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zarf - The cardboard sleeve around a cup of coffee.

e.g., I had to use a zarf because that coffee burned my hand.

submitted by Joel Parker - (www)

zark - An all-purpose expletive. First used by Douglas Adams in the Hitchhiker trilogy.

e.g., Zark off, you zarking fool.

submitted by Kevin

zatch - Sleep. From "catching some Zs." Catch + Z = Zatch, meaning "to sleep." For people who have been living inside a catsup dispenser for the last ten decades, "Z"s appear over sleeping cartoon characters' heads.

e.g., 3 AM already. Forget the term paper. I gotta go zatch for a while.

submitted by Cary

zatcho - A word used in asking if an object belongs to the person you are talking to. A depreciation of "is that your."

e.g., Zatcho wallet, Clyde?

submitted by Kal

zatronic - A suffix for a person's name, to imply close friendship.

e.g., Scott-zatronic, how's it going?

submitted by Adam Pearson

zaurdo (plural: zaurdi) - Zaurdo: (plural: zaurd) Referring to male/s: zaurdo, zaurdi Referring to female/s: zaurda, zaurde (plural) Whoever can be defined as: sophomoric (overconfident, conceited,et cetera, but --immature); juvenile (infantile, childish, immature); ignoramus (highly ignorant); gallionic (uncaring, indifferent); delinquent, opine (that deliberately says and often divulges her opinion without fear or hesitation); and anti-cogitus (who refuse to think and use the intellect). This is an archaic (obsolete) word still in use in some little Italian cities, here's how it works: Since this word follows the ancient Latin-Italic rules, you can understand from the ending (-o, -i, -a, -e) whether the author is referring to a male or female. Or to a group of people. In case the group of people has members of different genders (so they are not all males or females, for example) -- the rule says that you must use the -i ending. {ED. Similar to the old rule in English for using masculine pronouns when the antecedent was of unknown gender.}

e.g., J: See that pretty girl over there -- M: The one with the yellow ribbon in her hair? J: Yeah. M: What about her? J: I've known her since we were four years old and played in the sandbox together. M: So? J: So I walked up to her at our prom and told her I've been in love with her since we were four years old. M: What did she say? J: She said, "I know" -- and walked away. M: Too bad. That makes her a real zaurda, doesn't it? J: Yes. It does. But that's OK -- because I'm zaurdo. Now you know why she calls me Sandbox Jim.

submitted by Snowberry - (www)

zausted - To be too tired to do anything.

e.g., I was going to do my homework, but I was too zausted.

submitted by maty

zaxiphrate - 1. To viciously dump. 2. To be zaxiphrated is to be all busted up.

e.g., My girl just zaxiphrated me.

submitted by Varanus Zero

zazz - Jazz, for images. "Jazz it up." = "Zazz it up."

e.g., I like the picture . . . only, could you add a little more zazz to it?

submitted by Aaron J Ban - (www)

zazzera - Hair on the back of a person's neck.

e.g., Can you please come here and trim my zazzera?

submitted by Eric

zcronymony - The ill-feeling that results from the over-use of aconmyms (OUOA).

e.g., I feel acronymony toward Dan because he always speaks in acronyms (ASIA).

submitted by Mitchel Yerzy - (www)

zealism - The principles, practice, and tenets of the Zealist school of thought.

e.g., Some Zealists practice Zealism.

submitted by Tom Day - (www)

zebra - 1. A copycat, a person who copies your style or personality. | 2. French ladieZ' undergarment in Z-scale (1:220). Zebra is one of many wordZ in Ze Z-scale Zictionary Part 1 ("A" - "M"), Continuation Page 1a, Part 2 ("N" - "Y"), and Part 3 ("Z").

e.g., Christina is a zebra ne plus ultra. I had that on yesterday. The nerve. She even asked where I bought it. | 2. I dunno what Chris weighs, but he's enormous. Flabby, too. I'd say he takes a zebra these days.

submitted by Laura C! | S. Berliner, III - (www)

zebra logic - Those guilty of zebra logic are always looking for the exception to the rule. If you hear hooves, think horses not zebras.

e.g., Using her uncanny zebra logic, Jen suggested that the holes in her clothes were caused by my Martian death rays.

submitted by nitag - (www)

zebrapest - A bug with stripes all over it that is so scary it looks like it is as big as a horse. (Are zebras as large as other members of the horse family?)

e.g., When my mom saw the zebrapest, she dropped the dishes and ran screaming into the living room.

submitted by Barr Seward - (www)

zebronkey - A new animal that could be made with the help of science. There are two species of this animal. The most common one is the part zebra, part monkey species. The lesser known one is the part zebra, part donkey species.

e.g., My favorite animal is the zebronkey.

submitted by Alyssa

zebu - Lies, bs, deception. Derives from practice in some British pubs and restaurants of selling supposed quality British steak that's actually cheap, imported Zebu meat.

e.g., I didn't believe a word he said. He's full of zebu.

submitted by Joseph

zed - Detestably unessential. Taken from King Lear, III, by Shakespeare, in reference to the letter Z: "Thou whoreson Zed! thou unnecessary letter!"

e.g., Director: I really enjoy the dialogue in this scene. Producer: But it doesn't progress the story at all. It's completely zed. Save it for the DVD.

submitted by Jonathan Charles Wright

zedonk - (n.) (ZEE-donk) A hybrid of a stallion zebra and a jenny donkey. (Etymology: portmanteau of zebra + donkey.)

e.g., As the twins entered the zoo, they looked out for unusual hybrid animals. Spenser saw the zedonk and commented on its unusual half-striped body. Anabel, however, was uninterested as she was looking the other way.

submitted by Mirakle B. - (www)

zedonk - Offspring of a zebra and a donkey.

e.g., Mommy, can I have a zedonk for my birfday?

submitted by HD Fowler

zee - (n.) 1. The final reason after you've answered an inordinate set of "why's" 2. the reason given when no reason is given.

e.g., 1. "Go faster, Daddy!" "Can't, sweety: the speed limit's 20 here." "Why?" "'Cuz the sign says so." "Why?" "'Cuz it's a school zone." "Why?" "'Cuz there's kids walking home from school." "Why?" "Because the city council wants us to drive slow enough to be able to stop for kids crossing the street." "Why?" "Because we don't want to hit anyone with a car and kill them." "Why?" "Because." "Why?" "...Zee, okay?" | "Why does the Lieutenant want us to paint these rocks white, Sarge?" "Zee, Private, Zee."

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

zeeing - To zee is to sleep. "Zeeing" is the gerund form.

e.g., 1. You're looking for George? Oh, he's off zeeing at his desk. Fell asleep while working on his term paper, y'know. 2. To zee or not to zee, that is the question -- I have a final tomorrow and I need to cram.

submitted by Kesti

zeglit - A long thin braid or tail worn at the back of a man or boy's neck, when the rest of his hair is cut short.

e.g., Check out Chris's long zeglit. It is so 80s.

submitted by Kimmy Bingham

zeke - A zeke (alternative spelling: zeek) is a "geek" to the degree of "z." She is someone who is completely out of touch with rules of social behavior, with cultural norms and trends, and with all developments related to fashion and grooming. A "zeke" is a very uncool person, a "zero." A nada, a nothing. From slang for the WWII era Japanese fighter plane, the "Zero."

e.g., The professor is a real zeke. He's worn the same bowtie since 1955 . . . which was about the last time he saw a movie or had a shower.

submitted by David DeSmith

zeltonik - One who, no matter how sad she is, can get an abrupt sense of total happiness, peace, calmness, and tranquility. Used only in the singular. Zeltonic is what you can take to make you zeltonik.

e.g., I had the worst day ever; nothing went the way I wanted it to -- but, as a zeltonik, I know I'll feel much better soon. Maybe tomorrow.

submitted by Deliou Seluna Coloti - (www)

zemanakal - Awesome. Also see gnarlical, sick, rad, and gnarly.

e.g., Tommy Z was zemanakal. His kickflip back tail on that hubba was zemanakal.

submitted by Herb

zemblanity - orarian at Wordnik: "The opposite of serendipity, the faculty of making unhappy, unlucky, and unexpected discoveries by design; the inexorable discovery of what we don't what to know. Word derived from Zembla, a barren, frigid Artic island -- Nova Zembla -- the site of a nuclear facility now used for testing non-nuclear explosives. -Peter Bowler May 5, 2008 |   Armadillo, by William Boyd, 1998: "So what is the opposite of Serendip, a southern land of spice and warmth, lush greenery and hummingbirds, seawashed, sunbasted? Think of another world in the far north, barren, icebound, cold, a world of flint and stone. Call it Zembla. Ergo: zemblanity, the opposite of serendipity, the faculty of making unhappy, unlucky and expected discoveries by design. Serendipity and zemblanity: the twin poles of the axis around which we revolve."   Robert K Merton and Elinor Barber in the masterpiece on the subject, The Travels and Adventures of Serendipity (2004): “Serendipity’s initial unique and compendious meaning of a particular kind of complex phenomenon – the ‘discovery of things unsought’ or the experience of ‘looking for one thing and finding another’– becomes ever more eroded as it becomes ever more popular. Ultimately the word becomes so variously employed in various socio-cultural strata as to become virtually vacuous. For many, the very sound of serendipity rather than its metaphorical etymology takes hold so that at the extreme it is taken to mean little more than a Disneylike expression of pleasure, good feeling, or happiness. No longer a niche-word filling a semantic gap, the vogue word became a vague word.”   Wikipedia/Serendipity: "One aspect of Walpole's original definition of serendipity, often missed in modern discussions of the word, is the need for an individual to be 'sagacious' enough to link together apparently innocuous facts in order to come to a valuable conclusion."

e.g., "When Serendipity becomes Zemblanity," by Richard Boyle: "Although zemblanity doesn’t have the style or even perhaps the necessity of serendipity, there are aspects of the association of the two words that provide food for thought. For instance, what if Zembla was not a separate island but an opposite aspect of Serendib, that zemblanity was an incompatible but nevertheless equally essential and indispensable part of serendipity?    "In Sri Lanka, such an intertwining has appeared in the past 30 years. Serendipity and zemblanity have both been present, inseparably tied. Yet while guidebooks and such-like have waffled on about serendipity in a meaningless fashion, many downplayed the zemblanity that has hovered, ready to catch even the ultra-wary in its grasp. The question is: what will happen to zemblanity now?" |   Examples from Wordnik: “Newton Scherl of Englewood, New Jersey, writes, ‘I have tried without success to find zemblanity in any of my dictionaries.’” Simon & Schuster: The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time “Ergo: zemblanity, the opposite of serendipity, the faculty of making unhappy, unlucky and expected discoveries by design.” Simon & Schuster: The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time “From agathism (the doctrine that all things tend towards ultimate good) to zemblanity (the opposite of serendipity), he offers definitions, etymology and quotes.” NY Post: News “A Times Book Review note about the novel Armadillo, by William Boyd, reads, ‘The novel’s hero … is undone by an outbreak of zemblanity, the opposite of serendipity, in the multicultural hubbub of Cool Britannia.’” Simon & Schuster: The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time “Now this site of testing of non-nuclear explosives at a nuclear facility has given birth to zemblanity, the inexorable discovery of what we don’t want to know.” Simon & Schuster: The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

submitted by HD Fowler

zen - (v.) to accomplish something by not thinking about it; to let something "happen" without trying to force it.

e.g., The other day, I rolled a perfect 3000 on the Wii's 100-pin bowling game. I was explaining Marbury v. Madison to my brother on the phone and just sort of zenned the game while I was focused on the phone.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

zenan - Someone way out there beyond the stratosphere; lives in a different world; never gets a joke the first time around.

e.g., Never mind Chris. He's zenan. Doesn't get anything . . . ever.

submitted by Joao Filipe - (www)

zenana - (n.) 1. A party (i.e., a fiesta) to which only women are generally invited (baby showers, bachelorette parties, bridal showers, and the like). 2. A party (i.e., group) of women (NOW, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the suffragettes of the early 20th Century, etc.). 3. Anything belonging to or concerning a woman or group of women (e.g., her boudoir, her DVD collection, her car, her closet, female medical issues, the role (assigned or assumed) of women in any particular culture, etc.)

e.g., “Alice, why is it that when men panic, women get calmer?” “Yes, it’s a zenana thing ... you wouldn’t understand it.”

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

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