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by Dr. Goodword
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fell
Replies: 3
Views: 398

Fell

• fell • Pronunciation: fel • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Evil, cruel, wicked, deadly, fierce. 2. Deadly, lethal. 3. (Literary) Shrewd, clever, cunning. 4. Suddenly and all at once. Notes: This word is heard most often in the Shakespearean idiom 'one fell swoop', meaning "al...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Aught
Replies: 0
Views: 195

Aught

• aught • Pronunciation: awt • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass, Adverb Meaning: 1. [Noun] Anything, all, everything 2. [Noun] Nothing, zero, or the symbol for zero, 0. 3. [Adverb] At all. Notes: English has a peculiar way of expressing years, for example 1923 = nineteen (hundred) twenty-three. ...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Bellicose
Replies: 0
Views: 201

Bellicose

• bellicose • Pronunciation: be -lê-kos • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: Pugnacious, belligerent, aggressively hostile. Notes: A cousin of today's word, belligerent , means "aggressive, threatening to fight" and differs from bellicose only slightly. Bellicose may be used in r...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Spoof
Replies: 0
Views: 143

Spoof

• spoof • Pronunciation: spuf • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, verb Meaning: 1. A light hoax or deception made in good humor. 2. A light-hearted trick played on someone. 3. A light-hearted parody or satire in a work of art, as 'a spoof of Robin Hood'. Notes: This word functions as well as a verb as...
by Dr. Goodword
Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Fledgling
Replies: 0
Views: 269

Fledgling

• fledgling • Pronunciation: flej -ling • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A young bird that has just developed feathers that allow it to fly. 2. A person or organization that is new at something, inexperienced or underdeveloped. Notes: This noun has an unusual suffix usually reserved for ...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Resolution
Replies: 0
Views: 206

Resolution

• resolution • Pronunciation: re-zê- lu -shên • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A dedicated promise and firm commitment to do something. 2. A formal decision, rule, or law. 3. A solution or means of ending a problem. 4. Reduction of a substance to its elementary constituents, as 'the reso...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Auld
Replies: 0
Views: 154

Auld

• auld • Pronunciation: awld • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: (Scots English) Old. Notes: In most English-speaking regions December 31 is celebrated as New Year's Eve. The celebration was previously known as Old Year's Night, which continues in English-speaking Guyana and some other ar...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hogmanay
Replies: 0
Views: 160

Hogmanay

• Hogmanay • Pronunciation: hahg-mê- nay • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, proper Meaning: Hogmanay is not a pig resort but a Scottish festivity celebrated on the last day of the year. Children traditionally stroll about the neighborhood on this day asking for presents. Today's Good Word also refers...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Dec 29, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Meme
Replies: 0
Views: 207

Meme

• meme • Pronunciation: meem • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A unit of cultural information, a trend, transmitted verbally or by imitation. 2. An intentionally created humorous image or short video, usually accompanied by a catchphrase, transmitted rapidly via social media. Notes: The a...
by Dr. Goodword
Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Subfusc
Replies: 1
Views: 292

Subfusc

• subfusc • Pronunciation: sêb- fêsk • Hear it! Part of Speech: Adjective Meaning: 1. Of a dark, somber or fuscous color as 'subfusc lighting'. 2. Devoid of appeal, dreary, gloomy as 'a subfusc mining town'. Notes: The British use this word as a noun referring to dark formal academic clothing, as '...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Toboggan
Replies: 0
Views: 208

Toboggan

• toboggan • Pronunciation: tê- bah -gên • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun Meaning: 1. A long, flat sled traditionally made of slats curled up in front but often made of plastic in the same shape today. 2. (Regional, US South) A plain knit cap with no bill or earflaps. Notes: Well, winter has come to...
by Dr. Goodword
Thu Dec 27, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Troll
Replies: 0
Views: 147

Troll

• troll • Pronunciation: trol • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, Noun Meaning: 1. (Verb) To fish by pulling a line through the water. 2. (Verb) To try to lure or incite someone by passing something where they can see it. 3. (Obsolete verb) To sing in the manner of a round or simply merrily. 4. (Noun)...
by Dr. Goodword
Tue Dec 25, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Boxing Day
Replies: 0
Views: 248

Boxing Day

• Boxing Day • Pronunciation: bahk -sing-day • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun phrase Meaning: No, it isn't a day we traditionally get into the ring, though children overenthused by the bounty of Christmas might have gotten a boxing of the ears in days past. It is the first weekday following Christma...
by Dr. Goodword
Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Swaddle
Replies: 0
Views: 325

Swaddle

• swaddle • Pronunciation: swah -dêl • Hear it! Part of Speech: Verb, transitive Meaning: 1. To swathe, to bandage, to wrap in bandages. 2. To tightly bind a baby with blankets so that it cannot move its arms or legs. 3. To tightly restrain or restrict, to smother, suffocate. Notes: Swaddling dates...
by Dr. Goodword
Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Mistletoe
Replies: 0
Views: 416

Mistletoe

• mistletoe • Pronunciation: mi -sêl-to • Hear it! Part of Speech: Noun, mass Meaning: A semiparasitic shrub of the family Viscaceae with thick evergreen leaves and waxy white berries that grows on deciduous trees. http://www.alphadictionary.com/images/mistletoe.gif Notes: As it grows, mistletoe ac...

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