English dictionary


drab |dræb| — a dull greyish to yellowish or light olive brown

Dracaena |drəˈsɪʌõnə| — an agave that is often cultivated for its decorative foliage

drachm |dram| — a unit of apothecary weight equal to an eighth of an ounce or to 60 grains

drachma |ˈdrækmə| — a unit of apothecary weight equal to an eighth of an ounce or to 60 grains

Draco |ˈdreɪkoʊ| — Athenian lawmaker whose code of laws prescribed death for almost every offense (circa 7th century BC)

Draconian |drəˈkoʊniən| — of or relating to Draco or his harsh code of laws

draft |dræft| — a document ordering the payment of money; drawn by one person or bank on another

draftee |ˌdræfˈtiː| — someone who is drafted into military service

drafter |ˈdræftər| — a writer of a draft

drafting |ˈdræftɪŋ| — writing a first version to be filled out and polished later

draftsman |ˈdræftsmən| — a skilled worker who draws plans of buildings or machines

draftsmanship |ˈdræftsmənˌʃɪp| — the creation of artistic pictures or diagrams

drafty |ˈdræfti| — not airtight

drag |dræɡ| — the phenomenon of resistance to motion through a fluid

drag in |ˈdræɡ ɪn| — force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action

drag on |ˈdræɡ ɑːn| — last unnecessarily long

drag out |ˈdræɡ ˈaʊt| — last unnecessarily long

drag up |ˈdræɡ ʌp| — mention something unpleasant from the past

dragee  — silvery candy beads used for decorating cakes

dragging |ˈdræɡɪŋ| — marked by a painfully slow and effortful manner

draggle |ˈdraɡəl| — make wet and dirty, as from rain

dragnet |ˈdræɡnet| — a system of coordinated measures for apprehending (criminals or other individuals)

dragoman |ˈdraɡəmən| — an interpreter and guide in the Near East; in the Ottoman Empire in the 18th and 19th centuries a translator of European languages for the Turkish and Arab authorities and most dragomans were Greek (many reached high positions in the government)

dragon |ˈdræɡən| — a creature of Teutonic mythology; usually represented as breathing fire and having a reptilian body and sometimes wings

dragonfly |ˈdræɡənflaɪ| — slender-bodied non-stinging insect having iridescent wings that are outspread at rest; adults and nymphs feed on mosquitoes etc.

dragoon |drəˈɡuːn| — a member of a European military unit formerly composed of heavily armed cavalrymen

drain |dreɪn| — emptying something accomplished by allowing liquid to run out of it

drainage |ˈdreɪnɪdʒ| — emptying something accomplished by allowing liquid to run out of it

drainboard |ˈdreɪnbɔːd| — a board beside a kitchen sink and inclined to drain into the sink

drained |ˈdreɪnd| — very tired

draining |ˈdreɪnɪŋ| — having a debilitating effect

drainpipe |ˈdreɪnpaɪp| — a pipe through which liquid is carried away

drake |dreɪk| — English explorer and admiral who was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe and who helped to defeat the Spanish Armada (1540-1596)

dram |dræm| — a unit of apothecary weight equal to an eighth of an ounce or to 60 grains

drama |ˈdrɑːmə| — a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage

dramatic |drəˈmætɪk| — sensational in appearance or thrilling in effect

dramatically |drəˈmætɪkli| — in a very impressive manner

dramatics |drəˈmætɪks| — participation in theatrical productions as an extracurricular activity

dramatist |ˈdræmətɪst| — someone who writes plays

dramatization |ˌdræmətəˈzeɪʃn| — conversion into dramatic form

dramatize |ˈdræmətaɪz| — put into dramatic form

dramaturgic |ˌdræməˈtɜːdʒɪk| — relating to the technical aspects of drama

dramaturgical  — relating to the technical aspects of drama

dramaturgy |ˈdræmətɜːrdʒi| — the art of writing and producing plays

drape |dreɪp| — hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)

draper |ˈdreɪpər| — a dealer in fabrics and sewing materials (and sometimes in clothing and drygoods)

drapery |ˈdreɪpəri| — hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)

drastic |ˈdræstɪk| — forceful and extreme and rigorous

drastically |ˈdræstɪkli| — in a drastic manner

draught |dræft| — a serving of drink (usually alcoholic) drawn from a keg

draughts |draf(t)s| — a checkerboard game for two players who each have 12 pieces; the object is to jump over and so capture the opponent's pieces

draughtsman |ˈdræftsmən| — a skilled worker who draws plans of buildings or machines

draughty |ˈdræfti| — not airtight

draw |drɔː| — a gully that is shallower than a ravine

draw away |ˈdrɒ əˈweɪ| — move ahead of (one's competitors) in a race

draw back |ˈdrɒ ˈbæk| — pull back or move away or backward

draw in |ˈdrɒ ɪn| — pull inward or towards a center

draw off |ˈdrɒ ˈɒf| — remove by drawing or pulling

draw out |ˈdrɒ ˈaʊt| — cause to speak

draw up |ˈdrɒ ʌp| — form or arrange in order or formation, as of a body of soldiers

drawback |ˈdrɔːbæk| — the quality of being a hindrance

drawbar |ˈdrɔːˌbɑːr| — a strong metal bar bearing a hook to attach something to be pulled

drawbridge |ˈdrɔːbrɪdʒ| — a bridge that can be raised to block passage or to allow boats or ships to pass beneath it

drawee |drɔːˈiː| — the person (or bank) who is expected to pay a check or draft when it is presented for payment

drawer |drɔːr| — a boxlike container in a piece of furniture; made so as to slide in and out

drawers |ˈdrɔːrz| — underpants worn by men

drawing |ˈdrɔːɪŋ| — an illustration that is drawn by hand and published in a book, magazine, or newspaper

drawl |drɔːl| — a slow speech pattern with prolonged vowels

drawn |drɔːn| — showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering

drawn-out |aʊt| — relatively long in duration; tediously protracted

dray |dreɪ| — a low heavy horse cart without sides; used for haulage

dread |dred| — fearful expectation or anticipation

dreaded |ˈdredɪd| — causing fear or dread or terror

dreadful |ˈdredfl| — causing fear or dread or terror

dreadfully |ˈdredfəli| — of a dreadful kind

dreadnought |ˈdrednɔːt| — battleship that has big guns all of the same caliber

dream |driːm| — a series of mental images and emotions occurring during sleep

dream up |ˈdriːm ʌp| — devise or invent

dreamer |ˈdriːmər| — someone who is dreaming

dreamily |ˈdriməli| — in a dreamy manner

dreaminess  — a relaxed comfortable feeling

dreamland |ˈdriːmlænd| — a pleasing country existing only in dreams or imagination

dreamless |ˈdriːmləs| — untroubled by dreams

dreamlike |ˈdriːmlaɪk| — resembling a dream

dreamworld |ˈdriːmwɜːrld| — a pleasing country existing only in dreams or imagination

dreamy |ˈdriːmi| — dreamy in mood or nature

drear |ˈdrir| — causing dejection

drearily |ˈdrɪərɪli| — in a cheerless manner

dreary |ˈdrɪri| — lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise

dredge |dredʒ| — a power shovel to remove material from a channel or riverbed

dredger |ˈdredʒər| — a barge (or a vessel resembling a barge) that is used for dredging

dreg |dreɡ| — a small amount of residue

dregs |dreɡz| — sediment that has settled at the bottom of a liquid

drench |drentʃ| — drench or submerge or be drenched or submerged

drenched |ˈdrentʃt| — abundantly covered or supplied with; often used in combination

Dresden |ˈdrezdən| — a city in southeastern Germany on the Elbe River; it was almost totally destroyed by British air raids in 1945

dress |dres| — a one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice

dress down |ˈdres ˈdaʊn| — censure severely or angrily

dress out |ˈdres ˈaʊt| — kill and prepare for market or consumption

dress up |ˈdres ʌp| — put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive

dressage |ˈdresɑːʒ| — maneuvers of a horse in response to body signals by the rider

dressed |drest| — dressed or clothed especially in fine attire; often used in combination

dresser |ˈdresər| — furniture with drawers for keeping clothes

dressing |ˈdresɪŋ| — savory dressings for salads; basically of two kinds: either the thin French or vinaigrette type or the creamy mayonnaise type

dressing down |ˈdresɪŋ ˈdaʊn| — a severe scolding

dressmaker |ˈdresmeɪkər| — someone who makes or mends dresses

dressmaking |ˈdreˌsmekɪŋ| — the craft of making dresses

dressy |ˈdresi| — in fancy clothing

drew |druː| — United States actor (born in Ireland); father of Georgiana Emma Barrymore (1827-1862)

drey |dreɪ| — the nest of a squirrel

dribble |ˈdrɪbl| — flowing in drops; the formation and falling of drops of liquid

dribbler |ˈdrɪblər| — a basketball player who is dribbling the ball to advance it

dribbling |ˈdrɪbəlɪŋ| — the propulsion of a ball by repeated taps or kicks

driblet |ˈdriblət| — a small indefinite quantity (especially of a liquid)

dried |draɪd| — not still wet

drier |ˈdrɑɪər| — a substance that promotes drying (e.g., calcium oxide absorbs water and is used to remove moisture)

drift |drɪft| — a force that moves something along

drift apart |ˈdrɪft əˈpɑːrt| — lose personal contact over time

drift off |ˈdrɪft ˈɒf| — change from a waking to a sleeping state

driftage |ˈdrɪftɪdʒ| — the deviation (by a vessel or aircraft) from its intended course due to drifting

drifter |ˈdrɪftər| — a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support

drifting |ˈdrɪftɪŋ| — aimless wandering from place to place

driftwood |ˈdrɪftwʊd| — wood that is floating or that has been washed ashore

drill |drɪl| — a tool with a sharp point and cutting edges for making holes in hard materials (usually rotating rapidly or by repeated blows)

drilling |ˈdrɪlɪŋ| — the act of drilling

drily |ˈdraɪli| — in a dry laconic manner

drink |drɪŋk| — a single serving of a beverage

drink down |ˈdrɪŋk ˈdaʊn| — drink down entirely

drink in |ˈdrɪŋk ɪn| — be fascinated or spell-bound by; pay close attention to

drink up |ˈdrɪŋk ʌp| — drink to the last drop

drinkable |ˈdrɪŋkəbl| — any liquid suitable for drinking

drinker |ˈdrɪŋkər| — a person who drinks liquids

drinking |ˈdrɪŋkɪŋ| — the act of consuming liquids

drip |drɪp| — flowing in drops; the formation and falling of drops of liquid

drip-dry |drɪp ˈdraɪ| — dry by hanging up wet

dripping |ˈdrɪpɪŋ| — a liquid (as water) that flows in drops (as from the eaves of house)

drippy |ˈdrɪpi| — wet with light rain

dripstone |ˈdrɪpˌstoʊn| — the form of calcium carbonate found in stalactites and stalagmites

drive |draɪv| — the act of applying force to propel something

drive away |ˈdraɪv əˈweɪ| — force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings

drive in |ˈdraɪv ɪn| — cause a run or runner to be scored

drive off |ˈdraɪv ˈɒf| — force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings

drive out |ˈdraɪv ˈaʊt| — force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings

drive up |ˈdraɪv ʌp| — approach while driving

drive-in |ˈdraɪv ɪn| — any installation designed to accommodate patrons in their automobiles

drivel |ˈdrɪvl| — a worthless message

driveller |ˈdrɪvlər| — someone whose talk is trivial drivel

driven |ˈdrɪvn| — compelled forcibly by an outside agency

driver |ˈdraɪvər| — the operator of a motor vehicle

driveway |ˈdrɑɪvˌweɪ| — a road leading up to a private house

driving |ˈdraɪvɪŋ| — hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver

drizzle |ˈdrɪzl| — very light rain; stronger than mist but less than a shower

drizzling |ˈdrɪzəlɪŋ| — (of rain) falling lightly in very small drops

drizzly |ˈdrɪzli| — wet with light rain

drogue |droʊɡ| — a funnel-shaped device towed as a target by an airplane

droll |droʊl| — comical in an odd or whimsical manner

drollery |ˈdrɒləri| — a comic incident or series of incidents

drome |droʊm| — an airfield equipped with control tower and hangars as well as accommodations for passengers and cargo

dromedary |ˈdrɑːməderi| — one-humped camel of the hot deserts of northern Africa and southwestern Asia

drone |droʊn| — stingless male bee in a colony of social bees (especially honeybees) whose sole function is to mate with the queen

drool |druːl| — pretentious or silly talk or writing

droop |druːp| — a shape that sags

drooping |ˈdruːpɪŋ| — weak from exhaustion

droopy |ˈdruːpi| — hanging down (as from exhaustion or weakness)

drop |drɑːp| — a shape that is spherical and small

drop away |ˈdrɑːp əˈweɪ| — get worse

drop back |ˈdrɑːp ˈbæk| — take position in the rear, as in a military formation or in the line of scrimmage in football

drop behind |ˈdrɑːp bəˈhaɪnd| — to lag or linger behind

drop in |ˈdrɑːp ɪn| — visit informally and spontaneously

drop off |ˈdrɑːp ˈɒf| — fall or diminish

drop out |ˈdrɑːp ˈaʊt| — give up in the face of defeat of lacking hope; admit defeat

drop-kick |ˈdrɒp kɪk| — make the point after a touchdown with a dropkick

drop-leaf |liːf| — a hinged leaf on a table that can be raised and supported by a bracket

drop-off |ˈdrɑːˌpɒf| — a noticeable deterioration in performance or quality

dropkick  — (football) kicking (as for a field goal) in which the football is dropped and kicked as it touches the ground

droplet |ˈdrɑːplət| — a tiny drop

dropout |ˈdrɑːpaʊt| — someone who quits school before graduation

dropper |ˈdrɑːpər| — pipet consisting of a small tube with a vacuum bulb at one end for drawing liquid in and releasing it a drop at a time

dropping |ˈdrɑːpɪŋ| — coming down freely under the influence of gravity

droppings |ˈdrɑːpɪŋz| — fecal matter of animals

dropsical |ˈdrɒpsɪkəl| — swollen with an excessive accumulation of fluid

dropsy |ˈdrɑːpsi| — swelling from excessive accumulation of watery fluid in cells, tissues, or serous cavities

dross |drɔːs| — worthless or dangerous material that should be removed

drought |draʊt| — a shortage of rainfall

drouth |draʊθ| — a prolonged shortage

drove |droʊv| — a group of animals (a herd or flock) moving together

drover |ˈdroʊvə| — someone who drives a herd

drown |draʊn| — cover completely or make imperceptible

drowse |draʊz| — a light fitful sleep

drowsily |ˈdraʊzɪli| — in a drowsy manner

drowsiness |ˈdraʊzinəs| — a very sleepy state

drowsy |ˈdraʊzi| — half asleep

drub |drəb| — beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight

drubbing |ˈdrʌbɪŋ| — a sound defeat

drudge |drʌdʒ| — one who works hard at boring tasks

drudgery |ˈdrʌdʒəri| — hard monotonous routine work

drug |drʌɡ| — a substance that is used as a medicine or narcotic

drugget |ˈdrəɡət| — a rug made of a coarse fabric having a cotton warp and a wool filling

druggist |ˈdrʌɡɪst| — a health professional trained in the art of preparing and dispensing drugs

drugstore |ˈdrʌɡstɔːr| — a retail shop where medicine and other articles are sold

Druid |ˈdruːɪd| — a pre-Christian priest among the Celts of ancient Gaul and Britain and Ireland

drum |drʌm| — a musical percussion instrument; usually consists of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretched across each end

drum up |ˈdrəm ʌp| — gather

drumbeat |ˈdrʌmbiːt| — the sound made by beating a drum

drumfire |ˈdrʌmfaɪər| — intense and continuous artillery fire

drumhead |ˈdrəmˌhed| — a membrane that is stretched taut over a drum

drummer |ˈdrʌmər| — someone who plays a drum

drumming |ˈdrʌmɪŋ| — the act of playing drums

drumstick |ˈdrʌmstɪk| — the lower joint of the leg of a fowl

drunk |drʌŋk| — a chronic drinker

drunkard |ˈdrʌŋkərd| — a chronic drinker

drunken |ˈdrʌŋkən| — given to or marked by the consumption of alcohol

drunkenness |ˈdrʌŋkənnəs| — a temporary state resulting from excessive consumption of alcohol

drupaceous |druːˈpeɪʃəs| — of or related to a drupe

drupe |ˈdruːp| — fleshy indehiscent fruit with a single seed: e.g. almond; peach; plum; cherry; elderberry; olive; jujube

drupelet |ˈdruːplɪt| — a small part of an aggregate fruit that resembles a drupe

druse |ˈdruːz| — an adherent of an esoteric monotheistic religious sect living in the relative security of the mountains of Syria and Lebanon who believes that Al-hakim was an incarnation of God

dry |draɪ| — a reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages

dry out |ˈdraɪ ˈaʊt| — become dry or drier

dry up |ˈdraɪ ʌp| — lose water or moisture

dry-eyed |ˌdraɪˈaɪd| — free from tears

dry-nurse |ˈdraɪˌnɜːrs| — take care of an infant without breastfeeding it

dry-rot |rɑːt| — affect or be affected with dry rot

dry-shod |draɪ ˈʃɑːd| — having or keeping the feet or shoes dry

dryad |ˈdraɪæd| — a deity or nymph of the woods

dryer |ˈdraɪər| — an appliance that removes moisture

dryly |ˈdraɪli| — in a dry laconic manner

dryness |ˈdraɪnəs| — the condition of not containing or being covered by a liquid (especially water)

drywall |draɪwɔːl| — a wide flat board used to cover walls or partitions; made from plaster or wood pulp or other materials and used primarily to form the interior walls of houses