ELOPE – verbs
– FLY THE COOP to escape or elope; to leave suddenly …1901 US colloq.
ELOQUENCE, ELOQUENT – adjectives
– ELOQUIOUS †* eloquent; endowed with eloquence …1599
– FACUND 1. † inspiring or promoting eloquence; eloquent; also fig., said of beauty, etc. …c1381 arch. or obs.
2. † inspiring or promoting eloquence …1501
– FACUNDIOUS † of persons: gifted with fluent speech; eloquent, glib; of speech: copious, fluent …1430
– INBEARING † persuasive, eloquent, impressive …1694 Sc.
– SILVER eloquent, persuasive, sweet-spoken …1594
– SILVER-TONGUED having a pleasant or melodious utterance; sweet-spoken; eloquent …1592
– SUGARED † of the tongue, mouth, lips: with reference to eloquence or tone, eloquent, fluent …c1440
eloquence, eloquent – nouns
– DISERTITUDE †* eloquence, fluency …1656
– FACUND † eloquence …a1340
– FACUNDIE †* eloquence …1447
– FACUNDITY † eloquence …1530
– ORATORY the delivery of orations or speeches; rhetorical or eloquent language …1588
– SUADA † persuasiveness; persuasive eloquence …1592
eloquence, eloquent – verbs
– FACUNDATE † to make eloquent …1656
ELOQUENTLY – adverbs
– FACUNDIOUSLY † eloquently …1509
– ORATORIOUSLY † after the manner of an orator; rhetorically; eloquently …1563
ELSE – adverbs
– THILSE † else, otherwise …Bk1905 Sc.
ELSEWHERE – adverbs
– ELCHUR † elsewhere, otherwise, besides …c890
– ELSE-WHITHER elsewhere …Bk1900 N. Eng. dial.
ELUCIDATE – verbs
– DECLARE † to make clear or plain anything that is obscure or imperfectly understood; to clear up, to explain, to elucidate, to interpret …c1325
– DILUCIDATE † to make clear, plain, or evident; to free from obscurity; to elucidate, to explain …1538
– ILLUCIDATE * to shed light upon; to make clear, to elucidate …a1545
ELUCIDATION – nouns
– DECLARATION † the act of making clear or clearing up anything obscure or not understood; elucidation, explanation, interpretation …c1374
ELUDE – verbs
– BETRUMP †* to deceive, to cheat; to elude, to slip from …1513
– DALLY OUT † to trifle with, to elude …1548
– GIVE THE DING to give the slip, to get beyond observation …Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– GIVE THE GO-BY TO to pass, leave behind, elude, evade, disregard, or slight …E17
– ILLUDE † to evade, to elude …1553
– QUIRK to cheat, to overreach; to elude by stratagem; to play a trick or prank …1791 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– SCHEME to endeavour to elude anything, esp. work, by false pretenses …Bk1904 N. Ireland
– SCOOTHER to stoop; to go along crouchingly; to elude observation; to scuttle …1889 Eng. dial.
– SKOOTHER to stoop; to go along crouchingly; to elude observation; to scuttle …1889 Eng. dial.
– TAKE DARNTON TROD to elude pursuit; to run away to escape punishment; to flee the country …1834 Eng. dial.
– WAIVE † to shun, to avoid; to elude, to escape, to dodge a blow …1303
ELUSIVE – adjectives
– SLEEK AS AN EEL deceptive, shrewd, elusive …1952 Amer. dial.
– SLICK AS AN EEL deceptive, shrewd, elusive …1906 Amer. dial.
– TANTALEAN, TANTALIAN pertaining to Tantalus; only apparently reachable; tantalizing, elusive …1605
elusive – person
– EEL (usually derogatory) an elusive, shrewd, sly, or deceptive person; a treacherous person …1933 Amer. dial.
– NIMBLE JACK † an elusive person …1682
– SLIPPERY EEL (usually derogatory) an elusive, shrewd, sly, or deceptive person …1966 Amer. dial.
– WILL O’ THE WISP an elusive or deceptive person …Bk2004
EMACIATE – verbs
– GAUNT UP to emaciate …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– TABEFY * to waste away, to consume; to emaciate …1656
– TAKE DOWN to reduce in health; to emaciate; to lay low in sickness …1878 Sc.
EMACIATED – adjectives
– BOSS emaciated …Bk1911 Sc.
– EMANCIPATED emaciated …1931-33 Amer. dial. malapropism
– GAISHON † extremely emaciated …1894 Sc.
– IMMACIATED † emaciated …1748
– LEAN AS A SHOTTEN HERRING very thin, emaciated …1885 Amer. dial.
– LENTED †* that shows traces of Lent or fasting; emaciated …1594
– MACILENT * thin, lean, lank, emaciated; shrivelled; having little flesh …1535
– MAGER very lean, scraggy, emaciated …1866 Sc.
– PAALIE-MAALIE thin, emaciated, having a pallid, sickly appearance, listless …Bk1905 Sc.
– PALIE thin, emaciated, having a pallid, sickly appearance, listless …1825 Sc.
– PALLEY-WALLEY thin, emaciated, having a pallid, sickly appearance, listless …1923 Sc.
– PEAKED thin, emaciated, as from sickness …Bk1905 Amer. dial.
– PIMPING puny, sickly, emaciated …1845 Amer. dial.
– PIMPY puny, sickly, emaciated …2000 Amer. dial.
– RACK-O’-BONES emaciated; ramshackle …1872 Amer. dial.
– RAKKIE in poor condition, skinny, emaciated …1967 Sc.
– THIN AS A SHOTTEN HERRING very thin, emaciated …1918 Amer. dial.
– THIN AS A SHOTTEN SHAD very thin, emaciated …1942 Amer. dial.
emaciated – nouns
– BED-SLAT an emaciated animal …1944 Amer. dial.
emaciated – person
– ANATOMY a very thin, emaciated person or animal, a ‘bag of bones’ …1834 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– ATOMY a very thin, emaciated person or animal, a ‘bag of bones’ …1834 Eng. dial.
– BAGFUL OF SKIN AND BONES an emaciated person …Bk1891 sl.
– BAG OF BONES an emaciated person or animal …1838
– BEDFUL OF BONES an emaciated person; a very thin person …1832 Sc.
– DEATH’S HEAD a miserable, impoverished, emaciated person …L18 sl.
– DEATH’S HEAD UPON A MOP-STICK a poor, miserable, emaciated fellow …1794
– GAISHEN, GAISHON, GAYSHEN † a thin, emaciated person; a skeleton; a hobgoblin …1808 Sc.
– GHOST a person in a state of extreme emaciation; one who is ‘a shadow of his former self’ …1590
– GLUNTIE an emaciated woman …1825 Sc.
– HARIKELS a very emaciated person …1908 Sc.
– HARRABEL a miserable, emaciated person …1908 Sc.
– HARROWBILL a miserable, emaciated person …1908 Sc.
– HIONICK an emaciated person …Bk1902 Sc.
– NATOMY, NOTOMY, NOTTOMY a very thin, emaciated person or animal, a ‘bag of bones’ …1834 Eng. dial.
– NOTOMIZE, NOTTIMIZE a very thin, emaciated person or animal, a ‘bag of bones’ …1834 Eng. dial.
– NOTTYMAZE a very thin, emaciated person or animal, a ‘bag of bones’ …1834 Eng. dial.
– ONDOCHT a poor, weakly, emaciated person or animal; a good-for-nothing …a1838 Sc.
– OTOMY a very thin, emaciated person or animal, a ‘bag of bones’ …1834 Eng. dial.
– RAANY an emaciated, stunted, or delicate looking person …1954 Ulster sl.
– RACKABONE a skeleton; an emaciated person or animal …E19 US sl.
– RACKABONES – an emaciated man …1804 Amer.
– RACKER a skeleton; an emaciated person or animal …E19 US sl.
– RACKERBONE a very thin, emaciated person or animal …1854 Amer. sl.
– RACKLE OF BONES, A a thin, emaciated person …Bk1904 Eng, dial.
– RACK OF BONES a very thin, emaciated person or animal …1804 Amer. sl.
– RANNY an emaciated, stunted, or delicate looking person …20C Ulster sl.
– RAWHIDE an emaciated person or animal; a very thin, bony person …1940 Amer. dial.
– SACKFU’ O’ LADLES a very thin or emaciated person …1887 Sc.
– SCADDIN a lean emaciated person or animal …1866 Sc.
– SKELETON a very thin, lean, or emaciated person or animal …1629
– SKELETONESS a very thin, lean, or emaciated woman …1840 nonce word
– SKINAMELINK a thin or emaciated person …1870 Amer. dial.
– SKINAMULINK a thin or emaciated person …1898 Amer. dial.
– SKINNY MERINK a thin or emaciated person …1968 Amer. dial.
– SKINNYMALINK a thin or emaciated person …1911 sl.
– SKINNYMARINK a thin or emaciated person …1954 Amer. dial.
– VISION a puny, emaciated person or animal; one who is wasting away …1825 Sc.
emaciated – verbs
– LANK to make lean or emaciated …1804 Sc.
– WAINISH † to decay, to pine away, to become emaciated …1808 Sc.
– WANZE † to wither, to fade, to waste away; to become emaciated …1567
EMACIATION – nouns
– TABEFACTION * the wasting away or consumption of the body; emaciation …1658
EMAIL – nouns
– BOZO FILTER a setting on an internet email reader that will filter out selected annoying people …Bk2006 US sl.
– EDDRESS an electronic address …Bk2006 US sl.
– FLAME an insulting or aggressive e-mail or Internet discussion group posting …1983 US sl.
– SIG FILE a file containing one’s name, email address, and often a small ascii art picture and/or quotation, added to the end of email messages …Aust. sl.
email – verbs
– BLIP to send a message by email …2002 UK sl.
– FLAME to post insulting personal attacks on others posting messages on an Internet bulletin board or in an Internet discussion group, or to send an insulting personal attack by e-mail …1981 US sl.
EMASCULATED – person
– GELDING a man likened to a gelded horse; a man regarded as emasculated …c1405
EMBALM – verbs
– BALM to embalm …c1300 arch.
– BALSAM * to embalm …1855
EMBALMED – adjectives
– BALSAMATE †* embalmed …1470
EMBALMING – nouns
– BALSAMATION the process of embalming or preserving from putrefaction …1681
EMBANKMENT – nouns
– BATTERY an embankment …1799
– IMBANKATION †* an embankment …1776
EMBARK – verbs
– BARK †* to embark …1592
– IMBARGE † to embark …1596
EMBARRASS – verbs
– BAMBLUSTERCATE to confuse, bluster or embarrass …19C sl.
– BLUE †* to embarrass, to disconcert …1699 sl.
– BLUFF to faze, to disconcert someone; to totally embarrass somebody and throw him off balance …1967 Amer. dial.
– BORE to ridicule, to humiliate, to embarrass …1800 Amer. dial.
– CALL to embarrass …1990s US college sl.
– CALL OUT to embarrass …1990s US college sl.
– CHEW to embarrass, to put someone down …1908 Amer. dial.
– CRINGE to wince in embarrassment or distaste …colloq.
– DATTER to confuse, to embarrass …1952 Amer. dial.
– DEAVE to worry, to bother, to embarrass, to confuse …1794 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– DEBARRASS to disembarrass; to disencumber from anything that embarrasses …1789
– DO ONESELF to make a fool of oneself; to embarrass oneself …1980s US sl.
– FACE to humble, to embarrass, to humiliate …1950s Amer. sl.
– FLOUNDER † to cause to flounder; to confound, to embarrass …1654
– FLUNK to embarrass someone by an indiscreet remark …L19 sl.
– GOG to embarrass …1952 Amer. dial.
– GRAVEL to annoy, to disturb, to distress, to embarrass, to humiliate …1871 Amer. dial.
– HABBLE to confuse, to perplex, to nonplus, to embarrass, to impede, to hamper or foil in the performance of anything …1825 Sc.
– HACK to embarrass, to annoy, to disconcert, to tease …1908 Amer. dial.
– HAWK to jeer with intent to provoke; to exasperate; to discomfit, to daunt; to annoy, to tease; to embarrass …1928 Amer. dial.
– HELL-HACK to irritate, to annoy; to embarrass …L19 sl.
– IMPEACH † to embarrass or trouble oneself …1484
– IMPESTER † o entangle, to embarrass, to encumber …1601
– JAB to ‘shut up’, to embarrass …1895 Eng. dial.
– PLAGUE to embarrass; to annoy; to confuse …1923 Amer. dial.
– PUT ONE OUT ON HIS EAR to suddenly embarrass one …1967 Amer. dial.
– PUT ONE UNDER HACK to embarrass, to tease …1952 Amer. dial.
– SCREAM to insult or disparage someone; to speak in a derogatory manner about; to embarrass someone publicly …1972 Amer. sl.
– SCREAM COLD ON to insult or disparage someone; to speak in a derogatory manner about; to embarrass someone publicly …1980 Amer. sl.
– SCREAM ON to insult or disparage someone; to speak in a derogatory manner about; to embarrass someone publicly …1970 Amer. sl.
– SET DOWN to embarrass, to humble, to rebuke, to defeat …1934 Amer. dial.
– SET ONE ON HIS EAR to suddenly embarrass one …1967 Amer. dial.
– SHOW UP to put to shame; to embarrass …colloq.
– TAGIL † to entangle, to involve or engage in things that embarrass or encumber …a1340
– TAGLE † to entangle, to involve or engage in things that embarrass or encumber …a1340
– TAGYL † to entangle, to involve or engage in things that embarrass or encumber …a1340
– TAIGLE to ‘catch’ or entangle in talk; to embarrass …1865 Sc.
– TANGLE † to involve or engage a person in affairs which encumber and hamper or embarrass, and from which it is difficult to get free; also, to embarrass, to confuse the brain, mind, conscience, etc. …a1340
– TANGLE UP to embarrass …1898 Sc.
– TEAGLE to ‘catch’ or entangle in talk; to embarrass …1865 Sc.
– TEAR UP to upset, to anger, to embarrass …1959 Amer. dial.
embarrass – phrases
– IT’LL GIVE YOU THE SQUIRMS it will horribly embarrass or irritate you …c1930
EMBARRASSED – adjectives
– BADLY DONE embarrassed …20C Irish sl.
– BEET RED extremely red from blushing, embarrassment, etc. …Bk1995 US sl.
– CHEWED UP embarrassed, confused, discomfited, surprised; defeated, severely scolded …1843 Amer. dial.
– CRUNCHY embarrassed …1990s US college sl.
– DISCOMGOLLIFUSTICATED bewildered; confused; disconcerted, discomforted, embarrassed …1916 Amer. dial.
– FACED humiliated, embarrassed …1980s US campus sl.
– HACKED embarrassed, annoyed, cowed, flustered …1892 Amer. dial.
– HACKED OFF embarrassed, annoyed, cowed, flustered …1970 Amer. sl.
– ON THE HACK embarrassed …1930 Amer. dial.
– OUTDONE put out, perplexed, exasperated, displeased; disappointed, overcome, beaten, humiliated, embarrassed …1816 Amer. dial.
– PLAGUED embarrassed …1924 Amer. dial.
– PLAGUED OUT embarrassed …1965 Amer. dial.
– SAWED embarrassed, confused, flustered …1843 Amer. dial.
– SCARLET highly embarrassed …1980s Irish sl.
– SHAME shy, ashamed, embarrassed …1883 Amer. dial., chiefly Black usage
embarrassed – verbs
– LOOK DOWN ONE’S NOSE to look embarrassed or unhappy; to look chagrined, baffled, sorrowful, discouraged, or ashamed; to submit to someone …1914 Amer. dial.
EMBARRASSING – adjectives
– ABARESKIN embarrassing ..1960s US camp gay sl.
– CRINGEWORTHY causing feelings of acute embarrassment or distaste …Brit. colloq,
embarrassing – nouns
– CORBIES’ NEST a difficult or embarrassing situation …1877 Sc.
– CRAW’S NEST a difficult or embarrassing situation …1877 Sc.
– FACE an instance of successfully humbling or embarrassing someone …1979 Amer. students’ sl.
– HORROR SHOW an occasion or experience that is embarrassing, disgusting, frightening, disastrous, or the like; anything unpleasant …1959 Amer. sl.
– MONKEYSHINES foolish antics; embarrassing behaviour …1828 US sl.
embarrassing – person
– CLOSET CASE a socially inept, embarrassing or unattractive person …1958 US college sl.
– FLAMER a clumsy, embarrassing, or highly unpleasant person …1930s sl.
embarrassing – verbs
– BE CAUGHT HOLDING ONE’S DICK to be caught in an embarrassing or generally disadvantageous situation …20C US sl.
– BE CAUGHT WITH ONE’S PANTS DOWN to be surprised in an embarrassing situation; to be caught off guard …1922 colloq.
– BE IN A BOX to be in a fix, to be in a difficult or embarrassing situation; to be in a dilemma …a1555
– SALT UP to cause trouble for; to place in a difficult or embarrassing situation …1980s US college sl.
embarrassing – interjections/phrases
– CAUGHT WITH ONE’S PANTS DOWN said of a person caught doing something which he ought not to be doing, or ought to be doing in private …20C
– IT’S MOMENTS LIKE THESE YOU NEED MINTIES! used in embarrassing situations …Bk1999 Aust. sl.
– PARTY FOUL! that was a blunder! how embarrassing! …1980s US college sl.
EMBARRASSMENT – adjectives
– IN SUDS in difficulties, in embarrassment or perplexity ..c1572 obs.
– IN THE SUDS † in difficulties, in embarrassment or perplexity ..1603
embarrassment – nouns
– CADDLE confusion, disorder, disarray, embarrassment …1825 Eng. dial.
– DIABLES difficulties, embarrassments, scrapes …1866 Eng. dial.
– DIBLES difficulties, embarrassments, scrapes …1866 Eng. dial.
– DUMPSTER FIRE a chaotic or disastrously mishandled situation; an embarrassing spectacle; a debacle, a shambles, a mess …2008
– EMBARRISHMENT embarrassment …1972 Amer. dial.
– HACK a state of embarrassment, confusion or defeat …1835 Amer. dial.
– IMPESTERMENT † an entanglement, embarrassment, encumbrance …1652
– KADDLE confusion, disorder, disarray, embarrassment …1870 Eng. dial.
– PADDY-NODDY perplexity, embarrassment; a state of agitation, uneasiness, and trouble …B1900 Eng. dial.
– PALINODE agitation, embarrassment …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– TITUBATION faltering, suspense, perplexity, embarrassment …1710
embarrassment – verbs
– EAT DIRT to retract a previous statement, usually incurring humiliation and embarrassment by so doing …M19 sl.
– EAT DIRT PIE to retract a previous statement, usually incurring humiliation and embarrassment by so doing …M19 sl.
– EAT DUST to retract a previous statement, usually incurring humiliation and embarrassment by so doing …M19 sl.
– GET EGG ON ONE’S FACE to come out of an affair, esp. political or commercial, badly, and hence, to suffer loss, humiliation and embarrassment; to make a fool of oneself through presumption or lack of judgement …c1974
embarrassment – interjections/phrases
– AW SHUCKS! expressing surprise, exasperation, genial self-deprecation, or gratified embarrassment …1888 colloq.
– CROWDING THE MOURNERS putting some further embarrassment upon a person already labouring under difficulties …Bk1905 Amer. dial.
– PICK UP YOUR FACE response to somebody who has just done something stupid or embarrassing …Bk1998 teen sl.
EMBASSY – nouns
– SAND † a person or body of persons sent on an errand; an embassy; an envoy, a messenger …1038
EMBELLISH – person
– HIGHTER † an adorner or embellisher …a1387
embellish – verbs
– BELLIFY †* to embellish, to beautify …1540
– BELLISH † to embellish …c1440
– DECORATE † to adorn, to beautify, to embellish; to grace, to honour …1530 obs. or arch.
– DECORE † to decorate, to adorn, to embellish …1490 obs. or arch.
– EMBELISE † to embellish; to beautify …c1340
– FARD † to embellish or gloss over anything …1549
– FAIR † to make beautiful or attractive; to decorate, to adorn, to embellish …a1225
– FURNISH † to decorate, to embellish …1600
– GAY † to make gay or showy; to give a bright and pleasant look to; to embellish …1581
– GUSSY UP to dress up, to embellish …1952 sl.
– LACE ONE’S COAT WITH GOLD to embellish one’s reputation …1960 Amer. dial.
– PAINT IN BRIGHT COLOURS to embellish; to exaggerate; to emphasize the pleasant aspects of …1847
– VARNISH to embellish or adorn; to improve, furbish up …1400s
EMBELLISHED – adjectives
– HOPPED (UP) embellished, ‘jazzed up’ …1940s US sl.
– VARNISHED embellished; speciously tricked out …1607
EMBELLISHMENT – nouns
– BELLISHMENT † embellishment …1611
– DECKAGE †* adornment, embellishment …1642
– DECKING † adornment, embellishment, ornament …1531
– DECOREMENT † decoration, ornamentation; an ornament, an embellishment …1587
– GARNITURE ornament, embellishment generally …1685
– OFFSET an ornament, embellishment, that which sets off or shows to advantage; the best of anything …1721 Sc.
– RIFF a verbal embellishment that adds no meaning to what is being said …1967 US sl.
– VARNISH a means of embellishment or adornment; a beautifying or improving quality or feature …1591
EMBER – nouns
– AIZLE a hot cinder, an ember; a live coal that flies out of the fire …a1000 Sc.
– EASLE † hot ashes or cinders; a live coal or ember …a1000 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– FIRE COAL a piece of charcoal; an ember …1854 Amer. dial.
– IZLE a hot cinder; a live coal or ember …1691 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– QUILE a live coal, a glowing ember of coal, peat, wood, etc.; a red-hot cinder …1866 Sc.
– UMER an ember …1886 Eng. dial.
– YEWERS embers, hot ashes …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– YEWMORS † embers, hot ashes …1746 Eng. dial.
EMBEZZLE – verbs
– BEZZLE to waste, to squander; also, to embezzle …1703 Eng. dial.
– CANIFFLE to embezzle; to sponge …1873 Eng. dial.
– KNOCK DOWN to embezzle, to steal from a firm’s takings …a1854 US sl.
– PAUCHLE to steal, to pilfer, to embezzle, to make off with …1950 Sc.
– TICKLE THE TILL to rob or embezzle …Bk1999 Aust. sl.
embezzle – phrases
– MAKE DEAD MEN CHEW TOBACCO of a purser: to falsify accounts in order to conceal theembezzlement of funds or stores …1805 Amer. nautical sl.
EMBEZZLEMENT – adjectives
– COLOUR-BLIND given to embezzlement or other thievery …1943 US sl.
embezzlement – nouns
– BOODLEISM bribery and corruption; embezzlement of public funds …1894 sl.
– BOODLERISM bribery and corruption; embezzlement of public funds …1887 sl.
– BOODLERY bribery and corruption; embezzlement of public funds …1887 sl.
– BOODLING bribery and corruption; embezzlement of public funds …1890 sl.
EMBEZZLER – person
– BILKER an embezzler …Bk1992 criminals’ sl.
EMBITTER – verbs
– ACERBATE to sour or embitter; fig. to exasperate …1731
– AMARICATE †* to irritate, embitter …1651
– BEGALL † to embitter …1598
– INASPERATE †* to provoke to cruelty or bitterness; to exasperate, to embitter …1599
– SALT to embitter …1786
– VERJUICE to embitter, to make sour …1836
EMBITTERED – adjectives
– ACERBATE embittered; exasperated; severe …1869
– EXULCERATED irritated, embittered, exasperated …1640
EMBODIED – adjectives
– BODYFIED incarnated, embodied …1942 Amer. dial.
EMBOGGED – verbs
– LAIR to become embogged; to stick fast in mud or snow; to wallow …1685 Sc. & Eng. dial.
EMBOLDEN – verbs (also see BOLD)
– ALACRIATE †* to make cheerful and lively; to excite; to rouse to action; to encourage; to embolden …1657
– HARDISS †* to make hardy, to embolden …1297
– HARDYSSE †* to make hardy, to embolden …1297
EMBRACE – nouns
– ARMSTRONG HEATER one’s arms, when used to embrace another …1920 Amer. dial.
– BECLIPPING † an embrace …1340
– BRO HUG a friendly embrace between two men …2001 US sl.
– CHARVER a sexual embrace …L19 theatrical sl.
– CLINCH an embrace ….1901 sl., orig. US
– FATHOM †* the object of embrace …1602
– SISTER-FOLD a sisterly embrace …1813 poetic
– SMOOCH a fondling embrace or caress …1942 sl.
embrace – verbs
– ACCOLL † to throw the arms around the neck of; to embrace, to hug …1340
– AMPLECT † to embrace, to clasp …1525
– AMPLEX † to embrace, to clasp …1543
– BECLIP to fold in the arms, to embrace, to clasp …c1000 arch.
– CLINCH to embrace …1899 colloq. orig. US
– CLIP to clasp with the arms, to embrace, to hug …OE arch. & Eng. dial.
– FANG † to lay hold of; to grasp; to hold; to seize; to clasp. to embrace …c1200
– FATHOM † to clasp or embrace a person …c1440
– FATHOM TOGETHER † to embrace mutually …a1300
– HALCH † to clasp in one’s arms, to embrace …a1300
– HALSE † to embrace; to hug; to take in the arms …a1300 obs. exc. Sc.
– HALSH to embrace …1846 Eng. dial.
– HASP † to clasp, to embrace …a1300
– HAUSE to embrace; to hug; to take in the arms …1829 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– HAWSE to embrace; to hug; to take in the arms …1829 Sc.
– HUDDLE to hug or embrace a woman; possibly to coit a woman …18C Brit.
– HUGGLE † to hug, to embrace, to cuddle ..1583 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– LAP † to fold in the arms; to clasp, to embrace …c1350
– LATCH † to take hold of, to grasp, to seize, esp. with the hand or claws; to clasp, to embrace …c1000
– LOVE-CLAP to embrace fondly …1828 Sc.
– MANTLE to embrace kindly …1674 Eng. dial.
– MUG to kiss, to fondle, to embrace …1822 Aust. & NZ sl.
– MUG UP kiss, to fondle, to embrace …1957 Aust.& NZ sl.
– NECK to embrace, to clasp round the neck …1824 Sc.
– UMBECLAP † to embrace …a1400
– UMBFOLD † to embrace …c1400
– UMGRIPE † to embrace, to enfold …a1300
EMBRACED – adjectives
– CLIPSOME * fit to be embraced or clasped …1816
EMBROIDER – verbs
– ACUPINGE † to embroider …1612
– BEBROYDE †* to embroider about …1583
– BEWORK † to work, adorn, or embroider cloth etc. …c1000
– EMBROIDERY to embroider …1916 Amer. dial.
– IMPHRYGIATE †* to embroider, to work in embroidery …1592
– LAY ON † to trim, to embroider …1563-83
– MARK † to embroider …c1400
EMBROIDERED – adjectives
– BEATEN † embroidered …c1340
– NEEDLE-WROUGHT worked or ornamented with the needle; embroidered …1562
EMBROIDERING, EMBROIDERY – adjectives
– GAMPHER’D of embroidery: flowery, bespangled, adorned …1825 Sc.
– GAWMFERT of embroidery: flowery, bespangled, adorned …Bk1900 Sc.
embroidering, embroidery – nouns
– ACUPICTION † an embroidering, or as it were painting with a needle …1676
– CHICKEN embroidery …Bk1892 Anglo-Indian sl.
– FRILL-DE-DILLS frills, embroidery; laces, trimmings, ornaments on a dress …1883 Eng. dial.
– IMAGERY † figured work on a textile fabric, as in tapestry; embroidery …1390
– PARAFFLE embroidery, fancy work …1911 Sc.
embroidering, embroidery – person
– ACUPICTOR an embroiderer, a needle-worker …Bk1717
– CHICKEN-WALLA a peddler of embroidery …Bk1892 Anglo-Indian sl.
– TAMBOURER one who does tambour-work, an embroiderer …1833
– TAMBOUR-STITCHER one who embroiders in a tambour-frame …1883
– VEINER one who embroiders or does ornamental sewing …1883
EMBROIL – verbs
– IMBRANGLE to confuse, to entangle; to embroil …1856 Eng. dial.
EMERALD – nouns
– EMERANT † the emerald …1832 Sc.
– IRISH FAVOURITE an emerald …1920s US sl.
EMERGE – verbs
– COME OUT OF THE WOODWORK of someone or something unpleasant: to appear; to arrive on the scene; to emerge …1973 UK
– CRAWL OUT OF THE WOODWORK of someone or something unpleasant: to appear; to arrive on the scene; to emerge …1973 UK
– CREEP OUT OF THE WOODWORK of someone or something unpleasant: to appear; to arrive on the scene; to emerge …1973 UK
EMERGENCY – nouns
– BACK-WATCH a reserve fund put by against an emergency …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– BEET-MASTER a thing helpful in emergency …Bk1911 Sc.
– PANIC BUTTON any form of switch or button that summons emergency aid, shuts down malfunctioning machinery, etc. …1950s
– SUDDEN † a sudden need, danger, or the like; an emergency …1559
emergency – person
– BEET-MASTER a person that helps in an emergency; a last resource …1816 Sc.
– BEET-MISTER a person that helps in an emergency; a last resource …1816 Sc.
– BEET-NEED a person who helps in an emergency …1790 Eng. dial.
– INTERLOPER † a man called in on an emergency …1872 UK thieves’ sl.
– JACK-AT-A-PINCH a person employed in an emergency, esp. a temporary clergyman when the regular incumbent is absent; a person always ready to act at any call, however sudden or unexpected …1622 colloq.
emergency – phrases
– OX IS IN THE DITCH, THE an emergency has arisen, requiring top priority …1984 Amer. dial.
EMIGRANT – see IMMIGRANT
EMINENCE – nouns
– HYPEROCHALITY † distinguished position; eminence of rank or position …1637
EMINENT – adjectives
– EGREGIOUS † of persons and personal qualities: distinguished, eminent, excellent, renowned …c1534
– EXIMIOUS † select, choice; hence, extraordinary, excellent, rare, distinguished, eminent, famous, renowned …1547 rare or
– MAGNIFICAL † eminent, renowned, glorious …1557
– MAGNIFICIAL † eminent, renowned, glorious …1557
– MICKLE eminent, distinguished by birth or wealth; great; important …1821 Sc.
– MUCKLE eminent, distinguished by birth or wealth; great; important …1821 Sc.
– SINGULAR † of persons: eminent, distinguished, notable …1497
– TALL 1. † great, eminent at something …1591
2. † lofty, grand, eminent …1655
eminent – person
– MAIN MAN, THE an eminent or important man …1977 Amer. sl.
– MARCUS SUPERBUS a person of high rank or eminence; an important person …1896 Brit. theatrical sl.
– MARCUS SUPERFLUOUS a person of high rank or eminence; an important person …1896 Brit. theatrical sl.
– TALL POPPY an eminent, wealthy, or successful person when viewed as needing deflation …1902 Aust. sl.
– TOP-SAWYER a famous or eminent person …1854
EMOTION – adjectives (also see EMOTIONAL)
– AFFECTUAL † pert. to the affections or emotions …1604
– EFFUSIVE of emotions, affections, etc.: overflowing, irrepressible; demonstratively expressed …1662
– TAINT †* full of emotion …c1330
emotion – nouns
– DEAD PAN a complete lack of facial emotion …1927 US sl.
– EJECTION † an outgoing of emotion …1655
– FLARE-UP a sudden burst of emotion or violence …colloq.
– HEART-QUAKE sudden and violent emotion, as of terror, delight, etc.; a trembling of the heart; fearfulness …1561
– HEART-QUALM sudden and violent emotion, as of terror, delight, etc. …1673
– HEART-ROOT † the depth or bottom of the heart; the seat of the deepest emotion or most genuine feelings …c1200
– HEART-ROOTS † the depth or bottom of the heart; the seat of the deepest emotion or most genuine feelings …c1200
– HEART-STRINGS the most intense feelings or emotions; the deepest affections; the heart …1596
– HYSTERIC † a state of overwhelming, uncontrollable emotion or agitation, esp. a state of acute distress …1652
– HYSTERICALS a bout of overwhelming, uncontrollable emotion or agitation, esp. as a result of acute distress; now usually: uncontrollable laughter …1797
– KARMA an emotional or spiritual state of being, either good or bad; orig. used by hippies, from Hindu and Buddhist beliefs, but latterly very little to do with religion …1960s US sl.
– MANG suppressed anger or fury; strong emotion, mingled feelings …1866 Sc.
– ONDE † emotion, perturbation of mind …1390
– RACKET a pang, a blow to the emotions …1720 Sc.
– WING-DING an outburst of emotion or temper …1930s sl.
– WING-DINGER an outburst of emotion …1970s sl.
emotion – verbs
– DO IN ONE’S BLOCK to lose emotional control; to lose one’s temper …20C Aust. sl.
– DO ONE’S BLOCK to lose emotional control; to lose one’s temper …20C Aust. sl.
– DO ONE’S BUN to lose emotional control …1940s sl., orig. NZ military
– DO ONE’S NUT to lose one’s temper; to lose emotional control; to get worked up …1910s sl.
– FALL OUT to be surprised or overcome with emotion …1938 US Black sl.
– FLAME to show great emotion; to become angry or excited
– FLY ALL TO GOSH to give way to emotion or rage …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– GET ONE’S FACE IN A KNOT to become angry, agitated, bewilderingly excited, or over-emotional …20C Aust. sl.
– HAVE A CALF to lose control; to have an emotional fit; to have a fit of astonishment or anger; to become emotionally overwrought …c1960 US sl.
– HAVE IT TOGETHER to be in control of one’s emotions …Bk1995 US sl.
– KEEP A TIGHT ASSHOLE to avoid panicking, to keep cool; to maintain emotional control …1918 US military sl.
– KEEP A TIGHT HOLE to maintain emotional control …1940s sl., orig. US military
– LOSE ONE’S BLOCK to lose emotional control; to lose one’s temper …20C Aust. sl.
– LOSE ONE’S COOKIES to lose emotional control …1940s US sl.
– OPIATE to dull or deaden the emotions …1762
– PLOTZ to give way to heightened emotion; to lose one’s composure …1967 US sl.
– POP ONE’S ROCKS to become excited; to lose emotional control; lit. to ejaculate …1960s US sl.
– PUSH SOMEONE’S BUTTONS to elicit a strongly favourable or unfavourable emotional response from someone, esp. anger or sexual excitement …1927 Amer. sl.
– TAKE IT HARD to react emotionally, usually when distressed or angry …1930s US sl.
– TEAR DOWN to demonstrate great emotion; to act intensely and wildly …1940s sl.
– TEAR THE PLACE DOWN to demonstrate great emotion; to act intensely and wildly …1940s sl.
– WET ONESELF to give way to heightened emotion; to lose one’s composure …1970 sl.
– WET ONE’S PANTS to give way to heightened emotion; to lose one’s composure …1970 sl.
– WIG OUT to make or become wildly excited or enthusiastic; to lose control of one’s emotions; to be or get angry …1955 sl.
emotion – verbs, no emotion
– NOT TO BAT AN EYE to betray no emotion; to show no sign of wavering …1958 Amer. dial.
– NOT TO BAT AN EYELASH to betray no emotion; to show no sign of wavering …1958 Amer. dial.
EMOTIONAL – adjectives
– AFFECTUOUS * that moves the emotions; emotional …1664
– ALL HOT AND BOTHERED angered, emotional; lustful; passionate …World War II Amer. sl.
– ALL-OVERISH overwhelmed or incapacitated by emotion …1820 colloq.
– AT IT involved in an argument; emotionally moved …L19 sl.
– BUTTONED UP emotionally stable; ‘together’ …1984 Amer. sl.
– FULL-HEARTED full of feeling, emotional
– GUSTFUL fitfully irritable or emotional
– GUSTY fitfully irritable or emotional
– GUT-WRENCHING emotionally shattering; extremely disturbing; highly emotional …1990s Amer. sl.
– HYSTERICKY * overwhelmed by extreme emotion or agitation …1791 US
– IN ONE’S AIRS emotional, hysterical …M18 sl.
– MUSHY excessively sentimental or emotional, insipidly or gushingly romantic …1848 US colloq.
– NEAR THE WATER easily moved to tears, emotional …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– PARRITCH-HERTIT sentimental, weakly emotional (parritch = porridge) …1877 Sc.
– RANDY violent, emotional …18C sl.
– TANGIBLE capable of being touched or affected emotionally …1813
– TAPPED-OUT emotionally or mentally destroyed …1970s sl.
– UNGLUED unstable, emotional, lacking control …1950s
– UNHINGED angry, emotionally unsettled …1719 UK sl.
emotional – person
– BASKET CASE a person who is emotionally or mentally unable to cope, esp. because of overwhelming stress or anxiety; later, more generally, a person regarded as mentally unbalanced …1953
– MISH-MASH an inadequate, confused person, esp. a woman who is undergoing emotional problems …1950s sl.
– MOVER someone who moves themself or others physically and emotionally …1950s sl.
emotional – verbs
– FALL OUT to be overcome with emotion …1938 US sl.
– TAKE IT BIG to react very emotionally; to be dismayed …1932 sl.
– VIBE SOMEONE OUT to produce emotional effects, usually negative and confusing, in someone …1960s sl.
EMOTIONALLY – adverbs
– GUT-WRENCHINGLY in a gut-wrenching way ….1990s Amer. sl.
EMOTIONLESS – adjectives
– TIDELESS-BLOODED whose blood is unstirred by passion or emotion …1785
emotionless – adverbs
– DEADPAN in an expressionless, emotionless manner …1930s US sl.
emotionless – person
– ICE an emotionless person; one who has no qualms about saying and doing whatever they want …1990s US Black sl.
– ICEMAN an emotionless person …1940s sl.
ELOPE – verbs