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Posted 04 Feb 09 by Tatyana in Vocab

I have a nagging sense that I may have already published some of these. But since I didn’t remember the definitions when I looked them up, I decided that repetition can be good.

  1. Bindlestiff – "hobo, one who carries his clothes or bedding in a bundle”
  3. Timbre – "the quality given to a sound by its overtones”
  5. Loll – "to hang loosely or laxly, droop”, "to act or move in a lax, lazy, or indolent manner, lounge”
  7. Umiak – "an open Eskimo boat made of a wooden frame covered with hide”
  9. Scow – "a large flat-bottomed boat with broad square ends used chiefly for transporting bulk material (as ore, sand, or refuse)”
  11. Earwig – "any of numerous insects (order Dermaptera) having slender many-jointed antennae and a pair of cerci resembling forceps at the end of the body” (Just the name makes me cringe!)
  13. Krait – "any of a genus (Bungarus) of brightly banded extremely venomous nocturnal elapid snakes of Pakistan, India, southeastern Asia, and adjacent islands”
  15. Moppet – child
  17. Nudnik -  "a person who is a bore or nuisance”
  19. Sapid – flavorful
  21. Swami – "a Hindu ascetic or religious teache”
  23. Nave – "the main part of the interior of a church”

All definitions are from Merriam-Webster online.

Posted 28 Jan 09 by Tatyana in Vocab

For those who haven’t seen these before, this is the result of me solving crossword puzzles online. Every time, there is at least one word I don’t know or have forgotten (and usually many more). I decided to keep track of the more amusing/interesting ones. And pardon the formatting – something didn’t go quite as planned.

  1. Pastiche – "a literary, artistic, musical, or architectural work that imitates the style of previous work.”
  2. Mohel – "a person who performs ritual Jewish circumcisions.”
  3. Presbyopic – "a visual condition which becomes apparent especially in middle age and in which loss of elasticity of the lens of the eye causes defective accommodation and inability to focus sharply for near vision.”
  4. Willemite – "a mineral of varying color consisting of a silicate of zinc and occurring especially in massive or granular forms.”
  5. Dank – "unpleasantly moist or wet.”
  6. Pieta – "a representation of the Virgin Mary mourning over the dead body of Christ”
  7. Ditty – "an especially simple and unaffected song”
  8. Pooh-bah – "a person holding many public or private offices”, "a person in high position or of great influence”
  9. Keen – "to lament, mourn, or complain loudly” (so much for the other meaning of the word!)
  10. Scag – slang for "heroin”

All definitions are from Merriam-Webster’s online.

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