levin \LEV-in\ (noun) - Lightning; a bright light.
"Broad and frequent through the night
Flash'd the sheets of levin-light;"
Walter Scott; The Dance of Death; 1815.
From Middle English levene. ...Read More
ugsome \UG-suhm\ (adjective) - Dreadful, loathsome.
"With her too sweet tea, cloying manners, and stuffy living room, Jed felt that his grandmother was at times ugsome."
From Middle English, from uggen, from Old Norse...Read More
sciolist \SAI-uh-list\ (noun) - One who engages in pretentious display of superficial knowledge.
"Jason's ignorance of the progress which the marketing department had up to that time made was only equalled by his ...Read More
nonplus \non-PLUS, NON-plus\ (verb tr). - To put at a loss for what to do, think, or say; perplex.
"Ted's only knowledge of codes was the Navajo Code Talkers, the World War II Native American group who used their ...Read More
napiform \NAY-puh-form\ (adjective) - Turnip-shaped: round at the top and tapering down sharply at the bottom.
"Clark pulled a took a napiform bun from the bread basket and stared at it, as if attempting to figure out ...Read More
gauche \GOsh\ (adjective) - Lacking grace; tactless; awkward.
"After seeing what Jessica was wearing at the party, Sandy decided that it was another gauche instance of her confusing a designer label and a high price ...Read More