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caber Tweet Definition of caber Like Definition of caber on Facebook
noun
  1. A long, thick log held upright at one end and tossed in the Highland games.
Cain Tweet Definition of Cain Like Definition of Cain on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, male, , )
  2. (mythology) The eldest son of Adam and Eve as described in Genesis; considered the first murderer. (see w:Cain and Abel).
caller Tweet Definition of caller Like Definition of caller on Facebook
noun
  1. The person who made a telephone call.
I've got someone on the line
Who's the ?
  1. A visitor.
  2. (context, bingo) The person who stands at the front of the hall and announces the numbers.
cant Tweet Definition of cant Like Definition of cant on Facebook
noun
  1. The jargon of a particular class or subgroup.
He had the look of a prince, but the of a fishmonger.
  1. A private or secret language used by a religious sect, gang, or other group.
  2. empty, Empty, hypocritical talk.
People claim to care about the poor of Africa, but it is largely .
  1. A musical singing sound.
  2. (heraldry) A blazon of a coat of arms that makes a pun upon the name of the bearer.
verb
  1. (intransitive) To speak with the jargon of a class or subgroup.
  2. (intransitive) To speak in set phrases.
  3. (intransitive) To preach in a singsong fashion, especially in a false or empty manner.
  4. (context, intransitive, heraldry) Of a blazon, to make a pun that references the bearer of a coat of arms.
adjective kant
  1. (English dialect) lively, lusty.
cantrip Tweet Definition of cantrip Like Definition of cantrip on Facebook
noun
  1. A spell or incantation; a magic trick.
  • 1976: For one thing, I've no intention of distributing cantrips and costly crucifixes to every rapable woman in the Parish of St Magloire. " Kyril Bonfiglioli, Something Nasty in the Woodshed (Penguin 2001, p. 422)
  • 1984: "And when I say now the power of the name Jesus makes you whole, I indulge in no petty mountebank"s cantrips." " Anthony Burgess, Enderby's Dark Lady
  • CAR Tweet Definition of CAR Like Definition of CAR on Facebook
    initialism
    1. Central African Republic
    carline Tweet Definition of carline Like Definition of carline on Facebook
    noun
    1. (context, chiefly, Scotland) A woman; a hag or witch.
    2. (nautical) A piece of squared timber fitted fore-and-aft betweek the deck beams of a wooden ship to provide support for the deck planking.
    cleek Tweet Definition of cleek Like Definition of cleek on Facebook
    noun
    1. (context, sports, dated) A metal headed golf club with little loft. Equivalent to a one or two iron a modern set of clubs.
    cock Tweet Definition of cock Like Definition of cock on Facebook
    noun
    1. A male bird, especially a domestic fowl.
    2. Male chicken.
    3. A valve or tap for controlling flow in plumbing.
    4. The hammer of a firearm.
    5. (slang, vulgar) The penis.
    6. (curling) The circle at the end of the rink.
    7. The state of being cocked; an upward turn, tilt or angle.
    8. (UK, pejorative, slang) A stupid person.
    9. (UK, informal) An informal term of address.
    All right,
    verb
    1. (transitive) To lift the cock of a firearm; to prepare (a gun) to be fired.
    2. (transitive) To turn or twist something upwards or to one side.
    3. (UK, transitive, slang) To copulate with.
    coof Tweet Definition of coof Like Definition of coof on Facebook
    noun
    1. Scottish An idiot, or fool.
    Cook Tweet Definition of Cook Like Definition of Cook on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. an English occupational name (surname) for a cook, or a seller of cooked food
    cookie Tweet Definition of cookie Like Definition of cookie on Facebook
    noun
    1. (context, chiefly, North America) A small flat, baked cake which is either crisp or soft but firm (often with chocolate chips, candies or nuts mixed in.)
    2. (context, Scotland) a bun.
    3. (computing, browsers) An HTTP cookie, web cookie.
    4. (computing) A magic cookie.
    5. A young, attractive woman. As it is often intended to sexually objectify said woman, it can be seen as offensive (though only mildly, as it is a somewhat dated term, but not yet obsolete).
    corbie Tweet Definition of corbie Like Definition of corbie on Facebook
    noun
    1. raven, crow
    cornmeal Tweet Definition of cornmeal Like Definition of cornmeal on Facebook
    noun
    1. A meal
      1. Etymology 2, meal or flour that has been milled from dried corn (maize.)
      She made a kind of polenta from and chicken broth, with some sprinkled cheese on top.
    Corrie Tweet Definition of Corrie Like Definition of Corrie on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. (given name, male), diminutive of Cornelius.
    2. (given name, female), diminutive of Cornelia.
    cotter Tweet Definition of cotter Like Definition of cotter on Facebook
    noun
    1. (context, mechanical engineering) A pin or wedge inserted through a slot to hold machine parts together.
    2. Erroneously, sometimes used of a cotter pin.
    coup Tweet Definition of coup Like Definition of coup on Facebook
    noun
    1. A quick, brilliant, and highly successful act; a triumph.
    2. A coup d'Útat.
    3. By extension, a takeover of one group by another.
    crack Tweet Definition of crack Like Definition of crack on Facebook
    noun
    1. A thin and usually jagged space opened in a previously solid material.
    A large had formed in the roadway.
    1. A narrow opening.
    We managed to squeeze through a in the rock wall.
    1. When forming an opening, a small amount.
    Open the door a .
    1. (context, onomatopoetic) The sharp sound made when solid material breaks.
    The of the falling branch could be heard for miles.
    1. (context, onomatopoetic) Any sharp sound.
    The of the bat hitting the ball.
    1. A sharply humorous comment; a wisecrack.
    I didn't appreciate that about my hairstyle.
    1. (vulgar) The space between the buttocks.
    Pull up your pants! Your is showing.
    1. (context, Scots language, common in lowland Scotland and Ulster) conviviality; good conversation, chat, gossip, or humourous storytelling; good company.
    The was guid.
    Thon was guid .
    He/she is quare good .
    The party was great .
    1. (context, Geordie) Business/events
    What's the ?
    1. (computing) A program, password or procedure designed to circumvent restrictions or usage limits on software.
    2. (context, slang) A potent, relatively cheap, addictive variety of cocaine; often a rock, usually smoked through a crack-pipe.
      • w:Whitney Houston, Whitney Houston:
      • : I wouldn't use it, if I was going to use it I can afford real cocaine. Crack is wack.
        1. (context, Cumbrian, elsewhere throughout the North of the UK) a meaningful chat.
        2. (vulgar, slang) vagina.
        I'm so horny even the of dawn isn't safe!
        1. (colloquial) An opportunity to attempt something.
        I'd like to take a at that game.
      • (Ireland) (colloquial) good fun. (See usage note re Scots sense).
      • 2006, Patrick McCabe?, Winterwood, Bloomsbury 2007, p. 10:
      • :By the time we've got a good drunk on us there'll be more in this valley than the night I pissed on the electric fence!
    verb
    1. (intransitive) To form cracks.
    It's been so dry, the ground is starting to .
    1. (intransitive) To break apart under pressure.
    When I tried to stand on the chair, it cracked.
    1. (intransitive) To become debilitated by psychological pressure.
    Anyone would after being hounded like that.
    1. (intransitive) To yield under interrogation.
    When we showed him the pictures of the murder scene, he cracked.
    1. (intransitive) To make a cracking sound.
    The bat cracked with authority and the ball went for six.
    1. (context, intransitive, of a voice) To change rapidly in register.
    His voice cracked with emotion.
    1. (context, intransitive, of a pubescent boy's voice) To alternate between high and low register in the process of eventually lowering.
    His voice finally cracked when he was fourteen.
    1. (intransitive) To make a sharply humorous comment.
    "I would too, with a face like that," she cracked.
    1. (computing) To circumvent software restrictions such as regional coding or time limits.
    That software licence will expire tomorrow unless we can it.
    1. (transitive) To make a crack or cracks in.
    The ball cracked the window.
    1. (transitive) To break open or crush to small pieces by impact or stress.
    You'll need a hammer to a black walnut.
    1. (transitive) To strike forcefully.
    She cracked him over the head with her handbag.
    1. (transitive) To open slightly.
    Could you please the window?
    1. (transitive) To cause to yield under interrogation or other pressure. (Figurative)
    They managed to him on the third day.
    1. (transitive) To solve a difficult problem. (i, Figurative, from cracking a nut.)
    I've finally cracked it, and of course the answer is obvious in hindsight.
    1. (transitive) To cause to make a sharp sound.
      • 2001: Doug McGuinn?, The Apple Indians
      • : Hershell cracked his knuckles, a nervous habit that drove Inez crazy....
        1. (transitive, chemistry, informal) To break down (a complex molecule), especially with the application of heat: to pyrolyse.
        Acetone is cracked to ketene and methane at 700 ┬░C.
        1. (transitive, colloquial) To open a canned beverage, or any packaged drink or food.
        I'd love to open a beer.
        1. (transitive) To tell (a joke).
    adjective
    1. Highly trained and competent.
    Even a team of investigators would have trouble solving this case.
    crag Tweet Definition of crag Like Definition of crag on Facebook
    noun
    1. A rocky outcrop.
    creature Tweet Definition of creature Like Definition of creature on Facebook
    noun
    1. A created thing, whether animate or inanimate.
    2. Anything created or not self-existent.
    3. A living being that moves of its own volition.
    4. An animal or human.
    5. A being subservient to or dependent upon another.
    ''In order to remind the Kapos they were just his creatures, the concentration camp commandant regularly gave one of them an arbitrary lashing on the bare; any willfullness meant replacing by a new, humbler
    crummy Tweet Definition of crummy Like Definition of crummy on Facebook
    noun (crumm, ies)
    1. (colloquial, British Columbia, and, U.S. Pacific Northwest) Small van, bus, or railway car used to transport loggers or other resource workers to worksite.
    adjective (crummi, er)
    1. (informal) bad; poor
    Do not bother buying knives if you are serious about cooking.
    cuddy Tweet Definition of cuddy Like Definition of cuddy on Facebook
    noun (cuddies)
    1. (nautical) a cabin, for the use of the captain, in the after part of a sailing ship under the poop deck
      1. a small cupboard or closet
      2. (slang) used by inercity youths for pals. Like "cousin~ezentity_quot+ezentity_quot~buddy"=cuddy.
    currach Tweet Definition of currach Like Definition of currach on Facebook
    noun
    1. (nautical) An Irish boat, constructed like a coracle, and originally the same shape; now a boat of similar construction but conventional shape and large enough to be operated by up to eight oars

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