Archives For Word use


October 30, 2013 — Leave a comment

Word: Perfunctory [ Per-fungk-tory]

Part of Speech: Adjective

Definition: Done routinely with little interest or care; Acting with indifference; showing little interest or care.

Origin: Late 16th Century from Latin perfungi- to get through with

Example Sentence: The violinist delivered a perfunctory performance that displayed none of the passion and warmth he was once known for.

Derivatives: Perfunctorily (adverb), Perfunctoriness (noun)


October 17, 2013 — Leave a comment

Word: Avaricious [ Ah-ver-ishis]

Part of Speech: Adjective

Definition: Immoderately desirous of wealth or gain; greedy. Characterized by avarice; greedy; covetous.

Origin: Mid 15th Century

Example Sentence: They are avaricious and will do anything for money.


October 13, 2013 — Leave a comment

Word: Lugubrious [Loo-goo-brius]

Part of Speech: Adjective

Definition: Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.

Origin: 17th century from Latin lugere – to mourn.

Example Sentence: The man’s face looked even more lugubrious than usual.


October 13, 2013 — Leave a comment

Word: Revelry [Rev-ul-ry]

Part of Speech: Noun

Definition: wild and noisy celebration; boisterous merrymaking

Origin: 15th century, from revel – Middle English, from Anglo-French reveler, literally, to rebel, from Latin rebellare

Example Sentence: The lottery winner was exhausted after a long night of revelry. 


October 5, 2013 — Leave a comment

Word: Surly [sir-lee]

Part of Speech: Adjective

Definition: bad-tempered and unfriendly.

Origin: Mid 16th century, alteration of obsolete sirly.

Example Sentence: The man left with a surly expression having lost the wager.

Derivatives: Surliness (noun), Surlily (adverb)


October 4, 2013 — Leave a comment

Word: Amalgamate [uh-mal-guh-mate]

Part of Speech: verb

Definition: To combine into a unified whole, unite, to become combined; to mix an alloy with mercury. 

Origin: Early 17th century from medieval Latin ‘amalgamare’ – formed into a soft mass.

Example Sentence: The man amalgamated his company with another.


October 2, 2013 — Leave a comment

Word: Garrulous [gair-ru-lus]

Part of Speech: adjective

Definition: given to constant and frivolous chatter, annoyingly talkative, prone to rambling.

Origin: 17th century from Latin ‘garrire’ – to chatter.

Example Sentence: The man was so garrulous that I couldn’t get a word in edgewise.