playhouse* - a house or building in which plays are acted; a theatre
smirch - Of persons: To stain, smear, or befoul (the face, person, etc.) with or by means of something dirty or having staining properties.
bearded - having a beard
tony - having a high or fashionable tone; high-toned, stylish; 'swell'
moral - vulgarly. Counterpart, likeness. Chiefly in phr. the very moral of... model
nudie - a nude show; a nude person; a film, photograph, or magazine featuring nudity.
aesthetic* = aesthete - one who professes a special appreciation of what is beautiful, and endeavours to carry his ideas of beauty into practical manifestation.
voluble - characterized by fluency or glibness of utterance; rapid and ready of speech.
comprise - to contain, as parts making up the whole, to consist of (the parts specified).
William Hogarth* - a satirical painter and caricaturist of the 18th c.
Botticelli* - (1445 -1510), Florentine early Renaissance painter whose "Birth of Venus" (c. 1485) and "Primavera" (1477-78) are often said to epitomize for modern viewers the spirit of the Renaissance.
Tintoretto* - (1518 - 1594), great Mannerist painter of the Venetian school and one of the most important artists of the late Renaissance. Early paintings include "Vulcan Surprising Venus and Mars,"...
Veronese* - (1528 - 1588), one of the major painters of the 16th-century Venetian school.
baker's dozen* - thirteen; bilker - one who practises cheating.
dowdy - shabbily dull in colour or appearance; without brightness, smartness, or freshness.
cameraman - a man who uses or operates a camera professionally
Lord Byron* - (1788 - 1824), English Romantic poet and satirist
recklessness* - the quality of being reckless; freckle - a yellowish or light-brown spot in the skin, said to be produced by exposure to the sun and wind.
giddy - ? a whim, 'maggot' girls
nowadays* - at the present day, in these times
polled - having a poll or head of a specified form or appearance, as curly-polled.
globetrotter* - one who goes globe-trotting
hot spot* - a spot that is hot (lit. and fig.)
ramrod - a rod used for ramming down the charge of a muzzle-loading fire-arm; a foreman or manager; With sexual connotations.
meathunter* - one who hunts game for profit; meaty - fig. (chiefly U.S.) Full of substance.
eager; Jager (d) - hunter.
thrust - an act of pressing or pressure
undraped - not furnished or covered with draperies; nude, naked
...Strauss's most famous single composition is The Blue Danube (1867)
blah - meaningless, insincere, or pretentious talk or writing; nonsense, bunkum. Also used as a derisive interjection.
viper - fig. A venomous, malignant, or spiteful person; a villain or scoundrel.
vapid - fig. Devoid of animation, zest, or interest; dull, flat, lifeless, insipid.
put off - to dissuade from doing something, to hinder (a person) from performing some act by diverting his attention.
at the very nonce* - at the very moment
nutty - amorous, fond; enthusiastic; smart, spruce (slang.)
oval - an egg-shaped or ellipsoidal body
leather and prunella* - an expression for something to which one is utterly indifferent.
convert - to turn or change in character, nature, form, or function; to cause to turn from a sinful or irreligious life to one marked by love of God and pursuit of holiness.
wick - the bundle of fibre, now usually loosely twisted or woven cotton (formerly rushes, tow, flax, etc.) in a lamp, candle, or taper.
prompter - an instigator, mover; one who helps a speaker or reciter by supplying him, when at a loss, with a name, word, or something to say; Theat. A person stationed out of sight of the audience, to prompt or assist any actor at a loss in remembering his part.
boa - a genus of serpents native to the tropical parts of S. America boy
strawberry leaf - symbol of the rank of an earl, duke or marquis
rely - to put trust or confidence in a person or thing
relic - some object, such as a part of the body or clothing, an article of personal use, or the like, which remains as a memorial of a departed saint, martyr, or other holy person, and as such is carefully preserved and held in esteem or veneration.
bondman - a man in bondage; a villein; a serf, slave
hemel - a cow-shed; a close for cattle, partly covered heaven
airly - of air; of the nature of air; aerial early
hore - dirt, filth, defilement, foulness hopes
nighty - A familiar (orig. nursery) name for a night-gown or night-dress; pertaining to night.
pigtail* - a plait or queue of hair hanging down from the back of the head.
poupée (f) - baby, doll, puppet
fast asleep* - fixed in sleep, sound asleep, in a deep sleep
doss - to sleep; esp. to sleep at a common lodging-house or 'doss-house'.
poulterer - one whose business is the sale of poultry (and usually hares and other game).
milkman* - a man who sells milk; Milch (d) - milk.
sully - a stain, blemish
vulture* - something which preys upon a person, the mind, etc., after the manner of a vulture.
on the prowl - prowling about; now freq. in search of an amorous partner
to take a back seat* - to take a position of less importance
secret society* - an organization formed to promote some cause by secret methods, its members being sworn to observe secrecy; satiety - the condition of having any appetite or desire gratified to excess.
unwatched - not watched, neglected
fagend* - the last part or remnant of anything, after the best has been used.
chum - to share chambers, to live together; to become intimate, be on friendly terms with (someone).
brace - two things taken together; a pair, a couple
tunnelly - resembling a tunnel
hallway - an entrance-hall or passage leading to various rooms in a house or building.
smash - to break (anything) in pieces violently; In imprecations, with or without object expressed.
wriggle - to twist or turn the body about with short writhing movements.
cockchafer - a coleopterous insect or beetle (Melolontha vulgaris), well known in England and over Europe.