Word of the Day – Scry

By July 29, 2020Word of the Day

Scry (verb)


Foretell the future using a crystal ball or other reflective object or surface.

Early 16th century shortening of descry.

Example sentences

“She used the ball to scry, keeping it on the shelf between uses.”

Word of the Day – Coddiwomple

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Coddiwomple (verb) kod-ee-wom-pl to travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination. Appeared online, late 2010s, not yet in the OED. (more…)

Word of the Day – Outface

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Outface (verb) owt-fays Disconcert or defeat (an opponent) by confronting them boldly. (more…)

Word of the Day – Herbert

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Herbert (noun) (Br/En) hur-bet (informal) An undistinguished or foolish man or youth. 1960s the male given name Herbert. (more…)

Word of the Day – Protuberance

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Protuberance (noun) pr-ot-oo-be-runs A thing that protrudes from something else. (more…)

Word of the Day – Bordelaise

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Bordelaise (adj) bor-de-laiz Denoting or served with a sauce of red wine and onions. French, from (à la) bordelaise ‘Bordeaux-style’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Averment

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Averment (noun) a-ver-ment An affirmation or allegation. Late Middle English from Old French averrement, averement, from averer ‘declare true'. See aver. (more…)

Word of the Day – Trypophobia

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Trypophobia (noun) tri-po-fo-bee-a Extreme or irrational aversion to or fear of clusters of small holes or bumps. Early 21st century from Greek trýpa ‘hole’ + -phobia. (more…)

Word of the Day – Spaff

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Spaff (verb) spaf To waste or splurge Slang (more…)

Word of the Day – Chypre

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Chypre (noun) sheep-re A heady perfume made from Sandalwood. Late 19th century from French, literally ‘Cyprus’, perhaps where it was first made. (more…)

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