a back and forth of insults between two or more people
After becoming fed up with Hoe's constant insults, Janie began a game of the dozens.
to say in reply, retort, answer back
When the women on the porch were gossiping about Janie, Pheobey rejoined back at them, standing up for her friend
lying stretched out on ground downward helpless with illness, distress, or exhaustion
Joe's sickness left him prostrating at home
a height point of land projecting into a body of water or overlooking into a lowland
After meeting Tea Cake, excitement raced through the promontories of Janie's mind.
the quality of expressing no sensibility, being unemotional
antonym: a state of emotion
Joe was in a state of stolidness.
a feeling of offence or resentment; anger
Mrs. Robinson had a dudgeon for Joe Starks.
to hold out (something) to someone for acceptance
Janie refused to proffer her feelings to Joe.
to correct by punishment or suffering
antonym: excuse, pardon, spare
Joe chastened Janie for no reason by forcing her to work long hours in the store.
propriety and good taste in conduct or appearance
antonym: indecency, indecorum
Janie's suitors had no sense of decorum.