Reverse Dictionary: SERVID – SEW

 ABJECT of low repute; despicable, wretched; self-abasing, servile, obsequious …c1430
 ADULATORIOUS full of adulation; servilely or fulsomely flattering or praising; currying favour; servile, obsequious …1664 obs.
 ARSE-LICKING extremely servile, grovelling …1930s sl.
– BOND servile, slavish …LME obs.
 BUTT-LICKING – extremely servile, grovelling …1930s sl.
– CRINGELING cringing, servile …1798 rare
– SUCKASS servile …1940s African-American sl.
– VASSAL servile; subordinate …1593
– VERNILE servile, slavish …1623 obs. rare

– CAP IN  HAND in a humble or servile manner …Bk1999 

– OBSEQUIOUSNESS servile submission or complaisance; servility …1613
– TOADYISM the behaviour of a parasite or sycophant; mean and interested servility …1840
– VERNILITY servility, slavishness, flattering behaviour …1623 obs.

– ABJECT one cast off; castaway; an outcast; a base, contemptible, despicable, or degraded person; a person of the lowest social condition; a social pariah; humble servant; a servile person; one who, whatever his rank, is morally vile to an extent which might have been expected to exist only in miserable outcasts …1534
 BUTT BOY an obsequious or servile person; a sycophant …1948 US colloq.
– CREEPING JESUS a sycophantic or servile person, or one who is hypocritically pious …c1818 sl.
– CRINGELING a cringing creature; a servile flatterer; a fawner …a1693 rare
– EARTHWORM a mean or grovelling or servile person; a covetous, grasping person; a miser; a sordid wretch …1594
– EARWIG an ear whisperer; a servile flatterer; a parasite; a prying, insinuating informer or talebearer; a malicious gossip …1633 obs.
– LICK-SPITTLE a mean or abject parasite, sycophant, or toady; a servile flatterer; a contemptible, fawning person …1825
– LIMBERHAM one who has ‘limber hams’, a supple-jointed person; fig. a servile flatterer; an obsequious person …1689 obs.
– MAN FRIDAY a servile follower or attendant; a servant of all work …1887
– PENNY-DOG a tagalong; a toady; a hanger-on; a servile follower …1953 Amer. dial.
– PENNY-PUP a tagalong; a toady; a hanger-on; a servile follower …1967 Amer. dial.
– PLEASE-MAN one who tries to please men; an officious or servile person who courts favour; a sycophantic and servile fawner …1588 obs. rare
– RUNNING DOG a person who is subservient to a foreign power, esp. to one that threatens revolutionary interests; later, generally, a servile follower, a lackey …1925
– SLAVELING a submissive or servile person …1884
– SOCK PUPPET a person whose actions are controlled by another; a minion; a servile or unimportant person who is a follower  or underling of a powerful person …1959 colloq.
– SUCKASS a servile person; a flunky …1940s African-American sl.
– TANTONY a servile flatterer; a parasite; one who obsequiously follows another …1659
– TANTONY PIG a servile flatterer; a parasite; one who obsequiously follows another …1738
– TOAD a servile flatterer, a toady …1831
– TOADER a servile flatterer, a sycophant, a parasite, a toady …1842 rare
– TOADY a servile parasite; a sycophant, an interested flatterer; also, a humble dependant …1826

– SNEEZE EVERY TIME ANOTHER TAKES SNUFF to follow another’s lead in servile fashion …BK1913 Amer. dial.
– TOM to be servile or ingratiating …1963 Amer. dial.
– TOM OUT to be servile or ingratiating …2009 Amer. dial.


– formal release from servitude or slavery; an or instance of this MANUMISSION 1432-50 obs. exc. Hist.
– involuntary servitude; act of enslaving; slavery MANCIPATION 1577 rare
– servitude, subjection, subordination; service VASSALAGE 1595
– servitude, subjection, subordination; service VASSALRY 1594

– a person whose period of servitude is growing short SHORT TIMER Bk1966 US students’ sl.

– to release from servitude; to release from slavery; to set free MANUMISE 1523 obs.
– to release from servitude; to release from slavery; to set free MANUMISS 1523 obs.
– to release from servitude; to release from slavery; to set free MANUMIT 1432-50

– a set of articles such as are usually taken together GANG c1340
– a set or suit of things CAST 1535 obs.

– to set, to place, to put in position YARK a1300 obs.

– to set aside YINK 1897 Sc.

BACK-JAR a setback in health or circumstances …1875 Sc.
BACKSET a setback …1816 Amer. dial.
DUNT a sudden shock or setback; an acute disappointment …1811 Sc.
KICK IN THE PANTS, A a grave or humbling setback; an expression of severe criticism or disapproval …1933
KICK IN THE TEETH, A a grave or humbling setback; an expression of severe criticism or disapproval …1972
KNOCK a setback …1649
LICKING a reversal or disappointment; defeat or setback … c1800 colloq.
OFFSET a hindrance, delay; a setback, anything that causes delay; an illness; the time wasted by any hindrance …1865 Sc.
ONE UP AGAINST YOUR DUCKHOUSE a setback …Bk1999 Aust. sl.
PUT-BACK a1697 rare – something that puts back the advancement or performance of a plan or activity; a setback
SMACKDOWN a decisive or humiliating defeat or setback …US colloq.
SMACK IN THE EYE, A a sharp rebuff; a setback …colloq.

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.

COME A CROPPER to have a setback; to fail badly …1874 sl.
GET ONE’S LUMPS to accept and deal with one’s problems and setbacks …1930s sl., orig. US
TAKE A KNOCK to suffer a setback …1649

– to let one thing serve as a set-off to another SET THE HARE-PIE AGAINST THE GOOSE-GIBLET 1633 obs.
– to let one thing serve as a set-off to another SET THE HARE’S FOOT AGAINST THE GOOSE-GIBLET 16C obs.
– to let one thing serve as a set-off to another SET THE HARE’S HEAD AGAINST THE GOOSE-GIBLET 1539 obs.

GALL-BRUSTER a thing or person that settles, a settler …Bk1900 Eng. dial.

CAPTAIN KETTLE to settle (vigorously) …c1899 rhyming sl.
CAST ANCHOR of a person: to settle down …Bk1999 
DEAL THE BANK to settle a dispute; to come to an understanding …B1900 Sc.  
FALL to cause to settle or subside …1789 obs.
HEAF to accustom or reconcile oneself to a place; to settle down, to make oneself at home …1873 Eng. dial.
PIN THE BASKET to conclude or settle a matter …a1659 obs.
RATIFY to clear up; to settle …1883 Sc.
SCONCE to settle oneself, to take up one’s position; to ensconce oneself …1866 Sc.
TAIL to decide or determine in a specified way; to settle, to arrange, to fix a matter …c1315 obs.
TAILYE to determine, to settle, to appoint, to arrange …1375 Sc. obs.
TAILZIE to determine, to settle, to appoint, to arrange …1375 Sc. obs.
TAKE UP to amicably settle a dispute, quarrel, etc. …1560 obs.

– settled, confirmed RATIFIED 1644 rare
– settled, constituted, arranged BESTEAD;  BESTED c1300 obs.
– settled in habit, not easily stirred or moved SITTEN-UP 1671 obs.

– a thing thoroughly settled DEAD-PIG Bk1900 Eng. dial.

BEKE among French Creoles: a White settler …Bk1982
BOOMER a settler who takes part in a boom or rush to occupy a newly opened region …1890
INSIDE-SQUATTER a settler within the bounds of civilization …Bk1896 Aust. sl.
MOSSBACK a settler; a homesteader; a pioneer farmer …1883 US Western
MOVER a migrant, a settler; spec. a settler migrating westwards; also, a tenant farmer who resettles repeatedly as land becomes exhausted …1810 US colloq.
OLD RESIDENTER a resident, an inhabitant; esp. an early settler; a longtime resident …1827 Amer. dial. 

NEVIS seven …Bk1902 back-slang
SEPTENARIOUS of the number seven; containing seven in number …1656 rare
SEPTIMANE of the order of seven; belonging to a week …1721 obs.
SEPTUARY consisting of seven; of seven days …1604 obs.

HEBDOMAD;  HEBDOMADE the number seven viewed collectively; a group composed of seven …1545 obs.
SAY-ONEY the number seven …M19 sl.

– a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist church PEANUT-EATER 1967 Amer. dial.
– a Seventh-Day Adventist SIX-DAY-BIKE-RIDER 1943 NZ sl.

ABJUNCT disjoined, disconnected, severed …1610 obs. rare
SUNDERED kept apart; separated, separate; also, divided into parts, severed, scattered …c1325

ABRUPT to break off, to sever; to interrupt suddenly …1643 obs. rare
CANTON to divide a part from, or cut it out of a whole; to separate, to sever by division …1653 arch. or obs.
CUT THE PAINTER to send a person or thing ‘adrift’ or away; to clear off; to sever a connection, effect a separation …a1700
DEAL to separate, to sever …a1000 obs.
TO-DEAL to divide into parts; to distribute, to deal out; also, to separate, to sever …c888 obs.
TWIN c1230 obs. exc. Sc. – to separate, to disjoin, to disunite, to sever, to part, to divide
UNCUT to sever by cutting …1611 obs.

– severally SUNDERLING c1320 obs. rare
– severally, separately, apart from the rest SUNDERLEPES c1020 obs.
– severally, separately, apart; individually SUNDRY c950 obs. exc. Sc.
– severally, separately, individually SUNDRILY a900 obs.

– separation, severance DECEPERATION a1450 obs.
– separation, severance SUNDERANCE 1435 rare

– ACID biting, severe, unpleasant …L18
– ALL-FIRED extreme, severe …1835 Amer. dial.
– ASPRE harsh to the feelings; bitter, cruel, severe …c1374 obs.
 CHARGEOUS burdensome; expensive, costly; troublesome, severe, oppressive …1380 obs.
– DANGEROUS difficult or awkward to deal with; haughty, arrogant; rigorous, hard, severe; the opposite of affable …a1225 obs.
– DARK severe …1926 Amer. dial.
– DEAR;  DERE hard, severe, heavy, grievous; dire, fell …a1000 arch.
– DRACONIAN extremely harsh and cruel, rigorous, severe …1876 
– DRACONIC extremely harsh and cruel; rigorous, severe …1708 
– ELDRITCH surly, severe in temper and manner; of weather: chill, keen …1825 Sc. obs.
– FIERCE terrible, disagreeable in the extreme; extremely bad or severe …1907 Amer. dial.
– HARD-HANDED ruling with a firm or cruel hand; forceful, severe …1611 
– HASKY ill-natured, harsh, severe …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– HATEL full of hatred; malignant, hostile; severe, cruel; fierce, bitter …a850 obs.
– HEARTLY vigorous, severe, sore …a1400 obs.
– HEAVY of persons: oppressive; troublesome, annoying; angry; severe, violent …c825 obs.
– HELLACIOUS extraordinarily good; bad, intense, violent, severe, etc. …1929 Amer. sl.
– HELL-FIRED extreme, severe …1833 Amer. dial.
– HETER;  HETTER rough; fierce, violent, cruel; severe; keen, eager …a1400-50 obs.
– IMPORTUNE troublesome, burdensome; vexatious; grievous, heavy, severe, exacting …c1400 obs.
– INEXORABLE unable to be moved or be persuaded to entreaty or request (esp. for mercy); rigidly severe, immovable, relentless …M16
– IRON-FACE stern, obdurate, cruel, severe …Bk1892 Chinese Pidgin
– LUNGEOUS rough at play; cruel; unnecessarily severe in chastising children …1787 Eng. dial. 
– PAINOUS painful; severe …c1400 obs. rare
– RAGGLISH severe, harsh …Bk1905 Sc.
– RAGLISH severe, harsh …Bk1905 Sc.
– RIGORIOUS fierce, stern, severe …1509 obs. rare
– SALT severe, painful …1895 Sc.
– SARTAIN stern, severe; steadfast ….1887 Eng. dial.
– SIDE severe or hard upon one …1825 Sc.
SMART c1300 – of pain, sorrow, etc.: sharp, keen, painful, severe
– SOLID severe, difficult, unfair, unreasonable …1915 Aust. & NZ sl.
– TART harsh, severe …1893 Eng. dial.
– TAUT of persons: strict, severe …1905 Sc.
– TETRICOUS sour in countenance; austere, severe, harsh, crabbed, perverse, morose …1727 obs.
– TYRANNOUS unjustly severe or cruel, pitiless …1556 
– VENGEABLE very great, severe, strong, intense …1532 obs.
– VENGIBLE grievous, severe …1601 obs.
– YARKING severe …1896 Sc.
– YETERIE;  YETRIE severe, excessive, tormenting …Bk1905 Sc.
– CRUEL severely; extremely hard …1937 UK sl.
– CRUELLY severely; extremely hard …1937 UK sl.
– EAGERLY sharply, pungently, keenly; violently, harshly, severely …1377 obs.
– FEARSOME powerfully, severely …1942 Amer. dial.
– HARK FROM THE TOMB with great severity; at full tilt …1851 Amer. dial.
– HEAVYINGLY heavily, severely …1434 obs. rare
– LIKE THE DEVIL BEATING TANBARK very fast, vigorously, severely …1851 Amer. dial.
– TIGHTISH severely, smartly …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– TIGHTLY severely, sharply …1863 Sc. & Eng. dial. 
– EXTREMITY extreme severity or rigour …a1500 obs.
– FELLNESS fierceness, harshness, savagery; cruelty; malignity; also, sternness, severity …c1410 obs.
– HARDLAIK hardship, harshness, severity …c1400 obs.
– HARK FROM THE TOMB something severe; a severe scolding or admonition ….c1960 Amer. dial.
– RADDOUR severity, harshness, harsh treatment …a1400-50 Sc. & N. Eng. dial. obs.
SMARTHEAD a1400 obs. rare – severity; harshness
SMELLER 1898 – anything remarkable for exceptional violence, severity, strength, etc.
– BANBURY MAN a Puritan; a bigot; a sour or severe man; a hypocrite …Bk1889 obs.
– MISS FROSTY PANTS a severe person …1970 US sl.
– SCOURGE to exercise great severity; to act as a hard taskmaster …Bk1904 Sc.

– CAT-CLAWED adj. poorly sewn …1967 Amer. dial.
– CAT-STITCHED poorly sewn …1967 Amer. dial.
– JAKEY sewn carelessly …1968 Amer. dial.
– WISHED TOGETHER put together insecurely, cobbled up; sewn carelessly …1918 Amer. dial.
– WITCHED TOGETHER put together insecurely, cobbled up; sewn carelessly …1929 Amer. dial.
SEW etc. – NOUNS
– HOUSEWIFE an elementary sewing kit; a bag or pocket for sewing materials …1968 UK sl.
– NEEDLEDOM the ‘world’ of sewing …1847
– SCOBERIE;  SCOBRIE the act of sewing carelessly or with long stitches …Bk1904 Sc.
– LITTLE WOMAN ROUND THE CORNER one’s dressmaker or sewing-woman …20C middle-class colloq.
– MY LITTLE WOMAN ROUND THE CORNER one’s dressmaker or sewing-woman …20C middle-class colloq.
– TRODDLER a ‘tredaller’; one who works a sewing-machine …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
SEW etc. – VERBS
– BESEW to sew up …a800 obs.
– BESS to sew slackly; to baste …Bk1898 Sc.
– BORE to sew …Bk1911 Sc.
– BUILD to sew or tailor; to make clothing …1951 Amer. dial.
– BUILD CLOTHES to make clothes …1877 Amer. dial.
– BUSHEL to repair garments …1889 US
– GABBLE to do something clumsily; to make a poor job of something, esp. of sewing or knitting …1953 Sc. 
– GADGE to baste; to run or tack together with long stitches …Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– RANTER to sew up a rent, or apply a patch with invisible stitches; to darn, to mend …1673-88 Eng. dial.
– RANTER to seam up roughly, with wide stitches …1882 Sc.
– ROPE to sew roughly in making a temporary mend …1921 Sc.
– RUN UP WITH A HOT NEEDLE AND BURNING THREAD to sew hastily and carelessly …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– SCOB to take long stitches in sewing, to sew loosely and clumsily; to baste …1808 Sc.
– SET to sew …1857 Amer. dial.
– SET A STITCH to sew …1857 Amer. dial.
– SEW WITH A HOT NEEDLE AND BURNING THREAD to sew hastily and carelessly …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– TAG to fasten, stitch, or tack together; to join …1681 obs.
– YARK;  YERK to draw stitches tight, to twitch, as a shoemaker in sewing; also, to bind tightly with cords …c1430 obs. exc. Sc. & Eng. dial.

IPER any foul liquid, ooze, mud, or sewage …1880 Sc.
JAW-HOLE a hole into which dirty water or other liquid is ‘jawed’ or thrown; an open entrance to a sewer, house-drain, or cesspool …1760
LOGIE sewage …c1870 Brit. sl.
ODDLE a sewer …1845 Sc.
ODDLER a sewer …Bk1905 Sc.
SINK a conduit, drain, or pipe for carrying away dirty water or sewage; an opening especially made for this purpose; a sewer …1499 rare
SULLAGE;  SULLIDGE filth, refuse; esp. as is carried off by drains from a house, farmyard,  or the like; sewage …1553
VAEDIK a small stream or runnel of water or other liquid; a ditch, drain or open sewer …a1838 Sc.
VAULT a covered conduit for carrying away water or filth; a drain or sewer …c1400 obs.
VENNEL an open drain or gutter; a sewer …1641 N. Eng. dial.

SANNY a sanitary man, who removes sewage …L19 Aust. sl.