Dictionary: AM – AMO

 AM
n. 2000 UK sl. – an amateur
 
 AMACKALLY
adv. 1790 Eng. dial. – to some degree; in some fashion
 
 AMACKLY
adv. 1790 Eng. dial. – to some degree; in some fashion
 
 AMADAN;  AMADAUN
n. 20C Irish sl. – a foolish person
 
 AMAH
n. Bk1892 Anglo-Indian sl. – a wet-nurse
 
 AMAISTER
vb. 1876 Eng. dial. obs. – to teach

• AMANTI
n. Bk1970 US sl. – a sweetheart
 
 AMARICATE
vb. 1651 obs. rare – to irritate, embitter

AMARITUDE
n. 1. 1490 rare, chiefly poetic usage – bitter feelings or sentiments; acrimony; resentment; also, the quality of being bitter to the mind or feelings; distress; anguish
n. 2. 1599 obs. – a being bitter to the taste; bitter taste or flavour

 A-MARROWS
adv. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – alike, equal, corresponding
 
 AMARUGIAN
n. 1856 Amer. dial. – a crude, unruly person; a member of a rough party of fun-makers; orig. applied to residents of Fulton Co., Illinois
 
 A-MASKED
adj. B1900 Eng. dial. – bewildered, lost
 
 AMASS!
int. 1876 Eng. dial. – an exclamation and oath
 
 A-MASSY!
int. 1842 Eng. dial. – an exclamation; have mercy!
 
 A-MASSY ME!
int. 1842 Eng. dial. – an exclamation
 
 A-MASSY WELL!
int. 1842 Eng. dial. – an exclamation
 
 AMATEUR
n. 1. 1851-61 Amer. sl. – a sexually promiscuous young woman who is not a prostitute
n. 2. 1930s UK criminals’ sl. – a professional criminal who has not been in trouble with the police
 
 AMATEUR HALF-HOUR
n. 1939 sl. – a poorly organized event
 
 AMATEUR HOUR
n. 1. 1930s sl., orig. US – an exhibition of more than usual ineptitude, esp. by one who is supposedly more competent
n. 2. 1950s US criminals’ sl. – in the context of bank-robbing: noon, when banks expected to be robbed
 
 AMATEUR NIGHT
adj. 1952 – resembling an amateur night; inept, shambolic, amateurish 
n. 1. 1939 US sl. – a situation marked by, or an example of, glaring ineptitude
n. 2. 1960 US sl. – sex with a chance acquaintance who is not a prostitute
n. 3. 1977 US sl. – New Year’s Eve
n. 4. 1995 US sl. – a night when the tips left by a restaurant’s customers are low
 
 AMATEUR NIGHT IN DIXIE
n. 1955 colloq. – used as the type of amateurishness or ineptitude

• AMATHOPHOBIA
n. Bk1991 – an abnormal fear of dust
 
 AMATON
n. 1. B1900 Sc. – a thin bony person
n. 2. B1900 Sc. – a foolish person; one yielding to anger
 
 AMATORIOUS
adj. 1746 – inclined to love; wanton

• AMAXOMANIA
n. Bk1991 – a mania for being in vehicles

• AMAXOPHOBIA
n. Bk1991 – an abnormal fear of being in or riding in vehicles
 
 AMAZER
n. 1976 US sl. – in trucking: a police radar unit used for measuring vehicle speed
 
 AMAZER MACHINE
n. 1976 US sl. – in trucking: a police radar unit used for measuring vehicle speed
 
 AMAZON
n. 1. a1954 sl. – a tall, strong, sexually attractive woman
n. 2. 1969 Amer. sl. – a tall or muscular person of either sex
n. 3. 1990s African-American sl. – a masculine lesbian
 
 AMAZON ANNIE
n. 1958 US sl. – a cannon deigned to fire atomic shells
 
 AMBASSADOR
n. 1927 Amer. jocular usage – the penis
 
 AMBASSADOR OF COMMERCE
n. B1890 sl. – a commercial traveller
 
 AMBASSADOR OF MOROCCO
n. E19 sl. – a shoemaker
 
 AMBEER
n. 1. 1848 Amer. dial. – saliva coloured by chewing tobacco or snuff
n. 2. 1899 Amer. dial. – the residue that gathers in the stem of a smoker’s pipe
 
 AMBER
n. 1910s Amer. sl. – tobacco juice
 
 THE AMBER
n. 1940s sl. – beer
 
 AMBER BEVERAGE
n. 1. M19 Aust. sl. – beer
n. 2. 1970s sl. – whisky
 
 AMBER BREW
n. 1. M19 Aust. sl. – beer
n. 2. 1970s sl. – whisky
 
 AMBER FLUID
n. 1. M19 Aust. sl. – beer 
n. 2. 1970s sl. – whisky
 
 AMBER JUICE
n. 1968 Amer. dial. – saliva coloured by chewing tobacco or snuff 
 
 AMBER LIQUID
n. 1. M19 Aust. sl. – beer
n. 2. 1970s sl. – whisky
 
 AMBER NECTAR
n. 1959 Aust. sl. – beer 
 
 AMBER TRANSFUSION
n. M19 Aust. sl. – a drink of beer 
 
 AMBIDEXTER
n. 1. 16C gambling sl. – a house player 
n. 2. 17C sl. – a corrupt lawyer who takes fees from both plaintiff and defendant
 
 AMBIDEXTROUS
adj. 1966 sl. – bisexual
n. 20C Brit. sl. – a bisexual
 
 AMBIER
n. 1910s US sl. – tobacco juice
 
 AMBIFARIOUS
adj. 1656 obs. – having a double meaning; that may be taken both ways
 
 AMBILEVOUS
adj. 1646 rare – left-handed on both sides
 
 AMBILOQUENT
adj. 1656 obs. – speaking doubtfully or ambiguously
 
 AMBISEXTROUS
adj. 1926 sl. – bisexual
 
 AMBISH
n. 1897 Amer. sl. – aggressive ambition or enthusiasm
vb. Bk1902 Amer. dial. – to be ambitious
 
 AMBITION
n. 1. 1826 Amer. dial. – malice; vindictiveness; grudge; hatred; irascibility; a quick temper
n. 2. 1928-29 Amer. sl. – ammunition
vb. 1898 Amer. dial. – to propose or opine assertively
 
 AMBITIONIST
n. 1625 rare – one excessively ambitious
 
 AMBITIONIZE
vb. 1600 obs. rare – to make ambitious, to motivate
 
 AMBITIOSITY
n. a1600 obs. – ambition; the state of being ambitious
 
 AMBITIOUS
adj. 1. 1853 Amer. dial. – of persons or animals: spirited, vivacious, unruly; vicious; angry; enraged; quick-tempered; hot-tempered
adj. 2. 1889 Amer. dial. – energetic, lively, industrious 
 
 AMBLANT
adj. a1393 obs. – ambling, of a horse, mule, etc.
 
 AMBLE
vb. 1936 Amer. sl. – to leave, to get out
 
 AMBLERE
n. c1380 obs. rare – an amble or ambling pace
 
 AMBLESHOOT
n. 1968 Amer. dial. jocular – an umbrella
 
 AMBO
n. 1. 1974 Aust. & S. Afr. sl. – an ambulance
n. 2. 1990 Aust. & S. Afr. sl. – an ambulance officer; a paramedic
 
 AMBODEXTER
n. 17C sl. – a corrupt lawyer who takes fees from both plaintiff and defendant
 
 AMBRIL
n. Bk1913-17 Amer. dial. – an umbrella
 
 AMBROL
n. 19C Eng. naval sl. – an admiral 
 
• AMBROSIAC
adj. 1601 obs. – of food, drink: worth of the gods;’ divine, ambrosial
 
• AMBROSIAN
adj. a1522 obs. – ambrosial, exceptionally fragrant or delicious
 
• AMBROSIATE
adj. 1602 obs. – ambrosial, exceptionally sweet or delightful
 
• AMBRY
n. 1768 Sc. & Eng. dial. – a chest or cupboard where food is kept, a pantry
 
• AMBS-ACE
n. 1. L14 sl. – nothing, next to nothing
n. 2. E16 sl. – bad luck, misfortune, worthlessness
 
• AMBULANCE
n. 1. 1868 US – a touring caravan or similar vehicle
n. 2. 1977 Amer. dial. – among railroad workers: a caboose
 
• AMBULANCE CHASER
n. 1. 1897 US sl. – a crooked lawyer who patrols the streets in search of accidents and their victims as clients; sometimes these lawyers create situations to encourage accidents  
n. 2. 1934 Amer. sl. – a hack journalist who specializes in sensational accounts of accidents
 
• AMBULANCE-CHASING
n. 1940s sl. – of a lawyer, specializing in representing the victims of street and other accidents; also used of journalists in the context of pursuing stories
 
• AMBULANTER
n. 1927 Amer. dial. – an itinerant worker or tramp who travels in a wagon with his family picking up odd jobs as he goes

• AMBULOMANCY
n. Bk1991 – divination involving walking, usually in circles

• AMBULOPHOBIA
n. Bk2008 – fear of walking or riding in vehicles
 
• AMBUSCADE
n. 1895 Amer. dial. – a disagreement
 
• AMBUSH
vb. 1905 Amer. dial. – to hide oneself
 
• AMBUSH ALLEY
n. 1952 US Military usage – a stretch of road made treacherous by enemy fire
 
• AM DRAM
adj. 1985 UK sl. – Amateur Dramatic; hence, exaggerated, unsubtle, histrionic
 
• AMEBIATE
vb. Bk1966 Amer. sl. – to get drunk 
 
• AMECHE
n. 1930s Can. & US sl. – a telephone; a telephone number; a telephone call 
 
• AMEL
n. 1821 Sc. obs. – enamel
 
• AMELL
prep. 1677 Eng. dial. – among, between, amidst
 
• AMELL-DOORS
n. B1900 Eng. dial. – a passage
 
• AMELL-TIMES
n. B1900 Eng. dial. – intervals
 
• AMELL-WHILES
n. B1900 Eng. dial. – intervals
 
• AMEN!
int. 1934 US sl. – used for expressing strong approval
 
• AMEN-BAWLER
n. 1. 19C Eng. sl. – a parish clerk
n. 2. 19C sl. – a parson; a preacher
 
• AMEN BENCH
n. L19 African-American sl. – the front seats in a church, on either side of the pulpit; thus those who occupy them, i.e. the most devout members of the congregation
 
• AMEN-CLERK
n. 1636 Eng. dial. obs. – a parish clerk
 
• AMEN CORNER
n. 1. L19 African-American sl. – the front seats in a church, on either side of the pulpit; thus those who occupy them, i.e. the most devout members of the congregation
n. 2. 1944 Amer. dial. – the part of the church where seekers kneel at a revival
n. 3. 1969 Amer. dial. – among loggers, a corner in the bunkhouse where old-timers reminisced, or a place where sky pilots (preachers) spoke, or entertainers told their stories
 
• AMEN-CURLER
n. 1791 sl. – a parish clerk
 
• AMENDMENT
n. 1790 Eng. dial. – manure laid on land
 
• AMENER
n. L19 sl. – a devout Anglican

• AMENOMANIA
n. Bk1991 – a mania for pleasing delusions
 
• AMENOUS
adj. 1567 obs. rare – pleasant
 
• AMEN PEW
n. 1877 Amer. dial. – a bench or seat in the ‘amen corner’ of a church
 
• AMEN-PREACHER
n. E19 W. Indies sl. – the carrion crow
 
• AMEN ROW
n. 1965 Amer. dial. – seats in a church, esp. near the front
 
• AMEN SEATS
n. 1965 Amer. dial. – seats in a church, esp. near the front
 
• AMEN-SNORTER
n. L19 sl. – a religious person, esp. a clergyman; a parson
 
• AMENT
n. 1897 – a person congenitally deficient in mind or intellect; a born idiot or imbecile
 
• AMEN THEATRE ROYAL
n. L19 sl. – a church 
 
• AMENTIA
n. 1801 – total lack of intelligence, imbecility
 
• AMEN-WALLAH
n. B1900 sl. – an army chaplain’s clerk

• AMERICAMANIA
n. Bk1991 – an obsession with American and things American
 
• AMERICAN
n. 1980s US sl. – sexual intercourse whereby the man reaches an orgasm in a body roll with a woman, rather than in full penetration
 
• AMERICAN AIRLINES
n. 1981 US sl. – in hold ’em poker: the ace of diamonds and ace of hearts as the first two cards dealt to a player
 
• AMERICAN BEAUTY
n. c1970 Amer. dial. – a red, white, and blue playing marble
 
• AMERICAN BUSINESS COLLEGE
n. 1940s African-American sl. – a liquor store
 
• AMERICAN CARD
n. 1930s sl. – an erotic picture postcard
 
• AMERICAN CULTURE
n. 1960s sl. – sexual intercourse in the face-to-face missionary position
 
• AMERICANESS
n. 1838 – an American woman
 
• AMERICAN FRIED
adj. 1973 Amer. dial. – larger than average marbles, of glass, that have been heated, then iced, creating inner cracks; used as shooters
 
• AMERICAN JACK
n. 1967 Amer. dial. – a large donkey used for breeding
 
• AMERICAN LAD
n. Bk1997 Irish sl. – unpopular imported US fatty bacon
 
• AMERICAN LETTER
n. 19C sl. – a condom

• AMERICANO n. 1945 US sl. – a person from the United States
 
• AMERICAN PONY
n. Bk2004 Amer. World War I sl. – a Missouri mule 
 
• AMERICAN TAXPAYER
n. 1962 US sl. – any violator of routine traffic laws
 
• AMERICAN TIGER
n. 1774 obs. – the jaguar 
 
• AMERICAN TROMBONE
n. 1990s sl. – group sex between 1 woman and 2 men; the woman simultaneously fellates 1 man while being taken from the rear by the other 
 
• AMERICAN TWEEZERS
n. 1982 US sl. – any specialty tool used by a burglar 
 
• AMERICAN WAKE
n. 1986 Irish sl. – a farewell celebration for departing emigrants to America in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century
 
• AMERICAN WAY
n. 1992 US sl. – relatively peaceful co-existence by rival organized crime families 
 
• AMERICA’S LOGGER-HEAD
n. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – Maine
 
• AMERIKA
n. 1969 sl., derogatory; orig. US – applied to American society viewed as racist, fascist, or oppressive, esp. by Black consciousness 
 
• AMERIKAN
adj. 1969 US sl. – American
 
• AMERIKKKA
n. 1969 sl., derogatory; orig. US – applied to American society viewed as racist, fascist, or oppressive, esp. by Black consciousness 
 
• AMERUGIAN
n. 1. 1856 Amer. dial. – a crude, unruly person; a member of a rough party of fun-makers; orig. applied to residents of Fulton Co., Illinois 
n. 2. 1983 Amer. dial. – a term of mild reproach for a child, after they have been in mischief
 
• AMESJAY
n. 1930s back slang for ‘James’ – a sovereign 
 
• AMET;  AMETE
n. c1300 obs. – an ant 
 
• AMEVE
vb. B1900 Ireland obs. – to move 
 
• A.M.F.
phr. 1963 Amer. sl. – used as a farewell, goodbye; the finish (Adios (or aloha) motherfucker)
 
• AM-FM
adj. 1987 Amer. sl. – bisexual
 
• AMGRUNT
n. 1971 US Marine Corps usage – a member of an amphibious Martine Corps unit 
 
 AMIABLE
adj. M19 US sl. – stupid

• AM I BURNED UP!
int. 1920s – am I angry! am I irritated!
 
 AMICAL
adj. L16 rare – friendly
 
 AMICITIAL
adj. 1653 obs. rare – friendly, relating to private friendship
 
 AMICOUS
adj. 1675 obs. rare – friendly, congenial, pleasing
 
 AMICTED
adj. 1656 obs. – clothed or covered with a garment
 
 AMIDSHIPS
adv. 1886 Amer. nautical sl. – in the belly 
 
 AMIE
n. 1966 US sl. – amyl nitrite; an ampoule of amyl nitrite
 
 AMIGO
n. 1. 1837 Amer. sl. – a friend; frequently used as a term of address
n. 2. 1899 US military sl. – a Filipino insurrectionist 

• AM I INSULATED!
int. 1930s – am I insulted!

• AM I IRRIGATED!
int. 1930s – am I irritated

 AMINADAB
n. 18C sl. – a Quaker
 
 AMINDED
adj. L16 rare exc. Eng. dial. – willing. disposed, inclined
 
 AMINIDAB
n. 18C Eng. sl. – a Quaker
 
 AM I INSULATED!
int. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – I am insulted
 
 AMINT
n. 1914 Amer. dial. arch. – amount
 
 AMISH GOLF
n. 1969 Amer. sl. – croquet
 
 AMISS
n. L15 obs. – an error; a fault; a misdeed
 
 AMISSIBLE
adj. L17 – liable to be lost
 
 AMISSING
adj. L16 chiefly Sc. – missing, wanting
 
 AMISSION
n. c1429 obs. – loss; a loss, a losing something
 
 AMIT
vb. E16 obs. – to lose
 
 AMITAN
n. 1. 1825 Sc. – one given to excess of anger
n. 2. 1880 Sc. – a weak, foolish person
 
 AMITER
adj. 1915 Sc. – foolish
n. 1915 Sc. – a weakling; an infirm person or animal
 
 AMITYVILLE
n. 2000 US sl. – Detroit, Michigan
 
 AMMA
n. E20 Indian – mother 
 
 AMMERGAG
n. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – a boisterous noise
vb. 1. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – to stammer, to speak with difficulty
vb. 2. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – to scold; to argue
 
 AMMO
n. 1. 1911 colloq. – ammunition
n. 2. 20C Amer. sl. – information or evidence that can be used to support an argument or a charge
n. 3. 20C Amer. sl. – toilet paper
n. 4. 2003 US sl. – cash
 
 AMMO-HUMPER
n. 1980 US military sl. – an ammunition storage specialist

• AMMONIA
n. 1934 US sl. – carbonated water
 
 AMMUNITION
n. 1. L17 sl. – semen
n. 2. 19C Brit. & Amer. sl. – toilet tissue
n. 3. 1924 Amer. jocular – food
n. 4. 1928 US military sl. – beans
n. 5. 1983 US sl. – a gambler’s bankroll
n. 6. 1984 UK sl. – a tampon or sanitary towel; tampons or sanitary towels
n. 7. 20C sl. – gambling tokens
n. 8. 20C Amer. sl. – liquor
n. 9. 20C Amer. sl. – information and other material that may be used in a debate, campaign, etc.
n. 10. Bk2004 Amer. sl., World War I usage – pies and pastry, as doled out by the Salvation Army
 
 AMMUNITION LEG
n. L19 sl. – a wooden leg
 
 AMMUNITION WIFE
n. 1. E19 sl. – a prostitute 
n. 2. 20C Amer. sl., World War II usage – a mistress
 
 AMMUT
n. 1887 Eng. dial. – an ant

• AMNESIOPHOBIA
n. Bk2008 – fear of having amnesia
 
 AMNICOLIST
n. 1731 obs. – one who dwells by a river

• AMNIOMANCY
n. Bk1991 – divination by examining the embryonic sac or amniotic fluid
 
 AMOEBA
n. 1. 1991 US sl. – a Commodore Amiga™ personal computer
n. 2. 1994 US drugs sl. – phencyclidine, PCP
 
 AMOEBA-BRAINED
adj. a1967 Amer. sl. – stupid
 
 AMOK
adj. E16 obs. rare – in a homicidal frenzy
 
 AMOLISH
vb. 1624 obs. – to remove forcibly, to do away with, to put away with an effort 
 
 AMOMOUS
adj. 1683 obs. nonce-word – blameless
 
 AMONG-HANDS
adv. 1. 1808 Sc. & Eng. dial. – between, amongst other things
adv. 2. 1823 Sc. & Eng. dial. – between whiles, in the meantime
adv. 3. 1889 Eng. dial. – said of work or any undertaking: done conjointly, by mutual help or joint action
 
 AMONG ONE’S FRILLS
adj. 19C Brit. sl. – copulating; the act of copulating
 
 AMONG THE MIDDLINGS
phr. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – said of a mediocre person or thing, one that is not above the average in capacity or health; a moderate condition of health
 
 AMONG THE WILLOWS
adj. 1968 Amer. dial. – dodging the law; on the dodge
 
 AMONIA
n. 1982 Bahamas sl. – pneumonia
 
 A’MONLAR
n. 1960s African-American sl. – a greeting
 
 AMOO
n. 1881 Eng. dial. – a child’s name for a cow
 
 AMOR
n. a1300 – passion; love, esp. sexual love
 
 AMORALITY
n. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – amorous morality
 
 AMORET
n. 1. a1425 rare – a sweetheart; a lover; an amorous female; a passionate woman
n. 2. c1500 obs. – an ornamental knot considered to be a symbol of love
n. 3. 1589 obs. – a love sonnet or love song
n. 4. ??? – a love affair 
 
 AMORETS
n. L16 obs. – amorous glances; dalliances
 
 AMORETTE
n. 15C – an amorous female; a passionate woman
 
 AMORETTO
n. 1. L16 obs. – a sweetheart; a lover
n. 2. E17 – a cupid
 
 AMOREVOLOUS
adj. a1670 obs. rare – loving; affectionate; kind; charitable
 
 AMORINO
n. M19 – a cupid
 
 AMORIST
n. 1. L16 – a person who avows love, esp. sexual love
n. 2. M17 – a person who writes about love
 
 AMOROSA
n. 1. E17 – a female lover or sweetheart
n. 2. E17 – a wanton woman; a harlot 
 
 AMOROSO
n. E17 obs. – a lover; a gallant
 
 AMOROUS
adj. 1. 14C – pert. to a person who is sexually aroused; occasionally a euphemism for ‘having an erection’
adj. 2. a1425 obs. – lovable; lovely 
 
 AMOROUS CONGRESS
n. L18 euphemism – sexual intercourse
 
 AMOROUS RITES
n. 16C – sexual intercourse 
 
 AMORTIZE
vb. c1405 rare – to deaden; to destroy  
 
 AMOS AND ANDY
n. 1. 1940s rhyming sl. – brandy
n. 2. 1960s African-American college sl. – a man who takes advantage of a woman
n. 3. 1974 UK rhyming sl. – shandy
 
 AMOSSA!
int. 1981 Irish sl. – Well! Well!
 
 AMOST
adv. 1758 Amer. dial. – almost
 
 AMOTE
n. c1300 obs. – an ant
 
 AMOTH
n. 1878 Ireland – a big soft fool who would cry for nothing
 
 AMOTION
n. 1. 1441 – removal of a person from office
n. 2. M17 arch. – deprivation of possession
 
 AMOUNT
vb. 1. c1275 obs. – to go up; to ascend; to mount
vb. 2. 1583 – to mount up, to increase
 
 AMOUR
n. a1300 – passion; love, esp. sexual love 
 
 AMOURETTE
n. E19 sl. – a trifling, short-lived love affair
 
 AMOVE
adj. 1886 Eng. dial. – moving with, full of


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