Dictionary: AV – AWH

n. 1980s Aust. rhyming sl. – a chatterer 
adj. 1983 Brit. sl. – avant-garde, innovative

adj. c1420 obs. rare – advantageous, profitable; of beneficial efficiency
adj. 1884 – relating to grandparents
n. 1. 1859 Amer. dial. – a spring wagon
n. 2. 1871 Amer. jocular usage – an ambulance
adj. 1894 – liable to descend in or be swept by an avalanche
n. 1622 obs. rare – the quality of being avaricious; greediness of wealth
adj. 1303 obs. exc. Eng. dial. – avaricious, covetous, greedy
int. 1942 Amer. dial. – hold it! stop!
n. 1985 Amer. sl. – avenue
n. 1910s sl. – weight (mispronunciation of ‘avoirdupois)
adj. 1849 Eng. dial. obs. – out of the perpendicular
adv. Bk1898 Eng. dial. obs. – in an oblong or oval shape
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – refuse, the useless portion of any material; what is left over or rejected
adj. 1. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – elliptical, oval; oblong
adj. 2. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – oblique, slanting
n. L19 rhyming sl. – a domestic fire (pronunciation = Mar-eye-a)

adj. 1. c1300 obs. – convenient, suitable, agreeable
adj. 2. 1340 obs. – handsome, comely, graceful; pleasant
n. c1400 obs. – that which suits one; convenience, purpose

adj. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – awkward; shiftless, without any faculty for contriving
n. M19 US sl. – the elite residents of New York City
n. 1. 1940s US homosexual sl. – Fifth Avenue in New York
n. 2. 1966 US sl. – Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, California
n. 1940s US Harlem sl. – the double-decker buses on New York’s Fifth Avenue route
adj. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – peevish, fretful
n. 1. 1737 Sc. & N. Eng. dial. – a beast of burden; a horse, esp. a cart-horse, or worn-out, worthless animal
n. 2. Bk1898 Sc. – a stupid person
n. 3. 1931 Sc. – something of unusual size
adj. 1981 Aust. sl. – mediocre; not the best, just plain dreadful
n. 1980s US sl. – an average person
n. 1721 Sc. obs. – April
n. B1912 sl. – obtaining money by hard-luck stories
adj. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – greedy, avaricious
adj. 1. 1809 Eng. dial. – uncouth in person, dress, and manners
adj. 2. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – filthy, squalid
adj. 1548 – hellish, infernal
adj. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – avaricious
adj. 1705 obs. rare – averting evil
adj. 1663 obs. rare – abominable
vb. 1725 obs. rare – to turn away from, to regard with aversion, to reject
n. 1613 arch. – a great dislike for or turning away from anything; abhorrence, hatred, aversion
adv. Bk1898 Ireland – perhaps, maybe, but
n. 1990 US sl. – jet fuel
vb. 1900 – to navigate the air in an aeroplane; to fly
n. 1. 1891 obs. – a flying-machine
n. 2. 1971 US sl. – a speeding driver
n. 3. 1971 US sl. – in trucking: a driver who drives very fast
n. 4. 1972 US police sl. – a police superior with no steady assignment who ‘flies’ from job to job filling in for others of his rank who are ill or on vacation
n. 1910 – a female pilot of an aeroplane
n. 1910 – a female pilot of an aeroplane
n. 1927 – a female pilot of an aeroplane
n. 1904 – a bird-fancier
adj. 1534 rare – avid, ardently desirous, extremely eager, greedy
adj. 1731 obs. – somewhat greedy
n. 1912 – an engineless aeroplane or glider
vb. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – to travel in an airplane
n. 1898 – a flying-machine, esp. a French aeroplane
adv. Bk1898 Ireland – perhaps, maybe, but
n. 1790 Sc. & Eng. dial. – advice, counsel; opinion
vb. 1894 Eng. dial. – to warn, to caution; to inform
adj. 1. 1813 Sc. & Eng. dial. – informed, aware of
adj. 2. 1877 Eng. dial. – complexioned; featured
n. 1822 Sc. obs. – advice
adj. 1731 obs. – ancient, of long standing; that which came to us by our ancestors, ancestral
n. 1980s – an avocado pear
n. 1932 Amer. sl. – a woman’s breasts
adj. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – empty, void
adj. 1875 Eng. dial. – undecided; in doubt, wavering in one’s mind
adv. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – evenly balanced; straight, correct
vb. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – to consider, to weigh mentally; to be in doubt
n. 18C sl. – a thief of brass weights from shop counters; his profession was known as the ‘avoirdupois lay’
n. 1382 obs. – an adulterer
n. c1370 obs. – an adulterer
vb. c1400 obs. – to commit or practice adultery
n. 1382 obs. – an adulteress
n. c1370 obs. – an adulterer
n. c1370 obs. – an adulterer
n. 1382 obs. – an adulteress
int. c1300 obs. – an exclamation of surprise, fear, or remonstrance
adj. 1746 Eng. dial. – frozen, stiff with frost
adj. M19 – pert. to a pawnbroker
vb. 1662 rare – to act like an uncle
n. 1990s sl. – the afternoon
n. 1. 1930s sl., chiefly Aust. – afternoon
n. 2. 1930s sl., chiefly Aust. – afternoon tea
n. 1990s sl. – the afternoon
phr. 1967 Hawaii – said of milk that’s just beginning to become sour
adj. 1. Bk1890 sl. – knowing, acquainted with, aware of, or knowing what is going on
adj. 2. 1985 US sl. – sexually aroused
adj. 1825 Eng. dial. – awake
adj. 1954 Aust. sl. – aware of a secret plan, trick, deception or the like; aware of a person’s deceitful character or hidden agenda
adj. 1916 Aust. sl. – alert, knowing, wise to
adj. 1881 Sc. – wanting, missing
adj. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – drunk
adj. 1871 Sc. – truly, indeed
adj. 1. 1818 Sc. & Eng. dial. – mad, crazy; unconscious; dead
adj. 2. L19 sl. – escaped from prison or police cells
adj. 3. L19 sl. – dead
adj. 4. 1909 Brit. euphemism – in prison
adj. 5. 1960s sl. – emotionally satisfied, usually when intoxicated with drugs or drink
adj. 6. 1965 Barbados – overseas
adj. 7. 1976 US sl. – in bar dice games: counting for nothing
adj. 8. 1990s sl. – successful, as in a seduction
int. 20C Ulster sl. – an exclamation of dismissal

n. BK2007 UK sl. – a single dose of LSD or another hallucinogenic drug
n. 1990s sl. – a prostitute who lives outside London and commutes in to pick up clients in the metropolis
adj. 1990s sl. – of a sexual relationship: illicit, adulterous
adj. 1808 Eng. dial. – departing, outgoing
n. Bk1898 Sc. – death
adj. 1894 colloq. – mad, out of one’s wits; also, in a drunken or drug-induced state
adj. 1880 colloq. – mad, out of one’s wits; also, in a drunken or drug-induced state
adj. 1965 NZ sl. – in a good position, esp. when embarking on a new venture; achieving with ease
adj. 1930s Irish sl. – lucky, successful
int. 20C sl. chiefly Sc. & Irish – an exclamation of dismissal
int. 20C sl. chiefly Sc. & Irish – an exclamation of dismissal
adj. 20C Irish sl. – mentally unbalanced
vb.1864 Eng. dial. – to endure, to put up with
• adj. 20C Ulster sl. – drunk
adj. Bk1999 sl. – in another world, daydreaming, intoxicated
adj. 1. 1996 Ireland sl. – day-dreaming, possibly drug-intoxicated, mentally deranged
adj. 2. 20C sl., orig. Irish – out of this world
adj. Bk1999 sl. – in another world, daydreaming, intoxicated
adj. 1552 – tired, weary, fatigued
n. 1531 Sc. obs. – a check, restraint
adj. 1631 obs. or Eng. dial. – under restraint or discipline so as to be orderly, obedient; bound by authority; held in check or submissiveness by awe or fear mingled with reverence or respect
adj. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – under restraint or discipline; submissive to authority  
vb. 1. a1000 obs. – to arouse from sleep, a swoon, a faint, etc.; to wake someone up; to wake up, to regain consciousness
vb. 2. a1000 obs. – to rouse, to provoke, to inspire a person to a feeling or action; to stir the heart or awaken the mind
adj. a1656 obs. – feared, dreaded, revered
adj. a1000 obs. – overcome with anger, madness, or distress; insane, mentally disturbed
vb. 1. a1000 obs. – to be overcome with anger, madness, or distress; to lose control of one’s senses; to rave
vb. 2. a1000 obs. – of a natural force or agent, a disease, etc.: to be violent or intense; to rage
adv. 1. 1818 Sc. – for a little while
adv. 2. 1917 Sc. – for a short distance
int. 1817 Sc. – ah well! well then!
vb. a1275 obs. – to think, to suppose, to believe something to be the case
vb. 1. a1000 obs. – to move someone or something by lifting up or carrying away, esp. to carry off, to remove
vb. 2. a1000 obs. – to weigh something; also, to consider, to ponder, to examine
vb. 1. c1175 obs. – to rule or reign over a people or place; to govern; to be in command of someone or something
vb. 2. c1175 obs. – to overcome, to subdue, to defeat someone or something
vb. 3. c1225 obs. – to exert an influence over or shape the actions of a person; to win someone over; to prevail upon, to persuade
vb. 4. c1275 obs. – to direct or control something; to wield a weapon
adj. 1. c1400 – fearless, bold, courageous
adj. 2. 1440 – lacking any feeling of wonder or reverence; showing a lack of reverence or respect
adj. 3. 1977 – unremarkable, uninspiring; not outstanding in any way
vb. 1. a1000 obs. – to corrupt or defile someone or something
vb. 2. c1275 obs. – to pollute or impair physically; to damage; to injure
vb. 1. a1000 obs. – to turn something in a certain direction; to change the position or orientation of something; to move
vb. 2. a1000 obs. – to go away, to depart
vb. 3. a1000 obs. – to avert, to ward off something undesirable
vb. 4. a1000 obs. – to make something different in some particular; to change, to alter
n. 1850 Amer. dial. – strong drink, often whisky, brandy
adj. 1. 1817 Sc. & Eng. dial. – awful, appalling, terrifying
adj. 2. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – susceptible to fear, terrified
adj. 3. 1975 US sl. – exceptionally good; wonderful; great, excellent   
adv. 1895 Sc. – very, exceedingly, extremely
int. 1984 colloq. – expressing enthusiastic approval; excellent, fantastic, amazing  
n. 1998 colloq. – the quality of being extremely good or enjoyable; excellence
adj. 2001 colloq. – extremely good; excellent
vb. a1000 obs. – to destroy something; to lay waste to a country, town, etc.
prep. a1558 Sc. obs. – at, in, or to the west of
vb. 1757 – to render a person awestruck; to deeply impress, to astound
n. 1. 1750 Eng. dial. – a foolish person, a simpleton
n. 2. 1790 Eng. dial. – an elf, a fairy
adv. 1790 Eng. dial. – slightly unwell, out of sorts
adj. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – silly, dull, stupid, clownish, mischievous
adj. 1990s US college sl. – unpleasant 
n. 2001 US sl. – the sense of dread that you feel the morning after doing something that you, upon reflection, wished you had not done
adj. 1. 1597 obs. – demonstrating profound reverence or respect; done or performed respectfully or with great reverence
adj. 2. 1608 obs. – frightened or apprehensive of doing something
adj. 3. c1786 colloq. – frightful, offensive, exceedingly bad or inferior; unpleasant; terrible
adj. 4. 1815 Amer. sl. – disagreeable; ugly
adj. 5. 1818 colloq. – great or remarkable in degree, quality, duration, etc.
adj. 6. 1843 – excellent; first-rate, tremendous, good
adv. 1818 colloq. – exceedingly; very
n. M19 sl. – a ‘blood-and-thunder’ romance; a ‘penny dreadful’
n. 1900s Aust. rhyming sl. – room, i.e. space
adj. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – excellent; first-rate
vb. 1. 1931 rare – to class as awful or terrible
vb. 2. 1974 – to interpret a situation as having the worst possible outcome, especially habitually
adj. 1931 Amer. dial. – best
n. 1877 colloq. – a very large amount, a great deal
adv. 1830 sl. – very, exceedingly, extremely
n. 1945 Amer. dial. – a great deal, a large amount
n. 1. a1400 obs. – an act, deed, etc. that fills or inspires others with awe
n. 2. 1600 arch. – a striking awe into someone, esp. of filling an onlooker with awe or dread

phr. 1980s sl. – not the best way to do something
adv. 1816 Sc. & Eng. dial. – very, exceedingly, extremely
vb. c1300 obs. – to amaze, to stupefy with fear, to terrify, to confound utterly
adv. 1888 – on a cycle, cycling
adv. a1637 obs. – on wheels
vb. c1000 obs. – to vex, to trouble
vb. a1000 obs. – to turn away, to turn round
adv. 1935 Amer. dial. – at once, immediately
adv. 1546 obs. – at times
prep. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – until
adv. 1865 – in a whir, whirring
adv. Bk1898 Sc. – turned upside down; applied to a vessel which lies bottom upwards
adv. 1923 Sc. – turned over or upside down

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Updated: September 5, 2022