bilby has adopted no words, looked up 25232 words, created 208 lists, listed 23249 words, written 24993 comments, added 728 tags, and loved 54 words.

Comments by bilby

  • Middle English form of sennight, a week.

    June 11, 2018

  • Sublime qms!

    June 10, 2018

  • Maybe he was thinking of floxi, noxi and curtaintail.

    June 8, 2018

  • Wot, no limericks?

    June 8, 2018

  • Oh help, it's been adopted too.

    June 7, 2018

  • Very good, and bonus points for use of rivulet.

    June 7, 2018

  • I think the implication is that people who are afraid to enter a place, ie. cross a threshold, are afraid of trying something new. Hence they are difficult customers to entice.

    June 5, 2018

  • May I suggest this should be gild.

    June 4, 2018

  • When your foot goes to sleep.

    June 3, 2018

  • How slovenly the purple infanticide bespoke of melaleuca puppet candlery!

    June 2, 2018

  • Hi Bill!

    June 2, 2018

  • Australian slang: to pass the time idly; to dally with fripperies.

    June 2, 2018

  • See also sturdy.

    June 1, 2018

  • Not that we ever do that on Wordnik, oh no sir.

    June 1, 2018

  • Australian slang: to waste time, to pissfart around, etc.

    June 1, 2018

  • Australian slang: a stupid person, easily fooled.

    June 1, 2018

  • See etymology on sturdy.

    May 31, 2018

  • Welcome to Wordnik.

    May 31, 2018

  • See very-worthwhile usage at barfly.

    May 31, 2018

  • Apparently also known as Old Sober.

    May 31, 2018

  • German: to mumble while eating.

    May 30, 2018

  • The Uni Revue - an undergrad cabaret that has something of a cult status locally - is already salivating.

    May 30, 2018

  • I prefer bar-fly.

    May 30, 2018

  • A bar-fly.

    May 30, 2018

  • There once was a lad from nipaluna

    Who fancied himself a hot-air ballooner

    But his first flight went astray

    - crash-landed in Geilston Bay! -

    And now he's nowt but tall-tale salooner.

    May 30, 2018

  • An indigenous name for the Hobart area of Tasmania, Australia.

    More background - quite interesting - here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-30/hobart-aboriginal-name-suggested-as-nipaluna/9815422

    May 30, 2018

  • A.

    May 30, 2018

  • Warning, metaphor overload:

    "Macquarie Infrastructure fell 41% in a single session in February, a direct result of the elephant in the room investors have overlooked, as outlined here by Charlie Jamieson from JCB. Charlie explicitly warns of the ‘train having left the station’ for a potential ‘down-the-firepole type pricing moment’ that all investors need be conscious of."

    - livewiremarkets.com, 25 May 2018, https://www.livewiremarkets.com/wires/the-elephant-in-the-room-investors-have-missed

    May 30, 2018

  • This word's just about a goner.

    May 29, 2018

  • Which didn't see :-/

    May 29, 2018

  • Euphorbia peplus, also known as petty spurge, radium weed, milkweed, cancer weed, although this name is better.

    May 29, 2018

  • I stole this from a Twitter bot. Shameless.

    May 28, 2018

  • Ooops, now the judge has found me in contempt :-(

    May 28, 2018

  • Very good qms *throws coins*.

    May 28, 2018

  • Related to wonky.

    May 28, 2018

  • Probably OCR tyop.

    May 27, 2018

  • Chiefly Scots.

    May 27, 2018

  • Need to work out how to set phasers to this.

    May 27, 2018

  • See also harmamaxa.

    May 27, 2018

  • A which see!

    May 27, 2018

  • I need to rid myself of this.

    Disassassinlessnessesiciousness .

    May 25, 2018

  • Italian: coffee murderer!

    May 25, 2018

  • Pleasing number of a's in this word.

    May 24, 2018

  • As of May 2018, a professional baseballer with the Texas Rangers.

    May 24, 2018

  • As of May 2018, Energy Minister in the government of South Australia.

    May 24, 2018

  • This bot sure hoovers up a lotta words!

    May 24, 2018

  • Yeah, glitch in the way AHD definitions are fetched.

    May 24, 2018

  • Does æ count as one letter or two in a palindrome?

    May 23, 2018

  • A place where people with contagious diseases were confined.

    May 23, 2018

  • Quite.

    May 23, 2018

  • Hello Prolagus.

    May 23, 2018

  • See theine.

    May 23, 2018

  • Sing to the tune of Eidelweiss.

    May 23, 2018

  • Give the man a loon-slatt.

    May 23, 2018

  • There's a town called Yass in New South Wales, Australia.

    May 23, 2018

  • SPAM

    May 23, 2018

  • Go on, read yarb's comment in the context of the etymology.

    May 22, 2018

  • Seems like more standard forms are bhindi, ghobi and baingan bharta. Thank you for sharing your lunch with me :-)

    May 22, 2018

  • Female equivalent is / was dandizette.

    May 22, 2018

  • It's a nice effort, bless 'em.

    May 22, 2018

  • Some of us here are good at worrying.

    May 21, 2018

  • To be fair there are some definitions above that pretty much describe the formation of this type of portmanteau.

    May 21, 2018

  • See also ha ha ha.

    May 19, 2018

  • What, is, your, problem?

    May 19, 2018

  • *blows on knuckles*

    May 18, 2018

  • South African English / Afrikaans.

    May 18, 2018

  • Nice list rzz!

    May 18, 2018

  • Every time I visit this list I remember that prolagus had different expectations.

    May 18, 2018

  • Scots: a stupid fellow.

    May 18, 2018

  • Hello John.

    May 18, 2018

  • From the examples, my interpretation:

    Asian cautioners cautiousness

    danced dashingly!

    diggings

    disposals factory falcon finality...

    give greyhound

    humidifier imitation.

    May 18, 2018

  • Mate no-one gives a snob subversive for your so-called poetry.

    May 18, 2018

  • Put a sock in/on it.

    May 18, 2018

  • *wild applause*

    May 18, 2018

  • Mkay I'll arrange some sensitivity training.

    May 18, 2018

  • Needs a warmed up limerick, aye.

    May 17, 2018

  • Promising rhyme with useless.

    May 17, 2018

  • OCR error.

    May 17, 2018

  • Hey MailChimp, the word chimp is available for adoption.

    May 17, 2018

  • A term found in scientific names honouring the botanist John Carne Bidwill.

    May 17, 2018

  • A traditional bush food of north-eastern Australia. The nuts come from the cones of the bunya pine, Araucaria bidwillii.

    May 17, 2018

  • Eft, I tell you, eft!

    May 17, 2018

  • I like 'smooth newt' with its connotation of having gone to the right kind of finishing school.

    May 17, 2018

  • Wot, no flowers?

    May 17, 2018

  • Dickieeees!

    May 17, 2018

  • I am ready to be discovered.

    May 17, 2018

  • Surely somewhere there are men working on robots to do it for them automatically.

    May 17, 2018

  • The two examples currently visible are more akin to homecoming or return.

    May 16, 2018

  • Primarily Scots.

    May 16, 2018

  • Recorded in English since 900!

    May 16, 2018

  • In modern use often refers to the tendency of 3-D printed objects to curl up a bit as they cool.

    May 16, 2018

  • Do you have hot doughnuts? I like those.

    May 16, 2018

  • See etymology of lady.

    May 16, 2018

  • For example a line joining places that are all the same travel time from a certain point.

    May 15, 2018

  • A southern / central American sauce whose key ingredient varies depending where it's made: pumpkin seeds, almonds, sesame seeds, peanuts, etc. There are red - with tomato - and green - cilantro infested - varieties.

    May 15, 2018

  • Hmmm.

    May 15, 2018

  • Finding a lot of borked definitions lately.

    May 15, 2018

  • Run away!

    May 15, 2018

  • Always wanted to visit garage-type but the visa is hard to get.

    May 15, 2018

  • Also missel.

    May 15, 2018

  • SPAM

    May 15, 2018

  • See also tub.

    May 15, 2018

  • 17C slang for pulpit, hence tub-thumper.

    May 15, 2018

  • Finally found something useful to do with you:

    A late Old English translation of the Medicina de Quadrupedibus of Sextus Placitus advises, for women "who suffer troubles in their inward places, work for them into a salve a foxes limbs and his grease, with old oil and with tar; apply to the womens places; quickly it healeth the troubles." It also recommends, for sexual intercourse without irritation, "the extremest end of a foxes tail hung upon the arm." Rubbing a fox's testicles on warts was supposed a means to get rid of them.

    May 15, 2018

  • Top limerick, qms!

    May 15, 2018

  • Apathy rules.

    May 15, 2018

  • Pants.

    May 15, 2018

  • Aber er ist als Geisel festgesetzt worden und wird wie ein Kriegsgefangener behandelt.

    Yet he is taken hostage and treated as a prisoner of war.

    May 15, 2018

  • Pathetic list.

    May 14, 2018

  • So concupiscible.

    May 14, 2018

  • SPAM

    May 14, 2018

  • Also lilli pilli, lilly pilly, lillypilly.

    Generally refers to trees of Syzygium genus.

    May 14, 2018

  • Scots: closed.

    May 14, 2018

  • Scots: mother.

    May 13, 2018

  • Etymonline has this useful rider about what it's doing in funeral rites:

    Old English dust, from Proto-Germanic *dunstaz (source also of Old High German tunst "storm, breath," German Dunst "mist, vapor," Danish dyst "milldust," Dutch duist), from PIE *dheu- (1) "dust, smoke, vapor" (source also of Sanskrit dhu- "shake," Latin fumus "smoke"). Meaning "that to which living matter decays" was in Old English, hence, figuratively, "mortal life."

    May 13, 2018

  • SPAM

    May 12, 2018

  • Trending: I poked a blafferty with a spoon.

    May 12, 2018

  • Interesting word.

    May 11, 2018

  • Shakespeare: a fat person.

    May 11, 2018

  • A hobgoblin said to inhabit and protect orchards and fruit groves.

    May 11, 2018

  • Scots: the cry made by a duckling.

    May 11, 2018

  • Boisterously.

    May 11, 2018

  • A lazy idler, says @HaggardHawks.

    May 11, 2018

  • A nickname for the yellow wagtail, supposedly because of its habit of bobbing up and down beside waterways.

    May 11, 2018

  • Short for bilby in civilised countries.

    May 11, 2018

  • See pileate.

    May 11, 2018

  • Hey is there a good frolic going on?!

    May 11, 2018

  • HW Fowler says:

    "string is not the verb string; we do not string the ham, but do something to the tendon called the hamstring; the verb, that is, is made not from the two words ham & string, but from the noun hamstring. It must therefore make hamstringed."

    May 10, 2018

  • Tut-tut CDC definition.

    May 10, 2018

  • I get nervous when the tigers are chuffling.

    May 10, 2018

  • I'll define it!

    cribose - misspelling of cribrose.

    May 9, 2018

  • Words containing these kinds of symbols will not display properly on Wordnik in its current form.

    May 9, 2018

  • Mr Welles, so nice to see you!

    May 9, 2018

  • See candy-pull.

    May 9, 2018

  • noun, Military.

    1.

    a 16th-century cannon, smaller than a culverin, firing a shot of between 5 and 8 pounds (11 and 17.6 kg).

    May 9, 2018

  • German: 'one born on a bench', ie. a bastard.

    May 9, 2018

  • French: 'pack saddle son', ie. a bastard.

    May 9, 2018

  • See candy-pull.

    May 9, 2018

  • Sounds like a ye olde time get-together where people made candy:

    'Candy pulls or candy stews were popular in the 19th century. One definition, from A Dictionary of Slang...1897: "Candy-pull (American), a candypull is a party of both sexes at which molasses or sugar is boiled and pulled by two persons (whose hands are buttered) to give it proper consistency, and then mixed and pulled again, till it becomes true candy." As described puckishly in Puck, "The necessary materials and plant are a goodsized warm kitchen, a number of active young women, aged from fifteen upward, several dudes and non-dudes—none over twenty-five — a large supply of white aprons, a larger supply of table-napkins, a well-heated cooking-range, two or three copper stew-pans." Puck. NYC: March 6, 1884 '

    - http://www.angelfire.com/md3/openhearthcooking/aaCandypull2.html

    May 9, 2018

  • taupie

    May 9, 2018

  • *applause*

    May 9, 2018

  • Goo, goo, glorious goo!

    There's nothing quite like it madmouth's purview!

    May 9, 2018

  • Japanese?

    May 9, 2018

  • Wiktionary guy doing raindy-day etymologies.

    May 9, 2018

  • My brother lives near a town called Yea so he says that a fair bit. If only I can get him to say forsooth.

    May 8, 2018

  • 'of the hound kind'

    May 8, 2018

  • Mmm, infusions of hay.

    May 8, 2018

  • A Dominican plantain mash.

    May 8, 2018

  • Top stuff.

    May 7, 2018

  • List idea: cat but no cat, thanks.

    May 7, 2018

  • An Old English word for spider, 'a weaver as he goes'.

    May 7, 2018

  • Vertu, Brute!

    May 7, 2018

  • See hammercloth.

    May 5, 2018

  • Also hammer-cloth.

    May 5, 2018

  • Etymology online:

    spout (n.)

    late 14c., from spout (v.). Cognate with Middle Dutch spoit, North Frisian spütj. It was the slang term for the lift in a pawnbroker's shop, the device which took up articles for storage, hence figurative phrase up the spout "lost, hopeless, gone beyond recall" (1812).

    May 5, 2018

  • I like the reference to 'certain dogs' in the etymology above.

    May 5, 2018

  • Welcome to Wordnik :-)

    May 5, 2018

  • The first week of May is national comics poetry week.

    http://www.gocomics.com/frogapplause/2018/05/01

    May 5, 2018

  • Appears to be definition of Norway maple.

    May 5, 2018

  • Common names: Leopard's bane, mountain snuff, sneezewort, mountain tobacco, wolfsbane.

    May 5, 2018

  • A bad mood.

    May 5, 2018

  • obviously moi is the baddie

    'cause "no-one's favorite word" is maddy

    so with p's and q's minded

    I beseech the unblinded

    to larf and not crack a saddy

    May 5, 2018

  • Work-to-rule going on over at CDC definitions division.

    May 5, 2018

  • I have 25 thousand, you'll be busy.

    May 4, 2018

  • How do I make this go away.

    May 4, 2018

  • A bit yucky, but, ehrm, pith.

    May 4, 2018

  • Reminds me of this list: http://www.wordnik.com/lists/on-the-border-of-imagination-and-reality

    May 4, 2018

  • An institution where students learn to make beetroot and vegetable soup. In their spare time they decipher long consonant strings.

    May 3, 2018

  • SPAM

    May 3, 2018

  • Have you moved Des Moines?

    May 2, 2018

  • Perhaps have a look at fraught for some perspective on this kind of usage.

    May 2, 2018

  • Thank you deinonychus.

    May 2, 2018

  • calque?

    May 2, 2018

  • What I said 5 years ago *sigh*

    May 2, 2018

  • Nice!

    April 27, 2018

  • kakapo

    April 27, 2018

  • A traditional Peruvian term for a high-pitched pack animal used for transport to mountain pharmacies.

    April 27, 2018

  • Smorgasbugaboo.

    April 27, 2018

  • I usually find that one person pursuing me is sufficient.

    April 26, 2018

  • Looks very Fwench but it is geek.

    April 25, 2018

  • I had no idea there were South American 'ostriches'.

    April 25, 2018

  • I'd quit the waiting and walk 500 miles. And 500 more. Worked for The Proclaimers.

    April 25, 2018

  • I think you're confusing roadie with groupie.

    April 25, 2018

  • Note that no cultures are known to have spirit vending machines. Just saying ;-)

    April 25, 2018

  • See also atomic priesthood.

    April 24, 2018

  • Was nice knowing you.

    April 24, 2018

  • If fish-ball = fish-cake, then clearly ball = cake.

    So what is a cake ball?

    April 24, 2018

  • Also scoggin.

    April 24, 2018

  • CDC's resident hyphenator has been putting in the overtime.

    April 24, 2018

  • "Only 9 percent of white Christians are young millennials, compared with 21 percent of Asian Christians and 16 percent of Latino Christians. Some 17 percent of white Christians are from the so-called silent generation. No other group comes close. In other words, white Christians are aging. Christians of color are youthening."

    - Stephen Carter, Bloomberg, 24 April 2018, https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/the-ugly-coded-critique-of-chick-fil-as-christianity/ar-AAwg9Dg?ocid=spartanntp

    April 24, 2018

  • Bollocks. The capital of Paraguay is Asunción and using online maps I can't find any city in the world called Stanicky.

    April 23, 2018

  • Calm down a bit. If you post too many comments in a row it floods them off the Community page before anyone actually gets a chance to see them.

    April 23, 2018

  • "not a valid Scrabble word"

    April 22, 2018

  • See also mack nor mell.

    April 22, 2018

  • See also mack nor mell.

    April 22, 2018

  • SPAM

    April 22, 2018

  • I've read the citation below, twice, and still feel like I need someone to hold my hand and gently explain it to me.

    April 22, 2018

  • Nope. Crumpet rings are for cooking crumpets.

    April 22, 2018

  • pangolins v orchids, it's on!

    April 20, 2018

  • Re 'eye', see fascinum.

    April 20, 2018

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  • Bilby o bilby,

    Didst thou die on latinx hill?

    November 3, 2016

  • Happens certain phases of Uranus.

    August 31, 2016

  • Hey bilby how long have you been a howling frumpmudgeon?

    August 31, 2016

  • *dusts badge*

    November 5, 2015

  • Hey are you some kind of self-appointed contribution cop, rat features?

    November 5, 2015

  • Wait--I thought it was turtles all the way down. Mind? Blown.

    November 3, 2015

  • how about a five-toad?

    November 3, 2015

  • Shut up you extruded rabbit.

    November 2, 2015

  • Are you talking to yourself again?

    November 2, 2015

  • I get an error trying to post either a new word or a comment here:

    https://www.wordnik.com/lists/politicians-nicknames

    November 2, 2015

  • Nope, that's about it really.

    August 28, 2015

  • Do you have anything decent to say ear-whippet or are you just trying to flood these Polski doltskis off the front page?

    August 28, 2015

  • Hi Bilby - Just spotted a question you posed in a comment back in 2009 (!) on my aviation list ("Let's go strap on the ole air'chine and bore holes in the sky!") to wit: "what is a 'rooster tail'?" If it still matters see image here...or, since I've added it to the list: rooster tail.

    June 15, 2015

  • "bilby commented on the user bilby

    I went to leave a comment on your page, and I arrived at a 404 and a steampunk rhino. Both of which are about right in your case."

    Are you talking to yourself?

    April 27, 2015

  • I went to leave a comment on your page, and I arrived at a 404 and a steampunk rhino. Both of which are about right in your case.

    April 27, 2015

  • Did you like the new berry additions?

    April 27, 2015

  • Bilby is, as usual, a lode of useful information. I once went skiing in Chamonix, where les Guides des Alpes are universally admired, but I failed to understand the sense of their characteristic cries.

    They're famed for feats of derring-do
    But guides of the Alps are scholars too.
    It's knowledge they seek
    When they call from a peak
    And plaintively ask, "Beaudelaire, he who?"

    January 11, 2015

  • Bonsoir Monsieur Bilby,

    Where are you, actuellement?

    I am back in Paris, being forced to write about such big fat frauds as Charles "Mr Spleen" Baudelaire.

    But in two more weeks I shall be free, free as a bird!

    Now I need to go favourite the word "wentletrap".

    Adieu !

    January 10, 2015

  • It's not just you, madmouth. Shall we all meet up over on community?

    December 24, 2014

  • Where did "Community" go? Is it just my computer?

    December 24, 2014

  • Have I ever told you how much I like your bagpipes list?

    December 15, 2014

  • Are you in Bogota? I was just there! Ships passing in the cliché.

    November 8, 2014

  • and I you with a waistband of tittering finches. Don't disillusion me!

    November 6, 2014

  • Happy belated selfie day, old bean.

    November 6, 2014

  • ...for of Afghan chutney is her soul compact

    April 2, 2014

  • Is there a way to search by tag?

    March 27, 2014

  • Now you've done it

    March 27, 2014

  • oh, he do

    March 14, 2014

  • a) that's exactly right

    b) I think of you as the only near-whitey invited ^-^

    March 12, 2014

  • didn't you have a list called "Drinky-time, or the most happy of hours" or some such? Maybe it was someone else...

    March 12, 2014

  • Meow.

    February 20, 2014

  • Bilby, I wish you a happy new year. I am grateful for the comments you have given me. I have been slow to respond mostly because I could not figure out how to do it. I have been looking for an ongoing thread I could reply to but I have failed to find it, so now I have visited your dashboard. This seems rather roundabout, like exiting the house and ringing the doorbell again before replying, but it is all I can manage for the moment.

    January 1, 2014

  • Thanks for jomo. It's perfect.

    December 16, 2013

  • Bonsoir, bilby! Un salut de Paris à toi et à tous les marsupiaux, même les moins jolies.

    Renard

    September 22, 2013

  • marky

    Sorry, this user profile is LAME.

    September 13, 2013

  • BILBY

    September 13, 2013

  • Any thoughts for us about ry's question over on wurly?

    May 8, 2013

  • No no. Only we hopping long-ears are designated chocolatiers to outback frontiers. Cheers!

    April 1, 2013

  • Thanks, Easter Bilby. Do all marsupials carry chocolate in their pouches?

    April 1, 2013

  • happy zombie jesus day, peter gone rabid day to you too BILBY

    March 31, 2013

  • Happy Easter everyone! Help yourself!

    March 31, 2013

  • meowz

    March 31, 2013

  • Happy Easter Bilby is a sweet tooth fairy.

    March 30, 2013

  • Good lord, bilby -- hello!

    March 20, 2013

  • I noticed a town of Bilby in Jamaica on a topographic map today.

    March 13, 2013

  • I'm so glad you finally have a trilby, bilby!

    February 3, 2013

  • Trilby's match

    What a thrill it must be!

    Is it a crowning achievement?

    How can you match it?

    You are off on the right foot!

    February 3, 2013

  • At a yard sale this morning. I bought a trilby. Just thought y'all would be very happy to know that.

    February 2, 2013

  • *purrrrrs*

    January 23, 2013

  • Bilby, bilby, bill

    be. Bilby be. Bilby bee.

    Bilby bilby be.

    January 15, 2013