billyvonraven has looked up 32 words, created 3 lists, listed 17 words, written 10 comments, added 0 tags, and loved 7 words.

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  • from Webster's New Universal Unabridged: 3. to act unworthily according to the standards of (a tradition, one's ancestry, etc.)

    March 27, 2012

  • It seems whenever I look up a word, honestly without knowing its meaning, it strikingly describes exactly what I have been experiencing that very day. Today, for example, I am putting off work by looking up words on Wordnik...the first word that popped into my head...dilatory, of course.

    March 27, 2012

  • From OED:
    Obs. a. Vigorous, flourishing; after OE. only in physical sense (or fig. of this), luxuriant in growth, plump, full-fleshed. b. Abundant in sap, juicy, full of moisture; rarely in unfavourable sense. Also of sap: Abundant, rich. c. Easily melting, soluble, fusible.

    June 8, 2009

  • From OED:
    d. fig. Empty display, esp. in speech or literary composition; showy talk; ostentation.

    June 8, 2009

  • From OED:
    2. ‘Something of less value than it seems’; hence, ‘something of no value; trifles’ (J.); worthless stuff, trash, rubbish. (Usually collective sing.; also, now rarely, pl.)
    a. Applied to material objects
    b. Applied to abstract things, as beliefs, practices, discourse, writing, etc.: Nonsense, ‘rubbish’.
    c. Applied contemptuously to religious practices, ceremonies, ornaments, etc. regarded as idle or superstitious. (Cf. TRINKET n.1 3.) Now rare or merged in general sense.
    d. Showy but unsubstantial apparel; worthless finery.
    f. Applied to a person, esp. a woman: cf. TRASH n.1

    Hence trumperiness.

    June 8, 2009

  • From OED: Obs. Gentle, courteous, modest.

    June 8, 2009

  • From OED: 2. a. intr. To make signs or grimaces; spec. to make exaggerated movements with the mouth, esp. in order to be understood above a loud noise; to behave in an affected manner. Also with about.

    June 8, 2009

  • One who engages in a scuffle.

    June 8, 2009

  • for heathenish activities

    June 8, 2009

  • From OED: Of thirst: such as was caused by the bite of the dipsas; raging.

    June 8, 2009

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