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litre {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: (US) liter etymology From French litre, Malayalam litra, from Ancient Greek λίτρα 〈lítra〉. Related to Latin libra. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈliː.tə/
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noun: {{en-noun}} {{tcx}}
  1. The metric unit of fluid measure, equal to one cubic decimetre. Symbols: l, L, You should be able to fill four cups with one litre of water.
  2. (informal) A measure of volume equivalent to a litre.
  • The litre is not an SI unit but is accepted for use with SI units. The official SI symbols are the capital or lower-case roman L. The script symbol , while not officially sanctioned, was sometimes used in non-technical contexts to prevent the lower-case roman l from being confused with 1, the number one.
  • liter
  • relit
  • tiler
litrebike etymology litre + bike or {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, neologism) A motorcycle with an engine displacement of 1000cc or greater.
  • tribelike
little {{slim-wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English litel, from Old English lȳtel, from Proto-Germanic *lūtilaz, from Proto-Indo-European *lewd-, equivalent to lout + le. Cognate with Dutch luttel, German lütt and lützel, Western Frisian lyts, Low German lütt, Old High German luzzil, Middle High German lützel, Old English lutan; and perhaps to Old English lytig, Gothic 𐌻𐌹𐌿𐍄𐍃 〈𐌻𐌹𐌿𐍄𐍃〉, 𐌻𐌿𐍄𐌾𐌰𐌽 〈𐌻𐌿𐍄𐌾𐌰𐌽〉; compare also Icelandic lítill, Swedish liten, Danish liden, lille, Gothic 𐌻𐌴𐌹𐍄𐌹𐌻𐍃 〈𐌻𐌴𐌹𐍄𐌹𐌻𐍃〉, which appear to have a different root vowel. More at lout. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈlɪtl̩/, [ˈlɪ.tɫ̩]
  • (GenAm) /ˈlɪtl̩/, [ˈlɪɾl̩], [ˈlɪtl̩]
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adjective: {{head}}
  1. Small in size. exampleThis is a little table.
  2. Insignificant, trivial.
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    exampleIt's of little importance.
  3. Very young. exampleDid he tell you any embarrassing stories about when she was little? exampleThat's the biggest little boy I've ever seen.
  4. (of a sibling) Young. exampleThis is my little sister.
  5. Used with the name of place, especially of a country, to denote a neighborhood whose residents or storekeepers are from that place.
    • 1871 October 18, The One-eyed Philosopher [pseudonym], "Street Corners", in Judy: or the London serio-comic journal, volume 9, page 255 : If you want to find Little France, take any turning on the north side of Leicester square, and wander in a zigzag fashion Oxford Streetwards. The Little is rather smokier and more squalid than the Great France upon the other side of the Manche.
    • 2004, Barry Miles, Zappa: A Biography, 2005 edition, ISBN 080214215X, page 5: In the forties, hurdy-gurdy men could still be heard in all those East Coast cities with strong Italian neighbourhoods: New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Boston. A visit to Baltimore's Little Italy at that time was like a trip to Italy itself.
  6. Small in amount or number, having few members. examplelittle money;  little herd
  7. Short in duration; brief. a little sleep
  8. Small in extent of views or sympathies; narrow; shallow; contracted; mean; illiberal; ungenerous.
    • Tennyson The long-necked geese of the world that are ever hissing dispraise, / Because their natures are little.
Some authorities regard both littler and littlest as non-standard. The OED says of the word little: "the adjective has no recognized mode of comparison. The difficulty is commonly evaded by resort to a synonym (as smaller, smallest); some writers have ventured to employ the unrecognized forms littler, littlest, which are otherwise confined to dialect or imitations of childish or illiterate speech." The forms lesser and least are encountered in animal names such as lesser flamingo and least weasel.
  • (small) large, big
  • (young) big
  • (younger) big
adverb: {{head}}
  1. Not much. exampleThis is a little known fact.  {{nowrap}}
    • {{RQ:Vance Nobody}} Little disappointed, then, she turned attention to "Chat of the Social World," gossip which exercised potent fascination upon the girl's intelligence. She devoured with more avidity than she had her food those pretentiously phrased chronicles of the snobocracy […] distilling therefrom an acid envy that robbed her napoleon of all its savour.
  2. Not at all. exampleI was speaking ill of Fred; little did I know that he was right behind me, listening in.
    • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} But then I had the [massive] flintlock by me for protection. ¶…The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window{{nb...}}, and a 'bead' could be drawn upon Molly, the dairymaid, kissing the fogger behind the hedge, little dreaming that the deadly tube was levelled at them.
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  • much
determiner: {{head}}
  1. Not much, only a little: only a small amount (of). There is little water left. We had very little to do.
  • is used with uncountable nouns, few with plural countable nouns.
  • (not much) much
related terms:
  • a little
  • li'l, li'l', lil
  • little by little
  • little old
  • {{rank}}
little boy's room Alternative forms: little boys' room
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, euphemistic) The toilets for men.
coordinate terms:
  • little girl's room
little brown fucking machine
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, navy, slang, derogatory) A Filipino woman regarded as a sex object.
    • 1988, John Krich, Music in Every Room Mack soon learned that this new bit of colonialist lingo stood for "Little Brown Fucking Machine." It was more convenient to abbreviate...
    • 1996, Mary John Mananzan, J Shannon Clarkson, Letty Russell, Women Resisting Violence: Spirituality for Life And we still have soldiers who call us "a little brown fucking machine fueled by rice. ...
    • 1997, David Poyer, The Passage What about that little brown fucking machine? She's got a nice body, a nice attitude; she takes care of herself. I figured you'd like her.
    • 1999, Kamala Kempadoo, Sun, Sex, and Gold A Little Brown Fucking Machine is not unsexed by prostituting, she is "just doing what comes naturally."
    • 2002, Jim Ciscell, American Slacker After Wes forced the split between Jeri and Captain America, he started dating her and dangling a possible dalliance with the Little Brown Fucking Machine...
    • 2005, John Foster, Fairbanks Risen LBFM is Navy speak for Little Brown Fucking Machine. They are the bar girls sailors meet in all the ports in the Orient. The term is generic for bar girls...
Synonyms: LBFM
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, obsolete, slang) The pillory, stocks, etc., of a prison. {{rfquotek}}
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little Eichmann etymology Named after the Nazi leader .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) Someone who is like the Nazi leader ; someone who seems ordinary but does "evil".
  2. (slang, pejorative) An unwitting member of an immoral or evil entity or system
little girl's room Alternative forms: little girls' room
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, euphemistic) The toilets for women; a ladies' room.
    • One for the Money‎, page 225, Janet Evanovich, 1994, “"I'm okay. I think I'm going to break for lunch soon, too. Have to use the little girl's room."<br/>"There's a John on the second floor. Just get the key from Lorna. Tell her I said it was okay."”
    • Spy: A Thriller‎, page 42, Ted Bell, 2006, “He says she went to the little girl's room during the show and never came back.”
    • The Devil in the Junior League‎, page 21, Linda Francis Lee, 2007, “But before we get back to business, I've got to go to the little girl's room. Nothing like sweet tea to go right through you.”
coordinate terms:
  • little boy's room
little go {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang, universities, dated) The preliminary examination for a degree.
little-go etymology From little + go. pronunciation
  • /ˈlɪtəlɡəʊ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (historical) A private lottery, especially when illegal.
  2. (historical, colloquial, British) The first exam taken at university towards a BA degree, discontinued during the twentieth century.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 801: the interrogators were able to recognize this as, “There was a question just like that on my little-go.”
little green man {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (euphemistic) A Martian.
  2. (humorous) One of the supposed extraterrestrial occupant of UFO.
Synonyms: (extraterrestrial) see
related terms:
  • LGM
little head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, euphemistic, usually, humorous) The glans of the penis.
    • 2003, Dalton Ross, "Rumble in the Jungle," Entertainment Weekly, 9 May (retrieved 10 Jan. 2010): Obsessed with Heidi's cleavage, the pervert within may start thinking with his little head instead of his big one.
  • Often used in the expression think with one's little head.
Synonyms: See also
little lady
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The wife or fiancée Would you like to buy some roses for the little lady?
    • 2007, Letticia, Body Worship, page 192
    • Very often husbands would patronise my boutique and pick out something for the little lady and, in passing, pick out something for themselves.
  2. (pejorative) A condescending term for a female
little man in the boat
noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang) The clitoris.
Synonyms: See also .
Little Monster Alternative forms: little monster
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fan of American singer .
    • 2010, Kevin Amorim, "Did Gaga help spur a monster Grammy rule change?", Newsday, 8 July 2010: It was an odd occurrence to be sure. Ga was arguably the most popular artist of '09 and yet was a no-show in the nominations. Perhaps her Little Monsters' collective growl woke the academy up.
    • 2011, Feifei Sun, "Lady Gaga Designs Wristband for Japan Earthquake Relief", Time, 13 March 2011: The pop star is rallying her Little Monsters to support the relief efforts in Japan with a new wristband available on her online store.
    • 2011, Gerrick D. Kennedy, "Lady Gaga to premiere Thanksgiving special on ABC", Los Angeles Times, 3 November 2011: Lady Gaga doesn’t look like the type to sit down over turkey and all the trimmings, but the singer couldn't resist treating her Little Monsters to her first holiday special.
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little of the creature Alternative forms: (obsolete) leetle of the creater, little of the critter
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, regional, colloquial, with indefinite article) A small drink of alcoholic spirits.
    • 1834, David Crockett, A Narrative of the Life of, Nebraska 1987, p. 42: So I took ‘a leetle of the creater’ – that warmer of the cold, and cooler of the hot, – and it made me feel so good that I concluded it was like the negro's rabbit, ‘good any way.’
    • 1853, Anna Maria Collins, Mrs. Ben Darby, p. 23: Nothing; only it is poor sport to go on a dub without a little of the critter.
    • 1836, ‘Legends of Blarney Castle’, The Knickerbocker, vol. VIII: And when he met her, he told her what he came about, and said that he never would mind what the women prayed for, but it was greatly against his health to be obliged to drink his wine and whiskey raw, and he'd a longing desire for a little of the creature neatly mixed up with lemon and sugar, and water [...].
little old Alternative forms: little ol', little ole, li'l' old, li'l' ol', li'l' ole, li'l old, li'l ol', li'l ole, lil old, lil ol', lil ole
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: little, old A little old lady. This joke is getting a little old.
  2. (US, idiomatic, informal, chiefly, Southern US) Emphatically, affectionately, or humorously little; ordinary or harmless (especially when trying to downplay the importance of something). How about a little old game of pool? And now, this little old child is going to bed. Just one little old poker game now and then, that's not gambling.
    • 1909, Rowland Thomas, The Little Gods, p. 280: You brought the best little old news you'll ever tote. Secretario, if you never promulgate worse news than that, you'll boost your circulation a thousand a day.
    • 1915, Roy K. Moulton, "On the Spur of the Moment: Appearances", in The Day (New London), 14 August 1915, p. 9: They found afterward to their regret that he was the finest little old poker player that ever struck the village and he carried away a suitcase of yellow-backed bills.
    • 1949, Walt Kelly, Pogo (comic strip), 16 May 1949: [Pogo:] I'm takin' care of this li'l' ol' backward child.
    • 1976, Richard West, "The Best of Texas", in Texas Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 7, p. 103: We Texans have always bragged about having the best little old this and the best little old that.
    • 1992, Henry I. Christ, Building Power in Reading, p. 131: Well, you nice people, I'm going to let you in on a secret and show you why this kitchen knife is the best little ole product you can get.
    • 1995, Rose Clayton (ed.), Elvis Up Close: In the Words of Those Who Knew Him Best, p. 13: Christine Roberts Presley: Elvis was the best little ol' thing. He was so polite.
    • 1999, New York Times, "College Basketball: Men's Roundup; Jarvis Keeps His Focus on Tough Road Ahead": While still marveling over the magnificent overtime victory his team had over St. John's Sunday, Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski turned immediately to worrying about what was ahead. [...] Duke plays a little old game against North Carolina tonight.
    • 2010, J. Cole, Friday Night Lights (mixtape), "You Got It" lyrics: Last time I seen you, you was a little old girl / I had a crush now we grown and we still so thorough
  • big old, big ole, big ol'
little spoon
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The person whose back is touching the other person's front when spoon.
    • 2011, Charlotte Knight, "You snooze, you lose", The Daily Titan (California State University, Fullerton), Volume 89, Issue 13, 24 February 2011, page 4: So we would attempt to nap. But as he had a twin bed, space was limited, so I would insist he be the big spoon and I be the little spoon.
    • 2012, "She's the little spoon: Snuggle up for $60", Metro (New York), 12 July 2012, page 2: "There are different kinds of cuddling positions, but I typically always start out spooning. And I am pretty small, so usually I'm the little spoon," Samuel said.
    • 2012, Anna L. Beedes, "Finding fairies in moustaches", Capilano Courier (Capilano University), Volume 46, Number 11, 26 November 2012, page 8: The morning after, while demanding to be the little spoon he asked, “So you're not going to fall in love with me, are you?”
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coordinate terms:
  • big spoon
little wife
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, condescending) A female; specifically, a married one.
little woman
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: little, woman
  2. (informal) wife
    • 1848, Charles Dickens, The haunted man and the ghost's bargain "My little woman," said her husband dubiously, "are you quite sure you're better? Or are you, Sophia, about to break out in a fresh direction?"
Synonyms: little lady, little wife
littlie etymology From little + ie.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A small person or child.
    • 1961, Nene Gare, The Fringe Dwellers, Text Classics 2012, p. 55: ‘Terrible hard job it was ta leave im, that time I took the two littlies up.’
lit up
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) exhilarated, excited; showing signs of emotion
    • 1998, Josephine Tey, The Franchise Affair, page 97 You wondered what she would be like when she was lit up. Excited, I mean; not tight.
    • 2005, Jim Greer, James Greer, Steven Soderbergh, Guided by Voices: a brief history I don't know if Bob remembers the whole thing either; he was pretty lit up.
    • 2010, Jeff Somners, The Terminal State Her thin, pretty face was lit up with an ancient sort of rage.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of light up
  • tulip
live at Her Majesty's pleasure etymology From the legal phrase at Her Majesty's pleasure.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (UK, colloquial) To spend time in prison or jail.
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Synonyms: be banged up, be inside, do bird, do time, do porridge, serve time
livener etymology liven + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who, or that which, liven.
    • 2005, Brendan Lehane, Early Celtic Christianity Too often, it was the potential liveners of society who emigrated, taking their skills and talents and initiative to benefit other countries...
  2. (slang) An alcoholic drink.
    • 1968, Gwyn Thomas, A few selected exits: an autobiography of sorts I needed a few liveners if I was to face, in two hours time, a parade of my words and furtive people on a stage. I ordered a beer.
liver {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From Old English lifer, from Proto-Germanic *librō. Cognate with Dutch lever, German Leber, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish lever (the last three from Old Norse lifr). pronunciation
  • /lɪvə(r)/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (anatomy) A large organ in the body that stores and metabolize nutrient, destroys toxins and produces bile. It is responsible for thousands of biochemical reaction. Steve Jobs is a famous liver transplant recipient.
  2. (countable, uncountable) This organ, as taken from animals used as food. I'd like some goose liver pate. You could fry up some chicken livers for a tasty treat. — Nah, I don't like chicken liver.
    • 1993, Philippa Gregory, Fallen Skies, ISBN-13: 978-1-4165-9314-0, page 222: "I should think you've rocked the boat enough already by refusing to eat liver."
  3. A dark brown colour, tinted with red and gray, like the colour of liver. {{color panel}}
  • The noun is often used attributively to modify other words. Used in this way, it frequently means "concerning the liver", "intended for the liver" or "made of liver" .
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of the colour of liver (dark brown, tinted with red and gray).
    • 2006, Rawdon Briggs Lee, A History and Description of the Modern Dogs of Great Britain & Ireland, ISBN 0-543-96651-8, page 298: His friend Rothwell, who had the use of the best Laveracks for breeding purposes, wrote him that one of his puppies was liver and white.
related terms: {{top3}}
  • foie gras
  • heparin
  • hepatic
  • hepatitis
  • hepatocarcinoma
  • hepatogenous
  • hepatomegaly
  • hepatotoxicity
  • hepatotoxin
etymology 2 From live + er.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone who lives (usually in a specified way).
    • {{RQ:Flr Mntgn Essays}}, II.31: Ephori of Sparta, hearing a dissolute liver propose a very beneficial advise unto the people, commaunded him to hold his peace, and desired an honest man to assume the invention of it unto himselfe and to propound it.
    • {{RQ:RBrtn AntmyMlncly}}, II.3.7: a wicked liver may be reclaimed, and prove an honest man{{nb...}}.
    • Prior Try if life be worth the liver's care.
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etymology 3 live + -er.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. en-comparative of live Seeing things on big screen somehow makes it seem liver.
  • livre, rivel, viler
Liverpool kiss etymology From Liverpool + kiss. Alternative forms: Liverpool Kiss
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, Australia, New Zealand, slang) A headbutt.
    • 1957, , Fowler′s End, 2006, The Olympia Press, [http//|%22liverpool+kisses%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=0D6dPlvbN-&sig=oyPjy6OYDqDFKMKhbiLQcd7tXLc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=_epKUJyGKaLOmgXJoYFY&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22liverpool%20kiss%22|%22liverpool%20kisses%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 42], “This Irisher give ′im a Liverpool Kiss. You know what it is, a Liverpool Kiss? Make a quick grab for the lapels o′ the coat, an′ pull somebody forward. At the same time bunt ′im in the face miv the top o′ your ′ead an′ kick ′im in the balls miv your knee. Naturally ′e falls forward. While ′e′s falling, punch ′im in the jaw miv all your might so he gradually falls dahn senseless. Then, at your leisure, kick ′im in the ′ead. Naturally I don′t want you should do such things....…″
    • 1992, , , Volume 1, 2010, ReadHowYouWant, [http//|%22liverpool+kisses%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=Xy5SOxX87q&sig=3vqQVPFwUGYa5sti2gF7-h3Nhzo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=_epKUJyGKaLOmgXJoYFY&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22liverpool%20kiss%22|%22liverpool%20kisses%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 157], There wasn′t room to throw a punch so, grabbing the man by the lapels of his coat, he gave him a Liverpool kiss, his forehead smashing into his assailant′s face connecting with the edge of his brow and the base of his nose.
    • 1998, , Never a White Flag: The Memoirs of Jock Barnes, [http//|%22liverpool+kisses%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=jBKOZ7erpD&sig=nT7VaZ1zX-aWUMgyOTN88frlMtY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=_epKUJyGKaLOmgXJoYFY&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22liverpool%20kiss%22|%22liverpool%20kisses%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 146], Hamblyn flew into a rage and butted Alec in the face. The old Liverpool kiss!
    • 2001, Vaughan Tucker, Grubby the Eighth Dwarf, [http//|%22liverpool+kisses%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=L59Wx9gIJU&sig=ehUpus9ctz31SPRiApMMDKh95P0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=_epKUJyGKaLOmgXJoYFY&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22liverpool%20kiss%22|%22liverpool%20kisses%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 24], He often told people about the woman who had given him a Liverpool kiss. ‘What′s a Liverpool kiss?’ asked one unsuspecting drinking companion. ‘This,’ said Beer, butting him.
    • 2006, Stephen Hagan, Australia′s Blackest Sporting Moments: The Top 100, [http//|%22liverpool+kisses%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=qo931aGI-5&sig=EdWvFYlect5aCAhczrAwTr20iXM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=_epKUJyGKaLOmgXJoYFY&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22liverpool%20kiss%22|%22liverpool%20kisses%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 354], Who would have thought you′d be reading about the classic Liverpool kiss in a game of squash. Poor old Anthony Hill never expected to read about it let alone be the victim of one. Pakistani squash player Mir Zaman Gul knocked Hill unconscious with his cowardly headbutt in a squash tournament.
Liverpudlian etymology From Liverpool and puddle, as a pun on the "pool" of Liverpool.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or relating to Liverpool in the United Kingdom.
Synonyms: Scouse (colloquial), Liver
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A native or resident of Liverpool in the United Kingdom.
  2. (soccer) someone connected with , as a fan, player, coach etc.
Synonyms: Scouser (colloquial)
liveware etymology From live + ware (after software, hardware). pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈlʌɪvwɛː/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) People who work with computers, as opposed to the software or hardware they use; loosely, human being, as opposed to technology. {{defdate}}
Synonyms: meatware
livid etymology From Middle French livide, from Latin līvidus, from līveō, from Old Latin *slivere, from Proto-Indo-European *sliwo-, suffixed form of *(s)leie-. Also see Old English sla, Welsh lliw, Old Irish li, Lithuanian slyvas, Russian and Old Church Slavonic сливовый 〈slivovyj〉.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Furiously angry.
  2. Having a dark, bluish appearance.
    • 1929, , , Chapter VII, Section vi The house seemed unfamiliar in the dark stormy light; the red and purple glass of the front door made livid bruises on the linoleum; the green chenille curtain was like a veil of seaweed.
  3. Pallid.
living {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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  • /ˈlɪvɪŋ/
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verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of live
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having life.
    • {{RQ:Schuster Hepaticae V}}: It is also pertinent to note that the current obvious decline in work on holarctic hepatics most surely reflects a current obsession with cataloging and with nomenclature of the organisms—as divorced from their study as living entities.
  2. In use or exist. Hunanese is a living language.
  3. Of everyday life. These living conditions are deplorable.
  4. True to life. This is the living image of Fidel Castro.
  5. Used as an intensifier. He almost beat the living daylights out of me.
  • dead
  • nonliving
related terms:
  • live, life
  • alive
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) The state of being alive.
  2. Financial means; a means of maintaining life; livelihood What do you do for a living?
  3. A style of life. plain living
  4. (canon law) A position in a church (usually the Church of England) that has attached to it a source of income; an ecclesiastical benefice.
    • 2015, GR Evans, Edward Hicks: Pacifist Bishop at War: The patron of the living who had the right to nominate a particular priest might make the choice, but the living was actually granted by the local bishop.
  • {{rank}}
living impaired Alternative forms: living-impaired etymology An ironic imitation of politically correct language.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic, humorous, euphemistic) Dead.
living room Alternative forms: livingroom, living-room
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A room in a private house used for general social and leisure activities.
related terms:
  • parlour
  • front room
  • great room
  • lounge
  • sitting room
lizard {{wikipedia}} etymology From xno lusard, from Old French lesard (French: lézard), from Latin lacertus. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈlɪz.əd/
  • (US) /ˈlɪz.ɚd/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any reptile of the order Squamata, usually having four legs, external ear openings, movable eyelid and a long slender body and tail.
  2. (chiefly, in attributive use) Lizard skin, the skin of these reptiles.
    • 1990 October 28, , “Proof”, , Warner Bros. Silver bells jingling from your black lizard boots, my baby / Silver foil to trim your wedding gown
  3. (colloquial) An unctuous person.
  4. (colloquial) A coward.
Lizardbreath etymology lizard + breath, as an approximate rhyme.
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  1. (derogatory, humorous) Nickname for Elizabeth.
    • 2007, S. Christopher, Gravitas (page 31) Fiercely green-eyed Elizabeth … is a testament to human indecision in the wrong cases and stubborn decisiveness in others. … If Lizardbreath had ever given Ben her number, he twists his mouth, he'd never have had his current dilemma.
    • 2014, Debora M. Coty, The Distant Shore (page 76) … Punkin's real name's Lizardbreath, but ever'body 'cept Teacher calls her Punkin.” A round-faced girl with wispy hair the color of lemon taffy hair sneered at Tom-Tom, “Listen here, Tom Turkey. My name is Elizabeth McNamara.”
lizardy etymology lizard + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Resembling or characteristic of a lizard.
    • 2005, Gregory Maguire, Elaine Clayton, One Final Firecracker I demand to know where that funny winged lizardy creature came from — and where it went! America wants to know!
LJBF etymology Initialism of let's just be friend, as opposed to being lovers.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang, transitive, derogatory) To ask (somebody) to remain a platonic friend; to turn down the offer of a romantic or sexual relationship.
    • I just got LJBFed.
Llanito {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: Yanito etymology From Spanish Llanitos, or from Italian Gianni
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A vernacular spoken primarily in Gibraltar, based on a mix of Andalusian Spanish and English, but also influenced by Genoese, Hebrew, Portuguese, Italian and Maltese.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A Gibraltarian.
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (computing) left mouse button
  2. (Internet slang, vulgar) Lick my balls
  • MLB
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (Internet, slang) Laughing my black ass off.
  • Lambo
LMFAO etymology LMAO
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (Internet slang, vulgar) Laughing my fucking ass (arse) off.
lo pronunciation
  • (UK) /ləʊ/
  • (US) /loʊ/
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etymology 1 From Middle English lo, loo, from Old English . Conflated in Middle English with lo!, a corruption of lok!, loke! (as in lo we! look we!). Cognate with Scots lo, lu. See also look.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (archaic) look, see, behold (in an imperative sense).
contraction: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) hello ('lo; see hallo)
related terms:
  • lo and behold
etymology 2 Variant of low.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. informal spelling of low Can you turn the fan down to lo?
related terms:
  • hi
  • mid
  • ol'
load {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English lode, loade, from Old English lād, from Proto-Germanic *laidō, from Proto-Indo-European *leit-, from Proto-Indo-European *lei-. Etymologically identical with lode, which preserved the older meaning. Cognate with gml leide, German Leite, Swedish led, Icelandic leið. The sense of ‘burden’ developed in the 13th century. The verb load ‘to charge with a load’ is derived from the noun, in the 16th century, and was influenced by the etymologically unrelated lade, which it largely supplanted. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /loʊd/
  • (RP) /ləʊd/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A burden; a weight to be carried. I struggled up the hill with the heavy load in my rucksack.
  2. (figuratively) A worry or concern to be endured, especially in the phrase a load off one's mind.
    • Dryden Our life's a load.
    • 2005, Coldplay, Green Eyes I came here with a load and it feels so much lighter, now I’ve met you.
  3. A certain number of articles or quantity of material that can be transported or processed at one time. The truck overturned while carrying a full load of oil. She put another load of clothes in the washing machine.
  4. (in combination) Used to form nouns that indicate a large quantity, often corresponding to the capacity of a vehicle
  5. (often, in the plural, colloquial) A large number or amount. I got loads of presents for my birthday! I got a load of emails about that.
  6. The volume of work required to be performed. Will our web servers be able to cope with that load?
  7. (engineering) The force exerted on a structural component such as a beam, girder, cable etc. Each of the cross-members must withstand a tensile load of 1,000 newtons.
  8. (electrical engineering) The electrical current or power delivered by a device. I'm worried that the load on that transformer will be too high.
  9. (engineering) The work done by a steam engine or other prime mover when working.
  10. (electrical engineering) Any component that draws current or power from an electrical circuit. Connect a second 24 ohm load across the power supply's output terminals.
  11. (historical) Various unit of weight and volume base upon standardize cartload of various commodities
    • 1866, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 1, p. 172: If this load equals its modern representative, it contains 18 cwt. of dry, 19 of new hay.
  12. A very small explosive inserted as a gag into a cigarette or cigar.
  13. The charge of powder for a firearm.
  14. (obsolete) Weight or violence of blows. {{rfquotek}}
  15. (vulgar, slang) The semen of an ejaculation.
    • 2006, John Patrick, Barely Legal, page 102 Already, Robbie had dumped a load into his dad, and now, before my very eyes, was Alan's own cock lube seeping out
    • 2009, John Butler Wanderlust, page 35 It felt so good, I wanted to just keep going until I blew a load down his throat, but I hadn't even seen his ass yet, and I sure didn't want to come yet.
Synonyms: (unspecific heavy weight to be carried) charge, freight, (unit of lead) fodder, fother, cartload, carrus, charrus
  • (<sup><small>1</small></sup>/<sub><small>12</small></sub> cartload of wool & for smaller divisions) wey
  • (<sup><small>1</small></sup>/<sub><small>30</small></sub> cartload of lead & for smaller divisions) fotmal
  • (<sup><small>1</small></sup>/<sub><small>36</small></sub> cartload of straw or hay & for smaller divisions) truss
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To put a load on or in (a means of conveyance or a place of storage). The dock workers refused to load the ship.
  2. (transitive) To place in or on a conveyance or a place of storage. The longshoremen loaded the cargo quickly. He loaded his stuff into his storage locker.
  3. (intransitive) To put a load on something. The truck was supposed to leave at dawn, but in fact we spent all morning loading.
  4. (intransitive) To receive a load. The truck is designed to load easily.
  5. (intransitive) To be placed into storage or conveyance. The containers load quickly and easily.
  6. (transitive) To fill (a firearm or artillery) with munition. I pulled the trigger, but nothing happened. I had forgotten to load the gun.
  7. (transitive) To insert (an item or items) into an apparatus so as to ready it for operation, such as a reel of film into a camera, sheets of paper into a printer etc. Now that you've loaded the film you're ready to start shooting.
  8. (transitive) To fill (an apparatus) with raw material. The workers loaded the blast furnace with coke and ore.
  9. (intransitive) To be put into use in an apparatus. The cartridge was designed to load easily.
  10. (transitive, computing) To read (data or a program) from a storage medium into computer memory. Click OK to load the selected data.
  11. (intransitive, computing) To transfer from a storage medium into computer memory. This program takes an age to load.
  12. (transitive, baseball) To put runners on first, second and third base He walks to load the bases.
  13. (transitive) To tamper with so as to produce a biased outcome. You can load the dice in your favour by researching the company before your interview. The wording of the ballot paper loaded the vote in favour of the Conservative candidate.
  14. (transitive) To ask or adapt a question so that it will be more likely to be answered in a certain way.
  15. (transitive) To encumber with something negative. The new owners had loaded the company with debt.
  16. (transitive) To place as an encumbrance. The new owners loaded debt on the company.
  17. (transitive) To provide in abundance. He loaded his system with carbs before the marathon. He loaded carbs into his system before the marathon.
  18. (transitive, archaic, slang) To adulterate or drug. to load wine
  19. (transitive, archaic) To magnetize. {{rfquotek}}
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of load
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Burdened by some heavy load; packed. Let's leave the TV; the car is loaded already.
    • 1737, The Gentleman's Magazine, Volume 7, page 780, With regard to France and Holland, therefore, I muſt think, Sir, and it has always been the general Opinion, that the Subjects of each are more loaded and more oppreſſed with Taxes and Exciſes than the People of this Kingdom ;
    • 1812, Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, Volume 8, page 118, …the fever began to assume a low type ; the tongue became loaded with a thick brown crust ;….
    • 1888, , Jean Paul Richter (translator), , XIII: Theoretical writings on Architecture, … and for that reason the arches of the vaults of any apse should never be more loaded than the arches of the principal building.
    • 1913, , article in , What is known concerning supernatural matters is a sort of common deposit, guarded by everybody, and handed down without any intervention on the part of an authority; fuller in one place, scantier in another, or, again, more loaded with external symbols according to the intelligence, the temperament, the organization, the habits, and the manner of the people's life.
    • 2011, Matt Rogan, Martin Rogan, Britain and the Olympic Games: Past, Present, Legacy, page 15, What had traditionally been a morally neutral sport became loaded with a set of Victorian values.
  2. (of a projectile weapon) Having a live round of ammunition in the chamber; armed. No funny business; this heater's loaded!
  3. (slang) Possessing great wealth. He sold his business a couple of years ago and is just loaded.
  4. (slang) Drunk. By the end of the evening, the guests in the club were really loaded.
  5. (baseball) Pertaining to a situation where there is a runner at each of the three bases. It's bottom of the ninth, the bases are loaded and there are two outs.
  6. (gaming, of a die or dice, also used figuratively) Weight asymmetrically, and so biased to produce predictable throws. He was playing with loaded dice and won a fortune.
    • 1996, Elaine Creith, Undressing Lesbian Sex, page 49, The more we invest in a sexual encounter in a particular person, the more loaded the dice in a dating game that we are forever reminded we must play to win.
    • 1997, , Slovo: The Unfinished Autobiography, page 80, If you add to this the fact that the magistrate and the police sergeant are close friends, then the dice could not have been more loaded against my client.
    • 2009, Michèle Lowrie, Horace: Odes and Epodes, page 224, Horace has been crippled by being set off against the 'sincerity' and 'spontaneity' of these two; when it comes to the Greek lyricists, the dice are even more loaded against our poet, for the Greeks have not only spontaneity and sincerity on their side, but a phalanx of yet more formidable allies ….
  7. (of a question) Designed to produce a predictable answer, or to lay a trap. That interviewer is tricky; he asks loaded questions.
  8. (of a word or phrase) Having strong connotation that colour the literal meaning and are likely to provoke an emotional response. Sometimes used loosely to describe a word that simply has many different meanings. "Ignorant" is a loaded word, often implying lack of intelligence rather than just lack of knowledge.
    • 2993, L. Susan Bond, Contemporary African American Preaching: Diversity in Theory and Style, page 30, The more loaded phrase is the middle one, "she slit his gullet," since it captures a sense of crudeness and suddenness that the other two do not.
  9. (of an item offered for sale, especially an automobile) Equipped with numerous options; deluxe. She went all out; her new car is loaded.
related terms:
  • loaded for bear
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (slang, mainly UK) Lots, much, plenty, a great deal.
Synonyms: a lot, a thing or two, tons
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of load
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of load
loadsa etymology Contraction of loads + of
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (informal) Lots of; much.
    • “"Loadsa money for loadsa goodies," he chuckled.”, 2003, James Baggit and the Storyteller's Ring, Michael Wordsmiff, 1589394739
loadsamoney etymology loadsa + money. Originally the name of a vulgar character invented by British comedian in the 1980s. His catchphrase was "loadsamoney!", often said while flourishing wads of banknotes.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (British, informal, humorous, satirical) A colourful variation of the phrase "loads of money", referring to the free flowing of money, to large amounts spent or earned, or to the perceived acquisitiveness and materialism engendered in society by a booming economy.
    • My hon. Friend entered the House in 1987, and I am sure that my hon. Friend will recall the right hon. Gentleman the Leader of the Opposition talking about the "loadsamoney society" and the bad effect that that has had on crime rates. — John Patten, speaking in the House of Commons, 10 March 1989; recorded in Hansard
    • Questioned on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on whether he would be adopting a pre-election "loadsamoney" stance, Mr Blunkett said that there would be "substantial investment" but "loadsamoney will not be a term I'll be using". — "Blunkett rejects 'loadsamoney' tag", BBC News, 17 July, 2000
    • Loadsamoney! West Ham set to join high rollers with £13m offer for Johnson; £90,000 a week. — Daily Mail headline, June 4, 2007
loaf pronunciation
  • (RP) /ləʊf/
  • (GenAm) /loʊf/
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etymology 1 From Middle English lof, laf, from Old English hlāf, from Proto-Germanic *hlaibaz, of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to Old English hlīfan. Cognate with Scots laif, German Laib, Swedish lev, Russian хлеб 〈hleb〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (also loaf of bread) A block of bread after baking.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 8 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Philander went into the next room…and came back with a salt mackerel that dripped brine like a rainstorm. Then he put the coffee pot on the stove and rummaged out a loaf of dry bread and some hardtack.”
  2. Any solid block of food, such as meat or sugar. {{rfquotek}}
  3. (Cockney rhyming slang) Shortened from "loaf of bread", the brain or the head (mainly in the phrase use one's loaf).
    • {{RQ:Wodehouse Offing}}
  4. A solid block of soap, from which standard bar are cut.
Synonyms: (head, all slang) bonce, noddle, nut
etymology 2 Probably a {{back-form}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To do nothing, to be idle. loaf about, loaf around.
  2. (Cockney rhyming slang) To headbutt, (from loaf of bread)
Synonyms: idle, laze, lounge
  • AFOL, foal, Olaf
loan pronunciation
  • (UK) /ləʊn/
  • (US) /loʊn/
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etymology 1 From Middle English lone, lane, from Old Norse lán, from Proto-Germanic *laihną, from Proto-Indo-European *leykʷ-. Cognate with Icelandic lán, Swedish lån, Danish lån, German Lehen, Dutch leen, Western Frisian lien, Northern Frisian leen, Scots lane, lain, len, Old English lǣn. More at lend.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (banking, finance) A sum of money or other valuables or consideration that an individual, group or other legal entity borrow from another individual, group or legal entity (the latter often being a financial institution) with the condition that it be returned or repaid at a later date (sometimes with interest). exampleHe got a loan of five thousand pounds. exampleAll loans from the library, whether books or audio material, must be returned within two weeks.
  2. The contract and array of legal or ethical obligations surrounding a loan. exampleHe made a payment on his loan.
  3. The permission to borrow any item. exampleThank you for the loan of your lawn mower.
  • (something that a legal entity borrows) bailment
  • (something that a legal entity borrows) mutuum
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (usually double transitive, US, dated in UK, informal) To lend (something) to (someone).
    • 2006: — (unidentified episode, but frequently heard from her as a verb) When you loan somebody something, they have the responsibility to safeguard it.
  • This usage, once widespread in the UK, is now confined to the US (or perhaps parts thereof).
  • It is often considered preferable to use lend when the object being loaned or lent is something other than money.
etymology 2 See lawn.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Scotland) A lonnen.
{{Webster 1913}}
  • NOLA
loan shark
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone who lends money at exorbitant rates of interest.
Synonyms: usurer
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. alternative spelling of loanshark
loanword Alternative forms: loan word etymology {{calque}} pronunciation
  • (Australia) {{enPR}}, /ˈloʊnwɝd/
  • (UK) /ˈləʊn.wɜː(ɹ)d/
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A word directly taken into one language from another one with little or no translation. The word exit is a loanword from Latin.
    • “New words, and particularly loanwords, are simplified, and hence naturalized in American much more quickly than in English. Employ&egrave; has long since become employee in our newspapers, and asphalte has lost its final e, and man&#156;uvre has become maneuver, and pyjamas has become pajamas., The American Language, H. L. Mencken, 1921
Synonyms: borrowing, foreign word (informal)
lob pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /lɒb/
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etymology 1
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To throw or hit a ball into the air in a high arch. The guard lobbed a pass just over the defender. The tennis player lobbed the ball, which was a costly mistake.
  2. (colloquial) To throw.
  3. (colloquial) To put, place Lob it in the pot.
  4. (sports) To hit, kick, or throw a ball over another player in a game.
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  5. (obsolete, transitive) To let fall heavily or lazily.
    • Shakespeare And their poor jades / Lob down their heads.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (ball sports) A pass or stroke which arches high into the air. The guard launched a desperate lob over the outstretched arms of the defender.
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etymology 2 Welsh
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a lump
  2. (obsolete) a country bumpkin, clown
    • Act II Scene I , “Farewell, thou lob of spirits; I'll be gone: Our queen and all her elves come here anon. ”
    • Rabelais, Chapter XLVII , “THE country lob trudged home very much concerned and thoughtful, you may swear; insomuch that his good woman, seeing him thus look moping, weened that something had been stolen from him at market … ”
etymology 3 Danish lubbe.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A fish, the European pollock.
etymology 4
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (mining) To cob (chip off unwanted pieces of stone).
{{Webster 1913}}
  • LBO
lobby {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /lɒbi/
  • (US) /lɑbi/
etymology 1 From Old French *, from Malayalam lobium, lobia, laubia , from Old High German or Middle High German.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An entryway or reception area; vestibule; passageway; corridor. I had to wait in the lobby for hours before seeing the doctor.
  2. That part of a hall of legislation not appropriated to the official use of the assembly.
  3. A class or group of people who try to influence public official; collectively, lobbyists. The influence of the tobacco lobby has decreased considerably in the US.
  4. (video games) A virtual area where player can chat and find opponent for a game.
  5. (nautical) An apartment or passageway in the fore part of an old-fashioned cabin under the quarter-deck.
  6. A confined place for cattle, formed by hedges, trees, or other fencing, near the farmyard.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, transitive) To attempt to influence (a public official or decision-maker) in favor of a specific opinion or cause. For years, pro-life groups have continued to lobby hard for restrictions on abortion.
    • 2002, Jim Hightower, in The corporations don't have to lobby the government anymore. They are the government.
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related terms:
  • lobbying
  • lobbyist
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) scouse (from lobscouse)
    • My mam cooked us lobby for tea last night.
lobster etymology From Middle English lopster, from Old English loppeſtre, believed to be a corruption of Latin locusta + the Old English feminine agent suffix -estre; or from Old English lobbe, loppe + the Old English feminine agent suffix -estre, equivalent to lop + ster. More at lop. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈlɒb.stə/
  • (GenAm) /ˈlɑb.stɚ/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. red-colored, especially from a sunburn.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A crustacean of the {{taxlink}} family, dark green or blue-black in colour turning bright red when cooked, with a hard shell and claws, which is used as a seafood.
  2. A crustacean of the Palinuridae family, pinkish red in colour, with a hard, spiny shell but no claws, which is used as a seafood.
  3. (historical) A soldier or officer of the imperial British Army (due to their red or scarlet uniform).
  4. (slang) An Australian twenty dollar note, due to its reddish-orange colour.
Synonyms: (British soldier) lobsterback, redcoat
  • (crustacean in Palinuridae) cray, langouste, spiny lobster, rock lobster
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To fish for lobsters.
  • bolster, bolters, trobles
lobsterback etymology lobster + back, from the resemblance to lobsters of the red coats worn by the British soldiers
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, historical) A name given by Patriot and rebels to British soldiers during the .
Synonyms: lobster, redcoat (not derogatory)
local etymology (adjective) From Old French local, from ll localis, from Latin locus. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈləʊkl/
  • (GenAm) /ˈloʊkl/
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  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. From or in a nearby location. exampleWe prefer local produce.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 22 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “Not unnaturally, &ldquo;Auntie&rdquo; took this communication in bad part.…Next day she…tried to recover her ward by the hair of the head. Then, thwarted, the wretched creature went to the police for help; she was versed in the law, and had perhaps spared no pains to keep on good terms with the local constabulary.”
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  2. (computing, of a variable or identifier) Having limited scope (either lexical or dynamic); only being accessible within a certain portion of a program.
  3. (mathematics, not comparable, of a condition or state) Applying to each point in a space rather than the space as a whole.
  4. (medicine) Of or pertaining to a restricted part of an organism. exampleThe patient didn't want to be sedated, so we applied only local anesthesia.
  5. Descended from an indigenous population. exampleHawaiian Pidgin is spoken by the local population.
Synonyms: (medicine) topical
  • global
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who lives nearby. It's easy to tell the locals from the tourists.
  2. A branch of a nationwide organization such as a trade union. I'm in the TWU, too. Local 6.
  3. (rail transport) A train that stops at all, or almost all, stations between its origin and destination, including very small ones. The expresses skipped my station, so I had to take a local.
  4. (British) One's nearest or regularly frequented public house or bar. I got barred from my local, so I've started going all the way into town for a drink.
  5. (programming) A locally scope identifier. Functional programming languages usually don't allow changing the immediate value of locals once they've been initialized, unless they're explicitly marked as being mutable.
  6. (US, slang, journalism) An item of news relating to the place where the newspaper is published.
Synonyms: (rail transport) stopper
  • (rail transport) fast, express
related terms:
  • locus
  • locality
  • localization
  • localize
  • locate
  • location
  • locative
  • locator
lo-cal etymology low + calorie
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) (of food or drink) That contains fewer calories than normal
locate etymology From Latin locātus, past participle of locato, from locus pronunciation
  • [ləʊˈkeɪt], [ləˈkeɪt]
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To place; to set in a particular spot or position.
    • The captives and emigrants whom he brought with him were located in the trans-Tiberine quarter.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  2. (transitive) To find out where something is located.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    • {{RQ:RnhrtHpwd Bat}} The Bat—they called him the Bat.{{nb...}}. He…played a lone hand,{{nb...}}. Most lone wolves had a moll at any rate—women were their ruin—but if the Bat had a moll, not even the grapevine telegraph could locate her.
  3. (transitive) To designate the site or place of; to define the limits of; as, to locate a public building; to locate a mining claim; to locate (the land granted by) a land warrant (Note: the designation may be purely descriptive: it need not be prescriptive.)
    • Herbert Spencer That part of the body in which the sense of touch is located.
  4. (intransitive, colloquial) To place one's self; to take up one's residence; to settle.{{rfex}}
related terms:
  • local
  • locus
  • locality
  • localization
  • localize
  • location
  • locator
  • coleta
lock and load etymology Originated in American English, supposedly as an instructional command to prepare an M1 Garand, the main rifle used during World War II, for battle,{{|lock_and_load|3=Saturday, September 16, 2006}} though it is disputed if the phrase was actually used this early. It was used in 1949 by John Wayne in the movie Sands of Iwo Jima. Various similar phrases predate it, including in transposed form as “load and lock”. {{rel-top}}
  • The most common theory connects this order to the operation of the rifle. Before loading the into the rifle, the operating rod handle is pulled to the rear until the is securely locked open. According to the M1 Garand Manual, loading the clip without first locking the bolt could result in an accidental discharge of a round. In the 1943 training film (Rifle Marksmanship with M1 Rifle) the instructor orders first "Lock" then "Load".
  • A transposition of "load and lock" - to load the ammunition clip into the rifle, then to lock the bolt forward (which forces a into the , readying a rifle for firing).
  • Condensing the M-16 firing preparation commands of "LOCK a magazine in the magazine well, then LOAD a round into the firing chamber by pulling the charging handle to the rear of the weapon."
  • The use of flintlock rifles, which required the hammer to be locked back at the half-cock position before placing primer in the pan.
  • Alternatively, a Sporting Magazine from 1821 had the complete flintlock expression as "brush the dirt away from the lock, and load ...".
  • From usage: to 'lock' a gun into firing position before loading.
interjection: {{head}}
  1. (US, slang) A command to prepare a weapon for battle.
    • 1949 — in the film Lock and load, boy, lock and load.
  2. (US, slang) Prepare for an imminent event.
locked-in syndrome {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (medicine, neurology) A rare, severe physical disorder in which a person cannot speak and is paralyze—with the possible exception of some voluntary eye movement—while his or her mental faculties remain fully intact.
    • 1988, Ronald E. Cranford, "The Persistent Vegetative State: The Medical Reality (Getting the Facts Straight)," The Hastings Center Report, vol. 18, no. 1, p. 30, The locked-in syndrome is a medical condition in which, though both level and content of consciousness may be fairly normal, the patient is so severely paralyzed it may appear on superficial examination that he or she has diminished consciousness.
Synonyms: pseudocoma
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Rigidly humourless.
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locks pronunciation
  • (US) /lɑks/
  • {{homophones}}
noun: {{head}} {{g}}
  1. plural of lock
  2. A piece of hair.
  3. (colloquial) Dreadlocks.
Synonyms: (dreadlocks) dreads
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of lock
locksmith etymology lock + smith
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. one who studies or practices locksmithing
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula Chapter 21 Piccadilly, 12:30 o'clock.--Just before we reached Fenchurch Street Lord Godalming said to me, "Quincey and I will find a locksmith. You had better not come with us in case there should be any difficulty. For under the circumstances it wouldn't seem so bad for us to break into an empty house.
  2. (gambling, slang) someone who only bets when they are sure they will win
Synonyms: (gambling) handcuff artist (slang)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A jail, prison. He's in lockup for 30 days for drunk and disorderly.
  2. (UK, chiefly) A storage unit with a door secured by a padlock or deadbolt; a garage Joe keeps his other car in a lockup downtown.
  • uplock
loco pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈləʊ.kəʊ/
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etymology 1 Italian
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (music) A direction in written or printed music to return to the proper pitch after having played an octave higher or lower.
etymology 2 From Spanish loco, from loco. From Arabic لَوَق 〈lawaq〉 or Ancient Greek γλαυκός 〈glaukós〉.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) crazy
    • 2003, The New Yorker, 15 Dec 2003, p.56 You know, I’m a little loco. Kinda crazy, zany guy.
  2. (western US) intoxicated by eating locoweed
Synonyms: pea struck
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (botany) certain species of Astragalus or Oxytropis, capable of causing locoism.
Synonyms: locoweed
related terms:
  • locoism
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To poison with the loco plant; to affect with locoism.
  2. (transitive, colloquial, by extension) To render insane.
    • W. D. Howells the locoed novelist
etymology 3 abbreviation of locomotive
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rail transport, informal) a locomotive {{rfquotek}}
  • colo, Colo.
  • cool, COOL
locomotive etymology From French locomotive, from Latin loco from a place (ablativus of locus place) + motivus moving (see motive) pronunciation
  • (Gen) /ˌloʊkəˈmoʊtiv/
  • (RP) /ˌləʊkəʊˈməʊtiv/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rail transport) The power unit of a train which does not carry passenger or freight itself, but pulls the coach or rail car or wagon.
  2. (rare) A traction engine
  3. (slang) A cheer characterized by a slow beginning and a progressive increase in speed
  4. (economics) A country which drives the world economy by having a high level of imports. (i.e. The United States).
Sometimes erroneously used as a synonym for train.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. of or relating to locomotion
  2. of or relating to the power unit of a train which does not carry passenger or freight itself
locum {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈləʊkəm/The '''Concise Oxford English Dictionary''' [Eleventh Edition]
noun: {{en-noun}}'''The Chambers Dictionary''' (1998)
  1. (British, informal) Abbreviated form of locum tenens.The '''Concise Oxford English Dictionary''' [Eleventh Edition]
    • 1915, , "", : -- "I suppose you wouldn't like to do a locum for a month on the South coast? Three guineas a week with board and lodging." -- "I wouldn't mind," said Philip. -- "It's at Farnley, in Dorsetshire. Doctor South. You'd have to go down at once; his assistant has developed mumps. I believe it's a very pleasant place."
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of lodging
  2. A room or set of rooms in another person's house where a person lodges.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 22 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “Not unnaturally, &ldquo;Auntie&rdquo; took this communication in bad part. Thus outraged, she showed herself to be a bold as well as a furious virago. Next day she found her way to their lodgings and tried to recover her ward by the hair of the head.”
  3. An official residence.
Synonyms: digs (colloquial)
  • godlings
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) nickname for a tall (usually male) person
log pronunciation {{wikipedia}}
  • (UK) /lɒɡ/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • (US) /lɑɡ/, /lɔɡ/
  • {{audio}}
etymology 1 From Middle English logge, of unknown origin. That it descends from Old Norse lág{{R:Webster 1913|log}} is widely doubted on phonological grounds; an alternative is sound expression of the notion of something massive.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The trunk of a dead tree, cleared of branches. They walked across the stream on a fallen log.
  2. Any bulky piece as cut from the above, used as timber, fuel etc.
    • 1995: New American Standard Bible: Matthew 7, 3 – 5 Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, "Let me take the speck out of your eye," and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.
  3. Anything shaped like a log; a cylinder.
    • 1999, Glen Duncan, Hope … it was a thing of sinuous durability, wound around the spirit like a tapeworm around a log of shit.
    • 2011, Edward Espe Brown, The Complete Tassajara Cookbook Dip both sides in the sauce on the plate and then arrange a log of cheese filling down the middle of the tortilla.
  4. (nautical) A floating device, usually of wood, used in navigation to estimate the speed of a vessel through water.
  5. A logbook.
  6. (figuratively) A blockhead; a very stupid person.
  7. (surfing slang) A longboard.
    • 1999, Neal Miyake I know he hadn’t surfed on a log much in his childhood
  8. (figuratively) A rolled cake with filling.
  9. (mining) A weight or block near the free end of a hoist rope to prevent it from being drawn through the sheave.
  10. (vulgar) A piece of feces.
Synonyms: (logbook)
  • (nautical) chip log, taffrail log
  • (rolled cake) Swiss roll
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To cut trees into log.
  2. (transitive) To cut down (trees).
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  3. (transitive) To travel at a specified speed, as ascertained by chip log.
  4. (intransitive) To cut down trees in an area, harvesting and transporting the logs as wood.
related terms:
  • (to cut down trees) logging
etymology 2 From logbook, itself from log (above) + book
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A logbook, or journal of a vessel (or aircraft)'s progress
    • 1883, , The captain sat down to his log, and here is the beginning of the entry:...
  2. A chronological record of actions, performances, computer/network usage, etc.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To make, to add an entry (or more) in a log or logbook. to log the miles travelled by a ship
  2. (transitive) To travel (a distance) as shown in a logbook
related terms:
  • (to add an entry to a log) logbook, weblog/blog, log out/log off, log in/log on
etymology 3
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete) To move to and fro; to rock.
etymology 4 Hebrew
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A Hebrew measure of liquid, containing 2.37 gill. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 5 From logarithm.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. logarithm. To multiply two numbers, add their logs.
{{Webster 1913}}
logic {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: logick (archaic) etymology From Old French logike, from Latin logica, from Ancient Greek λογική 〈logikḗ〉, from properly feminine of λογικός 〈logikós〉, from λόγος 〈lógos〉. pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /ˈlɒdʒɪk/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈlɑdʒɪk/
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  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. logical
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) A method of human thought that involves thinking in a linear, step-by-step manner about how a problem can be solved. Logic is the basis of many principles including the scientific method.
  2. (philosophy, logic) The study of the principles and criteria of valid inference and demonstration.
    • 2001, Mark Sainsbury, Logical Forms — An Introduction to Philosophical Logic, Second Edition, Blackwell Publishing, p. 9 An old tradition has it that there are two branches of logic: deductive logic and inductive logic. More recently, the differences between these disciplines have become so marked that most people nowadays use "logic" to mean deductive logic, reserving terms like "confirmation theory" for at least some of what used to be called inductive logic. I shall follow the more recent practice, and shall construe "philosophy of logic" as "philosophy of deductive logic".
  3. (uncountable, mathematics) The mathematical study of relationships between rigorously define concepts and of proof of statement.
  4. (countable, mathematics) A formal or informal language together with a deductive system or a model-theoretic semantics.
  5. (uncountable) Any system of thought, whether rigorous and productive or not, especially one associated with a particular person. It's hard to work out his system of logic.
  6. (uncountable) The part of a system (usually electronic) that performs the boolean logic operations, short for logic gate or logic circuit. Fred is designing the logic for the new controller.
Synonyms: (mathematics, study) formal logic, modern logic, (mathematics, system) formal system, (philosophy): predicate logic
related terms:
  • logician
  • logical
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, pejorative) To engage in excessive or inappropriate application of logic.
    • Controversy, page 21, Orestes Augustus Brownson, 1884, “Nay, is not the author himself "logicking" against logic, from the beginning of his book to the end ?”
  2. (transitive) To apply logical reasoning to.
    • Blood's a Rover, page 90, James Ellroy, 2010, “He logicked that one out. He snuck into Haiti and scored herbs to rev him and calm him.”
  3. (transitive) To overcome by logical argument.
    • Wicked Surrender, Jade Lee, 2010, “If things had gone as usual this night, if Kit had not logicked her into agreement, then she probably would have opened the door tonight.”
logicker etymology logic + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic, derogatory) A logician.
    • 1852, John Lord, The Christian philosopher and metaphysician: volume 2 (page 16) But from such logic, such logicking, and such logickers, I pray to be delivered.
log in {{wikipedia}} etymology From analogy with clock in.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (computing) To gain access to a computer system, usually by providing a previously agreed upon username and password. I would like to log in to check my e-mail, but I can't remember my password.
Synonyms: log on
  • log off
  • log out
  • lingo
logistical nightmare
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A military situation for which it is difficult to plan or organize the logistics.
  2. (figuratively) Any situation or event that requires considerable coordination of many people, beyond the original organizer's expectations.
logistics etymology From French logistique, from Ancient Greek λογιστικός 〈logistikós〉, from λόγος 〈lógos〉
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. plural of logistic
  2. (operations) The process of plan, implement, and control the efficient, effective flow and storage of goods, services and related information from their point of origin to point of consumption for the purpose of satisfying customer requirements.
  3. (military) The procurement, supply, maintenance, and transportation of equipment, facilities, and personnel.
Synonyms: (operations), (military) supply line
related terms:
  • logistical
  • logistically
  • logistician
  • logicists
logorrhea Alternative forms: logorrhoea (UK), logorrhœa (obsolete) etymology From Dutch, from Latin logos, from Ancient Greek λόγος 〈lógos〉 + ῥοία 〈rhoía〉.
noun: {{en-noun}} (American spelling)
  1. (psychology) An excessive and often uncontrollable flow of words.
  2. (humorous) Excessive talkativeness.
Synonyms: (excessive talkativeness) garrulousness, wordiness, prolixity
related terms:
  • diarrhea/diarrhoea
  • galactorrhea/galactorrhoea
  • gonorrhea/gonorrhoea
  • pyorrhea/pyorrhoea
Loiner etymology possibly Old English Leodis (a Celtic kingdom)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, colloquial) A native of Leeds, England.
  • Elinor
  • lienor
  • neroli
lolcow etymology LOL + cow, suggesting somebody who can be "milked" for laughs.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet, slang, derogatory) A person whose eccentric or foolish behaviour can be exploited to amuse onlookers.
LOLer etymology LOL + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet, slang) A person who uses the expression LOL (laugh out loud).
    • 2009, Malcolm Venable, "Once-welcome LOL is now virtually DOA, and here's why", The Virginian-Pilot, 22 September 2009: Perhaps the worst offender is the LOLer who has no grasp of nuance or subtlety. He's like a comedian who comes down from the stage to sit on your lap, tell you a joke and then say, 'Get it?'
    • 2011, Octavia Lehman, "In Lehman's Terms", The Sounding Board (Grace College), Volume 58, Issue 2, 8 September 2011, page 7: When I actually laugh at what someone has written to me, I like to insert I AM LEGITIMATELY LAUGHING OUT LOUD, because it differentiates me from the frequent LOLers.
    • 2012, Dahlia Kurtz, "National UnFriend Day calls on Facebookers to cull their lists", 24 Hours (Vancouver, Canada), 19 November 2012: The talk show host created the now international day of action in 2010. From the start it was a huge success, as Kimmel said on his show: “We killed off millions of LOLers and OMGers.”
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  2. (Internet, slang) Something that causes one to laugh out loud.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) abbreviation of lolita
  2. (informal) abbreviation of lolicon
  • illo, LILO, lilo, Oi'll
lolicon {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: lolicom, loli-con, lolikon, roricon/rorikon (influenced by Japanese pronunciation), loli (informal shortening) etymology From Japanese ロリコン 〈rorikon〉, from English Lolita complex.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable, anime) The sexual attraction to young girl.
    • 1995 April 4, Joseph L. Petrow, “Marmalade Boy - Just Plain Screwed Up!!”, rec.arts.anime, Usenet: I got many flames for denoucing Nacchan's Lolicon ways a few months back!
    • 2004, Patrick Macias, Tomohiro Machiyama, Cruising The Anime City: An Otaku Guide to Neo Tokyo (Stone Bridge Press), page 48: Innocence’s story—about female sex androids that kill their owners—is possible only in a Lolicon country like Japan. The androids are modeled after little girls[.]
    • 2008, Kenny Loui, Tokyo Phantasmagoria: An Analysis of Politics, page 69: This work can be considered a commentary on Japan's sexual fetishisms, inclusive of BDSM and lolicon, [...]
  2. (countable, anime) An individual fixated on young, generally prepubescent, girls.
    • 1993 October 29, "Eldrick Tobin, Master of Perversion" (username), "The Arc: Joyful Noise Omakefic Unit 01: Sentenced: A Fanboys! Crossover "jnomk01.txt" (1/1)", in alt.hentai.sailor-moon, Usenet: I don't need to hear you are becoming a lolicon.
    • 1998 March 9, "Chadwick Ngan" (username), "BLAND Manga Capsules 3/4/98", in rec.arts.manga, Usenet: Ken's a lolicon (pedophile).
    • 2000 July 6, "OLF, i.e. Olf Le Fol" (username), ":: chokes :: :: passes out ::", in alt.hentai.sailor-moon, Usenet: Hey, don't take me for a lolicon: I'm not! It is just that I find that kind of anime... fun, refreshing.
  3. (uncountable, anime) Erotic or suggestive art depicting prepubescent females.
    • 1989 September 23, Mark Crispin, “bringing stuff into the US from Japan”, soc.culture.japan, Usenet If you are into bishojo, loli-con, or bishonen materials, be advised that customs *does* frown on what might be considered pornography.
    • 1993 March 27, Rafael Brown, “Anime Potrayal of Japanese Women”, rec.arts.anime, Usenet the whole gamut of lolicon and girls-with-guns genres
    • 2006, Lawrence Eng, Otaku Engagements: subcultural appropriation of science and technology, page 168: Some critics of lolicon claim that those who enjoy it also necessarily enjoy real child porn [...]
    • 2010, Sarah D. Goode, Understanding and Addressing Adult Sexual Attraction to Children: a Study of Paedophiles in Contemporary Society, page 29: Bizarrely, viewing and collecting lolicon seems to have become a subcultural norm, especially in Japan, [...]
    • 2010, Paul M. Malone, From BRAVO to to Export, in Boys’ Love Manga, page 33: Most importantly, because German child pornography and child abuse laws forbid representation of children as sexual objects, there is a complete ban on shota or lolicon.
related terms:
  • shotacon / shotakon
lollapalooza {{was wotd}} Alternative forms: lallapalooza, lalapalooza, lallapaloosa, lolapalooza, lolapaloosa etymology From lallapalootza, lollypaloozer pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˌlɑləpəˈluzə/
  • (RP) /ˌlɒləpəˈluːzə/
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An outstanding, extreme, or outrageous example of its kind.
    • 1991 Nov. 3, , "Keillor's elegy to randy radio" (Book Review of WLT A Radio Romance by ), Chicago Sun-Times (retrieved 23 July 2011): Here is a novel of low comedy and high raillery. It's a lollapalooza that turns out to be a comic elegy for old-time radio.
    • 1998 Feb. 22, , "Bottom of the Barrel" (Book Review of Star-Spangled Men: America's Ten Worst Presidents by Nathan Miller), New York Times (retrieved 23 July 2011): Promising to destroy the Soviet Union would have been a lollapalooza even for Reagan, since part of his election strategy was to fight his image as a warmonger.
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lollipop {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: lolli-pop, lollypop, lolly pop, lolly-pop etymology Multiple theories abound. One is that it is a Borrowing from rme lollipobbul. pronunciation
  • (UK) /lɒl.i.pɒp/
  • (US) /lɑ.li.pɑp/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An item of confectionery consisting of a piece of candy/sweet attached to a stick.
Synonyms: lolly, sucker (US)
lolly etymology Contraction of lollipop. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A piece of hard candy on a stick; a lollipop.
    • 2004, , Feast: Food that Celebrates Life, [http//|%22lollies%22+-intitle:%22lolly%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=A8KkT4vVEOigmQX_ltnhBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22lolly%22|%22lollies%22%20-intitle%3A%22lolly%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], Trim the lolly sticks, so that you have a stem of about 3–4cm to stick into the cake, and then plunge the sticks of the foreshortened lollies into the cake so that the ghoulish faces leer out from their black-frosted graveyard.
  2. (UK, slang, uncountable) Money.
  3. (Australia, New Zealand) Any confection made from sugar, or high in sugar content; a sweet, a piece of candy.
    • 1924, Frank George Carpenter, Australia, New Zealand and Some Islands of the South Seas, [http//|%22lollies%22+-intitle:%22lolly%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22lolly%22|%22lollies%22+-intitle:%22lolly%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=XMekT9m5CqSimQXHm9DhBA&redir_esc=y page 36], Leaving the Domain, I walked back to the hotel, noticing the queer signs by the way. One was “Lollies for Sale.” It was over the door of a confectioner′s store where all sorts of candies were displayed.
    • 2002, R.I.C. Publications, Primary Science, [http//|%22lollies%22+-intitle:%22lolly%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=CL2kT4LNGOaAmQXI6sjhBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22lolly%22|%22lollies%22%20-intitle%3A%22lolly%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 52], Organise the students into small groups. Send a letter home to the parents stating that the science lesson will involve students eating a small amount of lollies. Check which students are allowed to eat lollies. Students with diabetes will only be able to observe or they could bring their own ‘special’ sweets from home.
    • 2008, , , [http//|%22lollies%22+-intitle:%22lolly%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=XMekT9m5CqSimQXHm9DhBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22lolly%22|%22lollies%22%20-intitle%3A%22lolly%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], He looked straight into Frau Diller′s spectacled eyes and said, ‘Mixed lollies, please.’ Frau Diller smiled.…‘Here,’ she said, tossing a single lolly onto the counter. ‘Mix it yourself.’
Synonyms: bonbon, candy (US), confection, sweet (British)
lollygagger etymology Origin unknown. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈlɒlɪˌɡaɡə/
  • (US) /ˈlɑlɪˌɡæɡɚ/
Alternative forms: lallygagger
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A lazy person, one who lollygag; a slacker, ne'er-do-well.
  2. (archaic, US) A young man who pets or makes out in public.
lollypaloozer etymology unknown
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) Outstanding example of its kind.
    • Artie: A Story of the Streets and Town, George Ade, “But the girls — wow !" / "Beauties, eh?" / "Lollypaloozers!"”, 1896
Lollywood etymology {{blend}}, possibly originally formed as Urdu لالیوڈ 〈lạly̰wڈ〉.
proper noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) The cinema industry of Pakistan based in Lahore.
LOLsuit Alternative forms: lolsuit etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet slang, pejorative) A frivolous lawsuit.
Londonistan etymology London + stan
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) London, perceived as being a center for exiled Islamic groups.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (humorous or archaic) London
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A person with no friends of the opposite sex looking for a spouse or companion
lonesome etymology From lone + some, mid-17th century.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. unhappy due to being alone; lonely
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) oneself alone
    • I sat and watched the cars pass all by my lonesome.
  • oenomels
long arms
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of long arm
  2. (slang, UK) An individual who intends to steal or borrow things without asking.
long drink of water Alternative forms: tall drink of water
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A tall person.
long gray line etymology After the gray winter overcoats worn by Army cadets.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, US) The cadets of the United States Military Academy.
long green
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang, often, preceded by some or the) Money, especially in the form of cash.
    • 1912, , The Prince and Betty, ch. 20: "Why, a guy come to me and wants to give me half a ton of the long green to go to dat poiper what youse was woikin' on and fix de guy what's runnin' it."
    • 1951 Nov. 12, "Less Take-Home Pay," Pittsburgh Post Gazette, p. 16 (retrieved 1 Oct 2010): Under the latest tax increase, for instance, a worker with a wife and one child who earns $80 a week will have $8.60 taken out before the long green crosses his palm.
    • 2002 Jan. 15, Al Brumley, "'Chamber' may scare off viewers rather than scare up ratings," Dallas Morning News (retrieved 1 Oct 2010): Fox's new game show, The Chamber, lets people suffer to their hearts' content, with the hope of winning some long green, too.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person with hair longer than the norm, especially someone viewed as bohemian, non-conventional or a hippie.
  2. A person with a deep interest in the classical arts, especially music.
  3. A person considered to have excessively refined taste for the arts.
  4. A cat with hair longer than the norm.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (derogatory, music) Concerning or characteristic of classical music. I would rather see a musical, but my wife, who loves longhair music, is dragging me to the symphony again.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having long hair. My cat is a longhaired angora who sheds a lot of fur.
  2. (sometimes, derogatory) Artistic or intellectual. Your new boyfriend is longhaired, highbrowed and penniless: very bohemian but not commercial.
  3. (derogatory) Hippie-like. Those longhaired freaks should get a job.
longies etymology Diminutive of long.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (plurale tantum, informal) knit trousers for a baby or child
    • 1932, Boys' Life (volume 22, number 5, May 1932, page 29) And now the same Talon fastener that the air mail pilots use in their flying suits is on your longies and knickers!
    • 1974, Elizabeth Zimmermann, Knitter's Almanac (page 26) For longies, therefore, I cast on sufficiently for the waist, and work a piece of ribbing.
  2. plural of longie
long in the tooth etymology Possibly from the practice of examining the length of horses’ teeth when estimating their ages: an old horse has long, rectangular incisors, and their occlusion angle is steep. Compare don't look a gift horse in the mouth. pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic) Old, aged.
    • 1852, , The History of Henry Esmond, Esq., ch. 2, His cousin was now of more than middle age. . . . She was lean, and yellow, and long in the tooth.
    • 2004, Chris Taylor, "Is Microsoft A Slowpoke?," Time, 10 May, So as Microsoft began its 30th year last month, investors wondered whether it's a little long in the tooth.
related terms:
  • don't look a gift horse in the mouth
Long Island {{wikipedia}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. An island in New York.

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