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Your word for March is: dungeonable adj.

† dungeonable, adj.
[‘Malicious, damnable; roguish, ‘devilish’. Cf. shrewd adj. 1a.’]
Origin: Formed within English, by derivation. Etymons: dungeon v., -able suffix.
Etymology: < dungeon v. + -able suffix.
Probably arising from an original literal sense ‘fit to be confined in a dungeon’, although evidence for this is lacking. It seems likely that the later sense ‘having great knowledge or insight’ (compare quot. 1855 at sense 2) reflects a reinterpretation of earlier glossarial evidence, probably prompted by a desire to relate the word to Scots use of dungeon in the sense ‘person of deep knowledge or insight’ (see dungeon n. 8b), further influenced by a shift in the most widely understood sense of shrewd adj. (compare senses 1a and 13a at that entry). Compare also dungeon n. 8a (and shrewd adj. 12).
English regional (northern). Obsolete.
1. Malicious, damnable; roguish, ‘devilish’. Cf. shrewd adj. 1a.
1691 J. Ray N. Country Words in Coll. Eng. Words(ed. 2) 22 A Dungeonable Body; a shrewd person, or, as the vulgar express it, a divellish Fellow.
1721 N. Bailey Universal Etymol. Eng. Dict. Dungeonable Body, a shrewed Person; also a devilish Fellow. N[orth] C[ountry].
1787 F. Grose Provinc. Gloss. Dungeonable, shrewd, rakehelly. A dungeonable body. N[orthern].
2. Having great knowledge; deep, insightful, astute. Cf. shrewd adj. 13.
Probably arising through reinterpretation of the use of the word shrewd in the evidence presented at sense 1; see note in etymology.
1855 F. K. Robinson Gloss. Yorks. Words 50 Dungeonable, deep, knowing. ‘He's a dungeon o' wit’, very shrewd.