doyen \doy-YEHN\ (noun) - The dominant senior member of a profession, activity, or social arena.
"When he retired, Walter Cronkite was considered by many as the doyen of the US press corps."
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pavid \PAEV-id\ (adjective) - Easily frightened, fearful, pusillanimous, timorous.
"Lana Issacs in accounting is such a pavid lamb, she will never ask for a raise."
The etymology of today's word doesn't run very deep. ...Read More
bootleg \BOOT-lehg\ (verb) - To produce and/or distribute legally prohibited products.
"Jason's avocation was bootlegging illegal fireworks up and down the east coast until a bolt of lightning caught up with his truck ...Read More
gremlin \GREM-lin\ (noun) - A mischievous sprite imagined to cause the inexplicable problems in the real and virtual machinery of technology.
"I received your e-mail alright but the attachment was snatched by the ...Read More
pullulate \PEH-lyeh-leyt\ (verb) - 1 : To sprout many buds, as deciduous trees and shrubs pullulate in the spring; 2 : to reproduce in numbers, to teem (with).
"Sydney has reached that dangerous stage in her ...Read More
obsequious \ohb-SEE-kwe-uhs\ (adjective) - Dutifully compliant, servile, fawningly sycophantic, overly zealous to please or worm one's way into the affection of others.
"Farnsworth obsequiously refilled Lord ...Read More