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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.



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. [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.