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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.




March 22nd, 2017

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 22, 2017 is: lief \LEEF\ adverb : soon, gladly Examples: "I'd as lief be in the tightening coils of a boa constrictor than be held by that man," declared Miss Jezebel. "I thank you for your company; but, good faith, I had as / lief have been myself alone." — William Shakespeare, As You Like It, 1599...

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March 21st, 2017

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 21, 2017 is: ameliorate \uh-MEE-lee-uh-rayt\ verb 1 : to make better or more tolerable 2 : to grow better : improve Examples: Access to clean water would ameliorate living conditions within the village. "There is one variable that many childhood experts agree can ameliorate the uncertainty in the...



March 20th, 2017

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 20, 2017 is: hackle \HACK-ul\ noun 1 a : one of the long narrow feathers on the neck or back of a bird b : the neck plumage of the domestic fowl 2 : a comb or board with long metal teeth for dressing flax, hemp, or jute 3 a : (plural) hairs (as on a dog's neck and back) that can be erected b :...



March 19th, 2017

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 19, 2017 is: chaffer \CHAFF-er\ verb 1 a : haggle, exchange, barter b : to bargain for 2 : (British) to exchange small talk : chatter Examples: "And while Levy and Toriki drank absinthe and chaffered over the pearl, Huru-Huru listened and heard the stupendous price of twenty-five thousand francs...