The Alternative English Dictionary

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


I'm sorry {{phrasebook}} pronunciation
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phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. Indicates that the speaker is sorry
I'm thirsty {{phrasebook}}
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (usually) I need some water, or want something to drink.
  2. (more generally) I need something, or want something a lot.
  3. (euphemistic) I want an alcohol beverage.
Although this normally implies that I would like something to drink, it can be used in a more general sense to imply that I need or really want anything very important, as in "I am thirsty for money". Using "I am thirsty for water" would be wrong (tautology), as "I am thirsty" means that already; "I am thirsty for a drink" only makes sense if "drink" is being used to mean "alcoholic drink", otherwise that phrase would also be tautological.
I've never heard it called that before
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (informal) Used to draw attention to a possible double entendre in the immediately preceding utterance of another speaker.
I am etymology Originally after Biblical usage (Exodus 3:14), translating Hebrew אֶהְיֶה 〈ʼehĕyeh〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. God, seen as self-sufficient and self-existent.
    • 1611, Bible, Authorized (King James) Version, Exodus 3:14: And God said unto Moses, {{smallcaps}}: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, {{smallcaps}} hath sent me unto you.
    • 1817, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Biographia Literara, I.13: The primary imagination I hold to be the living Power and prime Agent of all human Perception, and as a repetition in the finite mind of the eternal act of creation in the infinite I AM.
  2. (colloquial, frequently with great) A self-centred, arrogant person.
    • 2003, Alasdair Gray, ‘Miss Kincaid's Autumn’, Canongate 2012 (Every Short Story), p. 751: Joe entered and said, ‘Dinner-time. The Great I Am upstairs has grudgingly assented to oxtail soup, bangers and mash, tinned peaches with ice cream.’
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Indicates solidarity or a support of a shared conviction with the person or object upon which a perceived injustice is being inflicted. Je suis Charlie Spartacus_(film)#.22I.27m_Spartacus.21.22
  • I am not
I approve this message {{wikipedia}}
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (US, politics) a phrase said by candidates for federal office to show their consent to comply with the elective law passed in 2002.
  2. (US, humorous) a phrase said after or before one makes a declaration to attach a mock solemnity to a strongly held belief
IBMer etymology IBM + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) a person who works for .
ice etymology From Middle English is, from Old English īs, from Proto-Germanic *īsą (compare Western Frisian iis, Dutch ijs, Low Saxon (Low German) Ies, German Eis, Danish and Swedish is), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁eiH- 〈*h₁eiH-〉 (compare Lithuanian ynis, Russian и́ней 〈ínej〉, Ossetic их 〈ih〉, ех 〈eh〉, Persian یخ 〈y̰kẖ〉),Kurdish qeş. pronunciation
  • (UK) /aɪs/
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noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) Water in frozen (solid) form.
    • 1882, Popular Science Monthly Volume 20, The Freezing of a Salt Lake It has always been difficult to explain how ice is formed on the surface of oceans while the temperature of maximum density is lower than that of cogelation, and the observations on this lake were instituted in the hope that they might throw light upon the subject.
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  2. (uncountable) Covering made of frozen water on a river or other water basin in cold season.
  3. (uncountable, physics, astronomy) Any frozen volatile chemical, such as ammonia or carbon dioxide.
  4. (uncountable, astronomy) Any volatile chemical, such as water, ammonia, or carbon dioxide, not necessarily in solid form.
  5. (countable) A frozen dessert made of fruit juice, water and sugar.
  6. (uncountable) Any substance having the appearance of ice.
  7. (uncountable, slang) One or more diamond.
  8. (uncountable, slang, drugs) Crystal form of methamphetamine.
  9. (uncountable, ice hockey) The area where a game of ice hockey is played.
    • 2006, CBC, Finland, Sweden 'the dream final', February 26 2002, The neighbouring countries have enjoyed many great battles on the ice. They last met for gold at the 1998 world championship, won by Sweden. Three years earlier, Finland bested Sweden for the only world title in its history.
related terms:
  • deicer
  • icicle
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To cool with ice, as a beverage.
  2. To become ice, to freeze.
  3. (slang): To murder.
  4. To cover with icing (frosting made of sugar and milk or white of egg); to frost; as cakes, tarts, etc.
  5. (ice hockey) To put out a team for a match. Milton Keynes have yet to ice a team this season
  6. (ice hockey) To shoot the puck the length of the playing surface, causing a stoppage in play called icing. If the Bruins ice the puck, the faceoff will be in their own zone.
  • CEI
  • EIC
iceberg {{wikipedia}} etymology Borrowing from Dutch ijsberg, compound of ijs + berg. First used to describe a glacier as seen at a distance from a ship then used as a term to describe the floating chunks of ice broken off from such glaciers. Compare German Eisberg, Danish isbjerg, Norwegian/Swedish isberg, Welsh eisberg. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
  • (RP) /ˈaɪsbɜːɡ/
  • (US) /ˈaɪsbɝɡ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A huge mass of ocean-floating ice which has broken off a glacier or ice shelf The Titanic hit an iceberg and sank.
  2. (US, slang) An aloof person.
  3. (figuratively, after an adjective) An impending disastrous event whose adverse effect are only beginning to show, in reference to one-tenth of the volume of an iceberg being visible above water.
    • 2013, The Economist, How Barack Obama can get at least some of his credibility back: He has little to lose: at present he will go down in history, alongside George W. Bush, as a skipper who ignored the looming fiscal iceberg.
related terms: {{top2}}
  • ice
  • ice floe
  • tip of the iceberg
  • iceberger
icebox Alternative forms: ice-box etymology From ice + box. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈʌɪsbɒks/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A box or compartment containing ice. {{defdate}}
  2. (UK) A compartment in a refrigerator that is colder than the rest of the refrigerator and is used as a freezer.
  3. (US) A refrigerator. {{defdate}}
  4. (US slang) A prison. {{defdate}}
    • 1939, Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep, Penguin 2011, p. 53: ‘The sister ran after them and brought them back and had Owen heaved into the icebox.’
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. agreeable, awesome. (as a superlative of cool)
    • 1982, Alexei Sayle, The Young Ones MIKE: Yeah, yeah, so. So we'll forget about the rent, we'll pay you another time, is that cool? BALOWSKI: Yes, that's absolutely icebox! See you later, Ford Anglia!
icehouse etymology ice + house
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A deep cellar or outdoor building used for the storage of ice or snow; sometimes also used to store food at low temperature.
  2. (US, colloquial) An ice hockey rink.
iceman etymology ice + man
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who trade in ice.
  2. A man who is skilled in travelling upon ice, as among glacier.
    • 1862, Edward Shirley Kennedy, Peaks, passes, and glaciers (volume 1, page 241) We were accompanied by our two guides, Jean Baptiste Croz and Michel Croz, of Chamounix, two capital icemen, and worthy fellows.
  3. (slang) An assassin.
  4. (slang) One who is cool under pressure.
  • anemic
  • came in
  • cinema
ice-pick lobotomy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) transorbital lobotomy
ice queen
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic) A beautiful but heartless woman.
    • 1986 Oct. 5, , "Drama: 'Narnia' A Children's Musical," New York Times (retrieved 2 Jan 2014): Miss O'Neil's duplicitous power-mad ice queen epitomizes cruel hauteur with a streak of lethal saccharine—she is a nightmare stepmother.
    • 2007 May 3, Marcus Mabry, "Why Condi Is Talking to the Enemy," Newsweek (retrieved 2 Jan 2014): Rice has never been the robot she plays on national television. She built the image the public has of her as an ice queen stuck on repeat. It’s the downside of her extreme loyalty to Bush.
  2. (informal, sports) A female ice-skating champion.
    • 1993 Nov. 24, Jere Longman, "Olympics: 80 Days to Lillehammer," New York Times (retrieved 2 Jan 2014): This time, she was beaten by 16-year-old Tanja Szewczenko, who is threatening to usurp the two-time Olympic champion, Katarina Witt, as Germany's ice queen.
    • 2013 Nov. 4, Narae Kim "Ice Queen Yuna returns with a Golden Spin," Reuters Canada (retrieved 2 Jan 2014): Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yuna will make her return to competition at the Golden Spin event in Zagreb next month.
etymology 1 From Middle English ikil, ykle, from Old English ġiċel, from Proto-Germanic *jikilaz, *jekulaz, diminutive of Proto-Germanic *jekô, from Proto-Indo-European *eiǵ-. Cognate with Low German Jäkel, Danish egel, Norwegian jøkel, Icelandic jökull, , Swedish jökel and probably Albanian akull (Gheg okull). Alternative forms: eckle
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dialectal) An icicle.
etymology 2
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (childish) little
icky etymology 1935, American English; from icky-boo (circa 1920): sickly, nauseated; baby talk corruption of sick; from a sentimental term for Jazz music. pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) unpleasant sticky; yucky; disgusting I stepped in something icky and it smells terrible.
  2. (informal) excessively sentimental
related terms:
  • ick
I could eat a horse Alternative forms: I could eat a brick, I could eat the tail end of a skunk
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (idiomatic, hyperbole) I am very hungry; short form of "I'm so hungry, I could eat a horse."
ICQ {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˌaɪsiːˈkjuː/
etymology Pun on the pronunciation of "I seek you."
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (ham radio) A call for acknowledgement.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (Internet) A program allowing users to send each other instant message via the internet.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, Internet) To send an instant message to (someone) using ICQ.
  • CQI
  • QIC
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (informal) In case you didn't know
    • 2001, "Joe Breher", If the USA Reinstates the Draft...... (on newsgroup alt.guitar.amps) ICYDK, most of the lawsuits that have been brought against gun manufacturers in recent years for negligence have not been due to defective weapons discharging, but rather for weapons properly discharging when the trigger is pulled.
ID card
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A card or badge showing the official identity of the wearer.
Synonyms: identity card
  • Dardic
idd etymology From the Dutch abbreviation idd.
adverb: {{head}}
  1. (Internet, slang) abbreviation of indeed
  • DDI
  • did, DID
identikit pronunciation
  • (UK) /aɪˈdentɪkɪt/
  • (US) /aɪˈdentəkɪt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A picture of a person, reconstruct from strip showing facial feature selected to match witnesses' description; used by the police to build a likeness of a person sought for a crime.
  2. A composite sketch generated by a sketch artist, software, or a box of facial features on transparent foils that police officers and other public service professionals use to create a likeness of a person from a witness description.
Synonyms: photofit
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, chiefly, derogatory) Indistinguishable from each other.
    • 2006, J. Christopher Holloway, Neil Taylor, The business of tourism (page 211) These identikit destinations have been developed through the activities of multinational tourism organizations.
    • 2010, Christine White, Directors and Designers (page 172) These identikit productions do not require specific performers to bring a new interpretation but require the repetition of the successful event for the paying audience.
Synonyms: cookie-cutter
ideology {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (US) /aɪ.di.ˈɑl.əd.ʒi/, /ɪ.di.ˈɑl.əd.ʒi/
etymology From French idéologie, from idéo- + -logie (equivalent to English {{confix}}). Coined 1796 by Destutt de Tracy.Kennedy, Emmet (1979) ''[ “Ideology” from Destutt De Tracy to Marx]'', Journal of the History of Ideas, Vol. 40, No. 3 (Jul.–Sep., 1979), pp. 353–368Hart, David M. (2002) ''[ Destutt De Tracy: Annotated Bibliography]'' Modern sense of “doctrine” attributed to use of related idéologue by Napoleon Bonaparte as a term of abuse towards political opponents in early 1800s.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Doctrine, philosophy, body of belief or principle belonging to an individual or group.
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  2. The study of the origin and nature of ideas.
Original meaning “study of ideas” (following the etymology), today primarily used to mean “doctrine”. For example “communist ideology” generally refers to “communist doctrine”; study of communist ideas instead being “communist philosophy”, or more clearly “philosophy of communism”; only rarely “ideology of communism”.
related terms:
  • ideologic
  • ideological
  • ideologically
  • ideologist
  • ideologue
iDevice {{wikipedia}} etymology i + device
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Any of a range of mobile electronic device marketed by Apple Inc., such as the iPod, iPhone, and iPad.
    • 2011, Arnold Reinhold, Switching to a Mac For Dummies If you find one that you like, you can have others in the series download to your iDevice automatically as they appear by clicking the Subscribe button.
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{en-initialism}}
  1. (military, Iceland) Iceland Defense Force
  2. (military, Ireland) Irish Defense Forces
  3. (military, Israel) Israel Defense Forces
Synonyms: IOF (derogatory)
  • DIF, dif, fid
etymology 1 {{confix}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. government that is based upon abstract theory
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) A government ruled by idiot.
idiom {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle French idiome, and its source, ll idioma, from Ancient Greek ἰδίωμα 〈idíōma〉, from ἰδιοῦσθαι 〈idioûsthai〉, from ἴδιος 〈ídios〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɪdɪəm/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now rare) A manner of speaking, a way of expressing oneself.
  2. A language or dialect.
  3. Specifically, a particular variety of language; a restricted dialect used in a given historical period, context etc.
    • 2010, Christopher Hitchens, "The Other L-Word", Vanity Fair, 13 Jan 2010: Many parents and teachers have become irritated to the point of distraction at the way the weed-style growth of "like" has spread through the idiom of the young.
  4. An artistic style (for example, in art, architecture, or music); an instance of such a style.
  5. An expression peculiar to or characteristic of a particular language, especially when the meaning is illogical or separate from the meanings of its component words.
    • 2008, Patricia Hampl, “You’re History”, in Patricia Hampl and Elaine Tyler May (editors), Tell Me True: Memoir, History, and Writing a Life, Minnesota Historical Society, ISBN 9780873516303, page 134: You’re history, we say …. Surely it is an American idiom. Impossible to imagine a postwar European saying, “You’re history. . . . That’s history,” meaning fuhgeddaboudit, pal.
  6. (programming) A programming construct or phraseology generally held to be the most efficient or elegant means to achieve a particular result or behavior.
    • page 100, 159059519X , “I have to use the same assignment and call to raw_input in two places. How can I avoid that? I can use the <tt>while True/break</tt> idiom: …”
Synonyms: (phrase) expression (loosely), form of words (loosely), phrase (loosely)
related terms:
  • idiosyncratic
  • idiot
  • imido
IDiot etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A proponent of intelligent design.
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idiot Alternative forms: eejit (Irish English, eye dialect), idjit, idget (eye dialect) etymology From Middle English, from Old French idiote (later idiot), from Latin idiota, from Ancient Greek ἰδιώτης 〈idiṓtēs〉, from ἴδιος 〈ídios〉; ἰδιώτης 〈idiṓtēs〉 was used derisively in ancient Athens to refer to one who declined to take part in public life. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɪd.iː.ət/
  • (Ireland) /iːdʒɪt/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) A person of low general intelligence. usage note This may be used pejoratively, as an insult. It is a weak insult, however, and between close friends, family members, or lovers, is often completely nonaggressive.
  2. (obsolete, medicine, psychology) A person who lacks the capacity to develop beyond the mental age of a normal four-year-old.
Synonyms: See also
  • genius
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • idiocy
  • idiom
  • idiosyncratic
  • idiotic
  • idiotically
  • idiot savant
  • useful idiot
idiota etymology From Spanish idiota.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, slang) fool or imbecile
idiot board
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A board held off camera during a live television broadcast to prompt the presenter.
Synonyms: autocue, teleprompter
idiot card
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) cue card
idiotproof etymology idiot + proof
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (humorous) Resistant to the mistakes of foolish people. I tell you, this scheme is idiotproof! It can't go wrong.
I don't care {{phrasebook}}
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. Indicates that the speaker has no interest or emotional investment in the topic at hand.
I don't fancy yours
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (slang, idiomatic, jocular) Used to reserve the right to chat up an attractive woman, who is with an unattractive woman.
    • 1977, Edwin Brock, Here, now always "I don't fancy yours!" I said to Davoh, and broke into a trot to reach her first. "Finders, keepers!" I puffed as I drew alongside. She grinned, tossed her dark hair and went on talking to her friend about something too important to be interrupted...
I don't know {{phrasebook}} pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. This entry exists in order to provide translations and derivatives.
-ie etymology Earlier form of -y
suffix: {{en-suffix}}
  1. Alternative form of -y forming diminutive or affectionate forms of nouns or names.
    • 1869, Louisa May Alcott, An Old-Fashioned Girl: "Polly, I wish you 'd let me call you Marie," said Fanny one day, as they were shopping together. "You may call me Mary, if you like; but I won't have any ie put on to my name. I'm Polly at home and I'm fond of being called so; but Marie is Frenchified and silly." "I spell my own name with an ie, and so do all the girls." "And what a jumble of Netties, Nellies, Hatties, and Sallies there is. How 'Pollie' would look spelt so!"
    deardearie sweetsweetie KatherineKathie/Cathy BillBilly
  2. (occasionally, derogatory) Suffix forming noun signifying person associated with suffixed noun or verb. bikebikie surfsurfie towntownie
if {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English yif, yef, from Old English ġif, ġef, from Proto-Germanic *jabai, from Proto-Indo-European *e-, *ē-. Cognate with Scots gif, Western Frisian oft, Dutch of, gml ef, German ob, Icelandic ef, if. pronunciation
  • /ɪf/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
conjunction: {{en-con}}
  1. Supposing that, assuming that, in the circumstance that; used to introduce a condition or choice. If it rains, I will get wet.
  2. Supposing that; used with past subjunctive indicating that the condition is not fulfilled. I'd prefer it if you took your shoes off.
  3. Although; used to introduce a concession. He was a great friend, if a little stingy at the bar.
  4. (computing) In the event that a statement is true (a programming statement that acts in a similar manner). If A, then B, else C.
  5. Whether; used to introduce a noun clause as the object of certain verbs. I don't know if I want to go or not.
    • 1715–1717, , Alma; or, The Progress of the Mind, Canto III: Quoth Matthew, “… / She doubts if two and two make four, / …”
  6. (usually hyperbolic) Even if; even in the circumstances that.
    • 2004, and Kim Tribble (writers), (singers), “If It’s The Last Thing I Do” (song), in You Do Your Thing (album): If it’s the last thing I do / If it takes me from Tubilo to Timbuktu / If it’s the last thing I do / I’m gonna dodge every road block, speed trap, county cop / To get my hands on you / If it’s the last thing I do.
  • Specifically a subordinating conjunction.
Alternative forms: ifen, iffen
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An uncertainty, possibility, condition, doubt etc.
    • 1709, Susannah Centlivre, The Busy Body, Act III, in John Bell (ed.), British Theater, J. Bell (1791), page 59, Sir Fran. Nay, but Chargy, if——— ¶ Miran. Nay, Gardy, no Ifs.——Have I refus'd three northern lords, two British peers, and half a score knights, to have put in your Ifs?
    • 1791 January, "Richardſon’s Chemical Principles of the Metallic Arts", in The Monthly Review, R. Griffiths, page 176, Well might Bergman add, (in his Sciographia,), “ifWtXmlEndTag[small]() the compariſon that has been made, &c. be juſt.” The preſent writer makes no ifs about the matter, and has ſuperadded a little inaccuracy of his own, […]
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  • Fi, fi
if, as and when
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (informal, chiefly, legal) In the event that the thing being discussed comes to pass.
  • when, as, and if
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (informal) In an iffy manner.
iffy etymology if + y pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Of dubious authenticity, legitimacy or legality. He's selling new CD players for £20 each – that sounds a bit iffy to me.
  2. Uncertain or chancy. The weather is still iffy for Saturday's shuttle launch.
Synonyms: (of dubious authenticity) dodgy, dubious, fishy, See also
related terms:
  • iffiness
  • yiff, YIFF
if I were you Alternative forms: if I was you
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. A phrase said to introduce advice.
if my aunt had balls, she'd be my uncle Alternative forms: if my grandmother had wheels, she'd be a streetcar, if my uncle had tits, he'd be my aunt
proverb: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial, vulgar, humorous) It is fruitless to speculate about counterfactual situations. "We would have won the match if we'd had a decent goalkeeper.""And if my aunt had balls, she'd be my uncle!"
Synonyms: if pigs had wings they would fly, if wishes were horses beggars would ride, if we had ham we could make a ham and cheese sandwich if we had cheese
if pigs had wings they would fly
proverb: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) Expresses speakers skepticism toward a hypothetical argument by another.
  • Often used shortened form: "if pigs had wings" or with variant second clauses, especially "they could fly".
if there's grass on the pitch, play ball Alternative forms: if there's grass on the field, play ball
proverb: {{head}}
  1. (vulgar, potentially offensive) Once someone has grown pubic hair or started puberty, they are sexually accessible.
if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys
proverb: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) Offering a low salary will not attract skilled employee.
IGMC etymology From a sketch in British 1990s comedy series The Fast Show, in which a character embarrasses himself and announces "I'll get my coat" before departing.
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (internet slang, UK, humorous) An admission that one has embarrassed oneself and should leave.
    • 1999, "[TAA]GreyJackal", ... Hello...anyone there? (on newsgroup No probs, although I dunno why you'd want to go in there in the first place...bunch of weirdos in there....whaddya mean I've been seen there? Ah..erm...IGMC.
    • 2002, "No Sheds", Native American Corner... (on newsgroup uk.rec.humour) The Indian brave [1] inherited a wigwam. This left him in a bit of a quandary. Which to use? His old Tepee, or his new Wigwam? He was sorely vexed by his dilemma, so much so that he couldn't get to sleep. He went to see the medicine man. "I know what your problem is" said the medicine man "Your two tents" IGMC
    • 2012, "Mike Brown", Radio mic frequency. (on newsgroup As no-one else seems to have pointed it out, I will. LICENCE is perfectly good English spelling. In England we tend to use LICENSING and LICENCE wheras{{SIC}} LICENSE is regarded as an Americanism. IGMC.
ignorant Alternative forms: ignoraunt (obsolete) etymology From Old French ignorant pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
  • /ˈɪɡnəɹənt/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Unknowledgeable or uneducated; characterized by ignorance.
    • Tillotson He that doth not know those things which are of use for him to know, is but an ignorant man, whatever he may know besides.
    • Dryden Ignorant of guilt, I fear not shame.
  2. (slang) Ill-mannered, crude. His manner was at best off-hand, at worst totally ignorant.
  3. (obsolete) unknown; undiscovered
    • Shakespeare ignorant concealment
    • Shakespeare Alas, what ignorant sin have I committed?
  4. Resulting from ignorance; foolish; silly.
    • Shakespeare His shipping, / Poor ignorant baubles! — on our terrible seas, / Like eggshells moved.
Synonyms: See also
related terms:
  • ignorable
  • ignoramus
  • ignorance
  • ignore
ignoranus etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, derogatory) A person who is both stupid and rude; an ignorant asshole.
    • 2005, , Rainbow Road, Simon Pulse (2005), ISBN 9780689865657, page 62: "Because it reminds me how much I hate ignoranus jocks."
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Igor {{wikipedia}} etymology Transliterated from Russian Игорь 〈Igorʹ〉, a Varangian name derived from Old Norse Yngvarr, Ingvarr, from Yngvi (name of a god) + herr. Related to English Ivor. pronunciation
  • /ˈiːɡɔːɹ/
  • (humorously) /ˈaɪɡɔːɹ/
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A given name.
  • giro
I hate you {{phrasebook}}
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. Expression of hatred, or intense disdain or dislike directed at someone. He told his mother, "I hate you for giving him $10 when he didn't work for it and I had to!" I hate you, Kenneth! You and that smug face of yours!!
  • I love you
I have no money {{phrasebook}}
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. Indicates that the speaker has no money.
I have to love you and leave you Alternative forms: I gotta love you and leave you, I must love you and leave you
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  1. (informal) Used as an affectionate way of saying goodbye
IINM etymology Abbreviation of if I'm not mistaken.
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  1. (Internet slang) if I'm not mistaken.
  • This is used to qualify a statement of fact, toning down how strongly it is being asserted. In short, the speaker (or, more typically, typist) is stating that he may be wrong about the fact.
  • imin
  • mini, Mini
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  1. (informal) If I remember correctly, if I recall correctly
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  1. (slang, Internet) Abbreviation of "I'm Just Sayin'...". It indicates that the statement which precedes is merely a helpful comment of some kind, and not intended to be the last word on any particular debate.
ikey etymology Ike + y, representing a colloquial abbreviation of Isaac. pronunciation
  • /ˈʌɪki/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A Jew.
    • 1906, Banjo Paterson, My son, if you go to the races to battle with Ikey and Mo, Remember, it's seldom the pigeon can pick out the eye of the crow;
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, derogatory)Jewish’, seen in a derogatory sense; cunning, supercilious.
    • 1913, , , Clara had always been ‘ikey’ – reserved and superior.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses: What Arthur Griffith said about the headpiece over the Freeman leader: a homerule sun rising up in the northwest from the laneway behind the bank of Ireland. He prolonged his pleased smile. Ikey touch that: homerule sun rising up in the northwest.
I know {{phrasebook}}
phrase: {{head}}
  1. A response used to indicate that speaker was in agreement with the preceding statement before it was made.
  2. An emphatic assertion that one has a solution, an answer, or an idea.
Synonyms: (response) you're telling me, (assertion of having solution) eureka
I know you are but what am I etymology Uncertain, but dates back at least to the 1970s, as reported in Lee Thayer, Communication (1974), p. 21.
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (rhetorical question, colloquial, childish) Assertion that an insult made by the party to whom the phrase is directed is actually true of that party, and not of the person using the phrase. Usually considered to be a playground taunt.
    • 2005, American Numismatic Association, The Numismatist‎, p. 14: So when Mr. Macchia states that people who collect state quarters are fools, my son says I should reply, "I know you are, but what am I?"
    • 2003, Mark E. Jones, Echoes of Heaven‎, p. 7: At this point Johnny changes tactics and hollers, "I know you are, but what am I?" and the voice echoes, "I know you are, but what am I?"
    • 1984, McCall's‎, v. 111, p. 62: I know you are but what am I? Jeannie would say out loud, whenever I mouthed a name at her.
I like pie
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (pejorative, internet slang) You are stupid; said as if lowering oneself to an equally moronic state of mind. Can somebody tell me what my IP address is? I'm new to the internet. I like pie.
I like you {{phrasebook}}
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. Indicates that the speaker like the interlocutor.
ill {{wikipedia}} etymology Middle English ille ‘evil, wicked’, from Old Norse illr (adj.), illa (adv.), ilt (noun) (whence Danish ilde), from Proto-Germanic *elhilaz, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁elḱ 〈*h₁elḱ〉- (whence Latin ulcus ‘sore’, Ancient Greek ‘wound, ulcer’, Sanskrit ‘hemorrhoids’), Modern Hindi अर्श 〈arśa〉.Michiel de Vaan, ''Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the Other Italic Languages'', s.v. "ulcus" (Leiden: Brill, 2008), 637. pronunciation
  • /ɪl/
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  1. (obsolete) Evil; wicked (of people). {{defdate}}
    • Francis Atterbury (1663-1732) St. Paul chose to magnify his office when ill men conspired to lessen it.
  2. (archaic) Morally reprehensible (of behaviour etc.); blameworthy. {{defdate}}
    • 1999, George RR Martin, A Clash of Kings, Bantam 2011, p. 2: ‘Go bring her. It is ill to keep a lady waiting.’
  3. Indicative of unkind or malevolent intentions; harsh, cruel. {{defdate}} exampleHe suffered from ill treatment.
  4. Unpropitious, unkind, faulty, not up to reasonable standard. exampleill manners; &nbsp; ill will
    • 1959, Georgette Heyer, The Unknown Ajax, 1 , “…his lordship was out of humour. That was the way Chollacombe described as knaggy an old gager as ever Charles had had the ill-fortune to serve. Stiff-rumped, that's what he was, always rubbing the rust, or riding grub, like he had been for months past.”
  5. Unwell in terms of health or physical condition; sick. {{defdate}} exampleI've been ill with the flu for the past few days.
  6. Having an urge to vomit. {{defdate}} exampleSeeing those pictures made me ill.
  7. (hip-hop slang) Sublime, with the connotation of being so in a singularly creative way. [This sense sometimes declines in AAVE as ill, comparative iller, superlative illest.]
    • 1994, Biggie Smalls, The What Biggie Smalls is the illest / Your style is played out, like Arnold wonderin "Whatchu talkin bout, Willis?"
  8. (slang) Extremely bad (bad enough to make one ill). Generally used indirectly with to be. exampleThat band was ill.
  • The comparative forms iller and illest are used in American English but are less than a quarter as frequent as "more" and "most ill" forms.
Synonyms: (suffering from a disease): diseased, poorly (UK), sick, under the weather (informal), unwell, (having an urge to vomit): disgusted, nauseate, nauseous, sick, sicken, (bad): bad, mal-, (in hip-hop slang: sublime): dope, See also
  • (suffering from a disease): fine, hale, healthy, in good health, well
  • (having an urge to vomit):
  • (bad): good
  • (in hip-hop slang: sublime): wack
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Not well; imperfectly, badly; hardly.
    • {{RQ:Schuster Hepaticae V}} In both groups, however, we find copious and intricate speciation so that, often, species limits are narrow and ill defined.
    • 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, p. 541: His inflexibility and blindness ill become a leader, for a leader must temper justice with mercy.
    • 2006, Julia Borossa (translator), Monique Canto-Sperber (quoted author), in , 2002 February 2, quoted in (quoting author), Dead End Feminism, Polity, ISBN 9780745633800, page 40: Is it because this supposes an undifferentiated violence towards others and oneself that I could ill imagine in a woman?
Synonyms: illy
  • well
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (often pluralized) Trouble; distress; misfortune; adversity.
    • William Shakespeare That makes us rather bear those ills we have / Than fly to others that we know not of.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 4 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Then he commenced to talk, really talk. and inside of two flaps of a herring's fin he had me mesmerized, like Eben Holt's boy at the town hall show. He talked about the ills of humanity, and the glories of health and Nature and service and land knows what all.”
    exampleMusic won't solve all the world's ills, but it can make them easier to bear.
  2. Harm or injury. exampleI wouldn't want you to do me ill.
  3. Evil; moral wrongfulness.
    • John Dryden Strong virtue, like strong nature, struggles still, / Exerts itself, and then throws off the ill.
  4. A physical ailment; an illness. exampleI am incapacitated by rheumatism and other ills.
  5. Unfavorable remarks or opinions. exampleDo not speak ill of the dead.
  6. (US, slang) PCP, phencyclidine.
  • {{rank}}
  • Lil, li'l, lil
illegal etymology From French illégal, from Malayalam illegalis. In senses relating to immigration, via clipping from illegal alien or illegal immigrant. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}
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  1. Contrary to or forbidden by law, especially criminal law.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    exampleThis is illegal, you know!
  2. Forbidden by established rule. exampleMoving a pawn backward is an illegal move in chess.
  3. (philately, of an issue printed for collectors) Totally fictitious, and often issued on behalf of a non-existent territory or country.
  4. (of a person, sometimes offensive) Being or doing something illegally. exampleillegal immigrant;&nbsp; illegal logger;&nbsp; illegal pilot
    1. (chiefly, US, sometimes, offensive) Being an illegal immigrant; residing in a country illegally.
The use of "illegal" to describe a person rather than an action is often regarded as offensive. Synonyms: (forbidden by law) criminal, felonious, illicit, unlawful, (totally fictitious) bogus
  • (forbidden by law) lawful, legal
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, offensive) An illegal immigrant.
  2. An illegal resident spy.
    • 2012, Christopher Andrew (historian), ‘Colder War’, Literary Review, issue 399: Anna Chapman, whose glamorous appearance won her more publicity in the Western media than all the other illegals combined, was so successfully deceived by a US sting operation that she handed over her SVR laptop to an FBI agent posing as a Russian.
The use of "illegal" to describe a person rather than an action is often regarded as offensive, and the use of "illegal" as a noun is especially charged.
illegal alien
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sometimes offensive) A person who is within the boundaries of a political state without the authorization of the government of that state; a national of another country who has enter or stay without permission.
The use of "illegal" to describe a person rather than an action is often regarded as offensive. Synonyms: (person within a state without authorization) illegal, undocumented alien; unlawful non-citizen (Australia)
  • (person within a state without authorization) illegal immigrant, undocumented immigrant
illegal immigrant {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable, sometimes offensive) Someone who has immigrated into a country by bypassing customs and immigration control.
    • {{quote-news}}
The use of "illegal" to describe a person rather than an action is often regarded as offensive. Synonyms: undocumented immigrant
  • immigrant, illegal alien, undocumented alien, illegal immigration
coordinate terms:
  • asylum seeker
illish etymology ill + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Somewhat ill.
    • 1968, Lady Cynthia Asquith, Diaries 1915-1918 Woke up feeling illish and to my despair found it was pouring with black, cold rain. It all looked depressing and dingy.
illo etymology Diminutive of illustration with -o.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An illustration.
    • Vibe November 2008 "Idol Worship" by Keith Murphy . . . this 188-page photo/illo tome is a gorgeously provocative companion piece for music heads consumed with the classic and the current.
  • LILO, lilo, loli, Oi'll
illywhacker Alternative forms: illywacker etymology Uncertain. Suggested by lexicographer Sidney Baker to derive from speiler, via eeler-spee or eeler-speeler by pig Latin, and from which illywhacker. The verb form whack the illy is a from the noun. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɪliwakə/
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  1. (Australia, colloquial, rare) A small-time confidence trickster or seller of trinkets.
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber and Faber 2003, p. 228: ‘What's an illywhacker?’ said Charles. ‘Spieler,’ explained Leah, who was not used to children.
The term was little used before revived by Peter Carey's 1985 novel Illywhacker, and the original sense is now difficult to ascertain.'''2001''', Susan Butler, ''The Dinkum Dictionary: The Origins of Australian Words'', Text Publishing, ISBN 187648585X.
I love you {{phrasebook}} {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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  • /aɪ lʌv juː/
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. An affirmation of affection or deep caring, especially to a family member. "I love you, Mom." said Candace.
  2. An affirmation of romantic feeling to a lover or spouse. "I love you, Camille." said Dan.
  3. A platonic expression of strong inclination or liking to a friend. I love you man, but you need some professional help.
Synonyms: you are the sun and moon to me, you are my everything
imaginitis etymology imagine + itis
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) A notional disease characterised by a hyperactive imagination.
    • 1937, Michael Terry, Sand and Sun Other dislodged stones, however, convinced us the boys had not suffered from imaginitis
    • 1961, Margaret Elizabeth Mulac, Leisure: Time for Living and Retirement "Just a case of galloping imaginitis! Would you suggest with this nonsense that we go back to peeling potatoes and cooking them over a coal stove?"
    • 2004, Jerome Kiely, Heat Not a Furnace (page 40) [T]wo of them look as healthy as mountain sheep, so they are suffering only from imaginitis but the third has trouble lowering herself down the steps so either she has very bad phlebitis or her womb is fallen.
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  1. (Internet, humorous) In my arrogant opinion.
  • MAOI
  • Miao
  • moai
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  1. (video games, slang) {{short for}}
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imbecile etymology From Middle French imbécile, from Latin imbēcillus, literally “without a staff”. pronunciation
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  1. (obsolete) A person with limited mental capacity who can perform tasks and think only like a young child, in medical circles meaning a person who lacks the capacity to develop beyond the mental age of a normal five to seven-year-old child.
  2. (pejorative) A fool, an idiot.
  • In modern times, “imbecile” is often used in jocular insults.
Synonyms: See also
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  1. (dated) Destitute of strength, whether of body or mind; feeble; impotent; especially, mentally weak. hospitals for the imbecile and insane
I miss you {{phrasebook}}
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  1. An expression of sorrow or sadness from the absence of a family member, close friend, lover or spouse.
imitator Alternative forms: imitatour (obsolete) etymology imitate + or
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who imitate or ape another.
Synonyms: aper
Imma Alternative forms: I'mma, imma, I'ma, i'ma, Ima, ima, Ima', I'm a, i'm a, I'm a', i'm a', I'm'a, i'm'a pronunciation
  • /ˈa(ɪ)mə/
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  1. (slang) Contraction of I'm gonna, that is, I am gonna or I am going to. So listen 'cause I'mma come out. — Winwardo(rapper)
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  • imam
  • maim
immature etymology From Middle French immature pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Not fully formed or developed, unripe, not mature.
  2. Childish in behavior, not mature. You're only young once, but you can be immature the rest of your life. The man was immature for throwing a tantrum.
    • - As quoted in (1951) by . The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of a mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An immature member of a species.
    • Acarology: Proceedings of the 10th International Congress, DE Walter, ‎H Proctor, & ‎RA Norton , 2001 , page 51 , 064309850X , “There are many genera and even families of Brachypylina for which immatures are not yet known, and thus numerous examples of adult convergence and misclassification remain to be revealed: such is the case with Hypozetes. ”
related terms:
  • mature
  • immaturity
immersion pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. the act of immersing or the condition of being immersed
  2. the total submerging of a person in water as an act of baptism
  3. (British, Ireland, informal) an immersion heater
  4. (mathematics) a smooth map whose differential is everywhere injective, related to the mathematical concept of an embedding
  5. (astronomy) The disappearance of a celestial body, by passing either behind another, as in the occultation of a star, or into its shadow, as in the eclipse of a satellite; opposed to emersion.
  • semiminor
immie etymology Diminutive of imitation agate. Compare aggie.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal, childish) A marble (small ball used in children's games).
immort etymology Shortening of immortal.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (internet, informal) An immortal; an administrator of a multi-user dungeon.
    • 1995, "", A great Role Playing MUD (on newsgroup Note: I'm not an immort on Armag, but merely just a player.
    • 2001, Eric Michael Mazur, Kate McCarthy, God in the details: American religion in popular culture (page 272) [Quoting "LegendMUD Rules"] For additional information, see individual help files or immorts with the 'Admin' flag.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) impertinence
    • 1837, , The Pickwick Papers 'Don't go away, Mary,' said the black-eyed man. 'Let me alone, imperence,' said the young lady.
    • 1852, , Men's Wives "Augustus, show this imperence to the door; and if he tries to come in again, call a policeman: do you hear?"
imperial {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old French imperial, from Latin imperiālis, from imperium + -ālis, from imperō, from im- + parō. pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Related to an empire, emperor, or empress.
    • Shakespeare the imperial diadem of Rome
  2. Relating to the British imperial system of measurement.
  3. Very grand or fine.
  4. Of special, superior, or unusual size or excellence.
Synonyms: imperial system, (humorous) old money
related terms: {{top2}}
  • emperor
  • empire
  • empress
  • imperious
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A bottle of wine (usually Bordeaux) containing 6 liter of fluid, eight times the volume of a standard bottle.
  2. (paper, printing) A print-paper size measuring 30 by 22 inches.
  3. (card games, uncountable) A card game differing from piquet in some minor details, and in having a trump.
  4. (card games, countable) Any of several combinations of cards which score in this game.
  • A Champagne or Burgundy wine bottle with the same volume would be called a Methuselah.
import {{wikipedia}} pronunciation Noun
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈɪm.pɔː(ɹ)t/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈɪm.pɔɹt/
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ɪmˈpɔː(ɹ)t/
  • (US) {{enPR}}', /ɪmˈpɔɹt/
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etymology 1 (verb) From Middle English importen, from Middle French importer, from Latin importō, from in + portō.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) Something brought in from an exterior source, especially for sale or trade.
  2. (uncountable) The practice of importing.
  3. (uncountable) Significance, importance. exampleIt was a matter of great import.
Synonyms: (significance) importancy, importance, meaning, significance, weight
  • (practice of importing) export
  • (something brought in from a foreign country) export
  • insignificance
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To bring (something) in from a foreign country, especially for sale or trade.
  2. (transitive) To load a file into a software application from another version or system. How can I import files from older versions of this application?
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  • (bring in from a foreign country) export
etymology 2 From Italian importare, and French importer, from Latin importō.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To be important; to be significant; to be of consequence.
    • 1661, Thomas Salusbury: See how much it importeth to learn to take Time by the Fore-Top.
  2. (transitive) To be of importance to (someone or something).
    • 1593, Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost: This Letter is mistooke: it importeth none here: It is writ to laquenetta.
    • Dryden If I endure it, what imports it you?
  3. (transitive) To be incumbent on (someone to do something).
    • 1762, David Hume, The History of England: It imports us to get all the aid and assistance we can.
  4. (transitive) To be important or crucial to (that something happen).
    • 1819, Shelley, "The Cenci": It much imports your house That all should be made clear.
  5. (transitive) To mean, signify.
    • Hooker Every petition … doth … always import a multitude of speakers together.
  6. (transitive, archaic) To express, to imply.
impossible Alternative forms: inpossible (obsolete) etymology From Old French impossible, from Latin impossibilis, from in- + possibilis, from possum + suffix -ibilis. pronunciation
  • /ɪmˈpɒsɪbəl/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Not possible; not able to be done or happen.
    • 1865, Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Nothing is impossible, only impassible.
    • 13 March 1962, John F. Kennedy Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    exampleIt is difficult, if not impossible, to memorize 20,000 consecutive numbers. exampleSarah thinks that nothing is impossible because things can always somehow happen.
  2. (colloquial, of a person) Very difficult to deal with. exampleYou never listen to a word I say – you're impossible!
  3. (math, dated) imaginary impossible quantities, or imaginary numbers
related terms:
  • impossibility
  • impossibly
Synonyms: unpossible (rare)
  • (not able to be done or happen) possible, inevitable
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) an impossibility
    • Late 14th century: “Madame,” quod he, “this were an impossible!” — Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘The Franklin's Tale’, Canterbury Tales
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impost pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɪmpəʊst/
etymology 1 From Middle French impost, from Latin impositus, past participle of imponere.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly historical) A tax, tariff or duty that is imposed, especially on merchandise.
    • 2002, Colin Jones (historian), The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 56: New universal direct taxes had to be introduced [...], while the burden of indirect taxes was also made heavier, with new imposts being levied on an ensemble of items ranging from playing cards to wigs.
  2. (horse racing, slang) The weight that must be carried by a horse in a race, the handicap.
etymology 2 From Italian imposta, from Latin imposta
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The top part of a column, pillar, pier, wall, etc. that support an arch.
impregnate etymology Earlier impregn, from Middle French imprégner, from Old French enpreignier.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To cause to become pregnant. I was impregnated at a clinic but don't know who the sperm donor is.
  2. (transitive) To fertilize.
  3. (transitive) To saturate, or infuse.
  4. (transitive) To fill pore or spaces with a substance. It is recommended to impregnate new shoes before wearing them.
  5. (intransitive, dated) To become pregnant. {{rfquotek}}
  • permeating
imprimatur {{was wotd}} etymology From Latin imprimatur, third person singular present subjunctive passive form of imprimere. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˌɪm.pɹɪˈmɑː.tʊə/, /ˌɪm.pɹɪˈmeɪ.tʊə/
  • (US) /ˌɪm.pɹɪˈmɑ.tɚ/, /ˌɪm.pɹɪˈmeɪ.tɚ/
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  1. (printing) An official license to publish or print something, especially when censorship applies.
    • 1664, John Wilson, The Cheats, publication info page: The Cheats · A Comedy · Written in the Year, M.DC.LXII. Imprimatur, Roger L'estrange. Nov. 5. 1663. By John Wilson
  2. (by extension) Any mark of official approval.
    • 1988, New York Times, Gay fiction comes home, : Children, the final imprimatur to family life, are being borrowed, adopted, created by artificial insemination.
imprison Alternative forms: emprison etymology From Old French emprisonner pronunciation
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  1. (transitive) To put in or as if in prison; confine.
Synonyms: bang up, gaol, jail, lock up, put away, (British, colloquial) sent to the Tower “imprisoned”, See also
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) improvisation
  2. a form of live entertainment characterized by improvisation and interaction with the audience
Synonyms: impro
-imundo etymology {{rfe}} Derived from nonsense Italian- and Spanish-sounding words.
suffix: {{en-suffix}}
  1. (slang) nonsense suffix added to adjectives to give emphasis. That film was crapimundo.
in a hot minute
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  1. (US, slang) Very quickly; at once.
in all one's glory
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (informal, idiomatic, euphemistic) Completely naked She quickly dressed for fear that someone would walk through the shower door and see her in all her glory.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (informal, idiomatic, euphemistic) Completely naked
in a one-er Alternative forms: in a oner
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (informal) in one attempt You can probably empty your glass in a one-er, there's not much left.
in a pig's arse
adverb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar, UK) Absolutely not; under no circumstances.
    • Philip Larkin, Vers de Société "My wife and I have asked a crowd of crapsTo come and waste their time and ours: perhapsYou'd care to join us?" In a pig's arse, friend.
Synonyms: not on your life
in a pig's whisper
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (slang, dated) In a very short time; in a jiffy.
    • quotationDickens, The Pickwick Papers, 2
in a walk
adverb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) Easily; without difficulty.
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Particularly used in the context of sports. Synonyms: (easily) at a canter, (easily) in a canter
in bits
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  1. (UK, slang) In a state of great hilarity.
    • 2010, Eamonn O'Keefe, I Only Wanted to Play Football (page 40) Rudi went flying up into the air and landed flat on his back - his ligaments nearly landed in Old Trafford. Well, their team was in bits! We were in bits! Even the ref couldn't stop laughing!
    • 2013, Simon Dawson, Pigs in Clover He clapped his huge hands together and let out a roar of laughter. We started laughing, too. By the time he reached us, for no reason I could fathom other than he was laughing and we were following, we were in bits.
inbred pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. bred within; innate; as, inbred worth.
  2. (often pejorative) having an ancestry characterized by inbreeding
  3. (genetics) describing a strain produced through successive generations of inbreeding resulting in a population of genetically identical individuals which are homozygous at all gene loci.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of inbreed
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) An inbred individual Since you all marry your cousins I bet you're a bunch of inbreds.
  • bendir
  • binder
  • brined
  • rebind
incantation Alternative forms: encantation etymology From Old French incantation, from Latin incantatio pronunciation
  • /inkænˈteɪʃən/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act or process of using formulas and/or usually rhyming words, sung or spoken, with occult ceremonies, for the purpose of raising spirits, producing enchantment, or creating other magical results.
  2. A formula of words used as above.
inch tracker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, LGBT, sometimes, pejorative) A size queen.
include me out {{rft}} etymology Reportedly a coinage (circa 1940) of US film producer (1879-1974), whose purported malapropism were well publicized.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (nonstandard, humorous) Do not include me; leave me out; exclude me.
Synonyms: count out

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