Category: Word of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information for all who want to increase and hone their vocabulary.

Sep
30
2014

drivel

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drI v@l

noun

1. foolish or silly speech or ideas.
I don’t believe a word of this drivel about instant weight loss.

2. saliva that has been allowed to fall from the mouth; drool.

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Sep
29
2014

scoff

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skaf

intransitive verb

to speak with mild scorn or derision (often fol. by at).
He scoffed at my fear of the dark.

Bart blames Milhouse for snitching on him, and when Milhouse says he feared crows pecking at his soul for eternity if he didn’t tell, Bart scoffs at the very notion of having a soul, saying there is no such thing. (http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/Bart_Sells_His_Soul)

noun

an expression of mocking disapproval.
Her arrogant boss responded with a scoff when she asked for a raise.

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Sep
26
2014

redeem

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rih dim

transitive verb

1: to pay off (a debt).
His inheritance helped him redeem his debts.

2: to recover (property or the like) by paying off a debt.
As soon as he got his first paycheck, he redeemed his guitar at the pawn shop.

3: to convert (a coupon or securities) into cash or goods.
I redeemed my coupon for a free pizza.

4: to balance or make up for.
Her husband’s stodginess was redeemed by his good humor.

5: to buy or obtain the freedom or release of, as by ransom.

6: to restore the honor, worth, or reputation of.
Once hated, his successful reforms redeemed him in the eyes of the people.
She made a stupid remark as they were sitting down, but she redeemed herself during dinner.

7: to save or deliver from sin or divine retribution.

 

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Sep
25
2014

prodigious

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pr@ dI j@s

adjective

1. extremely large or great in size, amount, strength, extent, or the like; enormous.
James A. Michener was a novelist whose output was prodigious.

2. inspiring wonder and admiration; marvelous.
She amazed even herself with this prodigious feat of memorizing.

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Sep
24
2014

profuse

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prÉ™ fyus

adjective

1. abundant or numerous; plentiful.
He admired the profuse growth of the roses he’d been tending so carefully.
The food at the party was profuse, but the guests seemed more interested in drinking.

2. given or giving generously or to excess.
He was profuse in his apologies.

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