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poltroon
noun

a wretched coward; craven.
hidebound
adj

1. narrow and rigid in opinion; inflexible:
a hidebound pedant.

2. oriented toward or confined to the past; extremely conservative:
a hidebound philosopher.

3. (of a horse, cow, etc.) having the back and ribs bound tightly by the hide.
gander
noun

1. the male of the goose. Compare goose (def. 2).

2. Slang. a look: Take a gander at his new shoes.
majordomo
noun
1. a man in charge of a great household, as that of a sovereign; a chief steward.

2. a person who makes arrangements for another, like a butler
scion
–noun
1. a descendant.

2. Also, cion. a shoot or twig, esp. one cut for grafting or planting; a cutting.
pap
–noun
1. soft food for infants or invalids, as bread soaked in water or milk.

2. an idea, talk, book, or the like, lacking substance or real value.
bumptious
adj

offensively self-assertive:

a bumptious young upstart.
bank
verb

1. to border with or like a bank; embank:
banking the river with sandbags at flood stage.

2. to form into a bank or heap (usually fol. by up):
to bank up the snow.

3. to build (a road or railroad track) with an upward slope from the inner edge to the outer edge at a curve.

4. Aeronautics. to tip or incline (an airplane) laterally.

5. Billiards, Pool.
a. to drive (a ball) to the cushion.
b. to pocket (the object ball) by driving it against the bank.

6. to cover (a fire) with ashes or fuel to make it burn long and slowly.
sardonic
–adjective

scornful derision; mocking; cynical; sneering:
a sardonic grin.
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bore
verb

To make a hole or tunnel, with or as if with a drill.
lanky
adj

ungracefully thin and rawboned; bony; gaunt:

a very tall and lanky man.
repudiate
verb
1. to reject
a. as having no authority or binding force:
to repudiate a claim.

b. to reject with disapproval or condemnation:
to repudiate a new doctrine.

c. to reject with denial:
to repudiate a charge as untrue.

2. to cast off or disown:
to repudiate a son.

3. to refuse to acknowledge and pay (a debt), as a state, municipality, etc.
doddering
adj.

shaky or trembling, as from old age; tottering:

a doddering old man.
alacrity
noun

1. cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness:
We accepted the invitation with alacrity.

2. liveliness; briskness.
ruminative
verb

1. to chew the cud, as a ruminant.
2. to meditate or muse; ponder.
facile
adjective

1. Working, acting, or speaking with little effort or difficulty; easy.

2. Arrived at without due care, effort, or examination; superficial; lack of depth:
a facile slogan devised by politicians.
facile fingers; a facile mind.
adjective
missive
noun

a written message; letter.
pugilist
noun

a person who fights with the fists; a boxer, usually a professional.
umbrage
noun
1. offense, resentment
to feel umbrage at a social snub;
to give umbrage to someone;
to take umbrage at someone's rudeness.

2. A vague or indistinct indication; a hint.

3. shade or shadows
inveterate
–adjective

firmly established by long continuance, as a disease, habit, practice, feeling, etc.; chronic.
an inveterate gambler.
stalwart
–adjective
1. strongly and stoutly built; sturdy and robust.

2. strong and brave; valiant:
a stalwart knight.

3. firm, steadfast, or uncompromising:
a stalwart supporter of the U.N.
castigate
verb
1. to criticize or reprimand severely.

2. to punish in order to correct.
pugilist
noun

a person who fights with the fists; a boxer, usually a professional.
umbrage
noun
1. offense; annoyance; displeasure:
to feel umbrage at a social snub;
to give umbrage to someone;
to take umbrage at someone's rudeness.

2. the slightest feeling of suspicion, doubt, or hostility.

3. Pertaining to shade or shadows
- leaves that afford shade
- shade or shadows
- a shadowy appearance
inveterate
–adjective

Firmly established; deep-rooted; chronic; habitual
an inveterate gambler.
stalwart
–adjective

1. strongly and stoutly built; sturdy and robust.

2. strong and brave; valiant:
a stalwart knight.

3. firm, steadfast, or uncompromising:
a stalwart supporter of the U.N.
castigate
verb
1. to criticize or reprimand severely.

2. to punish in order to correct.
quagmire
–noun
1. an area of miry() or boggy ground whose surface yields under the tread; a bog.

2. a situation from which extrication is very difficult; predicament
a quagmire of financial indebtedness.
miry:
adj.

of the nature of mire; muddy; swampy:
miry ground.
brooding
adjective

1. preoccupied with depressing, morbid, or painful memories or thoughts:
a brooding frame of mind.

2. cast in subdued light so as to convey a somewhat threatening atmosphere:
Dusk fell on the brooding hills.
visceral
adj.

1. instinctive; characterized by or proceeding from instinct rather than intellect:
a visceral reaction.

2. Emotional; characterized by or dealing with coarse or base emotions; earthy; crude:
a visceral literary style.
demure
–adjective

1. shy, modest, reserved.

2. affectedly decorous, sober, or sedate.
ruminative
verb

1. to meditate or muse; ponder.

2. To chew the cud