Words of the Week
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Maths Word of the Week
Word of the week - FLORA
Meaning the plants of a particular region.
We went to the beach to find the different flora in the area.
Synonyms - plants, flowers
Etymology - it comes from the Roman goddess of flowers and Flos meaning flowers.
Word of the week - Odd and Even
An even number is a number that can be divided into two equal groups.
An odd number is :
A number that cannot be divided into two equal groups
Word of the week - NIMBLE
Nimble means quick and light in movement or action.
The nimble hamster enjoyed running on his wheel.
Synonyms: agile, light footed.
Antonyms: stiff, clumsy, lumbering.
It comes from the old English (1300) nemel, meaning quick at taking.
Word of the week - DISGRUNTLED
Meaning to be angry or dissatisfied
He turned and climbed back down the stairs, obviously disgruntled , but not arguing further.
Synonyms : angry, grumpy
Antonyms: happy, cheery
Etymology: it comes from the Old English grunt, meaning to grumble and moan about something.
Word of the week - BLOOMED
Bloom means the process of becoming a flower or to grow well.
After a week in the classroom the children bloomed.
Synonyms: flower, open, grow.
Antonyms: wither, fade
Etymology: it comes from the old Norse ‘blomi’ meaning to grow.
Word of the week - AMBITIOUS
Meaning to have the determination to succeed.
The two ambitious children never stopped following their dreams.
Synonym – determined, forceful
Antonym – Unambitious, lazy
It comes from the old French, meaning to want to be honoured.
Word of the week - LOCATE
Meaning to find
'Please locate your pencil case and paper, we can then begin,' said the teacher in the Teams meeting.
Synonym: find, discover, detect.
Antonym: lose, displace
Etymology: It comes from the Latin locates, meaning to put something somewhere.
Word of the week - GABBLE
This means to talk rapidly and unintelligibly.
'He gabbled his way through the meeting.'
Synonyms: Babble, blabber, jabber
It comes from the 1570'd word 'Gab', this meant to talk noisily.
Word of the week - IRKSOME
It means annoying or irritating
If the dog becomes irksome, please do bring him home.
Synonyms: irritating, annoying
It comes from the middle English and old Norse 'irk' meaning annoying.
English word of the week - VISCOUS
It means a liquid which is thick and sticky
The honey was viscous.
Etymology: late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French viscous, from Latin viscum -birdlime made from mistletoe berries.
Synonyms: thick, sticky, gooey
Antonyms: watery, fluid
English word of the week - RANCID
It means having an unpleasant stale taste or smell as the result of decomposition.
Yuck! This butter is rancid!
Etymology: C17: from Latin rancidus rank, from rancÄ“re to stink
Synoyms: moldy, putrid, sour
Antonyms : pure, sweet, fresh
Math word of the week - DECREASE
This means to get smaller
English word of the week - PLETHORA
Meaning a large amount of something.
The library had a plethora of books.
Synonyms: many, myriad
Etymology: it comes from the Greek plethian meaning full.
Math word of the week - INCREASE
meaning when an amount gets larger
Antonyms: decrease, fewer
English word of the week - CANTANKEROUS
Meaning bad tempered, moody and difficult to deal with.
The dog became very cantankerous when it didn't get its favourite meal.
Synonyms : bad tempered, grumpy
Antonyms : happy, chilled
Etymology: Experts are still not sure where this word came from!
Math word of the week - INTEGER
meaning a whole number - it does not have a fractional part.
Please find the integer between 5 and 7.
It comes from the Latin word Integer meaning whole.
English word of the week - UNIQUE
It means, to be one of a kind.
We are all unique in our own way.
Synonyms : individual, special.
Etymology: it comes from the Latin 'unus' meaning one.
Math word of the week - COMMON
It means to be shared or done often. Belonging to two or more quantities.
Find the common factors of 20 and 45.
Synonyms: regular, frequent.
Antonyms: rare, unusual.
English word of the week - PLEAD
Meaning to beg in an emotional way.
On bended knees the Knight pleaded for forgiveness.
Synonyms - beg, implore, beseech
Antonyms - refuse
Etymology - it comes from the Old French word 'plaid' meaning to discuss.
Math Word of the week - CENTI
Word beginning with centi have something to do with 100.
There are 100 centimetres in 1 metre.
It comes from the Latin 'Centum' meaning 100.
English word of the week - ACCEPTANCE
Meaning: the acceptance of somebody into a group means to think of them as part of the group and to act in a friendly way.
To be able to tolerate people or situations.
We show acceptance of everybody in our community.
Math word of the week - CALCULATE
Meaning: to find an amount or number using maths.
Please calculate the answers.
Synonyms: work out
Etymology: it comes from the Latin word calculus meaning to work out using numbers.
English word of the week - GLIMPSE
Meaning to look quickly at something.
I took a glimpse of the blurb- it looks great!
Synonyms - glance, peek
Antonyms - Stare, gaze
It comes from the 1500 word glimpse - meaning to glace with your eyes.
Math word of the week - ASCEND
Meaning to go from smallest to largest.
I would like you to put the numbers in ascending order.
Antonyms - descend
It comes from the Latin word ascendere meaning to move upwards.
English word of the week - MULTIRACIAL
Meaning people of different races.
England is a multiracial country.
It comes from
Multi meaning many
racial meaning one of the major groups which human beings can be divided into according to their physical features, such as the colour of their skin.
Math word of the week - PRODUCT
The answer when two values are multiplied together.
Please find the product of the values.
English word of the week - CLAMBER
Meaning to climb using both feet and hands with difficulty.
With difficultly, I had to clamber over the mountainous pile of clothes.
Synonyms: scramble, climb
Antonyms: Fall, get down, descend
Math word of the week - DIGIT
In maths, we must put one digit in each box.
English word of the week - COMPASSION
Meaning a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune
I felt such compassion towards the caged monkey.
Synonyms: Empathy, grace
Antonyms: harsh, cruel
It comes from
the old French, compassion, meaning pity and sympathy.
Math word of the week - INTEGER
meaning a whole number
The children named each integer up to 100.
Synonyms - numbers, digits.
English word of the week - WITHERED
Meaning shrivelled up and drooping
A single tear slid down the girl's face as she looked at the withered tree.
Synonyms - wilted, drooping, faded.
Antonyms - Thriving, flourishing.
It comes from the middle English word 'wydderen' meaning to dry up.
Math word of the week - SUM
Meaning when you need to add two or more numbers together
Find the sum of 34 and 56.
Synonyms : add, plus
Antonyms : subtract, take away
English word of the week - DEVOURED
Meaning to eat with speed
I devoured the chocolate cake.
Synonyms: chomped, gobbled
It comes from the Latin, de meaning down and vorare meaning to swallow.
Math word of the week - INFINITE
Meaning to be continued indefinitely
The number sequence was infinite
It comes from the Latin; in meaning not and fintus meaning finished
English word of the week - RETURN
Meaning: to come back
The children were all due to come back to school.
Synonyms: come back
Antonyms: leave, exit
It comes from the Latin re meaning back.
Math word of the week - ANGLE
Meaning a space between two intersecting points.
The angle measured 90 degrees.
It comes from the Latin angulus meaning corner
Word of the week - VERTICAL
Meaning: straight up and down
It comes from Latin verticalis meaning "overhead"
Word of the week - HORIZONTAL
Meaning: parallel to the horizon.
It comes from the Latin ‘horizontalis’ meaning the horizon.
The boy laid horizontal on the floor.
Synonyms: level, even
Word of the week - PARALLEL
Meaning: When the sides or lines are side by side, the distance between them remains the same, they will never meet.
It comes from Greek parallÄ“los meaning besides one another.
The tracks lay parallel, never meeting.
The teacher asked me to draw a pair of parallel lines.
Synonyms : aligned, side by side
|24th February||Word of the week - QUADRILATERAL
Meaning: A shape with 4 sides.
Quad comes from the Latin of 4.
Lateral comes from the Latin side.
Word of the week - GRAND
Meaning: Magnificent, important or large.
It comes from the old french ‘me grand’ meaning of the highest importance.
Synonyms: marvellous, noble, stately
Antonyms: bad, common, small
Word of the week - NOON
Meaning : Midday
At noon we have our lunch.
Etymology: comes from the Latin, nona hora which means the ninth hour after sunrise. Therefore, originally noon was around 3pm.
Word of the week - COURTEOUS
Meaning: polite and respectful.
Pakefield primary students are always courteous at our school.
Etymology: comes from the Old French 'curteis' meaning elegant manners.
Synonyms: well mannered; respectful; polite
Word of the week - CHRONOLOGICAL
Meaning: following an order of time, or from when events happened.
'Please give me the dates in chronological order'.
It comes from the Greek 'chronos' meaning time.
Synonyms: sequenced, in order.
Word of the week - VAST
Meaning immense, being of great size.
She had a vast amount of knowledge.
It comes from the Latin 'vastus' meaning huge.
Synonyms: Huge, extensive, wide.
Antonyms: tiny, small amount.
Word of the week - MONOTONOUS
Meaning: dull, tedious, lacking in variety, the same.
The wasteland's scenery was monotonous; mile after mile of red dusk littered the landscape.
It comes from the root 'Mono' in Greek. It means one, alone, the same.
Some examples of this:
Monarch, monocle, monopoly, monorail, monotone, monologue.
Synonyms : Dull, tedious
Antonyms: Varied, interesting, exciting.
Word of the week - EXOTIC
Word of the week - INQUISITIVE
Meaning: having or showing an interest in learning things; curious.
from Late Latin inquisitivus "making inquiry, or to seek information'.
Quis means to seek in Latin. This can be found in:
acquisition, exquisite, inquisition.
Word of the week - SERENDIPITY
Words of the week - DUSK and DAWN.
Word of the week - OMINOUS
As it is anti bullying week, we thought this word would work well:
Word of the week - MYRIAD
Word of the week - ASTRONOMICALLY
Meaning - very large / immense.
Its root word is astronomy.
Suffix - ical.
It comes from the old Greek astronomos.
Astro = star
Nomos = arranging
Word of the week - INTRIGUE
Meaning: If something, especially something strange, intrigues you, it interests you and you want to know more.
It comes from:
The Old french intriguer - to trick
The Latin intrigare - to muddle
Suffixes - ed and ing
Synonyms - engross, captivate
Antonyms - bore
Word of the week - PERPLEXED
Meaning to be completely baffled and confused.
It comes from the Latin - perplexus.
Per - meaning through
Plexus - meaning entangled
So put them together you have to work 'through' 'entangled' thoughts when you are perplexed
Word of the week - AMBLE
Meaning to walk at a slow and relaxed pace.
Amble comes from:
Old French ambler meaning : go steady
Latin ambulare meaning : to take a walk
Word of the week - PERSEVERANCE
When you keep on trying even though you may be finding it tricky.
Perseverance comes from the Latin persevereus.
‘Per’ meaning very
‘Severeus’ meaning strict.
Therefore you must be very strict with yourself to never give up