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1    one of the units of speech or writing that native speakers of a language usually regard as the smallest isolable meaningful element of the language, although linguists would analyse these further into morphemes  
   Related adj       lexical       verbal  
2    an instance of vocal intercourse; chat, talk, or discussion  
to have a word with someone     
3    an utterance or expression, esp. a brief one  
a word of greeting     
4    news or information  
he sent word that he would be late     
5    a verbal signal for action; command  
when I give the word, fire!     
6    an undertaking or promise  
I give you my word, he kept his word     
7    an autocratic decree or utterance; order  
his word must be obeyed     
8    a watchword or slogan, as of a political party  
the word now is ``freedom''     
9      (Computing)   a set of bits used to store, transmit, or operate upon an item of information in a computer, such as a program instruction  
10    as good as one's word          doing what one has undertaken or promised to do  
11    at a word   at once  
12    by word of mouth   orally rather than by written means  
13    in a word   briefly or in short  
14    my word!  
a    an exclamation of surprise, annoyance, etc.  
b      (Austral)   an exclamation of agreement  
15    of one's word   given to or noted for keeping one's promises  
I am a man of my word     
16    put in a word or good word for   to make favourable mention of (someone); recommend  
17    take someone at his or her word   to assume that someone means, or will do, what he or she says  
when he told her to go, she took him at his word and left     
18    take someone's word for it   to accept or believe what someone says  
19    the last word  
a    the closing remark of a conversation or argument, esp. a remark that supposedly settles an issue  
b    the latest or most fashionable design, make, or model  
the last word in bikinis     
c    the finest example (of some quality, condition, etc.)  
the last word in luxury     
20    the word   the proper or most fitting expression  
cold is not the word for it, it's freezing!     
21    upon my word!  
a    Archaic   on my honour  
b    an exclamation of surprise, annoyance, etc.  
22    word for word  
a    (of a report, transcription, etc.) using exactly the same words as those employed in the situation being reported; verbatim  
b    translated by substituting each word in the new text for each corresponding word in the original rather than by general sense  
23    word of honour   a promise; oath  
24    modifier   of, relating to, or consisting of words  
a word list     
25    tr   to state in words, usually specially selected ones; phrase  
26    tr; often foll by: up     (Austral)  
informal   to inform or advise (a person),   (See also)        words  
     (Old English word; related to Old High German wort, Old Norse orth, Gothic waurd, Latin verbum, Sanskrit vratá command)  
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a new word formed by joining together two others and combining their meanings. Examples: brunch, camcorder, carjack, motel, greenwash, smog, workaholic.
to say, pronounce, speak
ex.: The child sounded out each word out loud as she read her book.
colloquial word for a dollar
charver is another word for chav
If you lived in Newcastle you would know it. Common in NE England
euphemism referring to the word "fuck"
euphemism used to refer to the taboo word "cunt"
euphemism referring to the taboo word "nigger"
set of words and word groups together with their definition, translation, grammar category or usage examples, and which can be searched through an index or a search engine
a colloquial word meaning a bribe: policemen accepting bungs from journalists
A formal word that is put in the beginning of sentence that has a similar meaning to furthermore, therefore, and from now on
I like ice-cream; Hence, I have lots of ice-cream cups in my fridge
positive outburst of emotion; the final word in a string of lyrics by Michael Jackson.
Lesewut is a German word for "reading craze" (literally) used to describe a specific period in the intellectual history of Germany from the late eighteenth century onward.
a humorous and old-fashioned word that means a chamber pot
Comes from the fact that the chamber pot 'gazunder' (= goes under) the bed
a portmanteau of 'employer' and 'voyeurism'. signifies the act of searching for an employer or the practice of an employer when looking to fill positions. The term places an emphasis on the secretive connotation of the word 'voyeur', denoting a clandestine and thus superior form of employment search
[Tech.] Ex.: Employerism is what one must engage in, if one wishes to embark upon a more productive job hunt!
word used to describe the sound made by the wheels of a train
by extension, it can be applied to other rhythmic similar sounds (for example, the sound of a clock or of a typing machine)
act in accordance with what is set verbally; apply what one's preaching for; double words by action;
often used in combination with "talk the talk".
the phrase is uttered in an attempt to excuse the user of profanity or curses in the presence of those offended by it under the pretense of the words being part of a foreign language
Syn.: excuse my French


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