Noun – a woman who violates the law or does evil
1640-50; Malefactress stems from the root malefact(o)r + -ess. Malefactor is a criminal; wrongdoer. Malefaction is the male version of malefactor and malefactress is the female version of malefactor.
verb – To color or become purple or purplish. To darken or redden; flush.
Empurple originated in the late 1580s from the Greek prefix em- meaning ‘to become’ and the color ‘purple,’ a word of Tyrian descent for the shellfish from which purple dye was made.
noun – A coating of tiny, white, granular ice particles, caused by the rapid freezing of water droplets.
Rime, also known as hoarfrost, comes from the Old English hrim. Used mainly in Northern England and Scotland for centuries, it was revived in literature in the 19th century.
verb – To shirk; evade work or responsibility. To renege at cards.
Fainaigue stems from British dialect, but its exact origins are unclear. Whether or not it has a relationship to finagle is a source of debate.
adjective – High-spirited; vivacious; lively. Effervescing; bubbling.
Effervescent originated as a French verb in the 1650s meaning, ‘the action of boiling up’ (as in water), though it did not assume its figurative meaning relating to personality until 1748.
adjective – Glib, talkative. Lacking proper respect or seriousness.
Probably from flip.
noun – a narrow opening resulting from a split or crack (as in a cliff).
Middle English, from Anglo-French crevace, from crever to break, from Latin crepare to crack.
adjective – Slender, especially gracefully slender in figure. Suave; blandly urbane.
Svelte enters English in 1800s from the French, and originally derives from the Latin verb exvellere, “to stretch out.”
verb – To look at amorously, flirtatiously, or impertinently. To eye; look or stare at.
Ogle traces its origins from the Lower German oeglen, “to look at,” but ultimately comes from a now extinct word for “eye,” oog.
verb – To reveal; confess.
Disbosom comes from the ancient word bosom, which possibly goes back to the roots of the Indo-European languages. Bosom can mean “breast; womb; surface; or ship’s hold.” The first recorded use of disbosom is in the 18th century.