Clifford replied jestingly; and the jest, if bad, was good enough to content the railer.
But you are a railer, and see nothing but the outside and the show.
"I know you are a railer," he said, and the phrase coming from this mild old gentleman astonished, me unutterably.
Stilling himself relates how, when one at the table directed a gibe at him, it was Goethe who rebuked the railer.
Oh, you railer at royalty and slanderer of all that is noble and good!
All nature cries aloud, 'Shall man do less than heal the smiter, and the railer bless?'
To the skeptic and railer, Amittai is as an unknown quantity in an algebraic problem.
"horizontal bar passing from one post or support to another," c.1300, from Old French reille "bolt, bar," from Vulgar Latin *regla, from Latin regula "straight stick," diminutive form related to regere "to straighten, guide" (see regal). Used figuratively for thinness from 1872. To be off the rails in a figurative sense is from 1848, an image from the railroads. In U.S. use, "A piece of timber, cleft, hewed, or sawed, inserted in upright posts for fencing" [Webster, 1830].
"small wading bird," mid-15c., from Old French raale (13c.), related to râler "to rattle," of unknown origin, perhaps imitative of its cry.
"complain," mid-15c., from Middle French railler "to tease or joke" (15c.), perhaps from Old Provençal ralhar "scoff, to chat, to joke," from Vulgar Latin *ragulare "to bray" (cf. Italian ragghiare "to bray"), from Late Latin ragere "to roar," probably of imitative origin. See rally (v.2). Related: Railed; railing.