Thursday, June 03, 2021

In other words; trees, single and double

  • antonym, noun. A word opposite in meaning to another.
  • barney, noun. (British, informal) An angry argument; fight, altercation, row.
  • breastboard, noun. The mouldboard of a plough.
  • canard, noun. A false or baseless, usually derogatory story, report, or rumor.
  • clock-watch, verb (intransitive). To be overly concerned with looking at a clock to check the time, esp. in anticipation of stopping work; (of an employee) to be overly keen not to work more than one’s required hours.
  • contronym, noun. A word with two opposite meanings (e.g. sanction can mean both ‘a penalty for disobeying a law’ and ‘official permission or approval for an action’).
  • daft, adjective. (British, informal) Silly; foolish.
  • delite, adjective. Very pleasant or enjoyable; delightful.
  • doubletree, noun. A pivoted crossbar in front of a wagon with a singletree at each end, enabling two horses to be harnessed abreast.
  • foolatum, noun. A foolish or stupid person; a fool.
  • fungible, adjective. Being something (such as money or a commodity) of such a nature that one part or quantity may be replaced by another equal part or quantity in paying a debt or settling an account; capable of mutual substitution.
  • homonym, noun. Each of two or more words having the same spelling or pronunciation but different meanings and origins.
  • ingratiate, verb. Bring oneself into favor with someone by flattering or trying to please them.
  • jargon, noun. Special words or expressions that are used by a particular profession or group and are difficult for others to understand; unintelligible or meaningless talk or writing, any talk or writing that one does not understand.
  • kopitiam, noun. A coffee-house or informal restaurant serving traditional Malay and Chinese fare.
  • sarmie, noun. A sandwich.
  • sigil, noun. An inscribed or painted symbol considered to have magical power; a seal; a sign or symbol.
  • singletree, noun. (British, swingletree) A crossbar, pivoted at the middle, to which the traces of a harness are fastened for pulling a cart, carriage, wagon, plow, etc.
  • trireme, noun. An ancient Greek or Roman war galley with three banks of oars.
  • twaddle, noun. Trivial or foolish speech or writing; nonsense.
  • twee, adjective. (British) Excessively or affectedly quaint, pretty, or sentimental.

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