rethunder* - to sound or echo again like thunder


mastodontic* - of or belonging to a mastodon; resembling the mastodon (a large extinct mammal resembling the elephant, characterized by having nipple-shaped tubercles in pairs on the crowns of the molar teeth).

mammoth* - a large extinct species of elephant (Elephas primigenius) formerly native in Europe and northern Asia.

unrelieved - not provided with relief, not aided or assisted

trooper - a soldier in a troop of cavalry; a horse soldier

stultitia (l) - folly

condone - to forgive or overlook (an offence), so as to treat it as non-existent; esp. to forgive tacitly by not allowing the offence to make any difference in one's relations with the offender.

ineptus (l) - unsuited, absurd, foolish

virtue* - With a and pl. A particular moral excellence; a special manifestation of the influence of moral principles in life or conduct.

strapping - Originally of a young woman: Full of activity, vigorous, lusty (obs.). Now of a person of either sex: Strongly and stoutly built, robust, sturdy; transf. Big, 'whopping' (rare.)

that would be telling - that would be to divulge something secret (colloq.)

hoh - obs. ff. ho (int.)

heh - an exclamation used to express emotion, as sorrow or surprise, or to attract attention.

tammy - a fine worsted cloth of good quality, often with a glazed finish.

thorny - pricking or piercing to the mind; full of points painful or wounding to the feelings.

lawn mower* - a machine provided with revolving spiral or horizontal knives for cutting the grass on a lawn;               laney - of or pertaining to a lane.

prentice* = apprentice

Guinness - the proprietary name of a brand of stout manufactured by the firm of Guinness.


mellay - an engagement in which the two parties or combatants are mixed together in a close hand to hand fight; a cloth of a mixture of colours or shades of colour.

mailer - one who mails or dispatches by post; one who pays rent; ? = Landlord (obs.)

mall - a convention or assembly among the Franks; a sheltered walk serving as a promenade; in some towns adopted as a proper name; Also, a shopping-precinct.

eat, drink and be merry* - enjoy yourself now!

skin - Without contemptuous implications: a person (of a specified kind).

in fact

stock company - a company who regularly act together at a particular theatre.

Thomistic - rel. to Thomas Aquinas

tootler - a writer of 'tootle', verbiage, or twaddle

brandywine - early form of brandy

bankrupt* - one hopelessly in debt; one who has lost all his means, and is without resources.



blunt - Of an angle, edge, or point: Not sharp, obtuse. Of a tool or weapon: Without edge or point.

club - a heavy stick or staff for use as a weapon, thin enough at one end to be grasped with the hand, and increasing in thickness and weight towards the other end.

Riot Act - the Act providing that if twelve or more persons unlawfully or riotously assemble and refuse to disperse within an hour after the reading of a specified portion of it by a  competent authority they shall be considered as felons.

shied - p. of shy (to fling, to throw with a jerk)

wap - occas. spelling of whop;                 whopping - abnormally large or great; of surpassing excellence, uncommonly good, first-rate.

bread cast on the waters

depredation - the action of making a prey of; plundering, pillaging, ravaging.

sloop - a small, one-masted, fore-and-aft rigged vessel, differing from a cutter in having a jib-stay and standing bowsprit; a relatively small ship-of-war, carrying guns on the upper deck only.

telltale - a thing that reveals or discloses something not intended to be made known.

grandsire - grandfather, ancestor, forefather

sip - to drink (liquid, etc.) in very small draughts

louty - clownish, coarse                                                                                                                                                     ladies

whisky-and-milk, -soda, -water* - (often so hyphened), denoting mixed or diluted drinks.


reverent = reverend

bride elect

frizzy - tightly curled

frau - a married woman, wife