aa, n. “A kind of volcanic lava with a rough, jagged surface covered with loose clinkers.” “As we toured the Hawaiian volcanoes on our spring break trip, we saw plenty of aa lava from previous volcanic eruptions.” “aa, n.2.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, March 2016. Web. 16 March 2016.
avuncular, adj. “Of, belonging to, or resembling, an uncle.” “I spent all weekend watching Fuller House, and it was great to see Danny, Uncle Jesse, and avuncular Joey back together.” “avuncular, adj.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, December 2015. Web. 2 March 2016.
coterie, n. 1. “An organized association of persons for political, social, or other purposes; a club” 2. “A circle of persons associated together and distinguished from ‘outsiders’, a ‘set’” “A coterie of the candidate’s supporters worked hard to make sure the rally was a success.” “coterie, n.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, December 2015. Web. 24 February 2016.
riant, adj. “Of a person or a person’s disposition, actions, etc.: smiling, mirthful, cheerful, light-hearted. “Of a thing, esp. a landscape, place, etc.: having a pleasant aspect, agreeable to the sight, looking bright or cheerful.” “The riant little girl was always giggling. Her attitude was contagious.” “riant, adj.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, September 2015. Web. 22 September […]
enantiodromic, n. “The process by which something becomes its opposite, and the subsequent interaction of the two: applied esp. to the adoption by an individual or by a community, etc., of a set of beliefs, etc., opposite to those held at an earlier stage.” “The Writing Center hopes that students will become enantiodromic in how they approach […]
renitent, adj. “That offers physical resistance to motion, deformation, or pressure.” “The renitent tumor did not respond to the treatment as the doctor’s had hoped.” “renitent, adj. and n.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, September 2015. Web. 22 September 2015.
whinge, v. “To whine; esp. to complain peevishly.” “The little boy whinged to his mother until she bought him the candy he wanted.” “whinge, v.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, September 2015. Web. 22 September 2015.
hoyden, n. “a boisterous noisy girl.” “She couldn’t care less that her classmates called her a hoyden. Her boisterous attitude was a great source of pride.” “hoyden, n. and adj.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, September 2015. Web. 22 September 2015.
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draggle, v. “To drag or trail (through the dirt).” “The dog draggled his toy across the yard all day long. Once he was alseep, his owner put the toy straight into the washer.” “draggle, v.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, September 2015. Web. 22 September 2015.