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November 2015

Word of the Day: hunk

      Word of the Day   November 30, 2015   hunk (noun) LISTEN       Hunk is a noun with two very different meanings. It can be a large piece of something, often food, and informally, it also means 'a very handsome, strong man.' Example sentences One big hunk of meat should be enough for the soup. Mark cut himself a hunk of bread to go with his dinner. She's going out with a hunk she met at a club.     Words often used with hunk   hunk of a man: a way to emphasize that someone […]

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Word of the Day: litter

      Word of the Day   November 27, 2015   litter (noun, verb) LISTEN       Litter is a mass noun that describes paper, cans, or general garbage that people throw in the street or any other public space. If we say "a litter of something," we mean that a space is covered with untidy objects. As a verb, litter means 'to throw garbage in the street' and also 'to leave objects lying around in a disorganized way.' Example sentences After the concert, the whole park was full of litter. The kitchen table was a litter of dirty plates […]

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Word of the Day: stuffing

      Word of the Day   November 26, 2015   stuffing (noun) LISTEN       Earlier in the month we featured the word stuff. Stuffing comes from the cooking meaning of stuff, and it is the mixture used to stuff chicken, turkey, or other foods. In the North American tradition, stuffing is often made using bread, onions, celery, and black pepper (though, of course, every family has its own recipe) and it is used to stuff turkey for Thanksgiving. In England, stuffing is used in turkey or goose at Christmas. In other cultures, meats and vegetables are […]

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Word of the Day: rough

      Word of the Day   November 25, 2015   rough (adjective) LISTEN       Rough is an adjective that describes an uneven and possibly granular surface that is not smooth at all. It also refers to an attitude or a person that is rude, not gentle, and sometimes violent, or it can describe something that is unpleasant or dangerous, or that has been done without care. It also means 'approximate' or 'not exact.' Example sentences The winter makes my lips rough and dry. He is a rough guy and thinks he can use violence to get his […]

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Word of the Day: whisk

      Word of the Day   November 24, 2015   whisk (noun, verb) LISTEN       A whisk is a wire tool we use for whipping eggs or cream. As a verb, whisk means 'to whip or stir quickly,' but it also means 'to move something suddenly,' or 'to carry something quickly.' A sudden and brief movement is also called a whisk. Example sentences You can use a whisk when you make tiramisu. Whisk the eggs and sugar together until they are stiff. Declan was so angry that he whisked his stuff off the desk and stormed out […]

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Word of the Day: head

      Word of the Day   November 23, 2015   head (noun, verb, adjective) LISTEN       Can't think of something interesting that falls into one of our existing categories? If you think of something else, write it here, with a heading. Head has many meanings. Obviously it is the upper part of the body, as well as the intellect or mind. It is also a position of leadership and the person in charge. As a verb, head means to be in charge (in this sense, the phrasal verb "head up" is often used) or to be […]

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Word of the Day: tap

      Word of the Day   November 23, 2015   tap (noun, verb) LISTEN       As a verb, tap means 'to strike something lightly and softly,' and also 'to enter words or numbers on a keyboard.' As a noun, tap is something that you close and open to let liquid or gas flow (it's often called faucet in the US in reference to liquids). Another verbal use of tap is 'to get liquid out of something.' Example sentences The sound of Rachel tapping her fingers against the table was so annoying! My keypad is broken and I […]

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Word of the Day: drag

      Word of the Day   November 20, 2015   drag (verb, noun) LISTEN       To drag something is to pull it with difficulty and effort and, figuratively, to drag someone means 'to take them somewhere they don't want to go.' In computers, drag means 'to move an image by first clicking on it with the mouse.' Drag also means 'to last for too long and be boring' (in this sense it is sometimes used with on). In informal conversation a drag is something or someone boring. It is also a single puff on a cigarette. Example […]

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Word of the Day: funny

      Word of the Day   November 19, 2015   funny (adjective) LISTEN       Funny is an adjective with more than just the obvious meaning. It refers to something that causes laughter and amusement, but it is also used when something is strange and curious, or suspicious and deceitful. Informally it also means 'slightly ill,' and in British English it can be used to talk about someone who is a bit crazy. Example sentences He's such a funny guy. I always have a great time with him! The washing machine is making a funny noise. There's […]

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Word of the Day: spark

      Word of the Day   November 18, 2015   spark (noun, verb) LISTEN       A spark is a small fire particle produced when wood burns or when two pieces of metal or stone hit each other. Figuratively, a spark is an intense trace of vitality and excitement, especially an attraction between two people. As a verb, spark means 'to release sparks or to start a fire,' and figuratively it means 'to start something.' Example sentences If you sit too close to the fire, the sparks will get you. José and Lucy never went on a […]

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