Class 8 NCERT Honeydew Book Poems difficult word meanings 

Here, the difficult words and their meanings of all the Poems of CBSE Class 8 English Honeydew 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 Honeydew book for NCERT Class 8 English. The difficult words’ meanings have been explained in an easy language so that every student can understand easily.



Poem 1 The Ant and the Cricket


  1. Accustomed to sing- used to singing; in the habit of singing
  2. Crumb- a small fragment of bread, cake or biscuit
  3. Fable- a short story, typically with animals as characters, conveying a moral 
  4. Famine- extreme scarcity of food 
  5. Gay- light-hearted and carefree
  6. Hastily- with excessive speed or urgency; hurriedly 
  7. Lay nothing by- save nothing 
  8. Lifted the wicket- put an end to the conversation (here)
  9. Miserly- small
  10. Quoth- (old english) said
  11. Trembling- shaking or quivering, typically as a result of anxiety, excitement or weakness
  12. Warrant- justify 



Poem 2  Geography Lesson


  1. Delineated- shown
  2. Haphazard- without plan or order
  3. Inevitability- the quality of being certain to happen; that cannot be avoided
  4. Scaled- covered
  5. Sprang- move rapidly upwards



Poem 3  Macavity


  1. Bafflement- to confuse; to frustrate
  2. Defy- disobey or resist openly
  3. Depravity- moral corruption
  4. Domed- round shaped
  5. Fakir- a member of an Islamic religious group, or a Hindu holy man
  6. Feline- of, or relating to, a cat
  7. Fiend- devil
  8. Flying Squad- a group of police or soldiers ready to move into action quickly
  9. Ginger cat- cats with ginger-like (or orangeish) colour
  10. Levitation- floating in the air without support 
  11. Neglect- fail to care for properly
  12. Scotland Yard- the headquarters of the London police force
  13. Sways- move or cause to move slowly
  14. Whiskers- long, stiff hairs growing on the face of a cat



Poem 4  The Last Bargain


  1. A flower- flowering; in bloom
  2. Chariot- a carriage drawn by horses
  3. Crooked- not straight
  4. Fair maid- a young unmarried woman
  5. Glistened- shine with a sparkling light 
  6. Hedge- a fence or boundary formed by closely growing bushes or shrubs
  7. Naught- nothing
  8. Paled- (here) fade; diminish; lessen 
  9. Pondered- think about something carefully, especially before making a decision or reaching a conclusion
  10. Stone-paved- a road, path covered with a suitable surface suitable for travel
  11. Waywardly- difficult to control or predict



Poem 5  The School Boy


  1. Dismay- distress
  2. Dreary shower- depressingly dull or repetitive
  3. Drooping- bend 
  4. Learning’s bower- a place where someone comes to learn 
  5. Morn- literary term for morning
  6. Nip’d- Nipped; ‘to nip something in the bud’ is to stop or destroy it at an early stage of its development
  7. Sighing- emit a long, deep audible breath expressing sadness, relief, tiredness 
  8. Skylark- a common Eurasian and North African lark of farmland and open country, noted for its prolonged song given in hovering flight
  9. Strip’d- stripped; (here) robbed
  10. Tender- soft
  11. Thro’- non-standard spelling of through
  12. Winds- (here) plays
  13. Worn- very tired



Poem 6  When I set out for Lyonnesse


  1. Bechance- happen/chance to happen
  2. Durst- (poetic word for) dared 
  3. Fathomless- so deep that the depth can’t be measured
  4. Lonesomeness- depressed or sad because of the lack of friends, companionship, etc.; lonely
  5. Lyonnesse- (in Arthurian legend) the mythical birthplace of Sir Tristram, in England, believed to have been submerged by the sea; here an imaginary place.
  6. Prophet- a person regarded as an inspired teacher or proclaimer of the will of God
  7. Radiance- glow 
  8. Rime- frost 
  9. Sojourn- stay  
  10. Surmise- suppose that something is true without having evidence to confirm it
  11. The spray- leaves and branches of trees; foliage 



Poem 7  On the Grasshopper and Cricket


  1. Ceasing- come or bring to an end 
  2. Drowsiness- a feeling of being sleepy and lethargic; sleepiness
  3. Faint- feeling weak and dizzy and close to leading consciousness  
  4. Hedge- a fence or boundary formed by closely growing bushes or shrubs
  5. Lone- deserted; lonely
  6. Mead- (here) meadow; a piece of land covered or cultivated with grass
  7. Mown- (of grass or a crop) cut down with a machine
  8. Shrills- comes through loud and clear
  9. Wrought- brought about



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