Word of the Day – Splay

By September 15, 2020Word of the Day

Splay (verb)


Thrust or spread (things, especially limbs or fingers) out and apart.

Middle English (in the sense ‘unfold to view, display’): shortening of the verb display.

Example sentences

“she splayed out her hand across his chest.”

Word of the Day – Velarisation

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Word of the Day – Viridescent

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Word of the Day – Dammar

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Word of the Day – Scrummy

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Word of the Day – Trice

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Word of the Day – Drey

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Word of the Day – Womble

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Word of the Day – Revulsant

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Word of the Day – Quop

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