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dweeb

/dwib/ (noun informal)

A person who is considered weak and unpopular.

Example:

People who were dweebs in high school often become successful in life.

dwindle

/ˈdwɪndl/ (v)

To slowly become fewer and fewer (less and less).

Example:

My savings are dwindling. I need to get a job.

distraught

/dɪˈstrɔt/ (adj)

Extremely upset or worried.

Example:

Elizabeth was very distraught when her car was stolen.

dabble

/ˈdæbəl/ (v)

To try or do something in a ‘not serious’ way.

Example:

I am not a good artist, but I dabble in painting once in a while.

detour

/ˈditʊr/ (n)

A way of going somewhere which is different from the normal way you go.

Example:

Sorry we are late. There was a car accident on the freeway, so we had to take a detour.

disabled

/dɪsˈeɪbəld/ (adj)

A person who cannot use part of his or her body in the usual way.

Example:

Most stores in the USA have wheelchair entrances for disabled customers.

dump on

/dʌmp ɔn/ (phr v informal)

‘Dump on somebody’

To criticize someone, or complain to someone about something.

I don’t like living with Alison. She always dumps on me for not keeping the house clean.

dignified

/ˈdɪgnəˌfaɪd/ (adj)

Calm and serious – usually making people feel respect.

Example:

President Obama is very dignified when he speaks.

deadbeat

/dɛdbiːt/ (n)

Someone who does not pay his or her bills.

Example:

James is a deadbeat. He owes money to everyone he knows!

discouraging

/dɪ’skərɪdʒɪŋ/ (adj)

Making you lose the confidence to do something.

Example:

I’m eating less food, but I’m not losing any weight. It’s very discouraging.

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