stifle

  1. joint between the femur and tibia in a quadruped; corresponds to the human knee

    Synonyms : knee
    Type Of : joint, articulation, articulatio
  2. be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen

    Synonyms : asphyxiate, suffocate
    Type Of : pass, buy the farm, cash in one's chips, choke, conk, croak, decease, die, drop dead, exit, expire, give-up the ghost, go, kick the bucket, pass away, perish, pop off, snuff it
  3. impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of

    Synonyms : asphyxiate, choke, suffocate
    Type Of : obstruct, close up, impede, block, occlude, obturate, jam
  4. suppress or constrain so as to lessen in intensity

    Synonyms : dampen
    Antonyms : stimulate
    Type Of : inhibit, bottle up, suppress
  5. suppress in order to conceal or hide

    Synonyms : muffle, repress, smother, strangle
    Type Of : bottle up, suppress, inhibit

stevedore

  1. a laborer who loads and unloads vessels in a port

    Synonyms : dock-walloper, dock worker, docker, dockhand, dockworker, loader, longshoreman, lumper
    Type Of : jack, laborer, labourer, manual laborer

stereotype

  1. treat or classify according to a mental stereotype

    Synonyms : pigeonhole, stamp
    Type Of : assort, class, classify, separate, sort, sort out
    Examples :
    • I was stereotyped as a lazy Southern European
  2. a conventional or formulaic conception or image

    Type Of : internal representation, mental representation, representation
    Examples :
    • regional stereotypes have been part of America since its founding

staunch

  1. firm and dependable especially in loyalty

    Synonyms : steadfast, unswerving
    Examples :
    • a staunch defender of free speech
  2. stop the flow of a liquid

    Synonyms : halt, stanch, stem
    Type Of : check
    Examples :
    • staunch the blood flow

stanza

  1. a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem

    Type Of : text, textual matter

staid

  1. characterized by dignity and propriety

    Synonyms : sedate

stagnant

  1. not growing or changing; without force or vitality

    Synonyms : moribund
  2. not circulating or flowing

    Synonyms : dead
    Examples :
    • stagnant water

spurious

  1. plausible but false

    Synonyms : specious
    Examples :
    • spurious inferences
  2. born out of wedlock

    Synonyms : bastardly, misbegot, misbegotten
    Examples :
    • the dominions of both rulers passed away to their spurious or doubtful offspring
  3. false or fake; not what it appears to be

    Synonyms : inauthentic, unauthentic
    Examples :
    • a spurious work of art
  4. ostensibly valid, but not actually valid

    Examples :
    • a spurious argument

sporadic

  1. recurring in scattered and irregular or unpredictable instances

    Antonyms : continual
    Examples :
    • a city subjected to sporadic bombing raids

speckled

  1. having a pattern of dots

    Synonyms : dotted, flecked, specked, stippled