nork

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See also: Nork and nõrk

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unknown, originally used in Australia, attested since the 1960s. One theory suggests that the source is Norco Co-operative, a butter manufacturer that featured a cow's udder on package labels,[1] but this is considered dubious.[2]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

nork (plural norks)

  1. (slang, chiefly in plural) A woman's breast.
    • 1983, Robert Drewe, The Bodysurfers, Penguin 2009, p. 91:
      I lay there so close I could've reached out in any direction and just grabbed a nork.
    • 1999, Louis Nowra, The twelfth of never:
      Ernie constantly badgered me to get her to talk to him but I suspected she would throttle him if he merely glanced in the direction of her norks.
    • 2002, Kate Atkinson, Not the end of the world:
      And her norks! Like a hundred times bigger than his sister's. Why was he thinking about his sister's norks? Gross.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jonathon Green (2016) , “norks, n.”, in Green's Dictionary of Slang[1]
  2. ^ Eric Partridge (2015) , “nork”, in Tom Dalzell and Terry Victor, editors, The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, London; New York, N.Y.: Routledge, →ISBN

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Basque[edit]

Etymology[edit]

nor (who) +‎ -(e)k (ergative suffix)

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

nork

  1. ergative indefinite of nor; who

Usage notes[edit]

Both nor and nork are both translated as "who", but nork refers to the subject of a transitive verb:

Nork ikusi du?Who saw her?

To ask about the object of a transitive verb or the subject of an intransitive verb, nor is used:

Nor ikusi du?Who did she see?
Nor dator?Who's coming?