Questions tagged [single-word-requests]

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What word should I replace squint-eyed?

A squint is a look that has eyes partially closed. How do you say one has those eyes? Looking up squint-eyed, it's defined as either crosseyed or walleyed. How do you say one has eyes that are ...
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One to two words that describe a person who guides people on a mass scale through transformation (esp. in education)

Been racking my brain for days on this and can't seem to come up with the right word (or two words) to fully encapsulates describe this type of person... Someone who leads people en masse to ...
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What do you call people who are searching for home? [on hold]

I'm trying to come up with a title for my short story and the story is about people who are searching for home (whether it be a person or a place). What would be a good one word for that?
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One word for a person who sees a chat and not replies?

There are peoples on instant messenger who sees a message and don't reply. Is there a word for them ?
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Word or Phrase Meaning False Self-Criticism

Is there a word or phrase that means "self-criticism that's actually self-praise"? For example, saying something like: My kids are so spoiled! It's all my own fault, I just have too much money to ...
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I'm looking for a single-word to describe someone who complains to others who are far worse off than themselves

I'm looking for a single-word to describe a particular behavior often seen in people diagnosed with b-cluster personality disorders. It usually involves complaining due to never feeling satisfied with ...
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An adjective meaning having a more specific domain or subject?

The first view is about knowledge generally. But the second view is only about scientific knowledge. The second view is _____ . What word (adjective) or adjectival phrase to put in the blank? "...
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Which word describes 'keeping one's hand on another's shoulder'

We know that friends generally walk by keeping one's hand on their friend's shoulders. Is there any single word that has the same meaning as 'keeping one's hand on another's shoulder?
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Word with a meaning of “personal internal struggle”

A word for a thing that someone can mentally struggle with, or has a quirk for, kind of like (but not) hubris. I've seen it around, but only a few times, and I can't for the life of me think what it ...
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Term describing a group's relatively greater ability to resist capricious law enforcement?

(This requires a bit of setup, so please bear with it...) Suppose a malfeasant administration works to pass an unreasonable general law against some commonplace custom as a subterfuge by which to ...
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Term for wiping hands together to get dirt off?

What is a term for wiping hands together to get dirt off? For example, when someone falls down and they push themselves up and clean their hands by sort of clapping but then rubbing sideways.
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What is a word to describe a person that loves all things paper?

I'm looking for a word to describe a person that ... loves all things paper; the best stationery, journals, handmade paper, expensive wrapping paper, etc. The kind of person who travels to other ...
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Word for focusing on what you do not have?

I would say “practicing gratitude” to convey the thought of focusing on what one has in life and ruminating on little things in a positive way, the glass half full. What would be the opposite word or ...
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A word that describes a person who has to fight against a more powerful opponent on a regular basis?

I'm looking for a word that describes a person who has to fight against a powerful opponent on a regular basis. This does not involve a competition, like some kind of sport. Example : Lawyers ...
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What's a word for a doppelgänger only in one's shlemazlut?

I have a friend who has exactly the same accidents, injuries, mess ups, failings, etc., as I but I can't find a word in English (or otherwise) for it. Physically, we're opposite as night and day. But ...
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Word for laptop and tablet (screen size) but not smartphone or desktop

I'm designing a website for three different screen sizes. The laptop and the tablet should be in the same category since the screen sizes make no different nowadays (like: Surface, iPad Pro). ...
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Is there any alternative word for “sex” other than “gender”?

So, I tried looking up synonyms for "sex," and it's a good laugh. But in all seriousness, I'm looking for a word to indicate a persons biological sex (as in chromosomes) which will not cause confusion....
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Describing situation/strategy used by someone to shift the focus in order to blame the victim

Suppose person A makes person B very mad because A did something very wrong. B is so mad that, he/she spilled out offensive languages. A took this opportunity to shift the focus of the topic/blaming ...
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Is there a single word for “login/logout”? [on hold]

Is there a single word that means both logging in and logging out? I have a single file which I currently have named as Login. But it does more than logging in, it also logs out. I'm looking for a ...
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Hagiography for yourself?

Can the word hagiography be used (sarcastically) for a speech you are giving praising yourself? As in: "He continued his hagiography." If not, what words would be suitable for a sarcastic reference ...
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A word to describe an independent man/woman, believes in their thoughts and opinions? [duplicate]

Looking for a word or phrase to describe a man/woman, who has his/her own thoughts and opinions and isn’t afraid to put them across into conversation even when their opinion is outnumbered..?
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Mentality of a person who repeatedly shifts focus from one subject of study to another

I am looking for a word which describes the mentality of a person who is inspired to learn something and starts studying, but then quickly moves on to another subject. Such a person shifts focus from ...
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Word for “ashamed smile.”

By "ashamed smile" I mean something like this: I thought of the word sheepish, but I think it's more related to guilt? What I'm looking for is something that has more to do with shame, like when ...
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Word for different office/work “cultures”

I am looking for a word to describe differences between two groups of professional fields. Our small company is having a competition for best outside-of-work pictures. There are about 10 people in ...
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Word meaning a job someone is installed in where they don’t do anything [duplicate]

I’m looking for a word I’m struggling to remember that refers to a job or role which is inconsequential and usually created in order to install someone in a company, not based on their merit. An ...
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Is there a word like “both” but for a greater number of xyz?

Imagine a person says "I take both the red line and the green line to get to work." We know that they are talking about two different subway lines because they name two different lines and they ...
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single word to describe a story based on real-life and later extrapolated

What is a good single word to describe a story that is based on real-life events and people, and extrapolates them to build a hypothetical future scenario?
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That guy who says nothing except to criticize those who do

What’s a word for a person who sits silently in a discussion except to harp on what another person says? For example, at a business meeting, one person doesn't add any helpful ideas, but is quick to ...
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What is the word to describe an action taken for ones self?

I was wondering what is the best way to describe an action taken for one's self without a negative, or positive connotation behind it? Such as in the action of someone recusing themselves from an ...
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Is there a word that means “someone that was betrayed”

There's a word for someone that betrays, eg. the traitor and I wondered, is there a specific, single english word that means, "someone that was a victim of a betrayal"? So something that isn't broad ...
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What is the sound/audio equivalent of “unsightly”?

The title pretty much says it all: what is the English equivalent (if such exists) for "unsightly" when applied to sound? "Ill-sounding" isn't as succinct and brings to mind the actual sounds of ...
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Word that means “something that can be abbreviated”

The two answers that spring to mind are "abbreviable" and "abbreviatable," however neither of them feel correct. Searching the Internet has yielded no conclusive results - dictionaries seem to contain ...
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What term means “comprehension of one's own words”?

Comprehension typically refers to one's ability to understand another's words, whether heard or read. There may be some contexts, such as in a school, where students say things without really knowing ...
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Is there a verb meaning “to make similar”?

I'm attempting to document a change that will make two things more congruent. I'd like to use a word in this way: This change [makes similar] the two items. The best I've been able to find by ...
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What's a good word for “to turn into a library”?

I'm looking for a single word to describe the act of making something into a software library. Software libraries are collections of code with a well-defined interface, such that it is easy to ...
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Do we have a term for knowing-oneself?

In many psychological, religious, and ethical theories it's been suggested that you know yourself, through contemplation, cognition, etc. It's like trying to recognize who you really are deep inside, ...
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The meaning of “scoots” as noun in Irish slang

In the second season, episode 4 of Derry Girls, in the last two minutes, the girls are caught trying to get rid of 'happy' scones, flushing them through the toilet, which gets clogged. In the next ...
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Is there a word to describe someone who is, or the state of being, content with hanging around others without interacting with them?

I've always been one to enjoy the company of others while off doing my own thing. Examples would be driving along in the car where everyone is laughing, conversing, and having a good time but I don't ...
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Word for a ‘vignette’ on a specific topic within a book

I have a very strong, nagging suspicion that there is a specific term for what I am thinking of here, but I cannot for the life of me recall it. In books, it is fairly common to see brief—or ...
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What adjective descibes a 'stooge' in a Socratic dialogue?

Suppose one constructs a dialogue in which a second participant is clearly there just to provide ballast while the first participant (the author) promotes a point of view. You could refer to the ...
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Phrase/Term for someone who thinks they’re still great (even if the aren’t anymore) because of their past achievements? [on hold]

I know there’s a term for that. I just can’t remember.
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What is the word for putting an image in someone's head by describing it?

I'm not quite sure how to put this but I'm writing an essay on To Kill a Mockingbird and Tom Robinson, the defendant in the court trial within the novel, describes what actually happened during the ...
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Word for something whose name is not revealed in a novel?

I'm writing as essay and I wish to introduce the 'father' character, by using an adjective to describe the nature of his role/name. In this book, the father is always referred to as just 'father', and ...
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Word for the noise made by a helicopter?

I once read about a nice word that describes the specific noise made by a helicopter in flight. It wasn't a generic verb like "rattling" or "juddering", but one that only applies to helicopters. It ...
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What do you call someone who has gotten a mental disorder

Michael has (blank) schizophrenia.
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What is the word for students under the same advisor

I'd like to know what is the word to describe students under the same advisor in graduate program, e.g. PhD program. Normally, students in the same department who attend the same classes are called ...
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What is the name of the profession of car body repairing

I am getting stuck finding the English word for "The person whose profession is to repair a car's body", for example removing the rust and painting the car.
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I’m looking for a word that means dependent on each other [on hold]

Is there a word or phrase meaning that two things and mutually dependent and rely on each other, and aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive?
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Word for loving an idea but not the reality

Is there a word for being in love with an idea but not liking the reality? Or the disparity between how you think something will be and how it actually is? The best that I could do was "...
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Word lover: Logophile. Grammar lover:? [on hold]

I’m searching for a word to complete the analogy. While the word doesn’t have to be a “-phile” hat is the intended meaning. Thanks in advance!