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Kodak moment etymology From an Eastman Kodak Company advertising campaign.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A sentimental or charming moment worthy of capturing in a photograph.
    • 2003, Marissa Marchan, A Marriage Made in Heaven and Hell Instead she held his hand and they walked together. I looked at both of them and I knew that it was a Kodak moment. I was so proud of my daughter.
    • 2005, Michael Savage, Liberalism is a mental disorder: Savage solutions These Islamic headcutters in headscarves are so warped, they consider beheadings nothing more than a Kodak moment to share with friends, followers, and foes alike.
  2. (informal) The situation in which a business fails to foresee changes within its industry and drops from a market-dominant position to being a minor player or declares bankruptcy.
    • 2014, Patrick Connor, Plug In Drivers Not Missin' the Piston, http// THIS is your Kodak moment. Kodak moment, in this case, does not mean a moment to capture on film; rather, it means the time in history when an upstart technology changed the game; e.g., digital photography emerged and Kodak chose to ignore it until it was too late.
    • 2015, Clara Denina and Silvia Antonioli, Reuters Platinum sector faces its Kodak moment in fuel cell technology http//
    • 2015, David Butler, Book Design to Grow: How Coca-Cola Learned to Combine Scale and Agility (and How You Can Too) Every large company or brand or product must adapt to be relevant. Every company is right now afraid of having a Kodak Moment."
    • 2015, Jerry Ross, The Wrong Kind of “Kodak Moment” Will Big Banks Become the Next Victims of Tech Disruption? A “Kodak moment” might better refer to the failure of a once-dominant business to respond to a disruptive new technology--in Kodak’s case: digital photography.
Kojak with a Kodak etymology From TV detective Kojak and the camera brand Kodak; chosen for the rhyme.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A police officer with a radar gun.
etymology 1 {{wikipedia}} {{blend}}
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  1. (informal) The Tamil film industry located in Kodambakkam in Chennai, southern India.
etymology 2 {{wikipedia}} {{blend}}
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  1. (informal) The Nepali film industry located in Kathmandu, Nepal.
kook etymology Possibly from cuckoo, or alternatively from Hawaiian kūkae, which can also refer to surfers with a lack of skill or non-locals. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /kuːk/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, chiefly, US) An eccentric, strange or crazy person; a weirdo.
  2. (surfing, kiteboarding, wakeboarding etc.) A board sport participant who has poor style or skill.
  • Koko
kookery etymology kook + ery
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, chiefly, US) kookishness
kookish etymology kook + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, chiefly, US) Like a kook; eccentric.
kookishness etymology kookish + ness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, chiefly, US) The state or condition of being kookish; eccentricity, weirdness.
kookology etymology kook + ology
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The study of kooks, or eccentric people.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, informal) alternative spelling of cool
  2. (slang, informal) Shortened way of saying Kool az or Koolaz
  • kolo
  • look
Kopite etymology kop + ite. In 1906, the banked stand at one end of the team's ground was formally named after Spion Kop, a hill in KwaZulu-Natal where many Liverpudlian were killed in the Second Boer War.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, football) A fan of the English football team Liverpool F.C..
Synonyms: Red
Koran basher
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) A Koran thumper
    • 2003, BernardZZ, Re: OT Meditations on the Iraq war. Group: soc.history.medieval Towards the end he tried to reinvent himself as a Koran basher
    • 2013, James Fergusson, Taliban: The Unknown Enemy, Page 333 I presumed Mullah Omar had filled such an important post with yet another madrasah-educated Koran-basher, but I couldn't have been more wrong.
    • 2010, Prez, A Day in the Life, in It occurs to me that Pastor-Bastard-"Koran"-Basher Terry Jones might ultimately become recognized as a powerful anti-war agent.
koranimal etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, offensive, derogatory) A Muslim.
Koran thumper Alternative forms: Koran-thumper, Quran thumper etymology Koran + thumper, modelled on Bible thumper.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) a Muslim fundamentalist, or a zealous Muslim.
    • 2011, Brad Thor, Brad Thor Collectorsapos Edition #2, link: … but for all intents and purposes he's nothing more than a Koran thumper, a zealot.
    • {{rfdate}} Doug Crandall, All the Good Books Tell You So (ISBN 1105154645), page 76: I ain't no Bible thumper. Ain't no Koran thumper either.
    • 2014, Mark Crawford, A Poet Dreams (ISBN 1493176374), page 11: In each cellblock, there are sixty-four two-man cells. Here you find all types—from the atheist, the Bible thumper, the Koran thumper, the Buddhist, the con artist, to the certifiably insane.
Korean {{wikipedia}} etymology en + Korea + -an pronunciation
  • /kəˈɹɪən/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or relating to the Asian Peninsula comprising North Korea and South Korea.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. Official language of the people residing on the Korean Peninsula, and language of approximately 60 million people, in Asia, North America, and elsewhere.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Designation given to the indigenous or naturalized people occupying the Korean Peninsula on the Asian continent, in either North Korea or South Korea.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, uncountable) abbreviation of Knights of the Round Table
  2. (slang, countable) abbreviation of Knight of the Round Table
Alternative forms: K.O.R.T., K. O. R. T., KoRT
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  1. (slang, uncountable) abbreviation of Knights of the Round Table
  2. (slang, countable) abbreviation of Knight of the Round Table
Alternative forms: KORT, K.O.R.T., K. O. R. T.
k-rad etymology Short for "kilo rad".
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (slang) Very good; excellent.
  • From hacker and skateboarding slang.
  • dark
Kraut Alternative forms: kraut etymology A World War I-era shortening of sauerkraut, a typical German food. pronunciation
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  1. (ethnic slur, offensive, slang) A German.
Synonyms: Boche, Fritz, jerry, Hun
  • Kartu
  • kurta
Kriegie etymology German Kriegsgefangener and diminutive -ie.
noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang) POW
krokodil etymology From the Russian word for "crocodile", because of its damaging effects on the skin.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The drug desomorphine.
KSer etymology KS + er
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  1. (online gaming, pejorative) abbreviation of kill stealer
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  • KS
K-spar etymology From K and a shortening of feldspar.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (mineralogy, informal) potassic feldspar
  • orthoclase
  • sanidine
  • microcline
  • anorthoclase
KT etymology Shortening of Katie, which is pronounced the same way as just the letters KT.
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  1. (colloquial) Katie given name
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  1. Knight of the Thistle
  2. Central Kalimantan, a province of Indonesia.
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  1. (slang) OK, thanks, bye
kubinage etymology Japanese headlock throw
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sumo) a kimarite in which the attacker wraps one arm around his opponent's neck then turns and throws him
  2. (sumo, slang) sexual intercourse
kuff etymology Shortened form of kuffar; from the Arabic كُفَّار 〈kufãạr〉, the plural form of كَافِر 〈kāfir〉. pronunciation {{rfp}}
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  1. (pejorative, slang) A non-Muslim.
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kugel etymology Yiddish קוגל 〈qwgl〉
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  1. A baked pudding of rice, pasta, or potatoes with vegetable or raisin and spice; a traditional Jewish dish.
  2. A traditional house ornament made of glass.
  3. (slang, among South Africa Jews) An overly materialistic and excessively groomed young woman.
  • kluge
kunoichi etymology From Japanese くのいち 〈kunoichi〉
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a female ninja
Synonyms: ninjette (slang)
coordinate terms:
  • shinobi a male ninja
  • ninja a warrior who practices ninjitsu
  • ninjutsu/ninjitsu the martial art of a ninja
etymology 1 Shortened from Hindu Kush, the region from which the species originates.
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  1. (slang) Cannabis indica, especially strains with high THC content.
    • 2010, Alicia Williamson, Grow Marijuana Now!: An Introductory, Step-by-Step Guide to Growing Cannabis, page 95 Kush is a pure indica and is a short, compact plant. A two-time winner of the international Cannabis Cup, Kush is very popular among indica growers.
    • 2009, I. M. Stoned, Weed: 420 Things You Didn't Know (or Remember) about Cannabis, page 3 This particular type of marijuana is a favorite of the rapper as well as many other weed aficionados. Known for its sweet smell, Kush also packs quite the punch with a high level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
etymology 2 From hbo כוש 〈kwş〉.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. alternative spelling of Cush
kvell etymology From Yiddish קװעלן 〈qwwʻln〉, from an old Germanic word akin to German quellen, "well up". pronunciation
  • (UK) /kvɛl/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, US slang) To feel delighted and proud to the point of tear; to boast; to gloat.
    • 2013, Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge, Vintage 2014, p. 4: ‘Magnificent residence,’ she pretended to kvell, ‘maybe I'm in the wrong business?’
kwaai etymology From Afrikaans.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. bad-tempered
  2. aggressive
  3. (slang) cool (excellent)
interjection: {{en-interjection}}
  1. (colloquial, vulgar) eye dialect of quit your bitching
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, Scouting movement) An outside toilet; an outhouse.
Synonyms: biffy (also Scouting slang)
l'esprit de l'escalier {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: esprit de l'escalier, esprit d'escalier, l'esprit d'escalier etymology Borrowed from French l'esprit de l'escalier. pronunciation
  • (UK) /lɛˈspɹiː də lɛˈskaljeɪ/
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  1. (idiomatic) A conversational remark or rejoinder that only occurs to someone after the opportunity to make it has passed.
    • 1971, Keith Thomas (historian), Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, p. 317: ‘I knew not then,’ he confessed, ‘but now I think…’ It is not necessary to follow Goad along the path taken by his esprit d'escalier to see how sheer intellectual pleasure was the driving-force behind such efforts.
Synonyms: afterwit, staircase wit
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  1. (Internet, derogatory) Learn to play. Used in Internet games as a slur against weak or inexperienced players.
    • 2007, "Shammy", An angry player (on newsgroup Tips should always be welcome if given in a constructive way, saying "L2P noob your way of casting sucks" is NOT a tip.
laaitie etymology Afrikaans
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa, slang) A youth; a young person, especially male.
laanie etymology Afrikaans
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa, slang) A smart, well-to-do person.
lab {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /læb/
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etymology 1
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A laboratory.
    • 2014, Jeff Jacobson, Growth (page 23) A man dressed as a lab tech, his blue scrubs startlingly pale against the vivid red and black chaos, moved into sight from behind the SUV. He carried an assault rifle.
  2. (colloquial) A Labrador retriever.
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A telltale; a blabber. {{rfquotek}}
  • alb
  • BLA
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  1. (Australia, informal) The .
    • 1970, Australian Institute of International Affairs, Institute of Pacific Relations, Australia and the Pacific, page 10, Nevertheless there is a distinct difference of emphasis, in the sense just indicated, between the two sides of Australian politics. There has always been some international isolationism, too, in Labor circles in Australia.
    • 1984, David Harris Solomon, Australia′s Government and Parliament, page 102, Labor did not regain office until 1929, and then only for a three-year period.
    • 1995, Brian Galligan, A Federal Republic: Australia′s Constitutional System of Government, page 109, Labor’s formal reconciliation with the federal Constitution during the postwar decades has been a significant development both for the ALP and for Australian politics generally.
While it is standard practice in Australian English to spell the word labour with a letter u, the Party has spelt it without since 1912, when then Labour cabinet minister advocated the change. At the time, it seemed likely that Australia would move to American spellings.
  • Balor
  • lobar
labret {{wikipedia}} etymology From Latin labrum + et; modelled on anklet, bracelet, etc. Sometimes incorrectly assumed to be of French origin. From 1843. pronunciation
  • /ˈleɪbrɨt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A form body piercing in which an adornment is attached to the lip; an adornment so attached.
    • 1993, Hilary Stewart, Looking at Totem Poles, page 41, The labret was an ornament worn in a perforation through the lower lip, In the north, labrets were oval in shape, generally made of wood or stone, times inlaid with small flat pieces of shell or bone. The wearing of a labret signified high rank.
    • 2003, John R. Swanton, Tlingit Myths and Texts, page 115, Raven wore a labret at that time set with abalone shell which was formerly very valuable, and it is from him that high-caste people afterward used those.
    • 2007, Margo DeMello, “Labrets”, entry in Encyclopedia of Body Adornment, page 175, A labret is a piercing that is attached below the lower lip, above the chin. Also known as the “Mao” (because it looks like the mole above Mao Zedong's chin), the jewelry used in the labret is usually a labret stud, which of a metal shaft with a simple round stud protruding from the face; it is attached inside of the lip with a flat piece of backing metal.
Synonyms: (adornment on the lip) Mao, tongue pillar (informal)
  • Albert
  • balter
  • tabler
labyrinthine {{was wotd}} etymology From labyrinth + ine. pronunciation
  • /læb.əˈrɪn.θɪn/, /læb.əˈrɪn.θin/, /læb.əˈrɪn.θaɪn/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Physically resembling a labyrinth; with the qualities of a maze.
    • 1996, Steen L. Jensen, H. Gregerson. M. H. Shokouh-Amin, F. G. Moody, (eds.), Essentials of Experimental Surgery: Gastroenterology, page 27/4 In the pyloric canal, muscular ridges are more fixed than elsewhere and produce quite a labyrinthine surface.
    • 2011, Lincoln Child, Deep Storm, page 185 Crane trotted along the labyrinthine corridors of deck 3, accompanied by a young marine with close-cropped blond hair.
  2. Twisting, convoluted, baffling, confusing, perplexing.
    • 1996, “Mamet, like one of his characters, invents a labyrinthine, convoluted spiel leading nowhere, and like a magician distracts us with his words while elaborately not producing a rabbit from his hat.”, Review of "American Buffalo", Roger Ebert
    • 2000, Joseph J. Ellis, Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, page 51 Any attempt to answer that question would carry us into the labyrinthine corridors of Jefferson's famously elusive mind.
    • 2005, Michael W. Riley, "Plato's Cratylus: Argument, form, and structure", page 103 By coupling "essence" with "name" within a series of contraposed pairs of names, Socrates indicates the point to which he thinks his labyrinthine argument has led so far in the Cratylus.
Synonyms: (resembling a labyrinth) labyrinthal, labyrinthial, labyrinthian, labyrinthic, labyrinthical, labyrinthiform, (twisting, convoluted) baffling, confusing, convoluted
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  • labyrinth
  • labyrinthal
  • labyrinthed
  • labyrinthial
  • labyrinthian
  • labyrinthic
  • labyrinthical
  • labyrinthically
  • labyrinthiform
lac {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From Portuguese laca from Persian scfa-Arab from Hindi scDeva from Sanskrit scDeva.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A resinous substance produced mainly on the banyan tree by the female of {{taxlink}}, a scale insect.
etymology 2 From Urdu لاکھ 〈lạḵھ〉; Hindi लाख 〈lākha〉; Sanskrit लक्षं 〈lakṣaṁ〉. Alternative forms: lakh
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One hundred thousand (commonly used in Pakistan and India).
etymology 3 From Cadillac.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Short for Cadillac. Last night I was driving around in my lac.
    • 1992, Big Mello, Bone Hard Zaggin, Rap-A-Lot Records, track 5. "Mac's Drive 'Lac's" Macs drive lacs.
Synonyms: (Cadillac) caddie, caddy
  • ACL
  • Cal, Cal.
  • LCA
lace {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old French las, from vl *laceum, based on Latin laqueus. pronunciation
  • (UK) /leɪs/
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  1. (uncountable) A light fabric containing pattern of holes, usually built up from a single thread.Lace
  2. (countable) A cord or ribbon passed through eyelet in a shoe or garment, pulled tight and tied to fasten the shoe or garment firmly.Shoelaces
  3. A snare or gin, especially one made of interwoven cords; a net.
    • Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1343-1400) Vulcanus had caught thee [Venus] in his lace.
  4. (slang, obsolete) Spirits added to coffee or another beverage. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (cord)
  • (for a shoe) shoelace
  • (for a garment) tie
, (for a shoe) shoelace, (for a garment) tie
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To fasten (something) with laces.
    • Matthew Prior (1664-1721) When Jenny's stays are newly laced.
  2. (transitive) To add alcohol, poison, a drug or anything else potentially harmful to (food or drink).
  3. (transitive) To interweave items.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 8 , “Now we plunged into a deep shade with the boughs lacing each other overhead, and crossed dainty, rustic bridges over the cold trout-streams, the boards giving back the clatter of our horses' feet: or anon we shot into a clearing, with a colored glimpse of the lake and its curving shore far below us.”
    • Rudyard Kipling The Gond … picked up a trail of the Karela, the vine that bears the bitter wild gourd, and laced it to and fro across the temple door.
    to lace one's fingers together
  4. (transitive) To interweave the spoke of a bicycle wheel.
  5. To beat; to lash; to make stripes on.
    • Roger L'Estrange (1616-1704) I'll lace your coat for ye.
  6. To adorn with narrow strips or braids of some decorative material. examplecloth laced with silver {{rfquotek}}
  • Alec
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (of clothing, footwear etc.) Fastened with a lace.
  2. (of a film) Fixed in the sprockets of the projector.
  3. (idiomatic) Restrained; uptight.
  4. (informal) Ready for a fight (and numerous derived shades of meaning).
lachrymal Alternative forms: lacrimal, lacrymal
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or relating to tears, or the tear gland.
related terms:
  • lachrymal gland
  • lachrymatory
  • lachrymose
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. lachrymatory vase intended for collecting tears
  2. (humorous, in the plural) lachrymal feeling or organ
    • The Lutheran People go to the theaters to have … their risibles and lachrymals set agoing.
lackbrain etymology lack brain
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) A person who lacks brains; an idiot.
    • 1841, George Rogers, Tales from Life Among themselves, his clerical brethren who employed him to produce revivals, acknowledged him to be but a pitiful lackbrain...
    • 1995, Catherine Coulter, Lord of Falcon Ridge "Is that clear enough, even for you, lackbrain?"
    • 2007, Sandra Hill, Down and Dirty One moment I was staring up at that lackbrain Sister Margaret, and the next I was staring at that lackbrain chieftain...
  • black rain
lacrosstitute etymology Blend of lacrosse and prostitute.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, generally pejorative) a person who has sexual relations with one or usually multiple lacrosse player(s)
    • 2006, Natalie Krinsky, Chloe Does Yale, page 38: At the bar, each group occupies its own place. Lacrosse players (or playas, whichever you prefer) hover on the right side of the bar, near the entrance. If you are lucky (or a lacrosstitute), one of them will order you the Lacrosse Shot, [...]
    • 2008, J. M. Steele (the undisclosed pseudonym of two authors), The Taker, page 323: It was as we waited on line at the outside window, however, that I realized that maybe this had been a mistake. Off to the side, a bunch of the lacrosstitutes were horsing around, arm wrestling, and chewing tobacco.
    • 2009, Sydney Bauer, Alibi: "Look around you, Westinghouse. This room is filled with opportunities. These are not the people you party with but the people you impress. ‘Puck fuck, lacrosstitute’ — what the hell is that? You are selling yourself short, Westinghouse. Now act your age and sober the fuck up before ADA Katz comes to shake your hand for being the fine upstanding citizen that you are."
lactard etymology lactose + tard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, rare) A lactose intolerant person.
    • 2007, The Other Side, Issue 5, 5 April 2007, page 10 (advertisement): Our 'lactard' designer hopes innocent will make some soya options so she can also enjoy a breakfast thickie.
    • 2012, Andy Rhodes, "Wolf it down at Wolf's Catering and BBQ", The Valley Voice, Volume 21, Number 24, 28 November 2012, page 18: He also welcomes “glutards and lactards.”
    • 2015, Ivy Davis, "'Glutards' rejoice at Liberated Bakery", The Advocate (Mt. Hood Community College), Volume 50, Issue 18, 20 February 2015, page 4: As a “lactard,” I feel the pain of having a restricted diet. Yet there is hope in my life, because I can eat bread.
lactonazi etymology lacto + nazi
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) An overzealous lactivist.
lad etymology Middle English ladde. Possibly cognate with Dutch lid. pronunciation
  • /læd/
  • (unstressed) (rare) /ləd/
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  1. A boy or young man.
  2. (British) A jack the lad; a boyo. I think he reckons he's a bit of a lad.
  3. A familiar term of address for a young man.
  4. A groom who works with horse (also called stable-lad).
  5. (Ireland) A penis.
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    • 2007, The Táin, Unknown, translated by Ciaran Carson, “And he loaded the chariot with clods and boulders and cobbles that he fired at anyone who came to stare at him and jeer him, stark naked as he was, with his long lad and his acorns dangling down through the floor of the chariot.”, page 175, 9780140455304
    • 2010, The Wild Irish Sea: A Windswept Tale of Love and Magic, page 11, “Just thinking about how she would look without her clothes made his lad twitch with anticipation.”, Loucinda McGary, 1402226713
Prevalent in Northern English dialects such as Geordie, Mackem, Scouse and Northumbrian.
related terms:
  • ladette
  • laddie
  • laddish
  • lass
  • lassie
  • ADL
  • dal
  • LDA
ladles and jellyspoons
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (humorous) alternative form of ladies and gentlemen, used for comedic effect by clown and entertainers.
lad mag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, informal) A magazine aimed at young men, typically containing suggestive photograph of female model and articles about car, tool, music, film, sport, and sexual encounters.
lady {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English lady, laddy, lafdi, lavedi, from Old English hlǣfdīġe, from hlāf + dīġe, related to Old English dǣġe. Compare also lord. More at loaf, dairy, dough. pronunciation
  • /ˈleɪdi/
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  1. (historical)  The mistress of a household.
    • Wycliffe Bible (Genesis) , 16 , “"he said to her, From whence comest thou Hagar, the servantess of Sarai (Sarai’s slave-girl), and whither goest thou? Which answered, I flee from the face of Sarai, my lady.””
  2. A woman of breed or higher class, a woman of authority. example"I would like the dining room to be fully set by tonight; would you do so?" "Yes, my lady".
  3. The feminine of lord.
    • Lowell lord or lady of high degree
    • Shakespeare Of all these bounds, even from this line to this, … / We make thee lady.
  4. A title for someone married to a lord.
  5. A title for somebody married to a gentleman.
  6. A title that can be used instead of the formal terms of marchioness, countess, viscountess{{,}} or baroness.
  7. (polite or used by children) A woman: an adult female human. examplePlease direct this lady to the soft furnishings department.
  8. (in the plural) A polite reference or form of address to women.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 4 , “The Celebrity, by arts unknown, induced Mrs. Judge Short and two other ladies to call at Mohair on an afternoon when Mr. Cooke was trying a trotter on the track. The three returned wondering and charmed with Mrs. Cooke; they were sure she had had no hand in the furnishing of that atrocious house.”
    exampleLadies and gentlemen, it is a pleasure to be here today. Follow me, ladies!
  9. (slang) Used to address a female. exampleHey, lady, move your car!
  10. ('''ladies' or ladies''') Toilets intended for use by women.
  11. (familiar) A wife or girlfriend; a sweetheart.
    • William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet But soft, what light through yonder window breaks...? It is my lady, O it is my love!
  12. A woman to whom the particular homage of a knight was paid; a woman to whom one is devoted or bound.
    • Waller The soldier here his wasted store supplies, / And takes new valour from his lady's eyes.
  13. (slang) A queen the playing card.
  14. (dated, attributive, with a professional title) Who is a woman. exampleA lady doctor.
  15. (Wicca) alternative form of Lady.
  16. The triturating apparatus in the stomach of a lobster, consisting of calcareous plate; so called from a fancied resemblance to a seated female figure.
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ladybird {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: lady-bird etymology From lady + bird, the “lady” here referring to the Virgin Mary, Jesus′ mother. Compare German Marienkäfer. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈleɪ.di.bəːd/
  • (US) /ˈleɪ.di.bɝd/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of the Coccinellidae family of beetle, typically having a round shape and red or yellow spotted elytra.
    • 1914, Entomological Society of America, Annals of the Entomological Society of America, Volume 7, [http//|%22ladybirds%22|%22lady+bird|birds%22+-intitle:%22ladybird|ladybirds%22+-inauthor:%22ladybird%22&dq=%22ladybird%22|%22ladybirds%22|%22lady+bird|birds%22+-intitle:%22ladybird|ladybirds%22+-inauthor:%22ladybird%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=SvybT7v3NumsiAf61bTYDg&redir_esc=y page 81], During this time, they eat about 825 Toxoptera per ladybird, making an average of about twenty-five per day to each ladybird.
    • 1927, Hamilton Wright Mabie, Edward Everett Hale, and William Byron Forbush (editors), Childhood′s Favorites and Fairy Stories: The Young Folks Treasury, Volume 1, Gutenberg eBook #19993, Lady-bird, lady-bird, fly away home, / Thy house is on fire, thy children all gone: / All but one whose name is Ann, / And she crept under the pudding-pan.
    • 1976 September 30, Denis Owen, Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home, , [http//|%22ladybirds%22|%22lady+bird|birds%22+-intitle:%22ladybird|ladybirds%22+-inauthor:%22ladybird%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=COWbT5PGG6eXiQeD2tCqDg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22ladybird%22|%22ladybirds%22|%22lady%20bird|birds%22%20-intitle%3A%22ladybird|ladybirds%22%20-inauthor%3A%22ladybird%22&f=false page 686], Ladybirds, unlike most beetles, enjoy considerable popularity: they are attractive to look at and are well-known as useful predators of aphids—the greenfly and blackfly that destroy garden plants and crops.
    • 2008, John L. Capinera, Encyclopedia of Entomology, Springer-Verlag New York, 2nd Edition, [http//|%22ladybirds%22|%22lady+bird|birds%22+-intitle:%22ladybird|ladybirds%22+-inauthor:%22ladybird%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=COWbT5PGG6eXiQeD2tCqDg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22ladybird%22|%22ladybirds%22|%22lady%20bird|birds%22%20-intitle%3A%22ladybird|ladybirds%22%20-inauthor%3A%22ladybird%22&f=false page 2130], Perhaps it was a sense of lack of effectiveness of native ladybirds in rapid and complete control of aphid infestations that led to attempts to import additional aphid-feeding ladybird species into North America.
The term ladybird is used both in British and US English, although the alternative ladybug is common in the US. Synonyms: (beetle) coccinellid, ladybug (North America), lady beetle (term preferred by some scientists), lady cow (obsolete), lady fly (obsolete)
ladybits etymology lady + bits
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang) The female genitalia and/or breast.
    • 2011, Julie Peasgood, The Greatest Guide to Sex, Greatest Guides Limited (2011), ISBN 9781907906022, page 21: Many women think their ladybits are ugly or disfigured — let me reassure you that in 99.9% of cases they're not, {{…}}
    • {{seemoreCites}}
Synonyms: ladyparts
ladyboner Alternative forms: lady-boner, lady boner etymology lady + boner
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, humorous) An erect clitoris; by extension, a state of arousal or sexual desire in a woman.
    • 2009, "Dr. Nasty", The Bull (University of Sydney Union), Edition 18, Week 5, Semester 2, 24 August - 30 August 2009, page 14: There is nothing that kills my ladyboner more than the prospect of marriage.
    • 2011, Lindsey Kelk, Jenny Lopez Has a Bad Week, Harper (2011), ISBN 9780007444809, unnumbered page: I gave myself a mental shakedown, tried to suppress my ladyboner and pushed past him.
    • 2012, Dryden Delphine, Tell Me No Lies, Ellora's Cave Publishing (2012), ISBN 9781419943454, page 87: “Like you don't have a huge ladyboner for me right now. Take your clothes off.”
    • {{seemoreCites}}
Lady Bountiful etymology
  • From a character in the 18th century play by
Alternative forms: lady bountiful
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A rich and generous woman.
  2. (derogatory) An over-patronising woman, showing off her wealth by acts of 'overwhelming' generosity.
ladybro etymology lady + bro
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A female comrade or friend.
    • 2011, Jaclyn Tersigni, "Why is GQ's 'Bro of the Year' wearing lingerie?", The Globe and Mail, 22 November 2011: Leaving feminist blog Jezebel to declare: “I have a dream that one day ladies can be considered ladybros without having to show their ladylumps.”
    • 2012, Ruby Mahoney, "feminist of the week: kat muscat", Lip, 16 July 2012: It doesn’t make sense that bros get paid more than ladybros for the same job.
    • 2012, Angela Clarke, "Blonde's Eye View: What are you reading?", Wharf, 31 October 2012: I can forgive ladybros, who were reared on a diet of sassy women's magazines and Sex And The City clichés, for succumbing to titles like Men Are From Uranus and Become a Man Whisperer.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
Synonyms: broette, brosephine, dudette, sister
lady garden
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, idiomatic) A woman's pubic hair, and the area around it.
    • 2006, "CheggersPop", A Girl's Guide to Sex in the 21st Century! (on Internet newsgroup Talking of Pussy Galore, have people seen the pics of Britney Spears showing her lady garden?
    • 2007, Sarah Nilsen, Does This Book Make My Butt Look Big?: And Who Cares Anyway, It's My Butt That way, when I dropped my towel, my lady garden would only be exposed for a nanosecond before it disappeared under the steamy waters of the pool...
lady-killer Alternative forms: ladykiller, lady killer
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A man unusually attractive to women.
  2. (colloquial) An uncaring womanizer.
Synonyms: (attractive man) beefcake, See also
lady lumps
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang) Breasts.
    • 2008, Adrianne Byrd, Her Lover's Legacy, Kimani Press (2008), ISBN 9781426820571, page 114: “I was just going to fix your dress before you flash the driver your lovely lady lumps.”
    • 2008, Selene Yeager, "A Round of Drinks", Mountain Bike, July 2008: The chest strap is higher, too, though this tester found it still a bit smushy on her lady lumps.
    • 2013, Emer O'Toole, "The pros and cons of going braless", The Guardian, 12 April 2013: If not to prevent droopiness and backache, why do we underwire and wrap our lady lumps at all?
    • {{seemoreCites}}
Synonyms: See also .
ladyparts etymology lady + parts
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (informal) The breast and/or genitalia of a woman or women.
Synonyms: ladybits
lady parts
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang, euphemism) vulva
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, humorous or for children) alternative spelling of laugh
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (chiefly, humorous or for children) alternative spelling of laugh
lag etymology Origin uncertain, but probably of gmq origin, related to Norwegian lagga. pronunciation
  • (UK) /læɡ/
  • (North American also) /leɪɡ/, /lɛɡ/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. late
    • 1592, William Shakespeare, King Richard III Some tardy cripple bore the countermand, / That came too lag to see him buried.
  2. (obsolete) Last; long-delayed.
    • Shakespeare the lag end of my life
  3. Last made; hence, made of refuse; inferior.
    • Dryden lag souls
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) A gap, a delay; an interval created by something not keeping up; a latency.
    • 2004, May 10. The New Yorker Online, During the Second World War, for instance, the Washington Senators had a starting rotation that included four knuckleball pitchers. But, still, I think that some of that was just a generational lag.
  2. (uncountable) Delay; latency.
    • 1999, Loyd Case, Building the ultimate game PC Whatever the symptom, lag is a drag. But what causes it? One cause is delays in getting the data from your PC to the game server.
    • 2001, Patricia M. Wallace, The psychology of the Internet When the lag is low, 2 or 3 seconds perhaps, Internet chatters seem reasonably content.
    • 2002, Marty Cortinas, Clifford Colby, The Macintosh bible Latency, or lag, is an unavoidable part of Internet gaming.
  3. (British, slang, archaic) One sentence to transportation for a crime.
  4. (British, slang) a prisoner, a criminal.
    • 1934, , Thank You, Jeeves On both these occasions I had ended up behind the bars, and you might suppose that an old lag like myself would have been getting used to it by now.
  5. (snooker) A method of deciding which player shall start. Both players simultaneously strike a cue ball from the baulk line to hit the top cushion and rebound down the table; the player whose ball finishes closest to the baulk cushion wins.
  6. One who lags; that which comes in last.
    • Alexander Pope the lag of all the flock
  7. The fag-end; the rump; hence, the lowest class.
    • Shakespeare the common lag of people
  8. A stave of a cask, drum, etc.; especially (engineering) one of the narrow boards or staves forming the covering of a cylindrical object, such as a boiler, or the cylinder of a carding machine or steam engine.
  9. A bird, the greylag.
In casual use, lag and latency are used synonymously for “delay between initiating an action and the effect”, with lag more casual. In formal use, latency is the technical term, while lag is used when latency is greater than usual, particularly in internet gaming. Synonyms: (delay) latency
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to fail to keep up (the pace), to fall behind
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, Canto I Behind her farre away a Dwarfe did lag, / That lasie seemd in being ever last, / Or wearied with bearing of her bag / Of needments at his backe.
    • 1616, George Chapman, The Odysseys of Homer Lazy beast! / Why last art thou now? Thou hast never used / To lag thus hindmost
    • 1717, The Metamorphoses of Ovid translated into English verse under the direction of Sir Samuel Garth by John Dryden, Alexander Pope, Joseph Addison, William Congreve and other eminent hands While he, whose tardy feet had lagg'd behind, / Was doom'd the sad reward of death to find.
    • 1798, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner in seven parts Brown skeletons of leaves that lag / My forest-brook along
    • 2004, — The New Yorker, 5 April 2004 Over the next fifty years, by most indicators dear to economists, the country remained the richest in the world. But by another set of numbers—longevity and income inequality—it began to lag behind Northern Europe and Japan.
  2. to cover (for example, pipes) with felt strips or similar material
    • c. 1974, , The Building Outside seems old enough: / Red brick, lagged pipes, and someone walking by it / Out to the car park, free.
  3. (UK, slang, archaic) To transport as a punishment for crime.
    • De Quincey She lags us if we poach.
  4. (transitive) To cause to lag; to slacken.
    • Heywood To lag his flight.
  • AGL gal, Gal, Gal., GAL
  • GLA
lagered up etymology lager + -ed + up
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, slang) Drunk on lager.
    • 2003, Peter Buckley, The Rough Guide to Rock Catatonia could always count on a place in the gossip columns, too, thanks to the lagered-up antics of their boisterous lead-singer-about-town.
    • 2003, Sean Nixon, Advertising cultures: gender, commerce, creativity Hanby was impressed by the fact that his mate was — as he put it — "lagered up and wearing posh kit".
    • 2006, John Lucas, Flute Music Bottle-blondes, red-tops, the odd baldie, well lagered up and shimmying, a right bevy out to tease the lads...
lagfest etymology lag + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, informal) Something prone to lag, or network delay.
etymology 1 lag + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who install lagging.
    • 2001, Geoffrey Tweedale, Philip Hansen, Magic Mineral to Killer Dust: Turner & Newall and the Asbestos Hazard In particular, Turner & Newall doggedly contested any claims from the largest high-risk group outside the scheduled factory areas — the laggers.
  2. (video games, informal) A player who lag (has a poor or slow network connection).
etymology 2 {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A member of support staff responsible for contacting lawyer to check how a case is progress.
  • gargle
  • raggle
laggy etymology From lag + y.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having a delayed response to a change in the factors influencing it. Gasoline prices usually show a laggier response to crude-oil price reduction than to crude-oil price increases.
  2. (video games, informal) Tending to lag, or respond slowly because of network latency. I've given up trying to play on that laggy server.
lah-de-dah Alternative forms: lah di dah
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, pejorative) Of or from the upper class of society.
The adjective usage is not common in the US. Synonyms: snooty
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (US) not a care in the world (used in a sing-song voice, for childhood rhymes)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, pejorative) Of or from the upper class of society.
The adjective usage is not common in the US. Synonyms: snooty
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (US) not a care in the world (used in a sing-song voice, for childhood rhymes)
  2. (US) Frequently heard in New Orleans, uttered by revelers in resorts of drink and music (used in a mildly pejorative sense, dismissing, for example, a man dressed in yellow bicycling Spandex with a silly walk, as Well, lah-di-dah. Also a term interjected when politicians waffle. Hmm. Sounds pretty lah-di-dah to me!)
lairiser etymology Derived from lairy.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang, colloquial) A vulgar and flashy person.
related terms:
  • lairy
  • irrealis
Lakist etymology lake + ist
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, historical) A member of the Lake Poets, a group of English Romantic poet from the Lake District.
Synonyms: Laker
La-La Land Alternative forms: la-la land
etymology 1 la syllable used in singing + land
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. The fictional place where wander, sleep, or dream minds are metaphor said to end up. Oh, don't mind him, he's usually up in La-La Land, with all his silly ideas and whatnot. Don't worry boss, the guards are in La-La Land. They won't be up for many hours.
etymology 2 Blend of LA initialism for Los Angeles and La La Land metaphorical dreamland
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (US, figuratively, humorous or derogatory) Los Angeles, California (or Hollywood.)
  2. (Canada) British Columbia
lallapalootza Alternative forms: lollapalooza, lalapalooza etymology Origin unknown. Probably a fanciful formation.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) Something very good of its kind. 1904: Saturday night we had our final parade with the fireworks finish, and it was a lallapalootza! — Hugh McHugh, I'm from Missouri, 1904. Quoted in Susie Dent, Larpers and Shroomers: the Language Report, , 2004, ISBN 0-19-861012-2, page 16.
lamage etymology lame + age
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) Something lame, typically actions.
  • agleam
lamb etymology From Old English lamb, from Proto-Germanic *lambaz (compare Dutch lam, German Lamm, Swedish lamm), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁l̥h₁onbʰos 〈*h₁l̥h₁onbʰos〉 (compare Scottish Gaelic lon, Ancient Greek έλαφος 〈élaphos〉), enlargement of *h₁elh₁én 〈*h₁elh₁én〉. More at elk. pronunciation
  • /læm/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A young sheep.
  2. The flesh of a lamb or sheep used as food.
  3. (figuratively) A person who is meek, docile and easily led.
  4. A simple, unsophisticated person.
  5. (finance, slang) One who ignorantly speculate on the stock exchange and is victimize.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) Of a sheep, to give birth.
  2. (transitive or intransitive) To assist (sheep) to give birth. The shepherd was up all night, lambing her young ewes.
  • balm
  • blam
lambie Alternative forms: lamby pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish or endearing) A lamb.
    • 2008, Karen J. Hasley, Waiting for Hope, page 226, Your lambies aren't lambies anymore, but they're pining for you just the same, and I'll drop them off on my way back if you want.
    • 2011, Mary Beth Temple, The Secret Language of Knitters, page 113, The part I don't like about sheep and wool festivals? The part where the little lambies aren't considered part of the fiber-bearing aspect but as part of the snack-food aspect. Lambies on a stick or ground up into sausage are not nearly as much fun to imagine as gamboling lambies waiting happily to be shorn.
    • 2014, Lee Maddaford, True Enlightenment, page 29, They are misguided by misinformation, and talking the Undisputed Truth is a physical means of weaning these little lambies from their childish and sheep like behaviour.
Lambo {{wikipedia}} etymology Lamborghini + o pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈlæm.bəʊ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A Lamborghini car
lame {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /leɪm/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English lame, from Old English lama, from the Proto-Germanic *lamaz, from Proto-Indo-European *lem-. Pokorny 2365. Akin to German lahm and Dutch lam, Old Norse lami, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian lam, akin to Old Church Slavonic ломити 〈lomiti〉.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Unable to walk properly because of a problem with one's feet or legs.
  2. Moving with pain or difficulty on account of injury, defect or temporary obstruction of a function. a lame leg, arm or muscle
  3. (by extension) Hobbling; limping; inefficient; imperfect.
    • Barrow a lame endeavour
    • Shakespeare O, most lame and impotent conclusion!
  4. (slang) Unconvincing or unbelievable. He had a really lame excuse for missing the birthday party.
  5. (slang) Failing to be cool, funny, interesting or relevant. He kept telling these extremely lame jokes all night.
  6. (slang) Strangely corny or sweet to an extent. I told him not to bring me flowers, so he brought a bunch of carrots instead. It was lame but it made me smile.
Referring to a person without a disability as “lame” is offensive to many as it suggests a derogatory characterization of the physical condition from which the term was derived. Synonyms: (unable to walk properly because of a problem with one's feet or legs) crippled, (moving with difficulty), (by extension, hobbling) hobbling, limping, inefficient, imperfect, (slang, unconvincing) unconvincing, unbelievable, (slang, failing to be cool, funny, interesting, or relevant) uncool, unfunny, uninteresting, irrelevant
  • (unable to walk properly because of a problem with one's feet or legs)
  • (moving with difficulty)
  • (by extension, hobbling) efficient, perfect
  • (slang, unconvincing) convincing, believable
  • (slang, failing to be cool, funny, interesting, or relevant) cool, funny, interesting, relevant
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) to cause a person or animal to become lame
    • 1877, Anna Sewell, Black Beauty: And if you don't want to lame your horse you must look sharp and get them [stones stuck in hooves] out quickly.
    • 1913, , , Now her soul felt lamed in itself. It was her hope that was struck.
etymology 2 From Middle French lame, from Latin lamina.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A lamina.
  2. (in the plural) A set of joined, overlapping metal plates.
related terms:
  • lamé
etymology 3
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete) To shine. {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}}
  • amel, Elam, Elma, leam, lema, male, Malé, meal
lamebrain etymology lame + brain
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A fool. You lamebrain! How could you do something so stupid?
Synonyms: See also
lame duck {{wikipedia}} etymology 18th century - A person who had defaulted in the London Stock Exchange was said to waddle out of Exchange Alley like a lame duck.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A person or thing that is helpless, inefficient or disabled.
    • January 1763, Anon, The Gentleman's and London Magazine, page 288: Thus is happens, that, when a considerable loss arises from such contract, the principal on whole behalf it was made, refuses to fulfil it; in this case, the loss falls upon the broker, without remedy; and if he does not fulfil the contract in default of his prinicipal, he foreits his credit and business, and becomes, in the cant of the Alley, a lame duck.
    • 1825, Ned Clinton; or The Commissary, page 186: A few days after our dinner at the Albion, Glover's city speculations, in spite of his unceasing attention in watching the marker, went altogether wrong, and the poor fellow waddled away from Chapel Court a defaulter, or as the stock-brokers emphatically called it, a lame duck.
  2. (US, politics) An elect official who has lost the recent election or is not eligible for reelection and is marking time until leaving office. Congressman Jones was a lame duck and did not vote on many issues that were important to his constituent.
  3. (finance, slang, dated) A person who can not fulfil his contracts.
lamely etymology lame + ly
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. In the manner of one who is lame.
  2. (colloquial) In a foolish or ineffective way. He lamely tried to lie his way out of it, but he wasn't really trying and no one believed him.
lameness etymology lame + ness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A impediment to walk due to the feet or legs. His lameness may have prevented him from walking but it didn't stop him from running for public office.
  2. (informal) The quality of being lame, pathetic or uncool. I can't believe the lameness of the special effects in that movie.
  • maleness
  • maneless
  • meanless
  • nameless
  • salesmen
lameo etymology lame + o
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A lame person; someone who is worthless or a loser.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Lame; of poor quality. Television reruns are often lameo.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. en-comparative of lame
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) a person lacking in maturity, social skill, technical competence or intelligence
  • maerl, Maler, marle, realm
lamesauce etymology lame + sauce
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Something that is undesirable or detrimental.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang) An expression of frustration or disappointment.
lamestream etymology {{blend}} Alternative forms: lame stream, lame-stream
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, usually, of media) Mainstream.
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    • {{quote-book }}
    • {{quote-web }}
  • malestream
lame-stream etymology {{blend}} Alternative forms: lame stream, lamestream
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) (usually) Mainstream.
    • {{quote-magazine }}
    • {{quote-book }}
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lametastic etymology lame + tastic
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Thoroughly lame or uncool.
    • 2008, Susie Day, serafina67 *urgently requires life* (page 90) Usually it is all OMG school exams stayathomestaringatceiling, only I try not to mention those bits as they are quite lametastic.
    • 2008, Mediaweek (volume 18, issues 17-32, page 608) The 2008 race has been lametastic when it comes to online advertising. Though each candidate has dabbled, some estimates say the two have spent just 2 percent of their budgets on the Web …
lamp {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English lampe, from Old French lampe, from Latin lampas, from Ancient Greek λαμπάς 〈lampás〉, from Proto-Indo-European *lāp-. Cognate with Lithuanian lópė, Welsh llachar. Replaced Middle English leohtfet, lihtfat, from Old English lēohtfæt. pronunciation
  • (RP) /læmp/
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  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A device that generate heat, light or other radiation.
  2. A device containing oil, burnt through a wick for illumination; an oil lamp.
  3. A piece of furniture holding one or more electric light sockets.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To hit, clout, belt, wallop.
  2. To hunt at night using a lamp; see lamping.
  3. (slang) To hang out or chill; to do nothing in particular.
  • palm
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fugitive from justice.
  • armlets
  • malters
  • martels
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A lance-corporal or lance-bombadier.
    • 1974, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York 2007, p. 44: They made him a lance-jack; but it was only because they wanted somebody tall at the end of the front rank to fix bayonets by.
land {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /lænd/
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etymology 1 From Middle English land, lond, from Old English land, lond, from Proto-Germanic *landą, from Proto-Indo-European *lendʰ-. Cognate with Scots land, Western Frisian lân, Dutch land, German Land, Swedish land, Icelandic land. Non-Germanic cognates include Old Irish lann, Welsh llan, Breton lann, Church Slavic лѧдо 〈lѧdo〉, from Proto-Slavic *lenda and Albanian lëndinë from lëndë.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The part of Earth which is not covered by ocean or other bodies of water. Most insects live on land.
  2. Real estate or landed property; a partitioned and measurable area which is owned and on which buildings can be erected. There are 50 acres of land in this estate.
  3. A country or region. They come from a faraway land.
  4. A person's country of origin and/or homeplace; homeland.
  5. The soil, in respect to its nature or quality for farming. wet land; good or bad land for growing potatoes
  6. (often, in combination) realm, domain. I'm going to Disneyland. Maybe that's how it works in TV-land, but not in the real world.
  7. (agriculture) The ground left unplough between furrow; any of several portions into which a field is divided for ploughing.
  8. (Irish English, colloquial) A fright. He got an awful land when the police arrived.
  9. (electronics) A conducting area on a board or chip which can be used for connect wire.
  10. In a compact disc or similar recording medium, an area of the medium which does not have pit.
  11. (travel) The non-airline portion of an itinerary. Hotel, tours, cruises, etc. Our city offices sell a lot more land than our suburban offices.
  12. (obsolete) The ground or floor.
    • Spenser Herself upon the land she did prostrate.
  13. (nautical) The lap of the strake in a clinker-built boat; the lap of plate in an iron vessel; called also landing. {{rfquotek}}
  14. In any surface prepared with indentation, perforation, or groove, that part of the surface which is not so treated, such as the level part of a millstone between the furrows.
    1. (ballistics) The space between the rifling grooves in a gun.
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To descend to a surface, especially from the air. The plane is about to land.
  2. (dated) To alight, to descend from a vehicle.
    • 1859, “Rules adopted by the Sixth Avenue Railway, N. Y.”, quoted in Alexander Easton, A Practical Treatise on Street or Horse-Power Railways, page 108: 10. You will be civil and attentive to passengers, giving proper assistance to ladies and children getting in or out, and never start the car before passengers are fairly received or landed.
  3. (intransitive) To come into rest.
  4. (intransitive) To arrive at land, especially a shore, or a dock, from a body of water.
  5. (transitive) To bring to land. It can be tricky to land a helicopter. Use the net to land the fish.
    • Shakespeare I'll undertake to land them on our coast.
  6. (transitive) To acquire; to secure.
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  7. (transitive) To deliver.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or relating to land.
  2. Residing or growing on land.
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. lant; urine
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lander {{wikipedia}} etymology land + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A spacecraft, particularly a probe, designed to set down on the surface of another celestial body.
  2. A person who waits at the mouth of the shaft to receive the kibble of ore.
  3. (slang) An illegal immigrant.
  • darnel, larned, learn'd
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  1. (humorous) A fictional or metaphorical place relating to the person or thing being suffixed.
    • 1987, Robert Maccubbin, Tis Nature's Fault: Unauthorized Sexuality during the Enlightenment, p. 235: "The action takes place in Fucklandia in the city of Venus-Mound situated on the banks of the Brothela, in the palace of Testiculus."
    • 2008, Paul Fischer, Rita Cheng, and William Taylor, Advanced Accounting, p. 666: Keltner Enterprises has acquired an 80% interest in Jacklandia (a foreign company).
    • 2011, Jeff Kahn, You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up: A Love Story, p. 46: I set down a fishy can of tuna, which in Catlandia is as enticing as foie gras to gourmets and shooting speedballs to junkies.
related terms:
  • -land
  • land
landing strip
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (aviation) A runway for aircraft, especially one which is auxiliary or temporary.
  2. (idiomatic) A cultivated pubic hair pattern in which much of the pubic hair is removed, leaving only a central vertical line or rectangle.
Synonyms: (runway for aircraft) airstrip, See also
land legs
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The sense of balance, slowly regained after a time at sea.
landlord pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈlænd.lɔːd/
  • (US) /ˈlænd.lɔɹd/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who owns and rents land such as a house, apartment, or condo.
  2. (chiefly, British) The owner or manager of a public house.
  3. (surfing, slang, with “the”) A shark, imagined as the owner of the surf to be avoided.
    • publisher's blurb for Stories from the Surf – The Lost Coast by 2004: the lurking presence of “The Landlord
Synonyms: (person who rents something) lessor, (owner or manager of a public house) publican
related terms:
  • landlady
  • tenant
  • lessor
landlubber etymology Extension (with land) of earlier lubber. Compare also landloper. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈlænd.lʌb.ə/
  • (US) /ˈlænd.lʌb.ɚ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical, pejorative) Someone unfamiliar with the sea or seamanship, especially a novice seaman.
coordinate terms:
  • (Someone unfamiliar with seamanship) landsman

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