Monday, February 27, 2017

Word of the day: superannuated

The word of the day is superannuated:

  1. retired because of age or infirmity.
  2. too old for use, work, service, or a position.
  3. antiquated or obsolete
"retired on account of old age," 1633, "obsolete, out of date," from M.L. superannuatus "more than a year old" (of cattle), from L. super "beyond, over" (see super-) + annus "year" (see annual).


"It was a fresh kind of place, all circumstances considered, where the wind from the river had room to turn itself round; and there were two or three trees in it, and there was the stump of a ruined windmill, and there was the Old Green Copper Ropewalk,—whose long and narrow vista I could trace in the moonlight, along a series of wooden frames set in the ground, that looked like superannuated haymaking-rakes which had grown old and lost most of their teeth."

 - Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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