Wondrous Words #173
Thanks for checking on the new words I found in my reading. My words, again, come from My Antonia by Willa Cather. This is finally the last of the list. Here they are:
1. sharpers: We did our best to dissuade Jake. He was so handicapped by illiteracy and by his trusting disposition that he would be an easy prey to sharpers.
Sharpers is an old word meaning swindlers, especially at cards.
2. lief: “I’ve seen a good deal of married life, and I don’t care for it. I want to be so I can help my mother and the children at home, and not have to ask lief of anybody.”
Lief is an adverb meaning as happily or as gladly.
3. irresolutely: “I guess I must be leaving,” she said irresolutely.
Irresolute is an adjective meaning to show or feel hesitant or uncertain.
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