Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘she persuaded her reluctant parents to buy her a cat’
unwilling, disinclined, unenthusiastic, grudging, resistant, resisting, opposed, antipathetic
2‘Hilary gave a reluctant smile’
shy, bashful, coy, retiring, diffident, reserved, restrained, withdrawn, shrinking, timid, timorous, sheepish, unconfident, insecure, unsure, suspicious, unassertive
3‘the man was reluctant to leave’
loath, unwilling, disinclined, not in the mood, indisposed, sorry, averse, slow
chary of, not in favour of, against, opposed to
hesitant about, diffident about, bashful about, shy about, coy about
ashamed to, afraid to
willing, eager, ready
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