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Middling




adjective [mid-ling]

1. mediocre; ordinary; commonplace; pedestrian: The restaurant's entrées are no better than middling.

2. medium, moderate, or average in size, quantity, or quality: The returns on such a large investment may be only middling.

Gainsay




verb [geyn-sey, geyn-sey]

1. to deny, dispute, or contradict.

2. to speak or act against; oppose.

Quidnunc




Noun [Kwid-nuhngk]

1. a person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip; a gossip or busybody.

Eternize




Verb [ih-tur-nahz]

1. to make eternal; perpetuate.

2. to immortalize.

Yestreen




adverb [ye-streen]

1. during yesterday evening.

2. yesterday evening; last evening.

Apothegm




Noun [ap-uh-them]

1. a short, pithy, instructive saying; a terse remark or aphorism.

Sudser




Noun [suhd-zer]

1. Informal. any movie, play, or the like that is designed to provoke a tearful response. I

2. nformal. a soap opera.

Brooding




Adjective

1. showing deep unhappiness of thought."he stared with brooding eyes"

2. appearing darkly menacing."a dark, brooding landscape"

Geminate




Noun [siz-uh m, skiz]

1. division or disunion, especially into mutually opposed parties.

2. the parties so formed.
Tatterdemalion

Adjective [tat-er-di-meyl-yuh n, -mal-]
1. ragged; unkempt or dilapidated.

2. a person in tattered clothing; a shabby person.

Bucolic




Adjective [byoo-kol-ik]

1. of, pertaining to, or suggesting an idyllic rural life.

2. of or pertaining to shepherds; pastoral.

3. a pastoral poem.

Rubberneck




Verb [ruhb-er-nek]

1. to look about or stare with great curiosity, as by craning the neck or turning the head.

2. to gawk at: The tieup was due to drivers rubbernecking an accident.

3. a sightseer; tourist.

Legerity




Noun [Luh-jer-i-tee]

1. physical or mental quickness; nimbleness; agility.

Scroop




Verb [Skroop]

1. to emit a harsh, grating sound: The gate scrooped as he swung it shut.

2. a scrooping sound.

3. ability to make a rustling sound added to silk or rayon fabrics during finishing by treating them with certain acids.
Cynosure

Noun [Sahy-nuh-shoo r, sin-uh]
1. something that strongly attracts attention by its brilliance, interest, etc.:

2. the cynosure of all eyes. something serving for guidance or direction.

Ponder




Verb

1. think about (something) carefully, especially before making a decision or reaching a conclusion.

Syzygy




Noun [Siz-i-jee]

1. Astronomy. an alignment of three celestial objects, as the sun, the earth, and either the moon or a planet: Syzygy in the sun-earth-moon system occurs at the time of full moon and new moon.

Hidebound




Adjective [Hahyd-bound]

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.

Bilbliomania




Noun

1. excessive fondness for acquiring and possessing books.

Frabjous




Adjective [frab-juh s]

1. Informal. wonderful, elegant, superb.

Credence




Noun [Kreed-ns]



1. belief as to the truth of something: to give credence to a claim.




2. something giving a claim to belief or confidence: letter of credence.

Logy




Adjective [Loh-gee]

1. lacking physical or mental energy or vitality; sluggish; dull; lethargic.

Volitant




Adjective [Vol-i-tnt]

1. engaged in or having the power of flight.

2. active; moving.

Defenestrate




Verb [Dee-fen-uh-streyt]

1. to throw (a person or thing) out of a window.

Baffelgab




Noun [Baf-uh l-gab]

1. Slang. confusing or generally unintelligible jargon; gobbledegook: an insurance policy written in bafflegab impenetrable to a lay person.