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Shakespeare Said it First Vocabulary definitions from dictionary.com
alligator noun 1. either of two broad-snouted crocodilians of the genus Alligator, of the southeastern U.S. and eastern China. 2. (loosely) any broad-snouted crocodilian, as a caiman. 3. Metallurgy. a machine for bringing the balls of iron from a puddling furnace into compact form so that they can be handled. 4. Jazz. an enthusiastic fan of swing. verb (used without object) 5. (of paint, varnish, or the like) to crack and acquire the appearance of alligator hide, as from weathering or improper application to a surface. 6. Metalworking. (of a rolled metal slab) to split and curl up and down at one end; fishmouth.
auspicious adjective 1. promising success; propitious; opportune; favorable: an auspicious occasion. 2. favored by fortune; prosperous; fortunate.
castigate verb (used with object), cas·ti·gat·ed, cas·ti·gat·ing. 1. to criticize or reprimand severely. 2. to punish in order to correct.
critical adjective 1. inclined to find fault or to judge with severity, often too readily. 2. occupied with or skilled in criticism. 3. involving skillful judgment as to truth, merit, etc.; judicial: a critical analysis. 4. of or pertaining to critics or criticism: critical essays. 5. providing textual variants, proposed emendations, etc.: a critical edition of Chaucer.
dauntless adjective 1. not to be daunted or intimidated; fearless; intrepid; bold: a dauntless hero.daunted intrepidhero noun 2. ( initial capital letter ). Also called Douglas SBD. the principal U.S. Navy fleet bomber of early World War II, capable of carrying bombs or depth charges and particularly successful as a dive bomber.
divest verb (used with object) 1. to strip of clothing, ornament, etc.: The wind divested the trees of their leaves. 2. to strip or deprive (someone or something), especially of property or rights; dispossess. 3. to rid of or free from: He divested himself of all responsibility for the decision.decision 4. Law. to take away or alienate (property, rights, etc.). 5. Commerce. a. to sell off: to divest holdings. b. to rid of through sale: The corporation divested itself of its subsidiaries.corporation
equivocal adjective 1. allowing the possibility of several different meanings, as a word or phrase, especially with intent to deceive or misguide; susceptible of double interpretation; deliberately ambiguous: an equivocal answer.word 2. of doubtful nature or character; questionable; dubious; suspicious: aliens of equivocal loyalty.nature 3. of uncertain significance; not determined: an equivocal attitude.
eyeball noun 1. the ball or globe of the eye.balleye 2. eyeballs, Informal. people who view or read something: Old TV shows are getting a lot of eyeballs online. verb (used with object) 3. Informal. to look at, check, or observe closely: two opponents eyeballing each other.
eyesore noun something unpleasant to look at: The run-down house was an eyesore to the neighbors.
frugal adjective 1. economical in use or expenditure; prudently saving or sparing; not wasteful: What your office needs is a frugal manager who can save you money without resorting to painful cutbacks. Synonyms: thrifty, chary, provident, careful, prudent, penny-wise, scrimping; miserly, Scotch, penny- pinching. Antonyms: wasteful, extravagant, spendthrift, prodigal, profligate. 2. entailing little expense; requiring few resources; meager; scanty: a frugal meal. Synonyms: scant, slim, sparing, skimpy. Antonyms: luxurious, lavish, profuse.
gloomy adjective, gloom·i·er, gloom·i·est. 1. dark or dim; deeply shaded: gloomy skies. 2. causing gloom; dismal or depressing: a gloomy prospect.gloom 3. filled with or showing gloom; sad, dejected, or melancholy.gloommelancholy 4. hopeless or despairing; pessimistic: a gloomy view of the future.
gnarled adjective 1. (of trees) full of or covered with gnarls; bent; twisted.gnarls 2. having a rugged, weather-beaten appearance: a gnarled old sea captain. 3. crabby; cantankerous.
hoodwinked verb (used with object) 1. to deceive or trick. 2. Archaic. to blindfold. 3. Obsolete. to cover or hide.
impede verb (used with object), im·ped·ed, im·ped·ing. to retard in movement or progress by means of obstacles or hindrances; obstruct; hinder. movement
jaded adjective 1. dulled or satiated by overindulgence: a jaded appetite. 2. worn out or wearied, as by overwork or overuse. 3. dissipated: a jaded reprobate.
laughingstock noun an object of ridicule; the butt of a joke or the like: His ineptness as a public official made him the laughingstock of the whole town.object
leapfrog noun 1. a game in which players take turns in leaping over another player bent over from the waist.whichleaping 2. an advance from one place, position, or situation to another without progressing through all or any of the places or stages in between: a leapfrog from bank teller to vice president in one short year.vice verb (used with object) 3. to jump over (a person or thing) in or as if in leapfrog: He leapfrogged the fence to reach the crying child. 4. to move or cause to move as if in leapfrog: Manufacturers are leapfrogging prices because the cost of raw materials has doubled. verb (used without object) 5. to move or advance in or as if in leapfrog: Our tour leapfrogged through six cities in four days.
lonely adjective, lone·li·er, lone·li·est. 1. affected with, characterized by, or causing a depressing feeling of being alone; lonesome. 2. destitute of sympathetic or friendly companionship, intercourse, support, etc.: a lonely exile. 3. lone; solitary; without company; companionless.lone 4. remote from places of human habitation; desolate; unfrequented; bleak: a lonely road. 5. standing apart; isolated: a lonely tower.
majestic adjective characterized by or possessing majesty; of lofty dignity or imposing aspect; stately; grand: the majestic Alps.majesty
manager noun 1. a person who has control or direction of an institution, business, etc., or of a part, division, or phase of it.control 2. a person who manages: the manager of our track team.manages 3. a person who controls and manipulates resources and expenditures, as of a household. 4. British. (formerly) a theatrical producer.
mimic noun, adjective verb (used with object) 1. to imitate or copy in action, speech, etc., often playfully or derisively. 2. to imitate in a servile or unthinking way; ape. 3. to be an imitation of; simulate; resemble closely. noun 4. a person who mimics, especially a performer skilled in mimicking others. 5. a copy or imitation of something. 6. a performer in a mime.mime
mountaineer noun 1. an inhabitant of a mountainous district.mountainous 2. a climber of mountains, especially for sport.mountains verb (used without object) 3. to climb mountains, especially for sport.mountains
obscene adjective 1. offensive to morality or decency; indecent; depraved: obscene language.language 2. causing uncontrolled sexual desire. 3. abominable; disgusting; repulsive.
outbreak noun 1. a sudden breaking out or occurrence; eruption: the outbreak of war.breaking 2. a sudden and active manifestation: an outbreak of hives.hives 3. an outburst: an outbreak of temper. 4. an insurrection, revolt, or mutiny. 5. a public disturbance; riot.
pedant noun 1. a person who makes an excessive or inappropriate display of learning. 2. a person who overemphasizes rules or minor details. 3. a person who adheres rigidly to book knowledge without regard to common sense. 4. Obsolete. a schoolmaster.
petition noun 1. a formally drawn request, often bearing the names of a number of those making the request, that is addressed to a person or group of persons in authority or power, soliciting some favor, right, mercy, or other benefit: a petition for clemency; a petition for the repeal of an unfair law. 2. a request made for something desired, especially a respectful or humble request, as to a superior or to one of those in authority; a supplication or prayer: a petition for aid; a petition to God for courage and strength. 3. something that is sought by request or entreaty: to receive one's full petition. 4. Law. an application for a court order or for some judicial action. verb (used with object) 5. to beg for or request (something). 6. to address a formal petition to (a sovereign, a legislative body, etc.): He received everything for which he had petitioned the king.which 7. to ask by petition for (something).
puke verb (used without object), verb (used with object) Slang. 1. to vomit.verbvomit noun 2. vomit.vomit 3. a. any food or drink that is repulsive. b. anything that is contemptible or worthless.
rancorous adjective full of or showing rancor.rancor noun bitter, rankling resentment or ill will; hatred; malice.will
reinforcement noun 1. the act of reinforcing. 2. the state of being reinforced. 3. something that reinforces or strengthens. 4. Often, reinforcements. an additional supply of personnel, ships, aircraft, etc., for a military force.force 5. a system of steel bars, strands, wires, or mesh for absorbing the tensile and shearing stresses in concrete work.
rumination ru·mi·nat·ing. verb (used without object) 1. to chew the cud, as a ruminant.ruminant 2. to meditate or muse; ponder. verb (used with object) 3. to chew again or over and over. 4. to meditate on; ponder.
torture noun 1. the act of inflicting excruciating pain, as punishment or revenge, as a means of getting a confession or information, or for sheer cruelty. 2. a method of inflicting such pain. 3. Often, tortures. the pain or suffering caused or undergone. 4. extreme anguish of body or mind; agony. 5. a cause of severe pain or anguish.
unmitigated adjective 1. not mitigated; not softened or lessened: unmitigated suffering. 2. unqualified or absolute: an unmitigated bore.
worthless adjective without worth; of no use, importance, or value; good-for-nothing: a worthless person; a worthless contract.worth
zany adjective 1. ludicrously or whimsically comical; clownish. noun 2. one who plays the clown or fool in order to amuse others. 3. a comically wild or eccentric person. 4. a secondary stock character in old comedies who mimicked his master. 5. a professional buffoon; clown. 6. a silly person; simpleton.