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Weather-gall, A secondary rain-bow; a weather breeder or feeder, a sign of bad weather. GERM. wasser-gall, repercussio Iridis. WELSH, gwawl, light.

Wee, Little, " a lile wee bit."

Weed, We had.

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2. An embankment against its encroachment. BELG. weer, a guard.

Weet, With it or with the.

Weigh-balk, The beam of a pair of scales. Sc. weyes.

Weight, Many.

Well, To weld. Sv. G. waella, astuare, see NARE'S GLOSS. Welly, Well nigh.

Welt, The hem of a garment.

Welted, Overturned.

Wer, Our.

A. S. wealtian. IsL. velltt.

Wesh, Urine, "oud wesh." TEUT. wash, lotura.

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Whack, A blow. This MR. TODD supposes, is a corruption of


2. To fall with great force,

Whacker, To tremble.

Whackering, Trembling.

Whaling, Beating, aspirated from quell. A. S. walan.

Wham, Bog, morass.

Whang, To throw away.


Wheng, J

ISL. hwamm'r.

A thong. Sw. tweng.

Whangby, Blue or skimmed milk cheese, almost indigestible.Qu. Tough enough to hang by, or to make whangs by. Whapper, Large.

Whaps, To put in hastily.

2. To move quickly, "t' wind whaps t' door to." Su. G.
we-pa, to wrap.

Wharle, A small wheel on a spindle. Sw. hworla, rotare.
Whatsomivver, However.

Whauve, } To cover over.


Whean, A woman of mean character, "thou mucky whean."ISL. kwinna, mulier.

Wheemly, Smoothly, quietly. TEUT. quemen. BAILEY.

Wheezed, Out of breath.

Whelk, A noise made by a heavy body falling.

Whelk, A quantity," a whelk o' snaw."

Whelk, A blow.

Whelkin, Large, "a whelkin tyke."

Whemmeld, Covered or turned over. TEUT. wemelen,

Whenid, When I had.

Whent, Strange.

Wherkin, breathing with difficulty. GOTH. quark, the throat, TODD. Querkened, suffocatus. AINSWORTH.

Wherried, Laughed violently.

To whether, At all events.

Whethers, In doubt.

Whew, To throw away.

Whew'd-off, Turned off abruptly.

Whewt, To whistle.

Whiat, Quiet, "Be whiat wi' the." be quiet.

Whick, Alive.

Wickle, Mountain-ash, see Royne-tree.

Whicks, Couch grass. 2. Thorns.

Whiff, A transient view. Sc. waff.

Whiffle-whaffle, A person of unsteady character. BELG. weyfelen. Whigg, Whey.

While, Till, " stop while I come."

Whimmy, Full of whims or eccentricities. ISL. whima. TODD. Whinge, To whine. Su. G. whenga, plorare.

Whinnerneb'd, Thin nosed. WELSH, wyneb, a visage.

Whinns, Furze, gorse,

Whipper-snapper, A busy insignificant person. A. S. swippre,


Whirr, To fly away with noise, as partridges, &c.
Whirlbaan, Cap of the knee.

Whishins, Cushions.

Whisht, Hush! Sw. hwisk-a, to whisper.

Whisson-Sunday, Whit-Sunday.

Whistle, "To wet one's whistle," is to drink.

White, To blame. Sc. wite. ISL. vijte, noxa.

White, To requite.

White, To cut, from thwite. A. S. thwitan, hence thwaite,

ground cut or cleared from wood.

Whither, Violence, passion.

Whittle, A large knife, commonly called a butcher's whittle. Whummle, A wimble. BELG. wemelen.

Why, A heifer. Sc. quey.

Wia-wia, Very well.

Widdy, Twigs of willows or hazles dried partially in the fire, Withy, S and then twisted into wreaths for many agricultural purposes.

Wi' With.

Wig, A sort of cake or bun. TEUT. weghe, panis triticeus.
Wikes, Corners of the mouth. Sv. G. wik, angulus.
Wild-mare-hinch or hitch, String-halt.

Will-he will-he, Willing or unwilling. Nolens volens. A. §.
S nillan, to be unwilling, from na non et willan

velle. COOPER.

Will, Is frequently used for is, i.e. "how far is it to Gerston? It will be five miles."


Winnot, Will not.

Wilto shalto, Nolens volens:

Winded, Dry.

2. Hay light in the stack.

Winder, To winnow. ISL. vindur, ventus. Is not this Islandic word the origin of our term window? Before the general introduction of glass into this country, it is very probable, that the openings of habitations for air and light were closed, as SKINNER supposes, by wind-doors or shutters. The pronunciation of the Cockneys of the present day confirms the supposition, that a window is derived from the ISL. vindur, for the simultaneous admission of wind and light.

Windlestreca, Stalk of grass.
Wind-row, Rows of hay.

A. S. winde-streeowe, a reed.

Wind-shucks, Cracks in wood, occasioned, it is supposed by the


Wine-berries, Currants.

Wiseman, A wizard.

Within-oursells, In our possession, without purhacse.

Wittin, Į A. S. witan, knowledge or idea, a hint. IsL. vit, Wittering,

"bout my wittin," witthout my knowledge.

Wizzen'd, Parched, withered. A. S. weoznian.

Wod, Would.

Wodto, Wouldst thou.

Woo, Wool.

Wooster, A lover.

Wor, Was.

Word, "My word," truly, "my word yee've gitten a bonny tit !"

Worded, Uttered, composed.

Wor-he, Was he.

Worsels, Wrestles, contends. BELG. worstelen.

Worsells, Ourselves.

Worsens, }


Grows worse.

Worset, Worsted.

Wow, To howl.

Wraat, Wrote. COOPER.

Wrate, S

Wraiths, Shafts of a cart.

Wrang, Wrong. A. S. wrange.

Wriths, The haum or stalks of potatoes, &c.

Wuff The low bark of a dog.


Wummle, An auger, a wimble.

Wuns, Lives.





}A dwelling. BELG. woonen. A. S. wunian.


One, "nivver at yan," is, never the same, indecisive.

Yaff, To bark. A. S. yealp-an, exclamare.

Yammer, To make a loud, disagreeable noise.
Yance, Once.

Yansell, One's self.


} Earth.

Yar-nuts, Pignuts. Bunium flexuosum. Sc. arnut.
Yar, Sour. TEUT. yeaher.

Yark'd, To seize or rise hastily, to push. GOTH. yercken, to jerk. IsL. hrekia.

Yate, Gate.


Yaud, A horse. A. S. code, went. SPENSER'S FAERY Q.
Lib. 1, C. 10.

"On either side disparted with his rod,
Till all his army dry-foot through them YoD."
Speaking of Moses vid. RAY,

Yeap'm, To hiccup, to belch.

Yees, You shall.

Yellow-youring, Yellow-hammer.

Yether, A long twig, with which to bind hedges.


Yerlin, Christmas feasting. WELSH. gwyl, a festival. DAN. jule, vid. Notes on Canto 6th of MARMION. ISL. job.


Yewl-clog, A large log of wood, generally laid on the fire on Christmas-eve. DAN. juledag, Natalis Christi. SKINNER. Yower, Udder. BELG. uyer. Sc. lure.

Yower-joint, Joint near the thigh of the horse, opposite the hock or hough.

Yower, Your.

Yow, Ewe. BELG. oye or ouwe.

Youlin, Howling, barking. ISL. yle, ululatus.

Yunce, Once.

Yusterneet, Last night.



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