1. a small number or amount

    Synonyms : handful
    Type Of : small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
  2. a slight or superficial understanding of a subject

    Type Of : apprehension, discernment, savvy, understanding


  1. effusively or insincerely emotional

    Synonyms : bathetic, drippy, hokey, kitschy, maudlin, mawkish, mushy, sappy, schmaltzy, schmalzy, slushy, soppy, soupy
    Examples :
    • sentimental soap operas
  2. given to or marked by sentiment or sentimentality


  1. expressive of contempt

    Synonyms : sneering, supercilious
    Examples :
    • makes many a sharp comparison but never a mean or snide one


  1. get off the ground

    Synonyms : commence, embark on, start up
    Type Of : begin, lead off, commence
    Examples :
    • Who started this company?
    • I start my day with a good breakfast
    • The blood shed started when the partisans launched a surprise attack
  2. bulge outward

    Synonyms : bug out, bulge, bulge out, come out, pop, pop out, protrude
    Type Of : deform, change form, change shape
  3. the time at which something is supposed to begin

    Synonyms : beginning, commencement, first, get-go, kickoff, offset, outset, showtime, starting time
    Type Of : point, point in time
    Examples :
    • they got an early start
  4. begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job

    Synonyms : take up
    Examples :
    • start a new job
  5. get going or set in motion

    Synonyms : start up
    Antonyms : stop
    Examples :
    • We simply could not start the engine
    • start up the computer
  6. a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game

    Synonyms : scratch, scratch line, starting line
    Type Of : line
  7. have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense

    Synonyms : begin
    Examples :
    • Prices for these homes start at $250,000
  8. a signal to begin (as in a race)

    Synonyms : starting signal
    Type Of : signaling, sign, signal
    Examples :
    • the starting signal was a green light
    • the runners awaited the start
  9. bring into being

    Synonyms : initiate, originate
    Type Of : create, make
  10. a turn to be a starter (in a game at the beginning)

    Synonyms : starting
    Type Of : play, turn
    Examples :
    • he got his start because one of the regular pitchers was in the hospital
    • his starting meant that the coach thought he was one of their best linemen
  11. set in motion, cause to start

    Synonyms : begin, commence, lead off
    Examples :
    • The U.S. started a war in the Middle East
  12. take the first step or steps in carrying out an action

    Synonyms : begin, commence, get, get down, set about, set out, start out
    Examples :
    • Who will start?
  13. begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object

    Synonyms : begin
    Type Of : move, act
    Examples :
    • She started the soup while it was still hot
    • We started physics in 10th grade
  14. a sudden involuntary movement

    Synonyms : jump, startle
    Type Of : physiological reaction, instinctive reflex, unconditioned reflex, innate reflex, reflex response, reflex action, inborn reflex, reflex
    Examples :
    • he awoke with a start
  15. begin or set in motion

    Synonyms : get going, go
    Antonyms : stop
    Examples :
    • I start at eight in the morning
  16. have a beginning characterized in some specified way

    Synonyms : begin
    Type Of : be
  17. leave

    Synonyms : depart, part, set forth, set off, set out, start out, take off
    Type Of : go forth, leave, go away
  18. move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm

    Synonyms : jump, startle
    Type Of : move
    Examples :
    • She startled when I walked into the room
  19. the advantage gained by beginning early (as in a race)

    Synonyms : head start
    Type Of : vantage, advantage
    Examples :
    • with an hour's start he will be hard to catch
  20. the act of starting something

    Synonyms : beginning, commencement
    Antonyms : finish
    Type Of : change of state
  21. play in the starting lineup

    Type Of : play
  22. the beginning of anything

    Type Of : beginning
    Examples :
    • it was off to a good start


  1. marked by high spirits or excitement

    Synonyms : bubbling, effervescent, frothy, sparkly
    Examples :
    • scintillating personality
  2. having brief brilliant points or flashes of light

    Synonyms : aglitter, coruscant, fulgid, glinting, glistering, glittering, glittery, scintillant, sparkly
    Examples :
    • the scintillating stars
  3. brilliantly clever

    Examples :
    • scintillating wit
    • a play full of scintillating dialogue


  1. cylinder forming a long narrow part of something

    Synonyms : shank
    Type Of : cylinder
  2. a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ

    Synonyms : stalk
    Type Of : plant organ
  3. stop the flow of a liquid

    Synonyms : halt, stanch, staunch
    Type Of : check
    Examples :
    • stem the tide
  4. (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed

    Synonyms : base, radical, root, root word, theme
    Type Of : word form, descriptor, signifier, form
    Examples :
    • thematic vowels are part of the stem
  5. a turn made in skiing; the back of one ski is forced outward and the other ski is brought parallel to it

    Synonyms : stem turn
    Type Of : turn, turning
  6. front part of a vessel or aircraft

    Synonyms : bow, fore, prow
    Type Of : front
  7. cause to point inward

    Type Of : orient
    Examples :
    • stem your skis
  8. grow out of, have roots in, originate in

    Type Of : originate in
    Examples :
    • The increase in the national debt stems from the last war
  9. remove the stem from

    Type Of : withdraw, remove, take, take away
    Examples :
    • for automatic natural language processing, the words must be stemmed
  10. the tube of a tobacco pipe

    Type Of : tubing, tube


  1. a long monotonous harangue

    Type Of : ranting, harangue, rant
  2. a long piece of writing

    Type Of : written material, piece of writing, writing
  3. an accurately levelled strip of material placed on a wall or floor as guide for the even application of plaster or concrete

    Type Of : slip, strip


  1. a sum of money allotted on a regular basis; usually for some specific purpose

    Type Of : regular payment


  1. marked by great carelessness

    Synonyms : haphazard, slipshod, sloppy
    Examples :
    • slapdash work
  2. in a careless or reckless manner

    Synonyms : slam-bang
    Examples :
    • the shelves were put up slapdash
  3. directly

    Synonyms : bang, bolt, slap, smack


  1. someone who spends money prodigally

    Synonyms : scattergood, spend-all, spender
    Type Of : prodigal, profligate, squanderer
  2. recklessly wasteful

    Synonyms : extravagant, prodigal, profligate