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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Is there a word or phrase to describe repeating the same word three times?

In spoken language, it seems to be a natural thing to repeat a word three times to emphasise the urgency, the importance and to acknowledge the situation. For instance, come, come, come ok, ...
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A word meaning choosing to see a person's activities but not necessarily agreeing with them (on social media)

The context of this question is social media. In light of the various unfortunate events that often seem to stem from internet echo chambers, I've been thinking of ways to mitigate the tendency of ...
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One word label to indicate other items are dependent on this one

[Edited for clarity per feedback] I am creating a table of work items, and I want to label those items that are needed as other items are dependent on them. This label will be a different column. '...
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Word for when something is unsafe but not fatal

Is there a word for when something is unsafe but unfatal too? Like you could get injured from it but it won't kill you. For example Climbing that ladder would be very X or Those old stairs ...
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Other than high-level, is there another word to describe a programming language is close to human language?

I find high-level is not that commonly understood by non-tech-savvy people. I remember seeing a word or two words describing the semantic of high level programming language but I can't recall it at ...
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Word search: someone who always manages to see rare things [on hold]

Apparently there is a word for someone who always manages to see "rare" or "low chance" things. Is in the woods and sees animals...looks up and sees a shooting star. Anyone know what this word might ...
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Opposite of “extra dressing“?

If I want my salad to have more dressing, I’ll order it with extra dressing. Is there an adjective that would mean less-than-normal in this context?
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Is there an idiom/word/phrase to describe a fight between two exhausted people? [on hold]

If 2 people were fighting, but they are also completely exhausted, and they can barely hit each other hard, what would you use to describe it? The fighters were ____________, and barely able to ...
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A single word for not-full

I find myself struggling to find a single non-hyphenated word that expresses the state between empty and full, assuming the container started off empty. I want to emphasize on the state of being 'not-...
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Word request for the action of throwing the sheets over a bed

This is something pretty much everyone has done. The act of throwing but also holding onto a sheet or blanket or beach towel to spread it out in the air so that you can lay it flat on the bed, ground, ...
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A word that means to intentionally overlook something, but only temporarily?

I am looking for a word—specifically, a single word verb—that means “to intentionally overlook, excuse, condone, or ignore some offense, but only temporarily, in order to serve a larger purpose.” For ...
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Word for reminder of inconvenient truths

What do you call a person who constantly tells others things they don't want to hear even though it's true? (Maybe even revels in their dismay) Something along the lines of Person A telling Person B ...
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Single Word Request - What do you call a person who can drink a lot?

Is there a single word for someone who CAN drink a lot? He is not necessarily an alcoholic, but when he drinks, he can drink everyone under the table.
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Is there a word for over-thinking actions that should simply be done?

I remember a scene from a Stallone-movie where Stallone and his opponents train for a fight. The opponent uses "scientific methods", a "well though out plan" and so on, and stallone just works out ...
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A verb for when some rights are not violated?

Their civil rights are violated. That is not true, their civil rights are fairly _____ . They said that, contrary to what your media tells people, in this country human rights are not ...
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Is there a word that describes people who are extraverted and/or energetic, but uneducated, unintelligent and/or uncreative?

Preferably without implying that they are arrogant. Example sentences: Joe is friendly, but he's ___, so the things he has to say aren't very interesting. Maybe it's just me being ___, but I ...
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Is there a word that describes someone with a light footprint? [duplicate]

I need a word to describe someone who lives a happy, purposeful life without needing a lot of resources. The words "light footprint" and "low maintenance" come to mind, but I'd like a word/adjectival ...
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Word to describe the structure of a paper

In a paper, I need to mention the commonly-used “introduction, main part, conclusion” structure. Is there a (single) word for describing this structure? It seems odd to write out “‘introduction, main ...
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Word to describe someone doing something even though told not to

I'm looking ideally for a word to describe someone who does something even when they're told not to. Like, if they're told not to do something like a dare, or just to not go and do such-and-such, they ...
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What's the term for a group of people who enjoy literary works?

I'm translating an essay to English from Korean, and it uses the term hyangyoo jibdan, which means "a group of people who enjoy literary works". What's the English term for that? (I've searched, but ...
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Looking for a word that describes not being able to speak/understand a language despite knowing it exists [closed]

I'm looking for a word that describes the condition when someone knows a language exists, but cannot speak it or understand it. Illiteracy doesn't cut it because I am specifically looking for a word ...
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Is using 'to discriminate between' correct/idiomatic in the mentioned context? [closed]

The company didn't tell us all that we needed to know about our rights. They told us only some of the information we needed to know. They discriminated between the facts of equally all of which we ...
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Word for relative/proprietary beliefs?

What other word would be suitable to describe one's relative/proprietary beliefs? i.e. Something that an individual decided should be morally good. e.g., if one had the belief that every car should ...
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Word for a command in a business-to-business transaction

Consider two companies already being in business; having some sort of contract. Now company A officially orders company B to do something. (E.g. destroy some documents, which company B stores for ...
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To catch a thief: intentionally leaving something of value out to entice a thief to steal [duplicate]

One trick to catch a thief is to intentionally leave something of value out in an effort to entice a thief to steal. For example, you might leave a sparkly set of cuff links out on your desk at work ...
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Word for not recent but not too old

I’m needing a descriptive word that describes both not recent” and “not old” - essentially the latter. However, I am not wanting to describe a living thing such a person or animal, but rather, ...
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Should I use Technopole or Technopolis? (or neither?)

I only find Technopolis in Lexico and not on Cambridge dictionary. I do not find Technopole in either, but I can see it is used on some books ( based on ngrams) I want to describe: A city or society ...
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How do you describe the feelings of being caught in the midst of an act that you had successfully pulled it off many times?

The title doesn't describe it fully. You are planning a birthday party for someone secretly. It was a thrilling adventure because you managed to do it under their nose and dodging their suspicious ...
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How to express temperatures greater or less than

How do you correctly describe a 'minus' temperature when comparing to another 'minus' temperature? For example, is -20C '>' or '<' -15C? The temperature is warmer, so therefore, is it greater than -...
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Correct word when “introducing” someone to an organization

I want to tell an organization to "say" or "introduce" the staff that are supposed to take a course in our organization. The only word that comes to my mind is "introduce" which I know is wrong. ...
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Can the word “stale” be used on data or information? [closed]

I know the word "stale" has one meaning as (of a check or legal claim) invalid because out of date. However, I need a word indicating that some information or data is invalid because out of data. ...
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Word for soundtrack music which is part of the action of the movie

There is a single technical term to describe music in a movie which is not part of a separate soundtrack, but which is generated by actions in the film. For example, a radio is turned on or a ...
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Is there a word or phrase that means 'works but not for the reason we expect it to'?

I'm looking for a word or phrase that means that something works or functions, but not for the reason that people think or claim it works. Examples John went outside in the rain with an opened ...
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Word for the feeling of loss of something unknown [closed]

Is there a word/common phrase out there (English or otherwise) that refers to the feeling of knowing you've lost something, but you don't know what it is that you've lost? The feeling that your life ...
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Word for giving preference to the oldest child

Is there a word that refers to a system or social approach of giving the oldest child the most advantage/attention/rights. E.g. "Why do they get to sit in the front seat" "Because they're the oldest" "...
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Antonym of “Megalomania”

Is there a single word that means roughly the opposite of "Megalomania"? I tried separating the word in to parts, and finding opposites of the individual parts, and the word I came up with was ...
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What is it called when a prefix moved back for alphabetic sorting purposes?

I have seen this many times, but I am not sure what to call this. For example, the People's Republic of China is often written as China, People's Republic of. Thanks in advance!
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Is there a word - not 'anachronistic' - that means 'impossibly futuristic for the historical period'?

Is there a word - not 'anachronistic' - that means 'impossibly futuristic for the historical period'? Like a movie made in the 2010s, set in the 1920s where someone is driving a 1950s car.
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Term for the act of unintentionally perpetuating sterotypes/culture harmful to oneself?

When one talks about stereotypes, prejudices, and other harmful cultural memes there is always a talk about how the group in power (so for example white, heterosexual males in the US). However, I'd ...
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Single Word Request: Someone that brings innocent joy

I'm trying to personify music. The full sentence is "Music was ___ to my three year old." The two things that follow are that music was a stranger to my nine year old and music was a teacher to my ...
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Words to describe attached items

We have an object A that is physically attached to object B. What can we call object A? I would have expected to be able to use "attachee", but this is not in the dictionary, or "attaché", but this ...
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English word meaning a passionate hunger and thirst for learning and knowledge [duplicate]

An Indian friend of mine is pregnant with a boy, and is considering some different names. As I have recently learned, Indian names have meanings, and on her short list is "Nachiket," a Hindi word ...
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What word means “make something desirable”?

The word "necessitate" means "make something necessary". For instance: The explosion necessitated installing a new kitchen. Is there an equivalent word to mean "make something desirable (but not ...
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Word for [cannot be bought] [closed]

I attempted to find another term for it, but it seems that none of them caught my interest. By the way, I need it for the title of my poem. I was gonna entitled it as "Boughtless Dreams" but it seems ...
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Single word for a person who hates sitting idle [closed]

What do you call a person who hates siting idle?
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Is there a word to describe someone who is, or the state of being, content with hanging around others without interacting with them?

I've always been one to enjoy the company of others while off doing my own thing. Examples would be driving along in the car where everyone is laughing, conversing, and having a good time but I don't ...
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Is there an '-ism' for 'human rights'?

Capitalism means a view that gives priority to capital and has capital as its pivotal notion. Nationalism means a view that gives priority to what is national and has national as its pivotal ...
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Is there a word for the 'art' of creating amulets?

This is my first question on this site, so if it is off-topic I apologize. Is there a word for the practice/art of creating amulets, talismans, magical tokens, or the like? For example, 'wizardry' is ...
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Is there a verb (or group of verbs) to describe someone saying “hmm”?

I'm looking for a verb to replace someone uttering "hmm" or "mmh" or any of its variations. I found this related question (The origin of 'hmm') that hints that "hum" might be a good choice, ...
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Is there an antonym (a complementary antonym) for “spicy” or “hot” regarding food (I DO NOT mean “seasoned”, but “hot”)?

I’m talking about the burning feeling you get when eating chillis, raw onions, and other food. I’m looking for a way to explain that I do not like that burning feeling, be it onions, chillis, a spicy ...