- Nose-nippers – another word for pince-nez spectacles
- “Sullen-looking chairs that were as thick as they were high” – anyone know?
- Bench-joy – another puzzler
- Benignantly – kind, especially to inferiors; a good influence
- Dumbledore (Thos Hardy) – old dialect in SW UK: a bumble bee. (Fr: Old English dumble – to move sluggishly + dor (humming insect). It’s not just Harry Potter then…
- Dry as a lime basket – hmm. Couldn’t find this out. There was mention of how to dry limes, but not a “lime basket”… Some type of weaving technique?
- Fried liver and lights – the “lights” word is another name for offal (I think)
- Tranter – a peddler, hawker or carrier using a horse and cart.
- Nasmyth hammer – a type of steam hammer to shaping large pieces of wrought iron (1839)
- Rencounter –to meet casually
- Mumbudgeting– unsure. “Interrupting?”
- Drong (clothing?) – hmm. I could only find reference to a passageway or lane between hedges. In Canada, salmon pools are sometimes called drongs, I’ve heard.
- Laodicean – lukewarm or indifferent to politics
- Onriddle – Not sure. Context was Under the Greenwood Tree: “Thou’st ought to be able to onriddle such a chief as she…”
- White Tuesday – couldn’t find much about this… Any ideas?
- Birdlime (linked with trapping wild birds and keeping them alive) – sticky material made from bark of holly etc. and smeared on twigs to catch small birds that light on it.
From Under the Greenwood Tree (mostly) with a bit of Willa Cather thrown in.