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luck pronunciation
  • (UK) /lʌk/, [lɐk]
  • (US) /lʌk/
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etymology From Middle English luk, lukke, related to ofs luk, Western Frisian gelok, Saterland Frisian Gluk, Dutch geluk, Low German luk, German Glück, Danish lykke, Swedish lycka, Icelandic lukka. Loaned into English in the 15th century (probably as a gambling term) from Middle Dutch luc, a shortened form of: gheluc (whence Modern Dutch geluk). Middle Dutch luc, gheluc is paralleled by Middle High German lück, gelücke (modern German Glück). The word occurs only from the 12th century, apparently first in Rhine Frankish. Perhaps from an Old Frankish *galukki. The word enters standard Middle High German during the 13th century, and spreads to English and Scandinavian in the Late Middle Ages. Its origin seems to have been regional or dialectal, and there were competing German words such as gevelle or schick, or the Latinate fortune. Its etymology is unknown, although there are numerous proposals as to its derivations from a number of roots. Use as a verb in American English is late (1940s), but there was a Middle English verb lukken "to chance, to happen by good fortune" in the 15th century.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Something that happens to someone by chance, a chance occurrence. The raffle is just a matter of luck. Sometimes it takes a bit of luck to get success. I couldn't believe my luck when I found a fifty dollar bill on the street. Gilbert had some bad luck yesterday — he got pick-pocketed and lost fifty dollars.
  2. A superstitious feeling that brings fortune or success. He blew on the dice for luck. I wish you lots of luck for the exam tomorrow.
  3. success I tried for ages to find a pair of blue suede shoes, but didn't have any luck. He has a lot of luck with the ladies, perhaps it is because of his new motorbike.
Synonyms: fortune (both senses)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To succeed by chance. His plan lucked out.
  2. (intransitive) To rely on luck. No plan. We're just to going to have to luck through.
  3. (transitive) To carry out relying on luck. Our plan is to luck it through.
luck out {{was wotd}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial, idiomatic, American) To experience great luck; to be extremely fortunate or lucky. I lucked out and got the last two tickets to the big show.
  2. (colloquial, idiomatic, British) To run out of luck. I lucked out and failed to get the tickets.
related terms:
  • luck in
lucky break
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic) A stroke of luck; a fortunate event, particularly of the sort that propel one to success, fame, etc. At 17, she got her lucky break when she appeared on television and became a popular musician overnight.
Synonyms: (by ellipsis) break
Lucky Country
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  1. (informal) Australia
Luddism etymology Ludd + ism, after , a legendary example.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (historical) Opposition to the Industrial Revolution by textile worker fearing for their livelihood.
  2. (by extension, pejorative) Opposition to technological change.
related terms:
  • Luddite
  • Neo-Luddism
Luddite {{wikipedia}} etymology After Ned Ludd, a legendary example. See -ite. pronunciation
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  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈlʌd.aɪt/
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  • (CA) /ˈlʌd.ʌit/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of a group of early 19th century English textile worker who destroy machinery because it would harm their livelihood.
  2. (by extension, pejorative) Someone who oppose technological change.
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lug etymology Probably from Old Norse (compare Swedish lugga, Norwegian lugge). Noun is via Scots lugge, probably from Old Norse (compare Swedish and Norwegian lugg). Probably related to slug, which is from similar Scandinavian sources. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /lʌɡ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of hauling or dragging. a hard lug
  2. That which is hauled or dragged. The pack is a heavy lug.
  3. Anything that moves slowly. {{rfquotek}}
  4. A lug nut.
  5. (electricity) A device for terminating an electrical conductor to facilitate the mechanical connection; to the conductor it may be crimped to form a cold weld, soldered or have pressure from a screw.
  6. A part of something which sticks out, used as a handle or support.
  7. A fool, a large man.
  8. (UK) An ear or ear lobe.
  9. A wood box used for transporting fruit or vegetable.
  10. (slang) A request for money, as for political purposes. They put the lug on him at the courthouse.
  11. (UK, dialect) A rod or pole. {{rfquotek}}
  12. (UK, dialect) A measure of length equal to 16½ feet.
    • Spenser Eight lugs of ground.
  13. (nautical) A lugsail.
  14. (harness) The leather loop or ear by which a shaft is held up.
  15. A lugworm.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To haul or drag along (especially something heavy); to carry. Why do you always lug around so many books?
    • Collier They must divide the image among them, and so lug off every one his share.
  2. (transitive) To run at too slow a speed. When driving up a hill, choose a lower gear so you don't lug the engine.
  3. (transitive, nautical) To carry an excessive amount of sail for the condition prevailing.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) ear
lulz etymology Alteration of lol. (Nonstandard spelling of the plural suffix -s.) pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet, slang) Fun; amusement; humor; especially schadenfreude.
    • 2007 July 26, Fox 11 News report: Anonymous gets big lulz from pulling random pranks
    • 2008 January 18, Julian Dibbell, “Mutilated Furries, Flying Phalluses: Put the Blame on Griefers, the Sociopaths of the Virtual World”, in , issue 16.02: the antics of the Goons and /b/tards might actually sharpen our ability to make that distinction. To those who think the griefers' handiwork is simply inexcusable: Well, being inexcusable is, after all, the griefers' job. Ours is to figure out that caring too much only gives them more of the one thing they crave: the lulz.
    • 2008 June 20, Tom Whipple, “Scientology: the Anonymous protestors”, in : Like “Hakuna matata” in The Lion King, “lulz” is not just a word, but a philosophy. [...] Anonymous has made campaigning sexy for the first time since 1968. The lulz is, after all, the ancient spirit that once made the young become Marxists, or sail off to the New World.
    • 2008 August 3, Mattathias Schwartz, “Malwebolence - The World of Web Trolling”, in : “Lulz” is how trolls keep score. A corruption of “LOL” or “laugh out loud,” “lulz” means the joy of disrupting another’s emotional equilibrium. “Lulz is watching someone lose their mind at their computer 2,000 miles away while you chat with friends and laugh,” said one ex-troll who, like many people I contacted, refused to disclose his legal identity.
lulzworthy etymology lulz + worthy
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (internet, slang, rare) Causing lulz; amusing, entertaining, often sadistically
    • 2008, "", 40 to 50 thousand signatures NEEDED RIGHT NOW (discussion on Internet newsgroup alt.religion.scientology) lol. if tom / alan had a sense of humour, he'd know this post is lulzworthy.
    • 2008, "Joe Mama", Forgery Alert - Beware There is Someone Pretending to be Me! (discussion on Internet newsgroup I hereby declare this thread officially lulzworthy. Carry on.
    • 2008, "Hayashi", 大加拿燦小到唔停得手 (discussion on Internet newsgroup hk.politics) Li did what any normal citizen would do by brutally stabbing that cockloving douchebag to death and then beheading him, inflicting lulzworthy pain on the losers {{SIC}} friends and relatives...
Lumber State
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) Maine, United States
lummox pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈlʌməks/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A clumsy, stupid person; an awkward bungler. You've broken the plates, you great lummox!
lump {{wikipedia}} etymology Middle English lumpe. Confer German Lumpen and Lump pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Something that protrudes, sticks out, or sticks together; a cluster or blob; a mound, hill, or group. Stir the gravy until there are no more lumps. a lump of coal; a lump of clay; a lump of cheese
  2. A group, set, or unit. The money arrived all at once as one big lump sum payment.
  3. A small, shaped mass of sugar, typically about a teaspoonful. Do you want one lump or two with your coffee?
  4. A dull or lazy person. Don't just sit there like a lump.
  5. (informal, as plural) A beating or verbal abuse. He's taken his lumps over the years.
    • The cold war on the periphery: the United States, India, and Pakistan, page 323, Robert J. McMahon, 1994, “Komer admitted that the United States would probably suffer "short term lumps" as a result of Johnson's brusque decision.”
  6. A projection beneath the breech end of a gun barrel.
  • nubble
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To treat as a single unit; to group together. People tend to lump turtles and tortoises together, when in fact they are different creatures.
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  • plum
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of lump
  2. (informal) A beating or verbal abuse. He's taken his lumps over the years.
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  • plums
  • slump
lunchbox Alternative forms: lunch box pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A container for transporting meals, especially lunch.
  2. (slang) A person or object constantly at one's side (in the manner of a lunchbox).
  3. (British slang) The male genitals when enclosed in clothing.
  4. (Asia) A to-go lunch packaged in a disposable box.
  5. (computing, slang) A luggable; an early laptop computer, usually a unit with a handle and a fold-out keyboard.
    • 1988, PC Mag (volume 7, number 17, 11 October 1988, page 93) You'll find a mix among clamshell laptops for strong laps, lunchboxes, and sewing-machine configurations; the latter two designs typically have detachable keyboards.
    • 2004, Scott Mueller, Upgrading and Repairing Laptops (page 20) The performance difference between desktops and lunchboxes was practically nil.
Synonyms: (container for transporting meals) lunch pail (US), bento box, (person or thing at one's side) sidekick, (male genitals enclosed in clothing) basket (US), packet, package
lung {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English, from Old English lungen, from Proto-Germanic *lungw-, from Proto-Indo-European *lengʷʰ-; compare *h₁lengʷʰ- 〈*h₁lengʷʰ-〉, whence ultimately also light. Cognate with West Frisian long, Dutch long, German Lunge, Danish lunge, Swedish lunga, Icelandic lunga, and also Russian лёгкое 〈lëgkoe〉 (lung), Ancient Greek ἐλαφρός 〈elaphrós〉 and perhaps Albanian lungë. Compare Latin levis and Old English lēoht (Modern English light). See also lights ("lungs"). pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈlʌŋ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (anatomy) A biological organ that extract oxygen from the air.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 7 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “I made a speaking trumpet of my hands and commenced to whoop “Ahoy!” and “Hello!” at the top of my lungs. […] The Colonel woke up, and, after asking what in brimstone was the matter, opened his mouth and roared “Hi!” and “Hello!” like the bull of Bashan.”
Synonyms: (organ) (in the plural) bellows (informal or archaic), (in the plural) lights (of an animal, used as food)
lung cancer {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. cancer of the lung(s).
etymology 1 lunge + er pronunciation
  • /lʌndʒə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who lunge.
etymology 2 lung + er pronunciation
  • /lʌɳə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A person afflicted with a disease of the lung, especially one suffering from tuberculosis.
luny Alternative forms: loony (now more common) pronunciation
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etymology Diminutive of lunatic with -y.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) crazy; mentally unsound
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lure etymology xno lure, from Old French loirre (Modern French leurre), from frk lothr, from Proto-Germanic *lōþr-. Compare English allure, from Old French. pronunciation
  • (UK) /l(j)ʊə/, /lɔː(r)/, lɜː
  • (US) /lʊər/, /lɔr/, /lɝ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Something that tempt or attract, especially one with a promise of reward or pleasure. {{rfquotek}}
  2. (fishing) An artificial bait attached to a fishing line to attract fish.
  3. A bunch of feather attached to a line, used in falconry to recall the hawk.
    • 1594, , , IV. i. 178: My falcon now is sharp and passing empty, / And till she stoop she must not be full-gorged, / For then she never looks upon her lure.
  4. A velvet smooth brush. {{rfquotek}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To attract by temptation etc.; to entice.
  2. To recall a hawk with a lure.
related terms:
  • allure
  • rule
lurgy Alternative forms: lurgey, lurgee, lurgi, lergy etymology A nonce word popularized by and , scriptwriters for a 9 November 1954 programme of , "", in which must deal with a national outbreak of a highly dangerous, highly infectious and — as it turns out — highly fictitious disease known as the Dreaded Lurgi.{{cite web|publisher=World Wide Words|last=Quinion|first=Michael|title=The Dreaded Lurgi|url=}} for this word include:
  • that it is a and contraction of the allergy. This is not supported by the use of the hard 'g' in lurgi (rhyming with Fergie), as allergy has a softer 'g' sound similar to a hard 'j'.
  • that it is based on the Northern English dialectic phrase fever-lurgy.
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈlɜː(ɹ)ɡi/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈlɝɡi/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) A fictitious, highly infectious disease; often used in the phrase "the dreaded lurgi", sometimes as a reference to flu-like symptom
Synonyms: cooties (US) (Only in the playground sense.)
  • Phrases like "I've got the lurgi" are commonly heard when somebody is explaining why they cannot attend a social occasion, come to work, etc.
  • The term is also used in the context of . For example, "You can't play with us, you've got the lurgi!" could be used when excluding another child from a group.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) alternative form of lurve
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) alternative form of lurve
    • 2007, Ann Packer, Songs without words "I lurv you," he said. "Do you think we should tell Dr. Lewis?" "That we lurv each other?" She laughed with delight...
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related terms:
  • love or luv
  • lurve
  • wuv
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Love, fondness.
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To love; to like a lot.
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luscious Alternative forms: lushious (obsolete) etymology From earlier lushious, lussyouse, a corruption of *, from lusty + ous. Shakespeare uses both lush (short for lushious) and lusty in the selfsame sense: 'How lush and lusty the grass looks'. —Temp. ii. I.52. See also lush, lusty. Alternative etymology connects luscious to a Middle English term: lucius, an alteration of licious, believed to be a shortening of delicious. See delicious. pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. sweet and pleasant; delicious
    • 1863, H.S. Thompson, Down by the River Liv'd a Maiden Her lips were like two luscious beefsteaks
    • 1900, L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz There were lovely patches of greensward all about, with stately trees bearing rich and luscious fruits.
  2. sexually appeal; seductive
    • 1749, John Cleland, Memoirs of Fanny Hill: A New and Genuine Edition from the Original Text With one hand he gently disclosed the lips of that luscious mouth of nature
  3. obscene
    • 1749, John Cleland, Memoirs of Fanny Hill: A New and Genuine Edition from the Original Text Hitherto I had been indebted only to the girls of the house for the corruption of my innocence: their luscious talk, in which modesty was far from respected
luser {{wikipedia}} etymology {{blend}}, or of local and user pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈluː.zə(ɹ)/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, slang, derogatory) An incompetent computer user.
  2. (computing, slang, derogatory) A user (especially in IRC) who disobey the rules of the server that he or she is using and usually resort to disruptive or offensive behavior/behaviour.
  • lures
  • rules
noun: {{head}}
  1. (computing, slang) plural of luser
  • Russel
lush {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /lʌʃ/
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etymology 1 From Middle English lusch, from Old English *, from Proto-Germanic *laskaz, *lasiwaz, from Proto-Indo-European *las-. Akin to Old English lysu, gml lasch, Middle High German erleswen, Old Norse lǫskr, Gothic 𐌻𐌰𐍃𐌹𐍅𐍃 〈𐌻𐌰𐍃𐌹𐍅𐍃〉, gml las, lasich, Low German lusch. Related to lusk. More at lishey, lazy.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete) Lax; slack; limp; flexible.
  2. (dialectal) Mellow; soft; (of ground or soil) easily turned.
  3. (of vegetation) Dense, teem with life.
    • 2006, Stefani Jackenthal, New York Times Some of the world’s best rain forest and volcanic hiking can be found within the lush canopied Caribbean trail systems. Chock-full of waterfalls and hot springs, bright-colored birds and howling monkeys, flora-lined trails cut through thick, fragrant forests and up cloud-covered mountains.
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  4. (slang, of food) Luxuriant, delicious. That meal was lush! We have to go that restaurant again sometime!
  5. (British, slang) Beautiful, sexy. Boys with long hair are lush!
  6. (British, Canada, slang) Amazing, cool, fantastic, wicked. Your voice is lush, Lucy! I could listen to it all day!
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • lushly
  • lushness
  • luscious
etymology 2 Perhaps a humorous use of the preceding word, or perhaps from sth lush.''An Etymological Dictionary of Modern English'' (ISBN 0486122867)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) Drunkard, sot, alcoholic.
  2. (slang) Intoxicating liquor. {{rfquotek}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To drink liquor to excess.
  2. (transitive) To drink (liquor) to excess.
  • shul
lusty etymology Middle English lusty from lust + y. Compare Middle Dutch lustich (Dutch lustig), Middle High German lustic (German lustig), Old Norse lostigr (Swedish lustig, Danish lystig). More at lust, -y. pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Strong, healthy and vigorous.
  2. hearty and enthusiastic.
  3. (informal, proscribed) Given to experiencing lust; enjoying physical sensations.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (uncommon) Lutheran; promoting Lutheranism literature of a Lutheranist character
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncommon, possibly derogatory) A Lutheran.
    • 1866, William Carlos Martyn, A history of the Huguenots, page 305: … and the tergiversations of the council, wholly devoted to Rome — there was not a Lutheranist or Calvinist present — so disgusted the Protestants, that they refused to recognize its authority, or to be bound by its decrees.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncommon) A scholar who studies Luther or his work.
  2. (rare, possibly derogatory) A Lutheran; a proponent of Lutheranism.
    • 1916 November, in The Art World, volume 1, page 145: Seized by a fit of rage he denounced Lasson then and there as a Lutherist and hastening from church summoned him before the Court.
    • 1986, James Clavell, Shōgun: A Novel of Japan, page 152: Catholics own this world. They owned it. Now we and the Dutch're going to smash them. What nonsense it all is! Catholic and Protestant and Calvinist and Lutherist and every other shitist. You should have been born Catholic.
luvvy etymology luv + y
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, British, humorous, sometimes, derogatory) an actor or actress, especially a narcissistic and pretentious one
  2. (informal) An affectionate term of address Don't cry luvvy, everything will be OK
Alternative forms: luvvie
Lycra lout etymology Alliterative, after lager lout.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang, pejorative) An irresponsible cyclist.
    • 2001, Edward Page, Governing by numbers: delegated legislation and everyday policy-making The Daily Mail and Alun Michael might well have been right to think that Lycra louts were important to the public, but that does not make it an issue of high politics.
    • 2007, Paul Rosen, Peter Cox, David Horton, Cycling and society Red traffic lights mean nothing to the Lycra lout, the psycho cyclist, the berk on a bike (Parsons 2002, 21).
    • 2007, Catherine Deveny, It's not my fault they print them Is it my imagination, or is the world being taken over by Lycra louts with their arses in the air, their handlebars on the bitumen and their anti-erectile-dysfunction gel inserts firmly installed?
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang) acronym of love you like a brother (or like a bro)
related terms:
  • lylas (love you like a sister)
  • bally
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang) acronym of love you like a sister "I've got to go, but I'll talk to you later!" "Ok! Lylas!"
Used in instant messaging, yearbook notes or e-mail to a friend and implies a friendship so deep that one's esteem for the other person is comparable to the love one feels for a sister.
related terms:
  • lylab (love you like a brother)
  • sally, Sally, y'all's
lymph gland
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An alternative name for a lymph node.
This term is considered incorrect since the lymph node do not actually secrete anything as other glands do.
lynch {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /lɪntʃ/
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etymology 1 First attested , from Lynch law that appeared in 1811. There is a popular claim that it was named after William_Lynch_(Lynch_law), but equally strong arguments would have it named after Charles Lynch (jurist).
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (pejorative) To execute (somebody) without a proper legal trial or procedure, especially by hanging.
Synonyms: (execute without a proper legal trial) string up
related terms:
  • kangaroo court
  • show trial
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative form of linch
lyrics pronunciation
  • /ˈlɪɹ.ɪks/
noun: {{head}}
  1. The words to a song (or other vocal music).
  2. plural of lyric
related terms:
  • lyricist
lysdexia etymology Humorous formation from dyslexia by metathesis as if due to dyslexia.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) Dyslexia; proneness to metathesis in reading, writing, or speech due to (real or imagined) dyslexia.
related terms:
  • lysdexic
  • 1990, Sharon Arthur Moore et al., Dyslexia, what's lysdexia? [title] in Reading Teacher 43
  • 1995, Jerrold S Maxmen, Essential Psychopathology and Its Treatment More complex problems such as dyslexia (or as one child once said, lysdexia) may merit a variety of special interventions.
  • 2003, Willow Polson, The Veil's Edge Priase to Hodwy, Dog of Lysdexia.
  • 2005, Stefan Koski, Miscellaneous Philosophy “My apologies. My lysdexia must be kicking in again. What I meant to say was, ‘Who beath thou?’”
  • dyslexia
lysdexic etymology By intentional alteration of dyslexic
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (humorous) Dyslexic.
    • Rut Management: Discovering Adventure in the Routine of Life, page 21, Mark Cornelius, 2007, “for someone diagnosed with lysdexic...pardon me...dyslexic tendencies in …”
m'kay Alternative forms: mkay, mmkay, mmmkay, mmk, mm-kay, mmm-kay pronunciation
  • (US) /mːˈkeɪ/
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etymology Nasalized variant of okay. Perhaps made popular by frequent appearance in the cartoon as 's catchphrase; earlier, apparently only in linguistic transcriptions of speech.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (informal) Okay; an expression of acknowledgment or affirmation, now sometimes used in an ironical or condescending sense. Drugs are bad, m’kay?
spelling mkay
  • 1991, Barbara A. Fox, “Cognitive and Interactional Aspects of Correction in Tutoring,” in Teaching Knowledge and Intelligent Tutoring, Peter Goodyear ed. : In these tutoring sessions we have found that, when the tutor agrees with the student’s displayed understanding, her signal of confirmation comes quickly after the student’s turn, as in: S: Mkay. .hh And I know it’s negative, just to follow your thought process, because I know that the sine is positive. T. Mhm
  • 1993, Herbert H Clark, Arenas of Language Use [...] the director would go on only when both were satisfied the matcher had understood, as here: D. The long view of the quad uh walkway M. those M. ┌ numbers right? D. └ is number 5 M. Mkay D. Yeah with the numbers on the bottom.
  • 1995, Charles Conrad and Lucinda Sinclair-James, “Institutional Pressures, Cultural Constraints, and Communication in Community Mediation Organizations,” in Conflict and Organizations, Anne Maydan Nicotera ed. M1: Mkay. Let me point us back to. This is related to um what we were talking about and how you’re going to um sort of report what happened here tonight.
  • 2004, Gordon Atkinson, : My bold, Crocodile Hunter “Absolutely” withered into “mkay” with the end of the word lilted up like a desperate question.
  • 2004, Deanna Kizis, How to Meet Cute Boys : That has nothing to do with star-power crap and everything to do with keeping it real, mkay?
spelling mmkay
  • 1997: Christina S. Beck, Partnership for Health (dead link): C: I want you to re:st (.) re:st (.) as much as you can do (.) is just re:st (.) hhh when >you go< home (.) >you tell< your husband you make dinner honey (.) hhh you take care of me (.) . . . I need >to set< down (.) I need >to rest< (.) P: mmkay (.) C: and >get down< (.) watch your sodium (.) the salt=
  • 2004, Abbe Diaz, PX This (dead link): well i used to have some skilled sticky fingers of my own back in the day so i know a shoplifted dress when i see one mmkay.
  • 2005, Catherine Delaney, The Rosameorns (dead link): I looked back to him...mmkay brown hair dark eyes...high cheek bones that lucky monkey I wonder if he has some native American.
  • 2005, Jenny Colgan, Boy I Loved Before (dead link) She was sitting perched on her desk, in that nonchalant, ‘mmkay?’ way teachers do when they’re trying to pretend they’re down with the kids.
spelling mmmkay
  • 1999, “It's Easy, MMMKay.” [title, in soundtrack] South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
  • 2004, Victoria Schmitz, If It’s Not One Thing It’s the Other : Let’s get all this straight. He took me to a place he hates to see if I like it. Mmmkay.
  • 2004, Stephanie Lehmann, Are You in the Mood He told her she could sleep in if she liked. “Mmmkay,” she said without opening her eyes, and he kissed her good-bye.
spelling m’kay
  • 1999, Tom Bradley, Black Class Cur : “I’ll tell you a secret if you promise not to tell anybody, not even the missus, m’kay?” “M’kay.
  • 2003, Bill Hunt and Todd Doogan, The Digital Bits: Insider’s Guide to DVD : But do keep in mind that this film [viz. South Park] is not for the faint of heart, and it ain’t for kids, m’kay?
spelling mm-kay
  • 2000, Tom Bradley, Hustling the East : She didn’t ask what that was supposed to mean, but tallied a while on her fingertips and obliged him. “Mm-kay, bye.”
  • 2005, Bill Eisele, Scrub Match “All I’m saying,” the Asian man said, “is it’s about time she got a whiff of her own breath. Mm-kay?”
spelling mmm-kay
  • 2005: Michael Collins, Hot Lights, Cold Steel : “Well, I’m going to take a picture of your arm and then this nice doctor is going to fix it for you, okay?” “Mmm-kay.
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  1. (Internet, slang) Message to All Friends, used on messages to all users in a friends list of services with strict character limits on said messages.
etymology 1
acronym: {{rfc-header}} {{en-noun}} (usually used in the plural)
  1. (astronomy) milli-arcsecond
etymology 2 The sound is very commonly made by infants, and is interpreted by parents as a reference to themselves. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}} (not generally used in the plural)
  1. (colloquial, and in direct address) mother, mama
  • Often capitalized when used to refer to a specific person.
Hey, Ma, I’d like you to meet my friend Jamie.
Synonyms: mama, mamma, mater, maw, mom (US), mommy (US), mother, mum (British), mummy (British)
etymology 3 Abbreviation.
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. May
  • Usually capitalised as Ma.
  • am , Am, AM, a.m.
maat etymology From Afrikaans maat.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa, slang) mate; buddy
    • 2007, William Higham, The Hammarskjold Killing (page 226) A lot of my maats went west.
Ma Bell
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (US, telecommunications, informal, historical) Collectively, the family of companies associated with , providing telephone service in the United States for many years through 1983.
related terms:
  • Baby Bell
Mabo etymology After Eddie Mabo (1936 – 1992), who began the case against the government.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (AU, informal) The High Court case, Mabo v Queensland (No 2), which rejected the doctrine of terra nullius, in favour of the common law doctrine of aboriginal title.
mac 'n' cheese {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) macaroni cheese
Synonyms: See also
mac and cheese
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) macaroni cheese
macaroni {{wikipedia}} etymology From Italian maccaroni, obsolete variant of maccheroni, plural of maccherone, of uncertain origin. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ma.kəˈɹəʊ.ni/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˌmækəˈɹoʊni/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) A type of pasta in the form of short tube; sometimes loosely, pasta in general. {{defdate}}
  2. (pejorative, now historical) A fop, a dandy; especially a young man in the 18th century who had travelled in Europe and who dressed and often spoke in an ostentatiously affected Continental manner. {{defdate}}
    • 1890, Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. XI: Delicate lace ruffles fell over the lean yellow hands that were so overladen with rings. He had been a macaroni of the eighteenth century, and the friend, in his youth, of Lord Ferrars.
    • 1997, Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon: A small, noisy party of Fops, Macaronis, or Lunarians,—it is difficult quite to distinguish which,—has been working its way up the street.
quotations: {{seeCites}}
  • elbow macaroni
  • See also
related terms:
  • macaronic
  • armoniac
  • armonica
  • marocain
  • Romanica
Macaulayism etymology The term is derived from the name of , also known as First Baron of Macaulay, who was instrumental in introducing English as a medium of instruction for higher Education in India.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (derogatory) The act of westernization of upper class Indian using educational reform. Refers to people born of Indian ancestry who adopt western culture as a lifestyle, or display attitudes influenced by colonists.
The term is usually used in a derogatory fashion, and the connotation is one of disloyalty to one's country and one's heritage. The Hindu Right in India often blames Macaulay for producing a generation of Indians not proud of their heritage.
Macca pronunciation
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proper noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, Australia) A diminutive of any surname beginning with Mac or Mc.
    • 2003, , On the Road with Macca.
    • 2010, Howard Sounes, Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney, unnumbered page, ‘It was just Macca being Macca: thumbs up Macca or prodding Macca.’ As he poked Measles in the chest, Paul asked: ‘What the fuck do you know? I fucking brought you down from Liverpool.’
  2. (Australia, colloquial) A restaurant.
  3. (Australia, colloquial) ; used chiefly by people who have visited the island.
  4. {{short for}}, a tribal grouping of the Oromo people.
    • 2006, Catherine Griefenow-Mewis (editor), The Political Economy of an African Society in Transformation: the Case of Macca Oromo (Ethiopia), page 31, We shall use available written accounts and the oral tradition to highlight the Macca expansion and settlement, to study their interaction with other peoples and cultures, and to analyze the subsequent evolutionary and revolutionary changes in their political economy in western central Ethiopia.
Macca's Alternative forms: Maccas
proper noun: {{en-prop}}
  1. (Australia, NZ, slang) The chain of fast food restaurant.
Synonyms: (McDonalds) Mickey D's (UK)
proper noun: {{en-prop}}
  1. alternative spelling of Macca's
    • 1998, James Roy, Full Moon Racing, page 25, “Then of course there′s Maccas food, which is uniformly mediocre no matter where you go.”
    • 2010, , The Happiest Refugee, page 103, Because it was the first-ever Maccas to open in Australia, to commemorate its last day there was going to be a never-seen-before special. It read: ‘bring this flyer in and get a Big Mac for fifty cents’. Fifty cents! Whoo-hoooo!
    • 2011, Angus Benson, Down South, in University of Technology, Sydney, The Life You Chose and That Chose You: The 25th UTS Writers' Anthology, unnumbered page, We slowed down just the once to pick up drive-thru from Maccas. I paid for my own food, but Mul and Seano reckoned they had no money.
  2. (surfing, slang) The surf break Macaronis in Indonesia.
Maccy D's
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) McDonald's.
    • 2004, William Sutcliffe, Bad Influence Mum would kill me if she saw me in Maccy D's for breakfast.
    • 2006, Jason Ellis, Banana Skins on the Table We sat in Maccy D's for a little while before she started work in the afternoon.
    • 2007, George Gotts, Cocoa And anyway we went into the service station because he wanted a burger from Maccy D's and I wanted a Coke.
macdink etymology From the computer (which is supposed to encourage such behaviour)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (rare, informal, computing) To repeatedly tweak the format and text of a document or other file to little practical effect
mace {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (RP) /meɪs/
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etymology 1 Middle English, from xno mace, mache, from ll mattia or *mattea (compare Italian mazza, Spanish maza), from Proto-Indo-European *mat (compare Latin mateola, Old High German medela, Russian мотыга 〈motyga〉, Persian آماج 〈ậmạj〉 ‘plow’, Sanskrit मत्य 〈matya〉).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A heavy fighting club.
    • 1786, The Mace is an ancient weapon, formerly much used by cavalry of all nations, and likewise by ecclesiastics, who in consequence of their tenures, frequently took the field, but were by a canon of the church forbidden to wield the sword. — Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 51.
  2. A ceremonial form of this weapon.
    • 1598, I am a king that find thee; and I know 'Tis not the balm, the sceptre, and the ball, The sword, the mace, the crown imperial, The intertissued robe of gold and pearl... — William Shakespeare, Henvry V, Act IV, Scene I, line 259.
  3. A long baton used by some drum major to keep time and lead a marching band. If this baton is referred to as a mace, by convention it has a ceremonial often decorative head, which, if of metal, usually is hollow and sometimes intricately worked.
  4. An officer who carries a mace as an emblem of authority. {{rfquotek}}
  5. A knobbed mallet used by currier in dress leather to make it supple.
  6. (archaic) A billiard cue.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To hit someone or something with a mace.
etymology 2 Borrowing from Javanese and Malay, meaning "a bean".
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An old money of account in China equal to one tenth of a tael.
  2. An old weight of 57.98 grain. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 3 From Middle English, from re-interpretation of macis as a plural (compare pea); ultimately from Latin maccis (name of an unidentified spice).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A spice obtained from the outer layer of the kernel of the fruit of the nutmeg.
    • 1610, William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, Act IV, Scene III, line 45. I must have saffron to color the warden pies; mace; dates, none -- that's out of my note; nutmegs, seven; a race or two of ginger, but that I may beg; four pounds of prunes, and as many of raisins o' th' sun.
etymology 4 From the name of one brand of the spray, Mace.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A common name for some types of tear gas.
  2. By extension, a common name for some types of pepper spray.
  3. By generalization, a name for personal tear gas and pepper spray.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To spray in defense or attack with mace (pepper spray, or, tear gas) using a hand-held device.
  2. (informal) To spray a similar noxious chemical in defense or attack using an available hand-held device such as an aerosol spray can.
    • 1989, Carl Hiaasen, Skin Tight, Ballantine Books, New York, chapter 22: When Reynaldo and Willie had burst into Larkey's drug store to confront him, the old man had maced Willie square in the eyes with an aerosol can of spermicidal birth-control foam.
  • acme, ACME, came, ECMA, eMac, EMAC
Macedonia {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} etymology From Ancient Greek Μακεδονία 〈Makedonía〉, from μακεδονία 〈makedonía〉, from μακεδνός 〈makednós〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˌmæs.əˈdəʊ.ni.ə/
  • (US) {{enPR}} /ˌmæs.əˈdoʊ.ni.ə/
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  1. An ancient Greek kingdom, located to the north of Thessaly, comprising of the Greek city of Thessaloniki and its surroundings. (Also called Macedon.)
  2. The Republic of Macedonia, a country in Europe which is sometimes referred to elliptically (by the UN and others, pending the outcome of a dispute between Macedonia and Greece) as ‘the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’.
  3. The largest and second-most populous region of Greece, comprising the regions of West Macedonia, Central Macedonia and East Macedonia and Thrace.
  4. A modern geographical region which includes the republic of Macedonia, the Greek region of Macedonia{{,}} and a bit of Bulgaria.
  5. The part of that region which is in south-western Bulgaria. (Also called Pirin Macedonia or Bulgarian Macedonia.)
Machead etymology Mac + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fan of the Apple Macintosh computer.
    • 2003. Ben Milstead, Home Recording Power!, Thomson Course Technology, p. 160: If you're a Machead, sorry. Now that the Windows platform has begun to solidify and DirectX software plug-ins are a reality, there is little contest between a Mac and a PC…
    • 2005. Andy Lester, Chuck Toporek, Mac OS X Tiger in a Nutshell, O'Reilly, page 499: A Machead, through and through…
  • chamade
machine {{wikipedia}} etymology Borrowing from Middle French machine, from Latin machina, from Ancient Greek μαχανά 〈machaná〉, spelling of μηχανή 〈mēchanḗ〉. pronunciation
  • (US) /məˈʃiːn/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A device that directs and controls energy, often in the form of movement or electricity, to produce a certain effect.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  2. (archaic) A vehicle operated mechanically; an automobile.
  3. (telephony, abbreviation) An answering machine or, by extension, voice mail. exampleI called you earlier, but all I got was the machine.
  4. (computing) A computer. exampleGame developers assume they're pushing the limits of the machine.
  5. (figuratively) A person or organisation that seemingly acts like a machine, being particularly efficient, single-minded, or unemotional. exampleBruce Campbell was a "demon-killing machine" because he made quick work of killing demons. exampleThe government has become a money-making machine.
  6. Especially, the group that controls a political or similar organization; a combination of persons acting together for a common purpose, with the agencies which they use.
    • Landor The whole machine of government ought not to bear upon the people with a weight so heavy and oppressive.
  7. Supernatural agency in a poem, or a superhuman being introduced to perform some exploit. {{rfquotek}}
  8. (euphemistic, obsolete) Penis.
{{quote-Fanny Hill}} Synonyms: See also
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • deus ex machina
  • machinate
  • machination
  • machinery
  • mechanic
  • mechanical
  • mechanism
  • mechanistic
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to make by machinery.
  2. to shape or finish by machinery.
  • Eichman
macho etymology From Spanish macho, from Latin masculus pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈmætʃəʊ/
  • (US) /ˈmɑtʃoʊ/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) tending to display masculine characteristics, such as domineering, fierceness, bravado, etc., in ways that are showily and histrionically tough
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A macho person; a person who tends to display masculine characteristics, such as domineering, fierceness, and bravado.
  2. The striped mullet of California ({{taxlink}}, / {{taxlink}}).
  3. A male llama.
related terms:
  • machismo
  • machoman
  • mocha
mack etymology Short for mackerel, after French maquereau, from Middle French makerele, from Middle Dutch makelare &quot;broker, traficker&quot;; &gt; Dutch makelaar, from Middle Dutch makelen, frequentative of maken. More at make. pronunciation
  • /mæk/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An individual skilled in the art of seduction using verbal skills. She left with him; he must be a true mack.
  2. (British) A raincoat or mackintosh.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To act as pimp; to pander.
  2. (slang) To seduce or flirt with.
mack daddy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A pimp, especially a prosperous one.
  2. (US, slang) A flirtatious and seductive man. {{quote-book }}
Mackem {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: Makem etymology From regional form of make + 'em. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈmakəm/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous or pejorative) A native or inhabitant of Sunderland, England.
    • 2011, Peter Cain, The Economist, letter, 18 Jun 2011: Your article on England's regional accents confirmed that Geordie has already completely replaced the mackem-speak of Sunderland and other variants in the north-east.
The first definition would apply to those born within the city boundaries of Sunderland, including Washington, Houghton-le-Spring and Hetton-le-Hole. Additionally a person born within the greater Wearside Area to include all those towns and cities on the banks of the River Wear and its tributaries from its source in Weardale to its mouth at Wearmouth and the towns of the East Durham Coast from Blackhall, north through Peterlee, Horden, Easington, Seaham and Murton.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. The dialect spoken in these areas.
macky pronunciation
  • /ˈmæ.ki/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, Bristol, slang) Large.
    • {{quote-web }} Why is it such a special city? - Great people, a gert lush accent, and the city has great scenery with a gert macky Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Synonyms: gert (Bristolian)
Macolyte etymology {{blend}} From the Macintosh computer of Apple corporation, created under the direction of , and acolyte.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) follower of the cult of personality of Steve Jobs, or his management style
  2. (slang, derogatory) fanatical consumer of Apple corporation consumer products (such as iPhones and iPads)
  3. (slang, derogatory) fanatically devoted user of Macintosh computers, instead of IBM/Intel/Microsoft derived PCs
Mactard etymology Mac + tard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) One who uses or advocates Macintosh computers.
    • 2002 May 17, geek_girl, "Re: My little Bromo rant",, Usenet, Lyle is also a Mactard who should have learned his lesson from the last book.
    • 2003 July 20, Tonawanda Kardex, "Re: OT Recording industry on attack",, Usenet, > Because any 'tard can manage to download stuff off of Kazaa. Except us Mactards.
    • 2005 June 14, Liam Slider, "Re: Linux Dev switching to OS X,Mac?", comp.sys.mac.advocacy, Usenet, BTW, you Mactards keep claiming Mac is a Unix (which it isn't), so....when will you Unix guys settle on one "distro"?
mad pronunciation
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etymology Middle English medd, madd, from Old English gemǣd, from gemād, from Proto-Germanic *maidaz (compare Old High German gimeit, Gothic gamaiþs), past participle of *maidijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *mei (compare Old Irish máel, olt ap-maitinti, Sanskrit मेथति 〈mēthati〉).
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Insane; crazy, mentally deranged. exampleYou want to spend $1000 on a pair of shoes? Are you mad? exampleHe's got this mad idea that he's irresistible to women.
    • Shakespeare I have heard my grandsire say full oft, / Extremity of griefs would make men mad.
  2. (chiefly, US; UK dated + regional) Angry, annoyed.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 6 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “She was so mad she wouldn't speak to me for quite a spell, but at last I coaxed her into going up to Miss Emmeline's room and fetching down a tintype of the missing Deacon man.”
    exampleAre you mad at me?
  3. Wildly confused or excited. to be mad with terror, lust, or hatred
    • Bible, Jer. 1. 88 It is the land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols.
    • 1787: The Fair Syrian, R. Bage, p.314 My brother, quiet as a cat, seems perfectly contented with the internal feelings of his felicity. The Marquis, mad as a kitten, is all in motion to express it, from tongue to heel.
  4. Extremely foolish or unwise; irrational; imprudent.
  5. (colloquial, usually with for or about) Extremely enthusiastic about; crazy about; infatuated with; overcome with desire for. exampleAren't you just mad for that red dress?
  6. (of animals) Abnormally ferocious or furious; or, rabid, affected with rabies. examplea mad dog
  7. (slang, chiefly Northeastern US) Intensifier, signifies an abundance or high quality of a thing; very, much or many. exampleI gotta give you mad props for scoring us those tickets.&nbsp;&nbsp; Their lead guitarist has mad skills.&nbsp;&nbsp; There are always mad girls at those parties.
  8. (of a compass needle) Having impaired polarity.
While within the United States and Canada, the word mad does generally imply anger rather than insanity, such usage is still considered informal. Furthermore, if one is described as having "gone mad" or "went mad", this will unquestionably be taken as denoting insanity, and not anger. Meanwhile, if one "is mad at" something or has "been mad about" something, it will be assumed that they are angered rather than insane. In addition, if the word is understood as being used literally, it will most likely be taken as meaning "insane". Also, in addition to the former, such derivatives as "madness", "madman", "madhouse" and "madly" purely denote insanity, irrespective of whether one is in the Commonwealth or in the United States. Lastly, within Commonwealth countries other than Canada, mad typically implies the insane or crazy sense more so than the angry sense. Synonyms: (insane) See also , (angry) See also , (slang: Intensifier, much) wicked, mighty, kinda, helluv, hella.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (slang, New England, New York and UK, dialect) Intensifier; to a large degree; extremely; exceedingly; very; unbelievably. He was driving mad slow. It's mad hot today. He seems mad keen on her.
Synonyms: (slang: Intensifier; very) hella; helluv; wicked
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (now colloquial US) To madden, to anger, to frustrate.
    • c. 1595, William Shakespeare, , Act V Scene 5: This musick mads me, let it sound no more.
    • {{RQ:RBrtn AntmyMlncly}}, I.2.4.iv: He that mads others, if he were so humoured, would be as mad himself, as much grieved and tormented […].
  • adm.
  • AMD
  • dam
  • DMA
madam etymology From Old French madame, from ma ‘my’ + dame ‘lady’, from post-classical Latin mea domina. pronunciation
  • /ˈmæd.əm/
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A polite form of address for a woman or lady. Mrs Grey wondered if the outfit she was trying on made her look fat. The sales assistant just said, “It suits you, madam”. Later, Mrs Grey was sitting in her favourite tea shop. “Would madam like the usual cream cake and patisserie with her tea?” the waitress asked.
  2. The mistress of a household.
  3. (colloquial) A conceited or quarrelsome girl. Selina kept pushing and shoving during musical chairs. The nursery school teacher said she was a bad-tempered little madam.
  4. (slang) A woman who runs a brothel. After she grew too old to work as a prostitute, she became a madam.
Synonyms: dame, woman, lady, matron, mistress
related terms:
  • madame
  • ma'am
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To address as "madam".
    • 1905, William Clark Russell, The Yarn of Old Harbour Town (page 208) He bowed to me, he madamed me, he was throughout as gentlemanlike and respectful as I had ever found him when we met at Old Harbour House or in Old Harbour Town.
    • 1988, Gahan Wilson, Eddy Deco's Last Caper (page 123) "I don't care," she said. "They'll be dead in a few minutes if you'll just do your job. Stop madaming me and get to work."
  • damma
Madame Bishop etymology Named after Anna Bishop, wife of , composer of the song ,“Madame Bishop”, entry in '''1970''', Bill Wannan, ''Australian Folklore'', Lansdowne Press, reprint 1979 ISBN 0-7018-1309-1, page 359. or possibly after a publican of the same surname.“[|%22Madame+Bishops%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=yv-mT_bBOoHXmAWk77zhBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22Madame%20Bishop%22|%22Madame%20Bishops%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false Madame Bishop]”, entry in '''1973''', Eric Partridge, ''The Routledge Dictionary of Historical Slang'', page 560.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang, obsolete) A drink comprising port, sugar and nutmeg.
mad as a box of frogs
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Completely mad; insane; crazy.
mad as a cut snake Alternative forms: as mad as a cut snake
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Australia, simile, colloquial) Very irate, crazy with rage.
    • 2005, , Fool's Gold: Color Me Consumed, unnumbered page, I′m feeling slightly less furious than I was earlier, but I′m still about as mad as a cut snake.
    • 2009, Robert Sims, Tropic of Death, page 346, Sutcliffe went in hard, did everything to provoke him. Got him as mad as a cut snake.
    • 2009, Kate Hoffmann, Harlequin Blaze: The Mighty Quinns: Callum, unnumbered page, “Dad would be mad as a cut snake if he knew what you were doing,” Cal warned. “He hates Harry Fraser. All the Frasers.”
    • 2010, Stuart Gibbs, Belly Up, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, page 192, “…I know he wasn′t exactly Prince Charming, but for someone to kill him—at my very own zoo, no less—well, it makes me mad as a cut snake.”
    • 2010, Robin Easton, Naked in Eden: My Adventure and Awakening in the Australian Rainforest, page 129, “…Mad as a cut snake, he was. Good thing he didn′t have a gun. He′d a shot all three of the blokes and the snake too. Probably shot me just for laughing.”
  2. (Australia, simile, colloquial) Crazy; eccentric.
    • 1986, Mike Shanley, Strela, unnumbered page, “Trackless,” Sean muttered, “there′s a man over there planting a chopstick.″ “Him? That′s Lurker. Mad as a cut snake.”
    • 2000, , Bettany′s Book, page 9, ‘I have to tell you,’ he continued with his leaden and yet fascinating sincerity, ‘that you are a most exquisite and intelligent woman and I would like to court you. I′m no seducer or casual fornicator. It′s against my religion. If all this sounds mad as a cut snake, so be it. I was under necessity to say it. Would you accept my card?’
    • 2003, David Geary, A Man of the People, Victoria University Press, New Zealand, page 69, — Did you see him perform? — From the wings. Some Coward, a smidge of Richard the Third. Then R and J, with his missus, Vivian Leigh. Mad as a cut snake, but a wonderful actress.
    • 2010, , Trouble: Evolution of a Radical, Selected Writings 1970-2010, page 70, What made her attractive was that she was cerebral as well as beautiful, a rare combination in movies, then as now. She was also as mad as a cut snake, which only added to her allure. In retrospect, I′d call her an el primo flake.
Synonyms: (irate), (crazy) mad as a meat axe
mad as a March hare {{wikipedia}} etymology
  • Possibly from the boisterous behaviour of hares in their breeding season.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (simile, colloquial) Crazy, demented.
Synonyms: See also
mad as hops
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Very angry.
mad cow disease
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) bovine spongiform encephalopathy
made man
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A man whose fortune has been made.
    • 1872 — , , chapter 1 I had no money, but if I could only find workable country, I might stock it with borrowed capital, and consider myself a made man.
  2. (slang) A person who has been through an induction ceremony into the Mafia or similar organisation.
  • {{seeCites}}
  • man-made, manmade
Madge pronunciation
  • (UK) /madʒ/
  • {{rhymes}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A given name or , rarely, Madonna.
    • ~1886 , A Ballade of Ladies' Names, Gleeson White:Ballades and Rondeaus, Read Books 1887, page 19: Fie upon Caroline, Madge, Amelia - / These I reckon the essence of prose!
  2. (obsolete, slang) The vulva.
    • 1723, Charles Walker, Memoirs of Sally Salisbury, VI: SALLY, who began to be tir'd with her Canonis'd Suitor, drew up the Curtain, alias her Hoop-Petticoat, &c. and clapping her Hand upon Madge, said, Ecce Signum, Doctor. This is my only Support, and I hope will continue so to my Life's End.
  • gamed
madman etymology mad + man pronunciation
  • BrEn / RP [ˈmædmən]
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A male who is insane or mentally disturbed.
Synonyms: See also
related terms:
  • madwoman, madwomen
madza caroon etymology A corruption of the pml and Italian mezzo corona.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, obsolete slang) A half-crown coin; its value, 30 pence. 1859, J.C. Hotten, A Dictionary of Modern Slang, Cant, and Vulgar Words Half-a-crown is known as an {{smallcaps}}, {{smallcaps}}, {{smallcaps}}, and a {{smallcaps}}; whilst a crown piece, or five shilling, may be called either a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}.
mag pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, abbreviation) magazine, the publication or ammunition
  2. (colloquial, abbreviation) magnet
  3. (colloquial, abbreviation) mag wheel brand new tires and steel style factory mags
  • AGM
  • gam
  • gma
magazine {{wikipedia}} etymology Borrowing from Middle French magasin, from Italian magazzino, ultimately from Arabic مَخَازِنٌ 〈makẖāzinuⁿ〉, plural of مَخْزَنٌ 〈makẖ̊zanuⁿ〉, from خَزَنَ 〈kẖazana〉. pronunciation
  • /mæɡəˈziːn/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A periodical publication, generally consisting of sheets of paper folded in half and stapled at fold.
  2. An ammunition storehouse.
    • Milton armouries and magazines
  3. A chamber in a firearm enabling multiple round of ammunition to be fed into the firearm.
  4. A reservoir or supply chamber for a stove, battery, camera, typesetting machine, or other apparatus.
  5. (dated) A country or district especially rich in natural products.
  6. (dated) A city viewed as a marketing center.
  7. (dated) A store, or shop, where goods are kept for sale.
magazineland etymology magazine + land
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The industry that publish magazine.
    • 2006, Edward Kosner, Pete Hamill, It's News to Me: The Making and Unmaking of an Editor Besides, I told myself, everyone out in magazineland would understand that in my first week I had to go with whatever was in the inventory.
    • {{quote-news}}
    • 2008, Michael Miller, Online Marketing Heroes Media Industry Newsletter named Greg "one of the best PR people in magazineland."
magazining etymology magazine + ing
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) The act of edit or writing for a magazine. {{rfquotek}}
    • 1980, James David Barber, The pulse of politics: electing presidents in the media age (page 154) Henry Luce was a magazining genius with an incredible sensitivity to soon-to-break waves of popular sentiment…
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maggot {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English magot, magotte, probably xno alteration of maddock, originally a diminutive form of a base represented by Old English maþa (Scots mathe), from common Proto-Germanic root *mathon-, from the Proto-Indo-European root *math-, which was used in insect names, equivalent to made + ock. Near-cognates include Dutch made, German Made and Swedish mask. The use of maggot to mean a fanciful or whimsical thing derives from the folk belief that a whimsical or crotchety person had maggots in his or her brain. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈmæɡət/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A soft, legless larva of a fly or other dipterous insect, that often eats decomposing organic matter.
  2. A term of insult for a 'worthless' person, as if a bug. Drop and give me fifty, maggot.
  3. (obsolete) A whimsy or fancy. Mr. Beveridge's Maggot, an old country dance .
    • 1620, , Women Pleased, III.iv. Are you not mad, my friend? What time o' th' moon is't? / Have not you maggots in your brain?
Synonyms: (soft legless larva) grub
related terms:
  • mawk
  • mawkish
maggot cheese {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) casu marzu
maggoted etymology maggot + ed pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Affected (partially eaten) by maggot.
  2. (figuratively) rotten
  3. (colloquial, Australia) drunk; intoxicated
Synonyms: maggoty
related terms:
  • maggoting
magic {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: magick (fantasy) Used as a deliberate archaism; used for supernatural magic, as distinguished from stage magic., magicke (obsolete), magique (obsolete) etymology From Middle French magique (noun and adjective), from Latin magicus (adjective), magica (noun use of feminine form of magicus), from Ancient Greek μαγικός 〈magikós〉, from μάγος 〈mágos〉. Displaced native Middle English dweomercraft (from Old English dwimor + cræft), Old English galdorcræft, Old English drȳcræft. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈmadʒɪk/
  • (US) /ˈmædʒɪk/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The use of ritual or actions, especially based on supernatural or occult knowledge, to manipulate or obtain information about the natural world, especially when seen as falling outside the realm of religion; also the force allegedly drawn on for such practices. {{defdate}}
    • c. 1489, William Caxton, Foure Sonnes of Aymon: And whan he shall be arrayed as I telle you / lete hym thenne doo his incantacyons & his magyke as he wyll […].
    • 1781, Edward Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, II.23: The arts of magic and divination were strictly prohibited.
    • 1971, Keith Thomas (historian), Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, p. 23: Conversions to the new religion […] have frequently been assisted by the view of converts that they are acquiring not just a means of otherworldly salvation, but a new and more powerful magic.
  2. A specific ritual or procedure associated with supernatural magic or with mysticism; a spell. {{defdate}}
  3. Something producing remarkable results, especially when not fully understood; an enchanting quality; exceptional skill. {{defdate}}
  4. A conjuring trick or illusion performed to give the appearance of supernatural phenomena or powers. {{defdate}}
Synonyms: (allegedly supernatural method to dominate natural forces) dwimmer, thaumaturgy, conjuring, sorcery, witchcraft, dweomercraft/dwimmercraft, (illusion performed to give the appearance of magic or the supernatural) sleight of hand, illusionism, legerdemain, dwimmer
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having supernatural talent, properties or qualities attributed to magic. {{defdate}} a magic wand; a magic dragon
  2. Producing extraordinary results, as though through the use of magic; wonderful, amazing. {{defdate}} a magic moment
  3. Pertaining to conjuring tricks or illusions performed for entertainment etc. {{defdate}} a magic show; a magic trick
  4. (colloquial) Great; excellent. {{defdate}} — I cleaned up the flat while you were out. — Really? Magic!
  5. (physics) Describing the number of nucleon in a particularly stable isotopic nucleus; 2, 8, 20, 28, 50, 82, 126, and 184. {{defdate}}
Synonyms: dwimmery, magical
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To produce, transform (something), (as if) by magic. {{defdate}}
Synonyms: (produce magically) conjure up
  • gamic
magic smoke {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) The strong caustic smoke produced by overheat electronic circuit or component.
magic up
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial) To create something or cause something to come forth, by magic or by some other unexplained means. The landlady magicked up a large breakfast for us and our unexpected guest.
magnet pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈmæɡnət/
  • {{homophones}} (one pronunciation)
etymology From Ancient Greek , after Lydia city Magnesia ad Sipylum (modern-day Manisa, Turkey), named after the Greek region of Μαγνησία 〈Magnēsía〉, whence came the colonist who founded it. In ancient times the city was a primary source of mysterious stones that could attract or repel each other, which were eventually named after it.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A piece of material that attracts some metal by magnetism.
  2. (informal, figuratively, preceded by a noun) A person or thing that attracts what is denoted by the preceding noun. He always had a girl on his arm - he's a bit of a babe-magnet.
    • 2007, J. Michael Fay, Ivory Wars: Last Stand in Zakouma, National Geographic (March 2007), 47, ...I wanted to show Nick the largest of the water holes, Rigueik, that act as magnets to life in the dry season.
related terms:
  • magnetic
  • magnetism
  • magnetite
  • Magnesia
magnetic Alternative forms: magnetical (dated), magnetick (obsolete) pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. of, relating to, operating by, or caused by magnetism a magnetic recorder
  2. having the properties of a magnet, especially the ability to draw or pull
  3. determined by earth's magnetic field magnetic north the magnetic meridian
  4. having an extraordinary ability to attract He has a magnetic personality.
    • John Donne she that had all magnetic force alone
  5. (archaic) Having, susceptible to, or induced by, animal magnetism. a magnetic sleep
Synonyms: (of, relating to, caused by, or operating by magnetism) magnetised, magnetized, (having the properties a magnet) attractive, repulsive, (having an extraordinary ability to attract) appealing, attractive, charismatic, inviting, seductive
  • (of, relating to, caused by, or operating by magnetism) antimagnetic
  • (determined by earth's magnetic fields): geographic
  • (having an extraordinary ability to attract) repulsive
  • non-magnetic, nonmagnetic
related terms:
  • magnet
  • magnetically
  • magnetic field
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (geology) Containing magnesium or magnesium compounds; magnesian The mineral proved to be a magniferous limestone.
  2. misspelling of manganiferous
  3. (colloquial, dated) Magnificent
related terms:
  • splendiferous
magnify etymology From Middle French magnifier, from Latin magnificāre, from magnificus. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈmaɡnɪfaɪ/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To praise, glorify (someone or something, especially god). {{defdate}}
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Acts X: For they herde them speake with tonges, and magnify God.
    • 1644, John Milton, Aeropagitica: For he who freely magnifies what hath been nobly done, and fears not to declare as freely what might be done better, gives ye the best cov'nant of his fidelity [...].
  2. (transitive) To make (something) larger or more important. {{defdate}}
  3. (transitive) To make (someone or something) appear greater or more important than it is; to intensify, exaggerate. {{defdate}}
  4. (transitive) To make (something) appear larger by means of a lens, magnifying glass, telescope etc. {{defdate}}
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  5. (intransitive, slang, obsolete) To have effect; to be of importance or significance. {{rfquotek}}
related terms:
  • minify (opposite)
magpie {{wikipedia}} etymology From Mag, a nickname for Margaret that was used to denote a chatterer, and pie, an archaic word meaning "magpie", from Old French pie, from Latin pica, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)peyk-. pronunciation
  • /ˈmæɡˌpaɪ/
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One of several kinds of bird in the family Corvidae
    1. especially Pica pica.
  2. A superficially similar Australian bird, {{taxlink}}, now {{taxlink}}.
  3. Someone who displays a magpie-like quality such as collecting, or committing robbery.
  4. (slang) Fan or member of Newcastle United F.C.
Synonyms: (Pica pica) Eurasian magpie, {{vern}}, {{vern}}, maggie, pie, piet
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. (slang) alternative form of my
  • Ham, ham, HMA, MHA
mahogany gaspipe etymology An Irish expression, to describe what Irish sounds like to anglophones.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, Irish) Someone who wishes to sound authentically Irish but cannot speak the Irish language.
mahogany Spitfire
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (military, slang, humorous, derogatory) The desk of an air force employee who does not fly.
maholla etymology {{blend}}.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (Hawaii, slang) A greeting. Maholla, want to hit the beach?
Mahomie etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fan of the American singer Austin Mahone.
    • 2012, Jenny Eliscu, "The Making of Baby Bieber: How Austin Mahone Is Riding Social Media to Superstardom", The Hollywood Reporter, 6 June 2012: She tells a story about one of her teachers calling her out for being a “Mahomie” — Mahomies are what his fans call themselves, like Justin’s “Beliebers.”
    • 2014, "Music", The Record (Bergen County, New Jersey), 14 August 2014: As his "Mahomies" already know, Mahone got his start posting his covers of pop hits to YouTube, which gained him enough of a following that he made the switch to full-time singer.
    • 2014, Maura Johnston, "Mahone updates the teen-idol template at Blue Hills", The Boston Globe, 19 August 2014: Austin Mahone, the night’s headliner, has accrued a rabid following of “Mahomies” thanks to his knack for retrofitting R&B hits to teenage tastes, {{…}}
    • {{seemoreCites}}
mahoosive etymology Possibly a {{blend}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /maˈh(j)uː.sɪv/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (chiefly, UK, slang) massive; very large; huge
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (chiefly, UK, slang) alternative spelling of mahoosive
maid {{wikipedia}} etymology Middle English mayde, maide, abbreviation of maiden. Ultimately from Proto-Germanic *magaþs. pronunciation
  • /meɪd/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated or poetic) A girl or an unmarried young woman; maiden. Note - maid is often used in the common or species names of flowering plants.
  2. A female servant or cleaner (short for maidservant).
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, The Mirror and the Lamp , 2, , “She was a fat, round little woman, richly apparelled in velvet and lace, […]; and the way she laughed, cackling like a hen, the way she talked to the waiters and the maid,&nbsp;[…]&mdash;all these unexpected phenomena impelled one to hysterical mirth, and made one class her with such immortally ludicrous types as Ally Sloper, the Widow Twankey, or Miss Moucher.”
  3. (archaic) A virgin of either gender.
    • 1380+, Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales Crist was a mayde and shapen as a man.
    • 1601, William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night You are betrothed both to a maid and man.
Synonyms: (young female person) damsel, maiden, (female servant) handmaiden, lady-in-waiting, maidservant, (female cleaner) chambermaid (in a hotel), charlady (in a house), charwoman (in a house)
  • amid, diam, diam.

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