Adulant
excessively worshipful
ahun
iron
aihy
any
annealment
neologism deriving from anneal – to toughen a substance by subjecting it to intense heat followed by gradual cooling. May also suggest healing or atonement
anticked
capered
arpeggio
notes of a chord played in rapid succession
assignation houses
establishments letting out rooms to couples for illicit sexual purposes
avatar
in Hindu belief, the manifestation of a deity or released soul in physical form
benignant
kindly, benevolent
biggity
boastfully, self-importantly
billets
short, thick pieces of timber used as firewood
bits
eighths of a dollar
blackguard
scoundrel
blanks
plates or plugs used to seal apertures
boneyard
cemetery
branch
small stream or tributary
cahy
carry
canaille
low social class
carriage house
an outbuilding used to store horse-drawn carriages and related tack and equipment
chimaera
a longed-for but illusory thing
chunking
throwing
collar box
box in which removable shirt collars were kept
conjure
bewitch
coruscations
flashes of light
cuirass
a piece of armour worn over the breast
cuiser
curiouser
cultivators
items of machinery used to uproot weeds and grass from cotton fields
cut
a skipped class or lecture
dean
university official responsible for administrative duties including setting academic policy, overseeing the budget and hiring faculty members
defunctive
exhausted, discontinued
deir'n
theirs
dropsical
swollen through the accumulation of excess fluid
drummer
travelling salesman
ether
diethyl ether; a distillation of ethanol and sulphuric acid formerly used to induce unconsciousness and anaesthesia during medical procedures
fair off
clear up, become less cloudy
fice dog
a feist; a small cross-breed hunting dog
finitude
the condition of being finite
flac-soled
a coinage of Faulkner’s own, probably meaning light-coloured
flat-irons
solid cast-iron clothes presses which were heated by fire or stove
float
buoy
fo'c'sle
forecastle; section of a ship at the bow end of the upper deck
gizzle
gizzard
got strings out
have plans in progress
gwine
going
hack
horse-drawn vehicle kept for hire
hame string
short leather strap used in the tack of a draft horse to secure the supports attached to the collar
hant
haunt, i.e., a ghost
hickeynuts
hickory nuts
hishing
onomatopoeic term for a swishing, hissing sound
hophead
drug addict
Hum up
hurry up, come on
hurrah
excitement, commotion
immolation
sacrificial killing, usually by fire
immured
confined, imprisoned
insulator
device placed around electric cables where they cross a support
interurbans
electric passenger railways; a hybrid of a train and a tram
inviolate
undisturbed, intact
Ise
I am
jellybeans
self-consciously slick and fashionable young men
john
a prostitute's client
knobnot
childish insult, similar to blockhead
levee
a raised embankment built to prevent a river from overflowing
lightning bugs
winged beetles which produce pulses of bioluminescent light from their abdomens to attract mates and deter predators
messin
a portion of soft, semi-liquid food
money order
a printed order for payment issued by a bank or Post Office
noblesse oblige
nobility conferring an obligation to conform to aristocratic norms of conduct
note of hand
promissory note; a written pledge to pay a given amount at a specified time
Old Home week
decennial celebration during which those who have moved away from their parental home come back to enjoy a reunion with their families and home town
pallet
a temporary bed arranged on the floor
peripatetic
travelling from place to place
philoprogenitive
the love by which one is bound to one’s offspring
planing mill
a woodworking facility in which cut and seasoned boards are smoothed and finished
pommel
the upper front part of a saddle
progenitive
capable of producing offspring, reproductive
projecking
fooling around in an irresponsible or overbearing manner
pulled
rowed
pullman cars
railroad parlour or sleeping cars, named after their inventor, George Pullman
ridge-pole
the horizontal beam at the top of a roof
rinktum
rectum
sacque
a loose-fitting gown
Sassprilluh
sarsaparilla; a soft drink with a sweet root-beer-like flavour made mainly from the dried root of the Smilax vine
scantling
a piece of sawn timber
schooner
a type of fast-moving sailing vessel with two or more masts
screen hooks
metal hooks used as window latches
sculls
oars
senior
fourth year university student
shell
a light, long racing boat propelled by rowers
shirt tail
small, unimpressive
skizzard
childish insult, a fusion of lizard and skink (a type of lizard)
spittoon
a metal or earthenware pot with a funnel-shaped top
square
honest
sullin
sulking
sure enough
real, proper
surrey
a type of two-seat, horse-drawn carriage, named after the English county in which it originated
taffy
a sticky sweet similar to toffee
team
a set of two or more draft animals
tide-flats
areas of mud deposits formed by the river tide
toddy
a hot beverage of spirits, water, sugar and sometimes spices or fruit. Often consumed medicinally
tote
carry, haul
trim
cheat out of money
twell
until
vilyun
villain
whipsaw
to sell volatile securities at high prices which will rapidly drop, thus causing traders to lose money
wimple
a nun’s head-cloth covering the head, neck and sides of the face
wood-lot
a private piece of land in which trees are grown for fuel and as a building material