on the shelf
Beyond marriageable age; no longer wanted. Used in reference to a spinster, never a man who, one assumes was always wanted, regardless of age.
French phrase meaning, “It is said” or “One says”. In Regency slang, it meant gossip, eg “the latest on dit.”
An Englishman who made his fortune in India.
A person suddenly come into wealth; an upstart; an allusion to the fungus that starts up in the night.
Squeamish, prim, prudish, ie behavior befitting a proper young miss.
A lover or kept mistress.
A girl who is boisterous, carefree, or tomboyish in her behavior.