Archive for November, 2009



To TEH-HE. v.n.

To TEH-HE. v.n.

To TEH-HE. v.n. [a cant word made from the sound.] To
laugh with a loud and more insolent kind of cachinnation;
to titter.
They laugh’d and the-he’d with derision,
To see them take your deposition. Hudibras, p. iii.

To TED. v.a.

To TED. v.a.

To TED. v.a. [teadan, Saxon, to prepare.] To lay grass
newly mown in rows.
The smell of grain, or tedded grass or kine,
Or dairy, each rural sight, each rural sound. Milton.
Hay-makers following the mowers, and casting it abroad,
they call tedding. Mortimer’s Husb.
Prudent his fall’n heaps
Collecting, cherish’d with the tepid wreaths
Of tedded grass, and the sun’s mellowing beams,
Rivall’d with artful heats. Philips.

To TA’TTLE. v.n.

To TA'TTLE. v.n.

To TA’TTLE. v.n. [tateren, Dutch.] To prate; to talk idly;
to use many words with little meaning.
He stands on terms of honourable mind,
Ne will be carried with every common wind
Of court’s inconstant mutability,
Ne after every tattling fable fly. Hubberd’s Tale.
The one is too like an image, and says nothing; and the
other too like my lady’s eldest son, evermore tattling. Shak.
Excuse it by the tattling quality of age, which is always
narrative.  Dryden.
The world is forward enough to tattle of them. Locke.
Their language is extremely proper to tattle in; it is made
up of so much repetition and compliment. Addison.

TARA’NTULA. n.s.

TARA'NTULA. n.s.

TARA’NTULA. n.s. [Italian; tarentule, French.] An inset
whose bite is cured only by musick.
This word, lover, did no less pierce poor Pyrocles than
the right tune of musick toucheth him that is sick of the ta
rantula. Sidney.
He that uses the word tarantula, without having any idea
of what it stands for, means nothing at all by it. Locke.

To TA’NTALIZE. v.a.

To TA'NTALIZE. v.a.

To TA’NTALIZE. v.a. [from Tantalus, whose punishment
was to starve among fruits and water which he could not
touch.] To torment by the shew of pleasures which cannot
be reached.
Thy vain desires, at strife
Within themselves, have tantaliz’d thy life. Dryden.
The maid once sped was not suffered to tantalize the male
part of the commonwealth. Addison.

To STO’MACH. v.a.

To STO'MACH. v.a.

To STO’MACH. v.a. [stomachor, Latin.] To resent; to
Remember with anger and malignity.
Believe not all; or, if you must believe,
Stomach not all. Shakesp. Ant. and Cleopatra.
Jonathan loved David, and the people applauded him,; only
Saul stomached him, and therefore hated him. Hall’s Contemp.
The lion began to shew his teeth, and to stomach the af-
front.  L’Estrange’s Fables.

STA’RPAVED. adj.

STA'RPAVED. adj.

STA’RPAVED. adj. [star and pave.] Studded with stars.
In progress through the road of heav’n starpav’d. Milton.

To SMOKE. v.a.

To SMOKE. v.a.

To SMOKE. v.a.
I. To scent by smoke, or dry in smoke.
Frictions of the back-bone with flannel, smoaked with pene-
trating aromatical substances, have proved effectual. Arbuthnot.
2. To smell out; to find out.
He was first smok’d by the old lord Lafea; when his dis-
Guise and he is parted, tell me what a sprat you shall find him?
Shakespeare’s All’s well that ends well.
Tom Tattle passes for an impertinent, and Will. Trippet
Begins to be smoked, in case I continue this paper. Addis. Spect.
3. To sneer; to ridicule to the face.
Smoke the fellow there.  Congreve.

SLU’BBERDEGULLION. n.s.

SLU'BBERDEGULLION. n.s.

SLU’BBERDEGULLION. n.s. [I suppose a cant word without
Derivation.] A paltry, dirty, sorry wretch.
Quoth she, although thou hast deserv’d,
Base slubberdegullion, to be serv’d
As thou did’st vow to deal with me,
If thou had’st got the victory. Hudibras.
[Corrupted I believe from Scullion…a slovenlyscullion]

SLOP. n.s.

SLOP. n.s.

SLOP. n.s. [ylop, Saxon; sloove, Dutch, a covering.] Trow-
Sers; open breeches.
What said Mr. Dombledon about the satin for my short
Cloak and slops? Shakesp. Henry IV.
[whence Sailors call a Warehouse to buy clothes in – a Slop:Shop.]