ETYM This word seems to signify a large or thick fish. Related to Swed. kubb a short and thick piece of wood, and perh. French chabot chub.
European freshwater game fish with a thick spindle-shaped body; SYN. Leuciscus cephalus.
Any of several large minnows of the carp family. Creek chub Semotelus atromaculatus, up to 12 in/30 cm, is found widely in North American streams. Also, any of a number of small-mouthed marine fishes of the family Kyphosidae.
ETYM Cf. Icel. kumbr a chopping, Eng. chop.
A person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of; SYN. fish, fool, gull, mark, patsy, fall guy, sucker, schlemiel, shlemiel, soft touch, mug.
ETYM Old Eng. clodde, latter form of clot. Related to Clot.
1. A lump or mass, especially of earth, turf, or clay.
2. The ground; the earth; a spot of earth or turf.
3. That which is earthy and of little relative value, as the body of man in comparison with the soul.
4. A dull, gross, stupid fellow; a dolt.
ETYM Cf. Icel. klunni a clumsy, boorish fellow, North Fries. klönne clown, dial. Swed. klunn log, Dan. klunt log, block, and Eng. clump, n .
1. A person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior; SYN. buffoon, merry andrew.
2. A rude or vulgar fool; SYN. buffoon.
Archaic; a mean fellow; varlet
1. Something (as an advertising promotion) intended to entice or allure
2. A usually sexual advance
3. A provocative comment or action intended to interest a person in romance or sex is a come-on.
4. A discount or special offer designed to get people to buy something is a come-on.
1. A woman who is thoroughly disliked; SYN. bitch.
2. Obscene terms for female genitals; SYN. puss, pussy, nooky, slit.
ETYM Prob. from Icel. daestr exhausted. breathless, p. p. of daesa to groan, lose one's breath; cf. dasask to become exhausted, and Eng. daze.
A malicious coward.
A stupid or contemptible person
A small graphical element used for decorative purposes in a document. Some fonts, such as Zapf Dingbats, are designed to present sets of dingbats. See also font. Compare bullet.
Non-alphanumeric character, such as a star, bullet, or arrow. Dingbats have been combined into PostScript and TrueType fonts for use with word processors and graphics programs.
(British) Short for dividend; especially one paid by a cooperative society.
1. A loom attachment for weaving small figures
2. A fabric or figured weave made with a dobby
ETYM Old Eng. dulte, prop. p. p. of dullen to dull. Related to Dull.
An idiot; a blockhead.
ETYM Cf. Dawdle.
A freehand drawing, done rapidly and absent-mindedly.
Nerd, also jerk.
A person in his or her dotage.
The residue of partially burnt tobacco left caked in the bowl of a pipe after smoking.
A worthless message.
Someone whose talk is trivial drivel; SYN. jabberer.
ETYM French dromadaire, Late Lat. dromedarius, from Latin dromas (sc. camelus), from Greek dromas running, from dramein, used as aor. of trechein to run; cf. Skr. dram to run.
The Arabian camel (Camelus dromedarius), having one hump or protuberance on the back, in distinction from the Bactrian camel, which has two humps.
Variety of Arabian camel. The dromedary or one-humped camel has been domesticated since 400 BC. During a long period without water, it can lose up to one-quarter of its body weight without ill effects.
A common occurrence in time-proportional controllers. It refers to the difference in temperature between the set point and where the system temperature actually stabilizes due to the time-proportioning action of the controller.
ETYM From Joannes Duns Scotus, a schoolman called the Subtle Doctor, who died in 1308. Originally in the phrase. Related to Note below.
These words are used to express a low opinion of someone's intelligence; SYN. dunderhead, numskull, blockhead, bonehead, lunkhead, hammerhead, knucklehead, loggerhead, muttonhead.
ETYM French, prob. from Prov. French dupe, dube; of unknown origin; equiv. to French huppe hoopoe, a foolish bird, easily caught. Related to Armor. houpérik hoopoe, a man easily deceived. Related to also Gull, Booby.
One who has been deceived or who is easily deceived.
ETYM Of Celtic origin; cf. Corn. gullan, W. gwylan.
Mostly white aquatic bird having long pointed wings and short legs; SYN. seagull, sea gull.
Seabird of the family Laridae, especially the genus Larus. Gulls are usually 25–75 cm/10–30 in long, white with gray or black on the back and wings, and have large beaks.
The common black-headed gull L. ridibundus, common on both sides of the Atlantic, is gray and white with (in summer) a dark brown head and a red beak; it breeds in large colonies on wetlands, making a nest of dead rushes and laying, on average, three eggs. The great black-headed gull L. ichthyaetus is native to Asia. The herring gull L. argentatus, common in the northern hemisphere, has white and pearl-gray plumage and a yellow beak. The oceanic great black-backed gull L. marinus, found in the Atlantic, is over 75cm/2.5 ft long.
ETYM French idiot, Latin idiota an uneducated, ignorant, ill-informed person, Greek idioths, also and orig., a private person, not holding public office, from idios proper, peculiar. Related to Idiom.
A person of subnormal intelligence; SYN. imbecile, cretin, moron, changeling, half-wit, retard.
ETYM A corruption of non compos.
A stupid foolish person; SYN. poop, ninny.
A scatterbrained or stupid person
1. A stupid person; simpleton
2. Head, noggin
1. A thick or muddled head
2. A dull or stupid person; dunce
ETYM AS. saep; akin to Old High Germ. saf, German saft, Icel. safi; of uncertain origin; possibly akin to Latin sapere to taste, to be wise, sapa must or new wine boiled thick. Related to Sapid, Sapient.
A watery solution of sugars, salts, and minerals that circulates through the vascular system of a plant.
The fluids that circulate through vascular plants, especially woody ones. Sap carries water and food to plant tissues. Sap contains alkaloids, protein, and starch; it can be milky (as in rubber trees), resinous (as in pines), or syrupy (as in maples).