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flippant
adj. lacking proper seriousness; disrespectful levity

flippant remarks

n. flippancy
flit
v. fly; dart lightly; pass swiftly by

flitted from one bf to the next
floe
n. mass of floating ice
florid
adj. ruddy; reddish; flowery

sunburn - florid complexion
flotsam
n. drifting wreckage

flotsam of the sea
flounder
v. struggle and thrash about; proceed clumsily or falter

floundered about, tryin to regain his footing


floundered until her supervisor showed her how to get started
flout
v. reject; mock; show contempt for

flout a law
flout a convention
fluster
v. confuse


the teacher's sudden Q flustered him
fluted
adj. having vertical parallel grooves

fluted columns
flux
n. flowing; series of changes


the conditions are in such a state of flux
fodder
n. coarse food for cattle, horses, etc
foible
n. weakness; slight fault


i can overlook the foibles of my friends
foil
n. contrast

darth vader is the perfect foil for luke skywalker

v. defeat; frustrate

Skywalker foils vader's diabolical schemes
foist
v. insert improperly; palm off

foist such ridiculous ideas on people
foment
v. stir up; instigate

foment trouble
foment such discord
foolhardy
adj. rash
fop
n. dandy; man excessively preoccupied w/ his clothes

adj foppish
foray
n. raid

the company staged a midnight foray against the enemy outpost
forbearance
n. patience

treat him w/ forbearance
ford
n. place where a river can be crossed on foot
foreboding
n. premonition of evil
forensic
adj. suitable to debate or courts of law

In her best forensic manner, the lawyer addressed the jury
forlorn
adj. sad and lonely; wretched

the forlorn child was deserted by his family
forswear
v. renounce; abandon

forswear your faith/religion
fortitude
n. bravery; courage


he was awarded a medal for his fortitude in battle
fortuitous
adj. accidental; by chance


their encounter was fortuitous
founder
v. fail comopletely; sink


After hitting the iceberg, Titanic soon foundered
fracas
n. brawl, melee (fight)


fracas in the bar
fractious
adn. unruly; disobedient; irritable


fractious horse
franchise
n. right granted by authority; right to vote; license to sell a product in a particular territory

the franchise was granted to women
fraught
adj. filled or charged w/ ; causing emotional distress

parenting is fraught w/ anxiety
fray
n. brawl


the fray at the bar
frenetic
adj. frenzied; frantic
fresco
n. painting on plaster (usu fresh)
fret
v. be annoyed or vexed


don't fret over your grades
frieze
n. ornamental band on a wall
frigid
adj. intensely cold

Alaska is a frigid zone
fritter
v. waste


frittered away his time
frivolous
adj. lacking seriousness; self-indulgently carefree; relatively unimportant

frivolous personality
frolicsome
adj. prankish (full of pranks, playful); gay


frolicsome puppy licked everyone
frond
n. fern leaf; palm or banana leaaf
froward
adj. stubbornly contrary; obstinately disobedient


Huck was a froward child
fructify
v. bear fruit
fruition
n. bearing of fruit; fulfillment; realization


her dream finally came to fruition
frustrate
v. thwart; defeat

frustrate someone's efforts
fugitive
adj. fleeting or transitory; roving


brought fugitive images to mind
fulcrum
n. support on which a lever rests
fulminate
v. denounce thunderously; explode

the preacher fulminated agaainst sinners
fulsome
adj. disgustingly excessvie

disgusted by her fans' fulsome admiration
functionary
n. official

the case was transferred from one functionary to another
funereal
adj. sad; solemn


funereal atmosphere
furor
n. frenzy; great excitement


the story of her embezzlement of the funds created a furor on the stock exchange
fusillade
n. simultaneous fring or outburst (of misiles, questios, etc)
gadfly
n. animal-biting fly; an irritating person
gaffe
n. social blunder; clumsy social error

Calling your husband by your lover's name is worse than a mere gaffe; it is a tactical mistake