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Skir V. skim, mow lightly, as thistles

Skir-devil s. a black martin, swift

Skirrings s. hay made in pasture lands from the long grass

left by the cattle
Skitty s. a water-rail
Skitty-vamps s. laced half boots
Skred, Skride v. to stride
Slat, Slate v. to split, crack, crumble

Slate s. a sheep-run Slated adj. accustomed to, contented
Slerib s. a spare rib of pork
Sley for " as lief," ex. I would sley do it as not
Sliden, Slidder, Slither v. to slide
Sliver s. a thin slice

Slock V. to encourage the servants of other people to pilfer

Slooen adj. of sloe, ex. A slooen tree

Slop adj. loose (Dutch slap J

Slope V. n. ' to decay, rot, as pears and potatoes

Smitch, Smit^ Smeech s. smut, or fine dust

Snag s. a tooth standing alone ; a small sloe

Snag-blowth s. the blossom of the black- thorn

Snake-leaves s. ferns

Snap-jack s. stitch- wort (stellaria holostea)

Snare s. the gut or string stretched tightly across the lower
head of a drum

Snell, or Snull s. a short thick stick about 4 inches long,
called a " cat," used in the game called cat and dog

Sneyd s. the crooked handle of a scythe

Snicker, Snigger v. to laugh in an insulting way

Snoach v. to snufile, to speak through the nose

Snoffer s. a sweetheart (Dutch snoffen, to sigh)

Snool V. to smear anything by rubbing the nose and mouth
over it (Dutch snavel, a snout)

Snop s. a sharp blow

Soce, Zuez s. pi voc. friends (Query sociij


Sog, or Sug s. a morass Soggy adj. boggy ; also as a verb,
to be sugged-oiit by the wet

Sowle V. to handle rudely, to hale or pull

" He'll go, he says, and sowle the porter of Rome gates by the ears "

(Shaks. Coriol. iv. 5)
Spane s. the prong of a fork

Sparcled, Sparked, Spicotty adj. speckled

Spar-gad s. sticks split to be used for thatching

Sparrables, Spurbles s. shoemaker's nails, ex. Sparrable boots

Spars s. twisted hazel or willow for thatching

Spawl V. to scale away s. a scale broken off from the sur-
face of a stone

Speard s. spade

Spine s. the sward or surface of the ground ; the fat on the
surface of a joint of meat

Spinnick s. Spinnicking adj. a person every way diminutive

Spittle V. to dig lightly between crops

Splat 5. a row of pins as sold in paper

Sprack, Spree, Spry adj. nimble, alert, active

Sprackles s. 2^1- spectacles

Sprank v. to sprinkle with water Spranker, Sprenker s. a

Spreathed adf. said of skin harsh and dry with cold, but not

Spried, Spread adj. chapped with cold
Spounce v. to spatter with water
Spuddle r. to be uselessly or triflingly busy

Spur V. to spread abroad or scatter, as manure over a field

(Lat. spar ff ere J
Squall V. to throw a short stick at anything Squailer s.

the stick used in squirrel hunting
Squalls s. nine-pins

Squap V. to sit down without any employment
Squatch s. a chink or narrow clift
Squelstring adj. sultry
Squinny t*. to squint " Dost thou squinny at me ? " (Shak.

King Lear)


Squittee v. to squirt

Squoace, or Squss v. to truck or exchange

Staddle s. foundation of a rick of hay or corn, a mark left

by a haycock, or anything allowed to remain too long in

one place
Stag s. a castrated bull
Stagnated adj. astonished
Stang s. a long pole
Stap V. for to stop
Stare-basin, Glow-basin s. glow-worm

Stean v. to stone a road Steaned part. s. a large stone
pitcher (Dutch steenj

" Upon an huge gi-eat earthpot stean he stood "

(Spenser, Faery Queene)
Steaniu s. a stone-pitched ford

Steeve v. to dry, to stiffen (Dutch styven)

Stickles, shallow rapids in a stream Steep flfon. he, she, or it
Urn, Hum v. to run (A S yrnan)
Utchy pron. I (Ger. icK)

Vage, Vaze v. to move about or run in such a way as to
agitate the air


Valch V. to tlirust with tlie elbow or fist

Vang V. to take or catch, to receive as well as earn wages ;
ex. To vang a fire, to vang money ; also to stand sponsor
(A S fangen)

Vare s. weasel or stoat Vair ermine

Vare v. to bring forth young, applied to pigs (from farrow)

Varmint s. a vermin

Vaught part, fetched, hence the proverb | JearT^^ught

Vawth s. a bank of dung or earth prepared for manure ;

litter of pigs
Vay, or Vie v. to go, to succeed, to turn out well (Fr. vaHail)

ex. How doe't vay wi'ye ?

Veelvare, Veldevere s. field-fare

Veil s. a part of the stomach of a calf used for making

cheese ; membrane
Vent, Vent-hole s. the wrist of a shirt, the button-hole
Verdi, Verdit s. opinion, ex. Thats my verdit therefor I zay 't

Vester s. a pin used to point out the letters to children

learning to read
Vier s. fire
Vig V. to rub gently by a quick motion of the finger forward

and backward {D\x.ic)i Jicken)
Vinnid, Vinny adj. mouldy, as bread ; humoursome, as a

spoiled child ; affected
Vitten, Vitty adj. fitly, featly, properly applied s. a whim

or pretence
Vieer s. flea

Vlother s. incoherent talk, nonsense
Voccating adj. going about chattering in an idle manner
Vore-right adj. blunt, rude, impertinent
Voss, Voth 5. a side furrow
Vouce adj. strong, nervous

Vug V. to strike with the elbow s. a blow with the elbow
Vyer s. the fair, ex. G-uaine to vyer ?

W an initial W is often pronounced as in Welsh oo, ex.
Walter, colter ; witness, ootness ; Wells, ools


Wallet s. brushwood, bramble-wood

Wamble, Wammel v. n. to move in an awkward manner,
applied chiefly to machinery

Want, Wont s. a mole

Want-wriggle s. mole-track

War V. 'pret. of the verb " to he " I war, he war, we war, &c.

Wash-dish s. the wag-tail

Wassail v. drinking success to the apple crop

Way-zaltin s. a play in which two persons standing back to
back interlace each others arms, and by bending forward
alternately raise each other from the ground

Weepy adj. moist, abounding in springs

Welch-nut s. walnut (Ger. welsche-nuss)

Well s. a running spring, a source (Ger. quelle, as distin-

tinguished from a wenk or wink)
Weng s. the front rack of the suU
Wevet s. a spider's web

Whippences s. bodkins or swingle-bars of a plough
Whipper-snapper s. a little, active, nimble fellow

Whipswhiles s. a short interval, as between the strokes of a

Whister-twister s. a smart blow on the side of the head
Whiver v. to hover, to flutter Whiver-minded adj. wavering
Widow-man s. a widower
Wim V. to winnow Wim-sheet, Wimmin-sheet, Wimmin-

dust s.
Windle, Windle-thrush s. red-wing
Wink s. an excavated or sunken well (Query supplied with

a Winch ?)
Wipes s. faggots for draining or fencing
Wisht adj. sad, untoward
Without unless, except
Week, Wuk s. oak

Weeks s. clubs on playing cards, from their shape
Wont-heeave, Want-snap s. a mole-hiU, mole-trap
Wood-quist s. wood-pigeon, cushat


Wood-wall 5. woodpecker

Worra s. part of the centre of the old spinning-wheel
Wosberd, Whisbird, Whosbird s. a term of reproach
Wrede v. to spread abroad, as wheat is said to wrede when

several stalks shoot out of the ground from a single grain
Wrick V. s. strain
Wride V. n. to stretch, to expand
Wring s. press, ex. A cider-wring
Writh- hurdles s. plated hurdles
Wrizzled, Wrizzly adj. shrivelled up, wrinkled
Yails s. the uprights in hurdles

Yal, Yalhouse, Yarm, Yel, &c. s. ale, alehouse, arm, eel, &c.
Yap V. to yelp like a cur
Yappingale, Yaffler, Yuckle s. woodpecker
Yeass s. an earthworm pi. yeasses
Yeo s. main drain of a level
Yeth s, hearth Yeth-stone hearth-stone
Yoak 5. the grease in wool

Yoaky^ ad/, greasy, applied to wool as it comes from the sheep
Yokes s. hiccups
Yourn yours

Yow V. to cut the stubble short, to cut with a hook
Zam V. a. to heat for some time over a fire, but not to boil
Zam-sod, Zam-sodden half baked
Zand-tot s. sand hill
Zate adj. soft

Zatenfare s. softish, a foolish fellow
Zead V. for has seen
Zead s. seed Zead-lip seed-lip
Zenvy s. wild mustard
Zinney s. sinews

Zwail V. to move about the arms extended, and up and down
Zwell V. to swallow

Zwodder s. a drowsy and stupid state of body and mind
Zwound V. to swoon


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