for want of a better word. Lacking a more precise term. If you want to maintain your good mood, then don't talk to Kristina. She is, for want of a better word, a sourpuss. For want of a better word, I simply call this color blue-green. See also: better, for, of, want, word.
phrase. / . term. phrase. DEFINITIONS 1. 1. used for saying that you cannot think of a more exact way of describing or explaining what you mean. They were worried about, for want of a better word, competition from other charities. Synonyms and related words.
so to say. so to speak. absence of anything better. faute de mieux. for lack of anything better. for want of a better. suggest new. Ad-free experience & advanced Chrome extension.
From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. for want of a better word/phrase etc. for want of a better word/phrase etc used to say that you cannot find an exact word or phrase to describe something They should behave, for want of a better word, decently. → want Examples from the Corpus for want of a better word/phrase etc • Now, hands are, well, handed for want of a better word.
For Want of a Better Word is a multimedia project reflecting on language, and the unique and poignant words that exist across cultures. Culturally and linguistically diverse Maribyrnong residents are invited to contribute to a dictionary of ‘better words’.
Definition of for (the) want of. : because of not having (something) : because (something) does not exist or is not available For want of a better name, let's call it "Operation One." People are dying for want of medical treatment. The project failed for the want of adequate funding.
To have a strong desire for. To intend or plan to do something. To expectantly want something to happen. To anticipate, expect, or wait for, especially with a feeling of approval or pleasure. To require (something) as rightfully due or appropriate in the circumstances. To choose to do.
To direct one's hopes or ambitions towards achieving something. (want to) To have a need to do something. To pick one option over another. To enjoy or like something. Noun. Motivation or inclination. … more . .