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- Abbreviation of .
- i can def sneak out tn. where should i meet u?
- (African-American Vernacular, slang) excellent; very good
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:excellent
- 1988, “Run’s House”, in Tougher Than Leather, performed by Run-DMC:
- See I do this thing, so come pursue this king / One minor rhyme is all you just bring / Cause I’m the best I’m def, ask the rest they left
- 1988 February 7, Carly Darling, “L.A.—The Second Deffest City of Hip-Hop”, in Los Angeles Times:
- L.A.—The Second Deffest City of Hip-Hop [title]
- ^ Safire, William (1988-09-25), “On Language: 'Eat Your Peas'”, in The New York Times: “Def, a clip of definitely is now the word for terrif, and on some campuses has out-neatened neat.”
- ^ Staples, Brent (1988-12-18), “On Language: 'High on the Five'”, in The New York Times:
- Failing to see the word's antecedents, I suspected that def was either bogus or an orphan, lost to its slang ancestors through mispronunciation or misspelling […] Three critics of popular music failed to provide me with satisfactory antecedents. One suggested that def was an abbreviation of definitely, another suggested deference and the third had no hunch at all […] Russell Simmons, a founder of the company [Def Jam Recordings], said that his partner, in designing the logo for the company's record label, may have been the first to set def down in writing. Simmons also said that his associate had clearly misheard the word as it was then spoken in the streets. Def, Simmons said, was a mispronunciation of death.
- Alternative form of
def m or f by sense (plural defs)
- (Portugal, derogatory, somewhat dated) handicapped
- 2015, “Mafalda Ribeiro: “Parti ossos 90 vezes. Mas agradeço sempre, até as dores””, in Visão:
- Referes-te a ti própria como a “Def”. Detestas o politicamente correto?
- You refer to yourself as the "Def" (handicapped). Do you hate political correctness?.
- (Portugal, derogatory, somewhat dated) retarded, idiot
dȅf m (Cyrillic spelling де̏ф)
Declension of def
- to do
Omar Ka (2018) Nanu Dégg Wolof, National African Language Resource Center, →ISBN, page 100
- daf (a Persian frame drum)