January Vocabulary Words

One of the goals on my 2014 manifesto was to learn a new vocabulary word each day. With the help of daily emails from dictionary.com, this goal is super easy to accomplish. These are the words for January:

January 1:

inchoation \in-koh-EY-shuhn\, noun:

a beginning; origin.

January 2: 

punnet \PUHN-it\, noun:

a small container or basket for strawberries or other fruit.

January 3: 

delitescent \del-i-TES-uhnt\, adjective:

concealed; hidden; latent.

January 4: 

skosh \skohsh\, noun:

Slang. a bit; a jot: We need just a skosh more room.

January 5: 

cede \seed\, verb:

to yield or formally surrender to another: to cede territory.

January 6: 

terminus \TUR-muh-nuhs\, noun:

1. the end or extremity of anything.
2. either end of a railroad line.
3. British. the station or the town at the end of a railway or bus route.
4. the point toward which anything tends; goal or end.

January 7: 

lea \lee, ley\, noun:

1. a tract of open ground, especially grassland; meadow.
2. land used for a few years for pasture or for growing hay, then plowed over and replaced by another crop.
3. a crop of hay on tillable land.

1. untilled; fallow.

January 8: 

welkin \WEL-kin\, noun:

the sky; the vault of heaven.

January 9: 

comport \kuhm-PAWRT, -POHRT\, verb:

1. to bear or conduct (oneself); behave: He comported himself with dignity.
2. to be in agreement, harmony, or conformity (usually followed by with): His statement does not comport with the facts.

January 10: 

wamble \WOM-buhl, -uhl, WAM-\, verb:

1. to move unsteadily.
2. to feel nausea.
3. (of the stomach) to rumble; growl.

1. an unsteady or rolling movement.
2. a feeling of nausea.

January 11: 

mot \moh\, noun:

1. a pithy or witty remark; bon mot.
2. Archaic. a note on a horn, bugle, etc.

January 12: 

hurdy-gurdy \HUR-dee-GUR-dee, -gur-\, noun:

1. a barrel organ or similar musical instrument played by turning a crank.
2. a lute- or guitar-shaped stringed musical instrument sounded by the revolution against the strings of a rosined wheel turned by a crank.

January 13: 

infinitesimal \in-fin-i-TES-uh-muhl\, adjective:

1. indefinitely or exceedingly small; minute: infinitesimal vessels in the circulatory system.
2. immeasurably small; less than an assignable quantity: to an infinitesimal degree.
3. of, pertaining to, or involving infinitesimals.

January 14: 

antebellum \AN-tee-BEL-uhm\, adjective:

before or existing before a war, especially the American Civil War; prewar: the antebellum plantations of Georgia.

January 15: 

hornswoggle \HAWRN-swog-uhl\, verb:

to swindle, cheat, hoodwink, or hoax.

January 16: 

echt \ekht\, adjective:

real; authentic; genuine.

January 17: 

misology \mi-SOL-uh-jee, mahy-\, noun:

distrust or hatred of reason or reasoning.

January 18: 

litigious \li-TIJ-uhs\, adjective:

1. inclined to dispute or disagree; argumentative.
2. of or pertaining to litigation.
3. excessively or readily inclined to litigate: a litigious person.

January 19: 

bosky \BOS-kee\, adjective:

1. covered with bushes, shrubs, and small trees; woody.
2. shady.

January 20: 

perspicuous \per-SPIK-yoo-uhs\, adjective:

1. clearly expressed or presented; lucid.
2. perspicacious.

January 21: 

williwaw \WIL-ee-waw\, noun:

a violent squall that blows in near-polar latitudes, as in the Strait of Magellan, Alaska, and the Aleutian Islands.

January 22: 

idem \AHY-dem, ID-em\, pronoun:

the same as previously given or mentioned.

January 23: 

aphesis \AF-uh-sis\, noun:

Historical Linguistics. the disappearance or loss of an unstressed initial vowel or syllable, as in the formation of the word slant from aslant.

January 24: 

banal \buh-NAL, -NAHL, BEYN-l\, adjective:

devoid of freshness or originality; hackneyed; trite: a banal and sophomoric treatment of courage on the frontier.

January 25: 

pettifogging \PET-ee-fog-ing, -faw-ging\, adjective:

1. insignificant; petty: pettifogging details.
2. dishonest or unethical in insignificant matters; meanly petty.

January 26: 

boîte \bwaht; Fr. bwat\, noun:

a nightclub; cabaret.

January 27: 

squib \skwib\, noun:

1. a short and witty or sarcastic saying or writing.
2. Journalism. a short news story, often used as a filler.

1. to write squibs.
2. to shoot a squib.

January 28: 

riposte \ri-POHST\, noun:

1. a quick, sharp return in speech or action; counterstroke: a brilliant riposte to an insult.
2. Fencing. a quick thrust given after parrying a lunge.

1. to make a riposte.
2. to reply or retaliate.

January 29: 

ugsome \UHG-suhm\, adjective:

Scot. and North England. horrid; loathsome.

January 30: 

sessile \SES-il, -ahyl\, adjective:

1. Zoology. permanently attached; not freely moving.
2. Botany. attached by the base, or without any distinct projecting support, as a leaf issuing directly from the stem.

January 31: 

boffin \BOF-in\, noun:

a scientist or technical expert.

*All of these words were copied directly from the dictionary.com daily emails


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