farthing* - the quarter of a penny; the coin representing this value

vestment - a garment or article of clothing, esp. one of the nature of a robe or gown; Also collect., clothing, dress, vesture.

poteen - whisky distilled in Ireland in small quantities, privately, i.e. the produce of an illicit still.


ounce - a unit of weight; originally, as still in Troy weight, the twelfth of a pound.


backboard - a board placed at, or forming, the back of anything, e.g. of a picture, a cart, a boat.

mesdames* - the plural of madame

strafe - to punish; to do damage to; to attack fiercely                                                                                                          save

gogetter - an active, enterprising, pushing person

cash register - a till for recording and adding the amounts put into it

poisson - Used with reference to a discrete frequency distribution defined by e-mmx/x!, which gives the probability of x events occurring, m being its only parameter                                                                                                                             poison

mead - an alcoholic liquor made by fermenting a mixture of honey and water.

lashings - a great plenty, abundance

hydromel - a liquor consisting of a mixture of honey and water, which when fermented is called vinous hydromel or mead.

bragget - a drink made from ale and fermented honey

fluke - a lucky stroke, an unexpected success                                                                                                                      flute

frolicky - full of frolic, frolicsome

zoom - Of a camera, lens, etc.: to close up on a subject (esp. rapidly) without losing focus; to travel or move (as if) with a 'zooming' sound; to move at speed, to hurry.

tophole - the highest point attainable; also attrib. first-rate, 'tip-top'

ye - Used as objective (accusative or dative) instead of you (in plural or singular sense).

mony - obs. form of many                                                                                                                                             money



fusee - one who is armed with a fusee (a light musket or firelock); a fusilier.

ranger - pl. A body of mounted troops, or other armed men, employed in ranging over a tract of country.

ensemble - to bring together, assemble

Shannon* - a river in Ireland

black water - a stream stained brown by the peat of the mosses from which it flows.

rann - a stanza of a song, a verse                                                                                                                                         run

yip - colloq. pronunc. of yes

scat - treasure, money; dung, (pl.) droppings

Schatz - In Germany: a term of endearment for a woman

lovebird - a lover

funk - to fear, be afraid of 

preternatural* - that is out of the ordinary course of nature; beyond, surpassing, or differing from what is natural; unnatural.

daring - Of persons or their attributes: Bold, adventurous; hardy, audacious.

feer - obs. form of fear  

belay* - to lay (a thing) about with other objects (i.e. by putting them about or around it).

stake - to put at hazard (a sum of money, an article of value, etc.) upon the cast of dice, the  result of a competition or game, the event of a contingency, etc.; to wager. 


divy - colloq. abbreviation of dividend

catch as catch can* - phr. expressing laying hold of in any way, each as he can.

stagger - to bewilder, perplex; to render helpless by a shock of amazement (or occas. horror).

humanity - the human race; mankind; human beings collectively

loyally - in a loyal manner, with loyalty; faithfully

snowwhite* - white as snow, pure white

spouse* - a wife

to live (or be) in clover* - to live luxuriously;                    red clover - trifolium pratense

nighty night* - good night (a customary phrase used at parting at night or going to sleep).

metronome - an instrument used in music for marking the time by means of a graduated inverted pendulum with a sliding weight which can be regulated to make the required number of beats in a minute.

fly high* - to obtain a high or powerful position in society, at work, etc.

petter - one who pets or indulges                                                                                                                                         Peter

sumptuous - Of persons, etc.: Spending largely; (hence) magnificent in equipment or way of living (obs.)

sheila - a girl or young woman; a girl-friend

Mumm - the proprietary name of the champagne produced by the firm of Mumm in Rheims.


fizz - to make a hissing or sputtering sound

pop - to make a small quick explosive sound; to burst or explode with a pop.

pale - [ad. L. pala spade] a baker's shovel

sparkling - reflecting or emitting rays of light; flashing, glittering, brilliant, resplendent.

swirl - Of water or of objects borne on water: To move in or upon eddies or little whirlpools.

stand - to confront, face, oppose, encounter; to resist, withstand, bear the brunt of.

let fly - to fire, shoot


seventh heaven* - the highest, called also 'heaven of heavens,' being the abode of God and the most exalted angels.

plant - to put or fix in position; to post, station

ottoman - a cushioned seat like a sofa, but without back or arms, for sitting or reclining on.

lechery - habitual indulgence of lust, lewdness of living; luxurious or inordinate pleasure.


stitchless - unclothed                                                                                                                                                 speechless

uxorious* - marked or characterized by excessive affection for one's wife                                                                 luxuriously

compartment - one of the divisions of a railway-carriage

sybarite* - a person devoted to luxury and pleasure                                                                                                        separate

chamber - a room

shoestring - a small or inadequate amount of money, a very little capital.

anxious - troubled or uneasy in mind about some uncertain event; being in painful or disturbing suspense; concerned, solicitous.

Jupiter Pluvius* - Jupiter as the dispenser of rain; hence used trivially in reference to a fall or storm of rain.