HyperDic: colloquialism

English > 1 sense of the word colloquialism:
NOUNcommunicationcolloquialisma colloquial expression
English > colloquialism: 1 sense > noun 1, communication
MeaningA colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech.
Broaderformulation, expressionThe style of expressing yourself
UsageEbonicsa nonstandard form of American English characteristically spoken by African Americans in the United States
Rebel, Reb, Johnny Reb, Johnny, greyback'Johnny' was applied as a nickname for Confederate soldiers by the Federal soldiers in the American Civil War
RitzAn ostentatiously elegant hotel
Sunday best, Sunday clothesThe best attire you have which is worn to church on Sunday
ace, A-one, crack, first-rate, super, tiptop, topnotch, top-notch, topsOf the highest quality
aggro(informal British usage) aggravation or aggression
all-firedextreme / extreme
all in, beat, bushed, deadVery tired
all right, fine, o.k., ok, okay, hunky-dory, coolsatisfactory or in satisfactory condition
anon(old-fashioned or informal) in a little while
anserine, dopy, dopey, foolish, goosey, goosy, gooselike, jerkyHaving or revealing stupidity
anxious, dyingeagerly desirous
anywhere, anyplaceAt or in or to any place
at least, leastways, leastwise, at any rateIf nothing else ('leastwise' is informal and 'leastways' is colloquial)
backbone, grit, guts, moxie, sand, gumptionfortitude and determination
bad, toughFeeling physical discomfort or pain ('tough' is occasionally used colloquially for 'bad')
bang, slap, slapdash, smack, boltdirectly
bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad, peachy, slap-up, swell, smashing, oldVery good
banger(British informal) pork sausage
bare-assed, bare-ass, in the altogether, in the buff, in the raw, raw, peeled, naked as a jaybird, stark naked(used informally) completely unclothed
bare bones(plural) the most basic facts or elements
barnburnerAn impressively successful event
beastly, hellish, god-awfulVery unpleasant
bib-and-tuckerAn attractive outfit
bigsignificant / significant / significant / significant
big-ticket, high-ticketVery expensive
big shot, big gun, big wheel, big cheese, big deal, big enchilada, big fish, head honchoAn important influential person
bitty, bittie, teensy, teentsy, teeny, wee, weeny, weensy, teensy-weensy, teeny-weeny, itty-bitty, itsy-bitsy(used informally) very small
blahsA general feeling of boredom and dissatisfaction
blessed event, happy eventThe live birth of a child
blood-and-gutsmarked by great zeal or violence
blue-eyed, fair-haired, white-hairedfavorite
blue moonA long time
bone-idle, bone-lazyconstitutionally lazy or idle
borscht circuit, borsht circuit, borscht belt, borsht belt(informal) a resort area in the Catskill Mountains of New York that was patronized primarily by Jewish guests
boss, bragexceptionally good
boss-eyed(British informal) cross-eyed
breakhappen or take place
broken, bustedOut of working order ('busted' is an informal substitute for 'broken')
bull, cop, copper, fuzz, piguncomplimentary terms for a policeman
bull sessionAn informal discussion (usually among men)
bum, cheap, cheesy, chintzy, crummy, punk, sleazy, tinnyOf very poor quality
bunny, bunny rabbit(usually informal) especially a young rabbit
buttoned-up(British colloquial) not inclined to conversation
by all meansdefinitely or certainly
by no means, not by a long sight, not by a blame sightdefinitely not
can of wormsA source of unpredictable trouble and complexity
canaryA female singer
canned, transcribedrecorded / recorded for broadcast / broadcast
cannon fodder, fodder, fresh fishsoldiers who are regarded as expendable in the face of artillery fire
chancy, fluky, flukey, iffysubject to accident or chance or change
charley horse, charley-horseA muscular cramp (especially in the thigh or calf) following vigorous exercise
chicken, chickenhearted, lily-livered, white-livered, yellow, yellow-belliedeasily frightened
chummy, buddy-buddy, thick(used informally) associated on close terms
chummy, matey, pally, palsy-walsy(used colloquially) having the relationship of friends or pals
classelegance in dress or behavior
classy, posh, swishElegant and fashionable
clubbable, clubableInclined to club together
cockamamie, cockamamyInformal term for ridiculous and implausible
come-at-able, get-at-able, getatablecapable of being reached / reached or attained
comfortable, comfyProviding or experiencing physical well-being or relief ('comfy' is informal)
coolfashionable and attractive at the time
cool(used of a number or sum) without exaggeration or qualification
countenance, physiognomy, phiz, visage, kisser, smiler, mugThe human face ('kisser' and 'smiler' and 'mug' are informal terms for 'face' and 'phiz' is British)
crapshootA risky and uncertain venture
crazy, wild, dotty, gagaintensely enthusiastic about or preoccupied with
crazypossessed by inordinate excitement
crazy, half-baked, screwball, softheadedfoolish
crazy, loony, looney, nutcase, weirdosomeone deranged and possibly dangerous
creepsA feeling of fear and revulsion
crosshairsA center of interest
cushy, soft, easygoingnot burdensome or demanding
dead-onaccurate and to the point
decentdecently clothed
delfAn excavation
dick, gumshoe, hawkshawsomeone who is a detective
dickeybird, dickey-bird, dickybird, dicky-birdsmall bird
dicky, dickey(British informal) faulty
dimwit, nitwit, half-wit, doofusA stupid incompetent person
dingdongheartily or earnestly
dinky(British informal) pretty and neat
dinky, insignificantsmall and insignificant
dishy(informal British) sexually attractive
dodo, fogy, fogey, fossilsomeone whose style is out of fashion
don't-knowA person who responds 'I don't know' in a public opinion poll
done for, kaput, goneDestroyed or killed / killed
double DutchAn incomprehensible talk
dragSomething tedious and boring
dressyIn fancy clothing
drinkAny large deep body of water
dumps, mopesAn informal expression for a mildly depressed state
easily, easyWith ease / ease / ease / ease ('easy' is sometimes used informally for 'easily')
easy, softIn a relaxed manner
economical, frugal, scotch, sparing, stintingavoiding waste
enormityvastness of size or extent
everywhere, everyplace, all overTo or in any or all places
eye, oculus, opticThe organ of sight
fantabulous, rippingvery good
far-out, kinky, offbeat, quirky, way-outinformal terms
fat, juicylucrative
fenceA dealer in stolen property
fiddling, footling, lilliputian, little, niggling, piddling, piffling, petty, picayune, trivial(informal) small and of little importance
firewall(colloquial) the application of maximum thrust
firewaterAny strong spirits (such as strong whisky or rum)
fishy, funny, shady, suspect, suspiciousnot as expected
fixSomething craved, especially an intravenous injection of a narcotic drug
flat-footed, flatfootedWithout reservation
flop, dud, washoutsomeone who is unsuccessful
flustered, hot and bothered, perturbed, rattledThrown into a state of agitated confusion / confusion
fly(British informal) not to be deceived / deceived or hoodwinked
foot, leg it, hoof, hoof itwalk
forever, forever and a dayFor a very long or seemingly endless time
forty winks, snoozesleeping for a short period of time (usually not in bed)
frazzleA state of extreme / extreme exhaustion
frightful, terrible, awful, tremendousextreme / extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact
fuddy-duddyA conservative who is old-fashioned or dull in attitude or appearance
fug(British informal) an airless smoky smelly atmosphere
fuggy(British informal) poorly ventilated
funny wagonAn ambulance used to transport / transport patients to a mental hospital
galalliterative term for girl (or woman)
game, bizYour occupation or line of work
gammy(British informal) sore or lame
geezerA man who is (usually) old and/or eccentric
ghetto blaster, boom boxA portable stereo
give it a whirl, give it a trytry
giveawayA gift of public land or resources for the private gain of a limited group
gobsmackedutterly astounded
goggle-eyed, openmouthed, popeyedWith eyes or mouth open in surprise
goofy, silly, wacky, whacky, zanyLudicrous, foolish
groovy, swagger(British informal) very chic
hang-upAn emotional preoccupation / preoccupation
headA user of (usually soft) drugs
headhunterA recruiter of personnel (especially for corporations)
heapsvery much
heavy liftingDifficult work
hep, hip, hip toinformed about the latest trends
het upworked up emotionally by anger or excitement
hexed, jinxed(usually used colloquially) causing or accompanied by misfortune
high-flown, high-sounding, inflatedpretentious (especially with regard to language or ideals)
highbrow, highbrowedHighly cultured or educated
homestretchThe end of an enterprise
honest-to-god, honest-to-goodness, sure-enough(used informally especially for emphasis)
hopeless(informal to emphasize how bad it is) beyond hope of management or reform
hopelesslyIn a hopeless manner
hopped-up, stonedUnder the influence of narcotics
horniness, hotness, hot pantsA state of sexual arousal
hotmarked by excited activity
hotrecently stolen or smuggled
hotVery popular or successful
hotPerformed or performing with unusually great skill and daring and energy
hot stuff, voluptuousnessThe quality of being attractive and exciting (especially sexually exciting)
hot under the collarVery angry
huddle, powwow(informal) a quick private conference
huffy, mad, soreroused to anger
humongous, banging, thumping, whopping, walloping(used informally) very large
hustler, wheeler dealer, operatorA shrewd or unscrupulous person who knows how to circumvent difficulties
ice, sparklerdiamonds
icky, crappy, lousy, rotten, shitty, stinking, stinkyVery bad
incurrently fashionable
in a pig's eyeVery unlikely
jammed, jam-packed, packedFilled to capacity
jiggered(British informal expletive) surprised
jumped-up(British informal) upstart
keep one's eyes peeled, keep one's eyes skinned, keep one's eyes openpay attention
killing, sidesplittingVery funny
killing, cleanupA very large profit
knockdown-dragout, knock-down-and-drag-outExtremely violent
know-it-all, know-allsomeone who thinks he knows everything and refuses to accept advice or information from others
kosherProper or legitimate / legitimate
lazybonesA lazy person
lemon, stinkerAn artifact (especially an automobile) that is defective or unsatisfactory
lickedHaving been got the better of
like hell, like mad, like crazy, like sin, like thunder, like the devilWith great speed or effort or intensity
liveabounding with life and energy
lividfuriously angry
living(informal) absolute
loadAn amount of alcohol sufficient to intoxicate
long johnswarm underwear with long legs
lunatic, moonstruckinsane and believed to be affected by the phases of the moon
mafia, maffiaAny tightly knit group of trusted associates / associates
main dragThe main street of a town or city
manA male person who plays a significant role (husband or lover or boyfriend) in the life of a particular woman
man-sizedVery large
meal ticketA source of income or livelihood
middlebrowsomeone who is neither a highbrow nor a lowbrow
mind-bending, mind-blowingintensely affecting the mind especially in producing hallucinations
month of SundaysA time perceived as long
mouthpiece, mouthA spokesperson (as a lawyer)
niffy(British informal) malodorous
no-brainerAnything that requires little thought
no-frillsCharacterized by the absence of inessential features
numberA clothing measurement
number oneA reference to yourself or myself etc.
obviously, evidently, manifestly, patently, apparently, plainly, plainunmistakably ('plain' is often used informally for 'plainly')
okay, O.K., all right, alrightIn a satisfactory / satisfactory or adequate manner
one, rightUsed informally as an intensifier
paperhangersomeone who passes bad checks or counterfeit paper money
peeperAn informal term referring to the eye
pep talkA speech of exhortation attempting to instill enthusiasm and determination in a team or staff
pertainymmeaning / meaning relating to or pertaining to
pickupA warrant to take someone into custody
plagueAn annoyance
plop, plunkWith a short hollow thud
plumb, plumexactly
plummyVery desirable
plumpStraight down especially heavily or abruptly
potted(British informal) summarized or abridged
potty(British informal) trivial
prehistoricno longer fashionable
primoThe best of its kind
proboscisThe human nose (especially when it is large)
pumped-up, pumped up, pumped, wiredtense with excitement and enthusiasm as from a rush of adrenaline
punch-drunk, silly, slaphappydazed from or as if from repeated blows
put-down, squelch, squelcher, takedownA crushing remark
put-putA small gasoline engine (as on motor boat)
rainmakerexecutive who is very successful in bringing in business to his company or firm
rapvoluble conversation
ratholeA small dirty uncomfortable room
rattrapfilthy run-down dilapidated housing
redbrick university(British informal) a provincial British university of relatively recent founding
right, flopexactly
ringer, dead ringer, cloneA person who is almost identical to another
ritzyluxuriously elegant
ropey, ropy(British informal) very poor in quality
roughly, roughWith roughness or violence ('rough' is an informal variant for 'roughly')
rubber, no-goodReturned for lack of funds
screw-loose, screwynot behaving normally
security blanketAnything that an adult person uses to reduce anxiety
setupThe way something is organized or arranged
shadyOf questionable honesty or legality
shirty, snorty(British informal) ill-tempered or annoyed
shooflyAn undercover police officer who investigates other policemen
shooting galleryA building (usually abandoned) where drug addicts buy and use heroin
shot, crackA chance to do something
size, size of itThe actual state of affairs
skipleave suddenly
slowly, slow, easy, tardilyWithout speed ('slow' is sometimes used informally for 'slowly')
smokeSomething with no concrete substance
snazzyflashily stylish
snogging(British informal) cuddle and kiss
somewhere, someplaceIn or at or to some place
soupAn unfortunate / unfortunate situation
soupAny composition having a consistency suggestive of soup
sourpuss, picklepuss, gloomy Gus, poutersomeone with a habitually sullen or gloomy expression
spoilsport, killjoy, wet blanket, party poopersomeone who spoils the pleasure of others
square, square toesA formal and conservative person with old-fashioned views
squareLeaving no balance
starkers(British informal) stark naked
stateA state of depression or agitation
sticks and stoneA general term for building materials
straightnot homosexual
straight up(of an alcoholic drink) stirred or shaken with ice, but served without it
streetA situation offering opportunities
stuffedcrammed with food
stuffed shirtA bore who is extremely formal, pompous, and old-fashioned
surely, certainly, sure, for sure, for certain, sure enough, sure as shootingdefinitely or positively ('sure' is sometimes used informally for 'surely')
swadA bunch
swagValuable goods
sweetly, sweetIn an affectionate or loving manner ('sweet' is sometimes a poetic or informal variant of 'sweetly')
tallimpressively difficult
teaserAn attention-getting opening presented at the start of a television show
terribly, awfully, awful, frightfullyUsed as intensifiers
thinkAn instance of deliberate thinking
thoroughly, soundly, goodCompletely and absolutely ('good' is sometimes used informally for 'thoroughly')
throwA single chance or instance
thrushA woman who sings popular songs
togethermentally and emotionally stable
toggedDressed especially in smart clothes
towneetownsman unacquainted with country life especially a slick and flashy male city dweller
turfRange of jurisdiction or influence
turn-onSomething causing excitement or stimulating interest
turnoff, negative stimulationSomething causing antagonism or loss of interest
umpteenth, umteenth, umptiethlast in an indefinitely numerous series
un-come-at-able, un-get-at-able, ungetatableDifficult to reach / reach or attain
wag, wit, cardA witty amusing person who makes jokes
war paintFull ceremonial regalia
washAny enterprise in which losses and gains cancel out
wayThe property of distance in general
way, right smartTo a great degree or by a great distance
week from MondayA time period of a week or more
whacked(British informal) exhausted or worn out
whacking(British informal) enormous
white-shoedenoting a company or law firm owned and run by members of the WASP elite who are generally conservative
womanA female person who plays a significant role (wife or mistress or girlfriend) in the life of a particular man
Spanishcoloquialismo, expresión coloquial, vulgarismo
Catalanexpressió col·loquial

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