a person who avoids/escapes work, duty or responsibility by pretending to be ill or helpless or incapable of doing;
a person who is easily scared or who can easily be made to obey by threatening;
Teddy is a skulker, always comes with one excuse or the other to skip school.
Every political party has skulkers who just lie in wait for something damaging happens to the party so that they can exploit the situation and get to the top rank.
When the workers union was infested with skulkers who just quivered at the threats of dismissal from jobs by the management, some intrepid workers chose to stand up for themselves and fought with management boldly.
(also with the spelling: ‘signior’ & ‘signore‘; short form: ‘Sig.’ or ‘S.’; female: ‘signora’; plural: ‘signors‘ or ‘signori‘; pronunciation: letter ‘g’ is silent; pronunciation: letter ‘g’ is silent)
an Italian gentleman;
used as a title, equivalent to ‘Mr.’ in English, for a man of some social status from Italy, a country in Europe,
When you see a signor from Italy you wish him a ‘Buongiorno’ in Italian which means ‘Hello; good morning’ in English!
The word ‘signior’ which is the same as ‘signor’ is often found in the old Italian literature and in plays by authors like Shakespeare.
When signors and signore meet, they pass courtesies that might sound very strange to the non-Italian speaking listeners.
(a Spanish word used in English; also written: ‘senor’ without the accent/diacritic mark (~) on letter ‘n’; plural: ‘señors‘ or ‘señores‘; for the right pronunciation of this word, please click here)
a Spanish-speaking person; a person from Spain; a Spaniard;
a title of respect when used before a man’s name, usually in its short form ‘Sr.’ (like the English ‘Mr.’ meaning Mister),
When I checked in at a hotel in Spain, the receptionist said: Welcome, señor!
(a Spanish word used in English; also written; ‘senora’, without the accent on the letter ‘n’; plural: ‘senoras‘; for the right pronunciation of this word, please click here)
a Spanish-speaking married woman;
a title of respect when used before a woman’s name, usually in its short form ‘Sra.’ (like the English ‘Mrs.’ meaning Mistress),
When Sarah and her female team were at the business conference in Mexico City, Mexico, the attendant at the conference hall wanted to know if the señoras needed any refreshments before the conference began.
(a Spanish word used in English; also written ‘senorita’, without the accent on the letter ‘n’; plural: ‘senoritas‘; for the right pronunciation of this word, please click here)
a Spanish-speaking unmarried woman;
a title of respect when used before an unmarried woman’s name, usually in short form ‘Srta.’ (like the English Miss)
My granddaughters were thrilled to be called señoritas when they were at a bullfight show in Madrid on their vacation in Spain.
(plural: ‘scamps‘; for the right pronunciation of this word, please click here)
a dishonest person; a cheat; a scallywag (previous entry);
a trouble-making but, usually, playful young person; a mischief-maker,
Timmy is a notorious scam in our neighbourhood with ‘mischief’ painted all over his cheeky face.
On the eve of a festival you’ll see scamps roaming the streets, blaring their car horns, throwing empty beer cans at people until early hours.
It’s interesting to note that even aged, famous and well-educated people are called ‘scamps’ out of affection and those ‘scamps’ enjoy being called so!
a person who uses (rents) somebody else’s property by paying some money or anything equivalent in value; a tenant;
(less commonly) a person who lets out (lets other people) use his property in return for some payment; a landlord (owner);
(rare usage) a person in the film industry who rents films for commercial showing in theatres/cinemas; a film distributor,
Being a renter (tenant), Josephine must know not only her rights but also her responsibilities in renting the building.
Renters (landlords/owners) of the resort cabins in the mountains fleece their tenants with very high rents during summer season, claiming that they have business only three months a year and the rest of the year they have to live off the money they make in the season!
Fear grips the international film renters and film rentals because of the Youtube and other online movie distribution and rental outlets, people do not have to go to theatres or cinemas as often as they did before.
(plural: renegades‘; for the right pronunciation of this word, please click here)
a person who rejects his religion, group or cause for another religion, group or cause;
Jimmy is called a renegade because he stopped attending his religious order prayers and, as the rumour has it, he is planning to join another order for better benefits.
Most young men join rebel groups for a cause and some gun action, but once they understand the real intentions and bad practices of the leaders, they become renegades and even become police informers.
There are cops (police officers) who are called renegades because they break the law instead of enforcing it for several personal and professional reasons.
(plural: ‘regulars‘; pronunciation: the letter ‘g’ rhymes with the letter ‘g’ in “legume” — for the right pronunciation of this word, please click here)
a person who visits a place or seen at a place, such as a pub, club, park, etc., regularly (often — daily, weekly or monthly or twice a day or thrice a week or once a month, etc. but usually keeping to the same time or frequency);
a person of normal behaviour, looks and taste (not special or not extraordinary or not show-off or crazy);
a soldier who is a member of an army kept by a country all the time (not on temporary or contract basis);
a member of a religious order,
Mr Smith is a regular at the pub… comes in the evening, usually at 6:00, has a few beers or drinks, stays for a couple of hours, meets with the other regulars and leaves at 8:00.
After being friends with several heroic and chauvinistic men and realising how fickle-minded they are all, Mary has decided to get married to a regular (a regular guy) and live peacefully.
Every business — a shop, mall, coffee shop, restaurant, theatre, etc. — depend on regulars who stay with it through thick and thin with their patronage!