2017-04-18 20:58:28 UTC
[Lenehan throws in short comments on Corley's stories about women]
When he was quite sure that the narrative had ended he laughed
noiselessly for fully half a minute. Then he said:
'Well!... That takes the biscuit!'
His voice seemed winnowed of vigour; and to enforce his words he added
'That takes the solitary, unique, and, if I may so call it, recherche
James Joyce, Dubliners (Two Gallants)
"winnowed of vigour"
The meaning I've found for "winnowed"
free of useless, unwanted, or baser components
tells me that in this definition the element winnowed away is undesirable,
while Joyce's "vigour" is definitely desirable.
Does the OED offer a more inclusive definition?