Word of The Day

#MotownWriters: Word of the Day: Proboscis #wotd

WORD OF THE DAY
Proboscis
prə-BAH-skəs
Part of speech: noun
Origin: Greek, early 17th century
1

The nose of a mammal, especially when it is long and mobile such as the trunk of an elephant or the snout of a tapir.

2

(in many insects) an elongated sucking mouthpart that is typically tubular and flexible.

Examples of Proboscis in a sentence

“At the zoo I had the chance to watch an anteater use its proboscis to stir up the dirt and eat insects.”

“The garden was planted with flowers known to have pollen to attract bees and other insects with a proboscis.”

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#MotownWriters: Word of the Day: Heyday #wotd

WORD OF THE DAY
Heyday
HEY-dey
Part of speech: noun
Origin: English, late 16th century
1

The period of a person’s or thing’s greatest success, popularity, or vigor.

2

An exclamation of joy, surprise.

Examples of Heyday in a sentence

“The heyday of the silent film ended in the late 1920s.”

“Michael Jordan was unstoppable in his heyday.”

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#motownwriters Word of the Day: Gochujang #wotd

WORD OF THE DAY
Gochujang
KOH-choo-jang
Part of speech: noun
Origin: Korean, year unknown
1

A spicy paste used in Korean cooking, made from red chili peppers, fermented soybeans, rice, and salt.

Examples of Gochujang in a sentence

“I’m challenging myself to try one new food a week; this week it’s gochujang.”

The special today is a spicy shrimp rice bowl with gochujang, cucumber, radishes, and carrots.”

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#motownwriters Word of the Day: Patronage #wotd

WORD OF THE DAY
Patronage
PEY-trə-nij
Part of speech: noun
Origin: French, 14th century
1

The support given by a patron.

2

The regular business given to a store, restaurant, or public service by a person or group.

Examples of Patronage in a sentence

“He received enough patronage from the art gallery owner to be able to quit his day job and focus on painting.”

“I love to go out to eat, but I try to give my patronage to locally owned restaurants.”

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#Motownwriters: Word of the Day: Biodiversity #wotd

WORD OF THE DAY
Biodiversity
bahy-oh-dih-VERS-ih-tee
Part of speech: noun
Origin: English, 1980s
1

The variety of life in the world or in a particular habitat or ecosystem.

Examples of Biodiversity in a sentence

“The Australian biodiversity is responsible for almost 10% of all species on Earth.”

“The foundation was focused on efforts to preserve the biodiversity of the rainforest.”

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#Motown Word of the Day: Ineffable #wotd #wordwednesday

WORD OF THE DAY
Ineffable
i-ˈne-fə-bəl
Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Late Middle English
1

Too big or extreme for words to express

2

Not to be spoken of due to its sacredness

3

Indescribable

Examples of Ineffable in a sentence

“I felt ineffable joy when my daughter was born. ”

“In certain religions, God is as mysterious as his or her or its ineffable name.”

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#Motown Word of the Day: Tootle #wotd #wordwednesday

WORD OF THE DAY
Tootle
ˈtü-tᵊ
Part of speech: verb
Origin: English, early 19th century
1

To toot gently, repeatedly, or continuously on an instrument

2

To travel in a leisurely manner

Examples of Tootle in a sentence

“He tootled a tune on his flute.”

“We tootle along on Sundays in our car, enjoying the flowers and taking in the sunshine.”

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#Motown Word of the Day: Portentous #wotd #wordwednesday

WORD OF THE DAY
Portentous
pȯr-ˈten-təs
Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin
1

Relating to a serious matter; ominous

2

Performed in a pompous manner in an effort to impress

3

Self-important to the point of pompousness

Examples of Portentous in a sentence

“The portentous skyscraper was impossible to ignore.”

“The ‘Keep Out’ sign was a portentous warning.”

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#Motown Word of the Day: Gibbous #wotd #wordwednesday

WORD OF THE DAY
Gibbous
gi-bəs
Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Middle English
1

Convex

2

Bulging or protruding

3

In astronomy, seen with more than half but not all of the apparent disk illuminated

Examples of Gibbous in a sentence

“We sat around the fire and watched the gibbous moon rise.”

“The gibbous designs in his art were reminiscent of a waning moon.”

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#Motown Word of the Day: Parsimonious #wotd #wordwednesday

Word Genius
WORD OF THE DAY
Parsimonious
pär-sə-ˈmō-nē-əs
adjective
1

Reluctant to spend money

2

Extremely frugal

3

Highly reserved; restrained

Examples of Parsimonious in a sentence

“My parsimonious neighbor asked me to pay him for the value of the egg I borrowed.”

“I know you’re parsimonious, but I wish you would loosen the purse strings once in a while.”

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#Motown Word of the Day: Lambent #wotd

Word Genius
WORD OF THE DAY
Lambent
ˈlam-bənt
adjective
1

Glowing softly

2

Gently glimmering

Examples of Lambent in a sentence

“The lambent flickering of the campfire lulled us all into a peaceful doze.”

“Massage parlors try to use lambent light to soothe clients.”

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#Motown Word of the Day: Otiose #wotd

WORD OF THE DAY
Otiose
ō-shē-ˌōs
adjective
1

Having no real purpose

2

Useless; pointless

Examples of Otiose in a sentence

“With the invention of the iPod, my CD collection has been rendered otiose.”

“The shed was filled with otiose tools that should have been thrown away long ago.”

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#Motown Word of the Day: Sobriquet #wotd

WORD OF THE DAY
Sobriquet
ˈsō-bri-ˌkā
noun
1

A familiar or shortened version of a person’s name

2

A nickname

Examples of Sobriquet in a sentence

“Most people know me by my sobriquet, because my real name is so long and difficult to pronounce.”

“Many performers nowadays go by sobriquets in order to protect their real identities.”

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#Motown Word of the Day: Sesquipedalian #wotd

WORD OF THE DAY
Sesquipedalian
se-skwə-pə-ˈdāl-yən
adjective
1

Describing a word with lots of syllables

2

Overly wordy; verbose

Examples of Sesquipedalian in a sentence

“His use of many sesquipedalian phrases didn’t make him sound smarter — just full of himself.”

“He’s a good teacher, but sometimes he tends to be so sesquipedalian that no one can understand him.”

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Word of the Day: Apoplectic #motownwriters

WORD OF THE DAY
Apoplectic
a-pə-ˈplek-tik
Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Late Latin, 17th century
1

Enraged to the point of fury

2

Relating to the causes of or denoting a stroke (apoplexy)

3

Likely to cause a stroke

Examples of Apoplectic in a sentence

“Dave was apoplectic when he realized I’d been stealing his lunches for the last two years.”

“I was worried when I discovered that my new patient was prone to becoming apoplectic.”

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