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The Oxford Thesaurus - An A-Z Dictionary Of Synonyms

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immature, callow, green, inexperienced, unfledged, uninitiated, unsophisticated, childlike, innocent, na‹ve: This programme may contain material unsuitable for young ears. 3 childish,

puerile, infantile, babyish, US sophomoric: He's too young to invite to the party.

--n. 4 offspring, babies, issue, little ones, progeny, litter, brood; children: The cat's young should stay with her for a few weeks.

youth n. 1 childhood, boyhood, girlhood, young manhood, young womanhood, prepubescence, pubescence, adolescence, salad days; immaturity, minority: In our youth we do many foolish things we might later regret. 2 child, youngster, schoolchild, teenager,

teen, minor, juvenile, adolescent; boy, schoolboy, stripling, young boy or man, lad, laddie, whippersnapper; girl, lass, lassie, schoolgirl, maid, maiden, Literary damsel, demoiselle, mademoiselle, Colloq kid, (little) shaver, US and Canadian tad, Slang teeny-bopper, Brit sprog: As youths, they used to spend time at rock concerts. 3 children, youngsters, juveniles, adolescents, young people, young, Colloq kids: The youth of today have little respect for their elders.

24.5 yucky...

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yucky adj. yukky or US also yuchy, disgusting, repugnant, repellent, unappetizing, vomit-provoking, sick-making, ill-making, nauseous, nauseating, revolting, foul, mucky, revolting,

beastly, awful, Slang Brit grotty: We get this yucky mess at school that we call 'mystery meat'.

yummy adj. delicious, mouth-watering, luscious, appetizing, tasty, toothsome, savoury, delectable, ambrosial, Colloq scrumptious: At our school tuck shop we get the most yummy ice-cream.

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25.1 zany...

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zany

adj. 1 clownish, mad, wild, frolicsome, sportive, playful, gay,

 

merry, slapstick, crazy, funny, comic(al), amusing, hilarious,

 

absurd, nonsensical, ludicrous, silly, foolish, inane, Colloq

 

wacky, loony, madcap, crackpot, nutty, goofy, US kooky: The

 

buskers put on the zaniest show I have seen for some time.

 

--n. 2 clown, comic, jester, fool, joker, buffoon, wag,

 

comedian, merry andrew, laughing-stock, Slang nut, US screwball:

 

The two zanies kept the crowd in stitches while the pickpockets

 

stole their wallets.

zap

v. destroy, kill, slaughter, annihilate, murder, slay,

 

assassinate, liquidate, erase; shoot, electrocute, Slang rub

 

out, polish off, knock off, bump off, snuff (out), waste, hit,

 

US ice: The baddies got zapped by the ray gun, one after the

 

other.

25.2 zealot...

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zealot n. fanatic, extremist, radical, bigot, maniac, militant: We have to deal with ruthless zealots who are willing to die for their cause.

zealotry

n. fanaticism, extremism, radicalism, bigotry, militantism,

terrorism, single-mindedness, monomania, fervour, frenzy,

hysteria, obsession, obsessiveness: Their attacks on innocent

civilians show how far their zealotry can take them.

zenith

n. meridian, summit, acme, apex, vertex, apogee, high point,

top, peak, pinnacle: The dictator reached the zenith of his

power very quickly.

zero

n. 1 nil, null, nothing, nought or naught, aught, cipher,

Cricket duck, Colloq nix, US goose-egg, nada, niente, Slang Brit (sweet) Fanny Adams or F.A., bugger-all, US zilch: Temperatures have remained below zero all day. The visiting team won three games, we won zero. 2 (rock) bottom, nadir: On a scale of one

to ten, she is a zero. 3 nobody, nothing, nonentity, Slang US

 

nebbish, bupkis: That fellow she married is a real zero.

 

--v. 4 zero in on. focus on, pinpoint, fix on, home in on,

 

concentrate on, bring to bear on: We zeroed in on the problem

 

and then rapidly found the answer.

zest

n. 1 spice, relish, gusto, tang, pepper, ginger, piquancy,

 

pungency, edge, bite, flavour, Colloq zing, zip, pizazz: Put in

 

a little of my home-made sauce to add some zest. 2 eagerness,

 

zestfulness, exuberance, appetite, interest, enthusiasm, hunger,

 

thirst: Where does Sidney get his zest for life?

25.3 zone...

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zone

n. area, quarter, district, region, sector, section, sphere,

 

belt, territory, province, realm, domain, precinct, bailiwick,

 

department, terrain, circle, locality, locale, Slang US turf: A

 

duty-free zone will allow for quicker transshipment of goods.

 

The northern and southern hemispheres each have a frigid,

 

temperate, and torrid zone.

zoo

n. 1 zoological garden, menagerie, Tiergarten, (safari) park:

 

When I was a child, I enjoyed going to the zoo almost as much as

 

I do now. 2 madhouse, mess; chaos, pandemonium, bedlam, Colloq

 

US three-ring circus, Chinese fire-drill: When my husband and

 

the three children get ready in the morning the kitchen is like

 

a zoo.

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