Monday, November 30, 2015

rascal & fumble

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

And you had to show the young rascal that these tricks wouldn't do, eh?

But Ridley and Mr. Pepper were heard fumbling at the door. 

Definitions:

rascal:
a person, especially a child or man, who shows a lack of respect for other people and enjoys playing tricks on them.

fumble:
1. to use your hands in an awkward way when you are doing sth or looking for sth;
2. ..

Thursday, November 26, 2015

brat & pat

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

As for brains, they were quick brats, she thought, and modestly she ventured on a little story about her son, -- how left alone for a minute he had taken the pat of butter in his fingers, run across the room with it, and put it on the fire - merely for the fun of the thing, a feeling which she could understand. 

Definitions:

brat:
a person, especially a child, who behaves badly;

pat:
1. pat of butter: a small, soft, flat lump of butter;
2. ...

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

burly & I'll be bound

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

At this point, however, the door opened and a tall burly man entered the room, came forward and shook Helen's hand with an emotional kind of heartiness, Willoughby himself, Rachel's father, Helen's brother-in-law.

They've got god heads on their shoulders, I'll be bound?

Definitions:

burly:
big, strong and heavy.

I'll be bound:
used when you have said something that you are certain is true.

insipidity & vacillate

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

Her face was weak rather than decided, saved from insipidity by the large enquiring eyes;

Yes! how clear it was that she would be vacillating, emotional, and when you said something to her it would make no more lasting impression than the stroke of a stick upon water.

Definitions:

insipidity:
insipid:
1. having almost no taste or flavour;
2. not interesting or exciting;

vacillate:
to keep changing your opinion or thoughts about sth, especially in a way that annoys other people.

Monday, November 23, 2015

own & prickle

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

But when questioned she had to own that she never asked him.

Do you remember -- the piano, the room in the attic, and the great plants with prickles?


Definitions:

own:
1. own to sth/to doing sth: to admit that sth is true.
2. ...

prickle:
1. a small sharp part on the stem or leaf of a plant or on the skin of some animals;
...

iambic & vehicular

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

He had turned Persian poetry into English prose, and English prose into Greek iambics; he was an authority upon coins; and - one other thing - oh yes, she thought it was vehicular traffic.

Definitions:

iambic:
in which one weak or short syllable is followed by one strong or long syllable.

vehicular:
intended for vehicles or consisting of vehicles.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

pall & plush

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

Happily the tropical suns had bleached the tapestries to a faded blue-green colour, and the mirror with its frame of shells, the work of the steward's love, when the time hung heavy in the southern seas, was quaint rather than ugly. Twisted shells with red lips like unicorn's horns ornamented the mantelpiece, which was draped by a pall of purple plush from which depended a certain number of balls.

Definitions:

pall:
1. a covering that makes a place dark and gloomy;
2. a thick dark cloud of sth;
...

plush:
a type of silk or cotton cloth with a thick soft surface made of a mass of threads;

Friday, November 20, 2015

mantelpiece & drape

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

Happily the tropical suns had bleached the tapestries to a faded blue-green colour, and the mirror with its frame of shells, the work of the steward's love, when the time hung heavy in the southern seas, was quaint rather than ugly. Twisted shells with red lips like unicorn's horns ornamented the mantelpiece, which was draped by a pall of purple plush from which depended a certain number of balls.

Definitions:

mantelpiece:
a shelf above a fireplace.

drape:
1. to hang or be able to hang in loose folds or over something;
2. to place part of the body on or over something such as the back of a chair, in a relaxed and casual way;
..

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

quaint & unicorn

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

Happily the tropical suns had bleached the tapestries to a faded blue-green colour, and the mirror with its frame of shells, the work of the steward's love, when the time hung heavy in the southern seas, was quaint rather than ugly. Twisted shells with red lips like unicorn's horns ornamented the mantelpiece, which was draped by a pall of purple plush from which depended a certain number of balls.

Definitions:

quaint:
attractive in an unusual or old-fashioned way;

unicorn:
in stories an animal like a white horse with a long straight horn on its head;

chink & oblivious

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

They looked through a chink in the blind and saw that long cigars were being smoked in the dining-room;

Ambrose were oblivious of all tumult; they were in Cambridge, and it was probably about the year 1875.


Definitions:

chink:
a narrow opening in sth, especially one that lets light through.

oblivious (of/to sth):
not aware of sth

Monday, November 16, 2015

cowardly & sedentary

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

From the deck of the ship the great city appeared a crouched and cowardly figure, a sedentary miser.

Definitions:

cowardly:
1. showing a lack of physical or moral courage, or too scared to do a particular thing;
...

sedentary:
1. spending a lot of time sitting down and not moving;
2. ...

Sunday, November 15, 2015

vivacious & circumscribe

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

Glancing back, at the doorway, they saw Mr. Pepper as though he had suddenly loosened his clothes, and had become a vivacious and malicious old ape.

 It seemed dreadful that the town should blaze for ever in the same spot; dreadful at least to people going away to adventure upon the sea, and beholding it as a circumscribed mound, eternally burnt, eternally scarred.

Definitions:

vivacious:
having a lively, attractive personality;

circumscribe:
1. to limit sb/sth's freedom, rights, power, etc.
2. to draw a circle around another shape;

Saturday, November 14, 2015

acidity & pigsty

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

"There never will be a book, because some one else has written it for him," said Mr. Pepper with considerable acidity. "That's what comes of putting things off, and collecting fossils, and sticking Norman arches on one's pigsties." 

Definitions:

acidity:
1. an unfriendly and cruel quality in written or spoken words;
2. the concentration of acid in a substance, of which PH is a measure;

pigsty: 
1. a small building or a confined area where pigs are kept;
2. a very dirty or untidy place.

chuckle & sagely

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

The chuckling and hissing of water could be plainly heard, and the ship heaved so that he steward bringing plates had to balance himself as he drew the curtain.

Both gentlemen nodded sagely as they carved their apples.

Definitions:

chuckle:
to laugh quietly or to yourself, or say something with a quiet laugh;

sagely:
sage:
wise, especially because you have a lot of experience;

Thursday, November 12, 2015

conciseness & muddle

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

"Drink - drugs," said Mr. Pepper with sinister conciseness. "He left a commentary. Hopeless muddle, I'm told.

Definitions:

conciseness - concise
concise: 
1. giving only the information that is necessary and important, using few words;
2. shorter than the original book on which it was based.

muddle:
1. a state of mental confusion;
2. a situation in which there is confusion about arrangements, etc. and things are done wrong;
3. to confuse sb;
...

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

punt & queer

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

He was the hero of the punt accident, you remember? A queer card. Married a young woman out of a tobacconist's, and lived in the Fens - never heard what became of him

Definitions:

punt:
a long shallow boat with a flat bottom and square ends which is moved by pushing the end of a long pole against the bottom of a river.

queer:
1. strange or unusual;
2. an offensive way of describing a homosexual, especially a man, which is, however, also used by some homosexuals about themselves.
...


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

crinkle & fastidious

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

She drew a green vase with a crinkled lip towards her, and began pulling our the tight little chrysanthemums, which she laid on the table-cloth, arranging them fastidiously side by side.

Definitions:

crinkle:
to become covered with or to from a lot of thin folds or lines, especially in skin, cloth or paper. 

fastidious:
1. being careful that every detail of sth is correct;
2. not liking things to be dirty or untidy;

sidle & sinister

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

As the little boat sidled up to the steamer, and the old man shipped his oars, he remarked once more pointing above, that ships all the world over flew that flag the day they sailed. In the minds of both the passengers the blue flag appeared a sinister token, and this the moment for presentiments, but nevertheless they rose, gathered their things together, and climbed on deck

Definitions:

sidle:
1. to move sideways, or move something sideways;
2. to move slowly in a particularly direction, usually because you are nervous or do not want to be noticed;

sinister:
seeming evil or dangerous; making you think sth bad will happen;

Sunday, November 8, 2015

barge & tug

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

The river, which had a  certain amount of troubled yellow light in it, ran with great force; bulky barges floated down swiftly escorted by tugs;

Definitions:

barge:
a large boat with a flat bottom, used for carrying goods and people on canals and rivers;

tug:
1. a small powerful boat for pulling ships, especially into a harbour or up a river;
2. ...

Thursday, November 5, 2015

jib & flamboyant

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

We are swallowing monsters that we should have jibbed at if they had been offered us by an imaginative and flamboyant traveller.

Definitions:

jib:
1. jib at doing sth: to be unwilling to do or accept sth;
2. ...

flamboyant:
1. behaving or dressing in a way that deliberately attracts people's attention;
2. ...

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

snub & distemper

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

Each sortie of ours in pursuit of information upon these cardinal points of perspective - God, man, Nature - is snubbed back with ruthless common sense. 

The great are to be pitied and so are the poor; both are exposed to distempers and uneasiness; the middle station between the mean and the great is the best;

Definitions:

snub:
1. to treat somebody with deliberate coldness or contempt;
2. to insult someone by ignoring them or being rude to them;
...

distemper:
1. an infectious disease of animals especially cats and dogs, that causes fever and coughing.
2. a type of pain that is mixed with water and used on walls.

Monday, November 2, 2015

sortie & cardinal

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

Each sortie of ours in pursuit of information upon these cardinal points of perspective - God, man, Nature - is snubbed back with ruthless common sense. 

Definitions:

sortie:
1. an attempt at an activity or business;
2. an attack made by a small military force into enemy territory;
3. a brief trip away from home, especially to an unfamiliar place;

cardinal:
1. most important; having other things based on it;
...

Sunday, November 1, 2015

minute & furl

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

to one the human being is vast, the tree minute; to the other, trees are huge and human beings insignificant little objects in the background.

We must hastily alter our proportions throughout; Nature must furl her splendid purples; she is only the giver of drought and water;

Definitions:

minute:
1. extremely small in size or scope;
...

furl:
to roll and fasten sth such as a sail, a flag or an umbrella;