CAP – see HAT
CAPABILITY, CAPABLE – ADJECTIVES
– capable CAPYOUS c1430 obs.
– capable, able and ready to take or receive CAPAX 1432-50 obs.
– capable, alert, or efficient; acting effectively ON THE BALL 1939 US sl.
– capable, clever, sharp; cunning HAIRY Bk1905 N. Ireland
– capable, competent, able SUFFISANT c1385 obs.
– capable, competent, able-bodied LIKELY 1899 Amer. dial.
– capable, competent, able; qualified by talent or ability SUFFICIENT c1385 obs.
– capable, competent, able, skilful; alert, smart; lively, vigorous, stout TIGHT 1598 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– capable, effective; satisfactory USEFUL 1955 UK sl.
– capable, efficient, aware UP TO SNUFF 1811 sl.
– capable, efficient, aware UP TO SNUFF AND A PINCH ABOVE IT E19 sl.
– capable, efficient, aware UP TO SNUFF AND TWOPENNY E19 sl.
– capable of anything; unparalleled; huge OMNIPOTENT 1596 humorous usage
– capable, strong, courageous ABLE 1980 Can.
– capable, sufficient, able BASTANT 1637 obs.
– capable, thoroughly competent UP TO THE SCRATCH 1885 Eng. dial.
– capable, up to a task UP TO THE KNOCKER M19 sl.
– capable; vigorous, thriving ABLED 1576 obs.
– highly capable or skilled BIONIC 1976 sl.
– highly capable or skilled GREAT 1784
– highly capable or skilled MUSTARD 1925 sl.
– highly capable or skilled NIFTY 1907 sl., orig. US
– highly capable or skilled PIE ON 1941 NZ sl.
– highly capable or skilled SHIT-HOT 1961 sl.
– physically capable, sturdy, fearless TALLAWAH 1950s W. Indies sl.
CAPABILITY etc. – NOUNS
– capabilities; skills SKILLZ 1990s sl., orig. African-American
CAPABILITY etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– a capable or competent person SUFFICIENCE 1607 obs.
– a capable or remarkable person; a clever person; an expert PISS-CUTTER 1975 Amer. dial.
– a capable, sharp, tiny woman YIP 1921 Sc.
– a capable, smart, clever fellow; used in derision as well as praise BOY Bk1911 Sc.
– a highly capable, admirable, or very attractive person BONZER 1904 Aust. sl.
– a person who is a capable and willing worker WILLING HORSE Bk1988 Aust. sl.
– a person who is extremely capable, formidable, admirable, unequalled, etc.; a good fellow HORSE 1808 Amer. sl.
– a person who is extremely capable, formidable, admirable, unequalled, etc.; a good fellow HOSS 1845 Amer. sl.
– a thoroughly capable man; a master of his craft DEACON 1790 Sc.
– a very capable and energetic person who gets things done PISS-RIPPER 1966 Amer. dial.
CAPABILITY etc. – VERBS
– to be capable of SUFFICE 1390 obs.
– to be capable, shrewd, or mentally alert HAVE ALL ONE’S EYETEETH 1713 obs.
– to be especially capable, alert, efficient, etc. HAVE SOMETHING ON THE BALL 1936 US sl.
– to be super-capable; to do everything that is required and more FART THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER 1998 US sl.
– to make capable; to indicate the capabilities of CAPABILITATE 1780 obs.
– to render capable; to qualify, to fit CAPACIFY a1677 obs. rare
CAPACIOUS – ADJECTIVES
– capacious, ample AMPLITUDINOUS 1904
– capacious, roomy; able to hold much CAPABLE 1594 obs.
– capacious, roomy, bulky, big SCOUTHIE; SCOWTHIE 1866 Sc.
– capacious, roomy, spacious; allowing plenty of room LARGE a1225 obs.
CAPACITATE, CAPACITATED – ADJECTIVES
– capacitated, qualified; endowed with ability; rendered able HABILITATE 1622 obs.
CAPACITATE etc. – VERBS
– to capacitate, to qualify; to endow with ability or capacity HABILITATE 1604 obs.
CAPACITY – ADJECTIVES
– having capacity or room for; able to take in, receive, contain, or hold CAPABLE 1571 obs.
CAPACITY – NOUNS
– capacitation, qualification; the act of enabling or endowing with ability or fitness HABILITATION 1612
– capacity, ability, power BIND 1824 Sc.
– capacity; ability; competence SUFFICIENCE 1382 obs.
– capacity; mental equipment or qualification HABILIMENT 1633 obs.
– capacity; power NERVE 1822 Sc.
– capacity; range of activity FACTIVITY a1643 obs.
CAPE – NOUNS
– a cape, promontory, or headland NESS 956
CAPER, CAPERING – ADJECTIVES
– capering, ostentatious PALAVERIN 1880 Sc.
– given to capers, fun, or pranks; joking, playful; clownish, amusing, full of tricks ANTIC 1902 Amer. dial.
– given to capers, fun, or pranks; joking, playful; clownish, amusing, full of tricks ANTIC AS A JAYBIRD 1917 Amer. dial.
CAPER etc. – NOUNS
– a caper, a fantastic movement, as in dancing or leaping about GAMBADO 1859
– a caper, a fantastic movement of the body; a flamboyant or affected gesture, a stylish or grandiose flourish of the limbs PAVIE 1768 Sc.
– a caper, a jump; frolic CALEER Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– a caper, a jump; frolic CALEEVER Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– a caper; a leap VAPOUR Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– a caper, a prance; a toss of the head BRANK Bk1911 Sc.
– a caper, a prank GAMBADE 1821 Sc.
– a caper, a prank; a deceptive story or scheme; nonsense; irrelevant, irritating activity RANIKABOO L19 Amer. sl.
– a caper, a prank; a deceptive story or scheme; nonsense; irrelevant, irritating activity RANNYGAZOO L19 Amer. sl.
– a caper, a prank, a frolic, a ‘lark’, a piece of fun, a piece of boyish mischief PANT 1894 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– a caper, a prank, a trick DINGDO 1900 Amer. dial.
– a caper, a prank, a trick SHINE 1836 Amer. dial.
– a caper, a prank, a trick; a sudden sportive or fantastic motion CAPRICCIO 1665
– a caper, a prank, freak QUILLY Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– a caper, a trick GANSPEL 1929 Sc.
– a capering about, a stir, a bustle, a to-do, rowdy behaviour, merriment, frolic ONCARRY c1850 Sc.
– a capering about, a to-do, rowdy behaviour ONCARRYING 1835 Sc.
– capers, antics, as in dancing about FANDANGLES Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– capers, pranks, tricks KEDIDOES 1914 Amer. dial.
CAPER etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– a person who capers or ‘cuts up’; one who behaves in a mischievous or unruly manner CUT-UP 1882
CAPER etc. – VERBS
– to caper DANDER 1796 Eng. dial.
– to caper about rowdily RANCE 1856 Sc.
– to caper and frisk around when tipsy CUT THE SHORT DOG 1888 Amer. dial.
– to caper; to frisk about VAPOUR 1841 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– to caper, to jump CALEER Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– to caper, to leap, to skip; also said of horses and their riders CAPRIOLE 1580
– to caper, to leap, to spring; to shy or be skittish; to move lightly and rapidly SKIT 1611
– to caper, to prance GAMBADO 1829
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT – see PUNISHMENT
CAPITULATE – VERBS
– to give in; to surrender; to capitulate, esp. in children’s games CRY CALF-ROPE 1942 Amer. dial.
CAPRICE, CAPRICIOUS – ADJECTIVES
– capricious; apt to take offense, touchy MIFFY 1750 Eng. dial.
– capricious; changeable GERFUL c1374 obs.
– capricious, crotchety, contrary, perverse MAGGOTTY; MAGGOTY 1678
– capricious; fanciful, faddy, fickle FANCICAL; FANCICLE; FANSICLE 1671 rare exc. Eng. dial.
– capricious; fickle; difficult to deal with, esp. because touchy, obstinate, or intractable KITTLE 1568 orig. Sc. & Eng. dial.
– capricious; flighty FEATHER-MINDED Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– capricious; flighty, brainless; foolish, silly, witless HEN-HEADED B1900 Eng. & Amer. dial.
– capricious; flighty, brainless; foolish, silly, witless HEN-MINDED 1892 Amer. dial.
– capricious, frivolous, giddy WANTON 1538 obs.
– capricious; full of fancies FANTASIOUS c1489 obs. rare
– capricious; vagarious VAGARISOME 1883
– capricious; whimsical, changeable; peevish, discontented; proud, conceited MAWKY 1854 Eng. dial.
– capricious; whimsical, flighty, fickle, changeable; acting as if under the moon’s influence MOONISH c1407 obs. or arch.
– capricious; whimsical, full of vagaries, erratic VAGARIOUS 1827
– capricious; whimsical; full of whims or fancies MAGGATIVE; MAGGOTIVE 1866 Sc.
– capricious; whimsical; full of whims or fancies MAGGATIVOUS 1866 Sc.
– capricious; whimsical; full of whims or fancies MAGGOTTING Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– capricious; whimsical; full of whims or fancies MAGGOTY-HEADED 1894 Sc.
– capricious; whimsical; full of whims or fancies MAGGOTY-MINDED Bk1905 Eng. dial.
CAPRICE etc. – NOUNS
– a caprice, whim; a palaver, fuss VARIORUM 1857 Sc. obs.
– a caprice, whim, fancy MAGGOT 19C Eng. dial.
– a caprice, whim, fancy; an absurd notion or fancy; generally in plural MEGRIM 1831 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– a capricious, fantastic, or eccentric action or piece of conduct VAGARY 1629
– caprice, whim WANTONNESS 1595 obs.
– caprices, airs, whims with an implication of temper; tantrums ANTRIMS 1884 Eng. dial.
– caprices, whims, fussiness of disposition NIFF-NAFFS 1808 Sc.
– capricious irregularity or variability VAGARITY 1886 rare
– capriciousness, lightness, fickleness FEATHERINESS 1689
CAPRICE etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– a capricious, fidgety person; generally used of a woman GOOGEEN 20C Irish sl.
– a capricious, giddy, or frivolous person, esp. one having a gaudy or showy appearance BUTTERFLY a1500
– a capricious, hapless, scatterbrained person; a kind but simple-minded sort MINNY MOUSE Bk1972 homosexual sl.
– a capricious or whimsical person MAGGOT 1681
– a capricious troubled, or indecisive person; an introspective, philosophical man of dreams rather than of action HAMLET 1903
CAPRICE etc. – VERBS
– to act capriciously; to play fast and loose with; to behave irresponsibly or immorally; to dally with TIG-TOW 1864 Sc.
CAPSIZE, CAPSIZING – NOUNS
– the act of capsizing; an upset CAPSIZAL 1881
CAPSIZE, CAPSIZING – VERBS
– to capsize bow first; to pitch severely; said of a boat PITCHPOLE 1892 Amer. dial.
– to capsize, to fall over abruptly TUMP; TUMP OVER 1952 Amer. dial.
– to capsize, to overthrow; to turn a somersault UP-DRAW Bk1905 Sc.
– to capsize, to upset RAMVERSE 1593 obs.
CAPTAIN – NOUNS, PERSON
– a boat captain; a boss; a rich man UMIALIK 1866 Alaska
– a captain CAP M19 sl., orig. & chiefly US
– a captain COP 20C US Civil War usage
– a captain; a leader; a person to whom others are subordinate; a commander; a ruler; a principal person HEAD c897
– a captain, leader, etc. SKIP 1830 UK
– a captain notorious for crowding-on all possible sail DRIVER M19 nautical usage
– a captain of fifty men QUINQUAGENARIAN 1569 obs. rare
– a captain of fifty men QUINQUAGENARY 1382 obs. rare
– a captain’s personal steward TIGER 1929 nautical usage
– a captain that appropriates a portion of his cargo BREAK-BULK 17C sl. obs.
– a Dutch ship’s captain BAAS 1625
– a female captain or commander CAPTAINESS 1465
– a ship’s captain OLD MAN 1830 sl.
– the captain of an aircraft or squadron SKIPPER 1906 services’ usage
– the captain of a privateer; a corsair CAPER 1657 obs. exc. hist.
– the captain of a sailing ship RAG-DRAGGER 20C nautical usage
– the captain of a sports team SKIPPER 1830 sl.
– the ship’s captain THE MASTER KNOB 19C Brit. sl.
CAPTIOUS – ADJECTIVES
– captious, apt to take offense; ill-tempered, sullen, surly, morose JUNTOUS 1875 Eng. dial.
– captious, complaining, peevish, cavilling; prone to making objections EXCEPTIOUS 1602
– captious, disposed to catch at faults KAMPSJIOUS 1914 Sc.
– captious, disposed to controversy; of or pertaining to controversy or disputation ERISTIC 1637
– captious, disposed to start objections TARTLESOME a1838 Sc. obs.
– captious, fretful, hard to please; ill-natured; forward TASH Bk1905 Eng. dial. obs.
– captious, fretful, querulous, scolding YATTERIN a1838 Sc.
– captious, fretful, querulous, scolding YATTERY a1838 Sc.
– captious, ill-tempered, disagreeable, irritable, bad-tempered SNORTY 1893 colloq.
– captious, ill-tempered; unsociable from some fancied slight or insult QUEER 1885 Eng. dial.
– captious, quibbling; triflingly subtle QUIDIFICAL 1542 obs. rare
– captious, quibbling; unfair in argument; full of objections; apt to object or criticize without good reason CAVILLOUS 1572 obs.
– captious, snappish; irritating; treacherous, changeable, not to be depended upon TEPTIOUS 1876 Eng. dial.
– captious, snarling BOW-WOW Bk1911 Sc.
– captious, suspicious; apt to take umbrage; tetchy UMBRATIOUS a1639 obs.
– captious, testy, cross-tempered; easily offended; irritable, peevish; bad-tempered TETTY 1621 obs. exc. Sc.
CAPTIOUS – NOUNS, PERSON
– a captious, argumentative person; a gossip; a mischief-maker NABBLER 1886 Eng. dial.
– a captious, ill-natured, petulant, malignant person ATTERCAP; EDDERCAP 1892 Eng. dial.
– a captious, ill-natured, petulant, malignant person ATTERCOP c1505 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– a captious, ill-natured, petulant, malignant person ETHERCAP 1725 Eng. dial.
– a captious, ill-natured, petulant, malignant person ETTERCAP 1820 Sc.
– a captious, ill-natured, petulant, malignant person; a peevish person NATTER-CROP Bk1898 Eng. dial.
CAPTIOUS – VERBS
– to be captious and troublesome; to quarrel YARR 1778 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
CAPTIVATE, CAPTIVATED, CAPTIVATING, CAPTIVATION – ADJECTIVES
– capable of captivating or charming; that takes the fancy or affection; designed to attract notice and please TAKY 1854 colloq.
– captivated; filled with love for HOOKED 1927 Amer. sl.
- captivating, attractive CATCHING 1654
– captivating, attractive TAKEFUL-LOOKING Bk1905 Eng. dial.
CAPTIVATE etc. – NOUNS
– a captivating or ‘taking’ quality, charm TAKE 1794 rare
– captivations HEART-SNARES Bk1902 Eng. dial.
CAPTIVATE etc. – VERBS
– to become captivated or charmed by; to be greatly attracted by, esp. a member of the opposite sex; to fall in love with FALL FOR 1903 colloq.
– to captivate FANG 1807 Sc.
– to captivate FANKLE 1924 Sc.
– to captivate, to enthrall CAPTIVE 1528 arch.
– to captivate, to make helplessly enamoured HOOK 1927 Amer. sl.
CAPTIVE, CAPTIVITY – ADJECTIVES
– captive CAITIFF 1382 obs.
– captive, subject CAITIVE 1380s obs.
– that can be taken captive CAPTIVABLE 1675 obs. rare
CAPTIVE etc. – NOUNS
– captivity CAITIFDOM 1382 obs.
– captivity CAITIFTY a1300 obs.
– captivity, a taking captive CAPTIVEMENT 1714 obs. rare
– captivity, captivation CAPTIVANCE 1596 obs. rare
CAPTIVE etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– a captive, a prisoner CAITIFF 1330 obs.
– those who are in captivity; captives collectively CAPTIVITY 1526 obs.
CAPTIVE etc. – VERBS
– to make captive CAITIVE 1382 obs.
– to make captive, to take prisoner; to capture CAPTIVATE c1555 obs. or arch. obs.
– to take captive, to bring into captivity CAPTIVE c1430 arch.
CAPTOR – NOUNS, PERSON
– a captor, a custodian BEAR-LEADER 1749
– a captor, a person who takes captive CAPTIVER 1613 obs.
– a captor; a seizer CAPER 1759 Sc. obs.
– a captor, a seizer, a catcher, an apprehender; one who captures or seizes TAKER c1375
– a female captor CAPTRESS 1867 rare
CAPTURE, CAPTURED, CAPTURING – ADJECTIVES
– captured, arrested; finished; lost DEAD 1950s sl.
– captured while committing a crime IN THE RANK 1920s US criminals’ sl.
– capturing, arresting TAKEFUL 1901 Eng. dial.
CAPTURE etc. – NOUNS
– a capture, a catch; also, a tight grasp, a grip FANG a1400-50 obs.
– a ploy to capture or kill one’s target by using a friend to get close to the target’s friend, which will eventually bring the target into view APPLE CUCUMBER 1990s Aust. criminals’ sl.
– capture, seizure, a taking, a catching CAPTION 1382 rare
– capture, seizure INTAKE 1819 Sc. obs.
CAPTURE etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– a person who captures or catches FANGER a1300 obs.
CAPTURE etc. – VERBS
– to attempt to capture, assault, or seduce someone TAKE A RUN AT SOMEONE 20C US sl.
– to capture a city; to seize lands or possessions FANG 1016 obs.
– to capture a town, castle, ship, country, etc.; to take forcible possession of CATCH c1205 obs.
– to capture or catch a person unawares; to apprehend and arrest; to catch, in the sense of to hit NAB 1686 UK criminals’ sl.
– to capture, to arrest TAKE TO Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– to capture, to catch, to catch out COB E19 sl.
– to capture, to catch, to pounce upon HAWK 1806 Amer. dial.
– to capture; to catch; children having been told from hoary antiquity that they can catch birds by putting salt on their tails CAST SALT ON THE TAIL OF 1664; LAY SALT ON THE TAIL OF 1580; PUT SALT ON THE TAIL OF 1893
– to capture; to make captive, to take prisoner CAPTIVATE c1555 obs. or arch.
– to capture, to overtake, to recover BETAKE 1865 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– to capture, to take prisoner BAG 1861 military sl.
– to capture, to take prisoner, to conquer in war TAKE IN 1387 obs.
– to capture; to take with force; to seize upon a person or his goods LATCH c950 obs.
CAR – see VEHICLE
CARBUNCLE – NOUNS
– a carbuncle BUNCLE; BUNKLE L19 Eng. dial. & colloq.
CARCASS – NOUNS
– a carcass, a skeleton; the framework or ligaments of anything; remains, remnants RAMES E19 Eng. dial.
– a carcass, a slain animal MART c1375 obs.
– a carcass or corpse; a dead body CARRION a1225 obs.
– a mangled carcass ABLACH 1725 Sc.
CARDBOARD – NOUNS
– a cardboard box CARTON-BOX 1946 Amer. dial.
– cardboard CARD-PAPER 1777