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.
Definition of FOR WANT OF A BETTER WORD / PHRASE / TERM (phrase): when you cannot think of better description
For (the) want of definition is - because of not having (something) : because (something) does not exist or is not available. How to use for (the) want of in a sentence.
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’.
A term used by somebody when they can not quite think of the term they want to use, so they settle for another word or term. This movie is... scary, for the lack of a better word. Get a For the lack of a better word mug for your daughter Larisa.
for want of a better word; for want of a nail; For want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse ... for want of something; for what it's worth; for whatever it's worth; for XYZ reasons; for your good; for your information; for your liking; for your pains; for your sins; for/in the foreseeable future; forage; forage around for (something)
amplitude, opulence, plenitude, plenty, sufficiency, wealth. 3 a state of being without something necessary, desirable, or useful. those children are in want of some good discipline. Synonyms for want.