English dictionary


ne'er |ner| — not ever; at no time in the past or future

ne'er-do-well |ˈnerdəˌwel| — an idle worthless person

Neanderthal |niˈændərtɑːl| — extinct robust human of Middle Paleolithic in Europe and western Asia

neap |niːp| — a less than average tide occurring at the first and third quarters of the moon

Neapolitan |ˌniəˈpɑːlətən| — a native or inhabitant of Naples

near |nɪr| — move towards

nearby |ˌnɪrˈbaɪ| — not far away in relative terms

nearest |ˈnɪrəst| — (superlative of `near' or `close') within the shortest distance

nearly |ˈnɪrli| — (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but

nearness |ˈnɪrnəs| — the spatial property resulting from a relatively small distance

nearside |ˈnɪrsaɪd| — the side of a vehicle nearest the kerb

nearsighted |ˌnɪrˈsaɪtɪd| — unable to see distant objects clearly

nearsightedness |ˈniːrˌsaɪtədnəs| — (ophthalmology) eyesight abnormality resulting from the eye's faulty refractive ability; distant objects appear blurred

neat |niːt| — clean or organized

neatly |ˈniːtli| — with neatness

neatness |ˈniːtnəs| — the state of being neat and smart and trim

neb |neb| — a long projecting or anterior elongation of an animal's head; especially the nose

nebbish |ˈnebɪʃ| — (Yiddish) a timid unfortunate simpleton

nebula |ˈnebjələ| — a medicinal liquid preparation intended for use in an atomizer

nebular |ˈnebyələr| — resembling a cloud

nebulizer |ˈnebjʊlaɪzə| — a dispenser that turns a liquid (such as perfume) into a fine mist

nebulous |ˈnebjələs| — lacking definite form or limits

necessarily |ˌnesəˈserəli| — in an essential manner

necessary |ˈnesəseri| — anything indispensable

necessitarian |nɪˌsesɪˈteriːən| — someone who does not believe the doctrine of free will

necessitate |nəˈsesɪteɪt| — require as useful, just, or proper

necessitous |nəˈsesədəs| — poor enough to need help from others

necessity |nəˈsesəti| — the condition of being essential or indispensable

neck |nek| — the part of an organism (human or animal) that connects the head to the rest of the body

neckband |ˈnekband| — a band around the collar of a garment

neckcloth |ˈnek klɒθ| — an ornamental white cravat

neckerchief |ˈnekərtʃiːf| — a kerchief worn around the neck

necking |ˈnekɪŋ| — the molding at the top of a column

necklace |ˈnekləs| — jewelry consisting of a cord or chain (often bearing gems) worn about the neck as an ornament (especially by women)

necklet |ˈneklət| — decoration worn about the neck (fur piece or tight necklace) as an ornament

neckline |ˈneklaɪn| — the line formed by the edge of a garment around the neck

neckpiece |ˈnekˌpiːs| — an article of apparel worn about the neck

necktie |ˈnektaɪ| — neckwear consisting of a long narrow piece of material worn (mostly by men) under a collar and tied in knot at the front

neckwear |ˈnekwer| — articles of clothing worn about the neck

necrology |nəˈkrɑːlədʒiː| — a notice of someone's death; usually includes a short biography

necromancer |ˈnekroʊmænsər| — one who practices magic or sorcery

necromancy |ˈnekroʊmænsi| — the belief in magical spells that harness occult forces or evil spirits to produce unnatural effects in the world

necromantic |ˌnekrəʊˈmæntɪk| — given to or produced by or used in the art of conjuring up the dead

necropolis |nəˈkrɑːpəlɪs| — a tract of land used for burials

necropsy |ˈnekrɑːpsi| — an examination and dissection of a dead body to determine cause of death or the changes produced by disease

necrose |ˈnekrəʊs| — undergo necrosis

necrosis |neˈkroʊsɪs| — the localized death of living cells (as from infection or the interruption of blood supply)

nectar |ˈnektər| — a sweet liquid secretion that is attractive to pollinators

nectariferous |ˌnektəˈrifərəs| — possessing nectaries

nectarine |ˈnektəriːn| — variety or mutation of the peach bearing fruit with smooth skin and (usually) yellow flesh

nectary |ˈnektəriː| — a gland (often a protuberance or depression) that secretes nectar

need |niːd| — a condition requiring relief

needed |ˈniːdəd| — necessary for relief or supply

needful |ˈniːdfl| — necessary for relief or supply

needle |ˈniːdl| — the leaf of a conifer

needle-shaped |ˈniːdlʃeɪpt| — narrow and long and pointed; as pine leaves

needlefish |ˈniːdəlˌfɪʃ| — elongate European surface-dwelling predacious fishes with long toothed jaws; abundant in coastal waters

needlepoint |ˈniːdlpɔɪnt| — lace worked with a needle in a buttonhole stitch on a paper pattern

needless |ˈniːdləs| — unnecessary and unwarranted

needlessly |ˈniːdləsli| — without need

needlewoman |ˈniːdlwʊmən| — someone who makes or mends dresses

needlework |ˈniːdlwɜːrk| — a creation created or assembled by needle and thread

needs |niːdz| — in such a manner as could not be otherwise

needy |ˈniːdi| — needy people collectively

nefarious |nɪˈferiəs| — extremely wicked

negate |nɪˈɡeɪt| — be in contradiction with

negation |nɪˈɡeɪʃn| — a negative statement; a statement that is a refusal or denial of some other statement

negative |ˈneɡətɪv| — a reply of denial

negatively |ˈneɡətɪvli| — in a harmful manner

negativism |ˈneɡədəvˌizəm| — characterized by habitual skepticism and a disagreeable tendency to deny or oppose or resist suggestions or commands

negativity |ˌneɡəˈtɪvəti| — the character of the negative electric pole

neglect |nɪˈɡlekt| — lack of attention and due care

neglected |nɪˈɡlektɪd| — disregarded

neglectful |nɪˈɡlektfl| — not showing due care or attention

neglige |ˌneɡləˈʒeɪ| — a loose dressing gown for women

negligee |ˌneɡlɪˈʒeɪ| — a loose dressing gown for women

negligence |ˈneɡlɪdʒəns| — failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances

negligent |ˈneɡlɪdʒənt| — characterized by neglect and undue lack of concern

negligently |ˈneɡlɪdʒəntli| — in a negligent manner

negligible |ˈneɡlɪdʒəbl| — so small as to be meaningless; insignificant

negotiable |nɪˈɡoʊʃiəbl| — capable of being passed or negotiated

negotiant |nɪˈɡoʊʃiːənt| — someone who negotiates (confers with others in order to reach a settlement)

negotiate |nɪˈɡoʊʃieɪt| — discuss the terms of an arrangement

negotiation |nɪˌɡoʊʃiˈeɪʃn| — a discussion intended to produce an agreement

negotiator |nɪˈɡoʊʃieɪtər| — someone who negotiates (confers with others in order to reach a settlement)

Negro |ˈniːɡroʊ| — a person with African ancestry,

Negroid |ˈniːɡrɒjd| — a person with African ancestry,

negus |ˈniːɡəs| — wine and hot water with sugar and lemon juice and nutmeg

neigh |neɪ| — the characteristic sounds made by a horse

neighbor |ˈneɪbər| — a person who lives (or is located) near another

neighborhood |ˈneɪbərˌhʊd| — a surrounding or nearby region

neighboring |ˈneɪbərɪŋ| — having a common boundary or edge; abutting; touching

neighborliness  — a disposition to be friendly and helpful to neighbors

neighborly |ˈneɪbərli| — exhibiting the qualities expected in a friendly neighbor

neighbour |ˈneɪbər| — a person who lives (or is located) near another

neighbourhood |ˈneɪbərhʊd| — a surrounding or nearby region

neighbourliness |ˈneɪbəlɪnəs| — a disposition to be friendly and helpful to neighbors

neighbourly |ˈneɪbərli| — exhibiting the qualities expected in a friendly neighbor

neither |ˈnaɪðər| — not either; not one or the other

nekton |ˈnektən| — the aggregate of actively swimming animals in a body of water ranging from microscopic organisms to whales

nelson |ˈnelsn| — English admiral who defeated the French fleets of Napoleon but was mortally wounded at Trafalgar (1758-1805)

nematode |ˈnemətoʊd| — unsegmented worms with elongated rounded body pointed at both ends; mostly free-living but some are parasitic

Nemesis |ˈneməsɪs| — (Greek mythology) the goddess of divine retribution and vengeance

neoclassical |ˌniːoʊˈklæsɪkl| — characteristic of a revival of an earlier classical style

neocolonialism |ˌniːoʊkəˈloʊnɪəlɪzəm| — control by a powerful country of its former colonies (or other less developed countries) by economic pressures

neoconservative |ˌniːoʊkənˈsɜːrvətɪv| — a conservative who subscribes to neoconservatism

neoliberal |ˌnioˈlɪbərəl| — a liberal who subscribes to neoliberalism

neoliberalism  — a political orientation originating in the 1960s; blends liberal political views with an emphasis on economic growth

neolithic |ˌniːəˈlɪθɪk| — latest part of the Stone Age beginning about 10,000 BC in the Middle East (but later elsewhere)

neologism |niˈɑːlədʒɪzəm| — a newly invented word or phrase

neology |niːˈɑːlədʒiː| — a newly invented word or phrase

neon |ˈniːɑːn| — a colorless odorless gaseous element that give a red glow in a vacuum tube; one of the six inert gasses; occurs in the air in small amounts

neonatal |ˌniːoʊˈneɪtl| — relating to or affecting the infant during the first month after birth

neonate |ˈniːoʊneɪt| — a baby from birth to four weeks

neophron |ˈniːoʊˌfrɑːn| — a genus of Accipitridae

neophyte |ˈniːəfaɪt| — a plant that is found in an area where it had not been recorded previously

neoplasm |ˈniːoʊplæzəm| — an abnormal new mass of tissue that serves no purpose

Nepalese |ˌnepəˈliːz| — a native or inhabitant of Nepal

nepenthes |nɪˈpɛnθiːz| — pitcher plants

nephew |ˈnefjuː| — a son of your brother or sister

nephology |neˈfɑːlədʒiː| — the branch of meteorology that studies clouds and cloud formation

nephrite |ˈnefraɪt| — an amphibole mineral consisting of calcium magnesium silicate in monoclinic crystalline form; a source of jade that is less valuable than from jadeite; once believed to cure kidney disorders

nephritic |nəˈfridik| — affected by nephritis

nephritis |nɪˈfraɪtɪs| — an inflammation of the kidney

nephrology |nɛˈfrɒlədʒi| — the branch of medicine concerned with the kidney - its development and anatomy and physiology and disorders

nepotism |ˈnepətɪzəm| — favoritism shown to relatives or close friends by those in power (as by giving them jobs)

nepotist |ˈnepətɪst| — a powerful person who shows favoritism to relatives or close friends

Neptune |ˈneptjuːn| — (Roman mythology) god of the sea; counterpart of Greek Poseidon

neptunium |nepˈtjuːniəm| — a radioactive transuranic metallic element; found in trace amounts in uranium ores; a by-product of the production of plutonium

nerd |nɜːrd| — an insignificant student who is ridiculed as being affected or boringly studious

nereid |ˈnɪərɪɪd| — (Greek mythology) any of the 50 sea nymphs who were daughters of the sea god Nereus

Nero |ˈnɪroʊ| — Roman Emperor notorious for his monstrous vice and fantastic luxury (was said to have started a fire that destroyed much of Rome in 64) but the Roman Empire remained prosperous during his rule (37-68)

nerve |nɜːrv| — any bundle of nerve fibers running to various organs and tissues of the body

nerve-racking |ˈnɝːv rækɪŋ| — extremely irritating to the nerves

nerveless |ˈnɜːrvləs| — marked by calm self-control (especially in trying circumstances); unemotional

nerves |ˈnɝːvz| — an uneasy psychological state

nervous |ˈnɜːrvəs| — easily agitated

nervously |ˈnɜːrvəsli| — in an anxiously nervous manner

nervousness |ˈnɜːrvəsnəs| — the anxious feeling you have when you have the jitters

nervy |ˈnɜːrvi| — being in a tense state

nescience |ˈnesɪəns| — ignorance (especially of orthodox beliefs)

nescient |ˈnesɪənt| — holding that only material phenomena can be known and knowledge of spiritual matters or ultimate causes is impossible

ness |nes| — a strip of land projecting into a body of water

nest |nest| — a structure in which animals lay eggs or give birth to their young

nestle |ˈnesl| — a close and affectionate (and often prolonged) embrace

nestling |ˈnestlɪŋ| — young bird not yet fledged

net |net| — a computer network consisting of a worldwide network of computer networks that use the TCP/IP network protocols to facilitate data transmission and exchange

nether |ˈneðər| — lower

Netherlander |ˈneðələndər| — a native or inhabitant of Holland

nethermost |ˈneðəmoʊst| — farthest down

netting |ˈnetɪŋ| — a net of transparent fabric with a loose open weave

nettle |ˈnetl| — any of numerous plants having stinging hairs that cause skin irritation on contact (especially of the genus Urtica or family Urticaceae)

network |ˈnetwɜːrk| — an interconnected system of things or people

neural |ˈnʊrəl| — of or relating to the nervous system

neuralgia |nʊˈrældʒə| — acute spasmodic pain along the course of one or more nerves

neuralgic |njuːˈrældʒɪk| — of or relating to or suffering from neuralgia

neurasthenia |ˌnʊrəsˈθiːniə| — nervous breakdown (not in technical use)

neurasthenic |ˌnjuːrəsˈθenɪk| — a person suffering a nervous breakdown

neuritis |njʊəˈraɪtɪs| — inflammation of a nerve accompanied by pain and sometimes loss of function

neurologic |ˌnʊrəˈlɑːdʒɪk| — of or relating to or used in or practicing neurology

neurological |ˌnʊrəˈlɑːdʒɪkl| — of or relating to or used in or practicing neurology

neurologist |nʊˈrɑːlədʒɪst| — a medical specialist in the nervous system and the disorders affecting it

neurology |nʊˈrɑːlədʒi| — the branch of medical science that deals with the nervous system

neuroma |nʊˈroʊmə| — any tumor derived from cells of the nervous system

neuromuscular |ˌnjʊərəʊˈmʌskjʊlə| — affecting or characteristic of both neural and muscular tissue

neuron |ˈnʊrɑːn| — a cell that is specialized to conduct nerve impulses

neuronal |njʊəˈrəʊn(ə)l| — of or relating to neurons

neuropathy |ˈnʊroˌpæθi| — any pathology of the peripheral nerves

neuropsychological  — of or concerned with neuropsychology

neuroscience |ˈnʊroʊsaɪəns| — the scientific study of the nervous system

neuroscientist |ˈnʊroʊsaɪəntɪst| — a neurobiologist who specializes in the study of the brain

neurosis |nʊˈroʊsɪs| — a mental or personality disturbance not attributable to any known neurological or organic dysfunction

neurotic |nʊˈrɑːtɪk| — a person suffering from neurosis

neuroticism  — a mental or personality disturbance not attributable to any known neurological or organic dysfunction

neurotransmitter |ˈnʊroʊtrænzmɪtər| — a neurochemical that transmits nerve impulses across a synapse

neuter |ˈnuːtər| — a gender that refers chiefly (but not exclusively) to inanimate objects (neither masculine nor feminine)

neutral |ˈnuːtrəl| — one who does not side with any party in a war or dispute

neutralism |ˈnuːtrəˌlɪzəm| — a policy of neutrality or nonalignment in international affairs

neutralist |ˈnuːtrələst| — an advocate of neutrality in international affairs

neutrality |nuːˈtræləti| — nonparticipation in a dispute or war

neutralization |ˌnuːtrələˈzeɪʃən| — action intended to keep a country politically neutral or exclude it from a possible war

neutralize |ˈnuːtrəlaɪz| — make politically neutral and thus inoffensive

neutrino |nuːˈtriːnoʊ| — an elementary, electrically neutral particle with a very small mass

neutron |ˈnuːtrɑːn| — an elementary particle with 0 charge and mass about equal to a proton; enters into the structure of the atomic nucleus

neutrophil |ˈnjuːtrə(ʊ)fɪl| — the chief phagocytic leukocyte; stains with either basic or acid dyes

neve |ˈniːv| — the upper part of a glacier (beyond the limit of perpetual snow) where the snow turns to ice

never |ˈnevər| — not ever; at no time in the past or future

never-ending |ˈendɪŋ| — uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing

never-never |ˈnevər| — installment plan

nevermore |ˌnevərˈmɔːr| — at no time hereafter

nevertheless |ˌnevərðəˈles| — despite anything to the contrary (usually preceding a concession)

nevus  — a blemish on the skin that is formed before birth

new |nuː| — original and of a kind not seen before

new-fangled |ˈnjuːˌfæŋɡld| — (of a new kind or fashion) gratuitously new

new-made |meɪd| — newly made

newborn |ˈnuːbɔːrn| — a baby from birth to four weeks

newcomer |ˈnuːkʌmər| — any new participant in some activity

newel |ˈnjuːəl| — the post at the top or bottom of a flight of stairs; it supports the handrail

newfangled |ˌnuːˈfæŋɡld| — (of a new kind or fashion) gratuitously new

newfound |ˈnuːˈfaʊnd| — newly discovered

Newfoundland |ˈnuːfəndlənd| — a breed of very large heavy dogs with a thick coarse usually black coat; highly intelligent dogs and vigorous swimmers; developed in Newfoundland

Newgate |ˈnuːɡet| — a former prison in London notorious for its unsanitary conditions and burnt down in riots in 1780; a new prison was built on the same spot but was torn down in 1902

newly |ˈnuːli| — very recently

newlywed |ˈnuliˌwed| — someone recently married

Newmarket |ˈnjuːˌmɑːkɪt| — a long close-fitting coat worn for riding in the 19th century

newness |ˈnuːnəs| — the quality of being new; the opposite of oldness

news |nuːz| — information about recent and important events

newsagent |ˈnuːzeɪdʒənt| — someone who sells newspapers

newsboy |ˈnjuːzbɔɪ| — a boy who delivers newspapers

newsbreak  — a short news announcement concerning some on-going news story

newscast |ˈnuːzkæst| — a broadcast of news or commentary on the news

newscaster |ˈnuːzkæstər| — someone who broadcasts the news

newsdealer |ˈnjuːzdiːlər| — someone who sells newspapers

newsletter |ˈnuːzletər| — report or open letter giving informal or confidential news of interest to a special group

newsman |ˈnuːzmæn| — a person who investigates and reports or edits news stories

newsmonger |ˈnjuːzmʌŋɡər| — a person given to gossiping and divulging personal information about others

newspaper |ˈnuːzpeɪpər| — a daily or weekly publication on folded sheets; contains news and articles and advertisements

newspaperman |ˈnuːzpeɪpərmæn| — a journalist employed to provide news stories for newspapers or broadcast media

newsprint |ˈnuːzprɪnt| — cheap paper made from wood pulp and used for printing newspapers

newsreader |ˈnuːzriːdər| — someone who reads out broadcast news bulletin

newsreel |ˈnuːzriːl| — a short film and commentary about current events

newsroom |ˈnuːzruːm| — the staff of a newspaper or the news department of a periodical

newsstand |ˈnuzˌstænd| — a stall where newspapers and other periodicals are sold

newsvendor |ˈnjuːzvendər| — someone who sells newspapers

newswriter  — a journalist employed to provide news stories for newspapers or broadcast media

newsy |ˈnuːzi| — full of news

newt |nuːt| — small usually bright-colored semiaquatic salamanders of North America and Europe and northern Asia

Newtonian |nuːˈtoʊniən| — a follower of Isaac Newton

next |nekst| — at the time or occasion immediately following

nexus |ˈneksəs| — the means of connection between things linked in series