Glossary Lord of the Flies

Abyss a deep or seemingly bottomless chasm
Accent a distinguishing regional or national manner of pronunciation; here, Piggy’s manner of speech, characterized by his use of double negatives and informal contractions.
acrid sharp, bitter, stinging, or irritating to the taste or smell.
acquaintance a person you know slightly
agonize struggle with something, be upset about
salto’s the boys who sing in the vocal range between tenor and soprano.
pantagonism being unfriendly and opposing to each other
antiphonal sung or chanted in alternation.
9. apprehension nervousness
10. audible loud enough to be heard
11. bastion a stronghold or fortification
12. barmy [Brit. Slang] crazy.
13. batty [Slang] crazy or eccentric.
14. belligerence eager for war, aggressive
15. bewildered puzzled
16. blatant very obvious
17. bloody [Vulgar Brit. Slang] cursed; damned.
18. Blundered making a huge mistake
19. bogie an imaginary evil being or spirit; goblin.
20. Bollocks a vulgar slang exclamation expressing anger, disbelief, etc.
21. bomb happy [Slang, Chiefly Brit.] crazy; insane.
22. Bowstave here, slightly curved arc like that of a bow.
23. brimmed fill or full to the point of overflowing
24. brine water full of salt.
25. Bristly short stiff hair
26. Bum the buttocks.
27. caps of maintenance caps bearing a school insignia.
28. Canopy ornamental cloth hung up over something
29. chastisement severe reprimand
30. chorister singer or leader of a choir
31. clamour a loud outcry
32. compelling attractive
33. conspiratorial secretive
34. contemptuous looking down at someone, disdainful
35. contrite feeling guilty
36. convey communicate
37. Coral Island Robert Ballantyne’s 1857 adventure tale about three boys shipwrecked on a Pacific island and their triumph over their circumstances.
38. Cordon a line or circle, as of soldiers or ships, stationed around an area to guard it.
39. corpulent excessively fat
40. coverts covered or protected places; shelters.
41. cracked [Informal] mentally unbalanced; crazy.
42. Crackers [Slang, Chiefly Brit.] crazy; insane.
43. Creepers any plants whose stems put out tendrils or rootlets by which the plants can creep along a surface as they grow.
44. crestfallen dispirited and depressed
45. cutter a boat carried, esp. formerly, aboard large ships to transport personnel or supplies.
46. dazzle paint British term for camouflage; the disguising of troops, ships, guns, etc. to conceal them from the enemy, as by the use of paint, nets, or leaves in patterns merging with the background.
47. declivities downward slopes
48. decorous exhibiting appropriate behavior or conduct
49. derision contempt or ridicule.
50. Diddle [Informal] to move back and forth jerkily or rapidly; juggle.
51. Diffident lacking self-confidence; timid; shy.
52. to diminish to make or become smaller, fewer or less.
53. to discard to throw something away, fig: to disregard
54. do us here, kill us.
55. dun dull grayish-brown.
56. ebullience zestful or spirited enthusiasm
57. efflorescence blooming of flowers
58. effulgence a brilliant radiance
59. embroil to draw into a conflict or fight; involve in trouble.
60. elephantine the size of an elephant; enormous size/strength
61. enmity deep-seated hatred
62. enterprise an undertaking or business
63. envious jealous
64. epaulette shoulder ornament as for military uniforms.
65. errant misbehaving
66. essay to try; attempt.
67. exhilaration be very excited about something
68. fervor great intensity of emotion
69. festooned decorated
70. foliage leaves
71. funk a cowering or flinching through fear; panic.
72. garter an elastic band, or a fastener suspended from a band, girdle, etc., for holding a stocking or sock in position.
73. Gesticulate to make or use gestures, esp. with the hands and arms, as in adding nuances or force to one’s speech, or as a substitute for speech.
74. Gib., Addis abbreviations for Gibraltar and Addis Ababa, respectively; refueling stops the evacuation plane made before crashing on the island.
75. Gibber to speak or utter rapidly and incoherently; chatter unintelligibly.
76. give him a fourpenny one hit him on the jaw.
77. glowered looked at or stared angrily
78. grubby dirty
79. half here, considerably; very much.
80. ha’porth contraction of “a halfpenny’s worth,” meaning a very small amount.
81. head boy an honorary title given to a student who has made the best all-around contribution to student life and maintains exemplary conduct.
82. hiatus a gap or interruption in continuity
83. Home Counties the counties nearest London.
84. Impalpable not possible to feel
85. impervious not affected by something or not feeling the effects of something.
86. inarticulate incomprehensible
87. inclination tendency
88. incredulous unwilling or unable to believe something
89. indignation anger if you think you don’t get treat well
90. ineffectual insufficient to produce an effect; useless
91. inimical hostile; unfriendly.
92. inscrutable difficult to understand
93. intricate complicating
94. jeer to abuse vocally
95. jolly [Brit. Informal] very; altogether.
96. lamp standard lamppost.
97. Lavatory a flush toilet.
98. lavishly in a wasteful manner, luxurious
99. leviathan something very large; giant sea creature in the Bible
100. ludicrous obviously absurd;foolish
101. luminous emitting light
102. malevolently having an ill will or wishing harm to others
103. matins orig., the first of the seven canonical hours, recited between midnight and dawn or, often, at daybreak; here, a morning church service at which the choir sang.
104. menace threat
105. mold here, loose, soft, easily worked soil.
106. mortification humiliation
107. mucking about [Slang, Chiefly Brit.] wasting time; puttering around.
108. mutinously unruly; insubordinate
109. myopia nearsightedness.
110. nuts a slang exclamation of disgust, scorn, disappointment, refusal, etc.
111. one for his nob a hit on his head.
112. opalescence not clear
113. opaque impossible to understand
114. oppressive using power unjustly
115. pallor unhealthy pale
116. parried deflected or warded off
117. pax peace, here meant as a call for a truce.
118. perilous dangerous
119. phosphorescence a continuing luminescence without noticeable heat.
120. pills [Vulgar Brit Slang] the testicles.
121. pinch [Slang] to steal.
122. pinnacles pointed formations; peaks, as at the tops of mountains.
123. plastered stuck onto something
124. plinth a course of brick or stone, often a projecting one, along the base of a wall.
125. Polyp any of various cnidarians, as the sea anemone or hydra, having a mouth fringed with many small, slender tentacles bearing stinging cells at the top of a tubelike body.
126. Precentor a person who directs a church choir or congregation in singing.
127. Prefect in some private schools, esp. in England, an older student with disciplinary authority.
128. propitiate win or regain the good will of; appease or conciliate.
129. quarrel angry dispute
130. quavered trembled or spoken in a trembling voice
131. queer differing from what is usual or ordinary; odd; singular; strange.
132. rapt fascinated by something you hear or see
133. rating an enlisted man in the Navy.
134. ravenous very hungry
135. rebuke to blame or scold in a sharp way; reprimand.
136. Reds [Slang] Communists.
137. reluctantly unwillingly
138. resentful feeling bitter towards or about something
139. to rejoice be happy about something
140. riotous wild uncontrolled behavior
141. round the bend crazy; insane.
142. Rugger [Brit. Informal] rugby.
143. Scurfy having a condition, as dandruff, in which the skin sheds little, dry scales.
144. sinewy lean and muscular
145. shop here, conversation about one’s work or business, esp. after hours.
146. Smashing [Informal] outstandingly good; extraordinary.
147. snatched seized
148. snigger a sly or disrespectful laugh
149. sod you a vulgar British slang phrase showing extreme contempt.
150. startingly surprisingly
151. stark harsh
152. stern sheets the space at the stern of an open boat.
153. Stockings closefitting coverings, usually knitted, for the feet and, usually, much of the legs.
154. sucks to your auntie a British slang expression of derision or contempt; here, “forget your auntie” or “your auntie be damned.”
155. summoned gathered
156. susurration rustling
157. Swallows and Amazons the first (1930) of a series of adventure books by Arthur Ransome, about a group of children on vacation.
158. taboo excluded or forbidden from use or mention
159. tacit not spoken
160. taken short informal phrase for having diarrhea.
161. Talisman anything thought to have magic power; a charm.
162. tattered destroyed, wearing old, torn clothes
163. to throb to pulsate
164. toilet the process of dressing or grooming oneself.
165. torrid so hot as to be parching or oppressive; scorching.
166. Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1883 novel about a heroic boy’s search for buried gold and his encounter with pirates.
167. trebles the boys who sing the highest part in musical harmony.
168. Truculent fierce; cruel; savage; ferocious.
169. tumult commotion of a great crowd
170. ululate to howl, hoot, or wail.
171. Unheeding not paying attention
172. velvet soft fabric
173. vicissitudes a change or variation
174. wacco [Brit. Slang] excellent.
175. to wail to cry loudly
176. waxy [Brit. Informal] enraged.
177. wild whoop a loud cry of excitement
178. white drill a coarse linen or cotton cloth with a diagonal weave, used for work clothes, uniforms, etc.
179. windy long-winded, pompous, boastful.
180. Wizard [Brit. Informal] excellent.

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