hovel - a shed used as a human habitation; a rude or miserable dwelling-place

havel - a term of reproach applied to a man; ? low fellow

rattle - lively talk or chatter of a trivial kind                                                                                                                         riddle

gin - if, whether

paddy - the proprietary name of an Irish whiskey; a drink of this. Also (sometimes with lower-case initial) Irish whiskey generally.

gussie - a pig, swine; an effeminate man

give it up

tumtum - an imitation of the sound of a stringed instrument or instruments, esp. when monotonously played; strumming; a monotonous air                                                                                                                                                     REFERENCE

whereof - for, by reason of, because of, or on account of which

port - the manner in which one bears oneself, external deportment, carriage, bearing, mien.

verdigrisy* - of the colour of verdigris (a green or greenish blue substance)

convict - proved or found guilty, condemned; convinced of sin, converted

daze - a dazed condition

cloister* - to shut up, enclose, or place in a cloister or monastic house; to shut up in any seclusion or retirement.

adorement* - the act of adoring, adoration

shede = sheath                                                                                                                                                                   shade

to say a mouthful* - to make a striking or important statement; to say something noteworthy.

ecstasy - an exalted state of feeling which engrosses the mind to the exclusion of thought.

Shina - the Indo-Aryan language spoken by the Shin

Timor - the name of an Indonesian island off the north-west coast of Australia.

hereupon* - immediately following upon this (in time or consequence)

maladventure - a lawless proceeding, an escapade; an unlucky undertaking, a misadventure.

pinging - the process of making an abrupt ringing sound or 'ping'; the sound itself.

shelly - a shell; fig. Hollow-sounding, empty                                                                                                                Shelley

google = goggle - Of persons: To turn the eyes to one side or other, to look obliquely.

regally - in a regal manner

feather* - to cover or furnish with feathers.

plumed - furnished with a plume or plumes, feathered 

gumboil - an inflammatory swelling or small abscess on the gum (the firm fleshy integument of the jaws and bases of the teeth).

writhy* - moving sinuously, writhing;         John Boyle O'Reilly - poor journalistic nineteenth-century writer.

wretch - to render miserable                                                                                                                                                 with

Thomas D'Arcy McGee - poor journalistic nineteenth-century writer.

plud - a pool, puddle                                                                                                                                                           plus

Kevin Izod O'Doherty - poor journalistic nineteenth-century writer.

Denis Florence MacCarthy - poor journalistic nineteenth-century writer.

wholly - completely, entirely, to the full extent (so that there is no deficiency); altogether, totally, thoroughly, quite.

blooded - stained with blood (obs.) 

convulse - to become convulsed; esp. to be affected with convulsion;          disclose - to uncover (anything covered up from view).

fixture - anything fixed or securely fastened in position                                                                                                     features

fizz - a hissing sound; an effervescing drink, esp. champagne;                             phiz - face.

chewer - one that chews; spec. that habitually chews tobacco

chump - a short thick lump of wood chopped or sawn off from timber; Jocosely applied to the head.

Joshua - Old Testament leader of the Israelites 

Croesus - the Latin form of the name of a king of Lydia in the sixth century b.c., who was  famous for his riches.

son of a gun* - a somewhat depreciatory term for 'man, fellow'

roseac* - rose-like, rosy


lustre - luminosity, brilliancy, bright light; luminous splendour

puck - to hit or strike; to butt

Pegasus* - the winged horse fabled to have sprung from the blood of Medusa when slain by Perseus, and with a stroke of his hoof to have caused the fountain Hippocrene to well forth on Mount Helicon. Hence, by modern writers, represented as the favourite steed of the Muses, and said allusively to bear poets in the 'flights' of poetic genius.

hell's bells!* - an expression of anger or annoyance


by Jove - Colloquially used asseveration;                    Jove (Jupiter) - Roman god, who was identical with the Zeus, in ancient Greek religion chief deity of the pantheon.

Cronus* - king of theTitans, upon learning that one of his children was fated to dethrone him, swallowed his children as soon as they were born. But Rhea, his wife, saved the infant Zeus  by  substituting a stone wrapped in swaddling clothes for Cronus to swallow and hiding Zeus in a cave on Crete...

bate - to lessen in force or intensity; to mitigate, moderate, assuage, diminish

breastplate - a piece of armour for protecting the breast; also, any plate worn on the breast.

birthplace* - the place where a person (or fig. a thing) is born

rehave - to regain, to get again

contrite - crushed or broken in spirit by a sense of sin, and so brought to complete penitence.

attrition - Theol. An imperfect sorrow for sin, as if a bruising which does not amount to utter crushing (contrition); horror of sin through fear of punishment, without any loving sense, or  taste of God's mercy, while contrition has its motive in the love of God.

mid - Indicating the means or instrument

exorcism* - the action of exorcizing or expelling an evil spirit by adjuration or the performance of certain rites.

richt - obs. or Sc. form of right

resume - to take back to oneself (something previously given or granted)

threw* - pa. tense of throw

fit - Sc. and dial. var. of foot

aer - obs. form of ear

snivel - to emit mucus from the nose; also, to draw up mucus audibly

to blow the gaff* - to let out a secret; to reveal a plot, or give convicting evidence;            guff - a puff, whiff; empty talk, nonsense.

hornpipe* - an obsolete wind instrument

hop joint* - slang, an opium den (a public room, of low or mean character, kept as a resort of opium-smokers).

jerk - an involuntary spasmodic contraction of a muscle, due to reflex action of nerves, as from external stimulus.

ladle - a large spoon with a long handle and cup-shaped bowl, used chiefly for lading liquids

broom - an implement for sweeping

jig - fidgety movement

locofoco - (an invented word; it is not known what suggested the formation. It has been conjectured that loco was taken from locomotive, wrongly imagined to mean 'self-moving'; foco may be a jingling alteration of It. fuoco or Sp. fuego fire) a self-igniting cigar or match.

redhot - heated to redness. Of persons: Highly inflamed or excited, fiery

turnspit* - a boy or man whose office was to turn the spit. Also used as a term of contempt.

knot - a swelling or protuberance in a muscle, nerve, gland, etc.; something intricate, involved, or difficult to trace out or explain.

entrails - the bowels, the intestines; the inward parts regarded as the seat of the emotions, thoughts, etc.; = 'heart', 'soul'.

grippe - influenza

gripe - the 'clutch' or 'pinch' of something painful. Formerly often in pl.; an intermittent spasmodic pain in the bowels. Usually pl., colic pains.

to bite one’s head off - to speak or reply to (a person) in a curt, sharp, or angry manner.