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Build your vocabulary with Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day! Each day a Merriam-Webster editor offers insight into a fascinating new word -- explaining its meaning, current use, and little-known details about its origin.




July 16th, 2017

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 16, 2017 is: yawp \YAWP\ verb 1 : to make a raucous noise : squawk 2 : clamor, complain Examples: "They yawped and cheered when they heard honks from passing cars, including a Toledo police vehicle that briefly sounded its alarm." — Andrew Koenig, The Toledo (Ohio) Blade, 7 Aug. 2015 "It's a place...

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July 15th, 2017

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 15, 2017 is: copacetic \koh-puh-SET-ik\ adjective : very satisfactory Examples: "... if you're going to be traveling with us it just wouldn't look too copacetic foryou to be carrying that ratty old bag." — Christopher Paul Curtis, Bud, Not Buddy, 1999 "In terms of living standards we're now back to...



July 14th, 2017

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 14, 2017 is: savant \sa-VAHNT\ noun 1 : a person of learning; especially : one with detailed knowledge in some specialized field (as of science or literature) 2 : a person affected with a mental disability (such as autism) who exhibits exceptional skill or brilliance in some limited field (such as...



July 13th, 2017

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 13, 2017 is: meme \MEEM\ noun 1 : an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture 2 : an amusing or interesting item (such as a captioned picture or video) or genre of items that is spread widely online especially through social media Examples: "Graffiti have...