ADORABLE – ADJECTIVES
– adorable, charming CUTE AS A BUTTON 1913
– adorable due to some quality of shy innocence or vulnerability FUZZY Bk1970 US students’ sl.
ADORATION, ADORE, ADORED, ADORER, ADORING – ADJECTIVES
– adoring ADORANT a1821 poetic usage
– ecstatically adoring; ardent, zealous; burning or inflamed with love or zeal SERAPHIC 1659
– pert. to adoration ADORATIVE 1637 obs.
– pert. to adoration or idolatry IDOLATROUS 1637 obs.
ADORATION etc. – NOUNS
– admiration savouring of adoration; immoderate attachment to or veneration for any person or thing IDOLATRY c1386
– adoration ADOREMENT 1646 obs. rare
ADORATION etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– an adored, admirable, or supremely powerful person GOD a1200
– an adorer, idolizer or devoted admirer of some person or thing IDOLATER c1566
– an adored person; a person loved or respected to adoration IDOL 1591
– a female idolater IDOLATRESS 1613
ADORATION etc. – VERBS
– to adore; to admire excessively; to idolize IDOLATRIZE 1615
– to show adoration or affection with the eyes MAKE CALF-EYES 1949 Amer. dial.
ADORN, ADORNED, ADORNING, ADORNMENT – ADJECTIVES
– adorned, decorated; ornate DECORATE 1460 obs. or arch.
– adorned, flowery, bespangled GAMFERT 1825 Sc.
– adorned, made beautiful FAIRED 1874 obs.
– adorned, ornate ADORN 1667 obs. rare
– adorned, tricked out TIFFED 1303 obs.
– tending or serving to adorn, decorative, ornamental ORNATIVE 1660 obs. rare
ADORN etc. – NOUNS
– adornment ADORN 1592 obs.
– adornment, a dressing up TIFFURE 1303 obs. rare
– adornment, decoration ADUBMENT c1325 obs.
– adornment, decoration GARNISHRY 1835 nonce word
– adornment, decoration QUAINTISING c1430 obs.
– adornment, decoration; ornament; the act of adorning ADORNATION 1597 obs.
– adornment, embellishment DECKAGE 1642 obs. rare
– adornment, embellishment, ornament DECKING 1531 obs.
– adornment, grace, honour, glory, beauty DECORE1513 obs.
– adornment, smartening, bedeckment TIDDIVATION 1847 Eng. dial.
– a means of adornment or embellishment; a beautifying or improving quality or feature VARNISH 1591
– an adorning; decoration, ornament DECORAMENT 1727 rare
– an adorning or beautifying oneself SPRUNKING a1685 rare
– a personal adornment, a contrivance FANGLEMENT c1861 Eng. dial.
– a showy adornment in dress; a piece of finery or frippery; usually plural usage FALLAL a1706
– fanciful adornments, trinkets FEATHERMENTS Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– personal adornments; trinkets, trifles FANDANGS AND FEATHERMENTS Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– superfluous adornments, fanciful attire, finery FEGARIES; FIGARIES 1808 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– superfluous adornments, fanciful attire, finery FIGARIMENTS Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– the fanciful adornments in personal attire; trinkets FANDANGS 1876 Eng. dial.
– useless adornments, show, FAFF 1880 Eng. dial.
ADORN etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– an adorner or embellisher HIGHTER a1387 obs.
– one who adorns or decorates GARNISHER 1518
ADORN etc. – VERBS
– to adorn ADORNATE 1577 obs. rare
– to adorn BEDUB 1657 obs.
– to adorn gaudily; to bedizen with tawdry finery BETAWDER a1689 obs.
– to adorn oneself; to dress in one’s best clothes GUSSY UP 20C Amer. sl.
– to adorn or dress affectedly or effeminately PANSY UP 1946 sl.
– to adorn or embellish; to improve, furbish up VARNISH 1400s
– to adorn or furnish with ‘guards’ or facings, generally of lace or embroidery BEGUARD 1605 obs.
– to adorn; to arrange the dress; to titivate TUTTLE 1899 Eng. dial.
– to adorn; to array; to dress GEAR c1250 obs.
– to adorn; to attire, to clothe duly, to dress TIRE c1350 obs.
– to adorn; to beautify, to dress finely QUAINTISE 1390 obs.
– to adorn, to beautify, to embellish; to grace, to honour DECORATE 1530 obs. or arch.
– to adorn, to beautify; to make lustrous, luminous, or bright ILLUSTRATE 1592 obs.
– to adorn; to beautify; to make seemly or becoming HANDSOME 1555 obs.
– to adorn; to deck BETRAP 1509 obs.
– to adorn; to deck ONORN 1432-50 obs.
– to adorn, to deck oneself DIGHT 1773 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– to adorn; to deck out UMTIFF a1300 obs.
– to adorn; to deck; to cover DICK Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– to adorn, to deck, to dress out DINK 1808 Sc.
– to adorn; to decorate, to embellish DECORE 1490 obs. or arch.
– to adorn; to dress fine DILL 1730 Eng. dial.
– to adorn, to dress, to clothe, to array DUB a1300 obs.
– to adorn; to dress; to clothe, to attire, to deck BEGO a1225 obs.
– to adorn; to dress up BAWM 1790 Eng. dial.
– to adorn; to dress up TRIG OUT 1822 Amer. dial.
– to adorn; to dress up TRIG UP 1868 Amer. dial.
– to adorn; to dress up TRIGGER OUT 1953 Amer. dial.
– to adorn; to dress up TRIGGER UP 1938 Amer. dial.
– to adorn; to dress up, to deck or trick out (in a trifling or time-wasting way) TIFFLE 1388 obs.
– to adorn; to garnish SAUCE Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– to adorn; to grace, to decorate MENSE 1641 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– to adorn; to make an Adonis of; to dress up, to dandify ADONIZE 1611
– to adorn; to make attractive, esp. with cheap ornaments and cosmetics TART UP Bk2002 Aust. sl.
– to adorn; to make beautiful or attractive; to decorate, to embellish FAIR a1225 obs.
– to adorn; to make fine FINIFY 1847 Amer. dial.
– to adorn, to make fine or beautiful QUAINT 1483 obs.
– to adorn, to ornament ORNIFY 1594 obs.
– to adorn, to ornament, to garnish BEDO a1500 obs.
– to adorn; to ornament, to make showy GAUD; GAWD 1554 obs.
– to adorn; to render beautiful; to beautify, to deck BEAUTY 1398 arch.
– to adorn; to ‘titivate’; to smarten up; to ornament, to bedeck; to put the final touches to dress TIDDIVATE 1877 Eng. dial.
– to adorn with lace, to trim a garment etc. with braid, etc. PASSMENT 1706 Sc. obs.
– to adorn with something; to array RAIL c1350 obs.
– to adorn, work, or embroider cloth etc. BEWORK c1000 obs.
ADROIT, ADROITLY – ADJECTIVES
– adroit, apt, apropos; smart FEAT 1519 obs. exc. arch. & Eng. dial.
– adroit, dexterous, skilful DEXTERICAL 1607 obs.
– adroit, skilful, deft, dexterous HABILE 1485
– adroit, very good, very clever, adroit MEAN 1910s sl., orig. US
ADROIT etc. – ADVERBS
– very smoothly or adroitly SLICK AS A WHISTLE Bk1905 Amer. dial.
– very smoothly or adroitly SLICK AS GREASE Bk1905 Amer. dial.
ADULATE, ADULATION – ADJECTIVES
– full of adulation; servilely or fulsomely flattering or praising ADULATORIOUS 1664 obs.
ADULATE etc. – NOUNS
– popular adulation MARMALADE L19 Aust. sl.
ADULATE etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– a person who blatantly seeks adulation GLORY HOG 1960s US sl.
– a person who blatantly seeks adulation GLORY HOUND 1940s US sl.
ADULT, ADULTHOOD – ADJECTIVES
– adult UP-GROWN 1895 Eng. dial.
– adult UP-WAXEN Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– adult; full-grown MAN-BIG Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– adult; grown up; mature MANLY 1579 obs.
– adult; grown-up, MUCKLE 1882 Sc.
– adult; having reached the age of manhood, mature MAN-LENGTH 1896 Sc.
– adult; mature, grown-up MAN-GROWN 1883 Sc.
ADULT etc. – NOUNS
– adulthood of man; a mature age FATHER-AGE 1596 obs.
– adulthood, maturity DOUTH c1275 obs.
ADULT etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– a ‘cool’ adult; a member of the over-30 generation who still relates HOT SPOOK Bk1970 US students’ sl.
– adults HARD PEOPLE Bk1869 Eng. dial.
– adults; grown-ups, esp. one’s own; hence, also one’s friends’ parents (often spelt, where the pun is
intentional, ‘groanies’) GROWNIES 1970 teenage sl.
– an adult GROWN 1923 colloq.
– an adult GROWN-UP c1810 colloq.
– an adult OLD ONE 1942 Amer. dial.
– an adult; a young man when grown up MASTER 1834 Eng. dial.
– an adult man, a man in general as opposed to a woman MAN BODY 1825 Sc.
ADULTERATE, ADULTERATED – ADJECTIVES
– adulterated, falsified, sham IMPOSTURED 1619 obs.
ADULTERATE etc. – VERBS
– to adulterate DASH c1860 brewers’ & publicans’ usage
– to adulterate a drink SPIKE 1889 sl., orig. US
– to adulterate a drink, alcoholic or otherwise, or food, with a knockout drug SPIKE 1920s sl.
– to adulterate drink; to swindle, to cheat FAKE THE DUCK c1830 criminals’ sl.
– to adulterate food or drink with a foreign substance other than a drug, e.g. ground glass SPIKE 2000s sl.
– to adulterate ‘near-beer’ (brewed during Prohibition) with a mixture of ginger beer and pure alcohol SPIKE 1920s sl.
– to adulterate or falsify; to make different in order to deceive; to tamper with DOCTOR a1777
– to adulterate or water down wine or spirits LAG 16C sl.
– to adulterate, to doctor, as, to ‘deacon’ wine or other liquor DEACON 1889 Amer. sl.
ADULTERER, ADULTERESS, ADULTEROUS, ADULTERY – ADJECTIVES
– adulterous BACK-DOOR 1947 US sl.
– adulterous, lewd VOUTERISH Bk1905 Eng. dial. obs.
– adulterous; given to adultery or whoredom, whorish STUPROUS 1603 obs. rare
– born in adultery ADULTEROUS a1593 obs.
– born of adultery ADULTERINE 1751
– guilty of adultery ADULTERATED 1607 obs.
– relating to adultery ADULTERINE 1865
ADULTERER etc. – NOUNS
– a clandestine meeting between a married man and a married woman who are not married to each other TRYSTING-OUT 1952 Amer. dial.
– a dishonouring of a husband by adultery with or on the part of his wife CUCKOLDOM 1681 obs.
– a dishonouring of a husband by adultery with or on the part of his wife CUCKOLDRY 1529
– adultery BACK-DOOR ACTION 1978 Amer. sl.
– adultery BACK-DOORING 1981 Amer. sl.
– adultery EAUBRUCHE a1000 obs.
– adultery EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES 20C colloq.
– adultery SPOUSE-BREACH a1225 obs.
– adultery VOUTRY 1382 obs. rare
– adultery; fornication; whoredom MECHATION 1656 obs. rare
– adultery; illicit sexual activity HANKY-PANKY 1938 Brit. & US sl.
– adultery; promiscuity; prostitution; usually used of women PUTERY c1390 obs.
– adultery; unlawful sexual intercourse with a married person CRIMINAL CONVERSATION 1716
– a fine for adultery or fornication, esp. with a bondwoman LAIRWITE c1230 Old Law usage
– a scarlet letter “A”, formerly worn by one convicted of adultery SCARLET LETTER 1840 Amer.
ADULTERER etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– a man who consents to the adultery of his wife CABRON Bk1945 US West. sl.
– a married woman’s adulterous sexual partner SNEAKY MAN 1982 Bahamas sl.
– an adulterer ADULTER; ADVOUTOUR; ADVOUTRE; AVOUTER 1382 obs.
– an adulterer ADVOUTRER; AVOUTERER; AVOWTER; AVOWTRER c1370 obs.
– an adulterer BACK MAN 1942 sl., orig. African-American
– an adulterer BACK-DOOR HUSBAND 1925 sl., orig. African-American
– an adulterer BACK-DOOR MERCHANT 1920s sl., orig. African-American
– an adulterer CREEPER 1911 African-American
– an adulterer EAUBREKERE c1175 obs.
– an adulterer SCRUMPER 1980s US college sl.
– an adulterer SPOUSE-BREACH c1315 obs. rare
– an adulterer VOUTER c1386 obs. rare
– an adulterer WED-BREAK 1770 obs.
– an adulterer; a fornicator, a whoremonger; a debauchee, ribald, scoundrel HOLOUR c1230 obs.
– an adulterer; a fornicator, a whoremonger; a paramour HORELING c1200 obs.
– an adulterer; a person unfaithful to the marriage bed BED-SWERVER 1611 obs.
– an adulterer; a person who defiles by adultery ADULTERATOR 1632 obs.
– an adulterer; a whoremonger, a womanizer, a pimp; a lewd man BELSWAGGER 1592 obs.
– an adulteress ADVOUTRESSE; ADVOUTRICE; AVOUTRESSE; AVOWTRESSE 1382 obs.
– an adulteress CABRON Bk1970 US sl.
– an adulterous male lover BACK-DOOR MAN 1969 Amer. sl.
– an adulterous man SHACK MAN; SHACK RAT 1940s US sl.
– a woman’s extramarital sexual partner GALLANT 1971 euphemism
– a woman’s lover, often adulterous FANCY MAN 1811 sl. derogatory
– a woman who has had many brief affairs ONCER 1930s US sl.
– the woman with whom a married man is having an affair FANCY GIRL 1812 sl.
ADULTERER etc. – PHRASES
– a jocular assertion that oral sex does not rise to the level of adultery or infidelity EATIN’ AIN’T CHEATIN’ 1994 US sl.
ADULTERER etc. – VERBS
– to be involved in an adulterous or flirtatious relationship CARRY ON 1856 UK sl.
– to commit adultery ADULTERIZE 1611 arch.
– to commit adultery BACK-DOOR 1982 US sl.
– to commit adultery CUCKLE 17C Brit. & Amer. dial.
– to commit adultery DEFILE THE MARRIAGE-BED; VIOLATE THE MARRIAGE-BED 1712
– to commit adultery TAKE A SLICE OFF A CUT CAKE 1960s Aust. sl.
– to commit adultery against BYHORE c1440 obs.
– to commit adultery or fornication USE WOMEN Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– to commit or practice adultery ADULTER; ADVOUTER; AVOUTRE c1400 obs.
– to commit or practice adultery ADULTERATE 1595 obs.
– to engage in an adulterous sexual relationship SCRUMP 1980s US college sl.
– to engage in an extramarital romance FOOL AROUND L19 sl.
– to have an adulterous affair PLAY IN SOMEONE ELSE’S YARD 1950s African-American sl.
– to pursue women, esp. as an adulterer CHASE 1970s US sl.
ADVANCE, ADVANCEMENT, ADVANCING – ADJECTIVES
– advancing, progressing; said of things MARCHING 1842
– tending to advance or promote ADVANCIVE 1847 rare
ADVANCE etc. – NOUNS
– advancement, enlargement, growth, development IMPROVEMENT 1548 obs.
– advancement, preferment VANCEMENT 1303 obs.
– advancement, the act of furthering; furtherance ADVANCE 1528-1696 obs.
– advance, progress VAIL a1847 Eng. dial.
– advance; the act of going on, movement, progress ONGO 1835 Sc.
– an advance, increase, rise RAISEMENT Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– the advancement of a scheme or interest FARTHERANCE 1785 obs. rare
ADVANCE etc. – VERBS
– to advance ADVANT 1605 obs.
– to advance FALL UP 1777 Eng. dial.
– to advance VANCE; VAUNCE 1303 obs.
– to advance hastily and noisily BRACEL; BRACHLE Bk1911 Sc.
– to advance rapidly or ‘swimmingly’ GO WITH A BUZZ 1899
– to advance, to go on; to carry through THROUGH 1775 Sc.
– to advance, to go, to move onward WADE a1000 obs.
– to advance, to go, to proceed TIGHT c1205 obs.
– to advance, to make head HEAD IT 1684 obs.
– to advance, to make progress GAIN ONE’S WAY 1768 obs.
– to advance, to proceed VADE a1660 obs.
– to advance, to promote ADMOVE 1839 obs.
– to advance with caution; to craw forward SNURGLE 1983 UK sl.
– to advance with difficulty and obstruction HAGGLE 1583
ADVANTAGE, ADVANTAGEOUS, ADVANTAGEOUSLY, ADVANTAGEOUSNESS – ADJECTIVES
– advantageous BENEFICENT 1677
– advantageous, affording convenience, satisfactory EASY c1485 obs.
– advantageous, conferring a benefit; beneficial BENEFACTORY 1744
– advantageous, fortunate, favourable BOON a1513 obs.
– advantageous, helpful; adapted to help forward FURTHEROUS 1597
– advantageous, helpful; adapted to help forward FURTHERSOME 1627
– advantageous, of avail, or benefit; beneficial, profitable; effectual, efficacious VAILABLE 1390 obs.
– advantageous, of avail, or value; valid VAILANT a1325 obs.
– advantageous, lucky COCUM; COKUM; KOCUM; KOKUM 1839 sl. rare
– advantageous, productive of gain or profit; profitable GAINFUL 1555 rare
– advantageous, profitable ADVANTAGEABLE 1548 obs.
– advantageous, profitable BEGETEL c1250 obs.
– advantageous, profitable VANTAGEABLE 1570 obs. rare
– advantageous, profitable, beneficial, useful PROFICUOUS 1622 obs.
– advantageous, profitable, lucrative GAINSOME 1569 obs. rare
– advantageous, profitable; of beneficial efficiency AVAILANT 1424 obs.
– advantageous, profitable; of the nature of gain GAINY 1576 obs. rare
– advantageous, serviceable, useful OPPORTUNE 1432-50 obs.
– advantageous, useful, helpful NUT c1250 obs.
– advantageous, useful, of use; expedient; needful, necessary BEHOOVEFUL; BEHOVEFUL 1382 arch.
– advantageous, useful, profitable BEHOVABLE c1460 obs.
– at an advantage; prospering QUIDS IN 1919 UK sl.
– bringing advantage or gain VANTAGEOUS c1566 obs.
– in an advantageous or profitable position AHEAD OF THE GAME 1850
– in an advantageous or superior position; feeling important IN THE CATBIRD SEAT 1945 Amer. dial.
– most advantageous HEADEST 1944 Amer. dial.
– not having any advantage or superiority VANTAGELESS 1810
– sufficiently advantageous, the opposite of gratuitous, paying ONEROUS 1787 Sc. obs.
– that has been taken advantage of; imposed upon PUT-UPON 1866
ADVANTAGE etc. – ADVERBS
– advantageously, usefully, profitably, advisably BEHOVABLY 1512 obs.
– in an advantageous or prosperous condition ON VELVET 1769
ADVANTAGE etc. – NOUNS
– advantage EXWANTIDGE 1922 Amer. dial.
– advantage, benefit, profit VAIL c1430 obs.
– advantage, benefit, profit, gain VANTAGE a1300 arch.
– advantage, convenience, comfort, consolation, relief; furtherance, assistance; formerly also, gratification, enjoyment EASEMENT c1400 obs.
– advantage, grace given in any game TICE Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– advantage; favourable influence or operation; favour, protection, benefit BENEFICE 1424 obs.
– advantage; gain, profit BEGET c1175 obs.
– advantage; help; compensation BOTE Bk1911 Sc.
– advantage; profit BEWAYNE c1375 obs. rare
– advantage; profit WAIN c1315 obs.
– advantage spot for observation COIGN OF VANTAGE a1616
– advantage, use, avail, benefit; remedy, help c1200 obs.
– advantage; use, profit NAIT a1300 Sc. & N. Eng. dial. obs. rare
– advantageousness of site or position OPPORTUNITY 1555 obs.
– advantageous or favourable circumstances; luck COCUM; COKUM; KOCUM; KOKUM 1851 sl. obs.
– a hidden advantage, not to be revealed until a suitable moment ACE UP ONE’S SLEEVE 1910s sl., orig. US
– a hidden advantage or reserve; something held privately in reserve until needed, esp. for a winning stroke ACE IN THE HOLE 1908 sl.
– an advantage COMEUPPANCE 1941 Amer. dial.
– an advantage COMMODITY 1630 US
– an advantage WEATHER GAGE 1776 US
– an advantage; an ultimate gain FARTHER-FETCH Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– an advantage; a profit PERCENTAGE 1948 UK sl., orig. military usage
– an advantage gained at the beginning of something; a head start; generally, a good beginning RUNNING START 1842
– an advantage or control over someone, the thing a member of the underworld fears most, usually arrest or being caught in the act DEADWOOD L19 US criminals’ sl.
– an advantage over another PULL 20C colloq.
– an advantage taken behindhand BACKSPANG 1824 Sc.
– an advantage, the upper hand UNDERHOLD 1874 Amer. dial.
– an unexpected advantage BIT OF FAT M19 sl.
– an unfair advantage itself GROUTER c1918 Aust.
– any circumstance that criminals can turn to profitable advantage EARNER 1977 UK sl.
– a point of advantage or superiority BULL-POINT 1900 colloq.
– something that gives one person or group the advantage over another TRUMP CARD 1815 colloq.
– the advantage BEATIN’S 1896 Amer. dial.
– the advantage THE BET c1340
– the advantage or upper hand, the superior position THE BULGE 1860 sl., orig. US
– the advantage, the upper hand BETTERMOST Bk1898 Eng. dial.
ADVANTAGE etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– a man who takes advantage of a girl AMOS ‘N ANDY Bk1970 US sl.
– a person who has some special advantage, as in a business enterprise INSIDER 19C thieves’ sl.
– a person who is easily taken advantage of GUPPY Bk1971 US students’ sl.
– a person who is taking advantage of by another STOOGE 20C sl.
– a person who lurks around waiting for an advantage to present itself LURCHER 20C Ulster sl.
– a person who takes an unfair advantage GROUTER c1918 Aust.
ADVANTAGE etc. – PHRASES
– he lets go the advantage he has gained THE FAT FLITS FROM A MAN’S BEARD 1562 obs.
– out for oneself, for one’s own advantage or profit IN FOR ONE’S CHOP 1920s Aust. & NZ sl.
– the advantage is the other way round; the position is reversed THE BOOT IS ON THE OTHER FOOT 20C
– the advantage is the other way round; the position is reversed THE BOOT IS ON THE OTHER LEG 20C
– the first person etc. to do or take advantage of something FIRST CAB OFF THE RANK 20C Aust. colloq.
ADVANTAGE etc. – VERBS
– to advantage, to benefit, to profit anyone ADVANCE c1386 obs.
– to advantage, to benefit; to be to one’s gain THOLE 1898 Sc.
– to be advantageous or beneficial BETTER 1592 obs. rare
– to be advantageous, useful or advantageous; to avail, to help; to serve, to suffice GAIN c1200 obs.
– to be in an advantageous or favourable position BE ON A GOOD WICKET 1941
– to be in an advantageous position HAVE THE WORLD BY THE TAIL WITH A DOWN-HILL PULL 1878 Amer. dial.
– to be in an advantageous position; to be able to stipulate one’s own conditions WRITE ONE’S (OWN) TICKET L19 sl.
– to be of advantage, use, or benefit to; to aid, assist, or help VAIL a1300 obs.
– to be possessed of (many) advantages HAVE IT GOOD 1946 US sl.
– to be unlikely to gain much advantage if one does BE ON A HIDING TO NOTHING 1905
– to come to an understanding for mutual advantage FOOL ONE’S ISSUES Bk1896 sl.
– to endeavour to turn a thing to one’s own advantage, or to another’s discredit MAKE A HANDLE OF ANYTHING B1900 Sc.
– to gain advantage by tricky or deceitful means FEATHER ONE’S OWN END 1968 Amer. dial.
– to gain an advantage over; to outwit ACE (OUT) 1960 Amer. sl.
– to get a decided advantage over GET A GOOD HAND AGAINST 1600 obs.
– to get an advantage over somebody by tricky means SKIN 1970 Amer. dial.
– to get an advantage over somebody by tricky means; to cheat or deceive BUG 1843 Amer. dial.
– to get the advantage of someone GET THE BULGE ON SOMEONE 1841 Amer. dial.
– to get the advantage or upper hand GET THE VANGER HAND 1929 Sc.
– to give one an advantage GIVE ONE CARDS 1888 Amer. sl.
– to have a decided advantage over HAVE A GOOD HAND AGAINST 1652-62 obs.
– to have advantage or better fortune in HAVE THE FAIRER OF c1400 obs.
– to have advantage or control, esp. incriminating evidence HAVE THE DEADWOOD ON ONE 1851 Amer. dial.
– to have an advantage BE UPON THEIR JACKS Bk1896 sl.
– to have an advantage BE UPON VELVET 1785
– to have an advantage HAVE A PULL OVER (ONE) 1889 US sl.
– to have an advantage over one HAVE A HANK OVER ONE 1824 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– to have an advantage over one HAVE THE COTTONWOOD ON ONE 1888 Amer. dial.
– to have an advantage over someone HAVE THE WOOD ON SOMEONE 1949 Aust. sl.
– to have the advantage, carry the day CARRY IT AWAY 1598 obs.
– to have the advantage of both alternatives EAT ONE’S CAKE AND HAVE IT 1709
– to have the advantage or upper hand HAVE SOMEONE BY THE GOOLIES 1980s sl.
– to let oneself be taken advantage of; to submit willingly to another’s domination CHILL 20C Amer. sl.
– to reap an advantage, profit, or reward of any kind CASH IN 1928 US sl.
– to ridicule and take advantage of GIVE SOMEONE THE HA-HA L19 US sl.
– to take advantage of APPLESAUCE 1968 Amer. dial.
– to take advantage of FADE 1991 Amer. students’ sl.
– to take advantage of MOMMICK 1918 Amer. dial.
– to take advantage of STICK THE LICK INTO 1846 US sl.
– to take advantage of TAKE ODDS OF 1596 obs.
– to take advantage of an opportunity, etc. NICK 1634 obs.
– to take advantage of someone GET ON ONE’S BLIND SIDE 1903 Amer. dial.
– to take advantage of someone WALK OVER 20C colloq.
– to take advantage of someone by trickery; to deceive PULL A SWIFTIE 1962 Aust. sl.
– to take advantage of someone; to bully or tease BIG-BOY 1967 Amer. dial.
– to take advantage of someone; to impose or sponge on; to shirk, to do less than one’s share POLE 1906 Aust. & NZ sl., rare
– to take advantage of, to act in a bold, aggressive way; to tease or bully BOGART 1970 Amer. dial.
– to take advantage of; to cajole; to get the better of CAST SALT ON ANYONE’S TAIL 1721 Sc.
– to take advantage of; to cajole; to get the better of LAY SALT ON ONE’S TAIL 1836 Sc.
– to take advantage of; to cheat ARKANSAW 1953 Amer. dial.
– to take advantage of; to cheat HAND SOMEONE A LEMON 1860s Amer. sl.
– to take advantage of, to cheat SCROUGE 1884 Amer. dial.
– to take advantage of; to cheat; to swindle TAKE DOWN 20C sl.
– to take advantage of, to deceive or tease someone JACK OFF 1960s US sl.
– to take advantage of, to impose on DEADBEAT 1881 Amer. dial.
– to take advantage of, to overreach, to cheat BEST 1881 Eng. dial.
– to take advantage of; to impose on; to bully PECK ON 1899 Amer. dial.
– to take advantage of; to overcome easily PLAY HORSE WITH 1900 US sl.
– to take advantage of; to surpass LALLIGAG; LALLYGAG; LOLLIGAG; LOLLYGAG L19 US college sl.
– to take advantage of; to trick WHIP GAME Bk1970 US students’ sl.
– to take advantage, to trick, to deceive DEAL ON 1970s African-American sl.
– to take a mean or underhand advantage of UNDERCREEP 1592 obs.
– to take an unfair advantage of SAW SOMETHING OFF ON Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– to take or attempt to take advantage of one’s position by demanding or accepting favours or bribes HAVE ONE’S HAND IN THE COOKIE JAR 1940 colloq.
– to take unfair advantage FETCH A SHINGLE OFF THE HOUSE 1953 Amer. dial.
– to take unfair advantage FIGHT AT THE LEG 1785
ADVENTURE, ADVENTURER, ADVENTUROUS, ADVENTUROUSLY – ADJECTIVES
– adventurable; attemptable; venturous, hazardous VENTURABLE 1576 obs. rare
– adventurous, bold, daring AUNTERSOME Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– adventurous, characterized by venturesomeness; bold, daring VENTORIOUS 1640 obs.
– adventurous, full of daring or defiance DAREFUL 1605 obs. rare
– adventurous, soaring; said of ambitious or presumptuous acts which end in failure or ruin ICARIAN 1595
– ready for adventure, enterprising ADVENTUREFUL a1832
– unreasonably adventurous; reckless, heedless, careless, rash, bold, headstrong TEMERARIOUS 1532 literary usage
ADVENTURE etc. – ADVERBS
– adventurously, daringly ADVENTURELY c1435 obs. rare
ADVENTURE etc. – NOUNS
– a bad adventure BADVENTURE Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– a daring or bold adventurer HIGH-FLYER c1698 sl.
– an adventure, a misadventure; a story of adventure, an unlikely story ANTER; AUNTER 1881 Eng. dial.
– an adventure; an enterprise or undertaking ADVENTRY a1616 obs. rare
– an adventure; an idle tale SANTER 1865 Eng. dial.
– an adventure, a time, a spree ONE 1990s sl.
– an adventure or remarkable feat, incident, etc. VENTURE 1810 rare
– an exciting or terrifying adventure story or film HAIR-RAISER 20C sl.
– a state or country seen as a setting for romantic adventure and intrigue RURITANIA 1894
– a travelling title adopted by adventurers who have no other good enough CAPTAIN Bk1890 sl.
ADVENTURE etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– a female adventurer PICARA ?17C
– a female adventurer; a woman on the lookout for a position ADVENTURESS 1754
– a handsome or dashing adventurer; a fine soldier BEAU SABREUR 1834
– an adventurer, a land-loper LAND-LEAPER 1377 obs.
– an adventurer; a pirate GENTLEMAN OF FORTUNE 1883
– an adventurer; a renegade; one who runs up and down the land LAND-LOPER; LAND-LOUPER a1500, now chiefly Sc.
– an adventurer, one who ventures VENTURER 1530
– an adventurer or rogue PICAROON; PICKAROON 17C arch.
– an adventurer or rogue; a scoundrel PICARO 1622
– an adventurer who went to California in 1849; a forty-niner ARGONAUT 1881 Eng. dial.
– an adventurous, daredevil person JACK IN THE BEAN STACK 1950s African-American sl.
– an inventor of extravagantly untruthful pseudo-autobiographical stories of amazing adventure and prowess MUNCHAUSEN 1834
– a person associated with romantic adventure and intrigue RURITANIAN 1935
– a woman who travels in search of adventure LADY ERRANT 1615 humorous usage
– a young or petty adventurer VENTURELING 1562 obs.
ADVENTURE etc. – PHRASES
– said by one engaging in an adventure of which the issue will be either highly profitable or ruinous I WILL EITHER WIN THE SADDLE OR LOSE THE HORSE 1579
ADVERSARY – NOUNS, PERSON
– an adversary ADVERSE 1850 rare
– an adversary; an enemy SOUR GRAPE 1939 Amer. dial.
– an adversary; one who speaks against or opposes; an opponent GAINSAYER 1435
ADVERSE, ADVERSELY, ADVERSITY – ADJECTIVES
– adverse, antagonistic, contrary, opposed OPPONENT 1647
– adverse: antagonistic, repugnant; said of things OPPOSITE 1595 obs.
– adverse, hostile to; opposing oneself, opposing ADVERSANT a1420 obs.
– adverse, hostile, unfriendly, inimical INIMICITIOUS 1641 obs.
– adverse, opposed, hostile ADVERSARIOUS 1826 rare
– adverse, opposed in will or action, hostile, antagonistic OPPOSITE 1577 obs.
– adverse, prejudicial, adverse, unfavourable, darkly suspicious; said of opinions, etc. SINISTER 1432 obs.
– adverse; said of fortune THRAW 1768 Sc. obs.
– adverse to prosperity, unfavourable; said of fortune, etc. IMPROSPEROUS 1598 obs.
– adverse, unfavourable; said of fate, etc. THRAWART 1773 Sc.
– adverse; unlucky SINISTRAL c1475 obs. rare
– of adverse or opposing tendency ADVERSATIVE 1601 obs.
– that is adverse or contrary to ADVERSABLE 1731 obs.
ADVERSE etc. – ADVERBS
– adversely, hostilely ADVERSARILY 1475 obs. rare
– adversely, unfavourably SINISTERLY a1600 obs.
ADVERSE etc. – NOUNS
– adverse fortune or occurrence CROSS-HAP 1881
– adverse reaction, negative feedback; resistance, disagreement PUSH-BACK 1984 orig. & chiefly US
– adversity, bad fortune, ill success; want of, or the opposite of prosperity IMPROSPERITY 1528 obs.
– adversity, ill-success; poverty WANSPEED c893
– adversity; loss, damage SMARTS 1552 obs.
– adversity, misery, distress, hardship; poverty WANDRETH c1175 obs.
– adversity, misfortune HARD HAP 1874 Eng. dial.
– adversity, misfortune; a trouble, vexation, annoyance; anything that thwarts or crosses CROSS 1573
– adversity, trouble, tribulation, hurt, suffering DERF c1205 obs.
ADVERSE etc. – PHRASES
– catch-phrase to cover any adverse situation THINGS ARE CROOK AT TALLAROOK Bk1999 Aust. sl.
ADVERSE etc. – VERBS
– to be adverse or opposed to; to oppose ADVERSE 1393 obs. rare
– to cope with and survive adversity ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES 20C colloq.
– to experience adverse fortune; to encounter difficulties COME THROUGH THE HARD 1795 Sc.
– to suffer adversity and hardship without complaint TAKE IT ON THE CHIN 1920s, orig. US
– to suffer adversity and unhappiness without complaint TAKE IT 20C sl.
– to work in adverse circumstances or in the face of opposition; to undertake a difficult or arduous task ROW AGAINST WIND AND TIDE 1867
ADVERTISE, ADVERTISEMENT, ADVERTISING – ADJECTIVES
– pert. to advertising AD 20C sl.
ADVERTISE etc. – NOUNS
– ads for bras and other female undergarments BOOBADS 20C
– advertising or promotion that is sensational; noisy fuss BALLYHOO 1901
– an advertisement AD M19 sl.
– an advertisement that sells an editorial point of view as opposed to a product or service ADVERTORIAL 20C
– an advertising agency FLACKERY Bk2006 US sl.
– an advertising video ADVID 20C
– a newspaper advertisement listing shows in alphabetical order ABC AD 1973 US sl.
– a two-page ad DOUBLE TRUCK 20C
– exaggerated advertising or display; boastful talk BARNUMISM 1862
– personal advertisements in a newspaper AGONY-COLUMN B1870
– the collective name for the many advertising spots on television CLUTTER 20C
ADVERTISE etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– a fake advertising solicitor ADMAN Bk1914 criminals’ sl.
– a potential advertiser, sponsor, or financial backer, esp. in show business FAIRY GODFATHER 1930s Amer. sl.
– those involved in the organization and practice of advertising HIDDEN PERSUADERS 1957
ADVERTISE etc. – VERBS
– to advertise VERTIES Bk1905 Sc.
– to advertise, to brag, to seek attention or appreciation BEAT THE DRUM Bk1975 US sl.
– to advertise, to put into print SPELL M19 sl.
– to advertise; to rumour, to report; to spread by word of mouth NORATE 1851 Amer. dial.
– to exhibit with a lavish display of puffing advertisements BARNUMIZE 1851
ADVICE – NOUNS
– advice AGVICE 1927 Amer. dial.
– advice DEVICE 1854 Eng. dial.
– advice EXWICE 1922 Amer. dial.
– advice INFO c1925 UK criminals’ sl.
– advice VICE; VIZE Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– advice, advising, counsel ADVISAL 1850 rare
– advice, counsel ADVISEMENT c1440 arch.
– advice, counsel RAAD; RAD 1822 Sc.
– advice, counsel, warning READ 1814 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– advice, counsel; help RATHE c1200 obs.
– advice, counsel; opinion AVISE 1790 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– advice, exhortation, counsel; a hortatory composition PARAENESIS; PARENESIS 1604
– advice, warning, advice TELLING 1867 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– an advice, counsel, suggestion ADVISO 1591 obs.
– an item of advice or instruction POINTER 1883 Amer. sl.
– bad advice BUM STEER 1924 sl.
– bad advice THE BAD REIN 1980s Aust. sl.
– good advice THE TIGHT REIN 1980s Aust. sl.
ADVICE – NOUNS, PERSON
– a person who gives advice in a pompous or insistent way, esp. when not qualified to do so BARRACK-ROOM LAWYER Bk1999
– a person who gives good advice, a counseller WISE-REDDE 1879 Sc.
– a person who mainly sits on the sidelines and offers advice BENCH JOCKEY 20C Amer. sl.
ADVICE – VERBS
– to comply with a person’s will, to follow another’s advice or one’s own inclinations or devices SUE 1362 obs.
– to listen to advice or warning; generally used with negative TAKE TELLING 1867 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– said to those who presume to offer advice to others who are more experienced; to instruct an expert TEACH YOUR GRANDMOTHER TO SUCK EGGS 1707
ADVISE, ADVISED, ADVISEDLY, ADVISER, ADVISING, ADVISORY – ADJECTIVES
– advised; warned; aware, certain REDE 1791 Sc.
– advisory, counselling CONSILIATIVE 1656 obs. rare
– advisory, hortatory, counselling PARAENETIC; PARENETIC 1656
– advisory, hortatory; apt to persuade, admonishing PARAENETICAL; PARENETICAL 1598 rare
– badly-advised MISCOUNSELLED 1823 Sc. obs.
– best-advised or most prudent BEST-CONSULTED a1659 obs.
– skilful as an adviser; full of counsel ADVICEFUL 1600 obs.
– supplying advice, advising, counselling ADVISIVE 1648 obs. rare
ADVISE etc. – ADVERBS
– advisedly; of necessity NEEDLINS Bk1905 Eng. dial.
ADVISE etc. – NOUNS
– an advising, advice, counsel ADVISAL 1850 rare
ADVISE etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– advisers, usually secret and unofficial; a private cabinet of counsellors CAMARILLA 1839
– a female adviser, guide, or mentor MONITRIX 1611 rare
– a female adviser, mentor, or admonisher MONITRESS 1748 rare
– an adviser REDESMAN 1841 Ireland obs.
– an unasked adviser; an interferer KABITZER 1910s Amer.
– a person who advises another to perform a particular action, an instigator MONITOR 1616 obs.
– a treacherous adviser and friend; an able but unprincipled counsellor ACHITOPHEL Bk1903
ADVISE etc. – PHRASES
– never ceasing to advise, scold, or look after him NEVER OFF A PERSON’S BACK Bk1905 N. Ireland
ADVISE etc. – VERBS
– to advise EXWISE 1922 Amer. dial.
– to advise PULL THE REIN 1989 Aust. sl.
– to advise of or make conversant with, esp. recent developments FILL IN 1942 Amer. colloq.
– to advise or apprise CLUE 1950s Amer. sl.
– to advise, to counsel ACCOUNSEL c1420 obs.
– to advise, to counsel RATHE c1200 obs.
– to advise, to counsel; to warn READ 1785 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– to advise, to direct; to check, to control, to command; to pacify, to silence SAY 1746 Eng. dial.
– to advise, to exhort, to counsel PARAENESIZE 1716 obs. rare
– to advise, to inform, to counsel; to plan BEREDE a1225 obs.
– to give advice, a suggestion, or the like CHIP IN 1903 Amer. sl.
– to offer advice to an expert TEACH YOUR GRANDMOTHER TO LAP ASHES 1895 Eng. dial.
ADVOCATE – ADJECTIVES
– pert. to the advocate ADVOCATORY 1864
ADVOCATE – NOUNS, PERSON
– a female advocate ADVOCATRESS 1641 obs.
– a female advocate ADVOCATRICE 1384 obs.
– a female advocate ADVOCATESS 1647 obs. rare
– a female advocate ADVOCATRIX 1631 obs. rare
– a female advocate or intercessor ADVOTRIX 1611 obs.
– an advocate ADVOURER a1686 obs. rare
– an advocate, a spokesman; a person who pleads or argues in favour of a person or cause ORATOR c1374 obs.
– an advocate, or devotee; a person who holds steadfastly to a particular belief, set of ideas, etc. ADHERENT 1658
– an advocate, spokesperson, or orator who speaks on behalf of another PARANYMPH 1593
– a person who advocates or supports an opinion or principle; a supporter, adherent, or advocate ABETTOR 1580
– a vocal, aggressive advocate SPEAR-CHUCKER 1997 US sl.
ADVOCATE – VERBS
– to advocate ADSWOCATE 1922 Amer. dial.
– to advocate GO IN FOR Bk1905 Amer. dial.
– to advocate aggressively; to publicize TOUT 1920 US sl.
– to practice as an advocate ADVOCACYER 1506 obs.
AEROPLANE – see AIRCRAFT