Dictionary: TE – TEA


• TEA
n. 1. 1935 US drug culture sl. – a marijuana cigarette
n. 2. 1935 US drug culture sl. – marijuana
n. 3. 1935 sl., orig. US – marijuana brewed in hot water to make a drink  
n. 4. 1951 US horse-racing usage – a stimulant, often cocaine or strychnine, given to a racehorse to increase its speed

• TEA-AND-EATING
n. 1882 Sc. – a tea party at which substantial food is provided  

• TEA-BAGGING
n. B1900 Eng. dial. – the afternoon meal or tea 

• TEA BEGRUDGED
n. 1885 Eng. dial. – tea given sparingly, weak tea  

• TEA-CAKE
n. B1900 Eng. dial. – a child’s seat or fundament  

• TEACH
n. 1958 sl. – a teacher  
vb. 1. 1792 Sc. obs. – to preach
vb. 2. 1892 Eng. dial. – to guide, to direct 
vb. 3. B1900 Eng. dial. obs. – to hand or give

• TEACH A PIG TO PLAY ON THE FLUTE
vb. to attempt the absurd or impossible …1884

• TEACHER’S PET
n. a favoured student …Bk1942 Amer. college sl.

• TEACH IRON TO SWIM
vb. 1. to act foolishly and to no purpose …1809
vb. 2. to achieve the impossible …B1900

• TEA-CHIT-CHAT
n. cakes, etc. eaten at tea …1791 Sc.

• TEACH ONE’S GRANDMA TO SUCK EGGS
vb. to instruct an expert; to talk old to one’s elders …Bk1904 sl.

• TEACH ONE’S GRANNIE TO GROPE HER DUCKS
vb. to instruct an expert …Bk1904 sl.

• TEACH ONE’S GRANNIE TO SPIN
vb. to instruct an expert …Bk1904 sl.

• TEACH ONE’S GRANNIE TO SUP SOUR MILK
vb. to instruct an expert …Bk1904 sl.

• TEACH YOUR GRANDMOTHER TO LAP ASHES
vb. to give needless assistance or offer advice to an expert …1895 Eng. dial.

• TEACH YOUR GRANDMOTHER TO SUCK EGGS
vb. said to hose who presume to offer advice to others who are more experienced; to instruct an expert …1707

• TEACUPS
n. the hiccups ..1969 Amer. dial.

• TEA-D
adj. said of someone in a marijuana-induced euphoria …1928 US sl.

• TEA-DISH
n. a teacup, esp. an old-fashioned one made without a handle …1868 Eng. dial.

• TEA-D UP
adj. said of someone in a marijuana-induced euphoria …1928 US sl.

• TEAED
adj. said of someone in a marijuana-induced euphoria …1928 US sl.

• TEAED UP
adj. 1. drunk …1887 Amer. dial.
adj. 2. said of someone in a marijuana-induced euphoria …1928 US sl.

• TEA-FIGHT
n. a tea party …1849 sl.

• TEAGIE
adj. of a cow: having a white tip to its tail …1825 Sc.

• TEAGLE
vb. 1. to entangle, to impede, or to hinder in course or action; to keep back, to retard, to detain, to delay …1635 Sc.
vb. 2. to linger, to tarry, to delay; to dally, to loiter …a1700 Sc.
vb. 3. to ‘catch’ or entangle in talk; to embarrass …1865 Sc.
vb. 4. to arrange, to dress, to put on one’s clothing …1876 Eng. dial.
vb. 5. to walk slowly or heavily, to drag oneself, to trudge …1886 Sc.

• TEAGUE
n. 1. a Roman Catholic, esp. as used by Protestants in Northern Ireland …M17 sl.
n. 2. a contemptuous name for an Irishman …1814 Ireland
n. 3. a plague of a person; an annoying person …B1900 Eng. dial.

• TEA-HAND
n. a tea-drinker …1896 Sc.

• TEA-HEAD
n. a habitual user of marijuana …1953 sl., orig. US

• TEA-HOUNDS
n. sideburns …1972 Amer. dial.

• THE TEA IS FIT
phr. the tea is ready …B1900 Eng. dial.

• THE TEA IS LIKE
phr. the tea is ready …B1900 Eng. dial.

• TEA-JENNY
n. one who is addicted to drinking tea, male or female …1953 Sc.

• TEAK
n. an otter …1897 Sc.

• TEAKERS
n. a running of watery matter from a sore …B1900 Eng. dial. obs.

• TEA KETTLE
n. a locomotive, esp. a steam locomotive …1931 Amer. dial.

• TEA-KETTLE BROTH
n. any sloppy mixture of the nature of soup …1876 Eng. dial.

• TEAKETTLE UP
vb. to tidy, to put in order …1975 Amer. dial.

• TEAL
n. a busybody; a mean fellow …1804 Sc. obs.
vb. 1. to bury in the earth; to bury …1854 Eng. dial.
vb. 2. to entice, to coax, to inveigle by flattery; to wheedle something from or out of a person …1866 Sc.
vb. 3. to dig; to plant in the ground, esp. to set potatoes …1874 Eng. dial.

• TEA-LEAF
n. a thief …1903 Brit. rhyming sl.

• TEALER
n. a wheedler, an enticer …1808 Sc.

• TEAM
n. 1. a litter or a number of animals of any kind, esp. pigs …1858 Eng. dial.
n. 2. a brood of young ducks …1858 Eng. dial.

• TEA-MAN
n. 1. one who is addicted to drinking tea …1905 Sc.
n. 2. a smoker of marijuana …1938 US sl.
n. 3. a seller of marijuana …1950 US sl.

• TEAMER
vb. to pour out copiously …1830 Eng. dial.

• A TEAM OF LINKS
n. a string or chain of sausages …B1900 Eng. dial.

• TEAN
n. sorrow, grief …1820 Sc. & Eng. dial.

• TEAP
n. 1. a ram or tup …1684 Sc. & Eng. dial.
n. 2. a point, a peak …1873 Eng. dial.
vb. to tip, to tilt; to toss, to overturn …B1900 Eng. dial.

• TEA PAD
n. a place where one can buy and smoke marijuana …1938 US sl.

• TEA PARTY
n. 1. 1944 US sl. – a gathering at which marijuana is smoked  
n. 2. 1960s US sl. – an easy, pleasant, safe occasion

• TEAPOT
n. 1. World War I Amer. sl. – a French locomotive
n. 2. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – a railway station or depot  

• TEAR
n. 1. 1869 sl. – a spree, esp. a drinking spree  
n. 2. 1909 Sc. – a piece of fun, a frolic, a spree, a lark, joke, banter  
n. 3. 1921 Sc. – a great quantity, a large amount; generally used with adj. of bigness, as ‘a big tear’  
n. 4. 1935 Sc. – a lively, entertaining person; a jolly sort; a comic  
n. 5. 20C US sl. – a pearl
vb. 1. 1599 – to go very fast; to rush around rapidly
vb. 2. 1746 Sc. & Eng. dial. – to rage; to get in a passion or rage  
vb. 3. 1777 Eng. dial. – to break  
vb. 4. 1810 Sc. – to shed tears, to weep  
vb. 5. 1825 Sc. & Eng. dial. – to work strenuously or with great energy and unrelaxing speed; to do anything with great speed and energy
vb. 6. 1861 Sc. – of wind: to blow hard, to sweep along in violent gusts, to rage  
vb. 7. 1863 Sc. – to behave in a somewhat rowdy or boisterous fashion, to roister, to romp; to tease, to rag, to torment in a rough, sportive way  
vb. 8. 1892 Eng. dial. – to eat voraciously  
vb. 9. B1900 Ireland – to knock or ring violently at a door  

• TEAR ALONG
vb. 1. 1746 Eng. dial. – to succeed or get on  
vb. 2. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – to go fast  

• TEARANSY
n. 1896 Sc. – rage, passion; violence; outrageous haste  

• TEAR-ARSE
n. 1923 sl. – a very active, busy person  

• TEAR A SHEET
vb. 1979 Amer. dial. – to pass wind  

• TEAR-ASS
n. a very active, busy person …1923 US sl.
vb. 1940s US sl. – to go very fast; to rush around rapidly

• TEAR-ASS AROUND
vb. 1942 Amer. sl. – to hasten or rush around  

• TEAR-ASS OUT
vb. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – to depart hurriedly  

• TEAR A STRIP OFF SOMEONE
vb. 1940 sl., orig. Royal Air Force – to reprimand  

• TEARATION
n. romping; noisy, boisterous play …B1900 Eng. dial.

• TEAR-AWAY
n. 1. one who works or plays with great energy and violence when gentler methods would be more efficacious …B1900 Eng. dial.
n. 2. one who is smart or striking or any way …1901 Ireland
n. 3. (usually as ‘tearaway’) a minor gangster; a small-time villain …1930s sl.

• TEAR-BACK
n. a romping child; a romping. hoydenish person … B1900 Eng. dial.

• TEAR-BLOB
n. a teardrops …1810 Sc.

• TEAR-BRASS
adj. rowdy, boisterous …1880 Eng. dial. 

• TEARCAT
n. a thug, a bully …17C sl.

• TEARDOWN
n. 1. a fierce or destructive person …1834 Amer. dial.
n. 2. a violent quarrel or disagreement …1941 Amer. dial.
(verbs as ‘tear down’)
vb. 1. to reprimand severely; to attack verbally …L19 sl.
vb. 2. to beat, to thrash …1892 Amer. dial.
vb. 3. to demonstrate great emotion; to act intensely and wildly …1940s sl.
vb. 4. to depress …1950s sl.
vb. 5. to destroy …1970s sl.

• TEAR-EM-ROUGH
n. one who works or plays with great energy and violence when gentler methods would be more efficacious … B1900 Eng. dial.

• TEARER
n. 1. a thug, a bully …17C sl.
n. 2. a passionate, irascible person; a shrew, a vixen, a virago …1850 Sc.
n. 3. something excellent …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• TEAR HIM UP
vb. of weather: to improve …1952 Sc.

• TEAR IN
vb. to throw oneself enthusiastically into a task …20C sl.

• TEARING
adj. 1. passionate, headstrong; violent, rowdy or reckless in behaviour …M17
adj. 2. impressive, splendid, first-rate …M17 sl.
adj. 3. bustling, energetic, active; strong, strenuous …1825 Sc. & Eng. dial.
adj. 4. very great, excessive …1871 Sc. & Eng. dial.
adj. 5. boisterous, blustering; noisy; bustling …1891 Sc. & Eng. dial.
adj. 6. wonderful, well …B1900 Eng. dial.
adj. 7. of work: exhausting …1920s sl.
adj. 8. of wind: high, boisterous, gusty, raging …1923 Sc.
n. an angry reproof or denunciation; a thorough ‘dressing-down’ …1901 Sc.

• TEARING-DOWN
adj. 1. of a person or occasion: boisterous, rollicking, rip-roaring …1845 Amer. dial.
adj. 2. of a fight: vigorous …1966 Amer. dial.
n. (as ‘tearing down’) a beating, a thrashing …1966 Amer. dial.

• TEARING UP
n. a beating, a thrashing …1965 Amer. dial.

• TEAR INTO
vb. 1. to throw oneself enthusiastically into a task …20C sl.
vb. 2. to attack physically or verbally …20C sl.

• TEAR-IN-TWO
adj. violent, savage …1892 Sc.

• TEAR IT
vb. to spoil one’s chances; to put an end to one’s plans, etc. …20C sl.

• TEAR-IT-DOWN
n. a fantastic performance …1990s W. Indies sl.

• TEAR IT OFF A BIT
vb. of a man: to have sex with a woman …1941 sl., orig. Aust.

• TEAR IT OFF A PIECE
vb. of a man: to have sex with a woman …1941 sl., orig. Aust.

• TEAR IT UP
vb. to perform, behave, etc. with unrestrained excitement …1932 US sl., chiefly jazz usage

• TEAR-JERKER
n. a story, film, song, etc. calculated to evoke sadness or sympathy …1921 sl., orig. US

• TEARN
vb. to compare, to liken …B1900 Eng. dial. obs.

• TEA-ROCKING
n. 1860 Sc. – a tea party  

• TEAR OFF
vb. 1940s US sl.- to play or perform

• TEAR OFF A PIECE
vb. 1941 US sl. – to do the sex act

• TEAR OFF A PIECEOF ASS
vb. 1941 US sl. – to do the sex act

• TEAR OFF THE SHINGLES
vb. 1966 Amer. dial. – to be noisy or boisterous  

• TEAR ONE’S ASS
vb. 1750 sl. – to injure oneself; to get into trouble; to be overwhelmed and defeated  

• TEAR ONE’S ASSHOLE
vb. 1961 sl. – to injure oneself; to get into trouble; to be overwhelmed and defeated  

• TEAR ONE’S HAIR (OUT)
vb. 1606 – to behave frenziedly  

• TEA ROOM
n. 1970 US sl. – a public lavatory used by homosexuals for assignations  

• TEAROOM QUEEN
n. 1970s US homosexual sl. – a male homosexual who frequents public toilets seeking sexual encounters

• TEAROOM TRADE
n. 1. 1970s US homosexual sl. – sexual encounters in public toilets
n. 2. 1970s US homosexual sl. – male homosexuals who seek encounters in public toilets

• TEAR-OUT
n. 1929 Amer. dial. – a boisterous or hilarious meeting  
vb. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – (as ‘tear out’) to depart hurriedly

• TEAR OUT THE BONE
vb. 1887 Amer. dial. – to make an extraordinary effort; to work very hard; to do anything thoroughly  

• TEA-ROYAL
n. tea with spirits in it …B1900 Eng. dial.

• TEAR-RAG
n. a rude, boisterous child; a romp, one always getting into mischief and tearing his clothes … B1900 Eng. dial.

• TEARS
n. pearls …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• TEARS AND AGES!
int. an exclamation or mild oath …1841 Ireland

• TEAR SOMEONE A NEW ASS
vb. to ruin or destroy someone …1973 Amer. sl.

• TEAR SOMEONE A NEW ASSHOLE
vb. to injure or rebuke someone …1968 Amer. sl., esp. military usage

• TEAR SOMEONE DOWN
vb. to speak or write critically or disparagingly of; to criticize …1978 US sl.

• TEAR SOMEONE OFF A STRIP
vb. to reprimand …1940 sl., orig. R.A.F.

• TEAR SOMEONE’S ASS
vb. to trounce, to punish, to kill someone …1961 Amer. sl.

• THE TEARS WERE RUNNING DOWN HIS CHEEKS LIKE BEETLES UP A HILL
phr. said in ridicule of a child who is crying for nothing …B1900 N. Ireland

• TEAR-TATHERS
n. torn shreds …B1900 Sc. 

• TEAR THE BONE OUT
vb. to make an extraordinary effort; to work very hard; to do anything thoroughly …1887 Amer. dial.

• TEAR THE MOOR
vb. to get very drunk …1855 Eng. dial. 

• TEAR THE PLACE DOWN
vb. to demonstrate great emotion; to act intensely and wildly …1940s sl.

• TEAR THE ROOF OFF
vb. to cause an uproar; to make a great noise …M19 sl.

• TEAR THE TARTAN
vb. 1. to talk loudly and volubly, to jabber away, to make a great clamour …1934 Sc.
vb. 2. to speak Gaelic …1934 Sc.

• TEAR-THE-WIND
n. a violent, roistering, daredevil character …1905 Sc.

• TEAR THINGS UP
vb. to perform, behave, etc. with unrestrained excitement …1932 US sl., chiefly jazz usage

• TEAR TO MAMMOCKS
vb. to tear in pieces …1804 Eng. dial.

• TEAR-UP
n. 1. a row, a rampage …1906 Amer. dial.
n. 2. a period of violent destructive behaviour …1964 sl., orig. US
(verbs as ‘tear up’)
vb. 1. to mess up, to make untidy or disorderly, to muddle up, to disarrange …1939 Amer. dial.
vb. 2. to break, to damage, to wreck …1939 Amer. dial.
vb. 3. to upset, to anger, to embarrass …1959 Amer. dial.
vb. 4. to beat, to thrash …1965 Amer. dial.
vb. 5. of a machine: to break down …2000 Amer. dial.

• TEAR UP JACK
vb. 1845 Amer. dial. – to be noisy or rowdy; to cause a disturbance or commotion  

• TEAR UP SHINNY
vb. 1952 Amer. dial. – to make a fuss or disturbance  

• TEARY
adj. 1. 1825 Eng. dial. – weak, frail, delicate; faint  
adj. 2. B1900 Eng. dial. – tall, tapering; slender; said of persons and plants  

• TEAR YOUR HAIR OUT
vb. 1606 UK – to behave in a highly agitated manner, esp. as a result of worry  

• TEARY-WEARY
adj. 1901 Sc. – boring, tiresome  

• TEASE
vb. 1. a1838 Sc. – to nibble or pick slowly 
vb. 2. 1892 Sc. – to handle roughly; to tear; to toss about  
vb. 3. B1900 Sc. – to harass; to drive  

• TEASER
n. 1. 1830 – a difficult problem; a puzzle 
n. 2. 1895 US sl. – a woman who invites or offers sexual activity but refuses to do the sex act
n. 3. 1934 US sl. – anything offered as a sample and intended to increase appetite or desire

• TEA-SHINE
n. 1838 Sc. – a tea party  

• TEA-SKITTLE
n. 1905 Sc. – a tea party; used somewhat derisorily  

• TEASPOONS
n. Bk1903 sl. – money

• TEA-STICK
n. 1950s US drug culture sl. – a marijuana cigarette

• TEASY
adj. 1. 1866 Eng. dial. – fretful, fractious; ill-tempered  
adj. 2. 1901 Eng. dial. – teasing, troublesome 

• TEAT
n. B1900 Eng. dial. – a draught of wind  

• TEATABELLICALLY
adv. 1768 nonce word obs. – at the tea-table, in familiar conversation at tea 

• TEATING
n. B1900 Eng. dial. – the whistling of the wind  

• TEATLE
vb. 1890 Eng. dial. – to dawdle, to trifle; to idle away time  

• TEA-TOWEL HEAD
n. 1980s sl., derogatory – an Arab from the Middle East

• TEA TRADE
n. 1. 1970s US homosexual sl. – sexual encounters in public toilets
n. 2. 1970s US homosexual sl. – male homosexuals who seek encounters in public toilets

• TEATY
adj. 1790 Sc. & Eng. dial. – peevish, fretful, fractious, cross; used esp. of children  

• TEA UP
vb. 1887 Amer. dial. – to drink to excess; to become drunk  

• TEA-VOIDER
n. Bk1896 sl. – a chamber-pot  

• TEAZLE
n. 1808 Sc. – a buffeting or knocking about, rough handling, a severe brush or tussle  
vb. 1866 Sc. – to entangle, to twist inextricably; to mix up, to put or get into disorder  

• TEAZY
adj. 1. 1866 Eng. dial. – fretful, fractious; ill-tempered  
adj. 2. 1901 Eng. dial. – teasing, troublesome  


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