Dictionary: TEF – TEO


• TEFLON
adj. 20C US sl. – immune to criticism; elusive

• TEFT
vb. to try the weight of anything by poising it in the hand …1825 Eng. dial.

• TEG
n. 1 a Roman Catholic, esp. as used by Protestants in Northern Ireland …M17 sl.
n. 2. an Irishman …M17
n. 3. a yearling sheep before it has been shorn …1784 Eng. dial.

• TEG-MAN
n. a shepherd …1892 Eng. dial.

• TEGTAIL
n. a somersault …1877 Eng. dial.

• TE-HINDER
n. the buttocks …1942 Amer. dial.

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

• TEIGHT
adj. fatigued …B1900 Sc.

• TEIL
n. a busybody; a mean fellow …1804 Sc. obs.
vb. to ail, to be amiss …1821 Eng. dial. obs.

• TEIST
n. B1900 Sc. – a handful  

• TEITY
adj. B1900 Eng. dial. – squeamish

• TEITY-STOMACHED
adj. B1900 Eng. dial. – squeamish  

• TEJANO
n. 1990s US sl. – a Texan of Mexican origin or descent

• TEK
n. 1. 1897 Sc. – an otter  
n. 2. 1899 Sc. – a dog  

• TELECOMMUTE
vb. 1990s US sl. – to work from one’s home, working with a computer, and often hooked up to the main office

• TELEFOAM
n. Bk1913-17 Amer. dial. – telephone  

• TELEGRAPH
vb. 1925 US sl. – to signal one’s intentions, often inadvertently

• TELEGRAPH ONE’S PUNCHES
vb. 1936 US prizefighting usage – to let an opponent know one’s intentions inadvertently

• TELEGRAFT
n. 1900 Sc. & Eng. dial. – a telegram  
vb. 1895 Eng. dial. – to telegraph  

• TELEPHOME
n. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – a telephone  

• TELEPHONE BOOTH
n. 1965 Amer. dial. – an outdoor toilet building  

• TELEPHONOPHOBIA
n. Bk1991 – an abnormal fear of using the telephone

• TELEPORN
n. 1980 US sl. – obscene matter broadcast on television

• TELESCOPED
adj. Bk1892 Aust. sl. – suppressed, silenced  

• TELESCOPE TEDDY
n. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – Theodore Roosevelt, twenty-sixth US President  

• TELEWAG
n. 1867 Eng. dial. – a telegram; a telegraph wire  

• TELL
n. 1. an account, a story – used to give the authority for a statement …1795 Amer. dial.
n. 2. a talk, conversation; gossip, chat; tidings, news …1867 Sc. & Eng. & Amer. dial.
vb. 1. to betray an associate to the police or other authority; to inform on; to incriminate …1539
vb. 2. to count, to reckon up …1794 Sc. & Eng. dial.
vb. 3. to remember, to call to mind …1880 Eng. dial.
vb. 4. to repeat; to say by heart …1880 Eng. dial.
vb. 5. to recognize; to know; to distinguish …1886 Eng. dial.
vb. 6. to talk, to converse …1955 Amer. dial.

• TELLABLE
adj. 1. fit to be told; usually used with negative …B1900 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
adj. 2. distinguishable; easily recognized, conspicuous …B1900 Eng. dial.

• TELL-A-PIE-TIT
n. a talebearer …B1900 Eng. dial.

• TELL A WINDY
vb. to tell a boastful story …1925 Amer. dial.

• TELL-CLACK
n. a talebearer …B1900 Eng. dial.

• TELL-CLAT
n. a talebearer … B1900 Eng. dial.

• TELL DILDRAMS
vb. to tell strange tales or improbably stories …Bk1900 Eng. dial.

• TELL DILDRAMS AND BUCKINGHAM JENKINS
vb. to talk strangely and wildly …1746 Eng. dial.

• TELLE
vb. to eat hastily …B1900 Eng. dial.

• TELLER
n. a counter, one who counts …1895 Eng. dial.

• TELLGENCE
n. tidings, news, ‘intelligence’ …B1900 Eng. dial. obs.

• TELLING
n. 1. a story, narrative; talk, conversation; news; anything worth revealing or telling …1660 Scot & Eng. dial.
n. 2. a scolding, reproof; warning, advice …1867 Sc. & Eng. dial.

• TELL IT LIKE IT IS
vb. to tell the complete, unadulterated truth; to be forthright …1964 sl., orig. African-American usage

• TELL IT TO JESUS!
int. a request to be quiet …1930s US tramps’ usage

• TELL IT TO SWEENEY!
int. a dismissive exclamation of disbelief at a far-fetched statement …1926 US sl.

• TELL IT TO THE MARINES
phr. 1806 US sl. – I do not believe what you have just told me; what you say is false and futile

• TELL ME ABOUT IT
phr. 1920s US college sl. – an expression of agreement, usually when the first speaker is recounting some tale of problems  

• TELL ME ANOTHER!
int. 1914 sl. – I don’t believe it  

• TELL ME ANOTHER ONE!
int. 1914 sl. – I don’t believe it

• TELL OFF
vb. 1919 sl. – to reprimand

• TELL OFF ON
vb. 1963 Amer. dial. – to inform on, to betray

• TELL ONE’S BEADS
vb. 1641 – to say one’s prayers

• TELL ONE WHERE TO GET OFF
vb. 1900 US sl. – to rebuke, rebuff, or deflate firmly

• TELL-PIE
n. 1796 Eng. dial. – a talebearer

• TELL-PIE TIT
n. B1900 Eng. dial. – a talebearer

• TELL-PIENOT
n. B1900 Eng. dial. – a talebearer

• TELL-PIET
n. 1902 Sc. – a talebearer

• TELL-PIOT
n. 1902 Sc. – a talebearer

• TELL-POST
n. B1900 Eng. dial. – a direction or finger-post; a sign-post

• TELL-PYE
n. 1796 Eng. dial. – a talebearer

• TELLSOME
adj. 1934 Amer. dial. – talkative, esp. officiously forward in giving advice

• TELL SOMEONE WHERE TO HEAD IN
vb. 1945 Amer. dial. – to severely scold or reprimand

• TELL STORIES
vb. a1697 – to lie

• TELL-TALE
adj. a1577 – that gives one away
n. a1577 – something that gives one away

• TELL-TALER TIT
n. B1900 Eng. dial. – a talebearer

• TELL-TALE TIT
n. 1895 Sc. & Eng. dial. – a talebearer

• TELL THAT TO MY AUNTY FANNY
phr. 1940s sl. – used to express disbelief or negation

• TELL THAT TO THE MARINES!
int. 1823 colloq. – expressing incredulity  

• TELL THE TRUTH AND SHAME THE DEVIL
vb. 1793 – to boldly tell the truth in defiance of temptation to the contrary; to reveal all at any cost

• TELL-TIT
n. 1895 Sc. & Eng. dial. – a talebearer  

• TELL WHAT WOOD THE SHIP IS MADE OF
vb. 1580 – to be seasick

• TELL WHERE TO GET OFF
vb. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – to humiliate  

• TELL WHERE TO HEAD IN
vb. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – to humiliate  

• TELLY
n. television …1935 Brit. colloq.

• TELLY-PIE
n. a talebearer …B1900 Eng. dial.

• TELLY-PIE-TIT
n. a talebearer …B1900 Eng. dial.

• TELLY-PIOT
n. a talebearer …B1900 Eng. dial.

• TELLY-PYE-TIT
n. a talebearer …B1900 Eng. dial.

• TEMBERN-HILL
n. the stairs …1894 Eng. dial.

• TEMBLE ABOUT
vb. to care for; to like …B1900 Eng. dial.

• TEMERARIOUS
adj. 1. unreasonably adventurous; reckless, heedless, careless, rash, bold, headstrong …1532 now only literary
adj. 2. acting or happening at random; fortuitous, casual, haphazard …1660 obs.

• TEMERARY
adj. rash, reckless, heedless, careless, overbold, headstrong …c1410 obs.

• TEMEROUS
adj. rash, reckless, foolhardy …1461 rare

• TEMP
n. a temporary employee, esp. a temporary secretary …1932 sl., orig. US
vb. to work as a temporary employee …1973 sl.

• TEMPERED
adj. 1. angry, irritated, annoyed, upset …1942 Amer. dial.
adj. 2. finding fault, complaining …1969 Amer. dial.

• TEMPER-PIN
n. disposition, temper …1864 Sc.

• TEMPERSOME
adj. hot-tempered, passionate, hasty-tempered …B1900 Eng. dial.

• TEMPER’T
adj. vexed, out of temper …B1900 Eng. dial.

• TEMPER-THRAWING
adj. souring the temper …1873 Sc.

• TEMPERY
adj. 1. slight, insecure, weak, frail …1877 Eng. dial.
adj. 2. short-tempered, hasty …B1900 Eng. dial.

• TEMPEST
n. a storm, esp. a thunderstorm, but without the accompaniment of high wind …1867 Eng. dial.
vb. of the wind: to blow roughly …1875 Eng. dial.

• TEMPESTY
adj. stormy, blusterous …1868 Eng. dial.
n. a gale of wind …1868 Eng. dial.

• TEMPLE OF VENUS
n. the vagina …L16 euphemism

• TEMPORANEOUS
adj. 1. lasting only a relatively short time; temporary …1656 obs.
adj. 2. pertaining to time, temporal …1656 rare or obs.

• TEMPORARY
adj. slight, insecure, weak, frail …1877 Eng. dial.

• TEMPORY
adj. slight, insecure, weak, frail …1877 Eng. dial.

• TEMP STICK
n. a thermometer …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• TEMPT
vb. to attempt, to try …B1900 Eng. dial.

• TEMPTACIOUS
adj. tempting, inviting …1895 Sc. & Eng. dial.

• TEMPTASHOUS
adj. tempting, inviting …1895 Sc. & Eng. dial.

• TEMPTATION
n. a trial …B1900 Eng. dial.

• TEMPTSOME
adj. tempting, inviting …1836 Sc.

• TEMPTUOUS
adj. tempting, inviting …B1900 Eng. dial.

• TEMTIOUS
adj. tempting, inviting …1825 Eng. dial.

• TEMULENCY
n. 1623 rare – drunkenness, inebriation, intoxication by liquor

• TEMULENT
adj. 1608 rare – drunk, intoxicated

• TEMULENTIOUS
adj. 1652 obs. – drunken

• A TEN
n. 1980s US sl. – a young woman who is maximally sexually attractive; a perfect female specimen

• TENANT
n. 1950 Amer. dial. – a louse  

• TENANTSHIP
n. B1900 Eng. dial. – tenancy  

• TENANT-STEAD
adj. occupied by a tenant …1759 Sc.

• TEN BETTERS
phr. ten times better …Bk1911 Sc.

• TEN-BONES
n. the ten fingers …c1485 obs.

• TEN-CARAT
adj. big; impressive; imposing …20C Amer. sl.

• TEN-CENT JIMMY
n. James Buchanan, 15th US president …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• TEN CENTS
n. a ten-dollar packet of narcotics …1960s Amer. drug culture sl.

• TEND
n. fire …B1900 Eng. dial.
vb. 1. to kindle, to light, to set fire to …1851 Eng. dial.
vb. 2. to intend …1882 Sc. & Eng. dial.
vb. 3. to provide, to supply …1882 Eng. dial.
vb. 4. to attempt …B1900 Eng. dial.

• TENDANCE
n. 1902 Eng. dial. – attention, care

• TENDER
adj. 1. 1709-31 Sc. obs. – circumspect, careful, considerate; scrupulous
adj. 2. 1854 Eng. dial. – of the wind: trying, sharp, biting
adj. 3. 1882 Eng. dial. – of roads: soft, muddy
adj. 4. 1889 Sc. – nearly related; akin
adj. 5. 1900 Eng. dial. – of the weather: inclined to rain, threatening
adj. 6. 1901 Sc. – pathetic, touching
n. 1. 1865 Eng. dial. – a waiter
n. 2. 1895 Eng. dial. – a term of endearment to a baby
n. 3. B1900 Eng. dial. – the guard of a train
vb. 1. c1230 obs. rare – to become enflamed, to glow, to burn
vb. 2. 1714 Sc. obs. – to have regard for
vb. 3. 1966 Amer. dial. – to make soft or delicate

• TENDER-DEAR
n. 1885 Eng. dial. – a term of endearment

• TENDERFOOT
n. 1866 Amer. dial. – an inexperienced newcomer or visitor in a frontier or rural area; a greenhorn; a naive or inexperienced person

• TENDERLOIN
n. 1887 Amer. sl. – a district of a city where vice and corruption are rife

• TENDERLY
adj. 1787 Sc. – poorly, unwell

• TENDERNESS
n. 1. 1709-31 Sc. obs. – delicacy, esp. as regards health
n. 2. 1818 Sc. obs. – consideration, regard; scrupulousness

• TENDERSOME
adj. 1899 Eng. dial. – tender, gentle, sweet

• TENDFUL
adj. 1833 Amer. dial. – requiring attention; esp. said of a child

• TENDLE
n. B1900 Sc. obs. – firewood; dried twigs or furze, etc. used for fuel

• TEND OUT ON
vb. 1859 Amer. dial. – to attend to, to take care of

• TEND TO
vb. Bk1913 Amer. dial. – to pay attention

• TEND TO YOUR LITTLE RED WAGON
phr. 1966 Amer. dial. – mind your own business

• TEND TO YOUR OWN BEESWAX
phr. 1965 Amer. dial. – mind your own business

• TEND UP
vb. B1900 Eng. dial. – to make up a fire; to add fuel to a fire

• TENEBRICOSE
adj. 1730-6 rare – full of darkness; very dark, obscure; gloomy

• TENEBRIFICOUS
adj. 1714 obs. – causing or producing darkness

• TENEBROUS
adj. 1. c1420 – full of darkness, dark
adj. 2. 1599 – obscure, gloomy
n. c1450 obs. – darkness

• TENELLOUS
adj. 1651 obs. rare – somewhat tender

• TENEMENT
n. 1839 Amer. dial. – an apartment  

• TENEMENTS TO LET
n. 1. M17 sl. – the vagina  
n. 2. 18C sl. – a widow
n. 3. 18C sl. – a widow’s weeds  

• TENERITUDE
n. c1440 obs. rare – tenderness, softness

• TEN FEET TALL
adj. hugely impressive; menacing …1962 Amer. sl.

• TEN-FOUR
phr. that is correct; OK; used as an acknowledgement that a message has been received …1962 Citizens band usage

• TENNEL
vb. of trees: to die away …B1900 Eng. dial. obs.

• TENNER
n. 1. ten pounds or a ten pound note …1845 Brit. sl.
n. 2. a ten-year prison sentence …1866 Amer. prison sl.
n. 3. a ten-dollar bill …1893 US sl.
n. 4. a rubber-soled shoe, usually with a low canvas upper; a tennis shoe …1932 Amer. dial.

• TENNESSEE BANANA
n. a pawpaw …1967 Amer. dial.

• TENNESSEE CHICKEN
n. some meat other than chicken, esp. salt pork, bacon …1966 Amer. dial.

• TENNESSEE QUICKSTEP
n. diarrhoea …US Civil War usage

• TENNESSY
n. Tennessee …1903 Amer. dial.

• TENNIE
n. a rubber-soled shoe, usually with a low canvas upper; a tennis shoe …1920 Amer. dial.

• TENNIE-PUMP
n. a rubber-soled shoe, usually with a low canvas upper; a tennis shoe …1966 Amer. dial.

• TENNIE-RUNNER
n. a rubber-soled shoe, usually with a low canvas upper; a tennis shoe …1965 Amer. dial.

• TENNIS
n. a rubber-soled shoe, usually with a low canvas upper; a tennis shoe …1941 Amer. dial.
vb. to strike with a rebound …1888 Eng. dial.

• TENNIS SHOES
n. in dominoes: ten points …sl.

• TENNY
n. a rubber-soled shoe, usually with a low canvas upper; a tennis shoe …1920 Amer. dial.

• TENNY-PUMP
n. a rubber-soled shoe, usually with a low canvas upper; a tennis shoe …1966 Amer. dial.

• TENNY-RUNNER
n. a rubber-soled shoe, usually with a low canvas upper; a tennis shoe …1965 Amer. dial.

• TEN-ONE
adj. broken …1982 UK teen sl.

• TENPENNY
adj. inferior; of a poor description …B1900 Eng. dial.

• TENSE UP
vb. to become stiff, ineffective, and semi-paralyzed from nervous tension …1973 Amer. sl.

• TEN-SIGHT
adj. ten times …B1900 Eng. dial.

• TENSION
n. in dominoes: ten points …sl.

• TENSOME
adj. consisting of ten …1721 Sc.
n. ten …1721 Sc.

• TEN-SPOT
n. 1. a $10 bill; ten dollars ..1848 Amer. sl.
n. 2. a ten-year prison sentence …1928 Amer. prison sl.

• TENT
adj. watchful, attentive; keen; intent …1789 Sc.
n. 1. care, heed …1785 Sc. & Eng. dial.
n. 2. an open-air pulpit …1785 Sc.
n. 3. a look; observation, notice, attention …1824 Sc. & Eng. dial. 
n. 4. a small quantity of liquor …B1900 Ireland & Eng. dial.
n. 5. an engagement to look after animals or birds …B1900 Eng. dial.
n. 6. an umbrella …B1900 Ireland sl.
n. 7. the perineum, the space between the vagina and the anus (t’aint pussy and t’aint asshole) …1970s sl., orig. US
vb. 1. to watch; to lay in wait for; to watch for an opportunity to the disadvantage of another person; generally used as a threat …1691 Eng. dial.
vb. 2. to beware, to take care …1737 Sc. & Eng. dial.
vb. 3. to prevent, to hinder …1781 Eng. dial.
vb. 4. to see, to observe, to notice …1784 Sc.
vb. 5. to pay attention to; to heed; to listen to …1789 Sc.
vb. 6. to attend to; to look after; to take care of; to watch or mind animals; to watch birds to drive them away …1832 Sc. & Eng. dial.
vb. 7. to compare; to count, to tally; to take account …1876 Eng. dial.
vb. 8. to show, to teach …1882 Eng. dial.
vb. 9. to stop, to stay, to delay …1884 Eng. dial.

• TENT ABOUT
vb. 1888 Eng. dial. – to occupy oneself  

• TENT-BOY
n. 1890 Eng. dial. – a boy who ‘tents’ or who looks after animals or drives away birds  

• TENTER
n. 1. 1844 Eng. dial. – a watcher, watchman; a watch-dog  
n. 2. 1889 Eng. dial. – a person engaged to look after animals or drive away birds  
n. 3. B1900 Eng. dial. – one who takes care of anything; an attendant, keeper

• TENTERBELLY
n. 1628 obs. – one who distends his belly; a glutton

• TENTFUL
adj. 1870 Eng. dial. – careful, attentive  

• TENTH WORD IN A TELEGRAM
n. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – love  

• TENTIFLY
adv. Bk1905 Eng. dial. obs. – with attention  

• TENTIGINOUS
adj. 1. 1616 obs. – lascivious, lustful; exciting to lust, itching, lecherous
adj. 2. B1900 obs. – stiff, stretched, strained

• TENTILY
adv. carefully, heedfully, cautiously …1874 Sc.

• TENTING-LAD
n. a boy who ‘tents’ or who looks after animals or drives away birds …B1900 Eng. dial.

• TENTIVE
adj. attentive, careful …1791 Sc. & Eng. dial.

• TENTLESS
adj. 1. unnoticed, unheeded, unregarded …1785 Sc. obs.
adj. 2. careless, heedless …1813 Sc.
adj. 3. uncared for, untended …1835 Sc.

• TENTLY
adv. carefully …1853 Sc.

• TEN-TOES
n. the foot …1830 Eng. dial.

• TEN-TO-ONE
n. Irish stew (ten pieces of potato to one piece of meat) …B1900 Eng. dial.

• TENT-PREACHING
n .preaching from a ‘tent’ …1630 Sc.

• TENT-READER
n. one who reads the service from a ‘tent’ …1715 Sc.

• TEN-TWENTY-THIRTY
adj. insignificant; trivial; worthless …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• TENTY
adj. careful, heedful, attentive; watchful, cautious …1685 Sc. & Eng. dial.
adv. carefully, attentively; cautiously …1785 Sc.


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