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.
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.
Definition of FOR WANT OF A BETTER WORD / PHRASE / TERM (phrase): when you cannot think of better description
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.
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.
Definition of want. (Entry 1 of 2) intransitive verb. 1 : to be needy or destitute. 2 : to have or feel need never wants for friends. 3 : to be necessary or needed. 4 : to desire to come, go, or be the cat wants in wants out of the deal. transitive verb.