The Great Gatsby

Vocabulary and Definition List by Chapter


Chapter 1

1. Feign: (V) -to imitate deceptively; to make believe; pretend.

2. Supercilious: (Adj.) -having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy.

3. Conscientious: (Adj.) -meticulous; careful; painstaking; particular.

4. Incredulous: (Adj.) -indicating or showing unbelief.

5. Reciprocal: (Adj.) -mutual; corresponding; matching; complementary; equivalent.

6. Wan: (Adj.) -of an unnatural or sickly pallor; pallid; lacking color.

7. Complacent: (Adj.) -often without awareness of some potential danger or defect; self-satisfied.

8. Intimation: (V) -make known subtly and indirectly; hint.

9. Anon: (Adv.) -in a short time; soon.


Chapter 2

1.Contiguous: (Adj.) -connecting without a break; uninterrupted.

2.Facet: (N) -aspect; phase; side.

3.Interpose: (V) -to step in between parties at variance; mediate.

4.Apathetic: (Adj.) -not interested or concerned; indifferent or unresponsive.

5.Languid: (Adj.) -lacking in spirit or interest; listless; indifferent.

6.Imply: (V) -to indicate or suggest without being explicitly stated.

7.Strident: (Adj.) -having a shrill, irritating quality or character.

8.Deft: (Adj.) -nimble; skillful; clever.

9.Clad: (Adj.) -dressed; covered.


Chapter 3

1.Permeate: (V) -to pass into or through every part of; to penetrate through the pores; to be diffused through; pervade; saturate.

2.Innuendo: (N) -an indirect comment about a person or thing, esp. of a disparaging or a derogatory nature.

3.Erroneous: (Adj.) -containing error; mistaken; incorrect; wrong.

4.Vehement: (Adj.) -strongly emotional; intense or passionate.

5.Impetuous: (Adj.) -characterized by sudden or rash action, emotion, etc.; impulsive.

6.Vacuous: (Adj.) -lacking in ideas or intelligence.

7.Corpulent: (Adj.) -large or bulky of body; portly; stout; fat.

8.Provincial: (Adj.) -having the manners, and viewpoints considered characteristic of unsophisticated inhabitants of a province; rustic; narrow or illiberal.

9.Din: (N) -a loud, confused noise; a continued loud or tumultuous sound; noisy clamor.


Chapter 4

1.Knickerbocker: (N) -any New Yorker.

2.Fluctuate: (V) -to change continually; shift back and forth.

3.Sporadic: (Adj.) -appearing or happening at irregular intervals in time; occasional.

4.Rajah: (N) -a king or prince in India; a minor chief or dignitary.

5.Elicit: (V) -to draw or bring out or forth; educe; evoke.

6.Valor: (N) -heroic courage; bravery.

7.Somnambulatory: (Adj.) -related to sleep walking.

8.Denizen: (N) -an inhabitant; a resident; one that frequents a particular place.

9.Jaunty: (Adj.) -easy and sprightly in manner or bearing.


Chapter 5

1.Rout: (N) -an overwhelming defeat.

2.Innumerable: (Adj.) -very numerous; incapable of being counted; countless.

3.Ecstatic: (Adj.) -subject to or in a state of ecstasy; rapturous.

4.Reproach: (V) -to find fault with (a person, group, etc.); blame.

5.Serf: (N) -a slave.

6.Obstinate: (Adj.) -inflexible; stubborn; not yielding.

7.Exult: (V) -to show or feel a lively or triumphant joy; rejoice; be highly elated or jubilant.

8.Hulking: (Adj.) -heavy and clumsy; bulky.

9.Nebulous: (Adj.) -hazy, vague, indistinct, or confused.


Chapter 6

1.Laudable: (Adj.) -deserving praise; praiseworthy; commendable.

2.Insidious: (Adj.) -intended to entrap or trick.

3.Repose: (N) -peace; tranquillity; calm.

4.Debauch: (N) -an uninhibited spree or party.

5.Antecedent: (N) -a preceding circumstance, event,

object, style, phenomenon.

6.Ingratiate: (V) -to establish (oneself) in the favor or

good graces of others by deliberate effort.

7.Dilatory: (Adj.) -tending to delay or procrastinate;

slow; tardy.

8.Desolate: (Adj.) -barren or laid waste; devastated;

deprived or destitute of inhabitants; deserted;

uninhabited; solitary; lonely.

9.Elusive: (Adj.) -hard to express or define; cleverly or

skillfully evasive.


Chapter 7

1.Lapse: (N) -a slip or error, often of a trivial sort; failure. (V) -to come to an end; stop.

2.Insistent: (Adj.) -earnest or emphatic in dwelling upon, maintaining, or demanding something; persistent.

3.Tentative: (Adj.) -unsure; uncertain; not definite or positive; hesitant.

4.Tumult: (N) -uproar; disorder; highly distressing agitation of mind or feeling.

5.Portentous: (Adj.) -ominous, predictive of future bad events.

6.Irreverent: (Adj.) -not respectful; critical of what is generally accepted or respected.

7.Vicarious: (Adj.) -taking the place of another person or thing; acting or serving as a substitute.

8.Rancor: (N) -resentment or ill will; hatred; malice.

9.Formidable: (Adj.) -of great strength; forceful; powerful.


Chapter 8

1.Humidor: (N) -a container or storage room for cigars or other preparations of tobacco, fitted with means for keeping the tobacco suitably moist.

2.Indiscernible: (Adj.) -cannot be seen or perceived clearly; imperceptible.

3.Settee: (N) -a seat for two or more persons, having a back and usually arms, and often upholstered.

4.Divot: (N) -a piece of turf gouged out with a club in making a stroke.

5.Garrulous: (Adj.) -excessively talkative in a rambling, roundabout manner, esp. about trivial matters.

6.Incoherent: (Adj.) -without logical or meaningful connection; disjointed; rambling.

7.Conceivable: (Adj.) -imagineable; believeable.

8.Forlorn: (Adj.) -desolate or dreary; unhappy or miserable, as in feeling, condition, or appearance.

9.Laden: (Adj.) -burdened; loaded down.


Chapter 9

1.Pasquinade: (N) -a satire or lampoon, esp. one posted in a public place.

2.Derange: (V) -to disturb the condition, action, or function of; to make insane.

3.Surmise: (V) -to think or infer without certain or strong evidence; conjecture; guess.

4.Superfluous: (Adj.) -being more than is sufficient or required; excessive; unnecessary or needless.

5.Elocution: (N) -a person's manner of speaking or reading aloud in public.

6.Unutterable: (Adj.) -unspeakable; beyond expression.

7.Subtle: (Adj.) -difficult to perceive or understand.

8.Orgastic: (Adj.) - at the height of emotional excitement.

9.Ceaselessly: (Adv.) -without stopping or pausing; unendingly; incessantly