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MISPRISE D, sometimes it fignifies mistaken, from the Fressi verb mefprendre: sometimes undervalued or disdained, from the
French verb mépriser. A MISPRISION, a mistake. MODERN, common, ordinary, vulgar. A MOLDWARP, a mole. A MOME, (Vol. 1. 408.) a dull stupid blockhead, a stock, a pol .
a . This owes its original to the French word Momon, which fignita the gaming at dice in masquerade, the custom and rule of which is that a strict filence is to be observed : whatsoever fum one stakes, another covers, but not a word is to be spoken : from hence ala
comes our word Mum ! for filence. MULL'D, (Vol. 6. 167.) foftend and dispirited as wine is wha
burnt and sweeten'd. Lat Mollitus. A MUMMER, (Vol. 5. 11.) a Masker. MUMMERIE,
Masquerading. Fr. Momerie. A MURE, (Vol. 1. 133. and Vol. 3. 445.) a Wall. Lat. Mara. MURK, Darkness. MURKY, dark.
. A MUSKET, a male hawk of a small kind, the female of which
is the sparrow-hawk : so that Eyas Musket (Vol. 1. 255.) is a young
unfledg'd male hawk of that kind. Fr. Mouchèt. A MUSS, (Vol. 5. 346.) a scramble.
NAY WARD, “ to th' nayward,” (Vol. 2. 530.) to the fide
denial, towards the saying Nay. A NAY-WORD, (Vol. 2. 456.) the same as By-word : a word of
contempt; also a word secretly agreed upon, as among soldiers, for
the distinguishing friends from foes. A NEAFĚ or NEIFE or NEIVE, a fift. A NEB, (Vol. 2. 518.) che Bill or Beak of a bird. NICK, (Vol. 1. 192.) Jeit, Mockery. Thence the word Nick.
. name from the Brit. Niq. See Diction. de Trevoux. A NOLE, (Vol. 1. 105.) a Noddle.
OEILIADS, (Vol. 3. 81.) Glances. Fr. Oeillades.
lours. Fr. Opale. Lat. Opalus. ORGILLOUS, (Vol. 6. Prol. to Tr. and Crel.) Proud. Fr.
Orgueilleux. OR TS, scraps, fragments, leavings. OSPRÉY, Vol. 5. 174.) the Sea-Eagle, of which it is reported,
that when he hovers in the Air, all the fish in the water underneath turn up their bellies and lie ftill for him to seize which he pleases. One of the names of this bird is Olifraga, from which by car.
ruption is deduced Osprey. See Gefner, and William Turner. The
name in Pliny is Haliaetos. An OSTENT, a shew, an outward appearance. Lat. Oftentus. TO OVERWEEN, to reach beyond the truth of any thing in
thought : especially in the opinion of a man's felf. E OUPĂ E, the same as Elfe, from which it is a corruption, a Fairy,
a Hobgoblin. OUPHEN, Elfith, of fairy-kind. An OUZLE, a blackbird. OUCHES, (Vol. 3. 405.) Bosses or Buttons of Gold. The word
is mention'd in an old Statute of Hen. 8 made against excess in
apparel, it is also used by Chaucer and Spencer. To OWE is very frequently used for, Poffefs; to be the owner of:
especially where the Author would imply an absolute right or property in the thing pofless'd.
A PADDOCK, a toad.
Pocas Palabras. (Vol. 2. 255.) few words.
in which the breeches and stockings were all of a piece. Fr. Pantalon. A PANTLER, the officer in a great family who keeps the bread.
(Vol. 6. 463.)
belonging to the Spiritual Courts, who carries fummons and serves
processes. TO PARGET, (Vol. 5. 379.) to daub or plaister over. PARTLET, (Vol. 2. 540.) a name given to a Hen: the original
fignification being a ruff or band or covering for the Neck.
phrase with the Spaniards, by which they express treachery,
as beggarly. There is a rot among Sheep, particularly call'd the
first lose their wool and then dye. PERDY, (Vol. 3. 45.) an oath. Fr. par Dieu. PERI APTS, (Vol. 4. 76.) Amulets: charms worn as preservatives
against diseases or mischief. Gr. repicale, pro amuleto appendo,
A PETAR, (Vol. 6. 393.) a kind of little Cannon filled with powie
and used for the breaking down the gates of a town, and for cout
termining. Fr. Petard. PICKED, sharp, smart. Fr. Pique. PIGHT, pitch’d, placed, fixed. A PILCHER, (Vol. 6. 271.) a furr'd gown or case, any thing
lined with furr. PIN, (Vol. 3. 62.) a horny induration of the membranes of the Ese A PIX, (Vol. 3. 516.) a little chest or box wherein the consecrate
Hoft is kept in Roman-Catholick-Countries. Lat. Pixis. PLANCHED GATE, (Vol. 1. 352.) a Gate of boards. TO PLASH, (Vol. 1. 8.) to reduce into order the largest and mos
riotous plants in a hedge by cutting, deep into their bodies to make them bend down, and then interweaving them with the lower parts of the hedge. The original and true word is to Pleach by vulga
use pronounced Plas. TO PLEACH, to twist together, to interweave. POINT-DEVICE, (Vol. 2. 217.) exact to the greateft nicety,
Fr. A points devises : the expression is used by Chaucer. POLL’D, (Vol. 5. 166.) Maven. POMANDER, (Vol. 2. 584.) a little round ball of Perfumes, Fr.
Pomme d'Ambre. POMWATER, (Vol. 2. 118.) a very large apple, A PRECISIAN, (Vol. 1. 230.) one who professes great fanctity,
a ghostly father, a spiritual guide. PRIME, (Vol. 6. 498.) prompt; from the Celtique or British Pris. PRIMERO, a game at Cards. Span. Primera. A PRISER, (Vol. 2. 191.) a Prize-fighter. PROFACE, Vol. 3: 460 ) much good may do you! Ital. Prefaccia. To PROPEND, (Vol. 6. 40.) to lean more, to incline more fa
vourably. Lat. Propendeo. PROPERTIES, a term much used at the Playhouses for the habits
and implements necessary for the representation; and they who furnish them are called Property-Men. This seems to have arisen from that sense of the word Property, which fignifies a Blind, 2
Tool, a Stalking Horse. A PUTTOCK, a Kite.
e A QUAB, (Vol. 6. 527.) a Gudgeon (Gobio capitatus. Skin.) and
a gudgeon is often used in a figurative sense for a soft easy fool ready
to swallow any bait laid for him. To QUAIL, to droop, to languish, to faint, QUATCH, (Vol. 2. 363.) squat or flat. QUEAZY, Vol. 3. 33.) fickih, nauseating. A QUELL, (Vol. 5. 485.) a murderous conqueft. In the common
acceptation to quell signifies to subdue any way, but it comes from a Saxon word, which lignifies to kill.
A QUERN, a churn; also a mill.
thing QUILL, (" deliver our fupplications in quill," Vol. 4. 104 ) this may be supposed to have been a Phrase formerly in use, and the same with the French en quille, which is said of a man, when he stands upright upon his feet without stirring from the place. The proper sense of Quille in French is a Nine-Pin, and in some parts of England Nine-Pins are still call'd Cayıs, which word is used in the Statute 33. Hen. 8. c. 9. Quille in the old Britijh language also signifies any
piece of wood fet upright.
up in Wood for the purpose of military exercises, throwing darts,
breaking lances, or running a tilt against it. Fr. Quintaine. To QUOTE, to understand, to interpret, to rate, to estimate.
RABATO, (Vol. 1.490.) an ornament for the Neck, a collar-band
or kind of ruff. Fr. Rabat. Menage faith it comes from rabattre to put back, because it was at first nothing but the collar of the
shirt or shift turn'd back towards the shoulders. The RACK, (Vol. 5: 364. and Vol. 6. 363.) the course or driving
of the Clouds.
term more known of late days. Fr. Rayé.
bale, and muit be distinguish'd from Race, which signifies a single
root of ginger. REAR-MICE or RERE-MICE, bats. A RECHEATE, (Vol. 1. 453.) a particular lesson upon the horn
to call dogs back from the scent; from the old French word Recet,
which was used in the same sense as Retraite.
sweaty or filthy with sweat.
nifies a little round wheel or trundle.
. 2. 490.) rude companion, rade fellow!
woman. Fr. Rogneux and Rogneuse. RUTH, Pity, compassion.
SACRING-BELL, (Vol. 4. 471.) the little bell, which is rung
in the procession of the Hoft to give notice of its approach, or to call to some holy office. From the French word Sacrer, to consecrate er
dedicate to the service of God. SAD is frequently used for grave, sober, serious. TO SAGGʻis (properly) to fink on one side as weights do when they
are not balanced by equal weights on the other.
ries in form of St. Andrew's cross.
colours belonging to a true blood - hound. SAN DOMINGO, (Vol. 3. 462.) St. Dominick. Span. SANS, without, a French word. A SAW, a wife saying, a proverb. 'SAY, (Vol. 3. 100.) Elay. Fr. Esai. To SCAN, to canvass, to examine, to weigh and confider well any
used by the Ship-builders.
Fr. Eseroäelles; here given as a name of contempt and abuse to the