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
31
2013

skinflint

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skinflint

skIn flInt

noun

a stingy person; miser.

Note: Robert Barnhart parses this eighteenth-century slang word as meaning “the kind of person who would skin a flint to save or gain something.” ( The Barnhart Concise Dictionary of Etymology: The Origins of American English Words, Robert K. Barnhart, 1995.)