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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How to refer to something that is beyond postmodern?

Here are a few common amalgamations that use 'post' to mark a new reference point: modern art -> postmodern art modern portfolio theory -> postmodern portfolio theory This is all very ...
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“Correct” as an alternative to “Yes”

I'm noticing, whilst watching the George Floyd trial, that a couple of the witnesses are using the word "Correct" in response to yes/no questions, as a substitute for "Yes". Since ...
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Word for someone who is constantly yet excessively stressed

What is a noun for someone who unduly stresses? For example, a worrywart is someone who constantly yet excessively worries. However, there is a vast difference between "stressing" and "...
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is there a word to describe “ understand each other without words esp. in a teamwork”?

Especially when the players work in a team for a long period and they know each other very well, therefore they can guess what teammate wanna do next even without words. Is there any word to describe ...
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What word could describe the movement of a parked car inside which a couple is making out?

"The car moved up and down", seems too simple. Maybe "sway", but it seems soft to me.
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what can I name the result of a divide process?

I'm a computer programmer who spends a lot of time thinking of good English names for variables which can be understandable for anyone reading my code. Now think of my program that can divide a fabric ...
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A word for “when someone does something for your benefit while you are active on something else”?

For example, if your mom cleans your room while you are busy outside she is -word- cleaning your room. The word "proactively" is stuck on my mind but it's not directly related and it's not ...
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What do we call something that assigns a weight to each case study which shows the importance of that case?

I am writing a scientific paper. I have a neural network (assume it as a black box) which takes a case study (a patient, or any other type of data) as input and provides a weight for the input case ...
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Name for “filler” words that potentially convey lack of self confidence [duplicate]

There are plenty of internet search hits for "filler" words, and how not to use them. I'm not asking about these. I would like to know if there is a name for language that people use which ...
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What does the word “enchaliced” mean in John Ashbery's “A Wave”?

I'm reading John Ashbery's "A Wave" and the word appears in this context: [ . . . ] and incorrect conclusions based on false premises that now / Slow you down but by that time, enchaliced, ...
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What is the word for making a set of conflicting rules/policies make sense and all agree with one another?

There is a word for the act of taking a set of conflicting rules/policies and making it so that they no longer contradict one another and instead all agree. However, I can't think of it! Other words ...
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Word for a “urban parasite”

can you please define a word for a someone who comes from the small city to the big one just to make own life better? This person must be local citizen, but it keeps rude thinking, does not want to ...
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Is there a word to describe something new, but completely unnecesary?

Is there a word to describe making a new thing (instead of old one), which should be way better, more innovative, but in the end remains same or even worse. Example - car manufacturers are putting ...
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Word or phrase that means correct, but difficult to interpret - the opposite of expressive?

I'm critiquing code that runs perfectly, but which is difficult for people to read, understand, and interpret. Code which is pleasant to read and is relatively easy for people to interpret is often ...
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Word for the study of something niche, unique, weird, outdated, lonely

A bit of a broad question but I have an image in my head of a very old guy locked away from society working on something no one else cares about, it could be because it's archaic or because it's so ...
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When you learn a word and then recognize it [duplicate]

I'm looking for a word that describes when you learn a new word (or phrase or song) and then hear it all over the place. My daughter did not recognize either the melody or the name of the song The ...
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Is there a word or fixed phrase / idiom for a vicious circle of obtuseness? [duplicate]

I recently told my father-in-law that I thought he was being obtuse, and he then acted as if he didn’t understand the concept of being obtuse. I feel like there’s a word for this. What would we call ...
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Single word for “led my team to victory”

I need to submit my achievements for purpose of an interview. But the questionnaire format is such that I need to use as few words as possible. I want to convey "led my team to victory in ABC XYZ ...
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What's a verb used for someone or something you can't get enough of?

The adjective may be "irresistible", but I specifically mean, and am requesting, a verb: Like, for a partner whom you can't get enough. In my language, for example, we literally say, "...
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A word for both surrounding gases and liquids (or absence of)?

The gases that surround us are called "atmosphere." Planets without air can still have an unbreathable atmosphere. In space there is no atmosphere, so what surrounds a person is called &...
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Word for something that I am avoiding

I want to describe tasks specifically. A task that I feel drawn to do is 'attractive' or 'alluring'. The best word for the opposite case seems to be 'repulsive', but that seems too strong. I want to ...
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Is there an adjective for deer-like?

"Canine" is for dog, "Porcine" for pig, "Equine" for horse. Is there an adjective for deer-like?
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What would you call someone that is very enthusiastic about something silly or trivial? [closed]

What would you call someone who is very enthusiastic about something silly or trivial?  For example, one who is exceedingly enthusiastic about some bad singer or band, without knowing that there are ...
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What will we call person who likes to study at the day time? [closed]

Some people who like to study at night are called night owls but what do we call a person who likes to study at day time?
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False monochotomy? Dichotomy for one?

I often see people complaining about a politician, e.g. "X is terrible". But instead of evaluating X in an absolute sense, X should be compared with the other available options. So if X was ...
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Origin of Sausage [closed]

Sausage is given in most dictionaries as coming from "Salted". Surely the word comes from Medieval Latin salsicia from Sal + Sicce, salted and dried. This fits with all of the romance ...
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Word for “evaluating only the necessary components”

I am looking for a noun whose definition resembles "evaluating only the necessary components". This is for our research, Chapter 3 under Ethical Considerations. The first two on the list are ...
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What's it called when someone insults you for not knowing something that you've never learnt or that's not in your field? [duplicate]

For example, let's say I'm a physicist, so I'm not stupid. But, I'm talking to someone who is an accountant and they insult me for not knowing accounting jargon or how to do things involved in their ...
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What do you call month over month increasing values? [closed]

Update: To be clear I am not wanting to use "Annualized" as I believe it is being used wrong in this example. I was wonder in there was another accurate word or term to describe what is ...
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What is it called when you raise a problem and someone else makes it seem like you're entitled by bringing up something far worse?

For example, you say "These working conditions are subpar. We don't get any breaks." and then someone else says "You're entitled. You know who has it bad? People that work in sweatshops!...
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What's it called when someone tries to stop you from doing something by telling you you to do it?

Sometimes when someone tells you to do something in a sarcastic but serious way so that you do not do it like: “yeah, go to the party on your own — maybe you’ll get hit by a car on your way back.” Is ...
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What do you call a **person** who is capable of doing anything and everything, humanly possible? [duplicate]

What do you call a person who is capable of doing anything and everything, humanly possible?
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Alternative to “schizoid” without the connotations of obsolete or pseudoscientific psychological theories

I'm looking for a word to use to describe the idea that a certain religion is fundamentally not one religion but a conglomeration of two different things, i.e., that it fundamentally has never had a ...
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Word for something that is not actually hard to do, but doing it goes against your instincts?

Example actions: working out, taking an ice bath, cleaning your house, admitting when you are wrong. These things are not difficult to actually do, but are often described as hard, when in reality ...
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Is there a term for horses with white inside the legs?

More specifically than the question title: Is there any traditional word in English for the color pattern of a black horse with white on the inside of the legs?  I mean just the inside, so it is not ...
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Is there a word for the phenomenon of knowing a compromise will happen and intentionally overbending the truth so the conclusion is more truthful?

Is there a word that describes the phenomenon of compromise where side A is telling the truth, side B is outright lying, but because both sides don't want the arbiter to pick dead in the middle, ...
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What is a word or phrase for someone who does shift work alone?

The kind of worker (shift worker) who to do all job alone without co-worker, like someone who works in such fast food or retail but he got the single person shift. Is there any specific term about ...
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Is there a word for a solemn type of happiness, contentedness, or joy? [closed]

Consider someone who feels that the world is full of suffering, and they themselves have suffered much, but nonetheless they see the beauty in the world and derive happiness from that beauty. Is there ...
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Is there a word for measuring “how easily change can happen or be made”?

If one word exists, I will call it X. X would describe how easily change can happen or be made, in general. Example: This building is made out of legos, so it has a high X, thus making it easy to ...
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Word that means not being upfront about your intentions in the beginning of your stated goals [duplicate]

I'm looking for a word that means not being upfront about your intentions in the beginning of your stated goals. Emphasis on the word stated, a goal has to be explicitly stated. It should be an ...
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What is a term for devices requiring human input to function (e.g. a wind-up music box)?

So the title is probably not very graceful, but that's exactly why I'm asking this question. I'm trying to find a list of toys, machines, etc. that require the human to interact with them to trigger ...
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What is the term for a special service a firm rolls out to secure a sale?

Is there a standard word to describe something a seller does to secure a sale, particularly an add-on service or package? Like when a car dealer adds a package for new wheels or detailing or a ...
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What is the word to describe those who help a particular candidate to run an election?

In the most recent 2020 presidential election, each of the candidates must have many "staffs" or "advisors" to help run the election. But either calling them staffs or advisors ...
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Word or phrase describing a painful learning experience

I'm looking for a word or phrase that describes that something has been learned painfully (physical or metaphorical pain). Example: I have ...... learned not to touch my eyes after chopping chili ...
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One word that conveys stability, unchanging terms, and word of honor in a local context

I'm looking to send a chat to someone that conveys this message/thought but I simply cannot, for the life of me, remember what word I used to use for this. The message I'm looking to send goes along ...
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Alternative word to describe 'pigeon-holing' someone to win an argument [duplicate]

I see this a lot on the internet, twitter etc. As an example say some random democrat is in a debate with a republican. Whatever the topic was, the democrat might say something along the lines of '...
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One word for a person who repeats the same issue over and over again [duplicate]

How to name a person in one word who likes to repeat the things s/he has done or said or whatever, over and over again in every occasion. E.g. Ms Somebody always repeats the same incident which ...
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On a scale from naive to cynical, what would be in the middle?

Someone who is naive trusts others without question or examining their claims. Someone who is cynical never trusts anything another person says, even if there's no evidence that they are being ...
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Single word request: Theocracy without gods

If a state is run according to a theistic religion, such as with a god as the nominal head of state, or the head of state as a nominal god, that state may be called a theocracy. However, if no god is ...