corse - the 'body' or substance of a thing; also, a body or material substance cross
shouldered - having shoulders; furnished with shoulders
messieurs - the plural of monsieur, in its various uses measure
messer - one who makes a mess; a muddler, bungler
pled = plead - to beg, implore
dope - a stupid person, a simpleton, a fool
tarry - to linger in expectation of a person or occurrence, or until something is done or happens; to delay or be tardy in beginning or doing anything, esp. in coming or going.
shome = shame (obs.)
shunter - a railwayman employed to shunt trains
auld - old all
wauld = wold world
pree - to make proof or trial of; to try what (a thing) is like, esp. by tasting see
washwoman* - washerwoman
dapple = dappled - marked with roundish spots, patches, or blotches of a different colour or shade.
feoffee* - the person to whom a freehold estate in land is conveyed by a feoffment.
insue = ensue - to follow as a result; to result issued
Cain* - the proper name of the first fratricide and murderer
auburn* - of a golden-brown or ruddy-brown colour
sere - dry, withered
babes in the wood* - persons who are inexperienced or childishly trustful
storybook* - a book containing stories, esp. children's stories
to start from scratch - to start from the beggining
truce - a suspension of hostilities for a specified period between armies at war truth
drought* - thirst truth
faction - self-interested or turbulent party strife or intrigue fiction
slant - to give an oblique or sloping direction to (something); to cause to slope.
chin chin* - a phrase of salutation. Also used as a drinking toast
qua - in so far as; in the capacity of
private - a private soldier (an ordinary soldier without rank or distinction of any kind).
poster - a placard posted or displayed in a public place castle
caustic - burning, corrosive, destructive of organic tissue; gen. Burning. (rare.)
bequeath* - to say, utter, declare
liberaloid* - resembling liberal (attitudes, etc.); in a bad sense, exhibiting liberal characteristics, pseudo-liberal.
bated breath* - breathing subdued or restrained under the influence of awe, terror, or other emotion.
breastwall* - a wall supporting a bank of earth, etc., a retaining wall
wreathing - the action of twisting or contorting; a wresting of the sense or meaning of something (obs.)
bight - a bend or curve as a geographical feature, e.g. an indentation in a coast line, a corner or recess of a bay, a bend in a river, etc.; the space between two headlands, a bay, generally a shallow or slightly-receding bay.
shimmery - giving out a shimmering light; shaky
welt - a narrow strip of material put on the edge of a garment, etc., as a border, binding, or hem sweat
plow - the front part of a plough brow
pickadill* - a border of cut work or vandyking inserted on the edge of an article of dress, esp. on a collar or ruff.
at one's wit's ends* - utterly perplexed; at a loss what to think or what to do
candidacy - the position or status of a candidate; candidateship, candidature
softboiled - Of a person: mild, easy-going; na´ve, impractical
bosom - fig. The breast considered as the seat of thoughts and feelings; the repository of secret thoughts and counsels: hence used for 'inward thoughts'.
apparent* - manifest to the understanding; evident, plain, clear, obvious.
illiterate* - an illiterate, unlearned, or uneducated person
snap - to utter sharp, tart, or cutting words or remarks; to speak or reply irritably or abruptly.
calabash - a name given to various gourds or pumpkins, the shell of which is used for holding liquids, etc.
whilom - at some past time; some time before or ago; once upon a time William
photographist* - photographer; gnomist - a gnomic (of the nature of, or consisting of, gnomes or general maxims) poet or writer.
incense - to inflame with wrath, excite or provoke to anger, make angry, enrage, exasperate.
panegyric* - a public speech or writing in praise of some person, thing, or achievement; a laudatory discourse, a formal or elaborate encomium or eulogy.
wot - to know