February 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 February:

February 1:

galligaskins \gal-i-GAS-kinz\, noun:

1. leggings or gaiters, usually of leather.
2. loose hose or breeches worn in the 16th and 17th centuries.

February 2: 

slake \sleyk\, verb:

1. to allay (thirst, desire, wrath, etc.) by satisfying.
2. to make less active, vigorous, intense, etc.: His calm manner slaked their enthusiasm.
3. to cause disintegration of (lime) by treatment with water.

February 3: 

posy \POH-zee\, noun:

1. a flower, nosegay, or bouquet.
2. Archaic. a brief motto or the like, as one inscribed within a ring.

February 4: 

inglenook \ING-guhl-nook\, noun:

a corner or nook near a fireplace.

February 5: 

farceur \fahr-SUR\, noun:

1. a joker; wag.
2. a writer or director of or actor in farce.

February 6: 

neologize \nee-OL-uh-jahyz\, verb:

1. to make or use new words or create new meanings for existing words.
2. to devise or accept new religious doctrines.

February 7: 

schuss \shoos\, verb:

1. Skiing. to execute a schuss.

1. a straight downhill run at high speed.

February 8: 

maw \maw\, noun:

1. the symbolic or theoretical center of a voracious hunger or appetite of any kind: the ravenous maw of Death.
2. the mouth, throat, or gullet of an animal, especially a carnivorous mammal.
3. a cavernous opening that resembles the open jaws of an animal: the gaping maw of hell.

February 9: 

dulcify \DUHL-suh-fahy\, verb:

1. to make more agreeable; mollify; appease.
2. to sweeten.

February 10: 

blatherskite \BLATH-er-skahyt\, noun:

1. a person given to voluble, empty talk.
2. nonsense; blather.

February 11: 

sooth \sooth\, noun:

1. truth, reality, or fact.

1. true or real.

February 12: 

albumen \al-BYOO-muhn\, noun:

1. the white of an egg.
2. Botany. the nutritive matter around the embryo in a seed.

February 13: 

pluvial \PLOO-vee-uhl\, adjective:

1. of or pertaining to rain; rainy.
2. Geology. occurring through the action of rain.

1. Geology. a rainy period formerly regarded as coeval with a glacial age, but now recognized as episodic and, in the tropics, as characteristic of interglacial ages.

February 14: 

schatzi \SHAHT-see\, noun:

Slang. sweetheart, darling.

February 15: 

ailurophilia \ahy-loor-uh-FIL-ee-uh, ey-loor-\, noun:

a liking for cats, as by cat fanciers.

February 16: 

chirk \churk\, verb:

1. Informal. to cheer (usually followed by up).
2. to make a shrill, chirping noise.

February 17: 

august \aw-GUHST\, adjective:

1. venerable; eminent: an august personage.
2. inspiring reverence or admiration; of supreme dignity or grandeur; majestic: an august performance of a religious drama.

February 18: 

bestiary \BES-chee-er-ee, BEES-\, noun:

a collection of moralized fables, especially as written in the Middle Ages, about actual or mythical animals.

February 19: 

moiety \MOI-i-tee\, noun:

1. a half.
2. an indefinite portion, part, or share.
3. Anthropology. one of two units into which a tribe or community is divided on the basis of unilineal descent.

February 20: 

Salchow \SAL-kou\, noun:

Ice Skating. a jump in which the skater leaps from the back inside edge of one skate, making one full rotation of the body in the air, and lands on the back outside edge of the other skate.

February 21: 

toothsome \TOOTH-suhm\, adjective:

1. pleasing to the taste; palatable: a toothsome dish.
2. pleasing or desirable, as fame or power.
3. voluptuous; sexually alluring: a toothsome blonde.

February 22: 

razz \raz\, verb:

1. Slang. to deride; make fun of; tease.

1. raspberry; any sign or expression of dislike or derision.

February 23: 

columbine \KOL-uhm-bahyn, -bin\, adjective:

1. dovelike; dove-colored.
2. of a dove.

February 24:

malinger \ muh-LING-ger \  , verb;

1. to pretend illness, especially in order to shirk one’s duty, avoid work, etc.

February 25:

sciamachy  \ sahy-AM-uh-kee \  , noun;

 1. an act or instance of fighting a shadow or an imaginary enemy.

February 26:

fusty  \ FUHS-tee \  , adjective;

1. old-fashioned or out-of-date, as architecture, furnishings, or the like: They still live in that fusty,gingerbread house .

2. having a stale smell; moldy; musty: fusty rooms that were in need of a good airing .
3. stubbornly conservative or old-fashioned; fogyish.

February 27:

deipnosophist \ dahyp-NOS-uh-fist \  , noun;

1. a person who is an adept conversationalist at table.

February 28:

aubade  \ oh-BAD, oh-BAHD \  , noun;

1. Music . a piece sung or played outdoors at dawn, usually as a compliment to someone.

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


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