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py-urbandict is a client for

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Just run:

sudo install


To use it from command line, just use ‘urbancli’ tool like that:

$ urbandicli xterm
1. xterm
  Godly creature, omnipotent, guru in every way imaginable.
  * I wish i was an xterm


Usage from Python:

$ python3.2
Python 3.2 (r32:88445, Feb 27 2011, 09:51:00) 
[GCC 4.2.1 20070719  [FreeBSD]] on freebsd8
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> import urbandict
>>> urbandict.define('xterm')
[{'word': 'xterm', 'example': 'I wish i was an xterm', 'def': 'Godly creature, omnipotent, guru in every way imaginable.'}]

It returns list of defitinitions for a term. Each list item is a dict with the following keys:

  • word — the word itself
  • def — definition of the term
  • example — example of its usage (could be empty)