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sap

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of sap

  1. 1 active strength of body or mind a child full of sap and vivacity Synonyms of sap beans, bounce, brio, dash, drive, dynamism, energy, esprit, gas, get-up-and-go, ginger, go, gusto, hardihood, juice, life, moxie, oomph, pep, punch, vigor, snap, starch, verve, vim, vinegar, vitality, zing, zipWords Related to sap animal spirits, animation, briskness, jauntiness, liveliness, snappiness, spirit, spiritedness, sprightliness, spunk, spunkiness, vibrance, vibrancy, vivaciousness, vivacity; ardor, élan, fervor, fire, passion, zeal; main, metal, mettle, might, muscle, potency, power, puissance, stamina, strength; brawniness, fitness, hardiness, huskiness, sturdiness, virility; health, healthiness, soundness, verdure, wellnessNear Antonyms of sap indolence, laziness; debilitation, debility, delicacy, disablement, enfeeblement, faintness, feebleness, frailness, frailty, impotence, impotency, infirmity, powerlessness, puniness, slightness, softness, tenderness, weakness; enervation, exhaustion, inanition, prostrationAntonyms of sap lethargy, listlessness, sluggishness, torpidity

  2. 2 one who is easily deceived or cheated some poor sap would probably fall for that telephone scam Synonyms of sap chump, gull, mug [chiefly British], patsy, pigeon, pushover, dupe, soft touch, sucker, toolWords Related to sap cat's-paw, mark, target, victim; schlemiel (also shlemiel); butt, derision, laughingstock, mock, mockery; booby, dodo, fool, goose, half-wit, jackass, lunatic, monkey, nincompoop, ninny, nitwit, simp, simpleton, turkey, yo-yo; loser; blockhead, cretin, dolt, dope, dumbbell, dummy, dunce, idiot, imbecile, moron, schlub (also shlub) [slang], schlump [slang], schnook [slang]Near Antonyms of sap cheat, cheater, confidence man, cozener, defrauder, dodger, hoaxer, shark, sharper, slicker, swindler, trickster

  3. 3 a heavy rigid stick used as a weapon or for punishment the sadistic prison guards freely used their saps to enforce discipline Synonyms of sap bastinado (or bastinade), bat, baton, billy, billy club, bludgeon, cane, cudgel, nightstick, rod, rung [Scottish], club, shillelagh (also shillalah), staff, truncheon, waddy [Australian]Words Related to sap blackjack, knobkerrie, mace; birch, crabstick, hickory, rattan, stave, switch; beetle, gavel, hammer, mallet, maul, sledgehammer; crook, crosier (or crozier), walking stick, whangee

  4. 4 the condition of being sound in body I may no longer have the sap of youth, but I do have the sapience that comes only with advanced years Synonyms of sap fitness, healthiness, heartiness, robustness, health, soundness, verdure, wellness, wholeness, wholesomenessWords Related to sap fettle, shape; cleanliness, hygiene; hardiness, lustiness, robustiousness, ruggedness, stamina, strength, toughness, vigor, vigorousness, vitality; bloom, flush, flushness; activeness, agility, liveliness, spryness; weal, welfare, well-beingNear Antonyms of sap debility, decrepitude, feebleness, frailness, infirmity, lameness, sickliness, weakness; ailment, condition, disease, disorder, malady, troubleAntonyms of sap illness, sickness, unhealthiness, unsoundness


sap

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of sap

  1. to diminish the physical strength of weeks of hard work had sapped her and left her exhausted Synonyms of sap debilitate, devitalize, enervate, enfeeble, etiolate, prostrate, weaken, soften, tire, wasteWords Related to sap cripple, disable, hamstring, incapacitate; deplete, depress, exhaust, impoverish, unman, wash out; damage, harm, hurt, impair, injure, invalid, lay up; break down, grind (down), wear down, wear out; paralyzeNear Antonyms of sap energize, invigorate, recruit, rejuvenate, vitalize; harden, season, toughenAntonyms of sap beef (up), fortify, strengthen

Synonym Discussion of sap

weaken, enfeeble, debilitate, undermine, sap, cripple, disable mean to lose or cause to lose strength or vigor. weaken may imply loss of physical strength, health, soundness, or stability or of quality, intensity, or effective power.
    • a disease that weakens the body's defenses
enfeeble implies a condition of marked weakness and helplessness.
    • enfeebled by starvation
debilitate suggests a less marked or more temporary impairment of strength or vitality.
    • the debilitating effects of surgery
undermine and sap suggest a weakening by something working surreptitiously and insidiously.
    • a poor diet undermines your health
    • drugs had sapped his ability to think
cripple implies causing a serious loss of functioning power through damaging or removing an essential part or element.
    • crippled by arthritis
disable suggests bringing about impairment or limitation in a physical or mental ability.
    • disabled by an injury sustained at work

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