widdershins - moving in an anticlockwise direction, contrary to the apparent course of the sun (considered as unlucky or sinister); unlucky, ill-fated, relating to the occult.

reverence - a reverend or venerable person (obs. rare.);                  Right Reverend - a bishop (colloq.)

beastman - local, a cattleman                                                                                                                                         best man


slater - one whose work consists in laying slates

serge - a woollen fabric, the nature of which has probably differed considerably at different periods. The name now denotes a very durable twilled cloth of worsted, or with the warp of worsted and the woof of wool, extensively used for clothing and for other purposes.

horridly - in a horrid manner, or to a horrid degree; dreadfully, frightfully, abominably.

irreverend - not reverend, unworthy of veneration

stammer - a stammering mode of utterance

Kuckuck (d) - devil

bedding - a collective name for the articles which compose a bed, esp. the mattress, feather-bed, or other article lain upon, and the bed-clothes                                                                                                                                                                         devil

sexton - a church officer having the care of the fabric of a church and its contents, and the duties of ringing the bells and digging graves.

good man - the head of a household; sometimes used as a vague title of dignity or a respectful form of address; applied euphemistically to the Devil. 

sacristy - the repository in a church in which are kept the vestments, the sacred vessels and other valuable property.

beadle - an inferior parish officer appointed by the vestry to keep order in church, punish petty offenders, and act as the servitor or messenger of the parish generally; a parish constable.

black and blue* - bruised

brolly - clipped and altered form of umbrella                                                                                                                brothers


divil* = devil

a lump in one's throat* - a feeling of tightness or pressure in the throat due to emotion.

wifish - belonging to or characteristic of, or having the character of, a wife.

cacche* - obs. f. catch (v.)

whooping cough* - a contagious disease chiefly affecting children, and characterized by short, violent, and convulsive coughs, followed by a long sonorous inspiration called the whoop.

epexegesis - the addition of a word or words to convey more clearly the meaning implied, or the specific sense intended, in a preceding word or sentence; a word or words added for this purpose.

point of order - In a debate, meeting, etc., an objection or query respecting procedure.


pinni - - feather, fin

pretension* - an allegation or assertion the truth of which is not proved or admitted; often with an implication that it is unfounded or false, or put forth to deceive, or to provide a false excuse or ground; hence, a pretext, pretence; an intention, a design, aim, aspiration.


childbearing - the bringing forth of a child; parturition


to split one's sides* - to laugh violently

swart - dark in colour; black or blackish


man to man* - honestly, sincerely

bully - capital, first-rate, 'crack'; resembling a bully or ruffian

burley - burlesque

hurley - the Irish game of 'hurling', hockey

bulkhead - one of the upright partitions serving to form the cabins in a ship or to divide the hold into distinct water-tight compartments, for safety in case of collision or other damage.

'tweendecks - the usual sailors' abbreviation of between-decks (in the space or spaces between the decks of a ship; the space or spaces themselves).


tiara* - the raised head-dress or high peaked cap worn by the Persians and some other eastern peoples, varying in shape according to the rank of the wearer; a kind of turban; a high ovate-cylindrical or dome-shaped diadem worn by the pope.

Massa - representing master in the written form of Black speech.

floating - having little, or comparatively no attachment; not fixed or settled in a definite state or place; fluctuating, variable, unstable.

secretaire* - secretary;             sliding - that slides or slips away; transitory; unstable, inconstant; passing;            draws - drawers.

budge - a kind of fur, consisting of lamb's skin with the wool dressed outwards                                                                  badge

Klee (d) - clover                                                                                                                                                                 keys

Schalter (d) - switch                                                                                                                                                       shoulder

anulus (l) - ring


curling tongs

kink - to cause to kink; to form a kink upon; to twist stiffly. Also fig. (Usually in passive.)

ruck - a quarrel, a row; a multitude, crowd, throng

noise - to report, rumour, spread (abroad); to spread rumours or a report concerning (a person, etc.); esp. to defame, speak ill of.

sap - the vital juice or fluid which circulates in plants; juice or fluid of any kind (obs.); a simpleton, a fool.

mort - a harlot, a loose woman


bilk - to balk (hope, expectation); to cheat, deceive, betray; to elude, evade, escape from.

jest - a mocking or jeering speech; The opposite of earnest or seriousness; trifling sport, fun.

junk - any discarded or waste material that can be put to some use.

jugular* - Anat. Of, pertaining to, or situated in the neck or throat.

to jack up - to raise, increase; to force or bolster up; to arrange, organize, fix up; to do for, ruin;              to jack in - to abandon, leave, give up, stop.

Jock - a by-form of the name John; sometimes a generic name for any man of the common people                       Jack the Ripper

wrapper - an outer garment, esp. for indoor wear or use in household work, designed for loosely enveloping the whole (or nearly the whole) figure; a loose robe or gown.