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.

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a meme created and sponsored by Kathy at Bermuda Onion. Be sure to visit her for more new words.

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5 Responses to Wondrous Words #173

  1. Those are all new to me. I’m sure no one would know what I was talking about if I used sharper in that context.

  2. Louise says:

    Irresolutely is the only one I would have any chance of knowing. The others are new to me.

  3. Staci says:

    I only really knew #3!!!

  4. Hattie says:

    Sharpers is an interesting word. Like all your words.

  5. really your post is so good about love, because every one know that love is the first and last step of life, without love life is just like a dead body so in every human life love is must, it should be at time to time,

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