One of the things I often do as I'm reading a novel or short story is keep track of words whose definitions I do not know or that I find interesting. Either way, these interesting words are ones I feel might be of use in my own writing. That, and it's good to expand one's vocabulary every once in a while.
This latest round of interesting words comes from Robin Hobb's Dragon Haven.
alacrity: Cheerful willingness; eagerness.
ameliorate: To make or become better; improve
bawd: A woman who keeps a brothel; a madam.
indolent: Disinclined to exert oneself; habitually lazy.
lunker: Something, especially a game fish, that is large for its kind.
sagacious: Having or showing keen discernment, sound judgment, and farsightedness.
treacle: Cloying speech or sentiment.