Top 20 Favorite British Words

Can you guess the 20 Favorite British Words, according to Merriam Webster?

DefinitionWordAbout the Word
false or dishonest; causing a lack of trust or confidenceComes from dodge, but where does dodge come from? Fittingly, no one knows: dodge has been evading explanation since the 16th century.
angry; irritatedThis word may have to do with undressing in preparation for a fight.
If you get someone's shirt out, you make the person lose his or her temper.
And if you keep your shirt on, you manage to remain calm.
quite pleased; delightedComes from the English dialect word meaning 'pleased; puffed with fat.'
In current usage, the fat is gone and the pleasure remains.
hungryThis word has its origin in hungry birds pecking at their food.
touchy; belligerentMay be a shortened, altered version of obstreperous,
which means 'difficult to control and often noisy'.
one who is obliged to do menial work;
a drudge
Sailors who were fed pease pudding – dried peas boiled in a bag – nicknamed after its dog-shaped appearance. Later this nickname was applied to midshipmen, who, being junior officers, did more than their share of drudgery.
obviously disorganized or confusedThis word probably spun off from shambles; it first appeared in print in 1970.
awry; wrongDating to 1918, this word probably evolved
from wankle, meaning 'unstable' or 'unsteady.'
nonsenseThis word is often considered vulgar in British English, so use it with caution.
It comes from the Old English word for 'testicles.'
Oddly, dog's _____ is a slang term meaning 'the best.'
tough luck, often used interjectionally (2 words)Although the origins of the phrase remain unclear, it may have originated in the disappointment of having your (otherwise soft) cheese go stale.
a stupid or foolish personProbably comes from the 16th century slang for 'buttocks.'
The original pratfall was a fall on the buttocks.
to complain fretfullyThis is the Old English ancestor of whine, meaning 'to moan.'
tired, exhaustedDerived from slang for 'to kill or tire.' Etymologists can't be sure if there's a link between this adjective and the word that means 'horse-slaughterer.'
dishonest or suspicious activity; nonsense (hyphenated word)An alteration of joukery-pawkery.
Both joukery and pawkery are English regionalisms for 'trickery.'
cheap or inferior wineA shortening of the earlier plink-_____, and it may be a
modification of vin blanc, which means 'white wine' in French.
to talk in a low inarticulate way: mutterSometimes used as a synonym of 'complain.'
The word, like the similar mutter, is probably imitative in origin.
affectedly or excessively dainty, delicate, cute, or quaintA baby-talk alteration of sweet. It first appeared in
print in a 1905 issue of the British magazine Punch.
lacking intelligence: stupidThe word gaum exists in some English dialects and means
'attention or understanding.' Someone without it lacks understanding.
a scientific expert and especially one involved in technological researchDates to 1945. Although its origin remains a mystery, it may have
originated as a slang term for scientists engaged in wartime efforts.
genuine, authentic;
Chef Jamie Oliver rejuvenated this word with his BBC series. That's fitting,
since it comes from the Hindi and Urdu words for 'cooked,' 'ripe,' and 'solid.'
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