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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Word for a feeling about something you weren't supposed to see [closed]

I'm looking for a word or phrase that describes the feeling of seeing/knowing something that you weren't supposed to. Like learning someone's secret or reading their diary. I think I recall there ...
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word for a person who tries to gimmick/gamify the system/process [duplicate]

word for someone who just tries to gamify/gimmick the system, who is not focused on searching for the firm/fundmental rules and the big picture, playing the little games, juggler. like a salesman who ...
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Word for feeling that an event has been happening for a long time, but has actually happened recently

Context for this is in a new relationship when you spend a lot of time with your partner, but have only dated for a few weeks. It feels like you've known them a long time, but at the same time your ...
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What title or term is appropriate for a genuine or sincere person?

What title or term is appropriate for a genuine or sincere person? I'm looking to avoid using the terms "genuine," "sincere," and "honest" as adjectives. I would like to ...
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What do you call a person who's unwilling to grant some leeway to another one's position or argument? [closed]

For example, in an informal debate, one side will not grant or concede points to the other even in the face of evidence refuting their stated position. Is there a word to describe this attitude along ...
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What's a specific word for "several places"? [closed]

If I had money , I would visit several places. What's a single word to replace several places?
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What word or phrase do you use for not doing something that you intended to do because subconsciously you did not want to do it?

What noun or noun phrase do you use for not doing something that you intended to do because subconsciously you did not want to do it? In speech it is called 'a Freudian slip'. (Merriam Webster online ...
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More formal way to say "all-nighter"

What is a more formal way to say "all-nighter" in a sentence, such as "I pulled my first all-nighter, when writing a report with my group"? Rewording "my first all-nighter&...
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*You post a random picture of a house* Someone: You bought a house! [duplicate]

From the Friends TV show: Monica: I have some pretty exciting news. Phoebe: You're pregnant! Monica was in a relationship and had expressed that she wanted kids, but didn't have a tummy and hadn't ...
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What would male concubines be called?

I’m asking this with a “concubine” being a woman, or one in a group of women, that one man considers routine sexual partners, with no intention of assuming marriage or a romantic role beyond what ...
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What is it called when you hold your tongue to the roof of your mouth and make a sharp intake?

It makes a sound that mimes readying your mouth to say something but stopping prematurely, to signal that you're engaged in some act of intense contemplation. It's often accompanied with a cock of the ...
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Formal word for overhyped?

Is there a formal word for overhyped? (using the definition: make exaggerated claims about (a product, idea, or event); publicize or promote excessively.)
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What do you call the floor-level space that allows someone to traverse from one floor to another with stairs?

In French it's called a trémie,. This element is unlikely to be a hopper or funnel. What is it called in English? Would "Stairs aperture" be good enough for people to understand?
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Am I a contrarian? Or something else? [closed]

As I truly consider and muse about aspects of sincerity and truth in reality, I am beginning to think so differently to most, that it is frightening. I feel as if others are regularly making vehement, ...
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Word for being unable to see clearly (metaphorically) suffering from illusion

What's the adjective that means one is suffering from illusion, they can't see the truth for what it is. If someone believes in the American dream and ignores how infeasible it is and unrealistic it ...
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Single word request: a word between "projects" and "activities"

The context is time planning. Specifically, how to name these activities/projects/? that are needed for achieving your vision/dream. Which word would describe (cover) the following activities the best?...
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Is there a word for a person or group advocating a belief that has been disproven?

What can I use in this sentence: People who hold on to a belief despite evidence that disproves the belief are called ______. For example: "Freddy and his friends were ______, they were advocates ...
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What verb to use before "blood test"? [closed]

I am struggling to find a good verb to fill the blank below: This year I got into the habit of ___ blood tests regularly. I thought about "doing", though I don't like how it sounds. ...
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What is a good word for a person selling to a merchant/shop? [closed]

I'm making a website which is a marketplace for in-game items with in-game currency. Players can list items they are selling with a description and price. There's also a possibility to list items you ...
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What's a word to describe the whole something is a part of? [closed]

Looking for a word that means the whole something is a part of; e.g. An element is a constituent of a list; "a whole's constituent" refers to an element. The list is the _____ of an element; ...
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A specific word for not caring about an issue until you're personally affected or victimized by it [closed]

Suppose you read about suicides. The first few reads are dolorous, but over time, you become desensitized. You forget after minutes about a story that would've destroyed you five months ago. However, ...
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Older word for stakeout

I'm writing a medieval fantasy story where my characters are looking for a serial killer, and need to go on a stakeout. However, the term stakeout didn't sound right for medieval times, and it turns ...
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Is there any specific word in english for the following situation: "The time you wait until its your turn again"?

I have to write an email where I have to tell them that the time they have to wait until their turn is about 5 weeks.
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Single word to say I've watched them all

Is there a single word that encompasses the idea that I've watched everything there is on TV such as "I've outdone them all"? But outdoing feels implies an active action whereas watching ...
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A word describing best wishes [duplicate]

If I want to share my empathy with someone who has suffered bad luck or heartache, I could be sharing my condolences or messages of commiseration. Neither of these words imply the actual words used, ...
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Opposite of "successive": one-after-another in a forward order

If the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 are successive, what are the numbers 5, 4, 3, 2, 1? The ____ items are ... Predecessive doesn't seem to be a word, nor anticessive (such weird attempts). What's a word ...
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What does 'insinuate' mean in this particular context?

While searching for a definition of 'insinuate' and its examples in context, I have stumbled upon the following sentence (Definition of insinuate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & ...
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Which is correct: considered vs considerably [migrated]

The target sentence is from TOEIC and goes: The latest version of the TR21 printer is _____ more reliable than previous models. A. considered B. considerably The answer according to the book is '...
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What do you call someone who gives a deliberate unhelpful answer to a question? [duplicate]

Person 1: "I need help with my Xbox console, it wont turn on! What should I do?" Person 2: "Just buy a computer."
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Is there one word for "abruptly turning around"?

I'm looking for a stronger verb for "she abruptly turned around". In this scene I'm writing, my character is frozen in place, observing something disturbing, but then she turns around ...
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Word to describe the total on which commissions are calculated

Suppose a team of salespeople are to be paid on commissions. These commissions are calculated by subtracting specific expense items from the revenue they generated (for example: advertising costs). ...
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Is there a word to summarize Intro and Outro videos?

I want to use one word to call both type of videos, the introductory video, and the outro video. In Spanish jargon sometimes I heard call it like "cortinillas", little window curtain. Is ...
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What is this sound called?

So, I know there is a word for this sound, but it's driving me nuts. For some reason I'm remembering troleling? Basically, I'm asking what is the sound when someone goes like, "Tra la la dee dah!&...
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What is the word or phrase to describe the action of pursing one's lips in a tight rounded shape in a happy mood?

As the title says, what is the word or phrase to describe the action of pursing one's lips in a tight rounded shape in a happy mood? Merriam-Webster: purse(verb) defines it as (quoting from English ...
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Like "Deceitful" but stating something as a fact, while witholding the truth [duplicate]

What is this called? It's not: Deceitful, misleading, deceptive, equivocal, etc. It's like deceiving/ gaslighting but a different word.
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What is the term for when a person lies in front of the group during a picture? [duplicate]

What's the term for when someone is lying down in front of the group during a picture? For example: During the group photo, Ben decided to (lie in front).
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Synonym for accepting turn of events?

Is there a word to describe how, initially, a person boldly accepting the unpleasant turn of events later sadly accepts it as fate and moves on?
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Looking for the right word to describe a chainsaw revving underwater in a menacing way [closed]

I am searching for the perfect word to describe a chainsaw sound. The chainsaw is revving under water (think Friday the 13th film). The actual sound is a boat motor but the receptor of said sound ...
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Alternatives to calling behavior "expected" or "unexpected" [closed]

Sometimes, I would like to describe behavior as being "expected" or "unexpected". However, these phrases, in such contexts, carry the strong connotations of the "Social ...
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What to call the building blocks of something?

I'm an Asian teacher (in the field of business and investing). I'm trying to educate my students to think in the level at which things get done, think in the math, the reasons, at the level of details ...
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What is the noun of "to credit something to somebody"?

I'm working with digital securities. You can think about company shares. If an investor buys those shares, it is a process with several steps. At the end, the issuer gives the shares to the investor: ...
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Is there a generic word to qualify dawn, sunrise, noon, sunset and dusk?

Is there a generic word to qualify times of the day that are defined by physical phenomena, namely dawn, sunrise, (solar) noon, sunset and dusk? I'm looking for a word similar to how new, full, ...
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What is the difference between a phone book, a directory, and the yellow pages?

So, upon looking in a dictionary, this is what I found: phone book noun [ C ] informal US /ˈfoʊn ˌbʊk/ UK /ˈfəʊn ˌbʊk/ a telephone directory : Is he in the phone book? (also telephone book, ...
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Is there a term for the rhetorical technique of repeating an interlocutor's ideas while making it sound like their own?

Is there a term for the rhetorical technique of repeating, either spoken or written, the interlocutor's ideas or opinions, without acknowledgement, while making it sound like either something new or a ...
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How to label third gender "diverse" in registration forms?

We are introducing a third-gender option in a couple of registration forms and I wonder how to label the checkbox in English. By now, it is common to use "männlich/weiblich/divers" in German ...
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What's a word for someone who switches off when things don't go their way? [closed]

I have a colleague who has very strong opinions on how something should be done. When it's decided by the group to do it another way, the colleague 'switches off' from the meeting and broods on the ...
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Word for Master Apprentice structure of a community

Is there a word for crafts which are most normally only learned by serving as a protege/apprentice to an existing skilled craftsmen until such a time as proficiency is reached (this relationship need ...
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Short Word or Abbreviation for "In Addition to"

Similar, but not a duplicate of this post: My resume has a table (two columns), with multiple categories of skills within each column. Related Skill Set #1 | Related Skill Set #3 - skill ...
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Word for person who is boastful about knowing something was going to happen

It seems like there is a gap in the English language here. The closest I can think of is a combination of "hipster" and "braggart". Let's call it a "bragster" for the ...
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Is there a single word that means "almost certainly (but not technically 100%)"?

I'm looking for a single word that means "almost certainly" but leaves room for 'technical' or 'philosophical' doubt. That is, something like 99.99999...% certain. Or "close enough to ...