interstitial* - of the nature of an interstice (an intervening space (usually, empty); esp. a relatively small or narrow space, between things or the parts of a body).
curfew* - a regulation in force in mediŠval Europe by which at a fixed hour in the evening, indicated by the ringing of a bell, fires were to be covered over or extinguished; also, the hour of evening when this signal was given, and the bell rung for the purpose; Hence, the practice of ringing a bell at a fixed hour in the evening, usually eight or nine o'clock, continued after the original purpose was obsolete, and often used as a signal in connexion with various municipal or communal regulations; the practice of ringing the evening bell still survives in many towns.
the thin end of the wedge* - an act that may seem unimportant but is thought to be the first stage of a change that could become much more serious or harmful.
to watch one's step* - to be very careful not to make a mistake
high powered - having great power or drive (lit. and fig.); forceful, energetic.
hefty - weighty, heavy; hard, grievous. Also, large or significant in size
hoyden - a boisterous noisy girl, a romp head
to think nothing of - to make light of, make no difficulty or scruple about.
ramp = romp (v.) (now dial.) - to play, sport, or frolic in a very lively, merry, or boisterous manner.
suite - a train of followers, attendants, or servants; a retinue
smokeless - emitting or producing no smoke
trich - to deceive, cheat, betray, play false with
ragazza (it.) - girl
smuggle - to convey, etc., in a stealthy or clandestine manner
deceitful - full of deceit; given to deceiving or cheating
jade - A term of reprobation applied to a woman
gee - An exclamation of surprise or enthusiasm; also used simply for emphasis.
begorra* - Anglo-Irish alteration of the expletive by God
flay - to strip or pull off the skin or hide of
laney - of or pertaining to a lane
kosen - cousin (obs.)
proscribe - to reject, condemn, denounce as useless or dangerous; to prohibit, interdict.
Tommy Atkins* - Familiar form of Thomas Atkins, as a name for the typical private soldier in the British army asking
swearword* - a word used in profane swearing, a profane word.
nursemaid* - a young woman employed as maid to attend to little children; Magd (d) - girl.
man of war* - a fighting man; a soldier, warrior (obs. exc. arch. or jocular.)
generable - that may be generated or produced
roost - to lodge, harbour, make one's abode or quarters. In mod. use: To pass the night.
apposite - well put or applied; appropriate, suitable (to); opposite
to lead by the nose - to cause to obey submissively
felon - 'terribly' great, 'tremendous', huge (Sc. obs.); a vile or wicked person.
suspiciously - in a way deserving of suspicion; so as to arouse suspicion.
slugger - one who delivers heavy blows, a pugilist, prize-fighter; a sluggard.
belabour - to exert one's strength or ability upon; fig. To assail with words.
ardently - with great eagerness or keen desire; passionately, earnestly, zealously.
fetid - having an offensive smell, stinking
prurity = pruriency (obs. rare.) - liking for or tendency towards impure or lascivious thought; an instance of this.
rod - an instrument of punishment, either one straight stick, or a bundle of twigs bound together.
whisk - to beat or whip with a rod of twigs or the like
coney - a rabbit
spotted dog - a white or light-coloured dog with black or dark spots, esp. a Dalmatian.
tight - on terms of close friendship, intimate
fizzle - the action of breaking wind quietly
glib - to talk volubly
gab - the action of gabbing or talking; conversation, prattle, talk, twaddle.
draggletail - a woman whose skirts are wet and draggled, or whose dress hangs about her untidily and dirty; a slut.
drab - a harlot, prostitute, strumpet
bally - a euphemism for bloody, used as a vague intensive of general application; 'jolly', 'confounded'.
bill - to send a bill or account to, to charge
might - mighty bright
meeth - mead (the drink); methe (measure) meet
to give the goby to* - to outstrip, leave behind; Also, to leave
dare - to daze, paralyse, or render helpless, with the sight of something; to dazzle and fascinate.
lilylike - resembling a lily
buck - to come up against, find oneself opposed to, oppose; Of a horse: To leap vertically from the ground, drawing the feet together like a deer, and arching the back.
but - to say or use 'but'
hep - to hop on one's foot
hop - an act, or the action, of hopping; a short spring or leap, esp. on one foot.
horn - to sound a horn; to signal to (someone) with a horn
brainy - acute, clever
cancan - a kind of dance made popular at the public balls in Paris, with extravagant and indecent gestures.
rouse - to stir up, agitate
commotion - a disturbance, agitation
apt - suited, fitted (to (obs.) or for a purpose)
flail - to scourge, whip; to beat or thrash
tail - the lower and hinder part of the human body; the fundament, posteriors, buttocks.