Brilligの例文や意味・使い方に関するQ&A

「Brillig」を含む文の意味

Q: ’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe
とはどういう意味ですか?
A: These are mostly made-up “nonsense” words. I’ve just copied the explanations from the website below:

https://www.alice-in-wonderland.net/resources/analysis/poem-origins/jabberwocky/

“Brillig”: four o’clock in the afternoon — the time when you begin broiling things for dinner.

“Slithy”: lithe and slimy. ‘Lithe’ is the same as ‘active’.

“Toves”: curious creatures that are something like badgers, something like lizards, and something like corkscrews. They make their nests under sun-dials and live on cheese.

“To gyre”: to go round and round like a gyroscope.

“To gimble”: to make holes like a gimlet.

“Wabe”: the grass-plot round a sun-dial. It is called like that because it goes a long way before it, and a long way behind it. And a long way beyond it on each side.

“Mimsy”: flimsy and miserable.

“Borogove”: a thin shabby-looking bird with its feathers sticking out all round; something like a live mop.

“Mome rath”: a ‘rath’ is a sort of green pig.

Humpty Dumpty is not certain about the meaning of ‘mome’, but thinks it’s short for “from home”; meaning that they’d lost their way.

“To outgrabe”: ‘outgribing’ is something between bellowing and whistling, with a kind of sneeze in the middle.

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