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Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary で探る類義語(1 - 2/12)

「アンチ・バベルの塔」のベースにしている 「学習用英英辞典」 Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary(CD-ROM) の thesaurus 機能を利用して類義語を掲載していきます。

なお、語義に 1や 2 などの番号がついている語彙は、他にも意味があって、その内1番目あるいは2番目の意味だということを示します。

(1) 「stupid and silly people = マヌケ」

「間抜け」を表す語彙の数、何と119個! 毎回10個ずつ掲載します。

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11 booby noun [C] (US ALSO boob) OLD-FASHIONED
a stupid person

12 bozo noun [C] plural bozos MAINLY US SLANG
a stupid person:
Some bozo on a motorcycle almost ran me over.

13 bright spark noun [C]
2 HUMOROUS a stupid person:
Some bright spark left the door open overnight.

14 buffoon noun [C]
a person who does silly things, usually to make other people laugh:
Doesn't he get tired of playing the buffoon in class?

15 bugger (ANNOYANCE) noun [C]
1 UK OFFENSIVE a silly or annoying person:
Well you shouldn't have drunk so much, should you, you daft bugger!
The stupid bugger's given me the wrong ticket!

16 bungler noun [C]
He's an incompetent bungler.

17 burk noun [C]
ANOTHER SPELLING OF berk

18 charlie noun [C] UK OLD-FASHIONED INFORMAL
a foolish person:
He looked a right charlie in that hat!

19 child noun [C] plural children
2 DISAPPROVING an adult who behaves badly, like a badly behaved child:
He's such a child if he doesn't get his own way.

20 chinless wonder noun [C] UK INFORMAL
a foolish man, typically of high social class

(k.y.注): a chinless wonder (イーディックより転記)

「見栄っ張りで軟弱なイギリス上流階級タイプ(の人間);軟弱な人,決断力のない人,優柔不断な人」

The old British army, unlike the all-powerful Royal Navy, was officered by a bunch of chinless wonders.(昔のイギリス陸軍は,強力な帝国海軍と違って,見栄っ張りで軟弱な上流階級タイプの人たちによって指揮されていた)

My boss is a chinless wonder who is afraid to try anything new.(上司は何か新しいことに挑戦するのを恐れる軟弱な人だ)

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