Questions tagged [single-word-requests]

This tag is for questions seeking a single word that fits a meaning. To ensure that your question is not closed as off-topic, please be specific about the intended use of the word.  INCLUDE A SAMPLE SENTENCE demonstrating how the word would be used.  Click on "Info" or "View Tag" and "Learn more ..." for more information. Please use the "phrase-requests" tag instead if you seek more than just a single word.

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Is there a collective term for women, trans-, intersex, agender and nonbinary people in English?

Some german-language feminist circles use the collective term FLINTA for, well FLINTA: FL stands for FrauenLesben, meaning women and lesbian women, I stands for intersex people, T is for trans and N ...
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Word for words that have the same "mouth feel" to them? [closed]

I ran across a word many years ago (and have obviously forgotten it) that refers to words that have the same (for lack of a better way of putting it) "mouth feel" to them. For instance, let'...
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I am looking for a word to describe a person or entity who is permitted by society to do bad/greedy things because they have been charitable

I would describe this person or entity as "feeling entitled" by that doesn't exactly capture what I am trying to say. For example: A person who donates a lot of money to some charity gets '...
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Looking for a word that describes a text as ‘having too much useless information’ [duplicate]

The word should be applicable to a text with too much useless information. Preferably, the term is used in everyday speech, but I wouldn't object against somewhat grandiloquent words. Since I’m ...
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Word or phrase for any sort of visibility-reducing weather or condition (like blizzards, sandstorms, fog, smog)

I'm looking for a more general term to describe any sort of weather or weather-like condition which includes reducing visibility, specifically those which do so to what might be considered a dangerous ...
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What's another word for "dreaming optimistic outcomes"?

I am looking for a word that means dreaming too positively. This word can be symbolized for expecting too high. Usage: "(Present Participle of the word) from the world would result in nothing but ...
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Drifting dust, and ice near the ground

Sometimes, when there is moderately strong gusting wind, one can see the wind raising a little dust just a little above the ground, from the ankle height, up to a few meters. When the wind gust is ...
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Things to do with dogs

My character is trying to convince his girlfriend to let him keep his new puppy in their apartment. She opposes fiercely, because she doesn't like dogs and feels her space would be invaded. They have ...
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Is there a word for a system which it's elements feed/support each other? [closed]

I don't ask for a word group which contains "mutual".
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Is there a word for a process / technology which avoids "duplicated" work?

The are multiple examples that share the common theme of allowing humans to (collectively) avoid repeating the same work. I'm wondering if there is a word or term that captures this. It's related to ...
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Single-word contractions

How could I describe the following two categories of single-word contractions in the least words possible? A) those that cannot be pronounced the way they are written, and therefore are used only in ...
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getting error in ARM templates for the resurce '$Default' [closed]

Hi team getting error in ARM templates for the resurce '$Default' please help how to overcome with this error. { "type": "Microsoft.ServiceBus/namespaces/topics/subscriptions/...
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What is a person called to whom a thing is significant?

When something has "significance" or "meaning" or "value" it is usually relative to the person. What is the person who finds significance in something called? Is there a ...
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Can the word "famous" have a negative connotation? [closed]

I know that there is a word "infamous" to express "famous" with a negative connotation. My question is if the word "famous" itself can have negative connotation. If the ...
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What is a word for "services not provided" or "Goods paid for not delivered"?

What is a word for "services not provided" or "Goods paid for not delivered"? For example: The "scam" is a word for a dishonest scheme. The word "fraud" is a ...
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Word for someone with great command of English

What's the word that can be used to describe someone who has mastery over English? They have command over the way that they use English, and they are perceptive in how they read English. Doesn't have ...
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Is there a verb meaning "to submit an intent"? [closed]

When a user clicks on a software button, they are submitting their intent for some action within the system to occur. I am needing to provide a name for this submission of intent using a past ...
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Urban myth but for non-myths [duplicate]

What's some slang for "common public belief" that doesn't have any implications about the truthfulness of the belief? Similar to "common sense", but I'm looking for a phrase that ...
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A word for a person who waits until the next time they see you to tell you something, vs. a person who goes out of their way to tell you right away [closed]

For example, if I knocked on someone's bedroom door to ask them for a favour, vs. if I just waited until they came out by themselves and then ask them. What do you call a person like that?
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An antonym for 'Gestalt'?

Gestalt, as defined by Lexico, is "an organized whole that is perceived as more than the sum of its parts." Is there a word that effectively conveys the opposite, that is, a whole being less ...
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Instance implies time, but often used as “example” or “case” - what’s a good alternative word without time connection [closed]

Since instance implies occurrence which implies time, then what are good substitutes other than case or example? Circumstance is also tied to an event which may directly relate to time too. I am ...
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What is the word for a widely shared understanding that is counter to scientific analysis? [duplicate]

In a discussion with a friend he noted that the colour magenta is not a real colour. I have also heard of this and you can read more on that on Mentalfloss. I would like to know if a word or phrase ...
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I'm trying to find useful definitions of Lethargic [closed]

I haven't been able to find credible dictionaries online, and I have yet to find a definition of lethargic that makes sense. Does anyone know what I could do?
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Synonym for blindly, without worry

I'm looking for a synonym for blindly and without worry, but without a negative connotation of a word like mindlessly. I would blindly hand my necklace to Tom to deliver. (without fearing he would ...
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What is the structure from which a sign is hung called?

My grandparents had a structure at the last cattle guard before their ranch house from which a sign with the name of their ranch hung. It was two vertical poles, with a horizontal crossbeam, I guess ...
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Ad hominem for non persons

An ad hominem argument is typically, according to Wikipedia, "a rhetorical strategy where the speaker attacks the character, motive, or some other attribute of the person making an argument ...
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Looking for a word to describe a very specific feeling of surprise

Recently, I had a very specific event take place (at 2AM, no less), at which time I was listening to a song (I Can't Help Myself by Four Tops) I'd just discovered. By doing this, in my head I linked ...
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Somehow a synonym for competition

I'm writing an English essay about our favourite singer or band. I want to write something like They have won many awards at different competitions. but I know competition is not the right word. ...
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When a clawed beast attacks its prey, inflicting a deep wound in its flesh, what's the word used to describe this sort of attack?

In Portuguese we have a specific word for that, cravar (as in to nail or to affix with nails, from Latin clavare) but I don’t know if in English there's a single word that works like that. It’s about ...
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Word for explaining something cruelly

I'm looking for something to describe speech that is something along the lines of cruel, menacing, tormenting, and dripping with malicious meaning. But not quite outright threatening, i.e. not "I'...
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Is there a better phrase for something that is new/inspiring?

I am new to English StackExchange so please let me know if there's anything to be aware of. I'm looking for a better word or phrase that can describe something that is new/inspiring/ - specifically, ...
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Word for someone who likes to define things simply

A word for someone who likes to define things, often to a detrimental effect by over simplifying them - due to either lack of intellect/laziness etc. I’m thinking of Trump like figures who rather than ...
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Verb for attending a lecture without registering

In other words, going to a lecture at university that you didn't pay for. I clearly remember there was a specific verb for that.
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Settlement or billing?

Recently got into discussion on how precisely and professionally translate the polish word "rozliczenie/rozrachunek". Some of us are more convinced into "billing" and some into &...
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Single word for one who enjoys something? [closed]

What is a single word for one who enjoys something? I am not a movie critic but an 'enjoyer' of good movies.
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Is there a phrase for eggcorn but instead of homophones it's synonyms?

Pretty straightforward question, I hope. For anyone who doesn't know: "In eggcorns, people replace the right word with a different word that sounds the same—a homophone—that makes logical sense ...
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Referring to the quality of doing the best in what one does

What is the single-word or phrase referring to the attitude or quality of someone desiring to do the best in whatever they set out to do (regardless of the end goal). Example: The new employee John ...
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Word that sounds similar to "extensibly"

I'm not sure I've remembered the word right as I've only ever heard it spoken. My History professor would say something like "The Emperor used the tax money extensibly to defend the people". ...
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Word the texture of food, like leeks: slippery with a hint of chewiness and crunchiness

Looking for a word that would best describe the texture of leeks, particularly noticeable in my experience in some Chinese dishes. When the leeks are a bit slippery with a very slight note of ...
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What verb is best used to remedy/fill/... a lack of something?

What verb would you use to describe solving the problem of there being a lack of something? For example, if there is a lack of money, and someone makes a donation, they would have ... the lack of ...
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Necessary, but it shouldn't have to be - in a word?

I'm looking for a word that describes something as being necessary, but it shouldn't have to be (if you follow). Example: Door locks are necessary, but if members of society had more trust and there ...
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Adjective for "pertaining to the differences between the sexes"

Similar to "dimorphic" but specifically about difference between the human biological sexes. These are some ____ facts: men have higher testosterone than women, women have better colour ...
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The practice of raising prices to keep undesirables out

What is a word meaning the practice of raising prices to keep certain "undesirable" people out? A couple examples: A bar sells beer for $4/pint. The price is too cheap, and a certain class ...
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Word for a plan that has not been performed because of some issues

e.g., They devised a potential method to solve the problem, but due to timing issues it became insert word. A noun or an adjective (or even a phrase) describing this would work. This word would ...
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What is the demonym for a person from Gouda?

In Dutch the demonym for a person from Gouda is Gouwenaar. What is the demonym for that person in English?
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Word or phrase to describe a person's taste in media and entertainment?

I am looking for a word that encompasses a person's taste in a wide variety of media and entertainment, including but not limited to movies, shows, music, musicians, actors, and anime. Sample Sentence:...
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Is there a word for a 'letter that should not be opened until after a specified date?'

I'm looking for a word that could be used for a letter that should only be opened after a specified date or time. For example a letter written for an 18th birthday, the letter could be written years ...
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A word for a business that makes supporting products for another, specific business?

Is there a business term for a company's whose products and services are entirely in support of another company's product or service? For example Companies that sell door fronts, door pulls and couch ...
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What is a label that can be applied to this stoic quote about banquets?

"Remember that you ought to behave in life as you would at a banquet. As something is being passed around it comes to you; stretch out your hand, take a portion of it politely. It passes on; do ...

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