Dictionary: ID – IE


• I.D.
n. 1. c1920 US sl. – an identity card or other means of identification 
n. 2. 1950s US sl. – the penis  
vb. 1944 US sl. – to identify someone .

• IDA
n. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – Idaho  

• I DAD!
int. Bk1905 Amer. dial. – an exclamation of surprise  

• IDAHO BRAINSTORM
n. 1934 Amer. sl. – a dust-storm, a sandstorm  

• IDAHO RAIN
n. c1971 Amer. sl. – a dust-storm, a sandstorm 

• IDAHO RAINSTORM
n. 1930s US sl. – a dust storm  

• IDAHO SHOWER
n. 1934 Amer. sl. – a dust-storm, a sandstorm  

• I.D.B.
n. 1. 1884 S. Afr. colloq. – an Illicit Diamond Buyer  
n. 2. 1920s Cockneys’ sl. – an Ignorant Dutch Bastard  

• I’D CRAWL THREE MILES OVER BROKEN GLASS TO USE HER SHIT FOR TOOTHPASTE
phr. 1950s sl. – a hugely exaggerated phrase implying the extent of one’s infatuation  

• IDEA
n. 1591 obs. – a person or thing regarded as perfect in its kind; the ideal realized in an individual

• THE IDEA!
int. 20C sl. – implies one’s (supposed) shock or disgust on hearing a proposition  

• IDEA BOX
n. 1785 sl. – the brain, the head, knowledge  

• IDEAGENOUS
adj. 1881 – producing or giving rise to an idea

• IDEA HAMSTER
n. 2001 UK sl. – a person who is employed to generate new ideas  

• IDEAL HOME
n. 1950s rhyming sl. – a comb  

• IDEALTY
n. 1635 obs. rare – a standard of excellence, an ideal

• IDEA-POT
n. 1751 – the head, the brain, knowledge

• IDEAS HAMSTER
n. 2001 UK sl. – a person who is employed to generate new ideas  

• IDEATE
vb. 1610 – to form the idea of; to construct an idea; to imagine, to conceive

• IDEATION
n. 1829 – the formation of ideas or mental images of things not present to the senses

• IDEATIONAL
adj. 1853 – pert. to the formation of ideas

• IDEATIVE
adj. 1887 rare – pert. to the formation of ideas

• I’D EAT MY CHIPS OUT OF HER KNICKERS
phr. 1970s sl. – a statement of absolute (sexual) devotion  

• I DECLARE
int. 1849 Amer. dial. – an exclamation of surprise  
n. 1930s US rhyming sl. – a chair 

• I DECLARE BEFORE THE LORD!
int. 1960 Amer. dial. – an exclamation of surprise  

• IDEE
n. 1493 obs. – an idea

• IDEIST
n. 1697 obs. – an idealist

• I-DEME
vb. a900 obs. – to deem, to judge 

• IDENT
adj. 1591 Sc. – diligent, persistent

• IDENTIC
adj. 1664 – identical

• IDENTIFIC
adj. 1678 obs. rare – doing the same; concurring in action

• IDENTITIAL
adj. 1635 obs. rare – identical

• IDENTITY
n. 1. 1862 Aust. & NZ sl. – a resident of long standing in a particular place  
n. 2. 1874 Aust. & NZ sl. – a noted person; an odd, eccentric, or interesting person  

• IDEOLATRY
n. 1869 – the worship of ideas

• IDEOPRAXIST
n. 1831 – one whose practice is actuated by an idea; one who embodies an idea in action

• I DESIRE
n. Bk1896 rhyming sl. – a fire

• IDGETS
n. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – very little things  

• I’D HAVE DONE IT FOR A FARTHING
phr. L19 sl. – it would have taken very little persuasion to make me do it  

• IDI
adj. 2003 UK sl. – cruel  

• IDIASM
n. 1868 – a peculiarity, mannerism

• I DIDN’T COME DOWN IN THE LAST SHOWER
phr. 20C Aust. & NZ sl. – I’m not stupid; don’t take me for a fool  

• I DIDN’T COME DOWN IN THE LAST SHOWER OF RAIN
phr. 20C Aust. sl. – I’m not stupid; don’t take me for a fool  

• I DIDN’T FALL OFF A CHRISTMAS TREE
phr. 1940s sl. – I’m not stupid; don’t take me for a fool  

• IDIOCETY
n. 1822 Sc. – idiocy  

• IDIOCRACY
n. 1878 nonce word – personal rule or government

• IDIOCRASY
n. 1681 obs. – an idiosyncrasy

• IDIOGLOTTIC
adj. 1888 – using words of one’s own invention

• IDIOGRAPH
n. 1656 – one’s private mark or signature

• IDIOLATRY
n. a1626 nonce word – self-worship

• IDIOMACY
n. 1813 rare – idiomatic quality

• IDIOMATICISM
n. 1862 rare – an idiomatic expression  

• IDIOMATISM
n. 1771 obs. rare – an idiomatic expression

• IDIOMATOLOGY
n. 1690 obs. rare – a collection of idioms

• IDIONOMY
n. 1651 obs. – individual constitution

• IDIOPT
n. 1833 rare – one who has some peculiarity of vision

• IDIOSYNCRASICAL
adj. 1633 obs. rare – pert. to idiosyncrasy

• IDIOSYNCRASIS
n. 1654 obs. rare – an idiosyncrasy

• IDIOT
n. 1950s sl., orig. US – the television; implies that TV watchers are less than normally intelligent  

• IDIOTA
n. 1624 obs. rare – an idiot  

• IDIOTACY
n. 1583 obs. rare – idiocy

• IDIOT BLOCKS
n. 1986 US sl. – options placed at the end of a staffing paper designed to allow the reader simply to tick the option which describes his decision  

• IDIOT BOARD
n. 1952 UK sl. – in television: an out-of-camera board on which a performer’s lines are displayed  

• IDIOT BOX
n. 1. 1955 sl., orig. US – the television; implies that TV watchers are less than normally intelligent  
n. 2. 1990s sl. – a computer  
n. 3. 1993 US sl. – an automatic car transmission  

• IDIOT CARD
n. 1957 US sl. – in the television and film industries: a poster board with the dialogue written in huge letters for actors to read  

• IDIOT FRINGE
n. L19 sl. – a popular hairstyle for girls and young women

• IDIOT-HEAD
n. 1988 Aust. sl. – a stupid person  

• IDIOTICAL
adj. 1751 Sc. – idiotic, senseless, stupid  

• IDIOTICALS
n. 1826 Sc. – foolish things; nonsense; cheap, trashy news 

• IDIOTICON
n. 1842 – a dictionary confined to a particular dialect, or containing words and phrases peculiar to one part of a country

• IDIOTISH
adj. 1559 obs. – idiotic

• IDIOTISM
n. 1. 1588 obs. – the speech, language, or dialect peculiar to a country, age, etc.
n. 2. 1612 rare – the condition of being void of intellect or reason
n. 3. 1620 obs. – a peculiarity of action, manner, or habit
n. 4. 1635 – ignorance, lack of knowledge or culture

• IDIOTIST
n. 1715 obs. rare – a person without learning; an ignorant, uneducated man; a simple man; a clown  

• IDIOTISTICAL
adj. 1715 obs. – used by the unlearned

• IDIOTIZE
vb. 1. 1716 obs. – to act in a way peculiar to themselves
vb. 2. a1800 – to become idiotic or stupid
vb. 3. 1831 – to make a fool of; to befool

• IDIOT JUICE
n. 1974 US sl. – any alcoholic beverage brewed in prison, esp. a nutmeg/water mixture  

• IDIOT LIGHT
n. 1968 sl. – a warning light, usually red, that goes on when a fault occurs in a mechanical or electrical device

• IDIOTLY
adj. 1662 obs. rare – idiotic

• IDIOT OIL
n. 1980s sl. – alcohol

• IDIOT PILL
n. 1953 US sl. – a barbiturate or central nervous system depressant  

• IDIOT-PROOF
adj. 1980s sl. – of a machine or mechanical process: supposedly designed to be comprehensible to even the least technologically minded person

• IDIOTRY
n. 1826 Sc. – folly, idiocy, idiotic behaviour  

• IDIOT’S DELIGHT
n. 1959 US sl. – in dominoes: the 5-0 piece  

• IDIOT-SHEETS
n. Bk1996 Aust. sl. –  instruction sheets; cue cards; operation manuals  

• IDIOT’S LANTERN
n. 1950s sl., orig. US – the television; implies that TV watchers are less than normally intelligent  

• IDIOT SPOON
n. 1948 Amer. sl., esp. among loggers and miners – a shovel or other digging tool  

• IDIOT STICK
n. 1. 1930s US sl., esp. among loggers and miners – a shovel
n. 2. 1930s US sl., esp. among loggers and miners – a hoe
n. 3. 1980 US sl. – a digging bar 
n. 4. 1989 Can. sl. – a small carved copy of a totem pole  

• IDIOT-STICK OPERATOR
n. 1966 Amer. dial. – a common labourer  

• IDIOT TOOL
n. 1980s US sl. – a shovel  

• IDIOT TUBE
n. 1960s US sl. – the television

• IDIWUT
n. 1826 Sc. – an idiot  

• IDJIT
n. Bk1997 Amer. dial. – an idiot  

• IDJUT
n. Bk2002 Aust. sl. – an idiot  

• IDLE
adj. 1. c825 obs. – empty, vacant; void of
adj. 2. 1548 –void of meaning or sense; foolish, silly, incoherent; also, of persons: light-headed, out of one’s mind, delirious  
adj. 3. 1892 Eng. dial. obs. – mischievous, full of fun; saucy; flippant; restless
adj. 4. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – handy, useful  
n. 1. a1000 obs. – idleness
n. 2. c1000 obs. rare – that which is useless, vain, or frivolous
n. 3. 1633 obs. – an idle person; an idler
n. 4. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – the cuckoo  

• IDLE-BACK
n. 1. 1828 – an indolent or lazy person
n. 2. 1877 Eng. dial. – a loose piece of skin about the fingernail; a hangnail

• IDLE-BEING
n. 1562 obs. – being idle, idleness

• IDLE BELLIES
n. a1300 obs. – indolent sluggards or gluttons

• IDLE BREAD
n. 1972 Amer. dial. – unearned sustenance  

• IDLEBY
n. 1589 obs. – an idle fellow; a loafer  

• IDLED
adj. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – idle  

• IDLED-BACK
n. 1. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – an idle person
n. 2. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – a piece of loose skin by the fingernail

• IDLEDOM
n. 1902 Sc. – idleness  

• IDLE-EMPLOYED
adj. 1846 Sc. –at a loss for work, with little to do  

• IDLEFUL
adj. 1483 obs. – full of idleness, idle

• IDLE HALL
n. 20C W. Indies sl. – a notional place used to mean a state of unemployment

• IDLEHEAD
n. c1250 obs. – idleness

• IDLE-HEADED
adj. 1. 1598 obs. – of little understanding or intellect; silly, foolish; crazy
adj. 2. 1599 obs. – off one’s head; out of one’s wits; distracted, delirious  

• IDLEHOOD
n. c1540 arch. – idleness 

• IDLE HUSSY
n. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – an immoral woman  

• IDLE JUBBIE
n. 1990s W. Indies sl. – a young unemployed person  

• IDLELAIK
n. c1200 obs. – idleness 

• IDLEMAN
n. 1. 1331 rare – one who has no occupation; formerly, in Ireland, a ‘gentleman’, as opposed to a working man  
n. 2. 1889 Eng. dial. – a man employed on a farm to do odd jobs  

• IDLEMENT
n. 1622 obs. – idle or profitless occupation; an idling

• IDLE-MINDED
adj. 1967 Amer. dial. – slow-witted; wandering in mind; dull and stupid  

• IDLENESS
n. 1. c825 obs. – vanity
n. 2. a1536 obs. rare – light-headedness, imbecility; delirium; also, folly, foolishness, silliness
n. 3. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – wantonness, wickedness  

• IDLE-PACK
n. 1. 1624 obs. – an idler
n. 2. 1888 Eng. dial. – a bad woman  

• IDLE POOR
n. 1933 US prison sl. – unemployed convicts  

• IDLERT
n. 1930 Sc. – one who wastes time; an idler  

• THE IDLES
n. 1616 colloq. – idleness as an affection or distemper

• IDLESBY
n. 1611 obs. – an idle or lazy fellow; a loafer

• IDLE-SET
adj. 1880 Sc. – without work, idle  
 (nouns usually as ‘idleset’)
n. 1. 1591 Sc. – the condition of being reduced to idleness; want of employment
n. 2. 20C Ulster sl. – a fat stomach  

• IDLESHIP
n. 1. a1250 obs. – vanity
n. 2. 1357 obs. – inactivity, want of occupation, indolence

• IDLESOME
adj. 1953 Amer. dial. – lazy, shiftless, slothful, unambitious  

• IDLESS(E)
n. 1596 arch. – idleness, viewed in a poetic or romantic light  

• IDLETIES
n. Bk1905 Sc. & N. Eng. dial. – idle frolics  

• IDLETON
n. 1762 Eng. dial. – an idle fellow  

• IDLETY
n. 1825 Sc. – idleness; idle frolic, frivolity  

• IDLE-WART
n. 1856 Eng. dial. – a hangnail  

• IDLE-WEAL
n. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – a hangnail  

• IDLE-WELT
n. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – a hangnail

• IDLE WORMS
n. 1607 – worms, once jocularly supposed to be bred in the fingers of lazy maidens

• IDLE YELP
n. c900 – vain boasting 

• I’D LIKE TO HAVE THAT NOSE FULL OF GOLD-DUST
phr. Bk1996 Aust. sl. –said of a person with a very big nose  

• IDLISH
adj. 1865 rare – somewhat idle

• I-DO
vb. 971 obs. – to do

• IDOCITY
n. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – quick comprehension, ability  

• I DO DECLARE!
int. 1965 Amer. dial. – an exclamation of surprise  

• IDOL
n. 1. 1548 obs. – a statue of a person or thing
n. 2. 1579 obs. – an inert, inactive person  
n. 3. 1590 obs. – a counterpart, likeness, imitation
n. 4. 1590 obs. – a fictitious personation; a counterfeit, sham; a pretender
n. 5. 1937 Amer. dial. – a duck or goose decoy  
n. 6. Bk1942 Amer. sl. –a loved one; a sweetheart  

• IDOLANT
n. 1592 obs. – an idolater

• IDOLASTER
adj. 1584 obs. – idolatrous
n. c1386 obs. – a worshipper of idols or images; one who pays divine honours to an image or representation of a god, or to any natural object as a deity

• IDOLATER
n. 1. c1380 – a worshipper of idols or images; one who pays divine honours to an image or representation of a god, or to any natural object as a deity 
n. 2. c1566  –an adorer, idolizer or devoted admirer of some person or thing 

• IDOLATRESS
n. 1613 – a female idolater  

• IDOLATRIC
adj. 1669 rare – pert. to idolatry; idolatrous

• IDOLATRICAL
adj. 1550 obs. – pert. to idolatry; idolatrous  

• IDOLATRICALLY
adv. 1669 obs. – in an idolatrous way

• IDOLATRIOUS
adj. 1563 rare – idolatrous

• IDOLATRIZE
vb. 1. 1592 obs. – to worship an idol; to commit or practice idolatry
vb. 2. 1615 – to make an idol of; to worship idolatrously; fig: to adore; to admire excessively; to idolize  

• IDOLATRIZER
n. 1642 – one who idolizes  

• IDOLATROUS
adj. 1. 1550 – pert. to idolatry  
adj. 2. 1600 – of a person: worshipping images or idols; given to the worship of idols or false gods  

• IDOLATRY
n. 1. c1250 – the worship of idols or images; the paying or offering of divine honours to any created object 
n. 2. c1386 – immoderate attachment to or veneration for any person or thing; admiration savouring of adoration 

• IDOLEEZE
vb. 1837 Sc. – to idolize  

• IDOLET
n. 1674 obs. – a little idol

• IDOLIFY
vb. 1838 – to make idol of  

• IDOLILLO
n. 1646 obs. – a diminutive idol

• IDOLISH
adj. 1577-87 obs. – pert. to idols or their worship; heathenish; also, idolatrous

• IDOLISM
n. 1. 1608 – the practice of idolatry  
n. 2. 1671 – a false mental image or notion; a fallacy  
n. 3. 1825 – the act of idolizing, or making an idol of anything  

• IDOLIST
n. 1614 – a believer in or worshipper of idols; an idolater  

• IDOLISTIC
adj. 1846 – recognizing idols, idolatrous  

• IDOLOCLAST
n. 1843 – a breaker or demolisher of idols; an iconoclast  

• IDOLODOULIA
n. 1579 – veneration of any inferior kind given to idols or images  

• IDOLOGRAPHICAL
adj. 1826 – descriptive of idols  

• IDOLOLATER
n. a1641 obs. – an idolater

• IDOLOLATRIC
adj. a1711 obs. – idolatrous

• IDOLOLATRICAL
adj. 1550 obs. – idolatrous

• IDOLOLATRIFY
vb. a1641 obs. – to make the object of idolatry

• IDOLOLATROUS
adj. a1641 obs. – idolatrous

• IDOLOLATRY
n. 1550 obs. – idolatry

• IDOLOMANCY
n. 1652 – divination by idols, images, or figures  

• IDOLOMANIA
n. 1660 – an infatuated devotion to idols; zealous idolatry  

• IDOLOMANY
n. 1654 obs. – an infatuated devotion to idols; zealous idolatry  

• IDOLOTHISM
n. 1607 obs. rare – the practice of offering to idols

• IDOLOTHYOUS
adj. 1607 obs. – offered or sacrificed to an idol

• IDOLOTHYTE
adj. 1562 obs. – offered to an idol  
n. 1579 obs. – a thing offered to an idol  

• IDOLOUS
adj. 1546 obs. – of the nature of an idol; affected to idols; idolatrous

• IDOLRY
n. 1535 obs. – idolatry

• IDOLUM
n. 1. 1619 – an image or unsubstantial appearance; a spectre or phantom; a mental image, an idea  
n. 2. 1640 – a false mental image or conception; a fallacy  

• IDONEAL
adj. 1760 rare – idoneous; apt, fit, or suitable

• IDONEITY
n. 1617 – fitness, suitableness or aptitude

• IDONEOUS
adj. a1615 rare – apt, fit, or suitable

• IDONEOUSNESS
n. 1727 – fitness, suitableness  

• I DON’T CARE
n. 1930s US rhyming sl. – a chair  

• I DON’T CHAW MY TERBACKER BUT ONCE
phr. Bk1997 Amer. dial. – I don’t say something more than once, I don’t repeat myself  

• I DON’T GIVE A BUGGER
phr. 1960s Aust. sl. – I don’t care at all  

• I DON’T GIVE A FAT RAT
phr. Bk1998 NZ sl. – an indication of supreme indifference  

• I DON’T GIVE A HAPPY!
int. 1966 Amer. dial. – a mild oath

• I DON’T GIVE A HAPPY DAMN!
int. 1966 Amer. dial. – a mild oath

• I DON’T GIVE A HAPPY HOOLIGAN!
int. 1966 Amer. dial. – a mild oath

• I DON’T GIVE A HAPPY HOOT!
int. 1966 Amer. dial. – a mild oath

• I DON’T KNOW IF MY ARSEHOLE IS BORED OR PUNCHED
phr. E20 sl. – I am flummoxed, at a loss, too busy to think straight  

• I DON’T LIKE THIS MOVIE
phr. 1960s US sl. – this is unpleasant or boring; I am not happy or comfortable 

• I DON’T MAKE THE FRIES
phr. 1990s US teen sl. – used to express the fact that one does not have any influence on the outcome of life

• I DON’T THINK SO
phr. 1969 US sl. – used as a humorous rejection of the sentiment that has been expressed  

• I DON’T WANT TO KNOW
phr. 1946 UK sl. – used as refusal to accept unwelcome news or facts  

• IDREN
n. 1994 W. Indian, Rastafarian, and Black British usage – a friend; friends  

• I’D SOONER SLEEP IN THE PASTURE AND PICK CORN OUT OF HORSEDROPPINGS
phr. Bk1997 Amer. dial. – I’d rather do almost anything else than what you propose  

• IDY
n. Bk1997 Amer. dial. – an idea  

• IDYAT BWAI
n. 1997 W. Indian patois – a fool (idiot boy)

• IER-OE
n. 1701 Sc. – a great-grandchild  


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