"Diary of a Wimpy Kid" by Jeff Kinney

In the first book of Jeff Kinney's popular series, Greg Heffley deals with the trials and tribulations of middle school.
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  1. specifically
    in distinction from others
    I know what it says on the cover, but when Mom went out to buy this thing I SPECIFICALLY told her to get one that didn't say "diary" on it.
  2. hover
    linger or remain near a place
    I try to explain all this popularity stuff to my friend Rowley (who is probably hovering right around the 150 mark, by the way), but I think it just goes in one ear and out the other with him.
  3. racket
    a loud and disturbing noise
    But I guess I must have made a pretty big racket because the next thing I knew, Dad was downstairs, yelling at me for eating Cheerios at 3:00 in the morning.
  4. apply
    commit oneself to
    Mom is always saying I'm a smart kid, but that I just don't " apply" myself.
  5. expectation
    anticipating with confidence of fulfillment
    But if there's one thing I learned from Rodrick, it's to set people's expectations real low so you end up surprising them by practically doing nothing at all.
  6. considerate
    showing concern for the rights and feelings of others
    Unfortunately, Dad wakes up at 6:00 in the morning no matter WHAT day of the week it is, and he is not real considerate of the fact that I am trying to enjoy my Saturday like a normal person.
  7. technically
    according to the exact meaning; according to the facts
    Rowley is technically my best friend, but that is definitely subject to change.
  8. gimmick
    any clever maneuver
    His mom bought him this book called "How to Make Friends in New Places," and he came to my house trying all these dumb gimmicks.
  9. gadget
    a device or control that is very useful for a particular job
    Dag nab these fancy gadgets!
  10. backfire
    return with an undesired effect
    But my trick kind of backfired, because as soon as Mom saw me, she made me go upstairs and take a shower.
  11. blubber
    utter while crying
    But right when Mrs. Craig was about to let us go, Rowley started blubbering about how he doesn't want rock and roll to ruin his "brains."
  12. sarcastic
    expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds
    Whenever Dad says "friend" that way, you know you're in trouble. The first time Dad ever said "friend" like that to me, I didn't get that he was being sarcastic.
  13. offensive
    morally unsavory
    Do you have anything you want to say to women for having owned this offensive magazine?
  14. treasurer
    an officer charged with receiving and disbursing funds
    Today, I went and put my name on the list to run for Treasurer. Unfortunately, this kid named Marty Porter is running for Treasurer, too, and he's real brainy at math.
  15. integrity
    moral soundness
    INTEGRITY
    HONESTY
    KNOW-HOW
    VOTE
    Frank Heffley
    for
    SECRETARY
  16. fabrication
    a deliberately false or improbable account
    Mr. Roy said you weren't allowed to write " fabrications" about the other candidates.
  17. convert
    change the nature, purpose, or function of something
    I decided to make a haunted house of my own. Actually, I had to bring Rowley in on the deal, because Mom wouldn't let me convert our first floor into a full-out haunted mansion.
  18. admission
    the fee charged for entrance
    Now, I know our flyers said admission was fifty cents, but I could see that we had a chance to make a killing here.
  19. legitimate
    in accordance with accepted standards or principles
    I tried to show Rowley's dad our original plan to prove that we really were running a legitimate operation, but he still didn't seem convinced.
  20. reflective
    capable of physically throwing back light or sound
    She cut out a big hole in the front of the helmet so he could see better, and covered him up in all this reflective tape.
  21. cocky
    overly self-confident or self-assertive
    After a while, we realized the teenagers were going to wait us out, so we decided we were just gonna have to spend the night at Gramma's. That's when we started getting cocky, making monkey noises at the teenagers and whatnot.
  22. regimen
    a systematic plan for therapy
    But Mom said if I wanted a weight set, I was going to have to prove that I could stick with an exercise regimen.
  23. dedication
    the act of binding yourself to a course of action
    I knew Rowley wasn't going to be as serious about weight lifting as I was, so I decided to try out an experiment to test his dedication.
  24. soprano
    the highest female voice; the voice of a boy before puberty
    What a lovely soprano!
  25. finale
    the concluding part of any performance
    Tryouts went forever. The grand finale came with the auditions for Dorothy, who I guess is the lead character in the play.
  26. shrub
    a low woody plant usually having several stems
    Rodney James tried out to be Tin Man, but he got stuck with being the Shrub.
  27. degrading
    characterized by dishonor
    Yesterday, she brought in this first-grader to play Dorothy's dog, Toto. But today, the kid's mom came in and said she wanted her child to walk around on two legs, because crawling around on all fours would be too degrading.
  28. humiliate
    cause to feel shame
    Thank God Rodrick won't be in the audience to see me humiliate myself.
  29. yonder
    distant but within sight
    We three trees from yonder glen...
  30. glen
    a narrow secluded valley (in the mountains)
    We three trees from yonder glen...
  31. resolution
    a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner
    And that's also why my only New Year's resolution is to never play with Manny again.
  32. gauze
    bleached cotton cloth of plain weave used for bandages
    I took some gauze from home, and I wrapped up my hand to make it look like it was hurt.
  33. embroider
    decorate with needlework
    Actually, it's an embroidered bookbag.
  34. ambush
    wait in hiding to attack
    Right when it looked like we were going to get in an all-out fight, we got ambushed from the street.
  35. cretin
    a person of subnormal intelligence
    I came up with this character called Creighton the Cretin, and I got on a roll.
  36. terrorize
    frighten greatly
    Apparently Mr. Winsky got a call from a parent who said they witnessed Rowley " terrorizing" the kindergartners when he was supposed to be walking them home from school.
  37. incident
    a single distinct event
    I forgot about the whole incident until today.
  38. pry
    search or inquire in a meddlesome way
    She didn't try to pry and get all the details.
  39. effective
    exerting force or influence
    Then he told me I was relieved of my Safety Patrol duties " effective immediately."
  40. promotion
    the act of raising in rank or position
    Later on today, Rowley got reinstated as a Patrol. And get this: He actually got a PROMOTION.
  41. dignity
    the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect
    Mr. Winsky said Rowley had "exhibited dignity under false suspicion."
  42. chum
    a close friend
    After dinner tonight, I saw Rowley and Collin walking up the hill together, chumming it up.
  43. immortal
    a person (such as an author) of enduring fame
    If you can get yourself voted onto the Class Favorites page, you're practically an immortal.
  44. execute
    put in effect
    I walked into my History class today, ready to execute my plan.
  45. foil
    hinder or prevent, as an effort, plan, or desire
    Anyway, Mom totally foiled my plan to win Class Clown.
Created on November 6, 2018 (updated November 7, 2018)

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