the vines have died or been frosted.
    • 1952, Desmond Andrew Herbert, Gardening in Warm Climates, [http//|%22grammas%22+pumpkin+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22gramma%22|%22grammas%22+pumpkin+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=0HloT9qdFOOviQer_6inCg&redir_esc=y page 151], The papaw pumpkin belongs to a different species (C. moschata) and is classed as a gramma.
    • 1983, , Encyclopedia of Food and Cookery: The Complete Kitchen Companion from A to Z, Revised 2005, Republished 2009, [http//|%22grammas%22+pumpkin+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=7HZoT8aTIeOXiQerpaCpCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22gramma%22|%22grammas%22%20pumpkin%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 493], Gramma, or bugle, pumpkin is the variety traditionally used for pumpkin pie, but if it is not available, use butternut instead.
  2. (informal) grandmother
Synonyms: (Cucurbita moschata cultivar) {{vern}}, butternut squash, {{vern}}
grammarism etymology grammar + -ism
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (neologism, slang) A neologism formed by grammatical rules.
  2. (slang) Unwarranted concern for observing the rules of grammar (especially of the most standard form of a language).
grammar Nazi etymology {{rfe}} Alternative forms: grammar nazi
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, idiomatic) A person who habitually correct or criticize the language usage of others.
related terms:
  • spelling Nazi
  • language Nazi
grammaticaster etymology grammatic + aster
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) A pedantic, inferior grammarian.
    • T.S. Eliot, page 86, Michael Grant, 1997, “Even Eliot who is too fine an artist to allow himself to be exploited by a blockhead grammaticaster turns recently toward 'one definite false note' in his quatrains,”
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, humorous) An aversion to grammar.
    • 1915, School and Home Education (volume 34, page 255) Grammatophobia. Now what is the problem that the American child is confronted with in his study of grammar? It is this: he is called upon to explain things he knows in terms of things he does not know …
    • 1917, Collected and bound (volume 2, page 371) It was a clear case of what might be termed grammatophobia. I concluded he needed the grammatical rest-cure, and therefore omitted English from his first year at the High School.
    • 2003, Rodney Huddleston and Geoffrey K. Pullum, Of grammatophobia (in The Chronicle of Higher Education)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) grandmother
grampa etymology alteration of grandpa
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) grandfather
  • pragma
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, humorous) Grandpa, grandfather.
  2. (by extension) Old man. Hey gramps, get off the road!
grampy etymology grandpa
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, childish) grandfather
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, usually affectionate) a grandmother
  2. (rare) a grandfather
  • ARNG, garn, gnar, rang
grand {{wikipedia}} {{Webster 1913}} etymology From Middle English, from xno graunt, from Old French grant, from Latin grandis. pronunciation
  • /ɡɹænd/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of large size or extent; great; extensive; hence, relatively great; greatest; chief; principal. a grand mountain a grand army a grand mistake
  2. Great in size, and fine or imposing in appearance or impression; illustrious, dignified, or noble (said of persons); majestic, splendid, magnificent, or sublime (said of things). a grand monarch a grand view a grand conception
  3. Having higher rank or more dignity, size, or importance than other persons or things of the same name. a grand lodge a grand vizier a grand piano
  4. Standing in the second or some more remote degree of parentage or descent -- generally used in composition; as, grandfather, grandson, grandchild, etc.
  5. (Ireland, Northern England) fine; lovely exampleA cup of tea? That'd be grand.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, colloquial) One thousand dollars (compare G).
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  2. (British) One thousand pounds sterling.
  3. (musical instruments) A grand piano
related terms:
  • grandeur
  • grandiose
  • grandiosity
  • grandioso
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) (Scots, Northern England) grandfather
  • Garand
grandbabe etymology grand + babe
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) a grandchild
grandbaby etymology grand + baby. Attested 1850s US.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A young grandchild.
Formal alternative is “baby grandchild”, or simply “grandchild”, young age being understood.
  • baby grand
granddaddy Alternative forms: grandaddy etymology Diminutive of granddad.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A grandfather.
Synonyms: gramps, pops
granddog etymology grand + dog
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) A dog owned by the children of someone old enough to be a grandparent; a dog that has a similar role to a grandchild.
    • God's Messengers: What Animals Teach Us About the Divine, Allen Anderson, Linda Anderson, Allen Schoen , “Only on rare occasions could Grandmother see her granddog, and both of them missed their visits.”
grandfather pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɡɹændˌfɑːðə(ɹ)/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{audio}}
etymology 1 grand + father. {{etystub}} {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A father of someone’s parent.
  2. (by extension) A male forefather.
Synonyms: granddad, grandad, granddaddy, grandaddy, granda, grandsire, grandpa, granpa, grandpappy, granpappy, gramps, eldfather/elderfather, pops
  • (with regard to gender) grandmother
  • (with regard to ancestry) grandson, granddaughter, grandchild
  • (father of someone’s father) paternal grandfather
  • (father of someone’s mother) maternal grandfather
  • grandparent
etymology 2 From grandfather clause. See etymology 1 and clause.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To retain existing laws or rules only for those people or organisations that were previously affected by them, and apply new laws or rules to the unaffected people or organizations.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable, informal) A grandchild. They love spending time with all six of their grandkids, and they carry the photos to prove it.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) grandmother
pronunciation {{wikipedia}}
  • /ˈɡrænmɑː/
related terms:
  • grandpa
  • grandam
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) grandmother
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) grandmother
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) one's grandmother Grandmummy told me about her life.
related terms:
  • Grandpappy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, informal) grandmother
grandpa {{wikipedia}} pronunciation {{wikipedia}}
  • /ˈɡræmpɑː/
etymology grand + pa
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) grandfather
related terms:
  • grandma
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) grandfather
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) one's grandfather Grandpappy told me about his life.
related terms:
  • Grandmummy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) grandfather.
grand poobah Alternative forms: Grand Poobah etymology From Pooh-Bah, the name of the character in 's (1885). pronunciation
  • /ɡɹænd ˈpuːbɑː/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial, often, humorous) A person who is important or high-ranking. He once played golf with the grand poobah of their company.
  2. An extremely pompous person.
Synonyms: See .
related terms:
  • poobah
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) grandfather
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A grandam.
    • J. Webster Why, do not I know you, grannam, and that sugar-loaf?
{{Webster 1913}}
Granny {{wikipedia}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (colloquial) one's grandma
  • nangry
granny {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
Alternative forms:
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A grandmother. I'm going to be a granny.
  2. (colloquial, derogatory) An elderly woman. There are too many grannies around here getting in the way.
Synonyms: (grandmother) gran, grandma, nan, nanna, nanny, (elderly woman) old dear
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. typically or stereotypically old-fashioned, especially in clothing and accessories worn by or associated with elderly women. granny dress; granny glasses
  • nangry
granny annexe
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, informal) An extension built to house an elderly relative.
granny chaser
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (neologism, slang) Someone who is sexually attracted to elderly women.
Synonyms: granny grabber
granny flat {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, Australia, New Zealand, informal) A dwelling detached from a primary residence, traditionally designated for a member of an extended family to live in.
Synonyms: secondary suite
granny gear etymology So called because elderly people might be expected to favour slower speeds.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) The low gear on a vehicle.
granny panties
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (plurale tantum, US, Canada, slang) Panties of a traditional, staid kind, as opposed to thong or bikini briefs.
    • 2004, Eric Garcia, Cassandra French's Finishing School for Boys I didn't even remember that I was wearing my spinster lingerie until the underwire bra and granny panties were off my body and lying at the foot of the bed.
    • 2006, Giuliana DePandi, Think Like a Guy Much like a bib for children, granny panties are worn as a preventive measure...
    • 2008, Richelle Mead, Succubus on Top I held up what had to be the most wholesome pair of granny panties I'd ever seen. They were like great-granny panties. They were even white.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A hippie or ecological activist.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) grandfather
grant Alternative forms: graunt (obsolete) etymology From Middle English granten, graunten, grantien, grauntien, from xno granter, graunter, from Old French granter, graunter, grantier, greanter, from a merger of Old French garantir, guarantir "to guarantee, assure, vouch for", see guarantee and earlier cranter, craanter, creanter, from an assumed Malayalam *credentāre, from Latin credere. More at guarantee, credit. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ɡɹɑːnt/
  • (GenAm) /ɡɹænt/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To give over; to make conveyance of; to give the possession or title of; to convey; -- usually in answer to petition.{{rfex}}
  2. To bestow or confer, with or without compensation, particularly in answer to prayer or request; to give.{{rfex}}
    • 1668 July 3, , “Thomas Rue contra Andrew Houſtoun” in The Deciſions of the Lords of Council & Seſſion I (Edinburgh, 1683), page 548: He Suſpends on theſe Reaſons, that Thomas Rue had granted a general Diſcharge to Adam Muſhet, who was his Conjunct, and correus debendi, after the alleadged Service, which Diſcharged Muſhet, and conſequently Houstoun his Partner.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  3. To admit as true what is not yet satisfactorily proved; to yield belief to; to allow; to yield; to concede.
    • {{ante}} , , Preface ("The Infidel Half Century"), section "In Quest of the First Cause": The universe exists, said the father: somebody must have made it. If that somebody exists, said I, somebody must have made him. I grant that for the sake of argument, said the Oratorian.
  4. To assent; to consent.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of granting; a bestow or confer; concession; allowance; permission.
  2. The yielding or admission of something in dispute.
  3. The thing or property granted; a gift; a boon. I got a grant from the government to study archeology in Egypt.
  4. (legal) A transfer of property by deed or writing; especially, an appropriation or conveyance made by the government; as, a grant of land or of money; also, the deed or writing by which the transfer is made.
  5. (informal) An application for a grant monetary boon to aid research or the like.
Grantism etymology Grant + ism, after US President Ulysses S. Grant. First used by Senator Charles Sumner in a speech in 1872.
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (US, politics, derogatory) corruption and cronyism in government
grape etymology From Middle English grape, from Old French grape, grappe, crape, from graper, craper, of gem origin, from Old Low frk *krappō, from Proto-Germanic *krappô, from Proto-Indo-European *grep-, *gremb-, from Proto-Indo-European *ger-. Cognate with Middle Dutch krappe, Old High German krapfo (German Krapfe). More at cramp. pronunciation
  • /ɡɹeɪp/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) A small, round, smooth-skinned edible fruit, usually purple, red, or green, that grows in bunch on vines of genus Vitis.
  2. (countable) A woody vine that bears clusters of grapes; a grapevine.
  3. (countable, uncountable) A dark purplish red colour, the colour of many grapes. {{color panel}}
  4. (uncountable) grapeshot.
  5. A mangy tumour on a horse's leg.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Containing grapes or having a grape flavor.
  2. Of a dark purplish red colour.
related terms: {{rel3}}
  • gaper, pager, parge
grapevine etymology grape + vine
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The plant, a vine of genus Vitis, on which grape grow. exampleAlthough many grape vines have geographical names, those rarely reflect their real origin, if known at all.
  2. A rumor.
  3. An informal person-to-person means of circulating information or gossip. exampleI heard through the grapevine that Jim will be leaving soon.
    • {{RQ:RnhrtHpwd Bat}} The Bat—they called him the Bat.{{nb...}}. He…played a lone hand,{{nb...}}. Most lone wolves had a moll at any rate—women were their ruin—but if the Bat had a moll, not even the grapevine telegraph could locate her.
  4. (skating) A move in which the feet are alternately placed in front of each other, while both remaining on the ice or ground, incorporating half-turns.
  5. (wrestling) A leglock.
Synonyms: (informal person-to-person means of circulating information) bush telegraph, jungle telegraph, rumor mill
graphics whore
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computer games, derogatory, vulgar) A fan of computer graphics; one who favours good graphics over gameplay.
    • 1999 January 30, David Wooten, “Re: Dreamcast is not going to make it. Sonic has dismal sales”,, Usenet for weeks all you were going on about is that VF3tb isn't arcade perfect, the graphics weren't 100% this, or that.. now you are saying graphics aren't everything. And trust me Marty, you are not talking to some "graphics whore" I've been involved in gaming since the late 70's, and follow it with a passion.
    • 1999 March 21, Raymond McKeithen II, “Re: Super GT is NOT coming to DC...”, Usenet I tried to find this sort of information in some of the reviews of DC SR2, but /every/ one I've read (fansites and professional) was written from the graphics-whore-viewpoint, and didn't talk much about such "nonessential" things as gameplay or car selection and handling.
    • 1999 July 21, Charles E. Taylor IV, “Re: Dreamcast or Playstation?”,,, Usenet Observe the marks of a true graphics whore. The first love is what the games look like. You probably bought a 3DO day of release too.
    • 1999 October 26, Mihn Lynn Pau, “revolted with tokyo”,, Usenet anf final fantasy 8 sucks ass... if you like it you're a worthless graphics whore that never played real rpgs like the first 3 final fantasies on the nes.
    • 1999 November 1, John Ford, “Re: After a month of trying to get into FF8 I give up...”,, Usenet I submit that if the presence of technology ruins a game for you, you're just as bad as a "graphics whore" who complains about the presence of 2-D...
    • 1999 November 16, Dan Riley, “Re: There's a Giga Wing review at IGN”,, Usenet Simply put, the reviewer is another misplaced, PSX graphics whore. Just the headline of the review was a clue: His Dreamcast turned into a Super Nintendo? At what point could a SNES handle 1/10 of the sprites that are in Giga Wing?
    • 2000 February 12, L Fernandez, “U9 isn't so bad..”,, Usenet The visuals are great...everything from the characters to the backgrounds to the cutscenes, absolutely amazing. I don't want to sound like a total graphics whore, but the visuals will keep me going even if the gameplay isn't the best.
grass {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English gras, gres, gers, from Old English græs, gærs, from Proto-Germanic *grasą, from Proto-Indo-European *gʰreH₁- 〈*gʰreH₁-〉, *ǵʰreh₁- 〈*ǵʰreh₁-〉. {{rel-top}} Cognate with Scots girs, gers, gress, Northern Frisian gäärs, geers, Saterland Frisian Gäärs, Western Frisian gers, Low German Gras, Dutch gras, German Gras, Danish græs, Swedish gräs, Icelandic gras, Latin herba, Albanian grath. Related to grow, green. {{rel-bottom}} pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /ɡɹɑːs/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable, uncountable) Any plant of the family Poaceae, characterized by leaves that arise from node in the stem and leaf bases that wrap around the stem, especially those grown as ground cover rather than for grain.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients], 1 , “'Twas early June, the new grass was flourishing everywheres, the posies in the yard—peonies and such—in full bloom, the sun was shining, and the water of the bay was blue, with light green streaks where the shoal showed.”
  2. (countable) Various plants not in family Poaceae that resemble grasses.
  3. (uncountable) A lawn.
  4. (uncountable, slang) Marijuana.
  5. (countable, slang) An informer, police informer; one who betrays a group (of criminals, etc) to the authorities.
  6. (uncountable, physics) Sharp, closely spaced discontinuities in the trace of a cathode-ray tube, produced by random interference.
  7. (uncountable, slang) Noise on an A-scope or similar type of radar display.
  8. The season of fresh grass; spring.
    • Latham two years old next grass
  9. (obsolete, figurative) That which is transitory.
    • Bible Is. xl. 7 Surely the people is grass.
Synonyms: (Poaceae) Gramineae (alternative name)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To lay out on the grass; to knock down (an opponent etc.).
    • 1893, Arthur Conan Doyle, ‘The Naval Treaty’, Norton 2005, p.709: He flew at me with his knife, and I had to grass him twice, and got a cut over the knuckles, before I had the upper hand of him.
  2. (transitive or intransitive, slang) To act as a grass or informer, to betray; to report on (criminals etc) to the authorities.
  3. (transitive) To cover with grass or with turf.
  4. (transitive) To expose, as flax, on the grass for bleaching, etc.
  5. (transitive) To bring to the grass or ground; to land. to grass a fish
grasseater etymology grass + eater. Originally in reference to the Irish potato famine, implying that grass was all the Irish had left in their diet.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (offensive, slang, ethnic slur) A white person, especially an Irishman.
    • 2002, Jan Pottker, Janet and Jackie: The Story of a Mother and Her Daughter, page 12 When the "green mouths," as the impoverished Irish grasseaters were dubbed, entered the United States, they brought cholera, consumption, and typhus with them.
  2. A law enforcement official who accepts bribes
  3. A herbivore or similar grazing animal
    • 2010, Anwar A Abdullah, East West - Sword and Word, page 289 And most of those grasseaters like horses, ox, camels, and llamas had shown early appearance on earth and since its early Cainozoic.
  4. (derogatory) A vegetarian or vegan
    • 2009, Robert I. C. Fisher, Fodor's Switzerland, page 51 Founded in 1898, when vegetarians were regarded as “grasseaters,” this restaurant has more than proved its staying power.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) A grass (informer)
grasshopper {{wikipedia}} etymology From grass + hopper. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɡɹɑːsˌhɒpə(ɹ)/, /ɡɹæsˌhɒpə(ɹ)/
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  1. A herbivorous insect of the order Orthoptera noted for its ability to jump long distances.
  2. A cocktail made with crème de menthe and optionally with creme de cacao.
  3. (figuratively) a young student in initial stages of training who has been chosen on account of their obvious talent
    • 2009, B.P. Terpstra, Quadrant, November 2009, No. 461 (Volume LIII, Number 11), Quadrant Magazine Limited, page 2: Although we don't know exactly why Li is chosen to dance, we witness a man assuring officials that the child isn't from bourgeois stock. Phew. There are no known landowners in the family, so the grasshopper passes some cultural purity test, in a state often fixated on class warfare, driven by the cult of personality, and bullied by paranoia.
  4. In ordinary square or upright pianos of London make, the escapement lever or jack, so made that it can be taken out and replaced with the key. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (piano escapement lever) hopper
grass on
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  1. (UK, slang) To betray by inform on.
    • 2008, Danny King, School for Scumbags What I was pissed off about, though, was him telling everyone that he'd only grassed on me because I'd grassed on him first, which was a total lie.
  • sarongs
grassture etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nonstandard, humorous, childish) A grassy pasture
    • 1967, Charles M. Schulz, Peanuts, 7/6/1967: "It's a picture I drew of some cows standing in a grassture." (Linus)
    • 1970, Edward Stewart, Rock Rude, (Simon & Schuster) p. 264 "He maketh me to sigh town in lean grasstures; he pleadeth me beside the ill daughters ..."
    • 1971, Gillian Edmonds, "The World", The Rotarian (Dec 1971), p. 29 And spiderweb roads are silhouetted in the vague, rough, lush pastures, greens of ‘grasstures.’
    • 2010, Mary R. Jalongo, Early Childhood Language Arts, 5th Edition (Allyn & Bacon) Alaina tells you that she saw cows standing in a “grassture” during her trip to Kentucky.
grass up etymology From grass.''The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang'' (ISBN 0415259371)
verb: {{head}}
  1. (UK, slang) To betray by informing on.
    • 1999, Angela Devlin, Bob Turney, Going Straight: After Crime and Punishment (ISBN 187287066X): My sister grassed me up to the caretaker! She thought she was doing me a favour — by grassing me up she was sure he'd let me off.
related terms:
  • supergrass
grat etymology Shortening. pronunciation
  • /ɡɹæt/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A gratuity or tip.
related terms:
  • autograt
Grauniad etymology A common and deliberate misspelling of "Guardian", probably coined by the UK satirical magazine . Refers to the fact that in earlier years the Guardian newspaper was well-known for typographical errors.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (newspapers, humorous) The Guardian, a British daily national newspaper.
    • 2008, Iain Banks, Complicity: Stop along the road for papers; scan headlines, make sure that no late-breaking story displaced the Vanguard piece and that it's intact (ninety-five percent – a satisfyingly high score), check out Doonesbury in the Grauniad, then away.
    • {{quote-news }} Katherine Viner wants to appoints a "1 per cent correspondent" to hound the filthy rich. As befits a possible Grauniad editrix, the NUJ misspelt her name.
  • guardian, Guardian
graveyard {{wikipedia}} etymology From grave + yard. Compare Dutch begraafplaats, Norwegian gravplass. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A tract of land in which the dead are buried.
  2. (figuratively, by extension) A final storage place for collections of things that are no longer useful or useable.
    1. (card games) The discard pile, in some trading card games.
    1. (sports) A team where players are sent when they are not useful, or a team where players become useless if sent there.
Synonyms: (land used for burial) see also .
gravitationally challenged Alternative forms: gravitationally-challenged etymology
  • An ironic imitation of politically correct language.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic, euphemistic, often, humorous) Of a person, fat.
    • 1996, Diane Ketcham, "Long Island Journal," New York Times, 3 March (retrieved 29 Aug. 2010): [T]he chunky Mr. Ackerman took to the stage. First he told fat jokes. . . . "I'm not fat. I'm gravitationally challenged."
    • 2002, Tania Kindersley, "A job for nanny,", 6 July (retrieved 29 Aug. 2010): In America fat is the new f-word—instead, it's nutritionally endowed, or person of mass, or gravitationally challenged.
  2. (idiomatic, euphemistic, often, humorous) Of a person, having a poor sense of balance; subject to intervals of dizziness.
    • 2003, Leonard Klady, "MCM Review: Johnny English ," Movie City News, 18 July (retrieved 29 Aug. 2010): Consider that the person asking is Mr. Bean, the diminutive, awkward, gravitationally challenged, accident-prone incarnation served up by Rowan Atkinson.
Synonyms: (fat) horizontally challenged, See also .
gray {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: grey (used in the UK and the Commonwealth and also in the US)
etymology 1 From Old English grǣġ, from Proto-Germanic *grēwaz (compare Dutch grauw, German grau, Old Norse grár), from Pre-Germanic *ǵrēwo, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰer (compare Latin rāvus, Church Slavic зьрѭ 〈zʹrѭ〉, Russian зреть 〈zretʹ〉 (archaic), Lithuanian žeriù). pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ɡɹeɪ/
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adjective: {{en-adj}} (spelled "grey" in the UK and the Commonwealth)
  1. (US) Having a color somewhere between white and black, as the ash of an ember.
    • Isaac Newton exampleThese grey and dun colors may be also produced by mixing whites and blacks.
  2. (US) Dreary, gloomy.
    • Daniel C. Gerould examplethe era of gray, boring banality and stagnation
  3. (US) Having an indistinct, disputed or uncertain quality.
  4. (US) Relating to older people. examplethe gray dollar, i.e. the purchasing power of the elderly
    • Ames examplegrey experience
A mnemonic for remembering which spelling is used where: grey is the English spelling, while gray is the American spelling. However, grey is also found in American English.
verb: {{en-verb}} (spelled "grey" in the UK and the Commonwealth)
  1. (US) To become gray. exampleMy hair is beginning to gray.
  2. (US) To cause to become gray.
  3. (US, demography, slang) To turn progressively older, in the context of the population of a geographic region. examplethe graying of America
noun: {{en-noun}} (spelled "grey" in the UK and the Commonwealth)
  1. (US) An achromatic colour intermediate between black and white. {{color panel}}
  2. (chiefly, US, ufology) an extraterrestrial creature with grayish skin, bulbous black eyes, and an enlarged head.
  3. (US, two-up) A penny with a tail on both sides, used for cheating.Sidney J. Baker, ''The Australian Language'', second edition, 1966, chapter XI section 3, page 243
etymology 2 Named after Louis Harold Gray.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. In the International System of Units, the derived unit of absorbed dose of radiation (radiation absorbed by a patient); one joule of energy absorbed per kilogram of the patient's mass. Symbol: Gy
  • Gary
  • Yarg
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (neologism, informal) Graysexual.
    • 2012, Evelyn Deshane, "Asexuality: Media Depictions and Lived Realities", Absynthe (Trent University), February 2012, page 34: The gray-A type of attraction discussed in asexuality communities addresses this issue of a variable like sex drive.
    • 2013, Adrienne Smith, "Cultural Fascination", in Relationships & Sexuality (eds. Elesia Askenazy & Melanie Yergeau), page 96: People who find themselves “somewhere in the middle,” or people who don’t feel that they’re the cut-and-dry definition of aromantic asexual, tend to identify themselves as gray-A. And demisexuality is but one shade of gray-A.
    • 2013, Dominque Mosbergen, "Asexual in a Sexual World", Huffington, Issue #63, 25 August 2013, page 47 (approx.): "Sexuality is so fluid, and Gray-A presents more of a possibility to be unsure. I don't understand all the intricacies of myself yet, so this is the closest approximation I've come up with," said Chris Maleney, an 18-year-old Pennsylvania high school student who identifies as Gray-A.
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (neologism, informal) A graysexual person.
    • 2012, Marina Hale, "The Drop-Down Menu Identity Crisis", Glass Buffalo (University of Alberta), Spring 2012, page 51: Gray-As or demisexuals fit somewhere between sexual and asexual; they may have very low sex-drives, or may only experience sexual attraction after a deep emotional connection exists.
    • 2013, Dominque Mosbergen, "Asexual in a Sexual World", Huffington, Issue #63, 25 August 2013, page 47 (approx.): Gray-A's, on the other hand, are people who identify more generally in the gray zone between asexuality and sexuality.
    • 2014, Bailey Dineen, "A Look Into My Sex Life", The Cornell Daily Sun (Cornell University), Volume 13, Number 74, 24 January 2014, page 7: Graces, or gray-A’s, are people who experience sexual attraction infrequently or not very strongly; {{…}}
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graybar hotel etymology Referring to the gray metal bars of a cell. Was originally used to refer to the main jail facility in downtown Los Angeles, California; some men ashamed of admitting they were in jail would tell friends and relatives who were out of town that they were staying at the Graybar Hotel. Before it was torn down it was so well known that prisoners actually received mail addressed to the "Graybar Hotel" in Los Angeles.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) jail, prison
    • 2004, Eliot Trimberger, The Epilepsy and Osteoporosis Link (page 197) If you do something like this, I will be sure that you spend a long, long time in the graybar hotel.
Alternative forms: gray bar hotel, graybar motel, gray bar motel
gray hat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, slang) In the computer security community, a skilled hacker who sometimes acts legally and in good will and sometimes not. They are a hybrid between "white hat" and "black hat" hackers. They hack for no personal gain, and do not have malicious intentions, but do commit crimes.
related terms:
  • white hat
  • black hat
grease {{wikipedia}} etymology From xno grece, from Old French graisse, from Latin crassus. pronunciation Noun
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ɡriːs/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Animal fat in a melted or soft state
  2. (extension) Any oily or fatty matter.
  3. Shorn but not yet cleansed wool
  4. Inflammation of a horse's heels, also known as scratches or pastern dermatitis.
Synonyms: (animal fat) fat, lard
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To put grease or fat on something, especially in order to lubricate.
  2. (transitive, informal) To bribe.
    • Dryden the greased advocate that grinds the poor
    • With Lyon in Missouri, Byron Archibald Dunn , “Then you remember we greased him to the tune of five hundred.”
    • GOG - an End Time Mystery, Dan Richardson , “His employee status didn't entitle him to one, but Magdy on reception would slip him a key if Sabr greased him with a fifty.”
  3. (transitive, slang, aviation) To perform a landing extraordinarily smoothly. To my amazement, I greased the landing despite the tricky crosswinds.
  4. (transitive, slang) To kill, murder. Fat cats who can't be greased by the mob's money are greased the hard way.
  5. (obsolete) To cheat or cozen; to overreach. {{rfquotek}}
  6. To affect (a horse) with grease, the disease.
Synonyms: (put grease or fat on) lard, (slang for kill or murder) bump off, hit, whack
  • agrees
  • eagers
  • eagres
greaseball etymology Derived from the fact that Italian-Americans are stereotyped as having greasy or greased-up hair, e.g. John Travolta in Grease and Saturday Night Fever.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, pejorative, ethnic slur) A person of Italian descent.
Synonyms: (person of Italian descent) dago, (person of Italian descent) Eyetie, (person of Italian descent) goombah, (person of Italian descent) guido, (person of Italian descent) guinea, (person of Italian descent) wog, (person of Italian descent) wop
greasebomb etymology grease + bomb
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A greasy or fatty food item.
    • 1992, Tela Goodwin Mange, "A Fast-food World", Texas Alcalde, November/December 1992: Kopriva suggests that you look for a place that sells grilled hamburgers rather than the "greasebombs" that are cooked in their own grease.
    • 1995, Randall Shirley, "Birth of the French Fry", Orange Coast Magazine, March 1995: They're the greasebombs you can't refuse. Those little fat-sponges with starch and salt attached.
    • 2001, Christopher Nash, The Unravelling of the Postmodern Mind, Edinburgh University Press (2001), ISBN 0748612157, page 152: The fashion inspires our cuisine; it's not only in Los Angeles, now, that you can eat a pastrami burrito (a greasebomb made of fried pastrami, fried peppers, fried cabbage, guava jelly, pickles, onions, wrapped in a burrito), {{…}}
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greaseburger etymology grease + burger
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A greasy hamburger.
    • 1997, Rick Bass, The Lost Grizzlies (page 234) We eat the double greaseburger at the Elkhorn in Pagosa Springs, and then stop just a few blocks away, at the hot springs.
    • 1999, Rod Davis, American Voudou: Journey Into a Hidden World (page 145) I got back to my motel tired, wet and hungry. Talking to Miss Maidie had deterred me from grabbing a quick greaseburger en route.
    • 2003, Maury Dean, Rock 'n' roll: Gold rush: a singles un-encyclopedia (page 19) Life on the road for the Blues or Jazz musician, huddled in frozen bus stops, and eating raw greaseburgers washed down with stale beer, is not the ideal health regimen.
grease monkey etymology Dates to at least 1928. May have originated during the in Great Britain when children were used to grease the which were used to transfer power from one centralized steam engine to all of the machines on the factory floor. These children, covered in grease and crawling in the tight spaces in the ceilings, were equated with monkeys.
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  1. (idiomatic, slang) A mechanic, often with the specific connotation of an automobile mechanic. I'm no grease monkey, but I can manage to change out my engine's spark plugs without assistance.
grease-monkey etymology grease + monkey ‘menial employee who does a repetitive job’.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) An automobile mechanic.
greaser etymology grease + er. Applied to mechanics because they frequently become greasy during the course of their work. Applied to tough because they frequently greased their hair; applied, like "greaseball", to Italians for the same reason. Applied to Mexicans because, at the time the phrase originated, they commonly worked greasing the axles of carts. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone or something that grease (applies grease).
  2. (slang) A mechanic.
  3. (slang) A biker, a tough.
  4. (US, offensive, ethnic slur) A Latin American, especially a Mexican.
  5. (US, offensive, ethnic slur) An Italian.
greasy pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈɡɹ, /ˈɡɹi.zi/
  • (RP) /ˈɡɹiː.si/, /ˈɡɹi.zi/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having a slippery surface; having a surface covered with grease. a greasy mineral
    • Shakespeare With greasy aprons, rules, and hammers.
  2. Containing a lot of grease or fat.
    • 2010, Gavin Hoffen, Dandelion (page 3) With a skin full of alcohol and a probable overwhelming desire for a greasy kebab, I had evidently got myself into such a state that I was unable to locate the correct door to the fast food shop.
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  3. (slang) detestable, unethical.
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  4. (obsolete) fat, bulky {{rfquotek}}
  5. (obsolete) gross; indelicate; indecent {{rfquotek}}
  6. (of a horse) Afflicted with the disease called grease.
  • gayers, gyrase, yagers
great {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English greet, from Old English grēat, from Proto-Germanic *grautaz, from Proto-Indo-European *ghrewə-. Cognate with Scots great, Western Frisian grut, Dutch groot, German groß, Old English grēot, Latin grandis, Albanian ngre. More at grit. pronunciation
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  1. Very big, large scale. exampleA great storm is approaching our shores.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, A Cuckoo in the Nest , 1, , ““[…] the awfully hearty sort of Christmas cards that people do send to other people that they don't know at all well. You know. The kind that have mottoes like // Here's rattling good luck and roaring good cheer, / With lashings of food and great hogsheads of beer.{{nb...}}””
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, The China Governess , 7, , “‘Children crawled over each other like little grey worms in the gutters,’ he said. ‘The only red things about them were their buttocks and they were raw. Their faces looked as if snails had slimed on them and their mothers were like great sick beasts whose byres had never been cleared.{{nb...}}’”
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  2. Very good. exampleDinner was great.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 5 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “He was thinking; but the glory of the song, the swell from the great organ, the clustered lights,{{nb...}}, the height and vastness of this noble fane, its antiquity and its strength—all these things seemed to have their part as causes of the thrilling emotion that accompanied his thoughts.”
  3. Important.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) He doth object I am too great of birth.
    • {{RQ:EHough PrqsPrc}} “[…] We are engaged in a great work, a treatise on our river fortifications, perhaps? But since when did army officers afford the luxury of amanuenses in this simple republic?{{nb...}}
  4. Title referring to an important leader. exampleAlexander the Great
  5. Superior; admirable; commanding; applied to thoughts, actions, and feelings. examplea great nature
  6. Endowed with extraordinary powers; uncommonly gifted; able to accomplish vast results; strong; powerful; mighty; noble. examplea great hero, scholar, genius, philosopher, etc.
  7. (obsolete) Pregnant; large with young.
    • Bible, Psalms lxxviii. 71 the ewes great with young
  8. More than ordinary in degree; very considerable. exampleto use great caution;  to be in great pain
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) We have all / Great cause to give great thanks.
    • {{RQ:BLwnds TLdgr}} Thus the red damask curtains which now shut out the fog-laden, drizzling atmosphere of the Marylebone Road, had cost a mere song, and yet they might have been warranted to last another thirty years. A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor;{{nb...}}.
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  9. (obsolete, except with 'friend') Intimate; familiar.
    • Francis Bacon (1561-1626) those that are so great with him
In simple situations, using modifiers of intensity such as fairly, somewhat, etc. can lead to an awkward construction, with the exception of certain common expressions such as “so great” and “really great”. In particular “very great” is unusually strong as a reaction, and in many cases “great” or its meaning of “very good” will suffice. Synonyms: See also , See also
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  1. Expression of gladness and content about something. Great! Thanks for the wonderful work.
  2. sarcastic inversion thereof. Oh, great! I just dumped all 500 sheets of the manuscript all over and now I have to put them back in order.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person of major significance, accomplishment or acclaim. Newton and Einstein are two of the greats of the history of science.
  2. (typographically plural, grammatically singular proper noun) A course of academic study devoted to the works of such persons and also known as Literae Humaniores; the "Greats" name has official status with respect to 's program and is widely used as a colloquialism in reference to similar programs elsewhere. Spencer read Greats at Oxford, taking a starred first.
  3. (music) The main division in a pipe organ, usually the loudest division.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. very well in a very satisfactory manner Those mechanical colored pencils work great because they don't have to be sharpened.
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  • grate, Greta. targe
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  1. With familial designations, used to denote a removal of one generation great-uncle (an uncle of one's mother or father) great-grandfather (the father of one's grandfather) great-great-grandfather (a grandfather of one's grandfather) great-great-great-grandfather, etc. (informal) fourth-great-uncle, etc. (same as (informal) fourth-great-grandfather, etc. (same as
great big
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  1. (informal) very big; huge
Great Britain etymology Of the island of Great Britain, to disambiguate from Britain 'Brittany'. In Middle English (late 13th century) as Bretaygne the Grete, imitating Anglo-Norman la Grande Brettayne and 12th-century Latin maior Britannia. King James VI and I in 1604 proclaimed himself "King of Great Britain, France and Ireland".
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. The island (and sometimes including some of the surrounding smaller islands) off the north-west coast of Europe made up of England, Scotland{{,}} and Wales. Abbreviation: GB.
  2. (historical or loosely) The United Kingdom.
  3. (historical) Official name of the Kingdom of Great Britain (1707-1801)
great crest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, informal, rare, birdwatching) the great crested grebe.
Great Firewall of China {{wikipedia}} etymology After the Great Wall of China and firewall.
proper noun: Great Firewall of China
  1. (originally, jocular, pejorative) Government censorship of the internet in the People's Republic of China.
    • 1997: A. Michael Froomkin, "Jurisdiction in Cyberspace: The Role of Intermediaries", in Borders in Cyberspace: Information Policy and the Global Information Infrastructure, p. 146 Behind this hypothetical Great Firewall of China, most users would be allowed to exchange information with foreign sites if they were on the approved list
    • 2001: Greg Walton, China's Golden Shield: Corporations and the Development of Surveillance Technology in the People's Republic of China, p. 5 The "Great Firewall of China" is failing, largely due to the increased volume of Internet traffic in China.
    • 2007: Dinah PoKempner, "A Shrinking Realm: Freedom of Expression Since 9/11", in Human Rights Watch World Report 2007, p. 76 The Great Firewall of China is a case of corporate collaboration in censorship.
    • {{quote-web}} The targets suggest the attackers are sympathetic to the vast censorship apparatus known as the Great Firewall of China.
Great Galactic Ghoul {{wikipedia}}
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  1. (humorous) A notional space monster invoked to explain the high failure rate of probes sent to Mars.
    • 2004 September 27, Taylor Dinerman, Is the Great Galactic Ghoul losing his appetite?, in The Space Review: Considering the billions of dollars worth of spacecraft that the Great Galactic Ghoul has eaten in the past, the UK’s Beagle 2, at about $70 million, must have seemed like an insignificant little morsel—like eating a couple of grapes, when one really wants to have a T-bone steak.
great go
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  1. (UK, slang, universities, dated) The final examination for a degree.
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  1. plural of great
  2. (UK, slang, universities, dated) The great go examination.
  • gaster, grates, ragest, stager, targes
Great Satan {{wikipedia}} {{Wikiquote}} etymology A calque of Persian شیطان بزرگ 〈sẖy̰ṭạn bzrg〉, which is more often the name of the largest of the three jamarat at which stones are thrown during the Hajj.
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  1. (pejorative) The United States of America, usually from the point of view of those Muslim who are hostile to it (especially in Iran).
    • 2007, Alexander Cockburn, Will they nuke Iran?, in The Free Press : Ahmadinejad, facing serious political problems, can posture about standing up to the Great Satan.
    • 2007, Swapan Dasgupta, Muslims aren't the only voters, in The Pioneer : Or, have Muslims been alienated from the Congress because of the Prime Minister's warm embrace of the Great Satan?
Great White North
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  1. (chiefly, Canada, informal) Canada
    • 2007, Pamela Cuthbert, "The less sweet side of maple syrup,", 26 Mar. (retrieved 15 June 2008): The rite of spring in eastern Canada has begun. Sweet and pure, maple syrup epitomizes the Great White North in all its unspoiled glory.
grebo Alternative forms: greebo
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  1. (slang, UK, predominantly West Midlands) A greaser or biker; a member of any alternative subculture, as opposed to a chav or townie.
    • 1998, "Bill Jillians", alt.journalism.gonzo (Internet newsgroup) The highlight of my school days was one day in the mid-70s. There was a sort of glam-rock cult called the Grebos back then who wore smartish Disco clothes …
    • 2002, Glyn Brown, Baxter Dury: Chip off the old Blockhead (The Independent on Sunday) But the realistic side stepped in — y'know, if you're on the point of giving birth, you don't really need a bunch of grebos playing some dodgy old music downstairs.
  2. (slang, UK) A member of a United Kingdom subculture of the late 1980s and early 1990s, musically affiliated with garage rock and electronica, typically wearing baggy clothes and hair in high ponytail.
    • 1995, Colin Larkin, The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music ...they were soon pigeonholed under the banner of "grebo rock" …
    • 2002, Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide to Rock ...focused on the hyper punk aspect of England's "grebo" movement …
    • 2003, Peter Buckley, Jonathan Buckley, The Rough Guide to Rock This debut album is a glorious grebo-fest.
Grecian bend
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  1. (dated, informal) Among women, an affected way to carry the body, the upper part being inclined forward.
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greedfest etymology greed + fest
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  1. (informal) An event characterized by greed.
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greedhead etymology greed + head
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  1. (informal) An avaricious person.
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greedmeister etymology greed + meister
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An extremely greedy and powerful person, often a banker
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greedyguts etymology greedy + guts.
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  1. (informal) A greedy person.
Greek Alternative forms: (abbreviation): Gr. etymology From Old English Grecas ("Greeks"), from Latin graecus, from Ancient Greek Γραικός 〈Graikós〉 (a son of , the king of Phthia), whom Ἑλλάς 〈Hellás〉, and Ἕλληνες 〈Héllēnes〉, were also named after; see also Ἕλλην 〈Héllēn〉 and Hellen. In the adjectival sense, a merger of Old English-derived "Greekish" and Old French-derived "Gregeis", eventually just being shortened to "Greek". Hence why "Greek fire" was originally "Grickisce fure" in 1200. pronunciation
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  1. (countable) An inhabitant, resident, or a person of descent from Greece.
  2. (US, countable) A member of a college fraternity or sorority, which are commonly characterised by being named after Greek letters. (See also Greek system) "Was Joe a Greek in college?"
  3. (uncountable) Unintelligible speech or text, such as foreign speech or text, or regarding subjects the listener is not familiar with, such as mathematics or technical jargon; or statements that the listener does not understand or agree with.
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  4. (uncountable, slang) Anal sex.
    • 2001, "(unknown)", ASP: "Julie" of Oral-Land-Oh (on newsgroup She is absolutely a total GFE, no limits, except no Greek. (Well...I say “no Greek” - - if she is really hot for you, and if she is really turned on in a long session, she might beg for a finger in her anus while you suck her clit, but she is just too tiny and tight for any “real meat” in the backdoor.)
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  1. The language of the Greek people, spoken in Greece and in Greek communities.
  2. The writing system used in Greek language.
In writings about the modern world, Greek is used primarily for the modern language currently spoken in Greece, and Ancient Greek will be used for older forms of the language. In the classics and other pre-modern studies, Greek will be used for the old forms of the language, and if the modern language is mentioned, it will be called Modern Greek.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or relating to Greece, the Greek people, or the Greek language.
    • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out.{{nb...}}. Ikey the blacksmith had forged us a spearhead after a sketch from a picture of a Greek warrior; and a rake-handle served as a shaft.
  2. (US) Of or pertaining to a fraternity or sorority.
  3. Unintelligible, especially regarding foreign speech or text, or regarding subjects the speaker is not familiar with, such as mathematics or technical jargon.
Synonyms: Graeco-, Grecian, Hellenic, Helleno-
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  • El Greco
  • Grecian
  • Greco-
  • Greco-Roman
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greek etymology {{rfe}}
adjective: {{head}}
  1. misspelling of Greek
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Nonsense writing or talk; gibberish
  2. (slang) anal sex.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (computing) to display a placeholder instead of text, especially to optimize speed in displaying text that would be too small to read
  2. (computing) to fill a template with nonsense text (particularly the ), so that form can be focused on instead of content
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  • it's all Greek to me

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