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word British & World 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 British & World English

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

a word in word British & World English

Even the smallest amount of something spoken or written

the Word in word British & World English

The Bible, or a part of it

the Word British & World English

The Bible, or a part of it

F-word British & World English

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

L-word British & World English

Used in place of the word ‘liberal’ in a political context where this word is regarded as having negative connotations

N-word British & World English

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

my word British & World English

An exclamation of surprise or emphasis

wh-word British & World 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

boo word British & World English

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

send word British & World English

Send a message

code word British & World English

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

word game British & World English

A game involving the making or selection of words

word wrap British & World 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

last word British & World English

A final or definitive pronouncement on or decision about a subject

non-word British & World English

A group of letters or speech sounds that looks or sounds like a word but that is not accepted as such by native speakers

dirty word British & World English

An offensive or indecent word

empty word British & World English

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

entry word British & World 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

swear word British & World English

An offensive word, used especially as an expression of anger

at a word British & World English

As soon as requested

word break British & World English

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

word class British & World English

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

word cloud British & World 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 British & World English

The number of bits in a word

word order British & World English

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

word salad British & World 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 British & World English

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

word square British & World 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

ghost word British & World English

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

nonce word British & World English

A word coined for one single occasion only

word for word British & World English

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

reserved word British & World English

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

word deafness British & World English

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

word-perfect British & World English

(Of an actor or speaker) knowing by heart the words for one’s part or speech

word picture British & World English

A vivid description in writing

word problem British & World English

The problem of determining whether two different products are equal, or two sequences of operations are equivalent

function word British & World English

A word whose purpose is to contribute to the syntax rather than the meaning of a sentence, for example do in we do not live here

nonsense word British & World English

A word having no conventionally accepted meaning

say the word British & World English

Give permission or instructions to do something

have a word British & World English

Speak briefly to someone

word blindness British & World English

Less technical term for alexia or dyslexia.

word processing British & World English

The production, storage, and manipulation of text on a computer or word processor

word processor British & World English

A program or machine for storing, manipulating, and formatting text entered from a keyboard and providing a printout

a good word British & World English

Words in recommendation or defence of a person

portmanteau word British & World English

A word blending the sounds and combining the meanings of two others, for example motel or brunch


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