Set 19 – Five New Words for Nov 19

Theme: Word coined from animals

1. fishwife

MEANING:
noun
1. A coarse, vulgar-tongued woman.
2. A woman who sells fish.

USAGE:
“His mother was a shrill fishwife who yelled and screamed even with visitors in the house.”

2. skunky

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Mean or contemptible.
2. Having an unpleasant odor.
3. Of or relating to a skunk.

USAGE:
“I had a couple of skunky-sounding audience tapes, tinkling out distant brown scurf from Nassau Coliseum.”

“The battle over campaign disclosure in Idaho’s education-reform campaign is the latest skunky fruit of Citizens United.”

3. gossamer (GOS-uh-muhr)

MEANING:
noun:
1. Something light, thin, or insubstantial.
2. A soft sheer gauzy fabric, used for veils, etc.
3. A fine, filmy cobweb or its thread seen floating in the air in calm weather.

adjective:
Thin, light, or delicate.

USAGE:
“Indeed one dare not breathe near them for fear of breaking the gossamer visions, causing movement to disrupt our focus.”

4. birdlime

MEANING:
verb tr.: To ensnare.

USAGE:
“Some dozen of these villains had her birdlimed inside a shepherd’s hut when our patrol chanced upon them.”
noun: Something that ensnares.

5. chameleonic

MEANING:
adjective: Given to quick or frequent change.

USAGE:
“Bonnie McKee’s chameleonic hair color mirrors her divergent writing styles.”

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