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WEARING [wae ureen], adj. Tiring; causing weariness; tedious.

I don't know nothin more wearin' 'an a bad toothache.

WEAZEL-SNOUT [wee zl-snaew't], sb. The yellow nettle or archangel. Lamium Galeobdolon. Polite name.

WED WITH [wai'd way'], v. t. A person who is about to marry is said to be going to wed way so-and-so.

I don't never 'bleive her on't never wed way un arter all. This is a negative sentence.

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WEEK [wik']. In the phrases, "come week," was a week." The former is used with the future, the latter with the past construction.

Next Vriday come week we be gwain to begin sheep-shearin, i. e. Friday week.

Her 'ant a-bin a-neast wee since last Monday was a week, and that's jist a vortnight a-gone.

WEEL [wee'ul], adj. Wild. (Var. pron.) Ridin' a weel-gallop. (Always.)

WEENY [wee'nee], adj. Tiny; minute. (Very com.)
I only wants a weeny little bit.

WEEPY [wai pee], adj. and v. i. Said of damp walls-moist: or of land full of water-undrained; wet; full of springs.

We be gwain t'ave a change o' weather, zee how the walls do weepy. Terr'ble weepy field o' ground.

WEE-WOW [wee-wuw'], adv., adj. and sb. Crooked; uneven; untrue; awry. (Very com.)

Could'n gee he no prize vor ploughin', 'is vores be all wee-wow. Thick there wee-wowy old lauriel idn no orniment, I should cut'n down, nif I was you.

or wotherway twel zet e-long or a weewow, or oll a puckering.

Ex. Scold. 1. 275.

WEIGHT [wauy't], sb. In speaking of any number of pounds in weight, it is usual to say, "Score weight," i. e. 20 lbs., "Forty weight," i. e. 40 lbs., &c., just as in lit. Eng. we speak of a hundredweight; in W. Som., however, a hundid woit means 100 lbs.

Plase to buy thick porker, sir, I know he'll suit ee. Why he idn 'boo (above) vower-score woit, i. e. 80 lbs.

WEIGHTS [wauy'ts], sb. Beam and scales; weighing machine. [Wauy un een tu dhu maarkut wauyts,] weigh it in to the market weights, i. e. scales.

WEYYN, wythe wyghtys (weightes P.). Pondero.-Promp. Parv.

Haue waights, I aduise thee, for siluer & gold,

for some be in knauerie now a daies bold :-Tusser, 10/44.

WEIGHT STONE [wauy't stoa'un], sb. The actual weight, usually of iron, for weighing with the ordinary beam and scales.

A farmer borrowing from another the beam and scales, would tell his man, [Muyn un bring au'n dhu wauy'ts un dhu wauyt stoa unz,] mind and bring on the weights and the weight stones.

When actually using them these are spoken of as stones, with the weight to distinguish them.

A butcher would send to another, "Ax Mr. Clay to lend me a vower-pound stone," i. e. an iron 4 lb. weight.

WELL [wuul], sb. A spring of water.

You'll zee a well o' water by th' zide o' the road.

The word is of course understood when applied to a shaft sunk for water, but in this sense the use is modern, and no older than pumps. See WINK, also PUMP-PIT, and LAKE.

WELL [wuul], adv. Very; in phr. Well-nigh, i. e. very nearly; almost.

Nif I wadn well-nigh a-steeved way the cold; I don't zim ever I can mind jis weather.

poru-out al Engelond he held wel god pes;

Rob. of Gloucester, W. the Cong. 1. 370.
God him sente a wel fair gras.—Stacions of Rome, l. 416.
"By Mahoun," said Lukafer : þat ys a wel gret folye;
Sir Ferumbras, l. 2166.

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my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.—Ps. lxxiii. 2. WELL-A FINE [wuul-u-fuy'n], adv. phr. Very well; truly; indeed.

Ay ay her'll tell well-a-fine, sure 'nough, nif anybody 'll harky to 'er.

Alas Char(les) vncle myn : & kyng i-crouned free

Now y knowe wel-a-ffyn: þy message schendeþ me.—Sir Fer. 1. 2752.

He þat to ry3twysnes wylle enclyne,

As holy wry3t says us wele and fyne.-Boke of Curtasye, l. 181. Chem a laced well-a-fine aready.—Ex. Scold. 1. 81.

thof tha canst ruckee well-a-fine.—Ib. 1. 269.

WELL DONE! [wuul duun!], interj. Very com. expression of surprise at anything narrated. Equivalent to "Indeed!" "You don't say so!" "Oh, brave !"

[Dhai zaes aew dh'oal faar'm Puuree-v u-vaal'd oa'f-s au's-n ubroak-s naek'. Wuul duun!], they say that the old farmer Perry has fallen off his horse and broken his neck. Well done!

WELL SAID! [wuul zaed! or wuul zaed's ! ], interj. of approval. (Very com.)

Well zaid, soce! nit that idn a good job, I never didn zee nother


Well zaids, my hearties! I did'n reckon you'd a-finish not ect.

Peck in a stwone behind theck weed,
Wull sed! Now hurn below;

Work en wull, an' he'll be mine

In 'bout a nour or zo.-Fulman, R. Sk. p. 60.

WELL-SPOKEN [wuul-spoa kn], phr. Used by the better class of people to signify that the person referred to talks, or at least tries to talk, the literary language and not the dialect. The examples in these pages are by no means derived from well-spoken


"She's a very well-spoken young woman," would be praise for a domestic servant, and would imply that she had lived in a town or been otherwise civilized. The same would be understood by "He's a respectable, well-spoken young fellow.

WELT, WELTING [wuult, wuul'teen], v. t. and sb. To beat; to thrash. My eymers! how maister ded welt'n.

He meet way zich a weltin's he on't vurgit in a hurry.

WENCH [wau'nsh], sb. A girl; a maiden; a female child. A story is told of a child being brought to be baptized to a waggish parson in the West Country. At the request, "Name this child," he was answered, "You plase to name un, zir; a long one, you know, zir, out o' the Bible." Upon this the parson baptized the child Maher-shalal-hash-baz, and the party retired well pleased. Soon after the service, however, the father came to the parson. "Plase, zir, I be come vor t'ax o'ee t'ondo the cheel again." "Why?" "Why 'cause 'tis a waunch, zir."

3if þei leden a-wey mennus wyues or wenches in here newe habitis, to do lecherie bi hem.-Wyclif, Works, p. 12.

WENT [wai'nt, u-wai'nt], p. part. of wend, now used as the p. p. of to go. (Always.)

[Aay shèod -n u-waint neef t-ad-n ubún· vur dhee',] I should not have gone if it had not been for you.

This is one of our commonest forms of recrimination. One of two boys caught stealing apples is almost certain to use this phrase to the other. Another equally com. is-You never didn ought to a-went; for-You ought not to have gone.

puruh Marie bone & bisocne was water, ette noces, iwent to wine: Ancren Riwle, p. 376. See also many other passages. pus othere toke pat cors an haste: & to be tour 3eate þar-wiþ bup wente. Sir Ferumbras, 1. 3152.

Were ys knyght Cleges, tell me heor,

For thou has wyde i-went.-Weber, Sir Cleges, 1. 476.

WENT [waint], sb. Part of a fulling-stock (q. v.). It consists of a block of wood curved and tapering, made to fit the back or

"seat" of the "stock." Wents are of different thicknesses, and their use is to contract the size, or capacity of the stock, as may be required to suit the thickness or quantity of the cloth to be milled. If the stock is slack, i. e. if the cloth does not sufficiently fill it, the heavy feet will cut the cloth instead of milling it.

WEST COUNTRY [was kuun tree], sb. In Somerset this means the hill country, including all the Brendon, Dunkery, and Exmoor ranges. A West Country farmer would be at once known to come from the district lying between Porlock, Bampton and Barnstaple, even if the words were spoken at Tiverton, which lies far to the west of the locality.

The term including so definite a district in two different counties, seems to point to a feeling that the habits and speech of the people in it are separated from those living on their west in Devon, and on their east in Somerset.

WETHER-HOG [waedh'ur-au'g], sb. A wether sheep, of a year old. (Always.) See HOG.

WETSHOD [waet'shaud], adj. Wet-footed. (Always.)

[Z-dhing k aay bee gwai'n een dhae ur, mun, vur tu git waet shaud? Noa! u kaew'nt !], dost (thou) think I be going in there, man, for to get wetshod? No! I count !

WET THE T'OTHER EYE [waet dhu tuudh'ur aay]. This is about the commonest form of invitation to take a second glass. Come, now! you baint gwain vore you've a-wet the t'other eye.

WETTY [waet'ee], v. i. To rain very slightly.

[Du jis waetee luy k, kaan kaul ut raa'yn,] (it) do just wetty like, can't call it rain.

Theck whis'lin wind an' dret'ning sky

Speyk'd raayn, ver now da wetty vast.—Pulman, Rus. Sk. p. 14. WEX [wek's], sb. Wax. (Always.) Rarely used as a vb. A.-S. weax, wax, wex.

Shoemaker's wex. Bees'-wex.

and pas earman anlicnyssa mid ealle fordo

swa swa wex formylt for hatan fyre.

Elfric, Natale Sancti Georgii, Martyris, 1. 138.

AH-so I devyse & ordeyne a C tb. wex to mynystere and to serue to the vse of the salue of oure lady chapel.

Will of N. Charleton, 1439. Fifty E. Wills, p. 114.

The feire thingis of desert schulen wexe fatte ;—Wyclif, Psalm lxv. 13.

WHAT D'YE TELL O'! [hau't-ee tuuloa!]. A very com. exclamation, equivalent to-You don't say so! Indeed! Well, I never! &c.

WHATSOMEDEVER [haut sumdúv'ur], adj. Whatsoever.

There, nif I was a umman, I wid'n 'ave sich a fuller's he, no not for no money hotsomedever.

WHAT'S WHAT [waut'-s waut'], phr. (Very com.)

He knows what's what so well's one here and there, i. e. he understands, or has had experience.

WHAT VOR? [hau't vau'r ?] Why?

Jim, look sharp, hurn!-Hot vor?-Dknow hot vor nif dis-n muv along.

thee, I'll let thee

WHEAL [wae'ul], v. t. To mark with a blow from a whip or cane; to thrash.

[Dhu baak oa un wuz u-wae uld lig u guur'd uy'ur,] his back was whealed like a gridiron.

[Zee wae'ur aay doa'n waeul dhee! shuur?] see if I don't wheal thee! Dost hear?

WALE, or strype after scornynge.-Promp. Parv.

Wall of a strype-enfleure.-Palsgrave.

WHEELER [wee'ulur], sb. One who makes wheels of carts or carriages-not the same as wheelwright. The latter includes not only the wheeler's work, but everything connected with the making of carts and wagons.

WHEEL-LADDER [wee'ul-lad'ur], sb. A lade for the back part of a wagon, having a small roller or windlass attached, by which the ropes for binding the load can be strained tight. (Very com.)

wheele ladder for harness, light pitchfork and tough,

shaue, whiplash wel knotted, and cartrope ynough.-Tusser, 17/6. WHEEL-STOCK [wee'ul-stauk'], sb. 1. The nave of a wheel. 2. (More common use.) Short ends of elm timber cut to the proper length, and bored through the centre, ready to be turned and "bonded" for the nave of a wheel-a regular article of sale.

WHEEL-STRAKE [wee'ul-strae uk], sb. When the iron tires. of wheels are not put on in one solid ring, as is often the case, each separate segment is a strake or wheel-strake. See STEArt.

WHE'ER [wae'ur, wur], conj. Whether. (Always.)

[Kaan tuul ee wur yùe kn ab-m ur noa,] (I) can't tell you whether you can have it or not.

'Tis all a toss-up wae ur he do come or wae'ur he don't.

þe beste of hem wot not what his preiere is worpe & where it turne to his owene dampnacion or saluacion. Wyclif, Works, p. 173. WHEREWAY [wae'urwai'], sb. The wherewith; means; money. Nif I'd a-got the whereway, I widn be very long athout-n.

but tha hassent tha whorewey.-Ex. Scold. 1. 235.

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