- Forfend – to ward off or protect
- Worldly-wise – possessing a practical and often shrewd understanding of human affairs
- Incunabulum – a book printed before 1501 (an arbitrary year chosen by a 19th century author); before printing press.
- Plumply – in a wholehearted manner and without hesitation
- Diseuse – a woman who is a skilled and usually professional reciter. (The name for a male equivalent is diseur.)
- Spun-chuck – Hm. A spin-chuck is a piece of machinery used in a lab set up, but a “spun-chuck”? Maybe something to do with spinning something around in a circle?
- Tugly – dark, dense. (Lewis Carroll apparently made this one up.)
(Taken from life in general and also from Titchmarsh’s The Queen’s Houses.)