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Word of the day for June 1
lunacy n
  1. The state of being mad, insanity.
  2. Something deeply misguided.

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Word of the day for June 2
squirm v
  1. To twist one's body with snakelike motions.
  2. To twist in discomfort, especially from shame or embarrassment.

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Word of the day for June 3
chicanery n
  1. Deception by use of trickery, quibbling, or subterfuge.
  2. (law) A slick performance by a lawyer.

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Word of the day for June 4
gerontic adj
  1. Of or pertaining to old age or the elderly.

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Word of the day for June 5
Neolithic adj
  1. Of or relating to the New Stone Age, from circa 8500 to 4500 BCE.

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Word of the day for June 6
Ucalegon n
  1. (dated) A neighbor whose house is on fire or has burned down.

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Word of the day for June 7
bingo interj
  1. Used by players of bingo to claim a win.
  2. (informal) Used when finding what one has been looking for or trying to recall.
  3. (informal) Similarly, used to declare "You've just made my point!" or "My point exactly!".

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Word of the day for June 8
iota n
  1. Name for the ninth, and smallest, letter of the Greek alphabet.
  2. A jot; a very small, inconsiderable, quantity.

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Word of the day for June 9
perforce adv
  1. By force; of necessity; at any rate.

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Word of the day for June 10
wreak v
  1. To cause, inflict or let out, especially if causing harm or injury.

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Word of the day for June 11
disingenuous adj
  1. Not noble; unbecoming true honor or dignity; mean.
  2. Not ingenuous; not frank or open; unworthily or meanly artful.

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Word of the day for June 12
kaftan n
  1. A long tunic worn in the Eastern Mediterranean.
  2. A long dress or shirt similar in style to those worn in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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Word of the day for June 13
razzmatazz n
  1. Ambiguous or meaningless language.
  2. Empty and tiresome speculation.

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Word of the day for June 14
yammer v
  1. To complain peevishly.
  2. To talk loudly; to make an outcry.

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Word of the day for June 15
festinate adj
  1. (obsolete) Hurried, hasty.

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Word of the day for June 16
Machiavellian adj
  1. Done by cunning, scheming and unscrupulous methods, to achieve one's desired outcome.

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Word of the day for June 17
thrall n
  1. One who is enslaved.
  2. The state of being under the control of another person.

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Word of the day for June 18
askance adv
  1. Sideways; obliquely.
  2. (of a look or glance) With disapproval, skepticism, or suspicion.

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Word of the day for June 19
hoary adj
  1. White or gray with age.
  2. (botany) Covered with short, dense, grayish white hairs.
  3. (obsolete) Moldy; mossy; musty.

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Word of the day for June 20
otaku n
  1. One with an obsessive interest, particularly anime or manga.

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Word of the day for June 21
vocalize v
  1. To express with the voice; to utter.
  2. (of animals) To produce noises or calls from the throat.
  3. (music) To sing without using words.
  4. (linguistics) To turn a consonant into a vowel.

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Word of the day for June 22
curdle v
  1. To form curds so that it no longer flows smoothly; to cause to form such curds.
  2. To clot or coagulate; to cause to congeal, such as through cold.

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Word of the day for June 23
chutzpah n
  1. (slang) Nearly arrogant courage; utter audacity, effrontery or impudence.

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Word of the day for June 24
quay n
  1. (nautical) A wharf, a stone or concrete structure on navigable water used for loading and unloading vessels.

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Word of the day for June 25
symbiotic adj
  1. (biology) Of, or relating to symbiosis; living together.
  2. Of a relationship with mutual benefit between two individuals or organisms.

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Word of the day for June 26
enfleurage n
  1. The process of extracting fragrance from flowers by using unscented fats to capture the essential oils.

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Word of the day for June 27
threnody n
  1. A song or poem of lamentation or mourning for a dead person; a dirge, an elegy.

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Word of the day for June 28
flaunt v
  1. To parade (something); to display (something) with ostentation.

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Word of the day for June 29
pollard n
  1. A tree that has been pruned heavily, with branches cut back to the trunk so that it produces dense new growth.
  2. An animal, such as cattle or deer, whose horns have been removed or lost.

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Word of the day for June 30
denizen n
  1. An inhabitant of a place; one who dwells there.
  2. One who frequents a place.

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