Class XII NCERT Flamingo Book Poems difficult word meaning 

Here, the difficult words and their meaning of all the Poems of CBSE Class 12 English Flamingo Book have been compiled for the convenience of the students. This is an exhaustive list of the difficult words and meanings of all the Poems from the Flamingo book for CBSE NCERT Class 12 English. The difficult words’ meanings have been explained in an easy language so that every student can understand them easily.




Poem 1  My Mother at Sixty-Six


  1. Ashen: pale
  2. Beside: alongside
  3. Corpse: dead body
  4. Doze: nap
  5. Pale: dull, colourless
  6. Spilling: let out
  7. Sprinting: Moving fast
  8. Wan: dim, weak




Poem 2  An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum


  1. Azure: deep blue
  2. Blot: to mark with a spot
  3. Capes: A large piece of land that sticks out into the sea from the coast
  4. Catacombs: tomb, cemetery
  5. civilized dome: here, it means rising sun at the horizon which is in the shape of a dome (semi – circle)
  6. Cramped: confined
  7. Dawn: early morning, sunrise
  8. Donations: things given or received in charity
  9. Doom: disaster
  10. Gnarled: Knotted, rough
  11. Gusty waves: breezy winds
  12. heir: Successor
  13. lead: here, dark future of kids
  14. Mended: repaired
  15. Pallor: pale, dull face
  16. Paper seeming boy: Very thin boy, as thin as a sheet of paper
  17. Sealed: shut or locked
  18. Slag: weak
  19. Slyly: trickily
  20. Sour: unpleasant, here refers to the colour of sour cream -off white or creamish
  21. Stunted: not fully grown due to malnutrition
  22. Tempted: persuade
  23. Tyrolese valley: A beautiful ice-free valley in Austria
  24. weeds: unwanted plants that grow on their own
  25. Wicked: evil



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Poem 3  Keeping Quiet


  1. Exotic – unusual




Poem 4  A Thing of Beauty


  1. Boon: blessing
  2. Bower: A shady place under the tree
  3. Brake: a process to slow down
  4. Brink: edge
  5. Despondence: depressed
  6. Gloomy: sad
  7. Grandeur: high rank or socially important
  8. Immortal: never dying
  9. Mighty: enormous
  10. Morrow: The following day
  11. Rills: a small stream
  12. Wreathing: surround, encircle




Poem 5  A Roadside Stand


  1. Beast of Prey: an animal killing other animal
  2. Beneficent: generous or doing good
  3. Crossly: in an annoyed or angry way
  4. Dole of Bread: a tiny portion of bread
  5. In vain: without success or a result
  6. Kin: One’s family and relations
  7. Lurk: to wait somewhere secretly
  8. Marred: Spoilt
  9. Out of their wits: their perplexed or terrified state
  10. Pathetically: in a way that arouses pity, especially by displaying sadness
  11. Plow: move in a fast and uncontrolled manner
  12. Requisite: required/needed
  13. Sane: sensible/realistic
  14. Squash: here fruit
  15. Warts: A small growth on the outer surface




Poem 6  Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers


  1. Chivalric: being courteous esp. to women, an act of a gentleman.
  2. Denizens: here, an animal that lives or is found in a particular place.
  3. Fluttering: to move in quick, irregular motions as if being agitated.
  4. Ordeals: extremely severe tests or experiences.
  5. Prance: walk or move around with high springy steps.
  6. Prancing: to move around proudly.
  7. Sleek: elegant.
  8. Topaz: a bright yellow coloured stone.



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