fishy - resembling a fish; Of the eye: Dull, vacant of expression
crofting - 'the state of being successively cropped; the land itself which is cropped in this way.'
not all there - lacking common sense of good judgement, not quite right in the head.
gaily - cheerfully, joyously, festively
inside out* - so that the inner side becomes the outer
go for - to set out, leave, start for (a destination)
grocery - a grocer's shop
get - what is begotten; an offspring, child
catgut* - the dried and twisted intestines of sheep, also of the horse and ass.
wemble - var. wamble (to turn and twist the body about, roll or wriggle about).
accoutrement* - apparel, outfit, equipment. Almost always in the pl., clothes, trappings, equipments. Milit. The equipments of a soldier other than arms and dress.
tabernacle* - a place of worship distinguished in some way from a church; a dwelling-place, a dwelling, a place of abode.
bramble - a rough prickly shrub; spec. the blackberry-bush (Rubus fruticosus).
lawyer - a long bramble (dial.); Also in New Zealand, etc., applied to certain creeping plants.
Basque - a native of Biscay back
beret - a round flat woollen cap worn by the Basque peasantry
Snooks - a proper name or familiar appellation applied to a hypothetical person in a particular case; also, any individual person sure
get out - imp. = 'Go away', 'be off' (expressing disbelief, dissent, or a desire to hear no more).
striking - that strikes the attention of an observer; producing a vivid impression on the mind; telling, impressive, unusually remarkable.
ur - obs. or dial var. our
unhindered - not hindered or restrained 100
dumb show* - significant gesture without speech; In the early drama, A part of a play represented by action without speech, chiefly in order to exhibit more of the story than could otherwise be included, but sometimes merely emblematical.
lately - not long since, recently
billet - Mil. An official order requiring the person to whom it is addressed to provide board and lodging for the soldier bearing it.
barrack - a set of buildings erected or used as a place of lodgement or residence for troops.
illude - to mock, make sport of, deride (obs.); to evade, elude (obs.); to trick, impose upon, deceive with false hopes.
Pekin - a name originally given by the soldiers under Napoleon I to any civilian.
elude - to escape by dexterity or stratagem (a blow, attack, danger, or difficulty); to slip away from, escape adroitly from.
treat - an entertainment of food and drink, esp. one given without expense to the recipient.
to brush up - to brighten up by brushing, to free from dust or cobwebs, to furbish up, renovate; also fig. to revive or refresh one's acquaintance with anything.
pater - familiarly used for father (chiefly in schoolboys' slang)
demented - out of one's mind, crazed, mad
qua - in so far as; in the capacity of
arc - an arch (Cf. Fr. arc de triomphe) (obs.)
covenant - a mutual agreement between two or more persons to do or refrain from doing certain acts.
methodist - Applied contemptuously to a person of strict religious views.
forker - one who throws up (hay, etc.) with a fork; forger - an author or creator; Now only in bad sense, a fabricator, inventor (of false stories, etc.).
hawk - to carry about from place to place and offer for sale; to make an effort to clear the throat of phlegm, to clear the throat noisily.
crannock - an old unit of capacity (few bushels)