Words starting with ” t ” for SAT, GRE, GMAT, CAT skmclasses Bangalore

Tabby – toponym: 1. silk taffeta (originally striped), esp. with a moiré finish 2. a striped or brindled cat; or a she-cat (further, obscure meanings are omitted)

Tabula rasa – an absence of preconceived ideas or predetermined goals

Short Story describing the meaning of the word Tabula Rasa is at

https://nicewemen.wordpress.com/tabula-rasa-an-absence-of-preconceived-ideas-or-predetermined-goals/

Tachygrapher – one who writes shorthand; a stenographer

Tachygraphy – shorthand; the art of rapid writing

Tacky [etymology] – 1. in neglected disrepair 2. in bad taste or offensive

Short Story describing the meaning of the word Tacky is at

https://nicewemen.wordpress.com/tacky-in-neglected-disrepair-in-bad-taste-or-offensive/

Tadger; todger – Brit. slang from the 1950s: penis (affectionately)

Tadoma – [eponym] a way for a deaf-blind person to “hear” a conversation by touch

Taffeta – a fine crisp lustrous fabric

Tafumtu – see snafu

Take to the woodshed (or ‘to woodshed’) – U.S politics: 1. orig.: to ‘grill’ someone brutally, in private; to subject to no-holds-barred questioning 2. more commonly: to criticize scathingly

Talisman – an object as a charm to avert evil or good fortune; figuratively, something producing apparently magical or miraculous effects

Tall boy – slang: a 16-ounce beer can

Tall poppy syndrome – cutting down to size anyone who sets himself up as superior

talus (plural taluses) – a sloping mass of loose rock at the foot of a cliff (also, a like slope of an earthwork or tapering wall)

talus (plural tali) – the anklebone [also called the astragalus]

tamp – to pack down such matter as powder, sand, coffee grounds, tobacco
Note: sources simply say “ram down” or “pack down”.  ‘tamp’ pertains only to “loose” small matter: you can ram a spike into the ground, or pack down items in a suitcase, but you would not tamp them.

tampion – a cover or a wooden plug for the muzzle of a gun, to keep it clean and dry

tandem – one behind the other (as bicycle-riders, carriage-horses, or airplane cockpits) [a pun on Latin tandem ‘at length’, which refers to a length of time.]

tanner – British slang: the old sixpence (see coins and currency)

TANSTAAFL – the principle, “There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch”

tantony – eponym: the runt of a litter; also, the smallest bell in a church; also, one who constantly, obsequiously follows after another

Tapleyism – eponym: optimism in the most hopeless circumstances [a very rare word]

tarantella – toponym: rapid whirling South Italian dance, once thought to be the sovereign remedy for tarantism [Note: in this context, sovereign means “of the utmost potency”.]

tarantism – toponym: a disorder characterized by an uncontrollable urge to dance

tarantula – toponym: a large black wolf spider of southern Europe (or similar hairy spiders of the Americas)

tarantulate – to excite or govern the emotions by music

tarassis – male hysteria. How interesting that our language persists in almost-exclusively use of the term hysteria, which is feminine (from Greek for “womb”)

tarfu – see snafu

tarn – a lake that develops in the basin of a cirque (more generally, a small mountain lake)

Tartarean – toponym: hellish, infernal [from Tartarus, a section of Hades reserved for punishment of the wicked]

tartuffe – eponym: a hypocrite, esp. who affects piety

tattersall – toponym: noun & adj. a cloth with a pattern of dark lines forming squares on a light background; the pattern itself

taurine – like a bull

tautology – 1. an empty statement which is, by definition true. (Either we’ll go or we’ll stay.) 2. redundancy

taw – a large choice or fancy marble, often streaked or variegated, being that with which the player shoots

tawdry – eponym: gaudy and cheap; also, by extension: sordid; sleazy: her tawdry past

tawse – a leather strap used for disciplining children

taxis – see tropism (not ‘taxicabs’!)

taxonomy – classification of plants and animals; classification and categorization generally

Taylorism – eponym: the principles or practice of the Taylor system of management

teave – dial.: work; struggle

telamon – (pl. telamones) a figure of a man used as a supporting column (synonym atlas [pl. atlantes]; the femele version, caryatid, is much more common)

telematics – the branch of information technology dealing with long-distance transmission of computerized information

teleology – the philosophical study of purpose

tempean – (of a place) of great and delightful natural beauty (a very rare word)

temper (metals) – to harden by alternately heating and cooling

temulent – drunken, intoxicated

tendentious – highly partisan; marked by a strong tendency in favor of a particular point of view

tender offer (oxymoron) – a general, public offer to buy a firm’s stock at a premium price

tenebrism – a style of painting in which most of the figures are engulfed in shadow but some are dramatically illuminated by a beam of light

tentiginous – 1. stiff; stretched; strained. 2. lustful, or pertaining to lust

teosinte – a tall grass of Mexican/Central American, related to corn/maize and cultivated for fodder

tephra – solid matter ejected into the air by an erupting volcano

tephromancy – divination by ashes [dictionary at mancy lists 54 form of divination]

tergiversate – 1. to change sides; abandon a cause; apostatize 2. to equivocate; to evade by deliberate ambiguity

termagant – eponym: an or overbearing, quarrelsome or nagging woman; a shrew

terminus ante quem – the latest possible date of a past occurrence; the date by which it must have occurred [‘limit before which’]. Also known as terminus ad quem.

Termitine woman – A woman who destroys the house and finance like a termite

Termitine woman A woman who destroys the house and finance like a termite

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Terminus post quem – the earliest possible date of a past occurrence; the date after which it must have occurred [‘limit after which’]. Also known as terminus a quo.

Terp – slang: an interpreter

terpsichorean – eponym: noun: a dancer. adj. relating to dancing

terrane – “an accretion that has collided with a continental nucleus, or ‘craton, but can be recognized by the foreign origin of its rock strata” (Wikipedia)

terrapin – one of certain small freshwater turtles [Algonquin. The earlier form, torope, had by coincidence curious similarity to torpor.]

testaceous – reddish-brown (brick-colored) or brownish-yellow (also – pertaining to shells; hard-shelled)

tester bed – a four-poster bed topped by a wooden canopy

testiculose – “that hath great Cods” (Grose’s Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue)

tetchy – mildly testy; irritable; grumpy

tête-à-tête – 1. a private conversation between two persons 2. a sofa for two. adj. & adv.: without the intrusion of a third person; in intimate privacy

thalassocracy – maritime supremacy; command of the seas (naval power or commercial power) (thalassocrat)

thalian – eponym: pertaining to comedy; comic

thank-you-ma’am – a ridge or hollow across a road to turn aside rain-water [from the sudden bowing of a person, caused by the pitching of a vehicle in crossing such a place]

Thatcherism – the political policy of Margaret Thatcher

thaumaturgy ­– making magic or miracles (derivatives: thaumaturge, thaumaturgist, thaumaturgus, thaumaturgise, and thaumatrope)

theave – a ewe lamb of the first year; also, a sheep three years old

thenar – the fleshy mass on the palm of the hand at the base of the thumb

theodolite – a surveying instrument with a rotating telescope, for measuring horizontal and vertical angles

theologaster – a petty or contemptible theologian

theomancy – divination by pretending to divine by the revelation of the Spirit, and by the Scriptures, or word of God [dictionary at mancy lists 54 form of divination]

therblig – eponym: a basic elements in a task or manual operation. Gilbreth coined the word, basically his own name spelled backwards

theremin – considered the first electronic musical instrument, invented in 1919 by Russian born Lev Sergeivitch Termen, which he anglicized to Leon Theremin

theriomancy – divination by beasts [dictionary at mancy lists 54 form of divination]

thersitical – eponym: loud and abusive; foul-mouthed, scurrilous

thespian – eponym: an actor or actress; also, related to drama and the theater

4 Man achieved something

thill – either of the two long shafts between which an animal is fastened when pulling a wagon

thin red line – a small but valiant line of defense standing between victory and defeat. [“thin blue line” is also used, when referring to police.]

think piece – a thought-provoking, speculative writing

third estate – the commons (especially in Britain or France) viewed as forming a political order having representation in a parliament

thirlable – that may be thirled or pierced; penetrable

thole – a wooden peg, set in pairs in a boat’s gunwales, to serve as an oarlock

thorp; thorpe – a village or hamlet

thrasonical – eponym: boastful, bragging, vainglorious

three-tailed bavalorus – a comical and mythical beast of the northwestern United States <wink>

throe – a severe pang or spasm of pain, as in childbirth

through-line – unifying element of a scene, play, book, etc.

thrum – to make a continuous rhythmic humming sound [with the suggestion of suppressed power about to break fourth] (noun: the sound itself)

thrunched – very angry, displeased [obsolete; from The Word Museum by J. Kacirk]

thrutch ­­– to push or to squeeze out

tilde – the ~ sign

tilth – the physical condition of particular soil (less commonly: tilled ground)

Timbuktu – a extremely remote place. going to Timbuktu – going to extremes

timorous (also here) – timid; or expressing timidity

tin god – a self-important and overbearing person (esp. a minor official)

ting – a light and clear metallic sound, as of a small bell (verb: to give off that sound)

tinking (knitting) – un-knitting; carefully taking each stitch back [“tink” is “knit” spelled backwards]

tintinnabulation – a tinkling sound, as of a bell or bells

tip-off – (from basketball) figurative: the commencement of an other extended activity

titan – eponym: one of prodigious size, strength, or achievement

titch; tich; titchy – eponym: very small

titian – eponym: a brownish orange

titivate – to spruce up

titubate – to stumble or stagger; also, to rock or reel, like a curved-bottom bowl on a table. titubation – a staggered or unbalanced gait

titular – 1. relating to a title 2. holding or constituting a formal position or title without any real authority. [Anyone who thought otherwise has a dirty mind!]

toad-eater – a fawning flatterer, parasite, sycophant (also called a toady)

toad-in-the-hole – Brit: sausages cooked in batter. Delicious. Recipe

toadstool – an umbrella-shaped mushroom, typically a poisonous or inedible one

Tobacco Road – a squalid poverty-stricken rural area or community

tocology – the science of childbirth; midwifery or obstetrics

tocsin – the ringing of an alarm bell (or the bell itself); extended, an alarm

Tom and Jerry – eponym: a hot sweetened drink of rum, water and spices and a separately-beaten egg

Tom Collins – eponym: a collins drink with a base of gin

Tom Swiftie – a wellerism based on a punning adverb

tomcat – eponym: a male cat (to tomcat: [of a man] to pursue women promiscuously)

Tommy Atkins – eponym: a British soldier

tommy gun – eponym: a Thomson (or other) submachine gun

tonal language – a language that uses pitch as an intrinsic part of the meaning (Many East Asian languages are tonal, as are many from Africa and Central America.)

tonneau – 1. the rear seating compartment, in a car with separate front/rear compartments (e.g., a London cab) 2. the open area behind the front rear seats, in an open-top car (e.g., a two-seater sports car) or a pick-up truck

tontine – eponym: a pooled fund where the entire fund goes to the last-surviving participant

toothsome – 1. temptingly tasty to the mouth 2. attractive, alluring (esp., sexually appealing to the eye)

tope – to habitually drink alcohol excessively

toponym – the name of a place, or a word derived from a place name

topophysis – the growth response of a plant part depending on its orientation or position on the plant

Topsy (“growed like topsy”) – eponym: “growed like Topsy”: figure of speech for growing by itself, without apparent design or intention

Toque [rhymes with poke] – 1. the chef’s hat, tall and white (more fully, toque blanche) 2. a certain small woman’s hat, brimless and close-fitting. (Also, see tuque.)

Torii – a Japanese gateway of light construction, often put at the entrance to a Shinto shrine. two posts and two crosspieces. [from Japanese for “bird’s nest”]

Torpid Woman sluggish in mind or in body

Torpid – sluggish, in mind or in body [noun: torpor]

 

Torpid Woman sluggish, in mind or in body 2

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torschlusspanik (literally “shut door panic”) – a sense of panic in middle age brought on by the feeling that life is passing you by. But the term has broad application; one finds it defined or applied as
(a) middle-aged men pursuing young women for a final fling “before the gates close”;
(b) young women fearing they will not be married until they are to old to have children;
(c) the woman who longs to rediscover the excitement of youth and fears being left “on the shelf” (OED);
(d) a rush to get in on a financial opportunity before the door shuts

tosherooon – British slang: the half-crown coin (see coins and currency)

tosspot – a drunkard

touchstone – a standard or criterion used to judge something’s quality or genuineness

tourbillion – 1. lit. or fig.: a whirling mass or system; a vortex; a whirl; an eddy, a whirlpool. 2. a firework which spins as it rises, forming a spiral or scroll of fire

tournure – 1. graceful manner or bearing 2. a woman’s bustle or other padding “to give shapeliness” to her waist or hips

Toyko Rose – eponym: occasionally used to mean one broadcasting negative propaganda to military troops

tragus (also here) – the fleshy bump of cartilage, on the ear, in front of the ear-hole

tralatitious – passed along from generation to generation [ but not in the sense of an heirloom (complimentary) but rather in the negative sense of “dubious received wisdom; fossilized doctrine”.]

tramontane – adj: from another country; foreign (noun a foreigner). [also, “on the far side of the mountains”; also, a certain wind blowing across the Alps]

tranquillityite – toponym: a certain mineral not of earth, found in the Sea of Tranquility, on the moon

transmogrify – to change into a different shape or form, esp. one that is fantastic or bizarre

transpire – to become known; to come to light (Note – often used to mean “occur” or “happen”. But though some language experts find this usage acceptable, even they call it pretentious and pompous.)

treacly – cloyingly sweet

treasury bond (or T-bond) – long-term debt of a government, issued as a tradable security

trebucket – see cucking stool

tregetry – 1. juggling 2. deception; trickery

tremulous – shaking slightly, quivering, as with nervousness, timidity, or excitement

Trencher – a wooden board or platter, for carving or serving food

Trencherman – a hearty eater

Trencherman glutton gannet gourmand gourmandizer

Trencherman – A person who is devoted to eating and drinking to excess. gannet. gourmand. glutton.

glutton gannet trencherman gourmandizer

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trendelenburg position – supine (lying on one’s back) and tilted with the head down

Trepan – 1. to ensnare or entrap (noun: a snare; or, a trickster) 2. an old surgical instrument to cut into the skull to relieve pressure (or a like boring instrument for mining). (verb: to use a trepan; to bore.)

Trepid – timid; timorous

Trepidacious – fearful; agitated; trembling

Trepidate – [Ciardi’s coinage, not in dictionaries] to put forth tentatively; to propose (an idea)

Trichobezoar – a bezoar in a person, from thrichophagia

Trichophagia – chronic pulling and eating of hair

Tricolor – 1. a flag having three stripes 2. the French flag

Trifecta – a bet where the bettor must name the top three finishers, in order

Trilby – eponym: a felt hat with a narrow brim creased crown

Trilithon – a monument of three stones, two uprights with a crosspiece on top, as in Stonehenge

trime – US silver 3-cent piece (see coins and currency)

triolet – a poem of 8 lines, with the 1st repeated as the 4th and 7th, and the 2nd repeated as the last

tritanopia – complete blue-yellow colorblindness

Tritonis – a mythical lake near the Mediterranean coast of Libya

triumvirate – a commission or ruling body of three persons (triumvir – a member of a triumvirate)

trivial – (interesting etymology; see Archives)

trochaic – see iambic

troche – (two syllables; vowel sounds as in SHOW-me) a medicated lozenge used to soothe the throat. The same lozenge could also be called a pastille.

troglodyte – 1. a cave-dweller 2. one who is reclusive, reactionary, out of date, or brutish

troilism – a ménage à trois; a sexual relationship involving three people

Trojan – a virus which infects another program: when you launch the program, the virus gets launched [see malware]

Trojan horse – toponym: someone or something intended to defeat or subvert from within usually by deceptive means [also used in computerese]

tropism – involuntary response of an organism turning toward or away from external stimulus; e.g., a plant turning toward the sun. (Usually applied to plants; in a microorganism it is usually called taxis.)

Trounce – Beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight

Trounce To scold Censure severely or angrily

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Trouvaille – a lucky find; a windfall; something interesting, amusing, or beneficial discovered by chance

troy – toponym; Troyes, France: a system of weights, used mainly for precious metals and gems, with a pound of 12 ounce

truckle – to act servilely or submissively to another

truncheon – Brit: a short thick stick carried as a weapon, as by a British police officer

truthiness – the quality of stating concepts one wishes or believes to be true, rather than the facts [American Dialect Society’s word of the year for

2005]

tsatske – Yiddish: 1. a cheap trinket 2. a young woman kept as a rich man’s toy

tsunami – a wave caused by underwater earthquake or volcano. Huge at harbor, but it crosses ocean imperceptibly small and at jet speed. NOTE: dictionaries

do not note that term is often used metaphorically. Also, often misused literally as “a huge wave”. From Japanese tsu harbor + nami wave.

tu quoque [Latin for “you too,” or more loosely, “So’s your old man.”] – a retort charging an adversary with doing what he criticizes in others

tuber – see geophyte

tub-thumping – adj. or noun: a forceful, violent or ranting impassioned speech, based more on emotion than reason

tumbrel; tumbril – a two-wheeled cart, especially a farmer’s cart that can be tilted to dump a load (used to carry prisoners to execution during the French

Revolution)

tumescent – swollen; somewhat tumid

tumid – 1. swollen, distended 2. overblown,; bombastic: tumid political prose

tump¹ (noun) – a hillock; or a clump of trees, shrubs, or grass, esp. in a dry spot in a bog

tump² (verb) – Southern US: to overturn, or to tip over

tunic – a papery protective cover on certain bulbs, such as the onion. A bulb with a tunic is turnicate; one without is imbricate.

tunnel vision – 1. inability to clearly perceive things unless they are close to the center of the field of view. 2. informal the tendency to focus

exclusively on a limited view

tuppenny-ha’penny – British slang: inferior and trivial

Tupperware – eponym; trademark: a range of plastic containers, etc., sold exclusively at ‘parties’ for potential buyers (proprietary name)

tuque or toque (Canadian; rhymes with duke) – a knitted cap in the form of a closed bag: one end is tucked into the other to form the cap

turdine – pertaining to thrushes

turkey (etymology) – how did this native American bird become named for a country 4,000 miles away? Turkeys first arrived in England from Spain, where they

had been brought by Cortés in 1519. The English mistakenly believed they had come from Turkey.

turnicate – see tunic

turnpike – originally, a spike barrier obstructing a road, as a defense. Later, turnpike came to mean ‘a tollbooth obstructing a road’, the road coming to

be called a ‘turnpike road’, and then simply a ‘turnpike’.

turpitude – depravity, baseness or base act; shameful wickedness

Turveydrop – eponym: a perfect model of deportment (Turveydropdom; Turveydropian)

tush – an exclamation, expressing disapproval, impatience, or dismissal

tushery – high-flown, pretentious writing, usually larded with archaic words (the sort of writing in which the characters say “Tush, tush.”)

tuxedo – a toponym. No definition needed

twee – Brit: affectedly quaint, pretty or sentimental

Tweedledum & Tweedledee – eponym: two individuals or groups that are practically indistinguishable

twill – a fabric woven to have a surface of parallel diagonal ridges

twiss (etymology) – a chamber pot

twitten – Sussex dial.: a narrow path or passage between two walls or hedges

twitterpated – love-struck, smitten [nonce word, in the movie Bambi]

two bits – a spanish coin splitable into 8 parts (pieces of eight), each a bit; hence two bits = a quarter (see coins and currency)

twonie – slang: Canadian two-dollar coin

twy – a meteor squall on the coasts

tycoon (etymology) – from Japanese (and ultimately Chinese) meaning ‘”great lord”

typhlobasia – kissing with the eyes closed

Typhoid Mary – eponym: one who, by circumstances, spreads something undesirable (contrast Johnny Appleseed, though not listed in dictionaries as a word:

one who seeds and spreads something desirable.)

tyromancy – divination by cheese [dictionary at mancy lists 54 form of divination]

tzigane (accent on 2nd syllable) – a Hungarian gypsy [also seems to be used to mean ‘gypsy music’, though I don’t find that definition in the dictionaries]

tabacosis tobacco poisoning
tabanid blood-sucking insect; gad-fly
tabard short-sleeved garment worn over armour
tabaret striped watered silk and satin fabric
tabatière snuff-box
tabby plain-woven silk taffeta fabric
tabefaction wasting away; emaciation
tabellary auditor; carrier of letters
tabellion scrivener
tabernacle ornamental container for storing Communion bread and wine
tabernacular of, like or pertaining to a tabernacle
tabescent wasting; shrivelling
tabific wasting; consumptive; producing tabes
tabinet silk and wool watered fabric
tablature mental image or picture; plate-like surface or object
tablier apron; part of dress resembling an apron
tabloidese language typical of tabloid journalism
tabor light medieval drum buckled onto the player’s chest
tabouret low stool; embroidery frame
tacenda things not to be mentioned
tacent silent
tach link
tacheometer instrument for rapidly measuring survey points on a map
tachism painting by smearing or splattering
tachistoscope instrument for rapidly showing images on a screen to test perception
tachograph instrument for recording speed of rotation
tachometer instrument for measuring speed of rotation
tachygraphy shorthand
tachymetry measurement of speed
tachyphrasia abnormally rapid or voluble speech
tachyscope early cinematograph
tachytelic of evolution, at a rate faster than normal for a group of plants or animals
taction contact; touch
tactometer instrument measuring sense of touch
tactual of, like or pertaining to or derived from the sense of touch
taenia band; tapeworm; fillet
taeniacide killing of tapeworms
taeniate like a ribbon or tapeworm
taenioid of a ribbon-like shape
taffeta thin glossy silk
taffrail rail round the stern of a ship
taghairm ancient divination method of Scottish Highlands
tagmeme analysis of arrangement of spoken elements
tahr wild Asian goat with shaggy reddish coat
tain tin foil used as backing for mirror; thin tin plate
taj crown or head-dress
takin heavily built Himalayan goatlike ruminant
talalgia pain in heel or ankle
talar ankle-length robe
talaric of, like or pertaining to or reaching the ankles
taligrade walking on the outer side of the foot
talionic retributive; like for like
taliped one with a club-foot
tallage feudal tax of a lord on tenants; any tax or toll


Talliate to impose a tax


Talpa mole or similar mark on the body

Talpine woman – A bad woman acting like a Mole

 

Talpine Woman Mole

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Talus rock detritus or debris at the base of a slope


Tamandua arboreal New World anteater with hairless tail


Tamaraw water buffalo


Tambour sloping buttress or fortification


tamburitza guitar or mandolin of the Balkan region
tamin thin glazed worsted
tamis thin wool
tampion protective plug placed in mouth of gun or cannon
tanacles pincer-like instruments of torture
tandem two-seated carriage with horses harnessed in series
tandem one behind the other
tangoreceptor sensory receptor responding to touch
tanistry succession by previously elected relative
tanquam a person fit for college education
tantalus locked case used to hold wine bottles
tanti worthwhile
tantième share of profits or royalties
tantivy at full gallop; headlong
taperer one who bears a taper during a religious procession
taphephobia fear of being buried alive
taphrogenesis vertical movement of the earth’s crust
tapinosis use of degrading or diminutive diction regarding a topic
tapotement use of light taps in massage
tappit crested
tapul central ridge of the breastplate of armour
taradiddle senseless talk; deception; nonsense
tarantas four-wheeled carriage mounted on poles
tarantella fast violent Italian folk dance
tarantism irresistible urge to dance
tarassis hysteria suffered by a man
tardigrade slow-paced
tardiloquent speaking slowly
tarlatan thin sheer stiff cotton
tarpan small wild horse of southern Russia
tarradiddle lie; falsehood; nonsense; fib
tarriance act of tarrying or delaying; procrastination
tarrish of the quality or consistency of tar
tartarology beliefs about hell or the underworld
taseometer instrument for measuring stress in a structure
tasimeter instrument for measuring changes in pressure
tasse one of a series of armour plates that go around the hips like a skirt
tastevin wine taster
tatonnement experimentation; trial and error
tatou armadillo


Tatterdemalion – Tattered; ragged; scarecrow-like

Short Story describing the meaning of the word Tattered is at

https://nicewemen.wordpress.com/tattered-ruined-or-disrupted/


Tattersall fabric with a small checked pattern


Taupe brownish-grey


taurean of, like or pertaining to a bull
tauricide killing or killer of a bull
tauricornous having horns like a bull’s
tauriform having the form of a bull
taurine of, like or pertaining to bulls; bull-like
tauromachy bullfighting
tauromorphous bull-shaped
tautochronous lasting the same amount of time
tautological repetition of an idea implied in a statement
tautomerism possession of more than one structure by a substance
tautonym taxonomic name in which genus and species are the same
tautophony repetition of the same sound
taw to prepare skins by soaking, salting, stretching and paring
taws thong used for punishment
taxaceous of, like or pertaining to yew trees
taxeme a basic unit of systems of classification
taximeter instrument for measuring fee for hired vehicle
taxis movement of a whole organism
tayra small South American weasel-like carnivore
tazza cup with saucer-shaped bowl on a pedestal
teasel brush with hooked bits used in napping cloth
technocracy government by technical experts
technography description of arts and crafts
technolithic of, like or pertaining to stone tools
technomania craze for technology
technonomy laws of industrial arts
technophile one who is fond of technology
technophobia fear of technology
technopole place where high-technology industries located
tecnology teaching of children
tectiform shaped like a roof
tectonic of, like or pertaining to building; structural
tectonics science of structure of objects, buildings and landforms
tectorial covering
tectosphere part of the earth that moves during plate tectonic activity
tectrix small feather of a bird’s wing
ted to spread grass for drying
tediferous bearing a torch
teen injury; grief
teg a sheep in its second year; the fleece of such a sheep
tegestology study and collecting of beer mats
tegmen covering or shell
tegmental of, like or pertaining to coverings or outer shells
tegminal covering; protecting
tegula tile
tegular of, like or overlapping like tiles or slates
tegulated composed of plates overlapping like tiles
tegument natural covering of an animal or plant body
teichopsia visual blurring and colours associated with migraines
teichoscopy observation from the perspective of a wall
teinoscope prism telescope
tej Ethiopian honey-mead
teknonymy the naming of the parent from the child
telaesthesia perception of events or objects not actually present or near
telamon a column carved in the shape of a human male
telarian creature that spins a web
telary web-spinning
telautograph telegraph that reproduces writing done with a pen or pencil
telega four-wheeled springless wagon
telegnosis knowledge of events taking place far away; clairvoyance
telegony influence of previous mate on offspring of current one
telematics transmission of computerized data over long distances
telemeter instrument for measuring strain or distance from observer
telenergy application of spirit energy at a distance
teleology study of final causes; analysis in terms of purpose
teleonomy characteristic of being governed by an overall purpose
teleorganic vital
telergy physical force at work in telepathy
teleseism tremor due to a very distant earthquake
telesis making use of natural or social processes for a goal
telespectroscope instrument for analysing radiation omitted by distant bodies
telestereoscope instrument for viewing distant objects stereoscopically
telesthesia abnormal impression of objects beyond the senses
telestic of, like or pertaining to the mysteries
telestich poem where final letters of each line spell a word
teletactor instrument that allows deaf people to feel sound vibrations
telic expressing purpose; purposive; signifying intention
tellograph signalling apparatus like a semaphore system
tellural of, like or pertaining to the earth
tellurian terrestrial
tellurometer instrument using microwaves to measure distance
telmatology study of swamps
telodynamic of, like or pertaining to transmission of power to a distance
telos aim; purpose; ultimate end
teloteropathy telepathy between living persons
telpherage system of cargo conveyance using electric motor and cable
telson last segment of a crustacean
temenos place dedicated to a god; sacred precinct
temerarious rashly or presumptuously daring
tempera painting using white of egg instead of oil
temperative having a moderating influence
tempestive timely; seasonable
temporal indicating time when
temporaneous lasting only a short while
tempore in the time of
temporicide killing time
temporise to delay; to procrastinate
temulence intoxication
tenaculum pincers
tenaille outwork in main ditch of a fortification
tendentious designed to advance a cause
tenderometer instrument for measuring tenderness of fruits and vegetables
tenebrific producing darkness
tenebrose dark; gloomy
tenendum clause in a deed defining land tenure
tenne heraldic designation for orange-brown colour
tenon projecting part of joint for inserting into mortise
tenrec spiny insectivorous mammal of Madagascar
tensimeter instrument for measuring vapour pressure
tensiometer instrument for measuring tension
tentamen experiment; attempt
tentation experiment by trial and error
tentiginous lust-provoking
tentigo priapism; morbid lasciviousness
tenue bearing; carriage; manner of dress
tepefaction making or becoming tepid
tephra ash and debris ejected by volcano
tephrochronology dating of volcanic eruptions by studying layers of ash
tephromancy divination by ashes
tephrosis incineration
tepor state of being tepid or lukewarm
teramorphous of abnormal or monstrous form
teratism monster, malformed person or animal
teratogenic producing monsters or abnormal growth
teratoid monstrous
teratology study of monsters, freaks, abnormal growths or malformations
terce prayer service held at 9 a.m.
tercel male hawk
tercet group of three rhyming lines
terdiurnal three times per day
terebrate to bore into; to pierce
terete smooth and cylindrical or tapering
tergal of, like or pertaining to the back
tergiversation equivocation


Termagant – an overbearing or nagging woman

termagant wife scolding souting carping even after death


terminative indicating motion up to or time until
terminism doctrine that there is a time limit for repentance
ternary in threes; having three components; having three as a base
terotechnology use of various skills to extend life of equipment
terpodion piano-like instrument whose sound is made from wooden blocks
terpsichorean of, like or pertaining to dancing
terraceous earthen
terracotta reddish-brown
terramara kind of earthy fertiliser
terraneous of, like or pertaining to the earth
terraqueous amphibious; consisting of land and water
terrazzo flooring of chips of marble
terrella magnetic model of the earth
terremotive seismic
terrene of the earth; earthly; worldly; mundane
terreplein top of a rampart where guns are mounted
terret swivel-ring; ring for fastening chain to
terricolous living in or on the soil
terrier register or roll of rents from an estate
terrigenous produced on land; produced by the land
terriginous earth-born; derived from the land
terrine earthenware jar or dish
terrisonant having a terrible sound
terry piled fabric consisting of uncut loops
tersive cleansing; detersive
terzain stanza of three lines
tesla unit of magnetic flux density equal to one weber per square meter
tessaraglot speaking four languages
tessellate to form into or adorn with mosaic
tessellation fitting together exactly; leaving no spaces
tessera small token or ticket; block of stone used in mosaic; password
tesseract figure of a cube within a cube
tesserarian of, like or pertaining to dice games
tesseratomy division into four parts
testaceous of or having a hard shell; brick-red
testamur certificate of having passed an examination
tester canopy over a bed, pulpit or altar
tester piece of armour for the head; headgear for a horse
testicond having the testes concealed within the body
testudinal of, like or pertaining to tortoises or tortoise-shell
testudo wheeled shelter used for protection from above attacks
tetanigenous causing tetanus
tetchy irritable
tetrachotomous divided into fours
tetrachromatic concerning theory that there are four primary colours
tetradarchy government by four people; tetrarchy
tetragrammaton sacred word or acronym of four letters
tetrakishexahedron cube with pyramid erected on each face
tetralemma quandary with four alternatives
tetramerous having four parts
tetramorph artistic representation of the four evangelists in one figure
tetrapod quadruped
tetrapolis group of four cities
tetrapteran having four wings
tetraptych hinged painting in four parts
tetrarchy government by four people
teuthology study of cephalopods
Teutomania obsession with Teutonic or German things
tewel a chimney; the rectum or anus of a horse
textology study of the production of texts
textorial of, like or pertaining to weaving
textrine of, like or pertaining to weaving
textuary a person having extensive biblical knowledge
thalassian marine; type of sea turtle
thalassiarchy sovereignty of the seas; thalassocracy
thalassic marine; of seas; of inland seas
thalassocracy sovereignty of the seas
thalassography science of the sea
thalassometer instrument for measuring tides
thalassophilous living in or fond of the sea
thalassophobia fear of the sea
thalassotherapy medical treatment using baths in sea water
thalerophagous feeding on fresh vegetable matter
thalposis sensation of warmth
thalweg middle of navigable waterway used as boundary line
thamin small deer with curved horns, native to southeast Asia
thanatism belief that the soul dies with the body
thanatognomonic indicating or characteristic of death
thanatography narrative of a death
thanatoid apparently dead; deathly; deadly
thanatology study of death and its customs
thanatomania belief that one has been affected by death magic, and resulting illness
thanatophobia fear of death
thanatopsis view of or reflection upon death
thanatosis gangrene; necrosis; state imitating death
thanatousia funeral rites
thaumatogeny doctrine of the miraculous origin of life
thaumatography description of natural wonders
thaumatolatry worship of miracles or wonders
thaumatology study of miracles
thaumatrope gadged showing persistence of visual impressions using spinning disk
thaumaturgy performing of miracles
theandric divine and human at the same time
theanthropic simultaneously human and divine
theanthroposophy system of belief concerning Christ as god and man
thearchy rule by a god or gods; body of divine rulers
theatrocracy goverment by gathered assemblies of citizens
theatromania craze for going to plays
theca sheath; capsule
thecate having a sheath
theftuous thievish
thegosis tooth-grinding in order to sharpen teeth
theiform of the form of tea
theism belief in the existence of God without special revelation
thelematic of, like or pertaining to will or volition; voluntary
thelemic allowing people to do as they wish
thelemite libertine
thelitis inflammation of the nipple
thelytoky parthenogenetic production of females only
theocentrism belief that God is central fact of existence
theocracy government by priests or by religious law
theocrasy mixture of religions; fitting other religions into own
theodicy defense of goodness in view of the existence of evil
theodidact student of God; one who is taught by God
theodolite surveying instrument for measuring angles
theody hymn in praise of God
theogamy marriage of gods
theogonic accounting for the origin or presence of gods
theolepsy seizure or possession by a god
theologaster petty or shallow theologian
theologoumenon theological statement as opposed to divine one
theomachy war amongst or against the gods
theomancy divination by means of oracles
theomania belief that one is a god
theomastix punisher of mortals sent by God; such a punishment
theometry measurement or estimation of God
theomicrist one who belittles God
theonomy government or rule by God
theopantism belief that God is the only reality
theopathy emotional experience brought on by religious belief
theophagy sacramental consumption of a god
theophany manifestation or appearance of a god to people
theophilanthropism love of both God and humanity
theophile one who loves or is loved by God
theophobia fear of God
theophorous having the name of a god; derived from a god’s name
theopneustic divinely inspired
theopsychism belief that the soul is of a divine nature
theorbo large double-necked lute
theosophy immediate divine illumination or wisdom
theotechny use of the gods as primary moving force in a poem or play
theotherapy faith healing
theotokos title given to the Virgin Mary as bearer of God
therblig unit of work for quantifying industrial operations
thereinto into that or it
theremin electronic instrument with tones created by placing hands near oscillators
thereoid bestial; savage
thereology therapeutics
thereon thereupon
therewith thereupon; forthwith
therewithal besides
theriac antidote to venomous bites
theriacal of, like or pertaining to antidotes
therianthropic combining human and animal forms
theriatrics veterinary medicine
theriodic malignant
theriogenology study of animals’ reproductive systems
theriolatry animal-worship
theriomorph animal form in art
theriomorphosis transformation into a beast
therm unit of quantity of heat equal to 100,000 British thermal units
thermaesthesia sensitivity to heat or cold
thermantidote apparatus for cooling air
thermic of, like or pertaining to heat
thermogenesis production of heat
thermograph instrument for recording changes in temperature
thermography writing or drawing using the influence of heat
thermokinematics study of motion of heat
thermolabile easily decomposed by heat
thermology study of heat
thermolysis decomposition caused by heat
thermometrograph instrument for recording changes in temperature
thermonous of, like or pertaining to stimulation by heat
thermophilous preferring or thriving in high temperatures
thermopile instrument measuring minute changes in temperature
thermoplagia sunstroke
thermoscope instrument indicating change in temperature
thermotaxis movement influenced or controlled by heat
thermotropism growth of organism influenced by heat
theroid of, like or pertaining to a beast or wild animal
therology study of wild mammals
thersitical scurrilous; violent in manner of speech
thesial of, like or pertaining to a thesis
thesmothete law-giver
thetic positively asserting; bearing the thesis; prescribed
theurgy magic or miracles by the agency of good spirits
thewe pillory for women that keeps the legs together
thiasus group of worshippers gathered to dance in praise of gods
thigmotaxis movement of plant towards or away from an object
thigmotropism turning of an object in response to touch
thionic of, like or pertaining to or containing sulphur
thirdborough petty constable of a township
thirdendeal old liquid measure of three pints; one-third of anything
thither to that place
thixotropy temporary reduction in viscosity when shaken or stirred
thlipsis constriction; compression
thnetopsychism belief that the soul dies with the body, to be reborn on day of judgement
thole pin in the side of a boat to keep oar in place
thole to endure; to suffer
tholobate circular substructure on which a dome rests
tholoid dome-shaped lava extrusion plugging the vent of a volcano
tholus round building; dome; cupola
thooid like a wolf
thoracoscope instrument for viewing the thorax and chest wall
thorn letter in Old and Middle English representing unvoiced ‘th’ sound
thoughtography supposed technique for transferring mental images onto photographs
thrasonic boastful; bragging
thremmatology science of breeding domestic animals and plants
threnetic mournful
threnodic mournful
threnody ode or song of lamentation; lament; dirge
threpsology science of nutrition
threptic of, like or pertaining to the rearing of young
thrioboly divination using pebbles
thro through
throat-pit depression between collarbones where they meet the breastbone
thrombus blood clot
thronal of, like or pertaining to a throne
thropple throat or windpipe of an animal
throstle machine for drawing, twisting and winding fibres
throttlebottom harmless incompetent holding public office
thrum loose thread or fringe of a garment or cloth
thumomancy divination by means of one’s own soul
thurible censer
thurifer altar boy who bears censer
thuriferous incense-bearing
thurl cow’s hip-joint
thyestean cannibalistic
thylacine extinct doglike marsupial of Tasmania
thymiatechny use of perfumes for medicinal purposes
thymiaterion ancient Greek censer
thymogenic due to emotion
thymoleptic psychologically energizing
thymopathy mental disorder
thyrsus staff wreathed with ivy
tiara three-tiered crown worn by or carried in front of the pope
tibia ancient Roman flute
tibicinate to play on a pipe
tichorrhine woolly rhinoceros
tick cover of a mattress or pillow
ticking strong linen or cotton fabric used for mattress and pillow cases
tidology study of tides
tiffany transparent silk-like gauzy fabric
tigerism swagger
tigrine of, like or pertaining to tigers

Tike – Tyke – A crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement

Short Story describing the meaning of the word Tike or Tyke is at

https://nicewemen.wordpress.com/tyke-tike-a-crude-uncouth-ill-bred-woman-lacking-culture-or-refinement/


tilbury light open two-wheeled carriage
tilde mark indicating approximation or, over a letter, nasalization or palatalization
tiller handle or lever for turning a ship’s rudder
tilleul pale yellowish-green
tilth agricultural work
tiltmeter instrument for measuring tilting of earth’s surface
timarchy government by the propertied class; timocracy
timbal kettle drum
timberhead top end of ship’s timber used above the gunwale
timbrel tambourine-like percussion instrument
timbrology study of postage stamps
timbromania craze for stamp collecting
timbrophily love or fondness for stamps; stamp-collecting
timbrous resonant; sonorous
timenoguy rope stretched from place to place in a ship
timeous in good time; seasonable
timocracy government by the propertied class
timoneer helmsman
timwhisky light carriage for one or two people, pulled by one or two horses
tinamou ground-dwelling South American bird
tinchel circle of men who encircle a deer
tinction act of dyeing
tinctorial of, like or pertaining to dyeing; giving colour
tinctumutation change of colour
tincture a heraldic colour or metal
tingent adding colour; having the ability to tinge
tinnient ringing; resonant
tinnitus ringing sound in the head
tintinnabulate to ring; to tinkle
tintinnabulum percussion instrument of many bells in succession
tippet long black scarf worn by Anglican clergy
tiqueur one who suffers from tics
tirailleur skirmisher; sharpshooter
tirasse pedal-coupler in an organ
tiretaine wool cloth mixed with cotton or linen
tiro recruit; novice; beginner
tirocinium early training; first experience; group of recruits
tiromancy divination using cheese
tisane infusion of herbs or flowers
tisicky wheezy; asthmatic
titaniferous bearing titanium
titanism spirit of revolt or defiance against social conventions
titanomachy war of the Titans against the gods


titi small South American arboreal monkey

titi small South American arboreal monkey


titian red-gold or reddish-brown
titivate dress up; spruce up
titrimetry measuring by titration
tittle dot over the letter i or j
tittup to prance mincingly; to walk in an affected manner
titubate to stagger; to stumble
titulus inscription on or over something
tmema segment or section
tmesis separation of word into parts by an intervening word
toadstone stone thought to grow inside a toad and have magic powers
tobaccophile one who loves tobacco
tocodynamometer instrument for measuring uterine contractions during childbirth
tocology obstetrics; midwifery
tocophobia fear of pregnancy or childbirth
tocsin alarm bell; sounding of an alarm bell
tod old unit of weight of wool equal to 28 pounds
tofore previously; beforehand
toft a small hill
tog unit of measurement for insulation properties of fabric
togated wearing a toga; dignified
toile plain or simple twilled fabric
toison lamb’s wool
tolerationism doctrine of toleration of religious differences
tolsester duty of ale due to one’s lord for the privilege of brewing
tolutation act of pacing or ambling
tolutiloquence smooth or flowing speech
tolypeutine of, like or pertaining to armadillos
toman myriad; ten thousand
tombac cheap gold-coloured alloy of zinc and copper
tombic holding that the Egyptian pyramids were intended as tombs
tombola lottery in which each entrant must win a prize
tomentose bearing thickly matted hair or fur
tomiparous of organic matter, multiplying by division
tomium cutting edge of a bird’s bill
tomograph instrument for viewing section of an object using X-rays
tomography scan to obtain detailed image of solid structure
tomomania irrational predilection for performing surgery
ton unit of cooling power equal to 12,000 BTU per hour
tonant thundering
tondo circular painting or relief carving
tonetic of, like or pertaining to tonal pronunciation or languages
tonetics study of pronunciation
tonga light two-wheeled carriage
tonish modish; fashionable
tonitrophobia fear of thunder
tonitruone musical instrument that imitates sound of thunder
tonitruous thundering
tonlet set of overlapping strips on armour skirt
tonneau rear extension of body of car
tonometer instrument measuring pitch of musical tones
tonometer instrument for measuring intraocular pressure
tonsorial of, like or pertaining to a barber or a barber’s work
tonsure shaving of small area on the crown of head of a priest or monk
tontine annuity scheme where benefits increase as members die
tonus normal elasticity of healthy muscle at rest
tootle nonsensical writing or speech
topaesthesia determining place by sense of touch
toparch ruler of a district
topaz dark yellow
topgallant mast or sail above the topmast and below the royal mast
tophaceous gritty
topi reddish-brown antelope of sub-Saharan Africa
topiary clipping of trees into imitative or fantastic shapes
toplofty high and mighty; haughty
topmast ship’s mast above the lower mast
topography description of the features of a region
topology study of places and their natural features
topomancy divination using landforms
toponomastic of, like or pertaining to place names
toponym place name derived from geographical feature
toponymics study of place-names
topophilia great love or affection for a particular place
topophobia stage fright; fear of performing; fear of certain places
topophone instrument to determine direction and distance of a fog-horn
topotype specimen collected in the same locality as an original
topsail ship’s sail above the lowermost sail
toran arched gateway or garland of flowers
torchier floor lamp with bowl for reflecting light upwards
torchon duster or dishcloth; coarse lace or paper
torcula wine press
torcular tourniquet
tordion Renaissance dance similar to but slower than a galliard
tore surface described by rotation of conic section about a line
toreumatography description of ancient metal sculpture
toreutics artistic work in metal by chasing and embossing
torfaceous growing in mosses or bogs
tormentum ancient siege engine
tornote having blunt extremities
toroid shaped like a doughnut or anchor-ring
torose swelling; bulging; knobby; muscular
torpedinous numbing; having the quality of a torpedo
torpefy to make numb or torpid; to paralyze
torpescence becoming numb or torpid
torpid numb; lethargic; having lost the power to act
torpillage electric shock therapy
torpor numbness; inactivity; dullness
torporific causing dullness or numbness
torquated wearing a collar or chain; formed like a torque
torr unit of pressure equal to 1/760 of standard atmospheric pressure
torrefy to scorch or parch; to dry or roast with heat
torrentine of, like or pertaining to a torrent; having the character of a torrent
torsade ornament on a hat like a twisted cord; any twisted cord
torsel plate in a brick wall to support the end of a beam
torsibility capability of being twisted
torsiograph instrument for recording torsional vibrations on an object
torsive twisted spirally
torticollis stiff neck
tortile wreathed; twisted; coiled
tortious committing a wrongful deed
torulose with small swellings at intervals
torus rounded swelling; lowest moulding of a column
torvity grimness; fierceness
torvous stern
tosh rubbish; drivel; nonsense
tosticated fuddled; perplexed
tot bone or other object retrieved from garbage pile
totemism belief that a group has a special kinship with an object or animal
tother the other
totidem verbis in so many words
totient number of numbers less than and prime to a given number
totipotent capable of differentiation
totitive number less than and prime to another
tourbillon swirl; vortex; whirlwind
tournure contour; characteristic turn of line; grace or poise
tovarish comrade
tow bundle of untwisted natural fibres
toxicogenic producing or produced by poisons
toxicomania morbid craving for poisons
toxicophagous eating poison
toxicophobia fear of poisoning
toxiferous producing or bearing poison
toxiphagous poison-eating
toxiphobia fear of poison or being poisoned
toxophilite lover of archery; an archer; of, like or pertaining to archery
toxophily love of archery; archery; study of archery
toze to tease out; card; comb; draw out; elicit
trabeate built of horizontal beams rather than arches
trabecula small bar or rod
trabeculated transversely barred
tracasserie turmoil
trachelate having a neck
trachyphonia roughness of voice
tractate treatise; tract
tractile ductile; able to be drawn out
traditive traditional
traduce to defame; to slander
traductive transmitted
tragedian writer or actor of tragedy
tragelaph mythical crossbreed of a goat and stag
tragomaschalia smelly armpits
tragus prominent bump in front of opening of the ear
trahison treachery; treason
traject crossing; ferry; transference
tralatition metaphor
tralatitious traditional; transmitted; handed on; metaphorical
tralineate to deviate
tramble to wash tin-ore by agitation in a trough
trammel device used to hold pots and pans over a fire
trammel net used to catch fish or birds
trammel to hamper or restrain
trammel tool used for drawing ellipses
tramontane beyond the mountains; foreign; uncivilized
tranation act of swimming over or across
trancey creating a trance-like effect; hypnotic
tranche slice or block of money or shares
tranchet Neolithic flint chisel
tranect ferry
trangam showy or worthless article
tranq tranquilizer
transcalent pervious to or allowing the passage of heat
transcendentalism theory that emphasizes that which transcends perception
transenna screen enclosing a shrine
transept part of a church off to one side of main structure
transfluent flowing across
tranship to transfer from one ship to another
transhumant passing from winter to summer pastures
transilient leaping or passing across
transire ship’s customs warrant for clearing goods
translative indicating process of change or movement through
translunary beyond the moon; spiritual
transmarine across or beyond the sea
transmigrationism belief that soul passes into other body at death
transmissometer instrument for measuring transmission of light through a fluid
transom structure dividing a window horizontally; horizontal bar
transom transverse timbers attached to ship’s sternpost
transpicuous transparent; easily seen through or understood
transpontine from the other side of the river; melodramatic
transubstantiation miraculous changing of bread and wine into body and blood of Christ
transude to ooze out; to exude through the pores
transumption transcription; transference; translation
transuranic denoting heavy radioactive artificial chemical elements
transverberate to pierce
transvolation flying higher than normal
trap light one-horse carriage with springs
trapezium quadrilateral having only one pair of parallel sides
trapunto kind of quilting in which only the design is padded
traulism stammering
traumatology study of wounds and their effects
traumatropism alteration in direction of growth of a plant due to a wound
trautonium electronic musical instrument like a theramin
trave crossbeam or space between crossbeams
travelator moving footpath for pedestrians
traverse across; crosswise

Treacherous – Dangerously unstable and unpredictable. Tending to betray; especially having a treacherous character as attributed to the Carthaginians by the Romans

Short Story describing the meaning of the word Treacherous is at

https://nicewemen.wordpress.com/treacherous-woman/


treacle dark; syrupy molasses
trebuchet medieval siege engine for launching stones
trechometer instrument for determining distance travelled; odometer
treenail long wooden pin used to fix planks of ship to the timbers
trefoil three-lobed architectural ornament
tregetour juggler; trickster; deceiver
treillage trellis-work; a trellis
trellis structure of cross-barred or lattice-work
trema an orifice; a dieresis
tremallose gelatinous
tremendum feeling of overwhelming awe associated with religious experience
tremissis late Roman and early Byzantine gold coin
tremogram irregularity in a person’s handwriting
tremograph instrument for recording involuntary muscular motion
tremolist one who employs tremolo
tremolo vibrating effect of certain musical instruments or the singing voice
tremulous trembling; quivering
trenchant incisive; terse; vigorous
trencher edible plate and platter made of bread
trendle flat rounded baker’s vessel
trental commemoratory service held thirty days after burial
trepan obsolete instrument for cutting open the skull
trepanation cutting open the skull
tresayle great-great grandfather
tressilate to quiver
tressure narrow band around a heraldic shield
trews close-fitting trousers with tartan pattern
triage selection for patients most likely to survive
trialism doctrine that humans have three separate essences (body, soul, spirit)
triarchy government by three people
triatic rope joining adjacent mastheads
tribade female homosexual; lesbian
tribadism lesbian intercourse in the missionary position
tribble horizontal frame with wires for drying paper
tribology study of friction and wear between surfaces
triboluminescence emission of light caused by friction
tribometer instrument measuring friction
tribuloid yielding prickly fruit
tribunitial of, like or pertaining to a tribune
tributorian of, like or pertaining to tribute or payment
trice to haul in and lash secure a sail with a small rope
tricephalous having three heads
trichoclasis brittleness of hair
trichogenous producing hair
trichoic having or exhibiting three colours
trichoid hair-like
trichology study of hair and its disorders
trichoschisis splitting of hair
trichosis arrangement, distribution or disorder of hair
trichotillomania neurosis where patient pulls out own hair
trichotomy division into three parts or categories
tricoaster combination of three-speed gear and coaster brake on a cycle
tricolette silk or rayon knitted fabric
tricorn three-horned; three-cornered
tricot plain knitted silk or woollen fabric
tricotee lively old dance
tricotine double-twilled worsted fabric
tridominium threefold rule
triduan lasting three days
triduum period of three days of prayer preceding Roman Catholic feasts
trierarchy obligation of fitting out ships
trieteric occurring in alternate years
trifarious facing three ways
triforium gallery or arcade over an aisle; gallery over nave and choir
trifurcate to divide into three forks
trig stone placed under a wheel to keep it from rolling
trigamy state of being married to three spouses
triglyph architectural ornament of tablet bearing two V-shaped channels
trigon ancient Greek triangular harp
trigonal having three angles
trigonometer instrument for solving triangles
trigraph combination of three letters for one sound
trihoral happening every three hours
trilaminar having three layers
trilemma quandary having three choices
trilith stone monument of two upright and one transverse slab
trimacular having three spots or marks
trimerous having the parts in threes
trin triplet
trinacriform three-pronged
trindle thin piece of wood which holds book spine while trimmed
tringoid of, like or pertaining to sandpipers
trinoctial lasting three nights
trionym name consisting of three words
triphibious taking place on land, in water and in air
triphthong three vowel sounds pronounced as one
triplopia triple vision
trippet part of machine which strikes another part regularly
tripsis pulverization; shampooing; massage
triptote used in three cases only
triptych hinged painting with three panels
tripudiate to dance for joy; to exult; to stamp
triquetra triangular-shaped object
trireme ancient ship with three banks of oars
triskaidekaphobia fear of the number thirteen
triskelion figure of three radiating curves or legs
trismus lockjaw
tristachyous three-spiked
tristichous having or in three rows
tristiloquy mournful manner of speech
tristisonous mournful-sounding
trisulcate having three ridges or forks
tritanopia inability to distinguish the colour blue
tritarchy government by three people; triarchy
tritavia four-greats grandmother
tritavus four-greats grandfather
tritheism belief that the members of the Trinity are separate gods
tritheocracy government by three gods
tritical trite; common
triticeous wheat-like
triticism trite remark
triturate to rub or grind into a fine powder
triumphalism belief in the superiority of one particular religious creed
triune trinity; three in one
trivet tripod for a pot; metal plate to raise food from heat
trivirgate having three linear marks
troat to bellow like a roaring buck
trochal wheel-like; circular
trocheameter instrument counting wheel’s revolutions
trochiferous bearing a wheel or wheel-like organ
trochiform shaped like a spinning-top
trochilic of, like or pertaining to rotatory motion
trochilidine of, like or pertaining to hummingbirds
trochiline of, like or pertaining to hummingbirds
trochiscus medicated tablet or lozenge
trochlear like a pulley
trochoid curve traced by a fixed point in plane of a circle
trochomancy divination by studying wheel tracks
troglodytic cave-dwelling
troglodytine of, like or pertaining to wrens
trogon tropical bird with brilliant plumage
troika carriage drawn by three horses
troilism sexual activity between three people
troll to sing heartily; to sing the succession of parts of a musical round
trommel revolving sieve for cleaning or sizing minerals
tromometer instrument for measuring slight earthquake shocks
tronc collection of gratuities to be divided out later
trope any figure of speech; figurative language
trophallaxis mutual exchange of nutriment in symbiosis
trophism nutrition
trophobiosis exchange of nutriment in symbiotic relationship
trophology study of nutrition
trophotropism direction of growth by nutritional factors
tropic like a keel
tropism a tendency to react to stimuli in a specific manner
tropological characterized by tropes or figures of speech
tropology figurative language; moral interpretation of the Bible
tropometer instrument measuring rotation
tropophilous flourishing in seasonal extremes of climate
tropophyte plant adapted to alterations of moisture and drought
trottoir pavement
trousseau clothes collected by a bride for her marriage
trouvaille a fortunate find
trover legal action brought to recover goods from wrongful owner
trucage faking of works of art
trucidation slaughter
truckle to submit; to cringe
truculent belligerent; cruel; pugnacious; defiant; aggressive
trullization act of plastering with a trowel
trumeau piece of wall or pillar between two openings
trumpery deception; trickery; showy nonsense
truncheon broken spear; broken or cut piece
trunnion a pin or pivot on which something can be rotated
trutinate to weigh using a balance; to evaluate mentally
truttaceous of, like or pertaining to trout
tryma nut-like fruit
trypanocide killing of trypanosomes
trysail ship’s sail bent to a gaff and hoisted on a lower mast
tsessebe central African antelope with lyre-shaped horns
tsiganology study of gypsies
tsiology treatise on tea
tuant of writing, keen or trenchant
tuatara spiny reptile of New Zealand with vestigial third eye
tuberiferous bearing tubers
tuberiform shaped like a lump or protuberance
tuberous having tubers; knobbed
tubicinate to blow a trumpet
tubicolous inhabiting a tube
tubicornous hollow-horned
tubifacient constructing a tube
tubiform shaped like a tube
tubulate to form into a tube; to provide with a tube
tubulure tubular opening
tuck part of ship where ends of lower planks meet under the stern
tucket flourish on a trumpet
tucutucu rat-like burrowing South American rodent
tufa rock made of fine volcanic detritus
tufthunter toady
tuille armour plate hanging below the tasses
tuism apostrophe; reference to or regard to a second person
tuism theory that individuals have a second or other self
tuitive giving instruction; acquired by instruction
tulchan calf’s skin set beside a cow to make her give milk freely


tulipomania obsession with tulips

Tulip mania drawing with monkeys


tulle sheer and delicate thin silk
tumblehome inward curve of upper parts of sides of a ship
tumbrel old instrument of punishment like a pillory
tumefacient causing swelling
tumefy to swell
tumescent tending to swell
tumid inflated; falsely sublime; bombastic
tumorigenic producing tumours
tum-tum dog-cart
tumular consisting of a mound or tumulus
tumultuary chaotic; haphazard
tumulus barrow-mound; mound of earth over a grave
tund to beat; to thump
tunicate covered with layers
tunicle short ecclesiastical vestment worn by bishop or subdeacon
tup ram; pile-driver; striking face of steam hammer or jackhammer
turaco crested African colourful bird with long tail and red wings
turbary right to take peat from another’s ground
turbidimeter instrument for measuring turbidity of liquids
turbinate shaped like a top or inverted cone
turdiform like a thrush
turdine of, like or pertaining to thrushes
turgent swollen
turgescence act or process of swelling; swollenness
turgid swollen; inflated
turgometer instrument for measuring turgidity
turncock valve for regulating water flow
turnery art of turning in a lathe
turnspit person who turns a roasting spit
turnverein athletic club
turophile cheese lover

turpitude – 1. depravity: “Amrita was so tired of movies chock full of violent turpitude and little else.”

2. a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice; ‘the various turpitudes of modern society’
Approximately 1490; from Middle English; from Middle French, ‘turpitude’; from Latin, ‘turpitudo’: baseness, from ‘turpis’: vile, shameful.

turquoise blue-green
turrical of, like or pertaining to a tower or turret; like a turret
turriferous bearing towers
turriform shaped like a tower
turtleback structure over ship’s bows or stern
tussah brownish silk fabric
tussicular of, like or pertaining to coughs
tussock a compact tuft of grass or sedge
tutelary having the guardianship of a thing
tutiorism doctrine that one should take the safer moral course
tutulus conical Roman headdress
tuza Mexican pouched rodent
twaddle rubbish; nonsense
twain two
twee affectedly dainty; sentimentally sweet
twiforked bifurcate
twingle to wriggle; to twist
twink to blink; to twinkle
twinter two-year-old domestic animal
twire to peep; to leer
twixt between
twizzle to swirl; to spin
two-step ballroom dance with two main steps
twyer nozzle for a blast of air
tychism theory that accepts role of pure chance
tye inclined trough for washing ore
tyloma callus
tympaniform drum-like; shaped like a drum
tympanum space within an arch; arched recess at entrance of cathedral
tympany swelling with pride or with pregnancy
typhlograph instrument to help the blind write clearly
typhlology study of blindness and the blind
typhlophile one who is kind to the blind
typhogenic causing fever
typhomania delirious state resulting from typhus fever
typhonic having the character of a whirlwind or tornado
typographia matter pertaining to printing or printers
typography art of printing or using type
typology study of types of things
typomania craze for printing one’s lucubrations
typothetae master printers collectively
typtology theory concerning rappings by spirits or ghosts
tyrannicide killing or killer of a tyrant
tyriasis elephantiasis
tyroid resembling cheese; cheesy
tyroma cheese-like matter
tyromancy divination using cheese

tacit
(adj.) expressed without words (I interpreted my parents’ refusal to talk as a tacit acceptance of my request.)

taciturn
(adj.) not inclined to talk (Though Jane never seems to stop talking, her brother is quite taciturn.)

tantamount
(adj.) equivalent in value or significance (When it comes to sports, fearing your opponent is tantamount to losing.)

temerity
(n.) audacity, recklessness (Tom and Huck entered the scary cave armed with nothing but their own temerity.)

tenuous
(adj.) having little substance or strength (Your argument is very tenuous, since it relies so much on speculation and hearsay.)

Round it with wide speculation

timorous
(adj.) timid, fearful (When dealing with the unknown, timorous Tallulah almost always broke into tears.)

tirade –

A tirade is a speech, usually consisting of a long string of violent, emotionally charged words. Borrow and lose your roommate’s clothes one too many

times, and you can bet you’ll be treated to a heated tirade.

The noun tirade is related to the Italian word tirata, which means “volley.” So imagine a very angry person lobbing harsh words and strings of profanity in

your direction when you want to remember what tirade means. Although, tirades don’t necessarily have to include bad words — any long, drawn out speech or

epic declaration can be called a tirade.

toady –

You can call the kid who is always really nice to the teacher in hopes of getting a good grade a brown-noser or, if you want to sound clever, a toady.

The word toady has a gross, yet engaging history. Back when medicine was more trickery than science, traveling medicine men would come to a town. Their

assistant would eat a toad (you read that right) that was assumed poisonous so that the medicine man could “heal” him. Who would want that job, right? So

toad-eater, later shortened to toady, came to mean a person who would do anything to please his boss.

tome –

A tome is a large book. If you’re pre-med, chances are you’re going to have one heck of a tome for your biology class. Tome is often used to refer to a

book that is not only really large but also unusually important.

If you generally carry more than one tome to class, invest in a bag with wheels so you don’t hurt your back. A tome is big and heavy. “Wow! This tome

weighs a ton!” Whatever you do, don’t leave your tome at home—you’ll wind up in detention! You can also use tome sarcastically to describe a book that

clearly isn’t large or important. But sarcasm is for advanced users only.

torpid
(adj.) lethargic, dormant, lacking motion (The torpid whale floated, wallowing in the water for hours.)
While the adjective torpid sounds a lot like the noun torpedo, it actually describes something slow or even inactive, like the torpedo that’s just sitting

around before it’s launched.

Torpid comes from the Latin word torpere, meaning “numb,” which is exactly how torpid things act. A hibernating bear and a caterpillar holed up in a cocoon

are two good examples. You might feel torpid sitting in front of the fire after a big meal. The mind, too, can become torpid. The writer Samuel Johnson

said, “It is a man’s own fault, it is from want of use, if his mind grow torpid in old age.”

tractable
(adj.) easily controlled (The horse was so tractable, Myra didn’t even need a bridle.)

transient
(adj.) passing through briefly; passing into and out of existence (Because virtually everyone in Palm Beach is a tourist, the population of the town is

quite transient.)

transmute
(v.) to change or alter in form (Ancient alchemists believed that it was possible to transmute lead into gold.)

travesty –

A travesty is a cheap mockery, usually of something or someone serious, such as a travesty of justice.

A travesty is a silly imitation, like a tall young man dressed up like a little old lady. Travesty and transvestite both come from French travesti meaning

“dressed in disguise,” so it helps to remember the definition of travesty by thinking of that football player in drag. A travesty can be more than that,

though. A travesty of justice, for example, is a court case that makes a mockery of the system, or so you might think if the verdict isn’t in your favor.

There are lots of examples in literature: the book Don Quixote is a travesty of Medieval Romance.

A comedy characterized by broad satire and improbable situations. A composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody’s style, usually in a humorous way.

trenchant
(adj.) effective, articulate, clear-cut (The directions that accompanied my new cell phone were trenchant and easy to follow.)
If you’re trenchant, it means you think or say smart, sharply worded things that cut right to the heart of the matter. A trenchant observation is one that

makes people scratch their chins thoughtfully, or wince with embarrassment for whomever you’re talking about, or both.

The word trenchant originates from tranchant, which in French means “sharp” or “cutting,” and it’s related to the word trench, which originally meant a

line carved in wood and later came to mean a ditch carved into the earth. The word is often used to describe political commentary or cultural criticism.

One person known for her trenchant wit was the author and critic Mary McCarthy, who once said of the writer Lillian Hellman, “Every word she writes is a lie, including the ‘and’ and the ‘the’.”

trite –

When you want to indicate that something is silly or overused, you would call it trite. A love song with lyrics about holding hands in the sunshine?

Totally trite.

Trite has a Latin root, the past participle of terere, meaning “wear out.” An old-fashioned or outdated definition of the word is “frayed or worn out by use,” and you can see how the meaning for an object that is worn out can be applied to an idea that has been used to the point of being meaningless. The antonym of this word is original.

truculent
(adj.) ready to fight, cruel (This club doesn’t really attract the dangerous types, so why was that bouncer being so truculent?)
If you are quick to argue, always looking for a fight, and hard to please, you are truculent. You can also write a truculent essay, and fans upset by a loss can become truculent.

This word has no connection to truck, but the similar sound is still a good way to remember it: truculent folks are like monster trucks, ready to run over anything that gets in their way. To be truculent is to be defiant, aggressive, and quarrelsome. A truculent student will get in trouble with teachers, and a truculent teacher might get fired. In a violent sport like football, it helps to be truculent, but it’s usually not a great quality.

turgid
(adj.) swollen, excessively embellished in style or language (The haughty writer did not realize how we all really felt about his turgid prose.)

turpitude
(n.) depravity, moral corruption (Sir Marcus’s chivalry often contrasted with the turpitude he exhibited with the ladies at the tavern.)

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If you are guilty of turpitude, you should be ashamed of yourself. Turpitude is a word that represents depraved behavior. Prisons are filled with criminals who have engaged in acts of moral turpitude.

Turpitude comes from the Latin word turpitudo, which means “repulsiveness.” Corrupt politicians get booted out of office for acts of turpitude, like taking bribes in exchange for lucrative government contracts. Turpitude often follows the word moral, and acts of moral turpitude are usually crimes that are unusually sick or corrupt.

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