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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.

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.

TI’MEPLEASER. n.s.

TI'MEPLEASER. n.s.

TI’MEPLEASER. n.s. [time and please.] One who complies
with prevailing notions whatever they be.
Scandal, the suppliants for the people, call them
Timepleasers, flatterers, foes to nobleness. Shakespeare.

To TICE. v.a.

To TICE. v.a.

To TICE. v.a. [from entice.] To draw; to allure.
Lovely enchanting language, sugar-cane,
Honey of roses, whither wilt thou flie?
Hath some fond lover tic’d thee to thy bane?
And wilt thou leave the church, and love a stie? Herbert.

TEMPORI’ZER. n.s.

TEMPORI'ZER. n.s.

TEMPORI’ZER. n.s. [temporiseur, Fr. from temporize.] One
that complies with times or occasions; a trimmer.
I pronounce thee a hovering temporizer, that
Canst with thine eyes at once see good and evil,
Inclining to them both. Shakesp. Winter’s Tale.

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 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.