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Poems of C.J. Dennis

Click here to download a printable PDF file with all of the poems of C.J. Dennis.

Questions and Activities for The Classroom:

Here is a list of words that you will find in the C.J. Dennis poems from his book The Sentimental Bloke. Find ten words from this list in the poems and research their meanings.  Look in dictionaries, ask your grandparents, then use them in a sentence of your own.

Teachers: You will find the definitions at the end of the list

WORDS
  1. Barmy
  2. Beano
  3. Beat
  4. Block, to do one's
  5. Bloke
  6. Blubber, blub
  7. Blue-tongue
  8. Bluff
  9. Bonzer, boshter, bosker
  10. Bong-tong
  11. Brums
  12. Bunk
  13. Champeen
  14. Cheque, to pass in one's
  15. Chiack
  16. Chin
  17. Chuck off
  18. Click
  19. Cliner
  20. Cobber
  21. Cove
  22. Crool (cruel) the pitch
  23. Dago
  24. Dash, to do one's
  25. Dawg (dog), to put on dawg
  26. Ding Dong, as in a Ding-Dong go
  27. Dirt
  28. Do a bolt
  29. Duck, to do a
  30. Fluff, a bit of
  31. Funk, to
  32. Gazob
  33. Get, to do a
  34. Glarssy
  35. Gorspil-cove
  36. Guyver
  37. Handies
  38. Hitched
  39. Lash
  40. Leery
  41. Little Lon
  42. Lysol
  43. Mag
  44. Mash
  45. Moniker
  46. Nark, to
  47. Orfis (office)
  48. Oricle (oracle)
  49. Pip
  50. Pot, the old pot and pan
  51. Potted
  52. Pull, to take a
  53. Punching Bullocks
  54. Punch a cow
  55. Puncher
  56. Push
  57. Ribuck
  58. Shanty
  59. Shick, shickered
  60. Skirt or bit of skirt
  61. Skite
  62. Skiter
  63. Smooge
  64. Splice
  65. Stoush
  66. Tart
  67. Tucker-bag
  68. Tug
  69. Wet, to get


DEFINITIONS FOR TEACHERS

  1. Barmy - foolish; silly
  2. Beano - a feast
  3. Beat - puzzled; defeated
  4. Block - the head. To lose or do your block. To become flustered; excited; angry; to lose confidence. To keep the block - to remain calm; dispassionate
  5. Bloke - a man
  6. Blubber, blub - to weep
  7. Blue-tongue - a bloke who swears a lot
  8. Bluff - Cunning make believe. v. To deceive; to mislead
  9. Bonzer, boshter, bosker - excellent!
  10. Bong-tong – posh, snobby, patrician (Fr. bon ton)
  11. Brums - tawdry finery (from Brummagem--Birmingham)
  12. Bunk - to sleep in a "bunk" or rough bed. To do a bunk -To depart
  13. Champeen - champion
  14. Cheque, to pass in one's – to die
  15. Chiack - vulgar banter; coarse invective
  16. Chin - to talk; to chinwag
  17. Chuck off - to employ sarcasm
  18. Click - a clique; a gang
  19. Cliner - a young unmarried female, from the German word ‘kleine’ meaning little
  20. Cobber - a mate, a friend, a companion
  21. Cove – a "chap" or "bloke"
  22. Crool (cruel) the pitch - to frustrate; to interfere with one's schemes or welfare
  23. Dago - a native of Southern Europe, (no longer in polite usage)
  24. Dash, to do one's - to run out of options
  25. Dawg (dog) - a contemptible person; ostentation. To put on dawg – to behave in an arrogant, show offy manner
  26. Ding Dong – strenuous. As in a Ding-Dong go, meaning a strenuous fight
  27. Dirt - opprobrium, a mean speech or action
  28. Do a bolt - to run away in alarm
  29. Duck, to do a – to depart in haste
  30. Fluff, a bit of - a young woman
  31. Funk, to - to fear; to lose courage
  32. Gazob - a fool; a blunderer
  33. Get, to do a - to retreat hastily
  34. Glarssy - a glass eye; a glance of cold disdain
  35. Gorspil-cove - a minister, a priest (of the Gospel)
  36. Guyver - make-believe
  37. Handies - the holding and fondling of hands between lovers or would be lovers
  38. Hitched - married
  39. Lash - violence
  40. Leery - vulgar; low
  41. Little Lon - Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Australia
  42. Lysol - an antiseptic and disinfectant, poisonous if swallowed
  43. Mag – to scold or talk noisily
  44. Mash - wooing; to pay court. s. a lover
  45. Moniker - a name; a title; a signature
  46. Nark, to - to annoy
  47. Orfis (office) – a warning; a word of advice; a hint
  48. Oricle (oracle), to work the – to secure desired results
  49. Pip - a fit of depression
  50. Pot, the old – Dad (from Rhyming Slang, the "old pot and pan"- the old man)
  51. Potted - drunk
  52. Pull, to take a – to desist; to discontinue
  53. Punching Bullocks - driving bullocks to market or better feed ground
  54. Punch a cow- to conduct a team of oxen
  55. Puncher- oxen driver
  56. Push - a company of rowdy people gathered together
  57. Ribuck - OK! Correct, genuine; an interjection signifying assent
  58. Shanty - a roughly built hut or cabin
  59. Shick, shickered - intoxicated
  60. Skirt or bit of skirt - a female
  61. Skite - to boast
  62. Skiter- a boaster
  63. Smooge – to flatter or fawn; to bill and coo
  64. Splice - to join in matrimony
  65. Stoush - to punch with the fist. s. Violence, a fight
  66. Tart - a young woman (contraction of sweetheart)
  67. Tucker-bag - bag of food, food supply
  68. Tug - an uncouth fellow; a hardy rogue
  69. Wet, to get - to become incensed; bad tempered

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