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Contender Vocab List

Vocabulary Words for the novel, The Contender by Robert Lipsyte

TermDefinition
Advancement A forward step; an improvement; Development; progress
Annoyed To cause slight irritation to (another) by troublesome, often repeated acts.
Avoid To keep away from; keep clear of; shun: to avoid a person; to avoid taxes; to avoid danger.
Awkward lacking skill or dexterity; clumsy.
Bustling to move or act with a great show of energy. Example: He bustled about cooking breakfast.
Calves the fleshy back part of the leg below the knee
Casual happening by chance; fortuitous: a casual meeting without definite or serious intention; careless or offhand; passing: a casual remark.
Concentrate to bring all efforts, faculties, activities, etc., to bear on one thing or activity (often fol. by on or upon): to concentrate on solving a problem.
Custom made made to individual order: custom-made shoes.
Desperate reckless or dangerous because of despair or urgency: a desperate killer. having an urgent need, desire, etc.: desperate for attention.
Dignified characterized or marked by dignity of aspect or manner; stately; decorous: dignified conduct.
Disgusting causing disgust; offensive to the physical, moral, or aesthetic taste.
Elegantly graceful in form or movement: an elegant wave of the hand.
Exhausted To wear out completely. See Synonyms at tire1.
Flailing To wave or swing vigorously; thrash: flailed my arms to get their attention.
Gaunt extremely thin and bony; haggard and drawn, as from great hunger, weariness, or torture; emaciated
Hoarse having a vocal tone characterized by weakness of intensity and excessive breathiness; husky: the hoarse voice of the auctioneer.
Husky (of the voice) having a semi-whispered vocal tone; somewhat hoarse, as when speaking with a cold or from grief
Idly not working or active; unemployed; doing nothing: idle workers.
Jostled to bump, push, shove, brush against, or elbow roughly or rudely.
Lapsed an interval or passage of time; elapsed period:
Listlessness having or showing little or no interest in anything; languid; spiritless; indifferent: a listless mood; a listless handshake.
Loomed To seem imminent; impend: Revolution loomed but the aristocrats paid no heed.
Loped to move or run with bounding steps, as a quadruped, or with a long, easy stride, as a person.
Lurched an awkward, swaying or staggering motion or gait.
Lounged to rest or recline indolently; loll: We lounged in the sun all afternoon.
Marquee a tall rooflike projection above a theater entrance, usually containing the name of a currently featured play or film and its stars.
Mocking To express scorn or ridicule; jeer: They mocked at the idea.
Musty having an odor or flavor suggestive of mold, as old buildings, long-closed rooms, or stale food.
Meek humbly patient or docile, as under provocation from others.
Mimicked to imitate or copy in action, speech, etc., often playfully or derisively.
Murky dark, gloomy, and cheerless
Muted to reduce the intensity of (a color) by the addition of another color
Occasional occurring or appearing at irregular or infrequent intervals; occurring now and then
Panting to breathe hard and quickly, as after exertion
Peered To look intently, searchingly, or with difficulty
Perpetual continuing or enduring forever; everlasting
Plunged to rush or dash with headlong haste: to plunge through a crowd.
Positive explicitly stated, stipulated, or expressed
Preliminary preceding and leading up to the main part, matter, or business; introductory
Pummeling The act of beating, as with the fists
Pursuit an effort to secure or attain; quest:
Quiver to shake with a slight but rapid motion; vibrate tremulously; tremble
Rasping harsh; grating
Reeling To stagger, lurch, or sway, as from drunkenness
Scowled To wrinkle or contract the brow as an expression of anger or disapproval
Seedy somewhat disreputable; degraded
Serenely calm, peaceful, or tranquil; unruffled:
Smirk to smile in an affected, smug, or offensively familiar way
Sprint to race or move at full speed, esp. for a short distance, as in running, rowing, etc.
Suave smoothly agreeable or polite; agreeably or blandly urbane
Sullen showing irritation or ill humor by a gloomy silence or reserve
Swaggered To walk or conduct oneself with an insolent or arrogant air; strut.
Synagogue a Jewish house of worship, often having facilities for religious instruction.
Tension a strained relationship between individuals, groups, nations, etc
Vague not clearly or explicitly stated or expressed
Valise a small piece of luggage that can be carried by hand, used to hold clothing, toilet articles, etc.; suitcase; traveling bag
Vaulted To jump or leap, especially with the use of the hands or a pole
Veered To turn aside from a course, direction, or purpose; swerve
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