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Word of the Day – Dapple

By November 1, 2023Word of the Day

Dapple (verb)


to mark or become marked with spots.

Dapple, the verb, was first recorded in 1545–55 and was probably formed from the adjective dappled, “having spots of a different shade from the background.”

Example sentences

“sunlight dappled her skin through the shade of the trees”

Word of the Day – Oxymoron

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Word of the Day – Whoosis

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Word of the Day – Stolid

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Word of the Day – Taradiddle

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