Word of the Day: swimmingly

Pronunciation: [SWIM-ing-lee]

Definition(s): without difficulty; with great success; effortlessly

Part of Speech: adverb

Sentence: Janet studied for three hours the night before the test, and as a result she aced it and passed swimmingly.

Synonyms: smoothly, effortlessly


Word of the Day: mollify

Pronunciation: [MOL-uh-fahy]

Definition(s): to soften in feeling or temper, as a person; pacify; appease
2. to mitigate or reduce; soften:

Part of Speech: verb

Sentence: After losing the championship game, David’s mother offered a hug to mollify his frustration and disappointment.

Synonyms: alleviate, lull, diminish, tranquilize,

Antonyms: aggravate, frustrate, incite, provoke, extend

Word of the Day: pusillanimous

Pronunciation: [pyoo-suh-LAN-uh-muh s]

Definition(s): lacking courage or resolution; cowardly; faint-hearted; timid.

Part of Speech: adjective

Sentence: People who avoid solving conflicts are usually pusillanimous in spirit.

Synonyms: afraid, gutless, chicken

Antonyms: fearless, resolute, undaunted

Word of the Day: porpoise

Pronunciation: [PAWR-puhs]

Definition(s): to move forward with a rising and falling motions

Part of Speech: verb

Sentence: The speedboat porpoised through waves as the drug runners attempted to evade the Coast Guard.

Synonyms: oscillate, wobble

Word of the Day: cull

Pronunciation: [kuhl]

Definition(s): to choose; select; pick.

2. to collect; gather; pluck

Part of Speech: verb

Sentence: Parents typically receive a Christmas list, then cull which gifts to buy from the pool of options.

Synonyms: choose, extract, take


Word of the Day: pharaonic

Pronunciation: [fair-ey-ON-ik]

Definition(s): impressively or overwhelmingly large, luxurious, etc.

Part of Speech: adjective

Sentence: The show MTV Cribs displayed celebrities and their pharaonic homes.

Synonyms: —

Antonyms: —

Word of the Day: serpentine

Pronunciation: [SUR-puhn-teen]

Definition(s): having a winding course, as a road; sinuous

Part of Speech: adjective

Sentence: Many car commercials show cars driving down serpentine roads to emphasize turning and suspension components.

Synonyms: circuitous, meandering, snakelike

Antonyms: straight

Word of the Day: scupper

Pronunciation: [SKUHP-er]

Definition(s): to prevent from happening or succeeding; run; wreck

Part of Speech: verb

Sentence: Springtime showers scuppered the plans of an outdoor wedding.

Synonyms: forbid, inhibit, obstruct, sabotage 

Antonyms:  allow, permit