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(2) 8. The subjunctive mood,
pret. t., and future of the verb.

"Neltou," quod the wolf, "thin ore,
Ich am afingret swithe sore;
Ich wot to-nigt ich worthe ded,
Bote thou do me soume reed."

Reliq. Antiq., ii, 276.

Thus he worthe on a stede;
In hys wey Cryst hyme sped!
Torrent of Portugal, p. 36.

(3) adj. Wroth.
(4) 8. A nook of land.

WORTHLIEST, adj. Most worthy.


Were love also londdrei as he is furst kene,
Hit were the worthlokste thing in weride
were, ich wene.
MS. Digby 86.

WORTWALE, S. A hangnail.
Wos, 8. A kind of corn.
WOSBIRD, S. A wasp. Wilts.
WOSCHE, v. To wash.

WOSE, (1) 8. (4.-S.) Mud; filth; slime.

(2) v. To ooze.

WOSERE, pron. Whosoever. WOST, pres. t. 2 p. (4.-S.) Thou knowest.

WOSTUS, s. The oast-house, where hops are dried. Kent.

WOTCHAT, 8. An orchard. North.
WOTE, v. (4.-S.) To know. See
WOTHE, 8. (1) Harm; wrong.

(2) (A.-S.) Eloquence. Wou, (1) s. Harm; error.

He loveth me and ich him wel,
Oure love is also trewe as stel,

Withhouten wou. MS. Digby, 86.

(2) 8. Weak liquor. North.
(3) adv. How.

WOUGH, 8. A wall. Lanc.

WOUK, v. To yelp. Northampt.
WOULDER, 3. A bandage. East.
WOULTERED, part. p.


See Welter.
WOUNDY, adv. Very. Var. d.
Wous, adj. Glad?

Withinne the walle wes on hous,
The wox wes thider swithe wous;
For he thohute his hounger aquenche,
Other mid mete, other mid drunche,
Reliq. Antiq., ii, 272.

WOUZH, 8. Wrong; harm.
WOWE, (1) 8. (A.-S.) A wall.
(2) v. (4.-S.) To woo. Wowere,

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(2) The shaft of a cart. Craven. WRAKE, 8. Destruction; ruin. WRALL, v. To wawl.

WRAMP, S. A sprain. Cumb.

WRANGDOME, s. Wrong.


Low stumpy

trees growing on mountainous grounds. North. WRANGOUSLY, adv. Wrongfully. North.

WRANKLE, v. To fester, causing

painful inflammation.

WRAP, v. (1) To wrap up, to compromise.

An with such good terms and promises we wrapped up the matter with good contentment.

Bowes Correspondence, 1582. (2) Wrapped up with, pleased with.

WRASK, adj. Brisk; bold.

WRASLY, v. To wrestle. Somerset.
WRAST, (1) adj.
Stern; loud.


(2) s. A musical instrument like a cittern.

(3) s. A shrew. North. Wrastle, v. (1) To parch, or dry up. East.

(2) To spread out in roots. Glouc. (3) To wrestle. WRASTLING-POLE, S. A pole to spread fire about the oven, or to beat walnuts from the trees. Norf.

WRAT, S. A wart. North.
WRATCH, v. To stretch. Suss.

WRATH, S. Severe weather.

WRATHE, v. (A.-S.) To anger; to

become angry.

WRAW, adj. Peevish.
WRAWEN, v. To shout.

WRAWL, v. To quarrel; to brawl. WRAX, v. To stretch the body in yawning. North.

WRAXEN, part. p. Grown out of order; straggling. Kent. WRAXLE, v. To wrestie. Dev. WRAYE, v. To betray; to discover. The worke wrayes the man, seeme he never so fine. Mirr. Mag., p. 82.

WRAYWARD, adj. Peevish.
WREAK, (1) 8. Revenge.

(2) s. A cough. Westm. (3) v. To be angry. North. WREASEL, S. The weasel. North. WREATH, S. (1) A cresset-light. (2) The swelling caused by a blow. North.

WRECCHE, v. To reck, or care. WRECHE, S. (1) Wrath; anger. (2) (4.-S.) Revenge. WRECK, S. (1) Dead roots and stalks. Norf.

(2) Abundance. North. WRED, S. Rubbish. Northumb. WREE, v. To insinuate something to the disadvantage of another. North. WREEDEN, adj. Peevish. Cumb. WREEST, S. A moveable piece of timber on the side of a plough. Kent.

WREZE, part. p. Covered.
WREINT, adv. Awry.

WREKE, 8. Sea-weed. Nominale

WREKIN-DOVE, s. The turtledove.
WRENCHE, S. (A.-S.) A strata-
WRENKE, gem; fraud.
WRENOCK, 1s. The smallest of
WRETCHOCK, a brood of fowls.
WREST, S. A twist.

WRET, 8. A wart. Norf.
WRETE, part. p. Written.
WRETHE, v. (1) (A.-S.) To twist.
(2) To injure.

Men and wemen dwellyd he among,
3yt wrethyd he never non with wrong,
That was hys owne honore.

MS. Cantab., Ff. ii, 38, f. 75.

WRETTE, S. The teat of the breast.
WRICK, S. A sprain. Berksh.
WRICKEN, adj. Miserable. Linc.
WRIDE, v. To spread. West.
WRIE, v. (1) To discover; to be-

(2) (4.-S.) To cover. WRIGGLE, (1) 8. A small winding hole.

(2) v. To twist.

WRIGGLES, 8. Sand eels. Norf. WRIGHT, 8. (A.-S.) A workman, especially in wood; a carpenter. WRIGHTRY, 8. A wright's busi


WRIMPLE, v. (1) To crumple.
(2) To card wool.
WRINE, (1) v. To cover over.

(2) s. A wrinkle. Somerset. WRINCH, 8. A contrivance of a piece of cord put through a hole in a staff, by means of which it is twisted sharply upon the nose or ear of a horse, to keep it quiet during an operation.

WRING, (1) s. A cider-press. Wringhouse, the house where cider is made.

(2) v. To trouble. Dorset. WRINGER, 8. An oppressor; an extortioner.

WRINGLE, (1) s. A wrinkle.
(2) v. To crack.
WRINGLE-STRAWS, s. Long grass.
WRIT, 8. A writing.

WRITH, S. The stalk of a plant. WRITHE, (1) v. To turn; to twist. (2) s. Anger.

(3) s. The band of a faggot.


A twisted

(4) v. To cover up. (5) adj. Worthy. WRITH-HURDLE, 8. hurdle. WRITHLED, adj. Withered. WRITING-LARK, 8. The yellowhammer, so called from the marks on its egg. Camb. & Herts. WRITING-TABLE, 8. Á table-book. WRIVE, v. To rub. WRIZZLED, adj. Wrinkled. WRO, S. (4.-S.) A corner.

I have a pott of galons foure
Standyng in a wro.

MS. Ashmole, 61, xv cent.

WROBBLE, v. To wrap up. Heref. WROCKLED, part. p.Wrinkled. Suss.


The wrecche binethe nothing ne vind, Bote cold water, and hounger him bind; To colde gistninge he was i-bede, Wroggen haveth his dou i-knede.

Reliq. Antiq., ii, 277.

WROKE, pret. t. of wreke. Avenged. WRONG, (1) adj. Crooked. (2) 8. A large bough. Suff. WRONGOUS, adj. Wrong. WROTE, v. To grub up the ground. WROTH, adj. Angry. Wrothely, angrily.

WROTHERHELE, s. Ill condition.
WROUGHTE, pret. t. of werke.

WROX, V. To begin to decay. Warw.
WRUCKE, v. To throw up.
WRY, v. (1) To turn aside.

(2) To rake up a fire. East.
(3) To cover close. Norf.
WUDDER, v. To roar sullenly.
WUDDLE, v. To cut. North.
WULE, v. To cry. Suss.
WULLARD, 8. An owl. Shropsh.
WULLOW, S. The alder. Shropsh.
WUNSOME, adj. (1) Smart; trimly

dressed; lively. North.

(2) Twisted; ill-natured. Lane. WURT, S. The canker-worm. WUSBARD, S. A bad fellow. Berks. WUSK, S. A sudden gust. Notts. WUSSET, 8. A scarecrow. Wiltsh. WYAH, adv. Yes. North. WY-DRAUGHT, 8. A drain. WYE, S. (A.-S.) A man. WYLIE-CAAT, 8. A flannel vest.


WYLT, pret. t. Escaped. Gaw. WYMYNGHEDE, 8. Womanhood. William de Shoreham. WYRWYNE, v. To suffocate. WYVERE, S. (A.-S.) A serpent. WYZLES, 8. Stalks of potatoes, turnips, &c. Lanc.

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YAFFLE, (1) v. To take by stealth.
(2) s. An armful. Cornw.
(3) v. To eat. (Cant.)

(4) s. The woodpecker. Var. d.
YAINE, v. To halloo. Gaw.
YAITS, s. Oats. Cumb.
YAKE, v. To force. Yorksh.
YAL, S. The whole.

YALE, (1) v. To cry. Suff.
(2) pret. t. Yelled.

(3) s. A small quantity. Norf.
YALOWE, adj. Yellow. zalow-souzt,
YALU, the jaundice. MS. 15th
3ALYE, cent.
YALT, pret. t. Yielded.

YAM, v. To eat heartily. North.
YAMMER, v. (1) To lament; to
sorrow. zamyrly, lamentably.

(2) To desire eagerly. Lanc.
(3) To grumble. North.
(4) To scold. Leic.
YAMMET, S. An emmet. West.
YAN, adj. One. North.
YANE, (1) v. To yawn.

(2) s. The breath. North.
YANGLE, (1) v. To wrangle.

(2) v. To tether a horse, by
fastening a fore leg and a hind leg
together. Norf.

(3) s. A yoke for an animal.
YANK, V. To squeal, as a child in
pain. Leic.

YANKS, 8. Leggings worn by agri-

cultural labourers.

YANSEL, 8. One's self. North.
YANTEL. See Yenlet.

YAP, (1) v. To yelp.

(2) s. A small dog; a cur.
(3) adv. Ready; apt. North.
YAPE, v. To gossip. Suss.
YAPPY, adj. Irritable. North.
YAR, (1) adj. Sour.

(2) adj. Aghast. Suss.
(3) v. To snarl. Linc.
(4) s. The earth. Craven,
YARD, S. The garden of a cottage
or other small house. East.
YARE, (1) adj. (4.-S.) Ready.
(2) adj. Quick; nimble.
(3) adj. Covetous; greedy. North.
(4) adj. Brackish. North.
(5) s. A fold behind a house.
(6) s. A fish-lock.
YARELY, adv. Adroitly.
YARK, (1) v. To strike. North.
(2) s. A stroke; a jerk.
(3) v. To kick.

(4) v. To take away. Somers.
(5) v. To prepare. North.
(6) adj. Shrewd.
"He's yark
enough." Shropsh.
YARKE, v. To make ready.
YARME, (1) v. To scream.
The fende bygane to crye and zarme,
Bot he myghte do hym nankyn harme.
MS. 15th cent.

(2) s. A diagreeable noise. Linc.
(3) v. To scold. East.
YARMOUTH-CAPON, s. A red-her-

YARNE, v. To yearn after.
YAR-NUT, S. The pig-nut. Linc.
YARREL, 8. A weed. Suff.
YARRINGLE, 18. A wooden im-
YARWINGLE,plement formerly
in use among housewives for
winding yarn into clews or balls.
YARRISH, adj. Having a rough or
tart taste. See Yar.
YARROWAY, S. Yarrow. Norf.
YARUM, S. Milk. (Cant.)

YARY, adj. Sharp; stirring. Kent.

YASPIN, 8. As much as can be taken up in the hands joined together. Old Dict.


YATE, 8. A gate.

YAT, 8. A heifer. North.
YATE-STOOP, 8. A gate-post. North.
YAUD, 8. A jade; a horse. North.
YAUNUX, 8. A silly fool. Linc.
YAUP, v. (1) To be hungry. North.
(2) To shriek; to talk loudly.

YAVILL, 8. A common. Devon. YAW, v. To roll from one side to the other.

YAWL, 8. A vessel carrying some

times from 15 to 20 men, used by the beachmen on the coast of Norfolk to carry anchors to vessels in distress.

YAWLE, v. To howl. See Wawl.

Most men love money now as well as at
other times; the jingling of which is
more harmonious in the ears of most
folks, than the roring of lions, the howl-
ing of wolves, the braying of asses, the
hissing of serpents, the barking of dogs,
the screaming of owls, the yawling of
cats, the croaking of ravens, the screek-
ing of peacocks, the shouting of ninnies,
or the laughing of fools.-Poor Robin,

YAWN, v. To howl. Craven.

YAWNUPS,. A fool. Linc.

YAWNEY-BOX, s. A donkey. Derb.
YAWNISH, adj. Gapish. Kent.
YAWSE, S. A Yorkshire boys' game.
YCHAN, S. (4.-S.) Each one.
YCHELE, 8. An icicle.
YDOLASTRE, 8. An idolater.

YE, (1) adv. (A.-S.) Yea.

(2) s. An eye.

YEAN, v. To throw. Devon.
YEAND-BY-TO, adv. Before noon.

YEAPIN, v. To hiccough. North.
YEAR-DAY, S. An anniversary.
YEARDED, part. p. Buried.
YEARDLY, adv. Very. North.
YEARLING, S. A beast one year old.
YEARN, v. To vex.

YEARNE, v. To give tongue, a term applied to hounds.

YEARNING, S. The liquor of the
rennet, used in producing curds.
YEARNSTFUL, adj. Earnest. Lanc.
YEASELY, adv. Feebly.

Which two persuasions though they be
in very dede lyes, as I trust in God to
shew them, yet though they were true
did but yeasely prove your intention.


YEASING, 8. The eaves of a house.
YEATHER, S. A flexible twig used
for binding hedges. North. See
Ether and Edder.

YEAVELING, S. Evening. Exm.
YEAVY, adj. Wet and moist. Exm.
YED, S. A way where one collier
only can work at a time.

JEDDINGES, S. Tales; romances. YEDDLE, v. To earn. Chesh. See Addle.

YEDE, pret. t. (A.-S.) Went.
3EDERLY, adv. Promptly. Gaw.
YEEKE, s. The itch. Yorksh,
3EEME, v. To give suck to.
YEENDER, 8. (Perhaps a corruption
of undern.) The forenoon. North.
YEEPE, adj. (4.-S.) Alert.
YEEPSON. See Yaspin.
YEERY, adj. Angry. North.
YEEVIL, 8. A dungfork. West.
YEF, S. A gift.

YEFTE, S. (A.-S.) A gift.
YEGE, S. A wedge.

3EGE, v. (1) To go; to jog on.

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