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Concept clusters in the subject Behavior (Back)
Able to bend or be bent Abundance Acceleration Acting without thinking Afraid of something Agility Alarm system Amazed by something Ambidextrous Ambitious Anger or irritation Angry or annoyed Argument as a formal debate Arousing Artificial light Asleep Astonished Attachment Attacking or ambushing Attacking or being attacked Attempt Avarice Awake Babbling Barbarism Beady Beating around the bush Beating someone up Begging Bench with a roll on top Besieging or being besieged Beyond repair Big as it applies to people Binding Biting with the teeth Black Blemish or imperfection Blurry Board balanced on a fulcrum Bold or daring Border Boredom Bouncing Boxing Boxing weight Brave or courageous Breaking into small pieces Breathlessly Bright light Brightness Brutal Bulky Bully Buried or hidden Burping Busy Busy with a lot Camouflage Capital punishment by hanging Careful with something fragile Causing movement Chain Chasing Chewing Chewing food Chiming Choking Circuitous Circular motion Circular or ring-shaped Circus Clapping back Clapping one's hands together Clumsy Clumsy (2) Competing in a tournament Complaining angrily Completion Complicated Concerned about something Confrontation Contract killer Corrosion Costliness Covering something Covering something up Cozy Crammed Crap Crash Crazy Creases Crisp Crosswise Crowded Crude or coarse language Crunching sound made by teeth Crushing Curledness Curse words Curve Curve or winding shape Cut from a sharp object Cutting into thin pieces Cutting or carving Cutting with a blade Cutting with a knife Danger Dark Darkness Dazzle Decapitation Deep Deepening Defecating Defying or challenging Destruction Destruction (2) Difficult situation Digression Dilating or expanding Direction Dirt or filth Dirty or covered in mud Dispensing in small amounts Disrespect Diverting something Divide or split Dragging Driving or pushing Earning or making money Eating Eating more than is necessary Echo Echoing Effort Ejecting fluid forcefully Embracing or squeezing Enduring something difficult Entering Entering without permission Eruption Excrement or waste Exercise Exhausted Exhausted (2) Explosion Explosives Extending oneself Eyes Falling down unexpectedly Fast Fastening something Fat Feeling close to someone Feeling dizzy Feeling regretful Feeling sick Fencing with swords Festival Fighting Fighting (2) Fighting with fists Fighting with swords Finding fault Finding something to eat is a part of finding something Fingers Fist Fistful Fizzing or sizzling Flapping Flash of light Flattened Flogging with a whip Flowing Flowing out in a liquid form Fluctuating change Fluffy Fog Folding something up Foolishness Foul smell Freak Friction as a force that wears something down Front Front (2) Frowning Fuck Full of life Full power Full to the brim Gap Generosity Gentleness Gibberish Gibberish (2) Giving a speech Giving one's all Gladiatorial Glancing at something Gossiping Graceful movement Grasping Grip or clasp tightly Gripping with one's hands Grotesque monsters Group or a bunch Gullible Gushing out Gust of wind Hand Hand gesture Hand in hand Handcuffs or chains Handedness Handshake Hanging out Happiness Hard Hard work Hard work (2) Hardheaded or stubborn Hardness Harsh or strict Harsh sounds Head Head (2) Head movement Headbutting in general Heaviness Helix Hesitant or unsure High Highest point Hitting hard Hitting something with force Hitting something with force (2) Hooked or having hooks Human legs Hump Hunched over Hungry Hypnotism Idle chatter Idle or inactive Impermeable In a state of disrepair In over one's head In the zone Inciting or urging Inflating Inhaling and exhaling air Injury Injury to the knee Insistence Intellectual disability Intense Intense emotion Intense heat Intertwined Involuntary muscle contraction Itch is unpleasant Jogging Joining two things together Jumping or hopping Kicking Kicking with a lot of force Knob or lump Knocking someone out Labyrinthine Lack of moisture Lack of water Lame Large Laziness Leak Lifting something with effort Lifting up Light rain Line or streak of color Liquid being spilled Liquid flowing Littering Load being too heavy Long Looking stupidly Loop is a type of cycle Losing strength Lot Lot (2) Loud sound Loud sound (2) Low sound Low-pitched sound Lump being a small Making a face Making a loud noise Making a sound Making something dirty Making something soft Man Many people in one place Marking or damaging something Martial arts Meddling Messing up Messy or untidy Moisture Motive Mouth that is open wide Movement in a circle Moving air Moving around something Moving chaotically Moving in a swinging motion Moving in a zigzag pattern Moving on one's toes Moving quickly Moving quickly (2) Moving quickly (3) Moving quickly (4) Moving quickly across a surface Moving quickly or forcefully Moving quickly or in a hurry Moving quickly or recklessly Moving quickly with force Moving up Moving up (2) Nosy Not allowing deviation Not being able to bend Not being able to see clearly Not being careful Not being careful with money Not being clean Not being genuine or authentic Not being scared to do something Not being smart Not being straight Not being very much Not being well-groomed Not firm Not giving up easily Not having enough to eat Not heavy Not important Not moving quickly Not much Not seeing clearly Not serious Not straight Not symmetrical Not taking things seriously Not thinking clearly Not thinking clearly (2) Not understanding Not using time wisely Novice Obscuring Of low quality Old and decrepit On the brink On top of something One person doing something Oppressive Out of control Outcompeting Outperforming Overcoming a challenge Overeating Overly sentimental Overstimulation Overwhelmed Overwhelming Pallor Parasite Passing by Passing gas Passing urine Passionate Pattern Patterns of color Persevere Persistence Person being unpleasant Physically strong Physically weak Piece of cake Poor or low quality Poor quality Positive energy Potency or potential Precision Predation Pressing or squeezing Prickly Producing a sound by whistling Professional wrestling Prominence Protruding stomach Protrusion Provocation Puffed up Pumped up Punching Punching (2) Puncturing Punishment Purification Pushing something Putrefaction Puzzle Quarreling Quickness Ragged clothes Rambling Rancid food Removal Removing something completely Removing water Ringing Ringing sound Risk-taking Rivalry Robber or highwayman Rocking specifically Rolling around Rotation direction Rough and disorderly Roughhousing Round Rowdy or disorderly behavior Rubbing Running a distance Running quickly Saltatory Savage Scarred Scarred by an event Scent Scissors Sealing is a verb Searching Secretion of saliva Sensation of prickling Sensitive Shabby Shade or shadow Sharp as in a bee sting Sharp or clever Sharp point Shit Shocked or startled Short and thick Sick Sickness caused by motion Side Side-to-side Sitting or standing with your legs crossed over each other Skeleton Skin problems Slanted or inclined surface Sleep disorders Sleep-inducing Sleeping in a bed Sleepwalking Sliding Sliding (2) Slippery Slipping Sloppy or messy Slouching Slow Small Small (2) Small amount Small and insignificant Small and round Small fire Smallness Smearing or smudging Smelling bad Sneaking or spying Sneezing as a reflexive action Sniffing So absurd it's funny Soaked Soft or mushy Something becoming more dense Something floating Something floating (2) Something of poor quality Something thudding down Something weird Sound Sound made by a clock Sourness Spiciness or tanginess Spitting out Splitting Spot or blotch Spreading fear Spreading rumors Spring Squeezing Starchiness Staring at someone Starvation Stealing quickly Sticking or adhering Sticking together Sticky and unpleasant Stillness or dripping slowly Stimulation Stooping Stopping up Strangling Strangling someone with a rope Stress as a feeling or emotion Stretching out Striking something with force String instrument Strong Stubborn Stuffed Stuffed (2) Stupid person Sturdy or well-built Submerged in water Submission Submission holds Subtle Sudden movement Suffering Superficial Support Surface being rough Surface being smooth Surroundings Surviving Swallowing Swarm Swaying Swearing Swirling body of water Swiveling Taking a chance Talkative Talking idly Talking loudly and angrily Tangled or entangled Tangled up Tapping something lightly Tattooing Taut Tension Throat Throwing an object Thrusting or jabbing Ticklish Tiny Tired eyes To say twisting or wringing something Toilet humor Too much of something Too sensitive Torture Torture devices Touching it Trampling Transparency Trap Trapped Traveling on foot Trickery Tripping out Turning sharply Twinkling Twist Twisted Twisting Twisting or curling Twisting or curving Twisting something forcefully Twisting together Two things hitting each other Uncertainty Under Under a spell Undulation Unexpected Unexpected (2) Unpleasant Untamed or savage Up Upright Upside down Urgency Urinating in small amounts Using both hands at the same time Using force or strictness Valueless or worthless things Very bad Very excited Very fast Very hungry Very small Very thin Vibration Violence Violent behavior Viscosity Vomiting Vulnerability Vulnerable Walking Walking around Warm Warning of danger Wasting money Wasting time Water droplets Waving as a gesture Wearing a mask Wearing away Weight or heaviness Wetness Wheezing Whispering Winking Work done in a hurry Working hard at a job Working hard physically Working hard physically (2) Workplace-related work Wrapping something in paper Yawning as a verb

This subjext index is an experimental OneLook feature. We've grouped words and phrases into thousands of clusters based on a statistical analysis of how they are used in writing. Some of the words and concepts may be vulgar or offensive. The names of the subjects were written automatically and may not precisely describe every word within the cluster.

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(Use pattern:description syntax)
??lon:synthetic fabric
c*:board game

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  • NEW! The comma (,) lets you combine multiple patterns into one. For example, the query ?????,*y* finds 5-letter words that contain a "y" somewhere, such as "happy" and "rhyme".

  • NEW! Use double-slashes (//) before a group of letters to unscramble them (that is, find anagrams.) For example, the query //soulbeat will find "absolute" and "bales out", and re//teeprsn will find "represent" and "repenters". You can use another double-slash to end the group and put letters you're sure of to the right of it. For example, the query //blabrcs//e will find "scrabble". Question marks can signify unknown letters as usual; for example, //we??? returns 5-letter words that contain a W and an E, such as "water" and "awake".

  • NEW! A minus sign (-) followed by some letters at the end of a pattern means "exclude these letters". For example, the query sp???-ei finds 5-letter words that start with "sp" but do not contain an "e"or an "i", such as "spoon" and "spray".

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Much gratitude to Gultchin et al for the algorithm behind the "Most funny-sounding" sort order.

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