Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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commenced

started

kin

relation

middling

moderately

victuals

food

ignorant

unlearned

quality

upper-class people

skiff

small boat

tanyard

section in a tannery where tanning vats are kept

ingots

molded metal pieces possibly brick of gold

lath

thin strips of wood

ornery

common; contrary

resigned

quit

raspy

grating; irritating

stile

set of steps

cussed

cursed

hifalutin'

flowery; pompous

stanchion

post

temperance

restraint; moderation

barked

bumped and scraped

dilirium tremens

shaking, hallucinating state brought on by excessive alcohol consumption

fagged

tired

infernal

damnable

gully

trench

palavering

talking dirty

roust

roughly drive from bed

rushes

marsh plains

shanty

cabin

bluff

steep

brash

bold

fan-tods

fidgets; fits

game

animals hunted for meat

hove

past tense of "heave"

lolled

lounged

speculate

take a risk; buy stock

stern

rear end of a boat

hogshead

large barrel

reticule

drawstring bag

notion

idea

contrived

planned

lynched

killed by a mob

pilot-house

where the pilot works on a ship

starboard

the right side of a ship

texas

structure on a steamboat deck that contains the officers' cabins

bitts

posts fixed to the deck of a ship for securing lines

careened

leaned

plunder

stolen goods

scow

large flat-bottomed boat

gaudy

flashy

hawking

hunting with hawks

snag

part that sticks out

tow-head

sandbar

green

new; not yet experienced

spunk

courage

crockery

pottery

disposition

personality; temperament

outlandish

bizarre

pensive

deep in thought

pined

longed

aristocracy

ruling class

bowie

hunting knife

capered

frolicked

cavorting

frolicking

decanters

glass containers for storing liquor

junketings

get-togethers; feasts

pommel

front of a saddle

puncheon

smoothed log

frauds

fakes

galluses

suspenders

galoot

slang for "fellow"

lineal

direct; in a line

phrenology

the practice of telling people's fortunes by feeling the bumps on their heads

rank

foul-smelling

revival

religious meeting

benefactors

those who help others

cipher

figure

concern

business; establishment

dissipating

spreading thin and eventually vanishing

haughty

proud

histrionic

theatrical; overly dramatic

sockdolager

exceptional blow

blackguarding

insulting; talking about badly

bodkin

dagger

bray

make a sound like a donkey

illustrious

outstanding; famous

imperative

pressing; important and necessary

soliloquy

dramatic monologue

acquit

dismiss from charges

camelpard

giraffe

nonesuch

a person or things without an equal

greenhorns

inexperienced or unsophisticated people

indifferent

unconcerned

rapscallions

rascals

shines

tricks; capers

frocks

dresses

pallet

mattress

melodeon

small organ

grit

courage

ingenious

clever

sluice

stream

cravats

neckties

penitentiary

prison

shekel

coin

bullyragging

bullying; teasing

doggery

cheap saloon

mesmerizing

hypnotizing

tight

drunk

aground

onto the shore

waylay

lie in wait for

eaves

the lower borders of a roof that overhang the wall

addled

confused

blithesome

merry

brickbat

a fragment of a hard material

inscription

engraved words

insurrection

revolt

remiss

careless

scutcheon

engraved shield

desperadoes

bandits

gunnel

upper edge of a boat's side

pettish

fretful

scamp

rascal

sultry

hot

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