A man speaks frantically into the phone, "My wife is pregnant, and her contractions are only two minutes apart!"
"Is this her first child?" the doctor queries.
"No, you idiot!" the man shouts. "This is her husband!"
suffix 1 forming adjectives meaning ‘abounding in, characterized by, of the nature of’ (envious; glorious; mountainous; poisonous).
- chem. Denoting a state of lower valence than -ic (ferrous; sulphurous). [anglo-french -ous, from latin asus]
and about adj. Active outdoors (esp. After an illness etc.).
- and out —adj. Thorough; complete. —adv. Thoroughly.
- of doors adj. & adv. In or into the open air.
- of it predic. Adj. - (of a person) not included; forlorn.
- colloq. Unconscious, dazed.
- prefix in senses 1 so as to surpass or exceed (outdo).
- external, separate (outline).
- out of; away from; outward (outgrowth).
- —adv. - away from or not in or at a place etc. (keep him out; get out; tide is out).
- indicating: a dispersal away from a centre etc. (share out). B coming or bringing into the open (call out; will look it out for you). C need for attentiveness (watch out; listen out).
- not in one's house, office, etc. (tell them i'm out).
- to or at an end; completely (tired out; die out; fight it out; my luck was out; typed it out).
- (of a fire, candle, etc.) Not burning.
- in error (was 3% out).
- colloq. Unconscious (is out cold).
- (of a limb etc.) Dislocated (put his arm out).
- (of a political party etc.) Not in office. 10 (of a jury) considering its verdict. 11 (of workers) on strike. 12 (of a secret) revealed. 13 (of a flower) open. 14 (of a book, record, etc.) Published, on sale. 15 (of a star) visible after dark. 16 no longer in fashion (turn-ups are out). 17 (of a batsman etc.) Dismissed from batting. 18 not worth considering (that idea is out). 19 (prec. By superl.) Colloq. Known to exist (the best game out). 20 (of a mark etc.) Removed (washed the stain out). —prep. Out of (looked out the window). —n. Way of escape. —v. Come or go out; emerge (murder will out). out for intent on, determined to get. Out of 1 from within.
- not within.
- from among.
- beyond the range of (out of reach).
- so as to be without, lacking (was swindled out of his money; out of sugar).
- from (get money out of him).
- because of (asked out of curiosity).
- by the use of (what did you make it out of?). Out of bounds see *bound2. Out of date see *date1. Out of order see *order. Out of pocket see *pocket. Out of the question see *question. Out of sorts see *sort. Out of this world see *world. Out of the way see *way. Out to determined to. [old english]
pl. Of *ovum.
comb. Form egg, ovum. [from *ovum]
v. (owing) 1 a be under obligation (to a person etc.) To pay or repay (money, gratitude, etc.). B (usu. Foll. By for) be in debt.
- have a duty to render (owe allegiance).
- (usu. Foll. By to) be indebted to a person or thing for (we owe our success to the weather). [old english]
n. - nocturnal bird of prey with large eyes and a hooked beak.
- solemn or wise-looking person. owlish adj. [old english]
brand n. (often attrib.) Goods manufactured specially for a retailer and bearing the retailer's name.
- goal n. - goal scored by mistake against the scorer's own side.
- act etc. That has the unintended effect of harming one's own interests.
- —adj. (prec. By possessive) 1 a belonging to oneself or itself; not another's (saw it with my own eyes). B individual, peculiar, particular (has its own charm).
- used to emphasize identity rather than possession (cooks his own meals).
- (absol.) Private property (is it your own?). —v. - have as property; possess.
- admit as valid, true, etc.
- acknowledge paternity, authorship, or possession of. come into one's own 1 receive one's due.
- achieve recognition. Get one's own back get revenge. Hold one's own maintain one's position. Of one's own belonging to oneself. On one's own 1 alone, independent.
- independently, without help. Own up (often foll. By to) confess frankly. -owned adj. (in comb.). [old english]