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Word                             Definition                     Example/Sentence                         Rank

              (3,2,1)

shabby

 

adj

Old and in poor condition

Leigh’s garden cottage

 

boutique

 

n

Small, fancy store

 

 

gunnysacks

 

n

Cheap bag made of burlap material

Sometimes used for a sack race

 

custody

 

n

To have care or guardianship of

Leigh and Barry decide on joint custody

 

SPCA

 

n

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Helps animals; it’s a group

 

coaxed

 

v

To gently persuade

 

 

deed

 

n

An act; a kind act

The boys did a good deed when they took care of a stray dog.

 

buffets

 

v

To hit with great force many times; smacks/slaps

The waves buffet the shore during a storm

 

vile

 

adj

Evil, bad; morally bad, wicked; horrible; nasty

 

 

shrubbery

 

n

bushes

 

 

 

posture

 

n

 

The way you position your body when sitting / standing

 

Poor posture vs. straight posture

 

abandoned

 

adj

Left without care; left behind; walked out on

The boys found an abandoned dog sitting alone on the beach.

 

scuffled

 

v

Lightly and briefly fighting

Tiger cubs learn from scuffling with their siblings

 

alignment

 

n

Properly lined up; lining up; positioning

We work on proper alignment of our spine and joints in yoga.

 

quarrel

 

n

Argument/disagreement between people usually on good terms

The two friends quarreled about which movie to watch.

 

anxious

 

adj

Nervous, concerned, worried

Anxious about the future

 

ornery

 

adj

Easily annoyed or angered

 

 

gondolas

 

n

Large tray to hold and carry fruit

 

 

discreet

 

adj

Not obvious, being careful to not be noticed; cautious, watchful

photographer

 

enthusiasm

 

n

Intense and eager excitement

“Christmas is coming!”

 

ferments

 

v

Chemical change that produces alcohol (figuratively in the book: laundry would ferment)

Grape juice becomes wine through fermentation.

 

albatross

 

n

Large, white ocean bird; a continuing problem

Leigh studied a poem that had an albatross in it.

 

appalling

 

adj

Bad in a way that causes fear, shock or disgust

Kevin’s mom said his wild shirt was appalling.

 

inquiries

 

n

A request for information

Leigh found out Geneva’s name by “discreet inquiries.”

 

maturity

 

n

Developed in body and/or mind

Doing chores without complaining is a sign of maturity.

 

treatise

 

n

A book or article that discusses a topic carefully

The teacher only wanted a paragraph, not a treatise on the bird.

 

hordes

 

n

A large number of things; swarms

A large group, or horde, of cockroaches invaded the unclean kitchen.

 

coronary

 

adj

Relating to the heart and vessels

You almost gave me a coronary attack by scaring me!

 

theme

 

n

Central idea or a speech or essay

The theme of our writing assignment was “holiday memory.”

 

hyphenated

 

adj

words connected with a hyphen ( - )

Large numbers, when spelled out, are hyphenated. (ex. Seventy-five, two-thirds)

 

stamina

 

n

Physical strength to withstand fatigue

We run every day to build enough stamina to run around both lakes.

 

haunches

 

n

Upper part of an animal’s leg (or human’s)

Squatting down = sitting on your haunches

 

 

 


 
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