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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 someone who is a mix of shy and deliberately obtuse in a slightly flirtatious way

Searching for the right adjective to describe someone. She a mix of shy and deliberately obtuse in a slightly flirtatious way. Very calculated. Is purposely vague for the sake of trying to drum up ...
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Looking for a word meaning “run over by a wheel”

Looking for a word meaning "run over by a wheel". My first though was something like: ... as the body is trampled by the wagon wheels ... but in my mind, trample is really something under foot, ...
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What is it called when the majority moves and leaves behind a small group of people effectively exiling those people but without forcing them to move

For example, me and 7 of my friends are sitting at a lunch table. 3 other people sit down at the same table. We (the 8 of us) leave that table and and sit down at another. This effectively exiles us ...
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How do you describe waking up in the morning brain functioning slowly?

Is there an adjective describing waking up in the morning and feeling slow, not able to remember stuff and think slowly?
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How do you say 'video which has not been seen by me from start to finish yet' in one word?

I'm trying to find easy short way how to describe video (or book even) which I looked at but didn't finish.
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Is it correct to use “address disadvantages”?

As in the sentence "Disadvantages of employee monitoring and how to address them"? Can we "address disadvantages" or is there a better verb for "address"?
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Is there a word beyond reflection, that is 'using the past mistakes to learn for the future?'

Currently writing a thesis, and a thesaurus has not yielded any positive results. If avoidable, I would love to stop repeating 'reflect', 'reflection' etc, in my paper. Thank you in advance.
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A word to represent 'non-friend' relationship

In Chinese, there's a word to explain a state of relationship, '路人' originally means people on road, when something happened, '路人' is kinda character that won't join the trouble itself, but watching ...
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What’s the single word for the kind of people who ascribe their success too much to external factors?

Like what students in elite schools usually do these days. When asked why they got good grades, they’re too unconfident and uncomfortable to admit their hard work and usually attribute to good luck or ...
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Single word for “exceptional skill” [closed]

What is a single word I can use to decribe someone who posesses exceptional skill--they are the cream of the crop, desirable talent. I want a word that jumps out from the page when you see it.
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How do you concisely make clear something exists only once?

I am struggling to find an appropriate and convenient wording to describe that something exists only one time in the whole world. Usually the word "unique" implies exactly that, but it's been misused ...
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What word assigns two listed qualities to two previously listed objects in that order?

Apologies if the question is poorly worded. I'm trying to write a biology paper and I've absolutely blanked on the word that would follow this sentence "...light dependent and independent reactions ...
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single adjective for “makes people feel guilty”

Is there a single adjective that means "makes people feel guilty"? His language makes people feel guilty ==> His guilt-inducing language perhaps??
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Word to describe something difficult to remember?

This would be used when someone has to memorize certain information, but the nature of that information is difficult to grasp and recollect or a large set of numbers. Is there a particular word for ...
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In the context of work, is a report and direct report the same thing?

Essentially what I'm asking is whether or not a report and a direct report are the same thing --- are the words synonyms? Oxford Dictionary defines a report as someone who reports to a fellow ...
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'I like how my family is supporting me with this?' 'I like how my family is supporting me in this?'

Which one is correct? 'I like how my family is supporting me with this?' 'I like how my family is supporting me in this?' So this is in context of they(the family) is supporting me with the ...
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What is the phrase for the management's ideology in which staffs are told to perform other's responsibilities?

It happens in lot of organization. Its a management habit in some organization who think of cutting corners , that they are saving money. These management people tend to overlap responsibilities. ...
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Is there a word/phrase/expression to describe a seemingly easy problem?

I remember my lecturer a few years ago using a word/phrase/expression to describe a seemingly easy problem that is actually quite hard to fix (e.g. if a football team keeps losing games, everyone ...
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I’m looking for a word that means sad singing

Ive heard the phrase singing a sad tune, but I was wondering if there are any for suitable alternatives to singing. Ive thought of crooning, but that doesn’t sound right... “It kinda sounds like I’m ...
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On explaining weird applications of something in a scientific/technical context

I'm going to write a paper on weird and unusual applications of tool A. Is there any appropriate term/single word or idiomatic phrase to point to such odd applications in the scientific context? ...
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What is the “class-noun” for online and offline?

If something can either be yellow or red, green, blue, then its "redness" or "yellowness" "class-noun" would be its COLOR. If something can either be fast or slow, then its "fastness" or "slowness" "...
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What's a word or phrase for when someone claims an ability but can't demonstrate it on request?

Is there a word or phrase for when someone says they can do something but it just so happens they can’t do it right now? For example, if someone said that they could read minds but they couldn’t read ...
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Is re-email an actual word?

I saw this sentence: The file has to be sent as a CSV file by re-email Is this the proper way to say "send the file by replying to this email"? I haven't found "re-email" in dictionaries, so I'm ...
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English word for the employment relationship of a student of a work & study program?

In Germany we have the Cooperative State University. Doing your bachelor’s degree at this university works as follows: You will first need to find a company that employs you for this type of study ...
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what is a word for “narrow-mindedness”? [duplicate]

I am looking for a specific word to describe a person with a narrow perspective, suggesting a lack of foresight/consideration of the broader implications of their decisions. This would preferably be ...
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Specific word for social app user?

I am looking for a specific word to describe people who are active on social media apps: FB, Whatsapp, etc. The nearest word that I found while searching online is netizen. Cambridge Dictionary ...
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Word for someone trying to be the best by ruining others

I'm looking for the word to describe for someone who's so insecure about being the best, that they would go to great length to sabotage other peoples chances just to be the best. For example, Lisa ...
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One word for “someone working far away”

To say that since you're working in different location which is far away you won't be able to handle this activity.
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Ideas for a word to use to describe your voice output over the phone, video chat, etc.?

If you use a phone, video chat, etc. your voice kind of changes so that it's muffled, but when I hear "muffled" or "muffled by" I tend to associate it with something like the voices you make when ...
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Is there a word or term that means to consider something from muliple angles or views?

Similarly, how does one express holding opposing or considering many options about a problem or opinion? I am trying to concisely express the ability to consider all sides.
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An expression to “take advantage of the success of other person” but not in a negative sense

The idea is that three musicians formed a group "taking advantage of" the success of the new rhythm. But it should not be perceived as negative. Would "they embrace the success of the new rhythm and ...
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What’s a word to describe an opinion given by someone not qualified to give it?

As in, I find your assertion that this issue is of minimal importance to be (————).
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Organisation Pretending to be “Benevolent” in reality seeks to kill people who are helpful (The Organisation secretly hates these people)

Let us say non-Chinese intelligence "Group Fox" goes to China and establishes an organisation say "HELP" whose overt declared aim is to "build a strong China". Many Chinese people come forward and ...
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What is a word that refers to both captions and subtitles?

As discussed in this article (https://video.ibm.com/blog/streaming-video-tips/closed-captioning-vs-subtitles/), "subtitles" refers to a dialogue translation that is usually in a different language ...
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Word or phrase for showing great skill at something without formal training in it

Is there a word or phrase to describe someone who is not formally trained at something — yet he/she is good at it? The person could be good at drawing/art, or mathematics, or carpentry, or boxing, or ...
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Highscore inverted? Lowscore?

What term would you use in the place of "Highscore" when the lower your score is, the better? It is to be used in a mobile game. Usually in the format: "Highscore: X" Where X is a positive integer
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What’s it called when you say something is good or positive but then it’s immediately followed by “but”? Is it a conjecture?

What is it called when you say something is good or positive but then it’s immediately followed by “but”? Is it a conjecture?
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A collective term describing both pick-up and drop-off?

I am looking for a single term that describes both dropping off and picking up terms. For example, a bus stop can be of three types(for any particular bus company) Pickup only Drop off only Pickup ...
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Single word to express “over-eagerness” in a negative sense

I would like to use the sentence He was 'over-eager' to implement his plan, leading to failure. I am looking for a single word which expresses over-eagerness in a negative sense. TIA
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What is a word/phrase for some who is not in a group, while most others are?

I am looking for a word (or phrase if word is not possible) that is the opposite of associate. The context being when you have a collection of people and they are all part of a respective groups, ...
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list of tasks that are to be done every month/period [closed]

What can be a single word for a list of tasks that are to be done every month/period?
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How to describe that the color of this pair of socks is too strong or colorful?

I received this pair of socks (the blue one) from an online clothing recommendation service. But I want to return it because I think the color is too strong for me to handle or pair with other clothes....
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Word that means prejudice re humans and robots

For instance, "racist" refers to prejudice for/against a particular human race, and "speciesist" has been suggested for referring to bias for/against a particular animal species. What would be a ...
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What is a word or expression for imagining how the past would respond to the present?

This question is in the sense of a mind game in which some person from the past responds to ideas or materials from the present. For example, we have a good idea how people now respond when first ...
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What do you call a person who has so much righteousness about them that he hardly will admit he's wrong or has faults? [closed]

. My boyfriend- he talks a lot. He is intelligent but he's a bad listener, cuts me off and he doesn't see himself doing anything wrong. I'm talking about like even when he DID something wrong ...
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Is there a word that functions the same as “is facilitated by” in a cleaner way?

Is there a word that functions the same as “is facilitated by” in a cleaner way? My writing currently contains the following question: “Do reading and writing require contrasting skill sets?” What I ...
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Looking for one word to describe a feeling

A word for 'A simpler time', or 'sadly fond of or amused by', (but not melancholy) I'm trying to describe the naivety of seeing the internet referred to in a newspaper article from the mid 90's as the ...
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Is there a term for words which are insults but not vulgar?

Sometimes, when I explain a new word to a friend who doesn't speak English well, I know that the word has to be used carefully, because it is not appropriate in all contexts, or can be offensive if ...
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What's a good word to describe a public place that looks like it wouldn't be rough?

I'm looking for a word that I can use in my writings to describe a bar / pub that doesn't look like it would be a 'rough' place, i.e. one that isn't likely to instigate trouble. I was thinking of the ...
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Is there a word for when the light is dusky all day?

Is there a word for when it is dusk all day? Like in the arctic circle at a certain time of year, the light is dim and red-purple-orange, all day long