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Is there an adjective and/or noun that describes a person who is more sensitive to cold than average?

In French, we call people that are very sensitive to cold "frileux" (for a man) and "frileuse" (for a woman). This word can be used as an adjective or a noun. For example, if a group of people is ...
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What is an expresion for “getting older in appearance”?

"The children in school grew up so fast. They, like their parents, went about their professional career. In a flash they became gray and grizzled, and were getting tired of life." Is there a ...
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Hypernym for “driver” and “passenger”

Is there a single word that covers any person who "rides" in a vehicle? Driver would refer only to the person driving the vehicle. Passenger can be used for everyone but not the driver. How to ...
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number of (identical) items sold together

Say a shop sells eggs only in packs of 12 or paper clips only in packs of 100. How do you refer to that number in general? I thought sales unit or selling unit might be the right terms, but those ...
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Periodical change of quantities from zero to a specific value

I need to find a word which will describe the periodic change of a quantity from zero to a positive value. I explicitly need to differentiate this word or expression from the periodic change of the ...
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The rear compartment of a vehicle

Does anyone know if there is a word for the "rear compartment" of a vehicle? I'm talking about larger vehicles, trucks, jeeps, etc. In the particular case I'm dealing with, I'm translating a movie ...
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Word request: sorrow over one’s own ignorance [closed]

What is the word for sorrow over one’s own ignorance? It’s the feeling you get when confronted with the limits of your knowledge. Faced with a labyrinth of known unknowns, you raise your head up to ...
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Word/phrase for a character in a play/movie/story who is not a main character but interacts with at least one of them

In every fictional story, there are three types of characters: 1) The main characters 2) The people who interact with the main characters, but are not main characters themselves - for example, the ...
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Is there a word for it?

I would like to use a word or phrase to describe a situation where one has a goal in mind and access to all the resources(Connections, Money, Knowledge) but isn't working hard to achieve its goals. ...
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Antonym of anthropomorphic

Is there an antonym to anthropomorphic meaning "The attribution of characteristics and behavior of inanimate objects to that which is alive"? I found "zoomorphism," but it doesn't have quite the ...
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Is there a specific term used to describe the “Jr.” following a person's name?

Consider the name John J Doe Jr. If John is the first name, J is the middle initial, & Doe is the last name, what is Jr.? I checked with Webster years ago and they could not find a specific ...
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A synonym for “soft” with a negative connotation

I'm looking for a synonym for soft, as in the opposite of coarse or crass. The context is a young French woman in Nazi Germany who asks a shopkeeper for something to catch a mouse in her house. The ...
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What is an agent noun that refers to a thing that applies? [closed]

I am looking for a noun that represents a thing that applies. Some incorrect examples are "applier" and "applicator." Specifically, although it may be unimportant, this thing should be able to apply ...
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A word to describe “the presence of someone/something has little or no significance in a given situation”?

I am trying to use a single word/simple sentence to explain a situation where adding/not adding a part to a device won't make any difference to its functionality.
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What is the correct term for paper that has become wet and deformed as it dried out?

If a paper is submerged in water for some time then left to dry, most often the paper will be deformed. It won't be as flat as it was originally, but wavy (and not wrinkled). This is most apparent ...
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Offensive single-noun term for “indecisive person”

I'm looking for an offensive single-noun term for "indecisive person," preferably short and cutting. Something along the lines of "nitwit" for "foolish person"; but now instead of "foolish," try ...
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Word for when satire is no longer satire

Is there a word for when a satirical piece of work ceases to be satirical because the concept under scrutiny has now become widely accepted.
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What would you call a collection of different types of software and hardware components? [on hold]

I'm looking for a word or term that comprises all of these into a single entity.
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Adverbial form of “pixel”?

I know that the verbal and verbal-noun forms of pixel are pixelate and pixelation, respectively, but what is/are the adverbial form(s) of the term? I looked on the OED, ODO, Merriam-Webster Online, ...
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Find one word for “family togetherness” [closed]

I need to replace family togetherness with a single word. What one-word substitution would you think appropriate?
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Is there a word to describe the following emotion?

Heiii lovely people, could anyone perhaps tell me whether there is a word to describe such an emotion. An emotion when you feel sad or disappointed due another person's success because: A. you desire ...
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Is there an opposite of “gifted” as a verb?

Is there an opposite of "gifted" as a verb? For example when it's used such as "you are gifted with high intelligence". How would you say "you are (insert word) with poor reasoning skills".
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What is one word for “to take one's side”?

In the context of protecting someone. I saw my brother breaking the glass, but my mother was taking his side. The word I already searched for and decided to not go with is: supporting, siding, ...
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someone who tricks you to hate someone else

What is the term for a person who hurts himself but makes you think someone else did it so that you hate that other person?
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What is the word describing in a plot the protagonist realizes his previous actions all wrong

I remember reading this word in a commented version (Norton Critical Edition, to be exact) of "A Clockwork Orange". It is used to describe the last chapter, in which the protagonist, Alex, realizes ...
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I need a word that means to have great potential but won't go through with it?

Context: I'm a very good vocalist and I do want to be famous but not by pursuing myself as a musician because performing live at concerts is not my kind of thing. I fear that although being a local ...
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Word for a guest insulting the host

Very often in movies there are guests that insult their host or cause grief to their host on purpose or by just being clumsy for whatever reason, is there a word for such people? in either good or bad ...
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What is a word for “to take pleasure in someone else's success”?

For example, say I work with a group of people, and one completes a very successful project. If I feel happy that a teammate has had a success I then I am…..?
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A word for being formal?

Is there a word for being formal as how the noble kids of France did? I think pompous is one of them, but it is rather sarcastic.
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Is there a word for “still not”?

As in, "teachers have still not marked the grades". Meaning they have not until now, and still, marked the grades. I was thinking 'heretofore', but that doesn't take into account that they have still ...
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What do you call the people getting married in a wedding?

What do you call the people getting married at a wedding, i.e., the bride(s) and groom(s)? I was going to call them the "celebrants" but then I found out that "celebrant" is used for the preacher or ...
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Hypernym for time workers spend

I need a single or two word which will represent following words Absence, Holiday, Overtime, TimeInLieu
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Word for someone who acts like an expert but who has very little knowledge?

What is a word to describe an individual who acts like an expert in a subject area, constantly stating facts and correcting people, but who actually has very little knowledge on the subject?
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Describe someone who doesn't want anything better to happen to anyone else

I'm looking for a one (two might be ok) word description for a person who doesn't want anyone else to have a better life than himself. This is the type of person who will break your crayon on purpose ...
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Adjective meaning 'interesting, but not relevant'

I'm looking for a word to describe a podcast I was listening to. The podcast was interesting, but contents weren't relevant to my life or objectives, it was just an interesting story that you might ...
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What is a word that means “trouble with opposites”? (read for detail)

As in, the person has trouble telling right or left, up or down, positive or negative, west/east The word in my head is pronounced "---lysic".
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Is there a name for a 3D snow globe? [closed]

I tried to do my best to describe this I wanted to buy one. And when i tried to explain to the man what i wanted i looked like an idiot moving my hands back and forth to show him how it works. 3D ...
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Word to describe the process of continuing to communicate with an end user

I'm working on the branding of a company and we need to come up with a single word to describe the concept of continuing to publish content to an end user over a longer period of time. We've ...
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What is a single word that means “poor guy” (not moneyless)?

For example, what single word can I use as a replacement here? "He's been standing there and waiting all morning, poor guy." Edit: The synonym should be sympathetic, so no derogatory words
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A word that collocates with “electronic”

First of all, I am not a native English speaker and I'm completely new here, so please forgive me if I have posted the question in a wrong category or anything. I am trying to write my Statement of ...
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Phrase for being robbed/deprived of my money [closed]

Here is the situation: I provide services to a client through a company's platform. The company provides a software that keeps track of the amount of time I spend and automatically bills the client ...
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Aware of differences between people in groups

People might claim that a person is something-ist, like ageist. But is there a word to reflect that the person is actually not assuming one group is lesser to another but just aware of differences ...
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Whats it called when a shirt has a rectangle that buttons on the front

In a couple fictional universes I've seen this kind of design, where the shirt will have a piece of fabric on the front that buttons on both sides... and I was wondering if it has a name?
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Word for imputing one's motives to another by putting them in their mouth (King Lear)

I am looking for a word to replace "declares" in this paragraph analysing Edmund's betrayal of his brother in Shakespeare's King Lear: Edmund begins his quest for power by setting Edgar up as a ...
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What is the origin of “Best.Boyfriend.Ever”? [duplicate]

Best. Boyfriend. Ever. I think that was the first of the type, now it's a commonplace. Some deep thinker in the copywriting department at StackOverflow just did it, What can I say but :/ omg ...
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Word / phrase for a product/system that presents several unrelated functions

What's the word (or phrase) for a product/system that presents several (probably unrelated) functions? Swiss Army Knife is a good example of such products. I'm looking for something other than ...
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Single word verb for “to stay up late”

I am making a decorative chalkboard for my daughter's birthday. I plan to list the things she can do: Swim like a fish Jump like a frog Climb like a monkey Stay up late like an owl. I want a ...
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SWR for “just now”, “from my hand”, lost an object?

I've been trying to think of a good word for this for years. Of course, you can misplace or lose something along the lines of "I've lost my car keys". They could be anywhere in the house right? ...
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Alternative for “found something accidentally even when it was lying really close the whole time”

Let me give you an example of the situation where I would like to use this "word/phrase/idiom/expression". A friend of mine who had a laptop for 3 months now accidentally discovers that it is ...
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Antonym of Overlap?

I'm looking for a word which means "leaving space around", as an antonym of overlap. Specific example case: The server's service stops between 23:00 and 00:00 UTC, therefore to avoid generating ...