Etymology
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signification (n.)

early 14c., "symbolization, representation," from Old French significacion and directly from Latin significationem (nominative significatio) "a signifying, indication, expression, sign, token, meaning, emphasis," noun of action from past participle stem of significare "make known, indicate" (see signify). From late 14c. as "meaning" (of a word, etc.). Old English used getacnung as a loan-translation of Latin significatio.

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bob (n.3)
slang word for "shilling," 1789, but the signification is unknown.
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blotto (adj.)
"drunk," c. 1905, from some signification of blot (v.) in its "soak up liquid" meaning.
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unmeaning (adj.)
"having no signification," 1709, from un- (1) "not" + present participle of mean (v.).
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ninnyhammer (n.)
also ninny-hammer, "simpleton," 1590s, from ninny + hammer (n.), but the signification of the second element is obscure.
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Larry 
masc. proper name, often a familiar form of Lawrence. Expression happy as Larry attested from 1887, of unknown signification.
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jolt-head (n.)
"a stupid head," 1530s; later also "a big, clumsy, stupid person." The origin and signification of jolt here is unknown.
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cockhorse (n.)

child's name for a horse, also a toy horse or rocking horse, 1540s, a nursery word of uncertain signification.

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rhino (n.)

short for rhinoceros, 1884. As slang for "cash" (also rino) 1680s, but the signification is now unknown. Hence cant rhinocerial "rich."

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piece de resistance (n.)

"most important piece or feature," 1831, from French pièce de résistance, originally "the most substantial dish in a meal." Literally "piece of resistance;" there seems to be disagreement as to the exact signification.

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