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- noun; a bad-tempered, difficult, cantankerous person.
Origin: 1570-80; unexplained; perh. cur- repr. cur
Frivolous or bantering talk; a frivolous manner of treating any subject, whether serious or otherwise; light raillery.
From the Latin sibilare, 'to hiss (at), to whistle'.
Example: 'Oh spare me your persiflage, Andy..'
unremitting: assiduous reading; constant in application or effort; working diligently at a task; persevering; industrious; attentive: an assiduous student.
compound word neither element of which is subordinate to the other, as bittersweet, Anglo-Saxon.
fear of Friday 13th.
a conjuror; magician, who uses sleight of hand.
a melody or counterpoint accompanying a simple musical theme.
the ringing or sound of bells.
a rumbling or gurgling sound caused by the movement of gas in the intestines.
characterized by a hissing sound
A type of immovable articulation, as of a tooth inserted into its bony socket. Also called peg-and-socket joint.
1. changeable; volatile; fickle; flighty; erratic: a mercurial nature.
2. animated; lively; sprightly; quick-witted.
3. pertaining to, containing, or caused by the metal mercury.