Word of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. It’s a fun way to improve vocabulary by learning new words every week.
To participate, simply do a post with your word and leave the link as a comment on Heena’s WOW post for this week (above link). It’s a nice post to do and will give you some practice with a dictionary, of which there are several online. Illustrations are by no means necessary, but it’s up to you.
Here is my WOW for this week:
Part of Speech: Adjective:
Pronunciation: gre·gar·i·ous (gri-gair-ee-uh s) (ɡrɪˈɡɛərɪəs)
1. Fond of the company of others; sociable
2. Living in flocks or herds, as animals.
3. In botany: growing in open clusters or colonies but not matted together.
4. Pertaining to a flock or crowd.
antisocial, insociable, unsociable, unsocial, nongregarious, reclusive, solitary
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Use in a sentence:
1. Jenny was a gregarious little girl who wanted to play with every child she met and be their friend.
2. The main problem with Martin was that his gregarious confidence vanished in social situations.
3. Flamingos are gregarious birds that do not do well in small flocks.
4. Gregarious behaviour benefits birds because it provides protection in numbers, giving individuals a better chance of survival.
Gregarious is a useful word to use in writing, and can easily be applied to our characters, as sentences 1 and 2 above show. I first came across the word when I was about eleven, when a teacher was explaining its use by referring to the behaviour of sheep. Like all herd animals, they simply need to keep together for safety. Safety in numbers, as they say.
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