1. PICAYUNE (ADJECTIVE): trivial
Synonyms: frivolous, immaterial
Antonyms: significant, major
If we were only there, our chances wouldn’t be worth a picayune.
2. GUMPTION (NOUN): nerve, initiative
Synonyms: acumen, savvy Antonyms: ignorance, stupidity
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
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
Then was laughter of liegemen loud resounding with winsome words.
5. LANGUOR (NOUN): lethargy
Synonyms: inactivity, tiredness Antonyms: energy, vigor
She complained once more of a headache and of a languor which she could not account for.
6. ÉCLAT (NOUN): style
Synonyms: flair, dynamism
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
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
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
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
Was she going to the races or a match, or a kettle-drum, that she must dandify herself with particular shades of color?