"Tuck Everlasting," Vocabulary from Chapters 14-17

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

Activities for this list:

definitions & notes only words
  1. ordinary
    not exceptional in any way
    ...was it just some ordinary thief, or was it someone that had some special reason?
  2. refuse
    be unwilling 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 punishable act
    She remembered guiltily that at supper she had decided they were criminals.
  7. embarrassment
    the state of being uncomfortable because of shame
    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 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 luck
    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 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 politeness and good manners
    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 goes along with someone else
    “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
    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 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
    give somebody confidence of the truth of something
    “It’ll be all right,” Miles assured her.

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