stinger - one who stings; applied fig. to Death. Also, one who goads or instigates; one who has  a sharp tongue.

thoroughbred* - thoroughly educated or accomplished; hence, complete, thorough, out-and-out.

kennedy - a poker; a blow inflicted by a poker

old religion* - a religion or belief which is replaced or ousted by another; a pre-Christian religion; paganism; Roman Catholicism.

out of temper* - out of proper condition

soured - Of persons: Embittered, crabbed

tipple - drink, liquor for drinking; esp. strong drink

take my lead

pushpull* - characterized by, caused by, or being a forced reciprocating motion.

homing - that goes home; spec. applied to pigeons that are trained to fly home from a distance.

okey dokey* - O.K.

North star - the Pole-star

to talk (a person) into* - to persuade into (something) by talking

sealer - a vessel engaged in the sealing trade

solder - a fusible metallic alloy used for uniting metal surfaces or parts

every (N) known to man or/and beast* - every possible thing, anything that one can think of or imagine;
tot homines quot sententiae (l) - every man to his taste.

scow - a large flat-bottomed lighter or punt

cater - four (obs.)

stall - a stable or cattle-shed; also each division for the accommodation of one animal in a stable, cattle-shed or cow-house; also, a manger.


expedient* - a contrivance or device adopted for attaining an end

welcomer* - one who, or something which, welcomes or greets (a person or thing)

good word - a friendly, favourable, or laudatory utterance; something said on behalf of or in commendation of a person or thing.

feaster - one who partakes of a feast, a guest; the giver of a feast, host, entertainer (obs.)

cloth - table-cloth: a covering for a table, particularly that spread on it when it is 'laid' for a meal.

disk - anything resembling a circular plate


swanker - one who swanks

sand - firmness of purpose; pluck, stamina

fishball - a dish composed of fish

fixings - the adjuncts to any dish, garnishing

Dan - an honourable title = Master, Sir

son of a gun - a somewhat depreciatory term for 'man, fellow'

gondolier* - one who rows a gondola;                                gambol - a frolic, merrymaking.

expedient* - hasty, 'expeditious', speedy

familiar - Of persons: Well or habitually acquainted, having a close acquaintance or intimate knowledge.

waldemar - a variety of velveteen, or cotton velvet, apparently a superior quality of fustian.

to heel it - to move the heel, tap or touch the ground with it in a rhythmical manner in dancing; also trans. to perform (a dance) with the heels. 

mal de mer* - sea-sickness

toe - to move the toe, to tap rhythmically with the toe in dancing; to toe and heel (it), to dance.

syg - obs. pa. tense of see

the bowl - drinking, conviviality

ply - to employ or occupy oneself busily or steadily

nohow - in no manner, by no means; not at all

mind - to put (one) in mind of something; to remind

Breeches are distinguished from trousers by coming only just below the knee, but dialectally (and humorously) breeches includes trousers.

merchantman* - merchant (arch.)

snip - to cut, to cut up or off, by or as by scissors or some similar cutting instrument.

cutter - a carver, sculptor, engraver; the person employed in a tailoring or similar establishment to take the measures and cut out the cloth.

ninth - one of the nine equal parts into which a thing may be divided

take my word for it* - Used to emphasize an assertion = I can assure you, you may be sure, believe me.

and no mistake* - without any doubt, undoubtedly, for certain; used colloq. to emphasize a preceding statement.  


throat - Viewed as the entrance to the stomach

place - to put or set in a particular place, position, or situation; to station; to posit; fig. to set in some condition, or relation to other things. Often a mere synonym of put, set.

scaur - a precipitous bank; a cliff; the ridge of a hill

wore - Of doubtful origin and meaning; perh. identical with ware (n.);                    stiver - Used (like penny) as a type of a coin of small value, or of a small amount of money.

groot - mud, soil, earth                                                                                                                                                        great

bailey = bailie - bailiff (the agent of the lord of a manor, who collects his rents, etc.)

bill - a note of charges for goods delivered or services rendered, in which the cost of each item is separately stated.

latterly - at the latter end (of life or of some period)

distent = distend - to stretch out, extend;                    do descend from - to come of, spring from (an ancestor or ancestral stock).

conner* - one who cons or diligently studies                                                                                                                O'Connel

promontory* - resembling a promontory, projecting, outstanding

oblivious* - unaware or unconscious of


host;                 Howth

chairoscuro* - the style of pictorial art in which only the light and shade, and not the various colours, are represented; fig. Used of poetic or literary treatment, criticism, mental complexion, etc., in various obvious senses, as mingled 'clearness and obscurity', 'cheerfulness and gloom'.

semblance* - the appearance or outward aspect of a person or thing

dun - of a dull or dingy brown colour; now esp. dull greyish brown, like the hair of the ass and mouse; More vaguely: Dark, dusky (from absence of light); murky, gloomy. 

darting - moving or shooting swiftly like a dart

emitter - that which emits;                       dolomite - pl. the Dolomites = the dolomite mountains or peaks.

haar - hair (obs.)

pasture* - a piece of land covered with grass used or suitable for the grazing of cattle or sheep.

ken* - to recognize (at sight, or by some marks or tokens); to identify

yon - that

trustfully* - in a trustful manner (full of or exercising trust; trusting, confiding)