The word NONPLUSSED…seems CONFUSING… Is it negative or positive…..
Thus it means a state of confusion.
SYNONYMS: stunned, puzzled, stumped, baffled, bewildered, astounded, mystified, fazed, flummoxed, dumbfounded, astonished, confounded, discomfited, disconcerted, taken aback
USAGE : Patricia was totally nonplussed by Coyne’s behaviour.
If you ATE food well and then SAT after that… You would feel satisfied!
USAGE : There is enough fruit to satiate several children.
PLIERS are tools that are used to hold, twist or bend other materials. Therefore, PLIABLE means flexible. A person who could be easily led or directed.
SYNONYMS: flexible, supple, bendy, bendable, malleable, tensile, ductile, pliant, lithe, limber, manageable, adaptable, docile, impressionable, persuadable, receptive, susceptible, tractable, compliant.
- His young queen was pliable and easily influenced.
- pliable attitudes.
- pliable wire.
- The baskets are made with young, pliable spruce roots.
Relate the word Vacuous to the word VACUUM or VACANT…. which means empty.
1. Devoid of matter; empty.
2. a. Lacking intelligence; stupid. b. Devoid of substance or meaning; inane: a vacuous comment. c. Devoid of expression; vacant.
- the usual vacuous comments from the chat-show host
- a vacuous comment.
We are usually a bit impatient before giving a test! Therefore, being testy means being impatient.
MEANING : Irritated, impatient, or exasperated; peevish
USAGE : a testy cab driver; a testy refusal to help.
Teachers usually tell us to UNDERLINE words to SCORE well in examinations. Thus, underscore means to underline or emphasize something.
USAGE : Economic crises also underscore the importance of effective social safety nets.
We generally use LOCAL language while conversing especially with friends etc. Thus colloquial means local or informal language.
SYNONYMS: informal, familiar, everyday language, vernacular, conversational, idiomatic, demotic
- A colloquial expression.
- He converses in colloquial Japanese as easily as in English.