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Short Definition : fit of bad temper; fit of petulance; caprice; Ex. The child went into tantrums.

(noun) a display of bad temper
Synonyms : conniption fit scene
Example Sentence
  • he had a fit
  • she threw a tantrum
  • he made a scene
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for tantrum

sounds like "tantra mantra". We do tantra mantra to get rid of the bad temper if someone has due to evil souls entering someone's body

ant in Rum ----> make u angry, ill tempered !

TAINT+RUM....taint means spot.....after seeing taint of rum on my friend's shirt,his mother lost her temper

tantrum= t + an(=angry) + t + rum(=run) .... if someone gets angry, they run into a fit of bad temper.or ( rum pine ke baad tent mein tantrum hua..)


Short Definition : very thin candle; gradual decrease in the width of a long object; V. make or become gradually narrower toward one end

(noun) a convex shape that narrows toward a point Definition
(noun) the property possessed by a shape that narrows toward a point (as a wedge or cone) Definition
(noun) a loosely woven cord (in a candle or oil lamp) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flame
Synonyms : wick
(noun) stick of wax with a wick in the middle
Synonyms : candle wax light
(verb) diminish gradually
Example Sentence
  • Interested tapered off
(verb) give a point to
Synonyms : point sharpen
Example Sentence
  • The candles are tapered
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for taper

Remember your workshop course - you would've done tapering. Otherwise, think of a hose pipe connecting to a tap. Its width decreases gradually.


we ll apply TAPE or oil coating 2cricket bat 2increase its stoke n sharpen its edges..

use TAPE to make the CANDLE stand erect from falling down

Usually the candles are 'Tapering'

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Taper and Slender have similar sounds. If you taper something to a point, it becomes slender at that point (it gets slimmer than from where it had started).

taper: think of nozzle of a pipe.....it tapers from one end to another...smaller at end and larger diameter at beginnining,....

Relate it to Tape. when u use tape to stick something you could notice gradual decrease in the width of the tape.


Short Definition : venomous spider

(noun) large southern European spider once thought to be the cause of tarantism (uncontrollable bodily movement) Definition
(noun) large hairy tropical spider with fangs that can inflict painful but not highly venomous bites
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for tarantula

tarantula is like Dracula

There was an English movie called Tarantula about wild spiders. In general, Tarantula, Godzilla, Gorilla all end with "la" - and mean some gigantic creature.

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Tarantula (a venomous spider) and Tarantella (an Italian whirling dance)have the same sounds but the words have conflicting emotions. While one makes you whirl in enjoyment, the other makes you writhe (get uncomfortable) in pain.

taRANtula:RAN(run...run...tarantula is beside u)


Short Definition : slow; sluggish; not on time; late; Ex. tardy arrival

(adj) after the expected or usual time; delayed
Synonyms : belated late
Example Sentence
  • a belated birthday card
  • I'm late for the plane
  • the train is late
  • tardy children are sent to the principal
  • always tardy in making dental appointments
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for tardy

tardy..sounds like tired..so if a person is tired..he is very slow at his work and arrives late than the expected time.

The base word for TARDY is RETARD, in which retard is to slow up, delay, inhibit, hinder, impede.,...

Tardy and Dilly-Dally are rhyming words and they are used for someone who is slow and is always late at getting somewhere or doing something.

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TARdy - In India a TAR road takes too much time

On tar(black material used in road making) u can only go slow


Short Definition : make or become dull or discolored; N.

(noun) discoloration of metal surface caused by oxidation Definition
(verb) make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically
Synonyms : defile maculate stain sully
Example Sentence
  • The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air
  • Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for tarnish

its opposite of garnish..simple

opposite to varnish(A coating that provides a hard, lustrous, transparent finish to a surface)

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Tarnish and Polish are rhyming words and one helps to remove the other. If you apply polish to a rusted metal, it will help remove the tarnish.

tarnish,tardy,mundane, sluggish,slack,shoddy:all these means DULL.......!:)

Tarnish and Polish are rhyming opposite words, and one helps to remove the other. If you tarnish a polished metal surface/ or a person’s reputation you damage it/him.


Short Definition : linger; delay in starting or going; dawdle

(verb) be about
Example Sentence
  • The high school students like to loiter in the Central Square
  • Who is this man that is hanging around the department?
(verb) leave slowly and hesitantly
Synonyms : linger
(adj) having the characteristics of pitch or tar
Synonyms : pitchy resinous resiny
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for tarry

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like when Tar gets stuck to your boot, it leaves the boot slowly....

tarry sounds like the hindi word deri.....so a delay in doing something..

consider the word TARIFF which means paying taxes.. So the merchants will attempt to TARRY the TARIFF

tarry sounds like tardy,so if you tarry, you will be tardy.

tarry sounds like hu(a)rry..hurry is the antonym of tarry

ataTARI chala ...khup late zalele ahe......

Tarry can be thought when a girl says "aa rahi hun"..which means to delay..

boss: y r u late? me: taarey gin ra tha :P

After consuming tarry(tarry in bengali language means wine) you are walking slowly & in curved way

Tarry and Early have a similar sound but they have opposite meanings. Tarry is to dwadle and get late whereas early means, to be punctual or be somewhere before the scheduled time.

john terry always comes late on the football field


Short Definition : sharp to the taste; acid-tasting; caustic; sarcastic; Ex. tart apple/reply

(noun) a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money Definition
(noun) a small open pie with a fruit filling Definition
(noun) a pastry cup with a filling of fruit or custard and no top crust Definition
(adj) tasting sour like a lemon Definition
(adj) harsh
Synonyms : sharp sharp-worded
Example Sentence
  • sharp criticism
  • a sharp-worded exchange
  • a tart remark
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for tart

TART..try to recollect TARTaric acid. You can hence say in this context, that acid is SHARP and PUNGENT in CHARACTER and therefore it is Tart.

Tart think of Fart.

TART..try to recollect tartaric acid,so any acid is SHARP and PUNGENT in CHARACTER


like fart is very pungent/sharp to smell,TART is sharp to taste....


Short Definition : torn piece of cloth; ADJ. tattered: (of clothes) old and torn; (of a person) dressed in old torn clothes

(noun) a small piece of cloth or paper
Synonyms : rag shred tag tag end
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for tatter

tatter rhymes very near to torture...and think of physically tortured or student in college whose all clothes are torn into pieces.....

agar kapde k kisi part pe tatti gir jaeygi to hum us part ko faadh dengey

sounds like "futt er" means torn cloth.

Tatter and Batter (to bash up or be bashed) are rhyming words. The thief's clothes were absolutely tattered because the policemen had battered him up very badly.

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remember TATOO... to apply a tatoo ,u need to tatter ur clothes.

tatter sounds like scatter PIECES OF CLOTH OR PAPER

in hindi it sounds like "tittar-bhittar" means destroyed completely into pieces

Think superlative degree of tato is tatter a sticker.

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