Matilda Glossary

Matilda Glossary

Chokey

A torture device in the Trunchbull’s office. It is a very narrow, tall cupboard with many bits of broken glass hammered into the cement walls. The door of the chamber is filled with many sharp nails that have been hammered in from the outside (theorized by Hortensia to be done by the Trunchbull himself). The Trunchbull locks children in this chamber and forces the children to stand completely still and completely straight in pitch darkness for hours.

precocious

Matilda is described to be a “precocious child” by Miss Honey, meaning that Matilda is a highly advanced for her years and is more intelligence than her peers.

 

done a bunk

A phrase to mean someone fleeing or escaping a situation.

Telekinesis

Being able to use your mind to move things

Transported

Move from one place to another

The whole hog

To go the whole extent

Nurtured

Being cared for whilst growing up

Glacial

Ice-like

Vulnerable

Being open to sad feelings

Periphery

Outer limits of vision

Understatement

Presenting something as being smaller than it actually is

Sluggish

Slow moving.

Exasperation

feeling intense irritation

Flabbergasted

feeling astonished

Confront

coming face-to-face with someone

Regrettably

unfortunately

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