Questions tagged [word-request]

This tag is for questions seeking a word that fits a meaning. Please demonstrate why you expect the word to exist in English. For example you could tell us a word that means the same in another language. Please use a bilingual dictionary and include the result of your research. Please include a sample sentence demonstrating how the word would be used. If you actually seek a phrase, or don't care, see the "phrase-request" tag.

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What do you call a blob of hair attached together?

I am not sure if there's a word for it, but if there's no word for it what's the next best way to say it, is there a short phrase or something you can think of? I am thinking of a blob of hair ...
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An edible thing that has a bad or very bad taste

Which adjective would you usually use to allude to something "not delicious"? (Something that has a bad taste) i.e. It won't eat this food! It's really ....... (bad-tasting) food. Perhaps, ...
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A single word for “not enrolled”

Are there any other words which give the meaning not enrolled? I am searching for a single word which means never being enrolled in the first place, or not being a member of some class/school/...
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Communicate without the intervention of technology

I'm writing an essay for my English class. It's about technology and what the world was like before many modern inventions. I want to say in the past, people used to communicate without the ...
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Is it correct to say “She is wriggling my kneepit with her foot”?

You're sitting with your knees bent, and your wife put her foot into your kneepit, then she twists and turn her foot in your kneepit as shown in the picture. Is it correct to say "She is ...
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Is there a definition for an actively working person?

I would like to ask for a direct or indirect definition that would define the person who is actively working in a company. For example in Linkedin I've seen the definition as present yet it does not ...
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something that doesn't fit us

What is particular 'verb' for the situation when one's footwear doesn't fit his foot and his foot comes out of the footwear again and again? Do we say: The shoe is getting out again and again. Or ...
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One word for “to be upset”

Is there a one word (intransitive verb) for the phrase "to be upset"? I will be upset I will ___? (cry?) When my son doesn't want to do something I usually say, "You upset me", but I want to have ...
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“Can I meet you at 6?” is wrong? [closed]

When I make an appointment with my hair stylist, can I say "Can I meet you at 6?" ?
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“last week, this week, next week” what comes later in this series?

Having a series of one week difference after each week, what comes after "next week"? Is it "next two weeks" or "in two weeks from now"? last week, this week, next week, ("next two weeks", "in two ...
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Distinguishing between different kinds of silicon

My company would like to find freebies made of silicon (Si, the metallic element, e.g. wafers or uncapped chips, something that has no practical purpose other than being shiny and having the company ...
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an adjective for a tall line! [closed]

Suppose these two lines ====== ============================= I say the first line is short, it's a short line! what can I say for the second line? tall line?! big line? large line? update: ...
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Is it correct to say “I have new hair” or “I have a new haircut”?

You often wear your hair short. But now your hair has grown longer. You have just had your hair cut short (similar to the style that you wore before). Is it correct to say "I have new hair" ...
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It it correct to say “I let the balloon go and it landed on the ceiling”?

There are 2 types of balloons. One can not fly, if you let it go it will land on the ground. The other one can fly, if you let it go it will fly into the air. Look at the picture above, the balloons ...
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Is it correct to say “don't touch the food, the worship is not done yet”?

So, this is a part of Asian culture. As shown in the above picture, a woman "sets the holy table for God" (I'm not sure it's correct to say it) (ie, put some bowls of food, chopstics, etc ...
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If something begins one day and then continues the next day, without interruption, what do you call it?

If something begins one day and then continues the next day, without interruption, what do you call it? Does it spill or stretch into the next day? I feel I forgot the right word.
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What is the word/phrase for killing someone for their color or race?

What is the word/phrase for killing someone for their color or race? Like: “George Floyd’s murder is called ________(the word/phrase here).”
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An insect is moving on a table. How can we express that you put a cup in such a way that it contains the insect inside?

An insect is moving on a table. Now you want to capture the insect by putting a cup in such a way that it contains the insect inside. How can we express that? Can we say "to lock the insect with a ...
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What's a word that has a meaning a 'new word for an old concept'?

Word2 is better known today as Word1 . Word1 is a _____ for Word2
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What is the verb to express “a person walks like a drunk after he spins around and around”?

Ok, After my child spins around and around, he often feels dizzy & walks like a drunk and almost falls. What is the verb to express "a person walks like a drunk after he spins around and around"? ...
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What is it called? a socket? an extension cord? or both?

socket: 1 a place in a wall where you can connect electrical equipment to the supply of electricity SYN power point British English, outlet American English exˈtension ˌlead British English, ...
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A perfect soccer player / journalist etc “Epitome” Vs “Fully-fledged”

I was wondering what would you call a soccer player who is truly well-trained and either physically and mentally is completely ready and in short a player who has all the requirement to be a perfect ...
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What do you call a piece of software inside another software that could be considered a software on its own?

What do you call a piece of software inside another software that could be considered a software on its own? I am looking for a language and technology independent word for it. Is there a word for it, ...
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A person who is willing and not afraid of taking risks

I wonder what do you call a person who is willing to take risks and is not afraid of doing risky things. Such people believe that the success is on the other side of risk, and they have to go through ...
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What do we call a song or music we perform during a funeral or for a dead person?

What do we call a song or music we perform during a funeral or for a dead person? I was thinking for "funeral song", but there has to be some kind of more specific term for this. I don't mind if the ...
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standalone noun that refers to a person with a birth defect

Is there a one-word noun in English that refers to a person with a birth defect? By "standalone noun" or "one-word noun" I mean a noun that is not a compound one (like "power of attorney", "due ...
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What is a good expression for saying that two things share some similaraties?

I believe there was an expression for it, it was something like 'x and z come into or meet at a similarity when it comes to.......'
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Agricultural depositary vs Agricultural depository

I know that both words "depositary" and "depository" have a similar meaning: Depository - A place where something is deposited, as for storage, safekeeping or preservation; a repository. Depositary - ...
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How to describe a place/society where criminal/offenders lives in a single word except prison/jail? [closed]

Would be great if someone here suggest a single or at max two words for where offenders/criminals live. I was thinking of something like "Infringed Element Society" but its a quite long phrase.I am ...
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Choosing correct connecting words for drawing a parallel between two actions

I am trying to draw a parallel between two actions in one sentence, but am having trouble in choosing suitable connecting words. What choice of words would sound natural here? Just like Jack 3 years ...
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Is it colloquial to say “you brush vertically the inner and outer sides of your teeth, then horizontally the chewing surfaces of your teeth”?

Do we say "vertically", "horizontally", "the inner/outer sides of teeth", "chewing surfaces of teeth" in everyday conversations? Is it colloquial to say "...
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an expression meaning “to switch to (a less expensive product)”

Is there an expression, a phrasal verb or otherwise, that means "to switch to (a less advanced, expensive, etc., product or service)" because one doesn't have as much money as one used to or ...
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If some agency has too many responsibilities, how do you describe it? [closed]

If some agency has too many competencies, things it's responsible for, what adjective can I use? For example, if it's an intelligence, counter-intelligence, law enforcement body all at once (with the ...
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Is there a word describing a woman careful with cleanliness than ordinary?

There are some women who care about cleanliness than others. When she behaves, you can see the difference in her behavior from others. But she is not extreme like all-time hands washing from ...
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We say “After you put the shirt on, you are wearing it”. Would you say “After you lay your head on the pillow, you are laying your head on it”?

put something + adv./prep. to move something into a particular place or position Put the cases down there, please. Did you put sugar in my coffee? Put your hand up if you need more ...
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Day-to-day word for “corresponding” in this context

Integers are: All the natural numbers, their negative corresponding numbers and zero. The word corresponding doesn't seem suitable for a child. How a native speaker would say this to a child? Is ...
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A girl wore her hair in bunches, what do you call each of the two parts: a bunch or a side?

bunches [plural] British English if a girl wears her hair in bunches, she ties it together at each side of her head The girl in the picture wore her hair in bunches. What do you call each of the ...
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How to distinguish “to fold the paper up / down / back / over”?

fold [transitive] to bend something, especially paper or cloth, so that one part lies on top of another part fold something First, fold the paper in half/in two. The bird folded its wings. ...
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Confused! The differences between “coconut juice”, “coconut water”, “coconut milk”, “coconut cream”?

juice [uncountable, countable] the liquid that comes from fruit or vegetables; a drink made from this a glass of fruit juice a carton of apple juice lemon/lime juice Add the ...
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How do native people express when they want to give a bath or hand wash, etc to their toddlers or babies?

Normally, toddlers or babies can't take a bath or wash their hands by themselves. That is their parents who do these for them. In the dictionary have something done (used with a past participle) ...
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What words are there for sexual intercourse and menses that cover the particular meaning but are not very straight?

I've read in a book that to be polite in a conversation we may use past tense and this is called distancing. Such as, rather than saying 'I want to go.' one may say: I wanted to go. Although the ...
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Staring blankly at [closed]

I have a few question that I hope you can help me with. Monica is sitting on the couch staring blankly at the TV. She snaps out of it, grabs the remote, and turns off the TV. Can I use "staring ...
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an adjective describing too simplistic a view [closed]

I need an adjective that would describe a view on some matter of a person who didn't really bother to look deeper into it and, thus, are taking the matter in a very "flat" way, that is, not ...
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Compound words with “dog” in front [closed]

I need to make two compound words with the word "dog" to be the first part of the compound word. Those words should mean; 1. person given all the hard, boring job; 2. exhausted, worn out. I would ...
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When someone changes their mind in doing something

I wonder what word do you usually use in the following contexts: Scenario 1: I was a student of art at the university of X. Two years ago, when I was a junior student, I changed my mind and ........
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An adjective for a 'good definition'?

I am looking for an idiomatic adjective for a definition that is good. I know that a definition must be to-the-point, precise, clear, exact, accurate, etc. But what adjective do we usually use when ...
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Is there an adjective that describes a movement as being non-fluid, robot-like?

Is there an adjective that describes a movement as being non-fluid, robot-like? Looked at the antonyms of "fluid", but I couldn't find the word I was looking for. Certainly, there must be an adjective ...
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When you move towards someone or something

Editted: When someone comes up to you, they approach you while they are moving towards you. But what (phrasal) verb is used in an opposite case? For instance, you say: The small girl came up ...
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Is there a word or phrase that could fully describe this sphere made of flags?

Is there a word or phrase that could fully describe this sphere made of flags? I don't think there's a word for this, but I don't even know if I can describe it properly into words. A sphere whose ...
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Is there a word, phrase or coined expression that refers to the x-contains-y relationship?

I am not sure if there's a specific word, I can think of the word metonym, but it doesn't work for all x-contains-y relationship. For example, dish can refer to the food it contains (metonym), but ...