- An allowance of money given by a husband to his wife for private and personal expenditures.
- Money for incidental expenses.
- A trivial sum.
Great pleasure; delight, enjoyment.
A tale of sorrow, disappointment, or complaint; a doleful story; also, a dolorous or angry tirade.
Someone who is skilled in table talk.
- Characterized by or full of force and vigor; as, "a trenchant analysis."
- Caustic; biting; severe; as, "trenchant criticism."
- Distinct; clear-cut; clearly or sharply defined.
Pertaining to the west wind; soft; mild; gentle.
|10 Jan||Potemkin village|
An impressive facade or display that hides an undesirable fact or state; a false front.
- Subordinate; subsidiary.
- Auxiliary; helping.
- The state of being the firstborn of the same parents; seniority by birth among children of the same family.
- (Law) An exclusive right of inheritance that belongs to the eldest son.
|7 Jan||olla podrida|
- A stew of highly seasoned meat and vegetables.
- A mixture; a hodgepodge.
A strong, offensive smell; stench.
From head to foot; at all points.
Pertaining to fields or the country; rural; rustic.
- To burst in forcibly or suddenly; to intrude.
- (Ecology) To increase rapidly in number.
- A petty falsehood; a fib.
- Pretentious nonsense.
Smooth; having a surface without hairs, projections, or any unevenness.
|31 Dec 2016||crabwise|
- In a cautiously indirect manner.
|30 Dec 2016||abecedarian|
- One who is learning the alphabet; hence, a beginner.
- One engaged in teaching the alphabet.
- Rudimentary; elementary.
|29 Dec 2016||roue|
A man devoted to a life of sensual pleasure; a debauchee; a rake.
|28 Dec 2016||harbinger|
- (Archaic) One who provides lodgings; especially, the officer of the English royal household who formerly preceded the court when traveling, to provide and prepare lodgings.
- A forerunner; a precursor; one that presages or foreshadows what is to come.
|27 Dec 2016||apocryphal|
- (Bible) Pertaining to the Apocrypha.
- Not canonical. Hence: Of doubtful authority or authenticity; spurious; false.
|26 Dec 2016||censure|
- The act of blaming or finding fault with and condemning as wrong; reprehension; blame.
- An official reprimand or expression of disapproval.
|25 Dec 2016||terminus|
- The finishing point; the end.
- A boundary; a border; a limit.
- A post or stone marking a boundary.
- Either end of a railroad or other transportation line; also, the station house, town, or city at that place.
|24 Dec 2016||velleity|
- The lowest degree of desire; imperfect or incomplete volition.
- A slight wish or inclination.
|23 Dec 2016||portent|
- A sign of a coming event or calamity; an omen.
- Prophetic or menacing significance.
- Something amazing; a marvel.
|22 Dec 2016||microcosm|
- A little world. Hence, man or human nature as a supposed epitome of the world or universe (compare macrocosm).
- A smaller, representative system having analogies to a larger system.
|21 Dec 2016||wraith|
- An apparition of a living person seen before death; hence, an apparition; a specter; a ghost.
- A shadowy or insubstantial form, appearance, or representation of something.
|20 Dec 2016||impassible|
- Incapable of suffering; not subject to harm or pain.
- Unfeeling or not showing feeling.
|19 Dec 2016||ambit|
- Circuit or compass.
- The boundaries or limits of a district or place.
- An area in which something acts, operates, or has power or control; extent; sphere; scope.
|18 Dec 2016||nuptial|
- Of or pertaining to marriage; done or used at a wedding; as, "nuptial rites and ceremonies."
- Of, pertaining to, or occurring in the mating season.
|17 Dec 2016||metier|
- An occupation; a profession.
- An area in which one excels; an occupation for which one is especially well suited.
|16 Dec 2016||amalgam|
- An alloy of mercury with another metal or metals; used especially (with silver) as a dental filling.
- A mixture or compound of different things.
|15 Dec 2016||cum|
With; along with; combined with; -- often used in combination.
|14 Dec 2016||phantasmagoria|
- A shifting series or succession of things seen or imagined, as in a dream.
- Any constantly changing scene.
|13 Dec 2016||perquisite|
- A profit or benefit in addition to a salary or wages.
- Broadly: The benefits of a position or office.
- A gratuity or tip for services performed.
- Anything to which someone has or claims the sole right.
|12 Dec 2016||syncretic|
Uniting and blending together different systems, as of philosophy, morals, or religion.
|11 Dec 2016||Pyrrhic victory|
A victory achieved at great or excessive cost; a ruinous victory.
|10 Dec 2016||habitue|
One who habitually frequents a place.
|9 Dec 2016||plaint|
- An expression of sorrow; lamentation.
- A complaint.
|8 Dec 2016||toper|
One who drinks frequently or to excess.
|7 Dec 2016||choleric|
- Easily irritated; inclined to anger; bad-tempered.
- Angry; indicating or expressing anger; excited by anger.
|6 Dec 2016||inhere|
To be inherent; to belong, as attributes or qualities.
|5 Dec 2016||provender|
- Dry food for domestic animals, such as hay, straw, corn, oats, or a mixture of ground grain; feed.
- Food or provisions.
|4 Dec 2016||trice|
A very short time; an instant; a moment; -- used chiefly in the phrase "in a trice."
|3 Dec 2016||ephemeron|
- Something short-lived or of no lasting significance.
- ephemera: Items, especially printed matter (as posters, broadsides, pamphlets, etc.), intended to be of use or importance for only a short time but preserved by collectors.
|2 Dec 2016||alpenglow|
A reddish glow seen near sunset or sunrise on the summits of mountains.
|1 Dec 2016||stertorous|
Characterized by a heavy snoring or gasping sound; hoarsely breathing.
|30 Nov 2016||interpolate|
- To alter or corrupt (as a book or text) by the insertion of new or foreign matter.
- To insert (material) into a text or conversation.
- To insert between other elements or parts.
- [Mathematics] to estimate a value of (a function) between two known values.
|29 Nov 2016||harridan|
A scolding, vicious woman; a shrew; a hag.
|28 Nov 2016||contemporaneous|
Originating, existing, or occurring at the same time.