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  • backpedal
    To quickly and often abruptly reverse or retreat from one's position or opinion on a given subject. Refers to pedaling backwards on a bicycle (done to apply the brakes on fixed-gear bikes), or to taking quick, backward steps, as in football or boxing. Watch the video
  • awesome sauce
    internet slang Either used as an adjective to describe something as being excellent, great, or exceptionally interesting, or used as an exclamation in affirmation of the same. Watch the video

RSS Word of the Day

  • galosh
    Definition: (noun) A waterproof overshoe. Synonyms: arctic, rubber, gumshoe. Usage: This rain is not going to stop any time soon, so you had better dig your galoshes out of the closet. Discuss
  • gloaming
    Definition: (noun) The time of day immediately following sunset. Synonyms: crepuscule, dusk, nightfall, twilight. Usage: When the sun was fairly down, we slipped back to the hotel in the charitable gloaming, and went to bed again.

RSS Word Origins

  • snort
    chortle - Probably a blend of chuckle and snort, coined by Lewis Carroll. More...frump - Also means a snort or a sneer or jeer. More...snore, snort - Like snort, which originally meant "snore," snore is from a Germanic base imitative of the sound. More...whoofle - To snort, gurgle, or snuffle. More...
  • hearth
    focaccia bread - Italian for "bread baked in the hearth." More...fuel - Traces back to Latin focalis, "hearth." More...scar - Traces back to Greek eskhara, "hearth" or "scab." More...hearth - The floor of a fireplace as well as the area in front. More...
  • rush
    exigent - A good word to write on letters or packages, since everyone else writes "urgent" or "rush." More...rush candle, rush light - A rush candle or rush light is a candle of feeble power made by dipping the pith of a rush in tallow or other grease. More...spate - A sudden flood or rush, […]
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