"The Catcher in the Rye," Vocabulary from Chapters 6-11 40 words

You'll discover that Holden used more words than just "phony" by playing this word list based on J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye"

To learn more of Holden's vocabulary, play these word lists: Chapters 1-5, Chapters 6-11, Chapters 12-16, Chapters 17-21, and Chapters 22-26.
  1. corridor
    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.
  2. unscrupulous
    without scruples or principles
    He was unscrupulous.
  3. gripe
    complain
    He came in griping about how cold it was out.
  4. morgue
    a building (or room) where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation
    "It's like a goddam morgue around here."
  5. composition
    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.
  6. stroke
    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.
  7. fracture
    break (a bone)
    He probably was scared he'd fractured my skull or something when I hit the floor.
  8. pacifist
    someone opposed to violence as a means of settling disputes
    I'm a pacifist, if you want to know the truth.
  9. witty
    combining clever conception and facetious expression
    What a witty guy.
  10. stark
    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.
  11. hospitality
    kindness in welcoming guests or strangers
    "I wouldn't abuse your goddam hospitality."
  12. sincere
    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.
  13. monastery
    the residence of a religious community
    "What's the routine on joining a monastery?"
  14. hysterical
    marked by excessive or uncontrollable emotion
    My mother gets very hysterical.
  15. rapid
    characterized by speed; moving with or capable of moving with high speed
    I'm a very rapid packer.
  16. lavish
    very generous
    I have this grandmother that's quite lavish with her dough.
  17. conscientious
    characterized by extreme care and great effort
    "Some of the faculty are pretty conscientious."
  18. adore
    love intensely
    "Ernest just adores it."
  19. adapt
    make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose
    "He adapts himself very well to things."
  20. unanimous
    in complete agreement
    I mean he was the unanimous choice.
  21. modest
    humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness
    Because he's so darn shy and modest and all.
  22. matinee
    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.
  23. incognito
    without revealing one's identity
    I'm traveling incognito," I said.
  24. ironic
    characterized by often poignant difference or incongruity between what is expected and what actually is
    Which is really ironic.
  25. distinguished
    (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.
  26. telegram
    a message transmitted by telegraph
    I damn near sent a telegram to old Stradlater telling him to take the first train to New York.
  27. burlesque
    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.
  28. suave
    having a sophisticated charm
    I said it suave as hell.
  29. psychic
    a person apparently sensitive to things beyond the natural range of perception
    She's psychic.
  30. affectionate
    having or displaying warmth or affection
    The only trouble is, she's a little too affectionate sometimes.
  31. putrid
    in an advanced state of decomposition and having a foul odor
    Here, Holden is not using the word "putrid" literally.
    The band was putrid.
  32. intoxicate
    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.
  33. verification
    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?"
  34. fond
    (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.
  35. strain
    to exert much effort or energy
    "I don't want you to strain yourself."
  36. conversationalist
    someone skilled at conversation
    "You're a very good conversationalist," I told her.
  37. flock
    (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.
  38. sterling
    highest in quality
    She had a sterling sense of humor.
  39. stance
    standing posture
    It was always just a little bit open, especially when she got in her golf stance, or when she was reading a book.
  40. snub
    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.