Dictionary: TOR – TOS


• TOR
adj. 1. difficult, hard, toilsome; irksome, tedious …c1200 obs.
adj. 2. full, replete …c1400 obs.
adj. 3. great, violent, excessive …c1400 obs.
adj. 4. strong, sturdy …a1400-50 obs.

• TO-RACE
vb. to hack, slash, cut, or tear to pieces …1297 obs.

• TO-RAG
vb. to tear the clothes of, to make very ragged …c1430 obs.

• TO-RANCE
vb. to hack, slash, cut, or tear to pieces …1297 obs.

• TO-RASE
vb. to hack, slash, cut, or tear to pieces …1297 obs.

• TO-RAT
vb. to break up, to scatter …a1400 obs. rare

• TO-RAY
vb. to besmear …1560 obs.

• TORCENOUS
adj. extortionate, exacting …1387-8 obs. rare

• TORCH
n. 1. an arsonist …1938 US sl.
n. 2. an oversized cigarette lighter …1960s African-American sl.
n. 3. the murder of a fellow inmate by tossing a Molotov cocktail or petrol bomb into the cell …1960s US prison sl.
n. 4. a marijuana cigarette …1970s drug culture sl.
n. 5. a butane lighter used to ignite a crack cocaine pipe …1980s drug culture sl.
vb. to commit arson; to deliberately set fire to something, esp. in order to claim insurance money …1931 sl., orig. US

• TORCH COOKING
n. using a butane lighter and a crack cocaine pipe …1980s drug culture sl.

• TORCH-CUL
n. lavatory paper …L17 sl.

• TORCHECUL
n. lavatory paper …L17 sl.

• TORCHÈRE
n. a tall ornamental candlestick or lamp-stand …1910

• TORCHET
n. a small torch …1470-1 obs.

• TORCH FOR
vb. to mourn a dead love affair; to offer unrequited love …1940s sl., orig. US

• TORCH JOB
n. an act of arson …1930s US sl.

• TORCH SONG
n. 1927 US sl. – a popular song bemoaning one’s unrequited love

• TORCH UP
vb. 1. to incite, to urge …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
vb. 2. to smoke marijuana …1960s drug culture sl.

• TORCHY
adj. suffering unrequited love …1941 US sl.

• TORCULAR
adj. twisted, spiral, torqued …1661 obs. rare

• TORCULARIOUS
adj. belonging to a wine press …1656 obs. rare

• TORE
n. 1. an ornamental knob upon a piece of furniture, as a chair or a cradle …1560 obs.
n. 2. the pommel of a saddle …a1671 Sc. rare or obs.

• TOREADOR
n. one who engages in a (Spanish) bullfight, esp. on horseback …1618

• TO-REAVE
vb. 1. to commit robbery or plunder; to rob, to plunder, to deprive by violence of …a1300 obs.
vb. 2. to break, to tear in pieces …a1400 obs.

• TORE DOWN
adj. dissolute, disreputable, unruly, wild, violent …1891 Amer. dial.

• TORELY
adv. stoutly, sturdily …c1400 obs.

• TO-REND
vb. to rend in pieces; to tear apart …c950 obs.

• TO-RENT
vb. to rend in pieces; to tear apart …c1410 obs.

• TO-REOSE
vb. to fall to pieces, to fall into ruins; to decay …a900 obs.

• TORE OUT
adj. in an emotionally aroused state; angry, excited, annoyed, upset, troubled …1903 Amer. dial.

• TORERO
n. a (Spanish) bullfighter (on foot) …1728

• TO-RESE
vb. 1. to make a violent assault or attack …c1205 obs.
vb. 2. to shake, to quake; to be shaken to pieces …c1205 obs.

• TOREUMATOGRAPHY
n. description of the toreutic art (the art of working in metal or ivory), or of works done in it …1727 rare

• TOREUTES
n. a worker in toreutics; an artist in metal or ivory …1840

• TOREUTICS
n. the art, esp. the ancient art, of working in metal or ivory, including embossing, work in relief, etc. …1847

• TORE-UP
adj. 1. in an emotionally aroused state; angry, excited, annoyed, upset, troubled …1867 Amer. dial.
adj. 2. rundown, damaged, out of order …1965 Amer. dial.
adj. 3. drunk, intoxicated …1968 Amer. chiefly Black usage

• TORFER
n. hardship, trouble, distress; harm, mischief, injury …a1300 obs.

• TORFLE
vb. to founder, to go lame; to decline in health, to pine away, to languish; to lose interest in or draw back from an undertaking …1575-6 Eng. dial.

• TORHT
adj. bright, clear …a1000 obs.

• TO RIGHTS
adj. 1. excellent; first-rate …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
adj. 2. orderly, tidy, neat …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
adv. 1. immediately, instantly, at once …1795 Amer. dial.
adv. 2. completely to one’s satisfaction …Bk1903 sl.

• TO-RIT
vb. to cut or tear asunder …a1300 obs.

• TO-RIVE
vb. 1. to burst asunder; to splinter, to shiver …c1275 obs.
vb. 2. to rive or tear asunder; to split open, to cleave …c1300 obs.

• TORMENT
n. 1. a violent storm; a tempest, a tornado …a1300 obs.
n. 2. a griping or wringing pain in the bowels …1578 obs.
n. 3. person who causes trouble, a mischievous person …1784
n. 4. hell …1823 Amer. euphemism
n. 5. an instrument of irritation or annoyance …1882
vb. to throw into agitation; to toss, to disturb, to shake up or stir physically …1491 obs.

• TORMENTATION
n. tormenting, torment …1789 obs.

TORMENTATIOUS
adj. troublesome …1902 Sc.

• TORMENTATIVE
adj. that torments, tormenting …1654 obs.

• TORMENTED
adj. damned …1825 Amer. dial.

• TORMENTFUL
adj. fraught with torment …1596 obs.

• TORMENTISE
n. torment, torture …c1386 obs.

• TORMENT IT!
int. damn it! …1924 Amer. dial.

• TORMENTIVE
adj. that torments, tormenting …1653 obs.

• TORMENTORS
n. riding-spurs …1875 sl.

• TORMENTOUS
adj. of tormenting nature; torturing …1583 obs. rare

• TORMENTRESS
n. a female who torments …1426

• TORMENTRY
n. 1. a company or body of tormentors or executioners …a1350 obs.
n. 2. the infliction or suffering of torture or torment, as by executioners or fiends …1375 obs.
n. 3. tormenting feeling; severe suffering, pain, or vexation …c1386 rare

• TORMENTUOUS
adj. causing torment, anguishing …1597 obs.

• TORNADE
n. Anglicized form of tornado …1638 obs. rare

• TORNADIC
adj. pert. to a tornado …1884

• TORN DOWN
adj. 1. dissolute, disreputable, unruly, wild, violent …1836 Sc. & Eng. Amer. dial.
adj. 2. reduced in circumstances …1877 Eng. dial
adj. 3. run down, dilapidated …1916 Amer. dial.
adv. violently, very …1836 Amer. dial.
n. (‘torn-down’) a rough, riotous person …1870 Eng. dial.

• TORNE
n. a tower …1637 obs.

• TORNEY
n. an attorney …1490 obs. exc. Eng. dial.

• TORN FACE
n. a sulky, peevish face; a person with a sulky, peevish face …1968 Sc.

• TORN-FACED
adj. sulky, glum …1972 Sc.

• TORN-HATTIE
n. a native of Brechin in Angus; generally used derisively by the people of the neighbouring town of Montrose …1931 Sc.

• TORN OUT
adj. in an emotionally aroused state; angry, excited, annoyed, upset, troubled …1903 Amer. dial.

• TORN-UP
adj. 1. in an emotionally aroused state; angry, excited, annoyed, upset, troubled …1855 Amer. dial.
adj. 2. rundown, damaged, out of order …1965 Amer. dial.
adj. 3. drunk, intoxicated …1971 Amer. chiefly Black usage

• TORO
n. a bull; formerly also a full bison …1892 Amer. dial.

• TO-ROT
vb. to rot utterly …1382 obs.

• TORP
n. 1. a torpedo …1929 sl.
n. 2. intoxicating drink extract from torpedo fuel, and hence any strong homemade alcoholic liquor …1945 sl.

• TORPEDO
n. 1. 1929 US sl. – a professional gunman  
n. 2. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – an automobile with a torpedo body  
n. 3. 1965 Amer. dial. – a submarine sandwich  
n. 4. 1971 drug culture sl. – a capsule or table of a narcotic drug  
vb. 1895 US sl. – to destroy; to annihilate

• TORPEDO JUICE
n. intoxicating drink extract from torpedo fuel, and hence any strong homemade alcoholic liquor …1946 sl.

• TORPEDO SANDWICH
n. a submarine sandwich …1950 Amer. dial.

• TORP JUICE
n. World War II US armed forces sl. – liquor made from whatever ingredients were available; improvised alcoholic military drink

• TORPULENT
 adj. torpid; disinclined to act, listless; lacking emotional sensibility …1657 obs. rare

• TORQUE
vb. to hit on someone …20C Amer. students’ sl.

• TORQUED
adj. angry …1967 US sl.

• TORQUED UP
adj. angry …1967 US sl.

• TORRID
adj. excellent; first-rate …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• TORSHENT
n. the youngest child in a family …1888 Amer. dial.

• TORTIENCE
n. the youngest child in a family …1890 Amer. dial.

• TORTIOUS
adj. 1. wrongful, injurious, hurtful; illegal …1387-8 obs.
adj. 2. in law: pert. to a tort …1544

• TORTIVOUS
adj. twisting, twisted, tortuous …a1400 obs.

• TORTY
adj. very small …B1900 Eng. dial. obs.

• TORY-RORY
adj. 1. boisterous, uproarious, roaring, roistering, swaggering, wild …1678 obs.
adj. 2. ruffianly …1682 obs.
adv. in a roaring, wild, or uproarious manner; boisterously, wildly …1664 obs.
n. 1. a roisterer, a swaggerer …B1857 obs.
n. 2. a state of hurry or excitement …B1900 Eng. dial.
vb. to behave uproariously …1685 obs.

• TO-SCHRAPE
vb. to scrape entirely …a1225 obs.

• TO-SET
vb. to distribute, to divide, to arrange …1387 obs.

• TOSEY
n. 1. a nickname for a man or woman …1926 Amer. dial.
n. 2. a she-dog …1950 Amer. dial.
n. 3. an affectionate name for a toad …1950 Amer. dial.

• TOSH
int. nonsense! it is ridiculous …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
n. 1. a half-crown or florin …1912 Brit. sl.
n. 2. nonsense …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
n. 3. a term of address to a male …1954 Brit. sl.

• TO-SHELL
vb. to peel entirely, to make bare of skin …1377 obs.

• TOSHER
n. a man who steals copper sheathing from ships’ bottoms or from dockyard stores …Bk1892 nautical sl.

• TOSHEROON
n. a half-crown …1859 Brit. sl.

• TO-SHIDER
vb. to break in pieces, to be shivered …c1450 obs.

• TO-SHRED
vb. to cut to shreds …c1386 obs.

• TO-SKAIR
vb. to scatter, to disperse …c1200 obs.

• TO-SKILL
vb. to divide, to distinguish …c1200 obs.

• TO-SLENT
vb. 1. to slip away …c1380 obs.
vb. 2. to split, to burst …c1380 obs.

• TO-SLIVE
vb. to cleave …c1050 obs.

• TO-SMITE
vb. to smite violently…a1400 obs.

• TO-SNED
vb. to cut to pieces …c1205 obs.

• TO-SPARPLE
vb. to scatter abroad …1387 obs.

• TO-SPILL
vb. to confound, to ruin utterly …a1300 obs.

• TO-SPRENG
vb. to besprinkle completely …1382 obs.

• TOSS ACROSS
vb. to perpetrate a deception …1912 Amer. sl.

• TOSSANCE
n. the youngest child in a family …1912 Amer. dial.

• TOSSED
adj. searched by the police …1950s Amer. sl.

• TOSSER
n. an unpleasant or despicable person, usually male …1977 sl.

• TOSSIANCE
n. the youngest child in a family …1912 Amer. dial.

• TOSS IN ONE’S AGATE
vb. to die; to acknowledge defeat …1906 Aust.

• TOSS IN THE AIR
vb. to jilt …1896 Amer. sl.

• TOSS IN THE HAY
n. copulation; a spontaneous or secret act of copulation performed in a barn or a haystack; any spontaneous or casual act of copulation …E20 US sl.
vb. to copulate …E20 Amer. sl.

• TOSS IN THE TOWEL
vb. to admit or concede defeat …1915 sl., orig. boxing usage

• TOSSION UP
vb. to indulge or coddle a child …1912 Amer. dial.

• TOSS OFF
vb. 1. 1590 – to drink, esp. at one gulp
vb. 2. 18C sl. – to masturbate  
vb. 3. 1874 US sl. – to do something easily and casually

• TOSS ONE’S ALLEY (IN)
vb. to die; to acknowledge defeat …1916 Aust.

• TOSS ONE’S COOKIES
vb. to vomit …1941 sl.

• TOSS UP
vb. to vomit …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• TOSS UP ONE’S TOENAILS
vb. to vomit violently …1965 Amer. dial.

• TOSS WORDS
vb. to converse …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• TOSSY-TAIL
adv. topsy-turvy …B1900 Eng. dial.

• TO-STICK
vb. 1. to prick all over …c1315 obs.
vb. 2. to stick to, to adhere …1596 obs.

• TO-STING
vb. to sting severely …a1300 obs.

• TO STINK
adv. intensely, furiously …1920s sl.
vb. (‘to-stink) to stink greatly …1382 obs.

• TO-STIR
vb. to move violently …1382 obs.

• TO-STONY
vb. to astound …1375 obs.

• TO-SWELT
vb. to perish, to die …c1205 obs.

• TO-SWINGE
vb. to disperse by beating; to beat to pieces …c1205 obs.

• TO-SWINK
vb. to toil hard …c1386 obs.


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