having worldly knowledge and refinement
You greasers have a different set of values. You’re more emotional. We’re
sophisticated—cool to the point of not feeling anything.
"Sophisticated" is used here by Cherry to mean the opposite of "emotional." As the definition shows, the two adjectives are not actually antonyms. Cherry connects sophistication with money, which allows her to experience more of the world, which makes her feel less emotional about it. A better adjective to describe this attitude is "jaded"--but this has too much of a negative tone for Cherry to use on herself.
a disposition to be distant and unsympathetic in manner
Socs were always behind a wall of
aloofness, careful not to let their real selves show through.
a group or class of persons enjoying superior status
“And,” Two-Bit added grimly, “a few other of the socially
elite checkered-shirt set.”
The definition is for a noun, but "elite" is used as an adjective along with "checkered-shirt" to describe the noun "set." Partly because he is not a member of the socially elite set, but mostly because the Socs are always reminding him that he's just a bum not worth hanging around with, Two-Bit uses "elite" in a negative tone.
the state of being held in high esteem and honor
“We could have hurt her
a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense
I felt the
tension growing inside of me and I knew something had to happen or I would explode.
expect, believe, or suppose
reckon it never occurred to you that your brothers might be worrying their heads off and afraid to call the police because something like that could get you two thrown in a boys’ home so quick it’d make your head spin.
a feeling of annoyance at being hindered or criticized
I felt hot tears of anger and
walk as if unable to control one's movements
Five Socs were coming straight at us, and from the way they were
staggering I figured they were reeling pickled.
"Stagger" and "reel" are synonyms that describe the Socs' drunken or "pickled" movements. "Reeling" sounds like it is used as a pun for "really." "Pickled" could also be a pun, since a pickle is a troublesome or difficult situation--the pickled state of the Socs makes them more eager to put Ponyboy and Johnny into a pickle.
showing scarcely suppressed anger
Johnnycake made a kind of gasp and his eyes were
hold firmly, usually with one's hands
clutching his switchblade, and it was dark to the hilt.
in fear or dread of possible evil or harm
He was pretty well crocked, which made me
a hostile challenge
Yet in his hard face there was character, pride, and a savage
defiance of the world.
with extreme care or delicacy
“The first stop’ll be Windrixville,” Johnny said, laying the gun down
marked by docility or stupidity or meekness or timidity
“Yessir.” I managed to look
sheepish. “We’re playing army and I’m supposed to report to headquarters there.”
a feeling of evil to come
But this church gave me a kind of creepy feeling. What do you call it?