Vocab Test #1 Huck Finn

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stretchers
any of various instruments for extending, widening, distending, etc.
victuals
food or provisions for human beings
mulatter/mulatto
the offspring of one white parent and one black parent
bulrusher
reed that grows in a river
tanned/ to tan
the act of beating or thrashing
frills
a sort of arrogance or showiness
skiff
a shallow, flat-bottomed open boat with sharp bow and square stem
delirium
an acutely disturbed state of mind that occurs in fever, intoxication, and other disorders and is characterized by restlessness, illusions, and incoherence of thought and speech.
snuff
a preparation of tobacco, either powdered or taken in by the nostrils or mouth
cain
a murderer
honest injun
honestly, really
shin
to climb quickly up or down by gripping one's arms and legs
ambuscade
an ambush
stanchion
a support, a bar, or a frame that forms a support
hogshead
a large barrel which Huck used as a bed
lath
a thin flat strip of wood usually used for construction
fiddler
a person who dawdles or trifles
highfaultin
pompous or pretentious
muddle
to mix up in a confused or bungling manner; jumble
dismal
causing gloom or dejection
rafter
one of several internal beams extending from the eaves to the peak of a roof and constituting its framework
stanchion
an upright bar, post, or frame forming a support or barrier
whale
to attack; to punch
ornery
bad tempered
pungle
to make a payment or a contribution of money
palaver
speak about unimportant matters rapidly and constantly
infernal
hellish; devilish; diabolical
scoured
clean or brighten the surface of something by rubbing it hard
thrash
to beat a person repeatedly and violently with a stick or a whip
shanty
a small, crudely built shack
gully
a water-worn ravine
tract
a short treatise in pamphlet form, typically on a religious subject
wadding
a soft, thick, material used to line garments, or pack fragile items especially absorbent cotton
craw
the stomach of an animal or a person
consideration
a payment or a reward
soundlings
information gathered before taking action
chuckle-heads
dumb, stupid, or block headed people; dolts
calico
dress that girls made from unbleached, semi-processed cotton
curry-comb
round comb with teeth lining in it and a place in the back to place your hand in it
five center-piece
a five cent coin with a hole in the middle for looping a string through and wearing around the neck
by and by
eventually or before long
clapboard
a long, thin, flat piece of wood with edges horizontally overlapping in series, used to cover the outer walls of buildings
hog-drovers
people who herd pigs, especially to and from the market
saddle-boils
boils developed from riding horses too often
parcel
a quantity or amount of something
betwixt
between
tramped
to stomp or walk heavily
abreast
next or adjacent to