Reverse Dictionary: PRES – PRH


PRESAGE – nouns
– OOMUND a presage, presentiment, omen ….1899 Sc.
presage – verbs 
– HARBINGER to announce, to presage …1646
 
PRESBYTERIAN – person
– BLACKMOUTH a Presbyterian …1979 Ulster sl.
– BLACK NEB a Presbyterian …1915 Ulster sl. 
– BLUESKIN a Christian, esp. a Presbyterian, who adheres to a strict moral code …1790 Amer. dial.
– BLUESTOCKING a Christian, esp. a Presbyterian, who adheres to a strict moral code …1829 Amer. dial.
 
PRESCRIPTION – nouns
– PAPER a drug prescription …1960s sl.
– READER a drug prescription …1980s drugs sl.
– SCRIP a prescription for narcotics …1960s US Black sl.
– SCRIPT a prescription for narcotic drugs …1951 sl., orig. US
– WRITING n. a narcotics prescription …1930s US drugs sl.
prescription – verbs 
– WRITE SCRIP(T) to give out prescriptions for narcotics …1930s drugs sl.
 
PRESENCE – nouns
– OMNIPRESENCE presence everywhere …a1822
– OMNIPRESENCY † presence everywhere …1647
 
PRESENT – adjectives
– MODERNAL † belonging to the present day …1542
– OMNIPRESENT present everywhere; present at the same time in all places …a1711
– OMNIPRESENTIAL †* pert. to omnipresence (see ‘presence’) …a1716
present – adverbs
– ABOARD present, part of an enterprise …1957 US sl.
present – nouns 
– ECCEITY † the quality of being present …1549
– NOWANIGHTS the present time …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
PRESENT (gift) – nouns (also see GIFT)
– CADEAU a present or gift …a1845 Fr.
– CHERRY-MERRY a present of money …M19 Anglo-Indian sl.
– COLLIBY † a small present or gift …c1450
– DASH a gift, present, tip …1788
– DRUERY † a love-token, a keepsake, a gift, a present …a1225
– HANDSEL 1. a gift or present (expressive of good wishes) at the beginning of a new year, or on entering upon any new condition, situation, or circumstances, the donning of new clothes, etc.; orig. deemed to be auspicious, or to ensure good luck for the new year, etc.; a good omen …a1300
 2. a gift or present given on any occasion; reward …1390
– HANDY-DANDY † something held or offered in the closed hand; a covert bribe or present …1362
– HANSEL 1. a gift or present (expressive of good wishes) at the beginning of a new year, or on entering upon any new condition, situation, or circumstances, the donning of new clothes, etc.; orig. deemed to be auspicious, or to ensure good luck for the new year, etc. …a1300
 2. a gift or present given on any occasion; reward …1390
– HOUSE-STOY a wedding present …1975 Nova Scotia usage
– MARKET FAIR a present from the market …1821 Eng. dial.
– OBLATION † a present or gratuity …1433
– TIDING a present bought at a feast …1899 Eng. dial.
– TOE-COVER a cheap and useless present …1948 sl.
– VAIL a gift or present in the nature of a bribe …1687
present (gift) – person 
– INDIAN GIVER (offensive) a person who asks for the return of a present he has given …US & Can.
present (gift) – verbs 
– DASH to give a present to; to tip …1861
– HANDSEL to give money or a present to celebrate a new undertaking, etc.; to celebrate for the first time, esp. by drinking …1789 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– OFFER † to give something as a present …1671
– SALUTE † to honour a person with a present, gift, etc. …a1592
– SKINK †* to make a present of; to make over to another …1508 Sc.
 
PRESENTABLE – adjectives
– FEASIBLE adj. of persons: neat, tidy, presentable; of pleasing appearance or manner, decent, respectable …1820 Sc.
 
PRESENTATION – nouns
– DOG AND PONY ACT an elaborately prepared or staged presentation, event, etc. intended to sway or convince …1970s Amer. sl.
– DOG AND PONY SHOW a press conference; any carefully prepared performance …1970s sl.
 
PRESENTING – nouns
– OBLATION † the act of offering or presenting, as a gift in token of respect or honour; also, a gift so offered …1595
 
PRESENTLY – adverbs
– ANBY presently, by and by …1825 Eng. dial.
– ASOON presently …1790 Eng. dial.
– AZOON presently …1790 Eng. dial.
– BAMBY presently, soon; by-and-by …1790 Eng. dial.
– BELIVE immediately, soon; presently, by-and-by …1684 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– BIMEBY presently, soon, before long …1722 Amer. dial.
– BUMBY by and by, presently …1786 Amer. dial.
– BY-AM-BY by and by, presently …1825 Amer. dial.
– BYMEBY by and by, presently …1825 Amer. dial.
– EFTERSOONS † again; soon after, presently …c950
– ENOW shortly, very soon, in a moment, presently, by and by …1790 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– YEENOO just now; at present, presently …1874 Sc.
– YENOO just now; at present, presently …1874 Sc.
– YETTUS as yet; at present, presently …1790 Sc. & Eng. dial.
 
PRESERVE – verbs
– BERGH † to give shelter; to protect, to preserve; to deliver, to save …a1000
– FIRE DOWN to preserve, to can …1941 Amer. dial.
– WARISH † to guard, to secure, to protect, to preserve; to save, to rescue …c1350
 
PRESIDENT – person
– PREX the president of a college, corporation, etc. …1858 sl.
– PREXY the president of a college, corporation, etc. …1858 sl.
– VEEP a vice-president …1949 US sl.
 
PRESS – nouns
– THROW pressure; a press, crowd; a rush …1868 Sc.
press – verbs 
– ADPRESS to press closely to a surface, to lay flat …1872
– BIRSE to bruise, to crush, to squeeze, force, to press …Bk1911 Sc. 
– BRAY to press, to squeeze …Bk1911 Sc.
– IMPACK to pack in; to press closely together in a mass; to pack  up …1611
– JAMMOCK to squeeze, to press; to beat, to crush, to trample into a soft mass …1876 Eng. dial.
– NODGE to push, to press; to strike with the knuckles or elbow, to poke …1853 Sc. 
– PACK to press, to squeeze …1897 Sc.
– QUAT † to beat or press down; to squash, to flatten, to extinguish …c1400-50 obs. exc. Eng. dial. 
– QUEAK to squeeze, to press down, to pinch, to hold tight …1876 Eng. dial.
– QUEASE †* to press, to squeeze …c1450
– QUEEK to squeeze, to press down, to pinch, to hold tight …1876 Eng. dial.
– SCASH † to beat, to batter; to crush or press roughly or carelessly …1801 Sc.
– SCASS † to beat, to batter; to crush or press roughly or carelessly …1801 Sc.
– SCRINGE † to squeeze violently; to press down; to crowd together …1790 Eng. dial.
– SCRINNY to squeeze against or through; to press close …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– SMASH to squeeze, to press, to put one’s weight on; to apply pressure …1994 Amer. dial.
– THRIMBLE to crowd, to throng, to press; to wrestle …1774 Sc.
– THRIMP to press, to squeeze; to press as in a crowd …1850 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– THRING † 1. to press, to crowd, to throng; to move or gather in a crowd; to assemble; to crowd around, to throng a person …a800
 2. to press or push forward, as against obstacles; to push or force one’s way hastily or eagerly; to press, rush, hasten, push on  …c893 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– THRIST to thrust, to push; to press, to squeeze, to hug; to wring …1838 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– THRUMBLE to press, compress, squeeze; to crowd or heap together, to throng …1589 chiefly Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– THRUSH to thrust; to press, as in or by a throng of people …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– THRUTCH 1. to thrust; to press, to push, to shove; to push or elbow one’s way through a crowd, etc. …1740 Eng. dial.
2. to crowd, to press, to squeeze, to huddle together …1874 Eng. dial.
– TRIST to thrust, to push; to press, to squeeze, to hug; to wring …1838 Sc.
 
PRESS AGENT – person
– SPACE BANDIT a press agent …c1940 Amer. theatre sl. 
 
PRESS CONFERENCE – nouns
– DOG AND PONY SHOW a press conference; any carefully prepared performance …1970s sl.
 
PRESS DOWN – verbs
– BAT to press down, to flatten, to compress …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
 
PRESSING – adjectives
– IMPORTUNATE † pressing, urgent; busy …1542-3
– IMPORTUNE 1. persistent or pressing in solicitation; pertinacious; irksome through persistency of request …1447
2.  pressing, urgent; busy …c1450
– INSTANT urgent, pressing, persistent …1839 Sc.
– RASH †* urgent, pressing …1606
 
PRESSINGLY – adverbs
– BATAUNTLY † hastily, pressingly, eagerly …1393
– IMPORTUNATELY with pressing or persistent action or purpose; pressingly …1568
– IMPORTUNELY † pressingly, persistently, pertinaciously …1502
– NEEDFULLY necessarily, upon compulsion or constraint; urgently, pressingly …a1340
 
PRESSURE – adjectives
– HARD PUSHED hard pressed; subjected to pressure of one kind or another, usually financial …1834 Amer. dial.
– HARD RUN hard pressed; subjected to pressure of one kind or another, usually financial; without resources; needy …1791 Amer. dial.
– UNDER THE COSH under pressure, usually at work …2000s sl.
– UNDER THE GUN under great pressure or stress …1940s sl., orig. US
– UNDER THE SCREWS under pressure …E19
pressure – nouns 
– ACCORDION ACT collapsing under pressure …1989 US sl.
– BEAR † pressure, thrust …1674
– MONKEY ON ONE’S BACK a burden or great disadvantage; a source of emotional pressure …1959 Amer. colloq.
– THROW pressure; a press, crowd; a rush …1868 Sc.
pressure – verbs  (includes PRESSURIZE) 
– APPLY THE ACID to exert pressure on a person for a loan, a favour, sexual compliance, etc. …1935 Aust. sl.
– CHEW ONE’S ASS to put pressure on somebody …1965 Amer. dial.
– CHEW ONE’S ASS OUT to bawl out, to scold, to reprimand; to put pressure on somebody …1965 Amer. dial.
– CHEW OUT to bawl out, to scold, to reprimand; to put pressure on somebody …1948 Amer. dial.
– DANCE SOMEONE AROUND to harass; to pressurize someone …1980s US sl.
– DOG to crumble under pressure …20C teen & high school sl.
– FREAK OUT to snap under intolerable pressure …1979 UK sl.
– GIVE SOME SLACK to let someone relax, to stop pressuring …1950s sl.
– HIGH-PRESSURE to pressurize, to intimidate …1920s sl.
– KICK ONE’S NORTH END TO GOING SOUTH to put pressure on somebody to do something he ought to have done but hasn’t …1970 Amer. dial.
– LEAN INTO to pressurize, to threaten …20C Irish sl.
– LEAN ON to pressurize, to persuade, possibly with violence or threats of violence, to threaten with force ..1920s sl., orig. US
– MONSTER to make a verbal attack on someone or something; to put pressure on …1967 Aust. sl.
– OOCH to pressure, to urge …1979 Amer. dial.
– OOTZ to pressure, to urge …1958 Amer. dial.
​- PLY THE ACID (ON) to exert a pressure which is difficult to resist; to exert such pressure on a person, etc.  …1906 Aust.
– POKE to urge, to push, to pressure …1913 Amer. dial.
– POKE UP to urge, to push, to pressure …1950 Amer. dial.
– PUT THE ACID ON to exert a pressure which is difficult to resist; to exert such pressure on a person, etc. …1903 Aust.
– PUT THE BEAD ON to put pressure on somebody to do something he ought to have done but hasn’t …1968 Amer. dial.
– PUT THE BEE ON SOMEONE to pressure someone, often to make or repay a loan …1918 Amer. dial.
– PUT THE BITE ON to pressurize someone, esp. for a loan or repayment of money owed, or as part of a campaign of intimidation …E20 Amer. sl.
– PUT THE BUG ON to put pressure on somebody to do something he ought to have done …1968 Amer. dial.
– PUT THE GAS ON to exert pressure on a person for a loan, a favour, sexual compliance, etc. …1900s Aust. sl.
– RANK OUT to beg for help, to surrender to pressure, to behave badly or weakly …1980s US Black sl.
– STAND THE ACID to stand up under pressure, to maintain one’s composure …1900s US sl.
– TRY THE ACID to exert pressure on a person for a loan, a favour, sexual compliance, etc. …20C Aust. sl.
– WARM ONE’S BRITCHES to put pressure on someone to do something he should have already done …1965 Amer. dial.
 
PRESTIGE – nouns
– IZZAT, IZZUT honour, reputation, credit, prestige …1857
– KUDOS glory, game, prestige …1890 UK
 
PRESUME – verbs
– BEAR † to exalt or lift up oneself upon; to plume oneself, to presume …c1400
– FANCY YOUR CHANCE to presume that your charm or skill will suffice to achieve success …1962 UK sl.
– FANCY YOUR CHANCES to presume that your charm or skill will suffice to achieve success …1962 UK sl.
– FASHION to dare, to presume, to venture; to have the face to …1847 Eng. dial.
– TAKE ON to assume airs; to behave proudly or haughtily; to presume; to take liberties …1668
 
PRESUMING – adjectives
– HOIT-A-POIT assuming airs of importance unsuitable to years or action; presuming, forward …B1900 Eng. dial.
– UP-STARING somewhat presuming …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
 
PRESUMPTION – nouns
– ASSUMACY presumption …1940 Amer. dial.
– BAYARDISM † ignorant presumption …1624
– OGART † arrogance, presumption …c1375 Sc.
– OIL pretentiousness, presumption …20C UK sl.
– SUCCUDRY † presumption, arrogance …1375 Sc.
– SUMPTION † the taking of a thing as true without proof; hence, an assumption, presumption …1572
presumption – verbs
– HAVE A NECK to show impudence or presumption …1895 Eng. dial.
 
PRESUMPTUOUS – adjectives
– ABOVE ONESELF arrogant, conceited, self-important, presumptuous; overly ambitious …1823
– DARING-HARDY † foolhardy, presumptuous, audacious …1593
– FAST-GATED reckless, thoughtless, hasty; presumptuous, immodest …1874 Eng. dial.
– IGGERANT ill-mannered, presumptuous, forward …1880 Sc.
– IGNORANT ill-mannered, presumptuous, forward …1880 Sc.
– MALAPERT † presumptuous, impudent, saucy; bold or forward from lack of proper respect or modesty …c1420 obs. exc. arch.
– OFF BASE presumptuous; impudent …1950s US sl.
– ORGEL † proud, haughty, presumptuous, disdainful …c1200
– ORGHEL † proud, haughty, presumptuous, disdainful …c1200
– ORGUEIL † proud, haughty, disdainful, presumptuous …a1275
– ORGUIL † proud, haughty, disdainful, presumptuous …a1275
– ORGUL † proud, haughty, disdainful, presumptuous …a1275
– ORHEL † proud, haughty, presumptuous, disdainful …c1200
– PAPPY of persons: conceited, stiff with self-esteem, stuck-up, officious, pompous, puffed up with pride; presumptuous …1881 Sc.
– SUCCUDROUS † presumptuous, arrogant …c1475 Sc.
– SURCUIDANT †* arrogant, insolent, presumptuous …a1529
– UMPTUOUS presumptuous …1864 Eng. dial.
– UPSOME froward; haughty, presumptuous …1901 Eng. dial.
presumptuous – nouns  (includes PRESUMPTUOUSNESS)
– EVEN-UP presumptuousness …1990s W. Indies sl.
– MALAPERTNESS † the quality of being presumptuous; impudence, sauciness …1430-40 obs. exc. arch.
presumptuous – person 
– GAMFREL † a fool; a forward, presumptuous person …a1758 Sc.
– GAMPHRELL a fool; a forward, presumptuous person …1800 Sc.
– IMPERTINENT a meddlesome, presumptuous, or insolent person; one who does or says that which he has no business to do or say, and which is considered a piece of presumption or insolence …1635
– MALAPERT † a presumptuous, impudent, pert, or saucy person …1622 obs. exc. arch.
– SQUIRT someone insignificant but presumptuous …1848 sl., orig. US
presumptuous – verbs
– TAKE † to take too much upon one; to behave presumptuously or haughtily, to assume airs …c1470
 
PRESUMPTUOUSLY – adverbs
– SUCCUDROUSLY † presumptuously, arrogantly …c1375 Sc.
 
PRETEND – person  (includes PRETENDER)
– AEOLIST a pretender to inspiration or spiritual regeneration …1704
– AFFRONTER † one who impudently deceives; a pretender …1598
– BLUFFER one who pretends to know what he does not …Bk1913-17 Amer. college sl.
– CACAFUEGO a pretender and braggart …a1640
– DEADBEAT an impostor or pretender; a fraud; a cheat …1873 Amer. sl.
– FANFARON a bully, blusterer, swaggerer; an empty boaster or braggart; a vain pretender …1622
– FIGURE-CASTER † a pretender to astrology …1584
– FLUBDUB a snob, a pretender …1893 Amer. dial.
– GAR-ME-TRUE a hypocrite, a pretender; a philanderer; one who makes believe …1871 Sc.
– HUGGINS AND MUGGINS a pretender to importance …Bk1922
– IDOL † a fictitious personation; a counterfeit, sham; a pretender …1590
– JACK-IN-THE-PULPIT a pretender; an upstart …Bk1896 sl. 
– LADY-WIT † an effeminate pretender to culture …1647
– LITERATOR † a pretender to learning; a sciolist …a1641
– MAMAMOUCHI a pompous-sounding title; one who assumes such a title; a ridiculous pretender to elevated dignity; a buffoon …1672
– MEDICASTER a pretender to medical skill; a quack, charlatan …1639
– MOUNTEBANK a charlatan, a person who falsely claims knowledge of or skill in some matter, esp. for personal gain; a person who pretends to be something he or she is not, in order to gain prestige, fame, etc.; a boastful pretender …1589
– ONPUT one who puts on an act; a pretender, a shammer …1958 Sc.
– PANJANDRUM a mock title for an imaginary or mysterious person of much power, or one of great pretensions; a pompous pretender; one who is self-important …a1880
– PANSOPHIST a claimant or pretender to universal knowledge …1864
– SACRIPANT * a boastful pretender to valour …1830
pretend – verbs
– AFFECT to put on a pretense of; to assume a false appearance of, to counterfeit or pretend …1661
– APE to pretend …1968 Amer. dial.
– BOURT † to pretend, to make believe …Bk1886
– BRADE † to pretend …Bk1886
– CRACK ON to pretend, esp. to pretend to be ill or hurt …1880s sl. ? orig, military
– DISSIMULATE to dissemble; to feign; to pretend …1610
– FAKE to feign or simulate; to pretend …1889 sl.
– FAKE IT to feign or simulate; to pretend …1889 sl.
– FAKE THE FUNK to pretend to be in the know; to fake being stylish …Bk2006 US sl.
– FALSE GIG to pretend to be what one is not; to act under false pretenses …1940s Aust. sl.
– FALSIFY to sham illness, to pretend …1875 Eng. dial.
– GAM to pretend …1989 Irish sl.
– GAME to pretend, to sham …1865 Eng. dial.
– GAMMON to feign, to pretend …1812
– GAM ON to pretend, to make out that …1940s Irish sl.
– GAR-BELIEVE to make believe; to pretend …1916 Sc.
– LEET to feign, pretend …Bk1855 Eng. dial.
– LEETEN to pretend …Bk1855 Eng. dial.
– LET † to behave, to comport oneself; to have a particular behaviour or appearance; to make as though, to pretend …c1000
– MAKE to act, to pretend, to feign …1848 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– MAKE FASHION to pretend; to make a pretense of …1816 Sc.
– MAKE OFF to pretend …1940s US sl.
– MAKE WISE to pretend, to feign, to make believe …1867 Eng. dial.
– MIMICATE † to mimic; to pretend, sham …1824 Sc.
– MIMP to make believe; to sham, to pretend …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– MUCK ABOUT to pretend, to act half-heartedly, to play about …M19 sl.
– OBTEND † to put forward as a statement, reason, etc.; to pretend, to allege, to maintain …1573
– PERSEEN to pretend …Bk1893 Eng. dial.
– PRETEX † to allege falsely; to pretend …1545
– PUT ONESELF AWAY to pretend; to hoax …1930s sl.
– RAMP to pretend …2000 UK sl.
– SCHLENTER to pretend (for criminal purposes) to defraud …L19 sl.
– SIMULACRIZE to pretend …1845
– SPORT A NESCIO not to understand anything …B1670 university sl.
– SWANK to pretend by one’s behaviour to be something superior to what one is …1809
– TAKE † to affect, to feign, to pretend, to make believe to do something …1571
– TAKE ON to assume; to feign, to pretend; to act as a hypocrite …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
 
PRETENDED – adjectives
– FAINT † feigned, pretended, simulated …a1300
– FAKE fraudulent; spurious; counterfeit; false; pretended …1775
– FICTIONARY pretended, imaginary, existing only in fiction …1882
– GAMMONING † counterfeit, false, pretended, feign …1802 UK sl.
– SIMULAR simulated, pretended, counterfeited …1611
– VARNISHED simulated, pretended …1607
 
PRETENSE – adjectives
– SIMULATIVE characterized by simulation or pretense …1490
– SIMULATORY †* characterized by simulation or pretense …1618
pretense – adverbs 
– FAINTLY † feignedly, by way of feint or pretense, deceitfully …c1330
– UNDER THE UMBER OF † on pretense of …1423
pretense – nouns 
– ACT an instance of insincere behaviour; a display of pretended feeling; an affected pretense …1934
– AIRS AND GRACES would-be elegant or genteel mannerisms intended to impress; affected manners intended to convey a person’s refinement or superiority; pretensions …1697
– AUNTER a pretense, needless scruple, excuse, hesitation …1703 Eng. dial.
– BLUFF an excuse, a pretense; talk intended to mystify or deceive …M19
– FAFF swagger, pretense; show, useless adornments …1880 Eng. dial.
– FAINTISE † deceit, dissimulation, hypocrisy, pretense …1340
– FAITING † deceit, pretense …1377
– FARANCE a pretense, make believe …Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– FA-SAY a pretense, a sham …Bk1900 Sc.
– FASHION † outward action or ceremony; a mere form, pretense …1571
– FLASH a boast, brag, or great pretense made by a spendthrift, quack, or pretender to more art or knowledge than he really has …1748 sl.
– GAFF † a pretense; an imposture …1877 UK prison sl.
– GAS empty or boastful talk; showy pretense, bombast; humbug, nonsense …1847 sl.
– GAUD † a trick, a prank; often, a device to deceive, a piece of trickery, a pretense; also, a game, sport, or pastime …a1300
– GAWD † a trick, a prank; often, a device to deceive, a piece of trickery, a pretense; also, a game, sport, or pastime …a1300
– GUIVER insincere talk; pretense …1864 Aust. sl.
– GUYVER insincere talk; pretense …1864 Aust. sl.
– GYVO humbug; flattery; insincerity, pretense; deceptive talk or behaviour …c1935 Aust. sl.
– MAKE-BELIEF * pretense …1833-40
– MAKE-WISE a pretense, make-believe …1846 Eng. dial. 
– MAKING-AS-IF pretense, make-believe …1813 nonce word
– MASQUERADE disguise; false, outward show; pretense …1674
– MONMOUTH STREET FINERY tawdry clothes, furniture, etc.; pretense, pretentiousness …c1850 Brit. colloq.
– OFF-COME an excuse, pretense, evasion; an apology; a strange speech …a1700 Sc.
– OFF-PUT a delay; postponement; a pretense for delay, an evasion; a feint …1730 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– OFF-SET an excuse, pretense …1768 Sc.
– OKEY-DOKE foolishness; stupidity; pretense …1969 sl., esp. Black usage
– ONPUT a pretense, insincere behaviour …1958 Sc.
– RACKET pretense, deceit …Bk19C Eng, dial.
– UMBRAGE † a pretext or pretense; a false show …1634
– VARNISH an outward show; a pretense …1565
– VITTRE a whim; a pretense …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
pretense – verbs
– AFFECT to put on a pretense of; to assume a false appearance of, to counterfeit or pretend …1661
– PASS THE BOTTLE OF SMOKE to give countenance to a conventional falsehood; to make pretense …1867
 
PRETENTIOUS – adjectives
– AFFECTATIOUS †* of the nature of affectation; pretentious, fake, sham, feigned …1687
– AIRIFIED made airy; flimsy; pretentious, affectedly superior, given to assuming airs …1837 
– AIRY * assuming airs; making lofty pretensions …1606
– ARSEY, ARSY having an exaggerated opinion of one’s own importance; arrogant, pretentious, conceited …1993 UK sl.
– ARTY pretentiously artistic; ostentatiously bohemian in speech or manner …c1900 Amer. sl.
– ARTSY-CRAFTSY pretentious, humourless, self-opinionated …1960s sl.
– ARTSY-FARTSY pretentious …1960s sl.
– ARTY-AND-CRAFTY pretentious; humourless …1950s sl.
– ARTY-CRAFTY pretentious; humourless …1950s sl.
– ARTY-FARTY pretentious, overly intellectual or artistic; exhibiting superficial form and little positive content, etc. …1950s sl.
– ARTY-TARTY pretentious, overly intellectual or artistic; exhibiting superficial form and little positive content, etc. …1950s sl.
– BOSS pretentious …Bk1911 Sc.
– CHI-CHI smart, stylish; pretentious, affected; fancy …20C Amer. sl.
– COUNTY snobbish, pretentious …1921 Brit. sl.
– FANCY highfalutin, pretentious, putting on airs …1954 Amer. dial.
– FANCY-DAN fancy; pretentious; affected …1938 Amer. sl.
– FANCY PANTS smart, pretentious …1949 sl.
– FASTUOSE † haughty, arrogant, pretentious, ostentatious …1727
– FASTUOUS proud, haughty, disdainful, arrogant; pretentious, ostentatious …a1638
– GACK unappealing, pretentious …1980s sl.
– HALF-HUNG-TEE of persons aping their betters: pretentious, affecting gentility …1929 Sc.
– HIGHFALUTIN absurdly pompous or pretentious; stuck-up, snobbish…1839 colloq.
– HIGH-FLYING pompous, pretentious …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– HIGH-NOSED arrogant, supercilious; intellectual, pretentious …L18 sl.
– HOITY-TOITY haughty, conceited, snobbish, pretentious …1713 sl.
– HOKEY sentimentally or melodramatically artificial; pretentious …1945 sl., orig. US
– HOKIE sentimentally or melodramatically artificial; pretentious …1945 sl., orig. US
– HOKY sentimentally or melodramatically artificial; pretentious …1945 sl., orig. US
– HORSESHIT contemptible or pretentious; worthless; offensive; unsatisfactory …1939 US sl.
– HUMGUMPTIOUS splendid, excellent, pretentious …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– LA-DE-DA very stylish; affectedly smart of costume, voice, manners; pretentious …c1860 colloq.
– LA-DE-DAH affected; pretentious …1922 sl.
– LA-DI-DA pert. to the affectedly cultured speech and manners of the upper-classes, esp. when noted from a lower social station; hence, pretentious …1895 jocular
– LA-DI-DAH pert. to the affectedly cultured speech and manners of the upper-classes, esp. when noted from a lower social station; hence, pretentious …1890 US jocular
– LAH-DE-DAH affected; stylish; pretentious …a1889 sl.
– MORE FRONT THAN MYERS very cheeky or pretentious …Bk1999 Aust. sl.
– NABBY neat, trim, well-dressed; pretentious, dressed above one’s station …1879 Sc.
– NABITY neat, trim, well-dressed; pretentious, dressed above one’s station …Bk1903 Sc.
– ON ONE’S HIGH HORSE pretentious …Bk1995 US sl.
– PAVEAN pretentious, proud …1825 Sc.  
– PISS-ELEGANT affectedly refined, pretentious, precious; also, cheaply showy or flashy in dress or appearance …1941 sl.
– PSEUD pretentious …1962 colloq.
– PSEUDO pretentious …1945 sl.
– PSEUDY pretentious …1989 sl.
– PUT-ON affected, pretentious …L19 US sl.
– SADIDDY exhibiting an unwarranted air of superiority; conceited, stuck-up, pretentious, affected …1992 Amer. dial.
– SADITTY exhibiting an unwarranted air of superiority; conceited, stuck-up, pretentious, affected …1972 Amer. dial.
– SCABBERT socially pretentious, snobbish, aspiring to gentility …1825 Sc.
– SEDDITY snobbish and pretentious …1960s US Black sl.
– SEDITTY exhibiting an unwarranted air of superiority; conceited, stuck-up, pretentious, affected …1967 Amer. dial.
– SIDDITY exhibiting an unwarranted air of superiority; conceited, stuck-up, pretentious, affected …1992 Amer. dial.
– SIDITTY exhibiting an unwarranted air of superiority; conceited, stuck-up, pretentious, affected …1969 Amer. dial.
– SILVERTAIL pretentious …1962 Aust. sl.
– SLANGY flashy or pretentious …c1850 sl.
– SNOOTY snobbish, pretentious …1919 sl.
– STUCK-UP snobbish, pretentious …1829 sl.
– TARTUFFISH hypocritical, pretentious …1768
– TOFFEE-NOSED snobbish, pretentious ..1925 sl., chiefly Brit.
– TOPLOFTY lofty in manner or character; elevated; haughty, high and mighty, pretentious, stuck-up …1859 colloq. humorous
– UPSTUCK stuck up, arrogant, pretentious …1904 Amer. dial.
– VAPOURING 1. acting or talking in a pretentious or high-flown manner …1647
2. having a fantastical, pretentious, or foolishly boastful character …1649
pretentious – nouns  (includes PRETENTIOUSNESS) 
– BLA pretentious or misleading talk …1918 sl., orig. US
– BLAH pretentious talk or writing; insincere or exaggerated talk intended to flatter or deceive; humbug or flattery; nonsense …1918 US sl.
– BLAH-BLAH pretentious talk or writing; insincere or exaggerated talk intended to flatter or deceive; humbug or flattery …1918 US sl.
– DOG boastful or pretentious manner or attitude; flashiness …1871 sl., orig. US
– FANTOOSHERIE fuss, pretentiousness, ‘swank’ …1951 Sc.
– MAGUFFY anything large and pretentious …20C W. Indies sl.
– MONMOUTH STREET FINERY tawdry clothes, furniture, etc.; pretense, pretentiousness …c1850 Brit. colloq.
– MOODY pretentious or misleading talk …1934 Brit. sl.  
– MUMBO JUMBO pretentious or misleading talk …1896 sl.
– OIL pretentiousness, presumption …20C UK sl.
– PISS-ELEGANCE the state of being affectedly refined or pretentious …1971 sl.
– SIDE pretentiousness; swagger; conceit …1878 sl.
– SOME PUNKINS something prominent or pretentious …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– TARATANTARA † high-flown, loud, extravagant, or pretentious talk; bombast …1599
– TARATANTARO † high-flown, loud, extravagant, or pretentious talk; bombast …1670
– TIGERISM vulgar ostentation or affectation; pretentiousness; swagger …1836
– TINSELRY cheap and pretentious display …1820
– VAPOURING the act of talking or acting in a high-flown or pretentious manner …c1630
pretentious – person
– AFFECTER a professed adherent or practiser of anything; an ostentatious or pretentious user, possessor, or professor …1580
– ARTSY-FARTSY a pretentious person …1960s sl.
– BATTERLASH a small-witted person; a foolish or gullible person;  a pretentious fool …1867 Eng. dial. 
– BIG IKE a self-important, conceited or pretentious person …1902 Amer. dial.
– BLADDER an inflated pretentious man; a windbag …1579
– BLUEBELLY a proud, pretentious person; a term of reproach …1950 Amer. dial.
– FANCY DAN a dandy; an affected or pretentious fellow; a show-off …1943 Amer. sl.
– FANCY PANTS a dandy; a pretentious, superior, self-important person …1934 US sl.
– GENTLEMAN a stuck-up, pretentious, or conceited person …Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– GOBDAW a fool; a pretentious person …M20 sl., chiefly Irish
– HALF NAB a pretentious person; one claiming to be genteel …1892 Sc.
– IKE a self-important, conceited or pretentious person …1902 Amer. dial.
– LADY ESTHER a pretentious or self-important woman …1966 Amer. dial.
– LADY ESTHERBILT a pretentious or self-important woman …1966 Amer. dial.
– LADY MUCK a woman who is unjustifiably self-important or esteemed; an arrogant, pretentious woman of any class …1957 UK sl.
– NABS a vain, pretentious, or impudent person – a term of familiarity …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– OLD PUT a pretentious old gentleman …M18 sl.
– PISS-ARTIST a pretentious and usually pompous poseur who is incompetent, but full of promises …L20 colloq.
– POP-SQUIRT a pert, conceited man of small physique; an insignificant, pretentious fellow …1905 Amer. dial.
– PSEUD a false, artificial, or pretentious person …1964 colloq.
– PSEUDO a pretentious person …1959 sl.
– SCAWBERT a pretentious person; one who wishes to appear above his rank …Bk1904 Sc.
– SNOLLYGOSTER a pretentious, boastful fellow; a shrewd, unprincipled fellow, especially a politician …1846 US sl.
– SOME PUNKINS someone prominent or pretentious …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– STUFFED SHIRT a pretentious, uptight person …1913 colloq.
– TINHORN a pretentious or flashy person …1887 US sl.
– TOFFEE-NOSE someone who is snobbish or pretentious …1943 sl., chiefly Brit.
– WANK a person who deceives, deludes himself by refusing to see the truth or reality; a pretentious person  …1973 Aust. sl.
– WANKER a person who deceives, deludes himself by refusing to see the truth or reality; a pretentious person …1978 Aust. sl. 
– WISE IKE a self-important, pretentious person …20C sl.
pretentious – verbs
– BLAH to talk pretentiously or ostentatiously …1924 sl.
– BE UP ONE’S OWN ARSE to be self-involved, pretentious, or conceited …1988 UK sl.
– BE UP ONE’S OWN ASS to be self-involved, pretentious, or conceited …2014
– BLAH-BLAH to talk pretentiously or ostentatiously …1924 sl.
– BUNG ON THE BULL to show off; to act in a pretentious manner …1940s Aust. sl.
– CLIMB UP ONE’S OWN ASS to be over-engaged with oneself or one’s own concerns, affairs, or work, to the exclusion of anyone or anything else; to become excessively self-involved, self-important, or pretentious …1992
– DISAPPEAR UP ONE’S OWN ARSE to become self-involved pretentious, or conceited, typically to a degree which is abnormal or harmful …1966 UK sl.
– DISAPPEAR UP ONE’S OWN ASS to be over-engaged with oneself or one’s own concerns, affairs, or work, to the exclusion of anyone or anything else; to become excessively self-involved, self-important, or pretentious …1973
– LIVE UP ONE’S OWN ASS to be self-involved, pretentious, or conceited …1997
– MOUNT THE HIGH HORSE said of a person affecting airs of superiority, or behaving pretentiously or arrogantly; to be overbearing or oppressive; to be proud; to take offense …1871
– QUACK to talk pretentiously and ignorantly, like a quack …1756
– SIDE to act in a pretentious manner, to put on airs …1910s sl.
– VANISH UP ONE’S OWN ASS to be over-engaged with oneself or one’s own concerns, affairs, or work, to the exclusion of anyone or anything else; to become excessively self-involved, self-important, or pretentious …2008
– WOOF to talk pretentiously or ostentatiously …1934 US Black sl.
 
PRETENTIOUSLY – adverbs
– AIRLY pretentiously …L18 US sl.
– FASTUOUSLY ostentatiously, haughtily, arrogantly, pretentiously …a1677
 
PRETEXT – nouns
– BACKSET an excuse, a colourable pretext …1862 Eng. dial.
– HAIR TO MAKE A TETHER OF, A a slight pretext of which to make a great deal …1809
– SCONCE a pretext; an apology, an excuse; a trick; deception …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– UMBRAGE † a pretext or pretense; a false show …1634
pretext – verbs 
– UMBRAGE † to give a pretext or ground for …1689
 
PRETTY – adjectives
– BELLE † pretty, handsome …1668
– CUNNING quaintly interesting; pretty, attractive …1854 sl. orig. US
– DEFT pretty; neat …1671 Eng. dial.  
– DIMBER pretty …1665 rogues’ cant
– FACEABLE fit to be seen, pretty, fitting …1894 Sc.
– FEAT † neat in form or appearance, pretty, elegant …a1471 obs. exc. arch. & Eng. dial.
– FEATY † neat, pretty …1621
– GIM † smart, spruce, fine, neat, pretty …1513 obs. exc. Eng dial.
– JANT † pretty …c1648-50
– MINIONETTE †* small and pretty; delicate, dainty, effeminate …1749
– NEAT † pleasing to the eye, pretty …1798 Sc.
– OUTLOOKINGEST prettiest …1975 Amer. dial.
– pretty …1982 Hawaiian youth usage
– PRETTY AS A SPECKLED PUP, AS exceedingly pretty …Bk1912 Amer. dial.
– PRUNK neat, smart, pretty …1892 Sc.
– PURTY pretty …1960 Irish sl.
– SLICK AS A GREASED PIG very pleasing, successful, pretty, etc. …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– SLICK AS A RAM-CAT very pleasing, successful, pretty, etc. …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– SLICK AS A SCHOOL-MARM’S LEG very pleasing, successful, pretty, etc. …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– SNOUT-FAIR † having a fair countenance; fair-faced, comely, pretty, handsome, good-looking; in frequent use in the 16th and early 17th century, usually with some disparaging suggestion …1530
– VIRE of persons, animals, or things: pretty, showy, handsome, well-made, or well-fed …1929 Sc.
pretty – person
– ANGEL PUSS a person, esp. a young woman, having an angelic or pretty face; a slightly ironic term of endearment …1941 Amer. sl.
– ARM CANDY a pretty woman whose role is merely to adorn the arm of her male companion …1990s sl.
– BABYCAKES a pretty young woman or handsome man …1964 sl.
– BANTER a young girl, a slender or pretty young woman …1944 US Black sl.
– BARBIE DOLL a pretty, giddy girl or woman …Bk2006 US sl.
– BEAUT FROM THE INSTITUTE a pretty college girl …Bk1942 US sl.
– BENE MORT a fine woman, or pretty girl …1608 UK sl.
– BIEN MORT a fine woman, or pretty girl …1612 UK sl.
– BOMB HEAVER a pretty girl …Bk1944 Amer. services sl.
– BONNIBEL a bonny lass – a fair maid – a pretty girl …1579 arch.
– CAKES a pretty young woman, or a handsome young man …1960s US sl.
– CAKIE a pretty young woman, or a handsome young man …1960s US sl.
– DAB-CHICK a pretty girl or woman …1610
– DALL a pretty, silly woman …1818 Sc.
– DALLY a pretty, silly woman …1822 Sc.
– DIMBER-COVE a pretty fellow …1837 rogues’ cant
– DIME a pretty girl …1999 US sl.
– FAIRY a pretty young woman …20C colloq.
– GEAR a pretty girl …2013 US sl.
– GOOEY a pretty girlfriend …1980s sl.
– HEATHER a superficial girl or young woman, pretty but lacking in intelligence; a girl who’s a trendy dresser …Bk1989 US college sl.
– HEIFER a female; a woman, a girl; a pretty or personable young woman …1835 sl.
– JAM a pretty young woman – not necessarily with any sexual connotation …M19 Brit. sl.
– LITTLE SILLY a girl; a pretty girl …1900s Aust. sl.
– MIDNIGHT SNACK a small pretty girl …Bk1945 jive usage
– MOPPET a pretty, saucy girl …Bk1930 UK sl.
– MOPSEY, MOPSIE a young girl; a pretty child; a darling, a sweetheart; often as a term of endearment …1582
– PASTRY a pretty young women …L19 sl.
– PATOOTIE a sweetheart or girlfriend – a pretty girl …1921 US sl.
– QUEEN a pretty young woman – a beauty …18C US sl.
– SPARKLER one who sparkles or shines in respect of beauty or accomplishments; esp. a vivacious, witty, or pretty young woman …1713
– TODDLES a pretty young woman …M19 sl.
– YUM-YUM a pretty young woman …1883 sl.
– WHITING-MOP † a fair lass; a pretty girl; a term of endearment for a girl …1701 
 
PREVAIL – verbs
– VAIL † to have might or power; to prevail …a1300
 
PREVAILING – nouns
– MASTERY † predominance; predominating feature; prevailing character …1477
 
PREVALENT – adjectives
– BRIEF prevalent, widespread; esp. said of a communicable disease …1722 Amer. dial.
– PENNY-RIFE † as rife or common as pennies; very common or prevalent …1606
prevalent – verbs 
– REIGN to be prevalent …1885 Eng. dial.
 
PREVARICATE – verbs
– CAFFLE to prevaricate, to argue, to haggle …1886 Eng. dial.
– GLADSTONIZE to talk at great length without saying much of consequence; to speak much and mean nothing; to evade or prevaricate …1892
– HAFFLE to hesitate; to speak confusedly; to falter; to stammer; to prevaricate, to quibble …1790 Eng. dial.
– PALTER to shift, to shuffle, to equivocate, to prevaricate in statement or dealing; to deal crookedly or evasively; to play fast and loose, to use trickery …1601
– PAVIE to talk in a guarded manner; to prevaricate, to equivocate; to hedge …1914 Sc.
– TONGUE-TWIST to act evasively, to prevaricate …1836
 
PREVARICATING – adjectives
– CAFFLING prevaricating, excusing …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– HAFFLING hesitating, indecisive; prevaricating …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– HAFFLING AND SHAFFLING confused, prevaricating …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– HAFFLY hesitating, indecisive; prevaricating …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
 
PREVARICATION – nouns
– HIFFLE-HAFFLE hesitancy, prevarication …B1900 Eng. dial.
– JACK AN’ DANNY nonsense, time-wasting, prevarication …1990s rhyming sl. for ‘fanny’
– JACKY DANNY nonsense, time-wasting, prevarication …1990s rhyming sl. for ‘fanny’
 
PREVARICATOR – person
– KEELIE, KEELY a prevaricator; one who is not straightforward in his dealings …1932 Sc.
 
PREVENT – verbs
– AIL to hinder, to prevent …1817 Sc.
– BALK to hinder, to prevent, to thwart, to impede …1865 Eng. dial.
– BAR BY AND MAIN † to prevent entirely; to stop altogether …1567
– BEFORE-COME † to prevent …1382
– CRUSH IN THE EGG vb. to nip in the bud, to halt at an early stage, to thoroughly check something; to prevent …1689 
– FALL THROUGH to bungle, to blunder; to spoil, to prevent by mismanagement …1766 Sc.
– FORFEND to avert, to keep away or off, to fend off, to prevent …1382 arch.
– IMPEACH † to impede, to hinder, to prevent …c1380
– INHABLE † to disable, to prevent, to disqualify …1631 Sc.
– LET to hinder, to prevent, to obstruct, to stand in the way of …c888 arch.
– MAR ALL † to act so as to prevent a project or operation from being carried to a successful issue; to spoil everything; to act badly …c1420
– OBVENT †* to prevent, to frustrate …1599
– OBVIATE † to meet and dispose of or do away with a thing; to clear out of the way; to prevent by anticipatory measures …1598
– PUT THE BLOCKS ON to prevent from going ahead …Bk1999 
– PUT THE KIBOSH ON to frustrate, to ruin, to prevent, to jeopardize …1830s sl.
– PUT THE KYBOSH ON to frustrate, to ruin, to prevent, to jeopardize …1830s sl.
– TENT to prevent, to hinder …1781 Eng. dial.
– TIE OFF to prevent, to prohibit …1894 Eng. dial.
– WARN † 1. to prevent, to hinder, to restrain from action …c888
2. to prevent a person from having something …a1240
 
PREVENTION – nouns
– IMPEACH † hindrance, impediment, prevention …1551
– IMPEACHMENT † hindrance, prevention, obstruction; impediment, obstacle …1432
– OBVIATION a preventing; prevention …c1400 
 
PREVENTIVE – nouns
– CAMMICK a preventive, a stop …Bk1898 Sc.
 
PREVIOUS – adjectives
– PREALLABLE preceding, previous, preliminary; going before …1603
– PREDECESSIVE †* that has gone before; preceding; previous …1599
– PREVIAL † going before, previous …1613
– PREVIANT †* going before, previous …1601
 
PREVIOUSLY – adverbs
– BEFOREHAND † before this or that, previously …a1300
– BEFORETIMES † formerly, previously …a1555
– RATHER † previously, beforehand …c1325
– TOFORE † of time: previously, beforehand, earlier; in the past …c1175
– TOFOREHAND † beforehand, previously …1387
– TOFORETIME † previously, aforetime …c1400
 
PREY – adjectives
– RAPTORIAL given to seizing prey, predatory …1825
prey – nouns 
– CREAM PUFF an easy target; easy prey …1915 US sl.
– RAVEN prey; anything got by violence …B1900 Eng. dial.
prey – verbs 
– VAMPIRE to assail or prey upon after the manner of a vampire …1831
– VAMPIRIZE * to assail or prey upon after the manner of a vampire …1888