Glossary
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yard (n.)
crossbar on a mast which supports a sail see also Ships Headword location(s)
yard (n.)
yard measure see also clothier's yard Headword location(s)
yard (n.)
yard measure see also mete-yard (n.) Headword location(s)
yare (adj.)
[nautical] manageable, easy to manouevre, ready for sea Headword location(s)
yare (adj.) Old form(s): y'are
quick, deft, adept Headword location(s)
yare (adv.)
quick, without delay, right now Headword location(s)
yarely (adv.)
quickly, briskly, lively Headword location(s)
yas (n.)
F spelling of 'eyas' see also eyas (n.) Headword location(s)
yaw (v.)
move unsteadily, wander about Headword location(s)
yawn (v.) Old form(s): yawn'd, yawne
open wide, gape Headword location(s)
yawn (v.)
[Q2 variant of 'aim'] open wide, gape Headword location(s)
yawning (adj.)
sleep-inducing, lulling Headword location(s)
y-clad (adj.) Old form(s): yclad
[archaism] decked out, clothed see also Archaisms Headword location(s)
yclept (v.) Old form(s): ycliped
[archaism] called see also clepe (v.) Headword location(s)
ye (pron.)
you [singular or plural] Headword location(s)
yea (adv.)
yes see also Responses Headword location(s)
yea (adv.)
yes see also Swearing Headword location(s)
yea and no, by
by yes and no [emphatic assertion, replacing a real oath] see also Swearing Headword location(s)
yea-forsooth (adj.)
always agreeing, fawning, sycophantic Headword location(s)
yearn (v.) Old form(s): yern, yernes
grieve, make mourn, move with pity Headword location(s)
years (n.) Old form(s): yeares, yeeres
maturity, experience [coming through age] Headword location(s)
years (n.) Old form(s): yeares, yeeres
age Headword location(s)
yeast (n.) Old form(s): yest
foam, froth, spume Headword location(s)
yeasty (adj.) Old form(s): yesty
frothy, superficial, trivial Headword location(s)
yell (n.)
outcry, yelping, full cry Headword location(s)
yellow (adj.)
sallow, pasty-faced; or: jealous Headword location(s)
yellow (n.)
[colour of] jealousy Headword location(s)
yellow (n.) Old form(s): yellowes
(plural) jaundice [as found in horses] Headword location(s)
yellowing (adj.)
yelping, bellowing Headword location(s)
yellowness (n.) Old form(s): yallownesse
jealousy Headword location(s)
yeoman (n.)
[term of abuse] commoner, plebeian Headword location(s)
yeoman (n.)
man who owns property but is not a gentleman; land-holding farmer Headword location(s)
yeoman (n.)
keeper of the wardrobe Headword location(s)
yeoman's service Old form(s): seruice
good and faithful service Headword location(s)
yerk (v.) Old form(s): yerk'd , Yerke
thrust, strike, beat Headword location(s)
yesternight (n.) Old form(s): yester-night
last night Headword location(s)
yesty (adj.)
[as of yeast] foaming, frothy Headword location(s)
yet, as yet (adv.)
still Headword location(s)
yield (v.) Old form(s): yeeld, yeelde
communicate, deliver, represent Headword location(s)
yield (v.)
reward, repay, requite see also 'ild (v.) Headword location(s)
yield (v.) Old form(s): yeeld , yeild
concede, acknowledge, grant Headword location(s)
yield (v.) Old form(s): yeeld , yeelded
agree [to], consent [to], comply [with] Headword location(s)
yield (v.) Old form(s): Yeelds
give, grant, return Headword location(s)
yield (v.) Old form(s): yeelded
give back to, return to Headword location(s)
yield (v.) Old form(s): yeeld, yeelde, yeelded
bring forth, produce Headword location(s)
yield (v.) Old form(s): yeeld
hand over, give up, deliver Headword location(s)
yield (v.) Old form(s): yeeld
reward, repay, thank Headword location(s)
yield (v.) Old form(s): yeelde
express an opinion about, comment on Headword location(s)
yield (v.) Old form(s): yeelds
render, make, cause to be Headword location(s)
yield the ghost (v.) Old form(s): yeeld
give up the spirit, die see also ghost (n.) 1 Headword location(s)
yield up (v.) Old form(s): yeelded vp
give up, surrender, relinquish Headword location(s)
yielded (adj.) Old form(s): yeelded
surrendered, conceded Headword location(s)
yielder (n.) Old form(s): yeelders
one who gives up, conceder Headword location(s)
yielding (n.) Old form(s): yeelding , yeilding
consent, compliance, agreement Headword location(s)
yoke (n.) Old form(s): yoake
pair, couple, brace Headword location(s)
yoke (n.) Old form(s): yoakes
horn, antler Headword location(s)
yoke (n.) Old form(s): yoake
servitude, state of subjection Headword location(s)
yoke (v.) Old form(s): yoake , yoakes
associate, link, join, couple Headword location(s)
yoke (v.) Old form(s): yoak'd
conquer, tame, bring under subjection Headword location(s)
yoke (v.)
submit, subject Headword location(s)
yoked (adj.) Old form(s): yoak'd
joined in marriage, wedded Headword location(s)
yoke-devil (n.) Old form(s): yoake diuels
companion-devil, asssociate in evil Headword location(s)
yoke-fellow (n.) Old form(s): Yoake-fellow , yoke-fellowes
fellow-worker, comrade, partner Headword location(s)
yoking (adj.) Old form(s): yoaking
embracing, enfolding, enclosing Headword location(s)
yon (adv.)
see also yon words Headword location(s)
yond (adv.)
over there see also Yon words Headword location(s)
yond (det.) Old form(s): yon'd
that [one] over there see also yon words Headword location(s)
yonder (adv.)
there see also yon words Headword location(s)
yore, of
of old, formerly, in times long past Headword location(s)
you (pron.)
[contrasting with 'thou'] see also thou and you Headword location(s)
young (adj.) Old form(s): yong
immature, inexperienced, raw Headword location(s)
young (adj.) Old form(s): yong
in good condition, strong Headword location(s)
young days, of so Old form(s): dayes
from such an early age Headword location(s)
younger (adj.) Old form(s): yonger
earlier, former, previous Headword location(s)
younger (n.) Old form(s): yonger
younger son Headword location(s)
youngest (adj.)
latest, most recent Headword location(s)
youngling (n.)
young, offspring Headword location(s)
youngling (n.) Old form(s): Yongling , young-lings
stripling, youngster, beginner Headword location(s)
youngly (adv.) Old form(s): yongly
in youth, early in life Headword location(s)
younker (n.)
greenhorn, juvenile, prodigal child Headword location(s)
younker (n.) Old form(s): Yonker
fashionable young man, fine young gentleman Headword location(s)
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