The Mouse and the Motorcycle                        Name: _______________________

Vocabulary

Word                             Definition                     Example/Sentence                         Rank

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croquet

 

 

n

Game with mallets, wickets, balls played in a yard

I found an antique set of croquet mallets that we played with at the picnic.

 

quaint

 

 

adj

Having an old-fashioned or unusual quality that is attractive/appealing

The town of Lanesboro is so quaint with its cute downtown and quiet streets.

 

threadbare

 

 

adj

Very thin and in bad condition from too much use

The threadbare carpet lined the halls of the old hotel.

 

knothole

 

 

n

A place where the cut wood is not smooth; created by a hole in the tree

The mice were able to get into the walls through a knothole, or imperfection, in the wood.

 

poisoned

 

 

v

A substance that can cause people or animals to die or get sick

Ralph’s father was poisoned by an aspirin tablet that he tried to carry in his cheek pouch.

 

incinerated

 

 

v

Burned completely

The waste was incinerated in a large furnace.

 

consideration

 

 

n

Careful thought; avoid doing something that will make someone sad, upset

Keith gave consideration to Ralph and allowed him to walk upright out of the trashcan.

 

oblivious

 

 

adj

Not aware of someone or something

The maid was too busy to notice Ralph’s struggle under the bed; she was oblivious.

 

despair

 

 

n

The feeling of not having hope

Ralph was in a state of despair when the teacher stuck a glass over him. He didn’t know how he would ever get out.

 

exhausted

 

 

adj

Used all of one’s energy; completely tired out

Ralph was exhausted from trying to get out of the pillowcase.

 

envy

 

 

n

The feeling of wanting what someone else has; jealous

The boy looked at Ralph riding the motorcycle with envy; he wished he could ride it.

 

fascinated

 

 

v

To be very interested in something or someone

Ralph was fascinated with the shiny motorcycle: he looked it over from top to bottom.

 

pandemonium

 

 

n

Situation, a crowd of people act in a wild way due to fear, excitement or confusion

The mice were worried about the maid finding the chewed sheets; it was total pandemonium.

 

anxious

 

 

adj

Afraid or nervous about what may happen; worried

I was anxious to see how I did on the big test. I had studied well and hoped I got an A.

 

aspirin

 

 

n

Medicine that reduces pain and fever

My mom gave me an aspirin when I had a fever. I felt a little bit better.

 

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