Word of the Day Archive
April 2009

  1. jape: a trick or practical joke.
  2. gambol: to dance and skip about in play.
  3. longueur: a tedious passage in a work of literature or performance art.
  4. flummox: to confuse; to perplex.
  5. grandiloquent: expressed in a lofty style; pompous; bombastic.
  6. aegis: a shield; protection.
  7. nescience: lack of knowledge or awareness.
  8. chimerical: merely imaginary; fanciful.
  9. impugn: to call in question; to make insinuations against.
  10. frisson: a sudden, passing sensation of excitement.
  11. portend: to foreshadow; to bode.
  12. pulchritude: beauty.
  13. susurrus: a whispering or rustling sound.
  14. labile: open to change; apt or likely to change.
  15. outré: unconventional; eccentric; bizarre.
  16. etiolate: to blanch or bleach; to make sickly.
  17. ephemeral: lasting a very short time.
  18. quiddity: the essence or nature of a thing.
  19. crepuscular: pertaining to twilight.
  20. stormy petrel: a type of seabird; also, one fond of bringing strife.
  21. peccadillo: a slight offense; a petty fault.
  22. invidious: tending to provoke envy or ill will.
  23. paladin: a champion of a cause.
  24. gainsay: to contradict; to deny.
  25. imbroglio: a complicated and embarrassing state of things.
  26. somnolent: drowsy; also, tending to cause sleepiness.
  27. ken: knowledge, understanding, or cognizance; mental perception.
  28. eleemosynary: relating to charity; charitable.
  29. bumptious: crudely, presumptuously, or noisily self-assertive.
  30. mellifluous: flowing sweetly or smoothly.


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