Of Mice and Men Vocabulary

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bindle

a bed roll and/or pack or personal belongings

2

jack

money

3

graybacks

lice

4

buck

a man

5

buckler

those who move or load heavy objects (like sacks of grain)

6

skinner

a driver of a draft team of animals

7

tart

prostitute

8

mules

shoes or slippers

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found

free food and lodgings in addition to wages

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hoosegow

jail

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hame

part of the collar for a draft animal

12

booby hatch

insane asylum

13

floozy

cheap, immoral woman

14

snooker

a variation of pool played with 15 red balls and 6 balls of assorted colors

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mollify

to pacify or soften in feeling or temper

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scud

to run or move quickly or hurriedly

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console

to allieviate or lessen the grief

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scornful

derisive; contemptuous

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scuttle

to run with quick, hasty steps; scurry

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ominous

portending evil or harm; foreboding

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imperiously

dictatorially; overbearingly

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writhe

to twist about or squirm as in pain

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earnestly

effort made with sincere zeal

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brindled

gray or tawny with darker streaks or spots

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crestfallen

dejected; dispirited; discouraged

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brusque

abrupt in manner; blunt; rough

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belligerent

aggressively hostile; warlike

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contemptuous

disdainful; supercilious; haughty

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profound

having deep insight or understanding

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scourge

to punish, chastise, or criticize severely

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mottle

to mark or diversify with spots or blotches or color

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contorted

twisted in a violent manner; distorted

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disarming

removing or capable of removing hostility or suspicion

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wryly

bitterly or disdainfully ironic or amusing

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pugnacious

quarrelsome; belligerent; combative

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morosely

gloomily or sullenly ill-humored

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dutiful

duteous

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indignation

strong feeling of unjust or insulting actions

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derogatory

belittling, uncomplimentary

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tick

mattress

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dejected

depressed in spirits; disheartened

42

apologetically

to act with sorrow or regret

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craftily

to act in a cunning, sly, or deceitful manner

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ominous

foreboding, threatening, with evil or harm

45

defensive

guarded;protective

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complacently

to act placidly with self assurance; unaware of danger or threat

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intensity

showing great strength and concentration

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amusedly

to act pleseantly entertained or diverted

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contemptuously

to act in a scornful or disdainful manner

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dutifully

to perform the acts required of a person


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