The Outsiders Vocabulary
connotation, denotation, infer, bleak, nonchalant, gingerly, rueful, savvy, conform, sage (Not the herb!)
1. Even though I was nervous, I tried to act cool and _____________.
2. I handled the delicate vase very ____________.
3. Even though he may not be "book-smart" he has a lot of ___________ about the world.
4. Not every member of a group _______________(s) exactly to our image of that group.
5. The landscape of the moon is lifeless and very ________.
6. My grandfather gave me some very _______ advice
7. "I shouldn’t have done that," he said with a _______ sigh.
8. The detective tried to _________who the criminal was from the clues he left behind.
9. Though their (a) connotations/denotations are similar, the words nosy and curious have very different
10. My friend has a lot of basketball _______. He just seems to have a natural feel for the game.
11. I touched the bruise on my cheek ____________.
12. The coach accused me of being too __________ at practice. He thought I should take the game more
13. After the accident, her outlook on life became very___. She seemed to have no hope any more.
14. I wish I had done my homework," I thought__________(ly).
15. I was able to ______ the meaning of the word from the way it was used in the sentence.
16. A person who doesn’t like to ____________ to the group is often called an outsider.
17. The _____________ of a word is its dictionary definition.
18. The _____________ of a word is what it makes you think of.
19. Two-Bit nodded his head _____(ly), and said, "It would have been wiser to have someone pick you up."
aloof, elite, dumbfounded, ornery, contemptuous, gallant, foreshadow, stereotype
1. He wasn’t unfriendly, just a little __________.
2. The soldiers __________(ly) rode into battle to defend their homes.
3. The small children were getting a bit _________ and needed a time-out.
4. He looked at the criminal ________(ly). This guy deserved any punishment he got.
5. Sometimes an author will ____________ what will happen next.
6. I was ____________ when we found the treasure. I never thought we would.
7. He thinks he is part of an ________ group of people who are "better" that the rest of us.
8. Dally seems like the _____________ of a greaser. Pony doesn't seem like the type.
gingerly, elite, gallant, contemptuous, aloof, stereotype, bleak, dumbfounded, foreshadow, nonchalant, ornery, savvy
1. "The Socs were always behind a wall of _________(ness), careful not to let their real selves show through."
2. At the end of Chapter Two, Pony says, "I know better now." This is an example of ___________(ing), where the author
hints that something will happen to change Pony's mind.
3. If you make the Scholar List you are a part of the educational ________.
4. "Two-Bit __________(ly) offered to walk the girls home--the west side of town was only about twenty miles away."
(What a gentleman!)
5. "'No...' Two-Bit said, ___________. 'No, Ponyboy, that ain't right...you got it wrong...'" (Two-Bit was almost
6. "Mickey Mouse was a dark-gold buckskin, sassy and _________, not much more than a colt."
7. "'Okay,' Pony said _____________(ly), 'might as well.'" (He was trying to act tuff for the girls.)
8. "'Who is it?' Two-Bit asked. 'The F.B.I.?'...'No,' Cherry said ________(ly), 'it's Randy and Bob.'" (Things look hopeless.)
9. Dally spat ___________(ly) as he thought of what the Socs did to Johnny.
10. Dally is the ___________(ical) greaser, but Pony is not.
dogged (adj), indignant, conducive, wistful, implore, subside, acquit, leery, vain
1. I _____________(ed) my mom to let me go to the movies.
2. I was _______________ when Dad blamed me for breaking the lamp instead of my sister.
3. Pony was ________________ when he thought of what life might be like in the country.
4. I am ________________ of someone who promises me something for nothing.
5. She is known for her _______________ determination. She never gives up.
6. Listening to the stereo is not ________________ to studying.
7. The jury _____________(ed) the man, and he was set free.
8. The storm finally _____________(ed), and the sun came out.
9. He is very _______ about his appearance. He is always checking himself out it the mirror.
elude, ironic, credible, incredulous, credulous, facade, premonition, bootleg
1. I tried to act cheerful, but it was just a ________. I was really depressed inside.
2. Pony had a __________ that something bad might happen in the old church.
3. The criminal ran through the alley to __________ the police.
4. Cherry was ___________ that Dally tried to bring her a Coke. She couldn’t believe it!
5. My mom didn’t think my excuse was ____________. She didn’t believe a word of it.
6. His friend gave him a ___________ copy of the video game.
7. It was ____________ that the police station was robbed.
8. The ___________ kid from the country was an easy target for the savvy con-man from New York.
9. Latin root: cred = ___________
incredulous, fathom, premonition, gingerly, credible, irony, elude, savvy, foreshadow, facade, gallant, credulous
1. Maybe Dally’s cold unfeeling exterior is simply a ______ that hides his true feelings.
2. Even after I read the poem three times, the meaning still __________(ed) me.
3. As Pony entered the scary old church, he had a ____________ that something bad might happen.
4. The boys ran away because they thought the police would not find their story ________; they thought the fuzz would
believe the Socs, and not some greasers.
5. An obvious mistake on Mr. Coward's "Perfect" web page is an example of __________.
6. Pony's jaw dropped ____________(ly) when Cherry said she might fall in love with Dally.
7. It is very _________(ic) that Cherry seems to have fallen for Dally.
8. He was such a smooth talker, I __________(ly) fell for his scam.
9. The bank's ___________ was cracked and damaged by the wind, but the inside was fine.
10. The Socs ran to _________ responsibility for their actions.
wistful, rueful, irony, subside, indignant, acquit, implore, facade, leery, conducive, dogged, fathom, nonchalant
1. "You’re hungry?" he said ___________(ly), "I'm the one who hasn't eaten all day!"
2. Johnny persisted ___________(ly) in asking about his parents.
3. "If only I had a million dollars," I thought __________(ly).
4. The students __________(ed) the teacher to go easy on them.
5. My parents were a little ______ about the crowd I was hanging out with.
6. Pony looked at Johnny _________(ingly). "Please don't cut my hair!"
7. "It's not fair!" I cried ___________(ly).
8. Johnny would probably be ________(ed) on the charge of murder.
9. A good attitude is very __________ to doing well in school.
10. The team's _________ defense is what kept them in the game.
11. A savvy person is usually more _______ than a credulous one.
12. Moisture and heat help create an environment _________ to the growth of bacteria.