Dictionary: APQ – ARD

• APREE LA GARE
phr. 1916 military catchphrase – sometime, or never 
 
• APRICATE
vb. a1691 rare – to bask in the sun; to expose to sunlight
 
• APRICOCK
n. 1679 obs. – the apricot
 
• APRICOCK WATER
n. 1. 1728 sl. – apricot ale
n. 2. E18 sl. – gin

• APRICOT!
int. 1999 UK students’ sl. – a term of approval; ‘peachy’!
 
• APRICOT (AND PEACH)
n. 1990s rhyming sl. – the beach 
 
• APRICOTS
n. 1985 Aust. sl. – the testicles
 
• APRIL-ERRAND
n. 1879 Eng. dial. – an errand upon which a person is sent on the first of April, as a practical joke
 
• APRIL FOOL COPPER
n. 1. 1950s US criminals’ sl. – a small-town policeman; a private detective; a badly dressed policeman 
n. 2. 1990s US prison sl. – a prison guard 
 
• APRIL FOOLS
n. 1. L19 rhyming sl. – tools 
n. 2. c1910 sl., chiefly public house usage – stools 
n. 3. c1930 rhyming sl. – football pools 
n. 4. 2002 UK rhyming sl. for ‘tools’ – weapons, such as handguns, knifes, etc.
 
• APRIL-GAWBY
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – an April fool
 
• APRIL GENTLEMAN
n. 16C colloq. – a man newly married
 
• APRIL-GOB
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – an April fool
 
• APRIL-GOBBY
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – an April fool
 
• APRIL-GOWK
n. 1777 Eng. dial. – an April fool
 
• APRILIAN
adj. 1901 – of or characteristic of April
 
• APRIL IN PARIS
n. 1998 rhyming sl. for ‘arris’ – the buttocks, the behind 
 
• APRILISH
adj. 1759 – like April
 
• APRILLED
adj. 1. 1746 Eng. dial. – made sullen or sour
adj. 2. 1790 Eng. dial. – of milk or beer: sour, on the point of turning sour
 
• APRIL-NODDY
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – an April fool
 
• APRIL SHOWERS
n. 1960 UK rhyming sl. – flowers
 
• APRON
n. 1. 1878 Eng. dial. – the diaphragm of an animal
n. 2. 1925 African-American sl. – a negative expression for a woman; a wife 
n. 3. 1929 African-American sl. – a bartender 
n. 4. c1930 Royal Air Force usage – the tarmac surround of a hangar 
n. 5. 1966 Amer. dial. – the shoulder of a road
n. 6. 1990 US sl. – the gross daily receipts from a carnival concession
n. 7. 20C sl. – in gambling: the cloth band worn by dealers around their waist
n. 8. 20C Austsheep farmers’ usage – the neck fold of a merino ram 
 
• APRON AND GAITERS
n. 1913 Eng. colloq. – a bishop; a dean
 
• APRON CHASER
n. 20C Amer. sl., World War II usage – one fond of woman; a seducer 
 
• APRON CHILD
n. 1958 Amer. dial. – a child old enough to stand by holding on to its mother’s apron 
 
• APRON CRAZY
n. 20 Amer. sl., World War II usage – one fond of woman; a seducer 
 
• APRON DIZZY
n. 20 Amer. sl., World War II usage – one fond of woman; a seducer 
 
• APRONEER
n. c1650 colloq. – a shopkeeper  
 
• APRONER
n. c1600 colloq. – a barman, a waiter
 
• APRON-FACED
adj. 1942 Amer. dial. – of a horse: having a large white patch on the forehead
 
• APRON HUSBAND
n. E17 sl. – a man who is seen as involving himself excessively in his wife’s business
 
• APRON JUMPER
n. 20 Amer. sl., World War II usage – one fond of woman; a seducer 
 
• APRON-MAN
n. 1. E17 sl. – a bartender
n. 2. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – a tradesman, a mechanic
 
• APRON PREACHER
n. M17 sl. – a lay preacher
 
• APRON-ROGUE
n. 17C colloq. – a labourer; an artisan
 
• APRON SCREWY
n. 20 Amer. sl., World War II usage – one fond of woman; a seducer 
 
• APRON-SQUIRE
n. 1. 16C Brit. sl. – a kept man
n. 2. 16C Brit. sl. – a pimp
 
• APRON STRING
n. 1936 Amer. dial. – a noodle (food)
 
• APRON-STRINGED
adj. 1950s sl. – of a man: henpecked by a woman
 
• APRON-STRING FARMER
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – an effeminate town-bred farmer
 
• APRON-STRING HOLD
n. L17 colloq. – a tenure held only during a wife’s life
 
• APRON-STRING TENURE
n. L17 colloq. – a tenure held only during a wife’s life
 
• APRON-TRADE
n. 1873 Eng. dial. – women
 
• APRON-UP
adj. 19C colloq. – pregnant
 
• APRON-WASHINGS
n. 1903 sl. – porter
 
• APRON WITH A FLICKERING FLAME
n. 20C Amer. sl., World War II usage – a cold or unresponsive woman
 
• APRON WITH A NIP
n. 20C Amer. sl., World War II usage – a virgin; a virtuous, respectable woman 
 
• APRON WITH ROUND HEELS
n. 20C Amer. sl., World War II usage – a woman of loose morals 
 
• AP-SAY
n. Bk1942 Amer., Pig Latin for ‘sap’ – a gullible person; a dupe; an oaf, a dullard 
 
• APSE
n. 1857 Eng. dial. – an abscess, a tumour
 
• APSE UPON THEE!
int. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – an exclamation of surprise or reproof
 
• APT
adj. 1893 Ireland – of persons: certain, sure
adv. 1966 Irish sl. – certainly
 
• APTCOCK
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – a clever little fellow
 
• APTISH
adj. 1. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – intelligent, quick-witted
adj. 2. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – skilful, useful, accurate
 
• APTLY
adv. Bk1898 Ireland – certainly, without fail
 
• APT-TINDING
adj. 1605 obs. – having a tendency to ignite
 
• APTYCOCK
n. 19C Eng. dial. – a clever or sharp little fellow
 
 A-PURPOSE
adv. 1816 Eng. & Amer. dial. – on purpose, deliberately, intentionally
 
 APURT
adj. 1790 Eng. dial. – sulky, sullen, disagreeable
adv. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – in a sulky manner; disagreeably
 
 APURTED
adj. 1876 Eng. dial. – sullen
 
 AQUA
n. 1. M19 sl. – water
n. 2. 1916 Sc. – whisky
 
 AQUABIBE
n. 1731 – a water drinker
 
 AQUABOB
n. 1790 Eng. dial. – an icicle
 
 AQUA BOOT
vb. 1991 US sl. – to vomit into the ocean
 
 AQUADIENTE
n. 1825 Amer. dial. – any strong alcoholic drink
 
 AQUADINTE
n. 1854 Amer. dial. – any strong alcoholic drink
 
 AQUA FLUMINIS FILTRATA
n. 20C Aust. pharmaceutical chemists’ usage – water from the well 
 
 AQUAKE
adv. 1876 poetic usage – quaking 
 
 AQUA LUNG
n. 1980s US drugs sl. – a long pipe for smoking marijuana, which is placed in a bucket of water to cool the smoke 
 
 AQUA POMPAGINIS; AQUA  PUMPAGINIS
n. 1785 sl. – water from the well
 
 AQUA PURA
n. Bk1921 sl. – water

• AQUARIUM
n. Bk1975 US Army & students’ sl. – a Roman Catholic rectory, priest’ house, or chaplain’s quarters
 
 AQUART
adv. 1. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – across, athwart
adv. 2. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – in a state of disagreement; at cross purposes
 
 AQUAT
adv. 1. 1691 Eng. dial. – full to satiety
adv. 2. 1834 Eng. dial. – in a squatting position
 
 AQUATICS
n. M19 Eton usage – a game of cricked played by the oarsmen; the playing-field used by them 
 
 AQUAVIVARIUM
n. 1856 – an aquarium
 
 AQUEDENT
n. 1818 Amer. dial. – any strong alcoholic drink
 
 AQUEESH
prep. 1768 Sc. – between
 
 AQUOT
adv. 1691 Eng. dial. – full to satiety
 
 AQUOTT
adv. 1834 Eng. dial. – in a squatting position
 
 A.R.
n. 1970s Can. criminals’ sl. – an Armed Robbery 
 
 A-RAB
n. 1940s US sl., derogatory – an Arab
 
 ARAB
n. 1. 1788 obs., derogatory – an unruly or belligerent person
n. 2. 1847 – a young vagrant; a poor boy playing much in the streets; a homeless child, a street urchin
n. 3. c1850 Amer. sl. – an unkempt or wild-looking person, esp. a child
n. 4. 1927 Amer. dial. – a Jew
n. 5. 1935 Amer. dial. – a huckster; a street peddler of vegetables and fruits
n. 6. 1950s US sl. – a street bookmaker; an illicit bookmaker
n. 7. 1958 Amer. dial. – among loggers: a workman who always manages to be away when there’s dirty or heavy work to be done
n. 8. 1976 UK sl., derogatory and offensive – a term of abuse or contempt
n. 9. 1985 Bermuda sl. – a dolt  
n. 10. 20C Amer. sl. – any dark-complexioned person, esp. if belonging to a group traditionally considered to be somewhat excitable or primitive in emotional matters; a Jew or a Turk
vb. 1. 1948 Amer. dial. – to go huckstering
vb. 2. 1949 Amer. dial. – to search about
vb. 3. 1950s sl. – to work as a street bookmaker
 
 ARABBER
n. 1. 1942 Amer. dial. – a huckster; a street peddler of vegetables and fruits  
n. 2. 20C sl. – a street urchin
 
 ARABIAN BIRD
n. 1606 – the phoenix; hence. a unique thing or person
 
 ARAB LOVER
n. 1976 US sl. – a driver who obeys the fifty-five miles an hour speed limit
 
 ARAB’S KNEES
n. 2000s Irish rhyming sl. – keys 

• ARACHNEPHOBIA
n. Bk1991 – an abnormal fear of spiders
 
 ARAIN
n. 1691 Eng. dial. – a spider; a cobweb
 
 ARAIN-WEB
n. 1881 Eng. dial. – a cobweb
 
 ARANEOLOGIST
n. 1875 – one versed in the study of spiders
 
 ARANEOLOGY
n. 1884 – the study of spiders
 
 A-RANT!
int. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – in the game of marbles: when playing marbles and anyone comes up and steals some of them, it’s called ‘a-rant, a-rant’; on this cry being raised the boys playing rush forward and seize the marbles
 
 ARAN-WEB
n. 1881 Eng. dial. – a cobweb
 
 ARAUGHT
adj. 1393 obs. – taken away, seized by violence
 
 ARB
n. 1977 orig. US – a person who trades in securities, commodities, etc., hoping to profit from price differentials in various markets 
 
 ARBITRARY
adj. 1. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – hard; greedy, grasping
adj. 2. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – independent, impatient of restraint
adj. 3. 1986 US sl. – insignificant, unimportant

• ARBORATOR
n. 1664 obs. rare – one who attends to the culture of trees
 
 ARBOR-AWAY
n. 1967 Amer. dial. – a children’s game played with a stick; the stick was thrown and ‘it’ had to get it and get back to base before anyone else touched base
 
 ARBOR-DOWN
n. 1967 Amer. dial. – same as ‘arbor-away’
 
 ARBORICIDAL
adj. 1866 – given to cutting down trees
 
 ARBOR VITAE
n. L18 sl. – the penis
 
 ARBOUR
n. L19 sl. – the vagina
 
 ARBROATH!
int. 1885 Sc. – a Scottish sporting catchphrase to anyone boasting
 
 ARBUCKLE
n. 1. 1933 Amer. dial. – a greenhorn cowboy
n. 2. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – a gullible person; a dupe
n. 3. 1944 Amer. dial. – any coffee
n. 4. 20C teen & high school sl. – a fool
 
 ARBUCKLE’S
n. 1944 Amer. dial. – any coffee
 
 ARC
vb. 1997 US sl. – in computing: to archive something
 
 ARCAN
n. 1. Bk1997 Irish sl. – a lively, light-hearted fellow
n. 2. Bk1997 Irish sl. – a stunted adult or child
 
 ARC AROUND
vb. 1986 US naval aviator usage – to engage in enthusiastic and energetic, if meaningless and aimless, activity
 
 ARCETER
n. 1440 obs. – one skilled in the arts; a master of arts who has passed on to the study of philosophy
 
 ARC GIRL
n. 1968 US Vietnam war usage – a female representative of the American Red Cross
 
 ARCH
n. Bk1898 Sc. – an aim
 
 ARCHBISH
n. 1560 – an archbishop
 
 ARCHBISHOP LAUD
n. 1960s rhyming sl. – fraud 
 
 ARCH-COVE
n. M19 UK criminals’ sl. – the leader of a gang of thieves 
 
 ARCH-DELL
n. E18 UK criminals’ sl. – the woman accomplice of a criminal gang-leader 
 
 ARCH-DOXY
n. E18 UK criminals’ sl. – the woman accomplice of a gang-leader 
 
 ARCH-DUKE
n. E18 sl. – a comical or eccentric person
 
 ARCHER
n. 1990s sl. – £2000
 
 ARCHER UP
n. L19 sl. – a certainty
 
 ARCH-GONNOF
n. M19 UK criminals’ sl. – the leader of a gang of thieves 
 
 ARCHIBALD
n. 1917 US military sl. – an anti-aircraft gun 
 
 ARCHIE
n. 1. 1915 – in World War I: an anti-aircraft gun firing shrapnel; originally applied to those used by the Germans
n. 2. 1919 US military sl. – an antiaircraft gunner or crewman 
n. 3. 1946 Aust. sl. – a young station-hand, probably a well-connected young man out from the UK
vb. 1917 – to fire at with an anti-aircraft gun
 
 ARCHIE BUNKER
n. 1971 US colloq., derogatory – a man whose background, outlook, and behaviour are likened to those of the television character Archie Bunker, esp. a blue-collar worker having (and vehemently expressing) views considered ignorant or bigoted; also, a person characterized as having ignorant or bigoted views and a vehement, outspoken manner  

• ARCHING FOR IT
adj. 2004 UK students’ sl. – sexually aroused; said of a woman
 
 ARCHITECT
n. 1988 US sl. – in poker: a player who bets heavily
 
 ARCHITORTURE
n. 1990s US college sl. – a course in architecture 
 
 ARCH NOSE
n. 1967 Amer. dial. – a hooked nose
 
 ARCH ONE’S BACK
vb. 1. 1944 Amer. dial. – to show anger
vb. 2. 1944 Amer. dial. – of a horse: to start to buck
 
 ARCH-ROGUE
n. E17 sl. – the leader of a gang of thieves
 
 ARCH-STONE STATE
n. 1840 US – the “Keystone State’, Pennsylvania
 
 ARCHY
n. L19 Aust. sl. – a young station-hand, probably a well-connected young man out from the UK
 
 ARCHYCHOKE
n. 1531 obs. – the artichoke
 
 ARCIFINIOUS
adj. 1859 rare – having a frontier which forms a natural defense
 
 ARCISTER
n. 1440 obs. – one skilled in the arts; a master of arts who has passed on to the study of philosophy
 
 ARCITENENT
adj. 1656 obs. – which bears or shoots with a bow
 
 ARCT
adj. 1545 obs. – narrow, confined, tight
 
 ARCTATION
n. Bk1656 chiefly medical usage – a straightening or making narrow, a crowding
 
 ARCTED 
adj. Bk1914 – closely allied, joined
 
 ARCTIC
adj. 1. 1593 – of a person, place, or thing: ice, remote, desolate
adj. 2. 1876 colloq. – of weather or conditions: extremely cold, freezing
adj. 3. 1996 US sl. – in poker: said of a very poor hand or series of very poor hands
adj. 4. Bk2007 UK sl. – bad
adj. 5. Bk2007 UK sl. – excellent, fashionable
 
 ARCTIC EXPLORER
n. 1959 US drugs sl. – a user of cocaine and/or heroin 
 
 ARCTIC HIGHLANDER 
n. 1819 hist. – a member of a people inhabiting northern Greenland; a Polar Eskimo or Inughuit
 
 ARCTICIAN
n. 1. a1841 rare – an animal that is well adapted to the Arctic or comfortable in Arctic conditions
n. 2. 1860 – a specialist in matters related to the Arctic; an Arctic explorer
 
 ARCTICIZE
vb. 1891 rare – to accustom to arctic or very cold conditions
 
 ARCTICS 
n. 1868 US, mostly historical usage – thick waterproof overshoes for winter wear 
 
 ARCTIC WINE
n. 1939 Alaska – straight whisky 
 
 ARCTITUDE 
n. 1828 – tightness, narrowness, straitness
 
 ARCTLY
adv. 1545 obs. rare – closely, tightly

• ARCTOPHILIST
n. Bk1991 – a collector of teddy bears

• ARCTOPHILY
n. Bk1991 – the collecting of teddy bears
 
 ARCUATILE
adj. 1731 obs. – bowed or bent
 
 ARCUATION
n. 1696 – curving into the shape of an arch
 
 ARCUATURE
n. 1731 obs. – the bowing or bending of an arch
 
 ARD
adj. 1. 17C Brit. sl. obs. – hot, sexually aroused 
adj. 2. Bk1852 obs. – high
n. 17C UK criminals’ sl. – the foot 
 
 ARDAGH
n. 1483 obs. – ploughing, the quantity of land that may be ploughed in a day or other space of time
 
 ARDAR
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. obs. – a plough
 
 ARDAUNT
adj. 1481 obs. – ardent
 
 ARDAWE
n. 1483 obs. – ploughing, the quantity of land that may be ploughed in a day or other space of time
 
 ARDELIO
n. 1621 obs. – a busybody, meddler
 
 ARDELION
n. 1621 obs. – a busybody, a meddler
 
 ARDENE
n. Bk1852 obs. – a command; an ordinance
 
 ARDENT
n. 1849 sl. – whisky; liquor
 
 ARDENTNESS
n. 1632 rare – the quality of being ardent; ardour, earnestness
 
 ARDER
n. 1581 obs. – a ploughing, esp., the fallowing of vacant land
 
 ARDI
adj. Bk1852 obs. – hardy
 
 ARDOR;  ARDOUR
n. 14C sl. – very strong lust; heated passion
 
 ARDRI
n. 1889 – a head king
 
 ARDUITY
n. 1623 obs. rare – steepness; arduousness; difficulty
 
• ARDUR
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. obs. – a ploughman
 
• ARDURE
n. 1386 obs. – heat of passion or desire; vehemence, ardent desire; warmth of emotion, zeal, fervour, eagerness, enthusiasm
 
• ARDUROUS
adj. a1770 rare, poetic usage – full of ardour, ardent 


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