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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for December 8, 2021 is: milquetoast • \MILK-tohst\ • noun A milquetoast is a timid, meek, or unassertive person. // The sales manager is not a milquetoast: when she sees an opportunity to make a lucrative deal, she will seal it. See the entry > Examples: "I think if you're likable, sometimes you are like milquetoa…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for December 7, 2021 is: ostracize • \AH-struh-syze\ • verb Ostracize means "to exclude from a group by common consent." // The Senator knew that he might be ostracized by his party, but he voted with his heart and against the party line, nevertheless. See the entry > Examples: "Our mental health suffers if we feel…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for December 6, 2021 is: fomite • \FOH-myte\ • noun A fomite is an object (such as a dish, doorknob, or article of clothing) that may be contaminated with bacteria or viruses and serve in their transmission. //Everyday objects that are smooth, like our phones and credit cards, can be fomites. See the entry > Exampl…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for December 5, 2021 is: commodious • \kuh-MOH-dee-us\ • adjective Commodious means "comfortably or conveniently spacious"—in a word, "roomy." // The description of the house for sale notes a commodious living room adjacent to a large kitchen, both perfect for entertaining guests. See the entry > Examples: "When yo…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for December 4, 2021 is: interloper • \in-ter-LOH-per\ • noun An interloper is a person or thing that intrudes in a place or sphere of activity. // As he watched the doe and fawn grazing in the field, the photographer was struck by a feeling of being an interloper. See the entry > Examples: "For decades, physicists…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for December 3, 2021 is: galvanize • \GAL-vuh-nyze\ • verb Galvanize means "to cause (people) to take action on something that they are excited or concerned about." // The council's proposal to close the library has galvanized the town's residents. See the entry > Examples: "I think circumstances we've been through…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for December 2, 2021 is: smarmy • \SMAR-mee\ • adjective Smarmy means "behaving in a way that seems polite, kind, or pleasing but is not genuine or believable." // Online reviews of the resort warned of smarmy street vendors when wandering from the tourist areas. See the entry > Examples: "Before [Daniel Craig], Ja…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for December 1, 2021 is: derrick • \DAIR-ik\ • noun A derrick is a tall framework over an oil well that supports equipment used in drilling. // Areas of the desert have become fields of oil derricks. See the entry > Examples: "Oil derricks dot the coastline, often scattered in between residential and shopping cente…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 30, 2021 is: hoity-toity • \hoy-tee-TOY-tee\ • adjective Hoity-toity means "pretentious, fancy, or pompous." // The guidance counselor emphasized that students do not need to go to a hoity-toity college to achieve success. See the entry > Examples: "[Daniel Heider] says his post-high-school years were …
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 29, 2021 is: obfuscate • \AHB-fuh-skayt\ • verb Obfuscate means "to make difficult to understand" or "to be evasive, unclear, or confusing." // The coach obfuscated his response as to whether he would retire at the end of the season. // When asked about the lawsuit alleging plagiarism, the singer obfus…
 
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