[awr-vil] /ˈɔr vɪl/
a male given name.
[awr-wel-ee-uh n] /ɔrˈwɛl i ən/ adjective 1. of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or resembling the literary work of George or the totalitarian future described in his antiutopian novel 1984 (1949). adj. 1950 (first attested in Mary McCarthy), from English author George Orwell (pseudonym of Eric Blair, 1903-1950), especially in reference to his novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four.” […]
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question Or is it not? what else can it be?: Was that exciting, or what?/ Is this the old trickle-down theory or what? (1990s+) A phrase following a statement that adds emphasis or suggests an option. For example, in Is this a good movie or what? the phrase asks for confirmation or agreement. However, it […]
- Or whatever
Whatnot, or any other thing that might be mentioned, as in They’ve stocked wine, beer, soda, or whatever, or You can stay or leave, or whatever. [ Early 1900s ]
1. an adjective-forming suffix, joined to bases of Latin origin in imitation of borrowed Latin words containing the suffix -tory1, (and its alternant -sory): excretory; sensory; statutory . 1. a suffix forming nouns denoting places or receptacles, joined to bases of Latin origin in imitation of borrowed Latin words containing the suffix -tory2, (or its […]