Wiktionary:Requested entries (English)

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Have an entry request? Add it to the list. - But please:

  • Think twice before adding long lists of words as they may be ignored.
  • If possible provide context, usage, field of relevance, etc.

Please remove entries from this list once they have been written (i.e. the link is “live”, shown in blue, and has a section for the correct language)

There are a few things you can do to help:

  • For inflected languages, if you see inflected forms (plurals, past tenses, superlatives, etc) indicate the base form (singular, infinitive, absolute, etc) of the requested term and the type of inflection used in the request.
  • For words in languages that don’t use Latin script but are listed here only in their romanized form, please add the correct form in the native script.
  • Don’t delete words just because you don’t know them — it may be that they are used only in certain contexts or are archaic or obsolete.
  • Don’t simply replace words with what you believe is the correct form. The form here may be rare or regional. Instead add the standard form and comment that the requested form seems to be an error in your experience.

Requested-entry pages for other languages: Category:Requested entries by language. See also: Category:English terms needing attention.

English to Middle English[edit]

Please include Middle English reference entries from noted linguist JRR Tolkien available in public domain Project Gutenberg. "A Middle English Vocabulary" by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien available at Project Gutenberg.

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I wonder if it comes from حَبيبيw:Habibi? The ending would be wrong for a women in Arabic, but it might have lost that distinction in the transition to Urdu. Chuck Entz 07:25, 7 February 2012 (UTC)

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  • bachelor griller - I have added an article on this at EN:WP but it could do with a DICDEF and I don't have dictionaries with me. The term seems to be at least 100 years old in UK English but seems to be uncommon in the United States. SimonTrew (talk) 09:58, 7 March 2014 (UTC)
    Contrary to the remark in the WP article, I think this may have originated as a trademark: it is nearly always found with both words capitalised. Equinox 14:32, 2 May 2014 (UTC)
  • bagman - assistant (perhaps to a British police inspector?) https://www.google.com/search?q=endeavour+bagman
  • branchae: plural of something: what? It seems to mean gills. See branchia, branchiae.
  • buckwagon: possible synonym of "buckboard wagon"

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  • kench - To laugh uproariously.
  • knevel reputedly an old Saxon or Early English word meaning moustache. Can this be verified?

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  • kite flyingSmuconlaw (talk) 08:08, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
    1. 2014 June 5, Adam Wagner, “Human rights reform ... Labour reveals its hand”, UK Human Rights Blog:
      If implemented, Labour's embryonic proposal is unlikely to do anything to resolve that debate, as judges will do what they are entitled to do – ignore the guidance and apply the Human Rights Act. But if Labour's proposal is, as I suspect it is, an exercise in political kite flying, then it may signal something more significant.
  • kneegrow

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  • manoos
  • matrix - adjective sense, used in syntax, as in "matrix clause" or "matrix sentence" [8] [9] [10]
  • mediary
  • meroic
  • metaquotidian - coined by Charles Wright and also known to have been used by Jerzy Grotowski
  • male duct system - accessory reproductive organs that produce, mature, store, and transport sperm from the testes to the exterior
  • mistbelt - denotes a region at middle altitude that is regularly misty, as opposed to the areas above and below. Often used in a nature conservation context, including "mistbelt grassland" and "mistbelt forest". "Mist-belt" and "mist belt" also noticed, as there may be no dictionary that defines the spelling.
  • morselize, morselized
  • mucky muck A person with some degree of influence in an organization; a vaguely powerful top functionary -- see muckety muck
  • multitwist - in mathematics

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  • off-time, off time and offtime - many uses, including tech jargon in engineering and physics; and also film names

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  • orr (blue-linked because of a Hungarian entry)

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  • Walkmen (or walkmen)
  • we'll see and we'll see about that - surprised we don't have these common phrases ---> Tooironic (talk) 02:38, 31 January 2014 (UTC) - Also we shall see.
  • workshare (noun) -- appears to be a widely used term to describe European government funding arrangements where work, especially for military and space projects, are shared in some manner across national European country boundaries based on some non-market criteria of the "work" being contracted to occur, in the main, within national boundaries in some sort of share commensurate with that countries "contribution" to the particular agency or project. I don't fully understand the concept; but it appears to be widely used in various sources, especially those that describe the ESA and EU funding. It can also be seen in several Wikipedia articles, but appears to never be defined. One good reliable source to illustrate the concept is [18], but I'll add the quotation in hidden text since Aviation Week articles often quickly dissapear behind a paywall. Cheers. N2e (talk) 15:21, 11 March 2014 (UTC)
  • worth the candle
  • Wratten
  • wub - onomatopoeia; the sound from dubstep. Might also refer to dubstep itself? Or maybe that's wub wub or even wub wub wub. I dont' know, I'm not up to date on this newfangled music. Ultimateria (talk) 02:43, 21 January 2014 (UTC)
    Or is it wob, or both? Renard Migrant (talk) 19:26, 13 June 2014 (UTC)
  • world history, study of the history of the world. May or may not be SOP but worth a try. Rædi Stædi Yæti {-skriv til mig-} 15:03, 23 June 2014 (UTC). Looks very SOP - sorry.Facts707 (talk) 01:40, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

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References and notes[edit]

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