Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A romantic infatuation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A crushing blow.
  • n. A heavy fall of rain or snow.
  • n. The head.
  • v. To throw (or be thrown) and break.
  • v. To snog, to make out, to kiss.
  • n. A passionate kiss.
  • n. A romantic infatuation; a crush.
  • n. The object of a romantic infatuation; a crush.
  • n. Any obsession or passion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To strike; to crush; to smash; to dash in pieces.
  • n. The head; the poll.
  • n. A crushing blow.
  • n. A heavy fall of rain or snow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To strike violently; dash; smash.
  • n. A violent smashing blow.
  • n. The head; the face; the brains.

Etymologies

Short for passion.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Scots word for the pate, or head. (Wiktionary)
Contraction of passion. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • A man that hath an vneuitable huge stone hanging only by a haire ouer his head, which he lookes euerie Pater noster while to fall and pash him in peeces, will not he be submissiuely sorrowfull for his transgressions, refraine himselfe from the least thought of folly, and purifie his spirit with contrition and penitence?

    - Thomas Nashe, The Unfortunate Traveller, 1594

    April 14, 2010

  • snowed - after a fashion

    December 2, 2008