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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Oct
15
2013

furlough

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

fuhr lo

noun

1. a leave of absence or vacation for an enlisted person in the military.
example: They were going to get married during her next furlough.

2. a temporary dismissal of an employee because of a lack of work or other economic reasons; layoff.
example: The airline will impose a furlough on one in ten employees.

transitive verb

1. to grant (someone) a furlough.

2. to lay off (an employee).
example: State agencies have had to furlough workers and cut programs.