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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Apr
30
2013

gallivant (or galavant)

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gae l@ vaent

intransitive verb
definition: to roam about seeking amusement; gad.
example: On shore leave, the sailors gallivanted in the town.
example: Instead of studying for his exams, their son had been simply gallivanting.

Quotation from English Literature

I would that I were an old beggar
Rolling a blind pearl eye,
For he cannot see my lady
Go gallivanting by….
Or anything else but a rhymer
Without a thing in his head
But rhymes for a beautiful lady,
He rhyming alone in his bed.

(W.B. Yeats, from “Two Songs Rewritten for the Tune’s Sake”)