Dictionary: AV – AWH

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

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

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

 AVENLESS
adj. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – awkward; shiftless, without any faculty for contriving
 
 AVENOODLES
n. M19 US sl. – the elite residents of New York City
 
 THE AVENUE
n. 1. 1940s US homosexual sl. – Fifth Avenue in New York
n. 2. 1966 US sl. – Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, California
 
 AVENUE TANK
n. 1940s US Harlem sl. – the double-decker buses on New York’s Fifth Avenue route
 
 AVER
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
 
 AVERAGE
adj. 1981 Aust. sl. – mediocre; not the best, just plain dreadful
 
 THE AVERAGE BEAR
n. 1980s US sl. – an average person
 
 AVERIL
n. 1721 Sc. obs. – April
 
 AVERING
n. B1912 sl. – obtaining money by hard-luck stories
 
 AVERISH
adj. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – greedy, avaricious
 
 AVERN
adj. 1. 1809 Eng. dial. – uncouth in person, dress, and manners
adj. 2. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – filthy, squalid
 
 AVERNAL
adj. 1548 – hellish, infernal
 
 AVEROUS
adj. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – avaricious
 
 AVERRUNCAL
adj. 1705 obs. rare – averting evil
 
 AVERSABLE
adj. 1663 obs. rare – abominable
 
 AVERSATE
vb. 1725 obs. rare – to turn away from, to regard with aversion, to reject
 
 AVERSATION
n. 1613 arch. – a great dislike for or turning away from anything; abhorrence, hatred, aversion
 
 AVES
adv. Bk1898 Ireland – perhaps, maybe, but
 
 AVGAS
n. 1990 US sl. – jet fuel
 
 AVIATE
vb. 1900 – to navigate the air in an aeroplane; to fly
 
 AVIATOR
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
 
 AVIATRESS
n. 1910 – a female pilot of an aeroplane
 
 AVIATRICE 
n. 1910 – a female pilot of an aeroplane
 
 AVIATRIX
n. 1927 – a female pilot of an aeroplane
 
 AVICULTURIST
n. 1904 – a bird-fancier
 
 AVIDIOUS
adj. 1534 rare – avid, ardently desirous, extremely eager, greedy
 
 AVIDULOUS
adj. 1731 obs. – somewhat greedy
 
 AVIETTE
n. 1912 – an engineless aeroplane or glider
 
 AVIGATE
vb. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – to travel in an airplane
 
 AVION
n. 1898 – a flying-machine, esp. a French aeroplane
 
 AVIS
adv. Bk1898 Ireland – perhaps, maybe, but
 
 AVISE
n. 1790 Sc. & Eng. dial. – advice, counsel; opinion
vb. 1894 Eng. dial. – to warn, to caution; to inform
 
 AVISED
adj. 1. 1813 Sc. & Eng. dial. – informed, aware of
adj. 2. 1877 Eng. dial. – complexioned; featured
 
 AVISEMENT
n. 1822 Sc. obs. – advice
 
 AVITOUS
adj. 1731 obs. – ancient, of long standing; that which came to us by our ancestors, ancestral
 
 AVO
n. 1980s – an avocado pear
 
 AVOCADOS
n. 1932 Amer. sl. – a woman’s breasts
 
 AVOID
adj. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – empty, void
 
 AVOIRDUPOIS
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
 
 AVOIRDUPOIS-MAN
n. 18C sl. – a thief of brass weights from shop counters; his profession was known as the ‘avoirdupois lay’
 
 AVOUTER
n. 1382 obs. – an adulterer
 
 AVOUTERER
n. c1370 obs. – an adulterer
 
 AVOUTRE
vb. c1400 obs. – to commit or practice adultery
 
 AVOUTRESSE
n. 1382 obs. – an adulteress
 
 AVOWTER
n. c1370 obs. – an adulterer
 
 AVOWTRER
n. c1370 obs. – an adulterer
 
 AVOWTRESSE
n. 1382 obs. – an adulteress
 
 AVOY!
int. c1300 obs. – an exclamation of surprise, fear, or remonstrance
 
 AVRORE
adj. 1746 Eng. dial. – frozen, stiff with frost
 
 AVUNCULAR
adj. M19 – pert. to a pawnbroker
 
 AVUNCULIZE
vb. 1662 rare – to act like an uncle
 
 AVVIE
n. 1990s sl. – the afternoon
 
 AVVO
n. 1. 1930s sl., chiefly Aust. – afternoon
n. 2. 1930s sl., chiefly Aust. – afternoon tea
 
 AVVY
n. 1990s sl. – the afternoon
 
 AWA-AWA
phr. 1967 Hawaii – said of milk that’s just beginning to become sour
 
 AWAKE
adj. 1. Bk1890 sl. – knowing, acquainted with, aware of, or knowing what is going on
adj. 2. 1985 US sl. – sexually aroused
 
 AWAKED
adj. 1825 Eng. dial. – awake
 
 AWAKE TO
adj. 1954 Aust. sl. – aware of a secret plan, trick, deception or the like; aware of a person’s deceitful character or hidden agenda
 
 AWAKE-UP
adj. 1916 Aust. sl. – alert, knowing, wise to
 
 AWANTING
adj. 1881 Sc. – wanting, missing
 
 AWASH
adj. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – drunk
 
 AWAT
adj. 1871 Sc. – truly, indeed
 
 AWAY
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
 
 AWAY AND CLAW MOULD ON YOURSELF!
int. 20C Ulster sl. – an exclamation of dismissal

• AWAY-DAY
n. BK2007 UK sl. – a single dose of LSD or another hallucinogenic drug
 
 AWAYDAY GIRL
n. 1990s sl. – a prostitute who lives outside London and commutes in to pick up clients in the metropolis
 
 AWAY FROM HOME
adj. 1990s sl. – of a sexual relationship: illicit, adulterous
 
 AWAY-GOING
adj. 1808 Eng. dial. – departing, outgoing
n. Bk1898 Sc. – death
 
 AWAY IN THE HEAD
adj. 1894 colloq. – mad, out of one’s wits; also, in a drunken or drug-induced state
 
 AWAY IN THE MIND
adj. 1880 colloq. – mad, out of one’s wits; also, in a drunken or drug-induced state
 
 AWAY LAUGHING
adj. 1965 NZ sl. – in a good position, esp. when embarking on a new venture; achieving with ease
 
 AWAY ON A HACK
adj. 1930s Irish sl. – lucky, successful
 
 AWAY TO FUCK!
int. 20C sl. chiefly Sc. & Irish – an exclamation of dismissal
 
 AWAY TO HELL!
int. 20C sl. chiefly Sc. & Irish – an exclamation of dismissal
 
 AWAY TO THE HILLS
adj. 20C Irish sl. – mentally unbalanced
 
• AWAY WITH
vb.1864 Eng. dial. – to endure, to put up with
 
• AWAY WITH THE BAND
• adj. 20C Ulster sl. – drunk
 
• AWAY WITH THE BIRDIES
adj. Bk1999 sl. – in another world, daydreaming, intoxicated
 
• AWAY WITH THE FAIRIES
adj. 1. 1996 Ireland sl. – day-dreaming, possibly drug-intoxicated, mentally deranged
adj. 2. 20C sl., orig. Irish – out of this world
 
• AWAY WITH THE PIXIES
adj. Bk1999 sl. – in another world, daydreaming, intoxicated
 
• AWEARY
adj. 1552 – tired, weary, fatigued
 
• AWE-BAND
n. 1531 Sc. obs. – a check, restraint
 
• AWE-BOUND
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
 
• AWEBUND
adj. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – under restraint or discipline; submissive to authority  
 
• AWECCHE
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
 
• AWED
adj. a1656 obs. – feared, dreaded, revered
 
• AWEDDE
adj. a1000 obs. – overcome with anger, madness, or distress; insane, mentally disturbed
 
• AWEDE
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
 
• AWEE
adv. 1. 1818 Sc. – for a little while
adv. 2. 1917 Sc. – for a short distance
 
• AWEEL!
int. 1817 Sc. – ah well! well then!
 
• AWEEN
vb. a1275 obs. – to think, to suppose, to believe something to be the case
 
• AWEIGH
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
 
 AWELD
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
 
 AWELESS
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
 
 AWEM
vb. 1. a1000 obs. – to corrupt or defile someone or something
vb. 2. c1275 obs. – to pollute or impair physically; to damage; to injure
 
 AWEND
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
 
 AWERDENTY
n. 1850 Amer. dial. – strong drink, often whisky, brandy
 
 AWESOME
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  
 
 AWESOMENESS
n. 1998 colloq. – the quality of being extremely good or enjoyable; excellence
 
 AWESOMESAUCE
adj. 2001 colloq. – extremely good; excellent
 
 AWESTE
vb. a1000 obs. – to destroy something; to lay waste to a country, town, etc.
 
 AWESTELL
prep. a1558 Sc. obs. – at, in, or to the west of
 
 AWE-STRIKE
vb. 1757 – to render a person awestruck; to deeply impress, to astound
 
 AWF
n. 1. 1750 Eng. dial. – a foolish person, a simpleton
n. 2. 1790 Eng. dial. – an elf, a fairy
 
 AWFISH
adv. 1790 Eng. dial. – slightly unwell, out of sorts
 
 AWF-STRUCKEN
adj. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – silly, dull, stupid, clownish, mischievous
 
 AWFU
adj. 1990s US college sl. – unpleasant 
 
 AWFUCK DISEASE
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
 
 AWFUL
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’
 
 AWFUL DOOM
n. 1900s Aust. rhyming sl. – room, i.e. space
 
 AWFUL GOOD
adj. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – excellent; first-rate
 
 AWFULIZE
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
 
 AWFULLEST
adj. 1931 Amer. dial. – best
 
 AWFUL LOT
n. 1877 colloq. – a very large amount, a great deal
 
 AWFULLY
adv. 1830 sl. – very, exceedingly, extremely
 
 AWFULLY LOT
n. 1945 Amer. dial. – a great deal, a large amount
 
 AWFULNESS
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

• AN AWFUL WAY TO RUN A RAILROAD
phr. 1980s sl. – not the best way to do something
 
 AWFY
adv. 1816 Sc. & Eng. dial. – very, exceedingly, extremely
 
 AWHAPE
vb. c1300 obs. – to amaze, to stupefy with fear, to terrify, to confound utterly
 
 AWHEEL
adv. 1888 – on a cycle, cycling
 
 A-WHEELS
adv. a1637 obs. – on wheels
 
 AWHENE
vb. c1000 obs. – to vex, to trouble
 
 AWHERF
vb. a1000 obs. – to turn away, to turn round
 
 AWHILE NOW
adv. 1935 Amer. dial. – at once, immediately
 
 A-WHILES
adv. 1546 obs. – at times
 
 AWHILST
prep. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – until
 
 A-WHIR
adv. 1865 – in a whir, whirring
 
 A-WHUMMIL
adv. Bk1898 Sc. – turned upside down; applied to a vessel which lies bottom upwards
 
 AWHUMMLE
adv. 1923 Sc. – turned over or upside down


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