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Word of the Day: 20

word of the day 20



UK pronunciation /ləˈkɒn.ɪk/  US pronunciation /-ˈkɑː.nɪk/ (click the link below to listen to the word)

>using very few words to express what you mean: She had a laconic wit.

laconically UK /ləˈkɒn.ɪ.kəl.i/ US /-ˈkɑː.nɪ-/ adverb


Word of the Day: 19

word of the day 19



UK and US pronunciation /luːˈɡuː.bri.əs/ (click the link below to listen to the word).

›sad and serious: a lugubrious face

lugubriously /-li/ adverb

lugubriousness /-nəs/ noun


Word of the Day: 18

word of the day 18


noun UK  /ʃɪˈkeɪ.nər.i/ US  /-nɚ-/ (as always, go to the link to hear the word)

› clever, dishonest talk or behaviour that is used to deceive people:

The investigation revealed political chicanery and corruption at the highest levels.


Word of the Day: 17

word of the day 17


noun UK /ˈstiː.və.dɔːr/ US  /-dɔːr/ (click link to hear the word)

› a dock worker

Word of the Day:16

word of the day 16


noun UK and US pronunciation /təˈmer.ɪ.ti/ (click on the link below to hear what the word sounds like)

› a willingness to do or say something that shocks or upsets other people: [+ to infinitive] She had the temerity to call me a liar.


Word of the Day:15

word of the day 15


noun UK and US pronunciation /əˈlæk.rə.ti/ (click on the link below to hear how the word sounds).

› speed and eagerness: She accepted the money with alacrity.


Word of the Day: 14(ish)

Hello Everyone,

The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed a gap in the word of the day….well I am going to do it as and when I have time, so it doesn’t become too rigid 🙂

Today’s word is one I have heard but wouldn’t have been able to define:

word of the day 14


adjective UK & US pronunciation  /nəˈfeə.ri.əs/   (click on the link below to hear what the word sounds like).

(especially of activities) morally bad: The director of the company seems to have been involved in some nefarious practices/activities.

nefariously     /-li/ adverb

nefariousness     /-nəs/ noun

Word of the Day: 13

word of the day 13


adjective UK /ˈɡær.əl.əs/ US /ˈɡer-/ (click on the link below to listen to the pronunciations)

› having the habit of talking a lot, especially about things that are not important
garrulously     /-li/ adverb
garrulousness     /-nəs/ noun

Word of the Day: 5

word of the day 5


Pronunciation: /ˈepɪθet/ (eh pi thet)


  • an adjective or phrase expressing a quality or attribute regarded as characteristic of the person or thing mentioned:old men are often unfairly awarded the epithet ‘dirty’
  • an epithet used as a term of abuse:the woman begins to hurl racial epithets at them


Word of the Day: 3

word of the day 3

Here is my word of the day today. I’d never even heard of this one before!


Pronunciation: /əbˈstiːmɪəs/ (ab stee me us)

(adjective) indulging only very moderately in something, especially food and drink: The hermit led an abstemious way of life.

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