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The huge Amazon Alexa hit Word of the Day is now available as a podcast!

Word of the Day teaches you a useful word, its definition, etymology, and gives you examples of how to use it in a sentence. A new word each and every day! Perfect for those looking to expand their vocabulary, learning English and looking for a boost and anyone who loves words.

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The huge Amazon Alexa hit Word of the Day is now available as a podcast!

Word of the Day teaches you a useful word, its definition, etymology, and gives you examples of how to use it in a sentence. A new word each and every day! Perfect for those looking to expand their vocabulary, learning English and looking for a boost and anyone who loves words.

    Gracile

    Gracile

    Gracile is an adjective that means slender.

    Coming from the Latin word gracilis (GROTCH ee lease) which means ‘thin,’ our word of the day is a synonym of ‘lean’ or ‘slight.’

    My daughter’s efforts to try out for the wrestling team didn’t work out so well. Having a petite, gracile body may be great for gymnastics, but it doesn’t help you much on the wrestling mat.

    • 35 sec
    Clamber

    Clamber

    Clamber is a verb that means to climb awkwardly.

    Deriving from Old English, our word of the day is often used to describe people climbing over or past obstacles like rocks. For example: For most of us having all those boxes laying around the office was a huge problem. But for Rhonda, all those years of mountain climbing made her an expert at clambering past obstacles.

    • 33 sec
    Evanescent

    Evanescent

    Evanescent is an adjective that means vanishing like vapor.

    Our word of the day is derived from the Latin word evanescent (ay ven uh SHENT) which means ‘to disappear.’ Evanescent may be used to refer to something that disappears in a literal sense or it can be used more figuratively as a synonym of ‘ephemeral’ or ‘temporary.’ For example: That recollection of our family singing around the fireplace at Christmas will stay with me forever. The moment itself may have been evanescent, but the memory is eternal.

    • 48 sec
    Phonate

    Phonate

    Phonate is a verb that means to make vocal sounds.

    The Greek word Phone (PHONE) means ‘sound.’ Our word of the day is a synonym of words like ‘talk,’ and ‘speak’ but it’s a broader term that refers to the making of any kind of sound from a person’s mouth.

    The microphones we used in the studio were so sensitive they picked up any sounds from the speaker’s mouth — even if they weren’t aware of making them. When people would phonate in any way — lick their lips, breathe or even open their mouths — the evidence would be right there in the listener’s ears.

    • 45 sec
    Proffer

    Proffer

    Proffer is a verb that means to present for acceptance. It is also a noun that refers to an offer being made.

    Our word of the day’s origin is similar to that of the word ‘offer.’ Both are derived from Anglo-French, but ‘proffer’ is a word that stresses the kindness of the act. For example, When Wendy needed a place to stay, her friend Lisa presented her with an opportunity to live rent-free in one of her apartments. The generous proffer brought tears to Wendy’s eyes.

    • 42 sec
    Pelion

    Pelion

    Pelion is a noun that refers to a huge or difficult task.

    Our word of the day refers to an imposingly high mountain range in Northeastern Greece. It’s been referenced in many Ancient Greek works of art. In addition to its geographical definition, it may be used to refer to any imposing or difficult task. For example: Rodney has faced many challenges in his life, but making it as an art dealer might be his biggest pelion yet. Compared to this, running a marathon was nothing.

    • 41 sec

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