Dictionary: ONTH – ONZ


• ON THE 30TH OF FEBRUARY
n. never …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• ON THE ABBEY
phr. engaged in a swindle involving clergy impersonation …1992 US sl.

• ON THE ACT
phr. working as an actor …L19 sl.

• ON THE ADVERTISED
phr. 1975 US sl. – on the railways, on time

• ON THE ANXIOUS BENCH
phr. in a state of anxiety or uneasiness …1839 Amer. dial.

• ON THE ANXIOUS SEAT
adj. 1. in a state of anxiety or uneasiness …1839 Amer. dial.
adj. 2. said of a person who is very eager to get married …1950 Amer. dial.

• ON THE ARFY-DARFY
adj. 1964 US sl. – on the roam; tramping, hoboing

• ON THE ARM
phr. 1. free of charge …1926 Amer. sl.
phr. 2. on credit; credit; often implying that no payment will be made …1926 Amer. sl.

• ON THE BACK-DOOR TROT
adj. afflicted with diarrhoea …Bk1898 Eng. dial.

• ON THE BACK FOOT
phr. in a defensive position; at a disadvantage …20C colloq.

• ON THE BACK OF YOUR ARSE
adj. penniless …1961 Aust. sl.

• ON THE BALL
adj. alert, capable, or efficient; acting effectively …1939 US sl.

• ON THE BASH
adj. 1. on a drinking spree …1919 Sc. & NZ sl.
adj. 2. working as a prostitute …1936 Brit. sl.

• ON THE BATTER
phr. 1. engaging in a self-indulgent variety of drinks, drugs, and other recreational excesses; on a drinking spree …1839 UK sl.
phr. 2. to be working as a prostitute …1890 UK sl.
phr. 3. on the run from the police …1984 UK sl.

• ON THE BATTLE
phr. working as a prostitute …1944 Aust. sl.

• ON THE BEND
adj. on a drinking spree …1887 sl.
adv. by means that are not straightforward; ‘crookedly’ …1863

• ON THE BETTER END
adj. in fairly good health …Bk1900 Eng. dial.

• ON THE BIG FIGURE
adv. lavishly, or on a large scale …1848 Amer. sl.

• ON THE BING
adj. energetic, on the ball …1967 Amer. dial.

• ON THE BLINK
adj. 1. injured …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
adj. 2. of milk: beginning to turn sour …1967 Amer. dial.

• ON THE BLOB
phr. by word of mouth …1851 sl.

• ON THE BOIL
phr. in football: running at full speed …20C Aust. sl.

• ON THE BOOST
adj. 1962 US sl. – engaged in shoplifting

• ON THE BOOZE
adj. on a drinking spree …1850 sl.

• ON THE BOTTLE
adj. 1. given to drink …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
adj. 2. engaged as a pickpocket …2003 UK sl.

• ON THE BOUNCE
adv. consecutively, one after the other …2001 UK sl.

• ON THE BOW
adj. free; scrounging …1938 UK sl.

• ON THE BOX
phr. engaging in sexual intercourse …Bk1997 Irish sl.

• ON THE BUM
adj. 1. deteriorating …Bk1904 Amer. college sl.
adj. 2. usually drunk …Bk1904 Amer. college sl.
adj. 3. very poor, bad …Bk1904 Amer. college sl.
adj. 4. injured …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
adj. 5. unwell …1950 Amer. dial.

• ON THE BUROO
adj. receiving unemployment benefits …1934 sl., chiefly Sc.

• ON THE BUTTON
adv. directly; exactly …1903 Amer. colloq.

• ON THE BUY
adj. actively buying …1929 US

• ON THE CADGE
vb. on the tramp, begging, scrounging …Bk1898 Eng. dial.

• ON THE CARPET
adj. 1. being rebuked, reprimanded, or questioned closely by a person in authority …1888 Amer. sl.
adj. 2. near or at the point of defeat, bankruptcy, or the like …1897 Amer. sl.
adj. 2. eager to marry …1909 Amer. dial.
adj. 3. at ground level, or very near it …1918 Royal Air Force sl.

• ON THE CASTOR
adj. popular, well-regarded …1953 Aust. sl.

• ON THE CAT
adj. 1. in hiding …1940s African-American sl.
adj. 2. staying out at night …1950s African-American sl.

• ON THE CEILING
adj. unduly excited …1932 Amer. sl.

• ON THE CHARLEY;  ON THE CHARLIE
adj. being a tramp …c1910 US sl.

• ON THE CHEAP
adj. cheap …1859 sl.

• ON THE CHEESE
adj. unsatisfactory; in a bad way …L19 US sl.

• ON THE CHORIE
adj. engaged in thieving (as a regular occupation) …1990s Sc. sl.

• ON THE COAT
adj. out of favour …1940s Aust. sl.

• ON THE COB
adj. sentimental; simplistic; banal …1930s US sl.

• ON THE COBBLES
adj. looking for a fight …1950s sl.

• ON THE COOLING BOARD
adj. on the undertaker’s slab …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• ON THE COP
adj. engaged in theft …L19 sl.

• ON THE CORN
adj. serving time in prison …1940s Aust. prison sl.

• ON THE COT
adj. refraining from drink … World War I Amer. sl.

• ON THE CREEP
phr. engaged in stealthy robbery …1928 sl., orig. US

• ON THE CRIPPLE AND CRUTCH
adj. looking for a loan …1950s rhyming sl. for ‘touch’

• ON THE CROAK
adj. dying …1899 US sl.

• ON THE CROOK
adv. dishonestly …20C sl.

• ON THE CROSS
adj. dishonest, criminal …20C sl.
adv. dishonestly, criminally …20C sl.

• ON THE CURRANT BUN
adj. on the run from the police …c1920 rhyming sl.

• ON THE DAFFIN
adj. out for a frolic, on holiday …1885 Sc.

• ON THE DAGS
adj. on furlough …L19 Royal Navy sl.

• ON THE DAIDLE
adj. 1. rambling …1818 Sc.
adj. 2. behindhand, lagging behind …1915 Sc.

• ON THE DANDER
adj. idling about, on the spree …1880 Sc.

• ON THE DANGER LIST
adj. very sick …1969 Amer. dial.

• ON THE DANGLE
adj. 1. of a penis: flaccid …1910s sl.
adj. 2. of a person: sexually unexcited …1910s sl.

• ON THE DEAD
adj. off liquor; teetotal …L19 army sl.
adv. in earnest; sincerely; straightforwardly; honestly, truthfully  …1888 sl.

• ON THE DINGLE
adj. on trust, on credit …1854 Eng. dial.

• ON THE DIP
phr. engaged in pickpocketing …1859 sl.

• ON THE DIPE
adj. engaged in picking pockets …1877 criminals’ sl.

• ON THE DOT
adv. 1. precisely; exactly at the time specified …colloq.
adv. 2. immediately; shortly …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• ON THE DOUBLE
adv. without delay; rapidly …20C colloq.

• ON THE DOWNBEAT
phr. in decline; losing popularity …1943 Amer. sl.

 ON THE DOWN-LOW
adv. 1992 – in secret; of a man: secretly engaged in homosexual activity

• ON THE DOWNRIGHT
adj. wandering the country as a beggar …L19 UK tramps’ sl.

• ON THE EARHOLE
adj. on the scrounge …1998 UK sl.

• ON THE EARIE
adj. alert, informed …1980 US sl.

• ON THE EASTER EGG
adj. begging, scrounging …1988 Sc. sl.

• ON THE EDGE
adj. 1. tipsy …Bk1900 Eng. dial.
adj. 2. in gambling: out of funds, broke …1963 US sl.

• ON THE FADE
adj. evading justice, dodging the police …c1920 Aust. sl.

• ON THE FADE-OUT
adj. evading the police, on the run …1910s US sl.

• ON THE FANG
adj. in a good mood, in good fettle …1795 Sc.

• ON THE FENCE
adj. 1. bewildered; perplexed; baffled …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
adj. 2. financially embarrassed …1966 Amer.  dial.
adj. 3. ready to change into a different state or condition, such as milk just beginning to sour …1968 Amer. dial.

• ON THE FIDDLE
adj. engaged in swindling or deception …1874 sl.

• ON THE FILCH
phr. on the watch for something to steal …1877 cant

• ON THE FIN
adj. of fish: freshly caught …1944 Amer. dial.

• ON THE FLY
adv. in secret; sneakily …chiefly Sc.

• ON THE FRITZ
adj. injured …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• ON THE GAD
adj. 1. on the move, going about …1863
adj. 2. on the point of starting or setting out …Bk1900 Eng. dial.

• ON THE GAIN
adj. in the process of recuperating or improving …1850 Amer. dial.

• ON THE GAME
phr. 1. said of someone actively engaged in burglary …1739 sl., chiefly Brit.
phr. 2. working as a prostitute …1898 sl., chiefly Brit.

• ON THE GANDER-HILL
adj. said of a husband when his wife is confined …Bk1900 Eng. dial.

• ON THE GO-DOWN
adj. in declining health …1965 Amer. dial.

• ON THE GRASS
phr. out of prison …1885 Aust. sl.

• ON THE GREEK CALENDS
phr. never …a1649

• ON THE GUR
adj. of a child: sleeping roughly …1976 Ireland sl.

• ON THE HACK
adj. embarrassed …1930 Amer. dial.

• ON THE HARK
adj. on the watch or look out …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• ON THE HAVEY-QUAVEY
adj. on the inquiry, questioning, and doubting …Bk1902 Eng. dial.

• ON THE HIGH-ROAD TO NEEDHAM
phr. heading towards to poverty …1670 sl.

• ON THE HIGH ROPES
adj. 1. arrogant, haughty … a1700
adj. 2. elated, in high spirits …a1700

• ON THE HOB
n. the penis …2003 UK rhyming sl for ‘knob’

• ON THE HOOK
adj. 1. by or engaging in theft …1865 Amer. sl.
adj. 2. absenting oneself from school; playing hooky …1906 Amer. sl.
adj. 3. belligerent …1924 Amer. sl.
adj. 4. addicted to a drug; helplessly dependent upon …1952 Amer. sl.
adj. 5. in debt …1957 Amer. sl.
adj. 6. responsible for the outcome of something …1960s Amer. sl.

• ON THE HOPS
adj. on a drinking bout …c1920 sl.

• ON THE HORNS OF A DILEMMA
phr. faced with the choice between two equally unpalatable alternatives; in an awkward situation

• ON THE HUSTLE
adj. engaged in a career of swindling …1997 US sl.

• ON THE IN
adj. in prison …2000 UK sl.

• ON THE JEE
adj. off the straight …1893

• ON THE JOB
phr. said of someone engaged in sexual intercourse ..1966 sl.

• ON THE JOHNNY RUSSELL
adj. bustling about …20C Aust. rhyming sl. (Johnny Russell – bustle, hustle)

• ON THE KERB
phr. said of stock exchange business done on the street-pavement, esp. after the exchange is closed for the day …1894

• ON THE KIBOSH
adj. injured …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• ON THE KNOCK
adj. working as a prostitute …1969 sl.

• ON THE KNOCK-OFF
phr. said of someone engaged in stealing …1936 sl.

• ON THE LABOUR
adj. on unemployment benefits …c1921 Brit. sl.

• ON THE LAM
adj. 1. on the run; running; at top speed …1911 US sl.
adj. 2. in flight or in hiding from authorities …1928 US sl.

• ON THE LARK
adj. playing about; on a spree …1862 Amer. sl.

• ON THE LAUGH
adj. laughing …1848

• ON THE LEAN
adj. inclining, sloping …1850

• ON THE LEGIT
adj. honest …1931 sl.

• ON THE LEVEL
adj. honest …1872 sl., orig. US

• ON THE LIFT
adj. 1. too weak to stand unaided; sick, ill, ailing, or exhausted …1888 Amer. dial.
adj. 2. convalescent, getting better after an illness …1892 Amer. dial.

• ON THE LIMB
adj. in horse racing: said of a horse forced to the outside …1964 US sl.

• ON THE LINE
adj. at risk, at stake, in jeopardy …1940 US

• ON THE LOOK
adj. very eager to get married …1969 Amer. dial.

• ON THE LUG
adj. seeing a loan; ‘on the borrow’ …20C Brit. sl.

• ON THE MACE
adj. on credit …1893 Brit. sl.

• ON THE MAIN
adv. for the most part, mainly …1832 obs.

• ON THE MAKE
adj. 1. said of someone intent on profit; avaricious; greedy …1869 orig. US
adj. 2. improving one’s status or situation; rising in position or influence; succeeding in one’s business or vocation …1864 Amer. colloq.
adj. 3. engaged in theft or swindling …1868 US criminals’ sl.
adj. 4. looking for sexual partners …1929 sl., orig. US

• ON THE MAP
adj. important …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• ON THE MARAUD
adj. intent on plundering …1839 rare

• ON THE MASH
adj. engaged in fascinating or flirting with someone …1888 sl.

• ON THE MAT
adj. being reprimanded …1917 sl., orig. military usage

• ON THE MEND
adj. recovering health …1802 sl.

• ON THE MENDING HAND
adj. improving, recovering health; recovering from sickness or injury; convalescent …1675 Eng. & Amer. dial.

• ON THE MENDING ROAD
adj. improving, recovering health …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• ON THE MENDING SIDE
adj. improving, recovering health …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• ON THE MENDING WAY
adj. improving, recovering health …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• ON THE MOJO
adj. well-supplied with drugs …1946 Amer. drug culture sl.

• ON THE MONEY
adv. precisely, perfectly …1944 colloq.

• ON THE MOOCH
adj. engaged in begging or sponging; looking for opportunities to get small sums of money, handouts, etc. …1864 Amer. sl., orig. criminals’ usage

• ON THE MOVE
phr. about to commit a crime, esp. a burglary …1996 UK sl.

• ON THE MOVIES
adj. working a searchlight … World War I Amer. sl.

• ON THE MOZZLE
phr. cadging, esp. when seeking to borrow something small from a friend or neighbour …1992 UK sl.

• ON THE MUDDLE
adj. on a spree …1910s sl.

• ON THE NAIL
adj. 1. in a fix, trapped …1810 Sc.
adj. 2. broke, destitute …1914 Amer. sl.
adv. promptly; straightaway; immediately …1596

• ON THE NATCH
phr. free of drugs; leading a natural life as opposed to a life centred around chemicals  …1950s Amer. drug culture sl.

• ON THE NECK OF
phr. close upon, or behind …1598 colloq.

• ON THE NEEDLE
adj. addicted to injecting drugs …1955 sl., orig. US

• ON THE NEST
adj. pregnant …1965 Amer. dial.

• ON THE NESTLE
adj. restless, fidgety, in a state of excitement or uneasiness …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• ON THE NILE, CROCODILE!
int. used in parting as a response to ‘see you later, alligator’ …1980 US sl.

• ON THE NOD
adj. 1. drowsy from taking narcotic drugs …1942 sl.
adj. 2. in a drug-induced stupor …1951 Amer. drug culture sl.
adj. 3. falling asleep, asleep …1952 Amer. sl.
adj. 4. on credit …20C Aust. sl.

• ON THE NOSE
adj. 1. smelly; objectionable; decayed; stinking; esp. of rotten organic matter, as food …1941 Aust. sl.
adj. 2. correct, right …Bk1974 Amer. sl.
adj. 3. exactly on time …Bk1974 Amer. sl.
adj. 4. unpleasant, distasteful …Aust. sl.
adj. 5. of ocean water: polluted …1991 Aust. sl.
adv. precisely, perfectly …1944 colloq.

• ON THE NUT
adj. in horse racing: to have lost a large amount of money betting …1951 US sl.

• ON THE OFFSIDE
adj. of a person: odd, peculiar; irritable, touchy, easily offended …1969 Amer. dial.

• ON THE OIL
adj. drinking alcohol …M19 sl.

• ON THE OUTER
adj. out of favour …1928 Aust. sl.

• ON THE PAD
adj. 1. on the road, on the tramp …1699 colloq.
adj. 2. on the go all the time, away from home …1899 Amer. dial.
adj. 3. accepting bribes or paying bribes …1940s US criminals’ sl.

• ON THE PAN
adj. being criticized …1923 US sl.

• ON THE PECK
adj. irritable; angry; ready to fight; short-tempered; easily offended …1907 Amer. dial.

• ON THE PEG
phr. said of someone who is on a charge …1904 services’ sl.

• ON THE PEGS
adj. under arrest …World War I Amer. sl.

• ON THE PICTURES
adj. working a searchlight …World War I Amer. sl.

• ON THE PIG’S BACK
adj. living in luxury; living well; in good fortune; in a fortunate position …L19 Ireland, Aust. & NZ sl.

• ON THE PIPE
adj. 1. using opium on a regular basis …1920s drug culture sl.
adj. 2. using crack cocaine on a regular basis …1980s drug culture sl.

• ON THE PIRATE
phr. looking for sexual partners …1946 Aust. sl.

• ON THE PISS
adj. out drinking, usually with friends; on a drinking spree …1910s sl.

• ON THE PLASTIC
adj. using stolen credit cards for a variety of frauds and swindles …1970s US criminals’ sl.

• ON THE PROWL
adj. 1. working as a housebreaker, committing or planning a robbery; living on one’s wits …1930s US criminals’ sl.
adj. 2. working as a prostitute …1980s sl.

• ON THE PULL
phr. engaged in a casual or recreational quest for a sexual partner …1980s sl.  

• ON THE Q.T.
adj. living quietly, soberly …L19 sl.
adv. surreptitiously, on the quiet; secretly …1884 sl.

• ON THE RACK
adj. 1. in a state of acute physical or mental suffering; in keen anxiety or suspense …1596
adj. 2. always on the move …c1860 Can. colloq.
adj. 3. available for prostitution …1977 US sl.

• ON THE RACKET
phr. on a spree …20C Aust. sl.

• ON THE RAG
adj. 1. menstruating …1930s sl.
adj. 2. irritated, irritable, testy, bad-tempered …1960s sl.

• ON THE RAIL
phr. in American casinos: observing the gambling but not playing …1985 US sl.

• ON THE RAKE
adj. wandering idly around …1967 Sc.

• ON THE RAMBLE
adj. 1. rambling …1700
adj. 2. on a drinking spree …1884 Sc.

• ON THE RAMPAGE
adj. rushing about in a reckless or riotous fashion …1861

• ON THE RANDAN
adj. 1. on the spree; on a carouse; drunk …1764
adj. 2. on the loose; gadding about …1895 Sc. & Eng. dial.

• ON THE RANDY
adj. on a spree …M17 sl.

• ON THE RANT
adj. on the spree …1880 Eng. dial.

• ON THE RAN-TAN
adj. on the spree; drunk ….1853 Eng. dial. & sl.

• ON THE RATS
adj. breaking into and stealing from freight cars …1910s UK criminals’ sl.

• ON THE RAZZ
phr. out enjoying oneself or celebrating, esp. while drinking freely …L19 sl.

• ON THE RAZZLE
phr. out enjoying oneself or celebrating, esp. while drinking freely; on the spree …L19 sl.

• ON THE RAZZLE-DAZZLE
adj. 1. on a drunken spree …c1895 sl.
adj. 2. bewildered; confused; disconcerted …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• ON THE ROCKS
adj. 1. short of money; destitute; in financial trouble …1889 colloq.
adj. 2. of a drink: served undiluted with ice …1946 colloq.
adj. 3. of a marriage: on the point of dissolution; in danger of breaking up …20C colloq.

• ON THE ROPES
adj. implying that someone or something is in serious trouble and near defeat …1924 sl.

• ON THE RORY
adj. poor, penniless …M19 sl.

• ON THE SAUCE
adj. 1. drinking regularly; drinking in the manner of an alcoholic …M20 US sl.
adj. 2. drunk …M20 US sl.

• ON THE SCAMP
adj. working as a highwayman …M18 sl.

• ON THE SCENT
adj. on the road, travelling about …c1865 showmen’s & circus-men’s sl.

• ON THE SCOOT
adj. on a drinking spree …1916 Aust. & NZ sl.

• ON THE SCOUT
adj. eluding arrest, hiding out …1891 Amer. dial.

• ON THE SCROUNGE
adj. begging, cadging …M19 sl.

• ON THE SHACK
adj. 1. idling or loafing about …1969 Amer. dial.
adj. 2. on the go …1969 Amer. dial.

• ON THE SHELF
adj. 1 without prospects of marriage, as after having broke an engagement …1839
adj. 2, dead …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
adj. 3. inactive; useless …20C colloq.
adj. 4. put aside temporarily; postponed …20C colloq.

• ON THE SHICKER
adj. on a heavy drinking session …1901 Aust. & NZ sl.

• ON THE SICK
phr. used to denote incapacity due to illness, and receipt of sickness benefit …1976 sl.

• ON THE SICK-LIST
adj. ill …20C colloq.

• ON THE SIDE
adj. rather cool …1923 sl.
adv. secretly; often used with reference to extramarital sexual affairs

• ON THE SKEW
adv. on the slant, slantwise …1891

• ON THE SKITE
adj. on a drinking spree …1869 Sc.

• ON THE SNEAK TIP
adv. in secret …1995 US sl.

• ON THE SPIKE
adj. using or addicted to narcotics …1930s drug culture sl.

• ON THE SPOT
adv. immediately; shortly …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• ON THE STRAIGHT
adj. honest …1900 sl.

• ON THE STRENGTH
int. seriously! …1989 US sl.
phr. on the muster roll …1889 military sl.

• ON THE STRICT Q.T.
adv. surreptitiously, on the quiet …L19 sl.

• ON THE STUFF
adj. on drugs …1929 sl., orig. US

• ON THE STUMP
adj. campaigning …1891 sl., orig. US

• ON THE SUSSO
adj. on an unemployment benefit …1941 Aust. sl.

• ON THE TACK
adj. refraining from drink …World War I Amer. sl.

• ON THE TAKE
adj. taking bribes …1930 sl., orig. US

• ON THE TAP
adj. borrowing, cadging …1932 sl.

• ON THE TAPIS
phr. on the table-cloth, under discussion or consideration …1782

• ON THE TARVE
adj. unsteady …1910 Amer. dial.

• ON THE TILES
adj. on a spree …1887 sl.

• ON THE TINNY LUCK
phr. by a fortunate chance …1910s Aust. & NZ sl.

• ON THE TITTUP
adj. in a state of excitement; mentally upset …1906 Eng. dial.

• ON THE TURF
phr. 1. working as a prostitute …1860 sl.
phr. 2. looking for work …1960s Amer. sl.

• ON THE TURPS
adj. drinking alcohol, esp. beer …1865 Aust. sl.

• ON THE VAG
phr. on a charge of vagrancy …1859 sl.

• ON THE WAG
adj. of the tongue: chattering …1900 Sc. & Eng. dial.
adv. on the spur of the moment; impulsively …1876 Eng. dial.

• ON THE WAGON
adj. said of someone who is teetotal; abstaining totally from alcohol …1906 sl.

• ON THE WALLABY
adj. on tramp; wandering about on foot, whether in search of work or aimlessly as a vagrant …1869

• ON THE WALLABY TRACK
adj. on tramp; wandering about on foot, whether in search of work or aimlessly as a vagrant …1890

• ON THE WAMBLE
adj. staggering, wobbling …1881

• ON THE WARPATH
adj. used to imply that someone is angry and seeking a target to vent their anger on …1880 sl.

• ON THE WHIZ(Z)
adj. engaged in picking pockets …1925 sl., orig. & chiefly US

• ON THE WOOD
phr. 1. in hot rodding and motor racing, throttled to the maximum …1993 US sl.
phr. 2. in horse racing, racing along the rail …1994 US sl.

 ON THE ZONE
adj. 1974 US sl. – lost in a daydream

• ON TIB’S EVE
phr. never …1785 sl.

• ON TICK
phr. on credit …1642

• ON TIME
adj. excellent …1992 US sl.

• ONTINKEL
adj. resembling, looking like …a1300 obs. rare

• ON TIPTOE
adj. impatient …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• ON TO
adj. in a state of awareness; knowing or realizing the true meaning, nature, etc. 

• ON TOP
adj. 1. about to happen …1978 UK sl.
adj. 2. wrong; destroyed or defeated …1999 UK sl.
int. used as a warning that a prison officer is close …1996 UK sl.

• ON TOP OF ONE’S HEAD
adj. anxious …1966 Amer. dial.

• ONTORIOUS
adj. ? a mispronunciation of notorious …Bk1905 N. Ireland

• ONUS CHILD
n. an illegitimate child …1986 Amer. dial.

• ONUST
adj. laden, loaded, burdened …1604 obs. rare

• ONUSTED
adj. loaded, burdened …1657 obs. rare

• ON VACATION
adj. serving a jail or prison sentence …1986 Amer. dial.

• ON VELVET
adj. in good shape …1997 US sl.
adv. in a position of ease or advantage; in an advantageous or prosperous condition …1769

• ONWAIT
n. the act of waiting; a long wait; a person requiring constant attendance, as in sickness, or who causes a long wait …1866 Sc.

• ONWAITER
n. one who waits for something …c1610 Sc.

• ON-WAITING
n. the act of ‘waiting on’, i.e. waiting for, something; a tarrying for the accomplishment of what is desired or expected; an awaiting …c1610 Sc.

• ONWALD
n. power, rule, authority …c893 obs.
vb. to bring under one’s power or rule; to subdue …c1205 obs.

• ON-WAR
adj. aware, on one’s guard …a1310 obs.

• ONWARDLING
n. a small portion or length of time …1674 obs.

• ONWARDLY
adj. progressive …1674 obs.

• ON WARE
adj. on one’s guard, cautious …c1300 obs.

• ON-WAUR
n. expenditure, outlay, trouble, labour …1898 Sc.

• ONWEEDY
adj. soon finished, soon exhausted …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• ONWHELM
vb. to overwhelm …c1440 obs. rare

• ONWIL;  ONWILL
adj. self-willed, stubborn, obstinate; persistently desirous, importunate …c897 obs.

• ONWITH
adv. onwards …1891 Sc.

• ONWITTINS
adv. without the knowledge of; without being privy to …Bk1905 Sc. obs.

• ONWORTH
adv. onward …1885 Sc.

• ONWRITING
n. that which is written on something; an inscription …c975 obs.

• ON-WYNE
n. the left hand …1768 Sc.

• ON-WYTE
n. 1. attendance on a sick person …1882 Sc.
n. 2. an expectant wait …Bk1905 Sc.

• ONYA!
int. good on you! …20C Aust. sl.

• ONYCHOMANCY
n. divination from the fingernails …1652

• ONYCHOPHAGIST
n. 1834 rare – a person who has the compulsive habit of nail biting

• ONYCHOPHAGY
n. the habit of biting one’s fingernails

• ONYCOMANCY
n. divination from the fingernails …1727-41

• ONYGOPHAGIST
n. one who bites his nails (erroneous for ‘onychophagist’) …1834 nonce word

• ONYMANCY
n. divination from the fingernails …1653

• ONYMATIC
adj. relating to names …1860

• ONYMITY
n. the condition of having or bearing a name’ the opposite of ‘anonymity’ …1897 nonce word

• ONYMOUS
adj. having or bearing a name; of a writing: bearing the name of the author; of an author: that gives his name; the opposite of ‘anonymous’ …1775 rare

• ON YOUR ARSE
phr. in dire straits, esp. financial …1917 US sl.

• ON YOUR BACK
adj. 1. penniless …1937 UK sl.
adj. 2. of a woman: working as a prostitute …1968 Aust. sl.
adj. 3. of a woman: engaged in sexual intercourse …1979 Aust. sl.

• ON YOUR DARBY
adj./adv. alone; on one’s own …1942 UK rhyming sl. formed on ‘Darby and Joan’

• ON YOUR EAR
adj. extremely drunk …1991 Irish sl.
adv. easily …1956 UK sl.

• ON YOUR LEFT RAISE
phr. on your left-hand side …1940s African-American sl.


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