/dwib/ (noun informal)
A person who is considered weak and unpopular.
People who were dweebs in high school often become successful in life.
To slowly become fewer and fewer (less and less).
My savings are dwindling. I need to get a job.
Extremely upset or worried.
Elizabeth was very distraught when her car was stolen.
To try or do something in a ‘not serious’ way.
I am not a good artist, but I dabble in painting once in a while.
A way of going somewhere which is different from the normal way you go.
Sorry we are late. There was a car accident on the freeway, so we had to take a detour.
A person who cannot use part of his or her body in the usual way.
Most stores in the USA have wheelchair entrances for disabled customers.
/dʌmp ɔn/ (phr v informal)
‘Dump on somebody’
To criticize someone, or complain to someone about something.
I don’t like living with Alison. She always dumps on me for not keeping the house clean.
Calm and serious – usually making people feel respect.
President Obama is very dignified when he speaks.
Someone who does not pay his or her bills.
James is a deadbeat. He owes money to everyone he knows!
Making you lose the confidence to do something.
I’m eating less food, but I’m not losing any weight. It’s very discouraging.