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1

 

Word of the day for December 1
nimbus n
  1. A circle of light; halo.
  2. A gray rain cloud
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2

 

Word of the day for December 2
yonder adv
  1. In an indicated place; over there
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3

 

Word of the day for December 3
fastidious adj
  1. Excessively particular, demanding, or fussy about details.
  2. Overly concerned about tidiness and cleanliness
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4

 

Word of the day for December 4
arbitrary adj
  1. Determined by impulse rather than reason.
  2. Chosen for no reason or at random
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5

 

Word of the day for December 5
prevaricate v
  1. To evade the truth; to waffle or be intentionally ambiguous.
  2. To speak with equivocation; to shuffle; to quibble
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6

 

Word of the day for December 6
lugubrious adj
  1. Gloomy, mournful or dismal, especially to an exaggerated degree
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7

 

Word of the day for December 7
segue v
  1. To move smoothly from one state or subject to another.
  2. (music) To make a smooth transition from one theme to another
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8

 

Word of the day for December 8
emaciated adj
  1. Thin or haggard, especially from hunger or disease; weak from being malnourished
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9

 

Word of the day for December 9
optimize v
  1. To make (something) optimal; to make the best that is possible.
  2. To make something more efficient
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10

 

Word of the day for December 10
inchoate adj
  1. Recently started but not fully formed yet; only elementary or immature
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11

 

Word of the day for December 11
extemporise v
  1. To do something, particularly to perform or speak, without prior planning or thought; to act in an impromptu manner; to improvise
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12

 

Word of the day for December 12
lexicon n
  1. (linguistics) A dictionary that includes or focuses on vocabulary.
  2. A dictionary of Classical Greek, Hebrew, Latin, or Aramaic.
  3. The vocabulary employed by or known to an individual
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13

 

Word of the day for December 13
knock on wood v
  1. (idiomatic) An action taken or referred to ward off some misfortune that is discussed but has not happened yet
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14

 

Word of the day for December 14
pectinate adj
  1. Resembling a comb
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15

 

Word of the day for December 15
shako n
  1. (From Hungarian csákó): A stiff cylindrical military dress hat with a metal plate in front, a short visor, and a plume
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16

 

Word of the day for December 16
paddy n
  1. (From Malay padi): An irrigated or flooded field where rice is grown
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17

 

Word of the day for December 17
robot n
  1. (From Czech and Slovak robota): A machine that resembles humans in shape or function
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18

 

Word of the day for December 18
capoeira n
  1. (From Portuguese): A martial art developed in Brazil
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19

 

Word of the day for December 19
hoi polloi n
  1. (From Ancient Greek οἱ πολλοί): The common people; the masses
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20

 

Word of the day for December 20
brogue n
  1. (From Irish Gaelic bróg): A strong dialectal accent, especially a strong Irish accent
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21

 

Word of the day for December 21
geronimo interj
  1. (After Chiricahua Goyaałé): A cry shouted before jumping out of or into something
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22

 

Word of the day for December 22
kabuki n
  1. (From Japanese 歌舞伎): A form of Japanese theatre in which elaborately costumed male performers use stylized movements, dances, and songs to enact tragedies and comedies
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23

 

Word of the day for December 23
chocolate n
  1. (From Nahuatl chocolatl): A food made from ground roasted cocoa beans
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24

 

Word of the day for December 24
tundra n
  1. (From Kildin Sami tūndar): A flat and treeless arctic region
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25

 

Word of the day for December 25
Hanukkah n
  1. (From Hebrew חנוכה): A Jewish festival that commemorates the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem after the victory of the Maccabees
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26

 

Word of the day for December 26
pariah n
  1. (From Tamil paraiyar): An outcast.
  2. A demographic group or community that is generally despised
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27

 

Word of the day for December 27
zero num
  1. (From Arabic صفر): The number that denotes no quantity or amount at all
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28

 

Word of the day for December 28
ogonek n
  1. (From Polish "little tail"): A hook-shaped diacritical mark attached underneath a vowel to indicate nasalization
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29

 

Word of the day for December 29
juggernaut n
  1. (From Hindustani जगन्नाथ): A literal or metaphorical force regarded as unstoppable
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30

 

Word of the day for December 30
abalone n
  1. (From Ohlone aulon): An edible univalve mollusc having a shell lined with mother-of-pearl
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31

 

Word of the day for December 31
wiki n
  1. (From Hawaiian wikiwiki): A website based on any kind of Wiki software which enables users to add to, edit, and delete from the site’s content quickly
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