English Word of the Day
These are the English Words of the Day that we published on Twitter every day along with examples of each one.
1. Poison (noun): a substance that causes death or injury if introduced into the body.
Example: They tried to remove the emperor from power by putting poison in his food.
2. Poke (verb): to push something with a stick or finger.
Example: The poked the animal on the ground with a long stick to see if it was still alive.
3. Poker-face (noun): to show no emotion on your face in order to conceal your real intentions or feelings.
Example: We had no idea of what he was thinking because he had a poker-face on.
4. Poky (adj): small and cramped, usually referring to a room with limited space.
Example: I can’t sleep there, it’s a poky little room.
5. Polish (verb): to rub something so that it becomes shiny.
Example: He polished his shoes before going to the job interview.
6. Polite (adj): courteous and with good manners towards other people
Example: She is always polite when she visits the in-laws.
7. Poll (noun): a survey about the opinion of people.
Example: The poll showed that the people where not happy with the president’s new law.
8. Pollute (verb): to contaminate; to make something dirty and no longer pure.
Example: The factory polluted the local river with its waste.
9. Polygamy (noun): The custom of having more than one wife at the same time.
Example: Polygamy is against the law in many countries though still a part of culture in others.
10. Pompous (adj): showing or feeling that you are more important than other people.
Example: Nobody liked him because he was such a pompous man.
11. Pond (noun): a small area of still water, sometimes used as decoration.
Example: We could see some ducks sitting next to the pond.
12. Ponder (verb): to think about, consider or contemplate.
Example: We have pondered enough, it’s time to make a decision.
13. Pooch (noun): an informal way of saying dog.
Example: She loved her pooch so much that she would only buy it the best dog food.
14. Popcorn (noun): maize that is heated then bursts into a light white fluffy food.
Example: We ate two large bags of popcorn while we were at the movies.
15. Porch (noun): the covered entrance of a house or building. = veranda (in US).
Example: His grandparents were sitting on the porch when he arrived.
16. Pore (noun): a very small opening in the skin (or a leaf) which liquid or gas passes through.
Example: Some of his pores became blocked and caused pimples.
17. Porridge (noun): A meal consisting of cereal boiled in water or milk, also called oatmeal in United States.
Example: He likes to have a hot bowl of porridge for breakfast every morning.
18. Port (noun): a town or city that has a harbour for ships.
Example: The cruise ship arrived at the port at midday.
19. Portent (noun): an omen or warning sign of something to come in the future.
Example: The event proved to be a portent of the disaster that was about to come.
20. Porter (noun): the person employed to carry people’s luggage to their rooms in hotels.
Example: I gave the porter a big tip since my suitcases were very heavy.
21. Portfolio (noun): 1. a set of investments owned by a person or company.
Example: My portfolio has a range of different investments.
22. Portfolio (noun): 2. a thin case for keeping loose pieces of paper.
Example: We keep all of the bills we have already paid in a portfolio.
23. Portrait (noun): a painting, drawing or photo of a person, especially of their face.
Example: The portrait of the King doesn’t look like him at all.
24. Portray (verb): to make a likeness or show a representation of someone.
Example: Actors were used to portray the local people in the village.
25. Posh (adj): an informal way of saying that something is elegant, expensive or stylish.
Example: Your new suit looks very posh.
26. To play possum (idiom): to pretend to be asleep, unconscious or dead in order to deceive someone.
Example: He played possum to avoid being captured.
27. Posthumous (adj): happening or given after death
Example: He received a posthumous award for the contributions he made while he was alive.
28. Postpone (verb): to change to later date or time.
Example: Since not many people could come to the meeting, it was postponed until next week.
29. Posture (noun): the position of the body
Example: He had a hunched posture since he never sat on his chair correctly.
30. Potent (adj): powerful or strong
Example: He needed potent drugs to help relieve the pain caused by his cancer.
31. Pothole (noun): a rough hole in surface of a road, often caused by traffic or weather.
Example: I buckled the wheel of my bike after running into a pothole in the street.
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