1. EXPOUND (VERB): talk about in great detail
Synonyms: clarify, exemplify
Antonyms: complicate, confuse
He recognized me from TV, and began to expound his political opinions.
2. KINDLE (VERB): start a fire
Synonyms: ignite, inflame Antonyms: extinguish, quench
But she also acknowledged that she no longer stops by newsstands and often reads on her kindle.
3. CHIPPER (ADJECTIVE): happy
Synonyms: lively, sprightly Antonyms: inactive, lethargic
Finally, after a couple of thwarted attempts, a chipper male voice announced that you had arrived.
4. HOMESPUN (ADJECTIVE): spun from home
Synonyms: rustic, crude Antonyms: complex, difficult
We are thirsty for his signature wit, warmth, and homespun wisdom.
5. HUNCH (VERB): cower, crouch
Synonyms: huddle, stoop Antonyms: straighten, stand
On the other hand, I have a hunch that Lady Gaga will pay some heavy dues for this career move.
6. RUDDY (ADJECTIVE): pinkish, blushing
Synonyms: blooming, flushed Antonyms: pale
His complexion was ruddy, his fair skin burnt from time in the sun.
7. SIMIAN (NOUN): ape
Synonyms: gorilla, monkey
The simian submits with odd readiness to the loss of this privilege.
8. POCKMARK (NOUN): pit like scar
Synonyms: blemish, dent Antonyms: bulge, mountain
Great sink holes, some of them six hundred feet deep and more, pockmark the surface of the land.
9. ASININE (NOUN): senseless
Synonyms: absurd, draft Antonyms: bright, smart
Asinine comments like this leave the President looking like the only mature kid in town.
10. CAGEY (ADJECTIVE): tricky
Synonyms: circumspect, shrewd Antonyms: honest, naive
I can see how it would make people come across as cagey or aloof.