Dictionary: L – LAB


• L
n. 1. M19 US sl. – a $50 banknote  
n. 2. L19 US prison sl.-  a life sentence  
n. 3. 1942 Amer. sl. – hell  
n. 4. 1969 Brit. sl. – the drug LSD
n. 5. 1991 US sl. – elevation  
n. 6. 1993 US rap & hip-hop sl. – marijuana  
 
• L-7
adj. 1950s African-American & teen sl. – unfashionable, unsophisticated  
n. 1956 US sl. – a staid person who is uninterested in or unsympathetic to the fashionable interests of teenagers  
 
• L-12
n. 1993 US sl. – an extremely social outcast (L = loser)  
 
• L.A.
n. 1. 1901 Amer. sl. – Los Angeles, California  
n. 2. 1990s drug culture sl. – long-acting amphetamine  
 
• LA
adj. 1960s US homosexual sl. – effeminate  
int. 16C – an exclamation  
n. 1. c1945 Aust. sl. – a lavatory, a public convenience 
n. 2. 1986 US sl. – any amphetamine or other central nervous system stimulant  
n. 3. 1994 US sl., esp. African-American usage – marijuana  
 
• LAA-DEE-LAA
adj. 1. L19 sl. – stuck-up, arrogant, snobbish  
adj. 2. L19 sl. – effeminate, affected
 
• LAAD-MI-DON
n. 1. 1940s W. Indies – a tuberculosis sanatorium  
n. 2. 1940s W. Indies – the poorhouse; the almshouse
 
• LAAG
n. 1899 Sc. – a pull, a shove  
vb. 1. 1897 Sc. – to pull, to drag  
vb. 2. 1898 Sc. – to pour water on; to bale out water  
 
• LAAGER
adj. 1866 Sc. – eager, keen  
 
• LAAK
vb. Bk1902 Eng. dial. – to cover  
 
• LAALY
n. 1892 Sc. – a toy  
 
• LAANIE
adj. 1. 1970s S. Afr. sl. – intellectually sophisticated  
adj. 2. 1970s S. Afr. sl. – moneyed, rich, wealthy
adj. 3. 1970s S. Afr. sl. – showy, arrogant
n. 1. 1970s S. Afr. sl. – a boss, an employer
n. 2. 1970s S. Afr. sl. – a White person; a rich person
 
• LAAR
n. 1866 Sc. – a gentle breeze  
 
• LAAV
vb. 1898 Sc. – of a bird: to hover in the air  
 
• LAB
adj. 1824 Sc. – drunk  
n. 1. c1386 obs. exc. Eng. dial. – a blab, a telltale, a chatterbox, a tattler 
n. 2. 1808 Sc. & Eng. dial. – a blow, a stroke
n. 3. 1808 Sc. – a lump or large piece of anything; a portion, a fragment, a bit; a shred or piece, as of skin or cloth torn away and hanging loose  
n. 4. 1814 Sc. obs. – a pendulous ornament; a projecting drooping part of an object
n. 5. 1828 Sc. & Ireland – a portion, a piece  
n. 6. 1866 Amer. college sl. – a chemistry student  
n. 7. 1895 UK – a laboratory  
n. 8. Bk1902 Sc. – the act of throwing  
n. 9. 1950s sl., orig. Can & US – a Labrador dog  
vb. 1. 1377 obs. exc. Eng. dial. – to blab, to let out secrets  
vb. 2. 1788 Sc. – to walk with a long swinging step  
vb. 3. 1818 Sc. – to toss, to pitch, to throw from the hand, with a swing of the arm, in the manner a quoit is thrown  
vb. 4. 1825 Sc. & Eng. dial. – to strike severely, to beat; to deliver a slashing blow
vb. 5. 1858 Sc. – to dash down hurriedly in writing  
vb. 6. 1883 Sc. – to fall flatly  
vb. 7. 1958 Sc. – to rip or tear skin or cloth so as to leave a shred or strip hanging loose  
 
• LABA
n. 1950s W. Indies – a chatterbox; a gossip; a talkative person  
 
• LABA-LABA
adj. 1980s Black British sl. – talkative, verbose, effusive  
n. 1950s W. Indies – a chatterbox; a gossip; a talkative person  
vb. 1960s W. Indies – to chatter, to gossip; to betray secrets 
 
• LABANT
adj. 1727 obs. – sliding, falling down, wavering
 
• LABASCATE
vb. 1727 obs. – to begin to fall or slide  
 
• LABASCENCY
n. a1657 obs. rare – tottering state or condition
 
• LABB
n. 1824 Sc. – the sound of the lapping of waves  
 
• LABBA
n. 1950s W. Indies – a chatterbox; a gossip; a talkative person  
 
• LABBA-LABBA
adj. 1980s Black British sl. – talkative, verbose, effusive  
n. 1950s W. Indies – a chatterbox; a gossip; a talkative person  
vb. 1960s W. Indies – to chatter, to gossip; to betray secrets  
 
• LABBE
n. 1998 US sl.- the vagina  
 
• LABBER
n. 1. Bk1902 Eng. dial. – a person whose clothing is wet and draggled; a ‘draggle-tail’  
n. 2. Bk1902 Sc. – the act of swallowing a liquid so hastily that a portion is allowed to fall, and a noise made with the lips; the noise thus caused  Sc.
vb. 1. 1873 Eng. dial. – to loll out the tongue; to lick up anything  
vb. 2. 1889 Eng. dial. – to dabble or splash in water  
vb. 3. Bk1902 Eng. dial. – to besmear, esp. with mud; to daub; to lubricate  
vb. 4. Bk1902 Sc. – to make a noise with the lips in swallowing a liquid; to let fall a portion of one’s food while swallowing  
vb. 5. Bk1902 Eng. dial. – to trail in the dirt; to draggle  
vb. 6. Bk1902 Eng. dial. – to wet; to become wet
 
• LABBERED
adj. Bk1902 Eng. dial. – of a fish: mature enough to ripple the stream
 
• LABBERED-UP
adj. Bk1902 Eng. dial. – very much besmeared with mud
 
• LABBER-GOB
n. Bk1902 Eng. dial. –  treacle
 
• LABBERIN
n. 1874 Sc. – a beating, a thrashing  
 
• LABBERING
n. L19 Brit. nautical usage – the struggling of a hooked fish
 
• LABBERLY
adj. 1842 Eng. dial. – wet; rainy  
 
• LABBERMENT
n. Bk1902 Eng. dial. – a splashing; a washing of linen on a small scale  
 
• LABBER-MOUTH
n. 20C W. Indies – a chatterer, a talker 
 
• LABBERY
adj. 1. Bk1902 Eng. dial. – wet; rainy  
adj. 2. Bk1902 Eng. dial. – of roads: miry, muddy
 
• LABBET
n. 1. Bk1902 Eng. dial. – a boy that waits on a mason, butcher, etc.; a menial of the lowest grade
n. 2. Bk1902 Eng. dial. – a fool
 
• LABBIE
n. 1. 1808 Sc. – the flap or skirt of a man’s coat or shirt  
n. 2. 1984 – a Labrador dog  
 
• LABBY
n. 1984 – a Labrador dog  
 
• LAB-DAB
n. B1900 Eng. dial. – a profuse perspiration  
 
• LABDICK
n. 20C Sc. sl. – a policeman  
 
• LABE
vb. Bk1902 Eng. dial. – to heap on; to place upon in great quantities; to lay on a burden  
 
• LABEFACT
adj. 1874 rare – shaken, tottering  
vb. c1540 obs. – to shake, to weaken 
 
• LABEFACTATE
vb. 1645 obs. rare  – to cause to totter or fall; to make unsteady or unstable; to weaken
 
• LABEFACTATION
n. 1775 rare – a shaking, weakening; overthrow, downfall
 
• LABEFACTION
n. 1620 – a shaking, weakening; overthrown, downfall
 
• LABEFY
vb. 1620 obs. rare – to weaken, to impair; to cause to fall
 
• LABEL
n. 1. c1440 obs. – a slip or strip of anything
n. 2. 1577-87 obs. – a narrow piece of land
n. 3. 1928 US sl. – the name by which a person is known  
 
• LABEL-LOLLING
adj. 1615 obs. – projecting like a label (tag meaning)
 
• LABENT
adj. 1727 obs. – falling, sliding, running, or passing away
 
• LABEON
n. 1650 obs. rare – one who has large lips
 
• LABERLETHIN
n. 1864 Sc. – a long, rambling discourse  
 
• LABES
n. 1983 Amer. sl. – the genital labia  
 
• LABEY
n. 1808 Sc. – the flap or skirt of a man’s coat or shirt  
 
• LAB HOUND
n. 1. 1958 US police usage – a forensic scientist  
n. 2. 1970 Amer. sl. – a person who enjoys being the subject of psychology experiments  
 
• LABIAL
adj. 1650 – pert. to the lips
 
• LABIAL CONTACT
n. 1947 US sl. – a kiss; a kissing  
 
• LABICAN
n. Bk1902 Eng. dial. – a gossip, a tattler, a busybody  
 
• LABIE
n. 1. 1808 Sc. – the flap or skirt of a man’s coat or shirt  
n. 2. 1815 Eng. dial. – a large irregular piece  
 
• LABIES
n. 1. 1541 obs. – lips
n. 2. Bk1902 Eng. dial. – a store; plenty, abundance  
 
• LABILE
adj. 1. 1447 obs. – liable or prone to lapse; prone to fall into error or sin
adj. 2. 1623 obs. – apt to slip away; slippery, unstable
 
• LABIOMANCY
n. 1686 – lip-reading
 
• LABION
n. 1650 obs. rare – one who has large lips
 
• LAB-OATS
n. Bk1902 Eng. dial. – sloppy food  
 
• LAB ONE’S MOUTH
vb. 1966 Amer. dial. – to chatter, to blab  
 
• LABONZA
n. 1. 1934 US sl. – the pit of the stomach  
n. 2. 1954 US sl. – the buttocks  
 
• LABORANT
n. 1665 obs. – a laboratory workman; a chemist’s assistant; a working chemist
 
• LABORATE
vb. 1662 obs. rare – to produce or develop by labour
 
• LABORATION
n. c1460 obs. rare – working, work, labour  
 
• LABORATORIAL
adj. 1862 – pert. to the laboratory
 
• LABORATORIAN
adj. 1860 rare – pert. to the laboratory
n. 1860 rare – a chemist who works in a laboratory
 
• LABORATORY
n. 1967 Amer. dial. – a toilet  
 
• LABOR FAKER
n. 1. 1907 US sl. – a worker who loafs on the job; a malingerer; hence, a corrupt union leader  
n. 2. 1938 US sl. – a political agitator among workers  
 
• LABORIFEROUS
adj. 1656 obs. rare – that takes pains; that endures labour, painful, difficult
 
• LABORIOSE
adj. 1727 obs.- laborious, painstaking  
 
• LABORIOSITY
n. 1656 rare – painfulness, laboriousness  
 
• LABOROSITY
n. 1656 obs. rare – laboriousness  
 
• LABOROUS
adj. c1386 obs. – laborious
 
• LABOROUSNESS
n. 1530 obs. – laboriousness
 
• LABOR SKATE
n. 1930 US sl. – a trade union official; a corrupt or ineffective labour union official  
 
• LAB-O’-THE-TONGUE
n. 1746 Eng. dial. – a chatterbox, tattler; one who cannot keep a secret  
 
• LABOUR
n. 1. 1486 obs. – an alleged term for a ‘company’ of moles
n. 2. 1896 Sc. & Amer. dial. – tillage  
vb. 1. 1798 Sc. & Ireland – to till, to cultivate land; to plough  
vb. 2. 1824 Sc. – to beat, to thrash, to batter, to belabour  
 
• THE LABOUR
n. 1920s sl. – the labour exchange; the employment exchange; the job centre  
 
• LABOURABLE
adj. 1481 obs. – capable of being laboured or worked  
 
• LABOURAGE
n. 1. 1475 obs. – ploughing; ploughed or cultivated land  
n. 2. 1484 obs. – labouring, labour, work
n. 3. 1826 – payment for labour  
 
• LABOUR DAY JUNKIE
n. 1996 Ireland sl. – someone who uses heroin only occasionally
 
• LABOURER OF NATURE
n. 17C sl. – the penis  
 
• LABOURESS
n. 1570 obs. – a female labourer
 
• LABOUR-FELLOW
n. 1549 obs. – a fellow labourer
 
• LABOURHOOD
n. 1858 rare – laborious condition; laboriousness  
 
• LABOUR-HOUSE
n. 1712 obs. – a laboratory
 
• LABOURING
n. 1798 Sc. – a farm  
 
• LABOURING OAR
n. 1776 US – the most burdensome duty
 
• LABOUR-LEA
vb. 19C Sc. – to copulate
 
• LABOUR LEATHER
vb. 16C sl. – to copulate with a woman
 
• A LABOUR OF HERCULES
n. 1432-50 – a task requiring enormous strength
 
• LABOUR ONE’S NEEDS
vb. c1400 obs. – to work for one’s livelihood
 
• LABOUROUS
adj. 1. 1826 Sc. – labouring  
adj. 2. Bk1902 Eng. dial. – laborious  
 
• LABOURSOME
adj. 1. 1551 obs. – given to labour; hard-working
adj. 2. 1577-87 rare or Eng. dial. – requiring labour; accompanied by labour
adj. 3. 1604 obs. – of land: difficult of cultivation  
adj. 4. 1691 – of a ship: subject to pitch and roll violently in a heavy sea
adj. 5. 1889 Eng. dial. – laborious; fatiguing  
 
• LABRET
n. 1. 1857 – an ornament consisting of a piece of stone, bone, shell, etc., inserted in the lip
n. 2. 1990s sl. – in body piercing: a stud through the bottom lip  
 
• LABRICK
n. 1889 Amer. sl. – a fool; a dolt; an idiot; a dull, stupid person; a greenhorn; a stranger; a naive or foolish person; often used as a mild term of abuse
 
• LABRISH
adj. 1940s W. Indies – talkative, gossipy  
n. 1940s W. Indies – gossip, chatter
vb. 1940s W. Indies – to tell tales, to gossip
 
• LABRISHER
n. 1940s W. Indies-  a chatterer, a telltale
 
• LABROSE
adj. 1. 1727 – having large lips
adj. 2. 1727 – having a brim, bank, or border
 
• LABROUS
adj. 1. 1656 obs. rare – having large lips
adj. 2. 1656 obs. rare – having a brim. bank, or border
 
• LAB-SIDED
adj. 1883 Sc. – leaning to one side, lopsided  
 
• LA BUENA
n. 2003 UK drug culture sl. – heroin  
 
• LAB WRETCH
n. 1988 US sl. – a performer of unpleasant laboratory tasks  
 
• LABYRINTH
n. 1548 – a tortuous, entangled, or inextricable condition of things, events, ideas, etc.; an entanglement, a maze
 
• LABYRINTHAL
adj. 1669 rare – labyrinthine
 
• LABYRINTHED
adj. 1650 obs. rare – full of complications  
 
• LABYRINTHIAL
adj. a1550 obs.- labyrinthine  
 
• LABYRINTHIAN
adj. 1588 – labyrinthine
 
• LABYRINTHIC
adj. 1641- labyrinthine
 
• LABYRINTHICAL
adj. 1641 rare – labyrinthine  
 
• LABYRINTHINE
adj. 1. 1747 – having many intricate turnings or windings
adj. 2. 1840 – intricate, complicated, involved, inextricable


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