POACHER – person
– BLACK † one of a band of poachers who went about their work with blackened faces …1722
– BLACK-FISHER one who catches salmon just after spawning; a night poacher of fish …1809
– BLACK GEORGE a poacher …1889 Eng. dial.
– GAME STEALER a person who steals game; a poacher …1771
– GAP-MAKER a hedge-breaker; a poacher …Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– MOOCHER a person who loiters aimlessly; a loafer; also, an opportunist poacher or pilferer; a petty thief …a1425 chiefly colloq.
– MOOTCHER an opportunist poacher or pilferer; a petty thief …1911 sl.
– MOUCHER a person who loiters aimlessly; a loafer; also, an opportunist poacher or pilferer; a petty thief …a1425 chiefly colloq.
– PLOGGER a poacher …1989 Amer. dial.
POCKET – adjectives
– DOWN SOUTH hidden, buried; in one’s pocket …1910s Aust. sl.
pocket – nouns
– BARNEY MOKE a pocket …1940s rhyming sl. for ‘poke’
– BOTTLE POCKET the left side trousers pocket …1980 Amer. dial.
– BREECH the rear pants pockets, designated right and left breech …Bk1914 pickpockets’ sl.
– BUDGE a place inside the breast of a coat, shirt, or dress where small articles are kept …1903 Amer. dial.
– CLY a pocket …c1690 thieves’ cant
– DAVY CROCKETT a pocket …1956 theatrical rhyming sl.
– DOODLE-SACK a pocket …L18 sl.
– FAB a fob, a small pocket; a tobacco pouch …1811 Sc.
– GARRET the fob-pocket …1812 sl.
– GROPUS a coat-pocket …B1900 sl.
– GULLY-FLUFF the fluff, dirt, etc., which accumulates in the pockets …B1900 colloq.
– INSIDER an inside pocket …1925 US criminals’ sl.
– IRISHMAN’S POCKET a pocket that is both large and empty …20C US sl.
– JAG a pocket …1825 Sc.
– JAGGET a full sack or pocket, hanging awkwardly, and dangling at every motion …1808 Sc.
– KECK a pocket …L19 sl.
– KEEK a pocket …L19 sl.
– KEEK-CLOY a trouser pocket …E19 UK criminals’ sl.
– KICK a trouser pocket …1846 US sl.
– LOCKER a pocket …1836 US nautical sl.
– MOUSE a pocket …1940s US Black sl.
– NUFF-NUFF the stuff that collects in the pockets of old suits and overcoats …1973 Amer. dial.
– OUTSIDER an outside pocket …1910s US criminals’ sl.
– PAISLEY MITTENS the trouser pockets; used jocularly to imply laziness in Paisley men …1868 Sc.
– PENNY LOCKET a pocket …1998 Brit. rhyming sl.
– PIT a pocket …1811 sl.
– POKE a wallet, pocket, or purse …1859 Amer. sl.
– RAISE a pocket …1940s US Black sl.
– SACK a pocket …L17 cant
– SALT-BOX CLY the outside coat pocket, with a flap …E19 UK criminals’ sl.
– SIDEKICK a side-pocket …1916 US criminals’ sl.
– SIDE-KICKER a side-pocket …1903 US criminals’ sl.
– SKY a pocket …1890 rhyming sl., (Sky-Rocket)
– SKY-ROCKET a pocket …1879 rhyming sl.
– SLIDE a trouser pocket …1932 US sl.
– SOCK † a pocket …1699 criminals’ sl.
– TAIL KICK the pocket in a tailcoat …16C UK criminals’ sl.
– TAIL PIT the side pocket of a coat …1937 US pickpockets’ sl.
– TANNER CASE a pocket …E19 sl.
– UPSTAIRS the inside breast-pocket …1933 US criminals’ sl.
– WALLIES pockets in an under-waistcoat …1825 Sc.
– WALLISES pockets to under-waistcoat …Bk1905 Sc.
pocket – verbs
– DIVE INTO ONE’S SKY to put one’s hand in one’s pocket, esp. to remove money …L19 sl.
– IMPOUCH †* to put into a pouch, bag, or pocket …1611
POCKETBOOK – nouns
– INSIDER a pocketbook stolen from an inside pocket …1846 US criminals’ sl.
– PORTEMONNAIE, PORTMONEY a change purse, a pocketbook …1850 Amer. dial.
– UXTER a pocketbook or purse …1896 UK criminals’ sl.
POCKETKNIFE – nouns
– DALLAS SPECIAL a pocketknife with a blade longer than the legal limit …1949 Amer. dial.
– HAWKBILL a pocketknife with a hooked blade …1966 Amer. dial.
– JACKALEGS a pocketknife; a large clasp knife …1790 Eng. dial.
– JACKILEGS a pocketknife; a large clasp knife …1790 Eng. dial.
– JACKYLEGS a pocketknife; a large clasp knife …1790 Eng. dial.
– JOCKALEGS a pocketknife; a large clasp knife …1790 Eng. dial.
– NIGGER JIGGER (derogatory) a large pocketknife with blades that fold in and out …1967 Amer. dial.
– NIGGER KILLER n. (derogatory) a large pocketknife with blades that fold in and out …1967 Amer. dial.
– NIGGER STICKER (derogatory) a large pocketknife with blades that fold in and out …1967 Amer. dial.
– PIG-STICKER a bayonet, a knife, esp. a large folding knife; a pocketknife …1870 Amer. dial.
– SHUT-KNIFE a large pocketknife with blades that fold in and out …1967 Amer. dial.
– TOAD-STABBER a large knife, sword, or bayonet; now esp. a large folding knife, a pocketknife …1877 Amer. dial.
– TOAD-STICKER a large knife, sword, or bayonet; now esp. a large folding knife, a pocketknife …1847 Amer. dial.
POCKET MONEY – verbs
– KEEP ONE’S POOCH to provide with pocket money …1929 Sc.
POD – nouns
– SHALE † the pod of peas or beans; a shell; a husk …OE
PODGY – adjectives
– ROLL-ABOUT * fat, plump, podgy, roly-poly …1815
POEM – nouns
– CANTICLE † a canto of a poem …1596
– CANTON † one of the divisions of a long poem, a canto …1609
– ECONOMY † the structure or arrangement of a poem, play, etc. …1671
– ITHYPHALLIC a poem of licentious or indecent character …1778
– LAY a short lyric or narrative poem intended to be sung …a1240
– LYRIC a lyric poem …a1586
– MARTIALS † poems about wars …1589 nonce use
– TAG the refrain or catch of a song or poem …1793
– VERSELET a little verse; a small poem …1836
– VERSEMANSHIP * verse-making …1762
– VERSEMONGERY the writing of bad verse …1836
– YED † a song, a poem, a speech, a tale, a riddle …c1205
POET – person
– BAIRD a poet or bard; in old laws contemptuously applied to those strolling rhymers who were wont to oppress the lieges …1825 Sc.
– BALLAD-MAKER a ballad poet …1565
– BARD 1. one of an ancient Celtic order of minstrel-poets whose primary function appears to have been to compose and sing (usually to the harp) verses celebrating the achievements of chiefs and warriors, and who committed to verse historical and tradition facts, religious precepts, laws, genealogies, etc.; used for ‘poet’ in modern Celtic languages; in Welsh, a poet or versifier who has been recognized at the Eisteddfod …c1450
2. a lyric or epic poet; a poet generally …1667 poetic usage
– BARDESS * a female bard, a poetess …1822
– BARDIE a minor poet; a humble bard …1773 Sc.
– BARDLET a young or inexperienced poet …1867
– BARDLING a young or inexperienced poet …1813
– BAVIUS an incompetent or bad poet …Bk1894
– BAY-LEAF EATER a poet …Bk1922
– BEAT POET any of a group of American poets who emerged chiefly in California in the 1950s and were noted for their rejection of social and poetic conventions …1955 orig. US
– DACTYLIST †* a writer or poet of dactylic verse …1785
– FACTIST † a poet or play-maker …Bk1696
– IAMBIST a poet or writer of iambic verse – a writer of iambics …1839
– IAMBOGRAPHER a poet or writer of iambic verses …1625-6
– LEOTH-SCOP † a poet …c1205
– LYRIC † a lyric poet …1594
– LYRIST a lyric poet …1813
– MAKER † a poet …1387-8 obs. exc. arch.
– POETER a poet …1838 Sc.
– POET-SUCKER † an immature or inexperienced poet …1614
– RHYME-SLINGER a poet …Bk1903 sl.
– SAPPHO a poetess …Bk1922
– SAYAR a narrator or author; a poetical writer; a poet …c1460 Sc.
– SAYER † a poet, a narrator …1513
– SCALD, SKALD an ancient Scandinavian poet; in general, a poet …1763
– SCALDER † a skald; an ancient Scandinavian poet; in general, a poet …1765
– SINGER a composer of poetry or verse; a poet …1560
– VATES a poet or bard, especially one who is divinely inspired; a prophet-poet …1625
– VERSE-FELLOW † a fellow or companion verse-maker …1592
– VERSEMAKER one who makes or writes verses; a poet …1647
– VERSEMAN a man who writes verse; a poet; later, a minor poet or versifier …1652
– VERSEMONGER a versifier, esp. one who writes poor or indifferent verse; a poetaster …1634
– VERSER a writer of verse; a poet …c1611
poet – person, other
– BARDIST †* an adherent or follower of the bards …1588
POETICAL – adjectives
– NUMBERY † poetical, metrical, melodious …1598
POETRY – nouns
– GAY SCIENCE, THE the art of poetry …1813
– HARPING verses, poetry, ‘song’ …1819
– RHYMING-WARE † compositions in rhyme; poetry …1785 Sc.
poetry – verbs
– CLIMB PARNASSUS to write poetry …1774
– MAKE to compose poetry …1876 Sc.
POINT – nouns
– ACUMINATION 1. the product of sharpening; a tapering point …1659
2. the act of sharpening or bringing to a point …1837
– CACUMEN a top or point
– NEB the tip or point of anything; the peak of a cap or bonnet; the toe of a shoe; the extremity of anything ending in a point or narrowed part …1611
– RANNY-POINT a long, sharp point …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– TANG anything ending in a point; a knife; a piece of iron used for fencing …1784 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– TAPPIE-TOORIE anything raised very high to a point …1895 Sc.
– TINE the prong of a fork; the point of any implement …1818 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– TIPLET a small or minute tip or point …1890
– YARRAGE an edge, corner, sharp point …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
point – verbs
– ACUMINATE †* to rise or taper to a point …1641
POINT (direct) – verbs
– SIGHT to point or show the way …1952 Amer. dial.
POINT-BLANK – adjectives
– LEVEL * plain, point-blank …1820
POINTED – adjectives
– ACULEATE pointed, incisive, stinging …1605
– NEAPED pointed; terminating in a peak …Bk1905 Sc.
– PEAKY, PEEKY sharply pointed …1869 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– PICKED sharp-pointed …1791 Amer. dial.
pointed – nouns
– ACULEATION * the state of being sharpened or pointed …1870
pointed – verbs
– ACUMINATE to sharpen, to make pointed; to give poignancy or keenness to …1611
– FASTIGATE † to make pointed; to become pointed …1623
– FASTIGIATE to make pointed at the top like a gable; to taper to a point ..1656
POINTLESS – adjectives
– OFF THE WALL adj. odd, eccentric; crazy; obnoxious, offensive, pointless …1937 US sl.
pointless – nouns
– JACK-OFF an act of masturbation; hence, fig. something worthless or pointless …1930s US sl.
pointless – verbs
– MILK OVER THE CAN to discourse pointlessly or beyond the mark …1895 Eng. dial.
– PISS UP A ROPE to do something pointless …1964 sl.
– PISS UP THE END OF A ROPE to do something pointless …1939 sl.
POISE – nouns
– PAISE poise, balance …1867 Eng. dial.
poise – verbs
– FALL APART to collapse emotionally; to lose control of one’s feelings; to lose one’s usual poise and confidence …1930s sl.
– MAINTAIN YOUR COOL to stay calm, poised …1960s Amer. sl.
POISON, POISONOUS – adjectives
– ACONICKE † poisonous …1626
– ARRAND-POISON exceedingly poisonous or infectious …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– ARRAND-SMITTLE exceedingly poisonous or infectious …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– ATTERING poisonous …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– LUSTY † of poison: strong, powerful …a1649
– VENEFIC † practising or dealing in poisoning; acting by poison; having poisonous effects …1646
– VENEFICAL † practising or dealing in poisoning; acting by poison; having poisonous effects …1609
– VENEFICIAL † practising or dealing in poisoning; acting by poison; having poisonous effects …a1646
– VENEFICIOUS * practising or dealing in poisoning; acting by poison; having poisonous effects …1904
– VENEFICOUS * practising or dealing in poisoning; acting by poison; having poisonous effects …1657
– VENENATE † poisoned; infected or imbued with poison or poisonous properties …1633
– VENENE * poisonous, venomous …1665
– VENENIFEROUS * flowing with or discharging venom, bearing poison …1656
– VENENIFLUOUS * flowing with or discharging venom, bearing poison …1891
– VENENOSE * poisonous, venomous …1673
– VENENOUS * poisonous, venomous …c1425
– VENOMFUL † venomous, poisonous …1544
poison, poisonous – nouns
– ACONITE deadly poison …1597 poetic
– ATTER poison, venom …Bk1898 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– ATTERIL poisonous matter from an ulcer or wound …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– BANE poison …1580 Eng. dial.
– BISH poison …Bk1892 Anglo-Indian sl.
– BLACK BOTTLE a poisonous drink …1927 Amer. dial.
– BLACK DRAUGHT a poisonous drink …1935 Amer. dial.
– GALL † poison, venom …1340
– GO-AWAY MEDICINE poison gas …Amer. World War I sl.
– TOAD-POOL † a mass of corrupt poisonous matter …1607
– VENEFICE † the practice of employing poison or magical potions; the exercise of sorcery by such means …c1380
– VENEFY † the practice of employing poison or magical potions; the exercise of sorcery by such means …1616
– VENENATION † the act of poisoning …1646
– VENENOSITY † poisonous quality or property …1539
– VENIN † venom, poison …c1330
– VENOM * poison, esp. as administered to or drunk by a person; any poisonous or noxious substance …c1290
– VENOMING † poison …a1470
– VENOMNESS * the quality of being poisonous, venomousness …1543
– VENOMOUSHEAD † the quality of being poisonous, venomousness …a1400
– VENOMOUSTY † the quality of being poisonous, venomousness …1377
poison, poisonous – person
– BANER * he who kills, poisons, destroys, or ruins …1605
– VENEFIC † one who practises poisoning as a secret art; a sorcerer or sorceress; a wizard or witch …1651
– VENOMER * one who administers venom; a poisoner …1647
poison, poisonous – verbs
– BELLAN to poison …1814 Eng. dial.
– FAKE to shoot, to wound, to hit or cut; to poison …E19 sl.
– IMPOTIONATE †* to poison …1563-87
– VENENATE † to poison; to render poisonous …1623
– VENIN † to poison …a1500
– VENOM to poison a person, etc. …c1320 arch.
POISONED – adjectives
– AMPERED poisoned, festered; decayed …1885 Eng. dial.
– BELLANED of men or animals: poisoned by particles of lead ore …1882 Eng. dial.
– EXTOXICATE †* poisoned …1430
– HOT poisoned …2002 UK sl.
– IMPOTIONATE †* poisoned …1583
– VENENATE † poisoned; infected or imbued with poison or poisonous properties …1633
POISON IVY – nouns
– POISON CREEPER poison ivy …1898 Amer. dial.
– SCRATCH IVY poison ivy …1960 Amer. dial.
POKE, POKING – nouns
– COB a sharp poke in the anus …Bk2006 US sl.
– CORNHOLE a sharp poke in the anus …Bk2006 US sl.
– DUNCH a sharp push or shove; a nudge or poke with the elbow …1770 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– DUNT a blow esp. a heavy or forceful one; later, also a sharp push or shove, esp. a nudge or poke with the elbow …a1522 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– JAB a poke, prod, or stab …c1820 colloq. & Eng. dial.
– NEVEL a groping, prodding, or poking with the fingers, in an indecent sense …1964 Sc.
poke, poking – verbs
– BACKHAND DRIVE to poke someone between the buttocks …1940s US homosexual sl.
– COB to give someone a sharp poke in the anus …Bk2006 US sl.
– CORNHOLE to poke someone in the anus …Bk2006 US sl.
– DABACH to poke, to thrust, to prod …1939 Sc.
– DAKE to prick with anything sharp; to poke with the finger …1885 Eng. dial.
– DUNCH to deliver a short, sharp blow to someone or something; to strike, to thump, to push; to knock against, to bump into; to give a person a nudge or poke with the elbow …a1250 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– GILL POKE, JILL POKE to run into an obstruction; to puncture, poke, or known down …1950 Amer. dial.
– GLOM to jab, to poke …1941 Amer. dial.
– GOOCH to poke or tickle …1929 Amer. dial.
– GOOSE to poke or tickle someone suddenly, esp. in the buttocks, or to threaten to do so; to startle …1906 Amer. dial.
– GOUGE to jab, to poke …1834 Amer. dial.
– JAB to poke, prod, stab …c1830 colloq. & Eng. dial.
– JAP to poke with something sharp …1968 Amer. dial.
– NODGE to push, to press; to strike with the knuckles or elbow, to poke …1853 Sc.
– PAKE to poke about; to potter about; to peep at …1893 Eng. dial.
– PAUT, PAWT to poke or push with the hand or a stick; to stir up; to paw, handle, or finger things …1790 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– PUG * to poke; to punch; to strike …E19 Eng. dial.
POKER – nouns
– JOLLY JOKER a poker …20C rhyming sl.
– ORINOKO a poker (pronounced ‘orinoker’) …M19 rhyming sl.
– POKING STICK a fire poker …1954 Amer. dial.
– RECTOR a poker kept only for show …L19 sl.
– TICKLER a small poker …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
POKER (game) – see CARDS
POLAND – adjectives
– POLACK, POLAK Polish …1964 US sl.
– VARSOVIAN belonging to Warsaw …1902
Poland – person
– GALICIAN an inhabitant of Galicia, a region of Poland and West Russia …1903
– PODUNK a Polish person …1969 Amer. dial.
– POLACK (mainly derogatory) a Polish immigrant or a person of Polish ancestry; broadly, a central European immigrant, a foreigner …1855 Amer. dial.
– POLACKER (mainly derogatory) a Polish immigrant or a person of Polish ancestry; broadly, a central European immigrant, a foreigner …1883 Amer. dial.
– POLANDER a person of Polish birth or descent; broadly, a central European …1624 Amer. dial.
– POLLACK (somewhat derogatory) a Pole or a person of Polish extraction …1879 Amer. sl.
– POLLOCK (somewhat derogatory) a Pole or a person of Polish extraction …1879 Amer. sl.
– POLSKI a person of Polish ancestry; a Polish immigrant …1950 Amer. dial.
– POSKI (derogatory) a person of Polish ancestry; a Polish immigrant …1964 Amer. dial.
– ROUNDHEAD a Swedish person; a Norwegian; a Polish person; a Finnish person …1965 Amer. dial.
– SAUSAGE ROLL a Pole …1940s rhyming sl.
– UMPKE a Polish person …2005 Amer. dial.
– YAK (derogatory) a nickname for a Pole or a person of Polish descent …20C US sl.
– ZINSKI a Polish immigrant …1911 US sl.
POLAR – person
– MACROSCIAN one having a long shadow; an inhabitant of the polar regions …19C
POLAR BEAR – nouns
– NANOOK a polar bear …1963 Can. sl.
POLE – nouns
– BALLOW † a cudgel, a stick, a pole …1790 Eng. dial.
– BARLING † a pole …1611
– LEAP-STAFF † a leaping pole …c1626
– QUANT a long pole with which to propel barges or punts; a walking-stick …1790 Eng. dial.
POACHER – person