Frequently Used Verbs in Screenplay
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Frequently Used Verbs in Screenplay
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This spreadsheet is originally compiled by me, WK Bong to help screenwriters on the most common verbs used in screenplay. If you have any common verb that has at least 10 similar or close in meaning words, please add them in the comment. I'll be extremely pleased to update the list in the next sheet.
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Last update: 28th October 2012
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Walk/RunLookTouchLaugh
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SlowFast
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StrideFirm stepsscuffleconfused struggleleershylybrushtittersuppressed laugh
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Pacejogpeepcontactgigglechuckle merrily
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Progressshuffleviewfeelchortlechuckle merrily
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Marchplowviolentlyespialspyingfingersniggersly, disrespectful
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StraddleStand/walk legs apartslidesmooth surfaceglimmerfondletenderlysnickersly, disrespectful
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Strollleisure walkglidegazeadmiregrazechuckle
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jauntskimstarerude, hostilehandleguffawcrude laugh
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tiptoestealthyskateregardlay a finger on ridicule
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sneakridesurveypalpatemock
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Stalkdriveoglestroketease
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creepswervesudden change directiongapeStupid starehittaunt
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sidletimidlyevadegawkStupid starepushsatirizemeanly
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trampfirmly and heavilyhurrygawpStupid starestrikeparodymimic with humor
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plodslow and steadilyspurtpryinquisitivelytapjestjoke
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Strutstiffly and priderushglancelook for awhilerubgag
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clompheavy treaddashsmirk“yeah right” smilepathit lightlyjoke
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clumpheavy treadscamperplayfulscourpetscoffbelittle
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trudgescudstraight fastshiftcaressscornmock
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stridescoursearch throughlymassage
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hikescootquick fleewipe
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journeysweepglideslapCry
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treadwhizfast with soundkiss
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traverseboltshavebawl
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wendMakes 1's waynimbleskinlament
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foot itagilebeatmewl
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toddleunsteady, walk like babysashayglide casuallyknockpule
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paddlebare foot in waterveerchange direction suddenlyrapshed tears
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galumphclumsily, noisybangsnivel
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ambleat easy paceboxsob
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slogpersistent walkhitwail
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trotfaster than walkpunchweep
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Canterhorse pacethumphit/pound on softwhimper
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Gallopsteady slowwallopstrike hardyowl
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Prancearrogant walkthrustgrieve
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Exploresorrow
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adventuremoan
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treklong hard travelplead
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swayunsteady, side to side
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lurchunsteady
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wadethru water, hard
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ramblepleasure walk
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promenadepleasure walk
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parade
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gaitmoving forward
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rovewander without setting
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Slothslow moving
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Slouchtired move
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snail's pace
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Jog-trot
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lingerstay about
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loiterslow with frequent stop
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inch
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drag
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dawdlewalk, slow, idly
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halt
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hobblelimp
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totterunsteady walk
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saunterstroll
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meanderaimless walk
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JumpSit/LayHoldBite
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hoprestgraspnip
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springsettleclutchmorsel
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bouncetake seatgripsnap
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leapweigh offtenurecorrode
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vaultstayseizegulp
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pounceeasecurbfeed
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hurdleidleclasplick
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caperplayful leaprelaxclinchchamp
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danceChill outclingmunch
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curvet4 feet off groundhang loosecradlecrunch
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prancelazeindolentembracechew
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skiploosen upcarrynibble
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frolicshouldergnaw
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gambolStandfastencrumb
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rompgrabscrap
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bunkerecthug
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polerise
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vertical
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raise
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get up
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Other verbs in Alphabetical order
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abandoncollapsedramatizefixhoverlurchperformravescrawlsnoopswimwade
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abductcollardrapeflaghugmaimpersuadereadscreamsnubswingwalk
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abolishcollectdrawflaphurlmaintainphotographrealizescrewsnuffswipewander
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abscondcollidedressflashhurtlemakepickreceivescrubsnuggleswitchward
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abusecommanddrillflattenhypothesizemanagepicketreclinescruffsoaksynthesizewatch
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acceleratecommandeerdrinkflauntidentifymanglepilerecommendscufflesocksystematizewave
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accusecommunicatedripflayignoremanipulatepilotreconcilesculptsoiltacklewedge
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achievecompiledropfleeillustratemarchpinreconnoiterscuttlesolvetakeweed
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acquirecompletedrownflickimitatemarkpinchrecordsealspeartapweigh
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