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Word of the day for February 1
ASMRtist n
  1. (informal, neologism) A person who creates audiovisual material designed to induce an autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR; a claimed biological phenomenon involving a pleasurable tingling in response to a stimulus).
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Word of the day for February 3
printer n
  1. One who makes prints.
  2. The operator of a printing press, or the owner of a printing business.
  3. (computing) A device, usually attached to a computer, used to print text or images onto paper.
PointingHand.svg German blacksmith, goldsmith, printer, and publisher Johannes Gutenberg, who introduced mechanical movable type to Europe, died on this day in 1468.
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Word of the day for February 4
dabble v
  1. (transitive) To make slightly wet or soiled by spattering or sprinkling a liquid (such as water, mud, or paint) on it; to bedabble.
  2. (transitive) To cause splashing by moving a body part like a bill or limb in soft mud, water, etc., often playfully; to play in shallow water; to paddle.
  3. (intransitive) To participate or have an interest in an activity in a casual or superficial way.
  4. (intransitive, obsolete) To interfere or meddle in; to tamper with.
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Word of the day for February 5
shoot one's cuffs v
  1. To straighten one's arms with a sudden movement to make the cuffs of one's shirt appear beyond the sleeves of one's coat or jacket.
PointingHand.svg Today is the start of New York Men’s Fashion Week in 2018.
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Word of the day for February 6
haka n
  1. A group dance of New Zealand's Maori people featuring rhythmic chanting, vigorous facial and arm movements, and foot stamping. Traditionally a war dance, today it is also performed to welcome guests, as a mark of respect at occasions such as commemorations and funerals, as a challenge to opposing teams at sports events, and for artistic purposes.
PointingHand.svg Today is Waitangi Day, the national day of New Zealand.
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Word of the day for February 7
wordster n
  1. One who is skilled at using words; a wordsmith.
  2. One who studies words.
  3. (derogatory) One who uses words instead of actions; a hypocrite, a verbalist.
PointingHand.svg Scottish lexicographer and philologist Sir James Murray, who was the first editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, was born on this day in 1837.
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Word of the day for February 8
sawpit n
  1. A pit over which lumber is positioned to be sawn with a long two-handled saw (a pitsaw) by two people, one standing above the timber and the other in the pit below.
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Word of the day for February 9
live paycheck to paycheck v
  1. (US, idiomatic) To have the entirety of what one earns consumed by living expenses, thus having nothing left over to save; make just enough (money, etc.) to survive; to scratch by.
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Word of the day for February 10
echelon n
  1. A level or rank in an organization, profession, or society.
  2. (cycling) A line of riders seeking maximum drafting in a crosswind, resulting in a diagonal line across the road.
  3. (military) A formation of troops, ships, etc., in diagonal parallel rows.
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Word of the day for February 12
Anthropocene proper n
  1. (geology) The proposed current geological epoch, in which human activities have a powerful effect on the global environment.
PointingHand.svg English naturalist, geologist and biologist Charles Darwin, best known for his contributions towards the science of evolution, was born on this day in 1809.
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Word of the day for February 13
jab molassie n
  1. (Trinidad and Tobago) A traditional character in the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival dressed as a devil, mostly naked and covered in molasses or grease and a colourful dye.
PointingHand.svg Today is Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras in Western Christianity in 2018, the day before the start of Lent when carnivals are often held.
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Word of the day for February 14
philematology n
  1. The scientific study of kissing.
PointingHand.svg Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at the Wiktionary!
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Word of the day for February 15
Homer nods phrase
  1. Alternative form of even Homer nods (not even the most vigilant and expert are immune to error).
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Word of the day for February 16
Shih Tzu n
  1. A small dog breed which originated in China; a dog of that breed.
PointingHand.svg Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year in 2018; it is the Year of the Dog.
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Word of the day for February 17
QWERTY adj
  1. Denoting a standard layout of keys on a keyboard for typing, in which the leftmost keys of the top lettered row are Q-W-E-R-T-Y.
PointingHand.svg American inventor Christopher Latham Sholes, who came up with the QWERTY keyboard, died on this day in 1890.
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Word of the day for February 18
nepoticide n
  1. (countable, uncountable) The killing of one's own nephew.
  2. (countable) One who kills his or her own nephew.
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Word of the day for February 19
nearest and dearest n
  1. (idiomatic) One's closest and most intimate family members, friends, etc.
PointingHand.svg Today, the third Monday of February in 2018, is celebrated as Family Day in some parts of Canada.
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Word of the day for February 23
gunzel n
  1. (Australia) A railway or tram enthusiast; particularly (formerly derogatory) one who is overly enthusiastic or foolish.
  2. (Australia, by extension) An enthusiast or geek with a specific interest. []
PointingHand.svg The film Trainspotting was released in the United Kingdom on this day in 1996.
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Word of the day for February 24
stochastically adv
  1. In a stochastic manner; by means of a process involving a randomly determined sequence of events.
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Word of the day for February 25
Nadsat proper n
  1. The Russian-influenced argot used by the teenage protagonists in Anthony Burgess's novel A Clockwork Orange (1962).
PointingHand.svg English writer Anthony Burgess was born on this day 101 years ago in 1917.
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Word of the day for February 26
evitable adj
  1. (uncommon) Possible to avoid; avertible.
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Word of the day for February 27
minaudière n
  1. (obsolete) A woman who is exaggeratedly affected or coquettish.
  2. A type of formal, decorative women's clutch bag without handles or a strap.
PointingHand.svg Today is the start of Paris Fashion Week for women’s fashion in 2018.
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Word of the day for February 28
saloop n
  1. (dated) An aromatic drink originally prepared from salep and later from sassafras bark with other ingredients such as milk and sugar added, which was once popular in London, England.
  2. The berry saltbush or red berry saltbush (Chenopodium hastatum, syn. Einadia hastata and Rhagodia hastata), a small plant found in coastal and inland areas of eastern Australia.
  3. Alternative form of salep (starch or jelly made from orchid plants).
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