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flippant
adj. lacking proper seriousness
flit
v. fly; dart lightly; pass swiftly by
floe
n. mass of floating ice
flora
n. plants of a region or area
florid
adj. ruddy; reddish; flowery
flounder
v. struggle and thrash about; proceed clumsily or falter
flourish
v. grow well; prosper; decorate with ornaments
flout
v. reject; mock
fluctuate
v. waver; shift
fluency
n. smoothness of speech
fluke
n. unlikely occurrence; stroke of fortune
fluster
v. confuse
flux
n. flowing series of changes
fodder
n. coarse food for cattle, horse, etc.
foible
n. weakness; slight fault
foil
n. contrast
foil
v. defeat; frustrate
foliage
n. mass of leaves
foment
v. stir up; instigate
foolhardy
adj. rash
fop
n. dandy; men excessively concerned with his clothes
forbearance
n. patience
ford
n. place where a river can be crossed on foot
forebears
n. ancestors
foreboding
n. premonition of evil
forensic
adj. suitable to debate or courts of law
foreshadow
v. give an indication beforehand; portend; prefigure
foresight
n. ability to foresee future happenings; prudence
forestall
v. prevent by taking action in advance
forgo
v. give up; do without
forlorn
adj. sad and lonely; wretched
formality
n. ceremonious quality; sth done just for form's sake
formidable
adj. inspiring fear or apprehension; difficult; awe-inspiring
forsake
v. desert; abandon; renounce
forswear
v. renounce; abandon
forte
n. strong point or special talent
forthright
adj. outspoken; straightforward; frank
fortitude
n. bravery; courage
fortuitous
adj. accidental; by chance
forum
n. place of assembly to discuss public concerns; meeting for discussion
foster
v. rear; encourage
founder
v. fail completely; shrink
founder
n. person who establishes (an organization, business)
fracas
n. brawl, melee
fractious
adj. unruly; disobedient; irritable
frail
adj. weak
franchise
n. right granted by authority; right to vote; business licensed to sell a product in a particular territory
frantic
adj. wild
fraternize
v. associate in a friendly way
fraudulent
adj. cheating; deceitful
fraught
adj. filled
fray
n. brawl
frenetic
adj. frenzied; frantic
frenzied
adj. madly excited
fret
v. to be annoyed or vexed
friction
n. clash in opinion; rubbing against
frigid
adj. intensely cold
frivolous
adj. lacking in seriousness; self-indulgently carefree; relatively important
frolicsome
adj. prankish; gay
frond
n. fern leaf; palm or banana leaf
frugality
n. thrift; economy
fruition
n. bearing of fruit; fulfillment; realization
frustrate
v. thwart; defeat
fugitive
adj. fleeting or transitory; roving
fulcrum
n. support on which a lever rests
fulsome
adj. disgustingly excessive
fundamental
adj. basic; primary; essential
furlough
n. leave of absence; vacation granted a soldier or civil servant
furor
n. frenzy; great excitement
furtive
adj. stealthy; sneaky
fusion
n. union; blending; synthesis
futile
adj. useless; hopeless; ineffectual
gadfly
n. animal-biting fly; an irritating person
gaffe
n. social blunder