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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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addle
2 uses
But she counted and counted till she got that addled she'd start to count in the basket for a spoon sometimes; and so, three times they come out right, and three times they come out wrong.
addled = mixed up or confused
DefinitionGenerally addle means:
mix up or confuse
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1st useChapter 41
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aggravate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
she aggravates me
if we minded our business and didn't talk back and aggravate them, we would pull through†
aggravate = annoy or irritate
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1st useChapter 17
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candid
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
your candid opinion
This is a surprise to me which I wasn't looking for; and I'll acknowledge, candid and frank, I ain't very well fixed to meet it and answer it;
candid = honest and direct
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1st useChapter 29
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contrived
2 uses
Why, I spotted you for a boy when you was threading the needle; and I contrived the other things just to make certain.
contrived = made up (arranged)
DefinitionGenerally contrived means:
unnatural seeming (due to careful planning)

or more rarely:

arranged (that something should happen)
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1st useChapter 11
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dismal
3 uses
If you think it ain't dismal and lonesome out in a fog that way by yourself in the night, you try it once—you'll see.
dismal = depressing or gloomy
DefinitionGenerally dismal means:
of terrible quality or depressing; or dark and dreary (as when bad weather blocks the sun or when it is drizzly)
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1st useChapter 1
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domestic
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
domestic happiness
They had white domestic awnings in front, and the country people hitched their horses to the awning-posts.
domestic = relating to a home
DefinitionGenerally this sense of domestic means:
relating to a home or family
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1st useChapter 21
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grindstone
13 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
sharpen on a grindstone
There's a gaudy big grindstone down at the mill...
grindstone = a large stone shaped like a disk that spins and is used to grind grain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grindstone means:
a  revolving disk-shaped stone used to grind (as when wheat is ground to flour), or used to sharpen or polish (as when sharpening a knife)
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1st useChapter 38
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meddle
6 uses
The duke told him to make himself free and easy, and if anybody ever come meddling around, he must hop out of the wigwam, and carry on a little, and fetch a howl or two like a wild beast, and he reckoned they would light out and leave him alone.
meddling = interfering
DefinitionGenerally meddle means:
interfere (in another's affairs or business); or handle (something that shouldn't be handled)
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1st useChapter 24
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ornery
14 uses
I felt so ornery and low down and mean that I says to myself;  I'll hive that money for them or bust.
ornery = easily annoyed and quick to complain and argue

(editor's note:  Twain also uses ornery to describe someone as "low down", "coarse", or "unrefined".)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of ornery means:
quick to get annoyed, complain, argue, and be uncooperative
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1st useChapter 3
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palaver
1 use
Don't stand there palavering all day, but out with you and see if there's a fish on the lines for breakfast.
palavering = talking (about nothing important)
DefinitionGenerally palaver means:
talk — typically empty talk or flattery
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1st useChapter 7
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pious
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
Why, before, he looked like the orneriest old rip that ever was; but now ... he looked ... good and pious...
pious = highly religious and moral
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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1st useChapter 24
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premise
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
located on the premises
But it didn't matter much, because they was still on the premises somewheres.
premises = property
DefinitionGenerally this sense of premises means:
land and/or buildings — especially of a business or organization
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1st useChapter 39
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remiss
1 use
"Well, Sally, I'm in fault, and I acknowledge it; I've been remiss; but I won't let to-morrow go by without stopping up them holes."
remiss = careless in not doing a duty well enough
DefinitionGenerally remiss means:
careless — especially with regard to a duty
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1st useChapter 37
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resolution
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Her resolution weakened.
And thus the native hue of resolution, like the poor cat i' the adage, Is sicklied o'er with care,
resolution = determination (firmness of purpose, or courage)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolution means:
determination (firmness of purpose)
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1st useChapter 21
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shoal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
run aground on a shoal
  "These uncles of yourn ain't no uncles at all; they're a couple of frauds—regular dead-beats.  There, now we're over the worst of it, you can stand the rest middling easy."
  It jolted her up like everything, of course; but I was over the shoal water now, so I went right along,
shoal = shallow

(editor's note:  A river that runs slowly in deep water, can get very fast in shallow areas.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of shoal means:
an area of shallow water — especially a navigation hazard, and often caused by a deposit of sand (sandbank)
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1st useChapter 28
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sultry
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sultry afternoon
Aunt Sally jumped for her, and most hugged the head off of her, and cried over her, and I found a good enough place for me under the bed, for it was getting pretty sultry for us, seemed to me.
sultry = hot and humid (figuratively)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sultry means:
hot and humid
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1st useChapter 42
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superintendent
2 uses
They don't think nothing of pulling a shot-tower up by the roots, and belting a Sunday-school superintendent over the head with it—or any other man.
superintendent = a person who directs and manages an organization
DefinitionGenerally superintendent means:
a person who directs and manages an organization — such as a school district

or:

a caretaker of a building — such as an apartment building
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1st useChapter 3
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swindle
1 use
Come out and meet the man you've swindled.
swindled = tricking or cheating someone to get money
DefinitionGenerally swindle means:
tricking or cheating someone — usually to get money
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1st useChapter 21
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tedious
2 uses
It was most pesky tedious hard work and slow,
tedious = boring
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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1st useChapter 38
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temperance
3 uses
And after supper he talked to him about temperance and such things till the old man cried, and said he'd been a fool, and fooled away his life;
temperance = not drinking alcohol because it is thought to be harmful
DefinitionGenerally temperance means:
not drinking alcohol because it is thought to be harmful

or:

moderation (not doing something excessively) — such as not eating or drinking too much
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1st useChapter 5
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