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OBSOLETE AND PROVINCIAL. ENGLISH
WORDS FROM THE ENGLISH WRITERS PREVIOUS TO THE NINETEENTH
CENTURY WHICH ARE NO LONGER IN USE, OR ARE NOT USED
USED ONLY IN THE PROVINCIAL DIALECTS
GA, 0. To go. North
(2) v. To daub with dirt. Berks. GAB, s. (A. N.) Talkativeness. GABBARD, 1 adj. Ill-contrived, as GABBERN, ) rooms ; large. West. GABBE, 0. (A.-N.) To talk idly; to
jest; to lie. GABBER, (1) v. To talk nonsense.
(2) 8. A jester. GABBERIES, 8. (1) Deceits. Minsh.
(2) Prattle; jests. GABBLE-RATCHES, 8. Birds which
make a great noise in the even
ings. North. GABBO, 78. The game of three GOBBO, s card loo. GABEL, S. (A.-N.) An excise. GABERDINE, 8. (Fr.) d coarse cloak
or mantle. GABERLILTIE, S. A ballad-singer.
(2) adj. High. GABLE-POLES, S. Rods placed out.
side the roof to secure the thatch. GABLET, 8. A small ornamental
gable or canopy over a tabernacle
or niche. GABLICK, 8. A crow-bar. Linc. GABLOCKS, s. Spurs for fighting
cocks. GABRIEL-BELL, 8.
A local name for the saints' hell or ting-tang. GABRIEL-RATCHET, 8. The name
of a ghost or night spirit. North. GABY, 8. A simpleton. GACH, 8. Filth or dirt of children.
Glouc. Gad, (1) s. (A.-S.) A goad, or sharp
point of metal; a spear; a pole
pointed with metal. And, come, I will go get a leaf of brass, And with a gud of steel will write these
words, And lay it by.
Tit. Andr., iv, 1.
The boys (at Horncastle) annually keep up the festival of the floralia on May. day, making a procession to this hill with May gads, as they call them, in their hands: this is a white willow wand, the bark peeled off, tied round with cowslips, a thyrsus of the Bacchanals:
night they have a bonfire and other merriment, which is really a sacrifice or religious festival.
Stukeley's Itiner. Curios., 1776, i, 31. (2) s. A measuring rod of ten feet. (3) 8. A fishing-rod; any rod or stick. North. (4) 8. A tall, slender person. Craven. (5) s. The gad-fly. (6) v. To flit about as a gad-fly. (7) v.
To run madly about the field, said of cattle. (8) v. To think; to believe. Ken. nett. (9) 8. A wedge used in mining. “Pick and gad, and keep the kibble going," a very common motto in the mining districts expressive of hustle and acti.
vity. GAD-ABOUT, 8. A rambler. West. GADAMAN, adj. Roguish. Heref. GAD-BEE, s. The gad-fly. GAD-BIT, 8. A nail-passer. GAD-BREEZE, 3. The gad-fly.
A. He's a puppy-I can liken him to nothing but my bald heffer when she's got the gad-brecze in her tail.
The Country Farmer's Catechism, 1703. GADDRE, s. A sheep's or calf's
pluck. GADE, 8. A gadling. GADER, v. To gather. GADGER, 3. A gauger. North. GAD-HOOK, S. A long pole with an
iron crook. Somerset. GADING, 28. A going about; a GADDING, ) pilgrimage. GADLING, S. (A.-S.) A worthless
vagabond. GAD-NAJL, . A. sort of long stout nail.
GADS, 8. Knobs or spikes of iron
used in armour. Gad-steel, s. Flemish steel, made
in gads, or small bars.
Called also a gaffer.
game in the North. GAFFER, S. An old man; sometimes
a grandfather; the foreman of a set of labourers. West. Formerly,
common mode of address among the lower classes, equiva. lent to friend, neighbour. Lord, master, goodman, gaffer, or knave; lady, mistress, goodwife, gammer, or whore; so they do but buy my book, and pay honestly for it, it's all one to me: a knave's money is as good as an
honest man's. Poor Robin, 1707. GAFFLE, (1) s. A part of the cross
bow used in bending it, moved
in a part called the rack. My cross-bow in my hand, my gaffle on
my rack, To bend it when I please, or when I please to slack.
Drayt. Muses' Elys. (2) v. To tease; to incommode. West. (3) v. To chirp, or chatter. (4) v. To gad about. West. (5) s. A dung-fork. Somerset. (6) v. A term applied to ducks when feeding together in the mud. Northampt. ,
8. GAFFLED, adj. Silly. Northampt. GAFFLOCK, S. A crow-bar. Derb. liares. 6. Spurs for fighting-cocks. GAFT, 8. A sort of hook for catch
ing eels. Wilts. Garty, adj. Suspicious. Chesh. Giag, v. (1) To nauseate. Suff.
(2) To gad about.
(3) To hinder motion by tight
ness. Northampt. GAGATE, 8. (Lat.) An agate. Gage, (1) s. (A.-N.) A pledge; a
defiance for battle.
(5) v. To harness a horse. Bedf. GAGEMENT, s. An engagement.
Wight. GAGGER, S. A nonconformist. East. GAGGET, 8. (Fr. gigot.) A leg of
mutton. See Gigget. Gaggle, v. To cackle. GAGGLES, s.
The game of ninepins. North. GAGS, S. Children's pictures. Suff. GAG-TEETH, S. Teeth projecting
out. Nomencl. Gagy, adj. Showery. Suss. GAHUSEY, S. A worsted short shirt
with sleeves. East. GAIBESEEN, adj. Gay-looking. Now lykewyse what saie you to courtiers ? These minion gaibeseen gentilmen.
Sir Tho. Chaloner's Moriæ Enc., Q 2, b. GAIGNAGE, S. (4.-N.) Profit; gain. Gail, s. A tub used in brewing.
Gail-clear, a tub for wort. Gaildish, a vessel used to pour liquor
into a bottle. North. GAILLARD,adj. (A.-N.) Gay; frisky. Gaily, adj. Pretty well in health.
North. Gain, adj. Near; convenient; pro
fitable ; easy; tolerable; tractable; dexterous; expert; active; re. spectable; accommodating ; good
tempered. Var. d.
the nearest way; to meet with.
, }s. A cock's spur.
| heroical strain, who striving to gaincope these ambages, by venturing on a new discovery, have made their voyage in half the time.
Comenius's Janua Ling, ed. 1659. GAINFUL, adj. Tractable. Yorksh. You'll find him gainful, but be sure you
curb him, And get him fairly, if you can, this lodg. ing.
B. & Fl. Pilgrim, iv, 4. GAINGIVING, S. A misgiving. GAINLY, (1) adj. Suitable.
(2) ado. Readily; easily. GAINSHIRE, S. The barb of a hook.
Derb. GAIN-SPUR, O. To excite by the
prospect of gain. Sure, in the legend of absurdest fables I should enroule most of these admirables; Save for the reverence of th' unstained
credit Of many a witnes where I yerst have read
And saving that our gain-spurr'd pilots
finde, In our dayes, waters of more wondrous kinde.
(2) 8. Summer pasturage for
A single sheaf of corn.
in wet weather to dry. GAIT-BERDE, 8. Goat's beard. GAITING,(1) adj. Frolicsome. Dors.
(2) 8. A single sheaf of corn set
on end to dry. North. See Gait. GAITRE-BERRIE, S.
The berry of the dog-wood tree. GAKIN, 8. A simpleton. Glouc. GAL, 8. A girl. Var. d. GALAGANTING, adj.
Large and awkward. West.
GALAGE, 18. (Fr. galloche.) A GALLAGE, s clog or patten, fastened with latchets; any coarse
shoe. My heart-blood is nigh well frorn I feel, And my galage grown fast to my ieel.
Spens. Shep. Kal. Feb., 2443. GALANTNESSE, s. Fashion in dress. GALAOTHE, s. A chaplet. Maun
devile, p. 244. GALASH, v. To cover the upper
part of the shoe with leather.
(2) s. Song; noise.
Litul Johne and Moch for sothe
Cambridge Mř's., 15th cent. GALE-HEADED, S. Stupid. Devon. GALENTINE, 8. (Fr.) A sortof sauce.
We have in the old cookery re-
Forme of Cury, p. 25.
Galiardise, gaiety. GALILEE, 8. A church porch.