PRISONER OF WAR – adjectives
– IN THE BAG in the military: taken as a prisoner of war …1919 Amer. sl.
prisoner of war – nouns
– CRAMPER a small cage in which a prisoner of war is confined …1986 US sl.
– ENTRAMELLS bondage, the chains of slavery; prisoners of war …Bk1900 Sc.
prisoner of war – person
– GOON a German guard during World War II …1945 Brit. & US prisoners-of-war usage
– KRIEGIE an Allied prisoner-of-war in German during World War II …1944 sl.
PRISSY – adjectives
– EYEGLASSY * prim or prissy …1922 colloq.
– NICEY-NICE affectedly proper; prissy; too particular or fussy …1930 Amer. dial.
– NICEY-NICEY affectedly proper; prissy; too particular or fussy …1930 Amer. dial.
prissy – person
– FOOFOO a prissy or girlish man …1848 US sl.
– LEMON-SUCKER a prissy or effeminate man or boy; also, a sour-faced individual …1922 Amer. sl.
PRIVACY – nouns
– DERN † secrecy, concealment, privacy …a1250
privacy – verbs
– IMPRIVACY †* to place in privacy; to secrete …a1670
PRIVATE – adjectives
– CABINET private, confidential, secret
– CLANCULAR † clandestine; secret; private; concealed …1621
– CLANCULARIOUS † private, secret; unknown; clandestine, underhand …1656
– CLANCULARY † secret, private; clandestine, underhand …1563
- HOMESELF †* carried on with oneself; private …1650
– OPERTANEOUS †* of secret, hidden, or covert nature; done in private, hidden from view, concealed …1656
– PARTICULAR private, confidential …1884 Sc.
– SINGULAR † pert. to or connected with the individual, in contrast to what is common or general; personal, private, one’s own …c1340
– VERNACULAR personal, private …1840
private – nouns
– MIX one’s private life …2000s US Black sl.
private – verbs
– AIR DIRTY LAUNDRY to reveal or discuss private matters, esp. of a scandalous or controversial nature …1872
– AIR ONE’S (DIRTY) LAUNDRY to reveal or discuss private matters, esp. of a scandalous or controversial nature …1988 colloq.
– AIR ONE’S (DIRTY) LINEN to reveal or discuss private matters, esp. of a scandalous or controversial nature …1872 colloq.
– AIR ONE’S DIRTY LINEN IN PUBLIC to talk about private quarrels or disgraces where others can hear; to make public something embarrassing that should be kept secret …1988
private – phrases
– THAT’S MY LITTLE RED WAGON that’s my business …1984 Amer. dial.
PRIVATEER – nouns
– CAPER † a privateer; the captain of a privateer; a corsair …1657 obs. exc. hist.
privateer – person
– CAPER † a privateer; the captain of a privateer; a corsair …1657 obs. exc. hist.
– CAPERER † a privateer (person) …1676
privateer – verbs
– CAPE † to take or seize as a privateer; also, to go a privateering …1676
– CAPER † to privateer …1657
PRIVATELY – adverbs
– HEAD TO HEAD †* face to face; in private conversation …c1728
– TAPLY † at break of day, early in the morning; privately; quickly …1746 Eng. dial.
PRIVATION – verbs
– INLAKE to be without, to suffer want or privation …1857 Sc.
PRIVILEGE – nouns
– FAVOUR † an indulgence, privilege …1634
PRIVILEGED – person
– FAT CAT (derogatory) someone who is privileged because of their wealth, and often specifically to one who backs a political party or campaign; latterly in Britain also applied to business executives who are unjustifiably highly remunerated …1928 sl., orig. & chiefly US
– PIG IN CLOVER a comfortable, privileged or contented person, esp. one who conspicuously enjoys wealth, food, etc. …1795
PRIVY – see LAVATORY
PRIZE – nouns
– BIG APPLE, THE the highest prize …1971 US sl.
– BIG BANANA, THE the top prize or recognition; the focus of interest or attention …1980 US sl.
– BOOTING booty, prize …Bk1911 Sc.
– FEE † a prize, a reward …c1400
– MELL the prize given to the last one in a race; the last in any contest …1747 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– MUD in circus and carnival usage: any cheap merchandise used as a prize …1981 US sl.
– OLD HAT the prize supposed to be won by a person telling a great lie …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– PALMARY †* a token of victory or supreme excellence, a prize …1657
– SLUM cheap prizes at a fair, carnival, etc. …1929 US sl.
prize – person
– MUG HUNTER a person who takes part in a contest (usually a sporting contest) or competition in order to win a prize or reward …1883 US colloq.
– POT-HUNTER one who competes simply for a prize and/or medal …1873 sl.
prize – verbs
– BEAR AWAY THE BELL to carry off the prize …1594
– CARRY AWAY THE BELL to carry off the prize …1621
– FIND THE BEAN IN THE CAKE gain an unexpected prize; to come to some unexpected good fortune; to succeed in defeating one’s adversaries …1874
– RAKE THE CAKES to be awarded a prize, as in a contest; to be victorious …1842 Amer. sl.
– RING THE BELL to carry off the prize; to be the best of a lot …1928
– RUN AWAY WITH THE HARROWS to carry off the prize; to acquire superiority …1844 Sc.
– TAKE THE CAKE to be awarded a prize, as in a contest; to be victorious …1842 sl.
– WIN THE RING † to carry off the prize …a1513
PRIZED – nouns
– GARLAND † the principal ornament, the thing most prized, the choice …1591
PRIZEFIGHTER, PRIZEFIGHTING – see BOXING
PROBABILITY – adjectives
– OUT OF THE CARDS † outside the range of probability …1813
probability – nouns
– VERISIMILITUDE the appearance of being true or real; likeness or resemblance to truth, reality, or fact; probability, likelihood …1603
– VERISIMILITY † probability, likelihood …1646
PROBABLE – adjectives
– BELIKE † like, likely to do something, probable …1550 obs. exc. Sc.
– TOPICAL † not demonstrative, but merely probable; likely …1594
– VERISIMILAR having the appearance or semblance of truth or reality; appearing true or real; probable, likely …1681
– VERISIMILARY † having the appearance or semblance of truth or reality; appearing true or real; probable, likely …1653
– VERISIMILOUS † having the appearance or semblance of truth or reality; appearing true or real; probable, likely …1635
PROBABLY – adverbs
– ASHELT perhaps, probably …1746 Eng. dial.
– BELIKE likely, in all likelihood, probably, maybe; not unlikely, perhaps, possibly …a1533
– BELIKELY † likely, in all likelihood, probably; not unlikely, perhaps, possibly …a1552 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– BELIKES perhaps, probably, maybe; surely …1790 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– ERIST most easily, most probably …Bk1900 Sc.
– EVENLY even; probably, likely …1874 Eng. dial.
– NEAR-HAND probably; certainly …1809 Eng. dial.
– READILY probably, very likely, naturally …1785 Sc.
– REDLINS perhaps, probably …Bk1904 Sc.
– THINKINGLY probably, seemingly …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
PROBATION – nouns
– PAPER probation in lieu of a jail sentence; parole from prison …1973 US sl.
– P.R. a probation, after sentence but before service …c1910 US criminals’ sl.
– RAIN CHECK the reduction of a criminal penalty; parole, probation …1949 US sl.
PROBE – verbs
– SOUND DOWN to speak to someone in a probing or inquiring way …1990 US sl.
PROBLEM, PROBLEMATIC – adjectives/adverbs
– FUNNY difficult, problematic, out of the ordinary …L19 sl.
– IN A BAD WAY suffering problems or difficulties, in trouble …L19 sl.
– IN A KNOT in a predicament or difficult situation; having problems …Bk1996 Aust. sl.
– IN A MIX confused and having problems, worries, or troubles …Bk1996 Aust. sl.
– IN A PICKLE in a predicament or difficult situation; having problems …a1620
– IN ARSEHOLE STREET in difficulties, facing problems …1950s sl.
– IN THE SAME BOX sharing the same problems …M19 sl.
– ON OFFER liable to problems …1940s sl.
– UP AGAINST facing problems, in difficulties …1896 sl., orig. US
– UP AGAINST THE BIT facing serious problems …1910s sl., orig. military
– UP AGAINST THE GUN facing serious problems …1910s sl., orig. military
– UP AGAINST THE ROPES facing serious problems …1910s sl., orig. military
– UP AGAINST THE WALL facing serious problems …1910s sl., orig. military
– UP AGAINST THE WIRE facing serious problems …1910s sl., orig. military
– UP A GUMTREE in difficulties; having problems, in trouble …1926 Aust. sl.
– UP ARSEHOLE STREET in difficulties, facing problems …1950s sl.
– UP THE CREEK in trouble, facing problems …1918 sl.
– UP THE CREEK WITHOUT A PADDLE in trouble, facing problems …1918 sl.
– UP THE SPOUT having problems; in a bad way, in a hopeless condition …1829 sl.
– UP TO ONE’S ASS IN ALLIGATORS in very serious troubles, facing overwhelming problems …1980s US sl.
– UP TO ONE’S ASS IN RATTLESNAKES in very serious troubles, facing overwhelming problems …1980s US sl.
– UP TO ONE’S EARS IN ALLIGATORS in very serious troubles, facing overwhelming problems …1980s US sl.
– UP TO ONE’S EARS IN RATTLESNAKES in very serious troubles, facing overwhelming problems …1980s US sl.
problem, problematic – nouns
– AG problems, trouble, annoyance …1980s sl.
– AGG problems, trouble, annoyance …1980s sl.
– AGGRO trouble, strife, problems; a nuisance …1969 UK sl.
– AGONY problems, difficulties …M19 sl.
– AGRO any form of problems, difficulties, harassment …1960s sl.
– ALBATROSS AROUND ONE’S NECK guilt, the haunting past, an unforgettable problem; a source of frustration or obstruction; a burden, an encumbrance; a hindrance …1883
– BAND-AID something that provides a temporary solution to a problem …colloq.
– BIND a problem; a wrinkle …Bk2006 US sl.
– BLIP a temporary problem effect, esp. one that is unwanted …1975 UK sl.
– BONE IN THE THROPPLE, A a thorn in the side; something that constantly causes problems or trouble …1871 Sc.
– BONE TO PICK WITH SOMEONE, A a dispute or problem to resolve with someone
– BRAIN BUSTER a particularly difficult problem or puzzle …1924
– BRAIN-TEASER a difficult problem; a puzzle, often one designed as a challenge or for amusement …1850
– BRAIN-TWISTER a difficult problem; a puzzle, often one designed as a challenge or for amusement …1878
– CAN OF BEANS an unpleasant, complex, and unappetizing situation; an intertwined set of problems; an array of difficulties …1940s sl., orig. US
– CAN OF PEAS an unpleasant, complex, and unappetizing situation; an intertwined set of problems; an array of difficulties …1940s sl., orig. US
– CAN OF WORMS an unpleasant, complex, and unappetizing situation; an intertwined set of problems; an array of difficulties …1940s sl., orig. US
– CLINKER a problem, a difficulty …1960s US sl.
– CONK-BUSTER, KONK-BUSTER a hard-to-answer question or problem …Bk2006 US sl.
– DAMAGE a problem …1988 US sl.
– DEAD problems, trouble …20C W. Indies & Barbados sl.
– DEAL a problem, a conflict …1990s US college sl.
– DUCK SHOVING the passing of a problem on to another …1984 NZ sl.
– ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM a significant problem or controversial issue which is obviously present but ignored or avoided as a subject for discussion, usually because it is more comfortable to do so …1984
– FACER a sudden check, problem or obstacle …c1820 colloq.
– FAKEMENT any action or problem …L19 sl.
– FALL problems, difficulties; a ‘fall from grace’ …1910s criminals’ sl.
– HASSLE trouble or annoyance caused by having to do something difficult; a problem, a difficulty; a quarrel, an argument; a fuss, a bother …1945
– HELL WITH THE HIDE OFF trouble, problems …1961 Amer. dial.
– HICCUP a temporary small problem or delay …1965 sl., orig. US
– HIGH JUMP serious problems …20C sl.
– HUMP any difficulty; a problem …20C
– JOKER any thing or situation that poses a problem, a hidden catch …M19 US sl.
– MAJOR MALFUNCTION a ludicrous or irritating source of difficulty, esp. a problem attributable to stupidity or incompetence …1987 US military sl.
– MIND-BENDER a knotty problem; something that potently changes one’s thinking, such as drugs …1974 sl.
– MONKEY ON ONE’S BACK any form of addiction or long-term problem …1950s sl.
– NAUSE the problem, the annoying thing …1977 Brit. sl.
– PALL a puzzle, a problem, a poser; something which brings one to a standstill …1866 Sc.
– QUAESITE †* a ‘Quaesitum’ …1655
– QUAESITUM that which is sought for; the answer to a problem …1748
– QUAMS problems, worries …2000s US Black sl.
– QUEEB any small problem, esp. mechanical …1960s US teen sl.
– RAVELLED SKEIN a knotty problem, an involved situation …1883 Sc.
– RED a difficult or problematic situation …1990s W. Indies sl.
– RUNNING SORE a persistent problem; a constant nuisance or irritation …1590
– SHIT CREEK an unpleasant, problematic situation …1950s sl.
– TAR BABY a ‘sticky’ problem …20C US sl.
– TEASER a difficult problem; a puzzle …1830
– WRINKLE a defect or problem, esp. a minor one …1643
problem, problematic – person
– BRIGHT SPARK a cheerful, alert person; a person of great intelligence, talent, or wit; a problem-solver, an innovator …1872
problem, problematic – verbs
– COME UP TAILS to find oneself in an unpleasant or problematic situation …1970s US sl.
– FACE THE MUSIC to deal stoically with a problem or difficult situation …1850 sl.
– FADE to put at a disadvantage, to cause problems for someone …L19 US sl.
– GET ONE’S LUMPS to accept and deal with one’s problems and setbacks …1930s sl., orig. US
– NAUSE to cause problems, to annoy, to ruin a plan …1950s sl.
– NOORSE to cause problems, to annoy, to ruin a plan …1950s sl.
– SALT IT FOR SOMEONE to make problems for someone …1910s sl.
– TAKE A COURSE WITH to cause problems for; to interfere with …E17 sl.
– TAKE ONE’S LUMPS to accept and deal with one’s problems and setbacks …1930s sl., orig. US
problem, problematic – phrases
– IT’S YOUR LITTLE RED WAGON it’s your problem …1966 Amer. dial.
– SHIT COMES IN PILES problems always come at the same time, rather than one by one …1990s US Black sl.
– THAT’S ONE UP AGAINST YOUR DUCKHOUSE said of a setback or problem …1930s Aust. sl.
– THAT’S ONE UP AGAINST YOUR FOWLHOUSE said of a setback or problem …1930s Aust. sl.
– WHAT’S YOUR BEEF? what’s your problem? …Bk1999 Aust. sl.
– WHOSE MARE’S DEAD? what’s the matter? …L16 Brit. rural colloq.
PROCEDURE – verbs
– KNOW THE OLD DANCE † to know the mode of procedure …c1386
PROCEED – nouns
– GO-AHEAD, THE permission to proceed …M20
proceed – verbs
– BREEZE to move or proceed briskly …1907 US
– CA’ CANNY to proceed warily …1913 Sc.
– CALL THE NAIL TO THE HEAD to carry a matter through, to proceed to extremities …1768 Sc.
– COME ON LIKE GANGBUSTERS to begin or proceed in a vigorous fashion …1942 Amer. sl.
– FAND † to go, to proceed …a1340
– FANG † to take one’s way; to go, to proceed …c1400
– FOND † to go, to proceed …a1340
– GO ON WITH ONE’S RAT-KILLING to carry on with what one is doing; to proceed …1905 Amer. dial.
– GO ON WITH THE PROCESSION to carry on with what one is doing; to proceed …1942 Amer. dial.
– LET THE DEAL GO DOWN to allow events to proceed without dishonesty or deceit …1940s US Black sl.
– MAFFLE to make one’s way with difficulty …1929 Sc.
– ONGO to go on, to proceed, to conduct oneself …1710 Sc.
– PAD ONE’S LIMBER to hurry; to proceed …1851 US sl.
– PIKE to go; to proceed …E16 sl.
– RAIK † to go, to proceed, to make one’s way; to walk, to stroll, to wander …c1340
– RAKE † to go, to proceed, esp. with speed; to run; also, to go or wander about, to roam, to stray, to ramble; to stroll about idly; to gad about …a1023 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– RATCH †* to proceed, to go …a1300
– SAIL IN to proceed boldly to action …1889 sl.
– SUE † to continue, to proceed, to go on …c1200
– TIGHT † to go, to proceed, to advance …c1205
– TRUCKLE to proceed, to go, esp. in haste, to hurry, to move rapidly …1859 Amer. dial.
– VADE † to proceed, to advance …a1660
– WADE † to go in action or discourse, to proceed …c1374
– YEDE † to go, to proceed …1563
proceed – phrases
– AS THEY BREW, SO LET THEM BAKE as they begin, so let them proceed …1599
PROCEEDING – adjectives
– ONGOING progressing without intermission, proceeding …1710 Sc.
proceeding(s) – nouns
– DIGGINGS AND DOINGS proceedings, ‘goings on’, happenings …1886 Eng. dial.
– GANGING ON a going on, proceeding …1847-78 Eng. dial.
– GANNINS-ON proceedings, doings, to-do …1889 Eng. dial.
– ON-GANG conduct, behaviour; proceedings …Bk1905 Sc.
– ON-GANGINGS conduct, behaviour; proceedings …1898 Sc.
– ONGOING an event, affair, proceeding, conduct, behaviour; generally in plural …1660 Sc. & Eng. dial.
PROCEEDS – nouns
– BEGET † the thing acquired; acquisition, gain, proceeds; spoils of war …c1200
– TAKE MONEY the proceeds of a robbery or other illegal scheme …1975 US sl.
PROCESSION – nouns
– CROCODILE a long procession of moving objects close together …1912 colloq.
– HAGGLE a straggling disorderly procession …1930 Sc.
– MENYIE a retinue, a train of followers, a suite; a company of followers, a procession …1721 Sc.
– MENZIE a retinue, a train of followers, a suite; a company of followers, a procession …1721 Sc.
– SKIMMINGTON a ludicrous procession, formerly common in villages and country districts, usually intended to bring ridicule or odium upon a woman or her husband in cases where the one was unfaithful to, or ill-treated, the other …1634
– WALK † a ceremonial procession …1881 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
PROCLAIM – verbs
– ABUCCINATE †* to proclaim as with a trumpet …1569
– BLOW to proclaim or praise boastfully …1878
– DEBLAZE †* to announce, to proclaim …1640
– DEBLAZON † to announce, to proclaim …1621
– DEEM † to pronounce, to proclaim, to celebrate, to announce, to declare; to tell, to say, to utter …a1000
– DEFAME † to publish, to spread abroad, to proclaim …1382
– I-BEDE † to command, to proclaim, to offer …a800
– SUMMON † to give warning or notice of; to proclaim, to call …c1400
– TOOT to proclaim loudly; to trumpet abroad …a1810 Sc.
– VAUNT † to proclaim or display proudly …1590
PROCLAMATION – nouns
– BAN a summons by public proclamation; a public proclamation or edict …1297
– BANDO † a public proclamation …1598
– BANE † a proclamation of a marriage …1499
– CRY * an announcement made in public in a loud voice; a proclamation …1303
PROCRASTINATE – verbs
– BE A MAN OF MANY MORNS to be a procrastinator …Bk1905 Sc.
– FART OFF to fool around; to shirk one’s duties; to blunder through inattention; to procrastinate …1968 Amer. sl.
– DRIFT † to put off, to delay, to defer, to procrastinate …1584 Sc.
– IK AND AN’ to hum and haw, to procrastinate …1939 Sc.
– LAY OFF to procrastinate, to delay, to put off …1975 Amer. dial.
– LUNCH to act in a silly or irrational manner; to overreact; to procrastinate …1980s US Black & teen sl.
– MAFFLE to procrastinate, to waste time; to work in a muddled, bungling manner …1835 Sc.
– POLLYFOX to equivocate, to quibble, to procrastinate; to waste time, to dilly-dally, to delay and discuss …1873 Amer. dial.
– POLLYFOX AROUND to equivocate, to quibble, to procrastinate; to waste time, to dilly-dally, to delay and discuss …1970 Amer. dial.
– PROROGUE † to delay; to procrastinate …1593
– TIME IT OUT † to procrastinate, to delay, to spin out the time …1613
– WAG to procrastinate; to find it hard to make any decisions …19C US Black sl.
PROCRASTINATING – adjectives
– AFTERNOON late in performing any work, procrastinating; dilatory, slow …1750 Eng. dial.
– CUNCTATORY * disposed to delay or linger; procrastinating …1824
– DELAYOUS †* given to delay; dilatory; procrastinating …1469
– TO-MORROWING procrastinating …1824
PROCRASTINATION – nouns
– DRIFT † putting off, delay, procrastination …a1558 Sc.
– MAFFLING procrastination, bungling …1835 Sc.
– OFF-PUTTING a putting off; delay, procrastination …1387
– TARRIAGE †* tarrying; delay, postponement, procrastination …c1470
– TARRIANCE the act of tarrying; delay, postponement, procrastination …1460 arch.
– TARRY † the act of tarrying; spending or loss of time; delay, procrastination …c1375
– TARYAGE †* tarrying; delay, postponement, procrastination …c1470
PROCRASTINATOR – person
– GUNNA a procrastinator …1996 Aust. sl.
– MAN OF MANY MORNS a procrastinator …1866 Sc.
– OFF-PUT one who or that which delays, a procrastinator …1856 Sc.
– SAUTHER-POKE a loiterer, a procrastinator …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– TARRIER one who tarries or delays; a lingerer, a procrastinator; one who stays or remains …1382 arch.
– TO-MORROWER one who puts off till tomorrow; a procrastinator …1810
PROCURE – verbs
– FANG † to get, to obtain, to procure; also, to get together; to collect …1340-70
– FURNEY † to procure …a1400
– PANDERIZE † to act the pander, to procure, to pimp …1603
– SCRABBLE to crawl about on hands and knees; to scramble; to climb; to procure with difficulty …1864 Eng. dial.
PROCURED – adjectives
– OBTENT † obtained, procured …1432-50
– PARABLE † that can be readily prepared, procured, or got; procurable …1581
procured – nouns
– PARABILITY †* the quality of being easily procured or prepared …1654
PROCURER – person (also see PIMP)
– ABBESS a woman in charge of a brothel; a madam; a bawd; a procuress …1594
– AUNT a female procurer or pimp, esp. the madam of a brothel or bawdy house; also, a female prostitute …1604 sl.
– BAWDSTROT † a bawd, male or female; a pander, a procuress …1362
– BAWSTROP † a bawd, male or female; a pander, a procuress …1362
– CADET a pimp or procurer…1904 US sl.
– FANCY COVE a pimp, a procurer …19C sl.
– FISHMONGER a pimp or procurer …16C sl.
– FLESH-BROKER a bawd; a procuress …L17 sl.
– FLESH-MONGER a procurer, a pimp; the male keeper of a brothel …17C sl.
– HACK a procuress …Bk1864
– HOON a pimp; a procurer …20C Aust. sl.
– MACKEREL, MACRELL † one who ministers to sexual debauchery; a bawd, a pimp, a procurer or procuress …1426
– MACRIO †* one who ministers to sexual debauchery; a bawd, a pimp, a procurer or procuress …a1627
– MACQUERELLA a madam, a procuress …15C UK criminals’ sl.
– MAQUERELL † one who ministers to sexual debauchery; a bawd, a pimp, a procurer or procuress …1426
– MINE AUNT a procuress, esp. the madam of a brothel or bawdy-house …1785 sl.
– MOTHER CUNNY a procuress or bawd …1660 UK sl.
– MOTHER DAMNABLE a procuress; a madam …1665 UK sl.
– PANDER a go-between in clandestine amours; one who supplies another with the means of gratifying lust; a male bawd, pimp, or procurer …1530
– PANDERER a go-between in clandestine amours; one who supplies another with the means of gratifying lust; a male bawd, pimp, or procurer …1839
– PANDERESS * a female pander, a bawd, a pimp, a procuress …1606
– PANDRESS * a female pander, a bawd, a pimp, a procuress …1606
– WHOREMASTER a pimp; a procurer …16C
– WOMAN’S BROKER a bawd; a procuress …Bk1916 sl.
procurer – person, other
– KWAY a man who lives on money taken from a procurer …1940s Aust. sl.
procurer – verbs
– PALLIARDIZE † to be a procurer of …1644
PROCURING – nouns
– PANDERAGE † the practice or trade of pandering; pimping, procuring …1612 nonce word
PROD, PRODDING – nouns
– JAB a poke, prod, or stab …c1820 colloq. & Eng. dial.
– JAG a sharp blow, a prod …1818 Sc.
– NEVEL a groping, prodding, or poking with the fingers, in an indecent sense …1964 Sc.
– PAIK a blow, a stroke, a thump, a prod …1508 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
prod, prodding – verbs
– DABACH to poke, to thrust, to prod …1939 Sc.
– JAB to poke, prod, stab …c1830 colloq. & Eng. dial.
– NEVEL to grip, to squeeze, to pinch with the fingers; to feel by pinching or prodding, sometimes in an indecent sense …1788 Sc.
– WADGE to prod, to nudge forcibly, live driving a wedge in …1899 Sc.
PRODIGAL – adjectives
– ACOLASTIC † ‘that liveth under no correction, riotous’; prodigal, licentious …1656
– LARGE † liberal in giving; generous; bountiful, munificent; open-handed; also, liberal in expenditure, prodigal, lavish …c1175
– SUMPTUOUS † of persons, etc.: spending largely, squandering, prodigal; hence, magnificent in equipment or way of living; extremely splendid …1538
– THROUGH-GOING rash, prodigal …1824 Sc.
– THROUGH-SHOT rash, prodigal …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– VOLAGE lavish, profuse, prodigal with money …1825 Sc.
prodigal – person
– ACOLASTIC † a prodigal or licentious person …1612
– DINGTHRIFT † one who ‘dings’ or drives away thrift, i.e. prudence and economy; a spendthrift, a prodigal …1567
– LAND-WASTER a prodigal; a spendthrift …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– NEPHEW † a prodigal …1532
– WANTHRIFT a thriftless person; a prodigal …a1585 Sc.
prodigal – verbs
– OUTLASH † to squander, to be extravagant or prodigal …1611
PRODIGALITY – nouns
– LAVISH † profusion, excessive abundance, extravagant outpouring or expenditure; prodigality, lavishness …1483
– SUMPTUOSITY lavishness or extravagance of expenditure; magnificence or luxuriousness of living, equipment, decoration, or the like; sumptuousness; squandering, prodigality …1559
– WANTHRIFT lack of thrift or economy; prodigality …1513 Sc.
PRODIGIOUS – adjectives
– LAMMING big, large, prodigious …1956 Amer. dial.
– TERRIFIC prodigious; extreme; amazing …1888 Amer. sl.
prodigious – nouns
– MARVELLOUS, THE that which is prodigious or extravagantly improbable …1749
PRODIGY – person
– HEAD-LANGUAGER a clever fellow; a prodigy …1879 Eng. dial.
– PHENOMENON a prodigy; a remarkable person, animal or thing …1803 UK sl.
PRODUCE – adjectives
– OMNIPREGNANT ready to produce anything …1611
produce – nouns
– EARLYINGS early produce …Bk1900 Eng. dial.
produce – verbs
– EFFER †* to bring forth; to give off; to produce …1606
– SKIN OUT to produce, to display …c1895 US sl.
PRODUCED – adjectives
– CREABLE † that may be created or produced …a1656
– IMPRODUCIBLE * incapable of being produced …1704
PRODUCING – adjectives
– OMNIPARENT producing or bringing forth all things …1609
– OMNIPARIENT producing or bringing forth all things …1886
– OMNIPAROUS producing or bringing forth all things …1755
producing – nouns
– EDITION † the act of producing, or bringing into existence; hence, birth, extraction, origin …1599
– OPERATION †* the act of making or producing something …a1500
PRODUCT – nouns
– MANUFACTORY † something that is produced by labour …a1618
– MANUFACTURE † a product of hand-labour; a person’s handiwork …1567
– OPERATION † something made; a product, work …1616
PRODUCTIVE – adjectives
– FECUNDIOUS † productive, fruitful …1630
– FECUNDOUS † productive, fruitful …1737
– GROWTHSOME † productive, fertile …1610
productive – verbs
– FECUNDATE to render fruitful or productive …a1631
– FECUNDIFY †* to render fruitful or productive …1730
– FECUNDIZE to render fruitful or productive …1828
– TIDDER † to be prolific or productive; to produce offspring …a1000
PRODUCTIVENESS – nouns
– EFFICIENCE the exercise of efficient power; causative or productive activity; productiveness …1669 arch.
– FECUNDITY productiveness in general, the faculty or power of being fruitful, fertility …1555
PRISONER OF WAR – adjectives