fard \fahrd\ verb – To apply cosmetics. noun – Facial cosmetics. Fard comes from the Old Low Franconian word farwiđon meaning “to dye or color.” In the Old French it became farder meaning “to apply makeup.”
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nosh \ nosh \ verb – To snack or eat between meals. To snack on. noun – A snack. Origin: Nosh stems from the Yiddish word nashn from the German word meaning “to nibble.” It entered English in the 1950s.
tony \TOH-nee\ adjective – High-toned; stylish. Origin: An Americanism, tony entered the language in the 1870s. Its precise origin is unclear, but it is related to the word tone meaning “a particular quality or way of sounding.”
cumshaw \ KUHM-shaw \ noun – A present; gratuity; tip. Origin: Cumshaw stems from the Chinese word gân xiè meaning “grateful thanks.”
grouse \grous\ verb – To grumble; complain. noun – A complaint. Origin: Grouse originally referred to a type of bird. It is uncertain why it began to mean “to complain,” though it bears a resemblance to the word grouch.