Good Night, Mr. Tom Glossary

Good Night, Mr. Tom Glossary

unkempt

Disheveled, messy and unclean.

dither

To demonstrate a state of indecisiveness.

queue

People waiting line to do something.

clammy

A sickly tactile sensation combinining cool dampness with humid stickiness.

mottled

Marked with blotchy spots of discoloration.

sagacity

The wisdom that can only be achieved through experience.

dilapidated

Old and run-down as a result of neglect or abandonment.

aghast

Horrified and shocked; repulsed and taken aback.

surreptitious

Done in a sneaky and furtive manner that is highly suspicious and likely indicates immoral or criminal intent.

mollycoddle

To baby someone who is not a baby.

Mackintosh

Term for a raincoat.

flaxen

Characterized by the color of yellow and its various shades.

vicarage

British term for the housing where a minister lives.

quagmire

A literal place or figurative state in which escape from a repetitive situation seems impossible or extremely difficult without a change in strategy.

emaciated

Extremely thin to the point of skeletal resulting from a lack of nourishment.

stupor

An almost comatose-like state characterized by lack of both physical and mental energy.

shell-shocked

Outdated term for psychological effects of having experienced engagement during war that is today termed Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

recluse

A person who studiously avoids interaction with others by remaining isolated within their home.

fortnight

Synonym for the period of time covered by 14 days.

jaundiced

A yellowish tint to the skin that symptomatic of an untreated health condition.

rucksack

A sturdy backpack.

brusquely

A terseness of demeanor often confused with plain rudeness, but which may be simply a character trait exhibited even in the absence of rudeness.

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