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fawning

to show affection —used especially of a dog

pugnacious

having a quarrelsome or combative nature : truculent

recumbent

suggestive of repose : leaning, resting, lying down

writhe

to twist into coils or folds

mottle

a colored spot, a surface having colored spots or blotches

mollify

to soothe in temper or disposition : appease

scoff

an expression of scorn, derision, or contempt

slough

a place if deep mud ir mire

pantomime

1. -an ancient Roman dramatic performance featuring a solo dancer and a narrative chorus
-any of various dramatic or dancing performances in which a story is told by expressive bodily or facial movements of the performers
2. -conveyance of a story by bodily or facial movements especially in drama or dance

drone

to speak in a monotonous tone

aloof

at a distance

writhe

a: to twist into coils or folds
b: to twist so as to distort : wrench
c: to twist (the body or a bodily part) in pain

cower

to shrink away or crouch especially for shelter from something that menaces, domineers, or dismays

brusquely

1: markedly short and abrupt
2: blunt in manner or speech often to the point of ungracious harshness

stilted

a: pompous, lofty
b: formal, stiff

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