Glossary
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ta (pron.)
dialect form of ‘thou’ Headword location(s)
taber (n.)
Welsh pronunciation of 'taper' see also Welsh Headword location(s)
table (n.)
writing tablet, memo pad, notebook Headword location(s)
table (n.)
dinner table, dinner party Headword location(s)
table (n.)
tablet, surface, paintbook Headword location(s)
table (n.)
intimate, confidante Headword location(s)
table (n.)
[palmistry] area between various lines on the palm Headword location(s)
table (n.)
(plural) backgammon Headword location(s)
table (v.)
tabulate, list, itemize Headword location(s)
table-book (n.) Old form(s): Table-booke
notebook, memo pad, memorandum book Headword location(s)
tablet (n.)
document presented within special covers Headword location(s)
tabor (n.) Old form(s): taber
type of small drum, especially used in revelling Headword location(s)
taborer (n.) Old form(s): Taborour
player of a tabor see also tabor (n.) Headword location(s)
taborin, tabourine (n.)
type of drum [narrower and longer than a tabor] Headword location(s)
tack about (v.) Old form(s): take
change course, run against the wind Headword location(s)
tackle (n.)
things, equipment, gear Headword location(s)
tackle (n.)
[of a ship] rigging and sails Headword location(s)
tackled (adj.)
made of rope Headword location(s)
tackling (n.)
rigging [of a ship], tackle see also Ships Headword location(s)
ta'en (v.)
past form of 'take' see also take (v.) Headword location(s)
taffety (adj.)
finely dressed, showy, overdressed Headword location(s)
tag (n.) Old form(s): Tagge
rabble, riffraff, mob Headword location(s)
tag-rag (adj.) Old form(s): tag-ragge
raggedly dressed; riff-raff, rabble Headword location(s)
tail (n.)
[in expressions] see also come cut and long tail Headword location(s)
tailor (int.)
[said when falling] exclamation of shock, surprise see also Exclamations Headword location(s)
tailor's-yard (n.)
yard measure see also yard (n.) 1 Headword location(s)
taint (n.)
fault, blemish, flaw Headword location(s)
taint (n.)
discredit, doubt, dispute Headword location(s)
taint (n.)
corruption, infection, contamination Headword location(s)
taint (n.)
disgracing, dishonouring, discrediting Headword location(s)
taint (v.)
sully, infect, stain Headword location(s)
taint (v.)
tinge, affect, touch Headword location(s)
taint (v.)
lose vigour, become weak, wither Headword location(s)
taint (v.)
disparage, denigrate, belittle Headword location(s)
taint (v.)
impair, harm, injure Headword location(s)
taint (v.)
spoil, go rotten Headword location(s)
tainted (adj.)
infected, diseased Headword location(s)
tainted (adj.)
tinged, unnaturally touched Headword location(s)
tainted (adj.) Old form(s): tanted
corrupted, dishonourable, depraved Headword location(s)
tainted (adj.)
disgraced, discredited, dishonoured Headword location(s)
taintingly (adv.)
[probable error for] tauntingly Headword location(s)
tainture (n.) Old form(s): Taincture
tainting, staining, defilement Headword location(s)
take (v.)
bewitch, take possession of, take into one's power Headword location(s)
take (v.)
take away, detract, lessen Headword location(s)
take (v.)
assume, pretend, feign Headword location(s)
take (v.)
put up with, accept Headword location(s)
take (v.)
accept, receive, escape with Headword location(s)
take (v.) Old form(s): tane
overtake, encounter, meet up with Headword location(s)
take (v.) Old form(s): tooke
make an impression Headword location(s)
take (v.)
conquer, overthrow, destroy Headword location(s)
take (v.)
encounter, approach, tackle Headword location(s)
take (v.) Old form(s): tane
catch, receive, get Headword location(s)
take (v.) Old form(s): tooke
take refuge in, go into, enter [for safety] Headword location(s)
take (v.) Old form(s): tooke
catch out, take by surprise Headword location(s)
take (v.)
make use of, seize on Headword location(s)
take (v.)
accept, believe, trust Headword location(s)
take (v.)
take in, comprehend, understand Headword location(s)
take (v.)
captivate, delight, enrapture Headword location(s)
take (v.)
measure, estimate, gauge Headword location(s)
take (v.) Old form(s): tooke
strike, hit, catch Headword location(s)
take (v.) Old form(s): tookst
suppose, conceive, come to believe, Headword location(s)
take (v.)
win favour, gain acceptance, become popular Headword location(s)
take (v.) Old form(s): tooke
swear, take an oath Headword location(s)
take all
all or nothing, victory or death! Headword location(s)
take away (v.)
clear the table Headword location(s)
take down (v.) Old form(s): downe
humble, lower, cut down to size Headword location(s)
take down (v.) Old form(s): downe
swallow, consume, ingest Headword location(s)
take head from
rebel against, rush away from Headword location(s)
take heel Old form(s): Tooke heele
take to one's heels, run away Headword location(s)
take in (v.) Old form(s): take-in
conquer, subdue, overcome Headword location(s)
take in hand
acknowledge, recognize, undertake Headword location(s)
take it
affirm, swear, take an oath Headword location(s)
take me with you
help me understand you Headword location(s)
take off (v.) Old form(s): Tane , Tooke off
kill, remove, put to death Headword location(s)
take off (v.) Old form(s): tak
reduce, diminish, lessen Headword location(s)
take on (v.) Old form(s): tooke
assume a role, carry on Headword location(s)
take on (v.)
behave, act; or: rage, rant Headword location(s)
take out (v.)
study, learn; also: draw forth Headword location(s)
take out (v.) Old form(s): tane
copy, imitate, replicate Headword location(s)
take out (v.)
lead out for a dance Headword location(s)
take peace
make peace Headword location(s)
take to (v.)
have recourse to, take oneself off to Headword location(s)
take to (v.)
subsist on, use as a resource Headword location(s)
take up (v.) Old form(s): take vp , tane vp, vp
settle, make up, resolve Headword location(s)
take up (v.) Old form(s): vp
take on, handle, cope with Headword location(s)
take up (v.) Old form(s): vp
occupy, fill up Headword location(s)
take up (v.) Old form(s): vp
rebuke, scold, reprimand Headword location(s)
take up (v.) Old form(s): vp
arrest, seize, apprehend Headword location(s)
take up (v.) Old form(s): vp
recruit, enlist, levy Headword location(s)
take up (v.) Old form(s): vp
raise up, let rise Headword location(s)
take up (v.) Old form(s): vp
keep out, block, prevent Headword location(s)
take up (v.) Old form(s): vp
take possession of, seize hold of Headword location(s)
take upon (v.) Old form(s): takes vpon , vpon
undertake a role, assume a responsibility [for oneself] Headword location(s)
take upon (v.) Old form(s): vpon
assume the burden of, undertake the study of [for oneself] Headword location(s)
take upon (v.) Old form(s): vpon
profess, pretend, affect [oneself] Headword location(s)
take upon (v.)
[in expressions] see also wall, take the Headword location(s)
take upon (v.)
[in expressions] see also truce, take Headword location(s)
take upon (v.)
[in expressions] see also order, take Headword location(s)
take upon (v.)
[in expressions] see also heels, take my Headword location(s)
take upon (v.)
[in expressions] see also head, take the Headword location(s)
taken (adj.)
undertaken, set in train Headword location(s)
taking (adj.)
infectious, contagious, pernicious Headword location(s)
taking (n.)
state, fright, agitation Headword location(s)
taking (n.)
attack of disease, seizure Headword location(s)
taking up (n.) Old form(s): Taking-vp
dealing, bargaining, agreement Headword location(s)
taking-off (n.) Old form(s): taking off
killing, elimination, removal Headword location(s)
tale (n.)
false rumour, story, tittle-tattle Headword location(s)
tale (n.)
talking, discourse Headword location(s)
tale (n.)
remark, statement, utterance Headword location(s)
tale, in a
in agreement, unanimous, in accord Headword location(s)
talent (n.) Old form(s): tallents
[unclear meaning] wealth, treasure, riches Headword location(s)
talent (n.)
variant form of ‘talon’ Headword location(s)
talent (n.)
high-value accounting unit in some ancient countries see also Money Headword location(s)
talker (n.)
someone of words but not deeds Headword location(s)
tall (adj.)
brave, valiant, bold Headword location(s)
tall (adj.)
large, fine, grand Headword location(s)
tall (adj.)
good, fine, capable Headword location(s)
tall (adj.)
long, high Headword location(s)
tallow (n.)
fat Headword location(s)
tallow-catch (n.) Old form(s): Tallow Catch
[unclear meaning] dripping-pan [placed under roasting meat] Headword location(s)
tallow-face (n.) Old form(s): tallow face
[contemptuous] face as pale as wax Headword location(s)
tally (n.)
[in expressions] see also score and tally Headword location(s)
tam (n.)
Welsh pronunciation of 'dam' see also Welsh Headword location(s)
tame (adj.)
submissive, resigned, habituated Headword location(s)
tame (adj.)
domesticated, as pets Headword location(s)
tame (adj.)
petty, decoy [attracting people into a card game] Headword location(s)
tame (adj.)
familiar, habitual, customary Headword location(s)
tame (v.)
[= attame] break into, pierce, broach Headword location(s)
tamed (adj.)
[of a cask] tapped, pierced Headword location(s)
tang (n.)
sting, sharp edge Headword location(s)
tang (v.)
ring out, utter resoundingly Headword location(s)
tangle (v.)
trap, snare, enmesh, hold fast Headword location(s)
tanling (n.)
sun-tanned child Headword location(s)
tanta...
so great is the integrity of our purpose towards you, most noble Queen see also Latin Headword location(s)
tantaene...
is there so much anger in heavenly minds? see also Latin Headword location(s)
Tantalus (n.)
king of Sipylos in Lydia, punished in the Underworld for his crimes; he sits in a pool which recedes when he bends to drink, and the grapes over his head elude his grasp see also Classical mythology Headword location(s)
tap (v.)
work as a tapster Headword location(s)
taper (n.) Old form(s): Tapor
candle Headword location(s)
taper-light (n.) Old form(s): Taper light
candle-light Headword location(s)
taphouse, tap-house (n.)
tavern, alehouse Headword location(s)
tapster (n.)
inn waiter, drawer of ale Headword location(s)
tardiness (n.) Old form(s): tardinesse
reserve, reticence, hesitancy Headword location(s)
tardy (adj.) Old form(s): tardie
dull, slow-witted, reluctant Headword location(s)
tardy (adv.) Old form(s): tardie
inadequately Headword location(s)
tardy (v.)
delay, retard, hold back Headword location(s)
tardy, take Old form(s): tardie, ta'ne
catch unawares, take by surprise Headword location(s)
tardy-apish (adj.) Old form(s): tardie apish
slow in copying, always behind in imitating Headword location(s)
tardy-gaited Old form(s): tardy-gated
slow-moving, sluggish Headword location(s)
targe (n.)
shield see also Weapons Headword location(s)
target (n.) Old form(s): Targuet
light round shield see also Weapons Headword location(s)
Tarpeian rock
[pron: tahr'payan] rock in Rome, from which criminals were thrown to their deaths see also World [outside Britain], places and peoples Headword location(s)
Tarquin
Tarquinius Superbus, seventh king of Rome, 6th-c BC see also Historical figures Headword location(s)
Tarquin
Tarquinius Superbus, seventh king of Rome, 6th-c BC see also Lucrece, Lucretia (n.) 1 Headword location(s)
tarre (v.)
incite, provoke, arouse Headword location(s)
tarriance (n.)
delay, procrastination, lingering Headword location(s)
tarriance (n.) Old form(s): tariance
waiting, abiding Headword location(s)
tarry (v.) Old form(s): tarrie
stay, remain, linger Headword location(s)
tarry (v.) Old form(s): taries
await, expect, anticipate Headword location(s)
tarry (v.)
stay for, wait for, allow time for Headword location(s)
tarrying (n.)
waiting, delaying, lingering Headword location(s)
Tarsus (n.)
ancient city of Asia Minor, S Turkey see also World [outside Britain], places and peoples Headword location(s)
tart (adj.)
sour, severe, grim Headword location(s)
Tartar (n.)
someone from Tartary, C Asia; known for pitilessness; also, a stereotype of dark complexion see also World [outside Britain], places and peoples Headword location(s)
Tartar (n.)
Tartarus; underworld place of confinement for those who incurred the wrath of the gods see also World [outside Britain], places and peoples Headword location(s)
tartly (adv.)
sourly, grouchily, with a bitter demeanour Headword location(s)
task (n.)
F version of 'attask' in KL see also attask (v.) Headword location(s)
task (v.) Old form(s): task'd , taske
set a task [for], employ Headword location(s)
task (v.) Old form(s): taske , taskt
test, try out, challenge Headword location(s)
task (v.) Old form(s): task't
impose a tax upon Headword location(s)
task (v.) Old form(s): taske
take to task, censure, chastise see also tax (v.) 1 Headword location(s)
task of (v.)
occupy, engage, make demands on Headword location(s)
tasking (n.)
offering of a challenge Headword location(s)
tassel (n.) Old form(s): tassell
ornamental fringe Headword location(s)
tassel-gentle (n.) Old form(s): Tassell gentle
male peregrine falcon Headword location(s)
taste (n.)
trial, testing, proof Headword location(s)
taste (n.)
measure, degree, slight way Headword location(s)
taste (v.)
act as taster, make trial [as if by taste] Headword location(s)
taste (v.)
try out, test, put to the proof Headword location(s)
taste of (v.)
partake of, savour of Headword location(s)
tattered (adj.) Old form(s): tatter'd
jagged, with pointed projections; or: dilapidated, battered Headword location(s)
tattered (adj.) Old form(s): totter'd , tottered
torn, ragged Headword location(s)
tattling (adj.) Old form(s): tatling
gossiping, tale-telling, rumour-mongering Headword location(s)
tattling (n.) Old form(s): tatlings
prattle, chatter, idle talk Headword location(s)
Taurus (n.)
[pron: 'tawrus] Turkish mountain range see also World [outside Britain], places and peoples Headword location(s)
Taurus (n.)
Bull [second sign of the zodiac, associated with cuckoldry] see also Cosmos Headword location(s)
Tavy (n.)
Welsh pronunciation of 'Davy' see also Welsh Headword location(s)
tawdry-lace (n.)
silk necktie, coloured neckerchief Headword location(s)
tawny (adj.)
brown-skinned Headword location(s)
tawny (adj.)
yellowish brown Headword location(s)
tax (n.) Old form(s): Taxe
charge, accusation, censure Headword location(s)
tax (v.) Old form(s): taxe
order, tell, command Headword location(s)
tax (v.) Old form(s): tax'd , taxe , taxt , taze
censure, blame, take to task, disparage see also task (v.) 4 Headword location(s)
taxation (n.)
criticism, censure, slander Headword location(s)
taxation (n.)
demand for money, financial claim Headword location(s)
taxing (n.)
criticism, censure, reproof Headword location(s)
Te Deum
Thee God [opening words of Te Deum laudamus, 'We praise thee, God'] see also Latin Headword location(s)
teach (v.)
give direction to, lecture Headword location(s)
teach (v.)
show, point out to Headword location(s)
teachy (adj.)
irritable, peevish, fretful see also tetchy (adj.) Headword location(s)
tear (v.) Old form(s): torne
break, shatter, burst Headword location(s)
tear-distained (adj.) Old form(s): teare-distained
tear-stained Headword location(s)
tediosity (n.)
tediousness, bother, trouble Headword location(s)
tedious (adj.)
laborious, painstaking, wearyingly intricate Headword location(s)
tedious (adj.)
[in expressions] see also brief and the long / tedious, the Headword location(s)
tedious (adj.)
painful, irksome, harrowing Headword location(s)
teem (v.) Old form(s): teeme
give birth, have a child Headword location(s)
teem (v.) Old form(s): teemes
produce, bring forth Headword location(s)
teem (v.) Old form(s): teeme
be made pregnant, conceive Headword location(s)
teeming (adj.)
pregnant, prolific, overfull Headword location(s)
teeming-date (n.) Old form(s): teeming date
child-bearing age Headword location(s)
teen (n.) Old form(s): teene
trouble, grief, suffering Headword location(s)
teeth and forehead of, to the
in the very face of, confronting face-to-face Headword location(s)
teeth, from one's
in a pretended way, without conviction Headword location(s)
teeth, in the
to my face, in direct opposition Headword location(s)
Telamon (n.)
father of Ajax see also Classical mythology Headword location(s)
Telamon (n.)
father of Ajax see also Ajax (n.) 1 Headword location(s)
Telemonius (n.)
[pron: tele'mohnius] name sometimes given to Ajax see also Classical mythology Headword location(s)
Telemonius (n.)
[pron: tele'mohnius] name sometimes given to Ajax see also Ajax (n.) 1 Headword location(s)
tell (v.) Old form(s): tel , tels
count out, number, itemize Headword location(s)
tell (v.)
communicate, make known Headword location(s)
tell (v.)
say, assert, put it about Headword location(s)
tell (v.)
rebuke, admonish, reprove Headword location(s)
tell (v.) Old form(s): tels , tould
disclose, reveal, explain Headword location(s)
tell (v.)
tell the time on Headword location(s)
tell (v.)
spell out, narrate, recount Headword location(s)
tell out (v.)
count out, reckon up Headword location(s)
Tellus (n.)
Roman goddess of the earth see also Gods and goddesses Headword location(s)
temper (n.)
frame of mind, temperament, disposition Headword location(s)
temper (n.)
quality, constitution, condition Headword location(s)
temper (n.)
self-control, self-restraint, moderation Headword location(s)
temper (n.)
mental balance, stable mind Headword location(s)
temper (v.) Old form(s): temper'd, temp'red
blend, mix, concoct, compound Headword location(s)
temper (v.)
soften, moisten, mix [with] Headword location(s)
temper (v.) Old form(s): temper'd
harden, toughen Headword location(s)
temper (v.) Old form(s): temper'd, tempred
mould, shape, work, bring [to a particular character] Headword location(s)
temper (v.) Old form(s): Temp'ring
moderate, soften, tone down Headword location(s)
temper with (v.)
conform to, be moulded by Headword location(s)
temperality (n.) Old form(s): temperalitie
malapropism for ‘temper’ Headword location(s)
temperance (n.)
temperateness, climate, mildness Headword location(s)
temperance (n.) Old form(s): Temp'rance
self-control, calm behaviour, moderation Headword location(s)
temperance (n.)
chastity Headword location(s)
temperate (adj.)
self-restrained, abstemious, gentle-natured Headword location(s)
temperate (adj.) Old form(s): temp'rate
calm, moderate, composed Headword location(s)
temperately (adv.) Old form(s): temp'rately
steadily, calmly, moderately Headword location(s)
tempered (adj.) Old form(s): temper'd
temperate, controlled, brought to the right quality Headword location(s)
tempered (adj.) Old form(s): temper'd
in such a mood, of this disposition Headword location(s)
tempering (n.) Old form(s): tempring
softening, moulding Headword location(s)
temple (n.)
human body [i.e. temple in which the Holy Spirit lives] Headword location(s)
temple (n.)
church Headword location(s)
temporal (adj.) Old form(s): temporall
secular, civil, worldly Headword location(s)
temporary (adj.)
in temporal affairs, of this world's doings Headword location(s)
temporize (v.) Old form(s): temporiz'd
compromise, conform, become amenable Headword location(s)
temporize (v.) Old form(s): temporise
negotiate, come to terms, effect a compromise Headword location(s)
temporizer (n.)
delayer, procrastinator, someone who plays for time Headword location(s)
tempt (v.)
try, test, make trial of Headword location(s)
tempt (v.)
persuade, entice, invite Headword location(s)
tempt (v.)
risk, venture out to, dare to encounter Headword location(s)
tenable (adj.)
kept secret, retained, kept back Headword location(s)
Tenantius (n.)
[pron: te'nantius] British king, father of Cymbeline see also Historical figures Headword location(s)
Tenantius (n.)
[pron: te'nantius] British king, father of Cymbeline see also Cymbeline (n.) 1 Headword location(s)
tench (n.)
type of freshwater fish [with red spots on its skin] Headword location(s)
tend (v.)
await, wait in expectation Headword location(s)
tend (v.)
short form of 'attend' see also attend (v.) Headword location(s)
tend (v.)
relate, refer, be relevant Headword location(s)
tend (v.)
serve, promote, sustain Headword location(s)
tend (v.)
attend, listen, pay attention Headword location(s)
tend (v.)
attend, wait on, serve Headword location(s)
tend on / upon (v.) Old form(s): vpon
serve, follow, wait upon, escort Headword location(s)
tendance (n.)
attention, care, solicitude Headword location(s)
tendance (n.)
retinue, people in attendance Headword location(s)
tender (adj.)
immature, undeveloped, inexperienced Headword location(s)
tender (adj.)
sensitive [to], easily hurt [by] Headword location(s)
tender (adj.)
meek, submissive, spineless Headword location(s)
tender (adj.)
thoughtful, considerate, solicitous Headword location(s)
tender (adj.)
young Headword location(s)
tender (adj.)
pitiable, pathetic, moving Headword location(s)
tender (adj.)
weak, faint, delicate Headword location(s)
tender (adj.)
fond of comfort, attached to the easy life Headword location(s)
tender (adj.)
mild, soft, gentle Headword location(s)
tender (n.)
offer, offering Headword location(s)
tender (n.)
proposal of marriage, offer of betrothal Headword location(s)
tender (n.)
care, concern, solicitude Headword location(s)
tender (v.)
rate, esteem, regard Headword location(s)
tender (v.) Old form(s): tendring
feel concern for, hold dear, care for Headword location(s)
tender (v.)
grant, consent to Headword location(s)
tender (v.) Old form(s): tender'd, tender'st , tendred , tendring
offer, give, present Headword location(s)
tender (v.)
look after, take care of Headword location(s)
tender down (v.) Old form(s): tender downe
offer, proffer, present Headword location(s)
tender-dying (adj.)
dying young Headword location(s)
tender-hefted (adj.)
[haft = handle] set in a delicate bodily frame; tender-hearted, gentle Headword location(s)
tenderly (adv.)
carefully, attentively, gently Headword location(s)
tender-smelling (adj.)
with a sensitive sense of smell Headword location(s)
tending (n.)
attendance, attention, care Headword location(s)
Tenedos (n.)
[pron: 'tenedos] island near Troy, W Turkey see also World [outside Britain], places and peoples Headword location(s)
Tenedos (n.)
[pron: 'tenedos] island near Troy, W Turkey see also Troy (n.) 1 Headword location(s)
tenement (n.)
land held by a tenant, landholding Headword location(s)
tenor, tenour (n.) Old form(s): Tenure, Tenures
substance, content, matter, drift Headword location(s)
tenor, tenour (n.) Old form(s): tenure
meaning, purpose, intention Headword location(s)
tenor, tenour (n.) Old form(s): tenner
synopsis, digest, summary [of a performance] see also tenure (n.) Headword location(s)
tent (n.)
probe, insert [for exploring wounds] Headword location(s)
tent (n.)
fabric hung over and around a bed Headword location(s)
tent (n.)
(plural) encampment Headword location(s)
tent (v.)
probe, explore, investigate Headword location(s)
tent (v.)
treat with a tent [linen for cleansing wounds]; cure, remedy Headword location(s)
tent (v.)
lodge, encamp, take up residence Headword location(s)
tented (adj.)
covered with tents, full of tents Headword location(s)
tenth (n.)
tax, levy [amounting to a tenth of one's income] Headword location(s)
tenure (n.)
[legal] condition for holding property Headword location(s)
tenure (n.)
[legal] statement, account, summary see also tenor (n.) Headword location(s)
tercel (n.) Old form(s): Tercell
male hawk Headword location(s)
tereu (int.)
sound of a nightingale in pain see also Sounds Headword location(s)
Tereus (n.)
[pron: 'taireus] legendary king of Athens, who raped and mutilated his sister-in-law Philomel see also Classical mythology Headword location(s)
Tereus (n.)
[pron: 'taireus] legendary king of Athens, who raped and mutilated his sister-in-law Philomel see also Philomel, Philomela 1 Headword location(s)
term (n.) Old form(s): tearmes , termes
state, condition, circumstance Headword location(s)
term (n.) Old form(s): Termes
names, labels Headword location(s)
term (n.) Old form(s): tearmes, termes
word, expression, utterance Headword location(s)
term (n.) Old form(s): tearmes , termes
respect, consideration, form Headword location(s)
term (n.) Old form(s): Tearmes, Terme
any of four periods of activity within the legal year [Michaelmas, Hilary, Easter, Trinity] Headword location(s)
termagant (adj.)
savage, violent, turbulent Headword location(s)
Termagant (n.)
noisy and overbearing character in mystery plays see also Contemporary figures, factual and fictitious Headword location(s)
termed (adj.) Old form(s): tearm'd
named, called Headword location(s)
termination (n.)
expression, utterance, sentence ending Headword location(s)
termless (adj.) Old form(s): termlesse
indescribable, beyond words Headword location(s)
terras...
Astraea has left the earth see also Latin Headword location(s)
terras...
Astraea has left the earth see also Astraea (n.) 1 Headword location(s)
terrene (adj.) Old form(s): Terrene
earthly, human, in this world Headword location(s)
terrible (adj.)
terrifying, frightning, inspiring dread Headword location(s)
territory (n.)
dependency, dominion Headword location(s)
terror (n.)
power to inspire dread Headword location(s)
tertian (n.)
type of fever with attacks every third day Headword location(s)
test (n.)
evidence, attestation, testimony Headword location(s)
testament (n.)
will, last will and testament Headword location(s)
tester, testril (n.) Old form(s): testrill
sixpenny piece see also Money Headword location(s)
testern (v.)
give a sixpence [tester] as a tip Headword location(s)
testimony (n.)
warrant, acknowledgement, assurance Headword location(s)
testimony (v.)
justify in the light of evidence, vindicate Headword location(s)
testril (n.)
sixpenny piece see also Money Headword location(s)
testril (n.)
sixpenny piece see also tester (n.) Headword location(s)
testy (adj.) Old form(s): testie
irritable, peevish, short-tempered Headword location(s)
tetchy, teachy (adj.) Old form(s): teachie, teachy
irritable, peevish, fretful Headword location(s)
tetter (n.)
scaly eruption of the skin, scurf Headword location(s)
tetter (v.)
cover the skin with scabs Headword location(s)
tevil (n.)
Welsh pronunciation of 'devil' see also Welsh Headword location(s)
Tewkesbury (n.)
[pron: 'tyooksbree] town in Gloucestershire, a mustard-making centre; battle site (1471) see also Britain [outside London] Headword location(s)
text (n.)
theme, subject, topic Headword location(s)
text (n.)
text-hand style [of handwriting] Headword location(s)
text (v.)
engrave, write, inscribe Headword location(s)
th' (det.)
shortened form of 'the' see also Elision Headword location(s)
-th (ending)
3rd person singular ending see also Verb forms Headword location(s)
thank (n.) Old form(s): thankes
gratitude, thankfulness, appreciative thought Headword location(s)
thanking (n.)
word of thanks, expression of gratitude Headword location(s)
thas (int.)
unintelligible military drill command see also Sounds Headword location(s)
Thasos (n.)
Thassos; island near Philippi, N Greece see also World [outside Britain], places and peoples Headword location(s)
that (conj.)
if Headword location(s)
that (conj.)
when Headword location(s)
that (conj.)
with the result that Headword location(s)
that (conj.)
that which Headword location(s)
that (conj.)
to show that Headword location(s)
thaw (v.) Old form(s): thawd
dissolve, soften, melt Headword location(s)
Theban (adj./n.)
[pron: 'theeban] from Thebes see also World [outside Britain], places and peoples Headword location(s)
Theban (adj./n.)
[pron: 'theeban] from Thebes see also Thebes 1 Headword location(s)
Thebes (n.)
[theebz] city-state in Boeotia, SE Greece; associated with wisdom and learning see also World [outside Britain], places and peoples Headword location(s)
theft (n.)
thief, robber Headword location(s)
theise (det.)
Scottish pronunciation of 'these' see also Scottish Headword location(s)
theme (n.) Old form(s): Theame, Theames
subject, subject-matter, topic of discourse Headword location(s)
theme (n.) Old form(s): Theame
reason for acting, ground of belief Headword location(s)
thence (adv.)
(away) from there, from that place see also hence, thence, and whence Headword location(s)
theoric (n.) Old form(s): Theoricke, Theorique
theory, academic speculation Headword location(s)
there- (adv.)
[in compounds] see also here, there, and where Headword location(s)
thereabout(s) (adv.)
concerning the matter; approximately see also Here, there, and where Headword location(s)
thereafter as
according as, depending on see also Here, there, and where Headword location(s)
thereat (adv.)
thereupon, because of that see also Here, there, and where Headword location(s)
thereby (adv.)
by that, through that see also Here, there, and where Headword location(s)
therefore (adv.)
for that very reason see also Here, there, and where Headword location(s)
therein (adv.)
in there, in that situation Headword location(s)
thereof (adv.)
of that, concerning that see also Here, there, and where Headword location(s)
thereon (adv.)
(up)on that place, subject, etc. Headword location(s)
thereto (adv.)
besides; to that matter, place, etc. see also Here, there, and where Headword location(s)
thereunto (adv.)
to that place, matter, etc. see also Here, there, and where Headword location(s)
thereupon (adv.)
upon that, on that basis see also Here, there, and where Headword location(s)
therewith (adv.)
with that, along with that, by means of that see also Here, there, and where Headword location(s)
therewithal (adv.)
along with that; that being done see also Withal and withal Headword location(s)
Thersites (n.)
[pron: ther'siyteez] cowardly Greek, killed by Achilles after jeering at him see also Classical mythology Headword location(s)
Thersites (n.)
[pron: ther'siyteez] cowardly Greek, killed by Achilles after jeering at him see also Achilles (n.) 1 Headword location(s)
Theseus (n.)
[pron: 'theesius] legendary king of Athens; killer of the Minotaur; he conquered the Amazons and married their queen, Hippolyta see also Classical mythology Headword location(s)
Theseus (n.)
[pron: 'theesius] legendary king of Athens; killer of the Minotaur; he conquered the Amazons and married their queen, Hippolyta see also Antiopa, Antiope (n.) 1 Headword location(s)
Thessalian (adj.)
[pron: the'saylian] of Thessaly, ancient region of NE Greece see also World [outside Britain], places and peoples Headword location(s)
Thessalian (adj.)
[pron: the'saylian] of Thessaly, ancient region of NE Greece see also Thessaly 1 Headword location(s)
Thessaly (n.)
['thesalee] ancient region of NE Greece see also World [outside Britain], places and peoples Headword location(s)
Thetis (n.)
[pron: 'theetis] sea-nymph married to Peleus, destined to bear a son (Achilles) greater than his father see also Classical mythology Headword location(s)
Thetis (n.)
[pron: 'theetis] sea-nymph married to Peleus, destined to bear a son (Achilles) greater than his father see also Achilles (n.) 1 Headword location(s)
thews (n.) Old form(s): Thewes
muscles, sinews, bodily strength Headword location(s)
thick (adj.) Old form(s): Thicke
confused, clouded [with suspicion] Headword location(s)
thick (adj.) Old form(s): thicke
deep, heavy, profound Headword location(s)
thick (adj.) Old form(s): thicke
quick, rapid, fast Headword location(s)
thick (adj.) Old form(s): thicke
foul, nasty, dirty Headword location(s)
thick (adj.) Old form(s): thicke
thickset, strong, sturdy Headword location(s)
thick (adj.) Old form(s): thicke
dull, dim, poor Headword location(s)
thick (adv.) Old form(s): thicke
quickly, rapidly, fast Headword location(s)
thick (v.)
thicken, make dense Headword location(s)
thick-coming (adj.) Old form(s): thicke-comming
coming in crowds, frequently appearing Headword location(s)
thicken (v.)
grow dim, darken Headword location(s)
thicket (n.)
densely wooded area Headword location(s)
thick-eyed (adj.) Old form(s): thicke-ey'd
heavy-eyed, dull-sighted Headword location(s)
thick-pleached (adj.) Old form(s): thick pleached
thickly hedged, with hedges made of closely interlaced branches see also pleached (adj.) 2 Headword location(s)
thick-ribbed (adj.) Old form(s): thicke-ribbed
densely surrounded, compacted Headword location(s)
thick-sighted (adj.)
with bad eyesight Headword location(s)
thickskin, thick-skin (n.)
brutishly built, dullard, blockhead Headword location(s)
thief (n.) Old form(s): Theefe, thiefe
villain, scoundrel, rogue, wretch Headword location(s)
thievery (n.) Old form(s): theeuerie
plunder, booty, stolen property Headword location(s)
thievish (adj.) Old form(s): theeuish
frequented by thieves, infested with robbers Headword location(s)
thin (adj.)
flimsy, threadbare, insufficient Headword location(s)
thin (adj.)
thinly clad, with little covering Headword location(s)
thin (adj.) Old form(s): thinne
weak, without body, of low alcohol content Headword location(s)
thin-belly (adj.) Old form(s): thinbellie
with lower part unpadded see also great-belly (adj.) Headword location(s)
thing (n.)
[contemptuous] being, creature, base thing Headword location(s)
thing, what
what a thing Headword location(s)
think (v.) Old form(s): thinke
realize, appreciate, understand Headword location(s)
think (v.) Old form(s): Thinke
reflect, meditate, brood Headword location(s)
think (v.)
in 'think it': be certain of it see also Discourse markers Headword location(s)
think (v.) Old form(s): thinke
expect, anticipate, look Headword location(s)
think (v.) Old form(s): thinke
intend, mean, propose see also scorn, think Headword location(s)
think for (v.)
imagine, expect, suppose Headword location(s)
think long Old form(s): thinkes
feel time passing slowly, tire of waiting Headword location(s)
think on (v.)
be remembered, be commemorated Headword location(s)
think on (v.)
bring to mind, recall Headword location(s)
think on (v.) Old form(s): thinke
think better of, think twice about Headword location(s)
think upon (v.) Old form(s): thinke vpon
think kindly about, remember well Headword location(s)
thinking (n.)
thought, meditation, reflection Headword location(s)
third (v.)
achieve a third of, reduce to a third Headword location(s)
thirdborough
parish officer, town constable see also headborough (n.) Headword location(s)
this (adv.)
in this way, thus, like this Headword location(s)
this, by
by this time Headword location(s)
Thisbe (n.)
[pron: 'thizbee] lover of Pyramus see also Classical mythology Headword location(s)
Thisbe (n.)
[pron: 'thizbee] lover of Pyramus see also Pyramus 1 Headword location(s)
thither (adv.)
there, to that place; to that end see also hither, thither, and whither Headword location(s)
thorny-pricking (adj.) Old form(s): thornie pricking
prickly, barbed, pricking like a thorn Headword location(s)
thorough (prep.)
through Headword location(s)
thou (pron.)
you (singular) see also thou and you Headword location(s)
thou (v.) Old form(s): thou'st
use ‘thou’ to someone as an insult Headword location(s)
though (adv.)
[in expressions] see also what though Headword location(s)
thought (n.)
train of thought Headword location(s)
thought (n.)
melancholic reflection, anxiety, sorrow, worry Headword location(s)
thought (n.)
expectation, estimate, anticipation Headword location(s)
thought (n.)
intention, purpose, design Headword location(s)
thought (n.)
imagination, conception, ability to comprehend Headword location(s)
thought is free
think what you like Headword location(s)
thought, upon a Old form(s): vpon
in a moment, instantly, straight away Headword location(s)
thoughten (adj.)
assured, of a mind, thinking Headword location(s)
thought-executing (adj.)
acting as fast as thought; or: thought-destroying Headword location(s)
thought-sick (adj.) Old form(s): thought-sicke
filled with dread, horror-struck Headword location(s)
Thracian (adj.)
[pron: 'thraysian] of Thrace; region of ancient NE Greece associated with the worship of Dionysus see also World [outside Britain], places and peoples Headword location(s)
thraldom (n.) Old form(s): thraldome
bondage, servitude, captivity