Word of The Day

#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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Word of the Day: Schadenfreude #motownwriters

WORD OF THE DAY
Schadenfreude
shä-dᵊn-ˌfrȯi-də
Part of speech: noun
Origin: German
1

Pleasure taken from the misfortune of others

2

A desire to see others suffer

Examples of Schadenfreude in a sentence

“I experienced schadenfreude after hearing that my horrible manager had been fired.”

“Sarah couldn’t help but feel a bit of schadenfreude when she discovered that the man who’d stolen her car was now in prison.”

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Word of the Day: Handsel #motownwriters

WORD OF THE DAY
Handsel
han(t)-səl
Part of speech: noun
Origin: Old English or Old Norse
1

A gift given for good luck

2

An initial payment

Examples of Handsel in a sentence

“My new business partner gave me a thoughtful handsel — she framed the first dollar we’d made — on our first week working together.”

“We had to pay a handsel before the landlord would reserve the apartment for us.”

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Word of the Day: Alacrity #motownwriters

WORD OF THE DAY
Alacrity
ə-ˈla-krə-tē
Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin
1

A prompt response

2

A cheerful willingness

Examples of Alacrity in a sentence

“He may not be the most talented member of our team, but his alacrity makes him very easy to work with.”

“The alacrity with which the class responded to the exam was suspicious given their usual sense of despair.”

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Word of the Day: Minacious #motownwriters

WORD OF THE DAY
Minacious
adjective
mə̇ˈnāshəs
1

Menacing or threatening

2

Dangerous or worthy of fear

Examples of Minacious in a sentence

“The minacious leader struck fear in the hearts of his subordinates.”

“Her minacious reputation ensured the classroom fell silent as soon as she entered.”

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Word of the Day: Persnickety #motownwriters

WORD OF THE DAY
Persnickety
pər-ˈsni-kə-tē
Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Scottish English
1

Overly concerned with minor details

2

Finicky or very particular

3

Requiring very precise or careful attention

Examples of Persnickety in a sentence

“He considered himself a foodie and was very persnickety about the restaurants he patronized.”

“Her persnickety ways often kept her from meeting deadlines.”

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