Hoot Vocabulary Boosters

  • Grades: 3–5, 6–8

Use these 20 vocabulary words from Hoot for your weekly list, daily word study, or spelling exercises.

1. survey (sur-vay)
verb
To map an area of land. In Hoot, survey stakes outline the area set for construction.

2. merciless (mur-si-luss)
adjective
Having or showing no awareness of another's suffering. Cruel.

3. flabbergasted (flah-bur-gas-ted)
adjective
To be overcome with astonishment and surprise.

4. disgruntled (dis-grun-tulled)
adjective
In a state of sulky dissatisfaction.

5. assume (ah-soom)
verb
To accept as true without verification.

6. provoke (pruh-voke)
verb
To stir to action or feeling.

7. surveillance (sur-vay-lense)
noun
Close observation of a person or group, especially one under suspicion.

8. sodden (sod-en)
adjective
Thoroughly soaked; saturated.

9. law-abiding (law-a-bide-ing)
adjective
If you're law-abiding, you abide, or follow, the law.

10. quirky (kwer-kee)
adjective
Unconventional, not usual

11. accusation (ak-u-za-shun)
noun
A charge of wrongdoing.

12. interrogate (in-tehr-oh-gayt)
verb
To formally question.

13. burrow (bur-row)
verb
To dig holes or tunnels for habitation or refuge. The burrowing owls dug holes for their nests.

14. apprehension (ap-ree-hen-shun)
noun

  1. Fearful or uneasy anticipation of the future; dread.
  2. The act of seizing or capturing; arrest.

15. patronize (pah-tro-nize)
verb
To treat in a condescending manner.

16. inquisitive (in-kwiz-ah-tiv)
adjective
Eager for knowledge.

17. extravaganza (ex-trah-vah-gan-zah)
noun
Any lavishly staged or spectacular entertainment.

18. jurisdiction (jur-is-dik-shun)
noun
The territorial range of authority or control.

19. genuine (jen-ew-ine)
adjective
Not fake. Sincere.

20. epilogue (ep-i-log)
noun
A short addition or concluding section at the end of a literary work, often dealing with the future of its characters.

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