National Dictionary Day is the perfect opportunity to learn a few new or, in this case, old words. We’ve come up with a list of 20 interesting words you and the kiddos can practice using in a sentence. Scroll down for the list.
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bantling: a young child
billfold: essentially, a wallet. A pocket for keeping bills and checks.
bluestocking: a woman of literary tastes or occupation
bonhomie (bon-o-me): good-heartedness
brownie: a beneficial spirit supposed to haunt old farm houses
canzonet: a short song
cassowary: a large bird resembling an ostrich
draggle: to wet or soil by dragging in the mud
firkin: a small wooden vessel for holding butter
gillyflower: a plant of the mustard family
jerkin: a short coat or jacket, not to be confused with gherkin, a kind of pickle
mavourneen: sweetheart, from the Irish
milliner: a maker of hats, specifically for women, including headdresses and other adornment.
orotund: characterized by fullness, clearness, strength and smoothness
pannikin: a small tin cup
rivulet: a little stream
stinkpot: an earthen jar full of various malodorous (stinky!) compounds, and formerly thrown on an enemy ship
superdreadnought: the most gigantic type of modern battleship (according to Webster’s 1940 edition!)
zyzzle: to sizzle or make a sputtering sound
What’s your favorite new or old word? Share it with us in a comment below!