deafdumb* = deaf-mute
dry goods - a name (chiefly in N. Amer.) for the class of merchandise comprising textile fabrics and related things; articles of drapery, mercery, and haberdashery (as opposed to groceries).
sinflood* - the Deluge
heptarch* - a ruler of one of seven divisions of a country
bleareyed* - fig. Having the mental vision dimmed; dull of perception, short-sighted.
moribund* - at the point of death, in a dying state
bankrupt* - the wreck or break-up of a trader's business in consequence of his failure to pay his creditors.
bearer - the actual holder or presenter of a cheque, draft, or other order to pay money.
Lloyd's - name of a London association of underwriters and agency for arranging insurance (formerly marine insurance only, but now nearly all kinds).
beaten - fine, of pure quality
covenanter - one who covenants or enters into a covenant with others.
by rote - in a mechanical manner, by routine; also, with precision, by heart.
ultraviolet* - lying beyond the violet end of the visible spectrum
sub - - 'under'
tryon - an attempt, esp. an attempt at imposition or deceit
triumphal arch* - an arch (sometimes threefold) erected, first by the Roman emperors and also in modern times, in commemoration of a victory.
timepiece* - an instrument for measuring and registering the passage of time; in a general sense, any kind of chronometer, including clocks and watches.
yum - an exclamation of pleasurable anticipation, with implication of sensual or gustatory satisfaction; freq. reduplicated as yum-yum, etc.
premium* - a reward given for some specific act or as an incentive, a prize; a sum additional to interest, price, wages, or other fixed remuneration; a bonus.
agreed - arranged or settled by common consent
Welsher - a Welshman
back seat* - a position of inferiority or comparative obscurity
hive - to hoard or store up, as honey, in the hive heaven
conningness = cunningness - knowingness; skilfulness, skill, cleverness; craftiness, slyness, artfulness.
integer - a whole or entire thing or entity, either as complete in itself, or as the sum of its parts or elements; denoting a whole thing or number of whole things; denoted by a whole number.
foremost* - first, before any other or anything else, in position or rank.
folkmoot* - a general assembly of the people of a town, city, or shire.
farewell* - to say good-bye
ugh - a representation of an inarticulate sound of the nature of a hollow cough.
sweetish - somewhat or slightly sweet
mand (obs. rare.) - a question man
begad* - an exclamation, used to give weight to a statement
Christmastide* - the season of Christmas, Christmas-time
Easterday* - Easter Sunday
tableau - a picture; usually fig. a picturesque or graphic description; a group of persons and accessories, producing a picturesque effect; Theatr. A representation of the action at some stage in a play, created by the actors suddenly holding their positions or 'freezing', esp. at a moment critical to the plot, or at the end of a scene or act.
begum - a queen, princess, or lady of high rank in Hindustan.
gunne - obs. form of gun
shielder - one who shields or protects another
halp - obs. pa. tense of help
drum - to beat as on a drum; to beat or thump upon anything with a more or less rhythmical or regular noise.
Hun - one of an Asiatic race of warlike nomads, who invaded Europe c a.d. 375, and in the middle of the 5th c., under their famous king Attila (styled Flagellum Dei, the scourge of God), overran and ravaged a great part of this continent.
work out - to bring about, effect, produce, or procure (a result) by labour or effort; to carry out, accomplish (a plan or purpose); to bring to a fuller or finished state; to produce or express in a complete form or in detail; to develop, elaborate.
ring - to direct (a theatre-curtain) to be drawn up or let down by making a bell ring.
queen bee - a fully developed female bee; also transf. and fig.
funnyman - a professional jester
Tag - a day on which an important event is expected to occur; esp. a day of military conflict or victory.
tier - a row, rank, range, course; usually one of a series of rows placed one above another, or at least rising each above the preceding one; e.g. tiers of galleries, shelves, boxes in a theatre, or seats on a sloping floor.
round - a circle, ring, or coil; a separate or distinct outburst of applause, cheers, etc.