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© Brent Coley 2009 | www.mrcoley.comThe Sign of the Beaver Key Vocabulary – Part 1 © Brent Coley |
See if you can correctly define the following vocabulary words.
If necessary, use the context clues from the sample sentences to help you.
He was gravely ill and had to be admitted to the hospital.Sample Sentence: He was gravely ill and had to be admitted to the hospital.
Definition: adv. Seriously (in a serious manner); badlygravely Definition: adv. Seriously (in a serious manner); badly
flint Sample Sentence:Matt didn’t have any matches, so he looked for a piece of flint to start a fire.
flint Definition: n. Hard gray or brown stone that makes a spark when struck against steel
shambles Sample Sentence:After having five young kids over to play all day, the house was in shambles.
Definition: n. confusion; disorder; a messshambles Definition: n. confusion; disorder; a mess
My dad ruefully informed me that my grandpa had passed away.Sample Sentence: My dad ruefully informed me that my grandpa had passed away.
Definition: adv. Sorrowfully (sadly); unhappilyruefully Definition: adv. Sorrowfully (sadly); unhappily
The leaves on the tree began to quaver in the light breeze.Sample Sentence: The leaves on the tree began to quaver in the light breeze.
Definition: v. To shake or tremblequaver Definition: v. To shake or tremble
boggy Sample Sentence:After the heavy rain, the field was boggy and had to be closed during recess.
Definition: adj. Soft and wet, like in a marsh or swampboggy Definition: adj. Soft and wet, like in a marsh or swamp
daub Sample Sentence: Matt tried to daub the hole in the wall of the cabin to keep the rain out.
v. To cover with plaster, clay, mud, or other sticky materialdaub Definition: v. To cover with plaster, clay, mud, or other sticky material
stout Sample Sentence:I looked for a good, stout stick to use as a walking stick during my hike.
Definition: adj. Strongly built; firm or strong; fat or largestout Definition: adj. Strongly built; firm or strong; fat or large
detest Sample Sentence:Country music is okay, I don’t really like rap, and I detest heavy metal.
Definition: v. To dislike very, very much; to really hatedetest Definition: v. To dislike very, very much; to really hate
grudgingly Sample Sentence:When my mom asked, I grudgingly agreed to take my sister with me to the mall.
Definition: adv. Unwillinglygrudgingly Definition: adv. Unwillingly
The girls gave Sally a contemptuous look, hurting her feelings.Sample Sentence: The girls gave Sally a contemptuous look, hurting her feelings.
contemptuous Definition:adj. showing a feeling that a person, act, or thing is worthless or inferior
If I don’t eat all of my dinner, my mom will deprive me of dessert.Sample Sentence: If I don’t eat all of my dinner, my mom will deprive me of dessert.
Definition: v. To keep from having or doingdeprive Definition: v. To keep from having or doing
The pioneers filled up their pewter mugs with strong coffee.Sample Sentence: The pioneers filled up their pewter mugs with strong coffee.
Definition: adj./n. A mixture of tin and lead, copper, or other metalspewter Definition: adj./n. A mixture of tin and lead, copper, or other metals
resentment Sample Sentence:Randy felt resentment when Bill, who hadn’t practiced, got the big part in the play.
n. Feeling you get when you are being treated unfairly; bitternessresentment Definition: n. Feeling you get when you are being treated unfairly; bitterness
defiance Sample Sentence:The student was sent to the office for his defiance toward the playground aide.
Definition: n. The act of standing up to or disobeying authoritydefiance Definition: n. The act of standing up to or disobeying authority
The people Look for some people. Write it down. By the water
Look at what we can read!. am saw so soon them walk.
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