Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Vocabulary from Chapters 4-6 32 words

A masterpiece of wit and wordplay, Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" is also a celebration of the joys of nonsense.

While you are reading Lewis Carroll’s fantastic novel (etext found here), learn these word lists: Ch’s 1-3, Ch’s 4-6, Ch’s 7-9, and Ch’s 10-12.
  1. notice
    notice or perceive
    Very soon the Rabbit noticed Alice, as she went hunting about, and called out to her in an angry tone, "Why, Mary Ann, what are you doing out here?"
  2. fetch
    go or come after and bring or take back
    Run home this moment, and fetch me a pair of gloves and a fan!
  3. tiny
    very small
    By this time she had found her way into a tidy little room with a table in the window, and on it (as she had hoped) a fan and two or three pairs of tiny white kid gloves.
  4. effect
    a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon
    She went on growing, and growing, and very soon had to kneel down on the floor: in another minute there was not even room for this, and she tried the effect of lying down with one elbow against the door, and the other arm curled round her head.
  5. chimney
    a vertical flue that provides a path through which smoke from a fire is carried away through the wall or roof of a building
    Still she went on growing, and, as a last resource, she put one arm out of the window, and one foot up the chimney, and said to herself, "Now I can do no more, whatever happens."
  6. shriek
    sharp piercing cry
    She did not get hold of anything, but she heard a little shriek and a fall, and a crash of broken glass, from which she concluded that it was just possible it had fallen into a cucumber-frame, or something of the sort.
  7. crash
    a loud resonant repeating noise
    She did not get hold of anything, but she heard a little shriek and a fall, and a crash of broken glass, from which she concluded that it was just possible it had fallen into a cucumber-frame, or something of the sort.
  8. doubt
    consider unlikely or have doubts about
    But she had not long to doubt, for the next moment a shower of little pebbles came rattling in at the window, and some of them hit her in the face.
  9. stretch
    extend one's body or limbs
    An enormous puppy was looking down at her with large round eyes, and feebly stretching out one paw, trying to touch her.
  10. coax
    influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
    "Poor little thing!" said Alice, in a coaxing tone, and she tried hard to whistle to it.
  11. languid
    lacking spirit or liveliness
    At last the Caterpillar took the hookah out of its mouth, and addressed her in a languid sleepy voice.
  12. explain
    make plain and comprehensible
    "What do you mean by that?" said the Caterpillar sternly. " Explain yourself!"
  13. irritated
    aroused to impatience or anger
    Alice felt a little irritated at the caterpillar's making such very short remarks, and she drew herself up and said, very gravely, "I think you ought to tell me who you are, first."
  14. remark
    a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information
    Alice felt a little irritated at the caterpillar's making such very short remarks, and she drew herself up and said, very gravely, "I think you ought to tell me who you are, first."
  15. certainly
    definitely or positively (`sure' is sometimes used informally for `surely')
    This sounded promising, certainly: Alice turned and came back again.
  16. incessantly
    without interruption
    "You are old, Father William," the young man said,
    "And your hair has become very white;
    And yet you incessantly stand on your head --
    Do you think, at your age, it is right?"
  17. beak
    horny projecting mouth of a bird
    You are old," said the youth, "and your jaws are too weak
    For anything tougher than suet;
    Yet you finished the goose, with the bones and the beak --
    Pray, how did you manage to do it?"
  18. succeed
    attain success or reach a desired goal
    She had just succeeded in curving it own into a graceful zigzag, and was going to dive in among the leaves, which she found to be nothing but the tops of the trees under which she had been wandering, when a sharp hiss made her draw back in a hurry.
  19. zigzag
    an angular shape characterized by sharp turns in alternating directions
    She had just succeeded in curving it own into a graceful zigzag, and was going to dive in among the leaves, which she found to be nothing but the tops of the trees under which she had been wandering, when a sharp hiss made her draw back in a hurry.
  20. hatch
    sit on (eggs)
    "As if it wasn't trouble enough hatching the eggs," said the Pigeon; "but I must be on the look out for serpents night and day! Why, I haven't had a wink of sleep these three weeks!"
  21. annoyed
    troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances
    "I'm very sorry you've been annoyed," said Alice, who was beginning to see its meaning.
  22. suddenly
    quickly and without warning
    For a minute or two she stood looking at the house, and wondering what to do next, when suddenly a footman in livery came running out of the wood -- (she considered him to be a footman because he was in livery: otherwise, judging by his face only she would have called him a fish) -- and rapped loudly at the door with his knuckles.
  23. solemn
    dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises
    The Fish-Footman began by producing from under his arm a great letter, nearly as large as himself, and this he handed over to the other, saying, in a solemn tone, "For the Duchess. An invitation from the Queen to play croquet."
  24. invitation
    a request (spoken or written) to participate or be present or take part in something
    The Fish-Footman began by producing from under his arm a great letter, nearly as large as himself, and this he handed over to the other, saying, in a solemn tone, "For the Duchess. An invitation from the Queen to play croquet."
  25. cauldron
    a very large pot that is used for boiling
    The door led right into a large kitchen, which was full of smoke from one end to the other: the Duchess was sitting on a three-legged stool in the middle, nursing a baby; the cook was leaning over the fire, stirring a large cauldron which seemed to be full of soup.
  26. proper
    appropriate for a condition or purpose or occasion or a person's character, needs
    As soon as she had made out the proper way of nursing it (which was to twist it up into a sort of knot and then keep tight hold of its right ear and left foot so as to prevent its undoing itself), she carried it out into the open air.
  27. sob
    weep convulsively
    "But perhaps it was only sobbing," she thought, and looked into its eyes again, to see if there were any tears.
  28. vanish
    become invisible or unnoticeable
    "You'll see me there," said the Cat, and vanished.
  29. rave
    talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
    "I've seen hatters before," she said to herself; "the March Hare will be much the most interesting, and perhaps, as this is May, it won't be raving mad -- at least not so mad as it was in march."
  30. graze
    break the skin (of a body part) by scraping
    At this moment the door of the house opened, and a large plate came skimming out, straight at the Footman's head : it just grazed his nose, and broke to pieces against one of the trees behind him.
  31. snout
    a long projecting or anterior elongation of an animal's head; especially the nose
    There could be no doubt that it had a very turn-up nose, much more like a snout than a real nose; also its eyes were getting extremely small for a baby: altogether Alice did not like the look of the thing at all.
  32. tease
    annoy persistently
    "Speak roughly to your little boy,
    And beat him when he sneezes:
    He only does it to annoy,
    Because he knows it teases."