English dictionary


clabber |ˈklabər| — raw milk that has soured and thickened

clack |klæk| — a sharp abrupt noise as if two objects hit together; may be repeated

clad |klæd| — having an outer covering especially of thin metal

claim |kleɪm| — an assertion of a right (as to money or property)

claimant |ˈkleɪmənt| — someone who claims a benefit or right or title

clairvoyance |klerˈvɔɪəns| — apparent power to perceive things that are not present to the senses

clairvoyant |klerˈvɔɪənt| — someone who has the power of clairvoyance

clam |klæm| — burrowing marine mollusk living on sand or mud; the shell closes with viselike firmness

clamant |klæmənt| — conspicuously and offensively loud; given to vehement outcry

clamber |ˈklæmbər| — an awkward climb

clamminess |ˈklæmɪnɪs| — unpleasant wetness

clammy |ˈklæmi| — unpleasantly cool and humid

clamor |ˈklæmər| — a loud harsh or strident noise

clamorous |ˈklæmərəs| — conspicuously and offensively loud; given to vehement outcry

clamorously |ˈklæmərli| — in manner that attracts attention

clamour |ˈklæmər| — loud and persistent outcry from many people

clamp |klæmp| — a device (generally used by carpenters) that holds things firmly together

clamp down |ˈklæmp ˈdaʊn| — repress or suppress (something regarded as undesirable)

clamshell |ˈklæmʃel| — the shell of a clam

clan |klæn| — group of people related by blood or marriage

clandestine |klænˈdestɪn| — conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods

clang |klæŋ| — a loud resonant repeating noise

clanger |ˈklæŋər| — a conspicuous mistake whose effects seem to reverberate

clangor  — a loud resonant repeating noise

clangour |ˈklæŋɡər| — a loud resonant repeating noise

clank |klæŋk| — a loud resonant repeating noise

clannish |ˈklænɪʃ| — characteristic of a clan especially in being unified

clannishness  — tendency to associate with only a select group

clansman |ˈklænzmən| — a member of a clan

clap |klæp| — a sudden very loud noise

clap on |ˈklæp ɑːn| — apply carelessly

clap up |ˈklæp ʌp| — make hastily and carelessly

clapboard |ˈklæbərd| — a long thin board with one edge thicker than the other; used as siding by lapping one board over the board below

clapper |ˈklæpər| — someone who applauds

clapperclaw |ˈklæpʌrˌklɔː| — claw with the nails

clapping |ˈklæpɪŋ| — a demonstration of approval by clapping the hands together

claptrap |ˈklæptræp| — pompous or pretentious talk or writing

claque |klæk| — a group of followers hired to applaud at a performance

clarence |ˈklerəns| — a closed carriage with four wheels and seats for four passengers

claret |ˈklærət| — a dark purplish-red color

clarification |ˌklærəfɪˈkeɪʃn| — an interpretation that removes obstacles to understanding

clarify |ˈklærəfaɪ| — make clear and (more) comprehensible

clarifying |ˈklerəˌfaɪɪŋ| — that makes clear

clarinet |ˌklærəˈnet| — a single-reed instrument with a straight tube

clarinettist |ˌklærɪˈnetɪst| — a musician who plays the clarinet

clarion |ˈkleriən| — a medieval brass instrument with a clear shrill tone

clarity |ˈklærəti| — free from obscurity and easy to understand; the comprehensibility of clear expression

clary |ˈkleri| — aromatic herb of southern Europe; cultivated in Great Britain as a potherb and widely as an ornamental

clash |klæʃ| — a loud resonant repeating noise

clasp |klæsp| — a fastener (as a buckle or hook) that is used to hold two things together

class |klæs| — a collection of things sharing a common attribute

class-conscious |klæs ˈkɒnʃəs| — (used of society) socially hierarchical

classic |ˈklæsɪk| — a creation of the highest excellence

classical |ˈklæsɪkl| — traditional genre of music conforming to an established form and appealing to critical interest and developed musical taste

classically |ˈklæsɪkli| — in the manner of Greek and Roman culture

classicism |ˈklæsɪsɪzəm| — a movement in literature and art during the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe that favored rationality and restraint and strict forms

classicize |ˈklæsɪˌsaɪz| — make classic or classical

classics |ˈklæsɪks| — study of the literary works of ancient Greece and Rome

classification |ˌklæsɪfɪˈkeɪʃn| — the act of distributing things into classes or categories of the same type

classificatory  — relating to or involving classification

classified |ˈklæsɪfaɪd| — a short ad in a newspaper or magazine (usually in small print) and appearing along with other ads of the same type

classify |ˈklæsɪfaɪ| — arrange or order by classes or categories

classless |ˈklæsləs| — favoring social equality

classmate |ˈklæsmeɪt| — an acquaintance that you go to school with

classroom |ˈklæsruːm| — a room in a school where lessons take place

classy |ˈklæsi| — elegant and fashionable

clastic |ˈklastik| — of or belonging to or being a rock composed of fragments of older rocks (e.g., conglomerates or sandstone)

clatter |ˈklætər| — a rattling noise (often produced by rapid movement)

clause |klɔːz| — (grammar) an expression including a subject and predicate functioning as a part of a complex sentence

clavichord |ˈklævɪkɔːrd| — an early stringed instrument like a piano but with more delicate sound

clavicle |ˈklævɪkl| — bone linking the scapula and sternum

clavier |kləˈvir| — a bank of keys on a musical instrument

claw |klɔː| — sharp curved horny process on the toe of a bird or some mammals or reptiles

clay |kleɪ| — a very fine-grained soil that is plastic when moist but hard when fired

clayey |ˈkleɪi| — (used of soil) compact and fine-grained

claymore |ˈkleɪmɔːr| — a large double-edged broadsword; formerly used by Scottish Highlanders

clayware  — ceramic ware made from clay and baked in a kiln

clean |kliːn| — a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then jerked overhead

clean out |ˈkliːn ˈaʊt| — empty completely

clean up |ˈkliːn ʌp| — put (things or places) in order

clean-cut |kliːn ˈkʌt| — neat and smart in appearance

clean-handed |ˈkliːnˈhændɪd| — free from evil or guilt

clean-limbed |kliːn ˈlɪmd| — having well-proportioned limbs

clean-living |kliːn ˈlɪvɪŋ| — morally pure

clean-shaven |kliːn ˈʃeɪvən| — closely shaved recently

cleaner |ˈkliːnər| — a preparation used in cleaning something

cleaners |ˈkliːnərz| — shop where dry cleaning is done

cleaning |ˈkliːnɪŋ| — the act of making something clean

cleanliness |ˈklenlinəs| — the habit of keeping free of superficial imperfections

cleanly |ˈkliːnli| — smoothly and without difficulty; precisely and deftly

cleanness |ˈkliːnnəs| — the state of being clean; without dirt or other impurities

cleanse |klenz| — clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing

cleanser |ˈklenzər| — a preparation used in cleaning something

cleansing |ˈklenzɪŋ| — the act of making something clean

cleanup |ˈkliːˌnəp| — a very large profit

clear |klɪr| — the state of being free of suspicion

clear away |ˈklɪr əˈweɪ| — remove from sight

clear off |ˈklɪr ˈɒf| — remove from sight

clear out |ˈklɪr ˈaʊt| — move out and leave nothing behind

clear up |ˈklɪr ʌp| — make clear and (more) comprehensible

clear-cut |ˈkli(ə)r ˈˌkət| — remove all the trees at one time

clear-sighted |ˌklɪr ˈsaɪtəd| — having sharp clear vision

clearance |ˈklɪrəns| — the distance by which one thing clears another; the space between them

clearing |ˈklɪrɪŋ| — a tract of land with few or no trees in the middle of a wooded area

clearly |ˈklɪrli| — without doubt or question

clearness |ˈklɪrnəs| — free from obscurity and easy to understand; the comprehensibility of clear expression

clearstory |kliːrˌstɔːriː| — part of an interior wall rising above the adjacent roof with windows admitting light

clearway |ˈklɪrweɪ| — a road on which you are not allowed to stop (unless you have a breakdown)

cleat |kliːt| — a metal or leather projection (as from the sole of a shoe); prevents slipping

cleavage |ˈkliːvɪdʒ| — the state of being split or cleft

cleave |kliːv| — separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument

cleaver |ˈkliːvər| — a butcher's knife having a large square blade

cleavers |ˈkliːvəz| — annual having the stem beset with curved prickles; North America and Europe and Asia

clef |klef| — a musical notation written on a staff indicating the pitch of the notes following it

cleft |kleft| — a split or indentation in something (as the palate or chin)

cleg |kleɡ| — large swift fly the female of which sucks blood of various animals

cleistogamous  — exhibiting or relating to cleistogamy

cleistogamy |klʌɪˈstɒɡəmi| — the production of small nonopening self-pollinating flowers

clematis |ˈklemətɪs| — any of various ornamental climbing plants of the genus Clematis usually having showy flowers

clemency |ˈklemənsi| — good weather with comfortable temperatures

clement |ˈklemənt| — (of weather or climate) physically mild

clench |klentʃ| — a small slip noose made with seizing

clepsydra |ˈklepsədrə| — clock that measures time by the escape of water

clerestory |ˈklɪrstɔːri| — part of an interior wall rising above the adjacent roof with windows admitting light

clergy |ˈklɜːrdʒi| — in Christianity, clergymen collectively (as distinguished from the laity)

clergyman |ˈklɜːrdʒimən| — a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church

cleric |ˈklerɪk| — a clergyman or other person in religious orders

clerical |ˈklerɪkl| — appropriate for or engaged in office work

clericalism |ˈklerɪkəˌlɪzəm| — a policy of supporting the influence and power of the clergy in secular or political matters

clericalist |ˈklerɪkəlɪst| — one who advocates clericalism

clerihew |ˈklerɪhjuː| — a witty satiric verse containing two rhymed couplets and mentioning a famous person

clerk |klɜːrk| — an employee who performs clerical work (e.g., keeps records or accounts)

clerkship |ˈklɜːrkʃɪp| — the job of clerk

clever |ˈklevər| — showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others

cleverly |ˈklevərli| — in a clever manner

cleverness |ˈklevərnəs| — the power of creative imagination

clevis |ˈklevəs| — a coupler shaped like the letter U with holes through each end so a bolt or pin can pass through the holes to complete the coupling; used to attach a drawbar to a plow or wagon or trailer etc.

clew |kluː| — a ball of yarn or cord or thread

cliche |kliˈʃeɪ| — a trite or obvious remark

click |klɪk| — a short light metallic sound

client |ˈklaɪənt| — a person who seeks the advice of a lawyer

clientage |ˈklaɪəntɪdʒ| — relation of a client to a patron

clientele |ˌklaɪənˈtel| — customers collectively

cliff |klɪf| — a steep high face of rock

climacteric |klaɪˈmæktərɪk| — a period in a man's life corresponding to menopause

climactic |klaɪˈmæktɪk| — consisting of or causing a climax

climate |ˈklaɪmət| — the weather in some location averaged over some long period of time

climatic |klaɪˈmætɪk| — of or relating to a climate

climatology |ˌklaɪməˈtɑːlədʒi| — meteorology of climates and their phenomena

climax |ˈklaɪmæks| — the highest point of anything conceived of as growing or developing or unfolding

climb |klaɪm| — an upward slope or grade (as in a road)

climb down |ˈklaɪm ˈdaʊn| — come down

climb-down |ˈklaɪm daʊn| — a retraction of a previously held position

climber |ˈklaɪmər| — a vine or climbing plant that readily grows up a support or over other plants

climbing |ˈklaɪmɪŋ| — an event that involves rising to a higher point (as in altitude or temperature or intensity etc.)

clime |klaɪm| — the weather in some location averaged over some long period of time

clinch |klɪntʃ| — (boxing) the act of one boxer holding onto the other to avoid being hit and to rest momentarily

clincher |ˈklɪntʃər| — an argument that is conclusive

cling |klɪŋ| — fruit (especially peach) whose flesh adheres strongly to the pit

clingstone |ˈklɪŋˌstoʊn| — fruit (especially peach) whose flesh adheres strongly to the pit

clinic |ˈklɪnɪk| — a medical establishment run by a group of medical specialists

clinical |ˈklɪnɪkl| — scientifically detached; unemotional

clinically |ˈklɪnɪkli| — in a clinical manner

clinician |klɪˈnɪʃn| — a practitioner (of medicine or psychology) who does clinical work instead of laboratory experiments

clink |klɪŋk| — a short light metallic sound

clinker |ˈklɪŋkər| — a fragment of incombustible matter left after a wood or coal or charcoal fire

clinker-built |ˈklɪŋkə bɪlt| — having overlapping hull planks

clinking |ˈklɪŋkɪŋ| — like the light sharp ringing sound of glasses being tapped

clinometer |klaɪˈnɑːmɪtər| — an instrument used by surveyors in order to measure an angle of inclination or elevation

clip |klɪp| — a metal frame or container holding cartridges; can be inserted into an automatic gun

clipboard |ˈklɪpbɔːrd| — a small writing board with a clip at the top for holding papers

clipped |klɪpt| — cut or trimmed by clipping

clipper |ˈklɪpər| — (electronics) a nonlinear electronic circuit whose output is limited in amplitude; used to limit the instantaneous amplitude of a waveform (to clip off the peaks of a waveform)

clipping |ˈklɪpɪŋ| — an excerpt cut from a newspaper or magazine

clique |kliːk| — an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose

cliquishness  — tendency to associate with only a select group

clitoris |ˈklɪtərɪs| — a female sexual organ homologous to the penis

clivers |ˈklɪvərz| — annual having the stem beset with curved prickles; North America and Europe and Asia

cloaca |kloʊˈeɪkə| — (zoology) the cavity (in birds, reptiles, amphibians, most fish, and monotremes but not mammals) at the end of the digestive tract into which the intestinal, genital, and urinary tracts open

cloak |kloʊk| — anything that covers or conceals

cloak-and-dagger |ˈkloʊkənˈdæɡʌr| — conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods

cloakroom |ˈkloʊkruːm| — a private lounge off of a legislative chamber

clobber |ˈklɑːbər| — informal terms for personal possessions

cloche |kloʊʃ| — a low transparent cover put over young plants to protect them from cold

clock |klɑːk| — a timepiece that shows the time of day

clock off |ˈklɑːk ˈɒf| — register one's departure from work

clocking |ˈklɒkɪŋ| — the time taken to traverse a measured course

clockwise |ˈklɑːkwaɪz| — in the same direction as the rotating hands of a clock

clockwork |ˈklɑːkwɜːrk| — any mechanism of geared wheels that is driven by a coiled spring; resembles the works of a mechanical clock

clod |klɑːd| — a compact mass

cloddish |ˈklɑːdɪʃ| — heavy and dull and stupid

clodhopper |ˈklɑːdhɑːpər| — a thick and heavy shoe

clog |klɑːɡ| — footwear usually with wooden soles

cloggy |ˈklɒɡi| — (used of soil) compact and fine-grained

cloisonne |ˌklɔɪzəˈneɪ| — enamelware in which colored areas are separated by thin metal strips

cloister |ˈklɔɪstər| — residence that is a place of religious seclusion (such as a monastery)

cloistered |ˈklɔɪstərd| — of communal life sequestered from the world under religious vows

cloistral |klɔɪstrəl| — of communal life sequestered from the world under religious vows

clone |kloʊn| — a person who is almost identical to another

cloning |ˈkloʊnɪŋ| — a general term for the research activity that creates a copy of some biological entity (a gene or organism or cell)

clonus |ˈkloʊnəs| — convulsion characterized by alternating contractions and relaxations

clop |klɑːp| — the sound of a horse's hoofs hitting on a hard surface

close |kloʊz| — the temporal end; the concluding time

close down |ˈkloʊz daʊn| — cease to operate or cause to cease operating

close in |kloʊz ɪn| — advance or converge on

close up |ˈkloʊs ʌp| — cease to operate or cause to cease operating

close-fitting |ˌkloʊs ˈfɪtɪŋ| — fitting closely but comfortably

close-grained |kloʊs ˈɡreɪnd| — dense or compact in structure or texture, as a wood composed of small-diameter cells

close-hauled |kloʊs ˈhɔːld| — having the sails trimmed for sailing as close to the wind as possible

close-knit |ˌkloʊs ˈnɪt| — held together as by social or cultural ties

closed |kloʊzd| — requiring union membership

closedown |ˈklozˌdaʊn| — termination of operations

closely |ˈkloʊsli| — in a close relation or position in time or space

closeness |ˈkloʊsnəs| — a feeling of being intimate and belonging together

closeout |ˈkloʊzaʊt| — a sale intended to dispose of all remaining stock

closer |ˈkloʊsr̩| — a person who closes something

closest |ˈkloʊsəst| — (superlative of `near' or `close') within the shortest distance

closet |ˈklɑːzət| — a small room (or recess) or cabinet used for storage space

closing |ˈkloʊzɪŋ| — the act of closing something

closure |ˈkloʊʒər| — approaching a particular destination; a coming closer; a narrowing of a gap

clot |klɑːt| — a lump of material formed from the content of a liquid

cloth |klɔːθ| — artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers

clothe |kloʊð| — provide with clothes or put clothes on

clothes |kloʊðz| — clothing in general

clotheshorse |ˈkloʊðzhɔːs| — a framework on which to hang clothes (as for drying)

clothesline |ˈkloʊðzlaɪn| — a cord on which clothes are hung to dry

clothespin  — wood or plastic fastener; for holding clothes on a clothesline

clothier |ˈkloʊðiər| — a merchant who sells men's clothing

clothing |ˈkloʊðɪŋ| — a covering designed to be worn on a person's body

clotted |ˈklɑːtəd| — thickened or coalesced in soft thick lumps (such as clogs or clots)

clotting |ˈklɑːtɪŋ| — the process of forming semisolid lumps in a liquid

cloture |ˈklotʃər| — a rule for limiting or ending debate in a deliberative body

cloud |klaʊd| — any collection of particles (e.g., smoke or dust) or gases that is visible

cloud over |ˈklaʊd ˈoʊvr̩| — become covered with clouds

cloud up |ˈklaʊd ʌp| — become covered with clouds

cloud-cuckoo-land |ˌklaʊd ˈkʊkuː lænd| — an imaginary place where you say people are when they seem optimistically out of touch with reality

cloudberry |ˈklaʊdˌberiː| — creeping raspberry of north temperate regions with yellow or orange berries

cloudburst |ˈklaʊdbɜːrst| — a heavy rain

clouded |ˈklaʊdəd| — made troubled or apprehensive or distressed in appearance

cloudiness |ˈklaʊdinəs| — the state of the sky when it is covered by clouds

cloudless |ˈklaʊdləs| — free from clouds

cloudy |ˈklaʊdi| — lacking definite form or limits

clout |klaʊt| — a target used in archery

clove |kloʊv| — aromatic flower bud of a clove tree; yields a spice

cloven |ˈkloʊvən| — (used of hooves) split, divided

clover |ˈkloʊvər| — a plant of the genus Trifolium

clown |klaʊn| — a rude or vulgar fool

clownish |ˈklaʊnɪʃ| — like a clown

cloy |klɔɪ| — supply or feed to surfeit

club |klʌb| — a team of professional baseball players who play and travel together

club-shaped |ʃeɪpt| — shaped in the form of the black trefoil or clover leaf on some playing cards

clubbable |ˈkləbəbəl| — inclined to club together

clubbing |ˈklʌbɪŋ| — a condition in which the ends of toes and fingers become wide and thick; a symptom of heart or lung disease

clubfoot |ˈklʌbfʊt| — congenital deformity of the foot usually marked by a curled shape or twisted position of the ankle and heel and toes

clubfooted  — having a deformed foot

clubhouse |ˈklʌbhaʊs| — a building that is occupied by a social club

cluck |klʌk| — the sound made by a hen (as in calling her chicks)

clue |kluː| — a slight indication

clump |klʌmp| — a grouping of a number of similar things

clumsiness |ˈklʌmzinəs| — unskillfulness resulting from a lack of training

clumsy |ˈklʌmzi| — lacking grace in movement or posture

clunk |klʌŋk| — a heavy dull sound (as made by impact of heavy objects)

cluster |ˈklʌstər| — a grouping of a number of similar things

clustering |ˈklʌstərɪŋ| — a grouping of a number of similar things

clutch |klʌtʃ| — the act of grasping

clutches |ˈklʌtʃəz| — the act of grasping

clutter |ˈklʌtər| — a confused multitude of things

Clydesdale |ˈklaɪdzˌdel| — heavy feathered-legged breed of draft horse originally from Scotland

clyster |ˈklistər| — an injection of a liquid through the anus to stimulate evacuation; sometimes used for diagnostic purposes