Reverse Dictionary: PRE – PREF


PREACH – verbs
– GLORY-HALLELUJAH to speak in the manner of an evangelist preacher …1874 Amer. dial.
– ITINERATE to travel from place to place preaching; spec. of a Methodist minister, to preach to the various congregations within the circuit to which he is appointed, and to go periodically from circuit to circuit as appointed, (usually) every three years …1775
– TEACH † to preach …1792 Sc.
 
PREACHER – adjectives
– CHURCH-CALLED feeling compelled to become a preacher …1920s US Black sl.
preacher – person 
– ABDELI a hypocrite, a canting preacher; a fastidious or false zealot …Bk1892 Anglo-Indian sl.
– AMEN-BAWLER a parson; a preacher …19C sl.
– BARN PREACHER an unprofessional or part-time lay preacher …1805 US sl.
– BARNYARD PREACHER an unprofessional or part-time lay preacher …1805 Amer. dial.
– BAWLER a declamatory preacher; used contemptuously …1656
– BIBLE-BANGER a person who expounds or follows the Bible in an aggressive way, esp. a clergyman; a preacher; an enthusiastically religious person  …1853 colloq. 
– BIBLE-BEATER a fanatical or zealous religious person or preacher …1965 Amer. dial.
– BIBLE-POUNDER a person who expounds or follows the Bible in an aggressive way, esp. a clergyman, a preacher; also, a sanctimonious Christian …1868 colloq. 
– BIBLE-PUNCHER a fanatical or zealous religious person or preacher …1942 Amer. dial.
– BIBLE-RANTER a clergyman, a preacher; a fanatical or zealous religious person …1876 US sl.
– BIBLE-READER a reader of the Bible; also, one employed to read the Bible from house to house; a clergyman, a preacher …1548
– BIBLE SALESMAN a Protestant preacher …a1972 US prison sl.
– BIBLE-SHARP a clergyman, a preacher …1897 US sl.
– BIBLE-SPOUTER a fanatical or zealous religious person or preacher …1955 Amer. dial.
– BIBLE-THUMPER 1. a fanatical or zealous religious person or preacher …1942 Amer. dial.
2. a street preacher …2001 UK sl.
– BIBLE-TOTER a fanatical or zealous religious person or preacher …1940 Amer. dial.
– BIBLE-WALLOPER a clergyman, a preacher …1888 sl.
– BLACK CAT a preacher …Bk1945 criminals’ sl. 
– BRIMSTONE BUSTER a ranting preacher who threatens sinners with hellfire …1939 Amer. dial.
– BROTHER a preacher; usually followed by name …1928 Amer. dial.
– CACKLE TUB a preacher …M19 sl.
– CACKLING COVE a clergyman; a preacher …Bk1891 Amer. sl. 
– CAMISTER a clergyman, a preacher…1851 thieves’ cant
– CHAIRBACK an unprofessional, part-time lay preacher …1955 Amer. dial.
– CHAIRBACKER an unprofessional, part-time lay preacher …1955 Amer. dial.
– CHAIRBACK PREACHER an unprofessional, part-time lay preacher …1970 Amer. dial.
– CHAIR PUSHER an unprofessional, part-time lay preacher …1970 Amer. dial.
– CHICKEN-EATER a preacher …1954 Amer. dial. esp. Black usage
– CHICKEN PREACHER an unordained preacher who only serves part-time …1970 Amer. dial.
– COAL-BURNER a preacher who is up to the minute and pleasing in every way …1950 Amer dial. Black usage
– COVE-AUTEM a preacher, a parson …M19 sl.
– DUSTMAN an energetic, fanatic preacher; a preacher who uses violent action …1877 sl.
– EXHORTER a lay preacher …1843 Amer. dial.
– GLORY-GRINDER a preacher …1878 Aust. sl.
– GOSPEL SHARK a preacher; a parson; a goody-goody or sanctimonious person …1897 Amer. dial.
– GOSPEL SHARP a preacher; a parson; a goody-goody or sanctimonious person …1872 Amer. dial.
– GOSPEL SHOOTER a preacher; a parson; a goody-goody or sanctimonious person …1900 Amer. dial.
– HATCHET an uneducated, part-time lay preacher, generally rather poor …1949 Amer. dial.
– JACKLEG 1. an incompetent, unskilled or unprincipled worker or professional person, esp. a quack doctor, a  crooked lawyer, or a hypocritical preacher …M19 US sl.
2. an itinerant preacher …20C US sl.
– JACK-LEGGED PREACHER an unprofessional, part-time lay preacher …1967 Amer. dial.
– JAKELEG PREACHER an unprofessional, part-time lay preacher …1969 Amer. dial.
– LOCAL DICK a local preacher …1892 Eng. dial.
– LOCAL MINISTER a part-time preacher, esp. a Methodist layman licensed to preach in a specified region …1965 Amer. dial.
– LOCAL PREACHER a part-time preacher, esp. a Methodist layman licensed to preach in a specified region …1834 Amer. dial.
– LOCUS PREACHER a local preacher …1922 Amer. dial.
– MONEY-CALLED PREACHER a professional preacher who would find some other work if he was not paid well …1966 Amer. dial.
– OLD-FIELD PREACHER an old-fashioned rural preacher …1904 Amer. dial.
– ONE-GALLUS PREACHER an unprofessional, part-time lay preacher …1966 Amer. dial.
– ONE-HORSE PREACHER an unprofessional, part-time lay preacher …1966 Amer. dial.
– PULPIT-CUFFER a Bible-pounding preacher …19C Brit. colloq.
– PULPITEER (usually disparaging) a preacher by profession …1635
– PULPITER (usually disparaging) a preacher by profession …1635
– READER a preacher who reads his sermon …1891 Sc.
– REGULAR PREACHER a travelling preacher among the Wesleyans or Primitive Methodists …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– SCALDABANCO † a  warm disputant or preacher; a hot-headed declaimer or Puritan; an argumentative person …a1670
– SCAREHEAD a puritanical religious preacher …1900s UK criminals’ sl.
– SKY PILOT a clergyman, a preacher …1882 Amer. dial.
– SKY WRITER a clergyman, a preacher …1965 Amer. dial.
– SOUL-SNATCHER a preacher, a missionary …L19 sl.
– SOUL-SNAVELLER a preacher, a missionary …L19 sl.
– STRAWBERRY-PREACHER a non-resident preacher; one who visited his cure only once a year …Bk1904 sl.
– TABLE TAPPER an unprofessional, part-time lay preacher …1949 Amer. dial.
– TENT-READER one who reads the service from a ‘tent’ …1715 Sc.
– YARD-AXE an unprofessional, part-time lay preacher …1902 Amer. dial.
– YARD-AXE PREACHER an unprofessional, part-time lay preacher …1902 Amer. dial.
 
PREACHING – adjectives
– CHURCH-CALLED drawn to the vocation of preaching …1920s US Black sl.
– PREACHY given to preaching …1819 colloq.
preaching – nouns 
– RANTERISM noisy preaching and praying, common among the ‘Ranters’ …1896 Eng. dial.
– TENT an open-air pulpit …1785 Sc.
– TENT-PREACHING preaching from a ‘tent’ …1630 Sc.
– TICKLING-HOUSE a place of preaching …1681 sl.
 
PRECARIOUS – adjectives
– BETWEEN THE BEETLE AND THE BLOCK in a precarious or dangerous position …1589
– CASUAL † subject to chance or accident; frail, uncertain, precarious …1529
– CATCHING in an uncertain or precarious state …c1611
– CAZZARDLY precarious, risky, uncertain …1849 Eng. dial.
– EYVY-KEYVY unsteady, trembling in the balance; uncertain, undetermined, doubtful, wavering, precarious …1874 Eng. dial.
– HAVEY-CAVEY, HEAVY-CEAVY, HEIGHVY-KEIGHVY unsteady, trembling in the balance; uncertain, undetermined, doubtful, wavering, precarious …1874 Eng. dial.
– KAZZARDLY precarious, risky, uncertain …1849 Eng. dial.
– QUAVERY-MAVERY in an uncertain or precarious condition; undecided, and hesitating how to decide …1809
– TICKLE † insecure; precarious, slippery …1579 obs. or arch.
– TICKLESOME difficult, critical, delicate, precarious …1585 now Eng. dial.
– TICKLISH liable to end in disaster unless treated with great care; needing cautious handling or action; delicate, critical, precarious, risky, hazardous …1592
– TOLTER moving unsteadily; unsteady, unstable, tottering; insecure, precarious …1423 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– WANKLE † unsteady, insecure; changeable, unsettled, precarious; inconstant, wavering; also, weak in health, delicate, sickly …c888 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
precarious – verbs
– HAVE A WOLF BY THE EARS to be in a precarious or difficult situation or predicament …1560
 
PRECARIOUSNESS – nouns
– TICKLENESS † insecurity, instability; critical situation, precariousness; inconstancy; uncertainty …c1390
 
PRECAUTION – nouns
– WARIMENT †* precaution …1596
precaution – verbs
– LICK ONE’S FLINT to prepare for a difficult task; to take precautions against disaster …1953 Amer. dial.
– NOT TO HAVE TO LOOK FOR THE LADLE WHEN THE POT COMES A-BOIL to be prepared, to take proper precautions …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– WAIT † to take precautions, to be watchful or cautious …a1300
precaution – phrases 
– IF YOU CAN’T BE GOOD, BE CAREFUL! a form of farewell with sexual innuendo, intimating that if one can’t refuse sexual advances, then one should protect oneself with contraceptives; advice to take precautions …Bk1996 Aust. & NZ sl.
 
PRECEDING – adjectives
– ANTEGREDIENT †* preceding, going before …1686
– PREALLABLE preceding, previous, preliminary; going before …1603
– PREDECESSIVE †* that has gone before; preceding; previous …1599
– TOFOREGOING † foregoing, preceding, antecedent …1387-8
 
PRECIOUS – adjectives
– DAINTY † precious; hence, rare, scarce …? a1500
– DEAR † of high estimation, of great worth or value; precious, valuable …c888
– DEARWORTH, DERWORTH † worthy of high estimation, highly valuable, precious, costly …c888
– DEARWORTHY, DERWORTHY † worthy of high estimation, highly valuable, precious, costly …c1430
– SUGARED † of persons: beloved, dear; precious …c1475
– WHITE * of a person: precious; dear, beloved, favourite …c1460
precious – nouns
– DRUERY † a beloved or precious thing; anything valuable or highly prized; a treasure …a1300
– MADME † a precious thing; a treasure; a valuable gift …a1000
– MARGARITE something precious …a1450
– NUGGET a precious thing; a small and valuable thing concealed within something larger …1853
precious – person
– EYEBALL, EYEBALLS someone precious or dear; one’s favourite person …1952 Amer. dial.
– SNOOKUMS a precious one; generally used to address small dogs, babies, etc. …1919 Amer. sl.
 
PRECIOUSLY – adverbs
– DEARLY † in a precious, worthy, or excellent manner; worthily, choicely, finely, richly …a1000 obs.
– DEARWORTHILY † worthily, honourably; preciously, richly; affectionately …a1300
– DEARWORTHLY † worthily, honourably; preciously, richly; affectionately …c1205
 
PRECIOUSNESS – nouns
– DEARWORTHINESS † preciousness, worthiness, valuableness …c1325 obs.
 
PRECIOUS STONE – nouns
– SHINER a diamond or other precious stone; usually used in the plural …1884 sl.
– SPARKLER a diamond or other precious stone …1822 sl.
 
PRECIPICE – adjectives
– SCARRY bare, rocky; full of precipices …1844 Sc. & Eng. dial.
precipice – nouns 
– GAIRY a steep hill or precipice; a moorland, upland; a piece of waste land …1871 Sc.
– GAIRY-FACE a steep hill or precipice; a moorland, upland; a piece of waste land …1871 Sc.
– PALI a steep slope, a precipice …1833 Hawaii
– SCOUT † a high rock or hill; a projecting ridge; a precipice …1781 Eng. dial.
– SCREE the steep, perpendicular side of a mountain; a precipice …1901 Sc. & Eng. dial.
 
PRECIPITANCY – nouns
– SUDDENNESS hastiness, precipitancy …1580
 
PRECIPITATE – adjectives
– HAND-OVER-HEAD † thoughtlessly extravagant; precipitate, rash, reckless; indiscriminate …a1693 now rare or obs.
– HASTIF † precipitate, rash …1297
– HASTIVE † precipitate, rash …1297
– HEADLAND headlong, precipitate, giddy …1863 Eng. dial.
– HEADLING † precipitate …c1510
– HEDLIN headlong, precipitate, giddy …1863 Eng. dial.
– PREPROPEROUS † too hasty, precipitate …1555
– RABBISH † unruly, turbulent; inconsiderate, rash; rough or precipitate in action …1387
– RAM-GAM headstrong, precipitate, devil-may-care, heedless, rash, unrestrained …1929 Sc.
– RAM-RACE headstrong, precipitate, impetuous …1900 Sc.
– RAM-STAM precipitate, headstrong, hasty, impetuous, reckless …1786 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– SKIT † precipitate, over-hasty …a1529
– UNHEEDY † heedless, careless, rash, precipitate, sudden …1579
precipitate – adverbs
– HEADFOREMOST headlong, precipitate …1871
precipitate – verbs 
– HEADLONG † to cast headlong; to precipitate …c1586
– PLAY AT HAND OVER HEAD † to act precipitately or rashly …1589 obs.
– WALTZ OFF ON THE EAR to act precipitately on the basis of hearing a statement but not considering its implications …L19 US sl.
 
PRECIPITATELY – adverbs
– BALD-HEADED precipitately; hurriedly, without caution …1848 Amer. dial.
– HAND OVER HEAD † precipitately, hastily, rashly, recklessly; indiscriminately …c1440 now rare or obs.
– HEADILY headlong, precipitately, hastily, rashly; violently, impetuously …c1450
– HEADLAND headlong, precipitately …1863 Eng. dial.
– HEADLANDS headlong, precipitately …1892 Eng. dial.
– HEADLING † without thought or regard; thoughtlessly, precipitately …1421-2
– HEADLINGS † without thought or regard; thoughtlessly, precipitately …c1380
– HEADLONGS headlong, precipitately …1546 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– HEADLONGWISE † in a headlong way, precipitately …1600
– HEADLY † in a heady manner; impetuously, precipitately; headily …1388
– IMPROVISEDLY † without forethought, imprudently, precipitately …c1568
– ON HEAD † headlong, precipitately, hastily, rashly, inconsiderately …1565-73
– RAMBOOZE suddenly, precipitately, headlong …1898 Sc.
– RAM-STAM in a headlong, precipitate manner; recklessly, rashly, rudely; in confusion …1735 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– RAM-TAM in a headlong, precipitate manner; rashly, rudely; in confusion …1735 Sc.
– TAIL ON END † headlong; precipitately …1790
– UPON A HEAD † headlong, precipitately, hastily, rashly, inconsiderately …1579-80
– UPON HEAD † headlong, precipitately, hastily, rashly, inconsiderately …1555
 
PRECIPITATENESS, PRECIPITATION – nouns
– HEADLONGNESS headlong quality or speed; precipitateness, rashness …1580
– RAM-STAM headstrong, impetuous action; furious rush, precipitateness …1790 Sc.
– TIFT sudden flight; great haste, precipitation …1841 Sc.
 
PRECIPITOUS – adjectives
– DOWNSTEEPY †* very steeply descending; steep and precipitous; having a great declivity …1603
precipitous – nouns 
– RAM-RACE a precipitous, headlong rush …1812 Sc.
 
PRECISE – adjectives
– CADDY precise, old-maidish …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– DINK dainty, squeamish, precise …1806 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– NEAT † exact, precise …1682 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– NEBSIE, NEBSY prim, precise …1825 Sc. 
– NICE squeamish; precise …1543 sl.
– PERJINKETY exact, precise, minutely accurate; extreme as to neatness, fussy, finical …1887 Sc.
– PERNICKETTY fussy, finicky, particular, meticulous, precise; crotchety, cranky; disagreeable …1834 Amer. dial.
– PERNICKETY fussy, finicky, particular, meticulous, precise; crotchety, cranky; disagreeable…1834 Amer. dial.
– PERNICKITY fussy, finicky, particular, meticulous, precise; crotchety, cranky; disagreeable …1834 Amer. dial.
– PERSNICKERTY fussy, finicky, particular, meticulous, precise; crotchety, cranky; disagreeable, obstinate …1965 Amer. dial.
– PERSNICKETY fussy, finicky, particular, meticulous, precise …1956 Amer. dial.
– PRICK-ME-DAINTY finicky in dress, language, and behaviour; affectedly dainty; over-precise; conceited …1820 chiefly Sc.
– SANSHACH precise, pettish, crotchety …1825 Sc.
– VIDUAL individual, particular, distinct, precise …1850 Sc. & Eng. dial.
precise – nouns
– VERY ARTICLE, THE the precise thing; the thing or person most needed …c1850 colloq.
precise – person 
– BRADSHAW a precise person, good at figures …L19 sl.
– MRS. PRINCUM PRANCUM a nice, precise, formal madam …B1900
– NICKSTICK BODY a very precise person; one who proceeds exactly according to rule …1808 Sc. 
precise – verbs
– DOT ONE’S I’S AND CROSS ONE’S T’S to be meticulous or precise, even to the smallest detail
– VAGUE to be more precise …1990s sl.
 
PRECISELY – adverbs
– DOWN TO THE NOTCH to the proper standard; precisely; to perfection, perfectly; to the limit …1965 Amer. dial.
– FEATLY † exactly, precisely …a1450
– FOR ALL THE WORLD exactly, precisely …1862 Eng. dial.
– NAMELY †* carefully, precisely …a1400-50
– NICELIES precisely, to a hair, to a fine degree …1836 Sc. 
– ON A DIME precisely, suddenly …1996 US sl.
– ON THE DOT precisely; exactly at the time specified …colloq.
– ON THE MONEY precisely, perfectly …1944 colloq.
– QUIM moving easily, precisely …20C Irish sl.
– RIGHT DOWN TO THE NOTCH to the proper standard; precisely; to perfection, perfectly; to the limit …1965 Amer. dial.
– RIGHT ON THE MONEY precisely, perfectly …1944 colloq.
– SMACK precisely …1951 US sl.
– SMACK-DAB exactly, precisely …1902 Amer. dial.
– TO A GNAT’S BALLS adv. exactly, precisely …1965 Amer. dial.
– TO A GNAT’S BRISTLE adv. exactly, precisely …1905 Amer. dial.
– TO A GNAT’S EAR adv. exactly, precisely …1965 Amer. dial.
– TO A GNAT’S EYE adv. exactly, precisely …1965 Amer. dial.
– TO A GNAT’S EYEBROW adv. exactly, precisely …c1950 Amer. dial.
– TO A GNAT’S EYELASH adv. exactly, precisely …1965 Amer. dial.
– TO A GNAT’S HAIR adv. exactly, precisely …1940 Amer. dial.
– TO A GNAT’S HEEL adv. exactly, precisely …1840 Amer. dial.
– TO A GNAT’S TAIL adv. exactly, precisely …1935 Amer. dial.
– TO AN AFFYGRAPHY exactly, precisely …B1874 Eng. sl.
– TO A NICK † to a nicety …a1637
– TO A SHAVING exactly, precisely …Bk2002 Eng. dial.
– TO A T precisely, exactly …1693
– TO A TEE-WHITIE precisely, perfectly, exactly, entirely …1967 Amer. dial.
– TO A TEEWITY precisely, perfectly, exactly, entirely …1942 Amer. dial.
– TO A TEE-Y-TEE precisely, perfectly, exactly, entirely …1929 Amer. dial.
– TO A TITTLE with minute exactness; to the smallest particular; precisely, accurately …1607
– TO A T-WITEY precisely, perfectly, exactly, entirely …1941 Amer. dial.
– TO A T-WYTY precisely, perfectly, exactly, entirely …1942 Amer. dial.
– TO THE NOTCH to the proper standard; precisely; to perfection, perfectly; to the limit …1837 Amer. dial.
– UP TO THE LAST NOTCH to the proper standard; precisely; to perfection, perfectly; to the limit …1897 Amer. dial.
– UP TO THE NOTCH to the proper standard; precisely; to perfection, perfectly; to the limit …1790 Amer. dial.
 
PRECISENESS – nouns
– PERNICKETINESS fussiness, preciseness …1890 Amer. dial. dial.
 
PRECLUDE – verbs
– BEFORE-BAR † to preclude, to foreclose …c1449
 
PRECOCIOUS – adjectives
– ANCIENT of children: staid, demure, precocious …1887 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– ARPIT quick, ready, precocious …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– FALSE sharp, shrewd, clever, precocious; generally applied to children and animals …1866 Eng. dial.
– MIRACULOUS of a child: lively, mischievous, precocious …Bk1903 Eng. dial.  
– OLD wise, serious, thoughtful; of a child: precocious, staid, demure …1896 Eng. dial.
– OLD-FARRAND knowing, prudent, wise; of children, precocious, grave beyond their years …1737 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– OLD-FARRANT knowing, prudent, wise; of children, precocious, grave beyond their years …1737 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– OLD-FARRANTLY knowing, prudent, wise; of children, precocious, grave beyond their years …Bk1905 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– OLD-FARRENDLY knowing, prudent, wise; of children, precocious, grave beyond their years …Bk1905 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– OLD-FASHIONED knowing, cunning, intelligent; precocious …1844 Eng. dial.
– OLD-RAFANT precocious, prematurely wise …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– PAUKY, PAWKY proud, conceited, impudent, bold, precocious, forward, inquisitive; esp. used of children …1801 Sc. & Eng. dial.  
– RATHE-RIPE precocious, early developed in mind or body …1617 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
precocious – person
– BORN-HEAD a young precocious fellow; a very foolish person …Bk1911 Sc.
– GADDERMAN an old-fashioned or precocious young person …1890 Ireland
– MARCH CHICK † a precocious youth …1599
– MONKEY a silly, frivolous, or precocious person; usually used affectionately …1589
– NACKET a pert, forward, smart boy; a trifling little person; an insignificant person; a wicked, mischievous, or impertinent child; a precocious child …1833 Sc.
 
PRECOCITY – nouns
– ANCIENTRY precocity …1887 Sc.
– PAUK, PAWK impertinence, forwardness, precocity; insolent, impertinent talk …1889 Eng. dial.  
 
PREDATORY – adjectives
– PREDATITIOUS † adj. characterized by plundering, pillaging, or robbing; predatory …1659
– RAPTORIAL given to seizing prey, predatory …1825
predatory – person
– BARRACUDA a predatory person, esp. a predatory woman …Bk2006 US sl.
 
PREDECESSOR – person
– BEFORE-GOER † a predecessor …c1388
– DECESSOR † a predecessor …1647
– ELDER † a parent; an ancestor, a forefather; hence, a predecessor, one who lived in former days; usually in plural …971
– OLDERS † predecessors …a1470
 
PREDESTINATION – nouns
– MACHINERY † fatalism, predestination …1764 Sc.
 
PREDESTINE – verbs
– ORDINATE † to institute, to establish, to predestine …1610 rare or obs.
 
PREDICAMENT – adjectives
– IN A BIND in trouble or difficulties; in a predicament or dilemma …Bk1996 Aust. sl.
– IN A FIX in trouble, in a difficult predicament, situation, circumstance, from which there appears to be little hope of escape …1834 sl., orig. US
– IN A HOLE in trouble, in a difficult predicament, situation, circumstance, from which there appears to be little hope of escape …1762 sl.
– IN A JAM in trouble, in a difficult predicament, situation, circumstance, from which there appears to be little hope of escape …1914 sl., orig. US
– IN A KNOT in a predicament or difficult situation; having problems …Bk1996 Aust. sl.
– IN A PICKLE in a predicament or difficult situation; having problems …a1620
– IN A SPOT OF BOTHER in a difficult predicament or some form of trouble …Bk1996 Aust. sl.
– IN THE CART in a predicament; in trouble …Bk1999 
– IN THE FART-BOW in an inextricable predicament, unable to help oneself …1821 Sc.
– JACKPOTTED tangled up with a fallen steer or horse; in a predicament or dilemma …1946 Amer. sl.
– UP A GUM-TREE in difficulties; in a predicament; in trouble …1926 Aust. sl.
– UP SHIT CREEK in an unpleasant situation or awkward predicament; in trouble …1868 sl.
– UP SHIT CREEK WITHOUT A PADDLE in an unpleasant situation or awkward predicament; in trouble …1939 sl.
predicament – nouns
– CAGMAG a predicament, a fix, hobble …19C Eng. dial.
– DEVIL TO PAY AND NO PITCH HOT a predicament, a critical situation, or a perplexing foul-up …1963 Amer. dial.
– DICKYMENT a predicament …1881 Eng. dial.
– FANG † a fix, a predicament …1821 Sc.
– FANKLE a tangle, a muddle; an entanglement; a predicament …1818 Sc.
– HELL TO PAY AND NO PITCH HOT a predicament, a critical situation, or a perplexing foul-up …1927 Amer. dial.
– JACKPOT a predicament; a muddle; a dilemma; trouble; an arrest …1887 Amer. sl.
– KANKEDORT †* a state of suspense; a critical position; a predicament; an awkward affair …c1374
– KANKERDORT †* a state of suspense; a critical position; a predicament; an awkward affair …c1374
– MAGRIM a difficulty; an awkward predicament …1870 Eng. dial.
– PICKLEMENT a difficult or awkward situation; a predicament …1945 Amer. dial.
– POT a predicament, a bad situation …1968 Amer. dial.
– PRIMINARY a predicament …1975 Amer. dial.
– SHITS, THE the worst possible situation, predicament, etc. …c1947 sl.
predicament – verbs
– BE IN THE SAME BOX to be in a similar predicament …1865
– HAVE A WOLF BY THE EARS to be in a precarious or difficult situation or predicament …1560
– HAVE ONE’S ASS IN A SLING to be in trouble; to be in an unfortunate predicament …1960 US sl.
– HOLD THE SACK to bear alone the consequences that should be shared by others; to possess what remains after others have taken whatever is of value; to be in a predicament …1904 Amer. dial.
predicament – phrases
– UP SHIT CREEK in an unpleasant situation; in an awkward predicament …sl.
 
PREDICT – verbs
– BEFORE-SAY † to predict, to foretell …1382
– CALL THE TURN to predict accurately; to make an accurate statement or prediction …1876 Amer. sl., orig. gambling usage
– FATIDICATE to declare or predict fates …1867
– HALSEN to predict, to divine, to conjecture; to forebode evil, to anticipate bad news; to speak evil …1814 Eng. dial.
– READ to predict, to foretell …1790 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– VATICINATE 1. to speak as a prophet or seer; to utter predictions; to foretell events ….1623
2. to foretell, to predict, or prophesy a future event …1652
 
PREDICTING – adjectives
– AUGURIOUS † predicting …Bk1886
– VATICINANT † prophesying, predicting …1490
 
PREDICTION – nouns
– ABODE † an announcement, prediction, prognostication …c1600
– BODEWORD a portent; an ominous prediction regarding a person or family …Bk1911 Sc.
– CALL an opinion, a prediction …1999 US sl.
– HALSENY conjecture; an evil prediction …Bk1837 Eng. dial.
– ONOMATECHNY the art of making predictions from the letters of a person’s name …1730
– SAY a saying; a proverb; a prediction …1790 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– VATICINATION a prediction of an oracular or inspired nature; a prophecy; a prophetic utterance or forecast …1603
 
PREDOMINANCE – nouns
– MASTERY † predominance; predominating feature; prevailing character …1477
 
PRE-EMINENT – adjectives
– PALMARIAN that bears or is worthy to bear the palm; holding the first or highest place; of supreme or first-rate importance; most important, pre-eminent, principal, chief …1815
– PALMARY that bears or is worthy to bear the palm; holding the first or highest place; of supreme or first-rate importance; most important, pre-eminent, principal, chief …1657
pre-eminent – verbs 
– BEAR THE BELL to take the first place; to have foremost rank or position, to be the best; to excel, to be pre-eminent …c1374
 
PRE-EMINENTLY – adverbs
– KATEXOKEN † pre-eminently …1633
– PARAVANT † before; in front; before the rest; pre-eminently …1590
– PARAVAUNT † before; in front; before the rest; pre-eminently …1590
 
PREFER – nouns
– BAG that which one favours or prefers …1964 orig. US Black
– CUP OF TEA that which one favours or prefers …1932 sl.
– SCENE that which one favours or prefers …1966
prefer – verbs 
– ANTEPONE to prefer; to set before …1656
– CHOISE † to choose, to elect, to prefer …1605 obs. exc. Sc.
– FAIN * to enjoy; also, to take to gladly, to show preference for …1483
 
PREFERABLE – adjectives
– RATHER †* more to be chosen; preferable …c1430
– RATHEST † quickest, soonest, most preferable; most eager …c888
 
PREFERABLY – adverbs
– SAIDER rather, preferably …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
 
PREFERENCE – adjectives
– DICTED addicted to, attached to, having a preference for …1896 Eng. dial.
preference – nouns 
– ACTION one’s choice, one’s preference …1950s US sl.
– BAG strong, esp. temporary, interest; area of expertise or interest; preference, mood …1963 Amer. sl.
– FAVORANCE a liking, preference …1933 Amer. dial.
– MUTTON one’s preference, one’s liking; usually in plural …L19 sl., orig. US
– OPTATION a choice or preference …1874
– PRELATION † the act of preferring or setting one thing above another; exaltation …a1450
– RATHERS wishes; preference …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– RITHERS preference, choice …1920s US Black sl.
– RUTHERS wishes; preference …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
 
PREFERENTIAL – phrases
– JOBS FOR THE BOYS (derogatory) appointments given preferentially to one’s own associates or supporters …1950 sl.
 
PREFERMENT – adjectives
– NEPOTIC inclined to nepotism; giving unfair preferment to relatives or friends …1847
preferment – nouns 
– NEPOTISM unfair preferment of nephews or relatives to other qualified persons …1670
– VARMENT preferment …1733 Eng. dial.
preferment – person 
– NEPOTIST one who carries out nepotism …1837