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A dictionary of the Kentish Dialect.

 

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AAZES

 

Noun, plural: Hawthorn berries - S B Fletcher, 1940-50's; Boys from Snodland, L.R A.G. 1949. (see also Haazes, Harves, Haulms and Figs)

 

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ABED ubed

 

Adjective: In bed. "You have not been abed, then?" Othello Act 1 Sc 3

 

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ABIDE ubie-d

 

Verb: To bear; to endure; to tolerate; to put-up-with. Generally used in a negative sentence as: "I cannot abide swaggerers" 2 Henry 4, Act 2 Sc 4

 

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ABITED ubei-tid

 

Adjective: Mildewed. (see also Bythe)

 

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ACHING-TOOTH

 

Noun: To have an aching-tooth for anything, is to wish for it very much. "Muster Moppett's got a terr'ble aching-tooth for our old sow."

 

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ACKLE

 

Verb: The only meaning attached to this word is that anything of a mechanical nature will, or will not, work. "My old watch won't ackle no-how!" "I got my cycle to ackle all right after giving the free-wheel a good oiling."

 

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ACT-ABOUT

 

Verb: (1) To play the fool. "He got acting-about, and fell down and broke his leg."

 

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ACT-ABOUT

 

Verb: (2) "Stop acting-about; stop skylarking." - West Kent. L.R.A.G.

 

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ACT-THE-GIDDY-GOAT

 

Phrase: To act foolishly. West Kent. L.R.A.G.

 

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ADDLE-HEADED

 

Adjective: Stupid; thoughtless. - West Kent. L.R.A.G.

 

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ADDLE-PATE

 

Noun: A foolish person. - West Kent. L.R.A.G.

 

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ADDLE-PLOT

 

Noun: A person who spoils any amusement. - South Kent

 

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ADDLE-POOL

 

Noun: A pool or puddle, near a dungheap, for receiving the fluid from it. - South Kent.

 

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ADLE ad-l

 

Adjective: Unwell; confused. "My head's that adle, that I can't tend to nothin'."

 

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A-DOIN'

 

Verb: Doing is here prefixed by "A", and the "G" of doing cut out. "What be ye a-doin' of Bob?"

 

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ADRY udreiAdjective: In a dry or thirsty condition.

 

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AFEARED ufee-rd

 

Preposition: .Affected with fear or terror. "Will not the ladies be afeared of the lion?" A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act 3 Sc1

 

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AFORE ufoa'r

 

Preposition: Before

 

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AFTERMATH

 

Noun: The grass which grows after the first crop has been mown for hay; called also Roughings. - Maidstone district. J.H.Bridge. (see also Aftermath, Fog)

 

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AFTERMEATH aaft-urmee-th

 

Noun: The grass which grows after the first crop has been mown for hay; called also Roughings. (see also Aftermath, Fog)

 

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AGAINST

 

Adjective: By the time that. "Get it ready against I come back." - R Cooke

 

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AGHTEND

 

Noun: Eighth. 'The Old Kentish numerals, as exhibited in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, are identical with the Northen forms, but are no doubt of Frisian origin.'

 

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AGIN urgin

prep.Against; over-against; near. "He lives down de lane agin de stile."

 

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AGREEABLE urgree-ubl

 

Adjective: Consenting; acquiescent. "They axed me what I thought an't, and I said as how I was agreeeable."'

 

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AIREY

 

Adjective: A word denoting a particular type of weather; the meaning is:- windy, or blustery; cold and gusty wind. "It be a roight airey day today mairt!" "The way the old sun be a-goin' down looks loike being airey weather for tomorrow."

 

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AIRY

 

Noun: The Area of a house. - Mrs Allen, c 1920. "One two three, olairy, My ball's down the airy. Don't forget to give it to Mary. Not to Charlie Chaplin." Ball game in West Kent and South East London in 1920's - London Street Games, Norman Douglas.

 

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AKERS ai-kurz

 

Noun, plural: Acorns

 

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ALEING ai-ling

 

Noun: An old-fashioned entertainment, given with a view to collecting subscriptions from guests invited to partake of a brewing of ale.

 

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ALE-SOP ai-lsop

 

Noun: A refection consisting of toast and strong ale, hot; customarily partaken of by the servants in many large establishments in Kent on Christmas day.

 

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ALL-A-MOST au-lumoast

 

Adjective: Almost.

 

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ALLEMASH-DAY al-imash

 

Noun: French, À la mèche. The day on which the Canterbury silk-weavers begin to work by candle-light.

 

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ALL-FOURS

 

Noun: A well-known game at cards; said by Cotton in 'Compleat Gamester' 1709, p 81 to be "very much played in Kent". - L.R.A.G.

 

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ALL-ON

 

Adjective: (1) Continually. "He kep all on actin'-about, and wouldn't tend to nothin'." (see also All-on (2)

 

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ALL-ON

 

Adjective: (2) Continually. "He kep all on actin'-about, and wouldn't tend to nothin'." - L.R.A.G. (see also All-on (1)

 

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ALLOW

 

Verb: To consider. "He's allowed to be the biggest rogue in Faversham."

 

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ALLOWANCE

 

Noun: An allowance; bread and cheese and ale given to the wagoners when they have brought home the load, hence any recompense for little jobs of work.- R.Cooke. (see also 'lowance)

 

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ALLWORKS

 

Noun: The name given to a labourer on a farm, who stands ready to do any and every kind of work to which he may be set.

 

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ALONGST ulongstprep.On the long side of anything.

 

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ALUS ai-lus

 

Noun: An ale-house. "And when a goodish bit we'd bin We turned to de right han; And den we turned about agin, And see an alus stan." - Dick and Sal, st 33

 

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AM

 

Used for are; as - "They'm gone to bed." (see also Them)

 

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AM YE

 

Verb: Are you. "What am ye a-doin' of a-chasing them there chickens about?"

 

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AMENDMENT u'men-munt

 

Noun: Manure laid on land. (see also Mendment)

 

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AMMUT-CAST am-ut kaa-st

 

Noun: An emmet's cast; an ant-hill. (see also Emmet's cast)

 

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AMON ai-mun

 

Noun: A hop, two steps, and a jump. (see also Half-amon)

 

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AMONST THE MIDDLINS

 

Adjective: Phrase: In pretty good health. "Well, Master Tumber, how be you gettin' on now?" "Oh, I be amongst the middlins!"

 

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AMPER amp-ur

 

Noun: A tumour or swelling; a blemish

 

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AMPERY amp-uri

 

Adjective: Weak; unhealthy; beginning to decay, especially applied to cheese. (see also Hampery.)

 

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AN

 

Preposition: (1) Frequently used for of. "What do you think an't?" "Well, I thinks I wunt have no more an't."

 

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AN

 

Preposition: . (2) On. "Put your hat an." "An" was the genuine West-Saxon or Southern form of "on", (it is also the Old Saxon form). They joined it to nouns and adjectives, as we now do, but like our article 'an', it became 'a' when used before a word commencing with a consonant. Thus they said "an eve", "an urth", "an east", for "in the evening, on the earth, in the east"; but "afoot, afire, aright". It was employed more frequently than at present, and nothing is more common than "a summer", "a wInterjection:," a land", "a water", "a first" , "a last" for in wInterjection:etc.

 

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ANDIRONS and-eirnz

 

Noun, plural:. The dogs, brand-irons, or cob-irons placed on either side of an open wood fire to keep the brands in the places. Called end-irons in the marginal reading of Ezek.Ch 40 v 43 (see also Brand-irons, Cob-irons, Firedogs)

 

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ANENTS unents

 

Preposition: Against; opposite; over-against.

 

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ANEWST unents

Adjective: Over-against; near.

 

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ANNIT

 

Corruption of "Is it not" or "Isn't it", into the slang term "Aint it", and moulded into the Wealden brogue as "Annit". "Look at that rainbow, mairt. Annit a wonderful soight!". Another corrupt form is Ennet, though this word is not used as commonly as Annit. These words should not be confused with Ammet and Emmet, well-known Wealden dialect words meaning the insect Ant.

 

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ANOINTED unoi-ntid

 

Adjective: Mischievous; troublesome. "He's a proper anointed young rascal," occasionally enlarged to: "The devil's own anointed young rascal."

 

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ANOTHER-WHEN

 

Adjective: Another time.

 

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ANTHONY-PIG ant-uni pig

 

Noun: The smallest pig of the litter, supposed to be the favourite, or at any rate the one which requires most care, and peculiarly under the protection of St. Anthony. (see also Dannel, Dan'l, Runt)

 

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ANVIL-CLOUDS

 

Noun, plural:. White clouds shaped somewhat like a blacksmith's anvil, said to denote rain.

 

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APS aps

 

Noun: (1) An asp or aspen tree (see also Eps)

 

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APS apsn. (2) A viper. "The pison of apses is under their lips."

 

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AQUABOB ai-kwa'bob

 

Noun: An icicle (See also Cobble, Cock-bell, Cog-bell, Icily)

 

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ARBER aa-ber

 

Noun: Elbow.

 

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ARBITRY aa-bitri

 

Adjective: Hard; greedy; grasping; short for arbitrary.

 

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AREAR u'ree-r

 

Adjective: Reared-up; upright

 

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ARKIES

 

Noun, plural: Ears. One ear is an Arkie. "Aint young Jesse got big arkies." "You want to open your arkies a bit more then you'd hear what I'm a'saying of to ye!" "I've got a painful cold in my left arkie." (see also Weekers)

 

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ARRANT

 

Noun: An errand. "To get an arrant" - to go on an errand, i.e. for groceries, etc. - Plumstead, West Kent. L.R.A.G. 1920's.

 

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ARRIVANCE urei-vuns

 

Noun: Origin; birthplace. "He lives in Faversham town now, but he's a low hill (below-hill) man by arrivance." (see also Rivance)

 

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ARTER aa-tur

 

Preposition: . After. "Jack and Jill went up the hill To fetch a pail of water; Jack fell down and broke his crown, And Jill came tumbling arter."

 

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AS

 

Is often used redundantly. "I can only say as this - I done the best I could." "I reckon you'll find it's as how it is."

 

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ASHEN-KEYS ash-nkee-z

 

Noun, plural:. The clustering seeds of the ash tree; so called, from their resemblance to a bunch of keys.

 

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ASIDE usei-d

 

Preposition: . By the side of. "I stood aside him all the time."

 

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ASPRAWL usprau-l

 

Adjective: Gone wrong. "The pig-trade's all asprawl now."

 

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ASTRE aast-ur

 

Noun: A hearth. Lambarde - Perambulation of Kent, Ed. 1596, p 562, states, that in his time this word was nearly obsolete in Kent, through still retained in Shropshire and other parts.

 

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AUGUST-BUG au-gust-bugn A beetle somewhat smaller than the May-bug or July bug.

 

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AV

 

Preposition: . Of. "I ha'ant heerd fill nor fall av him."

 

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AWHILE u'wei-l

 

Adjective: For a while. "He wunt be back yet awhile, I lay."

 

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AWLIN au-ln, au-n

 

Noun: A French measure of length, equaling 5ft. 7ins, used in measuring nets

 

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AX

 

Noun: (1) The Axel-tree (see also Yax)

 

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AX

 

Verb: (2) To ask. This is a transposition - aks for ask, as waps for wasp, haps for hasp, etc. "I axed him if this was the way to Borden." "Where of the seyde acomptantis ax alowance as hereafter foloyth." - Accounts of the Churchwardens of St Dunstan's, Canterbury.

 

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BACCA

 

Noun: Tobacco; foreshortened word, with the O corrupted to A. "Gies (give us) a nip o' bacca, George. I'm fair run right out moiself." (see also Barker)

 

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BACKENING bak-uning

 

Noun: A throwing back; a relapse; a hindrance

 

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BACKER bak-ur

 

Noun: A porter; a carrier; an unloader. A word in common use at the docks.

 

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BACK-OUT bak-out

 

Noun: A backyard.

 

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BACKPART bak-paart

 

Noun: The back, where part is really redundant. "I shall be glad to see the backpart of you," i.e. to get you gone. " I will take away Mine hand and thou shalt see My backparts; but My face shall not be seen." - Ex.odus Ch 33 v 23

 

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BACKSIDE bak-seid

 

Noun: A yard at the back of a house. 1590 - 1592 - "It'm allowed to ffrencham for mendinge of a gutter, and pavement in his backside . . .. 19d." - Sandwich Book of Orphans. 1611 - "And he led the flock to the backside of the desert" - Exodus Ch 3 v 1 (see also Backway)

 

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BACKSTAY bak-stai

 

Noun: (1) The flat piece of wood put on the feet in the manner of a snow-shoe, and used by the inhabitants of Romney Marsh to cross the shingle at Dungeness. (see also Backsters)

 

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BACKSTAY bak-stai

 

Noun: (2) A stake driven in to support a raddle-fence. (see also Backsters)

 

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BACKSTERS bak-sturz

 

Noun: The flat piece of wood put on the feet in the manner of a snow-shoe, and used by the inhabitants of Romney Marsh to cross the shingle at Dungeness. A stake driven in to support a raddle-fence. (see also Backstay 1, Backstay 2)

 

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BACKWAY bak-wai

 

Noun: The yard or space at the back of a cottage (see also Backside)

 

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BAG

 

Verb: To cut with a bagging-hook. 1677 - The working-man taking a hook in each hand, cut (the pease) with his right hand, and rolls them up with that in his left, which they call bagging the pease. - Plot, Oxfordshire 256

 

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BAGGING-HOOK bag-ing-houk

 

Noun: A curved cutting implement, very like a sickle, or reaping hook, but with a square, instead of a pointed end. It is used for cutting hedges, etc. The handle is not in the same plane as the hook itself, but parallel to it, thus enabling those who use it to keep their hands clear of the hedge. (see also Brishing-hook)

 

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BAIL bail

 

Noun: The handle of a pail, bucket, or kettle. A cake-bail is the tin or pan in which a cake is baked. (see also Baile)

 

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BAILE

 

Noun: "Item Nine milke truggs, one cheese baile and fallower and one milke payle ... 8s 6d" Will of John Bateman of Greenway Court, Hollingbourne, 1681 (KAO Pre 27/29/86). (see also Bail)

 

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BAILY bai-li

 

Noun: (1) A court within a fortress. The level greeNoun, plural:ace before the court at Chilham Castle, i.e. between the little court and the street, is still so called. They have something of this sort at Folkestone, and they call it the bale (bail). The Old Bailey in London, and the New Bailey in Manchester, must have been originally something of the same kind, places fenced in. Old

 

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BAILY bai-li

 

Noun: (2) Bailiff is always pronounced thus. At a farm, in what is called "a six-horse place," the first four horses are under the charge of the wagoner and his mate, and the other two, of an under-baily.

 

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BAILY-BOY bai-liboi

 

Noun: A bailiff-boy, or boy employed by the farmer to go daily over the ground, and see that everything is in order, and to do every work necessary. - Pegge.

 

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BAIN'T bai-nt

 

Phrase: For are not, or be, not. "Surely you bain't agoin' yit-awhile?"

 

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BAIST baai-st

 

Noun: The framework of a bed with webbing. - Weald. (see also Beist, Boist, Byst)

 

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BAIT bai-t

 

Noun: A luncheon taken by workmen in the fields (see also Tommy)

 

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BALD

 

Adjective: Bold The Northumbrian dialect retained, as it still does, many pure Anglo-Saxon words containing the long sound of 'a', which the Southern dialect changed into 'o'. This word contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, resembles the Northumbrian form.

 

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BALD-PATES bau-ld-pai-ts

 

Noun, plural:. Roman coins of the lesser and larger silver were so called in Thanet, by the country people, in Lewis's time. (see also Borrow--pence, Dwarfs- money, Hegs pence)

 

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BALK bau-k

 

Noun: (2) A cut tree.

 

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BALK bau-k

 

Noun: (1) A raised pathway; a path on a bank; a pathway serving as a boundary.

 

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BALL SQUAB bau-lskwob

 

Noun: A young bird just hatched.

 

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BALLET bal-et

 

Noun: A ballard; a pamphlet; so called because ballards are usually published in pamphlet form. "Use no tavernys where the jestis and fablis; Syngyng of lewde ballette, rondelette, or virolais." - MS. Laud, 416, 104. Written by a rustic of Kent, 1460. "De books an ballets flew about, Like thatch from off the barn." - Dick and Sal, st.77'

 

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BALLOW bal-oa

 

Noun: A stick; a walking stick; a cudgel. "Keep out che vor'ye, or ise try whether your Costard or my Ballow be the harder." - King Lear, Act 4 Sc 6 (first folio ed)

 

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BANNA ban'u

 

Phrase: For be not. "Banna ye going hopping this year?" (see also Banner)

 

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BANNER ban-r

 

Phrase: For be not. "Banna ye going hopping this year?" (see also Banna)

 

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BANNICK

 

Verb: To cuff, clout, or hit any person or animal. "Old Ed. 'e didn't arf give that old young 'un of Muss Week's a bannick on the ear for sarsin' him." "The eggler gave his old hoss a bannick across the knees with a faggot bat 'cause it tried to bite 'un." (see also Bannock)

 

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BANNICKING

 

Noun: A good hiding. "By Gar! Old Cuttie didn't half give his boy a bannicking for smashing his bungalow window with that football."

 

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BANNOCK ban-uk

 

Verb: To thrash; beat; chastise. (see also Bannick)

 

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BANNOCKING ban-uking

 

Noun: A thrashing; beating. "He's a tiresome young dog; but if he don't mind you, jest you give him a good bannocking."

 

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BANYAN-DAY ban-yun-dai

 

Noun: A sea term for those days on which no meat is served out to sailors. "Saddaday is a banyan-day." "What do'ye mean?" "Oh! a day on which we eat up all the odds and ends."

 

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BARBEL baa-bl

 

Noun: A sort of petticoat worn by fishermen at Folkestone. (see also Barvel)

 

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BARGAIN PENCE baa-gin pens

 

Noun: Earnest money; money given on striking a bargain. .

 

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BAR-GOOSE baa-goos

 

Noun: The common species of sheldrake. - Sittingbourne.

 

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BARKER

 

Noun: Foreshortened and totally corrupted form of Tobacco, as spoken by gipsies, pikeys and countryfied petty dealer types. "Dear beloved, kind sir, if you've a morsel o' barker in your pouch it would be much 'preciated, and may yer kind face never know sorrow, brother!" (see also Bacca)

 

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BARM baa-m

 

Noun: Brewers yeast. (see also God's good, Siesin, Sizzing)

 

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BARREL DRAIN barr'-l dreun

 

Noun: A round culvert; a sewer; a drain.

 

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BARTH baa-th

 

Noun: A shelter for cattle; a warm place or pasture for calves or lambs.

 

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BARVEL baa-vul

 

Noun: A short leathern apron used by washerwomen; a slabbering-bib. (see also Barbel)

 

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BAR-WAY baa-wai

 

Noun: A gate constructed of bars or rails, so made as to be taken out of the posts.

 

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BASH bash

 

Verb: To dash; smash; beat in. "His hat was bashed in."

 

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BASTARD bast-urd

 

Noun: A gelding.

 

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BASTARD-RIG bast-urdrig

 

Noun: The smooth hound-fish, mustelus laevis. - Folkestone.

 

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BAT

 

Noun: (4) A heavy piece of wood, generally 2" in diameter, several of which are usually incorporated in a a well-made and honest sized wood faggot. The term is also used for any piece of wood of about 4 to 5 feet in length and not too wide iin diameter to hold in the hand and able to be wielded about.

 

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BAT

 

Noun: (5) A use-pole, a brickbat, also in the compound, a three-quarter bat - R Cooke. (see also Use-pole)

 

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BAT bat

 

Noun: (1) French, Bâton. A piece of timber rather long than broad; a staff; a stick; a walking stick. The old Parish book of Wye - 34, Hen 8. - speaks of "a tymber-bat." Boteler MS. Account Books cir. 1664 - "pd. John Sillwood, for fetching a batt from Canterb(ury) for a midle piece for my mill, 10s.0d." Shakespeare, in the Lover's Complaint, has, "So slides he down upon his grained bat," i.e. his rough staff. Some prisoners were tried in 1885, for breaking out of Walmer Barracks; when the constable said, "One of the prisoners struck at me with a bat;" which he afterwards defined as being, in this case, "the tarred butt-end of a hop-pole."

 

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BAT bat

 

Noun: (2) The long handle of a scythe.

 

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BAT bat

 

Noun: (3) A large rough kind of rubber used for sharpening scythes.

 

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BAULLY bau-li

 

Noun: A boat (see also Bawley)

 

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BAVEN bav-in

 

Noun: A little fagot; a fagot of brushwood bound with only one wiff, whilst a fagot is bound with two. "The skipping king, he ambled up and down With shallow jesters, and rash bavin wits Soon kindled and soon burned" - Henry 4, Act 3 Sc 1. And "It yearly cost five hundred pounds besides, To fence the town from Hull and Humber' s tides; For stakes, for bavins, timbers. stones, and piles." - Taylor's Merry Wherry Voyage. (see also Bavin, Bobbin, Kilnbrush, Pimp, Wiff)

 

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BAVIN bav-in

 

Noun: A little fagot; a fagot of brushwood bound with only one wiff, whilst a fagot is bound with two. "The skipping king, he ambled up and down With shallow jesters, and rash bavin wits Soon kindled and soon burned" - Henry 4, Act 3 Sc 1. And "It yearly cost five hundred pounds besides, To fence the town from Hull and Humber' s tides; For stakes, for bavins, timbers. stones, and piles." - Taylor's Merry Wherry Voyage. (see also Baven, Bobbin, Kilnbrush, Pimp, Wiff)

 

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BAVIN-TUG

 

Noun: A bobbin-tug. - J.H.Bridge to L.R.A.G. 1950's. (see also Bobbin-tug)

 

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BAWLEY bau-li

 

Noun: A small fishing smack used on the coasts of Kent and Essex, about the mouth of the Thames and Medway. Bawleys are generally about 40ft in length, 13ft beam, 5ft draught, and 15 or 20 tons measurement; they differ in rig from a cutter, in having no boom to the mainsail, which is consequently easily brailed-up when working the trawl nets. They are half-decked with a wet well to keep fish alive. "Hawley, Bawley - Hawley, Bawley, What have you got in your trawley?" is a taunting rhyme to use to a bawley-man, and has the same effect upon him as a red-flag upon a bull - or the poem of "the puppy pie" upon a bargeman. (see also Baully)

 

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BAY-BOARDS bai-bordz

 

Noun, plural:. The large folding doors of a barn do not reach to the ground, and the Interjection:ening space is closed by four or five moveable boards which fit in a groove - these are called bay-boards.

 

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BAYER

 

n,vb,& adj This words means BARE and also BEAR. In fact it covers all instances regarding these two words and is what I personally call a dialect collective-word. "Bayer (bear) with me Mary in moi sad loss!" "The autumn gales have blowed the trees bayer (bare)." "Scandlous it wor! Stud theer a- front o' the bedroom windy (window) as bayer (bare) as brass, the shamless Jezebel." "Oi saw one o' them 'Merican bayers (bears) up the Zoo in Lunnon town one time, mairt!." "Don't 'ee bayer (bare) down on that hosses head; let 'im walk free." (see also Burr)

 

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BE be

 

Verb: For are, am, etc. "Where be you?" i.e., "Where are you?." "I be comin'," i.e. "I am coming." This use of the word is not uncommon in older English; thus in 1st Collect in the Communion Office we have - "Almighty God unto Whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from Whom no secrets are hid;" and in St Luke Ch 20 v 25 "Render, therefore, unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's."

 

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BEAM

 

Noun: Beam Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.' (see also Byeam)

 

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BEANFEAST

 

Noun: To have a beanfeast; to have a celebration. The workers in Woolwich Arsenal have an annual Beanfeast. - L.R.A.G.

 

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BEAN-HOOK bee-nhuok

 

Noun: A small hook with a short handle, for cutting beans.

 

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BEARBIND bai-rbeind

 

Noun: Bindweed, Convolvulus arvensis (see also Bearbine)

 

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BEARBINE bai-rbein

 

Noun: Bindweed. Convolvulus arvensis. (see also Bearbind)

 

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BEARERS bai-rr'urz

 

Noun, plural:. The persons who bear or carry a corpse to the grave. In Kent, the bier is sometimes called a bearer.

 

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BEASTS bee-sts

 

Noun, plural:. The first two or three meals of milk after a cow has calved. (see also Biskins, Bismilk, Poad milk)

 

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BEAVER

 

Noun: A word around which a certain amount of controversy has revolved. It has been pointed out that Beaver or Beevor, is a corruption from the French "Bouvoir", to drink. Actually Beaver, or Beevor, means breakfast. It is used hardly ever in the Weald, Mid-Kent, East Kent or within the three-mile almost pure dialect radius of the Kent town of Ashford. But it is used quite commonly in North-East Kent, and particularly in the Medway Towns of Chatham, Rochester and Gillingham. Almost all dockyardmen in the Royal Naval Dockyard at Chatham refer to their breakfast meal, partaken from 8.40a.m. to 9 am, as Beaver or Beevor. It may have originated in the Dockyards at Chatham, being used by French (Napoleonic) prisoners-ofwar confined to the old prison hulks then moored near the dockyard and Upnor Castle. From the Medway Towns, over the last century it no doubt found its way deeper into Kent, penetrating to the Weald and beyond. On most old-established farms in Kent, the workmen, if living near home could have a "break" (an Interjection:uption) for their morning meal or breakfast, or if working on some distant part of the farmlands could partake of their Beaver or Beevor, in any sheltered spot they could find. The words Beaver and Beevor, seem to mean a rough, cold meal taken out in the open (the fields or woods or the roadsides) at breakfast time: when taken at home or in the farmhouse itself, then it was called breakfast, whether it was a cold meal or a warm one. "When we've ploughed another furrow Garge we'll knock off for our beaver." "It's too cold for beaver under the hedge: let's nip down to the old cart-lodge and have her in there out o' the wind a bit." (see also Beevor, Breckie)

 

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BECAUSE WHY bikau-z whei

 

Interjection:g. Adjective: Why? wherefore? A very common controversy amongst boys:- "No it ain't" - "Cos why?" "Cos it ain't."

 

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BECKETT bek-it

 

Noun: A tough bit of cord by which the hook is fastened to the snood in fishing for conger-eels.

 

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BEDEN

 

Noun, plural:. Petitions. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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BEDSTEDDLE bed-stedl

 

Noun: The wooden framework of a bed, which supports the actual bed itself. "Item in the best chamber, called the great chamber, One fayer standing bedsteddle, one feather-bedd, one blanckett, one covertleed." - Boteler Inventories in Memorials of Eastry, p 224, et seq. (see also Steddle)

 

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BEE-LIQUOR bee-likur

 

Noun: Mead, made from the washings of the combs.

 

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BEETLE bee-tl

 

Noun: A wooden mallet, used for splitting wood (in conjunction with iron wedges), and for other purposes. Each side of the beetle's head is encircled with a stout band or ring of iron, to prevent the wood from splitting. The Phrase: se - "as death (deaf) as a beetle," refers to this mallet, and is equivalent to the esxression - "as deaf as a post."

 

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BEEVOR

 

Noun: Breakfast taken outdoors. (see also Beaver)

 

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BEFORE AFTER bifoa-r'aaft-r

 

Adjective: Until; after.

 

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BEHOLDEN bihoa-ldun

 

Verb: Indebted to; under obligation to. "I wunt be beholden to a Deal-clipper; leastways, not if I knows it."

 

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BEIST

 

Noun: A temporary bed made up on two chairs for a child. - Sittingbourne. (see also Baist, Boist, Byst)

 

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BELATED bilai-tid

 

Noun: To be after time, especially at night, e.g., "I must be off, or I shall get belated."

 

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BELE

 

Verb: Boil. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Bele (K) = Bile (N) = Boil

 

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BELEFT bileftn. For believed. "I couldn't have beleft it."

 

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BELLEN

 

Noun, plural: Bells. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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BELOW LONDON

 

Phrase: An expression almost as common as "The Sheeres," meaning simply, "not in Kent."

 

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BEND

 

Band. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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BENDER AND ARRS bend-ur-un-aarz

 

Noun, plural:. Bow and arrows.

 

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BENEN

 

Noun, plural: Prayers. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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BENERTH ben-urth

 

Noun: The service which a tenant owed the landlord by plough and cart.

 

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BERBINE bur-been

 

Noun: The verbena.

 

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BERK

 

Noun: Bark. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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BERTH burthVerb: To lay down floor boards. The word occurs in the old Parish Book of Wye - 31 and 35, Henry 8.

 

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BESOM

 

n (1) A besom, or besom-broom, is a small sweeping instrument composed of fine nut brushwood ends of a whippy character, tightened together and held iNoun, plural:ace by twisted thongs of the same material around a light bat or pole. This besom is used in lieu of a bristle broom by many cottagers in tidying up the outsides of their homes, and footpaths: it is used greatly by gardeners, especially in autumn when falling leaves are prolific upon the domains over which they have control. Another type of besom-broom, often found outside the back-doors of cottagers up to some twenty years ago was for wiping the mud off boots and shoes in bad weather instead of wiping the mud on to a mat, or to stomp it indoors when a cottager could not afford the luxury of a door mat. The larger besom was generally of the same construction as the smaller edition, and of the same basic materials (always of nut wood, be it minded!) and banded and held into position, not by nut wood thongs, but by light iron bands of an inch in width and lightly riveted. These bands were made beforehand and the broom was always a bit wider than the bands, so that when the bands where driven home over the brushwood they settled down and tightened up the whole into position around a strong bat of wood some two inches in diameter. The bands, usually three in number, graded the width of the broom, from the rather full and whippy bottom, to the less wide middle part up to the much narrower and very hardly held top section. The pole itself usually protruded a foot above the broom, and some fifteeen or eighteen inches below it. The upper part of the bat or pole was to hold onto to facilitate the brushing off of the footwear and the lower portion of the bat, pole or stake, which was sharp pointed, and driven well into the earth kept the large besom-broom in an upright position. "Give me the small besom so's I can swip up the leaves off the path." "Now you go outside at once you naughty, dirty boy and wipe them muddy boots of yours on the besom."

 

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BESOM

 

Noun: (2) A naughty child "My young Katie be a rare little besom, a'rollicking and a'rellocking over everything." "Did you ever see such a young besom? He's gone and pulled up all o' his fayther's (father's) spring onions." "They're such little besoms around the house, that I shall be mighty glad when the school-holidays are over."

 

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BESOM

 

Noun: (3) A maiden of peculiar temperament, or questionable character. "She's a bit of a besom, be young Sarah; always a'playing around with the boys, and she be only fourteen." "That young woman down the lane never does any work, but she can afford more fags than a hardworking man: and look at the fashions she wears! always donged up in the height of it! I say she's no cop. Between you and me Missis, she's a lazy, crafty, no-good besom of a woman."

 

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BEST

 

Verb: To best or get the better of. "I shall best ye."

 

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BESTID bistidAdjective: Destitute; forlorn; in evil case.

 

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BESTLE

 

Verb: Bustle. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Bestle (K) = Bustle (S)

 

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BESY

 

Adjective: Busy. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Besy (K) = Busy (S)

 

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BET

 

Verb: To beat. "Martha! Yur bet up them eggsies at once, so's we kin get on with the big cake." "Young Jim thought he could fight summat (something) good, but that there Harry Pile bet (beat) him easy as shelling pea-hucks." "Aye! and we bet Bonypart; an' we bet old Kaiser Bill an' we bet old Hatler (Hitler) an we kin bet them Russhies, too, surelye!"

 

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BETTER-MOST

 

Adjective: Best or Superior. "That be a foine sow you have there master. It must be the better-most pig around these parts." "Your frock aint as nice as mine, young Mary: mine be the bettermost one." "I be the better-most fighter in our school, and I can bet (beat) any an (of) ye yurr (here)!" (see also Bettermy)

 

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BETTERMY bet-urmi

 

Adjective: Superior; used for "bettermost." "They be rather bettermy sort of folk." (see also Bettermost)

 

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BEVER bee-vur

 

Noun: A slight meal, not necessarily accompanied by drink, taken between breakfast and dinner, or between dinner and tea. (see also Elevenses, Leavener, Progger, Scran)

 

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BEVET

 

Noun: A bevet of bees. Testamenta Cantiana, East Kent section, p 84

 

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BIB bib

 

Noun: Name among Folkestone fishermen for the pouter.

 

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BIBBER bib-ur

 

Verb: To tremble. "I saw his under lip bibber."

 

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BIDE bei-d

 

Verb: To stay. "Just you let that bide," i.e. let it be as it is, and don't meddle with it.

 

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BIER-BALKS bee-r-bauks

 

Noun, plural: Church ways or paths, along which a bier and coffin may be carried.

 

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BIGAROO big-ur'oo

 

Noun: The whiteheart cherry.

 

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BILBOW

 

Noun: A framework for holding cows during milking. Bilboa, see Shakespeare. - R Cooke.

 

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BILLET bil-it

 

Noun: A spread bat or swingle bar, to which horses' traces are fastened. (see also Gig, Spreadbat)

 

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BIN

 

Noun: Hop bin, for collecting picked hops in West Kent. - L.R.A.G.

 

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BINDER bei-ndur

 

Noun: A long stick used for hedging; a long, piable stick of any kind; thus, walnuts are thrashed with a binder. Also applied to the sticks used in binding on the thatch of houses ot stacks. "They shouted fire, and when Master Wood poked his head out of the top room window, they hit him as hard as they could with long binders, and then jumped the dyke, and hid in the barn."

 

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BING-ALE bing-ail

 

Noun: Ale given at a tithe feast.

 

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BIRDES NESTES bir-diz nes-tiz

 

Noun, plural:. Birds' nests. This old-world Phrase: se was constantly used some years back by some of the ancients of Eastry, who have now adopted the more modern pronounciation.

 

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BISHOP'S-FINGER

 

Noun: A guide post; so called, according to Pegge, because it shows the right way, but does not go therein. (see also Pointing-post)

 

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BISKINS bisk-inz

 

Noun, plural:. In East Kent, they so call the two or three first meals of milk after the cow has calved. (see also Beasts, Bismilk, Poad Milk)

 

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BISMILK bis-milk

 

Noun: In East Kent, they so call the two or three first meals of milk after the cow has calved. (see also Beasts, Biskins, Poad Milk)

 

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BLACKBRINDS

 

Noun, plural:.Oak trees, less than 6 inches in diameter, or 24 inches in circumference allowing for bark. Over these sizes the oaks are called oak timber. Blackbrinds are used greatly for fencing work, etc., and particularly for the making of good stout posts. (see also Black-rind)

 

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BLACKIE blak-I

 

Noun: A black-bird - Sittingbourne

 

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BLACK-RIND blak-reind

 

Noun: A small oak that does not develop to any size. "Them blackrinds won't saw into timber, but they''ll do for postes." (see also Blackbrinds)

 

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BLACK-TAN blak-tan

 

Noun: Good for nothing. "Dat dare pikey is a regler black-tan."

 

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BLAR blaar

 

Verb: To bellow; to bleat; to low. "The old cow keeps all-on blaring after her calf." (see also Blare)

 

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BLARE blair

 

Verb: To bellow; to bleat; to low. "The old cow keeps all-on blaring after her calf." (see also Blar)

 

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BLAW

 

Verb: Blow. The Northumbrian dialect retained, as it still does, many pure Anglo-Saxon words containing the long sound of 'a', which the Southern dialect changed into 'o'. This word contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, resembles the Northumbrian form.

 

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BLEAT bleet

 

Adjective: (1) Bleak

 

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BLEAT

 

Adjective: (2) Corruption of bleak, cold, cheerless. "She adn't got a fire in her kitchen and it was quite bleat in there." "It's a bleat-looking day, sir. Cold and huvvery (shivery), and all likelihood o' rain 'fore the artnoon's out." - Wealden.

 

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BLEAT-WIND

 

Noun: Corruption of Bleak Wind. A very cold, penetrating wind. A north-east or easterly wind. "That wind from the aist (east) blows right through ye a-coming across the old Ley. Real bleat it be!" "Come inside out o' that bleat wind Jess, and have a mug o' tea to warm ye up a bit: you kin finish a-chopping up they faggots arterwards." "Even with this thick old coat o' mine I'm a-wearing today, I can't keep out that there bleat-wind. Cuts right through a body and chills yer innards right sick" - Wealden.

 

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BLEDDER

 

Noun: Bladder. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The ' Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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BLEND

 

Adjective: Blind. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Blend (K) = Blind (N)

 

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BLEST

 

Noun: Blast. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The' Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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BLETHER

 

Verb: To talk a lot of nonsence. The trouble with this word is that it is recognised English and an English Dictionary word. But people in the Weald of Kent strenuously deny that Blether is any other than of Kentish dialect origin. Blethering is often heard in the Weald of Kent and, of course, has connections with "to blether". Yet again, argument mars its lead, this time over Blethering, for Blethering is most definitely a piece of Irish dialect, confined to Co. Galway. In the ordinary way of talking, the word Blether has been corrupted to Blithering, and quite possibly the corruption Blithering has been altered, though still corrupt, by Kentish brogue to these words, Blether and Blethering. "Hark to him blether, the ow'd fool. Blethering all the time he be 'bout summat or t'other." "Shet (shut) your blethering you numb-skull. They made a monkey out of ye instead of a schollard (scholar) 'Plushy' Skinner!" "Blether, blether, blether all the time! It's a wonder where you get all that nonsense from to talk about. Even parson don't carry on quite as bad as 'e." Special Note:- Since starting this second volume, I was able, while on a visit to Egerton and Mundy Bois, near Ashford to pin-point the true Kentish meaning of Blether. After this quite recent research into this puzzling word I am now definitely of the opinion that, in its particular way it is of Kentish Weald dialect origin but only because of altered meaning of the English word Blether, caused possibly by the misconception of some person or persons, in the distant past, once the correctness of Blether (To talk a lot of nonsense). In Kentish Wealden dialect it means to talk a lot, to "carry on", in a more or less angry manner. To be argumentative. To annoy a person with over-much talking. To make a lot of talk, of a seemingly unending nature, over some trifle of common knowledge, UnInterjection:sting speech "Our old school gaffer (school master) will blether along for hours over nothing. Whoi only yes'dy he blethered all the first lesson on about smoking making you not grow up tall. Whoi my fayther tolt me that 'im and his brother Bill started chewing bacca when they was ten years old at school. Moi fayther and me Uncle Bill both nigh on six fut oigh (high), so I reckon our school gaffer be nothin' but a blethering old idjit, surelye!" "When you start to blether like that, kip yer temper. No need to lose yourself over what you don't rightly know the rights of." "Don't keep on blethering an it. I'm right and oi knows oi am. Your one o' they blethering argifiers, wot wont admit unself in the wrong." "When her ladyship opened up our Garden Fete I thot she would never stop her blether. All about our noble, hard-working modern farming generation etcetera! Parson 'e say 'Most Interjection:sting. So educative to the rural mind.' "In'tresting!' oi says to parson. "Heddicative! Whoi in moi young days, 70 year agon, when oi wuz ten and left skule at eight yearn (years) it wuz FARMIN'! And hemmed (damned) hard work from 4 o'clock in the marnin' till 8 o'clock at noight, yayer (year) in, yayer out. Oi wuz Carter's mate, and our owd farmer 'e did pay Carter 12/6 a week for the two an' us - oi got the half-crown! Work! Don't make oi doi (die) o' larfing parson-sir, and her leddyship up there yender (yonder) on that there nostrum ( he meant rostrum) when everyone knows the yenger (younger) generation just sits on their backsides on a tractor an' ploughs: an' cows be milked by 'lectricity: an' chickuns aint allowed to 'atch their own iggs: and cows have calves by incineration (he means insemination), harvesting, an' carrying, an' stocking an' thrashing (threshing) all be done boi a contraption of mechanicle-ness with a crew of ile (oil) smelly young-uns that ye cairn't tell t'other from which, kaze (because) the men they dresses more loike goils (girls) and them hiking hussies (flirting females) adongs (dresses) up like the man! Noble - 'ard-working - surelye parson-sir that be the most awfullester blether oi ever heard. Good arternoon!"

 

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BLEWITS

 

Noun: Tricholoma undum. - so called in Plumstead, West Kent. L.R.A.G. 1925-35.

 

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BLIGH blei

 

Adjective: Lonely; dull

 

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BLISSEN

 

Noun, plural: Blisses. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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BLIV

 

Verb: Corruption of 'Believe'. Believe; believed "I bliv I haant caught sight of him dis three months." (see also Bluv)

 

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BLOOD blud

 

Noun: A term of pity and commiseration, In East Kent, the expression, poor blood, is commonly used by the elder people, just as the terms - "poor body," "poor old body," "poor soul," and "poor dear soul," are used elsewhere.

 

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BLOODINGS blud-ingz

 

Noun, plural:.Black puddings

 

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BLOOMAGE bloo-mij

 

Noun: Plumage of a bird.

 

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BLOUSE blouz

 

Verb: (1) To sweat; perspire profusely. "I was in a bousing heat." is a very common expression. "An dare we strain'd an stared an bloused, And tried to get away; But more we strain'd, de more dey scroug'd And sung out, 'Give 'em play'." - Dick and Sal., st 71

 

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BLOUSE blouz

 

Noun: (2) A state of heat which brings high colour to the face; a red-faced wench.

 

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BLOUSING blou-zing

 

Adjective: Sanguine and red; applied to the colour often caused by great exertion and heat, "a blousing colour.".

 

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BLUE BOTTLES bloo bot-lz

 

Noun: (1) The wild hyacinth. Scilla nutans.

 

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BLUE BOTTLES

 

Noun, plural: (2) Blowflies. - J.H.Bridge.

 

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BLUE SLUTTERS bloo-slut-rz

 

Noun: A very large kind of jelly fish. - Folkestone. (see also Galls, Miller's-eyes, Sea-nettles, Sea starch, Sluthers, Slutters, Stingers, Water-galls)

 

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BLUNDER blund-ur

 

Noun: (1) A heavy noise, as of a falling or stumbling. "I knows dere's some rabbits in de bury, for I heerd de blunder o' one."

 

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BLUNDER blund-ur

 

Verb: (2) To move awkwardly and noisily about; as, when a person moving in a confined space knocks some things over, and throws others down. "He was here just now blundering about."

 

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BLUSTROUS

 

Adjective: Blustering. "Howsomever, you'll find the wind pretty blustrous, I'm thinking."

 

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BLUV

 

Verb: Corruption of ' Believe'. Believe; believed. " I bliv I haant caught sight of him dis three monts." (see also Bliv)

 

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BLY

 

Noun: (2) Look; feature. "This man has the bly of his brother" - He is like him at first sight . 'What is worth noticing is that the Kentish word is not the West Saxon or Southern form 'blee' or bleo (Anglo-Saxon bleo) , but the Old Frisian blie, bli.'

 

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BLY blei

 

Noun: (1) A resemblance; a general likeness. Anglo.Saxon bleo, hue. complexion. "Ah! I can see who he be; he has just the bly of his father." (see also Favour, which is now more commonly used in East Kent to describe a resemblance)

 

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BOAR -CAT boa-rkat

 

Noun: A Tom-cat.

 

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BOBBERY bob-uri

 

Noun: A squabble; a row; a fuss; a set out.

 

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BOBBIN bob-in

 

Noun: A bundle of firewood (smaller than a fagot, and larger than a pimp), whereof each stick should be about 18 inches long. Thus, there are three kinds of firewood - the fagot, the bobbin, and the pimp. (see also Baven, bavin, kiln-brush, pimp)

 

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BOBBIN-TUG bob-in-tug

 

Noun: A light frame-work of wheels, somewhat like a timber-wagon, used for carrying bobbins about for sale. It has an upright stick at each of the four corners, to keep the bobbins in their places. (see also Tug)

 

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BOBLIGHT bob-leit

 

Noun: Twilight.

 

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BO-BOY boa-boi

 

Noun: A scarecrow.

 

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BOCLE

 

Noun: Buckle. Use of 'o' for 'u'. Old Frisian; onder and op for under and up.

 

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BODAR boa-dur

 

Noun: An officer of the Cinque Ports whose duty it was to arrest debtors and convey them to be imprisoned in Dover Castle.

 

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BODGE

 

Noun: (4) Alley bodge, used between rows of hops. - L.R.A.G.

 

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BODGE boj

 

Noun: (1) A wooden basket, such as is used by gardeners; a scuttle-shaped box for holding coals, carrying ashes, etc The bodge now holds an indefinite quantity, but formerly it was used as a peck measure. 1519 - "Paied for settyng of 3 busshellis and 3 boggis of benys and a galon. . . 56d - MS. Accounts St John's Hospital, Canterbury (see also Trug, Trugg)

 

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BODGE boj

 

Noun: (3) An uncertain quantity, about a bushel or a bushel and a half. "Just carry this bodge of corn to the stable."

 

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BODGE

 

Noun: (2) A trug, or gardener's basket. Usually of wood and of a special construction and size. For other instances of Bodge see Volume on "Kentish (Wealden) Dialect" completed in 1935, the first of these works on the dialect of Kent. "Give me that there bodge young George so's I kin put enough o' these new 'taters in it for cook."

 

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BODILY-ILL bod-ili-il

 

adj.Phrase: A person ill with bronchitis, fever, shingles, would be bodily-ill; but of one who had hurt his hand, sprained his ankle, or broken his leg, they would say: "Oh, he's not, as you may say, bodily-ill."

 

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BOFFLE bof-l

 

Verb: (1) To baffle; to bother; to tease; to confuse; to obstruct. "I should ha' been here afore now, only for de wind, that's what boffled me."

 

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BOFFLE bof-l

 

Noun: (2) A confusion; a blunder; a thing managed in a confused, blundering way. "If you both run the saäme side, ye be saäfe to have a a boffle." - Cricket Instruction.

 

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BOIST boist

 

Noun: A little extempore bed by a fireside for a sick person. Boist, originally meant a box with bedding in it, such as the Norwegian beds are now. (see also Baist, Beist, Byst)

 

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BOLDRUMPTIOUS boa-ldrumshus, bold-rumshus

 

Adjective: Presumptuous. "That there upstandin' boldrumptious blousing gal of yours came blarin' down to our house last night all about nothin'; I be purty tired of it."

 

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BOLTER

 

Noun: A young wild rabbit, until it attains the age of six months or thereabouts. The young of the tame or domestic rabbit are never referred to as such. "By gar! you should have seen the young bolters down by Park Wood in old Sir Henry Dering's time! Hundreds of 'em! Now look there today: if you can count a dozen young 'uns you'r mighty lucky, and it's the same with the pheasants; hardly nary (nearly) three brace in all thet wood.". "Young Charlie, my nibs, 'e do like running after they little bolters 'long the old Thorne Ruffets. Gits angry with his little old self de little old boy do when he finds he can't catch they no-how."

 

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BOND bond

 

Noun: The wiff or wisp of twisted straw or hay with which a sheaf of corn or truss of hay is bound. "Where's Tom? He's with feyther making bonds."

 

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BONELESS boa-nlus

 

Noun: A corruption of Boreas, the north wind. "In Kent when the wind blow violently they say, 'Boneless is at the door.' "

 

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BONK

 

Verb: To hit on the head. Onometopoeic. (see also Bop (2)

 

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BOOBY-HUTCH boo-bi-huch

 

Noun: A clumsy, ill contrived, covered carriage or seat.

 

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BOOTSHOES

 

Noun, plural:. Thick boots; half-boots. "Bootshoe high," is a common standard of measurement of grass. "Dere an't but terr'ble little grass only in de furder eend of de fill, but 'tis bootshoe high dere."

 

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BOP

 

Verb: (1) To throw anything down with a resounding noise.

 

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BOP

 

Verb: (2) To hit on the head. "I'll bop you one." - Woolwich district. L.R.A.G. 1920's. (see also Bonk)

 

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BOROW bor-oa

 

Noun: A tithing; the number of ten families who were bound to the king for each other's good behaviour. "That which in the West country was at that time, and yet is, called a tithing, is in Kent termed a borow." - Lambarde, Perambulation of Kent, p 27.

 

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BORROW-PENCE

 

Noun, plural:. An old name for ancient coins; probably coins found in the tumuli or barrows. (see also Bald -pates, Dwarfs- money, Hegs pence)

 

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BORSHOLDER boss-oaldur

 

Noun: A head-borough; a petty-constable; a constable's assistant. At Great Chart they had a curious custom of electing a dumb borsholder. This is still in existence, and is made of wood, about three feet and half an inch long; with an iron ring at the top, and four rings at the sides, by means of which it was held and propelled when used for breaking open the doors of houses supposed to contain stolen goods. (There is an engraving of it in Archaeologia Cantiana, vol 2 p 86.) (see also Bostler)

 

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BORSTAL bor-stul

 

Noun: "A pathway up a hill, generally a very steep one." (Perhaps from Anglo Saxon beorg a hill, stal a seat, dwelling.) Borstal Heath, acquired by the Metropolitan Board of Works for an open space in 1878, is situated in the extreme south-eastern suburb of London, and is one of the most beautiful spots on Kent, abounding in hills, ravines, glens, and woods. Snakes, owls, and hawks abound in its vicinity, and the Heath was formerly occupied by a pure race of gipsies. At Whitstable there is a steep hill called Bostal Hill. (see also Bostal)

 

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BOSCHE

 

Noun: Bush Use of 'o' for 'u'. Old Frisian; onder and op for under and up.

 

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BOSS-EYED boss-eid

 

Adjective: Squinting; purblind.

 

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BOSTAL bost-ul

 

Noun: "A pathway up a hill, generally a very steep one." (Perhaps from Anglo Saxon beorg a hill, stal a seat, dwelling.) Borstal Heath, acquired by the Metropolitan Board of Works for an open space in 1878, is situated in the extreme south-eastern suburb of London, and is one of the most beautiful spots on Kent, abounding in hills, ravines, glens, and woods. Snakes, owls, and hawks abound in its vicinity, and the Heath was formerly occupied by a pure race of gipsies. At Whitstable there is a steep hill called Bostal Hill. (see also Borstal)

 

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BOSTLER bost-ler

 

Noun: A borsholder or constable. "I reckon, when you move you'll want nine men and a bostler, shaän’t ye?" (se also Borsholder)

 

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BOULT boalt

 

Verb: To cut pork in pieces, and so to pickle it.

 

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BOULTING TUB boa-lting tub

 

Noun: The tub in which the pork is pickled. 1600 - "Item in the Buntinghouss, one boultinge, with one kneadinge trofe, and one meal tub." - Boteler Inventory, Memorials of Eastry, p 228.

 

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BOUNDS

 

Noun: The Phrase: se, no bounds, is probably the one of all others most frequently on the lips of Kentish labourers, to express uncertainty. "There ain't no bounds to him, he's here, there, and everywhere."

 

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BOUT bout

 

Noun: A period of time; a "go", or turn. In Sussex, it answers to a "day's work;" but in East Kent, it is more often applied to a period of hard work, or of sickness, e.g. "Poor chap, he's had a long bout of it."

 

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BOY-BEAT boi-beet

 

Adjective: Beaten by a person younger than oneself. "My father, he carried the sway at stack building for fifteen year; at last they begun to talk o' puttin' me up; 'Now I've done,' the ole chap says - 'I wunt be boy-beat;' and so he guv up, and never did no more an't."

 

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BOY-CHAP

 

Noun: A young man. "You are only a boy-chap." - Lynstead. Peter Lambert. 1963.

 

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BRACK brak

 

Noun: A crack; a rent; a tear,in clothes. 1602 - "Having a tongue as nimble as his needle, with servile patches of glavering flattery, to stitch up the bracks, etc." - Antonio and Mellida. "You tiresome boy, you! when you put on dat coat dare wasn't a brak in it, an' now jest see de state ids in!"

 

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BRAKE-PLOUGH brai-k-plou

 

Noun: A plough for braking, or cleaning the ground between growing plants.

 

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BRAKING brai-king

 

Verb: Clearing the rows betwixt the rows of beans with a shim or brake-plough.

 

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BRAND-IRONS brand-ei-rnz

 

Noun, plural:.The fire-dogs or cob-irons which confine the brands on an open hearth. "In the great parlor. . . ..one payër of cob-irons, or brand-yrons." - Boteler Inventory, Memorials of Eastry, p 225. (see also Andirons, Cob-iron, Firedogs)

 

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BRANDY COW band-i kow

 

Noun: A cow that is brindled, brinded, or streaked.

 

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BRAUCH brauch

 

Noun: Rakings of straw. (see also Brawche)

 

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BRAVE braiv

 

Adjective: Large. "He just was a brave fox."

 

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BRAWCHE brauch

 

Noun, plural:.Rakings of straw. (see also Brauch)

 

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BREAD

 

Noun: Bread. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.' (see also Bryead)

 

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BREAD-AND-BUTTER bren-but'ur

 

Noun: In Kent these three words are used as one substansive, and it is usual to prefix the indefinite article and to speak of a brenbutter. "I've only had two small brenbutters for my dinner."

 

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BRECKIE

 

Noun: The word Breakfast shortened and slightly corrupted. Usually used by parents, mostly mothers, to their young children. Used in a coaxing manner when trying to get the young kiddies and babies to drink and eat their first meal of the day. "Now children, hurry up with your breckie, and off to school the lot an ye!" "There's mother's little boy, den! Come now loike a good chappie and eat up your nice brekky." "I've eaten my fill o' breckie, grandma! Can oi get down now please?" (see also Brekky)

 

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BREDALE

 

Adjective: Bridal. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Bredale (K) = Bridal (N)

 

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BREDGROME

 

Noun: Bridegroom. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Bredgrome (K) = Bridegroom (N)

 

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BREKKY

 

Noun: The word Breakfast shortened and slightly corrupted. Usually used by parents, mostly mothers, to their young children. Used in a coaxing manner when trying to get the young kiddies and babies to drink and eat their first meal of the day. "Now children, hurry up with your breckie, and off to school the lot an ye!" "There's mother's little boy, den! Come now loike a good chappie and eat up your nice brekky." "I've eaten my fill o' breckie, grandma! Can oi get down now please?" (see also Breckie)

 

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BREN

 

Noun: Bran. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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BRENG

 

Verb: Bring. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Breng (K) = Bring (N)

 

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BRENT brent

 

Adjective: Steep. In a perambulation of the outbounds of the town of Faversham, made in 1611, "the Brent" and "the Brent gate" are mentioned. The Middle-English word Brent most commonly meant "burnt"; but there was another Brent, an adjective, which signified steep, and it was doubtless used here in the latter sense, to describe the conformation of the land.

 

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BRES

 

Noun: Brass. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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BRET bret

 

Noun: (1) To fade away; to alter. Standing corn so ripe that the grain falls out, is said to bret out. (see also Brit)

 

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BRET bret

 

Verb: (2) A portion of wood torn off with the strig in gathering fruit. (see Spalter, Spolt)

 

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BRIEF breef

 

Adjective: (2) Common; plentiful; frequent, rife. "Wipers are wery brief here," i.e. Vipers are very common here.'

 

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BRIEF breef

 

Noun: (1) A petition drawn up and carried around for the purpose of collecting money. Formerly, money was collected in Churches, on briefs, for various charitable objects, both public and private; and in some old Churches you may even now find Brief Book, containing the names of the persons or places on whose behalf the Brief was taken round, the object, and the amounts collected. Public briefs (see Communion Office, rubrics after the Creed), like Queen's Letters, have fallen into disuse; and now only private and local Briefs are in vogue.,

 

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BRIMP brimp

 

Noun: The breeze or gad fly which torments bullocks and sheep. (see also Brims, Brimsey)

 

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BRIMS brimz

 

Noun: The breeze or gad fly which torments bullocks and sheep. Kennett, MS Lans., 1033, gives the Phrase: se - "You have brims in your tail," i.e. "You are always restless." (see also Brimp, Brimsey)

 

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BRIMSEY brimz-I

 

Noun: Kennett, MS Lans., 1033, gives the Phrase: se - "You have brims in your tail," i.e. "You are always restless." (see also Brimp, Brims)

 

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BRISH brish

 

Verb: To brush; to mow over lightly, or trim, 1636 - "For shredinge of the ashes and brishinge of the quicksettes . . . 6d. " - MS. Accounts of St John's Hospital, Canterbury.

 

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BRISHING-HOOK

 

Noun: A sickle or bagging hook. - Peter Lambert. 1970's. (see also Bagging-hook)

 

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BRIT brit

 

Verb: To knock out; rub out; drop out. Spoken of corn dropping out, and of hops shattering. (see Bret 1)

 

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BROACH broach

 

Noun: A spit. This would seem to be the origin of the verb, "to broach a cask," "to broach a subject."

 

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BROCK brok

 

Noun: An inferior horse. The word is used by Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, 7125. (see also Brockman, Brok)

 

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BROCKMAN brok-man

 

Noun: A horseman. The name Brockman is still common in Kent. (see Brock, Brok)

 

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BROK brok

 

Noun: An inferior horse. The word is used by Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, 7125. (see also Brock, Brockman)

 

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BROKE broak

 

Noun: A rupture.

 

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BROND

 

Brand. The use of 'o' for 'a'. The Old Frisian, which has been quoted in support of these forms has brond, hond, lond, for brand, hand, and land.

 

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BROOK bruok

 

Verb: To brook one's name, is to answer in one's disposition to the purport of one's name. In other places they would say, "Like by name and like by nature." "Seems as though Mrs Buck makes every week washin' week; she brooks her name middlin', anyhows."

 

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BROOKS bruoks

 

Noun, plural:. Low, marshy ground, but not necessarily containing running water or even springs.

 

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BROOM-DASHER broom-dash-ur

 

Noun: One who goes about selling brooms; hence used to designate any careless, slovenly, or dirty person. "The word dasher is also combined in haberdasher."

 

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BROTHREN

 

n.p. Brothers. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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BROTTLE

 

Verb: Brittle. Wood that splits off easily is said "to brottle off well". - R Cooke.

 

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BROWN-DEEP brou-n-deep

 

Adjective: Lost in reflection.

 

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BROWSELLS brou-ziz

 

Noun, plural:. The remains of the fleed of a pig, after the lard has been extracted by boiling.

 

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BROWSELS

 

Noun, plural:. This name is given to a dish of hard-cooked odds and ends of meat of all kinds mixed with fat, the whole forming a hard cake, difficult to break and extremely hard to chew. It is supposed, and quite possible is, very nutritive. This peculiar foodstuff was manufactured by the village butcher at Pluckley, a Mr G Homewood, over 30 years ago, though this dish has not been made for many years now, the memory of the word remains to this day. (see also Browzels)

 

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BROWZELS

 

Noun, plural:. This name is given to a dish of hard-cooked odds and ends of meat of all kinds mixed with fat, the whole forming a hard cake, difficult to break and extremely hard to chew. It is supposed, and quite possible is, very nutritive. This peculiar foodstuff was manufactured by the village butcher at Pluckley, a Mr G Homewood, over 30 years ago, though this dish has not been made for many years now, the memory of the word remains to this day. (see also Browsels)

 

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BRUCKLE bruk-l

 

Adjective: Brittle.

 

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BRUFF bruf

 

Adjective: Blunt; rough; rude in manner.

 

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BRUMPT brumpt

 

Adjective: Broken; bankrupted. "I'm quite brumpt," i.e., I have no money.

 

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BRUNGEON brunj-yun

 

Noun: A brat; a neglected child.

 

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BRUSH bruosh, brush

 

Verb: To trim hedges; to mow rough grass growing thinly over a field. "Jack's off hedgebrushing" 1540 - "To Saygood for brusshyng at Hobbis meadow. . . 6d." - MS Accounts St. John's Hospital, Canterbury.

 

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BRUSS brus

 

Adjective: Brisk; forward; petulant; proud.

 

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BRUT brut

 

Verb: (1)To browse or nibble off young shoots. In the printed conditions of the sale of Kentish cherry-orchards, there is generally a clause against "excessive brutting," i.e. that damage so done by purchasers must be paid for.

 

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BRUT brut

 

Verb: (2)To shoot, as buds or potatoes. "My taturs be brutted pretty much dis year." (see also Spear (2)

 

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BRUT brut

 

Verb: (3)To break off young shoots (bruts) of stored potatoes. (see also Spear (3)

 

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BRYEAD

 

Noun: Bread. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.' (see also Bread)

 

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BRYEST

 

Noun: Breast. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. Usual Old English forms = Breost (breste). It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dy-epe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic

 

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BRYESTEN

 

Noun, plural:.Breasts. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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BUCK buk

 

Noun: (2) A pile of clothes ready for washing. It is now (1885) some 60 years ago since the farmers washed for their farm servants, or allowed them a guinea a year instead. Then the lye, soap, and other things were kept in the bunting house; and there, too, were piled the gaberdines, and other things waiting to be washed until there was enough for one buck. Shakespeare uses the word buck-basket for what we now call "a clothes basket." "Fal. . . . They conveyed me into a buck-basket; rammed me in with foul shirts and smocks, socks, foul stockings, greasy napkins. . . ." - Merry Wives of Windsor, Act 3 Sc 5.

 

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BUCK buk

 

Verb: (3) To fill a basket.

 

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BUCK buk

 

Verb: (1) To wash.

 

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BUCKING CHAMBER buk-ing

 

Noun: The room in which the clothes were bucked, or steeped in lye, preparatory to washing.

 

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BUCK-WASH buk-wash

 

Noun: A great washing-tub, formerly used in farm-houses, when, once a quarter, they washed the clothes of the farm servants, soaking them in strong lye.

 

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BUD bud

 

Noun: A weaned calf that has not yet grown into a heifer. So called, because the horns have not grown out, but are in the bud. "His cow came to the racks a moneth before Christmas, and went away the 21 of January. His bud came at Michaelmas." - Boteler MS. Account Book of 1652.

 

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BUFF buf

 

Noun: A clump of growing flowers; "a tuft or hassock." "That's a nice buff of cloves " (pinks).

 

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BUFFLE-HEADED buff-l-hed-id

 

Adjective: Thick headed; stupid. "Yees; you shall pay, you truckle bed, Ya buffle-headed ass." - Dick and Sal, st.84.

 

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BUG

 

n&vb(3) To become outwardly irritable; to get upset very easily. "He's got the bug in him 'smarning has farmer." (He's in a very short-tempered state, this morning, is farmer). "It's no good getting buggy (irritable) with all the house over your old tuth-ache; woi don't ye get on your old grit-iron (bicycle) and cycle into Aishfort (Ashford) an' get it pulled out, you miserable old thing!" (see also Buggy)

 

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BUG bug

 

Verb: (1) To bend.

 

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BUG bug

 

Noun: (2) A general name for any insect, especially those of the fly and beetle kind; e.g. Maybug. Lady-bug, June-bug, July-bug.

 

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BUGGY

 

n&vb To become outwardly irritable; to get upset very easily. "He's got the bug in him 'smarning has farmer." (He's in a very short-tempered state, this morning, is farmer). "It's no good getting buggy (irritable) with all the house over your old tuth-ache; woi don't ye get on your old grit-iron (bicycle) and cycle into Aishfort (Ashford) an' get it pulled out, you miserable old thing!" (see also Bug)

 

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BULL-HUSS bul-hus

 

Noun: The large spotted dog-fish. Scyllium catalus.

 

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BULLOCK bul-uk

 

Noun, plural:. A fatting beast of either sex.

 

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BULL-ROUT bul-rout

 

Noun: The goby.

 

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BULL'S FOOT

 

Phrase: "Don't know 'A' from a bull's foot" - unknown origin. J.W.Bridge. L.R.A.G.

 

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BUMBLE bumb-l

 

Verb: To make a humming sound. Hence, bumble bee, a humble bee.

 

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BUMBLESOME bumb-lsum

 

Adjective: Awkward; clumsy; ill-fitting. "That dress is far too bumblesome." "You can't car' that, you'll find it wery bumblesome."

 

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BUMBULATION bumbulai-shn

 

Noun: A humming noise.

 

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BUMBULUM

 

Noun: See Camden, where it means a fart.

 

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BUNT bunt

 

Verb: (1) To shake to and fro; to sift the meal or flour from the bran.

 

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BUNT bunt

 

Verb: (2) To butt. "De old brandy-cow bunted her and purty nigh broke her arm."

 

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BUNTING bunt-ing

 

Adjective: (1) The bunting house is the out-house in which the meal is sifted. "Item in the chamber over the buntting house, etc." "Item in the Buntinge houss, one boulting with one kneading trofe, and one meale tub." - Boteler Inventory; in Memorials of Eastry, pp 225, 228. (se also Bunt 1)

 

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BUNTING bunt-ing

 

Noun: (2) A shrimp.

 

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BUNTING - HUTCH bunt-ing-huch

 

Noun: A boulting hutch, i.e. the bin in which meal is bunted or bolted. 1600 - "Item in the buntting house, one Bunting hutch, two kneading showles, a meale tub with other lumber there prized at. . . 6s 8p." - Boteler Inventory; Memorials of Eastry, p 226.

 

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BUONE

 

Noun: Bone. 'The only examples of this kind (of pronounciation) that are to be found in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, are buone = bone, guo = go, guode =good, guos =goose.'

 

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BURR bur

 

Noun: (1) A coagulated mass of bricks, which by some accident have refused to become separated, but are a sort of conglomorate.

 

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BURR bur

 

Noun: (3) The blossom of the hop. "The hops are just coming out in burr."

 

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BURR bur

 

Noun: (2) The halo or circle round the moon is so called, e.g. "There was a burr round the moon last night" The weather-wise in East Kent will tell you, "The larger the burr the nearer the rain."

 

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BURR

 

n,adj,Verb: (4) A bear (the animal); bare (emply or naked); bear (to hold up, to hold) It is the Wealden brogue form with the rolling R, giving to it the unmistakable richness of this part of Kent's speech. "Look at they young-uns, a-bathing in the old hoss-pond as burr an they was born." "Taycher (teacher) tolt (told) us that polar-burrs be only found at the North Pole."

 

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BURY berr'-i

 

Noun: A rabbit burrow.

 

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BUSH bush

 

Noun: Used specially and particularly of the gooseberry bush. "Them there bushes want pruning sadly."

 

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BUTT but

 

Noun: A small flat fish, otherwise called the flounder. They are caught in the river at Sandwich by spearing them in the mud, like eels. But at Margate they call turbots butts.

 

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BY

 

Verb: To be. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. Usual Old English forms = Beon (ben). It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dy-epe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic. (see also Byenne)

 

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BY GAR

 

Interjection: Corruption of the old oath "By God" used a great deal in the past but now dying out. Often heard in old-colonized parts of the USA and Canada where Kentish emigrants went with others on the covered wagon trails to find new homes across the Atlantic and to found villages and towns, that have retained in the more rural areas much of the Kentish brogue. The "By Gar" and By Garlly" have the Canadian and the US nasal twang in them by the ousting of the O by the A. The nasal changes are very noticable, though the Wealden dialect, fundamentally, remain. Most of my mother's people, the Piles of Pluckley, my great and great-great uncles took the new trails to help open up the New Far West over a century ago, when the great landrushes were on and also the gold-rushes, when California was taking shape, and the Red Indians still rode the land, burning, killing and plundering. They and many more of the old artisan families of the Kent Weald, took with them a far greater range of rich, uncorrupted dialect which today is more spoken in the rural districts from LeAdjective: lle to Carson City, than where it first originated - the Kentish Weald, the Ashford Valley, and the countryside of Malmains and West Kent. (see also By Golly)

 

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BY GOLLY

 

Interjection: (see By Gar)

 

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BY-BUSH bei-bush

 

Adjective: In ambush, or hiding. "I just stood by-bush and heard all they said."

 

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BYEAM bye-am

 

Noun: Beam. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.' (see also Beam)

 

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BYENNE

 

Verb: To be. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. Usual Old English forms = Beon (ben) It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dy-epe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic (see also By)

 

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BYSACK bei-sak

 

Noun: A satchel, or small wallet.

 

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BYST beist

 

Noun: A settle or sofa. (see Baist, Beist, Boist)

 

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BYTHE beith

 

Noun: The black spots on linen produced by mildrew. (see Abited)

 

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BYTHY bei-thi

 

Adjective: Spotted with black marks left by mildew. "When she took the cloth out it was all bythy."

 

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CACK

 

Noun: Faeces. - Plumstead, West Kent. L.E.A.G. 1920's.

 

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CACKLE

 

vb,n To laugh. Perhaps also 'talk' as in "cut the cackle". - L.R.A.G.

 

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CAD kad

 

Noun: A journeyman shoemaker; a cobbler; hence a contemputous name for any assistant. "His uncle, the shoemaker's cad."

 

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CADE kaid

 

Noun: A barrel containing six hundred herrings; any parcel, or quantity of pieces of beef, less than a whole quarter. "Cade. - We John Cade, so termed of our supposed father. Dick - Or rather, a stealing of a cade of herrings." - King Henry 4 Part 2, Act 4 Sc 2 (see also Card)

 

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CADE-LAMB kaid-lam

 

Noun: A house-lamb; a pet lamb. (see also Hob-lamb, Sock-lamb)

 

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CADLOCK ked-luk

 

Noun: Charlock. Sinapis arvensis. (see also Kilk, Kinkle (1) & (2)

 

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CAILES kailz

 

Noun, plural:. Skittles; ninepins.

 

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CAKE-BAIL

 

Noun: A tin or pan in which a cake is baked.

 

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CALIVER kal-ivur

 

Noun: A large pistol or blunderbuss. 1600 - "Item in Jonathan Boteler's chamber fower chestes with certain furniture for the warrs, vis., two corslettes, one Jack, two musketts, fur one Horseman's piec, fur one case of daggs, two caliurs, fur with swords and daggers prized at. . . . . £4." - Boteler Inventory; Memorials of Eastry, p 225.

 

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CALL caul

 

Noun: A word in every-day use denoting necessity, business, but always with the negative prefixed. "There ain't no call for you to get into a passion."

 

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CALL-OVER kaul-oa-vur

 

Verb: To find fault with; to abuse. "Didn't he call me over jist about."

 

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CALLOW

 

Noun: (2) (see also Uncallow)

 

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CALLOW kal-oa

 

Adjective: (1) Smooth; bald; bare; with little covering; also used of underwood thin on the ground. " 'Tis middlin' rough in them springs, but you'll find it as callow more, in the high woods." In Sussex the woods are said to be getting callow when they are just beginning to bud out. (see also Uncallow)

 

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CANKER-BERRY kank-ur-ber-I

 

Noun: The hip; hence canker-rose, the rose that grows upon the wild briar. Rosa canina. "The canker-blooms have full as deep a dye As the perfumed tincture of the roses." - Shakespeare - Sonnets, 54 (see also Haulms and figs)

 

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CANT kant

 

Noun: (1) A portion of corn or woodland. Every farm-bailiff draws his cant furrows through the growing corn in the spring, and has his cant-book for harvest, in which the measurements of the cants appear, and the prices paid for cutting each of them.

 

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CANT kant

 

Verb: (2) To tilt over; to upset; to throw. "The form canted up, and over we went."

 

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CANT kant

 

Noun: (3) To push, or throw. "I gave him a cant, jus' for a bit of fun, and fancy he jus' was spiteful, and called me over, he did."

 

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CANTEL kant-l

 

Noun: An indefinite number; a cantel of people, or cattle; diminutive of cant (1). A corner or portion of indefinite dimension; a cantel of wood, bread, cheese, etc. "See how this river comes me cranking in, And cuts me, from the best of all my land, A huge half moon, a monstrous cantle out." - King Henry 4 Pt 1, Act 3 Sc 1 (see also Kintle)

 

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CANTERBURY-BELLS

 

Noun, plural: The wild campanula. Campanula medicus. The name is probably connected with the idea of the resemblance of the flowers to the small bells carried on the trappings of the horses of the pilgrims to the shrine of S. Thomas, at Canterbury. There are two kinds, large and small; both abound in the neighbourhood of Canterbury.

 

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CAP kap

 

Noun: Part of the flail which secures the middle-band to the handstaff or the swingel, as the case may be. A flail has two caps, viz., the hand-staff cap, generally made of wood, and the swingel cap, made of leather.

 

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CAPONS kai-punz

 

Noun, plural:.Red herrings. (see the list of Nicknames - Ramsgate)

 

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CAR kaa

 

Verb: To carry, "He said dare was a teejus fair Dat lasted for a wick; And all de ploughmen dat went dare, Must car dair shining stick." - Dick and Sal, st 8

 

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CARD kaad

 

Noun: A barrel containing six hundred herrings; any parcel, or quantity of pieces of beef, less than a whole quarter. "Cade. - We John Cade, so termed of our supposed father. Dick - Or rather, a stealing of a cade of herrings." - King Henry 4 Part 2, Act 4 Sc 2 Lewis, p 129, mentions a card of red-herrings amongst the merchandise paying rates at Margate Harbour. (see also Cade)

 

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CARF

 

Noun: (2) Carf of hay. Dick staggered with a carf of hay, To feed the bleating sheep; Proud thus to usher in the day, While half the world's asleep. - Dick & Sal st 2.

 

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CARF kaaf

 

Noun: (1) A cutting of hay; a quarter of a stack cut through from top to bottom. "Dick staggered with a carf of hay To feed the bleating sheep; Proud thus to usher in the day, While half the world's asleep." - Dick and Sal, st. 2 (see also Karfe)

 

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CARPET-WAY kaa-pit-wai

 

Noun: A green-way; a smooth grass road; or lyste way.

 

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CARRY-ON kar-r'i-on

 

Verb: To be in a passion; to act unreasonably. "He's been carrying-on any-how."

 

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CARTEN

 

Noun, plural: Carts. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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CARVET kaa-vet

 

Noun: A thick hedge-row; a copse by the roadside; a piece of land carved out of another. Used in the neighbourhood of Lympne, in Dr. Pegge's time; so, also, in Boteler MS. Account Books, there are the following entries - "The Chappell caruet at Sopeshall that I sold this year to John Birch at 5 0.0. the acre, cont(ained) beside the w(oo)dfall round, 1 acre and 9 perches, as Dick Simons saith, who felled it. "I have valued one caruet at Brinssdale at 7.0.0.the acre, the other caruet at 6.0.0. the acre." "The one caruet cont(ained) 1 yerd and 1 perch; the other halfe a yerd want(ing) 1 perch." (i.e. one perch wanting half a yard.) (see also Shave)

 

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CAST kaast

 

Noun: (2) To be thwarted; defeated; to lose an action in law. "They talk of carr'ing it into court, but I lay he'll be cast."

 

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CAST kaast

 

Noun: (1) The earth thrown up above the level of the ground by moles, ants, and worms, and therefore called a worm-cast, an emmet-cast, or a mole-cast, as the case may be. "Them wumcaastes do make the lawn so wery unlevel." (see also Castie)

 

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CASTIE

 

Noun: The accumulation of earth over the nests of field-ants, the Common Red Ant (Rubrus Formica); also the heaps of earth upturned by moles and the exhausted mould excreted by the burrowings of earthworms. "That field be just a rare mass of ammet-casties (ant casts). "They mole-casties be a-spoilin' the grass down in the old Prebbles' Hill Meadows." "Brish (sweep) off those worm-casties off the lawn young Henry, and obsarve that they do make wunnerful top soil, and the orls (holes) that they wurrums (worms) have made help to take fresh-air and water well down into the sile (soil)". (see also Cast 1)

 

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CATER kai-tur

 

Verb: To cut diagonally.

 

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CATERWAYS kai-turwaiz

 

Adjective: Obliquely; stantingly; crossways. "He stood aback of a tree and skeeted water caterways at me with a squib."

 

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CAT'SBRAINS

 

Noun: Ground overlying gravel with spots of sand in it. 1295, Hadlow Manor Rolls - Castebreye; 1433, Hadlow Manor Rolls - Cattysbrayn; 1465, Will of William Pawley of Hadlow - Great Cattysbrayn. - Wing-Commander W.V.Dunbreck, 1954.

 

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CAVING ka-vin

 

Noun: (1) The refuse of beans and peas after threshing, used for horse-meat. - W.Kent. Called torf, toff in E. Kent. (see also Tauf, Toff, Torf)

 

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CAVING

 

Noun: (2) The refuse of beans and peas after threshing, used for horse-meat. - W.Kent. Called torf, toff in E. Kent. Also used of oats - J.H.Bridge (see also Tauf, Torf, Toff)

 

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CAWL kaul

 

Noun: A coop.

 

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CAXES kaks-ez

 

Noun, plural:.Dry hollow stalks; pieces of bean stalk about eight inches long, used for catching earwigs in peach and other wall-fruit trees.

 

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CEREMONY ser-r'imuni

 

Noun: A fuss; bother; set-out. Thus a woman once said to me, "There's quite a ceremony if you want to keep a child at home half-a-day. " By which she meant that the school regulations were very troublesome, and required a great deal to be done before the child could be excused. - W.F.S.

 

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CHALD

 

Adjective: Cold. The Northumbrian dialect retained, as it still does, many pure Anglo-Saxon words containing the long sound of 'a', which the Southern dialect changed into 'o'. This word contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, resembles the Northumbrian form.

 

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CHALK WEED

 

Noun: Lepidium Draba L. - Minster, Thanet. L.R.A.G.

 

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CHAMBREN

 

Noun, plural: Chambers. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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CHAMPIONING champ-yuning

 

Noun: The lads and men who go round as mummers at Christmastide, singing carols and songs, are said to go championing. Probably the word is connected with St George the Champion, who is a leading character in the Mummers play,

 

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CHANGES chai-njiz

 

Noun, plural:.Changes of raiment, especially of the underclothing; body-linen, shirts, or shifts. "I have just put on clean changes," i.e., I have just put on clean underclothing. 1651 - " For two changes for John Smith's boy, 4s. 0d. For two changes for Spaynes girle, 2s. 10d." - MS. Overseers' Accounts, Holy Cross, Canterbury.

 

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CHANGK chank

 

Verb: To chew.

 

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CHARNAIL

 

Noun: A hinge. Perhaps Char-nail, a nail to turn on. 1520 - " For 2 hookis and a charnelle 2p." - MS Accounts St Johns' Hospital, Canterbury. 1631 - "For charnells and hapses for the two chests in our hall." - MS,. Accounts St Johns' Hospital, Canterbury. (see also Charnell)

 

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CHARNELL

 

Noun: A hinge. Perhaps Char-nail, a nail to turn on. 1520 - " For 2 hookis and a charnelle 2p." - MS Accounts St Johns' Hospital, Canterbury. 1631 - "For charnells and hapses for the two chests in our hall." - MS,. Accounts St Johns' Hospital, Canterbury. (see also Charnail)

 

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CHARRED chaa-d

 

Adjective: Drink that is soured in the brewing. If, in brewing, the water be too hot when it is first added to the malt, the malt is said to be charred and will not give its strength, hence beer that is brewed from it will soon turn sour. The word charred thus first applies properly to the malt, and then passes to the drink brewed from it. To char is to turn; we speak of beer being "turned."

 

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CHART chaa-t

 

Noun: A rough common, overrun with gorse, broom, bracken, etc. Thus we have several places in Kent called Chart, e.g. Great Chart, Little Chart, Chart Sutton, Brasted Chart.

 

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CHARTY chaa-ti

 

Adjective: Rough, uncultivated land, like a chart.

 

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CHASTISE chastei-z

 

Verb: To accuse; to examine; cross question; catechize. "He had his hearings at Faversham t'other day, and they chastised him of it, but they couldn't make nothin' of him."

 

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CHAT

 

Noun: A rumour; report. "They say he's a-going to live out at Hoo, leastways. that's the chat."

 

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CHATS chats

 

Noun, plural:. Small potatoes; generally the pickings from those intended for market.

 

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CHATSOME chat-sum

 

Adjective: Talkative.

 

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CHAVISH chai-vish

 

Adjective: Peevish; fretful.

 

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CHEAK

 

Noun: Cheek. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.'

 

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CHEAP

 

Adjective: Cheap. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.'

 

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CHEASTE

 

Noun: Strife. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dyepe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic. (see also Chyaste)

 

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CHEE chee

 

Noun: A roost. "The fowls are gone to chee." Hen-chee. (see also Gee (1)

 

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CHEEGE cheeg

 

Noun: A frolic.

 

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CHEER cheer

 

Noun: Constantly used in North Kent, in the Phrase: se, "What cheer, meat?" as a greeting; instead of "How d'ye do, mate?" or "How're ye getting on?" ( Is 'What cheer'abbreviated to 'Whatyer'? L.R.A.G.)

 

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CHEERLY chee-rli

 

Adjective: Cheerfully. "The bailiff's boy had overslept, The cows were not put in; But rosy Mary cheerly stept To milk them on the green." - Dick and Sal, st 1.

 

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CHEESE-BUGS chee-z-bug

 

Noun: The wood-louse. (see also Mankie-peas, Monkey-peas, Pea- bugs, Peasie-bugs)

 

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CHEESE-IT

 

Verb: A corruption of cease, or cease it: to stop; to desist; to cease worrying; etc. "Chiese (or cheese-it) will yer! Keep on a-throwing my bonnet over the idge (hedge). " "Chiese aworrying! All will come aright. Remember what the old gaffer told us yayers ago - Rome wadn't builded in a day - nit (not) a yayer, neither." (se also Chiese).

 

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CHEF chef

 

Noun: (1) The part of a plough on which the share is placed, and to which the reece is fixed.

 

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CHEF

 

Noun: (2) Chaff. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word. Old English - Caff.

 

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CHEQUER BERRIES

 

Noun: Fruit of the service tree. Formerly sold as such in Maidstone Market, - Hanbury and Marshall, Flora of Kent. In Essex called "saars". There is a Chequertree Farm in Isle of Oxney. - Sedlescombe, Battle . M.P.Roper. 1972.

 

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CHERCHEN

 

Noun, plural:. Churches. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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CHERRY APPLES cher-r'i ap-lz

 

Noun, plural:. Siberian crabs, or choke cherries.

 

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CHERRY- BEER

 

Noun: A kind of drink made from cherries. "Pudding-pies and cherry-beer usually go together at these feasts (at Easter.) - Brand's Popular Antiquities, ed. Ellis 1. 180

 

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CHIDLINGS chid-linz

 

Noun, plural:. Chitterlings.

 

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CHIESE

 

Verb: (1) A corruption of cease, or cease it: to stop; to desist; to cease worrying; etc. "Chiese (or cheese-it) will yer! Keep on a-throwing my bonnet over the idge(hedge). " "Chiese aworrying! All will come aright. Remember what the old gaffer told us yayers ago - Rome wadn't builded in a day - nit (not) a yayer, neither." (see also Cheese-it)

 

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CHIESE

 

Verb: (2) Choose. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. Usual Old English forms = Cheose (chese). It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dy-epe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic (see also Chyese)

 

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CHILLERY chil-uri

 

Adjective: Chilly.

 

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CHILL-WATER chil-wau-tr

 

Noun: Water luke-warm.

 

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CHILTED chilt-id

 

pp. Strong local form of chilled, meaning thoroughly and injuriously affected by the cold.

 

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CHINCH chinch

 

Verb: To point or fill up the Interjection:tices between bricks, tiles, etc, with mortar. - East Kent.

 

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CHIP

 

Noun: A small basket for containing strawberries, raspberries and other small soft fruits. - MidKent. (see also Punnet)

 

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CHITTER chit-ur

 

Noun: The wren. "In the North of England they call the bird Chitty Wren."

 

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CHIZZEL chiz-l

 

Noun: Bran.

 

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CHOATY choa-ti

 

Adjective: Chubby; broad faced. "He's a choaty boy." (see also Chuff)

 

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CHOCK chok

 

Verb: To choke. Anything over-full is said to be chock-full.

 

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CHOCKERS

 

Noun, plural:. Heavy footwear, of the hob-nailed, sprigged or steel-tipped variety of workmen's boots. "Look at his Chockers! They be worse than a warship with armour-plating." - North Kent. (see also Choggers, Choppers)

 

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CHOFF chof

 

Adjective: Stern; morose.

 

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CHOGGERS

 

Noun, plural:. Heavy footwear, of the hob-nailed, sprigged or steel-tipped variety of workmen's boots. "Hey sonny! Just you run over to my allotment and stomp down those big old lumps o' clay earth with your nice new Choggers." - North East Kent. (see also Chockers, Choppers)

 

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CHOICE chois

 

Adjective: Careful of; setting great store by anything. "Sure, he is choice over his peas, and no mistake."

 

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CHONGE

 

Change. The use of 'o' for 'a'. The Old Frisian, which has been quoted in support of these forms has brond, hond, lond, for brand, hand, and land.

 

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CHOP

 

Verb: To exchange. A levelhanded chop is an even exchange. - R Cooke.

 

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CHOPPERS

 

Noun, plural:. Heavy footwear, of the hob-nailed, sprigged or steel-tipped variety of workmen's boots. With regard to the word Choppers, this is used only in the following sense, that the heavy boots are used to kick a person's feet from under them in a fight or brawl; or to hack or to trip a man in a game of football. To kick or hack - to chop; to cut Away, their supports, i.e. feet. A footballer, who has for the most part of his playing days been given to fouling other players by chopping them over with his chockers or choggers ( in this instance Football Boots), often gains the nickname of "Chopper" - like Chopper Brown, Chopper Lee, etc. "When 'Chopper' Lee saw the referee was blind to his position, he took Adjective: ntage of it and chopped the rival centre forward's legs from under him, with his choggers." - North East Kent. (see also Chockers, Choggers)

 

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CHOP-STICKS chop-stiks

 

Noun, plural:. Cross-sticks to which the lines are fastened in pout-fishing. "Two old umbrella iron ribs make capital chop-sticks." - F. Buckland.

 

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CHRIST-CROSS kris-kras

 

Noun: The alphabet. An early school lesson preserved in MS. Rawl, 1032, commences "Christe crosse me speed in alle my worke." The signature of a person who cannot write is also so called. "She larnt her A B C ya know, Wid D for dunce and dame, An all dats in de criss-cross row, An how to spell her name." - Dick and Sal, st 57.

 

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CHUCK

 

Verb: (2) To throw. - L.R.A.G.

 

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CHUCK chuk

 

Noun: (1) A chip; a chunk; a short, thick clubbed piece of wood; a good thick piece of bread and cheese; the chips made by sharpening the ends of hop-poles.

 

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CHUCK-HEADED chuk-hed-id

 

Adjective: A stupid, doltish, wooden-headed fellow. (see also Chuckle-headed)

 

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CHUCKLE-HEADED chuk-l-hed-id

 

Adjective: A stupid, doltish, wooden-headed fellow. (see also Chuck-headed)

 

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CHUFF chuf

 

Adjective: Fat; chubby (see also Choaty)

 

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CHUFFED

 

Verb: To be pleased. - L.R.A.G.

 

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CHUFFER

 

Noun: A very big, or hearty, eater. "By Golly! Our young Willum (William) can't half chuffer, He'll eat us out of house and home, surelye!" "He do chuffer life a pig, and with less manners, believe me."

 

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CHUMMIE chum-I

 

Noun: (1) A chimney sweep.

 

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CHUMMIES

 

Noun: (2) House sparrows - The Kentish Note-Book 1, pp 300-1. (see also Chums, Sparr)

 

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CHUMS

 

Noun: House sparrows - The Kentish Note-Book 1, pp 330-1. (see also Chummies, Sparr)

 

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CHUNK chungk

 

Noun: A log of wood.

 

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CHUNTER

 

Verb: To grumble. "Don't you dare chunter at me my gal: I'm yere mither (your mother) and I won't a-stand forrit (for it)". "All 'e do is chunter, chunter, chunter." "Stop your chuntering grandpa.! You've a good daughter to look after you since your poor Annie died. If you was in Hothfield Workhouse you'd have summat to holler 'bout. You be free to come and go. You can enjoy your pipe o' baccy, and go up The Street (The Street is the local name for the main road - or street- through a village in the Weald and Ashford districts), to the "Black Hoss" (horse) every evening for your pint of o' ale - so, stop a-chuntering, dan ye!"

 

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CHURCHING

 

Noun: The Church service generally, not the particular Office so called. "What time's Churchin' now of afternoons?"

 

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CHYASTE

 

Noun: Strife Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dyepe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic. (see also Cheaste)

 

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CHYESE

 

Verb: Choose. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. Usual Old English forms = Cheose (chese). It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dy-epe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic. (see also Chiese)

 

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CHYEW

 

Verb: Chew. Exactly correspondoing to Old Frisian. It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dyepe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic

 

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CLAD-HOPPERS

 

Noun, plural:. Name given by country people to large or heavy boots. "Young Bill ain't arf got a tidy pair of clod hoppers on today." "Stomp them large lumps of earth down with your clophoppers, Tommy." "Oi wants a payer (pair) of Sunday boots, not them there great clad-hopper things." (see also Clod-hoppers)

 

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CLAM klam

 

Noun: A rat-trap, like a gin.

 

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CLAMP klamp

 

Noun: A heap of mangolds, turnips, or potatoes, covered with straw and earth to preserve them during the wInterjection: It is also used of bricks. "We must heal in that clamp afore the frostes set in."

 

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CLAMS klamz

 

Noun, plural:. Pholades. Rock and wood-boring molluscs.

 

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CLAPPERS klap-urz

 

Noun, plural:. (1) Planks laid on supports for foot passengers to walk on when the roads are flooded.

 

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CLAPPERS

 

Adjective: (2) To go very fast. "To go like the clappers." - L.R.A.G.

 

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CLAPSE klaps

 

Noun: A clasp, or fastening. 1651 - "For Goodwife Spaynes girles peticoate and waistcoate making, and clapses, and bindinge, and a pocket, 0.1.8d." - Overseers' Accounts, Holy Cross, Canterbur.y

 

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CLAT klat

 

Verb: To remove the clots of dirt, wool, etc. from between the hind legs of sheep. (Romney Marsh) (see also Dag (1) (L.R.A.G. in 'Notes on A Dictionary of Kentish Dialect and Provincialisms' queries a connection between Clat and the Northumbrian Clart as in Clarty. Does Clayt (clay or mire) equal Clart.)

 

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CLAUEN

 

Noun, plural: Claws. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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CLAVEL klav-l

 

Noun: A grain of corn free from the husk. (see also Clevel, Clevels)

 

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CLAYT klaait

 

Noun: Clay, or mire. (see also Cledge, Clite)

 

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CLEAN kleen

 

Adjective: Wholly; entirely. "He's clean gone, that's certain." 1611 - "Until all the people were passed clean over Jordan." - Joshua Ch 3 v 17.

 

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CLEANSE klenz

 

Verb: To turn, or put beer up in a barrel.

 

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CLEAPE

 

Verb: Call. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.'

 

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CLEDGE klej

 

Noun: Clay; stiff loam. (see also Clayt, Clite)

 

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CLEDGY klej-i

 

Adjective: Stiff and sticky.

 

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CLEPPER

 

Noun: Clapper. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The' Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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CLEVEL klev-l

 

Noun: (1) A grain of corn, clean and free from the husk. As our Blessed Lord is supposed to have left the mark of a Cross on the shoulder of the ass' colt, upon whom He rode at His triumphal entry into Jerusalem (St Mark Ch 11 v 7); and as the mark of a thumb and fore-finger may still be traced in the head of a haddock, as though left by St Peter when he opened the fish's mouth to find the piece of money (St Matthew Ch17 v 27), even so it is a popular belief in East Kent that each clevel of wheat bears the likeness of Him who is the True Corn of Wheat (St John Ch 12 v 24). As a man said to me at Eastry (1887) - "Brown wheat shews it more than white, because it's a bigger clevel." To see this likeness the clevel must be held with the seam of the grain from you. - W.F.S. (see also Clavel, clevels)

 

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CLEVELS

 

Noun, plural:. (2) Wheat grains "Look at they chevels; ain't they rare beauties? Seems we're going to have a fine wheat-harvesting this yurr."" - Wealden. (see Clavel)

 

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CLEVER klev-ur

 

Adjective: In good health. Thus, it is used in reply to the question, "How are you to-day?" " Well, thankee. not very clever," i.e. not very active; not up to much exertion.

 

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CLIMBERS klei-murz

 

Noun: The wild clematis; clematis vitalba, otherwise known as old man's beard.

 

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CLINKERS klingk-urz

 

Noun, plural:. The hard refuse cinders of a furnace, stove, or forge, which have run together in large clots.

 

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CLIP klip

 

Verb: To shear sheep.

 

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CLITE kleit

 

Noun: Clay. (see also Clayt, Cledge)

 

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CLITEY klei-ti

 

Adjective: Clayey.

 

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CLIVER kliv-r

 

Noun: Goose-grass; elsewhere called cleavers. Gallium aperine.

 

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CLODGE kloj

 

Noun: A lump of clay.

 

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CLOD-HOE

 

Noun: The clod-hoe of the Canterbury type is a medium shafted hoe with a heavy iron-head with two flattish prongs some six inches long, three inches in width between inner edges of the prongs. The prongs are usually half-an-inch wide, making an overall tilling capacity of four inches width. The clod-hoe of the Wealden type is a medium shafted hoe with a heavy ironhead with a single prong or blade, flat in character, about one and a half inches in width where is comes from the head, gradually broadening to approximately four inches at the cutting or tilling edge. Clod hoes are utility hoes, as they can be used for weeding, making furrows, banking up potato rows etc, and reversed, the heavy head will knock out the hardest clays to a fine tilth.

 

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CLOD-HOPPERS

 

Noun, plural:.Name given by country people to large or heavy boots. "Young Bill ain't arf got a tidy pair of clod hoppers on today." "Stomp them large lumps of earth down with your clophoppers, Tommy." "Oi wants a payer (pair) of Sunday boots, not them there great clad-hopper things." (see also Clad--hoppers)

 

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CLOSE kloas

 

Noun: The enclosed yard, or fenced-in field adjoining a farm house. Thus, at Eastry we speak of Hamel Close, which is an enclosed field immediately adjoining Eastry Court. So, a Kentish gentleman writes in 1645: "This was the third crop of hay some closes about Burges had yealded that yeare." - Bargrave MS Diary. The word is often met with in Kentish wills; thus, Will of Thomas Godfrey, 1542, has, "My barne. . .with the closses in the same appertayning."

 

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CLOUT

 

Verb: (3) To hit. - L.R.A.G.

 

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CLOUT klout

 

Noun: (2) A clod or lump of earth, in a ploughed field.

 

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CLOUT klout

 

Noun: (1) A blow with the palm of the hand. "Mind what ye'r 'bout or I will gie ye a clout on the head."

 

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CLOUTS

 

Noun: (4) Clothes. - L.R.A.G.

 

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CLUCK kluk

 

Adjective: Drooping; slightly unwell; used, also, of a hen when she wants to sit. "I didn't get up so wery early dis marnin' as I felt rather cluck."

 

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CLUNG

 

Noun: (2) Wet, unworkable ground, (? from Cling), otherwise called steelly. - R.Cooke. (see also Steelly)

 

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CLUNG klung

 

Adjective: (1) Withered; dull; out of temper.

 

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CLUNK

 

Verb: To clump, as in "To clump about". This word, like so many others is of a bastard-dialect nature. It is neither pure dialect, or alteration through the brogue or a corruption. "Stop they clunking about the house in they clod-hoppers (heavy boots) you've got on." "It fell down clunk (fell heavily). " I'll gie ye such a clunk (hard blow) ower the head in a minute." "Don't 'ee clunk about young-un." Though this word is often used with regard to its relationship to heaviness, I have not actually heard it in regard to a clump i.e. a clump of trees, clump of flowers, clump of bushes..

 

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CLUTHER kludh-ur

 

Verb: (2) To make a noise generally, as by knocking things together. Used also of the special sound made by rabbits in their hole, just before they bolt out, e.g., "I 'eerd 'im cluther," i.e. I heard him make a noise; and implying, "Therefore, he will soon make a bolt." A variant of clatter.

 

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CLUTHER kluth-r

 

Noun: (1) A great noise.

 

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CLUTTER klut-r

 

Noun: (1) A litter. "There's always such a lot of clutter about his room."

 

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CLUTTER klut-ur

 

Verb: (2) To make a noise generally, as by knocking things together. Used also of the special sound made by rabbits in their hole, just before they bolt out, e.g., "I 'eerd 'im cluther," i.e. I heard him make a noise; and implying, "Therefore, he will soon make a bolt." A variant of clatter.(see also Cluther 2)

 

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COADCHER

 

Noun: Cold-Cheer, meaning a cold meal, or a hot meal that has been allowed to grow cold. The Sussex dialect calls it Coadgear and it means exactly the same. "Hey, old ooman (wife) what does ye call this? Ivery (every) noight this cold-weather week oive only had coadcher to come 'ome to. Bread and cheese and pickles aint no meal for a wukkin (working) man this time o' yurr." "It may hev (have) ben hot when you made it mither (mother) but it be only coadcher now, anyways." - Wealden.

 

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COAL-SHOOT koa-l-shoo-t

 

Noun: A coal scuttle.

 

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COARSE koars

 

Adjective: Rough, snowy, windy weather.

 

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COB kob

 

Verb: To throw gently.

 

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COBBLE kob-l

 

Noun: An icicle. (see also Aquabob, Cock-bell, Cog-bell, Icily)

 

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COB-IRONS kob-eirnz

 

Noun, plural: And-irons; irons standing on the hearth, and intended to keep the brands and burning coals in their place; also the irons by which the spit is supported. "One payer of standing cobyrons." . . . . "One payer of cob-irons or brand-irons.". . . . "Item in the Greate Hall. . . . a payer of cob-irons." - Boteler Inventories in the Memorials of Eastry. (see also Andirons, Brand-irons, Firedogs)

 

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COCK-BELL kok-bel

 

Noun: An icicle. The Bargrave MS. Diary, describing the weather in France in the wInterjection:of 1645 says, "My beard had sometimes yce on it as big as my little finger, my breath turning into many cock-bells as I walked." (see also Aquabob, Cobble, Cog-bell, Icily)

 

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COCKER kok-ur

 

Verb: To indulge; to spoil, Ecclus.Ch 30 v 9. - "Cocker thy child and he shall make thee afraid."

 

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COCKLE kok-l

 

Noun: A stove used for drying hops.

 

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CODDLE

 

Verb: To mess about or to fuss around. "Oh dear me, Annie! I wish you wouldn't coddle about the house on your half-day, but run off home to see your parents, or even go into the pictures in town for a couple of hours." "My old grandpa's always coddling about in his toolshed for something or other."

 

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CODDLER

 

Noun: One who coddles, or fusses. "If there was ever a greater or more vexatious coddler than your fayther (father) ever born, I'd sure liken (like ) to see him.".

 

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COG-BELLS kog-bel

 

Noun, plural:. (1) Icicles. Lewis writes cog-bells; and so the word is so pronounced in Eastry. "There are some large cog-bells hanging from the thatch." (see also Aquabob, Cobble, Cock-bell, Icily)

 

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COG-BELLS

 

Noun, plural:. (2) See Congbells (2). Cog-bells is merely the alteration of Cong to Cog - i.e. the dropping of the N through the habitual word-laziness of the Wealden folk.

 

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COILER-HARNESS

 

Noun: The trace harness.

 

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COLD koald

 

Noun: In Phrase: se, "Out of cold." Water is said to be out of cold when it has just got the chill off.

 

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COLLAR kol-ur

 

Noun: Smut in wheat.

 

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COLLARDS

 

Noun, plural:. Spring greens.- Nicky Newbury. 1973.

 

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COLLARMAKER kol-ur-mai-kur

 

Noun: A saddler who works for farmers; so called, because he has chiefly to do with the mending and making of horses' collars.

 

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COMB koam

 

Noun: An instrument used by thatchers to beat down the straw, and then smooth it afterwards.

 

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COMBE koom

 

Noun: A valley. This word occurs in a great number of place-names in Kent.

 

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COME kum

 

Preposition: . On such a day, or at such a time when it arrives. "It'll be nine wiks come Sadderday sin' he were took bad."

 

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COMPOSANT kom-puzant

 

Noun: The luminous appearance sometimes seen on the masts and yards of ships at sea, the result of electricity in the air. "Besides hearing strange sounds, the poor fisherman often sees the composant. As he sails along, a ball of fire appears dancing about the top of his mast; it is of a bluish, unearthly colour, and quivers like a candle going out; sometimes it shifts from the mast-head to some other portion of the vessel, where there is a bit of pointed iron; and sometimes there are two or three of them on different parts of the boat. It never does anybody any harm, and it always comes when squally weather is about. "Englishmen are not good hands at inventing names and I think the Folkestone people most likely picked up the word from the Frenchmen whom they meet out at sea in pursuit of herrings." - F. Buckland

 

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CONCLUDE konkleu-d

 

Verb: To decide. "So he concluded to stay at home for a bit."

 

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CONE koan

 

Verb: To crack or split with the sun, as timber is apt to do; as though a wedge had been inserted in it. A derivative of Anglo-Saxon cinan, to split.

 

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CONE-WHEAT koan-weet

 

Noun: Bearded wheat. (see also Durgan-wheat)

 

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CONGBELLS

 

Noun, plural:. (1) The drips of mucous from an inflamed nose or droplets of moisture that have made their way from the eyes when made to weep by cold winds into the nose and been exuded at the tips of the nasal organ. Cong is the further corruption of the slang Conk, or Nose. Bells is the name given to the drops of water or mucous which they are supposed to resemble! Thus Cong (conk; nose) - Bells (drips or drops).

 

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CONGBELLS

 

Noun, plural:. (3) The fruits of the grape-vine are also called congbells and I once heard a lad, who did not known what they were remark to the owner of the vine, "That I likes them little-ballhangdowns, sir."

 

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CONG-BELLS

 

Noun, plural:. (2) Very short icicles hanging from trees, buildings etc. especially if they are dripping in a thaw. Also icicles formed by frozen breath on a man's beard or moustache. (see also Cogbells)

 

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CONJURE

 

vb,adj To be skilled in work; to be helpfull at work. "Yes, Peter. He is a very conjurable man. There beant (be not) a job on this farm that he can't do real good-like." "Ask old Harry to help us to conjure this sack of oats up onto the top o' this wagon." "Let him alone a-while and he'll conjure that old ile (oil) engine to go." "It was pretty to watch them thurr (there) ship dogs (sheep-dogs) conjure they ship (sheep) in to they folds."

 

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CONNIVER konei-vur

 

Verb: To stare, gape. "An so we sasselsail'd along And crass de fields we stiver'd, While dickey lark kept up his song An at de clouds conniver'd"

 

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CONTRAIRIWISE contrai-r'iweiz

 

Adjective: On the contrary.

 

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CONTRAIRY contrai-r'I

 

Adjective: Disagreeable; unmanageable. "Drat that child, he's downright contrary to-day."

 

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CONYGARTHE kun-igaarth

 

Noun: A rabbit warren. Lambarde, 1596. - "The Isle of Thanet, and those Easterne partes are the grayner; the Weald was the wood; Rumney Marsh is the meadow plot; the North downes towardes the Thaymse be the conygarthe or warreine."

 

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COOCH-GRASS

 

Noun: Triticum repens, a coarse, bad species of grass, which grows rapidly on arable land, and does much mischief with its long stringy roots. (see also Couch-grass)

 

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COOL-BACK kool-bak

 

Noun: A shallow vat, or tub, about 12 or 18 inches deep, wherein beer is cooled. "Item in the brewhouse, two brewinge tonns, one coole-back, two furnisses, fower tubbs with other. . . £6 14s. - Boteler Inventory, Memorials of Eastry, p 226.

 

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COOM

 

Noun: Grease, after thickening on wheels etc and becoming worn out, is called coom. - R. Cooke.

 

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COOPEONS

 

Noun, plural:. Coupons. "Don't give up all they coopeons off the ration books this week. We may need some for next week if we can't get into town where's there a more variety of stuff to choose from that aint on the ration."

 

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COP kop

 

Verb: (2) To throw; to heap anything up .

 

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COP kop

 

Noun: (1) A shock of corn; a stack of hay or straw (see also Shock)

 

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COP

 

Verb: (4) To catch. "You'll cop it" Is there a connection between 'to cop' and 'copper' or policeman? - J. H.Bridge.

 

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COP

 

Verb: (3) To hit; and extension of 'to catch'. "He copped him one on the jaw." - Plumstead, West Kent. L.R.A.G.

 

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COPE koap

 

Verb: To muzzle; thus, " to cope a ferret" is to sew up its mouth.

 

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COPSAN

 

Noun: Head of a sluice in Teynham Marshes. - Sittingbourne. W.C.B.Purser. 1935.

 

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COPSE kops

 

Noun: A fence across a dyke, which has no opening. A term used in marshy districts.

 

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CORBEAU kor-boa

 

Noun: The fish Cottus gobio, elsewhere called the miller's thumb, or bull-head. (see also Miller's thumb)

 

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CORD-WOOD kord-wuod

 

Noun: A pile of wood, such as split-up roots and trunks of trees stacked for fuel. A cord of wood should measure eight feet long x four feet high x four feet thick.

 

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CORSE kors

 

Noun: The largest of the cleavers used by a butcher.

 

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COSSET kos-it

 

Verb: To fondle; to caress; to pet.

 

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COSSETY kos-iti

 

Adjective: Used of a child that has been petted, and expects to be fondled and caressed.

 

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COST koast

 

Noun: A fore-quarter of a lamb; "a rib".

 

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COTCHERING koch-uring

 

partc Gossiping.

 

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COTCHULL

 

Adjective: Upset. "He be cotchull today. His wife be in the Cottage Hospital to have her young-un born." "If you aint a good boy, to your old grandma, you'll mak me rare cotchull, you will.".

 

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COTERELL kot-ir'el

 

Noun: A little raised mound in the marshes to which the shepherds and their flocks can retire when the salterns are submerged by the tide.

 

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COTTON kot-on

 

Verb: To agree together, or please each other. "They cannot cotton no-how!"

 

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COUCH-GRASS kooch-grass

 

Noun: Triticum repens, a coarse, bad species of grass, which grows rapidly on arable land, and does much mischief with its long stringy roots. (see also Cooch-grass)

 

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COUGE koag

 

Noun: A dram of brandy.

 

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COUPLING BAT kup-lin bat

 

Noun: A piece of round wood attached to the bit (in West Kent), or ringle (in East Kent), of two plough horses to keep them together.

 

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COURT koart

 

Noun: The manor house, where the court leet of the manor is held. Thus, Eastry Court is the old house, standing on the foundations of the ancient palace of the Kings of Kent, wherein is held annually the Court of the Manor of Eastry (see also Court Lodge)

 

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COURT FAGGOT koart fag-ut

 

Noun: This seems to have been the name, anciently given, to the best and choicest fagot. 1523 - "For makyng of ten loodis of court fagot, 3s. 4d." - Accounts of St John's Hospital, Canterbury.

 

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COURT LODGE koart loj

 

Noun: The manor house, where the court leet of the manor is held. Thus, Eastry Court is the old house, standing on the foundations of the ancient palace of the Kings of Kent, wherein is held annually the Court of the Manor of Eastry (see also Court)

 

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COURT-CUPBOARD koart-cub-urd

 

Noun: A sideboard or cabinet used formerly to display the silver flagons, cups, beakers, ewers, etc., i.e., the family plate, and distinquished from "the livery cupboard", or wardrobe. In the Boteler Inventory, we find that there were in the best chamber "Half-a-dowson of high joynd stooles, fower low joynd cushian stooles, two chayers, one court cubbard, etc." - Memorials of Eastry, p 225; and again on p 227; "In the greate parler, one greate table. . . one courte cubbard, one greate chayer, etc." "Away with the joint-stools, remove the court cupboard, look to the plate." - Romeo and Juliet, Act 1 Sc.5.

 

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COVE koav

 

Noun: A shed; a lean-to or low building with a shelving roof, joined to the wall of another; the shelter which is formed by the projection of the eaves of a house acting as a roof to an outbuilding. (see also Coved, Coven)

 

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COVED koa-vd

 

Adjective: With sloping sides; used of a room, the walls of which are not perpendicular, but slant inwards, thus fowming sides and roof. "Your bedsteddle couldn't stand there, because the sides are coved." (see also Cove, Coven)

 

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COVE-KEYS koa-v-keez

 

Noun, plural:. Cowslips. (see also Culver Keys, Horsebuckle, Lady-keys (2), Paigle, Pegle)

 

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COVEL kov-l

 

Noun: A water tub with two ears.

 

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COVEN koa-vn

 

Adjective: Sloped; slanted. "It has a coven ceiling." (see also Cove, Coved)

 

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COVERLYD kuv-urlid

 

Noun: The outer covering of the bed which lies above the blankets; a counterpane. In the Boteler Inventory we find "In the best chamber . . . one fether bedd, one blanckett, one covertleed. Item in the lower chamber. . . . two coverleeds . Item in the middle chamber. . . a coverlyd and boulster." - Memorials of Eastry, p 224. (see also Covertlid)

 

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COVERTLID kuv-urtlid

 

Noun: The outer covering of the bed which lies above the blankets; a counterpane. In the Boteler Inventory we find "In the best chamber . . . one fether bedd, one blanckett, one covertleed. Item in the lower chamber. . . . two coverleeds . Item in the middle chamber. . . a coverlyd and boulster." - Memorials of Eastry, p 224. (see also Coverlyd)

 

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COW kou

 

Noun: (1) A pitcher.

 

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COW

 

Verb: (3) To be afraid of. "He cowed at going down that well." - R Cooke.

 

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COW' kou

 

Noun: (2) The moveable wooden top of the chimney of a hop-oast or malt-house. (see also Cowl)

 

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COW-CRIB kou-krib

 

Noun: The square manger for holding hay, etc., which stands in the straw-yard, and so is constructed as to be low at the sides and high at the corners.

 

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COWL koul

 

Noun: The moveable wooden top of the chimney of a hop-oast or malt-house. (see also Cow')

 

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COW-MOUTH

 

Adjective: When the stub is left with an uneven cut, hollow in the middle, this is called a cow-mouth cut. - R Cooke.

 

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COW-PIE

 

Noun: Pudding pie. - Rochester district. Nicky Newbury's grandmother. 1973. (see also Pudding Pie)

 

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CRACK-NUT krak-nut

 

Noun: A hazel nut, as opposed to cocoa nuts, Brazil nuts, etc.

 

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CRAMP-WORD

 

Noun: A word difficult to be understood. "Our new parson, he's out of the sheeres, and he uses so many of these here cramp-words."

 

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CRANK krangk

 

Verb: (2) To mark cross wise.

 

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CRANK krangk

 

Adjective: (1) Merry; cheery.

 

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CREAM kreem

 

Verb: To crumble. Hops, when they are too much dried are said to cream, i.e. to crumble to pieces.

 

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CREET kreet

 

Noun: A cradle, or frame-work of wood, placed on a scythe when used to cut corn.

 

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CREFT

 

Noun: Craft. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The' Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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CRIPS krips

 

Adjective: Crisp. Formed by transposition, as Aps for Asp, etc. (see also Crup)

 

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CRIPT kript

 

Adjective: Depressed; out of spirits. (see also Cruppish.)

 

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CROCK krok

 

Verb: (2) To put away; lay by; save up; hide. "Ye'd better by half give that butter away, instead of crocking it up till it's no use to nobody."

 

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CROCK krok

 

Noun: (1) An earthen pan or pot, to be found in every kitchen, and often used for keeping butter, salt, etc. It is a popular superstition that if a man goes to the place where the end of the rainbow rests he will find there a crock of gold. A.D. 1536 - "Layd owt for a crok. . . ." - Accounts of St. John's Hospital, Canterbury

 

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CROCK BUTTER krok but-ur

 

Noun: Salt butter which has been put into earthernware crocks to keep during the wInterjection:

 

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CROFT krauft

 

Noun: A vault.

 

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CROSHABELL krosh-ubel

 

Noun: A coutezan.

 

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CROUCHEN

 

Noun, plural:.Crosses. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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CROW kroa

 

Noun: The fat adhering to a pig's liver; hence, "liver and crow" are generally spoken of and eaten together.

 

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CROW-FISH kroa-fish

 

Noun: The common stickleback. Gasterosteus aculeatus.

 

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CRUMMY krum-I

 

Adjective: Filthy and dirty, and covered with vermin.

 

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CRUNDLE

 

Verb: (2) To crumple. "Don't 'ee crundle (crumple) up that newspaper, your grandfayther hasn't read it yet."

 

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CRUNDLE

 

Verb: (1) To crumble; to crush, to break up into small pieces; to disintegrate. With the dialect the' m' of crumble has been replaced with the letter 'n', "Now be a good boy and crundle that bread into your nice hot soup." "I'm just going to crundle up these here clods then I'll be in to supper."

 

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CRUNDLED

 

Verb: Crumbled. "They crundled up the stones with the steam-roller." "The old wall crundled down in pieces."

 

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CRUNDLING

 

Crumbling. "The old house is gradually crundling away".

 

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CRUP krup

 

Adjective: (2) Crisp. "You'll have a nice walk, as the snow is very crup." (see also Crips)

 

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CRUP krup

 

Noun: (1) The crisp, hard skin of a roasted pig, or of roast pork (crackling); a crisp spice-nut; a nest. "There's a wapses crup in that doated tree." (see also Crips)

 

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CRUPPISH krup-ish

 

Adjective: Peevish; out of sorts. A man who has been drinking overnight will sometimes say in the morning: "I feel cruppish." (see also Cript)

 

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CRYEPE

 

Verb: Creep. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. Usual Old English forms = Creope (crepe). It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dy-epe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic

 

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CUCKOO BREAD

 

Noun: The wood sorrel. Oxalis acetosella.

 

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CUCKOO-CORN

 

Noun: Corn sown too late in the spring..

 

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CUCKOO-PINT

 

Noun: The wild arum. (see also Kitty-come-down-the-lane-jump-up-and-kiss-me, Lady-keys (1), Lady-lords)

 

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CUCKOO'S BREAD AND C

 

Noun: The seed of the mallow.

 

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CULCH kulch

 

Noun: (2) Any and every kind of rubbish, e.g., broken tiles, slates, and stones. "Much may be done in the way of culture, by placing the oysters in favourable breeding beds, strewn with tiles, slates, old oyster shells, or other suitable culch for the spat to adhere to." - Life of Frank Buckland. (see also Pelt, Sculch, Scultch, Scutchel)

 

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CULCH kulch

 

Noun: (1) Rags; bits of thread; shoddy.

 

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CULL kul

 

Noun: (2) The culls of a flock are the worst; picked out to be parted with.

 

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CULL kul

 

Verb: (1) To pick; choose; select.

 

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CULVER KEYS kulv-urkeez

 

Noun: The cowslip. Primula veris. (see also Cove-keys, Horsebuckle, Lady-keys (2), Paigle, Pegle)

 

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CUMBERSOME kumb-ursum

 

Adjective: Awkward; inconvenient. "I reckon you'll find that gurt coät mighty cumbersome."

 

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CURRANTBERRIES kur-r'unt-ber-r'iz

 

Noun, plural:. Currants.

 

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CURS kurs

 

Adjective: Cross; shrewish; surly.

 

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CYPRESS sei-prus

 

Noun: A material like crape. 'In Sad cypress let me be laid' Shakespeare. (see also Cyprus)

 

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CYPRUS sei-prus

 

Noun: A material like crape. (see also Cypress)

 

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DABBERRIES dab-eriz

 

Noun, plural:. Gooseberries. (see also Goosegogs, Guozgogs)

 

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DAFFY

 

Noun: (2) A small quantity of spirits. "He's fond of his daffys." - J.H.Bridge.

 

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DAFFY daf-I

 

Noun: (1) A large number or quantity, as " a rare daffy of people."

 

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DAG dag

 

Noun: (2) A lock of wool that hangs at the tail of a sheep and draggles in the dirt.

 

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DAG dag

 

Verb: (1) To remove the dags or clots of wool, dirt, etc., from between the hind legs of a sheep. (see also Clat)

 

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DAGG

 

Noun: A large pistol. Boteler Inventory, 1600. - "Item in Jonathan Boteler's chamber: fower chestes with certain furniture for the warrs, viz., two corslettes, one Jack, two muskets furnished, one horseman's piec furnished, one case of daggs, two caliurs with swords and daggers, prized at . . . .£4. - Memorials of Eastry, p 22.

 

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DAG-WOOL

 

Noun: Refuse wool; cut off in trimming the sheep.

 

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DAMPIFIED

 

Adjective: Denotes that the air is inclined to be, or feel, damp, a situation foretelling imminent rain. "We look like getting some rain mighty soon: the air is quite dampified."

 

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DAMPING

 

Verb: To drizzle with rain, though not actually raining. "No it aint raining yet, mum: it's only damping.". (see also Dampified)

 

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DANG dang

 

Interjection:A substitution for "damn." "Dang your young bóánes, doänt ye give me no more o' your sarce."

 

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DAN'L

 

Noun: The smallest animal in a litter of kittens, puppies or piglets. "Considering he wur a dan'l pup, he's sure growed up into a tidy sized darg (dog)." (see also Anthony-pig, Dannel, Runt)

 

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DANNEL

 

Noun: The smallest animal in a litter of kittens, puppies or piglets. Really the correct use of dannel, as spoken in the Weald is for the smallest of a littler of piglets. "He may be the dannel of the pack (litter), but he sure is a real lively old young 'un, that there squeaker (piglet)". (see also Anthony-pig, Dan'l, Runt)

 

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DAPPY

 

Adjective: Half-witted. - Plumstead, West Kent. L.R.A.G.

 

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DARVEL

 

Noun: Devil. A combination of Kentish Wealden and Kentish Gipsy dialects. "They younguns be regular young darvels." (see also Dar'vl)

 

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DAR'VL

 

Noun: Devil. A combination of Kentish Wealden and Kentish Gipsy dialects. "They younguns be regular young darvels." (see also Darvel)

 

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DAWTHER dau-dhur

 

Verb: To tremble or shake; to move in an infirm manner. "He be getting' in years now, and caant do s'much as he did, but he manages jus' to dawther about the shop a little otherwhile." (see also Dodder)

 

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DAWTHER-GRASS dau-dhur

 

Noun: A long shaking grass, elsewhere called Quaker, or quaking, grass. Briza media. (see also Dodder-grass)

 

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DAWTHERY dau-dhur'I

 

Adjective: Shaky; tottery; trembling; feeble. Used commonly of old people - "He begins to get very dawthery.

 

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DEAD

 

Verb: Dead. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.' (see also Dyad, Dyead)

 

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DEAD-ALIVE ded-ulei-v

 

Adjective: Dull; stupid. "It's a dead-alive place."

 

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DEAF

 

Noun: Deaf. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.' (see also Dyeaf)

 

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DEAL deel

 

Noun: (1) A part; portion. Anglo-Saxon doel, from doelan, to divide; hence our expression, to deal cards, i.e. giving a fair portion to each; and dole, a gift divided or distributed. Leviticus Ch 14.v 10 - "And on the eighth day he shall take two he lambs withour blemish, and one ewe lamb of the first year without blemish, and two tenth deals of fine flour for a meat offering, mingled with oil, and one log of oil." (see also Doleing)

 

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DEAL dee-l

 

Noun: (2) The nipple of a sow, bitch, fox or rat.

 

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DEATH deth

 

Adjective: (1) Deaf. "It's a gurt denial to be so werry death." "De ooman was so plaguey death She cou'den make 'ar hear." - Dick and Sal, st 59

 

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DEATH

 

Noun: (2 )Death. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.' (see also Dyath)

 

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DEATHNESS deth-ness

 

Noun: Deafness.

 

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DEAU

 

Noun: Dew. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.' (see also Dyau)

 

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DEE

 

Noun: Day. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Present dialect form i.e. 1863.

 

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DEEK dee-k

 

Noun: A dyke or ditch. The " i " in Kent and Sussex is often pronounced as i in French. (see also Dick)

 

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DEEKERS dee-kurz

 

Noun, plural:. Men who dig ditches (deeks) and keep them in order. (see also Dykers)

 

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DEN

 

Noun: A wooded valley, affording pasturage; also a measure of land; as in Somner, Antiquities of Canterbury, p. 27, ed. 1703, where we read: "The Manor of Lenham, consisting of 20 ploughlands and 13 denes." This word den is a very common one as a place-name, thus there are several Denne Courts in East Kent; and in the Weald especially, den is the termination of the name of many parishes, as well as of places in those parishes, thus we have Biddenden, Benenden, Bethersden, Halden, Marden, Smarden, Tenterden, Ibornden, etc. (see also Dene, Denne)

 

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DENCHER-POUT dench-ur-pout

 

Noun: A pout, or pile of weeds, stubble, or rubbish, made in the fields for burning, a cooch-fire, as it is elsewhere called. (see also Densher-pout)

 

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DENE dee-n

 

Noun: A wooded valley, affording pasturage; also a measure of land; as in Somner, Antiquities of Canterbury, p. 27, ed. 1703, where we read: "The Manor of Lenham, consisting of 20 ploughlands and 13 denes." This word den is a very common one as a place-name, thus there are several Denne Courts in East Kent; and in the Weald especially, den is the termination of the name of many parishes, as well as of places in those parishes, thus we have Biddenden, Benenden, Bethersden, Halden, Marden, Smarden, Tenterden, Ibornden, etc. (see also Den, Denne)

 

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DENIAL dener-ul

 

Noun: A detriment; drawback; hindrance; prejudice. "It's a denial to a farm to lie so far off the road."

 

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DENNE den

 

Noun: A wooded valley, affording pasturage; also a measure of land; as in Somner, Antiquities of Canterbury, p. 27, ed. 1703, where we read: "The Manor of Lenham, consisting of 20 ploughlands and 13 denes." This word den is a very common one as a place-name, thus there are several Denne Courts in East Kent; and in the Weald especially, den is the termination of the name of many parishes, as well as of places in those parishes, thus we have Biddenden, Benenden, Bethersden, Halden, Marden, Smarden, Tenterden, Ibornden, etc. (see also Den, Dene)

 

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DENSHER-POUT den-shur-pout

 

Noun: A pout, or pile of weeds, stubble, or rubbish, made in the fields for burning, a cooch-fire, as it is elsewhere called. (see also Dencher-pout)

 

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DESTINY dest-ini

 

Noun: Destination. "When we have rounded the shaw, we can keep the boat straight for her destiny."

 

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DEVIL-IN-THE-BUSH

 

Noun: The flower otherwise called Love-in-the-mist. Nigella damascena.

 

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DEVILLED BLACKBERRI

 

Adjective: Late, i.e. October, fruiting blackberries. Possibly a connection with the country saying "Pick blackberries in October. The Devil takes over." - Pat Winzar. 1982.

 

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DEVIL'S THREAD

 

Noun: A weed that grows out in the fields. among the clover; it comes in the second cut, but does not come in the first. Otherwise called Hellweed. Cuscuta epithymum. (see also Hellweed)

 

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DEWLAPS

 

Noun, plural:. Coarse woollen stockings buttoned over others, to keep the legs warm and dry.

 

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DIAKNEN

 

Noun, plural:. Deacons. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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DIBBER dib-ur

 

Noun: An agricultural implement for making holes in the ground, wherein to set plants or seeds. (see also Dibble)

 

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DIBBLE dib-l

 

Noun: An agricultural implement for making holes in the ground, wherein to set plants or seeds. (see also Dibber)

 

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DICK dik

 

Noun: A dyke or ditch. The " i " in Kent and Sussex is often pronounced as i in French. (see also Deek)

 

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DICKER OF LEATHER

 

Noun: Ten hides or skins - John Kersey. Dictionarium Anglo-Britannicum, 1708. The word is used in an inventory of an Egerton tanner, a Wealden family. Kent Archives Office

 

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DICKY dik-I

 

Noun: Poorly; out of sorts; poor; miserable. "When I had the dicky feelin', I wishes I hadn't been so neglackful o' Sundays."

 

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DICKY-HEDGE-POKER dik-i-hej-poa-ker

 

Noun: A hedge-sparrow. (see also Mollie)

 

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DIDAPPER

 

Noun: The dab-chick. (see also Divedapper)

 

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DIDOS dei-doaz

 

Noun, plural:.Capers; pranks; tricks. "Dreckly ye be backturned, there he be, a-cutting all manner o' didos."

 

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DIEPE

 

Adjective: Deep. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. Usual Old English forms = Deop (depe). It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dy-epe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic. (see also Dyepe)

 

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DIERE

 

Dear. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. Usual Old English forms = Deore (duere, dure, dere). It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dy-epe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic (see also Dyere)

 

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DIN-A-LITTLE

 

Adjective: Within a liitle; nearly. "I knows din-a-little where I be now."

 

A Dictionary of the Kentish Dialect and Provincialisms (1888) 43 Page

 

 

DIRTY-MONEY

 

Noun: Monies paid for exceptionally dirty jobs or unhealthy work. - Chatham, Rochester, Strood and district, Royal Naval Dockyard workers. (see also Unker; unker-money)

 

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DISABIL dis-ubil

 

Noun: Disorder; untidy dress. French Déshabillé. "Dear heart alive! I never expected for to see you,sir! I'm all in a disabil."

 

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DISGUISED

 

Adjective: Tipsy. "I'd rááther not say as he was exactly drunk, but he seemed as though he was jes' a little bit disguised."

 

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DISH-MEAT dish-meet

 

Noun: Spoon meat, i.e. soft food, which requires no cutting up and can be eaten with a spoon.

 

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DISHWASHER dish-wosh-r

 

Noun: The water wagtail. Generally called "Peggy Dishwasher."(see also Peggy, Peggy Washdish)

 

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DISSIGHT disei-t

 

Noun: That which renders a person or place unsightly; a blemish; a defect. "Them there tumble-down cottages are a great dissight to the street."

 

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DIVEDAPPER

 

Noun: The dab-chick. (see also Didapper)

 

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DO doo

 

Verb: To do for anyone is to keep house for him. "Now the old lady's dead, Miss Gamble she goos in and doos for him."

 

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DOATED doa-tid

 

Adjective: Rotten. Generally applied to wood. "That thurrock is all out-o'-titler; the helers are all doated." (see also Doited)

 

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DOB dob

 

Verb: To put down. "So den I dobb'd him down de stuff, A plaguey sight to pay " - Dick and Sal, st 82

 

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DOBBIN dob-in

 

Noun: Temper. "He lowered his dobbin, " i.e. he lost his temper.

 

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DODDER dod-ur

 

Verb: To tremble or shake; to move in an infirm manner. "He be getting' in years now, and caant do s'much as he did, but he manages jus' to dawther about the shop a little otherwhile." (see also Dawther)

 

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DODDER-GRASS dod-ur-grass

 

Noun: A long shaking grass, elsewhere called Quaker, or quaking, grass. Briza media. (see also Dawther- grass)

 

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DODGER doj-ur

 

Noun: A night-cap.

 

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DOELS doa-lz

 

Noun, plural:. The short handles which project from the bat of a scythe, and by which the mower holds it when mowing. The several parts of the scythe are: a) the scythe proper, or cutting part, of shear steel; b) the trai-ring and trai-wedge by which it is fastened to the bat; c) the bat or long staff, by which it is held when sharpening, and which is cut peeked, so that it cannot slip; and d) the doles, as above described.

 

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DOG dau-g, dog

 

Noun: (1) An instrument for getting up hop-poles, called in Sussex a pole-putter. (see also Hopdog (2)

 

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DOG

 

Verb: (2) To follow another's footsteps. "She dogged him home." - J.H.Bridge.

 

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DOGS dogz

 

Noun, plural:. Two pieces of wood connected by a piece of string, and used by thatchers for carrying up the straw to its place on the roof, when arranged for thatching.

 

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DOGS' DAISY

 

Noun: The May weed, Anthemis cotula; so called, "'Cause it blows in the dog-days, ma'am."

 

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DOG-WHIPPER dog-wip-ur

 

Noun: The beadle of a church, whose duty it was, in former days, to whip the dogs out of church. The word frequently occurs in old Churchwardens' accounts.

 

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DOINGS doo-ingz

 

Noun, plural:. Odd jobs. When a person keeps a small farm, and works with his team for hire,. he is said to do doings for people.

 

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DOITED doi-tid

 

Adjective: Decayed (used of wood). "That 'ere old eelm (elm) is regular doited, and fit for nothing only cord wood." (see also Doated)

 

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DOLE doa-l

 

Noun: (1) A set parcel, or distribution; an alms; a bale or bundle of nets. "60 awins make a dole of shot-nets, and 20 awins make a dole of herring nets " - Lewis, p.24

 

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DOLE doa-l

 

Noun: (2) A boundary stone; the stump of an old tree left standing. (see also Dole-stone, Dowal, Dowl)

 

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DOLEING doa-ling

 

Noun: Almsgiving (see also Deal)

 

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DOLE-STONE doa-l-stoa-n

 

Noun: A landmark. (see also Dole (2), Dolly, Dowal, Dowl)

 

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DOLING doa-ling

 

Noun: A fishing boat with two masts, each carrying a sprit-sail. Boys, in his History of Sandwich, speaks of them as "ships for the King's use, furnished by the Cinque Ports."

 

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DOLLOP

 

Noun: (5) A portion "A dollop of lard." - Plumstead ,West Kent. L.R.A.G.

 

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DOLLOP dol-up

 

Noun: (1) A parcel of tea sewn up in canvas for smuggling purposes; a piece, or portion, of anything, especially food. "Shall I give ye some?" "Thankee, not too big a dollop."

 

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DOLLOP

 

Noun: (2) A canvas bag for holding tea used by old Kentish smugglers up to some fifty years ago. "And down in that little dell, back o' old Colonel Cheeseman's house at Chart Court (i.e. part of Little Chart parish) the smugglers used to rest their ponies and have supper. Then off they'd go again, alongside o' Little Chart Church, and by the old secret smuggler's way to Ashford, with their dollops of tea, all a neatly packed on they ponies backs."

 

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DOLLOP

 

Noun: (3) A long bramble. "I tore my pinnie on a great scratchy dollop, mum! There's a lot of them along the old hedge down the bottom of the garden. Perhaps uncle will swop (cut) 'em off with his brish-hook later on, aye?"

 

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DOLLOP

 

Noun: (4) A lump of anything that is semi-fluid or soft in texture. "Jimmie! run you out with the pail and shovel and scrape up that great dollop of hoss manure out of the rord (road)" "Now eat up that dollop of porridge! It's got real treacle on it, and it will help warm ye up no end." "Dang ye! Look at they dollops of mud ye've brought in an yer boots all over my nice clean floor."

 

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DOLLY

 

Noun: A tree marker to delineate boundary in coppice wood. - Peter Lambert. (see also Dolestone, Dole (2), Dowal, Dowl)

 

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DOLLYMOSH dol-imosh

 

Verb: To demolish; destroy; entirely spoil.

 

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DOLOURS dol-urz

 

Verb: A word expressive of the moaning of the wind, when blowing up for rain.

 

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DOLPHIN dol-fin

 

Noun: A kind of fly (aphis) which comes as a blight upon roses, honeysuckles, cinerarias, etc.; also upon beans. It is sometimes black, as on beans and honeysuckles; and sometimes green, as on roses and cinerarias.

 

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DONNY

 

Noun: A hand; donnies is the plural. These words are only used in connection with very young children and babies. "Shake your donny to dear grandma, then, baby." "She likes you auntie: look at her shaking her donnies to you, the dear little thing."

 

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DOODLE-SACK doo-dl-sak

 

Noun: A bagpipe.

 

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DORICK doa-rik

 

Verb: A frolic; lark; spree; a trick. "Now then, none o' your doricks."

 

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DOSS dos

 

Verb: To sit down rudely.

 

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DOSSET dos-it

 

Noun: A very small quantity of any liquid.

 

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DOUGH doa

 

Noun: A thick clay soil.

 

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DOVER-HOUSE doa-vur-hous

 

Noun: A necessary house.

 

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DOWAL dou-ul

 

Noun: A boundary post. 1630 - "Layd out for seauen dowlstones. .18p. For . . . to carrye these dowl stones from place to place, 2s. - MS Accounts, St Johns' Hospital, Canterbury. (see also Dole, Dole stone, Dolly, Dowl)

 

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DOWELS dou-lz

 

Noun, plural:. Low marshes.

 

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DOWL dou-l

 

Noun: A boundary post. 1630 - "Layd out for seauen dowlstones. .18p. For . . . to carrye these dowl stones from place to place, 2s. - MS Accounts, St Johns' Hospital, Canterbury. (see also Dole, Dole stone, Dolly, Dowal)

 

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DOWN doun

 

Noun: A piece of high open ground, not peculiar to Kent, but perhaps more used here than elsewhere. Thus we have Up-down in Eastry; Harts-down and North-down in Thanet; Leysdown in Sheppey; Barham Downs, etc. The open sea off Deal is termed the Downs.

 

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DOWNWARD dou-nwur'd

 

Adjective: The wind is said to be downwards when it is in the south.

 

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DOZTREN

 

Noun, plural:. Daughters. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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DRAB drab

 

Verb: To drub; to flog; to beat

 

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DRABBLES

 

Noun: Drabs. "He calleth or wyffs ill facid hores and drabbles." - Act Book Rochester 9f 195b in Hammond, The Story of an Outpost Parish, p 169.

 

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DRAGGLETAIL drag-ltail

 

Noun: (1) A slut, or dirty, untidy, and slovenly woman.

 

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DRAGGLE-TAIL

 

Noun: (2) A slut; a dirty woman; a slatternly housewife. "Considering she ain't got no younguns, she be a rare draggle-taile." "If you don't wash yourself young Liza, you'll grow up into nothing more than a lazy draggle-tail." A slatternly female is sometimes referred to as a "draggle-tailed sheep", on account of the filthy condition of such a poor animal's tail and hindquarters and organs of excretion and urination. To call a woman in Kent a "draggle-tailed sheep" is to factually insult her in the highest and bitterest mode possible amidst a rural community.

 

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DRAGGLE-TAIL

 

Noun: (4) A long-tailed sheep. "If old 'Squeaker' Pile don't soon catch and cut that draggle-tailed ship's (sheep's) tail, it will be fuller of maggots than old Ma Henniker's cheese is o' mites or a stargog (starling) full o' fleas."

 

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DRAGGLE-TAIL

 

Noun: (3) A long-tailed (old fashioned) skirt. "Look at that draggle-tail she's a-wearing! Must have belonged to her great-grandmither I should say."

 

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DRAGON'S TONGUE drag-unz tung

 

Noun: Iris foetidissima.

 

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DRAUGHT dr'aa-ft

 

Noun: The bar, billet, or spread-bat, to which the traces of all horses are fixed when four are being used at plough.

 

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DRAWHOOK drau-uok

 

Noun: An implement for cleaning out dykes, and freeing them of weeds, consisting of a threetined fork, bent round so as to form a hook, and fitted to a long handle. - East Kent. 1627 - "For mending on of the drawe hoockes." - MS. Accounts, St John's Hospital, Canterbury.

 

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DRAW-WELL drau-wel

 

Noun: A hole or well sunk for the purpose of obtaining chalk.

 

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DRAY drai

 

Noun: (1) A squirrel's nest.

 

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DRAY drai

 

Noun: (2) A word usually applied to places where there is a narrow passage through the slime and mud.

 

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DREAN dree-un

 

Verb: (2) To drip. "He was just dreäning wet when he came in."

 

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DREAN dree-un

 

Noun: (1) A drain.

 

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DRECKLY-MINUTE drek-li-min-it

 

Adjective: Immediately; at once; without delay; contracted from "directly this minute." (see also Minute (2)

 

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DREDGE drej

 

Noun: A bush-harrow. To drag a bundle of bushes over a field like a harrow.

 

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DRILL dril

 

Verb: To waste away by degrees.

 

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DRIV driv

 

Verb: To drive. "I want ye driv some cattle!" "Very sorry, but I'm that druv up I caan't do't!"

 

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DRIZZLE driz-l

 

Verb: To bowl a ball close to the ground.

 

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DROASINGS droa-zingz

 

Noun, plural:. Dregs of tallow.

 

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DROITS droit-s

 

Noun, plural:. Rights; dues; customary payments.

 

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DROKE droa-k

 

Noun: A filmy weed very common in standing water.

 

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DROPHANDKERCHIEF drop-angk-urchif

 

Noun: The game elsewhere called "kiss-in-the-ring".

 

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DROP-ROD

 

Verb: "To do drop rod" is an expression used of carrying hay or corn to the stack, when there are two wagons and only one team of horses; the load is then left at the stack, and the horses taken out of the rods or shafts, and sent to bring the other wagon from the field.

 

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DROSE droa-z

 

Verb: To gutter. Spoken of a candle flaring away, and causing the wax to run down the sides. "The candlestick is all drosed," i.e., covered with grease. (see also Drosley)

 

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DROSLEY

 

Verb: To gutter. Spoken of a candle flaring away, and causing the wax to run down the sides. "The candlestick is all drosed," i.e., covered with grease. (see also Drose)

 

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DROVE-WAY droa-v wai

 

Noun: A road for driving cattle to and from the marshes, etc, wherein they pasture.

 

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DRUMMER

 

Noun: A fully grown rabbit. The name being derived from the noise, or 'drumming' of the strong hind legs, upon the ground, when a large rabbit is surprised and scared, and runs hard to its burrow, giving earth-tremor warnings to any other rabbits in the immediate vicinity. (see also Jonnie)

 

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DRUV druv

 

Verb: Driven. "We wunt de druv."

 

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DRYTH drei-th

 

Noun: Drought; thirst. "I call cold tea very purty stuff to squench your dryth."

 

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DUFF duf

 

Noun: A dark coloured clay.

 

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DULL dul

 

Verb: To make blunt. "As for fish-skins - 'tis a terr'ble thing to dull your knife." - Folkestone.

 

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DULLING UP

 

Adjective: It becomes dull now and then; cloudy. "It keeps dulling up." - Landlord of 'Chiltern Hundreds', Boxley. J.W.Bridges 1932.

 

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DUMBLEDORE dumb-ldoar

 

Noun: A bumble bee; an imitative words allied to boom, to hum.

 

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DUN-CROW dun-kroa

 

Noun: The hooded or Royston crow, which is found in great numbers in North Kent during the wInterjection: Corvus cornix.

 

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DUNES deu-nz

 

Noun, plural:. Sand hills and hillocks, near the margins of the sea. At Sandwich, thieves were anciently buried alive in these dunes, or sand-hills. Boys' in his ' History of Sandwich', pp. 464-465, gives us the "Customal of Sandwich" from which it appears that ". . .in an appeal of theft or robbery if the person be found with the goods upon him, it behoves him to shew, on a day appointed, how he came by them , and, upon failure, he shall not be able to aquit himself. . .If the person, however, upon whom the goods are, avows that they are his own, and that he is not guilty of the appeal, he may acquit himself by 36 good men and true . . . and save himself and the goods. When the names of the 36 compurgators are delivered to the Bailiff in writing they are to be distinctly called over. . . and, if any one of them shall be absent, or will not answer, the appellee must suffer death. But if they all separately answer to their names, the Bailiff, on the part of the King, then puts aside 12 of the number, and the Mayor and Jurats 12 more, thereby agreeing together in fixing of the 12 of the 36 to swear with the Appellee that he is not guilty of the matters laid to his charge . . . The Accused is first sworn that he is not guilty, kissing the book, and then the others come up as they are called, and separately swear that the oath which the Appellee has taken is good and true, . . and that he is not guilty of what is alleged against him, kissing the book, . . by which the Appellee is acquitted and the Appellant becomes liable to an attachment, and his goods are at the disposal of the King. If, however, one of the 12 withdraws his hand from the book and will not swear, the Appellee must be executed; and all who are condemned in such cases are to be buried alive, in a place set apart for the purpose, at Sandown (near Deal) called 'The Thief Downs', which ground is the property of the Corporation." (see Guestling (1)

 

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DUNG DOLLEY

 

Noun: A cart for carrying manure through hop alleys in the summer time. - R Cooke. (see also Hop Dolley)

 

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DUNK

 

Verb: To throw down, up, or upon. "Dunk that old rubbish up here into the old car!" "Don't dunk that dirty old shirt down on my nice clean washing you idjit." "Dunk that truss o' hay down there by the barn-door, Willum!" "Real ockard (awkward) be young Garge. I sez to 'im, dunk it down 'ere - where the ground be dry - but no! 'e gooed (went) an' dunked it down in all that slub (semi-liquid manure) - by the old sow's stoi (stye)."

 

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DUNNAMANY dun-umeni

 

adj.Phrase: (1) I don't know how many. "'Tis no use what ye say to him, I've told him an't a dunnamany times." (see also Dunnamenny)

 

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DUNNAMENNY

 

adj.Phrase: (2) Don't know how many. "There's a tidy lot of chickens up at the poultry farm, but dunnamenny." (see also Dunnamany)

 

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DUNNAMUCH dun-umuch

 

adj.Phrase: I don't know how much.

 

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DUNTY dunt-I

 

Adjective: Stupid; confused. It also sometimes means stunted; dwarfish.

 

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DURGAN-WHEAT durg-un-weet

 

Noun: Bearded wheat. (see also Cone-wheat)

 

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DWARFS-MONEY

 

Noun: Ancient coins. So called in some places on the coast. (see also Bald-pates, Borrowpence, Hegs pence)

 

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DWINDLE

 

Noun: A poor sickly child. "Ah! he's a terr'ble poor little dwindle, I doän’t think he wun't never come to much."

 

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DYAD

 

Verb: Dead. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.' (see als Dead, Dyead)

 

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DYATH

 

Noun: Death. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.' (see also Death)

 

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DYAU

 

Noun: Dew. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.' (see also Deau)

 

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DYEAD

 

Verb: Dead. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.'

 

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DYEAF

 

Noun: Deaf. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.' (see also Deaf)

 

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DYEPE

 

Adjective: Deep. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. Usual Old English forms = Deop (depe) It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dy-epe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic (see also Diepe)

 

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DYERE

 

Dear. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. Usual Old English forms = Deore (duere, dure, dere). It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dy-epe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic. (see also Diere)

 

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DYEVELEN

 

Noun, plural:. Devils. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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DYKERS dei-kurz

 

Noun, plural:. Men who make and clean out dykes and ditches. 1536 - "Paid to a man for helping the dykers." - MS. Accounts, St. John's Hospital, Canterbury. (see also Deekers)

 

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DYSTER dei-str

 

Noun: The pole of an ox-plough.

 

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EAR ee-r

 

Verb: To plough. "Eryng of land three times." - Old Parish Book of Wye, 28 Henry 8. "Caesar, I bring thee word: Menocrates and Menas, famous pirates, Make the sea serve them, which they ear and wound With Keels of every kind . . . " - Anthony and Cleopatra, Act 1 Sc 4

 

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EAREN

 

Noun, plural:. Ears. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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EARING eer-r'ing

 

Noun: Ploughing, i.e., the time of ploughing. . . . "And yet there shall be five years in the which there shall be neither earing nor harvest." - Genesis Ch 45 v 6

 

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EARTH urth

 

Verb: To cover up with earth. "I've earthed up my potatoes"

 

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EAXE ee-uks

 

Noun: An ax, or axle.

 

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ECHE ee-ch

 

Noun: (1) An eke, or addition; as, an additional piece to a bell rope, to eke it out and make it longer. So we have Eche-End near Ash-next-Sandwich. 1525 - "For 2 ropes for eches for the bell ropys, 2d." Accounts, St. Dunstan's, Canterbury..

 

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ECHE ee-ch

 

Verb: (2) To eke out; to augment.

 

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ECKER ek-ur

 

Verb: To stammer; stutter.

 

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EDDER

 

Noun: Adder. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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EDDEREN

 

Noun, plural:. Adders. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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EELM ee-lm

 

Noun: Elm (see also Elvin)

 

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EEL-SHEER ee-lsheer

 

Noun: A three-pronged spear for catching eels.

 

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E'EN A'MOST ee-numoa-st

 

Adjective: Almost. Generally used with some emphasis.

 

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EEND ee-nd

 

Noun: A term iNoun, plural:oughing; the end of a plough-furrow. Two furrows make one eend. Always so pronounced. "I ain't only got two or three eends to-day, to finish the field." (see also End)

 

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EFFET ef-it

 

Noun: An eft; a newt. Anglo-Saxon, efete.

 

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EIREN

 

Noun, plural:. Eggs. Old English ei, an egg.

 

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ELDERN eld-urn

 

Noun: The elder tree, and its wood.

 

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ELE

 

Noun: Awl. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word. Old English - Ale and Owel.

 

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ELEVENSES elev-nziz

 

Noun: A drink or snack of refreshment at eleven o'clock in the forenoon. Called in Essex, Beevors; and in Sussex, Elevener. (see also Bever, Leavener, Progger, Scran)

 

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ELLINGE el-inj

 

Adjective: Solitary; lonely; far from neighbours; ghostly. 1470 - "Nowe the crowe calleth reyne with a eleynge voice." - Bartholomaeus de proprietatibus rerum. (see also Uncous, Unky)

 

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ELMESSEN

 

Noun, plural:. Alms. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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ELVIN el-vin

 

Noun: An elm. Still used, though rarely. (see also Eelm)

 

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EMMET em-ut

 

Noun: An ant. (see also Horse emmet)

 

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EMMET CASTS em-ut kaa-stiz

 

Noun: Ant hills. (see also Ammut-cast)

 

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END end

 

Noun: A term iNoun, plural:oughing; the end of a plough-furrow. Two furrows make one eend. Always so pronounced. "I ain't only got two or three eends to-day, to finish the field." (see also Eend)

 

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ENOW enoun. Enough. "Have ye got enow?"

 

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ENTETIG ent-itig

 

Verb: To introduce.

 

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EPPEL

 

Noun: Apple Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The' Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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EPS eps

 

Noun: The asp tree. (see also Aps (1)

 

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ERNFUL urn-ful

 

Adjective: (1) Lamentable. "Ernful bad", lamentably bad.

 

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ERNFUL urn-ful

 

Adjective: (2) Sorrowful. "ernful tune," sorrowful tunes.

 

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ERSH ur-sh

 

Noun: The stubble after the corn has been cut. (see also Grattan, Gratten, Gratton (1) & (2), Podder-gratten, Rowens)

 

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ESS es

 

Noun, plural:. A large worm.

 

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ESSHE

 

Noun: Ash. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The' Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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EVEN (to make)

 

Verb: "Also now of late on of our neybors namyd John Andrew lying uppon his bed sore sike a biding the mercy of God sent on of his sonnes to the vicar to com to hym yt he might make hym selfe even with god and the worlde." - Act Book of Rochester 9 fol 195b in Hammond 'The Story of an Outpost Parish' p 167. (see also Make even)

 

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EVERYTHING SOMETHI ev-rithing sup-m

 

Noun: Something of everything; all sorts of things. "She called me everything something,"i.e.she called me every name she could think of.

 

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EYESORE ei-soar

 

Noun: A disfigurement; a dissight; something which offends the eye, and spoils the appearance of a thing; a detriment. "A sickly wife is a great eyesore to a man."

 

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EYLEBOURNE ai-lboarn

 

Noun: An Interjection:ittent spring. "There is a famous eylebourn which rises in the parish (Petham) and sometimes runs but a little way before it falls into the ground." - Harris's History of Kent, p 240. (see Nailbourn)

 

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EZEN

 

Noun, plural:.Eyes. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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FACK fak

 

Noun: The first stomach of a ruminating animal, from which the herbage is resumed into the mouth.

 

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FADER faa-dur

 

Noun: Father. Extract from the will of Sir John Spyoer, Vicar of Monkton, A.D.1450 . . . . "The same 10 marc shall be for a priest's salary; one whole yere to pray for my soule, my fadyr soule, my modyr soul, and all crystyn soules." - Lewis, p.12. The pronounciation still prevails.

 

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FAGGS fagz

 

Interjection: Adjective: A cant word of affirmation; in good faith; indeed; truly. Shakespeare has: "I' fecks" = in faith, in A WInterjection:s Tale, Act 1 Sc 2, where we see the word in process of abbreviation. (see also Fags)

 

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FAGS fagz

 

Interjection: Adjective: A cant word of affirmation; in good faith; indeed; truly. Shakespeare has: "I' fecks" = in faith, in A WInterjection:s Tale, Act 1 Sc 2, where we see the word in process of abbreviation. (see also Faggs)

 

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FAIRISIES fai-r'iseez

 

Noun, plural:. Fairies. This reduplicated plural of fairy - fairyses - gives rise to endless mistakes between the fairies of the story-books and the Pharisees of the Bible. (see also Pharisees)

 

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FAIRY-SPARKS fai-r'i-sparks

 

Noun, plural:. Phosphoric light, sometimes seen on clothes at night, and in former times attributed to the fairies. Otherwise called "shell-fire".

 

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FAKEMENT fai-kmu'nt

 

Noun: Pain; uneasiness; distress. "Walking does give me fakement to-day." - Sittingbourne.

 

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FALL faul

 

Noun: (2) A portion of growing underwood, ready to fell or cut.

 

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FALL faul

 

Verb: (1) To fell; to cut down.

 

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FANTEEG fanteegn. A state of worry; excitement; passion. "We couldn't help laughing at the old lady, she put herself in such a fanteeg."

 

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FANTOD fan-tud

 

Adjective: Fidgetty; restless; uneasy.

 

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FARDLE faa-dl

 

Noun: A bundle; a little pack. Amongst the rates or dues of Margate Pier and Harbour, Lewis gives - "For every fardle. . . 1d." Italian, Fardello.

 

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FARGO

 

Noun: A bad smell. "Them privies want emptying, surelye! Pooh! What a fargo!" "They old pig-sties sure be chucking out a rare fargo!" (see also Fogo, Hoogoo, Hum (2), Hussle, Ponk, Wiff)

 

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FAT fat

 

Noun: A large open tub; a vat; a ton or tun. "And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil." - Joel Ch 2 v 24. (see also Ton, Tun)

 

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FATTEN fat-un

 

Noun: A weed.

 

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FAVOUR fai-vur

 

Verb: To resemble; have a likeness to another person. "You favour your father," i.e., you have a strong likeness to your father. "Joseph was a goodly person and well-favoured." - Genesis Ch 39 v 6 (see also Bly)

 

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FAYER

 

Adjective: (2) Honest. "I'll say he's a fayer and honest a eggler, you'll meet in many aday."

 

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FAYER

 

Adjective: (1) Fair. "Her hayer (hair) be as fayer as the ripe corn."

 

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FAZEN fai-zn

 

Adjective: The fazen eel is a large brown eel, and is so called at Sandwich in contradistinction to the silver eel.

 

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FEAR fee

 

Verb: To frighten. "To see his face the lion walk'd along Behind some hedge, because he would not fear him." - Shakespeare - Venus and Adonis.

 

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FEASE feez

 

Noun: (2) A feasy, fretting, whining child. Formed from the Adjective: feasy.

 

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FEASE feez

 

Verb: (1) To fret; worry. (see also Frape (1)

 

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FEASY fee-zi

 

Adjective: Whining; peevish; troublesome. "He's a feasy child." (see also Tattery)

 

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FEETENS fit-nz

 

Noun, plural:. Foot-marks; foot-prints; hoof-marks. "The rain do lodge so in the horses' feetens."

 

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FELD feld

 

Noun: A field - Sittingbourne. In other parts of Kent it is usually "fill". "Which way to Sittingbourne?" "Cater across that ere feld of wuts (oats)." (see also Fild, Fill)

 

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FELLET fel-it

 

Noun: A portion of a wood divided up for felling; a portion of felled woods.

 

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FELLOWLY fel-oali

 

Adjective: Familiar; free.

 

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FELTHE

 

Noun: Filth. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Felthe (K) = Fulthe (S) = Filth (see also Velthe)

 

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FENAGE

 

Verb: (1) To cancel. "You can fenage that agreement maister, I'll have no more to do with ye!"

 

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FENAGE

 

Verb: (2) To finish. "We can fenage this field tonight if the moon holds good."

 

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FENAGE

 

Verb: (3) To stop. "Hey, you boys! Give over running - fenage, will ye? If ye don't, I'll have the constable on ye."

 

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FENAGE

 

Noun: (4) The end. "Well that's the fenage of it, thank the Lord!"

 

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FENNY fen-I

 

Adjective: Dirty; mouldy as cheese.

 

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FERE

 

Noun: Fire. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Fere (K) = Fur (S) = Fire (N) (see also Vere)

 

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FESS

 

Verb: (1) Confess. "They made him fess he stole the apples." Fessed - "The old poacher fessed he were in the wood last night."

 

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FESS

 

Noun: (2) Mentally disturbed. "Stop banging on that old pail, you get me on quite a fess."

 

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FESSED

 

Verb: Puzzled. "I've tried to add these sums but they've got me fessed, sir."

 

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FESSED UP

 

Verb: Mental puzzlement of a useless, vacillating character. "All this rushing and tearing around get me all fessed up."

 

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FESSER

 

Noun: (1) Knowledge, a personal type of scholarship. Also a shortened form of Professor, used, though very rarely as a nickname. Mr Horton was given this nickname, he was the only 'fesser' in the parishes of Pluckley, Egerton and Little Chart. "That's old 'Fesser' Horton, he do know a rare mighty lot about the birds and beasties, like his old fayther did, who was gamekeeper to old Sir Edward Dering and afterwards to his son Sir Henry."

 

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FESSER

 

Noun: (2) Confessor. "He stood as fesser for them all."

 

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FET fet

 

Verb: To fetch.

 

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FEW feu

 

Adjective: This word is used as a substantive in such Phrase: ses as "a good few," "a goodish few," which mean "pretty many," or "a nice little lot."

 

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FICKLE fik-l

 

Verb: To fickle a person in the head with this or that, is to put it into his head; in a rather bad sense.

 

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FID fid

 

Noun: A portion of straw pulled out and arranged for thatching. Four or five fids are about as much as a thatcher will carry up in his dogs.

 

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FIDDLE FART-ARSE

 

Noun: A fidgetty character of pernickety habits. - West Kent. L.R.A.G 1920's.

 

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FIDDLER fid-lur

 

Noun: The angel, or shark-ray. "We calls these fiddlers because they're like a fiddle." The following couplet is current in West Kent: "Never a fisherman need there be, If fishes could hear as well as see."

 

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FIDGET-ARSE

 

Noun: See under "Fiddle arse about" in Eric Partridge, A Dictionary of Slang. - West Kent. L.R.A.G.1920's. (see also Fidgetty bum.)

 

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FIDGETTY BUM

 

Noun: See under "Fiddle arse about" in Eric Partridge, A Dictionary of Slang. - West Kent. L.R.A.G.1920's. (see also Fidget-arse)

 

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FIELD-ROOM

 

Noun: Corn cut green is said to want much field-room or to require standing a long time before it is fit to carry. - R Cooke.

 

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FILD fild

 

Noun: A field (see also Feld, Fill)

 

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FILL fil

 

Noun: A field. (see also Feld, Fild)

 

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FILL-NOR-FALL fil-nor-faul

 

An expression frequently used as to any person or anything lost. "My old dog went off last Monday, and I can't hear neither fill-nor-fall of him."

 

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FINGER-COLD fin-gur koal-d

 

Adjective: Cold to the fingers; "We shall very soon have the wInterjection:'pon us, 'twas downright fingercold first thing this morning." (see also Hand-cold)

 

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FINKLE fin-kl

 

Noun: Wild fennel. Faniculum vulgare.

 

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FIRE-BLAST

 

Noun: When in dry weather hop-leaves turn yellow, this is called 'fire-blast', also 'putting on the yellow stockings'. - R Cooke. (see also Yellow stockings, putting on)

 

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FIREDOGS

 

Noun, plural:. And-irons; irons standing on the hearth, and intended to keep the brands and burning coals in their place; also the irons by which the spit is supported. "One payer of standing cobyrons." . . . . "One payer of cob-irons or brand-irons.". . . . "Item in the Greate Hall. . . . a payer of cob-irons." - Boteler Inventories in the Memorials of Eastry. (see also Andirons, Brand-irons, Cob-irons)

 

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FIRE-FORK

 

Noun: A shovel for the fire, made in the form of a three-pronged fork, as broad as a shovel, and fitted with a handle made of bamboo or other wood. "Item in the kitchen. . . . one payer of tongs, one fire-forke of iron, etc." - Boteler Inventory, Memorials of Eastry, p. 227.

 

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FIRK

 

Verb: (3) To play the fool; to fool about. "Now stop firking around when I'm getting yer fayther's tea ready."

 

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FIRK

 

Verb: (4) To poke about. "It was wet yesterday, so I was able to firk around in the toolshed and put things ship-shape."

 

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FIRK

 

Verb: (2) To scratch. "They brambles do firk yer arms when gathering blackberries."

 

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FIRK

 

Verb: (1) To look after No.1 "I'm not a greedy bloke, but I do like to firk for myself."

 

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FLABERGASTED flab-urgastid

 

Adjective: or pp. Astonished and rather frightened.

 

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FLAM

 

Verb: (1) To deceive or cheat.

 

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FLAM

 

Noun: (2) A falsehood.

 

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FLAW flau

 

Verb: To flay; to strip the bark off timber. "I told him to goo down into de wood flawin', and he looked as tho' he was downright flabbergasted."

 

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FLAZZ

 

Adjective: Newly fledged.

 

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FLECK flek

 

Noun: Hares; rabbits; ground-game. "They killed over two hundred pheasants, but not but terr'ble little fleck." (see also Flick)

 

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FLEED fleed

 

Noun: The inside fat of a pig, from which lard is made.

 

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FLEED-CAKES flee-kaiks

 

Noun, plural: .Cakes made with the fresh fleed of a pig.

 

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FLEEKY flee-ki

 

Adjective: Flaky; in flakes.

 

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FLEET fleet

 

Noun: (1) A creek; a bay or inlet; a channel for the passage of boats and vessels, hence the name of North-fleet. Anglo-Saxon, fleot. "A certain Abbot. . . made there a certain flete in his own proper soil, through which little boats used to come to the aforesaid town (of Mynster). - Lewis p. 78 The word is still used about Sittingbourne, and is applied to sheets of salt and brackish water in the marshes adjoining the Medway and the Swale. Most of them have no communication with the tidal water, except through water-gates, but they generally represent the channels of streams which have been partly diverted by draining operations. (see also Flete)

 

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FLEET fleet

 

Noun: (4) Every Folkestone herring-boat carries a fleet of nets, and sixty nets make a fleet.

 

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FLEET fleet

 

Verb: (3) To skim any liquor, especially milk.

 

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FLEET fleet

 

Verb: (2) To float. The word is much used by North Kent bargemen, and occasionally by "inlanders." "The barge fleeted about four o'clock to-day."

 

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FLEET MILK

 

Noun: (2) Milk that has been de-creamed and fully separated of all its fats content. Another name is skim-milk. (see also Flit-milk)

 

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FLEET MILK

 

Noun: (1) Skimmed milk. ( see also Flit milk).

 

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FLEETING-DISH

 

Noun: A shallow dish for cream. ( see Fleet (3)

 

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FLEG

 

Noun: Flag. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Present dialect form i.e. 1863.

 

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FLETE fleet

 

Noun: A creek; a bay or inlet; a channel for the passage of boats and vessels, hence the name of North-fleet. Anglo-Saxon, fleot. "A certain Abbot. . . made there a certain flete in his own proper soil, through which little boats used to come to the aforesaid town (of Mynster). - Lewis p. 78 The word is still used about Sittingbourne, and is applied to sheets of salt and brackish water in the marshes adjoining the Medway and the Swale. Most of them have no communication with the tidal water, except through water-gates, but they generally represent the channels of streams which have been partly diverted by draining operations. (see also Fleet 1)

 

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FLICK flik

 

Noun: (1) The hair of a cat, or the fur of a rabbit. (see Fleck)

 

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FLICK

 

Noun: (2) Cow hair, used with clay in timber-framed houses. - Ron Baldwin. 1976.

 

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FLICKING-TOOTH-COMB flik-in-tooth-koam

 

Noun: A comb for a horse's mane.

 

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FLIG

 

Noun: The strands of grass.

 

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FLINDER flin-dur

 

Noun: A butterfly.

 

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FLINDER-MOUSE flind-ur-mous

 

Noun: A bat. (see also FlInterjection:mouse, Flitter-mouse)

 

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FLINTER-MOUSE flint-ur-mous

 

Noun: A bat. This form is Interjection:ediate between flinder-mouse and flitter mouse. The plural form is flInterjection:mees

 

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FLIT-MILK flit-milk

 

Noun: (1) Skim milk; the milk after the cream has been taken off it. (see also Fleet milk)

 

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FLIT-MILK

 

Noun: (2) Milk that has been de-creamed and fully separated of all its fats content. Another name is skim-milk. (see also Fleet-milk)

 

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FLITTER-MOUSE flit-ur-mous

 

Noun: A bat. (see also Flinder-mouse, FlInterjection:mouse)

 

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FLOAT float

 

Noun: A wooden frame, sloping outward, attached to the sides, head, or back, of a cart, enabling it to carry a larger load than would otherwise be possible.

 

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FLOWER flou-r

 

Noun: The floor (always pronounced thus).

 

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FLUE floo

 

Adjective: Delicate; weak; sickly. In East Kent it is more commonly applied to persons than to animals.

 

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FLUFF fluff

 

Noun: Anger; choler. "Dat raised my fluff." - Dick and Sal, st 74

 

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FLUMP

 

Noun: A fall causing a loud noise. "She came down with a flump on the floor."

 

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FLY-GOLDING

 

Noun: A lady-bird.also called a lady-cow. - R Cooke. (see also Bug (2), Lady-bug, Lady-cow, Golding, Mary-gold, Merrigo)

 

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FOAL'S FOOT

 

Noun: Colt's foot. Fussilago farfara.

 

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FOBBLE

 

Verb: To play about where there is a possibility of danger. "Don't 'ee fobble about on top o' that old chalk-hole (chalk quarry) or maybe ye'll get yerself kilt (killed) or injured."

 

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FOBBLER

 

Noun: A person who plays the fool; a 'silly ass'. "Look at that fobbler trying to stand on that post atop o' that barbed-wire fence." "He do talk such silly rot. He be a regular fobbler, I do say!" "Ye don't have to call me a fobbler just a-cause I was throwing stones at that old bottle on the style."

 

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FOBBLING

 

Verb: Playing about; to play around or about. "I wish they noisey young-uns would stop fobbling about right outside the door on a Sunday artnoon, when a body wants to have half-anhour wi her Bible, and to have a nice nap 'fore tea-time."

 

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FODDER

 

Noun: Fodder. R. Cooke (see also Fother)

 

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FODGEE

 

Noun: A farthing. - Maidstone. Fred Amies. L.R.A.G. 1977.

 

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FOG fog

 

Noun: The second crop of grass. From Low Latin, fogagium, or foragium. (See also Aftermath, Aftermeath)

 

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FOGO foa-goa

 

Noun: A stench. (see also Fargo, Hoogoo, Hum (2), Hussle, Ponk, Wiff)

 

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FOLD-PITCHER foald-pich-r

 

Noun: An iron implement, other-wise called a peeler, for making holes in the ground, wherein to put wattles or hop-poles. (see also Peeler)

 

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FOLKESTONE GIRLS foa-ksun galz

 

Noun, plural:. Folkestone girls; the name given to heavy rain clouds. - Chilham. "De Folkston gals looked houghed black; Old Walter'd roar'd about; Says I to Sal 'shall we go back?' 'No, no!' says she, 'kip out.' " - Dick and Sal, st 23 (See also Folkestone Lasses, Folkestone Washerwomen)

 

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FOLKESTONE LASSES foa-ksun las-sez

 

Noun, plural:. Folkestone girls; the name given to heavy rain clouds. - Chilham. "De Folkston gals looked houghed black; Old Walter'd roar'd about; Says I to Sal 'shall we go back?' 'No, no!' says she, 'kip out.' " - Dick and Sal, s 23 (See also Folkestone Girls, Folkestone Washerwomen)

 

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FOLKESTONE WASHER

 

Noun, plural:. Folkestone girls; the name given to heavy rain clouds. - Chilham. "De Folkston gals looked houghed black; Old Walter'd roar'd about; Says I to Sal 'shall we go back?' 'No, no!' says she, 'kip out.' " - Dick and Sal, st 23 (See also Folkestone Girls, Folkestone Lasses)

 

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FOLKESTONE-BEEF foa-ksun beef

 

Noun: Dried dog-fish. "Most of the fishermen's houses in Folkestone harbour are adorned with festoons of fish hung out to dry; some of these look like gigantic whiting. There was no head, tail or fins to them, and I could not make out their nature without close examination. The rough skin on their reverse side told me at once that they were a species of dog-fish. I asked what they were? 'Folkestone-beef,' was the reply." - F. Buckland.

 

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FOLKS foa-ks

 

Noun, plural:. The men-servants. - East Kent. "Our folks are all out in de fill."

 

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FOOTROAD

 

Noun: A foot-path.- R Cooke.

 

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FOR for

 

Preposition: . Used in adjectival sense, thus, "What for horse is he?" i.e., What kind of horse is he. "What for day is it?" i.e., What kind of day is it.

 

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FORCED foa-st

 

Verb: Obliged; compelled. "He's kep' going until last Saddaday he was forced to give up."

 

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FORE-ACRE for-u'-kur

 

Noun: The headland; the land at the ends of the field where the furrows cross. (see also Forical)

 

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FORECAST foa-rkaast

 

Noun: Forethought.

 

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FORE-DOOR foa-r-doar

 

Noun: The front door. "He came to the fore door."

 

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FOREHORSE foa-r-hors

 

Noun: The front horse in a team of four. - East Kent.

 

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FOREIGNER fur-inur

 

Noun: A stranger who come out of the sheers, and is not a Kentish man. (see also Furriner)

 

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FORE-LAY foa-r-lai

 

Verb: To way-lay. "I slipped across the field and fore-laid him."

 

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FORELONG

 

Preposition: . Before long; very soon. "I'll be there forelong. Soons (as soon as) I fenaged this job.

 

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FORERIGHT foa-rr'eit

 

adj.or Adjective: Direct; right in front; straight forward. "It (i.e., the river Rother) had heretofore a direct and foreright continued current and passage as to Appledore, so from thence to Romney." - Somner, Ports and Forts, p 50.

 

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FORESTAL foa-rstul

 

Noun: A farm-yard before a house; a paddock near a farm house; the house and home-building of a farm; a small opening in a street or lane, not large enough to be called a common. As a local name, forstalls seem to have abounded in Kent; as for instance, Broken Forestall, near Buckley; Clare's Forstall, near Throwley, and several others. (see also Forstal, Fostal (1) & (2)

 

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FORICAL for-ikl

 

Noun: A headland iNoun, plural:oughing (see also Fore-acre)

 

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FORSTAL for-stul

 

Noun: (1) A farm-yard before a house; a paddock near a farm house; the house and homebuilding of a farm; a small opening in a street or lane, not large enough to be called a common. As a local name, forstalls seem to have abounded in Kent; as for instance, Broken Forestall, near Buckley; Clare's Forstall, near Throwley, and several others. (see also Forestal, Forstal (2), Fostal)

 

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FORSTAL

 

Noun: (2) see Gordon Ward's note on 'Forestall' in Arch. Cantiana 746 pp 207-209

 

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FOSTAL fost-ul

 

Noun: A farm-yard before a house; a paddock near a farm house; the house and home-building of a farm; a small opening in a street or lane, not large enough to be called a common. As a local name, forstalls seem to have abounded in Kent; as for instance, Broken Forestall, near Buckley; Clare's Forstall, near Throwley, and several others. (see also Forstal (1) & (2) , Forestal)

 

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FOTHER

 

Noun: Fodder - R. Cooke (see also Fodder)

 

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FOUT fou-t

 

Verb: Fought; being p.t. and pret. of to fight. - Sittingbourne. "Two joskins fout one day in a chalk pet, until blood run all over their gaberdines.".

 

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FOWER fou-ur

 

num.Adjective: Four. So pronounced to this day in East Kent, and constantly so spelled in old documents.

 

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FOY foi

 

Noun: A treat given by a person on going abroad or returning home. There is a tavern at Ramsgate called the Foy Boat. "I took him home to number2, the house beside 'The Foy'; I bade him wipe his dirty shoes, that little vulgar boy." - Ingoldsby Legends, MisAdjective: ntures at Margate.

 

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FOYING foi-ing

 

part.Victualling ships; helping them in distress, and acting generally as agents for them. "They who live by the seaside are generally fishermen, or those who go voyages to foreign parts, or such as depend upon what they call foying." - Lewis, p 32

 

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FRAIL fr'ail

 

Noun: (1) A small basket; a flail. The flail is rapidly disappearing and going out of use before the modern steam threshing machine. It consists of the following parts: a) The hand-staff or part grasped by the thresher's hands; b) the hand-staff-cap (made of wood), which secured the thong to the hand-staff; c) the middle-bun or flexible leathern thong, which served as the connecting link between hand-staff and swingel; d) the swingle-cap made of leather, which secured the middle-bun to the swingle; e) the swingel (swinj-l) itself, which swung free and struck the corn. There is a proverbial saying, which alludes to the hard work of threshing: "Two sticks, a leather and thong, Will tire a man be he ever so strong."

 

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FRAIL frail

 

Adjective: (2) Peevish; hasty.

 

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FRAPE fraip

 

Verb: (1) To worry; fidget; fuss; scold. "Don't frape about it." (see also Fease)

 

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FRAPE fraip

 

Noun: (2) A woman of an anxious temperament, who grows thin with care and worry. "Oh! she's a regular frape."

 

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FRENCH MAY french mai

 

Noun: The lilac, whether white or purple. Syringa vulgaris. (see also Laylock, Lielock)

 

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FRESH CHEESE fresh cheez

 

Noun: Curds and whey.

 

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FRIG

 

Verb: To keep hopping, jumping or moving about in an erratic manner. To figet. "He can't keep still a minute Muss Homewood, always on the frig!". "I do wish 'e would stop frigging about Clara when I'm a-trying to get you ready for school." (see also Nettle-frig)

 

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FRIGGER

 

Noun: (1) Fidgeter. "Look 'ee yurr, effen (if you do not) keep still, you little frigger, I won't take you up the street to see your grandma, so there."

 

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FRIGGER

 

Noun: (2) A person who moves about from place to place, situation to situation, or one who wants a lot of sizing up from time to time; one who is up to all kinds of cute dodges, business ones or otherwise is referred to as "An Old Frigger". "If you be buying or a-selling anything to old man Turk, watch 'un! He be a regular old frigger, and slyer than any fox, and a darnsight more craftier than a weasel !"

 

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FRIGHT-WOODS

 

Noun, plural:. A hedge or coppice. A thin, scrubby wood, with little or no timber, and consisting mainly of inferior growths such as are found on poor soils, Interjection:ixed with heath, etc. Though some of the old woods bearing this name may now, by modern treatment, have been made much thicker and more valuable, they are also still called, as of old, fright-woods, as the Fright Woods, near Bedgebury. In the MS. Accounts of St. John's Hospital, Canterbury, we find frith used for a quick-set hedge - "To enclose the 7 acres with a quyk fryth before the Fest of the Purification." (see also Frith)

 

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FRIMSY frimz-i

 

Adjective: Slight; thin; soft.

 

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FRITH

 

Noun: A hedge or coppice. A thin, scrubby wood, with little or no timber, and consisting mainly of inferior growths such as are found on poor soils, Interjection:ixed with heath, etc. Though some of the old woods bearing this name may now, by modern treatment, have been made much thicker and more valuable, they are also still called, as of old, fright-woods, as the Fright Woods, near Bedgebury. In the MS. Accounts of St. John's Hospital, Canterbury, we find frith used for a quick-set hedge - "To enclose the 7 acres with a quyk fryth before the Fest of the Purification."

 

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FRORE froa-r

 

pp. Frozen. ". . . . The parching air Burns frore and cold performs the effect of fire." - Milton, Paradise Lost, 2. 595. (see also Fruz)

 

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FRUITING

 

Verb: Fruit picking.

 

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FRUZ fruz

 

pp. Frozen. (see also Frore)

 

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FRY

 

Free. Old Frisian Fri = Old Kentish Fry. (see also Vry)

 

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FURBRATS

 

Noun: Fire-brats. The insect Lupisma Saccharina, often found in old houses, especially in and around the fire-places. They resemble tiny shrimps and have the same actions and appearance as the common fresh-water shrimps. Children who are rather prone to spending too much time in front of fires in the wInterjection:times are also termed furbrats or firebrats.

 

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FURNER furn-r

 

Noun: A baker. French, fournier

 

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FURREN PEASIES

 

Noun: 'Foreign' pea-pickers. This particular example of Kent dialect is most confined to the districts around Maidstone, up to roughly a three mile radius and rarely, if ever, heard beyound these limits. "They be furren-peasies from Chatham Town beyent (beyond) Blue Bell Hill, up there!"

 

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FURRICK fur-r'ik

 

Verb: To forage; to hunt about and rummage, and put everything into disorder whilst looking for something. (see also Furridge)

 

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FURRIGE fur-r'igj

 

Verb: To forage; to hunt about and rummage, and put everything into disorder whilst looking for something. (see also Furrick)

 

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FURRINERS

 

Noun: Not foreigners in the true sense, but any person living outside of a parish. Each parish is 'foreign' to others; the people of different parishes are 'foreigners' to each other. "Who be they fellers, Garge?" "Well, surelye, Chawse (Charles), they be furriners up from Headcorn!" (Headcorn being about 3 miles away) (see also Foreigner)

 

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GABERDINE gab-urdin

 

Noun: A coarse loose frock; a smock frock sometimes called a cow-gown, formerly worn by labouring men in many counties, now fast disappearing. "You call me misbeliever, cut-throat dog, And spit upon my Jewish gaberdine." - Merchant of Venice, Act 1 Sc 3. "Next he disrob'd his gaberdine, And with it did himself resign." - Hudibras, Pt 1 Canto 3.

 

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GADS gadz

 

Noun, plural:. Rushes growing in marshy ground.

 

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GAFFER gaf-ur

 

Noun: A master. "Here comes our gaffer!"

 

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GAGEY gai-ji

 

Adjective: Uncertain; showery; spoken of the weather. "Well, what d'ye think o' the weather? will it be fine? It looks to me rather gagey."

 

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GALEY gai-li

 

Adjective: Boisterous; stormy. "The wind is galey," i.e., blows in gales, in fits and starts.

 

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GALLIGASKINS

 

Noun, plural:. Trowsers.

 

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GALLIVANT ABOUT

 

Verb: Tantamount to 'gadding about'. - West Kent.

 

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GALLON gal-un

 

Noun: Used as a dry measure for corn, flour, bread, potatoes. In Kent these dry goods are always sold by the gallon. "I'd far rather pay a shilling for a gallon of bread than have it so very cheap."

 

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GALLS gaulz

 

Noun, plural:. Jelly fish. (see also Blue Slutters, Miller's-eyes, Sea-nettles, Sea starch, Sluthers, Slutters, Stingers, Water-galls)

 

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GALORE guloa-r

 

Noun: Plenty.

 

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GAMBLE STICK gamb-l-stik

 

Noun: A stick used to spread open and hang up a pig or other slaughtered animal. (see also Gambrel)

 

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GAMBREL gamb-ril

 

Noun: A stick used to spread open and hang up a pig or other slaughtered animal. (see also Gamble Stick)

 

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GAMMY gam-I

 

Adjective: Sticky; dirty.

 

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GANCE gaans or gans

 

Adjective: Thin; slender; gaunt, "Them sheep are doing middlin', but there's here and there a one looks rather gance."

 

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GANGWAY gang-wai

 

Noun: A thoroughfare; a passage; an entry. Properly a sea term.

 

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GARBAGE gaa-bij

 

Noun: A sheaf of corn, Latin garba; a cock of hay; a fagot of wood, or other bundle of the product or fruits of the earth.

 

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GARP

 

Verb: To stare overlong in a bad mannered way. To stare openly at a person, especially if in a conversation or doing anything considered private or personal. Staring with the mouth open. "Don't stand there all a garp, while we are talking. Be off with you, you ill-mannered besom." "He aint got no manners! Always garping about into people's gardens, and windows."

 

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GARPED

 

Verb: Stared. "We said 'good morning' to him and he just stood and garped back at us."

 

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GARRET gar-r'it

 

Verb: To drive small wedges of flint into the joints of a flint wall.

 

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GARRETED

 

Adjective: The Phrase: se, "not rightly garreted," means, something wrong in "the top storey". Spoken of a weak and silly person, whose brain is not well furnished.

 

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GASKIN gas-kin

 

Noun: Prunus avium, a half-wild variety of the damson, common in hedgerows, and occasionally gathered to send to London, with the common kinds of black cherry, for the manufacture of "port wine."

 

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GATE gait

 

Noun: A way from the cliffs down to the sea: - Ramsgate, Margate, Kingsgate, Sandgate, Westgate. "Through these chalky cliffs the inhabitants whose farms adjoin to them, have cut several gates, or ways into the sea, for the conveniency either of fishing, carrying the sea ooze on their lands, etc. But these gates or passages, they have been forced to fill up in time of war, to prevent their being made use of by the enemy to surprise them, and plunder the country." - Lewis, Tenet p 10.

 

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GATTERIDGE TREE gat-ur'ij tree

 

Noun: Prickwood. Euonymus Europaeus.

 

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GAU gau

 

Interjection:An exclamation, in constant use, expressive of doubt; surprise; astonishment. (see also Geu, Goo)

 

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GAUSE gaus

 

Adjective: Thin; slender.

 

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GAVELKIND gav-l-kend

 

Noun: An ancient tenure in Kent, by which the lands of a father were divided among all his sons; or the lands of a brother, dying without issue, among all the surviving brothers; a custom by which the female descendents were utterly excluded, and bastards inherited with legitimate children.

 

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GAY gai

 

Adjective: Lively; hearty; in good health. "I don't feel very gay this morning."

 

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GAYTHER

 

Verb: To gather up "Now young Willum, you jist gayther up all they old bines and tie 'em all up to-gayther."( see also To-gayther)

 

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GAYZELS gai-zlz

 

Noun, plural:. Black currants, Ribes nigrum; wild plums, Prunis communis.

 

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GEAT ge-ut

 

Noun: Gate.

 

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GEE jee

 

Noun: (1) A lodging; roost. (see also Chee)

 

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GEE jee

 

Interjection:(2) Go to the off side; command to a horse. - West Kent.

 

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GELT

 

Guilt. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Gelt (K) = Gult (S) = Gilt(N) = Guilt

 

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GENTAIL

 

Noun: (2) A gentil; a maggot used for fishing. - J.H.Bridge.

 

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GENTAIL jen-tail

 

Noun: (1) An ass.

 

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GENTLEMAN

 

Noun: A person who from age or any other cause is incapacitated from work. "He's a gentleman now, but he just manages to doodle about his garden with a weedin'-spud."

 

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GERLOND

 

Noun: Garland. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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GERS

 

Noun: Grass. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The' Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340 , contains this word.s. Old English - gars

 

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GEU geu

 

Interjection:An exclamation, in constant use, expressive of doubt; surprise; astonishment. (see also Gau, Goo)

 

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GIBLETS jib-lets

 

Noun, plural:. Rags; tatters.

 

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GIDDYHORN

 

Noun: There is a Giddyhorn Toll, north of Westwell, and a Giddyhorn Lane in Maidstone.

 

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GIFTS gifts

 

Noun, plural:. White specks which appear on the finger nails and are supposed to indicate something coming, thus - "A gift on the thumb indicates a present. A gift on the fore-finger indicates a friend or lover. A gift on the middle finger indicates a foe. A gift on the fourth finger indicates a visit to pay. A gift on the little finger indicates a journey to go." - W.F.S.

 

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GIG gig

 

Noun: A billet, or spread bat, used to keep the traces of plough horses apart.(see also Billet, Spread-bat)

 

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GILL gill

 

Noun: A little, narrow, wooded valley with a stream of water running through it; a rivulet; a beck.

 

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GIMMER gim-ur

 

Noun: A mistress. "My gimmer always wore those blue and white checked aprons." (1817)

 

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GIN gin (not jin)

 

Verb: Given. "I cou'd a gin de man a smack." - Dick and Sal, st 86.

 

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GIVE giv

 

Verb: To give way; to yield; to thaw. "It gives now," i.e. it is thawing. So, too, the Phrase: se, "It's all on the give," means, that a thaw has set in.

 

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GIVE OVER give oa-vur

 

Verb: To leave off; to cease; to stop. "Give over! will ye! I wun't have no more an't."

 

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GIVEY giv-i

 

Adjective: The ground is said to be givey when the frost breaks up and the roads become soft and rotten.

 

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GLEAN

 

Noun: A handful of corn tied together by a gleaner.

 

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GLED

 

Glad. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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GLIMIGRIM

 

Noun: Punch. "Tom Julmot, a rapscallion souldier, and Mary Leekin, married by license, January 4th, 1748-9. Caspian bowls of well acidulated glimigrim." - Extract from Parish Register of Sea Salter, near Whitstable.

 

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GLINCE glins

 

Adjective: Slippery. "The ice is terr'ble glincey."

 

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GLINCEY glins-i

 

Adjective: Slippery. "The ice is terr'ble glincey."

 

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GLOOM

 

Noun: (2) An anvil - Steer 'Essex Inventories'.

 

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GLOOM

 

Noun: (1) An oven; a grate; a grate back. 416 pounds of gloom - Baldwin Duppa inventory for Hollingbourne Hall, 1789.

 

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GLY

 

Noun: Glee. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dy-epe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic

 

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GO goa

 

Verb: To get about and do one's work. "He's troubled to go." i.e., he has great difficulty in getting about and doing his work. "He's gone in great misery for some time," i.e., he has gone about his work in great pain and suffering.

 

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GOANNA

 

Noun: Guano. - R Cooke.

 

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GOD'S GOOD Godz good

 

Noun: Yeast; barm. It was a pious custom in former days to invoke a benediction, by making the sign of the cross over the yeast. (see also Barm, Siesin, Sizzing)

 

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GOFF gof

 

Noun: The commonest kind of apple.

 

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GOGS

 

Noun, plural:.Berries - L..E.A.G. (see also Goosegogs, Snottygogs)

 

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GOING goa-in

 

Noun: The departure. "I didn't see the going of him."

 

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GOING TO'T goa-in tuot

 

Going to do it; as "do this or that;" the answer is "I am going to-t." The frequency with which it is used in some parts of Kent renders the Phrase: se a striking one.

 

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GOL gol

 

Noun: A young gosling. (see also Gull)

 

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GOLDING goa-lding

 

Noun: A lady-bird, so called from the golden hue of its back. (see also Bug (2), Fly-golding, Lady-Bug, Lady Cow, Marygold, Merrigo)

 

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GOLLOP gol-up

 

Verb: (1) To swallow greedily; to gulp. "You golloped that down as if you liked it."

 

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GOLLOP

 

Verb: (2) To bolt or eat food; or to drink greedily. "Now don't you gollop your food like a pig!" "If it was beer, instead o' medicine the doctor had given ye, ye'd a-golloped that down soon enough."

 

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GOO goo

 

Interjection:(1) An exclamation, in constant use, expressive of doubt; surprise; astonishment. (see also Gau, Geu)

 

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GOO

 

Verb: (2) To go. "I'll goo on the errand grandma."

 

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GOODING guod-ing

 

Noun: The custom of going about asking for gifts on St Thomas' Day, December 21. Still kept up in many parts of Kent.

 

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GOODMAN

 

Noun: An old title of address to the master of a house. 1671 - "To Goodman Davis in his sicknes . . . 6p" - Overseers' Accounts, Holy Cross, Canterbury. ". . . If the goodman of the house had known in what watch the theif would come, he would have watched." - St. Matthew, Ch 24 v 43.

 

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GOODY guod-i

 

Noun: The title of an elderly widow, contracted from goodwife. "Old Goody Knowler lives agin de stile."

 

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GOOED

 

Verb: Went. "He be gooed down Alvey Lane, to see old Muss Austin over at Honey Farm, sir."

 

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GOOING

 

Verb: Going. "Ire (I am) a-gooing into the packtures (pictures, cinema) at Ashford to see "Blood and Sand", sartnoon."

 

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GOOSEBRING

 

Verb: Goose-berrying. To gather or to pick gooseberries. Goose + B and R of berry + ing = goosebring

 

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GOOSEGOGS

 

Noun, plural:. Gooseberries. - West Kent. L.E.A.G.1920's. (see also Dabberries, Guozgogs)

 

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GO-TO goa too

 

Verb: To set. "The sun goes to."

 

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GOULE goul

 

Noun: Sweet willow. Myrica gale.

 

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GOYSTER goi-stur

 

Verb: To laugh noisily and in a vulgar manner. A goystering wench is a Tom-boy.

 

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GRABBY grab-i

 

Adjective: Grimy; filthy. ( see also Grubby)

 

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GRACIOUS-HEART-ALIV

 

Interjection: A Kentish exclamation of utter surprise. Possibly this is of Roman Catholic origin with the Gracious Heart part of this exclamation. No doubt its earliest beginning was due to someone crying out the religious call of "Gracious Heart - Alive!", over some supposed dead person having been heard about, or turned up after a long period of exile, or presumed missing, in a living state. (see also Hearts Alive!)

 

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GRAN NIGH gran nei

 

Adjective: Very nearly.

 

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GRANABLE granai-bl

 

Adjective: Very. "De clover was granable wet, So when we crast de medder, We both upan de hardle set, An den begun concedir." - Dick and Sal, st 22.

 

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GRANADA gran-aada

 

Noun: A golden pippin,

 

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GRANDLY grand-li

 

Adjective: Greatly: as, "I want it grandly."

 

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GRANDMOTHER'S NIGH

 

Noun: The flower called monk's hood or aconite. Aconitum napellus.

 

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GRAPE-VINE graip-vein

 

Noun: The vine which bears grapes. In other counties, when they say vine, they mean a grapevine, as a matter of course; so, when they use the word orchard, they mean an apple-orchard; but in Kent, it is necessary to use distinquishing terms, because we have apple-orchards, and cherry-orchards, hop-vines and grape-vines.

 

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GRAT

 

Adjective: Great. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.' (see also Great)

 

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GRATTAN grat-un

 

Noun: Stubble; a stubble field, otherwise called ersh, or eddish, grotten, podder-gratten. (see also Ersh, Gratten, Gratton (1) & (2), Podder-gratten, Rowens)

 

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GRATTEN grat-un

 

Noun: (1) Stubble; a stubble field, otherwise called ersh, or eddish, grotten, podder-gratten. (see also Ersh, Grattan (1) & (2), Grotton, Podde-gratten, Rowens)

 

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GRATTEN grat-un

 

Verb: (2) To feed on a gratten, or stubble field. To turn pigs out grattening, is to turn them out to find their own food.

 

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GRATTON grat-un

 

Noun: (1) Stubble; a stubble field, otherwise called ersh, or eddish, grotten, podder-gratten. (see also Ersh, Grattan, Gratten, Gratton (2), Podder-gratten, Rowens)

 

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GRATTON

 

Noun: (2) Stubble. Nicky Newbury uses Gratton for Stubble, and says it is a Kentish word - L.R.A.G. 1978. (see also Ersh, Grattan, Gratten, Podder-gratten, Rowens)

 

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GRAUM grau-m

 

Verb: To grime; dirty; blacken.

 

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GREAT

 

Adjective: Great. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.' (see also Grat)

 

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GREAT grait

 

Noun: (2) "To work by the great" is to work by the piece.

 

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GREAT gurt

 

Adjective: (1) Very; as "great much," very much. Commonly pronounced gurt.

 

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GREAT CHURCH grait church

 

Noun: The Cathedral at Canterbury is always so called at Eastry. "That fil belongs to the Great Church," i.e. is part of the possessions of the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury.

 

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GREATEN grai-tn

 

Verb: To enlarge.

 

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GREEDS greedz

 

Noun, plural:. Straw thrown on to the dung-hill.

 

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GREEDYGUTS

 

Noun, plural:. A glutton. - Plumstead, West Kent. L.R.A.G.

 

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GREEN-BAG

 

Noun: The bag in which hops are brought from the garden to the oast. (see also Poke, Pook).

 

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GREYBIRD grai-burd

 

Noun: A thrush.

 

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GRIDGIRON grij-erin

 

Noun: Gridiron.

 

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GRID-IRON

 

Noun: An old bicycle. Also Grit-iron, old grid and old grit. Sometimes referred to as a rattletrap. No doubt likening an old rickety cycle to a griddle-iron, used in cooking over open fire. meaning that one might get along riding on a griddle-iron just as well and as comfortably. (see also Grit-iron)

 

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GRINNYGOG

 

Noun: Perhaps someone with a grinning, stupid face. "You stand there just like a grinnygog." - Plumstead, West Kent. L.R.A.G.

 

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GRINSTONE grin-stun

 

Noun: A grindstone.

 

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GRIP grip

 

Noun: A dry ditch; but about Sittingbourne it is applied to natural channels of a few feet in width, in the saltings on the Kentish coasts. "I crawled along the grip with my gun in my hand until I got within a few rods of 'em."

 

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GRIPES, To give the

 

Phrase: You exasperate me. "You give me the gripes." - Plumstead, West Kent. L.R.A.G. (see also Willies)

 

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GRIPING grei-pin

 

Verb: The name given in North Kent to the operation of groping at arms' length in the soft mud of the tidal streams for dabs and flounders.

 

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GRIST greist

 

Noun: Anything that is ground - meal, flour.

 

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GRISTING grei-sting

 

Noun: The flour which is got from the lease-wheat. ( see also Grysting)

 

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GRIT grit

 

Verb: To set the teeth on edge; to grate.

 

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GRIT-IRON

 

Noun: An old bicycle. Also Grid-iron, old grid and old grit. Sometimes referred to as a rattletrap. No doubt likening an old rickety cycle to a griddle-iron, used in cooking over open fire. meaning that one might get along riding on a griddle-iron just as well and as comfortably. "Clattering old thing! You might as well chuck that old grit-iron you ride into the pond and buy a decent bicycle for once."

 

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GRIZZLE griz-l

 

Verb: To fret; complain; grumble. "She's such a grizzling woman."

 

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GRIZZLEGUTS

 

Noun: A constantly crying or fretful child. From 'to grizzle'. - Plumstead, West Kent. L.R.A.G.

 

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GROSS groas

 

Adjective: Gruff, deep-sounding.

 

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GROVETT groa-vit

 

Noun: A small grove or wood. "Just by it is a grovette of oaks, the only one in the whole island." - Lewis, p.115

 

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GRUBBY grub-i

 

Adjective: Dirty. "You are grubby, and no mistake." (see also Grabby)

 

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GRUPPER grup-ur

 

Noun: That part of a harness of a cart-horse which is called elsewhere the quoilers; the breeching. - East Kent.

 

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GRUPPER-TREE grup-ur-tree

 

Noun: That part of the harness of a cart-horse which is made of wood, padded next to the horse's back, and which carries the redger. - East Kent.

 

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GRY

 

Noun: Grey. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dyepe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic

 

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GRYSTING grei-sting

 

Noun: The flour which is got from the lease-wheat. (see also Gristing)

 

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GUESS-COW ges-kou

 

Noun: A dry or barren cow.

 

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GUESTING gest-ing

 

Verb: Gossipping.

 

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GUESTLING ges-lin

 

Noun: (1) An ancient water-course at Sandwich, in which it was formerly the custom to drown prisoners. (see Dunes)

 

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GUESTLING gest-ling

 

Noun: (2) The ancient court of the Cinque Ports, held at Shepway, near Hythe, and other places. "In July, 1688, the Common Council of Faversham commissioned their Deputy-Mayor, two Jurats, the Town Clerk, and a Commoner ' to go to a guestling, which was summoned from the ancient town of Winchelsea, to be holden at the town and port of New Romney, on Tuesday, July 21st;' and 'there to act on the town's behalf, as they should find convenient.' They were absent at the guestling five days." - Archaeologia Cantiana, 14. p 271.

 

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GUILE-SHARES gei-l-shairz

 

Noun, plural:.Cheating shares; division of spoils; or shares of "wreckage." "Under the pretence of assisting the distressed masters (of stranded vessels) and saving theirs and the merchant's goods, they convert them to their own use by making what they call guile-shares." - Lewis, 34.

 

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GULL

 

Noun: A young gosling. (see also Gol)

 

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GULLIDGE gul-ij

 

Noun: The sides of a barn boarded off from the middle; where the caving is generally stored.'

 

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GUMBLE gumb-l

 

Verb: To fit very badly, and be too large, as clothes.

 

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GUNNER gun-ur

 

Noun: A man who makes his living by shooting wild fowl, is so called on the north coast of Kent and about Sheppey.

 

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GUO

 

Verb: Go 'The only examples of this kind (of pronounciation) that are to be found in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, are buone = bone, guo = go, guode =good, guos =goose.'

 

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GUODE

 

Adjective: Good. 'The only examples of this kind (of pronounciation) that are to be found in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, are buone = bone, guo = go, guode =good, guos =goose.'

 

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GUOS

 

Noun: Goose 'The only examples of this kind (of pronounciation) that are to be found in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, are buone = bone, guo = go, guode =good, guos =goose.'

 

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GUOZGOGS

 

Noun, plural: Gooseberries. (see also Dabberries, Goosegogs)

 

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GURT gurt

 

Adjective: Great.

 

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GUTTER GRUB gut-ur-grub

 

Noun: One who delights in doing dirty work and getting himself into a mess; a low person.

 

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GUTTERMUD gut-urmud

 

Noun: The black mud of the gutter, hence any dirt or filth. "As black as guttermud.";

 

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GUT-WEED

 

Noun: Sonchus arvensis.

 

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HA

 

pro. He.

 

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HAAZES haa-ziz

 

Noun, plural:. Haws. Fruit of Crataegus oxyacantha. (See also Aazes, Harves, Haulms and Figs)

 

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HADN'T OUGHT hadn't aut

 

Phrase: Ought not. "He hadn't ought to go swishing along as that, no-how." (see also No ought)

 

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HAGGED hagid

 

Adjective: Thin; lean; shrivelled; haggard. "They did look so old and hagged; " spoken of some maiden ladies living in another parish, who had not been seen for some time by the speaker.

 

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HAGISTER hag-ister

 

Noun: A magpie.

 

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HAIR hair

 

Noun: The cloth on the oast above the fires where the hops are dried.

 

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HALF MOON

 

Noun: 5 bushel basket measures, especially for hops. - East Kent. Nicky Newbury. (see also Moon)

 

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HALF-AMON haaf-ai-mun

 

Noun: A half-amon, is a hop, step and jump. (see also Amon)

 

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HALF-BAPTIZED

 

Privately baptised. "Can such things be!" exclaimed the astonished Mr. Pickwick. "Lord bless your heart, sir," said Sam, "why, where was you half-baptised? - that's nothin', that a'nt." - Pickwick Papers, Ch 13.

 

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HALM haam

 

Noun: Stubble gathered after the corn is carried, especially pease and beans' straw; applied, also, to the stalks or stems of potatoes and other vegetables. (see also Hame, Haulm, Helm)

 

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HALMOT hal-mut

 

Noun: The hall mote; court leet or manor court; from the Saxon heal-mot, a little council.

 

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HALZEN

 

Noun, plural:. Saints. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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HAME haim

 

Noun: Pease straw. (see Halm, Haulm, Helm)

 

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HAMPER hamp-ur

 

Verb: To injure, or throw anything out of gear. "The door is hampered.".

 

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HAMPERY ham-pur'i

 

Adjective: Shaky; crazy; ricketty; weak; feeble; sickly. (see also Ampery)

 

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HAND-COLD

 

Adjective: Cold enough to chill the hands. "There was a frost down in the bottoms, for I was rightdown hand-cold as I come up to the great house." (see also Finger-cold)

 

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HANDFAST

 

Adjective: Able to hold tight. "Old George is middlin' handfast to-day" (said of a good catch at cricket.)

 

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HANDFUL

 

Noun: An anxiety; to have a handful is to have as much as a person can do and bear. "Mrs S. says she has a sad handful with her mother."

 

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HAND-HOLD

 

Noun: A holding for the hands. "'Tis a plaguey queer job to climb up there, there an't no handhold."

 

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HANDSTAFF hand-staaf

 

Noun: The handle of a flail.

 

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HANGER hang'r

 

Noun: A hanging wood on the side of a hill. It occurs in the names of several places in Kent - Betteshanger, Westenhanger, etc.

 

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HANK hangk

 

Noun: A skein of silk or thread. So we say a man has a hank on another; or, he has him entangled in a skein or string. (see also Hink)

 

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HAPPY-HO

 

Adjective: Apropos. "My father was drownded and so was my brother; now that's very happy-ho!" meaning that it was a curious coincidence.

 

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HAPS haps

 

Noun: (1) A hasp or fastening of a gate. - P. 1631 - "For charnells and hapses for the two chests in our hall." - MS. Accounts, St John's Hospital, Canterbury. (see also Hasp, Hapse)

 

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HAPS haps

 

Verb: (2) Happens. "Now haps you doänt know."

 

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HAPSE haps

 

vb To fasten with a hasp; to fasten. In the Weald of Kent hapse is used for the verb, and hasp for the noun, e.g. "Hapse the gate after you!" "I can't, the hasp is gone." (see also Haps (1), Hasp)

 

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HARBOUR

 

Verb: To entice away. "'Tis the big one what harbours the little one away from home." - R Cooke.

 

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HARCELET haa-slit

 

Noun: The heart, liver and light of a hog. (see also Harslet, Haslet)

 

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HARD-FRUIT

 

Noun: Stone-fruit, plums etc.

 

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HARDHEWER haa-dheur

 

Noun: A stonemason. The word occurs in the articles for building Wye Bridge, 1637.

 

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HARKEE

 

Verb: (1) Hark; Hark ye; Listen. "Harkee, Bob! That old dog-fox be a-calling down in Frite Wood."

 

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HARKEE

 

Verb: (2) To listen and keep quiet, "Now, harkee! There's a something moving in that old ditch running out of Thorne Pond."

 

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HARKY haa-ki

 

Interjection: Hark! (see also Harkee (1) & (2))

 

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HARSLEM haa-zlum

 

Noun: Asylum. "When he got to settin' on de hob and pokin' de fire wid's fingers, dey thought 'twas purty nigh time dey had him put away to de harslem."

 

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HARSLET haa-zlet

 

Noun: The heart, liver and light of a hog. ( see also Harcelet, Haslet )

 

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HARVES haa-vz

 

Noun, plural:. Haws. (see also Aazes, Haazes, Haulms and Figs)

 

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HARVEST haa-vist

 

Verb: To gather in the corn; to work in the harvest-field, e.g. "Where's Harry?" "Oh! he's harvesting 'long with his father."

 

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HARVESTER haa-vistur

 

Noun: A stranger who comes into the parish to assist in the harvest.

 

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HASLET haz-lit

 

Noun: (1) The heart, liver and light of a hog. ( see also Harcelet, Harslet )

 

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HASLET

 

Noun: (2) Cf the Northern English word, Haslet, a kind of preserved meat, possibly containing offal.

 

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HASP haasp

 

Noun: A hasp or fastening of a gate. - P. 1631 - "For charnells and hapses for the two chests in our hall." - MS. Accounts, St John's Hospital, Canterbury. (see also Haps (1), Hapse)

 

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HASSOCK

 

Noun: (2) Immature ragstone. - J.H.Bridge. 1949.

 

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HASSOCK has-ok

 

Noun: (1) A large pond.

 

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HASSOCKS

 

Noun, plural:. (2) A corruption of Tussocks: rough, tough clumps of grasses in isolated positions in fields or in the grass verges of roadsides.

 

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HASSOCKS

 

Noun, plural:. (1) Stone chippings used instead of gravel for making up paths and private minor roads.

 

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HASTY hai-sti

 

Adjective: Heavy; violent. Often used of rain. "It did come down hasty, an' no mistake."

 

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HATCH hach

 

Noun: A gate in the roads; a half-hatch is where a horse may pass, but not a cart.

 

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HATCH-UP hach up

 

Verb: To prepare for. "I think it's hatching up for snow." "She's hatching up a cold."

 

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HATY

 

Verb: To hate. Anglo-Saxon conjugation.

 

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HAUL hau-l

 

Verb: To halloo; to shout.

 

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HAULM haum

 

Noun: Stubble gathered after the corn is carried, especially pease and beans' straw; applied, also, to the stalks or stems of potatoes and other vegetables. (see also Halm, Hame, Helm)

 

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HAULMS AND FIGS hau-mz und figz

 

Noun, plural:. Hips and haws, the fruit of the hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacantha) (see also Aazes,Haazes, Harves) and the dog-rose (Rosa canina) (see also Wind-bibber, Canker-berry)

 

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HAVE hav

 

Verb: To take; lead; as, "Have the horse to the field." "Have her forth of the ranges and whoso followeth her let him be slain with the sword." - 2 Chronicles, Ch 23 v 14.

 

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HAW hau

 

Noun: A small yard or inclosure. Chaucer has it for a churchyard.

 

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HAWK hauk

 

Verb: To make a noise when clearing the throat of phlegm. An imitative word. "He was hawking and spetting for near an hour after he first got up."

 

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HAWMELL

 

Noun: A small close or paddock.

 

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HAYNET

 

Noun: A long net, often an old fish net, used in cover shooting to keep the birds and flick from running out of the beat.

 

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HAY-SHOVE

 

Noun: A hay-shove is a pitchfork for loading hay on a wagon. - Example given to Maidstone Museum, March 1953. L.R.A.G. (see also Shove)

 

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HEADLANDS

 

Noun, plural:. The ends of a field where the horses turn iNoun, plural:oughing etc.- R Cooke.

 

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HEAF heef

 

Noun: The gaff-hook used by fishermen at Folkestone.

 

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HEAL heel

 

Verb: To hide; to cover anything up; to roof-in. "All right! I'll work 'im; I've only just got this 'ere row o' taturs to heal in." (see also Hele)

 

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HEALDE

 

Verb: Hold. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.' (see also Hiealde, Hyealde)

 

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HEAP

 

Noun: Heap. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.' (see also Hieap, Hyeap)

 

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HEARNSHAW

 

Noun: Heron. (see Shakespeare) (see also Hern, Hernshaw, Kitty Hearn, Kitty Hearnshrow)

 

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HEART haat

 

Noun: Condition; spoken of ground. "My garden's in better heart than common this year."

 

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HEARTENING

 

Adjective: Strengthening. "Home-made bread is more heartening than baker's bread."

 

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HEART-GRIEF

 

Noun: Severe grief.

 

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HEARTH hee-rth

 

Noun: Hearing; hearing-distance. "I called out as loud's ever I could, but he warn't no wheres widin hearth."

 

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HEARTS ALIVE! haats ulei-v

 

Interjection: An expression of astonishment at some strange or startling intelligence. "Heart's alive! what ever upon ëarth be ya got at?" (see also Gracious-heart-alive!)

 

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HEAVE heev

 

Verb: To throw; to heave a card; to play it; it being, as it were, lifted up or heav'd, before it is laid down upon the table.'

 

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HEAVEDEN

 

Noun, plural:. Heads. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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HEAVE-GATE heev-gait

 

Noun: A gate that does not work on hinges, but which has to be lifted (heaved) out of the sockets or mortises, which otherwise keep it iNoun, plural:ace, and make it look like a part of the fence.

 

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HEAVENSHARD hevnz-haa-d

 

Adjective: Heavily; said of rain. "It rains heavenshard."

 

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HEAVER hee-vur

 

Noun: A crab - Folkestone. "Lord, sir, it's hard times; I've not catched a pung or a heaver in my stalkers this week; the man-suckers and slutters gets into them, and the congers knocks them all to pieces." (see also Ponger, Pung, Punger)

 

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HEAW

 

Verb: Hew. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.'

 

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HEBBE

 

Verb: Have. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The' Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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HEDDE

 

Verb: Had. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The' Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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HEED heed

 

Noun: Head.

 

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HEEVE heev

 

Verb: (2) To hive bees.

 

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HEEVE heev

 

Noun: (1) A hive; a bee-hive. "I doän’t make no account of dese here new-fangled boxes and set-outs; you may 'pend upon it de old heeves is best after all."

 

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HEFT hef-t

 

Noun: The weight of a thing, as ascertained by heaving or lifting it. "This here heeve'll stand very well for the wInterjection: just feel the heft of it."

 

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HEG

 

Noun: A hag; a witch; a fairy. "Old coins found in Kent were called hegs pence by the country people."

 

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HEIST

 

Verb: Word used by a carter to make a horse lift its foot. - R Cooke.

 

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HELE heel

 

Verb: To cover. (see also Heal)

 

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HELER hee-ler

 

Noun: Anything which is laid over another; as, for instance, the cover of a thurrick or wooden drain.

 

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HELLE

 

Noun: Hill. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Helle (K) = Hulle (S) = Hill (N)

 

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HELL-WEED

 

Noun: A peculiar tangled weed, without any perceptible root, which appears in clover, sanfoin or lucerne, and spreads very rapidly, entirely destroying the plant. Curiously enough, it appears in the second cut of clover, but does not come in the first. Cuscuta epithymum. (See Devil's Thread.)

 

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HELM helm

 

Noun: Stubble gathered after the corn is carried, especially pease and beans' straw; applied, also, to the stalks or stems of potatoes and other vegetables. (see also Halm, Hame, Haulm)

 

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HELVING helv-in

 

partc. Gossiping, or "hung up by the tongue." - Tenterden. "Where have you been helving?"

 

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HEM

 

Adjective: An intensive Adjective: rb - very, exceedingly. "Hem queer old chap, he is!"

 

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HEM-A-BIT

 

Not a bit. "I aint hem-a-bit left, old mate!"

 

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HEMITORY

 

Noun: Fumitory, the plant. - R Cooke

 

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HEM-OF-A-WAY

 

Phrase: A long way; A very hem-of-a- way = a very long way. "It's a hem-of-a-way round by the road: but if you cuts caterwise (across) through the fields, it will save you nearly two miles." (see also Limb-of-a-way)

 

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HEMWOODS hem-wuodz

 

Noun, plural:. Part of a cart-horses' harness which goes round the collar, and to which the tees are fixed; called aimes (hames) in West Kent.

 

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HEN AND CHICKENS

 

Noun: The ivy-leaved toad-flax, otherwise called Mother of Thousands; and sometimes Roving Sailor. Linaria vulgaris. (see Weasel-snout)

 

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HENG

 

Verb: Hang. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Present dialect form i.e. 1863.

 

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HENNEN

 

Noun, plural:. Hens. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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HERE AND THERE A ONE

 

adj.Phrase: Very few and scattered. "There wasn't nobody in church today, only here and there a one."

 

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HERN

 

Noun: Heron. "My o my! Look at that hern! They sure have got mighty big wings" (see also Hearnshaw, Hernshaw, Kitty Hearn, Kitty Hearnshrow)

 

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HERNRY

 

Noun: Heronry. A heronry may consist, like a rookery, of a great number of nests, situated in almost inaccessable positions in tall trees. "I knowed of a hernry in some oak trees, just off the railway line about a mile beyent Pluckley station on the way to Ashford. But that was a good many years agoo now, and they may and they beeant (may-be-not) there now,"

 

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HERNSHAW hurn-shau

 

Noun: A heron. (see also Hern, Hearnshaw, Kitty Hearn, Kitty Hearn Shrow)

 

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HERRING-FARE her-r'ing-fair

 

Noun: The season for catching herrings, which begins about the end of harvest.

 

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HERRING-HANG

 

Noun: A lofty square brick room, made perfectly smoke-tight, in which the herrings are hung to dry.

 

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HERRING-SPEAR

 

Noun: The noise of the flight and cries of the red-wings; whose migration takes place about the herring fishing time. "I like's to hear it," says an old Folkestone fisherman, "I always catches more fish when it's about."

 

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HERTEN

 

Noun, plural:. Hearts. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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HEST

 

Verb: Hast. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The' Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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HESTEN

 

Noun, plural:. Behests. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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HETCH

 

Verb: To move. "Hetch a bit there and let me pass." Variations of Hetch, Hitch, Hotch mean the same in most instances. Sometimes several of these words will be used in a speech - "Oi went hotching (walking) a-down the hill, and hetch-up (pulled up) at the bottom, for the storm water was a-rushing over the rord-way. So I hitched meself over the bank and the old fence and cut through the beech wood. Oi must have hitched (pulled) me innards a bit when oi hitched-up (climbed or moved up) they bank, for my old guts were sore; but the doctor ,who oi seed smarning (this morning) said it wor nothing to worrit about." (see also Hitch, Hotch)

 

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HETCH-UP

 

Verb: (1) To move up. "Now then, Harry, hetch-up, and make room for your poor old mum!" "Wait till I've a-hetched me trousers a bit: the blinkin' braces must have stretched a tidy bit" (also Hitch-up, Hotch-up)

 

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HETCH-UP

 

Verb: (2) To lift up. "Gie us a hetch-up with this sack o' corn Pete." (also Hitch-up; Hotch-up)

 

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HETHER hedh-ur

 

Adjective: Hither. "Come hether, my son."

 

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HEYCOURT hai-koart

 

Noun: The High Court , or principal Court of the Abbot's Convent of St. Augustine's, Canterbury.

 

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HICKET hik-it

 

Verb: To hiccup, or hiccough.

 

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HIDE

 

Noun: A place in which smugglers used to conceal their goods. There were formerly many such places in the neighbourhood of Romney-marsh and Folkestone.

 

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HIDE AND FOX heid und foks

 

Noun: Hide and seek; a children's game. "Hide fox, and after all." - Hamlet, Act 4 Sc 2, means, let the fox hide and the others all go to seek him.

 

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HIEALDE

 

Verb: Hold Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.' (see also healde, hyealde)

 

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HIEAP

 

Noun: Heap. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.' (see also Heap, Hyeap)

 

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HIGGLER hig-lur

 

Noun: (1) A middleman who goes round the country and buys up eggs, poultry, etc , to sell again. So called, because he higgles or haggles over his bargains.

 

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HIGGLER

 

Noun: (2) Phippen's Directory for Maidstone, 1845, p 49. Under Miscellaneous Tradesmen:- Fearn, J. Higgler, Marsham Street.

 

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HIGH-LOW

 

Verb: (1) To seek all over the place; to search high and low. "We searched high-low for they young ducks but couldn't find they. Seems to me that a fox like as not worked they away into the wood and driv them off and killed them some quiet place."

 

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HIGH-LOW

 

Noun: (2) High-heeled ladies shoes. The shoes are low at the front in comparison with them being high at the back. "Look at that besom! Wearing they break-your-neck high-lows. They be no good for honest country gals; though I did see them French gals wear them in Paris when I was out there in t'army in '14-18, mairt."

 

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HIJIMMY KNACKER

 

Noun: The horse game. - West Kent. L.R.A.G.1920's.

 

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HIKE heik

 

Verb: (1) To turn out. "He hiked 'im out purty quick."

 

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HIKE

 

Verb: (2) To walk, carrying a load. - J H Bridge.

 

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HILL hil

 

Noun: The small mound on which hops are planted; a heap of potatoes or mangold wurzel.

 

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HINE

 

pro. Him. Preserved in the modern provincialism en or un, as "I see en" - "I see him."

 

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HINK hingk

 

Noun: (2) A hook at the end of a stick, used for drawing and lifting back the peas, whilst they were being cut with the pea-hook. The pea-hook and hink always went together.

 

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HINK hingk

 

Noun: (1) A skein of silk or thread. So we say a man has a hank on another; or, he has him entangled in a skein or string. (see also Hank)

 

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HIS

 

pro. Them. (Hise) In the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340'

 

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HISE

 

pro. Her. The accusative of Hi, she. In the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340.

 

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HIS-SELF

 

pro. Himself. "Ah! when he's been married two or three weeks he won't scarcely know hisself. He'll find the difference, I lay !."

 

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HIST

 

Verb: A call; a signal. "Just give me a hyste, mate, when 'tis time to goo." (see also Hoist, Hyste)

 

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HITCH

 

Verb: (2) To move or walk. "My old grand-dad goes a-hitching along the rord more like a young-un than an old-un." (also Hetch; Hotch)

 

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HITCH

 

Verb: (4) To pull or draw up. "Hitch us a bucket o' water from the well, John, then I'll water they hens and lock 'em up for t'night." (also Hetch; Hotch)

 

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HITCH

 

Verb: (3) To hold. " Don't keep hitching on to me skirts Bessie! Walk along side o' me like a lady instead of a country gawp." (also Hetch; Hotch)

 

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HITCH

 

Verb: (1) To move. "Oi wish these people waiting for the bus would hitch along a bit." (also Hetch, Hotch)

 

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HITCH-OVER

 

Verb: To move over; to push over. "Give oi a hitch-over this wall. (also Hetch-over; Hotchover)

 

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HITCH-UP

 

Verb: (2) To get married. "Our Bill and young Liz be getting hitched-up end o' June." (also Hetch-up; Hotch-up)

 

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HITCH-UP

 

Verb: (1) To push up; to move up, "Give me a hitch-up this tree." "My boss give me a hitch-up (promotion) at my job this week." (also Hetch-up; Hotch-up)

 

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HOATH hoa-th

 

Noun: Heath; a word which is found in many place-names, as Hothfield, Oxenhoth, Kingshoth. (see also Hoth)

 

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HOBBL'D hobl-d

 

pp. Puzzled; baffled; put to a difficulty.

 

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HOBBLE hob-l

 

Noun: An entanglement; difficulty; puzzle; scrape. "I'm in a regular hobble."

 

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HOB-LAMB

 

Noun: A lamb that had been brought up on the bottle, when the parent sheep may have died, or had more lambs born than possible to cope with regarding their feeding.. "Say, my Janie! Look at they hob-lamb o' farmers, how he do follow the maid all over the place, like a pet dog! For Mary there she surelye did a-feed that poor little motherless lambkin from the hour that it was born." (see also Cade-lamb, Sock-lamb)

 

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HOCKATTY KICK hok-utikikn. A lame person.

 

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HOCKER-HEADED hok-ur-hed-id

 

Adjective: Fretful; passionate.

 

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HODENING hod-ning

 

partc. A custom formerly prevelant in Kent on Christmas Eve; it is now discontinued, but the singing of carols at that season is still called hodening. (see Hoodening)

 

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HOG-BACKED hog-bakt

 

Adjective: Round backed; applied to a vessel when, from weakness, the stem and stern fall lower than the midddle of the ship.

 

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HOG-HEADED

 

Adjective: Obstinate. "He's such a hog-headed old mortal, 'taint no use saying nothing to him."

 

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HOG-PAT

 

Noun: A trough made of boards.

 

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HOILE hoi-l

 

Noun: The beard or stalk of barley or other corn. (see also Iles)

 

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HOIST

 

Verb: A call; a signal. "Just give me a hyste, mate, when 'tis time to goo." (see also Hist, Hyste)

 

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HOLL hol

 

Verb: To throw; to hurl. "Ha! there, leave off hulling o' stones." (see also Hull (2)

 

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HOLLY-BOYS AND IVY-G

 

Noun, plural:. It was the custom on Shrove Tuesday in West Kent to have two figures in the form of a boy and girl, made one of holly, the other of ivy. A group of girls engaged themselves in one part of the village in burning the holly-boy, which they had stolen from the boys, while the boys were to be found in another part of the village burning the ivy-girl, which they had stolen from the girls, the ceremony being, in both cases, accompanied by loud huzzas.

 

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HOLP hoalp

 

Verb: Helped; gave; delivered. "Assur also joined with them, and have holpen the children of Lot." Psalm 83 v 8. "What did you do with that letter I gave you to the wheelwright?" "I holp it to his wife."

 

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HOLP-UP

 

Verb: Over-worked. "I dunno as I shaänt purty soon look out another plááce, I be purty nigh holp-up here, I think."

 

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HOLT hoal-t

 

Noun: A wood. Much used in names of places, as Bircholt, Knockholt, etc.

 

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HOME-PEASIES

 

Noun, plural:. Home or Local pea-pickers. "The home-peasies are the best to employ because they don't grumble so much about their work or the payments." - Maidstone and Aylesford area.

 

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HOME-PICKERS

 

Noun, plural:. Local pickers for hop or friut picking. - Weald , Mid-Kent and Ashford Valley areas .

 

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HOMESTALL hoa-mstaul

 

Noun: The place of a mansion-house; the inclosure of ground immediately connected with the mansion-house.

 

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HOMMUCKS hom-uks

 

Noun, plural:. Great, awkward feet.

 

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HOND

 

Noun: Hand. The use of 'o' for 'a'. The Old Frisian, which has been quoted in support of these forms has brond, hond, lond, for brand, hand, and land.

 

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HONDEN

 

Noun, plural:. Hands. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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HONGE

 

Verb: Hang. The use of 'o' for 'a'. The Old Frisian, which has been quoted in support of these forms has brond, hond, lond, for brand, hand, and land.

 

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HOODENING huod-ning

 

Noun: The name formerly given to a mumming or masquerade. Carol singing, on Christmas Eve, is still so called at Monkton, in East Kent. The late Rev. H. Bennett Smith, Vicar of St. Nicholas-at-Wade, the adjoining parish to Monkton. wrote as follows in 1876, - "I made enquiry of an old retired farmer in my parish, as to the custom called Hoodning. He tells me that formerly the farmer used to send annually round the neighbourhood the best horse under the charge of the wagoner, and that afterwards instead, a man used to represent the horse, being supplied with a tail, and with a wooden (pronounced ooden or hooden) figure of a horse's head, and plenty of horse-hair for a mane. The horse's head was fitted with hob-nails for teeth; the mouth being made to open by means of a string, and in closing made a loud crack. The custom has long since ceased."

 

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HOOGOO hoo-goo

 

Noun: A bad smell; a horrible stench.; evidently a corruption of the French haut gout. "A Kentish gamekeeper, noticing a horrible stench, exclaimed: "Well, this is a pretty hoogoo, I think!" (see also Fargo, Fogo, Hum (2), Hussle, Ponk, Wiff)

 

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HOOK huok

 

Noun: An agricultural tool for cutting, of which there are several kinds, viz., the bagging-hook, the ripping-hook, etc.

 

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HOP

 

Noun: (2) Wood fit for hop- poles.

 

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HOP hop

 

Verb: (1) To pick hops. "Mother's gone out hopping."

 

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HOP DOLLEY

 

Noun: A cart with wooden sides and 3 iron wheels, used for trundling through the hop alleys. - Term used in Faversham district. L.R.A.G. (see also Dung dolley etc)

 

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HOP-BIND hop-beind

 

Noun: The stem of the hop, whether dead or alive. (see also Bine)

 

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HOP-DOG hop-dog

 

Noun: (1) A beautiful green caterpillar which infests the hop-bine, and feeds on the leaves.

 

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HOP-DOG hop-dog

 

Noun: (2) An iron instrument for drawing the hop-poles out of the ground, before carrying them to the hop-pickers. (see Dog (1)

 

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HOPE hoap

 

Noun: A place of anchorage for ships.

 

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HOPKIN hop-kin

 

Noun: A supper for the work-people, after the hop-picking is over. Not often given in East Kent now-a-days, though the name survives in a kind of small cake called huffkin, formerly made for such entertainments. (see also Huffkin, Hufkin,Wheatkin)

 

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HOPPER hop-ur

 

Noun: A hop-picker. "I seed the poor hoppers coming home all drenched."

 

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HOP-PERIWINKLE

 

Noun: A horse game, played by Maistone boys. "Buck, buck, how many fingers have I up." In West Kent and South East London the game is called Woptiddywopwop. - L.R.A.G. 1930's & 1940's.

 

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HOPPING hop-ing

 

Noun: The season of hop-picking. "A fine harvest, a wet hopping." - Eastry Proverb..

 

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HOP-PITCHER hop-pichur

 

Noun: The pointed iron bar used to make holes for setting the hop-poles, otherwise called a dog, a hop-dog, or a fold-pitcher.

 

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HOP-SPUD

 

Noun: A three-pronged fork, with which the hop grounds are dug.

 

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HORN haun

 

Noun: A corner.

 

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HORN-FAIR

 

Noun: (1) An annual fair held at Charlton, in Kent, on St. Luke's Day, the 18th of October. It consists of a riotous mob, who, after a printed summons, disperse through the adjacent towns, meet at Cuckold's Point, near Deptford, and march from thence, in procession through that town and Greenwich to Charlton, with the horns of different kinds upon their heads; and, at the fair, there are sold ram's horns, and every sort of toy made of horn; even the ginger-bread figures have horns. It was formerly the fashion for men to go to Horn-fair in women's clothes.,

 

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HORN-FAIR

 

Noun: (2) My grandfather, Christopher Allen, went to the Horn Fair when a young man. - see R.H.Goodsall, A Third Kentish Patchwork. p 104.

 

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HORNICLE

 

Noun: (2) A dragonfly. - J H Bridge.

 

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HORNICLE horn-ikl

 

Noun: (1) The hornet.

 

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HORNY-BUG

 

Noun: A cockchafer. - Plumstead, West Kent. L.R.A.G. 1920's.

 

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HORSE hors

 

Noun: (1) The arrangement of hop-poles, tied across from hill to hill, upon which the pole-pullers rest the poles, for the pickers to gather the hops into bins or baskets.

 

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HORSE hors

 

Verb: (2) To tie the upper branches of the hop-plant to the pole.

 

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HORSE EMMETS hor-z em-utz

 

Noun, plural:. Large ants. (see also Emmet)

 

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HORSE PEPPERMINT hors pep-r-mint

 

Noun: The common mint. Mentha sylvestris.

 

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HORSEBUCKLE hor-sbuk-l

 

Noun: A cowslip. Primula veris. (see also Cove-keys, Culver Keys, Paigle, Pegle)

 

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HORSE-KNOT

 

Noun: The knap-weed; sometimes also called hard-weed. Centaurea nigra.

 

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HORSE-LOCK hors-lok

 

Noun: A padlock. AD 1528 - "Paid for a hors lock . . . 6d." - Accounts of St. John's Hospital, Canterbury.

 

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HORSENAILS hors-nailz

 

Noun, plural:.Tadpoles. Probably so called because, in shape, they somewhat resemble large nails.

 

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HORSE-ROAD hors-road

 

Noun: In Kent, a road is not divided as elsewhere, into the carriage-road and the foot-path; but into the horse-road and the foot-road. This name carries us back to the olden times when journeys were mostly made on horseback.

 

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HORSES

 

Noun, plural:.To set horses together, is to agree. "Muster Nidgett and his old 'ooman can't set their horses together at all, I understand'."

 

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HORT hort

 

Verb: Hurt. "Fell off de roof o' de house, he did; fell on's head, he did; hort 'im purty much, I can tell ye."

 

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HOTCH hotsh

 

Verb: (1) To move awkwardly or with difficulty in an irregular and scrambling way. French, hocher, to shake, jog, etc. "He hotched along on the floor to the top of the stairs." "I hustled though the crowd and she hotched after me." So, when a man walking with a boy keeps him on the run, he is described as keeping him hotching."

 

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HOTCH

 

Verb: (2) To move. (also Hetch, Hitch).

 

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HOTCH-UP

 

Verb: (2) To be worried; to be at a loss; to be unable to cope. "Our poor old squire be all hotched-up with money difficulties they do say over the new taxes, and tis said he be a'gooing to sell the estate!"

 

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HOTCH-UP

 

vb (3) To be cornered; to be trapped; to be penned in. "The sheep dog got the old sheep hotched-up in a corner of the field."

 

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HOTCH-UP

 

Verb: (1) To move up. (also Hetch-up, Hitch-up)

 

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HOTH hoth

 

Noun: Heath; a word which is found in many place-names, as Hothfield, Oxenhoth, Kingshoth. (see also Haoth)

 

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HOUGHED huff-id

 

Verb: past p. from hough, to hamstring, but often used as a mere expletive. "Snuff boxes, shows and whirligigs, An houghed sight of folks." - Dick and Sal, st 9.

 

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HOUSE houz

 

Verb: To get corn in from the fields into the barn. "We've housed all our corn."

 

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HOUSEL hous-l

 

Noun: Household stuff and furniture. "I doän’t think these here new-comers be up to much; leastways, they didn't want a terr'ble big cart to fetch their housel along; they had most of it home in a wheelbar'."

 

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HOVEL hov-l

 

Noun: (2) A piece of good luck; a good haul; a good turn or times of hovelling. In some families, the children are taught to say on their prayers, "God bless father and mother, and send them a good hovel to-night."

 

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HOVEL hov-l

 

Verb: (1) To carry on the business of a hoveler.

 

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HOVELER hov-iler

 

Noun: A hoveler's vessel. A Deal boat-man who goes out to the assistance of ships in distress. The hovelers also carry out provisions, and recover lost anchors, chains and gear. They are first-rate seamen, and their vessels are well built and well manned.

 

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HOVER hov-r

 

Adjective: (1) Light; puffy; raised; shivery; hunched-up. Hence, poorly, unwell.

 

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HOVER

 

Adjective: (3) The ground or soil is huver when it is friable or loosely bound together. - Nicky Newbury and Billy Buck. 1973. (see also huver)

 

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HOVER hov'r

 

Verb: (2) To throw together lightly. There is a special used of this word with regard to hops. In East Kent it is the custom to pick, not in bins, but in baskets holding five or six bushels. The pickers gather the hops into a number of small baskets or boxes ( I have often seen an umbrella stand used), until they have got enough to fill the great basket; they then call the tallyman, who comes with two men with the greenbag; one of the pickers (generally a woman) then comes to hover the hops; this is done by putting both hands down to the bottom of the great basket, into which the hops out of the smaller ones are emptied as quickly but gently as possible, the woman all the while raising the hops with her hands; as soon as they reach the top, they are quickly shot out into the green bag before they have time to sag or sink. Thus, very inadequate measure is obtained, as, probably, a bushel is lost in every tally; indeed, hovering is nothing more than a recognized system of fraud, but he would be a brave man who attempted to forbid it.

 

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HOVVER

 

Verb: To be cold, shivery, cramped with the cold. "They poor old chickens are all of a hovver this morning with the cold." (see also Hover (1), Huvver, Kivver (2)

 

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HOVVERED-UP

 

(2) A mess, a tangle, all lumped together. "This ball of binding twine be all hovvered-up, farmer." "Your garden be hovvered-up with weeds, Chawse."

 

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HOVVERED-UP

 

Verb: (1) Pinched with the cold. "Look at poor old Muss Steves all hovvered-up now the weather be turned right wInterjection:."

 

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HOVVERY

 

Adjective: Cold, cramped up and shivering. "I feel mighty hovvery today with all this snow about and the biting old wind." (see also Huvvery)

 

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HOWSOMEDEVER hou-sumdev'r

 

Adjective: Howsoever. "But howsomdever, doant ram it down tightm but hover it up a bit." (see also Howsomever)

 

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HOWSOMEVER hou-sum-ev-r

 

Adjective: Howsoever. "But howsomdever, doänt ram it down tight, but hover it up a bit." (see also Howsomedever)

 

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HUCK huk

 

Noun: (1) The husk, pod, or shell of peas, beans, but especially of hazel nuts and walnuts. (see also Hull (1), Shuck(1)

 

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HUCK huk

 

Verb: (2) To shell peas; to get walnuts out of the pods. "Are the walnuts ready to pick?" "No, sir, I tried some and they won't huck." (see also Shuck (2)

 

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HUCKING GLASS BRIDG

 

Phrase: Does not exists. "Like Hucking Glass Bridge." - Maidstone. W.C.Clifford. L.R.A.G. 1949.

 

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HUCK-OUT

 

Verb: To pull anything out. "Huck-out they clothes from the linen cupboard, Janie!

 

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HUCKS

 

Noun, plural:. (2) The fruit cases of cultivated edible green peas. "Hurry up and shell these pea-hucks, Ethel, or we shant have dinner ready by time fayther comes home!" (see also Shucks)

 

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HUCKS

 

Noun, plural:. (1) A corruption of Hocks. According to the way the word Hucks is used it can mean either Ankles, Feet or Legs. "That girl sure has got a pair o' pretty hucks." "Shift your hucks you lazy varmint! Oi do'ant want good-for-nothing tramps a-sleeping their time away under my corn shocks."

 

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HUFFKIN huf-kin

 

Noun: A kind of bun or light cake, which is cut open, buttered, and so eaten. (See also Hopkin, Hufkin, Wheatkin)

 

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HUFFLE huf-l

 

Noun: A merry meeting; a feast.

 

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HUFKIN huf-kin

 

Noun: A kind of bun or light cake, which is cut open, buttered, and so eaten. (See also Hopkin, Huffkin, Wheatkin)

 

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HUGE heuj

 

Adjective: Very. "I'm not huge well." Sometimes they make it a dissyllable, hugy. The saying hugy for huge is merely the sounding of the final e, as in the case of the name Anne, commonly pronounced An-ni. It is not Annie. (see also Hugy)

 

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HUGY heuj-i

 

Adjective: Very. "I'm not huge well." Sometimes they make it a dissyllable, hugy. The saying hugy for huge is merely the sounding of the final e, as in the case of the name Anne, commonly pronounced An-ni. It is not Annie. (see also Huge)

 

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HULL hul

 

Verb: (2) To throw; to hurl. "He took and hulled a gurt libbet at me." (see also Holl)

 

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HULL hul

 

Noun: (1) The shell of a pea. "After we have sheel'd them we throw the hulls away." ()see also Huck (1), Shuck (1)

 

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HUM hum

 

Verb: (1) To whip a top.

 

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HUM

 

vb,n.(2) To smell badly or to stink. - Plumstead, West Kent. L.R.A.G. (see also Fargo, Fogo, Hoogoo, Hussle, Ponk, Wiff)

 

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HUNG UP hung up

 

Verb: Hindered; foiled; prevented. "He is quite hung up," i.e., so circumstanced that he is hindered from doing what otherwise he would.

 

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HURR hur

 

Adjective: Harsh; astringent; crude; tart. "These 'ere damsons be terr'ble hurr."

 

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HURRUP

 

Verb: To walk swiftly with long strides. - S.B.Fletcher.

 

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HUSBAND huz-bund

 

Noun: A pollard.

 

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HUSS hus

 

Noun: Small spotted dog-fish. Scyttium canicula. (see also Robin-huss)

 

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HUSSLE hus-l

 

Verb: (1) To wheeze; breathe roughly. "Jest listen to un how he hussles."

 

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HUSSLE

 

Verb: (2) To smell strongly or badly. "It doesn't half hussle." Possibly used by Chatham naval ratings. -Plumstead, West Kent. L.R.A.G. (see also Farggo, Fogo, Hoogoo, Hum (2), Ponk, Wiff)

 

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HUSSLING hus-ling

 

Noun: A wheezing; a sound of rough breathing. "He had such a hussling on his chest."

 

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HUSSY hus-i

 

Verb: To chafe or rub the hands when they are cold.

 

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HUTCH huch

 

Noun: The upper part of a wagon which carries the load. A wagon consists of these three parts: 1) the hutch, or open box (sometimes enlarged by the addition of floats) which carries the corn or other load, and is supported by the wheels; 2) the tug, by which it is drawn; and 3) the wheels on which it runs.

 

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HUVER

 

Adjective: The ground or soil is huver when it is friable or loosely bound together.- (Nicky Newbury and Billy Buck. 1973. (see also Hover (3)

 

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HUVVER

 

Verb: To be cold, shivery, cramped with the cold. "They poor old chickens are all of a hovver this morning with the cold." (see also Hover (1, Hovver, Kivver (2)

 

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HUVVERY

 

Adjective: Cold, cramped up and shivering. "I feel mighty hovvery today with all this snow about and the biting old wind." (see also Hovvery)

 

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HUXON huks-n

 

Noun, plural:. The hocks or hams.

 

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HYEALDE

 

Verb: Hold. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.' (see also Healde, Hiealde)

 

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HYEAP

 

Noun: Heap. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.' (see also Heap, Heap)

 

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HYSTE heist

 

Noun: A call; a signal. "Just give me a hyste, mate, when 'tis time to goo." (see also Hist, Hoist)

 

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ICE eis

 

Verb: To freeze. "The pond iced over, one day last week."

 

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ICH

 

pro. I

 

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ICILY ei-sili

 

Noun: An icicle. (see also Aquabob, Cobble, Cock-bell, Cog-bell)

 

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IDDEN

 

Verb: Is not; Isn't. "It idden in there!"

 

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IKEY ei-ki

 

Adjective: Proud.

 

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ILES eilz

 

Noun, plural:. Ails, or beards of barley. (see also Hoile)

 

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ILLCONVENIENT il-konveen-yunt

 

Adjective: Inconvenient.

 

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IN 'OPES in-oaps

 

Phrase: For 'in hopes'. It is very singular how common this Phrase: se is, and how very rarely East Kent people will say I hope; it is almost always, "I'm in 'opes." If an enquiry is made how a sick person is, the answer will constantly be, "I'm in 'opes he's better;" if a girl goes to a new place, her mother will say, "I'm in 'opes she'll like herself and stay."

 

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IN SUNDERS in sun-durz

 

Adjective: Asunder. "And brake their bands in sunder." - Psalm 107 v 14.

 

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INKSPEWER ink-speu-r

 

Noun: Cuttlefish. (see also Man-sucker, Squib (2), Tortoise)

 

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INNARDLY in-urdli

 

Adjective: Inwardly. "He's got hurt innardly som'ere." "He says his words innardly." i.e., he mumbles.

 

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INNARDS in-urdz

 

Noun: The entrails or intestines; an innings at cricket. "They bested 'em first innards."

 

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INNOCENT in-oasent

 

Adjective: Small and pretty; applied to flowers. "I do think they paigles looks so innocent-like."

 

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INSIDE

 

Noun: Workers in Woolwich Arsenal used to say they worked "inside"; probably a reference to the Arsenal walls.

 

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INTERFERE in-turfee-r

 

Verb: To cause annoyance or hindrance. "I was obliged to cut my harnd tother-day, that's what Interjection:eres with me."

 

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INTERRUPT in-turruptVerb: To annoy; to Interjection:ere with anyone by word or deed; to assault. A man whose companion, at cricket, kept running against him was heard to say; "It does Interjection:upt me to think you can't run your right side; what a thick head you must have!"

 

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IRE

 

Verb: I am. "Ire a-gooing now," "What d'ye think ire a-doing of?"

 

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ISLAND ei-lund

 

Noun: In East Kent the island means the Isle of Thanet. "He lives up in the island, som'er," i.e. , he lives somewhere in Thanet.

 

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ITCH ich

 

vb (2) To be very anxious.

 

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ITCH ich

 

Verb: (1) To creep.

 

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IVY GIRL ei-vi gurl

 

Noun, plural:. It was the custom on Shrove Tuesday in West Kent to have two figures in the form of a boy and girl, made one of holly, the other of ivy. A group of girls engaged themselves in one part of the village in burning the holly-boy, which they had stolen from the boys, while the boys were to be found in another part of the village burning the ivy-girl, which they had stolen from the girls, the ceremony being, in both cases, accompanied by loud huzzas.

 

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JACK

 

Noun: A turnspit. "Imprimis one Jacke lyne and weight...15s." 1681 Will of John Bateman of Greenway Court, Hollingbourne. (KAO PRe 27/29/86).

 

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JACK IN THE BOX

 

Noun: A reddish-purple, double polyanthus.

 

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JACK IN THE HEDGE

 

Noun: A plant, white kilk.

 

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JACK-UP jak-up

 

Verb: To throw-up work; or give up any-thing from pride, impudence, or bad temper. "They kep' on one wik, and then they all jacked-up!"

 

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JAUL jau-l

 

Verb: To throw the earth about and get the grain out of the ground when it is sown, as birds do. "The bothering old rooks have jauled all de seeds out o' the groun'."

 

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JAWSY jau-zi

 

Adjective: Talkative. From the jaws.

 

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JIM-JAMS

 

Phrase: "You give me the jim-jams" the same as "you give me the pip." - West Kent. L.R.A.G.

 

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JOCK jok

 

Verb: To jolt; (the hard form of jog).

 

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JOCKEY jok-i

 

Adjective: Rough; uneven.

 

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JOCLET jok-lit

 

Noun: A small manor, or farm.

 

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JOIND-STOOL joi-nd-stool

 

Noun: A stool framed with joints, instead of being roughly fashioned out of a single black. "Item, in the great parlor, one table, half-a-dowsin of high joind-stooles. . . " - Memorials of Eastry, p 225. (see also Joynd-stool)

 

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JOKESY joa-ksi

 

Adjective: Full of jokes; amusing; full of fun. "He's a very jokesy man."

 

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JOLE joal

 

Noun: The jowl, jaw or cheek; proverbial expression, "cheek by jole" = side by side. "He claa'd hold on her round de nick An' 'gun to suck har jole," (i.e. to kiss her.) - Dick and Sal, st 67.'

 

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JOLLY jol-i

 

Adjective: (1) Fat; plump; sleek; in good condition, used to describe the condition of the body, not of the temperament.

 

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JOLLY

 

Verb: (2) To be in good health. "Ire feeling jolly this marnin', but I was real peekd-up (queer), this toime, yistday." "She's a rare jolly-looking (very healthy looking) young woman, be Annie Hills."

 

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JONNIE

 

Noun: A fully grown wild rabbit. (see also Drummer)

 

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JOSKIN

 

Noun: A farm labourer (more especially a driver of horses, or carter's mate,) engaged to work the whole year round for one master.

 

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JOSS-BLOCK jos-blok

 

Noun: A step used in mounting a horse.

 

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JOUN jou-n

 

Verb: Joined. "He jouned in with a party o' runagate chaps, and 'twarn't long before he'd made away wid all he'd got."

 

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JOY jau-i

 

Noun: The common English jay.

 

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JOYND-STOOL joi-nd-stool

 

Noun: A stool framed with joints, instead of being roughly fashioned out of a single black. "Item, in the great parlor, one table, half-a-dowsin of high joind-stooles. . . " - Memorials of Eastry, p 225. (see also Joind-stool)

 

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JUDGMATICAL

 

Adjective: With sense of judgment.

 

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JULY-BUG jeu-lei-bug

 

Noun: A brownish beetle, commonly called elsewhere a cockchafer, which appears in July. (see also May-bug)

 

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JUNE-BUG jeu-n-bug

 

Noun: A green beetle, smaller than the July-bug, which is generally to be found in June. (see also Bug)

 

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JUST

 

intensive Adjective: Very; extremely. "I just was mad with him." "Didn't it hurt me just?"

 

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JUSTLY just-li

 

Adjective: Exactly; precisely; for certain. "I cannot justly say," i.e. I cannot say for certain.

 

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JUST-SO just-soa

 

Adjective: Very exactly and precisely; thoroughly; in one particular way. "He's not a bad master, but he will have everything done just-so; and you wunt please him without everything is justso, I can tell ye!"

 

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JUT jut

 

Noun: A pail with a long handle.

 

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KARFE kaa-f

 

Noun: The cut made by a saw; the hole made by the first strokes of an axe in felling or chopping wood; from the verb to carve. (see also Carf)

 

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KEALS keelz

 

Noun, plural:. Ninepins.

 

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KECHENE

 

Noun: Kitchen.Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Kechene (K) = Kitchen (N)

 

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KEEKLEGS kee-klegz

 

Noun: An orchis. Orchis mascula. (see also Kites legs)

 

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KEELER kee-lur

 

Noun: (1) A cooler; being the special name given to a broad shallow vessel of wood, wherein milk is set to cream or wort to cool. In the Boteler Inventory, we find: "In the milke house one brinestock, two dozen of trugs, 9 bowles, three milk keelers, one charne and one table. - Memorials of Eastry, p 228. "Half a butter-tub makes as good a keeler as anything."

 

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KEELER

 

Noun: (2) An oblong wooden tub in which country housewives did their washing. It was sometimes referred to as a shawl, but only when mounted upon trestles. (see also Shaul (2), Shaw (2), Shawl, Showle)

 

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KEEN

 

Noun: A weasel.

 

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KEEP-ALL-ON

 

Verb: To continue or persevere in doing something. "He kep-all-on actin' the silly."

 

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KEG MEG

 

Noun: (2) A contributor to Kent Messenger (1949) goes under this pen man. - L.R.A.G.

 

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KEG-MEG keg-meg

 

Noun: (1) A newsmonger; a gossip; a term generally applied to women.

 

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KELL kel

 

Noun: A kiln.

 

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KELTER

 

Verb: To be out of alignment. "Lookee yurr, young fellers! This hay-stack be all out-o-kelter, and I'm mighty annoyed 'bout it. So get some stout poles and prop 'un up, in case we get a southard gale and blow it over!"

 

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KEMPEN

 

Noun, plural:. Warriors. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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KEN

 

Noun, plural:. (3) Kine. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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KEN

 

Noun: (1) Kin. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Ken (K) = Kun (S) = Kin (N)

 

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KEN

 

Noun: (2) Kine. (Cows) Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Ken (K) = Kine (N)

 

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KEND

 

Adjective: Kind. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Ken (K) = Kund (S) = Kind (N)

 

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KENTISH FIRE

 

Noun: A form of applause: CLAP CLAP clap clap clap. (See "Kentish Express" 1.2.1952.) "I have been wondering if, by any chance, this form of applause could have been brought over to Kent by the Flemish weavers when they came about 1333. The first patients to our V.A.D. Hospital in Southborough in 1914 were all Belgiums. Most of them spoke French, but some only spoke Flemish. At our first entertainment for these soldiers, we were astonished that they all applauded together in rhythm. It is difficult to describe in writing how this clapping went, but the beats were like this:---- ---- - - - The effect was quite remarkable. They said they always applauded in this way. It would be most Interjection:sting if "Kentish Fire" could be traced to this Flemish applause, but as I never heard the Kentish variety I could not compare them." - Grace Clarke, Cranbrook. Kent & Sussex Journal vol 1 no 3 April-June 1952.

 

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KENTISH MAN

 

Noun: A name given by the inhabitants of the Weald to persons who live in other parts of the county.

 

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KEPT GOING kep-goa-ing

 

Verb: Kept about (i.e., up and out of bed); continued to go to work. "He's not bin well for some time, but he's kep' going until last Saddaday he was forced to give up."

 

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KERN kur-n

 

Verb: To corn; produce corn. "There's plenting of good kerning land in that parish."

 

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KESS

 

Noun: Kiss. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Kess (K) = Kuss(S) = Kiss (N)

 

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KEST

 

Kast. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The' Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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KETE

 

Noun: Kite. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Kete (K) = Kite (N)

 

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KETH

 

(2) Kith. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Keth (K) = Kuth (S) = Known

 

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KETH

 

(1) Cuth (Known, as in Uncouth and Kith) Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Keth (K) = Cuth (S) = Known

 

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KETTLE-MAN ket-l-man

 

Noun: Lophius piscatorius, or sea-devil.

 

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KEYS keez

 

Noun, plural:. Sycamore-seeds. "The sycamore is a quick-growing tree, but troublesome near a house, because the keys do get into the gutters so, and in between the stones in the stableyard."

 

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KIBBERED

 

Adjective: Very cold and shivery. "I'm right kivvered today, down here by the river in this hard East wind off the Medway." - North East Kent.

 

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KICK-UP-JENNY kik-up-jin-i

 

Noun: A game played, formerly in every public-house, with ninepins (smaller than skittles) and a leaden ball which was fastened to a cord suspended from the ceiling, exactly over the centre pin; when skilfully handled the ball was swung from the extreme length of the cord, so as to bring down all the pins at once.

 

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KIDDLE kid-l

 

Verb: To tickle. (see also Kittle (1)

 

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KIDELS

 

Noun, plural:. Fishing nets. - West Kent.

 

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KIDWARE kid-wair

 

Noun: Peas; beans, etc.

 

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KILK kilk

 

Noun: Charlock. Sinapis arvensis, the wild mustard. (see also Cadlock, Kinkle (1) & (2)

 

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KILLED-DEAD

 

Verb: Killed outright; killed instantaneously. - Weald and Ashford district.

 

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KILN-BRUSH kil-n-brush

 

Noun: A large kind of fagot, bound with two wiffs or withs, used for heating kilns. (see also Baven, Bavin, Bobbin, Pimp, Wiff)

 

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KINDLEY kei-ndli

 

Adjective: Productive; used with reference to land which pays for cultivation. "Some on it is kindly land and som' on it ain't."

 

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KING JOHN'S MEN, one of

 

A term applied to a short man. "He's one of King John's men, six score to the hundred." Six score, 120, was the old hundred, or long hundred.

 

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KINK kingk

 

Verb: (2)To hitch; twist; get into a tangle.

 

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KINK kingk

 

Noun: (1) A tangle; a hitch or knot in a rope. "Take care, or you'll get it into a kink."

 

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KINKLE kingk-l

 

Noun: (3) A tangle; a hitch or knot in a rope. "Take care, or you'll get it into a kink." (see also Kink 1)

 

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KINKLE kingk-l

 

Noun: (1) Charlock. Sinapis arvensis, the wild mustard. (see also Cadlock, Kilk, Kinkle (2)

 

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KINKLE

 

Noun: (2) A brassica plant, charlock or kilk. ( see also Cadlock, Kilk, Kinkle (2)

 

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KINTLE kint-l

 

Noun: A small piece; a little corner. So Bargrove MS. Diary, 1645. - "Cutt owt a kinkle." (see also Cantel)

 

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KIPPERED kip-urd

 

Adjective: Chapped; spoken of the hands and lips, when the outer skin is cracked in cold weather. "My hands are kippered."

 

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KIPPER-TIME

 

Noun: The close season for salmon. AD 1376 - "The Commons pray that no salmon be caught in the Thames between Gravesend and Henly Bridge in kipper-time, i.e. between the Feast of the Invention of the Cross (14 Sept) and the Epiphany (6 Jan), and that the wardens suffer no unlawful net to be used therein. " - Dunkin's History of Kent, p 46.

 

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KISSICK

 

Noun: The spot that is most dry or sore in a Kissicky throat.

 

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KISSICKY

 

Adjective: A sore or dry throat.

 

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KISSICKY-THROAT

 

Noun: A sore throat. "My, I have a kissicky-throat today! There's a kissick right at the back which keeps making me cough, and me throat is getting more kissicky than ever!"

 

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KITES LEGS keets-legs

 

Noun: Orchis Mascula. (see also Keeklegs)

 

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KITTENS kit-nz

 

Noun, plural:. The baskets in which fish are packed on the beach at Folkestone to be sent by train to London and elsewhere.

 

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KITTLE

 

Noun: (3) Kettle. "Now Emmie! Put the kittle on the fire, while I cut the bread against the men coming home from work!"

 

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KITTLE kit-l

 

Verb: (1) To tickle. (see also Kiddle)

 

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KITTLE kit-l

 

Adjective: (2) Ticklish; uncertain; difficult to imagine. "Upon what kittle, tottering, and uncertain terms they held it." - Somner, of Gavelkind, p 129. (see also Kittlish)

 

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KITTLISH kit-lish

 

Adjective: Ticklish; uncertain; difficult to imagine. "Upon what kittle, tottering, and uncertain terms they held it." - Somner, of Gavelkind, p 129. (see also Kittle)

 

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KITTY HEARN kit-i hurn

 

Noun: The heron. (see also Hearnshaw, Hern, Hernshaw, Kitty Hearn Shrow)

 

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KITTY HEARN SHROW kit-i hurn shroa

 

Noun: The heron. - Chilham. (see also Hearnshaw, Hern, Hernshaw, Kitty Hearn)

 

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KITTY-COME-DOWN-TH

 

Noun: The cuckoo pint is so called in West Kent. Arum maculatum (see also Cuckoo-pint, Lady-lords, Lady-keys(1)

 

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KITTY-RUN-THE-STREET

 

Noun: The flower, otherwise called the pansy or heartsease. Viola tricolor.

 

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KIVVER

 

Verb: (2) To shiver. "I be all of a kivver! Can't keep warm no-how. Think I'll stop indoors this afternoon instead of going up onto the Lines to watch the Marines play Chatham Town." - North East Kent - the Medway Towns district of Chatham, Rochester, Gillingham and Strood, also the Isle of Sheppey. (see also Hover (1), Hovver, Huvver)

 

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KIVVER

 

Verb: (1) To cover. "Kivver yourself up or you'll be a-catching of a rare cold now the weather has changed so suddenly." "If you kivver up they potatoes, Bill and I kivver up these, we shall have all the rows kivvered up by suppertime and dark!" - Wealden and Ashford District.

 

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KIVVERY

 

Adjective: Shivery. "You look all kivvery, Bert. Better have a glass of hot ale with some ginger in it and turn into bed 'afo you develop a chill." - North East Kent.

 

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KNAW

 

Verb: Know. The Northumbrian dialect retained, as it still does, many pure Anglo-Saxon words containing the long sound of 'a', which the Southern dialect changed into 'o'. This word contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, resembles the Northumbrian form.

 

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KNET

 

Verb: Knit. Present dialect form i.e. 1863. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'.

 

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KNOLL noa-l

 

Noun: A hill or bank; a knole of sand; a little round hill; used iNoun, plural:ace names - Knowle, Knowlton.

 

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KNOWED noa-d

 

Verb: Knew. "I've knowed 'im ever since he was a boy."

 

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KNUCKER nuk-r

 

Verb: To neigh.

 

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LACE lais

 

Verb: To flog. The number of words used in Kent for chastising is somewhat remarkable.

 

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LADY COW

 

Noun: Ladybird. (see also Bug (2) ,Fly-golding, Lady-bug, Golding, Marygold, Merigo)

 

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LADY-BUG lai-di-bug

 

Noun: A lady-bird. This little insect is highly esteemed. In Kent (as elsewhere) it is considered unlucky to kill one, and its name has reference to our Lady, the blessed Virgin Mary, as is seen by its other name, Mary-gold. (see also Bug (2), Fly-golding, Golding, Lady Cow, Marygold, Merigo)

 

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LADY-KEYS lai-dikee'z

 

Noun, plural:. (1) Lords and ladies; the name given by children to the wild arum. Arum maculatum. (see also Cuckoo-pint, Kitty-come-down-the-land-jump-up-and-kiss-me, Lady-Lords)

 

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LADY-KEYS

 

Noun: (2) Cowslip flowers. - J. H Bridge. (see also Cove-keys, Culver-keys, Horsebuckle, Paigle, Pegle)

 

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LADY-LORDS lai-di-lordz

 

Noun, plural:. Lords and ladies; the name given by children to the wild arum. Arum maculatum. (see also Cuckoo-pint, Kitty-come-down-the-lane-jump-up-and-kiss-me, Lady-keys (1))

 

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LAID IN lai-d in

 

Verb: (1) A meadow is said to be laid in for hay, when stock are kept out to allow the grass to grow.

 

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LAID-IN

 

Verb: (2) This means that a field or fields have been either raked over with a harrow or a type of ancient harrow made from brush-wood and weighed down with heavy baulks of timber or large rocks lashed into position upon the top of the brush-wood harrow. The metal-harrow and the brush-wood harrow both serve the same purpose, which is to break up any droppings of manure; the soft tops of mole and ant-hills; the castes of worms, and to brush up and scratch the ground generally, and so help to clear the surface and aerate it. The brush-wood harrow, a home or farm affair, is generally supposed to be a more effective harrow than the metal type, and of course, not so damaging. Any type of grassland, worked over in this manner, be it meadow, pasture, lawn or grass poultry run, or harvested land to be left to become grass-land is said to be 'laid-in' if harrowed in this way.

 

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LAIN lain

 

Noun: A thin coat (laying) of snow on the ground. "There's quite a lain of snow."

 

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LAMBREN

 

Noun, plural:. Lambs. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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LANG

 

Adjective: Long. The Northumbrian dialect retained, as it still does, many pure Anglo-Saxon words containing the long sound of 'a', which the Southern dialect changed into 'o'. This word contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, resembles the Northumbrian form.

 

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LANT-FLOUR lau-nt-flou-r

 

Noun: Fine flour.

 

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LASH OUT lash out

 

Verb: To be extravagant with money etc; to be in a passion. "Ye see, he's old uncle he left 'im ten pound. Ah! fancy, he jus' did lash out upon that; treated every-body he did."

 

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LASHHORSE losh-us

 

Noun: The third horse from the plough or wagon, or horse before a pinhorse in the team. - East Kent.

 

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LAST laast

 

Noun: (1) Ten thousand herrings, with a hundred given in for broken fish, make a last.

 

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LAST laas-t

 

Noun: (2) An ancient court in Romney Marsh, held for levying rates for the preservation of the marshes.

 

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LATCHETTY

 

Adjective: Loose or falling to pieces. "Heard but occasionally at the present time is the word 'latchetty', meaning loose or falling to pieces. Examples of its use are:- 'The bolts on the barndoor are getting mighty latchetty (loose).'; 'The old picture frame is latchetty (falling to pieces.'. " Kent(ish?) Express. 1.2.1952

 

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LATH ? laidh, lath

 

Noun: The name of an annual court held at Dymchurch. One was held 15th June 1876, which was reported in the Sussex Express of 17th June, 1876. (see also Lathe (1) & (2), Lath days, Lay days)

 

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LATH DAYS

 

Noun, plural:. "Laghedays", Hundred Courts. - Hammond, 'The Story of an Outpost Parish' p 156. (see also Lath, Lathe (1) & (2), Lay days)

 

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LATHE laidh

 

Noun: (2) To meet. (see also Lath, Lath days, Lathe (1), Lay days)

 

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LATHE laidh

 

Noun: (1) A division of the county of Kent, in which there are five lathes, viz., Sutton-at-Hone, Aylesford, Scray, St Augustine's. amd Shepway. Anglo-Saxon, laeth. (see also Lath, Lathe (2), Lath days, Lay days)

 

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LATHER ladh-ur

 

Noun: Ladder. "They went up the lather to the stage." - MS. Diary of Mr John Bargrave, Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge, 1645. Mr Bargarve was nephew of the Dean of Canterbury of that name, and a Kentish man. The family were long resident at Eastry Court, in East Kent. This pronounciation is still common.

 

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LAVAST lav-ust

 

Noun: Unenclosed stubble.

 

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LAWYER laa-yur

 

Noun: A long thorny bramble, from which it is not easy to disentangle oneself.

 

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LAY

 

Noun: (2) The term Ley is a general agricultural term not confined to Kent, but the corruption from Ley to Lay is mostly Kentish in origin. The lay system is divided into two groups: short term and long term. Short-term lays is land land laid down for either pasture or meadow then after two or three year good cropping for fodder or silage, the grass is ploughed in and corn or root crops planted. Long-term lays is land laid down for an indefinate number of years as pasture or meadow land. Short term lays were used extensively during the war years 1939-45. The Old Ley at Pluckley near Ashford was used as a demonstration unit during the war. This pasturage was laid-down before the 1914-1918 war as a permanent lay but served as a shortterm lay during the 1939-45 war.

 

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LAY lai

 

Noun: (1) Land untilled. We find this iNoun, plural:ace-names, as Leysdown in Sheppey. (see also Ley)

 

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LAY DAYS

 

Noun, plural:. Possibly the same as Lath days or Laghedays. "Laghedays", Hundred Courts. - Hammond, 'The Story of an Outpost Parish' p 156. (see also Lath, Lathe (1) & (2), Lath days)

 

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LAYING-IN

 

Noun: The process of raking fields with a harrow. (see Laid-in)

 

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LAY-INTO

 

Verb: To give a beating. "It's no use making friends with such beasts as them (bulls), the best way it to take a stick and lay into them."

 

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LAYLOCK

 

Noun: Lilac. - R Cooke. (see also French May, Lielock)

 

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LAYSTOLE lai-stoal

 

Noun: A rubbish heap. "Scarce could he footing find in that fowle way, For many corses, like a great lay-stall Of murdered men, which therein strowed lay Without remorse or decent funerall." - The Faerie Queene, 1 v 53.

 

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LEACON lee-kun

 

Noun: A wet swampy common; as, Wye Leacon, Westwell Leacon.

 

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LEAD leed

 

Noun: (1) The hempen rein of a plough-horse, fixed to the halter by a chain, with which it is driven.

 

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LEAD leed

 

Noun: (2) Way; manner. "Do it in this lead," i.e., in this way.

 

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LEAF

 

Noun: Leaf. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.' (see also Lyaf, Lyeaf)

 

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LEARN lurn

 

Verb: To teach. "O learn me true understanding and knowledge." - Psalm 119 v 66 (Prayer Book version).

 

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LEAS

 

Verb: Lost. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.' (see also Lyeas)

 

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LEASE leez

 

Verb: To glean; gather up the stray ears of corn left in the fields.

 

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LEASE-WHEAT lee-zweet

 

Noun: The ears picked up by the gleaners.

 

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LEASING lee-zing

 

partc. Gleaning.

 

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LEASTWISE lee-stweiz

 

Adjective: At least; at all events; anyhow; that is to say. "Tom's gone up int' island, leastwise, he told me as how he was to go a wik come Monday."

 

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LEATHER

 

Verb: To beat. "Catched 'im among de cherries, he did: and leathered 'im middlin', he did."

 

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LEAVENER lev-unur, lev-nur

 

Noun: A snack taken at eleven o'clock; hence, any light, Interjection:ediate meal. (see Bever, Elevenses, Progger, Scran)

 

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LEAWDE

 

Verb: Lewd. (i.e. Lay - Ecclesiastical). Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, Noun: doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.'

 

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LEDDRE

 

Noun: Ladder. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The' Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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LEER leer

 

Noun: Leather; tape. "I meane so to mortifie myselfe, that in steede of silks I wil weare sackcloth; for owches and braceletes, leere and caddys; for the lute vse the distaffe." - Lilly's Euphues, ed. Arber, p 79.

 

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LEES leez

 

Noun: (2) A row of trees planted to shelter a hop-garden. (see also Lew)

 

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LEES leez

 

Noun: (1) A common, or open space of pasture ground. The Leas (leez) is the name given at Folkestone to the fine open space of common at the top of the cliffs.

 

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LEE-SILVER

 

Noun: A composition paid in money by the tenants in the wealds of Kent, to their lord, for leave to plough and sow in time of pannage.

 

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LEETY lee-ti

 

Adjective: Slow; begin-hand; slovenly. Thus they say: "Purty leety sort of a farmer, I calls 'im."

 

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LEG-TIRED

 

Adjective: "Are ye tired, maäte?" "No, not so terr'bly, only a little leg-tired."

 

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LEME

 

Noun: Limb. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Leme (K) = Lime (N) = Limb

 

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LENDEN

 

Noun, plural:. Loins. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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LERRY ler-r'i

 

Noun: The "part" which has to be learnt by a mummer who goes round championing. - Sittingbourne. (see also Lorry, Lurry)

 

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LESTE

 

Last Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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LET

 

Verb: To leak; to drip. "That tap lets the water."

 

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LETCH let-ch

 

Noun: A vessel, wherein they put ashes, and then run water through, in making lye.

 

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LEW loo

 

Noun: (1) A shelter. Anglo-Saxon hléow, a covering; a shelter.

 

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LEW loo

 

Adjective: (3) Sheltered. "That house lies lew there down in the hollow."

 

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LEW loo

 

Noun: (2) A thatched hurdle, supported by sticks, and set up in a field to screen lambs, etc, from the wind. "The lambs 'ud 'ave been froze if so be I hadn't made a few lews."

 

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LEW loo

 

Verb: (4) To shelter, especially to screen and protect from the wind. "Those trees will lew the house when they're up-grown," i.e., those trees will shelter the house and keep off the wind when they are grown up.

 

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LEY lai

 

Noun: Land untilled. We find this iNoun, plural:ace-names, as Leysdown in Sheppey. (see also Lay)

 

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LIB

 

Verb: To get walnuts of the trees with libbats.

 

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LIBBAT

 

Noun: A billet of wood; a stick. 1592 - "With that he took a libbat up and beateth out his brains." - Warner. Albion's England. (see also Libbet)

 

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LIBBET

 

Noun: In the first volume of "Kentish (Wealden) Dialect" (1935), mention is made of Libbet as pertaining to a piece of wood, generally nine to twelve inches long, and mostle used by children to knock down nuts and fruit from trees. (see also Libbat)

 

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LIBBET AND DADDY

 

Noun: A childhood game. The 'Daddy' is a spronged stick, forming a three-sided pyramid-like structure. The 'Libbet' is the piece of wood placed under the three-pronged 'Daddy'. It is played (though rarely now) by boys; one throws a 'Libbet' at the 'Daddy' and tries to knock it over, then, should he do so, he and also the other players make a rush to get the 'Libbet' that the 'Daddy' protected. Whoever succeeds in getting the 'Libbet' becomnes the thrower, and so the game continues. The libbet as mentioned in the "Kentish (Wealden) Dialect (1935)" was also used at Kentish Fair coconut shies, in lieu of a ball, some 75 years ago.

 

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LID lid

 

Noun: A coverlet.

 

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LIEF leef

 

Adjective: Soon; rather; fain; gladly. "I'd as lief come to-morrow."

 

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LIEF-COUP leef-koop

 

Noun: An auction of household goods, (see also Litcop, Outroope)

 

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LIELOCK

 

Noun: Lilac. - Plumstead, West Kent. L.R.A.G. (see also French May, Laylock)

 

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LIERN

 

Verb: Learn. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dyepe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic. (see also Lyern)

 

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LIESE

 

Verb: Loose. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. Usual Old English forms = Leose (lese). It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dy-epe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic (see also Lyese)

 

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LIEVE

 

Dear. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dyepe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic (see also Lyeve)

 

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LIGHT leit

 

Noun: (2) The droppings of sheep. (see also Sheep's treddles, Treddles)

 

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LIGHT leit

 

Noun: (1) The whole quantity of eggs the hen lays at one laying.

 

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LIGHT UPON leit upon

 

Verb: To meet; to fall in with any person or thing rather unexpectedly. "He lit upon him goin' down de roäd."

 

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LIGHTLY lei-tli

 

Adjective: Mostly.

 

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LIKE leik

 

(2) Adverbial suffix to other words, as pleasant-like, comfortable-like, home-like, etc. "It's too clammy-like."

 

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LIKE leik

 

Verb: (1) To be pleased with; suited for; in Phrase: se, to like one's self. "How do you like yourself?" i.e., how do you like your present position and its surrounding"

 

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LIMB

 

Noun: A young rascal; a naughty child. "I don't known whatever that young limb will be up to next!"

 

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LIMB-OF-A-WAY

 

Adjective: A long way; at a good distance. "How far be it to Chart Forstal, sir? Why it be a limb-ofa-way! Quite three or four mile from here, even the shortest way!" (see also Hem-of-a-way)

 

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LINCH lin-ch

 

Noun: A little strip of land, to mark the boundary of the fields in open countries, called elsewhere landshire or landsherd, to distinquish a share of land. In Eastry the wooded ridge, which lies over against the church, is called by the name of the Lynch. (see also Lynch)

 

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LINGER ling-ur

 

Verb: To long after a thing. "She lingers after it."

 

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LINGERING ling-uring

 

Adjective: Used with reference to a protracted sickness of a consumptive character. "He's in a poor lingering way."

 

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LINGY linj-i

 

Adjective: Idle and loitering.

 

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LINK link

 

Verb: To entice; beguile; mislead. "They linked him in along with a passel o' good-for-nothin' runagates."

 

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LIPPEN

 

Noun, plural:. Lips. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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LIRRY lir-r'i

 

Noun: A blow to the ear.

 

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LISHY lish-i

 

Adjective: Flexible; lissome. Spoken of corn, plants and shrubs running up apace, and so growing tall and weak.

 

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LISS

 

Noun: A bridle path or road. A word much in use 50 years ago, particular to Barham and district. "You'll get there qucker if you take the old liss road."

 

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LISSOM lis-um

 

Adjective: Pliant; supple. Contracted from lithesome.

 

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LIST

 

Adjective: The condition of the atmosphere when sounds are heard easily. "Ir's a wonderful list morning."

 

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LITCOP lit-kup

 

Noun: An auction of household goods, (see also Lief-coup, Outroope)

 

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LITHER lidh-ur

 

Adjective: Supple; limber; pliant; gentle.

 

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LIT-IN

 

Verb: Went in. "They lit-in all unexpected, and all we had in the house was bread and cheese."

 

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LIT-OUT

 

Verb: (1) Went out. This expression is widely used in the USA, especially in the old cow-hand districts, being another instance of Kentish dialect that old pioneers took with them on the covered-wagon trails, and where all along the routes to the Californian seaboard it became one of the most popular expressions of the 'new' language of the later settlers and cowboys. "He litout to Denver."

 

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LIT-OUT

 

Verb: (2) Went off. "Butcher Pile lit-out to Ashford early this morning with Muss Maylam's young bulls, an' I doubt ef (if) you'll catch him and his mate up 'fore they gets there."

 

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LIVERY livur-i

 

Adjective: The hops which are at the bottom of the poles, and do not get enough sun to ripen them are called white livery hops.

 

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LOB lob

 

Noun: To throw underhand.

 

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LOB-LOW

 

Verb: (2) To duck down; to lie low. "Look out Bob! Lob-low in this ditch. If the farmer catches us in his meadow now he's laid it in for hay, he won't arf whop us!"

 

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LOB-LOW

 

Verb: (1) To fly low, as rooks do in windy weather; flying just off the ground, or clearing the tops of hedges. "The old rooks aint half a lob-lowing today in this gale!"

 

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LODGE loj

 

Verb: (2) To lie fast without moving. "That libbat has lodged up there in the gutter, and you can't get it down, leastways not without a lather."

 

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LODGE loj

 

Noun: (1) An outbuilding; a shed, with an implied notion that it is more or less of a temporary character. The particular use to which the lodge is put is often stated, as a cart-lodge, a wagonlodge. "The daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers." - Isaiah, Ch 1 v 8. "As melancholy as a lodge in a warren." - Much Ado About Nothing, Act 2 Sc 1.

 

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LODGED loj-d

 

Adjective: Laid flat; spoken of corn that has been beated down by the wind or rain. "We'll make foul weather with despised tears, Our sighs, and they shall lodge the summer corn." - Richard 2, Act 3 Sc 3. (also Macbeth, 4.1.55)

 

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LOLLOP

 

Verb: To lounge about; to lollop about. There was a Wiltshire verb 'to lollop' which is equivalent to 'to lounge'. - Ralph Whitlock 'Wiltshire' p 198.

 

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LOMPEN

 

Noun, plural:. Lamps. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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LOMPY lomp-i

 

Adjective: Thick; clumsy; fat.

 

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LOND

 

Noun: Land. The use of 'o' for 'a'. The Old Frisian, which has been quoted in support of these forms has brond, hond, lond, for brand, hand, and land.

 

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LONESOME loan-sum

 

Adjective: Lonely.

 

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LONG-DOG

 

Noun: (2) Wealden for any type of dog or hound long in the body; such as dachshunds, whippets, greyhounds and the gipsies' and dealers' mongrel lurcher-dogs.

 

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LONG-DOG long-dog

 

Noun: (1) The greyhound.

 

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'LONG-OF

 

abbr. Along of. "Be you a'coming 'long-of us?"

 

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LONGTAILS

 

Noun, plural:. (2) Pheasants. - J H Bridge.

 

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LONGTAILS long-tailz

 

Noun, plural:. (1) An old nickname for the natives of Kent. In the library at Dulwich College is a printed broadside entitled "Advice to the Kentish long-tails by the wise men of Gotham, in answer to their late sawcy petition to Parliament." - Fol. 1701.

 

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'LONG-WITH

 

abbr. Along with. "Be you a-coming 'long-with us."

 

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LOOK UPON luok upun

 

Verb: To favour; to regard kindly. "He's bin an ole sarvent, and therefore I dessay they look upon 'im."

 

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LOOK'EE

 

Verb: Look!; Look over there!; Look here! Also "Lookee-here" i.e. "Look you here!" "Look-ee who's coming down the road."

 

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LOOKER luok-ur

 

Noun: (1) One who looks after sheep and cattle grazing in the marshes. His duties with sheep are rather different from those of a shepherd in the uplands.

 

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LOOKER luok-ur

 

Verb: (2) To perform the work of a looker. "John? Oh! he's lookering."

 

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LOOKING-AT luok-ing-at

 

Noun: In Phrase: se, "It wants no looking-at," i.e., it's plain; clear; self-evident.

 

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LOPE-WAY loap-wai

 

Noun: A private footpath.

 

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LORCUS-HEART lau-kus-hart

 

Interjection: As, "O lorcus heart," which means "O Lord Christ's heart."

 

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LORRY lor-r'i

 

Noun: Jingling rhyme; spoken by mummers and others. (see also Lerry, Lurry)

 

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LOSH-HORSE

 

Noun: The third horse of a team. (see also Rod-horse)

 

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LOST

 

Verb: Lust. Use of 'o' for 'u'. Old Frisian; onder and op for under and up.

 

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LOVE luv; loov

 

Noun: A widow. "John Stoleker's loove." - Burn's History of Parish Registers, p 115. 1492 - "Item rec. of Belser's loue the full of our kene. . . 16s 8d. Item rec. of Sarjanti's loue. . . 13s 5d. Item payde for the buryng of Ellerygge's loue and her monythis mynde. . . 4s" - Churchwardens' Accounts of St Dunstan's, Canterbury. 1505 - "Rec of Chadborny's loove for waste of 2 torchys (at his funeral). . . 8d. Rec. of Chadborny's widow for the bequest of her husband. . . 3s 4d." - Churchwardens' Accounts of St. Andrew's, Canterbury.

 

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LOVY

 

Verb: To love. Anglo-Saxon conjugation.

 

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'LOW lou

 

Verb: To allow; to suppose, e.g. "I 'low not." for "I allow not."

 

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'LOWANCE lou-ans

 

Noun: An allowance; bread and cheese and ale given to the wagoners when they have brought home the load, hence any recompense for little jobs of work. (see also Allowance)

 

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LOWEY loa-i

 

Noun: The ancient liberty of the family of Clare at Tunbridge, extending three miles from the castle on every side. "The arrangements made by the King for the wardship of Richard of Clare and the custody of the castle appear to have given umbrage to the Archbishop. who (circa, A.D. 1230) made a formal complaint to the King that the Chief Justiciary had, on the death of the late Earl, seized the castle and lowey of Tunbridge, which he claimed as fief of the archbishopric." - Archaeologia Cantiana, 16, p 21

 

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LOWS loaz

 

Noun, plural:. The hollows in marsh land where the water stagnates.

 

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LUBBER HOLE

 

Noun: A place made in a haystack when it is three-parts built, where a man may stand to reach the hay from the men in the wagon, and pitch it up to those on the top of the stack.

 

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LUCKING-MILL

 

Noun: A fulling-mill.

 

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LUG, SIR PETER lug, Sir Peter

 

Noun: The person that comes last to any meeting is called Sir Peter Lug; lug is probably a corruption of lag. (see Peter-Grievious)

 

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LUG-SAND lug'-sand

 

Noun: The sand where the lugworm is found by fishermen searching for bait.

 

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LURRY lur-r'i

 

Noun: Jingling rhyme; spoken by mummers and others. (see also Lerry, Lorry)

 

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LUSHINGTON

 

Noun: A man fond of drink. "He's a reg'lar lushington, 'most always drunk."

 

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LUSTY lust-i

 

Adjective: Fat; flourishing; well grown; in good order. "You've growed quite lusty sin' we seed ye last."

 

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LYAF

 

Noun: Leaf. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.' (see also Leaf, Lyeaf)

 

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LYEAF

 

Noun: Leaf. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.' (see also Leaf, Lyaf)

 

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LYEAS

 

Verb: Lost. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.' (see also Leas)

 

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LYERN

 

Verb: Learn. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dyepe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic. (see also Liern)

 

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LYESE

 

Verb: Loose. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. Usual Old English forms = Leose (lese). It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dy-epe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic. (see also Liese)

 

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LYEVE

 

Dear. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dyepe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic (see also Lieve)

 

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LYNCH lin-ch

 

Noun: A little strip of land, to mark the boundary of the fields in open countries, called elsewhere landshire or landsherd, to distinquish a share of land. In Eastry the wooded ridge, which lies over against the church, is called by the name of the Lynch. (see also Linch)

 

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LYSTE-WAY list-wai

 

Noun: A green way on the edge of a field. This word occurs in a M.S. dated 1356, which describes the bounds and limits of the parish of Eastry, "And froo the weye foreseyd called wenis, extende the boundes and lymmites of the pishe of Easterye by a wey called lyste towards the easte." - Memorials of Eastry, p 28. (see also Went)

 

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MABBLED mab-ld

 

Verb: Mixed; confused. "An books and such mabbled up." - Dick and Sal, st 70.

 

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MAD mad

 

Adjective: Enraged; furious. "Being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them." - Acts, Ch 26 v 11

 

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MADE-A-FOOLIN'-OF

 

Verb: To make a fuss of a child or animal. "I don't know what we shall do with ye when your Auntie has gone back. She's proper made-a-foolin'-of ye, since she came over to us on her holidays."

 

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MAGGOTY mag-uti

 

Adjective: Whimsical; restless; unreliable. "He's a maggoty kind o' chap, he is."

 

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MAID maid

 

Noun: A little frame to stand before the fire to dry small articles. (see also Tamsin)

 

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MAKE EVEN

 

Verb: (see Even, to make)

 

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MAKE OFF

 

Verb: To make out; to understand.- R Cooke.

 

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MAMMICK

 

Verb: To eat untidily; in a pig-like way. "Drat ye, young Stevie! Doant mammick your food like that. There's more bread and jam on the floor than in your innards!"

 

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MAN OF KENT

 

Phrase: A title claimed by the inhabitants of the Weald as their peculiar designation; all others they regard as Kentish men.

 

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MANKIE-PEAS

 

Noun, plural: The common wood-lice. They are also called peasie-bugs and pea-bugs, as they resemble, when rolled up into a ball, small black pea-like bodies. "Look at they mankie-peas, grandpa! Millions of 'em, in that old log Harry has just broken open!" (see also Cheese-bugs, Monkey-peas, Pea-bugs, Peasie-bugs)

 

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MANNISH man-ish

 

Adjective: Like a man; manly. "He's a very mannish little chap."

 

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MAN-SUCKER man-sukr

 

Noun: The cuttle-fish - Folkestone. (see also Inkspewer, Squib (2), Tortoise)

 

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MARCH mar-ch

 

Noun: Called in East Kent "March many weather."

 

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MARM maam

 

Noun: A jelly.

 

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MARSH maa-sh

 

Noun: In East Kent the Marsh means Romney Marsh, as the Island means the Isle of Thanet in East Kent, or Sheppy in North Kent. Romney Marsh is the fifth quarter of the world which consists of Europe, Asia, Africa, America and Romney Marsh. (see also Mash, Mesh, Mush)

 

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MARY SPILT THE MILK

 

Noun: Lungwort.- Alice Clarke. 1975.

 

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MARYGOLD mar-r'igold

 

Noun: A lady bird. The first part of the name refers to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the latter, gold, to the bright orange, or orange-red, colour of the insect. This little insect is highly esteemed in Kent, and is of great service in hop-gardens in eating up the fleas and other insects which attack the hops. (see also Bug (2), Fly-golding, Golding, Lady-bug, Lady Cow, Merrigo)

 

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MASH mash

 

Noun: A marsh. (see also Marsh, Mesh, Mush)

 

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MATCH-A-RUNNING

 

Noun: A game peculiar to Kent, and somewhat resembling prisoner's base. (see also MatchRunning , Stroke-bias)

 

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MATCH-ME-IF-YOU-CAN

 

Noun: The appropriate name of the variegated ribbon-grass of our gardens, anciently called our lady's laces, and subsequently painted laces, ladies' laces, and gardener's garters. Phalaris arundinacea.

 

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MATCH-RUNNING

 

Noun: A game peculiar to Kent, and somewhat resembling prisoner's base. (see also Match-aRunning , Stroke-bias)

 

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MATE mait, mee-ut

 

Noun: A companion; comrade; fellow-labourer; friend; used especially by husband or wife to one another.

 

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MAUDRING mau-dring

 

Verb: Mumbling.

 

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MAUN maun

 

Noun: A large round, open, deep wicker basket, larger at the top than bottom, with a handle on each side near the top (some have two handles, others of more modern pattern have four); commonly used for carrying chaff, fodder, hops, etc, and for unloading coals. Shakespeare uses the word - "A thousand favours from a maund she drew, Of amber, crystal and of braided jet." - Lover's Complaint, st 6. (see also Maund (1), Moan)

 

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MAUND maand, maund

 

Noun: (1) A large round, open, deep wicker basket, larger at the top than bottom, with a handle on each side near the top (some have two handles, others of more modern pattern have four); commonly used for carrying chaff, fodder, hops, etc, and for unloading coals. Shakespeare uses the word - "A thousand favours from a maund she drew, Of amber, crystal and of braided jet." - Lover's Complaint, st 6. (see also Maun, Moan)

 

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MAUND

 

Noun: (2) A hay-cock is called a maund of hay (? a mound of hay)

 

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MAUNDER mau-nder

 

Verb: (1) To scold; murmur; complain.

 

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MAUNDER mau-nder

 

Verb: (2) To walk with unsteady gait; to wander about with no fixed purpose.

 

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MAW

 

Verb: Mow. The Northumbrian dialect retained, as it still does, many pure Anglo-Saxon words containing the long sound of 'a', which the Southern dialect changed into 'o'. This word contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, resembles the Northumbrian form.

 

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MAXHILL

 

Noun: A dungheap. (see also Maxon (1) & (2), Maxul, Misken, Mixon)

 

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MAXON

 

Noun: (1) A dungheap. (see also Maxhill, Maxon (2), Maxul, Misken, Mixon)

 

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MAXON

 

Noun: (2) A dung or manure Maxon is a specially built-up box-like oblong of stable, cow-shed or pig-sty manure: sometime separately, sometimes of all three. Some of these manure-heaps measure many yards in length and width, and sometimes are as much as six feet in height. (see also Maxhill, Maxon (1), Maxul, Misken, Mixen)

 

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MAXUL maks-l

 

Noun: A dungheap. (see also Maxhill, Maxon (1) & (2), Misken, Mixon)

 

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MAY HILL mai hil

 

Noun: Used in the Phrase: se, "I don't think he'll ever get up May hill," i.e., I don't think he will live through the month of May. March, April and May especially, owing to the fluctuations of temperature, are very trying months in East Kent. So, again, the uncertain, trying nature of this month, owing to the cold east or out winds, is further alluded to in the saying - "Ne'er cast a clout Till May is out."

 

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MAY-BUG mai-bug

 

Noun: A cockchafer, otherwise called a July-bug.

 

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MAYER

 

Noun: Mayor, a civic dignitary.

 

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MAY-WEED

 

Noun: Anthemis cotula.

 

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MAZZARD maz-urd

 

Noun: Prunus avium.

 

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MEACH mee-ch

 

Verb: To creep about softly. (see also Meecher)

 

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MEAKERS

 

Noun, plural:. Mice; the common house-mice or field mice. "Ye shall soon have to shift that old foggotstack. Too many o' they meakers be a-nesting in there, and too many of 'em a-finding their way into the cottages as well." (see also Meece, Mickie)

 

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MEAL

 

Noun: Ground wheat or any other grain before it is bolted. In bolting, the bran is divided into two qualities, the coarser retains the name of bran, and the finer is called pollard.

 

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MEASURE-FOR-A-NEW-J

 

Verb: To flog; to beat. "Now, you be off, or I'll measure you for a new jacket."

 

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MEASURING-BUG

 

Noun: The caterpillar.

 

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MEECE mees

 

Noun, plural:. (1) Mice. "Jus' fancy de meece have terrified my peas." (see also Meakers, Mickie)

 

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MEECE

 

Noun, plural:. (2) Mice Present dialect form i.e. 1863. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'.

 

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MEECHER

 

Verb: To creep about softly. (see also Meach)

 

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MEEN

 

Verb: To shiver slightly.

 

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MEENING meen-ing

 

Noun: An imperfect fit of the ague.

 

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MEGPY meg-pi

 

Noun: The common magpie.

 

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MELK

 

Noun: (2) Milk. Present dialect form i.e. 1863. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'.

 

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MELK

 

Noun: (1) Milk.Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Melk (K) = Milk (N)

 

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MELLE

 

Noun: Mill. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Mele (K) = Mill (N)

 

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MELT melt

 

Noun: A measure of two bushels of coals.

 

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MENAGERIE menaaj-uri

 

Noun: Management; a surprising and clever contrivance. "That is a menagerie!"

 

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MEND

 

Mind. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Mend (K) = Mund (S) = Mind (N)

 

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MENDMENT

 

Noun: (1) Manure. (see also Amendment)

 

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MENDMENTS

 

Noun, plural:. (2) Manure; the droppings of any bird or animal; animal excretions.

 

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MENNYS men-is

 

Noun: A wide tract of ground, partly copse and partly moor; a high common; a waste piece of rising ground. There are many such in East Kent, as Swingfield Minnis, Ewell Minnis, etc. (see also Minnis)

 

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MENTLE

 

Noun: Mantle Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The' Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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MERCIFUL mer-siful

 

Adjective: Used as an intensive expletive, much in the same way as "blessed" or "mortal" are used elsewhere. "They took every merciful thing they could find."

 

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MERRIGO mer-r'goa

 

Noun: A ladybird. (see also Marygold, of which Merrigo is a corruption ) (see also Bug (2), Fly-golding, Golding, Lady-bug, Lady Cow, Marygold)

 

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MERSC

 

Noun: Marsh Use of 'e' for 'a'. Present dialect form i.e. 1863.

 

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MERSS

 

Noun: Marsh. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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MESH mesh, maish

 

Noun: A marsh. (see also Marsh, Mash, Mush)

 

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MESS-ABOUT

 

Verb: To waste time. "Don't keep all-on messing-about like that, but come here directlyminute."

 

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MESSEN

 

Noun, plural:. Masses. (Ecclesiastical) Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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MESS-OF-FOOD

 

Noun: A good substantial mess, or basin or platefull of hot food, the quantity and quality of which will fully satisfy even the hungriest of farm-workers.

 

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METT met

 

Noun: A measure containing a bushel. Anglo-Saxon metan, to measure. 1539 - "Paid for a mett of salt 11d" - MS Accounts, St John's Hospital, Canterbury.

 

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MEWSE meuz

 

Noun: An opening through the bottom of a hedge, forming a run for game.

 

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MICKIE

 

Noun: The house or field mouse. Mickie has become a generally accepted slang term outside of the Kentish Weald, where it originated, for the common mouse. "Our pantry cupboard is full of little mickies!" "He's as quiet as a mickie." (see also Meakers, Meece)

 

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MICKIE, TO TAKE THE

 

Phrase: To make a fool of a person, in a quiet and often round about way. This universal term "To take the mike (or the mickie) out of me" is really of Weald origin. This came about through the actions of a certain rustic at Pluckley, near Ashford, trying to catch a mouse that had jumped up another farm-hand's sleeve. The helper, who soon has an enthusiastic audience, kept fooling about, not trying to catch the mouse at all, but simply to get it to move from one part of his friend's anatomy to another, until at last the exasperated rustic shouted to his 'helper': "Are you trying to take the mickie out of me?" thereby implying that he did not think his chum was trying to dislodge the mouse, but simply making him look a fool in front of the other farm hands. The farm-hand who coined this Phrase: se was "Plushy" Austin of Honey Farm, Pluckley.

 

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MIDDLEBUN mid-lbun

 

Noun: The leathern thong which connects the hand-staff of a flail with the swingel.

 

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MIDDLEMAS mid-lmus

 

Noun: Michaelmas.

 

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MIDDLING mid-ling

 

Adjective: A word of several shades of meaning, from very much or very good, to very little or very bad. The particular sense in which the word is to be taken for the time is determined by the tone of the speaker's voice alone.

 

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MIDDLINGS

 

Noun: An instalment of shoe-money, sometimes given to the pickers in the middle of the hopping time.

 

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MILCH-HEARTED milch-haat-id

 

Adjective: Timid; mild; tender-hearted; nervous. "Jack won't hurt him, he's ever so much too milch-hearted."

 

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MILL mil

 

Verb: To melt.

 

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MILLER'S EYE mil-urz ei

 

Noun: To put the miller's eye out is when a person, in mixing mortar or dough, pours too much water into the hole made to receive it; then they say, "I reckon you've put the miller's eye out now!" - Eastry.

 

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MILLER'S THUMB mil-urz-thum

 

Noun: A fish which is otherwise known as bull-head. Cottus gobio. (see also Corbeau)

 

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MILLER'S-EYES mil-urz-eiz

 

Noun, plural:. Jelly-fish. - Dover (see also Blue Slutters, Galls, Sea-nettles, Sea Starch, Sluthers, Slutters,Stingesr, Water-galls)

 

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MIND meind

 

Noun: (1) To be a mind to a thing; to intend; purpose; design it. The complete Phrase: se runs thus, "I'm a mind to it."

 

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MIND meind

 

Verb: (2) To remember. "Do you mind what happen'd that time up in Island?"

 

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MINE mein

 

Noun: Any kind of mineral, especially iron-stone.

 

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MINNIS min-is

 

Noun: A wide tract of ground, partly copse and partly moor; a high common; a waste piece of rising ground. There are many such in East Kent, as Swingfield Minnis, Ewell Minnis, etc. (see also Mennys)

 

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MINT mint

 

Noun: The spleen.

 

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MINTY mint-i

 

Adjective: Full of mites, used of meal, or cheese.

 

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MINUTE min-it

 

Noun: (2) Directly-minute, immediately. (see also Dreckly-minute)

 

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MINUTE min-it

 

Noun: (1) A Kentish man would say, "a little minute," where another would say, "a minute." So, "a little moment," in Isaiah ch 24, v 20, "Hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation by overpast."

 

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MISCHEEVIOUS

 

Adjective: Mischievous.

 

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MISERY mis-ur'i

 

Noun: Acute bodily pain; not sorrow or distress of mind, as commonly. "He's gone in great misery for some time."

 

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MISHEROON

 

Noun: Mushroom. (see also Musheroon, Rooms)

 

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MISKEN mis-kin

 

Noun: A dunghill. (see also Maxhill, Maxon (1) & (2), Maxul, Mixon)

 

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MISS

 

Noun: Abbreviation of mistress. Always used for Mrs., as the title of a married woman.

 

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MIST mist

 

impers. Verb: "It mists," i.e., rains very fine rain.

 

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MISTUS mis-tus

 

Noun: Mistress; the title of a married woman. "My mistus and me's done very well and comfortable together for 'bove fifty year; not but what we've had a misword otherwhile, for she can be middlin' contrairy when she likes, I can tell ye."

 

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MISWORD mis-wurd

 

Noun: A cross, angry, or abusive word. "He's never given me one misword."

 

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MITHERWAY

 

Interjection: Phrase: Come hither away. A call by a wagoner to his horses.

 

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MITTENS mit-nz

 

Noun, plural:. Large, thick, leathern gloves without separate fingers, used by hedgers to protect their hands from thorns.

 

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MIXON miks-un

 

Noun: A dung-heap; dung-hill. Properly one which is made of earth and dung; or, as in Thanet, of seeweed, lime and dung. Anglo-Saxon, mix, dung; mixen, a dung-hill. (see also Maxhill, Maxon (1) & (2), Maxul in Eastry, Misken)

 

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MIZMAZE

 

Noun: Confusion; a puzzle. "Time I fell off de stack, soonsever I begun to look about a little, things seemed all of a mizmaze." 1678 - "But how to pleasure such worthy flesh and blood, and not the direct way of nature, is such a mizmaze to manhood." - Howard, Man of Newmarket.

 

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MIZZLE

 

Noun: A mist-like rain falling very lightly. "Twouldn't be so bad if it was just a mizzle, but we can't go all that way without our coats now it be mizzling real hard."

 

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MIZZLING

 

Verb: A mist-like rain falling heavily.

 

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MOAN

 

Noun: A basket, used for carrying chaff or roots for food; and for unloading coals. (see also Maun, Maund)

 

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MODREN

 

Noun, plural:.Mothers. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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MOKE moak

 

Noun: A mesh of a net.

 

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MOLLIE mol-i

 

Noun: A hedge sparrow; otherwise called Dicky-hedge-poker.

 

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MONEY mun-i

 

Noun: The Phrase: se, "good money," means good pay, high wages. "He's getting good money, I reckon."

 

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MONEY-IN-BOTH-POCKE

 

Noun: Lunaria biennis. The plant otherwise known as honesty, or white satin-flower, as it is sometimes called from the silvery lustre of its large circular-shaped saliques, which, when dried, were used to dress up fire-places in summer and decorate the chimney-mantels of cottages and village inns. The curious seed-vessels, which grow in pairs, and are semitransparent, show the flat disc-shaped seeds like little coins within them, an appearance which Noun: doubt originated the name, Money-in-both-pockets.

 

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MONEY-PURSE mun-i-pus

 

Noun: A purse. "He brought our Jack a leather cap An' Sal a money-puss" - Dick and Sal, st 16.

 

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MONEY-SPINNER

 

Noun: A small spider supposed to bring good luck.

 

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MONKEY-PEAS mun-kipees

 

Noun: Wood-louse; also the ligea oceanica, which resembles the wood-louse, and lives in the holes made in the stone by the pholades. (see also Cheese bug, Mankie-peas, Pea-bugs, Peasie-bugs)

 

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MONT munt

 

Noun: Month.

 

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MOOCH

 

Verb: (2) To slouch; to move about in a lazy, slovenly or flat-footed manner. "There you go again! Mooching along, with your head on the ground. Wearing out they hard-earned boots and likely you'll run yourself into a telegraph-pole or a moty-car!"

 

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MOOCH mooch

 

Verb: (1) Dawdle.

 

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MOON

 

Noun: 10 bushel basket measures, especially for hops.- East Kent. Nicky Newbury. (see also Half -moon)

 

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MOOR moor

 

Noun: Swampy and wet piece of ground.

 

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MOORNEN moo-rneen

 

Noun: A moor hen.

 

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MOOT moo-t

 

Noun: The root or stump of a tree, which when felled, is divided into three parts; 1st, the moot; 2nd, the stem; 3rd, the branches.

 

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MORE moa-r

 

Adjective: Used of size or dimensions; as "as big more," i.e., as big again.

 

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MORT mor-t

 

Noun: Abundance; a large quantity; a multitude. A mort of money, apples, birds, men, etc. (see also Mot)

 

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MOSES moa-ziz

 

Noun: A young frog. - East Kent.

 

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MOSTEST moa-stist

 

Adjective: Farthest; greatest distance. "The mostest that he's bin from home is 'bout eighteen miles." East Kent people seldom travel far from home.

 

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MOST-TIMES moa-st-teimz

 

Adjective: Generally; usually.

 

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MOT mot

 

Noun: Abundance; a large quantity; a multitude. A mort of money, apples, birds, men, etc. (see also Mort)

 

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MOTHER OF THOUSAND mudh-ur uv thou-zundz

 

Noun: Linaria cymbularia.

 

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MOTHERY mudh-ur'i

 

Adjective: Out of condition; muddy; thick; with a scum or mould on it. "The beer's got pretty mothery, seeminly."

 

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MOVE

 

Noun: An action or plan. "Well, that's a middlin' silly move, let be how 'twill."

 

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MOWL moul

 

Noun: Mould.

 

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MUCH much

 

Verb: (1) To fondle; caress; pet. "However did you manage to tame those wild sheep?" "Well, I mutched 'em, ye see."

 

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MUCH much

 

Adjective: (2) Used with regard to the state of the health. "How are ye to-day?" "Not much, thank ye."

 

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MUCH OF A MUCHNESS

 

Adjective: . Phrase: se. Very much alike; as like as two peas.

 

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MUCH AS EVER much az ev-r

 

Adjective: Hardly; scarcely; only just; with difficulty. "Shall ye get done (i.e. finish your job) today?" "Much as ever."

 

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MUCK muk

 

Verb: (1) To dirty; to work over-hard.

 

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MUCK muk

 

Noun: (2) A busy person. "De squire was quite head muck over this here Jubilee job."

 

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MUCK ABOUT muk ubou-t

 

Verb: (1) To work hard. "He's most times mucking about somewhere's or another."

 

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MUCK ABOUT

 

Verb: (2) To fool about.

 

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MUCK-ABOUT

 

Verb: (2) To fool about; to fool around. "Go on! muck-about my boy! But if you'r still amucking about, times I'm ready to take you out, I'll give 'ee such a bannicking ye'll not know whether you be on yer head or yer heels!" - Ashford and Wealden.

 

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MUCKED UP muk-t-up

 

Adjective: All in confusion and disorder. "I lay you never see such a place as what master's study is; 'tis quite entirely mucked-up with books."

 

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MUCK-UP

 

Verb: To lift up. "Hey mister! Gie us a muck-up into the cart with this here bale o' hay, will ye?" - Ashford and District.

 

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MUDDLE ABOUT mud-l ubou-t

 

Verb: To do a little work. "As long as I can just muddle about I don't mind."

 

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MULLOCK mul-uk

 

Verb: To damp the heat of an oven. A diminutive of Old English mull, which is merely a variant of mould.

 

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MUNTON munt-n

 

Noun: The mullion of a window. This is nearer to the medieval form munnion.

 

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MUSH mush

 

Noun: A marsh. (see also Marsh, Mash, Mesh)

 

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MUSHEROON mush-iroon

 

Noun: A mushroom. French, moucheron. (see also Misheroon, Rooms)

 

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MUSTER must-r

 

Noun: Mister (Mr.), the title given to an employer, and often contracted into muss. The labourer's title is master, contracted into mass. "Where be you goin'. Mass Tompsett?" "Well, I be goin' 'cross to Muss Chickses."

 

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NABBLER nab-lur

 

Noun: An argumentative, captious person; a gossip; a mischief-maker.

 

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NACKERS

 

Noun, plural:. Testes - Plumstead, West Kent. L.E.A.G. 1920's).

 

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NAIL nai-l

 

Noun: A weight of eight pounds.

 

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NAILBOURN nai-lburn, nai-lboarn

 

Noun: An Interjection:ittent stream. Harris, in his History of Kent, p 240, writes, "There is a famous eylebourn which rises in this parish (Petham) and sometimes runs but a little way before it falls into the ground;" and again at p 179, Harris writes, "Kilburn saith that AD 1472, here (at Lewisham) newly broke out of the earth a great spring;" by which he probably meant an eylebourn or nailbourn. " Why! the nailbourn's begun to run a' ready." (see also Eylesbourne)

 

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NARL

 

Noun: (2) Nail. "You go ask the shipwright for some four inch narls." "Those narls aint no good for them timbers, try these!" - Medway district.

 

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NARL

 

Noun: (1) A knot of wood. These words - Narl, Narlie and Narlie-wood - are almost extinct. I know of only one old man in the whole of the Medway Towns (Chatham, Rochester, Gillingham and Strood) - at least to my knowledge- who uses the above expressions in regards to wood-knots and knotted timber. - North-East Kent and Medway district.

 

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NARLIE

 

Adjective: Well knotted wood; poor timber. - North-east Kent, and Medway district. (see also Narl)

 

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NARLIE-WOOD

 

Adjective: Well knotted wood; poor timber; useless for building purposes. - North-East Kent, and Medway district. (see also Narl)

 

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NASE

 

Noun: Nose. The Northumbrian dialect retained, as it still does, many pure Anglo-Saxon words containing the long sound of 'a', which the Southern dialect changed into 'o'. This word contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, resembles the Northumbrian form.

 

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NATCHES nach-ez

 

Noun: The notches or battlements of a church tower.

 

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NATE nait

 

Noun: Naught; bad.

 

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NATIVE nai-tiv

 

Noun: Native place; birthplace. "Timblestun (Tilmanstone) is my native, but I've lived in Eastry nearly forty years come Michaelmas."

 

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NATURE nai-chur

 

Noun: Way; manner. "In this nature," in this way.

 

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NAWN STEERS naun steez

 

Noun, plural:. Small steers. Cf. French nain, dwarf.

 

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NAZT

 

Not. The Northumbrian dialect retained, as it still does, many pure Anglo-Saxon words containing the long sound of 'a', which the Southern dialect changed into 'o'. This word contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, resembles the Northumbrian form.

 

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NEAT neet

 

Verb: To make neat and clean.

 

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NEB neb

 

Noun: A peg used to fasten the pole of an ox-plough to the yoke.

 

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NEEGAR

 

Noun: The larva of the ladybird. - R Cooke. (see also Nigger, Nigyar)

 

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NE'ER A ONCE

 

Adjective: Not once.

 

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NEGHEND

 

Noun: Nineth. 'The Old Kentish numerals, as exhibited in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, are identical with the Northen forms, but are no doubt of Frisian origin.'

 

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NEGRO

 

Noun: "Had discourse with Partridge; he says the Negro attacks turnips proceeding in straight rows, and when at the end of the row returns again in a parallel manner." - G M Arnold, Robert Pocock 80.

 

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NEIGHBOUR

 

Verb: To associate. "Though we live next door we don't neighbour."

 

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NESS nes

 

Noun: A promontory; a cape; a headland. Seen iNoun, plural:ace names as Dungeness, Sheerness, etc. French, Nez; Scandinavian, Naze. So the English sailors call Blanc Nez, opposite Dover, Blank-ness or Black-ness.

 

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NET net

 

Noun: A knitted woollen scarf.

 

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NETTLE-FRIG

 

Noun: A fidget; a restless person; generally applied to a child. Derived from the fidgetting or contortions of a person or child stung on the legs by stinging-nettles. "Sit still Nance! You'r a proper nettle-frig." - Wealden. (see also Frig)

 

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NETTLEN

 

Noun, plural:. Nettles. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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NEWLAND neu-lund

 

Noun: Land newly broke-up or ploughed.

 

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NICKOPIT nik-upitn. A bog; a quagmire; a deep hole in a dyke.

 

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NIDGET nij-it

 

Noun: A shim or horse-hoe with nine irons, used for cleaning the ground between the rows of hops or beans.

 

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NIEDE

 

Need. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian.. It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dyepe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic (see also Nyede)

 

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NIGGER

 

Noun: The larva of the ladybird. - R Cooke. (see also Nigger)

 

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NIGGLING nig-lin

 

Adjective: Trifling; petty; troublesome on account of smallness. "There, I tell ye, I aint got no time for no sich niggling jobs."

 

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NIGYER

 

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NIMBLE DICK nimb-l dik

 

Noun: A species of horse-fly or gad-fly, differing somewhat from Brims.

 

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NIPPER nip-ur

 

Noun: A nickname given to the youngest or smallest member of a family.

 

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NISY nei-si

 

Noun: A ninny; simpleton.

 

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NIT

 

Noun: The egg of a louse or small insect. "Dead as a nit," is a common expression.

 

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NITTY NINEHAIRS

 

Noun: Name given to a bald-headed man. - Plumstead, West Kent. L.R.A.G. 1920's.

 

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NO OUGHT noa aut

 

Adjective: l. Phrase: Ought not. "The doctor said I no ought to get out." The expression "you ought not" is seldom used; it is almost invariably no ought. A similar use of prepositions occurs in such Phrase: ses as up-grown, out-asked, etc. (see also hadn't ought)

 

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NO PRINCIPLE

 

This expression is only applied in Kent to people who do not pay their debts.

 

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NO SENSE

 

Adjective: Phrase: Nothing to speak of; nothing to signify. "It don't rain; leastways, not no sense."

 

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NOD nod

 

Noun: The nape of the neck. With this are connected noddle, noddy; as in the nursery rhyme - "Little Tom Noddy, All head and no body."

 

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NOHOW noa-hou

 

Adjective: In no way; not at all. "I doänt see as how as I can do it, not nohow."

 

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NONCE nons

 

Noun: The Phrase: se "for the nonce", means for the once, for that particular occasion; hence, on purpose with design or intent.

 

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NONE nun

 

Adjective: "None of 'em both," i.e., neither of 'em.

 

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NONE-SO-PRETTY

 

Noun: The name of the little flower, otherwise known as London pride. Dianthus barbatus.

 

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NOOKIT

 

Noun: A nook.

 

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NO-RABBITS-CAUGHT!

 

Phrase: Wealden and Ashford for 'Nothing done'. "By goodness, young Ern! Here it is dinnertime, and no rabbits caught!" Meaning that nothing had been, or seemingly been, done up to dinner-time.

 

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NORATION noar'ai-shun

 

Noun: A fuss; a row; a set out or disturbance by word or deed. "What a noration there is over this here start, surelye!"

 

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NOTCH noch

 

Verb: "To notch up," to reckon or count; alluding to the old method of reckoning at cricket, where they used to take a stick and cut a notch in it for every run that was made.

 

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NOWNAGEN

 

abbr. Now and again; now and then.

 

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NOYES noiz

 

Adjective: Noisome; noxious; dangerous; bad to travel on. "I will it be putt for to mende fowle and noyes ways at Collyswood and at Hayne." - Lewis, p 104.

 

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NUNCHEON nunch-yun

 

Noun: A mid-day meal. The original meaning was a noon-drink, as shewn by the old spelling, none-chenche, in Riley's Memorials of London, p 265. "When laying by their swords and truncheons They took their breakfasts or their nuncheons." - Hudibras, pt 1, canto 1.

 

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NURITY neu-r'iti

 

Noun: Goodness. "The bruts run away with all the nurity of the potato." - West Kent.

 

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NUTHER nudh-ur

 

conj. Neither; giving an emphatic termination to a sentence. "And I'm not going to it, nuther," i.e. I am not going to it, you may be sure!

 

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NYEDE

 

Need. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dyepe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic. (see also Niede)

 

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NYKKEN

 

Noun, plural:. Necks. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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OARE oar

 

Noun: Seaweed; seawrack. This is the name of a parish in North Kent, near Faversham, thich is bounded on the north by the river Swale, where probably great quantities of seeweed collected. ". . . To forbid and restrain the burning or taking up of any sea oare within the Isle of Thanet." - Lewis, p.89. (see also Sea-waur, Waur, Waure)

 

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OAST oast

 

Noun: (1) A kiln for drying malt or hops, but anciently used for any kind of kiln, as a bryk-host, i.e. brick-kiln. - Old Parish Book of Wye, 34 Henry 8th. Canon W.A. Scott-Roberston , says, "This name for a kiln was used in Kent long before hops were introduced." In a deed, dated 28 Edward 1 (copied by Mr Burt, in the Record Office), we find, "Roger de Faukham granting to William be Wykewane, and Sarah, his wife, 3 acres of land which 'jacent apud le Lymoste in parochia de Faukham." "During Wat Tyler's insurrection, some of the insurgents went to a place called the Lymost, in Preston-next-Faversham, on the 5th of June, 1381, and ejected. . . goods and chattels of Philip Bode, found there, to wit, lime, sacks, etc" - Archaeologia Cantiana, 3.90. In a lease, dated 1455, and granted by the Churchwardens of Dartford to John Grey and John Vynor, we read, "The tenants to build a new kime-oast that shall burn eight quarters of lime at once." - Landale's Documents of Dartford, p. 8. Limehouse, a suburb of London seems to have been named from a lym-oste; it was not formed into a parish until the 18th century. In a valuation of the town of Dartford, 29 Edward 1., we find mention of "John Ost, William Ost and Walter Ost."

 

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OAST

 

Noun: (2) "And paid for 300 nails for mending of la Hoste in the bakery ...12p" - The Steward's Account 3 Henry 6 (1424-25) of Maidstone College of Priests. Maidstone College Steward's Compotus 1424-5 (in Maidstone Museum) has:- "And paid for 300 nails for mending of le Hoste in the bakery ...12d." (trans)

 

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OBEDIENCE oabee-dyuns

 

Noun: A bow or curtsey; an obeisance. " Now Polly, make your obedience to the gentleman; there's a good girl."

 

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'OD RABBIT IT od rab-it it

 

Interjection: A profane expression, meaning, "May God subvert it." From French 'rabattre'.

 

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OF ov

 

Preposition: . Used for with, in Phrase: se, "I have no acquaintance of such a person."

 

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OFF FROM

 

Verb: To avoid; prevent. "I couldn't be off from going, he made such a point of it."

 

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OFF OF

 

From. "I fell off of the bridge." This may not be entirely Kentish. - L.R.A.G.

 

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OFFER of-ur

 

Verb: To lift up; to hold up anything for the purpose of displaying it to the best Adjective: ntage. I once heard a master paperhanger say to his assistant, when a customer was inspecting some wall-papers, "Just offer this paper up for the lady to see."

 

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OLD

 

Adjective: This word is constantly applied to anything or anybody without any reference to age.

 

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OLD MAN

 

Noun: Southernwood. Artemisia abrotanum.

 

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OLIVE

 

Noun: Oyster catcher. " 'Olive' I found was the local name of the oyster catcher which until recent years used to breed on this coast. It is now extinct here. Its flesh is stated to be of a dark colour but palatable." - Letter from Arthur Finn, Westbrooke House, Lydd, Kent to Arthur Hussey. 11 March 1910.

 

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ON

 

Un. Onneathe: Unneathe; Ondo: Undo etc. The use of 'o' for 'u'. Old Frisian; onder and op for under and up

 

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ONE EYED

 

Adjective: Cock-eyed.

 

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ONE-EYED

 

Adjective: Inconvenient; a general expression of disapproval. "That's a middlin' one-eyed place." "I can't make nothin' of these here one-eyed new-fashioned tunes they've took-to in church; why they're a'most done afore I can make a start."

 

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OO oo

 

Noun: In Phrase: se, "I feel all of a oo," i.e., I feel ill; or, "That's all of a oo," i.e., that is all in confusion.

 

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OOD ood

 

Noun: Seaweed; also wood.

 

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ORDER

 

Noun: To be "in order" is a common expression for being in a passion. "When the old chap knows them cows have been out in the clover he'll be in middlin' order; he'll begin to storm and no mistake!"

 

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ORNARY aun-ur'i

 

Adjective: Ordinary; common; poor; inferior; bad. "Them wuts be terr'ble ornary." (see also Ornery)

 

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ORNERY

 

Adjective: (1) An unfriendly expression, or disparaging expression, upon anything or person. "That's an ornery old cow, I'm sure!" "What an ornery old cottage!"

 

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ORNERY

 

adj (3) Ordinary A corruption of ordinary. "There's nothing wonderful about the size o' they taters! They be just ornery.". (see also Ornary)

 

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ORNERY

 

Adjective: (2) Bad-tempered. "He be an ornery old cuss!" "She's the most ornery woman I ever did see."

 

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OTHERSOME udh-ursum

 

Phrase: Some others. "And some said, what will this babbler say? Othersome, he seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods." - Acts, Ch 17 v 18.

 

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OTHERWHERE-ELSE udh-urwair'els

 

Adjective: Elsewhere.

 

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OTHERWHILE udh-ur-wei-l

 

Adjective: Occasionally. "Every otherwhile a little," i.e., a little now and then. "And otherwhiles with bitter mocks and mowes He would him scorn." - Faerie Queen, b 6, c 7. 49.

 

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OUR SAVIOUR'S FLANNE Our Saiv-yurz flan-l

 

Noun: At Bridge , near Canterbury, this name is given to Echium vulgare (L), and at Faversham to Verbascum thapsus (L) - Britten's Dictionary of English Plant Names.

 

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OURN ou-urn

 

poss.Adjective: Ours. (see also Hisn, Your'n)

 

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OUT ou-t

 

Adjective: A north, north-east, or east wind. "The wind is out to-day." i.e., it is in the east, northeast, or north. (see also Upward)

 

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OUT-ASKED ou-traa-st

 

adjl.Phrase: se. Used of persons whose banns have been asked or published three times, and who have come out of the stage unchallanged.

 

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OUTFACE outfai-s

 

Verb: To withstand; resist face to face; brazen it out

 

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OUT-OF-DOORS

 

Adjective: Out of fashion. "I played de clarrynet, time we had a band in church and used to sing de psalms; but 'tis all upset now; dere's nothing goos down but a harmonium and a passel o' squallin' children, and dese here new-fangled hymns. As for poor old David, he's quite entirely put out of door."

 

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OUTROOPE outroo-p

 

Noun: An auction of household goods. - Sandwich Book of Orphans. (see also Lief-coup, Litcop)

 

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OUTRUNNINGS

 

Noun, plural:. Straggling wood beyond a hedge-row, not measured-in with the part to be cut.

 

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OUTSTAND outstandVerb: To oppose; to stand out against, either in making a bargain or an assertion. "He outstood me that he hadn't seen him among de currants."

 

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OVEN uv-n

 

Noun: "To go to oven," is to bake.

 

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OVER oa-vur

 

Preposition: . To. "I'm gooing over Oare," i.e. I'm going to Oare.

 

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OVER-RUN oa-vur'un

 

Verb: To overtake and pass.

 

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OXBIRD oks-burd

 

Noun: The common dunlin. Tringa variabilis. Called Oxybird in Sheppy.

 

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PACK

 

Noun: A litter. "Our old bitch-dog have got a rare pack o' puppies." "Susan, our black cat, have just had a pack of five kittens." - North East Kent, Chatham, Rochester and district.

 

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PADDOCK pad-uk

 

Noun: A toad. (see also Puddock, Puttock)

 

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PADDY pad-i

 

Adjective: Worm-eaten.

 

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PAIGLE pai-gl

 

Noun: Cowslip - East Kent. (see also Cove-keys, Culver-keys, Horsebuckle, Lady keys (2), Pegle)

 

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PAILED

 

Verb: To pile. "They pailed all the potatoes into a great heap." "I've got a good job now and I be a-pailing up the pound-notes." -- North-East Kent, Chatham, Rochester and district.

 

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PALM-TREE paa-mtree

 

Noun: The yew tree. Dr. Pegge says: "They will sometimes, on Palm Sunday, dress a church with yew-branches, which I think very strange, because this was always esteemed a funeral tree, but after they once called it the palm-tree, the other mistake follow'd as it were on course." - See Gentleman's Magazine, December 1779, p 578. To this day (1885) the old people in East Kent call the yew-tree the palm tree, and there is, in the parish of Woodnesborough, a public house called The Palm-tree, which bears for its sign a clipped yew tree. - See Memorials of Eastry, p 116.

 

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PALTER pau-ltur

 

Verb: To wreck or pilfer stranded vessels and ill-use ship-wrecked sailors.

 

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PANDLE pand-l

 

Noun: A shrimp. (low Latin, pandalus)

 

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PARCEL paa-sl

 

Noun: A portion; a quantity; as "a parcel of bread and milk." "He took a good parcel of bread and milk for breakfast." (see also Passel)

 

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PARGE paa-j

 

Verb: To put on an ordinary coat of mortar next to brick-work and tiling.

 

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PARGET paa-jit

 

Noun: Mortar.

 

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PARMY

 

Adjective: Parmy ground is so called when of the consistancy of new soap. Holding water almost like a piece of crockery.

 

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PARNCH

 

Noun: The stomach, but only when speaking of the stomachs of rabbits, hares and sheep. - Wealden. (see also Parncher, Pauncher, Parnch-bag, Rabbit-pauncher)

 

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PARNCH-BAG

 

Noun: A rabbit's stomach. "He be nothing but a rabbit-parncher! I've seed him blow off many a parnch while shooting down in the Dering Wood. When 'e be out shootun, it's a mighty hard job to avoid the poor creatures' parnch-bags that he do blow off all over the place! He's never hit a flying pheasant in all his life. I doubts if he could hit a flying elephant!" - Wealden. (see also Paunch, Pauncher, Parncher,Rabbit-pauncher)

 

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PARNCHER

 

Noun: A very poor shot; an almost useless type of gun-sportsman. Very often prefixed by the word rabbit - a rabbit-pauncher. A pauncher, parncher or rabbit-parncher describes a shot, so poor, that the sportsman can only manage to hit a running rabbit at very close range, and even then, to aim so low as to blow off the underparts, or paunch, of the rabbit. This word rabbitpauncher is not considered an insult, only a term of utter disparagement by gamekeepers and beaters, towards such guns. - Wealden. (see also Parnch, Parnch-bag, Pauncher, Rabbitpauncher)

 

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PAROCK par-r'uk

 

Noun: A meeting to take an account of rents and pannage in the Weald of Kent. "When the bayliff or beadle of the lord held a meeting to take account of rents and pannage in the Weilds of Kent, such a meeting was called a parock." - Kennett MS. Parock is literally the same word as paddock.

 

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PART paat

 

Noun: This word is frequently used redundantly, especially after back, e.g., "You'll be glad to see the back part of me," i.e., to see my back, to get me gone.

 

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PARTIAL paa-shul

 

Adjective: Fond of. "I be very partial to pandles."

 

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PASS THE TIME O' DAY

 

Verb: To salute those you meet on the road with "good morning", "good afternoon," or "good evening," according to the time of day. "I don't know the man, except to pass the time o' day."

 

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PASSELL pas-l

 

Noun: A parcel; a number. "There was a passell o' boys hulling stones." (see also Parcel)

 

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PATTERN pat-rn

 

Verb: To imitate. "I shouldn't think of patterning my mistress."

 

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PAUNCHER

 

Noun: A very poor shot; an almost useless type of gun-sportsman. Very often prefixed by the word rabbit - a rabbit-pauncher. A pauncher, parncher or rabbit-parncher descibes a shot, so poor, that the sportsman can only manage to hit a running rabbit at very close range, and even then, to aim so low as to blow off the underparts, or paunch, of the rabbit. This word rabbitpauncher is not considered an insult, only a term of utter disparagement by gamekeepers and beaters, towards such guns. - Wealden. (see also Parnch, Parnch-bag, Parncher, Rabbitpauncher)

 

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PAWL pau-l

 

Noun: A pole; a stake; a strut or prop, placed against a lodge or other building to support it.

 

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PAY-GATE pai-gait

 

Noun: A turnpike gate.

 

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PEA-BUGS

 

Noun: (2) The common woodlice. (see also Cheese-bugs, Mankie-peas, Monkey-peas, Peasiebugs)

 

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PEA-BUGS

 

Noun: (1) The wood-louse. (see also Cheese bugs, Mankie-peas, Monkey-pea, Peasie-bugs)

 

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PEA-HOOK pee-huok

 

Noun: The implement used in conjunction with a hink for cutting peas. It was like a rippinghook, only mounted on a longer handle.

 

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PEA-HUCKERS

 

Noun, plural:. Pea-pickers. "They can't get pea-huckers for love-nit-money this year! They do say as they'll have to try and get some foreigners from Ashford."

 

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PEA-HUCKING

 

Verb: (2) To shell peas, to take them out of their shells, pods or hucks. "Don't throw they peahucks all over the kitchen young Ada! What with the mess your a-making, and the most peas you're a-eating instead o' saving, you're a great heap; I'm sure!"

 

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PEA-HUCKING

 

Verb: (1) Pea-picking. "The women be busy pea-hucking down in the Chapel Field"

 

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PEAL peel

 

Noun: A long-handled, broad, wooden shovel, used for putting bread into the oven. 1637 - "Payed for a peale for the kitchen, 1s, 3d." - MS Accounts, St John's Hospital, Canterbury. (see also Peel)

 

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PEART pi-urt

 

Adjective: Brisk; lively. "He's bin out of sorts for a long time, but he's gettin' on better now ever s'much; he's quite peart this mornin'." 1592- "There was a tricksie girle, I wot, albeit clad in gray, As peart as bird, as straite as boulte, as freshe as flowers in May." - Warner, Albion's England.

 

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PEASIE-BUGS

 

Noun: The common woodlice. (see also Cheese-bugs, Mankie-peas, Monkey-peas, Pea-bugs)

 

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PEASIES

 

Noun, plural:. General Kent dialect for peas. "Pick then peasies now, like a good girl."

 

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PECK pek

 

Noun: A heading knife, used by fishermen.

 

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PECK, to put to

 

Phrase: To put to inconvenience. "You shan't be put to peck about it as long as I can help it." - R Cooke.

 

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PEDIGREE ped-igree

 

Noun: A long story; a rigmarole "He's made a middlin' pedigree over it."

 

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PEEK peek

 

Verb: To stare; gape; look at. "An dare we pook't and peeked about To see what made it stick up." - Dick and Sal, st 47.

 

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PEEKINGS pee-kingz

 

Noun, plural:. Gleanings of fruit trees.

 

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PEEKY pee-ki

 

Adjective: Looking ill, or poorly; often used of children when out of sorts. French, pique. "He's peart enough to-day agin', but he was terr'ble peeky yesterday."

 

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PEEL peel

 

Noun: A long-handled, broad, wooden shovel, used for putting bread into the oven. 1637 - "Payed for a peale for the kitchen, 1s, 3d." - MS Accounts, St John's Hospital, Canterbury. (see also Peal)

 

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PEELER pee-lr

 

Noun: A round iron bar, used for making the holes into which hop-poles or wattles are placed. (see also Fold-pitcher)

 

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PEGGY

 

Noun: (2) A water wagtail .- J H Bridge, S B Fletcher, L R A G. (see also Peggy (1), Dishwasher, Peggy Dishwasher, Peggy Washdish)

 

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PEGGY peg-i

 

Noun: (1) A water wagtail. (see also Dishwasher, Peggy Dishwasher, Peggy Washdish)

 

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PEGGY WASHDISH peg-i-wash-dish

 

Noun: A water wagtail. (see also Dishwasher, Peggy, Peggy Dishwasher)

 

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PEGGY-DISHWASHER

 

Noun: (2) Water wagtail. - J H Bridge, S B Fletcher, L R A G. (see also Dishwasher, Peggy, Peggy Washdish)

 

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PEGGY-WASHDISH

 

Noun: (2) Water wagtail. - J H Bridge, S B Fletcher, L R A G. (see also Dishwasher, Peggy, Peggy Dishwasher)

 

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PEGLE pee-gl

 

Noun: A cowslip . Primula veris. "As yellow as a pegle." (see also Cove-keys, Culver-keys, Horsebuckle, Lady-keys (2), Paigle)

 

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PELL pel

 

Noun: A deep place or hole in a river.

 

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PELT peltn. Rags; rubbish, etc. (see also Culch, Sculch, Scultch, Scutchel)

 

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PENT pent

 

Noun: (French, pente, a slope or declivity.) There is a place called "The Pent", on a hill-side, in the parish of Posting.

 

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PERK purk

 

Verb: To fidget about restlessly. "How that kitten doos keep perking about."

 

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PESTER-UP

 

Verb: To bother; to hamper; to crowd. "He'd got so much to carry away, that he was reg'lar pestered-up, and couldn't move, no form at all."

 

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PET

 

Noun: (2) A pit Present dialect form i.e. 1863. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'.

 

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PET

 

Noun: (1) A pit. (see also Pette)

 

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PETER GRIEVOUS

 

adj.Phrase: (2) Used by my grandmother and grandfather Allen when I was a small boy.- L R A G.

 

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PETER-GRIEVOUS pee-tur-gree-vus

 

adj.Phrase: (1) Fretful; whining; complaining. (see also Lug, Sir Peter, where the name, Peter, is also introduced; hence, it would seem not unlikely that the words were first used sarcastically of ecclesiastics.)

 

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PETH peth

 

Verb: To pith; to sever the spinal cord or marrow of a beast.

 

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PETTE

 

Noun: Pit. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Pette (K) = Put (S) = Pit (N) (see also Pet)

 

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PETTYCOAT pet-ikoat

 

Noun: A man's waistcoat.

 

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PHARISEES far-r'iseez

 

Noun, plural:. Fairies. (see also Fairisies)

 

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PICK UPON pik up-on

 

Noun: To tease; annoy; make a butt of. "They always pick upon my boy coming home from school."

 

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PIG-GATE

 

Noun: A six-barred gate. A high gate, of a strong build, with deep earthing points at either end. The only type of gates to fully secure full grown and active pigs in their pounds or sties. - Wealden.

 

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PIG-POUND pig-pou-nd

 

Noun: The pig-sty.

 

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PIG-SCRAPER

 

Noun: That article was used for scuttering i.e. scraping pigs. - Lenham. W Coppins.1948. (see also Scutter)

 

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PIKY pei-ki

 

Noun: A turnpike traveller; a vagabond; and so generally a low fellow.

 

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PILCH pilch

 

Noun: A triangular piece of flannel worn by infants.

 

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PILLOW-BERE pil-oa-bee-r

 

Noun: A pillow case. (see also Pillow-coots)

 

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PILLOW-COOTS pil-oa-koo-ts

 

Noun, plural:. Pillow coats or pillowcases. Amongst other linen in one of the chambers at Brook-street, we find "syx pillow-coots." - Boteler Inventory in Memorials of Eastry, p. 229. (see also Pillow-bere)

 

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PIMP pim-p

 

Noun: A small bundle of cleft wood, used for lighting fires. (see also Baven , Bavin, Bobbin, Kilnbrush, Wiff.)

 

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PINEN

 

Noun, plural:. Pains. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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PIN-HORSE pin-us

 

Noun: The second horse of a team, next in front of the rod-horse. - East Kent.

 

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PINIES pei-niz

 

Noun, plural:. Peonies. Paeonia.

 

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PINNER pin-ur

 

Noun: The little button or fastening of a cupboard door. Allied to pin and pen.

 

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PINNOCK pin-uk

 

Noun: A wooden drain through a gateway. (see also Thurrock)

 

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PISEN

 

Noun, plural:. Peas. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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PITHERED

 

Adjective: Pinched with cold. - J H Bridge.

 

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PITTER pit-ur

 

Verb: To loosen the earth or throw it up lightly; to throw it up gently; also in Phrase: se "To pitter about," meaning to go about fussing or fidgetting. Sometimes miswritten pither.

 

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PITTERING-IRON pitur-ing-eiron

 

Noun: A poker.

 

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PLACE plais

 

Noun: A barton; a courtyard.

 

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PLAGUESOME plai-gsum

 

Adjective: Troublesome.

 

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PLANETS plan-its

 

Noun, plural:. "It rains by planets," when showers fall in a small compass, in opposition to general rain.

 

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PLASH plash

 

Noun, plural: To repair a live hedge, by cutting half through some of the stems near the ground and then bending the upper parts down, and keeping them so by means of hooked sticks driven into the bank. 1536 - "Payd . . . for dykying and plasshing off the hegd." - MS. Accounts , St. John's Hospital, Canterbury.

 

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PLAT

 

Noun: Diminutive of 'plot'.

 

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PLATTY plat-i

 

Adjective: Scattered; uncertain; here and there; uneven; fastidious. Used of a thin crop of corn, or of a child who is sickly and dainty.

 

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PLAY THE BAND

 

Phrase: Instead of saying "The band is going to play," it is common to hear "They are going to play the band.

 

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PLAY UPON plai upon

 

Verb: To dwell upon; to work; to worry. "It plays upon her mind."

 

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PLAYSTOOL plai-stool

 

Noun: An old word which apparently meant a public recreation ground, though certainly lost as such now, yet the word is very common throughout Kent as the name of a field which was once parish property. It is easy to see that playstool is a corruption of playstall, i.e., a play place, exactly as laystole is a corruption of laystall. The plestor at Selborne, mentioned by Gilbert White, is the same word.

 

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PLENTY plent-i

 

Noun: A plenty; enough. "There, there, that's a plenty."

 

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PLOG plog

 

Verb: (2) To clog; to hamper; to retard; to be a drawback or disAdjective: ntage. "I reckon it must plog him terribly to be forced to goo about wid a 'ooden- leg."

 

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PLOG plog

 

Noun: (1) The block of wood at the end of a halter, to prevent its slipping through the ring of the manger. An Interjection:ediate form betweeNoun, plural:ug and block. Elsewhere called a clog.

 

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PLONK DOWN

 

Verb: To place down abruptly.

 

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PLONT

 

Plant. The use of 'o' for 'a'. The Old Frisian, which has been quoted in support of these forms has brond, hond, lond, for brand, hand, and land.

 

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PLOT plot

 

Noun: A plan; design; sketch; drawing. "Given to Mr. Vezy for drawing a plot for a house, £02.00s.00p" - Expense Book of James Master, Esq., 1656-7.

 

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PLUMP plump

 

Adjective: Dry; hard. "A plump whiting," is a dried whiting. "The ways are plump," the roads are hard.

 

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POACH poach

 

Verb: To tread the ground into holes as the cattle do in wet weather. (see also Stoach, Stoch, Stotch)

 

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POACHY poa-chi

 

Adjective: Full of puddles. Description of ground which has been trampled into mud by the feet of cattle.

 

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POAD MILK poa-d milk

 

Noun: The first few meals of milk that come from a cow lately calved. (see also Beasts, Biskins, Bismilk)

 

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POCKET pok-it

 

Noun: A measure of hops, about 168 lbs.

 

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PODDER pod-r

 

Noun: A name given to beans, peas, tares, vetches, or such vegetables as have pods.

 

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PODDER-GRATTEN pod-r-grot-n

 

Noun: Podder-stubble; the stubble of beans, peas, etc. (see also Ersh, Grattan, Gratten, Gratton (1) & (2), Rowens)

 

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PODGE poj

 

Noun: A pit or hole; a cesspool. (see also Poke (2)

 

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PODLY

 

Adjective: Oats are called podly which do not root well and though they look green do not produce corn - R Cooke. (see also Pothery)

 

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POINTING-POST poi-nting-poast

 

Noun: A sign-post, finger-post, direction post, standing at a corner where two or more ways meet, and pointing out the road travellers should take. (see also Bishop's-finger)

 

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POKE poak

 

Noun: (1) A sack. Hence, the proverbial Phrase: se, "To buy a pig in a poke," i.e., to buy a pig without seeing it; hence, to make a bad bargain. "His meal-poke hang about his neck Into a leathern whang, Well fasten'd to a broad bucle, What was both stark and strang." - Robin Hood, 1, 98. The word is also specially used for the "green-bag" in which hops are conveyed from the garden to the oast. (see also Green-bag, Pook)

 

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POKE poak

 

Noun: (2) A cesspool. (see also Podge)

 

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POLDER poa-ldur

 

Noun: A marsh; a piece of boggy soil. "In Holland the peat polders are rich prairies situated below the level of the sea, containing a stratum of peat more or less thick" There is in Eastry a place now called Felder land, but anciently "Polder land." There is also a place still called Polders, between Sandwich and Woodnesborough.

 

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POLP poa-lp

 

Noun: Pulp. The name given to a modern food for cattle, consisting of roots, chaff, grains, fodder, etc, all mashed and cut up small, and mixed together. - East Kent.

 

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POLRUMPTIOUS polrum-shus

 

Adjective: Rude; obstreperous.

 

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POLT poa-lt

 

Noun: (2) A peculiar kind of rat-trap.

 

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POLT poa-lt

 

Adjective: (3) Saucy; audacious.

 

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POLT poa-lt

 

Verb: (1) To knock; to beat; to strike.

 

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PONGER pong-ur

 

Noun: The large edible crab, Cancerpagurus, is best known by this name in North Kent; the name crab being restricted to the common shoe-crab. (see also Heaver, Pung, Punger)

 

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PONK

 

Verb: To stink.- Plumstead, West Kent. L.R.A.G. 1920's. (see also Fargo, Fogo, Hoogoo, Hum (2), Hussle, Wiff)

 

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POOCH OUT poo-ch out

 

Verb: To protrude. Rarely used except in speaking of the lips "When I axed him for a holiday, I see his lip pooched out purty much; didn't like it much, he didn't."

 

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POOCHY poo-chi

 

Noun: A bathe; a paddle in shallow water. "Let's go and have a poochy."

 

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POOK poo-k

 

Noun: (2) The poke or peak of a boy's cap.

 

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POOK

 

Noun: (3) The peak of a man's cap. "Don't 'ee keep pulling down that pook over your eyes, young Ashley! It do make you look like a gippo."

 

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POOK

 

Verb: (4) To glare, and to push out, or pout out, the lips at another person in an angry and defiant manner. "No matter how much you pook young feller, you bain't going out tonight. So settle yourself down, and try an' make your miserable life happy indoors, for once't in a while."

 

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POOK pook

 

Noun: (1) A sack. Hence, the proverbial Phrase: se, "To buy a pig in a poke," i.e., to buy a pig without seeing it; hence, to make a bad bargain. "His meal-poke hang about his neck Into a leathern whang, Well fasten'd to a broad bucle, What was both stark and strang." - Robin Hood, 1, 98. The word is also specially used for the "green-bag" in which hops are conveyed from the garden to the oast. (see also, Green-bag, Poke (1)

 

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POOR poo-r

 

Adjective: As, "poor weather;" "a poor day." "'Tis terr'ble poor land."

 

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POPEING poa-ping

 

partc.To go popeing is to go round with Guy Fawkes on the 5th of November. "Please, sir, remember the old Pope." (see also Remembering)

 

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POPY poa-pi

 

Noun: The poppy. Papaver. (see also Red petticoat)

 

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PORSE

 

Noun: Purse. Use of 'o' for 'u'. Old Frisian; onder and op for under and up.

 

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POST HOLES poa-st hoalz

 

Noun, plural:. Holes dug in the ground for the insertion of gate or fencing posts; it is used in North Kent as a comic word for nothing. "What have ye got in the cart there?" "Oh! only a load of postholes." - Sittingbourne.

 

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POST-BIRD poa-st-burd

 

Noun: The common spotted fly-catcher. Muscicapa grisola.

 

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POTHER-HOOK podh-ur-huok

 

Noun: A hook used for cuting a hedge.

 

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POTHERY podh-uri

 

Noun: (1) Affected by a disease to which sheep and pigs are liable; it makes them go round and round, till at last they fall down.

 

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POTHERY

 

Adjective: (2) Oats are called podly which do not root well and though they look green do not produce corn. - R Cooke. (see also Podly)

 

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POTTHERED

 

Verb: Upset and muddle-minded. "Every since young Bill's girl threw him over, and went out wi the baker's son, he has been proper potthered !"

 

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POTTHER-HEADED

 

Adjective: Absent-minded; forgetful. "Parson be getting proper potther-headed these days! I reckon it be nigh on time he retired hisself, and give up the big rectory, and went and settled down in a smaller place and took things quieter a bit."

 

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POTTHERY

 

Adjective: To be in a muddled state. "Since I put the chickens in their new run they have been real potthery. Just like some humans they be: don't like being changed around to new places, not as I blames 'em either!"

 

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POUNCE pou-ns

 

Noun: A punch or blow with a stick or the closed fist. "I thoft I'd fetch him one more pounce, So heav'd my stick an' meant it." - Dick and Sal, st 76

 

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POUT pou-t

 

Noun: (2) The Phrase: se. "Plays old pout," seems equivalent to "Plays old Harry," and similar expressions. Probably a variant of pouk, which, in Middle English, means "the devil". "I've been out of work this three days, and that plays old pout with you when you've got a family."

 

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POUT pou-t

 

Noun: (1) A small round stack of hay or straw. In the field hay is put up into smaller heaps, called cocks, and larger ones, called pouts; when carted it is made into a stack. (see also Powt)

 

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POUTERS pou-turz

 

Noun, plural:. Whiting-pouts. - Folkestone.

 

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POWT pou-t

 

Noun: A small round stack of hay or straw. In the field hay is put up into smaller heaps, called cocks, and larger ones, called pouts; when carted it is made into a stack. (see also Pout (1))

 

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PREDE

 

Noun: Pride. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Prede (K) = Prude (S) = Pride (N)

 

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PREHAPS pree-hapz

 

Adjective: Perhaps.

 

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PRESENT prez-unt

 

Adjective: Presently; at present; now.

 

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PRETTY BETTY

 

Noun: Flowering Valeriana rubra. This plant grows luxuriantly at Canterbury, on some of the walls of St. Augustine's College.

 

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PRETTY NIGH purt-i nei

 

Adjective: Very nearly. "'Tis purty nigh time you was gone, I think."

 

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PRICK UP THE EARS

 

Verb: A proverbial saying is "You prick up your ears like an old sow in beans."

 

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PRICKLE prik-l

 

Noun: A basket containing about ten gallons, used at Whitstable for measuring oysters. Two prickles equal one London Bushel. One prickle equals two wash (for whelks). But the prickle is not exact enough to be used for very accurate measuring.

 

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PRICKYBAT prik-ibat

 

Noun: A tittlebat.

 

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PRIM prim

 

Noun: The privet. Ligustrum vulgare.

 

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PRINT printAdjective: Bright; clear; starlight; light enough to read by. "The night is very print;" "The moon is very print;" "The moonlight is very print."

 

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PRITCHEL prich-l

 

Noun: An iron share fixed on a thick staff for making holes in the ground.

 

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PRODIGAL prod-igl

 

Adjective: Proud. "Ah! he's a proper prodigal old chap, he is."

 

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PROGGER

 

Noun: A mid-morning refreshment, about 10.30am, consisting generally of a cup of tea and a bun or slice of cake. "Call the hands young Willie, to come to the barn for a wee bit o' progger. Mary will be here in a minute with the can o' tea and cakes." Heard in many parts of Kent. (see also Bever, Elevenses, Leavener, Scran)

 

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PROLE proa-l

 

Noun: (2) A stroll; a short walk, such as an invalid might take. "He manages to get a liddle prole most days, when 'tis fine."

 

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PROLE proa-l

 

Verb: (1) To prowl.

 

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PROMISING

 

Adjective: "The weather looks promising", that is it looks as if it is going to be fine, Whilst I was walking along Lower Frant Road, Maidstone, 9 March 1975, a man said to me "It doesn't look promising." within 10 minutes there was a downpour. - L R A G.

 

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PROPER prop-ur

 

Adjective: Thorough; capital; excellent; beautifull; peculiarly good or fitting. "Moses. . . was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child." - Hebrews, Ch 11 v 23.

 

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PROPERLY prop-urli

 

Adjective: Thoroughly. "We went over last wik and played de Feversham party; our party bested 'em properly, fancy we did!"

 

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PROWL

 

Verb: To seek prey; to wander about in search of prey; and to rove about generally in search of prey or with intent to rob persons or to steal from out-buildings. This acquired word had become part of the Kentish dialect, especially in the Ashford and Charing valleys and villages south of these districts, up to a distance of some six miles. Also means a pleasurable walk or stroll, with no specific finishing or turning-back point in mind. "Well it be a nice Sunday evening now, after all the rain we've had today. The sun be out and quite warm, so what about a nice prowl down the old Swan Lane and then come home round-a-bouts? We can gauge out time for a drink as we go. Don't know where we might get to: though we could get out Crocken Hill way, and so call off and see old Tampsett at the 'Queen's Arms' down the Forstal."

 

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PRULE proo-l

 

Noun: A gaff-hook. - Folkestone.

 

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PUCKER puk-er

 

Noun: A state of excitement or temper. "You've no call to put yourself in a pucker."

 

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PUDDING TIME

 

Noun: Midday meal time. - Stockbury. Billy Buck.

 

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PUDDING-PIE

 

Noun: (2) A Wealden tart made of custard and plentifully be-sprinkled with dried currants. Pudding-pie was considered a rare delicacy by the old-time country folks. I have known my great-uncle Ted 'Butcher' Pile, of Pluckley, who worked all his life as Stock and Herdsman for the Maylams of Pluckley, when on one of his perodical visits to my grandmother near the old Fir Toll, sit down and eat, at a sitting, a pudding-pie twelve inches in diameter and on average an inch in thickness, with a pot of scalding tea. He consistered that a 'homely snack'!" (see also Cow-pie)

 

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PUDDING-PIE

 

Noun: (1) A flat tart made like a cheese-cake, with a raised crust to hold a small quantity of custard, with currents lightly sprinkled on the surface. These cakes are usually eaten at Easter - but a Kent boy will eat them whenever he can get them. 1670 - "ALB. And thou hadst any grace to make thyself a fortune, thou wou'dst court this wench, she cannot in gratitude but love thee, prethee court her. "LOD. I'll sell pudding-pies first." - Benjamin Rhodes. Flora's Vagaries (a comedy) (see also Cow-pie)

 

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PUDDOCK pud-uk

 

Noun: A large frog. (see also Paddock, Puttock)

 

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PUG pug

 

Noun: Soft ground; brick-earth, ready for the mould.

 

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PULL pul

 

Verb: To pull up before the magistrates; to debilitate. "If he knocks me about again I shall pull him." "The ague's properly pulled him this time."

 

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PULL-BACK pul-bak

 

Noun: A drawback; a hindrance; a relapse after convalescence.

 

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PUMPIN pump-in

 

Noun: Pumpkin. "I know 'twas ya grate pumpin 'ead Fust blunnered through de glass." - Dick and Sal, st 81.

 

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PUNG pung

 

Noun: The large edible crab, Cancerpagurus, is best known by this name in North Kent; the name crab being restricted to the common shoe-crab. (see also Heaver, Ponger, Punger)

 

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PUNGER punj-ur

 

Noun: The large edible crab, Cancerpagurus, is best known by this name in North Kent; the name crab being restricted to the common shoe-crab. (see also Heaver, Ponger, Pung)

 

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PUNNET

 

Noun: A small basket for containing strawberries, raspberries and other small soft fruits.- MidKent. (see also Chip)

 

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PUNNET pun-it

 

Noun: A pottle, or small basket, in which strawberries are sold.

 

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PURTY TIGHT purt-i tei-t

 

Adjective: Phrase: se. Pretty well, very fairly . "Now, Sal, ya see had bin ta school, She went to old aunt Kite; An' so she was'en quite a fool, But cud read purty tight." - Dick and Sal, st 56.

 

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PUTCH puch

 

Noun: A puddle; pit or hole. A putch of water.

 

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PUTTAS put-us

 

Noun: A weasel; a stoat. (see also Puttice)

 

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PUTTICE put-is

 

Noun: A weasel; a stoat. (see also Puttas)

 

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PUTTOCK put-ok

 

Noun: (1) A large frog. (see also Paddock, Puddock)

 

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PUTTOCK put-ok

 

Noun: (2) A kite. So Puttock's-down, a place in the ancient parish of Eastry, now in Worth parish, means kite's-down.

 

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PUTTOCK-CANDLE put-uk-kand-l

 

Noun: The smallest candle in a pound, put in to make up the weight.

 

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PUT-UPON put-uponVerb: To worry and bother a person by giving him an unfair amount of work, or exacting from him time, strength, or money, for matters which are not properly within his province. "He's so easy, ye see, he lets hisself be put-upon by anybody."

 

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QUANT kwont

 

Noun: A young oak sapling; a walking stick; a long pole used by bargemen.

 

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QUARRELS

 

Noun, plural:. Quarries, or panes of glass. "Item for newe leadinge of the wyndow and for quarreles put in in Tomlyn's hale (hall) wyndowe. beinge 20 foote of glasse and 28 panes . . . 7s 8d. - Sandwich Book of Orphans.

 

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QUEER kwee-r

 

Verb: To make or cause to feel queer; to puzzle. "It queers me how it ever got there." "I'll queer 'em." "But what queer'd me, he said, 'twas kep All roun about de church." - Dick and Sal, st 10

 

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QUEER-STREET kwee-r-street

 

Noun: An awkward position; great straits; serious difficulties. "But for that I should have been in queer-street."

 

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QUEEZEY

 

Adjective: Fearful or afraid; not too sure about a thing or person. "Even to look at that old house makes me feel real queezey." "I'm queezey about going out after dark, especially as there is such a lot of coshing going on these days." - North-East Kent and Medway district.

 

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QUELETT

 

Noun: A small pipe or a piped stream - Arch. Cant. 59, 108 footnote 2.

 

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QUERN kwurn

 

Noun: A handmill for grinding grain or seed. "Item in the mylke house. . . two charnes, a mustard quearne." - Boteler Inventory, Memorials of Eastry.

 

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QUICK kwik

 

Noun: Hawthorn, e.g. a quick hedge is a hawthorn hedge.

 

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QUICKEN kwik-en

 

Noun: The mountain ash. Pyrus aucuparia.

 

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QUID kwid

 

Noun: The cud. "The old cow's been hem ornary, but she's up again now and chewing her quid."

 

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QUIDDY kwid-i

 

Adjective: Brisk.

 

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QUILLY kwil-i

 

Noun: A prank; a freak; a caper.

 

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QUITTER FOR QUATTER kwit-r fur kwat-r

 

Phrase: One thing in return for another. (see also Whicket for whacket)

 

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QUOT kwot

 

pp or Adjective: Cloyed; glutted.

 

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QWAYER

 

Adjective: Queer. Pronounced as spelt. "This sudden change in the weather makes me feel right qwayer." "That accident happened most qwayerly, it did." - Mid-Kent.

 

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QWAYERLY

 

Adjective: Queerly, pronounced as spelt. "That accident happened most qwayerly, it did."

 

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RABBIT-PAUNCHER

 

Noun: A very poor shot; an almost useless type of gun-sportsman. Very often prefixed by the word rabbit - a rabbit-pauncher. A pauncher, parncher or rabbit-parncher descibes a shot, so poor, that the sportsman can only manage to hit a running rabbit at very close range, and even then, to aim so low as to blow off the underparts, or paunch, of the rabbit. This word rabbitpauncher is not considered an insult, only a term of utter disparagement by gamekeepers and beaters, towards such guns. - Wealden. (see also Parnch, Parnch-bag, Parncher, Pauncher)

 

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RABBIT'S MOUTH rab-its mouth

 

Noun: The snap-dragon. Antirrhinum majus.

 

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RACE MEASURE rais mezh-r

 

Noun: Even measure; as distinquished from full measure, which is 21 to the score, as of corn, coals, etc; while race measure is but 20. But full in this case has reference to the manner of measurement. When the bushel is heaped up it is full; when struck with strickle mand made even it is race measure.

 

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RACKSENED raks-nd

 

Adjective: Overrun with; given up to. "That oast yonder is racksended with rats."

 

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RAD rad

 

Noun: A rod; a measure, 16.5 feet. A rod of brickwork is 16.5 feet square; but an ancient rod seems to have been 20 feet. "And then also the measurement of the marsh (i.e. Romney Marsh) was taken by a rod or perch, not of 16.5 feet, which is the common one now, but of 20 feet in length." - Harris's History of Kent, p.349.

 

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RADDIS-CHIMNEY rad-is-chim-ni

 

Noun: A chimney made of rods, lathes, or raddles, and covered with loam or lime.

 

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RADDLE rad-l

 

Noun: A green stick, such as wattles or hurdles are made of. In some counties called raddlings. Raddle is simply the diminutive of rad or rod.

 

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RADDLE-HEDGE rad-l-hej

 

Noun: A hedge made of raddles.

 

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RADE raid

 

Adjective: or Adjective: Coming before the usual time; early. Milton has rathe. "Bring the rathe primrose that forsaken dies." - Lycidas, 1, 142.

 

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RADICAL rad-ikl

 

Noun: A wild, ungovernable, impudent, troublesome fellow. "He's a rammed young radical."

 

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RAFE

 

Noun: A rush. "That young-un is always in a rafe, you'd think he hadn't a minute to live, surelye!" "Now there's no need to start getting into a rafe, grandma. We've plenty of time, and the train won't be in for an hour or more yet." - Wealden.

 

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RAFF raf

 

Noun: Spoil; plunder.

 

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RAFT raa-ft

 

Noun: A crowd of people; a rabble. "There was such a raft of people there."

 

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RAGGED JACK rag-id jak

 

Noun: Meadow lychnis. Lychnis flos-cuculi.

 

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RAIN-BUG

 

Noun: A black beetle - S B Fletcher.

 

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RAMMED ram-d

 

A substitute for a worse word.

 

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RAN ran

 

Noun: A Folkestone herring net, which is about thirty yards long, is made of four rans deep; and there are sixty meshes to a ran.

 

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RANGERS rai-njurz

 

Noun, plural:. The bars with which the herring-hangs are fitted. Upon these rangers are placed the spits upon which the herrings are hung up.

 

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RAPID

 

Adjective: Violent; severe; as applied to pain. An old woman in Eastry Union Workhouse, who was suffering from sciatica, told me that "It was rapid in the night;" where there was no allusion to quickness of movement, but to the severity of the pain.

 

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RASTY raa-sti

 

Adjective: Rank; rancid; rusty; spoken of butter or bacon. (see also Reasty)

 

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RATH

 

prop. Soon. "Tomorrow will be rath I nougth" (tomorrow will be soon enough). -(Act Book Rochester 9f. 195b, in Hammond 'The Story of an Outpost Parish' p 167.

 

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RATTLEGATE rat-lgait

 

Noun: A hurdle or wattle.

 

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RAVEL-BREAD rav-l-bred

 

Noun: White-brown bread.

 

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RAW rau

 

Adjective: Angry - Sittingbourne.

 

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RAYER

 

Adjective: Rare. "They be mighty rayer flowers you've got there, squire." "That be a rayer stamp: they do call un a penny-black, though to oi it looks more brown and black, I thinks." - MidKent.

 

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REACH reech

 

Noun: A creek.

 

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REASTY ree-sti

 

Adjective: Rusty; rancid; rank. (See also Rasty)

 

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REAVE

 

Verb: Rob. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.'

 

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RECKON rek-un

 

Verb: To consider; to give an opinion. "I reckon" is an expression much used in Kent to strengthen observations and arguments. "I reckon we shall have rain before night."

 

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RED PETTICOAT

 

Noun: The common poppy; sometimes also called red-weed. Papaver. (see also Popy)

 

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REDGER rej-r

 

Noun: A ridgeband; a chain which passes over a horse's back to support the rods.

 

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REECE re-s

 

Noun: A piece of wood fixed to the side of the chep, i.e., the part of the plough on which the share is placed.

 

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REEMER ree-mur

 

Noun: Anything good. "I wish you'd seen that catch I made forty year agoo, when we was playin' agin de Sussex party. Ah! that just was a reemer, I can tell ye! Dey all said as how dey never seed such a catch all their lives."

 

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REEMING ree-ming

 

Adjective: Very good; superior.

 

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REEVE reev

 

Noun: A bailiff. (see Reve)

 

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REFFIDGE ref-idj

 

Adjective: Rufuse; good-for-nothing; worthless. "I never see so many reffidge taturs as what there is this year." (see also Refuge)

 

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REFUGE ref-euj

 

Adjective: Refuse; the worst of a flock, etc. "I sold my refuge ewes at Ashford market for thirty shillings." (see also Reffidge)

 

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REG

 

Noun: (2) Rag. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Present dialect form i.e. 1863.

 

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REG

 

Noun: (1) Rig. Back; ridge Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. (Reg (K) = Rug (S) = Rig (N) = Back, Ridge.

 

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REGULAR

 

Adjective: Quite. "The ground was reg'lar crup."

 

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REMEMBERING

 

partc. To go round with Guy Fawkes on 5th November is called remembering. "George and me went round remembering and got pretty nigh fower and threepence." (see also Popeing)

 

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RENNET

 

Noun: The herb Gabium verum, yellow bedstraw. (see also Runnet)

 

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RENTS rents

 

Noun, plural:. Houses; cottages. A.D.1520 - "For a key to Umfrayes dore in the rentis." - Accounts of St. John's Hospital, Canterbury. There is a street in London named Fullwood's Rents.

 

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REVE reev

 

Noun: A baliff. 1596 - "In auncient time, almost every manor had his reve, whose authoritie was not only to levie the lord's rents, to set to worke his servaunts, and to husband his demeasnes to his best profit and commoditie; but also to governe his tenants in peace, and to leade them foorth to war, when necessitie so required." - Lambarde's Perambulations, p 484 (see also Reeve)

 

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REVEN

 

Noun, plural:. Sheriffs. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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REXON reks-n

 

pp. To infect. as with the small-pox, itch or any other disorder. (see alsoWraxon, Wrexon)

 

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REZON rez-un

 

Noun: A wall-plate; a piece of timber placed horizontally in or on a wall, to support the ends of girders or joists.

 

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RIB rib

 

Noun, plural:. A stick about 5ft long and the thickness of a raddle. Ribs are done up into bundles, with two wiffs, and are used for lighting fires and making raddle-fences.

 

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RIBSPARE rib-spair

 

Noun: The spare rib.

 

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RICE reis

 

Noun: Small wood; a twig; a branch. Hamble, in Hants, is called Hamble-le-rice. (see also Roist)

 

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RID rid

 

Verb: Rode. "He rid along with him in the train o' Tuesday."

 

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RIDDLE-WALL rid-l-waul

 

Noun: A wall made up with split sticks worked across each other.

 

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RIDE reid

 

Verb: (1) To rise upon the stomach. "I caan't never eat dese here radishes, not with no comfort, they do ride so."

 

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RIDE reid

 

Verb: (2) To collect; to ride tythe, is to ride about for the purpose of collecting it.

 

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RIDE reid

 

Noun: (3) An iron hinge on which a gate is hung and by which it swings and rides. "Item paid for makinge a newe doore in John Marten's house, the rydes, nayles and woork, 2s 8d." - Sandwich Book of Orphans. (see also Archaeologia Cantiana 4, 220)

 

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RIDER rei-dur

 

Noun: A saddle-horse. "He kips several riders."

 

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RIDGES TO PLOUGH IN

 

Phrase: To plough a certain number of furrows one way and then a similar number the contrary.

 

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RIG rig

 

Noun: The common tope. Galeus vulgaris.- Folkestone.

 

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RIGHT

 

Noun: The Phrase: se, "To have a right to do anything," means, it is right that such a thing should be done. "I sed old Simon right to pay A'cause he was de fust an't." - Dick and Sal, st 79.

 

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RIGHTS reits

 

Noun, plural:. To go to rights; to go the nearest way. To do anything to rights, is to do it thoroughly.

 

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RIGHT-UP

 

Adjective: Upright; erect. "That right-up tree."

 

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RING ring

 

Noun: A row. (see also Ringe (2)

 

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RINGE rinj

 

Noun: (3) A long heap in which mangolds are kept for the wInterjection:

 

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RINGE rinj

 

Verb: (4) To put up potatoes, mangolds etc, into a ringe. "Well, Job, what have you got to do tomorrow?" "I reckon I shall be ringeing wurzels."

 

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RINGE rinj

 

Noun: (2) Wood, when it is felled, lies in ringes before it is made up into fagots, etc.

 

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RINGE rinj

 

Noun: (1) A large tub containing 14 or 16 gallons, with which two servants fetch water from a distant place; a pole, which lies upon the shoulders of the bearers, being passed through two iron rings or ears.

 

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RINGLE ring-l

 

Noun: (1) A ring put through a hog's snout; and generally for any ring, such as a ring of a scythe. A.D. 1531 - "Paid for a ryngle to a cythe. . . 1d." - Accounts of St. John's Hospital, Canterbury.

 

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RINGLE

 

Verb: (4)"Unryngled hogs" - Blean Court Baron, 8 Oct, 15 Eliz 1, in Wilson, 'With the Pilgrims to Canterbury' p 59.

 

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RINGLE ring-l

 

Verb: (2) To put a ring through a pig's snout.

 

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RINGLE ring-l

 

Verb: (3) An iron ring that forms the bit of a horse at plough.

 

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RIP rip

 

Noun: (3) A pannier or basket, used in pairs and slung on each side of a horse for carrying loads, such as fish, salt, sand, etc. "Two payer of ripps, five payells, etc." - Boteler Inventory, in Memorials of Eastry, p 226. (see also Ripper)

 

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RIP rip

 

Verb: (2) To cover a roof with laths and tiles, etc. Thus, to unrip the roof of a stable or outbuilding, is to take off the tiles, slates, etc, and to rip it, or new rip it, is to put on fresh laths and replace the tiles. May 3rd, 1850. - "Visited and ordered the north and south side of the chancel roofs to be ripped and relaid; a window in the south side of the church to be generally repaired once every year. . . James Croft, Archdeacon." - Memorials of Eastry, p 206. 1640 - "For ripping of Broth, Vause's house." - MS. Accounts, St John's Hospital, Canterbury.

 

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RIP rip

 

Verb: (1) To reap. So pronounced to this day. In one of the Boteler MS. Account Books (1648-

 

1652), we have, "Disbursed from the beginning of harvest. . . Item more for ripping of pease, 6s. . . Item for ripping of wheat at 3s. 4d." (Se also Ripping hook)

 

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RIPE reip

 

Noun: A bank; the sea shore, as "Lydd Ripe." In East Kent, the village of Ripple derives its name from the same Latin word, ripa.

 

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RIPPER rip-r

 

Noun: A pedler; a man who carries fish for sale in a rip or basket. (see also Rip (3)

 

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RIPPING-HOOK rip-ing-huok

 

Noun: A hook for cutting and reaping (ripping) corn. Unlike the sickle, the ripping-hook had no teeth, but could be sharpened on a whetstone. (see also Rip (1)

 

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RISH rish

 

Noun: A rush. "There be lots o' rishes in them there meyshes."

 

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RIT rit

 

Verb: To dry hemp or flax.

 

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RITS rits

 

Noun, plural:. The ears of oats are so called, and if there is a good crop, and the ears are full and large, they are said to be well ritted.

 

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RIVANCE rei-vuns

 

Noun: Last place of abode. "I don't justly know where his rivance is," i.e., where he came from or where he lived last. - East Kent. Short for arrivance. (see also Arrivance)

 

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ROAD-BAT roa-d-bat

 

Noun: A bat or piece of wood what guides the coulter of a plough.

 

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ROAD-PROUD

 

Adjective: Crops which look well from the road, but are not so good as they look, are said to be roadproud.

 

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ROBIN-HUSS rob-in-hus

 

Noun: The small spotted dog-fish. Scyllium canicula. - Folkestone. (see also Huss)

 

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ROBIN-ROOK rob-in-ruok

 

Noun: A robin redbreast. (see also Ruddock)

 

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RODFALL

 

Noun: Sometimes in a wood there is a belt of wood about a rod (16.5ft) deep, not belonging to the same owner as the bulk of the wood, and felled art a different tiem; as, "The wood belongs to Mus' Dean, but there's a rodfall joins in with Homestall."

 

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ROD-HORSE rod-us

 

Noun: A horse in the shafts or rods. The four horses of a team are called 1) the rod-horse; 2) the pin-horse; 3) the losh-horse; 4) the fore-horse.

 

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RODS rodz

 

Noun, plural:. The shafts of a cart or wagon. "He was riding on the rods when I see'd him."

 

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ROIL roil

 

Verb: To make a disturbance; to romp in a rough and indecent manner.

 

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ROIST roi-st

 

Noun: A switch; brushwood, before it be made up into fagots. (see also Rice)

 

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ROMANCE roamans

 

Verb: To play in a foolish manner; to tell exaggerated stories. "My son never romances with Noun: one." - Weald.

 

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ROMNEY MARSH Rum-ni Maa-sh

 

Noun: Romney Marsh is considered to be a place so completely by itself, that there is a saying in Kent and in East Sussex, that the world is divided into five parts - Europe, Asia, Africa, America and Romney Marsh.

 

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ROOKERY ruok-ur'i

 

Noun: A dispute accompanied with many words; a general altercation. "He knocked up a hem of a rookery."

 

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ROOK-STARVING

 

partc. Scaring rooks. "That boy, he's rook-starvin' down in the Dover field."

 

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ROOMS roomz

 

Noun, plural:. Mushrooms; as they say grass for (asparagus) sparrowgrass. (see also Misheroon, Musheroon)

 

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ROOTLE roo-tl

 

Verb: To root up. "The pig must be ringled, or else he'll rootle up all the bricks in the stye."

 

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ROTEN

 

Noun, plural:. Roots. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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ROUGH ruf

 

Adjective: (2) Cross; of uncertain temper; diffficult to please. "I lay you'll find 'im pretty rough."

 

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ROUGH ruf

 

Noun: (1) A small wood; any rough, woody place. (see also Roughet, Roughit, Ruffets, Ruffits

 

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ROUGHET ruf-it

 

Noun: A small wood. (see also Rough (1), Roughit, Ruffets, Ruffits)

 

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ROUGHIT

 

Noun: A small wood. (see also Rough (1), Roughet, Ruffets, Ruffits)

 

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ROUND TO UPON

 

Verb: To act badly towards. "I don't know why but he has rounded upon me ever since."

 

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ROUNDLE rou-ndl

 

Noun: Anything round; the part of a hop-oast where the fires are made, which is generally circular.

 

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ROUND-TILTH

 

Noun: The system of sowing of land continously without fallow.

 

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ROUSEY

 

Adjective: Bad-tempered. "He be a rare rousey old feller! Flies off'n the pan-handle quickern anything." "That's a rousey bloomin' dorg: don't 'ee go nigh un, case he sets into ye with his teeth!" - North-East Kent and Medway Towns.

 

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ROWENS rou-inz

 

Noun, plural:. Stubble. (see also Ersh, Grattan, Gratten, Gratton (1) & (2), Podder-gratten) The second mowing of grass; the third cut of clover - East Kent. 1523 - "Rec. of Cady for the rowen gras, 14d" - Accounts of St. John's Hospital, Canterbury.

 

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ROYSTER roi-stur

 

Verb: To play roughly and noisily. From sb. roister, a bully; French, rustre, a ruffian.- Cotgrave. "That there old Tom-cat has been a-roysterin' all over de plaäce, same as though he was a kitten; I reckon we shall have some weather before long."

 

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RUBBER rub-r

 

Noun: A whetstone. The mowers always carry one in a leathern loop attached to the back of their belts.

 

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RUBBIDGE rub-ij

 

Noun: Rubbish; weeds.

 

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RUBBLE

 

Noun: A rabble, as used in describing a noisy crowd of people, or to describe a noisy herd of cattle or other collection of animals or birds. Often used to describe an ordinary town crowd of people or a bunch or knot of visitors or shoppers. "My goodness! I've never seen such a rubble as when the dockyard men leave the Yard at going-home time!" - Chatham and Luton, near Chatham.

 

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RUBBLE-OF-NOISE

 

Adjective: The confusion of noise made by a talking, moving crowd. "I never heard such a rubbleof-noise before, until I happened to be passing the Cinema, in the High Street, just when the kiddies were rushing out after the Saturday morning children's matinee!" - Chatham and Luton, near Chatham.

 

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RUCK ruk

 

Noun: An uneven, irregular heap or lump; a wrinkle or uneven fold in cloth, linen, silk, etc. About Sittingbourne, when a man is angry, he is said "to have his ruck up."

 

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RUCKLE ruk-l

 

Noun: A struggle.

 

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RUDDLE rud-l

 

Verb: To make a fence of split sticks plaited across one another.

 

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RUDDLE-WATTLE rud-l-wat-l

 

Noun: A hurdle made of small hazel rods Interjection:oven. (see also Raddles)

 

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RUDDOCK rud-uk

 

Noun: The robin redbreast. "The ruddock would With charitable bill - O bill, sore-shaming Those rich-left heirs that let their fathers lie Without a monument! - bring thee all this." - Cymbeline, Act 4 Sc 2, 224 (see also Robin-rook)

 

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RUDE HEART

 

Adjective: . By heart. "She read the psalms down; but lor! she didn't want no book! she knowed 'em all rude heart."

 

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RUDY reu-di

 

Adjective: Rude.

 

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RUFFETS

 

Noun, plural:. A long strip of tangled woodland or rough woodland, corrupted to Ruffets, or Ruffits. Thorne Ruffets and Pluckley Thorne, Pluckley. There is also a wide rough area in Dering Wood (part of the old Forest of Andromeda) at Pluckley, where part of the old Roman road remains, called the Frite (Frithe= Forest) Ruffets, and also known as 'The Brambles". (see also Rough (1), Roughet, Roughit, Ruffits)

 

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RUFFITS

 

Noun, plural:. Small woods, containing little or no large timber trees, and consisting mostly of nutwood or ash saplings, or a mixture of both, with a tangled and almost impenetrable undergrowth or underbrush of wild brambles. Small woods that have been neglected. These ruffets are excellant places for wild rabbits and most of these 'wild' woods abound with these animals, which are hunted out once or twice a year with guns, dogs and ferrets. There are generally one or two, or more of such 'wild' little woods in most parishes:the following are in and around Ashford district - Thorne Ruffits, Dering Wood Ruffits (only a certain part here), Rectory Ruffits, Rose Court Ruffits, all in Pluckly parish. Mundy Bois Ruffits and PinchCrust Ruffits at Mundy Bois, a hamlet in Egerton parish. Roundwood Ruffits and Pincushion Ruffits, in Charing parish. - Wealden, Mid-kent, Ashford and district. (see also Rough (1), Roughet, Roughit, Ruffets)

 

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RUGGLE-ABOUT rug-l-ubou-t

 

Verb: A term used by old people and invalids to express walking or getting about with difficulty. "I'm troubled to ruggle-about."

 

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RUMBAL WHITINGS rum-bul wei-tingz

 

Noun, plural:. "The present minister, Mr Sacket, acquainted me with an odd custom used by the fishermen of Folkestone to this day. They choose eight of the largest and best whitings out of every boat, when they come home from that fishery, and sell them apart from the rest; and out of this separate money is a feast made every Christmas Eve, which they call rumball. The master of each boat provides this feast for his own company, so that there are as many different entertainments as there are boats. These whitings they call also rumball whitings. He conjectures, probably enough, that this word is a corruption from rumwold; and they were anciently designed as an offering for St. Runwold, 'to whom a chapel,' he saith, 'was once dedicated, and which stood between Folkestone and Hythe, but is long since demolished.'" - Harris's History of Kent, p 125.

 

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RUN AGIN run uginVerb: To run against, i.e. to meet. "I'm glad I run agin ye."

 

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RUNAGATE run-ugait

 

Noun: A wild, reckless, dissolute young man; a good-for-nothing fellow. Corruption of renegade. French, renégat. "But let the runagates continue in scarceness." - Psalm 48, 6 (Prayer Book version)

 

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RUN-A-HEAD run-uhedVerb: To be delirious. "He was running-a-head all night long."

 

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RUNNET run-it

 

Noun: The herb Gabium verum, yellow bedstraw. (see also Rennet)

 

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RUNNING run-ing

 

Noun: Stroke-bias. An old sport peculiar to Kent, and especially the eastern part of the county; it consists of trials of speed between members of two or more villages, and from the description of it given in Brome's Travels over England (1700), it appears to have borne some resemblance to the game of prisoners' base.

 

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RUNT runt

 

Noun: A small pig; a diminutive or undersized person. (see also Anthony-pig, Dannel; Dan'l)

 

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RUSH rush

 

Noun: The rash, or spotted fever.

 

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RUSTY rust-i

 

Adjective: Crabbed; out of temper.

 

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RUT rut

 

Verb: To keep a rut. To be meddling and doing mischief.

 

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RUTTLE

 

Noun: (2) A cold on the chest; a looseness of phlegm in the throat, lungs or stomach, caused to function by hard coughing or heavy laboured breathing. "That's a nasty old ruttle you've got there, when you corf, grandad! Best go up and see Doctor Littledale from Charing when 'e do come down to the village in the morning."

 

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RUTTLE rut-l

 

Verb: (1) To rustle; to rattle. "I doänt like to hear him ruttle so in his throat o' nights; I am most feared he wun't be here long."

 

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RUTTLING

 

Adjective: Chestiness; a cold on the chest. "You've got a rare ruttling on your poor little chest tonight, Polly. I'll give you some ginger in a drop of hot ale; and rub in some warm camphorated oil on your chest."

 

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SACK

 

Verb: To give the sack; to discharge. "I reckon he gets the sack on Monday."

 

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SAFE-SOWN saif-soan

 

Adjective: Self-sown; said of corn which comes up from the previous year's crop.

 

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SAG sag, saig, seg

 

Verb: To sink; bend; give way; to be depressed by weight. A line or rope stretched out sags in the middle. The wind sags. Compare Anglo-Saxon ságan, to cause, to descend. "The mind I sway by and the heart I bear, Shall never sag with doubt nor shake with fear." - Macbeth, Act 5 Sc 3.

 

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SAGE saij

 

Noun: They have a saying round Appledore that when a plant of sage blooms or flowers then misfortune is nigh. It rarely flowers, because household requirements generally keep it well cut. My informant told me of a man who saw the sage in his garden in bloom; he was horrified, and told his daughter to cut off all the blossoms, but before she could do so, he met with an accident, by which he was killed.

 

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SAIME saim

 

Noun: Lard. (see also Seam)

 

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SAINT'S-BELL sai-nts-bel

 

Noun: The small bell, which is rung just before the service begins. "The only Saint's-bell that rings all in." - Hudibras 3, c.2, 1224. 1678 - In the Character of a Scold we have - "Her tongue is the clapper of the Devil's saint's-bell, that rings all into confusion." Saint's-bell, is simply the old sanctus-bell, formerly rung at the elevation of the host, and now put to a different use.

 

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SALTERNS sau-lturnz

 

Noun, plural:. Marshy places near the sea, which are overflowed by the tide. - North Kent. (see also Saltings, Salts)

 

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SALTINGS sau-ltingz

 

Noun, plural:. Salt marshes on the sea-side of the sea-walls; generally rich alluvial land, but too much cut up by the grips to be of much use for grazing. - North Kent. (see also Salterns, Salts)

 

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SALTS salts

 

Noun, plural:. Marshy places near the sea, which are overflowed by the tide. - North Kent. (see also Salterns, Saltings)

 

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SALVEY sal-vi, saav-i

 

Adjective: Close; soapy; spoken of potatoes that are not floury.

 

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SAND-RATE sand-rait

 

Noun: The ray. Raia clavata - Folkestone.

 

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SAP sapVerb: To catch eels with worms threaded on worsted; elsewhere called Bobbing.

 

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SARE sair

 

Adjective: Tender; rotten; worn; faded; as "My coat is very sare."

 

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SARTIN saat-in

 

Adjective: Stern; severe; stedfast. "He knowed there was something up, he did look that sartin at me."

 

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SASH COUF CASE

 

Noun: Really the frame that held the glass in - a door half sashed with glass, now nearly always used of a window which rises and falls over a wheel - a sash window, though they would still speak of French sashes, or windows which open like doors.

 

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SAUCE

 

Noun: For sauciness. "I don't want none o' your sauce."

 

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SAY sai

 

Verb: (1) To try; to essay. "When a hog has once say'd a garden, you'll be troubled to keep him out."

 

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SAY sai

 

Verb: (2) "Give us something to say," means, give us a toast.

 

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SAY SWEAR sai swair

 

In the Phrase: se, "Take care or I shall say swear," i.e., don't exasperate me too much,or, "if you go on, I shall say swear," i.e., I shall be thoroughly put out and use any amount of bad language.

 

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SCAD skad

 

Noun: A small black plum, between a damson and a sloe; a bastard damson, which grows wild in the hedges. The taste of it is so very harsh that few, except children, can it eat it raw, nor even when boiled up with sugar. (see also Skad)

 

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SCADDLE skad-l

 

Adjective: Wild; mischievous; spoken of a dog that worries sheep; of a cat that poaches; of a cow that breaks fences; and of a boy that is generally thievish, inclined to pilfer, mischievous and troublesome. From the verb to scathe. (see also Sceddle)

 

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SCALLION skal-yun

 

Noun: The name given to the poor and weakly plants in an onion bed, which are thinned out to make room for the growth of better ones.

 

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SCARCEY skai-rsi

 

Adjective: Scarce.

 

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SCAREFUL skai-rfl

 

Adjective: Frightful; that which tends to scare.

 

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SCEDDLE sked-l

 

Adjective: Wild; mischievous; spoken of a dog that worries sheep; of a cat that poaches; of a cow that breaks fences; and of a boy that is generally thievish, inclined to pilfer, mischievous and troublesome. From the verb to scathe. (see also Scaddle)

 

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SCHOAT shoat

 

Noun: A kneading trough. (see also Scout, Shoat)

 

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SCIMMINGER skim-injur

 

Noun: A piece of counterfeit money.

 

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SCITHERS sith-urz

 

Noun: Scissors

 

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SCITTLE sit-l

 

Adjective: Skittish.

 

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SCOASE skoa-us

 

Verb: To exchange. "I'll scoase horses with you." (see also Scorse)

 

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SCOFF skau-f

 

Verb: To gobble; eat greedily. "You've scorfed up all the meat purty quick, ain't ye?" (see also Scorf)

 

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SCOONING

 

Verb: To peep; to pry about. "Now what be ye a-scooning about for in my barn, youngster?" "We cot him a-scooning through the windy at our young Sarah when she was a-having her Friday bath!" - Wealden and Ashford district.

 

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SCOPPLE skop-ul

 

Noun: A broad wooden shovel used by the threshers. (see also Scubbit, which is the word used in East Kent.)

 

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SCORE

 

Noun: In East Kent oxen and pigs are sold by the score; sheep and calves by the stone of 8lbs. Score was properly a cut; hence, twenty was denoted by a long cut on a notched stick.

 

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SCORF skau-f

 

Verb: To gobble; eat greedily. "You've scorfed up all the meat purty quick, ain't ye?" (see also Scoff)

 

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SCORSE skoa-us

 

Verb: To exchange. "I'll scoase horses with you." (see also Scoase)

 

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SCOTCHEN

 

Noun: A badge; shortened from escutcheon. "For 2 dosen skotchens of lede for the poore people of the citie (of Canterbury), that they myght be knowen from other straunge beggars." - Historical MSS. Commission, Appendix to Ninth Report, 155a.

 

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SCOURGE skurj

 

Verb: To sweep with a besom.

 

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SCOUT skou-t

 

Noun: A kneading trough. (see also Schoat, Shoat)

 

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SCRABBLE

 

Verb: (1) To climb over loose surfaces, hedges, banks etc. "Don't 'ee go and scrabble over that heap of gravel, my boy!"

 

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SCRABBLE

 

Verb: (5) To scratch. "Don't 'ee scrabble me! If 'ee do I'll give 'ee such a smacking, you badtempered child."

 

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SCRABBLE

 

Verb: (2) To poke or probe about in loose refuse etc. "You can scrabble about in that old refuse heap as much as you like: bit I don't think ye'll find your shilling: like looking for a needle in a haystack."

 

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SCRABBLE

 

Verb: (3) To pull things about. "Don't scrabble those things all over the place, Johnnie! You'll be making more mess than your help's worth."

 

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SCRABBLE

 

Verb: (4) To struggle, as with a person or animal. "Pack up that scrabble-ing about, while I wash behind your ears, you dirty boy!"

 

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SCRAN skran

 

Noun: A snack of food; the refreshment that labourers take with them in to the fields. "What scran have ye got?" (see also Bever, Elevenses, Leavener, Progger)

 

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SCRAP skrap

 

Verb: To fight; restricted to the encounters between children.

 

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SCRAPS skraps

 

Noun: Herrings which, being broken, cannot be hung up by their heads to dry. (see also Tietails)

 

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SCRATCH skrach

 

Noun: (2) A rough pronged prop, used to support a clothes' line; a pole with a natural fork at the end of it. An older form of the word crutch.,

 

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SCRATCH skrach

 

Verb: (1) To do anything in a hurried, hasty, scrambling way. "I scratched out of bed and struck a light."

 

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SCRATCH ALONG skrach ulong

 

Verb: To pull through hard times. "Times is bad, but I just manage somehows to keep scratching along."

 

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SCRAWL

 

Verb: To lay corn by the agency of the wind and blow it together into a tangle. - R Cooke.

 

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SCREECH-OWL skreech-oul

 

Noun: The common swift. Cypsellus apus. - Sittingbourne.

 

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SCROOCH skrooch

 

Verb: To make a dull, scraping noise.

 

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SCROOGE skrooj

 

Verb: To squeeze or crowd; to push rudely in a crowd. "An dare we strain'd an' stared an' blous'd, An tried to get away; But more we strain'd de more dey scroug'd An sung out, 'Give 'em play.'" - Dick and Sal, st 71. (see also Scrouge)

 

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SCROUGE skrou-j

 

Verb: To squeeze or crowd; to push rudely in a crowd. "An dare we strain'd an' stared an' blous'd, An tried to get away; But more we strain'd de more dey scroug'd An sung out, 'Give 'em play.'" - Dick and Sal, st 71. (see also Scrooge)

 

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SCROW skroa

 

Noun: A cross, peevish, ill-natured person.

 

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SCRUMP skrump

 

Noun: A stunted, badly-grown apple; a withered, shrivelled, undersized person. - North Kent. "This orchard isn't worth much, one sieve out of four 'ull be scrumps." "The old gen'lman does look a little scrump, doänt he?"

 

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SCRUMPING

 

Verb: To steal apples from an orchard , 'To go scrumping". - Plumstead, West Kent L.R.A.G. 1920's.

 

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SCRUNCH skrunch

 

Verb: To crunch.

 

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SCRY skraai, skrei

 

Noun: A large standing sieve, against which, when it is set up at an angle on the barn floor, the corn is thrown with a scubbit to clean and sift it. It is used also for sifting coal.

 

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SCUBBIT skub-it

 

Noun: A wooden shovel. That form of scubbit now used by maltsters and hop driers has a short handle; that formerly used by farmers for moving corn on the barn floor, prior to the introduction of the threshing machine, had a long handle. (see also Scoppel)

 

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SCUBBIT

 

Noun: A hop shovel. - J H Bridge. (see also Scuppet)

 

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SCUFFLING skuf-ling

 

Adjective: A scuffling apron is one to do hard or dirty work in.

 

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SCULCH skulsh

 

Noun: Rubbish; trash. Generally used with reference to the unwholesome things children delight to eat. A variant of Culch. (see also Culch, Pelt, Scultch, Scutchel)

 

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SCULL

 

Verb: To cull. "Scull those weeds out from the young lettuce plants, Willie, my boy." - Wealden and Ashford district.

 

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SCULLED

 

Verb: (1) Culled. "I've sculled all the little plantlings from the big ones fayther! Can I plant these small ones in my bit of garden, now?" - Wealden and Ashford District.

 

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SCULLED

 

Verb: (2) To pick about here and there. "I've sculled all over the garden with the hoe, and I couldn't find much bear-bine to chop out."

 

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SCULLING

 

Verb: In English usage 'sculling' means to paddle a boat around-about in a small area with the aid of an oar or oars. In the early corruption of the use the meaning was: - Moving about in a restricted area such as a garden. A mode of walking about in a very restricted area and continually getting in the way of others.

 

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SCULLING-ABOUT

 

Verb: To hang about; to spy about; to be loitering about and inclined to inquisitiveness or nosiness. "Don't 'ee come sculling-about in here ye nosey varmint! Be off wid ye! I've lost a few chickens just lately and I've a right mind to tell village constable who I think the thief be!" "If I catch ye a-sculling-about in my cherry orchard again, I'll put my stick acrost your shoulders! Speaking to your fayther don't seem to do no good: nit a-askin' the school-gaffer to warm ye! So I'll warm 'ee if I as much sees ye a-touching the hedge or fence arount my orchard! Off with ye this minnit - off!"

 

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SCULTCH skulch

 

Noun: Rubbish; trash. Generally used with reference to the unwholesome things children delight to eat. A variant of Culch. (see also Culch, Pelt, Sculch, Scutchel)

 

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SCUPPER skup-ur

 

Noun: A scoop or scooper.

 

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SCUPPET

 

Noun: A hop shovel. - J H Bridge. (see also Scubbit)

 

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SCUT

 

Noun: (2) In English usage the word 'scut' means 'short-tailed'. In Kentish dialect the scut of a rabbit is the white underpart of the tail which a rabbit shows as it flips its short tail up and down spasmodically, as it moves about, walking, hopping or running. "That rabbit sure showed us his scut, Bill ! Even the old dog couldn't get near 'un! One thing 'bout a rabbit, as soon as it moves, even when its middling dark like, the white fur under his tail shows him up and gives 'un away.!" - Ashford and district.

 

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SCUT skut

 

Noun: (1) The tail of a hare or rabbit.

 

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SCUTCHEL skuch-ul

 

Noun: (1) Rubbish. (see also Culch, Pelt, Sculch, Scultch)

 

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SCUTCHEL

 

Noun: (2) The trimmings of wood put inside a faggot.

 

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SCUTTER

 

Verb: To scrape. "That article was used for scuttering pigs". - Lenham. W Coppins. J W Bridge. 1948.

 

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SEA COB see kob

 

Noun: A sea gull. (see also Sea Kitty)

 

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SEA GRAPES

 

Noun, plural:. The eggs of the cuttle-fish.

 

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SEA KITTY see kit-i

 

Noun: A sea gull. (see also Sea Cob)

 

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SEA SNAIL see snai-l

 

Noun: A periwinkle.

 

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SEA STARCH

 

Noun: Jelly-fish - Dover. (see also Blue Slutters, Galls, Miller's-eyes, Sea-nettles, Sluthers, Slutters, Stingers, Water-galls)

 

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SEALT

 

Noun: Salt. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.'

 

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SEAM seem

 

Noun: (2) A sack of eight bushels is now called a seam, because that quantity forms a horseload, which is the proper and original meaning of seam. The word is used in Domesday Book. "To Mr Eugh, a twelve seames of wheate at twenty shillings the seame. . . Item unto Mr Eugh, a twenty seames of peas and tears (i.e., tares) at thirteene the seame." - Boteler MS. Account Books. (see also Seme)

 

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SEAM seem

 

Noun: (1) Hog's lard.

 

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SEA-NETTLES

 

Noun: Jelly-fish. - Dover. (see also Blue Slutters, Galls, Miller's-eyes, Sea starch, Sluthers, Slutters, Stingers, Water-galls)

 

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SEARSE seers

 

Verb: To strain or shift, as through a sieve or strainer.

 

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SEASON see-zn

 

Verb: To sow corn. Also said of the condition of land for sowing. "I'm going wheat seasoning today." "That Dover fill's nice and plump now after the rain. We shall get a season."

 

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SEA-WAUR see-waur

 

Noun: The wrack, ore or sea weed used largely in the Island of Thanet and elsewhere, for making maxhills. (see also Oare, Waur, Waure)

 

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SECOND-MAN

 

Noun: Amongst farm servants there is a regular gradation of ranks; the first-man is the wagoner, par eminence, who has charge of the first team and is assisted by his "mate," the second-man has charge of the second team and is assisted by his "mate," and so on; whilst there is generally a "yard man," whose duty it is to look after the stock in the yard, and an odd man whose title, "all work," describes his duties. When a number of men are going along the road, with their respective teams the first man will be found leading, the second man next, and so on; each walking with his horses.

 

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SEE see

 

pt.t. Saw. "I see him at Canterbury yesterday. (see also Seed)

 

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SEED see-d, sid

 

Verb: Saw. ( see also See)

 

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SEED-CORD seed-kord

 

Noun: A box or basket used by the sower for holding the seed, and suspended from his neck by a cord or strap. It was an instrument of husbandry in common use before the invention of the seed drill, and generally contained some five or six gallons of seed. (Boteler MS. Asccount Book, 1653) (see also Seed-Kod, Seed-lip)

 

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SEED-KOD seed-kod

 

Noun: A box or basket used by the sower for holding the seed, and suspended from his neck by a cord or strap. It was an instrument of husbandry in common use before the invention of the seed drill, and generally contained some five or six gallons of seed. (Boteler MS. Asccount Book, 1653) (see also Seed-Cord, Seed-lip)

 

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SEED-LIP seed-lip

 

Noun: The wooden box, fitting the shape of the body in which the sower carries his seed. (see Seed-cord, Seed-kod)

 

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SEEMING see-ming

 

Adjective: Apparently. (see also Seemingly)

 

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SEEMINGLY see-mingli

 

Adjective: Apparently. (see also Seeming)

 

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SEEN seen

 

Noun: A cow's teat.

 

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SELK

 

Noun: Silk. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Selk (K) = Silk (N)

 

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SELYNGE sel-inj

 

Noun: Toll; custom; tribute. "The Prior of Christ Church, Canterbury. . . used to take in the stream of the water or river Stoure, before the mouth of the said Flete, a certain custom which was called Selynge, of every little boat which came to an anchor before the mouth of the said Flete." - Lewis, p 78. The parish of Sellindge, near Hythe, probably takes its name from some such ancient payment.

 

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SEME seam

 

Noun: A sack of eight bushels is now called a seam, because that quantity forms a horse-load, which is the proper and original meaning of seam. The word is used in Domesday Book. "To Mr Eugh, a twelve seames of wheate at twenty shillings the seame. . . Item unto Mr Eugh, a twenty seames of peas and tears (i.e., tares) at thirteene the seame." - Boteler MS. Account Books. (see also Seam)

 

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SEN sen

 

vb.pp. Seen. "Have ye sen our Bill anywheres?"

 

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SENGREEN sin-grin

 

Noun: Houseleek. Sempervivum tectorum. Anglo-Saxon singréne, ever-green; the AngloSaxon prefix sin, means "ever".

 

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SENNE

 

Noun: Sin. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Senne (K) = Sunne (S) = Sin (N) (See also Zenne)

 

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SENSE sen-s

 

Adjective: Phrase: Used with the negative to mean "Nothing to signify;" anything inadequately or faultily done. "It don't rain, not no sense," i.e., there is no rain to speak of.

 

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SEP sep

 

Noun: The secretion which gathers in the corners of the eyes during sleep. Allied to sap. - Eastry.

 

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SERE seer

 

Adjective: Dry, as distinct from green wood; not withered, as sometimes explained. The term is usually applied to firewood. "They say that Muster Goodyer has a lot of good sere fagots to sell."

 

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SERVER surv-r

 

Noun: Where there are no wells, as in the Weald of Kent, the pond that serves the house is called the server, to distinquish it from the horse-pond.

 

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SESS ses

 

Noun: A levy; a tax; a rate; an assessment. 1648-1652 - "Item to John Augustine, 18s, for a church sesse. . . Item to Mr Paramore, 17s and 6d., for a sesse to the poore." - Boteler MS. Account Book. (see also Sesse)

 

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SESSE ses

 

Noun: A levy; a tax; a rate; an assessment. 1648-1652 - "Item to John Augustine, 18s, for a church sesse. . . Item to Mr Paramore, 17s and 6d., for a sesse to the poore." - Boteler MS. Account Book. (see also Sess)

 

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SESSIONS sesh-nz

 

Noun: A disturbance; a fuss. "There's goin' to be a middlin' sessions over this here Jubilee, seemin'ly."

 

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SET set

 

Adjective: (3) Firm; fixed in purpose; obstinate. "He's terrible set in his ways, there ain't no turning an 'im."

 

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SET set

 

Noun: (2) A division in a hop-garden for picking, containing 24 hills.

 

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SET set

 

Verb: (1) To sit; as, "I was setting in my chair."

 

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SET UP

 

Verb: A word expressing movement of several kinds, e.g., a man "Sets up a trap for vermin," where they would ordinarily say, "Sets a trap ;" a horse sets up, i.e., he jibs and rears; whilst the direction to a coachman, "Set up a little," means, that he is to drive on a yard or two and then stop.

 

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SET-OUT set-out

 

Noun: A great fuss and disturbance; a grand display; and event causing exciment and talk. "There was a great set-out at the wedding."

 

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SEVEND

 

Noun: Seventh. 'The Old Kentish numerals, as exhibited in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, are identical with the Northen forms, but are no doubt of Frisian origin.'

 

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SEVEN-WHISTLERS

 

Noun: The note of the curlew, heard at night, is called by the fishermen the seven-whistlers. "I never thinks any good of them, there's always an accident when they comes. I heard 'em once one dark night last wInterjection: They come over our heads all of a sudden, singing, 'Ewe-ewe,' and the men in the boat wanted to turn back. It came on to rain and blow soon afterwards, and was an awful night, sir; and, sure enough, before morning a boat was upset and seven poor fellows drowned. I knows what makes the noise, sir; it's them long-billed curlews; but I never likes to hear them."

 

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SEW soo

 

Verb: (2) To dry; to drain; as, "To sew a pond," i.e., to drain it and make it dry.

 

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SEW soo

 

Adjective: (1) Dry. "To go sew," i.e., to go dry; spoken of a cow.

 

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SEWELLS seu-elz

 

Noun, plural:. Feathers tied to a string which is stretched across part of a park to prevent the deer from passing.

 

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SHADDER shad-ur

 

Verb: To be afraid of. (see also Shatter (4)

 

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SHAGGED shag-id

 

Adjective: Fatigued; fagged; tired out. "An' I was deadly shagged." - Dick and Sal, st.48.

 

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SHAKE-A-DONNIE

 

Verb: To shake or wave the hand upon departure, to another person or persons. Confined to very young children. "Now little Mary, shake-a-donny to grandma! We're going home to tea now, my pretty one!" (see also Donnie)

 

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SHALE shail

 

Noun: The mesh of a fishing net.

 

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SHALES'S prob. shailz

 

Noun, plural:. Tenements to which no land belonged. - Lewis, 75. (see also Shalings)

 

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SHALINGS shai-lingz

 

Noun, plural:. Tenements to which no land belonged. - Lewis, 75. (see also Shales's)

 

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SHARN BUG sharn-bug

 

Noun: The stag beetle. (see also Shorn bug)

 

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SHATTER shat-ur

 

Verb: (4) To be afraid of. (see also Shadder)

 

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SHATTER shat-ur

 

Verb: (1) To scatter; blow about; sprinkle. "Shatter your leaves before the mellowing year." - Milton, Lycidas, 5.

 

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SHATTER shat-ur

 

Noun: (2) A sprinkling, generally of rain. "We've had quite a nice litttle shatter of rain." "There'll be a middlin' shatter of hops."

 

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SHATTER

 

Verb: (3) To rain slightly.

 

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SHAUL shau-l

 

Adjective: (1) Shallow; shoal.

 

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SHAUL shau-l

 

Noun: (2) A wooden tub with sloping sides. The shaul was of two kinds, viz - (1) The kneadinge showle, used for kneading bread, generally made of oak, and standing on four legs, commonly seen in better class cottages. Of which we find mention in the Boteler Inventories - "Item in the bunting house one bunting hutch, two kneding showles, a meale tub with other lumber ther, prized at 6s. 8d." - Memorials of Eastry, p 226. And (2), the washing shaul, made of common wood, without legs. (see also Keeler (2), Shaw (2), Shawl, Showle)

 

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SHAVE shaiv

 

Noun: Corrupted from shaw, a wood that encompasses a close; a small copse of wood by a fieldside. (see also Carvet)

 

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SHAW

 

Noun: (2) An oblong wooden tub on trestles in which housewives did their washing previous to 1914. -Wealden. (See also Keeler (2), Shaul (2), Shawl, Showle)

 

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SHAW shau

 

Noun: (1) A small hanging wood; a small copse; a narrow plantation dividing two fields.

 

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SHAWL

 

Noun: An oblong wooden tub on trestles in which housewives did their washing previous to 1914. -Wealden. (see also Keeler (2),Shaul (2). Shaw (2), Showle)

 

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SHAY shaai

 

Noun: (2) A shadow; dim or faint glimpse of a thing; a general likeness or resemblance. "I caught a shay of 'im as he was runnin' out of the orchard, and dunno' as I shaänt tark to 'im next time I gets along-side an 'im."

 

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SHAY shaai

 

Adjective: (1) Pale; faint-coloured. "This here ink seems terr'ble shay, somehows."

 

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SHE shee

 

Noun: In Phrase: se, "A regular old she;" a term of contempt for anything that is poor, bad or worthless; often applied to a very bad ball at cricket.

 

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SHEAD sheed

 

Noun: A rough pole of wood. "Sheads for poles."

 

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SHEAL

 

Verb: To peal, scale off; used of the scales or flakes of skin peeling off a person who has been ill of measles, scarlet fever, etc. Allied to scale, shell; and used in the sense of shell in Bargrave MS. Diary, 1645: "Before they come to the press the walnuts are first shealed, then dryed in the sunne." (see also Sheel)

 

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SHEAR sheer

 

Noun: A spear; thus they speak of an eel-shear.

 

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SHEAT sheet

 

Noun: A young hog of the first year. "John Godfrey, of Lidd, in his will, 1572, gave his wife one sowe, two sheetes." (see also Shoot, Shut)

 

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SHEE-GASHIE-ATE

 

Phrase: Feel in health. "How do you Shee-gashie-ate, mate?" Peculiar to the parishes of Pluckley, Little Chart and Egerton (with Mundy Bois) all near Ashford. These extra-ordinary words are of a spontaneous origin. They were 'invented' or coined by a Mr Jack Collins, a farm worker of Mundy Bois, back in 1922.

 

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SHEE-GASHIE-ATING

 

Phrase: Keeping in health; 'getting on now' "How are you Shee-gashie-ating?" (How are you keeping in health). "How are you a-Sheeg-ashie-ating, now-a-days, mairt?" (How are you getting on with your job; or How are your prospects now-a-days?) - Peculiar to Pluckley, Little Chart and Egerton, with Mundy Bois. (see also Shee-gashie-ate)

 

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SHEEL shee-l

 

Verb: To peal, scale off; used of the scales or flakes of skin peeling off a person who has been ill of measles, scarlet fever, etc. Allied to scale, shell; and used in the sense of shell in Bargrave MS. Diary, 1645: "Before they come to the press the walnuts are first shealed, then dryed in the sunne." (see also Sheal)

 

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'SHEEN shee-n

 

Noun: Machine. "Or like de stra dat clutters out, De 'sheen a thrashing carn," - Dick and Sal, st 77.

 

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SHEEP-GATE ship-gait

 

Noun: A hurdle with bars.

 

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SHEEP'S TREDDLES shipz tred-lz

 

Noun, plural:. The droppings of sheep. "There's no better dressing for a field than sheep's treddles." (see also Light (2), Treddles)

 

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SHEER shee-r

 

Adjective: Bright; pure; clear; bare. Thus, it is applied to the bright, glassy appearance of the skin which forms over a wound; or to the appearance of the stars, as an old man once told me, "When they look so very bright and sheer there will be rain."

 

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SHEERES sheerz

 

Noun, plural:. All parts of the worlds, except Kent, Sussex or Surrey. A person coming into Kent from any county beyond London, is said to "Come out of the sheeres;" or, if a person is spoken of as living in any other part of England, they say, "He is living down in the sheeres som' 'ere's." (see also Shires)

 

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SHEER-MOUSE shee-r-mous

 

Noun: A field or garden mouse. Probably a mere variation from shew-mouse.

 

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SHEER-WAY shee-r-wai

 

Noun: A bridle-way through grounds otherwise private. So Lewis writes it, Shire-way, as a way separate and divided from the common road or open highway. (se also Shire-way)

 

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SHELL-FIRE shel-feir

 

Noun: The phosphorescence from decayed straw or touchwood, etc., sometimes seen in farmyards. (see also Fairy-sparks)

 

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SHENT

 

Verb: To chide; reprove; reproach. "Do you hear how we are shent for keeping your greatness back?" - Coriolanus, Act 5, Sc.3. (see also Shunt)

 

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SHEPPEY shep-i

 

Noun: Sheep-island. The inhabitants of the isle at the mouth of the Thames call themselves "sons of Sheppey," and speak of crossing the Swale on to the main land, as "going into England;" whilst those who live in the marshes call the higher parts of Sheppey, the Island, as indeeed it once was, being one of the three isles of Sheppey.

 

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SHIDE sheid

 

Noun: A long slip of wood; a plank; a thin board, etc. 1566 - "For a tall shyde and nayle for the same house, 1d." - Accounts of St. Dunstan's. Canterbury. (see also Shyde)

 

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SHIFT shift

 

Verb: (1) To divide land into two or more equal parts.

 

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SHIFT shift

 

Noun: (2) A division of land.

 

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SHIM shim

 

Noun: A horse-hoe, used for lightly tilling the land between the rows of peas, beans, hops, etc.

 

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SHINGLE shing-l

 

Noun: A piece of seasoned oak about 12 inches long by 3 inches wide, quarter inch in thickness; used in covering buildings, and especially for church spires in parts of the country where wood was plentiful, as in the Weald of Kent.

 

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SHINGLER shing-lur

 

Noun: A man who puts on shingles; a wood-tiler. In the Parish Book which contains the Churchwardens' Accounts of the Parish of Biddenden, we find the following entries: - March, 1597, "To Abraham Stedman, for nayles for the shingler to use about the shingling of the church at Biddenden, at 4d. the hundred. . . 2s.8d. August, 1600, "To the shingler for 2000 shingles at 16s. the thousand. . . 32s.0d. To him for the laying of the two thousands . . . 12s.4d. July, 1603, "Item payde to Newman the shingler for 2000(?) of the shingles . . . £2.8s.0d. It may be noted that one of the Editors has before him a shinglers bill for repairing a church spire in the present year (1887), in which the following items will shew that the prices have "riz" considerably in 300 years:- 20 and three quarters lbs copper nails, at 1s.7d. . . .£1.12s.8d. 150 new shingles, at 1d. . . .£1.9s.2d. Time, 14 and a half days, at 4s., 12 and a half days, at 5s. . . £6.0s.6d.

 

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SHINING STICK shei-ning stik

 

Noun: A thin peeled stick, formerly carried by farm labourers at statute fares, to shew that they sought work for the coming year. "He sed dere was a teejus fair Dat lasted for a wik; An all de ploughmen dat went dare Must car dair shining stick." - Dick and Sal, st. 8.

 

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SHINY-BUG

 

Noun: The glow-worm

 

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SHIP ship

 

Noun, plural:. Sheep. The word sheep must have been pronounced in this way in Shakespeare's time, as we see from the following:- "Twenty to one, then, he is shipp'd already, And I have play'd the sheep (pronounced ship) in loving him." - Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act 1, Sc 1.

 

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SHIP-GATE ship-gait

 

Noun: A sheep-gate or moveable hurdle in a fence.

 

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SHIRES sheirz

 

Noun, plural:. All parts of the worlds, except Kent, Sussex or Surrey. A person coming into Kent from any county beyond London, is said to "Come out of the sheeres;" or, if a person is spoken of as living in any other part of England, they say, "He is living down in the sheeres som' 'ere's." (see also Sheeres)

 

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SHIRE-WAY sheir-wai

 

Noun: A bridle-way. (see also Sheer-way)

 

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SHOAL-IN

 

Verb: To pick sides at cricket or any game. "After the match, they had a shoal-in among theirselves."

 

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SHOAT shoa-t

 

Noun: A kneading trough. (see also Schoat, Scout)

 

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SHOAVE shoav

 

Noun: A kind of fork used to gather up oats when cut. (see also Shove)

 

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SHOCK shok

 

Noun: (1) A sheaf of corn. "I see that the wind has blowed down some shocks in that field of oats." (see also Cop (1)

 

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SHOCK

 

Noun: (2) A number of sheaves, when corn was tithed in kind then, and then every tenth shock belonged to the incumbent.

 

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SHOCKLED shokl-d

 

pp. Shrunk; shrivelled; wrinkled; puckered up; withered. "A face like a shrockled apple." (see also Shrockled)

 

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SHOE-MONEY

 

Noun: When strangers pass through the hop-garden their shoes are wiped with a bundle of hops, and they are expected to pay their footing, under penalty of being put into the basket. The money so collected is called shoe-money, and is spent on bread and cheese and ale, which are consumed on the ground the last day of hopping. The custom of wiping the shoes of passersby is also practiced in the cherry orchards, in the neighbourhood of Faversham and Sittingbourne.

 

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SHOOLER shoo-lr

 

Noun: A beggar.

 

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SHOOLING shoo-ling

 

part. Begging. "To go shooling."

 

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SHOOT shoot

 

Noun: A young pig of the first year. (see also Sheat, Shut)

 

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SHOP-GOODS

 

Noun, plural:. Goods purchased at a shop, especially groceries.

 

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SHORE shoar

 

Noun: A prop; a strut; a support. "M.E. schore - Icel. skorda, a prop; stay; especially under a boat. . . so called, because shorn or cut off of a suitable length.

 

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SHORN BUG shorn-bug

 

Noun: The stag beetle. (see also Sharn bug)

 

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SHORT-WORK shaut-wurk

 

Noun: Work in odd corners of fields which does not come in long straight furrows.

 

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SHOT shot

 

Noun: A handful of hemp.

 

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SHOT-FARE shot-fair

 

Noun: The mackerel season, which is the first of the two seasons of the home fishery. It commonly commences about the beginning of May, when the sowing of barley is ended.

 

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SHOT-NET shot-net

 

Noun: A mackerel net.

 

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SHOTTEN shot-n

 

Adjective: "The proprietor of the Folkestone hang told me that at the beginning of the season all the fish have roes; towards the end they are all shotten, i.e., they have no roes." - F.Buckland.

 

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SHOTVER-MEN shot-vur-men

 

Noun, plural:. The mackerel fishers at Dover; whose nets are called shot-nets. There is an old saying - "A north-east wind in May Makes the shotver-men a prey." The N.E. wind being considered favourable for fishing.

 

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SHOUL shou-l

 

Noun: A shovel (not to be confounded with Shaul)

 

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SHOUN shou-n

 

Verb: Shone. "And glory shoun araöund."

 

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SHOVE

 

Noun: A hay-shove is a pitchfork for loading hay on a wagon. Perhaps shove means a shovel. - Example given to Maidstone Museum, March 1953. L.R.A.G. (see also Shoave)

 

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SHOWLE shou-l

 

Noun: A wooden tub with sloping sides. The shaul was of two kinds, viz - (1) The kneadinge showle, used for kneading bread, generally made of oak, and standing on four legs, commonly seen in better class cottages. Of which we find mention in the Boteler Inventories - "Item in the bunting house one bunting hutch, two kneding showles, a meale tub with other lumber ther, prized at 6s. 8d." - Memorials of Eastry, p 226. And (2), the washing shaul, made of common wood, without legs. (see also Keeler (2), Shaul (2), Shaw (2), Shawl)

 

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SHOWS FOR shoa-z fur

 

Verb: It looks like. "It shows for rain."

 

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SHOY shoi

 

Adjective: Weakly; shy of bearing; used of plants and trees.

 

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SHRAPE shraip

 

Verb: To scold or rate a dog.

 

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SHREAP shreep

 

Verb: To chide; scold. (see also Shrip)

 

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SHRIP shrip

 

Verb: To chide ; scold. (see also Shreap)

 

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SHRIVE shreiv

 

Verb: To clear the small branches from the trunk of a tree. "Those elm-trees want shriving."

 

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SHROCKLED shrokl-d

 

pp. Shrunk; shrivelled; wrinkled; puckered up; withered. "A face like a shrockled apple." (see also Shockled)

 

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SHRUGGLE shrug-l

 

Verb: To shrug the shoulders.

 

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SHUCK shuk

 

Verb: (2) To shell peas, beans, etc. (see also Huck (2)

 

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SHUCK shuk

 

Verb: (3) To do things in a restless, hurried way, as, e.g., to shuck about. (see also Shuckle)

 

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SHUCK shuk

 

Noun: (1) A husk or shell; as bean shucks, i.e. bean shells. It is sometimes used as a contemptuous expression, as, "A regular old shuck." (see also Huck (1), Hull (1)

 

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SHUCKISH shuk-ish

 

Adjective: Shifty; unreliable; uncertain; tricky. "Looks as though we be going to have a lot of this shuckish weather."

 

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SHUCKLE shuk-l

 

Verb: To shuffle along, or slink along, in walking. (see also Shuck (3)

 

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SHUNT

 

Verb: To chide; reprove; reproach. "Do you hear how we are shent for keeping your greatness back?" - Coriolanus, Act 5, Sc.3. (see also Shent)

 

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SHUT shut

 

Noun: (1) A young pig that has done sucking. (see also Sheet, Shoot)

 

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SHUT shut

 

Verb: (2) To do; to manage.

 

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SHUT-KNIFE

 

Noun: Pen-knife. A knife with one or more blades, that can be opened and shut, the blades opening out from a metal case, and closing or shutting down with the cutting edge safe in its own compartment. - Wealden and district. (also Shet-knife - Kentish Wealden Dialect, 1935, vol 1) (see also Stick-knife)

 

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SHUT-OF shut-of

 

Verb: To rid oneself of; to drive away. "I lay you wun't get shut-of him in a hurry."

 

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SHUT-OUT shut-out

 

Phrase: Exceedingly cold. "You look quite shut-out."

 

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SHYDE

 

Noun: A long slip of wood; a plank; a thin board, etc. 1566 - "For a tall shyde and nayle for the same house, 1d." - Accounts of St. Dunstan's. Canterbury. (see also Shide)

 

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SI

 

Verb: See. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dyepe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic. (see also Zi)

 

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SICKEL-EARED

 

Adjective: Barley when ripe curves its ears, which is thus called.

 

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SICKLE sik-l

 

Noun: A curved hook for cutting corn. The sickle or wheat-hook (whit-uok) had a toothed blade, but as it became useless when the teeth broke away, the reaping -hook (rip-ing-uok), with a plain cutting edge, took its place, only to give way in its turn to the scythe, with a cradle on it.

 

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SIESIN see-zin

 

Noun: Yeast; barm. (see also Barm, God's Good, Sizzing)

 

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SIEVE siv

 

Noun: A measure of cherries. containing a bushel, 56lbs. In West Kent, sieve and half-sieve are equivalent to a bushel and half-bushel.

 

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SIFTER sift-ur

 

Noun: A fire shovel.

 

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SIG sig

 

Noun: Urine.

 

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SIGHT seit

 

A great number or quantity. "There was a sight of apples lying on the ground."

 

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SIMPLE simp-l

 

Adjective: Silly; foolish; stupid; hard to understand. "Doän't be so simple, but come along dreckly minnit."

 

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SIMSON sim-sun

 

Noun: The common groundsel. Senecio vulgaris.

 

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SIN sin

 

Adjective: Since. "Knowing his voice, although not heard long sin." - Faerie Queen, b.6.111,44.

 

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SINDER sind-ur

 

Verb: To settle or separate the lees or dregs of liquor.

 

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SINDERS sind-urz

 

Adjective: Asunder.

 

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SIPID sip-id

 

Adjective: Insipid. "I calls dis here claret wine terr'ble sipid stuff."

 

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SISSLE sis-l

 

Verb: To hiss or splutter. "De old kettle sissles, 'twun't be long before 'tis tea-time, I reckon." (see also Sissling)

 

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SISSLING sis-ling

 

Verb: To hiss or splutter. "De old kettle sissles, 'twun't be long before 'tis tea-time, I reckon." (see also Sissle)

 

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SIVER sei-vur

 

Noun: A boat load of whiting. - Folkestone.

 

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SIZING sei-zing

 

Noun: A game of cards, called "Jack running for sizing."

 

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SIZZING siz-ing

 

Noun: Yeast or barm; so called from the sound made by beer or ale working. (se also Barm, God's Good, Siesin)

 

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SKAD skad

 

Noun: A small black plum, between a damson and a sloe; a bastard damson, which grows wild in the hedges. The taste of it is so very harsh that few, except children, can it eat it raw, nor even when boiled up with sugar. (see also Scad)

 

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SKARMISH skaamish

 

Noun: A fight; row; bit of horse-play.

 

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SKEER'D skee-rd

 

Adjective: Frightened. "Dractly dere's ever so liddle bit of a skirmish he's reglur skeer-d, he is."

 

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SKELE

 

Noun: Skill (Reason) Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Skele (K) = Skill (N) = Reason

 

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SKENT skent

 

Verb: To look askant; to scowl.

 

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SKEVALMEN skev-ulmen

 

Noun, plural:. From scuffle, a shovel. Men who cleaned out the creek at Faversham were so called in the town records of the seventeenth century.

 

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SKILLET skil-it

 

Noun: A stewpan or pipkin.

 

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SKIP-JACK skip-jak

 

Noun, plural:. The sand-hopper. Talitrus saltator. - Folkestone.

 

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SKIVER skiv-ur

 

Noun: A skewer. In East Kent, in wInterjection:time, men come round, cut the long sharp thorns from the thorn bushes, then peel, bleach and dry them, and sell them to the butchers to use in affixing tickets to their meat.

 

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SKUT skut

 

Verb: To crouch down.

 

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SKYANCE

 

Noun: (1) Originally a corruption of 'science'. a word first used as a make-shift word for 'a trade' or a persons profession.

 

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SKYANCE

 

Noun: (2) To be puzzled. - Chatham and district only.

 

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SKYANCE-ING

 

Verb: To earn one's living in one of the petty dealer trades, such as dealing with rags, bones, bottles, rabbits, skins, cheap left-off clothing and second-hand furniture of little or no value. To use one's brains in getting a living out of, generally, waste products. - Chatham and district only.

 

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SKYANCER

 

Noun: A person getting a living from small dealing,and trading, mostly from waste materials. - Chatham and district only.

 

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SLAB slab

 

Noun: A rough plank; the outside cut of a tree when sawn up.

 

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SLACK slak

 

Adjective: Underdressed; underdone; insufficiently cooked; applied to meat not cooked enough, or bread insufficiently baked. "The bread is very slack today."

 

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SLAGGER slag-ur

 

Verb: To slacken speed; to walk lame; to limp. "An so we slagger'd den ya know, An gaap't an stared about; To see de houses all a row, An signs a-hanging out." - Dick and Sal, st 32.

 

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SLAINT slai-nt

 

Verb: To miscarry; to give premature birth; to slip or drop a calf before the proper time. In Eastry it is pronounced slaint. (see also Slant)

 

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SLANK slangk

 

Noun: A slope or declivity.

 

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SLANT slan-t

 

Verb: To miscarry; to give premature birth; to slip or drop a calf before the proper time. In Eastry it is pronounced slaint. (see also Slaint)

 

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SLAPPY slap-i

 

Adjective: Slippery through wet. The form sloppy, meaning wet but not slippery, is common everywhere.

 

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SLATS slat-s

 

Noun, plural:. Thin; flat; unfilled pea-pods..

 

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SLAY-WATTLE slai-wat-l

 

Noun: A hurdle made of narrow boards.

 

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SLAY-WORM

 

Noun: The slow-worm. An English lizard, that now only has the rudiments of legs, and possessing a tail that can be shed at will when in danger of being captured by a hold upon its rearmost parts. (see also Slorry, Sloy-worm)

 

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SLEEPER

 

Noun: A dormouse.

 

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SLICE

 

Noun: A Wheelwright's slice, like a small iron peel.

 

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SLICK slik

 

Adjective: Slippery.

 

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SLIMMUCKS slim-uks

 

Noun: A slinking fellow.

 

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SLIPPER slip-ur

 

Noun: (1) A curious eel-like fish, with an ugle pert-looking head, and frill down the back (like the frill to an old beau's dining-out shirt), and a spotted and exceedingly slimy body. So called at Herne Bay, because it slips from the hand so easily. (see Life of Frank Buckland, p 171)

 

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SLIPPER slip-ur

 

Noun: (2) The small sole. - Folkestone.

 

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SLIVER sliv-ur

 

Verb: (2) To slice; cut off a thin portion.

 

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SLIVER sliv-ur

 

Noun: (1) A thin piece of split wood; a slice; a stiff shaving; a splInterjection: Allied to Slice, from Slit. Anglo-Saxon sléfan, to cleave. "There, on the pendent boughs her coronet weeds Clambering to hang, an envious sliver broke." - Hamlet, Act 4, Sc 7.

 

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SLOBBED slob-d

 

pp. Slopped; split.

 

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SLOP slop

 

Noun: A short, round smock frock, of coarse materials, slipped over the head, and worn by workmen over their other clothes.

 

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SLORRY slor-r'i

 

Noun: A slow-worm, or a blind worm. (see also Slay-worm, Sloy-worm)

 

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SLOSH slosh

 

Noun: Dirty water; a muddy wash; liquid mud. They are both formed from the sound, hence slosh represents rather "a muddy wash," which makes the louder noise when splashed about, and slush, "liquid mud," which makes a duller sound. (see also Slush)

 

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SLOY-WORM sloi-wurm

 

Noun: A slow-worm. Anguis fragilis. (see also Slay-worm, Slorry)

 

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SLUB slub

 

Noun: A slimy wash; liquid mud. Lord Hale, in his work, De Jure Maris et Brachiorum Ejusdem, pt 1. ch 7, alludes to "The jus alluvionis, which is an increase of land by the projection of the sea, casting and adding sand and slub to the adjoining land whereby it is increased, and for the most part by insensible degrees."

 

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SLUMMICKY

 

Adjective: A slummicky woman is a slovenly, down-at-heel person. - West Kent. L.R.A.G., Woolwich, Fred Cooper, Gravesend.

 

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SLURRY slur-r'i

 

Noun: Wet, sloppy mud.

 

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SLUSH slush

 

Noun: Dirty water; a muddy wash; liquid mud. They are both formed from the sound, hence slosh represents rather "a muddy wash," which makes the louder noise when splashed about, and slush, "liquid mud," which makes a duller sound. (see also Slosh)

 

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SLUTHERS sluth-urz

 

Noun, plural:. Jelly fish (see also Blue Slutters, Galls, Millers-eyes, Sea-nettles, Sea starch, Slutters, Stingers, Water-galls)

 

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SLUTTERS slut-urz

 

Noun, plural:. Jelly fish. (see also Blue Slutters, Galls, Millers-eyes, Sea-nettles, Sea starch, Sluthers, Stingers, Water-galls)

 

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SMAAMER smaa-mur

 

Noun: A knock.

 

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SMACK-SMOOTH smak-smoodh

 

Adjective: Flat; smooth; level with the ground. "The old squire had the shaw cut down smacksmooth."

 

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SMART

 

Adjective: Considerable. "I reckon it'll cost him a smart penny before he's done."

 

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SMICKERY smik-ur'i

 

Adjective: Uneven; said of a thread when it is spun.

 

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SMIRK smurk

 

Verb: To get the creases out of linen, that it may be more easily folded up. "Oh! give it a smirking, and you'll get it smooth."

 

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SMITHERS smidh-urz

 

Noun, plural:. Shivers, or splInterjection:.

 

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SMOULT smoa-lt

 

Adjective: Hot; sultry.

 

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SMUG smug

 

Verb: To steal.

 

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SNAG snag, snaig, sneg - East Kent

 

Noun: A name applied to all the common species of garden-snails, but especially to the Helix aspersa. (Anglo-Saxon snaeg-el; snag is a variant of snake, a creeping thing). In West Kent the word is applied to a slug, whilst snails are called shell-snags.

 

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SNAGGLE snag-l

 

Verb: To hack, or carve meat badly; to nibble.

 

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SNATAGOG snat-ugog

 

Noun: A yewberry. (see also Snodgog, Snottygobs)

 

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SNEAD sneed

 

n.. The long handle or bat of a scythe. - West Kent. The family of Sneyd, in Staffordshire, bear a scythe in their arms.

 

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SNIGGER snig-ur

 

Verb: To cut roughly, or unevenly.

 

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SNIRK snurk

 

Verb: To dry; wither. "You had better carry your hay or it will all be snirked up, sure as you're alive."

 

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SNIRKING snurk-in

 

Noun: Anything withered. "As dry as a snirking."

 

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SNITCH

 

Verb: To snitch something is to steal it. - L R A G.

 

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SNITCHED

 

Adjective: Cold.- Nicky Newbury 1973.

 

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SNOB snob

 

Noun: A cobbler. By no means a tern of contempt.

 

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SNODEN

 

Noun, plural:. Pieces. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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SNODGOG snod-gog

 

Noun: A snodberry, or yewberry; just as a goosegog is a gooseberry. (see also Snatagog, Snottygobs)

 

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SNOODS snoodz, snuodz

 

Noun, plural:. Fishing lines. The lines laid for ness-congers are seventy-five fathoms long, and on each line are attached, at right angles, other similar lines called the snoods; twenty-three snoods to each line, each snood nine feet long. - Folkestone.

 

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SNOTTYGOBS

 

Noun, plural:. Yew berries. - information from Gertie Scott, who used the words at Barham Abbey in her youth. (see also Snatagog, Snodgog)

 

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SNYING snei-ing

 

Adjective: Bent; twisted; curved. This word is generally applied to timber.

 

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SO soaInterjection: of correction or assent. Thus it is used in the way of correction, "Open the door, the window so," i.e., open the door, I mean the window. It is also used for assent, e.g. "Would you like a drink?" "I would so."

 

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SOB sob

 

Verb: To soak, or wet thoroughly. "The cloth what we used to wipe up the rain what come in under the door is all sobbed with the wet."

 

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SOCK sok

 

Noun: (1) A pet brought up by hand; a shy child that clings to its nurse, and loves to be fondled.

 

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SOCK sok

 

Verb: (2) To shroud or wrap a corpse in grave-clothes; to sew a body in a winding sheet. 1591 - "Paid for a sheet to sock a poor woman that died at Byneons, 1s 6d." - Records of Faversham. 1643 - "Bought 2 ells of canvass to sock Margaret Abby in, 2s 6d " 1668 - "For Dorothy Blanchet's funeral, for laying her forth and socking, 8s 0d" - Overseers' Accounts, Holy Cross, Canterbury. (see also Sork)

 

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SOCK

 

Verb: (3) To hit. - West Kent & London. L.R.A.G.

 

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SOCK

 

Verb: (5) To prepare a person for burial . "Item paid to the Widow Prower for to help sork him . . . .6d". - Hoo All Hallows Overseers Book sub 1679 in Hammond 'The Story of an Outpost Parish' p 124. ( see also Sork)

 

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SOCK

 

Noun: (4) A hit. "A sock on the jaw." - West Kent & London. L.R.A.G.

 

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SOCK-LAMB sok-lam

 

Noun: (1) A pet-lamb brought up by hand. (see also Cade-lamb, Hob-lamb)

 

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SOCK-LAMB

 

Noun: (2) A lamb that has been brought us from birth by bottle and hand fed. -Wealden and district. (see also Hob-lamb)

 

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SOCKLE sok-l

 

Verb: To suckle.

 

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SOFT

 

Adjective: Half-witted, hence "a softy". - Plumstead, West Kent. L.R.A.G.

 

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SOIL soi-l

 

Verb: (2) To scour or purge. The use of green meat as a purge gives rise to this old East Kent saying - "King Grin (i.e., green), Better than all medcin'."

 

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SOIL soi-l

 

Noun: (1) Filth and dirt in corn; as the seeds of several kinds of weeds and the like.

 

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SOLE soal

 

Noun: A pond, or pool of water. Lewis says, "A dirty pond of standing water;" and this it probably was in its original significance, being derived from Anglo-Saxon sol, mud, mire (whence E. Verb: sully), allied to the Danish word söl, and the German suhle, mire. It enters into the name of several little places where ponds exist, e.g., Barnsole, Buttsole, Maidensole, Solestreet, etc. The Will of Jno, Franklyn, Rector of Ickham, describes property as being "Besyde the wateringe sole in thend (i.e., the end) of Yckhame-streete."

 

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SOLIN solin

 

Noun: A Domesday measure of land which occurs only in that part of the Domesday Record which relates to Kent. It is supposed to contain the same quantity of land as a carucate. This is as much land as may be tilled and laboured with one plough, and the beasts belonging thereto, in a year; having meadow, pasture and houses for the householders and cattle belonging to it. The hide was a measure of land in the reign of the Confessor; the carucate, that to which it was reduced in the Conqueror's new standard. From Anglo-Saxon sulk, a plough. "The Archbishop himself holds Eastry. It was taxed at seven sulings." - Domesday Book. (see also Suling, Sulling, Swilling-land)

 

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SOME-ONE-TIME

 

Adjective: Now and then. "'Taint very often as I goos to Feversham, or Lunnon, or any such place, but some-one-time I goos when I be forced to it."

 

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SOME'RS sum-urz

 

Adjective: Somewheres, for somewhere. "Direckly ye be back-turned, he'll be off some'rs or 'nother."

 

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SONNIE sun-i

 

Noun: A kindly appellative for any boy. "Come along sonnie, you and me 'll pick up them taturs now 'tis fine and dry."

 

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SORK

 

Verb: To prepare a person for burial . "Item paid to the Widow Prower for to help sork him . . . .6d"- (Hoo All Hallows Overseers Book sub 1679 in Hammond 'The Story of an Outpost Parish' p 124. ( see also Sock (2) & (5)

 

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SOSS sos

 

Noun: (1) A mess. If anyone mixes several slops, or makes any place wet and dirty, we say in Kent, "He makes a soss."

 

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SOSS sos

 

Verb: (2) To mix slops, or pour tea backwards and forwards between the cup and the saucer. "When we stopped at staashun, dere warn't but three minutes to spare, but howsumdever, my missus she was forced to have a cup o' tea, she was, and she sossed it too and thro middlin', I can tell ye, for she was bound to swaller it somehows." (see also Sossel)

 

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SOSSEL sos'ul

 

Verb: To mix slops, or pour tea backwards and forwards between the cup and the saucer. "When we stopped at staashun, dere warn't but three minutes to spare, but howsumdever, my missus she was forced to have a cup o' tea, she was, and she sossed it too and thro middlin', I can tell ye, for she was bound to swaller it somehows." (see also Soss (2)

 

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SOTLY sot-li

 

Adjective: Softly.

 

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SOW BREAD sou-bred

 

Noun: The sowthistle, or milkthistle. Sonchus oleraceus.

 

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SOWSE-TUB sous-tub

 

Noun: A tub for pickling meat.

 

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SPADDLE spad-l

 

Verb: To make a dirt or litter; to shuffle in walking.

 

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SPALT spau-lt, spolt

 

Adjective: Heedless; impudent.

 

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SPALTER spolt-ur

 

Verb: To split up and break away, as the underside of a branch when it is partially sawn or cut through, and then allowed to come down by its own weight. (see also Bret (2), Spolt)

 

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SPAN span

 

Verb: To fetter a horse,

 

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SPANDLE spand-l

 

Verb: To leave marks of wet feet on the floor like a dog. The Sussex word is spaniel.

 

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SPANISH span-ish

 

Noun: Liquorice. "I took some Spanish, but my cough is still terrible bad, surely."

 

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SPANNER span-ur

 

Noun: A wrench; a screw-nut. "Hav' ye sin my spanner anywheres about?" "Yis, I seed it in the barn jest now."

 

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SPARR spar'

 

Noun: The common house-sparrow; as, arr for arrow; barr for barrow. "Who killed cock-robin? I said the sparr, With my bow and arr." (see also Chums, Chummies)

 

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SPARTICLES

 

Noun, plural:. Spectacles; Eye-glasses, "They be a moity foine payer o' sparticles, ye be a-wearing, mate!" - Ashford and district.

 

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SPAT spat

 

Noun: A knock; a blow. "He ain't no ways a bad boy; if you gives him a middlin' spat otherwhile, he'll do very well."

 

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SPATS spats

 

Noun, plural:. Gaiters, as though worn to prevent the spattering of mud.

 

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SPEAN speen

 

Noun: The teat of an animal; the tooth or spike of a fork or prong. (see also Speen)

 

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SPEAR spee-r

 

Noun: (1) A blade of grass, or fresh young shoot or sprout of any kind.

 

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SPEAR spee-r

 

Verb: (2) To sprout. "The acorns are beginning to spear." (see also Brut)

 

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SPEAR spee-r

 

Verb: (3) To remove the growing shoots of potatoes. "Mas' Chuck's, he ain't got such a terr'ble good sample ot taturs as common; by what I can see, 'twill take him more time to spear 'em dan what 'twill to dig 'em up." (see also Brut (2)

 

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SPEARK

 

Noun: Spark. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.'

 

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SPEARKEN

 

Noun, plural:. Sparks. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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SPECK spek

 

Noun: The iron tip or toe of a workman's boot.

 

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SPEEN spee-n

 

Noun: The teat of an animal; the tooth or spike of a fork or prong. (see also Spean)

 

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SPEER-WORTY spee-rwurt-i

 

Adjective: The liver of a rotten sheep when it is full of white knots, is said to be speer-worty. There is a herb called speer-wort (Rangniculus lingua, great spear-wort; R.flammula, lesser spearwort), which is supposed to produce this disorder of the liver, and from thence it has its name.

 

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SPILE

 

Noun: The upright pointed piece of wood in fencing nailed to the cross-piece. - R Cooke.

 

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SPILLED spil-d

 

pp. Spoilt. And so the proverb, "Better one house filled than two spill'd."

 

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SPILT spil-t

 

Verb: Spoilt. "I are goin' to git a new hat; this fell into a pail of fleet-milk that I was giving to the hogs and it got spilt." - Sittingbourne.

 

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SPINDLE spin-dl

 

Noun: The piece of iron which supports the wreest (or rest) of a turn-wreest plough.

 

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SPINDLY

 

Adjective: Weakly; spindleshanks

 

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SPIT spit

 

Noun: (2) The depth of soil turned up by a spade or other tool in digging. "The mound is so shallow that it is scarce a spit deep."

 

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SPIT spit

 

Noun: (1) A double or counterpart. "He's the very spit of his brother."

 

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SPITS spit-s

 

Noun, plural:. Pieces of pine-wood, about the length and thickness of a common walking-stick, on which herrings are dried.

 

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SPLASH splash

 

Verb: To make a hedge by nearly severing the live wood at the bottom, and then Interjection:eaving it between the stakes; it shoots out in the spring and mades a thick fence.

 

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SPLUT splut

 

Verb: Past of split. "It was splut when I seed it."

 

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SPLUTHER spludh-ur

 

Verb: To splutter.

 

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SPOLT spol-t

 

Verb: To break. "A terr'ble gurt limb spolted off that old tree furder een da laäne las' night." (see also Bret (2), Spalter)

 

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SPONDULICKS

 

Noun: Money - West Kent. L.R.A.G. 1920's.

 

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SPONG spong

 

Verb: To sew; to mend. "Come here and let me spong that slit in your gaberdin."

 

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SPONSIBLE. spons-ibl

 

Adjective: Responsible; reliable.

 

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SPOTTY spoti

 

Adjective: Here and there iNoun, plural:aces; uneven; scattered; uncertain; variable. Said of a thin crop. "The beans look middlin' spotty, this year."

 

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SPRAT-LOON sprat-loon

 

Noun: The red-throated diver; a bird common on the Kentish salt waters. - North Kent.

 

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SPRAY-FOOT sprai-fuot

 

Adjective: Splay foot. (see also Spry-foot)

 

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SPREAD-BAT spred-bat

 

Noun: The bat or stick used for keeping the traces of a plough-horse apart. (see also Billet, Gig)

 

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SPRING

 

Noun: A young wood; the undergrowth of wood from two to four years old.

 

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SPRING-SHAW spring-shau

 

Noun: A strip of the young undergrowth of wood, from two to three rods wide.

 

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SPROCKET sprok-it

 

Noun: A projecting piece often put on at the bottom or foot of a rafter to throw water off. 1536.- "Payed for makyng sproketts and a grunsyll at Arnoldis. . . 2d." - MS. Account , St John's Hospital, Canterbury.

 

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SPROG sprog

 

Noun: A forked sprig of a tree. - Sittingbourne.

 

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SPROLLUCKS sprol-uks

 

Noun: One who sprawls out his feet.

 

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SPRONKY spronk-i

 

Adjective: Having many roots.

 

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SPRY sprei

 

Noun: (1) A broom for sweeping the barn-floor; formerley used in the threshing of corn. Allied to sprig.

 

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SPRY sprei

 

Adjective: (2) Smart; brisk; quick.

 

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SPRY-FOOT sprei-fuot

 

Adjective: Splay foot. (see also Spray -foot)

 

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SPRY-WOOD sprei-wuod

 

Noun: Small wood; spray wood.

 

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SPUD spud

 

Noun: (1) A garden tool for getting up weeds.

 

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SPUD spud

 

Verb: (2) To get up weeds with a spud.

 

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SPUR-FISH spur-fish

 

Noun: The pike dog-fish. Spinax acanthias. - Folkestone.

 

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SQUAB skwob

 

Noun: (1) A pillow; a cushion; especially the long under-cushion of a sofa. Lewis, p 158, in his account of the way in which Mrs Sarah Petit laid out £146 towards the ornamenting of the parish church of St John Baptist, Thanet, mentions, "Cushions or squabs to kneel on, £5. 8s. 0d."

 

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SQUAB skwob

 

Noun: (2) An unfledged sparrow.

 

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SQUASHER

 

Noun: Swastika. - Noted only in the village of Leeds, near Maidstone.

 

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SQUASHER-MARK

 

Noun: Swastika mark, or symbol. "Now that there cat o' our'n be a mighty pretty one: it do have a squasher-mark all over it!"- Noted only in the village of Leeds near Maidstone.

 

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SQUASHLE skwosh-l

 

Verb: To make a splashing noise. "It was so wet, my feet squashled in my shoes."

 

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SQUAT skwot

 

Verb: (1) a) To make flat; b) To put a stone or piece of wood under the wheel of a carriage, to prevent its moving.

 

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SQUAT skwot

 

Noun: (2) A wedge placed under a carriage-wheel to prevent its moving.

 

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SQUATTED skwot-id

 

pp. Splashed with mire or dirt.

 

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SQUAYER

 

Adjective: Square. "That box don't look squayer to me!" - parts of the Weald only.

 

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SQUIB skwib

 

Noun: (2) Cuttle-fish; so called because it squirts sepia. Sepia officinalis. (See Inksqper, Mansucker, Squib (1), Tortoise)

 

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SQUIB skwib

 

Noun: (1) A squirt; a syringe. "He stood back of the tree and skeeted water at me caterwise with a squib."

 

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SQUIRREL-HUNTING

 

Noun: A rough sport, in which people used formerly to assemble on St. Andrew's Day (30th November), and under pretence of hunting squirrels, commit a good deal of poaching. It is now discontinued.

 

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SSEDE

 

Noun: Shade. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The' Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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SSEL

 

Verb: Shall. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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SSEP

 

Noun: Shape. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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STABLEN

 

Noun, plural:.Stables. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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STADDLE stad-l

 

Noun: A building of timber standing on legs or steddles, to raise it out of the mud. Poor dwellings of this kind were formerly common enough in small fishing towns, such as Queensborough. The word occurs repeatedly in the Queensborough Records of the time of Queen Elizabeth, as for instance, "De viginti sex domibus que vulgariter vocantur, the old staddeles, or six and twentie houses." Staddle is now used only for the support of a stack of corn. It is a drivative of the common word stead. Anglo-Saxon stéde, Icel. stadr, a stead, place; and Anglo-Saxon stathol, a foundation, Icel. stödull, a shed. Stead can still be traced in Lynsted, Frinsted, Wrinsted, Bearsted, and other names of places in Kent, and in such surnames as Bensted, Maxted, etc. (see also Steddle)

 

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STADEL

 

Noun: The step of a ladder. (see also Stale, Stales, Stath)

 

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STALDER stau-ldur

 

Noun: A stillen or frame to put barrels on. (see also Stillen)

 

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STALE stail

 

Verb: To put stales or rungs into a ladder. 1493 - "Item payde to John Robart for stalyng of the ladders of the church, 20d." - Accounts of Churchwardens of St. Dunstan's, Canterbury. (see also Stadel, Stales, Stath)

 

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STALES stailz

 

Noun, plural:. The staves, or risings of a ladder, or the staves of a rack in a stable. From Anglo-Saxon, stoel, stel, a stalk, stem, handle. Allied to still, and stall; the stale being that by which the foot is kept firm. (see also Stadel, Stale, Stath)

 

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STALKER stau-kur

 

Noun: A crab-pot, or trap made of hoops and nets. - Folkestone.

 

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STAMMEL

 

Adjective: The name given to a kind of woollen cloth of a red colour. "Item paied to George Hutchenson, for a yard and a half of stanmel cloth to make her a petticote, at 10s 6d. the yard, 15s.9d." - Sandwich Book of orphans. (see also Stanmel)

 

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STAND stand

 

Verb: To stop; to be hindered. "We don't stand for weather."

 

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STANMEL

 

Adjective: The name given to a kind of woollen cloth of a red colour. "Item paied to George Hutchenson, for a yard and a half of stanmel cloth to make her a petticote, at 10s 6d. the yard, 15s.9d." - Sandwich Book of orphans. (see also Stammel)

 

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STARF TAKE YOU

 

Interjection:Phrase: An imprecation in Kent, from Anglo-Saxon steorfa (a plague). "What a starf be ye got at now?" is also another use of the same word.

 

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START staat

 

Noun: A proceeding; a business; a set-out. "This's a rum start, I reckon."

 

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STARVE-NAKED staav-nai-kid

 

Adjective: Stark naked. Starved in Kent, sometimes means extremely cold, as well as extremely hungry.

 

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STATH stath

 

Noun: A step of a ladder. (see also Stadel, Stale Stales)

 

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STAUNCH stau-nsh

 

Verb: To walk clumsily and heavily.

 

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STAYERS

 

Noun, plural:. Stairs. "Now off you go up the stayers, and into bed!" - Parts of the Weald only.

 

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STEADY sted-i

 

Adjective: &Adjective: Slow. "I can git along middlin' well, if I go steady."

 

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STEAN steen

 

Verb: To line, or pave with bricks or stones. Hence the name of the Steyne at Folkestone and at Brighton. In Faversham Churchyard we read, "In this steened grave rest the mortal remains, etc." (see also Steene)

 

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STECH

 

Noun: Stick. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Stech (K) = Stick (N)

 

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STEDDLE sted-l

 

Noun: A frame on which to stand anything, e.g., a bedsteddle, i.e., a bedstead; especially a framework for supporting corn stacks. "Item in the best chamber, called the great chamber, one fayer standing bedsteddle," "Item in the chamber over the bunting house, two boarded bedsteddles." - Boteler Inventory in Memorials of Eastry, p 224,225. (see also Bedsteddle)

 

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STEELLY

 

Adjective: Stiff, unkind working, ground.

 

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STEENE

 

Verb: To line, or pave with bricks or stones. Hence the name of the Steyne at Folkestone and at Brighton. In Faversham Churchyard we read, "In this steened grave rest the mortal remains, etc." (see also Stean)

 

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STEEP steep

 

Verb: To make anything slope. To steep a stack, is to make the sides smooth and even, and to slope it up to the point of the roof.

 

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STENG

 

Verb: Sting. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Steng (K) = Sting (N)

 

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STENT sten-t

 

Noun: A word used by the oyster dredgers in North Kent, to denote that amount or number of oysters, fixed by the rules of their association, which they may dredge in one day. This quantity, or number, is much less than it would be possible to get up; hence, stent is probably formed from stint, and means, a restricted amount.

 

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STERREN

 

Noun, plural:. Stars. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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STEVE

 

Noun: Staff. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The' Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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STICK-KNIFE

 

Noun: A knife with a single blade rigidly fixed into a handle; a dagger or dagger-type knife; a sharp-pointed carving knife; a knife used by old-time pig-killers for 'sticking' or killing pigs - sometimes called 'a pig-sticker'. - Wealden and Ashford and district. (see also Shut-knife)

 

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STILLEN stil-in

 

Noun: A stand for a cask, barrel, or washing-tub. (see also Stalder)

 

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STILT stil-t

 

Noun: A crutch. In 1668 we find the following entry: "For a paire of stilts for the tanner, 3d." - Overseers' Accounts, Holy Cross, Canterbury

 

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STINGERS sting-ur

 

Noun: A jelly-fish. - Dover. (see also Blue Slutters, Galls, Miller's-eyes, Sea-nettles, Sea starch, Sluthers, Slutters, Water-Galls)

 

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STINK-ALIVE stink-ulei-v

 

Noun: The whiting pout; so called because it soon becomes unfit to eat after being caught. - Folkestone.

 

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STIPERS stei-purs

 

Noun, plural:.The four poles at the sides of a bobbin-tug, which stand up two on each side, and keep the bobbins in their place. - East Kent.

 

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STIVER

 

Noun: (2) A halfpenny. - Maidstone. Fred Amies. L.R.A.G. 1977.

 

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STIVER stiv-ur

 

Verb: (1) To flutter; to stagger; to struggle along. "An so we stivered right acrass, An went up by a mason's." - Dick and Sal, st 50.

 

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STOACH

 

Verb: To trample about in mud. "Don't stoach in that there muddy patch, you naughty boy! Look at the state of your boots!" Wealden and Ashford district. (see also Poach, Stoch, Stotch)

 

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STOCH stoach

 

Verb: To work about in the mud and dirt; said of cattle treading the ground when it is wet. "He's always stochin' about one plaäce or t'other from mornin' to night." (see also Poach, Stoach, Stotch)

 

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STOCK stok

 

Noun: (1) Cattle of all sorts.

 

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STOCK stok

 

Noun: (2) The udder of a cow.

 

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STOCK stok

 

Noun: (3) A trough; a stoup; usually in composition, as a holy water-stock; a brine-stock; a pigstock. Probably so called because it was originally made by hollowing out the stock of a tree. "For a stock of brass for the holy water, 7s.0d" - Fuller's History of Waltham Abbey, p 17. "Item in the milke-houss, one brine-stock, etc." - Boteler Inventories.

 

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STOCK stok

 

Noun: (4) The back of the fireplace. And since this is generally black with soot, hence the Phrase: se, "Black as a stock." is a very common one.

 

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STOCK-BOW stok-boa

 

Noun: The cross-bow.

 

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STOCK-LOG stok-log

 

Noun: The larger piece of wood which is laid behind the rest on a wood fire to form a blacking for it.

 

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STODGER stoj-ur

 

Noun: A sturdy fellow able to get about in all sorts of weather.

 

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STODGY stoj-i

 

Adjective: Thick; glutinous; muddy. "The church path's got middlin' stodgy."

 

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STOLDRED stoa-ldurd

 

Noun: Stealth. 1657 - "Some little corn by stoldred brought to town." - Billingsley's Bradymartyrologia, p 107.

 

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STOLT stoalt

 

Adjective: Brisk and hearty; stout (Anglo-Saxon stolt, firm). This is a word in common use among poultry keepers. "This here lot of ducks was doin' onaccountable bad at first going off, but now they'm got quite stolt."

 

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STONCHE

 

Verb: Staunch. The use of 'o' for 'a'. The Old Frisian, which has been quoted in support of these forms has brond, hond, lond, for brand, hand, and land.

 

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STONDE

 

Verb: Stand The use of 'o' for 'a'. The Old Frisian, which has been quoted in support of these forms has brond, hond, lond, for brand, hand, and land.

 

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STONE stoan

 

Noun: A weight of eight pounds.

 

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STONE-FRUIT

 

Noun: Plums, peaches, cherries, etc. Fruit is classed as - Hard fruit, apple and pears. Stone-fruit, as above, and Low-fruit, gooseberries, currants, etc.

 

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STONE-REACH

 

Noun: A portion of stony field, where the stones for a considerable distance lie very much thicker than in any other part. These stone-reaches are fast disappearing in East Kent; the stones have been so thoroughly gathered off the fields, that stones for road purposes are scarce, and have risen considerably in price during the last twenty years.

 

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STOP FARTING ABOUT

 

Phrase: Stop mucking about; stop fooling about. - West Kent. L.R.A.G.

 

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STOTCH stoch

 

Verb: To tread wet land into holes. (see also Poach, Stoach, Stoch)

 

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STOUNDED

 

Adjective: Astonished.

 

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STOVE stoa-v

 

Verb: To dry in an oven. (see also Stow)

 

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STOW stoa

 

Verb: To dry in an oven. (see also Stove)

 

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STOW-BOATING stoa-but-in

 

Verb: Dredging up stone at sea for making Roman cement.

 

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STRAIGHT strait

 

Adjective: Grave; serious; solemn; shocked; often used in Phrase: se, "To look straight," i.e., to look grave and shocked. "He looked purty straight over it, I can tell ye."

 

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STRAMMERY stram-urly

 

Adjective: Awkwardly; ungainly.

 

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STRANDS

 

Noun, plural:. The dry bents of grass run to seed.

 

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STRANG

 

Adjective: Strong. The Northumbrian dialect retained, as it still does, many pure Anglo-Saxon words containing the long sound of 'a', which the Southern dialect changed into 'o'. This word contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, resembles the Northumbrian form.

 

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STRAY strai

 

Noun: A winding creek.

 

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STREPE

 

Noun: Strip. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Strepe (K) = Strip (N)

 

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STRICKLE strik-l

 

Noun: A striker, with which the heaped-up measure is struck off and made even. The measure thus evened by the strickle is called race measure, i.e. razed measure. (see also Strike (1)

 

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STRIG strig

 

Noun: (1) The footstalk of any flower or fruit, as the strigs of currants, gooseberries, etc.; the string of a button.. "Now doän’t 'ee put the cherry-strig in's mouth."

 

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STRIG

 

Verb: (2) To take the fruit off the stalk or strig; as to strig currants, gooseberries, etc. "Will you help me strig these currants?"

 

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STRIKE streik

 

Noun: (1) A striker, with which the heaped-up measure is struck off and made even. The measure thus evened by the strickle is called race measure, i.e. razed measure. (see also Strickle)

 

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STRIKE streik

 

Noun: (2) "To strike a bucket," is to draw a full bucket towards the side of the well as it hangs by the chain of the windlass, and land it safely on the well-side.

 

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STRIKE streik

 

Verb: (3) To melt down, to re-cast, and so make smooth ( as of wax). One sense of strike, is to stroke; to make smooth. 1485 - "Item for strykyng of the pascall and the font taper, 2s. 3d." - Churchwardens' Accounts, St Dunstan's. Canterbury.

 

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STRIKE-BAULK streik-bauk

 

Verb: To plough one furrow and leave another.

 

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STRIKING-PLOUGH

 

Noun: A sort of plough used in some parts of Kent.

 

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STRIP-SHIRT strip-shur't

 

Adjective: In shirt sleeves. A man is said to be working strip-shirt when he had his coat and waistcoat off.

 

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STROKE-BIAS stroak-bei-us

 

Noun: An old sport peculiar to Kent, and especially the eastern part of the county; it consists of trials of speed between members of two or more villages, and from the description of it given in Brome's Travels over England (1700), it appears to have borne some resemblance to the game of prisoners' base. (see also Match-Running, Match-a-running)

 

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STROOCH stroo-ch

 

Verb: To drag the feet along the ground in wallking. "Now then! how long be ye goin' to be? D'ye think the train'll wait for ye? stroochin' along!"

 

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STUB stub

 

Noun: (1) The stump of a tree or plant. "Ye'll find a pretty many stubs about when ye gets into de wood. Ye must look where ye be goin'."

 

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STUB stub

 

Verb: (2) To grub up; used of taking up the stubble from a field, or of getting up the roots of a tree from the ground.

 

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STUD stud

 

Noun: (2) The name given to a row of small trees cut off about two feet from the ground and left to sprout so as to form a boundary line.

 

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STUD stud

 

Noun: (1) A stop; a prop; a support. The feet on which a trug-basket stands are called stubs.

 

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STULPE stuolp

 

Noun: A post; especially a short stout post put down to mark a boundary. Sometimes also spelt stoop and stolpe. 1569 - "2 greate talle shydes for stulpes, 4d." - Accounts, St. Dunstan's. Canterbury.

 

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STUNT stunt

 

Adjective: Sullen; dogged; obstinate.

 

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STUNTED

 

Adjective: Badly or not fully grown, used of both plants and animals.

 

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STUPEN stup-in

 

Noun: A stew-pan or skillet. (see also Stuppin, Stuppnet)

 

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STUPPIN stup-in

 

Noun: A stew-pan or skillet. (see also Stupen, Stuppnet)

 

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STUPPNET stup-nit

 

Noun: A stew-pan or skillet. In Boteler Inventory, Memorials of Eastry, p 226, amongst other kitchen furniture, we find, "Fower stuppnertts, five brass candlesticks, five spitts, etc." In the Sandwich Book of Orphans, it is spelled stugpenet. "Item, Received for a brass stugpenet, 2s 0d." (see also Stuppin, Stupen)

 

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STURM sturm

 

Adjective: Stern; morose.

 

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SUILLAGE swil-ij

 

Noun: Muck; dung; sewage; dirty water. 1630 - "To the Prior and his sonne for caryinge out the duste and sullage out of Sr. (Sister) Pett's house. . . .6d." - MS. Accounts, St. John's Hospital, Canterbury. (see also Sullage)

 

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SULING seu-ling

 

Noun: A Domesday measure of land which occurs only in that part of the Domesday Record which relates to Kent. It is supposed to contain the same quantity of land as a carucate. This is as much land as may be tilled and laboured with one plough, and the beasts belonging thereto, in a year; having meadow, pasture and houses for the householders and cattle belonging to it. The hide was a measure of land in the reign of the Confessor; the carucate, that to which it was reduced in the Conqueror's new standard. From Anglo-Saxon sulk, a plough. "The Archbishop himself holds Eastry. It was taxed at seven sulings." - Domesday Book. (see also Sulling, Solin, Swilling-land)

 

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SULLAGE sul-ij

 

Noun: Muck; dung; sewage; dirty water. 1630 - "To the Prior and his sonne for caryinge out the duste and sullage out of Sr. (Sister) Pett's house. . . .6d." - MS. Accounts, St. John's Hospital, Canterbury. (see also Suillage)

 

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SULLING sul-ing

 

Noun: A Domesday measure of land which occurs only in that part of the Domesday Record which relates to Kent. It is supposed to contain the same quantity of land as a carucate. This is as much land as may be tilled and laboured with one plough, and the beasts belonging thereto, in a year; having meadow, pasture and houses for the householders and cattle belonging to it. The hide was a measure of land in the reign of the Confessor; the carucate, that to which it was reduced in the Conqueror's new standard. From Anglo-Saxon sulk, a plough. "The Archbishop himself holds Eastry. It was taxed at seven sulings." - Domesday Book. (see also Suling, Solin, Swilling-land)

 

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SUM sum

 

Verb: To reckon; to cast up accounts; to learn arithmetic. So the French sommer.

 

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SUMMER-LAND sum-r-land

 

Noun: Ground that lies fallow all the summer.

 

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SUMMUT sum-ut

 

Noun: Something.

 

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SUMP sum-p

 

Noun: A small cove; a muddy shallow. The Upper and Lower Sump in Faversham Creek, are small coves near its mouth where fishing vessels can anchor. The word is the same as swamp.

 

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SUNDAYS AND WORKY-D

 

Phrase: i.e., all his time; altogether. A Phrase: se used when a man's whole time is taken up by any necessary duties. "Sundays or worky-days is all one to him." (see also Worky-days)

 

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SUN-DOG sun-dog

 

Noun: A halo round the sun; seen when the air is very moist; generally supposed to foretell the approach of rain. (see also Sun-hound).

 

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SUN-HOUND

 

Noun: A halo round the sun; seen when the air is very moist; generally supposed to foretell the approach of rain. (see also Sun-dog)

 

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SUPM sup-m

 

Noun: Something. "I sed ta her 'what books dere be, Dare's supm ta be sin;' Den she turn'd round and sed to me, 'Suppose we do go in,' "- Dick and Sal, st 55.

 

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SURELYE sheu-rlei

 

Adjective: Surely. "Well,that ain't you, is it? Surelye!"

 

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SWALLOWS swal-oaz

 

Noun, plural:. Places where a stream enters the earth and runs underground for a space, were formerly so called in the parish of Bishopsbourne.

 

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SWAP swop

 

Noun: (2) An implement used for reaping peas, consisting of part of a scythe fastened to the end of a long handle. (see also Swap-hook)

 

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SWAP swop

 

Verb: (1) To reap with a swap-hook.

 

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SWAP-HOOK swop-huok

 

Noun: An implement used for reaping peas, consisting of part of a scythe fastened to the end of a long handle. (see also Swap)

 

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SWART swaurt

 

Adjective: Of a dark colour. Anglo-Saxon sweart. "The wheat looks very swarth." (see also Swarth)

 

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SWARTH swau-rth

 

Noun: (2) A row of grass or corn, as it is laid on the ground by the mowers. "And there the strawy Greeks, ripe for his edge, Fall down before him like the mower's swath." - Shakespeare - Troilus and Cressida, Act 5, Sc. 5. (see also Swath, Sweath)

 

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SWARTH swaurth

 

Adjective: (1) Of a dark colour. Anglo-Saxon sweart. "The wheat looks very swarth." (see also Swart)

 

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SWARVE swor-v

 

Verb: To fill up; to be choked with sediment. When the channel of a river or a ditch becomes choked up with any sediment deposited by the water running into it, it is said to swarve up.

 

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SWATCH swoch

 

Noun: (1) A channel, or water passage, such as that between the Goodwin Sands. "As to the Goodwin, it is by much the largest of them all, and is divided into two parts, though the channel or swatch betwixt them is not navigable, except by small boats." - Lewis, p 170.

 

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SWATCH swoch

 

Noun: (2) A wand.

 

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SWATCHEL swoch-l

 

Verb: To beat with a swatch or wand.

 

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SWATH swau-th

 

Noun: A row of grass or corn, as it is laid on the ground by the mowers. "And there the strawy Greeks, ripe for his edge, Fall down before him like the mower's swath." - Shakespeare - Troilus and Cressida, Act 5, Sc. 5. (see also Swarth, Sweath)

 

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SWAY swai

 

Noun: To carry the sway, is to excel in anything; to be the best man. "No matter what 'twas, mowin', or rippin', or crickut, or anything, 'twas all the same, I always carried the sway, time I was a young chap."

 

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SWAYER

 

Verb: Swear; to use bad language. "For a young'un 'ee do swayer something awful; parson or school gaffer should be warned about 'ee!" - parts of the Weald only.

 

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SWEAL sweel

 

Verb: To singe a pig.

 

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SWEATH swee-th

 

Noun: A row of grass or corn, as it is laid on the ground by the mowers. "And there the strawy Greeks, ripe for his edge, Fall down before him like the mower's swath." - Shakespeare - Troilus and Cressida, Act 5, Sc. 5. (see also Swath, Swarth)

 

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SWEEPS sweep-s

 

Noun, plural:. The sails of a windmill. (see also Swips, Swifts)

 

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SWEET-LIQUOR sweet-lik-r

 

Noun: Wort; new beer unfermented, or in the process of fermentation. (see also Sweet-wort)

 

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SWEET-WORT

 

Noun: Wort; new beer unfermented, or in the process of fermentation. (see also Sweet-liquor)

 

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SWELKED

 

pp. Overcome by excessive heat.

 

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SWELTRY

 

Adjective: Sultry; excessively close and hoy.

 

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SWIFTS swift-s

 

Noun, plural:. The arms, or sails of a windmill. (see also Sweeps, Swips)

 

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SWILLING-LAND

 

Noun: A plough land. (see also Solin, Suling, Sulling)

 

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SWIMEY

 

Adjective: Giddy or near fainting.- Fred Amie's grandfather. L.R.A.G. 1977. (see also Swimmy, Swimmy-headed, Swimy (2)

 

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SWIMMY swim-i

 

Adjective: Giddy; dizzy; faint. (Anglo-Saxon swima, a swoon; swimming in the head.) "I kep' on a lookin' at de swifts a gooin' raound and raound till it made me feel quite swimy, it did." (see also Swimey, Swimy (2), Swimmy-headed)

 

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SWIMMY-HEADED swim-i-hed-id

 

Adjective: Giddy; dizzy; faint. (Anglo-Saxon swima, a swoon; swimming in the head.) "I kep' on a lookin' at de swifts a gooin' raound and raound till it made me feel quite swimy, it did." (see also Swimey, Swimy (2), Swimmy)

 

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SWIMY swei-mi

 

Adjective: (1) Giddy; dizzy; faint. (Anglo-Saxon swima, a swoon; swimming in the head.) "I kep' on a lookin' at de swifts a gooin' raöund and raöund till it made me feel quite swimy, it did." (see also Swimmy, Swimmy-headed)

 

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SWIMY

 

Adjective: (2) Giddy or near fainting. - Fred Amie's grandfather. L.R.A.G. 1977. (see also Swimey, Swimmy, Swimmey-headed)

 

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SWINGEL swinj-ul

 

Noun: The upper part of the flail which swings to and fro and beats the corn out of the ear. (Anglo-Saxon swingel, a beater.)

 

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SWIPS swip-s

 

Noun, plural:. The sails of a windmill. (see also Sweeps, Swifts)

 

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SWISH-ALONG swish-ulong'

 

Verb: To move with great quickness.

 

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SWOT swot

 

Noun: Soot.

 

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TAANT taa-nt, taa-unt

 

Adjective: Out of proportion; very high or tall. This is a nautical word, usually applied to the masts of a ship.

 

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TACK tak

 

Noun: An unpleasant taste.

 

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TAFFETY taf-iti

 

Adjective: Squeamish; dainty; particular about food. - East Kent.

 

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TAG tag

 

Noun: Tagge, a sheep of the first year. (see also Teg)

 

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TAKE taik

 

Verb: A redundant use is often made of this word, as "He'd better by half take and get married." - East Kent.

 

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TALLY tal-i

 

Noun: A stick, on which the number of bushels picked by the hop-picker is reckoned, and noted by means of a notch cut in it by the tallyman.

 

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TALLYMAN tal-imun

 

Noun: The man who takes the tallies, notches them, and so keeps account of the number of bushels picked by the hop-pickers.

 

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TAMSIN tam-zin

 

Noun: A little clothes' horse, or frame, to stand before a fire to warm a shirt or a shift, or child's linen. Tamsen, Thomasin, Thomasine, is a woman's name, and is here used as though the "horse" did the work of the servant of that name, For the same reason it is otherwise called a maid, or maiden. It is not only called Tamsin, but Jenny, Betty, Molly, or any other maiden name; and if it is very small it is called a girl. (see also Maid)

 

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TAN tan

 

Noun: The bark of a young oak.

 

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TAR-GRASS taa-graas

 

Noun: The wild vetch. Vicia cracca.

 

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TARNAL taa-nl

 

Adjective: A strong expletive, really "eternal" used to denote something very good or very bad, generally the latter. "Dare was a tarnal sight of meat." - Dick and Sal, st 62.

 

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TARSE taas

 

Noun: A mow of corn. In Old English taas was any sort of heap. "An hundred knyghtes slain and dead, alas! That after were founden in the taas." - Chaucer, Troilas and Cressede, 1. 4. c.30 (see also Tas)

 

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TAS tas

 

Noun: A mow of corn. In Old English taas was any sort of heap. "An hundred knyghtes slain and dead, alas! That after were founden in the taas." - Chaucer, Troilas and Cressede, 1. 4. c.30 (see also Tarse)

 

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TASS-CUTTER tas-cut-r

 

Noun: An implement with which to cut hay in the stack.

 

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TATTER

 

Verb: (3) Cross; fretful; temper; unwell. "That child o' mine be in a rare tatter (temper) because he can't just do as he likes!" "Little Sarah be proper tatter today (fretful, unwell). " - Wealden.

 

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TATTER tat-r

 

Adjective: (2) Cross; peevish; ill-tempered; ill-natured. "The old 'ooman's middlin' tatter to-day, I can tell ye." (see also Tattery, Tatty)

 

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TATTER tat-r

 

Adjective: (1) Ragged (see also Tattery)

 

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TATTERY tat-ur'i

 

Adjective: (2) Cross; peevish; ill-tempered; ill-natured. "The old 'ooman's middlin' tatter to-day, I can tell ye." (see also Feasy, Tatter (2), Tatty)

 

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TATTERY tat-ur'i

 

Adjective: (1) Ragged (see also Tatter (1)

 

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TATTY tat-i

 

Adjective: Testy. (see also Tatter (2), Tattery (2)

 

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TAUF

 

Noun: (2) The refuse of beans and peas after threshing, used for horse-meat. - W.Kent. Called torf, toff in E. Kent. Also used of oats - J.H.Bridge. (see also Caving (1) & (2), Torf, Toff)

 

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TAULEY tau-li

 

Noun: A taw or marble.

 

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TAYCHER

 

Noun: Teacher. "Our old school-taycher give me the stick today for breaking the school-room window with a stone." - Parts of the Weald only.

 

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TEALD

 

Verb: Told. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.'

 

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TEAM teem

 

Noun: A litter of pigs or a brood of ducks.

 

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TEAR

 

Noun: Tear. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.' (see also Tyare,Tyear)

 

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TEARFUL

 

Adjective: A job of work that is very arduous or exacting in nature, so as to bring one almost to tears. "This stone-quarrying, at the present piece-work rates be a most tearful kind of job!" - Wealden and Ashford and district.

 

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TEAR-RAG tair-r'ag

 

Noun: (1) A rude, boisterous child; a romp; one who is always getting into mischief and tearing his clothes, hence the name. - East Kent.

 

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TEAR-RAG

 

Noun: (2) Perhaps a connected. with rag, tag and bobtail. - J H Bridge.

 

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TED ted

 

Verb: To make hay, by tossing it about and spreading it in the sun. 1523 - "For mowyng and teddying of the garden, 12d." - Accounts of St. John's Hospital, Canterbury.

 

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TEDIOUS tee-jus

 

adj,&Adjective: Acute; violent; excessive; "tedious bad"; "tedious good." Also, long, but not necessarily wearisome, as we now commonly understand the word. "Within me grief hath kept a tedious fast." - Shakespeare, Richard 2, Act 2. Sc 1. "He sed dare was a teejus fair Dat lasted for a wick." - Dick and Sal, st 8.

 

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TEEN teen

 

Verb: To make a hedge with raddles. 1522 - "Paied for tenying of a hedge (i.e. trimming it) 6d." - MS. Accounts, St. John's Hospital, Canterbury.

 

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TEENER tee-nur

 

Noun: A man who teens or keeps in order a raddle-fence. 1616 - "For bread and drink for the teners and wood-makers." - MS. Accounts St John's Hospital, Canterbury. (see also Tener)

 

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TEES teez

 

Noun, plural:. A part of the horse's harness; the draughts which are fixed to the hemwoods of the collar and to the rods of the cart. (Literally, ties). - East Kent.

 

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TEG

 

Noun: A sheep of the first year. (see also Tag)

 

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TELL tel

 

Verb: To count. "Here's the money, will you tell it out on the table?" The teller in the House of Commons is one who counts the number of members as they go into the lobby. "And every shepherd tells his tale Under the hawthorn in the vale." - Gray's Elergy.

 

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TEND

 

Noun: Tenth. 'The Old Kentish numerals, as exhibited in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, are identical with the Northen forms, but are no doubt of Frisian origin.'

 

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TENER

 

Noun: A man who teens or keeps in order a raddle-fence. 1616 - "For bread and drink for the teners and wood-makers." - MS. Accounts St John's Hospital, Canterbury. (see also Teener)

 

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TENT

 

n.comp. Bird tenting is bird scaring.

 

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TENTER-GROUND tent-r-grou-nd

 

Noun: Ground where tenter-hooks were placed in former times for stretching skins, linen, etc.

 

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TERRIBLE ter-bl, tar-bl

 

Adjective: Extremely; exceedingly. "He's a terrible kind husband, and no mistake." "Frost took tops terrible, but 'taint touched t'roots o' taters."

 

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TERRIFY ter-r'ifei

 

Verb: To annoy; to tease; to disturb. A bad cough is said to be "very terryfying". And the flies are said to "to terrify the cattle." The rooks also "terrify the beans."

 

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TETAW tet-au

 

Noun: A simpleton; a fool.

 

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THANKY

 

vb To thank. Anglo-Saxon conjugation

 

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THAT

 

Preposition: . (2) Since. "It's a long time since that you and I have met."

 

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THAT dhat

 

Adjective: (1) So; to such a degree. "I was that mad with him, I could have scratched his eyes out." "He's that rude, I doän’t know whatever I shall do with him."

 

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THAYER

 

poss.adj.Their's; Belonging to them. - Parts of the Weald only. (see also Thern; Therren)

 

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THEM dhem

 

Phrase: Contraction from they'm, i.e., they am. "How be um all at home?" "Them all well, without 'tis mother , and she be tedious bad wid' de brown titus." (see also Am)

 

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THERN

 

poss.adj.Their's; Belonging to them. "No taint ourn; that be thern.!" - North-East Kent and Medway Towns district. (see also Thayer; Therren)

 

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THERREN

 

poss.adj.Their's; Belonging to them. "It be therren; give it to him!" - Wealden, Ashford and dstrict. (see also Thayer; Thern)

 

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THICK THUMB'D thik-thumd

 

Adjective: Sluttish; untidy; clumsy.

 

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THIESTER

 

Noun: Darkness. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dy-epe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic. (see also Thyester)

 

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THIS-HERE

 

den. prom. This. (An intensive form) "That there man was a sittin' on this-'ere wery chair, when, all of a sudden, down he goos in one of these 'ere plexicle fits. 'Who'd 'ave thoft it!' said the missus."

 

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THISSER

 

Preposition: . "This here". "Do 'ee want thisser old moldy hay?" - Wealden and Ashford and district. (see also Thisyer)

 

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THISTLE PECKING

 

Verb: To hoe thistles. - Wealden and Ashford and district. (see also Thistle-packing)

 

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THISTLE-PACKER

 

Noun: (2) A small. razor-sharp hoe or cutter for cutting thistles. - Wealden and Ashford and district. (see also Thistle-pecker)

 

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THISTLE-PACKER

 

Noun: (1) A man who hoes thistles. A man who spends a great deal of his time at this sort of work often earned the nickname of "Pecker' or 'Packer' e.g. 'Pecker' Brunger. who lived at Egerton, did a lot of this type of work on farms round about. - Wealden and Ashford and district. (see also Thistle-pecker)

 

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THISTLE-PACKING

 

Verb: To hoe thistles. - Wealden and Ashford and district. (see also Thistle-pecking)

 

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THISTLE-PECKER

 

Noun: (1) A man who hoes thistles. - Wealden and Ashford and district. (see also Thistlepacker)

 

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THISTLE-PECKER

 

Noun: (2) A small, razor-sharp hoe or cutter to cut thistles. - Wealden and Ashford and district. (see also Thistle-packer)

 

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THISYER

 

Preposition: ."This here". "Thisyer old sow don't seem any too good today, master!" - Wealden and Ashford and district. (see also Thisser)

 

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THOFT thof-t

 

Verb: Thought.

 

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THONDER

 

Noun: Thunder. Use of 'o' for 'u'. Old Frisian; onder and op for under and up.

 

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THONKE

 

Verb: Thank. The use of 'o' for 'a'. The Old Frisian, which has been quoted in support of these forms has brond, hond, lond, for brand, hand, and land.

 

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THORACK

 

Noun: A wooden channel or tunnel whereby the water is conveyed through a sluice. Used in Teynham Marshes. - Sittingbourne. W C B Purser. 1935.

 

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THORST

 

Thirst (thurst). Use of 'o' for 'u'. Old Frisian; onder and op for under and up.

 

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THOVE thoa-v

 

Verb: Stole. (The perfect tense of thieve.)

 

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THRAW

 

Verb: Throw. The Northumbrian dialect retained, as it still does, many pure Anglo-Saxon words containing the long sound of 'a', which the Southern dialect changed into 'o'. This word contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, resembles the Northumbrian form.

 

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THREDDLE thred-l

 

Verb: To thread a needle.

 

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THRELL

 

Noun: Thrall. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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THRI

 

Noun: Three. Old Fresian Thri. = Old Kentish Thri.

 

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THRIBLE thrib-l

 

Adjective: Treble; threefold.

 

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THRO throa

 

Preposition: . Fro; from.

 

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THROT throt

 

Noun: Throat. "He's throt was that bad all last week, that he was troubled to go to and thro to work."

 

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THROWS throaz

 

Noun: A thoroughfare; a public way. The four-throws, a point where four roads meet.

 

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THUNDERBUGS thun-durbug

 

Noun: A midge. "The thunderbugs did terrify me so, that I thought I should have been forced to get up and goo out of church."

 

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THURROCK thur-r'uk

 

Noun: A wooden drain under a gate; a small passage or wooden tunnel through a bank. In Sheppy, if the hares gain the refuge of a thurrock, before the greyhounds can catch them, they are considered to have gained sanctuary and are not molested. (see also Pinnock)

 

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THYESTER

 

Noun: Darkness. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dy-epe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic (see also Thiester)

 

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TICKLER tik-lur

 

Adjective: Particular. "I lay he's not so tickler as all that."

 

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TIDDY LITTLE THING

 

Adjective: A very small thing.- Plumstead, West Kent. L.R. A. G 1920's.

 

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TIDE teid

 

Noun: The tithe. This is a remarkable instance of the way in which th is converted into d in Kent, as wid for with, etc.

 

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TIDY tei-di

 

Adjective: Considerable. "A tidy few," means a good number. "It's a tidy step right down to the house, I lay." (see also Tightish lot)

 

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TIE tei

 

Noun: A foot-race between two competitors. The expression, "Ride and tie," is commonly Interjection:reted to mean, that when two people have one horse, the first rides a certain distance and then dismounts for the second to get up, so that they always tie or keep together. "Sir Dudley Diggs, in 1638, left the yearly sum of £20, to be paid to two young men and two maids, who, on May 19th, yearly, should run a tie at Old Wives' Lees, in Chilham, and prevail. The lands, from the rent of which the prize was paid, were called the Running Lands." - Hasted, 2, 787. (see also Tye)

 

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TIENE

 

Noun: Anger. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. Usual Old English forms = Teon (tene) It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dy-epe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic. (see also Tyene)

 

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TIE-TAILS tei-tailz

 

Noun, plural:. Herrings, which being gill-broken cannot be hung up by their heads; they are therefore tied on the spits by their tails. Though they are just as good eating as the others, they fetch less money; and when I was in the hang, a tiny child came in and addressed the burly owner thus, "Please, sir, mother wants a farthing's worth of tie-tails for her tea." She got two or three, and some broken scraps into the bargain. - F. Buckland. - Curiosities of Natural History, 2nd series, p 274. (see also Scraps)

 

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TIGHTISH LOT tei-tish lot

 

Phrase: A good many. (see also Tidy)

 

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TIGHT-UP

 

Verb: Make tidy. "My missus had gone to tight-up."

 

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TILL til

 

Adjective: Tame; gentle.

 

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TILLER til-ur

 

Noun: An oak sapling, or other young timber tree of less than six inches and a quarter in girth. In other places it is called teller. Anglo-Saxon telgor, a branch, a twig.

 

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TILT til-t

 

Noun: (1) The moveable covering of a cart or wagon; generally made of sail-cloth or canvas.

 

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TILT til-t

 

Noun: (2) Condition of arable land. "He has a good tilth," or "His land is in good tilth." (see also Tilth)

 

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TILTER (out of)

 

Noun: Out of order; out of condition. "He's left that farm purty much out o' tilter, I can tell ye."

 

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TILTH tilth

 

Noun: Condition of arable land. "He has a good tilth," or "His land is in good tilth." (see also Tilt (2)

 

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TIMANS tei-munz

 

Noun, plural:. Dregs, or grounds poured out of the cask after the liquor is drawn off. Literally teemings, from the Middle-English word temen, to pour out, to empty a cask.

 

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TIMBERSOME

 

Adjective: Tiresome; troublesome. (see also Timmy)

 

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TIME OR TWO

 

Phrase: A few times. - West Kent. L.R.A.G.'s grandmother Allen. 1920.

 

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TIME-O'-DAY teim-u-dai

 

Noun: "To pass the time-o'-day," is to salute a person whom you chance to meet on the road, with "Goodmorning;" "A fine day;" "Good-night," etc. "I an't never had no acquaintance wid de man, not no more than just to pass de time-o'-day."

 

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TIMMY tim-i

 

Adjective: Fretful. (see also Timbersome, from which this is probably abbreviated.)

 

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TIMNAIL tim-nail

 

Noun: A vegetable-marrow. - East Kent.

 

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TINE tein

 

Noun: (1) The tooth, or prong of a rake, harrow, or fork.

 

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TINE tein

 

Verb: (2) To shut; to fence.

 

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TINERAT

 

Phrase: At any rate.- West Kent. L.R.A.G.'s grandmother Allen. 1920.

 

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TIPPLE

 

Verb: To fall. "Don't play about or you'll have a tipple in a minute!" "Sure as eggs, out of the cart he tippled." "He's so ockard on his legs: alway a-tippling!" - Confined to Hothfield, Eastwell and Westwell.

 

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TIPTOE tip-toa

 

Noun: An extinquisher. - West Kent.

 

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TIP-TONGUED tip-tung-d

 

Adjective: Inarticulate; indistinct in utterance; lisping., "He tarks so tip-tongued since he've come back from Lunnon, we can't make nothin' o' what he says other-while."

 

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TIRYEN tir-yun

 

Noun: An anagramatical form of Trinity. Thus, "Tiryen Church," Trinity Church. - East Kent.

 

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TISICKY

 

Adjective: Tickling. "A tisicky cough."

 

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TISSICK tis-ik

 

Noun: A tickling cough.

 

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TITHER tith-ur

 

Verb: To trifle; e.g., to tither about, is to waste time.

 

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TIVER tiv-ur

 

Noun: Red ochre for marking sheep.

 

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TO IT too-t, tu-ut

 

Phrase: Omitting the verb do, which is understood. Remind a Kentish man of something he has been told to do but which you see is still undone, and the chances are he will reply, "I'm just a going to it," i.e., I am just going to do it.

 

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TO OWN TO

 

Verb: To own, to own to it.

 

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TO-AND-AGIN too-und-u-gin

 

Preposition: . Phrase: Backwards and forwards; to and fro. "Ah, I likes to goo to church o' Sundays, I doos; I likes to set an' look at de gurt old clock, an' see de old pendylum goo to-and-agin; toand-agin; to-and-agin, all de while."

 

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TOAR toar

 

Noun: Long, coarse, sour grass in fields that are understocked.

 

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TOBIT

 

Noun: A measure of half a bushel. (see also Tofet, Tolvet, Tovet)

 

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TOFET tofit

 

Noun: A measure of half a bushel. (see also Tobit, Tolvet, Tovet)

 

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TOFF tau-f

 

Noun: The pods of peas, and the ears of wheat and barley, after they have been threshed. - East Kent. (see also Caving (1) & (2), Tauf, Torf)

 

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TOFF-SIEVE tauf-siv

 

Noun: A screen or sieve for cleaning wheat. (see also Toft-sieve)

 

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TOFT tof-t

 

Noun: A messuage; a dwelling-house with the adjacent buildings and curtilage, and the adjoining lands appropriate to the use of the household; a piece of ground on which the messuage formerly stood.

 

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TOFT-SIEVE tau-ft-siv

 

Noun: A screen or sieve for cleaning wheat. (see also Toff-sieve)

 

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TO-GAYTHER

 

Together. "Now young Willum, you jist gayther up all they old bines and tie 'em all up togayther." (see also Gayther)

 

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TOKENON

 

Noun, plural:. Tokens. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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TOLL toal

 

Noun: A clump; a row; generally applied to trees; so a rook-toll, is a rookery. "There was a toll of trees at Knowlton which was blown down in the great November gale."

 

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TOLVET tolv-it

 

Noun: Half a bushel. 1522 - "Paid for 6 busshellis and a tolvett of grene pesen, price the bushell, 10d., sm., 5s. 5d." - Accounts of St. John's Hospital, Canterbury. (see also Tobit, Tofet, Tovet)

 

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TOM

 

Noun: A cock. "I bought a tom and three hens off old farmer Chucks last spring, but I never made but very little out of 'em before the old fox came round."

 

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TOMMY tom-i

 

Noun: A workman's luncheon. "One of these here pikeys come along and stole my tommy, he did." (see also Bait)

 

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TON tun

 

Noun: The great vat wherein the beer is worked before it is tunned, or cleansed. "Item in the brewhouss, two brewinge tonns, one coolbacke, two fornisses, fower tubes with other lumber, £6. 13s." - Boteler Inventory, in Memorials of Eastry, p 228. (see also Fat, Tun)

 

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TONGEN

 

Noun, plural:. Tongues. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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TONGUE tung

 

Verb: (1) To use the tongue in a pert, saucy and rude way; to scold; to abuse. "Sarcy little hussey! I told her she shouldn't go out no more of evenings; and fancy, she just did turn round and tongue me, she did."

 

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TONGUE tung

 

Noun: (2) The projecting part of the cowl of an oast, which causes it to turn round when acted on by the wind.

 

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TOOAD too-ud

 

Noun: A toad,

 

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TOOAT too-ut

 

Noun: All; an entirety. "The whole tooat av't." (? the total)

 

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TORF tauf

 

Noun: Chaff that is raked off the corn, after it is threshed, but before it is cleaned. (see also Caving (1) & (2), Tauf, Toff)

 

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TORTOISE tau-tus

 

Noun: The cuttle-fish. - Folkestone. (see also Inkspewer, Man-sucker, Squib (2))

 

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T'OTHER DAY tudh-r dai

 

Noun: The day before yesterday. A most correct expression, because other, in Early English, invariably means second, and the day before yesterday is the second day, reckoning backwards. It is remarkable that second is the only ordinal number of French derivation; before the thirteenth century it was unknown, and other was used instead of it..

 

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TOVET tov-it

 

Noun: Half a bushel. Etymologically, vet is here the Anglo-Saxon fatu, pl. of foet, a vessel, a native word now supplanted by the Dutch word vat. A vat is now used of a large vessel, but the Anglo-Saxon foet was used of a much smaller one. In the present case, it evidently means a vessel containing a peck. The Middle English e represents the Anglo-Saxon oe. (see also Tobit, Tofet, Tolvet)

 

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TOVIL toa-vil

 

Noun: A measure of capacity. This word looks like a corruption of two-fill, i.e., two fillings of a given measure.

 

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TO-YEAR tu-yur'

 

Adjective: This year; as, to-day is this day.

 

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TRACK trak

 

Verb: To tread down; mark out the road; as is the case with a snow-covered road, if there has been much traffic on it. At times, after a heavy fall of snow, you may hear a person say, "I couldn't get on, the snow isn't tracked yet."

 

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TRAFIN

 

Noun: Trefoil.- R Cooke

 

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TRAY RING traai ring

 

Noun: The fastenings by which the scythe is secured to its bat. (see also Tray wedge)

 

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TRAY WEDGE traai wedj

 

Noun: The fastenings by which the scythe is secured to its bat. (see also Tray ring)

 

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TREAD traid, tred

 

Noun: A wheel-tread; a rut; a track. Called in Sussex the trade (trai-d)

 

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TREDDLES tred-lz

 

Noun, plural:. The droppings of sheep. (see also Light (2), Sheep's treddles)

 

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TREPPE

 

n Trap. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The' Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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TREPPEN

 

Noun, plural:. Traps. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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TREVET triv-it

 

Noun: A trivet; a three-legged stand whereon to set a tea-kettle, or saucepan. "As right as a trevet," because, unless the trivet be placed just upright, it will lob, or tilt over. Literally, "three feet." Compare Tovet, "two vats." "Item in the kitchen, seavin brass kettells. . . two greedyirons, one trivett with other lumber there, etc." - Boteler Inventory, Memorials of Eastry, p 226.

 

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TRILL tril

 

Verb: To trundle a hoop, etc. (see also Trole, Trull)

 

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TROLE troa-l

 

Verb: To trundle a hoop. (see also Trill, Trull)

 

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TROST

 

n & Verb: Trust. Use of 'o' for 'u'. Old Frisian; onder and op for under and up.

 

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TROUBLED TO GO trub-ld tu goa

 

Phrase: Hardly able to get about and do one's work. "Many a time he's that bad, he's troubled to go."

 

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TRUCK

 

Verb: To have to do with. "I never had much truck with gardening."

 

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TRUCKLEBED truk-l-bed

 

Noun: A bed that runs on truckles, or low-running wheels, i.e., castors, and is thus easily run in and out under another and higher bed. In the day-time the trucklebed was stowed away under the chief bed in the room, and at night was occupied by a servant or child. Hence the word is used contemptuously of an underling or low bred person. "Yees, ya shall pay, ya trucklebed; Ya buffle-headed ass; I know 'twas ya grate pumpkin 'ead, First blunnered thro' de glass." - Dick and Sal, st 81.

 

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TRUG trug

 

Noun: A kind of basket, much used by gardeners and others; formed of thin slivers of wood, with a fixed handle in the middle, somewhat like the handle of a bucket, and with studs at the bottom to keep it steady. Etymologically connected with ( or the same word as) trough. "Item in the mylke house, a bryne stock, a table, two dowsin of bowles and truggs, three milk keelars, two charnes, a mustard quearne with other lumber, then prized at 20s." - Boteler Inventory, Memorials of Eastry, p 226 and 228. (see also Bodge (1),Trugg)

 

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TRUGG trug

 

Noun: A kind of basket, much used by gardeners and others; formed of thin slivers of wood, with a fixed handle in the middle, somewhat like the handle of a bucket, and with studs at the bottom to keep it steady. (see also Sliver, Stud) Etymologically connected with ( or the same word as) trough. "Item in the mylke house, a bryne stock, a table, two dowsin of bowles and truggs, three milk keelars, two charnes, a mustard quearne with other lumber, then prized at 20s." - Boteler Inventory, Memorials of Eastry, p 226 and 228. (see also Bodge,Trug)

 

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TRULL trul

 

Verb: To trundle. (see also Trill, Trole)

 

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TRUSH trush

 

Noun: A hassock for kneeling in church. In the old Churchwarden's Accounts for the parish of Eastry the entry frequently occurs, "To mending the trushes;" and the word if still occasionally used.

 

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TRUSSEL

 

Noun: A tressel; a barrel-stand.

 

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TRY

 

(2) True. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dyepe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic

 

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TRY trei

 

Verb: (1) To boil down lard

 

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TUG tug

 

Noun: The body of a wagon, without the hutch; a carriage for conveying timber, bobbins, etc. (see also Bobbin-tug)

 

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TUKE teuk

 

Noun: The redshank; a very common shore-bird on the Kentish saltings. - Sittingbourne.

 

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TUMBLING-BAY tumb-ling-bay

 

Noun: A cascade, or small waterfall. - West Kent.

 

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TUMP tump

 

Noun: A small hillock; a mound, or irregular rising on the surface of the pastures. Often, indeed nearly always, and old ant-hill. - Sittingbourne. "Ye caan't make nothin' o' mowin', all de while dere's so many o' dese here gurt old tumps all over de plaäce."

 

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TUN

 

Noun: The great vat wherein the beer is worked before it is tunned, or cleansed. "Item in the brewhouss, two brewinge tonns, one coolbacke, two fornisses, fower tubes with other lumber, £6. 13s." - Boteler Inventory, in Memorials of Eastry, p 228. (see also Fat, Ton)

 

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TUNNEL tun-l

 

Noun: A funnel for pouring liquids from one vessel into another.

 

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TURN-WRIST-PLOUGH turn-rees-plou

 

Noun: A Kentish plough, with a moveable mould-board.

 

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TUSSOME tus-um

 

Noun: Hemp or flax. - West Kent.

 

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TUTH

 

Noun: Tooth. "That be a mighty bad tuth you got there. Better go and see the dentist forelong!" - Wealden, Ashford and district.

 

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TWANG

 

Noun: A peculiar flavour; a strong, rank, unpleasant taste; elsewhere called a tack.

 

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TWEAN-WHILES twee-n-weilz

 

Adjective: Between times.

 

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TWIBIL twei-bil

 

Noun: A hook for cutting beans. Literally, "double-bill"

 

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TWINGE twinj

 

Noun: An ear-wig.

 

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TWINK

 

Noun: A sharp, shewish, grasping woman. "Ye've got to get up middlin' early if ye be goin' to best her, I can tell ye; proper old twink, an' no mistake !"

 

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TWITTER twit-r

 

Noun: (2) A state of agitation; a flutter. Thus, I'm all in a twitter," means, I'm all in a flutter, or fluster.

 

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TWITTER twit-r

 

Verb: (1) To twit; to tease.

 

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TWO too

 

Adjective: "My husband will be two men," i.e., so different from himself; so angry, that he won't seem to be the same person.

 

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TYARE

 

Noun: Tear. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.'

 

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TYE tei

 

Noun: An extensive common pasture. Such as Waldershare Tie; Old Wives' Lees Tie. 1510. - "A croft callid Wolners Tie." - MS. Accounts, St Dunstan's, Canterbury. (see also Tie)

 

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TYEAR r

 

Noun: Tear. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.' (see also Tear, Tyare)

 

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TYENE

 

Noun: Anger. Exactly correspondsing to Old Frisian. Usual Old English forms = Teon (tene). It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dy-epe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic (see also Tiene)

 

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UCK

 

Verb: (2) Throw out. "Help me uck out these logs, Bill !" - Ashford and district.

 

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UCK

 

Verb: (1) To pull out. "Now uck out they old sacks from the card shed. - Ashford and district.

 

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UCK-UP

 

Noun: Help up with; a helping hand, "Give us a uck up with these sacks of taters,Jess!" - Ashford and district.

 

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UMBLEMENT umb-ulmunt

 

Noun: Complement. "Throw in another dozen to make up the umblement." - Hundred of Hoo.

 

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UNACCOUNTABLE un-ukount-ubl

 

adj & Adjective: Wonderment; excessive; exceeding. "You've been gone an unaccountable time, mate."

 

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UNBEKNOWN

 

Adjective: Unknown. - R Cooke.

 

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UNCALLOW

 

Verb: To take the topsoil off the chalk. - Barham. John Evans. L.R.A.G. 1949. (see also Callow)

 

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UNCLE-OWL unk-l-oul

 

Noun: A species of skate. - Folkestone.

 

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UNCOUS un-kus

 

Adjective: Melancholy. (see also Ellinge, Unky)

 

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UNDERNEAD un-durneedprep. Underneath. "Den on we went, and soon we see A brick place where instead A bein' at top as't ought to be, De road ran undernead." - Dick and Sal, st 46.

 

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UNDER-SPINDLED und-r-spind-ld

 

Adjective: Under-manned and under-horsed, used of a man who has not sufficient captial or stock to carry on his business. In Sussex the expression is under-exed; ex being an axle.

 

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UNFORBIDDEN un-furbid-n

 

Adjective: Uncorrected; spoiled; unrestrained; troublesome. "He's an unforbidden young mortal."

 

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UNGAIN ungainAdjective: Awkward; clumsy; loutish. "He's so very ungain."

 

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UNHANDY unhand-i

 

Adjective: Inconvenient; difficult of access. "Ya see 'tis a werry unhandy pleäce, so fur away fro' shops."

 

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UNKER

 

Noun: Money paid for work of an obnoxious character; of a confined character. It is extra money, paid per hour, plussed onto the hour-wage rate while working in such conditions in the dockyard or on the ships. Peculiar to Chatham, Rochester, Strood and district amongst Royal Naval Dockyard workers on the industrial side. (see also Dirty- money, Unker-money)

 

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UNKER-MONEY

 

Noun: Monies paid for exceptionally dirty jobs or unhealthy work. - Chatham, Rochester, Strood and district, Royal Naval Dokyard workers. (see also Unker, Dirty money)

 

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UNKINDLY

 

Adjective: Badly, reversal of well. - R Cooke.

 

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UNKY un-ki

 

Adjective: Lonely; solitary; meloncholy. "Don't you feel a bit unky otherwhile, livin' down here all alone, without ne'er a neighbour nor no one to come anigh?" (see also Ellinge, Uncous)

 

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UNLEVEL unlev-l

 

Adjective: Uneven; rough.

 

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UNLUCKY unluk-i

 

Adjective: Mischievous. "That child's terr'ble unlucky surelye! He's always sum'ers or 'nother, and into somethin'."

 

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UNTHRUM unthrumAdjective: Awkward; unhandy.

 

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UPGROWN up-groan

 

Adjective: Grown up. "He must be as ol as that, because he's got upgrown daughters." - East Kent,

 

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UPSET upsetVerb: To scold. "I upset her pretty much o' Sunday mornin', for she kep' messin' about till she got too late for church."

 

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UPSETTING upset-in

 

Noun: A scolding. "His missus gave him a good upsettin', that she did."

 

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UPSTAND up-stand

 

Verb: To stand up. "That the members shall address the chair and speak upstanding." - Rules of Eastry Cottage Gardners' Club.

 

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UPSTANDS up-standz

 

Noun, plural:. Live trees or bushes cut breast high to serve as marks for boundaries of parishes, estates, etc.

 

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UPWARD up-wurd

 

Adjective: The wind is said to be upward when it is in the north, and downward when it is in the south. The north is generally esteemed the highest part of the world. Caesar's Commentary, 4.28, where "inferiorem partem insulae" means the south of the island; and again, v 13, "inferior as meridiem spectat." (see also Out)

 

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URGE urj

 

Verb: To annoy; aggravate; provoke. "It urges me to see anyone go on so."

 

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USE euz

 

Verb: (2) To accustom. "It's what you use 'em to when they be young."

 

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USE euz

 

Verb: (1) To work or till land; to hire it. "Who uses this farm?" "He uses it himself," i.e., he keeps it in his own hands and farms it himself. To use money is to borrow it.

 

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USE-POLE euz-poal

 

Noun: A pole thicker than a hop-pole, and strong enough to use for other purposes. (see also Bat 5)

 

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VALE vail

 

Noun: A water rat; called elsewhere a vole.

 

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VAMPISHNESS

 

Noun: Frowardness; perverseness

 

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VAND

 

Verb: Found. The Northumbrian dialect retained, as it still does, many pure Anglo-Saxon words containing the long sound of 'a', which the Southern dialect changed into 'o'. This word contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, resembles the Northumbrian form.

 

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VAST vaast

 

Adjective: Very; exceedingly. This word iis often used of small things: "It is vast little." "Others of vastly less importance."

 

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VEALD

 

Noun: Fold. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.' (see also Vyeald)

 

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VELTHE

 

Noun: Filth. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Velthe (K) = Fulthe (S) = Filthe (N) (see also Felthe)

 

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VERE

 

Noun: Fire. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Vere (K) = Vur (S) = Fire (N) (see also Fere

 

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VERTHING

 

Noun: Farthing. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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VET

 

Noun: Vat. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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VIEND

 

Noun: Fiend. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dyepe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic. (see also Vyend)

 

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VIGILOUS vij-ilus

 

Adjective: Vicious, of a horse; also fierce, angry.

 

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VILL-HORSE vil-urs

 

Noun: The horse that goes in the rods, shafts or thrills. The vill-horse is the same as the fillhorse, or thrill-horse.

 

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VINDE

 

Verb: Find. 'The only consonal differences worthy of notice in the ' Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, are the use of 'v' for 'f'; and 'z' for 's'.'

 

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VINE vein

 

Noun: A general name applied to the climbing bine of several plants, which are distinquished from one another by the specific name being prefixed, as the grape-vine, hop-vine, etc.

 

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VINGRE

 

Noun: Finger. 'The only consonal differences worthy of notice in the ' Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, are the use of 'v' for 'f'; and 'z' for 's'.'

 

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VOL

 

Adjective: Full. Use of 'o' for 'u'. Old Frisian; onder and op for under and up.

 

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VON

 

Noun, plural:. Foes. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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VOT

 

Noun: Foot. 'The only consonal differences worthy of notice in the ' Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, are the use of 'v' for 'f'; and 'z' for 's'.'

 

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VRIEND

 

Noun: Friend. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dyepe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic. (see also Vryend)

 

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VRY

 

Free. Old Freisan Fri= Old Kentish Vry. (see also Fry)

 

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VRYEND

 

Noun: Friend. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dyepe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic. (see also Vriend)

 

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VYEALD

 

Noun: Fold. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.' (see also Veald)

 

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VYEND

 

Noun: Fiend. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dyepe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic. (see also Viend)

 

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VYL

 

Noun: Fly. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dy-epe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic

 

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WACKER

 

Verb: (4) To be pleased; joyful; grateful; crazy with happiness or excitment. "I be real wacker today! My young man be a comin' over to court me, it being his half-day off." "I feel real wacker about that." -Wealden and Ashford and district.

 

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WACKER

 

Adjective: (3) Anything or person beyond normal size or shape. "That sow be a real wacker." "That be a wacker of a baby." - Wealden and Ashford and district.

 

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WACKER wak-ur

 

Adjective: (1) Active. "He's a wacker little chap." Angl-Saxon, wacor, vigilant.

 

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WACKER wakur

 

Adjective: (2) Angry; wrathful. "Muster Jarret was wacker at his bull getting into the turnip field."

 

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WACKER-OUT

 

Verb: To lose his or her temper. "Now don't keep on a-doing that, or you'll make me get my wacker-out." -Wealden, Ashford and district.

 

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WAG wag

 

Verb: To stir; to move. The Phrase: se, "The dog wags his tail," is common enough everywhere; but to speak of wagging the whole body, the head, the tongue, or the hand, is local, "There he goes wagging along." "Everyone that passeth by her shall hiss and wag his hand." Zephaniah ch 2 v 15.

 

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WAI wai

 

Verb: Word of command to a cart-horse, meaning "Come to the near side." - East Kent.

 

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WAISTCOAT wes-kut

 

Noun: This word, now restricted to a man's garment, was formerly given to an under-coat worn by either sex. "Item more paid (for Thomasine Millians) to George Hutchenson for 4 yeardes of clothe to make her a petticote and a waste cote, at 2s 6d the yarde . . . 10s." - Sandwich Book of Orphans. (see also Pettycoat)

 

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WAKERELL BELL wai-kur'ul, wak-ur'ul

 

Noun: The waking bell, or bell for calling people in the early morning, still rung at Sandwich at five a.m. "Item for a rope for the wakerrel . . . 3d." - Churchwardens' Accounts, St. Dunstand's, Canterbury, A.D. 1485. It was otherwise called the Wagerell bell, and the Wakeryng bell.

 

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WALE wail

 

Noun: A tumour or large swelling.

 

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WALLER'D wol-urd

 

Noun: The wind. "De Folkestone gals looked houghed black, Old waller'd roar'd about." - Dick and Sal, st. 23 And again - " De sun and sky begun look bright, An waller'd stopt his hiddin'." - st. 25.

 

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WAN wan

 

Noun: A wagon, not necessarily a van, as generally understood. - Sittingbourne.

 

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WANKLE wonk-l

 

Adjective: Sickly; generally applied to a child, A man said of his wife that she was a "a poor wankle creature."

 

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WANTY

 

Verb: To want. Anglo-Saxon conjugation.

 

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WAPS wops

 

Noun: A wasp. So haps for hasp etc.

 

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WAR WAPS waur-wops

 

Phrase: Look out; beware.

 

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WARE

 

Noun: Anything suitable for market or sale - ware-potatoes, ware-wood. - R Cooke.

 

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WARP waup

 

Noun: Four things of any kind; as a warp of herrings.

 

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WARPS waups

 

Noun, plural:. Distinct pieces of ploughed land separated by the furrows.

 

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WARP-UP wau-p-up

 

Verb: To plough land in warps, i.e., with ten, twelve or more ridges, on each side of which a furrow is left to carry off water.

 

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WASH wosh

 

Noun: (1) A basket used at Whitstable for measuring whelks, and containing about half a prickle, or ten strikes of oysters. Among the rates and dues of Margate Pier, Lewis gives, "For every wash of oysters, 3d." A prickle is twenty strikes, a strike is four bushels.

 

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WASH wosh

 

Noun: (2) Narrow paths cut in the woods to make the cants in a woodfall. A fall of ten acres would probably be washed unto six or seven cants. "You've no call to follow the main-track; keep down this here wash-way for about ten rods and you'll come right agin him."

 

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WASH wosh

 

Verb: (3) To mark out with wash-ways.

 

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WASH-WAY wosh-wai

 

Noun: Narrow paths cut in the woods to make the cants in a woodfall. A fall of ten acres would probably be washed unto six or seven cants. "You've no call to follow the main-track; keep down this here wash-way for about ten rods and you'll come right agin him."

 

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WASTES wai-sts

 

Noun: Waste lands.

 

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WATER-BURN waa-tur-burn

 

Noun: The phosphorescent appearance of the sea. "It is much disliked by the herring-yawlers, as the cunning fish can then see the net and will not go into it." - F. Buckland.

 

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WATER-GALLS waa-tur-gaulz

 

Noun, plural:. Jelly-fish. - Dover. (see also Blue Slutters, Galls, Miller's-eyes, Sea-nettles, Sea starch, Sluthers, Slutters, Stingers)

 

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WATER-TABLE waa-tur-tai-bl

 

Noun: The little ditch at the side of the road, or a small indentation across a road, for carrying off the water.

 

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WATTLE wot-l

 

Noun: A hurdle made like a gate, of split wood, used for folding sheep. (see also Wattle-gates.)

 

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WATTLE-GATES wot-l-gaits

 

Noun: A hurdle made like a gate, of split wood, used for folding sheep. (see also Wattle)

 

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WAUR waur

 

Noun: Sea-wrack; a marine plant (Zostera marina), much used for manure. Anglo-Saxon, war, waar. "Alga, waar;" Corpus Glossary (8th century) (see also Oare, Sea-waur, Waure)

 

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WAURE

 

Noun: (2) Seaweed. An almost extinct dialect word used by the old-time sea-weed gatherers who sold this produce of the sea to inland farmers to use upon the land as fertiliser, Margate, Ramsgate and Kingsgate were the seaside resorts where this word was mostly used.

 

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WAURE

 

Noun: (1) Sea-wrack; a marine plant (Zostera marina), much used for manure. Anglo-Saxon, war, waar. "Alga, waar;" Corpus Glossary (8th century) (see also Oare, Sea-waur, Waur)

 

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WAX-DOLLS waks-dolz

 

Noun: Fumaria officinalis. So called from the doll-like appearance of its little flowers.

 

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WAY-GRASS

 

Noun: A weed; knot-grass. Polygonum aviculare.

 

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WEALD wee-ld

 

Noun: The Weald of Kent is the wood, or wooded part of Kent, which was formerly covered with forest, but is now for the most part cultivated.

 

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WEASEL-SNOUT wee-zl-snout

 

Noun: The toad flax. Linaria vulgaris. (see also Hen and chickens)

 

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WEATHER

 

Noun: Bad weather. "'Tis middlin' fine now; but there's eversomuch weather coming up."

 

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WEEKERS

 

Noun: Ears. "Ain't young Francis got great big weekers." - Ashford and district. (see also Arkies)

 

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WELFING welf-in

 

Noun: The covering of a drain.

 

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WELLEN

 

Noun, plural:. Wells. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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WELTER welt-ur

 

Verb: To wither. "The leaves begin to welter."

 

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WENCE wensn. The centre of cross-roads. (see also Went)

 

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WENT went

 

Noun: (1) A way. At Ightham, Seven Vents is the name of a place where seven roads meet. The plural of wents is frequently pronounced wens. Middle English, went, a way; from the verb to wend. (see also Wence)

 

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WENT

 

Noun: (2) A green way on the edge of a field. This word occurs in a M.S. dated 1356, which describes the bounds and limits of the parish of Eastry, "And froo the weye foreseyd called wenis, extende the boundes and lymmites of the pishe of Easterye by a wey called lyste towards the easte." - Memorials of Eastry, p 28. see also Lyste-way)

 

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WENTS

 

Noun, plural:. Used for the route of a plough along the furrows i.e. up-and-down the field. - Nicky Newbury 1978.

 

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WERR wur

 

Adjective: Very; "werr like," very like.

 

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WERREN

 

Noun, plural:. Wars. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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WERRY wer-r'i

 

Noun: A weir. The Abbot of Faversham owned the weir in the sea at Seasalter. It was called Snowt-werry in the time of Henry 7th, afterwards Snowt-weir.

 

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WET wet

 

Verb: "To wet the tea" is to pour a little boiling water on the tea; this is allowed to stand for a time before the teapot is filled up. "To wet a pudding" is to mix it; so the baker is said to wet his bread when he moistens his flour.

 

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WETER

 

Noun: Water. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The' Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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WET-FOOT wet-fuot

 

Adjective: To get the feet wet or damp. "He came home wet-foot, and set there wid-out taking off his boots, and so he caught his death."

 

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WHAT-FOR wot-fur

 

Interjection:Adjective: What kind or sort of? "What-for day is't?" i.e., what kind of day is it? "What-for a man is he?" "What-for a lot of cherries is there this year?" So in German, was für.

 

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WHAT'N

 

Interjection:pron. What sort; what kind. "Then you can see what'n a bug he be?" Short for what kin, i.e., what kind.

 

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WHATSAY wot-sai

 

Interjection:g. Phrase: Contracted from "What do you say?" Generally used in Kent and Sussex before answering a question, even when the question is perfectly understood.

 

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WHEATKIN wit-kin

 

Noun: A supper for servants and work-folks, when the wheat is all cut; the feast at the end of hop-picking is called a hop-kin. (see also Hopkin, Huffkin, Hufkin)

 

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WHEAT-SHEAR wee-t-sheer

 

Verb: To cut wheat.

 

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WHEELER

 

Noun: A wheelwright.

 

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WHELST

 

Whilst. Present dialect form i.e. 1863. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'.

 

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WHER wur

 

conj.Whether. "I ax'd 'im wher he would or not, an he sed, 'No.' "

 

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WHICKET FOR WHACKE wik-it fur wak-it

 

Phrase: A Phrase: se; meaning the same as "Tit for tat." (see also Quitter for quatter)

 

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WHIFFLE wif-l

 

Verb: To come in gusts; to blow hither and thither; to turn and curl about. "'Tis de wind whiffles it all o' one side." (see also Wiffle)

 

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WHILK wilk

 

Verb: To complain; to mutter. "He went off whilkin when I couldn't give him nothing." (see also Whitter, Winder, Witter)

 

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WHIP-STICKS wip-stiks

 

Adjective: Quickly; directly.

 

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WHIRTLE-BERRIES wurt-l-ber-r'iz

 

Noun, plural:. Bilberries.

 

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WHISPERING THE DEAT

 

Phrase: When the master or mistress dies, or other members of a family, where bees are kept, it is customary (in Eastry) for some one to go to the hives and whisper to the bees, that the person is dead. The same custom is observed with regard to cattle and sheep, as a writer in 'Notes and Queries' thus notes: "For many years Mr.Upton resided at Dartford Priory, and farmed the lands adjacent. In 1868, he died. After his decease, his son told the writer (A.J.Dunkin) that the herdsmen went to each of the kine and sheep, and whispered to them that their old master was dead."

 

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WHIST wist

 

Adjective: Quiet; silent. "Stand whist! I can hear de ole rabbut!" 1593 - "When all were whist, King Edward thus bespoke, 'Hail Windsor, where I sometimes tooke delight To hawke and hunt, and backe the proudest horse.'" - Peele: Honor of the Garter.

 

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WHIST-QUIRT

 

Verb: To be very quiet. "Now you young uns keep whist-quirt, while your old granfer has his nap!" -Wealden and Ashford and district.

 

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WHIST-QUIRT FELLER

 

Adjective: A very quiet fellow. "He be a whist-quirt feller!" - Wealden and Ashford and district.

 

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WHITE-THROAT weit-throa-t

 

Noun: The bird so called is rarely spoken of without the adjective jolly being prefixed, e.g., "There'a a jolly white-throat."

 

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WHITTEN wit-n

 

Noun: The wayfaring tree. Viburnum lantana.

 

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WHITTER wit-ur

 

Verb: To complain; to mutter. "He went off whilkin when I couldn't give him nothing." (see also Whilk, Winder, Witter)

 

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WHOOT woot

 

Verb: Word of command to a cart-horse, "Go to the off side." - East Kent.

 

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WHORLBARROW wurl-bar'

 

Noun: Wheelbarrow. - West Kent.

 

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WIBBER wib-ur

 

Noun: (1) A wheelbarrow. Short for wilber, a contraction of wheelbarrow.

 

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WIBBER wib-ur

 

Verb: (2) To use a wibber. "I wibber'd out a wibberfull."

 

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WID wid

 

Preposition: .With. "I'll be wid ye in a minnit," e.g., I will be with you in a minute. So widout, for without.

 

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WIED

 

Noun: Weed. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dyepe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic

 

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WIEVED

 

Noun: Altar. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. Usual Old English forms = Weoved (weved) . It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dy-epe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic. (see also Wyeved)

 

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WIFES AND PRIGES

 

Noun: Used in thatching.- Throwby Oversers' Accounts for 1640 - Pat Winzar 1978. (see also Wiff 1)

 

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WIFF

 

Verb: (2) To stink. "Doesn't it whiff?" - Plumstead, West Kent. L.R.A.G. 1920's. (see also Fargo, Fogo, Hoogoo, Hum (2), Hussle, Ponk)

 

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WIFF wif

 

Noun: (1) A with, withy or bond, for binding fagots. Formerly only the large kind of fagot, which went by the name of kiln-bush, was bound with two wiffs, other smaller kinds with one. By now, as a rule, all fagots are tied with two wiffs.

 

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WIFFLE wif-l

 

Verb: To come in gusts; to blow hither and thither; to turn and curl about. "'Tis de wind whiffles it all o' one side." (see also Whiffle)

 

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WIG wig

 

Verb: To anticipate; over-reach; balk; cheat.

 

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WIK wik

 

Noun: A week. "He'll have been gone a wik, come Monday."

 

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WILK wil-k

 

Noun: A periwinkle. Anglo-Saxon, wiloc.

 

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WILLIES

 

Phrase: To give the willies - to exasperate. - Plumstead, West Kent. L R A G when a boy. (see also Gripes, to give the)

 

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WILLJILL wil-jil

 

Noun: An hermaPhrase: dite.

 

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WILLOW-GULL wil-oaguln. The Salix caprea; so called from the down upon it resembling the yellow down of a young gosling, which they call in Kent a gull.

 

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WIMBLE wimb-l

 

Noun: (1) An instrument for boring holes, turned by a handle; still used by wattle makers. 1533 - "For a stoke (stock, i.e. handle) for a nayle wymbyll." - Accounts of St. John's Hospital, Canterbury. (see also Wymbyll)

 

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WIMBLE wimb-l

 

Noun: (2) An instrument for twisting the bonds with which trusses of hay are bound up.

 

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WIND weind

 

Verb: To twist; to warp. Thus, a board shrunk or swelled, so as to be warped, is said to wind; and when it is brought straight again it is said to be "out of winding." So a poor old man in the Eastry Union Workhouse, who suffered much from rheumatism once told me, "I had a terrible poor night surely, I did turn and wind so."

 

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WIND-BIBBER wind-bib-r

 

Noun: A haw. The fruit of Cratoegus oxyacantha. (see also Haulms and Figs)

 

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WINDER wind-r

 

Verb: (1) To whimper. "'Twas downright miserable to hear him keep all on windering soonsever he come down of a morning, cos he'd got to go to school." (see also Whilk,Whitter, Witter)

 

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WINDER wind-r

 

Noun: (2) A widgeon.

 

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WINDGE

 

Noun: Wind, or belching, in an infant's stomach. "My baby had got a touch of the windge." "My baby is very windgey) - Maidstone and district.

 

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WINDGEY

 

Adjective: A baby suffering from wind may be called "A windgey little fellow" or "A windgey little girl." - Maidstone and district.

 

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WINDROW wind-roa

 

Noun: Sheaves of corn set up in a row, one against another, that the wind may blow betwixt them; or a row of grass thrown up lightly for the same purpose in haymaking.

 

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WINDY-FIED

 

Adjective: Pertaining to windy weather. "It be proper windy-fied today, sir!" - Wealden and Ashford and district.

 

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WINGINESS

 

Noun: The state of wind or belching in a baby. "My baby suffers from windginess." - Maidstone and district.

 

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WINTER-PROUD

 

Adjective: Said of corn which is too forward for the season in a mild wInterjection:

 

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WIPS wips

 

Noun: For wisp; like waps for wasp. (Middle-English, wips, a wisp). Anything bundled up or carelessly thrown up on a heap; as, "The cloaths lie in a wips," i.e., tumbled, in disorder. The spelling wips occurs in the Rawlinson MS of Piers the Plowman, B. 5. 351, foot note.

 

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WIRE-WEED

 

Noun: The common knot-grass. Polygonum aviculare.

 

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WITTER wit-ur

 

Verb: To murmur; to complain; to wimper; to make a peevish, fretting noise. (see also Whilk, Whitter, Winder)

 

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WITTERY wit-ur'i

 

Adjective: Peevish; fretful.

 

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WITTY wit-i

 

Adjective: Well-informed; knowing; cunning; skilful. "He's a very witty man, I can tell ye." "I, wisdom, dwell with prudence and find out knowledge of witty inventions." - Proverbs, ch 8 v 12.

 

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WIVVER wiv-ur

 

Verb: To quiver; to shake.

 

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WOADMEL

 

Noun: A rough material made of coarse wool. ". . . One yeard of greene wodmole for an aprune at 12d." - Sandwich Book of Orphans. (see also Wodmole)

 

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WOBBLER

 

Noun: A warbler; either as a singer, or the birds or insects. "Listen to that wobbler singing in the hedge." "Old Chawse he be a rare fine wobbler." - Wealden and Ashford and district.

 

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WODENESS

 

Noun: Madness. - Act book of Rochester 9f 1956 in Hammond, 'The Story of an Outpost Parish', p 168.

 

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WODEWEN

 

Noun, plural:. Widows. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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WODMOLE

 

Noun: A rough material made of coarse wool. ". . . One yeard of greene wodmole for an aprune at 12d." - Sandwich Book of Orphans. (see also Woadmel)

 

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WOMBEN

 

Noun, plural:. Bellies (wombs) Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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WONDEN

 

Noun, plural:. Wounds. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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WONLY won-li

 

Adjective: Only.

 

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WOOD-FALL

 

Noun: A tract of underwood marked out to be cut. The underwood for hop-poles is felled about every twelve years.

 

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WOOD-NOGGIN

 

Noun: A term applied to half-timbered houses.

 

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WOOD-REEVE wuod-reev

 

Noun: (2) Sometimes, in North Kent, men who buy lots of standing wood and cut it down to sell for firing; are also called wood-reeves. (see also Wood-shuck)

 

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WOOD-REEVE wuod-reev

 

Noun: (1) A woodman; woodcutter; forester; an officer charged with the care and management of woods. 1643 - "Spent upon our wood reefe for coming to give us notice of some abuses done to our wood." - MS. Account, St John's Hospital, Canterbury.

 

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WOOD-SHUCK wuod-shuk

 

Noun: A buyer of felled wood. (see also Wood-reeve (2)

 

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WOPTIDDYWOPWOP

 

Noun: A horse game, played by Maidstone boys. "Buck, buck, how many fingers have I up." In West Kent and South East London the game is called Woptiddywopwop. - L.R.A.G.1930's & 1940's. (see also Hop-periwinkle)

 

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WORKISH wurk-ish

 

Adjective: Bent upon work; industrious. "He's a workish sort of a chap."

 

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WORKY-DAYS wurk-i-dai

 

Noun: Work-day, in contradistinction to Sunday. "He's gone all weathers, Sunday and workyday, these seven years." (see also Sundays and worky-days)

 

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WORM wirm

 

Noun: A corkscrew.

 

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WORRIT wur-r'it

 

Verb: To worry. "He's been a worritin' about all the mornin' because he couldn't find that there worm."

 

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WORST wirst

 

Verb: To defeat; to get the better of; to overthrow. "He's worsted hisself this time, I fancy, through along o' bein' so woundy clever."

 

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WOUNDY wou-ndi

 

Adjective: Very

 

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WRAXEN rak-sun

 

Verb: To grow out of bounds (said of weeds); to infect; to taint with disease. (see also Rexon, Wrexon)

 

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WRECHEN

 

Noun, plural:. Wretches. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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WREEST reest

 

Noun: That part of a Kentish plough which takes on and off, and on which it rests against the land ploughed up.

 

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WREXON rek-sun

 

Verb: To grow out of bounds (said of weeds); to infect; to taint with disease. (see also Rexon, Wraxen)

 

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WRING ring

 

Verb: (1) To blister, "I wrung my shoulder with carrying a twenty-stale ladder."

 

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WRING ring

 

Verb: (2) To be wet.

 

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WRONGS, TO rongz

 

Adjective: Out of order. "There's not much to wrongs." The antithetical Phrase: se 'to rights' is common enough, but 'to wrongs' is rarely heard out of Kent.

 

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WRONGTAKE rong-taik

 

Verb: To misunderstand a person.

 

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WURR

 

Verb: Were; they were. etc. - Wealden and Ashford and district.

 

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WUT wut

 

Verb: Word of command to a cart-horse to stop.

 

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WUTS wuts

 

Noun, plural:. Oats.

 

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WYCHEN

 

Noun, plural:. Witches. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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WYEVED

 

Noun: Altar. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. Usual Old English forms = Weoved (weved). It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dy-epe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic (see also Wieved)

 

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WYGEN

 

Noun, plural:. Wings. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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WYMBYLL wimb-l

 

Noun: An instrument for boring holes, turned by a handle; still used by wattle makers. 1533 - "For a stoke (stock, i.e. handle) for a nayle wymbyll." - Accounts of St. John's Hospital, Canterbury. (see also Wimble (1)

 

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WYSEN

 

Noun, plural:. Ways. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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YAFFLE yaf-l

 

Noun: (1) The green woodpecker.

 

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YAFFLE yaf-l

 

Verb: (2) To eat or drink greedily, so as to make a noise. "So when we lickt de platters out An yoffled down de beer; I sed to Sal, less walk about, And try and find de fair." - Dick and Sal, st. 66. (see also Yoffle, Yuffle)

 

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YALD

 

Adjective: Old. 'ea '= 'y'. Yald (yeald) = eald = old.

 

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YAR yaar

 

Adjective: Brisk; nimble; swift. "Their ships are yare; yours, heavy." - Antony and Cleopatra, Act 3 Sc. 7. (see also Yare)

 

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YARD yaa-d

 

Noun: A rood; a measure of land. "A yard of wood" costs 6s.8d., in the Old Parish Book of Wye. (see Lambarde's Perambulation, p 257)

 

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YARE yair

 

Adjective: Brisk; nimble; swift. "Their ships are yare; yours, heavy." - Antony and Cleopatra, Act 3 Sc. 7. (see also Yar)

 

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YARM

 

Noun: Arm. 'ea' = 'y'. Yarm = earm= arm.

 

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YAUGH yau-l

 

Adjective: Dirty; nasty; filthy.

 

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YAWL yau-l

 

Verb: When the herrings come off Folkestone the boats all go out with their fleets of nets "yawling," i.e., the nets are placed in the water and allowed to drive along with the tide, the men occasionally taking an anxious look at them, as it is a lottery whether they come across the fish or not. - F.Buckland.

 

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YAWNUP yau-nup

 

Noun: A lazy and uncouth fellow.

 

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YAX yaks

 

Noun: The axle-tree. Anglo-Saxon, eax. pronounced nearly the same (yaaks) (see also Ax)

 

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YEAR

 

Noun: Ear. 'ea' = 'y'. Year = ear.

 

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YELD yeld

 

Verb: To yield. "'Tis a very good yelding field though it is so cledgy."

 

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YELLOW STOCKINGS, pu

 

Phrase: When in dry weather hop-leaves turn yellow, this is called 'fire-blast', also 'putting on the yellow stockings'. - R Cooke. (see also Fire-blast)

 

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YELLOW-BOTTLE yel-oa-bot-l

 

Noun: The corn marigold. Chrysanthemum segetum.

 

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YENLADE yen-laid

 

Noun: This word is applied by Lewis to the north and south mouths of the estuary of the Wantsum, which made Thanet an island. The Anglo-Saxon, gén-lád, means a discharg ing of a river into the sea, or of a smaller river into a larger one. ( Bede, Hist. Eccl. lib. 4. c. 8) (see also Yenlet)

 

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YENLET

 

Noun: This word is applied by Lewis to the north and south mouths of the estuary of the Wantsum, which made Thanet an island. The Anglo-Saxon, gen-lad, means a discharg ing of a river into the sea, or of a smaller river into a larger one. ( Bede, Hist. Eccl. lib. 4. c. 8) (see also Yenlade)

 

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YEOMAN yoa-mun

 

Noun: A person farming his own estate. "A knight of Cales (i.e., Cadiz), A gentleman of Wales, And a laird of the north countree; A yeoman of Kent With his yearly rent Will buy 'em out all three." - Kentish Proverbs.

 

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YERD

 

Noun: Yard. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340 , contains this word.

 

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YERTH

 

Noun: Earth. 'ea' = 'y'. Yerth = earth.

 

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YESTRE

 

Noun: Easter. 'ea' = 'y'. Yestre = Easter.

 

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YET yet

 

Adjective: Used redundantly as, "neither this nor yet that."

 

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YET-NA yet-na

 

Adjective: Yet; as "he is not come home yet-na." Here the suffix 'na' is due to the preceding not, Negatives were often thus reduplicated in Old English.

 

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YEXLE yex-l

 

Noun: An axle.

 

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YMPEN

 

Noun, plural:. Branches. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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YOFFLE yof-l

 

Verb: To eat or drink greedily, so as to make a noise. "So when we lickt de platters out An yoffled down de beer; I sed to Sal, less walk about, And try and find de fair." - Dick and Sal, st. 66. (see also Yaffle (2), Yuffle)

 

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YOKE yoak

 

Noun: (1) A farm or tract of land of an uncertain quantity. It answers to the Latin, jugum. Cake's Yoke is the name of a farm in the parish of Crundale. It would seem to be such a measure of land as one yoke of oxen could plough and till.

 

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YOKE yoak

 

Noun: (2) The time (eight hours) for a team to work. Thus, when the horses go out in the early morning and work all day till about two o'clock, and then come home to their stable, they make what is called "one yoke;" but sometimes, when there is a great pressure of work, they will make "two yokes," going out as before and coming home for a bait at ten o'clock, and then going out for further work at one and coming home finally at six pm.

 

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YOKELET

 

Noun: An old name in Kent for a little farm or manor.

 

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YOUR'N yeurn

 

poss.pron. Yours. (see also His'n, Ourn)

 

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YOWL you-l

 

Verb: To howl. "Swich sorwe he maketh, that the grate tour Resouneth of his youling and clamour." - Chaucer, Knightes Tale, 419.

 

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YUFFLE yuf-l

 

Verb: To eat or drink greedily, so as to make a noise. "So when we lickt de platters out An yoffled down de beer; I sed to Sal, less walk about, And try and find de fair." - Dick and Sal, st. 66. (see also Yaffle (2), Yoffle)

 

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ZAND

 

Noun: Sand. 'The only consonal differences worthy of notice in the ' Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, are the use of 'v' for 'f'; and 'z' for 's'.'

 

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ZANG

 

Noun: Song. The Northumbrian dialect retained, as it still does, many pure Anglo-Saxon words containing the long sound of 'a', which the Southern dialect changed into 'o'. This word contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, resembles the Northumbrian form.

 

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ZAULEN

 

Noun, plural:. Souls. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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ZAW

 

Verb: Sow. The Northumbrian dialect retained, as it still does, many pure Anglo-Saxon words containing the long sound of 'a', which the Southern dialect changed into 'o'. This word contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, resembles the Northumbrian form.

 

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ZEALD

 

Verb: Sold. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.' (see also Zyeald)

 

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ZECK

 

Noun: Sack. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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ZED

 

adj Sad. Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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ZELF

 

Noun: Self. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Zelf (K) = Sulve (S) = Silf (N) = Self

 

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ZENGE

 

Verb: Singe. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Zenge (K) = Singe (N)

 

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ZENK

 

Verb: Sink. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'. Senk (K) = Sink (N)

 

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ZENNE

 

Noun: Sin. Old Kentish 'e' replaces Northern ' i' and Southern 'u'.( Zenne (K) = Sunne (S) = Sin (N) (see also Senne)

 

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ZENNEN

 

Noun, plural:. Sins. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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ZETERDAY

 

Noun: Saturday Use of 'e' for 'a'. Old Frisian bend=band; stef=staff; sterk=stark; weter= water. The 'Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, contains this word.

 

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ZI

 

Verb: See. Exactly corresponding to Old Frisian. It is probable, from the forms bry-est, dyepe, etc, that these words were dissyllabic (see also Si)

 

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ZIDEN

 

Noun, plural:. Sides. Noun forming plural in 'en'.

 

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ZINGE

 

Verb: Sing. 'The only consonal differences worthy of notice in the ' Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, are the use of 'v' for 'f'; and 'z' for 's'.'

 

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ZONE

 

Noun: Son. 'The only consonal differences worthy of notice in the ' Ayenbite of Inwyt', 1340, are the use of 'v' for 'f'; and 'z' for 's'.'

 

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ZOSTER

 

Noun: Sister (suster). Use of 'o' for 'u'. Old Frisian; onder and op for under and up.

 

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ZYEALD

 

Verb: Sold. Dissyllabic pronounciation contained in the 'Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340. 'This practice not only agrees with the present custom of the Frisians, but was, no doubt, that of the Anglo-Saxons.' (see also Zeald)

 

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Bibliography

 

A Dictionary of the Kentish Dialect and Provincialisms: in use in the county of Kent by W.D.Parish and W.F.Shaw (Lewes: Farncombe,1888)

 

The Dialect of Kent: being the fruits of many rambles by F. W. T. Sanders (Private limited edition, 1950). Every attempt was made to contact the author to request permission to incorporate his work without success. His copyright is hereby acknowledged.

 

A Dictionary of Kentish Dialect and Provincialisms: in use in the county of Kent by W.D.Parish and W.F.Shaw (Lewes: Farncombe,1888). Annotated copy by L. R. Allen Grove and others (1977)

 

'The Dialect of Kent in the 14th Century' by Richard Morris. Archaeologia Cantiana Vol VI, 1863.

 

Acknowledgements

With thanks to the Centre for Kentish Studies, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent