PRONE – adjectives
– AGROOF face downwards, prone …1721 Sc.
– AGRUFF face downwards, prone …1721 Sc.
– VENTRICUMBENT lying on the belly; prostrate, prone …1882
– YAVIL prostrate and unable to rise; prone, flat …1825 Sc.
PRONOUN – nouns
– ILLEISM excessive use of the pronoun ‘he’ (either in reference to another person or to oneself in the third person …1809-10 nonce word
pronoun – person
– ILLEIST one who makes much use of the pronoun ‘he’, or writes of himself as ‘he’ …1832
PRONOUNCE, PRONUNCIATION – adjectives
– CACOËPISTIC * pert. to erroneous or bad pronunciation …1857
– CRACKJAW hard to pronounce …c1870 colloq.
– EFFABLE † of sounds, letters, etc.: that can be pronounced …1637
– ILL-TONGUED difficult to pronounce …1898 Sc.
– JAW-BREAKING hard to pronounce …1842
pronounce, pronunciation – adverbs
– SIDDER-MOUTH with a clipping pronunciation …1861 Eng. dial.
pronounce, pronunciation – nouns
– CACOËPY * bad or erroneous pronunciation …1880
– CACOLOGY bad speaking, bad choice of words; vicious pronunciation …1775
– JAW-BREAKER a word hard to pronounce; a word of many syllables …1839 colloq.
pronounce, pronunciation – person
– MAFFLER one who cannot well pronounce words in speaking …1552 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
pronounce, pronunciation – verbs
– DROP ONE’S AITCHES to pronounce words beginning with ‘h’ without aspirating the initial letter …1855
– EAT UP †* to elide or slur over syllables in pronunciation …1585
– GUTTURALIZE to pronounce in a guttural manner …1823
– GUTTURIZE to pronounce in a guttural manner …1832
– SIBBOLETH * to speak with a special pronunciation …1638
– THROW THE WORDS to speak with an accent; to distort the pronunciation …1877 Sc.
– TONGUE to pronounce …Eng. dial.
PROOF – adjectives
– VEHEMENT † of proof: strong, forcible; capable of producing conviction …1530
– VERIFICATIVE * that verifies, affording proof …1860
– VERIFICATORY that verifies, affording proof …1834
proof – nouns
– FAND † the act of trying; trial, proof, experience …c1250
– FOND † the act of trying; trial, proof, experience …c1250
– MANIFESTO † a proof, a piece of evidence …1644
– SATISFACTION † satisfying proof …1601
proof – verbs
– GET THE DEADENER ON ONE to obtain the proof against anyone …1927 Amer. dial.
PROP – nouns
– BACKSET a something in reserve, esp. applied to a store of money or goods held in reserve against an emergency; hence, a prop, a support …1868 Eng. dial.
– RANCE a prop or support …1808 chiefly Sc.
– RANSE a prop or support …1808 chiefly Sc.
– SCOTCH a prop, support …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– SCOTE a prop, support …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– STUT a prop, a support …B1900 Sc.
– UPHOLD support, maintenance; a prop; a person who maintains another …1791 Sc.
prop – verbs
– RANCE to prop, to support …1808 Sc.
– RANSE to prop, to support …1808 Sc.
– REAR to raise up, to prop up in a perpendicular or semi-perpendicular position …1849 Eng. dial.
– STUT † to prop up, support …1638 Sc.
– TEEL to set up on end; to prop or lean up against a wall, etc. …1893 Eng. dial.
PROPEL – verbs
– SHIVER to propel, to throw, to fire …1927 Amer. dial.
PROPER – adjectives
– DAPSTUCK prim, proper; dapper …Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– FARRANTLY of a thing: becoming, fit, proper …c1750 N. Eng. dial.
– FEAT † fitting, suitable, proper …c1325 obs. exc. arch. & Eng. dial.
– GAINLY † proper, becoming, suitable; comely, good-looking …a1300 obs. exc. Sc. & Eng. dial.
– GANELIE † proper, becoming, decent …1825 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– HANDSOME † proper, fitting, seemly, becoming, decent …1597
– KOSHER fair, square, proper, satisfactory …1896 Yiddish
– MENSEFUL becoming, proper, seemly, modest, discreet; creditable to a man, decent, respectable …1790 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– MIM-MOUTHED affectedly prim or proper in speech, etc.; reticent, shy at speaking out; soft-spoken …1895 Sc.
– MIM-SPOKEN affectedly prim or proper in speech, etc.; reticent, shy at speaking out; soft-spoken …1896 Sc.
– NICEY-NICE affectedly proper; prissy; too particular or fussy …1930 Amer. dial.
– NICEY-NICEY affectedly proper; prissy; too particular or fussy …1930 Amer. dial.
– OPPORTUNATE † fit, suitable, proper, opportune …1541
– PAT fit, proper, appropriate; ready, fluent, perfect, accurate …1703 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– PAT-OFF fit, proper, appropriate; ready, fluent, perfect, accurate …1703 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– PUKKA certain, reliable; authentic, true; proper, socially acceptable …L18
– SITTING † becoming, befitting; proper, suitable; appropriate …a1366
– SKILFUL † reasonable, just, proper …1340
– TALL † meet, becoming, seemly, proper, decent …c1400
– WELL SITTING † becoming, befitting; proper, suitable; appropriate …a1366
proper – verbs
– AFFEIR † to fall by right, to appertain, to become, to be proper or meet …1375 N. Eng. dial.
– AFFERE † to fall by right, to appertain, to become, to be proper or meet …1375 N. Eng. dial.
– BETEEM † to think fit or proper; to vouchsafe, to grant, to consent …1565
– EFFEIR † to pertain to, to fall by right, to be proper or fit …1631 Sc.
– FALL † to appertain or belong; to be applicable, fitting, or proper …1297
– SIT † to be suitable, fitting, proper, or seemly …c1330
– THINK DEAR † to seem right or proper; to seem good …1340-70
PROPERLY – adverbs
– ABOUT EAST directly, completely, properly, regularly …1856 Amer. dial.
– ACCORDING TO COCKER properly, correctly, as laid down by the rules …1785
– ACCORDING TO GUNTER properly, correctly, as laid down by the rules …:L19 US sl.
– ACCORDING TO HOYLE properly, correctly, as laid down by the rules …20C sl.
– BECOMELY † becomingly, properly …c1200
– DENTLY well, properly, suitably …Bk1900 Eng, dial.
– DIGHT properly, fitly …1806 Sc.
– FAIR DINKUM totally; properly; well and truly …1918 Aust. sl.
– FAIRLINS properly, completely, absolutely …1891 Sc.
– FEATLY fitly, properly, suitably, aptly; neatly, elegantly …a1300 arch.
– FEATOUSLY † of actions: cleverly, dexterously, nimbly, properly …c1350
– HABILY † competently, properly …1737 Sc.
– HANDY well, properly …1943 Amer. dial.
– INABUSIVELY †* not abusively, properly …a1677
– LEGITIMOUSLY †* in a lawful or proper manner …1657
– MANNERLY † in a seemly manner, decently, becomingly, properly …a1300
– NAITLY † to some purpose; properly; thoroughly …a1300
– ORDINATELY † in an ordered or regulated manner; in due order, in regular succession or sequence; according to order or rule; regularly; properly, duly, temperately …1382
– PUKKA correctly, properly …1920s sl.
– SINCERELY † without falsification or perversion; in a proper or correct manner …1535
– TIGHTLY † deftly, neatly; cleverly, dexterously; properly, correctly …1790 Sc. & Eng. dial.
PROPERTY – adjectives
– HAVING * possessing property …a1300
property – nouns
– AUGHT property, possession …1737 Sc. & Ireland
– BEDIGHTING † outfit, furnishing; hence, property, attribute …1674
– FACULTY † pecuniary ability, means, resources; possessions, property …1382
– GOODS AND GEAR † wealth, property …c1565
– HALE-RUCK the sum total of a person’s property …Bk1905 Sc.
– HAVE property, possessions, wealth …1802 Sc.
– HAVES property, possessions, wealth …1802 Sc.
– HAVINGS possessions, property, wealth, belongings …c1325
– HAVIOUR † the fact of having; possession; a possession, property; estate, substance, wealth …c1400
– HAVOUR † the fact of having; possession; a possession, property; estate, substance, wealth …c1400
– PACK one’s worldly goods, property, belongings, fortune …1720 Sc.
– SUFFISANTEE †* property, possessions …1436
– WAGE †* a payment for the use or possession of property …1447
property – person
– ABUTTER one whose land or building abuts upon a highway or upon another’s property; the owner of adjoining property …1673
– LAIRD an owner of property, esp. a house-owner …1816 Sc.
PROPHECY – adjectives
– MANTIC pert. to divination or prophecy …1850
– MANTICAL pert. to divination or prophecy …1588
– VATICINATRIC † pert. to vaticination …1729
– VATICINIAN † of the nature of vaticination or prophecy; prophetic …1656
prophecy – nouns
– VATICINATION 1. a prediction of an oracular or inspired nature; a prophecy; a prophetic utterance or forecast …1603
2. the act vaticinating; the utterance of predictions or prophecies; also, the power or gift of this …1623
– VATICINE † a vaticination or prophecy …1586
– VATICINY †* a vaticination or prophecy .,..1615
PROPHESY – verbs
– TIP A WRONG ‘UN to prophesy wrongly; to make a bad guess …1935 sl.
– VATICINATE to foretell, to predict, or prophesy a future event …1652
PROPHESYING – adjectives
– VATICINANT † prophesying, predicting …1490
PROPHET – nouns
– VATICIDE * the killing of a prophet …1853
prophet – person
– BEFORE-SAYER † a prophet …1382
– BEFORE-SPEAKER † a prophet …c1400
– FATICANE †* a singer of fate; a prophet …1652
– MANTOLOGIST one skilled in divination; a diviner, a prophet …1864
– SPAE MAN a man who it is supposed can tell fortunes or foretell events; a prophet, a soothsayer, a fortune-teller, a wizard …a1505 Sc.
– VATICIDE one who kills a prophet …1728
– VATICINAR † a vaticinator or prophet …1549 Sc.
– VATICINATOR † one who writes or utters vaticinations; a prophet …1652 now rare or obs.
– VATICINATRESS † a female vaticinator; a prophetess …a1693
prophet – verbs
– VATICINATE to speak as a prophet or seer; to utter predictions; to foretell events ….1623
PROPHETIC – adjectives
– FATAL † prophetic …1503
– FATIDIC * concerned with predicting fates; prophetic …1671
– FATIDICAL concerned with predicting fates; prophetic …1607
– FATIDICIAL gifted with the power of prophecy …1641
– FATILOQUENT declaring fate, prophetic, soothsaying …1656
– VATIC pert. to a prophet or seer; prophetic, inspired …1603
– VATICAL †* pert. to a prophet or seer; prophetic, inspired …1594
– VATICINAL of the nature of vaticination or prophecy; prophetic …1586
– VATICINATORY * prophetic …1883
PROPORTION – nouns
– FEATURE † make, form, fashion, shape; proportions, esp. of the body; a particular example of this …c1325 obs. exc. arch.
– RATE † ratio, proportion …1614
PROPORTIONATE – adjectives
– AFFEIRAND † properly pertaining, appropriate, meet, proportionate …1535 Sc.
– AFFEIRING † properly pertaining, appropriate, meet, proportionate …1535 Sc.
– SUING † regular, proportionate; even, uniform …c1369
PROPOSAL – nouns
– OFFERTURE † the offering of something for acceptance; an offer, proposal, overture …1631
PROPOSE – verbs
– EBBEN to intend, to propose …Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– ETTLE to intend, to propose, to have in mind, to purpose …1790 Sc. & Eng. dial.
PROPOSITION – verbs
– BUZZ to accost or proposition …1866 Amer. sl.
– CRACK ON to proposition; to hit on …1974 Amer. sl.
– PUT THE WORD ON SOMEONE to proposition someone …1975 Aust. sl.
PROPPED – adjectives
– BALKED UP propped up …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
PROPRIETOR – person
– IMPROPRIATOR †* one to whom anything is appropriated; a proprietor, owner; one who appropriates or arrogates something to himself …1631
– PADRONE a master, employer, patron, or proprietor …1670
– PARAMOUNT supreme ruler or proprietor …c1645
PROPRIETY – adjectives
– OFF AT THE NAIL neglectful of all sense of propriety; mad, wrong-headed …1897 Sc.
– TIGHT-LACED strict in the observance of rules or usages of morality or propriety …1741
propriety – nouns
– ABUSION † violation of law or right, outrage, wrong; anything opposed to propriety; bad or improper usage; corrupt or shameful fact or practice …c1374
– BESEEMLINESS * fittingness, propriety …1647
– DECENCY † appropriateness or fitness to the circumstances or requirements of the case; fitness, seemliness, propriety …1567
– DECENTNESS † decency, propriety …1561
– EVAGATION † a departure from propriety; an extravagance …1649
– HANDSOMENESS † skill, dexterity, ability, cleverness; propriety, becomingness, decency …1555
– MENSE decency, propriety, decorum; sense, discretion, tact; good manners, politeness …1737 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– WANGRACE † lack of grace, want of propriety …1513 Sc.
propriety – person
– GRUNDYITE a stickler for propriety …1845
propriety – verbs
– GO OFF AT THE NAIL to disregard all propriety of conduct; to behave strangely …1721 Sc.
PROSECUTE – verbs
– LAW to sue or prosecute …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– RAP charge; to prosecute, to arrest with a view to prosecution …20C US sl.
PROSECUTOR – person
– ACCUSATOR † an accuser; spec. a plaintiff, a prosecutor …1382
– ACCUSER-GENERAL a chief prosecutor or accuser …1770
– ACTOR 1. † in law: a person who instigates or is involved in a legal action; a plaintiff or complainant; in Roman History: a public prosecutor; an advocate in civil cases …a1325
2. † a pleader; he who conducts an action at law; the plaintiff or complainant; an advocate in civil cases; a public prosecutor …1413
– BIG CUTOR a District Attorney …Bk1945 criminals’ sl.
– RAPPER a plaintiff, a prosecutor …1900s US sl.
PROSPECT – nouns
– BREAKING OF BREAD the spoiling of one’s prospects …Bk1911 Sc.
– ELECTION a chance, likelihood, prospect …1790 Eng. dial.
– SHOW a prospect, chance, promise; an opportunity, opening …1856 Amer. dial.
– SHOWING a prospect, chance, promise; an opportunity, opening …1884 Amer. dial.
– SIGHT an opportunity, chance, prospect …1849 Amer. dial.
– TO-LOOK † a looking to, a prospect …a1572 Sc.
– VIZZY a view, vista, prospect …1723 Sc.
prospect – verbs
– GOPHER to prospect or mine in a random or unsystematic manner …1889 Amer. dial.
– GOPHER AROUND to prospect or mine in a random or unsystematic manner …1905 Amer. dial.
PROSPECTOR – person
– COFFEE-COOLER a prospector …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– DESERT RAT one who lives in the desert; a prospector in the desert …1907 Amer. dial.
– GARIMPEIRO in Brazil: a prospector for gold, silver, diamonds, etc.; formerly, one who worked illegally …1812
– PACK RAT † an itinerant prospector …c1850 Amer. West. sl.
– POCKET-HUNTER a prospector …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– SAGE RAT a cowboy’s term for a resident of the arid lands; a prospector …Bk1936 US cowboy usage
– SCROUSHER a worn-out prospector …M19 Aust. & NZ sl.
PROSPER – verbs
– BATTEN to thrive, to grow fat, to prosper, esp. in a bad sense, at the expense or to the detriment of another; to gratify a morbid mental craving …1605
– COP A BUNDLE to earn a good deal of money; to prosper …L19 sl.
– COTTON † to prosper, to succeed, to ‘get on’ well …c1560
– EDIFY † to take form, to grow; also, to prosper, to achieve success …a1400
– FART THROUGH SILK to live a life of luxury and ease; to live prosperously; to feel happy; to be important …1927 US sl.
– I-THEE † to thrive, to prosper …971
– KEEP THE TAIL IN WATER to prosper …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– MAKE MICKLE OF to succeed, to prosper …1824 Sc.
– SKIM UP to get along; to prosper …1912 Amer. dial.
– THEE † to thrive, to prosper; to grow …1794 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– TIME † to fare well, to prosper …c1250
PROSPERED – phrases
– HIM FELL WELL † he prospered …c1250
PROSPERING – adjectives
– QUIDS IN prospering; at an advantage …1919 UK sl.
– UP AND UP prospering; successful …1931 US sl.
– UP IN THE BUCKS wealthy, prospering …1920s US sl.
– UP IN THE STIRRUPS prospering, doing well …E19 sl.
PROSPERITY – adjectives
– IN FULL SAIL at the height of prosperity …1892 Eng. dial.
prosperity – nouns
– BAILYAMENT a state of prosperity or period of full vigour …1913 Sc.
– BIENNESS prosperity, comfort, the condition of being well-to-do …1818 Sc.
– DO-WELL † the act of doing well …LME obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– EADINESS † happiness, prosperity …c1200
– FAIR WORLD †* a state of well-being or prosperity …1641
– FARE † condition, state, welfare; state of things, prosperity, success …c1250
– HAP † good fortune, good luck; success, prosperity …a1225
– HEAL † well-being, welfare, safety; prosperity …c950 obs. exc. Sc.
– HEYDAY the full bloom, flush, of youth, vigour, prosperity, etc. …M18
– QUARFULNESS † health, prosperity …1483
– QUARTFULNESS † health, prosperity …1483
– SUNSHINE a source of happiness or prosperity …1595
– THRIFT prosperity, success; luck …1785 Sc.
– THRIVANCE † prosperity, success …1814 Sc.
– TOP OF THE WORLD a feeling of elation, good health, or prosperity …1920 US sl.
prosperity – person
– MART one who lives in ease and prosperity …1883 Eng. dial.
prosperity – phrases
– HAWKING AND SWAPPIN failing in prosperity, in poor worldly circumstances …Bk1902 Sc.
PROSPEROUS – adjectives
– BETTER-TO-DO above the well-to-do in social condition or worldly circumstances; more prosperous …1860
– BIEN thriving; prosperous; comfortable …Bk1911 Sc.
– CANNY † lucky, fortunate, prosperous …1715 Sc.
– EUROUS † lucky, prosperous, successful …c1430
– FAT-CAT prosperous, successful; the implication being that such prosperity has been gained by corruption …1950s sl., orig. US
– FELICIOUS † fortunate, prosperous …1599
– LUXURIANT † excessively prosperous …1654
– MAKING † money-making, prosperous …1434
– ON ONE’S HIND LEGS in a prosperous condition; established …1897
– PALMY bearing or worthy to ‘bear the palm’, triumphant, flourishing, prosperous …1602
– QUARTFUL † sound, healthy; safe, prosperous …c1460
– SILVER prosperous, happy …1659-60
– SUNSHINE cheerful, cheering; prosperous, happy, joyous …1593
– THRIVEN thriving, prosperous; well-nourished, strong …1901 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– TIDY well-to-do, prosperous …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– TIDY TO DO well-to-do, prosperous …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– UPTOWN stylish, sophisticated; prosperous …1855 Amer. dial.
– UPTOWNISH stylish, sophisticated; prosperous …1966 Amer. dial.
– WEALSOME † happy, prosperous, fraught with happiness …1382
prosperous – nouns
– HIGHLANDS the prosperous parts of a town, where the wealthy elite live …20C US sl.
– WARMTH the state of being prosperous or well-off …1888
– YARD-WIDE DAYS prosperous times …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
prosperous – person
– BETTER-TO-DO those who are more wealthy or prosperous, as a class …1875
– DO-WELL * a prosperous person …M19
prosperous – verbs
– BE IN TALL COTTON to be prosperous, to do well, to be in a good situation; to have good luck; to be in good spirits …1941 Amer. dial.
– CHOP TALL COTTON to be prosperous, to do well, to be in a good situation; to have good luck; to be in good spirits …1985 Amer. dial.
– HAVE NO DEAF NUTS TO CRACK to look well-fed, prosperous, hearty …1891 Eng. dial.
– LIVE IN TALL COTTON to be prosperous, to do well, to be in a good situation; to have good luck; to be in good spirits …1984 Amer. dial.
– NOT TO LIVE ON DEAF NUTS to look well-fed, prosperous, hearty …1891 Eng. dial.
– SHIT IN TALL COTTON to be prosperous, to do well, to be in a good situation; to have good luck; to be in good spirits …1984 Amer. dial.
– SIT IN TALL COTTON to be prosperous, to do well, to be in a good situation; to have good luck; to be in good spirits …1999 Amer. dial.
prosperous – phrases
– GOOSE HANGS HIGH, THE all is well or prosperous …1863 Amer. dial.
– GOOSE HONKS HIGH, THE all is well or prosperous …1919 Amer. dial.
– ON THE PIG’S BACK in a fortunate or prosperous state …1894
– ON THE PIG’S EAR in a fortunate or prosperous state …1946
– SHAFT IS OUT OF THE MELL, THE things are not going prosperously …1861 Sc.
PROSPEROUSLY – adverbs
– BRAVELIES very well, finely, prosperously …Bk1911 Sc.
– BRAVELY very well, satisfactorily, prosperously …Bk1911 Sc.
– FAIR † with good promise; promisingly, auspiciously, favourably, prosperously …1154
– GAILY in good health and spirits; very well; satisfactorily, prosperously …1778 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– ON VELVET in a position of ease or advantage; in an advantageous or prosperous condition …1769
PROSTHESIS – nouns
– FALSIE anything false or artificial; a prosthesis …1940s Amer. sl.
– FALSY anything false or artificial; a prosthesis …1940s Amer. sl.
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