Today’s word is – “winnow”
Winnow [win.now] verb. Pronounced “Win-Oh”
: to remove (people or things that are less important, desirable, etc.) from a larger group or list : to make (a list of possible choices) smaller by removing the less desirable choices
To winnow is to use air to “separate the wheat from the chaff” — literally or figuratively. If a coach winnows down the top NBA draft picks to his number one choice, then he’ll focus his negotiations on that player. Chances are, if you encounter the word winnow on a given day, it is probably not in the literal context of grain.
Origin – Middle English winewen, from Old English windwian to fan, winnow; akin to Old High German wintōn to fan, Latin vannus winnowing fan, ventus wind. First Known Use: before 12th century
Synonyms for winnow – sift, scatter, fan
Antonyms for winnow – taint, contaminate
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