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Vocabulary Development

AB
fledglinga young bird; an immature or inexperienced person
skulkto hide or conceal something
wanlacking vitality; feeble; dim
catalystan agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action
recedeto move back or away
volatilelively; easily aroused; suspicious; tending to erupt into violence
patriarchthe oldest member or representative of a group
wranglean angry, noisy, or prolonged dispute or quarrel
flamboyantmarked by or given to strikingly elaborate or colorful display or behavior
euphemismthe substitution of an agreeable or inoffensive expression for one that may offend or suggest something unpleasant
spara stout pole; a stout rounded wood or metal piece (as a mast, boom, gaff, or yard) used to support rigging
venerablea calling forth respect through age, character, and attainments
foiblea minor flaw or shortcoming in character or behavior
hagglebargain; wrangle
brazento face with defiance or impudence
reposea state of resting after exertion or strain
crescendoa gradual increase; specifically a gradual increase in volume of a musical passage
eminentprominent; famous
spectera visible disembodied spirit; ghost; something that haunts or perturbs the mind
grovelto creep with the face to the ground; crawl
trivialcommonplace; ordinary; of little worth or importance
firebrandone that creates unrest or strife; agitator
surgeto rise and fall actively; toss
prodigiousenormous; monstrous; unusual; strange
impassea predicament affording no obvious escape; deadlock


Trailridge Middle School
Shawnee Mission, KS

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