Dictionary: THRE – THRN


• THREAD
n. 1. semen …19C Brit. sl.
n. 2. a stripling …1901 Eng. dial.
vb. to coit a woman …19C Brit. sl.

• THREAD-DRY
adj. quite dry, not the least wet …1896 Sc.

• THREADLE
vb. to thread a needle; to thread, to string …1898 Eng. dial.

• THREAD OF BLUE
n. any little smutty touch in song-singing, chatting, or piece of writing …1824 Sc.

• THREADS
n. clothing …1826 sl., orig. & chiefly US

• THREAD THE NEEDLE
vb. to coit a woman …19C Brit. sl.

• THREAD-THRUM
n. a tangle …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• THREAP
n. 1. a pertinacious assertion; an indictment, charge, representation of facts …1742 Sc.
n. 2. an argument, a discussion; a dispute; a quarrel …1768 Sc. & Eng. dial.
n. 3. a tradition, legend; an oft-repeated saying; a report …1815 Sc. & Eng. dial.
n. 4. a contentious or quarrelsome person …1898 Eng. dial.
n. 5. a smart stroke; a blow causing a mark …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
vb. 1. to urge, to press …1631 Sc. & Eng. dial. obs.
vb. 2. to assert positively, esp. to persist in or maintain a false accusation or assertion; to insist on; to swear, repeat, or reiterate obstinately …1671 Sc. & Eng. dial.
vb. 3. to scold, to chide, to rebuke …1681 Eng. dial.
vb. 4. to beat, to flog, to thrash, to punish severely …1721 Eng. dial.
vb. 5. to argue, to dispute; to wrangle, to quarrel, to contend …1785 Sc. & Eng. dial.
vb. 6. to complain, to call out; to reproach …1868 Sc. & Eng. dial.
vb. 7. to beat down in a bargain or argument; to browbeat, to talk down; to haggle over a bargain …1871 Sc. & Eng. dial.
vb. 8. to contradict …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• THREAP DOWN
vb. to insist or assert with pertinacity, esp. to persist in a false assertion; to protest or argue strongly …1877 Eng. dial.

• THREAP DOWN THE THROAT
vb. to insist or assert with pertinacity, esp. to persist in a false assertion; to protest or argue strongly …1864 Sc.

• THREAPEN
vb. 1. to assert positively; to insist on a thing obstinately …1671 Eng. dial. obs.
vb. 2. to reprove, to rebuke, to chide …Bk1905 Eng. dial. obs.

• THREAPER
n. 1. one who asserts or insists pertinaciously and, generally, falsely …1871 Sc.
n. 2. a contentious, argumentative person …1899 Eng. dial.

• THREAP-GROUND
n. land the ownership of which is disputed …1825 Eng. dial.

• THREAPING
adj. 1. argumentative, contentious, quarrelsome, contradictory …1877 Eng. dial.
adj. 2. insisting or asserting pertinaciously …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. 1. a beating, a thrashing …1899 Eng. dial.
n. 2. a pertinacious reiteration …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• THREAPING-DO
n. a contention, quarrel, dispute …1899 Eng. dial.

• THREAPING-FIT
n. a fit of arguing or disputing …1857 Eng. dial.

• THREAP OUT
vb. to insist or assert with pertinacity, esp. to persist in a false assertion; to protest or argue strongly …1790 Eng. dial.

• THREAT
vb. 1. to threaten …1714 Sc. & Eng. dial.
vb. 2. to contend or argue persistently …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• THREATEN
vb. to intend, to purpose; to promise …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• THREATFUL
adj. threatening; threatening-looking …1884 Sc.

• THREAVE
n. a considerable number or quantity; a crowd, a throng …1792 Eng. dial.

• THREBBLE
adj. treble; threefold …Bk1905 Sc. & Eng. dial.
vb. to treble, to triple …1935 Amer. dial.

• THREDEGAL
adj. of the weather: unsettled …Bk1905 Eng. dial. obs.

• THREE-BAGGER
n. 1. in baseball: a triple …1870 Amer.
n. 2. something excellent …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• THREE BALLS
n. the sign of a pawnbroker …a1845

• THREE BEANS
adj. very good; excellent, first-rate (French ‘tres bien’) …World War I Amer. sl.

• THREE BLIND MICE
n. a sack of rice …20C rhyming sl.

• THREE BLUE BEANS IN A BLUE BLADDER
n. futile, pointless (if noisy) talk …L16 sl.

• THREE BLUE BEANS IN ONE BLUE BLADDER
n. futile, pointless (if noisy) talk …L16 sl.

THREE-BOB-SQUARE
adj. triangular …1876 Eng. dial.

• THREE Bs
n. 1. as used by churchmen: Bright, Brief, and Brotherly …L19 sl.
n. 2. Bum, Bash, and Bury, what should be done with rubbish that accumulates in the outback …1920s Aust. sl.
n. 3. Blow job, Bed, and Breakfast …1960s US homosexual sl.

• THREE BRICKS SHY OF A LOAD
adj. 1970s US sl. – stupid

• THREE-BULB PLANT
n. L19 US sl. – a pawnbroker  

• THREE-BULLET JOEY
n. 1960s African-American sl. – the police  

• THREE-BY-TWO
n. 19C Brit. rhyming sl. – a Jewish man or woman  

• THREE-CARD TRICK
n. the penis …2000s rhyming sl. for ‘prick’

• THREE-CENTS
adj. insignificant, unimportant, worthless …20C W. Indies sl.

• THREE-CORNERED
adj. irritable …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• THREE-CORNERED BRITCHES
n. diapers, a diaper …1965 Amer. dial.

• THREE-CORNERED PANTIES
n. diapers, a diaper …1965 Amer. dial.

• THREE-CORNERED PANTS
n. diapers, a diaper …1933 Amer. dial.

• THREE-CORNER PANTS
n. diapers, a diaper …1951 Amer. dial.

• THREE-CROSS-WAY
n. the meeting of two roads without intersecting …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• THREE-CUNNING
adj. intensely knowing; peculiarly sharp or acute …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• THREE-DECKER
n. 1. a three-story dwelling with one apartment occupying each floor …1899 Amer. dial.
n. 2. something excellent …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• THREE-DOLLAR BILL
n. a homosexual male …20C US sl.

• THREED-UP
adv. having three prisoners sharing a cell …1960s UK prison sl.

• THREE FACES IN A HOOD
n. the pansy, Viola tricolor …1831 Eng. dial.

• THREE-FACES-UNDER-A-HOOD
n. a pansy, a violet …1835 Eng. dial.

• THREE FINGERS IN A BATHTUB
n. a large glass or drink of liquor …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• THREE-F’s
n. ‘fuck, fun, and a footrace”; said of a wild time or a lewd person …19C Brit. sl.

• THREE GOLDEN BALLS
n. the sign of a pawnbroker …1861

• THREE HALFPENCE AND TWO PENCE
n. a slow, ambling canter …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• THREE HOTS AND A COT
phr. 1899 US sl. – enough to eat; an acceptable standard of living

• THREE-LETTER MAN
n. 1930s US students’ sl. – a homosexual

• THREE MORE AND UP GOES THE DONKEY
phr. 1. used to extract as much money as possible before agreeing to perform any task …M19 sl.
phr. 2. used to denote the imminence of events …1910s sl.

• THREEN
n. a story or tradition of a ghostly and generally superstitious nature …1720 Sc.
vb. to tell ghost stories or superstitious tales …1898 Sc.

• THREE-NOOKED
adj. 1. irritable …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
adj. 2. triangular …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• THREE OLD CATS
n. tic-tac-toe …1965 Amer. dial.

• THREE-PEAT
n. 1990s US sl. – the third repetition of a feat; something like a ‘hat trick’

• THREE-PLAIT
adj. treble, threefold; three-ply or plaited …1821 Sc.

• THREEPLE
adj. treble; threefold …Bk1905 Sc. & Eng. dial.

• THREE-QUARTER CLIFT
n. a mischievous fellow …1846 Ireland

• THREE-QUARTER MAN
n. 1. a boy or man not equal to full work owing to age, infirmity, etc. …1901 Eng. dial.
n. 2. a well-grown, strong lad …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• THREE-ROAD END
n. the meeting of two roads without intersecting …1867 Eng. dial.

• THREES AND EIGHTS
phr. best wishes, good luck; used as a sign-off …20C Citizens’ Band sl.

• THREE SEVENS
n. the year 1777 …1890 Eng. dial.

• THREE SHAKES OF A DEAD SHEEP’S TAIL
n. a very short time …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.

• THREE SHAKES OF A SHEEP’S TAIL
n. a very short time …1884 Amer. dial.

• THREE SHEETS IN THE WIND
adj. drunk, intoxicated …1821 sl.

• THREE SHEETS TO THE WIND
adj. drunk, intoxicated …1821 sl.

• THREE-SPOT
. a playing card, an upward face of a die, or a domino half bearing three pips 

• THREE-SQUARE
adj. 1. triangular …1896 Eng. dial.
adj. 2. irritable …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. a triangle …1839 Eng. dial.

• THREE SQUARES AND A COT
phr. 1899 US sl. – enough to eat; an acceptable standard of living

• THREE-STRIPER
n. 1. a commander …Bk1913-17 Amer. navy sl.
n. 2. in the army a sergeant  …1917 sl.

• THREESWINS
n. threepence … Bk1903 sl.

• THE THREE TONGUES
n. Hebrew, Greek, and Latin …1560 obs.

• THREE-THRUMS
n. the purring noise made by a cat when pleased; especially in the phrase, ‘to sing three-thrums’ …1835  Eng. dial.

• THREE-TIME LOSER
n. 1914 US sl. – a criminal who has been convicted several times, and is in jeopardy of an automatic life sentence in some states if convicted again; hence: a hardened and perhaps dangerous criminal

• THREE-TO-LEET
n. the meeting of two roads without intersecting …1863 Eng. dial.

• THREE-WANT-WAY
n. the meeting of two roads without intersecting …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• THREE-WAY LEET
n. a meeting of three ways …1603 obs.

• THREE WAYS
adv. in all sorts of ways; comprehensively …1910s sl.

• THREE WAYS AND SUNDAY
adv. in all sorts of ways; comprehensively …1910s sl.

• THREE-WEEK
n. a period of three weeks …1836 Eng. dial.

• THREE-WHEELER
n. a side-car motorcycle …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• THREFT
adj. reluctant, unwilling; perverse …Bk1905 Sc.

• THREHEEN
n. the leg of a stocking without the foot …1869 Ireland

• THREN
n. a song or story …1720 Sc.

• THRENE
n. 1. a song or story …1720 Sc.
n. 2. a story or tradition of a ghostly and generally superstitious nature …1720 Sc.
vb. to tell ghost stories or superstitious tales …1898 Sc.

THRENETIC
adj. pertaining to a threnody (a song of lamentation); mournful, sorrowful …1656

• THREPS
n. threepence … Bk1903 sl.

• THRESCOT
n. a threshold …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• THRESH
n. a beating, dashing noise, as of rain …1899 Sc.

• THRESHEL
n. a threshold …1671 Sc. & Eng. dial.

• THRESH-FOD
n. threshold …Bk1905 Eng. dial. obs.

• THRESH OTHER FOLK’S CORN
vb. to meddle in other people’s affairs …1901 Eng. dial.

• THRESHWOOD
n. threshold; the sill or wooden beam in front of the door …1825 Sc. & Eng. dial.

• THRESKLE
n. threshold …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• THRIBBLE
adj. treble, triple, threefold …1765 Eng. & Amer. dial.
vb. to treble, to triple …1765 Amer. dial.

• THRIBBLE-LIP
n. a person with thick lips …1936 Amer. dial.

• THRIBLET
n. a triplet …1941 Amer. dial.

• THRIBLOUS
adj. mispronunciation of ‘frivolous’ …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• THRICE-THRUMS
n. the purring of a cat …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• THRIDDLE
n. a shiver, a convulsive movement …1889 Eng. dial.

• THRIFT
n. 1. prosperity, success; luck …1785 Sc.
n. 2. growing pains experienced by young people …1790 Eng. dial.
n. 3. work, occupation, employment, business …1798 Sc.

• THRIFT-BOX
n. a money or savings box …1777 Eng. dial.

• THRIFT-POT
n. a money or savings box …1862 Eng. dial.

• THRIFTY
adj. 1. thriving, flourishing, in good condition or health …1811 Eng. dial.
adj. 2. thoughtful, considerate, saving of time or trouble …1899 Sc.

• THRILLER-DILLER
n. 1950s US sl. – a very effective thriller

• THRILLS AND SPILLS
n. excitement; a thrill …1983 sl.

• THRILLY
adj. thrilling …Bk1905 Eng. dial. obs.

• THRIMBLE
n. a tremor, a fit of trembling …1889 Ireland & Eng. dial.
vb. 1. to crowd, to throng, to press; to wrestle …1774 Sc.
vb. 2. to fumble; to hesitate, to trifle …1781 Eng. dial.
vb. 3. to finger or handle anything as if reluctant to part with it; to dole or pay out money grudgingly and reluctantly …1789 Eng. dial.
vb. 4. to tremble, to shake, to quiver …1842 Ireland & Eng. dial.
vb. 5. to crumble bread between the fingers …1854 Eng. dial.
vb. 6. to catch fish by clutching them in the hand …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
vb. 7. to twist or twiddle the thumbs round each other with the fingers clasped …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• THRIMMEL
vb. 1. to finger or handle anything as if reluctant to part with it; to dole or pay out money grudgingly and reluctantly …1789 Eng. dial.
vb. 2. to tremble, to shake, to quiver …1842 Ireland & Eng. dial.

• THRIMMER
vb. to finger or handle anything constantly and as if reluctant to part with it …1790 Eng. dial.

• THRIMP
n. the act of pushing by schoolboys …Bk1905 Sc.
vb. 1. to press, to squeeze; to press as in a crowd …1850 Sc. & Eng. dial.
vb. 2. to push …Bk1905 Sc.

• THRIMPLE
vb. to finger or handle anything as if reluctant to part with it; to dole or pay out money grudgingly and reluctantly …1789 Eng. dial.

• THRIN
n. one of three children born at one birth, a triplet …1805 Eng. & Amer. dial.

• THRING
n. 1. a crowd or throng of people …c1205 obs.
n. 2. pressure, tightness: some kind of disease …a1300 obs.
vb. 1. to press, to crowd, to throng; to move or gather in a crowd; to assemble; to crowd around, to throng a person …a800 obs.
vb. 2. to press or push forward, as against obstacles; to push or force one’s way hastily or eagerly; to press, rush, hasten, push on  …c893 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
vb. 3. to press hard, use oppression; to oppress, to harass, to distress, to afflict …c1175 obs.
vb. 4. to thrust or crush (into a confined space); to shut up, to confine …c1250 obs.
vb. 5. to press together, to squeeze, to compress; to crush, to bruise …a1300 obs.
vb. 6. to make way through something by pressure; to pierce, to penetrate; to burst out …a1300 obs.
vb. 7. to thrust or drive with pressure or violence; to cast, throw, or fling violently; to hurl, dash, knock …a1300 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
vb. 8. (with ‘down’) to throw down by force; to thrust or knock down; to overthrow; to bring to ruin …c1375 obs.

• THRING DOWN
vb. to throw down …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• THRINTER
n. a sheep of three years or winters …1890 Eng. dial.

• THRIP
n. something of little or no value …1890 Amer. dial.

• THRIP-BOX
n. a money-box for saving …1865 Eng. dial.

• THRIPLE
adj. treble, triple, threefold …1909 Amer. dial.

• THRIPPLE
vb. 1. to beat, to cudgel …1691 Eng. dial.
vb. 2. to labour hard …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• THRISSLE
n. thistle …1786 Sc.

• THRISSLY
adj. 1. abounding in thistles; bristly …1804 Sc.
adj. 2. testy, crabbed …Bk1905 Sc.

• THRIST
n. 1. thirst …1868 Sc. & Eng. dial.
n. 2. a squeeze, a hug …1892 Sc.
n. 3. a thrust; a push …Bk1905 Sc. & Eng. dial.
vb. 1. to thrust, to push; to press, to squeeze, to hug; to wring …1838 Sc. & Eng. dial.
vb. 2. to cause thirst …1901 Sc.

• THRISTLE
n. thistle …1786 Sc. & Eng. dial.

• THRISTLY
adj. 1. abounding in thistles; bristly …1804 Sc.
adj. 2. testy, crabbed …Bk1905 Sc.

• THRISTY
adj. thirsty …1844 Sc. & Eng. dial.

• THRIVANCE
n. prosperity, success …1814 Sc. obs.

• THRIVEN
adj. thriving, prosperous; well-nourished, strong …1901 Sc. & Eng. dial.


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