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chachka  — (Yiddish) an attractive, unconventional woman

chador |ˈtʃɑːdɔːr| — a cloth used as a head covering (and veil and shawl) by Muslim and Hindu women

chafe |tʃeɪf| — soreness and warmth caused by friction

chaff |tʃæf| — material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds

chaffer |ˈtʃæfʌr| — wrangle (over a price, terms of an agreement, etc.)

chaffinch |ˈtʃæfɪntʃ| — small European finch with a cheerful song

chaffy |ˈtʃæfi| — value

chafing |ˈtʃeɪfɪŋ| — soreness or irritation of the skin caused by friction

chagrin |ʃəˈɡrɪn| — strong feelings of embarrassment

chagrined |ʃəˈɡrɪnd| — feeling or caused to feel ill at ease or self-conscious or ashamed

chain |tʃeɪn| — a series of things depending on each other as if linked together

chain-smoker |ˈtʃeɪn smoʊkər| — a heavy smoker (usually of cigarettes) who lights one off of another

chained |ˈtʃeɪnd| — bound with chains

chair |tʃer| — a seat for one person, with a support for the back

chairman |ˈtʃermən| — the officer who presides at the meetings of an organization

chairmanship |ˈtʃermənʃɪp| — the position of chairman

chairperson |ˈtʃerpɜːrsn| — the officer who presides at the meetings of an organization

chairwoman |ˈtʃerwʊmən| — the officer who presides at the meetings of an organization

chaise |ʃeɪz| — a long chair; for reclining

chalcedony |kælˈsedniː| — a milky or greyish translucent to transparent quartz

Chaldean |kælˈdiːən| — a wise man skilled in occult learning

chaldron |ˈtʃɔːldrən| — a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 36 bushels

chalet |ʃæˈleɪ| — a Swiss house with a sloping roof and wide eaves or a house built in this style

chalice |ˈtʃælɪs| — a bowl-shaped drinking vessel; especially the Eucharistic cup

chalk |tʃɔːk| — a soft whitish calcite

chalk out |ˈtʃɑːk ˈaʊt| — make a sketch of

chalk up |ˈtʃɑːk ʌp| — accumulate as a debt

chalkboard |ˈtʃɔːkbɔːrd| — sheet of slate; for writing with chalk

chalkstone  — a deposit of urates around a joint or in the external ear; diagnostic of advanced or chronic gout

chalky |ˈtʃɔːki| — of something having the color of chalk

challah |ˈhɑːlə| — (Judaism) a loaf of white bread containing eggs and leavened with yeast; often formed into braided loaves and glazed with eggs before baking

challenge |ˈtʃælɪndʒ| — a demanding or stimulating situation

challenger |ˈtʃælɪndʒər| — the contestant you hope to defeat

challenging |ˈtʃælɪndʒɪŋ| — requiring full use of your abilities or resources

chalybeate |kəˈlɪbiːɪt| — containing or impregnated with or tasting of iron

chamber |ˈtʃeɪmbər| — a natural or artificial enclosed space

chamberlain |ˈtʃeɪmbərlɪn| — British statesman who as Prime Minister pursued a policy of appeasement toward fascist Germany (1869-1940)

chambermaid |ˈtʃeɪmbərmeɪd| — a maid who is employed to clean and care for bedrooms (now primarily in hotels)

chambers |ˈtʃeɪmbərz| — English architect (1723-1796)

chameleon |kəˈmiːliən| — a changeable or inconstant person

chamfer |ˈtʃæmfər| — two surfaces meeting at an angle different from 90 degrees

chamois |ˈʃæmi| — a soft suede leather formerly from the skin of the chamois antelope but now from sheepskin

chamomile |ˈkæməˌmɑɪl, -ˌmil| — Eurasian plant with apple-scented foliage and white-rayed flowers and feathery leaves used medicinally; in some classification systems placed in genus Anthemis

champ |tʃæmp| — someone who has won first place in a competition

champagne |ʃæmˈpeɪn| — a white sparkling wine either produced in Champagne or resembling that produced there

champaign |tʃæmˈpeɪn| — extensive tract of level open land

champerty |ˈtʃæmpʌrtiː| — an unethical agreement between an attorney and client that the attorney would sue and pay the costs of the client's suit in return for a portion of the damages awarded

champion |ˈtʃæmpiən| — someone who has won first place in a competition

championship |ˈtʃæmpiənʃɪp| — the status of being a champion

chance |tʃæns| — a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances

chance-medley |ˈmedliː| — an unpremeditated killing of a human being in self defense

chanceful |ˈtʃænsfʌl| — of uncertain outcome; especially fraught with risk

chancel |ˈtʃænsl| — area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir; often enclosed by a lattice or railing

chancellery |ˈtʃænsələri| — a government building housing the office of a chancellor

chancellor |ˈtʃænsələr| — the British cabinet minister responsible for finance

chancery |ˈtʃænsəri| — a court with jurisdiction in equity

chancre |ˈʃæŋkər| — a small hard painless nodule at the site of entry of a pathogen (as syphilis)

chancroid |ˈʃæŋkrɔɪd| — infectious venereal ulcer

chancy |ˈtʃænsi| — of uncertain outcome; especially fraught with risk

chandelier |ˌʃændəˈlɪr| — branched lighting fixture; often ornate; hangs from the ceiling

chandler |ˈtʃændlər| — United States writer of detective thrillers featuring the character of Philip Marlowe (1888-1959)

chandlery |ˈtʃændlʌriː| — candles and other commodities sold by a chandler

change |tʃeɪndʒ| — an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another

change over |ˈtʃeɪndʒ ˈoʊvr̩| — make a shift in or exchange of

changeability |ˈtʃeɪndʒəbəl| — the quality of being changeable; having a marked tendency to change

changeable |ˈtʃeɪndʒəbl| — subject to change

changed |tʃeɪndʒd| — made or become different in some respect

changeful |ˈtʃeɪndʒfəl| — such that alteration is possible; having a marked tendency to change

changeless |ˈtʃeɪndʒləs| — unvarying in nature

changeling |ˈtʃeɪndʒlɪŋ| — a person of subnormal intelligence

changeover |ˈtʃeɪndʒoʊvər| — an event that results in a transformation

changer |ˈtʃeɪndʒər| — a person who changes something

changing |ˈtʃeɪndʒɪŋ| — marked by continuous change or effective action

channel |ˈtʃænl| — a path over which electrical signals can pass

chant |tʃænt| — a repetitive song in which as many syllables as necessary are assigned to a single tone

chanter |ˈtʃæntər| — reed pipe with finger holes on which the melody is played

chanterelle |ˈʃɑːntərel| — widely distributed edible mushroom rich yellow in color with a smooth cap and a pleasant apricot aroma

chantey |ˈʃæntiː| — a rhythmical work song originally sung by sailors

chantry |ˈtʃæntri| — an endowment for the singing of Masses

chanty |ˈʃæntiː| — a rhythmical work song originally sung by sailors

chaos |ˈkeɪɑːs| — a state of extreme confusion and disorder

chaotic |keɪˈɑːtɪk| — lacking a visible order or organization

chap |tʃæp| — a boy or man

chaparral |ˌʃæpəˈræl| — dense vegetation consisting of stunted trees or bushes

chapel |ˈtʃæpl| — a place of worship that has its own altar

chaperon |ˈʃæpəroʊn| — one who accompanies and supervises a young woman or gatherings of young people

chapfallen |ˈtʃæpfɔːlən| — brought low in spirit

chapiter |ˈtʃæpɪtər| — the upper part of a column that supports the entablature

chaplain |ˈtʃæplɪn| — a clergyman ministering to some institution

chaplet |ˈtʃæplət| — flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamental purposes

chapman |ˈtʃæpmən| — United States pioneer who planted apple trees as he traveled (1774-1845)

chapter |ˈtʃæptər| — a subdivision of a written work; usually numbered and titled

char |tʃɑːr| — a charred substance

charabanc |ˈʃærəbæŋ| — a vehicle carrying many passengers; used for public transport

character |ˈkærəktər| — an imaginary person represented in a work of fiction (play or film or story)

characteristic |ˌkærəktəˈrɪstɪk| — a prominent attribute or aspect of something

characteristically |ˌkærəktəˈrɪstɪkli| — in characteristic manner

characterization |ˌkærəktərəˈzeɪʃn| — a graphic or vivid verbal description

characterize |ˈkærəktəraɪz| — describe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of

characterless |ˈkærəktələs| — lacking distinct or individual characteristics; dull and uninteresting

charade |ʃəˈreɪd| — a word acted out in an episode of the game of charades

charcoal |ˈtʃɑːrkoʊl| — a carbonaceous material obtained by heating wood or other organic matter in the absence of air

charge |tʃɑːrdʒ| — an impetuous rush toward someone or something

chargeable |ˈtʃɑːrdʒəbəl| — liable to be accused, or cause for such liability

charged |tʃɑːrdʒd| — fraught with great emotion

charger |ˈtʃɑːrdʒər| — formerly a strong swift horse ridden into battle

charily |ˈtʃeərɪli| — with great caution; warily

chariness |ˈtʃeriːnɪs| — the trait of being cautious and watchful

chariot |ˈtʃæriət| — a light four-wheel horse-drawn ceremonial carriage

charioteer |ˌtʃæriəˈtɪr| — the driver of a chariot

charisma |kəˈrɪzmə| — a personal attractiveness or interestingness that enables you to influence others

charismatic |ˌkærɪzˈmætɪk| — possessing an extraordinary ability to attract

charitable |ˈtʃærətəbl| — showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity

charity |ˈtʃærəti| — a foundation created to promote the public good (not for assistance to any particular individuals)

charivari |ˌʃɑːrrɪˈvɑːrri| — a noisy mock serenade (made by banging pans and kettles) to a newly married couple

charlatan |ˈʃɑːrlətən| — a flamboyant deceiver; one who attracts customers with tricks or jokes

Charleston |ˈtʃɑːrlstən| — state capital of West Virginia in the central part of the state on the Kanawha river

charlock |ˈtʃɑːrlɑːk| — weedy Eurasian plant often a pest in grain fields

charlotte |ˈʃɑːrlət| — the largest city in North Carolina; located in south central North Carolina

charm |tʃɑːrm| — attractiveness that interests or pleases or stimulates

charmed |ˈtʃɑːrmd| — strongly attracted

charmer |ˈtʃɑːrmər| — someone with an assured and ingratiating manner

charming |ˈtʃɑːrmɪŋ| — pleasing or delighting

charnel |ˈtʃɑːn(ə)l| — a vault or building where corpses or bones are deposited

chart |tʃɑːrt| — a visual display of information

charter |ˈtʃɑːrtər| — a document incorporating an institution and specifying its rights; includes the articles of incorporation and the certificate of incorporation

chartered |ˈtʃɑːrtərd| — hired for the exclusive temporary use of a group of travelers

Charterhouse |ˈtʃɑːrtərˌhɑːws| — a Carthusian monastery

chartism |ˈtʃɑːrtɪzəm| — the principles of a body of 19th century English reformers who advocated better social and economic conditions for working people

chartist |ˈtʃɑːrˌtɪst| — a 19th century English reformer who advocated better social and economic conditions for working people

chartreuse |ʃɑːrˈtruːz| — aromatic green or yellow liqueur flavored with orange peel and hyssop and peppermint oils; made at monastery near Grenoble, France

charwoman |ˈtʃɑːrwʊmən| — a human female employed to do housework

chary |ˈtʃeri| — characterized by great caution and wariness

chase |tʃeɪs| — the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture

chaser |ˈtʃeɪsər| — a person who is pursuing and trying to overtake or capture

chasm |ˈkæzəm| — a deep opening in the earth's surface

chassis |ˈʃæsi| — alternative names for the body of a human being

chaste |tʃeɪst| — pure and simple in design or style

chasten |ˈtʃeɪsn| — censure severely

chastise |tʃæˈstaɪz| — censure severely

chastisement |tʃæˈstaɪzmənt| — verbal punishment

chastity |ˈtʃæstəti| — abstaining from sexual relations (as because of religious vows)

chasuble |ˈtʃæzjʊbl| — a long sleeveless vestment worn by a priest when celebrating Mass

chat |tʃæt| — an informal conversation

chateau |ʃæˈtoʊ| — an impressive country house (or castle) in France

chatelaine |ˈʃætəleɪn| — the mistress of a chateau or large country house

chatoyant |ʃəˈtɔɪənt| — varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles

chattel |ˈtʃætl| — personal as opposed to real property; any tangible movable property (furniture or domestic animals or a car etc)

chatter |ˈtʃætər| — noisy talk

chatterbox |ˈtʃætərbɑːks| — orchid growing along streams or ponds of western North America having leafy stems and 1 greenish-brown and pinkish flower in the axil of each upper leaf

chatterer |ˈtʃætʌrər| — an obnoxious and foolish and loquacious talker

chatty |ˈtʃæti| — full of trivial conversation

chauffeur |ʃoʊˈfɜːr| — a man paid to drive a privately owned car

chauvinism |ˈʃoʊvɪnɪzəm| — fanatical patriotism

chauvinist |ˈʃoʊvɪnɪst| — a person with a prejudiced belief in the superiority of his or her own kind

chauvinistic |ˌʃoʊvɪˈnɪstɪk| — fanatically patriotic

chaw |ˈtʃɒ| — a wad of something chewable as tobacco

chawbacon |ˈtʃɔːˌbeɪkən| — a person who is not very intelligent or interested in culture

cheap |tʃiːp| — tastelessly showy

cheapen |ˈtʃiːpən| — lower the grade of something; reduce its worth

cheapjack |ˈtʃiːpdʒæk| — a peddler of inferior goods

cheaply |ˈtʃiːpli| — in a stingy manner

cheapskate |ˈtʃiːpskeɪt| — a miserly person

cheat |tʃiːt| — weedy annual grass often occurs in grainfields and other cultivated land; seeds sometimes considered poisonous

cheater |ˈtʃiːtər| — someone who leads you to believe something that is not true

cheating |ˈtʃiːtɪŋ| — a deception for profit to yourself

Chechen |ˈtʃetʃən| — a native or inhabitant of Chechnya

check |tʃek| — a written order directing a bank to pay money

check in |ˈtʃek ɪn| — announce one's arrival, e.g. at hotels or airports

check out |ˈtʃek ˈaʊt| — examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition

checked |tʃekt| — patterned with alternating squares of color

checker |ˈtʃekər| — an attendant who checks coats or baggage

checkerboard |ˈtʃekərˌbɔːrd| — a board having 64 squares of two alternating colors

checkered |ˈtʃekərd| — patterned with alternating squares of color

checkers |ˈtʃekərz| — a checkerboard game for two players who each have 12 pieces; the object is to jump over and so capture the opponent's pieces

checklist |ˈtʃeklɪst| — a list of items (names or tasks etc.) to be checked or consulted

checkmate |ˌtʃekˈmeɪt| — complete victory

checkout |ˈtʃekaʊt| — the act of inspecting or verifying

checkpoint |ˈtʃekpɔɪnt| — a place (as at a frontier) where travellers are stopped for inspection and clearance

checkroom |ˈtʃekruːm| — a room where baggage or parcels are checked

checkrow |ˈtʃekˌroʊ| — plant in checkrows

checkup |ˈtʃeˌkəp| — a thorough physical examination; includes a variety of tests depending on the age and sex and health of the person

Cheddar |ˈtʃedər| — a village in southwestern England where cheddar cheese was first made

cheek |tʃiːk| — either side of the face below the eyes

cheekbone |ˈtʃiːkboʊn| — the arch of bone beneath the eye that forms the prominence of the cheek

cheeky |ˈtʃiːki| — offensively bold

cheep |tʃiːp| — the short weak cry of a young bird

cheer |tʃɪr| — a cry or shout of approval

cheer up |ˈtʃɪr ʌp| — cause (somebody) to feel happier or more cheerful

cheerful |ˈtʃɪrfl| — pleasantly (even unrealistically) optimistic

cheerfully |ˈtʃɪrfəli| — in a cheerful manner

cheerfulness |ˈtʃɪrfəlnəs| — the quality of being cheerful and dispelling gloom

cheering |ˈtʃɪrɪŋ| — encouragement in the form of cheers from spectators

cheerio |ˌtʃɪriˈoʊ| — a farewell remark

cheerleader |ˈtʃɪrliːdər| — an enthusiastic and vocal supporter

cheerless |ˈtʃɪrləs| — causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy

cheery |ˈtʃɪri| — bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer

cheese |tʃiːz| — a solid food prepared from the pressed curd of milk

cheesecake |ˈtʃiːzkeɪk| — made with sweetened cream cheese and eggs and cream baked in a crumb crust

cheesecloth |ˈtʃiːzklɔːθ| — a coarse loosely woven cotton gauze; originally used to wrap cheeses

cheesemonger |ˈtʃiːzˌmʌŋər| — someone who sells cheese

cheeseparing |ˈtʃiːzpeərɪŋ| — giving or spending with reluctance

cheesy |ˈtʃiːzi| — of very poor quality; flimsy

cheetah |ˈtʃiːtə| — long-legged spotted cat of Africa and southwestern Asia having nonretractile claws; the swiftest mammal; can be trained to run down game

chef |ʃef| — a professional cook

chef-d'oeuvre |ˌʃeɪ ˈdɝːvrə| — the most outstanding work of a creative artist or craftsman

chela |ˈkiːlə| — a Hindu disciple of a swami

chemical |ˈkemɪkl| — material produced by or used in a reaction involving changes in atoms or molecules

chemically |ˈkemɪkli| — with chemicals

chemise |ʃəˈmiːz| — a woman's sleeveless undergarment

chemist |ˈkemɪst| — a scientist who specializes in chemistry

chemistry |ˈkemɪstri| — the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions

chemotherapy |ˌkiːmoʊˈθerəpi| — the use of chemical agents to treat or control disease (or mental illness)

chenille |ʃəˈniːl| — a soft tufted cord used in embroidery

cheque |tʃek| — a written order directing a bank to pay money

chequebook |ˈtʃekbʊk| — a book issued to holders of checking accounts

chequer |ˈtʃekər| — one of the flat round pieces used in playing the game of checkers

chequered |ˈtʃekərd| — patterned with alternating squares of color

cherish |ˈtʃerɪʃ| — be fond of; be attached to

cherished |ˈtʃeˌrɪʃt| — characterized by feeling or showing fond affection for

Cherokee |ˈtʃerəkiː| — the Iroquoian language spoken by the Cherokee

cheroot |ʃəˈruːt| — a cigar with both ends cut flat

cherry |ˈtʃeri| — wood of any of various cherry trees especially the black cherry

cherrystone |ˈtʃeriˌstoʊn| — small quahog larger than a littleneck; eaten raw or cooked as in e.g. clams casino

chert |ˈtʃɝːt| — variety of silica containing microcrystalline quartz

cherub |ˈtʃerəb| — a sweet innocent baby

cherubic |tʃəˈruːbɪk| — having a sweet nature befitting an angel or cherub

chervil |ˈtʃɜːrvɪl| — aromatic annual Old World herb cultivated for its finely divided and often curly leaves for use especially in soups and salads

chess |tʃes| — weedy annual native to Europe but widely distributed as a weed especially in wheat

chessboard |ˈtʃesbɔːrd| — a checkerboard used to play chess

chessman |ˈtʃesmæn| — any of 16 white and 16 black pieces used in playing the game of chess

chest |tʃest| — the part of the human torso between the neck and the diaphragm or the corresponding part in other vertebrates

chesterfield |ˈtʃestərfiːld| — suave and witty English statesman remembered mostly for letters to his son (1694-1773)

chestnut |ˈtʃesnʌt| — wood of any of various chestnut trees of the genus Castanea

chesty |ˈtʃesti| — marked by a large or well-developed chest

chevalier |ˌʃevəˈlɪr| — French actor and cabaret singer (1888-1972)

cheviot |ˈʃeviət| — hardy hornless sheep of the Cheviot Hills noted for its short thick wool

chevron |ˈʃevrən| — V-shaped sleeve badge indicating military rank and service

chevy |ˈtʃevi| — annoy continually or chronically

chew |tʃuː| — a wad of something chewable as tobacco

chewing |ˈtʃuːɪŋ| — biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow

chi |kaɪ| — the circulating life energy that in Chinese philosophy is thought to be inherent in all things; in traditional Chinese medicine the balance of negative and positive forms in the body is believed to be essential for good health

chiaroscuro |kiˌɑːrəˈskʊroʊ| — a monochrome picture made by using several different shades of the same color

chiasmus |kɪˈæzməs| — inversion in the second of two parallel phrases

chic |ʃiːk| — elegance by virtue of being fashionable

chicane |ʃɪˈkeɪn| — a bridge hand that is void of trumps

chicanery |ʃɪˈkeɪnəri| — the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)

Chicano |tʃɪˈkɑːnoʊ| — a person of Mexican descent

chichi |ˈʃiːʃiː| — someone who dresses in a trendy fashionable way

chick |tʃɪk| — young bird especially of domestic fowl

chickadee |ˈtʃɪkədiː| — any of various small grey-and-black songbirds of North America

chicken |ˈtʃɪkɪn| — the flesh of a chicken used for food

chicken-breasted |ˈtʃɪkɪnˌbrestɪd| — having a chest deformity marked by a projecting breastbone caused by infantile rickets

chickenpox |ˈtʃɪkɪnpɑːks| — an acute contagious disease caused by herpes varicella zoster virus; causes a rash of vesicles on the face and body

chickpea |ˈtʃɪk piː| — the seed of the chickpea plant

chickweed |ˈtʃɪkwiːd| — any of various plants of the genus Stellaria

chicle |ˈtʃɪkl| — gum-like substance from the sapodilla

chicory |ˈtʃɪkəri| — the dried root of the chicory plant: used as a coffee substitute

chide |tʃaɪd| — censure severely or angrily

chief |tʃiːf| — a person who is in charge

chiefly |ˈtʃiːfli| — for the most part

chieftain |ˈtʃiːftən| — the leader of a group of people

chieftaincy |ˈtʃiːftənsi| — the position of chieftain

chieftainship  — the position of chieftain

chiffonier |ˌʃɪfəˈnɪər| — a tall elegant chest of drawers

chignon |ˈʃiːnjɑːn| — a roll of hair worn at the nape of the neck

chigoe |ˈtʃɪɡoʊ| — small tropical flea; the fertile female burrows under the skin of the host including humans

chilblain |ˈtʃɪlbleɪn| — inflammation of the hands and feet caused by exposure to cold and moisture

child |tʃaɪld| — a young person of either sex

child-centered  — designed to promote a child's personal qualities rather than to provide training or information

childbearing |ˈtʃaɪldberɪŋ| — the parturition process in human beings; having a baby; the process of giving birth to a child

childbed |ˈtʃaɪldˌbed| — concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child

childbirth |ˈtʃaɪldbɜːrθ| — the parturition process in human beings; having a baby; the process of giving birth to a child

childhood |ˈtʃaɪldhʊd| — the time of person's life when they are a child

childish |ˈtʃaɪldɪʃ| — indicating a lack of maturity

childishness |ˈtʃaɪldɪʃ| — a property characteristic of a child

childless |ˈtʃaɪldləs| — without offspring

childlike |ˈtʃaɪldlaɪk| — befitting a young child

childly |tʃaɪldli| — befitting a young child

Chilean |ˈtʃɪliən| — a native or inhabitant of Chile

chili |ˈtʃɪli| — ground beef and chili peppers or chili powder often with tomatoes and kidney beans

chiliad |ˈkɪliːˌæd| — the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100

chill |tʃɪl| — coldness due to a cold environment

chilli |ˈtʃɪli| — very hot and finely tapering pepper of special pungency

chilling |ˈtʃɪlɪŋ| — the process of becoming cooler; a falling temperature

chilly |ˈtʃɪli| — very hot and finely tapering pepper of special pungency

chime |tʃaɪm| — a percussion instrument consisting of a set of tuned bells that are struck with a hammer; used as an orchestral instrument

chime in |ˈtʃaɪm ɪn| — break into a conversation

chimera |kaɪˈmɪrə| — (Greek mythology) fire-breathing female monster with a lion's head and a goat's body and a serpent's tail; daughter of Typhon

chimerical |kaɪˈmerɪkəl| — produced by a wildly fanciful imagination

chimney |ˈtʃɪmni| — a vertical flue that provides a path through which smoke from a fire is carried away through the wall or roof of a building

chimneypiece |ˈtʃɪmnɪpiːs| — shelf that projects from wall above fireplace

chimp |ˈtʃɪmp| — intelligent somewhat arboreal ape of equatorial African forests

chimpanzee |ˌtʃɪmpænˈziː| — intelligent somewhat arboreal ape of equatorial African forests

chin |tʃɪn| — the protruding part of the lower jaw

china |ˈtʃaɪnə| — a communist nation that covers a vast territory in eastern Asia; the most populous country in the world

chinaman |ˈtʃaɪnəmən| — (ethnic slur) offensive term for a person of Chinese descent

chinaware |ˈtʃaɪnəweər| — dishware made of high quality porcelain

chinch |tʃɪntʃ| — bug of temperate regions that infests especially beds and feeds on human blood

chinchilla |tʃɪnˈtʃɪlə| — the expensive silvery grey fur of the chinchilla

chine |tʃaɪn| — cut of meat or fish including at least part of the backbone

Chinese |ˌtʃaɪˈniːz| — any of the Sino-Tibetan languages spoken in China; regarded as dialects of a single language (even though they are mutually unintelligible) because they share an ideographic writing system

chink |tʃɪŋk| — (ethnic slur) offensive term for a person of Chinese descent

chinkapin |ˈtʃɪŋkəpɪn| — small nut of either of two small chestnut trees of the southern United States; resembles a hazelnut

chinook |tʃɪˈnuːk| — a warm dry wind blowing down the eastern slopes of the Rockies

chinquapin |ˈtʃɪŋkəpɪn| — shrubby tree closely related to the Allegheny chinkapin but with larger leaves; southern midwestern United States

chintz |tʃɪnts| — a brightly printed and glazed cotton fabric

chip |tʃɪp| — a small fragment of something broken off from the whole

chip in |ˈtʃɪp ɪn| — contribute to some cause

chipboard |ˈtʃɪpbɔːrd| — a cheap hard material made from wood chips that are pressed together and bound with synthetic resin

chipmunk |ˈtʃɪpmʌŋk| — a burrowing ground squirrel of western America and Asia; has cheek pouches and a light and dark stripe running down the body

Chippendale |ˈtʃɪpəndeɪl| — a British cabinetmaker remembered for his graceful designs (especially of chairs) which influenced his contemporaries (1718-1779)

chipper |ˈtʃɪpər| — having a cheerful, lively, and self-confident air

chips |ˈtʃɪps| — strips of potato fried in deep fat

chirk |tʃɜːrk| — make a shrill creaking, squeaking, or noise, as of a door, mouse, or bird

chirography |kʌɪˈrɒɡrəfi| — beautiful handwriting

chiromancer |ˈkaɪroʊmænsər| — fortuneteller who predicts your future by the lines on your palms

chiromancy |ˈkaɪroʊmænsi| — telling fortunes by lines on the palm of the hand

chiropodist |kɪˈrɒpədɪst| — a specialist in care for the feet

chiropody |kɪˈrɑːpədi| — the branch of medicine concerned with the feet

chiropractor |ˈkaɪəroʊpræktər| — a therapist who practices chiropractic

chiroptera |kʌɪˈrɒpt(ə)rə| — an old order dating to early Eocene: bats: suborder Megachiroptera (fruit bats); suborder Microchiroptera (insectivorous bats)

chirp |tʃɜːrp| — a sharp sound made by small birds or insects

chirpy |ˈtʃɜːrpi| — characterized by liveliness and lightheartedness

chirr |tʃɜːr| — make a vibrant noise, of grasshoppers or cicadas

chirrup |ˈtʃɪrəp| — a series of chirps

chisel |ˈtʃɪzl| — an edge tool with a flat steel blade with a cutting edge

chisel in |ˈtʃɪzəl ɪn| — break into a conversation

chiseled |ˈtʃɪzəld| — having a clean and distinct outline as if precisely cut along the edges

chiseler  — a person who swindles you by means of deception or fraud

chiseller |ˈtʃɪzələr| — a person who swindles you by means of deception or fraud

chit |tʃɪt| — a dismissive term for a girl who is immature or who lacks respect

chit-chat |ˈtʃɪt tʃæt| — light informal conversation for social occasions

chitchat |ˈtʃɪtˌtʃæt| — light informal conversation for social occasions

chiton |ˈkaɪtn| — a woolen tunic worn by men and women in ancient Greece

chitterlings |ˈtʃɪtərlɪŋz| — small intestines of hogs prepared as food

chivalric  — characteristic of the time of chivalry and knighthood in the Middle Ages

chivalrous |ˈʃɪvəlrəs| — being attentive to women like an ideal knight

chivalry |ˈʃɪvəlri| — courtesy towards women

chive |ˈtʃaɪv| — perennial having hollow cylindrical leaves used for seasoning

chivvy |ˈtʃɪvi| — annoy continually or chronically

chivy |ˈtʃɪvi| — annoy continually or chronically

chlorate |ˈklɔːret| — any salt of chloric acid

chloride |ˈklɔːraɪd| — any compound containing a chlorine atom

chlorination |ˌklɒrɪˈneɪʃən| — the addition or substitution of chlorine in organic compounds

chlorine |ˈklɔːriːn| — a common nonmetallic element belonging to the halogens; best known as a heavy yellow irritating toxic gas; used to purify water and as a bleaching agent and disinfectant; occurs naturally only as a salt (as in sea water)

chlorite |ˈklɔːrʌɪt| — a generally green or black mineral; it occurs as a constituent of many rocks typically in the form of a flat crystal

chloroform |ˈklɔːrəfɔːrm| — a volatile liquid haloform (CHCl3); formerly used as an anesthetic

chlorophyll |ˈklɔːrəfɪl| — any of a group of green pigments found in photosynthetic organisms; there are four naturally occurring forms

chlorosis |kloʊˈroʊsɪs| — iron deficiency anemia in young women; characterized by weakness and menstrual disturbances and a green color to the skin

chock |ˈtʃɑːk| — a block of wood used to prevent the sliding or rolling of a heavy object

chock up |ˈtʃɑːk ʌp| — crowd or pack to capacity

chock-a-block |ˌtʃɑːk ə ˈblɑːk| — as completely as possible

chock-full |ˌtʃɑːk ˈfʊl| — packed full to capacity

chocolate |ˈtʃɑːklət| — a beverage made from cocoa powder and milk and sugar; usually drunk hot

choice |tʃɔɪs| — the person or thing chosen or selected

choir |ˈkwaɪər| — a chorus that sings as part of a religious ceremony

choirmaster |ˈkwaɪərmæstər| — the musical director of a choir

choke |tʃoʊk| — a coil of low resistance and high inductance used in electrical circuits to pass direct current and attenuate alternating current

choke down |tʃoʊk ˈdaʊn| — suppress

choke off |tʃoʊk ˈɒf| — suppress

choke up |tʃoʊk ʌp| — obstruct

choke-full |fʊl| — packed full to capacity

chokedamp  — the atmosphere in a mine following an explosion; high in carbon dioxide and incapable of supporting life

choker |ˈtʃoʊkər| — someone who kills by strangling

choky |ˈtʃoʊki| — British slang (dated) for a prison

choler |ˈkɒlər| — an irritable petulant feeling

cholera |ˈkɑːlərə| — an acute intestinal infection caused by ingestion of contaminated water or food

choleraic |ˌkɑːləˈreɪɪk| — relating to or resulting from or resembling cholera

choleric |ˈkɑːlərɪk| — easily moved to anger

cholesterol |kəˈlestərɔːl| — an animal sterol that is normally synthesized by the liver; the most abundant steroid in animal tissues

chomp |tʃɑːmp| — the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws

choose |tʃuːz| — pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

chooser |ˈtʃuːzər| — a person who chooses or selects out

choosey |ˈtʃuːzi| — difficult to please

choosy |ˈtʃuːzi| — difficult to please

chop |tʃɑːp| — the irregular motion of waves (usually caused by wind blowing in a direction opposite to the tide)

chop down |ˈtʃɑːp ˈdaʊn| — cut down

chop off |ˈtʃɑːp ˈɒf| — remove by or as if by cutting

chop up |ˈtʃɑːp ʌp| — cut into pieces

chop-chop |ˌtʃɑːp ˈtʃɑːp| — with speed

chophouse |ˈtʃɒphaʊs| — a restaurant that specializes in steaks

chopped |ˈtʃɑːpt| — prepared by cutting

chopper |ˈtʃɑːpər| — a grounder that bounces high in the air

choppy |ˈtʃɑːpi| — marked by abrupt transitions

choral |ˈkɔːrəl| — a stately Protestant (especially Lutheran) hymn tune

chorale |kəˈræl| — a stately Protestant (especially Lutheran) hymn tune

chord |kɔːrd| — a straight line connecting two points on a curve

chore |tʃɔːr| — a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee

chorea |kəˈriə| — chorea in dogs

choreograph |ˈkɔːriəɡræf| — compose a sequence of dance steps, often to music

choreographer |ˌkɔːriˈɑːɡrəfər| — someone who creates new dances

choreographic |ˌkɔːriəˈɡræfɪk| — of or concerned with choreography

choreography |ˌkɔːriˈɑːɡrəfi| — a show involving artistic dancing

chorine |kɔːrɪn| — a woman who dances in a chorus line

chorister |ˈkɔːrɪstər| — a singer in a choir

chortle |ˈtʃɔːrtl| — a soft partly suppressed laugh

chorus |ˈkɔːrəs| — any utterance produced simultaneously by a group

chosen |ˈtʃoʊzn| — one who is the object of choice; who is given preference

chough |tʃʌf| — a European corvine bird of small or medium size with red legs and glossy black plumage

chouse |tʃaʊs| — defeat someone through trickery or deceit

chow |tʃaʊ| — the imperial dynasty of China from 1122 to 221 BC; notable for the rise of Confucianism and Taoism

chowder |ˈtʃaʊdər| — a thick soup or stew made with milk and bacon and onions and potatoes

chrestomathy |krɛˈstɒməθi| — a selection of passages from different authors that is compiled as an aid in learning a language

chrism |ˈkrizəm| — a consecrated ointment consisting of a mixture of oil and balsam

Christ |kraɪst| — a teacher and prophet born in Bethlehem and active in Nazareth; his life and sermons form the basis for Christianity (circa 4 BC - AD 29)

christen |ˈkrɪsn| — administer baptism to

Christendom |ˈkrɪsndəm| — the collective body of Christians throughout the world and history (found predominantly in Europe and the Americas and Australia)

christening |ˈkrɪsnɪŋ| — giving a Christian name at baptism

Christian |ˈkrɪstʃən| — a religious person who believes Jesus is the Christ and who is a member of a Christian denomination

Christianity |ˌkrɪstiˈænəti| — a monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior

christianize |ˈkrɪstʃəˌnaɪz| — adapt in the name of Christianity

Christmas |ˈkrɪsməs| — period extending from Dec. 24 to Jan. 6

Christmastide |ˈkrɪsməstaɪd| — period extending from Dec. 24 to Jan. 6

christological  — of or relating to Christology

chromatic |krəˈmætɪk| — able to refract light without spectral color separation

chrome |kroʊm| — another word for chromium when it is used in dyes or pigments

chromium |ˈkroʊmiəm| — a hard brittle multivalent metallic element; resistant to corrosion and tarnishing

chromolithography  — single- or multi-color lithography

chromosomal |ˌkroʊməˈsoʊməl| — of or relating to a chromosome

chromosome |ˈkroʊməsoʊm| — a threadlike strand of DNA in the cell nucleus that carries the genes in a linear order

chromosphere |ˈkroʊməˌsfiːr| — a gaseous layer of the sun's atmosphere (extending from the photosphere to the corona) that is visible during a total eclipse of the sun

chronic |ˈkrɑːnɪk| — of long duration

chronically |ˈkrɑːnɪkli| — in a habitual and longstanding manner

chronicle |ˈkrɑːnɪkl| — a record or narrative description of past events

chronicler |ˈkrɑːnɪklər| — someone who writes chronicles

chronograph |ˈkrɑːnəɡræf| — an accurate timer for recording time

chronological |ˌkrɑːnəˈlɑːdʒɪkl| — relating to or arranged according to temporal order

chronologically |ˌkrɑːnəˈlɑːdʒɪkli| — with respect to chronology

chronology |krəˈnɑːlədʒi| — an arrangement of events in time

chronometer |krəˈnɑːmɪtər| — an accurate clock (especially used in navigation)

chrysalis |ˈkrɪsəlɪs| — pupa of a moth or butterfly enclosed in a cocoon

chrysanthemum |krɪˈsænθəməm| — the flower of a chrysanthemum plant

chrysolite |ˈkrɪsəlaɪt| — a brown or yellow-green olivine found in igneous and metamorphic rocks and used as a gemstone

chub |tʃʌb| — European freshwater game fish with a thick spindle-shaped body

chubby |ˈtʃʌbi| — sufficiently fat so as to have a pleasing fullness of figure

chuck |tʃʌk| — informal terms for a meal

chuck out |ˈtʃək ˈaʊt| — throw or cast away

chuckhole |ˈtʃʌkhəʊl| — a pit or hole produced by wear or weathering (especially in a road surface)

chuckle |ˈtʃʌkl| — a soft partly suppressed laugh

chuddar |ˈtʃʌdər| — a cloth used as a head covering (and veil and shawl) by Muslim and Hindu women

chuff |chuff| — blow hard and loudly

chuffed |tʃʌft| — very pleased

chug |tʃʌɡ| — the dull explosive noise made by an engine

chum |tʃʌm| — a close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities

chum up |ˈtʃəm ʌp| — become friends; act friendly towards

chummy |ˈtʃʌmi| — (used colloquially) having the relationship of friends or pals

chump |tʃʌmp| — a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of

chunk |tʃʌŋk| — a compact mass

chunking |ˈtʃʌŋkɪŋ| — (psychology) the configuration of smaller units of information into large coordinated units

chunky |ˈtʃʌŋki| — like or containing small sticky lumps

church |tʃɜːrtʃ| — one of the groups of Christians who have their own beliefs and forms of worship

church-state  — a state ruled by religious authority

churchgoer |ˈtʃɜːrtʃɡoʊər| — a religious person who goes to church regularly

churchly |ˈtʃəːtʃli| — resembling or suggesting or appropriate to a church

churchman |ˈtʃɜːrtʃmən| — a clergyman or other person in religious orders

churchwarden |ˌtʃɜːrtʃˈwɔːrdn| — an officer in the Episcopal church who helps a parish priest with secular matters

churchyard |ˈtʃɜːrtʃjɑːrd| — the yard associated with a church

churl |tʃɜːrl| — a crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement

churlish |ˈtʃɜːrlɪʃ| — rude and boorish

churn |tʃɜːrn| — a vessel in which cream is agitated to separate butterfat from buttermilk

chute |ʃuːt| — rescue equipment consisting of a device that fills with air and retards your fall

chutzpah |ˈxʊtspə| — (Yiddish) unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity

chyle |kaɪl| — a milky fluid consisting of lymph and emulsified fats; formed in the small intestine during digestion of ingested fats

chyme |kaɪm| — a semiliquid mass of partially digested food that passes from the stomach through the pyloric sphincter into the duodenum