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

  • Word of the Day
    shyster

    shaI st@r

    noun
    a person, usu. a lawyer, who uses underhanded, unethical methods.
    That shyster accepted her fee for his services but did almost nothing for her.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    naysayer

    neI seI @r

    noun
    a person who refuses, denies, or opposes, esp. because of cynicism or pessimism.
    They went ahead with their ambitious plan despite the arguments of the naysayers.

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Nov
08
2013

deadwood

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

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noun

1. on a tree, branches or sections of trunk that are dead.
example: We should trim the deadwood on that tree.

2. unproductive persons or burdensome things that hinder the smooth function or progress of an enterprise.
example: The new manager’s first task was to get rid of the deadwood among the workers.