Dictionary: TAO – TAQ


• TAOC
n. a coat …M19 back-slang

• TAOS LIGHTNING
n. whisky; cheap liquor …1858 Amer. dial.

• TAP
n. 1. an object having the shape of a slender tapering cylinder, as an icicle …1658
n. 2. a tap-room, a bar …1725 colloq.
n. 3. an arrest …L18 sl.
n. 4. malarial fever …1882 E. Indies
n. 5. a rate of speed …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. 6. a very small amount …L19 US sl.
n. 7. a robbery; a confidence trick …1930s US sl.
n. 8. a house known to be a good place to beg …1930s US tramps’ sl.
n. 9. a loan, an act of requesting a loan …1990s sl.
vb. 1. to retail any commodity …1478-9 Sc. obs.
vb. 2. of a hare or rabbit: to make a drumming noise with the feet in rutting-time …1575 obs.
vb. 3. to ‘turn on the tap’ of gifts; to open the purse or pocket; to spend or ‘bleed’ freely, to incur expense …1712 obs.
vb. 4. to walk with sharp light steps …1749
vb. 5. to spend freely and generously …E18 sl.
vb. 6. to hit and thus draw blood from a victim’s nose …M18 sl.
vb. 7. to arrest …M19 sl.
vb. 8. to rob, to steal from …M19 US criminals’ sl.
vb. 9. to borrow money, etc. …1840 US sl.
vb. 10. to obtain money (other than as a loan) …20C sl.
vb. 11. to obtain something from someone exploitatively …1901 sl.
vb. 12. to exhaust one’s finances …1910s US sl.
vb. 13. to defraud, to cheat …1920s sl.
vb. 14. to hit on the head …1920s US criminals’ sl.
vb. 15. to select for a college fraternity or society …1920s US sl.
vb. 16. to beg …1935 sl.
vb. 17. to have sexual intercourse …1940s sl.
vb. 18. to select, to ‘line up’ …1940s sl.
vb. 19. to shoot (dead) …2000s sl.

• TAP A DAMPER
vb. M19 sl. – to rob, to steal, usually from a cash register

• TAP A GIRL
vb. L17 sl. – to deflower a woman

• TAP A HOUSE
vb. L19 sl. – to burgle a house

• TAP A JUDY
vb. 1. M19 sl. – to cause one’s nose to bleed with a blow
vb. 2. M19 sl. – to deflower a girl

• TAP A KIDNEY
vb. 1970s US sl. – to urinate

• TAP-AND-TEERIE
adj. 1827 Sc. – chaotic, muddled, disorderly
adv. 1827 Sc. – topsy-turvy, upside-down

• TAP A TILL
vb. M19 sl. – to rob, to steal, usually from a cash register

• TAP CITY
n. 1. 1920s sl. – the state of being unable to raise a stake for further betting
n. 2. 1920s sl. – a metaphorical place devoted to borrowing or begging money
n. 3. 1930s sl. – a state of poverty

• TAPDANCE
vb. 1. 1920s sl., orig. US – to wriggle out of trouble, to evade something cleverly
vb. 2. 1940s US homosexual sl. – to masturbate

• TAP-DANCER
n. 1. 1940s US homosexual sl. – a masturbator
n. 2. 1980s Aust. rhyming sl. – cancer

• TAPE
n. 1. 1725 sl. – spirituous liquor
n. 2. 1847 Eng. dial. – the mole
n. 3. 1943 Brit. sl. – a chevron indicating rank
vb. 1721 Sc. – to use sparingly; to make anything go a long way; to stint

• TAPED-UP
adj. 1970s African-American sl. – of a woman: already with a boyfriend, hence secured from other admirers

• TAPE MEASURE
n. 1967 Amer. dial. – a caterpillar

• TAPE OFF
vb. 1. 1920s Aust. sl. – to measure out correctly
vb. 2. 1920s Aust. sl. – to prepare, to get ready, to put into place
vb. 3. 1920s Aust. sl. – to reprimand

• TAPER
adj. 1851 sl. or colloq. – of resources: diminishing, becoming more and more ‘slender’; at an end, nearly exhausted
n. 1. c897 – orig., a wax candle, in early times used chiefly for devotional or penitential  purposes; later, a long wick coated with wax for temporary use as a spill, etc.
n. 2. 1589 – a spire or slender pyramid; a figure which tapers up to a point
vb. 1. 1589 obs. – to rise or shoot up like a flame, spire, or pyramid; to rise or mount up continuously in honour, dignity, rank, etc.
vb. 2. 1683 obs. – to talk loftily, to boast
vb. 3. 1869 Eng. dial. – to diminish the quantity or potency of one’s drink; to dilute wines, spirits, etc.
vb. 4. 1910s drug culture sl. – to withdraw from narcotics by gradual reduction of dosage
vb. 5. 1940s drug culture sl. – to force someone to withdraw from narcotics by reducing their dose

• TAPERED
adj. of a building: high and frail …1824 Sc. obs.

• TAPERLAURICHAN
n. any odd or grotesque garment or piece of apparel …1890 Sc. obs.

• TAPERLY
adv. in a tapering manner, taperingly, slenderly …1802 rare

• TAPER OFF
vb. 1. to diminish the quantity or potency of one’s drink; to dilute wines, spirits, etc. …L19 sl.
vb. 2. to withdraw from narcotics by gradual reduction of dosage …1910s drug culture sl.
vb. 3. to force someone to withdraw from narcotics by reducing their dose …1940s drug culture sl.

• TAPER-TAIL
adv. topsy-turvy …1793 Sc. obs.

• TAPERY
n. tape and the like …1657 nonce word obs.

• TAPESTER
n. a tapisser, one who weaves tapestry …1472-3 obs. rare

• TAPE STRETCHER
n. a racehorse …Bk1942 Amer. turf sl.

• TAPE-TAKER
n. a mole-catcher …1881 Eng. dial.

• TAPE THE GERBIL
vb. to study hard …1990s US teen sl.

• TAPE-TIED
adj. bound by ‘red-tape’, restricted by officialism, bureaucratic …1900

• TAPETLESS
adj. heedless, foolish, silly …1786 Sc.

• TAPEWORM
n. a parasite; a slow or stealthy person or thing …1824

• TAP FOR
vb. L19 sl. – to beg for, to accost someone for something, to ask for a loan, whether of money or fig  

• TAP FOR THE SIMPLES
phr. 1953 Amer. dial. – refers to a stupid person; the idea is that a hole in the skull might let some of the foolishness out  

• TAPHEPHOBIA;  TAPHIPHOBIA;  TAPHOPHOBIA
n. Bk1991 – fear of being buried alive; fear of cemeteries

• TAPHOPHILIA
n. Bk1991 – an abnormal love for funerals, graves, and cemeteries

• TAPIE
adj. 1706 Sc. & N. Eng. dial. – foolish, awkward, slovenly, foolishly thoughtless  
n. 1728 Sc. – a giddy, scatterbrained, untidy, awkward, or careless person; generally applied to young women, occasionally to men  

• TAPINAGE
n. a1300 obs. – hiding, concealment, secrecy  

• TAPINOPHOBIA
n. 1. Bk1991 – an abnormal fear of small things
n. 2. Bk1994 – fear of being contagious  

• TAPINOPHOBY
n. 1772 nonce word obs. – hatred or dread of everything that is ‘low’ in writing

• TAPIOCA
adj. 1930s US sl. – absolutely penniless  

• TAPIS
vb. 1. c1375 obs. exc. Eng. dial. – to languish, to pine away; to be mortally sick or diseased 
vb. 2. c1330 obs. or arch. – to lie close to the ground, to lie low so as to be hid; to lurk, to skulk, to lie hid 
vb. 3. 1528 obs. – to hang, cover, or adorn with tapestry
vb. 4. a1660 arch. – to hide, to conceal 

• TAPISED
adj. hidden, concealed …1621 obs.

• TAPISH
vb. 1. to lie close to the ground, to lie low so as to be hid; to lurk, to skulk, to lie hid …c1330 obs. or arch.
vb. 2. to languish, to pine away; to be mortally sick or diseased …c1375 obs. exc. Eng. dial.

• TAPISSER
n. a maker or weaver of figured cloth or tapestry …c1386 obs. exc. Hist.

• TAPISSER-WORK
n. tapestry-work …1459 obs.

• TAPISSERY
n. tapestry …1426 obs.

• TAPIST
adj. hidden, concealed …1621 obs.

• TAPISTER
n. a tapisser, one who weaves tapestry …1472-3 obs. rare

• TAPITER
n. a maker or weaver of figured cloth or tapestry …c1440 obs. rare

• TAPITOORIE
n. a topknot of hair, a bun …1872 Sc.

• TAP-LASH
n. 1. the ‘lashings’ or washings of casks or glasses; dregs or refuse of liquor; very weak or stale beer …1623 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
n. 2. a term of a contempt for a publican …c1648 obs.

• TAPLOCH
n. a giddy-brained girl …1824 Sc. obs.

• TAPLY
adv. 1746 Eng. dial. obs. – at break of day, early in the morning; privately; quickly 

• TAP OFF
vb. 1990s sl. – to pick up or seduce  

• TAP ON THE SHOULDER
n. L18 sl. – an arrest  

• TAP OUT
vb. 1. 1930s sl., orig. US – to come to the end of one’s finances; to lose all one’s money, esp. in a gambling game  
vb. 2. 1960s sl. – to relieve someone of their last money  
vb. 3. 1960s sl. – to fail, to ‘draw a blank’
vb. 4. 1970s Aust. sl. – in a fight: to give in, to surrender by indicating with a tap on the ground  
vb. 5. 1980s US college sl. – to be exhausted  
vb. 6. 2000s sl. – to reach a conclusion  

• TAPPED
adj. 1. 1910s sl. – insane, crazy  
adj. 2. 1930s sl. – drunk  
adj. 3. 1950s Amer. sl. – arrested 

• TAPPED-OUT
adj. 1. 1930s sl. – drunk  
adj. 2. 1950s sl. – out of money, having nothing to use for further betting  
adj. 3. 1970s sl. – emotionally or mentally destroyed  
adj. 4. 1980s US sl. – exhausted  
adj. 5. 1990s sl. – intoxicated by a drug, usually crack cocaine .

• TAPPER
n. 1. one who taps casks or draws liquor; a tavern-keeper, an innkeeper …a1000 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
n. 2. a retailer …1478-9 Sc. obs.
n. 3. a bailiff …L18 sl.
n. 4. the lesser spotted woodpecker, Dendrocopus minor …1885 Eng. dial.
n. 5. a beggar; a cadger, a borrower …1934 Sc.

• TAPPER AND SUCKER RACKET
n. a scheme to arrange for typewriters and vacuum cleaners to be left on approval at a residence, the goods would then be sold and the premises quickly vacated by the con-man and his partner …1940s UK criminals’ sl.

• TAPPERER
n. the lesser spotted woodpecker, Dendrocopus minor …1885 Eng. dial.

• TAPPETTE
n. a catkin …1561 obs. rare

• TAPPIE
n. a giddy, scatterbrained, untidy, awkward, or careless person; generally applied to young women, occasionally to men …1728 Sc.

• TAPPIE-TOORIE
n. 1. a turret, a pinnacle, a towered structure …1836 Sc.
n. 2. a knot of ribbons, wool, or the like, on the top of a cap, a tassel or pompom, a bonnet so adorned …1867 Sc.
n. 3. anything raised very high to a point …1895 Sc.
n. 4. anything resting on an insecure foundation and swinging at the top …Bk1905 Sc.

• TAPPIETOURIE
n. 1. a high pile or heap; a cairn of stones on a hilltop …1823 Sc.
n. 2. a pet name for a hen with a tuft of feathers …1826 Sc.
n. 3. a turret, a pinnacle, a towered structure …1836 Sc.
n. 4. a knot of ribbons, wool, or the like, on the top of a cap, a tassel or pompom, a bonnet so adorned …1867 Sc.
n. 5. a topknot of hair, a bun …1872 Sc.

• TAPPILOORIE
n. 1. anything raised high on a slight or tottering foundation …1808 Sc. obs.
n. 2. an ornamental knob …1873 Sc. obs.

• TAPPIN
n. 1. the root of a tree; the tap-root of a turnip, carrot, etc. …1898 Sc.
n. 2. a tall, thin person …Bk1905 Sc.

• TAPPING
n. the soling or heeling of boots and shoes …1857 Eng. & Amer. dial.

• TAPPISH
vb. to waste or pine away; to begin to be mortally ill …1875 Eng. dial.

• TAPPY
n. a foolish, giddy, awkward, idle, or slovenly girl …1824 Sc.
vb. to lie hid …1706 obs. rare

• TAPPY-LAPPY
adv. as fast as possible; at top speed; anyhow; generally used of running …1864 Eng. dial.

• TAPPY-TOURIE
n. a high pile or heap; a cairn of stones on a hilltop …1823 Sc.

• TAPPY-TOUROCK
n. a turret, a pinnacle, a towered structure …1836 Sc.

• TAPS
n. the ears …M18 sl.

• TAPSALTEERIE
adj. chaotic, muddled, disorderly …1827 Sc.
adv. upside down, topsy-turvy, in to utter confusion or disorder …1783 Sc.
n. 1. a wild romping or untidy child …1865 Sc. obs.
n. 2. a topsy-turvy manner; a state of disorder …1898 Sc.

• TAPSALTEERY
adv. topsy-turvy, upside-down …1827 Sc.

• TAPSATEERIE
adv. upside down, topsy-turvy, in to utter confusion or disorder …1863 Sc.

• TAPSEE-TEERIE
adv. upside down, topsy-turvy, in to utter confusion or disorder …1821 Sc.

• TAP-SHACKLED
adj. ‘fettered’ by drink; drunk …1604 obs.

• TAPSIE-TEERIE
adv. topsy-turvy, upside-down …1827 Sc.

• TAPSILEERIE
n. a wild romping or untidy child …1865 Sc. obs.

• TAPSKIN
n. a drumstick …1605 nonce word obs.

• TAP SOMEONE’S CLARET
vb. to cause someone’s nose to bleed with a blow …E19 sl.

• TAPSTER
n. 1. a woman who tapped or drew ale or other liquor for sale in an inn …c1000 obs.
n. 2. a man who draws the beer, etc. for the customers in a public house; the keeper of a tavern; a bartender …c1400
n. 3. one who sells by retail or in small quantities …1402 obs.

• TAPSTRESS
n. a female tapster, a bartender …1631

• TAPSVILLE
n. a state of poverty …1930s sl.

• TAPTEE
n. a state of excitement, eagerness, desire, rage, etc. …1825 Sc. obs.

• TAP THE ADMIRAL
vb. 1. to drink on the sly …1834 sl.
vb. 2. to suck liquor through a straw from the ship’s barrel which has been bored with a gimlet …M19 sl.

• TAPTIRE
n. a state of excitement or agitation …1972 Sc.

• TAPTOO
n. 1. a gaudy ornament on the head …1825 Sc. obs.
n. 2. a state of excitement, eagerness, desire, rage, etc. …1825 Sc. obs.
vb. to be in violent passion …1825 Sc. obs.

• TAP UP
vb. 1. to rouse, to cause to get  up by tapping at the door …1840
vb. 2. to beg for, to accost someone for something, to ask for a loan, whether of money or fig …L19 sl.
vb. 3. to defraud, to cheat …1920s sl.


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