"Frindle," Vocabulary from Chapters 6-10

What if you made up a word for something and it caught on, and then everyone in the country started using it? That's the premise of "Frindle" by Andrew Clements, a humorous take on what happens when a trend really becomes successful.

Learn these word lists for the novel: Chapters 1-5, Chapters 6-10, Chapters 11-15

Activities for this list:

definitions & notes only words
  1. fancy
    not plain; decorative or ornamented
    She bent down and picked up a gold ballpoint pen, the fancy kind.
  2. absorb
    consume all of one's attention or time
    They were at the corner of their own street, and Nick had bumped into her, completely absorbed in his thoughts.
  3. serious
    concerned with work or important matters rather than play
    Half an hour later, a group of serious fifth graders had a meeting in Nick’s play room.
  4. major
    greater in scope or effect
    School was the perfect place to launch a new word, and since this was a major historical event, Nick wanted it to begin in exactly the right class—seventh-period language arts.
  5. blurt
    utter impulsively
    Sitting three rows away, John blurted out, “I have an extra one you can borrow, Nick.”
  6. purpose
    an anticipated outcome that guides your planned actions
    And then John made a big show of throwing it over to Nick, and Nick missed it on purpose.
  7. according
    in agreement with
    And the rest of the class went by according to plan—her plan.
  8. emphasize
    give extra weight to
    "I’d like to have ... a word with you,” and she emphasized the word word.
  9. disrupt
    throw into disorder
    “It’s a funny idea, Nicholas, but I will not have my class disrupted again."
  10. notice
    an announcement containing information about an event
    The day after the class picture she made an announcement to each of her classes, and she posted a notice on the main bulletin board by the office.
  11. honor
    the state of being esteemed
    Staying after school with The Lone Granger became a badge of honor.
  12. detention
    a punishment in which a student must stay after school
    “This is not detention, Nicholas."
  13. abruptly
    quickly and without warning
    Then Mrs. Granger stood up abruptly and said, “Then that is all for today, Nicholas."
  14. arrange
    make plans for
    The principal had to stay late to help, and they had to arrange two special late buses to get all the kids home.
  15. involve
    engage as a participant
    And then the school board and the superintendent got involved.
  16. rebellion
    organized opposition to authority
    Then while Nick’s parents listened, Mrs. Chatham laid out the story as she saw it—Nick encouraging the other kids to use his new word, Mrs. Granger forbidding it, the ruined fifth-grade class picture, hundreds of kids staying after school, and a general feeling that there was a rebellion at school, with no one respecting the rules anymore.
  17. fuss
    an excited state of agitation
    “But doesn’t all this seem like a lot of fuss about something pretty silly?”
  18. standard
    the ideal in terms of which something can be judged
    But Mrs. Granger thinks that it’s rather like keeping children from saying ‘ain’t’—there have to be standards.
  19. authority
    persons who exercise control over others
    It’s the lack of respect for authority.
  20. issue
    an important question that is in dispute and must be settled
    “Well, yes . . . but . . . well, as I said, the word ain’t and even the word frindle—these are not the real issue here,” said Mrs. Chatham.
  21. vandalism
    willful and malicious destruction of the property of others
    "I mean, it’s not like vandalism or stealing or something like that...”
  22. disrespectful
    exhibiting lack of regard; rude and discourteous
    “I haven’t been disrespectful."
  23. rowdy
    disturbing the public peace; loud and rough
    There was the occasional burglary, the teenagers got rowdy once in a while, and there was some shouting at the town council or the planning board now and then.
  24. gazette
    a newspaper or official journal
    But mostly, things were calm and orderly in Westfield, and every Thursday The Westfield Gazette proved it.
  25. pace
    a step in walking or running
    She stepped back two paces, aimed her camera at the notice, and snapped a photo.
  26. prank
    a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
    Some kids have been playing a prank, and it was time to put a stop to it.
  27. phony
    fraudulent; having a misleading appearance
    The principal’s laugh sounded phony to Judy Morgan.
  28. opinion
    a personal belief or judgment
    They are just having some fun, and it’s more like a difference of opinion ...
  29. scatter
    strew or distribute over an area
    There were about fifteen children sitting at desks scattered around the room, busy writing out their one hundred sentences.
  30. flecked
    having a pattern of dots
    Judy noticed Mrs. Granger’s eyes right away—gray maybe flecked with a little gold, and very sharp, but not hard or mean.
  31. merely
    and nothing more
    I am merely helping my students to see that this foolishness should stop.
  32. predict
    tell in advance
    And I predict that this fad will fade.
  33. adopt
    take into one's family
    The kids giggled, and a tall boy with reddish-brown hair and glasses said, “Mrs. Granger has kept Nick after school so much that everyone thinks she wants to adopt him.”
  34. address
    write directions for delivery
    The next morning a brown envelope arrived at the Gazette offices addressed to Judy Morgan, and below her name was written “Frindle Story.”
  35. pucker
    become wrinkled or drawn together
    The reporter looked closely and saw that each kid was holding up a pen, and each little mouth was puckered in the same way.

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