Elder Dictionary

Elderly Terms, Meanings and Definitions


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a watched pot never boils, phrase

A reminder that things happen in their own time, thus fretting is futile.
Mother reminded Timmy that, "a watched pot never boils," while he anxiously stared at the rotary Friday night.

Added on December 16, 2011 by Susan K.

afield, adverb


To travel a large distance away from home. Used to describe people at war, or out hunting.
Both of our lads are afield at war.

Added on May 14, 2011 by danielslaughter

all dolled up, phrase

To be appropriately dressed in such a way that you're ready for the evening ahead of you. Typically to be glamorous.
Missy was all dolled up for the evening with her blouse and brooch, while Theodore had only his every-day slacks at hand.

Added on February 21, 2012 by danielslaughter

arn, verb

To press the wrinkles out of fabric. Used in the mountain area of Eastern Tennessee.
I need to get back in the house arn the clothes.

Added on March 27, 2017 by Anonymous

as the crow flies, phrase

The shortest distance between two points.
The building we can see off in the distance probably isn't as far away as the crow flies.

Added on May 16, 2012 by danielslaughter


Used when someone is talking nonsense, being foolish, or not trustworthy. Often used as "full of baloney."
You're so full of baloney, George. There's no way you flushed the lavatory.

Added on July 14, 2021 by danielslaughter

beat a dead horse, phrase

When a topic of conversation is talked about endlessly without any new contribution to the subject at hand.
Now, Jim, I don't want to beat a dead horse, however, let's talk about what to do with the broken ice box.

Added on November 21, 2011 by Nick N.

bee's knees, phrase

A way of declaring that something or someone is superb, excellent, or in other words the cat's meow.
Goodness, the boy I sit next to in homeroom is the bee's knees.

Added on May 12, 2011 by Susan K.

belted, verb

The act of being whipped with a belt from a pair of slacks for punishment.
Johnny wont be in class today as he got a C on his report card and his old-man belted him.

Added on May 11, 2011 by Anonymous

bet my bottom dollar, phrase

An expression stating something you would absolutely do, or not do at all, depending on its context.
I wouldn't bet my bottom dollar with her being home on time. At least not with that lad around.

Added on June 22, 2011 by danielslaughter

bet the farm on it, phrase

The unadvised act of putting all your assets into one idea, concept, or goal for something you cannot afford to loose.
I wouldn't bet the farm on it the customer will purchase your products from that dime store.

Added on August 31, 2011 by danielslaughter

billfold, noun

An accessory which hold your money. A wallet.
Let me check my billfold for my money and license.

Added on December 5, 2012 by Trista Witherspoon

blockhead, adjective

A stupid person.
Jimmy was born a blockhead and always will be one.

Added on May 8, 2011 by danielslaughter

bloomers, noun


Intensely unattractive female under garments.
She was sure to wear a fresh pair of bloomers in case she was in an accident.

Added on January 7, 2012 by Anonymous

blouse, noun

A woman's shirt.
The girl made sure not to spill on her blouse before Sunday brunch with the new suitor.

Added on May 11, 2011 by danielslaughter