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FLA’PDRAGON. n.s.

flapdragon-ns

FLA’PDRAGON. n.s. [from a dragon supposed to breathe fire.]
I. A play in which they catch raisins out of burning brandy,
and, extinguishing them by closing the mouth, eat them.
2. The thing eaten at flapdragon.
He plays at quoits well, and eats conger and fennel, and
drinks candles ends for flapdragons, and rides the wild mare
with the boys. Shakespeare’s Henry IV. p. ii.

FI’NICAL. adj.

finical-adj

FI’NICAL. adj. [from fine.] Nice; foppish; pretending to
superfluous elegance.
A whorson, glassgazing, superserviceable, finical rogue.
Shakespeare’s King Lear.
I cannot hear a finical fop romancing, how the king took
him aside at such a time; what the queen said to him at an-
other. L’Estrange, Fable 34.

FI’DDLEFADDLE. adj.

fiddlefaddle-ns

FI’DDLEFADDLE. n.s. [A cant word.] Trifles.
She said that their grandfather had a horse shot at Edgehill,
and their uncle was at the siege of Buda; with abundance of
fiddlefaddle of the same nature. Spectator, No. 299.

ferment

ferment

v.a.
Waining moons yir settled periods keep
To swell ye billows & fermt ye deep
Addison

FE’ATLY. adv.

featly-adv

FE’ATLY. adv. [from feat.] Neatly; nimbly; dexterously.
Foot it featly here and there,
And sweet sprites the burthen bear. Shakesp. Tempest.
The moon was up, and shot a gleamy light;
He saw a quire of ladies in a round,
That featly footing seem’d to skim the ground. Dryden.
There haply by the ruddy damsel seen,
Or shepherd-boy, they featly foot the green. Tickell.

FA’NCYSICK. adj.

fancysick-adj

FA’NCYSICK. adj. [fancy and sick.] One whose imagination
is unsound; one whose distemper is in his own mind.
‘Tis not necessity, but opinion, that makes men miserable;
and when we come to be fancysick, there’s no cure for
it. L’Estrange.

EXCU’RSIVE. adj.

excursive-adj

EXCU’RSIVE. adj. [from excurro, Latin.] Rambling; wander-
ing; deviating.
But why so far excursive? when at hand
Along these blushing borders, bright with dew,
Fair-handed Spring unbosoms every grace? Thoms. Spring.