English dictionary


fiance |fiˈɑːnˌse| — a man who is engaged to be married

fiancee |fiˈænsi| — a woman who is engaged to be married

fiasco |fiˈæskoʊ| — a sudden and violent collapse

fiat |ˈfiːæt| — a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)

fib |fɪb| — a trivial lie

fibber |ˈfɪbər| — someone who tells lies

fiber |ˈfɑɪbər| — a slender and greatly elongated substance capable of being spun into yarn

fiber-optic |ˈfaɪbəˌrɑːptɪk| — of or relating to fiber optics

fiberglass |ˈfɑɪbərˌɡlæs| — a covering material made of glass fibers in resins

fibre |ˈfaɪbər| — a slender and greatly elongated substance capable of being spun into yarn

fibreglass |ˈfaɪbərɡlæs| — a covering material made of glass fibers in resins

fibril |ˈfaɪbrəl| — a very slender natural or synthetic fiber

fibrillation |ˌfɪbrəˈleɪʃən| — muscular twitching involving individual muscle fibers acting without coordination

fibrin |ˈfaɪbrɪn| — a white insoluble fibrous protein formed by the action of thrombin on fibrinogen when blood clots; it forms a network that traps red cells and platelets

fibroid |ˈfaɪbrɔɪd| — benign tumor containing fibrous tissue (especially in the uterus)

fibroma |faɪˈbroʊmə| — nonmalignant tumor of connective tissue

fibrosis |ˌsɪstɪk faɪˈbroʊsɪs| — development of excess fibrous connective tissue in an organ

fibrous |ˈfaɪbrəs| — having or resembling fibers especially fibers used in making cordage such as those of jute

fibula |ˈfɪbjələ| — the outer and thinner of the two bones of the human leg between the knee and ankle

fichu |ˈfɪʃuː| — a lightweight triangular scarf worn by a woman

fickle |ˈfɪkl| — marked by erratic changeableness in affections or attachments

fickleness |ˈfɪklnəs| — unfaithfulness by virtue of being unreliable or treacherous

fictile |ˈfɪktl| — susceptible to being led or directed

fiction |ˈfɪkʃn| — a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact

fictional |ˈfɪkʃənl| — formed or conceived by the imagination

fictitious |fɪkˈtɪʃəs| — formed or conceived by the imagination

fictive |ˈfiktiv| — adopted in order to deceive

fiddle |ˈfɪdl| — bowed stringed instrument that is the highest member of the violin family; this instrument has four strings and a hollow body and an unfretted fingerboard and is played with a bow

fiddle-faddle |ˈfidl ˌfadl| — trivial nonsense

fiddlehead |ˈfidlhed| — tall fern of northern temperate regions having graceful arched fronds and sporophylls resembling ostrich plumes

fiddler |ˈfɪdlər| — a musician who plays the violin

fiddlestick |ˈfidlˌstik| — a bow used in playing the violin

fiddling |ˈfɪdlɪŋ| — (informal) small and of little importance

fidelity |fɪˈdeləti| — accuracy with which an electronic system reproduces the sound or image of its input signal

fidget |ˈfɪdʒɪt| — a feeling of agitation expressed in continual motion

fidgetiness  — a feeling of agitation expressed in continual motion

fidgety |ˈfɪdʒɪti| — nervous and unable to relax

fiducial |fɪˈduːʃəl| — based on trust

fiduciary |fɪˈdjuːʃəri| — a person who holds assets in trust for a beneficiary

fief |fiːf| — a piece of land held under the feudal system

field |fiːld| — a piece of land cleared of trees and usually enclosed

fielder |ˈfiːldər| — a member of the baseball team that is in the field instead of at bat

fieldfare |ˈfiːldˌfer| — medium-sized Eurasian thrush seen chiefly in winter

fieldsman |ˈfiːldzmən| — a member of the cricket team that is fielding rather than batting

fieldwork |ˈfiːldwɜːrk| — a temporary fortification built by troops in the field

fiend |fiːnd| — a cruel wicked and inhuman person

fiendish |ˈfiːndɪʃ| — extremely evil or cruel; expressive of cruelty or befitting hell

fierce |fɪrs| — marked by extreme and violent energy

fiercely |ˈfɪrsli| — in a physically fierce manner

fierceness |ˈfɪəsnəs| — the property of being wild or turbulent

fiery |ˈfaɪəri| — characterized by intense emotion

fiesta |fiˈestə| — an elaborate party (often outdoors)

fife |faɪf| — a small high-pitched flute similar to a piccolo; has a shrill tone and is used chiefly to accompany drums in a marching band

fifteen |ˌfɪfˈtiːn| — the cardinal number that is the sum of fourteen and one

fifteenth |ˌfɪfˈtiːnθ| — position 15 in a countable series of things

fifth |fɪfθ| — a quantity of liquor equal to one fifth of a United States gallon

fifthly |ˈfɪfθli| — in the fifth place

fifties |ˈfɪftiz| — the decade from 1950 to 1959

fiftieth |ˈfɪftiəθ| — position 50 in a countable series of things

fifty |ˈfɪfti| — the cardinal number that is the product of ten and five

fifty-eight  — being eight more than fifty

fifty-fifty |ˈfɪftiː| — equal in degree or extent or amount; or equally matched or balanced

fifty-five  — being five more than fifty

fifty-four  — being four more than fifty

fifty-one  — being one more than fifty

fifty-six  — being six more than fifty

fifty-three  — being three more than fifty

fifty-two  — being two more than fifty

fig |fɪɡ| — a diagram or picture illustrating textual material

fight |faɪt| — a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war

fight back |ˈfaɪt ˈbæk| — defend oneself

fight down |ˈfaɪt ˈdaʊn| — fight against or resist strongly

fight off |ˈfaɪt ˈɒf| — force or drive back

fighter |ˈfaɪtər| — someone who fights (or is fighting)

fighting |ˈfaɪtɪŋ| — the act of fighting; any contest or struggle

figment |ˈfɪɡmənt| — a contrived or fantastic idea

figural |ˈfiɡyərəl| — consisting of or forming human or animal figures

figuration |ˌfɪɡjəˈreɪʃən| — representing figuratively as by emblem or allegory

figurative |ˈfɪɡərətɪv| — consisting of or forming human or animal figures

figuratively |ˈfɪɡərətɪvli| — in a figurative sense

figure |ˈfɪɡjər| — a diagram or picture illustrating textual material

figure out |ˈfɪɡjər ˈaʊt| — find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of

figured |ˈfɪɡjərd| — (of e.g. fabric design) adorned with patterns

figurehead |ˈfɪɡjərhed| — a person used as a cover for some questionable activity

figurine |ˌfɪɡjəˈriːn| — a small carved or molded figure

figwort |ˈfɪɡwəːt| — any of numerous tall coarse woodland plants of the genus Scrophularia

filagree |ˈfɪləɡriː| — delicate and intricate ornamentation (usually in gold or silver or other fine twisted wire)

filament |ˈfɪləmənt| — a very slender natural or synthetic fiber

filamentous |fɪləˈmentəs| — thin in diameter; resembling a thread

filar |ˈfaɪlər| — related to or having filaments (especially across a field of view as in the eyepiece of a telescope)

filature |ˈfɪlətʃər| — a bobbin used in spinning silk into thread

filbert |ˈfɪlbərt| — small nut-bearing tree much grown in Europe

filch |fɪltʃ| — make off with belongings of others

file |faɪl| — a set of related records (either written or electronic) kept together

file away |ˈfaɪl əˈweɪ| — place in a container for keeping records

file in |ˈfaɪl ɪn| — enter by marching in a file

file out |ˈfaɪl ˈaʊt| — march out, in a file

filet |fəˈleɪ| — a boneless steak cut from the tenderloin of beef

filial |ˈfɪliəl| — designating the generation or the sequence of generations following the parental generation

filiation |ˌfɪliːˈeɪʃən| — the kinship relation between an individual and the individual's progenitors

filibuster |ˈfɪlɪbʌstər| — a legislator who gives long speeches in an effort to delay or obstruct legislation that he (or she) opposes

filicide |ˈfɪlɪˌsaɪd| — a parent who murders his own son or daughter

filiform |ˈfɪləˌfɔːrm| — thin in diameter; resembling a thread

filigree |ˈfɪlɪɡriː| — delicate and intricate ornamentation (usually in gold or silver or other fine twisted wire)

filing |ˈfaɪlɪŋ| — the entering of a legal document into the public record

Filipino |ˌfɪlɪˈpiːnoʊ| — a native or inhabitant of the Philippines

fill |fɪl| — a quantity sufficient to satisfy

fill in |ˈfɪl ɪn| — supply with information on a specific topic

fill out |ˈfɪl ˈaʊt| — write all the required information onto a form

fill up |ˈfɪl ʌp| — make full, also in a metaphorical sense

fill-in |ˈfɪˌlɪn| — someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)

filled |ˈfɪld| — (usually followed by `with' or used as a combining form) generously supplied with

filler |ˈfɪlər| — used for filling cracks or holes in a surface

fillet |fɪˈleɪ| — a boneless steak cut from the tenderloin of beef

filling |ˈfɪlɪŋ| — any material that fills a space or container

fillip |ˈfɪlɪp| — anything that tends to arouse

filly |ˈfɪli| — a young female horse under the age of four

film |fɪlm| — a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement

filming |ˈfɪlmɪŋ| — the act of making a film

filmmaker |ˈfɪlmˌmeɪkər| — a producer of motion pictures

filmy |ˈfɪlmi| — so thin as to transmit light

filter |ˈfɪltər| — device that removes something from whatever passes through it

filter-tipped |ˈfɪltətɪpt| — of a cigar or cigarette; having a tip designed to filter the smoke

filth |fɪlθ| — any substance considered disgustingly foul or unpleasant

filthiness |ˈfɪlθɪnəs| — a state characterized by foul or disgusting dirt and refuse

filthy |ˈfɪlθi| — disgustingly dirty; filled or smeared with offensive matter

filtrate |ˈfɪltreɪt| — the product of filtration; a gas or liquid that has been passed through a filter

filtration |fɪlˈtreɪʃn| — the process whereby fluids pass through a filter or a filtering medium

fin |fɪn| — the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one

finable |ˈfaɪnəbəl| — liable to a fine

finagle |fɪˈneɪɡl| — achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods

final |ˈfaɪnl| — the final match between the winners of all previous matches in an elimination tournament

finale |fɪˈnæli| — the closing section of a musical composition

finalist |ˈfaɪnəlɪst| — a contestant who reaches the final stages of a competition

finality |faɪˈnæləti| — the quality of being final or definitely settled

finalize |ˈfaɪnəlaɪz| — make final; put the last touches on; put into final form

finally |ˈfaɪnəli| — after an unspecified period of time or an especially long delay

finance |ˈfaɪnæns| — the commercial activity of providing funds and capital

finances |fəˈnænsəz| — assets in the form of money

financial |faɪˈnænʃl| — involving financial matters

financially |faɪˈnænʃəli| — from a financial point of view

financier |ˌfɪnənˈsɪr| — a person skilled in large scale financial transactions

financing |fəˈnænsɪŋ| — the act of financing

finback |ˈfinbak| — large flat-headed whalebone whale having deep furrows along the throat; of Atlantic and Pacific

finch |fɪntʃ| — any of numerous small songbirds with short stout bills adapted for crushing seeds

find |faɪnd| — a productive insight

find out |ˈfaɪnd ˈaʊt| — establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study

finder |ˈfaɪndər| — someone who comes upon something after searching

finding |ˈfaɪndɪŋ| — the act of determining the properties of something, usually by research or calculation

findings |ˈfaɪndɪŋz| — a collection of tools and other articles used by an artisan to make jewelry or clothing or shoes

fine |faɪn| — money extracted as a penalty

fine-grained |ˈfaɪnˈɡreɪnd| — consisting of fine particles

fine-tooth |ˈfaɪn tuːθ| — having fine teeth set close together

finely |ˈfaɪnli| — in tiny pieces

fineness |ˈfaɪnnəs| — the quality of being very good indeed

finery |ˈfaɪnəri| — elaborate or showy attire and accessories

finesse |fɪˈnes| — subtly skillful handling of a situation

finger |ˈfɪŋɡər| — any of the terminal members of the hand (sometimes excepting the thumb)

finger-flower |ˈfɪŋɡəˌflaʊə| — tall leafy European biennial or perennial having spectacular clusters of large tubular pink-purple flowers; leaves yield drug digitalis and are poisonous to livestock

fingerboard |ˈfɪŋɡərbɔːrd| — a guidepost resembling a hand with a pointing index finger

fingered |ˈfɪŋɡərd| — having or resembling a finger or fingers; often used in combination

fingering |ˈfɪŋɡərɪŋ| — the placement of the fingers for playing different notes (or sequences of notes) on a musical instrument

fingermark |ˈfɪŋɡərmɑːrk| — a smudge made by a (dirty) finger

fingernail |ˈfɪŋɡərneɪl| — the nail at the end of a finger

fingerpost |ˈfɪŋɡəpəʊst| — a guidepost resembling a hand with a pointing index finger

fingerprint |ˈfɪŋɡərprɪnt| — a print made by an impression of the ridges in the skin of a finger; often used for biometric identification in criminal investigations

fingerstall |ˈfɪŋɡəstɔːrl| — a sheath worn to protect a finger

fingertip |ˈfɪŋɡərtɪp| — the end (tip) of a finger

finical |ˈfinikəl| — exacting especially about details

finicky |ˈfɪnɪki| — exacting especially about details

finis |ˈfɪnɪs| — the temporal end; the concluding time

finish |ˈfɪnɪʃ| — a decorative texture or appearance of a surface (or the substance that gives it that appearance)

finish up |ˈfɪnɪʃ ʌp| — finish a task completely

finished |ˈfɪnɪʃt| — (of skills or the products of skills) brought to or having the greatest excellence; perfected

finisher |ˈfɪnɪʃər| — (baseball) a relief pitcher who can protect a lead in the last inning or two of the game

finishing |ˈfɪnɪʃɪŋ| — a decorative texture or appearance of a surface (or the substance that gives it that appearance)

finite |ˈfaɪnaɪt| — bounded or limited in magnitude or spatial or temporal extent

finiteness |ˈfaɪnaɪtnəs| — the quality of being finite

finitude |ˈfɪnɪtjuːd| — the quality of being finite

fink |fɪŋk| — someone acting as an informer or decoy for the police

Finn |ˈfɪn| — a native or inhabitant of Finland

finnan |ˈfɪnən| — haddock usually baked but sometimes broiled with lots of butter

Finnic |ˈfinik| — one of two branches of the Finno-Ugric languages; a family of languages including Finnish and Estonian (but not Hungarian)

Finnish |ˈfɪˌnɪʃ| — the official language of Finland; belongs to the Baltic Finnic family of languages

Finno-Ugrian |ˌfɪnoʊˈuːɡriːən| — a family of Uralic languages indigenous to Scandinavia and Hungary and Russia and western Siberia (prior to the Slavic expansion into those regions)

fiord |fɪˈɔːrd| — a long narrow inlet of the sea between steep cliffs; common in Norway

fir |fɜːr| — nonresinous wood of a fir tree

fire |ˈfaɪər| — the event of something burning (often destructive)

fire up |ˈfaɪər ʌp| — arouse or excite feelings and passions

fire-eater |ˈfaɪər iːtər| — a member of a fire department who tries to extinguish fires

fire-raising |ˈfaɪə reɪzɪŋ| — malicious burning to destroy property

fire-worship |ˈfaɪəˌwɜːʃɪp| — the worship of fire

firearm |ˈfaɪərɑːrm| — a portable gun

fireball |ˈfaɪərbɔːl| — an especially luminous meteor (sometimes exploding)

firebomb |ˈfaɪərbɑːm| — a bomb that is designed to start fires; is most effective against flammable targets (such as fuel)

firebox |ˈfaɪəbɑːks| — a furnace (as on a steam locomotive) in which fuel is burned

firebrand |ˈfaɪərbrænd| — a piece of wood that has been burned or is burning

firebrick |ˈfaɪərbrɪk| — brick made of fire clay; used for lining e.g. furnaces and chimneys

firebug |ˈfaɪərbʌɡ| — a criminal who illegally sets fire to property

fireclay |ˈfaɪəkleɪ| — a heat-resistant clay

firecracker |ˈfaɪərkrækər| — firework consisting of a small explosive charge and fuse in a heavy paper casing

fired |ˈfaɪərd| — having lost your job

firedamp |ˈfaɪərˌdæmp| — a mixture of gases (mostly methane) that form in coal mines and become explosive when mixed with air

firedog |ˈfaɪədɔːɡ| — metal supports for logs in a fireplace

firefighter |ˈfaɪərfaɪtər| — a member of a fire department who tries to extinguish fires

firefly |ˈfaɪərflaɪ| — tropical American click beetle having bright luminous spots

fireguard |ˈfaɪərɡɑːrd| — a narrow field that has been cleared to check the spread of a prairie fire or forest fire

firelight |ˈfaɪərlaɪt| — the light of a fire (especially in a fireplace)

firelighter |ˈfaɪərlaɪtər| — (a piece of) a substance that burns easily and can be used to start a coal or coke fire

firelock |ˈfaɪrˌlɑːk| — a muzzle loader that had a flintlock type of gunlock

fireman |ˈfaɪərmən| — play in which children pretend to put out a fire

fireplace |ˈfaɪərpleɪs| — an open recess in a wall at the base of a chimney where a fire can be built

fireplug |ˈfʌɪəplʌɡ| — an upright hydrant for drawing water to use in fighting a fire

firepower |ˈfaɪərpaʊər| — (military) the relative capacity for delivering fire on a target

fireproof |ˈfaɪərpruːf| — make resistant to fire

fireside |ˈfaɪərsaɪd| — an area near a fireplace (usually paved and extending out into a room)

firestone |ˈfaɪrˌstoʊn| — a piece of flint that is struck to light a fire

firewall |ˈfaɪərwɔːl| — (colloquial) the application of maximum thrust

firewater |ˈfaɪərwɔːtər| — any strong spirits (such as strong whisky or rum)

firewood |ˈfaɪərwʊd| — wood used for fuel

firework |ˈfaɪərwɜːrk| — (usually plural) a device with an explosive that burns at a low rate and with colored flames; can be used to illuminate areas or send signals etc.

firing |ˈfaɪərɪŋ| — the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy

firkin |ˈfɜːrkɪn| — a British unit of capacity equal to 9 imperial gallons

firm |fɜːrm| — the members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments

firmament |ˈfɜːrməmənt| — the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected

firmly |ˈfɜːrmli| — with resolute determination

firmness |ˈfɜːrmnəs| — the muscle tone of healthy tissue

firmware |ˈfɜːrmwer| — (computer science) coded instructions that are stored permanently in read-only memory

first |fɜːrst| — the first or highest in an ordering or series

first-class |ˈˌfərs(t) ˈklas| — very good; of the highest quality

first-nighter |fɝːst ˈnaɪtər| — someone habitually a spectator at the openings of theatrical productions

first-rate |fɝːst ˈreɪt| — quite well

first-string  — of members of a team; not substitutes

first-year  — used of a person in the first year of an experience (especially in United States high school or college)

firstborn |ˈfɜːrstbɔːrn| — the offspring who came first in the order of birth

firsthand |ˈfɜrstˈhænd| — from the original source; directly

firstly |ˈfɜːrstli| — before anything else

firth |fɜːrθ| — English linguist who contributed to linguistic semantics and to prosodic phonology and who was noted for his insistence on studying both sound and meaning in context (1890-1960)

fiscal |ˈfɪskl| — involving financial matters

fish |fɪʃ| — any of various mostly cold-blooded aquatic vertebrates usually having scales and breathing through gills

fisher |ˈfɪʃər| — someone whose occupation is catching fish

fisherman |ˈfɪʃərmən| — someone whose occupation is catching fish

fishery |ˈfɪʃəri| — a workplace where fish are caught and processed and sold

fishhook  — a sharp barbed hook for catching fish

fishily |ˈfɪʃɪlɪ| — in a questionably unusual manner

fishing |ˈfɪʃɪŋ| — the act of someone who fishes as a diversion

fishmonger |ˈfɪʃmʌŋɡər| — someone who sells fish

fishnet |ˈfɪʃnet| — a net that will enclose fish when it is pulled in

fishplate |ˈfɪʃpleɪt| — metal plate bolted along sides of two rails or beams

fishpond  — a freshwater pond with fish

fishtail |ˈfɪʃteɪl| — slow down by moving the tail sideways

fishwife |ˈfɪʃwaɪf| — someone who sells fish

fishy |ˈfɪʃi| — not as expected

fissile |ˈfɪsl| — capable of undergoing nuclear fission

fission |ˈfɪʃn| — reproduction of some unicellular organisms by division of the cell into two more or less equal parts

fissionable |ˈfɪʃənəbəl| — capable of undergoing nuclear fission

fissure |ˈfɪʃər| — a long narrow depression in a surface

fist |fɪst| — a hand with the fingers clenched in the palm (as for hitting)

fistful |ˈfɪstfʊl| — the quantity that can be held in the hand

fistula |ˈfɪstʃələ| — a chronic inflammation of the withers of a horse

fit |fɪt| — a display of bad temper

fit in |ˈfɪt ɪn| — go together

fit out |ˈfidout| — provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose

fitch |ˈfɪtʃ| — dark brown mustelid of woodlands of Eurasia that gives off an unpleasant odor when threatened

fitful |ˈfɪtfl| — occurring in spells and often abruptly

fitment |ˈfɪtmənt| — any of the items furnishing or equipping a room (especially built-in furniture)

fitness |ˈfɪtnəs| — the quality of being suitable

fitter |ˈfɪtər| — someone who fits a garment to a particular person

fitting |ˈfɪtɪŋ| — making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances

five |faɪv| — the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one

five-finger |ˈfɪŋɡər| — any of a numerous plants grown for their five-petaled flowers; abundant in temperate regions; alleged to have medicinal properties

five-year-old  — five years of age

fivefold |ˈfaɪvfoʊld| — having five units or components

fiver |ˈfaɪvər| — a United States bill worth 5 dollars

fives |faɪvz| — a game resembling handball; played on a court with a front wall and two side walls

fix |fɪks| — informal terms for a difficult situation

fix up |ˈfɪks ʌp| — find (something or someone) for

fixate |ˈfɪkˌset| — attach (oneself) to a person or thing in a neurotic way

fixation |fɪkˈseɪʃn| — an abnormal state in which development has stopped prematurely

fixative |ˈfɪksətɪv| — a compound (such as ethanol or formaldehyde) that fixes tissues and cells for microscopic study

fixed |fɪkst| — (of a number) having a fixed and unchanging value

fixedly |ˈfɪksɪdli| — in a fixed manner

fixedness |ˈfɪksɪdnes| — remaining in place

fixer |ˈfɪksər| — someone who intervenes with authorities for a person in trouble (usually using underhand or illegal methods for a fee)

fixing |ˈfɪksɪŋ| — the act of putting something in working order again

fixings |ˈfɪksɪŋz| — food that is a component of a mixture in cooking

fixity |ˈfɪksəti| — the quality of being fixed in place as by some firm attachment

fixture |ˈfɪkstʃər| — an object firmly fixed in place (especially in a household)

fizgig |ˈfɪzˌɡɪɡ| — an implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish

fizz |fɪz| — an effervescent beverage (usually alcoholic)

fizzle |ˈfɪzl| — a fricative sound (especially as an expression of disapproval)

fizzle out |ˈfɪzəl ˈaʊt| — end weakly

fizzy |ˈfɪzi| — hissing and bubbling