Dictionary: VAN – VAR


• VAN
n. 1. the fore or front part of a thing – 1727 rare
n. 2. a sail of a windmill – 1837
n. 3. a height or summit – 1871
n. 4. a brakevan, a caboose – 1977 US sl.
n. 5. Vancouver, British Columbia – 2002 Can. sl.

• VANCE
n. a boastful, arrogant assertion or bearing – 1830 Sc.
vb. to advance – 1303 obs.

• VANCEMENT
n. advancement, preferment – 1303 obs.

• VANCE-ROOF
n. a garret – 1655

• VANCOUVER
n. a hoover, a vacuum cleaner – 1990s rhyming sl.

• VAND
n. 1. manner of behaving, attitude – 1866 Sc.
n. 2. a skill, knack, or aptitude for doing something – 1893 Sc.
vb. 1. to turn – 1814 Sc. obs.
vb. 2. of clothes: to fit, to become the person – 1866 Sc. obs.
vb. 3. to arrange, to contrive, shape, put together properly; to fit or adapt one thing to another – 1914 Sc.

• VANDA
n. value, worth; esteem, respect – 1929 Sc.

• VANDALIC
adj. barbarously or ignorantly destructive – 1666

• VANDALIQUE
adj. barbarously or ignorantly destructive – 1666

• VANDALISTIC
adj. given to vandalism ..1854

• VANDAVIL
n. an article, a thing, an object, esp. one of little value; a small morsel – a1838 Sc.

• VANDEMONIAN
adj. belonging to or inhabiting Tasmania – 1840
n. an inhabitant of Tasmania – 1852

• VANDEMONIANISM
n. rough or unmannerly behaviour; riotousness, rowdyism – 1863

• VANDERBILT
n. a very rich man – L19 US sl.

• VANDIE
adj. of persons: proud, boastful, vain; proud-looking, jaunty, ostentatious, showy; pleased, elated – 1724 Sc. obs.

• VANDILUP
n. a downpour of rain – 1897 Sc.

• VANDIT
adj. 1. of a cow: having striped sides – 1929 Sc.
adj. 2. of socks: having been dyed in such a fashion as to be variegated in colour – 1973 Sc.

• VANDLOB
n. a downpour of rain – 1897 Sc.

• VANDOO
n. an auction – 1861 Amer. dial.

• VAN DRAGGER
n. a thief who specializes in stealing goods from the back of vans and carts – 20C sl.

• V AND T
n. vodka and tonic – 1997 UK sl.

• VANDT
vb. to become a person, to fit, to suit – Bk1905 Sc.

• VANDUE
n. an auction – 1680 Amer. dial.

• V AND V
n. a combination of Valium and Vermouth – 1970s US sl.

• V AND X
n. a corner store; (Latin V, 5 + X, 10, i.e. a ‘5 and 10 cent’ store) – 1940s African-American sl.

• V AND X STORE
n. a corner store – 1940s African-American sl.

• VANDYKE
adj. flaunting, careering – Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. 1. a flaunting figure – Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. 2. (as ‘Van Dyke’) a lavatory – 1930s Aust. sl.
n. 3. (as ‘Van Dyke’) a lesbian truck driver – 1960s US homosexual sl.
n. 4. (as ‘Van Dyke’) a lesbian with a trace of a moustache on her upper lip – 1960s US homosexual sl.
vb. to dress flauntingly – Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• VANE
int. a call to a horse to come towards one – 1849 Sc.
n. 1. a sail of a windmill – 1581
n. 2. an unstable or constantly changing person or thing – 1588
n. 3. the web of a feather – 1713

• VANG
n. a notion, conceit – Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• VANGEL
n. gospel – a1340 obs.

• VANGELIST
n. an evangelist – a1330 obs.

• VAN GOGH
n. a trucker operating with a citizens’ band radio – 1976 US sl.

• VANGROOVY
n. Vancouver, British Columbia – 2002 Can. sl.

• VANHAP
n. misfortune – 1513 Sc. obs.

• VANILLA
adj. 1. ordinary, simple, basic – 1977 US sl.
adj. 2. of sex: conventional; of homosexual sex: gentle, traditional, emotional – 1984 US sl.
adj. 3. white-skinned, Caucasian – 1994 US sl., orig. Black usage
adj. 4. of pornography: relatively high-brow, designed for couples and first-time viewers – 2000 US sl.
n. 1. a White person, esp. a woman – 1930s African-American sl.
n. 2. a heterosexual who practices normal sexual behaviour – 1980s US sl.
n. 3. non-penetrative sex, i.e. cuddling and mutual masturbation – 1980s US homosexual sl.

• VANILLA DINGE
n. a Black man who prefers White women – 1960s African-American sl.

• VANILLA FUDGE
n. a judge – 1980s Aust. rhyming sl.

• VANILLA QUEEN
n. 1. a gay Black male who prefers White partners – 1980s African-American sl.
n. 2. a gay man who practices ‘tame’, non-experimental sex – 2000s sl.

• VANILLA SEX
n. relatively conventional forms of sexual activity; usually used in contrast with sado-masochistic sex – 1990s homosexual sl.

• VANILLA SUBURB
n. the White suburbs, as opposed to the Black inner city – 1970s US sl.

• VANILLA WAFER
n. 1990s US sl. – a very conventional man

• VANILOQUENCE
n. vain talk or babbling – 1623 rare

• VANILOQUENT
adj. speaking in a vain or foolish way – 1727 rare

• VANILOQUY
n. vain talk or babbling – Bk1928 rare

• VANISHING AMERICAN
n. an American Indian – 20C US

• VANITARIANISM
n. the pursuit of vanities – 1849 nonce word

• VANITY
n. 1. the quality of being foolish or of holding erroneous opinions – c1386 obs.
n. 2. one’s favourite liquor – 1891 sl.

• VANITY FAIR
n. a chair – 1961 UK rhyming sl.

• VAN JOHN
n. in cards: the game of pontoon or 21 – M19 sl.

• VAN-JOTTHERY
n. a miscellaneous collection – .1889 Eng. dial.

• VANK
vb. to dismiss someone; to die – 1990s W. Indies sl.

• VANLUP
n. a downpour of rain – 1897 Sc.

• VANNA
n. a term of address between homosexual males – 1990 US sl.

• VANNIE
adj. of persons: proud, boastful, vain; proud-looking, jaunty, ostentatious, showy; pleased, elated – 1724 Sc. obs.

• VANNOCK
n. a considerable portion; a large fragment – Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• VANNY
n. a van driver – 2000s sl.

• VANOUVER
n. any vacuum cleaner – 1992 UK rhyming sl. for ‘Hoover’

• VANQUASH
vb. to smash – c1626 nonce word

• VANQUER
n. a conqueror – 1570 obs.

• VANQUERER
n. a scout – 1579 obs.

• VANQUEROR
n. a victor – 1583 obs.

• VANQUISH
vb. 1. to convict of some offense – 1502 obs.
vb. 2. to excel or surpass – 1533 obs.
vb. 3. to expel or banish from a place – 1536 obs.
vb. 4. to deceive, to cajole, to get round a person – 1866 Sc.
vb. 5. to exhaust, to tire out – 1905 Sc.

• VANQUISSANT
adj. victorious – 1632 obs.

• VANSOME
adj. difficult to please – 1929 Sc.

• VANT
vb. to vault, as in the game of leap-frog – Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• VANTAGE
n. 1. advantage, benefit, profit, gain – a1300 arch.
n. 2. a greater amount of something – 1398 obs.
n. 3. a perquisite – a1470 obs.
n. 4. an opportunity; a chance – 1592 obs.
vb. 1. to profit or benefit one – c1460 arch.
vb. 2. to make gain or profit – 1563 obs.

• VANTAGEABLE
adj. advantageous, profitable – 1570 obs. rare

• VANTAGED
adj. increased, augmented – 1578 obs.

• VANTAGELESS
adj. not having any advantage or superiority – 1810

• VANTAGE LOAF
n. the thirteenth loaf in a ‘baker’s dozen’ – 19C

• VANTAGEOUS
adj. bringing advantage or gain – c1566 obs.

• VANTATION
n. ostentation, display – 1637 obs.

• VANTIE
adj. boastful, proud, vain; exultant; ostentatious, showy – 1789 Sc.

• VANTY
adj. boastful, proud, vain – 1724 Sc.

• VAP
n. 1. a bad mood – 20C W. Indies & Black British sl.
n. 2. an impulse; a sudden urge – 1957 Trinidad and Tobago
vb. 1. to run quickly – 1941 Amer. dial.
vb. 2. to snap your fingers, when throwing dice – 1965 Barbados sl.

• VAPER
vb. to brag, to boast, to swagger, to exult; to bully; to flourish menacingly; to threaten with violence – 1785 Sc. & Eng. dial.

• VAPID
adj. of flowers: scentless – c1750 rare

• VAPORATE
vb. to give off vapour; to rise in or as vapour – 1620 obs.

• VAPORATORY
adj. consisting of vapour – 1683 obs.

• VAPORIFEROUS
adj. that makes or stirs up vapour – Bk1656 rare

• VAPOROSE
adj. vaporous; emitting vapour; easily vaporizing – c1400 obs. rare

• VAPOROSITY
n. vaporous quality – 1528 rare

• VAPOROUS
adj. 1. of the eyes: moist with tears – 1583 obs.
adj. 2. of ideas, feelings, etc.: fanciful, idle, unsubstantial, vain – 1605
adj. 3. of persons or minds: inclined to be fanciful, vague, or frothy, in ideas or discourse – 1605
adj. 4. of fabrics or garments: gauzy, filmy – 1863

• VAPORS
n. 1. sickness; a fainting spell; nausea – 20C colloq.
n. 2. the menses – 20C US colloq.
n. 3. the smoke issuing from a crack pipe – 1980s US drug culture sl.
n. 4. a newly realized desire for an individual who, once shunned, has now gained status/material possessions and is thus suddenly alluring – 1990s African-American sl.
n. 5. jealousy – 1990s African-American sl.

• VAPOUR
n. 1. something unsubstantial or worthless – 1382
n. 2. a fancy or fantastic idea; a foolish brag or boast – 1614 obs.
n. 3. a caper; a leap – Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. 4. bullying; exulting in actions and words – Bk1905 Eng. dial.
vb. 1. to talk fantastically, grandiloquently, or boastingly; to brag or bluster – 1628
vb. 2. to act in a fantastic or ostentatious manner; to show off; to swagger; to walk in with a swaggering air – 1652
vb. 3. to give one vapours; to depress or bore – 1774
vb. 4. to caper; to frisk about – 1841 Sc. & Eng. dial.
vb. 5. to pose; to go into attitudes as an orator – Bk1905 Eng. dial.
vb. 6. to saunter; to stroll – Bk1905 Sc.

• VAPOURED
adj. 1. suffering from nervous depression; low-spirited – 1670
adj. 2. inclined to yawn – Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• VAPOURER
n. a bragging, grandiloquent, or fantastical talker – 1653

• VAPOURING
adj. 1. acting or talking in a pretentious or high-flown manner – 1647
adj. 2. having a fantastical, pretentious, or foolishly boastful character – 1649
n. the act of talking or acting in a high-flown or pretentious manner – c1630

• VAPOURINGS
n. vain imaginations – 1873

• VAPOURISH
adj. inclined to depression or low-spirits – 1716-20

• VAPOUR LOCK
n. a temporary loss of common sense or memory – 1996 US sl.

• VAPOURWARE
n. in computing: a program that is announced well before it is completed and released – 1991 US sl.

• VAPOURY
adj. 1. inclined to depression or low spirits – 1771 rare
adj. 2. unsubstantial, indefinite, vague – 1818

• VAPPA
n. flat or sour wine – 1629 rare

• VAPPE
n. 1. a stupid person – 1657 obs. rare
n. 2. flat or sour wine – 1660 obs. rare

• VAPPOUS
adj. flat, insipid – 1673 obs.

• VAPS
n. an impulse; a sudden urge – 1957 Trinidad and Tobago

• VAPULARY
adj. pert. to flogging – 1864 rare

• VAPULATE
vb. 1. to beat or strike – 1603 rare
vb. 2. to administer a flogging – 1818 rare

• VAPULATION
n. a beating or flogging – 1656 rare

• VAPULATORY
adj. relating to flogging – 1886 rare

• VARDA
n. a look – 1996 UK sl.
vb. to see; to look; to observe – 1859 UK sl.

• VARDA D’AMOUR 
. the look of love – 1992 UK sl.

• VARDAS
n. speech, talk – Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• VARDAVISION
n. a television – 2002 UK sl.

• VARDER
n. a look – 1996 UK sl.

• VARDI
vb. to see; to look; to observe – 1859 UK sl.

• VARDINGALE
n. a framework of hoops formerly used by women to extend their skirts – 1552 obs.

• VARDLE
n. the bottom hinge of a gate – 1787 Eng. dial.

• VARDO
n. a wagon; a gypsy wagon – 1812 cant obs.
vb. to see; to look; to observe – 1859 UK sl.

• VARDO-GILL
n. a wagoner – 1812 cant. obs.

• VARDY
adj. speaking so as to interrupt conversation – Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. opinion, judgement, verdict, viewpoint – 1731-8 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
vb. to see; to look; to observe – 1859 UK sl.

• VAREC
n. seaweed – 1676

• VAREEZ
vb. 1. to notice, to observe – a1838 Sc.
vb. 2. to be doubtful, to hesitate – 1908 Sc.

• VARF
vb. to vomit – 20C sl.

• VARG
n. 1. a mess, an untidy mix-up, dirt, rubbish – 1891 Sc.
n. 2. messiness, dirty or disgusting work or conditions – 1908 Sc.
vb. 1. to soil, to defile – 1866 Sc.
vb. 2. to work in dirty conditions, to perform a messy task – 1908 Sc.

• VARGE
vb. to quarrel – Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• VARGLE
vb. to soil, to defile – 1866 Sc.

• VARGYBIN’
n. a lazy but inoffensive young man – M19 sl.

• VARGYBUN’
n. a lazy but inoffensive young man – M19 sl.

• VARIAMENT
n. a disagreement or difference – 1491 obs.

• VARIANCE
n. 1. variety – a1400-50 obs.
n. 2. divergence from the truth – c1450 obs.

• VARIANCY
n. changeability; variance – 1888 rare

• VARIANT
adj. 1. of persons: changeful in disposition or purpose; inconstant, fickle – c1386 rare
adj. 2. of colours: varied, variegated; also of an animal or cloth in respect of colour – a1400-50 obs.
adj. 3. dissentient, disagreeing – 1412-20 obs.
adj. 4. of wind: changing, shifting – 1847 rare

• VARIATE
adj. diversified, variegated; varied in nature – c1440 obs.
vb. 1. to alter; to cause to change – 1566 obs.
vb. 2. to vary or change – 1591 obs.

• VARIATION
n. 1. difference, divergence or discrepancy between two or more things or persons – c1386 obs.
n. 2. uncertainty, doubt – 1471 obs.
n. 3. discord, variance, dissension – c1485 obs. rare
n. 4. inconstancy; variableness – 1509 obs.

• VARIATIOUS
adj. marked by variation – 1875 rare

• VARIATIVE
adj. showing variation – 1874

• VARICOSE ALLEY
n. the platform that extends from a stage used by strippers out into the audience – 1945 US sl.

• VARICOSE VEIN
n. a baby; a child – 1996 Sc. rhyming sl. for ‘wean’

• VARICOSE-VEIN FLAT
n. a flat in poor maintenance – 1990s sl.

• VARIETY
n. 1. variation or change of fortune – a1533 obs.
n. 2. dissension, division – 1546 obs.
n. 3. tendency to change; fickleness; change of purpose or plans – a1548 obs.
n. 4. the fact or quality of being varied in colour; variegation – 1555 obs. rare

• VARIFORMED
adj. variously formed or shaped; varied or different in form – 1578 obs.

• VARIFORMITY
n. variety or diversity of form – 1702 rare

• VARIFY
vb. to make varied; to vary; to variegate – 1606 obs.

• VARIORUM
n. 1. a change, novelty, diversion; a constant variation, a variety, medley – 1761 Sc.
n. 2. a whim, caprice; a palaver, fuss – 1857 Sc. obs.
n. 3. a piece of decoration, in furniture, etc.; an ornament, gewgaw, trinket; a flourish in handwriting; any unnecessary appendage – 1864 Sc.

• VARIORUMS
n. odds and ends – 1880 Sc.

• VARIOTINTED
adj. of various tints or colours – 1903

• VARIOUS
adj. 1. of things; undergoing or subject to variation or change; variable, changeful – 1552 obs.
adj. 2. turning different ways; going in different directions – 1621 obs.
adj. 3. of persons: changeable in character; inconstant, unstable; fickle – 1636 obs.

• VARIOUSNESS
n. 1. changeableness; inconstancy; variability – 1607 obs.
n. 2. difference, variance – 1628 obs.

• VARK
n. a general term of abuse, esp. of a policeman – 1950s S. Afr. sl.

• VARLESS
adj. 1. awkward, fumbling, clumsy – 1866 Sc.
adj. 2. careless, heedless – 1898 Sc.

• VARLET
n. 1. a man or lad acting as an attendant or servant; a menial, a groom – 1456 now arch.
n. 2. an attendant on a knight or other person of military importance – 1470-85 now only hist.
n. 3. the knave in cards – 1508 obs.
n. 4. a person of a low, mean, or knavish disposition; a have, a rogue, a rascal – 1555
n. 5. an abusive form of address – 1566
n. 6. a male prostitute – 1606 obs.
n. 7. a warlock, a wizard – 1710 Sc. obs.

• VARLETESS
n. a female varlet – 1748

• VARLETRY
n. varlets collectively; a number or crowd of attendants or menials – 1606

• VARLETTO
n. 1. a man or lad acting as an attendant or servant; a menial, a groom – 1598 obs.
n. 2. an abusive form of address – 1598 obs.

• VARLEY-GRASSEY
adj. gone green, as copper or brass – Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• VARMENT
adj. 1. natty, fashionable, dashing – 1823 sl., now Eng. dial.
adj. 2. knowing, clever, cunning, shrewd – 1829 sl., now Eng. dial.
n. 1. preferment – 1733 Eng. dial.
n. 2. an objectionable or troublesome person; a mischievous child – 1773
n. 3. a sporting amateur with the knowledge or skill of a professional – 1812 sl., now Eng. dial.

• VARMENT-LOOKING
adj. 1. ill-looking – 1851 Eng. dial.
adj. 2. sporting-looking – Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• VARMINT
adj. 1. natty, fashionable, dashing – 1823, now Eng. dial.
adj. 2. knowing, clever, cunning, shrewd – 1829 sl., now Eng. dial.
adj. 3. savage; wicked – 1891 Eng. dial.
n. 1. an objectionable or troublesome person; a mischievous child – 1773
n. 2. a sporting amateur with the knowledge or skill of a professional – 1812 sl., now Eng. dial.
n. 3. a term of contempt – Bk1942 Amer. Western sl.

• VARNISH
n. 1. an outward show; a pretense – 1565
n. 2. a means of embellishment or adornment; a beautifying or improving  quality or feature – 1591
n. 3. a second-rate champagne – L19 UK society usage
n. 4. on the railways: a passenger train – 1946 US sl.
n. 5. a second-rate person, one who is inadequate – 1900s UK society usage
n. 6. sauce offered with food sold from a coffee stall – 1900s sl.
vb. 1. to embellish or adorn; to improve, furbish up – 1400s
vb. 2. to cover with a specious or deceptive appearance; to gloss over, to disguise – 1571
vb. 3. to fill out; to grow sleek and fat – Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• VARNISH CAR
n. a railroad passenger car – 1927 Amer. dial.

• VARNISHED
adj. 1. embellished; speciously tricked out – 1607
adj. 2. simulated, pretended – 1607
adj. 3. intoxicated with alcohol – 20C sl.

• VARNISHED BOXES
n. a passenger train – 1945 Amer. dial.

• VARNISHED CAR
n. a railroad passenger car – 1885 Amer. dial.

• VARNISHED JOB
n. a passenger train – 1945 Amer. dial.

• VARNISHED SHOT
n. a passenger train – 1945 Amer. dial.

• VARNISHED WAGONS
n. a passenger train – 1945 Amer. dial.

• VARNISHER
n. a counterfeiter of fake sovereigns – M19 sl.

• VARNISH ONE’S CANE
vb. from the male point of view: to copulate – 20C Can. sl.

• VARNISH ONE’S POLE
vb. to masturbate – 1980s sl.

• VARNISH-REMOVER
n. an inferior grade of whisky or home-made whisky – 1950s US sl.

• VARNISH THE CANE
vb. of a man: to have sexual intercourse – 1968 US sl.

• VARNISH THE FLAGPOLE
vb. to masturbate – 1980s sl.

• VARNISH THE STICK
vb. of a man: to have sexual intercourse – 1900s US sl.

• VARR
n. appetite, desire for food – 1929 Sc.
vb. to have appetite for, usually in negative expressions – 1929 Sc.

• VARSAL
adj. 1. universal – 1703 Sc. & Eng. dial.
adj. 2. single, individual – 1765 rare
adv. extremely, vastly – a1814 rare

• VARSED
adj. universal – 1703 Eng. dial.

• VARSOVIAN
adj. belonging to Warsaw – 1902

• VARST
n. a great distance; a long way – 1833 Eng. dial. obs.

• VARTFUL
adj. artful – Bk1905 Eng. dial. obs.

• VARY
adj. particoloured, variegated – 1382 obs.
n. a hesitation or vacillation – 1739 obs.
vb. 1. to differ in opinion; to disagree; to dissent from another – ?1428 obs.
vb. 2. to depart from the truth – c1430 obs.
vb. 3. to disagree seriously, to discord or quarrel; to fall at variance – c1440 obs.
vb. 4. to be uncertain, to hesitate – c1477 obs.
vb. 5. to be at strife with; to contend against another – 1496 obs.
vb. 6. to begin to show signs of delirium in illness – 1825 Sc. obs.


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