Dictionary: AI – AIZ


 ​AI-AI
n. 1960s S. Afr. sl. – methylated spirits or absolute alcohol, as drunk by alcoholics  
 
 AIBLES
adv. 1819 Sc. obs. – perhaps
 
 AIBLINS
adv. 1721 Sc. – perhaps

• AIBOHPHOBIA
n. Bk2008 – fear of palindromes

• AICHMOPHOBIA
n. Bk1991 – an abnormal fear of pointed objects

• AICHUROPHOBIA
n. Bk2008 – fear of points or pointed objects
 
 AICKLE
n. 1907 Sc. – a molar tooth, a grinder
 
 AIDANCE
n. 1593 – assistance, aid, means of help, support
 
 AIDANT
adj. 1483 – giving aid, helpful, helping, assisting  
n. 1475 rare – a helper, aide, assistant

• AIDEN
vb. 1901 Eng. dial. – to aid, to help, to assist
 
 AIDENT 
adj. 1812 Sc. – of mental or moral qualities: conscientious, watchful, careful, attentive
 
 AIEL
n. a1325 obs. – a grandfather
 
 A.I.F.
adj. 1960s Aust. rhyming sl.  – deaf (Australian Imperial Forces) 
 
 AIFER
n. Bk1898 Sc. obs. – the exhalations which arise from the ground on a warm, sunny day
 
 AIG
adj. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – eager
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. obs. – sourness 
 
 AIGH
vb. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – to frighten; to control through fear or awe
 
 A-IGHT
phr. 1993 African-American & college sl. – all right, satisfactory; well, in good health or order
 
 AIGHT 
int. 1993 – certainly!, indeed!
 
 AIGLE
n. 1. 1790 Eng. dial. – an icicle 
n. 2. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – a spangle, tinsel, ornament 
 
 AIGLE-TOOTH
n. 1867 Eng. dial. – a tooth sharp and pointed like a needle 
 
 AIGRE
adj. 1. 1790 Eng. dial. – of wind: sharp, cutting 
adj. 2. 1790 Eng. dial. – sour, tart 

• AIGRISH
adj. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – of the weather: cold, raw, unpleasant
 
 AIK
n. 1848 Eng. dial. – a merry meeting; a rustic dance or gathering 
vb. 1785 Eng. dial. – to wander about aimlessly and idly; to loiter, to lounge; to hang about with intent to eavesdrop; to sneak 
 
 AIKANE
n. 1938 Hawaii – a friend
 
 AIKER
adj. 1912 Sc. – of the face: sharp, keen, pointed
 
 AIKIE GUINEAS
n. 1825 Sc. obs. – the name given by children to small flat shells, bleached by the sea 
 
 AIKIES!
int. 1930s US sl. – that’s mine! I want to do that!; a child’s term used to claim the whole or an equal part of an object

• AIKLE
n. Bk1905 Sc. – a molar tooth
 
 AIKONA!
int. 1950s S. Afr. – never! absolutely not! 
 
 AIKYSPIRED
adj. 1929 Sc. – of cloth, etc.: spotted with mouldiness, mouldy
 
 AIL
n. 1. 1750 Eng. dial. – an illness, ailment, or complaint 
n. 2. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – an evil 
vb. 1817 Sc. – to hinder, to prevent 
 
 AIL ALONG
vb. 1933 Amer. dial. – to be or seem to be slightly ill 
 
 AIL AROUND
vb. 1933 Amer. dial. – to be or seem to be slightly ill 
 
 AIL AT
vb. c1817 Sc. – to have an objection to 
 
 AIL AWAY
vb. 1857 Sc. & Eng. dial. – to dwindle 
 
 AILD
vb. 1903 Amer. dial. – to make mildly ill; to trouble or upset 
 
 AILDED
adj. 1845 Amer. dial. – ailed 
 
 AILDY
adj. 1697 Eng. dial. obs. – ailing, poorly 
 
 AILE
n. 1398 obs. – an aisle 
 
 AILING
n. Bk1898 Sc. & Eng. dial. – sickness, ailment, a long-standing illness 

• AILIS
n. Bk1905 Sc. – a large glowing fire
 
 AILISH
adj. 1941 Amer. dial. – slightly ill 

• AILUROMANCY
n. Bk2003 – divination by observing the movement and actions of cats

• AILUROMANIA
n. Bk1991 – an abnormal love of cats

• AILUROPHILE
n. Bk1991 – a lover of cats
 
 AILUROPHOBIA
n. E20 – an abnormal fear of cats 
 
 AILY
adj. 1952 Amer. dial. – slightly ill, not well 
 
 AIM
adj. 1. 1790 Eng. dial. – of distance, etc.: near, close 
adj. 2. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – mean, stingy, ‘near’ 
adj. 3. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – nearly akin, related 
adj. 4. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – of numbers: even
n. 1. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – an idea, conjecture 
n. 2. 1907 Sc. – a blast of hot air, a hot glow 
vb. 1877 Eng. dial. – to suppose, to conjecture; to anticipate, to forecast, to expect 
 
 AIM ARCHIE AT THE ARMITAGE
vb. 1971 Aust. sl. – to urinate 
 
 AIMATION
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – guesswork 
 
 AIM FOR THE SKY
vb. Amer. sl. – to aspire to something; to set one’s goals high
 
 AIMFUL
adj. 1726 rare – full of aim or purpose 
 
 AIMIE
n. 1. 1966 Amer. sl. – a capsule, tablet, or ampule containing amyl nitrite 
n. 2. 1969 Amer. sl. – a capsule or tablet containing an amphetamine 
 
 AIMLESS
adj. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – senseless 
 
 AIMSOME
adj. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – ambitious, speculative 
 
 AIMSTART
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – a starting point 
 
 AIM UP
vb. 1990s Aust. sl. – to have an erection 
 
 AIMY
adj. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – shrewd 
 
 AIN
vb. 1825 Eng. dial. – to throw, to fling; esp. to throw stones, etc. 
 
 AINA?
phr. 1947 Amer. dial. obs. – Ain’t it? Isn’t that so? Don’t you agree? 
 
 AINE
vb. 1825 Eng. dial. – to throw, to fling; esp. to throw stones, etc. 
 
 AINISH
adj. 1. 1814 Eng. dial. – unpleasant, used esp. of the weather; showery, rainy 
adj. 2. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – awkward, ill-tempered 
 
 AINLIE
adj. 1825 Sc. obs. – familiar, not estranged 
 
 AINNA?
phr. 1947 Amer. dial. – Ain’t it? Isn’t that so? Don’t you agree?
 
 AINOCH
n. L19 Shelta tinkers’ usage – a thing
 
 AINT
vb. 1908 Sc. – to heed, to care for something, to tend, to look after someone
 
 AIN’T BUYIN’ IT!
int. 1990 US sl. – I don’t believe you!
 
 AIN’TING
adj. 20C US sl. – rustic, uneducated
 
 AIN’T GOT NO TALE
phr. 1940 African-American college sl. – feeling bad
 
 AIN’T  HAVIN’ IT!
int. 1990 US sl. – it is not allowed!
 
 AIN’T HOLDING NO AIR
adj. 1940s African-American sl. – unimpressive; lacking credibility; lacking the basic knowledge required to take care of oneself within the ghetto
 
 AIN’TING
adj. 20C US sl. – rustic, uneducated
 
 AIN’T IT?
phr. 1927 Amer. dial. – Isn’t that so?
 
 AIN’T IT A TREAT
n. 19C Brit. rhyming sl. – a street
 
 AIN’T IT THE TRUTH
phr. 1920s African-American sl. – an expression of affirmation; isn’t that right
 
 AIN’T LIFE A GRIN
phr. 1970s US college sl. – a cynical expression of misfortune
 
 AIN’T LONG ENOUGH
phr. 1970s African-American sl. – of money: not enough, insufficient
 
 AIN’T LOVE GRAND
phr. 1977 US sl. – used for registering the pleasure of being in love, or, ironically, the opposite
 
 AIN’T NO BIG THANG
phr. 1985 US sl. – used for dismissing something as not problematic
 
 AIN’T NO JOKE!
int. 1990 US sl. – I am serious!
 
 AIN’T NO SHAME IN MY GAME
phr. 2002 US sl. – used to express a lack of shame when engaged in an activity that might shame others
 
 AIN’T NO THANG
phr. 1985 US sl. – used for dismissing something as not problematic
 
 AIN’T NOTHING TO IT
phr. 1970s African-American sl. – everything is simple; there are no problems
 
 AIN’T NOWHERE
phr. 1940s African-American college sl. – I’m not doing anything
 
 AIN’T SAYING NOTHING
phr. 1970s African-American sl. – indicates that the subject is of no importance
 
 AIN’T SHE SWEET
n. 20C Brit. rhyming sl. – a seat
 
 AIN’T SHIT
phr. 1950s African-American sl. – used of a person or object that is useless, worthless, or of absolutely no value
 
 AIN’T THAT A BITE!
int. 1951 US teen sl. – isn’t that too bad!
 
 AIN’T THAT A CAUTION!
int. 1968 Amer. dial. – exclamation of surprise
 
 AIN’T THAT IT
phr. 1950s African-American sl. – isn’t that right
 
 AIN’T THE BEER COLD!
int. 1982 US sl. – used to convey that all is well in the world
 
 AIN’T WITH THAT
phr. 1990 US sl. – I do not agree or consent
 
 AINTY
adj. 1929 Sc. – attentive, kindly
 
 AIN’T YOU GOT NO COUF?
int. 1984 UK military usage – where are your manners, dress sense, etc.?
 
 AIO
n. 1968 US sl. – a college student who does not belong to a fraternity
 
 AIP
n. 1982 US sl. – heroin from Afghanistan, Iran, and/or Pakistan
 
 AIR
adj. 1737 Sc. – early
n. 1. Bk1866 Sc. & Eng. dial. – a small quantity of anything; a taste
n. 2. 1897 US sl. – air brakes on a railway carriage or truck
n. 3. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – the sky, clouds
n. 4. M19 Amer. sl. – nonsense rubbish, empty chatter; boasting
n. 5. 1991 US Vietnam war usage – air support, air power, bombing
n. 6. 1995 US sl. – in the pornography industry: an ejaculation that cannot be seen leaving the penis and travelling through the air; in a situation which calls for visual proof of the ejaculation, air is not good 
n. 7. 1996 US sl. – a jump while snowboarding
n. 8. 2000 UK sl. – in foot-propelled scootering: a jump
vb. 1. Bk1898 Sc. – to taste
vb. 2. Bk1898 Sc. & Eng. dial. – to warm, to take the chill off
vb. 3. 1910s US sl. – to dismiss, to jilt
vb. 4. 1910s US sl. – to leave
 
 AIR ARTIST
n. 1958 US sl. – a railway engineer skilled at the use of air brakes
 
 AIRBAG
n. 2004 US sl. – a person who talks too much
 
 AIR-BAGS
n. 1940s Amer. sl. – the lungs
 
 AIRBALL
n. 1. 1974 Amer. sl. – a basketball throw that misses everything, esp. the basket
n. 2. 1977 US sl. – in pinball: a ball that is lost out of play without having been flipped
n. 3. 1984 US sl. – an idiot, a fool; someone who has nothing but air, and no brains; a dull or inconsequential person
n. 4. 1993 US sl. – in pool: a shot in which the cue ball does not hit any other ball
 
 AIR BANDIT
n. 1969 US sl. – a gambling cheat
 
 AIR BARREL
n. 1990 US sl. – in pool: that which backs a bet made without money to back the bet
 
 AIR BISCUIT
n. 2001 sl. – an extremely malodorous fart or bad vomity smell
 
 AIRBRAIN
n. Bk2000 Amer. sl. – a stupid or silly person
 
 AIRBRAINED
adj. 20C Amer. sl. – stupid, stilly
 
 AIR-BREATHER
n. Bk1975 US Air Force  usage – a jet airplane whose fuel is burned by being mixed with air taken into the engine during flight
 
 AIR BUGGY
n. 1945 US aviation usage – an aircraft
 
 AIR CAN
n. 20C Amer. sl., World War II usage – a bomb when dropped from an aircraft
 
 AIR CANARY
n. 20C Amer. sl., World War II usage – a female aviator; a pilot assigned to fly aircraft to combat areas as opposed to a combat pilot
 
 AIRCHINE
n. 1968 US aviation usage – an aircraft
 
 AIR-CHOPPER
n. 1882 US Navy sl. – a naval officer’s high cocked hat
 
 AIR CIRCUS
n. 1907 – a squadron of aeroplanes; an aerial display
 
 AIR-COCK
n. 1773 Sc. – a weathercock
 
 AIR-CONDITION
vb. 1938 sl., orig. US – to fill full of holes, often by shooting
 
 AIR-CONDITIONED
adj. 1. 1938 US sl. – riddled with holes
adj. 2. 1983 UK sl. – sexually frigid
 
 AIR CORPS CHICKEN
n. Bk1944 services’ sl. – a fowl that is all wings
 
 AIRCRAFT CARRIER
n. Bk1994 sl. – in basketball: a player whose driving force can carry the team to victory
 
 AIRDALE
n. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – an ugly man
 
 AIR-DANCE
n. 1920s sl. – the final cocking of the legs of a hanging victim; a hanging
vb. 19C Brit. sl. – to hang
 
 AIR DASH
n. 1922 – a quick journey by air, esp. in response to an emergency or crisis
 
 AIR DIRTY LAUNDRY
vb. 1872 – to reveal or discuss private matters, esp. of a scandalous or controversial nature
 
 AIREDALE
n. 1. 1920s US sl. – an unattractive man
n. 2. 1923 US sl. – a worthless racehorse
n. 3. 1924 US sl. – a fool; a worthless or offensive person; a pest
n. 4. 1925 US sl. – a Wall Street gentleman
n. 5. 1925 US sl. – a heavily-whiskered or long-haired man
n. 6. 1930s US criminals’ sl. – a guard or watchman
n. 7. 1930s US criminals’ sl. – a trustworthy friend
n. 8. 1931 US sl. – on the stock market: a high-pressure salesman
n. 9. 1940s US criminals’ sl. – one who runs errands for bootleggers or drug sellers
n. 10. 1942 US sl. – a navy pilot
n. 11. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – a gullible person; a dupe
n. 12. 1956 US sl. – an unattractive woman
n. 13. 1968 US sl. – a drifter; a tramp
n. 14. 20C Amer. sl., World War II usage – an airplane handler on an aircraft carrier
 
 AIR FARCE
n. 1965 US sl. – the air force
 
 AIREL
n. 1. Bk1898 Sc. obs. – an old name for a flute; properly applied to a pipe made from a reed
n. 2. Bk1898 Sc. – musical tones of whatever kind
 
 AIR EXPRESS
n. 1980s US homosexual sl. – sexual intercourse with an airline steward
 
 AIREY
n. M19 sl. – the ‘area’ of a house, adjacent to the basement steps
 
 AIR FOAM
n. 1966 Amer. dial. – froth which forms on the surface of boiling jam
 
 AIR GIVER
n. 1977 US sl. – a railway brakeman
 
 AIR GOOSE
n. 20C Amer. sl., World War II usage – amphibian airplane
 
 AIR GUITAR
n. 1982 sl. – an imaginary instrument played by would-be guitar heroes
 
 AIR HAWK
n. 20C Amer. sl., World War II usage – a combat pilot 
 
 AIRHEAD
n. 1. 1972 sl., orig. & chiefly US – a stupid, silly, or foolish person; a dolt
n. 2. 1990s US college sl. – an intelligent person
n. 3. 20C teen & high school sl. – someone who is out of it
n. 4. 2000s drugs sl. – a marijuana user
 
 AIRHEADED
adj. 1976 Amer. sl. – stupid, silly, giddy
 
 AIR HEBREWS
n. 1960s US college sl. – sandals
 
 AIR HOG
n. 1. 1907 – a person who flies an aircraft without consideration for others’ convenience
n. 2. 1992 US sl. – in hang gliding: the flier in a group who stays in the air longest
n. 3. 20C Amer. sl., World War II usage – one who flies at every opportunity
 
 AIRHOLE
n. 1. a1925 US euphemism – the anus
n. 2. 1985 US sl. – a foolish or despicable person
 
 AIR HOOK
n. 1950 Amer. dial. – one’s nose
 
 AIR HOSE
n. 1. Bk2000 Amer. sl. – invisible socks; no socks
n. 2. Bk2007 US sl. – shoes, typically loafers, worn without socks
 
 AIRIE
n. 1985 Sc. sl. – an aeroplane
 
 AIRIFIED 
adj. 1837 – made airy; flimsy; pretentious, affectedly superior, given to assuming airs, conceited, stuck up
 
 AIRIFY
vb. 1898 Amer. dial. – to put on airs
 
 AIRISH
adj. 1. 1641 Sc., Eng. dial. & Amer. dial. – chilly, cool; breeze
adj. 2. 1943 Amer. dial. – inclined to put on airs; arrogant, showing off
adj. 3. 1968 Amer. dial. – effeminate in manner
 
 AIR IT OUT
vb. 1960s US sl. – to expend energy
 
 AIRJAMMER
n. 1. 1934 US sl. – a railway worker who connects airhoses and air signals on a train
n. 2. 1966 Amer. dial. – a big talker; a boaster
 
 AIR JANE
n. 20C Amer. sl., World War II usage – a female aviator; a pilot assigned to fly aircraft to combat areas as opposed to a combat pilot
 
 AIR JESUS
n. 1992 US sl. – sandals
 
 AIR JOCKEY
n. 1960 US military sl. – an airplane pilot; an aircrewman
 
 AIR JUMPER
n. 1977 US sl. – on the railway: a maintenance work who connects air hoses between railroad cars
 
 AIR JUNKIE
n. 1992 US sl. – in hang gliding: a devoted, obsessed flier
 
 AIR-KISS
vb. 1985 UK sl. – to go through the motions of kissing, but deliberately fail to make contact with the person who would normally be kissed
 
 AIR-KNOCKER
n. 1975 US Army sl. – an aircrewman
 
 AIRLING
n. 1611 – a young, thoughtless, gay person; a giddy, frivolous person; a coxcomb
 
 AIR LIZZIE
n. 20C Amer. sl., World War II usage – an airplane manufactured by the Ford Motor Company
 
 AIRLOCK
vb. 20C Irish sl. – to stop in one’s tracks
 
 AIRLOCKED
adj. 1996 Irish sl. – drunk
 
 AIR LOFT
n. 1930s US criminals’ sl. – a warning to run away
 
 AIRLY
adv. L18 US sl. – pretentiously
 
 AIRMAIL
n. 1. 1952 UK & US sl. – garbage (and, in prison, human waste) that is thrown out of windows, esp. in tenements and prison, instead of being taken to dustbins, loaded into disposal chutes, etc.
n. 2. 2000s US sl. – a stone or similar heavy weight dropped from a freeway overpass, building roof, etc.
vb. 1968 US sl. – to throw rubbish from the upper windows of a building to the courtyard below
 
 AIR-MAN-CHAIR
n. L19 sl. – the chairman or master of ceremonies
 
 AIR MERCHANT
n. 20C Amer. sl., World War II usage – a talkative person
 
 AIR-MINDED
adj. Bk1934 sl. – enthusiastic over aviation
 
 AIR-MONGER
n. 1628 obs. – a person who pursues shadows or illusions
 
 AIR MONKEY
n. 1931 US sl. – a railway air-brake repairman
 
 AIRNESS
n. Bk1898 Sc. – the state or condition of being early
 
 AIRNY
adj. 1791 Sc. – hard or strong as iron
 
 AIROE
n. 1911 Sc. – a great-grandchild
 
 AIR OFF
vb. 1960 Trinidad & Tobago – to talk loudly
 
 AIR OFF ONESELF
vb. 20C W. Indies sl. – to show off one’s superior status at others’ expense
 
 AIR OF THE FIRE
n. 1877 Eng. dial. – the heated atmosphere surrounding a fire
 
 AIR ONE’S BELLY
vb. 1954 Amer. sl. – to empty one’s stomach; to vomit
 
 AIR ONE’S DIRTY LAUNDRY
vb. 1988 colloq. – to reveal or discuss private matters, esp. of a scandalous or controversial nature
 
 AIR ONE’S DIRTY LINEN
vb. 1872 colloq. – to reveal or discuss private matters, esp. of a scandalous or controversial nature …
 
 AIR ONE’S DIRTY LINEN IN PUBLIC
vb. 1988 – to talk about private quarrels or disgraces where others can hear; to make public something embarrassing that should be kept secret
 
 AIR ONE’S HEELS
vb. M19 sl. – to loiter about, to dawdle
 
 AIR ONE’S LAUNDRY
vb. 1988 colloq. – to reveal or discuss private matters, esp. of a scandalous or controversial nature
 
 AIR ONE’S LINEN
vb. 1872 colloq. – to reveal or discuss private matters, esp. of a scandalous or controversial nature
 
 AIR ONE’S LUNGS
vb. 1. 1911 Amer. dial. – to complain, to swear, to curse
vb. 2. 1969 Amer. dial. – to argue or talk at length
 
 AIR ONE’S PAUNCH
vb. 1. 1920 Amer. dial. – to vomit
vb. 2. 1928 US sl., chiefly Western usage – to talk noisily, to chatter, to boast, to brag
 
 AIR ONE’S PORES
vb. 1900s sl. – to undress oneself; to be naked
 
 AIR ONE’S TONGUE
vb. 20C Brit. sl. – to talk
 
 AIR ONE’S TONSILS
vb. 1968 US sl. – to talk emptily
 
 AIR OUT
vb. 1. 1942 Amer. dial. – to flee, to escape, to leave
vb. 2. 1942 Amer. dial., orig. African-American usage – to stroll in the open air; to saunter; to go for a walk
 
 AIR OUT ONE’S MOUTH ON
vb. 20C W. Indies sl. – to speak aggressively or abusively
 
 AIR PATCH
n. 1951 US Air Force sl. – an air base
 
 AIR PIE AND A WALK AROUND
n. L19 sl. – a clerk’s lunch; i.e. no food
 
 AIR PIG
n. 1933 US aviation usage – an airship
 
 AIRPLANE
n. 1. 1912 US students’ sl. – an interlinear or other translation of a foreign-language text
n. 2. 1966 Amer. dial. – a very large mosquito
n. 3. 1967 Amer. dial. – a dragonfly
n. 4. 1970 US sl. – a device used for holding a marijuana cigarette that has burnt down to the stub
n. 5. 1998 UK sl. – marijuana
vb. 1970 US sl. – to inhale through the nose the smoke of the stub of a marijuana cigarette
 
 AIRPLANE BLONDE
n. 1990s sl. – a woman with dyed blonde hair
 
 AIRPLANE BUG
n. 1967 Amer. dial. – a dragonfly
 
 AIRPLANE DRESS
n. 2000s sl. – a dress with a long slit reaching the groin
 
 AIRPLANE DRIVER
n. 1992 US Gulf war usage – a fighter pilot
 
 AIRPLANE FLY
n. 1967 Amer. dial. – a dragonfly
 
 AIRPLANE RULE
n. 1991 US sl. – in computing: the belief that simplicity is a virtue
 
 AIRPLANE SKIRT
n. 2000s sl. – a skirt with a long slit reaching the groin
 
 AIR POLKA
n. 1982 US sl. – capital punishment by hanging
 
 AIR PUDDING
n. 1862 US sl. – nothing, esp. nothing to eat
 
 AIR PUDDING AND WIND SAUCE
n. 1927 US sl. – nothing to eat; nothing
 
 AIR QUOTES
n. 1989 orig. US – a twitching movement of the first and second fingers of each hand to quote another or emphasize or be sarcastic about a statement 
 
 AIR RAGE
n. 1996 – aggressive or violent behaviour by a passenger on board on aircraft
 
 AIR RAID
n. 1980s Aust. prison sl. – continuous talk
 
 AIR RAIDER
n. 1. 1960s Aust. sl. – a talkative person
n. 2. 1960s Aust. sl. – an argumentative female
 
 AIR RIDE
n. 1975 US sl. – a car with pneumatic shock absorbers
 
 AIR ROCK
n. 20C Amer. sl., World War II usage – a disturbance of the air
 
 AIRS
n. 1. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – fits of ill-humour; fretfulness
n. 2. 1990 US teen sl. – state-of-the-art, high-priced trainers
 
 AIR SAILOR
n. 1834 rare – a balloonist, an aeronaut
 
 AIRS AND GRACES
n. 1. 1697 – would-be elegant or genteel mannerisms intended to impress; affected manners intended to convey a person’s refinement or superiority; pretensions
n. 2. L19 Brit. rhyming sl. – faces
n. 3. 1910s Brit. rhyming sl. – horse-races
n. 4. 1920s Brit. rhyming sl. – braces
 
 AIR-SHIP
n. 1817 – an air balloon
 
 AIR SHOT
n. 1979 UK Royal Navy sl. – an act of sexual intercourse that stops short of orgasm
 
 AIRSICK PIGEON
n. 20C Brit. sl. – symbol of usefulness, as in ‘you’re as much use as an airsick pigeon’
 
 AIRSOME
adj. 1. 1584 obs. – placed high in the air, lofty; also, of the nature of air
adj. 2. 1863 Newfoundland usage – of the weather: cold, windy, bracing 
 
 AIR-STIRRING
adj. Bk1885 – causing air to be put in motion
 
 AIR-STONE
n. 1608 obs. – a meteorite
 
 AIR-SUCKER
n. 1964 US aviation sl. – a jet aircraft
 
 AIRT
n. a1400 Sc. & Eng. dial. – a point of the compass; a direction; more generally: a quarter, a locality
vb. 1. 1782 Sc. & N. Eng. dial. – to guide, to direct; to show the direction or point out the way to any place
vb. 2. 1824 Sc. – to encourage or incite to mischief or wrongdoing
 
 AIRTH
adj. Bk1852 Eng. dial. – afraid, fearful
 
 AIR THE DAIRY
vb. c1780 sl. – of a woman: to expose the breast
 
 AIRTHFUL
adj. Bk1852 Eng. dial. – afraid, fearful
 
 AIRTIGHT
adj. 1. L19 US colloq. – complete, unassailable
adj. 2. 1920s US sl. – attractive
adj. 3. 1940s US criminals’ sl. – of a town or city: absolutely safe for criminal activities since the authorities have been fully and comprehensively paid off
adj. 4. 1970s sl. – extremely mean
adj. 5. 1970s US homosexual sl. – in sexual contexts: having every body orifice filled
 
 AIRTIGHTS
n. 1897 Amer. dial. – canned food
 
 AIR TIME
n. 20C Amer. sl. – the time a basketball player remains in the air while making a slam dunk
 
 AIRTINESS 
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – artfulness
 
 AIRTLE
vb. a1200 Sc. & Eng. dial. – to ‘ettle’; to intend to propose, to plan to do something
 
 AIR-TO-MUD
adj. 1979 US sl. – from the air to the ground; used of shots fired or bombs dropped
 
 AIRTORIAL
n. 20C Amer. sl., World War II usage – an editorial on aviation
 
 AIR TRAGIC
n. 2002 UK Royal Air Force usage – air traffic control
 
 AIR TRUCK 
n. 1927 – an aircraft used to transport cargo
 
 AIR TUNNEL
n. 1805 obs. – a large pipe for ventilation
 
 AIRTY
adj. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – cunning, artful
 
 AIR WEAR
n. 1990s UK juvenile usage – an aggressive young person
 
 THE AIR WEEPS
phr. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – it rains
 
 AIRWOMAN
n. 1910 – a woman who is engaged in the flying or operation of aircraft, esp. as a pilot or member of air crew; also, a female member of the Royal Air Force below NCO rank
 
 AIRY
adj. 1. 1606 rare – assuming airs; making lofty pretensions; conceited, stuck up
adj. 2. 1654 – lively, sprightly; cheerful, vivacious
adj. 3. 1664 – ingenious, witty
adj. 4. M19 Irish sl. – mentally unbalanced
adj. 5. 1949 US sl. – marijuana-intoxicated
adj. 6. 1968 Amer. dial. – effeminate in manner
n. 1. M19 sl. – the ‘area’ of a house, adjacent to the basement steps
n. 2. 1970s sl. – a ventilator in a prison cell
 
 AIRYATED
adj. 1974 colloq. – of a person: overexcited; angry, irate
 
 AIR-YESTERDAY
n. 1825 Sc. obs. – the day before yesterday
 
 AIR-YESTREEN
n. 1918 Sc. – the night before last
 
 AIRY-FAIRIES
n. 1930s sl. – large feet
 
 AIRY-FAIRY
adj. 1. 1837 rare – having the ethereal qualities associated with a fairy; delicate; light; graceful; immaterial; also, enchanting, magical
adj. 2. 1920s sl. – insubstantial; of wishful thinking; trivial, of minimal importance
n. 1979 UK sl. – a member of the Royal Naval Air Service, later the Fleet Air Arm
 
 AIRYFIED
adj. 1933 Amer. dial. – given to putting on airs, conceited, stuck up
 
 AIRY-HEADED
adj. 1876 – scatterbrained, stupid, simple-minded
 
 AIRY-MINDED
adj. 1668 – scatterbrained, stupid, simple-minded
 
 AIRY-MOUSE
n. Bk1880 Eng. dial. – the bat
 
 AIRY NOTHINGS
n. c1330 – trivial or superficial remarks; meaningless compliments; matters of no consequence
 
 AISCHROLOGY
n. Bk1955 – a shameful discourse
 
 AISLET
n. Bk1895 – a little island
 
 AIT
n. 1. 1840 Eng. dial. – an island in a river
n. 2. Bk1898 Sc. – a custom, a habit, esp. used of a bad one
 
 AITCH
n. 1. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – a mantelpiece
n. 2. 1945 drugs sl. – heroin
n. 3. 1950 US euphemism – hell
 
 AITCH DROPPER
n. 20C Brit sl. – chiefly used of a Cockney, but basically anyone who doesn’t speak properly
 
 AITCH-PIECE
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – the catch or tongue of a buckle
 
 AITEN
n. Bk1898 Sc. obs. – a partridge
 
 AITTRIE
adj. Bk1898 Sc. – of the weather: cold, bleak
n. Bk1898 Sc. – cold, bleak weather
 
 AIVALOUS
adj. Bk1866 Sc. – doubtful, uncertain
 
 AIVER
n. 1. 1790 Sc. – a he-goat, after he has been gelded
n. 2. Bk1866 Sc. – a stupid person
n. 3. Bk1898 Sc. – an old horse; a work horse
 
 AIVERIE
adj. a1784 Sc. – not very hungry, but eager to eat; very hungry
 
 AIVERING
adj. Bk1898 Sc. – eager for, hungering
 
 AIVILOUS
adj. Bk1867 Sc. – doubtful, uncertain
 
 AIVING
adj. Bk1866 Sc. – being in doubt
 
 AIVRIL
n. 1866 Sc. – a stupid person
 
 AIVY-KAIVY
adj. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – precariously balanced, unsteady
 
 AIZAM-JAZAM
adj. 1. 1894 Eng. dial. – equitable, fair and square
adj. 2. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – equal in size, weight, or value
adv. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – in an equitable manner
 
 AIZE
n. Bk1898 Sc. – a large blazing fire
 
 AIZLE
n. a1000 Sc. & Eng. dial. – a hot cinder; a live coal or ember; a live coal that flies out of the fire


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Updated: October 1, 2022