an enclosed passageway; rooms usually open onto it
I mean I can't remember exactly what I was doing when I heard his goddam stupid footsteps coming down the corridor.
without scruples or principles
He was unscrupulous.
He came in griping about how cold it was out.
a building (or room) where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation
"It's like a goddam morgue around here."
an essay (especially one written as an assignment)
Then when he was taking off his tie, he asked me if I'd written his goddam composition for him.
touch lightly and repeatedly, as with brushing motions
He stood there, reading it, and sort of stroking his bare chest and stomach, with this very stupid expression on his face.
break (a bone)
He probably was scared he'd fractured my skull or something when I hit the floor.
someone opposed to violence as a means of settling disputes
I'm a pacifist, if you want to know the truth.
combining clever conception and facetious expression
What a witty guy.
complete or extreme
It just drove me stark staring mad when I thought about her and Stradlater parked somewhere in that fat-assed Ed Banky's car.
kindness in welcoming guests or strangers
"I wouldn't abuse your goddam hospitality."
open and genuine; not deceitful
What he'd do was, he'd start snowing his date in this very quiet, sincere voice--like as if he wasn't only a very handsome guy but a nice, sincere guy, too.
the residence of a religious community
"What's the routine on joining a monastery?"
marked by excessive or uncontrollable emotion
My mother gets very hysterical.
characterized by speed; moving with or capable of moving with high speed
I'm a very rapid packer.
I have this grandmother that's quite lavish with her dough.
characterized by extreme care and great effort
"Some of the faculty are pretty conscientious."
make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose
"He adapts himself very well to things."
in complete agreement
I mean he was the unanimous choice.
humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness
Because he's so darn shy and modest and all.
a theatrical performance held during the daytime (especially in the afternoon)
Which was really a hot one, because my grandmother hardly ever even goes out of the house, except maybe to go to a goddam matinee or something.
without revealing one's identity
I'm traveling incognito," I said.
characterized by often poignant difference or incongruity between what is expected and what actually is
Which is really ironic.
(used of persons) standing above others in character or attainment or reputation
I saw one guy, a gray-haired, very distinguished-looking guy with only his shorts on, do something you wouldn't believe me if I told you.
a message transmitted by telegraph
I damn near sent a telegram to old Stradlater telling him to take the first train to New York.
a theatrical entertainment of broad and earthy humor; consists of comic skits and short turns (and sometimes striptease)
She used to be a burlesque stripper or something.
having a sophisticated charm
I said it suave as hell.
a person apparently sensitive to things beyond the natural range of perception
having or displaying warmth or affection
The only trouble is, she's a little too affectionate sometimes.
in an advanced state of decomposition and having a foul odor
Here, Holden is not using the word "putrid" literally.
The band was putrid.
make drunk (with alcoholic drinks)
I ordered a Scotch and soda, and told him not to mix it--I said it fast as hell, because if you hem and haw, they think you're under twenty-one and won't sell you any intoxicating liquor.
additional proof that something that was believed (some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct
"I'm sorry, sir," he said, "but do you have some verification of your age?"
(followed by `of' or `to') having a strong preference or liking for
I'm very fond of dancing, sometimes, and that was one of the times.
to exert much effort or energy
"I don't want you to strain yourself."
someone skilled at conversation
"You're a very good conversationalist," I told her.
(often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
And the whole three of them kept looking all around the goddam room, like as if they expected a flock of goddam movie stars to come in any minute.
highest in quality
She had a sterling sense of humor.
It was always just a little bit open, especially when she got in her golf stance, or when she was reading a book.
reject outright and bluntly
I mean my mother always thought Jane and her mother were sort of snubbing her or something when they didn't say hello.