Class 8 NCERT Honeydew Book Chapter wise difficult word meanings 

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Class 8 English Honeydew Word meaning of Prose

Chapter 1  The Best Christmas Present in the World


  1. Bathsheba- (in the Bible) the mother of Solomon, also a character in the book, Far from the Madding Crowd
  2. Boarded-up – covered with wooden boards
  3. Bridport- A market town in Dorset, England 
  4. Brute force- achieved through the application of a lot of force
  5. Burned out- destroyed by fire
  6. Cello- a musical instrument like a large violin
  7. Clumsily mended- unprofessionally repaired as if by someone unskillful 
  8. Crisp- (of the weather) cool, fresh and invigorating
  9. Dugout- a shelter for soldiers made by digging a hole in the ground and covering it.
  10. Frame of mind- a particular mood that influences one’s attitude or behaviour
  11. Fritz- (here) a name for a German soldier (Fritz is a common German name) 
  12. Frosty- (of the weather) very cold, with frost forming on surfaces
  13. Gabriel Oak- a character in the book Far from the Madding Crowd
  14. Goalposts- either of the two upright posts of a goal 
  15. Gripping – (here) holding
  16. Huddles- crowd together
  17. Junkshop- A shop selling miscellaneous second-hand or old out of use material
  18. Lit up- became bright with excitement, happiness
  19. Lopsided- asymmetrical
  20. Marzipan- a sweet covering on a cake made from sugar, eggs and almonds
  21. Matron- a woman in charge of domestic and medical arrangements at an institution
  22. Mingling- mix or cause to mix together
  23. Muddle-headed- confused
  24. No man’s land- disputed ground between the front lines or trenches of two opposing armies.
  25. Outstretched- extend 
  26. Parapet- a protective wall or earth defence along the top of a trench or other place of concealment for troops
  27. Ration- fixed amount of a commodity officially allowed to each person
  28. Restore- repair (here)
  29. Roll-top desk- a writing desk with a flexible cover sliding in curved grooves
  30. Schnapps- a German drink made from grain
  31. Scorch marks- burn marks
  32. Scruples- feelings that make you hesitate to do something wrong
  33. Sello-taped- fastened or sticked with transparent adhesive tape
  34. Sergeant Troy- a character in the book Far from the Madding Crowd
  35. Spotted it- saw it; found it
  36. Standing to- taking up positions
  37. Stuck fast- shut tight
  38. Suffused with- spread all over her face
  39. Taken their toll on- damaged
  40. Tenderly- with gentleness, kindness and affection
  41. Tommy- a common English name, used here to refer to British soldiers
  42. Trenches- long deep ditches in the ground where soldiers hide from the enemy
  43. Veneer- a thin layer of plastic or decorative wood on furniture of cheap wood
  44. Was going for- was selling for
  45. White flag- The white flag is an internationally recognized protective sign of truce request for negotiation
  46. Wispy- (of hair) fine

Chapter 2  The Tsunami


  1. Acute hearing- reacting readily to stimuli or impressions; sensitive
  2. Archipelago- a group of many islands and the surrounding sea
  3. Carcasses- the dead body of an animal
  4. Chaos- complete disorder or confusion
  5. Clinging- hold on tightly to
  6. Cooperative society- A co-operative society is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.
  7. Daze- a state of stunned confusion or bewilderment 
  8. Enticed- attract or tempt by offering pleasure or advantage
  9. Eyewitness- a person who has seen something happen and can give a first-and description of it  
  10. Fled- run away from a place or situation of danger
  11. Forewarned- inform someone of a possible future danger or problem
  12. Guest house- a private house offering accommodation to paying guests
  13. Hysterical- affected by or deriving from uncontrolled emotion; when you are hysterical, you shout, laugh or cry in a wild excited way, without any control over yourself
  14. Kamorta- one of the Nicobar Islands 
  15. Nancowry island- an island in the central part of the Nicobar Islands
  16. Perished- die, especially in a violent or sudden way
  17. Port Blair- Port Blair is the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a union territory of India in the Bay of Bengal
  18. Recede- move back from where it was
  19. Refuge- shelter or protection from danger
  20. Relief helicopters- helicopters bringing help to people (e.g. during floods)
  21. Resort- a place where people go on holiday 
  22. Resort- a place where people go on holiday 
  23. Sixth sense- a supposed intuitive faculty giving awareness not explicable in terms of normal perception
  24. Slammed- hit something with great force 
  25. Sumatra- it is a large Indonesian island
  26. Sumatra- it is a large Indonesian island
  27. Surge- force; momentum
  28. Traumatised- greatly shocked and distressed
  29. Tremor- a slight shake (Earth tremors: the Earth’s shake during an Earthquake)
  30. Uprooted- pull (something, especially a tree or a plant) out of the ground 
  31. Whirlpools- a quickly rotating mass of water in a river or sea into which objects may be drawn, typically caused by the meeting of conflicting currents
  32. Withstood- endured without collapsing

Chapter 3  Glimpses of the Past


  1. Adjutant- a military officer who acts as an administrative assistant to a senior officer
  2. Angrez- Englishman
  3. Arrears- money that is owed and should have been paid earlier
  4. Brewing- something is about to happen and something is being prepared
  5. Child marriage- marriage of a girl or boy before the age of 18
  6. Clerk- Clerks perform a variety of clerical and administrative duties such as answering the telephone, typing documents, filing, and liaising with clients
  7. Conquests- the subjugation and assumption of control of a place or people by military force; conquering
  8. Cripple- cause (someone) to become unable to walk or move properly
  9. Despise- feel contempt or a deep repugnance for 
  10. Dethroned- remove (a monarch) from power
  11. Discontent- dissatisfaction with one’s circumstances
  12. Famines- extreme scarcity of food
  13. Grievances- a real or imagined cause for complaint, especially unfair treatment
  14. Incidentally- used to add a further comment or a remark; by the way
  15. Inevitably- as is certain to happen; unavoidably 
  16. Intellectuals- a person possessing a highly developed intellect
  17. Learned man- a person great and varied learning
  18. Massacred- deliberately and brutally kill (many people)
  19. Merchants- a person or company involved in wholesale trade, especially one dealing with foreign countries or supplying goods to a particular trade
  20. Oppression- prolonged cruel or unjust treatment or exercise of authority
  21. Peasants- a poor smallholder or agricultural labourer of low social status 
  22. Petty- of secondary or lesser importance, rank or scale
  23. Pitched battle- a violent confrontation involving large numbers of people
  24. Pittance- a very small or inadequate amount of money
  25. Preached- publicly proclaim or teach 
  26. Prosper- succeed in material terms; be financially successful 
  27. Rebellion- an act of armed resistance to an established government or leader
  28. Reform- make changes in something in order to improve it
  29. Revolted- take violent action against an established government or ruler
  30. Santhals- a member of a large indigenous group living mainly in eastern India
  31. Scorned- feel or express contempt or disdain for
  32. Sepoys- an Indian soldier serving under British or other European orders  
  33. Short-sighted- lacking imagination or foresight
  34. Sore- upset and angry
  35. Subdue- overcome or bring under control; conquer
  36. Superior- higher in quality
  37. Superstitions- a widely held but irrational belief in supernatural influences, especially as leading to good or bad luck, or a practice based on such relief
  38. Untouchability- the practice of ostracising (excluding) a minority group by segregating them from the mainstream by social custom or legal mandate (now outlawed in India)
  39. Upsurge- an upward surge in the strength or quantity of something; an increase

Chapter 4  Bepin Choudhury’s Lapse of Memory


  1. Affluence- the state of having a great deal of money
  2. Anxiously- in a matter resulting from or revealing anxiety 
  3. Bawarchi- hindi word for a cook
  4. Boulder- a very big rock
  5. Bracing- stimulating
  6. Came round- regained consciousness
  7. Carry on- continue
  8. Clamped- (here) put
  9. Close quarters- very near to a person or thing
  10. Conscientious- careful and correct
  11. Deliberate- done consciously and intentionally
  12. Didn’t beat about the bush- came straight to the point
  13. Getting into other people’s hair- to annoy or bother someone
  14. Going nuts- going mad or crazy
  15. Hastings- rapidity of action or motion
  16. Having a rough time- having a lot of problems
  17. Head reeled- he was shocked and confused
  18. Head was in a whirl- confused and able to think clearly (here)
  19. Idle chat- unnecessary; routine conversation 
  20. In retribution of- as a punishment for
  21. Inconceivable- not capable of being imagined or grasped mentally; unbelievable
  22. Incredulous- unbelieving or doubtful 
  23. Intimate- very personal and private
  24. Intruder- a person who intrudes
  25. Lingered- spend a long time over something
  26. Losing his mind- becoming mad
  27. Meek- quiet; humble
  28. Must see about consulting- (here) may have to consult
  29. Nuisance- a person or thing causing inconvenience or annoyance
  30. Off and on- now and then
  31. Procured- got (with a little difficulty)
  32. Ruthless- having or showing no pity or compassion for others
  33. Shook his head- an act to show agreement
  34. Sighed- emit a long, deep audible breath expressing sadness, relief, tiredness, or similar
  35. Sleuthing- carry out a search or investigation in the manner of a detective
  36. Snuggling- settle or move into a warm, comfortable position
  37. Spoke quietly- speaking in a calm and even tone
  38. Thoughtful- absorbed in or involving thought
  39. Thrillers- a novel, play or film with an exciting plot, typically involving crime or espionage
  40. Throw your mind back- think back and recall a past event
  41. Tranquilliser- a medicine to reduce stress and anxiety
  42. Tried to gather his wits together- make an effort to become calm and think clearly
  43. Turning up like a bad penny- appearing at a place where one is not welcome
  44. Unfeeling- unsympathetic
  45. Utter disbelief- complete surprise
  46. Utterly- absolutely
  47. Wits- intelligence

Chapter 5  The Summit


  1. Akin- similar 
  2. Aloofness- distant 
  3. Ascent- climb
  4. Belays- fixes a rope
  5. Brutal- unpleasant or harsh
  6. Communion- the sharing or exchanging of intimate thoughts and feelings, especially on a mental or spiritual level
  7. Conquest- conquering
  8. Defied- frustrated; resisted
  9. Endurance- tolerance
  10. Ennobling- give someone a noble rank or title
  11. Exhilarating- very exciting
  12. Firm in- make yourself firm
  13. Glimpsing- catch or get a sight of
  14. Grim- harsh
  15. Humility- the quality of having a modest or low view of one’s importance
  16. Jubilant- very happy because of success
  17. Majesty- magnificence or great beauty
  18. Mystical- inspiring a sense of spiritual mystery, awe and fascination (other-worldly)
  19. Obeisance- deferential respect
  20. Ordeals- painful experiences
  21. Overwhelmed- have a strong emotional effect on Formidable- strong and powerful 
  22. Panorama- view of a wide area
  23. Persistence- the fact of continuing in a course of action in spite of difficulty
  24. Relic- artefact
  25. Remote- distant
  26. Resolutely- with determination or firmness
  27. Reverence- deep respect for someone or something
  28. Ruggedness- roughly irregular, heavy or hard in outline or form 
  29. Summit- the highest point of a hill or a mountain
  30. Surged- arose suddenly and intensely
  31. Tinge- race; shade

Chapter 6  This is Jody’s Fawn


  1. A close shave- a narrow escape
  2. Abandoned- having been deserted or left 
  3. Acorns- small brown nuts
  4. Adjacent- nearby
  5. Alarm- frighten
  6. Balked- was unwilling 
  7. Bleat- the weak, wavering cry made by a sheep, goat, or calf.
  8. Bleated- make a characteristic weak, waving cry
  9. Bough- a main branch of a tree
  10. Butted- hit something with the head or horns
  11. Buzzard- a large hawk like bird of prey with broad wings and a rounded tail, often seen soaring in wide circles
  12. China deer- a clay deer that is easily broken 
  13. Clacked- make a sharp sound or series of noises 
  14. Clearing- an open space in a forest, especially one cleared for cultivation
  15. Clutched- to grasp something tightly 
  16. Convulsion- shiver
  17. Crackling- sharp sound
  18. Dangling- hanging or swinging loosely
  19. Delirious- (here) extremely excited
  20. Dilated- enlarged
  21. Doe- a female deer
  22. Drift back to- go back to
  23. Ecstasy- an overwhelming feeling of great happiness or joyful excitement
  24. Enchanted- filled with delight, charmed 
  25. Endure- (here) handle
  26. Every which way-in different directions
  27. Fawn- a young deer in its first year
  28. Flapped- (of a bird) move (its wings) up and down when flying or preparing to fly; flutter
  29. Fondle- Stroke or caress lovingly
  30. Frantically- in a hurried, excited or disorganised manner
  31. Gasped- catch one’s breath with an open mouth, owing to pain or astonishment
  32. Gave himself over to- to spend all your time and energy doing or feeling something 
  33. Gurgling- making or characterised by a hollow bubbling sound
  34. Hemmed in- (here) caught in a situation where one can’t say no
  35. Hissed- make a sharp sibilant sound as of the letter s
  36. Hoist- an act of raising or lifting something
  37. Hooves- the horny part of the foot of a horse 
  38. Kept your head- stayed calm in a difficult situation
  39. Light-headed- Unable to think clearly
  40. Limply- lacking stiffness
  41. Makes a bearing- acts as a compass and helps to identify directions
  42. Mounted- riding an animal, typically a horse
  43. Obliged- be grateful
  44. Quivering- trembling or shaking with a slight rapid motion
  45. Romp- play
  46. Scrawny- thin and bony
  47. Scrub- small form of a plant
  48. Sidled back- walked back quietly, trying not to be noticed
  49. Sleek- smooth and shiny
  50. Startled- feeling or showing sudden shock or alarm 
  51. Stride- walk with long, decisive steps in a specified direction
  52. Stroked- move one’s hands gently over a surface, repeatedly; caress
  53. Thicket- a dense group of bushes or trees
  54. Thieving- the action of stealing 
  55. Tumbled- having fallen or collapsed
  56. Twigs- a slender woody shoot growing from a branch or stem of a tree or shrub
  57. Vines- climbing or trailing woody-stemmed plant related to the grapevine 
  58. Wander- to roam 
  59. Wavered- move in a quivering way; flicker
  60. Wobbling- move unsteadily in a particular direction (particularly from side to side)

Chapter 7  A Visit to Cambridge


  1. Accessory- not essential, but extra, though decorative
  2. Amusing- causing laughter and providing entertainment
  3. Anguish- severe mental or physical pain or suffering 
  4. Astrophysicist- scholar of astrophysics – branch of physics dealing with stars, planets, etc 
  5. Buoyant- intensely active and vibrant
  6. Chronically- in a persistent and recurring way
  7. Claustrophobic- very small and suffocating (‘Claustrophobia’ is abnormal fear of being in an enclosed space)
  8. Cliche´- phrase or idea used so often that it loses its meaning
  9. Disembodied- separated from the body
  10. Exhilaration- a feeling of happiness, excitement or elation
  11. Gleefully- very happily
  12. Incandescence- inner glow or light
  13. Inflection- rise and fall of the voice in speaking
  14. Metaphor- a thing regarded as representative or symbolic of something else.
  15. Patronise- to be kind or helpful to someone, but to talk to them as if they are inferior
  16. Propelled- drive or push something forward (here, it means come)
  17. Rumbling- a continuous deep, resonant sound (probably of the wheels, here)
  18. Sentimental- prompted by feelings of tenderness or nostalgia
  19. Slump- sit, lean, or fall heavily and limply.
  20. Synthesiser- an electronic musical instrument, typically operated by a keyboard, producing a wide variety of sounds by generating and combining signals of different frequencies
  21. Torso- upper part of the body
  22. Wasted- weak or emaciated

Chapter 8  A‌ ‌Short‌ ‌Monsoon ‌ Diary


  1. Admonishes- warn or reprimand someone firmly
  2. Attics- a space or room inside or partly inside the roof of a building.
  3. Blankets- covers
  4. Bloodletting- losing blood (decades ago, leeches were used to remove blood from a patient’s body)
  5. Blunders- act clumsily
  6. Bobbing-make a sudden move so as to appear or disappear 
  7. Burrows- a hole or tunnel dug by a small animal, especially a rabbit, as a dwelling
  8. Caress- touch gently 
  9. Chopping up- to cut something into small pieces
  10. Chuchundars- hindi word for shrew
  11. Cobra lily- common name of several plants
  12. Conceal- not allow to be seen; hide
  13. Contrive- manage to do something
  14. Corrugated- (of a material or surface) shaped into a series of parallel ridges and grooves so as to give added rigidity and strength
  15. Creeper- any plant that grows along the ground, around another plant, or up a wall by means of extending stems or branches 
  16. Crevices- narrow openings or cracks in rock or wall 
  17. Dearth- a scarcity or lack of something
  18. Disconsolately- unhappily 
  19. Drainpipe- a pipe for carrying off rainwater or liquid refuse from a building
  20. Drenched- wet thoroughly; soak
  21. Drongos- a song bird with a stout bill
  22. Drumming- falling noisily
  23. Ferns- a flowerless plant with feathery green leaves
  24. Flitting- move swiftly and lightly
  25. Heralded-  announced or brought the news of 
  26. Hushed- very quiet and still  
  27. Imprecations- curses 
  28. Insectivorous- (of an animal) feeding on insects, worms and other invertebrates
  29. Landour- a small cantonment town touching Mussoorie
  30. Leeches- an aquatic or terrestrial annelid worm with suckers at both ends. Many species are bloodsucking parasites
  31. Lush- (of vegetation, especially grass) growing luxuriantly
  32. Melancholy- very sad (the mist is called melancholy because it makes people feel melancholy)  
  33. Menace- be a threat or possible danger to
  34. Mist (noun)- a cloud of tiny water droplets suspended in the atmosphere at or near the earth’s surface that limits visibility (to a lesser extent than fog; strictly, with visibility remaining above 1 km)
  35. Mist (verb)- cover or become covered with mist
  36. Ravine- valley
  37. Rears- grow or cultivate (plants) 
  38. Scarlet minivets- bright red bird like a cuckoo
  39. Shrew- a small insectivorous mammal resembling a mouse, with a long pointed snout and tiny eyes 
  40. Snapping up- to take someone or something quickly or eagerly
  41. Squatted- sat (here)
  42. Suffused- gradually spread through or over
  43. Swish- move with a hissing or rushing sound
  44. Thrush- a small or medium-sized songbird, typically having brown back, spotted breast and loud song

Chapter 9  The Great Stone Face-I‌‌


  1. Affectionate- loving, caring  
  2. Banquet- feast
  3. Beheld- saw 
  4. Benign- kind, gentle 
  5. Clustering- gathering 
  6. Dashed- (here) stopped forcefully
  7. Enormous- very big 
  8. Fanciful- over-imaginative and unrealistic
  9. Folly- lack of good sense; foolishness
  10. Gazing- look steadily and intently, especially in admiration or thought
  11. Gigantic- immense
  12. Heap- pile 
  13. Idle talk- foolish or irrelevant talk
  14. Immense- huge 
  15. Industrious- diligent and hard-working
  16. Inhabitants- people living in the valley; dwellers 
  17. Labour- work 
  18. Likeness- the fact or quality of being alike; resemblance
  19. Majestic- having or showing impressive beauty
  20. Marvellous- extremely good or pleasing; splendid
  21. Native- a person born in a specified place or associated with a place by birth, whether subsequently resident there or not
  22. Noblest- having or showing fine personal qualities or high moral principles
  23. Pardonable- able to be forgiven; excusable
  24. Pensive- thoughtful 
  25. Perpendicular- (cliff or rock-face) rising very steeply
  26. Proclaimed- (here) said loudly, announced
  27. Prophecy- statement that tells what will happen in the future 
  28. Remarkable- worthy of attention; extraordinary
  29. Renowned- famous 
  30. Shrewdness- the quality of having or showing good powers of judgement; sharpness
  31. Spectator- onlooker; watcher
  32. Stirred- arouse strong feeling in someone
  33. Sympathies- feelings (of sorrow, understanding and approval)

Chapter 10  The Great Stone Face-I‌‌I


  1. Ceased- come or bring to an end
  2. Corresponded- been in harmony with
  3. Custom- habit
  4. Customary toil- usual work
  5. Diffused- spread all around
  6. Furrows- deep lines
  7. Harmonised with- corresponded with, agreed with
  8. Hospitably- (here) gently, kindly 
  9. Obscure- not well known
  10. Sage- wise man
  11. Unawares- unknowingly
  12. Vain- producing no result; useless

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