Pusillanimous

Pusillanimous Definition: 1. lacking courage and resolution 2. timid, cowardly, or irresolute; fainthearted 3. weak and cowardly You can describe someone who lacks courage as pusillanimous, such as a pusillanimous student who is too afraid to speak out against someone who is bullying others. The pusillanimous person stays quiet, doesn’t get involved, waits for someone…

Stealthy

Stealthy Definition: 1. behaving, done, or made in a cautious and surreptitious manner, so as not to be seen or heard 2. movement that is quiet and careful in order to avoid notice Use the adjective stealthy to describe something or someone that is marked by secrecy, even sneakiness. – Vocabulary Dictionary Part of Speech…

Wheedle

Wheedle Definition: 1. to sweet talk, or flatter someone in the hopes of getting something in return 2. to influence or entice by soft words or flattery If you say that someone wheedles, you mean that they try to persuade someone to do or give them what they want, for example, by saying nice things…

Sycophant

Sycophant Part of Speech (POS) noun Definition: 1. a person who tries to get what they want by excessively praising or complimenting someone in order to make them feel attractive or important 2. a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage A sycophant is a person who praises others…

Quotidian

Part of Speech (POS) adjective Definition: 1. something boring, mundane or occurring every day 2. daily; recurring every day Part of Speech (POS) noun Quotidian, when used as a medical term is a noun. Definition: 3. a fever which returns every day Quotidian describes those things that happen every day. Sometimes they are those things…

Vapid

Vapid Definition of vapid: 1. lacking liveliness; dull 2. offering nothing that is stimulating or challenging 3. lacking flavor, zest, interest, animation, or spirit Part of Speech (POS) adjective If you describe someone or something as vapid, you are critical of them because they are dull and uninteresting. – Collins Dictionary Vapid means “not lively…

Guffaw

Guffaw Definition: A loud or boisterous burst of laughter. Part of Speech (POS) noun Etymology Guffaw comes from the Scottish word gawf, which is onomatopoetic, meaning that it’s spelled the way it sounds. Below are a few examples of the word being used correctly in a sentence: • After the clown tripped and fell over…

Bedraggled

Bedraggled Definition: 1. dirty and disheveled 2. messy and filthy 3. left wet and limp by or as if by rain Someone or something that is bedraggled looks messy because they have got wet or dirty. Part of Speech (POS) adjective Below are a few examples of the word being used correctly in a sentence…

Obsequious

dfoww Obsequious Definition: 1. showing too great a willingness to serve or obey; fawning 2. excessively submissive; overly obedient If you disapprove of the overly submissive way someone is acting — like the teacher’s pet or a celebrity’s assistant — call them by the formal adjective obsequious. Obsequious people are usually not being genuine; they…

Dowager

Dowager Definition: 1. a widow holding property or a title from her deceased husband Often used in combination with the titlequeen dowager, dowager duchess. 2. a dignified elderly woman Part of Speech (POS) noun I’ll use it in a sentence: • The congregation’s dowager, donated an exorbitant amount of money to assist the congregation’s summer…