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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Jul
30
2013

gall

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

gall2

gawl

transitive verb
1. to damage or make sore by rubbing or chafing.
quotation: We walked next day over a more level country but it was strewed with large stones. These galled our feet a good deal.

2. to irritate or make resentful.
example: Their air of superiority galls me.

intransitive verb
to become sore or chafed.

noun
1. a skin sore caused by rubbing, as on an improperly saddled horse.
example: The horse developed a gall behind its elbow because the new tack was stiff.

2. the cause or state of irritation.
quotation: Patrasche [a dog] came of a race which had toiled hard and cruelly from sire to son in Flanders many a century–slaves of slaves, dogs of the people, beasts of the shafts and the harness, creatures that lived straining their sinews in the gall of the cart, and died breaking their hearts on the flints of the streets.