I am sorry I missed the Wednesday post for a few weeks, I was travelling. This week’s words all come from Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger (See this week round-up at BermudaOnion’s blog!)
They would naturally come to him with their little dilemmas and queries; avuncular, he would advise them and aid them in their London initiation.
Avuncular: adj. like an uncle in being kind and friendly towards a younger or less experienced person.
This word’s etymology resonated with me, but I couldn’t place it.
His skin was pallorous from being too long in the hospital.
Pallorous: adj. derivative from “pallor”
Pallor: n. an unhealthy pale appearance.
I could understand this from the context, but apparently the adjective is not registered (yet?) on any of the dictionaries I checked.
… the way her ribs thrust out over her belly in the last months of her illness, the scars from the port and the surgery.
Port: n. a small medical appliance that is installed beneath the skin. A catheter connects the port to a vein. Under the skin, the port has a septum through which drugs can be injected and blood samples can be drawn many times, usually with less discomfort for the patient than a more typical “needle stick”.
*Definition from Wikipedia
I still cannot figure it, probably because I haven’t ever seen one (luckily!)
Their eyes were large, grey and so wide-set that they appeared almost wall-eyed.
Wall-eyed: adj. derivative from “wall eye”.
Wall eye: n. an eye squinting outwards.
I must admit I had not idea of this one, not even from the context!
Eventually, he heard the twins galumphing down the stairs.
Galumph: v. move in a clumsy, ponderous, or noisy manner.
Another one that was rather clear from context.
He hung back, keeping his eye on them and feeling pervy and gormless, not to mention highly noticeable.
Gormless: adj. Brit. informal lacking sense or initiative.
I remember reading this word in a WWW post on the day after seeing it in the book! Go figure! But I thought I would put it in my post nonetheless!
I need a disguise. Maybe a beard. Or a hazmat suit.
Hazmat suit: n. a garment worn as protection from hazardous materials or substances.
*Definition from Wikipedia
No idea about this one, and it gives a completely new sense to the whole scene 🙂
You’re just bloviating. Get on with it.
Bloviate: v. US talk at length, especially in an inflated or empty way.
Another one clear from context, but with an interesting etymology (from: to blow).
The room was half-timbered and half-unfinished, as though the carpenters’ elevenses had lasted several decades.
Elevenses: n. pl. Brit. informal a break for light refreshments taken at about eleven o’clock in the morning.
Now I get it! Interesting word.
(All definitions are taken from the Concise Oxford English Dictionary © 2008 via WordReference.com unless otherwise stated.)