The Rocking-Horse Winner Glossary

The Rocking-Horse Winner Glossary

reiterated

say something again

bonny

attractive or beautiful.

frenzy

a state or period of uncontrolled excitement or wild behaviour

hardened

not easily upset

shillings

twelve pence.

lucre

money

drapery

cloth, curtains, or clothing hanging in loose folds.

emancipated

Having been extended freedom; liberated.

anxiety

Extreme worry over something; often conveying a sense of nervousness or even dread.

stoutly

With heft or great weight.

assertion

A forcefully made statement; a declaration.

brazen

Bold and brash; lacking guilt or shame.

uncanny

Something beyond explanation; having something otherworldly, supernatural or of the occult about it.

steathily

Done in a secretive or furtive way; usually within the context of doing something sneaky or suspicious.

obstinate

Stubborn and determined to the point of being hard-headed.

writ

A court order; can also be found on rare occasions to refer to any handwritten note.

iridescent

Revealing an array of different colors, shades or hues depending on the light and angle viewed.

compel

Pressure into doing something or taking part.

pram

British slang for a baby carriage.

flay

The process of stripping skin away from bone and sinew.

serene

A quiet feeling of contentment and tranquility; placidity.

remonstrate

To protest or present opposition to an argument.

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