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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May
03
2013

spire

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spaIr

noun
definition 1: a tall, narrow, cone-shaped roof or upward projection on a building or outer wall; steeple; pinnacle.
example: Construction crews at the World Trade Center hoisted a flag-bedecked spire to the top of the site’s signature One World Trade Center building Thursday.
definition 2: a similarly shaped natural growth, as in a new shoot of grass.
An ook comth of a litel spire” (Chaucer, Troilus ii, 1335 [Middle English])
How humble ought man to be, who cannot make a single spire of grass.” (unknown)