condole express one's sympathetic grief, on the occasion of someone's death The old man rose with hospitable haste, and opening the door, was heard condoling with the new arrival. When Fishy died, James’ pet goldfish, everyone came to his house to offer their condolences.
absentmindedly in an absentminded or preoccupied manner; forgetfully The visitor absentmindedly put his empty glass to his lips and then set it down again. Antionette absentmindedly threw her orange on the floor in front of Brandon, so that he slipped on it and broke his ankle.
being or resembling melting snow "That's the worst of living so far out," bawled Mr. White, with sudden and unlooked-for violence; "of all the beastly, slushy, out-of-the-way places to live in, this is the worst.” The roads were slushy after the 4 inches of snow melted and mixed with the dirt and oil on the roads; it resembled a brown, raspberry slushy from the cafeteria.
rubicund inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life The new arrival also condoled with himself, so that Mrs. White said, "Tut, tut!" and coughed gently as her husband entered the room, followed by a tall burly man, beady of eye and rubicund of visage. Bryce, after long treks in the wilderness, returns with a rubicund face from his time in the sun.
tut utter `tsk,' `tut,' or `tut-tut,' as in disapproval The new arrival also condoled with himself, so that Mrs. White said, "Tut, tut!" and coughed gently as her husband entered the room, followed by a tall burly man, beady of eye and rubicund of visage. On a cloudy day, Winnie the Pooh says, “Tut, tut! Looks like rain!” with a very disappointed shake of his head.
feel about uncertainly or blindly; do or say something clumsily "To look at," said the sergeant-major, fumbling in his pocket, "it's just an ordinary little paw, dried to a mummy.” When Santiago was carrying his books for class and his valentine card made out of pasta and glue, he fumbled and dropped the card on the ground, pasta pieces shattering.
present for acceptance or rejection; to hold out for someone for acceptance The sergeant-major shook hands, and taking the proffered seat by the fire, watched contentedly while his host got out whisky and tumblers and stood a small copper kettle on the fire. Taking her proffered hand, Darius twirled his fairy princess across the ballroom floor in a dance that made all of the girls jealous.
in an affable manner; a friendly or pleasant manner "Hark at the wind," said Mr. White, who, having seen a fatal mistake after it was too late, was amiably desirous of preventing his son from seeing it. Everyone calls Joey an amiable fellow because he is polite and speaks to all the people he meets.
squared Adopt a posture or defense [in an effort to complete a difficult task] At the third glass his eyes got brighter, and he began to talk, the little family circle regarding with eager interest this visitor from distant parts, as he squared his broad shoulders in the chair and spoke of strange scenes and doughty deeds; of wars and plagues and strange peoples. When Alanna first stepped in the kitchen, she knew something was wrong. Her sister was hunched over the table with her hair covering her face. Alanna squared her shoulders and marched over to her sister ready to handle whatever her sister was doing. Moving her hair from in front of her face, she saw immediately what was wrong… her sister had eaten all of the vanilla pudding!
Balanced or suspended "I should hardly think that he'd come to- night," said his father, with his hand poised over the board. Halley was poised to catch her sister who decided to run and fling herself over the couch.
contort the face to indicate a certain mental or emotional state Mrs. White drew back with a grimace, but her son, taking it, examined it curiously. Jasmine, wanting to cheer her mom up after a long day at work, decided to present her with a few flowers from the yard. Taking the bouquet of half-dead flowers, Jasmine’s mom grimaced and replied, “Thank you”.