Word of the Day Archive
2014

  1. inchoation: a beginning; origin. (Wednesday January 01)
  2. punnet: a small container or basket for strawberries or other fruit. (Thursday January 02)
  3. delitescent: concealed; hidden; latent. (Friday January 03)
  4. skosh: a bit; a jot. (Saturday January 04)
  5. cede: to yield or formally surrender to another. (Sunday January 05)
  6. terminus: the end of a transportation line or route; any finishing point. (Monday January 06)
  7. lea: a tract of open ground, especially grassland; meadow. (Tuesday January 07)
  8. welkin: the sky; the vault of heaven. (Wednesday January 08)
  9. comport: to bear or conduct (oneself); behave. (Thursday January 09)
  10. wamble: to move unsteadily. (Friday January 10)
  11. mot: a pithy or witty remark. (Saturday January 11)
  12. hurdy-gurdy: a barrel organ or similar musical instrument played by turning a crank. (Sunday January 12)
  13. infinitesimal: indefinitely or exceedingly small; minute. (Monday January 13)
  14. antebellum: before or existing before a war, especially the American Civil War. (Tuesday January 14)
  15. hornswoggle: to swindle, cheat, hoodwink, or hoax. (Wednesday January 15)
  16. echt: real; authentic; genuine. (Thursday January 16)
  17. misology: distrust or hatred of reason or reasoning. (Friday January 17)
  18. litigious: inclined to dispute or disagree; argumentative. (Saturday January 18)
  19. bosky: covered with bushes, shrubs, and small trees; woody. (Sunday January 19)
  20. perspicuous: clearly expressed or presented; lucid. (Monday January 20)
  21. williwaw: a violent squall that blows in near-polar latitudes. (Tuesday January 21)
  22. idem: the same as previously given or mentioned. (Wednesday January 22)
  23. aphesis: the loss of an unstressed initial vowel or syllable. (Thursday January 23)
  24. banal: devoid of freshness or originality; hackneyed; trite. (Friday January 24)
  25. pettifogging: insignificant; petty. (Saturday January 25)
  26. boîte: a nightclub; cabaret. (Sunday January 26)
  27. squib: a short and witty or sarcastic saying or writing. (Monday January 27)
  28. riposte: a quick and effective reply by word or act. (Tuesday January 28)
  29. ugsome: horrid; loathsome. (Wednesday January 29)
  30. sessile: permanently attached; not freely moving. (Thursday January 30)
  31. boffin: a scientist or technical expert. (Friday January 31)
  32. galligaskins: leggings or gaiters, usually of leather. (Saturday February 01)
  33. slake: to allay (thirst, desire, wrath, etc.) by satisfying. (Sunday February 02)
  34. posy: a flower, nosegay, or bouquet. (Monday February 03)
  35. inglenook: a corner or nook near a fireplace. (Tuesday February 04)
  36. farceur: a joker; wag. (Wednesday February 05)
  37. neologize: to make or use new words or create new meanings for existing words. (Thursday February 06)
  38. schuss: to execute a straight downhill run at high speed, as in skiing. (Friday February 07)
  39. maw: the symbolic or theoretical center of a voracious hunger or appetite of any kind. (Saturday February 08)
  40. dulcify: to make more agreeable; mollify; also, to sweeten. (Sunday February 09)
  41. blatherskite: a person given to voluble, empty talk. (Monday February 10)
  42. sooth: truth, reality, or fact. (Tuesday February 11)
  43. albumen: the white of an egg. (Wednesday February 12)
  44. pluvial: of or pertaining to rain; rainy. (Thursday February 13)
  45. schatzi: sweetheart, darling. (Friday February 14)
  46. ailurophilia: a liking for cats, as by cat fanciers. (Saturday February 15)
  47. chirk: to cheer (usually followed by up). (Sunday February 16)
  48. august: venerable; eminent. (Monday February 17)
  49. bestiary: a collection of moralized fables about actual or mythical animals. (Tuesday February 18)
  50. moiety: a half; a small part. (Wednesday February 19)
  51. Salchow: an ice-skating jump in which the skater leaps from the back inside edge of one skate, making one full rotation of the body in the air. (Thursday February 20)
  52. toothsome: pleasing to the taste; palatable. (Friday February 21)
  53. razz: to deride; make fun of; tease. (Saturday February 22)
  54. columbine: dovelike; dove-colored. (Sunday February 23)
  55. malinger: to pretend illness, especially in order to shirk one's duty, avoid work, etc. (Monday February 24)
  56. sciamachy: an act or instance of fighting a shadow or an imaginary enemy. (Tuesday February 25)
  57. fusty: old-fashioned or out-of-date. (Wednesday February 26)
  58. deipnosophist: a person who is an adept conversationalist at table. (Thursday February 27)
  59. aubade: a song greeting the dawn. (Friday February 28)
  60. lingua franca: any language that is widely used as a means of communication among speakers of other languages. (Saturday March 01)
  61. epitome: a person or thing that is typical of or possesses to a high degree the features of a whole class. (Sunday March 02)
  62. caveat: a warning or caution. (Monday March 03)
  63. hoodwink: to deceive or trick. (Tuesday March 04)
  64. cockalorum: a self-important little man. (Wednesday March 05)
  65. wayfarer: a traveler, especially on foot. (Thursday March 06)
  66. fallacy: a deceptive, misleading, or false notion, belief, etc. (Friday March 07)
  67. cognizant: aware (usually followed by of). (Saturday March 08)
  68. synergy: the interaction of elements that when combined produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements. (Sunday March 09)
  69. geomancy: divination by geographic features or by figures or lines. (Monday March 10)
  70. fervent: having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, enthusiasm, etc. (Tuesday March 11)
  71. claptrap: pretentious but insincere or empty language. (Wednesday March 12)
  72. thingamajig: a gadget or other thing for which the speaker does not know or has forgotten the name. (Thursday March 13)
  73. contiguous: touching; in contact. (Friday March 14)
  74. triumvirate: any group or set of three. (Saturday March 15)
  75. phenom: a phenomenon, especially a young prodigy. (Sunday March 16)
  76. Eire: the Irish name of Ireland. (Monday March 17)
  77. venerable: commanding respect because of great age or impressive dignity. (Tuesday March 18)
  78. susurrant: softly murmuring; whispering. (Wednesday March 19)
  79. totem: a natural object or an animate being assumed as the emblem of a clan, family, or group. (Thursday March 20)
  80. noetic: of or pertaining to the mind. (Friday March 21)
  81. guile: insidious cunning in attaining a goal. (Saturday March 22)
  82. philately: the collecting of stamps and other postal matter as a hobby. (Sunday March 23)
  83. fussbudget: a fussy or needlessly fault-finding person. (Monday March 24)
  84. vigilant: keenly watchful to detect danger; wary. (Tuesday March 25)
  85. coxcomb: a conceited, foolish dandy. (Wednesday March 26)
  86. plash: a gentle splash. (Thursday March 27)
  87. catharsis: the purging of the emotions or relieving of emotional tensions. (Friday March 28)
  88. hippophile: one who loves horses. (Saturday March 29)
  89. panacea: a cure-all. (Sunday March 30)
  90. xylography: the art of engraving on wood, or of printing from such engravings. (Monday March 31)
  91. capriccio: a caper; prank. (Tuesday April 01)
  92. ambivert: one whose personality type is intermediate between extrovert and introvert. (Wednesday April 02)
  93. bedash: to dash or spatter something all over. (Thursday April 03)
  94. omphaloskepsis: contemplation of one's navel as part of a mystical exercise. (Friday April 04)
  95. vittate: striped longitudinally. (Saturday April 05)
  96. plantlet: a little plant. (Sunday April 06)
  97. achromic: colorless; without coloring matter. (Monday April 07)
  98. deke: to deceive (an opponent) by a fake. (Tuesday April 08)
  99. ad infinitum: to infinity; endlessly; without limit. (Wednesday April 09)
  100. vastitude: vastness; immensity. (Thursday April 10)
  101. glib: readily fluent, often thoughtlessly, superficially, or insincerely so. (Friday April 11)
  102. passe-partout: something that passes everywhere or provides a universal means of passage. (Saturday April 12)
  103. prelusive: introductory. (Sunday April 13)
  104. cuittle: to wheedle, cajole, or coax. (Monday April 14)
  105. maslin: a mixture; medley. (Tuesday April 15)
  106. picayune: of little value or account; small; trifling. (Wednesday April 16)
  107. analphabetic: not alphabetic. (Thursday April 17)
  108. dyad: a group of two; couple; pair. (Friday April 18)
  109. agnize: to recognize; acknowledge; own. (Saturday April 19)
  110. leveret: a young hare. (Sunday April 20)
  111. immiscible: incapable of being mixed. (Monday April 21)
  112. frivol: to behave frivolously; trifle. (Tuesday April 22)
  113. scherzo: a movement or passage of light or playful character. (Wednesday April 23)
  114. anagnorisis: the critical moment of recognition or discovery. (Thursday April 24)
  115. rile: to irritate or vex. (Friday April 25)
  116. grimalkin: an old female cat. (Saturday April 26)
  117. spumescent: foamy; foamlike; frothy. (Sunday April 27)
  118. forenamed: named before; mentioned before in the same writing or speech. (Monday April 28)
  119. obliquity: divergence from moral conduct, rectitude, etc. (Tuesday April 29)
  120. axiomatic: self-evident; obvious. (Wednesday April 30)
  121. effloresce: to burst into bloom; blossom. (Thursday May 01)
  122. sally: an excursion or trip, usually off the main course. (Friday May 02)
  123. scintillate: to twinkle, as the stars. (Saturday May 03)
  124. withershins: counterclockwise. (Sunday May 04)
  125. coterie: a group of people who associate closely. (Monday May 05)
  126. flit: to move lightly and swiftly; flutter. (Tuesday May 06)
  127. wanderlust: a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about. (Wednesday May 07)
  128. caprine: of or pertaining to goats. (Thursday May 08)
  129. diction: choice or style of words in speech or writing. (Friday May 09)
  130. zephyr: a gentle, mild breeze. (Saturday May 10)
  131. matrifocal: focused or centered on the mother. (Sunday May 11)
  132. frippery: finery in dress, especially when showy or gaudy. (Monday May 12)
  133. ad hominem: appealing to one's prejudices or emotions rather than to one's intellect or reason. (Tuesday May 13)
  134. grabble: to feel or search with the hands. (Wednesday May 14)
  135. vane: a person who is readily changeable or fickle. (Thursday May 15)
  136. tarantism: a mania characterized by an uncontrollable impulse to dance. (Friday May 16)
  137. soothsay: to foretell events; predict. (Saturday May 17)
  138. adret: a side of a mountain receiving direct sunlight. (Sunday May 18)
  139. verbicide: the willful distortion of the original meaning of a word. (Monday May 19)
  140. nettle: to irritate, annoy, or provoke. (Tuesday May 20)
  141. abecedarian: a person who is learning the letters of the alphabet. (Wednesday May 21)
  142. leviathan: anything of immense size and power. (Thursday May 22)
  143. wildling: a wild plant, flower, or animal. (Friday May 23)
  144. meta: consciously referencing its own subject or features. (Saturday May 24)
  145. bel-esprit: a person of great wit or intellect. (Sunday May 25)
  146. indelible: that cannot be eliminated, forgotten, or the like. (Monday May 26)
  147. boondoggle: to do work of little or no practical value merely to keep or look busy. (Tuesday May 27)
  148. meliorism: the doctrine that the world may be made better by human effort. (Wednesday May 28)
  149. hokum: out-and-out nonsense; bunkum. (Thursday May 29)
  150. penultimate: next to the last. (Friday May 30)
  151. xyst: a garden walk planted with trees. (Saturday May 31)
  152. braggart: a person who does a lot of bragging. (Sunday June 01)
  153. gnomist: a writer of aphorisms. (Monday June 02)
  154. embroil: to bring into discord or conflict. (Tuesday June 03)
  155. sparge: to scatter or sprinkle. (Wednesday June 04)
  156. onomasticon: a list or collection of proper names. (Thursday June 05)
  157. peregrine: foreign; alien; coming from abroad. (Friday June 06)
  158. crapulous: given to or characterized by excess in drinking or eating. (Saturday June 07)
  159. prate: to talk excessively and pointlessly. (Sunday June 08)
  160. strident: making or having a harsh sound. (Monday June 09)
  161. prevaricator: a person who speaks falsely; liar. (Tuesday June 10)
  162. foray: a quick raid, usually for the purpose of taking plunder. (Wednesday June 11)
  163. gloze: to explain away. (Thursday June 12)
  164. ambulant: moving from place to place. (Friday June 13)
  165. zedonk: the offspring of a zebra and a donkey. (Saturday June 14)
  166. beget: especially of a male parent, to procreate or generate offspring. (Sunday June 15)
  167. gallinipper: any of various insects that sting or bite, especially a large American mosquito. (Monday June 16)
  168. transfigure: to change in outward form or appearance. (Tuesday June 17)
  169. scofflaw: a person who flouts the law, especially one who fails to pay fines owed. (Wednesday June 18)
  170. flak: criticism; hostile reaction; abuse. (Thursday June 19)
  171. agrarian: rural; agricultural. (Friday June 20)
  172. epithalamion: a song or poem in honor of a bride and bridegroom. (Saturday June 21)
  173. arsy-varsy: wrong end foremost; completely backward. (Sunday June 22)
  174. droke: a valley with steeply sloping sides. (Monday June 23)
  175. garboil: confusion. (Tuesday June 24)
  176. peckish: somewhat hungry. (Wednesday June 25)
  177. blithesome: lighthearted; merry; cheerful. (Thursday June 26)
  178. environs: the surrounding parts or districts, as of a city. (Friday June 27)
  179. clement: mild or merciful in disposition or character. (Saturday June 28)
  180. smirch: to discolor or soil. (Sunday June 29)
  181. rident: laughing; smiling; cheerful. (Monday June 30)
  182. dactylogram: a fingerprint. (Tuesday July 01)
  183. lagniappe: a small gift given with a purchase to a customer, by way of compliment. (Wednesday July 02)
  184. estivate: to spend the summer at a specific place or in a certain activity. (Thursday July 03)
  185. prudence: caution with regard to practical matters; discretion. (Friday July 04)
  186. anon: in a short time; soon. (Saturday July 05)
  187. noosphere: the biosphere including and modified by human activities. (Sunday July 06)
  188. previse: to foresee. (Monday July 07)
  189. foofaraw: a great fuss or disturbance about something very insignificant. (Tuesday July 08)
  190. panegyric: a lofty oration or writing in praise of a person or thing. (Wednesday July 09)
  191. grok: to understand. (Thursday July 10)
  192. diffluence: the act of flowing off or away. (Friday July 11)
  193. shoat: a young pig. (Saturday July 12)
  194. tumultuary: confused; disorderly; haphazard. (Sunday July 13)
  195. hypocorism: a pet name. (Monday July 14)

 







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