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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day

21 January 2019

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  • substantive

    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 21, 2019 is:

    substantive • \SUB-stun-tiv\  • adjective

    1 : having substance : involving matters of major or practical importance to all concerned

    2 : considerable in amount or numbers : substantial

    3 a : real rather than apparent : firm; also : permanent, enduring

    b : belonging to the substance of a thing : essential

    c : expressing existence

    4 a : having the nature or function of a noun

    b : relating to or having the character of a noun or pronominal term in logic

    5 : creating and defining rights and duties


    "How many more carefully researched reports will need to be released before we finally act in a substantive way to protect our only home, planet Earth?" — Edwin Andrews, The New York Times, 14 Dec. 2018

    "These are the moments—funny, yet substantive and cuttingly insightful—that will remain in the collective memory long after Ralph Breaks the Internet leaves cinemas and many of its meme jokes lose their relevance." — Jim Vejvoda, IGN (, 20 Nov. 2018

    Did you know?

    Substantive was borrowed into Middle English from the Anglo-French adjective sustentif, meaning "having or expressing substance," and can be traced back to the Latin verb substare, which literally means "to stand under." Figuratively, the meaning of substare is best understood as "to stand firm" or "to hold out." Since the 14th century, we have used substantive to speak of that which is of enough "substance" to stand alone, or be independent. By the 19th century, the word evolved related meanings, such as "enduring" and "essential." It also shares some senses with substantial, such as "considerable in quantity."

  • wherewithal

    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 20, 2019 is:

    wherewithal • \WAIR-wih-thawl\  • noun

    : means or resources for purchasing or doing something; specifically : financial resources : money


    If I had the wherewithal, I'd buy that empty lot next door and put in a garden.

    "Typically, when a person makes more money and has more savings, they add credit such as signing up for a new card or taking on a car loan. That's because they're confident they have the financial wherewithal to pay back the debt." — Janna Herron, USA Today, 5 Dec. 2018

    Did you know?

    Wherewithal has been with us in one form or another since the 16th century. It comes from our still-familiar word where, and withal, a Middle English combination of with and all, meaning "with." Wherewithal has been used as a conjunction meaning "with or by means of which" and as a pronoun meaning "that with or by which." These days, however, it is almost always used as a noun referring to the means or resources—especially financial resources—one has at one's disposal.

  • gargantuan

    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 19, 2019 is:

    gargantuan • \gahr-GAN-chuh-wuhn\  • adjective

    : tremendous in size, volume, or degree : gigantic, colossal


    "In 1920, the town council of Chamonix … decided to change the municipality's name to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, thus forging an official link to the mountain … with a summit that soars 12,000 feet above the town center. The council's goal was to prevent their Swiss neighbors from claiming the mountain's glory, but there was really no need: It's impossible when you're in Chamonix to ignore the gargantuan, icy beauty that looms overhead." — Paige McClanahan, The New York Times, 13 Dec. 2018

    "Due to our gargantuan scope, Houston is a haven for live music. As the nation's fourth largest city, we have become a destination for touring acts by default—it certainly isn't because of our collective reputation as an audience…." — Matthew Keever, The Houston Press, 17 Dec. 2018

    Did you know?

    Gargantua is the name of a giant king in François Rabelais's 16th-century satiric novel Gargantua, the second part of a five-volume series about the giant and his son Pantagruel. All of the details of Gargantua's life befit a giant. He rides a colossal mare whose tail switches so violently that it fells the entire forest of Orleans. He has an enormous appetite: in one memorable incident, he inadvertently swallows five pilgrims while eating a salad. The scale of everything connected with Gargantua gave rise to the adjective gargantuan, which since William Shakespeare's time has been used of anything of tremendous size or volume.