15 April 2016

5 Words to Use in Poems

Spring stream flowing near Hulett.


looking or sounding sad and dismal.
mournful, gloomy, sad, unhappy, doleful, glum, melancholy, woeful, 
miserable, woebegone, forlorn, somber, solemn, serious, sorrowful, morose, dour, cheerless, joyless, dismal

Origin: Latin lugubris, from lugēre to mourn; akin to Greek lygros mournful


(of a person, event, or behavior) noisy, energetic, and cheerful; rowdy.
"the boisterous conviviality associated with taverns of that period"
synonyms: lively, animated, exuberant, spirited, rambunctious; More
(of wind, weather, or water) wild or stormy.
"the boisterous wind was lulled"
synonyms: blustery, gusty, windy, stormy, wild, squally, tempestuous; More
Origin of boisterous
Middle English boistous crude, clumsy, from Anglo-French


a very steep rock face or cliff, typically a tall one.
"we swerved toward the edge of the precipice"
synonyms: cliff face, cliff, steep cliff, rock face, sheer drop, height, crag, bluff, escarpment, scarp; literarysteep

Origin of precipice
French, from Middle French, from Latin praecipitium, from praecipit-, praeceps headlong, from prae- + caput head


1.  heavy material, such as gravel, sand, iron, or lead, placed low in a vessel to improve its stability.
2.  gravel or coarse stone used to form the bed of a railroad track or road.
1. give stability to (a ship) by putting a heavy substance in its bilge.
"the vessel has been ballasted to give the necessary floating stability"
2. form (the bed of a railroad line or road) with gravel or coarse stone.

Origin of ballast
probably from Low German, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Dan & Swedish barlast ballast; 
perhaps akin to Old English bær bare & to Old English hlæst load, hladan to load 


1. having, worthy of, or bringing fame or admiration.
"the most glorious victory of all time"
synonyms: illustrious, celebrated, famous, acclaimed, distinguished, honored; 
2.having a striking beauty or splendor that evokes feelings of delighted admiration.
"a glorious autumn day"
synonyms: wonderful, marvelous, magnificent, superb, sublime, spectacular, lovely, fine, delightful

Origin of glorious
Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French glorios, from Latin gloriosus glorious, 
vainglorious, from gloria


Kathleen Cassen Mickelson said...

Lugubrious has got to be my favorite!

Constance Brewer said...

That's a word that deserves a poem!