MEADOW – nouns
– DAGO a low-lying meadow; a kind of grassy marsh …1955 Amer. dial.
– FEAROW a meadow …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– HAM a plot of pasture ground; in some places esp. meadow-land …1901-9 Eng.
– HAY FARM a meadow …1983 Amer. dial.
– ING a meadow, pasture, esp. low-lying land by the side of a stream or river, etc. …1788 Eng. dial.
– LAND-MEAD † a tract of meadow land …1577-87
– LEASE † pasture; pasturage; meadow-land …a1000 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– LEASOW † pasture; pasturage; meadow-land …c950 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– LESE † meadow, pasture …Bk1867
– LEZZOW a meadow …Bk1891 Eng. dial.
– LOANING a meadow, a pasture …Bk1888 Sc.
– MEAD a meadow, a field …1789 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– MEAD-LANDS meadow-land …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– PRAYELL † a little meadow …c1335
– PRAYERE † a meadow …c1335
– REACH a stretch of meadow land …B1900 Eng. dial.
– SHAAD a meadow …1806 Eng. dial.
– SIKE †* a stretch of meadow; a field …1479
– SYKE †* a stretch of meadow; a field …1479
– VEGA a grassy plain, a meadow …1850 Amer. dial.
MEAGRE – adjectives
– ARM-GAUNT † slender as the arm; lean; meagre …a1616
– BALD bare or destitute of meaning or force; lacking in vividness of description; meagre, trivial, paltry …1362
– CARRION-LEAN † meagre, very deficient …1581
– CHINTZY meagre, scanty, insufficient …1967 Amer. dial.
– EKEN lean, thin, meagre …1908 Sc.
– FAT AS A HEN’S FOREHEAD, AS thin; small; meagre …1939 Amer. dial.
– HALF-FACED thin-faced; hence, meagre; thin; imperfect …1592
– LENTEN † such as is appropriate to Lent; hence of provisions, diet, etc.: such as may be used in Lent, meagre; of clothing, expression of countenance, etc.: mournful-looking, dismal …1577-87
– MEAGRY †* having a meagre appearance …1603
– PEELIE meagre, thin …Bk1845 Sc.
– SCRAE spare, meagre, lean …1846 Sc.
– SCRANNY thin, meagre, scraggy; withered, wrinkled …1878 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– SCRANNY-LOOKING thin, meagre, scraggy; withered, wrinkled …1878 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– SCRIMY meagre, skimpy …1943 Amer. dial.
– SILLY † scanty, sorry, meagre, poor …1593
– SKIMP scanty; meagre …1775
– SKIMPY scanty, meagre; stinted or stunted in some respect …1847
– SKRAE spare, meagre, lean …1846 Sc.
– THURDLED meagre …1892 Eng. dial.
meagre – phrases
– LIKE AN OWL IN AN IVY BUSH simile for a meagre or weasel-faced man with very bushy hair …1738
MEAGRELY – adverbs
– JEJUNELY meagrely, insipidly …1615
MEAGRENESS – nouns
– EGESTUOSITY †* meagreness, poverty …1656
– JEJUNENESS deficiency of physical substance; thinness, meagreness, attenuation …1626
– JEJUNENESS emptiness of interest or intellectually satisfying quality; baldness, meagreness, poverty …1655
– JEJUNITY emptiness of interest or intellectually satisfying quality; baldness, meagreness, poverty …1623
– PARCITY † scantiness, meagreness, smallness …1509
MEAL – adjectives
– CENATICAL * pertaining to dinner or supper …1725
– CENATORY †* pertaining to dinner or supper …1650
– LARGE * of a meal: heavy, abundant …1748
– MEAT-RIFE ready for meals …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– NERVOUS of a dessert or salad: having a jelly-like consistency …1936 Amer. dial. jocular
– PICKED-UP of a meal: consisting of leftovers …1771 Amer. dial.
– PICK-UP of a meal: consisting of leftovers …1848 Amer. dial.
– SLAP-UP of a meal: excellent, generously provisioned, superior …1889 UK sl.
meal – adverbs
– AL DESKO of a meal: consumed at your desk at work …1981 US sl.
meal – nouns
– ABA-DABA dessert …1961 Amer. sl.
– ABDABS ‘afters’; the second course, if any …WWII sl.
– AFTERS the course of a meal that comes after the main course …1909 Brit. sl.
– AFTERSUPPER dessert …1972 Amer. dial.
– ANDERS-MEAT luncheon …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– BACK-UP a second helping of food …20C Aust. sl.
– BAGGING food eaten between regular meals; an afternoon meal …1750 Eng. dial.
– BAIT 1. food, refreshment; a feed for horses, or slight repast for travellers, upon a journey; light refreshment taken between meals …1570
2. † a hasty meal like a traveller’s; a snack …1662
– BAIT-TIME the time for taking food …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– BAKE a meal or food usually prepared by baking …1939 Amer. dial.
– BANQUET 1. † a slight repast between meals …1509
2. † a course of sweetmeats, fruit, and wine, served either as a separate entertainment, or as a continuation of the principal meal; in the latter case usually in a different room; a dessert …1523
3. † a sweetmeat; a dainty dish; collectively, sweetmeats, dessert …1534
– BAVER slight refreshment taken between meals either at 11 a.m. or 4 p.m.; occasionally applied also to a regular meal …1691 Eng. dial.
– BEANFEAST n. a festive meal or other entertainment; in modern use, usually with the implication of indulgence at others’ expense …1897 Brit. sl.
– BEANO a festive entertainment frequently terminating in a noisy frolic or spree; a large meal …1888 sl.
– BEAN TIME dinnertime …Bk2006 US sl.
– BEVER a small repast between meals; a snack, nuncheon, or lunch, esp. one in the afternoon between midday dinner and supper …1500 chiefly Eng. dial.
– BEVERAGE a small repast between meals; a snack, nuncheon, or lunch, esp. one in the afternoon between midday dinner and supper …1577
– BEAVER slight refreshment taken between meals either at 11 a.m. or 4 p.m.; occasionally applied also to a regular meal …1691 Eng. dial.
– BIGGIN † an afternoon meal …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– BITE a small meal or snack …1899 sl.
– BLAW-OUT a good meal; a great display or feast …Bk1911 Sc.
– BLOW-OUT a feast, entertainment; a large meal …1821 sl.
– BREAD AND SKIP a scanty meal …1976 Amer. dial.
– BREAD AND WITH IT a meal of more than just bread …1942 Amer. dial.
– BRING-AND-SHARE a potluck dinner …1970 Amer. dial.
– BURNT OFFERING burned food; a badly cooked meal …Bk1990 Amer. sl.
– BURST a large meal; a big feed, a ‘blow-out’ …1881 colloq.
– CAFFRE’S LIGHTENER a full meal …c1860 S. Afr. sl.
– CAKE a meal provided as compensation in addition to wages …1973 US sl.
– CAKES a performer’s daily meals …1906 US theatre sl.
– CARRY-IN a potluck meal …1965 Amer. dial.
– CENATION † meal-taking; dining, supping …1599
– CHANGE dessert …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– CHECK a snack or light meal …1775 Amer. dial.
– CHOW food; a meal …US Civil War usage
– CHUCK a meal; ‘grub’ …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– DAB a slight meal, a snack …Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– DEADENER an enormous meal eaten after having been deprived of food for some time …1927 Amer. dial.
– DIENEN a meal, dinner; sufficient for a meal …Bk1900 Sc.
– DIET-TIME meal-time …1787 Sc.
– DIN-DIN dinner; a meal …1905 UK children’s vocabulary
– DIN-DINS dinner; a meal …1920 UK children’s vocabulary
– DISJUNE the first meal of the day, breakfast …1491 chiefly Sc. arch.
– DUCK’S DINNER a drink of water, but no food to accompany it …Bk1999 Aust. sl.
– EAT † the act of eating; a meal …c1000
– EATING an act of taking food; a meal; also, a way or manner of feeding …1483 arch.
– EATS food, a meal …1782 UK
– EAT-UP a meal …1910s Aust. sl.
– E’ENSHANKS † an afternoon or early evening meal …1824 Sc.
– ELEVENSES light refreshment taken at about 11 am …1887 sl.
– FEAST-BED † a couch for reclining at meals, a triclinium …a1661
– FEAST IN THE WILDERNESS a box-lunch supper …1950 Amer. dial.
– FEED a meal; a sumptuous meal; a feast; a full meal …1808
– FEED BAG a meal …1929 Amer. dial.
– FEEDING a meal, esp. an abundant or elaborate one …1966 Amer. dial.
– GASH a second helping of food …1943 Aust. sl.
– GORGE a large amount of food, a surfeit; a heavy meal …1894 Amer. dial.
– GREASE a meal, dinner …1975 Amer. college sl.
– GRUB a meal, a feed …c1855 sl.
– GRUBBINS food, provisions; a meal …1847 Amer. sl.
– GRUB-PILE a meal …1871 Amer. West sl.
– GRUNT a meal, dinner …1972 US Black sl.
– GUT SAUSAGE a poor man’s meal; cornmeal suet and in an intestine …1958 Can. sl.
– GUZZLE the eating of a meal …M19 sl.
– HASH-UP a hastily cooked meal …1902 sl.
– HOT a hot meal …1926 US sl.
– INSIDE-LINING food; a dinner …1851 Eng. dial.
– JIMMY SKINNER a dinner …Bk1896 rhyming sl.
– KAFFIR’S TIGHTENER a large, heavy meal …M19 S. Afr. sl.
– KAIL a main meal, dinner …1807 Sc.
– KENTUCKY BREAKFAST a ‘meal’ which includes or consists of liquor, usually bourbon; ‘a three-pound steak, a bottle of whisky, and a dog – the dog is to eat the beefsteak’ …1882 Amer. dial.
– LILLEY AND SKINNER dinner …1920s rhyming sl.
– LIQUID LUNCH a midday meal at which more alcoholic drink than food is consumed …1963 sl.
– LOBLOLLY food in general, esp. an unappetizing meal …1916 Amer. dial.
– MANGE † a meal …a1605
– MANGER † a sumptuous meal; a banquet …c1420
– MEALERY a place that provides meals to those living elsewhere …1880 Amer. dial.
– MEAL-OF-MEAT food enough for one meal; the food taken at a meal; a meal …1898 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– MEAL OF VICTUALS a meal; food enough for a meal …1895 Amer. dial.
– MEAL’S MEAT food enough for one meal; the food taken at a meal; a meal …1880 Eng. dial.
– MEAL’S VICTUALS food enough for one meal; the food taken at a meal; a meal …1830 Eng. & Amer. dial.
– MEAL’S VITTLES a meal; food enough for a meal …1878 Amer. dial.
– MEALTIDE † meal-time; the hour for a meal; the customary time of taking food; also, a meal, food …c1200 obs. exc. Sc.
– MEAT food in general, victuals, board; a meal …1802 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– MELTITH a meal …1768 Sc.
– MENTITH a meal; a dish …1897 Sc.
– MESS 1. a dish of food; a quantity of food sufficient for a dish or a meal …1697 Eng. & Amer. dial.
2. a meal, a dinner; an allowance of food …1813 Sc.
– MICHAEL WINNER dinner …1990s rhyming sl.
– MIDRATS a meal served between midnight and one am; ‘midnight rations’ …1973 US sl.
– MINNING-ON a temporary meal or snack; a forenoon luncheon …1790 Eng. dial.
– MUG-UP a snack; a meal, a drink …1933 sl., chiefly Can. & nautical
– MUNCHIE a snack or small meal; food …1959 sl., orig. US
– MUNCH-OUT a large meal …1970s US college sl.
– MUNCHY a snack or small meal …1950s sl., orig. US
– MUNGA tucker, food, a meal …1907 Aust. & NZ sl., orig. services’ usage
– MUSGO a meal of leftovers …1978 Amer. dial.
– NACKET a snack or lunch, a slight repast; a piece of bread eaten at noon …1789 Sc.
– NAMMET a luncheon; esp. one eaten in the field by farm-labourers either in the middle of the morning or of the afternoon; a plain meal without meat; food generally …1790 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– ‘NER dinner …1969 US sl.
– NIGGER-IN-A-BLANKET (derogatory) a dessert usually made of raisins in dough …1944 Amer. West. sl.
– NOSE-BAG a meal, as dinner …Bk1974 Amer. sl.
– NOSH food, a meal; orig. food which may nibbled as a snack or delicacy …1873 colloq.
– NOSH UP a hearty or large meal …1963 sl.
– NUMBER a meal …Aust. sl.
– OFF-PUT a makeshift; a hasty meal …1882
– OGGINS a light meal, a snack, frequently of some delicacy or sweetmeat …a1838 Sc.
– ORDINARY † customary fare; a regular daily meal or allowance of food; by extension, a fixed portion, an allowance of anything …1481
– PACKING dinner …1889 Eng. dial.
– PARNELL SHOUT shared payment for food or drinks …1910s NZ sl.
– PARRITCH-HOUR a mealtime (parritch = porridge) …1821 Sc.
– PIECE MEAL a snack or light meal ..1946 Amer. dial.
– PITCH-IN DINNER a potluck meal …1965 Amer. dial.
– POTATO TIME dinner time …1982 Amer. dial.
– PRANDICLE †* a breakfast, a little dinner, a small meal …1656
– PUDS pudding (rhymes with ‘goods’) …sl.
– REMISSALS †* that which is left over; remains; especially, the remains of a meal …c1460
– RUNNING BANQUET † a slight repast between meals; a snack …1613
– RUNNING COLLATION * a meal light enough to be consumed quickly …a1661
– SAINT AND SINNER dinner …1992 UK rhyming sl.
– SAND † a serving of food, a course …a700
– SAULEE † satisfaction of appetite; a satisfying meal or quantity of food …1377
– SCAMBLING an irregular meal …1873 Eng. dial.
– SCRANNY food, esp. various bits of food, leftovers, broken victuals, etc. thrown together for an impromptu meal, or a meal taken onto their job by a labourer …E18 sl.
– SCRAN-TIME meal-time …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– SHACKLE-UP a midday meal cooked at the roadside …1930s tramps’ sl.
– SIT-DOWN a free sit-down meal …1919 Amer. tramps’ sl.
– SLAP-UP a large and splendid meal …1889 Brit. sl.
– SLOBBER food; a meal …1988 Sc. sl.
– SLOP AND FLOP meals and lodging …1953 US sl.
– SLUMP a dessert consisting of stewed fruit with a biscuit or dough topping …M19 US, chiefly local
– SOUPIE a meal or a summons to a meal …1899 US military sl.
– SOUPY a meal or a summons to a meal …1899 US military sl.
– SPREAD a large meal …1822 sl.
– SUBCHARGE † a second dish or course …c1480
– TABLE the company at dinner or at a meal …1602
– TABLE-BOARD board. i.e. meals, without lodging …1884 US
– TEA-BAGGING the afternoon meal or tea …B1900 Eng. dial.
– TIFFIN in India and neighbouring eastern countries: a light midday meal; luncheon …1800 Anglo-Indian
– TOMMY TUCKER supper …1930s rhyming sl.
– TOMMY TUPPER supper …20C rhyming sl.
– TOM TUCKER supper …1930s rhyming sl.
- TOPPING dessert; a dessert …1926 Amer. dial.
– TOP TASTE dessert; a dessert …1991 Amer. dial.
– TUCK-IN a large meal …1886 sl.
– TUREEN DINNER a potluck meal …1909 Amer. dial.
– UGGIN a lunch, a light meal, a snack, frequently of some delicacy or sweetmeat …a1838 Sc.
– UGGINS a light meal, a snack, frequently of some delicacy or sweetmeat …a1838 Sc.
– UNCH † a nuncheon, a light meal, a snack …1668 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– UNDERMEAL † a slight afternoon meal …c1440
– UNDERN a light luncheon; a light meal partaken of in the middle of the morning or the afternoon; the time allotted to such a repast …1691 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– VESPER an afternoon or evening meal or refreshment …1882 Amer. dial.
– WALL-TEA a tea at which the guests sit round the room instead of at the table …1896 Sc.
– WARAP a cheap meal made of fish or meat and ‘ground-provisions’, i.e. locally available starchy roots, all boiled up together …20C W. Indies
meal – person
– GRUB-LINER one who travels from ranch to ranch for meals …1912 Amer. West sl.
– GRUB-RIDER one who travels from ranch to ranch for meals …1920 Amer. West sl.
meal – verbs
– BEGIN to say grace before a meal …Bk1911 Sc.
– BOX HARRY to go without a meal; to have a poor meal so as to save expense …1823 colloq.
– CLEAR DECKS to clear the table after a meal …M19 nautical sl.
– DINE WITH DUKE HUMPHREY to go without dinner or a meal …1746
– DRUM UP to prepare a makeshift meal …1923 sl.
ׇ– EAT to provide a meal or meals for …1837 US jocular
– EAT A PECK OF SALT WITH ANYONE to share many meals with anyone …1737 Sc.
– FLY LIGHT to miss a meal; to be hungry …Bk1974 Amer. sl.
– GO TO PECKHAM to go to, to sit down to a meal …19C colloq.
– GREASE ONE’S GILLS to make a good or luxurious meal; to have a good feed; to eat heartily …Bk1860 sl.
– HAVE A HOLIDAY AT PECKHAM to go without a meal …c1790 sl.
– HAVE TWINS to take dinner and tea at one meal …B1900 Amer. sl.
– KISS THE HARE’S FOOT † to be late for meals; to be late for anything …1613-16
– MUG UP to make a plentiful mean; to eat heartily; also, to have a snack, meal, or hot drink …1897 Can. & nautical sl.
– NOSH orig. to nibble a snack, delicacy, etc.; later, to eat, to have a meal …1892 colloq.
– PUT ONE’S NAME IN THE DINNER POT to expect someone to share a meal; to indicate that one expects to share a meal …1883 Amer. dial.
– PUT ONE’S NAME IN THE POT to expect someone to share a meal; to indicate that one expects to share a meal …1883 Amer. dial.
– 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.
– PUT THE LITTLE POT IN THE BIG POT AND STEW THE DISHRAG to provide a meal for unexpected company …1946 Amer. dial.
– READ ONE’S PLATE to say grace before a meal …20C US sl.
– SADDLE THE SPIT to host a dinner or supper …L18 sl.
– SHACKLE UP to cook a midday meal …1930s tramps’ sl.
– UGG † to eat a light meal; to give someone an extra meal; to feed someone well …1866 Sc.
– WAIT ON THE TABLE to say grace before a meal …1911 Amer. dial.
– WHIP UP to speedily prepare a dish or meal …1849 sl.
meal – phrases
– ABOVE THE SALT seated at the upper half of the table, and there among the guests of distinction …Bk1895
– GRAB IT AND GROWL said when you’re having company for a meal, and you want them to take their places at the table …1966 Amer. dial.
– ON THE GRUB LINE looking for free meals …1915 Amer. dial.
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