diddler - [Of obscure origin. Found first in the name of 'Jeremy Diddler', the chief character in Kenney's farce, 'Raising the Wind', brought out in 1803. The name was of course intended to be contemptuous and ludicrous, and it seems probable that it was formed on diddle (v.3 sense 1), or on the first element of the earlier diddle-daddle, diddle-dum (see diddle-); it is also probable that Jeremy Diddler's characteristic methods of 'raising the wind', by continually borrowing small sums which he does not pay back, and otherwise sponging upon people, gave rise to the current sense of the verb (diddle v.3 sense 2), of which 'diddler' is now naturally viewed as the agent-noun.] A mean swindler or cheat, one who diddles people out of what belongs to them.

casual - one who does casual or occasional jobs, but has no fixed employment.

variety - used as a collective to denote a number of things, qualities, etc., different or distinct in character; a varied assemblage.

phew* - a vocal gesture expressing impatience, disgust, discomfort, or weariness.

fig - as a type of anything small, valueless, or contemptible.

blabber - one who reveals secrets

saith - say

stimulant - applied to alcoholic drinks (rare.)

stand - to bear the expense of, pay for (a treat)

stag - for man only

luncheon - Originally, a slight repast taken between two of the ordinary meal-times, esp. between breakfast and mid-day dinner.

flushed - suffused with red or ruddy colour; heated, excited.

foster - to encourage, promote the development of.

licensed premises - an establishment in which alcoholic beverages are consumed.

cap-in-hand* - custom of uncovering the head (abridged to 'raising' or merely 'touching' the cap) in sign of reverence, respect, or courtesy.

executive - a person holding an executive position in a business organization; a person skilled  in executive or administrative work.

in the rear (less freq. in rear)* - in the hindmost part (of an army, etc.), behind.


sinn fein - 'we ourselves'

ballader* - a writer of ballads

humanity* - the human race; mankind; human beings collectively.

lay - a short lyric or narrative poem intended to be sung (esp. by minstrels).

bogey* - a bogle or goblin; a person much dreaded.

avatar - the descent of a deity to the earth in an incarnate form.

follow my leader* - a game in which each player must do what the leader does or pay forfeit.

riot - to make a disturbance, to storm.

col - a high pass in a mountain range

hump - to make humped or hump-shaped

legislator - one who makes laws (for a people or nation), a lawgiver.

eleuthero - - free

overflow - such a quantity as runs over; excess, superfluity, superabundance.

fulfil* - to spread through the whole extent of; to pervade (obs.)

singleminded - sincere in mind or spirit; honest, straightforward; simple-minded.

whet = what

cross section - a typical or representative sample, group, etc.

pour - Of persons: To run or rush in a stream or crowd

brim - to fill to the brim

broach - to give vent or publicity to, to give out, to begin conversation or discussion about;        broaching - introduction, mooting, origination of opinions.

mainland - that continuous body of land which includes the greater part of a country or territory, in contradistinction to the portions outlying as islands or peninsulas.

wayfare - to travel

in chief - chiefly, mainly

halted - brought to a stand

cockney - a derisive appellation for a townsman, as the type of effeminacy, in contrast to the hardier inhabitants of the country (obs.);        hackney coach - a carriage kept for hire.

quota* - the part or share of a total which belongs, is given, or is due, to one.

hack - the driver of a hackney carriage; a prostitute, a bawd.

chronicler - a writer of a chronicle, a recorder of events.

range - to vary within certain limits

slip - a young person (a slip of girl)

cutpurse - pickpocket

videlicet* - that is to say, namely, to wit

jumbo - huge

brick - a brick shaped block of any substance e.g. of ice-cream.

truant officer - a school attendance officer

three (golden) balls - the sign of a pawnbroker;                                 woollen - woolen.

poplin - a mixed woven fabric, consisting of a silk warp and worsted weft, and having a corded surface.

brace - a pair

palesman - an officer of a park charged with keeping the fences in repair                    policeman

dundrearies - long flowing side whiskers

noon - to stop for a meal at noon                                                                                moving

snipe - one or other of the limicoline birds of the genus Gallinago (formerly included in the Linnæan genus Scolopax), characterized by having a long straight bill, and by frequenting marshy places.

mallard - a wild drake or duck

heath - bare, more or less flat, tract of land, naturally clothed with low herbage and dwarf shrubs.

sneer - a look or expression implying derision, contempt, or scorn; a disdainful or scornful remark or utterance.