Huck Finn slang
A set of colorful expressions used in Twain's novel.
Terms in this set (70)
(light out) to run away or leave very quickly
(to strike out) start off on a journey
A sand bar with thick reeds
not telling the truth (stretching the truth) example of vernacular/ Mark Twain and Huck Finn both tell stretchers.
an awful sight
a lot, a large amount.
Of medium size, position or quality
To open the mouth wide
stylish or superior
beat up; whip
to skip school
the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg.
rigidly formal, posh
take down a peg
to put in ones place (idiom), humiliate.
fancy in a snobby way
to give a beating, as in "tan your hide," (make your skin red).
A female slave with a "yellow," or light, complexion; such slaves, the offspring of white masters and black female slaves, were favored as house servants because their skin coloring was more like that of white masters and mistresses.
informal: pay , to hand over.
scolded, chastised, harassed.
To cause a great commotion and trouble. In the Bible, Cain is the oldest son of Adam and eve, who kills his brother Abel out of jealousy.
Handy with the hick'ry
Tending to give a beating (using a hickory wooden rod or switch).
to yell or shout.
Mulatto: a person who has one black parent and One white parent
reckless; rash; irresponsible
condition of being deeply absorbed in one's thoughts
not moving, rigid.
Excessive and idle talk; chatter; to talk in such a manner
ripped out something brisk
(an idiom meaning to keep quiet and/or do nothing) remain silent, esp. so as not to reveal a secret.
To search thoroughly by handling or disarranging the contents of
To let fly, to let slip. To discharge, let loose a blow with the fist, a stone, a bullet from a gun, etc.
most remarkable or unusual (adj)
courage and initiative
come out flat-footed
change direction very suddenly
Bad-tempered and combative
to throw (slang for past = hove)
easily offended; touchy
figure out, as if from a code
country people, hicks, red-necks
freshen up, wake up.
chewing tobacco; verb: to chew tobacco
run-- var. of skedaddle
to run away in a hurry
like the dickens
Dickens is an old euphemism/a nicer way to say devil - "Hurts like the Dickens!"
a person who is new to or inexperienced at a particular activity
closest to (as with friends)
foolish talk; nonsense
a large number or amount
Unfamiliar language; a dialect or special jargon.
dad fetch it
expression of mild dismay at a situation (gosh darn it)
free oneself from something / get rid of
a ways (distance)
to question in order to get information
choice, preferences, "rather"
bravado, daring acts
around the gills
in the face
having no more brains than a mullet, a common food fish