ETYM Old Eng. asse, AS. assa; akin to Icel. asni, W. asen, asyn, Latin asinus, dim. aselus, Greek; also to AS. esol, Old High Germ. esil, German esel, Goth. asilus, Dan. aesel, Lith. asilas, Bohem. osel, Pol. osiel. Related to Ease.
(Irregular plural: asses).
Hardy and sure-footed animal smaller and with longer ears than the horse.
Any of several horselike, odd-toed, hoofed mammals of the genus Equus, family Equidae. Species include the African wild ass E. asinus, and the Asian wild ass E. hemionus. They differ from horses in their smaller size, larger ears, tufted tail, and characteristic bray. Donkeys and burros are domesticated asses.
ETYM Old Eng. babewin, baboin, from French babouin, or Late Lat. babewynus. Of unknown origin; cf. Dutch baviaan, German pavian, baboon, French babine lip of ape, dogs, etc., dial. German bäppe mouth.
Large monkey of the genus Papio, with a long doglike muzzle and large canine teeth, spending much of its time on the ground in open country. Males, with head and body up to 1.1 m/3.5 ft long, are larger than females, and dominant males rule the “troops” in which baboons live. They inhabit Africa and SW Arabia.
Species include the olive baboon P. anubis from W Africa to Kenya, the chacma P. ursinus from S Africa, and the sacred baboon P. hamadryas from NE Africa and SW Arabia. The male sacred baboon has a “cape” of long hair.
Large terrestrial monkeys having doglike muzzles.
Chiefly Scottish; birch
One in whom slight wounds give rise to profuse or uncontrollable bleeding. See hemophiliac.
person suffering from hemophilia.
An idiot; a dolt; a person deficient in understanding.
Stupid person; numskull
A foolish or incompetent person.
1. Any of several common freshwater catfishes of the United States.
2. Freshwater sculpin with a large flattened bony-plated head with hornlike spines.
Several small, large-headed spinous marine fishes, especially the miller's thumb.
Any of a North American family, Ictaluridae, of small freshwater catfish, for example, the black bullhead Ictalurus melas. Also, another name for the sculpin or other members of the family Cottidae.
ETYM Old Fren. and Prov. French bistarde, French outarde, from Latin avis tarda, lit., slow bird.
Large heavy-bodied chiefly terrestrial game bird capable of powerful swift flight; classified with wading birds but frequents grassy steppes.
Large cranelike bird of Europe; American and Canadian, the Canada goose. great bustard, largest European land bird.
Bird of the family Otididae, related to cranes but with a rounder body, a thicker neck, and a relatively short beak. Bustards are found on the ground on open plains and fields.
The great bustard Otis tarda is one of the heaviest flying birds at 18 kg/40 lb, and the larger males may have a length of 1 m/3 ft and wingspan of 2.3 m/7.5 ft. It is found in N Asia and Europe, although there are fewer than 30,000 great bustards left in Europe and two-thirds of these live on the Spanish steppes.
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.
A harmless simple person; broadly; fellow
1. The galley or pantry of a small ship.
2. Right of a lord to entertainment from a tenant.
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
(Informal) A stupid incompetent person; SYN. nitwit, half-wit, doofus. dim-wit
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.
Nerd, also jerk.
A person in his or her dotage.
An incompetent or clumsy person.
1. An exercising weight; two spheres connected by a short bar that serves as a handle.
2. An ignorant or foolish person; SYN. dummy, dope, boob, booby, pinhead. dumb-bell, dumb bell
A stupid person; dummy.
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.
Sinonimi: flat tire
1. A deflated pneumatic tire; SYN. flat tire.
2. A level tract of land.
3. A notation indicating one half step lower than the note named.
4. A shallow box in which seedlings are started.
5. A wooden frame covered with painted canvas; part of a stage setting.
A person who lacks good judgment; SYN. sap, saphead, muggins, tomfool.
ETYM Old Eng. gok, gowk, cuckoo, fool, Icel. gaukr cuckoo; akin to Old High Germ. gouh, German gauch cuckoo, fool, AS. géac cuckoo, Swed. gök, Dan. giög.
A simpleton; an oaf; one who gawks.
1. One of feeble mind.
2. An idiot.
Any apparatus for measuring the speed of a ship; also the daily record of events on board a ship or aircraft.
The log originally consisted of a piece of weighted wood attached to a line with knots at equal intervals that was cast from the rear of a ship. The vessel's speed was estimated by timing the passage of the knots with a sandglass (like an egg timer). Today logs use electromagnetism and sonar.
1. A segment of the trunk of a tree when stripped of branches.
2. A written record of events on a voyage (of a ship or plane).
3. A written record or journal of events or transactions
4. A float that trails from a ship by a knotted line in order to measure the ship's speed through the water.
1. A worthless lazy fellow.
2. Large somewhat primitive fish-eating diving bird of the northern hemisphere having webbed feet placed far back; related to the grebes; SYN. diver.
Any of various birds of the genus Gavia, family Gavidae, found in N regions of the N hemisphere. Loons are specialized for swimming and diving. Their legs are set so far back that walking is almost impossible, and they come to land only to nest, but loons are powerful swimmers and good flyers.
They have straight bills and long bodies and feed on fish, crustaceans, and some water plants. There are just five species, the largest, the yellow-billed loon G. adamsii, being an Arctic species 75 cm/2.5 ft long.
ETYM Formerly also written lowt.
An awkward stupid person; SYN. klutz, clod, stumblebum, goon, oaf, lubber, lummox, lump, gawk.
1. A big clumsy fellow
2. A clumsy seaman
ETYM Cf. od. lompe piece, mass. Related to Lunch.
1. A small mass of matter of irregular shape; an irregular or shapeless mass.
2. A mass or aggregation of things.
3. A projection beneath the breech end of a gun barrel.
4. A lazy, usually overweight person.
ETYM French, a she-mule, Latin mula, fem. of mulus; cf. Greek myklos, mychlos. Related to as. műl, from Latin mulus. Related to Mulatto.
1. A slipper that has no fitting around the heel; SYN. mules, scuff, scuffs.
2. Sterile offspring of a male donkey and a female horse.
Hybrid animal, usually the offspring of a male ass and a female horse.
1. A thick or muddled head
2. A dull or stupid person; dunce
1. A young woman
2. An easy mark; dupe
3. Clay pigeon
4. An object of special concern; accepted business or interest
ETYM Cf. French simplet, Italian semplicione.
A person lacking intelligence or common sense; SYN. simple.
ETYM Old Eng. spon, as. spôn, a chip; akin to Dutch spaan, German span, Dan. spaan, Swed. span, Icel. spánn, spónn, a chip, a spoon. Related to Span-new.
1. A piece of cutlery with a shallow bowl-shaped container and a handle; used to stir or serve or take up food.
2. As much as a spoon will hold; SYN. spoonful.
3. Formerly a golfing wood with an elevated face.
Australian and southeastern Asian birds with a melodious whistling call; SYN. whistler.