Category: Today’s Word

Today’s Word

forebear

Definition: (noun) A person from whom one is descended. Synonyms: ancestor, predecessor, progenitor. Usage: I am hoping that a visit to the land of my …

imposture

Definition: (noun) The act or instance of engaging in deception under an assumed name or identity. Synonyms: impersonation. Usage: I am not Prince Camaralzaman, but …

snoot

noun: 1. A snob. 2. A nose or snout. verb tr.: To treat with disdain.

pooh-bah

Definition: (noun) An arrogant or conceited person of importance. Synonyms: high-muck-a-muck. Usage: The self-appointed pooh-bah of our little society, Shirley oversees every one of our …

meech

verb intr.: 1. To move in a furtive manner. 2. To loiter. 3. To whine.

cutaneous

Definition: (adjective) Relating to or existing on or affecting the skin. Synonyms: dermal. Usage: The dermatologist prescribed an antibiotic ointment to treat my cutaneous infection. …

scrooch

verb intr.: To crouch or huddle. verb tr.: To squeeze.

aseptic

Definition: (adjective) Free of or using methods to keep free of pathological microorganisms. Synonyms: sterile. Usage: The use of aseptic instruments in the operating room …

juberous

adjective: Doubtful; undecided; hesitating.

glutton

Definition: (noun) A person who eats and drinks excessively or voraciously. Synonyms: gourmand, gorger, gannet, gobbler, pig. Usage: He is a real glutton when it …

vardy

noun: Judgment or opinion.

bamboozle

Definition: (verb) To take in by elaborate methods of deceit. Synonyms: lead by the nose, play false, snow, hoodwink. Usage: I don't know how he …

insipid

Definition: (adjective) Lacking flavor or zest; not tasty. Synonyms: flavorless, bland. Usage: I'll be glad when my kids start to enjoy real food, instead of …

wanderlust

Definition: (noun) Very strong or irresistible impulse to travel. Synonyms: itchy feet. Usage: His wanderlust would not allow him to stay long in one spot. …

disinterested

adjective: 1. Free of bias or self-interest; impartial. 2. Indifferent or not interested. 3. No longer interested.

enrapture

Definition: (verb) To fill with delight. Synonyms: enchant, enthrall, ravish, transport. Usage: The Harry Potter books have enraptured millions of young readers. Discuss

construe

verb tr., intr.: To interpret, understand, analyze, or explain.

corpulence

Definition: (noun) Bulkiness or largeness of body; fatness; portliness. Synonyms: stoutness. Usage: The corpulence of the adult pig astounded those who had never seen one …

exigency

noun: An urgent need or requirement.

feral

Definition: (adjective) Of or suggestive of a wild animal. Synonyms: savage. Usage: The mugger's feral scowl was terrifying enough to make me empty my pockets …

promontory

noun: 1. A point of high land projecting into a body of water. 2. A projecting part of the body, for example, of a bone.

linchpin

Definition: (noun) A central cohesive source of support and stability. Synonyms: backbone, keystone, mainstay, anchor. Usage: Reduced spending is the linchpin of their economic program. …

approbation

noun: Approval, praise, commendation, or official sanction.

dispassionate

Definition: (adjective) Devoid of or uninfluenced by emotion or prejudice. Synonyms: unemotional, cool, collected, calm, unmoved, unfazed, unruffled, imperturbable, unexcitable. Usage: You are not impulsive, …

interpolate

Definition: (verb) To alter (a text) by the insertion of new matter, especially deceptively or without authorization. Synonyms: falsify. Usage: He interpolated a lot of …

nonplus

Definition: (verb) To put at a loss as to what to think, say, or do. Synonyms: bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, baffle, mystify, perplex, puzzle, stupefy, amaze, …

altricial

adjective: Born in an undeveloped and helpless condition and requiring parental care and feeding for some time.

airling

noun: A carefree, thoughtless person.

lather

Definition: (noun) Agitation resulting from active worry. Synonyms: fret, stew, swither, sweat. Usage: "I'm not going to get into a lather over this defeat," said …

worrywart

noun: One who worries excessively and unnecessarily.

downcast

Definition: (adjective) Filled with melancholy and despondency. Synonyms: low-spirited, gloomy, dispirited, blue, depressed, grim. Usage: He walked through the door with a glum, downcast expression, …

toplofty

adjective: Haughty; pretentious.

indiscretion

Definition: (noun) A petty misdeed. Synonyms: peccadillo. Usage: He had awakened with a terrible headache and a sense of some hideous indiscretion. Discuss

bounder

noun: An ill-bred, vulgar man.

blowhard

Definition: (noun) A very boastful and talkative person. Synonyms: braggart, line-shooter, vaunter. Usage: If I have to listen to that blowhard brag about his latest …

palliate

Definition: (verb) Lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of. Synonyms: extenuate, mitigate. Usage: There has been in the past no excuse, …

android

Definition: (noun) An automaton that resembles a human being. Synonyms: humanoid, mechanical man. Usage: I programmed the android to mimic my expressions, but something about …

hornswoggle

Definition: (verb) Deprive of by deceit. Synonyms: bunco, con, defraud, diddle, goldbrick, mulct, nobble, rook, scam, swindle, short-change, victimize. Usage: I might be a thief, …

deontology

noun: The theory or study of duty and obligation, with a focus on the right action as determined by a set of rules, irrespective of …