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word US English

A single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing, used with others (or sometimes alone) to form a sentence and typically shown with a space on either side when written or printed

-word US English

Denoting a word that may be offensive or have a negative connotation, specified by the word’s first letter

word US Thesaurus

the Italian word for “ham”

the Word in word US English

The Bible, or a part of it

the Word US English

The Bible, or a part of it

F-word US English

Used as a euphemism for the word “fuck” because of the latter’s taboo status

L-word US English

Used in place of such words as “liberal,” “lesbian,” and “love,” in contexts where the word is regarded as having negative or taboo connotations

N-word US English

Used instead of or in reference to the word “nigger” because of its taboo nature

wh-word US English

Any of a class of English words used to introduce questions and relative clauses. The main wh-words are why, who, which, what, where, when, and how

my word US English

An exclamation of surprise or emphasis

word up US English


boo word US English

A word or expression denoting something that is regarded with disapproval or dislike

code word US English

A word used for secrecy or convenience instead of the usual name for something

cuss word US English

A swear word

last word US English

A final or definitive pronouncement on or decision about a subject

send word US English

Send a message

word game US English

A game involving the making, guessing, or selection of words

word wrap US English

(In word processing) a feature that automatically moves a word that is too long to fit on a line to the beginning of the next line

dirty word US English

An offensive or indecent word

empty word US English

A word that has only a grammatical function, and no meaning in itself (for example, the infinitive marker to in English)

entry word US English

A word, phrase, or name that is the subject of and heading for an entry in a dictionary, glossary, or encyclopedia, and is usually set in boldface or another distinctive type; a headword or lemma

ghost word US English

A word that is not actually used but is recorded in a dictionary or other reference work

nonce word US English

A word coined for one single occasion only

swear word US English

An offensive word, used especially as an expression of anger

at a word US English

As soon as requested

in a word US English


word break US English

A point at which a word is split between two lines of text by means of a hyphen

word class US English

A category of words of similar form or function; a part of speech

word cloud US English

An image composed of words used in a particular text or subject, in which the size of each word indicates its frequency or importance

word length US English

The number of bits in a word

word order US English

The sequence of words in a sentence, especially as governed by grammatical rules and as affecting meaning

word salad US English

A confused or unintelligible mixture of seemingly random words and phrases, specifically (in psychiatry) as a form of speech indicative of advanced schizophrenia

word search US English

A puzzle consisting of letters arranged in a grid, containing several hidden words written in any direction

word square US English

A puzzle requiring the discovery of a set of words of equal length written one under another to read the same down as across, e.g., too old ode

nonce word New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

word coined for one occasion only

word break New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

point at which a word is hyphenated at the end of a line

word for word US English

In exactly the same or, when translated, exactly equivalent words

function word US English

A word whose purpose is more to signal grammatical relationship than the lexical meaning of a sentence, e.g., do in do you live here?

nonsense word US English

A word having no conventionally accepted meaning

reserved word US English

A word in a programming language that has a fixed meaning and cannot be redefined by the programmer

word deafness US English

An inability to identify spoken words, resulting from a brain defect such as Wernicke’s aphasia

word-perfect US English

Another term for letter-perfect.

word picture US English

A vivid description in writing

word problem US English

A mathematics exercise presented in the form of a hypothetical situation that requires an equation to be solved; for example, “if George earns a salary of $18,500 and 28% of it is deducted in taxes, how much take-home pay remains?”

four-letter word US English

Any of several short words referring to sexual or excretory functions, regarded as coarse or offensive

a good word US English

Words in recommendation or defense of a person

say the word US English

Give permission or instructions to do something

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