dubious compliment

ambiguous compliment, compliment that does not sound like a compliment

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • dubious — dubiously, adv. dubiousness, n. /dooh bee euhs, dyooh /, adj. 1. doubtful; marked by or occasioning doubt: a dubious reply. 2. of doubtful quality or propriety; questionable: a dubious compliment; a dubious transaction. 3. of uncertain outcome:… …   Universalium

  • dubious — /ˈdjubiəs / (say dyoohbeeuhs) adjective 1. doubtful; marked by or occasioning doubt: a dubious question. 2. of doubtful quality or propriety; questionable: a dubious transaction; a dubious compliment. 3. of uncertain outcome: in dubious battle. 4 …   Australian English dictionary

  • dubious — du•bi•ous [[t]ˈdu bi əs, ˈdyu [/t]] adj. 1) marked by or occasioning doubt; equivocal: a dubious reply[/ex] 2) of doubtful quality or propriety; questionable: a dubious compliment[/ex] 3) of uncertain outcome 4) wavering in opinion; inclined to… …   From formal English to slang

  • compliment — I n. praise 1) to pay smb. a compliment 2) to lavish, shower compliments on 3) to return a compliment 4) to angle for, fish for compliments 5) to bandy compliments 6) a backhanded, dubious, left handed; nice, pretty; sincere compliment 7) a… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • du´bi|ous|ness — du|bi|ous «DOO bee uhs, DYOO », adjective. 1. doubtful; uncertain; ambiguous: »a dubious compliment, a dubious friend. Many books in the Bible are of dubious authorship. SYNONYM(S): undetermined, indistinct, vague. See syn. under doubtful. (Cf.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • du´bi|ous|ly — du|bi|ous «DOO bee uhs, DYOO », adjective. 1. doubtful; uncertain; ambiguous: »a dubious compliment, a dubious friend. Many books in the Bible are of dubious authorship. SYNONYM(S): undetermined, indistinct, vague. See syn. under doubtful. (Cf.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • du|bi|ous — «DOO bee uhs, DYOO », adjective. 1. doubtful; uncertain; ambiguous: »a dubious compliment, a dubious friend. Many books in the Bible are of dubious authorship. SYNONYM(S): undetermined, indistinct, vague. See syn. under doubtful. (Cf. ↑doubtful) …   Useful english dictionary

  • LEFT-HANDED — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. [LEFT HAND ED] referring to an insincere or dubious compliment, one that is actually insulting. She told him he had the ability to sing semiprofessionally, another of her subtle left handed compliments. SYN.:… …   English dictionary for students

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  • Handedness — For other uses, see Handedness (disambiguation). Handedness (also referred to as chirality or laterality) is a human attribute defined by unequal distribution of fine motor skills between the left and right hands. An individual who is more… …   Wikipedia

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