Dictionary: WHE – WHIS


• WHEAL
vb. to mark with a blow from a whip or cane; to thrash, to flog …1856 Eng. dial.
 
• WHEAN-CAT
n. a she-cat …1684 Eng. dial.
 
• WHEAT
n. marijuana …M20 US drug culture sl.
 
• WHEE!
int. used as a call to animals, esp. for driving away pigs …1889 Amer. dial.
 
• WHEEDLE
n. a baby chick …1968 Amer. dial.
 
• WHEEJAW
adj. askew, crooked, uneven, shaky, unstable …1894 Amer. dial.
 
• WHEEL
n. 1. a dollar, esp. a silver dollar …1807 Amer. dial.
n. 2. 5 shillings … Bk1891 sl.
n. 3. a high-ranking or important person …1933 sl., orig. & chiefly US
vb. to push a baby in its carriage …1884 Amer. dial.
 
• WHEEL AND DEAL
vb. to bargain shrewdly …1961 orig. US
 
• WHEELBARREL
n. a wheelbarrow …1870 Amer. dial.
 
• WHEELBARROW SEED
n. a nonexistent item used as the basis for a practical joke …1898 Amer. dial.
 
• WHEELBARRY
n. a wheelbarrow …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• WHEELER-DEALER
n. a bargainer …1960 orig. US
 
• WHEELHORSE
n. one who does the hard work in some enterprise or cause; a trusted assistant; a hard-working or powerful person …1845 Amer. dial.
 
• WHEELIE
n. someone in or confined to a wheelchair …1977 Aust. sl.
 
• WHEELING TIME
n. spring …1914 Amer. dial.
 
• WHEELMAN
n. the driver of a criminals’ getaway vehicle …1935 sl., orig. US
 
• WHEELS
n. the legs …1927 US sl., orig. criminals’ usage
 
• WHEELY
adj. circular …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• WHEESHT!
int. shut up! be quiet! …c2002 UK playground sl.
 
• WHEEWHAW
adj. askew, crooked, uneven, shaky, unstable …1894 Amer. dial.
 
• WHEE-WHOO!
int. a call to get the pigs in at feeding time …1965 Amer. dial.
 
• WHEEZE
n. an ingenious device …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• WHEFFLE
n. the bark of a small dog; a suppressed barking …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
vb. to bark as a small dog; to yap, to yelp, to growl; to bark in a suppressed manner …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
 
• WHELK
n. a pustule, a pimple; a welt, a bruise, a bump on the skin …1848 Amer. dial.
 
 WHELKER
n. 1. a heavy blow or thump …1851 Eng. dial.
n. 2. anything uncommonly large …B1900 Eng. dial.
 
• WHELLAH!
int. exclamation at the conclusion of a list of chores or steps leading up to an end result …US playground sl.
 
• WHELP
n. a bump on the skin, as from a mosquito bite; a bruise; a welt …1895 Amer. dial.
 
• WHELTED
adj. bruised …1949 Amer. dial.
 
• WHEN ADAM WAS AN OAKUM BOY IN BROOKLYN NAVY YARD
phr. a very long time ago …M19 sl.
 
• WHEN ADAM WAS AN OAKUM BOY IN CHATHAM
phr. a very long time ago …M19 sl.
 
• WHEN BIRDS HAVE TWO TAILS
phr. when it is spring and swallows return …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
 
• WHEN CHICKENS HAVE TEETH
phr. never …1950 Amer. dial.
 
• WHENEYE
n. someone, esp. a visitor or foreigner, who exasperates listeners by continually recounting tales of his or her former exploits …1982 sl.
 
• WHEN FANNY WAS A WOMAN’S NAME
n. long ago …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• WHENNIE
n. someone, esp. a visitor or foreigner, who exasperates listeners by continually recounting tales of his or her former exploits …1982 sl.
 
• WHENNYMEGS
n. the testicles …19C Eng. dial.
 
• WHEN THE BAND BEGINS TO PLAY
phr. when matters become serious …1892
 
• WHEN THE BOARD’S RED
phr. refers to a woman’s menstruation …1965 Amer. dial.
 
• WHEN THE CHIPS ARE DOWN
phr. applied to a crucial or decisive moment; also, when all is said and done …1945 sl., orig. US
 
• WHEN THE COWS GIVE BEER
n. never …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• WHEN THE EAGLE FLIES
phr. when pay is disbursed; on payday …1941 Amer. sl. esp. military usage
 
• WHEN THE EAGLE MOULTS
phr. when pay is disbursed; on payday …1922  Amer. sl. esp. military usage
 
• WHEN THE EAGLE SCREAMS
phr. when pay is disbursed; on payday …1929  Amer. sl. esp. military usage
 
• WHEN THE EAGLE SHITS
phr. when pay is disbursed; on payday …1953 Amer. sl. esp. military usage
 
• WHEN THE EAGLE SQUAWKS
phr. when pay is disbursed; on payday …1919  Amer. sl. esp. military usage
 
• WHEN THE EAGLE WALKS
phr. when pay is disbursed; on payday …1918 Amer. sl. esp. military usage
 
• WHEN THE SKY FALLS WE SHALL CATCH LARKS
phr. a way of stating to a person that his scheme is absurd or ridiculous …1822
 
• WHEREABOUTS
n. ‘wear-abouts’; men’s underpants …E20 Aust. sl.
 
• WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? ON YOUR DADDY’S YACHT
phr. used rhetorically as a representation of the privileges of civilian life …1962 UK military usage
 
• WHERE IT DOESN’T RAIN
n. hell …1965 Amer. dial.
 
• WHERE IT DOESN’T SNOW
n. hell …1905 Amer. dial.
 
• WHERE IT’S AT
n. the true state of affairs …1965 sl., orig. US
 
• WHERE THE CHUFF?
int. where the hell? …1996 UK euphemism for ‘where the fuck?
 
• WHERE THE CROWS FLY BACKWARDS TO KEEP THE DUST OUT OF THEIR EYES
phr. Bk1999 Aust. sl. – any remote outstation
 
• WHERE THE INDIAN(S) SHOT ONE
n. the navel …1965 Amer. dial.
 
• WHERE THE QUEEN GOES ON FOOT
n. the W.C.; the bathroom …19C Brit. euphemism
 
• WHERE THE WIND DON’T BLOW
n. hell …1965 Amer. dial.
 
• WHERE THE YANKEE SHOT YOU
n. the navel …1966 Amer. dial.
 
• WHERE UNCLE’S DOODLE GOES
n. the vagina; the female genitals in general …19C Brit. sl.
 
• WHEREWITH
n. money … Bk1903 sl.
 
• WHEREWITHAL
n. money … Bk1903 sl.
 
• WHERRY-GO-NIMBLE; WHERRY-GO-NIMBLES
n. 1699 obs. exc. Eng. dial. – looseness of the bowels; diarrhoea
 
• WHET
n. a turn, spell of activity; an indefinite interval of time …1834 Amer. dial.
 
• WHETING-CORNE
n. the female genitals …19C Brit. sl.
 
• WHEW
n. a hurry, a rush …1847 Amer. dial.
vb. to hurry, to bustle about …1847 Amer. dial.
 
• WHEW AROUND
vb. to hurry, to bustle about; …1873 Amer. dial.
 
• WHEY
vb. to beat severely …1936 Amer. dial.
 
 WHEY-BLOODED
adj. cowardly …1675 obs.
 
• WHEYING
n. a thorough beating …1967 Amer. dial.
 
 WHIBBLE
vb. to lie …c1730 Eng. dial. obs.
 
• WHICHAWAY
adj. 1. disorderly; in confusion …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
adj. 2. askew, awry, crooked …1967 Amer. dial.
 
• WHICKER
n. 1. a woodpecker …1887 Amer. dial.
vb. 2. to whinny, to neigh softly …1850 Amer. dial.
 
• WHICKERBILL
n. 1. a poor, White, rural Southerner …1921 Amer. dial.
n. 2. a worthless oaf or bumpkin …20C US sl.
n. 3. the mouth …1923 Amer. dial.
n. 4. the foreskin; the penis …1939 Amer. dial.
n. 5. a contraption, a gadget, a doohickey …1951 Amer. dial.
n. 6. the nose …1972 Amer. dial.
 
• WHICKLE
vb. to whinny, to neigh softly …1965 Amer. dial.
 
• WHIDDLE
n. a baby chick …1968 Amer. dial.
 
• WHIFF
n. a short space of time; a jiffy …1823 Amer. dial.
vb. to smell unpleasantly …1899 sl.
 
• WHIFFENPOOF
n. 1. an imaginary animal or monster; an animal that cannot be named …1932 Amer. dial.
n. 2. nonsense …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• WHIFFENPUFF
n. an imaginary animal or monster; an animal that cannot be named …1922 Amer. dial.
 
• WHIFFER
n. 1. the nose …20C US sl.
n. 2. a bad-smelling breaking of wind …20C US sl.
n. 3. a tattletale …1952 Amer. dial.
 
 WHIFFET
n. 1. a small, often noisy, dog …1767 Amer. dial.
n. 2. a small or contemptible person; an insignificant looking person; a lazy boy …1767 Amer. dial.
vb. to veer, waver, fluctuate; to cause smoke, etc. to wave or fluctuate …1896 Eng. dial.
 
• WHIFFINGER
n. a vagabond, a worthless ne’er-do-well …1825 Sc.
 
• WHIFFIT
n. a small, often noisy, dog …1767 Amer. dial.
 
• WHIFFLE
n. a crew cut …1942 Amer. dial.
 
• WHIFFLE-BIRD
n. an imaginary bird …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• WHIFFLED
adj. drunk …1927 sl.
 
• WHIFFLE-MINDED
adj. fickle; vacillating, undecided …1844 Amer. dial.
 
• WHIFFLEPOOP
n. nonsense …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• WHIFFLER
n. 1. 1770 US – a person who changes his opinion; a vacillator
n. 1965 Amer. dial. – a crew cut  
 
• WHIFFLES
n. a relaxation of the scrotum …L18 Brit. sl.
 
• WHIFFMAGIG
n. 1. a trifler; an insignificant, contemptible person; a mean, paltry person …1871
n. 2. a shifty or evasive person; a base person …1871
 
• WHIFFY
adj. smelly …1849 sl.
 
• WHIGGER
n. an adolescent male of Anglo-Saxon descent who acts out with African-American stereotypes; a wanna-be Afro-American …c1986 US playground sl.
 
• WHIGGERED
adj. of sour milk: going to whey …1958 Amer. dial.
 
• WHILES
n. a time, a while …1857 Amer. dial.
 
• WHILLY-WALLIES
n. fine clothes, finery …1747 Sc.
 
• WHIM
n. the female genitals …E18 Brit. sl.
 
• WHIMBOOZLE
phr. said to a child when he asks “What are you making?” …1965 Amer. dial.
 
• WHIMMER
n. a whinny, a neigh …1939 Amer. dial.
vb. to whinny, to neigh …1939 Amer. dial.
 
• WHIMMY-DIDDLE
n. a thingamajig, a contraption; a nonexistent object …1934 Amer. dial.
 
• WHIMMY-DOODLE
n. a thingamajig, a contraption; a nonexistent object …1946 Amer. dial.
 
• WHIMP
n. a spineless, whimpering, undesirable person …M20 US sl.
 
• WHIMPADIDDLE TO GRIND SMOKE WITH
phr. said to a child when he asks “What are you making?” …1965 Amer. dial.
 
• WHIMPER
n. a whinny, a neigh …1939 Amer. dial.
vb. to whinny, to neigh …1939 Amer. dial.
 
• WHIM-WHAM
n. the female genitals …E18 Brit. sl.
 
• WHIM-WHAM FOR A GOOSE’S BRIDLE
n. a nonexistent object …1928 Amer. dial.
 
• WHIM-WHAMS
n. 1. feelings of uneasiness, apprehension, or nervousness; a depressed or gloomy mood …1931 Amer. dial.
n. 2. general feelings of discomfort, illness, or vexation …1966 Amer. dial.
 
• WHIN-BUSH
n. the female pubic hair …19C Brit. sl.
 
• WHINDIG
n. a party, esp. a lavish or boisterous one …1930 Amer. dial.
 
• WHINDLE
vb. to whimper, to whine, to cry peevishly, to fret …1770 Amer. dial.
 
• WHING-DING
n. 1. a drinking spree …20C US
n. 2. a gadget …20C US
n. 3. an affair or sexual encounter …20C US
 
• WHING-DINGER
n. something excellent …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• WHINGE
n. a complaint …1947 sl.
vb. to complain …1946 Aust. sl.
 
• WHINGE BAG
n. a complainer …2003 UK sl.
 
• WHINGEING POM
n. an English person viewed as a habitual complainer …1962 Aust. sl.
 
• WHINGER
n. a person who whinges; a habitual complainer …1934 Aust. sl.
 
• WHINKER
vb. to whinny, to neigh softly …1965 Amer. dial.
 
• WHINNEL
vb. to whimper, to whine, to cry peevishly, to fret …1886 Amer. dial.
 
• WHINY-PINY
adj. complaining, fretful, peevish, querulous …1854 Eng. dial.
adv. in a fretful manner …B1900
 
• WHIP
n. 1. rum …1953 Aust. sl.
n. 2. the penis …M20 sl.
n. 3. a long radio antenna …1976 US sl.
n. 4. a close friend …1982 Bahamas sl.
n. 5. a boss or supervisor …1984 US sl.
n. 6. a moustache …1992 UK rhyming sl. for ‘tash’ (Whip and Lash)
n. 7. a car; used by urban Black youths …2004 UK sl.
vb. 1. to steal or take roughly or without permission …1859 Brit. sl.
vb. 2. to arrest someone …1971 US sl.
vb. 3. to masturbate …1992 UK rhyming sl. for ‘strop’ (Whip and Top)
 
• WHIP AND LASH
n. a moustache …1992 UK rhyming sl. for ‘tash’
 
• WHIP AND TOP
vb. to masturbate …1992 UK rhyming sl. for ‘strop’
 
• WHIP INTO TRIM
vb. to exercise …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• WHIP IT IN, WHIP IT OUT
phr. a phrase that celebrates a male approach to sexual relations …1998 UK sl.
 
• WHIP IT OUT
vb. to release the penis from the confines of the trousers …1997 US sl.
 
• WHIP IT TO ME!
int. expressing encouragement of sexual advances or performance …M20 US sl.
 
• WHIPLASH
n. a rash …1998 UK rhyming sl.
 
• WHIPLASH DELIVERY
n. a fast throw …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• WHIP OFF
vb. to masturbate …M20 US sl.
 
• WHIP ONE’S WIRE
vb. to masturbate …20C US sl.
 
• WHIPPED
adj. 1. intoxicated with alcohol …19C US sl.
adj. 2. fatigued, exhausted, extremely tired; sometimes followed by ‘up’ …1940 US sl.
 
• WHIPPED-CREAM PANTS
n. riding or other breeches made out of cloth ‘the colour of whipped cream’ (off-white) …1968 Amer. dial.
 
• WHIPPED DOWN
adj. 1935 Amer. dial. – fatigued, exhausted, extremely tired
 
• WHIPPED OUT
adj. 1906 Amer. dial. – fatigued, exhausted, extremely tired
 
• WHIPPED OUT OF ONE’S BOOTS
adj. B1890 – completely conquered or vanquished
 
• WHIPPER
n. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – something excellent
 
WHIPPER-JAWED
adj. 1951 Amer. dial. – crooked, askew, out of shape
 
WHIPPERSNAPPER
n. Bk1913-17 Amer. dial. – a person of no consequence
 
 WHIPPER-TOOTIES
n. 1808 Sc. – silly scruples about doing anything; frivolous difficulties
Etymology
– nonce formation based on whippert (adj.) (hasty and tart in demeanour, or in the mode of doing anything), and tout or toot (vb.) (to blow on a horn) and (n.) (a blow on a horn)
 
WHIPPLE
n. 1965 Amer. dial. – a crew cut
 
• WHIPS AND JINGLES
n. E20 US sl. – severe delirium tremens
 
• WHIP-SAW
vb. 1873 US sl. – to cheat or be cheated in two ways at once or by the joint action of two others
 
• WHIPSEY
adj. 20C US sl. – intoxicated with alcohol
 
• WHIPS OF TIME
n. Bk1892 Aust. sl. – an abundance of time
 
• WHIPS OF TIN
n. Bk1892 Aust. sl. – any amount of money
 
• WHIPSTITCH
n. 1899 Amer. dial. – a short space of time; a moment
 
• WHIP THE CAT
vb. 1. 1630 – to vomit, esp. from too much drink
vb. 2. 1847 – to practice a practical joke
vb. 3. 1847 Aust. sl. – to feel remorse; to regret something
vb. 4. 1905 Aust. & NZ sl. – to complain
 
• WHIP THE DEVIL ROUND THE STUMP
vb. 1776 Eng. dial. – to accomplish something by indirection or subterfuge; to be evasive or dilatory
 
• WHIP THE DUMMY
vb. 20C sl. – to masturbate
 
• WHIP THE LIZARD
vb. 1971 Amer. sl. – of a male: to masturbate
 
• WHIP UP
vb. 1849 sl. – to speedily prepare a dish or meal
 
• WHIP UP ON SKIPPY
vb. 2001 sl. – of a male: to masturbate
 
• WHIP YOUR WANG
vb. 1969 US sl. – of a male: to masturbate
 
• WHIRKEN
vb. 1611 obs. exc. Eng. dial. – to choke, to suffocate, to stifle
 
 WHIRL-BLAST
n. 1798 – a whirlwind, a hurricane; a storm of wind
 
• WHIRLICUE
n. 1. 1942 Amer. sl. – a curlicue; a little flourish on handwriting or one’s signature to make it look fancy
n. 2. 1968 Amer. dial. – a merry-go-round
 
• WHIRLIGIG
n. 1. 1967 Amer. sl. – a curlicue; a little flourish on handwriting or one’s signature to make it look fancy
n. 2. 1995 Amer. dial. – a maple seed; the winged fruit of a maple tree
 
• WHIRLIGUST
n. 1859 Amer. dial. – a whirlwind
 
• WHIRLIJIG
n. 1967 Amer. sl. – a curlicue; a little flourish on handwriting or one’s signature to make it look fancy
 
• WHIRLIMACUE
n. 1942 Amer. sl. – a curlicue; a little flourish on handwriting or one’s signature to make it look fancy
 
• WHIRLIMAGIG; WHIRLIMAJIG
n. 1931 Amer. dial. – a toy that spins round; a top or a pinwheel
 
• WHIRLIMIJIG; WHIRLIMYJIG
n. 1909 Amer. dial. – a toy that spins round; a top or a pinwheel
 
• WHIRL IN
vb. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – to begin, to commence
 
• WHIRLING JENNY
n. 1902 Amer. dial. – a homemade merry-go-round; ‘made by sawing off a sapling about four feet from the ground. The core of the tree is left sticking up to form a peg and a hole to fit the peg is bored in the middle of a long and heavy plank. This plank is placed across the stump, a boy running at each end of the plank and away they go
 
• WHIRL JENNY
n. 1967 Amer. dial. – a homemade merry-go-round; ‘made by sawing off a sapling about four feet from the ground. The core of the tree is left sticking up to form a peg and a hole to fit the peg is bored in the middle of a long and heavy plank. This plank is placed across the stump, a boy running at each end of the plank and away they go
 
• WHIRL TO
vb. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – to begin, to commence
 
• WHIRLYBIRD
n. 1995 Amer. dial. – a maple seed; the winged fruit of a maple tree
 
• WHIRLY-CUE
n. 1942 Amer. sl. – a curlicue; a little flourish on handwriting or one’s signature to make it look fancy
 
• WHIRLYGIGS
n. 17C Brit. sl. – the testicles
 
• WHIRLYGUST
n. 1859 Amer. dial. – a whirlwind
 
• WHIRLY WIND
n. 1967 Amer. dial. – a small whirlwind which picks up sand and dust; a tornado
 
• WHIS-CAPALIAN
n. 1965 Amer. dial. – an Episcopalian
 
• WHISKER
n. 1. Bk1942 Amer. turf sl. – a horse’s nose
n. 2. 20C US sl. – a prostitute
n. 3. 20C US sl. – a woman considered as a sex object
 
 WHISKERANDO
n. 1807 humorous usage – a heavily whiskered or bearded man
 
• WHISKERS
adj. 1. 20C US criminals’ sl. – pert. to sexually loose woman
adj. 2. 20C US criminals’ sl. – pert. to sexually perverted men
n. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – an old hand on the railroad
 
• WHISKER-SPLITTER
n. E19 Brit. sl. – a whoremonger; a notorious copulator
 
• WHISKEY HOUSE
n. 1828 Amer. dial. – a low-class or illegal bar or saloon; a honky-tonk
 
• WHISKEY-PALIAN
n. 1868 Amer. dial. – an Episcopalian
 
• WHISKISH
adj. 1599 obs. rare – lively, frisky
 
• A WHISK OF A LAMB’S TAIL
n. 1895 Amer. dial. – a very short time
 
• WHISKYFIED
adj. M19 US sl. – intoxicated with alcohol
 
• WHISKY-FRISKY
adj. E20 US sl. – intoxicated with alcohol
 
• WHISKYHEAD
n. 1. 1965 Amer. dial. – a heavy drinker
n. 2. 1965 Amer. dial. – an Irishman
 
• WHISKY JACK
n. Bk1913 Amer. dial. – the common Canadian jay
 
• WHISKY TREES
n. 1939 Amer. dial. jocular usage – fields of corn
 
• WHISPER
n. Bk1913 Amer. dial. – a little, a trifle
 
 WHISTERCLISTER
n. 1787 Eng. dial. – a smart blow or smack, especially on the ear or the side of the head; a backhand slap
 
• WHISTLE
n. 19C Brit. colloq. – the penis, esp. that of a child
 
• WHISTLE (AND FLUTE)
n. 1931 Brit. rhyming sl. – a suit
 
• WHISTLE-BERRIES
n. 20C US sl. – beans, ‘musical fruit’
 
• WHISTLE BREECHES; WHISTLE BRITCHES
n. 1. 1904 Amer. dial. – corduroy pants; a nickname for one who wears such pants
n. 2. 1904 Amer. dial., derogatory or teasing usage – a nickname for a self-important person
 
• WHISTLED
adj. 1938 sl. – drunk
 
• WHISTLE FOR SOMETHING
vb. 1605 – to want something in vain
 
• WHISTLE FOR YOUR NIPPLE
n. UK playground sl. – a game that involves firmly gripping the nipple of a compatriot and shouting ‘Whistle for your nipple’; the painful grasp is only released when the victim manages to whistle, which is nigh on impossible due to extreme pain and/or mirth
 
• WHISTLE HOG
n. 1965 Amer. dial. – a marmot; the woodchuck; a groundhog
 
• WHISTLE PIG
n. 1. 1923 Amer. dial. – a marmot; the woodchuck; a groundhog
n. 2. 2004 Amer. dial. – a prairie dog
 
• WHISTLE PUNK
n. 1909 Amer. dial. – in logging: a worker, formerly often a boy, who signals the operation of log-hauling machinery by controlling the whistle of the ‘donkey engine’
 
• WHISTLER
n. 1. 1880 Amer. dial. – a marmot; a groundhog; the woodchuck
n. 2. 1940s sl. – a bus conductress  

• WHISTLE STOP
n. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – a small town
 
• WHISTLE TROUSERS
n. 1904 Amer. dial. – corduroy pants; a nickname for one who wears such pants
 
• WHISTLE UP A BREEZE
vb. L18 sl. – to obtain money; to obtain a loan
 
 WHISTLING BREECHES
n. B1900 sl. – corduroy trousers
 
• WHISTLING PEG
n. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – a fast throw
 
• WHISTLING PIG
n. 1923 Amer. dial. – a marmot; the woodchuck; a groundhog
 
• WHISTLING WAMPUS
n. 1950 Amer. dial. – an imaginary animal monster; a hobgoblin


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Updated: September 7, 2022