Elder Dictionary

Elderly Terms, Meanings and Definitions


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have a cow, phrase

To have a hissy fit over something. To complain or react strongly to something.
Don't have a cow, mom... it's just a small speeding ticket!

Added on May 14, 2011 by Cheryl S

hippie, noun


A person sporting tie-dye, sandals or hair longer than a regulation flat top. Often interchangeable with communist, pinko or democrat.
Is that hippie a girl or a boy, mommy?

Added on May 12, 2011 by Cheryl S

hitch in your get-along, phrase

When a person is hobbled or slowed in some way by an obstacle or other impediment.
Harvey would love to go to the dance, but with the cold and his bum leg he's got a real hitch in his get-along.

Added on May 9, 2011 by Ken Clinkenbeard


What an older person says when something is worthless or meaningless.
This coleslaw is hogwash to my already horrible taste buds.

Added on May 10, 2011 by Kristine S.

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.

I'd buy that for a dollar, phrase

An item with so much value it's worth the price of a dollar as if that dollar came from the early 1920s.

Added on May 8, 2011 by John S.

ice box

Refrigerator. Often used to store goods from the local market that once required quick consumption or pickling to retain their freshness.
I'll put this head of crisp lettuce in the ice box to prevent it from wilting as fast.

Added on May 8, 2011 by danielslaughter

ice cream parlor

A brick and mortar business that sells ice cream, sherbert, and malteds.

Added on July 14, 2021 by danielslaughter

in a jiffy, phrase

Quick speed. Often used to describe getting something done fast.
I will have these trousers tailored for you in a jiffy.

Added on May 13, 2011 by danielslaughter

in a pickle, phrase

An expression meaning you're in a situation where there is no positive looking outcome; between a rock and a hard place.
It looks like you're in a pickle. I mean, I realize you'll have to tell Sally about what the doctor said, but she has the right to know about your growth.

Added on August 23, 2011 by danielslaughter

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

jarts, noun


An allias to YarDarts.

Added on April 17, 2012 by danielslaughter

jeepers, interjection


A mild exclamation of surprise; a euphemism for Jesus.
Jeepers! I didn't expect your parents to be home already.

Added on May 11, 2011 by Bryan B.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, phrase

An exclamation of being flabergasted, like being exhausted by the events.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph! The dog jumped on the davenport again?!?!?

Added on July 13, 2021 by Zach M.

jockey box, noun

The compartment in your car in which you typically put your registration - similar to the "glove compartment."
I keep my insurance in my jockey box.

Added on December 5, 2012 by Trista Witherspoon