SECLUDE, SECLUDED, SECLUSION – ADJECTIVES
– carried on in seclusion or retirement; not public or practical UMBRATILE 1640
– remaining in seclusion or retirement UMBRATICAL 1636 obs.
– secluded, hidden SCOUSED Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– secluded, retired; confined to the shade or to retirement UMBRATIC 1839 rare
SECLUDE etc. – NOUNS
– a secluded place; a place of retirement or concealment, or a place far distant and out of the way JERICHO 1635
SECLUDE etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– a person who spends their time in seclusion or retirement UMBRATILE 1888
SECLUDE etc. – VERBS
– to live or spend time in seclusion, esp. enforcedly RUSTICATE 1829
– to seclude from; to shut off, to exclude IMMURE 1616 obs.
SECOND (time) – NOUNS
– a second, a moment, an instant TICK 1879 colloq.
– a second; a moment; a short space of time TICK-TACK 1881 Eng. dial.
SECONDHAND – ADJECTIVES
– OXY having a second-hand or dated appearance; impoverished-looking …2003 UK sl.
– SECOND-HANDED secondhand …1834 Amer. dial.
SECONDHAND – NOUNS
– ABRAHAM a cheap clothier’s; a secondhand store …Bk1909 sl.
– JUNKWARE old or discarded items or materials as a commodity that may be bought and sold; second-hand goods …1891 rare
– LALLA SHOP a small shop dealing in cheap miscellany, and secondhand wares and clothing, generally thought to be disreputable and catering to a low grade patronage …1950 Amer. dial.
– PASS-DOWN a piece of secondhand clothing …1965 Amer. dial.
– PASS-ME-DOWN a piece of secondhand clothing …1965 Amer. dial.
– PASS-ME-ON a piece of secondhand clothing …1965 Amer. dial.
– PASS-ON a piece of secondhand clothing …1965 Amer. dial.
– POLICE CLOTHES 1930s Irish sl. – free secondhand clothes distributed to the poor by the police
– RABAIS inexpensive articles, secondhand goods …1886 Amer. dial.
– RABAIS SHOP a small shop selling cheap or secondhand goods …1917 Amer. dial.
– REACH-ME-DOWNS secondhand or ready-made clothes …1832
– THANK-YOU-SIR a secondhand article of clothing …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– VINNIES; VINNY’S the Society of St. Vincent de Paul; hence, their second-hand clothes shops …1980s Aust. & NZ sl.
SECONDHAND – NOUNS, PERSON
– WARDROBE DEALER a dealer in secondhand clothes …1896
SECOND-RATE – ADJECTIVES
– ADOBE Mexican; hence, second-rate, inferior …19C US sl., derogatory
– ALLEY; ALLY second-rate …1990s US college sl.
– ASSY insignificant, second-rate, unimportant …2000s African-American sl.
– BAG-BITING infuriatingly objectionable or second-rate …1983 Amer. computers’ sl.
– BEAT-ASS second-rate …2000s US sl.
– BODGER of low quality; bad; inferior; second-rate; unsatisfactory …1945 Aust. sl.
– BUSH second-rate, amateurish …1959 US sl.
– BUSH-LEAGUE petty, mediocre, trivial, inconsequential, second-rate …1908 US sl.
– CACKY disgusting; contemptible; worthless; second-rate …1970s sl.
– CAGMAG inferior, second-rate, spurious; unwholesome, decaying; coarse, worthless, rubbishy …1859 Eng. dial.
– CHICKEN-PLUCKING second-rate, vulgar, insignificant …1960s US sl.
– CHUMP unsophisticated, second-rate, provincial …20C sl.
– CHUMP-ASS unsophisticated, second-rate, provincial …20C sl.
– CHUMPISH unsophisticated, second-rate, provincial …20C sl.
– CONKY sub-standard, inferior, second-rate …L19 sl.
– CRUDDY bad, second-rate, of poor quality; crummy, lousy …1935 sl.
– DARK bad, inferior, unpleasant, second-rate, nasty …1980s UK sl.
– DRONGO second-rate, worthless …1945 Aust. sl.
– EXCREMENTAL unpleasant, disgusting; second-rate …1960s euphemism for ‘shitty’
– FAGGOTY cowardly, useless, second-rate …1960s sl.
– FARANDINICAL of the nature of farandine (17th century cloth); hence, second-rate, worthless …1675 obs. rare
– FLUNKY ignorant, second-rate …L19 US sl.
– GREASY-SACK poor, second-rate …1942 Amer. dial.
– GUNGEY; GUNGY second-rate, inferior, spoilt …1979 sl.
– HADDIT, HAD IT useless, second-rate …1960s NZ sl.
– HALF-AND-HALF second-rate …M19 sl.
– HALF-ARSE; HALF-ASS careless, ineffectual, inadequate, incompetent, second-rate; mediocre, insignificant, unsatisfactory …M19 sl.
– HALF-ARSED; HALF-ASSED careless, inadequate, inferior, unsatisfactory, ineffectual, incompetent, second-rate …1865 US sl.
– HOLE IN THE WALL second-class, inferior …M19 sl., orig. US
– LEMON useless; second-rate …1900s US sl.
– LOUSE second-rate …1940s US sl.
– LOW-RENT second-rate; bargain-basement …1975 colloq.
– MICKEY second-rate, corny …1950s US sl.
– NAFF second-rate, workaday …1969 sl.
– NAPH second-rate, workaday …1990s sl.
– OFF-BRAND second-rate …1960s sl., orig. African-American
– OF SORTS undistinguished, second-rate, barely adequate … …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– ONE-HORSE small and insignificant; unimportant; second-rate, inferior …1853 Amer. dial.
– PANTS rubbish, second-rate, inferior …1990s sl.
– PORK-AND-BEAN(S) basic, unenterprising, second-rate …1910s US sl.
– PORKY second-rate, inferior …1900s US sl.
– QUIFF second-rate, lightweight …1960s US sl.
– RAGGED of a person or object: second-rate, inferior …L18 sl.
– RAGGEDY; RAGGETY; RAGIDY run-down, second-rate, dilapidated …1930s African-American sl.
– RANK second-rate, inferior, disgusting …M18 sl.
– RANK-ASS second-rate, inferior, disgusting …M18 sl.
– SCANKY dirty, second-rate, unattractive, cheap-looking, ugly, promiscuous …1970s sl., orig. African-American
– SCHWAG second-rate, inferior, bad …1990s US students’ sl.
– SCROUNGY inferior, second-rate, grubby …20C US sl.
– SHANK-ASS dirty, second-rate, unattractive, cheap-looking, ugly, promiscuous …1970s sl., orig. African-American
– SHANKY dirty, second-rate, unattractive, cheap-looking, ugly, promiscuous …1970s sl., orig. African-American
– SHITTY unpleasant, disgusting; mediocre, second-rate …1879 sl.
– SHYPOO inferior; shoddy; second-rate …L19 Aust. & NZ sl.
– SKANKY dirty, second-rate, unattractive, cheap-looking, ugly, promiscuous …1975 sl., orig. African-American
– SKETCHY second-rate …1990s US students’ sl.
– SMALL-TIME 1915 – insignificant; trivial; worthless; second-rate, unimportant
– SNUFFY second-rate, inferior …1888 Eng. dial.
– TINHORN second-rate, inferior, superficially flashy …L19 sl.
– TINNY cheap, second-rate …1920s sl.
– TWO-DOLLAR second-rate …1990s US sl.
– UNDER THE ARM second-rate, inferior, bad …1937 Brit. sl.
– WACK; WHACK second-rate, inferior, phony, unsatisfactory, unacceptable, very bad …1984 African-American sl.
– WACK-ASS second-rate, phony, unsatisfactory …1980s African-American sl.
– WACKED; WHACKED second-rate, phony, unsatisfactory …1980s African-American sl.
SECOND-RATE – INTERJECTIONS
– WHAT A BEANFEAST! a satirical remark intended to underline that the situation is in fact far from a ‘beanfeast’, but in fact second-rate, poor, etc. …L19 sl.
SECOND-RATE – NOUNS
– BAGBITER a thing that is infuriatingly objectionable, second-rate, or the like …1982 Amer. computers’ sl.
– CLINKER something second-rate, inferior, esp. a performance …1950s sl.
– CODGE-JOB a second-rate piece of work …19C US sl.
SECOND-RATE – NOUNS, PERSON
– BAGBITER a person that is infuriatingly objectionable, second-rate, or the like …1982 Amer. computers’ sl.
– CLINKER a second-rate, worthless person …1950s sl.
– HAM AND EGGER an average person; a person who is below par, a second-rate person …1932 Amer. dial.
– MOPERY a second-rate person …1970s sl.
– PORK-AND-BEANER a second-rate person …1910s US sl.
– SCHLAPPER an insignificant person; a second-rater …1940s sl., orig. US
– SCHLEPPER an idler, a worthless or ineffectual person; an oaf, a slob, a jerk, a stupid or awkward person; an insignificant person; a second-rater …1947 sl. orig. US
– SCLEPPER an insignificant person; a second-rater …1940s sl., orig. US
– TANKER a second-rate person …1929 sl.
– VARNISH a second-rate person, one who is inadequate …1902 UK society usage
SECRECY, SECRET, SECRETIVE, SECRETLY – ADJECTIVES
– ABSTRUSE concealed, hidden, secret …1602 obs.
– ACROAMATIC pert. to hearing; hence, privately communicated by oral teaching to chosen disciples only; esoteric, secret …1632
– ACROAMATICAL pert. to hearing; hence, privately communicated by oral teaching to chosen disciples only; esoteric, secret …1580 obs.
– ACROATIC pert. to hearing; hence, privately communicated by oral teaching to chosen disciples only; esoteric, secret …1655-50
– BACK ROOM secret; concealed …Bk2006 US sl.
– BLAB-TONGUED talkative; unable to keep a secret …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– CABINET private, confidential, secret
– CLANCULAR clandestine; secret; private; concealed …1621 obs.
– CLANCULARIOUS private, secret; unknown; clandestine, underhand …1656 obs.
– CLANCULARY secret, private; clandestine, underhand …1563 obs.
– CLOSE AS AN OYSTER silent, secretive …L19 US sl.
– CLOSE AS OAK very retentive of secrets; secretive …17C colloq.
– CLOSET secret; concealed …Bk2006 US sl.
– COPA confidential, secret …1950s sl.
– COPACETIC; COPASETIC confidential, secret …1950s sl.
– COPASETTY confidential, secret …1950s sl.
– COPESETTE confidential, secret …1950s sl.
– COPUS confidential, secret …1950s sl.
– DARK of a person: secret; silent as to any matter; reticent; that conceals his thoughts …1675
– DATCHIE hidden, secret …19C Sc.
– DERN secret, obscure …1814 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– DOLO secret …1990s US students’ sl.
– DOWN LOW covert, secret …1990s African-American sl.
– CLOSE AS AN OYSTER silent, secretive …L19 US sl.
– CLOSE AS OAK very retentive of secrets; secretive …17C colloq.
– HIDDENMOST most hidden or secret …L19
– HIDLINGS hidden, secret, underhand, clandestine …L18 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– HUGGRY-MUGGRY secret, clandestine …B1900 Sc.
– HUSH secret …1944
– HUSH-HUSH secret …1916 UK military origins
– KOPASETIC confidential, secret …1950s sl.
– KOPASETTE confidential, secret …1950s sl.
– LEAKY undependable with a secret …Bk1947 Amer. sl.
– LONG-LUGGED eager to listen to secrets or scandal, given to eavesdropping …1901 Sc.
– MYSTIC a1625 obs. rare – secret, concealed
– MYSTICAL 1600 obs. – secret, concealed; unconfessed
– OBSCURE secret, concealed …1792 Sc. obs.
– OPERTANEOUS of secret, hidden, or covert nature; done in private, hidden from view, concealed …1656 obs. rare
– QUIET acting or living quietly; remaining hid or secret; fast asleep …1533 Sc. obs.
– QUIET-SIDE secret …1976 US sl.
– SHUT-MOUTHED silent, secretive, reserved …1909 Amer. dial.
– SNEAKY underhanded or secretive …1833
– UNDER COVER in hiding, secret, clandestine …1928 US criminals’ sl.
– UNDERGROUND hidden, concealed, secret …1677
– UNDERHAND secret, clandestine, surreptitious …1592
– UNDER ONE’S HAT secret …L19 US sl.
– UNDER THE BED clandestine, secret, corrupt …M19
– UNDER THE TABLE clandestine, secret, corrupt …M19
– UNDER WRAPS secret …1939 sl.
SECRECY etc. – ADVERBS
– ABSTRUSELY secretly, in a concealed manner …1611 obs. rare
– BEHIND HAND in secret, in an underhand way …Bk1905 Sc.
– BETWEEN YOU AND ME AND JACK MUM secretly, in confidence …20C Irish sl.
– BETWEEN YOU AND ME AND THE GATE-POST secretly; in confidence …1871 Amer. dial.
– BETWEEN YOU AND ME AND THE LAMP POST secretly; in confidence …1941 Amer. dial.
– BETWEEN YOU AND ME AND THE POST secretly; in confidence …1796 Amer. dial.
– BETWIXT YOU AND ME AND THE GATE between ourselves …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– BY THE BACK DOOR secretly or unofficially …Bk1999
– HIDLINGS in a hidden way, secretly …ME Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– HIDLINS secretly, stealthily, clandestinely …a1225 Sc.
– HUDDLE-MUDDLE secretly …1790 Sc. obs.
– HUGGRY-MUGGRY secretly …B1900 Sc.
– IN HIDLINGS in secret, secretly …LME Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– ON THE DOWN-LOW in secret; of a man: secretly engaged in homosexual activity …1992
– ON THE FLY in secret; sneakily …chiefly Sc.
– ON THE Q.T. surreptitiously, on the quiet; secretly …1884 sl.
– ON THE SIDE secretly; often used with reference to extramarital sexual affairs
– ON THE SNEAK TIP in secret …1995 US sl.
– SCOUK secretly, in a hidden manner …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– SKOOK in a hidden manner, secretly, furtively, with a gloomy, scowling mien …1866 Sc.
– SNIDE secretly; deceitfully …1999 UK sl.
– SUB ROSA secretly, confidentially …Bk1904 colloq.
– SUBTERRANEOUSLY secretly; in the dark …1791
– UNBESEEN unobserved, secretly …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– UNDER BANISTY secretly, surreptitiously …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– UNDERFOOT quietly, secretly …1860 rare
– UNDERGROUND in secrecy or concealment; in a hidden or obscure manner …1632
– UNDER THE WIND secretly, by underhand means …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– UNDER-THUMB secretly; in an underhand manner …1824 Sc. & Eng. dial.
SECRECY etc. – NOUNS
– BIGOT highly secret information; a code word …World War II Amer. sl.
– BUG UNDER THE CHIP a secret …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– CAB a small number of persons secretly united in the performance of some undertaking …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– COLLOGUE a private talk; a secret plan or scheme …E19
– CUDDLE-MUDDLE a secret conversation, often, with evil intent …19C Sc.
– CUGGER-MUGGER a confabulation, a secret conversation; a whispering, a gossiping in a low voice …1862 Ireland
– DEAD QUIET absolute secrecy …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– DEAL an underhand or secret transaction; a trade of questionable legality; a mutually beneficial commercial or political arrangement …1881 US sl.
– DEEPSHIP a profound secret or mystery …a1225 obs. rare
– DERN a hidden thing; a secret …a1000 obs.
– DERN secrecy, concealment, privacy …a1250 obs. exc. Sc.
– DIRT gossip; scandal; incriminating secrets …Bk2006 US sl.
– HEN ON, A an urgent, important, or secret plan or project in the making …1878 Amer. dial.
– HEN ON THE NEST, A an urgent, important, or secret plan or project in the making …1949 Amer. dial.
– HIDDEN HAND a secret or occult influence, esp. of a malignant character
– HIDLINGS hiding places, secret places …E16
– HIDLINGS secret or clandestine operations …E19
– HUSH-HUSH a secret …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– HUSH-HUSH STUFF a secret …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– IRISH WHISPER a saying something aloud when whispering would have been more appropriate, as a secret …1985 Amer. dial.
– IVY-BUSH a place of concealment or retirement; a secret place, a hiding place …1699
– MASONICS secrets …L19 UK society sl.
– MASONRY secret signs and passwords …M19 sl.
– MILK IN THE COCONUT the secret; the heart of the matter …1840
– MUM a secret …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– NO-CAN-TELL a secret …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– OCCULT something hidden or secret …1656 obs. rare
– SNEAK GO any secretive action …1989 Aust. sl.
– TAPINAGE hiding, concealment, secrecy …a1300 obs.
– THIN SECRET a secret easily seen through …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– TICHEL any article kept secretly …Bk1905 Sc.
– UNDERDEALING underhand or secret action …1649 obs.
SECRECY etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– BABBLER one who tells too freely what he knows; a prating gossip; a teller of secrets; a blabber; a talebearer …1555
– BASKET a person who can’t keep a secret …1975 Amer. dial.
– BEWRAYER he who bewrays or reveals; a person who discovers a thing which should be concealed; a divulger of secrets; a betrayer …c1440
– BIG MOUTH a person who tells secrets; someone who talks too much or too loudly …Bk2006 US sl.
– BLAB an open-mouthed person; one who has not sufficient control over his tongue; a revealer of secrets or of what ought to be kept private; a babbler, a tattler, a telltale …c1374
– BLABBER one who blabs; one who reveals secrets; a telltale …1557
– BLABBERER one who reveals secrets; a telltale, a tattler …c1375
– BLABBERGUTS one who talks too much or betrays secrets; a gossip; a telltale …1977 US sl.
– BLABBERMOUTH one who reveals secrets, a telltale, a gossip, an indiscreet talker …1916 sl., orig. US
– BLOBBER-MOUTH a talkative person; one who will not keeps secrets …1949 Amer. dial.
– BLOB-TONGUE one who blurts out a secret; a telltale; a blab; a gossip …1886 Eng. dial.
– CACKLE one who chats or gossips; a telltale, tattler, or blabber; one who divulges a secret …a1225 sl.
– CACKLER one who chats or gossips; a talkative person; a telltale, tattler, or blabber; one who divulges a secret …a1400 sl.
– CLOSET CASE anyone who does anything in secret …M20 US colloq.
– DARK HORSE a person who keeps things about themselves secret …1917 Aust. sl.
– GAB one who talks excessively; a loquacious speaker; a chatterbox; a tattler; one who cannot keep a secret…1822 Sc.
– LAB; LABBE a blab; a telltale; a great talker; a chatterbox; a gossip; one who cannot keep a secret …c1386 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– LAB-O’-THE-TONGUE a chatterbox, tattler; one who cannot keep a secret …1746 Eng. dial.
– LONG-TONGUE a chatterbox, talebearer, telltale, gossip, blabber, a divulger of secrets; an unusually talkative woman; a scold …1847
– MIGHTY MOUTH someone who talks too much and spreads gossip or reveals secrets …1974 sl.
– MOUTH a person who is a gossip; one who is known to divulge confidences or secrets …Bk1988 Aust. sl.
– MOUTHAR a chatterbox; a gossip; one who cannot be trusted to keep secrets …1970 W. Indies
– MOUTHY GUY one who cannot keep a secret …1990
– MYSTERY MAN 1922 – a man about whom little or nothing is known; a secretive man
– OPEN-GOB a talkative person; one who reveals secrets …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– SHUT-MOUTH a person who says little; a silent, secretive or reserved person …1891 Amer. dial.
– SIEVE one who cannot keep a secret …1668
– SILENTIARY someone sworn to keep state secrets secret
– TALE-PAT a telltale, a talebearer, one who divulges secrets …1808 Sc.
– TALE-PYET a telltale, a talebearer, one who divulges secrets; an informer, a tattler …1808 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– TATTLE-TALE one who discloses confidences or secrets; one who informs on or betrays others; a telltale; a talebearer; a whistle-blower …1889 colloq, orig. US
SECRECY etc. – PHRASES
– BETWEEN YOU AND ME AND THE BED-POST in all confidence or secrecy …1830
– MUM’S THE WORD used as injunction not to reveal a secret …a1704 sl.
– QUIET IS KEPT used to request secrecy after making a revelation …2000s African-American sl.
– UNDER WRAPS kept in secret …1939 UK sl.
SECRECY etc. – VERBS
– BEWRAY to divulge or revel secrets prejudicially …c1386 arch.
– BIG-MOUTH to spread secrets around …Bk2006 US sl.
– BLABBERMOUTH to tell secrets in public …Bk2006 US sl.
– BLAB OFF Bk1975 US sl. – to reveal a secret; to say what is better left unsaid
– BLARE to let out secrets, to blab …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– BLART to let out a secret; to spread abroad news or scandal …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– BLASH to make public, to reveal secrets …1891 Eng. dial.
– BLATE OUT to blurt out, esp. a secret …1909 Amer. dial.
– BLOACH to divulge secrets; to blab …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– BLOW to speak revealingly; to give away secret information …1575
– BLOW OFF ONE’S MOUTH c1910 US sl., arch. – to talk too much; to reveal a secret
– BLOW OFF ONE’S TRAP c1910 US sl., arch. – to talk too much; to reveal a secret
– BLOW OFF ONE’S YAP c1910 US sl., arch. – to talk too much; to reveal a secret
– BLOW THE GAFF to let out a secret; to reveal a plot; to give convicting evidence …1812 sl.
– BLUTTER to give hasty utterance to; to blurt out; to talk foolishly; to tell what ought to be kept secret …1680 obs. exc. Sc.
– CACKLE to talk idly, esp. in the sense of telling secrets …1698 criminals; sl.
– CHEEP to tell or reveal; to betray a secret; to mention, to hint at …1903 Amer. dial.
– CLAP THE THUMB ON to keep secret, to conceal; to remain silent …1897 Sc.
– COLLIFOBBLE to talk secretly together …19C Eng. dial.
– CRACK HARDY to keep a secret …20C Aust. sl.
– CUDDLE-MUDDLE to speak in a secret, muttering voice …Bk1866 Sc.
- DERN to hide, to conceal, to keep secret …c893 obs.
– DROP A BUG IN ONE’S EAR to tell one a secret or put one on to a secret; to give somebody a hint for his own good …1965 Amer. dial.
– FERSCHNAPP ONESELF to let the cat out of the bag, to reveal a secret …1970 Amer. dial.
– HAVE A HEN ON to have an urgent, important, or secret plan or project in the making …1916 Amer. dial.
– HAVE A HEN ON THE NEST to have an urgent, important, or secret plan or project in the making …1949 Amer. dial.
– HEAL to hide, to conceal; to keep secret …1768 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– HEAL ON A PERSON to keep anyone’s secrets, not to betray or reveal them …1827 Sc.
– HEAR A BIRD SING to receive private or secret information …1597
– KEEP A STIFF LIP to keep quiet, to maintain a secret …1970s African-American sl.
– KEEP DARK to keep secret …1681 colloq.
– KEEP ONE’S GUTS to keep a secret, to be discreet …1927 Amer. dial.
– KEEP UP to keep secret or undivulged …1678 obs.
– LAB to blab, to let out secrets …1377 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– LABA-LABA; LABBA-LABBA to chatter, to gossip; to betray secrets …1960s W. Indies
– LANE to conceal, to keep secret, to connive at …1703 Sc. & Eng. dial. obs.
– LET SOMEONE IN ON to impart otherwise secret or privileged information …20C sl.
– LET THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG to disclose a secret or a trick …c1750
– LET THE CAT OUT OF THE SACK to disclose a secret …1967 Amer. dial.
– LET THE CAT OUT OF THE WALLET to give away a secret or tell a piece of news too soon; to let the cat out of the bag …1804 Amer. dial.
– PASS to pass on gossip, to tell tales, to betray confidences …1908 Sc.
– PUT A BUG IN ONE’S EAR to tell one a secret or put one on to a secret; to give somebody a hint for his own good …1909 Amer. dial.
– PUT ONE’S BUSINESS IN THE STREET Bk1970 US students’ sl. – to tell one’s secrets
– PUT ONE’S THUMB ON IT to keep secret, to conceal; to remain silent …1905 Sc.
– QUATCH to betray; to tell a secret …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– QUIDDLE to give away a secret or tell a piece of news too soon …1969 Amer. dial.
– RAP OFF to speak inconsiderately; to let out secrets …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– SCOUK to skulk; to scowl; to look angry, sulky, or furtive; to go about in a secret, guilty manner …1845 Sc.
– SCREAM ON ONE to give away a secret or to betray the confidence of someone; to tell; to inform; to attack …1960s African-American sl.
– SKOOK to skulk; to scowl; to look angry, sulky, or furtive; to go about in a secret, guilty manner …1845 Sc.
– SPLIT to disclose, to reveal secrets …M19 sl.
– UNDERFIND to discover something secret; to find out …B1900 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– VENT to disclose, to divulge, or let out a secret, etc. …1678 obs.
– WARD to carefully keep a secret …1881 rare
– YED to work secretly; to conquer by stratagem …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
SECRET AGENT – NOUNS, PERSON
– a secret agent or spy BLACK OPERATOR 1884 Amer. euphemism
SECRETARY – NOUNS, PERSON
– a female secretary or personal assistant GAL FRIDAY; GIRL FRIDAY 1930s sl., orig. US
– a secretary and helper WOMAN FRIDAY Bk1998
– a senior secretary MOTHER 1977 UK civil service usage
SECRETE – VERBS
– to secrete, to hide; to shelter; to take shelter SCOG 1822 Sc.
– to secrete; to put anything carefully aside BALFURD Bk1898 Sc.
SECT – NOUNS
– SECTIUNCLE; SECTIUNCULE a small, insignificant religious body; a little or petty sect…1851 rare
SECTION – NOUNS
– a section, a small part, a corner, or division CANTLING 1674 obs. rare
– a section, or segment, cut out of anything CANTLE c1440
– a section, portion, fraction; a part or division of a whole DEAL a800 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– a small section SECTIUNCLE; SECTIUNCULE 1838 rare
SECULAR – NOUNS, PERSON
– a secular person MAN OF THE WORLD c1200 obs.
SECURE, SECURED, SECURELY – ADJECTIVES
– HASPED fastened up, secured …1891 Eng. dial.
– JEOPARDLESS free from risk or peril; safe, secure …1549 obs.
– ON EASY STREET living a secure, comfortable life …L19 sl.
– SICKER free from danger or harm; secure, safe …c897 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– SICKER having a sense of security; confident …a1340 obs.
– UNDANGERED safe, secure …c1400
– WALL-FAST secure within walls …1593 obs.
SECURE etc. – ADVERBS
– FASTLY closely, securely …c1050 obs.
– HARD tightly, firmly, securely …1889 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– SICKER securely; without risk of falling or shifting …a1586 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– SOLID secure, free of problems …1920s US sl.
SECURE etc. – NOUNS
– SICKERNESS the state or condition of being secure; freedom from danger or harm …c1230 obs. exc. Sc.
SECURE etc. – VERBS
– BAG to gain, to achieve, to secure, or win for oneself, esp. after repeated attempts …1911 Amer. sl.
– CAFFLE to take, to hold, to secure …M19 UK criminals’ sl.
– FORFEND to secure, defend, or protect by precautionary measures …1592 now chiefly Amer.
– HANDLE to receive or get money from; to secure; to get hold of …1823 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– HANK to fasten, to secure, to tie up; to fasten with a loop …1812 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– MAKE to fasten, to secure, to make fast …1804 Eng. dial.
– MAKE A BID FOR to try to secure
– NAB to obtain for oneself; to secure …1925 Amer. sl.
– NAIL to take or obtain for oneself; to secure; to make sure of …1732 sl., orig. criminals’ usage
– SAVE to make a place secure …1338 obs.
– SICKER to secure, to make sure or certain of; to make fast, to fix firmly …1708 now rare or obs.
– TACHE to fasten, to attach, to fix, to secure a person or thing …a1310 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– WARISH to guard, to secure, to protect, to preserve; to save, to rescue …c1350 obs.
SECURITY (safety) – NOUNS
– security; exemption from injury or loss as a consequence of any action IMPUNITY 1800
– security from danger, peace; the condition of being spared ORE c1205 obs.
– something that gives security and comfort SUGAR TIT 1892 Amer. sl.
SECURITY (safety) – PHRASES
– that exhibits poor security; said of banks, etc (‘blagging’ = a robbery with violence) GAGGING FOR A BLAGGING 2001 UK sl.
SECURITY (pledge) – NOUNS
– security, a pledge WAGE 1338 obs.
– security, pledge; something of value deposited to ensure the performance of some action, and liable to forfeiture in case of non-performance GAGE 1457
SECURITY (pledge) – VERBS
– to give as security or a pledge WAGE c1320 obs.
SECURITY GUARD – NOUNS, PERSON
– a private security guard MICKEY MOUSE COP 1976 US sl.
– a security guard SQUARE BADGE 1980s US sl.
– a security guard, or police patrolman; a prison guard or corrections officer HACK Bk1914 criminals’ sl.