Friday, 18 March 2011 § Leave a comment



adj \ˈfān\

Definition of FAIN

1 archaic : happy, pleased

2 archaic : inclined, desirous

3 a : willing <he was very fain, for the young widow was “altogether fair and lovely…” — Amy Kelly> b : being obliged or constrained : compelled <Great Britain was fain to devote its whole energy … to the business of slaying and being slain — G. M. Trevelyan>

Examples of FAIN

  1. <during the Renaissance most men of science and the arts were fain to express their noblest thoughts in Latin, the lingua franca of the learned>

Origin of FAIN

Middle English fagen, fayn, from Old English fægen; akin to Old English gefēon to rejoice, Old High German gifehan, Old Norse feginn happy

First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to FAIN

Synonyms: amenable, disposed, willing, game, glad, inclined, minded, ready

Antonyms: disinclined, unamenable, unwilling

Related Words: predisposed, prone; accommodating, agreeable, compliant, cooperative, obedient, obliging, submissive; favorable, receptive; prepared, prompt, quick, responsive, swift; desirous, eager, enthused, enthusiastic, excited

Near Antonyms: averse, loath (also loth or loathe), reluctant, reticent






Definition of FAIN

1 : with pleasure : gladly <a speech of fire that fain would blaze — Michael Billington>

2 a : by preference <knew it, too, though he would fain not admit it publicly — John Lukacs> b : by desire <I would fain consult you — W. S. Gilbert>

Examples of FAIN

  1. <“I would fain not marry that suitor, my lord,” the princess pleaded>

First Known Use of FAIN

12th century

Related to FAIN

Synonyms: rather, first, preferably, readily, soon, willingly

Antonyms: involuntarily, unwillingly

Related Words: alternately, alternatively, either, instead; electively, optionally; desirably, gladly, wishfully; obligingly, voluntarily

Near Antonyms: reluctantly; forcibly, willy-nilly




Wednesday, 9 February 2011 § Leave a comment



\ˈhər-ˌsüt, ˈhir-, ˌhər-ˈ, hir-ˈ\

Definition of HIRSUTE


: hairy 1


: covered with coarse stiff hairs <a hirsute leaf>

hir·sute·ness noun

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Examples of HIRSUTE

  1. <wore a hirsute mask as part of his werewolf costume>

Origin of HIRSUTE

Latin hirsutus; akin to Latin horrēre to bristle — more at horror

First Known Use: 1621

Related to HIRSUTE

Synonyms: bristly, brushy, cottony, fleecy, furred, furry, hairy, rough, shaggy, silky, unshorn, woolly (also wooly)

Antonyms: bald, furless, glabrous, hairless, shorn, smooth

Related Words: bearded, bewhiskered, mustachioed (also moustachioed), whiskered; stubbled, stubbly; downy, fluffy, fuzzy, linty, nappy

Near Antonyms: beardless, shaved, shaven



Friday, 7 January 2011 § Leave a comment

First time seeing this word from this tweet.
"@TheSingleWoman: Toxic relationships will pollute every area of your life.
Don’t hesitate. Fumigate. #TheSW"



verb \ˈfyü-mə-ˌgāt\


Definition of FUMIGATE

transitive verb

: to apply smoke, vapor, or gas to especially for the purpose of disinfecting or of destroying pests

fu·mi·ga·tion \ˌfyü-mə-ˈgā-shən\ noun

fu·mi·ga·tor \ˈfyü-mə-ˌgā-tər\ noun

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Examples of FUMIGATE

  1. All the hospital rooms had to be fumigated.
  2. We had to fumigate our apartment to get rid of the ants.

Origin of FUMIGATE

Latin fumigatus, past participle of fumigare, from fumus + -igare (akin to Latin agere to drive) — more at agent

First Known Use: 1781


Saturday, 20 November 2010 § Leave a comment

Heard this word from Lie to me Season 3 Episode 6.


plonk‧er [countable] British English informal not polite

an offensive word for a stupid person


Plonker is a slang term of British origin whose meaning has evolved over time. Partridge in the third edition of his A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English in 1949 recorded the term as "low" slang for penis, "since ca. 1917". The term remains in recent use with that meaning.

By 1966, the term had also acquired the meaning of a man who let his girlfriend sleep with his male friends,[1] and in the 1980s had a new meaning of a stupid or inept person. This meaning gained very wide circulation through its frequent use in Only Fools and Horses, and has entered common usage.[2]



plonker (plural plonkers)

  1. (British, slang, mildly pejorative) A fool
  2. (British, slang, dated) A man who sanctions sexual relationships between his girlfriend and his male friends.



P.S. Strangely, Merriam-Webster Dictionary online does not have the word.


Tuesday, 9 November 2010 § Leave a comment



noun \ˌin-tər-ˌä-p(ə-)rə-ˈbi-lə-tē\


: ability of a system (as a weapons system) to work with or use the parts or equipment of another system

in·ter·op·er·a·ble\-ˈä-p(ə-)rə-bəl\ adjective



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