This is a list of new words that I found in Jack Kerouac's On the Road, in order of apparition:
Meaning: an old car in dilapidated condition.
Context: "Dean is the perfect guy for the road because he actually was born on the road, when his parents were passing through Salt Lake City in 1926, in a jalopy, on they way to Los Angeles.
Meaning: bored or enervated, foolish or absurd.
Context: ...because my life hanging around the campus had reached the completion of its cycle and was stultified...
Meaning: i) a slight obscuration of the lower atmosphere, typically caused by fine suspended particles. ii) a state of obscurity or confusion: through an alcoholic haze.
Context: And here for the first time in my life, I saw my beloved Mississippi River, dry in the summer haze, low water, with its big rank smell that smells like the body of America itself because it washes up.
Meaning: a motor vehicle that has been specially modified to give it extra power and speed.
Context: A hotrod kid came by with his scarf flying.
Meaning: i) causing or showing gloom or depression; dreary. ii) pitifully or disgracefully bad.
Context: ...it was only cute suburban cottages of one damn kind and another, all laid out in the dismal gray dawn.
Context: ...here came this rawhide oldtimer Nebraska farmer...
Meaning: i) pitifully sad and lonely. ii) unlikely to succeed or be fulfilled.
Context: Here Eddie stood forlornly in the road in front of a staring bunch of short, squat Omaha Indians who had nowhere to go and nothing to do.
Meaning: Poorly made and likely to collapse.
Context: I bought cough drops in a rickety Indian store of some kind.
Meaning: i) a long doleful cry uttered by an animal such as a dog. a loud cry of pain, amusement, etc. ii) verb; make a howling sound.
Context: The train howled off across the plains in the direction of our desires.
Meaning: coarse canvas woven from jute or hemp, used for sacking.
Context: ...and sleeping on some gilt wagon on a bed of burlap.
Meaning: a machine or device that appears strange or unnecessarily complicated.
Context: A funny old contraption rolled by, driven by an old man...
Definition: an unsophisticated country person.
Context: ...the most smiling, cheerful couple of handsome bumpkins you could ever wish to see, both wearing cotton shirts and overalls, nothing else...
Definition: grimly mocking or cynical.
Context: Montana Slim spoke to them occasionally with a sardonic and insinuating smile.
Definition: very unhappy and unable to be comforted.
Context: when we all got back, they were still sitting in the truck, forlorn and disconsolate.
Definition: i) an acrobatic movement in which a person turns head over heels in the air or on the ground and finishes on their feet. ii) a dramatic upset or reversal of policy or opinion.
Context: ...the truck bounced and teetered from one side of the road to the other [...] and I thought we'd all take a somersault.
Definition: waste in a reckless or foolish manner.
Context: They had no cigarettes. I squandered my pack on them, I loved them so.
Definition: ungracefully thin and tall.
Context: ...tall lanky men in jeans clustered in the dim light like moths on the desert...
Definition: a temporary period of quiet or inactivity.
Context: There was a lull when we came in.
Definition: heavy-duty waterproof cloth, originally of tarred canvas.
Context: ...the best thing to do now was for all of us to bundle up under the big tarpaulin or we'd freeze.
20. GloryingDefinition: take great pride or pleasure in.
Context: Flat on my back, I stared straight up at the magnificent firmament, glorying in the time I was making, in how far I had come...