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daff Tweet Definition of daff Like Definition of daff on Facebook
noun (plural daffs)
  1. (context, british, colloquial) Short form of daffodil.
Get your daffs here - £2 a bunch
     
dander Tweet Definition of dander Like Definition of dander on Facebook
noun 
  1. Airborne particles emitted from a cat or dog; hair follicles and dead skin; allergens.
     
dash Tweet Definition of dash Like Definition of dash on Facebook
noun 
  1. (typography) The symbol " (en-dash) or " (em-dash)
sometimes dash is also used colloquially to refer to the symbol - (hyphen)
  1. A short run.
  2. A small quantity of a liquid substance; less than 1/8 of a teaspoon.
Add a of vinegar
  1. A dashboard.
  2. One of the two symbols of Morse code.
verb (dash, es)
  1. (intransitive) To run quickly or for a short distance.
He dashed across the field.
  1. (context, intransitive, informal) To leave or depart.
I have to now. See you soon.
  1. (transitive) To destroy by striking (against).
He dashed the bottle against the bar and turned about to fight.
  1. (transitive) To throw violently.
The man was dashed from the vehicle during the accident.
  1. (transitive) To sprinkle; to splatter.
  2. (transitive) To ruin; to destroy.
Her hopes were dashed when she saw the damage.
  1. (transitive) To dishearten; to sadden.
Her thoughts were dashed to melancholy.
  1. (transitive) To complete hastily, usually with down or off.
He dashed down his eggs, she dashed off her homework
     
dashed Tweet Definition of dashed Like Definition of dashed on Facebook
verb 
  1. (past participle of, dash)
adjective 
  1. Of a line, made up of short lines with small gaps between each one and the next.
  2. (UK, informal) A euphemism for damned.
It's a shame that Tarquin failed all his A-levels — we were hoping to get him into Oxford.
     
day boy Tweet Definition of day boy Like Definition of day boy on Facebook
noun 
  1. a male day pupil
     
Dean Tweet Definition of Dean Like Definition of Dean on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A title afforded to a dean.
  2. A habitational surname from Middle English dene "valley".
  3. (given name, male) derived from the surname or from the title.
     
debag Tweet Definition of debag Like Definition of debag on Facebook
verb (debagg, ed)
  1. (transitive, british) To pull down the trousers quickly without consent of, as a prank.
     
defence Tweet Definition of defence Like Definition of defence on Facebook
noun 
  1. the action of protecting from attack
     
dekko Tweet Definition of dekko Like Definition of dekko on Facebook
noun 
  1. (context, UK, slang) A look.
  2. (context, UK, slang) A glance.
     
demagogy Tweet Definition of demagogy Like Definition of demagogy on Facebook
noun 
  1. demagogism
     
dene Tweet Definition of dene Like Definition of dene on Facebook
noun 
  1. a valley, especially the deep valley of a stream or rivulet
     
dessert Tweet Definition of dessert Like Definition of dessert on Facebook
noun 
  1. A sweet confection served as the last course of a meal.
     
dike Tweet Definition of dike Like Definition of dike on Facebook
noun 
  1. The northern English form of ditch.
  2. A ditch and bank running alongside each other (the excavation was the soruce of the material of the embankment.)
  3. A barrier of stone or earth used to hold back water and prevent flooding.
  4. (pejorative) A lesbian, especially a manly or unattractive lesbian.
  5. (geology) A body of once molten igneous rock that was injected into older rocks in a manner that crosses bedding planes.
     
dilly bag Tweet Definition of dilly bag Like Definition of dilly bag on Facebook
noun 
  1. Traditional Australian Aboriginal string bag, made from twisted bark fibres. Used for gathering food.
     
dinky Tweet Definition of dinky Like Definition of dinky on Facebook
adjective 
  1. (informal, UK) tiny, Tiny and cute; small and charmful.
  2. (informal, US) tiny, Tiny and insignificant; small and undesirable.
They stayed in a hotel room, but they had a great trip.
     
distemper Tweet Definition of distemper Like Definition of distemper on Facebook
noun 
  1. A viral disease of animals, such as dogs and cats, characterised by fever, coughing and catarrh.
  2. A type of paint.
verb 
  1. to disturb and disorder, hence to make sick
     
dither Tweet Definition of dither Like Definition of dither on Facebook
verb 
  1. To be uncertain or unable to make a decision about doing something.
  2. To do something nervously.
     
diversion Tweet Definition of diversion Like Definition of diversion on Facebook
noun 
     
divert Tweet Definition of divert Like Definition of divert on Facebook
verb 
  1. (transitive) To turn aside from a course.
The workers diverted the stream away from the road.
  1. (transitive) To distract.
Don't let him your attention; keep your eye on the ball.
     
DO Tweet Definition of DO Like Definition of DO on Facebook
initialism 
  1. (grammar) Direct Object
     
Don Tweet Definition of Don Like Definition of Don on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A diminutive of the male given name Donald or Gordon.
     
doss Tweet Definition of doss Like Definition of doss on Facebook
noun 
  1. Work avoidance.
I am going to have a tomorrow.
  1. Easy piece of work
Circumnavigating the world in a canoe is no
verb (doss, es)
  1. (context, UK, and, Ireland) To avoid work, skirk, etc.
I am going to tomorrow when the match is on.
  1. (context, UK, slang)To sleep in the open or in a derelict building because one is homeless
    I normally have to in shop doorways or park benches.
     
dotterel Tweet Definition of dotterel Like Definition of dotterel on Facebook
noun (plural dotterels)
  1. A small plover, Chardrius morinellus, that breeds in northern Eurasia and winters in north Africa and the Middle East.
     
douse Tweet Definition of douse Like Definition of douse on Facebook
verb (douses, dousing, doused)
  1. To plunge suddenly into water; to duck; to immerse; to dowse.
  2. To strike or lower in haste; to slacken suddenly; as, douse the topsail.
  3. To fall suddenly into water.
  4. To put out; to extinguish.
     
Down Tweet Definition of Down Like Definition of Down on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. One of the counties of Northern Ireland
     
draught Tweet Definition of draught Like Definition of draught on Facebook
noun 
  1. the action or an act of pulling something along, esp. a beast of burden, vehicle or tractor
  2. the act of drawing
  3. that which is drawn
  4. that which draws
  5. capacity of being drawn
  6. a current of air (usually coming into a room or vehicle)
  7. the depth below the water line to the bottom of a vessel's hull
  8. an amount of liquid that is drunk in one swallow
She took a deep from the bottle of water.
  1. a game piece used in the game of draughts
  2. (Australia) type of beer, brewed using a top-fermenting yeast
     
draughtsman Tweet Definition of draughtsman Like Definition of draughtsman on Facebook
noun (plural draughtsmen)
  1. a person skilled at drawing engineering or architectural plans
     
drawing pin Tweet Definition of drawing pin Like Definition of drawing pin on Facebook
noun 
  1. A tack for attaching paper to a drawing board etc
     
drawing room Tweet Definition of drawing room Like Definition of drawing room on Facebook
noun 
  1. (British) a multi functional room that can be used for any purpose in a palace or castle
  2. (British) any room where visitors may be entertained; now, the living room
    1. a private room on a railroad sleeping car
     
dual carriageway Tweet Definition of dual carriageway Like Definition of dual carriageway on Facebook
noun (U.K.)
  1. A road in which the two directions of traffic are separated by a central barrier or strip of land, known as a central reservation or median.
:In the United States, the equivalent term is divided highway.      
duck Tweet Definition of duck Like Definition of duck on Facebook
noun 
  1. An aquatic bird of the family Anatidae, having a flat bill and webbed feet.
  2. Specifically, an adult female female duck; contrasted with drake and with duckling.
  3. The flesh of a duck used as food.
  4. (cricket) A batsman's score of zero after getting out. (short for duck's egg, since the digit "0" is round like an egg.)
  5. (UK, especially East of the Pennines) Dear, Mate (informal way of addressing a friend or stranger).
Ay up duck, ow'a'tha?
  1. (slang) A playing card with the rank of two.
  2. A tightly-woven cotton fabric used as sailcloth.
    • 1912, Katherine Mansfield, "The Woman At The Store", from "Selected Short Stories":
      He was dressed in a Jaeger vest"a pair of blue trousers, fastened round the waist with a plaited leather belt.
verb 
  1. (intransitive) To lower the head in order to prevent it from being struck by something.
  2. (transitive) To lower (something) into water.
  3. (transitive) To lower (the head) in order to prevent it from being struck by something.
  4. (transitive) To try to evade doing something.
     
ducky Tweet Definition of ducky Like Definition of ducky on Facebook
noun 
  1. A pet name used affectionately.
"Morning, !" said Roderick, as he gave his partner a quick peck on the cheek and sat down to breakfast.
adjective 
  1. (context, slang, archaic) great, Great; going well; proceeding in an eminently agreeable fashion.
Farnesworth smiled contentedly as he read the stock ticker; all was on Wall Street.
     
dustbin Tweet Definition of dustbin Like Definition of dustbin on Facebook
noun 
  1. A bin for holding rubbish until it can be collected; a garbage can.
     
dustman Tweet Definition of dustman Like Definition of dustman on Facebook
noun (dustmen)
  1. Someone whose job it is to collect refuse from people's homes and take it to be processed.
Oh, my old man's a dustman
He wears a dustman's hat
He wears cor-blimey trousers
And he lives in a council flat - w:Lonnie Donegan, Lonnie Donegan - My Old Man's A Dustman
     
duty Tweet Definition of duty Like Definition of duty on Facebook
noun (duties)
  1. That which one is morally or legally obligated to do.
England expects that every man will do his . (Nelson)
She felt it was her bounten duty to tell the police about the incident.
  1. A period of time spent at work or doing a particular task.
I"m on from 6 pm to 6 am.
  1. describing a workload as to its idle, working and deenergized periods.
  2. A tax placed on imports or exports; a tariff.
     
dux Tweet Definition of dux Like Definition of dux on Facebook
noun (du, ces)
  1. (Scotland, New Zealand, Australia) The top student in a class.
  2. A high-ranking commander in the Roman army, responsible for more than one legion.
     
damp squib Tweet Definition of damp squib Like Definition of damp squib on Facebook
noun 
  1. a firework that fails to go off, due to wetting
  2. (idiom) (by extension) anything that doesn't work properly, or fails to come up to expectations
     
DIY Tweet Definition of DIY Like Definition of DIY on Facebook
initialism 
  1. Do It Yourself
     
dodgy Tweet Definition of dodgy Like Definition of dodgy on Facebook
adjective (dodgi, er) (british)
  1. evasive and shifty
Asked why, a spokesman gave a answer about legal ramifications.
  1. unsound and unreliable
Never listen to advice.
The old machine kept breaking down.
  1. dishonest
The more money the better, because there is always that politician or corrupt official to bribe.
I am sure you wouldn't want to be seen buying gear, would you? (stolen goods).
  1. risky
This is a slightly plan, because there is a lot that is being changed for this fix.
  1. deviant
He's a Peeping Tom.
  1. weird
The situation was right .
I'm feeling today, probably got the flu.
     
Dolly Tweet Definition of Dolly Like Definition of Dolly on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female), diminutive of Dorothy, and later also of Dolores.
     
doorstep Tweet Definition of doorstep Like Definition of doorstep on Facebook
noun 
  1. step, Step of a door. On one's doorstep.
  2. A big slice of bread.
     
dummy Tweet Definition of dummy Like Definition of dummy on Facebook
noun (dummies)
  1. A silent person; a person who does not talk.
  2. An unintelligent person.
  • Don't be such a !
    1. A figure of a person or animal used by a ventriloquist.
    2. Something constructed with the size and form of a human, to be used in place of a person.
  • To understand the effects of the accident, we dropped a from the rooftop.
    1. A deliberately nonfunctional device or tool used in place of a functional one.
  • The hammer and drill in the display are dummies.
    1. (context, Australia, UK) A pacifier.
  • The baby wants its .
    1. (bridge) The partner of the winning bidder, who shows his or her hand.
    2. A bodily gesture meant to fool an opposing player in sport; feints.
    3. (linguistics) A word serving only to make a construction grammatical.
  • The pronoun "it" in "It's a mystery why this happened" is a .
    1. (complang) An unused parameter or value.
  • If <code>flag1</code> is false, the other parameters are dummies.
  • verb (dummies, dummying, dummied)
    1. To make a mock-up or prototype version of something, without some or all off its intended functionality.
      The carpenters dummied some props for the rehearsals.
         

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