I'm a big fan of word-of-the-day websites and check a collection of favorites frequently. A prime example of a word I used in Savvy that is not an easy one to find a standard dictionary definition for is:
I knew I didn't make up this word, but even I, when looking for the definition, was hard-pressed to find it again. But I managed! I found it on one of my favorite word sites, which is the Worthless Word of the Day... (hardly worthless in my mind). But this site defines this word thusly:
"Scot. [v] to make a dint or pit in; to dint
[n] the cavity produced by a blow, or in consequence
of a fall"
And in Savvy I used it like so:
“Here he goes. That’s Lester Swan,” Carlene said. “Caving in like a dunkle-head to a little girl.”