22 terms

Gatsby Vocab

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haughty
scornfully or condescendingly proud
supercilious
showing haughty disdain
fractious
inclined to make trouble, unruly; having a peevish nature, cranky
effeminate
having qualities or characteristics more often associated with women then men
languid
lacking energy or vitality; lifeless
extemporize
to do or perform without prior preparation
peremptory
putting an end to all debate, dictorial
contiguous
sharing an edge or boundary, touching
defer
to submit to the opinion or wishes of another through respect or recognition of authority; yield
rapture
ectasy; state of being transported by a lofty emotion
strident
loud; harsh; grating or shrill
innuendo
an indirect or subtle, usually derogatory implication in expression; an insinuation
prodigality
extravagant wastefulness
staid
characterized by sedate dignity and often a straight-laced sense of propriety; sober
jovial
marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer
convivial
fond of feasting, drinking, and good company; sociable
insolent
arrogant; audaciously rude or disrespectful
bootlegger
one who makes, sells, or transports liquor for illegal sale
punctilious
strictly attentive to minute details of form in action or conduct
disconcerting
upsetting; ruffling; frustrating
denizen
an inhabitant; residence; one who frequents a particular place
jaunty
having a buoyant or self-confident air; crisp and dapper in appearance