Verb: 1. To go rapidly; fly; scurry. 2. To go rapidly over. Noun: 1. A grating or whirring sound. Origin: Skirr is related to the word scour, which comes from the Old Norse word skur meaning shower. Uses: The bikers skirred through the crossing in front of the school building. Get Daily MBA Preparation Alerts :
Verb : Betide (third-person singular simple present betides, present participle betiding, simple past and past participle betid or betided) (transitive) To happen to. (intransitive) To happen; to take place; to bechance or befall. Origin: Betide stems from the Old English word tide meaning “something that happened.” As in besot and belabor, the prefix be- turns the noun into … Read More
Meaning: The greedy pursuit of riches. Origin: Mammonism is an odd combination of Aramaic and Greek. The word mammonmeant wealth in Aramaic, and the suffix -ism forms a noun from a verb, as in criticism and plagiarism. Uses: Gospel of Mammonism’ became simply a metaphoric personification for the materialist spirit of the nineteenth century Get Daily MBA Preparation Alerts :
Meaning: Lacking in courage and resolution; Contemptibly fearful; Qowardly ; Faint-hearted; Timid. Proceeding from or indicating a cowardly spirit. Synonyms : Ttimorous, Fearful, Frightened. Origin: Pusillanimous comes from Late Latin pusillanimis, from Latin pusillus, “very small, tiny, puny” + animus, “soul, mind.” Uses: The Iran Government acted Pusillanimous to deal with American Army. Get Daily MBA Preparation Alerts :
Meaning: 1. Hissing. 2. Phonetics. Characterized by a hissing sound; noting sounds like those spelled with s in this. Noun: 1. Phonetics. A sibilant consonant. Origin: Sibilant stems from the Latin word sībilant- which meant “whistling or hissing.” It is assumed to imitative of the sound itself. Uses: The sibilant sound of wind was so prominent in the jungle. Get Daily MBA Preparation Alerts :
Meaning: To make an elaborate speech, especially to attract customers; spiel; orate. Origin: Spruik is Australian slang that arose in the early 1900s. Uses: The politician attracted crowd by delivering a spruiking speech at the function. Subscribe to get Word of the day in your Inbox
As a part of CAT 2012 Preparation series on MBAbug, we will be publishing English word of the day everyday. Here is the first on in the series…All the best! Meaning: High-flown or pretentious language. Origin: Altiloquent stems from the Latin roots atli meaning”high” and loquentem meaning ”speaking.” Uses: The conversation between the two seemed too elaborate and altiloquent to the extent of vulgarity. Anybody know synonyms of Altiloquent???