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


leave it be
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) To allow something to follow its natural course.
leave me alone {{phrasebook}}
phrase: {{head}}
  1. stop talk to me, stop being near me, stop interfering with my life Leave me alone! Why can't you just leave me alone for once?! I'll be fine; please just leave me alone for a bit.
leave off
verb: {{head}}
  1. (transitive, idiomatic) To omit.
  2. (informal) To desist; to cease. Leave off hitting him!
  3. (intransitive) To stop with a view to resuming at a later point.
    • July 18 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club The Dark Knight Rises Picking up eight years after The Dark Knight left off, the film finds Gotham enjoying a tenuous peace based on Harvey Dent’s moral ideals rather than the ugly truth of his demise.
leaving do
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, UK) A party or other celebration held in honour of someone leaving their job.
Synonyms: goodbye party (US)
Lebanese etymology From Lebanon + ese pronunciation
  • (UK) /lɛ.bəˈniːz/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person from Lebanon or of Lebanese descent.
Synonyms: Lebo (offensive)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of, from, or pertaining to Lebanon, the Lebanese people or the Lebanese language.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, offensive, ethnic slur) A Lebanese person, usually a Lebanese Australian.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Australia, offensive, ethnic slur) Of Lebanese descent.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A city in Kansas.
lech {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 Backformation from lecher Alternative forms: letch pronunciation
  • /lɛtʃ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A strong, lecherous desire or craving.
  2. (slang) A lecher.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To behave lecherously
etymology 2 Welsh llech pronunciation
  • /lɛk/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The capstone of a cromlech.
lechfest etymology lech + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, pejorative) Something prurient or characterized/frequented by lecher.
    • 1992, 8 May, Till Poser - ZEUS OFFLINE [username], Re: Friendly greeting,!original/, alt.flame, “Aren't You that Steven S. Salter of cow fucking fame? The one that got the talk.bizarros so much up in arms that they waged a rather successful net.terrorism campaign on that smarmy little lechfest You have the gall to call a newsgroup? ”
    • 2001, Jonathan Buckley, Ghost MacIndoe, Fourth Estate (2002), ISBN 9780007447299, unnumbered page: 'Blather, drivel, drivel, “a straight-to-video college-kids-in-peril lechfest that ringfenced Fliss with a bevy of D-cup babes whose futures, I think it's safe to say, lie in the world of one-hander websites.” {{…}}
    • 2005, Craig Malisow, "Keeping Score", Houston Press, 2 June 2005: Cradle-robbing anti-Semites aside, the fast-seduction community isn't the lechfest it might sound like.
lechy etymology lech + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Like a lech; lecherous, tawdrily lustful.
    • {{quote-news}}
  • chyle
lecky Alternative forms: leccy etymology Diminutive form of electricity. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) Electricity. the lecky’s off
lecture {{wikipedia}} etymology From Malayalam lectura, from Latin lectus, past participle of legō. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈlɛk.tʃə/
  • (US) /ˈlɛk.tʃɚ/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. {{senseid}} A spoken lesson or exposition, usually delivered to a group.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 1 , “The stories did not seem to me to touch life. […] They left me with the impression of a well-delivered stereopticon lecture, with characters about as life-like as the shadows on the screen, and whisking on and off, at the mercy of the operator.”
    exampleDuring class today the professor delivered an interesting lecture.
  2. A berating or scolding. exampleI really don't want you to give me a lecture about my bad eating habits.
  3. (obsolete) The act of read. examplethe lecture of Holy Scripture
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. {{senseid}}(ambitransitive) To teach (somebody) by giving a speech on a given topic. exampleThe professor lectured to two classes this morning.
  2. (transitive) To preach, to berate, to scold.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    exampleEmily's father lectured her about the importance of being home before midnight.
Synonyms: See also
related terms:
  • analects
  • lectern
  • lection
  • lesson
ledge pronunciation
  • /lɛdʒ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A shelf on which articles may be laid; also, that which resembles such a shelf in form or use, as a projecting ridge or part, or a molding or edge in joinery.
  2. (geology) A shelf, ridge, or reef, of rocks.
  3. A layer or stratum.
  4. A lode; a limited mass of rock bearing valuable mineral.
  5. (architecture) A (door or window) lintel .
  6. (architecture) A cornice.
  7. A piece of timber to support the deck, placed athwartship between beam.
  8. (slang) A lege; a legend.
    • , ,
  • glede
  • gleed
Ledhead etymology Led Zeppelin + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fan of the English rock band Led Zeppelin.
    • 1993, Kenneth Ritchie, letter to the editor, Spin, December 1993, page 26: Yes, I am probably your worst nightmare — a Ledhead. If the definition of a "God" has something to do with immortality and transcendence, then Robert Plant fits the bill.
    • 2005, Ralph Hulett & Jerry Prochnicky, Whole Lotta Led: Our Flight With Led Zeppelin, Citadel Press Books (2005), ISBN 0806526394, page 115: I was proud to be a Ledhead, and still am today.
    • 2010, Joshua Boydston, Band of Joy review, The Oklahoma Daily (University of Oklahoma), 21 September 2010, page 7: And for all those Ledheads, yes, Plant trots the devil out for an appearance, but only a brief one that's free of any worship.
Synonyms: Zephead
Led Zep
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) The rock band Led Zeppelin.
Synonyms: Zep
leet {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /liːt/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Compare Old English hlēte, *hlīete, cognate with Old Norse hleyti.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Scotland) A portion or list, especially a list of candidates for an office.
etymology 2 From Old English let, past tense of lætan
verb: {{head}}
  1. (obsolete) en-simple past of let
etymology 3 Originated 1400–50 from late Middle English lete, from xno lete and Malayalam leta, possibly from Old English gelǣte.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, obsolete) A regular court in which the certain lord had jurisdiction over local disputes, or the physical area of this jurisdiction.
etymology 4 {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (zoology) The European pollock.
etymology 5 An aphetic form of elite. Alternative forms: 1337, eleet, el337, l33t, 31337, and 3l33t.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet slang) abbreviation of leetspeak
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or relating to leetspeak.
  2. (slang) Possessing outstanding skill in a field; expert, masterful.
  3. (slang) Having superior social rank over others; upper class, elite.
  4. (slang) Awesome, typically to describe a feat of skill; cool, sweet.
  • tele
left {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From Middle English left, luft, leoft, lift, lyft, from Old English left, lyft, from Proto-Germanic *luft- (compare Scots left, Northern Frisian lefts, leeft, leefts, Western Frisian lofts, dialectal Dutch loof, Low German ), from *lubjaną (compare dialectal English lib, West Frisian lobje, Dutch lubben), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)leup, *(s)lup. More at lob, lop. pronunciation
  • /lɛft/
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adjective: {{head}}
  1. The opposite of right; toward the west when one is facing north. Turn left at the corner.
  2. (politics) pertaining to the political left; liberal, communistic.
Synonyms: left-hand, sinister, sinistral
  • right
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. On the left side.
  2. Towards the left side.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The left side or direction.
  2. (politics) The ensemble of left-wing political parties. Those holding left-wing views as a group. The political left is not holding enough power.
  3. (boxing) A punch delivered with the left fist.
Synonyms: (left side or direction) 9 o'clock, port, (politics)
etymology 2 Middle English left, variant of laft, from Old English læfd, past participle of lǣfan. More at leave.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of leave.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 8 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Afore we got to the shanty Colonel Applegate stuck his head out of the door. His temper had been getting raggeder all the time, and the sousing he got when he fell overboard had just about ripped what was left of it to ravellings.”
  2. Remaining. exampleThere are only three cups of juice left.
etymology 3 From a verbal use of leave, perhaps connected to Middle English leven, from Old English liefan. More at leave.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (Ireland, colloquial) permitted, allowed to proceed. We were not left go to the beach after school except on a weekend.
  • {{rank}}
  • felt
  • TEFL
leftard etymology left + tard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A person of left-wing political views.
Synonyms: libtard (derogatory), moonbat (derogatory)
  • rightard
left coast etymology From left + coast, from the reputation of the West Coast as politically left-wing and its location.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang, politics) The United States West Coast.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone who is left-footed
  2. (UK, derogatory) A Roman Catholic.
    • 2011, , Die with Me, ISBN 9781770890251, p. 382 (Google preview): Jones shook his head knowingly. "I forgot you're a left-footer. Catholic by name, catholic by nature."
  • right-footer
left-handed cigarette
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) marijuana cigarette
Leftpondia etymology From left ‘west’ + pond ‘Atlantic Ocean’ + ia. Apparently from the Usenet newsgroup alt.usage.english circa 1997.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang) English-speak part of The Americas.
    • 2002 June 17, Graybags <>, "Some Thoughts On Leftpondia",, Usenet.
    • 2003 October 30,, "to Rightpondia", alt.usage.english, Usenet, One difference between Rightpondia and Leftpondia is that Arpudlians go 'to hospital' and Elpudlians go 'to the hospital'.
    • 2007 August 16,, "Regarding Leftpondia",, Usenet.
Leftpondian etymology Apparently from the Usenet newsgroup alt.usage.english circa 1997.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) From or of Leftpondia.
    • 1999 December 29, Garry J. Vass <>, "London Boink -> update (Leftpondian)", alt.usage.english, uk.culture.language.english, Usenet.
    • 2001 January 4, Mark Brader <>, "Re: Twenty-six-hundred", alt.usage.english, Usenet, As has been pointed out here before, Leftpondian check forms typically have a blank for the amount in words followed by "/100 dollars", to be filled in in the style "Forty-five and 37/100 dollars".
    • 2003 February 5, Harvey V <>, "Re: preference preference",, Usenet, Or is there perhaps some Leftpondian region where "rather" is used as an intensifier?
    • 2006 August 10, Dr Peter Young <>, "Leftpondian circumlocution.",, Usenet.
  2. (slang) Like a Leftpondian person.
    • 2000 March 12, Polgara The Sorceress <>, "Re: Nouns as Verbs",, Usenet, I may be *so* Leftpondian, but you love me anyway!
    • 2000 August 3, John Ward <>, "Re: Point this friday ( 28th July)",, Usenet, How very Leftpondian of you to refer to them thus...
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A Leftpondian person.
    • 2003 June 20, Jacqui <>, "Nu Salford displaces Real Manc [was Re: Between X to Y]", alt.usage.english, Usenet, No, not particularly. That's why I offered it as an example of a large place well known to Brits but not to Leftpondians. It is very close to Manchester.
    • 2005 July 5, Peter Boulding <>, "Attention Leftpondians: you're older than you think",, Usenet, Leftpondians are at least 24,000 years older than previously thought, according to an article in today's Independent.
    • 2006 August 10, Dr Peter Young <>, "Leftpondian circumlocution.",, Usenet, Just heard a Leftpondian, on the radio news and in relevance to airport security, refer to "specially trained canine units".
  • Rightpondian
leg {{ picdic }} Alternative forms: legge (obsolete) etymology From Middle English leg, from Old Norse leggr, from Proto-Germanic *lagjaz, *lagwijaz, from Proto-Indo-European *(ǝ)lak-, *lēk-. Cognate with Scots leg, Icelandic leggur, Norwegian legg, Swedish lägg, Danish læg, lng lagi, Latin lacertus, Persian لنگ 〈lng〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) /lɛɡ/
  • (some US dialects) /leɪɡ/{{R:Merriam Webster Online|leg}}
  • {{audio}}
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The lower limb of a human being or animal that extends from the groin to the ankle. Dan won't be able to come to the party, since he broke his leg last week and is now on crutches.
  2. (anatomy) The portion of the lower appendage of a human that extends from the knee to the ankle.
  3. A part of garment, such as a pair of trousers/pants, that covers a leg. The left leg of these jeans has a tear.
  4. A stage of a journey, race etc. After six days, we're finally in the last leg of our cross-country trip.
  5. (nautical) A distance that a sailing vessel does without changing the sails from one side to the other.
  6. (nautical) One side of a multiple-sided (often triangular) course in a sailing race.
  7. (sports) A single game or match played in a tournament or other sporting contest.
    • {{quote-news }}
  8. One of the two sides of a right triangle that is not the hypotenuse.
  9. (geometry) One of the branches of a hyperbola or other curve which extend outward indefinitely.
  10. A rod-like protrusion from an inanimate object, supporting it from underneath. the legs of a chair or table
  11. (usually used in plural) evidence, the ability for a thing or idea to succeed or persist
  12. (UK, slang, archaic) A disreputable sporting character; a blackleg.
  13. An extension of a steam boiler downward, in the form of a narrow space between vertical plates, sometimes nearly surrounding the furnace and ash pit, and serving to support the boiler; called also water leg.
  14. In a grain elevator, the case containing the lower part of the belt which carries the buckets.
  15. (cricket) A fielder whose position is on the outside, a little in rear of the batter.
  16. (telephony) A branch or lateral circuit connecting an instrument with the main line.
  17. (electrical) A branch circuit; one phase of a polyphase system.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To put a series of three or more options strike into the stock market.
  2. To remove the legs from an animal carcass.
  3. To build legs onto a platform or stage for support.
  • ElG, ELG
  • gel
leg. etymology Abbreviation. pronunciation
  • /lɛd͡ʒ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Canada, informal) A legislature, or legislative building.
  2. abbreviation of legate
  3. abbreviation of legend
  4. abbreviation of legislation
  5. abbreviation of legislature
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. abbreviation of legal
  2. abbreviation of legislative
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (music) abbreviation of legato
  • ElG, ELG
  • gel
legal etymology From Latin lēgālis, from lēx. Compare loyal. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈliː.ɡəl/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • (US) /ˈliɡəl/
  • {{audio}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Relating to the law or to lawyer.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    examplelegal profession
  2. Having its basis in the law. examplelegal precedent
  3. Being allow or prescribe by law.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    examplelegal motion
  4. (informal) Above the age of consent or the legal drinking age.
  • (allowed) banned, contraband, disallowed, forbidden, illegal, outlawed
  • (concerning law) black-market, back-alley
  • (over age of consent) underage
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, Canada) Paper in sheets 8½ in × 14 in (215.9 mm × 355.6 mm).
  • {{rank}}
legal eagle
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) A skillful and adroit attorney He made his reputation as a legal eagle as a prosecutor before entering private practice.
Synonyms: Philadelphia lawyer, legal beagle
leg bail
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, dated) Escape from custody by running away.
leg before
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (cricket, colloquial) leg before wicket.
leg-breaker Alternative forms: leg breaker, legbreaker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, US, slang) A violent thug, especially one employed as an enforcer by a criminal organization.
    • 1974, , "Mob money took Rebozo," Rome News-Tribune (US), 4 Sep., p. 4 (retrieved 5 Jan. 2009): The thug was an acknowledged leg breaker, a shakedown artist, a peddler of violence.
  2. A person whose job is to break the legs of poultry in a food processing facility.
    • 2000, M. McDiarmid et al., "Male and Female Rate Differences in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Injuries," Environmental Research, vol. 83, no. 1, p. 28: For example, jobs described as meat wrapper or leg breaker would both be coded "butcher meat cutter."
  3. (soccer) A tackle or other on-field maneuver capable of breaking a player's leg.
    • 2008, "Mailbox,", 22 Dec. (retrieved 5 Jan. 2009): Arca performed a similar stunt with a high over-the-top-of-the-ball tackle on Andy Johnson, except he connected. It is what is called a leg-breaker.
  4. (cycling) A demanding bicycling competition or the course on which such a competition is held.
    • 2003, Tim Maloney, "First Edition News for May 22, 2003,", 22 May (retrieved 5 Jan. 2009): Zoncolan is a fabled leg breaker of a 13.3km climb that is one of the toughest ascents ever included in a major stage race.
  5. (cricket) A cricketer who bowls leg break.
    • 1905, The Strand Magazine, p. 703: Armstrong is a leg-breaker, with eight fielders on the on-side. Probably he would do better if he bowled more at the wicket.
  6. (cricket) A leg break ball.
    • 1894, "Canadian Cricketers Lead," New York Times, 18 Sep., p. 3 (retrieved 5 Jan. 2009): Noble joined Wood, and the pair changed the aspect of affairs, 45 being up before a leg breaker from McGiverin proved too good for Noble's defense.
related terms:
  • leg break
lege pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈlɛdʒ.ə/
etymology 1 {{abbreviation-old}} for legislature.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, colloquial) legislature
etymology 2 Abbreviated from allege.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete) To allege; to assert. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 3 {{abbreviation-old}} for legend.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland, slang) legend, colloquially used to describe a person who is held in high regard
  • glee
legend {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English legende, from Old French legende, from Malayalam legenda, from Latin legendus, from lego. pronunciation
  • /ˈlɛdʒ.ənd/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A story of unknown origin describing plausible but extraordinary past events. The legend of Troy was discovered to have historical basis.
  2. A story in which a kernel of truth is embellish to an unlikely degree. The 1984 Rose Bowl prank has spawned many legends. Here's the real story.
  3. A leading protagonist in a historical legend. Achilles is a legend in Greek culture.
  4. A person of extraordinary accomplishment. Michael Jordan stands as a legend in basketball.
  5. A key to the symbols and color codes on a map, chart, etc. According to the legend on the map, that building is a school.
  6. An inscription, motto, or title, especially one surrounding the field in a medal or coin, or placed upon a heraldic shield or beneath an engraving or illustration.
  7. A fabricated backstory for a spy, with associated documents and records; a cover story. According to his legend, he once worked for the Red Cross, spreading humanitarian aid in Africa.
    • 1992, , Inside the CIA, 1994 edition, ISBN 067173458X, page 115: If the documents are needed to establish "a light legend," meaning a superficial cover story, no steps are taken to make sure that if someone calls the college or motor vehicle department, the name on the document will be registered.
    • 2003, Rodney Carlisle, Spies and Espionage, , ISBN 0028644182, page 105: Sorge solidified his own position by returning to Germany and developing a new legend. He joined the Nazi Party….
    • 2005, , Twilight Warriors, , ISBN 1591146607, page 25: Both the agent's legend and documents were intended to stand up against casual questions from Soviet citizens, such as during a job interview, or a routine police document check, such as were made at railway stations.
  8. (UK, Irish, Australia, New Zealand, colloquial, slang) A cool, nice or helpful person, especially one who is male. I've lost my pen! —Here mate, borrow mine. —You legend.
Synonyms: (story of unknown origin) myth, (story embellished to become implausible) myth, tall tale, (leading protagonist) hero, (person of extraordinary accomplishment) hero, (key to symbols on a map or chart) guide, key, (text on a coin) inscription, (fabricated backstory for a spy) cover, cover story, (worthy friend) brick
related terms:
  • lege
  • legendary
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (archaic, transitive) To tell or narrate; to recount. {{rfquotek}}
legendaire etymology From French légendaire.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) legendary in act or function.
contraction: {{head}}
  1. (slang) Contraction of let go. To cease to hold. Generally used in the imperative.
    • 1949, William Lindsay Gresham: Limbo Tower (page 87) He stepped in, gripping the orderly by the front of his white jacket. "Hey, leggo me. You'll start hemorrhaging and they'll blame me."
    • 1966, Richard Johns: Pagany (page 120) Hey, leggo, mister! I want to stay up there in the sun! Jim picked up the kid and carried him.
    • 2005, Christine M McMahon: Choices Made: The Street Years "Hey, leggo," Nick said pushing Jamy back a little. "What are you doin' ?" "I just wanted to hug you."
legislative building Alternative forms: leg. (Canada)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Canada) The meeting place of a provincial legislature.
legit etymology of legitimate. pronunciation
  • (US) /ləˈdʒɪt/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) legitimate; legal; allowed by the rules
  2. (by extension) genuine, actual, literal or honest, of a thing or person
  3. (slang) cool by virtue of being genuine (considered to be the real deal)
  • gilet
leg it
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, slang) To run away, to flee. After snatching my handbag he just legged it.
  2. (intransitive, slang) To hurry. As soon as I heard about the fire I legged it over here as fast as I could.
Synonyms: beat it, scarper, scram, skedaddle, vamoose
  • gilet
legitly etymology legit + ly
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (slang) legitimately
  2. (slang) really, very
legitness etymology legit + ness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Property of being legit:
    1. Legitimacy.
    2. Coolness.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Without leg.
  2. (slang) Too drunk to stand.
Synonyms: See also .
Legoland etymology Name of a chain of theme park based on the Lego building bricks.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A place characterised by square edges and extreme regularity.
    • 1997, Mark McCrum, No worries: a journey through Australia ...three hundred yards back from that, behind a legoland of hotels and apartment blocks...
    • 2004, Tim Jepson, The rough guide to Canada Its pristine stone houses, most of which date from around 1685, are undeniably photogenic, with their steep metal roofs, numerous chimneys and pastel-coloured shutters, but it's a Legoland townscape, devoid of the scars of history.
    • 2004, Neil Leach, Laurent Gutierrez, Valérie Portefaix, China Gradually these Legolands appear bigger and bigger, closer and closer, as the aircraft descends.
    • 2004, Yorke M Rowan, Uzi Baram, Marketing heritage: archaeology and the consumption of the past Unlike most cities and towns in the East, one Bavarian preservationist claimed, modernized West German cities had mutated into "schematized Legolands"...
lek {{was wotd}} {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{audio-pron}}
  • {{rhymes}}
Alternative forms: laike (Yorkshire)
etymology 1 From Germanic roots meaning "play". In the biology sense, it comes specifically from Swedish lek, by means of Swedish leka. The verb is first attested in English in 1871 and the noun at least as early as 1867.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (biology) An aggregation of male animal for the purposes of courtship and display.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (biology) To take part in the courtship and display behaviour of a lek.
    • 1994, M. B. Andersson, Sexual Selection, page 164, Males in many lekking species have conspicuous morphological ornaments that may be targets of female choice, but male contest competition may also be involved.
    • 2000, George Barlow, The Cichlid Fishes: Nature's Grand Experiment In Evolution, page 79, The second reason lekking is so fascinating is because the males aggregate.
    • 2010, Boaz Yuval, Jorge Hendrichs 17: Behavior of Fruit Fly in the Genus Ceratitis (Dacinae: Ceratitidini), Martin Aluja, Allen Norrbom (editors), Fruit Flies (Tephritidae): Phylogeny and Evolution of Behavior, page 437, In a recent study (Yuval et al. 1998), the size and weight of males captured either lekking or resting at the same time in the vicinity of leks were measured.
    • 2010, Robert Michael Pyle, Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year, unnumbered page, Half a dozen of the thumbnail-size males lekked in a sunny glade.
  2. (UK, dialect, Yorkshire, colloquial) To play. T’lads are lekkin in t’park.
The Yorkshire dialect word is rarely written and is pronounced differently in the different Ridings of Yorkshire. Compare laik, layk.
etymology 2 From Albanian lek, named after Alexander the Great, whose name is often shortened to Leka in Albanian.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. {{senseid}}The currency unit of Albania, divided into 100 qindarka.
    • 1992, Mario I. Bléjer, Albania: From Isolation Toward Reform, page 56, With the loss of control by the Government over foreign exchange surrender requirements and the almost complete depletion of foreign exchange reserves, in early 1992 the official rate was further devalued to leks 50 = $1.
    • 1997, Igor Artimiev, Gary J. Fine, Country Studies: Albania, Ira W. Lieberman, Stilpon S. Nestor, Raj M. Desai, Between State and Market: Mass Privatization in Transition Economies, page 178, Enterprise shares are sold at voucher auctions in exchange for either immaterial privatization leks (through a bank transfer from the bidder's privatization lek account) or through privatization vouchers, which are submitted at the time of bidding.
    • 2003, Iraj Hoshi, Ewa Balcerowicz, Leszek Balcerowicz, Barriers to Entry and Growth of New Firms in Early Transition, page 253, Value Added Tax is another tax imposed on all enterprises with a yearly turnover of more than 2 million Leks. VAT was introduced in the Albanian tax system in 1995 replacing the old turnover tax.
  • elk
Le Mans {{wikipedia}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A city in France, and capital of the department of Sarthe
  2. (informal) A contraction of The 24 Hours of Le Mans, an annual 24-hour motor race held near Le Mans.
related terms:
  • Manceau, Mancelle
  • Anselm
lemme etymology Written form of a of "let me".
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial) Let me. Lemme go!
related terms:
  • gimme
lemon {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} {{wikispecies}} etymology From Old French lymon, from Arabic ليمون 〈lymwn〉 or Ottoman Turkish لیمون 〈ly̰mwn〉, from Persian لیمو 〈ly̰mw〉{{R:Etymonline|lemon}}. Cognate with Sanskrit निम्बू 〈nimbū〉. pronunciation
  • /ˈlɛmən/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A yellowish citrus fruit.
  2. A semitropical evergreen tree, {{taxlink}}, that bears such fruits.
  3. A taste or flavour/flavor of lemons.
  4. A more or less bright shade of yellow associated with lemon fruits. {{color panel}} {{color panel}}
  5. (slang) A defective or inadequate item. He didn’t realise until he’d paid for it that the car was a lemon.
  6. (Cockney rhyming slang, from "lemon tart") Smart; cheeky, vocal.
    • 2009, Caitlin Moran, ‘Why I love paying tax’, The Times, 12 Oct 2009: Obviously Emin is not the first public figure to get lemon over tax increases.
  7. (Cockney rhyming slang, shortened from “lemon flavour”) favour, favor. A thousand quid for that motor? Do me a lemon, I could get it for half that.
  8. (fandom) A piece of fanfiction involving explicit sex (named after the erotic anime series Cream Lemon).
Synonyms: (defective item) bomb, (erotic fanfiction) PWP, smutfic
related terms:
  • limonene
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Containing or having the flavour/flavor and/or scent of lemons.
  2. Of the pale yellow colour/color of lemons.
  • melon
lemongrass etymology lemon + grass pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One of various species of grass of the genus Cymbopogon, which have a lemon-like taste and aroma, and are used as herbs.
  2. (colloquial, US) Sourgrass, {{taxlink}}.
lemur {{wikipedia}} {{wikispecies}} etymology From Latin lemurēs (pl. only), "spirits of the dead". The name was originally given to the slender loris (then Lemur tardigradus) in 1754 by Carl Linnaeus. According to Linnaeus, the name was selected because of the nocturnal activity and slow movements of the slender loris. In 1758, Linnaeus added—among others—the ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) to the genus Lemur. All other species, including the slender loris, were eventually moved to other genera. In time, the word became the colloquial name for all primates endemic to Madagascar.{{cite paper | last = Dunkel | first = A.R. | coauthors = Zijlstra, J.S.; Groves, C.P. | title = Giant rabbits, marmosets, and British comedies: etymology of lemur names, part 1 | journal = Lemur News | volume = 16 | pages = 64–70 | date = 2011/2012 | url = | accessdate = 11 April 2013}} pronunciation
  • /ˈliːmə(r)/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}} (in non-rhotic accents)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Any strepsirrhine primate of the infraorder Lemuriformes, superfamily Lemuroidea, native only to Madagascar and some surrounding islands.
  2. The genus Lemur, represented by the ring-tailed lemur ({{taxlink}}).
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  3. (obsolete) The genus for a loris ({{taxlink}}, now {{taxlink}}), predating the 10th edition of Systema Naturæ.
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The taxonomy is currently disputed, see .
related terms:
  • Lemuria
Leomania etymology Leo + mania
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, 1990s) Enthusiasm for the actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
    • 1998, New York (volume 31, page 27) "The people closest to him have Leomania worse than anyone," the actor says.
    • 1998, Michael Fleming, DiCaprio hits Beach as Boyle takes helm (in Variety, 10 July 1998) Leomania roared with media reports about numerous films he was supposedly doing at salaries as high as $22 million.
    • 1998, Stephanie Scott, Lovin' Leo And Leomania has swept the planet. In Japan, fans lined up three nights ahead of time just to catch a glimpse of him arriving at the Tokyo Film Festival.
    • 1999, Louis Turi, The Power of the Dragon Released at the zenith of teenyboppers' Leomania, Mask casts DiCaprio as evil and saintly twins, a dual role that was a royal pain for some critics.
leppy etymology From Spanish lepra (leprosy).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, US) A young animal, particularly a cow or bull, a lamb, or a colt, which has been abandon or orphan.
    • 2006, Paula Morin, Honest Horses: Wild Horses in the Great Basin, p. 105: When those big bands take off, the mares never come back for those leppies. We were branding one time and saw a little bunch move out and a mom left a leppy behind.
    • 2003, American Cowboy, Vol. 10, No. 4, p. 90: Out on the range, he would have been a stunted leppy.
    • 1978, Sarah E. Olds, Twenty Miles From a Match: Homesteading in Western Nevada, p. 44: I have heard a famous rodeo announcer crack the same old joke every year, "A leppy is a little calf whose ma has died, and whose pa has run away with another cow."
les Alternative forms: lez pronunciation
  • (UK), /lɛz/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, colloquial) form of Short form
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, colloquial) form of Short form
  • els
  • ESL
  • SLE
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) abbreviation of lesbian
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) abbreviation of lesbian
lesbian etymology From Latin Lesbiana, from Ancient Greek Λέσβος 〈Lésbos〉 + Latin adjective suffix -iana; by reference to of Lesbos (whence also sapphist), known for her sentimental poems about women.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (of a woman) Homosexual; preferring female romantic or sexual partners. She is lesbian.
  2. (of a romantic or sexual act or relationship) Between two women; homosexual. She's involved in a lesbian relationship. Lesbian marriage is still illegal in some nations.
    • 2011, Michael Bruce, ‎Robert M. Stewart, College Sex - Philosophy for Everyone (ISBN 1444341448), page 32: … Madonna's infamous nationally televised lesbian kiss with Britney Spears …
  3. (especially of an institution or group) Intended for lesbians. We're going to a lesbian bar tonight.
    • 2000, Bonnie Zimmerman, Encyclopedia of lesbian and gay histories and cultures, volume 1, page 135: Some lesbians also felt comfortable in the entertainment clubs in the black section of the city; these clubs were not lesbian but were lesbian friendly.
    • 2008, Carl Abbott, How cities won the West: four centuries of urban change, page 283: Openly gay poets such as Allen Ginsberg were prominent among the beats, and many North Beach bars were gay and lesbian as well as bohemian.
Synonyms: (of a woman: preferring female partners) dyke (usually offensive, but reclaimed by some lesbians), gay (preferred by some lesbians), homosexual (not specific to female homosexuality), (between two women; pertaining to female homosexuality) dyke (usually offensive, but reclaimed by some lesbians), gay (preferred by some lesbians), homosexual (not specific to female homosexuality)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A homosexual female, a woman who is sexually or romantically attracted to other women.
Synonyms: sapphist, (offensive) Amy-John, beaver eater, beanflicker, boondagger, bulldiker, bulldyker, carpet muncher, clam smacker, crack snacker, cunt-lapper, donut bumper, dyke, lesbianist, lezzer, lezzie, lezzo, rug muncher, scissor sister, todger dodger, vagitarian, clitorist, See also
  • LGBT
  • gay
  • homosexual
  • queer
  • ansible
  • bilanes
lesbianist etymology lesbian + ist
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sometimes pejorative) alternative form of lesbian
lesbigay etymology {{blend}} pronunciation
  • /ləz.ˈbaɪ.ɡeɪ/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Of or relating to lesbian, bisexual, and gay people or the LGB community.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A lesbian, bisexual, or gay person.
lesbionic etymology {{blend}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (humorous) Lesbian.
    • 2002, Sarah O'Donnell, The Flow Chronicles, Microcosm (2002), page 136: So I did the most cliché lesbionic thing a kid could possibly do, besides buy every Ani DiFranco album and become vegetarian: I cut off my dreadlocks.
    • 2003, Bett Williams, The Wrestling Party, Alyson Publishing (2003), page 141: Jolene pulled off Kip's pants, exposing his quivering pink member to the lesbionic onlookers.
lesbo etymology From lesbian + o. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈlɛzbəʊ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Lesbian.
  • boles
  • lobes
le sigh etymology Used by Pepé Le Pew, stereotypically French skunk character in Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons; combination of French le ("the") and English sigh.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (informal, humorous, chiefly, Internet) A sigh of longing or disappointment.
    • 2000, "Austin Creations", What if? (on Internet newsgroup alt.crafts.professional) I would also fly business class instead of in the cattle section.. *le sigh* I hate those small seats. Even though I lost weight, I swear the "economy" section of the plane has been getting smaller and smaller.
  • sleigh
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) a lesbian.
lest etymology c.1200, contracted from Middle English phrase les te "less that," from Old English phrase þy læs þe "whereby less that," from þy (instrumental case of demonstrative article þæt “that”) + læs + þe. The þy was dropped and the remaining two words contracted into leste.{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}} pronunciation
  • /lɛst/
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  • {{rhymes}}
conjunction: {{en-con}}
  1. For fear that; that . . . not; in order that . . . not; in case.
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    exampleHe won't go outside, lest he be eaten by those ravenous eagles.
  2. That (without the negative particle); – after certain expressions denoting fear or apprehension.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 4 , “Mr. Cooke at once began a tirade against the residents of Asquith for permitting a sandy and generally disgraceful condition of the roads. So roundly did he vituperate the inn management in particular, and with such a loud flow of words, that I trembled lest he should be heard on the veranda.”
The word lest is always followed by the , usually in either the present or future tense. For example: Lest they be captured, the soldiers fled from the battlefield. The future subjunctive would simply employ the auxiliary word should. Synonyms: (for fear that) before (informal)
  • ELTs
  • lets, let's, LETS
  • TESL
let's Alternative forms: let us (archaic) pronunciation
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  • /lɛts/
etymology Contraction of let us.
verb: {{head}}
  1. {{non-gloss}} Let’s eat lunch sometime. Let’s dance.
Let’s is always inclusive, which refers to both the speaker and the addressee, while let us is commonly exclusive, which refers only to the speaker.
  • Let’s go, we are late. - inclusive we
  • Release us and let us go! - exclusive we
Negation of let's is let's not in standard English.
  • Let’s not talk about it.
Don't is also used, but it is often considered non-standard.
  • Let’s don’t talk about it. (US)
  • Don’t let’s talk about it. (British)
Tag questions with let's typically take shall we?.
  • Let's go to the beach, shall we?
The form it is derived from, let us, is considered somewhat archaic.
  • ELTs, lest, TESL
let's go {{wikipedia}}
interjection: {{head}}
  1. first-person plural imperative of to go. Let’s go to the beach next Saturday.
  2. Hurry up, be quick.
Synonyms: (hurry up) be quick, chop chop, come on, get a move on, hurry up, look lively, shake a leg
let's not and say we did
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial, usually, sarcastic, dismissive) en
    • 1926, Maxwell Bodenheim, Ninth Avenue, H. Liveright, page 30: "Let's not and say we did," he answered, moodily.
    • 1947, James Thomas Farrell, The Life Adventurous, Vanguard Press, page 286: "Let's kick in a window on George," Dick Buckford said. "Let's not and say we did," Andy Houlihan said.
    • 2006, Jane A. G. Kise, Differentiated Coaching: A Framework for Helping Teachers Change, Corwin Press, ISBN 1412916437, page 65: Many teachers take a "Let's not and say we did" attitude toward extended experiential learning in the different styles.
let alone
conjunction: {{en-con}}
  1. (idiomatic, negative polarity item) Much less; to say nothing of; used after one negative clause to introduce another, usually broader and more important clause, whose negation is implied by the negation of the first. exampleHe couldn't boil water, let alone prepare a dinner for eight.
  2. (idiomatic, positive polarity item, rare) not to mention, as well as; used after one item, to introduce a further item which is entailed by the first.
  • Sometimes used with the order of items reversed.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To leave alone, let be; to stop bothering. exampleI wish he would let me alone so I could get some sleep.
letch Alternative forms: lech
etymology 1 See lech, lecher.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic) Strong desire; passion. Some people have a letch for unmasking impostors, or for avenging the wrongs of others. — De Quincey.
  2. (informal) Someone with an overly strong sexual desire.
etymology 2 From loec - later lache, variant letch - for example Sandy's Letch located east of Annitsford in Northumberland.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A stream or pool in boggy land.
etymology 3
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative form of leach
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. alternative form of leach
{{Webster 1913}}
letcha etymology let + cha
contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. (slang) Let you. I letcha do it.
  • chalet, châlet, thecal, Thecla
let out
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To release. The students were let out of school early.
  2. To allow to operate at higher speed by adjusting controls. He let out the reins when they were a mile from the barn. The engineer let out the throttle after the train crossed the bridge.
  3. (of clothing) To enlarge by adjusting one or more seam. After the holidays he had to have his suits let out.
  4. (informal) Of sound, to emit. The dog let out a yelp.
  5. To disclose. He accidentally let out the location for the meeting.
  • outlet
let rip
verb: {{head}}
  1. (transitive, informal) to unleash, let loose, uncork When she heard the news, she let rip a tirade heard throughout the office. Ok, it's all clear. Let 'er rip. He let rip a fart that emptied the elevator at the next floor.
  2. (intransitive, usually, with a prepositional phrase) To utter or release without restraint. She let rip with a tirade everyone heard. She let rip about Mary's flirting with Lizzie's boyfriend.
  • prelit, triple
lettuce {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English letuse, of uncertain precise origin; related to Old French laitue, from Latin lactūca, from lac, because of the milky fluid in its stalks. pronunciation
  • /ˈlɛtɪs/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An edible plant, Lactuca sativa and its close relatives, having a head of green and/or purple leaves.
  2. (uncountable) The leaves of the lettuce plant, eaten as a vegetable; as a dish often mixed with other ingredients, dressing etc. I’ll have a ham sandwich with lettuce and tomato.
  3. (uncountable, US, slang) United States paper currency; dollar.
Synonyms: (US paper currency) cabbage, greenback
etymology 1 Transferral use of Levant, from French levant. Compare French faire voile en Levant. pronunciation
  • /lɪˈvænt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A disappearing or absconding after losing a bet.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To abscond or run away, especially to avoid paying money or debts.
    • 1885, Sir Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, Night 16: In a mighty little time their husbands played them false and, taking whatever they could lay hands upon, levanted and left them in the lurch.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses: He died of a Tuesday. Got the run. Levanted with the cash of a few ads.
etymology 2 From French levant. pronunciation
  • /ˈlɛvənt/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (heraldry) Rising, of an animal.
  2. (legal) Rising or having risen from rest; said of cattle.
  3. (poetic) Eastern.
    • Milton Forth rush the levant and the ponent winds.
  • valent
leverage {{wikipedia}} etymology lever + age pronunciation
  • /ˈliːv(ə)rɪdʒ/, /ˈlɛv(ə)rɪdʒ/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A force compound by means of a lever rotating around a pivot; see torque. A crowbar uses leverage to pry nails out of wood.
  2. By extension, any influence which is compounded or used to gain an advantage. Try using competitors’ prices for leverage in the negotiation.
  3. (finance) The use of borrowed funds with a contractually determined return to increase the ability of a business to invest and earn an expected higher return, but usually at high risk. Leverage is great until something goes wrong with your investments and you still have to pay your debts.
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  4. (business) The ability to earn very high returns when operating at high capacity utilization of a facility. Their variable-cost-reducing investments have dramatically increased their leverage.
  5. {{rfdef}}
    • {{quote-news }}
Synonyms: (force compounded by a lever) mechanical advantage, (use of borrowed fund) financial leverage, (ability to earn high returns from high capacity utilization) operating leverage
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, chiefly, US, slang, business) To use; to exploit; to take full advantage (of something). exampleThey plan to leverage the publicity into a good distribution agreement. exampleThey plan to leverage off the publicity to get a good distribution agreement.
Synonyms: (take full advantage of) exploit, use
Lewinsky {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From a sla language, which added a patronymic suffix to the ultimately Hebrew root לוי 〈lwy〉, an occupational surname.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. {{surname}}
etymology 2 From a between US President Bill Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (neologism, slang) Fellatio.
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    • {{quote-news }}
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (neologism, slang) To perform fellatio on.
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Lexus lane {{wikipedia}} etymology Lexus (a brand of luxury automobile) + lane
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A toll-charging express lane on a public highway.
    • {{quote-news }}
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proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) A given name.
  • zel
lez Alternative forms: les etymology First syllable of lesbian. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang can be vulgar) Lesbian.
Synonyms: lezb
  • zel
lezbro etymology lesbo + bro
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The close male friend of a lesbian woman.
  2. (slang) A man who enjoys the company of lesbians.
lez out
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial) Chiefly of a heterosexual woman, to engage in lesbian activity
    • 2006, Sarah Bird, The Flamenco Academy, p. 104: Jeez, Rae, don't lez out on me.
    • 2004, Michelle Tea, Laurenn McCubbin, Rent Girl, p. 85: I just figured, a two-girl call and you'd have to lez out for them.
  • touzle
lezzer etymology Shortening of lesbian with -er. pronunciation
  • {{rfp}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) lesbian
lezzie etymology Alteration of lesbian with diminutive suffix -ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A lesbian.
  • Probably somewhat offensive.
lezzo pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology From a shortening and alteration of les(bian) + the Australian diminutive suffix -o.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang) A lesbian.
    • 1984, Barry Dickins, The Crookes of Epping, Pascoe Publishing, ISBN 0959210431, page 26, She was also a lezzo.
    • 1986, Angelo Loukakis, Vernacular Dreams, University of Queensland, ISBN 0702220256, page 136, There is too many hippies and lezzos riding around on bikes these days already.
    • a1997, from The Picture, quoted in Jill Julius Matthews, Sex in Public: Australian Sexual Cultures, Allen & Unwin (1997), ISBN 1864480491, page 4, Wot's going down? Hot lezzo love-ins, that's wot . . . The Bisexual revolution has begun. "Lesbian chic" is born—and I can't tell you what GOOD NEWS this is for us.
    • 2006, Craig Price, Birth of the Ecowarriors, Lulu Press, Inc., ISBN 0646465015, page 68, "Piss off Greek girl," he bluffed. "Go find your lezzo friend."
liar {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English lier, from Old English lēogere, from lēogan, equivalent to lie + er. Cognate with German Lügner, Icelandic lygari, Swedish lögnare. More at lie. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who tells lie.
  • aril, lair, lari, lira, rail, rial
liar's mortgage
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A derogatory term for a stated-income (U.S.) or self-certificated (U.K.) loan secure by a mortgage granted without the lender verifying information provided by the applicant as to his or her financial or employment status.
liar liar pants on fire
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (childish) There will be discomfort consequence to lying
libation etymology From Latin libatio, from libare pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of pour a liquid or liquor, usually wine, either on the ground or on a victim in sacrifice, in honor of some deity.
  2. The wine or liquid thus poured out.
  3. (often humorous) A beverage, especially an alcoholic one.
Synonyms: (act of pouring) tip, tipping, See also
related terms:
  • libate
libel tourism {{wikipedia}} etymology Coined by .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (legal, derogatory) A form of forum shopping in which plaintiff choose to file libel suit in jurisdiction thought more likely to give a favourable result.
libertard etymology Libertarian + tard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, derogatory) A Libertarian.
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Synonyms: libtard (derogatory)
liberty taker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, colloquial) a person who takes liberties; a disrespectful person.
    • 1979, : Jimmy: Oh, all right, all right. How much? Ferdy: Quid. Jimmy: You're a fucking liberty taker.
libken Alternative forms: libkin
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, slang) A house or lodging. {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}}
etymology 1 liberal + tard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, derogatory) A liberal, a progressive.
    • 2009, Noel Hynd, The Prodigy, Damnation Books (2009), ISBN 9781615720224, page 76: {{…}} The libtards in Washington closed down the mines and your pa died with eight dollars in his pocket."
    • {{seemoreCites}}
Synonyms: leftard (derogatory), moonbat (derogatory)
etymology 2 Libertarian + tard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, derogatory) A Libertarian.
    • {{quote-newsgroup }}
    • {{quote-newsgroup }}
    • {{seemoreCites}}
Synonyms: libertard (derogatory)
licence to print money Alternative forms: (US) license to print money etymology {{rfe}} Often attributed to , notably used by Roy Thompson of Scottish Television around 1956.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, idiomatic) A means of generating a large income with little effort.
    • U.S. Navy Bureau of Ordnance in World War II, United States. Navy Dept. Bureau of Ordnance, Buford Rowland, William B. Boyd , “Owning a machine tool plant, it was said, was almost as good as a license to print money.”
    • Hobart papers, Institute of Economic Affairs (Great Britain) , “the rather casual remark of Lord Thomson, referring to his holding in Scottish Television, that the television contract was 'a licence to print money' was much quoted”
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  2. Used other than as an idiom: The authority to print money, usually given to a central bank exclusively as the issuer of currency.
lick {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old English liccian, from Proto-Germanic *likkōną (compare Saterland Frisian likje, Dutch likken, German lecken), from Proto-Indo-European *leyǵʰ- (compare Old Irish ligid, Latin lingō, ligguriō, Lithuanian laižyti, Church Slavic лизати 〈lizati〉, Ancient Greek λείχω 〈leíchō〉, xcl լիզեմ 〈lizem〉, Persian لیسیدن 〈ly̰sy̰dn〉, Sanskrit लेढि 〈lēḍhi〉, रेढि 〈rēḍhi〉). pronunciation
  • /lɪk/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of licking; a stroke of the tongue. The cat gave its fur a lick.
  2. The amount of some substance obtainable with a single lick. Give me a lick of ice cream.
  3. A quick and careless application of anything, as if by a stroke of the tongue, or of something which acts like a tongue. a lick of paint; to put on colours with a lick of the brush
    • Gray a lick of court white wash
  4. A place where animals lick minerals from the ground. The birds gathered at the clay lick.
  5. A small watercourse or ephemeral stream. It ranks between a rill and a stream. We used to play in the lick.
  6. (colloquial) A stroke or blow. Hit that wedge a good lick with the sledgehammer.
  7. (colloquial) A bit. You don't have a lick of sense. I didn't do a lick of work today.
  8. (music) A short motif. There are some really good blues licks in this solo.
  9. speed. In this sense it is always qualified by good, or fair or a similar adjective. The bus was travelling at a good lick when it swerved and left the road.
Synonyms: (bit) see also .
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  1. To stroke with the tongue. The cat licked its fur.
  2. (colloquial) To defeat decisively, particularly in a fight. My dad can lick your dad.
  3. (colloquial) To overcome. I think I can lick this.
  4. (vulgar, slang) To perform cunnilingus.
  5. (colloquial) To do anything partially.
  6. (of flame, waves etc.) To lap
    • 1895, H. G. Wells, The Time Machine Chapter XI Now, in this decadent age the art of fire-making had been altogether forgotten on the earth. The red tongues that went licking up my heap of wood were an altogether new and strange thing to Weena.
  7. To lap; to take in with the tongue. A cat licks milk. {{rfquotek}}
licking pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An act of licking.
  2. (slang) A severe beating.
  3. (slang) A great loss or defeat. Our football team took a licking last night.
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of lick
lickle etymology {{rfe}}
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (chiefly, UK, childish or regional) little
lick out
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, idiomatic) To perform cunnilingus on.
related terms:
  • eat out
lick someone's ass
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar) To flatter someone (especially a superior) in an obsequious manner, and to support their every opinion
  2. Used other than as an idiom: to perform anilingus on someone
Synonyms: brownnose, suck up (to)
lickspittle Alternative forms: lick-spittle etymology A compounding: lick + spittle; the verb may derive by back-formation from the nominal derivation lickspittling (see below).“[ ˈlick-spittle]” listed in the ''Oxford English Dictionary'', second edition (1989) pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /ˈlɪkspɪtl/,“[ lick, ''v.'']” and “[ spittle, ''n.'']” listed in the ''Oxford English Dictionary'', second edition (1989) /ˈlɪkspɪtəl/,
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A fawning toady; a base sycophant.
    • 1857, , The Professor, ch. 5: "I've found you out and know you thoroughly, you mean, whining lickspittle!"
    • 1920, , Poor White, ch. 21: "You're a suck, a suck and a lickspittle, that's what you are," said the pale man, his voice trembling with passion.
    • 2013 May 23, "Note to politicians: Stop blaming the media for your problems (Editorial)," Globe and Mail (Canada) (retrieved 23 May 2013): In Ottawa, Senator Marjory LeBreton claimed in a speech on Wednesday that allegations of spending abuses by her colleagues were “hyped-up media stories” that were inevitable in a “town populated by Liberal elites and their media lickspittles.”
  2. (by extension) The practice of giving empty flattery for personal gain.
Synonyms: (fawning toady) brown noser, flatterer, sycophant, toady
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive and intransitive) To play the toady; take the rôle of a lickspittle to please (someone).
    • 1886, (translators), (author), The Light Shines in Darkness, act 1: "[Y]ou take his side, and that is wrong! . . . If some young school teacher, or some young lad, lickspittles to him, it's bad enough."
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) cunnilingus
    • 2000, Vibe - Jun-Jul 2000 - Page 106 ...Not so in Oklahoma, where ladies can face a 10-year prison sentence for enjoying a little licky-licky with their gal pal.
    • 2005, Geneva Holliday, Groove "How about a little licky-licky, then?" he says, and sticks his long pink tongue out at me. I think about it for a minute. If I let him eat me out, it would release some tension. No effort on my part. It seems like I win all the way
    • 1996, Lil' Kim, No money-money, no licky licky Forget the sticky sticky and your quickie.
licorice stick Alternative forms: liquorice stick (UK)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Term for a clarinet
lid {{wikipedia}} etymology Old English hlid, from Proto-Germanic *hlidą (compare Dutch lid, German Lid, Swedish lid), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱlíto 〈*ḱlíto〉 (compare Old Norse hlíð, Welsh clwyd, Latin clitellae, Lithuanian šlìtė, pã-šlitas, Russian калитка 〈kalitka〉, Ancient Greek ἄκλιτος 〈áklitos〉, δικλίς 〈diklís〉, Yazghulami xad 'ladder', Sanskrit श्रित 〈śrita〉, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱley- 〈*ḱley-〉. More at lean. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The top or cover of a container.
  2. (slang) A cap or hat.
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  3. (slang) One ounce of cannabis.
  4. (surfing, slang, chiefly Australia) A bodyboard or bodyboarder.
    • 2001, message board Mal rider, shortboard or lid everyone surfs like a kook sometimes.
    • 2003 August, Kneelo Knews the rest of us managed to dodge out of control lid riders
  5. (slang) A motorcyclist's crash helmet.
  6. (slang) In amateur radio, an incompetent operator.
  7. (abbreviation) Eyelid.
    • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} Long after his cigar burnt bitter, he sat with eyes fixed on the blaze. When the flames at last began to flicker and subside, his lids fluttered, then drooped ; but he had lost all reckoning of time when he opened them again to find Miss Erroll in furs and ball-gown kneeling on the hearth{{nb...}}.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To put a lid on something.
  • DIL
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sports, slang) The first game played.
lie {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English lien, liggen, from Old English licgan, from Proto-Germanic *ligjaną, from Proto-Indo-European *legʰ-. Cognate with Western Frisian lizze, Dutch liggen, German liegen, Danish ligge, Swedish ligga, Gothic 𐌻𐌹𐌲𐌰𐌽 〈𐌻𐌹𐌲𐌰𐌽〉; and with Latin lectus, Irish luighe, Russian лежа́ть 〈ležátʹ〉, Albanian lagje. As a noun for position, the noun has the same etymology above as the verb.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To rest in a horizontal position on a surface. exampleThe book lies on the table;&nbsp; the snow lies on the roof;nbsp; he lies in his coffin
    • John Dryden (1631-1700) The watchful traveller … / Lay down again, and closed his weary eyes.
    • 1849, Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers Our uninquiring corpses lie more low / Than our life's curiosity doth go.
    • 1892, James Yoxall , 5, [ The Lonely Pyramid] , “The desert storm was riding in its strength; the travellers lay beneath the mastery of the fell simoom. Whirling wreaths and columns of burning wind, rushed around and over them.”
  2. (intransitive) To be placed or situated.
    • {{RQ:Schuster Hepaticae V}} Hepaticology, outside the temperate parts of the Northern Hemisphere, still lies deep in the shadow cast by that ultimate "closet taxonomist," Franz Stephani—a ghost whose shadow falls over us all.
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  3. To abide; to remain for a longer or shorter time; to be in a certain state or condition. exampleto lie waste;&nbsp; to lie fallow; to lie open;&nbsp; to lie hidden;&nbsp; to lie grieving;&nbsp; to lie under one's displeasure;&nbsp; to lie at the mercy of the waves exampleThe paper does not lie smooth on the wall.
  4. To be or exist; to belong or pertain; to have an abiding place; to consist; used with in.
    • Arthur Collier (1680-1732) Envy lies between beings equal in nature, though unequal in circumstances.
    • John Locke (1632-1705) He that thinks that diversion may not lie in hard labour, forgets the early rising and hard riding of huntsmen.
  5. (archaic) To lodge; to sleep.
    • John Evelyn (1620-1706) While I was now trifling at home, I saw London, … where I lay one night only.
    • Charles Dickens (1812-1870) Mr. Quinion lay at our house that night.
  6. To be still or quiet, like one lying down to rest.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) The wind is loud and will not lie.
  7. (legal) To be sustainable; to be capable of being maintained.
    • Ch. J. Parsons An appeal lies in this case.
related terms:
  • lay, a corresponding transitive version of this word
  • lees
  • lier
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (golf) The terrain and conditions surrounding the ball before it is struck.
  2. (medicine) The position of a fetus in the womb.
etymology 2 From Middle English lien, from Old English lēogan, from Proto-Germanic *leuganą, from Proto-Indo-European *lewgʰ-. Cognate with Western Frisian lige, Low German legen, lögen, Dutch liegen, German lügen, Norwegian ljuge/lyge, Danish lyve, Swedish ljuga, and more distantly with Bulgarian лъжа 〈lʺža〉, Russian лгать 〈lgatʹ〉, ложь 〈ložʹ〉.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To give false information intentional. When Pinocchio lies, his nose grows. If you are found to have lied in court, you could face a penalty. While a principle-based approach might claim that lying is always morally wrong, the casuist would argue that, depending upon the details of the case, lying might or might not be illegal or unethical. The casuist might conclude that a person is wrong to lie in legal testimony under oath, but might argue that lying actually is the best moral choice if the lie saves a life.Casuistry
  2. (intransitive) To convey a false image or impression. Photos often lie. Hips don't lie.
related terms:
  • liar
  • prevaricate
etymology 3 From Middle English lie, from Old English lyġe, from Proto-Germanic *lugiz, from Proto-Indo-European *leugh-, *lewgʰ-. Cognate with osx luggi, Old High German lugi, lugin (German Lüge), Danish løgn, Bulgarian лъжа́ 〈lʺžá〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An intentionally false statement; an intentional falsehood. I knew he was telling a lie by his facial expression.
  2. A statement intended to deceive, even if literally true; a half-truth
  3. Anything that misleads or disappoints.
    • {{rfdate}} Trench: Wishing this lie of life was o'er.
Synonyms: bullshit, deception, falsehood, fib, leasing, prevarication
  • truth
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  • Eli, ile, lei
Liebercrat etymology {{blend}}, from , a US Senator from Connecticut who left the Democratic Party after being defeated in the party primary in 2006.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US political slang) A Democrat who resembles ; in recent use, often specifically a Democrat who acts like a Republican
    • 2000 December 18, "Sean Ormond" (username), "Re: OK, I'm expecting an announcement about the formation of", in, Usenet: JMS, you really need to figure out who you support. I seem to recall you giving a thumbs-up to , but you now seem to come across as a Liebercrat - a decent person who has been corrupted by /.
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