American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Wealth or riches, especially when dishonestly acquired.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Frippery; rubbish; refuse; trash.
- n. Money; riches; “filtby lucre”: a contemptuous term. It has no plural.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Money; riches; lucre; gain; -- generally conveying the idea of something ill-gotten or worthless. It has no plural.
- n. informal terms for money
- Old French pelfre, "booty, stolen goods." It is related to pilfer. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Medieval Latin pelfra, pelfa, probably from Old French pelfre. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“They may talk as they please about what they call pelf,”
“The man was evidently consumed by ambition, highly interested in pelf and preferment, and a natural Tory who defended the slave trade and imperialism, which Adam Smith so much deplored.”
“These are wenches and they are always seeking only pelf.”
“Immortal gods I pray no pelf I speak for no-one but myself and so forth.”
“Why, the deals that the White house offered for our votes on the Healthcare Reform Bill are laughable next to the bribes, uh, we mean pelf, oh no, we mean incentives that will be coming from the corporate world.”
“Civilization is when all the mechanisms of the world are dedicated to chanelling pelf to the old.”
“ÂIt is their boodle, pelf and spoils that they are trying to preserve.”
“It is their boodle, pelf and spoils that they are trying to preserve.”
“Being a gentleman of literary pursuits, I am able to sneer at the grubby professionals who struggle so desperately for the meager pelf doled out to the originator of squalid tales and wretched screeds.”
“I believe in the Training of Children, black even as white; the leading out of little souls into the green pastures and beside the still waters, not for pelf or peace, but for life lit by some large vision of beauty and goodness and truth; lest we forget, and the sons of the fathers, like Esau, for mere meat barter their birthright in a mighty nation.”
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The various names for "money" have been scattered about the world in various countries and are now coming together at last in this hopefully vast list.
Synonyms for money.
I imagine most of these will be Anglo-Saxon, not likely to crop up in the average day's conversation, and thus excellent for Scrabble. ("most" is too common, likewise "will" and even "crop", in an...
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These words are from Samuel Richardson's novel Clarissa, Or, The History of a Young Lady, 1747-48
I marvel at the amazing variety of four-letter words in the English language. And that's not even counting really common (to me) words like fuck.
Everyone's got their favorites. Here are some of mine.
but now they're not because I looked them up. In cases of polysemy or homography, *of course* it was the oddest meaning that stumped me. ;)
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Words from the lexicon of Christopher Hitchens
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