semi
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈsɛmi/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈsɛmi/, /ˈsemaɪ/
Noun

semi (plural semis)

  1. (UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada, informal) A semi-detached house.
    • 2008, Elliott Placks, quoted in Helen Isbister, Morris Bryant, Property, Career FAQs, Australia, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=0RtNwKK5Dd0C&pg=PT52&lpg=PT52&dq=%22semis%22+house+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=S0j9eDVxGc&sig=hDseiGbRCIIllIaBzpFgPfWENho&hl=en&sa=X&ei=PuA9UP7bJ-eeiAeflIGwCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22semis%22%20house%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 40],
      I′m selling two side-by-side semis that are currently under construction, a waterfront apartment and a house in Rose Bay.
    • 2008, Barry Goodchild, Homes, Cities and Neighbourhoods: Planning and the Residential Landscapes of Modern Britain, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=uymSg7qVcIAC&pg=PA52&lpg=PA52&dq=%22semis%22+house+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=hp20qZt4AO&sig=1SlOjMFlK521aE56mB6ZqcN61-4&hl=en&sa=X&ei=PuA9UP7bJ-eeiAeflIGwCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22semis%22%20house%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 52],
      The smaller semis of the 1920s and 1930s were closely related to the three bedroom pre-1919 narrow fronted terraces, at least to the larger pre-1919 terraces.
  2. (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United States) A semitrailer; a tractor-trailer; an eighteen-wheeler; an artic.
    • 2011, Eamonn Duff, Schapelle Corby: The Untold Story Behind Her Ill-Fated Drug Run, Allen & Unwin, Australia, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=Dqy7j4WAee0C&pg=PT106&lpg=PT106&dq=%22semis%22+house+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=vLYIcbMKzi&sig=LZaplpKZ1orrnxFC7E6kMwo1OIg&hl=en&sa=X&ei=PuA9UP7bJ-eeiAeflIGwCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22semis%22%20house%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page],
      All night we couldn′t hear each other speak because of the sound of semis changing gear to get over the hill.
  3. (informal) A semifinal.
  4. (slang) A partial erection.
    • 2010, Mickey Erlach, Video Boys (page 158)
      The twink got a semi just from that look.
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