Sunday, April 27, 2008


Definition:A competition or display of lassoing, bronco-riding, calf-roping, and steer-wrangling

Etymology:The American English word "rodeo" is taken directly from Spanish. The Spanish word is derived from the verb rodear, meaning "to surround" or "go around”.

Sentence:My friend is mad about the Rodeos since young as he lived his youth as a cowboy in Texas.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

grudge fight

grudge fight

definition: a fight planned or carried out in order to settle a persistent feeling of resentment, esp. one due to some cause, such as an insult or injury

grudge: c.1450, from Old French grouchier to grumble, probably of Germanic origin; compare Old High German grunnizon to grunt

fight: Old English feohtan; related to Old Frisian fiuchta, Old Saxon, Old High German fehtan to fight)

Both of them have been feuding for a long time, grudge fights between them are frequent.

Edwin Goh Duo Yao, 1-2

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Meaning Of Phony

Meaning Of “Phony”

Not genuine or real; counterfeit: a phony credit card.
False; spurious: a phony name.
Not honest or truthful; deceptive: a phony excuse.

Insincere or hypocritical.
Giving a false impression of truth or authenticity; specious.
n., pl. -nies also -neys.
Something not genuine; a fake.

One who is insincere or pretentious.
An impostor; a hypocrite.
Don’t trust him, he is not as innocent as he looks,but a phony person

Like a bump on a log

Like a bump on a log

Definition: Someone who does not participate in a fun activity and sits it out.

Etology: From the mid-1800.

Everybody participated in the game of tag except for Harry, who just sat there like a bump on a log.

Wang Zi Hao, 1-1


The defination:to come into possession or ownership of; get as one's own: to acquire property.

The etymology:It orgin from the year 1435, from O.Fr. aquerre, from L. aequirere.

Sentence:He went to the extent of killing his own father just to acquire his property and wealth.

Name:Edwin Tan Class:1-2

Reform school

Defination: a place where a young juvenile delinquent (criminal) goes instead of prison. Also known as reformatory. It is an archaic term.
Etymology: From the word reform, meaning to change for the better
Sentence: We have heard stories of juvenile delinquents spending almost half their teenage lives in reform school and we wondered if Dally would be getting to that mark soon.
Poh Jek Kee (24)
Class 1-3

Vocab for Outsiders word

Word/phrase:Smarting off
Definition:To show disrespect verbally/To speak or remark impertinently

Example:He smarts off to his teachers, his parents, everybody!He thinks he is so smart and funny.

Name:Oliver Tan Class:1-1

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Outsiders vocabulary

Word:Sweet Talk
By Jireh Teo(32) 1-2

Use persuasive language to: to use flattering or pleasing words in order to persuade somebody to do something.

Benjamin's sweet talk and flattery finally convinced Dylan to lend him some money.

Etymology:The word first apeared in 1936 in the book,"Gone with the wind."

Resources: for origin of word and wikipedia for the definition.


Definition : To suffocate another, To deprive a fire of the oxygen necessary for combustionTo conceal, suppress, or hide

Etymology : ????

Sentence : Management smothered the true facts of the case. We smothered our indignation and pressed onward

Francis Lee - 18
1 - 2

Bawled BY:(Neo Jin 1-2)

542597Defination: to shout or cry loudly/wail
Etymology: c.1390, bleren "to wail," possibly from an unrecorded O.E. *blæren, or from M.Du. bleren "to bleat, cry, bawl, shout." Probably echoic, either way
Sentence: The bullies pushed him onto the rock hard floor, started to stranggle him, making him bawled, awaiting for rescue.

By: Neo Jin (22) Sec 1 - 2



Definition: somewhat gray; grayish

Etymology: From the old French grisel, from the French gris, grey

Sentence: All babies need quiet times on their own and get grizzly if they have too much stimulation.

Chok Zheng Da
(5) 1-2


Definition: Characterised by, proceeding from, exhibiting, or feeling sympathy; sympathizing; compassionate

Etymology(Word Origin): sympathétikós ( Greek word )

Sentence: She was very sympathetic to the old people when we visited the old folks’ home.

By: Nicholas Chee ( 3 )
Class: 1-2

Wisecracking (Noun)

Definition: the act of making a remark which is intended as a clever joke, especially one which criticizes someone

Etymology: Unknown

Sentence: Sadly, despite the crazy antics and relentless wisecracking, there is very little plot to carry this film.

Luo JiaXuan(16)


Definition: To shanghai means to force some one to do something or to go somewhere.

Etymology: It came from the practice of kidnapping to fill the crews of ships making extended voyages to places, such as to the Chinese seaport of Shanghai.
((Adapted from

Sentence: The police shanghaied the captured rioters out of the streets.

Benedict Lui (21)
Class 1/2


Definition: To shanghai means to force some one to do something or to go somewhere.

Etymology: It came from the practice of kidnapping to fill the crews of ships making extended voyages to places, such as to the Chinese seaport of Shanghai.
((Adapted from

Sentence: The police shanghaied the captured rioters out of the streets.

The outsiders vocab :irresistable (Evan Tay)

Vocabulary Blog

Impossible not to want, like and enjoy.

Etymology(Word origin)

According to the word came from LL irresistibilis


The joke he told us was irresistibly funny!
The chocolate cake was simply irresistible,


Tough (adj)
Definition :

Characterized by severity or uncompromising determination, capable of enduring strain, hardship, very hard to influence, unruly or rowdyish.

Synonyms : Strong


Middle English, from Old English tōh; akin to Old High German zāhi tough

Sentence : They sure look tough, I think we had better not mess with them.


Definition:If someone whimpers,they make a quiet and unhappy sound.
Etymology:probably of imitative origin or from Ger.wimmern.the noun is first recored in 1700.
Sentence:He lay at the bottom of the stairs whimpering in pain,with tear flowing down his cheeks.
By Ryan Tan class 1/2 28


Definiton: If a person or animal lopes somewhere, they run in an easy and relaxed way;taking long steps

Etymology: "to run with long strides," c.1825; earlier "to leap, jump, spring" (1483), from O.N. hlaupa "to run, leap," from same Gmc. root as leap and gallop.

Sentence: Matty saw him go loping off, running low

Ang Cheng yu Jason Sec 1-2



Definitation: to assault or menace, especially with the intention of robbery

Sentence: Jane was mugged by an escaped criminal this morning at the bus station.

Etymology: "attack to rob" is from 1864 (mugger in this sense is from 1865).

Jarryl Chan(3)


Definition: the use of remarks which clearly mean the opposite of what they say, and which are made in order to hurt someone's feelings or to criticize something in an amusing way.

Sentence:"You have been working hard, " he said with heavy sarcasm, as he looked at the empty page.

Etymology: French or Late Latin; French sarcasme, from Late Latin sarcasmos, from Greek sarkasmos, from sarkazein to tear flesh, bite the lips in rage, sneer, from sark-, sarx flesh; probably akin to Avestan thwarts.

Joash Lim 1-2

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Definition: Half-drunk

E.g: Although John was half crocked, he knew the way home.

Etymology: From 1709, Medieval folklore distinguished four successive stages of drunkenness, based on the animals they made men resenble: sheep, lion, ape, sow.

Toh Jun Wen (34)


A hangout is an informal social gathering place.
Julian Yao Index no.38 Class:1-2



Defination: Someone that travel by asking for free rides in other people's car.

Etymology: From America, a word that the local people usually use.

The hitchiker has been hithiking since a few years back as he has become more and more lazy.

By: Wu Yun Hsiu (37) 1-2

nervous wreck

nervous wreck

definiton:a person suffering from emotional exhaustion due to stress.

etymology:Nervous wreck first attested 1899, probably came from from the word wreak.

Sentence:After seeing his father died in a car accident right before her eyes, she had a nervous wreck.

Brian Tan 30 Sec 1-2



defination: cool
emytology: a slang uesd in the 50s to the mid-60s
sentence: you sure look tuff in that tight black shirt and jeans.

Victor Hong 1-1



Definition: A smart or facetious remark

Etymology: [Origin: 1910–15, Americanism; wise1 + crack]

Gordon, the joker of our class, made quite a few wisecrackers today.

Nicholas N Novakovic (21) 1-1


Definition: To shiver convulsively, as from fear or revulsion. To vibrate/ quiver.

Etymology: Middle English shodderen, perhaps of Middle Dutch or Middle Low German.

Sentence: John shuddered in the freezing cold wind of the rainstorm.

Ivan Yang [35] 1-3

beat the tar out of her

definition:to keep hitting someone hard, or to completely defeat someone.

example:We used to fight a lot as kids and he always beat the tar out of me. He was tired of her knocking the tar out of him when they played checkers.

Tey Jin Hean(33) 1-2



Definition:1)To draw in breathes sharply as from shock2)To breathe convulsively or laboriously.

Sentence:To his astonishment, a gruesome mutilated corpse fell before his sight.He gasped in horror as the flies swarmed over it and within minutes all that was left was white bones.

Skidding to a halt

Skidding to a halt

Definition: Sliding across the ground before stopping at a certain spot abruptly.

Etymology: Probably came from the word skid.

The driver was driving his car when he saw a cat on the road. He jammed on his brakes before skidding to a halt, just inches away from the cat.

Shaun Tan 1-2


a person or thing that follows the lead or initiative of another.

Origin: 1930–35; n. use of v. phrase tag along

Example: In the gang every body did whatever they wanted without following others, exept Jonny the tagalong, who was the pet of the whole gang.

Darryl Lim (7) 1-2


Snarling is the movement where the upper lip is raised and nostrils widened. It indicate great anger or pain.

This word originated from the middle ages, around the 14th century. It might have been transformed from the word 'snaren'.

Joshua Tay (14) Sec1-2

Bleeding like a stuck pig

Definition: It means bleeding profusely

Sentence: Jimmy got hit very hard by a metal baseball bat. He was bleeding like a stuck pig.

By: Chan Ruo Wei (2) 1-2

Blazing with anger

Definition-strong feeling of displeasure and belligerence aroused by a wrong

Etymology-1150–1200; ME < Scand; cf. ON angr sorrow, grief, akin to OHG angust (G Angst fear), L angor anguish

Sentence-He was blazing with anger when he saw his brother being bullied.

Chia Jia Ying(4)



Definition: An automobile produced by Ford Motor Company.

Etomology: From the Mexican Spanish word mestengo, derived from Spanish mesteño, meaning "stray" or "feral" animal.

Andrew Pang 1-3



Definition: A person feels bitter after a disappointing experience or after being treated un fairly.

Etymology: Word bitter comes from the word 'Bittersweet' in the 14th century transfered to the taste bitter in 1713 and moved to the meaning bitter end from 1849.

He is said to be very bitter about the way those gangsters beat him up and robbed him of all of his most valued prized possesions.

Goy Shen (11) 1-2


As a noun, hauling means:
  1. A long drive, especially transporting/hauling heavy cargo.

As a verb, hauling means:

  1. To carry something; to transport something, with a connotation that the item is heavy or otherwise difficult to move
  2. To pull or draw something heavy
  3. To steer a vessel closer to the wind

sentence: as he was initially unwilling to go, I had no choice but to haul him there.

Darryl Yeo (38) 1-1

Size (someone) up
Defination: to acertain, estimate, or confirm how big or strong someone is.
Etymology: Middle English sise, from Old French, court session, law, short for assise ; see assize.Other formssiz'er n.
Sentence: Boxers should size up their opponents before a match.

Cheah You Yuan (3)
Class 1-3


Defination of digs:
thrust; poke. A cutting, sarcastic remark.
An achaeological site undergoing excavation.
Informal. living quarters; lodgings

of uncertain origin, probably related to dike and ditch, either via O.Fr. diguer (ult. from a Gmc. source), or directly from an unrecorded O.E. word. Native words were deolfan, grafan (medial -f- pronounced as "v" in O.E.).

Sentence:He gave me a dig in the ribs with his elbow.

Ong Lian Hao(23) 1-1

social clubs

social clubs

definition: social club may refer to a group of people or the place where they meet, generally formed around a common interest, occupation or activity.


sentence: you may join this social club if you are interested in fishing.
done by Lim Yu Fei from 1-3


alteration of Middle English feide, from Anglo-French *faide, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German fēhida hostility, feud, Old English fāh hostile
15th century

Definition:a mutual enmity or quarrel that is often prolonged or inveterate

A minor misunderstanding between the brothers sparked a feud that broke them apart.

Nicholas Loh 1-3

Beer blast

Definition: A party where people drink a lot of beer.

Etymology: Unkown. Probably slang.

Sentence: John went to a beer blast and when we found him he was dead drunk.

Bryan Quah (25)
Class 1-1

Chessy Cat

Chessy Cat

Definition: Refers to a slang that is being used by Ponyboy who called Two-Bit Matthews a Chessy Cat, referring to a "Cheshire Cat, a proverbial grinning cat from Cheshire, in England as described in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. In The Outsiders, Ponyboy was trying to describe that Two-Bit Matthews was smiling broadly, much like that of the Cheshire Cat.

Etymology: A slang; referring to the character "Cheshire Cat" in the book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Sentence: When I turned my head back , I saw Louis grinning like a Chessy cat. He was obviously very happy that he was the top in the class for his English Test.

Name: Lee Jun Wei Shawn
Class: Secondary 1-2


Meaning of cowlick : a tuft of hair that grows in a different direction from the rest of the hair and usually will not lie flat
Etymology :
The term cowlick dates from the late 16th century, when Richard Haydocke used it in his translation of Lomazzo: "The lockes or plaine feakes of haire called cow-lickes, are made turning upwards.
Sentence :
My sister has a cowlick which she is always trying to conceal .

Dylan Chong


Def: to shrink back involuntarily (as from pain)
Etymology: Middle English wynsen to kick out, start, from Anglo-French *wincer, *guincer to shift direction, dodge, by-form of guenchir, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German wenken, wankōn to totter.
Sentence: After hitting Harry, he winced back from the pain that he felt.

The word definition of spooked is to say that a person is scared or afraid of something that caught him by surprise.The word originated from America and Americans usually say spooked instead of scared.

Dylan was spooked by what he thought was a ghost or something supernatural as he walked along the desolated streets alone.

Gordon Tan(1-1)(9)



Definition: A Mustang is an automobile produced by the Ford Motor Company.

Etymology: From a feral horse living on the western or southwestern plains of the United States.

Everyone's attention attention was on the sleek, red Mustang as it drove elegantly into the carpark.
Andrew Pang 1-3

Tough as nails

Tough as nails

Definition:Strong and determined

Entymology:From an American slang

Example:She is a warm and friendly person but she is also tough as nails.

Christian Lam (6) 1-2

Madras Shirt

Madras Shirt

Definition: loosely woven, fine cotton fabric. Vegetable dyed in plaids,striples and checks.Tends to fade when washed.

Etymology: From the city of Madras,India.

Sentence: John saw many madras shirts on sale when he was touring in India .
Nigel Woon (37)
Class 1-1


meaning:highly complicated or developed
Etymology:Medieval Latin sophisticatus
sentence: these things are too sophisticated for us to handle

tan cher han 1-3


Definition: a gangster, a part of a coat which you can pull up and cover your head, metal cover of a car enjine at the front

Etymology: "gangster," 1930, American English. Shortened form of hoodlum. As a shortened form of neighborhood it began 1980s in Los Angeles black slang.

Sentence: John was a well known hood in the area who robbed people of their money.

Ethan Lee(14)1-1



Definition:lazybones;good-for-nothing;a slovenly or boorish person;ordinary person.
Etymology:Irish slab mud,ooze,slovenly person
Sentence:He is just another poor slob,no matter how hard he trys, he will never succeed.

Tong You XIn(33)



Definition: Conforming to the recognized standard of propriety, good taste, modesty, etc.,
as in behavior or speech. respectable; worthy: a decent family.

Etymology: Middle French or Latin

Sentence: He did not even had a decent jacket for the cold weather.

Melvin Lim 1-3


definition:to annoy;pester

etymology:19th century

sentence:Stop bugging me!


Definition:Giddy; thoughtless.
Etymology:Founded late 1970s U.S. slang, of unknown origin, perhaps related to earlier slang.

Sentence:"Boy,you are sure scatterbrained."Tom said,sighing.

Matthew Lee(19)
Class 1-2


Definition: something or someone that has suffered ruin or dilapidation.

Etymology: was first recorded by the Anglo Saxons when they invaded England.

Sentence: Tom watched in horror as the wrecked car exploded, he shivered at the thought that someone might be trapped in it.

by marcus tan 1-1(31)


Definition: something or someone that has suffered ruin or dilapidation.

Etymology: was first recorded by the Anglo Saxons when they invaded England.

Sentence: Tom watched in horror as the wrecked car exploded, he shivered at the thought that someone might be trapped in it.

busted up

Busted up

Definition: To laugh very hard

Etymology: An alteration of burst

We busted up laughing after watching that comedy.

Joshua Lee(13) 1-1


Definition: In a composed and unconcerned manner,casually
Etymology:The word comes from Old French where it was formed from the negative prefix "non + chalant"the present participle of the verb chaloir, “to be concerned". French formed a noun nonchalance from the adjective nonchalant that was borrowed into English by 1678; the adjective itself was borrowed later, as it is not attested for another half-century.
Sentence:"Does John intend to return with us? Johnna asked as nonchanlantly as she could
Gan Jiayi (7) 1-3

Posted By: Kelvin Tan, class 1-2

Definition Of High- Strung

If someone is high strung, They are very nervous and easily upset. = sensitive

Sentence construct: Ruo Wei is high strung, screaming at the tiniest of things.


The Chevrolet Corvair was an automobile produced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors from 1960 to 1969.

Origin: probably from America

My friend John has been driving the Corvair for six years.

Tay Kai Jiun (34) 1-1



Definition-well-organized and firmly and closely integrated

Etymology- Unfortunately, its origin cannot be found

Alex lives in a tightly-knitted neighborhood where everyone was friendly. Everyone knew each other and was always helping one another out.

Tang Qun Xi Desmond. 1-1

Pool sticks

Pool sticks
Definition : A cue is usually either a one piece tapered stick or a two piece stick divided in the middle by a joint of metal or phenolic resin.
Etymology : The stick originated from snooker, a game, which was originated from british officers stationed in India.
In pool, the pool stick is used to hit the ball into the hole .
Ngin Yun Da, 1-3

boozed up

boozed up

Definition: To drink excessively so as to get drunk or intoxicated

Etymology: From Middle English 'bouse' - drink a lot(c.1300), from Middle Dutch 'busen' - to drink heavily. The noun is first recorded in 1859, reinforced by name of Philadelphia distiller E.G. Booze. Boozy was one of Benjamin Franklin's 225 synonyms for "drunk" which was published in 1722

John always gets himself boozed up whenever he is depressed or angry so as to temporary forget about the matter.

Jason Loh(18) 1-1



Definition: To cause a sharp stinging pain.

Etymology: From Middle English smerten, meaning causing pain.

The slap delivered to my face left me smarting.
Posted by: Bryan Chong (6) 1-1


Hacked Off :

Definition- Pissed off, angry or frustrated

Etymology- Probably brought about by slang used in late 1900's

Sentence- My mother was hacked off with my brother for cheating in his exam and not doing his homework. In fact, she almost hit the roof.

Brendan Loy 1-1 19


Word : Stiffen
Definition : to become suddenly tense, rigid, or taut, as in bracing oneself for or drawing back from shock, fear, or displeasure
Sentence : He stiffened, expecting to hear the worst.
Etymology : Unknown
Lee Jian Ming 1-3


Word: Sassy

Definition: Rude and Disrespectful; Impudent

Origin: 1855-1860

Sentence: John always gets into trouble because he is sassy and disrespectful towards others.

From: Tan Wei Liang (29)
Class: 1-3


Definition: If someone has a roguish expression or manner, they looked as though they are about to behave badly.

Sentence: On seeing the roguishly looking people heading for us, we knew that they are gangsters up to no good.

Etymology: Unknown

Ang Zui Siang


Jet set

Jet Set

Definition: Used to describe an international social group of wealthy people, organizing and participating in social activities all around the world that are unreachable to ordinary people. For example, travelling from one stylish or exotic place to another via jet airplanes.

Etymology: Jet set is first attested in 1951. The term jet-set is attributed to Igor Casini, a reporter for the Journal-American.

Sentences: Do not take it that all jet set just knows how to indulge in life of pleasure. Some of them work very hard to get what they have today.
Poh Shao Kai (24)

Definition of "plain hard facts"

"plain hard facts"[noun] facts, usually unpleasant.

: the quality of being actual fact hinges on evidence>.

2 a: something that has actual existence fact> b: an actual occurrence fact of damage>.

3: a piece of information presented as having objective reality.

From the Latin word, factum. Dates back to the 15th Century.

These are plain hard facts, whether you like them or not.

Done by Yong Weisheng Wilson, 1-1


Word: Slugged(verb)

Definition: Struck heavily with or as if with the fist or a bat

Etymology: Unknown

Harry was slugged on the back of the head when he tried to resist the robbers.

Name: Cheong Mun Chieu
Class: 1-1
Index Number: 04


-A strong sweeping blow

- A swing of the arm to attack someone

- To slide a card through a card reader

- To steal

Origin : 1730-1740, akin to sweep

Sentence: When the shopkeeper was not looking, John swiped a pen off the shelf and walked briskly out of the shop
Andrew Lee Yong Sheng (15) Class 1-1

Paul Newman

Word : Paul Newman

Paul Newman was an actor of "BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)" & was during Ponyboy's era. "BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID" is one of the greatest buddy movies ever made.

Paul Newman is a name.

Paul Newman was a star in the movie, BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969).

Shaw Wen Xuan(27)

Definition: to keep back as if by swallowing
Ethanology: Middle English, from a Middle Dutch or Middle Low German word akin to Dutch & Frisian gulpen to bubble forth, drink deep; akin to Old English gielpan to boast
( No picture can be found for this word.)

I gulped when i saw the formidable array of weapons on the shelf.
Cracks a book:reads a book/opens a book

Etymology:to tell especially suddenly or strikingly i.e.

Sentence:Its amazing that Jon could be so knowledgable in literature with having to crack a book.




Definition: A valuable or useful quality or skill

Etymology: From Middle English, probably evolved from Anglo-Fr. word 'asetz'

The president's greatest asset is his reputation for honesty.

Sai Prema (26) 1-1



definition: uninvolved or unwilling to become involved with other people or events


Definitation: To splash or scatter in unevenly distributed mess.

Etymology: A blend of spatter and splash.

E.g. The cafeteria lady splattered a chunk of mashed potato on my plate.
Ong Jun Sheng (20)


bare, desolate, and often windswept: a bleak plain.
cold and piercing; raw: a bleak wind.
without hope or encouragement; depressing; dreary: a bleak future.

Word origin:

c.1300, from O.N. bleikr "pale" (see bleach). Sense of "cheerless" is c.1719 figurative extension. The same Gmc. root produced the O.E. blac "pale," but this died out, probably from confusion with blæc "black;" but bleikr persisted, with a sense of "bare" as well as "pale."

Teo Cher Kian_1-3



Definition:not able to believe something because it is very surprising or shocking.

Etymology: Latin incredulus, from in- + credulus credulous
sentence: The decision that no more cars are allowed on the road was announced to an incredulous audience.

name:Darren Tay
class: 1-3