Dictionary: PE – PEC


• PEA
n. a peanut …1954 Amer. dial.
 
• THE PEA
n. the person in authority; the boss …1969 Aust. sl.
 
• PEA-BRAIN
n. a foolish or unintelligent person; an empty-headed person …1959 colloq.
 
• PEA-BRAINED
adj. foolish, slow-witted, unintelligent, stupid …1950 sl.
 
• PEACEBREAKER
 n. a disruptive person; a troublemaker …1873 Amer. dial.

• PEACE DISTURBER
n. a disruptive person; a troublemaker …1965 Amer. dial.
 
• PEACH
n. 1. a sexually attractive woman …1754 sl.
n. 2. an excellent person or thing …1863 sl.
n. 3. something beautiful or attractive …Bk1892 Amer. sl.
n. 4. an omnibus spy …Bk1902 sl.
n. 5. a person or thing that is especially pleasing; anything especially choice; something stylish and up-to-date …Bk1913-17 colloq.
vb. to inform against an accomplice; to tell or tattle; to give information …15C sl.
 
• PEACHAGULU
adj. splendid, excellent …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
n. 1. something beautiful or attractive …Bk1892 Amer. sl.
n. 2. something excellent …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• PEACHALULU
n. 1. something beautiful or attractive …Bk1892 Amer. sl.
n. 2. an attractive girl …Bk1942 Amer. college sl.
n. 3. something excellent …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• PEACHAMAROOT
n. 1. something beautiful or attractive …Bk1892 Amer. sl.
n. 2. someone or something very fine, splendid or excellent …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
n. 3. an attractive girl …Bk1942 Amer. college sl.
 
• PEACHAROONEY
adj. excellent; first-rate …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
n. 1. something beautiful or attractive …Bk1892 Amer. sl.
n. 2. something splendid, fine, or excellent  …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
 
• PEACHERINE
n. one who has attractive qualities; anything especially choice; an excellent person or thing; a sexually attractive person or thing …1900 sl., chiefly US
 
• PEACHERINO
n. a particularly pleasing person or thing; something or someone very fine, splendid, or excellent; a sexually attractive person …1900 sl., chiefly US
 
• PEACHEROO
n. 1. a sexually attractive person …1900 sl., chiefly US
n. 2. an excellent person or thing …1900 sl.
 
• PEACHEROONEY
n. something excellent …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• PEACHES
adj. 1. attractive, sexually alluring …L19 US teen sl.
adj. 2. fine, excellent …1910s US sl.
n. 1. the male genitals …1920s African-American sl.
n. 2. the vagina …1920s African-American sl.
n. 3. the buttocks …1980s US homosexual sl.
n. 4. a hermaphrodite …1960s African-American sl.
n. 5. Dexedrine …1960s drug culture sl.
 
• PEACHES AND PEARS
n. M19 rhyming sl. – stairs
 
• PEACH-FUZZ
adj. young; inexperienced …1990s Amer. sl.
n. an attractive teenager …1950s homosexual sl.
 
• PEACH-LIMB TEA
n. a whipping; punishment with  peach tree switch …1941 Amer. dial.
 
• PEACH-ORCHARD BEAU
n. a clandestine sweetheart or lover …1949 Amer. dial.
 
• PEACH-ORCHARD BOAR
n. a man who is sexually passionate and unrestrained …1953 Amer. dial.
 
• PEACH-ORCHARD CRAZY
adj. very passionate, licentious …1953 Amer. dial.
 
• PEACH TREE
n. a hermaphrodite …1960s African-American sl.
 
• PEACH-TREE OIL
n. a whipping; punishment with  peach tree switch …1940 Amer. dial.
 
• PEACH-TREE TEA
n. a whipping; punishment with  peach tree switch …1912 Amer. dial.
 
• PEACHY
adj. 1. excellent, wonderful; great, fine, splendid …1900 Amer. sl.
adj. 2. sexually attractive …1926 sl.
 
• PEACHY-KEEN
adj. excellent, wonderful; great …1955 Amer. sl.
 
• PEACIFIED
adj. pacified, peaceable …1952 Amer. dial.
 
• PEACIFY
vb. to make calm, to pacify; to soothe, quiet, or subdue …1886 rare
 
• PEACOCK
vb. to acquire the best pieces of land in such a way that the surrounding land is useless to others …Aust. obs. sl.
 
• PEACOCKIZE
vb. to act the peacock; to strut about vainly …1598 obs. rare
 
• THE PEADODDLES
n. the jitters, nervousness …1835 Amer. dial.
 
• THE PEADOODLES
n. the jitters, nervousness …1992 Amer. dial.
 
• PEA-EATER
n. a French person …1966 Amer. dial.
 
• PEA EYE
n. 1. a small, round eye …1966 Amer. dial.
n. 2. a Prince Edward Islander; broadly, anyone from any of the Canadian Maritime Provinces …1975 Amer. dial.
 
• PEA-EYED
adj. having small, round, beady eyes …1966 Amer. dial.
 
• PEAGOOSE
n. 1606 obs. – a dolt, a fool; a simpleton, a silly fellow
 
• PEAHEAD
n. an unpleasant or dull-witted person …1960 Amer. dial., usually derogatory
 
• PEA HILL
n. a remote, small, or poor place …1851 Amer. dial.
 
• PEAK AND PINE
vb. to go about dispiritedly or listlessly …1851 Amer. dial.
 
• PEAKED
adj. 1. in poor health, sickly, unwell …1864 Amer. dial.
adj. 2. thin, emaciated, as from sickness …Bk1905 Amer. dial.
 
• PEAKED AND PINED
adj. listless; sickly …1872 Amer. dial.
 
• PEAKED AND PINEY
adj. listless; sickly …1957 Amer. dial.
 
• PEAKEDY
adj. peaked; in poor health, sickly, unwell …1956 Amer. dial.
 
• PEAKING
adj. sickly, unwell, in poor health …1902 Amer. dial.
 
• PEAKISH
adj. sickly, unwell, in poor health …1877 Amer. dial.
 
• PEAKY
adj. sickly, unwell, in poor health, ill…1821
 
• PEALER
n. something remarkable of its kind; a hard-working, energetic person …1823 Amer. dial.
 
• PEANUT
adj. small, trivial …1934 Amer. sl.
n. 1. a small or insignificant person; also, a term of endearment for a small child …1915 Amer. dial.
n. 2. a small or insignificant enterprise …1967 Amer. dial.
 
• PEANUT BUTCHER
n. a vendor of newspapers aboard a passenger train …1902 US sl.
 
• PEANUT-EATER
n. a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist church …1967 Amer. dial.
 
• PEANUT FLOAT
n. a nonexistent object used as the basis of a practical joke …1968 Amer. dial.
 
• PEANUT GALLERY
n. 1. the topmost rows of a theatre …1888 Amer. sl.
n. 2. a group or individual whose opinion is considered inconsequential …20C Amer. sl.
 
• PEANUT HEAVEN
n. the upper balcony in a theatre …1897 Amer. dial.
 
• PEANUT LINE
n. a branch railroad that is not very important or gives poor service …1967 Amer. dial.
 
• PEANUT ROASTER
n. among railroaders and loggers: a small steam engine …1945 Amer. sl.
 
• PEANUT ROOST
n. the upper balcony in a theatre …1966 Amer. dial.
 
• PEANUT ROW
n. a small, unimportant, or out-of-the-way place …1968 Amer. dial., derogatory
 
• PEANUTS
n. a small amount of money; a trivial sum …1934 Amer. sl.
 
• PEANUT SPECIAL
n. a branch railroad that is not very important or gives poor service …1950 Amer. dial.
 
• PEANUTSVILLE
n. a small, unimportant, or out-of-the-way place …1968 Amer. dial., derogatory
 
• PEA PICKER
n. 1. a rustic or countrified person; a bumpkin; an unskilled labourer …1927 Amer. dial.
n. 2. one’s hand …1967 Amer. dial.
 
• PEAR
vb. to appear; to seem …1851 Amer. dial.
 
• PEA RIDGE
n. a remote, small, or poor place …1851 Amer. dial.
 
• PEA RIPPER
n. a very hot day, hot enough to bust open peas on the vine …1984 Amer. dial.
 
• PEA-RIPPING
adj. of the weather: hot …1984 Amer. dial.
 
• PEARL
n. 1. a venereal bubo …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
n. 2. a syphilis sore …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• PEARL DIVER
n. someone who works as a dishwasher in a café or restaurant …1913 sl., orig. US
 
• PEARLER
adj. excellent, pleasing …Aust., colloq.
n. an excellent thing; something impressive …1935 sl., chiefly Aust.
 
• PEARLIE
n. a clear glass marble of tinted colour …c1970 Amer. dial.
 
• PEARLIES
n. the teeth …1914 sl.
 
• THE PEARLIES
n. an uncontrollable nervous shaking of the bowing arm sometimes experienced by violinists, etc. before a performance …1974 sl.
 
• PEARLS
n. teeth …1950 Amer. dial.
 
• PEARLY
n. a clear glass marble of tinted colour …c1970 Amer. dial.
 
• PEARLY GATES
n. 1. a1618 – the entrance to heaven
n. 2. 20C Brit. sl. – the teeth 
 
• PEARLY WHITES
n. the teeth …1935 sl.
 
• PEART
adj. sprightly; lively; in good health; clever …1828 Amer. dial.
adv. briskly, quickly; in a lively or agreeable way …1832 Amer. dial.
 
• PEARTEN
vb. 1. to make lively or cheerful; to enliven …1827 Amer. dial.
vb. 2. to become lively, active, or cheerful; to hasten …1851 Amer. dial.
 
• PEARTENING POWDER
n. tonic; vitamins …1974 Amer. dial.
 
• PEARTEN UP
vb. 1. to go more briskly …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
vb. 2. to seem more lively …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
 
• PEARTING POWDER
n. tonic; vitamins …1974 Amer. dial.
 
• PEAR-TOED
adj. having feet that turn inward; pigeon-toed …1965 Amer. dial.
 
• PEASANT
n. 1. a person who lives in the country; a rustic …colloq.
n. 2. someone considered ignorant, stupid, or awkward; an uncouth or uncultured person …1943 colloq.
 
• PEA-SHOOTER
n. 1. a fighter pilot or plane …World War II US Army & Air Force usage
n. 2. a rifle; a firearm, esp. one so called by a person who scorns its small calibre …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• PEASLY
adj. said of a person who looks poorly or unhealthy …1969 Amer. dial.
 
• PEAS ON A TRENCHER
n. the breakfast bugle call …US Civil War usage
 
• PEA-SOUP
n. 1. a thick fog, esp. one playing London …1849 sl.
n. 2. a French-Canadian; the French-Canadian patois …1896 N. Amer. sl., derogatory
 
• PEA-SOUPER
n. 1. a thick fog, esp. one playing London …1849 sl.
n. 2. a person of French background or heritage, esp. a French Canadian …1930 Amer. dial., derogatory
 
• PEA STICKS
n. a remote, small, or poor place …1851 Amer. dial.
 
• PEA-TAD
n. something small and insignificant …1968 Amer. dial.
 
• PEB
n. a troublesome person or animal …1903 Aust. sl.
 
• PEBBLE
n. 1. a troublesome or obstinate person or animal …1829 colloq., chiefly Aust.
n. 2. someone who perseveres; a resolute person …1829 Aust. sl.
 
PEBBLE-BEACHED
adj. 1. 1886 sl. – utterly penniless; very poor, destitute; in want of money
adj. 2. B1900 sl. – dazed, absent-minded
 
• PEBBLE-HEARTED
adj. hard-hearted; cruel; unfeeling …1887
 
• PEBBLES
n. the testicles …19C Brit. sl.
 
• PECAN
n. 1. the nose …1968 Amer. dial.
n. 2. a Black person …1968 Amer. dial.
 
• PECCADILLIE
n. 1660 obs. rare – a minor fault or sin; a trivial offense, a petty crime
 
• PECCAMINOUS
adj. full of sins, sinful; later: bawdy; indecent, lewd …1656 obs.
 
• PECK
n. 1. a brief or perfunctory kiss …1893 sl.
n. 2. a short lunch break …1932 Amer., chiefly railroad workers usage
n. 3. a poor White person …1932 African-American sl.
n. 4. a toss, a hard throw …1967 Amer. dial.
vb. 1. to beat, to strike; to punish …1807 Sc.
vb. 2. to throw, to make a throw at something …1967 Amer. dial.
vb. 3. to kiss briefly …1969 sl.
 
• PECK-A-BACK
n. a piggyback ride …1969 Amer. dial.
 
• PECKAGE
n. food; food supply …17C cant
 
• PECK AND BOOZE
n. meat and drink …18C sl.
 
• PECK AND PERCH
n. food and lodging …1828 sl.
 
• PECK AND TIPPLE
n. meat and drink …19C sl.
 
• PECK AT
vb. 1870 Amer. dial. – to nag at; to find fault with
 
• PECKAWOOD
n. 1929 US sl. – a poor White person
 
• PECKER
n. 1. 1848 sl. – resolution; courage
n. 2. M19 sl. – the appetite
n. 3. 1902 sl., chiefly US – the penis
n. 4. 1906 Amer. dial. – a woodpecker
n. 5. 1986 Amer. dial., chiefly African-American – a White person; esp. a poor White
 
• PECKERBIRD
n. 1965 Amer. dial. – a woodpecker
 
• PECKERHEAD
n. 1. 1955 Amer. dial. – a disparaging term for a person; a thick-headed or stupid person; a jerk, an oaf; a despised man; an unpleasant or despicable person, usually male
n. 2. 1967 Amer. dial. – a woodpecker
 
• PECKER POLE
n. 1. 1956 Amer. dial. – a long, thin log
n. 2. 1958 Amer. dial. – a small tree or sapling
 
• PECKER-SUCKER
n. 1968 Amer. dial. – one who tries too hard to gain somebody’s favour
 
• PECKERWOOD
n. 1. 1835 Amer. dial. – a woodpecker
n. 2. 1928 Amer. dial., chiefly Black usage Amer. dial., derogatory – a poor, backward, rural White person; often used as a term of abuse for White person
n. 3. 1986 Amer. dial. – a disparaging term for a person; a thick-headed or stupid person
 
• PECKERWOODER
n. 1965 Amer. dial. – a woodpecker
 
• PECKHAM RYE
n. 1925 Brit. rhyming sl. – a tie; later, usually a necktie
vb. 20C rhyming sl. – to tie
 
• PECKIDGE
n. 17C cant – food; food supply
 
• PECKISH
adj. 1. 1785 sl. – hungry
adj. 2. 1895 Amer. dial. – short-tempered; easily offended; nagging, hypercritical
 
• PECK-SAP
n. 1965 Amer. dial. – a middle-aged Black woman
 
• PECK’S BAD BOY
n. 1883 sl., chiefly US – a mischievous boy
 
• PECKSNIFFIAN
adj. 1844 – making high pretensions to benevolence and virtue while really mean, selfish, and hypocritical
 
• PECKWOOD
n. 1885 Amer. dial. – a woodpecker
 
• PECKY
adj. 1. c1860 colloq. – of the sea: choppy
adj. 2. c1860 colloq. – of a horse: inclined to stumble
adj. 3. 1886 colloq. – of a kiss: like a bird’s peck
adj. 4. 1949 Amer. dial. – short-tempered; easily offended; nagging, hypercritical
adj. 5. 1967 Amer. dial. – tedious, intricate, requiring patience and attention to detail
n. 1969 Amer. dial. – a person who is always finding fault about unimportant things
 
• PECNOSTER
n. the penis …19C sl.
 
• PECULIAR
adj. 1. 1954 sl. – ill
adj. 2. 20C colloq. – mentally deranged
n. L17 colloq. – a mistress
 
• PECUNE
n. 1819 Amer. dial. – orig. a Spanish half-real; hence, a five-cent piece; five cents


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Updated: September 7, 2022