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Abate, to depress, sink, subdue.
charge, or accusation.
not exceeding the tag of a
point, from aiguillette.
keep for two years.
Apprehensive, quick of compre
hension. Approbation, entry or probation. Approof, approbation, proof. Approve, to justify, prove,establish Approved, experienced. Approvers, those who try. Aqua-vitæ, strong waters, pro
bably usquebaugh. Arabian bird, the phenix. Arch, chief. Argentine, silver. Argentine, the goddess Diana. Argier, Algiers. Argosies, ships laden with great
wealth. Argument, subject for conversa
tion, evidence, proof. Arm, to take up in the arms. Aroint, avaunt, begone. A-row, successively. Art, practice as distinguished from
theory; also theory. Articulate, to enter into articles. Artificial, ingenious, artful. As, as if. Ascaunt, askew, sideways. Aspect, countenance. Aspersion, sprinkling. As point, completely armed. Assay, test. Ascapart, a giant. Assinego, a male ass. Astringer, a gentleman falconer. Assurance, conveyance or deed. Assured, affianced. Ates, instigation from Até, the
goddess of bloodshed. Atomies, minute particles, visible
in the sun's rays. Attasked, taken to task. Attended, waited for.
agency of another. Attornied, supplied by susbstitu
tion of embassies. Audacious, spirited, animated. Audrey, a corruption of Ethelrea. Augurs, prognostications. Aukward, adverse. Aunts, courtesans. Authentic, learned. Awful, reverend. Awless, failing to produce awe.
Bird-bolt, an arrow shot at birds
from a cross-bow. Bisson, blind. Blank, the white mark in a target. Blank and level, mark and aim
(terms of gunnery). Blaze of youth, the spring of
early life. Blear, to deceive. Blench, to start off, to fly off. Blent, blended. Blind-worm, the cæcilia, or slow
B. Baccare, stand back, give place. Bairn, brushwood. Baldrick, a belt. Bale, misery. Baleful, baneful. Balked, bathed or piled up. Ballase, ballast. Balm, the oil of consecration. Ban, curse. Band, bond. Bandog, village-dog. Bandy, to exchange smartly. Bank, to sail along banks. Banning, cursing Banquet, a slight repast. Bar, barrier. Barbason, the name of a demon. Barbe, a kind of veil. Barbed, warlikely caparisoned. Barber-monger, an associate of
Blood-boltered,daubed with blood.
worn by equestrian knights.
washers used to beat clothes. Batten, to grow fat.
beams of a house.
maintained to pray for their
bias of a bowl.
which the meal is bolted.
also a thicket.
Brands, a part of the andirons on
which the wood for the fire
was supported. Brasier, a manufacturer of brass;
also a vessel in which charcoal
is burned. Brave, to defy, also to make fine. Bravely, splendidly, gallantly. Bravery, finery. Brawl, a kind of dance. Braying, harsh, grating. Break, to begin. Break up, to carve. Break with, to break the matter
to. Breast, voice. Breath, speech, also exercise, Breathing-courtesy, mere verbal
compliment. Breeched, foully sheathed, mired. Breeching, liable to be flogged. Breathed, inured by constant
practice. Breathe, to utter. Breed-bate, an exciter of quarrels. Bribe-buck, a buck sent as a bribe Bridal, the nuptial feast. Bring, to attend or accompany. Brize, the gad, or horse-fly. Broach, to put on the spit, to
transfix, Brock, the badger. Brogues, a kind of shoes. Broken, communicated. Broker, a match-maker, a pro
thur is supposed to have kept
his court. Canary, a dance. Candle-wasters, those who sit up
all night to drink. Canker, the dog-rose. Canstick, candlestick. Cantons, cantos. Canvas, to sift. Canvas-climber, a sailor. Cap, the top, the chief. Cap, to salute by taking off the cap. Capable impressure, hollow mark. Capitulate, to make head against. Capocchia, a sot. Capon, metaphor for a letter. Capricious, lascivious. Captious, capacious. Carack, a ship of great bulk. Caracts, characters. Carbonado, a piece of meat cut
crossways for the gridiron. Card, a sea-chart, perhaps also the
compass. Carded, mixed. Care, inclination. Careires, the motion of a horse;
to pass the careires, means to overstep the bounds of de
Cast the water, to find out disorders
by inspecting the urine. Cataian, a liar. Catling, a small lutestring made
of catgut. Cavalero-justice, a cant term. Cavaleroes, gay fellows. Caviare, too good for, or above the
comprehension of; so called from a delicacy made of the roe of sturgeons, eaten by the
higher classes. Cautel, subtlety. Cautel or cantle, the corner, or
piece of any thing. Cautelous, insidious, cautious. Cearment, the wrapping of an
embalmed body. Cease, decease. Censure, to give an opinion. Centuries, companies of a hundred
men each. Ceremonious, superstitious. Certes, certainly. Cess, measure, tax, or subsidy. Chair, throne. Chaliced, i. e. flowers, with cups,
from calix. Challenge, the right of refusing a
juryman. Chamber, ancient name for Lon
don; also a piece of ordnance. Chamberers, intriguers. Champian, an open country. Chantry, a small chapel in a ca
thedral. Character, hand-writing. Charactery, the matter with which
letters are made. Chares, task-work. Charge-house, free-school. Chariest, most cautious. Chariness, caution. Charitable, dear, endearing. Charles's-wain, the constellation
called the Bear. Charm your tongue, be silent. Charmer, one who deals in magic. Charneco, a sweet wine. Chance, fortune. Chary, cautious. Chases, a term in tennis. Chaudron, entrails. Cheater, for escheator, an officer
in the Exchequer. Checks, prob for ethics. Cheer, countenance. Cherry-pit, a game with cherry
stones. Cheveril, soft leather; also con
youth. Brown-bill, a battle-axe. Brownist, a follower of Brown, a
sectarian. Bruising-irons, an allusion to the
ancient mace. Bruit, report with clamour. Brush of time, decay of time. Bug, bugbears, false terrors. Bumbard, a large drinking vessel. Bung, a cutpurse. Bunting, a bird. Burgonet, a helmet. Busky, woody. Butt-shaft, an arrow to shoot at
shafts with. Buxom, obedient. By 'r lakin, by our little lady.
Carkanet, a necklace.
contempt. Cast-lips, left-off lips.
C. Caddis, worsted lace. Cade, a barrel.
Coigne of vantage, convenient
Chew, to ruminate, consider.
scold, be clamorous.
cies. Christom or chrisom, the white
cloth put on a newly baptized
child. Chuck, chicken, a term of endear
ment. Chuff, rich, avaricious. Chopping, jabbering. Cicatrice, the scar of a wound. Circummured, walled round. Circumstance, conduct, detail,
tards or apples.
Court holy-water, flattery.
Curtail, a little cur.
Cower, to sink down.
troon. Cozier, a tailor, a botcher. Crack, dissolution ; also a boy
child. Cranking, or crankling, the rush
of a river. Cranks, windings. Crants, garlands. Crare, a small trading vessel. Crash, to be merry over. Craven, a cowardly cock, mean,
cowardly. Create, compounded, made up of. Credent, credible. Credit, account, information, cre
dulity. Cressets, lights set upon a beacon. Cressive, increasing. Crest, the summit. Crestless, those who have no right
to armorial bearings. Crewel, worsted. Crisp, curled, winding. Critic, cynic. Critical, censorious. Crone, a very old woman. Crosses, money stamped with a
D. Dafl, or doff, to put off. Dally, to trifle. Damn, to condemn. Danger, reach or control. Dank, wet, rotten. Danskers, natives of Denmark. Darkling, in the dark. Darraign, to arrange. Daub, to disguise. Daubery, falsehood, counterfeit. Day-bed, a couch. Day-light, broad day. Day-woman, dairymaid. Dealt, fought by proxy. Dear, immediate, consequential. Dearn, direful, lonely, solitary. Death-tokens, spots on those in
Crowkeeper, a scarecrow.
a term in music.
fected with the plague.
grammar) from first to last.
whose dugs are dry.
word of the preceding speech.
ill-tempered. Curstness, ill-humour.