Set 54 – Five New Words For Dec 24

Theme – Words to describe people

1. princox (PRIN-koks)

MEANING:
noun: A conceited person; a coxcomb. Also princock.

[conceited – adj – excessively proud of oneself; vain.]
[coxcomb (KOKS-kom) –  noun – A conceited man excessively interested in his appearance and dress; a fop. ]

USAGE:
“The crowing princock wouldn’t mind his tongue, practically begged for a beating with his back talk.”

2. nincompoop (NIN-kuhm-poop, NING-)

MEANING:
noun: A silly or stupid person.

USAGE:
“I was a nincompoop. A moron. A blockhead.”

3. malingerer (muh-LING-gehr-uhr)

MEANING:
noun: One who feigns illness in order to avoid work.

USAGE:
“Various studies have undertaken how to separate malingerers from the legitimately brain-injured.”

4. curmudgeon (kuhr-MUJ-uhn)

MEANING:
noun: An ill-tempered, stubborn person, usually an old man.

USAGE:
“Fred Eaglesmith can sound like a curmudgeon at times, delivering cynical proclamations on the state of music.”

5. whippersnapper (HWIP-uhr-snap-uhr, WIP-)

MEANING:
noun: A person regarded as unimportant and presumptuous, especially someone young.

USAGE:
“Young high-flyers find it hard to manage older workers, and older curmudgeons resent being bossed about by whippersnappers.”

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