1. produce a mottled effect

    Synonyms : speckle
    Type Of : cloud, mottle, dapple
    Examples :
    • The sunlight stippled the trees
  2. apply (paint) in small dots or strokes

    Type Of : paint
  3. engrave by means of dots and flicks

    Type Of : etch, engrave
  4. make by small short touches that together produce an even or softly graded shadow, as in paint or ink

    Type Of : paint


  1. foul and run-down and repulsive

    Synonyms : flyblown, sordid
    Examples :
    • a squalid overcrowded apartment in the poorest part of town
    • squalid living conditions
  2. morally degraded

    Synonyms : seamy, seedy, sleazy, sordid
    Examples :
    • the squalid atmosphere of intrigue and betrayal


  1. stop the flow of a liquid

    Synonyms : halt, staunch, stem
    Type Of : check


  1. a slight surface cut (especially a notch that is made to keep a tally)

    Synonyms : score
    Type Of : scratch, dent, incision, prick, slit
  2. hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of

    Synonyms : baffle, bilk, cross, foil, frustrate, queer, spoil, thwart
    Type Of : forbid, foreclose, forestall, prevent, preclude
  3. whiskey distilled in Scotland; especially whiskey made from malted barley in a pot still

    Synonyms : malt whiskey, malt whisky, scotch malt whiskey, scotch malt whisky, scotch whiskey, scotch whisky
    Type Of : whisky, whiskey
  4. avoiding waste

    Synonyms : economical, frugal, sparing, stinting
    Examples :
    • `scotch' is used only informally
  5. of or relating to or characteristic of Scotland or its people or culture or its English dialect or Gaelic language

    Synonyms : scots, scottish
  6. make a small cut or score into

    Type Of : nock, score, mark


  1. a person who lacks good judgment

    Synonyms : fool, muggins, saphead, tomfool
    Type Of : simpleton, simple
  2. deplete

    Synonyms : exhaust, play out, run down, tire
    Type Of : consume, deplete, eat, exhaust, run through, eat up, use up, wipe out
  3. a piece of metal covered by leather with a flexible handle; used for hitting people

    Synonyms : blackjack, cosh
    Type Of : bludgeon
  4. a watery solution of sugars, salts, and minerals that circulates through the vascular system of a plant

    Type Of : solution
  5. excavate the earth beneath

    Type Of : undermine, cave


  1. according with custom or propriety

    Synonyms : becoming, comely, comme il faut, decorous
    Examples :
    • seemly behavior


  1. lacking substance or significance

    Synonyms : flimsy, fragile, tenuous, thin
    Examples :
    • slight evidence
  2. a deliberate discourteous act (usually as an expression of anger or disapproval)

    Synonyms : rebuff
    Type Of : offense, offensive activity, discourtesy, offence
  3. being of delicate or slender build

    Synonyms : slender, slim, svelte
    Examples :
    • watched her slight figure cross the street
  4. pay no attention to, disrespect

    Synonyms : cold-shoulder
    Type Of : dismiss, ignore, push aside, brush aside, discount, brush off, disregard
  5. (quantifier used with mass nouns) small in quantity or degree; not much or almost none or (with `a') at least some

    Synonyms : little
    Examples :
    • there's slight chance that it will work
    • there's a slight chance it will work


  1. a row of notches

    Type Of : row
    Examples :
    • the pliers had serrations to improve the grip
  2. a single notch in a row of notches

    Type Of : notch
    Examples :
    • one of the serrations was broken off
  3. the condition of being serrated

    Type Of : condition, status
    Examples :
    • the serrations of a city skyline


  1. a sheath for a sword or dagger or bayonet

    Type Of : sheath


  1. become sober after excessive alcohol consumption

    Synonyms : sober up
    Type Of : go, become, get
    Examples :
    • Keep him in bed until he sobers up
  2. become more realistic

    Synonyms : sober up
    Type Of : become, go, get
    Examples :
    • After thinking about the potential consequences of his plan, he sobered up
  3. lacking brightness or color; dull

    Synonyms : drab, somber, sombre
    Examples :
    • sober Puritan grey
  4. completely lacking in playfulness

    Synonyms : serious, unplayful
  5. dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises

    Synonyms : grave, sedate, solemn
    Examples :
    • as sober as a judge
  6. cause to become sober

    Type Of : modify, alter, change
    Examples :
    • A sobering thought
  7. not affected by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)

    Antonyms : intoxicated