LABORATORY – nouns
– LABORATORIAL pert. to the laboratory …1862
– LABORATORIAN * pert. to the laboratory …1860
laboratory – nouns
– COOK BOOK a chemical laboratory manual …Bk1934 college sl.
– KITCHEN a chemical laboratory …Bk1934 college sl.
– LAB a laboratory …1895 UK
– LABOUR-HOUSE † a laboratory …1712
– OFFICINE † a workshop; a laboratory; an office in a monastery …c1425
– OPERATORY † a workshop, a laboratory …1651
laboratory – person
– LABORANT † a laboratory workman; a chemist’s assistant; a working chemist …1665
– LABORATORIAN * a chemist who works in a laboratory …1860
– LAB WRETCH a performer of unpleasant laboratory tasks …1988 US sl.
LABORIOUS – adjectives
– BULL-DRAGGING tedious, laborious …20C Irish sl.
– LABORIOSE † laborious, painstaking …1727
– LABOROUS † laborious …c1386
– LABOUROUS laborious …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– LABOURSOME laborious; fatiguing …1889 Eng. dial.
– MOLIMINOUS † done with great effort or endeavour, laborious …1656
– OPEROSE 1. of a person: laborious; industrious, busy …1670
2. made or done with much labour; laborious; tedious; toilsome; elaborate …1683
– OPEROUS † made or done with much labour or effort; laborious, industrious, busy; painstaking, tedious; toilsome; elaborate …a1538
– PAINFUL performed with labour, care, and attention; diligent, assiduous, laborious, careful …c1380 arch.
– TOILOUS †* full of toil, toilsome, laborious …1530
laborious – nouns (includes LABORIOUSNESS)
– DAD of any laborious activity: a heavy task, a weary journey …1947 Sc.
– LABORIOSITY * painfulness, laboriousness …1656
– LABOROSITY †* laboriousness …1656
– LABOROUSNESS † laboriousness …1530
– LABOURHOOD * laborious condition; laboriousness …1858
– OPEROSENESS laboriousness, elaborateness …1664
– OPEROSITY laboriousness, painstaking endeavour …1623
– PAINFULNESS the quality of taking pains; laboriousness, careful industry, painstaking …1531 arch.
laborious – person
– NABBLE a narrow-minded, greedy, laborious person; a churlish person …B1900 Sc.
– NABLE a narrow-minded, greedy, laborious person …1824 Sc.
– PAINSTAKER a person who takes pains; one careful and faithful in all work; a painstaking person; a labourer; a laborious person …1595
– PAIN TAKER †* a person who takes pains; a painstaking or laborious person …1549
laborious – verbs
– SCART to lead a laborious, industrious life …Bk1904 Sc.
LABORIOUSLY – adverbs
– HEAVY with laborious movement; slowly, sluggishly; laboriously …1701
– OPEROSELY laboriously, busily; elaborately …1668
– OPEROUSLY † laboriously, busily; elaborately …1668
– PAINFULLY with great pains, painstakingly, laboriously, with care an effort …1555 arch.
LABOUR – adjectives
– CHIROPONAL † pertaining to or involving manual labour …1651
– ELABORATE † produced or accomplished by labour …1592 obs. or arch.
– LABORIFEROUS †* that takes pains; that endures labour, painful, difficult …1656
– LABOURSOME † 1. given to labour; hard-working …1551
2. requiring labour; accompanied by labour …1577-87 rare or Eng. dial.
– OPERARIOUS †* pert. to the workman, done with labour; doing, as opposed to theoretical …1656
– OPERARY † pert. to the workman, done with labour; doing, as opposed to theoretical …1612
– OPEROSE made or done with much labour; laborious; tedious; toilsome; elaborate …1683
– OPEROUS † made or done with much labour; laborious; tedious; toilsome; elaborate …1641
labour – nouns
– ABRAHAM WORK sweated labour, ill-paid work …Bk1909 sl.
– ARM LABOUR †* manual labour …1677
– BULLWORK manual labour; hard work …1944 Amer. dial.
– CARK that which burdens the spirit, trouble; hence, troubled state of mind, distress, anxiety; anxious solicitude, labour, or toil …c1325 arch.
– CHANGE WORK an exchange of labour …1947 Amer. dial.
– DARGING the work of a day labourer, esp. hard, plodding toil …1788 Sc.
– DAYTAL-WORK labour paid by the day …1865 Eng. dial.
– DROIL † drudgery; toil in disagreeable work; mean labour …a1644
- ELBOW-POLISH energetic labour of any kind, elbow-grease …Bk1897
– ERGOPHOBIA fear of work; morbid aversion to labour …1881
– EYEBALLING † the act of working extremely hard, esp. at a gruelling manual task; arduous physical labour …1846 Aust. colloq.
– FIZZLE-FARTING JOB tedious and unprofitable labour …B1900 Eng. dial.
– HANA work, labour …1951 Hawaii
– HANAHANA labour, hard work …1967 Hawaii
– HAND-DARG handiwork, labour, toil; what is gained by labour …Bk1905 Sc.
– HAND-STIR the smallest possible amount of labour …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– HAND-STROKE the smallest possible amount of labour …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– HARD hard labour …1890 Brit. sl.
– ILLABORATENESS † the quality of being effected without labour and pains …1727
– I-WIN † labour, toil; suffering …c900
– LABORATION †* working, work, labour …c1460
– LABOURAGE 1. † labouring, labour, work …1484
2. payment for labour …1826
– MANOEUVRE †* hand-labour …1479
– MANUFACTORY † something that is produced by labour …a1618
– MANUFACTURE † a product of hand-labour; a person’s handiwork …1567
– NEVES, A seven years’ hard labour …1901 back-slang
– NEVIS, A seven years’ hard labour …1901 back-slang
– ON-WAUR expenditure, outlay, trouble, labour …1898 Sc.
– PUGGY WORK hard physical labour …1988 Sc. sl.
– RAMBOUNGE a severe brush of labour …1825 Sc.
– TAG tiring, troublesome labour …1929 Sc.
– TAVE a difficulty, struggle, pinch; hard labour; the act of labouring hard …Bk1905 Sc.
– THROUGH-GANG labour, difficulty; perseverance; energy …Bk1905 Sc.
– TILTH † labour, work, or effort directed to use or profitable ends …a1023
– YAKKA physical labour …Bk1999 Aust. sl.
labour – person
– HARRY-GAUD a master of labour, who is continually goading on his workmen to greater exertion …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– RAT a worker who undercuts standards established by unionized labour …L19 US sl.
labour – verbs
– ADDLE to earn by labour …1760 Eng. dial.
– ALLABORATE † to labour vehemently …1656
– BATTER to labour or walk at a great rate …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– BELABOUR † to labour at, to work at; to exert one’s strength or ability upon …1604
– BESWINK † to labour for, to work for …1377
– BETRAVAIL † to work for; to earn by labour …1393
– BREAK ONE’S ASS to exert oneself to the limit of endurance; to toil, to labour, to strive furiously …1941 Amer. sl.
– BUST ONE’S ASS to exert oneself to the limit of endurance; to toil, to labour, to strive furiously …1941 Amer. sl.
– BYSWENKE † to work hard; to exert oneself, to labour …a1400
– CARK † to be anxious, to fret oneself; to labour anxiously, to toil and moil …a1350 obs. or arch.
– CAST STONES AGAINST THE WIND † to labour in vain …1657
– ENDEAVOUR FOR to work, to labour …Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– FAG to do something that wearies one; to work hard; to labour, to strain, to toil …1772
– HAG AT A THING to persevere, to labour, to work away at a thing …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– HAIFER to toil, to labour …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– HAMMER to practise laboriously; to labour …1843 Eng. dial.
– HANAHANA to labour, to work hard …1967 Hawaii
– HEAVE † to put forth effort; to endeavour, to labour, to strive …c1374
– IMPLOD †* to cause to plod, to involve in toilsome labour …1609
– LABORATE †* to produce or develop by labour …1662
– LOSE ONE’S OIL † to study or labour in vain …a1548
– NAG to labour persistently and painfully; to repeat an action with irritating frequency …1900 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– OFSWINK † to gain by labour; to labour for …c1300
– PADDY to perform menial labour …1876 Amer. dial.
– SCRATTLE to labour hard; to scrape and save …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– TAG to oppress by hard labour …1866 Sc.
– TAVE to strive, to toil, to labour …1863 Sc.
– TEW to toil, to labour; to work hard; to pull, to struggle; to contend, to strive …1866 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– THRIPPLE to labour hard …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– TILL † to strive, to exert oneself, to labour, to work …c897
– YAGGLE to work in a slow bungling or laboriously way, to toil and moil, to labour …1924 Sc.
– YAKKA to work hard, to labour …L19 Aust. sl.
– YAKKER to work hard, to labour …L19 Aust. sl.
LABOURED – adjectives
– LABOURABLE † capable of being laboured or worked …1481
LABOURER – nouns
– GANG a set of labourers or workmen …1819 Sc. & Eng. dial.
labourer – person (also see WORKER)
– APPLEKNOCKER (often derogatory) an itinerant farm labourer …1941 Amer. dial.
– APRON-ROGUE a labourer; an artisan …17C colloq.
– BANJO-SWINGER a manual labourer …1918 Aust. sl.
– BANKER a labourer who makes or repairs the banks of waterways; spec. one who digs drains, ditches, etc.; chiefly used in the eastern counties of England …a1627
– BANKING MAN a navvy, or bank mender, a banker …Bk1875 Eng. dial.
– BEGARRY one who is engaged in forced labour …Bk1890 Anglo-Indian
– BILDAR an excavator or digging labourer …Bk1886 Anglo-Indian
– BILLMAN a labourer using a bill (a pike or hooked axe) …1552
– BILLY TURNIPTOP an agricultural labourer …1885 UK sl.
– BLACK STUFF Black labourers …1937 S. Afr. sl.
– BLACKBIRD an indentured labourer recruited in the south Pacific to work on a sugar plantation …1875 sl., orig. & chiefly nautical usage
– BLANKET STIFF a migratory labourer who carries his belongings in a blanket roll or other bundle; a tramp …1891 Amer. Hobo & West. sl.
– BOY in South Africa: a coloured labourer or servant of any age or race …1839
– CADCATCHER an assistant or helper; a cheap labourer …Bk1955
– CLODHOPPER an agricultural labourer …colloq.
– COOLIE an immigrant Chinese labourer …M19 US usage
– CULCHIE (derogatory) a rustic; a country labourer …Irish colloq.
– DALLACKER a day labourer …Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– DARGER a day labourer; one who works by the day …1802 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– DARGSMAN † a workman, a labourer …1723 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– DARKER a day labourer …1807 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– DARKSMAN † a workman, a labourer …1795 Sc.
– DATALLER a day-labourer; a workman engaged and paid by the day …1881 Eng. dial.
– DAYMAN a day labourer; one who works and is paid by the day …1890 Eng. dial.
– DAYSMAN a worker by the day; a day-labourer …a1639
– DAYTAL a labourer engaged and paid by the day …1790 Eng. dial. (Grose)
– DAYTAL-CHAP a day labourer …Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– DAYTAL-DANOCK a day labourer …Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– DAYTAL-DICK a day labourer …Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– DAYTALER a day labourer, a man who works by the day and not by the piece …1877 Eng. dial.
– DAYTAL-FELLOW a day labourer …Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– DAYTAL-LABOURER a day labourer …1895 Eng. dial.
– DAYTAL-MAN a day labourer …1846 Eng. dial.
– DAYTAL-WIFE a day-labouring woman …Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– DIRT SLINGER a pick-and-shovel worker …1926 US sl.
– DOCK-WALLOPER a labourer who works on docks or wharves, esp. a longshoreman …1838 US sl.
– FLANNEL BACK a navvy, who wears such a garment …L19 sl.
– FLANNEL-JACKET a navvy, who wears such a garment …L19 sl.
– GANDY DANCER one who works with pick and shovel; any manual labourer …Bk1975 Amer. logging sl.
– GANGMAN a member of a gang of workers or labourers; a foreman or overseer of such a gang …1830
– GANG WORKER a member of a gang of labourers …1852
– GAWDELPUS an impoverished labourer …Bk1909 sl.
– GRUNT a common or unskilled worker; a labourer …sl.
– HAND a person employed by another in any manual work; a workman or workwoman, a labourer …1551
– HAND-WORKER a person who works with his hands: opposed variously to one who works with his head, one who employs the hands of others, or one who works with a machine; a manual labourer; a crafts person …1480
– HANDYMAN a man able or employed to undertake a variety of manual tasks; a general labourer; a man employed or engaged to carry out domestic repairs and building maintenance; an odd-job man …1742
– HARD-ROCK MAN a labourer experienced in or capable of heavy work with rock (in tunnelling, construction work, etc. …1910
– HARL(E) a big, untidy, coarse, cross-grained person; a rough field-labourer …1824 Sc.
– HEAVER a person in heaves; specifically, a labourer employed in landing goods at a dockyard …1587
– HEAVY-CLAY an agricultural labourer …1869
– HELP a person employed to give assistance in household or other manual work; in the U.S., a hired labourer or servant, esp. a domestic servant …1645
– HELPER a labourer …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– HEWERS OF WOOD AND DRAWERS OF WATER labourers of the lowest kind; drudges …1382
– HIGH-SHOON-MAN an agricultural labourer …1664
– HIND a servant; esp., in later use, a farm servant, an agricultural labourer …1520
– HINE a servant; esp., in later use, a farm servant, an agricultural labourer …c1230
– HIRED MAN a farmhand, a labourer …1694 Amer. dial.
– HIRE MAN a farmhand, a labourer …1694
– IDIOT-STICK OPERATOR a common labourer …1966 Amer. dial. (idiot-stick = shovel)
– JACK 1. a serving-man or male attendant; a labourer; a man who does odd jobs, etc.; a handyman …1836-7
2. a non-union labourer – a strike-breaker – a member of the Permanent and Casual Waterside Workers’ Union …1940s Aust. rhyming sl. for ‘scab’ (Jack McNab)
– LABBAT an inferior labourer …Bk1895 Eng. dial.
– LABORER, LABOURER one who performs physical labour as a service or for a livelihood; one who does work requiring chiefly bodily strength or aptitude and little skill or training, as distinguished, for example, from an artisan; one who takes pains in any employment; an unskilled worker …c1325
– LABOURESS † a female labourer …1570
– LABOUR-FELLOW † a fellow labourer …1549
– MAN-CATCHER a labour recruiter; an employment agency …1920s US sl.
– MAN-GETTER a labour recruiter; an employment agency …1920s US sl.
– MAN-GRABBER a labour recruiter; an employment agency …1920s US sl.
– MAN-HUNTER a labour recruiter; an employment agency …1920s US sl.
– MAN-SHARK a labour recruiter; an employment agency …1920s US sl.
– MANUALIST † one who works or labours with the hands …1592
– MCALPINE FUSILIER a building labourer, a navvy …1960s US sl.
– MICK a labourer on the roads …1930s sl.
– MIKE a labourer, a hod-carrier, esp. when Irish …M19 sl.
– MONTH-MAN † an agricultural labourer employed at higher than usual wages for one month during harvest …1750 Eng. dial.
– MONTH’S MAN † an agricultural labourer employed at higher than usual wages for one month during harvest …1742
– MOZO a male servant or attendant; a groom; a labourer …1811 chiefly Latin American
– NABBY a navvy; a labourer …Bk1886 Eng. dial.
– NABIGATOR a navvy; a rough labourer …Bk1886 Eng. dial.
– OICKMAN a labourer, a shopkeeper; hence, an objectionable fellow …1925 UK sl.
– PADDY a menial or manual labourer; a bricklayer’s or builder’s labourer …1856
– PAGE † (often depreciative) a youth or man of low status; a commoner; a peasant; a labourer …c1385 obs, exc. Sc.
- PAIKIE a day labourer; one employed in forestry …1911 Sc.
– PEA PICKER a rustic or countrified person; a bumpkin; an unskilled labourer …1927 Amer. dial.
– PYKIE a day labourer; one employed in forestry …1911 Sc.
– ROCK-HOG a labourer engaged in tunnelling through rock
– SPALPEEN a common workman or labourer; a farm worker or harvester; a migratory agricultural labourer …1780 Irish
– SWAMPER a general assistant or labourer; a menial
– TAKER-UP a labourer who gathers up the grass just mown …1848
– TASQUER a day-labourer …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– TIGER a menial labourer …1865 sl.
– WORKER-OUT a field-labourer; a day-labourer …1867 Eng. dial.
– YARD-BOY † a general labourer; a gardener or gardener’s boy …1788 obs. exc. Caribbean
– YARDIE a dockyard labourer …1902 Eng. dial.
– YEARSMAN a labourer hired by the year …1891
labourer – verbs
– MAKE LITTLE SHOES of a labourer: to have no regular employment …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– PACK THE MUSTARD to work as a bricklayer or labourer …1930s US tramp sl.
LABOURING – adjectives
– CARKING † toiling, moiling, labouring …1579 obs. or arch.
– LABOUROUS labouring …1826 Sc.
LABYRINTH – nouns
– WALLS-OF-TROY a labyrinth …1853 Sc.
LACE – nouns
– DRIZ lace …c1810 cant
– LAINER † a lace, strap, thong, lash …c1386
– ST. MARTIN’S LACE fake gold lace …E17 sl.
– TIGLET the metal end of a shoe-lace or boot-lace …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– WHANG a leather thong or lace …1824 Amer. dial.
lace – person
– DRIZ FENCER a seller of lace; a receiver of stolen lace; hence of other material …c1810 cant
– LACE-MAN a man who manufactures or deals in lace …1669
– LACE-WOMAN a woman who works or deals in lace …1609
lace – verbs
– PASSMENT † to adorn with lace, to trim a garment etc. with braid, etc. …1706 Sc.
LACERATE – verbs
– HARROW to tear, to lacerate, to wound physically …1633
– LANIATE * to lacerate; to tear in pieces …1721
– YACKER † to lace or bind tightly so as to constrict; to pull tightly together …1790 Sc.
LACK – nouns
– DEFAILING † deficiency, lack, shortage …1502
– DEFAULT † absence of something wanted; want, lack, scarcity of …a1300 obs. or arch.
– FAULT † deficiency, lack, scarcity, want of; want of food or necessaries …a1300
– INGANG lack, deficiency …Bk1902 Sc.
– INLAKE † a deficiency, lack …1650 Sc.
– MANK † a deficiency, a want, a lack …1718 Sc.
– SCANT scantiness, scarcity, lack …1841 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– WANE † want, lack, shortage, absence of …c888
lack – verbs
– DEFAIL † to be insufficient, to be wanting, to lack …a1400
– FAULT † to stand in need of; to lack, to want; to be deficient in …1377
– INLAKE † to be deficient, to lack …1610 Sc.
– WALTER †* to be without, to lack …1463 Sc.
– WANE † to come short of, to lack …a1300
LACKADAISICAL – adjectives
– QUEETERIN trifling, lackadaisical …1866 Sc.
lackadaisical – nouns
– HARDLY ABLE FEVER the ‘illness’ of feeling lackadaisical …1904 Amer. dial.
LACKEY – person
– DISHCLOTH a lackey; someone or something of little value or importance …1965 Amer. dial.
– DISHRAG a lackey; someone or something of little value or importance …1906 Amer. dial.
– LACKES † lackeys; companions …Bk1852
– LACKET †* a lackey; a footman …1523
– LACKEY, LACQUEY a (liveried) servant; a footman; esp. a running footman; a valet; a menial …1529
– RUNNING DOG a person who is subservient to a foreign power, esp. to one that threatens revolutionary interests; later, generally, a servile follower, a lackey …1925
– YELLOW-PLUSH † a humorous appellation for a footman, esp. one who wears breeches made of yellow plush; also, an underling; a lackey …1841
LACKING – adjectives
– DAY LATE AND A DIME SHORT, A inadequate; overdue and lacking; too little too late …1990s Amer. sl.
– DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT, A inadequate; overdue and lacking; too little too late …1990s Amer. sl.
– DEFICIOUS †* deficient, lacking …1540-1
– LACK † 1. deficient in some quality, lacking in substance, position, breeding, etc.; of poor quality …1790 Sc.
2. lacking money, style, or both …1982 Hawaiian youth sl.
– MINUS lacking, bereft of …19C sl.
– NOT THE FULL QUID lacking …1984 NZ sl.
– ON E lacking, usually but not invariably money …1990s US Black sl.
– SAKELESS lacking, destitute of …1821 Sc.
– WANE † lacking, absent, deficient …c825
lacking – verbs
– FAULT † to be deficient in; to be lacking in …1504
LACKLUSTRE – adjectives
– HARMLESS lacklustre, tedious …1960s Amer. sl.
LACONIC – adjectives
– BREVILOQUENT given to concise speaking; laconic …1865
– PAUCILOQUENT * speaking briefly; using few words in speech or conversation; laconic …1656
LACROSSE – nouns
– LACKS lacrosse …c1950 Brit. schoolgirls’ sl.
– LAX lacrosse …c1950 Brit. schoolgirls’ sl.
lacrosse – person
– LACROSSE-MAN one who plays lacrosse …1882
– LACROSSER one who plays at lacrosse …1884
LADDER – adverbs
– ALAG not sufficiently upright; too horizontal, as in placing a ladder …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
ladder – nouns
– BIG STICK a fireman’s ladder …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– CLIMBS a ladder …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– GANG † a step or rung of a ladder …1688
– GO-UP a ladder …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– JACOB † a ladder …1708 cant
– JACOB’S LADDER a small ladder …1889 Eng. dial.
– LADDER-STAVE the rung or round of a ladder …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– LADE a ladder …1784 Eng. dial.
– LETHER † a ladder …1741
– RAIL the rung of a ladder …1966 Amer. dial.
– RAILING the rung of a ladder …1966 Amer. dial.
– RING the rung of a ladder …1966 Amer. dial.
– RUNDLE † a rung of a ladder …1565 rare or obs.
– SCALE † a ladder; a flight of steps …1705 Sc.
– SKID a fireman’s ladder …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– STICK a ladder …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– TACKLING-LADDER † a rope-ladder …1680
– TINE †* a rung or step of a ladder …a1225
– UP-AND-DOWN a ladder …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
LADEN – adjectives
– LADENED laden …1813 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– ONUST †* laden, loaded, burdened …1604
LADIES’ MAN see LADY’S MAN
LADLE – nouns
– DIP a ladle …1966 Amer. dial.
– LADEN a dipper, a ladle …1936 Amer. dial.
– SCOPE a scoop, a ladle with a long handle; a large, hollow shovel …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
ladle – verbs
– KEACH † to take up water etc. with a shallow vessel; to scoop up, to ladle out …1387 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– LADE to bale out, to empty water by means of a vessel; to ladle …1777 Eng. dial.
– LAVE to pour out with or as with a ladle; to ladle …c1000
– SCOPE to scoop, to ladle …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
LADY – adjectives
– LADIED †* lady-like; soft, gentle …1628
– LADY ladylike, fit for a lady …1810 Sc.
– LADYFIED having the airs of a fine lady …1602
– LADYLY † befitting or characteristic of a lady; ladylike …1300s obs. exc. as a nonce word
– MADAMISH like a ‘fine lady’ …1881 nonce word
lady – adverbs
– LADYLY † in a manner befitting a lady …c1450
lady – nouns
– LADYHEAD †* the condition of a being a lady; rank as a lady…1390
– LADYKIND the lady or female portion of a party; also: a woman …1829
– LADYNESS gentility, ladylikeness …1823 Sc.
lady – person
– BABA – in the East Indies, a lady …Bk1860
– BEBEE – a lady …1843 Anglo-Indian
– BEEBEE a Hindustani name for a lady …1816
– BEEGUM, BEGUM a begum; a queen, princess, or lady of high rank …1634 Anglo-Indian
– BEGGOON a begum; a queen, princess, or lady of high rank …1634 Anglo-Indian
– BEIRD a lady, a damsel …1825 Sc.
– BIBI a lady, esp. in South Asia …1921
– BIERD † a lady …Bk1880
– DAME the wife or daughter of a lord; a woman of rank, a lady …1530 now hist, or poetic
– DEMOISELLE a young lady, a maid, a girl …1520
– GAY † a gay lady; one who is loved, a sweetheart; a noble or beautiful lady; also, of a man: a gallant …c1390
– GENTRY MORT a noble woman, or a gentlewoman; a lady …1567 sl.
– GIG a young lady …1920s Aust. sl.
– HEAVER a woman or young lady …Bk1975 Amer. sl.
– LADY-BAIRN a female child of social rank; one born to be a lady …1863 Sc.
– LADYKIN a little lady; sometimes used as a term of endearment … 1853
– LADYLING * a little lady …1855
– LADY-SITTER a lady who allows herself to be appraised and painted …1887 Brit. painters’ sl.
– LEDDY BODY a ladylike person …1930 Sc.
– MADAM a fine lady; an affected fine lady …1598
– MISSY BABA a young lady …Bk1892 Anglo-Indian sl.
– OLD MARK a lady …1859 criminals’ sl.
– RYE MORT a lady …1936 sl.
– SHICKSTER a woman, a lady, a female …1839 sl.
– YOUNG FROW a young lady, a girl …1589
– YOUNG LADY a lady who is young; a young woman, usually unmarried, or a girl, of superior social position; formerly often used to connote the artificiality, primness, sentimentality, etc. attributed to young ladies …a1393
– YOUNG LADYSHIP a title of respect given to a young lady, esp. one of noble rank; also, a woman who is addressed as ‘your young ladyship’ …1702 chiefly arch.
– YUFFROUW a young lady, a girl …1589
– YUNGFRAU a young lady, a girl …1589
lady – verbs
– MANTLE to ape the fine lady; to go about angrily …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
LADYBIRD – nouns
– BABY-BOT the ladybird …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– BARNABEE the ladybird, Coccinella septempunctata …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– BARNEY BEE the ladybird, Coccinella septempunctata …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– BURNEY BEE the ladybird, Coccinella septempunctata …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– LADY-BEETLE the ladybird Coccinella septempunctata …1766 Eng. & Amer. dial.
– LADY-CLOCK a ladybird …1848
– LADY-COUCH the ladybird Coccinella septempunctata …1790 Eng. dial.
– LADY-COW a ladybird …1606
– LADY-ELLISON the ladybird Coccinella septempunctata …1859 Sc.
– LADY-FLY a ladybird …1714
– LADY-LANDERS the ladybird Coccinella septempunctata …1808 Sc.
– LADY-LOCK the ladybird Coccinella septempunctata …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– LAMB-LADY the ladybird, Coccinella septempunctata …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– MARY-BIRD the ladybird, Coccinella septempunctata, the most common European ladybird …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– QUEEN CHRONICLE the ladybird …1955 Sc.
– RAINY CLOCK the ladybird …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– RAINY CLOCKER the ladybird …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– VIRGIN MARY the ladybird …1966 Sc.
LADY’S MAN – person
– BABE-SLAYER a ladies’ man …Bk2000 Aust. sl.
– BORE a rude or disrespectful man who is fond of being with women and tries to attract their attention …1965 Amer. dial.
– CAKE a lady’s man …1920s Amer. sl.
– CAKE-EATER a lady’s man; a male flirt; a wealthy young man, a playboy …1910s Amer. sl.
– CANDYMAN a dandy; a lady’s man …1913 Amer. dial.
– CASSA a ladies’ man …1940s Aust. sl.
– DAMMARET † a lady’s man; ‘one that spends his whole time in the entertaining or courting of women’ …1635
– DAMOURET † a ladies’ man; one who spends his time in the entertaining or courting of women …a1649
– DAPPER DAN a flashily dressed man; a lady’s man; one who is fond of being with women and tries to attract their attention …1967 Amer. sl.
– DARK GABLE a suave, handsome Black man; a ladies’ man …1959 US sl.
– DINK a lady’s man ,,,E20 US sl.
– FANCY DAN a flashily dressed man; a ladies’ man …1930s Amer. sl.
– FLAMER an enthusiast; a success with the female sex, a lady’s man …L19 sl.
– FUSSER a young man who frequently flirts and socializes with young women; a ladies’ man …1898 college sl.
– GALLANT * one who pays court to ladies, a ladies’ man; also, a lover, in a bad sense, a paramour …a1450
– GAY-CAT an active, jovial, lusty person who enjoys life; a ladies’ man; a dude; one who, with or without the help of narcotics, is never worried or troubled but who takes life as it comes without being concerned or bothered …Bk1975 Amer. sl.
– HEAVY-CAKE a man whose main pastime is pursuing woman; a ladies’ man …c1925 Amer. sl.
– JACK AMONGST THE MAIDENS one who is always after women’s society, and who likes to be made much of by them …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– JACK AMONG THE MAIDS a gallant; a ladies’ man …1785
– JELLY BEAN (sometimes derogatory) a fashionably dressed young man; a ladies’ man, a dude; a dandy; sometimes used as a term of address …1921 Amer. dial.
– LADY-KILLER a man who considers himself to be irresistible to women; a lady’s man …1811 sl.
– LADY-MONGER † a ladies’ man, one who enjoys female company, esp. one who is sexually successful with women …1597
– MACARONI a ladies’ man …M20 US sl.
– MACK a ladies’ man; a man who attracts females; a person who deceives or tries to charm a member of the opposite sex with seductive words; a successful seducer; a playboy …1991 Amer. rap music usage
– MACK DADDY a ladies’ man; a playboy …1991 Amer. rap music usage
– MOLL-BUZZER a ladies’ man …1913 Amer. sl.
– PARLOR-SNAKE, PARLOUR SNAKE a ladies’ man; a seducer or would-be seducer …1920 Amer. sl.
– POODLE-FAKER a man who cultivates female society, esp. for professional advancement …1902 sl., chiefly services’ usage
– PUFF a lady’s man …c1935 RAF
– QUAIL-HUNTER a woman-chaser; a whoremonger …20C US sl.
– SAILOR a ladies’ man, esp. a youth who is or believes he is attractive to the opposite sex; any man who seeks to please or does please women …c1955 Amer. teen sl.
– SWEETBACK a woman’s lover; a lady’s man …1929 US sl.
– SWEETBACK MAN a woman’s lover; a lady’s man …1929 US sl.
– SWEET MAN a woman’s lover; a lady’s man …1942 US sl.
– TEA-HOUND a man who frequents tea parties; a ladies’ man; a womanizer …1915
– TOMMY-BUSTER one who takes women by storm …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– TOPGALLANT a ladies’ man, a philanderer …1701 nonce word
– TOUGH CAT a male who is very successful with women; usually said in reference to a Black male …M20 US sl.
– VILLAGE RAM a local philanderer and ladies’ man …1930s W. Indies sl.
– WALLIE, WALLY † a youth whose hair has a patent-leather lustre; a ladies’ man; a gigolo …c1920 Amer. sl.
– WOMAN-CHASER a ladies’ man; a libertine …Bk1975 Amer. sl.
– WOMAN-KILLER a man who considers himself to be irresistible to women; a lady’s man …E19 sl.
lady’s man – phrases
– WRAPT UP IN THE TAIL OF HIS MOTHER’S SMOCK applied to anyone who is remarkable for his success with the ladies’ …c1780 sl.
LABORATORY – nouns