The Great Gatsby
Vocabulary and Definition List by Chapter
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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;
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
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.
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.
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