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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (3)

2
votes
5answers
344 views

English word for when avoiding being seen by people?

When I want to go outside, there are times I wish to avoid running into certain people such as friends or colleagues in order to have some private moments. In such cases, I frequently find myself ...
0
votes
1answer
19 views

A word for alertness for the future course of events

Being alert, though not necessarily, usually indicates, perhaps subconsciously taken as, alertness to present. Say I am playing a game and being alert to what might go wrong in the coming moves. Is ...
-2
votes
0answers
18 views

A word for a person with paraphilia

I could easily say a "pervert" or a "perverted person", but do we have a more accurate word for this?
0
votes
3answers
51 views

What word would you use to describe a situation where words are not necessary?

Example: "Their love was so strong that it was unspoken. Words were (replace) 'not necessary' for them to display their affection towards one another.
0
votes
2answers
63 views

Is there an English word for a fear of salt?

While terms like arachnophobia and agoraphobia are well-known, after a quick internet search I wasn't able to find a term for a fear of salt. Does one exist, and if so what is it? P.S. If this isn't ...
1
vote
2answers
43 views

Correct word for area inside and outside a property?

My native language is Swedish. And I work as a webdeveloper. And at the moment I am working on a real estate website written in English. A word that describes the area inside a property. For this I ...
1
vote
3answers
40 views

Word to describe the state of “nothing bad happening”

Essentially I'm looking for the opposite of foreboding. Specifically to describe the state of nothing bad happening (no worries) – everything being reasonably good (feeling generally good), ...
2
votes
4answers
78 views

A word similar to “self-promoting”

Is there a word (other than asshole) to describe someone who always says things in a way that makes other people look incompetent in order to make themselves look better? A different word to describe ...
12
votes
10answers
648 views

Is there a term or word for solving a problem that oneself created?

I am looking for a word or term for the concept of solving a problem that oneself created. An example would be a solution to smog: if there wasn't so much emission and pollution, there would be no ...
0
votes
1answer
39 views

what adjective ending in -y best describes someone who thinks they're the centre of the universe?

I'm writing an article about the seven writing trolls. All of them end in -y, e.g. Cocky, but I"m struggling with one, ie the writer who is unwilling/unable to empathise with the reader and focuses ...
3
votes
8answers
874 views

“My feelings about you never…” — what verb can I use?

I am trying to say I always have feelings about you in a different way: My feelings for you never __ My first thought was reduced, but it seems that reduce is for size. (I remember hearing ...
3
votes
4answers
648 views

Word to describe a person who expresses his or her feelings frequently?

I'm looking for a word to describe a person (it can be a term of animal behavior) who expresses his or her feelings frequently, particularly through facial expressions.
2
votes
5answers
168 views

Do my prejudices get “fulfilled”?

When reality agrees with my prejudices, they get __. What's the right word? For example: "I had long been prejudiced against city-dwellers as wayward and spendthrift; and when I saw the lust and ...
6
votes
6answers
7k views

What is a single word meaning “authoritative source of knowledge”?

I'm looking for a word that means authoritative source of knowledge. The word would preferably be a noun and could refer to a group of people or a collection of knowledge. Additionally it'd be ...
1
vote
7answers
64 views

Is there a word for this act?

Let me give you an example where I want this "mystery" word to fit. There are two person "A" and person "B". A had installed an air conditioner in his house long ago and has called in the customer ...
2
votes
4answers
75 views

Are there any other words to describe “willing to do anything for love”?

I'm given a project to do some character analysis of Ward Beach, an American fossil hunter from a short story by Anthony Doerr called Mkondo, and I'm pretty much stuck. It was something like this : ...
29
votes
22answers
5k views

Is there a single word for when something becomes neglected or forgotten (e.g. a plant dies because the gardener forgets to water it)?

What single word can we use to describe something that has “died through neglect”? For example, a plant that has died due to the gardener forgetting to water it. Note: I’m specifically hoping to ...
1
vote
1answer
36 views

Non-social connotation of “marginalize”

Can the word "marginalize" be used to mean "to put something on the margin" as opposed to the usual meaning of "to exclude someone from a social group"? I'm trying to think of a verb or adjective to ...
1
vote
2answers
52 views

a noun for “people who are fatigued/to tired to walk”

In the context of a story about victims of Nazi persecution during World War II, the victims are described as "the elderly and those suffering from exhaustion". EDIT - I will elaborate a bit on the ...
0
votes
2answers
33 views

What is the best phrase or word thad descibes that bidding has started?

My native language is Swedish. And I work as a webdeveloper. And at the moment I am working on a real estate website written in English. So I would like to know, what is the best word or phrase that ...
1
vote
3answers
51 views

Term for removing/replacing line-breaks

I'm looking for a good term for removing line-breaks from a piece of text and replacing them with a special line-break marker. (Like how, when quoting poetry, we use "/" to represent a break; though ...
2
votes
2answers
37 views

What is the word for a new built property?

My native language is Swedish. And I work as a webdeveloper. And at the moment I am working on a real estate website written in English. So I would like to know, what is the best word to use ...
3
votes
3answers
89 views

Word to describe a person who doesn't come here for the first time (or negative of first-timer)?

Suppose I am handing invitations to an event that occurs with a certain regularity. A person that is attending for the first-time can be called a "first-timer". What's the negative of that expression? ...
6
votes
7answers
30k views

What is a good word for “best example”?

What is a good word for “best example”? I would like to describe a film as the greatest example of its features.
22
votes
13answers
5k views

What is the correct word for “dependee”?

What is the correct word for "dependee"? In other words, what is the word for something that is depended upon? The relationship here is in the context of software engineering
26
votes
18answers
7k views

A verb that means “to prove someone is guilty of a crime”

Preface: I don't think there is a single-word (verb) that expresses the concept I am asking for, in which case I'd settle for the least ambiguous and most common phrase or idiom that describes the ...
16
votes
11answers
3k views

What word means people who blindly follow the routine? [closed]

What’s the word for people who act mindlessly, accepting and following the routine they have been told to follow by either society or government or something?
1
vote
2answers
101 views

What is a word that describes when someone requires a certain quality of another person in order for them to be a possible dating option?

This has been bugging me for the past 30 minutes. It's basically some sort of specific criteria you hold in order to even consider dating someone, like "My girlfriend has to like Star Wars," or "My ...
6
votes
12answers
2k views

Is there a word for “unnecessarily large”?

I would like to say: The utility produces unnecessarily large amounts of data, therefore most of it is discarded immediately. The word should also, if possible, express the position that not ...
2
votes
1answer
438 views

What is the noun to use when describing the characteristic of another word being plural (or not)?

In editing a document, I changed a word from a singular form to a plural one, and I want to leave a comment explaining what I did. The comment I wanted to write went something like this: "changed the ...
0
votes
2answers
60 views

Is there one word for people who always keep others above themselves?

For people who go an extra mile to make others comfortable, be it friends, family, etc. I need an adjective or a noun, most probably one word, that can describe people who always keep others above or ...
5
votes
6answers
17k views

What's the more appropriate word for busy-ness?

I am looking for a word that captures the severity or extent to which someone is busy. This is the word to be used for showing a measure for the extent to which a person or team is occupied with stuff ...
4
votes
10answers
2k views

What's a word for saying 'entering a room suddenly and fast'?

I'm looking for a word that means 'enter a room fast and suddenly'. Using a dictionary I got the word 'to plunge' - however I'm not sure if that's correct. When looking up 'to plunge' ...
-1
votes
1answer
45 views

Adjective for something that allows you to be productive

I'm trying to describe a programming language. It's a language that's been designed by its creators to allow us, as the developers (users of the language) to be productive. I have a feeling the ...
1
vote
1answer
78 views

What is a word that describes a perfectionist that only judges their own work?

That person doesn't need to do everything perfect but only specifically focused on the things they're talented in. Also that person doesn't care what others think of their standard or judge another ...
0
votes
3answers
46 views

Antonym of “Portable” in the context of a computer programme?

First, some background information... In terminology regarding computer programmes, the term portable typically means being operational without having to install. In more advanced speak, it's where a ...
4
votes
2answers
591 views

What would you call the husband of a widow? [duplicate]

I'm confused as I've been googling a bit and have seen "dead husband", "former husband", ... and even "ex-husband"... So what would you use for ______ in polite conversation: The ______ of the ...
4
votes
5answers
83 views

Soft or more euphemistic way of saying “suffer”

One word I can think of is "bear". Any other words for it? I hate the idea of repeating the same word again and again. I want to use it for trivial things which make your life inconvenient but not ...
3
votes
4answers
4k views

What's a word for the opposite of Accountability?

I'm trying to say something to the effect of: "While practitioners before the war were in an environment of ____, practitioners after the war were in an environment of accountability." Meaning the ...
1
vote
2answers
94 views

More fitting alternative for 'air-raid'

I wonder what one would call an alarm that is set off when the impact of a (nuclear) missile is imminent. Air-raid doesn't really fit, for the bombardement is not carried out by planes but rather by ...
5
votes
7answers
7k views

Something simple and yet complex…

Is there a phrase or word for a problem that appears simple but is in fact full of complexities? A few situations come to mind: Painting a room Breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend Eating a ...
0
votes
5answers
67 views

word for “good person who does st bad for the good of the people”

Would there be a specific word or phrase that basically means a good person that does something bad for the good of the people? I don't really know if that makes sense to anyone but me, but I would ...
7
votes
11answers
3k views

The property of something to return to its original state when not being acted upon

Consider a pot of soup. Its contents are static. Once you start stirring it the state of the contents changes rapidly. Once you stop stirring the state of the pot returns to something approximating ...
0
votes
5answers
148 views

word for trading for an item you do not want

I am writing a poster listing on one column items I have to offer, on the middle column items I want, and on a third rightmost column items I know my friends want. The header of the first column is ...
3
votes
3answers
40 views

Bad things combining to make something good

I'm looking for a single word (or two words) that means something along the lines, "Two bad things coming together to make something good." When I say things it could mean events or objects or people ...
2
votes
5answers
70 views

Word for something that's worth remarking about

I'm solving a problem that people face every day: Developers spend a noticeable amount of time writing this type of code. Stating it's a "significant" problem seems too strong / an ...
21
votes
15answers
5k views

What is the term for a person who doesn't waste time?

What is an English word/expression/idiom for a "person who doesn't waste time"? Especially a person who doesn't look for excuses when she/he should be doing something productive e.g. working, ...
6
votes
8answers
1k views

Describing someone who has a great potential but is not aware of it

What's the best idiom/phrase/word to describe someone who has a great potential to do something while he/she is not aware of that potential. For this reason, (s)he underestimate her/his capabilities ...
6
votes
4answers
183 views

What’s a person who borrows something but won’t return it?

I cannot find the right words or expression or idiom to describe a person who borrows something from someone but will not return it to its owner. Also, I would like to know the word that describes a ...
10
votes
20answers
3k views

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 ...