The Outsiders (Chapter 2)

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  1. abiding
    unceasing
    And Johnny, who was the most law- abiding of us, now carried a six-inch switchblade.
    Page 34
  2. admire
    feel high regard for
    Johnny managed an admiring grin.
    Page 25
  3. appeal
    attractiveness that interests or pleases or stimulates
    Two-Bit or Steve or even Soda would have gone right along with him, just to see if they could embarrass the girls, but that kind of kicks just doesn't appeal to me.
    Page 21
  4. bitter
    marked by strong resentment or cynicism
    Living in those conditions might have turned someone else rebellious and bitter; it was killing Johnny.
    Page 34
  5. brisk
    quick and energetic
    Then she said briskly, "Your brother Sodapap, does he work at a gasoline station?
    Page 23 (Adverb)
  6. concession
    the act of yielding
    We went to the rows of seats in front of the concession stand to sit down.
    Page 20
  7. digest
    arrange and integrate in the mind
    I digested that.
    Page 34
  8. disbelief
    doubt about the truth of something
    He stared at Johnny in disbelief.
    Page 24
  9. finality
    the quality of being definitely settled
    "Well," Marcia said with finality, "I'm glad he doesn't know us."
    Page 27
  10. gasp
    a short labored intake of breath with the mouth open
    His breath was coming in smothered gasps.
    Page 27
  11. groan
    an utterance expressing pain or disapproval
    Steve closed his eyes for a second and muffled a groan as he dropped on his knees beside Soda.
    Page 32
  12. imitation
    copying the actions of someone else
    He was good at imitations and he had sounded for all the world like a snarling Soc.
    Page 27
  13. ligament
    a band of fibrous tissue connecting bones or cartilages
    "Yeah. Dad made him quit after he tore a ligament, though."
    Page 23
  14. muffled
    being or made softer or less loud or clear
    Steve closed his eyes for a second and muffled a groan as he dropped on his knees beside Soda.
    Page 32
  15. mug
    rob at gunpoint or with the threat of violence
    He had told us stories about muggings in New York that made the hair on the back of my neck stand.
    Page 34
  16. nonchalantly
    in a composed and unconcerned manner
    "Okay," I said nonchalantly, "might as well."
    Page 25
  17. rebellious
    resisting control or authority
    Living in those conditions might have turned someone else rebellious and bitter; it was killing Johnny.
    Page 34
  18. roguish
    lacking principles or scruples
    Dally grinned roguishly.
    Page 22 (Adverb Form)
  19. scatterbrained
    lacking sense or discretion
    He's kind of scatter brained.
    Page 27
  20. skid
    slide without control
    Darry had seen us from the porch and ran toward us, skidding to a halt.
    Page 32
  21. slyly
    in an artful manner
    He grinned slyly.
    Page 22
  22. smother
    deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing
    His breath was coming in smothered gasps.
    Page 27
  23. snarl
    an angry vicious expression
    He was good at imitations and he had sounded for all the world like a snarling Soc.
    Page 27
  24. splattered
    covered with bright patches (often used in combination)
    His white T-shirt was splattered with blood.
    Page 32
  25. wince
    draw back, as with fear or pain
    I winced inside.
    Page 23
Created on February 16, 2012 (updated February 16, 2012)

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