When was the last time you chickened–out of something?
Or has somebody been badgering you lately?
What is common in the above two questions? You guessed it right (Well I kinda gave it away in the title) But welcome to the world of “animal verbs” !!
I love using these as they make descriptions fun and more vivid, so let’s jump right into the words then –
imitate the behavior or manner of (someone or something), especially in an absurd or unthinking way.
Hey! Stop aping your friends and think of something on your own!
ask (someone) repeatedly and annoyingly for something; pester.
The insurance guy kept badgering me all day.
He beavered away at his desk all day to keep his customers happy.
push or drive powerfully or violently.
He bulled the motorcycle out of the ditch
move sideways or obliquely.
The dance routine involved a lot of crabbing movements
stretch out one’s body or neck in order to see something.
I craned my neck to spot any familiar face.
tilt (something) in a particular direction.
She cocked her head slightly to one side.
follow (someone or their movements) closely and persistently.
“He seemed to dog my every step!”
baffle or deceive (someone).
“The bad light and dark shadows foxed him.”
keep or use all of (something) for oneself in an unfair or selfish way.
“I have a tendency to hog all the limelight”
harass, persecute, or pursue relentlessly.
Peter hounded Lily all throughout college to go out on a date with him.
behave in a silly or playful way.
The kids are monkeying about again.
The little girl learned to parrot back anything her mom says.
move quickly; run away
He rabbited as soon as he saw us.
achieve something by use of cunning or deceit
He weaseled his way into the organization’s inner circle.
devour (food) greedily
He wolfed down his breakfast.
So, there you go! That’s my list of some of the favourite verbs derived from animals. Do you have any other favourite verb that I missed? Do let me know!