or A.C./D.C., ac/dc, a-c/d-c, a.c.-d.c.
- alternating current or direct current.
- sexually responsive to both men and women; bisexual.
Origin of AC/DC
1940–45, for an earlier sense; 1960–65 for this use
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Related Wordsandrogynous, gay, ambidextrous, epicene, bi, gynandrous, hermaphroditic, intersexual, monoclinous
- informal (of a person) bisexual
C20: humorous reference to electrical apparatus that is adaptable for alternating current and direct current
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Word Origin and History for ac-dc
electronics abbreviation of alternating current/direct current, by 1898. As slang for "bisexual," 1959, said to have been in use orally from c.1940; the notion is of working both ways.
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