The Monkey's Paw LIst 1 27 words

  1. 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.
  2. absentmindedly
    in an absentminded or preoccupied manner
    The visitor absentmindedly put his empty glass to his lips and then set it down again.
  3. fakir
    a Muslim or Hindu mendicant monk who is regarded as a holy man
    "I should like to see those old temples and fakirs and jugglers," said the old man.
  4. slushy
    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.
  5. 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.
  6. sergeant
    any of several noncommissioned officer ranks in the Army or Air Force or Marines ranking above a corporal
    "Sergeant-Major Morris," he said, introducing him.
  7. 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.
  8. fumble
    feel about uncertainly or blindly
    "To look at," said the sergeant-major, fumbling in his pocket, "it's just an ordinary little paw, dried to a mummy."
  9. proffer
    present for acceptance or rejection
    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.
  10. amiably
    in an affable 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.
  11. fumbling
    showing lack of skill or aptitude
    "To look at," said the sergeant-major, fumbling in his pocket, "it's just an ordinary little paw, dried to a mummy."
  12. squared
    having been made square
    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.
  13. poise
    hold or carry in equilibrium
    "I should hardly think that he'd come to-night," said his father, with his hand poised over the board.
  14. grimace
    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.
  15. visage
    the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face' and `phiz' is British)
    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.
  16. hark
    listen; used mostly in the imperative
    "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.
  17. provoke
    provide the needed stimulus for
    Father and son were at chess, the former, who possessed ideas about the game involving radical changes, putting his king into such sharp and unnecessary perils that it even provoked comment from the white-haired old lady knitting placidly by the fire.
  18. intercept
    seize on its way
    Mr. White looked up sharply, just in time to intercept a knowing glance between mother and son.
  19. parlour
    a room in a private house or establishment where people can sit and talk and relax
    WITHOUT, the night was cold and wet, but in the small parlour of Laburnam Villa the blinds were drawn and the fire burned brightly.
  20. provoked
    incited, especially deliberately, to anger
    Father and son were at chess, the former, who possessed ideas about the game involving radical changes, putting his king into such sharp and unnecessary perils that it even provoked comment from the white-haired old lady knitting placidly by the fire.
  21. grimly
    in a grim implacable manner
    "I'm listening," said the latter, grimly surveying the board as he stretched out his hand.
  22. torrent
    an overwhelming number or amount
    Pathway's a bog, and the road's a torrent.
  23. plague
    any large scale calamity (especially when thought to be sent by God)
    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.
  24. radical
    (used of opinions and actions) far beyond the norm
    Father and son were at chess, the former, who possessed ideas about the game involving radical changes, putting his king into such sharp and unnecessary perils that it even provoked comment from the white-haired old lady knitting placidly by the fire.
  25. peril
    a state of danger involving risk
    Father and son were at chess, the former, who possessed ideas about the game involving radical changes, putting his king into such sharp and unnecessary perils that it even provoked comment from the white-haired old lady knitting placidly by the fire.
  26. haste
    overly eager speed (and possible carelessness)
    The old man rose with hospitable haste, and opening the door, was heard condoling with the new arrival.
  27. fatal
    bringing death
    "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.