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1

animadversion

a critical and usually censorious remark - often used with on
adverse criticism

e.g. make animadversions on someone's conduct

2

arrant

being notorious without moderation; extreme

e.g. We are arrant knaves, all; believe none of us
That statement is complete and arrant nonsense.

3

besot

infatuate
to make dull or stupid; especially, to muddle with drunkenness

4

bide

to wait for (usually in bide one's time)
to continue in a state, condition, or place

e.g. How long are you going to bide in this unhappy marriage?

5

blather

to talk foolishly at length (often used with on)
also
stir, commotion

e.g. retire quietly and without all the blather of a send-off

6

bleary

very tired and unable to see clearly
poorly outlined or defined; dim

e.g. bleary eyes/travelers

7

bullish

marked by, tending to cause, or hopeful or rising prices (as in a stock market)
optimistic about something's or someone's prospects

e.g. bullish markets/policies/investors
bullish on/about company's future

8

bullyrag

to intimidate by bullying
to vex by teasing; badger

9

canorous

pleasantly sounding; melodious

10

chaff

jest, banter

11

cheeky

insolently bold; impudent

12

clamber

to climb awkwardly (as by scrambling)

13

countrified

rural, rustic
unsophisticated

e.g. a restaurant with a countrified atmosphere

14

crib

pilfer, steal; especially, plagiarize

e.g. She cribbed a line or two from her favorite poet.

15

crimp

to cause to become wavy, bent, or pinched
to be an inhibiting or restraining influence on; cramp

e.g. Sales had been crimped by credit controls.

16

cull

to select from a group; choose
to hunt or kill (animals) as a means of population control

e.g. culled the best passages from the poet's work

17

desist

to cease to proceed or act

e.g. Despite orders from the police, the protesters would not desist.

18

dither

shiver, tremble
to act nervously or indecisively; vacillate

e.g. did not dither about what to do next

19

divers

various

e.g. The state fair offers divers amusement for the whole family.

20

drub

to beat severely; to defeat decisively
to berate critically

21

elysian

blissful, delightful

e.g. the dream of retiring to a tropical isle and enjoying a life of elysian ease

22

fatidic

of or relating to prophecy

23

finagle

to obtain by indirect or involved means
to obtain by trickery

e.g. finagle a ride home
finagle a visit to the museum

24

flatulent

pompously or portentously overblown

e.g. On election night TV's self-important pundits let loose a fusillade of flatulent pontifications.

25

flimflam

deceptive nonsense
deception, fraud

e.g. The report is just a lot of corporate flimflam.
a flimflam to pique his romantic interest

26

flummox

confuse

e.g. an actor who's easily flummoxed by any changes in the script

27

frumpy

dowdy, drab

28

gabby

talkative, garrulous

29

gawky

awkward, clumsy

30

gracile

slender, slight
graceful

e.g. Gracile as any pair of classically trained dancers, the bride and groom made their way around the dance floor.

31

hanker

yearn (often used with for or after)

e.g. hanker for a warm day

32

huffish

arrogant, sulky

e.g. huffish wealthy people who expected to receive top priority in the ship's dining room

33

huffy

roused to indignation; irritated
easily offended; touchy

e.g. a huffy actress who loudly protests every perceived insult

34

hunker

to crouch, squat
to settle in or dig in for a sustained period (used with down)

e.g. hunker down for a good long wait

35

interlard

to vary by intermixture; intersperse, interlace

e.g. interlard one's speech with oaths

36

jounce

to move in an up-and-down manner; bounce

e.g. a rickety cart jouncing as it was being pulled over the cobblestoned streets

37

lard

to augment or intersperse especially with something superfluous or excessive

e.g. a book larded with subplots

38

leach

to dissolve out by the action of a percolating liquid
to draw out or remove by or as if by percolation

e.g. leach out alkali from ashes
Even a small amount of rain can leach the toxic material from the soil.

39

lymphatic

lacking physical or mental energy; sluggish

40

maunder

to wander slowly and idly
to speak indistinctly or disconnectedly

e.g. maundered all over town on his day off

41

mull

to grind or mix thoroughly; pulverize
to consider at length; ponder (often used with over)
meditate, ponder

e.g. mull over an idea

42

oleaginous

resembling oil; oily
producing or containing oil
marked by an offensive ingratiating manner or quality

e.g. The office manager greeted the corporate bigwigs with an oleaginous welcome that should have embarrassed him.

43

ornery

cantankerous

44

pavid

timid; afraid; fearful; frightened

45

peckish

hungry
irritated or annoyed

e.g. a peckish tone of voice

46

pelagic

of, relating to, or living or occurring in the open sea; oceanic

e.g. At one time pelagic whaling was the cornerstone of the island's economy.

47

pendulous

suspended so as to swing freely
marked by vacillation, indecision, or uncertainty

e.g. branches hung with pendulous vines

48

picayunish

of little value or account; small, trifling

49

piteous

deserving or causing feelings of sympathy or pity

50

putter

to move or act aimlessly or idly
to work at random; tinker

51

quicksilver

changing quickly and often; mercurial

52

quondam

former, sometime

e.g. a quondam oil baron now living comfortably in retirement

53

raptorial

predatory

54

raven

to feed greedily
to prowl for food; prey
plunder
to devour greedily
despoil

e.g. The rat ravened the poisoned bait just as we had hoped.
Men raven the earth, destroying its resources.

55

recusant

one who refuses to accept or obey established authority
also

e.g. Its object is not the moral education of the recusant individuals.

56

ritzy

snobbish
impressively or ostentatiously fancy or stylish; fashionable, posh

57

saucy

impertinently bold and impudent
amusingly forward and flippant; irrepressible
smart, trim

e.g. irritate his fellow travelers with saucy questions and comments

58

scraggly

irregular in form or growth

e.g. a scraggly beard

59

scruffy

unkempt, slovenly, shaggy

e.g. The neighborhood is full of dilapidated houses with scruffy backyards.

60

shilly-shally

in an irresolute, undecided, or hesitating manner

61

slog

beat
to plod (one's way) perseveringly especially against difficulty

e.g. slogged through the snow / through her work

62

smite

to strike sharply or heavily
captivate, take

e.g. He vowed that he would smite his enemy.
smitten with her beauty

63

smut

to stain or taint with smut
matter that soils or blackens
obscene language or matter

64

snivel

to run at the nose
to cry or whine with snuffling

65

soigne

well-groomed, sleek
elegantly maintained or designed

e.g. a soigne restaurant/black dress

66

stately

marked by lofty or imposing dignity
haughty, unapproachable
impressive in size or proportions

e.g. The governor watched with stately aloofness as his wife charmed the party guests.
a stately dowager in an evening gown

67

straiten

to hem in; confine
to subject to distress, privation, or deficiency

e.g. in straitened circumstances

68

swathe

to bind, wrap, or swaddle with or as if with a bandage
envelop

e.g. a mountain swathed by clouds

69

tony

marked by an aristocratic or high-toned manner or style

e.g. tony private schools

70

trounce

to defeat decisively

71

unbosom

to give expression to; disclose, reveal
to disclose the thoughts or feelings of

e.g. unbosomed his fear of dying only to his closest friends

72

verboten

forbidden; especially, prohibited by dictate

e.g. a college campus on which any form of hate speech was strictly verboten

73

versant

the general slope of a region
having knowledge or experience; conversant

74

wend

to direct one's course; travel
to proceed on (one's way); direct

e.g. We wended (our way) through the narrow streets.

75

wile

a trick or stratagem intended to ensnare or deceive; also, a beguiling or playful trick
skill in outwitting; trickery, guile

e.g. use all of her wiles to convince everyone to stay

76

wroth

intensely angry; highly incensed; wrathful

77

yen

a strong desire or propensity; also, urge, craving

e.g. a yen for the sea / ice cream

78

yowl

wail

e.g. a yowling cat outside the building

79

zany

a slavish follower; toady
one who acts the buffoon to amuse others
very strange and silly

e.g. One of the challenges of hosting a radio call-in program is preventing the zanies from taking over the discussion.
a zany plane to drive cross-country on a motorized scooter

80

zoom

to go speedily; zip
to increase sharply

e.g. cars zooming by on the highway
Retail sales zoomed.