4000 Essential English Words 6 Unit 12: The Butler
- adorn [əˈdɔːrn] v.
To adorn something means to make it more beautiful by decorating it.
→ Small glass beads adorned the vase.
- bliss [blis] n.
Bliss is a state of complete happiness.
→ Every time he sees his girlfriend, he feels a sense of bliss.
- butler [ˈbʌtlər] n.
A butler is the most important male servant in a wealthy house.
→ Whenever he needed something, he rang a bell, and the butler appeared.
- cramp [kræmp] n.
A cramp is a strong pain caused by a muscle after a lot of physical use.
→ After the marathon, Jenny got a terrible cramp in her calf muscle.
- dilapidated [diˈlæpədeitid] adj.
When a building is dilapidated, it is old and in bad condition.
→ Paint peeled off of the old dilapidated apartment building.
- evoke [iˈvouk] v.
To evoke a memory or emotion means to make it occur.
→ The picture evoked memories of when grandmother was a girl.
- farewell [fɛərˈwel] n.
A farewell is an instance of saying goodbye or a way to say it.
→ She got on the plane after we said our farewells.
- faucet [ˈfɔːsit] n.
A faucet is a device that controls the flow of a liquid or gas.
→ Turn off the faucet when you are done brushing your teeth.
- filth [filθ] n.
Filth is a large amount of dirt or dirty things that disgust you.
→ There was tons of filth and trash on the shore of the river.
- flaw [flɔː] n.
A flaw is a mistake in something that causes it to be less effective or correct.
→ We discovered a major flaw in the metal chain.
- grin [grin] v.
To grin means to smile broadly.
→ That joke makes me grin every time I hear it.
- housekeeping [ˈhausˌkiːpiŋ] n.
Housekeeping is the maintenance of a house or an establishment like a hotel.
→ Housekeeping is not much fun, but it has to be done.
- mound [maund] n.
A mound of something is a large pile of it.
→ There was a mound of clothes on the messy teenager’s floor.
- numb [nʌm] adj.
When a body part is numb, it does not have any feeling.
→ After holding my hand under the icy water, my fingers went numb.
- reckless [ˈreklis] adj.
When people are reckless, they act in an unsafe way.
→ The reckless driver posed a threat to everyone else on the road.
- slate [sleit] n.
Slate is a dark grey rock that can easily be split into layers.
→ The roof of the church was made of slate.
- stool [stuːl] n.
A stool is a seat with legs but no support for a person’s arms and back.
→ I don’t find stools very comfortable to sit on.
- testament [ˈtestəmənt] n.
A testament to something shows that it exists or is true.
→ The beautiful performance was a testament to the singer’s natural talents.
- timber [ˈtimbə:r] n.
Timber is wood that is used for building houses and making furniture.
→ Trees in this area are grown specifically to be used for timber.
- valve [vælv] n.
A valve is a device attached to a pipe that controls the flow of liquid or air.
→ The mechanic removed the dirt to clear the engine valve.