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squall

Definition: (verb) Utter a sudden loud cry.
Synonyms: cry, scream, yell, shout, holler, hollo, call.
Usage: The new mother breathed a sigh of relief as soon as she heard her newborn squalling.
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dodder

Definition: (verb) Walk unsteadily.
Synonyms: coggle, totter.
Usage: The two elderly ladies were slowly doddering along, minding their own business, when a bike messenger sped by them on the sidewalk and nearly knocked them over.
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brainy

Definition: (adjective) Having or marked by unusual and impressive intelligence.
Synonyms: smart as a whip, brilliant.
Usage: The brainy teen was surprised to see books she had read in fourth grade on her summer reading list for high school.
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elapse

Definition: (verb) Pass by.
Synonyms: glide by, go by, slide by, slip by, slip away, go along.
Usage: A month has elapsed since our last meeting, so let us begin by reviewing the minutes from that session.
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concordant

Definition: (adjective) Being in agreement: harmonious.
Synonyms: accordant, agreeable, consonant, conformable.
Usage: No one was surprised that the candidate’s views were concordant with those of the outgoing mayor, as the mayor had long been his mentor.
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shrivel

Definition: (verb) Wither, as with a loss of moisture.
Synonyms: shrink.
Usage: The heat shriveled the unwatered seedlings.
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helter-skelter

Definition: (adverb) In headlong and disorderly haste.
Synonyms: wildly, rashly, recklessly, pell-mell.
Usage: Montgomery cracked his whip at them, and forthwith they all turned and fled helter-skelter into the trees.
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jollity

Definition: (noun) A jolly or merry mood, condition, or activity; gaiety.
Synonyms: joviality.
Usage: The genial festival of Christmas … lights up the fireside of home with mirth and jollity.
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tuffet

Definition: (noun) A low seat or a stool to rest the feet of a seated person.
Synonyms: footrest, footstool, ottoman.
Usage: He reclined in his chair with a contented sigh and put his feet up on the nearest tuffet.
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cognoscente

Definition: (noun) A person with superior, usually specialized knowledge or highly refined taste.
Synonyms: connoisseur.
Usage: I may not be a cognoscente of art, but I know talent when I see it, and this painter has it in spades.
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