Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, Vocabulary List Chapters 7-9

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Vocabulary List

  1. anxious | see definition»

    afraid or nervous especially about what may happen

    The four old people, two at either end of the bed, propped themselves up on their pillows and stared with anxious eyes at the bar of chocolate in Charlie's hands.

  2. beckon | see definition»

    to call or signal by a motion (as a wave or nod)

    "Ssshh!" whispered Grandpa Joe, and he beckoned Charlie to come closer.

  3. clutch | see definition»

    to grasp or hold tightly with or as if with the hands or claws

    There was an ancient leather purse clutched in the finger.

  4. crane | see definition»

    to stretch the neck to see better

    The old people in the bed all leaned forward, craning their scraggy necks.

  5. criticize | see definition»

    to find fault with

    "And who's she to criticize, anyway, because if you ask me, I'd say her jaws are going up and down almost as much as mine are just from yelling at me every minute of the day."

  6. deserve | see definition»

    to have earned because of some act or quality

    "And just as sure as I'll be having cabbage soup for supper tomorrow, that ticket'll go to some nasty little beast who doesn't deserve it!"

  7. despicable | see definition»

    very bad : deserving to be despised

    "Despicable!" said Grandma Georgina.

  8. ferocious | see definition»

    very great or extreme

    She was talking very fast and very loudly to everyone, but it was not easy to hear all that she said because she was chewing so ferociously upon a piece of gum at the same time.

  9. fling | see definition»

    a brief try

    "And now, you and I are going to have one more fling at finding that last ticket."

  10. fumble | see definition»

    to handle something in an awkward or clumsy way

    The old man's fingers were trembling most terribly as they fumbled with the wrapper.

  11. gamble | see definition»

    to take a chance

    Grandpa Joe Takes a Gamble

  12. hoard | see definition»

    to collect and hide a large amount of (something valuable)

    "It's my secret hoard," he whispered.

  13. interview | see definition»

    a meeting at which people talk to each other in order to ask questions and get information

    There was a great excitement in the Beauregarde household when our reporter arrived to interview the lucky young lady.

  14. jostle | see definition»

    to push roughly

    Cameras were clicking and flashbulbs were flashing and people were pushing and jostling and trying to get a bit closer to the famous girl.

  15. keen | see definition»

    full of enthusiasm : EAGER

    "I'm as keen as you are to find that ticket!"

  16. peal | see definition»

    a loud sound : a series of loud sounds

    All at once, they both saw the funny side of the whole thing, and they burst into peals of laughter.

  17. result | see definition»

    something that comes about as an effect or end

    "You get the best results with women who have expensive gloves on."

  18. rummage | see definition»

    to search especially by moving and looking through the contents of a place or container

    The old man gave Charlie a sly grin, and then he started rummaging under his pillow with one hand.

  19. scraggy | see definition»

    very thin in a way that does not look healthy : scrawny

    The old people in the bed all leaned forward, craning their scraggy necks.

  20. scrumptious | see definition»

    giving great pleasure especially to the taste or smell


  21. sly | see definition»

    showing that you know a secret

    The old man gave Charlie a sly grin, and then he started rummaging under his pillow with one hand.

  22. splutter | see definition»

    to speak or say in haste or confusion

    "Of course I'm sure!" spluttered the old man excitedly.

  23. suspense | see definition»

    uncertainty, worry, or excitement in wondering about the result of something

    Then suddenly, as though he couldn't bear the suspense any longer, Charlie tore the wrapper right down the middle.

  24. trample | see definition»

    to crush under the feet

    "Now Violet," Mrs Beauregarde said from a far corner of the room where she was standing on the piano to avoid being trampled by the mob.

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