6th Grade Spelling Words

Organized as 8 lists, each list has pages for vocabulary, online spelling card, and printable worksheet. Vocabulary page not only hosts explanations and examples, but also includes spelling, testing, and other online study tools.
Grade 6: Vocabulary - List 8

sponsorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. one who binds himself to answer for another, and is responsible for his default; godfather or godmother
staplespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. necessary foods or commodities; basic elements; secure or fasten; a short U-shaped wire nail for securing cables
The match went out, and so did we, and shoved in the staple again, and the door was locked as good as ever.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Chapter 34
By Mark Twain Context
stationaryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. fixed; immobile; static; not capable of being moved
I well remember though, how the distant idea of the holidays, after seeming for an immense time to be a stationary speck, began to come towards us, and to grow and grow.
David Copperfield - Chapter 7
By Charles Dickens Context
But her ingenuity was at work to remedy the injury: while I ironed, or pursued other such stationary employments as I could not well do in the parlour, she would bring some pleasant volume and read it aloud to me.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 32
By Emily Bronte Context
Susan became the stationary niece, delighted to be so; and equally well adapted for it by a readiness of mind, and an inclination for usefulness, as Fanny had been by sweetness of temper, and strong feelings of gratitude.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 48
By Jane Austen Context
stenchspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. strong, foul odor; stink; foul quality; offensive odor
The smell of sweat, of blood, of unwashed bodies, of excrement rose up in waves of blistering heat until the fetid stench almost nauseated her.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 21
By Margaret Mitche Context
sternspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. hard, harsh, or severe in manner or character; firm or unyielding
I lay down in the old little bed in the stern of the boat, and the wind came moaning on across the flat as it had done before.
David Copperfield - Chapter 10
By Charles Dickens Context
Trabb never removed his stern eye from the boy until he had deposited number four on the counter and was at a safe distance again.
Great Expectations - Chapter 19
By Charles Dickens Context
On the one side a great crag towered up a thousand feet or more, black, stern, and menacing, with long basaltic columns upon its rugged surface like the ribs of some petrified monster.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
strategyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. elaborate and systematic plan; plan of action intended to accomplish a specific goal
She seldom schemed, but when she did scheme, her plans showed rather the comprehensive strategy of a general than the small arts called womanish, though she could utter oracles of Delphian ambiguity when she did not choose to be direct.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
strivespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. endeavor; struggle or fight forcefully; exert much effort or energy
All Meryton seemed striving to blacken the man who, but three months before, had been almost an angel of light.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 48
By Jane Austen Context
After an interval, Melanie appeared in the doorway but, strive though she might, Mammy could not see past her into the room.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 59
By Margaret Mitche Context
This pain of the mind was much harder to strive against than any bodily pain I suffered; and Herbert, seeing that, did his utmost to hold my attention engaged.
Great Expectations - Chapter 50
By Charles Dickens Context
substitutespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. exchange; put in the place of another
Giles, reminded of his unbecoming costume, snatched off and pocketed his nightcap; and substituted a hat, of grave and sober shape, which he took out of the chaise.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 34
By Charles Dickens Context
suitablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. appropriate to a purpose or an occasion
Snowball used as his study a shed which had once been used for incubators and had a smooth wooden floor, suitable for drawing on.
Animal Farm - Chapter 5
By George Orwell Context
I then walked slowly down the garden path, which happened to be composed of a clay soil, peculiarly suitable for taking impressions.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 14
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Since he had neglected to do it on first coming to the estate, their quitting his house might be looked on as the most suitable period for its accomplishment.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 5
By Jane Austen Context
supervisorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. director; overseer; one who is in charge of a particular unit, as in government or school system
supplementspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. add as something seems insufficient; complement; extension; addition
There were points about this strange business which would, I was sure, have specially appealed to him, and the efforts of the police would have been supplemented, or more probably anticipated, by the trained observation and the alert mind of the first criminal agent in Europe.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
supremespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. most outstanding; highest; superior
My guardian threw his supplicant off with supreme indifference, and left him dancing on the pavement as if it were red hot.
Great Expectations - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
His passion for Eustacia had been a sort of conserve of his whole life, and he had nothing more of that supreme quality left to bestow.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
Then with a grand effort she rallied from the shock, and a supreme astonishment and indignation chased every other expression from her features.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 13
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
survivespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. continue to live; endure or last
Rucastle survived, but was always a broken man, kept alive solely through the care of his devoted wife.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Nothing seemed to have survived that time but Agnes; and she, ever a star above me, was brighter and higher.
David Copperfield - Chapter 60
By Charles Dickens Context
He was a plain rough man; and he made no scruple to speak his doubts of her surviving this second attack; unless she were more submissive to his directions than she had shown herself before.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 12
By Emily Bronte Context
sustainspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. admit as valid; keep in existence; lengthen or extend in duration or space
Linton did not appear to remember what she talked of and he had evidently great difficulty in sustaining any kind of conversation.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 26
By Emily Bronte Context
Bumble to understand that, from the violent and sanguinary onset of Oliver Twist, he had sustained severe internal injury and damage, from which he was at that moment suffering the acutest torture.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 7
By Charles Dickens Context
On higher ground, where the wind was brisk and sustained, the rain flew in a level flight without sensible descent, so that it was beyond all power to imagine the remoteness of the point at which it left the bosoms of the clouds.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
sympathyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. compassion; pity; feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else's misfortune
The old man said that what a man wanted that was down was sympathy, and the judge said it was so; so they cried again.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Chapter 5
By Mark Twain Context
She looked up at him and saw that his mouth was pulled down at the corners in mock sympathy, even while he swished the fan.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 9
By Margaret Mitche Context
Connie felt a sudden, strange leap of sympathy for him, a leap mingled with compassion, and tinged with repulsion, amounting almost to love.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 3
By D H Lawrence Context
symptomspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. sign; indication; any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient
He gnawed his lip, drummed his fingers upon the table, and showed every other symptom of acute impatience.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
This time he thought he could detect colicky symptoms, and he began to encourage them with considerable hope.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 6
By Mark Twain Context
My left arm, though it presented no bad symptoms, took, in the natural course, so long to heal that I was still unable to get a coat on.
Great Expectations - Chapter 52
By Charles Dickens Context
tardyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. late; delayed; moving slowly
temporaryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. not permanent; lasting for only a limited period of time
He was a solicitor and was using my room as a temporary convenience until his new premises were ready.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
And as a matter of fact, I suppose your greatest thrill comes from being able to say a temporary farewell to all this.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 16
By D H Lawrence Context
The next step was to get some furniture, which, after serving for temporary use in the cottage, would be available for the house at Budmouth when increased by goods of a better description.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
tentativespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. hesitant; not fully worked out or developed; experimental; not definite or positive
terrainspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. piece of ground having specific characteristics or military potential; area of land; ground
territoryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. large extent of land; organized portion of country
But the next year, in 1836, the State had authorized the building of a railroad northwestward through the territory which the Cherokees had recently ceded.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 8
By Margaret Mitche Context
But when he emerged from the towel, he was not yet satisfactory, for the clean territory stopped short at his chin and his jaws, like a mask; below and beyond this line there was a dark expanse of unirrigated soil that spread downward in front and backward around his neck.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 4
By Mark Twain Context
thawspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. melt, such as snow and ice; defrost; warm weather following a freeze
It was not until we had consumed some hot tea at the station and taken our places in the Kentish train that we were sufficiently thawed, he to speak and I to listen.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
thoroughspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. complete with regard to every detail; not superficial or partial
When she considered her training at the hands of Ellen and Mammy, she knew it had been thorough and good because it had always reaped results.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 9
By Margaret Mitche Context
As he stood by the desolate fire, he felt that the only one thing which could assuage his grief would be thorough and complete retribution, brought by his own hand upon his enemies.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Whatever the truth of it might be, and far as Elinor was from feeling thorough contentment about it, yet while she saw Marianne in spirits, she could not be very uncomfortable herself.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 27
By Jane Austen Context
tidyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. being in proper time; timely; arranged in good order; orderly; appropriate; neat; kept in proper
He had made the hut tidy, put the little table and chair near the fireplace, left a little pile of kindling and small logs, and put the tools and traps away as far as possible, effacing himself.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 10
By D H Lawrence Context
Melanie rustled in from her room, a worried frown puckering her forehead, a brush in her hands, her usually tidy black hair, freed of its net, fluffing about her face in a mass of tiny curls and waves.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 9
By Margaret Mitche Context
toxicspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. poisonous; caused by a toxin or other poison
tracespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. follow, discover; make a mark or lines on a surface
I could trace out where every part of the old house had been, and where the brewery had been, and where the gates, and where the casks.
Great Expectations - Chapter 59
By Charles Dickens Context
He could trace its shadow in the gloom, supply the smallest item of the outline, and note how stiff and solemn it seemed to stalk along.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 48
By Charles Dickens Context
He would trace out A, B, C, D, in the dust with his great hoof, and then would stand staring at the letters with his ears back, sometimes shaking his forelock, trying with all his might to remember what came next and never succeeding.
Animal Farm - Chapter 3
By George Orwell Context
transferspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. shifting; conveyance or removal of something from one place, person, or thing to another
The reason he had applied for transfer to the front, despite his useless arm, was that he realized, as the civilian population did not, the seriousness of the situation.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 17
By Margaret Mitche Context
transportspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. carry from one place to another; carry away; deport
I had the wildest dreams concerning him, and woke unrefreshed; I woke, too, to recover the fear which I had lost in the night, of his being found out as a returned transport.
Great Expectations - Chapter 41
By Charles Dickens Context
Having remained silent here, just long enough to recover breath to speak, Master Bates uttered an exclamation of amusement and delight; and, bursting into an uncontrollable fit of laughter, flung himself upon a doorstep, and rolled thereon in a transport of mirth.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 12
By Charles Dickens Context
treacherousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. dangerous; dangerously unstable and unpredictable; disloyal; tending to betray
Then Tom became Robin Hood again, and was allowed by the treacherous nun to bleed his strength away through his neglected wound.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 8
By Mark Twain Context
As the summer wore on, and the windmill neared completion, the rumours of an impending treacherous attack grew stronger and stronger.
Animal Farm - Chapter 8
By George Orwell Context
She looked furtively around her, as the treacherous, blasphemous thoughts rushed through her mind, fearful that someone might find them written clearly upon her face.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 9
By Margaret Mitche Context
treatyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. act of treating for the adjustment of differences; negotiation
Peggotty was not slow to respond, and ratify the treaty of friendship by giving me one of her best hugs.
David Copperfield - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context
Finally the treaty was entered into; and the parties thereunto sat down to wait, with some impatience, until Oliver should awake.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 30
By Charles Dickens Context
I overheard no further distinguishable talk, but, on looking round again, I perceived two such radiant countenances bent over the page of the accepted book, that I did not doubt the treaty had been ratified on both sides; and the enemies were, thenceforth, sworn allies.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 32
By Emily Bronte Context
troublesomespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. causing difficulty or annoyance; bothersome
Crupp was taken with a troublesome cough, in the midst of which she articulated with much difficulty.
David Copperfield - Chapter 23
By Charles Dickens Context
It was very strange that he should come to Longbourn instead of to Lucas Lodge; it was also very inconvenient and exceedingly troublesome.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 23
By Jane Austen Context
Huck was always willing to take a hand in any enterprise that offered entertainment and required no capital, for he had a troublesome superabundance of that sort of time which is not money.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 25
By Mark Twain Context
trudgespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. walk or march with labor; jog along; move wearily
My aunt, the best and most cheerful of nurses, would trudge after us, a moving mass of shawls and pillows.
David Copperfield - Chapter 48
By Charles Dickens Context
But reluctantly she replaced her shoes and stockings and trudged down the bank, spongy with moss, under the shady trees.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 25
By Margaret Mitche Context
tyrantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. absolute ruler; sovereign unrestrained by law or constitution
uneasyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. not easy; difficult; restless; disturbed by pain, anxiety
It was evident to me that he was becoming uneasy, and that his plans were not working out altogether as he had hoped.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
He stood about, restless and uneasy, for a while, glancing at the door, every now and then, hoping she would repent and come to find him.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 7
By Mark Twain Context
I have felt uneasy for the consequences of his being so involved, but I have kept these secrets until now, when I trust them to your honour.
Hard Times - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
urgentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. pressing; compelling immediate action or attention
The urgent need of a wife became clear to him one morning when he was dressing to ride to town for Court Day.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 3
By Margaret Mitche Context
In the afternoon Lydia was urgent with the rest of the girls to walk to Meryton, and to see how everybody went on; but Elizabeth steadily opposed the scheme.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 39
By Jane Austen Context
The audience cleared their throats and tossed a few stalks into the fire, not because these deeds were urgent, but to give themselves time to weigh the moral of the story.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
vacantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. void of thought or knowledge; without an occupant or incumbent
The worst of it was, Clifford tended to become vague, absent, and to fall into fits of vacant depression.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 6
By D H Lawrence Context
He stretched out his long arm to turn the lamp away from himself and towards the vacant chair upon which a newcomer must sit.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
After turning over as many as I thought proper, I tied them in a handkerchief and set them aside, relocking the vacant drawer.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 21
By Emily Bronte Context
vanishspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. disappear; pass out of sight, especially quickly; die out
He intended to change his name altogether, draw this money, and vanish, starting life again elsewhere.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Presently there came a quivering glow that vaguely revealed the foliage for a moment and then vanished.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 16
By Mark Twain Context
Life in the pleasant brick house on Peachtree Street, the only life he knew, had vanished that night and he would never recover from its loss.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 25
By Margaret Mitche Context
vanityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. quality or state of being vain; emptiness; feelings of excessive pride; conceit
She did not mean, however, to derive much more from it to gratify her vanity, than Mary might have allowed.
Persuasion - Chapter 18
By Jane Austen Context
There is so much of gratitude or vanity in almost every attachment, that it is not safe to leave any to itself.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 6
By Jane Austen Context
Lady Middleton piqued herself upon the elegance of her table, and of all her domestic arrangements; and from this kind of vanity was her greatest enjoyment in any of their parties.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 7
By Jane Austen Context
vanquishspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. conquer; overcome; come out better in a competition
I must not only regard myself as being in a very ridiculous position, but as being vanquished at all points.
Hard Times - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
I guessed, however, by his irregular and intercepted breathing, that he struggled to vanquish an excess of violent emotion.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 3
By Emily Bronte Context
varietyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. diversity; quality or condition of being various or varied
She wished to be able to decline it; but the tears, which a variety of feelings created, made it easier to swallow than to speak.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 7
By Jane Austen Context
He only meant that there was not such a variety of people to be met with in the country as in the town, which you must acknowledge to be true.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 9
By Jane Austen Context
Tom Sawyer went home quite cheerful, thinking to himself that there was some satisfaction about divine service when there was a bit of variety in it.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 5
By Mark Twain Context
vastspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. large; broad; extensive; very great in size, number, amount, or quantity
It would take many years for the living blood of the generations to dissolve the vast black clot of bruised blood, deep inside their souls and bodies.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 5
By D H Lawrence Context
Day after day, a vast heavy veil had been driving over London from the East, and it drove still, as if in the East there were an Eternity of cloud and wind.
Great Expectations - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
There is a vast deal of difference in memories, as well as in everything else, and therefore you must make allowance for your cousin, and pity her deficiency.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 2
By Jane Austen Context
verdictspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. findings of jury on issues of fact for decision; judgment or opinion
She knew now that there was no appeal of emotion or reason which would turn that cool brain from its verdict.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 63
By Margaret Mitche Context
As I read the evidence at the inquest, which led up to a verdict of willful murder against some person or persons unknown, I realized more clearly than I had ever done the loss which the community had sustained by the death of Sherlock Holmes.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
versatilespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. having many talents; capable of working in many fields
veteranspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. someone who has given long service
The officers were elected by the members, for no one in the County had had any military experience except a few veterans of the Mexican and Seminole wars and, besides, the Troop would have scorned a veteran as a leader if they had not personally liked him and trusted him.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 1
By Margaret Mitche Context
victorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a person who defeats an enemy or opponent in competition; winner
visualspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. seen or able to be seen by the eye; visible; optical
Blacklock, a poet blind from his birth, could describe visual objects with accuracy; Professor Sanderson, who was also blind, gave excellent lectures on colour, and taught others the theory of ideas which they had and he had not.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
vitalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. full of life; animated; necessary to continued existence; living or breathing
He never held forth; his ideas were really not vital enough for it, he was too confused and emotional.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 4
By D H Lawrence Context
There was no one to tell Scarlett that her own personality, frighteningly vital though it was, was more attractive than any masquerade she might adopt.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 5
By Margaret Mitche Context
vividspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. bright; lively; graphic; having striking color
Yet it was busy, too, with all the remembrances the place naturally awakened; and they were particularly distinct and vivid.
David Copperfield - Chapter 55
By Charles Dickens Context
My first most vivid and broad impression of the identity of things seems to me to have been gained on a memorable raw afternoon towards evening.
Great Expectations - Chapter 1
By Charles Dickens Context
For the first time, she had consciously and definitely hated Clifford, with vivid hate: as if he ought to be obliterated from the face of the earth.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 13
By D H Lawrence Context
warrantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. guarantee; assurance by seller; authorization or certification
I have been followed from London Bridge Station, and I am sure that they are only waiting for the warrant to arrest me.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
When I told Herbert what had passed within the house, he was for our immediately going before a magistrate in the town, late at night as it was, and getting out a warrant.
Great Expectations - Chapter 53
By Charles Dickens Context
wearyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. tired; exhausted; physically or mentally fatigued
Her features and figure were those of a woman of thirty, but her hair was shot with premature grey, and her expression was weary and haggard.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Presently a vagrant poodle dog came idling along, sad at heart, lazy with the summer softness and the quiet, weary of captivity, sighing for change.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 5
By Mark Twain Context
With a resigned air and a somewhat weary smile, Holmes begged the beautiful intruder to take a seat, and to inform us what it was that was troubling her.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 4
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
withdrawspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. remove from; pull back; break from gathering; retreat; depart
In the moment when I was withdrawing my head to go quietly away, I saw a great flaming light spring up.
Great Expectations - Chapter 49
By Charles Dickens Context
He stopped the horses, and beckoned to her to withdraw with him a few yards aside, which she did, wondering.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
With an apology for my intrusion, I was about to withdraw when Holmes pulled me abruptly into the room and closed the door behind me.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
worthwhilespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. sufficiently valuable; important to be worth one's time, effort, or interest