assessor* - one who sits beside; hence, one who shares another's position, rank, or dignity; one who sits as assistant or adviser to a judge or magistrate; one who assesses taxes.

adenoid* - gland-like; glandular; pl. Adenoid growths



retire - to withdraw (a thing) from notice; to hide away, put into obscurity

buckler - a small round shield

accurent* - running or flowing into; affluent, tributary;                            accurate - exact, precise, correct, nice.

coupola* = cupola - Arch. A rounded vault or dome forming the roof of any building or part of a building, or supported upon columns over a tomb, etc.

household* - the inmates of a house collectively; an organized family, including servants or attendants, dwelling in a house.

nummer - number (obs.)

wideawake - thoroughly vigilant or on the alert; fully aware of what is going on, or of what it is best to do; intellectually keen, sharp-witted, knowing.

windabout* - that winds about, meandering

walkabout* - a protracted walk or journey, or one that takes in a number of places.

weakling* - a person that lacks physical strength, or is weak in health or constitution.

velvet - a textile fabric of silk having a short, dense, and smooth piled surface

Georgian* - belonging to the time of the Georges, as Kings of Britain

mission - a body of persons sent to a foreign country, esp. for the purpose of conducting negotiations, establishing political or commercial relations, watching over certain interests,  etc.

mangy - having the mange; squalid, poverty-stricken, shabby, 'seedy'                                                                                   many

blank - to render blank or void; to veil from sight

annex - an addition to a document; an appendix; a supplementary building designed to supply extra accommodation for some special purpose, a wing.

bucktooth - a large projecting tooth

gobstick - a spoon

goods and graces* - an attractive or pleasing quality or feature

park - to take up a position in or as in a park; to place a vehicle in a park or elsewhere; to occupy a suitable or stationary position; to stay where one is.

gunfodder* = cannonfodder - men regarded merely as material to be consumed in war.

prime minister* - the first or principal minister or servant of any sovereign, ruler, or state, or more vaguely of any person of rank or position.

preach - to utter a serious or earnest exhortation, esp. moral or religious; to talk seriously in the way of persuasion or moralizing. Now usually dyslogistic: To give moral or religious advice in an obtrusive or tiresome way.

vittle = victual - food or provisions of any kind

celestial - Chinese

sunhat - a broad-brimmed hat worn in hot climates to protect the head from the sun

pussies;                                            nurses.

teapot* - a pot with a lid, spout, and handle, in which tea is made or brought to table; Phr. tea-pot tempest, tempest in a tea-pot.

walkabout* - a protracted walk or journey, or one that takes in a number of places

incoherent* - without physical coherence or cohesion; consisting of parts which do not stick or cling together; unconnected, disjoined, loose.


infuse - to instil or try to instil a notion or belief

tidbit* - a brief and isolated interesting item of news or information

to lock up - to lock up the house, lock the doors

toucher up - one who or that which touches


roundabout* - not following a straight course; not straightforward; circuitous, indirect

frumpishly - in a frumpish (jesting, sneering; also, cross, ill-tempered) manner; like a frump or dowdy.

last lap - the final circuit of a track, course, etc.; also fig.

true bill - (in Law), a bill of indictment found by a Grand Jury to be supported by sufficient evidence to justify the hearing of a case; Hence allusively, a true statement or charge.

jury of matrons - a jury of discreet women impanelled to inquire into a case of alleged pregnancy.

stoney - a child's coloured marble made of stone or a stone-like material                                                                               story

badder - obs. comparative of bad

Thing - In Scandinavian countries (or settlements, as in parts of England before the Conquest): A public meeting or assembly; esp. a legislative council, a parliament; a court of law.

rightup* - steep; rising straight up

suffragette* - a female supporter of the cause of women's political enfranchisement, esp. one of a violent or 'militant' type. 

strate = street (obs.)

helpmeet* - a fitting or suitable helper; a helpmate: usually applied to a wife or husband.

fairy godmother* - a fairy who acts as godmother or protector to a mortal child; also transf., a benefactress.

hotsy totsy* - satisfactory, just right

princeage* - princes collectively

to sound on (someone) - to taunt, to criticize (someone)

brisken - to make brisk or lively; Also with up; to become brisk, to speed up

mem - vulgar variant of ma'am

viviparous - involving the production of young in a living state

fenny - spoiled with damp, mouldy, musty; of the nature of, or characterized by, fen; boggy, swampy.


laat = late (obs.)

soever - Used with generalizing or emphatic force after words or phrases preceded by how, what, which, whose, etc. (Cf. howsoever, etc.)

so long* - good-bye

come up - to present itself as the subject of attention; to arise, to turn up; to rise in the mind.

all standing - i.e. without dismantling or unrigging; transf. with one's clothes on, dressed.

apocryphal* - of doubtful authenticity; spurious, fictitious, false; an apocryphal writing (obs. rare.)


all in all - all things in all respects, all things altogether in one

Koran* - the sacred book of the Muslims, consisting of revelations orally delivered at intervals by Muhammad, and collected in writing after his death.

swop - to give or dispose of in exchange for something else

be - obs. and dial. form of by

allowance* - permission

erne* - an eagle

flamen - a priest devoted to the service of a particular deity

waistcoat* - a garment covering the upper part of the body down to the waist


brooch - an ornamental fastening, consisting of a safety pin, with the clasping part fashioned  into a ring, boss, shield, or other device of precious metal or other material, artistically wrought, set with jewels, etc.; Formerly also in a more general sense: according to Johnson 'a jewel, an ornament of jewels'.

mantle - a loose sleeveless cloak of varying length

pontifex* - Rom. Antiq. A member of the principal college of priests in ancient Rome, the head of which was the Pontifex Maximus or chief priest; Eccl. A bishop.

cooly* - of cool refreshing quality

spa - a medicinal or mineral spring or well

laird - lord (sc.); a landed proprietor. In ancient times limited to those who held immediately from the king.

manna - spiritual nourishment; food divinely supplied, whether for mind or body, esp. the holy eucharist                              manor