English dictionary


da |ˌdiː ˈeɪ| — an official prosecutor for a judicial district

dab |dæb| — a light touch or stroke

dabble |ˈdæbl| — dip a foot or hand briefly into a liquid

dabbler |ˈdæblər| — an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge

dabchick |ˈdæbtʃɪk| — small European grebe

dace |ˈdeɪs| — small European freshwater fish with a slender bluish-green body

dacha |ˈdætʃə| — Russian country house

dachshund |ˈdɑːkshʊnd| — small long-bodied short-legged German breed of dog having a short sleek coat and long drooping ears; suited for following game into burrows

dactyl |ˈdæktɪl| — a metrical unit with stressed-unstressed-unstressed syllables

dactylic |dakˈtilik| — of or consisting of dactyls

dad |dæd| — an informal term for a father; probably derived from baby talk

daddy |ˈdædi| — an informal term for a father; probably derived from baby talk

dado |ˈdeɪdoʊ| — panel forming the lower part of an interior wall when it is finished differently from the rest of the wall

daedal |ˈdiːdəl| — (Greek mythology) an Athenian inventor who built the labyrinth of Minos; to escape the labyrinth he fashioned wings for himself and his son Icarus

daemon |ˈdiːmən| — an evil supernatural being

daffodil |ˈdæfədɪl| — any of numerous varieties of Narcissus plants having showy often yellow flowers with a trumpet-shaped central crown

daft |dæft| — informal or slang terms for mentally irregular

dag |dæɡ| — 10 grams

dagger |ˈdæɡər| — a short knife with a pointed blade used for piercing or stabbing

dago |ˈdeɪɡoʊ| — (ethnic slur) offensive term for a person of Italian descent

daguerreotype |dəˈɡerətaɪp| — a photograph made by an early photographic process; the image was produced on a silver plate sensitized to iodine and developed in mercury vapor

dahlia |ˈdæliə| — any of several plants of or developed from the species Dahlia pinnata having tuberous roots and showy rayed variously colored flower heads; native to the mountains of Mexico and Central America and Colombia

Dail |ˈdeɪl| — the lower house of the parliament of the Irish Republic

daily |ˈdeɪli| — a newspaper that is published every day

daintiness |ˈdeɪntɪnəs| — the quality of being beautiful and delicate in appearance

dainty |ˈdeɪnti| — something considered choice to eat

dairy |ˈderi| — a farm where dairy products are produced

dairying |ˈderiɪŋ| — the business of a dairy

dairymaid |ˈderimeɪd| — a woman who works in a dairy

dairyman |ˈderimən| — the owner or manager of a dairy

dais |ˈdeɪɪs| — a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it

daisy |ˈdeɪzi| — any of numerous composite plants having flower heads with well-developed ray flowers usually arranged in a single whorl

dak |ˈdæk| — East Indian tree bearing a profusion of intense vermilion velvet-textured blooms and yielding a yellow dye

dale |deɪl| — an open river valley (in a hilly area)

dalesman |ˈdeɪlzmən| — a person who lives in the dales of northern England

dalliance |ˈdæliəns| — the deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of working

dally |ˈdæli| — behave carelessly or indifferently

Dalmatian |dælˈmeɪʃn| — a native or inhabitant of Dalmatia

daltonism |ˈdɔːlˌtnɪzəm| — dichromacy characterized by a lowered sensitivity to green light resulting in an inability to distinguish green and purplish-red

dam |dæm| — a barrier constructed to contain the flow of water or to keep out the sea

damage |ˈdæmɪdʒ| — the occurrence of a change for the worse

damaged |ˈdæmədʒd| — being unjustly brought into disrepute

damages |ˈdæmədʒəz| — a sum of money paid in compensation for loss or injury

damaging |ˈdæmɪdʒɪŋ| — (sometimes followed by `to') causing harm or injury

damascene |ˈdæməsiːn| — a native or inhabitant of Damascus

damask |ˈdæməsk| — a table linen made from linen with a damask pattern

dame |deɪm| — informal terms for a (young) woman

dammar |ˈdamər| — any of various hard resins from trees of the family Dipterocarpaceae and of the genus Agathis; especially the amboyna pine

damn |dæm| — something of little value

damnable |ˈdæmnəbl| — deserving a curse

damnably |ˈdæmnəbli| — in a damnable manner

damnation |dæmˈneɪʃn| — the act of damning

damnatory |dæmnʌˌtɔːriː| — threatening with damnation

damned |dæmd| — people who are condemned to eternal punishment

damning |ˈdæmɪŋ| — threatening with damnation

Damocles |ˈdæməkliːz| — the Greek courtier to Dionysius the Elder who (according to legend) was condemned to sit under a naked sword that was suspended by a hair in order to demonstrate to him that being a king was not the happy state Damocles had said it was (4th century BC)

damp |dæmp| — a slight wetness

dampen |ˈdæmpən| — suppress or constrain so as to lessen in intensity

damper |ˈdæmpər| — a movable iron plate that regulates the draft in a stove or chimney or furnace

dampish |ˈdæmpɪʃ| — slightly wet

dampness |ˈdæmpnəs| — a slight wetness

damsel |ˈdæmzl| — a young unmarried woman

damson |ˈdæmzn| — dark purple plum of the damson tree

dance |dæns| — an artistic form of nonverbal communication

dancer |ˈdænsər| — a performer who dances professionally

dancing |ˈdænsɪŋ| — taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music

dandelion |ˈdændɪlaɪən| — any of several herbs of the genus Taraxacum having long tap roots and deeply notched leaves and bright yellow flowers followed by fluffy seed balls

dander |ˈdandər| — small scales from animal skins or hair or bird feathers that can cause allergic reactions in some people

dandified |ˈdændɪfaɪd| — affecting extreme elegance in dress and manner

dandify |ˈdændʌfaɪ| — dress like a dandy

dandle |ˈdændl| — move (a baby) up and down in one's arms or on one's knees

dandruff |ˈdændrʌf| — a condition in which white scales of dead skin are shed by the scalp

dandy |ˈdændi| — a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance

dandyism |ˈdændiˌɪzəm| — the manner and dress of a fop or dandy

Dane |ˈdeɪn| — a native or inhabitant of Denmark

danger |ˈdeɪndʒər| — the condition of being susceptible to harm or injury

dangerous |ˈdeɪndʒərəs| — causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm

dangerously |ˈdeɪndʒərəsli| — in a dangerous manner

dangle |ˈdæŋɡl| — hang freely

dangling |ˈdæŋɡəlɪŋ| — the act of suspending something (hanging it from above so it moves freely)

Danish |ˈdeɪnɪʃ| — a Scandinavian language that is the official language of Denmark

dank |dæŋk| — unpleasantly cool and humid

daphne |ˈdæfni| — any of several ornamental shrubs with shiny mostly evergreen leaves and clusters of small bell-shaped flowers

dapper |ˈdæpər| — marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners

dapple |ˈdapəl| — a small contrasting part of something

dapple-grey |ˌdæpl ˈɡreɪ| — grey with a mottled pattern of darker grey markings

dappled |ˈdæpld| — having spots or patches of color

dare |der| — a challenge to do something dangerous or foolhardy

daredevil |ˈderdevl| — a reckless impetuous irresponsible person

daring |ˈderɪŋ| — a challenge to do something dangerous or foolhardy

dark |dɑːrk| — absence of light or illumination

dark-haired  — having hair of a dark color

dark-skinned  — naturally having skin of a dark color

darken |ˈdɑːrkən| — become dark or darker

darkened |ˈdɑːrkənd| — (of fabrics and paper) grown dark in color over time

darkening |ˈdɑːrkənɪŋ| — changing to a darker color

darkling |ˈdɑːrklɪŋ| — uncannily or threateningly dark or obscure

darkly |ˈdɑːrkli| — without light

darkness |ˈdɑːrknəs| — absence of light or illumination

darkroom |ˈdɑːrkruːm| — a room in which photographs are developed

darling |ˈdɑːrlɪŋ| — a special loved one

darn |dɑːrn| — something of little value

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

darner |ˈdɑːrnər| — a person who mends by darning

darning |ˈdɑːrnɪŋ| — the act of mending a hole in a garment with crossing threads

dart |dɑːrt| — a small narrow pointed missile that is thrown or shot

darter |ˈdɑːrtər| — fish-eating bird of warm inland waters having a long flexible neck and slender sharp-pointed bill

darts |ˈdɑːrts| — a game in which small pointed missiles are thrown at a dartboard

Darwinian |dɑːrˈwɪniən| — an advocate of Darwinism

Darwinism |ˈdɑːrwɪnɪzəm| — a theory of organic evolution claiming that new species arise and are perpetuated by natural selection

dash |dæʃ| — distinctive and stylish elegance

dash off |ˈdæʃ ˈɒf| — write quickly

dash-pot |ˈdæʃpɒt| — a mechanical damper; the vibrating part is attached to a piston that moves in a chamber filled with liquid

dashboard |ˈdæʃbɔːrd| — protective covering consisting of a panel to protect people from the splashing water or mud etc.

dashed |dæʃt| — having gaps or spaces

dashing |ˈdæʃɪŋ| — lively and spirited

dashingly |ˈdæʃɪŋli| — in a highly fashionable manner

dastard |ˈdastərd| — a despicable coward

dastardly |ˈdæstərdli| — despicably cowardly

dasyure |ˈdasɪjʊə| — any of several more or less arboreal marsupials somewhat resembling martens

data |ˈdeɪtə| — a collection of facts from which conclusions may be drawn

data-based  — relying on observation or experiment

database |ˈdeɪtəbeɪs| — an organized body of related information

datable |ˈdeɪtəbl| — that can be given a date

date |deɪt| — the specified day of the month

dated |ˈdeɪtɪd| — marked by features of the immediate and usually discounted past

dateless |détləs| — having no known beginning and presumably no end

dateline |ˈdeɪˌtlaɪn| — an imaginary line on the surface of the earth following (approximately) the 180th meridian

dating |ˈdeɪtɪŋ| — use of chemical analysis to estimate the age of geological specimens

dative |ˈdeɪtɪv| — the category of nouns serving as the indirect object of a verb

datum |ˈdeɪtəm| — an item of factual information derived from measurement or research

datura |dəˈtʊrə| — thorn apple

daub |dɔːb| — material used to daub walls

dauber |ˈdaʊbər| — an unskilled painter

daughter |ˈdɔːtər| — a female human offspring

daughter-in-law |ˈdɔt̬ərənˌlɔ| — the wife of your son

daughterly |ˈdɔːrtəli| — befitting a daughter

daunt |dɔːnt| — cause to lose courage

daunting |ˈdɔːntɪŋ| — discouraging through fear

dauntless |ˈdɔːntləs| — invulnerable to fear or intimidation

dauphin |ˈdoʊfæ̃| — formerly, the eldest son of the King of France and direct heir to the throne

davenport |ˈdævənˌpɔːrt| — a city in eastern Iowa on the Mississippi River across from Moline and Rock Island

davit |ˈdævɪt| — a crane-like device (usually one of a pair) for suspending or lowering equipment (as a lifeboat)

davy |ˈdeɪvi| — English chemist who was a pioneer in electrochemistry and who used it to isolate elements sodium and potassium and barium and boron and calcium and magnesium and chlorine (1778-1829)

daw |ˈdɒ| — common black-and-grey Eurasian bird noted for thievery

dawdle |ˈdɔːdl| — take one's time; proceed slowly

dawdler |ˈdɔːrdlər| — someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind

dawdling |ˈdɒdəlɪŋ| — the deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of working

dawn |dɔːn| — the first light of day

dawning |ˈdɒnɪŋ| — the first light of day

day |deɪ| — time for Earth to make a complete rotation on its axis

day-and-night |ˈdeɪəndˈnaɪt| — at all times

day-to-day |ˈdeɪtəˈdeɪ| — of or belonging to or occurring every day

daybed |ˈdeɪbed| — an armless couch; a seat by day and a bed by night

daybook |ˈdeɪbʊk| — a ledger in which transactions have been recorded as they occurred

daybreak |ˈdeɪbreɪk| — the first light of day

daycare |ˈdeɪˌker| — childcare during the day while parents work

daydream |ˈdeɪdriːm| — absentminded dreaming while awake

daydreamer  — someone who indulges in idle or absentminded daydreaming

daylight |ˈdeɪlaɪt| — the time after sunrise and before sunset while it is light outside

daylily  — any of numerous perennials having tuberous roots and long narrow bladelike leaves and usually yellow lily-like flowers that bloom for only a day

daylong |ˈdeɪˌlɒŋ| — during the entire day

days |ˈdeɪz| — the time during which someone's life continues

daytime |ˈdeɪtaɪm| — the time after sunrise and before sunset while it is light outside

daze |deɪz| — the feeling of distress and disbelief that you have when something bad happens accidentally

dazed |deɪzd| — in a state of mental numbness especially as resulting from shock

dazedly |ˈdeɪzɪdli| — in a daze; in a dazed manner

dazzle |ˈdæzl| — brightness enough to blind partially and temporarily

dazzling |ˈdæzlɪŋ| — amazingly impressive; suggestive of the flashing of lightning