Origin of expletive
OTHER WORDS FROM expletiveex·ple·tive·ly, adverb
Words nearby expletive
How to use expletive in a sentence
The walls were covered in spray-painted expletives that mentioned Myers by name, photos show.
Case in point—when Teresa Giudice, the only current housewife remaining from the first season, flipped a table in an expletive-laden rage, it became more than just juicy fodder for the show, but instead a watershed moment in reality TV history.The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Watching The Real Housewives|Cady Lang|April 9, 2021|Time
She explodes again and again, slapping herself, screaming obscenities, writing expletives, banging her face against a wall.7 years old and shattered by gun violence|David Hemenway|March 26, 2021|Washington Post
Barnett insisted he didn’t steal the mail, telling a reporter that he left a quarter and note with an expletive and his nickname “Bigo” on the desk.Capitol riot suspect pictured at Pelosi’s desk screams ‘It’s not fair’ in courtroom tantrum|Meryl Kornfield|March 5, 2021|Washington Post
I remember listening to Walter Isaacson tell me that on the day that … the day before he died, his daughter came in, and he’d made some expletive about how she looked.Making a Killing With Jim Cramer|Eugene Robinson|February 1, 2021|Ozy
However, Martin redeemed himself when correctly guessing a fake expletive-laden clue read by Meyers.Amy Poehler and George R.R. Martin Play Game of ‘Game of Thrones’|Alex Chancey|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Kaufman returns after the break to deliver an expletive-ridden tirade against Lawler.In Honor of David Letterman’s Pending Retirement, Watch His Wildest Interviews (VIDEO)|Kevin Fallon|April 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Watch him unleash a magnificent, expletive-ridden rant—and be grateful for the Internet, where this harangue will live forever.11 More Epic Anchor Flubs (Video)|The Daily Beast Video|December 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
So be careful what you say and what you do, because the Kinect, for better and worse, really is [expletive] watching you.My Xbox One Won’t Let Me Swear|Alec Kubas-Meyer|December 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Now, it seems, Hamas is being struck from the list of expletive targets.Hamas's Victory|Anna Lekas Miller|November 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The expletive that it now behoves us to consider is one which has never been adequately treated in a book.
Probably few persons who allow themselves the enjoyment of that rather jocular expletive, the deuce!
There is in Madrid a "Calle Jesus," and the sacred name, used as a common expletive, is heard on all sides.Spanish Life in Town and Country|L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street
He blurted out his favorite expletive, lighted a new cigar, walked his room, and chafed like a caged tiger.Sevenoaks|J. G. Holland
The other use is a kind of pious expletive, intending “I must endure it,” “I am the slave of a higher power.”Selections from Previous Works|Samuel Butler
British Dictionary definitions for expletive
Derived forms of expletiveexpletively, adverb
Word Origin for expletive
Cultural definitions for expletive
Any exclamation or oath, especially one that is obscene or profane, as in “Dammit, I forgot to buy the milk.”