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Word of the day  for May 1
haywire adj   help, file
  1. Behaving erratically or in an uncontrollable manner, especially of a machine or mechanical process.

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2

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Word of the day  for May 2
halcyon adj   help, file
  1. Pertaining to, or resembling, the kingfisher, which was anciently said to lay her eggs in nests on or near the sea during the calm weather about the winter solstice.
  2. Calm; quiet; peaceful; undisturbed; happy.

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3

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Word of the day  for May 3
mauve n   help, file
  1. A pale purple or violet colour.

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4

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Word of the day  for May 4
masticate v   help, file
  1. To chew food.
  2. To grind or knead something into a pulp.

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5

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Word of the day  for May 5
hyperbole n   help, file
  1. Extreme exaggeration; especially, exaggeration as a literary device.

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6

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Word of the day  for May 6
name n   help, file
  1. Any word or phrase which indicates a particular person, place, class, or thing.
  2. Reputation.

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7

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Word of the day  for May 7
aah interj   help, file
  1. indication of amazement or surprise or enthusiasm.
  2. indication of joyful pleasure.
  3. indication of sympathy.
  4. indication of mouth being opened wide.

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8

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Word of the day  for May 8
unfettered adj   help, file
  1. Not bound by chains or shackles.
  2. (by extension) Not restricted.

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9

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Word of the day  for May 9
discombobulate v   help, file
  1. To throw into a state of confusion; to befuddle or perplex.

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10

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Word of the day  for May 10
replete adj   help, file
  1. Abounding in something.
  2. Filled to the point of bursting.

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11

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Word of the day  for May 11
tectum n   help, file
  1. The dorsal portion of the midbrain.
  2. The interconnected outer surface of a spore.

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12

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Word of the day  for May 12
eminently adv   help, file
  1. In an eminent manner; prominently or loftily.
  2. To a great extent; highly; very.

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13

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Word of the day  for May 13
postprandial adj   help, file
  1. After a meal, especially after dinner.

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14

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Word of the day  for May 14
warble v   help, file
  1. To frequency modulate a tone; trill.
  2. To sing like a bird.

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15

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Word of the day  for May 15
ignominious adj   help, file
  1. Marked by shame or disgrace; humiliating.

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16

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Word of the day  for May 16
boondoggle n   help, file
  1. A waste of time and/or money; a pointless activity.

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17

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Word of the day  for May 17
guffaw v   help, file
  1. To laugh boisterously.

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18

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Word of the day  for May 18
flocculent adj   help, file
  1. Resembling tufts of wool.
  2. Covered in wool; woolly.

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19

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Word of the day  for May 19
domesticate v   help, file
  1. To make fit for life in a house or home.
  2. To adapt to live with humans.

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20

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Word of the day  for May 20
ctenophile n   help, file
  1. A lover of combs.

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21

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Word of the day  for May 21
whosoever pron   help, file
  1. Whichever person; any person.

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22

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Word of the day  for May 22
rhythmic adj   help, file
  1. Characterized by rhythm.
  2. Written in verse, especially rhyming verse.
  3. With regular, repetitive motion or sound.

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23

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Word of the day  for May 23
simper v   help, file
  1. To smile in a frivolous, self-conscious manner.

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24

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Word of the day  for May 24
cacophony n   help, file
  1. A mix of discordant sounds; a dissonance.

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25

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Word of the day  for May 25
trudge v   help, file
  1. To walk wearily with heavy, slow steps.

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26

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Word of the day  for May 26
Lovecraftian adj   help, file
  1. Frighteningly monstrous and otherworldly.

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27

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Word of the day  for May 27
hiatus n   help, file
  1. A break or pause.
  2. A gap in a series, making it incomplete.
  3. (linguistics) A pause between identical vowels in a word.

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28

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Word of the day  for May 28
normalize v   help, file
  1. To format in a standard manner; to make consistent.

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29

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Word of the day  for May 29
subterfuge n   help, file
  1. An indirect or deceptive device or strategem; a blind.
  2. Deception; misrepresentation of the true nature of an activity.

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30

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Word of the day  for May 30
contrite adj   help, file
  1. Sincerely penitent or feeling regret or sorrow, especially for one's own actions.

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31

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Word of the day  for May 31
dexterously adv   help, file
  1. In a dexterous manner; skillfully, with precision, carefully.

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