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Below are some examples of words to use instead of said. While it nice to have a list of several hundred words to use instead of said, the list is meaningless if you don't know how to use them. The purpose of this page is to fire up your imagination so that you can use the words in your own stories. As I wrote on the words to use instead of said page, when using words instead of said, be sure you utilize them properly. For example, you cannot laugh and talk, or sneeze and talk at the same time. "That is so funny, laughed Bob," should not be used. A person can laugh before or after they speak, but not while they speak. Think about how your character is going to speak and the emotion that they are experiencing. Think it out before you write it down. Let me give you some examples. The following sentence does not use the word said:
"I hate you," spat Bob in disgust. Now think about that sentence. Can a person spit in disgust and speak at the same time?
Watch what happens this time when I use the word said and describe Bob's actions:
"I hate you," said Bob as he clenched his fists. His lips snarled with rage as he stormed out the room, vowing never to return.
Here is another example where the word said works just fine:
"Do have some more gravy, Bob," said Darla, spooning it out herself.
For dialogue to be effective it must appear to be realistic. The person reading your story must believe that your characters actually talk this way. You should use dialogue to reveal insights into characters, set the mood, and even to clarify plot points. I was once told that when writing dialogue, to think of it as action. Use dialogue to make something happen.
The sentences and example dialogue below are simply meant to give you ideas and inspire your own dialogue as you write. Have fun with writing, and be creative. Please remember that the words below all have more than one definition, but only one is used in each example. Click or touch the word to see even more definitions.
Definitions come from www.dictionary.com and www.merriam-webster.com. Be sure to look up these words in your dictionary for definitions and ideas.
|accused (adjective) to charge with the fault, offense, or crime.|
“Professor Plum murdered Colonel Mustard!” accused Miss Peacock.
|acknowledged (verb) to show or express recognition or realization of.|
“Yeah, yeah, yeah, I heard you,” Jason acknowledged.
|acquiesced (to assent tacitly; submit or comply silently or without protest; agree; consent:)|
“Okay, okay, I agree with you,” Sam acquiesced.
|added (verb) to say or write further.|
“Not only that, but Jill is pretty smart too,” Joe added.
|addressed (verb) to greet by a prescribed form..|
The reporter bypassed everyone else at the table and focused on the man sitting at the head. “Excuse me Mr. Mayor, I'd like to ask you a question, if I may,” he politely addressed the man.
|admitted (verb) to acknowledge; confess.|
“She … she is so gorgeous! Everything about her makes me swoon!” Trenton admitted. (submitted by Brianna L.)
|advised (verb) to give counsel to; offer an opinion or suggestion as worth following.|
“You should wear a helmet when you ride a bike,” advised the police officer.
|affirmed (verb) to express agreement with or commitment to; uphold; support.|
“You were right. The first space shuttle was launched in 1981,” Randy affirmed.
|announced (verb) to state; declare.|
“Guess what dear, I'm pregnant!” announced Tim's wife.
|answered (verb) to speak or write in response to; reply to.|
“When will I be home? I'll be home in an hour,” answered Jamie.
|apologized (verb) to express regret for something done or said.|
“I'm really sorry Dad; I didn't mean to break the window.” apologized Andy as he looked down at the baseball bat in his hands.
|approved (verb) to speak or think favorably of; pronounce or consider agreeable or good; judge favorably.|
“Oh my goodness Cindy, I love your new haircut!” approved Emily.
|argued (verb) to contend in oral disagreement; dispute.|
“I do to know what I am talking about!” Wayne argued.
|articulated (to make clear or distinct)|
“Please! Do not bring your textbook tomorrow!” Miss Lim articulated. (submitted by Han Y.)
|asked (verb) to put a question to; inquire of.|
“;What is the capitol of Vermont?” asked Wilbur.
|asserted (verb) to state with assurance, confidence, or force; state strongly or positively; affirm.|
“How dare you accuse me of stealing your necklace! I did not steal it and you know it!” Sheila asserted.
|assured (to be sure or certain of something; very confident)|
“The monsters don't come out during the day,” assured Mack. (submitted by Kayla F.)
|avowed (acknowledged; declared):|
“I have not eaten chocolate for over thirty days!” she avowed rather forcefully.
|babbled (verb) to talk idly, irrationally, excessively, or foolishly; chatter or prattle.|
“Oh my gosh, it's so awesome, and I got it at FAO Schwartz last year, and I wish you could share it with me...” Phil babbled. (submitted by Mia M.)
|badgered (to harass or urge persistently; pester; nag)|
“Why are you not responding?” She badgered, poking him in the ribs. (submitted by Rhianna H.)
|barked (verb) to speak or cry out sharply or gruffly.|
“Sit down and eat your super!” barked Tom's father.
|bawled (verb) to cry out loudly and unrestrainedly.|
“I can't believe we lost the game,” bawled Paul as he held his head in his hands while the crowd left the bleachers.
|beamed (verb) to smile radiantly or happily.|
“Look everybody, Dad got me a puppy!” beamed Chrissy.
|begged (verb) to ask humbly or earnestly.|
“Please don't make me eat the beets; they make me gag.” Mandy begged.
|bickered (verb) to engage in petulant or peevish argument.|
“Well, you didn't say that we had to do page four!” Camile bickered. (submitted by Elsa N.)
|bleated (verb) to talk complainingly or with a whine.|
“But yesterday you said I could go,” she bleated.
|blubbered (an act of weeping noisily and without restraint)|
With little prompting, she spilled the whole glorious story in its entirety. Exhausted and tearful, she blubbered, “It's all my fault.” (submitted by Holly T.)
“He dumped me!” Alyssa blubbered. (submitted by Alyson M.)
|blurted (verb) to utter suddenly or inadvertently; divulge impulsively or unadvisedly.|
“It's true, I ate all the cookies,” blurted Johnnie when his mother gave him a stern look.
|boasted (to be excessively proud, to brag, or be vain)|
“Winning the kickball tournament was as easy as pie,” Sean boasted. (submitted by Kayla F.)
|bubbled (verb) to speak, move, issue forth, or exist in a lively, sparkling manner; exude cheer.|
“We're going to Disneyland! We're going to Disneyland!” bubbled Danny as he excitedly ran around the room.
|burst(verb) to give sudden expression to or as if to emotion.|
“I love you Aiden!” burst Emma. (submitted by Emma L.)
|cackled (to laugh in a shrill, broken manner)|
“You'll never escape!” She cackled. (submitted by Rhianna H.)
|challenged (verb) a demand to explain, justify, etc.|
“Billy! What are you doing in my room?” Lisa challenged.
|chastised (verb) to scold, rebuke, or reprimand.|
“You should never talk back to your mother,” Lucy chastised, pulling Tony away by his ear. (submitted by Jackie L.)
|chatted (verb) to converse in a familiar or informal manner.|
“I had a quiz in math today, which I got an “A” on, by the way. And Jessica, who sits next to me in English class, was sick today,” chatted Helga at the dinner table.
|chattered (verb) to talk rapidly in a foolish or purposeless way; jabber.|
“I started off with breakfast this morning and after that I played video games all morning. Then I ate lunch and after that I played video games all afternoon. Then I ate supper and after that I played video games some more. All in all, it's been a very good day,” chattered James as he got ready for bed.
|cheered (verb) a shout of encouragement, approval, congratulation, etc.|
“Way to go Wayne!” cheered Lily as she watched her boyfriend cross the finish line first.
|chided (to express disapproval of; scold; reproach)|
“It's not your hair that needs to brushed, it's your teeth that need it,” chided Mary as she watched her husband in the mirror.
|chirped (to say something in a lively and cheerful way)|
“Come sit down,” she chirped, as she scooted over, leaving me a seat. (submitted by Tatum P.)
|chortled (verb) to chuckle gleefully.|
“Aw, you try so hard to impress me!” I chortled in joy. (submitted by Brianna L.)
|chorused (verb) simultaneous utterance in singing, speaking, shouting, etc.|
“We won!” chorused Bill with the rest of the crowd at the conclusion of the basketball game.
|chuckled (verb) to laugh softly or amusedly, usually with satisfaction.|
Hank walked out of the classroom, softly closing the door behind him. He glanced up and down the hallway, making sure that no one saw him, and chuckled. “This will be the best practical joke ever.”
|clarified(verb) to make (an idea, statement, etc.) clear or intelligible; to free from ambiguity.|
“So, we just read up until chapter eight?” Vonnie clarified with the teacher, just to be sure. (submitted by Katherine K.)
|clipped (having short, sharp vowel sounds and clear pronunciation)|
“Flattery will get you nowhere,” he clipped. (submitted by Potato F)
|coached (to give instruction or advice)|
She paused, not knowing what to say. “Tell them about your socks,” he coached. (submitted by Neil F)
|comforted (verb) to soothe, console, or reassure; bring cheer to.|
“It's okay Paul. Our team will win their next game,” comforted Jill as she gently patted Paul on the back.
|commanded (verb) to direct with specific authority or prerogative; order.|
“Go to your room now!” Ralph's dad commanded.
|commented (expression an opinion or reaction)|
“There are a lot more animals here than yesterday,” Robert commented. (submitted by Nathaniel F.)
|complained (verb) to express dissatisfaction, pain, uneasiness, censure, resentment, or grief; find fault.|
“Why do I always have to do the dishes? It's not fair” Taylor complained
|complimented (an expression of praise, commendation, or admiration)|
“You look nice today,” complimented Ben. (submitted by Nathaniel F.)
|conceded (verb) to make concession; yield to pressure or circumstances; admit.|
“I don't understand. I thought evolution real; I can see now that there is no evidence to back the theory.” Charlie conceded.
|concurred (to accord in opinion; agree)|
“Shall we dine?” Alice asked. “Indeed!” Bob concurred. (submitted by Anastasia K.)
|confessed (verb) to own or admit as true.|
“Please don't tell any spooky stories. I'm afraid of the dark,” confessed Randy as he nervously looked around at the shadows being cast by the campfire.
|confirmed (made certain as to truth, accuracy, validity, availability, etc.)|
“She has a concussion,” the nurse confirmed. (submitted by Alorie F.)
|congratulated (verb) to express pleasure to (a person), as on a happy occasion.|
“Here's to our good friend, Randolph, who finally got engaged to Elizabeth,” congratulated Ben.
|considered (think carefully about something, typically before making a decision.)|
“I wonder,” Billy considered, “whether or not I should try out for percussion.” (submitted by Nathan F.)
|consoled (verb) to alleviate or lessen the grief, sorrow, or disappointment of; give solace or comfort.|
“I know you failed the test, but don't worry, you'll pass the next one,” consoled Bill's mother.
|contributed (to give something; i.e. time, information, suggetions, etc.)|
“I don't know what to do!” Sue cried. “Maybe you could talk to him?” Allen contributed. (submitted by Emilia R.)
|cooed(verb) to murmur or talk fondly or amorously.|
“You are such a beautiful baby,” cooed grandmother as she leaned over the crib.
|corrected (verb) to set or make true, accurate, or right; remove the errors or faults.|
“What do you mean, I never take out the trash? I do it every week.” Phylis' husband corrected.
|countered (noun) a statement or action made to refute, oppose, or nullify another statement or action.|
“I did to clean my room!” countered Billy.
|cried (verb) to utter inarticulate sounds, especially of lamentation, grief, or suffering, usually with tears.|
“I can't believe that Kathy had to move to another town. I'm going to miss her so much,” cried Wendy as she vainly tried to stop the tears from flowing down her cheeks.
|croaked (verb) to speak with a low, rasping voice.|
“Don't leave me here alone,” he tried to cry out, but it only came out as a croak.
|crowed (verb) to gloat, boast, or exult.|
“Woo-hoo! I made the team!” crowed karl as he watched the coach post the roster.
|cursed (noun) the expression of a wish that misfortune, evil, doom, etc., befall a person, group, etc.|
“I hate you and I hope you never get another girfriend ever!” cursed Jane as she stormed away from her exboyfriend.
|dared (verb) to challenge or provoke (a person) into a demonstration of courage; defy.|
“Go ahead and punch me, you coward!” Jason dared his older brother.
|deadpanned (verb) to speak without expression or tone; to speak sarcastically.|
“Oh, yeah, sure, just dump your money into the river,” Babette deadpanned, rolling her eyes. (submitted by Jackie L.)
|defended (to support in the face of criticism)|
“He didn't mean to,” defended Michael quickly. (submitted by Alexa C.)
|deflected (to bend or turn aside; turn from a true course or straight line; swerve.)|
“Well, at least I don't have a huge forehead!” Elizabeth deflected. (submitted by Jaylin)
|demanded (verb) to ask for with proper authority; claim as a right.|
“You had better explain yourself, young man!” demanded Phil's mother as she observed the clothing strewn about his bedroom.
|demurred (to make objection, especially on the grounds of scruples; take exception; object)|
“Sure.” He jumped to his feet. “I'm sorry to have kept you.” “No, no,” Anne demurred. (submitted by Jennie G.)
|denied (verb) to state that (something declared or believed to be true) is not true.|
“I am not afraid of the dark,” Randy denied.
|doubted (verb) to be uncertain about; consider questionable or unlikely; hesitate to believe.|
“I know where I am going,” said Tom as he steered the car onto the dark street. “I don't think you do,” Lisa doubted as she nervously looked out the window.
|doubtfully (adjective) unsettled in opinion or belief; undecided; hesitating.|
“I don't think so,” Adam said doubtfully, shaking his head. (submitted by Stevie M.)
|described (verb) to tell or depict in written or spoken words; give an account of:|
“So, what did the man look like?” The police inquired, desperate for an answer. “He had light, blonde curly hair and round, black glasses. He had a scar on his cheek, and his skin was really wrinkly.” Mary described. (submitted by Katherine K.)
|disagreed (verb) to differ in opinion; dissent.|
“There is no scientific evidence that supports global warming and you know it!” disagreed Kyle as he shook his head at the ignorance of his friend.
|effused (to talk in an unrestrained, excited manner)|
“You look so radiant, so stunning, so fabulous in that dress, that I, I, I, just don't know what to say,” effused Alice.
|encouraged (to inspire with courage or confidence)|
“Do it,” he encouraged. (submitted by Alysha B.)
|exasperated (to irritate or provoke)|
“This is the last time I help you,” exasperated Maddison as she sighed heavily. (submitted by Maddy & David)
|exclaimed (to cry out or speak suddenly and vehemently, as in surprise, strong emotion, or protest)|
“I made the team!” Lizzy exclaimed. (submitted by Helenaluciana M.)
|exploded (to burst forth violently or emotionally, especially with noise, laughter, violent speech)|
“You told me this report was finished last Friday!” exploded Bob “You haven't even started on it!”
|exulted (to show or feel a lively or triumphant joy; rejoice exceedingly; be highly elated or jubilant)|
He hurled the ball as hard as he could at the stumps, and to his delight, it clipped the offside one, and the bail flicked off. “Yes!” he exulted, pumping his fist in the air in delight. (submitted by Chris G.)
|flatly (adective) showing little interest or emotion.|
“You know I hate dresses,” Emily said flatly. (submitted by Jackie L.)
|forgave (to grant pardon for or remission of (an offense, debt, etc.); absolve.)|
“It's okay, I know you didn't mean to. Let's be friends again,” Kate forgave. (submitted by Katherine K.)
|fretted (verb) to become vexed (distressed) or worried.|
“I know that I studied for this exam, but I'm not sure I'm ready,” fretted Shirley as she watched the teacher place the exam on her desk.
|fumed (verb) to show fretful irritation or anger.|
“What do you mean that you're going to be late again?” fumed Melissa.
|gasped (noun) a sudden, short intake of breath, as in shock or surprise.|
“It's gone!” Jake gasped. “My wallet was in my pocket a minute ago, but now it's gone!”
|gibed (to make insulting, taunting, heckling, or jeering remarks):|
“Still afraid of the dark, aren't you!” gibed Tom at Sam's cowardice.
|giggled (verb) to laugh in a silly, often high-pitched way, especially with short, repeated gasps and titters, as from juvenile or ill-concealed amusement or nervous embarrassment.|
“Johnny's looking at me isn't he?” giggled Leslie as she playfully ran her fingers through her hair.
|glumly (adjective) sullenly or silently gloomy; dejected.|
“I got a C- in Choir,” Karran glumly said. (submitted by Taylor P.)
|goaded (verb) to cause someone to do something by being annoying.|
“Come on you ninny, hit me in the face,” goaded Stan as he glared angrily at Phil.
|greeted(verb) to address with some form of salutation; welcome.|
“Welcome to our home!” Mrs. Karns greeted fondly, gesturing the young lady to come inside. (submitted by Katherine K.)
|grimaced (a facial expression, often ugly or contorted, that indicates disapproval, pain, etc.)|
“Just stitch me up and let's get out of here,” He grimaced, his face vainly trying to conceal the pain. (submitted by Rhianna H.)
|grinned(verb) to smile broadly, especially as an indication of pleasure, amusement, or the like.|
“My softball team, the Batgirls, won the game against the Sharks!” grinned Sabrina, in spite of the fact that a member of the Sharks was glaring at her. (submitted by Nora D.)
|groaned (verb) to utter a deep, mournful sound expressive of pain or grief.|
“I know that Mom said there were no monsters under my bed, but I can still hear them,” groaned Tommy as he pulled the sheets up over his head.
|growled (verb) to murmur or complain angrily; grumble.|
“I dsagree wth the professor. I think 'To Kill A Mockingbird' is a classic that everyone should read.” growled William.
|grumbled (verb) to murmur or mutter in discontent; complain sullenly.|
“My boyfriend hasn't texted me in two days,” grumbled Julie.
|grunted (verb) to grumble, as in discontent.|
“I really hate that teacher!” grunted Randy as he left the classroom on his way to the Principle's office.
|guessed (verb) to form an estimate or conjecture.|
“The capitol of West Virginia is … Fargo?” guessed Sean.
|gulped(verb) to suppress, subdue, or choke back as if by swallowing.|
“Oh no!” gulped Ralph. “I think the teacher just caught me cheating on the exam.”
|gurgled (verb) to utter low throaty bubbling noises, esp as a sign of contentment.|
“I can't believe you just did that,” Kathy gurgled with laughter as she wiped the tears from her eyes.
|gushed (verb) to express oneself extravagantly or emotionally; talk effusively.|
“I am so proud of my son. He not only made straight A's, but he's also on the football team,” gushed Alice as she talked with her neighbor.
|harshy (grim or unpleasantly severe; stern; cruel; austere)|
“You're a fool, boy!” Randall said harshly. (submitted by Bridgette H.)
|hesitated (verb) to be reluctant or wait to act because of fear, indecision, or disinclination.|
“The capitol of West Virginia is,” Tom hesitated, “Charleston.”
|hissed (verb) to make a sharp sibilant sound: to express disapproval.|
“I said to leave me alone,” he hissed.
|hollered (verb) to cry aloud; shout or yell.|
“Hey, stop that thief! He just stole my purse!” Anne hollered.
|howled (noun) a cry or wail, as of pain, rage, or protest.|
“Ow!” howled Tom. “When I catch you I am going to beat you silly!” Tom rubbed the back of his neck where his little brother's pea shooter had hit him, and ran off after him.
|huffed (verb) to take offense; speak indignantly.|
“Oh, so now you think I'm wrong!” huffed Sam.
|hummed (interjection) an inarticulate sound uttered in contemplation, hesitation, dissatisfaction, doubt, etc.|
“Shall we leave?” He asked. “Yes,” She hummed, grabbing his hand. (submitted by Rhianna H.)
|implored (verb) to beg urgently or piteously, as for aid or mercy; beseech; entreat.|
“Please, please, don't make me go into the haunted house; I don't like it there,” implored Tim as he and his brother walked up to the old abanded shack.
|insulted (verb) to treat or speak to insolently or with contemptuous rudeness; affront.|
“Betty isn't just plain, she's ugly, and I don't like her,” insulted Samantha.
|intoned (verb) to utter with a particular tone or voice modulation, such as singing or chanting.|
“Don't be concerned” Lilith gently intoned, “I never meant to insult you.”
|interrupted (verb) to stop (a person) in the midst of doing or saying something, especially by an interjected remark.|
“Just stop what you're saing right now!” the teacher interruted, “This is the third time this week you've forgotten your homework!”
|jabbered (verb) to talk or utter rapidly, indistinctly, incoherently, or nonsensically; chatter.|
“Haven't you heard? June's gonna be selling tickets to the game! I can't wait, it's gonna be so great!” Andrew jabbered, jumping up and down eagerly. (submitted by Jackie L.)
|jeered (verb) to speak or shout derisively; scoff or gibe rudely.|
“You're the worst actor I've ever seen!” jeered Thomas. “Get off the stage now!”
|jested (verb) to speak or shout derisively; scoff or gibe rudely.|
“You're the worst actor I've ever seen!” jeered Thomas. “Get off the stage now!”
|joked (verb) to speak or act in a playful or merry way.|
“You're really getting fat. Just kidding!” joked Kim.
|lamented (mourned for, as a person who is dead):|
“The spires used to be so shiny and beautiful,” she lamented. “It's such a shame they're gone.”
|laughed (verb) to express mirth, pleasure, derision, or nervousness with an audible, vocal expulsion of air from the lungs that can range from a loud burst of sound to a series of quiet chuckles and is usually accompanied by characteristic facial and bodily movements.|
“That's the funniest joke I've heard in a long time,” laughed Zoey as she slapped her hands on her thighs.
|marvelled (noun)something that causes wonder, admiration, or astonishment.|
“You saved my live,” marvelled Amy. (submitted by Alison S.) marveled (U.S. spelling) marvelled (U.K. spelling)
|moaned (noun) a prolonged, low, inarticulate sound uttered from or as if from physical or mental suffering.|
“I failed another test. What am I going to tell my parents?” moaned Christopher.
|mocked (to treat with ridicule or contempt): “Sure you do,” he mocked, rolling his eyes. “You know everything.” (submitted by Tara N.)|
|mumbled (verb) to speak in a low indistinct manner, almost to an unintelligible extent; mutter.|
“I'm sorry I hit you,” mumbled Jake to his sister when his mother forced him to apologize.
|murmured (noun) a mumbled or private expression of discontent.|
“I really wish I had bought the mirrored aviator sunglasses instead of the retro style,” murmured Ted.
|muttered (verb) to utter indistinctly or in a low tone.|
“Just because mom likes you best doesn't mean that anyone else likes you!” muttered Gina softly enough that her sister couldn't hear.
|nagged (verb) to annoy by persistent faultfinding, complaints, or demands.|
“For the umpteenth time, take out the garbage! How many times do I have tell you?” nagged Kens wife.
|objected (verb) to offer a reason or argument in opposition.|
“I did not hit Bob first, he hit me first,” objected Tim as his mother started to scold him.
|offered (verb) to propose or put forward for consideration.|
“We could always cheat off of some old chap next to us in on the test,” I offered gleefully. (submitted by Brianna L.)
|opined (to hold or express an opinion)|
“My brother is a genius,” he opined.
|panted (verb) to breathe hard and quickly, as after exertion.|
“Nick, wait! Wait up!” Shelby panted, running towards him. (submitted by Wenny W.)
|perplexed (bewildered; puzzled):|
“I don't understand,” she said perplexed. (submitted by Elvey T.)
|pleaded (verb) to appeal or entreat earnestly.|
“Please, Dad, can we go go out to eat tonight, please?” pleaded Timmy.
|pondered (verb) to think about; reflect on.|
“I wonder what would happen if I added salt to my cola,” Wayne pondered.
|praised (verb) to express approval or admiration of; commend; extol.|
“You ran an excellent race,” praised Samantha's track coach.
|prattled (verb) to utter by chattering or babbling. |
“Oh my goodness, I can't believe you actuallly got me an XBox one for my Birthday! I mean, I've always wanted one, but I didn't think I'd actually get one. This is so exciting I can't hardly stand it” prattled Andy as he tore the wrapping paper off his present.
|prayed (verb) to offer devout petition, praise, thanks, etc., to (God or an object of worship).|
“Please, God, don't let me fail this exam,” prayed Heather.
|pressed (verb) to urge, pressure. “Oh, please tell me where he is!” Alexander pressed, staring frantically up at his mother. (submitted by Jackie L.)|
|provoked (verb) to anger, enrage, exasperate, or vex.|
“You couldn't lift a one pound weight with those scrawny arms,” provoked Jim as he watched Dale struggle at the weight machine.
|purred (verb) to utter a low, continuous, murmuring sound expressive of contentment or pleasure, as a cat does.|
“You sure look handsome in that tuxedo,” purred Emily.
|puzzled (unable to understand; perplexed):|
“Why did you cheat on your math test?” my mom passed her hand over her face and looked puzzled. (submitted by Cindy P.)
|quavered (verb) to sound, speak, or sing tremulously. (Tremulous is defined as: characterized by or affected with trembling or tremors.)|
“Mom, the monsters are still under my bed,” quavered Tommy.
|queried (a question; an inquiry.):|
“You're sure that will work?” queried Jeff. (submitted by Timothy B.)
|questioned (noun) the act of asking or inquiring; interrogation; query.|
“Are you sure want me to turn left at the stop light?” questioned Mary.
|quietly (making little to no noise or sound):|
Ms. Maple covered her lips with her index finger until she had the attention of the entire class. “Let's use our inside voices,” she said quietly.
|quipped (noun) a sharp, sarcastic remark; a cutting jest.|
“Do I think Jason is smart? I've met rocks that are smarter than him,” quipped Alfred.
|quizzed (transitive verb) to question closely.|
“What exactly was Humpty Dumpty?” quizzed the teacher after she had read aloud the nursery rhyme.
|raged (noun) a fit of violent anger.|
“Put down my cup!” raged David's dad as he attempted to steal the last of the delicious juice. (submitted by Maddy & David)
|ranted (intransitive verb) to talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner.|
“You had better not talk to me Peter Davidson. And that goes for you to Bob, and Steve, and Carl,” ranted Jillian.
|rasped (verb) to utter with a grating sound.|
“You make me sick to my stomach,” rasped Avery as he turned and walked away.
|reasoned (a statement presented in justification or explanation of a belief or action)|
“It's impossible to finish by tomorrow,” Ashley reasoned. “Can't we have another day?” (submitted by Sarah S.)
|reassured (verb) to restore to assurance or confidence.|
”It'll be okay," she reassured, as she wiped a tear from my eye.” (submitted by Reagan H.)
|recited (verb) to say something from memory.|
“Remember what mother said, Lily: 'Treat others as you wish to be treated,'” Ashley recited, crossing her arms. (submitted by Jackie L.)
|recounted (to give an account of an event or experience)|
“No, Mr. Johnson told us that the homework was due on Tuesday,” Sherri recounted, documenting the teachers previous instructions. (submitted by Hannah L.)
|refused (verb) to decline to accept (something offered).|
“There's no way I'd ever go out on a date with you,” refused Odette as she turned and walked haughtily away from Andy.
|reported (noun) a statement or announcement.|
“The test is going to be on classifying animals,” reported the teacher. (submitted by Nora D.)
|reiterated (to repeat something you have already said in order to emphasize it)|
“For the last time, whales do not eat humans,” reiterated Bob as he wondered how many times he would have to repeat himself.
|reminded (verb) to cause (a person) to remember; cause (a person) to think of someone or something.|
“Don't forget to study for your math test over the weekend!” Mr. McAndrew reminded. (submitted by Katherine K.)
|resounded (verb) to proclaim loudly (praise, disapproval, etc.).|
“Long live the king,” the crowd resounded as the royal carriage rolled down the road.
|retaliated (to return like for like, especially evil for evil):|
“You are an insignificant fool!” she retaliated. (submitted by Arden G.)
|retorted (intransitive verb) to answer back usually sharply.|
“What a fine chemistry lab partner you are!” Gus retorted, but the tone of his voice made it obvious that he did not mean it.
|roared (intransitive verb) to utter a loud, deep cry or howl, as in excitement, distress, or anger.|
“What do you mean, you wrecked my car!” Paul roared.
|sang (verb) to proclaim enthusiastically.|
“I got an A on my test! I got an A on my test!” sang Rosalynn as she danced down the hallway toward her locker.
|sassed (transitive verb) rude or disrespectul back talk.|
“I don't care what you want me to do. I am not going to eat my beets!” sassed Sally at the dinner table.
|scowled (verb) to have a gloomy or threatening look.|
“I'm really mad at Marissa right now. She insulted me just to be popular.” scowled Gloria, even though Marissa was her best friend. (submitted by Nora D.)
|screamed (intransitive verb) to speak with intense or hysterical emotion.|
“I don't ever want to see you again!” screamed Holly at her now ex-boyfriend.
|scoffed (verb) to speak derisively; mock; jeer.|
“Is that the best you can do? I thought I taught you better than that!” scoffed Pete as his younger brother sung the bat and missed the ball.
|scolded (verb) to find fault with angrily; chide; reprimand.|
“Your homework is late again. You know that you are supposed to turn it in on time,” scolded Ralph's teacher.
|shot (verb) a remark aimed at some person or thing.|
“Jason is such a nerd!” shot Wilson as he and his friend looked into the computer lab.
|shouted (transitive verb) to utter in a loud voice.|
“Alvin! It's time to come in and wash up for dinner!” shouted Mary from the back door.
|shrieked (verb) to cry out sharply in a high voice.|
“I just saw a ghost!” shrieked Linda.
|shrilled (adjective) high-pitched and piercing in sound quality.|
“You did what?” shrilled Mark's mother.
|sibilated (verb) to pronounce or utter (words or speech) with a hissing sound.|
“Shhh!” the librarian sibilated.
|sighed (verb) to yearn or long; pine.|
“I sure wish Dad was here,” sighed Valerie as she looked at the steam pouring out from under the car's hood.
|simpered (to smile in a silly, self-conscious way):|
“I really like Troy,” she said a little bit too loudly. Then she noticed him looking at her, and simpered.
|slurred (verb) to read, speak, or sing hurriedly and carelessly.|
Abigail walked to the front of the class to give her oral book report. She became nervous as she noticed that everyone was looking at at her. Hands shaking in fear, she looked down at her report and started to speak. “My book report is on The House of Seven Gables, by Nathaniel Hawthorne,” Abigail slurred.
|smiled (verb) to assume a facial expression indicating pleasure, favor, or amusement, characterized by an upturning of the corners of the mouth.|
“I am so proud of you,” smiled Joe's mother.
|smirked (verb) to smile in an affected, smug, or offensively familiar way.|
“I got you good that time,” smirked Ivan.
|snapped (verb) to utter a quick, sharp sentence or speech, especially a command, reproof, retort, etc.|
“Get back here right now, young man!” snapped Bill's dad.
|snarled (verb) to speak in a surly or threatening manner suggestive of a dog's snarl.|
“You'll pay for this!” snarled the old man as he watched the kids running down the street, away from his broken window.
|sneered (verb) to speak or write in a manner expressive of rdicule, contempt, or scorn.|
“You think you're so smart, getting accepted into Harvard. But you're not! You're not,” sneered Larry.”
|sneezed (verb) to emit air or breath suddenly, forcibly, and audibly through the nose and mouth by involuntary, spasmodic action.|
“I thought you knew I was allergic to daisies.” David scrunched up his face and sneezed. “ Please take them out of the room, I can hardly breath.”
|sniffed (verb) to show disdain, contempt.|
“I never really liked you anyway!” sniffed Regina.
|sniffled (verb) to sniff repeatedly, as from a head cold or in repressing tears.|
“I still love you,” Sandy sniffled, “even though you don't love me anymore.”
|sobbed (to weep with a convulsive catching of the breath):|
“I'm sorry,” he sobbed. “It was my job to protect you and now you're dead.” (submitted by McKenna Y.)
|spat (verb) a petty quarrel; to express contempt; to eject forcefully:|
“Sally!” Adam spat, “it's time for bed. Go wash up.” Sally walked tiredly with her eyes almost completely shut, towards the house. (written by student in grade 4)
|spilled (to divulge, disclose, or tell):|
“Did he confess?” “Yes, under duress, he spilled the whole story.” (submitted by Holly T.)
|spluttered (verb) to talk rapidly and somewhat incoherently, as when confused, excited, or embarrassed|
“But, like ... when, um, ... how?” he spluttered.
|sputtered (transitive verb) to utter hastily or explosively in confusion or excitement.|
“What what what do you mean I failed the exam?” sputtered Wendy. “I thought I aced it.”
|squeaked (verb) to utter or make a short shrill cry or noise.|
“What was that noise?” squeaked Faye as she glanced nervously around the dark room.
|squealed (noun) a somewhat prolonged, sharp, shrill cry, as of pain, fear, or surprise.|
“There's a cockroach in the sink!” squealed Debbie as she ran out of the kitchen.
|stammered (noun) to speak with involuntary breaks and pauses, or with spasmodic repetitions of syllables or sounds|
“Oh my goodness! There's a a a g g g ghost standing in the the the hallway” stammered Clyde as he pointed at the eerie figure.
|started (noun) the first part or beginning segment of anything.|
“Well,” started Jill, “I think we should go to the park.” (submitted by Charlotte C.)
|stormed (verb) to rage or complain with violence or fury.|
“You said I was your best friend, not Jill. I hate you! I hate you!” stormed Leah.
|stressed (noun) importance attached to a thing.|
“I need it,” he stressed. (submitted by K.J.)
|stuttered (transitive verb) to speak in such a way that the rhythm is interrupted by repetitions, blocks or spasms, or prolongations of sounds or syllables, sometimes accompanied by contortions of the face and body.|
“I d d don't want to go down th th there. I'm a a a afraid of th th the dark” stuttered Sam as he stood at the top of the stairs looking down into the dark basement.
|swore (verb) to affirm, assert, or say with solemn earnestness.|
“Mark my words; I will get even with you!” swore Lonnie as he stormed out of the room.
|sympathized (to be in sympathy or agreement of feeling; share in a feeling):|
“I know you didn't mean to do it,” Caroline sympathized.
|taunted (verb) to reproach in a sarcastic, insulting, or jeering manner; mock.|
“You couldn't win a game of tennis if you're life depended on it!” taunted Gary from the sideline.
|testified (to bear witness; give evidence): “Well your honor, there is no evidence that he stole the diamond,” the lawyer testified. (submitted by Grace R.)|
|thanked (verb) to express gratitude, appreciation, or acknowledgment to.|
“I can't even begin to tell you how much I like your gift,” thanked Alan as he unwrapped the present.
|threatened (verb) to indicate impending evil or mischief.|
“If you tell mom or dad that I stole this radio, you'll be sorry!” threatened Joe.
|trilled (noun) the rapid vibration of one speech organ against another (as of the tip of the tongue against the teethridge).|
“I will now roll my R's like this, rrrrrrrrr,” trilled the Spanish teacher.
|volunteered(verb) to offer (oneself or one's services) for some undertaking or purpose.|
“I guess I will,” Kathy volunteered, stepping forward. (submitted by Katherine K.)
|wailed (verb) to express deep sorrow for; mourn; lament.|
“Why did he leave me? We used to have such a good relationship,” wailed Kayla.
|warned (verb) to admonish or exhort, as to action or conduct.|
“Be on time tomorrow, or you're fired!” warned her boss.
|wept (verb) to express grief, sorrow, or any overpowering emotion by shedding tears; shed tears; cry. “He never even said goodbye; he's just like a ghost,” Jessy wept softly, broken hearted over the loss of her husband. (submitted by Brianna L.)|
|whined (verb) to snivel or complain in a peevish, self-pitying way. “There's no way you can just leave and forget about me,” Terry whined in anguish. (submitted by Brianna L.)|
|whispered (to talk softly and privately): “I don't like him,” whispered Bob. (submitted by Julie D.)|
|wondered (to desire or to be curious to know something): “How many times have I written that, I wonder?”|
|worried (verb) to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret.|
“What if she doesn't like me, or thinks that I'm boring? What will I do if I say the say the wrong thing?” worried Jay as he prepared for his first date with Brenda.
|yawned (verb) to open the mouth somewhat involuntarily with a prolonged, deep inhalation and sighing or heavy exhalation, as from drowsiness or boredom.|
“I'm not tired at all,” yawned John. (submitted by Logan S.)
|yelled (give a loud, sharp cry):|
“Get out of here!” he yelled. “The house is on fire!” (submitted by Amelia W.)
|yelped (verb) to call or cry out sharply.|
“Ouch!” Tony yelped. “That really hurt!”
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