"Tuck Everlasting," Vocabulary from Chapters 14-17 28 words

They say nothing lasts forever...well, except for the Tuck family. In "Tuck Everlasting,"a fantasy novel by Natalie Babbit, 11 year-old Winnie Foster is faced with many dilemmas, including whether eternal life is a blessing or a curse.

Learn these word lists for the novel: Prologue-Chapter 5, Chapters 6-9, Chapters 10-13, Chapters 14-17, Chapters 18-22, Chapters 23-Epilogue
  1. ordinary
    not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree
    ...was it just some ordinary thief, or was it someone that had some special reason?
  2. refuse
    refuse to accept
    ...she had firmly refused the offer of Mae’s spare nightgown...
  3. routine
    an unvarying or habitual method or procedure
    Only her own nightgown would do, and the regular bedtime routine...
  4. awkward
    socially uncomfortable; unsure and constrained in manner
    She put out an awkward hand then and touched Winnie’s hair.
  5. uncertain
    lacking or indicating lack of confidence or assurance
    He looked uncertain.
  6. criminal
    someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
    She remembered guiltily that at supper she had decided they were criminals.
  7. embarrassment
    the state of being embarrassed (usually by some financial inadequacy)
    This time she sat up, pulling the quilt around her in sudden embarrassment, and answered, “No, not yet.”
  8. adore
    love intensely
    Once more Winnie adored him, kneeling there beside her in the moonlight.
  9. destination
    the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey)
    As soon as I saw they’d arrived at their destination, I turned around and came directly back.
  10. barbarian
    a crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement
    I’m no barbarian, you can see that.
  11. gesture
    show, express or direct through movement
    He gestured with his long, white fingers and smiled, his face crinkling pleasantly.
  12. dreadful
    exceptionally bad or displeasing
    Dreadful thing, kidnapping.
  13. fortunate
    having unexpected good fortune
    Isn’t it fortunate that I was a witness!
  14. illiterate
    a person unable to read
    There’s just no telling what illiterates like that might do.
  15. reasonable
    showing reason or sound judgment
    “I knew right away, I said to myself, ‘Now here is a group of intelligent, reasonable people!’
  16. seldom
    not often
    I’m seldom wrong as a judge of character.
  17. legal
    allowed by official rules
    It’s best, don’t you agree, to keep things legal and tidy.
  18. ordeal
    a severe or trying experience
    Your terrible ordeal is as good as over, isn’t it?
  19. courteous
    exhibiting courtesy and politeness
    The man in the yellow suit was as courteous as always.
  20. shift
    move very slightly
    He shifted the shotgun that rested across his saddle, and groaned again.
  21. companion
    a traveler who accompanies you
    “You don’t say so,” his companion said at last.
  22. route
    an established line of travel or access
    He explained the route carefully...
  23. bait
    something used to lure fish or other animals into danger so they can be trapped or killed
    Watch out for the hooks!” he warned—and a jar of bait: pork fat cut into little pieces.
  24. glimpse
    a quick look
    Winnie caught just a glimpse of it as it scissored away from shore.
  25. broad
    having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other
    ...his shoulders, under his threadbare shirt, were broad and muscled.
  26. clutch
    hold firmly, usually with one's hands
    Winnie clutched her pole, sitting sidewise in the stern, and watched the baited hook sink slowly down.
  27. teeming
    abundantly filled with especially living things
    Winnie squinted at her fishing line and tried to picture a teeming world.
  28. assure
    assure somebody of the truth of something with the intention of giving the listener confidence
    “It’ll be all right,” Miles assured her.