Word of the Week (WOW) – Mellifluous


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.

Next week, I’ll be looking for a word beginning with the letter n.

Here is my WOW for this week:


 Word:  mellifluous

Pronunciation:  mel·lif·lu·ous  [muhlif-loo-uh s]  (mə-lĭf′lo͞o-əs)

Part of Speech: Adjective

Adverb: mellifluously; Noun: melliflousness


1. (of sounds or utterances) having a smooth, flowing sound (e.g. a mellifluous voice)

Singing to the Reverend by Edmund Leighton. 1853-1922. Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain

Singing to the Reverend by Edmund Leighton. 1853-1922. Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain

2.  sweetened with or as if with honey


sweet, sweet-sounding, sweet-toned, dulcet, honeyed, mellow, soft, smooth, silvery, liquid, soothing, rich, euphonious, harmonious, tuneful, musical,  lyrical, lyric, melodic, melodious, mellifluent


unlyrical, cacophanous

Word Origin:

C15: from Late Latin mellifluus flowing with honey, from Latin mel honey + fluere to flow

Use in a Sentence:

1. I eventually nodded off to sleep, lulled by the mellifluous tones of the nightingale.


Nightingale (Luscina megarhynchos) in Berlin, Germany. Wikimedia Commons, Author: Nadingall, J Dietrich

2. Gerald was enraptured by the mellifluous sounds of the string instruments.


Orchestra. Image courtesy of Pixabay

3. The little stream that flowed beneath the bridge made beautifully mellifluous gurgling sounds.

Small_Stream,Tregwynt_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1445634 (1)

Small Stream, Tregwynt, Wales. Wikimedia Commons. From geograph.org.uk

4. James struggled to tear his eyes from the mellifluous movement of the model’s hips.


4. (Adverb) I am delighted to meet you, Miss Peacock,’ the bank manager intoned mellifluously.


If you’d like to view more interesting word, the visit Heena’s page:

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About milliethom

I am a reader and writer of historical fiction with a keen interest in the Earth's history and all it involves, both physically and socially. I like nothing better than to be outdoors, especially in faraway places, and baking is something I do when my eyes need respite from my computer screen.
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24 Responses to Word of the Week (WOW) – Mellifluous

  1. I put my link on the original site so you can decline the other message. I got confused.

    • milliethom says:

      Hi Serene. I’m probably getting too old to think straight, but I’m not sure which of your messages to reply to. You say I should decline the other message, so I’ll do that. I followed the link to your post and read your lovely little piece about mellifluous. It expalins the meaning of the word very well. 🙂
      Had you already written that before I did my post, or is it in response to mine? I’m more confused than you.

  2. scrapydotwo says:

    This is a tongue twister to say for me. It sounds smooth and tuneful. You have some good examples how to use it. Thanks a lot

    • milliethom says:

      Thank you for liking the word and example sentences. Ineke. 🙂 I imagine it could be a tongue twister to anyone who speaks English as a second language. Perhaps I ought to start putting an audio link to my WOW posts. You’ve given me something to think about there, so thank you for that. 🙂

  3. I wrote it after and I posted to your site instead of the wow site without reading the directions well. I thought I was supposed to use the word not put in a new word. I misunderstood the challenge. Please ignore my dorkiness.

  4. Bekki Hill says:

    You pick such great words! That’s one you rarely hear and I’m laughing away to myself here as that’s two weeks running you picked words that make me squirm! Thanks for digging out a goodun!

  5. I’ve reading your beautiful blog posts fro a while, but I have never got a chance to hear your mellifluous voice sweetie 😉

  6. exiledprospero says:

    Or this:

    I sipped tea with lemon, listened to Martin’s mellifluous speech, and I could not rid myself of the impression that something new had appeared in their apartment, some kind of joyous, mysterious palpitation, as happens, for instance, in a home where there is a young mother-to-be.

    Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

    • milliethom says:

      Well, that was an interesting read. I’m not sure whether it really is a quote from a work by V.V.Nabakov, or you’ve just attached his name to a piece of your own, 🙂
      Either way, I’m guessing you’re someone I was chatting with earlier… Or perhaps not.
      Thank you for the lovely piece/comment. Having had six children, I know all too well about the “mysterious palpitation” you talk about. 🙂

  7. I immediately thought of birds when I saw this wow…. and a good baritone voice perhaps. I can see you using this word in your writing, Millie

    • milliethom says:

      I have used it because I love the flowing sound of the word. It really suits a babbling brook kind of thing as well as a voice. Somehow I prefer it to melodious, which is also a nice word. Thanks, Amanda. 🙂

  8. Such a beautiful word Millie! Even I though of birds as soon as I read it!
    Thanks 🙂

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