English dictionary


da |da| — 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

dabster |ˈdæbstʌr| — An expert; one who is master of their profession.

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 |dakˈtɪlɪk| — of or consisting of dactyls

dactyliography |ˌdæktɪlɪˈɒɡrəfɪ| — The art of writing or engraving upon gems.

dactylogram |dækˈtɪləˌɡræm| — a fingerprint.

dactylography |ˌdækˈtlɑːɡrəfiː| — the science of using fingerprints to uniquely identify someone

dactylology |dækˈtlɑːlədʒiː| — The use of the fingers and hands to communicate ideas, especially by the deaf.

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

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

daddy-long-legs |ˈdædɪˈlɒŋleɡz| — Alternative form of daddy longlegs.

dado |ˈdeɪdəʊ| — 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

Daedalian |dɪˈdeɪlɪən| — Ingeniously or cunningly designed; artistic, ingenious, intricate, skillful.

daemon |ˈdiːmən| — an evil supernatural being

daemonic |ˈdeɪmɒnɪk| — Alternative form of demonic.

daffadowndilly |dæfʌdaʊnˈdɪliː| — (archaic, poetic) daffodil

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

daffy |ˈdæfɪ| — a little crazy

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

daggle |ˈdæɡʌl| — (intransitive) To run, go, or trail oneself through water, mud, or slush; to draggle.

dago |ˈdeɪɡəʊ| — (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 |ˈdælɪə| — 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 |ˈdeɪlɪ| — a newspaper that is published every day

dainties |ˈdeɪntɪz| — plural form of dainty

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

dainty |ˈdeɪntɪ| — something considered choice to eat

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

dairying |ˈderɪɪŋ| — the business of a dairy

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

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

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

daisied |ˈdeɪzɪd| — (poetic) covered in daisies.

daisies |ˈdeɪzɪz| — plural form of daisy

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

daisy-cutter |ˈkʌtər| — (baseball, slang, dated, 1800s) A well-struck ground ball.

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 |ˈdælɪəns| — the deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of working

dally |ˈdælɪ| — behave carelessly or indifferently

Dalmatian |dælˈmeɪʃn| — a native or inhabitant of Dalmatia

dalmatic |dalˈmadɪk| — A long wide-sleeved tunic, which serves as a liturgical vestment in the Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches and is worn by a deacon at the Eucharist or Mass and, although infrequently, by bishops as an undergarment above the alb.

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

damageable |ˈdæmɪdʒəbl| — Capable of being injured or weakened, susceptible to damage.

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

daman |ˈdeɪmən| — The hyrax.

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

damme |ˈdæm| — (archaic) Expressing anger or vehemence.

damming |ˈdæmɪŋ| — Present participle of dam.

damn |dæm| — something of little value

damnable |ˈdæmnəbl| — deserving a curse

damnably |ˈdæmnəblɪ| — in a damnable manner

damnation |dæmˈneɪʃn| — the act of damning

damnatory |dæmnʌˌtɔːriː| — threatening with damnation

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

damnific |dæmˈnɪfɪk| — Causing loss; injurious.

damnification |ˌdæmnɪfɪˈkeɪʃən| — That which causes damage or loss.

damnify |ˈdæmnʌˌfaɪ| — 1638, Thomas Herbert, Some Yeares Travels, I:

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

damping |ˈdæmpɪŋ| — Present participle of damp.

dampish |ˈdæmpɪʃ| — slightly wet

dampness |ˈdæmpnəs| — a slight wetness

dampproof  — Resistant to the effects of damp.

dampy |ˈdæmpɪ| — (obsolete) Somewhat damp

damsel |ˈdæmzl| — a young unmarried woman

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

dan |dæn| — (biochemistry) Acronym of deadenylating nuclease, a protein that binds the 5' cap of mRNA and begins degradation in the 3' to 5' direction.

dance |dæns| — an artistic form of nonverbal communication

dance-hall |ˈdɑːns hɔːl| — Alternative spelling of dancehall.

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

dandiacal |dænˈdaɪəkəl| — Dandyish; like a dandy.

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

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

Dane |deɪn| — a native or inhabitant of Denmark

Danelagh |ˈdeɪnˌlɔː| — Alternative form of Danelaw.

Danelaw |ˈdeɪnˌlɔː| — (history) The part of Great Britain in which the laws of the Scandinavians dominated those of the Anglo-Saxons.

dang |dæŋ| — (euphemistic) Damn.

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

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

dangerously |ˈdeɪndʒərəslɪ| — in a dangerous manner

dangle |ˈdæŋɡl| — hang freely

dangler |ˈdæŋɡələr| — one who dangles about others, especially after women.

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

dap |dap| — (Bristolian, Wales, usually in plural) A plimsoll.

daphne |ˈdæfnɪ| — 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

darby |ˈdɑːrbɪ| — A specialized tool used to finish concrete slabs. A stiff, wooden or metal wedge or triangle, it is used to smooth and level the surface of wet concrete.

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

darkey |ˈdɑːrkɪ| — (slang, normally considered offensive, ethnic slur) a person with a dark skin, notably of African ancestry. But it can also be used for other people, such as in England for people of Indian/Pakistani ancestry and in the US for people of Hispanic ancestry.

darkle |ˈdɑːrkəl| — To be dark; to be visible only darkly.

darkling |ˈdɑːrklɪŋ| — uncannily or threateningly dark or obscure

darkly |ˈdɑːrklɪ| — without light

darkness |ˈdɑːrknəs| — absence of light or illumination

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

darksome |ˈdɑːrksəm| — (poetic) Dark; gloomy; obscure; shaded; cheerless.

darky |ˈdɑːrkɪ| — Alternative spelling of darkey.

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

darning-needle |ˈdɑːrnɪŋ niːdəl| — Used other than as an idiom: A needle used for darning.

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

darting |ˈdɑːrtɪŋ| — Present participle of dart.

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

Darwinian |dɑːrˈwɪnɪən| — an advocate of Darwinism

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

Darwinist |ˈdɑːwɪnɪst| — A believer in Darwinism, the theory of evolution 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

dasher |ˈdæʃər| — That which dashes or agitates.

dashing |ˈdæʃɪŋ| — lively and spirited

dashingly |ˈdæʃɪŋlɪ| — in a highly fashionable manner

dashpot |ˈdaʃpɒt| — A mechanical damping device consisting of a piston that moves through a viscous fluid (usually oil); used, in conjunction with a spring, in shock absorbers

dastard |ˈdastərd| — a despicable coward

dastardly |ˈdæstərdlɪ| — despicably cowardly

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

data |ˈdætə| — 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

dataflow  — Alternative spelling of data flow.

dataset  — Alternative spelling of data set.

datasheet  — A document summarizing the performance and other technical characteristics of a product

date |deɪt| — the specified day of the month

date-palm |ˈdeɪtpɑːm| — A palm tree, Phoenix dactylifera, whose fruit is the date.

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

dateless |ˈdeɪtləs| — 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

datum-line  — (engineering) A line which serves as a reference or base for the measurement of other quantities.

datura |dəˈtʊrə| — thorn apple

daub |dɔːb| — material used to daub walls

dauber |ˈdaʊbər| — an unskilled painter

daubster |ˈdɔːbstə| — dauber, smudger.

dauby |ˈdɔːbɪ| — Smeary; viscous; glutinous; adhesive.

daughter |ˈdɔːtər| — a female human offspring

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

daughterly |ˈdɔːrtəlɪ| — befitting a daughter

daughters-in-law |ˈdɔːrtəzɪnˌlɔːr| — plural form of daughter-in-law

daunt |dɔːnt| — cause to lose courage

daunting |ˈdɔːntɪŋ| — discouraging through fear

dauntless |ˈdɔːntləs| — invulnerable to fear or intimidation

dauphin |ˈdɔːfɪn| — 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 |ˈdeɪvɪ| — 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-bed |ˈdeɪbed| — Alternative spelling of daybed. A bed or sofa used specially for daytime.

day-blindness |ˈdeɪˈblaɪndnɪs| — The state or quality of being day-blind.

day-boy |ˈdeɪbɔɪ| — (UK) A male day pupil.

day-labourer |ˈdeɪ leɪbərər| — (UK) Alternative form of day laborer.

day-lily |ˈdeɪˌlɪlɪ| — Alternative form of daylily.

day-school |ˈdeɪ skuːl| — A school attended during the day, as opposed to a boarding school.

day-shift |ˈdeɪʃɪft| — Regularly scheduled work during daylight hours, especially 8AM to 4PM.

day-time |ˈdeɪtaɪm| — Alternative spelling of daytime.

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

daylights |ˈdeɪˌlaɪts| — plural form of daylight

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

daysman |ˈdeɪzmən| — (archaic) An arbiter, referee, mediator.

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

daywork |ˈdeɪwɜːk| — casual work that is paid for on a daily basis

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 |ˈdeɪzɪdlɪ| — in a daze; in a dazed manner

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

dazzlement  — A burst or flash of light; a cause of dazzling.

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

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