Enhance Your Writing: Synonyms for Overused Words

Updated on June 28, 2019
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Feeling/Emotion Words

Want to describe how a character feels, but "happy" isn't specific enough, or has been used too many times already? Feelings such as "angry," "sad," "hate," and "love" are overused because they are the basic emotions everyone feels at some point, but there are more specific emotions out there that can be used to replace them in order to give the reader a better idea of how a person is really feeling.

Sad

Synonym
Definition
Synonym
Definition
Miserable
Extremely unhappy or uncomfortable
Melancholy
Feeling or looking sad and without hope, or making you feel sad and without hope
Sorrowful
Feeling, expressing, or causing great sadness
Bleak
Without any reasons to feel happy or hopeful
Aggrieved
Feeling angry and unhappy because you think you have been treated unfairly
Agonized
Expressing extreme pain or sadness
Bereft
Extremely unhappy and lonely
Deflated
Feeling less confident and happy
Desolate
In a state of bleak and dismal emptiness
Despondent
Very unhappy because you do not believe that an unpleasant situation will improve
Devastated
Feeling very shocked and upset
Disconsolate
Extremely unhappy or disappointed
Dismayed
Very upset, disapointed, or annoyed about something surprising or shocking that has happened
Distressed
Very unhappy, worried, or upset
Downcast
Sad or upset
Forlorn
Appearing lonely and sad
Morose
Feeling unhappy, in a bad mood, and not wanting to talk to anyone
Shattered
Extremely upset
Somber
Serious or sad
Wistful
Slightly sad because you want to have or do something
Sad (adjective): feeling unhappy, especially because something bad has happened

Mad

Synonym
Definiton
Synonym
Definition
Annoyed
Feeling slightly angry or impatient
Upset
Very sad, worried, or angry about something
Irritated
Annoyed or impatient about something
Displeased
Annoyed or angry, usually because something is not very good or someone has made a mistake
Cross
(about/to children) Angry
Belligerent
Very unfriendly and angry
Bitter
Feeling angry or upset because of a bad experience, especially when you think that you have been treated unfairly
Disgruntled
Disappointed and annoyed about something
Disgusted
Feeling very angry and upset about something that you do not approve of
Exasperated
Extremely annoyed and impatient because things are not happening in the way you want or people are not doing what you want them to do
Excited
Upset, worried, or angry about something
Frustrated
Feeling annoyed and impatient because you are prevented from achieving something
Harried
Tired and annoyed
Heated
Someone who becomes angry and excited as they speak
Impatient
Annoyed by something bad
Indignant
Annoyed by something bad
Miffed
(informal) Slightly annoyed or offended
Petulant
Annoyed and behaving in an unreasonable way because you cannot get what you want
Resentful
Feeling angry and unhappy because you think you have been treated unfairly or without enough respect
Sharp
A comment, voice, or expression showing that someone is unfriendly or annoyed
Mad (adjective): very angry

Good

Synonym
Definition
Synonym
Definition
Agreeable
Enjoyable and pleasurable; pleasant
Amusing
Causing laughter and providing entertainment
Congenial
Pleasant or agreeable because it's suited to one's taste or inclination
Convivial
Friendly, lively, and enjoyable
Delightful
Causing delight; charming
Diverting
Entertaining or amusing
Enjoyable
(of an activity or occasion) Giving delight or pleasure
Fabulous
Amazingly good; wonderful
Fantastic
(informal) Extraordinarily good or attractive
Glorious
Having a striking beauty or splendor that evokes feelings of delighted admiration
Grand
(informal) Very good or enjoyable; excellent
Great
Very good or satisfactory; excellent
Jolly
Lively and entertaining
Lively
Intellectually stimulating or perceptive
Lovely
Very pleasant or enjoyable; delightful
Merry
Cheerful and lively
Nice
Pleasant; agreeable; satisfactory
Pleasant
Giving a sense of happy satisfaction or enjoyment
Pleasing
Satisfying or appealing
Smashing
Excellent; wonderful
Sociable
Willing to talk and engage in activities with other people; friendly
Terrific
Extremely good; excellent
Good (adj): Giving pleasure; enjoyable or satisfying

Happy

Synonym
Definition
Synonyms
Definition
Blithe
Happy and not worried about anything
Bubbly
Lively, happy, and friendly
Delighted
Very happy, especially because something good has happened
Ecstatic
Extremely happy or pleased
Elated
Extremely happy and excited
Enraptured
Enjoying something very much
Euphoric
Feeling extremely happy, usually for a short time only
Excited
Very happy and enthusiastic
Exhilarated
Extremely happy, excited, and full of energy
Fondly
With positive or happy feelings
Giddy
Very excited and happy
Jovial
Cheerful and friendly
Joyful
Expressing great happiness
Jubilant
Extremely happy because something good has happened
Thrilled
Very pleased and excited
Triumphant
Showing that you are very pleased or excited about a victory or success
Satisfied
Contented; pleased
Content
In a state of peaceful happiness
Chirpy
Cheerful and lively
Pleased
Feeling or showing pleasure and satisfaction, especially at an event or a situation
Tickled
Cause (someone) amusement or pleasure
Intoxicated
Excite or exhilarate
Happy (adjective): Feeling or showing pleasure or contentment

Bad

Synonym
Definition
Synonym
Definition
Adverse
Preventing success or development; harmful; unfavorable
Atrocious
Of a very poor quality; extremely bad or unpleasant
Awful
Very bad or unpleasant
Bleak
(of a situation or future prospect) Not hopeful or encouraging; unlikely to have a favorable outcome
Disagreeable
Not pleasant or enjoyable
Distressing
Causing anxiety, sorrow or pain; upsetting
Dreadful
Causing or involving great suffering, fear, or unhappiness; extremely bad or serious
Grim
Depressing or worrying to consider
Harsh
cruel or severe
Intense
Having or showing strong feelings or opinions
Nasty
Highly unpleasant, especially to the senses; physically nauseating
Parlous
(archaic) Full of danger or uncertainty; precarious
Regrettable
(of conduct or an event) Giving rise to regret; undesirable; unwelcome
Regretful
Feeling or showing regret
Terrible
Extremely or distressingly bad or serious
Unfavorable
adverse; inauspicious
Unfortunate
Having or marked by bad fortune; unlucky
Unlucky
Having, bringing, or resulting from bad luck
Unpleasant
(of a person or their manner) Unfriendly and inconsiderate; rude
Unwelcome
Not much needed or desired
Bad (adj): not such as to be hoped for or desired; unpleasant or unwelcome

Scared

Synonym
Definition
Synonym
Definition
Afraid
Frightened, for example because you feel you are in danger
Frozen
Unable to move because of fear or surprise
Horrified
Very shocked or frightened
Terrified
Extremely frightened
Traumatized
Very upset, afraid, or shocked because of a bad experience
Spook
Frighten; unnerve
Aghast
Filled with horror or shock
Anxious
Experiencing worry, unease, or nervous, typically about an imminent even or something with an uncertain outcome
Alarmed
Cause (someone) to feel frightened, disturbed, or in danger
Shaken
Upset the composure of; shock or astonish
Petrified
So frightened that one is unable to move; terrified
Startle(d)
Cause (a person or animal) to feel sudden shock or alarm
Fearful
Feeling afraid; showing fear or anxiety
Intimidate
Frighten someone, especially in order to make them do what one wants
Hysteria
Exaggerated or uncontrollable emotion or excitement, especially among a group of people
Paralyzed
Render (someone) unable to think or act normally, especially through panic or fear
Trepidation
A feeling of fear or agitation about something that may happen
Traumatic
Emotionally disturbing or distressing
Apprehension
Anxiety or fear that something bad or unpleasant will happen
Panic
Sudden uncontrollable fear or anxiety, often causing wildly unthinking behavior
Scared (adjective): Fearful; frightened

Hate

Synonym
Definition
Synonym
Definition
Dislike
To not like someone or something
Bear
To dislike something or someone very much
Despise
To hate someone or something and have no respect for them
Loathe
To dislike someone or something very much
Detest
To hate someone or something
Deplore
To dislike something very much, often because you think it is immoral
Abhor
To dislike something very much, usually because you think it is immoral
Abominate
To hate something because you think it is extremely offensive, unpleasant, or wrong
Revile
To hate and criticize someone or something very much
Execrate
Feel or express great loathing for
Enmity
A feeling or condition of hostility; hatred; ill will; animosity; antagonism
Resentment
The feeling of displeasure or indignation at some act, remark, person, etc regarded as causing injury or insult
Antipathy
A natural, basic, or habitual repugnance; aversion
Malevolence
The quality, state, or feeling of being malevolent; ill will; malice; hatred
Hate (verb/noun): To dislike someone or something very much; intense or passionate dislike

Tired

Synonym
Definition
Synonym
Definition
Exhausted
Extremely tired and without enough energy to do anything else
Weary
Very tired, especially because of hard work or activity
Drowsy
Feeling that you want to sleep
Fatigued
Feeling extremely tired, either physically or mentally
Run-Down
So tired that one begins to not feel well
Catatonic
Not moving or thinking because of being completely bored or very tired
Dazed
Unable to think clearly or understand what is happening because you are surprised, upset, tired, or have been hit on the head
Enervated
Feeling tired or weak
Frazzled
(informal) Extremely tired, annoyed, and unable to deal with things
Groggy
Feeling tired, weak, or confused, especially because of sickness or not having enough sleep
Harried
Tired and annoyed
Lethargic
Lacking energy and not wanting to do anything
Somnolent
Feeling ready to sleep
Spent
Very tired
Torpid
Lacking energy or enthusiasm
Weary
Tired and impatient about something
Tired (adjective): Needing to rest or sleep

Jealous

Synonym
Definition
Envious
Unhappy because you want something that someone else has or to do what someone else is doing
Covetous
Wanting to have something that someone else has, especially money
Possessive
Wanting to have all of someone's love and attention
Jealous (adjective): Unhappy because someone has something that you would like or can do something that you would like to do

Action Words

Action words, usually called "verbs," show what a person is doing in writing. Maybe the character goes from one side of the room to the other, or maybe they say something to another character. The people do things that have to be described in writing since there is no way to actually see or hear them.

Action words such as "run," "walk," and "said" are some of the most overused words in writing and they are very vague. How did they move through the creepy woods at night? In what way did the man speak to someone who made him angry? More specific verbs can be used to replace them!

Walk

Synonym
Definition
Synonym
Definition
Amble
To walk in a slow relaxed way
Climb
To walk to the top of something high
Clump
To walk with heavy steps
Continue
To walk or travel farther in the same direction
Crawl
To move along the ground on one's hands and knees
File
To walk in a line
Flounce
To walk quickly in an impatient way, usually in anger
Follow
To walk, drive, etc behind someone in the same direction
Hike
A long walk, especially in the country or wilderness; a sharp increase
Lag
To walk more slowly than someone who you are with
Lumber
To walk slowly because of being large and heavy
March
To walk somewhere quickly and in a determined, confident, or angry way
Pace
To walk with regular steps around a small area, because you are worried, nervous, or impatient
Pad
To walk with regular steps around a small area because you are worried, nervous, or impatient
Parade
(showing disapproval) To walk around so that people will look and admire
Patter
To walk or run somewhere, making a series of short quiet sounds with your feet
Plod
To walk with slow heavy steps
Pound
To walk or run with heavy and regular steps
Prance
To walk or move in a lively confident way that may seem silly or annoying to others
Prowl
To walk around in a very nervous or angry way; also often associated with being predatory
Ramble
To go for a long walk in the countryside for enjoyment
Rove
To move around an area without a definite direction or purpose
Sashay
To walk somewhere in a relaxed and confident manner
Saunter
To walk in a slow and relaxed
Shamble
To walk slowly in a tired or lazy way
Shuffle
To walk slowly and noisily without lifting your feet
Stalk
To walk in a way that shows anger or offense
Step
To move by putting one foot down in front of the other
Stomp
To walk making a lot of noise; usually done in anger
Stray
Move away aimlessly from a group or from the right course/path
Stride
To walk with energy and confidence
Stroll
To walk without hurrying, often for pleasure
Strut
To walk in an especially confident and proud way
Swagger
To walk in a proud and confident way
Tiptoe
To walk on the toes as to be quiet
Traipse
To walk around slowly and without a specific direction
Trek
To go on a long and difficult trip on foot
Trot
To walk with short quick steps; almost like jogging
Trudge
To walk somewhere with slow heavy steps
Waddle
To walk with short steps that make the body move side to side like a duck
Wander
To travel from place to place, especially on foot, without a particular direction or purpose
 
 
Walk (verb): To move forward by putting one foot in front of the other

Run

Synonym
Definition
Synonym
Definition
Bolt
To run in a sudden way, especially in fright
Bound
To run or jump taking large steps when you are full of energy or excitement
Caper
To run or jump around happily
Dash
To run or go somewhere very quickly; when someone is in a hurry
Gambol
To run, jump, and play like a young child or animal
Jog
To run at a slow steady speed
Lope
To run with long slow steps
Patter
To walk or run somewhere, making a series of short quiet sounds with your feet
Pound
To walk or run with heavy and regular steps
Scamper
To move quickly with small light steps
Scurry
To move fast with small quick steps
Scuttle
To run somewhere with short quick steps
Skitter
To move somewhere quickly and lightly
Sprint
To run, swim, etc at a very fast speed for a short period
Spurt
To move somewhere or to do something suddenly and quickly
Stampede
Running in a fast and uncontrolled way in fear or excitement
Run (verb): To move quickly to a place using your legs and feet

Hit

Synonym
Definition
Synonym
Definition
Bash
(informal) To hit someone or something very hard, often causing injury or serious damage
Batter
To deliberately hit someone many times
Beat
To hit someone violently several times
Belt
(informal) To hit someone or something very hard
Bludgeon
To hit someone with your flat hand or a flat object
Bombard
To attack someone or something by hitting them with a lot of objects or hitting them many times
Bonk
(informal) To hit someone gently on the head, or to accidentally hit one's head on something
Bop
To hit someone, typically on the head
Butt
Hitting someone with the top of the head (head-butt)
Chop
To hit someone or something hard with the side of the hand
Clobber
(informal) To hit someone very hard
Clock
(informal) To hit someone
Club
To hit someone with a heavy object
Crack
To hit someone on the head with a lot of force
Cuff
(mainly British) To hit someone with an open hand, usually to the head
Deliver
To hit them very hard with a blow or punch
Elbow
To push or hit someone with the elbow
Flail
To hit someone many times with something such as a stick
Flay
To hit or whip a person or animal severely, so that the skin is broken
Knee
To hurt someone by hitting them with the knee
Lash
To hit a person or animal with a whip or thin stick, especially as a punishment
Pummel
To hit someone or something many times
Punch
To hit someone or something with a fist
Scourge
To whip someone
Slap
To hit someone or something quickly with the palm of the hand or a flat object, making a loud noise
Smack
To hit someone with the flat hand or object
Smite
An old word meaning to hit someone or something very hard
Spank
To hit someone on their bottom with the palm of the hand
Strike
To hit someone or something with the hand, a tool, or a weapon
Stun
To hit someone so hard on the head that they cannot defend themselves or they become unconscious for a short while
Thrash
To hit someone hard several times, especially as a punishment
Thump
To hit someone or something with the fist
Wallop
(informal) To hit someone or something very hard
Whack
(informal) To hit something with a lot of force
Whip
To hit someone with whip or whip-like object
 
 
Hit (verb): To move your hand or an object onto someone's body with great force, so that they become hurt

Say

Synonym
Definition
Synonym
Definition
Add
Say as a further remark
Allege
State a fact or believe confidently and forcefully
Answer
Communicate (a message or information)
Apologize
Say something in a solemn and emphatic manner
Assent
Make secret or new information known
Assert
State a fact or belief confidently and forcefully
Babble
Talk rapidly and continuously in a foolish, excited, or incomprehensible way
Bellow
A deep roaring shout or sound
Blurt
Say (something) suddenly and without careful consideration
Caution
Say something as a warning
Cheer
Shout for joy or in praise or encouragement
Claim
State or assert that something is the case, typically without providing evidence or proof
Comfort
Ease the grief or distress of; console
Command
Give an authoritative order
Conclude
Arrive at a judgement or opinion by reasoning
Confabulate
(formal) Engage in conversation; talk
Conjecture
For an opinion or supposition about (something) on the basis of incomplete information
Console
Comfort (someone) at a time of grief or disappointment
Continue
Carry on speaking after a pause or interruption
Declare
Say something in a solemn and emphatic manner
Demand
Ask authoritatively or brusquely
Descant
Talk tediously or at length
Disclose
Make (secret or new) information known
Divulge
Make (secret or new) information known
Drawl
Speak in a slow, lazy way with prolonged vowel sounds
Enunciate
Say or pronounce clearly
Exclaim
Cry out suddenly, especially in surprise, anger, or pain
Express
Convey (a thought or feeling) in words or by gestures and conduct
Gasp
Inhale suddenly with the open, out of pain or astonishment
Gossip
Casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true
Guess
Estimate or suppose (something) without sufficient information to be sure of being correct
Gush
Speak or write with effusiveness or exaggerated enthusiasm
Hiss
Make a sharp sibilant sound as of the letter 's'
Imply
Strongly suggest the truth or existence of something not expressly stated
Insinuate
Suggest or hint (something bad or reprehensible) in an indirect and unpleasant way
Insist
Deman something forcefully, not accepting refusal
Jeer
Make rude and mocking remarks, typically in a loud voice
Jest
Speak or act in a joking manner
Lament
Express regret or disappointment over something considered unsatisfactory, unreasonable, or unfair
Lecture
Talk seriously or reprovingly to (someone)
Mumble
Say something indistinctly and quietly, making it difficult for others to hear
Murmur
A softly spoken or almost inaudible utterance
Order
An authoritative command, direction, or instruction
Placate
Make someone less angry or hostile
Prattle
Talk at length in a foolish or inconsequential way
Reassurance
Say or do something to remove the doubts and fears of someone
Rebuke
Express sharp disapproval or criticism of (someone) because of their behavior or actions
Recall
Bring a fact, situation, or event back into one's mind, especially so as to recount it to others
Recite
Repeat aloud or declaim something from memory
Relate
Give an account of; narrate
Relent
Abandon or mitigate a harsh intention or cruel treatment
Remark
Say something as a comment
Repeat
Say again
Report
Give a spoken or written account of something that one has observed, heard, done, or investigated
Resume
Begin speaking again after a pause or interruption
Reveal
Make previously unknown or secret information known to others
Scold
Remonstrate with or rebuke angrily
Scream
Urgently and vociferously call attention to one's views or feelings, especially ones of anger or distress
Shout
Say something very loudly
Sigh
Emit a long, deep, audible breath expressing sadness, relief, tiredness, or a similar feeling
Snap
Say something quickly and irritably to someone
Sneer
Smile or speak in a contemptuous or mocking manner
Sob
Say while crying noisily
Soothe
Gently calm
Spat
Utter in a hostile or aggressive way
Squeal
Say something in a high-pitched, excited tone
Stammer
Speak with sudden involuntary pauses and a tendency to repeat the initial letters of words
State
Express something definitely or clearly in speech or writing
Stutter
Utter with involuntary repetition of sounds
Suggest
Put forward for consideration. Can also mean to state or express something indirectly
Tease
Make fun of or attempt to provoke in a playful way
Tell
Communicate information, facts, or news to someone in spoken or written words
Threaten
Express one's intention to harm or kill
Utter
Say something aloud, though quietly
Urge
Try earnestly or persistently to persuade someone to do something
Verbalize
Speak, especially at excessive length and with little real content
Voice
Express something in words
Whisper
Speak very softly using one's breath without one's vocal cords, especially for the sake of privacy
Say (v): utter words so as to convey information, an opinion, a feeling or intention, or an instruction

Look

Synonym
Definition
Synonym
Definition
Admire
Regard (an object, quality, or person) with respect or warm approval
Analyze
Examine methodically and in detail the constitution of something, typically for the purposes of explanation or interpretation
Appraise
Assess the value or quality of
Assess
Evaluate or estimate the nature, ability, or quality of
Beam
Express an emotion with a radiant smile
Behold
See or observe a thing or person, especially a remarkable or impressive one
Blink
Try to control or prevent tears by shutting and opening the eyes quickly; react to something with surprise or disapproval
Browse
An act of casual looking or reading
Consider
Look attentively at
Examine
Inspect something or someone in detail to determine their nature or condition; investigate thoroughly
Eye
Look at or watch closely or with interest
Flash
Give a sift or sudden look
Follow
To pay close attention to. To keep track of; trace the movement or direction of
Glimpse
See or perceive briefly or partially
Glower
Have an angry or sullen look on one's face; scowl
Inspect
Look at someone or something closely, typically to assess their condition or to discover any shortcomings
Judge
Form an opinion or conclusion about
Leer
Look pr gaze in an unpleasant, malicious, or lascivious way
Monitor
Maintain regular surveillance over
Moon
Act in a dreamily infatuated manner
Note
Notice or pay particular attention to
Observe
Watch someone or something carefully and attentively
Ogle
Stare at in a lecherous manner
Peek
A quick and typically furtive look
Peer
Look keenly or with difficulty at someone or something
Perceive
Interpret or look on someone or something in a particular way; regard as
Probe
Examine something or someone
Rake
Move across something with a long sweeping movement
Read
Discern (a fact, emotion, or quality) in someone's eyes or expression
Regard
Gaze at steadily in a specified fashion
Scan
Look at all parts of (something) carefully in order to detect some feature. Also to look quickly but not very thoroughly through in order to identify relevant information
Scope
Assess or investigate something
Scout
Make a search for someone or something in various places
Scrutinize
Examine or inspect closely and thoroughly
Search
Examine (a pace, vehicle, or person) thoroughly in order to find something or someone
See
Perceive with the eyes; discern visually
Skim
Read (something) quickly or cursorily so as to note only the important points
Spot
See, notice, or recognize (someone or something) that is difficult to detect or that one is searching for
Spy
Observe furtively
Squint
Look at someone or something with one or both eyes partly closed in an attempt to see more clearly or as a reaction to strong light
Stare
A long fixed or vacant look
Study
Look at closely in order to observe or read
Survey
Look carefully and thoroughly at someone or something, especially so as to appraise them
Sweep
Search (an area) for something
Watch
Follow closely or maintain an interest in
Wink
Close and open one eye quickly, typically to indicate that something is a joke, secret, or as a signal of affection
Winnow
Find or identify
Witness
See something take place
Look (verb): Direct one's gaze toward someone or something or in a specified direction

Laugh

Synonym
Definition
Synonym
Definition
Cackle
To laugh especially in harsh or sharp manner
Chuckle
To laugh quietly or inwardly
Chortle
To laugh in a breathy, gleeful
Giggle
To laugh lightly in a nervous, affected, or silly manner
Guffawed
A loud and boisterous laugh
Hooted
A short outburst of laughter
Howl
To laugh loudly
Roar
To laugh loudly
Scoff
To laugh and talk about a person or idea in a way that shows one thinks they are stupid or silly
Snicker
To give a smothered or half-suppressed laugh; usually done in a negative way
Snort
An explosive sound made by the sudden forcing of breath through one's nose, used to express indignation, derision, or incredulity
Spluttered
To make a series of short explosive spotting or choking sounds
Titter
To give a short, half-suppressed laugh
Whooped
A loud cry of joy or excitement
Laugh (verb): Make the spontaneous sounds and movements of the face and body that are the instinctive expressions of lively amusement and sometimes also of contempt or derision

Smile

Synonyms
Definition
Synonyms
Definition
Beam
To have a big smile
Cheese
To smile, usually for a camera
Grin
To smile broadly, especially in an unrestrained manner and with the mouth open
Mug
(informal) To make faces, especially silly or exaggerated ones, before an audience or camera
Simper
To smile or gesture in an affectedly coquettish, coy, or ingratiating manner
Smirk
To smile in an irritatingly smug, conceited, or silly way
Sneer
To smile, laugh, or contort the face in a manner that shows scorn or contempt
 
 

Went

Synonyms
Definition
Synonym
Definition
Approach
Come near or nearer to something or someone in a distance
Ascend
Go up or climb
Barrel
Drive or move fast, often heedless of surroundings or conditions
Bounce
Move in an energetic or happy manner
Clamber
Climb, move, or get in/out of something in an awkward and laborious way
Creep
Move slowly and carefully
Cruise
Drive or move fast, often heedless of surroundings or conditions
Dance
Move in a quick and lively way
Dart
Move or run somewhere suddenly or rapidly
Drift
Walk slowly, aimlessly, or casually
Enter
Come or go into a place
Flee
Run away from a place or situation
Flit
Move swiftly and lightly
Float
Move or hover slowly and lightly in a liquid or the air; drift
Glide
Move with a smooth continuous motion, typically with little noise
Hurry
Move or act with haste; rush
Inch
Move slowly and carefully in a specified direction
Leap
Move quickly and suddenly
Meander
Wander at random
Progress
Move forward or onward in a space or time
Recede
Go or move back or further away from previous position
Snake
Move or extend with the twisting motion of a snake
Spring
Move rapidly or suddenly from a constrained position by or if by the action of a spring
Totter
Move in a feeble or unsteady way
Vault
Leap or spring while supporthing or propelling oneself with one or both hands, usually done with the help of a pole
Whisk
Take or move in a particular direction suddenly and quickly
Zoom
Move or travel very quickly
 
 
Go (past tense: went): Move from one place or point to another; travel

Want

Synonym
Definition
Synonym
Definition
Begrudge
Envy (someone) the possession or enjoyment of (something)
Covet
Yearn to possess or have
Crave
Feel a powerful desire for (something)
Demand
Pressing requirements
Desire
A strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen
Envy
A feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else's possessions, qualities, or luck
Fancy
Feel a desire or liking for
Hope
Want something to happen or be the case
Longing
A yearning desire
Lust
Have a very strong (sexual) desire for someone
Need
Require (something) because it is essential or very important
Seek
Attempt or desire to obtain or achieve (something)
Starve
Deprive of something necessary
Wish
Feel or express a strong desire or hope for something that is not easily attainable; want something that cannot or probably will not happen
Yearn
Have an intense feeling of longing for something, typically something that one has lost or been separated from
 
 
Want (verb): Have a desire to possess or do (something); wish for

Descriptive Words

Words that describe a person, place, or thing are called adjectives. They often describe how someone or something looks, how long something takes, how many of something there is, or the size of an object. Using words like "big" or "pretty" is fine, but they don't offer much of an image of something. When writing, the job of these words is to paint a picture in the reader's mind exactly what is being described.

So, are there "a lot" of zebras, or are there "a legion of zebras spread across the plains"?

A Lot

Synonyms
Definition
Synonym
Definition
Ample
Enough or more than enough; plentiful
Bunch
A large number or quantity
Copious
Abundant in supply or quantity
Heaps
An untidy collection of things piled up haphazardly
Infinite
Limitless or endless in space, extent, or size; impossible to measure or calculate
Legion
A vast host, multitude, or number of people/things
Loads
To indicate a large amount of something
Many
A large number of
Masses
A coherent, typically large, body of matter with no definite shape
Millions
Several million things or people
Myriad
A countless or extremely great number
Numerous
Great in number; many
Plenty
A large or sufficient amount or quantity; more than enough
Several
More than two but not many. A smaller amount of something
Thousands
An unspecified large number
Vast
of very great extent or quantity; immense.
A Lot: A large number or amount; a great deal

Pretty

Synonyms
Definition
Synonym
Definition
Adorable
Inspiring great affection; delightful; charming
Alluring
Powerfully and mysteriously attractive or fascinating; seductive
Angelic
(of a person) Exceptionally beautiful, innocent, or kind
Arresting
Striking; eye-catching
Attractive
Appealing to look at; sexually alluring
Bewitching
Enchant and delight (someone)
Bodacious
Excellent, admirable, or attractive
Breathtaking
Astonishing or awe-inspiring in quality, so as to take one's breath away
Captivating
Capable of attracting and holding interest; charming
Charming
Pleasant or attractive
Dazzling
Extremely impressive, beautiful, or skillful
Desirable
Wanted or wished for as being an attractive, useful, or necessary course of action. In terms of people, it is often used to mean arousing sexual desire
Divine
Excellent; delightful
Dreamy
Delightful; gorgeous
Elegant
Pleasingly graceful and stylish in appearance or manner
Enchanting
Delightfully charming or attractive
Enthralling
Capturing and holding one's attention; fascinating
Entrancing
Fill (someone) with wonder and delight, holding their entire attention
Ethereal
Extremely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world
Exquisite
Extremely beautiful and, typically, delicate
Fabulous
Amazingly good; wonderful
Fetching
Attractive
Fine
Worthy of or eliciting admiration
Flawless
Without any blemishes or imperfections; perfect
Glamorous
Beauty or charm that is sexually attractive
Glowing
Feel deep pleasure or satisfaction and convey it through one's expression and bearing
Gorgeous
Beautiful; very attractive.
Heavenly
Very pleasing; wonderful
Incomparable
Without an equal in quality or extent; matchless
Intoxicating
Exhilarating or exciting
Lovely
Exquisitely beautiful
Otherworldly
Unworldly (in appearance or beauty)
Pleasing
Satisfying or appealing.
Radiant
Emanating powerfully from someone or something; very intense or conspicuous.
Ravishing
Delightful; entrancing
Refined
Elegant and cultured in appearance, manner, or taste
Remarkable
Worthy of attention; striking.
Striking
Dramatically good-looking or beautiful
Stunning
Extremely impressive or attractive
Stylish
Fashionably elegant and sophisticated
Thrilling
Cause (someone) to have a sudden feeling of excitement and pleasure
Vivacious
(especially of a woman) Attractively lively and animated
Pretty (adjective): Attractive in a delicate way without being truly beautiful or handsome

Nice

Synonyms
Definition
Synonym
Definition
Admirable
Arousing or deserving respect and approval
Affable
Friendly, good-natured, or easy to talk to
Amiable
Having or displaying a friendly and pleasant manner
Amusing
Causing laughter and providing entertainment
Appealing
Attractive or interesting
Benevolent
Well meaning and kindly
Caring
Displaying kindness and concern for others
Charismatic
Exercising a compelling charm which inspires devotion in others
Charming
Pleasant or attractive
Considerate
Careful not to cause inconvenience or hurt to others
Delightful
Causing delight; charming
Distinguished
Showing dignity or authority in one's appearance or manner
Enjoyable
(of an activity or occasion) Giving delight or pleasure
Entertaining
Providing amusement or enjoyment
Fair
In accordance with the rules or standards; legitimate
Fascinating
Extremely interesting
Friendly
Kind and pleasant
Gracious
Courteous, kind, and pleasant
Gregarious
(of a person) Fond of company; sociable
Honest
Simple, unpretentious, and unsophisticated
Humble
Having or showing a modest or low estimate of one's own importance
Interesting
Arousing curiosity or interest; holding or catching the attention
Kind
Having or showing a friendly, generous, and considerate nature
Lovely
Very pleasant or enjoyable; delightful
Marvelous
Extremely good or pleasing; splendid
Peaceful
(of a person) Inclined to avoid conflict; not aggressive
Pleasant
(of a person or their manner) Friendly and considerate; likable
Polite
Having or showing behavior that is respectful and considerate of other people
Satisfying
Giving fulfillment or the pleasure associated with this
Tender
Showing gentleness and concern or sympathy
Thoughtful
Showing consideration for the needs of other people
Unassuming
Not pretentious or arrogant; modest
Virtuous
Having or showing high moral standards
Welcoming
Behaving in a polite or friendly way to a guest or new arrival
Wonderful
Inspiring delight, pleasure, or admiration; extremely good; marvelous
 
 
Nice (adjective): Pleasant; agreeable; satisfactory

Hard

Synonyms
Definition
Synonym
Definition
Abstract
Disassociation from a practical reference that would aid in comprehension
Abstruse
Difficult because of technical considerations
Arduous
Great physical exertion
Augean
Unpleasantly, overwhelmingly hard
Arduous
Great physical exertion
Backbreaking
Tiring and often dispiriting physical work
Brutal
Unpleasantly difficult
Challenging
Requiring special effort; can be positive or negative
Daunting
Inspiring a feeling of great difficulty
Grueling
Requiring unrelenting or extreme effort
Intimidating
So difficult that the task or prospect inspired fear or hopelessness
Labored/Laborious
Requiring wearying physical or mental exertion
Oppressive
Harshly difficult
Overwhelming
Too hard to do or bear without suffering
Punishing
Difficulty heedless of consequences of physical or mental strain
Recondite
Difficult to comprehend because of obscurity or the need to possess more knowledge
Rigorous
Difficulty caused by conditions of inflexibility or requirements of great precision
Severe
Difficult because of the nature of requirements or constraints or because of the need to expend great effort
Trying
Requiring great endurance
 
 
Hard (adj): with a great deal of effort

Big

Synonym
Definition
Synonym
Definition
Ample
Large and accombodating
Astronomical
(informal) Extremely large
Broad
Large in area; spacious
Bulky
Taking up much space, typically inconveniently, large and unwieldy
Capacious
Having a lot of space inside; roomy
Colossal
Extremely large
Considerable
Notably large in size, amount, or extent
Cosmic
Inconceivably vast
Elephantine
Of, resembling, or characteristic of an elephant or elephants, especially in being large, clumsy, or awkward
Enormous
Very large in size, quantity, or extent
Extended
Made larger; enlarged
Extensive
Large in amount or scale
Giant
Of very great size or force; gigantic
Immense
Extremely large or great, especially in scale or degree
Large
Of considerable or relatively great size, extent, or capacity
Leviathan
A thing that is very large or powerful, especially a ship
Macroscopic
Visible to the naked eye; not microscopic
Major
Important, serious, or significant
Massive
Large and heavy or solid
Monstrous
Extremely and dauntingly large
Over-sized
Bigger than the usual size
Significant
Sufficiently great or important to be worthy of attention; noteworthy
Spacious
(especially of a room or building) Having ample space
Substantial
Of considerable importance, size, or worth
Titanic
Of exceptional strength, size, or power
Tremendous
Very great in amount, scale, or intensity
Voluminous
Loose and ample
Whopping
Very large
Big (adj): of considerable size, extent, or intensity

Smart

Synonyms
Definitions
Synonym
Definition
Astute
Having or showing an ability to accurately assess situations or people and turn this to one's advantage
Bright
(of a person, idea, or remark) Intelligent and quick-witted
Brilliant
Exceptionally clever or talented
Calculating
Acting in a scheming and ruthlessly determined way
Clever
Quick to understand, learn, and devise or apply ideas; intelligent
Discerning
Having or showing good judgment
Educated
Having been educated
Erudite
Having or showing great knowledge or learning
Facetious
Treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor; flippant
Genius
Exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural ability
Ingenious
(of a person) Clever, original, and inventive
Intelligent
Having or showing intelligence, especially of a high level
Intuitive
Using or based on what one feels to be true even without conscious reasoning; instinctive
Logical
Characterized by or capable of clear, sound reasoning
Perceptive
Having or showing sensitive insight
Pragmatic
Dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations
Precocious
(of a child) Having developed certain abilities or proclivities at an earlier age than usual
Scholarly
Involving or relating to serious academic study
Sharp
Having or showing speed of perception, comprehension, or response
Shrewd
Having or showing sharp powers of judgement; astute
Wise
Having or showing experience, knowledge, and good judgement
Witty
Showing or characterized by quick and inventive verbal humor
Smart (adj): Having or showing a quick-witted intelligence

Slow

Synonyms
Definitions
Synonym
Definition
Behind
Less advanced than (someone else) in achievement or development
Creeping
Occuring or developing gradually and almost imperceptibly
Gradual
Taking place or progressing slowly or by degrees
Leisurely
Acting or done at leisure; unhurried or relaxed
Lethargic
Sluggish or apathetic
Prolonged
Continuing for a long time or longer than usual; lengthy
Sluggish
Slow-moving or inactive
 
 
Slow (adj): taking a long time to perform a specified action

Suddenly

Synonym
Define
Synonym
Define
Abruptly
Suddenly and unexpectedly
Immediately
At once; instantly
Instantaneously
Instantly; at once
Promptly
With little or no delay; immediately
Swiftly
Without delay; after a very short time
Unexpectedly
In a way that was not expected or regarded as likely
Suddenly (adverb): Quickly and unexpectedly

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      • Lorna Lamon profile image

        Lorna Lamon 

        4 weeks ago

        This is a really informative article with lots of alternative words to improve your writing skills. Thank you for sharing.

      • RTalloni profile image

        RTalloni 

        4 weeks ago from the short journey

        Great list here. It's been a while since I've seen gambol! Am trying to finish a story and found "bleak" to use in it, a wonderful old word that says so much more than" things looked bad". :)

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