noun ( pl. -lies)
a water-worn ravine.
a deep artificial channel serving as a gutter or drain.
ravine, canyon, gorge, pass, defile, couloir, gulch,
coulee, draw, channel, conduit, trench, ditch, drain,
culvert, cut, gutter.
adjective ( -bler , -blest )
lacking physical strength, esp. as a result of age or
(of a sound) faint
lacking strength of character
failing to convince or impress
weak, weakly, weakened, frail, infirm, delicate, sickly,
ailing, unwell, poorly, enfeebled, enervated,
debilitated, incapacitated, decrepit, etiolated.
ineffective, ineffectual, inadequate, unconvincing,
implausible, unsatisfactory, poor, weak, flimsy.
cowardly, craven, faint-hearted, spineless, spiritless,
lily-livered, chinless; timid, timorous, fearful,
unassertive, weak, ineffectual, wishy-washy; informal
wimpy, sissy, sissified, gutless, chicken. ANTONYMS
faint, dim, weak, pale, soft, subdued, muted.
verb [ intrans. ]
(of a person or animal) emit a deep loud roar,
typically in pain or anger :
[ reporting verb ] shout something with a deep loud
[ trans. ] sing (a song) loudly and tunelessly
a deep roaring shout or sound
roar, shout, bawl, thunder, trumpet, boom, bark, yell,
shriek, howl, scream; raise one's voice; informal
holler. ANTONYMS whisper.
roar, shout, bawl, bark, yell, yelp, shriek, howl,
scream. ANTONYMS whisper.
a rapidly rotating mass of water in a river or sea into
which objects may be drawn, typically caused by the
meeting of conflicting currents.
figurative - a turbulent situation from which it is hard
a heated pool in which hot, typically aerated water is
eddy, vortex, maelstrom.
hot tub; trademark Jacuzzi
verb [ intrans. ]
walk in a furtive, unobtrusive, or timid manner, esp.
sideways or obliquely
noun [in sing. ]
an instance of walking in this way.
creep, sneak, slink, slip, slide, steal, edge, inch,
(of a structure or piece of equipment) poorly made
and likely to collapse.
shaky, unsteady, unsound, unsafe, tumbledown,
broken-down, dilapidated, ramshackle.
grass and the surface layer of earth held together by
Brit. a piece of such grass and earth cut from the
peat used for fuel.
informal - an area regarded as someone's personal
territory; one's home ground
a person's sphere of influence or activity
grass, lawn, sod.
territory, domain, province, preserve, sphere of
influence; stomping ground, stamping ground;
verb [ intrans. ]
move in a twisting or spiraling pattern
[ trans. ] cause to move in such a pattern
a quantity of something moving in such a pattern
a twisting or spiraling movement or pattern
whirl, eddy, billow, spiral, circulate, revolve, spin,
twist; flow, stream, surge, seethe.
conceited or arrogant, esp. in a bold or impudent
arrogant, conceited, overweening, overconfident,
self-important, egotistical, presumptuous, boastful,
self-assertive; bold, forward, insolent, cheeky, puffedup.
a soft, indistinct sound made by a person or group of
people speaking quietly or at a distance
• a softly spoken or almost inaudible utterance
• the quiet or subdued expression of a particular
feeling by a group of people
• a rumor
• a low continuous sound
Medicine - a recurring sound heard in the heart
through a stethoscope that is usually a sign of
disease or damage informal - a condition in which the
heart produces or is apt to produce such a sound
verb [ reporting verb ]
say something in a low, soft, or indistinct voice
make a low continuous sound
say something cautiously and discreetly
archaic - express one's discontent about (someone
or something) in a subdued manner.
noun - whisper, undertone, mutter, mumble.
complaint, grumble, grouse; informal gripe, moan.
hum, humming, buzz, buzzing, thrum, thrumming,
drone; sigh, rustle; literary susurration, murmuration.
verb - talk under one's breath, speak softly -
complain, mutter, grumble, grouse; informal gripe,
moan - rustle, sigh; burble, purl; literary whisper
force (someone) to move hurriedly or
unceremoniously in a specified direction
push roughly; jostle; hurry; bustle
Informal obtain by forceful action or persuasion :
pressure someone into doing or choosing something
obtain by illicit action; swindle; cheat
busy movement and activity - energetic effort
informal a fraud or swindle.
manhandle, push, shove, thrust, frogmarch, whisk,
rush, hurry, be quick, hasten; speed up, press on;
informal get a move on, step on it, get moving, get
cracking, shake a leg.
work, work hard, strive, endeavor, apply oneself,
exert oneself; informal pull out all the stops.
coerce, force, compel, pressure, pressurize, badger,
pester, hound, harass, nag, harry, urge, goad, prod,
spur; browbeat, bulldoze, bludgeon, steamroller,
strong-arm; informal railroad, fast-talk.
feeling or showing grief
sad, unhappy, dejected, regretful, downcast,
miserable, downhearted, despondent, despairing,
disconsolate, desolate, glum, gloomy, doleful, dismal,
melancholy, mournful, woeful, woebegone, forlorn,
crestfallen, heartbroken; informal blue, down in/at the
mouth, down in the dumps.
tragic, sad, unhappy, awful, miserable, sorry, pitiful;
traumatic, upsetting, depressing, distressing,
dispiriting, heartbreaking, harrowing; formal grievous.
the woolly covering of a sheep or goat
the amount of wool shorn from a sheep in a single
piece at one time.
a thing resembling a sheep's woolly covering, in
a soft warm fabric with a texture similar to sheep's
wool, used as a lining material, a jacket or other
garment made from such a fabric.
verb [ trans. ]
informal obtain a great deal of money from
(someone), typically by overcharging or swindling
a rod or bar forming part of a framework and
designed to resist compression.
a stiff, erect, and apparently arrogant or conceited
walk with a stiff, erect, and apparently arrogant or
swagger, swank, parade, stride, sweep, sashay.
situated in the interior of a country rather than on the
chiefly Brit. carried on within the limits of a country;
in or toward the interior of a country
the parts of a country remote from the sea or
borders; the interior.
interior, inshore, central, internal, upcountry, upriver;
landlocked. ANTONYMS coastal.
domestic, internal, home, local; national, provincial.
upcountry, upriver, inshore, to the interior.
a deep gorge, typically one with a river flowing
through it, as found in North America.
ravine, gorge, gully, defile, couloir; chasm, abyss,
gulf, gulch, coulee.
a thin sphere of liquid enclosing air or another gas.
an air- or gas-filled spherical cavity in a liquid or a
solidified liquid such as glass or amber.
figurative a state or feeling that is unstable and
unlikely to last
a brief, sudden, upward change from a general trend
a transparent domed cover or enclosure
a place or position of isolated safety
verb [ intrans. ]
(of a liquid) air or gas rising to the surface
make a sound resembling this : a bubbling fountain.
figurative (of a person) be exuberantly filled with an
irrepressible positive feeling
figurative (esp. of a negative feeling) become more
intense and approach the point of being vehemently
noun - globule, bead, blister; air pocket; sparkle, fizz,
effervescence, froth, head.
verb - sparkle, fizz, effervesce, foam, froth.
boil, simmer, seethe, gurgle.
with enthusiasm, overflow, brim over, be filled, gush.
dark and gloomy, esp. due to thick mist
of liquid) dark and dirty; not clear
not fully explained or understood, esp. with
concealed dishonesty or immorality
dark, gloomy, gray, leaden, dull, dim, overcast,
cloudy, clouded, sunless, dismal, dreary, bleak;
literary tenebrous. ANTONYMS bright, sunny.
dirty, muddy, cloudy, turbid, riled, roily. ANTONYMS
questionable, suspicious, suspect, dubious, dark,
mysterious, secret; informal shady, sketchy.
ANTONYMS spotless, innocent.
an inflamed swelling on the edge of an eyelid,
caused by bacterial infection of the gland at the base
of an eyelash.
a noisy quarrel about something petty or trivial
quarrel noisily over a trivial matter
quarrel, disagreement, argument, contretemps,
falling-out, dispute, clash, blowup, altercation,
shouting match, row, exchange, war of words;
informal tiff, set-to, run-in, spat, scrap, rhubarb.
quarrel, argue, bicker, fall out, disagree, have words,
dispute, spar, cross swords, lock horns, be at
loggerheads; informal scrap.
of, relating to, or near a coast
a long deep track made by the repeated passage of
the wheels of vehicles.
figurative a habit or pattern of behavior that has
become dull and unproductive but is hard to change
furrow, groove, trough, ditch, hollow, pothole, crater.
boring routine, humdrum existence, habit, dead end.
a long, low sound made by a person expressing
physical or mental suffering
a sound resembling this, esp. one made by the wind
informal a complaint that is perceived as trivial and
not taken seriously by others
verb [ intrans. ]
make a long, low sound expressing physical or
groan, wail, whimper, sob, cry.
sigh, murmur, sough.
complaint, complaining, grouse, grousing, grumble,
grumbling, whine, whining, carping; informal gripe,
griping, grouching, bellyaching, beef, beefing.
(of eyes or a look) appearing to see through
(of a voice or sound) extremely high, loud, or shrill
(of wind or extreme temperature) seeming to cut
(of a feeling) affecting one keenly or deeply.
(of mental attributes) sharp; profound
shrill, ear-splitting, high-pitched, penetrating, strident,
bitter, biting, cutting, penetrating, sharp, keen,
stinging, raw; freezing, frigid, glacial, arctic, chill.
intense, excruciating, agonizing, sharp, stabbing,
shooting, stinging, severe, extreme, fierce, searing,
searching, probing, penetrating, penetrative, shrewd,
perceptive, percipient, perspicacious, penetrating,
discerning, discriminating, intelligent, quick-witted,
sharp, sharp-witted, shrewd, insightful, keen, acute,
astute, clever, smart, incisive, razor-edged,
a mound or ridge of sand or other loose sediment
formed by the wind, esp. on the sea coast or in a
bank, mound, hillock, hummock, knoll, ridge, heap,