This tag is for questions seeking a single word that fits a meaning. See the "phrase requests" tag instead (or as well) if you seek a phrase that fits the meaning. To ensure your question is not closed as off-topic, please be specific about the intended use of the word.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (3)

4
votes
1answer
57 views

Best etymological calque of the word Schadenfreude

This question is purely theoretical (i.e. I don't foresee actually trying to use the word), but using arguments based on etymology, as well as euphony and (least importantly) comprehensibility, what ...
1
vote
0answers
51 views

Inoffensive exclamatory word to express surprise [closed]

Is there an inoffensive (possibly slang) term that can be used to express surprise in the "WTF" sense? For example, this term would be appropriate upon seeing that the stock market has fallen several ...
-2
votes
2answers
48 views

Is there a word that describes this feeling? [closed]

The rising star shows no remorse for the figment of existence to which man shows no resolve. There is no depression, for there is no sadness. There is no boredom, for there is no annoyance. The world ...
-1
votes
0answers
35 views

A word that describes feelings of deepened affection/passion? [closed]

Can you guys think of a 2-3 syllable word that is both elegant and describes a feeling of fondness, affection, or passion? In fact, as many words as possible would be great! The word will be used to ...
1
vote
1answer
41 views

Good term for petit bourgeois / Boeotian / Biedermeier lifestyle

Suppose you want to enjoy a lifestyle "of the medium": You live with your partner in your house, you have got two kids, a dog, a cat, in a suburban area, have a got a middle-class job with good (but ...
1
vote
4answers
73 views

Another word for “consume” that's clearly about incorporeal things?

I'm looking for a single verb with similar meaning to gaining, consuming or gathering, but only in a context of information, knowledge or ideas. So the word itself should make clear that I'm talking ...
0
votes
5answers
97 views

Formal word for “gotten made”

Is there a formal term for "gotten made" or "gotten synthesized"? To be more clear lets assume that I have a design for a special chair; I ask the carpenter to fix it for me because I don't have the ...
6
votes
4answers
3k views

What is a 'first enemy' called?

We have "best friends" and "close friends", because you give first importance to them. Like that, what should I call an enemy who is first enemy? I.e. you want to hurt him most then the rest of your ...
2
votes
5answers
114 views

What’s a word for someone who dislikes language change?

A couple of weeks ago I came across a word meaning someone who dislikes language change. Despite my joy at learning that English has a word for this, I can’t for the life of me remember what the word ...
0
votes
2answers
61 views

Word or phrase for when you're hungry but nothing sounds good to eat

So I'd guess almost everyone knows this feeling: you're hungry but nothing sounds good to eat. I don't think there is a commonly known word or phrase, but anyone know of a word or phrase that has ...
1
vote
3answers
70 views

Is there a better word for the place that is “indoors” in the context of a large site or property?

I am looking for a word that would contrast with "grounds" when referring to various parts of a site or property. Essentially, the "inside" part of a building or structure. I don't really like ...
2
votes
14answers
2k views

Word for not caring at all about anything

I've looked at this question but it doesn't quite match the term I'm seeking. I once heard a speaker use a term to describe the syndrome accompanied with drug dependencies. He said the word and then ...
0
votes
1answer
105 views

Unable to enjoy the moment because I know it's going to end

Is there a word for the feeling when you are unable to enjoy a moment because you are aware that it will end soon? I am preferably looking for an adjective. Scenario - my buddy has a huge crush on a ...
7
votes
1answer
493 views

Is there a word for the decoration on top of a building?

Is there a word that means "the thingy on top of the building"? Like the crescent on a mosque or the cross on a church or the weather-vane on a barn?
9
votes
15answers
537 views

If “clearly evident” is redundant, what word or phrase suggests being indisputable but not readily apparent?

A recent question asks whether the modifier "clearly" changes the meaning of "evident". I would have said, prior to examining a few dictionaries, that evident did not necessarily mean readily ...
3
votes
6answers
185 views

What are “good men that do nothing” called?

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -Edmund Burke Is there an idiom, phrase or preferably a single word that we can call people that could have helped ...
1
vote
2answers
124 views

What do you call it when you can't smell something?

The man who cannot see is blind. The man who cannot hear is deaf. The man who cannot talk is mute. What is the man who cannot smell?
22
votes
3answers
5k views

What is the “‑cide” word for killing one’s husband?

We have uxoricide for killing one’s wife, but what is the equivalent term for killing one’s husband? Similarly, what is the husband-specific equivalent for the adjective uxorial?
5
votes
6answers
378 views

Word that describes a word which isn't normally used in an everyday conversation

I remember there was a word which describes a word which isn't normally used in an everyday conversation. Ironically, that word isn't normally used in an everyday conversation. It's an adjective. In ...
0
votes
1answer
119 views

How to reply to someone's welcome [closed]

What should we say in reply to a person who welcomes us to a particular place, for example one says: You are welcome to ABC company. or I welcome you to our home. or Welcome Mr. Abc ...
0
votes
3answers
85 views

Word for books of sarcastic type

Is there a a specific word for a book with a sarcastic theme? I am thinking of writing a book on the world of magic of witches and warlocks but in reality it is making fun of their beliefs. For ...
-1
votes
1answer
146 views

Correcting the usage of singular “they” and “their”

NB This is not a question on how to use the said terms. This is not a question on what the said term mean. It might just seems like so. Starting with the following sentences. It's insulting that ...
0
votes
2answers
64 views

Word for “work completed on behalf of”

I hope you can help. I am updating my CV/résumé and I am using one word for each section. I must admit I am stumped in one area. I need a single word to convey the following description: "Work ...
9
votes
14answers
2k views

A single word for the state of extreme inner melancholy and wistfulness

I am looking for a word that refers to the state of extreme, deep melancholy mixed with pain, anxiety, and wistfulness; the state in which one feels that their hearts are going to burst with sadness.
-2
votes
3answers
59 views

Word for discrimination based on (partly) consisting of mechanical parts [closed]

There are a lot of words for various types of discrimination. What is the word for discrimination based on (partly) consisting of mechanical parts? EDIT: Comments ask for clarification so: I mean ...
-1
votes
1answer
43 views

Is it correct to use the word “devastated” to refer to the pain we feel towards other people? [closed]

I think the word devastated is mainly used when something bad happens to oneself (maybe I'm wrong?) Say, can I use it in the following way? I felt devastated after watching the survivors of ...
0
votes
2answers
74 views

What's the opposite of “speaking clearly”?

When somebody talks in a way where they swallow parts of a word, talk very fast or talk in a way that is difficult for most listeners to comprehend, what do you call the way this person speaks? I'm ...
1
vote
3answers
73 views

What's a word that means to 'intentionally withholding information'?

I was reading an online editorial a week or so ago in which its author employed an awesome word, the meaning of which was "to intentionally and deliberately withhold information [essential to the ...
5
votes
6answers
230 views

A word for “remorse” but without guilt

What is the word for the feeling of "remorse," but without guilt? Such as, sadness for a poor outcome, but with the realization that the actions taken were necessary or the best with the given amount ...
3
votes
6answers
206 views

What are entries of the same year called

I want to know a word for a group of students who enroll in a university at the same department at the same time. I tried looking it up in google but didn't get any real results.
0
votes
5answers
112 views

Single word for “less mass per unit volume” (the complement of “dense”)

I've been looking for the antonym of dense. I'm looking for an exact opposite: a single word the means, precisely, "having less mass per unit volume than another object". That is, I'm seeking a ...
0
votes
0answers
47 views

Inheritting the characteristics of a role in a play/movie

I'm looking for a term for a person who enacts a role in a play/movie by forgetting himself, or "leaving himself and acquiring the role's characteristics." Sometimes it implies "Moving his soul to ...
7
votes
6answers
1k views

Word meaning “kicking softly” or “brushing with the feet”?

Example: I walked to the wall window, [...] the sawdust on the floor. I could write brushing the sawdust with my feet but I want a shorter alternative, say a single word. Any suggestions?
18
votes
15answers
3k views

“Canary in coal mine” in a word

Is there a single word to describe the canary in the phrase "Canary in a coalmine"? The best I can come up with is sentinel, but I'm nearly positive there's a more precise option. Edit: To clarify ...
12
votes
4answers
1k views

Word that corresponds to “flew” or “drove” when riding a train

My daughter recently journeyed several hundred miles by rail. Had she taken a bus, I could say: "She was bussed from San Francisco to Houston" Had she flown in an airplane, I could say: ...
1
vote
4answers
88 views

Struggling to find a word for a respectful, silent response

I'm having a senior moment. The word I'm looking for is a third grade vocabulary word; it's not in any way obscure. "After she told her story, the others reacted with a respectful, something moment ...
13
votes
10answers
1k views

Term for when consecutive events are “broken”

This is the use case: "...5 doughnuts to be awarded each consecutive day you visit the shop until the ???? is broken." I'm thinking it's going to be along the lines of consecusion or ...
0
votes
2answers
69 views

One word for “insulting someone by mimicking them”?

Suppose John has a foreign accent and Mark does not. The two get into an argument with each other. At some point, Mark has no good reply, so he simply mimics John in his accent to insult him. Is ...
0
votes
3answers
58 views

Is there a term for “capable of transferring”? [closed]

I am a software developer and am having trouble with naming an entity. In my project, by convention, we give our code objects capabilities by extending them with a module named with an "-able" suffix. ...
2
votes
4answers
43 views

How to qualify a critic's comments which lead to improvements?

I would like to include a sentence in a response to a critical reader thanking him for his "fertile" comments, in the sense that they lead to improvements of the text he read. "Fertile" in a ...
7
votes
5answers
1k views

Is there a word for the urge to do something creative?

Is there a succinct word for the 'itch' to do something creative? For example having a niggle in your brain where only doing something creative can make it go away? Thanks in advance :)
5
votes
4answers
388 views

Word that refers to the “quantity/amount” of floor?

For example you would say: Miles and miles of road Tons and tons of food How about when referring to the floor inside a house (given that the house is relatively big)? Example: [...] ...
0
votes
0answers
43 views

Equivalent word for “womaniser”? [duplicate]

The word "womaniser" typically refers to a man who charms a lot of women - what would be an equivalent word for a female who charms a lot of men?
-1
votes
2answers
48 views

A word to define somebody that uses different objects not for their original use

I'm looking for a word that is used to describe somebody that can build or fix things with objects that aren't used for that specific task. Synonyms for this would be resourceful and ingenious.
0
votes
3answers
70 views

How to call someone that acts only by instinct without being rude?

I know there's the phrase "You are an animal", but depending on the context, cultural background, etc. the recipient of the saying may not end very happy. Is there another way to describe someone that ...
0
votes
2answers
54 views

Word that means desired attributes

Something like deserdia but google turns up nothing, means list of desired characteristics.
3
votes
5answers
115 views

Name for second mail accounts used only for unimportant websites to avoid being spammed

As the title suggests, what is the name or the best way of referring to the second mail accounts many users on the internet open only for unimportant websites in order to avoid being spammed. ...
3
votes
3answers
525 views

What's the job title for temporary position when the real one is not in the office?

Mr.A is the CEO of the company. Mr. B will be in charge when Mr. A is away for vacation, business trip, or etc. Is there a word or prefix to call Mr. B, for example, temporary CEO, acting CEO?
3
votes
3answers
86 views

Name of each item when comparing two things

I am thinking specifically of comparing two files using diff in linux or git (for those of you familiar with it), but this relates, I think, to any comparison. I have two files. File 1 and File 2. ...
5
votes
3answers
647 views

Name for the stick running through the small and narrow leaf of a big coconut leaf

Is there any specific term in English for the stick running through the small and narrow leaf of a big coconut leaf? In coconut tree, there is a stick(resembling a spinal cord) running through ...