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
01
2013

parvenu

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par və nu

noun

a person who has suddenly acquired wealth or status, without acquiring the tastes, manners, customs, or the like of his or her new station.
example: At the posh country club, parvenus were immediately identifiable by their flashy gold jewelry and rude treatment of staff, to whom they felt newly superior.