[ shuh-vee ]
/ ʃəˈvi /
a word or expression whose only function is to fill a metrical gap in a verse or to balance a sentence.
DON’T VACILLATE! VANQUISH THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!
It’d be a real faux pas to miss this quiz on the words from August 3–9, 2020!
Question 1 of 7
What does “vacillate” mean?
Compare expletive (def. 2).
Origin of cheville
First recorded in 1880–85; from French: literally, “ankle, dowel, peg, plug,” the last sense giving rise to the English meaning of a filler word or phrase in a sentence or line of verse, from Latin clāvicula “key, tendril, pivot”; see clavicle
Words nearby cheville
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