Reverse Dictionary: CHEC – CHH


CHECK – ADJECTIVES
– held in check or submissiveness by awe or fear mingled with reverence or respect AWE-BOUND 1631 obs. or Eng. dial.
 
CHECK – NOUNS
– a check; a daunting; dispiriting; intimidation; discouragement DAUNT a1400 obs. exc. Sc. & Eng. dial.
– a check, a hindrance; a reverse, misfortune BACKSET 1721
– a check, a hindrance, defeat BALK;  BAULK 1660 
– a check, discouragement DAMP 1587
– a check, restraint AWE-BAND Bk1898 Sc.
– a power of check or restraint HANK 1613 now rare or Eng. dial.
– a sudden check, problem or obstacle FACER c1820 colloq.
– check, confusion, discomfiture BAFFLE 1628 obs.
 
CHECK – VERBS
– to check SCALP Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– to check one’s impulsiveness; to be calm HOLD ONE’S HORSES 1842 US sl.
– to check or hinder him PUT A SCOTCH ON A PERSON’S WHEEL Bk1904 Eng. dial.
 to check or interrupt one in his tale; to gainsay OBROGATE 1656 obs.
– to check or punish smartly RAP ONE’S FINGERS a1677
– to check or punish smartly RAP ONE’S KNUCKLES 1824
– to check or withhold oneself; to desist, to refrain LET c1374 obs.
– to check, to balk; to stop; to keep back HAP 1777 Eng. dial.
– to check, to bring to a sudden stop ACHECK c1384 obs.
– to check, to control, to command; to advise, to direct; to pacify, to silence SAY 1746 Eng. dial.
– to check, to discourage; to deaden or restrain the ardour or energy of; to depress, to deject DAMP 1548
– to check, to ‘pull up’, to interrupt TAKE 1637 Eng. dial.
– to check, to refrain, to withhold FORFEND 1382 obs.
 to check, to restrain REFRENATE 1599 obs. rare
– to check, to restrain, to hinder; to restrict COHIBIT 1544 rare
– to check, to snub; to put down; to have revenge upon SALT 1863 Sc.
– to check, to squash, to snub; to overcome or rebuke; to express contempt for a man in a marked manner SIT UPON 1865 sl.
– to check, to stop, to ‘pull up’; to arrest the action or progress of TAKE UP 1631 obs.
– to put a check on the ambitions of CLIP THE WINGS OF Bk1999
– to set against by way of check, hindrance, or resistance; to place as an obstacle OPPONE 1570 obs.
– to thoroughly check something; to halt at an early stage; to prevent CRUSH IN THE EGG 1689


CHECK – see CHEQUE


CHECKED – ADJECTIVES
– checked, spotted; chiefly used of cattle GARLED 1501 obs. exc. Eng. dial.


CHECKERED – ADJECTIVES
checkered CHECKEDY adj.1917 Amer. dial.


CHECKERS – NOUNS
a piece used in the game of checkers CHECK 1908 Amer. dial.
a piece used in the game of checkers CHECKS 1844 Amer. dial.
each of the pieces in the game of checkers DAM 1580 obs., chiefly Sc. usage
the game of checkers CHECKER 1968 Amer. dial.
the game of checkers CHECKS 1954 Amer. dial.
the game of checkers DAMS 1580 obs.

CHECKERS – NOUNS, PERSON
a person who cheats at checkers DUKE PLAYER 1937 US criminals’ sl.


CHEEK (part of the face) – ADJECTIVES
becoming suffused with heightened colour; said of the cheeks MANTLING 1707
fat; swollen or puffed out with fat, said of the cheeks; plump-cheeked, round-faced; chubby CHUFFY 1611 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
having fat cheeks, wide-mouthed BUCCULENT 1656 obs. rare

CHEEK (part of the face) – NOUNS
– a cheekbone FACE-BONE 1801 obs.
a cheekbone GUMBLE 1688 obs. rare
the cheek LEER c1000 obs.
the cheek WANG c975 obs.
the cheeks CHOPS 1927 Amer. dial.
the cheek; the temple; the side of the head above and in front of the head HAFFET 1513 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
the rosy central parts of the cheeks CHEEK ROSES a1616
the rounded part of the cheek CHEEK BALL 1585


CHEEK, CHEEKY – ADJECTIVES
– amorously cheeky or over-free; pert; forward; bold; impudent FRESH 1845 sl., orig. US
– cheeky, arrogant UPPITY-ASS L19 sl., orig. US
– cheeky, bad-tempered, and disagreeable LEERY 20C sl.
– cheeky, brash; arrogant; snobbish; refusing to accept one’s place in society UPPITY 1880 US sl., orig. African-American
– cheeky, bumptious, prone to boasting BOUNCEABLE Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– cheeky, impertinent IKEY L19 US sl.
– cheeky, impertinent FAST-FAST MOUTH 1940s W. Indies sl.
– cheeky, impertinent FAST-MOUTH 1940s W. Indies sl.
– cheeky, impertinent FAST WITH 1950s W. Indies sl.
– cheeky, impertinent NEBBIE 1888 Sc.
– cheeky, impertinent, impudent IKY 1906 Amer. dial.
 cheeky, impudent CHEEKISH 1838 colloq. rare
– cheeky, impudent FACIE 1825 Sc.
– cheeky, impudent; bold, lively; stylish SASSY 1833 colloq., orig. & chiefly US
– cheeky, impudent, rude, arrogant FACETY 1943 W. Indies& Black British
– cheeky, knowing, conceited LAIRY;  LARY M19 sl.
– cheeky, rude, impudent FACEY 1929 chiefly Jamaican
– cheeky, rude, impudent FACY 1605 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– cheeky, rude, impudent; forward, impulsive, prone to rashness; impertinent FAST Bk1900 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– extremely cheeky, impertinent RANK 20C W. Indies sl.
– very cheeky or pretentious MORE FRONT THAN MYERS Bk1999 Aust. sl.
 
CHEEK etc. – NOUNS
– cheek, audacity RABBIT 1940s sl.
 cheek, audacity, nerve GUTS 1910s sl.
 cheek, backtalk, insolence BACK SLACK 1908 Amer. sl.
 cheek, brazenness FACE 1537
 cheek, effrontery ARSE 1940s sl.
 cheek, impertinence BACK-TALK 1858 orig. Eng. dial.
– cheek, impertinence SLACK 19C sl.
 cheek, impertinence; gossiping conversation BACKTALKING 1968 Amer. dial.
– cheek, impertinence, insolence, back-talk, rudeness JIMBER-JAW 1834 Amer. dial.
 cheek, impudence BACKCHAT 1901 sl.
 cheek, impudence CHAT L19 sl.
 cheek, impudence FAAS;  FASS 1930s W. Indies sl.
– cheek, impudence SAUCE L16
– cheek, impudence, audacity ONCE A WEEK 20C rhyming sl.
– cheek, impudence, audacity, effrontery NERVE 1887
– cheek, impudence; gossip; abuse OLD BUCK Bk1905 Eng. dial.
 cheek; impudence, heavy sarcasm ACID 1910s sl.
 cheek, insolence BACK-LIP 1950s US sl.
 cheek, insolent or nonsensical talk; backtalk BACKWASH 1906 Amer. sl.
– cheek, sauciness, impertinence; impudent talk SASS 1835 N. Amer. colloq.
– cheek, vigour, energy ONCE L19 sl.
– talking in a cheeky manner SASS-TALKING 2000s US sl.
 
CHEEK etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– a cheeky, amusing, or eccentric person; a ‘character’; typically one who is tough and adventurous HARD CASE 1892 Aust. & NZ
– a cheeky, bright, or cute person, typically a child BUTTON 1772 colloq.
– a cheeky, forward, or cantankerous woman BISIM;  BISOM 1951 Ulster sl.
– a cheeky, forward, or cantankerous woman BIZZUM 1808 Sc. & Ireland
– a cheeky, impudent man SAUCY JACK M16 sl.
– a cheeky, impudent person CHAFE-LITTER M16 sl.
– a cheeky little girl; a bad-tempered child NITTIE 1866 Sc.
 a cheeky man or boy, esp. one who is likeable, entertaining, or charismatic CHEEKY CHAPPIE 1909 Aust. & UK
– a cheeky or impudent person, esp. a child; a saucy or pert woman or child SASS-BOX 1857 Amer. dial.
– a cheeky or loquacious person NASHIN 1923 Sc.
 a cheeky or mischievous person CHEEKY CHOPS 1968
– a cheeky or talkative person PIET a1289 rare, now Sc. & N. Eng.
 a cheeky person; an affectionate name for such a person CHEEKY MONKEY1880
 a cheeky person; one who speaks rudely; a smart alec BACK-SASSER 1969 Amer. dial.
– a cheeky, pert person; an impudent, forward child or youth; a mischievous lad YIP 1839 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– a cheeky, self-possessed youth who fancies himself BIT OF A LAD 1939 UK sl.
 
CHEEK etc. – PHRASES
– used of one who is very cheeky MORE ASS THAN A PADDOCK OF COWS 1990s Aust. sl.
– used of one who is very cheeky, daring, or outspoken MORE FRONT THAN BRIGHTON (BEACH) 1980s sl.
– used of one who is very cheeky, daring, or outspoken MORE FRONT THAN BUCKINGHAM PALACE 1980s sl.
– used of one who is very cheeky, daring, or outspoken MORE FRONT THAN FOY AND GIBSON’S 1950s Aust. sl.
– used of one who is very cheeky, daring, or outspoken MORE FRONT THAN HARRODS 1970s sl.
– used of one who is very cheeky, daring, or outspoken MORE FRONT THAN MYERS 1950s Aust. sl.
 
CHEEK etc. – VERBS
 to be cheeky or impertinent BACK-TALK 1920s
– to be cheeky, to argue, to answer back, to talk glibly, persuasively, or excessively FATMOUTH 1968 sl., orig. African-American
– to be cheeky; to answer back, to tease SASS (OUT) M19 US sl.
– to be cheeky; to be impertinent to; to answer impudently; to tease SAUCE 1862 Eng. dial.
– to be cheeky to someone or be witty at their expense SMART-MOUTH 1976 US sl.
– to cheek, to be impudent, to tease SAUCE M19
– to say something cheeky or impertinent EAT RAZOR SOUP 1939 US sl.
– to talk cheekily, rudely, or provocatively LIP OFF 1950s US sl.


CHEEP – VERBS
to cheep, to make a weak, squeaking noise; to cry, as the young of rats and mice QUEAK;  QUEEK;  QUEEKLE 1887 Sc.


CHEER, CHEERED, CHEERFUL, CHEERFULLY, CHEERFULNESS, CHEERILY, CHEER UP, CHEERY – ADJECTIVES
– adapted to cheer LAETIFICATIVE 1657 obs.
– characterized by cheerfulness; cheerful; cheering CHEERLY 1565 rare
– cheered, comforted EMMOISED c1400 obs. rare
– cheered, encouraged, elated BUCKED 1907 sl.
– cheerful CHICKET 1682 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– cheerful PEETY 18C cant
– cheerful; animated, lively; mentally alert, quick-witted BRIGHT AS A BUTTON 1795
– cheerful; bright; said of a place NAPPY 1894 Sc.
– cheerful; brisk, lively, active, gay, joyful ALACRIOUS 1602 obs.
– cheerful, cheering; prosperous, happy, joyous SUNSHINE 1593
– cheerful, contented RAFF 1911 Sc.
– cheerful due to alcohol; slightly drunk, tipsy FUNNY 1751 sl. rare
– cheerful; elated, in high spirits, frisky, gay, merry WADDIE;  WADY 1733 Sc.
– cheerful; energetic IN ONE’S ACKEE 1940s W. Indies sl.
– cheerful; energetic IN ONE’S SALT 1940s W. Indies sl.
– cheerful; full of gaiety; blithe, buoyant 1610 rare
– cheerful; gay, merry HILAIRE 1575 obs. rare
– cheerful; gay, witty, humorous, pleasant FACETE 1603 arch.
– cheerful; good-humoured IN A GOOD SKIN M18 sl.
– cheerful; good-humoured IN A WHOLE SKIN M18 sl.
– cheerful; happy LURED 20C Ulster sl.
– cheerful; in good spirits, gay, sportive, wanton CAGEY;  CAGIE 1725 Sc.
– cheerful; in good spirits; in good condition, physically or mentally HODDY 1664 Eng. dial.
– cheerful; in high spirits HEARTFUL 1876 Eng. dial.
– cheerful; inspiring with gaiety; pleasant GAYSOME 1633 rare
– cheerful, jolly; slightly intoxicated SPROUNCEY B1900 Eng. dial.
– cheerful; light-hearted JAUNTY 1672
– cheerful; light-hearted, buoyant; full of gaiety; blithe GAYSOME 1598 rare
– cheerful, lively CHIRK AS A CHITTERDIDDLE ON A POKEWEED 1955 Amer. dial.
– cheerful; lively CHIRPY AS A CRICKET Bk1999
– cheerful, lively GALLERY 20C Irish sl.
– cheerful, lively GALLEY 20C Irish sl.
– cheerful, lively GANSING-GAY 1894 Eng. dial.
– cheerful, lively, active, nimble TAIT c1300 obs.
– cheerful, lively, brisk, active, gladsome CANTY a1724 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– cheerful; lively, brisk, active, sprightly, happy KEDGY 1719 Eng. dial.
– cheerful; lively, full of mirth, merry, light-hearted, joyous; pleasant, genial HEARTSOME 1724 chiefly Sc.
– cheerful; lively, gay, gallant; brisk GALLIARD c1386 arch.
– cheerful; lively; in good health and spirits; well BOBBISH 1813 sl. & Eng. dial.
– cheerful; lively, in good spirits CHIRP AS A CRICKET 1863 Amer. dial.
– cheerful; lively, in good spirits CHIRP AS A FLOCK OF BLACKBIRDS 1824 Amer. dial.
– cheerful; lively, in good spirits; brisk CHIRKY 1843 Amer. dial.
– cheerful; lively, in good spirits; in a good or pleasant mood CHIRP 1824 Amer. dial.
– cheerful; lively, in good spirits; in a good or pleasant mood CHIRPY 1838 Amer. dial.
– cheerful; lively, in good spirits; lively, brisk CHERK;  CHIRK;  CHURK 1789 Amer. dial.
– cheerful; lively, joyful, merry, jocund LUSTY a1225 obs.
– cheerful; lively, sprightly; vivacious AIRY 1654
– cheerful, lively; spry, fit CHIP 1965 Amer. dial.
– cheerful, lively; spry, fit CHIPPING 1965 Amer. dial.
– cheerful, lively; spry, fit CHIPPY 1965 Amer. dial.
– cheerful; lively; well, in good health and spirits; often used with ‘pretty’ BOBBISH 1730 Eng. dial. & sl.
– cheerful; merry, delighted, gay, happy; elated, contented VOGGY B1900 Sc.
– cheerful; merry, delighted, gay, light-hearted, happy VOGIE c1715 Sc.
– cheerful, merry, especially from conviviality; slightly inebriated CHERRY-MERRY 1775 sl.
– cheerful, merry, gay ECKLE-FECKLE 1825 Sc. obs.
– cheerful, merry, gay, elated, delighted VAUDIE;  VAUDY c1720 Sc.
– cheerful, merry; glad; friendly and hospitable; in good spirits; lively, excited, spry CADGIE;  CADGY 1725 Sc. & N. Eng. & Amer. dial.
– cheerful, merry, in good spirits CHEERIO 1918 rare
– cheerful, merry, in good spirits CHEERO 1915 obs.
– cheerful; merry, in good spirits; stout, hearty, brisk, lively, pert, saucy, well in health COBBY 1691 Eng. dial.
– cheerful; merry, not weighed down by care, pain, or sorrow; light-headed LIGHTSOME a1366
– cheerful or patient in life EUPHORIOUS 1904
– cheerful; pleasant, sociable, of a neighbourly disposition, intimate; friendly, compassionate INNERLY 1825 Sc.
– cheerful; smiling, laughing, mirthful, gay RIANT 1567
– cheerful, sprightly OLITE 1825 Sc. obs.
– cheerful; vivacious, enthusiastic EFFERVESCENT 1833
– cheering, cheerful COMFORTATIVE 1377 obs. rare
– cheering, comforting; that is intended to cheer someone up CHEER-UP 1846
– cheering, hopeful, encouraging BRIGHT 1860
– cheering the heart, encouraging, inspiring HEARTSOME 1881 Sc.
– exuberantly cheerful; merry, full of joy and mirth; light-hearted GAY a1310
– made cheerful by drinking; lively SAPPY 1826 Sc.
– of a disposition that is cheerful in the midst of trouble; cheerfully optimistic SUNSHINE-SHOWERY 1830 nonce word
– radiantly cheerful; laughing, smiling, grinning RIDENT 1609 rare
– very cheerful; in a good state of mind IN THE GALES Bk1997 Amer. dial.
– very cheerful; in good condition of health, spirits, etc. IN HIGH FEATHER 1844
 
CHEER etc. – ADVERBS
– cheerfully, blithely, cheerily CANTILY 1721 Sc.
– cheerfully, boldly, briskly, eagerly, energetically CANTLY 1352 Sc. & N. Eng. dial. obs.
– cheerfully, jauntily, light-heartedly RAKISHLY 1838
– cheerfully, merrily CADGILY a1724 Sc.
– cheerfully, merrily, gaily CAGILY 1724 Sc.
– cheerfully, merrily, happily CADGY 1896 Sc.
– cheerfully, merrily, happily CAIGY 1896 Sc.
– cheerfully, merrily, heartily HEARTSOMELY 1766 Sc.
– cheerfully, merrily, in a lively manner; cheerily CHEERLY 1546 obs.
– cheerily, merrily, joyously, blithely HEARTSOMELY 1732 Sc.
 
CHEER etc. – NOUNS
– a cheer, a shout JOLLY 1871
– an enthusiastic cheer, raised especially by college students SKY-ROCKET 1867 US sl. 
– cheer, encouragement, animation; the imparting of courage HEARTING c1250
– cheerfulness CANTINESS Bk1888 Sc.
– cheerfulness CHEERLINESS 1571 obs.
– cheerfulness HEARTSOMENESS Bk1902 N. Ireland
– cheerfulness, cheerful feeling or behaviour CHEERISHNESS 1645 obs. rare
– cheerfulness or happiness of mind or heart; sunny disposition SUNSHINE 1742
– cheerfulness, sportiveness CADGINESS Bk1888 Sc.
 
CHEER etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– a cheerer; a person who acclaims with shouts of hear! hear! HEAR-HEARER 1868
– a cheerful, alert person; a person of great intelligence, talent, or wit; a problem-solver, an innovator BRIGHT SPARK 1872
– a person who cheers, heartens, or encourages HEARTENER 1601
– a person who cheers or makes glad GLADDER c1405 obs.
– a person who cheers someone up CHEERER-UPPER 1907
 
CHEER etc. – VERBS
– to be cheerful or brave; to keep one’s chin up FACE UP 1970 Amer. dial.
– to become cheerful, lively, or active; to hasten PEARTEN 1851 Amer. dial.
– to become cheerful or lively BUCK UP Bk1999
– to become or to make someone cheerful or lively CHIRK UP 1843 Amer. dial.
– to become or to make someone cheerful or lively; to encourage CHIRP UP;  CHURP UP 1897 Amer. dial.
– to be or appear cheerful MAKE GLAD CHEER a1275 obs.
– to be or appear cheerful MAKE GOOD CHEER a1400 obs.
– to cause to be or appear cheerful CHEERFULISE;  CHEERFULIZE 1781 rare
– to cheer JOLLY L19 sl.
– to cheer on to fight, to encourage HARPEN ON Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– to cheer or applaud (a sports team, etc.); to support ROOT FOR L19 colloq., orig. US
– to cheer, to cheer up ACHEER 1607 obs.
– to cheer, to gladden BLITHEN 1826 Sc.
– to cheer, to inspirit; to inspire with greatness of mind; to render high-souled MAGNANIMATE 1640 obs. rare
 to cheer, to make glad or joyful, to rejoice LAETIFICATE 1623 obs. rare
– to cheer, to make glad or joyful, to rejoice LETIFICATE 1547 obs. rare
– to cheer up BUCK UP 1844 sl.
– to cheer up PERK UP a1656
– to cheer up, to animate HEARTEN UP 1590
– to cheer up; to brighten, enliven, encourage UPCHEER c1586 obs. rare
– to cheer up; to brisk up BIRK UP Bk1911 Sc.
– to cheer up, to encourage HELP UP 1883 Amer. dial.
– to give a cheer or shout JOSH 1845 Amer. sl.
– to keep things cheerful or lively KEEP THE TAMBOURINE A-ROLLING M19 sl.
– to look cheerful or merry; to smile SIMPER LIKE A FURMITY-KETTLE 18C colloq.
– to look cheerful or merry; to smile SIMPER LIKE A POT THAT’S READY TO RUN OVER 1631 colloq.
– to look cheerful; to smile SIMPER LIKE A FRUMETY-KETTLE 1668 colloq.
– to make cheerful and lively; to excite; to rouse to action; to encourage; to embolden ALACRIATE 1657 obs. rare
– to make cheerful and lively; to stir up, to excite, to exhilarate EFFERVESCE 1866 rare
– to make cheerful, merry, or gay; to exhilarate HILARATE 1623 obs. rare
– to make cheerful or lively; to enliven PEARTEN 1827 Amer. dial.
– to make cheerful; to rouse to action; to excite ALACRIFY 1864 rare
– to restore to cheerfulness; to raise the spirits of a person RELEVATE 1597 obs.


CHEERLESS – ADJECTIVES
cheerless, comfortless GABBERNY Bk1900 Eng. dial.
cheerless, disheartened; wretched, sad UNHEARTY 1845 Sc.
cheerless, gloomy, dismal, sad DARK 1597
cheerless, melancholy, sad UNHEARTSOME 1660 Sc.
cheerless, solitary, miserable, dejected ELENGELY c1305 obs.


CHEESE – ADJECTIVES
abounding in cheese; fond of cheese CASEOUS 1807 humorous usage
covered with blue mould; said of cheese BLUE VINNY 1863 Eng. dial.
ill-flavoured; said of cheese GAMMOTTY Bk1900 Eng. dial.
mouldy, having a tendency to rottenness; said of cheese PAIRED 1777 Eng. dial.
mouldy, having a tendency to rottenness; said of cheese PAIRY Bk1905 Eng. dial.
tainted, mouldy; said of cheese FADED 1891 Eng. dial.
yellow, of a golden colour; said of cheese, butter, etc. BLAKE 1747 Eng. dial.

CHEESE – NOUNS
a large piece of cheese cut off FANG 1742 Sc.
a large piece of cheese, bread, etc. CANCH Bk1898 Eng. dial.
any strong or inferior hard cheese MOUSETRAP 1947 UK sl.
a thick slice of cheese, bread, etc. WADGE 1923 Sc.
a whole cheese; generally one of great size KEBBUCK c1470 obs. exc. Sc. & Eng. dial.
cheddar cheese, esp. that with a strong odour RAT CHEESE 1939 Amer. dial.
cheddar cheese, esp. that with a strong odour RAT-TRAP CHEESE 1910 Amer. dial.
cheese ANNIE LOUISE 20C Aust. rhyming sl.
cheese BALMY BREEZE 1960s rhyming sl.
cheese BEESWAX Bk1890 sl.
cheese BELLY BINDER Bk1942 Amer. sl.
cheese BELLY CEMENT Bk1942 Amer. sl.
cheese BELLY GLUE Bk1942 Amer. sl.
cheese BELLY GUM Bk1942 Amer. sl.
cheese BENDED KNEES 20C rhyming sl.
cheese BINDER Bk1942 Amer. sl.
cheese BUNGHOLE 1910s sl., orig. military  usage
cheese CAFFAN M16 UK criminals’ sl.
– cheese CASS;  CASSAM;  CASSAN;  CASSIN;  CASSOM;  CASSON;  CASUM;  CASUN;  CAZ ;  COSAN 1567 criminals’ sl. obs.
cheese CHOKER Bk1942 Amer. sl.
cheese COUGH-AND-SNEEZE c1880 rhyming sl.
cheese ENDGATE 1956 Amer. logging usage
cheese FURMAGE 1568 obs. rare
cheese GUT CONCRETE Bk1942 Amer. sl.
cheese KIBBOCK c1470 obs.
cheese MAGGOT Bk1942 Amer. sl.
cheese MASSEY-HARRIS 20C Can. sl.
cheese SHACKLES Bk1942 Amer. sl.
cheese SHORT COCK 1904 UK sl.
mould on cheese FADE 1884 Eng. dial.
old cheese GAMMELOST 1866 Sc. obs.
‘poor Yorkshire cheese, made of skimmed milk’ OLD PEG L18 Eng. dial.
the crust, esp. that round the width; said of cheese WALL Bk1905 Sc.
the hard rind of cheese SCRAM 1881 Eng. dial.
the last remnants of a cheese KEBBUCK-END 1868 Sc.
the last remnants of a cheese KEBBUCK-HEEL 1785 Sc.
the last remnants of a cheese KEBBUCK-STUMP 1827 Sc.
the rind of a cheese HEEL 1656

CHEESE – NOUNS, PERSON
– a person who steals cheese or bacon from grocers’ shops SAWNEY-HUNTER 1856 sl.

CHEESE – VERBS
to grow mouldy; used of cheese PAIR Bk1905 Eng. dial.
to test cheese by taking a sample PALE 1733 Sc.


CHEETAH – NOUNS
the cheetah PAPION a1375 obs.
the cheetah SPOTTED TIGER 1784 obs.
the cheetah TIGER OF CHASE 1784 obs.


CHEF – see COOK


CHEMISE – NOUNS
a chemise or shirt; a garment worn next to the skin SARK a1100 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.

CHEMISE – VERBS
to clothe in a sark SARK 1483 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.


CHEMIST – NOUNS, PERSON
a chemist or alchemist; one skilled in hermetic art or science HERMETIC 1684
– a chemist’s assistant; one who blows the fire LUNGS 1612 obs.
a chemist who works in a laboratory LABORATORIAN 1860 rare
a working chemist; a laboratory workman; a chemist’s assistant LABORANT 1665 obs.


CHEMISTRY – ADJECTIVES
pert. to and chemistry and magic MAGO-CHEMICAL 1652 obs. rare

CHEMISTRY – NOUNS
chemistry STINKS 1869 Brit. sl.

CHEMISTRY – NOUNS, PERSON
a chemistry student LAB 1866 Amer. students’ sl.


CHEQUE – NOUNS
– a bad cheque FALSE FLAP c1930 Aust. sl.
– a bad cheque; a forged cheque BUM CHECK Bk2006 Amer. sl.
– a blank, dud, or forged cheque KITE 1927 sl.
 a ‘bouncing’ cheque which is not honoured, and is ‘returned to drawer’ BOOMERANG CHEQUE 1950s Aust. sl.
– a cheque CHICKEN’S NECK 1998 UK rhyming sl.
– a cheque DUCHESS (OF TECK) 1960 UK rhyming sl.
– a cheque DUCK’S NECK 20C Aust. rhyming sl.
– a cheque DUKE (OF TECK) 1960 UK rhyming sl.
– a cheque FLAP 1955 Aust. prison & criminals’ sl.
– a cheque GREGORY PECK Bk1999 Aust. rhyming sl.
– a cheque I’M A WRECK 1940s rhyming sl.
– a cheque NERVOUS WRECK 1940s rhyming sl.
– a cheque PAIN (IN THE NECK) 1992 UK rhyming sl.
– a cheque TOTAL WRECK 1940s rhyming sl.
– a cheque for which there are no funds in the bank BAD PAPER Bk2004 Amer. sl.
– a dishonoured cheque BOOMERANG Bk1999 Aust. sl.
– a forged cheque or one intentionally drawn with insufficient funds to cover payment HOT CHEQUE 1972 US sl.
– a forged or useless cheque or other financial instrument PAPER 1972 US sl.
– a forged personal cheque P.L. 1920s forgers’ sl.
– a worthless cheque STUMER;  STUMOR 1890 sl.
– a worthless cheque which ‘flutters away’ BUTTERFLY 1929 Amer. criminals’ sl.
– passing bad cheques PAPER-HANGING E19 US criminals’ sl.
– the juggling of cheques between accounts so as to create a sham balance of funds on which to draw KITE-FLYING 1920s sl.
 
CHEQUE – NOUNS, PERSON
– a person who habitually passes bad cheques PAPER-LAYER E19 US criminals’ sl.
– a person who passes discredited cheques KITE FLYER Bk1999 Aust. sl.
– a person who passes forged or fraudulent cheques PAPER-HANGER 1914 sl., orig. US
– a person who passes worthless cheques BUTTERFLY MAN 1920s US sl.
 
CHEQUE – VERBS
– to cash a cheque CRACK 1920s US criminals’ sl.
– to cash a cheque SAUSAGE 1920s rhyming sl. based on ‘sausage and mash’
– to cash a cheque SAUSAGE A GOOSE’S 1920s sl.
– to defraud someone by passing a forged cheque PAPER 1925 sl.
– to distribute or pass bad cheques FLY KITES Bk2006 US criminals’ sl.
– to forge cheques RAISE 1940s UK criminals’ sl.
– to pass dud cheques WRITE 1960s sl.
– to use a stolen cheque CALL OUT 1920s US criminals’ sl.
– to write a cheque before one has sufficient money in one’s bank to cover it KITE 20C colloq.


CHERISH, CHERISHED – ADJECTIVES
cherished, fondly held; entertained of choice, intentional AFFECTED 1589 obs.

CHERISH etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
a cherished or favourite person EYE-APPLE 1549 rare
a greatly cherished person THE APPLE OF ONE’S EYE 1589 obs.
a person specially cherished; a darling, a pet; a term of endearment; generally applied to a girl or a woman PIGSNEY c1386 arch. or Eng. dial.

CHERISH etc. – VERBS
to cherish, to fondle, to caress INGLE 1599 Eng. dial.
to cherish, to fondle or indulge to excess; to pet, to pamper; to tend carefully, to nurse TIDDLE; TITTLE 1560 obs. exc. Eng. dial. or sl.
to cherish, to make much of; to pamper FEDDLE 1611 obs. rare
to cherish, to pet ALIE Bk1898 Sc.


CHERRY – NOUNS
a cherry seed BONE 1968 Amer. dial.
the hard centre of a cherry PITH 1966 Amer. dial.
the stone of a cherry, plum, or other stone fruit; an orange pip, etc. PAIP;  PAPE;  PEP 1721 Sc.


CHESS – ADJECTIVES
– applied to the knight’s move in chess LEAP-SKIP a1649 obs. nonce word
– characteristic of good play at chess CHESSY 1883 colloq.
 
CHESS – NOUNS
– a chess-board TABLER 1303 obs.
– a chess-board TABLIER 1474 obs. rare
– a chess-board QUEK;  QUEKE 1426 obs. rare
– a move to cover check in chess NECK a1547 obs.
– a problem in chess JEOPARDY c1369 obs.
– a queen at chess LADY c1450 obs.
– chess played without serious application SKITTLES 1856 colloq.
 one of the lines of squares stretching across the board from side to side (in chess) RANK 1597
– the ‘board’ on which chess, draughts, backgammon, or any similar game is played TABLE c1470 obs.
– the castle or rook at chess DUKE 1625 obs.
– the pawns at chess YEOMEN 1523-34 obs. rare
– the queen at chess DAME 1574 obs.
– the queen in chess and playing cards WHORE 20C
 
CHESS – NOUNS, PERSON
– a chess player CHESSNER 1624 obs. rare
– a chess player, esp. an unskilled one WOOD-PUSHER 1950s Amer. sl.
– an inferior chess-player POTZER 1948 sl.
– the player using the black or coloured pieces BLACK 1750
 
CHESS – VERBS
– to cover check in chess NECK a1585 obs. rare


CHEST (container) – NOUNS
a chest CASSON 1613 obs. exc. Amer. dial.
a chest, a box, a casket, a case CAP-CASE 1597 obs.
a chest, a coffer CAPSE 1447 obs. rare
a chest for holding valuables GARDEVIANCE c1460 obs.
a chest or box; a coffin BOIST Bk1911 Sc.
a large wooden chest, made to contain flour, corn, fruit, clothes, etc. ARK 1750 Sc. & Eng. dial.
an oaken chest; a dark cupboard or hole SCOB;  SKOB 1790 Eng. dial.
a small compartment in a chest, etc. SKIBBET 1398 obs. exc. Eng. dial.


CHEST (body) – NOUNS
a thick growth of chest hair RUG 1954 colloq.
hair growing on the man’s chest MOSS ON THE BOSOM 20C US sl.
the chest MIDDLE PIECE c1800 Brit. boxing sl.
– the chest PYSE a1400 obs.
the chest or the breast EAST AND WEST 1923 UK rhyming sl.
the human chest or breast BRISKET 1942 Amer. dial.


CHESTNUT – ADJECTIVES
chestnut-coloured CASTANEOUS 1688
pert. to the chestnut CASTANEAN 1728

CHESTNUT – NOUNS
a chestnut CASTANE;  CASTANIE;  CASTAYNE 1398 obs.
a chestnut tree CHESTER TREE 1968 Amer. dial.
knocking chestnuts off a tree SCUTCHING 1930 Amer. dial.


CHEW, CHEWED, CHEWING – ADJECTIVES
– capable of being chewed, manducated, or eaten; eatable MANDUCABLE 1614 obs. rare
– capable of being chewed or eaten MANDIBLE 1656 obs. rare
– pert. to chewing, mastication, champing MASTICATORY 1611
– that may be chewed or masticated MASTICABLE 1846 rare
 
CHEW etc. – NOUNS
– a chewing MANDUCATION 1650
– a chewing MASTICATION 1565
– a noisy or forceful act of chewing or biting CHANK 1950 Amer. dial.
– a single act of chewing coarse or rank food, as raw vegetables RAMSH 1825 Sc.
– the capability of being chewed MASTICABILITY 1849
 
CHEW etc. – VERBS
– to chew CHAW Bk1905 Amer. dial.
– to chew and munch vigorously with much noise; to crunch with the teeth RAMSH;  RANSH;  RUNSH 1825 Sc.
– to chew and swallow with difficulty WAFFLE Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– to chew loudly, to eat noisily CHANK 1895 Amer. dial.
– to chew loudly, to eat noisily CHAUNK 1927 Amer. dial.
– to chew loudly, to eat noisily CHAWNK 1914 Amer. dial.
– to chew loudly, to eat noisily CHONK 1844 Amer. dial.
– to chew succulent vegetables, or other food, with the mouth open so that a clacking sound escapes CHEW WET 1916 Amer. dial.
– to chew to pieces; to tear with the teeth TO-CHEW c1000 obs.
– to chew with difficulty NIGG 1928 Sc.
– to chew with difficulty, to bite away laboriously at some tough morsel YAGGLE 1929 Sc.
– to chew with difficulty; to gnaw; to nip NATTLE 1825 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– to chew, to eat MANDUCATE 1623
– to chew, to eat greedily and with noise YAM 1791 Eng. dial.
– to chew, to gnaw (confused with ‘yaggle’) YACKLE 1880 Sc.
– to chew, to grind food to a pulp with the teeth MASTICATE 1649
– to chew, to munch, to masticate; to eat greedily MAUNGE 1362 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– to chew, to seize between the teeth, to eat greedily NAM 1923 Sc.
– to chew, to seize between the teeth, to eat greedily NYIM-NYAM 1923 Sc.
– to chew, to seize between the teeth, to eat greedily NYAM 1922 Sc. & Amer. dial.
– to chew, to suck food in the mouth QUIDDLE B1900 Eng. dial.
– to chew; to eat; to munch MANCH 1829 Eng. dial.
– to keep chewing at, to gnaw NAG 1908 Sc.


CHEWING GUM – ADJECTIVES
– of a piece of chewing gum: already been chewed ABC 2004 US sl.
 
CHEWING GUM – NOUNS
– a package of chewing gum BLOCK 1968 Amer. dial.
– bubble gum BLOW GUM 1959 Amer. dial.
– bubble gum CHEW-BUBBLE c1970 Amer. dial.
– chewing gum CHEWEY;  CHEWIE;  CHEWY 1924 Aust. sl.
– chewing gum CHEWING WAX 1940 Amer. dial.
– chewing gum CHEWIN’ INDIA 1902 Sc.
– chewing gum CHUDDIE;  CHUDDY;  CHUTTY 1941 Aust. & NZ sl.
– chewing gum SPIJ 1980s UK playground sl.
– chewing gum WAX 1903 Amer. dial.
– gum that has already been chewed (already been chewed) ABC GUM 20C Amer. sl.


CHEWING TOBACCO – see TOBACCO