Chapters 1–8

When Sophie meets the BFG—the Big Friendly Giant—they concoct a plan to prevent the other giants from eating humans.
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  1. lavatory
    a room or building equipped with one or more toilets
    Even if you said you had to go to the lavatory, that was not accepted as an excuse and they punished you just the same.
  2. smother
    conceal or hide
    This time Sophie really did scream, but only for a second because very quickly the huge hand clamped down over her blanket and the scream was smothered by the bedclothes.
  3. desolate
    providing no shelter or sustenance
    He went rattling through a great forest, then down into a valley and up over a range of hills as bare as concrete, and soon he was galloping over a desolate wasteland that was not quite of this earth.
  4. heave
    rise and move up and down, as in waves
    His great chest was heaving in and out.
  5. nook
    a secluded place, corner, or recessed area
    There were jars everywhere. They were piled up in the corners. They filled every nook and cranny of the cave.
  6. cranny
    a small opening or crevice
    There were jars everywhere. They were piled up in the corners. They filled every nook and cranny of the cave.
  7. waistcoat
    a sleeveless garment worn under a jacket and over a shirt
    Sophie saw that under the cloak he was wearing a sort of collarless shirt and a dirty old leather waistcoat that didn’t seem to have any buttons.
  8. stern
    of a strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect
    ‘You is trying to change the subject,’ the Giant said sternly.
  9. cardigan
    a knitted sweater that can be fastened up the front
    ‘Don’t gobblefunk around with words. I will now give you another example. Human beans from Jersey has a most disgustable woolly tickle on the tongue,’ the Giant said. ‘Human beans from Jersey is tasting of cardigans.’
  10. yodel
    sing by changing register rapidly
    ‘I cannot possibly allow anyone, even little girls, to be SEEING me and staying at home. The first thing you would be doing, you would be scuddling around yodelling the news that you were actually SEEING a giant, and then a great giant-hunt, a mighty giant look-see, would be starting up all over the world..."
  11. bunkum
    unacceptable behavior
    ‘If you do go back, you will be telling the world,’ said the BFG, ‘most likely on the telly-telly bunkum box and the radio squeaker. So you will just have to be staying here with me for the rest of your life.’
  12. sheer
    complete and without restriction
    The giants were all naked except for a sort of short skirt around their waists, and their skins were burnt by the sun. But it was the sheer size of each one of them that boggled Sophie’s brain most of all.
  13. boggle
    overcome with amazement
    The giants were all naked except for a sort of short skirt around their waists, and their skins were burnt by the sun. But it was the sheer size of each one of them that boggled Sophie’s brain most of all.
  14. guzzle
    drink greedily or as if with great thirst
    ‘All of them is guzzling human beans every night,’ the BFG answered.
  15. dollop
    a soft lump or portion of something, especially food
    ‘All of them excepting me. That is why you will be coming to an ucky-mucky end if any of them should ever be getting his gogglers upon you. You would be swalloped up like a piece of frumpkin pie, all in one dollop!’
  16. sweltering
    excessively hot and humid; marked by sweating and faintness
    ‘And then again, if it is a frotsy night and the giant is fridging with cold, he will probably point his nose towards the swultering hotlands to guzzle a few Hottentots to warm him up.’
  17. swivel
    turn on a pivot
    ‘Sometimes, on a very clear night,’ the BFG said, ‘and if I is swiggling my ears in the right direction,’—and here he swivelled his great ears upwards so they were facing the ceiling—‘if I is swiggling them like this and the night is very clear, I is sometimes hearing faraway music coming from the stars in the sky.’
  18. intently
    with strained or eager attention
    The BFG moved his great ears this way and that, listening intently.
  19. squelch
    make a sucking sound
    ‘That is a squelching tricky problem around here,’ the BFG answered.
  20. contemptuously
    without respect; in a disdainful manner
    ‘They is common animals,’ said the BFG contemptuously.
  21. girth
    the distance around something, especially a person's body
    It was as thick around its girth as a perambulator.
    Perambulator is a British word for "baby carriage" and is often shortened to pram.
  22. coarse
    rough to the touch
    It was black with white stripes along its length. And it was covered all over with coarse knobbles.
  23. forlorn
    marked by or showing hopelessness
    The Big Friendly Giant looked suddenly so forlorn that Sophie got quite upset.
  24. muddle
    mix up or confuse
    Sophie felt herself getting a little muddled.
  25. winsome
    charming in a childlike or naive way
    Once again that sad winsome look came into the BFG’s eyes.
Created on August 8, 2019 (updated August 8, 2019)

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