Darker and darker grew the night, and on and on sped the gump through the black heavens.
His family cannot determine whether he is a gump or a genius.
The empty moor stretched away on every side, the gump lay bare and desolate before him.
He was lying on his back at the foot of the gump, though how he got there he could never tell.
"Very well," answered the gump, and settled down upon a table of rock that stood between two cliffs.
"Well, what a gump I was not to think of that myself," he observed.
He had often ridden in the gump; but never had he been so high as this, and the distance to the ground made him nervous.
All I got to say, gump, you should some day have just such a daughter!
The others now followed, and Tip gave the word to the gump to return.
"I'm delighted to hear it," replied the gump, with a slight cough.
"dolt, numskull," 1825; meaning "chicken" is from 1914, U.S. thieves' slang.
[fr British dialect, ''fool'']