Intermediate+ Word of the Day: feeble

Feeble is an adjective that means ‘physically weak or frail,’ because of age or sickness, for example. It also means ‘morally or intellectually weak.’ If you use it to talk about a sound, feeble means ‘lacking volume or loudness’ and when you are talking about..

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: peep

To peep means ‘to look through a small opening or from somewhere secret without others knowing you’re looking.’ By extension, peep also means ‘to look curiously and playfully, or quickly and furtively.’ It also means ‘to begin to appear’ or ‘to come slowly into view.’ As a noun, a peep is a quick and secret look or a quick glimpse of something. Unrelatedly, a peep is the short…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: preen

To preen is what birds do, when they clean their feathers using their beaks, though it can also be used to talk about how other animals clean themselves using their tongues. If we’re talking about a person, to preen means ‘to take care of your appearance.’ Preen can also mean…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: whop

To whop means ‘to strike or beat with force’ and, figuratively, in contests or games, it means ‘to defeat soundly.’ Followed by out, it also means ‘to pull out violently,’ as well as ‘to drop or fall heavily.’ As a noun, a whop is a powerful blow or strike, a bump or heavy fall, and also the…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: gulp

To gulp means ‘to gasp or swallow air,’ in the same way that we would take a large swallow of something liquid. It also means ‘to swallow eagerly,’ when we’re talking about food or drink. When we are talking about emotions, to gulp, usually followed by back or down, means ‘to suppress or…

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