looked up 0
and loved 1
jeffazi commented on the word curate's egg
Something having both good and bad parts.
[From a cartoon in Punch magazine (London, UK) in which a timid curate (a junior clergy member), when served a stale egg at a bishop's table, tries to assure his host that parts of the egg were edible:
"One act of sportsmanship by London Irish and a moment's opportunism by Saracens separated these two sides after a curate's egg of a match."
David Llewellyn; Saracens 24 London Irish 20; The Independent (London, UK);Nov 25, 2007.
December 12, 2007
jeffazi commented on the word soporific
1. a. causing or tending to cause sleep. b. tending to dull awareness or alertness.
2. of, relating to, or marked by sleepiness or lethargy
December 11, 2007
jeffazi commented on the word pococurante
adj: uninterested, indifferent, or nonchalantly detached.
jeffazi commented on the word vilipend
1. To treat someone with contempt.
2. To disparage.
December 3, 2007
jeffazi commented on the word lenitive
alleviating pain or harshness; soothing.
November 20, 2007
jeffazi commented on the word macroscian
1. One casting a long shadow.
2. One who inhabits polar regions.
jeffazi commented on the word pinchbeck
adjective: counterfeit or spurious.
jeffazi commented on the word bunbury
noun: An imaginary person whose name is used as an excuse to some purpose, especially to visit a place.
verb intr: To use the name of a fictitious person as an excuse.
jeffazi commented on the word williwaw
1.a.: a sudden violent gust of cold land air common along mountainous coasts of high latitudes.
1.b.: a sudden violent wind
2 : a violent commotion
November 15, 2007
jeffazi commented on the word denegation
Example sentence: The defendant’s actions led to the denegation of the plaintiff's rights as a citizen.�?
November 14, 2007
jeffazi commented on the word pusillanimous
Lacking in courage and manly strength and resolution; contemptibly fearful.
jeffazi commented on the word transpicuous
clearly seen through or understood
Example sentence: Although the reporter claimed to be merely curious, her motives were quite transpicuous; it was clear that she was hunting a story.
November 13, 2007
jeffazi commented on the word perfervid
Extremely or excessively passionate.
November 8, 2007
jeffazi commented on the word contumelious
"No one person knows everything - even the conceited and contumelious, neither any group nor individual is greater than the country." Oba Pius; The National Political Reform Conference; The Post (Cameroon); March 31, 2005.
November 7, 2007
jeffazi commented on the word künstlerroman
a specific sub-genre of Bildungsroman; it is a novel about an artist's growth to maturity. Such novels often depict the struggles of a sensitive youth against the values of a bourgeois society of his or her time.
November 6, 2007
jeffazi commented on the word bildungsroman
a novel of personal development - a novel which traces the spiritual, moral, psychological, or social development and growth of the main character from (usually) childhood to maturity.
jeffazi commented on the word defenestrate
to throw through or out of the window; "The rebels stormed the palace and defenestrated the President"
October 31, 2007
jeffazi commented on the word syzygy
The alignment of any three celestial bodies.
jeffazi commented on the word thigmokinetic
refers to animals/organisms/things that move forward until they bump into something, then change direction.
jeffazi commented on the word sybarite
voluptuary: a person addicted to luxury and pleasures of the senses.
jeffazi commented on the word baleful
1. hurtful; malignant. 2. Archaic: sorrowful, miserable (see malefic)
jeffazi commented on the word paladin
champion: someone who fights for a cause.
jeffazi commented on the word stentor
In Greek mythology, Stentor (Στεντω�?) was a herald of the Greek forces during the Trojan War. His name has given rise to the adjective meaning loud-voiced, for which he was famous. Homer said his "voice was as powerful as fifty voices of other men".
jeffazi commented on the word topiary
The art of clipping or trimming foliage or flower arrangements so they take on the shapes of animals, lettering, numbers, or various but precise geometric forms.
jeffazi commented on the word kudzu
fast-growing vine from eastern Asia having tuberous starchy roots and hairy trifoliate leaves and racemes of purple flowers followed by long hairy pods containing many seeds; grown for fodder and forage and root starch; widespread in the southern United States.
jeffazi commented on the word curtal
*a Renaissance woodwind, forerunner of the bassoon.
*(obsolete) cut short; "a dog with a curtal tail"
jeffazi commented on the word colobus
arboreal monkey of western and central Africa with long silky fur and reduced thumbs.
jeffazi commented on the word vertiginous
dizzying; affected by vertigo
jeffazi commented on the word diacritical
capable of distinguishing; "students having superior diacritic powers"; "the diacritic elements in culture"- S.F.Nadel
jeffazi commented on the word couturier
a designer and producer of fashion garments (from the French couture, meaning dressmaking).
jeffazi commented on the word prink
*to dress very carefully and in a finicky manner
* to dress up: put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive
jeffazi commented on the list beauty
Thanks uselessness. Those should have been among the first I listed.
jeffazi commented on the word cibarious
"In the flow of these exquisite sentences Mary was giving a cibarious
concentration to the greasy menu card. 'Yes, they've got ravioli.'"
Wanda Fraiken Neff; We Sing Diana; Houghton Mifflin; 1928.
I'm still looking for more words but this is, I believe, a fair representation.
jeffazi commented on the word dishy
(informal) sexually attractive.
jeffazi commented on the word glorious
having great beauty and splendor.
jeffazi commented on the word pretty
pleasing by delicacy or grace; not imposing.
jeffazi commented on the word stunning
strikingly beautiful or attractive.
jeffazi commented on the word ravishing
jeffazi commented on the word beauteous
beautiful, especially to the sight (poetic).
jeffazi commented on the word splendiferous
having great beauty and splender.
jeffazi commented on the word resplendent
jeffazi commented on the word bonny
very pleasing to the eye (also "bonnie").
jeffazi commented on the word macula
*small spot on skin - in physiology, a small pigmented spot on the skin that is neither raised nor depressed
*yellow spot near the retina - in ophthalmology,
a small yellowish spot in the middle of the retina that provides the greatest visual acuity and color
*astronomy - same as sunspot
jeffazi commented on the word argillaceous
describes sedimentary rock that is made up of clay or silt particles.
jeffazi commented on the word verjuice
1. liquid from sour fruit - an acid liquid made from crab apples or other sour or unripe fruit.
Use: formerly, in cooking or as a condiment instead.
2. unpleasantness - sourness of temper, attitude, or expression.
jeffazi commented on the word illeist
referring to oneself in the third person.
jeffazi commented on the word pennoncel
a small pennant or flag carried at the end of a lance.
Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.
Wordnik is fiscally sponsored by Planetwork NGO, Inc,a California 501(c) (3) non-profit educational organization, EIN #94-3366969.