Definitions starting with L

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lighter

n. 1. [cf. OED, a flat-bottomed boat or barge for (un)loading ships that cannot dock; see quot.]  a teenage boy who is shy of girls: Lighters are work boats used to ferry salt out of the shallow waters to the larger boats; a lighter can also refer to a teenage boy not successful with girls in that he is to the older, more successful men as the lighters are to the larger boats (Inagua).

2. [cf. LAMP-LIGHTER idem] the firefly. (Adelaide)

Tags: animal, insect, noun

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Last update: 2011-06-03 22:50
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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