This wordlist is generally used by students preparing for GRE.
Short Definition : fallen fruit; unexpected lucky event
(noun) fruit that has fallen from the tree
(noun) a sudden happening that brings good fortune (as a sudden opportunity to make money)
the demand for testing has created a boom for those unregulated laboratories where boxes of specimen jars are processed like an assembly line
Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for windfall
WIND+FALL......When the WIND blows, fruits FALL .
Short Definition : sift; separate the chaff from grain by blowing; separate good parts from bad; CF. wind
(noun) the act of separating grain from chaff
the winnowing was done by women
(verb) separate the chaff from by using air currents
She stood there winnowing chaff all day in the field
(verb) blow on
The wind was winnowing her hair
the wind winnowed the grass
(verb) select desirable parts from a group or list
cull out the interesting letters from the poet's correspondence
winnow the finalists from the long list of applicants
(verb) blow away or off with a current of air
Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for winnow
WINd + NOW = WINNOW
so, the blowing wind helps to separate the CHAFF.
WIN NOW will separate you from looser
sounds like binno (hindi)- sift
its like window,when window is opened the chaff or mud or dust will be cleaned or get seperated
Win + now... you can win now...or win + owing...owing to something you could win a prize.
Winnow=Wind the minnow (the lesse one the chalf) form the grain.
winnow = win + now i.e winning is easy when u r good in something...therefore winnow is to separate good things from bad
Short Definition : charming (in a childlike way); agreeable; gracious; engaging
(adj) charming in a childlike or naive way
Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for winsome
winsome: you can win some one only if you are charming and attractive..
winsome = handsome.... so easy
remember swayamvar in ramayana or mahabharatha. in that a man wins a wife by winning a competition. So if a girl is charming and attractive, she is winsome(one who deserves to be won in svayamvar)
'w' (we) + agree + 'in' + 'some' + matters = winsome (which means aggreeable)
WIN+SOME... if you win a ticket to a disco with a charming actress, you will graciously accept the invitation.
win some one's heart by agreeing to what they say
Short Definition : small bunch (of hair); faint streak (of smoke)
(noun) a small tuft or lock
(noun) a small person
(noun) a small bundle of straw or hay
(noun) a flock of snipe
Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for wisp
when I whisper in her ear, I can feel the WISPS of hair tickling my face.
Zephyr(Gentle Breeze(sounds like "Hisssss")) makes the small bunch of hair(WISP) of the kid swing!!!
by Divya Kannan
whispering means making low (small) sound, wisp means small bundle of hair or straw
Short Definition : thin; slight; barely discernible
(adj) thin and weak
a wispy little fellow with small hands and feet
(adj) lacking clarity or distinctness
a dim figure in the distance
only a faint recollection
shadowy figures in the gloom
saw a vague outline of a building through the fog
a few wispy memories of childhood
Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for wispy
whispy=whisper...which is barely discernible..
Whisp for its second meaning...wispy sounds like WHISKY..u drink tht daily u become thin n weak..
see spy in the word. spy is hidden always, so it's barely discernible.
when the chips are WISPY they are more CRISPY
Wispy and risky or better still... wisp and risk...the wisp of smoke could be showing a risk of fire.
Wispy- Wiskey.. once we drink it.. we wont speak clearly...barely discerning.. lacking clarity
Short Definition : sadly thoughtful (because of desires or memories); sadly pensive; vaguely longing
(adj) showing pensive sadness
the sensitive and wistful response of a poet to the gentler phases of beauty
Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for wistful
Wistful and Wishful...Wistful = Full of longing or unfulfilled desire.
Wishful = Seeking advancement or recognition.
wistful ~ wristful ..havent u ever longed to have ur wrist full of bangles?
Wistful : like full of waste; Becoming sad; while rememberring
He was holding his head resting on WRIST showing that he was wistful like THE THINKER by rodin . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thinker
too many wishes makes a person wistful
Wish Fool:He or she was foolish enough to made an impossible wish
"Wasteful" - You become sad when you see how wasteful humans are.
wishfulâ€”a person is wishful, he wishes that he should have worked hard in the past.. so the meaning
with full - thinking about it sadly