-n. 12. Slang, a. corpse, body, dead body; b. prude, prig, priggish person, puritan; snob, Inf. bluenose, pedant, precisionist, purist, formalist; fuss-budget, fusspot, Inf. fuddy-duddy, Inf. old biddy, Inf. biddy; pettifogger, Inf. nitpicker, stickler, Inf. stick-in-the-mud. c. miser, niggard, skinflint, Sl. skin, Sl. cheapskate, Inf. piker, muckworm, Sl. cheap screw, pennypincher, pinch-penny. d. drunkard, drunk, inebriate, sot, soak, tippler; tosspot, toper, barfly; alcoholic, chronic alcoholic or drunk, dipsomaniac; hard drinker, serious drinker; All Inf. guzzler, swiller, soaker, sponge, lovepot; Alt Sl. boozer, boozehound, lush, souse, rummy, wino, alkie, juicehead, hooch hound, gin hound, swillbelly, swillpot, stew, stewbum, elbow-bender. 13. Slang, a. fellow, individual, chap, guy, duffer, gaffer, Inf. customer, Brit. Sl. cove, Sp. hombre, codger. b. laborer, worker, working man, Inf. working stiff; day laborer, field hand, manual laborer, blue-collar worker; hired man, drudge, coolie, peon, plodder, proletarian, stiffen, v. 1. harden, make stiff, starch; callous, indurate, temper, cement, fix; All Cooking, beat, whip, gelatinize, ossify, petrify, Archaic, lapidify, turn to stone, fossilize; vitrify, crystallize; freeze, clot, jell, congeal.
2. brace, brace oneself, prepare oneself; anticipate, hold oneself in readiness, forearm, arm, Inf. square one's shoulders, steel oneself, gird one's loins, stiff-necked, adj. 1. pertinacious, stubborn, Inf. ornery; pigheaded, bullheaded, mulish, stubborn as a mule; unyielding, intractable, obdurate, obstinate, Inf. hard-headed, Inf. boneheaded; inflexible, unbending, adamant, adamantine; rigid, stony, fixed; unswerving, undeviating, uncompromising, relentless, unrelenting, unshrinking, stern; perverse, headstrong, self-willed, pervicacious; refractory, contrary, intransigent; unmanageable, ungovernable, immovable, unshakeable; persistent, insistent, tenacious, bulldog.
2. opinionated, bigoted, intolerant, illiberal, close-minded, narrow, narrow-minded, limited; unreceptive, prejudiced, biased, warped, twisted, partial, onesided. stifle, v. 1. smother, suffocate, asphyxiate, choke; strangle, burke, garrotte, throttle, Sl. scrag.
2. check, restrain, hold back, keep back, control, limit, circumscribe, restrict; prevent, preclude, make impossible; curb, repress, constrain, contain, suppress, hold in, withhold; still, hush, silence, mute; conceal, keep to oneself.
3. put a stop or an end to, terminate, end, quash, quell, squash, Inf put the kibosh on, nip in the bud; stop, arrest, stay, bring to a standstill; annihilate, destroy, extinguish.
4. gasp, gag, suffocate, smother, be breathless, stigma, n. mark of disgrace, slur, loss of reputation, disparagement, depreciation, defamation; blemish, blotch, smudge, smirch, smutch, taint; mark, spot, blot, blot on the escutcheon, demerit, stain; imputation, false accusation, calumniation, slander, Law. libel; shame, disgrace, dishonor, Inf. black eye. stigmatize, v. 1. disgrace, discredit, ruin [s.o.'s] reputation; spot, blot, stain, blemish, blotch, smudge, smirch, smutch, taint, spoil, sully, dirty; slur, disparage, depreciate, defame; charge, Law. impute, accuse falsely, calumniate, slander, Law. libel.
2. brand, tattoo; label, ticket, tag. still, adj. 1. motionless, unstirring, unmoving, inert, immovable, immobile, becalmed, stock-still, Chiefly Literary, stilly; stationary, stable, fixed, static;
My Account / Test History
When someone calls you, you answer the phone (or pick up the phone).
When you make a statement or some comments, we usually say the other person replies or responds.
When you ask a question, we usually say the other person answers. However, this is not 100% - reply and respond can also be used for answering a question.
When used as a noun (with a, an, the and possessive pronouns like my, your, his, her, etc.) the words answer and reply don't change - but the noun form of "respond" is response.