Dictionary: ALF – ALK

n. 1. 1960 Aust., derogatory – an uneducated, unsophisticated and unthinkingly conservative Australian; a stupid man
n. 2. Bk1998 sl. – an alien life-form
adj. 1912 US sl. – rustic, slow, peasant-like
n. 1. 1898 sl. – a beard, whiskers  
n. 2. 1906 sl. – the countryside, as opposed to the town or city
n. 3. 1911 sl. – a bed
n. 4. 1917 US circus & carnival usage – money 
n. 5. 1920 sl. – dried spinach or other dehydrated vegetables
n. 6. 1937 sl. – nonsense, rubbish
n. 7. 1939 sl. – tobacco
n. 8. Bk1942 Amer. theatre sl. – a false beard 
n. 1949 Amer. dial. – any outsider; a person who is not from your community, and doesn’t belong
n. 1. 1910s sl. – a cigarette, esp. when it proves hard to keep alight  
n. 2. 1910s Aust. sl. – a small moustache
n. 1990s rhyming sl. for ‘Barnet’ – the hair
n. 20C Brit. rhyming sl. – gas 
adj. M19 US euphemism for ‘hell-fired’ – extreme
adj. 1887 Sc. – cross, fretful, mischievous, ill-natured, ‘elvish’
n. L19 sl. – a halfpenny omnibus fare  
n. M19 rhyming sl. – a ship 
n. 20C Amer. shoe shop usage – the shoe width A 
n. M19 sl. – an affidavit
n. M19 sl. – an affidavit
n. 1990s Brit. rhyming sl. – weight 
n. M19 sl. – an affidavit
adv. 1. 1884 Eng. dial. – in every way, by all means
adv. 2. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – however, at all events, at any rate
n. 1841 US – one who acts like a pirate
n. 1887 Eng. dial. – the act of prowling about with an intention to steal; robbery  
n. L19 sl. – a young male aristocrat or upper-class male
n. L19 sl. – a young male aristocrat or upper-class male

n. Bk1991 – a love of pain

n. Bk1991 – an extreme fear of pain
adj. 1731 obs. – full of seaweed, and/or extremely cold, chilly
n. 1888 Amer. Southwest. hist. – a constable or justice of the peace
n. 20C sl. – a nickname for any man surnamed “Barber”
n. 1980s drugs sl. – phencyclidine 
adj. 1950s W. Indies sl. – dangerous, violent
n. 1961 Jamaica sl. – a confidence swindler; a cheat; a hypocrite; anyone unethical
n. 20C Brit. sl. – an alibi
adj. 1961 US sl. – of a carnival game: dishonest, rigged
n. 1. 1899 US sl. – a weak excuse
n. 2. 1914 US sl. – in sports: an excuse for not performing well
n. 3. 1961 US carnival usage – a fraudulent game of skills or chance, as at a fairground
n. 4. 1985 US sl. – in a rigged carnival game: the reason given by the game operator to disqualify a legitimate win
vb. 1. 1917 Amer. dial. – to excuse oneself speciously; usually with ‘out’ or ‘away’
vb. 2. 1967 Amer. dial. – to hedge; to avoid an issue
vb. 3.1968 Amer. dial. – to malinger
n. 1958 Amer. dial. – among loggers: payday
n. 1950 US sl. – a person who can be counted on to provide an alibi for a criminal
n. 1915 US sl. – anyone who never takes the blame and has a quick excuse for their faults and failings; any criminal who regularly asserts alibis when questioned about a crime
n. Bk1944 services’ sl. – firing an extra shot because of rifle trouble or something
vb. 1910s sl. – to provide an excuse for
vb. 1990s W. Indies sl. – to be made a fool of by somebody
n. 1. 1901 Aust. sl. – Alice Springs; in early use, was preceded by ‘the’
n. 2. 1971 UK sl. – LSD
n. 3. 1971 homosexual sl. – the police
n. 4. 1988 US sl. – a military backpack
n. 1930s US homosexual sl. – the police
n. 1930s US homosexual sl. – the police 
n. 1969 drugs sl. – a marijuana brownie
n. 1969 US sl. – chocolate brownies laced with marijuana or hashish
n. 1919 Aust. sl. – an idiot
n. 1961 sl., orig. Irish English – a person who is attached to or associated with a rugby game or club, but does not play; esp. an administrative official or committee member
n. 1990s US sl. – a toady; a sycophant
n. 1844 Amer. dial. – a scorpion
adv. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – in a recumbent position, lying flat
n. 1. 1866 Sc. – a pet, a favourite
n. 2. 1908 Sc. – a weakly person
vb. 1825 Sc. – to pet, to cherish
n. 1983 US sl. – in casino gambling: a betting chip from another casino
n. 20C sl. – a card not belonging to the deck in play
n. 1731 obs. – a speaking wide of the purpose, or not to the matter in hand
n. 20C Brit. rhyming sl. – a pee, a wee
n. 1931 Sc. – disgust
adj. Bk1942 sl. – drunk
phr. 1912 Amer. dial. – come in and sit a spell; an invitation to stop and talk, and perhaps to share a meal
n. 1938 Hawaii – a noble person; a chief
n. 1868 nonce word – murder
n. 1818 Sc. – the bridegroom’s man; he who attends on the bridegroom, or is employed as his precursor, at a wedding
adj. 1581 rare – having \the same mind or purpose
adj. 1831 Sc. – melodious
adj. 1883 – laying claim to alimony
n. 2002 Can. sl. – ex-wives of players at an exhibition game by celebrity filmmakers
n. 1990s Brit. rhyming sl. for ‘poop’ – excrement
n. 1908 Sc. – a pet pig brought up in the house
n. 1984 US sl. – used for denoting all that is associated with the greatest contemporary fame and celebrity
adv. 1768 Sc. obs. – recovering from faintness or decay; used with regard to one recovering from a swoon
n. 1990s sl. – the homosexual elite
adj. 1. Bk1890 sl. – on the alert, active, smart
adj. 2. M19 sl. – knowledgeable; aware, esp. of a criminal scheme
adj. 3. 1912 Amer. dial. – of bread or fruit: retaining freshness
adj. 4. 1933 US criminals’ sl. – well-off, wealthy
adj. 5. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – lousy, infested with lice
adj. 6. 1950s UK criminals’ sl. – attached to a burglar alarm
adj. 7. 1989 Aust. sl. – said of a multiple-race bet in horse racing in which the first or early legs of the bet have been won
adj. 8. 1990 US sl. – in horse racing; said of a horse subject to heavy betting
adj. 9. 20C Brit. sl. – said of a person when he has money
adj. B1859 sl. – alert, vigorous
adj. L19 sl. – alert, active
n. 19C Brit. rhyming sl. – the head
adj. Bk1942 US sl. – up-to-date, fashionably knowing
n. 1. 1927 US Western sl. – bitter coffee
n. 2. Bk1975 US sl. – whisky of any kind; esp. inferior or bootleg whisky
n. 3. 20C US sl. – a veteran of the West
adj. 1936 Amer. dial. – experienced in living in the West
n. L19 US sl. – an alcoholic tramp
adj. 20C Amer. sl. – drunk
n. 20C US sl. – a jocular nickname for liquor based on ‘alcohol’
n. 1. M19 US sl. – alcoholic beverages; any kind of alcohol
n. 2. 1929 sl. – a drunkard or alcoholic
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
n. 3. 1970 US sl. – methanol used as a fuel for racing cars
adj. 1942 sl. – drunk
adj. 20C Amer. sl. – alcohol intoxicated
n. 1940s Aust. & US sl. – the twitching and nervousness that are seen in an advanced alcoholic
n. E20 US sl. – alcohol
adv. Bk1898 Sc. & Eng. dial. – of every kind
n. L19 US criminals’ sl. – a hobo drunkard; any drunkard
n. 1746 Eng. dial. – a foolish fellow
n. 1746 Eng. dial. – a foolish fellow
n. 1980s sl. – an alcoholic
adj. 1930s sl. – alcoholic
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
n. 3. 1970 US sl. – methanol used as a fuel for racing cars
n. 20C US sl. – a hobo drunkard; any drunkard
n. 1. 1930 US sl. – one who is employed in the illegal distillation of whisky
n. 2. 1930s US sl. – an illegal still
adj. 1970 US sl. – drunk
adj. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – drunk
n. 1913 US sl. – an alcoholic tramp or beggar
n. 1962 US sl. – a holding cell in a jail reserved for drunk prisoners
vb. 1930s US tramps’ sl. – to drink; to get drunk

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Updated: September 5, 2022