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. YOU MUST INCLUDE A SAMPLE SENTENCE DEMONSTRATING HOW THE WORD WOULD BE USED; see the "learn more..." link for more ideas on ...

learn more… | top users | synonyms (3)

5
votes
1answer
15 views

Can someone “proofhear” an audio?

I'm preparing an application where people can proofread other people's texts, but they can also review other's audios as well. Review could be a good word to use, but I'm already using this to... ...
2
votes
2answers
36 views

Someone who takes inspirational quotes seriously

Is there a name for someone who takes inspiration and other quotes too seriously or to heart?
11
votes
13answers
2k views

Someone who does not like excess

I consider myself to be this type of person. A search did not yield anything, but I did find this website. What is the word you use to describe someone who does not like excess, in the sense of ...
0
votes
0answers
17 views

How to say 24 of book titles?

I would like to say 24 of this book title but i'm not sure if it's grammatically correct. For example, I have a book titled "Lord of the ring". How would I say I want 20 of that in a letter. Is it ...
26
votes
9answers
4k views

What is a word for a condition one is born with?

I want to say something like: From Freud's perspective, sexual deviances are not [manifest in humans from birth / present in humans from birth]. I need a word that describes a condition that one ...
1
vote
5answers
42 views

what can we call someone who gives false promise to someone repeatedly but intentionally break the promise?

someone promised me to help solve my problem but he did not help me. he promised me again but still intentionally make excuses. or someone borrowed money from me and gave me many dates to repay but ...
2
votes
3answers
36 views

Word describing the one flaw in an otherwise perfect crime, plot or plan

I am wondering if there is a noun or phrase that articulates how a crime, plot or plan was foiled. I am interested in a noun or phrase that relates to crime in particular. For example, They two ...
3
votes
5answers
83 views
+50

What's a word for setting up a mechanism to prevent you from doing something in the future no matter what you may say or do then?

Suppose I've a tough exam tomorrow and I plan to study all day. Knowing that I'm usually great at procrastinating, I ask my family members to keep a tab on me and to do whatever is necessary to bring ...
2
votes
3answers
31 views

Single word for a market organiser

Does anyone have a single word for one who organises a market? Eg: NYSE Euronext Inc. is the ___________ behind NYSE and many other prominent financial markets.
0
votes
1answer
44 views

Word Meaning “Chopped Into Little Bits” (Ending With `-ize`)

There is a word that means, roughly, to cut something into little bits. I think it ended in -ize, and maybe had a cooking connotation. I can't remember it. She put the carrots in the blender, ...
0
votes
1answer
23 views

Single word for “winner takes all”

Is there a single word for the phrase "winner-take(s) all"? Need to mention a single word heading for a issue within a Business report, explaining how a new technology release would mean winner takes ...
5
votes
2answers
46 views

General term for location or event

I thought I would try my luck here. Is there a general term that encompasses locations and/or events? For example, music festivals and towns?
3
votes
1answer
35 views

What's a word for someone who is constantly asking for same thing?

Hi I'm looking for a word for someone who is constantly asking for something and keeps wanting updates about it. The closest words I can think of is pushy and, to a lesser extent, annoying. But ...
22
votes
13answers
9k views

Gender neutral version of housewife

Outside of American English, what gender neutral terms are there for "housewife"? There aren't any children involved, so "stay at home parent" isn't applicable. For example (when addressing an ...
1
vote
3answers
85 views

What is the word for “other people's thinking”?

For years I've been using the word dogma to describe other people's thinking. This is an example of how I used it: Don't get caught up in other people's dogma...live your own truth... Basically ...
4
votes
11answers
4k views

A word or phrase meaning the utter failure of a work product

What are some alternate ways to describe a work product that is an utter failure, plus the additional connotations of: Low quality; of little or no redeeming value; completely botched Doomed from ...
0
votes
1answer
36 views

What do you call someone who takes but doesn't want to give?

What do you call someone who takes but doesn't want to give? I just don't know the appropriate adjective to use to be honest.
5
votes
4answers
116 views

Noun for a person who thrives under pressure

I don't know of any nouns that describes a person who thrives under pressure. In basketball and sports in general, I know people who do well under pressure are called clutch. However, clutch would be ...
2
votes
1answer
19 views

Single analogous word to “pedagogy” for learning

Merriam-Webster defines pedagogy as "the art, science, or profession of teaching." The concepts don't seem to map very well, but is there a word such that: pedagogy : teaching :: _____ : learning
1
vote
2answers
73 views

What's a word for “annoyingly posh”?

Example: We were escorted into the old country club, and I made an instant grimace over how ______ the ambiance was."
4
votes
3answers
58 views

Word for many people doing the same (silly) thing

An example: Tourists at the leaning tower of Pisa all doing the same (clichéd) pose. Is there a single word for such behavior? It's not a flash mob, obviously, because it happens all year 'round. ...
1
vote
2answers
20 views

Phrase for hosting or supporting children activities

Is there a phrase or word that would fit the activity (verb or noun) of hosting or supporting an activity for your children etc. Such as coaching the soccerteam, or perhaps just taking them to a ...
8
votes
2answers
218 views

What was this optical apparatus called? (It was used for showing pictures.)

What was this optical apparatus called? This apparatus entered Iran about 120 years ago (in 1900) after the king of that time had a visit from an exhibition in France. It was used for showing ...
1
vote
3answers
113 views

Is there any expression in English that express the assistance among members in a family?

Ok, this is pretty popular in Asia but not in Western countries. In Asia & especially in many traditional families, members in the families often help each other when 1 of the member got some ...
5
votes
6answers
1k views

How to describe someone whose voice or way of talking creates an anxious or uncomfortable feeling in others?

I described someones voice as being shrill but I think that relates to the voice being particularly high pitched. If when someone speaks and it invokes an uneasy feeling in others, how would you ...
0
votes
1answer
50 views

Generic term for either debit or credit

In double-entry accounting, transactions are a series of debits and credits applied onto various accounts. What English term could be used to represent something that is either a debit or a credit in ...
2
votes
5answers
10k views

What is the vapour coming out from the mouth called?

In cold weather, we get water vapour coming out of the mouth as we breathe. What is that called?
2
votes
5answers
34 views

What is a word for “loosely mirror” something/someone else?

The student "loosely mirrored" the moves of the dance instructor, trying his best to mimic the motions.
2
votes
2answers
5k views

“each day” → “daily”; “every other day” →?

Is there an adjective that means "every other day"? I found "bidaily" but it seems to mean "twice a day", not "every second day" (not even both as "biweekly" does). I'd need this word to very ...
5
votes
2answers
268 views

Something like antonym for “dependent”

Let's suppose I have two objects – A and B. They are a pair. I mean that we will name them considering them one logical unit. For example: If I call A as "driven," then B will be called ...
3
votes
2answers
54 views

What is it called when you can't tell a person's age?

So if androgynous means visibly indeterminate gender, what would you call someone of visibly indeterminate age? "I can't tell that Asian guy's age. He's [age-ogynous]."
4
votes
1answer
419 views

What is a word for “loudly whispered”?

Example: "Don't make a sound!" he _______ed, trying to be as loud as he could without being too noticeable.
16
votes
12answers
4k views

What is a person being shown something called?

Let's say I am demonstrating to a person "how to flip a chair" by flipping a chair for him. What is the person who is being demonstrated to called?
7
votes
9answers
3k views

Word for “void of people”

I'm looking for a (preferably single) word to describe a place where there are no people. Empty somehow implies that there's nothing at all there, deserted says that people left or abandoned this ...
4
votes
6answers
59 views

Word for an idea that quickly comes to dominate discourse on a particular issue?

I'm looking for a word that describes an idea that captures people's attention and quickly eclipses discussions of other ideas related to a particular issue. Incendiary is almost the word, but without ...
0
votes
1answer
71 views

What is a phrase or word for 'not logged in' state?

On a website, if you log in, you're in a logged in state, if you then log out, you are in a logged out state. How do you call the state before you have ever logged in to a site? Is it correct to also ...
1
vote
6answers
4k views

Word for “being blown by the wind.”

Example: Pedro was standing on my left, his hair [...], watching the rocks being beaten endlessly by the waves. I'm curious, is there a word that means being blown by the wind?
6
votes
2answers
45 views

Leaving someone with lots of questions in mind

I am after a single word or maybe couple of words that we usually use to describe the situation when someone leaves us with lots of questions in our mind. For example (this is not the exact ...
1
vote
2answers
27 views

Word for a clarification/exception

I'm writing a document with a table including a general statement like 'software supports files of type X.' However, there are certain cases where I do not support it yet and/or I'm not sure. I want ...
1
vote
1answer
19 views

A good synonym or word for platform for creating things

In software development we often use the word Platform to describe something that other things can be built on. I find it's a bit over used and I'm looking to find a good way to describe something ...
2
votes
5answers
56 views

A term for “utopic tool”

This question is more philology than engineering. As a non native speaker, I am looking for a word in english to describe a tool that has reached its perfection. So it is a synonym for ...
7
votes
3answers
2k views

Is there a better term for a groceries divider bar?

I'm Flemish, and I recently read that in 2005, the Dutch dictionary added the word "beurtbalkje" (literal translation: turn cuboid) as a neologism for the little plastic or wooden thing that you can ...
3
votes
1answer
71 views

Does English have an equivalent for pinakalast?

Last from English; final, ultimate, last person to arrive. pinaka- creates superlatives. Though pinakalast can be both comparative and superlative. More final than final Most ultimate
0
votes
2answers
23 views

What is called a special academic subject that is pursued by postgraduates after bachelor degree?

In many countries, academics pursue a special field, typically a branch of their bachelor subject, as MS students. For example someone who has studied computer engineering in bachelor degree, might ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

Looking for an adjective describing a system with small number of assumptions (or rules)

I am looking for a word that can be used to describe a system (or a model) with a small number of rules or assumptions. For example, the number of grammatical rules in Japanese is much lower than in ...
8
votes
2answers
61 views

A word or idiom for a car mechanic that rips you off

I'm curious if there is an English word or idiom specific for a car mechanic that rips you off. In the case of a doctor, one could use charlatan, or quack.
3
votes
4answers
109 views

What is the verb for knowing that I exist?

English is not my first language, therefore my vocabulary isn't so fabulous. I am describing the later stages of Alzheimer disease, and I am including some of the main key points. For this part ...
0
votes
3answers
72 views

A word that brings up an idea that is the opposite of what is said

I am looking for a word that describes the act of saying something like, "You shouldn't feel guilty," when what you really want (consciously or subconsciously) is the opposite. In other words, saying ...
0
votes
3answers
555 views

What is a single word for the things that can be heard from a particular place?

A view is the things that can be seen from a particular place. What's the auditory equivalent? Shorter words preferred.
4
votes
2answers
706 views

Torturing oneself by emotions is called?

People who love emotions, they love to torture themselves by emotional feelings. Be it real or vicarious. Often see people reading love stories and getting emotional, listening to sad song and watch ...