ascetic

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ascetic

Pronunciation /əˈsɛtɪk/
adjective
Characterized by severe self-discipline and abstention from all forms of indulgence, typically for religious reasons.
noun
A person who follows an ascetic life.

Origin
Mid 17th century from medieval Latin asceticus or Greek askētikos, from askētēs ‘monk’, from askein ‘to exercise’.

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Bob totally knew that he was not destined to seek out an ascetic life.

impede

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impede

Pronunciation /ɪmˈpiːd/
verb
[with object]
Delay or prevent (someone or something) by obstructing them; hinder.

Origin
Late 16th century from Latin impedire ‘shackle the feet of’, based on pes, ped- ‘foot’. Compare with impeach.

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Do not impede me, I implore you, but if you must, be fair about controlling others, too.

delve

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delve

Pronunciation /dɛlv/
verb
[no object]
1 Reach inside a receptacle and search for something.
1.1 Research or make painstaking inquiries into something.
2 archaic Dig; excavate.

Origin
Old English delfan ‘dig’, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch delven.

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We enjoy delving into slang, and we ask the question, “Can you dig it?” (Those who were around in the 1070s would say yes.)

megabucks

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megabucks

Pronunciation /ˈmɛɡəbʌks/
plural noun
informal
A very large amount of money.

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Marty managed to maintain his megabucks.
He accomplished that by owning trucks.
He hired only unionized drivers.
All were self-acknowledged strivers
Who helped to weed out lazy losers,
And they got the goods on time to users.

tink

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tink

Pronunciation /tɪŋk/
verb
[no object]Knitting
Undo a row of knitting one stitch at a time, in order to correct a mistake.

Origin
1990s reversal of knit.

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If you want to quickly tink
And make your hard work really shrink
Walk to the kitchen to get a drink
Leaving the knitting where the cat can get at it.

loanword

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loanword

Pronunciation /ˈləʊnwəːd/
noun
A word adopted from a foreign language with little or no modification.

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I have always thought of “pajamas” (US) or “pyjamas” (UK) as a loanword.
“The word pajama comes from the Hindi “pae jama” or “pai jama,” meaning leg clothing.”

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(image on loan from Wikipedia)

underdungers

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underdungers

Pronunciation /ˈʌndədʌŋəz/
plural noun
informal New Zealand
Underpants.

Origin
1980s from under(pants) + dunga(ree)s, with a possible pun on dung.

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Dan decided to make sure he wore his freshly washed underdungers even if his dungarees weren’t.

dopester

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dopester

Pronunciation /ˈdəʊpstə/
noun
informal North American
A person who collects and supplies information, typically on sporting events or elections.

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Dopesters are abundant on sports TV shows ahead of the American football weekends. They are not always right. Last night the Raiders won the game.

needful

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needful

Pronunciation
needful
/ˈniːdfʊl/ /ˈniːdf(ə)l/
adjective
1 formal Necessary; requisite.
2 dated Needy.

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James jumped jauntily but effectively because it was needful if he wished to cross the stream with dry feet.