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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.


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  • 320k - meaning what? If kilobytes, kilobits, kilometres, etc. then k/K would already cover it. Used to Refer to Mp3 files, K might Cover it but 320 Doesn't
    Um, yeah, it's just a number though. Like 52'C is 52 celsius temperature units. This doesn't merit an entry. Equinox 15:36, 12 August 2015 (UTC)


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  • abigeus* - cattle rustler
  • abolla* - Roman military cloak
  • aboutsledge - largest blacksmith's hammer
  • absconce - lantern used in monasteries and night offices
  • abthane - monastic region of the old Irish church
  • accolent* - neighbouring
  • accollé - of a heraldic animal, entwined or collared - also, the position of shields that are joined side by side - also, the blow with the flat of a sword in the ceremony conferring knighthood. It seems to be spelled accolé in many texts, where it also is used in microbiology.
  • accubitum* - couch or refectory - but in either case, all citations seem to be simply using a latin term. Kiwima (talk) 02:58, 6 August 2015 (UTC)
  • achaenocarp - any dry indehiscent fruit
  • acharné* - furious or desperate (of a battle)
  • achloropsia - colour-blindness with respect to green
  • acomoclitic - One who prefers hairless genitals (only 35,000 googles, 72 at google books, confirmed?)
  • acropathy - disease or illness of the extremities
  • acultomancy - divination using needles
  • acyesis - female sterility
  • adamitism - nakedness for religious reasons
  • adenia* - glandular swelling
  • adharma - unrighteousness
  • adipescent - becoming fat or fatty
  • admanuensis - one who takes an oath on a religious book
  • adonise - to adorn oneself
  • aedoeology - science of generative organs
  • aeniania oetaea greekregion [1]
  • aeolistic - long-winded
  • aerogenesis - forming or generating gas or air
  • aeviternal - everlasting; endless
  • affreux* - frightening --Also means "horrible", "awful" in French and may just be French. Andrew Sheedy (talk) 03:46, 2 September 2015 (UTC)
  • afterwil - locking of the barn after the cows have been let out
  • agapet - lover of women
  • Agapetae - churchwomen who live platonically with celibate men
  • agennesic - sterile; impotent
  • agenocratia - opposition to birth control
  • agersia - quality of not growing old
  • agma - symbol or sound for a velar nasal consonant "ng"
  • agnosy - ignorance
  • agomphosis - looseness in the teeth
  • agowilt - sudden sickening and unnecessary fear
  • agrapha - sayings of Jesus not found in the canonical gospels
  • Agravaine
  • agrizoiatry - medicine specializing in wild animals
  • agynary - lacking female genitals
  • aiger* - tidal wave occurring in rivers
  • aischrolatry - worship of filth, dirt, or smut
  • aisling* - a vision or dream
  • aiué - elderly; senior
  • akeratophorous - not horned
  • alameda* - public walkway between rows of poplar trees
  • albificative - able to whiten or be whitened
  • alcovinometer - instrument to measure strength of wine
  • alectormancy - divination by sacrificing a rooster
  • alectryomachy - cock-fighting
  • alepine - mixed wool and silk or mohair and cotton fabric
  • alforge* - wallet or leather bag
  • algedonics - science of pleasure and pain
  • alginuresis - painful urination
  • algor* - coldness; shivering fit
  • aliicide - killing of someone other than oneself; murder
  • alk* - sap or resin from turpentine trees
  • all the way through - SOP?
  • all-state - (/ˈɔlˈsteɪt/) selected on the basis of merit to represent one's state, often in a competition
  • allemain - enormous pudding out of which acrobats leap
  • allodic - not subject to a superior
  • allolalia - speech disorder featuring randomly spoken words
  • alogism - illogical statement
  • alpenstocker - mountain climber
  • alphonsin - instrument used to extract bullets from bodies
  • alterate*
  • altitonant - thundering on high or loudly
  • alveromancy - divination using sounds
  • alviducous - purgative
  • amadelphous - outgoing; gregarious
  • amanous - lacking hands
  • amasesis - inability to chew
  • ambeer - juice from chewing tobacco
  • ambiloquous - using dubious or ambiguous expressions
  • ambulomancy - divination by taking a walk
  • amenity block -- used at least in Australia for an outbuilding especially at a campsite or caravan park, but possibly also just a public park, which includes one or more of toilet, shower, laundry, etc. Usually more than just toilets though.
  • ampelidious - of, like or pertaining to vines
  • amphibiolith - fossilized amphibian
  • amphipneust - animal with both lungs and gills
  • amphoriloquy - cavernous voice of a patient heard over a patient's lung cavity
  • amplect - to embrace
  • amplivagant - stretching far; having a great scope
  • ante bellum - from Latin with meaning "before the war"--usually in reference to the American Civil War, I believe. I'm surprised this isn't in the dictionary.
  • appletype - an appetite to constantly use internet mobile devices Invention? (but Apple Type may be a software technology)
  • astrobolism - sun-stroke (Doesn't look attestable, most hits are just word lists; there is one hit with an occult meaning, Thomas Vaughn uses it for sunstroke, and another hit for the state of being sunblasted on a plant)
  • atmatertera - great-grandfather's grandmother's sister
  • auceps* - hawker or bird-tender
  • automysophobia - an abnormal fear of being dirty
  • apartheiding - behaving in an apartheidlike way


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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)
  • blackophobe - someone who fears or dislikes black people (blackophobic)
  • bow guard, bowguard — in archery, the leather strip (armguard) that goes on your inner left forearm to protect it from the bowstring; in boating, it protects the bow area of a boat.

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  • canopy mark - something involving Roman numerals in classical Latin text.
  • castle rail -- part of the frame of a car located by the sill / rocker panel, possibly British
  • controlled variable in a science experiment, the variable that is adjusted/altered to see what different outcomes occur. For example, you might test to see which of three chemicals do a better job of cleaning a surface. The cleaning chemicals are the controlled variable.
  • courve - a non-Jewish woman; a shiksa ([3]? [4])
    This looks to be an ad hoc transliteration from Russian курва (‘whore’) and its cognates rather than an English borrowing.
  • CBRNE Tech Index-a public index site for the purchase of CBRNE detection products.

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  • drailing* - v. composing and sending an embarrassing email message while inebriated; alsoː d-railing; alsoː drail; etymologyː drunk + emailing

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  • drop-crotch: 1. baggy trousers with extra space below crotch area, a.k.a. harem trousers; 2. some kind of tree pruning technique.

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  • ese*, eses* - Hispanic slang for "friend" (or, more accurately, "homie"); heard (and read in the subtitles) in spoken English dialogue in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (see ése}})

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  • flying kilometer - Average speed measured over a distance of exactly one kilometer, where all intentional acceleration is performed before entering the measured mile, and all slowing is performed after leaving the measured area.
  • flying mile - Average speed measured over a distance of exactly one mile, where all intentional acceleration is performed before entering the measured mile, and all slowing is performed after leaving the measured area.
  • for my sins ironically, e.g. "They made me captain, for my sins"
  • free roam
  • free-roaming

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  • same same chinesengl4thesame>origin? http://zhcnt4.ilovetranslation.com/nUFU5CbMyLb=d/
  • san jiao - san jiao at OneLook Dictionary Search - Google "san jiao" (BooksGroupsScholarNews Archive) - San Jiao
  • sapiophile
  • science faction - things that might seem like science fiction but are actually science fact (used in an episode of the Graham Norton show, and a few Google Books; watch out for "[science] [faction (i.e. group)]" chaff)
  • sealight
  • secalotricum - plant breeding genetics = ×Secalotricum, syn. of ×Triticosecale, hybrid of Triticum (wheat) and Secale rye
  • security hold – a hold put in place by police in the U.S. preventing the release of an autopsy report (L.A. Times)
  • semiurgic
  • seraphims (Bible, KJV, Isaiah 6: "Above it stood the seraphims" & "Then flew one of the seraphims unto me"; might be a plurale tantum, might be plural of *seraphim (sg.) or a double marked plural of seraph)
  • siniform - non-Han but Han-like scripts
  • sinoauricular, sino-auricular
  • Siyi (四邑; Sze Yap, Sze Yup, Szeyap, Szeyup, Seiyap, Seiyup)
  • snuzzle
  • soft-peddle
  • something in the water , a comical reason for several family members or coworkers being pregnant at the same time. I know the meaning, but not sure of part-of-speach, formatting, etc.--Dmol (talk) 23:42, 3 September 2015 (UTC) - Its application is more general than pregnancy: it could be any state of affairs that affects several people (organisms?) in the same vicinity over a period of time (possibly long). It could be used literally. The humor is usually from the "water" explanation being impossible or implausible. DCDuring TALK 03:56, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
  • sphygmology - according it Wikipedia, means "the study of the pulse" ---> Tooironic (talk) 08:03, 12 June 2015 (UTC)
  • spit fire - to rap skillfully
  • sprankle "... saw The German Princess acted-by the woman herself ... the whole play ... is very simple, unless here and there a witty sprankle or two" (15 April 1664; Samuel Pepys, Diary, 5.124)
  • starve-acre
  • stiob a Communist term. From http://www.soclabo.org/index.php/laboratorium/article/view/235/548: The notion of stiob, in usage in nonconformist circles for decades, has recently received Western academic attention due to the work of Alexei Yurchak, who has integrated its explication into a broader theoretical framework (Yurchak 2005). He describes a ‘hyper-normalisation of form’ of official Soviet practices, juxtaposing this with their increasing lack of denotative semantic content in the late-Soviet period. Yurchak proposes the concept of a ‘performative shift’ to describe how certain formulaic acts (public eulogies for Communism, for instance—whether performed sincerely or not) often became ideologically vacuous means to totally different ends (Yurchak 2005, chapter 6). In lay terms, his diagnosis is of a mismatch of official form and non-official content.
    In the late-Soviet culture of the late 1970s and early 1980s, stiob practices exaggerated this mismatch, propelling it into the realm of the absurd. Unlike the sharply ironic and politically-engaged attitude of the Thaw generation (shestidesyatniki), stiob was performed with mischievous humour and a façade of deadpan nonchalance. It was considered successful precisely when it duped the audience into believing something impossible or ridiculous. Ideally, the issue of the author’s sincerity was indefinitely unsettled and ambiguous. As Yurchak says, stiob ‘refuses the very dichotomy’ between seriousness and irony (2005:250).
  • stormy petrel missing "controversial person" and maybe "bird of ill omen".
    Apparently these figurative senses are not much used with storm petrel. DCDuring TALK 12:38, 8 July 2015 (UTC)
  • storaged
  • storaging
  • supousu - gender neutral form of waifu and husbando
  • Swedishman - synonym for swede. Male person from Sweden. | Nearly always a scanno for "Swedish man" with the space. Probably not includable. Equinox 21:28, 28 February 2015 (UTC)
  • swim-off


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  • ulnar loop- a term used in classifying fingerprints, as well as in diagnosing congenital disorders like Down's Syndrome

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As a noun, adjective, or both? Donnanz (talk) 00:06, 6 February 2015 (UTC)

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  • want to say ("I want to say" "I wanna say" etc) (used when someone is giving tentative uncertain answers)
    Seems incredibly SOP. --WikiWinters (talk) 21:56, 9 June 2015 (UTC)
  • war footing, as in "North Korea is on war footing". --TheBlueWizard (talk) 01:51, 23 August 2015 (UTC)
    Sense 2: footing: standing, basis for operation, etc. Equinox 01:54, 23 August 2015 (UTC)
  • wife (verb) Ultimateria (talk) 19:30, 30 August 2015 (UTC)


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