By James Maitland
In the instruction of this " Dictionary of yankee Slang" it's been the purpose of the compiler to incorporate as many as attainable of these phrases and words which, although they locate no position in commonplace dictionaries, input so mostly into the standard speech of the people.
The usa, whilst it borrowed the language of the mummy state, followed additionally lots of its colloquialisms and plenty of extra of its provincialisms. Ours is the tongue that Shakespeare spoke, and our inheritance comprises a lot of the heterodox philology of our British cousins. in particular with appreciate to wearing and theatrical slang, and to the language universal to the thief and the thief-catcher and often called "Thieves* patter," nearly all of phrases, and words are as frequently utilized in one nation as within the other.
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3 quantity viewed as a whole: a great amount of intelligence. 4 principal plus interest. —v. 1 be equal; reach (to): the debt amounted to $50. 2 be equivalent in quantity, value, force, eﬀect, etc. (to): his answer amounted to a threat. [< OF, < a mont up; lit. to the mountain. ] a·mour (ә m˙urʹ), n. 1 a love aﬀair. 2 an illicit love aﬀair. [< OF, prob. < Pr. < L amor love] amp (amp), n. ϭampliﬁer. , 1 amperage. 2 ampere. am·per·age (amʹpәr ij; am pirʹ–), n. strength of a current measured in amperes.
Membrane lining the sac which encloses a fetus. , dim. of amnos lamb] —am´ni·otʹic, adj. , pl. –bas, –bae (–bē). ϭameba. —a·moeʹba·like´, adj. —a·moeʹban, a·moeʹbio, adj. a·moe·boid (ә mēʹboid), adj. ϭameboid. , n. —adv. ϭamuck. —n. nervous disturbance of the Malays, characterized by a period of depression followed by a murderous frenzy. ] a·mong (ә mungʹ), prep. 1 in the number or class of: the best among modern novels. 2 by, with, or through the whole of: political unrest among the people. 3 surrounded by: a house among the trees.
A·melʹio·ra´tive, adj. —a·melʹio·ra´tor, n. a·men (āʹmenʹ; äʹmenʹ), interj. 1 be it so; said after a prayer or wish and used as an expression of assent. 2 an expression of approval. —n. the word amen. [< L < Gk. , truth, certainly < āman strengthen] a·me·na·ble (ә mēʹnә bәl; ә menʹә–), adj. 1 open to suggestion or advice: amenable to persuasion. 2 accountable; answerable: amenable to the law. [< AF, < a– to + mener lead < L minare drive] —a·me´na·bilʹi·ty, a·meʹna·ble·ness, n. —a·meʹna·bly, adv.
The American Slang Dictionary by James Maitland