Today’s English word of the day is: vulture. Keep reading to learn the meaning of ‘vulture’, hear the pronunciation, and read two examples of the vocabulary in use. With each English word of the day, I only focus on one definition. To see every meaning of the word, check out its entry in the Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries or in the Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary.
vulture: a person who hopes to gain from the troubles or sufferings of other people
American English Pronunciation: /ˈvʌltʃər/
😠: My family sickens me. Dad isn’t even dead yet, and the vultures are already going through his things deciding what they want.
😱: You’re kidding! He is going to be furious if he recovers and finds out about this. He’ll disown the lot of them!
😕: We can’t declare bankruptcy. There has got to be a way out of this.
😬: Well, we had better think of something soon. The vultures are already circling.
Want more practice using the word ‘vulture’? Here are some BBC.com articles featuring today’s word of the day! (These articles primarily use the original meaning of ‘vulture’. A vulture is also a type of large bird that eats the flesh of dead animals.)
And in case you were curious… Here is an educational video about the bird. Can you see why we also use the word in the figurative way I’ve shown you above?
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Definition source: Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries.
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THURSDAY: slang, idiom, or phrasal verb
FRIDAY: academic, literary, or otherwise “big” vocabulary