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Word of the day for September 1
co-mother-in-law n
  1. The mother of one's son- or daughter-in-law; that is, the mother-in-law of one's son or daughter.

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Word of the day for September 2
front v
  1. To lead or be the spokesperson of a group.
  2. To provide money or financial assistance in advance.
  3. To assume a haughty manner, especially as a pretense.

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Word of the day for September 3
wanton adj
  1. Lewd, immoral; sexually open/free.
  2. Capriciously violent; malicious without provocation; acting without regard for the law or the well-being of others.
  3. Abundant and luxuriant, without restraint.
  4. Playful; overly happy.

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Word of the day for September 4
blet v
  1. To undergo bletting, a fermentation process in certain fruit beyond ripening.

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Word of the day for September 5
myriad adj
  1. Great in number; innumerable.

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Word of the day for September 6
pastiche n
  1. A work of drama, literature, music, or architecture that imitates the work of a previous artist, often satirically.
  2. A musical medley, typically quoting other works.
  3. An incongruous mixture; a hodgepodge.

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Word of the day for September 7
catawampus adj
  1. Out of alignment, crooked, cater-corner.
  2. Fierce, destructive.

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Word of the day for September 8
Hobson-Jobson n
  1. A word or phrase borrowed by one language from another and modified in pronunciation to fit the set of sounds the borrowing language typically uses.

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Word of the day for September 9
scupper v
  1. (UK) Thwart, destroy.

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Word of the day for September 10
alabaster n
  1. A fine-grained white or lightly-tinted variety of gypsum, used ornamentally.
  2. (historical) A variety of calcite, translucent and sometimes banded.

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Word of the day for September 11
indemnify v
  1. To secure against loss or damage; to insure.
  2. To make restitution or compensation for, as for that which is lost.

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Word of the day for September 12
tight as a tick adj
  1. Drunk, inebriated.
  2. Fully inflated; swollen near to bursting.
  3. Unwilling to spend money.

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Word of the day for September 13
corkscrew v
  1. To wind or twist in the path of a corkscrew; to move with much horizontal and vertical shifting.
  2. To extract information or consent from someone.

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Word of the day for September 14
grudging adj
  1. Unwilling or with reluctance.

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Word of the day for September 15
wherewithal n
  1. The ability and the financial means required to accomplish some task.

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Word of the day for September 16
ductile adj
  1. Capable of being pulled or stretched into thin wire by mechanical force without breaking.
  2. Molded easily into a new form.
  3. (rare) Led easily; prone to follow.

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Word of the day for September 17
idiosyncrasy n
  1. A behavior or way of thinking that is characteristic of a person.
  2. A language or behaviour that is particular to an individual or group.
  3. A peculiarity that serves to distinguish or identify.

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Word of the day for September 18
proselytize v
  1. To encourage or induce people to join a religious movement, political party or other cause or organization.
  2. To convert (someone) to one’s own faith or beliefs.

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Word of the day for September 19
crocodile tears n
  1. (idiomatic) A display of tears that is forced or false.

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Word of the day for September 20
needle v
  1. To pierce with a needle, especially for sewing or acupuncture.
  2. (idiomatic) To tease in order to provoke; to poke fun at.

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Word of the day for September 21
uraeus n
  1. A representation of the sacred asp, symbolising supreme power in ancient Egypt.

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Word of the day for September 22
abrogate v
  1. To annul by an authoritative act; to abolish by the authority of the maker or his successor; to repeal.
  2. To put an end to; to do away with.

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Word of the day for September 23
thalweg n
  1. (geology, geography) The line that connects the lowest points in a valley or river channel, and thus the line of fastest flow along a river’s course.

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Word of the day for September 24
loricate adj
  1. (microbiology) Possessing an enclosing shell or test.

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Word of the day for September 25
ecky thump interj
  1. (Northern England) Exclamation of surprise or pleasure.

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Word of the day for September 26
guillemet n
  1. Either of the punctuation marks “«” or “»”, used in several languages to indicate passages of speech as the equivalent of the English quotation marks.

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Word of the day for September 27
rain on someone's parade v
  1. To disappoint or discourage someone.

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Word of the day for September 28
flange n
  1. An external or internal rib or rim, used either to add strength or to hold something in place.
  2. The projecting edge of a rigid or semi-rigid component.

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Word of the day for September 29
swagger v
  1. To walk with a swaying motion; hence, to walk and act in a pompous, consequential manner.
  2. To boast or brag noisily; to be ostentatiously proud or vainglorious.

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Word of the day for September 30
yeoman n
  1. An official providing honorable service in a royal or high noble household.
  2. A third in order of the feudal servant fighting class, below knight and squire but above a page.
  3. A subordinate, deputy, aide, or assistant.
  4. (British) A former class of small freeholders who farm their own land.

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