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Dream Dictionary

Online Dream Dictionary & Encyclopedia

by Tony Crisp

The latest edition of the Dream Dictionary, the result of some fifty years experience of working with dreams and their interpretation. The Dream Dictionary which encompassing articles on a vast range of topics. This gives the reader an unparalleled insight into the study of dreams and the inner life. But there are an enormous amount of Features that cover a range of topics about dreams and the inner life.

The aim of the Dream Dictionary is to help you make connections between your dreams and your everyday life; to discover more fully the powerful emotions and reactions that unconsciously direct your decisions and responses in waking. This is not an attempt to give you merely ideas to play with, to agree or disagree with, like fortune telling. It can lead to real insights which empower you to make more of yourself, and find your way through the many decisions with which life confronts you.

Learn how to Interpret Your Dream

I know how much you might like to skip the Introduction to Dream Dictionary, and if you are tempted to do so, I wholeheartedly ask you to read Summing Up. Without understanding the things given there you are likely to completely miss the point of understanding your dreams.

You can start using the Dream Dictionary by entering a dream image into the Search box below and clicking the search symbol – or you can read some fuller information below about the dictionary and how best to use it.

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Your dreams can become vortexes of power to transform your life, and to enhance your perceptions. There is no ‘wave a magic wand’ route to this. It will not happen because you read a great book, or look at a good dream dictionary. Those things might help, but the real magic lies in whether you can enter into your dream in the right way. (Try using Meaning of Your Dream).

What does my dream mean? – How to explore your dream meanings

It is important in reading the definitions of dream images to realise that not every possible meaning can be covered. So please see if you get the idea of what is being said and allow your own imagination/feelings to fill in the meaning.

There are several ways you can understand the meanings held in your dreams, and there are several levels. The first is an easily understood level, followed by greater depths:

  1. You can enter a key word in the search box above. The Dream Dictionary contains interpretations on almost any type of dream subject. So if you dreamt of a flying saucer landing in a field, and aliens getting out and taking a baby, a snake, and a pregnant dog back into the saucer, you could search separately for each of these subjects in the Dream Dictionary. Find the entry for flying saucer; then the entry for dog, baby, snake,  pregnant, and so on. For each entry, find further related entries by looking under ‘Similar Articles’ on the right hand side of the page. Then see Techniques for Exploring your Dreams.
  2. Each entry gives the general meaning of the dream subject, just as an encyclopedia or dictionary does for a word. Several possible meanings are given. This is because as with our speech the position of the word – the context – gives it special meanings. So a hot dog would be quite different to a black dog, dog-end or dead dog. Therefore, when you read an entry which has several different meanings, sometimes with a ‘;’ between, it simply means any one of them could apply, which means you need to think about the feelings in your dream, the context, the other imagery used. Please do not fall into the trap that one reviewer made of saying that the whole dictionary is about sex. Of course sex is one meaning among many others. So use your own sense of your dream as well as any definitions given.
  3. To really explore the meaning it is useful to use the Dream Dictionary as it is designed, rather than arrive at a ‘thought out’ interpretation. To see a working example of this see Dream Interpretation Example One.


Useful Links

Introduction to Using the Dream Dictionary

Using The Dictionary

The Discovery of Dreams – Things We Need to Remember About Us

Gaining Insight Into Your Dreams

Acknowledgement to this Edition

The Next Step – Criticisms

A Master Course in Exploring Your Dreams (‘Your Guru the Dream’)

Features Found on Site: this is a full list of the topics covered by the Dream Encyclopedia (not a list of dream dictionary words). The site has enormous resources – you can search for so many things, from abortion, the house in your dream to sex and death – simply by putting the search words in the Search box.


Personal Dream Interpretation

I also offer a personal dream interpretation service. You can access this by putting a full explanation of your dream in the Forum Section – Forum.

Note: comments that have any adverts or links to other sites will be deleted.

It is important to give a full account of your dream - see Give Us Enough Information.

If you find it difficult to express well in English, write your dream out in the language you are fluent in and put the result into Google Translate. Translate it into English and send the result. You can then translate any response back into your own language.

Please note, I am mainly alone in working on your dreams, and it takes time so I cannot always keep up with the number of requests posted by readers. I am also in the process of revising the Dictionary – a long business – so please look at the dozens of replies in the pages of The Forum, hopefully you will find something helpful.

In the meantime, here is a way to work out your own dream – Getting at Your Dream’s Meaning.

Please note: this a not-for-profit site and it offers real dream interpretations, not dream dictionary features that are not real interpretations. We ask no payment for these interpretations, but it would be a great help if you Liked our Facebook page and and other links, if you would like to support what we do.


A Note About the Author: Tony Crisp

I have been interested in the health of mind and body since my early teens. I began writing about these subjects in 1956. My fascination for what lay under the surface of the mind led me personally to explore the unconscious using dreams and other mental and physical disciplines. From 1972 – 94 I worked as a psychotherapist using an eclectic, Humanistic Psychology approach which included dream work and releasing the secrets the body holds. My books include Do You Dream; Mind and MovementThe Instant Dream Book; Life’s Little Secrets and Liberating The Body and many more. See My Books.

During those years I worked as a dream columnist for The Daily Mail and She Magazine. I was the regular dream interpreter for the London Broadcasting Company; I ran Teletext’s dream page on UK television’s Channel Four; and also for New Zealand Teletext, and now I run this website giving dream help as well as many features on subjects connected with the human inner world.

Throughout more than five decades I have been involved in a personal search for the secrets of mind and spirit. In those years I have also taught thousands of people techniques of deep relaxation, meditation, and methods of self exploration using dreams. Wanting to dig deep I explored the use of dreams and taught individuals and groups of people how to use these visions of the night to discover and heal the deepest issues in themselves, and to touch the high ground of their spiritual awareness. I worked for twenty years as a psychotherapist using several approaches, one of which was a way of honouring the body as a doorway to the unconscious mind, the emotions and spiritual experience. See The LifeStream.

During the sixty years of seeking the wild wondrous beasts of the mind and spirit I dared my own inner adventure. But I also travelled with other people as an ordinary person, not a therapist, sharing their experience of fear and wonder as they unveiled and set loose their fountain of perception. I have travelled countless dream pathways, traversed the timeless with those using awareness enhancing drugs, and wrestled with the vitality of the body as people mimed and shouted their deepest intuitions through movement, dance and voice.








-pinaly 2017-12-28 17:23:08

I saw that my whole family is shifting to Usa suddenly. And i am not at all happy just crying and crying. Please make me help interpret this dream.


-Jane 2018-01-03 17:09:56

I have had 2 dreams now where I am pregnant and there are 3 possibilities for the dad! 3. And usually its a pair of brothers(different each time) and another person(cant remember exactly who, once it was my ex bf I think). Weird right? Why would I have this dream? I am married and had a baby over a year ago.


    -Tony Crisp 2018-01-05 14:13:27

    Hi – It would help you to understand your dreams, if you would read –


    Dear Jane – You are so mixed up, thinking you are nothing but a physical body which means having physical sperm to form a new being. I am not sure even if I explained you would believe that you are also formed of something other than physical cells.

    Most people feel certain their body is them, and are certain that their body is who they are. But dreams have a very different view of the body. They show again and again if anyone takes the time to record their dreams over a period of time that we all have a body, a soul and a spirit. The body is in constant change and will age and die. Dreams see it as like a car that we can use to get some necessary life experiences, but the driver can leave the car and the car does not define the driver. The soul consists of all the personal thoughts, decisions, likes, dislikes and memories of the person – of this lifetime. It can be quite limited in its perceptions because we are only aware of only 1% of visible light and 1% of the range of sound – so we are really blind and deaf, and yet we are so sure we know the world and what it means. See

    If you read the above you may realise that you have many levels that can manifest through the body. A level that science is still wrestling with is consciousness – mind – sentience which is something you have. It enables you to experience everything, without it you would be really dead; but you ignore this wonder and see only things outside you.

    But your dream describes something else, the birth of a child that has no physical life, but is a dream baby. It is formed from three or more influences in your life, for when you think about a lover, a friend or a person you know, you are only taking in your thoughts, impressions and feelings about them. So many people do not realise that they have an inner person equally as powerful as the external person you know. You have taken in millions of bits of memory, lessons learnt, life experiences along with all the feelings or problems met by meeting or living with them, and they change you and make you the person you are. The memories and experience we gather unconsciously change us and are not lost. It is part of you and is symbolised in dreams as a person or event. Such an inner person can appear in dreams because you still carry the memories or impressions of them, and so they influenced what you hold within you.

    So those past influences are together forming a new part of you. Your dream baby is very special to you. Like any baby, it is something new and vulnerable that has come to life – come to your life. The important question is what is it that is new and growing in your love, in your work, or in yourself? Such a baby is a new part of yourself that you have formed out of your life experiences and so is enlarging you. Take care of it and see what it adds to your life.


-Frank Kovacs 2018-01-08 15:28:42

Hi, Many years ago I bought your book but the binding came apart. Then with the app reveloution I bought the app. Both brilliant but the latter I can no longer find on the app store and I have written here several times to ask if there is one or whether a replacement is being developed our whether I can get permission to develop one.

Many thanks for providing such a great resource.


-Alicia King 2018-01-15 3:06:53

I had a dream my husband was at work. He got electrocuted by a power line…which he does have a career in. In the dream I was so traumatized, scared, yelling. I was in a hotel room with mymomwhen I got the news. (Not sure what we were doing), but i get a knock at the door. A man comes in n tells me about my husband. I rush to a room by a “ICU” sign and he was in a hospital bed sleeping.


-Donny 2018-01-23 19:40:20

Hi Tony

Your dream interpretations are a fascinating read. Enjoy your website a great deal. Could you explain the following dream I had?

It initially involved me being amongst passengers on an aeroplane, then all of us were in a theatre (on land), However we were all still seated in the same pattern, configuration as on the aeroplane, but this time in the theatre.

I thought this is strange. It was more strange that random passengers had just disappeared, their belongings remaining strewn in the seat where they sat. They just vanished.

So I got up and walked out the theatre, but ended up in an old style antique looking home, dark wooden floors, old painting on walls, house hadn’t been dusted in a long time, it was old with a rectangular winding staircase. I peered over the bannister and realised I was many, many, many floors up disappearing into darkness. It was quite spooky.

The “passengers” that I was with began to walk away in all directions, mainly going downstairs. I stayed where I was, quite intrigued. Just sat on the floor.

Now I had a tray of food and drink before me, I picked it up and rested it precariously on the bannister. But then accidentally knocked it and it went over through the gap in the middle of the winding stairs and fell and fell and fell. It eventually made a feint crashing sound. I looked over the banniester and saw something looking back at me from the floor below. Was a demon in human form, not very happy. I wasn’t scared, but then a bigger demon confronted me, floated up between the bannister. Another demon was beside me, and by this point I said out loud “give me the best that you’ve got”. The floating demon then kept changing form, still a demon, but sometimes monsterous, other times covered, etc. I just kept looking, not scared. The demon next to me was female, long black hair, black eyes, very pale. She grabbed my left hand tightly, the floating demon grabbed my right hand tightly. They both started pulling me to go with them.

I knew I was dreaming, I was lucid dreaming when I was confronted by the floating demon. So I wasn’t scared, just angry and wanted to show I was stronger than it.

As they both pulled me and I said “oh really? You want to see something? Watch this”. My intention was to throw the demon on my right (the floating demon) aggressively through the wall with great force! My hand instead slipped out of its grip, and I woke up.

I had the strong sensation of having being gripped on both hands when I woke up. The feeling of someone tightly squeezing my hands. My right foot also felt as though it was held.

In a way I was annoyed I woke up. I knew I was in full control of my dream. I had the intention to deal with the demons quickly and make my way over to a party. But I wanted to hurt them and show them who was boss.

I could hazard a guess at what this means, but I can’t realise a positive reason for it.

Thanks for your time Tony


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