Dictionary: LI – LID


• LIAR’S BENCH
n. 1975 Amer. dial. – the wooden seat on the front porch of the town’s general store, post office, etc. 
 
• LIB
n. 1. 1470 Sc. – a charm, a magic potion
n. 2. 1970 sl. – a campaign for political or social enfranchisement; usually with a modifier identifying the group of people involved  
vb. 1. 14C Eng. dial. – to castrate  
vb. 2. L17 Brit. – to copulate  
vb. 3. L17 cant – to sleep  
vb. 4. 1700 Sc. – to mutilate, to curtail, to deprive
vb. 5. 1923 Sc. – to expose the privy parts forcibly (esp. of a boy)
 
• LIBBARD
n. a1300 – the leopard 
 
• LIBBER
n. 1. 1825 Sc. – one who castrates; a gelder
n. 2. 1971 sl. – an advocate of liberation
 
• LIBBERT
n. 1821 Sc. – a eunuch; said of men or animals
 
• LIBBERTICKS
n. 1930 Sc. – shreds, tatters, rags
 
• LIBENCE
n. 1654 obs. rare – willingness
 
• LIBENTIOUSLY
adv. 1654 obs. rare – willingly
 
• LIBERARIAN
n. 1767 Sc. – a librarian
 
• LIBERATE
vb. 1944 euphemism or jocular usage – to loot or steal  
 
• LIBERTICIDE
n. 1. 1785 – destruction of liberty
n. 2. 1792 – a person who destroys liberty
 
• LIBERTINE
adj. 1. 1560 – free from moral, esp. sexual, restraint; dissolute; licentious
adj. 2. 1593 – unrestrained, uncontrolled
n. 1. 1584 – a dissolute person; a profligate
n. 2. 1757 Sc. obs. – in King’s College, Aberdeen: a student who had no bursary or scholarship
 
• LIBERTY CABBAGE
n. World War I Amer. sl. – sauerkraut
 
• LIBERTY-FISH
n. 1960 Sc. – a fisherman’s name for salmon
 
• LIBERTY HALL
n. 1773 – a place where one may do as one likes  
 
• LIBERTY HOG
n. 1992 Amer. sl. – a sailor or marine who is eager to go on shore leave  
 
• LIBERTY HOUND
n. 1939 Amer. sl. – a sailor or marine who is eager to go on shore leave  
 
• LIBERTY MEASLES
n. World War I Amer. sl. – German measles
 
• LIB-FOR-SPOKEN
n. 1921 Sc. – a potion against the evil eye
 
• LIBIDINOUS
adj. 1447 – full of sexual lust, lustful, lewd, lascivious
 
• LIB-LAB
vb. 1922 Sc. – of running water: to lap, to gurgle, to make a rippling sound
 
• LIBRARIOUS
adj. 1656 rare – having to do with books, or to a library
 
• LIBRARY
n. 1. 1907 Amer. dial. – a book borrowed from a library  
n. 2. 1931-33 Amer. euphemism – any privy or W.C. in reference to the reading one might do while seated there
 
• LIBSTER
n. 1825 Sc. – a castrator
 
• LICIOUS
adj. c1420 obs. rare – delicious, tasty, savoury
 
• LICK
n. 1. 1699 Sc. – a small amount; a bit; the smallest amount of something  
n. 2. 1724 Sc. – a wag, a scamp
n. 3. 1746 Sc. – a sharp blow or stroke, as with a fist, a weapon, or a tool  
n. 4. 1809 – a brief or brisk stroke of activity or energy; a burst of speed
n. 5. 1868 US sl. – a work period  
n. 6. 1893 Amer. dial. – syrup, molasses  
n. 7. 1945 Amer. dial. – a spring or stream  
n. 8. 1970s sl., orig. US – a toady, a sycophant  
n. 9. 20C colloq. – a quick pace or clip; speed
vb. 1. 1785 – to strike, to hit, to beat, esp. as a punishment; to thrash, to whip  
vb. 2. 1826 Sc. – to take a pinch or small amount of something, esp. of snuff
vb. 3. 1856 Sc. – to hasten, to hurry, to go fast  
vb. 4. 20C colloq. – to outdo, to surpass 
vb. 5. 20C colloq. – to overcome, to defeat, as in a fight, game, or contest
 
• LICK A BOX
vb. 1990s sl., orig. W. Indies & Trinidad – to perform cunnilingus  
 
• LICK ABOUT
vb. 20C W. Indies sl. – to live an unsettled life  
 
• LICK AND A PROMISE
n. 1. M19 sl. – a quick, if not well-performed, piece of work; orig. said of a hasty wash  
n. 2. Bk1913 Amer. dial. – scant care or attention
n. 3. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – a small amount; a bit  
n. 4. 20C – a hasty and perfunctory performance in doing something
 
• LICK AND A SMELL
n. M18 sl. – a very small portion  
 
• LICK AND SHINE
n. 2000s sl. – of a man: the act of smoking crack cocaine while a prostitute performs fellatio on him  
 
• LICK AN’ PRAN
vb. 1950s W. Indies sl. – to tidy up  
 
• LICK AROUND
vb. 20C W. Indies sl. – to live an unsettled life  
 
• LICK-ARSE
n. 1970s sl., orig. US – a toady, a sycophant  
 
• LICK A THIVEL
vb. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – to suffer poverty, to verge on starvation  
 
• LICK BACK
vb. 1888 Amer. dial. – to turn suddenly, to dart back  
 
• LICK-BIRSE
n. 1817 Sc. – a cobbler
 
• LICK-BOX
n. 1. E20 US sl. – a sodomite  
n. 2. 1949 US sl. – a person who performs oral sex on women  
 
• LICK-DAB
n. 1911 Amer. dial. – gravy  
 
• LICK DOWN
vb. 1994 UK sl. – to physically assault; to force submission  
 
• LICKED
adj. 1. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – bewildered; perplexed; baffled  
adj. 2. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – dead
adj. 3. 1976 UK sl. – defeated  
 
• LICKELL
adj. 18C Brit. colloq. – little  
 
• LICKER
n. 1. 18C Brit. sl. – anything excessive in size, degree, quality  
n. 2. c1910 Brit. sl. – an ice-cream cornet  
n. 3. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – something excellent  
n. 4. 1970s Brit. sl. – one who ‘creeps’ for favours; a toady  
 
• LICKERISH
adj. 1. a1500 – fond of and eager for choice food
adj. 2. 1579 – greedy; longing
adj. 3. 1599 – lewd; lustful, lecherous
n. 1893 Amer. dial. – licorice  
 
• LICKERISH ALL SORTS
adj. c1925 Brit. sl. – strongly sexed, lecherous  
 
• LICKERTY-TOOT
adv. 1909 Amer. dial. – with great speed or vigour; quickly  
 
• LICKETY-BANG
adv. 1935 Amer. dial. – with great speed or vigour; quickly  
 
• LICKETY-BRINDLE
adv. 1905 Amer. dial. – with great speed or vigour; quickly  
 
• LICKETY-BUMP
adv. 1943 Amer. dial. – with great speed or vigour; quickly  
 
• LICKETY-CLICK
adv. 1847 Amer. dial. – with great speed or vigour; quickly  
 
• LICKETY-CLIP
adv. Bk1913-17 Amer. dial. – with great speed or vigour
vb. 1893 Amer. dial. – to go fast  
 
• LICKETY-CUT
adv. 1831 Amer. dial. – with great speed or vigour; quickly  
vb. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – to go fast  
 
• LICKETY-LARRUP
adv. 1907 Amer. dial. – with great speed or vigour; quickly  
 
• LICKETY-LEAP
adv. 1911 Amer. dial. – with great speed or vigour; quickly  
 
• LICKETY-LINER
adv. 1848 Amer. dial. – with great speed or vigour; quickly  
 
• LICKETY-SCOOT
adv. 1911 Amer. dial. – with great speed or vigour; quickly  
 
• LICKETY-SMASH
adv. 1889 Amer. dial. – with great speed or vigour; quickly  
 
• LICKETY SPLIT
adj. Bk1905 Amer. dial. – very fast
adv. 1835 Amer. – at great speed; rapidly  
n. M20 US sl. – cunnilingus  
vb. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – to go fast  
 
• LICKETY-TOOT
vb. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – to go fast  
 
• LICKETY-WHITTLE
adv. 1904 Amer. dial. – with great speed or vigour; quickly  
 
• LICKING
adj. c1680 sl. obs. – first-rate, splendid, excellent
n. 1. 1350 colloq. – a beating or thrashing
n. 2. c1800 colloq. – a reversal or disappointment; defeat or setback .
 
• LICKING GOOD
adj. 1. Bk1913-17 Amer. dial. – extremely good, very good
adj. 2. 1893 Amer. dial. – of food: very good; highly palatable  
 
• LICKING-MATCH
n. 1910s W. Indies sl. – a brawl  
 
• LICKING POST
n. 1. M19 US sl. – a gathering place  
n. 2. M19 US sl. – the moment of contention or decision; a decision, a pledge
 
• LICK IN THE MUSH
n. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – a blow in the face  
 
• LICK INTO FASHION
vb. 19C sl., orig. US – to prepare, to get ready, esp. if the person or object is far from ready when one starts the ‘licking’  
 
• LICK INTO FITS
vb. L19 sl. – to beat comprehensively  
 
• LICK INTO SHAPE
vb. 19C colloq., orig. US – to prepare, to get ready, esp. if the person or object is far from ready when one starts the ‘licking’; to bring to completion or perfection through discipline, hard work, etc.  
 
• LICK IT
vb. 1850 Amer. dial. – to move fast  
 
• LICKITY-BLINDER
adv. 1896 Amer. dial. – with great speed or vigour; quickly  
 
• LICKITY-BRINDLE
adv. 1896 Amer. dial. – with great speed or vigour; quickly  
 
• LICKITY-RIP
adv. 1923 Amer. dial. – with great speed or vigour; quickly  
 
• LICKITY-SWITCH
adv. 1895 Amer. dial. – with great speed or vigour; quickly  
 
• LICKLE
adj. 18C Brit. colloq. – little  
 
• LICK-LIP
adj. 1854 Sc. – fawning, wheedling
 
• LICK-LOG
n. 1. 1887 Amer. dial. – a point of contention or decision; a decision, a pledge  
n. 2. 1898 Amer. dial. – a gathering place  
vb. 1990s US sl. – (as ‘lick log’) to perform fellatio  
 
• LICK-MA- DOWP
adj. 1724 Sc. – obsequious, fawning
 
• LICK-ME-LUG
n. 1990s Irish sl. – a toady, a sycophant  
 
• LICKMOUTH
n. 20C W. Indies sl. – cheap, nasty gossip  
 
• LICK-‘N’-LIKE
n. 1968 Amer. dial. – candy on a stick to be licked; a lollipop  
 
 LICK ONE’S CALF OVER
vb. 1931 Amer. dial. – to do something again; to repeat an action inadequately  
 
• LICK ONE’S FINGERS
vb. 1822 Sc. – to help oneself surreptitiously; to pilfer
 
• LICK ONE’S FLINT
vb. 1953 Amer. dial. – to prepare for a difficult task; to take precautions against disaster  
 
• LICK-OVER
n. 1966 Amer. dial. – a quick once-over; a piece of work done quickly
 
• LICKPENNY
n. 1. a1400 obs. – one who ‘licks up’ the pennies; a greedy, covetous person; a miser; a spendthrift; an extortioner  
n. 2. a1400 obs. – something that makes the money go; something expensive
n. 3. 1899 Sc. – a scamp, a rascal  
 
• LICK-POT
n. 1946 Amer. dial. – the index finger  
 
• LICKS
n. 20C colloq. – a critical or complaining remark
 
• LICKSKILLET
n. 1. 1893 Amer. dial. – a contemptible or detestable person; a sycophant  
n. 2. 1965 Amer. dial. – the part of a town where the poorer people, foreign groups, etc. live  
 
• LICK SOMEONE’S ARSE
vb. 1864 sl. – to behave obsequiously towards  
 
• LICK SOMEONE’S ASS
vb. 1864 Amer. sl. – to curry favour with someone, esp. in a blatant or degrading manner; to behave obsequiously towards  
 
• LICK-SPIGOT
n. 1. 18C Brit. sl. – a prostitute who performs fellatio  
n. 2. 19C Brit. colloq. – a drunkard who would lick the spigot of a cask to get to the alcohol  
 
• LICKSPIT
n. 1620 – a contemptible, fawning person; a servile flatterer or toady
 
• LICK-SPITTLE
n. 1. 1796 – a mean or abject parasite, sycophant, or toady; a servile flatterer; a contemptible, detestable, or fawning person  
n. 2. B1900 – the practice of toadying
vb. B1900 – to toady to a person
 
• LICKSPLIT
vb. 1931 Amer. dial. – to go as fast as possible  
 
• LICK-SPLITTING
adv. 1931 Amer. dial. – in haste, very rapidly  
 
• LICKSTICK
n. 1968 Amer. dial. – a lollipop  
 
• LICK THE FAT FROM THE BEARD OF
vb. 1548 obs. – to forestall the results of a person’s enterprise or industry
 
• LICK THE LETTER
vb. 1605 obs. – to practice or study alliteration
 
• LICK THE MOLASSES OFF ONE’S BISCUIT
vb. 1978 Amer. dial. – to frustrate, to anger, to torment  
 
• LICK-THE-PLATES
n. a1838 Sc. – a scrounger, a parasite
 
• LICK THE RED OFF ONE’S CANDY
vb. 1972 Amer. dial. – to frustrate, to anger, to torment  
 
• LICK THE WHITE OUT OF ONE’S EYE
vb. 1721 Sc. – to cheat, to deceive under the pretense of helping
 
• LICK THUMBS
vb. 1958 Amer. dial. – to reach an agreement  
 
• LICK THY CALF
vb. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – to improve or repair work that has been imperfectly or badly done  
 
• LICK-TRENCHER
n. 1787 – a glutton; a parasite
 
• LICK-TWAT
n. M17 – one who performs cunnilingus, presumably a male  
 
• LICKUM GOOD
adj. Bk1913-17 Amer. dial. – highly palatable
 
• LICK-UP
n. 1825 Sc. – a quarrel, a ‘dust-up’
 
• LICK-WANT
n. 1946 Sc. – famine, no food
 
• LICK-WIMBLE
n. 19C Brit. colloq. – a heavy drinker; a drunkard who would lick the stopper in a cask to get at the alcohol  
 
• LICKWISH
n. 1899 Amer. dial. – licorice  
 
• LICORICE LASHER
n. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – prizefighter Joe Louis  
 
• LICORICE STICK
n. 1. 1935 US jazz sl. – a clarinet  
n. 2. 1954 US sl. – a billy club; a cudgel  
 
• LICORICE-STICKER
n. 1935 US jazz sl. – one who plays the clarinet  
 
• LID
n. 1. 1878 Amer. dial. – one of the covers of a book  
n. 2. 1896 sl. – a hat; often applied to a soldier’s steel helmet or a motorcyclist’s crash helmet  
n. 3. 1951 UK rhyming sl. for ‘quid’ (Saucepan Lid) – a pound  
n. 4. 1960 UK rhyming sl. for ‘kid’ (Saucepan Lid) – a child  
n. 5. 1960 UK rhyming sl. for ‘Yid’ (Saucepan Lid) – a Jewish person  
n. 6. 1967 sl. – an ounce of marijuana  
 
• LIDDEN
n. 1674 Eng. dial. – noise, din, chatter  
vb. 1926 Sc. – to echo, to resound; to make a constant noise
 
• LIDDISDALE DROW
n. 1825 Sc. – a thick drizzle, a Scotch mist
 
• LIDLY
adj. 1790 Sc. – ugly, loathsome, foul; clumsy  
 
• LIDO
n. 1. 1925 Brit. – a fashionable beach resort
n. 2. 20C Brit. – a public open-air swimming pool 
 
• LID OF THE KNEE
n. 1899 Sc. – the kneecap or patella
 
• LIDPOPPERS
n. M20 US drug culture sl. – amphetamine tablets or capsules  


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