a factory for producing cotton fabrics, thread, etc.
- Cotton on
verb (informal) (intransitive, adverb) often foll by to 1. to perceive the meaning (of) 2. to make use (of)
[kot-n-mouth] /ˈkɒt nˌmaʊθ/ noun, plural cottonmouths [kot-n-mouths, -mouth z] /ˈkɒt nˌmaʊθs, -ˌmaʊðz/ (Show IPA) 1. a venomous snake, Agkistrodon (Ancistrodon) piscivorus, of swamps in southeastern U.S., that grows to about 4 feet (1.2 meters). /ˈkɒtənˌmaʊθ/ noun 1. another name for the water moccasin
noun 1. a machine for removing the ripe cotton fiber from the standing plant. noun 1. a machine for harvesting cotton fibre 2. a person who picks ripe cotton fibre from the plants
[kot-n-pik-uh n] /ˈkɒt nˌpɪk ən/ adjective, Slang. 1. damned; confounded: That’s a cottonpickin’ lie. adjective 1. (US & Canadian, slang) (intensifier qualifying something undesirable): you cotton-picking layabout! adj. as a deprecatory term first recorded in a Bugs Bunny cartoon, but a similar noun meaning “contemptible person” dates to around 1919, perhaps with racist overtones that […]