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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A word for someone who gets scared easily

I have looked online and most websites reference words such as cowardly and spooked. Those however don't seem to reflect what I am looking for. I am looking for a simple word to call someone who ...
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What verb for taking advantage fits in “I don't want to ________ on the friendship”?

What word am I misplacing that means 'to abuse' but takes the preposition 'on.' For example, My best friend the attorney could give me some free advice here, but I don't want to ____ on the ...
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Word for combination of strength and agility

I'm looking for a way to call an attribute for a Pen&Paper RPG. It's supposed to be derived from "Strength" and "Agilty" and would be used for all kinds of things which usually fall somewhere in ...
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word/phrase for items added to an active contract

Background: A contract between Mr. X and company Y includes a list of tasks that the company needs to complete. In the middle of the project company Y discovers that a few more tasks are needed, that ...
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Word for discrimination based on handedness

Is there a specific word such as racism or sexism that describes discrimination based solely on handedness?
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Looking for an adjective for an elected but not yet in charge person

I'm looking for an adjective for an elected but not yet in charge person. I remember that there was a synonym for "soon to be" and "President-elect" but that's not the word I'm looking for. As far as ...
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Adjective for 'made of pus' or 'corrupted by pus' or something of something of pus

This to be used in a sentence with: a somethingish discharge I like "pustulous discharge" but 'pustulous' is of pustules not of their content. 'Pusy' would be a natural but doesn't look like ...
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What is an English word for the events that are part of a larger event?

What is an English word for the events that are part of a larger event? For example in the event "solar eclipse", there are different phases or stages (https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/total-...
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The figurative use of the word “barrage”

The word "barrage" means a concentrated artillery bombardment. But it is also used figuratively for when someone is being hit with a lot of questions or criticism. The word shares this with the word "...
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A Word To Use To Describe A Person's Non-Physical Presence

What word could I use to describe a person who is dominating not only physically but also in knowledge, experience, and comprehension? Someone who has a vast amount of experience? Example of a ...
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Word for a moment of self-awareness?

What's the word for when something happens in life that makes you take a step outside of the normal routine of life and view your self in an existential way. For example, you witness what the ...
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Is there a noun for “someone who has access”?

I'm building a data model for a computer program, and I'm in need a noun (a short compound noun is acceptable) for "someone who has access". The information will be provided as an answer to the ...
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A very light touch (+ a lick)

This is not a duplicate of "Single word for a very gentle touch" I'm well aware of the variety of words for gentle, repeated or sweeping touch (caress, stroke, sweep, brush, rub, swish, graze etc.), ...
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Word for the ability to deliver clever replies? [duplicate]

What do we call the person who comes back with clever replies when someone insults them? Also what is this ability (personality trait) to cleverly thrash rivals on-the-spot called? Example: ...
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Word for eyeglasses with no prescription

I once heard/read a word for eyeglasses that have no presciption in the lenses. Just plan glass, worn for effect. Can someone recall that word for me?
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What is the olden name for sideburns?

Upon search, I found out that sideburns has evolved from burnsides, named after the Civil War veteran and Rhode Island senator Ambrose Burnside. See here But surely sideburns existed before him, so ...
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Musical numbers or musical pieces? [on hold]

I am going to perform two […] from the “Jesus Christ Superstar” rock opera at graduation party — which noun should be in place of the dots, if I have prepared the instrumental Overture (on piano) and ...
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What do you call this instance of break in noise?

You're in the gym waiting for the school principal to make a speech and everyone is talking, the whole place humming loudly. Suddenly it goes quiet because you all thought the principal has arrived, ...
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Word to describe something that has an ending

How to say that something has an ending in one word? I am looking for the opposite of endless.
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“Predication” — the logicians' usage

There are several distinct ways to differentiate men and women — chromosomal analysis, self identification, and visual inspection — we review each predication below… Here predication is referring to ...
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Word that describes the practice of “expressing a feeling/assessment by first denying that feeling/assessment”

I'm looking for a single word that describes the practice of "expressing a feeling/assessment by first denying that feeling/assessment". Here is an example of that practice: "I'm not saying you're ...
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What is a phrase/word to describe someone who is oblivious to the bad in people

What phrase/word would describe someone who cant see the bad in people? A phrase/word other than With rose colored glasses that would fit in the blank below. Stop looking at the world ________! Or ...
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Positive synonym for “skepticism”?

Hello to anyone who sees this! I'm looking for a word similar to "skepticism", but more positive. (Here, I define skepticism as the belief that we can never have certain knowledge.) Sorry if this ...
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Feeling of missing someone [duplicate]

What’s that word that describes the feeling when something you see/hear/smell reminds you of someone? For example if you go to the park and you see the place where you had a first kiss with someone ...
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Word for the thief's key that can unlock anything

Is there any specific word that describes or denotes a key, which helps thief to steal anything and anywhere, no matter what kind of lock there is. In a nut shell that key can unlock any locks e.g. of ...
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What do you call the words obtained by inversing the order of the sounds?

I'm trying to find out the name for a word that was obtained by inversing the sound in another word. Is there a word for it? Although cheat and teach would seem an easy example of such a pair, it is ...
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Common name for words like duplicate, triplicate, quadruplicate etc

I have a list of words that I can sort by name. The list might also contain duplicates, triplicates, quadruplicates etc. The list can also be sorted in such a way that such repetitions show up on time....
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Another Term for “Long-Thought”

So I was doing a bit of writing and ended up using the phrase "long-thought" (as in, "a technique long-thought forgotten" or "people long-thought incapable of using magic"). I ended up using it quite ...
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Is there a word for “making two conflicting elements coexist together in a system”?

The conflicting elements are integrated into a system, but their conflicts are not really resolved. Instead they are somehow made to coexist with some hackish way. Example: Hypocrisy, both as a self ...
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word for standing up slowly? [on hold]

I'm writing a very short story in English and I'm stuck on how to explain the main character getting up from the ground. She is in a forest and has just been pulled to the ground and now I need her to ...
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Is there an English word describes a women or girl loves being around? [on hold]

Is there an English word of a women or girl loves being around men, or many men around her and she tries to hold them all?
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Adjective for “of mine” or “of us”

I'm looking for an adjective that means "of mine/us" or "by me/us". I want to say "...regardless of any _____ determination later to the contrary." The meaning here is "regardless of any determination ...
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Term for first person complement of the “Royal We”

The "Royal We" or nosism refers to the usage of "we" to mean "I", ("We are not amused", meaning "I am not amused"), or "you", ("We need to mop that floor", which may mean "you must mop the floor"). ...
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Avoiding Soft skills and hard skills terms

I am looking for terms of single words which avoid "soft", "hard", "academic", and "practical" or "hands-on/off". The following are [something] skills in that they are all in the head. I'm not going ...
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Word for epigraph at the end of a book?

From Wikipedia: In literature, an epigraph is a phrase, quotation, or poem that is set at the beginning of a document or component. The epigraph may serve as a preface, as a summary, as a counter-...
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An alternative for My Dashboard in a website [on hold]

Is it OK to use My Desk in a website instead of My Dashboard? Any other alternative?
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What is the term used for people who get drunk easily?

Is there another term for someone who cannot handle consuming large amounts of alcohol besides the term 'lightweight'?
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What is the verb for “to make incomplete”

What is a good word choice for "to make incomplete" The context is that if I am following a path and perfectly reverse course, I will return to my place of origin. However, failure to precisely ...
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I'm looking for a word that describes someone who sees themselves as a custodian of the land - working to do what is right rather than what is easy

I'm looking for a word that describes someone who sees themselves as a custodian of the land - working to do what is right rather than what is easy
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What's an intelligent/sophisticated way to say “changing from negative to positive”

i am currently working on a new website for posting daily articles and guides on gaining full control of your mentality. What i am inquiring for, is a sophisticated but brief way of saying "to ...
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What is the verb form of the word 'true'? [closed]

I would like to know what is the verb form of true. For example: color(adj) - - > coloring(verb)
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A word that means “there and then”

The word "there" indicates a point in space, and the word "then" indicates a point in time. Is there a word that indicates a point in spacetime, equal in meaning to "there and then"?
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Word for 'Understanding future consequences'

I'm trying to find a word that describes the 'skill' of understanding the future consequences of an action or event, to accurately predict events based on a mental model. Prescience or Foreknowledge ...
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Is there a single word that could describe the phrase “makes it look easy”?

As an example, consider this sentence: When Roger Federer plays tennis, he just "makes it look so easy". A single word or maybe a smaller phrase that I could replace it with?
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Word for the religious equivalent of 'demonym'

A demonym is a noun used to denote the natives or inhabitants of a particular country, state, city, etc. For example, Europeans are from Europe; the word "Europeans" is the demonym of "Europe". ...
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one or two-word phrase for 'without skipping a beat' [closed]

can you give me a one or two-word phrase for 'without skipping a beat'
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What is it called when you use someone's exact words against them?

Sometimes, people would make a statement that makes them feel slick, or something. And I would use the exact same statement against them in a similar scenario that I create. For example, in the ...
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Word to describe something that in itself may be admirable, but which happens too often, too predictably, to be 'good'? [duplicate]

I know boring is one option, but it does not always apply to the case that something maybe desirable at start, but once it happens too often, it becomes bad. For example, in movies and literature, ...
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Someone who is granted access to information but not expected to read it

I'm looking for word for a person who handles records, but isn't expected to read them. I'm creating a list of positions within an organization who should have access to certain records. Alongside ...