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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, Vocabulary List Chapters 1-3

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Vocabulary List

  1. absurd | see definition»

    completely foolish, unreasonable, or untrue : RIDICULOUS

    "It's completely absurd!"

  2. afford | see definition»

    to be able to pay for

    The only meals they could afford were bread and margarine for breakfast, boiled potatoes and cabbage for lunch, and cabbage soup for supper.

  3. belch | see definition»

    to throw out or be thrown out with force

    It had huge iron gates leading into it, and a high wall surrounding it, and smoke belching from its chimneys, and strange whizzing sounds coming from deep inside it.

  4. clever | see definition»

    having a quick inventive mind

    "And is Mr. Willy Wonka really the cleverest chocolate maker in the world?"

  5. colossal | see definition»

    very large : HUGE

    "Prince Pondicherry wrote a letter to Mr Willy Wonka," said Grandpa Joe, "and asked him to come all the way out to India and build him a colossal palace entirely out of chocolate."

  6. delicate | see definition»

    easily damaged

    Like all extremely old people, he was delicate and weak and throughout the day he spoke very little.

  7. desperate | see definition»

    showing great worry and loss of hope

    He desperately wanted something more filling and satisfying than cabbage and cabbage soup.

  8. doze | see definition»

    to sleep lightly

    "The crazy prince, who was dozing in the living room at the time, woke up to find himself swimming around in a huge brown sticky lake of chocolate."

  9. draft | see definition»

    a current of air

    In the summertime, this wasn't too bad, but in the winter, freezing cold drafts blew across the floor all night long, and it was awful.

  10. expose | see definition»

    to leave without protection, shelter, or care : subject to a harmful condition

    He would peel back a tiny bit of the paper wrapping at one corner to expose a tiny bit of chocolate.

  11. extraordinary | see definition»

    so unusual as to be remarkable

    "Mr. Willy Wonka is the most amazing, the most fantastic, the most extraordinary chocolate maker the world has ever see!"

  12. marvelous | see definition»

    of the finest kind or quality

    On those marvelous birthday mornings, he would place it carefully in a small wooden box that he owned.

  13. shrivel | see definition»

    to become dry and wrinkled from heat, cold, or old age

    They were as shriveled as prunes and as bony as skeletons.

  14. stammer | see definition»

    to speak with involuntary stops and much repeating

    "I ... I really don't know, Grandpa," Charlie stammered.

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