Dictionary: ORE – ORZ


• ORE
n. 1. respect, reverence; honour, glory …c900 obs.
n. 2. grace, favour, mercy, pity, clemency …a1000 obs.
n. 3. beginning …a1000 obs. rare
n. 4. the condition of being spared; security from danger, peace …c1205 obs.
n. 5. seaweed, esp. such as is cast on the shore and gathered for manure …1592 Eng. dial.
n. 6. shore, coast …1652 obs. rare

• OREFUL
adj. honourable, venerable; merciful, compassionate …743-5 obs.

• OREGON BOOT
n. a heavy lead collar or shackle fitted around a prisoner’s ankle …1900s US prison sl.

• OREGON DEW
n. a light rain or mist; used ironically, a prolonged rain …1967  Amer. dial.

• OREGON MIST
n. 1. a light rain or mist; used ironically, a prolonged rain …1965 Amer. dial.
n. 2. a dust-storm, a sand-storm …1993 Amer. dial.

• OREILLE
n. a pillow …1523 obs. rare

• ORELESS
adj. void of reverence, mercy or pity; merciless, cruel …a1000 obs.

• ORE-MONGEL
n. seaweed …1823 Eng. dial.

• OREO
n. 1. a servile Black person: a Black person who thinks and acts like a Caucasian; a nickname for a Black person who is Black on the outside and White on the inside …1969 US sl., derogatory
n. 2. sex between two black men and White man or woman …1990s sl., orig. US homosexual usage

• OREOCOOKIE
n. a Black fellow whose opinions, attitudes, and goals are taken from White society …1960s African-American sl., derogatory

• OREOLIZED
adj. having adapted oneself to White society …1960s African-American sl., derogatory

• OREO QUEEN
n. a Black homosexual who engages in sexual activity with White men …1960s US homosexual usage

• OREOSEX
n. sex between two black men and White man or woman …1990s sl., orig. US homosexual usage

• ORERE
vb. to fall back …c1450 obs.

• ORE-STONE
n. a rock covered with seaweed …1854 Eng. dial.

• ORE-WEED
n. seaweed washed ashore by the tide …1586 Sc. & Eng. dial.

• OREXIS
n. a desire or longing …1619

• OREY-EYED
adj. having bleary or wild-looking eyes, esp. as a result of drunkenness; drunk; enraged, angry …1926 Amer. dial.

• ORF
n. 1. cattle, livestock …960-975 obs.
n. 2. a puny creature, one who has a contemptible appearance …Bk1905 Sc.

• ORFEVER
n. a goldsmith …1415 obs. rare

• ORFEVRERIE
n. goldsmith’s work …1423

• ORFLIN
n. an orphan …1733 Amer. dial.

• ORFLING
adj. shuddering, shivering …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• ORGAMENT
n. marjoram …1552 obs.

• ORGAMY
n. marjoram …1609 obs.

• ORGAN
n. 1. applied vaguely to various musical instruments, esp. wind instruments …c1000 obs.
n. 2. firearms of more or less elaborate construction, machine-guns, etc. …a1548 obs.
n. 3. the human organs of speech or voice collectively; the larynx and its accessories as used in speaking or singing …1601 rare
n. 4. a pipe (smoking) …L18 sl.
n. 5. the penis …1903 sl.

• ORGANAL
adj. pert. to a musical organ …1633 obs. rare

• ORGANAL VEIN
n. the jugular vein …1523 obs.

• ORGANER
n. an organ-maker; an organ player, an organist …1413 obs.

• ORGAN GRINDER
n. 1. an Italian, specifically, an immigrant …1910s sl., derogatory
n. 2. a prostitute; a sexually loose woman …20C sl.
n. 3 the female genitals; the vagina …20C sl.
n. 4. the penis …1920s US sl.

• ORGANIC
adj. 1. pert. to musical instruments; instrumental …1811 obs.
adj. 2. organizing, constitutive …1883 rare
adj. 3. fashionable …1970s US college sl.

• ORGANICAL
adj. performed on an instrument, instrumental …1521 obs.

• ORGANICAL VEIN
n. the jugular vein …1607 obs.

• ORGANIFIC
adj. having the property or power of forming organs or organized structures; formative, organizing …1840

• ORGANISM
n. a contrived term for orgasm …20C US euphemism

• ORGANISTER
n. one who plays an organ …c1314 obs.

• ORGANISTIC
adj. pert. to organists or the organ …1840 rare

• ORGANIZE
vb. 1. to arrange at short notice, to ‘fix up’ …1930s sl., orig. military usage
vb. 2. to steal, to loot …1930s sl., orig. military
vb. 3. to intoxicate; to make dead drunk …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• ORGANIZED
adj. 1. drunk, intoxicated …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
adj. 2. acquired illicitly, by underhand methods …1920s sl., orig. military

• ORGANLY
adj. pert. to an organ or musical instrument, or resembling the sound of an organ …1435 obs.

• ORGAN MUSIC
n. the audible release of intestinal gas …20C US colloq.

• ORGANOGRAPHY
n. a description of instruments …1559 obs.

• ORGAN-PIPE
n. the windpipe, the throat, the voice …M19 sl.

• ORGAN RECITAL
n. 1. a growling or gurgling in the stomach or intestines …20C US colloq.
n. 2. the audible release of intestinal gas …20C US colloq.

• ORGANY
n. an organ; a musical instrument …1377 obs. rare

• ORGASM
n. immoderate or violent excitement of feeling; rage, fury; a paroxysm of excitement or rage …a1763

• ORGEL
adj. proud, haughty, presumptuous, disdainful …c1200 obs.
n. pride, haughtiness …a1023 obs.

• ORGELNESS
n. pride, haughtiness, disdain …a1000 obs.

• ORGHEL
adj. proud, haughty, presumptuous, disdainful …c1200 obs.
n. pride, haughtiness …a1023 obs.

• ORGIA
n. convivial occasions involving excessive drinking and licentiousness; orgies …1570-6

• ORGIAC
adj. involving excessive drinking and licentiousness …1890

• ORGIACS
n. convivial occasions involving excessive drinking and licentiousness; orgies …a1859

• ORGIAL n. a song sung at the orgies …1610 obs. rare

• ORGIASM
n. the celebration of orgies, extravagant or rapturous excitement …1840 rare

• ORGIAST
n. a merrymaker given to excessive indulgence …1791-3 rare

• ORGIASTIC
adj. marked by extravagance, licentiousness, or dissolute revelry …1698

• ORGIASTICAL
adj. involving excessive drinking and licentiousness …a1871 rare

• ORGIC
adj. involving excessive drinking and licentiousness ….1789 rare

• ORGILLOUS
adj. 1. proud, haughty, disdainful …c1250 arch.
adj. 2. splendid …a1400 arch.
adj. 3. swelling, violent …1484 arch.

• ORGION
n. a convivial occasion involving excessive drinking and licentiousness …1613 obs. rare

• ORGIOPHANT
n. one who presides over the orgies …1886 Ancient Greek usage rare

• ORGLE
n. a musical instrument, the organ …a1100 obs.

• ORGUEIL
adj. proud, haughty, disdainful, presumptuous …a1275 obs.
n. pride, haughtiness, disdainfulness …c1200 obs.

• ORGUIL
adj. proud, haughty, disdainful, presumptuous …a1275 obs.
n. pride, haughtiness, disdainfulness …c1200 obs.

• ORGUL
adj. proud, haughty, disdainful, presumptuous …a1275 obs.
n. pride, haughtiness, disdainfulness …c1200 obs.

• ORGULITY
n. pride, haughtiness, disdainfulness …1470-85 obs.

• ORGULOUS
adj. 1. proud, haughty, disdainful …c1250 arch.
adj. 2. ostentatious, showy …a1300 arch.
adj. 3. threatening, dangerous …1484 arch.

• ORGULOUSLY
adv. proudly, haughtily …c1475 obs.

• ORHEL
adj. proud, haughty, presumptuous, disdainful …c1200 obs.
n. pride, haughtiness …a1023 obs.

• ORIE
adj. sad, melancholy, dismal, depressing …1788 Sc.

• ORIE-EYED
adj. having bleary or wild-looking eyes, esp. as a result of drunkenness; drunk; enraged, angry …1928 Amer. dial.

• ORIEL
n. a portico, corridor, gallery, balcony, etc. …1385 obs.

• ORIENCY
n. brilliancy, lustre …1652 rare

• ORIENT
adj. 1. applied to pearls and precious stones of superior value and brilliancy, as coming anciently from the East; precious, excellent; brilliant, lustrous, sparkling …c1400
adj. 2. brilliant, lustrous, shining, glowing, radiant, resplendent …1430-40 arch.
adj. 3. situated in or belonging to the east, eastern, oriental …a1450 now poetic
adj. 4. rising as the sun or daylight …1598
n. 1. rising of the sun, or the daylight; sunrise, dayspring, dawn …1582 rare or obs.
n. 2. the colour or peculiar lustre of a pearl of the best quality …1755 rare

• ORIENTAL
adj. 1. applied to pearls and precious stones …c1385
adj. 2. belonging to or situated in the east of a country or place, or of the earth; eastern …c1528 obs.
n. an oriental pearl or other gem …1377 obs.

• ORIENTALIAN
n. one versed in the Oriental languages and literature …1691 obs. rare

• ORIENTALIST
n. 1. a native or inhabitant of the east …1738 obs.
n. 2. one versed in the Oriental languages and literature …1779-81

• ORIENTALS
n. oriental languages …1680 obs.

• ORIENTIZE
vb. 1881 rare – to cause to face east

• ORIENTLY
adv. 1515 obs. – in an ‘orient’ manner; brilliantly, lustrously; clearly

• ORIENTNESS
n. 1519 obs. – the quality of being ‘orient’; lustre, brilliancy

• ORIFACTURE
n. 1673 nonce word obs. – making or construction with the mouth

• ORIFICE
n. 1. 19C colloq. – the female genitals
n. 2. 1970s sl. – an office

• ORIFICIAL
adj. 1594 obs. rare – mouthmaking; hence, high-sounding, bombastic, inflated

• ORIFLAMME
n. 1600 – any banner or ensign, material or ideal, that serves as a rallying point for a struggle, etc.

• ORIGANIZE
vb. 1853 rare – to flavour with marjoram

• ORIGINAL
n. 1920s African-American sl. – a Black person

• ORIGINAL LOSER
n. 1950s US sl. – a useless, talentless person

• ORIGINALS
n. 1950s sl. – the Levi jeans and jacket

• ORINOKO
n. 1. L17 sl. – tobacco
n. 2. M19 rhyming sl. – a poker (pronounced ‘orinoker’)
n. 3. M19 rhyming sl. – cocoa

• ORIZONT
n. 14C obs. – old form of horizon

• ORK-ORKS
n. E20 US colloq. – the delirium tremens

• ORKS
n. E19 Brit. rhyming sl. (orks = orchestra stalls, rhyming sl. for ‘balls’) – the testicles

• THE ORLOGE FALLES
phr. a1400 obs. – the  hammer of the clock strikes

• ORNAMENT
n. 19C Brit. sl. – the female genitals

• ORNARY
adj. 1861 Eng. dial. – inferior, of poor quality

• ORNATIVE
adj. 1660 obs. rare – tending or serving to adorn, decorative, ornamental

• ORNERY
adj. 1. 1816 Amer. dial. – inferior, poor, insignificant, worthless, contemptible, mean, immoral
adj. 2. 1838 Amer. dial. – ordinary, commonplace, plain
adj. 3. 1862 Amer. dial. – unpleasant, troublesome, unruly, unmanageable, disobedient, obstinate, ill-tempered, angry
adj. 4. 1899 Amer. dial. – ugly, not handsome
adj. 5. 1965 Amer. dial. – tired or vaguely unwell

• ORNERY AS A BULL
adj. 1965 Amer. dial. – very angry

• ORNERY AS AN EGG-SUCKING HOUND
adj. 1985 Amer. dial. – mean, contemptible, disgusting

• ORNERY AS THE DEVIL
adj. 1965 Amer. dial. – mean, bad-tempered

• ORNERY CUSS
n. 1. 1965 Amer. dial. – a mean, bad-tempered person
n. 2. 1965 Amer. dial. – a dog

• ORNERY OLD DEVIL
n. 1965 Amer. dial. – a very mean person

• ORNERY PEST
n. 1965 Amer. dial. – a mosquito

ORNIFY
 vb. 1594 obs. – to adorn, to ornament

ORNITHON
n. 1870 – a place in which birds are kept; a poultry house; an aviary

ORNITHOPHILITE
n. 1876 – a lover of birds

ORONOKO
n. L17 sl. – tobacco

ORP
n. 1957 Sc. – a grouse, a complaint
vb. 1. 1725 Sc. – to fret, to grumble, to murmur discontentedly, to complain in a peevish, nagging manner
vb. 2. 1820 Sc. – to complain from ill health, to be constantly ailing and sickly, not to thrive, to shrink, to shrivel

ORPED
adj. 1. a1000 obs. – bold, brave, valiant, stout, strenuous
adj. 2. 1567 obs. – of a beast: fierce, furious

ORPHAN
n. 1966 Amer. dial. – an illegitimate child

ORPHAN CHILD
n. 1966 Amer. dial. – an illegitimate child

ORPHANT
n. 1733 Amer. dial. – an orphan

ORPHEAN
adj. 1. 1593 – of or relating to Orpheus, as musician and singer, who was said to move rocks and trees by the strains of his lyre; hence: melodious, musical, entrancing
adj. 2. a1706 obs. – of, belonging or attributed to, or connected with Orpheus, the mysteries associated with his name, or the writings or doctrines subsequently attributed to him
n. 1818 obs. – an adherent of the Orphic philosophy

ORPHLINE
n. 1733 Amer. dial. – an orphan

ORRIE-EYED
adj. 1902 Amer. sl. – drunk

ORRY-EYED
adj. 1939 Amer. dial. – having bleary or wild-looking eyes, esp. as a result of drunkenness; drunk; enraged, angry

ORT
n. 1. 1952 Aust. sl. – the anus
n. 2. 1952 Aust. sl. – the buttocks

ORTHANGLE
n. 1603 obs. – a rectangle

ORTHODOXASTICAL
adj. 1563-87 obs. rare – orthodox; holding right or correct opinions, such as are currently accepted as correct or are in accordance with some recognized standard

ORTHOGRAPHIZE
vb. 1. 1596 obs. – to instruct
vb. 2. 1611 rare – to spell a word correctly or according to usage; to correct in regard to spelling

ORTHOPOD
n. 1960 sl. – an orthopaedic surgeon

ORTHOR
n. 1863 Amer. dial. – author

ORTOLAN
n. 1. 1526 obs. rare – a gardener
n. 2. 1656 – a small bird, a species of bunting, Emberiza Hortulana 

ORTS
n. 1. 19C colloq. – fish innards
n. 2. 19C colloq. – mouse droppings

ORY
adj. 1854 Eng. dial. – tasting or smelling of seaweed


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Updated: September 8, 2022