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whimper
verb

to cry with low, plaintive(), broken sounds.
plaintive: adj.
expressing sorrow or melancholy; mournful: a plaintive melody.
plaintive
adj.

expressing sorrow or melancholy; mournful:

Radio Head's plaintive melodies
testy
adj.
irritably impatient; touchy.
nettlesome
–adjective
1. causing irritation, vexation, or annoyance:
to cope with a nettlesome situation.

2. easily provoked or annoyed; petulant
to become nettlesome over trivial matters.
peckish
adj.
1. somewhat hungry:
By noon we were feeling a bit peckish.

2. rather irritable:
He's always a bit peckish after his nap.
pettish
–adjective
petulantly peevish:
easily provoked/annoyed

a pettish refusal.
tetchy

techy
adj.
irritable; touchy.
testy
adj.
irritably impatient; touchy.
florid
adj.
1. Reddish; ruddy; rosy:
a florid complexion.

2. flowery; excessively ornate; showy:
florid writing.
perverse
adj.
–adjective
1. willfully determined or disposed to go counter to what is expected or desired; contrary; a perverse mood.

2. turned away from or rejecting what is right, good, or proper; wayword (); persistent or obstinate in what is wrong; wicked or corrupt.
wayward; adjective
1. turned or turning away from what is right or proper; willful; disobedient:
a wayward son; wayward behavior.

2. swayed or prompted by caprice; capricious:
a wayward impulse; to be wayward in one's affections.

3. turning or changing irregularly; irregular:
a wayward breeze.
cantankerous
adj.
disagreeable to deal with; contentious; peevish:
a cantankerous, argumentative man.
extravagant
–adjective
1. spending much more than is necessary or wise; wasteful; spendthrift; prodigal;
an extravagant shopper.

2. excessively high:
extravagant expenses; extravagant prices.

3. going beyond what is deserved or justifiable:
extravagant praise.

exceeding the bounds of reason, as actions, demands, opinions, or passions.
pertinacious
–adjective
1. holding tenaciously to a purpose, course of action, or opinion; resolute.

2. stubborn or obstinate.

3. Objectionably persistent:
a pertinacious salesman from whom I could not escape.
obstinate
–adjective
1. firmly or stubbornly adhering to one's purpose, opinion, etc.; not yielding to argument, persuasion, or entreaty.

characterized by inflexible persistence or an unyielding attitude; inflexibly persisted in or carried out:

obstinate advocacy of high tariffs.

2. not easily controlled or overcome; unruly
the obstinate growth of weeds.

4. not yielding readily to treatment, as a disease.
get/take the measure of something
to understand what someone or something is like and to know how to deal with them
sodden
adj.
1. soaked with liquid or moisture; saturated.

2. having a soaked appearance, esp. a bloated face.

3. heavy, lumpy, or soggy, as food that is poorly cooked.

4. expressionless, dull, or stupid, esp. from drunkenness.

5. lacking spirit or alertness; inert; torpid(); listless.
torpid
–adjective
1. inactive or sluggish; slow; dull; apathetic; lethargic.

2. Numb

3. Dormant, as a hibernating or estivating animal.
to the hilt
to the hilt, to the maximum extent or degree; completely; fully: to play the role to the hilt
rue
verb

to feel sorrow over; repent of; regret bitterly; to wish that (something) had never been done, taken place, etc.:

to rue the loss of opportunities.

I rue the day he was born.
temper
noun
1. disposition of the mind, esp. as regards composure
(a person of calm temper)
(have a temper)


2. a fit of irritation or anger
(in a fit of temper)
(flew into a temper)

3. the condition of metal as regards hardness and elasticity
hokum
n
something that may seem impressive but is untrue or insincere; nonsense
ecumenical
adj.
of or pertaining to the worldwide Christian church
bouffant
adj.
puffed out; full
parvenue
n
a person who has suddenly risen above his social and economic class without the background or qualifications for his new status
gild
verb
To cover with a thin layer of gold
exegEsis
noun

critical explanation or analysis, esp. of a text (like the Bible)
transliterate
v.
to represent letters or words in the corresponding character of another alphabet
badinage
n.
light, playful banter or raillery()
raillery: n
good-humored ridicule
genial
adj.
Having a pleasant or friendly disposition or manner; kindly
animus
n

a feeling of animosity; bitter hostility or hatred
hauteur
n
arrogance
haughty
adj.
proud and vain to the point of arrogance