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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for December 1, 2022 is: sandbag • \SAND-bag\ • verb When used figuratively, sandbag usually means “to hit or stun as if with a sandbag,” “to criticize or treat unfairly” or “to hide one’s true abilities or purpose in order to deceive people, gain an advantage, etc.” // She felt sandbagged by some of the feedback i…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 30, 2022 is: quiddity • \KWID-uh-tee\ • noun Quiddity refers to the essence of a thing—that is, whatever makes something the type of thing that it is. Quiddity can also refer to a small and usually trivial complaint or criticism, or to a quirk or eccentricity in someone's behavior. // The novelist’s ge…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 29, 2022 is: motley • \MAHT-lee\ • adjective Motley usually means "made up of many different people or things," and often appears in the phrase "motley crew" or "motley mix." It can also mean "variegated in color." // I love movies that feature a motley crew of characters putting aside their difference…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 28, 2022 is: wheedle • \WEE-dul\ • verb Wheedle means "to use soft words or flattery," usually for the purpose of persuading someone to do something or to give you something. It is often used disapprovingly, and is frequently followed by the word into, as in "wheedle one's way into favor." // The sales…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 27, 2022 is: onomatopoeia • \ah-nuh-mah-tuh-PEE-uh\ • noun Onomatopoeia means “the creation or use of words that imitate sounds.” It can also refer to the words themselves. // The poem “Cynthia in the Snow” by Gwendolyn Brooks is famous for its beautiful onomatopoeia, capturing in vivid language snow’s…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 26, 2022 is: sustain • \suh-STAYN\ • verb Sustain means "to provide what is needed for something or someone to exist or continue; to nourish." It can also mean "to hold up the weight of," "to suffer or endure," or "to confirm or prove." In legal contexts, to sustain something is to decide or state that…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 25, 2022 is: jejune • \jih-JOON\ • adjective Jejune is a formal word often used as a synonym of juvenile to describe things (such as behaviors, attitudes, etc.) that are immature, childish, or simplistic. It can also mean "uninteresting" or "boring." // Her rude and jejune remarks about the painting we…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 24, 2022 is: cornucopia • \kor-nuh-KOH-pee-uh\ • noun A cornucopia, also known as a horn of plenty, is a curved, hollow goat’s horn or similarly shaped receptacle (such as a horn-shaped basket) that is overflowing, especially with fruit and vegetables. The image of a cornucopia is commonly used as deco…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 23, 2022 is: vamoose • \vuh-MOOSS\ • verb Vamoose is an informal word that means "to depart quickly." // With the sheriff and his posse hot on their tails, the bank robbers knew they had better vamoose. See the entry > Examples: "[Ali S.] Khan's group packed fast and vamoosed on a small airplane, which…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 22, 2022 is: leonine • \LEE-uh-nyne\ • adjective Leonine means “of, relating to, or resembling a lion.” // She spent hours in the bathroom trying to detangle her leonine tresses. See the entry > Examples: “As I tried harder and harder ... I began to understand more about what [Fabio] meant at the time,…
 
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