ENGAGE – verbs
– GAGE to engage …1888 Amer. dial.
ENGAGED – adjectives
– BESPOKE engaged; usually to be married …1931 Amer. dial.
– BESPOKEN engaged; usually to be married …1929 Amer. dial.
– GAGED engaged to be married …1922 Amer. dial.
– ILL-TIED engaged …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– OUT OF THE GAME married, engaged, or dating only one person …2001 US sl.
– SISEL † occupied, engaged …c1325
engaged – person
– BRIDE-ELECT a woman who is engaged to be married; a prospective bride …1700
– MORTGAGED PROPERTY a person engaged to be married …1909 Amer. dial.
ENGAGEMENT – nouns
– GAGE-RING an engagement ring …1880 Eng. dial.
– TOURNIQUET an engagement or wedding ring …1961 US sl.
ENGINE – adjectives
– ENGINOUS † belonging to an engine, of the nature of an engine …1606
– GUTTY capable of high speed; having a powerful engine …1950s Amer. hot rodding usage
– UNCRUNK of an engine: stalled, unable to start …1973 Amer. dial.
– UNCRUNKED of an engine: stalled, unable to start …1972 Amer. dial.
engine – nouns
– HAY-BURNER an old and inefficient engine …1940 Amer. dial.
– MOUSE MOTOR a small-block Chevrolet V-8 engine …1993 US sl.
– PUFFER a steam-engine …1801 colloq.
– SHILLELAGH a Chevy engine, esp. an old V-8 …Bk1998 sl.
– SIX-BANGER a six-cylinder engine …Bk1998 sl.
– SIX-HOLER a six-cylinder engine …Bk1998 sl.
engine – person
– MOTORHEAD a person with more than a passing interest in the internal combustion engine …1974 US sl.
engine – verbs
– BECOME UNCRUNKED of an engine: to stop running …1972 Amer. dial.
– COME UNCRUNK of an engine: to stop running …1973 Amer. dial.
– GUN to rev up an engine noisily …sl.
ENGINEER – person
– GINGER BEER an engineer, in both civilian and military contexts …1944 Aust. rhyming sl.
– LAND DOCTOR an engineer or surveyor …1950 Amer. dial.
– MACHINIST one who invents, makes, or controls machines or machinery – an engineer …1706
ENGIRDLE – verbs
– SUCCINGE †* to engirdle …1578
ENGIRDLING – adjectives
– SUCCINGENT † engirdling, embracing …1578
ENGLAND, ENGLISH – adjectives
– ANGLOPHIL friendly to England or to what is English …1867
– ANGLOPHILE friendly to England or to what is English …1867
– ANGLOPHOBIAC hating or fearing England …1894
– ANGLOPHOBIAN hating or fearing England …1896
– BATHONIAN pert. to the city of Bath …1766
– BROAD-ACRED of Yorkshire …1898
– JOHN-BULLISH typically English …L18
– LANKY belonging to Lancashire …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– MANX pert. to the Isle of Man, its inhabitants, language, etc. …1572
– OFF THE STONES outside London …M19 sl.
– SALOPIAN belonging to Shropshire …1706
– SASSENACH English, English-speaking …1814 Sc.
England, English – nouns
– ABANDONED HABITS the riding dress of the up-market courtesans who frequented Rotten Row in London’s Hyde Park …L19 sl.
– ABRAHAMPSTEAD Hampstead in North London with a large Jewish population …1970s sl.
– ADKINS ACADEMY a London house of correction, named for its governor …E19 sl.
– ALSATIA the criminal part of London …17C Eng. sl.
– ANGLOPHILIA friendliness to England …1896
– ANGLOPHILISM friendliness to England …1896
– ASIA MINOR 1. Belgravia, London …L19 Brit. sl.
2. Kensington and Bayswater, London …L19 Brit. sl.
– BEAN-BELLY. a satirical epithet applied to Leicestershire …1678 Eng. dial.
– BIG SMOKE London …Bk1904
– BROAD-ACRES, THE Yorkshire …1907
– CABBAGE, THE the Savoy Theatre, London …L19 sl.
– CAMCREEK Cambridge …c1920 Cambridge undergraduates’ usage
– CANDLESTICKS the fountains in Trafalgar Square, London …1851 colloq.
– CHAMBER OF HORRORS the Peeresses’ Gallery at the House of Lords …L19 UK sl.
– COCKNEYLAND London …19C sl.
– COCKNEY-SHIRE London …19C sl.
– DARLO Darlington, County Durham …1984 UK sl.
– DILLY Piccadilly, an area of central London …1936 UK sl.
– DITCH, THE 1. Houndsditch, London …L19 sl.
2. Shoreditch, East London …L19 sl.
– ENGLISH PALE † the confines or dominion of England, the pale of English law …1670
– FACTORY a large, forbidding Victorian police station in the London Metropolitan area …M19 UK criminals’ sl.
– FAIR, THE a set of subterraneous rooms in the Fleet Prison …c1810 criminals’ sl.
– FRESHWATER BAY 1. Fleet Street Market …E19 UK criminals’ sl.
2. the Fleet prison …E19 UK criminals’ sl.
– GATEWAY TO THE SOUTH Balham, a district in South London …1977 UK sl.
– GATNICK London ‘Gatwick’ airport …1999 UK sl.
– GIN AND JAGUAR BELT, THE the upper-class districts of (esp.) Surrey, and a fruitful area for worthwhile housebreaking …c1955 sl.
– GUNCHESTER Manchester, England …1994 UK sl.
– INGLUNSHIRE England …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– JACK the Union Jack …1652 nautical sl.
– JACKET AND VEST the West end of London …1930s rhyming sl.
– JACK KETCH’S WARREN the slum area in and around Turnmill Street, Clerkenwell (London) …19C sl.
– JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN Brighton, England …Bk1896 sl.
– JOHN BULL the English nation personified; the English collectively …L18
– KANGAROO VALLEY Earl’s Court, London; an area popular among Australian expatriates …c1950 sl.
– LANK a native of Lancashire …1892 Eng. dial.
– LANKY a native of Lancashire …1877 Eng. dial.
– LAN-TUN London …Bk1892 Chinese Pidgin
– MACARONI † a gambling-room at Newmarket …1771
– MADCHESTER Manchester, England …1980s sl.
– MAGIC CIRCLE, THE the area within a quarter-mile radius of Piccadilly Circus …c1920 London taxi-drivers’ usage
– MANK Manchester …2000s sl.
– MEAT RACK Piccadilly in London’s West End, an area where homosexuals and homosexual prostitutes offer their services …1972 UK sl.
– MET, THE 1. the Metropolitan Railway, part of the London Underground system …L19
2. the Metropolitan music-hall, London …1896 sl.
3. the Metropolitan Police, serving London …1940s sl.
– METS, THE the Metropolitan Police, serving London …1940s Brit. sl.
– MICK-TAKERS Scotland Yard’s anti-IRA Intelligence Unit …1974 UK sl.
– MOUNT, THE London Bridge …1718 Brit. sl.
– NEW JERUSALEM the upper-class area of Belgravia in London …M19 sl.
– NORTH CIRC London’s North Circular road …1997 UK sl.
– O.B. the Old Bailey in London, which is the Central Criminal Court of England …L19 UK criminals’ sl.
– OLD DART England or the United Kingdom; spec. London …1892 Aust. sl.
– OLD ENGLAND the provinces as opposed to London …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– OLD NASK Bridewell prison, Totillfields, London …E19
– OLD OAK London …20C rhyming sl. for ‘The Smoke’
– OLD START, THE the Old Bailey …20C sl.
– OXO CUBE the London Underground …1960 UK rhyming sl. for ‘tube’
– PADDY’S WIGWAM the Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral in Liverpool …2003 UK sl.
– PANTILE PARK London, as seen from a high window …L19 sl.
– RAINY CITY Manchester, UK …1981 UK sl.
– ROMEVILLE London …16C
– RUMVILLE London …M16 cant
– SAVELOY, THE the Savoy Hotel, London …c1910 London taxi-drivers’ sl.
– SCARLET-TOWN Reading, England …M19 sl.
– SHADES a variety of late-night music-halls and bars on or near the Strand, London …M19 sl.
– TOWN London …1837 UK
– TREACLE TOWN 1. Bristol, UK …L19 sl.
2. Macclesfield, UK …L19 sk,
– UP WEST the West End of London …1979 UK
– VERANDAH the gallery of the Old Vic Theatre, London …L19 sl.
– VILLAGE, THE London; chiefly in hunting/horseracing usage …19C sl.
– VIRGINS’ BUS the last bus to run westward from Piccadilly Circus …L19 sl.
England, English – nouns, language
– KING’S ENGLISH standard American English …1920s US Black sl.
– SOUTHRON † the English tongue or language …1513 Sc.
– TALKEE-TALKEE imperfect or broken English used by some native races …1808
England, English – person (includes ENGLISHMAN)
– ALUMNACH an Englishman …Irish sl.
– ANGLOPHIL(E) one who is friendly to England …1883
– ANGLOPHOBIAC an Anglophobe …1893
– BEAN-BELLY a great eater of beans, a nickname of dwellers in Leicestershire …1659
– BEEFEATER 1. a popular appellation of the Yeomen of the Guard, in the household of the Sovereign of Great Britain, instituted at the accession of Henry VII in 1485; also of the Warders of the Tower of London, who were named Yeomen Extraordinary of the Guard in the reign of Edward VI, and wear the same antique uniform as the ‘Beefeaters of the Guard’ …1671
2. an Englishman or Englishwoman …1628 sl.
– BEEN-TO a person who has been to England, usually for education …1960 W. African & Asian usage
– BITE a nickname for a Yorkshireman …1883 sl.
– BLIMEY a British person; an English person …1969 Amer. dial.
– BOBBY (sometimes derogatory) an Englishman …1966 Amer. dial.
– BONO JOHNNY an Englishman …Bk1892 Chinese Pidgin
– BRUMMIE, BRUMMY a person from Birmingham …1941 sl.
– BULLHEAD an Englishman …1965 Amer. dial.
– CALF a native of Essex, as used by those of Suffolk who look down on their southern neighbours …L19 Eng. dial.
– CAMBRIDGESHIRE CAMEL. a native of Cambridgeshire …M17
– CANNON-BALLS a nickname formerly given to the irreconcilable opponents of free trade in England …1858 political usage
– CHOOM an English or British person; orig. and English or British soldier …1916 Aust. & NZ sl.
– COUSIN JACK a Cornishman …1890
– DICKEY SAM, DICKY SAM a Liverpool man …1820 UK colloq.
– EASTERLINGS inhabitants of the east of England …1855 Eng. dial.
– EBBERMAN † one who fishes on the Thames …1715
– ENGLISHER an Englishman …1823 Sc.
– ESSEX CALF a native of Essex, as used by those of Suffolk, who look down on their southern neighbours …1719
– ESSEX LION a pejorative term for a native of Essex, as used by those of Kent …L19
– GALLICO-ANGLIAN an Englishman who favours the French …1804
– GEORDIE a native or inhabitant of Tyneside or a neighbouring region of north-east England …1822 Brit. colloq.
– GIN AND JAGUAR BIRD a wealthy (usually married) woman from the upper-class districts, and in some senses likely to be ‘racy’ or sexual accommodating …1970s sl.
– GODDAM an Englishman, esp. an English soldier …M19 arch.
– HAMPSHIRE HOG a colloquial or derogatory term for a native of Hampshire …1861
– HANTSIAN a native or inhabitant of Hampshire, England …Bk2006
– HARDHEAD an English person …1965 Amer. dial.
– HARDWARE BLOKE a Birmingham man; generally plural …1889 UK sl.
– HARRIET a typical Cockney girl …L19 UK sl.
– HARROVIAN one educated at Harrow school (an independent boarding school for boys in Harrow, London) …1864
– HARRY a country fellow; a rude boor; a young Englishman of a low-class type; a peasant; a rustic …1703
– HEBBERMAN † one who fishes on the Thames …1689
– HEREFORDIAN a native or inhabitant of Herefordshire, England …Bk2006
– HERTFORDIAN a native or inhabitant of Hertfordshire, England …Bk2006
– INGLISHER an Englishman …1823 Sc.
– JICK an Englishman; a lower-class English immigrant …1936 Amer. dial.
– JICKEY, JICKIE an Englishman; a lower-class English immigrant …1936 Amer. dial.
– JOHN BULL an individual Englishman exemplifying the supposedly typical national character …L18
– KIPPER 1. (derogatory) an Englishman …Aust. arch. sl.
2. an English immigrant …1943 Aust. sl.
– LAKER † a visitor to the English lakes …1798
– LANC a Lancashire man …c1870 Brit. navvies’ sl.
– LANCASTRIAN a native of Lancashire, England …1888
– LANK a Lancashire man …c1870 Brit. navvies’ sl.
– LEMON-EATER (derogatory) an English person …1960s US sl.
– LEMON-PELTER (derogatory) an English person …1968 US sl.
– LEMON-SUCKER (derogatory) an English person …1960s US sl.
– LINCOLNSHIRE YELLOW-BELLY. a native of Lincolnshire …18C Brit.
– LOINER an inhabitant of Leeds, West Yorkshire …1950 sl.
– LONDENOYS †* a native or inhabitant of London …1387-8
– MAN OF KENT an inhabitant of Kent east of the river Medway …1787 Eng. dial.
– MANINGS * the people of the Isle of Man …1688
– MANK a Mancunian …2000s sl.
– MANKS the people of the Isle of Man …1688
– MANKSMAN a native of the Isle of Man …1702
– MANX the people of the Isle of Man …1688
– MANXMAN a native of the Isle of Man …1702
– MATCH-HAWKERS a nickname for the people of Otley, Yorkshire …1844 Eng. dial.
– MICK an Englishman …1940s US sl.
– MICKEY MOUSE a Liverpudlian …1992 UK rhyming sl. for ‘Scouse’
– MICKEY MOUSER a person from Liverpool …2000 UK rhyming sl. for ‘Scouser’
– MIDDLESEX CLOWN a native or an inhabitant of Middlesex …M17 Brit. jocular
– MIDDLESEX MONGREL a native or an inhabitant of Middlesex …18C Brit. jocular
– MOBBERLEY CRABS a nickname given to the inhabitants of Mobberley, England …Bk1886 Eng. dial.
– MOCKNEY someone who adopts a form of speech perceived as an inauthentic and affected imitation of Cockney in accent and vocabulary; a counterfeit Cockney …1992 Brit. colloq.
– MOHAWK a Mohock; a member of a band of aristocratic hooligans or street roughs who allegedly roamed the streets of London by night in the early 18th century and were suspected of ruffianism; hence, any hooligan or delinquent …1711 arch.
– MOHOCK a member of a band of aristocratic hooligans who allegedly roamed the streets of London by night in the early 18th century and were suspected of ruffianism; hence, any hooligan or delinquent; a dissolute and violent young man …1711 arch.
– MOONRAKER a native of Wiltshire in England, from the legend that some Wiltshire men, caught by excisemen raking a pond for kegs of smuggled brandy pretended they were raking for the moon reflected in the water …1767
– MOOR an officer of the Isle of Man who summons the courts for the several districts or spreadings …Bk1895
– MOORLANDER an inhabitant of the moors or heaths; spec. one who lives in the Moorlands of Staffordshire, England …1643 chiefly Brit.
– MOOR-MASTER an officer of the corporation of York …1785
– MORLEY GAWBIES a nickname given to the inhabitants of Morley, West Yorkshire …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– MUDLARK a person of any age who made a living by gathering bits of coal, wood, rope, and nails from the mudflats of the River Thames (London) at low tide …19C Brit.
– NORFOLK DUMPLING a native of Norfolk …19C
– OK YARDIE a stereotypical Briton of the upper-class or middle-class who lives in west London’s gangland …1998 UK sl.
– OLDHAM CHAP an inhabitant of the town of Oldham (Greater Manchester, England) …1877 Eng. dial.
– OLDHAM MON an inhabitant of the town of Oldham (Greater Manchester, England) …1877 Eng. dial.
– OLDHAM ROUGH-HEAD an inhabitant of the town of Oldham (Greater Manchester, England) …1877 Eng. dial.
– PIE EATER a person from Wigan, Lancashire …1985 Eng. dial.
– POCK-PUD an Englishman …E18 Sc. usage
– POCK-PUDDING an Englishman …E18 Sc. usage
– POKE-PUDDING an Englishman …E18 Sc. usage
– POM a person from England …1912 sl., chiefly Aust. & NZ
– POMMIE, POMMY a person from England …1912 sl., chiefly Aust. & NZ
– PONGO an English person …1942 Aust. & NZ sl.
– POT-BALL a nickname given to the inhabitants of Rossendale …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– POT-DE-BIÈRE French slang for an Englishman …Bk1894
– RADDLEMAN * an inhabitant or native of Rutlandshire …1622 Eng.dial.
– RIPPONEERS men of Ripon, Yorkshire …Bk1881
– SALOPIAN a native or inhabitant of Shropshire …1700
– SAM a Liverpudlian …Bk1903 Eng. dial.
– SASSENACH the name given by the Gaelic inhabitants of Great Britain and Ireland to their ‘Saxon’ or English neighbours; a native or inhabitant of England …1706
– SAVOYARD an inhabitant of the precinct of the Savoy Palace in London, which formerly possessed the right of sanctuary …a1700
– SAXON an Englishman as distinct from a Welshman or Irishman, a Lowland Scot as distinct from a Highlander …1810
– SLUM-DRAGGER a member of the London working classes …1900s sl.
– SOUTHRON a native or inhabitant of the south of England, of Europe, etc.; also, in the U.S., a southerner …1857
– STERLING a colonist born in England: natives of England …Bk1892 Aust. sl.
– TAN an English person …2001 Irish sl.
– THAT THERE † a London rider, one who comes from the east of England …1777 Eng. dial.
– TIKE a Yorkshireman …1857 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– TIM BOBBIN an inhabitant of South Lancashire …Bk1905 Eng. dial. jocular
– TITTERY-TU † one of an association of well-to-do ‘roughs’ who infested London streets in the 17th century …1623
– TITTYRY † one of an association of well-to-do ‘roughs’ who infested London streets in the 17th century …1623
– TITYRE-TU † one of an association of well-to-do ‘roughs’ who infested London streets in the 17th century …1623
– TYKE a person from Yorkshire …a1700 Brit. sl.
– VARSITY-TIT a student of Durham University, England: in contempt …Bk1904 university sl.
– WAITER a warder of the Tower of London …1551
– WANGLO-SAXON a White Anglo-Saxon …1970s US sl.
– WAPPINEER † an inhabitant of Wapping, a part of London, England …1690
– WAPPINGER an inhabitant of Wapping, a part of London …a1734
– WARDER a watchman of the Tower of London …1605
– WHINGEING POM an English person viewed as a habitual complainer …1962 Aust. sl.
– WHITE BRAHMINS among educated Indians: the English …c1880 colloq.
– WIGGIN-HEARTY-CHRISTER a jocular name for an inhabitant of Wigan, Manchester …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– WILD PEOPLE the inhabitants of the Weald of Sussex, so called by the inhabitants of the Downs …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– WINLATON-SHAG a slang name for an inhabitant of Winlaton, England …1892 Eng. dial.
– WOODLANDER an inhabitant of “High Suffolk” …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– WORTH-SPARROW an inhabitant of Worth, Sussex …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– YALLA-BELLY a slang name for natives of the Lincolnshire Fens …Bk1877 Eng. dial.
– YAM YAM a person from the Black Country in the West Midlands of England; often depreciative …1995 Brit. sl.
– YARK a member of a subcultural urban adolescent grouping in Yarmouth, Norfolk, that seems to be defined by a hip-hop dress and jewellery sense …2005 UK sl.
– YARMOUTH BLOATER a native of Yarmouth, England …1832
– YARMOUTHIAN an inhabitant of Yarmouth, a fishing town on the coast of Norfolk …1614
– YELLOW-BELLY a native of the Lincolnshire Fens, or of the Fens of eastern England …1746 Eng.
– YELLOW BERRIES the inhabitants of Sandwich …Bk1905 Eng. dial. sl.
– YEOMAN WAITER a warder of the Tower of London …1592
– YORKER an inhabitant of York or Yorkshire …1599
– YORKIE a nickname for a Yorkshireman; a Yorkshireman …1818
– YORKIST * an inhabitant of York …1796
– YORKSHIRE BITE a Yorkshireman …1891 Eng. dial.
– YORKY a nickname for a Yorkshireman; a Yorkshireman …1818
– YOUNG ENGLAND the typical young Englishman, or the rising generation of Englishmen …1838
England, English – person, other
– ANGLIST a student of English, or scholar versed in English …1888
England, English – verbs
– ENGLIFY to make English; to cause to resemble English persons or manners …1829 Sc.
– HAVE A FACE-TICKET to be so well known to the janitors that one is not asked to present one’s ticket …1909 Brit. Museum Reading Room usage
ENGLISH CHANNEL – nouns
– DITCH the sea, esp. the English Channel or North Sea …1910s sl.
– SILVER STREAK the English Channel …1879
ENGRAVE – verbs
– BEGRAVE † to engrave; to ornament with graved work …c1325
ENGRAVED – adjectives
– CUTTED † wounded, mutilated, etc. by cutting; castrated; carved, sculptured, engraved …1438 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
engraved – nouns
– MANUSCULPT an inscription carved or engraved by hand …a1859 nonce word
ENGRAVER – person
– CUTTER a carver, sculptor, engraver …1572
– DACTYLIOGLYPH an engraver of gems for finger-rings …1850
– DACTYLIOGLYPHIST an engraver of gems for finger-rings …1850
– GLYPTICIAN * a lapidary; one who cuts, polishes, or engraves gems or precious stones …1883
– GLYPTOGRAPHER an engraver on precious stones …1797
– HERMOGLYPHIC a person whose business it was to engrave inscriptions on marble, or rather on the Hermaic statues …1623
– HERMOGLYPHIST a person whose business it was to engrave inscriptions on marble, or rather on the Hermaic statues …1820
– TABLE-CUTTER a lapidary who cuts precious stones in ‘tables’ (large flat upper surface surrounded by small facets) …1877
– XYLOGRAPHER a wood-engraver, esp. of the early period …1824
– XYLOGRAPHIST a wood-engraver, esp. of the early period …1864
– ZINCOGRAPHER one who practices zincography, the art or process of engraving or etching designs on zinc; an engraver on zinc …1839
ENGRAVING – nouns
– ICONOPHILISM a taste for pictures, engravings, etc. …1888
– ICONOPHILY a taste for pictures, engravings, etc. …1894
– MANUSCULPTURE †* carving or engraving by hand …1704
– XYLOGRAPH an engraving on wood, esp. one of the early period …1854
– XYLOGRAPHY wood-engraving, esp. of the early period or of a primitive kind; also, printing from wood blocks as distinct from type …1816
engraving – person
– ICONOPHILE a connoisseur of pictures, engravings, book illustrations, and the like …1881
– ICONOPHILIST a connoisseur of pictures, engravings, book illustrations, and the like …1884
ENGROSS – person
– MARKET-MONGER † one who engrosses the market …1629
ENGROSSED – adjectives
– ABSORPT absorbed; swallowed up; fig. engrossed …1528 arch.
ENGROSSING – adjectives
– ABSORPTIVE having the quality of absorbing, swallowing, or imbibing; fig. engrossing …1664
ENGULF – verbs
– ABYSM † to engulf …Bk1611
ENHANCE – verbs
– I-WEALY † to make a person wealthy or wealthier; also, to enrich, to improve, to enhance something …a1000
– PEP UP to invigorate someone; to strengthen or enhance something …1925 UK sl.
– SNAZZ UP to make something smarter and more elegant; to enhance …1970s Amer. sl.
ENHANCED – adjectives
– ZOOPED applied to anything enhanced …1980s teen sl.
– ZOOPED UP applied to anything enhanced …1980s teen sl.
enhanced – nouns
– GLORIFICATION an enhanced or favourably exaggerated version or account …colloq.
ENHANCEMENT – nouns
– HAWSE † exaltation, enhancement …c1475
ENIGMA – adjectives
– FABULOSE † fond of fables, myths, or enigmas …1677
enigma – nouns
– CANFUL OF ANGLE-WORMS a confused, complex, and distasteful state of affairs; a complicated enigma …1927-28 US
– CAN OF WORMS a confused, complex, and distasteful state of affairs; a complicated enigma …1927-28 US
– EGMA a blunder for ‘enigma’ …1588
– OPPOSAL † the putting of posing questions; examination, interrogation; a posing question; a puzzle, enigma, riddle …1426
ENJOY, ENJOYABLE, ENJOYING – adjectives
– BUMPING having a ‘rocking’ good time …1990s US Black sl.
– DIGGABLE easy to like or enjoy …Aust. sl.
– ENJOYOUS enjoyable …1968 Amer. dial.
– FUN enjoyable; pleasant; entertaining …1950 orig. US
– GLOSSY very pleasant, enjoyable …1900s US sl.
– GROOVIN’ enjoying something …1960s Amer. sl.
– JOLLY enjoyable, exceedingly pleasant, agreeable, delightful, charming …1549
– LARGE of an activity or period of time: fine, very enjoyable, exciting; very active …1895 Amer. sl.
– LARGE-SIZED † of an activity or period of time: fine, very enjoyable, exciting; very active …1874 Amer. sl.
– ON A KICK having a good time, enjoying oneself …1940s sl., orig. US
– ON THE RAZZ out enjoying oneself or celebrating, esp. while drinking freely …L19 sl.
– ON THE RAZZLE out enjoying oneself or celebrating, esp. while drinking freely; on the spree …L19 sl.
– PARTICULAR of entertainment, food, etc. specially good or enjoyable …1965 Sc.
– RAGING of a party, a drug: wild, fantastic, very enjoyable …1980s US campus & teen sl.
– R AND I extremely exciting or enjoyable …1980s US college sl. (Radical and Intense)
– SCRONCHOUS enjoyable …1935 Amer. dial.
– SCRONTIOUS enjoyable …1935 Amer. dial.
– SPONDICULOUS splendid, glorious, enjoyable …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
enjoy, enjoyable, enjoying – nouns
– AWESOMENESS the quality of being extremely good or enjoyable; excellence …1998 colloq.
– HOT STUFF anything enjoyed …Bk1934 college sl.
– LIFE OF RILEY, THE an enviably enjoyable, luxurious, or carefree existence …1918 colloq.
enjoy, enjoyable, enjoying – person
– BUFF someone who favours or enjoys something; an enthusiast; a fan…1931 sl., orig. US
– BUG one who favours or enjoys something; an enthusiast …1841 sl., orig. US
– FREAK (in early use derogatory) someone who favours or enjoys something; an enthusiast …1895 sl., orig. US
– NUT someone who favours or enjoys something; an enthusiast …1934 sl., orig. US
enjoy, enjoyable, enjoying – verbs
– APPRECIATE to enjoy oneself …1936 Amer. dial.
– BALL to enjoy oneself; to have fun …1942 Amer. sl., orig. Black
– BALL IT UP to enjoy oneself; to have fun …c1953 Amer. sl., orig. Black
– BE BIG ON to enjoy very much; to be enthusiastic about …1867 Amer. sl.
– BE IN NIGGER-HEAVEN (derogatory) to enjoy one’s self cheaply and vulgarly …1906 Amer. dial.
– DELICIATE †* to take one’s pleasure; to enjoy oneself; to indulge in delicacies; to feast; to revel; to luxuriate …1633
– DIG to regard favourably; to like, to understand, to appreciate; to approve of; to enjoy …1939 orig. US
– DO ONE’S OWN THING to dance in an uninhibited manner; to enjoy oneself to the full …1960s W. Indies & US Black sl.
– DO ONE’S THING to dance in an uninhibited manner; to enjoy oneself to the full …1960s W. Indies & US Black sl.
– EAT to enjoy immensely; to acclaim …1910s sl., orig. theatrical
– EAT UP to take in greedily with the mind or senses; hence, to enjoy avidly …1873
– FAIN * to enjoy; also, to take to gladly, to show preference for …1483
– FALL DOWN (ON) to experience, to enjoy …1960s US sl.
– FALL FOR † to like or enjoy …1903 Amer. sl.
– FEAST † to keep holiday, to give oneself to pleasure; to enjoy oneself …1608
– FRUISH † to enjoy …c1450
– GET DOWN to be uninhibited, esp. in dancing or performing music; to enjoy oneself immensely …1971 Amer. sl.
– GET IT ON to give oneself up to an activity, to enjoy oneself; to become elated or intoxicated with …US sl.
– GET OFF ON to like; to enjoy; to approve of …1973 sl.
– GET ONE’S ROCKS OFF to enjoy oneself; to have fun; to obtain satisfaction …1948 sl., orig. US
– GO A BUNDLE ON to regard favourably; to like; to enjoy; to approve of; often used in negative contexts …1942 sl.
– GO CALOOPING to go out to have a good time, to enjoy oneself in trivial pleasures …1968 Amer. dial.
– GO THE BUNDLE ON to regard favourably; to like; to enjoy; to approve of; often used in negative contexts …1942 sl.
– GROOVE to enjoy oneself; to have fun …1950 sl., orig. US
– GROOVE IT to enjoy oneself; to have fun …1950 sl., orig. US
– HAVE A BALL to enjoy oneself; to have fun; to stage a celebration …1938 sl., orig. US
– HAVE A SOFT SPOT FOR to have a fondness for; to like, to enjoy, to approve of; to be sentimentally fond …1902
– HAVE MORE FUN THAN A BAG OF MONKEYS to have an exceedingly jolly time …1908 Amer. sl.
– HAVE MORE FUN THAN A BARREL OF MONKEYS to have an exceedingly jolly time …1895 Amer. sl.
– HAVE MORE FUN THAN A BUSHEL OF MONKEYS to have an exceedingly jolly time …1895 Amer. sl.
– HORSE ABOUT to enjoy oneself; to have fun …1928 sl., orig. US
– HORSE AROUND to enjoy oneself; to have fun …1928 sl., orig. US
– JOISE † to rejoice, to enjoy …c1320
– JOLLY to have a good time …L19 US campus sl.
– LAP UP to take in eagerly; to revel in; to enjoy …1926 US sl.
– LARK ABOUT to enjoy oneself doing silly or mischievous things …1857
– LARK AROUND to enjoy oneself doing silly or mischievous things …1857
– LET ONE’S HAIR DOWN to enjoy oneself or have fun after a period of restraint …1974 sl.
– LIVE IT UP to enjoy oneself; to have fun; to lead a gay, extravagant life …1951 sl., orig. US
– MAKE WHOOPEE to enjoy oneself; to have fun …1928 sl., orig. US
– MOG to enjoy one’s self in a quiet, easy, comfortable manner …B1900
– PACK to defeat, to be superior to, or more enjoyable than …c1920 Aust sl.
– PARTY to enjoy oneself; to have fun …1922 chiefly and orig. US
– PARTY DOWN to enjoy oneself very much …1970s sl., orig. US Black
– PARTY IT UP to enjoy oneself …1930s sl.
– PARTY TIME to enjoy oneself …1930s sl.
– PUT THE BIG POT IN THE LITTLE POT to make emergency preparations to feed unexpected guests; to prepare a lavish meal, esp. for guests; hence, to do something thoroughly; to enjoy oneself thoroughly …1892 Amer. dial.
– RAGE to have a great time; to enjoy a party with great enthusiasm …1970s Aust., NZ., & US sl.
– RAISE to have a good time …1980s US college sl.
– RAISE SAND to celebrate wildly; to enjoy oneself in a wild, boisterous manner, usually with much noise and whisky; to be drunk and boisterous …20C Amer. colloq.
– RANDY to frolic; to enjoy oneself; to go on the spree; to brawl …1832 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– RAVE to enjoy oneself; to have fun …1961 sl.
– ROIST † to roister; to enjoy oneself noisily or boisterously; to behave uproariously; to revel …M16
– SHAKE LOOSE to get rid of inhibitions and start to enjoy yourself …1960s Amer. sl.
– SKOP to enjoy oneself; to party …1960s S. Afr. sl.
– SPREAD ONE’S JENK to have a good time …1935 Amer. dial.
– SWING to enjoy oneself; to have fun …1957 sl., orig. US
– TAKE OUT † to obtain or enjoy completely …1631
– TASTE to relish, to enjoy, to appreciate …1791 Sc.
– VIBE to experience, to enjoy …1960s US sl.
– WHOOP IT UP to enjoy oneself; to have fun …1935 sl., orig. US
enjoy, enjoyable, enjoying – interjections
– PAR-TY! used as an exhoration to relax and enjoy yourself …1988 US sl.
– PARTY ON! an exclamation of approval; enjoy yourself!; good job! …1980s US teen sl.
enjoy, enjoyable, enjoying – interjections, not enjoyable
– NOT ALL LAVENDER by no means enjoyable, not very much fun …L19 sl.
ENJOYMENT – adjectives
– FLAMBUSTIOUS of enjoyment: good, pleasant …1868 Amer. sl.
– RACY of pleasure, enjoyment, etc.: peculiarly agreeable …1690
– VOLUPTIFIC * making or causing enjoyment, pleasure, or delight …1721
enjoyment – nouns
– APOLAUSTICISM devotion to enjoyment …1883
– BARN BURNER a highly successful or enjoyable occasion …1968 Amer. dial.
– BASH a good time; a spree; a party …1948 sl., orig. US
– BIG TIME a convivial party or celebration; a social gathering; an enjoyable time …1863 Amer. dial.
– CAKES AND ALE a good time; the good things and the enjoyments of life …a1616
– DEDUIT † diversion, enjoyment, pleasure …1297
– DUTE † enjoyment, pleasure …a1300
– FAIR TREAT something or someone highly enjoyable or satisfactory; also used ironically to describe something or someone quite the opposite …L19 sl.
– FLASH-YAD a day’s enjoyment …Bk1893 back-slang
– FUN OF CORK, THE a very good time …20C Aust. sl.
– GALLERY fun, enjoyment …20C Irish sl.
– GALLEY fun, enjoyment …20C Irish sl.
– GAS one who pleases or delights; something enjoyable …c1953 sl., orig. US jazz usage
– GASSER one who pleases or delights; something enjoyable …1944 sl., orig. US jazz usage
– GROOVE one who pleases or delights; something enjoyable …1946 sl., orig. US jazz usage
– GUSTO exuberant enjoyment, zest
– HALLELUJAH TIME a very good or enjoyable time …1966 Amer. dial.
– HAPPY entertainment, enjoyment …1942 Amer. dial.
– HIGH-HEELED TIME an exciting or enjoyable time …20C US sl.
– HIGH OLD TIME, A a very enjoyable time; an uproarious time; a spree …1858 sl.
– HOG KILLIN’ TIME a highly enjoyable time …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– JAUL a good time, merry-marking, enjoyment, entertainment …1950s S. Afr.
– JAWL a good time, merry-marking, enjoyment, entertainment …1950s S. Afr.
– JOL a good time, merry-making, enjoyment, entertainment …1950s S. Afr.
– JOLLIES pleasurable excitement, esp. from or as if from something forbidden or improper; enjoyment; fun; thrills; kicks …1930 colloq.
– OBLECTATION † delight, pleasure, enjoyment …1508
– PANIC a very good time …1958 US sl.
– PARLAYING partying, enjoying oneself …1990s US Black sl.
– TURN-ON one who pleases or delights; something enjoyable …1969 sl.
– VENERY † an instance or source of joy, delight, or great enjoyment …1602
– WAFF a short or incidental experience; a momentary enjoyment of something pleasant …1822 Sc.
– WHALE OF A TIME, A a very enjoyable time …1913 sl., orig. US
– WHOOPEE pleasure, enjoyment, fun …1930 sl.
– YUM-YUM pleasure, enjoyment; fun; love-making …1885 sl.
enjoyment – verbs
– KILL SOMEONE’S BUZZ to depress someone; to destroy someone’s enjoyment or pleasure; to disappoint someone …1980s sl.
enjoyment – phrases
– ALL PORTER AND SKITTLES it is all unmixed enjoyment …1837
– NOT ALL BEER AND SKITTLES not all unmixed enjoyment …1870
– NOT ALL SKITTLES AND SWIPES not all unmixed enjoyment …1897
ENGAGE – verbs