Reverse Dictionary: CONTEN – CONTZ

– causing contention or strife MAKEBATE 1582 obs.
– contending, fighting, at strife AT BATE a1500 obs.
 contentious ARGLE-BARGLIN 1897 Sc.
 contentious CAMPRULY 1808 Sc. obs.
– contentious about trifles, quarrelsome ARGOL-BARGOLOUS 1822 Sc.
 contentious, aggressive, short-tempered, peevish, tetchy TESTIF 1526 obs.
 contentious, argumentative, quarrelsome, contradictory THREAPING 1877 Eng. dial.
 contentious; boastful GLASTRIOUS B1900 Sc.
 contentious, disposed to fight; quarrelsome PUGNACIOUS 1642
 contentious, disputatious, wrangling, argumentative TOILOUS c1430 obs. rare
 contentious, full of discord; quarrelsome DISCORDFUL 1596 rare
– contentious, full of strife or conflict BATTLEFUL c1449 obs. rare
– contentious, full of strife, quarrelsome BATEFUL a1588 obs.
 contentious, full of strife, quarrelsome DEBATEFUL 1491 obs.
 contentious, ill-tempered, cross, disagreeable, obnoxious, hostile, neurotic, angry, obstinate EVIL a1131
– contentious, inclined to argue or dispute ARGISOME Bk1898 Eng. dial.
 contentious, inclined to opposition OPPOSITIVE 1865 rare
– contentious, quarrelsome BARRATOUS 1430 obs.
 contentious, quarrelsome CONCERTATIVE 1730 obs.
 contentious, quarrelsome DEBATOUS 1483 obs. rare
 contentious, quarrelsome RIXABUND B1900
 contentious, quarrelsome, discordant; given to strife, dissension, or disagreement DISSENTIOUS 1560 rare
 contentious, quarrelsome; fault-finding QUARRELLOUS 1556 obs.
 contentious, quarrelsome; pertaining to strife or disagreement, disputable, factious BRIGOUS 1387 obs.
– contentious, unpleasant; conceited, snobbish, stuck-up, pretentious; HINCTY;  HINKTY 1924 US sl.
 contentious, wrangling BICKERING 1807
 contentious, wrangling, scolding CAMPING 1642 obs.
– pertaining to contention or strife DEBATEFUL 1580 obs.
 contentiously, with much wrangling DEBATEFULLY 1611 obs.
– a contention; a pother, disturbance, commotion, turmoil CRINKIE-WINKIE 1818 Sc.
– a contention, a quarrel ARGIE-BARGIE Bk1898 Sc.
– a contention or quarrel KAS-KAS;  KASS KASS 1940s W. Indies Rasta usage
– a contention or quarrel SIMULTY a1637 obs. rare
– a contention, quarrel, dispute THREAPING-DO 1899 Eng. dial.
– a contention, retort, reply BACK-WORD 1874 Eng. dial.
– a point of contention or decision; a decision, a pledge LICK-LOG 1887 Amer. dial.
– a point of contention or disagreement BIRD 1969 Amer. dial.
– contending, fighting CAMPING 1549 obs.
– contending, scolding, tormenting TARVIZZEEN Bk1905 Eng. dial. obs.
– contention TANGLING 1535 obs.
– contention, a dispute SPUTE 1886 Eng. dial.
– contention, a falling out; a quarrel OUTFALLING a1670 Sc. obs.
– contention, altercation, bickering JANGLE 1641
– contention, an argument, a dispute ARGUFICATION Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– contention, a quarrel; a fault-finding THROUGH-THE-MUIR 1871 Sc.
– contention, a quarrel; a fault-finding THROUGH-THE-WUD-LADDIE 1824 Sc.
– contention; a scolding; a debate; the act of reproaching RAGGIN 1825 Sc.
– contention, a struggle, bustle, quarrel STROUT Bk1830 Eng. dial.
– contention, a wrangling ARGIE-BARGIEMENT Bk1911 Sc.
 contention, contradiction, opposition AGAIN-SAYING c1350 obs.
 contention, contradiction, opposition AGAINST-SAYING c1450 obs.
– contention, dispute, quarrel, argument, assertion ARGUE Bk1898 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– contention; eager strife to obtain anything SCRAMPING Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– contention, hostility, strife (as per NED: perhaps confused with ‘barrat’) BARRACE c1470 obs.
– contention or contest for the mastery; struggle, combat, fight, battle; controversy BARGAIN 1375 obs. exc. Sc.
– contention or strife PALAVER c1740 W. Afr.
– contention, quarrel; angry altercation BICKER 1330
– contention, strife CERTATION 1572 obs.
– contention, strife, conflict, quarrelling, wrangling, altercation BICKERMENT 1682
– contention, strife, contest; dispute DECERTATION 1635 obs.
– contention, strife, discord, argument BATE a1300 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– contention, strife, dispute, controversy, argument CONCERTATION 1509 obs.
– contention, strife, dissension, quarrelling, wrangling; a quarrel DEBATE a1300 arch.
– contention, strife, quarrel, fighting BARRAT c1300 obs.
 contention, strife, quarrelling DEBATEMENT 1590 obs. rare
– contention, strife; the act of fighting; a fight, battle, contest DIMICATION 1623 rare
– contention, struggle KEMPING 1816 Sc.
– contention, the condition or character of being pugnacious; inclination to fight; quarrelsomeness PUGNACITY E17
– contention, wrangling; strife YED 1719 Sc.
– discord manifested in contention or strife; variance, dissension, quarrelling JAR 1546
– petty, frivolous contention; squabbling BANGLING 1612 obs.
– the moment of contention or decision; a decision, a pledge LICKING POST M19 US sl.
– verbal contention, dispute, controversy, argument TOIL a1300 obs.
– a causer of contention or strife BATE-MAKER a1564 obs.
– a causer of contention or strife; a person waging regular war BELLIGERENT 1811
 a contentious, demanding, harassing, annoying, or otherwise vexatious person; a cruel taskmaster; a strict disciplinarian; a nagging or domineering woman BALLBUSTER c1944 US sl.
 a contentious, demanding, harassing, or otherwise vexatious individual; a cruel taskmaster or a strict disciplinarian; a nagging or domineering woman ASS-BREAKER 1961 Amer. sl.
 a contentious, argumentative person THREAPER 1899 Eng. dial.
 a contentious, hot-headed fellow SQUARER 1599 obs.
 a contentious, irritable, scolding woman BANGREE Bk1888 Sc.
 a contentious or quarrelsome person DEBATER 1388 obs.
 a contentious or quarrelsome person THREAP 1898 Eng. dial.
 a contentious person; a caviller ARGLE-BARGLER 1820 Sc.
 a contentious person; a defamer RAIL Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– a person who breeds contention or strife; a quarrelsome person; one who incites to mischief BREED-BATE  1593 obs.
– a person who causes contention and quarrels QUARREL-BREEDER 1611 obs.
 a person who contends or fights DIGLADIATOR 1803 obs. or arch., literary usage
– a person who contends or strives; a fighter; a keen and vigorous worker, esp. one who strives to outdo his fellows KEMPER 1721 Sc.
– a person who contends, strives, or works vigorously CAMPIE;  CAMPY 1923 Sc.
– a person who creates contention or discord; a breeder of strife; a mischief-maker; a quarrelsome person MAKEBATE 1529 arch.
– a person who creates contention or discord; a breeder of strife MAKE-DEBATE 1741 obs.
– a person who creates contention or discord; a breeder of strife MAKE-STRIFE 1617 obs.

– in contention IN THE HUNT 1957 Aust. sl.
– to become involved in contention; to argue TANGLE 1535 obs.
– to cause contention; to stir up trouble, strife, or war SOW DRAGONS’ TEETH 1850
– to contend YADDLE Bk1905 Sc. obs.
– to contend against another, to be at strife with VARY 1496 obs.
– to contend against, to set oneself in opposition, to act in opposition or offer resistance to OPPONE 1513 obs.
to contend brazenly or defiantly that something false or improbable is the case DOWNFACE 1762 orig. & chiefly Irish
– to contend against, to struggle; to struggle through difficulties, to contend in rivalry WAGE 1605 obs.
– to contend in a lawsuit or an argument; to dispute, to argue; also, to contend in battle; to fight, to struggle TOIL c1330 obs.
– to contend in argument; to dispute acrimoniously; to quarrel, to wrangle CANGLE 1619 Sc.
– to contend in strife; to engage in a fight or scuffle; to fight and scratch each other; to be at variance, to quarrel FALL TOGETHER BY THE EARS 1539 obs.
– to contend or argue persistently THREAT Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– to contend or argue saucily; to retort, answer pertly; to wrangle or quarrel; to be sulky or cross CAMPLE 1621 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– ​to contend or fight about DEAL c1205 obs.
– to contend or fight for; to defend, vindicate (an opinion, doctrine or the like) PROPUGN c1555 obs.
– to contend or fight in battle with another KEMP a1400 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– to contend, struggle; to writhe with more or less force SCRUGGLE 1530 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– to contend, to argue, to bandy words, to dispute ARGIE-BARGIE 1885 Sc.
– to contend, to argue, to dispute, esp. in making a bargain ARGLE 1886 Eng. dial.
– to contend, to argue, to quarrel FAUCHENTULIE 1825 Sc. obs.
– to contend, to argue, to quarrel, to cavil, to dispute; to haggle, to bandy words ARGLE-BARGLE 1727 chiefly Eng. dial. and Sc.
– to contend, to argue; to struggle, fight FRAB 1868 Eng. dial.
– to contend, to contend in disputation SPUTE a1225 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– to contend, to ‘cross swords’; to fight, to quarrel; to dispute violently DIGLADIATE a1656 obs.
– to contend, to dispute TERSE Bk1905 Sc. obs.
– to contend, to dispute, to wrangle, to squabble; to speak angrily, harshly, or discordantly; to grumble, to murmur JANGLE a1300 arch.
– to contend, to engage with in conflict DEAL 993 obs.
– to contend, to fight, to skirmish DIMICATE 1656 obs.
– to contend, to fight, to strive, to quarrel, to wrangle DEBATE c1340 obs.
– to contend, to quarrel, to argue, to dispute; to wrangle THREAP 1785 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– to contend, to quarrel, to fight, to strive with blows or arguments BATE a1300 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– to contend, to scramble, to strive SCRANNY Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– to contend, to strive, to fight BANDY 1588
– to contend, to strive, to struggle, to fight BARGAIN 1375 Sc. obs.
– to contend, to strive; to toil, to labour; to work hard; to pull, to struggle TEW 1866 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– to contend, to strive; to wrestle WRAXLE c1000 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– to contend, to struggle, to fight I-WIN 971 obs.
– to contend, to struggle, to strive, to expend effort and energy PAUCHLE 1921 Sc.
– to contend, to wrangle, to argue ARGUFY 1812 Amer. dial.
– to contend; to wrestle REEL 1791 Sc. obs.
– to contend with someone to test someone PULL ON 1963 Aust. sl.
– to contend with; to engage in a contest; to combat; to strike or thrust at with a weapon TILT 1588

– contented, cheerful RAFF 1911 Sc.
– contented, elated; merry, cheerful, delighted, gay, happy VOGGY B1900 Sc.
– content, happy FAIN 1721 Sc.
– content, pleased, satisfied, PAID c1230 obs.
– content, satisfied SUFFICED 1590 obs.
– content, satisfied UNTAIN 1882 Eng. dial.
– extremely content, very happy and pleased HAPPY AS A PIG IN A PUDDLE 1880 colloq.
– extremely content, very happy and pleased HAPPY AS A PIG IN CLOVER 1950s
– extremely content, very happy and pleased HAPPY AS A PIG IN MUCK 1828 colloq.
– extremely content, very happy and pleased HAPPY AS A PIG IN MUD 1880 colloq.
– extremely content, very happy and pleased HAPPY AS A PIG IN SHIT 1880 colloq.
– in a state of contentment; supremely happy; in high spirits LIKE A POSSUM UP A GUMTREE 1840 Aust. sl.
– very contented, happily or successfully placed, having arrived at a successful conclusion HOME ON THE PIG’S BACK L19 Ireland, Aust. & NZ sl.
– contentment, satisfaction SUFFISANCE c1374 obs.
 untroubled contentment; quiet satisfaction ACQUIESCENCE 1612 rare
 untroubled contentment; quiet satisfaction ACQUIESCENCY 1646 rare
– a contented, comfortable, or privileged person, esp. one who conspicuously enjoys wealth, food, etc. PIG IN CLOVER 1795
– a contented person HAPPY CAMPER 1980s US sl.
– to appear contented when one has cause to complain and dares not SING O BE EASY c1785 colloq.
– to be content or willing; to agree; to make up one’s mind to do something FADGE 1592 obs.
 to content with delight; to please well, to gratify, to delight ARRIDE 1599 arch

the contents; one’s insides; the belly; the intestines GUTS a1000

– a bitter contest or confrontation SMACKDOWN 1990 colloq., orig. & chiefly US
– a close contest; something just about equal HAIRLASH 1967 Amer. dial.
– a contest, a fight LAKE c1400 obs.
– a contest, a fight; a battle; the act of fighting; contention, strife DIMICATION 1623 rare
– a contest, a fight, a tussle; a mauling YOKING 1660 Sc. obs.
– a contest, encounter, or combat; a debate, a public dispute, a discussion; often applied in the 17th & 18 centuries to a duel TILT 1567
– a contest or match; a shooting-match BANTER 1859 Amer. dial.
– a contest without a clear-cut victory for either side; a hopeless staring match MEXICAN STANDOFF 1891 Amer. dial.
– a repetition of a contest RETURN BOUT 1890 Eng. dial.
– a very close contest NAIL-BITER 1971 Amer. sl.
– contest, contention, strife; dispute DECERTATION 1635 obs.
– contest or contention for the mastery; struggle, combat, fight, battle; controversy BARGAIN 1375 obs. exc. Sc.
– contest, wrangling, struggle, fighting BARGAINING 1375 Sc. obs.
– the odds-on-favourite in a sporting contest ODDS-ON 20C Aust. sl.
 a person engaged in a contest, dispute, or struggle; a main character in a drama or course of events, a protagonist AGONIST 1687
– to contest, to dispute; to contend or fight for; to carry on a fight or quarrel DEBATE c1489 arch.
– to engage in a contest; to combat, to contend with; to strike or thrust at with a weapon TILT 1588

a game show contestant who becomes immobile and speechless in front of the camera BAMBI Bk1997 game show usage
a leading contestant; the contestant most likely to succeed FRONT RUNNER 1914 orig. US

contiguous, bordering, neighbouring ABORDERING 1566 obs. rare
contiguous, lying next ADJOINANT 1494 obs.
contiguous, touching TANGENT 1846

contiguity; state of contact TANGENCY 1819

to be contiguous; to adjoin, to border on; to bound, form a boundary to MARCH 1819 Sc.
to be contiguous; to be or lie close, or in contact ADJOIN 1819
to be contiguous with; to bound, to border MEAR 1894 Eng. dial.

contingencies, conditions, exceptions IFS, ANDS OR BUTS 1982 US sl.

– continual, constant, uninterrupted ITHAND a1300 Sc. & Eng. dial. obs.
– continual, constant; unceasing, ceaseless NEVER-CEASING c1602
– continually ON AND ENDWAYS Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– continually TINUALLY Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– continually, always EVERMORE 1928 Amer. dial.
– continually, always, ever AYE 1671 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– continually, constantly; assiduously, diligently ITHANDLY a1400 Sc. & Eng. dial. obs.
– continually, constantly, every day DAILY-DAY 1881 Sc.
– continually, continuously DURABLY 1567 obs.
– continually, ever, always; at all times AY c1175 obs. exc. Sc. & Eng. dial.
– continually, forever; for a very long time EVER AND END Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– continually, forever; for a very long time EVER AND ON Bk1900 Sc.
– continually, frequently; always, constantly, perpetually, continuously EVERLY;  EVERLIE 1829 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– continually, perpetually EVERLASTING 1823 Sc. & Eng. dial.

– continuing, lasting, enduring, durable; of long continuance DUREFUL 1594 obs.
– continuing, lasting, enduring; now usually ‘abiding’ BIDING 1430
– continuing, lasting, that ‘dures’ DURING 1398
– continuous, endless, without number FOR ENDWAYS 1859 Eng. dial.
– continuous, lasting; current, present DURANT 1455 obs.
– continuous, lasting, permanent PERDURANT 1670 rare
– continuous, persistent, esp. with reference to weather EIDENT 1786 Sc.
– continuous, without check or stoppage UNCHEQUE 1671 obs.
– continuous, without stop UNCESSABLE 1596 obs.
– continuously DELAVERLY 1865 Sc.
– continuously IN A SUCCESSION a1715 obs.
– continuously RIGHT ALONG Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– continuouslyalways, constantly, perpetually, frequently, continually EVERLY 1829 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– continuously; at one and the same time AT A STRETCH 1885 colloq.
– continuously; at one and the same time ON A STRETCH c1832 colloq.
– continuouslyconsecutively, in succession HAND-A-RUNNING 1945 Amer. dial.
– continuouslyconsecutively, in uninterrupted succession HAND RUNNING 1828 Eng. dial. or colloq.
– continuouslyconsecutively, without intermission or interruption ENDLANG 1815 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– continuouslycontinually DURABLY 1567 obs.
– continuouslyenergetically SNUFF AND SNIFTER E19 sl.
– continuously, ever since SITHEN a1000 obs.
– continuously, ever since SITHENCE 1560 obs.
– continuouslyfreely DELIVERLY 1825 Sc.
– continuouslyfrequently; from time to time AT EVERY WHIPSTITCH 1809 Amer. dial.
– continuouslyfrequently; from time to time EVERY WHIPSTITCH 1827 Amer. dial.
– continuouslyin succession HAND GOING 1911 Amer. dial.
– continuouslyin succession; consecutively RIGHT HAND-RUNNING 1986 Amer. dial.
– continuously; incessantly; at all hours EARLY AND LATE c1330
– continuously; lastingly; for a long time DURINGLY 1413 obs.
– continuouslyon end ON A RANK 1574 obs.
– continuously or ever from or since that time SITH c1205 obs.
– continuously or without interruption for a certain period SUCCESSIVELY 1531 obs.
– continuously, successively; without end or interruption ENDWAY 1874 Eng. dial.
– continuouslyto the end; straight-on ANEND 1867 Amer. dial.
– continuously, without  break UPSTANDING 1891 Eng. dial.
– continuously, without cessation IN A RANE c1375 Sc. obs.
– continuously, without intermission ODDENLY Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– continuously; without intermission; in a straight course, without interruption or obstruction; from end to end EVEN-ENDWAYS Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– continuance, duration LAST a1300 rare
– continuance, duration; lastingness DURANCE a1513 obs.
– continuance, duration; lastingness DURANCY 1647 obs. rare
 continued or renewed use, influence, etc. AFTERLIFE 1948
– continuously or ever from a time, etc.; till now; since SITH a1325 obs.
– to continue in the same state and circumstances UPSTAND Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– to continue in typical fashion ROCK ALONG 20C US colloq.
– to continue, to proceed, to go on SUE c1200 obs.
– to continue. to protract; to cause to last longer; to prolong, to lengthen, to extend in time or duration PROROGUE 1425 obs.
– to continue what has been started; to progress CHOOGLE 1970 Amer. sl.
– to continue working hard at something, to persevere PLUG AWAY 1947 sl.

a contortionist; a loose-jointed, flexible person LIMBER JACK 1909 Amer. dial.
a contortionist; a loose-jointed, flexible person LIMBER JIM c1930 Amer. dial.
a contortionist; an acrobat BENDER 1873 circus sl.


contraband SWAG 1951 UK sl.

– a contract, bargain, agreement, pact; a making a bargain or pact PACTION 1471 now chiefly Sc.
a contract to do a job, esp. an illegal commission NOTICE 1970 UK sl.
contract work GYPPY 
contract work done usually on a small scale; part-time work GIPPO;  GYPO;  GYPPO;  JIPPO 1929 Amer. logging usage

a sub-contractor, a piece-worker GIPPO;  GYPO;  GYPPY;  JIPPO 1929 US sl.

to bind by contract, to pledge, to make a compact INDENT 1660 Sc. obs.

CONTRACT (squeeze) – VERBS
to contract, to squeeze, to draw up (esp. a part of the body) SCROOCH 1851 Amer. dial.

contracted in dimensions SCRIMPISH Bk1904 Eng. dial.

– containing an inherent contradiction IRISH Bk2002 Aust. sl.
– contradictious and quarrelsome QUAARTISH Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– contradictory CONTRADICTORIOUS 1608 obs.
– contradictory; argumentative, contentious, quarrelsome THREAPING 1877 Eng. dial.
– contradictory, gainsaying BACK-SPOKEN 1889 Sc.
– contradictory; inclined to oppose OPPOSIVE 1676 obs. rare
– contradictory, intractable, contumacious ILL-CONTRIVED 1897 Sc.
– contradictory; peevish, ill-tempered, quarrelsome THRAWN-GABBIT 1897 Sc.
– contradictory; saying the opposite AGAIN-SAYING c1475 obs.
– given to contradiction, faultfinding, litigious QUARRELSOME Bk1905 Sc.
– given to contradiction; stubbornly or wilfully disobedient to authority GAINSAYING 1489
– contradiction AGAIN-SAW a1400 obs.
– contradiction GAIN-SAW a1300 obs.
– contradiction GAINSAY 1601
– contradiction NAY-SAY Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– contradiction; a reprimand; a scolding CALLDOWN 1895 Amer. sl.
– contradiction; a speaking against ANTILOQUY 1656 obs.
– contradiction; denial NAY-SAYING 1535
– contradiction of terms; entanglement, confusion IMPLICANCY 1638 obs. rare
– contradiction or opposition in speech or writing OBLOQUITY 1620 obs. rare
– contradiction, opposition, contention AGAIN-SAYING c1350 obs.
– contradiction, opposition, contention AGAINST-SAYING c1450 obs.
– contradiction, perverse argument CAM Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– a contradictor; a detractor, a slanderer OBLOCUTOR 1603 obs.
– a person who contradicts or speaks against someone or something; an opponent, a gainsayer AGAIN-SAYER c1449 obs.
– to contradict CALL AGAIN Bk1898 Sc.
– to contradict OMPERLODGE 1809 Eng. dial. obs.
– to contradict SAY EECHIE TO SOMEONE’S OCHIE 1888 Sc.
– to contradict THREAP Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– to contradict an earlier statement; to change one’s mind TALK OUT OF THE OTHER SIDE OF ONE’S MOUTH M19 sl.
– to contradict a person; to claim to the contrary that something else is the case; to dispute a remark; also, to contend brazenly or defiantly that something false or improbable is the case DOWNFACE 1762 orig. & chiefly Irish
– to contradict rudely BANNEE 1746 Eng. dial.
– to contradict, to bicker, to dispute UMPERLODGE Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– to contradict; to deny NEGATIVE 1812
– to contradict; to deny NEGE 1624 obs. rare
– to contradict; to dispute, to argue; to thwart, to oppose; to provoke, to anger THROW 1790 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– to contradict; to oppose vexatiously; to quarrel CAM 1875 Eng. dial.
– to contradict; to refuse, to deny NAY-SAY 1773 Eng. dial. & arch.
– to contradict; to renounce, to repudiate ABRENOUNCE 1537 obs.
– to contradict; to renounce; to repudiate ABRENUNCIATE 1618 obs. rare
– to contradict; to speak against GAINSAY c1340
– to contradict; to speak against, to dispute AGAIN-SAY a1382 rare
– to express contradiction or dissent NAY c1325 obs.
– to speak or act in contradiction THWARTLE 1656 obs. exc. Eng. dial.

– contrary, antagonistic, adverse, opposed OPPONENT 1647
– contrary, cantankerous; obstinate or stubborn, esp. to the point of causing annoyance or frustration CUSSED 1858
– contrary, cross, ill-tempered; pert, saucy THWART;  TWORT 1894 Eng. dial.
– contrary, cross, obstinate, morose, ill-tempered, unruly, self-willed THIRTOVER;  THURTIFER;  THURTOVER;  THWARTOVER 1852 Eng. dial.
– contrary, disagreeable KICKY 1930 Amer. dial.
– contrary, disagreeable UDDERWAYS Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– contrary, disobedient ARSY-VERSY Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– contrary, froward, stubborn, cross, unsociable HAGGARD 1580 obs.
– contrary, impossible BENEEK 1960s S. Afr.
– contrary, irritating WRONG 1960s African-American & college sl.
– contrary, opposing, resisting, hostile, repugnant OPPUGNANT 1513
– contrary, perverse, capricious, crotchety MAGGATIVOUS 1866 Sc.
– contrary, perverse, capricious, crotchety MAGGOTIVE 1866 Sc.
– contrary, perverse, capricious, crotchety MAGGOTTY 1846 Sc.
– contrary, perverse, crooked, awkward KIM-KAM 1582 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– contrary, perverse; subject to fits VACENTRARY;  VASSENTARY 1897 Eng. dial.
– contrary, perverse; uncooperative, stubborn; cantankerous BLOODY-MINDED 1935
– contrary, standing over against, opposite OBVERSANT 1579 obs.
– that is contrary or adverse to ADVERSABLE 1731 obs.
– contrariwise, vice versa ECONTRARY 1512 obs. rare
– contrary, disobedient ARSY-FARCY Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– in a contrary, wayward, or perverse KIM-KAM 1603 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– on the contrary, on the other hand, besides, also, furthermore IN OPPOSITE 1549 obs.
– contrariety, opposition, antagonism, conflict OPPUGNANCY 1606
– contrariness of nature; perversity ADVERSITY 1489 obs.
– contrariness, perverseness, obstinacy THRAWNNESS 1890 Sc.
– that which is contrary or opposite; that which contrasts or counterbalances OPPOSITION 1596 obs.
– the state of being contrary or opposed; opposition, contrariety ADVERSITY 1382 obs.
– a contrary or surly person DOG IN THE MANGER 1968 Amer. dial.
– contrary to, in opposition or hostility to TO-GAINS a1000 obs.
– contrary to, in opposition or hostility to TO-GAINST a1000 obs.
– to be contrary or repugnant to; said of a thing OPPOSE 1605 obs.
– to go contrary to; to thwart QUART Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– to take two contrary positions at once WORK BOTH SIDES OF THE STREET 1930s US political usage

a call or appeal to a number of persons for contributions to a sum or fun WHIP 1861
a call or appeal to a number of persons for contributions to a sum or fun WHIP-ROUND 1874
a monetary contribution or tip, whether given voluntarily or extorted RAISE M19 sl.

to contribute money CHIP IN 1861 Amer. colloq.
to contribute money, etc.; to pay one’s share KICK IN 1908 sl., orig. US
to contribute money one is responsible for is expected to give ANTE UP 1800s Amer. sl.
to contribute to a fund for a special purpose DOB IN 20C Aust. & NZ colloq.
to contribute, to pay, to hand over money SHELL OUT 1801 colloq.
to make a cash contribution KICK THE TIN Bk1999 Aust. sl.
to make a contribution, a donation WHACK UP L19 US sl.

– contrived, intended, purposed; said of a thing BETHOUGHT c1200 obs.
 specially contrived; expedient and dishonest COOKED-UP 1940s Amer. sl.
– contriving, striving, trying, tending towards; later being about to, going ABOUTWARD c1400 obs.
– a contrivance; a badly-made tool, implement, etc. GALLITRAP 1885 Eng. dial.
– a contrivance; an invention; a fabrication; an original composition UP-MAKE 1804 Sc.
– a contrivance; an invention; something fashioned or made FANGLEMENT a1670
– a contrivance, a plan; an experiment; a fad; a crotchet MAXIM 1882 Eng. dial.
– a contrivance, device, artifice, trick CAST c1340 obs.
 a contriving, devising, or constructing HAMMERING 1589 obs.
– a contriving or planning; contrivance, intrigue, plotting; an intrigue, plot, scheme MACHINATION 1549
– a contriving, planning, devising; the arrangement of plans; a device, contrivance, plan ORDINANCE a1330 obs.
– contrivance, subtlety IMAGINEMENT c1470 obs. rare
– a contriver, a manager ETTLER Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– a contriver, a planner, a schemer MODELLER Bk1790
– a contriver, intriguer, plotter, schemer; usually in a bad sense MACHINATOR 1611
– to contrive CONTUNE Bk1753
– to contrive fraudulently FRAME UP 1899 US sl.
– to contrive or plot together PATTISH 1781 Eng. dial. obs.
– to contrive, to arrange LAY 1627 obs.
– to contrive, to arrange, shape, put together properly; to fit or adapt one thing to another VAND 1914 Sc.
– to contrive, to arrange, to manage SCHEME 1879 Eng. dial.
– to contrive, to concoct, often dishonestly COOK UP 1655 colloq.
– to contrive, to devise, to plan, to arrange BETHINK a1225 obs.
– to contrive, to invent BEFIND 1297 obs.
– to contrive, to machinate, to devise, to scheme CAST c1325 obs.
– to contrive, to manage FASHION c1540 obs.
 to contrive, to manage; to fit, to make even ODDS Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– to contrive, to plan, to devise ORDAIN 1340 obs.
– to contrive, to plan, to take measures to do something; to look out or make a search for LAY ABOUT a1618 obs.
– to contrive, to plot; to devise schemes (against a person) MACHINE c1450 obs.
 to contrive, to plot, to plan; to lay plots; to intrigue; to scheme MACHINATE 1600
– to contrive, to prepare, to get ready; to devise TIGHT a1300 obs.
– to contrive, to scheme, to lay plans TRIGGER 1888 Amer. dial.
– to contrive to the greatest advantage, to arrange for; to deal out in small quantities, to use sparingly and stingily ETTLE 1843 Eng. dial.

– brought under control or discipline; subdued SUBACT 1432-50 obs.
– controlled and ordered by another UNDER HACK 1899 Amer. dial.
– in complete control ALL OVER IT 2002 US sl.
– in control IN THE SADDLE 1950 US sl. 
– in control, calm, unperturbed COOLED OUT 1970s sl., orig. African-American
 in control, in charge TOPSIDE L19 sl.
– in full control; on top of one’s game TIPPIN’ 1970s African-American sl.
– lacking control, unstable, emotional UNGLUED 1950s 
– out of control UNSCREWED 1962 US sl.
– out of control; crazy; in wild disorder; chaotic HAYWIRE 1920 US sl.
– totally under control; certain and secure; assured WIRED (UP) 1950s Amer. sl.
– under control IN CHECK 1990s US teen sl.
– under control; at one’s mercy KNOCKED 19C sl.
– under control, in hand WRAPPED 1980s Amer. sl.
– under the control, rule, or discipline of UNDER THE YARD c1386 obs.
– without control or poise FRANTIC 1950s Amer. sl.

– control ACKBAND 1929 Sc.
– control WHIP-HOLD 1895 UK
– control; authoritative appointment or dispensation; the act of ordering or regulating; regulation, direction ORDINANCE c1330 arch.
– control, command, control WALD 1908 Sc.
– control, command; power, might I-WALD a1000 obs.
– control, dominion, rule, ascendancy; the condition of being a master or ruler MASTERDOM 1588 obs.
– control, jurisdiction, authority, dominion; power of disposal, full discretion, or authority to deal with BANDON c1230 obs.
– control or an advantage over someone, the thing a member of the underworld fears most, usually arrest or being caught in the act DEADWOOD L19 US criminals’ sl.
– lack of control UNIWEALD c1200 obs.
– the controls BITS AND TITS1962 Aust. sl.

– a controlled, cool, calm, competent individual; one who is alert and aware, or self-possessed COOL HAND World War II Amer. sl.

– under one’s control; at one’s command AT ONE’S LURE 1599 obs.
– he has control over the situation HE OWNS THE LOCK 1960s Amer. sl.
– a situation in which the less important element or factor controls or influences the more important THE TAIL WAGGING THE DOG 1945 colloq.

 to be controlled by, to submit to; to be subject or subordinate to a person or thing UNDERLIE c897 obs.
– to be hard to control; to be stubborn or unmanageable HAVE THE TAIL OVER THE LINES 1927 Amer. dial.
– to be in control of the situation HAVE HOLD OF THE JERK LINE Bk1942 Amer. West. sl.
– to be in control; to function well HAVE ONE’S SHIT TOGETHER 1968 sl.
– to be in full control of a situation, whether emotional, social, sexual, financial, etc. HAVE ONE’S ACT DOWN 1960s sl., orig. African-American
– to be out of control HAVE ONE’S LEG OVER THE HARROWS 1816 Sc. obs.
– to control or direct someone in an offensively authoritarian way BOSS AROUND 1850s Amer. sl.
– to control, to manage, to rule, to govern; to have the command or oversight of YEME c1000 obs.
– to control; to hold in subjection; to bring into subjection, to subdue, to tame DAUNT 1303 obs.
– to control, to order, to regulate, to govern, to direct ORDINATE 1595 rare or obs.
– to effectively control a situation HOLD ACES;  HOLD ALL THE ACES;  HOLD AN ACE FULL;  HOLD EVERY ACE 1894 Amer. sl.
– to gain control of, be able to manage a difficult talk, situation, etc.; to fully understand and deal with a complex issue or problem GET ONE’S ARMS AROUND 1966 colloq.
– to get control of oneself; to pull oneself together, to collect one’s thoughts SAM TOGETHER 1884 Eng. dial.
– to have a problem, and esp. life in general, absolutely under control HAVE IT KNOCKED L19 sl.
– to have a situation well under control HAVE IT COVERED 1950s sl., orig. African-American
– to have complete control or dominance over someone; to have a person at one’s mercy HAVE BY THE SHORT AND CURLIES 1948 sl., orig. military usage
 to have complete control or dominance over; to have at one’s mercy HAVE BY THE BALLS 1910s sl., orig. US
 to have control of a situation, to have the advantage HOLD ALL THE ACES 1823
– to have control or advantage, esp. incriminating evidence HAVE THE DEADWOOD ON ONE 1851 Amer. dial.
– to have control over, to keep in bondage HAVE IN LEASH 1560
– to have control over, to keep in bondage HOLD IN LEASH 1842
– to have in one’s control; to have at one’s mercy HAVE BY THE BALLS 1918 US sl.
 to have the situation under control HAVE IT BY THE THROAT;  HAVE THE GAME BY THE THROAT 1940s Aust. sl.
– to lose control of a situation FALL OUT 1940s sl.
– to lose control of a situation LOSE ONE’S DOG 1910s US sl.
– to lose control of one’s emotional state; to become very upset and irrational FREAK OUT Bk1995 US sl.
– to lose control of yourself and drift towards trouble DRAG YOUR ANCHOR 1963 US sl.
– to lose control, orig. under the influence of drugs; to go wild or crazy FLIP OUT 1964
 to lose control, to go crazy FLIP ONE’S LID 1951 sl., orig. US
– to lose control, to go crazy FLIP ONE’S WIG 1952 sl., orig. US
– to lose control, to panic FREAK Bk2006 US sl.
 to lose control, to react unrestrainedly GO APE 1988 Aust. sl.
 to lose control; to act in a wild manner APE 1940s US sl.
 to lose control; to act in a wild manner APE OUT 1960s US sl.
 to lose control; to go crazy GO APESHIT 1951 US sl.
– to lose control; to have an emotional fit; to have a fit of astonishment or anger; to become emotionally overwrought HAVE A CALF c1960 US sl.
 to lose control; to lose your temper DO YOUR BLOCK 1907 Aust. sl.
– to lose self-control from vexation GO OFF ONE’S NUT;  GO OFF THE HANDLE;  GO UP IN THE AIR Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– to take control of one’s personal condition; to get one’s mind and emotions under control; to become organized GET IT TOGETHER;  GET ONE’S ACT TOGETHER 1973 US sl.
– to take control of, to ‘consume’ EAT UP 1930s sl.
– to take control; to ‘get a grip’ TAKE A DROP ON L19 US sl.

– controversial CONTROVERTISTICAL 1704 obs.
– controversial, contentious, uncertain, questionable DEBATEFUL 1587 obs.
– of or pertaining to controversy or disputation; disposed to controversy; captious ERISTIC 1637
 a controversy, a debate, an argument; a wordy skirmish or encounter; a dispute not carried to extremes VELITATION 1607 rare
– a controversy, argument, or quarrel HEEKACK;  HEEKYAK;  HICK-HACK 1986 Amer. dial.
– a controversy, dispute; an argument; a wordy way PARL;  PARLE 1896 Eng. dial.
– a very great controversy, uproar, or fuss SHITSTORM 1948 orig. US
– controversy CONTROVERSE 1596 obs.
– controversy, a quarrel; opposition; a fit of perversity or ill-humour THROW 1788 Sc.
– controversy, contention or contest for the mastery; struggle, combat, fight, battle BARGAIN 1375 obs. exc. Sc.
– controversy, contention, strife, dispute, argument CONCERTATION 1509 obs.
– controversy, debate, discussion, deliberation, disputation, argument DEBATEMENT 1536 obs.
– controversy, verbal contention, dispute, argument TOIL a1300 obs.
 a controversialistone given to disputation ERISTIC 1659
 to controvert, to refute; to reply smartly REJAG c1440 obs. rare exc. Sc.
 to make the subject of controversy, to discuss, to debate; to enter into controversy, to dispute with CONTROVERSE 1602 obs.
 to raise controversial issues STIR THE POSSUM 1900 Aust. sl.
 to stir up controversy; to liven things up ROUSE THE POSSUM 1907 Aust. sl.
 to take part in a controversy VENTILATE 1607 obs.

a contusion, a bruise; pressure, a squeeze BIRSE Bk1911 Sc.