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 how to get the help you need. Please use the "phrase-requests" tag instead if you seek a phrase (not a word) that fits the meaning.

Use this tag for questions that are about finding a single word to fit a meaning. Describe the intended meaning, its connotation—is it laudatory or derogative, and/or context in as much detail as you can. Questions that show no research are likely to be closed. It's also a good idea to show users how this single word fits in a sentence.

A few sample questions that definitely belong in this tag:

This tag should be distinguished from:

  • , which is for questions specifically seeking multi-word phrases rather than single words, though both tags may be used in conjunction when you want a term but don't care if it's a single-word or multi-word term
  • , which is for "versus" questions, when you already have several alternatives at your disposal, but are not sure which one to use
  • , which is for more broad questions, e.g. those that ask for lots of words at once

Question Checklist

Before making a single-word request, ask yourself the following questions (taken from this meta topic about good request questions):

  • Does the question describe exactly in what context you want to use a single word?
  • Does the question specify the criteria for which the suggested word will be accepted?
  • Does the question list which words you didn't like?
  • Does the question show that you searched for a suitable word before asking the question?
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