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Word of the day for October 1
namesake n
  1. One who is named after another, or for whom another is named.
  2. A person, place or thing having the same name as another.

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Word of the day for October 2
frolic v
  1. To romp; to behave playfully and uninhibitedly.

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Word of the day for October 3
ruddy adj
  1. Reddish in color, especially of the face, sky, or fire.

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Word of the day for October 4
ballast n
  1. Heavy material that is placed in the hold of a ship or in the gondola of a balloon, to provide stability.
  2. (figuratively) Anything that steadies emotion or the mind.

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Word of the day for October 5
launder v
  1. To wash, especially cloth; to wash and iron.
  2. To disguise the source of ill-gotten wealth by various means.

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Word of the day for October 6
effervescent adj
  1. Giving off bubbles; fizzy.
  2. Vivacious and enthusiastic.

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Word of the day for October 7
wunderkind n
  1. A child prodigy; a phenom.

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Word of the day for October 8
notwithstanding prep
  1. In spite of, despite.

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Word of the day for October 9
typify v
  1. To exemplify; to represent by an image or as a model.
  2. To serve as a typical or reference specimen.

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Word of the day for October 10
apocryphal adj
  1. Of doubtful authenticity.
  2. Of dubious veracity; of questionable accuracy or truthfulness.

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Word of the day for October 11
jaded adj
  1. Worn out, wearied, or lacking enthusiasm; exhausted.
  2. Cynically insensitive; made callous by experience.

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Word of the day for October 12
dandelion n
  1. Any weedy plant of the genus Taraxacum, characterised by yellow flower heads and notched, broad-ended leaves.

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Word of the day for October 13
profligate v
  1. (archaic) To drive away; to overcome.

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Word of the day for October 14
homograph n
  1. A word that is spelled the same as another, but has a different meaning and usually a different etymology.

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Word of the day for October 15
octothorpe n
  1. A name for the hash or pound sign (#), used mainly in telephony and computing.

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Word of the day for October 16
accrete v
  1. To grow together, combine.

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Word of the day for October 17
palimpsest n
  1. A manuscript or document that has been erased or scraped clean, for reuse of the paper, parchment, vellum, or other medium on which it was written.

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Word of the day for October 18
suffuse v
  1. To spread through or over something, especially with liquid, colour or light; to perfuse.

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Word of the day for October 19
churlish adj
  1. Of or pertaining to a serf, peasant, or rustic.
  2. Rude, surly, ungracious.
  3. Stingy or grudging.

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Word of the day for October 20
yarn n
  1. A twisted strand of fiber used for knitting or weaving.
  2. A story, a tale, especially one that is incredible.

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Word of the day for October 21
consequently adv
  1. As a result or consequence of something.

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Word of the day for October 22
beat around the bush idiom
  1. To treat a topic but omit its main points, often intentionally.

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Word of the day for October 23
mudra n
  1. (dance, art) Any of several formal symbolic hand postures used in classical dance of India and in Hindu and Buddhist iconography.
  2. (Hinduism) Formal body positions and postures used in yoga and meditation.

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Word of the day for October 24
imperious adj
  1. Domineering, arrogant, or overbearing.
  2. (obsolete) Imperial or regal.

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Word of the day for October 25
quorum n
  1. The minimum number of members required for a group to officially conduct business and to cast binding votes.

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Word of the day for October 26
delude v
  1. To deceive someone into believing something which is false.

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Word of the day for October 27
retinue n
  1. A group of servants or attendants, especially of someone considered important.

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Word of the day for October 28
moribund adj
  1. Approaching death; about to die.

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Word of the day for October 29
casanova n
  1. A man considered romantic and gallant, especially one who gives amorous attentions to women.
  2. A promiscuous, philandering man.

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Word of the day for October 30
supple adj
  1. Pliant, easy to bend.
  2. Lithe and agile when moving and bending.

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Word of the day for October 31
jack-o'-lantern n
  1. A carved pumpkin whose top and stem have been cut out and interior removed, leaving a hollow shell that is then decorated to represent a face, illuminated from within by a candle.

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