Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

  • Word of the Day
    balmy

    bal mi

    adjective
    1.  gentle, mild, and soothing.
    They prefer the balmy climate of the South Sea Islands.

    2.  fragrant, like a balm.
    The tropical air was balmy with the scent of gardenias.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    dainty

    deIn ti

    adjective
    1.  small and delicate.
    In her hand she held one dainty blossom.
    We drank small amounts of tea in my grandmother’s dainty cups.
    Taking dainty steps, she entered the room without a sound.

    2.  having delicate and refined manners or taste, esp. with respect to cleanliness or food.
    She is always so dainty in the way she eats;  I just shovel food into my mouth and spill things on my shirt.

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Mar
05
2014

beleaguer

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

li gər

transitive verb
1. to lay siege to by surrounding with troops; besiege.
example: The army beleaguered the city, and within days it fell.

2. to beset with hardships or difficulties.
example: The bombing of the city beleaguered the citizens for months.
example: Beleaguered by problems at work, he had little time for his family.