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Today's Vocabulary Word.
Definition of Kaput :
\ kə-ˈpu̇t\ adjective, utterly finished, defeated, or destroyed. Also, unable to function.
"Bang Chow The Panda was knew his campaign against Macaroni The Penguin was kaput when the Garden City Zoo gave them both equal billing."
1-8 Word of the Day.
Definition of Penchant :
\ ˈpen-chənt\ noun, a strong and continued inclination. Also, broadly : liking.
"While Bang Chow The Panda preferred to eat bamboo, he had a strong penchant for the licorice the children brought to him on their field trips to the zoo."
1-7 Word of the Day.
Definition of Rumpus :
\ ˈrəm-pəs \ noun, a noisy disturbance; a commotion.
"Bang Chow The Panda caused a rumpus when Macaroni The Penguin replaced him as the star attraction at the Garden City Zoo."
1-6 Word of the Day.
Definition of Banal :
\ bə-ˈnal \ adjective, so lacking in originality, freshness, or novelty as to be obvious and boring. Also, trite.
"Bang Chow The Panda was confused when the critics called his new pop song banal."
1-5 Word of the Day.
Definition of Stultify :
\ˈstəltəˌfī \ verb, cause to lose enthusiasm and initiative, especially as a result of a tedious or restrictive routine. Also, cause (someone) to appear foolish or absurd.
"Although Charlotte stultified Chad Jr.'s many romantic advances, he never got the hint."
1-4 Word of the Day.
Definition of Tenuous :
\ˈten-yə-wəs \ adjective, very weak or slight. Also, slender or fine; insubstantial.
"Conner's proposal of marriage to Charlotte was too tenuous for it to take hold."
1-3 Word of the Day.
Definition of Sanguine :
\ˈsaŋ-gwən \ adjective, marked by eager hopefulness: confidently optimistic. Also, positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation.
"Charlotte was sanguine when Kyle (and also Chad Jr.) both showed up to her re-engagement staging to Conner."
1-2 Word of the Day.
Definition of Apropos :
\ˌa-prə-ˈpō \ adjective, preposition, adverb; with reference to or concerning at an opportune time: seasonably. Also, by way of interjection or further comment : with (or without) regard to the present topic.
"Charlotte had no idea had no idea what relatives, coworkers, and townspeople were listening, but when Chad Jr. proposed to her for the fourth time , it was apropos."
1-1 Word of the Day.
Definition of Glib :
\ˈglib \ adjective; marked by ease and fluency in speaking or writing often to the point of being insincere or deceitful. Also, lacking depth or substance: nonchalant, offhand, superficial.
"After attending Chad Jr.'s New Year's Eve Bash, Charlotte's resolution was to be less glib when she referred to him as a simpleton."
12-31 Word of the Day.
Definition of Turpitude :
\ˌˈtər-pə-ˌtüd \ noun; inherent baseness: depravity. Also, wickedness.
"Chad Jr.'s New Year's Eve Bash ended not so much in turpitude as it did with a whimper."
12-30 Word of the Day.
Definition of Perspicacious :
\ˌpər-spə-ˈkā-shəs \ adjective; having a ready insight into and understanding of things. Also, keen.
"The mayor of Garden city was perspicacious in knowing what the citizens wanted, and that was a new mayor."
12-29 Word of the Day.
Definition of Unfetter :
\ˌən-ˈfe-tər \ verb; release from restraint or inhibition. Also, to emancipate or liberate.
"Charlotte was unfettered when she chose Conner over Kyle (or Chad Jr.) to marry."
12-28 Word of the Day.
Definition of Nuance :
\ˈnü-ˌän(t)s \ noun; a subtle distinction or variation. Also, sensibility to, awareness of, or ability to express delicate shadings (as of meaning, feeling, or value).
"Neither Kyle or Chad Jr. could figure out the nuances of Charlotte as they courted her in tandem."
12-27 Word of the Day.
Definition of Sagacious :
\sə-ˈgā-shəs \ adjective; having or showing keen mental discernment; shrewd. Also, of keen and farsighted penetration and judgment.
"Charlotte was sagacious when it came to Kyle and Chad Jr. - she would date them both until she figured out who would be the better husband."
12-26 Word of the Day.
Definition of Guile :
\ˈgī(-ə)l \ noun; sly or cunning intelligence. Also, deceitful: duplicity.
"Chad Jr. had no guile when he broke off his engagement to Charlotte. He just wanted her and Kyle to be happy for a few days."
12-25 Word of the Day.
Definition of Decorous :
\ ˈde-kər-əs \ adjective; marked by propriety and good taste: correct. Also, polite and restrained.
"Ever the decorous hostess, Charlotte served her book club members the latest Crispy Tenders© from the Chicken Shack."
12-24 Word of the Day.
Definition of Bereft :
\ bi-ˈreft \ adjective; deprived or robbed of the possession or use of something —usually used with of. Also, lacking something needed, wanted, or expected — also used with of.
"Chad Jr. was once again bereft of love - when no one responded to his amended (and mainly false) online dating profile."
12-23 Word of the Day.
Definition of Puerile :
\ ˈpyu̇(-ə)r-əl \ adjective; childishly silly and trivial. Also, juvenile.
"Chad Jr. confused the word virile with puerile and received no responses to his online dating profile."
12-22 Word of the Day.
Definition of Gamut :
\ ˈga-mət \ noun; the complete range or scope of something. Also, a complete scale of musical notes; the compass or range of a voice or instrument.
"Although Kyle ran the gamut of his musical styling and comedy at the Chicken Shack every night , he felt that no one in the main dining room appreciated his full range of talent."
12-20 Word of the Day.
Definition of Dulcet :
\ ˈdəl-sət \ adjective; (especially of sound) sweet and soothing (often used ironically).
"While Charlotte often thought of herself as dulcet, others did too."
12-19 Word of the Day.
Definition of Fetid :
\ ˈfe-təd \ adjective; smelling extremely unpleasant.
"Bang Chow The Panda liked to think of himself as overripe, but not fetid, as his critics at the Garden City Playhouse called him."
12-18 Word of the Day.
Definition of Blithe :
\ ˈblīth \ adjective; showing a casual and cheerful indifference considered to be callous or improper. Also, happy or joyous.
"Bang Chow The Panda's blithe comedy was well-received by the audience at the Garden City Playhouse."
12-17 Word of the Day.
Definition of Kith :
\ ˈkith \ noun; familiar friends, neighbors, or relatives. Also, acquaintances.
"Charlotte's kith was her biggest asset: they all feared (or revered her) for many different reasons."
12-16 Word of the Day.
Definition of Decorum :
\ di-ˈkȯr-əm \ noun; behavior in keeping with good taste and propriety. Also, etiquette.
"The decorum that Chad Jr. would learn at the regional managers conference would soon land him the supreme night shift manager position at the Garden City Stop-N-Go."
12-15 Word of the Day.
Definition of Pastiche :
\ pa-ˈstēsh \ noun; a literary, artistic, musical, or architectural work that imitates the style(s) of previous work(s): hodgepodge, potpourri. Also, verb; to imitate the style(s) of an artist or work.
"Bang Chow The Panda's pastiche of Picasso's blue and red periods was the hit of the Garden City Art Show."
12-14 Word of the Day.
Definition of Suffice :
\ sə-ˈfīs \ verb; be enough or adequate. Also, to be competent or capable, meet the needs of.
"As the general manager of the Garden City Stop-N-Go, Chad Jr. would suffice every expectation that corporate headquarters embodied."
12-13 Word of the Day.
Definition of Obtuse :
\ äb-ˈtüs \ adjective; not pointed or acute: blunt. Also, lacking sharpness or quickness of sensibility or intellect - and difficult to comprehend : not clear or precise in thought or expression.
"Chad Jr. never dreamed that being so obtuse for so long would eventually land him the general manager job at the Stop-N-Go."
12-12 Word of the Day.
Definition of Anthropomorphic :
\an(t)-thrə-pə-ˈmȯr-fik \ adjective; described or thought of as having a human form or human attributes. Also, ascribing human characteristics to nonhuman things.
"Because Bang Chow The Panda was more anthropomorphic than Macaroni The Penguin, he got the better endorsement deals."
12-11 Word of the Day.
Definition of Proffer :
\ˈprä-fər \ verb; to present for acceptance: tender, offer. Also, noun; an offer or proposal.
"When Chad Jr. proffered his application to be junior overnight shift manager at the Stop-N-Go, he never dreamed it would be accepted as quickly as it was."
12-10 Word of the Day.
Definition of Shill :
\ˈshil \ verb; to act as a spokesperson or promoter. Also, noun; an accomplice of a hawker, gambler, or swindler who acts as an enthusiastic customer to entice or encourage others.
"Just because Bang Chow The Panda was the main attraction at the Garden City Zoo didn't mean he was going to act as their shill."
12-9 Word of the Day.
Definition of Demur :
\di-ˈmər \ verb; raise doubts or objections or show reluctance, to take exception : object — often used with to or a. Also, noun; the action or process of objecting to or hesitating over something.
"The mayor of Garden City demurred the new anti-gambling legislation as it really cut into his after-hours action at the courthouse."
12-8 Word of the Day.
Definition of Venal :
\ˈvē-nᵊl \ adjective; capable of being bought or obtained for money or other valuable consideration. Also, showing or motivated by susceptibility to bribery.
"As a Garden City council member, Bang Chow The Panda was often venal when it came to new legislation and extra bamboo leaves."
12-7 Word of the Day.
Definition of Cadre :
\ˈka-ˌdrā \ noun; a nucleus or core group - especially of trained personnel able to assume control and to train others. Also, a group of activists in a revolutionary organization.
"Bang Chow The Panda was elected leader of the cadre of animals that would eventually take over the Garden City Zoo."
12-6 Word of the Day.
Definition of Deify :
\ˈdē-ə-ˌfī \ verb; to make a god of, to take as an object of worship. Also, to glorify as of supreme worth.
"As soon as Chad Jr. promised to deify Charlotte in every way, she accepted his proposal of marriage."
12-5 Word of the Day.
Definition of Taciturn :
\ˈta-sə-ˌtərn \ adjective; temperamentally disinclined to talk. Also, reserved or uncommunicative in speech; saying little.
"Charlotte was taciturn when Chad Jr. proposed marriage because he was only down on one knee."
12-4 Word of the Day.
Definition of Harrow :
\ˈher-(ˌ)ō \ noun; a cultivating tool set with spikes, teeth, or disks and used primarily for breaking up and smoothing the soil. Also, verb; to use such a cultivating tool or cause distress to a person, torment, or hex.
"Charlotte didn't mean to harrow Chad Jr. so much as she meant to marry him."
12-3 Word of the Day.
Definition of Elide :
\ i-ˈlīd \ verb; omit a sound or syllable when speaking: e.g. shortening there is to there's. Also, join together; merge.
"When Chad Jr. proposed to Charlotte for the third time and she said yes, he was sure that when they elided he would somehow be reduced from the sentence."
12-2 Word of the Day.
Definition of Dearth :
\ˈdərth \ noun; a scarcity or lack of something. Also, scarcity that makes dear, specifically: famine.
"Chad Jr. never considered himself to have a dearth of brains - and others were too kind to tell him."
12-1 Word of the Day.
Definition of Torpid :
\ˈtȯr-pəd \ adjective; sluggish in functioning or acting. Also, mentally or physically inactive; lethargic. Or, having lost motion or the power of exertion or feeling: numb.
"Kyle gave gave a torpid performance as Clucky The Chicken during the Chicken Shack dinner-hour after working three twelve-hour shifts in a row."
11-30 Word of the Day.
Definition of Churlish :
\ˈchər-lish \ adjective; rude in a mean-spirited and surly way. Also, vulgar.
"Bang Chow The Panda was rather churlish about the people of Garden City when he went on public radio to talk about being fired as the town scrivener."
11-29 Word of the Day.
Definition of Scrivener :
\ˈskriv-nər \ noun, historical; a professional or public copyist or writer: scribe. Also, notary public.
"Bang Chow The Panda was eventually fired as scrivener for Garden City because he could neither read nor write."
11-28 Word of the Day.
Definition of Macaroni :
\ˌma-kə-ˈrō-nē \ noun; a member of a class of traveled young Englishmen of the late 18th and early 19th centuries who affected Continental ways. Also, oddly enough, a small penguin that has an orange, yellow, and black crest on its head, along with a black chin, who inhabits sub-antarctic islands.
"Macaroni The Penguin immediately joined forces with Bang Chow The Panda when he moved into the new exhibit at the zoo."
11-27 Word of the Day.
Definition of Befuddled :
\bi-ˈfə-dᵊld \ adjective; utterly confused or puzzled : deeply perplexed. Also, befuddle, verb; make (someone) unable to think clearly.
"Chad Jr. often wondered if it was his name that made him constantly befuddled with life."
11-24 Word of the Day.
Definition of Gabble :
\ˈɡabəl \ verb; talk rapidly and unintelligibly; utter meaningless sounds. Also, to utter inarticulate or animal sounds.
"Chad Jr. gabbled his way out of his new job as assistant night shift manager at the Stop-N-Go in the same time it took to hire him."
11-23 Word of the Day.
Definition of Feint :
\ˈfānt \ noun; a deceptive or pretended blow, thrust, or other movement, especially in boxing or fencing. Also, verb; to make a pretense of, or to lure or deceive with a feint.
"When the council members of Garden City voted on a bamboo tax that would skyrocket the cost of admission at the zoo, Bang Chow the Panda feinted in a way that would surprise them all."
11-22 Word of the Day.
Definition of Piety :
\ˈpī-ə-tē \ noun; the quality of being conventionally observant. Also, a belief or point of view that is accepted with unthinking reverence.
"Chad Jr. was confused when he had to choose between piety and pie."
11-21 Word of the Day.
Definition of Hokum :
\ ˈhō-kəm \ noun, informal; pretentious nonsense, bunkum. Also, trite, sentimental, or unrealistic situations and dialogue in a movie, play, or piece of writing designed to evoke a desired audience response.
"Chad Jr. used his special brand of hokum to win back his job at the Stop-N-Go."
11-20 Word of the Day.
Definition of Milieu :
\ mēl-ˈyə \ noun; a person's social environment. Also, the physical or social setting in which something occurs or develops.
"On his first and last day of work, Chad Jr. realized that Tracey's Candle Shoppe would never be his milieu."
11-19 Word of the Day.
Definition of Chagrin :
\ shə-ˈgrin \ noun; distress of mind caused by humiliation, disappointment, or failure. Also, verb; feel distressed or humiliated.
"Chad Jr. was chagrined to learn that his manager at the Stop-N-Go was in fact one-hundred-percent human and was fired for having said otherwise."
11-18 Word of the Day.
Definition of Dogmatic :
\ dȯg-ˈma-tik \ adjective; inclined to lay down opinions and principles as incontrovertibly true, or as if they were facts. Also, insistent, emphatic, and adamant.
"Chad Jr. was dogmatic about his manager at the Stop-N-Go not being entirely human."
11-17 Word of the Day.
Definition of Obsequious :
\ əb-ˈsē-kwē-əs \ adjective; obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree. Also, marked by or exhibiting a fawning attentiveness.
"While Kyle's obsequious behavior secured him the assistant manager position at the Chicken Shack, it led to further complications he was not prepared to deal with."
11-16 Word of the Day.
Definition of Doggerel :
\ ˈdȯ-g(ə-)rəl \ noun; comic verse composed in irregular rhythm, or words that are badly written or expressed. Also, adjective; loosely-styled and irregular in measure especially for burlesque or comic effect and marked by triviality or inferiority.
"Charlotte chose Kyle's doggerel over Chad Jr.'s because it was more tragically romantic."
11-15 Word of the Day.
Definition of Bilious :
\ ˈbil-yəs \ adjective; affected by or associated with nausea or vomiting. Also, spiteful; bad-tempered.
"Bilious & Untouchable were the two words that teachers used to describe the daily online newspaper put out by the middle-school students in Garden City."
11-14 Word of the Day.
Definition of Dehisce :
\ di-ˈhis \ verb; to split along a natural line. Also, to discharge contents by so splitting.
"The way Chad Jr.'s pants dehisced as he knelt down to to ask for Charlotte's hand in marriage revealed many truths that day."
11-13 Word of the Day.
Definition of Portent :
\ˈpȯr-ˌtent \ noun; a sign or warning that something, especially something momentous or calamitous, is likely to happen. Also, archaic, an an exceptional or wonderful person or thing.
"The election of of Bang Chow The Panda as mayor pro tempore for Garden City was not seen in any way as a portent for the future demise of the township."
11-12 Word of the Day.
Definition of Titular :
\ˈti-chə-lər \ adjective; holding or constituting a purely formal position or title without any real authority.
"While Bang Chow The Panda knew he only was the titular mayor of Garden City, he took it upon himself to upgrade the traffic-light software - which would now display more functional lights for drivers."
11-11 Word of the Day.
Definition of Gallimaufry :
\ˌga-lə-ˈmȯ-frē \ noun; a confused jumble or medley of things. Also, hodgepodge.
"The gallimaufry of ideas in Kyle's dissertation on buffoonery was exactly what he needed to earn his doctorate from Garden City Community Clown College."
11-10 Word of the Day.
Definition of Affray :
\ ə-ˈfrā \ noun, archaic, chiefly British; an instance of fighting in a public place that disturbs the peace; fray, brawl. Also, verb; startle, frighten.
"The affray in the parking lot at the Chicken Shack when they canceled the dollar menu was unexpected - as it was such an awful thing in the first place."
11-9 Word of the Day.
Definition of Gabble :
\ˈga-bəl \ verb; to talk rapidly and unintelligibly; utter meaningless sounds. Also, noun; rapid, unintelligible talk, or animal sounds.
"Bang Chow The Panda opened Garden City's no-kill animal shelter with a speech of gabble that wooed everyone in the crowd, complimented by his newly-styled fur."
11-8 Word of the Day.
Definition of Effervescence :
\e-fər-ˈve-sᵊn(t)s \ noun; the bubbles in a liquid; fizz. Also, vivacity and enthusiasm.
"Although Bang Chow The Panda's effervescence was always appreciated, he was delayed in attending the grand opening of Garden City's no-kill animal shelter due to a scheduling conflict with his new stylist."
11-7 Word of the Day.
Definition of Surreptitious :
\sər-əp-ˈti-shəs \ adjective; kept secret, especially because it would not be approved of. Also, done, made, or acquired by stealth: clandestine.
"Chad Jr.'s effort to win back his ex-girlfriend Charlotte with a fruit & balloon bouquet wasn't so surreptitious as it was poorly executed."
11-5 Word of the Day.
Definition of Adroit :
\ə-ˈdrȯit \ adjective; clever or skillful in using the hands or mind. Also, having or showing cleverness, or resourcefulness in handling situations.
"The confidently adroit and well-renowned sock puppet theater performers of Garden City were always a shoo-in to conduct the annual fire drills at the public library."
11-4 Word of the Day.
Definition of Mellifluous :
\me-ˈli-flə-wəs \ adjective; (of a voice or words) sweet or musical; pleasant to hear. Also, having a smooth rich flow.
"With his mellifluous voice and extensive knowledge of local sports, Bang Chow the Panda was the star of Garden City's late-night talk radio."
11-3 Word of the Day.
Definition of Facund :
\ˈfakənd \ adjective; eloquent. Also, articulate.
"While the introduction to announce Bang Chow the Panda as Garden City's newest artist-in-residence was facund, ironically enough, his acceptance speech was not."
11-2 Word of the Day.
Definition of Chiaroscuro :
\ -ˈskyu̇r-(ˌ)ō \ noun; the treatment of light and shade in drawing and painting. Also, pictorial representation in terms of light and shade without regard to color.
"Bang Chow the Panda's use of chiaroscuro in his new zoo mural was alarming; no one knew he could paint."
11-1 Word of the Day.
Definition of Roscid :
\ ˈräsə̇d \ adjective; moist with, affected by, or suggestive of dew. Also, innocent, unsophisticated.
"While the roscid-eyed Chad Jr. looked at his girlfriend Charlotte with such unattached affection, she had other ideas for their time spent at her mother's home."
10-30 Word of the Day.
Definition of Hylozoism :
\ ˌhī-lə-ˈzō-ˌi-zəm \ noun; a doctrine held especially by early Greek philosophers that all matter has life.
"Charlotte's staunch belief in hylozoism led her to become a compulsive hoarder."
10-29 Word of the Day.
Definition of Colloquy :
\ ˈkä-lə-kwē \ noun; conversation, dialogue. Also, a high-level serious discussion: conference.
"The school holiday colloquies in the teachers' lounge were always hushed - lest the children overhear and expose them all."
10-28 Word of the Day.
Definition of Ebullience :
\ i-ˈbu̇l-yən(t)s \ noun; the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts or feelings. Also, cheerfulness, exuberance, jubilation.
"The lack of ebullience from the fans of the Garden City Ball-Frogs never kept them from winning a pennant; it was always Bang Chow the Panda's lack of focus after the seventh-inning-stretch that cost them the double play."
10-27 Word of the Day.
Definition of Wanchancy :
\ˌwänˈchan(t)sē \ adjective: chiefly Scottish; ill-fated, mischievous. Also, uncanny, weird.
The late-night, wanchancy meeting between the mayor of Garden City and local celebrity Bang Chow the Panda would get them both relieved of public appearances at the zoo."
10-26 Word of the Day.
Definition of Discombobulate :
\ˌdis-kəm-ˈbä-b(y)ə-ˌlāt \ verb; disconcert or confuse (someone). Also, upset, in a humorous way.
"Kyle wasn't so discombobulated by the underground graduation ceremony at the Garden City Community Clown College of Performing Arts as he was by the five hundred dollar exit fee. Cash only."
10-25 Word of the Day.
Definition of Chouse :
\ ˈchau̇s \ verb; cheat, trick. Also, defeat someone through trickery or deceit.
"Kyle didn't mean to chouse anyone so much as he wanted to graduate from the Garden City Community Clown College of Performing Arts as quickly as possible."
10-24 Word of the Day.
Definition of Éclat :
\ ˈā-ˌklä \ noun; ostentatious display: publicity, or dazzling effect: brilliance. Also, social distinction or conspicuous success.
"When he did his Clucky the Chicken dance at the Chicken Shack, Kyle embodied all the éclat of any local performer who ever graduated from the Garden City Community Clown College of Performing Arts."
10-22 Word of the Day.
Definition of Penultimate :
\ pi-ˈnəl-tə-mət \ adjective; next to the last. Or, last but one in a series of things.
"After waiting for an hour on hold, Kyle was happy to hear he had moved up to be the penultimate caller in line for Garden City Cable customer service."
10-21 Word of the Day.
Definition of Taradiddle :
\ˌter-ə-ˈdi-dᵊl \ noun; a petty lie, fib. Also, pretentious nonsense.
"While the mayor of Garden City told a few harmless taradiddles to win the election, his real downfall would be his excessive love of cashmere."
10-20 Word of the Day.
Definition of Umbrage :
\ ˈəm-brij \ noun; a feeling of offense or annoyance at some often fancied slight or insult. Also, shade or shadow cast by trees.
"Bang Chow The Panda took umbrage at the school children's fat jokes - but not so much that he stopped eating his bamboo leaves."
10-19 Word of the Day.
Definition of Dingus :
\ ˈdiŋ-(g)əs \ noun; used to refer to something whose name the speaker cannot remember, is unsure of, or is humorously or euphemistically omitting. Also, doodad, doohickey, thingamajig, thingamabob, whatchamacallit.
"When Chad Jr. couldn't find Charlotte's dingus, she dumped him immediately."
10-18 Word of the Day.
Definition of Pasquinade :
\ ˌpa-skwə-ˈnād \ noun; a satire or lampoon, originally one displayed or delivered publicly in a public place. Also, satirical writing, satire.
"Until she saw the pasquinade in the middle school's online newspaper, the mayor's wife had no idea so many women were dating her husband."
10-17 Word of the Day.
Definition of Inculcate :
\ in-ˈkəl-ˌkāt \ verb; to teach (someone) an attitude, idea, or habit by persistent instruction.
"As Charlotte continued to inculcate Chad Jr. with the nature of his complete subservience, he gradually realized this was the girl he wanted to spend the rest of his life with."
10-16 Word of the Day.
Definition of Sybarite :
\ ˈsi-bə-ˌrīt \ noun; a person who is self-indulgent in their fondness for sensuous luxury. Also: epicure, bon vivant, voluptuary, sensualist.
"As a self-proclaimed sybarite, Charlotte could never bring herself to order off the dollar menu at The Taco Clown."
10-15 Word of the Day.
Definition of Fettle :
\ ˈfe-tᵊl \ noun; state or condition of health, fitness, wholeness, spirit, or form —often used in the phrase "in fine fettle." Also, in-shape, trim, fit.
"Mrs. Reardon was in fine fettle when she led the Garden City Grandmas on to roller derby victory - afterwards, not so much."
10-14 Word of the Day.
Definition of Dudgeon :
\ ˈdə-jən \ noun; a feeling of offense or deep resentment. Also, a fit or state of indignation — often used in the phrase "in high dudgeon."
"Bang Chow the Panda walked out of the meeting with the zookeeper in high dudgeon - it was fifty pounds of bamboo per day and a prominent space in the bear exhibit or the deal was off."
10-13 Word of the Day.
Definition of Titivate :
\ ˈti-tə-ˌvāt \ verb; to make stylish or spruce. Also, to make oneself look attractive.
"As the citizens of Garden City scurried about, titivating the streets for the fall festival, the forgotten tire fire smoldered at the edge of town, waiting for the right moment to ruin it all."
10-12 Word of the Day.
Definition of Cosset :
\ ˈkä-sət \ verb; care for and protect in an overindulgent way. Also, to treat as a pet: pamper, baby, coddle.
"The Garden City Motor Lodge cosseted its guests like the black widow spider that welcomes the beetles to its web."
10-11 Word of the Day.
Definition of Dishabille :
\ ˌdi-sə-ˈbēl \ noun; the state of being dressed in a casual or careless style. Also, a deliberately careless or casual manner.
"While Bang Chow the Panda's dishabille lingered for most of the day, when it came to photo time, he was everybody's poster boy."
10-10 Word of the Day.
Definition of Mordant :
\ ˈmôrdnt \ adjective; biting and caustic in thought, manner, or style (especially of humor). Also, sarcastic, scathing, incisive.
"The mordant wit of the Daily Tattler, Garden City's online middle school newspaper, may have forced it to go to the dark web, but its biting sarcasm never put the paper out of business."
10-9 Word of the Day.
Definition of Elan (Élan) :
\ āˈlän, āˈlan \ noun; vigorous spirit or enthusiasm. Also, style, panache, flair.
"Chad Jr. took over the dance floor with his usual elan. His girlfriend Charlotte averted her eyes."
10-8 Word of the Day.
Definition of Fastuous :
\ ˈfas-chə-wəs \ adjective; ostentatious, showy. Also, haughty, arrogant.
"The Chicken Shack wedding package was neither fastuous nor appetizing - but still very popular with middle school kids of Garden City."
10-6 Word of the Day.
Definition of Déclassé :
\ ˌdā-ˌkla-ˈsā \ noun; fallen or lowered in class, rank, or social position.
"Although it was considered déclassé to wear his father's kilt to work at the Stop-n-Go, Chad Jr. would soon earn enough to buy one of his own."
10-5 Word of the Day.
Definition of Paronomasia :
\ ˌper-ə-nō-ˈmā-zh(ē-)ə\ noun; a play on words; a pun.
"Chronic paronomasia ran rampant in Garden City - until the lead levels in the water were checked and regulated."
10-4 Word of the Day.
Definition of Paralogize :
\ puh-ral-uh-jahyz \ intransitive verb; to reason falsely. Also, to draw conclusions not warranted by the premises.
"Chad Jr. often paralogized about a person's character by how much or how little string cheese they bought at the Stop-n-Go."
10-3 Word of the Day.
Definition of Autarky :
\ ˈȯ-ˌtär-kē \ noun; economic independence or self-sufficiency. Also, a policy of establishing a self-sufficient and independent national economy.
"Bang Chow the Panda established an autarky by selling signed photos behind the zookeeper's back."
10-2 Word of the Day.
Definition of Malversation :
\ mal-vər-ˈsā-shən \ noun; misbehavior, especially corruption in a public office, trust, or commission. Also, a corrupt administration.
"While the mayor of Garden City was never convicted of malversation, his backstage pass to the Garden City Clown Show was suspended indefinitely."
10-1 Word of the Day.
Definition of Maelstrom :
\ ˈmāl-strəm \ noun; a powerful, often violent whirlpool sucking in objects within a given radius. Also, a situation or state of confused movement or violent turmoil.
"When Bang Chow the Panda unexpectedly gave birth on the sidewalk outside the bear exhibit, the maelstrom of school children could not be contained."
9-30 Word of the Day.
Definition of Quiddity :
\ˈkwi-də-tē \ noun; the inherent nature or essence of someone or something. Also, a distinctive feature; a peculiarity or eccentricity.
"As the quiddity of Clucky the Chicken intertwined itself with the personalty of Kyle, Jackie had no problem breaking up with him during the dinner rush at the Chicken Shack."
9-29 Word of the Day.
Definition of Laud :
\ lôd \ verb; to praise or extol (a person or their achievements) highly, especially in a public context. Also, noun; praise, acclaim.
"The Stop-n-Go lauded Chad Jr.'s efforts to install a new baby changing station with a plaque and a photo on the men's room wall."
9-28 Word of the Day.
Definition of Confabulate :
\ kən-ˈfa-byə-ˌlāt \ verb; engage in conversation; chat. Also, in psychiatry: fabricate imaginary experiences as compensation for loss of memory.
"While Chad Jr. would always confabulate the night he was taken aboard the UFO, in his heart he knew it was just an intergalactic garbage scow, and he was mistaken for a piece of space trash."
9-27 Word of the Day.
Definition of Canny :
\ ˈka-nē \ adjective; having or showing shrewdness and good judgment, especially in money or business matters. Also, clever, smart, prudent.
"Canny was the word Jackie would often use to describe the home tanning bed that saved her so much time and money."
9-26 Word of the Day.
Definition of Idoneous :
\ (ˈ)ī¦dōnēəs \ adjective (archaic); fit, appropriate, suitable, or proper.
"It was idoneous that the mayor of Garden City should dedicate the new public park - since he was always hanging out there anyway."
9-25 Word of the Day.
Definition of Tetchy :
\ ˈte-chē \ adjective; irritably or peevishly sensitive: touchy. Also, bad-tempered.
"Charlotte was always a little tetchy when Chad Jr. wore his pants too tight."
9-24 Word of the Day.
Definition of Calumny :
\ ˈkaləmnē \ noun; the making of false and defamatory statements in order to damage someone's reputation; slander. Also, a false and slanderous statement.
"The cool kids at the Daily Tattler (Garden City's online middle school newspaper) welcomed the consequences of their constant calumny."
9-23 Word of the Day.
Definition of Quodlibet :
\ ˈkwäd-lə-ˌbet \ noun; a philosophical or theological point proposed for discussion. Also, a lighthearted medley of well-known tunes.
"Kyle's verbalized quodlibet on the importance of using props in the theater got him kicked out of his mime class at the Garden City Community Clown College Learning Annex."
9-22 Word of the Day.
Definition of Fracas :
\ ˈfrākəs,ˈfrakəs \ noun; a noisy disturbance or quarrel. Also, brawl, melee, rumpus.
"There was no fracas from the fans in the bleachers when the Garden City Bullfrogs lost the game on a bad call as there were not enough people present to have one."
9-21 Word of the Day.
Definition of Badinage :
\ ˌba-də-ˈnäzh \ noun; humorous or witty conversation. Also, banter, joshing, repartee.
"The wine menu at the Garden City Chicken Shack made the badinage of the local patrons much more palatable."
9-20 Word of the Day.
Definition of Anomie :
\ ˈa-nə-mē \ noun; social instability resulting from a breakdown of standards and values. Also, personal unrest, alienation, and uncertainty that comes from a lack of purpose or ideals.
"After much deliberation, Bang Chow The Panda decided to return to the Garden City Zoo because living in his own apartment caused him a certain amount of anomie."
9-18 Word of the Day.
Definition of Encomium :
\en-ˈkō-mē-əm \ noun; a warmly glowing speech or a piece of writing that praises someone or something highly. Also, a eulogy, tribute, or testimonial.
"As she had only known him for fifteen days, it was decided that the mayor's seventh and current wife would write the encomium for the mayor's reelection campaign."
9-17 Word of the Day.
Definition of Guttatim :
\gəˈtātə̇m \ adverb; drop by drop, used in prescriptions.
"As Charlotte completed her training as an impractical nurse, unused words like guttatim suddenly became much more practical."
9-16 Word of the Day.
Definition of Deipnosophist :
\dīpˈnäsəfə̇st \ noun; a person skilled in table talk, a supper philosopher. Also, someone adept at informal chitchat.
"Once the All-U-Can-Eat Buffet ran out of bacon wraps and ranch dressing, even Garden City's most noted deipnosophist, Herb Randall, couldn't calm the utter chaos that ensued."
9-15 Word of the Day.
Definition of Queme :
\ˈkwēm \ adjective; dialectal, chiefly England: pleasant, agreeable, comfortable. Also, comely, attractive, handy.
"The queme atmosphere of the Chicken Shack Lounge made it worth the drive to Garden City."
9-14 Word of the Day.
Definition of Copacetic :
\ˌkō-pə-ˈse-tik \ adjective; very satisfactory. Also, in excellent order.
"Despite everything they had heard on the news, all the cool kids in Garden City thought the new vegan menu at the Burger Shack was copacetic. And it was a great place to make out in the parking lot without getting caught."
9-13 Word of the Day.
Definition of Estival :
\ˈe-stə-vəl \ adjective; of or relating to summer.
"Jackie's perpetual spray tan was in no way estival; her orange tones were more suggestive of fall."
9-12 Word of the Day.
Definition of Filial :
\ˈfi-lē-əl \ adjective; of, relating to, or befitting a son or daughter. Also, having or assuming the relation of a child or offspring.
"Chad Jr. had no filial affections for his parents after they flunked him out of homeschooling."
9-11 Word of the Day.
Definition of illy :
\ˈi(l)-lē \ adverb; not wisely or well: badly, ill. Also, (archaic, adjective, 2003-2008), fresh, cool, fly, sweet.
"Mr. Chipmunk's illy-concealed tuna breath quickly solved the mystery of what happened to Chad Jr.'s sandwich that afternoon."
9-10 Word of the Day.
Definition of Risible :
\ˈri-zə-bəl \ adjective; such as to provoke laughter. Also, arousing or provoking laughter; especially laughable.
"Kyle's risible antics as both the Chicken Shack manager and the beloved character "Clucky The Chicken" fulfilled him as a human being, but more importantly bestowed upon him a certain status as the most successful graduate of the Garden City Community Clown College.
9-9 Word of the Day.
Definition of Elucidate :
\ i-ˈlü-sə-ˌdāt \ verb; make (something) clear; explain. Also, clarify, shed light on, spell out.
"After Chad Jr. elucidated to Charlotte how the female mind works, she hit him. Hard. Where the bruise wouldn't show. Then she took some selfies."
9-8 Word of the Day.
Definition of Bespoke :
\ bi-ˈspōk \ adjective; (of goods, especially clothing) made to order. Also, custom-made.
Wearing his new bespoke Chicken Shack manager's uniform (the one that finally covered his growing belly!), Kyle felt things were looking up for him.
9-7 Word of the Day.
Definition of Debel :
\ de·bel \ transitive verb; to overcome or beat an opponent in combat. Also, conquer, subdue.
"Since the satisfaction of debelling Chad Jr. at paintball every weekend had lost its charm, Charlotte decided to take their relationship to the next level."
9-6 Word of the Day.
Definition of Telegenic :
\ ˌte-lə-ˈje-nik \ adjective; having an appearance or manner that is appealing on television. Also, well-suited to the medium of television.
"Watching the footage of his own capture and return to the Garden City Zoo on the local news, Bang Cow the Panda was pleased to see how truly telegenic he really was."
9-5 Word of the Day.
Definition of Patrician :
\ pə-ˈtri-shən \ noun; an aristocrat or nobleman. Also, adjective; belonging to or characteristic of the aristocracy.
"The mayor of Garden City was no patrician; he got his tats at the county jail like everyone else."
9-4 Word of the Day.
Definition of Timorous :
\ ˈti-mə-rəs \ adjective; showing or suffering from nervousness, fear, or a lack of confidence. Also, expressing or suggesting timidity.
"When Kyle wore the "Clucky the Chicken" costume, he was able to shed his timorous personality and shine like a star at the Chicken Shack."
9-3 Word of the Day.
Definition of Contemn :
\ kən-ˈtem \ verb; treat or regard with contempt. Also, scorn.
"Although Charlotte Cromwell contemned Chad Jr. every time she went to the Stop-n-Go, she could never say no to his free coffee refills."
9-2 Word of the Day.
Definition of Wend :
\ ˈwend \ verb; go in a specified direction, typically slowly or by an indirect route. Also, to direct one's course, travel.
"As Kyle wended his way to work, his Chicken Shack uniform in the trunk of his car, he tried to pinpoint the one place in his life where it had all gone wrong."
9-1 Word of the Day.
Definition of Nonce :
\ ˈnän(t)s \ noun; the one, particular, or present occasion, purpose. Also, adjective; occurring, used, or made only once or for a special occasion.
"Charlotte used the nonce word "microdegenerate" to signal to her friends that her blind date with Chad Jr. was over."
8-31 Word of the Day.
Definition of Hobbledehoy :
\ ˈhä-bəl-di-ˌhȯ \ noun; an awkward, clumsy, or gawky youth.
"Chad Jr. was no longer the hobbledehoy he was in middle school; as the the assistant overnight shift manager at the Stop-n-Go, he had grown to become a man."
8-30 Word of the Day.
Definition of Lamster :
\ ˈlam(p)-stər \ noun; a fugitive, especially from the law.
"As he made his escape from the bear exhibit at the zoo, Bang Chow the Panda realized he was now nothing more than a common lamster - but Karen would know what to do."
8-29 Word of the Day.
Definition of Tendentious :
\ ten-ˈden(t)-shəs \ adjective; expressing or intending to promote a particular cause or point of view, especially a controversial one. Also, biased.
"The tendentious nature of the middle school's Daily Tattler made it the most popular online newspaper in Garden City."
8-28 Word of the Day.
Definition of Miscreant :
\ ˈmis-krē-ənt \ noun; a person who behaves badly or in a way that breaks the law. Also, adjective; depraved, evil, villainous.
"The miscreant who ran the lunch buffet at the Pizza Hovel would only put out the supreme-style pizza at the last possible moment."
8-27 Word of the Day.
Definition of Gestalt :
\ gə-ˈstält \ noun; psychology: an organized whole that is perceived as more than the sum of its parts. Also, broadly: the general quality or character of something.
"The gestalt of bowling three perfect games in a row when the bowling alley was closed caused Chad Jr. to forget to disinfect the shoe rentals."
8-26 Word of the Day.
Definition of Mnemonic :
\ ni-ˈmä-nik \ adjective; aiding or designed to aid the memory. Also, noun; a device such as a pattern of letters, ideas, or associations that assists in remembering something.
"Taken out of context, Kyle's mnemonic device to remember the major organs of the human body was disturbing."
8-25 Word of the Day.
Definition of Sentient :
\ ˈsen(t)-sh(ē-)ənt \ adjective; able to perceive or feel things. Also, aware.
"When Cindy's Pretty Pretty Princess dolls came to life that night, these newly sentient creatures soon realized they were very, very angry."
8-24 Word of the Day.
Definition of Epithet :
\ˈe-pə-ˌthet \ noun; an adjective or descriptive phrase expressing a quality characteristic of the person or thing mentioned. Also, a disparaging or abusive word or phrase.
"During his reelection campaign, the nickname "Mr. Pothole" was an epithet the mayor of Garden City couldn't shake."
8-23 Word of the Day.
Definition of Inure :
\ i-ˈnu̇r \ verb; accustom (someone) to something, especially something unpleasant. Also, come into operation; take effect.
"The Chicken Shack inured its patrons to the new "Pot Pie Extreme" by placing it on the value menu."
8-22 Word of the Day.
Definition of Je ne sais quoi :
\ zhə-nə-ˌsā-ˈkwä \ noun; something (such as an appealing quality) that cannot be adequately described or expressed.
"The Chicken Shack's new "Pot Pie Extreme" had a certain je ne sais quoi the food critics did not enjoy."
8-21 Word of the Day.
Definition of Probity :
\ ˈprō-bə-tē \ noun; the quality of having strong moral principles; honesty and decency. Also, integrity, trustworthiness, rectitude.
"The probity with which shift manager Chad Jr. cleaned up the diaper blowout in the bathroom at the Stop-n-Go made people start to wonder."
8-20 Word of the Day.
Definition of Sequacious :
\ si-ˈkwā-shəs \ adjective; (of a person) lacking independence or originality of thought.
"Sequacious to a fault, the town of Garden City copied Ocean City's "Raw Oyster Fest" with disastrous results."
8-19 Word of the Day.
Definition of Fealty :
\ ˈfē(-ə)l-tē \ noun; the fidelity of a vassal or feudal tenant to his lord. Also, intense fidelity.
"Chad Jr.'s fealty to the hot dog carousel at the Stop-n-Go was more than his manager required."
8-18 Word of the Day.
Definition of Salubrious :
\ sə-ˈlü-brē-əs \ adjective; favorable to or promoting health or well-being. Also, (of a place) pleasant; not run-down.
"Mrs. Cornwall loved her salubrious lifestyle, but not without her afternoon cup of cooking sherry."
8-17 Word of the Day.
Definition of Rakish :
\ rā-kish \ adjective; having or displaying a dashing, jaunty, or slightly disreputable quality or appearance. Also, having a trim or streamlined appearance suggestive of speed.
"While Chad Jr. thought his clothes to be quite rakish, Charlotte burned them all and checked to see if Old Navy was having a sale."
8-16 Word of the Day.
Definition of Gadarene :
\ ˈga-də-ˌrēn \ adjective; involving or engaged in a potentially disastrous rush to do something. Also, headlong, precipitate.
"In Michael's gadarene haste to make Zelda his bride, he glossed over her insistence on always wearing clean underwear and her penchant for buying insurance on everything . There were many things he would soon regret."
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8-15 Word of the Day.
Definition of Nonplussed :
\ ˌnän-ˈpləst \ adjective; unsure about what to say, think, or do. Also, perplexed.
"If Chad Jr. was nonplussed about his wedding vows, the honeymoon cleared everything up."
8-11 Word of the Day.
Definition of Uncanny :
\ ˌən-ˈka-nē \ adjective; strange or mysterious, especially in an unsettling way. Also, eerie, unnatural, mysterious, superhuman.
"It didn't phase Sheila that her produce rang up to $8.11, but when her lotto ticket made her rich on an 8-1-1 quick pick, she thought it so uncanny that she married Chad Jr. - for the second time."
8-10 Word of the Day.
Definition of Conflate :
\kən-ˈflāt \ verb; combine (two or more texts, ideas, etc.) into one. Also, to bring together, fuse.
"When Jimmy conflated his marriage proposal to Jeanette with the twelve reasons why he had to fire her, it didn't go as well as he planned."
8-9 Word of the Day.
Definition of Haver :
\ ˈhā-vər \ verb; chiefly British: to hem and haw. Also, talk foolishly; babble.
"When asked if he wanted to supersize his meal, Thomas havered - while he secretly wondered how dedicated he was to Jan's low-carb lifestyle."
8-8 Word of the Day.
Definition of Balatron :
noun; a buffoon; one who speaks a lot of nonsense and is characterized by self indulgence.
"While there were many balatrons at the Dairy Freeze who wanted to date Charlotte - for her, there was only one Chad Jr."
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8-7 Word of the Day.
Definition of Obsequious :
\əb-ˈsē-kwē-əs \ adjective; marked by exhibiting a fawning attentiveness. Also, servile, submissive, subservient.
"Charlotte was never one to be an obsequious girlfriend, but when Chad Jr. unwittingly spoke in iambic pentameter, it did something to her."
8-6 Word of the Day.
Definition of Ossify :
\ä-sə-ˌfī \ verb; to change into bone. Also, cease developing; be stagnant or rigid and opposed to change.
"Chad Jr. disagreed with the strict curriculum of the Garden City Community Clown College, which ossified itself in the Barnum & Bailey philosophy of humor."
8-5 Word of the Day.
Definition of Trite :
\ˈtrīt \ adjective; (of a remark, opinion, or idea) overused and consequently lacking originality or freshness. Also, hackneyed or boring from too much use.
"Chad Jr.'s online poetry musings were called many things, but trite was never one of them."
8-4 Word of the Day.
Definition of Afflatus :
\ə-ˈflā-təs\ noun; a divine creative impulse or inspiration.
"Although the afflatus of the sculpture was never quite pinned down, it was quickly dubbed "The Mayor's Wife's Bottom" by the residents of Garden City."
8-3 Word of the Day.
Definition of Recondite :
\ˈre-kən-ˌdīt \ adjective; (of a subject or knowledge) little known or obscure. Also, hidden from sight, concealed.
"Kyle won over Alicia by posting humorous, recondite information about his family tree on his dating profile. Kyle lost Alicia when she discovered it was all true."
8-2 Word of the Day.
Definition of Mercurial :
\ˌmər-ˈkyu̇r-ē-əl \ adjective; characterized by rapid and unpredictable changes in mood. Also, related to the god, planet, or element of Mercury.
"Lulu's Diner specials changed with her mercurial temperament. Monday's Happy Mac & Cheese was a favorite, but Wednesday's Gazpacho Revenge - not so much."
8-1 Word of the Day.
Definition of Efficacy :
\ ˈe-fi-kə-sē \ noun; the ability to produce a desired result or effect.
"Although the efficacy of Dr. Swanson's homemade arthritis tonic was never scientifically verified, it was agreed that two or three doses made the county health fair a much more enjoyable experience."
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7-31 Word of the Day.
Definition of Natty :
\ ˈna-tē \ adjective; (especially of a person or an article of clothing) smart and fashionable. Also, trimly neat and tidy.
"Natty dressers and buffalo hot wings were always the hallmark of the Chicken Shack after-hours dance party."
7-30 Word of the Day.
Definition of Ubiquitous :
\ yü-ˈbi-kwə-təs \ adjective; present, appearing, or found everywhere. Also, constantly encountered, widespread.
"The ubiquitous ads for the Chicken Shack's ten-meat burger were more than enough to keep Charlene on her new vegan diet."
7-29 Word of the Day.
Definition of Salient :
\ ˈsā-lyənt \ adjective; most noticeable or important. Also, noun; a piece of land or section of fortification that juts out to form an angle.
"Residents agreed: the salient difference between the Burger Hut and the Chicken Shack was the action going on in the parking lot."
7-28 Word of the Day.
Definition of Dicacity :
\ dīˈkasətē \ noun, archaic; biting wit. Also, raillery, sarcasm.
"When Chad Jr. couldn't understand the dicacity of Kyle's new knock-knock joke, he decided it was time to take a few classes at Garden City Community Clown College."
7-27 Word of the Day.
Definition of Quiddity :
\ ˈkwi-də-tē \ noun; the inherent nature or essence of someone or something. Also, a distinctive feature; a peculiarity.
"Chad Jr. felt like his entire quiddity could be summed up in one word: complicated."
7-26 Word of the Day.
Definition of Confluence :
\ ˈkän-ˌflü-ən(t)s \ noun; an act or process of merging. Also, the flowing together of two or more streams.
"The actual confluence of Garden City Community College with Garden City Clown College produced mixed results, but everyone agreed: the name of Garden City Community Clown College had a certain ring to it."
7-25 Word of the Day.
Definition of Farouche :
\ fə-ˈrüsh \ adjective; wild, shy of humans. Also, unsociable or lacking in social graces.
"The farouche nature of Bang Chow the Panda led him to a landslide victory in the race for city council."
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