The Gay Man's Illistrated Dictionary


pronunciation: taek chu əl

part of speech:     adjective

definition:  of, relating to, or caused by the sense of touch.

related words:     sensational

derivation: tactually (adv.)



pronunciation: pro

parts of speech: adjective, noun

phrases: turn pro

part of speech:     adjective

definition:  (informal) professional, esp. in certain sports.

antonyms: amateur

related words:     ace, master

part of speech:     noun

inflections: pros

definition 1:         (informal) a professional, or someone as knowledgeable or expert as a professional.

antonyms: amateur

similar words: ace, mastermind

definition 2:         (pl.) the professional teams or leagues in some sports, such as football or baseball (prec. by the).

He wants to play in the pros after college.

related words:     adept, expert, master

phrase:        turn pro



pronunciation: me tə mor fə sihs

part of speech:     noun

inflections: metamorphoses

definition 1:         a complete change of form, structure, substance, appearance, or character; transformation.

The vacant lot went through a metamorphosis as the new playground was built.

synonyms: change, conversion, metastasis, permutation, transformation, transmutation

similar words: alteration, modification, mutation, transfiguration, translation

definition 2:         the form that results from such a change.

synonyms: permutation

similar words: conversion, mutation, transformation

definition 3:         the developmental changes in living organisms, such as the successive stages from caterpillar to butterfly or from tadpole to frog.

similar words: change, conversion, development, metastasis, permutation, transformation, transmutation

related words:     amendment, becoming, process



know [ nō ] (past knew [ noo ], past participle known [ nōn ], present participle know·ing, 3rd person present singular knows)



1. transitive and intransitive verb hold information in mind: to have information firmly in the mind or committed to memory

They know the names of all the U.S. presidents.

2. transitive and intransitive verb be certain about something: to believe firmly in the truth or certainty of something

I know she wouldn’t be late without a good reason.

3. transitive and intransitive verb realize something: to be or become aware of something

I didn’t know you cared.

4. transitive verb comprehend something: to have a thorough understanding of something through experience or study

know computers

5. transitive verb have encountered somebody or something before: to be acquainted, associated, or familiar with somebody or something

I have known John for years.

6. transitive verb recognize differences: to be able to perceive the differences or distinctions between things or people

old enough to know right from wrong

7. transitive verb identify somebody or something by characteristic: to recognize somebody or something by a distinguishing characteristic or attribute

I’d know him anywhere by his peculiar laugh.

8. transitive verb have sex with somebody: to engage in sexual intercourse with somebody ( archaic )

[ Old English cnāwan< Indo-European]



twi·light [ tw lt ]



1. time after sunset or before dawn: the time of day just after sunset or before dawn, when the Sun is below the horizon

2. half-light: the faint diffuse light that occurs at twilight

3. final period: the time when something is declining or approaching its end, especially in a gentle or peaceful way

the twilight of her career

4. Same as  twilight zone (sense 1)

[15th century. < archaic twi- “two, half” < Germanic] 



slip·shod [ slíp shòd ]



1. careless: done in a sloppy way without attention to details

2. untidy: not neat in appearance

[Late 16th century. <slip1 “slide” + shod “wearing shoes”]

slip·shod·di·ness noun 



pronunciation: pet

parts of speech: noun, adjective, transitive verb, intransitive verb

part of speech:     noun

definition 1:         an animal, usu. domesticated or tamed, kept in one’s home for companionship rather than practical use.

synonyms: favorite

similar words: animal, cat, cosset, dog

definition 2:         one who is treated with special affection and indulgence; favorite.

She is her father’s pet.

synonyms: darling, favorite

similar words: baby, dear, jewel, minion

related words:     idol, toast

part of speech:     adjective

definition 1:         kept or treated as a pet.

a pet turtle

similar words: tame

definition 2:         especially favored; favorite.

a pet nephew

a pet idea

synonyms: darling, favorite

similar words: dearest, favored

related words:     dear, fond, precious

part of speech:     transitive verb

inflections: pets, petted, petting

definition 1:         to pat, stroke, or caress; touch or treat as a pet.

synonyms: caress

similar words: dandle, fondle, pat, stroke

definition 2:         (informal) to fondle, usu. intimately as a part of sexual foreplay.

synonyms: caress, dandle, fondle

similar words: caress, cuddle, nuzzle, snuggle

related words:     chuck, grope, love, tickle, touch

part of speech:     intransitive verb

definition:  (informal) to fondle someone or fondle mutually as part of sexual foreplay.

synonyms: fondle

similar words: bill and coo, cuddle, neck, nuzzle, snuggle



pronunciation: In dih vI ju ae lih ti

part of speech:     noun

definition 1:         the aggregate qualities and characteristics of an individual, esp. those that make him or her distinctive.

synonyms: distinctness, separateness, uniqueness

similar words: identity, originality

definition 2:         the state of being individual.

synonyms: singularity

similar words: difference, identity

related words:     character, independence, personality



pronunciation: uhp

parts of speech: adverb, preposition, adjective, noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb

phrases: up to

part of speech:     adverb

definition 1:         to, toward, at, or in a higher place or position.

The kite flew up into the air.

We climbed up to the fifth floor.

antonyms: below, down

similar words: aloft

definition 2:         to or in a vertical position.

The audience stood up.

similar words: upright

definition 3:         out of bed.

I got up early this morning.

definition 4:         above the horizon.

The sun came up at six o’clock.

definition 5:         to or at a higher degree, level, or amount.

He quickly moved up in rank.

The price of shoes is going up.

antonyms: down

definition 6:         entirely; completely.

I filled up my glass.

Button up your coat.

definition 7:         from below a surface.

A few flowers came up.

definition 8:         at or to an equal point or level; equally advanced.

I ran up to her.

definition 9:         in or toward a higher position.

The painting was too low, so we moved it up.

antonyms: down

definition 10:       to or with more intensity, loudness, or pitch.

Could you turn the music up?

definition 11:       into view, consideration, or existence.

A new topic came up at the meeting.

definition 12:       in or into a state of activity, operation, or readiness.

We set up a row of chairs.

definition 13:       into pieces.

He tore up the papers.

definition 14:       used to intensify the action of a verb.

We cooked up some soup.

definition 15:       in a northerly direction.

We drove up to Vancouver.

antonyms: down

related words:     high

phrase:        up to

part of speech:     preposition

definition 1:         to, at, or toward a higher point on or in.

The train headed up the hill.

antonyms: down

definition 2:         at or toward a point further ahead on or in.

The children skipped up the path.

definition 3:         in a contrary direction to; against.

Salmon swim up the flow of the waterfall.

definition 4:         toward the source of.

They went exploring up the river.

related words:     down

part of speech:     adjective

definition 1:         going or directed upward.

He mistakenly jumped onto the up escalator.

antonyms: down

similar words: erect

definition 2:         higher than previously.

Stocks are up today.

The child’s temperature was up this morning.

definition 3:         finished; concluded.

He’ll pay me when the week is up.

definition 4:         in a vertical position or placement.

The new wallpaper is up.

similar words: erect

definition 5:         (informal) taking place; happening.

What’s up at the office?

definition 6:         above ground.

The summer crops are up.

definition 7:         in a state of activity, operation, or readiness.

I’ve been up since five o’clock this morning.

The art show will be up all week.

antonyms: down

similar words: awake

definition 8:         in the air.

The kite is up.

definition 9:         under consideration; in view.

The decision has been made, and the issue is not up for discussion.

definition 10:       over; finished.

Your time is up.

definition 11:       (slang) elevated in spirit; euphoric.

We were so up after the game that we all went out to celebrate.

antonyms: down

related words:     standing

part of speech:     noun

definition 1:         an upward course or movement.

definition 2:         an upward slope; ascent; rise.

antonyms: down

related words:     high

part of speech:     transitive verb

inflections: upped, upping, ups

definition 1:         (informal) to increase; raise.

They upped the prices.

definition 2:         to improve.

What will up our chances of winning?

related words:     increase

part of speech:     intransitive verb

definition:  (informal) to move or act suddenly or without warning.

He just upped and left home never to come back again.



ol·fac·tion [ ol fáksh’n ]



1. smelling sense: the sense of smell

2. smelling of something: the act of smelling something

[Mid-19th century. < Latin olfacere “to smell”]