Class 11 NCERT Hornbill Book Poems difficult word meanings

 
Here, the difficult words and their meanings  of all the Poems of CBSE Class 11 English Hornbill 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 Hornbill book for CBSE NCERT Class 11 English. The difficult words’ meanings have been explained in an easy language so that every student can understand them easily.

 

 

 

Poem 1  A Photograph

  1. Paddling – walking
  2. Silences – a complete absence of sound
  3. Snapshot – photograph
  4. Transient – short-term; temporary
  5. Wry – ironic; mocking

 

 

 

Poem  2  The Laburnum Top

  1. Abrupt – rapid
  2. Chirrup – a bird making repeated high-pitched sounds
  3. Chitterings – to make a chattering sound
  4. Eerie – weird and strange
  5. Goldfinch – a small singing birds with yellow feathers on its wings
  6. Laburnum – a short tree with hanging branches, yellow flowers, and poisonous seeds
  7. Startlement – feeling or showing sudden shock
  8. Subsides – diminishes
  9. Thrills – a sudden feeling of excitement
  10. Trembles – to shake
  11. Tremor of wings – involuntary vibration of the wings
  12. Trillings – to produce a chirruping sound
  13. Twitching – sudden jerk movement
  14. Whistle-chirrup – gentle whisper like the chirping of the bird

 

 

 

Poem 3  The Voice of the Rain

  1. Atomies – small particles
  2. Descend – come down
  3. Eternal – never-ending
  4. Impalpable – which cannot be described
  5. Latent – hidden/buried
  6. Lave – wash; bathe
  7. Reck’d or unreck’d – it means whether cared for or not cared for. It doesn’t affect the rain nor the poet if someone listened to the rain or not.
  8. Vaguely – not clearly
  9. Whence – where
  10. Who art thou – Who are you

 

 

 

Poem 4  Childhood

  1. Ceased – come to an end
  2. Preached – talked or spoken

 

 

 

Poem 5  Father to Son

  1. Grief – sorrow, sadness
  2. Prodigal – spending money freely
  3. Sown – here, the father’s act of giving birth to his son 
  4. Longing: desiring something