Sign of the Beaver Vocabulary

Vocabulary words and definitions for The Sign of the Beaver

Sign of the Beaver Vocabulary List

Vocabulary Words for The Sign of the Beaver

Chapter 1

  • Reckoned - considered
  • Notch - a slit cut into a hard surface
  • Coil - circle, wrap around
  • Surveyor - a person who surveys or inspects land and land usage
  • Puncheon - rough wood
  • Daub - spread
  • Aye - yes
  • Blunderbuss - an old musket that scatters shot, inaccurate
  • Mite - (this context) “a bit long”
  • Knack - skill or ability
  • Rueful - regretful, disappointed
  • Trudge - walk slowly



  • Chapter 2

  • Prorietor - owner of a business
  • Solitary - single
  • Rummage - search by digging through items



  • Chapter 3

  • Passel - large number
  • Lingo - language, regional vocabulary
  • Vaguely - not clear, indistinct
  • Popish - related to Roman Catholicism
  • Hunch - inner guess, suspicion
  • Burly - strong, heavy
  • Prickle - small sharp point



  • Chapter 4

  • Deprive - remove or withhold something, usually something that is expected
  • Mite - small amount



  • Chapter 5

  • Glimpse - a brief, quick look
  • Bellow - loud roar



  • Chapter 6

  • Pewter - an alloy (mixture of metals) usually of tin and lead, used to make dishes in colonial times
  • Hastily - quickly
  • Abruptly - suddenly
  • Winced - small painful cry or grimace
  • Brisk - fast
  • Scorn - strong dislike
  • Incomprehensible - ot understandable



  • Chapter 7

  • Disdainfully - with disdain or contempt, strong dislike
  • Finicky - difficult to please



  • Chapter 8

  • Salvage - Rescue items from a shipwreck or other form of loss
  • Adz - ax-like tool



  • Chapter 9

  • Non-chalantly - acting as if nothing significant is happening, casual
  • Ordeal - difficult challenge
  • Contemptuous - feeling contempt, scorn, or severe dislike



  • Chapter 10

  • Horrid - awful, horrible
  • Thrash - toss and squirm violently
  • Grudgingly - relunctantly



  • Chapter 11

  • Mangy - loss of hair from mange, a skin disease caused by parasites
  • Cuff - hit with back of hand
  • Wary - distrustful
  • Disposition - personality
  • Disgruntled - displeased, unhappy
  • Gingerly - slowly, uncertainly



  • Chapter 12

  • Chagrined - disappointed
  • Paring - cutting



  • Chapter 13

  • Defiant - act of defying or boldly resisting
  • Goad - encourage or prompt, often with a stick or reward



  • Chapter 15

  • Grouse - ground feeding bird in the same classification as pheasant or partridge
  • Comical - funny
  • Stoutly - strongly



  • Chapter 16

  • Nimbly - moving quickly and gracefully
  • Entrance - (verb) filled with wonder
  • Stockade - fort, usually made of wood
  • Falter - move without certainty
  • Pungent - strong smelling
  • Ghastly - shocking, horrible
  • Medley - mixture
  • Contortions - unusuallly twisted positions



  • Chapter 17

  • Shrill - high pitched
  • Sober - serious
  • Alternately - changing back and forth
  • Mortar - bowl-shaped dish where substances are pounded into a powder
  • Genial - friendly
  • Abruptly - suddenly



  • Chapter 18

  • Scarlet - bright red
  • Detected - saw, noticed
  • Warily - carefully with fear or uncertainty
  • Ferocious - savage, fierce
  • Placid - calm
  • Menacing - threatening
  • Summon - call, bring forward
  • Substantial - have great substance or wealth
  • Gaunt - thin
  • Relent - soften one’s stance, become less servere
  • Intricate - entangled, complicated
  • Pungent - sharp, biting odor or sensation



  • Chapter 19

  • Forfeit - to lose, often as a penalty



  • Chapter 20

  • Resolve - make a firm decision



  • Chapter 21

  • Stalk - to walk with
  • Dignity - bearing oneself with self-respect
  • Boisterous - noisy



  • Chapter 23

  • Meager - small
  • Beseech - ask
  • Teeming - full of, abounding
  • Prowess - daring skill
  • Trencher - rectangular plate
  • Chapter 24

  • Pewter - mixture of tin and other metals used to make dishes in colonial times
  • Chapter 25

  • Aught - anything
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