"Animal Farm," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-2

A fable about the establishment of government and how easily power corrupts, George Orwell's "Animal Farm" features warring factions of farm animals and a struggle for power.

As you read the 1945 allegorical novella, learn these word lists: Ch's 1-2, Ch's 3-4, Ch's 5-6, Ch's 7-8, and Ch's 9-10.

Activities for this list:

definitions & notes only words
  1. stout
    slightly fat or bulky
    He was twelve years old and had lately grown rather stout, but he was still a majestic-looking pig, with a wise and benevolent appearance in spite of the fact that his tushes had never been cut.
  2. perch
    to come to rest, settle
    The hens perched themselves on the window-sills, the pigeons fluttered up to the rafters, the sheep and cows lay down behind the pigs and began to chew the cud.
  3. tremendous
    extraordinarily large in extent or amount or power
    A white stripe down his nose gave him a somewhat stupid appearance, and in fact he was not of first-rate intelligence, but he was universally respected for his steadiness of character and tremendous powers of work.
  4. tread
    crush as if by stepping on
    The two horses had just lain down when a brood of ducklings, which had lost their mother, filed into the barn, cheeping feebly and wandering from side to side to find some place where they would not be trodden on.
  5. miserable
    very unhappy
    Let us face it: our lives are miserable, laborious, and short.
  6. rebellion
    organized opposition to authority
    That is my message to you, comrades: Rebellion!
  7. prosperity
    the condition of having good fortune
    Never listen when they tell you that Man and the animals have a common interest, that the prosperity of the one is the prosperity of the others.
  8. clever
    mentally quick and resourceful
    Weak or strong, clever or simple, we are all brothers.
  9. vanish
    cease to exist
    It was a dream of the earth as it will be when Man has vanished.
  10. hoarse
    deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness
    I am old and my voice is hoarse, but when I have taught you the tune, you can sing it better for yourselves.
  11. vivacious
    vigorous and animated
    Snowball was a more vivacious pig than Napoleon, quicker in speech and more inventive, but was not considered to have the same depth of character.
  12. fling
    throw with force or recklessness
    With one accord, though nothing of the kind had been planned beforehand, they flung themselves upon their tormentors.
  13. rubbish
    worthless material that is to be disposed of
    The reins, the halters, the blinkers, the degrading nosebags, were thrown on to the rubbish fire which was burning in the yard.
  14. gambol
    play boisterously
    In the ecstasy of that thought they gambolled round and round, they hurled themselves into the air in great leaps of excitement.
  15. unbelievable
    beyond understanding
    They tiptoed from room to room, afraid to speak above a whisper and gazing with a kind of awe at the unbelievable luxury, at the beds with their feather mattresses, the looking-glasses, the horsehair sofa, the Brussels carpet, the lithograph of Queen Victoria over the drawing-room mantelpiece.
  16. unalterable
    not capable of being changed
    These Seven Commandments would now be inscribed on the wall; they would form an unalterable law by which all the animals on Animal Farm must live for ever after.
  17. twinkling
    shining intermittently with a sparkling light
    The best known among them was a small fat pig named Squealer, with very round cheeks, twinkling eyes, nimble movements, and a shrill voice.
  18. nimble
    moving quickly and lightly
    The best known among them was a small fat pig named Squealer, with very round cheeks, twinkling eyes, nimble movements, and a shrill voice.
  19. elementary
    of or being the essential or basic part
    Some of the animals talked of the duty of loyalty to Mr. Jones, whom they referred to as “Master,” or made elementary remarks such as “Mr. Jones feeds us. If he were gone, we should starve to death."
  20. comrade
    a term of address for males engaged in the same movement
    Comrades, you have heard already about the strange dream that I had last night."

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