Wondrous Words #177

Thanks for stopping by to check on the new words I’ve collected. The words I’m sharing today are from An Appointment With Death by Agatha Christie.

1. puttees: He wore khaki breeches, much patched, and untidy puttees and a ragged coat very much the worse for wear.

A puttee is a long strip of cloth wound spirally around the leg from ankle to knee for protection and support. Also a leather legging.

2. sycophantish: Miss Pierce made eager sycophantish noises and Lady Westholme embarked on a history of various interesting and prominent Americans whom she had met recently.

A sycophant is a person who is obedient or attentive in an excessive way in order to gain advantage.

3. mountebank: But Poirot was twirling his moustaches complacently, and Sarah thought (for the second time), “The man’s a mountebank!”

A mountebank is a person who deceives others, especially in order to trick them out of their money; a charlatan.

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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