Word of the Day – Jackanapes

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Jackanapes (noun)

jak-u-nay-ps

A cheeky or impertinent person.

Early 16th century (originally as Jack Napes): perhaps from a playful name for a tame ape, the initial n- by elision of an ape (compare with newt), and the final -s as in surnames such as Hobbes: applied to a person whose behaviour resembled that of an ape.

Example sentences

“The grinning jackanapes is unstoppable and half mad with power.”

Word of the Day – Premonish

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Premonish (verb) (rare)

pree-mon-ish

Inform (someone) of a possible future danger or problem; forewarn.

Mid 16th century: from Latin praemonere ‘forewarn’ with the ending altered after the pattern of admonish.

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Word of the Day – Connive

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Connive (verb)

kon-aiv

Secretly allow (something immoral, illegal, or harmful) to occur.

Conspire to do something immoral, illegal, or harmful.

Early 17th century: from French conniver or Latin connivere ‘shut the eyes (to)’, from con- ‘together’ + an unrecorded word related to nictare ‘to wink’.

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