Words starting with ” l ” for SAT, GRE, GMAT, CAT skmclasses Bangalore

labile – liable to change; easily altered. (chemistry: easily broken down or displaced)

labret – an ornament worn in the upper or lower lip

labretifery – the practice of wearing labrets

labyrinth – something highly intricate or convoluted

lacerate – to irregularly tear or deeply cut flesh (also figurative, for mental pain)

lachrymose – weeping or weepy; tearful; also, causing tears

laconic – saying much in few words; pithy and brusque

lacustrine – relating to lakes

Laffer curve – a graph of tax revenue as a function of tax rate, illustrating the theory that beyond a certain point, higher rates will reduce the tax revenue received (by discouraging economic growth).

lagniappe – a gratuity given to a customer; a small gift

lahar – an mud-flow “avalanche” of volcanic ash and water, down the slopes of a volcano

lallation – a speech disorder involving faulty pronunciation or excessive use of the l-sound.

Lamarckism – eponym: theory that one passes his acquired physical traits to his descendants

lambada – a fast, rhythmical, erotic dance, from Brazil, with close physical contact (also, the music used)

lambdacism – faulty pronunciation or excessive use of the l-sound (underuse of it is paralambdacism; see entry at rhotacism)

Lampadomancy – divination by candles and lamps [dictionary at mancy lists 54 form of divination]

Lanai – a veranda or roofed patio

Langsuir – mythical creature: a female vampire that preys on newborns (Malaysia)

langsuir mythical creature a female vampire that preys on newborns

Short Story describing the meaning of the word Langsuir is at
https://nicewemen.wordpress.com/langsuir-mythical-creature-a-female-vampire-that-preys-on-newborns/

Lapdog – literal: a small pampered pet dog; figurative: a person who is completely under the influence of another

Lapidary – 1. noun a gem-cutter, or the art of gem-cutting; adj. relating to gem-cutting 2. (of language) elegant and concise

Lapsus linguae – slip of the tongue

Laputan – eponym: absurdly impractical or visionary, especially to the neglect of more useful activity (from Gulliver’s Travels)

Laputan Relating to or Characteristic of imaginary people

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lapwing – (etymology) a bird of the plover family

larrikin – Australian slang: a good-natured but independent or wild-spirited person, with little regard for authority, accepted values, etc. (The spirit of Australia?)

lascivious – 1. lewd, lustful 2. Tending to produce lewd emotions

lasering – group insurance: the practice of excluding, from coverage, a member of the insured group with a serious pre-existing condition

lask – to be afflicted with diarrhea. [From Depraved and Insulting English, by Novobatzky & Shea]

latibulize – to retire into a den, or hole, and lie dormant in winter; to retreat and lie hid

latitation – lying in concealment; hiding; lurking; latibulum – a concealed hiding place; a burrow; a lair; a hole

Latitudinarian – adj: broadminded; permissive; undogmatic. (noun: such a person)

Lavaliere – eponym: a pendant worn on a chain around the neck

Lay – a short lyric or narrative poem intended to be sung

Layabout – a person who habitually does little or no work

Layabout woman who habitually does no work

Short Story describing the word Layabout is at
https://nicewemen.wordpress.com/layabout-a-woman-who-habitually-does-little-or-no-work/

layabout woman who habitually does little or no work

lazaretto – eponym: a hospital to treating contagious disease, esp. leprosy (or, a quarantine station)

Lazy Lawrence – an idler

lead-foot – a car-driver who drives too fast (also used as verb or adjective)

leal – chiefly Scottish: faithful; loyal; true

lecanomancy – divination by basins of water [dictionary at mancy lists 54 form of divination]

Lechery – excessive and offensive indulgence in sexual activity

lechery excessive and offensive indulgence in sexual activity 2

Short Story describing the word Lechery is at
https://nicewemen.wordpress.com/lechery-excessive-and-offensive-indulgence-in-sexual-activity/

lectica – a kind of litter or portable couch used by the ancient Romans

leeftail – in great demand; having a quick sale

Leer – to look (at) with a sly, immodest, or evil expression (noun: the look itself)

Leer – to look (at) with a sly, immodest, or evil expression. Look suggestively or obliquely. look or gaze with a sly, immodest, or malign expression.
“The men leered at the young women on the beach”. A facial expression of contempt or scorn; the upper lip curls. A suggestive or sneering look or grin

leer to look (at) with a sly immodest or evil expression

Sneer – Express through a scornful smile. “she sneered her contempt”. Smile contemptuously. “she sneered at her little sister’s efforts to play the song on the piano”. A contemptuous or scornful remark. A facial expression of contempt or scorn; the upper lip curls.

Short Story describing the meaning of the word Leer is at
https://nicewemen.wordpress.com/leer-sneer-look-suggestively-or-obliquely-a-facial-expression-of-contempt-or-scorn-the-upper-lip-curls/

left and right, in politics – [from a reader] after the French Revolution, the nobles in the French National Assembly were seated on the president’s right

and the Third Estate was seated on the president’s left. The sides were referred to as left and right (in French); Great Britain borrowed this terminology,

and the US then took it from Great Britain – though neither of those countries ever used the French seating arrangement.

Legerdemain – trickery, deception, hocus-pocus
(n.) deception, slight-of-hand (Smuggling the French plants through customs by claiming that they were fake was a remarkable bit of legerdemain.)
When a magician waves his hands over a hat and pulls out a rabbit, he is performing an act of legerdemain or trickery.

Legerdemain can be used literally to describe a magic trick, or figuratively to describe some other kind of trickery or deceit. If you and some friends cook up a scheme that involves telling complicated lies so that you can stay out all night, you are guilty of legerdemain. The word comes from the French léger de main which means dexterous, or light of hand.

legerdemain sleight of hand trickery deception hocus-pocus

Short Story describing the meaning of the word Legerdemain is at
https://nicewemen.wordpress.com/legerdemain-an-illusory-feat-considered-magical-by-naive-observers-magic-hath-safai/

legman – 1. a reporter assigned to gather information 2. an assistant who performs subordinate tasks, as gathering information or running errands

lei – a Polynesian garland of flowers, esp. one worn around the neck

lek – an animals’ “singles bar”; a place where animals gather to compete for mates (also: the gathering there; the competition there; and to lek: to so compete)

Lekvar – a sweet spread or pastry filling made of prunes or apricots

Leman – (archaic) a lover or sweetheart

leman – a lover or sweetheart

Lemmatize – (dictionaries) to determine the headings under which words are listed (e.g., had is under have)

Lemniscate – the ∞ or “infinity” symbol

Lenity – leniency; mercifulness due to being lenient or tolerant.

Lenocinant – lewd, lascivious

Lewd lenocinant Lascivious Lustful woman 1

Short Story describing Lenocinant woman is at
https://nicewemen.wordpress.com/lenocinant-lewd-lascivious-woman/

leonine – of or like a lion [Also, Leonine verse (eponym) – verse in which a word in the middle of a line rhymes with a word at the end. This is a separate word, from Leonius, 12th-century canon of the church of St. Victor, in Paris, who used this form.

leporine – hare-like

lethologica – forgetfulness of words; inability to recall right word

lettre de cachet – a warrant issued for the imprisonment of a person without trial, at the pleasure of the monarch

leucism – insufficient pigment, resulting in paleness (contrast albinism)

Levis – named from manufacturer Levi Strauss

lewd – crude and offensive in a sexual way

lewisite – eponym: a poison gas developed for war use

Lexiphanes – user of bombastic phraseology (from title of one of Lucien’s dialogs)

liaise – to work closely with more than one group. from liaison; casually accepted, as a verb, in brit-speak

libation – the pouring of a drink as offering to a deity; the drink so poured. Humorous: an alcoholic drink

Libertine – a man who acts without moral restraint, especially sexually (also used as an adjective)

Libertine man who acts without moral restraint sexually

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licentious – 1. without the restraint of moral discipline (esp. in sex) 2. having no regard for accepted standards

lickerish – 1. lecherous, lustful, wanton 2. greedy; desirous

lickspittle – a fawning underling; a toady (but more commonly used as an adjective)

lido – toponym: a public open-air swimming pool or bathing beach

lief – willingly; readily [akin to love]

Liffy – to seduce a woman with promises of fidelity, and then desert her

Liffy seduce woman with promises of fidelity then desert her

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ligature – a character, such as æ, combining two or more letters; something that ties or binds

light year – 1. astronomical: a certain huge measure of distance, used in measuring interstellar space. It is the distance light travels in a year. 2.

metaphoric: a very large distance or figurative distance

Lilliputian – eponym: very small in size; also, of trifling importance (from Gulliver’s Travels)

Limerance – the initial exhilarating rush of falling in love; the state of “being in love”. coined 1979 by Dorothy Tennov; it will be interesting to see if this word enters the vernacular.

Limerance initial exhilarating rush of falling in love

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limnology – the study of bodies of fresh water, including their biology and geology; contrast oceanography

limousine – toponym: a large luxurious car; esp. one with separate compartments for driver and for passengers

limpid – clear, transparent; as, a limpid stream; also, easily intelligible; clear: writes in a limpid style; also, calm, serene

lincture – another name for electuary, which see

line or reline (in art conservation) – see weave impression

lingam – a phallic object as a symbol of the Hindu god of reproduction

lingua – a language or ‘lingo’

Lingo of the game

lingua franca – a common language used by speakers of different languages

lingual – of or produced by the tongue

linguaphile – a lover of languages and words.

linguicide – the extinction of a language (either by deliberate annihilation or unintentional death). Considered a threat to one’s heritage, culture and nationality.

lintel – a horizontal support across the top of a door or window

lionize – to look treat (a person) as a celebrity

lipogram – a composition excluding words containing some selected certain letter or letters

liquor (not the name for a drink) – the water used for form the wort, in brewing

liripoop – the “tail” or tassel on the hat worn with graduation robes (also, obs.: a silly person)

lirp – obs. rare: a snap of the fingers; also verb: to snap with one’s fingers

lissom – limber; supple; easily bent; able to move with ease

lister – a dyer (obsolete)

listerine – eponym: an antiseptic solution

literati – the literary intelligentsia

lithography – printing with a plate whose areas are chemically treated to retain or repel ink

lithomancy – divination by stones [dictionary at mancy lists 54 form of divination]

litmus test – a test that relies on a single indicator (“Her litmus test for good breeding is whether you split infinitives.”)

litotes – rhetoric: a deliberate, modest understatement (typically meant to imply the opposite): I have this tiny little tumor on the brain (compare meiosis). One form is to negate the contrary: He is no fool.

Little-endian – see Big-endian

littoral – relating to the shore of non-flowing waters such as lakes, oceans, etc. Also used as a noun.

livanomancy – divination by the burning of incense [dictionary at mancy lists 54 form of divination]

livid – 1. discolored, as a bruise; black-and-blue 2. ashen or pallid; dull grayish blue 3. extremely angry; furious

llano – an open grassy plain, treeless or nearly so

lobster Newburg – Delmonico’s Restaurant in New York (1827-1923) created lobster à la Wenburg to honor an esteemed client, Ben Wenburg. After a falling out, the restaurant re-ordered the initial letters, calling the dish Lobster Newburg.

locum; locum tenens – (pl. locum tenentes) a doctor or cleric standing in for another who is temporarily away

lodestar – one that serves as an inspiration, model, or guide

loganamnosis – the obsession with recalling a certain word

Logaoedic – a poem or line of verse in which different metrical feet are mixed to give an effect like speech or prose

Logarithmancy – divination by logarithms [dictionary at mancy lists 54 form of divination]

Logastellus – a person whose love of words is greater than their knowledge of words

Logastellus woman whose love of words is greater than their knowledge of words

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logocracy – rulership by words

logodaedalus – artificer in words (logodaedaly – verbal trickery or legerdemain)

logogogue – one practicing logology (the science of words)

logographer – one who writes speeches, or writes history in a condensed manner with short simple sentences.

logolept – a word maniac

logomachy – 1. a dispute about words 2. a dispute carried on in words only; a battle of words [logomachist, logomachize]

logomancy – divination by words or by speech

logomania – pathologically excessive (and often incoherent) talking

logomaniac – one insanely interested in words

logophile – a lover of words

logophobia – the fear of words

logorrhea – excessive talkativeness or wordiness; “verbal diarrhea”; (also: logomania)

logroll – 1. to engage in political logrolling 2. to birl (which see) logrolling – (N. Amer.) an exchange of favors between politicians: “You vote for my project and I’ll vote for yours”

lollygag – to fool around; to spend time aimlessly; to dawdle or dally. lollygagger – one who dawdles or putters around (verb: to lollygag)

longeron – a major structural part of aircraft fuselage, running front to rear

longneck – a glass beer bottle with an elongated neck

loofah – a scratchy bath-sponge, made from the fibrous insides of the fruit of the loofah plant (seems to be rather popular nowadays)

Loonie – slang: the Canadian one-dollar coin

Loquacious – given to much talking; very talkative

Loquacious – Full of trivial conversation

Loquacious Going to Pub to give your mouth a rest

gabby – Full of trivial conversation. “kept from her housework by gabby neighbours”.

Loquacious garrulous gabby Talkative shouting

Lord Haw Haw – eponym: a traitor, particularly one who makes propaganda for the enemy

lorel – a good for nothing fellow; a vagabond

Losel – a worthless person

Losel a worthless woman

lothario; Lothario – eponym: a seducer of women; a libertine; a lady-killer

lotus eater – a lazy person devoted to pleasure and luxury. lotus land – a place or state of languid contentment. (  in my judgment they connote a sense of drugged unreality, which the dictionaries have missed.)

Louche – disreputable or dubious; shady – but in a rakishly appealing way

Louche Disreputable Dubious woman shady but in rakishly appealing way

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Loudhailer – a megaphone

lour – (of the sky) to look dark and threatening (noun: such an appearance) [Also, unconnected with sky: a scowl; to scowl]

lousy – original definition: infected and/or covered with lice

loxodrome – the path of a ship or plane that maintains an unchanging compass direction. Also called a rhumb or rhumb line.

Luau – a Hawaiian feast [lit. “young taro tops,” which were served at outdoor feasts]

Lubber – a big, clumsy, stupid fellow; esp. a lazy one; a lout

Lubber a big clumsy stupid woman especially a lazy one a lout

Lubber clumsy stupid woman especially a lazy one a lout

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lubricious – 1. lewd; wanton; salacious 2. slippery smooth, with oil or grease; also, shifty or tricky (noun lubricity)

lucarne – a dormer window (OED says it includes any other window cut into a roof)

Lucifer – the Devil

lucullan – eponym: lavish, luxurious, opulent (e.g., a banquet)

Lucy Stoner – eponym: a married woman who keeps her maiden name

Luddite – eponym: one who opposes technological change

ludic – relating to undirected, spontaneous playfulness (pronounced as in ‘ludicrous’)

luferlang – mythical creature that can run in either direction; easily identified by the tail in the middle of its back. It bite is almost certain death;

the biting season usually occurs on July 12. Avoid green clothing, which tends to arouse the creature further; conversely, a conspicuous orange-colored handkerchief will invariably afford full protection. Or, since the luferlang is terribly frightened of seeing itself, carry a big mirror so that in the event of luferlang attack you can hold that mirror in front of you.

luftmensch – an impractical dreamer, without business or income

Luger – eponym: semiautomatic pistol widely used by Germans in WWII (though introduced earlier). Some consider it to be the finest pistol ever produced.

Lumpen – 1. adj. or noun: of the lumpenproletariat 2. degraded, stupid, boorish, and uninterested in improving (also, vulgar or common) 3. of persons (not necessarily low-class) cut off from their normal economic/social class 4. (perhaps influenced by ‘lumpy’?) lumpy, heavy and misshapen

Lumpen degraded stupid, boorish uninterested in improving

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Lumpenproletariat – 1. the lowest stratum of the proletariat (that is, of wage-slaves) 2. the most degraded underclass, on the margins of society:

vagrants, street-criminals, prostitutes, the homeless [But see notes below.]

Lunacy – (from L. lunaticus “moon-struck,” from luna “moon”) insanity, esp. when intermittently relieved by periods of clear-mindedness. by extension; great or wild foolishness; a wildly foolish act. Lunatic fringe was apparently coined by Theodore Roosevelt (1913).

Lunula (plural lunulae) – the white crescent-shaped part of the fingernail at the base of the nail

Lupine – like a wolf

Lupine woman A woman who ululates like a wolf

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Lust – intense or unrestrained sexual craving (also as verb)

Lustrum – a period of five years

Lutz – eponym: figure-skating jump (contrast axel, salchow): skate backward; jump off outside edge and spin

Luxuria – (the formal name of one of the seven deadly sins) lust, in a sense not limited to sex: a driving force to do things that are harmful to you

Lycanthrope – a werewolf; a human being fabled to have been changed into a wolf. The first syllable is pronounced with a long-i sound.

Lycée – (vowels and accent as in ‘repay”) a French public secondary school that prepares students for the university

Lyceum – 1. a public hall for lectures and concerts; an association for debate and literary improvement. [From Greek Lukeion, the school outside Athens where Aristotle taught] 2. a lycée

lyncean – pertaining to or like a lynx; keen-sighted.

LYS (knitting) – Little Yarn Shop, or Local Yarn Shop

labarum moral standard; ecclesiastical banner bearing Christ’s monogram
labefactation a weakening decay; overthrow
labeorphily collection and study of beer bottle labels
labidometer instrument for measuring size of the head of a fetus
labile adaptable; unstable
lability plasticity; openness to change or breakdown
labiomancy lip reading
labret lip ornament
labrose thick-lipped
labtebricole living in holes
lac dark red transparent resin used to make shellac
laccolith mass of igneous rock intruded between two sedimentary beds
lacertiform shaped like a lizard


lacertilian of, like or pertaining to lizards

Lacertilian woman Lizard Saurian

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laches negligence or undue delay in fulfilling legal duty
lachrymatory narrow-necked bottle or vase
lachrymiform shaped like a tear
lachrymogenic causing tears or weeping
lachrymose shedding tears
laciniate cut into narrow lobes; slashed; fringed
laciniform shaped like a fringe
lacis network
lackaday expression of regret or deprecation
laconicum sauna
lactarium dairy farm or milking operation
lacteous milky
lactescent secreting milk
lactiferous milk-bearing
lactifluous flowing with milk
lactogenic producing milk
lactometer instrument for testing relative density of milk
lactoscope instrument for measuring purity or richness of milk
lacuna a blank space or missing part
lacunar sunken panel or coffer in a ceiling
lacuscular of, like or pertaining to pools
lacustrine of, like or pertaining to lakes
ladronism banditry; robbery
laeotropic turning to the left
laetificate to cheer up
laevoduction movement leftwards
lagan cargo jettisoned from ship but marked by buoys for recovery
lagan wreckage or goods at the bottom of the sea
lagena flask
lageniform shaped like a flask
lagerphone percussion instrument with bottlecaps loosely nailed to pole
lagniappe gratuity
lagostoma harelip
lagotic having ears like a hare’s
laic of, like or pertaining to lay people rather than clergy
laicisation process of returning a clergyman to lay status
laicism doctrine of opposition to clergy and priests


Lairwite fine given to married women for adultery

Lairwite Fine given to married women for adultery


laitance milky deposit on top of fresh concrete
lallation childish speech; mispronunciation of speech sounds

Lambaste –

Lambaste To scold Censure severely or angrily

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lambdoid shaped like the letter lambda (^) or “L”
lambent moving about as if touching lightly; flickering; glowing
lambert unit of brightness of light
lambitive taken by licking up with the tongue
lamboys armoured plate skirt around the waist and thighs
lambrequin drapery over a window or doorway; veil over a helmet
lambrequin hood or covering for a helmet
lamé fabric in which metallic threads are interwoven
lamella thin plate or layer
lamelliform shaped like a plate or layer
lamiaceous minty; of, like or pertaining to the mint plant
lamina thin plate or layer
laminary of, like or pertaining to thin plates or layer
lamister fugitive
lammergeier giant vulture-like bird of prey
lampad lamp, candlestick or torch
lampadedromy torch-race
lampadephore torchbearer
lampadomancy divination by flame
lampas flowered silk fabric
lampion decorated oil lamp
lamprophony speaking in loud and clear tones
lampyridine of, like or pertaining or pertaining to glow-worms or fireflies
lanai private balcony in a hotel room
lanameter instrument for measuring quality of wool
lanate woolly
lanceolate shaped like a lance-head
lanciform shaped like a lance
lancinate to lacerate; to pierce
lancination sharp; shooting pain
landau horse-drawn carriage with folding top
landocracy government by the propertied class; timocracy
langlauf cross-country skiing or running
langley unit of solar radiation
languescent growing languid
languet tongue-like object or part
languor listlessness; weariness


langur long-tailed Indian monkey

langur long-tailed Indian monkey


laniary of teeth or claws designed for tearing (canine teeth)
laniferous wool-bearing
lanigerous bearing wool
lanuginose downy; covered with fine soft hair
lanyard cord for hanging a knife or whistle around the neck
lanyard rope or line for fastening something in a ship
Laodicean lukewarm; half-hearted
lapactic purgative
laparoscope instrument for viewing interior of peritoneal cavity
lapicide stonecutter
lapidarian of, like or pertaining to stones; inscribed on stones
lapidary gem-cutter
lapidate to pelt with stones; to kill by stoning
lapideous stony
lapidescent becoming stone; petrifying
lapifidication petrifaction
lapilliform shaped like a small stone
lapillus small stone ejected by volcanic eruption
lappaceous prickly
lappet fold or flap on a garment or headdress worn by priest
laquearia panelled ceiling
lar local god of a house
larboard left side of a ship
lardaceous of, like or pertaining to lard
lares local Roman gods
largifical ample; bountiful


Largiloquent talkative; full of words

Largiloquent talkative woman full of words


largition giving of largess
larine of, like or pertaining to gulls
larithmics study of population statistics
laroid of, like or pertaining to gulls
larrigan high oil-tanned leather boot or moccasin
larrup to flog or thrash
larvicide killing of larvae
larviparous giving birth to larvae
larvivorous feeding on larvae
laryngology study of larynx
laryngoscope instrument for examining interior of the larynx
lasher weir
lassitude state of being tired or weary
lastage room for stowing goods in a ship
lasting sturdy cotton or worsted cloth
latebricole living in holes
lateen triangular sail rigged on ship’s spar
laterad towards the side
laterigrade running or moving sideways
lateritious brick-red
latescent becoming latent
laticiferous containing or conveying latex
latidentate having broad teeth
latifundia great landed estates
latinitaster a petty scholar of Latin
latipennate having broad wings
latitant lurking; lying in wait; hibernating
latitat writ based on supposition that person is in hiding
latitudinarian one having tolerant or free religious views
latitudinarianism doctrine of broad liberality in religious belief and conduct
latitudinous broad or wide interpretation
lative indicating motion up to or as far as
latrant barking
latration the act of yelping or barking
latria highest degree of veneration, assigned to God over saints
latrocinate to engage in highway robbery
latten metal in thin plates
latticinio glass having white veins
laudanum an opium preparation
lauds prayer service held at dawn following matins
lauricomous having hair like bay-leaves
lauriferous bearing laurels
lautenclavicymbel lute harpsichord with gut strings
lautitious sumptuous
lavabo ceremony in which priest washes his hands; basin for the ceremony
lavadero place for washing gold ore
lavaliere jeweled pendant worn round the neck; pendant microphone
lavatory wash-basin for washing bodies of newly dead; room where lavabo kept
laveer to sail against the wind
laver large vessel for washing, especially for ritual purification
lavic of, like or pertaining to lava
lavolta lively bouncy dance for two persons
lavra group of recluses’ cells
lawn fine sheer plain-woven cotton or linen
laxism belief that an unlikely opinion may be safely followed
layette baby’s complete set of clothing
laystall place for depositing dung or rubbish
lazar leper or person with similar pestilential disease
lazaret space in ship between decks used for storage
lazaretto hospital for lepers
lea arable land left fallow or used for pasture
lecanomancy divination using water in a basin or pool
lecanoscopy staring at pool of water as means of self-hypnosis
lechwe light brown water antelope of South Africa
lecithal having a yolk
lectern desk or stand from which church lessons are read
lection reading; lesson read in church
lectisternium sacrifice where images of gods placed on couches and offered food
lectrice female reader in church
lectual requiring bed rest or confinement to bed
leeboard wood or metal planes attached to hull to prevent leeway
leech a vertical edge of a square sail
legalism belief that salvation depends on strict adherence to the law
legatine of, like or pertaining to a legate
legerity lightness; nimbleness
legicide killer or destroyer of laws
legist person knowledgeable about the law
leguleian like a lawyer; underhanded and legalistic
leiotrichous straight-haired
leister three-pronged spear or trident used for fishing
leman a lover, sweetheart or paramour
lemma preliminary proposition, theme, argument or headword
lemures spirits of the dead
lemurine of, like or pertaining to lemurs
lendrumbilate to gullibly believe in a word’s veracity
lenify to mitigate or assuage
lenitive soothing; laxative; mitigating
lenity mildness; clemency
leno open-woven fabric
lentic associated with standing water
lentiform shaped like a lens
lentiginose minutely dotted; freckled
lentigo freckle
lentitude lethargy; slowness
lentor sluggishness; viscidity
leonine of or like a lion; rhyming last two or three syllables in a line
leontiasis form of leprosy in which the face becomes wrinkly and somewhat lion-like
leopon crossbreed between a leopard and a lion
lepadoid resembling a barnacle
lepid pleasant; charming; amusing
lepidine composed of scales
lepidity facetiousness; wit
lepidopterology study of butterflies and moths
lepidopterous having four wings, such as a moth or butterfly
leporicide killing or killer of hares
leporiform resembling or shaped like a hare
leporine of, like or pertaining to the hare
leprology study of leprosy
leprosarium hospital for lepers
leprose scaly; scurfy
leptochrous abnormally thick-skinned
leptometer instrument for measuring oil viscosity
leptosome person with a slight or slender build
lethe oblivion; forgetfulness
lethiferous causing death; carrying or bearing death
lethologica inability to remember the right word
lethonomia tendency to forget names
leucochroic white or pale-coloured
leucomelanous having dark hair and eyes but fair skin
leucous albino; having fair or pale hair or complexion
lev monetary unit of Bulgaria
levant to run away from a debt
leveret a hare in its first year; a mistress
levigate to smooth; to grind to a fine powder; to polish; to lighten
levin lightning


Levirate custom of compulsory marriage with brother’s widow

Levirate custom of compulsory marriage with brother’s widow


lexer law student
lexicology study of words and their meanings
lexigram sign which represents a word
lexigraphy art of definition of words
lexigraphy system of writing in which each sign represents a word
lexiphanic bombastic; sesquipedalian; using many long words
lexis way in which a piece of writing is expressed in words
ley mystical straight line between features of landscape
liard grey; dapple-grey
lias fossil-bearing limestone
libaniferous yielding or bearing incense
libanomancy divination by watching incense smoke
libanotophorous producing incense
libeccio southwest wind
libellant one who brings a charge of libel
liber phloem or fibre from tree
liberalism doctrine of social change and tolerance
libertarianism doctrine that personal liberty is the highest value
liberticide destruction of liberty
libertinage debauchery


Libidinist lewd person

Libidinist lewd woman


libken place to sleep in
librate to oscillate; to be poised
libration apparent oscillation of moon’s visible surface
libricide killing or killer of books
libriform shaped like a book
lichenography description of lichens
lichenology study of lichens

Lickerish Greedy Desirous woman Lecherous Lustful wanton
Lickerish lecherous; lusty; greedy

Lickerish woman Lecherous Lustful wanton greedy Desirous


lictor ancient Roman magistrate’s attendant
lido bathing beach; open-air swimming pool
lief soon; gladly
lienal of, like or pertaining to the spleen
lientery discharge of partially digested food
ligation the act of binding; the state of being bound
ligger horizontal timber of a scaffolding
lighter large open boat used in loading and unloading ships
lighterage cargo carried by or fee for carrying cargo by lighter
ligneous woody; wooden
ligniform of the form or shape of wood
lignify to make woody; to turn into wood
ligniperdous destructive of wood
lignite woody coal
lignivorous feeding on wood
ligulate resembling or shaped like a strap
ligyrophobia fear of loud noises
limaciform slug-like
limacine of, like or pertaining to slugs
limacology study of slugs
limation polishing or smoothing; correction of astronomical errors
limax slug
limbate possessing a border
limbus border
limes border
limicoline living on a shore; of, like or pertaining to wading birds
limicolous living in mud
limitrophe near the frontier or border
limivorous eating mud
limn to portray, paint or delineate
limner painter of portraits
limnetic living in fresh water; pertaining to fresh water
limnobiology study of freshwater ecosystems
limnology study of bodies of fresh water
limnophilous living in ponds or marshes
limoniad meadow nymph
limophoitos insanity due to lack of food
limosis abnormally ravenous appetite
limous muddy; slimy
limpid clear; transparent
limpkin Caribbean crane-like bird
linaceous of, like or pertaining to flax
linchpin person or thing vital to an organization
lincrusta thick embossed wallpaper
lindy hop lively dance closely resembling the jitterbug and famous for its aerials
lineament distinctive feature or characteristic
lineolate marked with fine lines
lingual of, like or pertaining to language, speech or the tongue
linguiform shaped like a tongue
linography photographic reproduction on linen
linonophobia fear of string
linsang white civet-like Javanese mammal
linsey coarse linen and wool blend
linsey-woolsey coarse inferior wool or wool-flax weave; nonsense or confusion
lintel horizontal beam supporting the load above a door
lioncelle small lion used as a bearing
lionism lion-like appearance symptomatic of leprosy
lipogram piece of writing in which a certain letter is excluded
lipography accidental omission of letter or syllable in wrting
lipomatosis obesity
lipothymy swoon
lippitude soreness of the eyes
lipsanographer one who writes about relics
lipsanotheca container for relics
liquate to melt; to subject to liquation
liquescent becoming liquid
liquifacient liquifying agent
liquifaction the act of liquefying something
liripipe long tail of a graduate’s hood; a part or lesson committed to memory
lissome lithe; nimble; flexible
lissotrichous smooth-haired
litany prayer of supplication in responsive style
literatim letter for letter
literation representation of sounds by letters
literator dabbler in learning
literose spuriously or affectedly literary
lithochromy painting upon stone
lithoclast stone breaker; tool for breaking rocks
lithodomous living in burrows in rocks
lithogenous rock-building
lithoglyph engraving on stone
lithography art of imaging using impression on stone
litholatry stone-worship
lithology study of rocks
lithomancy divination by stones or meteorites
lithophagous stone-swallowing; rock-boring; eating rock
lithophilous living among stones
lithophyte plant that grows on rock
litotes understatement by affirming using negation of the contrary
littoral of, like or pertaining to the shore of a body of water
liturate spotted
liturgician one who studies or recites church rituals
liturgiology study of liturgical forms and church rituals
liturgist leader in public worship
lituus long curved trumpet
livedo pathological blueness of skin
lixiviation leaching
loan-word word borrowed from another language
lobar of, like or pertaining to a lobe
lobate having a lobe or lobes
lobcock bumpkin, boor or lout
lobular shaped like a lobe
locanda lodging-house; inn
locative indicating location or place where
locellate divided into small compartments
locellus small compartment of a cell
lochetic waiting in ambush
lochlet little loch
lockram coarse linen
lockstep method of marching in tight formation
locomobile self-propelling machine; early automobile
loculate having loculi
loculus small compartment or recess for holding an urn
locum clergyman temporarily replacing regular priest
locuplete well-stored
locutory room for conversation
loden heavy waterproof woollen fabric
lodesman pilot
loess deposit of rich and fertile soil
logan rocking-stone
loganamnosis obsession with trying to recall forgotten words
logarithmancy divination by means of algorithms
loggia covered open arcade
logia collection of sayings
logicaster a petty logician
logice in a logical manner
logicism theory that mathematics can be derived from a set of logical axioms
logocentrism belief that meaning derives from the analysis of words and symbols
logocracy government of words
logodaedalus artificer in words
logodaedaly verbal legerdemain
logogogue one who issues laws or rules regarding words
logogram single sign standing for word or phrase
logography writing using signs or units for entire words
logogriph riddle in which word is found from other words’ letters
logomachy contention about words or in words
logomancy divination using words
logomania pathological loquacity
logopedics speech therapy
logophile a lover of words
logorrhea excessive flow of words; uncontrollable garrulity
logos divine rational principle
logotype body of text with frequently occurring word or syllable
loimic of, like or pertaining to plagues
loimography description of pestilential diseases
loimology study of plagues and epidemics
lollop to bound about wildly
longanimity forbearance; patience
longe rope used in training horses
longeron longitudinal membrane of an airplane
longiloquence long-winded language
longiniquity remoteness
longueur period of dullness or tedium
loquence speech
loranthaceous of, like or pertaining to the mistletoe
lordolatry worship of nobility
lordosis convex curvature of the spine
loreal located in the area between the eyes and the nose or snout
lorette courtesan
lorgnette eyeglasses with a handle
lorgnon an eyeglass
loricate armoured with plates or scales; to coat or armour protectively
lorikeet brightly coloured southeast Asian parrot
lorimer saddlemaker
loris large-eyed south Asian arboreal primate
losel worthless fellow; scamp
lotic associated with or living in running water
lotophagous feeding on lotuses; indolent; lazy; dreamy
louche squinting; ambiguous; shady
louchettes spectacles used to reduce glare and prevent squinting
loupe jeweller’s magnifying glass worn on the eye-socket
lour to look sullen or threatening
louvre sloping slat placed across an opening
lovat grey-green; blue-green
loxodograph device used to record ship’s travels
loxodrome line on the globe equally oblique to all meridians
loxodromy study of sailing along rhumb-lines
loxophthalmus squint
loxotic distorted; oblique
lozenge diamond-shaped mark indicating possibility in formal logic
lubricious slippery; lewd
lubricity greasiness; wiliness
lubritorium service station
lucarne dormer window
lucent shining; bright
lucernal of, like or pertaining to lamps
luciferous light-bringing; light-giving
luciform like light
lucifugous shunning or avoiding light
lucigen lamp burning oil mixed with air in a spray
lucimeter instrument for measuring light intensity
luciphyllous light-absorbing or consuming
lucre sordid gain; riches
lucriferous lucrative; yielding profit
lucripetous eager for gain
luctation struggle
lucubration study protracted late into the night
luculent bright; clear; convincing
ludibry contempt; derision
ludibund playful
ludic spontaneously and aimlessly playful
ludicrism burlesque
luff windward side of a ship; forward edge of fore-and-aft sail
lugsail four-sided sail bent to an obliquely hanging yard
lugubrious mournful; dismal
lulav palm-frond waved at certain Jewish religious services
lumbriciform shaped like a worm; worm-like
lumbricine of, like or pertaining to earthworms
lumen unit of luminous flux
luminiferous bearing or bringing light
luminist artist who uses the effects of light; impressionist
lumpenintelligentsia those of the intellectual class regarded disparagingly as of little worth
lunarist one who believes that the moon affects the weather
lunate crescent-shaped
lunation lunar month; interval between successive new moons
lunette crescent-shaped space where a vault meets a wall
lunisolar pertaining jointly to the moon and sun
lunistice time when moon is farthest north or south each month
lunula Bronze Age crescent necklace; white part of fingernail base
lunulate shaped like a small crescent


Lupanarian of, like or pertaining to a brothel

Lupanarian of like or pertaining to a brothel


lupicide killing of a wolf
lupiform shaped like a wolf
lupine of, like or pertaining to wolves
lupulic of, like or pertaining to hops
lur ancient Scandinavian trumpet
lurdan lazy and dull individual
lurid red-yellow; yellow-brown
lusory playful
lustrate to purify by sacrifice
lustration ritual washing; ablution
lustring glossy silk
lustrum period of five years; periodic purification of Roman empire
lutaceous of, like or pertaining to or comprised of mud
lutarious inhabiting mud
lutchet fitting on ship’s deck to allow mast to pivot to pass under bridges
luteolous yellowish
luteous golden-yellow
lutescent yellowish
lutestring plain glossy silk
luthier maker of stringed instruments
lutose covered with mud or clay; muddy
lutrine of, like or pertaining to otters
lutulent thick; muddy


lutung small monkey of Malaysia

lutung small monkey of Malaysia


lux unit of illumination equal to one lumen per square meter
luxate to displace or dislocate
luxation dislocation of an anatomical part
luxmeter instrument for measuring illumination
luxuriant overabundant in growth
lycanthropy mythical ability of humans to turn into wolves; werewolfism
lyceum school of philosophical instruction
lychgate roofed gate of a churchyard
lychnobite one who works at night and sleeps in the day
lychnoscope low side window
Lydian effeminate; luxurious
lygophilia love of darkness
lygophobia fear of darkness
lymphography description of lymph nodes
lyncean lynx-like; sharp-sighted
lyophile easily dispersed in a suitable medium
lyophilization freeze-drying
lypemania extreme pathological mournfulness
lyrate lyre-shaped
lyrichord kind of obsolete harpsichord
lyricon electronic wind instrument like a large obverse flute
lysarden old wind instrument like a cornett or serpent
lysigenic caused by the breaking down of cells
lysimeter instrument for measuring percolation of water through soil
lysis disintegration; destruction
lyssophobia abnormal fear of hydrophobia
lyterian indicating the end of a disease
lythcoop auction of household goods

laconic
(adj.) terse in speech or writing (The author’s laconic style has won him many followers who dislike wordiness.)

languid
(adj.) sluggish from fatigue or weakness (In the summer months, the great heat makes people languid and lazy.)

largess
(n.) the generous giving of lavish gifts (My boss demonstrated great largess by giving me a new car.)

latent
(adj.) hidden, but capable of being exposed (Sigmund’s dream represented his latent paranoid obsession with other people’s shoes.)

libertarian –

Someone who is a libertarian advocates the importance of the individual over government control — libertarians believe strongly in freedom.

A libertarian holds onto the idea of a person’s free will and individualism, with the word based on the Latin root liber, meaning “free.” In the U.S.,

libertarians can be to the left or the right of the political spectrum. A libertarian believes that someone should make his or her own decisions rather

than rely on a political party line. If you think the government should keep its nose out of your business, then you might be a libertarian.

licentious
(adj.) displaying a lack of moral or legal restraints (Marilee has always been fascinated by the licentious private lives of politicians.)

limpid
(adj.) clear, transparent (Mr. Johnson’s limpid writing style greatly pleased readers who disliked complicated novels.)

Linchpin – Literally, a linchpin is the pin that goes through the axle of a wheel to keep it in place, but linchpin can be used to mean an important part of anything, the thing that holds it all together.

The linchpin is something that supports and holds another thing together. It’s the most important part of anything — eating well is the linchpin to staying healthy. A basketball team’s most valuable player is the linchpin. The most crucial part of a plan is the linchpin. If something or someone is indispensable, she’s the linchpin. Take away the linchpin and everything falls apart.

Lipogram – a writing composed of words not having a certain letter. Lipo– means “lacking; without,” and gram comes from gramma, meaning “letter.”

The most challenging lipogram – a decidedly constrained form of writing – excludes E, the most common letter in English. In 1939, Ernest Vincent Wright published Gadsby: A Story of Over 50,000 words without using the letter “E.” Below is a lipogram version of “Mary Had A Little Lamb” lacking the letter O.

Loblolly – lout; a stupid, rude or awkward person. Loblolly was originally a British word for “a thick gruel.” Riffing on this, apparently, Americans later used the word to refer to an ugly, boggy mess.

It’s unclear how the word developed its insulting sense, but perhaps the evolution was similar to the current use of words like thick and dense to mean “stupid.”

Loblolly lout a stupid rude or awkward woman

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