Hoot by Carl Hiaasen, Vocabulary List Chapters 7-9

Hoot Vocabulary List

  1. amiable | see definition»

    friendly and pleasant

    Kalo waved amiably; then he turned the attack dogs loose.

  2. avid | see definition»

    very eager

    Curly and his wife were avid movie fans.

  3. bizarre | see definition»

    very unusual or strange

    He couldn't stop thinking about the bizarre incidents at the Mother Paula's property.

  4. caustic | see definition»

    very harsh and critical

    "Oh," Beatrice said caustically, "the one you went chasing when you shoulda been minding your own business."

  5. customary | see definition»

    usually done in a particular situation or at a particular place or time

    Throwing a cast net was the customary method of capture.

  6. fiasco | see definition»

    a complete failure or disaster

    It was because of him that the spray-painting fiasco had made the newspaper and gotten Curly into hot water with the Mother Paula's company.

  7. gloat | see definition»

    to show in an improper or selfish way that you are happy with your own success or another person's failure

    "Now, aren't you thorry you methed with me?" Dana gloated.

  8. homicide | see definition»

    the act of killing another person

    His father had been a robbery detective in Cleveland, Ohio, and his older brother was a homicide detective in Fort Lauderdale-and a detective is what David Delinko fervidly wanted to be, someday.

  9. incentive | see definition»

    something that makes a person try or work hard or harder

    One incentive to stay home was the weather. For three straight days it stormed.

  10. interject | see definition»

    to interrupt what someone else is saying with (a comment, remark, etc.)

    "Oh, that's ridiculous," his mother interjected.

  11. jolly | see definition»

    full of happiness and joy : happy and cheerful

    Chuck Muckle wasn't a very jolly fellow, though, especially after seeing the newspaper article about the police car being spray-painted on Mother Paula's property.

  12. motive | see definition»

    a reason for doing something

    "What's his motive for the funny stuff?" the captain wondered aloud.

  13. nonchalant | see definition»

    showing or having a relaxed manner free from concern or excitement

    Nonchalantly he picked his comic book off the floor and placed it on his lap.

  14. oblivious | see definition»

    not conscious or aware of someone or something

    Unfortunately, that wasn't the case- the driver was as oblivious to Dana's bad behavior as ever.

  15. outrageous | see definition»

    very bad or wrong in a way that causes anger : too bad to be accepted or allowed

    "Honestly, I didn't know what to think after reading that outrageous story in the paper. The one about that policeman who had his windows painted black!"

  16. persistent | see definition»

    continuing to do something or to try to do something even though it is difficult or other people want you to stop

    In Officer Delinko's experience, kids weren't usually so persistent, or daring.

  17. pester | see definition»

    to annoy or bother (someone) in a repeated way

    He suspected she had another motive for pestering the vice-principal-she was eager to resume her early-morning yoga sessions at the community college, which she couldn't attend as long as she was driving Roy to Trace Middle.

  18. ponderous | see definition»

    slow or awkward because of weight and size

    The steps in the gravel sounded heavy and ponderous, like those of a large man.

  19. portray | see definition»

    to play (a character) in a film, play, or television show

    The highlight was going to be a special appearance by the woman who portrayed Mother Paula in the advertisements and TV spots.

  20. queasy | see definition»

    having an unpleasantly nervous or doubtful feeling

    It was Roy's impression that Officer Delinko suddenly looked queasy.

  21. reek | see definition»

    to have a very strong and unpleasant smell

    He glared out from between Dana's pudgy fingers, which reeked of cigarettes.

  22. remorse | see definition»

    deep regret for doing or saying something wrong

    A third alternative was for Roy to try apologizing to Dana again, this time oozing remorse and sincerity.

  23. snitch | see definition»

    a person who tells someone in authority (such as the police or a teacher) about something wrong that someone has done : someone who snitches

    The police was asking him to be an informant: a snitch on his own classmates.

  24. stupendous | see definition»

    so large or great that it amazes you

    After leaving algebra class, Roy heard a stupendous phony farting noise behind him in the hallway-Garret.

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