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Words that are Verbs & Adjectives

2010 August 10
by admin

These are words, between 2 and 8 let­ters in length, that func­tion as both verbs AND adjec­tives (that fol­low the –ER, –EST pat­tern).  There are 189 of them (if you find any that aren’t on the list, please let me know):

AIR–early (near the begin­ning of a period of time or a series of events) [adv AIRER, AIREST], to expose to the air (the mix­ture of gases that sur­rounds the earth) [v –ED, –ING, –S] fhlmpvw/nsty
ALERTready for sud­den action [adj ALERTER, ALERTEST] : ALERTLY [adv], to warn (to make aware of impend­ing or pos­si­ble dan­ger) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
–BABYto cod­dle (to pam­per (to treat with extreme or exces­sive indul­gence)) [v –BIED, –BYING, –BIES], resem­bling a baby (an infant) [adj BABIER, BABIEST] */*
BALD–lack­ing hair [adj BALDER, BALDEST], to become bald (lack­ing hair) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */sy
–BARE–naked (being with­out cloth­ing or cov­er­ing) [adj BARER, BAREST], to expose (to lay open to view) [v BARED, BARING, BARES] */drs
BASE–morally low [adj BASER, BASEST], to found (to estab­lish) [v BASED, BASING, BASES] a/drs
–BLACKbeing of the dark­est color [adj BLACKER, BLACKEST], to make black (being of the dark­est color) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
–BLANKempty (con­tain­ing noth­ing) [adj BLANKER, BLANKEST], to delete (to remove writ­ten or printed mat­ter) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
BLIND–sight­less [adj BLINDER, BLINDEST], to make sight­less [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
BLUEhav­ing the color of the clear sky [adj BLUER, BLUEST], to make blue (hav­ing the color of the clear sky) [v BLUED, BLUEING or BLUING, BLUES] */drsty
–BLUFFhav­ing a broad front [adj BLUFFER, BLUFFEST] : BLUFFLY [adv], to mis­lead (to lead astray) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
–BLUNTnot sharp or pointed [adj BLUNTER, BLUNTEST] : BLUNTLY [adv], to make blunt (not sharp or pointed) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
–BRAG–first-rate [adj BRAGGER, BRAGGEST], to speak vainly of one’s deeds [v BRAGGED, BRAGGING, BRAGS] */s
–BRAVEshow­ing courage [adj BRAVER, BRAVEST] : BRAVELY [adv], to face with courage [v BRAVED, BRAVING, BRAVES] */drs
BRIEF–short (hav­ing lit­tle length) [adj BRIEFER, BRIEFEST], to sum­ma­rize [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
BULLY–won­der­ful [adj –LIER, –LIEST], to treat abu­sively [v –LIED, –LYING, –LIES] */*
–BUMof lit­tle value; worth­less [adj BUMMER, BUMMEST], to live idly [v BUMMED, BUMMING, BUMS] */fps
BUSY–occu­pied [adj BUSIER, BUSIEST], to make busy (occu­pied) [v BUSIED, BUSYING, BUSIES] */*
CALMfree from agi­ta­tion [adj CALMER, CALMEST] : CALMLY [adv], to make calm (free from agi­ta­tion) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
–CHILLcool (mod­er­ately cold) [adj CHILLER, CHILLEST], to make cold (hav­ing lit­tle or no warmth) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */isy
CHIRKcheer­ful (full of spir­its) [adj CHIRKER, CHIRKEST], to make a shrill noise [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
–CHUFFgruff (low and harsh in speech) [adj CHUFFER, CHUFFEST], to chug (to move with a dull explo­sive sound) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */sy
–CLEANfree from dirt or stain [adj CLEANER, CLEANEST], to rid of dirt or stain [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
–CLEARclean and pure [adj CLEARER, CLEAREST], to remove obstruc­tions [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
–CLOSEnear (sit­u­ated within a short dis­tance) [adj CLOSER, CLOSEST] : CLOSELY [adv], to block against entry or pas­sage [v CLOSED, CLOSING, CLOSES] : CLOSABLE [adj] */drst
COOL–mod­er­ately cold [adj COOLER, COOLEST], to make less warm [v –ED, –ING, –S] */sy
COSY–cozy (snug and com­fort­able) [adj COSIER, COSIEST], cozy (to attempt to get on friendly terms) [v COSIED, COSYING, COSIES] */*
–COYshy (timid (lack­ing courage or self-confidence)) [adj COYER, COYEST], to caress (to touch lov­ingly) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
COZY–snug and com­fort­able [adj COZIER, COZIEST] : COZILY [adv], to attempt to get on friendly terms [v COZIED, COZYING, COZIES] */*
–CRANKlively (full of energy) [adj CRANKER, CRANKEST], to start man­u­ally [v –ED, –ING, –S] */sy
CRISP–brit­tle (likely to break) [adj CRISPER, CRISPEST], to make crisp (brit­tle (likely to break)) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */sy
–CROOKto bend (to curve (to devi­ate from straight­ness)) [v –ED, –ING, –S], sick (affected with dis­ease or ill health) [adj CROOKER, CROOKEST] */s
CROSSill-tempered [adj CROSSER, CROSSEST], to inter­sect [v –ED, –ING, –ES] a/e
–DAMP–moist (slightly wet) [adj DAMPER, DAMPEST], to lessen in inten­sity [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
–DARKhav­ing lit­tle or no light [adj DARKER, DARKEST], to darken (to make dark (hav­ing lit­tle or no light)) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */sy
DIMobscure (dark or indis­tinct) [adj DIMMER, DIMMEST], to make dim (obscure (dark or indis­tinct)) [v DIMMED, DIMMING, DIMS] */es
DIRTY–unclean (free from dirt or stain) [adj DIRTIER, DIRTIEST] : DIRTILY [adv], to make dirty (unclean (free from dirt or stain)) [v DIRTIED, DIRTYING, DIRTIES] */*
DIVINEper­tain­ing to or char­ac­ter­is­tic of a god [adj –VINER, –VINEST] : DIVINELY [adv], to fore­tell by occult means [v –VINED, –VINING, –VINES] */drs
DIZZYhav­ing a sen­sa­tion of whirling [adj –ZIER, –ZIEST] : DIZZILY [adv], to make dizzy (hav­ing a sen­sa­tion of whirling) [v –ZIED, –ZYING, –ZIES] */*
DRABcheer­less [adj DRABBER, DRABBEST], to con­sort with pros­ti­tutes [v DRABBED, DRABBING, DRABS] */s
–DROLLcom­i­cal (funny (caus­ing laugh­ter or amuse­ment)) [adj DROLLER, DROLLEST], to jest (to joke (to say some­thing amus­ing)) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */sy
DRYhav­ing no mois­ture [adj DRIER, DRIEST or DRYER, DRYEST], a pro­hi­bi­tion­ist [n DRYS], to make dry (hav­ing no mois­ture) [v DRIED, DRYING, DRIES] : DRYABLE [adj] */s
DULLmen­tally slow [adj DULLER, DULLEST], to make less sharp [v –ED, –ING, –S] */sy
DUMBinca­pable of speech [adj DUMBER, DUMBEST] : DUMBLY [adv], to make silent (mak­ing no sound or noise) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */os
–DUNof a dull brown color [adj DUNNER, DUNNEST], to make demands upon for pay­ment of a debt [v DUNNED, DUNNING, DUNS] */egkst
DWARFextremely small [adj DWARFER, DWARFEST], an extremely small per­son [n DWARFS or DWARVES], to cause to appear small [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
EMPTYcon­tain­ing noth­ing [adj –TIER, –TIEST], to remove the con­tents of [v –TIED, –TYING, –TIES] */*
EVEN–flat and smooth [adj EVENER, EVENEST], to make even (flat and smooth) [v –ED, –ING, –S] s/st
EXACTpre­cise (sharply and clearly defined or stated) [adj –ACTER, –ACTEST], to force the pay­ment or yield­ing of [v –ED, –ING, –S] */as
FAINT–lack­ing strength or vigor [adj FAINTER, FAINTEST], to lose con­scious­ness [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
–FAIRfree from bias, dis­hon­esty, or injus­tice [adj FAIRER, FAIREST], to make smooth (hav­ing a sur­face that is free from irreg­u­lar­i­ties) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */sy
FANCYorna­men­tal [adj –CIER, –CIEST] : FANCILY [adv], to take a lik­ing to [v –CIED, –CYING, –CIES] */*
FAST–mov­ing or able to move quickly [adj FASTER, FASTEST], to abstain from eat­ing [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
–FAT–hav­ing an abun­dance of flesh [adj FATTER, FATTEST], to make fat (hav­ing an abun­dance of flesh) [v FATTED, FATTING, FATS] */es
–FELLcruel (indif­fer­ent to the pain of oth­ers) [adj FELLER, FELLEST], to cause to fall [v –ED, –ING, –S] */asy
FINE–of excel­lent qual­ity [adj FINER, FINEST], to sub­ject to a fine (a mon­e­tary penalty) [v FINED, FINING, FINES] */drs
FIRM–unyield­ing to pres­sure [adj FIRMER, FIRMEST], to make firm (unyield­ing to pres­sure) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
–FIThealthy (hav­ing good health) [adj FITTER, FITTEST], to bring to a required form and size [v FITTED, FITTING, FITS] */s
–FLAThav­ing a smooth or even sur­face [adj FLATTER, FLATTEST], to flat­ten (to make or become flat) [v FLATTED, FLATTING, FLATS] */s
–FLEET–swift (mov­ing with a great rate of motion) [adj FLEETER, FLEETEST] : FLEETLY [adv], to move swiftly [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
–FLIPflip­pant (impu­dent (offen­sively bold or dis­re­spect­ful)) [adj FLIPPER, FLIPPEST], to throw with a brisk motion [v FLIPPED, FLIPPING, FLIPS] */s
–FLUSH–ruddy (hav­ing a healthy, red­dish color) [adj FLUSHER, FLUSHEST], to blush (to become red (of the color of blood)) [v –ED, –ING, –ES] */*
FLYclever (men­tally keen) [adj FLIER, FLIEST], to move through the air [v FLEW, FLOWN, FLYING, FLIES], to hit a ball high into the air in base­ball [v FLIED, FLYING, FLIES] */*
FOND–hav­ing an affec­tion [adj FONDER, FONDEST], to dis­play affec­tion [v –ED, –ING, –S] */su
FOUL–offen­sive to the senses [adj FOULER, FOULEST], to make foul (offen­sive to the senses) [v –ED, –ING, –S] a/s
–FRANKhon­est and unre­served in speech [adj FRANKER, FRANKEST], to mark (a piece of mail) for free deliv­ery [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
–FRESHnew (exist­ing only a short time) [adj FRESHER, FRESHEST], to freshen (to make or become fresh) [v –ED, –ING, –ES] a/*
FULLfilled com­pletely [adj FULLER, FULLEST], to shrink and thicken, as cloth [v –ED, –ING, –S] */sy
–FUNpro­vid­ing enjoy­ment [adj FUNNER, FUNNEST], to act play­fully [v FUNNED, FUNNING, FUNS] */dks
GAME–plucky (brave and spir­ited) [adj GAMER, GAMEST], to gam­ble (to play a game of chance for money or valu­ables) [v GAMED, GAMING, GAMES] */drsy
–GASH–know­ing (astute (shrewd (hav­ing keen insight))) [adj GASHER, GASHEST], to make a long deep cut in [v –ED, –ING, –ES] */*
GENTLEmild (not harsh or rough) [adj –TLER, –TLEST] : GENTLY [adv], to tame (to make tame (gen­tle or docile)) [v –TLED, –TLING, –TLES] */drs
GIDDYdizzy (hav­ing a sen­sa­tion of whirling) [adj –DIER, –DIEST] : GIDDILY [adv], to make giddy (dizzy (hav­ing a sen­sa­tion of whirling)) [v –DIED, –DYING, –DIES] */*
–GLADfeel­ing plea­sure [adj GLADDER, GLADDEST], to glad­den (to make glad (feel­ing plea­sure)) [v GLADDED, GLADDING, GLADS] */esy
–GRAVEextremely seri­ous [adj GRAVER, GRAVEST], to engrave (to form by inci­sion) [v GRAVED, GRAVEN, GRAVING, GRAVES] */dlnrs
–GRAYof a color between white and black [adj GRAYER, GRAYEST], to make gray (of a color between white and black) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
GREEN–of the color of grow­ing foliage [adj GREENER, GREENEST], to become green (of the color of grow­ing foliage) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */sy
GREYgray (of a color between white and black) [adj GREYER, GREYEST], to gray (to make gray (of a color between white and black)) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
GROSSfla­grant (extremely or delib­er­ately con­spic­u­ous) [adj GROSSER, GROSSEST], to earn exclu­sive of deduc­tions [v –ED, –ING, –ES] */*
–GRUFFlow and harsh in speech [adj GRUFFER, GRUFFEST], to utter in a gruff voice [v –ED, –ING, –S] */sy
–HALEhealthy (hav­ing good health) [adj HALER, HALEST], to com­pel to go [v HALED, HALING, HALES] sw/drs
HIP–aware of the most cur­rent styles and trends [adj HIPPER, HIPPEST], to build a type of roof [v HIPPED, HIPPING, HIPS] csw/s
–HONE–to sharpen (to make sharp (suit­able for or capa­ble of cut­ting or pierc­ing)) [v HONED, HONING, HONES] ps/drsy
HOT–hav­ing a high tem­per­a­ture [adj HOTTER, HOTTEST], to heat (to make hot (hav­ing a high tem­per­a­ture)) [v HOTTED, HOTTING, HOTS] ps/s
HUMBLEmod­est (hav­ing a mod­er­ate regard for one­self) [adj –BLER, –BLEST], to reduce the pride of [v –BLED, –BLING, –BLES] */drs
IDLEinac­tive (not active) [adj IDLER, IDLEST], to pass time idly [v IDLED, IDLING, IDLES] s/drs
JETTYhav­ing the color jet black [adj –TIER, –TIEST], to jut (to pro­trude (to extend beyond the main por­tion)) [v –TIED, –TYING, –TIES] */*
JOLLYcheer­ful (full of spir­its) [adj –LIER, –LIEST] : JOLLILY [adv], to put in a good humor for one’s own pur­poses [v –LIED, –LYING, –LIES] */*
JUST–act­ing in con­for­mity with what is morally good [adj JUSTER, JUSTEST], to joust (to engage in per­sonal com­bat) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
KEENenthu­si­as­tic [adj KEENER, KEENEST], to wail loudly over the dead [v –ED, –ING, –S] s/s
KITTLEtick­lish (sen­si­tive to tick­ling) [adj –TLER, –TLEST], to tickle (to touch lightly so as to pro­duce a tin­gling sen­sa­tion) [v –TLED, –TLING, –TLES] s/drs
LAME–phys­i­cally dis­abled [adj LAMER, LAMEST], to make lame (phys­i­cally dis­abled) [v LAMED, LAMING, LAMES] bf/drs
LAZYdis­in­clined toward work or exer­tion [adj LAZIER, LAZIEST], to move or lie lazily [v LAZIED, LAZYING, LAZIES] g/*
LEAN–hav­ing lit­tle fat [adj LEANER, LEANEST] : LEANLY [adv], to devi­ate from a ver­ti­cal posi­tion [v LEANED or LEANT, LEANING, LEANS] cg/st
LIGHThav­ing lit­tle weight [adj LIGHTER, LIGHTEST], to illu­mi­nate [v LIGHTED or LIT, LIGHTING, LIGHTS] abfps/s
LIKEpos­sess­ing the same or almost the same char­ac­ter­is­tics [adj LIKER, LIKEST], to find pleas­ant [v LIKED, LIKING, LIKES] a/dnrs
–LIMPlack­ing rigid­ity [adj LIMPER, LIMPEST], to walk lamely [v –ED, –ING, –S] b/as
LIVEhav­ing life [adj LIVER, LIVEST], to func­tion as an ani­mal or plant [v LIVED, LIVING, LIVES] ao/dnrs
LONGextend­ing for a con­sid­er­able dis­tance [adj LONGER, LONGEST], to desire strongly [v –ED, –ING, –S] afk/es
LOOSE–not firm, taut, or rigid [adj LOOSER, LOOSEST] : LOOSELY [adv], to set free [v LOOSED, LOOSING, LOOSES] */dnrs
–LOW–hav­ing rel­a­tively lit­tle upward exten­sion [adj LOWER, LOWEST], to utter the sound char­ac­ter­is­tic of cat­tle [v –ED, –ING, –S] abfgps/ens
LUSHabound­ing in veg­e­ta­tion [adj LUSHER, LUSHEST] : LUSHLY [adv], to drink to excess [v –ED, –ING, –ES] bfps/*
–MAD–insane (men­tally unsound) [adj MADDER, MADDEST], to mad­den (to make or become mad) [v MADDED, MADDING, MADS] */es
MATUREfully devel­oped [adj –TURER, –TUREST] : MATURELY [adv], to make or become mature [v –TURED, –TURING, –TURES] */drs
–MAY–to gather flow­ers in the spring [v –ED, –ING, –S], used as an aux­il­iary to express per­mis­sion [v present 2d per­son sing. MAY, MAYEST, or MAYST, past tense MIGHT] */aos
MEANinfe­rior in grade, qual­ity, or char­ac­ter [adj MEANER, MEANEST], to intend (to have as a spe­cific aim or pur­pose) [v MEANT, MEANING, MEANS] */sty
MILD–not harsh or rough [adj MILDER, MILDEST], to dimin­ish (to lessen (to make or become less)) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
MINUTEvery small [adj –NUTER, –NUTEST] : MINUTELY [adv], to make a brief note of [v –UTED, –UTING, –UTES] */drs
MUDDYcov­ered or filled with mud [adj –DIER, –DIEST], to make or become muddy [v –DIED, –DYING, –DIES] */*
–MUTE–char­ac­ter­ized by an absence of speech [adj MUTER, MUTEST] : MUTELY [adv], to deaden the sound of [v MUTED, MUTING, MUTES] : MUTEDLY [adv] */drs
–NEARsit­u­ated within a short dis­tance [adj NEARER, NEAREST], to approach (to come near or nearer to) [v –ED, –ING, –S] a/s
NIGHnear (sit­u­ated within a short dis­tance) [adj NIGHER, NIGHEST], to approach (to come near or nearer to) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */st
NUMBlack­ing sen­sa­tion [adj NUMBER, NUMBEST], to make numb (lack­ing sen­sa­tion) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
OPAQUEimper­vi­ous to light [adj OPAQUER, OPAQUEST] : OPAQUELY [adv], to make opaque (imper­vi­ous to light) [v OPAQUED, OPAQUING, OPAQUES] */drs
–OPEN–afford­ing unob­structed access, pas­sage, or view [adj OPENER, OPENEST], to cause to become open [v –ED, –ING, –S] : OPENABLE [adj] c/s
–PALE–lack­ing inten­sity of color [adj PALER, PALEST], to make or become pale [v PALED, PALING, PALES] s/adrst
PHONY–not gen­uine or real [adj –NIER, –NIEST], to alter so as to make appear gen­uine [v –NIED, –NYING, –NIES] */*
–PLAINevi­dent (clear to the vision or under­stand­ing) [adj PLAINER, PLAINEST] : PLAINLY [adv], to com­plain (to express dis­con­tent) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */st
–PLUMP–well-rounded and full in form [adj PLUMPER, PLUMPEST], to make plump (well-rounded and full in form) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
–PRIMfor­mally pre­cise or proper [adj PRIMMER, PRIMMEST], to give a prim expres­sion to [v PRIMMED, PRIMMING, PRIMS] */aeiops
PURPLEof a color inter­me­di­ate between red and blue [adj –PLER, –PLEST], to make pur­ple (of a color inter­me­di­ate between red and blue) [v –PLED, –PLING, –PLES] */drs
QUEERdevi­at­ing from the expected or nor­mal [adj QUEERER, QUEEREST], to spoil the effect or suc­cess of [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
QUIETmak­ing lit­tle or no noise [adj –ETER, –ETEST], to cause to be quiet [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
RANK–strong and dis­agree­able in odor or taste [adj RANKER, RANKEST], to deter­mine the rel­a­tive posi­tion of [v –ED, –ING, –S] bcdfpt/s
–RAREoccur­ring infre­quently [adj RARER, RAREST], to be enthu­si­as­tic [v RARED, RARING, RARES] u/drs
READY–pre­pared [adj READIER, READIEST], to make ready (pre­pared) [v READIED, READYING, READIES] b/*
RIGHTbeing in accor­dance with what is good, proper, or just [adj RIGHTER, RIGHTEST], to put in proper order or con­di­tion [v –ED, –ING, –S] abfw/osy
RIPE–fully devel­oped [adj RIPER, RIPEST] : RIPELY [adv], to cleanse (to clean (to rid of dirt or stain)) [v RIPED, RIPING, RIPES] cgt/dnrs
ROUGHhav­ing an uneven sur­face [adj ROUGHER, ROUGHEST], to make rough (hav­ing an uneven sur­face) [v –ED, –ING, –S] t/sy
ROUNDshaped like a sphere [adj ROUNDER, ROUNDEST], to make round (shaped like a sphere) [v –ED, –ING, –S] ag/s
RUBY–of a deep-red color [adj –BIER, –BIEST], to tint with the color of a ruby (a deep-red pre­cious stone) [v –BIED, –BYING, –BIES] */*
–SALT–salty (tast­ing of or con­tain­ing salt) [adj SALTER, SALTEST], to treat with salt (a crys­talline com­pound used as a sea­son­ing and preser­v­a­tive) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */sy
–SANEmen­tally sound [adj SANER, SANEST] : SANELY [adv], to sain (to make the sign of the cross on) [v SANED, SANING, SANES] */drs
SAVAGEfierce (vio­lently hos­tile or aggres­sive) [adj –AGER, –AGEST] : SAVAGELY [adv], to attack or treat bru­tally [v –AGED, –AGING, –AGES] */drs
SAVVYshrewd (hav­ing keen insight) [adj –VIER, –VIEST] : SAVVILY [adv], to under­stand [v –VIED, –VYING, –VIES] */*
–SCANT–mea­ger (defi­cient in quan­tity or qual­ity) [adj SCANTER, SCANTEST], to pro­vide with a mea­ger por­tion [v –ED, –ING, –S] */sy
–SEAR–sere (with­ered; dry) [adj SEARER, SEAREST], to burn the sur­face of [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
SECUREfree from dan­ger [adj –CURER, –CUREST] : SECURELY [adv], to make firm or tight [v –CURED, –CURING, –CURES] */drs
SEDATEcalm (free from agi­ta­tion) [adj –DATER, –DATEST] : SEDATELY [adv], to admin­is­ter a seda­tive to [v –DATED, –DATING, –DATES] */drs
–SERE–with­ered; dry [adj SERER, SEREST], to sear (to burn the sur­face of) [v SERED, SERING, SERES] */drs
–SHARPsuit­able for or capa­ble of cut­ting or pierc­ing [adj SHARPER, SHARPEST], to raise in pitch, as a musi­cal tone [v –ED, –ING, –S] */sy
SHEERof very thin tex­ture [adj SHEERER, SHEEREST] : SHEERLY [adv], to swerve (to turn aside sud­denly from a straight course) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
SHOALshal­low (hav­ing lit­tle depth) [adj SHOALER, SHOALEST], to become shal­low (hav­ing lit­tle depth) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */sy
SHORThav­ing lit­tle length [adj SHORTER, SHORTEST], to cause a type of elec­tri­cal mal­func­tion in [v –ED, –ING, –S] */sy
SHY–timid (lack­ing courage or self-confidence) [adj SHIER, SHIEST or SHYER, SHYEST], to move sud­denly back or aside, as in fear [v SHIED, SHYING, SHIES] a/*
–SICK–affected with dis­ease or ill health [adj SICKER, SICKEST], to sic (to urge to attack) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */os
–SLACKnot tight or taut [adj SLACKER, SLACKEST], to slacken (to make less tight or taut) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
–SLEEKsmooth and glossy [adj SLEEKER, SLEEKEST], to make sleek (smooth and glossy) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */sy
–SLICKsmooth and slip­pery [adj SLICKER, SLICKEST], to make slick (smooth and slip­pery) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
SLIMslen­der (thin (hav­ing rel­a­tively lit­tle den­sity or thick­ness)) [adj SLIMMER, SLIMMEST], to make slim (slen­der (thin (hav­ing rel­a­tively lit­tle den­sity or thick­ness))) [v SLIMMED, SLIMMING, SLIMS] */esy
–SLOWmov­ing with lit­tle speed [adj SLOWER, SLOWEST], to lessen the speed of [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
–SMARTchar­ac­ter­ized by men­tal acu­ity [adj SMARTER, SMARTEST], to cause a sharp, sting­ing pain [v –ED, –ING, –S] */sy
SNELLkeen (enthu­si­as­tic) [adj SNELLER, SNELLEST], to attach a short line to a fish­hook [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
SNUGwarmly com­fort­able [adj SNUGGER, SNUGGEST], to make snug (warmly com­fort­able) [v SNUGGED, SNUGGING, SNUGS] */s
SOBERhav­ing con­trol of one’s fac­ul­ties [adj SOBERER, SOBEREST], to make sober (hav­ing con­trol of one’s fac­ul­ties) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
–SOREto muti­late the feet of (a horse) so as to force a par­tic­u­lar gait [v SORED, SORING, SORES], painfully sen­si­tive to the touch [adj SORER, SOREST] */dlrs
SOUNDbeing in good health or con­di­tion [adj SOUNDER, SOUNDEST], to make a sound (some­thing that stim­u­lates the audi­tory recep­tors) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
–SOUR–sharp or bit­ing to the taste [adj SOURER, SOUREST], to make or become sour [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
–SPARE–mea­ger (defi­cient in quan­tity or qual­ity) [adj SPARER, SPAREST] : SPARELY [adv], to refrain from pun­ish­ing, harm­ing, or destroy­ing [v SPARED, SPARING, SPARES] */drs
SPRUCEneat and trim in appear­ance [adj SPRUCER, SPRUCEST] : SPRUCELY [adv], to make spruce (neat and trim in appear­ance) [v SPRUCED, SPRUCING, SPRUCES] */drs
–SQUAREhav­ing four equal sides and four right angles; rigidly con­ven­tional [adj SQUARER, SQUAREST], to make square (hav­ing four equal sides and four right angles; rigidly con­ven­tional) [v SQUARED, SQUARING, SQUARES] */drs
–STABLEresis­tant to sud­den change or posi­tion or con­di­tion [adj –BLER, –BLEST], to put in a sta­ble (a shel­ter for domes­tic ani­mals) [v –BLED, –BLING, –BLES] */drs
STAYto con­tinue in a place or con­di­tion [v STAYED or STAID, STAYING, STAYS] */s
STEEPinclined sharply [adj STEEPER, STEEPEST], to soak in a liq­uid [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
–STIFFdif­fi­cult to bend or stretch [adj STIFFER, STIFFEST], to cheat some­one by not pay­ing [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
–STILLfree from sound or motion [adj STILLER, STILLEST], to make still (free from sound or motion) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */sy
SUPPLEpli­ant (eas­ily bent) [adj –PLER, –PLEST] : SUPPLELY [adv], to make sup­ple (pli­ant (eas­ily bent)) [v –PLED, –PLING, –PLES] */drs
–SWANK–impos­ingly ele­gant [adj SWANKER, SWANKEST], to swag­ger (to walk with a pompous air) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */sy
–SWELLstyl­ish (fash­ion­able) [adj SWELLER, SWELLEST], to increase in size or vol­ume [v SWELLED, SWOLLEN, SWELLING, SWELLS] */s
TAME–gen­tle or docile [adj TAMER, TAMEST], to make tame (gen­tle or docile) [v TAMED, TAMING, TAMES] */drs
–TAN–brown from the sun’s rays [adj TANNER, TANNEST], to con­vert hide into leather by soak­ing in chem­i­cals [v TANNED, TANNING, TANS] */gks
TARRYresem­bling tar [adj –RIER, –RIEST], to delay or be slow in act­ing or doing [v –RIED, –RYING, –RIES] s/*
TAUT–fully stretched, so as not to be slack [adj TAUTER, TAUTEST], to tan­gle (to bring together in intri­cate con­fu­sion) [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
TENSE–taut (fully stretched, so as not to be slack) [adj TENSER, TENSEST] : TENSELY [adv], to make tense (taut (fully stretched, so as not to be slack)) [v TENSED, TENSING, TENSES] */drs
–THINhav­ing rel­a­tively lit­tle den­sity or thick­ness [adj THINNER, THINNEST], to make thin (hav­ing rel­a­tively lit­tle den­sity or thick­ness) [v THINNED, THINNING, THINS] */egks
TIDYneat and orderly [adj –DIER, –DIEST], to make tidy (neat and orderly) [v –DIED, –DYING, –DIES] */*
TOUGHstrong and resilient [adj TOUGHER, TOUGHEST], to endure hard­ship [v –ED, –ING, –S] */sy
–TRAPto catch in a trap (a device for cap­tur­ing and hold­ing ani­mals) [v TRAPPED or TRAPT, TRAPPING, TRAPS] s/st
–TRIGneat (being in a state of clean­li­ness and order) [adj TRIGGER, TRIGGEST], to make trig (neat (being in a state of clean­li­ness and order)) [v TRIGGED, TRIGGING, TRIGS] */os
–TRIMneat and orderly [adj TRIMMER, TRIMMEST], to make trim by cut­ting [v TRIMMED, TRIMMING, TRIMS] */s
–TRUEcon­sis­tent with fact or real­ity [adj TRUER, TRUEST], to bring to con­for­mity with a stan­dard or require­ment [v TRUED, TRUING or TRUEING, TRUES] */drs
–WARM–mod­er­ately hot [adj WARMER, WARMEST], to make warm (mod­er­ately hot) [v –ED, –ING, –S] s/s
WEARY–tired (sapped of strength) [adj –RIER, –RIEST] : WEARILY [adv], to make or become weary [v –RIED, –RYING, –RIES] a/*
WEIRD–to cause to expe­ri­ence a strange sen­sa­tion [v –ED, –ING, –S], mys­te­ri­ously strange [adj WEIRDER, WEIRDEST] */osy
–WET–cov­ered or sat­u­rated with a liq­uid [adj WETTER, WETTEST], to make wet (cov­ered or sat­u­rated with a liq­uid) [v WETTED, WETTING, WETS] */s
WHITE–of the color of pure snow [adj WHITER, WHITEST], to whiten (to make white (of the color of pure snow)) [v WHITED, WHITING, WHITES] */dnrsy
WISE–hav­ing wis­dom [adj WISER, WISEST], to become aware or informed [v WISED, WISING, WISES] */drs
WRONGnot accord­ing to what is right, proper, or cor­rect [adj WRONGER, WRONGEST], to treat inju­ri­ously or unjustly [v –ED, –ING, –S] */s
WRYcon­torted [adj WRIER, WRIEST, WRYER, WRYEST] : WRYLY [adv], to con­tort (to twist out of shape) [v WRIED, WRYING, WRIES] a/*
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