LEAD – adjectives (includes LEADER)
– ACEPHAL †* having no head or leader or chief …1549
– ACEPHALOUS having or recognizing no governing head or chief …1751
– MANUDUCTIVE † that leads by the hand …1626
– MANUDUCTORY leading by or as by the hand; that leads up to or towards …1694
lead – person (includes LEADER)
– AARON, THE the leader of a gang …Bk1909 thieves’ sl.
– ACEMAN a leader of a street gang …1953 US sl.
– ACEPHALIST †* one who acknowledges no head or superior …1659
– BALDOBER a boss, a leader, a spokesman …1889 UK criminals’ sl.
– BALDOVER a boss, a leader, a spokesman …1889 UK criminals’ sl.
– BALDOWER a boss, a leader, a spokesman …1889 UK criminals’ sl.
– BEGINNER † he who or that which goes or comes first, or takes the lead …c1613
– BELL-COW a leader, a big shot; a person who tries to appear important …1896 Amer. dial.
– BELL-HORSE a title bestowed on anyone in the position of leader of a party, literally or figuratively …Bk1876 Eng. dial.
– BELL SHEEP a leader; a big shot; a person who tries to appear important …1969 Amer. dial.
– BELL-WETHER, BELWEATHER a chief or leader; chiefly contemptuous usage …c1430
– BIG DADDY a high-ranking or important person; a leader; a person of influence and authority …1948 sl., orig. US
– BIG DOG a person of standing, authority, or office; a high-ranking or important person; a recognized leader or chief …1833 US sl.
– BIG ENCHILADA a high-ranking or important person; an influential person; the boss, the leader …1973 US sl.
– BIG FISH a high-ranking or powerful, important person; an influential person; the boss, the leader …1836 sl., orig. US
– BIG FROG IN A SMALL POND an important person in a small place or position; someone who is respected and honoured in a small company, school, or city; a leader in a small group …Bk2004 Amer. colloq.
– BIGGEST TOAD IN THE PUDDLE a leader, a chief, the most important person in the situation; a consequential person in a small town …1848 US sl.
– BIG GUY a boss or leader; a powerful, wealthy, or prominent person; chiefly used with ‘the’ …1921
– BIG MAN a man of high status or importance in a social group, organization, business, etc.; a leader, a boss …1789
– BIG POT a leader, a highly important person in his own particular sphere, a person of consequence …1878 sl.
– BLUE-EYED BOY a man destined for and being groomed for principal leadership or other reward …1924 Amer. sl.
– BOOSHWAY orig. the voyageur in charge of a trading post or expedition; hence, a boss, a leader; an important person …1870 Amer. dial.
– BOSS COCKY a leader or organizer …Bk1945 Aust.
– BUDGEWAY orig. the voyageur in charge of a trading post or expedition; hence, a boss, a leader; an important person …1966 Amer. dial.
– BUGHEWAY orig. the voyageur in charge of a trading post or expedition; hence, a boss, a leader; an important person …1850 Amer. dial.
– BULL GOOSE a leader, a boss …1932 Amer. dial.
– BUSHWA orig. the voyageur in charge of a trading post or expedition; hence, a boss, a leader; an important person …1966 Amer. dial.
– CAPTAIN one who excels; a leader …1917 Amer. dial.
– CAPTAIN TOM the head or leader of a mob; also, the mob itself …Bk1891 sl.
– CHIEFY the person in charge …1942 services’ sl.
– COCK-OF-THE-WALK a leader, a chief …Bk1999
– DADDY a leader …2001 UK sl., orig. prison usage
– DADS a community leader …1990s W. Indies usage
– DUKE † a leader; a leader of an army; a captain or general; a chief, a ruler …c1275
– DUX a leader, a chief; the head pupil in a class or division in a school …a1832
– ELECTO † a leader or commander chosen by mutineers …1609
– FACE a top person, a leader …1960s Brit. sl.
– FADE a leader, a guide; applied to the chief or director in games, sports, etc. …1887 Sc.
– FAID † a leader, a guide; applied to the chief or director in games, sports, etc. …1887 Sc.
– FAIR-HAIRED BOY a man destined for and being groomed for principal leadership or other reward…1918 Amer. sl.
– GEE, THE the most important person in a given environment; the leader …1964 US sl.
– GENERAL a commander, a leader; a ruler …1582
– GENTLEMAN OF LEAD one who has a recognized leading position …1842
– GURU a leader, expert, or authority in some field, esp. a charismatic or spiritual figure who attracts a devoted following …1960s Amer. sl.
– GUV the person in charge …1890 Brit. sl.
– HARD-ON a severe and intolerant person, esp. a martinet leader or superior …1980s US sl.
– HEAD a person to whom others are subordinate; a chief, a captain, a commander, a ruler, a leader, a principal person …c897
– HEAD CHEESE the person in charge …1914 US sl.
– HEAD COCK the person in charge; the boss; the ringleader …1972 US sl.
– HEAD DEVIL a person in charge; a boss; a ringleader …1844 US sl.
– HEADER † a person who is the head, chief, captain, or ruler of a group of people; a leader …1660
– HEAD GEE, THE the most important person in a given environment; the leader …1912 Aust. sl.
– HEADLING †* a chieftain, a leader …c1300
– HEADMAN a chief man, chief, leader …c1000
– HEAD MOGUL the leader or instigator for action in a community; sometimes used in a derogatory manner for someone who is rich …1950 Amer. dial.
– HEAD MOTHERFUCKER IN CHARGE the leader of an enterprise …2002 US sl.
– HEAD-MUCK one who takes the chief part in anything; a leader, a person of consequence, a master …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– HEAD NIGGER IN CHARGE a sarcastic reference to any Black authority figure; the leader of an enterprise …1973 US Black sl.
– HEAD PUSH the person in charge …1913 US sl.
– HEAD-SHA-RAG one who takes the chief part in anything; a leader, a person of consequence, a master …1893 Eng. dial.
– HEAD-SIR-RAG one who takes the chief part in anything; a leader, a person of consequence, a master …1893 Eng. dial.
– HEADSMAN * a chief, leader, head man …a1400
– HEAD SQUEEZE a boss or foreman; an important person; the leader of a gang; the head of any organization …1966 Amer. dial.
– HEAD WOMAN the female head or most senior woman of a tribe, village, clan, etc. …1791
– HEAVYWEIGHT an important person; a successful person; a leader …1879 US colloq.
– HEN OF THE WALK a stalwart working-class woman; a woman of parts, a leader …1899 UK sl.
– HERE † a lord. a chief, a leader …a1000 Sc.
– HIGH-MUCK-A-MUCK chief officer, boss, manager, leader …1856 Amer. sl.
– HIGH-UP a high-ranking, influential, or important person; the boss, the leader; a person in authority …1882 colloq.
– HIS NIBS the leader of the band …1937 US sl.
– H.M.I.C. the dominant figure in a given situation or institution; the leader of an enterprise (Head Motherfucker In Charge) …1990 US sl.
– HONCHO a leader, esp. an assertive leader; a chief …1945 sl., orig. & chiefly US
– KING-FISH the person in charge …1933 US sl.
– LATTEW † a leader …c825
– LEADERESS a female leader …1599
– MAIN CHEESE the person in charge …1902 sl.
– MAIN GUY, THE a man of importance, prominence, or authority; the boss; the leader …1882 Amer. sl.
– MAIN SQUEEZE, THE the person in charge …1896 US sl.
– MAN OF LEAD one who has a recognized leading position …1793
– MARSHAL † a commander, a general, a leader …a1300
– MASTER † one having direction or control over the action of others; a director, a leader, a chief, a commander; a ruler, a governor …c1000
– MASTER-MAN † a chief, a leader …a1300 chiefly obs.
– MOB-MASTER one who controls a mob; the leader of a mob …a1734
– MOSES a person resembling the Hebrew prophet Moses, esp. as lawgiver or leader …1528
– MOTOR † the initiator of something; esp. the instigator of a plot, or leader of a political organization, etc. …1600
– MR. BIG the person in charge …1940 sl.
– MR. BOSS HOSS a leader; slightly mocking usage …1980s US sl.
– NUMBER UNO the leader or most important person in any situation …Aust. sl.
– POINT MAN a person who plays a crucial, often hazardous role in the forefront of an enterprise; a person designated to take the lead in a project or task …Amer. sl.
– POINT PERSON a person who plays a crucial, often hazardous role in the forefront of an enterprise; a person designated to take the lead in a project or task …Amer. sl.
– QUINCURION †* a leader of five men …1632
– RAMROD a manager or leader, usually a tough person or harsh disciplinarian …1880 Amer. dial.
– RINGTAIL LEADER the leader of the leaders; a ring-leader …1912 Amer. dial.
– ROD a manager or leader, usually a tough person or harsh disciplinarian …L19 sl.
– SKIP a skipper (a captain, leader, etc.) …1830 UK
– SKULL a leader or chief; an expert …1880 US & Aust. sl.
– TONGUE OF THE TRUMP the most important person or thing; the principal person in any undertaking; the leader; that which is essential to the success of anything …1820 Sc.
– TOP BANANA the leader, boss …1974 sl. chiefly US
– TOP DOG the leader or chief of a group; the winner, leader, or dominant person …1900 sl.
– TOP SAWYER the leader in any profession, job, or occupation; a superior; a person of importance; the best person …1826 sl.
– TRUMP the person in charge …1925 Aust. & NZ sl.
– UNCROWNED KING an unofficial but recognized leader in a particular field …Bk1996 Aust. sl.
– WHITE-HAIRED BOY a man destined for and being groomed for principal leadership or other reward …1923 Amer. sl.
lead – verbs
– ACE to be in charge of; to lead …1953 Amer. sl.
– BEACON to give light and guidance to; to lead …1835
– BEAR THE LANTERN † to show the way as a leader …a1483
– BEGIN THE DANCE to take the lead in any course of action …1579
– BELEAD † to conduct, to lead, to use …c1275
– CARRY to lead or be in charge of something …Bk 1913 Amer. sl.
– CRUISE to take someone, to lead someone …1946 US sl.
– DADE to lead; to hold up a child beginning to walk; to support; to walk arm in arm …1874 Eng. dial.
– DEDUCE † to lead, to bring …1545
– FURE † to lead, to conduct …c1540
– GUY † to conduct or lead on the way; to guide; to direct the course of a vehicle, an instrument, etc. …1362
– HAVE to take, to bear, to carry; to lead …1792 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– HONCHO to organize, supervise, or be the leader of …1945 sl.
– LEAD THE DANCE to take the lead in any course of action …c1325
– LEAD THE RING † to take the lead; to be foremost or first …a1450
– LERE † to show the way, to lead, to guide …c1320
– LET THE BEST DOG LEAP OVER THE STILE FIRST to allow the best qualified or most suitable person to take the lead …18C sl.
– MANUDUCE † to lead, to guide, to direct …1657
– MANUDUCT †* to lead or guide by the hand …1641
– RIDE THE FORE-HORSE to take the lead; to have the upper hand …1824 Sc.
– RULE to be the leader of a group …1960s Amer. sl.
– RULE THE RING † to take the lead; to be foremost or first …a1529
– RULE THE ROAST to lead, to domineer …c1380 sl.
– TOLE to lead or bring along; to induce; to decoy …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– TRAIL to entice or lead …a1717
– USH † to escort, to attend; to lead, to guide …1823 Sc.
LEAD (element) – adjectives
– SATURNINE pert. to lead …1669
lead (element) – nouns
– BLUEY lead …M19 UK criminals’ sl.
– BLUEY-CRACKING stealing lead from the roofs of buildings …M19 sl.
lead (element) – person
– BLUEY-HUNTER a thief who specializes in stealing lead from the roofs of houses and other buildings …M19 sl.
LEAD AWAY – verbs
– ABDUCE to lead or draw away by act or persuasion; to abduct …1537 arch.
LEADERSHIP – nouns
– HEADHOOD †* the position or office of head, chief, principal, or supreme governor; chiefship, leadership; the first place or position; supremacy, primacy …c1449
– HEADSHIP the position or office of head, chief, principal, or supreme governor; chiefship, leadership; the first place or position; supremacy, primacy …1582
LEADING – adjectives
– CAPTAIN † chief, principal, leading …1566
– MANUDUCTORY leading by or as by the hand; that leads up to or towards …1694
leading – nouns
– BELL-WETHERING the fact of leading and being led ‘like sheep’ …1882
– LEAD †* leading, direction, guidance …a1300
– LEADANCE †* the act of leading; guidance …1682
– MANUDUCTION the act of leading, guiding, or introducing; guidance, introduction, direction …1502
leading – person
– MACGREGOR, THE the leading man, the chief personage …1929 Sc.
LEAF – adjectives
– BEETHY of fallen leaves: withered, decayed …1804 Eng. dial.
– FATTY † of a leaf: full of sap, juicy …1601
– LYARD, LYART † of the colour of withered leaves …a1786
– QUATREFOIL †* having four leaves …c1420
leaf – nouns
– BALK a pile of leaves; brush piled up around a tree or bush …1940 Amer. dial.
– EFFOLIATION †* removal of leaves …1671
– GEM † a bud, esp. a leaf-bud …1382
– HAIR the rays or ‘tresses’ of the sun; the tail of a comet; the ‘leafy locks’ of a tree, etc. …1594
– LEAFLET a small leaf; a young leaf …1787
– QUATREFOIL †* a set of four leaves …c1420
– RAIN-ROT the circle of rotted dead leaves round the foot of a tree …1902 Sc.
– SCROG the refuse of wood; broken boughs, leaves, etc. …1886 Eng. dial.
– SINEW †* a rib in a leaf …1551
leaf – verbs
– EFFOLIATE †* to open into leaf …1671
– LANCE † of leaves, fire: to spring forth, to shoot up …a1300
– WAG † of leaves, reeds, etc.: to waver, to shake …1398
– WALK † of leaves: to come out …a1400
LEAGUE – adjectives
– FEDERATIVE † pert. to the formation of covenant, league, or alliance …1690
– FEDERATORY †* pert. to the formation of covenant, league, or alliance …1692
league – nouns
– BANDYING † confederation; league …1689
league – person
– LEAGUEIST * a member of a league …1762
league – verbs
– BANDY † to band together, to league, to confederate …1597
LEAGUED – adjectives
– FEDERED †* allied or leagued together …1382
LEAK, LEAKAGE – nouns
– BLACK-MAMMY a tar-like substance used to repair small leaks in a boat …1968 Amer. dial.
– SIPAGE leakage or oozing of water …1825 Sc. & US
leak, leakage – verbs
– EESK, ESK to leak …1866 Sc.
LEAKINESS – nouns
– LEAKNESS † leakiness …1508
LEAKY – nouns
– BASKET a leaky vessel …1903 Amer. dial.
LEAN (thin) – adjectives
– ALL PRICK AND RIBS LIKE A DROVER’S DOG lean and eager …1960s Aust. sl.
– ALL PRICK AND RIBS LIKE A SHEARER’S DOG lean and eager …1960s Aust. sl.
– ALL PRICK AND RIBS LIKE SWAGGIE’S DOG lean and eager …1960s Aust. sl.
– CABROCH lean, rapacious …1768 Sc.
– CARRION-LEAN † lean as a wasting corpse or skeleton …1542
– EKEN lean, thin, meagre …1908 Sc.
– GANTY-GUTTED gaunt, lean, and lanky …Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– GRACILENT † slender, thin, lean …1727
– GRACILIOUS †* slender, thin, lean …1688
– HAGGARD † half-starved; gaunt, lean …1630
– HAGGED † lean, gaunt; haggard; worn-out, tired …1694 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– HERRING-GUTTED having a narrow, thin body like a herring; lanky, thin, lean, bony …1726
– ILL-FAVOURED lean, ill-fed, not thriving …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– ILL-THRODDEN lean, ill-fed, not thriving …1898 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– ILL-VUXEN lean, looking as if badly fed …1914 Sc.
– LANNOCKING slender, lean …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– LARBAR † lean, thin; exhausted, worn out …1486 obs., chiefly Sc.
– LEAN AS A RAKE very lean, thin …c1386
– LEANISH * somewhat lean …1647
– LEAN-KINDED † belonging to the lean kind …1601
– LEANY † lean, thin, scrawny …a1400
– LENNOCKING slender, lean …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– LENTEN-FACED lean and dismal of countenance …1604
– MACILENT * thin, lean, lank, emaciated; shrivelled; having little flesh …1535
– MAGER very lean, scraggy, emaciated …1866 Sc.
– MAUGER lean, thin, peaked, sickly, weak in appearance …1890 Amer. dial.
– NAEL lean …M19 back-slang
– NALE lean …M19 back-slang
– NEEL lean …Bk1902 back-slang
– PERGRACIL †* lean, slender …1623
– POOR AS AN AIKAMY very lean …1929 Sc.
– RAKE-LEAN † lean as a rake …1593
– RAW-BONE † raw-boned; very lean or gaunt …1593
– RHINY thin; lean; hungry-looking …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– SCARE of a person: lean and scraggy …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– SCRAE spare, meagre, lean …1846 Sc.
– SCRANK lank, lean, ill-formed, slender …1846 Sc.
– SCRANKY lean, lank, thin, scraggy; withered, wrinkled …1856 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– SCRANNEL lean, thin; poor, worthless …1857 Eng. dial.
– SCREEBIT poor, lean, fleshless …Bk1904 Sc.
– SCREEBIT-LOOKING poor, lean, fleshless …Bk1904 Sc.
– SKELETONIAN * resembling a skeleton; lean, thin …1801
– SKRAE spare, meagre, lean …1846 Sc. 1904
– SKRANK lank, lean, ill-formed, slender …1846 Sc.
– SKRANKY lean, lank, thin, scraggy; withered, wrinkled …1856 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– SQUINNY very thin, lean, or slender; narrow …1784
– THIN AS A RAKE very thin, lean …1823
lean (thin) – nouns (includes LEANNESS)
– BARENESS † leanness …1552
– MACIATION † a making lean …1727
– MACILENCE * thinness, leanness …1852
– MACILENCY * thinness, leanness …1632
– MACRITUDE † leanness …1623
– MARCIDITY †* a wasted or withered condition; leanness, the want of flesh; rottenness …1658
lean (thin) – person
– BALD-RIB a lean bony person …1621
– BARE-BONE a lean, skinny person …1596
– BARE-BONES a lean person; a walking skeleton; also, a term of contempt …1868 sl.
– GANGERELL a tall, lanky, loose-jointed person; a gaunt, lean, long-limbed person …1585 arch. & Eng. dial.
– GANGREL * a lanky, loose-jointed, ungainly person; a gaunt, lean, long-limbed person …1582 rare exc. N. Eng. dial.
– GANGRIL(L) a tall, lanky, ungainly person; a gaunt, lean, long-limbed person …1585 arch. & Eng. dial.
– HECKABIRNEY, HECKABIRNIE a lean, feeble creature …1825 Sc.
– JABB a big, lean, uncomely person …Bk1866 Sc.
– KAIBREL † a lean, stupid fellow …1838 Sc.
– LANK a lanky or lean person …1881
– LARBAR † a lean, withered, or worn out person …1486 chiefly Sc.
– NIZZER a lean, hard-faced person …1866 Sc.
– QUEER DUKE a lean, half-starved person …L17 UK criminals’ sl.
– RAG a term of contempt for a very lean and thin person …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– RAKE a very thin or lean person …1582
– RAW-BONE † a very lean or gaunt person; a mere skeleton …1638
– REEPAN † a very lean person or animal; a low wretch …1824 Sc.
– RIBE a thin, lean person or animal; an animal in poor condition …1820 Sc.
– RICKLE a very lean person or animal, a skeleton …1824 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– RICKLE OF BONES a very lean person or animal, a skeleton …1824 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– SCADDIN a lean emaciated person or animal …1866 Sc.
– SCRAMMEL a lean, gaunt, ill-favoured person or animal …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– SCRANK a lean, slender person …Bk1904 Sc.
– SCRATCHIN a shrivelled, lean person …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– SCREIGH a lean person with a shrill voice, and generally of short stature …Bk1904 Sc.
– SKELETON a very thin, lean, or emaciated person or animal …1629
– SKELETONESS a very thin, lean, or emaciated woman …1840 nonce word
– SKIN AND BONES a very lean person ..1888
– TANKER a big, lean, ugly person, animal, or thing …1866 Sc.
– THIN-GUT † one who has a thin belly; a lean, starved-looking person, a starveling …1602
– WARBLE a lean, scraggy person …Bk1825 Sc.
lean (thin) – verbs
– FALL † to shrink; of an animal or a limb: to become lean …1599
– FALL OUT OF FLESH † to shrink; of an animal or a limb: to become lean …1530
– LANK to make lean or emaciated …1804 Sc.
– LANKEN † to grow lean and lanky …Bk1874
– LEAN † to become lean; to make lean …c897
– LENSE † to make thin or lean; to become thin or lean …a1000
– WANZE † to diminish, to waste; later, to render lean …a1121
LEAN (support) – nouns
– LEAN † something to lean on, a support …1610
LEAN (incline) – verbs
– BINK to bend down; to lean forward awkwardly; to curtsy …Bk1911 Sc.
– DECLINE † to incline or lean to …1541
– HEALD to bend downwards or to one side; to lean, to incline, to slope …1703 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– HEEL to fall; to lean or incline …1836 Amer. dial.
– KECK to stand awry; to twist to one side; to lean; to drop from an upright position …1790 Eng. dial.
– KEEK to tilt; to lean backward …1951 Sc.
– LENT † to lean …1658
– LOP to lean, as if drunk …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– TEEL to set up on end; to prop or lean up against a wall, etc. …1893 Eng. dial.
– TO-HIELD † to cause to incline, to lean, to bend, to fall over ; to push or pull down …c1205
– TOPE † to tilt over, to cause to slope or lean to one side; to overturn, to turn upside down …1684 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– WALT † to be thrown down, to fall over, to be upset or overturned; to totter; to lean to one side …c1400
LEANING – adjectives
– ALL TO THE ONE SIDE, LIKE THE HANDLE OF A JUG leaning to one side, having an inclination to one side …1892 Eng. dial.
– CATTY-KER-WAMPUS leaning, out of line, askew, awry …1959 Amer. dial.
– HEALDING sloping, leaning, tilting …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– HILDING sloping, leaning, tilting …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– LAB-SIDED leaning to one side, lopsided …1883 Sc.
– SIDELING of a structure: leaning, lopsided …1874 Amer. dial.
– TEELING sloping, leaning, slanting …B1900 Eng. dial.
LEAN-TO – nouns
– CALLIS † a lean-to, a shed, mostly used as a vegetable cellar …1854 Eng. dial.
– KIPSIE, KIPSY a lean-to, a shelter; a dugout …1919 Aust.
- LEAN-OFF a lean-to …1950 Amer. dial.
– SALT-PIE a building with a sloping roof on one side only; a lean-to …1880 Eng. dial.
– SKILLING a shed or outhouse, esp. a lean-to …1389
– SKILLION a lean-to, serving as a shed or as a small room …1864 Aust.
– TO-FALL a supplementary building with its roof sloping up to and leaning on the wall of a main building; a lean-to; a shed …c1425 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– WALSH † a lean-to building not having a pitched roof …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
LEAP – adjectives
– SUBSULTIVE * making or moving by sudden leaps, bounds, or starts …1750
– SUBSULTORIOUS making or moving by sudden leaps, bounds, or starts …1898
– SUBSULTORY making or moving by sudden leaps, bounds, or starts …1638
leap – nouns
– BEND † a spring, a leap, a bound …1513 Sc.
– CAPRIOLE a leap or caper, as in dancing …1594
– FLIER, FLYER a long flying leap; a bound …colloq.
– FLY a flying leap …1899
– LANCE † a leap, bound, dash …1375
– LENCH † a leap, a spring …1606 Sc.
– SALTATION leaping, bounding, or jumping; a leap …1646
– SAULT † a leap, a jump; esp. of horses …a1350
– SPANG a bound, leap, or spring …1817 Eng. dial.
– STEND a leap, spring, or bound …a1500 Sc.
– VAIGE an impetus; a rush; a short run before taking a leap …1842 Eng. dial.
– VAPOUR a caper; a leap …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– VAYGE an impetus; a rush; a short run before taking a leap …1842 Eng. dial.
– VEASE † a rush, impetus; a run before a leap …c1386 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– VEGE an impetus; a rush; a short run before taking a leap …1842 Eng. dial.
leap – person
– VAULTER one who vaults, jumps, or leaps …1565
leap – verbs
– BEND † to spring, to leap, to bound …c1530 Sc.
– BIRD-WORK to leap, to hop, to progress by a series of high jumps …1923 Amer. dial.
– BOUT to bolt, to spring, to leap; to rise quickly from beneath a surface …Bk1911 Sc.
– CADARUP to leap about; to cavort …1911 Amer. dial.
– CAPRIOLE to leap, to skip, to caper; also said of horses and their riders …1580
– EXULT † to spring or leap up; to leap for joy …1570
– HALLELUJAH to leap or move violently about …1961 Amer. dial.
– LAKE † to exert oneself, to move quickly, to leap, to spring; hence, to fight …a1000
– LANCE to spring forward; to leap, to bound …1802 Sc.
– LAUNCH † to leap, to jump, to vault …c1400
– SALLY †* to leap, to bound, to dance …c1440
– SALTATE † to leap; to jump; to skip; to dance …1623
– SAULT †* to leap, to dance …1377
– SAUTE †* to leap, to dance …1377
– SCOUP to run, to move hastily; to scamper; to leap, to skip …1721 Sc.
– SKIT to shy or be skittish; to move lightly and rapidly; to caper, to leap, to spring …1611
– STEND to bound, to leap, to spring up …1567 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– SUBSULT †* to leap, to hop, to jump about …1656
– TAKE A RAISE to run a little backward for the better advantage of leaping forward …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– TAKE OFF to leap from a mark …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– TRIPUDIATE to dance, skip, or leap for joy or with excitement; to exult …1623
LEAPFROG – nouns
– BULLFROG the game of leapfrog …1981 Amer. dial.
– INCHY-PINCHY the boys’ game of progressive leapfrog: A makes a back, B pitches and makes a back, C pitches over A and B makes a back; A then rises and pitches over B and C, etc.; the form is ‘Inchy-pinchy, last lie down.’; the player who first cries this is entitled to wait until all the players are ‘down,’ before he leaps …1893 Eng. dial.
– LANKISTER-LOUP the game of leapfrog …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– ONE-AND-OVER leapfrog …1966 Amer. dial.
– SKIP-FROG † the game of leapfrog …1727
leapfrog – verbs
– VANT to vault, as in the game of leap-frog …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
LEAPING – adjectives
– BEVISING leaping, jumping …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– LAUNCHANT † darting, leaping …c1400
– SALIENT leaping, jumping …1646
– SALTANT † leaping, jumping, dancing …1601 now rare or obs.
– SALTATORIAL characterized by leaping or dancing …1789
– SALTATORIOUS characterized by leaping or dancing …1816
– SALTITANT †* leaping or springing …1654
leaping – nouns
– EXULTATION † the act of leaping or springing up …1599
– RUN-AN’-GO a run before leaping …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– SALIENCE * the quality of leaping or springing up …1836
– SALIENCY † leaping or jumping …1664
– SALITION † a leaping …a1682
– SALTATION leaping, bounding, jumping; a leap …1646
– SALTATIVENESS the faculty of leaping or jumping …1829 nonce word
– SALTION †* a leaping …1533
– SALTURE † a leaping or dancing …1655
LEAP UPON – verbs
– LOPE to leap upon …Bk1902 Amer. dial.
LEAP YEAR – nouns
– LEAP-MONTH † February of leap year …1566
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