The Gay Man's Illistrated Dictionary


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”]



pre·tend·er [ pri téndər ] (plural pre·tend·ers)



1. somebody claiming right to something: somebody who claims a disputed right to a special rank, title, or privilege, especially a royal title. Both the son and the grandson of James II of Great Britain claimed the throne and were known as the Old Pretender and the Young Pretender.

2. somebody giving false impression: somebody who intentionally gives a false impression to somebody else



would [ wd ] CORE MEANING: used to express the sense of “will” in reported speech or when referring to an event that has not happened yet

Steve didn’t think he would get laid.

It would be wrong to suggest he get dressed.

modal v 


1. used with “if” clauses: used in stating what will or suggesting what might happen under the circumstances described in the conditional clause

You would do him if you saw him.

My mother would be annoyed if I were to come out.

2. polite request: used in making polite requests or offers

Would you mind taking me from behind?

Would you like more men?

3. habitual action: used to indicate that a past action was habitual

Every Sunday we would drive out to the Castro.

would that used to introduce a strong desire or wish, usually one that is not expected to be fulfilled (formal)

Would that we had met during our youth.