Elder Dictionary

Elderly Terms, Meanings and Definitions


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snit, noun

Bad mood.
She was not such a snit, she didn't even say hello.

Added on June 30, 2016 by Jillian B

sock hop, noun

An informal high school dance popular in the 50s, usually taking place in idyllic locations like a gymnasium or cafeteria.
The girls wore their best poodle skirts to the evening sock hop.

Added on May 11, 2011 by Susan K.

spitting image, phrase

A phrase used to express the almost certain similarities between two individuals.
I'm sure you'll know who he is if you run into him. Bobby is the spitting image of his old-man.

Added on July 7, 2011 by danielslaughter

spoken for, phrase

To be Engaged.
She is spoken for in marriage.

Added on May 11, 2011 by Pat P.

stockings, noun

A long set of socks or under-garments worn by men to keep warm.

Added on May 11, 2011 by danielslaughter

straw that broke the camel's back, phrase

Usually an incident that is not the direct cause for an issue, but something which puts a person's, place's or thing's point of stress past the threshold of causing consequences.
It wasn't the lack of candy sales which caused the drive-in to close; those sales were just the straw that broke the camel's back.

Added on May 11, 2012 by danielslaughter

sucking face, phrase

To make out.
We were sucking face in the back o' my old-man's car before doing the hanky panky.

Added on July 9, 2011 by Turner

suitor, noun


A male who courts a lady in hopes to someday woe her, and convince her father, into marriage.
Betty's suitor is quite a stunning young chap.

Added on May 11, 2011 by danielslaughter

supper, noun


A full meal which occurs in place of dinner. Individuals who fancy the use of this word instead of "dinner" will then refer to lunch, the mid-day meal, as "dinner."
I had a big dinner earlier today, but I'm thinking about eating supper at the market later.

Added on May 10, 2011 by danielslaughter

swapping spit, phrase

See: sucking face.

Added on July 9, 2011 by Turner

sweating like a whore in church, phrase

When a person is sweating profusely, like a "whore" being in "church" because of her fear of being struck by lightning by God because of their sins.
The temperature in the parlor is so hot that I am sweating like a whore in church!

Added on July 13, 2021 by Zach M.


A declaration that whatever it is you're doing is pretty fantastic. This could also emphasize the mood you're in, or your current health status.
The doctor says I'm still kicking along, and that's just swell to me.

Added on May 11, 2011 by danielslaughter

three dog night, phrase

When it's so cold that you have to have three dogs on the bed at night or you'll freeze.
It was a three dog night during the snowstorm.

Added on July 9, 2011 by Turner

thumb up your ass, phrase

Lollygagging with no intent to complete any useful task or chore.
Don't just sit there with a thumb up your ass, Jack. Get over here and help me lower the rumble seat.

Added on July 14, 2021 by danielslaughter

trousers, noun

A pair of pants of lower class and quality than slacks. Typical trousers will consist of work pants, jeans, or other pants made from heavier materials.
I'll need to pick up another pair of trousers as I've just ripped me a hole in these.

Added on May 11, 2011 by danielslaughter