Word of the Day Archive
August 2013

  1. bemused: bewildered or confused.
  2. lam: to beat; thrash.
  3. spigot: a small peg or plug for stopping the vent of a cask.
  4. rarefied: extremely high or elevated; lofty; exalted.
  5. hyperhidrosis: abnormally excessive sweating.
  6. eyetooth: a canine tooth of the upper jaw: so named from its position under the eye.
  7. holograph: wholly written by the person in whose name it appears.
  8. waif: a person, especially a child, who has no home or friends.
  9. finagle: to trick, swindle, or cheat (a person) (often followed by out of).
  10. helter-skelter: in headlong and disorderly haste.
  11. kloof: (in South Africa) a deep glen; ravine.
  12. matador: the principal bullfighter in a bullfight; a torero.
  13. jilt: to reject or cast aside (a lover or sweetheart), especially abruptly or unfeelingly.
  14. dither: to act irresolutely; vacillate.
  15. impolitic: not politic, expedient, or judicious.
  16. cummerbund: a wide sash worn at the waist, especially a horizontally pleated one worn with a tuxedo.
  17. espousal: adoption or advocacy, as of a cause or principle.
  18. lacerate: to tear roughly; mangle.
  19. od: a hypothetical force formerly held to pervade all nature and to manifest itself in magnetism, mesmerism, chemical action, etc.
  20. psaltery: an ancient musical instrument consisting of a flat box with strings which are plucked.
  21. gibbous: (of a heavenly body) convex at both edges, as the moon when more than half full.
  22. quincunx: an arrangement of five objects in a square or rectangle, one at each corner and one in the middle.
  23. viceroy: a person appointed to rule a country or province as the deputy of the sovereign.
  24. bedraggle: to make limp and soiled, as with rain or dirt.
  25. doggerel: (of verse) comic or burlesque, and usually loose or irregular in measure.
  26. troubadour: one of a class of medieval lyric poets who flourished principally in southern France.
  27. meander: to proceed by or take a winding or indirect course.
  28. pittance: a small amount or share.
  29. bulbous: bulb-shaped; bulging.
  30. gynarchy: government by women.
  31. corsair: a pirate, especially formerly of the Barbary Coast.


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