Dictionary: FANH – FAQ

• FANIGGLE
vb. 1930s Amer. dial. – to wangle, to manoeuvre, to obtain by devious means  
 
• FANIKIN
n. 1539 obs. rare – a small flag or banner
 
• FAN IT!
int. 20C teen & high school sl. – forget it! let’s not do it  
 
• FANK
n. 1. 1812 Sc. – a sheep-cot or pen  
n. 2. 1825 Sc. – a coil of rope; a noose; a tangle, e.g. of thread  
vb. 1. a1600 Sc. – to put sheep in a ‘fank’ or pen  
vb. 2. 1660 Sc. – to coil a rope, to twist, to knot; to entangle the feet, to impede
vb. 3. Bk1900 Eng. dial. – to indulge fancies in love  
 
• FAN KEY
n. 1997 – the command key on a Macintosh computer  
• FANKLE
n. 1818 Sc. – a tangle, a muddle; an entanglement; a predicament  
vb. 1. c1450 Sc. – to tangle; to entangle
vb. 2. 1724 Sc. – to catch in a snare, to trap  
vb. 3. 1887 Sc. – to entangle, to twist, to knot; to coil, to wind; to disorder  
vb. 4. 1887 Sc. – to move the feet or hands uncertainly; to stumble; to fumble  
vb. 5. 1924 Sc. – to captivate  
 
• FANKLED
adj. 1. 1873 Sc. – entangled  
adj. 2. 1932 Sc. – uncertain  
 
• FANLIGHT
n. 1960s Brit. sl. – the vagina or ‘fanny’  
 
• FAN ME WITH A BRICK!
int. 1950 Amer. dial. – an exclamation of surprise  
 
• FANN
n. 1. 1680 colloq. – a fanatic
n. 2. 1866 Sc. – a drift of snow
vb. 1929 Sc. rare – of snow: to form drifts
 
• FAN-NAIL
n. Bk1900 Eng. dial. – a loose piece of skin at the base of the fingernail; a hangnail  
 
• FANNER
n. 1. 1881 Sc. rare – a large, wide-brimmed hat
n. 2. 1950 US sl. – a pickpocket  
n. 3. 1981 US sl. – a fan dancer  
 
• FANNICKY
adj. Bk1900 Eng. dial. – smart in appearance  
 
• FANNIE
n. 1910s US sl. – the buttocks  
 
• FANNIE DADDIES
n. 1939 Amer. dial. – fried clams  
 
• FANNIE MAE
n. 1948 US – a nickname for the Federal National Mortgage Association, established by the US government in 1938, and since 1970 a private corporation which assists banks, trust companies, etc. in the distribution of funds for home mortgages and guarantees mortgage-backed securities  
 
• FANNING
n. 1. M19 sl. – a beating, a thrashing  
n. 2. 1900s US criminals’ sl. – a pickpocket’s preliminary running of their hands over a victim to find a wallet or bankroll  
n. 3. 1930s sl. – a search of a person, esp. for weapons  
 
• FANNING BEE
n. 1928 Amer. sl. – a conversation, a discussion  
 
• FANNY
n. 1. 1879 sl. – female genitals
n. 2. 1910s sl. – verbal effusiveness, usually nonsensical  
n. 3. 1914 UK sl. – nothing at all  
n. 4. 1919 sl., orig. and chiefly US – the buttocks
n. 5. 1920s sl. – any form of story designed to elicit money, sympathy, provide excuses, etc.  
n. 6. 1920s US sl. – one’s self
n. 7. 1997 sl. – women, considered simply as sex objects  
n. 8. 2000s sl. –  a fit of temper  
n. 9. 2000s sl. – an idiot
vb. 1930s Brit. sl. – to deceive or persuade by glib talk  
• FANNY ABOUT
vb. 1970s sl. – to be indecisive or fussy; to waste time; to act aimlessly  
 
• FANNY ADAMS
n. 1. 1889 Brit. naval sl. – tinned meat  
n. 2. 1914 euphemism for ‘fuck-all’ – nothing, anything meaningless, nonsense, rubbish  
n. 3. 1962 Brit. sl. – meat stew  
 
• FANNY AROUND
vb. 1970s sl. – to waste time; to act aimlessly  
 
• FANNY-ARTFUL
n. 19C Brit. sl. – a nickname for the female genitals  
 
• FANNY BATTER
n. 1990s sl. – vaginal secretions  

• FANNYBAWS
n. 2000 Sc. sl. – a stupid, annoying, or unpleasant person
 
• FANNY BLAIR
n. M19 Brit. rhyming sl. – the hair  
 
• FANNYBOO
n. 1998 UK sl. – the vagina  
 
• FANNY CRADDOCK
n. 1992 UK rhyming sl. – a haddock  
 
• FANNY-DUNKER
n. 1968 surfing sl. – in surfing: a wader or swimmer
 
• FANNY-FAIR
n. 19C Brit. sl. – the female genitals  
 
• FANNY FART
n. 1987 Aust. sl. – an eruption of trapped air from the vagina, usually during sexual intercourse  
vb. 1993 sl. – to release air audibly from the vagina, usually during sexual intercourse
 
• FANNY FARTER
n. 1987 Aust. sl. – a woman who can execute fanny farts  
 
• FANNY FLANGE
n. 1990s Brit. sl. – the clitoris  
 
• FANNY-FLAP
n. 1990s sl. – the labia  
 
• FANNY FLASK
n. 1950s US sl. – a small pouch-like bag around the wearer’s waist  
 
• FANNY FLOP
n. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – a  backward fall  
 
• FANNY HAT
n. 1930s sl. – a trilby hat  
 
• FANNY HILL
n. 1. 1981 US sl. – the Los Angeles County women’s jail  
n. 2. 1992 UK rhyming sl. – a pill, esp. the contraceptive pill  
 
• FANNY LIPS
n. 2002 UK sl. – the vaginal lips  
 
• FANNY MAGNET
n. 1990s sl. – anything that attracts women, such as a very attractive young man, an attractive vehicle, etc.  
• FANNY MERCHANT
n. 1990s sl. – one who offers all talk and no action, esp. in the context of sex  
 
• FANNY MOB
n. 1970s UK criminals’ sl. – confidence tricksters  
 
• FANNY NOSHER
n. 1990s sl. – a lesbian  
 
• FANNY-NUDGER
n. 1990s sl. – a vibrator
 
• FANNY ON
vb. 1949 UK sl. – to talk with the intention to persuade or deceive  
 
• FANNY PACK
n. 1950s US sl. – a small pouch-like bag around the wearer’s waist  
 
• FANNY PELMET
n. 1995 UK sl. – a very short skirt  
 
• FANNY QUACK
n. 1999 UK sl. – a gynaecologist
 
• FANNY RAG
n. 1985 Aust. sl. – a sanitary towel
 
• FANNY RAT
n. 1. 1940s sl. – a pubic louse  
n. 2. 1990s sl. – a sexually promiscuous man
n. 3. 1990s sl. – a term of abuse
n. 4. 1990s sl. – the penis
 
• FANNY-SHAKER
n. 1910s US sl. – a belly-dancer  
 
• FAN ON
vb. 1997 US sl. – to decline an offer
 
• FAN ONE’S ASS
vb. 1. 1960s African-American sl. – to move one’s buttocks in an exaggerated manner with the deliberate intention of attracting one’s audience sexually; usually used of homosexuals  
vb. 2. 1960s African-American sl. – to move, to walk
 
• FAN ONE’S BUTT AWAY
vb. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – to depart hurriedly  
 
• FAN ONE’S PUSSY
vb. 1960s African-American sl. – of a woman: to flaunt oneself sexually  
 
• FANOOGIE
n. 1991 US sl. – during the Vietnam War: a soldier freshly arrived in Vietnam  
 
• FAN OUT
vb. 1. 1859 Amer. students’ sl. – to make a perfect recitation or do well in an examination  
vb. 2. 1879 Amer. dial. – to defeat or overcome in a fight  
vb. 3. 1886 Amer. colloq. – in baseball, of a batter: to strike out  
vb. 4. 1905 Amer. dial. – to move about quickly; to run  
vb. 5c1950 Amer. dial. – to scold 
 
• FANQUI
n. Bk1892 Anglo-Chinese – a European  
 
• FANSET
n. Bk1900 Eng. dial. – a faucet  
 
• FANSICLE
adj. 1895 Eng. dial. – fanciful, faddy, capricious, fickle  
• FANSOME
adj. Bk1900 Eng. dial. – feeling faint  
 
• FANT
n. 1. a1300 obs. – an infant, a child, a young person
n. 2. Bk1900 Eng. dial. obs. – a darling
vb. 1. 1840 Eng. dial. – to coddle, to pamper, to make much of  
vb. 2. 1898 Sc. – to famish, to starve  
 
• FANTABULOSA
adj. 1967 UK sl. – excellent, perfect, wonderful
 
• FANTABULOUS
adj. 1958 Amer. sl. – very good, fantastic, fabulous. wonderful, marvellous, really great
 
• FANTAD
n. 1867 – a crotchety way of acting; a fad  
 
• FANTADS
n. 1880 Eng. dial. – fancies, whims  
 
• FANTAIL
n. 1. 19C sl. – a coal-heaver’s or dustman’s hat, resembling a sou’wester
n. 2. 1937 Amer. dial. – a mustang, a wild horse  
n. 3. 1969 Amer. dial. – a cigar not wrapped at one end  
n. 4. 1960s US prison sl. – a highly promiscuous prison homosexual  
 
• FANTAIL BANGER
n. L19 Aust. sl. – a morning coat  
 
• FANTAIL-BOY
n. E19 sl. – a dustman  
 
• FANTAILER
n. E19 sl. – a person whose tail coat is excessively long
 
• FANTAIL GENTLEMAN
n. 19C sl. – a coal-heaver  
 
• FANTASER
n. a1547 obs. rare – a fancier; one who is in love with someone
 
• FANTASHEN
n. 1898 Sc. – starvation  
 
• FANTASIA
n. 1. 1838 – ostentation, pomp, self-importance  
n. 2. 1980s drug culture sl. – mescaline  
n. 3. 1996 UK sl. – a variety of MDMA  
n. 4. 2004 UK sl. – dimethyltryptamine (DMT) a powerful but short-lasting hallucinogen
 
• FANTASIOUS
adj. c1489 obs. rare – full of fancies, capricious
 
• FANTASQUE
adj. 1701 rare – fanciful, fantastic; curious
n. 1698 obs. – fancy, whim
 
• FANTAST
n. 1. 1588 – a visionary, a dreamer; a flighty, impulsive person  
n. 2. 1873 – a fantastic writer; one who aims at eccentricity of style  
 
• FANTASTIC
adj. 1. a1387 obs. – existing only in imagination; fabulous, imaginary, unreal
adj. 2. 1488 obs. – having a lively imagination; imaginative
adj. 3. 1929 US sl. – excellent, almost excellent, very good, merely good
n. 1. 1598 obs. exc. arch. – one who has fanciful ideas or indulges in wild notions  
n. 2. a1613 obs. – one given to fine or showy dress; a fop
n. 3. 1641 obs. – a fanciful composition
n. 4. 1764 obs. – power of fancy or imagination
n. 5. 1899 Amer. dial. – a mummer  
 
• FANTASTICAL
adj. 1. c1485 obs. – existing only in imagination; fabulous, imaginary, unreal
adj. 2. 1531 obs. – having a lively imagination; imaginative
adj. 3. a1546 obs. – of opinions: irrational, baseless
adj. 4. 1594 obs. rare – pert. to the passion of love
adj. 5. 1599 obs. – having the appearance of being devised by extravagant fancy; eccentric, quaint, or grotesque in design, conception, construction, or adornment
n. 1. 1589 obs. – one who has fanciful ideas or notions
n. 2. 1838 Amer. dial. – a mummer  
 
• FANTASTICALITY
n. 1. 1592 – eccentricity, grotesqueness, oddity  
n. 2. 1631 – something that is fantastical; a crotchet, a whim  
 
• FANTASTICATE
vb. 1. 1600 obs. – to conceive or represent in the fancy; to fancy
vb. 2. 1880 – to frame fantastic notions  
 
• FANTASTICATION
n. 1880 – fantastic speculation  
 
• FANTASTIC BUY
n. 1988 US sl. – in poker: a card drawn to make a strong hand in a heavily bet situation
 
• FANTASTICIZE
vb. 1603 obs. rare – to throw oneself into fantastic or strange attitudes
 
• FANTASTICO
n. 1597 obs. – an absurd and irrational person
 
• FANTASTIC PLASTIC
n. 1990s Aust. sl. – a contraceptive sheath, a condom  
 
• FANTASTRY
n. 1. 1656 obs. – fantastic display or show; ostentation, affectation
n. 2. a1677 obs. – visionary delusion; illusory character; deceptiveness
 
• FANTASY
n. 1. c1374 obs. – inclination, liking, desire
n. 2. 1999 US sl. – the recreational drug GHB  
vb. 1548 obs. – to take a fancy or liking to; to be favourably inclined to; to fall in love with  
 
• FANTATION
n. 1898 Sc. – ravenous hunger; exhaustion from want of food  
 
• FANTATOLITES
n. 1968 Amer. dial. – a minor or imaginary disease  
 
• FANTEAG
n. 1825 Eng. dial. – a state of anxiety or excitement; an instance of this; a fit of ill-humour  
 
• FANTEAGUE
n. 1825 Eng. dial. – a state of anxiety or excitement; a commotion, a fuss; a fit of ill-humour
 
• FANTERIE
 n. 1601 obs. – infantry
 
• FANTERIES
n. a1577 obs. – foot-soldiers
 
• FAN THE AIR
vb. 1929 Amer. sl. – to chatter; to gossip  
 
• FAN THE BREEZE
vb. 1946 Amer. dial. – to talk, to chatter  
 
• FAN THE DOOR WIDE
vb. 1953 Amer. dial. – to keep the door open  
 
• FAN THE DUST
vb. 1970 Amer. dial. – to move about quickly; to run  
 
• FAN THE FIRE
vb. 1966 Amer. dial. – to talk, to chatter  
 
• FAN THE HAMMER
vb. L19 US sl. – to act in a brilliant but unscrupulous manner  
 
• FANTI
adj. 1910s sl. – crazy, insane  
 
• FANTIDILYSASTIC
adj. 1960s NZ teen sl. – great  
 
• FANTIGUE
n. 1. 1825 Eng. dial. – a state of anxiety or excitement; a commotion, a fuss; a fit of ill-humour  
n. 2. 1894 Eng. dial. – a vagary, a fancy, a whim; a joke, a ‘lark’
n. 3. Bk1900 Eng. dial. – a flighty, flirting girl  
 
• FANTIGUED
adj. Bk1900 Eng. dial. – tired, exhausted, fatigued  
 
• FANTIN’
adj. Bk1900 Sc. – starving, famishing  
 
• FANTIQUE
n. 1825 Eng. dial. – a state of anxiety or excitement; an instance of this; a fit of ill-humour  
 
FANTIT
adj. 1898 Sc. – weakly, starved  

FANTOCCINI
n. 1791 – puppets made to go through certain evolutions by means of concealed strings or wires
 
FANTOD
adj. 1887 – fidgety, restless  
n. 1. 1867 – a crotchety way of acting; a fad  
n. 2. 1896 Eng. dial. – an hysterical passion, fit of querulousness
n. 3. 19C US sl. – a feeling of excitement  
n. 4. 19C US sl. – a feeling of uneasiness, a feeling of depression  
n. 5. 19C US sl. – a minor or imaginary disease  
n. 6. 19C US sl. – diarrhoea
 
FANTODS
n. 1. 1839 Amer. dial. – a minor or imaginary disease  
n. 2. 1876 Amer. dial. – a feeling of fidgety uneasiness; fidgets; restlessness; a state of anxiety or excitement  
n. 3. 1880 Eng. dial. – fancies, whims  
n. 4. 1899 Amer. dial. – a feeling of depression; the blues; a fit of the sulks; a being gloomy  
n. 5. 1942 Amer. dial. – a feeling of excitement, of high spirits
n. 6. 1968 Amer. dial.-  looseness of the bowels  
 
FANTOME
n. Bk1900 Eng. dial. – an empty, light-headed fellow
 
FANTOOSH
adj. 1920 Sc. – overdressed, over-ornamented; flashy, showy; ultra-fashionable  
n. 1930 Sc. – an overdressed person  
 
FANTOOSHED
adj. 1930 Sc. – flashily dressed  
 
FANTOOSHERIE
n. 1951 Sc. – fuss, pretentiousness, ‘swank’  
 
FANTOUN
n. 1935 Sc. – a phantom
 
FANT-TODS
n. 1. 19C US sl. – a feeling of excitement  
n. 2. 19C US sl. – a feeling of uneasiness, a feeling of depression
 
FANTY-SHEENY
adj. 1847 Eng. dial. – showy, fanciful, over-particular  
 
FAN WITH A SLIPPER
vb. L18 colloq. – to beat, to whip, to berate  
 
FAP
adj. 1598 obs. – drunk, intoxicated  
n. 1951 Sc. – a blow, a cuff  
vb. 1951 Sc. – to cuff


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