OUR TOWN words

These are words that were taken from Thornton Wilder's play, Our Town. While most of the characters are plain-spoken, Wilder used more challenging words in his stage directions. There are also quite a few words that have become antiquidated since the play was first produced in 1938. Hopefully, familiarity with this list will help your students comprehend the play!

Activities for this list:

definitions & notes only words
  1. affronted
  2. alacrity
    liveliness and eagerness
  3. anthropology
    science of the origins and social relationships of humans
  4. barren
    completely wanting or lacking
  5. belligerent
    characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight
  6. brisk
    quick and energetic
  7. burgle
    enter and rob a dwelling
  8. contrive
    make or work out a plan for; devise
  9. crestfallen
    brought low in spirit
  10. diligent
    quietly and steadily persevering in detail or exactness
  11. drenched
    abundantly covered or supplied with
  12. gingham
    a clothing fabric in a plaid weave
  13. handkerchief
    a square piece of cloth used for wiping the eyes or nose
  14. heliotrope
    green chalcedony with red spots that resemble blood
  15. highboy
    a tall chest of drawers divided into two sections and supported on four legs
  16. legacy
    a gift of personal property by will
  17. lugubriousness
    the quality of excessive mournfulness and uncheerfulness
  18. meditatively
    in a meditative manner
  19. omniscient
    infinitely wise
  20. parlor
    a room in a private house or establishment where people can sit and talk and relax
  21. phosphate
    a salt of phosphoric acid
  22. pince-nez
    spectacles clipped to the nose by a spring
  23. radiant
    emanating or as if emanating light
  24. relations
    mutual dealings or connections or communications among persons or groups
  25. retired
    no longer active in your work or profession
  26. sassy
    improperly forward or bold
  27. savant
    a learned person
  28. seize
    take hold of; grab
  29. sentimentality
    the quality of being falsely emotional in a maudlin way
  30. spectacles
  31. torrent
    an overwhelming number or amount
  32. traipse
    walk or tramp about
  33. trellis
    latticework used to support climbing plants
  34. unobtrusively
    in an unobtrusive manner

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