Word of the Day – Grabble

By August 18, 2017Word of the Day

Grabble (verb) (archaic)

grab-el

Feel or search with the hands: grope about.

Late 16th century: probably from Dutch grabbelen ‘scramble for a thing’, from Middle Dutch grabben (see grab).

Example sentences

“I did grabble about but I couldn’t find it in the thick mud”

Word of the Day – Antipathy

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Antipathy (noun)

an-tip-ath-ee

A deep-seated feeling of aversion.

Late 16th century (in the sense ‘opposition of feeling, nature, or disposition’): from French antipathie, or via Latin from Greek antipatheia, from antipathēs ‘opposed in feeling’, from anti ‘against’ + pathos ‘feeling’.

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Word of the Day – Cleat

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Cleat (noun)

Kl-eet

A T-shaped piece of metal or wood on a boat or ship, to which ropes are attached.

Each of a number of projections on the sole of a shoe, designed to prevent the wearer losing their footing.

Middle English (in the sense ‘wedge’): of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch kloot ‘ball, sphere’ and German Kloss ‘clod, dumpling’, also to clot and clout.

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