Archive for November, 2009

VAGA’RY. n.s.

VAGA’RY. n.s. [from vagus, Latin.] A wild freak; a capri-
cious frolick.
They chang’d their minds,
Flew off, and into strange vagaries fell,
As they wou’d dance. Milton’s Par. Lost. b. vi. l. 613.
Would your son engage in some frolic, or take a vagary,
were it not better he should do it with, than without your
knowledge? Locke on Education, §97.

TYKE. n.s.

TYKE. n.s. [See TIKE.] Tyke in Scottish still denotes a
dog, or one as contemptible and vile as a dog, and from
thence perhaps comes teague.
Base tyke, call’st thou me host? now,
By this hand, I swear I scorn the term. Shakespeare.

TWEAGUE. TWEAK. n.s.

TWEAGUE. TWEAK. n.s. [from the verb.] Perplexity; ludicrous
distress. A low word.
This put the old fellow in a rare tweague. Arbuthnot.

TRI’CKSY. adj.

TRICKSY. adj. [from trick.] Pretty. This is a word of en-
dearment.
The fool hath planted in his memory
An army of good words; and I do know
A many fools that stand in better place,
Garnish’d like him, that for a tricksy word,
Defy the matter.  Shakesp. Merchant of Venice.
All this service have I done since I went.
–My tricksy spirit!  Shakespeare’s Tempest.

TRE’NCHERMATE. n.s.

TRE’NCHERMATE. n.s. [trencher and mate.] A table compa-
nion; a parasite.
Because that judicious learning of the ancient sages doth not
in this case serve the turn, these trenchermates frames to them-
selves a way more pleasant; a new method they have of
turning things that are serious into mockery, an art of con-
tradiction by way of scorn. Hooker, b. v.

TO’WNTALK. n.s.

TO’WNTALK. n.s. [town and talk.] Common prattle of a place.
If you tell the secret, in twelve hours it shall be towntalk. L’Estrange.

T’ORY. n.s.

T’ORY. n.s. [A cant term, derived, I suppose, from an Irish
word signifying a savage.] One who adheres to the antient
constitution of the state, and the apostolical hierarchy of the
church of England, opposed to a whig.
The knight is more a tory in the country than the town,
because it more advances his interest. Addison.
To confound his hated coin, all parties and religions join
whigs, tories. Swift.



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