glutton: /'glʌt(ə)n/ n. person who eats too much food and drink When Mother saw that Bobby had eaten all the cookies, she called him a little glutton.
gossamer: /'gɒsəmə(r)/ a. sheer, light, delicate, or tenuous They would laugh in gossamer tones, and then move on gracefully to someone else, sometimes moving gracefully at speeds exceeding 40 mph.
gregarious: /grɪ'gɛərɪəs/ a. Syn. sociable sociable; seeking and enjoying the company of others Natural selection in gregarious animals operates upon groups rather than upon individuals.
grimace: /grɪ'meɪs/;/'grɪməs/ n. facial distortion to show feeling such as pain, disgust Even though he remained silent, his grimace indicated his displeasure.
hail: /heɪl/ n. call for; salute; greet; praise vociferously The US Embassy in Manila found itself under a hail of rotten fruit early today, the latest symptom of anti-American feeling reverberating across Asia in recent days.
harangue: /hə'ræŋ/ n. noisy speech; speech or piece of writing with strong feeling or expression In her lengthy harangue, the principal berated the offenders.
harbinger: /'hɑrbɪndʒə(r)/ n. Syn. forerunner forerunner; an indication of approach of something or someone The crocus is an early harbinger of spring.
haughty: /'hɔ:tɪ/ a. high; lofty; bold; arrogant; overbearing "Indeed, mama, but you can -- and will," pronounced the haughty voice of Blanche, as she turned round on the piano-stool.
heedless: /'hi:dlɪs/ a. Syn. disregarding unaware, without noticing; unmindful or thoughtless He drove on, heedless of the danger warnings placed at the side of the road.
heinous: /'heɪnəs/ a. Syn. wicked; atrocious; flagitious grossly wicked; abominable; hateful; infamous I'm a sincere believer that people who have engaged in heinous crimes deserve the ultimate retribution.
heresy: /'hɛrɪsɪ/ n. opinion contrary to popular belief; opinion contrary to accepted religion Galileo's assertion that the earth moved around the sun directly contradicted the religious teachings of his day; as a result, he was tried for heresy.
hiatus: /haɪ'eɪtəs/ n. Syn. gap; pause gap; interruption in duration or continuity; pause During the summer hiatus, many students try to earn enough money to pay their tuition for the next school year.
histrionic: /hɪstrɪ'ɒnɪk/ a. characteristic of acting or stage performance He was proud of his histrionic ability and wanted to play the role of Hamlet.
hoax: /hoʊks/ n. Syn. trick act intended to deceive or trick; practical joke Mr. Troyer said later that some of the search had been in response to a hoax - a man called the police and falsely said he was the gunman.
hovel: /'hɒv(ə)l/;/'hɒvl/ n. Syn. shack shack; small, wretched house He wondered how poor people could stand living in such a hovel.
hyperbole: /haɪ'pɜrbəlɪ/ n. Syn. exaggeration; overstatement figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis; overstatement As far as I'm concerned, Apple's claims about the new computer are pure hyperbole: no machine is that good!
hypothesis: /haɪ'pɒθəsɪs/ n. Syn. assumption; theory assumption; theory A hypothesis is a tentative statement that proposes a possible.
idiosyncrasy: /ɪdɪə'sɪŋkrəsɪ/ n. behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual One Richard Nixon's little idiosyncrasy was his liking for ketchup on cottage cheese.
ignominy: /'ɪgnəmɪnɪ/ n. deep disgrace; shame or dishonor To lose the Ping-Pong match to a trained chimpanzee! How could Rollo stand the ignominy of his defeat?.
immaculate: /ɪ'mækjʊlət/ a. Syn. spotless; flawless spotless; flawless; absolutely clean Chatman said her mom and dad always kept their vehicles in immaculate shape.
imminent: /'ɪmɪnənt/ a. Syn. impending near at hand; close in time; about to occur Peak oil does not mean that we are in imminent danger of running out of oil.
immune: /ɪ'mju:n/ a. Syn. exempt; resistant resistant to; free or exempt from; not subject to Still, the company doesn't expect to remain immune from the effects of the downturn.
impale: /ɪm'peɪl/ v. Syn. pierce pierce; kill by piercing with a spear or sharp His adversary hurled a spear to impale him.
impeach: /ɪm'pi:tʃ/ v. Syn. indict; hinder make an accusation against; challenge or discredit the credibility of The angry congressman wanted to impeach the president for his misdeeds.
impeccable: /ɪm'pɛkəb(ə)l/ a. Syn. faultless; perfect faultless; incapable of sin or wrongdoing His voting record has been impeccable from a conservative point of view.
impervious: /ɪm'pɜrvɪəs/ a. Syn. impenetrable impenetrable; incapable of being damaged or distressed The carpet salesman told Simone that his most expensive brand of floor covering was warranted to be impervious to ordinary wear and tear.
implacable: /ɪm'plækəb(ə)l/ a. incapable of being pacified; not to be relieved; Madame Defarge was the implacable enemy of the Evremonde family.
implicit: /ɪm'plɪsɪt/ a. Syn. implied; suggested implied or understood though not directly expressed Jack never told Jill he adored her; he believed his love was implicit in his actions.
import: /ɪm'pɔ:t/ v. bring in from another country Despite being one of the world's largest oil exporters, Nigeria refines only a very small proportion of even its own fuel needs, and has to import the rest - a severe and unnecessary drain on resources.
impostor: /ɪm'pɒstə(r)/ n. someone who assumes a false identity Some Sarah Palin impostor somehow got access to Sarah Palin's Facebook page and posted the bizarre comments.
imprecation: /ɪmprɔ'keɪʃ(ə)n/ n. Syn. curse curse; act of calling down a curse that invokes evil Spouting violent imprecation, Hank searched for the person who had vandalized his truck.
impregnable: /ɪm'prɛgnəb(ə)l/ a. Syn. invulnerable invulnerable; able to withstand attack Until the development of the airplane as a military weapon, the fort was considered impregnable.
impropriety: /ɪmprə'praɪətɪ/ n. Syn. improperness improper act; improper or unacceptable usage in speech or writing Because of the impropriety of the punk rocker's slashed T-shirt and jeans, the management refused to admit him to the hotel's very formal dining room.
improvident: /ɪm'prɒvɪdənt/ a. Syn. thriftless thriftless; not providing for future; incautious He was constantly being warned to mend his improvident ways and begin to "save for a rainy day.".
impugn: /ɪm'pju:n/ v. Syn. challenge dispute or contradict, often in insulting way; challenge Our treasurer was furious when the finance committee's report tried to impugn the accuracy of his financial records.
incarcerate: /ɪn'kɑrsəreɪt/ v. Syn. imprison imprison; put into jail; shut up or enclose He was not willing to incarcerate the civil rights workers because their imprisonment could serve the cause.
incisive: /ɪn'saɪsɪv/ a. Syn. cutting; sharp penetrating, clear, and sharp, as in operation or expression His incisive remarks made us see the fallacy in our plans.
incognito: /ɪnkɒg'ni:toʊ/;/ɪn'kɒgnətoʊ/ a. with one's identity disguised or concealed; in disguise; in an assumed character, or under an assumed title You can browse normally and in incognito mode at the same time by using separate windows.
incontrovertible: /ɪnkɒntrə'vɜrtɪb(ə)l/ a. Syn. indisputable indisputable; not open to question Unless you find the evidence against my client absolutely incontrovertible, you must declare her not guilty of this charge.
increment: /'ɪnkrɪmənt/ n. Syn. increase process of increasing in number, size, quantity, or extent The new contract calls for a 10 percent increment in salary for each employee for the next two years.
incumbent: /ɪn'kʌmbənt/ a. Syn. obligatory imposed as an obligation or duty; currently holding an office Voters see the same old candidates year after year and figure that the incumbent is usually a lock in a vast number of congressional districts.
indefatigable: /ɪndɪ'fætɪgəb(ə)l/ a. Syn. tireless tireless; showing sustained enthusiastic action Although the effort of taking out the garbage tired Wayne out for the entire morning, when it came to partying, he was indefatigable.
indigenous: /ɪn'dɪdʒɪnəs/ a. Syn. native; original native; originating where it is found But rarely was the music they played anchored in indigenous sounds of their homelands, as the groups eagerly explored musical hybrids.
indomitable: /ɪn'dɒmɪtəb(ə)l/ a. Syn. unconquerable; invincible unconquerable; incapable of being overcome Focusing on her game despite all her personal problems, tennis champion Steffi Graf proved she had an indomitable will to win.
inference: /'ɪnfərəns/ n. inferring by deduction or induction; truth or proposition drawn from another which is admitted or supposed to be true; conclusion; deduction If he is guilty, then by inference so is she; both should be in trouble.
ingenious: /ɪn'dʒi:nɪəs/ a. Syn. clever; resourceful clever; having inventive or cunning mind Do not certain ingenious philosophers teach this doctrine, and ought not we to be grateful to them?
ingenuous: /ɪn'dʒɛnjʊəs/ a. Syn. young; unsophisticated naive and trusting; young; unsophisticated The woodsman had not realized how ingenuous Little Red Riding Hood was until he heard that she had gone off for a walk in the woods with the Big Bad Wolf.
ingratiate: /ɪn'greɪʃɪeɪt/ v. become popular with; make agreeable or acceptable He tried to ingratiate himself into her parents' good graces.
inhibit: /ɪn'hɪbɪt/ v. Syn. restrain; prevent restrain; prevent or forbid; hold back Only two things inhibit him from taking a punch at Mike Tyson: Tyson's left hook, and Tyson's right jab.
innocuous: /ɪ'nɒkjʊəs/ a. Syn. harmless having no adverse effect; harmless An occasional glass of wine with dinner is relatively innocuous and should have no ill effect on you.
innuendo: /ɪnju:'ɛndoʊ/ n. Syn. hint; implication hint; indirect implication , usually malicious Until he engages in innuendo about being supported by "hard-working, white Americans," then he has not said much that should upset fellow Democrats.
inordinate: /ɪ'nɔ:dɪnət/ a. Syn. unrestrained; excessive exceeding reasonable limits; excessive; not regulated; disorderly She had an inordinate fondness for candy, eating two or three boxes in a single day.
insatiable: /ɪn'seɪʃəb(ə)l/ a. Syn. unquenchable; greedy not easily satisfied; impossible to satiate or satisfy; greedy If this country has an insatiable need for Mexico's drugs, it's only due to federal negligence in fencing and securing our borders.
inscrutable: /ɪn'skru:təb(ə)l/ a. Syn. impenetrable; mysterious impenetrable; not readily understood; mysterious Experienced poker players try to keep their expressions inscrutable, hiding their reactions to the cards behind a so-called "poker face."
insidious: /ɪn'sɪdɪəs/ a. Syn. treacherous; stealthy; sly spreading harmfully in a subtle manner; designed or adapted to entrap More insidious is the whole issue of the second amendment.
instigate: /'ɪnstɪgeɪt/ v. Syn. urge; incite; provoke goad or urge forward; provoke; incite Rumors of police corruption led the mayor to instigate an investigation into the department's activities.
integrity: /ɪn'tɛgrɪtɪ/ n. Syn. uprightness; wholeness quality or condition of being whole or undivided; completeness Protecting global supply chain integrity is of the utmost importance for manufacturers.
invective: /ɪn'vɛktɪv/ n. Syn. abuse abusive language used to express blame or ill will He had expected criticism but not the invective that greeted his proposal.
irascible: /ɪ'ræsɪb(ə)l/ a. Syn. irritable irritable; easily angered; excited by or arising from anger Miss Minchin's irascible temper intimidated the younger schoolgirls, who feared she'd burst into a rage at any moment.
ire: /'aɪə(r)/ n. Syn. anger; irritate anger; wrath; keen resentment; irritate The waiter tried unsuccessfully to placate the ire of the diner who had found a cockroach in her soup.
irksome: /'ɜrksəm/ a. Syn. annoying; tedious causing annoyance, weariness, or vexation; tedious He found working on the assembly line irksome because of the monotony of the operation he had to perform.
itinerant: /aɪ'tɪnərənt/ a. Syn. wandering; traveling wandering; traveling place to place, especially to perform work or duty Since the storm, the city had also been attracting a new kind of itinerant idealist.
jargon: /'dʒɑrgən/ n. Syn. gibberish language used by a special group; technical terminology; nonsensical or meaningless talk The computer salesmen at the store used a jargon of their own that we simply couldn't follow.
jaunty: /'dʒɔ:ntɪ/ a. Syn. lighthearted; animated gay in manner, appearance, or action; easy and carefree In An American in Paris, Gene Kelly sang and danced his way through "Singing in the Rain" in a properly jaunty style.
jeopardy: /'dʒɛpədɪ/ n. exposure to death, loss, or injury; hazard; risk of loss or injury Some private developers say the number of projects in jeopardy is much higher.
jettison: /'dʒɛtɪs(ə)n/ v. throw overboard; eject from boat, submarine, aircraft, or spaceship In order to enable the ship to ride safely through the storm, the captain had to jettison much of his cargo.
judicious: /dʒu:'dɪʃəs/ a. Syn. wise; prudent exhibiting good judgment or sound thinking; prudent At a key moment in his life, he made a judicious investment that was the foundation of his later wealth.
ken: /kɛn/ n. Syn. understanding; knowledge; scope understanding; knowledge; range of vision I really do not know the reason. It is beyond my ken.
labyrinth: /'læbərɪnθ/ n. Syn. maze maze; complex structure of interconnecting passages You know, Michelle, one thing contributing to this labyrinth is the nation's biggest private employer, Wal-Mart.
lachrymose: /'lækrɪmoʊs/ a. weeping or inclined to weep; tearful; showing sorrow His voice has a lachrymose quality more appropriate to a funeral than a class reunion.
laconic: /lə'kɒnɪk/ a. Syn. concise brief; effectively cut short; marked by use of few words Many of the characters portrayed by Clint Eastwood are laconic types: strong men of few words.
larceny: /'lɑrsənɪ/ n. Syn. theft unlawful taking and removing of another's personal property; theft When an author sells the thoughts of another man for his own, the larceny is called plagiarism.
latent: /'leɪtənt/ a. Syn. dormant; hidden present or potential but not evident or active; dormant; hidden Existing arrangements contain latent functions that can be neither seen nor replaced by the reformer.
lavish: /'lævɪʃ/ a. Syn. liberal; profuse liberal; wasteful; excessive spending I would fly to Paris and stay in lavish hotels if someone else were paying.
lethal: /'li:θ(ə)l/ a. Syn. deadly; fatal deadly; causing or capable of causing death In a decision the court upheld the use of all three drugs in lethal injections.
longevity: /lɒn'dʒɛvɪtɪ/ n. long life; great duration of life; long duration or continuance, as in an occupation When he reached ninety, the old man was proud of his longevity.
low: /loʊ/ v. Syn. moo utter sound made by cattle; make a low noise From the hilltop, they could see the herd like ants in the distance; they could barely hear the cattle low.
lucid: /'lu:sɪd/ a. Syn. clear; intelligible easily understood; clear; intelligible So in lucid moments, you structure your life to serve your own best interest.
ludicrous: /'lu:dɪkrəs/ a. Syn. laughable; trifling laughable; completely devoid of wisdom or good sense It is ludicrous to call a cottage a mansion.
luminary: /'lu:mɪnərɪ/;/'lumɪnɛrɪ/ n. Syn. celebrity; dignitary celebrity; person who is an inspiration to others; person who has achieved eminence in specific field A leading light of the American stage, Ethel Barrymore was a theatrical luminary whose name lives on.
malice: /'mælɪs/ n. enmity of heart; malevolence; ill will; spirit delighting in harm or misfortune to another I detected a suggestion of malice in his remarks.
malicious: /mə'lɪʃəs/ a. Syn. spiteful deliberately harmful; spiteful; proceeding from extreme hatred It is just plain malicious software designed to corrupt your device or steal your information.
masquerade: /mæskə'reɪd/;/mæskə'rɛd/ n. assembly of persons wearing masks, and amusing themselves with dancing, conversation, or other diversions; dramatic performance by actors in masks The masquerade is where fans play instruments and perform skits, dance numbers, and stand-up comedy in costume.
maudlin: /'mɔ:dlɪn/ a. Syn. sentimental tearfully sentimental; over-emotional; sickly-sentimental One moment he was in maudlin tears and the next he was cracking some miserable joke about the disaster.
meander: /mɪ'ændə(r)/ v. follow a winding and turning course; move aimlessly and idly without fixed direction Needing to stay close to a source of water, he follows every twist and turn of the streams as they meander through the countryside.
mediocre: /mi:dɪ'oʊkə(r)/ a. Syn. ordinary; commonplace; average moderate to inferior in quality; ordinary; commonplace He manages to give solid performances even in mediocre movies.
mercenary: /'mɜrsɪnərɪ/;/-nɛrɪ/ a. interested in making money; profit oriented; hired for service in foreign army South African involvement in mercenary activities was approved in the National Assembly on Tuesday.
meretricious: /mɛrɪ'trɪʃəs/ a. of or pertaining to prostitutes; tastelessly showy; lustful; deceptive; misleading The net result is that both the news columns and the editorial columns are commonly meretricious in a high degree.
meticulous: /mɪ'tɪkjʊləs/ a. Syn. scrupulous; cautious excessively careful; marked by extreme care in treatment of details One neighbor, who usually uses the truck to haul away lawn debris, always returns the truck in meticulous condition.
mettle: /'mɛt(ə)l/ n. Syn. courage; spirit quality of endurance and courage; good temperament and character When challenged by the other horses in the race, the thoroughbred proved its mettle by its determination to hold the lead.