40 Common English Words

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Sincere: (of a person) saying what they genuinely feel or believe

For example: I’m sure he is a sincere person

Frank: Open, honest, direct in speech or writing

For example: to be frank, I don’t know

Blunt: Uncompromisingly forthright

For example:  I have to be blunt.  I don’t like your wedding dress

Forthright: Direct and outspoken

For example: You’re right, it would be nice if she’d be forthright


Confess: Admit that one has committed a crime or done something wrong

For example: She confessed that she had damaged the car.

Reveal: make (previously unknown or secret information) known to others.

For example: Mary’s husband was forced to reveal Mary’s whereabouts

Avow: Assert or confess openly

For example: He avowed his change of faith.


Weep: To shed tears

For example: he wept bitter tears at her cruelty

Sob: Cry noisily, making loud convulsive gasps

For example: she broke down and sobbed like a child

Bawl: Weep or cry nosily

For example: I bawled my eyes out when I heard the bad news.


Plump: Rather fat

For example: A rather plump girl began to walk towards them.

Overweight: Above a weight considered normal or desirable

For example: It’s time to admit she’s overweight.

Flabby: Soft, loose, and fleshy

For example: This exercise helps to flatten a flabby stomach.

Chubby: plump and rounded.


Tedious: Too long, slow, or dull

For example: It really was a tedious journey.

Dull: Lacking interest or excitement

For example: “your laerning doesn’t have to be dull and boring”

Uninteresting: Not arousing curiosity or interest

For example: The scenery was uninteresting.

Tiresome: Causing one to feel bored or annoyed

For example: His speech was quite tiresome.


Impolite: Not having or showing good manners

For example: It would’ve been impolite to refuse the invitation.

Insolent: Showing a rude and arrogant lack of respect

For example: She hated the insolent tone of his voice.

Impudent: Not showing due respect for another person

For example: His thoughts are impudent to say the least.

Cheeky: showing a lack of respect or politeness in a way that is amusing or appealing.

For example: His thoughts are impudent to say the least.


Start: Begin from a particular point in time or space

For example: The season starts in September.

Initiate: Cause (a process or action) to begin

For example: The project was initiated by me.

Launch: Start or set in motion

For example: He’s begun by launching an emotive advertising campaign.

Commence: Begin

For example: His design team commenced work.

Embark: Begin (a course of action)

For example: She embarked on a new career.


Precisely: In exact terms; without vagueness

For example: The guidelines were precisely defined.

Completely: Totally; utterly… not lacking anything

For example: That story is completely true.

Absolutely with no qualification, restriction, or limitation; totally.

For example: He absolutely adores his car.


Chuckle: Laugh quietly or inwardly

For example:  I chucked at the surprise on her face

Giggle: Laugh lightly and repeatedly in a silly way

For example: they giggled at some private joke

Cackle: Laugh in a rough, harsh way

For example: the witch cackled at the end of the story

Snigger: Laugh in a scornful way

They kept sniggering at her



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