—adj. - having an even surface; free from projections, dents, and roughness.
- that can be traversed without check.
- (of the sea etc.) Calm, flat.
- (of a journey etc.) Easy.
- not harsh in sound or taste.
- suave, conciliatory; slick.
- not jerky. —v. - (often foll. By out, down) make or become smooth.
- (often foll. By out, down, over, away) reduce or get rid of (differences, faults, difficulties, etc.) In fact or appearance. —n. Smoothing touch or stroke. —adv. Smoothly. smoothly adv. Smoothness n. [old english]
—n. Blurred or smeared line, mark, blot, etc. —v. (-ging) 1 make a smudge on or of.
- become smeared or blurred. smudgy adj. [origin unknown]
pace n. Very slow movement.
and ladders n.pl. (usu. Treated as sing.) Board-game with counters moved up ‘ladders’ and down ‘snakes’.
adj. (-ier, -iest) colloq. - brisk, lively.
- neat and elegant (snappy dresser).
- snappish. make it snappy be quick. snappily adv.
—v. - (often foll. By away, from) seize or remove quickly, eagerly, or unexpectedly.
- a steal (a handbag etc.) By grabbing. B slang kidnap.
- secure with difficulty.
- (foll. By at) a try to seize. B take (an offer etc.) Eagerly. —n. - act of snatching.
- fragment of a song or talk etc.
- us slang kidnapping.
- short spell of activity etc. [related to *snack]
—n. Sudden loud involuntary expulsion of air from the nose and mouth caused by irritation of the nostrils. —v. (-zing) make a sneeze. not to be sneezed at colloq. Worth having or considering. [old english]
adj. Colloq. (-ier, -iest) disdainful. sniffily adv. Sniffiness n.
slang —v. - steal.
- (often foll. By on) inform on a person. —n. Informer. [origin unknown]