obsequious

ob-see-qwee-us | /əbˈsiːkwi.əs/

adj – Obedient; compliant with someone else’s orders or wishes. Excessively eager and attentive to please or to obey instructions

“The princess had obsequious servants who showered her with attention.”

 

From Latin obsequiōsus (“complaisant, obsequious”) [1], from obsequium (“compliance”), from obsequor (“comply with, yield to”), from ob (“in the direction of, towards”) + sequor (“follow”) (see sequel).

dumbledore

‘Duhm-bull-door’ /ˈdʌm.bəl.dɔːɹ/

n – A bumblebee. A blundering person.

“Many people forget that despite the popularized ‘Harry Potter’, Dumbledore is actually an alternative name for what is more commonly called a bumblebee”

 

Compound of dumble (similar to bumble) +‎ dor (“a buzzing flying insect”). From Middle English dorre, dore, from Old English dora (“humming insect”), from Proto-Germanic *durô (“bumblebee, humming insect”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰer-, *dʰrēn- (“bee, hornet, drone”). Related to Saterland Frisian Doarne (“hornet”), Middle Low German dorne (“bumblebee”), Middle Dutch dorne (“bumblebee”), Dutch dar (“drone”), Old English drān (“drone”).

persiflage

per-suh-flawj, /ˈpɝː.sɪ.flɑːʒ/

n – Good-natured banter; raillery. Frivolous, lighthearted discussion of a topic.

“Polite dinner calls for persiflage rather than in-depth possibly offensive discussion.”

From French, from persifler (“to quiz, tease, mock”), from per- + siffler (“to whistle”), from Latin sībilō (“whistle”)

gelid

/ˈdʒɛl.ɪd/

adj – Very cold; icy or frosty.

“He waited in ghastly silence under the stairs as the doors flung open, sending in a gelid breeze.”

 

First attested in 1630. From Latin gelidus (“cold”), from gelu (“frost”).

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polysemous

/pəˈlɪs.ə.məs/

adj – Having multiple meanings or interpretations.

“I find polysemous words like ‘bat’ or ‘bank’ confusing to teach.”

From Medieval Latin polysēmus, from Ancient Greek πολύσημος (polúsēmos), from πολύς (polús, “many”) + σημαίνω (sēmaínō, “I signify, mean”).

mansuetude

/mænˈsuət(j)ud/

n – gentleness, tameness.

“In any case, the mansuetude of the good emperor was in this respect shielded from all reproach.”

 

Via Middle French mansuetude or directly from Latin mansuētūdō, from mansuētus, perfect passive participle of mansuēscō (“I tame”), from manus (“hand”) + suēscō (“become accustomed”).

querulously

/ˈkwɛɹ.jə.ləs.li/|From Old French querelos, from Late Latin querulōsus, from Latin querulus, from queror (“I complain”).

adj – With grumbling, complaining, or whining.

“Her tone was now querulous and her lip drawn up, giving her not a joyful, but an animal, squirrel-like expression.”

“And why should I do that?” He asked querulously, stomping his foot.

bibulously

/ˈbɪbjʊləsli/ | From Latin bibulus (“freely or readily drinking”) (from bibō (“I drink”); whence also beverage and imbibe) +‎ -ous.

adj – In a bibulous manner; drunkenly; as if intoxicated.

“The bibulous teenager tried to hide his drinking problem from his parents.”
“He entered the room bibulously, and everyone knew he was coming from the local bar.”