I’ve been trying to find the word for a person who thinks they’re always sick when they’re perfectly healthy (often used as a way to get attention). However there aren’t many resources to find a word based on the definition. If I hear or read a word, I can look it up in the dictionary and if I know a word but want a similar one, I can turn to the thesaurus. But if I know there’s a word with a specialized definition, that’s unlikely to have synonyms, I don’t know how to find it. A Google search didn’t show any immediate results so I’ve been brainstorming of ways to find a word by its definition, but nothing seems to come to mind. Categorizing words might be a good way to allow them to be browsed, but that could also be time consuming.
I finally found the word (hypochondriac) by reading it somewhere and recognizing it as the word I was looking for, but there must be an easier way.