What do you do when you want to use a word with a particular meaning but cannot bring the exact word to mind? For example, you want to describe a meal you have enjoyed and the only word you can think of is 'nice'. Key the word 'nice' into the Search panel of the Thesaurus.
The following will appear on your screen:
18 Keyword hits for nice:
- PLEASANT FLAVOUR
As you want to describe food, the best choice in this list is PLEASANT FLAVOUR. Click on this and the following will appear:
N 1 pleasant flavour deliciousness, lusciousness, mellowness, niceness, palatability, palatableness, sapidity, savour, savouriness, tastiness, toothsomeness; relish life, tang, zest.
ADJ 2 delicious ambrosial, ambrosian, delectable, epicurean, fit for the gods, flavorous, lipsmacking, luscious, mouth-watering, nectareous, nice, succulent, sweet, tasty, yum; Informal: delish, goluptious, more-ish, nummy, scrummy, scrumptious, yummy; delicate dainty, manikin, nice; savoury appetising, enticing, flavourful, flavoursome, mouth-watering, palatable, piquant, sapid, savorous (Chiefly US), savory, tangy, tasty, toothsome, zestful, zesty.
V 3 savour lap up, lick one's fingers, smack the lips; taste good tickle the palate.
INTERJ 4 yummy Informal: delish, mmm, scrummy, scrumptious, what a feast, yum, yum-o.
The word 'nice' is highlighted in red in the first subparagraph in paragraph 2. In that subparagraph, you will find a range of alternative terms to 'nice', including several informal words, all under the heading delicious. A wider choice of words can be found by reading the whole of paragraph 2, including the words listed under the headings delicate and savoury.
In some cases, a subparagraph may not contain synonyms at all, but may be a list of examples of a particular category. If, for example, you search on 'cheese', and go to the keyword FOOD, you will find a list of nearly 100 different types of cheese. If you continue to browse through this keyword, you will also find lists of different types of fruit, vegetables, cakes, soups, and more.