PROFANE, PROFANITY – adjectives
– HAWCH-MOUTHED coarse, vulgar, or profane in speech; blustering, bullying …1892 Eng. dial.
– ILL of language, conduct, etc.: bad, profane …1699 Sc.
– PROFANATIC † infatuated with profanity …1689 nonce word
– SULPHUROUS blasphemous, profane …1828
profane, profanity – nouns
– ARMY LATIN foul or profane language …1864 US jocular
– DAMSON TART a humorous term for profane language …1887 Eng. dial.
– GUTTER LANGUAGE profanity and obscenity; scabrous speech …1890 Amer. sl.
– LYRICS profanity; disparagement …1987 Trinidad and Tobago
profane, profanity – person
– BLACKGUARD a foul-mouthed person; an excessive user of profanity …1930 Amer. dial.
profane, profanity – phrases
– DO YOU KISS YOUR MOTHER WITH THAT MOUTH? used as a rejoinder to profanity …1992 US sl.
PROFESS – verbs
– FESS to acknowledge, to profess …1953 Amer. dial.
– TAKE † to profess or claim to do something …a1500
PROFESSION – nouns
– FACULTY † that in which anyone is skilled; an art, trade, occupation, profession …c1386 obs. exc. arch.
– GAIT manner, fashion, way, profession …1859 US sl.
– RACKET a job, trade, or profession …1891 UK sl.
PROFESSIONAL – person
– GUPPIE, GUPPY an individual who is socially categorized as a Gay Upwardly Mobile Professional …1984 UK sl.
– LUPPIES Lesbian Urban Professionals, lesbian yuppies …1990s US homosexual sl.
– WUPPIE a young urban professional who has made money via the Internet (Website and Yuppie) …1990s sl.
– Y.A.P. a young aspiring professional …1980s US sl.
– YIPPIES young indictable professional person, a name born of the insider stock-trading scandals …Bk2006 Amer. sl.
– YUMP a member of a socio-economic group comprising young professional people working in cities …1984 sl., orig. US
– YUMPIE a member of a socio-economic group comprising young professional people working in cities …1984 sl., orig. US
– YUP a yuppie …1984 orig. & chiefly US
– YUPPIE, YUPPY a member of a socio-economic group comprising young professional people working in cities (Young Urban Professional) …1984 sl, orig. US
– YUPPIE PUPPY a child of a ‘yuppie’, for whom children were seen as something of a fashion accessory in the early 1990s …2000 sl.
– YUPPIE SCUM 1. an arrogant young professional …1992 US sl.
2. yuppies …Bk1997 Harley Davidson motorcyclists’
– YUPPLE co-dependent yuppies …Bk2006 Amer. sl.
– YUPSTER a young upward mobile professional …1986 US sl.
professional – verbs
– YUPPIFY (often derogatory) to make a change in area, building, clothing, etc. so as to be characteristic of or suitable to yuppies …1984 sl., orig US
PROFESSOR – person
– ADJUNCT PROFESSOR a junior, temporary, or casual professor …1785 US
– ALARM CLOCK a college professor …1940s US Black sl.
– FACULTY a professor or instructor – 19C Amer. college usage
– FESS a male teacher, a professor …1930 Amer. dial.
– FESSOR a male teacher, a professor …1908 Amer. dial.
– GAD-FLY a professor who makes his students work hard by witty remarks at their expense …Bk1914 Amer. college usage
– GIGGLE a professor …Bk1945 jive usage
– HAMMERMAN anyone with more authority than the speaker; a professor …1934 Amer. dial.
– PROF a professor …1838 sl., orig. US
PROFFER – verbs
– NURN † to offer, to proffer …a1300
PROFICIENT – adjectives
– SCIENCE skilful, proficient, expert …1926 Amer. dial.
– SCIENCED skilful, proficient, expert …1926 Amer. dial.
proficient – person
– ADEPT a person who is highly skilled or proficient at something …1674
– ARTIST † a person skilled or proficient at a particular task or occupation; an expert …1594
– DAB one skilful at anything; an adept, a proficient person …1691
– DAB HAND one who is clever at any kind of manual labour; a skilled person; an adept or expert; a proficient …1828
– DABSTER one skilled at anything; an expert or adept; a clever or versatile person; one who excels greatly; a proficient …1708
– DEACON a superior or head workman; an adept, a proficient, a master …1790 Sc.
– MACK a clever, proficient or influential person, usually a man; the best in one’s field …1960s sl.
– MACK DADDY a clever, proficient or influential man; an expert; the best …1993 Amer. sl.
PROFIT – adjectives
– ON THE MAKE said of someone intent on profit; avaricious; greedy …1869 orig. US
profit – adverbs
– QUIDS IN in profit …1919 sl.
profit – nouns
– ADVANTAGE † pecuniary profit, gain; interest on money lent …1393
– BEGET † the act of acquiring; acquisition, gaining; gain, profit, advantage …c1175
– BEWAYNE †* profit, advantage …c1375
– BUNCE money; gains; extra profit or gain; bonus; something to the good …1719 sl.
– CARVE-UP a division of loot, profits, or the legacy of a will …1935 UK sl.
– CASH-IN an act or instance of cashing in financially …1985 US
– CLEAN-UP profit …1867 sl., orig. US
– EARNER a lucrative or profitable job or enterprise …1970 sl.
– FAST BUCK a quick profit …1949 sl., orig. US
– EARNINGS † gain, profit …a1200
– FARDEL † profit …1523
– GRAVY BOAT a source of easy and often undeserved profit …1943 sl., orig. US
– GRAVY TRAIN a source of easy and often undeserved profit …1914 sl., orig. US
– IMPROVEMENT † the turning of a thing to profit or good account; profitable management or use; making the most of a thing for one’s own profit …1453
– INGAIN profit in buying and selling …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– INTAKE gain, profit; anything gathered in or obtained …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– JAM a certainty of winning; clear profit …Bk1896 sl.
– KNOCK-DOWN profit, usually illicit …1950s Aust. sl.
– LUNCH a bonus, a profit …2000s sl.
– MAKINGS earnings, profits …1837 colloq.
– MELON 1. large profits to be shared between a number of people …1908 sl.
2. an especially unexpected profit; a windfall; in finance, an extra dividend …1934 Amer. sl.
– MONEY-SPINNER something profitable …1952 sl.
– NAB a snatch, a seizure; theft; profit which is the result of sharp dealing …Bk1903 Sc.
– NAIT †* use, profit, advantage …a1300 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– NICE LITTLER EARNER, A a means of making easy and often illicit profits …1970 Brit. sl.
– OEPS † use, benefit, profit …1383
– PERCENTAGE a profit; an advantage …1948 UK sl., orig. military
– PIECE OF THE ACTION an involvement in an activity; a share in the profits of something …1957 US sl.
– QUICK BUCK a quick profit …1960 sl., orig. US
– RAISE stake money; a monetary profit …2000 UK sl.
– RAKE-OFF a profit …20C sl.
– REAL JAM a certainty of winning; clear profit …Bk1896 sl.
– SCALP a small profit made in quick buying and selling …colloq.
– SCREWAGE savings, profit; covetousness …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– SINGULAR † personal or private profit or gain …1419
– SINGULARITY † private or personal profit or gain …1426
– TAKE profits, e.g. the entrance money taken at a musical, sporting, or gambling event …1930s US sl.
– VAIL † advantage, benefit, profit …c1430
– VANTAGE advantage, benefit, profit, gain …a1300 arch.
– VELVET gain, esp. when unexpectedly high; profit …1901 sl., chiefly US
– VIGORISH profit …2000s sl.
– WAIN † profit, advantage …c1315
– YANK-DOWN a profit, a commission …L19 sl.
profit – verbs
– ADVANCE † to advantage, to benefit, to profit anyone …c1386
– ADVANTAGE 1. † to profit, to benefit …1526
2. † to gain, to profit …1557
– BRING HOGS TO A FAIR MARKET to do well; to make a profit …17C colloq.
– BRING HOME THE BACON to earn wages, esp. as the head of a household; to make a profit; broadly, to succeed in an endeavour …1909 Amer. sl.
– BRING PIGS TO A FAIR MARKET to do well; to make a profit …17C colloq.
– BRING PIGS TO A FINE MARKET to do well; to make a profit …17C colloq.
– CANOODLE to share profits …a1800 Amer. theatrical usage
– CASH IN to reap a profit, reward, or advantage of any kind …1928 US sl.
– CASH IN ON to profit from or turn to one’s advantage …1930 US sl.
– CLEAN UP to make a profit …1831 sl., orig. & chiefly US
– COIN IT to make a profit …1863 sl.
– COIN MONEY to make a profit …1863 sl.
– CUT A MELON to share profits; to announce an extra dividend …1908
– CUT THE MELON to share large profits between a number of people …1908 sl.
– EARN to make a dishonest profit from a crime …1950s UK criminals’ sl.
– EAT to take a profit from criminality …1920s US criminals’ sl.
– FEATHER ONE’S NEST to avail oneself of opportunities for laying up wealth, to enrich oneself; to make a good profit …1583
– HAVE ONE’S HEART UPON ONE’S POUCH † to be set upon one’s private profit …1583
– KNOCK PERSIMMONS to succeed, to win, to make a profit …M19 sl.
– LAUGH ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK to relish one’s profits …1969 sl.
– MAKE BOOT OF † to make profit of; to gain …1606
– MINT to make a good deal of money, to profit …M19 sl.
– MINT GOLD to make a good deal of money, to profit …M19 sl.
– MINT IT to make a good deal of money, to profit …M19 sl.
– MINT MONEY to make a good deal of money, to profit …M19 sl.
– RAKE IN to make a profit …1583
– RAKE IN THE SHEKELS to make a profit …1583
– RAKE IT IN to make a profit …1583
– RAKE UP THE PERSIMMONS to succeed, to win, to make a profit …M19 sl.
– RUN BEFORE ONE’S HORSE TO MARKET †* to anticipate profit or success from a transaction before it has been completed …1597
– VANTAGE 1. to profit or benefit one …c1460 arch.
† 2. to make gain or profit …1563
profit – phrases
– LIKE LICKING HONEY OFF A THORN said of an employment yielding but small and uncertain profit …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
PROFITABLE – adjectives
– ADVANTAGEABLE † profitable; advantageous …1548
– AHEAD OF THE GAME in an advantageous or profitable position …1850
– AVAILANT †* advantageous, profitable; of beneficial efficiency …c1420
- BEGETEL † advantageous, profitable …c1250
– BEHOVABLE † useful, profitable, advantageous …c1460
– BEHOVEFUL advantageous, useful, profitable; needful, necessary, due …1382 arch.
– BEHOVELY † useful, profitable; needful, necessary …c950
– CHEAPSKATE barely profitable; small-time …1928 US sl.
– EDIFIABLE †* fitted to edify; edifying, profitable …1612
– FARRANTLY of things: becoming, fit; profitable …1750 Eng. dial.
– GAINFUL * productive of gain or profit; profitable, advantageous …1555
– GAINSOME †* profitable, lucrative, advantageous …1569
– GAINY †* profitable, advantageous; of the nature of gain …1576
– JAMMY first-rate, good, excellent; very lucky or profitable …1853
– LUCRIFEROUS † bringing gain; lucrative, profitable …1648
– LUCROUS † full of gain or profit …c1500
– ONCUS good, profitable, pleasant …1910s Aust. & NZ sl.
– ONGKUS good, profitable, pleasant …1910s Aust. & NZ sl.
– PROFICUOUS † profitable, advantageous, beneficial, useful …1622
– VAILABLE † of avail, advantage, or benefit; advantageous, beneficial, profitable; effectual, efficacious …1390
– VANTAGEABLE †* advantageous, profitable …1570
profitable – nouns
– BIG THING ON ICE, A a profitable venture; a good thing …1890 sl.
– GOOD THING ON ICE a profitable venture; a good thing …1890 sl.
– GRAVY STREET an easy, profitable or successful situation …1970s US sl.
PROFITABLY – adverbs
– BEHOVABLY † usefully, profitably, advantageously, advisably …1512
– BEHOVEFULLY † usefully, profitably, duly; necessarily …1443
PROFITLESS – adjectives
– GAINLESS profitless, useless; lumbersome …1893 Eng. dial.
– GELD † profitless, yielding no satisfaction, unsatisfying; also, destitute of …a1310
– IMPROFICUOUS †* unprofitable, profitless, unrewarding …1650
- IMPROFITABLE † unprofitable, profitless, unrewarding …a1325
– MAKE-NOUGHT profitless, of no avail …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
PROFLIGACY – nouns
– RAKEISM * debauchery, dissoluteness, profligacy …1775
– RAKERY * rakish conduct; debauchery, dissoluteness, profligacy; social excitement …1728
– RAKING playing the rake; dissolute living, dissoluteness, debauchery, profligacy …1700
– RAKISHNESS debauchery, dissoluteness, profligacy …1832
PROFLIGATE – adjectives
– BAD profligate, tyrannical, and cruel in conduct …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– RAKE-HELL profligate, dissolute, debauched …1556
– RAKEHELLISH profligate, dissolute, debauched …1824
– RAKEHELLY profligate, dissolute, debauched …1579
– RAKELY †* profligate, dissolute, debauched …1694
– RAKING profligate, dissolute, debauched, dissipated …a1704
– RAKISH profligate, dissolute, debauched …1706
profligate – nouns
– RIBALDRY indecency; profligate talk …1599 sl.
– RIBAUDRY indecency; profligate talk …1599 sl.
– RIBBLE-RABBLE indecent or profligate talk, ribaldry …B1900 Eng. dial.
profligate – person
– BAUDY-BASKET a cant term for a bad or profligate woman …Bk1855
– BIRD a dissolute, profligate, or degenerate person …1842 US sl.
– CYPRIAN a licentious or profligate person; later, a lewd woman, a harlot, a prostitute, a courtesan …1598
– DANT † a sexually loose woman; a profligate woman; a promiscuous woman; a harlot, a prostitute …a1529
– HELL-RAISER a person who leads a life of low pleasures; a profligate, a libertine …1914 US sl.
– LIBERTINE a dissolute person; a profligate
– OATMEAL † one of a band of dissipated, riotous, or profligate young men who infested the streets of London in the 17th century; a profligate roisterer; a ‘roaring boy’ …1624 sl.
– RABSHACKLE, RABSHAKLE † a ne’er-do-well; a wastrel; an idle profligate …Bk1852
– RIBALD a profligate, male or female …1360 sl.
– RIBAUD a profligate, male or female …1360 sl.
– WAGTAIL † a term of contempt for a profligate or inconstant woman; hence, a wanton woman, a prostitute, a harlot, a courtesan …1592
– WANWAY a good-for-nothing, profligate, worthless person …Bk1893 Eng. dial.
– WANWEARD a good-for-nothing, profligate, worthless person …Bk1855 Eng. dial.
– WANWORTH a worthless, profligate person …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– ZIPPER a male profligate …1990
profligate – verbs
– BADDLE to spend profligately …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
PROFOUND – adjectives
– ORACULOUS † abstruse, profound, obscure …1625 rare or obs.
PROFUSE – adjectives
– FALLAUGE profuse, lavish …Bk1900 Sc.
– VALAWISH † lavish, profuse …Bk1905 Sc.
– VOLAGE † profuse, prodigal …1825 Sc..
profuse – verbs
– LAVISH † to be profuse in expense …1567
PROFUSION – nouns
– BETEEMING * copious outpouring, profusion …1871
PROGENY – nouns
– OFF-BEAR progeny, offspring …1953 Amer. dial.
– SUIT † offspring, progeny; the offspring of a villein …1338
progeny – person
– OFF a descendant; offspring; one of a progeny or family …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
PROGNOSTICATE – verbs
– HALSEN † to augur, to foreshow by auspices, to prognosticate …1586
PROGRESS – nouns
– ONCOME the approach, advent, beginning, or commencement of a thing, esp. of one that requires great exertion; an onset; development, progress …1823 Sc.
– ONGETTING getting on, progress …1895 Sc.
– ONGO the act of going on, movement, progress, advance …1835 Sc.
– RAILROAD TIME rapid progress …1864 Amer. dial.
– RID speed, progress, dispatch …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– SCAFF progress, headway in any task or purpose …1929 Sc.
– VAIL advance, progress …a1847 Eng. dial.
– VENT progress, speed …Bk1905 Sc.
progress – person
– COMER a person making rapid progress …Bk1913 Amer. dial.
progress – verbs
– BE AWAY FOR SLATES to have started and be making good progress; to succeed …1930 Ireland
– CHOOGLE to go; to drive; to progress; to continue what has been started …1970 Amer. sl.
– GAIN ONE’S WAY † to advance, to make progress …1768
– PASSAGE to progress …1822 Sc.
progress – phrases
– GOING SOME making rapid progress …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
PROGRESSING – adjectives
– MARCHING of things: progressing, advancing …1842
– ONGOING progressing without intermission, proceeding …1710 Sc.
PROGRESSIVE – adjectives
– GO-AHEAD progressive …Bk1905 Amer. sl.
– ONWARDLY † progressive …1674
progressive – nouns
– TIDAL WAVE a great progressive movement or manifestation of feeling, opinion, or the like …1884
PROHIBIT – adjectives
– RECUSATIVE †* that tends to refuse or prohibit; denying, refusing, negative …1660
prohibit – verbs
– DISCHARGE to forbid, to prohibit, to charge not to do …1631 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– FORFEND † to prohibit, to forbid …1382
– TIE OFF to prevent, to prohibit …1894 Eng. dial.
PROHIBITED – adjectives
– VETITE † forbidden, prohibited …c1500
PROHIBITION – nouns
– AGE OF PAIN Prohibition era …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– ALCOHOLIDAY Prohibition era …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– BATHTUB HOOCH illicitly distilled alcohol, esp. in the Prohibition era …1930s US sl.
– BATHTUB SLOP illicitly distilled alcohol, esp. in the Prohibition era …1930s US sl.
– METHODIST HELLENIUM Prohibition era …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– PROHIBITION ERROR, THE n. Prohibition era …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– REGIME SEC Prohibition era …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– YEARS OF THE BIG THIRST, THE Prohibition era …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
prohibition – person (includes PROHIBITIONIST)
– CELLAR SMELLER a Prohibition agent or temperance campaigner …1920s US sl.
– CELLAR SNIFFER a Prohibition agent or temperance campaigner …1920s US sl.
– DRY a prohibitionist; an abstainer from alcohol …Bk2006 US sl.
– MONKEY a federal prohibition agent …1930 Amer. sl., now hist.
– WASSERMUCKER a prohibitionist …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– WET an anti-Prohibitionist, who wants alcohol to remain legal …L19 US sl.
PROJECT – nouns
– TOOTER † something that projects; a prominent nose …1638
project – verbs
– GAG to project, to stick out …1599
– GAG OUT to project, to stick out …Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– JET to project or protrude prominently …1947 Amer. dial.
PROJECTING – adjectives
– EGREGIOUS † prominent, projecting …1578
– GUNNELED OUT projecting, as of a boy’s pockets …1949 Amer. dial.
– LABEL-LOLLING † projecting like a label (tag meaning) …1615
PROJECTION – nouns
– KNURL, NURL a small projection, protuberance, or excrescence; a knot, knob, nodule, etc. …1608
PROLIFIC – adjectives
– FECUND capable of producing offspring or vegetable growth abundantly; prolific, fertile …c1420
prolific – verbs
– TIDDER † to be prolific or productive; to produce offspring …a1000
PROLONG – verbs
– LENG † to lengthen, to prolong; to delay …a1000
– LENGTH † to lengthen, to prolong …a1300
– PROROGUE † to prolong, to lengthen, to extend in time or duration; to cause to last longer; to continue, to protract …1425
– TARRY † to delay, to retard, to defer, to put off a thing or action; to protract, to prolong …c1320
PROLONGED – adjectives
– COMPERENDINOUS † postponed, prolonged, deferred, delayed …1730
PROLONGING – nouns
– LENGTHING † lengthening in duration, prolonging …c1375
PROFANE, PROFANITY – adjectives