Old English dreflian, of uncertain origin; perhaps related to draff.
“Don’t talk such drivel.”
Pungle (verb) pun-gl (US informal) To hand over or come up with (money); to ‘shell out’. Also without object. Usually with down or up. Mid 19th century; earliest use found…
Jandal (noun) jan-dal (New Zealand) A light sandal with a thong between the big and second toe; a flip-flop. 1950s probably from J(apanese) (s)andal. Proprietary noun. (more…)
Parsimony (noun) par-sim-on-ee Extreme unwillingness to spend money or use resources. Late Middle English from Latin parsimonia, parcimonia, from parcere ‘be sparing’. (more…)
Greenhorn (noun) green-hawn (North American) (informal) A person who is new to or inexperienced at a particular activity. (more…)
Quarrion (noun) kwa-ree-un (Australian) Another name for a cockatiel. Early 20th century from Wiradhuri guwarraying. (more…)
Felicitate (verb) fel-is-it-ayt Congratulate.
Tronc (noun) tr-onk (in a hotel or restaurant) a common fund into which tips and service charges are paid for distribution to the staff. 1920s from French, literally ‘collecting box’.…
Evoke (verb) ee-voke Bring or recall (a feeling, memory, or image) to the conscious mind. Early 17th century (in evoke (sense 2)): from Latin evocare, from e- (variant of ex-)…
Distaff (noun) dis-taf A stick or spindle on to which wool or flax is wound for spinning. / (as modifier) Of or concerning women. Old English distæf the first element…