Dictionary: TAD – TAH


• TAD
adj. little, a small amount …1940 UK sl.
n. 1. a person, usually a boy or child …1871 Amer. dial.
n. 2. one who attempts to avoid paying a bill …M19 US sl.
n. 3. a person of little use or account …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. 4. an Irish Catholic …20C US sl.
n. 5. a person of Irish ancestry …1914 Amer. dial.
n. 6. a person of questionable moral; an immoral woman …1930 Amer. dial.
n. 7. a small amount, a dab; something very small; a short distance …1940 Amer. dial.
n. 8. in marbles, a small, cheap marble …1966 Amer. dial.
n. 9. a woman, not necessarily uncomplimentary …1968 Amer. dial.
n. 10. a man who is fond of being with women and tries to attract their attention, esp. when rude or not respectful …1968 Amer. dial.

• A TAD
adv. slightly …1940s sl., orig. US

• TA-DA!
int. used to present some feat or surprise …Bk2002 Aust. sl.

• TAD BLAME IT!
int. god-damn it! …1950s US euphemism

• TADDICK
n. a small quantity or amount of anything; a measure, etc., partly filled …B1900 Eng. dial.

• TADDIE
n. a tadpole …Bk2002 Aust. sl.

• TADDLE
n. a small quantity, a dab …1913 Amer. dial.

• TADDLER
n. 1. a large sausage …1900s sl.
n. 2. the penis …1900s sl.

• TADDY
adj. 1. pot-bellied …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
adj. 2. untidy; tossed about …Bk1905 Ireland
n. a certain kind of snuff, so called from the name of its makers, Messrs. Taddy and Co., London …1869 Sc.

• TADDY-BOX
n. a snuff-box …1907 Sc.

• TADGER
n. 1. a violent, quarrelsome, domineering person, esp. a scolding woman, a shrew, a termagant …1888 Sc.
n. 2. the penis …1951 sl.

• TADIOUS
adj. peevish, fretful, fractious, irritable, difficult to please; fidgety, restless …1892 Eng. dial.

• TAD-LARRUPING
adj. very good, excellent; esp. used of food …1900s US sl.

• TADLY-OODLY
adj. tipsy; intoxicated …1897 Eng. dial.

• TADPOLE
n. 1. a Black infant …1588 derogatory
n. 2. a native of Mississippi …M19 US sl.
n. 3. an insignificant person …1915 Amer. dial.
n. 4. a small French child … World War I Amer. sl.
n. 5. a child …1930 Amer. dial.
n. 6. an OH-6 light observation military helicopter …1991 US sl.

• TADPOLE CARRIER
n. the scrotum …1990s sl.

• TADPOLE FACTORY
n. the testicles …2003 UK sl.

• TADPOLE’S SHIMMY
n. something excellent …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• TADPOLE’S TEDDIES
n. something excellent …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• TADPOLE STOOL
n. a toadstool …1986 Amer. dial.

• TADY-WAMPUS
n. an imaginary animal monster; a hobgoblin …1965 Amer. dial.

• TADWHACKER
n. a person, usually a boy or child …1941 Amer. dial.

• TAE
n. 1. a cantankerous person …1921 Sc.
n. 2. a child’s term for father; also, a paternal or maternal grandfather …1972 Sc.

• TAENIOPHOBIA
n. fear of tapeworms …Bk1994

• TA EVER SO
phr. thank you …1914 Brit.

• TAF
adj. fat …M19 back-slang

• TAFEE
n. a Welshman, or a nickname for a Welshman …E17 sl.

• TAFF
adj. fat …M19 back-slang
n. a Welsh person; often used as a nickname …1929 sl., often derogatory

• TAFFEE
n. a Black person; blackness as a skin colour …1630s African-American sl.

• TAFFEL
n. a table …1633 Sc. obs. exc. Eng. dial.

• TAFFEREL
adj. thoughtless, foolish, giddy; also, ill-dressed …1822 Sc.

• TAFFETA
adj. florid, bombastic; over-dressed; dainty, delicate, fastidious …1588

• TAFFETY
adj. 1. florid, bombastic; over-dressed; dainty, delicate, fastidious, particular …1719
adj. 2. tender, delicate …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. a toad …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TAFFIE
n. a Welshman, or a nickname for a Welshman …E17 sl.

• TAFFIL
n. a table …1633 Sc. obs. exc. Eng. dial.

• TAFFLE
n. 1. anything tangled or confused; a tangle …1889 Eng. dial.
n. 2. the aimless movement of light matter; a slight movement on water …B1900 Eng. dial.
n. 3. a confused argument or business transaction …B1900 Eng. dial.
vb. 1. to perplex, to tire, to wear out, to exhaust with fatigue …1750 Sc. & Eng. dial.
vb. 2. to handle roughly, to ravel, to entangle; to ruffle, to rumple …1842 Sc. & Eng. dial.
vb. 3. to trifle, to idle, to loiter …1854 Eng. dial.
vb. 4. to throw into disorder …1863 Eng. dial.
vb. 5. to move aimlessly …B1900 Eng. dial.
vb. 6. to puzzle, to bamboozle, to outwit …1950 Sc.

• TAFFLED
adj. 1. exhausted with fatigue …1825 Sc.
adj. 2. ruffled, disordered …1899 Sc.

• TAFFY
adj. 1. fat …M19 sl.
adj. 2. Welsh …1970s sl.
n. 1. a Welshman; often used as a nickname …a1700 often derogatory
n. 2. a Black person; blackness as a skin colour …1630s African-American sl.
n. 3. insincere or exaggerated talk intended to flatter or deceive; humbug or flattery …1878 Amer. sl.
n. 4. a simpleton …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. 5. an old person …1900s W. Indies sl.
n. 6. a weak-minded, thoughtless, irresolute person …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. 7. a lollipop …1944 Amer. dial.
vb. to tease …L19 US sl.

• TAFFY GOAT
n. an old person …1900s W. Indies sl.

• TAFFY-HEAD
n. a braggart, a boaster, a ‘big-head’ …1970s sl.

• TAFFY-HORN
n. 1. a simpleton …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. 2. a weak-minded, thoughtless, irresolute person …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TAFFYLAND
n. Wales …E17 sl.

• TAFFY-NODDLES
n. 1. a simpleton …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. 2. a weak-minded, thoughtless, irresolute person …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TAFFY-NOODLE
n. 1. a simpleton …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. 2. a weak-minded, thoughtless, irresolute person …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TAFFY RAM
n. an old person …1900s W. Indies sl.

• TAFFY-TUGGER
n. a masturbator …1990s sl.

• TAFFY-WATTY
n. 1. a simpleton …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. 2. a weak-minded, thoughtless, irresolute person …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TAFUBAR
n. an extremely bad situation (Things Are Fucked-Up Beyond All Recognition) …World War II military usage

• TAG
n. 1. a catkin of a tree …1597 rare
n. 2. the rabble; the lowest class of people …1607 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
n. 3. a brief and usually familiar quotation added for special effect; a much used or trite quotation …1702
n. 4. the refrain or catch of a song or poem …1793
n. 5. the leather strap used for punishment in schools …1809 Sc.
n. 6. a narrow, sharp-pointed leaf of a conifer; a pine needle …1834 Amer. dial.
n. 7. in servants’ usage: a lower servant …1857
n. 8. an actor …M19 sl.
n. 9. a seal …1904 US prison sl.
n. 10. a tail; any small object hanging from a larger one …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. 11. a wild, romping girl …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. 12. a skinny worn-out horse; an old nag …1911 Sc.
n. 13. a name, a nickname or popular designation …1920s UK & African-American sl.
n. 14. tiring, troublesome labour …1929 Sc.
n. 15. a vehicle number-plate …1930s sl.
n. 16. a letter smuggled out of prison …1934 US prison sl.
n. 17. an arrest warrant …1930s US criminals’ sl.
n. 18. a car license …1940s sl.
n. 19. one who ‘tags along’ behind another person, esp. for detective or spying purposes …1960s sl.
n. 20. a label commonly given to a person or thing …1960s sl.
n. 21. a bunch (of grapes) …1967 Amer. dial.
n. 22. the ‘signature’ used by a graffiti artist, spraying their name on walls, subway trains, etc. …1980s sl.
n. 23. a planned murder …1982 US sl.
n. 24. a stylized signature often confused with graffiti …1997 US sl.
n. 25. a piece of information …2000s US prison sl.
vb. 1. to hang down or trail like a tag …1617 obs. exc. Sc.
vb. 2. to trail or drag behind; to follow closely …1676
vb. 3. to fasten, stitch, or tack together; to join …1681 obs.
vb. 4. to tie, to bind …1825 Sc.
vb. 5. of the moon: to wane …1825 Sc.
vb. 6. to urinate …a1838 Sc.
vb. 7. to oppress by hard labour …1866 Sc.
vb. 8. to beat with a tawse …1866 Sc.
vb. 9. to carry on the back …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
vb. 10. to tease, to torment …Bk1905 Eng. dial. obs.
vb. 11. to punch …1910s sl.
vb. 12. to arrest …1930s sl.
vb. 13. in boxing: to hit …1940 US sl.
vb. 14. to blame, to accuse …1950s sl.
vb. 15. to imprison …1950s sl.
vb. 16. to identify someone or something …1951 US sl.
vb. 17. to bestow a nickname on someone …1960 US sl.
vb. 18. to catch someone; to convict someone of a crime …1966 US sl.
vb. 19. to suffer, to be punished …1970s sl.
vb. 20. to give a parking ticket …1980s sl.
vb. 21. of graffiti artists: to affix one’s name to a picture, a wall, etc. …1980s sl., orig. US
vb. 22. to shoot and hit someone or something …1992 US sl.
vb. 23. to tattoo part of the body …1993 US sl.
vb. 24. of a man: to have sexual intercourse …2000s African-American sl.

• TAG-ALONG
n. 1. a girlfriend or boyfriend …1950s Aust. sl.
n. 2. someone who joins an activity without invitation …1961 sl.

• TAG AND BAG
vb. to put a name tag on a corpse and place the body in a body bag …1981 US Vietnam war usage

• TAG AND RAG
n. 1. the rabble, the lower classes; an assemblage of people held in small esteem; everybody; all and any …c1535 obs.
n. 2. the whole of anything, every bit …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TAGARENE SHOP
n. an old clothes or rag shop …1855 N. Eng. dial.

• TAGEOUS
adj. peevish, fretful, fractious, irritable, difficult to please; fidgety, restless …1892 Eng. dial.

• TAGGED
adj. 1. of a garment: slashed; tattered …c1380
adj. 2. of hair or wool: hanging in matted locks …1757
adj. 3. indicted, arrested …1931 US sl.

• TAGGER
n. a graffiti artist who writes their ‘tag’ or personal label on walls and other visible sites …1980s sl.

• TAGGIE
adj. of a cow: having a white tip to its tail …1825 Sc.
n. a pet name given to a cow having a white tip to its tail …1761 Sc.

• TAGGING
adj. tiring, tiresome …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TAGGING CREW
n. a group of graffiti artists …1989 US sl.

• TAGGLE
vb. to tangle …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TAGGLIT
adj. harassed with anything, encumbered, drudged …1808 Sc.

• TAGGOWY
adj. tattered, ragged …1929 Sc.

• TAG-HEELS
n. a tagalong; a sycophant; a parasite; a hanger-on; somebody who always follows along behind; one who lags behind …1965 Amer. dial.

• TAGIL
vb. to entangle, to involve or engage in things that embarrass or encumber …a1340 obs.

• TAGLE
vb. to entangle, to involve or engage in things that embarrass or encumber …a1340 obs.

• TAGLET
n. a catkin …1698

• TAG LINE
n. in marbles: the line toward which the players roll their marbles before beginning a game to determine the order of shooting …1967 Amer. dial.

• TAG-LOCKS
n. the coarse wool of sheep about the hinder parts, matted together by wet and dirt  …1796 Eng. dial.

• TAGNUTS
n. small pieces of excrement adhering to the anal hairs …1990s sl.

• TAG OF ICE
n. an icicle …1991 Amer. dial.

• TAG PLANT
n. a prison number plate manufacturing shop …2000 US sl.

• TAG-RAG
adj. 1. belonging to the rabble …1601 obs.
adj. 2. dressed in rags, ragged; reduced to rags by drink …1805
adv. all to tags and rags; in a mingled crowd or heap …1582 obs.
n. 1. the rabble; the riff-raff; the common people; a member of the rabble; a low or despicable person; a pitiful, ragged fellow; a slovenly, lazy or dirty fellow; a mean person; a vagabond …1609 rare
n. 2. a fluttering rag, a tatter …1827
n. 3. rubbish …B1900 Eng. dial.

• TAG, RAG, AND BOBTAIL
n. a contemptuous term for a number of persons of various sorts and conditions, all, and sundry, esp. of the lower classes …1645

• TAG, RAG, AND BOBTAILRY
n. a contemptuous term for a number of persons of various sorts and conditions, all, and sundry, esp. of the lower classes …1858

• TAG, RAG, AND LONGTAIL
n. a contemptuous term for a number of persons of various sorts and conditions, all, and sundry, esp. of the lower classes …1719

• TAG, RAG, AND RASCALITY
n. a contemptuous term for a number of persons of various sorts and conditions, all, and sundry, esp. of the lower classes …1701

• TAGRAGGERY
n. a tag-rag collection or assemblage; a mass of trumpery odds and ends …1837

• TAG-RAGLY
adj. good-for-nothing …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TAGS
n. a footman’s shoulder-knots …1837

• TAG SHOP
n. the area in a prison where number plates are manufactured …1958 US sl.

• TAGSTER
n. 1. a scold; a virago …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. 2. a vagabond ..Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TAGSY
adj. untidily dressed, unkempt …1972 Sc.

• TAG-TAIL
n. 1. a worm with a yellow tag or tail …1653
n. 2. a person who attaches himself to another against the will of the latter; a dependent, sycophant, toady, hanger-on, parasite; one who always follows along; one who lags behind …1864

• TAG-TAILED
adj. ragged; of a woman whose petticoat trails: draggle-tailed …1853 Sc.

• TAGUE
n. 1. a Roman Catholic, esp. as used by Protestants in Northern Ireland …M17 sl.
n. 2. an Irishman …M17

• A TAGUE FOR THE TONGUE
n. an interminable talker, a gossip, a chatterbox …c1850 Sc.

• A TAGUE FOR TONGUEING
n. an interminable talker, a gossip, a chatterbox …c1850 Sc.

• TAG UP
vb. of graffiti artists: to affix one’s name to a picture, a wall, etc. …1980s sl., orig. US

• TAGWORM
n. the earthworm …1905 Eng. dial.

• TAGYL
vb. to entangle, to involve or engage in things that embarrass or encumber …a1340 obs.

• TAH
int. used as a command to desist …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TA HA!
int. a derisive exclamation …a1529 obs.


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