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nana Tweet Definition of nana Like Definition of nana on Facebook
noun 
  1. (informal) Short form of banana, the fruit.
  2. (slang) A fool.
You look a right dressed up like that.
     
narrow Tweet Definition of narrow Like Definition of narrow on Facebook
verb 
  1. To reduce in width or extent; to contract.
adjective (narrow, er)
  1. having a small width; not wide; slim; slender; having opposite edges or sides that are close, especially by comparison to length or depth.
a hallway
  1. (figuratively) restrictive, Restrictive; without flexibility or latitude.
a interpretation
     
neap Tweet Definition of neap Like Definition of neap on Facebook
noun 
  1. The tongue or pole of a cart or other vehicle drawn by two animals.
verb 
  1. To trap a ship (or ship and crew) in water too shallow to move from due to the smaller tidal range occurring in a period of neap tides.
    • 1770: At 8, being high water, hauld her bow close ashore, but Keept her stern afloat, because I was afraid of Neaping her, and yet it was necessary to lay the whole of her as near the ground as possible. " w:Captain James Cook, Captain James Cook, Journal During the First Voyage Round the World, entry for 22 June 1770 http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/8106
adjective (neaper, neapest)
  1. Designating a tide which occurs just after the first and third quarters of the moon, when there is least difference between high tide and low tide.
  • 1934: Little groups of sailors came swinging along and pushied their way noisily inside the gaudy joints. Sex everywhere: it was slopping over, a tide that swept the props from under the city. " Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer
     
necessary Tweet Definition of necessary Like Definition of necessary on Facebook
noun (necessari, es)
  1. (context, archaic, British) bathroom, toilet, loo
adjective 
  1. needed, required
     
nicker Tweet Definition of nicker Like Definition of nicker on Facebook
noun (plural )
  1. (British slang) Pound sterling.
    This coat cost me 50 nicker.
  2. A soft neighing sound characteristic of a horse.
verb to nicker
  1. To make a soft neighing sound characteristic of a horse.
     
no-see-um Tweet Definition of no-see-um Like Definition of no-see-um on Facebook
noun no-see-'um, um
  1. Leptoconops torrens, a small biting fly
  2. any biting "bug" or insect that is normally too small to see unaided.
     

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