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Thursday, May 27, 2021


disheveled is a synonym of messy

adjective [ dih-shev-uhld ]

disheveled is another word for messy

Something that is messy is dirty, untidy, or disordered, for instance, a messy desk that is covered in papers and crumbs (we can relate!). When describing people or animals, messy usually refers to the cause of a mess, as a messy artist who leaves behind globs of glue and glitter. When the mess is centered on one’s appearance, disheveled may be more precise. While disheveled does not imply dirtiness like messy can, it does refer to something hanging loosely or in disorder, such as one’s clothes or hair, or to a general untidy or unkempt look. Someone who appears unshaven and with rumpled clothes can be described as looking disheveled. Although looking disheveled may indicate a lack of sleep, and is often associated with the adjectives disoriented and exhausted, it can also be used for a deliberate personal look: His disheveled appearance reflected his casual and cool style.

Commonly found as

hair + disheveled
He always had disheveled hair, which made him look as if he had just walked out of a wind tunnel.
look disheveled
After her new kitten kept her up most of the night, she came to work looking all tired and disheveled. 

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021


delve is a synonym of dig

verb [ delv ]

delve is another word for dig

Here's the scoop on today's pair of words: the very general verb dig refers literally to the breaking up or turning over of earth or sand, as with a shovel, spade, or bulldozer. Figuratively, it’s used to talk about finding or discovering something by effort or search: a gossip columnist might dig up some dirt (scandalous information) on a celebrity. The synonym delve has a narrower range of applications; it is most commonly used to refer to examining something carefully: the article delved into the issue of prison reform. Sometimes delve suggests sustained intensive research, more along the lines of the verb investigate. While the distinction seems clear enough today, when delve entered English (long before dig, mind you) it referred to digging up the earth in preparation for planting. Dig overtook delve as the go-to verb for such terrestrial matters, and nowadays the only shoveling delve does is through piles of information.

Commonly found as

delve into + issues
On its surface the show seemed light and formulaic, but it regularly delved into issues that other shows of its era would not touch.
delve deeper
The reporter quickly realized he needed to delve deeper into the financial connections that his subject had brushed aside during the interview.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021


inkling is a synonym of clue

noun [ ingk-ling ]

inkling is another word for clue

The noun clue refers to anything that serves to guide or direct in the solution of a problem or mystery: The clue led me to believe that it was Mr. Green in the billiard room! More generally, a clue is an idea or notion: I had no clue Mr. Green was planning a surprise party! The synonym inkling has a similar duality—it can refer to a slight suggestion or indication of something: They hadn’t given us an inkling of what was going to happen. Or to a vague notion or idea, that is, a slight understanding based on a hint or suggestion: They didn't have an inkling of how the new invention worked. Inkling, however, is used in a slightly more personal sense to talk about one’s intuition or what one suspects. In this way, inkling implies greater feeling or powers of intuition than the noun clue.

Commonly found as

have + inkling
The executive claimed to have no inkling of the illegal activities that were happening on his watch.
slightest inkling
If you have the slightest inkling that an email is fraudulent, don’t click on it!

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