Published June 23, 2009
LUNCH. LU’NCHEON. n.s. [Minshaw derives it from louja, Spanish;
Skinner from kleinken, a small piece, Teu-
tonick. It probably comes from clutch or clunch.] As much
food as one’s hands can hold.
When hungry thou stood’st staring, like an oaf,
I slic’d the luncheon from the barley loaf;
With crumbled bread I thicken’d well the mess. Gay.
Published June 22, 2009
LU’GGAGe. n.s. [from lug.] Any thing cumbrous and un-
weildy that is to be carried away; any thing of more weight
Come bring your luggage nobly on your back. Shakesp.
What do you mean?
To doat thus on such luggage? Shakespeare’s Tempest.
Think not thou to find me slack, or need
Thy politick maxims, or that cumbersome
Luggage of war there shewn me. Milton’s Par. Regain’d.
How durst thou with that sullen luggage
O’th’self, old ir’n, and other baggage,
T’oppose thy lumber against us? Hudibras, p. i.
The mind of man is too light to bear much certainty
among the ruffling winds of passion and opinion; and if the
luggage be prized equally with the jewels, none will be cast
out till all be shipwrecked. Glanv.
A lively faith will bear aloft the mind,
And leave the luggage of good works behind. Dryden.
I am gathering up my luggage, and preparing for my jour-
ney. Swift to Pope.
Published June 21, 2009
LO’VETOY. n.s. [love and toy.] Small presents given by lovers.
Has this amorous gentleman presented himself with any
lovetoys, such as gold snuff-boxes. Arbuth. and Pope’s Ma. Sc.
Published June 20, 2009
LO’VESECRET. n.s. [love and secret.] Secret between lovers.
What danger, Arimant, is this you fear?
Or what lovesecret which I must not hear. Dryden’s Aur.
Published June 19, 2009
LOVELILY. adj. [from lovely.] Amiably; in such a manner
as to excite love.
Lovelily dreadful. Otway’s Venice Preserv’d.
Published June 18, 2009
LO’USY. adj. [from louse.]
I. Swarming with lice; over-run with lice.
Let him be daub’d with lace, live high and whore,
Sometimes be lousy, but be never poor. Dryden’s Juv.
Sweetbriar and gooseberry are only lousy in dry times, or
very hot places. Mortimer’s Husbandry.
2. Mean; low born; bred on the dunghill.
I pray you now remembrance on the lousy knave mine host.
A lousy knave, to have his gibes and his mockeries. Shakesp.
Published June 17, 2009
To break LOOSE. To gain liberty.
If to break loose from the conduct of reason, and to want
that restraint of examination which keeps us from chusing
the worse, be liberty, madmen and fools are only the free-
Like two black storms on either hand,
Our Spanish army and the Indians stand;
Where you, like day, broke loose from both appear. Dryd.