21 terms

100 Words Every Middle Schooler Should Know

From 100 Words Every Middle Schooler Should Know published by American Heritage Dictionaries
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meander
to follow a winding or turning course
contortion
a sharp twist or bend in something
jabber
to talk rapidly and in a senseless manner, chatter
waft
to float easily and gently on the air; drift
adversary
an opponent or enemy
diminish
to make or become smaller or less; reduce or decrease
luminous
giving off light; shining
jostle
to bump roughly agains another person or thing
headway
progress toward a destination or goal
recluse
a person who lives alone or has little to do with other people
serenity
the quality of being calm, peaceful, or untroubled
swagger
to walk in a way that makes you look as if you think you are important or very confident; strut
multitude
a very large number
furtive
done or acting in a way that is intended not to be noticed
dismal
causing gloom or depression; dreary
jabber
to talk rapidly or in a senseless manner; chatter
aplomb
self-confidence, especially in a difficult situation; poise, assurace
deft
quick and skillful
illuminate
to provide with light or cast light upon someone or something
exasperation
a state of anger, impatience, or great irritation
narrate
to tell a story or describe a series of events