Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

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code word a politically acceptable word or phrase that conveys a hidden meaning or disguises the truth by indirection; euphemism.
counter word (chiefly American) a commonly used word whose current meanings have little relationship to its original meaning, such as "nice" or "terrible".
curse word a word that is considered to be obscene or profane, esp. when it is used to condemn or to express anger.
dirty word a word considered obscene, rude, or offensive in a particular language, culture, or situation; obscenity.
four-letter word any of several short English words that are considered offensive or obscene.
function word a word such as an article, conjunction, or preposition that indicates grammatical structure or relationships but has little or no independent meaning.
guide word a word printed at the top of the page in a reference book, usu. to indicate the first or last entry on that page; catchword.
household word a well-known, commonly used word, phrase, name, or thing.
last word the final sentence or phrase with which one person ends an argument. [3 definitions]
loanword a word that one language has adopted from another and at least partly naturalized.
mum's the word keep this a secret.
nonce word a word invented for temporary or one-time use.
portmanteau word a word formed by combining the sounds and meanings of two other words, such as "smog" from "smoke" and "fog".
sight word in vocabulary learning, a word, usually short and basic, that a reader recognizes visually, without having to decode it phonetically or otherwise. "The," "we," "their," and "have" are typical sight words.
word list a set of words constructed for a particular purpose or collected from a particular source or sources.
word of honor a statement, pledge, verbal commitment, or the like that is backed by one's honor; sworn oath; solemn promise.
word order the way in which words are arranged, or their grammatically correct sequence, in a phrase, clause, or sentence.
word problem a mathematics exercise in which a hypothetical situation expressed in words must be solved mathematically.
word processing the production of typed documents with the use of automated typewriters or computers. [2 definitions]
word processor a computerized device, such as an electronic typewriter, or combination of devices, such as a video screen, program, memory, and printer, used to generate, edit, print, store, duplicate, or transmit text. [2 definitions]