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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
Glossary
 
Abrodden, abruptly.
Acale, chill.
Acroole, faintly.
A-gley, askew.
Airts, directions, way.        5
Alyche, like.
Anana, species of pine-apple.
Anlace, sword.
Amhan mohor, the ‘Great river’: the Blackwater that flows into the sea at Yonghal, Ireland.
Applynges, grafted trees.        10
Ardurous, burning.
Arles, money paid on striking a bargain, lit. a beat.
Attour, out over.
Attourne, turn around.
Auld Reikie, Edinburgh, lit. smoky.        15
Aumere, robe, apparel.
Autremete, loose white robe worn by priests.
Awny, bearded.
 
Bagnet’s thraw, bayonet’s twist.
Banders, binders.        20
Bang, crowd.
Bang, beat.
Barganette, song.
Bassie, meal-dish.
Bataunt, a musical instrument.        25
Bauk, upper rafter.
Baxter, baker.
Bedeen, forwith.
Beets, adds fuel to.
Begond, began.        30
Beld, bald.
Belyve, presently.
Benders, hard drinkers.
Bended, drank.
Besprengede, scattered.        35
Bickering brattle, battling hurry.
Bide, attend.
Bide the stoure, endure the storm.
Bield ayont the shaw, building beyond the wood.
Bield, shelter.        40
Bien, ly; comfortable, comfortably.
Bigonets, linen caps.
Billies, lads.
Birkie, forward fellow.
Birlette, hood, coif.        45
Blanter, oats.
Blate, bashful.
Blawart, blue bottle flower.
Blellum, idle talker.
Blethering, nonsense-talking.        50
Blin, close.
Blinks, shines, glances.
Blinkin’ in the lift, shining in heaven.
Boddle, a small copper coin.
Bogle, bogey, hide-and-seek.        55
Bonnie hudies, fair ones.
Bordels, cottages.
Bore, hole in the wall.
Braid Claith, Broad Cloth.
Brainzell’d, stirred, beat.        60
Braw lawsint yade, nag with white spot on face.
Brede, braid, embroidery.
Brent, quite, lit. smooth, bright.
Brulyies, broils.
Brystowans, Men of Bristol.        65
Bughts, sheepfolds, milking-pens.
Buik, bulk.
Buirdly, stalwart.
Burrachs, confused crowds.
Busk, dress, deck, prepare.        70
But, without.
Byke, hire.
 
Ca’ the Yowes, drive the ewes.
Ca’d, driven.
Caller, cauller, fresh.        75
Canny, cautious, skilful.
Canty, cheerful, pleasant.
Cantrips, magic spells, incantations.
Capernoity, irritable, peevish.
Castrocks, stocks of kail or cabbage.        80
Cauldrife, chilly.
Chapournette, small hat.
Chappin, stout did town, measure did empty.
Cheilie, lad.
Chinks, coppers.        85
Chilandre, goldfinch.
Chop, change.
Citterns (cithern), harp-like instruments.
Cleek, hook.
Cleekit, hooked on.        90
Cno-maol-doun, (the bare brown hill) Knockmealdown, a lofty mountain between the county of Tipperary and Waterford.
Coft, unbought.
Cogie, wooden bowl.
Cogie o’ yill, wooden bowl of ale.
Comfreie, a herb.        95
Coof, person, ninny.
Corby, raven.
Coulie, fellow.
Couth, comfortable, familiar.
Craw kniefly in his crop, crow briskly in his stomach, i.e., be gaily recalled to his discredit.        100
Crawreuch, hoar-frost.
Creesh, grease.
Creeshie, flannen, greasy flannel.
Crouse, cheerful, kind and lively.
Crowen, crows.        105
Crummock, cow with crooked horns.
Cryne, hair.
Cutty sark, short shirt.
 
Daft Days, The, Christmas Holidays.
Daffin’, joking, making merry.        110
Daimen-icker in a thrave. A, an occasional ear of corn in a pair of storks—i.e., in 24 sheaves.
Dang, beat.
Dandilly, spoiled.
Darr’d, struck.
Daut, pet, cherished.        115
Dart, struck.
Dawtit, unadorned, unpretentious.
Denouncing, announcing.
Dent, fasten.
Depeynete, paints.        120
Dernie, sad, cruel, woeful.
Dice, die, square.
Dighted, wiped.
Ding, drive, beat.
Dunkit, decked.        125
Dirl, tremble.
Docket, clipped, curtailed.
Donnart, stupefied.
Dool, mourning, dule, sorrow.
Dow, endure.        130
Dowf and dowie, sad and doleful.
Dowff, sad.
Dowie, dejectedly.
Downa, cannot.
Dossied down, tabled.        135
Douce and fell, sober and keen.
Dreich, dreary.
Drented, drawling.
Droukit, drenched.
Drumlie, miry.        140
Duddies, clothes.
Dught hardly speel, could hardly climb.
Dule, sadness.
Dung, driven.
Dunted, thumped.        145
Dwinin’, pining, dwindling.
 
E’e-bree, eyebrow.
Eident, diligent, unintermittently.
Eild, age.
Eiry-leme, every gleam.        150
Eisnin’, yearning.
Elyed, vanished.
Embrodyde, stout.
Enheped, displayed.
Ensyrke, encircle.        155
Epipsychidion, this soul out of my soul.
Ettle, intent.
Ettled at, aimed at.
Ewe-buchtin’, ewe-folding.
 
Fairn year, last year.        160
Fash, trouble.
Fashous, troublesome.
Feck, part, quantity.
Fere, fellow.
Feres, comrades.        165
Ferlies, marvels.
Fey, doomed.
Feygnes, feints.
Fient flee, never a jot.
Fient a tail, devil a tale.        170
Fiere, partner.
Findrams, speldings, dry smoked haddocks.
Fit, foot.
Flichterin’, fluttering.
Fleetch, ing: coaxing, flatter, flattering.        175
Fley, bright.
Fley, scare.
Flyting, scolding.
Frets, superstitions, nonsense.
Flyke, fuss.        180
Forhooy’d, neglected.
Forpit o’ maut, quarter-peck of malt.
Foun, fume.
Fouth, abundance.
 
Gancy, jolly, pretty.        185
Gardy-chair, armchair.
Gate, road, way.
Gaunt, yawn.
Geck, jibe.
Genty, neat, elegant.        190
Gier-eagle, vulture.
Girnel’s grist, granary’s mill-fee.
Girss, grass.
Giz, countenance.
Glede, hawk, kite.        195
Gleid, spark, glow.
Glower’d, stared.
Glower’d and fidged, stared and fidgeted.
Glowl’d, howled, growled.
Gored, stared, gazed.        200
Gowans, daisies.
Gowk, fool, lit. cuckoo.
Gowspink, goldfinch.
Gradh mo Chroidhe, mo cailin og, ’Si Mailligh mo stoir, ‘Gramachree, ma colleen oge, Molly asthore,’ The love of my heart, my dear young girl is Molly, my treasure.
Graith, clothing.        205
Great a fraise, great to do.
Gre, grow.
Gree, preference, rank.
Green bawk, strip of land.
Greet, weep, mourn.        210
Grien, yearn.
Grist, price.
Grutch, in sense of grudge.
Gude willie-waught, choice draught, good hearty draught.
Guides, war.        215
Gusty, tasty.
Gutcher, grandfather.
 
Hadden, holding.
Haffits, cheeks.
Haiks, horses.        220
Hain, save.
Hair, bit.
Halflins, partly.
Hale the dules, heal the pains.
Happed, covered.        225
Happit, covered up.
Happity-leg, one leg shorter than the other.
Harl, draw.
Harnisine, armour.
Hawkie, cow.        230
Heasod, head.
Hechts, promises.
He tint his gate, lost his way.
Heeze, hoist, uplift.
Heght, promised.        235
Heideignes, country dances.
Her lane, alone, by herself.
Herried, rifled.
Hight, name.
Hindberrye, bramble.        240
Hip, miss.
Hirpling, hobbling.
Hirshed, raised, nothing.
His lane, alone, by himself.
Hoastrie, hostlery.        245
Hoddin grey, coarse woolen cloth.
Holts, woods.
Hotched, hitched in his seat.
Houf, haunt.
Houff and bield, haunt and shelter.        250
Houlets, owls.
Hurdies, loins.
Hynd, hence.
 
I dander dowie and forlane, saunter sad and forlorn.
I ferly unco sair, marvel very greatly.        255
Its lane, alone, by itself.
 
Jank, trifle.
Je ne sais Quoi, The, I do not know.
Jimp, slender.
Jo, sweetheart.        260
Joob, tipple.
Joup, mantle.
Jows, floods.
Jubb, bottle.
Jupe, coat.        265
 
Kane, petty levy.
Kathaleen Ny-Houlahan, one of the many poetic names for Ireland.
Kebbuck, a round of cheese.
Keek, peer.
Kickshaws, quelques-choses.        270
Kist, chest.
Kiste, coffin.
Kentna, knew not.
Kemed, combed.
Knowes, knolls, little hills.        275
Kyth, show, appear.
 
Laithfu’, regretful.
Lave, rest, others.
Lawin’, reckoning.
Lear, learning.        280
Lee-lang, live-long.
Leglin, milk-pail.
Leifu’, lone, wistful.
Leme, light, ray.
Lened, crouched.        285
Liesome, pleasant.
Lift, heaven.
Linkit, sped.
Linn, waterfall.
Limmitour, a licensed begging friar.        290
Loaming, lane, field-track.
Lootit, lowered.
Loverde, lord.
Low’d, flamed.
Lown, sheltered.        295
Lucken-gowans, globe-flowers, cabbage-daisies.
Lug, ear.
Lyat, faded.
Lyart haffets, grizzled sidelocks.
Lyped, wasted away.        300
 
Maike, a mate, match, equal.
Marled, variegated, parti-coloured.
Marrow, match, mate.
Masking-loom, mashing-vat.
Maught, might.        305
Maun, must.
Maunna fa’ that, must not allot that.
Maunt, hiccup and stammer.
Maybear the gree, bear off the palm.
Meise, soften, seduce.        310
Melder, grain to be ground.
Menie, Mariamne.
Mense the faucht, begin the fight in mannerly fashion.
Mergh, without strength.
Menzie, following.        315
Minnie, mother.
Mirk, dark.
Mislear’d, indiscreet.
Mo Chuma, woe is me.
Moggans, hose without feet.        320
Morted, moulted.
Mouse-webs, throat-phlegm, lit. gossamer.
Murlain, half-peck wooden measure.
 
Na lang, weary not.
Nappy, ale.        325
Neiper, neighbour.
Nidder’d, kept under.
Nithers, represses.
 
Onflemed, undismayed.
Or’, ere.        330
Orrow, odd, spare.
Ouph, elf.
 
Paisley harn, coarse linen.
Paughty, saucy.
Pawkie, sly.        335
Pendente lite, the trial not being concluded.
Pensy, conceited.
Penny fee, money wage.
Pickle, small quantity of.
Pike ye’r bane, choose your bone, i.e., die.        340
Pingle, a keen contest.
Plack, four pennies, Scot.—1–3 English penny.
Plet, plaited.
Plooks that burnt for ouks, pimples that burned for weeks.
Pow, pate.        345
Pree, taste, try.
 
Queff, cup.
Quent, quaint.
 
Raike, range, wander, ramble.
Rake their een, rub the rheum from their eye.        350
Rax’d her a yowff, reached her a whack.
Reaming swats, frothing ale.
Rigwoodie, straddling.
Ripe, search, rifle.
Rode, complexion.        355
Rokelay, short cloak.
Rook, possession.
Rookit, cleared out.
Rorse, rate, extol.
Row’d, rolled, wrapped.        360
Rowly, powl, ninepins.
Rows, rools.
 
Sain, bless.
Saughs, willows.
Scaith, harm.        365
Scanthuis, scarcely.
Scawed, pimply.
Scilley, gather.
Scog, ward off.
Scug, shield.        370
Scuds, ale.
Sea-spry, sea-spray.
Sey, test, to sample.
Sey-piece, proof-piece, sample.
Seymar-cymar, a slight covering.        375
Shored, threatened.
Sight, sighed.
Silly, frail.
Sinle brooked, seldom enjoyed.
Skillum, worthless fellow.        380
Skelp and clout, whack and beat.
Skelpit, sculded.
Slaps, gates.
Smoored, smothered.
Soucht, breathed heavily.        385
Souter, shoemaker.
Sparth, battle-axe.
Spean, wean.
Speer, ed: enquired, asked.
Spraings, stripes.        390
Spraingit, striped.
Stacher, totter.
Stair, stole.
Staw’d, stalled, surfeited.
Steek, close.        395
Steekit, excluded.
Steer, molest.
Stey, toilsome.
Stirrah grien, young fellow yearn.
Stoun, ache.        400
Stoup, support.
Stour, dust, turmoil.
Sumph, surly fool.
Swa’d, swelled.
Swankies, lusty lads.        405
Sweel hale bickers, swill whole cupfuls.
Swink’d, laboured.
Swith, quickly.
Smythe, swiftly.
Syne, then.        410
 
Tak’ the dorts, take the pets.
Tassie, cup.
Tent, heed, watch.
Tents, cares for.
Tenty rin, heedful run.        415
Thole, endure, suffer.
Thowless, pithless.
Thrawart, cross-grained.
Thyine, precious, sweet.
Till dine, dinner-time.        420
Till ilka carline swart and reekit, each old woman sweated and smoked.
Tine, lose.
Tint, lost.
Tippenny, twopenny ale.
To big, to build.        425
To just a stirrach’s mou, to taste a young fellow’s mouth.
Tocher, dower.
Top, fox.
Tongue-tackit, tongue-tied.
Toom wames, empty bellies.        430
Toomed, emptied.
Toutit off, tipped out.
Towmond, twelvemonth.
Touzie tyke, shaggy dog.
Trig, ly: smart, smartly.        435
Tulyies, quarrels.
Twined, woven.
Tyne, lose.
 
Uncos, strange things.
Unco right, uncommonly right.        440
Unmeled, unblemished.
 
Vauntie, inclined to flaunt.
Velvet fog, moss.
Vogie, merry, lit. vain.
 
Waesuck, alas.        445
Wage-stake, plight.
Wale, pink.
Wale, choicest.
Wales, chooses.
Walie, choice, jolly.        450
Wallowit, faded.
Wambles, undulates.
Ware, spend.
Wede, raft.
Weelfaur’d, well-favoured, comely.        455
Weel-hained kebbuck, well-preserved cheese.
Weir, war.
Wene, whin, a fuze-bush.
Westlin, western.
Wi’ fient an arrow, i.e., with dance an arrow.        460
Wimple, meander, ripple.
Win, dwell.
Winnock, bunker, window-seat.
Wirricow, scare-crow.
 
Xiphias, sword-fish.        465
 
Y-stowen, dead.
Yarkit, beaten.
Yeed, went.
Yird, earth.
’Yont the hallan, division in the wall.        470
Yorlin, a yellow-hammer.
Yowes, ewes.
 
 
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