Lord of the flies

offhand adjective

UK /ˌɒfˈhænd/ US /ˌɑːfˈhænd/ uk informal also offish

not friendly, and showing little interest in other people in a way thatseems slightly rude:

I didn’t mean to be offhand with her — it’s just that I was in such a hurry.

fledge verb [ I ]

/fledʒ/ /fledʒ/

(of a young bird) to grow feathers and learn to fly:

The chicks are expected to fledge in August.

jetty noun [ C ]

UK /ˈdʒet.i/ US /ˈdʒet̬.i/

a wooden or stone structure built in the water at the edge of a sea orlake and used by people getting on and off boats

quiver verb [ I ]

UK /ˈkwɪv.ər/ US /ˈkwɪv.ɚ/

to shake slightly, often because of strong emotion:

Lennie’s bottom lip quivered and tears started in his eyes.

efflorescence noun [ U ]

UK /ˌef.ləˈres.əns/ US /ˌef.ləˈres.əns/

specialized biologythe period when flowers start to appear on a plant

literarythe production of a lot of art, especially of a high quality

lollverb [ I usually + adv/prep ]

UK /lɒl/ US /lɑːl/

to lie, sit, or hang down in a relaxed, informal, or uncontrolled way:

I spent most of the weekend lolling about/around on the beach.
a dog with its tongue lolling out

swathe verb [ T ]

UK /sweɪð/ US /sweɪð/

to wrap around or cover with cloth:

He came out of the hospital swathed in bandages.
I love to swathe (= dress) myself in silk.

effulgentadjective

/ɪˈfʌl.dʒənt/ literary

shining brightly:

an effulgent canopy of stars

looking very beautiful or full of goodness:

her effulgent beauty
an effulgent smile

enmity noun [ C or U ]

UK /ˈen.mə.ti/ US /ˈen.mə.t̬i/

a feeling of hate:

She denied any personal enmity towards him.
Bitter historical enmities underlie the present violence.

ill-fated adjective [ before noun ]

UK /ˌɪlˈfeɪ.tɪd/ US /ˌɪlˈfeɪ.t̬ɪd/

unlucky and unsuccessful, often resulting in death:

The ill-fated aircraft later crashed into the hillside.

fern noun [ C ]

UK /fɜːn/ US /fɝːn/

a green plant with long stems, leaves like feathers, and no flowers

strident adjective

UK /ˈstraɪ.dənt/ US /ˈstraɪ.dənt/

strident adjective (LOUD)

A strident sound is loud, unpleasant, and rough:

People are put off by his strident voice.

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