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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.  YOU MUST 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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Word for “Sloppily Drying” Yourself With a Towel

I'm looking for an effective verb to describe "sloppily drying" yourself with a towel. I feel like there a single action verb is out there, but I've been thinking for a long time and haven't come up ...
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Word for “Significant enough to make a difference”

I wish to know what could be a one word or phrase synonym for the term 'Significant enough to make a difference'. Till now I thought that the term 'statistically significant' meant that it's ...
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What do you call a person who has an interest to be a lecturer or professor?

If someone has interest (means that they are doing something to achieve that) in being an academic, such as a lecturer for a university, if that person is having educational qualifications which are ...
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“Messed up” an experience [closed]

Suppose I am excited for a movie that will be releasing tomorrow but my friend just told me plot spoilers. I want to say that he "messed up" the experience that I was going to have. What can I use ...
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What does an addict consume? [duplicate]

Is their a word that can be used to mean "the thing that this addict is addicted to"? An addict has addiction, which drives them to consume their "______"? Addiction Target? By comparison: A ...
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Need a word or expression that represents a category that is the superset of mind, consciousness, experiences, choices, intentions, spirit, etc

I am looking for a word (or expression/phrase), existing if possible or coined-for-the-purpose neologism if not, that represents the all-inclusive superset of a variety of related concepts and ...
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What is an adjective to describe something that burns at a hot temperature?

I am looking for a phrase or a single word that describes something that burns at a high temperature, like in this sentence: His temper was volatile and {hot-burning}, like acetone. "Hot-burning" ...
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What's the idiomatic word for something that keeps you sane/grounded?

There's a word for something, that when remembered--or a person that when spoken to--brings you back to reality and the knowledge that you're not insane. I keep wanting to say "touchstone", but I don'...
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A double-D / A cap / A beanie / A bonnet

1- I'm writing a story and one of my characters wears a bonnet. I searched the internet for some examples but then, I found other names like: A double-D / A cap / A beanie / A bonnet. Now I’m confused ...
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Is it spelled “bodyparts”, “body parts”, or “body-parts”? [duplicate]

It seems to have different spellings in different places. Which is correct? Are there multiple correct ways to spell this?
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A word that means “Goodbye to a year”

My friends called me asking if there's a word to say "goodbye to a year", like lets say this: "Today, we're saying to 2018" Is there a single word, a verb that doesn't require the use of "Saying x ...
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One who tries out various jobs [closed]

I am thinking of when some tries out various jobs till they find their place. A greenhorn who changes work field often like every two week or month and changes to a new type of job.
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looking for the right preposition: claim authority *for* political representations?

What is the right preposition? I want to talk about leaders who "claim authority for political representations," i.e. want to be accepted as having the legitimate authority to represent others; but I'...
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Unspoken Obligation [closed]

The godfather protects your store with the usually unspoken expectation that you owe him some sort of payback, not necessarily money, more like loyalty. Is there a word for that kind of arrangement?
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Word for the set of adjectives that describe someone who gets a certain emotion easily

For the next examples Touchy: Someone who gets offended easily. Jealous: Someone who feels jealousy easily. Irascible: Someone who gets angry easily. The adjectives above describe a person who ...
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What is the opposite of onwards? “From 2000 [onwards]”

If I want to talk about the years before 2000, can I say "backwards"? I can only think of preceding, prior or previous The preceding/prior/previous years of 2000. 2000 and the prior/preceding/...
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What is the word that de­scribes the hu­man fe­male breast’s shape?

Phal­lic is fairly com­mon. Yonic, vul­vic, or labial were sug­gested as an­to­nyms. What is the word to de­scribe the breast’s shape? We cover up three ar­eas: the male groin, the fe­male groin, ...
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What is an adjective for genuinely thinking oneself as skillful or knowing a lot about a particular subject but is actually inexperienced?

What is an adjective for genuinely thinking oneself as skillful or knowing a lot about a particular subject but is actually inexperienced? Example: Jack thought knew a lot in this area, but he ...
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A word for 'hiding strong emotions'

My partner is a very passionate, loving and caring person. He does however keep these emotions unexpressed, hidden. Though not in a negative way and not to me. Is there a word that defines this? ...
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What's a concise verb for “to say frankly”

I'm trying to avoid using an adverb in the following sentence: When people asked him where the money was going, he [said frankly], "a good cause". I'm hoping there's a synonym for "said" that ...
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Noun for things that annoy you?

Okay, it’s on my the tip of my tongue. I was watching interviews where they ask people what is their strongest point etc. If they’re asking about their weakness, the noun is ‘What is your Achilles ...
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What's a word for when someone is drawing out a story for dramatic effect?

"Quit _________ , and get to the point!" None of these seem quite right, although any of them would suffice: Dawdling Dilly-dallying Delaying Prolonging Protracting I think I'm looking for a word ...
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Can the word “doing” be used in singular for activity without a goal?

I'm looking for a word, that describes activity without a specific goal. (Its opposite, activity with a goal, would be "project".) The best candidate for me is currently the word "doing". But I'm not ...
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Word or phrase meaning to criticise or mock someone without mentioning their name

Is there a word or phrase meaning to criticise or mock someone without mentioning their name? On Twitter, people are able to search the site for references to their own name, so people often '...
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What is an informal term for a person who can't do anything right? [closed]

In Russian we have the term "рукожоп". I would translate it as "asshands" which literally means that your hands grow out of your behind and you can't do anything right (or do anything at all). ...
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How do you say “headbutt” in American English?

Headbutt is a British term, how do you say the same thing in American English? I am interested in both the verb and the noun.
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What is a word for an activity without a concrete goal?

I'm developing a time management application. The architecture considers, that all the user does/plans can be separated in "areas" / parts of life (like "health", "job", "family", "self-development" ...
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Is there a word for someone in power being oblivious to complaints?

A friend told me a about a boss. The boss makes policies that employee do not like. The employee do not complain because they fear the boss. So they just quietly leave. One day, an employee ...
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Negative Passion - What is a word or phrase for an effort someone puts themselves into greatly, but is not enthusiastic about?

A noun. For example, I am obligated to my job, and spend a lot of time outside of work thinking about it, but am not very enthused, emotional, or ecstatic about it - so I cannot say it's a passion of ...
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What is the word for a person who twists your words around into something negative…?

Here is some more info... This individual has a drug problem... people close to him have concluded that he is suffering from some form of personality disorder, thus, he is self medicating with ...
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One word for call for a quick unplanned meeting [closed]

I am trying to finding one word that describes as "asking to meet for a quick & short meeting in a short notice"( where meeting is unplanned)" The word should be polite as I want to use among ...
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Word That describes a Story that Undermines Tropes [closed]

I am looking for a single word used to describe the process in Storytelling where a story undermines the concept of a genre/trope/or previous work by doing things backwards from this. Not a parody, ...
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A word to describe an excessively formal process or procedure

I'm looking for a single word which may describe that a given process is overly formal in a sense it requires plenty of steps or involves myriad subprocesses. For instance some company is about to ...
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A word for one who doesn't see his own flaws but always finds flaws in others? [closed]

This person I know always mentions things as my flaws, mal-function, defect, etc. He has a lot of big flaws himself, but he never mention them, whereas he finds very small flaws in others. I want a ...
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Is there a word that describes a kind of conversation that goes nonstop because neither of the two wants to be rude and ends the conversation? [closed]

Like they both feel like they need to say something after they receive a message from the other one, and don't know how to end the conversation properly. It doesn't have to be a noun. Thanks in ...
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A future loan-word for English that means the protective love one feels for children not your own [closed]

I am looking for words for a research project and possible commercial venture. Is there one word in any other language that specifically means the protective love one feels for children that are not ...
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Another way of saying “keep strict watch” that you dont do [A], but that you do do [B]

I am trying to find another way of saying "keep strict watch" that reflects the following ideas: (1) the dilligence need to avoid the danger of inadvertently persuing (B - an unwise course) (2) the ...
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Another way of saying “running from place to place” [closed]

I'm looking for another way of saying that I have been busy, moved around a lot this year as have been preoccupied. This year has been filled with emotions and full of new exciting challenges, ...
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Words for first-est and last-est items from a sequence

Consider the alphabet (ABC...XYZ). The order is defined, but meaningless. Say we have a subset of letters: BEKOPX How can I say that ‘B’ is the “first-est ” and ‘X’ is the “last-est” occurring ...
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What is an antonym for 'luddite'?

What are some single-word options for the antonym for a luddite? Its a great word with an interesting etymology, I am just wondering if there are any similarly storied words that mean the opposite? ...
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Is there a word that describes when something is known for a thing that is different from what it is trying to represent/achieve? [closed]

Concrete example: A youtube show that is more famous for it's ingenious user comments than its mediocre content.
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Word similar to bookend/tailgate

Its a word or phrase that means to stick something onto the end of some other thing, for convenience or even secretly maybe? An example is I'm going to run errands downtown and when finished will "...
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Another word for “covered by”

Take for example My car is covered by insurance Is there another word for this?
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Name for words that have 3 or more syllables?

A word with one syllable is "monosyllabic". Two syllables is "disyllabic", three is "trisyllabic", and so on. "Polysyllabic" refers to any word with more than one syllable. Is there any single term ...
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What would be the best counterpart to the term “unimprovable”

Something along the lines of "not capable of being brought lower than one's current point." Considering unimprovable having the root improve, I am looking for a term that has the same effect from a ...
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Is there a name for a word that physically sounds the same backwards and forwards? [duplicate]

Not a word that reads the same, a word that actually sounds the same whether it's pronounced forwards or backwards.
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What is the word for 'Turning real events into fiction'? [closed]

A single word or phrase for turning events (historical/recent) into fiction.Like based on real events, but fictious. Like some myths that have been derived from real events. 'romanticized' but that ...
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Sound of ropes / strings / clothing material sliding against each other?

Think of the ropes of boats moored to a dock, but having to listen carefully (not loud and obvious) like 'creaking' or 'squeaking'. It would have to denote friction without screeching - more like '...
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What is the word for a person who is over reverential to authority figures in general or scientists in particular?

I am thinking of someone who believes that the government would never lie to the population, that scientists are always right about everything, and cannot possibly be wrong about anything, and shows ...
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Is there any word for a situation when a person can't feel satisfaction to let others do his work unless he does it himself? [closed]

I pondered about the words "satisfactory problems" but that is more related to men sexual problems and is diametrically opposed to what I want to know.