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What words are similar in meaning to “monosyllabic” or “disyllabic”, but refer to the letters and not the sounds?

The words "monosyllabic" and "disyllabic" seem to describe words with one or two sounds. I'm looking for a similar word, but that instead describes a word constructed from only one or two letters ...
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What word is complimentary, but sounds like “chunky”?

For a discussion I'm having with a colleague, we're trying to think of complimentary words that sound ugly. Any that rhyme with chunky (or anything else for that matter).
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Old nautical word for the wooden pin you tie sail ropes to?

It serves as a kind of 'lynchpin', but another word for that. You can also take it out and use it as a bat, to bash Pirate's heads in. I think there are a bunch of them all around the bottom of the ...
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Is there a word for the instant after you are slapped and are deciding how to react?

Or just any kind of semi-unexpected personal injury. Maybe someone destroys the painting you spent months on. So after the inciting incident, there's a split second where you're trying to figure out ...
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Is there a term for someone performing worse at something because they are being watched?

Is there a term for a person performing worse at something because they are being watched? For example, a person makes more mistakes typing when someone is watching over their shoulder? Attempts to ...
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Is there a word that describes the separation of dollars and cents?

Take the following amount: $ 12.54 I am looking for a term that describes the separation of dollars and cents. Of course there is a term that describes the character that does the job which ...
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How to express a risk of breaking a target/objective

I am French, and I am looking for ideally a word or a short expression to express the situation where someone is about to do something that is going to put at danger/risk a goal/target. Let's say ...
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How to describe someone who “tells the truth” with no respect for others' feelings?

I have a friend who just keeps "telling the truth", e.g when he thinks the joke you've just told is stupid, he will say so right after you've finished telling it, paying no respect to people's ...
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A word to describe feeling less of an emotion

What is a verb and also a phrasal verb to describe to gradually feel less of an emotion (anger) over a period of time to the point of almost non-existent? For example: John was ridiculed by Dave ...
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Real word for “equippable”

Equippable, while not a really a word, seems to be accepted by the gaming community as a term for this can be equipped. Is there a more appropriate word which is real, singular and essentially means ...
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Can't read a word from a 187-year-old document [closed]

I have a land deed from the year 1824 for some land in the province of Upper Canada (back when that was a province). Some photos of the deed can be seen in this imgur album. I am attempting to read ...
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Is there a more generic word for US-centrism?

When an article (or any kind of document) is written specifically from the point of view of a citizen of the United States of America, I could complain about a US-centric bias. Are there other words ...
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Word for a time discrepancy in a story

What is the word for the mistake of placing an event or object in the wrong age or decade, such as a film star in a movie about Roman times wearing a robe made of nylon?
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Third alternative to “between” and “among?”

I want to express possibilities on a scale while providing 3 common examples. blue-----------------------orange---red If I say "Houses in this neighbourhood vary among blue, orange and red," this ...
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What is the word for a person who is not stupid or a fool, but deliberately trivializes things?

What is the word for a person who is not stupid or a fool, but always purposefully: makes fun of everything, passes silly comments about everything, responds to wise/deep questions with silly and ...
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Word for a person who's in possession of something, but doesn't necessarily own it

I'm looking for a single word or short phrase describing a person who is in possession of something, but isn't necessarily the owner, or the sole proprietor. This is somewhat specific to cars, as I'm ...
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What do we call a person who cannot read people?

A person who has a low emotional IQ and is bad at reading people and decoding their expressions and body language. I don't think I need to give any statement for it. Edit: They do not have any ...
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What do we call this type of discourse?

Someone, guilty of a wrongdoing, defends his position by reminding the accusing party that, at some point in time, s/he was guilty of the same wrongdoing too. This is instead of making an apology or a ...
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Word for “a deep study”

In the past few years I've started to do personal studies on different topics ranging all parts of life. They range in length from a week to a few months, on and off, but focus on understanding a ...
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Is there a word for lying on the bed peacefully, all your muscles relaxed?

Is there a word or an idiom for lying on the bed peacefully and happy? Throwing yourself down on bed arms wide open, all your muscles relaxed and staring at the ceiling with a happy smile like ...
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Is there a verb for “walking with joy”?

Two good friends see each other after many years. They are happy and have a lot to talk about. They are headed towards somewhere together, laughing. What is the most appropriate single word to ...
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Informal way of saying “on the contrary”?

Example: The casual encounters didn't work for me, though. On the contrary, each of them left me emptier than before, made me feel guiltier than before. The only option I can think of is no. ...
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What do you call snow that has collected between a car body and the tire?

Snowy areas commonly see snow collect between a car body and tire. There is some strange satisfaction in kicking that snow off of the car and I've been in many conversations about miscellaneous ...
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Is the phrase “consistently inconsistent” redundant and does it have a single word?

I stumbled on this phrase today, but have seen it in news articles and blogs, as well. Here's an example from this site: To put it mildly, the result of exercise was and remains consistently ...
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What is the verb form of “LLC”?

I want to say something similar to this: Founded in April of 2005, and incorporated in 2006, Example Company is now the leading news site. But my company is not incorporated, we are an LLC. How ...
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How can I say “You should save your work 'at short regular interval'?”

I want to say that "You should save your file frequently at regular interval" because this area has electricity problem. I want frequently at regular interval in a word.
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Word for someone who sleeps during the day

People are sometimes said to be a morning person or a night person. I also know that the term for something related to night is "nocturnal". Is there a specific word for a person who sleeps during ...
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What's a noun to describe the state of blinking?

To follow an existing pattern in my program, I need a noun to describe the state of (not) blinking or flashing. Default color Default brightness Default...? 'Solidity' almost works, ...
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What word describes the dislike of non-human (extraterrestrial) species?

In this Science fiction question, I use the world "Racist" to describe the human predominance of the Empire, in Star Wars. Someone suggested xenophobic : Well, this is getting a bit into ...
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What is an alternative term for “Swiss army knife”?

What is an alternative term for Swiss army knife? As in a general multi-purpose tool. It is a word that everybody understands, but I would like to know some alternatives. Clarification: The term ...
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Opposite of a deposit refund

I'm developing a database and coming up with the statuses for a given account with regard to their Glassware Deposit. ($$ paid upfront, but refundable at the end) I have Never Paid Paid Refunded ...
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Single word for “Private Realm”

I'm looking for a word that would carry the same connotation as "Private Realm." If you can think of a good word, you can skip the rest of this. Context: I'm working on some architectural ...
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A word/phrase for something massively complex

I am looking for a word to describe something that is so massively complex and poorly organized, that it collapses under it's own weight. Due to a tight word count, I would prefer to use one word, but ...
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What's this type of coffee maker called?

Here's my verdaccio rendering of it: It makes pretty good pseudo-espresso. The ground coffee goes into the container between the two cones. The steam rising from the boiling water in the bottom ...
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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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Verb meaning “to satisfy a definition in an unsatisfying way”

I'm sure I've heard a verb that means this, but it might be colloquial, and possibly quite specific to a certain group of people. The context is that person 'A' has tried to give a precise definition ...
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A word relating to sad emotional drunkenness

I tried googling the word but no success. I recall it was used in a pejorative manner, but it isn't slang, at least in this day and age. And maybe it even describes a pathetic or morbid rambling of a ...
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Word for a lighthouse enthusiast

I'm fairly certain I've heard/seen a word to describe someone who likes or studies lighthouses, similar to audiophile for someone who likes music. Does anyone know what it is?
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Natural tendency that adults have to take care of their small ones

I'm looking for a word or expression, either everyday or scientific, for the natural tendency that adults (people or animals) have to take care of their small ones.
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What is a word for a long period of hibernation before growth?

I am looking for a word or phrase that would describe something as existing but waiting for a catalyst. Or growing very slowly until a a large growth spurt. I'm thinking of the way that seeds can sit ...
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The word to know when you don’t know how to feel?

What is the word to use when you don’t know how to feel? Such as instead of saying: He didn't know how to feel You could say He felt ____.
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What adjective describes somebody who is quiet and obeys all the rules?

What adjective describes somebody who is quiet and obeys all the rules? For example, "Xiaoli is a very (adj.) student because she doesn't smoke or drink, gets good grades, and always does her ...
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What is the word whose definition is 'the background laugh on tv shows'?

Tv shows (especially comedy shows) have a background audience laughter and I remember there's a word whose synonym is the background laughter on tv shows. But, I'm not able to identify the word. Any ...
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Is there a single word for “not yet released because it is still being worked on”?

I am working on a quality assurance system where some procedures might be in a state where they haven't yet been released because they are currently being worked on. They may have also been a previous ...
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Word for hope-instilling? [closed]

What's a good word for hope instilling, as in "it is (hope instilling) to see that the first thing we teach our children is to say hello"..
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Word for the product of a challenge

What is a word (noun) that describes the object created or produced when a challenge is met? For example, I might challenge a group of people to create either a poem, a painting or a photograph ...
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A word for an object that contains two evolutionarily related objects

For example, what should I call the animal that came before ape and human (each version of some object)?
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Subsequent, Consequent… Presequent?

Imagine the following: A -> B B is consequent (and subsequent) to A, because A implies B. How might one describe A relative to B? "Presequent" gets a few search results... but perhaps there's ...
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What is the opposite of “green”? [closed]

What best completes this sentence? Joe, in opposition to environment-friendly sentiments, has decided to go ____.
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Is there a generic word in English that means “through time”?

I know "temporal" means "to do with time", but I'm looking specifically for a term that means "spanning time" or "over time". Not necessarily all time, as "eternal" would mean, nor do I want to ...