1. Bernard,1893–1968, U.S. composer.
  2. Bruce,1870–1957, U.S. book designer and printer.
  3. Carl (Ransom),1902–87, U.S. psychologist.
  4. GingerVirginia Katherine McMath, 1911–1995, U.S. actress and dancer: longtime partner of Fred Astaire.
  5. James Gamble,1867–1947, U.S. architect.
  6. John,1829–1904, U.S. sculptor.
  7. Robert,1731–95, American pioneer and commander in the British regular army during the French and Indian War.
  8. Samuel,1763–1855, English poet.
  9. Will(iam Penn A·dair) [uhdair] /əˈdɛər/, 1879–1935, U.S. actor and humorist.
  10. William P(ierce),1913–2001, U.S. lawyer: Attorney General 1957–61; secretary of state 1969–73.
  11. a city in NW Arkansas.


  1. a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “fame” and “spear.”


  1. Ginger, real name Virginia McMath . 1911–95, US dancer and film actress, who partnered Fred Astaire
  2. Richard, Baron Rogers of Riverside. born 1933, British architect. His works include the Pompidou Centre in Paris (1971–77; with Renzo Piano), the Lloyd’s building in London (1986), the Millennium Dome in Greenwich (1999), and Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 (2008)
  3. William Penn Adair, known as Will . 1879–1935, US actor, newspaper columnist, and humorist in the homespun tradition


  1. (used in signalling, telecommunications, etc) message receivedCompare wilco
  2. an expression of agreement


  1. slang (of a man) to copulate (with)

masc. proper name, from Old French Rogier, from Old High German Hrotger, literally “famous with the spear,” from hruod- “fame, glory” + ger “spear” (see gar (n.)). As a generic name for “a person,” attested from 1630s. Slang meaning “penis” was popular c.1650-c.1870; hence the slang verb sense of “to copulate with (a woman),” attested from 1711.

The use of the word in radio communication to mean “yes, I understand” is attested from 1941, from the U.S. military phonetic alphabet word for the letter -R-, in this case an abbreviation for “received.” Said to have been used by the R.A.F. since 1938. The Jolly Roger pirate flag is first attested 1723, of unknown origin; jolly here has its otherwise obsolete Middle English sense “high-hearted, gallant.” Roger de Coverley, once a favorite English country dance, is so called from 1685, in reference to Addison’s character in the “Spectator.” French roger-bontemps “jovial, carefree man,” is attested there from 15c.

  1. American psychologist who founded humanistic psychology

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