Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

  • Word of the Day
    balmy

    bal mi

    adjective
    1.  gentle, mild, and soothing.
    They prefer the balmy climate of the South Sea Islands.

    2.  fragrant, like a balm.
    The tropical air was balmy with the scent of gardenias.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    dainty

    deIn ti

    adjective
    1.  small and delicate.
    In her hand she held one dainty blossom.
    We drank small amounts of tea in my grandmother’s dainty cups.
    Taking dainty steps, she entered the room without a sound.

    2.  having delicate and refined manners or taste, esp. with respect to cleanliness or food.
    She is always so dainty in the way she eats;  I just shovel food into my mouth and spill things on my shirt.

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Sep
25
2013

stoic

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

sto ihk

adjective

1. showing little or no reaction to painful or pleasant experiences; unmoved; impassive.
example: The defendant was stoic throughout his trial.

2. (cap.) of or pertaining to the philosophy of the Stoics.

noun

1. one who shows little or no reaction to painful or pleasant experiences.
example: He’s such a stoic; he simply bears his sadness without a tear or lament.

2. (cap.) an adherent of an ancient Greek school of philosophy that advocated not being overly moved by the inevitable fortunes and misfortunes of life.