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GUESS TIM ANTE - how much to start the pot? [Re: wofahulicodoc] #228875
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GUESSTIMATE

PRONUNCIATION: (GES-ti-mayt for verb; -muht for noun)

MEANING: verb tr.: To make an estimate based on guesswork.
noun: An estimate based on guesswork.

ETYMOLOGY: A blend of guess + estimate. Earliest documented use: 1936.
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GUESTIMATE - try to figure out how many are coming for dinner

GUESS TIME ATE - ...and how long it took to eat it

GUESSTIVATE - how long should my summer vacation be?

CONTRACT ION - charged particle for hire [Re: wofahulicodoc] #228878
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CONTRAPTION

PRONUNCIATION: (kuhn-TRAP-shuhn)

MEANING: noun: A device that appears to be strange, makeshift, or complicated.

ETYMOLOGY: Perhaps a blend of contrive + trap + invention. Earliest documented use: 1825.
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CONTRA-PION - a new subatomic anti-particle

CON-TRAP-TIN - a thief could cut his way out of it with a pair of scissors (compare CON-TRAP-IRON)

CONTRAPATION - working against your employer

CONT.RATION - your meal will arrive on schedule

ALICIENT - like Arlo's Thanksgiving restaurant [Re: wofahulicodoc] #228887
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ALLICIENT

PRONUNCIATION: (uh-LISH-uhnt)

MEANING: adjective: Having the power to attract; appealing.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin allicere (to entice). Earliest documented use: 1613.
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ALICIENT - Witty

ALLI®CLIENT - one who tries to lose weight by taking orlistat

ALLICENT - her parents couldn't decide whether to name her after Grandma Allison or Grandma Millicent

School of the Virtuoso [Re: wofahulicodoc] #228896
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CERNUOUS

PRONUNCIATION: (SUHR-noo/nyoo-uhs)

MEANING: adjective: Drooping, nodding, or bending forward.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin cernuus (bowing). Earliest documented use: 1653.
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CZERNUOUS - pedantic, predictable, monotonous, and thorough

CERNulous - like a microcosm of atomic physicists

CORNUOUS - horny

XANTHAC - a popular antacid, an H2 blocker [Re: wofahulicodoc] #228900
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XANTHIC

PRONUNCIATION: (ZAN-thik)

MEANING: adjective: Yellow or yellowish.

ETYMOLOG: From Greek xanthos (yellow). Earliest documented use: 1817. Two related words are xanthodontous (having yellow teeth) and Xanthippe (a nagging woman).
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EXANTHIC - with a rash on the skin, like measles or chickenpox

PANTHIC - feline. (Better still, if called by a panthic, don't anthic)

XANTNIC - who comes down the chimney on December 25

FREDACIOUS - Flintstonian [Re: wofahulicodoc] #228905
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PREDACIOUS

PRONUNCIATION: pri-DAY-shuhs)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Preying on other animals.
2. Seeking to exploit others.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin praedari (to prey upon), from praeda (booty). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ghend-/ghed- (to seize or to take), which is also the source of pry, prey, spree, reprise, surprise, osprey, prison, impregnable, impresa, prise, and reprehend. Earliest documented use: 1665.
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PREDATIOUS - occurring before, especially before acknowledgments of debt

PREFACIOUS - tending to give lengthy and tedious introductory remarks

PRUDACIOUS - conspicuously prim and proper, not to say Victorian

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