Peter Pan Vocabulary

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  1. Darling
    an Australian river; tributary of the Murray River
    I suppose she must have looked rather delightful, for Mrs. Darling put her hand to her heart and cried, "Oh, why can't you remain like this for ever!"
  2. sprawly
    spread out irregularly
    Of all delectable islands the Neverland is the snuggest and most compact, not large and sprawly, you know, with tedious distances between one adventure and another, but nicely crammed.
  3. Peter Pan
    the main character in a play and novel by J. M. Barrie
    There never was a simpler happier family until the coming of Peter Pan.

    Mrs. Darling first heard of Peter when she was tidying up her children's minds.
  4. coracle
    a small rounded boat made of hides stretched over a wicker frame; still used in some parts of Great Britain
    On these magic shores children at play are for ever beaching their coracles [simple boat].
  5. ooze out
    release (a liquid) in drops or small quantities
    He was a lovely boy, clad in skeleton leaves and the juices that ooze out of trees but the most entrancing thing about him was that he had all his first teeth.
  6. waggle
    causing to move repeatedly from side to side
    "Mumps one pound, that is what I have put down, but I daresay it will be more like thirty shillings -- don't speak -- measles one five, German measles half a guinea, makes two fifteen six -- don't waggle your finger -- whooping-cough, say fifteen shillings" -- and so on it went, and it added up differently each time; but at last Wendy just got through, with mumps reduced to twelve six, and the two kinds of measles treated as one.
  7. pirouette
    a rapid spin of the body
    And gayest of all was Mrs. Darling, who would pirouette so wildly that all you could see of her was the kiss, and then if you had dashed at her you might have got it.
  8. rummage
    search haphazardly
    It is the nightly custom of every good mother after her children are asleep to rummage in their minds and put things straight for next morning, repacking into their proper places the many articles that have wandered during the day.
  9. perambulator
    a small vehicle with four wheels in which a baby or child is pushed around
    She had always thought children important, however, and the Darlings had become acquainted with her in Kensington Gardens, where she spent most of her spare time peeping into perambulators, and was much hated by careless nursemaids, whom she followed to their homes and complained of to their mistresses.
  10. dative
    the category of nouns serving as the indirect object of a verb
    It would be an easy map if that were all, but there is also first day at school, religion, fathers, the round pond, needle-work, murders, hangings, verbs that take the dative, chocolate pudding day, getting into braces, say ninety-nine, three-pence for pulling out your tooth yourself, and so on, and either these are part of the island or they are another map showing through, and it is all rather confusing, especially as nothing will stand still.
  11. pinafore
    a sleeveless dress resembling an apron
    She resented visits to the nursery from Mrs. Darling's friends, but if they did come she first whipped off Michael's pinafore and put him into the one with blue braiding, and smoothed out Wendy and made a dash at John's hair.
  12. imploringly
    in a beseeching manner
    Mr. Darling was frightfully proud of her, but he was very honourable, and he sat on the edge of Mrs. Darling's bed, holding her hand and calculating expenses, while she looked at him imploringly.
  13. gnash
    grind together
    When he saw she was a grown-up, he gnashed the little pearls at her.
  14. delectable
    extremely pleasing to the sense of taste
    Of all delectable islands the Neverland is the snuggest and most compact, not large and sprawly, you know, with tedious distances between one adventure and another, but nicely crammed.
  15. offing
    the part of the sea that can be seen from the shore and is beyond the anchoring area
    There are zigzag lines on it, just like your temperature on a card, and these are probably roads in the island, for the Neverland is always more or less an island, with astonishing splashes of colour here and there, and coral reefs and rakish-looking craft in the offing, and savages and lonely lairs, and gnomes who are mostly tailors, and caves through which a river runs, and princes with six elder brothers, and a hut fast going to decay, and one very small old lady with a hooked nose.
  16. disquieting
    causing mental discomfort
    It was in this casual way that Wendy one morning made a disquieting revelation.

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