Vocab Of The Day 30 October 2015

By | October 30, 2015

1. PICAYUNE (ADJECTIVE): trivial

Synonyms: frivolous, immaterial

Antonyms: significant, major

Example Sentence:

If we were only there, our chances wouldn’t be worth a picayune.
2. GUMPTION (NOUN): nerve, initiative

Synonyms: acumen, savvy Antonyms: ignorance, stupidity

Example Sentence:

If your father just had the gumption to hold out, they’d have had to pay him anything he asked.
3. THEWY (ADJECTIVE): muscular, strong

Synonyms: bulky, beefy Antonyms: skinny, small

Example Sentence:

At last the cave is pronounced spick and span, and the doorway thought wide enough to admit the thewy prey.
4. WINSOME (ADJECTIVE): charming

Synonyms: appealing, delightful Antonyms: repulsive, unattractive

Example Sentence:

Then was laughter of liegemen loud resounding with winsome words.
5. LANGUOR (NOUN): lethargy

Synonyms: inactivity, tiredness Antonyms: energy, vigor

Example Sentence:

She complained once more of a headache and of a languor which she could not account for.
6. ÉCLAT (NOUN): style

Synonyms: flair, dynamism

Example Sentence:

Everyone was eager to get a sight of the young hero whose career had commenced with so much ‘eclat’.
7. PIZZAZZ (NOUN): energy; flamboyance

Synonyms: ability, aptitude Antonyms: disability, cowardice

Example Sentence:

His goal of coming across as humble subtracts from his pizzazz to share just exactly how he became so great at such a young age.
8. SPECK (NOUN): tiny bit

Synonyms: particle, shred Antonyms: lot, benefit

Example Sentence:

I feel as a cat who would lick all day to take the least speck from her fur.
9. INGEST (VERB): swallow

Synonyms: drink, eat Antonyms: build

Example Sentence:

So if you do get snake bite or ingest poison, the Bible says you should go see your priest.
10. DANDIFIED (ADJECTIVE): dapper

Synonyms: fashionable, natty

Example Sentence:

Was she going to the races or a match, or a kettle-drum, that she must dandify herself with particular shades of color?