Welcome back, wordy friends!
Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by BermudaOnion each week. It's an opportunity to share new words you've encountered in your reading, or highlight words that you particularly enjoy.
Here are three of my favorite new-to-me words from my recent reads. All definitions from Dictionary.com.
1. baize. "Then a match was struck, and I saw the caretaker, with the green baize of his apron torn down the middle..." (from How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn)
1. a soft, usually green, woolen or cotton fabric resembling felt, used chiefly for the tops of billiard tables.
2. an article of this fabric or of a fabric resembling it.
3. to line or cover with baize.
Now all I can picture is a guy wearing the top of a pool table.
2. burnoose. "Then a burnoose my father used to wear that made him look like Rudolph Valentino." (from Indiscretion by Charles Dubow)
1. a hooded mantle or cloak, as that worn by Arabs.
2. a similar garment worn by women at various periods in Europe and the United States.
The visual in my head would probably be clearer if I had any idea who Rudolph Valentino is/was...
3. roustabout. "Unlike most of them, he worked during the summer, one year as a roustabout on the Oklahoma oil fields, another on an Alaskan fishing boat." (from Indiscretion by Charles Dubow)
noun1. a wharf laborer or deck hand, as on the Mississippi River.
2. an unskilled laborer who lives by odd jobs.
3. a circus laborer who helps in setting up and taking down the tents and in caring for the animals, equipment, and grounds.
4. any unskilled laborer working in an oil field.
Definition #4: ding ding ding. This word also reminds me of John Locke in Lost (though I know the word I'm thinking of there is "walkabout"...haha).