Dictionary: AJ – ALE

 ​A.J.
n. 1980s African-American sl. – Armani jeans 

• A-JANDER
adv. Bk1902 Eng. dial. – on the shake
 
 AJAX
adj. 1. 2002 US sl. – clean  
adj. 2. 2002 UK sl. – nearby
n. 1. L16 sl. – an outhouse; a lavatory
n. 2. 1981 US sl. – in hold ’em poker: an ace and a jack as the first two cards dealt to a particular player
n. 3. 1993 US sl. – any youth gang member under the age of 16  
n. 4. 20C Brit. rhyming sl. – tax 
 
 AJEE
adj. 1. 1790 Sc. & Eng. dial. – crooked, uneven, awry  
adj. 2. 1828 Sc. & Eng. dial. – of a door or gate: half-open, ajar
adj. 3. 1859 Sc. & Eng. dial. – of mental states: agitated, disturbed, slightly deranged
 
 AJUSI
n. 1972 Hawaii – an uncle 
 
 A.K.
n. 1. 1939 US sl. – a sycophant; an Ass-Kisser
n. 2. 1942 US sl. – an old man; an Alte Kacker
n. 3. 1920s US sl., orig. theatrical usage – an old fogey 
n. 4. 1939 US sl. – a toady (Ass-Kisser)
n. 5. 1970s African-American sl. – the AK-47 automatic or semi-automatic assault weapon 
vb. 1939 US sl. – to curry favour by obsequious behaviour (Ass-Kiss)
 
 AK
vb. 1929 Sc. – to vomit, to be sick
 
 AK47
n. 2002 sl. – a variety of marijuana  
 
 A.K.A.
n. 1955 sl., orig. US criminals’ usage – an alias, a false name 
 
 AKALE
adj. c1320 obs. – cold, frozen
 
 AKAMAI
adj. 1840 Hawaii – smart, clever, skilful, learned, expert, ingenious 
 
 AK AMP
n. 1990 US, Vietnam war medic usage – an amputation at the knee 
 
 AKAMY
n. 1908 Sc. – a weak or infirm person or animal; a weakling; also, a term of abuse
 
 AKE
vb. 1785 Eng. dial. – to wander about aimlessly and idly; to loiter, to lounge; to hang about with intent to eavesdrop; to sneak
 
 AKERATE
vb. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – to rust as iron does  
 
 AKERMAN’S HOTEL
n. c1788 Eng. sl. – Newgate prison
 
 AKETHA!;  AKETHER!
int. 1746 Eng. dial. – indeed! 
 
 AKEYBO BEATS THE DEVIL
phr. M19 sl.- something is extremely confusing
 
 AKEY-OKEY
adj. 1960 US sl. – satisfactory 
 
 AKIMBO
adj. 1. 1940s UK society sl. – arrogant, stand-offish 
adj. 2. 1968 Amer. dial. – crooked, out of alignment 
vb. 1946 Amer. dial. – to saunter with one’s hands on one’s hips 
 
 AKINK
adj. 1960 Amer. dial. – kinked, bent (as at the ‘elbow’ or bend of wing); not fully extended 
 
 AKINNED
adj. 1937 Amer. dial. – akin, related 
 
 AKIP
adj. 1950s sl. – asleep 
 
 AKKA
n. 1910s sl., orig. military usage – money, whether change or notes
 
 AKKAS;  AKKERS
n. 1939 Brit. services’ sl. – money 
 
 AKKES!
int. 1982 Amer. dial. – dirty! filthy! often used as a warning to children 
 
 AKKES BAKKES!
int. 1982 Amer. dial. – dirty! filthy! often used as a warning to children 
 
 AKKIE!
int. 1982 Amer. dial. – dirty! filthy! often used as a warning to children 
 
 AKLIN
n. Bk1898 Sc. – a sullen person 
 
 AKNOW
vb. 1. 933 obs. – to come to know, to recognize 
vb. 2. c1000 obs. – to admit or show one’s knowledge, to acknowledge, to confess 
 
 AKNOWN
adj. 1938 Amer. dial. – known, acquainted 
 
 AKS
vb. 2005 UK sl. – to ask 
 
 AL
adj. 1995 US sl. – not to be believed (Always Lying) 
n. 1. 1857 Eng. dial. – a fool, a jester; a silly person 
n. 2. 1938 Amer. dial. – a mythical alligator of the Mississippi River 
n. 3. Bk1975 Amer. shoe shop usage – the shoe width A 
vb. 1881 Eng. dial. – to banter; to worry or bother 
 
 ALA
n. 1. 1951 Hawaii – a path, a road 
n. 2. 1990s sl. – the buttocks, the behind 
 
 ALA-ALA’S
n. 1981 Hawaiian youth sl. – the testicles 
 
 ALABAM
n. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – Alabama 
 
 ALABAMA
n. 1. 20C US African-American sl. – a native of Alabama 
n. 2. 20C Brit. rhyming sl. – a hammer 
 
 ALABAMA EGG
n. 1951 Amer. dial. – an egg fried in the hollow centre of a piece of bread 
 
 ALABAMA KLEENEX
n. 1966 US sl. – toilet paper or absorbent kitchen paper 
 
 ALABAMA LIE DETECTOR
n. 1940s sl., orig. African-American – a police baton 
 
 ALABAMA MARBLES
n. 1920 US sl. – dice 
 
 ALABAM’ ASSASSIN
n. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – prizefighter Joe Louis 
 
 ALABAMA WOOL
n. 1. 1942 Amer. sl. – cotton clothing, esp. underwear 
n. 2. 1958 US sl. – cotton 
 
 ALABAMY
n. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – Alabama 
 
 ALABASTER
n. 1. 1967 Amer. dial. – a playing marble made to resemble alabaster 
n. 2. 20C Brit. rhyming sl. – plaster 
 
 A-LA-BEFF
n. 1980 Trinidad and Tobago – vaginal intercourse, the woman on hands and knees and the man entering from behind
 
 ALABLASTER
n. 1805 Eng. dial. – alabaster 
 
 ALACK!
int. 1725 Sc. & Eng. dial. – alas! 
 
 ALACK-A-DAY!
int. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – an exclamation of grief, sorrow, regret,  or distress 
 
 À LA COMANCHE
phr. 1844 Amer. dial. – hanging on the side of a horse as the Comanche Indian did in battle 
 
 ALACOMPAIN
n. M19 rhyming sl. – rain 
 
 ALACRAN
n. 1844 Amer. dial. – a scorpion 
 
 ALACRANY
n. 1844 Amer. dial. – a scorpion 
 
 ALACRIATE
vb. 1657 obs. rare – to make cheerful and lively; to excite; to rouse to action; to encourage; to embolden
 
 ALACRIFY
vb. 1864 rare – to make cheerful; to rouse to action; to excite
 
 ALACRIOUS
adj. 1602 obs. – brisk, lively, active, cheerful, gay, joyful
 
 ALADDIN’S CAVE
n. 1970 UK police sl. – the location of a successful thief’s ill-gotten gains
 
 ALAG
adv. 1. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – not sufficiently upright; too horizontal, as in placing a ladder
adv. 2. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – leaning, on one side
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – (usually as ‘a-lag’) a sporting term for a flight of geese
 
 ALAGAZAM
adj. 1914 Amer. dial. – excellent, fine
 
 ALAGRUGOUS
adj. 1924 Sc. – grim; ghastly; sour; woebegone
 
 ALAGUST
n. c1750 Sc. obs. – suspicion; disgust
 
 ALAIRE
adv. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – a short time ago
 
 ALAKANEE!
int. 1728 Sc. obs. – alas!
 
 ALAKE
int. 1725 Sc. – alack! alas!
 
 ALAMAGOOZLUM
n. 1895 Amer. dial. – maple syrup made by melting down the sugar
 
 ALAMBRISTA
n. 1974 US Border Spanish – a Mexican illegally present in the US
 
 ALAMEDA
n. 1. 1824 Amer. dial. – a public park or walk lined with trees
n. 2. 1971 US sl. – in bar dice games: a roll that produces no points for the player
 
 ALA-MONA-GORGEOUS;  ALAMONAGORGEOUS
adj. 1. Bk1913-17 Amer. dial. – excellent, splendid
adj. 2. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – resplendently beautiful; gorgeous
 
 ALAMORT
adj. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – bewildered; confused; disconcerted
 
 ALANA;  ALANAH
n. 1839 Ireland – a form of address; a term of endearment
 
 A LA NATURAL
adj. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – undressed; nude
 
 ALAN BORDER
adj. 2000s rhyming sl. for ‘out of order’ – of events, behaviour, or people: unacceptable, excessive, in bad taste
n. 20C Brit. rhyming sl. – order
 
 A-LANDWARD
adv. 1778 Sc. obs. – in the country, as opposed to the town
 
 ALAN LADD
adj. 1990s Brit. rhyming sl. – sad
 
 ALAN LADDY
n. Bk1942 US sl. – an admirable or handsome male
 
 ALAN MINTER
n. 20C Brit. rhyming sl. – a splinter
 
 ALANNA;  ALANNAH
n. 1839 Ireland – a form of address; a term of endearment 
 
 ALANS
n. 1960s Brit. rhyming sl. (Alan Whickers) – knickers
 
 ALANTOM
adv. Bk1898 Eng. dial. obs. – at a distance
 
 ALANTUM
adv. Bk1898 Eng. dial. obs. – at a distance
 
 ALANUI
n. 1938 Amer. dial. – a main path; a wide and frequented path
 
 ALAN WHICKER
n. 1990s Brit. rhyming sl. for ‘nicker’ – £1 
 
 ALAN WHICKERS
n. 1960s Brit. rhyming sl. – knickers
 
 ALARE
adv. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – a short time ago
 
 ALARM
n. Bk1898 Ireland – a cry of a bird or animal
 
 ALARM BIRD
n. 1943 Aust. – the kookaburra
 
 ALARM CLOCK
n. 1. 1922 US sl. – a worrier, a nag
n. 2. 1925 US college sl. – a chaperon(e)
n. 3. 1940s African-American sl. – a college professor
 
 ALARMING
adv. 1874 Eng. dial. – extensively, very, exceedingly
 
 ALARM-NOTE
n. 1879 Ireland – the note of a bird when startled
 
 ALARUM
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – disturbance
 
 ALARUMS AND EXCURSIONS 
n. Bk1999 – confused noise or activity
 
 ALAS-A-DAY!
int. 1703 Eng. dial. – alas!
 
 ALAS-AT-EVER!
int. 1703 Eng. dial. obs. – an exclamation of pity
 
 ALASKA HAND
n. 1981 US sl. – in hold ’em poker: a king and a three as the first two cards dealt to a particular player
 
 ALASKAMO
n. 1963 US sl. – an American Indian from Alaska
 
 ALASKA STRAWBERRIES
n. 1991 US sl. – beans
 
 ALASKAN TRADE
n. 1966 Amer. dial. – a compliment given or reported to another on condition of receiving one in exchange
 
 ALASKA TIME
n. 1976 US sl. – unpunctuality
 
 ALASKA TURKEY
n. 1948 US sl. – salmon
 
 ALASKA TUXEDO
n. 1965 US sl. – a wool work suit
 
 ALASSEN
conj. 1851 Eng. dial. – lest
 
 A-LATE
adv. 1679 Eng. dial. – lately
 
 ALAWK!
int. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – an exclamation of sorrow; alas!
 
 ALB
n. 1945 UK sl. – an Albanian
 
 ALBANY BEEF
n. 1779 Amer. dial. – the flesh of the sturgeon
 
 ALBANY DOCTOR
n. Bk1999 Aust. sl. – a refreshing cool breeze in southern Western Australia
 
 ALBATROSS
n. 1. 1883 – a source of frustration, obstruction, or guilt, from which it is difficult to rid oneself; a burden, an encumbrance; a hindrance
n. 2. 20C Amer. sl., World War II usage – chicken – roasted, broiled, or stewed
n. 3. 1985 sl. – a patient who never seems to get better, or who is regularly ill with a new ailment, and who sticks with one physician for seemingly endless treatment
n. 4. 1991 US sl. – a Grumman HU-16 amphibian aircraft, best known as a rescue aircraft during the Korean and Vietnam wars
 
 ALBATROSS AROUND ONE’S NECK
n. 1883 – guilt, the haunting past, an unforgettable problem; a source of frustration or obstruction; a burden, an encumbrance; a hindrance
 
 ALBERCA
n. 1892 Amer. dial. – a water hole, a water pocket, a watering place

• ALBERT
n. Bk1975 criminals’ usage, arch. – a watch chain, esp. a gold one
 
 ALBERTA CLIPPER
n. 1999 Can. sl. – a cold weather system that blows from the Canadian Rocky Mountains eastward, a winter phenomenon, with wind and usually snow
 
 ALBERT HALL
n. 20C Brit. rhyming sl. – a wall
 
 ALBERTINE
n. L19 sl. – an adroit, calculating, business-like mistress
 
 ALBERTS
n. 1. L19 Aust. sl. – dress trousers
n. 2. L19 Aust. sl. – strips of cloth, usually calico, rubbed with suet to cut down chafing and used as a substitute for socks, usually by tramps
n. 3. 1930s Aust. sl. – rough, lace-up boots
 
 ALBINO
n. 1988 US sl. – in pool: the white cue ball
 
 ALBINO GRASS
n. 2002 Can. sl. – snow fallen on a Vancouver, British Columbia, lawn

• ALBUMINUROPHOBIA
n. Bk2008 – fear of kidney disease
 
 ALBUM QUILT
n. 1947 Amer. dial. – a quilt in which each block, usually bearing an autograph or brief verse, is contributed by a different person
 
 ALCABALA
n. 1824 Amer. dial. obs. – a tax, esp. a sales tax
 
 ALCALDE
n. 1803 Amer. dial. – a local official; now also any important or self-important person
 
 ALCAN
n. 1975 US sl. – the Alaska-Canada Highway
 
 AL CAPONE
n. 1. 1980s Brit. rhyming sl. – phone
n. 2. 2002 UK sl. – heroin
 
 AL CAPONE RIDE
n. 1970s African-American sl. – any old car, both the original Capone-era models and more recent ones, that lacks the most up-to-date gimmicks and accessories and is thus de facto ‘old fashioned’
 
 ALCHEMY
n. 16C obs., literary usage – sexual intercourse
 
 ALCHO
n. 1996 UK sl. – an alcoholic
 
 ALCHY
n. 1. 1844 sl., orig. & chiefly US – alcohol; often applied specifically to illicit liquor or to whisky
n. 2. 1929 sl. – a drunkard or alcoholic
 
 ALCI
n. 1920s US sl. – an alcoholic; a drunk
 
 ALCO
n. 1980s sl. – an alcoholic
 
 AL COHOL
n. E20 US sl. – alcohol; alcohol personified
 
 ALCOHOLIDAY
n. 1. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – Prohibition era
n. 2. 20C sl. – a holiday or festive period that is spent drinking alcohol 
 
 ALCOHOLIST
n. 1888 – an alcoholic
 
 ALCOHOLIZE
vb. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – to intoxicate; to make dead drunk
 
 ALCOHOLIZED
adj. E20 US sl. – saturated with alcohol; drunk
 
 ALCOHOLIZER
n. 1890 – an alcoholic

• ALCOHOLOMANIA
n. Bk1991 – an obsession with alcohol
 
 ALCOHOL RUB
n. 1968 US sl. – a cocktail party
 
 ALCOVE
n. L17 Brit. sl. – the female genitals
 
 ALCY
n. 1906 US military sl. – a fine imposed by a court-martial
 
 ALDEA
n. 1547 Anglo-Indian – a village
 
 ALDER-BEST
adv. 16C obs. – best of all
 
 ALDERMAN
n. 1. c1800 Eng. sl. – a long (generally clay) pipe
n. 2. Bk1890 sl. – a turkey, esp. one roasted and served with sausages
n. 3. L19 sl. – a large crowbar
n. 4. 1934 Amer. dial. – a big stomach
n. 5. 1981 US circus and carnival usage – an officer worker who informs on his fellow workers
 
 ALDERMAN DOUBLE-SLANG’D
n. L18 sl. – a turkey garlanded with sausages
 
 ALDERMANIC
adj. L19 sl. – having a big paunch; portly
 
 ALDERMAN IN CHAINS
n. Bk1890 sl. – a roast turkey well-stuffed and garnished with pork sausages
 
 ALDERMAN LUSHINGTON
n. Bk1892 Aust. sl. – intoxicating drink
 
 ALDERMAN LUSHINGTON IS CONCERNED
phr. 1823 sl. obs. – said of a person who is drunk, or is drinking too much
 
 ALDERMAN’S BELLY
n. 1934 Amer. dial. – a big stomach
 
 ALDERMAN’S NAIL
n. 19C Brit. rhyming sl. – an animal’s tail
 
 ALDERMAN’S PACE
n. 17C sl. – a steady, careful pace, as befits an official with a fine sense of his own importance

• ALDERMAN’S PLOUGH
n. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – the constellation of the Great Bear

• ALDERMAN’S WAGON
n. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – the constellation of the Great Bear
 
 ALDERSHOT LADIES
n. 1. 1940s sl. – the number 4
n. 2. 1940s sl. – in darts: a double 4
n. 3. 1940s sl. – in bingo or lotto: 44
 
 ALDERSHOT WHORE
n. 20C Brit. rhyming sl. – four
 
 AL DESKO
adv. 1981 US sl. – of a meal: consumed at your desk at work
 
 ALDGATE EAST
n. 20C Brit. rhyming sl. – a priest
 
 ALE-BRAINS
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – ‘one who has to take his glass before he can set his wits to work’
 
 ALEC
n. 1919 Aust. sl. – a fool or simpleton; an idiot; a confidence man’s victim. a dupe
 
 ALECAN
n. L19 sl. – a heavy drinker
 
 ALECIE
adj. L16 sl. – intoxicated with ale
n. L16 sl. – mental aberration, due to ale drinking, intoxication
 
 ALECK
n. 1. 1919 sl. – an idiot; an unpleasant, conceited, smug person
n. 2. 1934 Amer. dial. – a rat
 
 ALE-CONNER
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – a manorial officer whose duty it was to look to the assize and goodness of bread and ale within the precincts of the manor

• ALECTOROMANCY
n. Bk1991 – divination by recording the letters revealed as a cock eats kernels of corn that cover them

• ALECTRYOMANCY
n. Bk1991 – divination by recording the letters revealed as a cock eats kernels of corn that cover them
 
 ALECY
adj. L16 sl. – intoxicated with ale
n. L16 sl. – mental aberration, due to ale drinking, intoxication

• ALED
adj. 1930s UK sl. – drunk
 
 ALE DRAPER
n. 1747 Eng. dial. obs. – an innkeeper or publican
 
 ALE DRAPERY
n. 1593 colloq. obs. – the selling of ale and other alcoholic drinks; also, a place where alcohol is sold
 
 ALED UP
adj. 1930s sl. – under the influence of beer; drunk
 
 ALEER
adj. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – empty, unladen
 
 ALE-FINDER
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – a manorial officer whose duty it was to look to the assize and goodness of bread and ale within the precincts of the manor

• ALE-FROTH
n. 1901 Eng. dial. – nonsense, anything of no account
 
 ALEGAR
n. 1773 Eng. dial. – vinegar made from ale; malt vinegar; sour ale used as vinegar
 
 ALE-HOUSE
n. 1817 Sc. & Eng. dial. – a house where ale is sold
 
 ALE-KNIGHT
n. L16 Brit. sl. – a tippler; a drunkard

• ALEKTOROPHOBIA
n. Bk2008 – fear of chickens

• ALE MAN
n. Bk1966 US students’ sl. – a fellow who is admired or respected
 
 ALEMNOCH
n. 18C sl. – milk
 
 ALENGTH
adv. 1825 Sc. – onward, forward

• ALERT
adj. 2000 UK sl. – slightly sexually aroused; said of a male
 
 ALE-SCORE
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – the debt for drink at an ale-house recorded with chalk marks on the door
 
 ALE-SOAKED
adj. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – full of beer; drunk
 
 ALE-SOAKER
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – an ale-drinker; a drunkard
 
 ALE-SOP
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – a drunkard
 
 ALE SPINNER
n. Bk1890 sl. – a brewer or publican
 
 ALESS
prep. 1897 Sc. – unless
 
 ALE-SUP
n. 1904 Sc. – ale
 
 ALE-SWAB
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – an ale-drinker, a sot, a drunkard
 
 ALE-SWATTLER
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – an ale-drinker, a sot, a drunkard
 
 ALETANK
n. 2002 UK sl. – a heavy drinker
 
 ALE-TASTER
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – an officer appointed to prevent the adulteration of ale

ALEUROMANCY
n. Bk1991 – divination using meal or flour
 
 A-LEVELS
n. 2003 UK sl. – anal sex, esp. when advertised as a service offered by a prostitute
 
 ALE-WEEAN
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – a female publican
 
 ALE-WHISP
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. obs. – the bush hung in front of an inn to show that ale was sold there
 
 ALE-WIFE
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – a woman who keeps an inn
 
 ALE-WISP
n. 19C Brit. sl. – a drunkard
 
 ALEXANDER
n. 1. 1900s US sl. – a certainty
n. 2. 1999 UK sl. – a telephone
vb. L17 sl. – to hang someone
 
 ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL
n. 1980s Aust. prison rhyming sl. – a cell
 
 ALEXANDER HAMILTON
n. 1. 1966 Amer. dial. – one’s signature
n. 2. 1967 Amer. dial. – a ten-dollar bill
 
 ALEXANDRA LIMP
n. c1870 UK society usage – a manner of walking taken up by fashionable society as a deliberate tribute to the way in which Princess Alexandra (1844-1925), then Princess of Wales, walked
 
 ALEXANDRA STEP
n. c1870 UK society usage – a manner of walking taken up by fashionable society as a deliberate tribute to the way in which Princess Alexandra (1844-1925), then Princess of Wales, walked
 
 ALE-YOTTLER
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – an ale-drinker, a sot, a drunkard
 
 ALE-YOTTLING
adj. Bk1898 Eng. dial – ‘given to pot companionship’
 


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