Dictionary: SAV – SAZ


• SAV
n. a saveloy …1936 sl.

• SAVAGE
adj. 1. indomitable, intrepid, valiant …a1300 obs.
adj. 2. rude, harsh, ungentle …a1300 obs.
adj. 3. uncultivated, wild …c1330 obs.
adj. 4. reckless, ungovernable …c1400 obs.
adj. 5. of movements, noise, demeanour, manners, etc.: wild, ungoverned; rude, unpolished …c1420-30 arch.
adj. 6. of a plant or tree: wild, uncultivated …1422 obs.
adj. 7. of decoration: rustic, imitating natural vegetation …a1548 obs.
adj. 8. remote from society; solitary …1667 obs.
adj. 9. of colouring: crude, harsh, violent …1706 obs.
adj. 10. extremely annoyed, furious …L18 sl.
adj. 11. keen, eager …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
adj. 12. strong, intense …1940s sl.
adj. 13. boorish; rustic …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
n. 1. a wild beast …1682 obs.
n. 2. a bad-tempered horse …1869
n. 3. a young animal troublesome to rear …1899 Sc.
n. 4. a logger …1925 Amer. dial.
n. 5. a keen young police officer eager to make arrests …1930s US sl.
vb. 1. to indulge in cruel or barbarous deeds …1563 obs. rare
vb. 2. to attack savagely …1897 Eng. dial.

• SAVAGE AS A BUTCHER’S DOG
adj. 1867 – very savage

• SAVAGE AS A MEAT AXE
adj. 1. very angry, and violent, exceedingly savage, ferocious  …1834 Amer. dial.
adj. 2. extremely hungry, ravenous …Bk1905 Amer. dial.
adj. 3. completely insane …1920s Aust. & NZ sl.

• SAVAGED
adj. savage, barbarous, uncivilized; also, rendered savage or cruel …1611 obs. rare

• SAVAGEDOM
n. the condition of being a savage; the realm of savages; savage people collectively …1845

• SAVAGELY
adv. 1. recklessly …a1400 obs.
adv. 2. eagerly, heartily; copiously …1897 Eng. dial.

• SAVAGEROUS
adj. fierce, violent, vigorous …1843 Amer. dial.
adv. fiercely, violently, vigorously …1832 Amer. dial.

• SAVAGERY
n. wild vegetation …1599 obs.

• SAVAGESS
n. a female savage …1640 rare

• SAVAGINE
adj. savage, wild …c1430 obs. rare
n. a savage…a1400-50 obs. rare

• SAVAGIOUS
adj. savage …1650 obs. rare

• SAVAGIOUSLY
adv. savagely …1632 obs.

• SAVAGISM
n. the condition of being wild or uncivilized; the savage state of human society …1796

• SAVAGIZE
vb. to render savage or cruel …1848 obs. raer

• SAVANT
n. a man of learning or science; esp. one professionally engaged in learned or scientific research; a learned person …1719

• SAVANTE
n. a learned (French) woman …1766

• SAVATION
n. a saving; economy; protection from injury …1724 Eng. dial.

• SAVE
n. 1. sage …c1386 obs.
n. 2. an act of saving; a piece of economy …1906 Eng. dial.
vb. 1. to make a place secure …1338 obs.
vb. 2. to make a dangerous voyage safely …1698 obs.

• SAVEAGE
n. the act of saving …1507 obs. rare

• SAVE A LADY
vb. to drink a toast to …1792 Sc.

• SAVE A LIFE
vb. to take a drink, to give a timely drink …L19 sl.

• SAVE-ALL
adj. parsimonious, stingy, miserly …1812
n. 1. a niggardly, stingy, miserly person …1785
n. 2. a money-box to receive small savings or contributions …1837
n. 3. a pinafore; overall …1864 Eng. dial.

• SAVE-ALLS
n. ‘boys running about gentlemen’s houses in Ireland, who are fed on broken meats that would otherwise be wasted’ …1785 Anglo-Irish sl.

• SAVE-BRASS
n. a niggardly fellow …Bk1904 Eng. dial.

• SAVED BY THE BELL
adj. saved by a lucky intervention …L19 colloq.

• SAVEE
n. good sense …1785 sl.
vb. to understand or realize the meaning of something …1785 sl.

• SAVE-GUARD
n. a wardrobe …Bk1904 Eng. dial.

• SAVE IT!
int. be quiet! shut up! …1930s US sl.

• SAVE IT FOR SWEENEY!
int. a dismissive exclamation of disbelief at a far-fetched statement …20C US sl.

• SAVELOY
n. a boy …20C rhyming sl.

• THE SAVELOY
n. the Savoy Hotel, London …c1910 London taxi-drivers’ sl.

• SAVE ME!
int. an exclamation of surprise, fear, etc. …1884 Eng. dial.

• SAVENDIE
n. knowledge, sagacity …1823 Sc. obs.

• SAVE ONE’S ARSE
vb. to take care of oneself, to save oneself …1960s sl., orig. US

• SAVE ONE’S ASS
vb. to take care of oneself, to save oneself …1960s sl., orig. US

• SAVE ONE’S BACON
vb. 1. to save one’s life; to rescue one from any kind of threat or danger …1654
vb. 2. to have a narrow escape; to escape safely from a place or situation …B1691 sl.

• SAVE ONE’S BEEF
vb. to escape safely from a place or situation …L17 sl.

• SAVE ONE’S GROATS
vb. to succeed, to do well …L18 sl.

• SAVE ONE’S POCKET
vb. to avoid spending one’s money …1883

• SAVE-PENNY
n. a niggardly person … Bk1904 Eng. dial.

• SAVER
n. a prudent covering bet …c1890 turf sl.

• SAVERS!
int. halves! …L19 boys’ sl.

• SAVE-SCRAN
n. one whose greediness grudges others their food … Bk1904 Eng. dial.

• SAVE THEM ALL FOR LISA
phr. used of a young man who will neither swear nor fight; the assumption is that this public probity is overturned when in private, there he berates and even beats his girlfriend …L19 sl.

• SAVE US ALL!
int. an exclamation of surprise, fear, etc. …1895 Sc.

• SAVEY
adj. wise, sagacious, experienced …1771 Sc.
n. good sense; understanding, intelligence, awareness …1785 sl.
vb. to understand or realize the meaning of something …1785 sl.

• SAVEZ
vb. to understand, to be aware of …L18

• SAVIGEROUS
adj. fierce, savage, violent, powerful, ill-tempered, headstrong, obstinate, strong-willed …1839 Amer. dial.

• SAVIGROUS
adj. fierce, savage, violent, powerful, ill-tempered, headstrong, obstinate, strong-willed …1887 Amer. dial.

• SAVING CHIN
n. a projecting chin …c1776 colloq.

• SAVOUR
n. 1. wit, spirit, pluck …Bk1904 Sc.
n. 2. a gentle breeze …Bk1904 Sc.
n. 3. a small quantity or morsel of food …Bk1904 Sc. & Eng. dial.

• SAVOURLESS
adj. spiritless, listless, indifferent, wanting in wit or pluck …1804 Sc.

• SAVOUR OF THE PAN
vb. to betray its origin …1554

• SAVOURY RISSOLE
n. 1. a lavatory …20C rhyming sl. for ‘pisshole’
n. 2. anywhere dirty or unpleasant …20C rhyming sl. for ‘pisshole’

• SAVV
n. understanding, intelligence, awareness …L18

• SAVVEY
n. understanding, intelligence, awareness …L18
vb. to understand, to be aware of …L18

• SAVVY
adj. knowledgeable, clever …1905 sl.
n. good sense; understanding, intelligence, awareness …1785 sl.
vb. to understand or realize the meaning of something …1785 sl.
int. do you understand …L18

• SAW
int. command to a cow to stand still when she is being milked …1906 Amer. dial.
n. 1. $10 …M19 sl.
n. 2. a saw-handled pistol …M19 US sl.
n. 3. a woman, esp. when a nag …1940s African-American sl.
n. 4. the landlady of a cheap rooming house …1940s African-American sl.

• SAW A CHUNK OFF
vb. to have sex …1961 sl.

• SAW A LENGTH OFF
vb. to have sex …1961 sl.

• SAW AWAY
vb. to talk incessantly, to chatter on …E19 sl.

• SAW BOARDS
vb. to snore …1965 Amer. dial.

• SAWBONES
n. 1. a surgeon …19C sl.
n. 2. a regimental doctor …World War I Amer. sl.
n. 3. a bony or poor-looking horse …1967 Amer. dial.

• SAWBOX
n. a cello …1930s sl., orig. African-American

• SAWBUCK
n. 1. ten dollars or a ten-dollar bill …1850 US sl.
n. 2. ten years’ imprisonment …1925 US sl.

• SAWCIE
adj. flavoured with or pertaining to sauce; resembling sauce; savoury …1508 obs.

• SAWDER
n. insincere or exaggerated talk intended to flatter or deceive; humbug or flattery …1854
vb. to flatter; to deceive with insincere or flattering talk …1834

• SAWDER UP
vb. to flatter, to cajole …1848 Ireland

• SAWDUST
n. 1. nonsense …1890 Eng. dial.
n. 2. flattery, insincerity …L19 sl.
n. 3. dynamite …20C US criminals’ sl.
n. 4. money … Bk1903 sl.
n. 5. cheap tobacco, used for rolling cigarettes …1940s US sl.

• SAWDUST-BRAINED
adj. stupid; block-headed …E20 US sl.

• SAWDUST BRAINS
n. stupidity …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• SAWDUST GAME
n. a confidence trick based on the passing of bad banknotes …L19 US sl.

• SAWDUST-HEAD
n. a stupid person; a blockhead; someone whose brains are more useless than sawdust …20C US colloq.

• SAWDUST JOINT
n. a down-market restaurant or bar, or gambling saloon …20C sl.

• SAWDUST MAN
n. a confidence trickster who passes bad banknotes …L19 US sl.

• SAWDUST PARLOR
n. a down-market restaurant or bar, or gambling saloon …20C sl.

• SAWDUST PLACE
n. a down-market restaurant or bar, or gambling saloon …20C sl.

• SAWDUST SALOON
n. a down-market bar, or gambling saloon …20C sl.

• SAWDUST SWINDLER
n. a confidence trickster who passes bad banknotes …L19 US sl.

• SAWDUSTY
adj. without profound meaning or interest; tiresome

• SAWED
adj. 1. embarrassed, confused, flustered …1843 Amer. dial.
adj. 2. drunk …M19 US sl.

• SAWED-OFF
adj. smallish; short, of less than average size or stature; legless …L19 sl.
n. 1. a short person …1900s sl.
n. 2. a sawn-off shotgun …1920s US sl.

• SAWEER
vb. of a gang member: to keep watch …M18 UK criminals’ sl.

• SA-WELL
adj. excellent; first-rate …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• SAWFLY
adv. carefully, tenderly …Bk1904 Eng. dial.

• SAW GOURDS
vb. to snore …1870 US sl.

• SAW-HANDLE
n. a saw-handled pistol …M19 US sl.

• SAWINS
n. sawdust …Bk1904 Sc.

• SAWK
n. 1. a silly person …1892 Eng. dial.
n. 2. a timid, nervous person …1892 Eng. dial.

• SAWLIE
n. a funeral mute, a hired mourner …1773 Sc.

• SAW LOGS
vb. to snore …1949 Amer. dial.

• SAW LOGS AND STACK THEM
vb. to snore …1965 Amer. dial.

• SAW LUMBER
vb. to snore …1965 Amer. dial.

• SAWM
vb. 1. to swing the arms in walking …1873 Eng. dial.
vb. 2. to walk lazily; to idle about; to loiter …Bk1904 Eng. dial.

• SAWMIL
n. a great clumsy fellow …Bk1904 Eng. dial.

• SAWMILL CHICKEN
n. bacon …1967 Amer. dial.

• SAWMILL COFFEE
n. very strong coffee …1970 Amer. dial.

• SAWMILL GRAVY
n. thick gravy …1940 Amer. dial.

• SAWMILL LICENSE
n. a ‘license’ for a common-law marriage …1968 Amer. dial.

• SAWMILL TURKEY
n. bacon …1967 Amer. dial.

• SAWN
n. a foolish person; a simpleton …1953 Aust. sl.

• SAWNERS CAMPBELL
n. a pig …1818 Sc.

• SAWNEY
adj. 1. lucky …1790 Eng. dial.
adj. 2. foolish, stupid, weak; foolishly sentimental …1894 Eng. dial.
n. 1. a simpleton, a fool, a stupid fellow; a soft, good-natured fellow …a1700 colloq.
n. 2. a clumsy person; a thug …L17 sl.
n. 3. a derisive name for a Scotchman …a1704 colloq.
n. 4. liquor …1790 Eng. dial.
n. 5. bacon …1812 sl.
n. 6. mild weather …B1900 Eng. dial.
n. 7. an indolent person; a lanky person …1950 Amer. dial.
vb. 1. to wheedle, to cant …B1900
vb. 2. to act the sawney, to fool …B1900

• SAWNEY-BOOS
n. a soft fellow; a simpleton …Bk1904 Eng. dial.

• SAWNEY-BOX
n. a soft fellow; a simpleton …Bk1904 Eng. dial.

• SAWNEY-GAWNEY
n. a soft fellow; a simpleton …Bk1904 Eng. dial.

• SAWNEY-GO-SOFTLY
n. a soft fellow; a simpleton …Bk1904 N. Ireland

• SAWNEY-HUNTER
n. one who steals bacon or cheese from grocers’ shops …M19 sl.

• SAWNIE
n. the devil, Satan …1786 Sc.

• SAWN-OFF
adj. short; legless …L19 sl.

• SAWNUPS
n. a stupid person …Bk1904 Eng. dial.

• SAWNY
adj. short; legless …L19 sl.
n. 1. a fool …L17 sl.
n. 2. an indolent person; a lanky person …1950 Amer. dial.

• SAW OFF
int. be quiet! …1900s US sl.
vb. 1. to stop talking …1900s US sl.
vb. 2. to berate, to reprimand …1940s sl.

• SAW OFF A CHUNK
vb. to have sexual intercourse …1920s sl.

• SAW OFF A LENGTH
vb. to have sexual intercourse …1920s sl.

• SAW OFF A PIECE
vb. to have sexual intercourse …1920s sl.

• SAW ON GOURDS
vb. to snore …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.

• SAW ON ONE’S GOURDS
vb. to snore loudly …1915 Amer. dial.

• SAWSKI;  SAWSKY
n. $10 …M19 US sl.

• SAW SOMETHING OFF ON
vb. to take an unfair advantage of …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• SAWSY
adj. flavoured with or pertaining to sauce; resembling sauce; savoury …1508 obs.

• SAWTH
n. sawdust …Bk1904 Eng. dial.

• SAW THEM OFF
vb. to snore …1930s sl.

• SAW TIMBER
vb. to snore …1965 Amer. dial.

• SAW WOOD
vb. 1. to snore …1858 Amer. dial.
vb. 2. to carry on as normal, to get on with one’s work, to keep to oneself …L19 US sl.

• SAWYER
n. 1. the green grasshopper …1804 Amer. dial.
n. 2. a fallen tree, floating down stream …1848 Ireland
n. 3. a sawed-off shotgun …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• SAW YOUR TIMBER!
int. go away! be off! …M19

• SAWZIE
n. $10 …M19 US sl.

• SAX
n. 1. a knife …1884 Eng. dial.
n. 2. a sixpence …1920s Aust. & NZ sl.
n. 3. a saxophone …1920s sl.
n. 4. a saxophone player …1960s sl.

• SAXA
n. a saxophone …1930s Aust. sl.

• SAXIE
n. cracks in the feet occasioned by exposure to alternate wet and dryness …Bk1904 Sc.

• SAXON SHILLING
n. a shilling of English money …1814 Sc.

• SAXOPHONE
n. an opium pipe …1930s US drug culture sl.

• SAXOPHONE-PLAYER
n. a smoker of opium …1930s US drug culture sl.

• SAY
adv. yes …M19 back-slang
int. 1. an exclamation of surprise or astonishment …1830 orig. & chiefly US 
int. 2. listen! wait a minute! excuse me! …M19 chiefly US
n. 1. an assay, an attempt; a trial piece of work …1723 Sc. & Eng. dial.
n. 2. a saying; a proverb; a prediction …1790 Sc. & Eng. dial.
n. 3. a sample; a taste …1813 Eng. dial.
n. 4. a bucket; a vessel having two ears, a milk-pail; a tub …1824 Sc.
n. 5. authority, influence, voice …1835 Sc. & Eng. dial.
n. 6. a speech; a remark, a thing to say; conversation, discussion …1844 Sc. & Amer. dial.
n. 7. the number six …M19 sl.
n. 8. manner of speaking …1874 Eng. dial.
n. 9. a saw …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
vb. 1. to assay, to test; to taste …1724 Sc. & Eng. dial.
vb. 2. to advise, to direct; to check, to control, to command; to pacify, to silence …1746 Eng. dial.
vb. 3. to rob, to break into …1900 US criminals’ sl.
vb. 4. to saw …Bk1904 Eng. dial.

• SAY A MOUTHFUL
vb. 1. to say something important and true …1910s orig. US
vb. 2. to talk at length, esp. critically …1920s US sl.
vb. 3. to reprove a fellow homosexual in detail and at great length …1940s US homosexual sl.

• SAY AN ARMFUL
vb. to say something important and true …1910s orig. US

• SAYAR
n. a poet …1827 Sc. obs.

• SAY B TO A BATTLEDORE
vb. to open one’s mouth in speech …1599 obs.

• SAY CALF-ROPE
vb. to plead for mercy or admit defeat; to give in; to surrender; to say uncle …1859 US sl.

• SAYCE
n. a row or layer, esp. of bricks …Bk1904 Eng. dial.

• SAY-CORDI BOX
n. a guitar; ‘six-cord box’ …1940s sl.

• SAY-DOOE
the number eight …M19 sl.

• SAYER NAY
n. a person who refuses …1876 Eng. dial.

• SAY-HAND
n. an assay, a trial …1709 Sc.

• SAYING-OVER
n. a scolding, reprimand, swearing …1905 Amer. dial.

• SAYLY
n. thin, flimsy …1884 Eng. dial.

• SAY MY NAME!
int. an exclamation used to intimidate or used for celebration …1990s US teen sl.

• SAY NOTHING
vb. to talk trivially …1950s African-American sl.

• SAYONARA
n. farewell, goodbye …1870 Japanese

• SAY ONE’S PIECE
vb. to make oneself heard; to say what one has decided to say, esp. for moral reasons …1910s sl.

• SAY-ONEY
n. the number seven …M19 sl.

• SAY-PIECE
n. a trial piece of work; a first attempt at anything …1773 Sc. obs.

• SAY SCAT
vb. to say the slightest thing …1941 Amer. dial.

• SAY-SO
n. 1. an authoritative statement
n. 2. final authority; directing influence; the power of decision, permission …M18
n. 3. rumour …Bk1892 Amer. sl.
n. 4. one’s personal statement or assertion
n. 5. an ice-cream cone …1939 Amer. dial.

• SAY SOMETHING
vb. to make an important statement, to say something profound …1910s US sl.

• SAYS YOU!
int. exclamation of contempt and disbelief, dismissing as beneath argument the previous speaker’s words …M19 sl.

• SAY-TRAY
n. the number 9 …M19 usage

• SAY UNCLE
vb. to admit defeat, to beg for mercy …1918 US sl.

• SAY WHAT?
int. an expression of mock disbelief; what did you say? are you telling the truth? …1968 US sl.

• SAY WHEN
phr. used when pouring someone else a drink, i.e. say when you want me to stop pouring …L19 sl.

• SAY WHICH?
int. an expression of mock disbelief; what did you say? are you telling the truth? …1931 US sl.

• SAYS WHICH?
int. an expression of mock disbelief; what did you say? are you telling the truth? …20C US sl.

• SAZEECH
n. the penis …1960s US sl.


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