Word of the Day – Lede

By May 13, 2019 Word of the Day

Lede (noun) (US-Eng)


The opening sentence or paragraph of a news article, summarizing the most important aspects of the story. (British-Eng – Lead)

1950s: alteration of lead, first used in instructions to printers, in order to distinguish the word from text to be printed.

Example sentences

“The headline and the lede both had to be changed.”

Word of the Day – Evanesce

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Evanesce (verb) (literary) ee-van-ess Pass out of sight, memory, or existence. Mid 19th century: from Latin evanescere, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out of’ + vanus ‘empty’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Swive

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Swive (verb) (archaic) (humorous) swai-v Have sexual intercourse with. Middle English: apparently from the Old English verb swīfan ‘move (along a course), sweep’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Progeny

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Progeny (noun) proj-en-ee A descendant or the descendants of a person, animal, or plant; offspring. Middle English: from Old French progenie, from Latin progenies, from progignere ‘beget’ (see progenitor). (more…)

Word of the Day – Harridan

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Harridan (noun) ha-rid-an A strict, bossy, or belligerent old woman. Late 17th century (originally slang): perhaps from French haridelle ‘old horse’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Somnambulant

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Somnambulant (adj) som-nam-boo-lant Resembling or characteristic of a sleepwalker; sluggish. (more…)

Word of the Day – Comestible

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Comestible (noun) (archaic) (humorous) kom-est-ibl An item of food Late 15th century: from Old French, from medieval Latin comestibilis, from Latin comest- ‘eaten up’, from the verb comedere, from com-…

Word of the Day – Tumescent

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Tumescent (adj) toom-es-unt Swollen or becoming swollen, especially as a response to sexual arousal. (especially of language or literary style) pompous or pretentious. Mid 19th century: from Latin tumescent- ‘beginning…

Word of the Day – Provocatrix

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Provocatrix (noun) (rare) prov-ok-a-triks A female provoker Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Daily Chronicle. From post-classical Latin provocatrix (Vulgate), feminine form corresponding to classical Latin prōvocātor: see…

Word of the Day – Cantle

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Cantle (noun) kan-tl The raised curved part at the back of a horse's saddle. Middle English (in the sense ‘a corner’): from Anglo-Norman French cantel, variant of Old French chantel,…

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