Elder Dictionary

Elderly Terms, Meanings and Definitions


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lickety-split, adjective

/lick-eh-dee spa-lit/

Fast, hastily, quick.
The homework was easy. I got it done lickety-split.

Added on May 11, 2011 by Anonymous

old grey mare, phrase

Comes from old song speaking of female horse that is past her prime. Used to speak of others, especially women, who are past their prime.
All the women in the parlor are just cackling Old Grey Mares.

Added on May 11, 2011 by Anonymous

pedal pushers, noun


Women's crop pants or capri pants.
Pauline purchased a pair of pink pedal pushers.

Added on July 1, 2019 by Anonymous

range, noun

Gas stove top.
Livia is making one mighty fine feast in the kitchen on that brand spanking new range.

Added on May 20, 2011 by Anonymous

ugly stick, noun

1. A device, which when used for hitting, causes someone to become permanently ugly.; 2. A device used as a way to explain why someone is ugly.
Susie ain't got nothing on you, darling; she was beat with an ugly stick.

Added on July 8, 2021 by Anonymous

warsh, verb


A common mispronunciation of the simple word "Wash."
It appears you have a stain we'll need to warsh out from your yard dart expedition.

Added on May 16, 2011 by Anonymous

willy nilly

In a sloppy, unprepared fashion.
I'm not just going to go out and buy a car all willy nilly.

Added on May 12, 2011 by Anonymous

button your lip, phrase

What a parent would say to their child when he or she started to talk back to them.
You better button your lip before I have to shut it for you.

Added on May 11, 2011 by Bob P.

cat's meow, phrase

Describing something or someone you think is close to perfection.
Wow, she is the cat's meow.

Added on May 11, 2011 by Bob P.

doomajig, noun


An item you do not recall the name of it.
Hey, can you get me that doomajig we used to unclog the sink?

Added on May 11, 2011 by Bob P.

hunky dory, phrase

/hun-key door-ee/

Everything is fine, going well, as planned.
Life is just hunky dory today.

Added on May 11, 2011 by Bob P.

pipsqueak, noun


A small person; small in stature.
Johnny is a little pipsqueak.

Added on May 11, 2011 by Bob P.

shuckns, interjection


An interjection used to express displeasure when you do something stupid.
Oh shuckens, I really screwed that up.

Added on May 11, 2011 by Bop P.

jack-wagon, noun

A term for an person you do not care for. Someone who acts in an undesirable manner.
That jack-wagon just cut me off!

Added on January 14, 2013 by Brent

lock the barn door after the horse is gone, phrase

To fix something, or be more careful, after what you are trying to avaiod has already happened.
Bob: "After all the theft from the boys' locker room at the public school they finally decided to install padlocks." Greg: "Kind of locking the barn door after the horse is gone isn't it?"

Added on June 8, 2012 by Brent