Published September 30, 2009
PLA’GUY. adj. [from plague.] Vexatious; troublesome. A
Add one more to the plaguy bill. Donne.
What perils do environ
The man that meddles with cold iron,
What plaguy mischiefs and mishaps
Do dog him still with after-claps. Hudibras.
Published September 29, 2009
I. Not obscurely.
2. Distinctly; articulately.
The string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain.
Mar. vii. 35.
3. Simply; with rough sincerity.
Goodman Fact is allowed by every body to be a plain-
spoken person, and a man of very few words; tropes and
figures are his aversion. Addison’s Count Tariff.
Published September 28, 2009
PLA’GIARY. n.s. [from plagium, Lat.]
I. A thief in literature; one who steals the thoughts or writings
The ensuing discourse, lest I chance to be traduced for a
plagiary by him who has played the thief, was one of those
that, by a worthy hand, were stolen from me. South.
Without invention, a painter is but a copier, and a poet
but a plagiary of others; both are allowed sometimes to copy
and translate. Dryden’s Dufresnoy.
2. The crime of literary theft. Not used.
Plagiary had not its nativity with printing, but began when
the paucity of books scarce wanted that invention. Brown.
Published September 27, 2009
PIQUEE’RER. n.s. A robber; a plunderer. Rather pickeerer.
When the guardian professed to engage in faction, the word
was given, that the guardian would soon be seconded by
some other piqueerers from the same camp. Swift.
Published September 26, 2009
PI’NEAL. adj. [pineale, Fr.] Resembling a pineapple. An epi-
thet given by Des Cartes from the form, to the gland which
he imagined the seat of the soul.
Courtiers and spaniels exactly resemble one another in the
pineal gland. Arbuthnot and Pope.
Published September 25, 2009
PIGWI’DGEON. n.s. This word is used by Drayton as the
name of a fairy, and is a kind of cant word for any thing
petty or small.
Where’s the Stoick can his wrath appease,
To see his country sick of Pym’s disease;
By Scotch invasion to be made a prey
To such pigwidgeon myrmidons as they? Cleaveland.
Published September 24, 2009
PIE’LED. adj. Perhaps for peeled, or bald; or piled, or having
Piel’d priest, dost thou command me be shut out?
Shakesp. Henry VI.
Published September 23, 2009
He will knap ye spears a-pieces
wth his teeth More’s antid. Athm.
Published September 22, 2009
PI’DDLER. n.s. [from piddle.] One that eats squeamishly, and
Published September 21, 2009
PICKTHA’NK. n.s. [pick and thank.] An officious fellow,
who does what he is not desired; a whispering parasite.
With pleasing tales his lord’s vain ears he fed,
A flatterer, a pickthank, and a lyer. Fairfax.
Many tales devis’d,
Oft the ear of greatness needs must hear,
By smiling pickthanks and base newsmongers. Shakesp.
The business of a pickthank is the basest of offices. L’Estrange.
If he be great and powerful, spies and pickthanks generally
provoke him to persecute and tyrannize over the innocent and
the just. South’s Sermons.