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WHETSTONE. The liar's prize-still used thus. See Ex. Scold. pp. 171-2.

WHICHY [weech'ee], pr. Which. This form is very commonly used as an interrogative.

Mr. Bird was in to fair. Whichy ?—i. e. which of them. This is probably a very old form, as seen by the following

pan turde hymen þys bachelers : & seze comynge there

xxiiijti of fair somers: whiché þat heuy bere.-Sir Ferumbras, 1. 2692.

See A 1. c. p. 2, New English Dictionary.

WHIMSY [wúmzee], sb. Fancy; hobby; crotchet; whim. Her've a-got a whimsy eens her can't stan', and there her li'th a-bed; but Lor! her can stan', ees, and urn too, nif her was a-put to it.

WHIM-WHAM [wee'm-wau'm], sb. A crotchet; a fad.

Ees! that's another o' maister's whim-whams; the vowls must be all a-claned out twice a wick, sure,-I s'pose their faces must be a-warshed arter a bit.

WHIP [wuop], v. i. 1. To move briskly.

Look sharp and whip along, and neet bide about.

2. v. t. With in. To put in; to push in; to place in positionquickly implied.

Come, soce, look alive and whip it (the hay) in 'vore the rain com'th.

I zeed-n comin', zo I up way the ferret and net and whipt it in my pocket.

3. v. t. To slap with the hand.

Mothers constantly threaten their children thus-"Tommy, you bad boy, I'll whip your bottom, I will, nif you don't come in torackly." This phrase implies no weapon whatever beyond the bare hand.

4. In phr. "Whip a snail." See JIG TO JOG.

WHIP-HAND [wuop-an'], sb. Advantage; command. (Very


Take care he don't get the whip-'and o' ee, mind.

WHIPPENSES [wúp'unsúz], sb. Swingle trees, or bodkins— used in harrowing or ploughing. Rare in W. Som., but heard sometimes.

WHIPPER-SNAPPER [wuop'ur-snaapur], sb. A diminutive but rather obtrusive person; an insignificant person. The term is decidedly depreciatory.

Be sure her idn gwain to drow 'erzul away 'pon a little whippersnapper like he.

WHIPSWHILE [wuop'swuyul], sb. preceded by every; now and again.

Short interval-mostly

Who's gwain to pay me vor my time? I can't 'vord to be comin' bummin' here every whipswhile vor a vew shillins o' rates.

WHIRLIGIG [wuur dleegig'], sb. A teetotum.

A common saying is, "To purdly round same 's a whirdligig."

WHYRLEGYGE, or chyldys game.

Giraculum.-Pr. Parv.

WHISTERPOOP [wús turpèop], sb. A blow on the ear or


When a zaid that, he zaid to un, you-m a liard! and way the same he up way 'is 'an' and gid-n zich a whisterpoop right in the mouth, and down a valls, right out.

Chell up wi ma Veest, and gi tha a Whister poop.

Ex. Scold. 1. 98. See also Ib. 11. 353, 578.

WHISTLE FOR [wúsl vur], phr. To lose; to go without. I wants to know how I be gwain to be a-paid, else p'raps arter I've a-do'd the work I mid whistle vor the money.

WHIT-ALLER [weet-aul'ur]. The elder.

Sambucus nigra.

WHITE ASH [weet aar'sh], sb. The plant goutweed. Egopodium podagraria. (Usual name.)

WHITE-LIVERED [wuy't, or weet -luy vurd], adj. Cowardly; easily frightened. It is curious that in compounds liver has the i very long.

Ya! weet-liverd son of a bitch, hot art afeard o'? Why, he on't ait thee.

WHITE-MEAT [weet-mai't], sb. Milk diet, or milk puddingsmuch the same as 66 'spoon-meat."

I be most a-starved to death, they 'ant a-let me had nort but white meat's dree wicks.

WHITE-MOUTH [weet'-maew'dh], sb. An infant's ailment. Missus, you must take some physic, the baby've a-got the white-mouth.

WHITE POPLAR [wuy't, or wee't paup·lur], sb. Populus alba -silver poplar.

WHITE ROCKET [wuy't rauk'ut], sb. The plant Hesperis matronalis-common single white variety.

WHITESUN-CURL [wuy tsn-kuur'ul], sb. A small kernel or carbuncle; a small abscess, which rises and becomes painful, but does not burst. Nearly the same as WAXEN-CURL. (Very com.)


WHITESUN GILAWFERS [wuy'tsn júlau-furz], sb. double white rocket. Double flowering Hesperis matronalis. We always calls 'em Whitesun Gilawfers.—June 27, 1883. WHITESUNTIDE [wuy't-sntuy'd]. Whitsuntide. The first syllable is always white. The several days are Whitesun Sunday, Whitesun Monday, Whitesun Tuesday, &c.

WHITE-WITCH [wee't-wee ch], sb. A magician; astrologer; a male fortune-teller. The word witch is in this sense as often applied to a man as to a woman. I knew a man for a great many years, originally as a shoemaker, but who gave up his trade to practise as a "witch." He was known up to his death as "Conjuror B . . .” He had regularly printed business cards with his name and address, and underneath, "Nativities cast, Questions answered."

ASTROLOGY, or PLANET RULING.-Negatives prepared, &c.-Send for prospectus to J. W. Herschell, Frome.-Wellington Weekly News, Feb. 16, 1888. and how hes Vauther went agen, and troubled the house so, that tha Whatjecomb, tha Whit Witch wos vorst to lay en in the Red Zea.


Ex. Court. 1. 438.

WHITPOT [weetpaut], sb. A once favourite dish. It was made of cream, eggs, and flour, sweetened and spiced, to be eaten cold. It now remains only in name, and is preserved in the common saying, "He'll tell lies so vast as a dog 'll eat whitpot."

WHITTLE [wútl], sb. The regular name of a baby's long flannel petticoat. It is made with the front open, and tied with tapes. The whittle is left off when the baby is "tucked up" or shortened. It is really a kind of under-cloak. A.-S. hwitel, a white mantle, a kind of cloak.

tha wet be mickled and a steeved wi' the cold vore 'T Andra's Tide, chun, nif tha dessent buy tha a new whittle. Ex. Scold. 1. 276.

WHO-ZAY [hèo -zai], sb. A report; an on dit."

[Doan ee aarkee tue um, túz noaurt bud u hào-zai,] do not you harken to them, it is nothing but a who-zay.

WHY VOR [wuy vau'r]. Why; for what reason.

[Taek -n aak's oa'un wuy' vau'r ee kaum tu goo,] take and ask of him why for he came to go.

WHY-VOR-AY [waa'y-vur-aa'y], sb. Wherewith; means; money. 'Tidn all o' us 've a-got the why-vor-ay same's you 'ave, else we'd goo vast enough. Same as WHEREWAY.

WICKED [wik'ud], adj. Addicted to the use of foul or profane language; foul-mouthed.

[Dhu wik uds fuul ur úvur yùe yuur'd spaik,] the wickedest fellow (i. e. the most foul-mouthed) you ever heard speak.

[Ee-z u tuur'ubl wikud mae'un,] he is a very wicked man-i. e. as to language only. No other misconduct would be implied by either of these expressions.

WICKED DAYS [wik'ud dai'z], sb. Week-days. (Always.) Anybody's work idn never a-finisht yer-Zindays and wicked days be all alike.

Week being pronounced wik-the rest is easy. A.-S. wic.

WICKEDER [wik'udur], adj. More wicked; worse.
There idn no more wickeder liar, not in twenty mild around.

A wykkeder man þan he was on : nas non on al hure lawe. Sir Ferumbras, l. 2142. WICKEDNESS [wik'udnees], sb. Foul language; cursing; swearing. The term is confined to offences in language, and is not applied to general misconduct.

[Yue núv'ur yuurd noa' jish wikudnees een aul yur bau'rn daiz,] you never heard such foul language in all your life. See BAD.

WICKERY [wik'uree], v. i. To neigh.

Th'old mare knowth father's step so well's a beggar knowth his bag; nif on'y a goth 'long the court her'll sure to wickery.

WICK'S END [wik's ain], sb. Saturday night; week's end. All thee's look arter's the wick's end: I'll warn 'ee, thee wit-n vurgit to come arter thy wages.

WIDDY-WADDY [wee-dee-wau dee], adj. Stupidly weak and vacillating; unstable; not to be relied upon; changeable.

A widdy-waddy old 'umman; he don't know his own mind nit two hours together.

WIDENESS [wuy'dnees], sh. Measure across. width are not exact synonyms.

The river's near the same wideness all along.
The weir-pool takes up all the witth of the river.

WIDOW-MAN [wee'du-mae'un], sb. A widower.

Wideness and


He's a widow man way no family, zo you on't have your 'ouse a-tord abroad way a passle o' chillern.

WIDOW WOMAN [wee'du uum'un], sb. A widow.

Her was a widow 'oman avore her married way he, and now her's a-left a widow'oman agee-an.

WILD [wuy'ul], adj. 1. Angry; enraged.

A very common jeer to an irascible person is, "Hot's the matter then? why thee art so will's a cock gooze!"

2. adj. Applied to smells.

Hotever is it here, soce? somethin' stinks terr'ble wild, I sim.

WILDING [wuy'uldeen], sb. A wild apple.

They baint no good, they baint on'y wildins, and so zour's a grig.

WILL [wúl, wèol, when very emphatic; èol, mod. emphasis; úl, or in ordinary rapid speech].

I tell 'ee I wèol do it.

A tweyne i wol forcleue þyn hed: wip my swerd her rizte.

Sir Ferumbras, 1. 543. See also 1. 4381.

for pou3 a man breke goddis hestis þei wole soone and li3tly assoile him. Wyclif, Works, p. 7.

In addition to its com. use in forming the future tense, it is constantly used in the dialect when the present tense would be the literary construction; particularly when any strong assertion is made, as if the old force of the word were still retained, even when no emphasis is laid on it.

[Aa-l fuy dhee tu dùe ut,] I will defy thee to do it-i. e. I do now defy thee.

[Aa- tuul dhee haut tai'z,] I will tell thee what it is-i. e. not only "I tell thee," but "I persist in telling thee."

WILL [wee'ul], v. t. To bequeath.

Th'old man was a wo'th a good bit o' money, but 'tis shameful how he've a-left 'is wive; he willed every shillin' to th' oldest son, and her's a-fo'ced to be holdin' to he vor the very bread her d'ait.

WILLY [weel ee], sb. and v. t. A machine for preparing wool for the scribbler or first carder. It forms the second process in the spinning of short stapled wool. In shape it is something like a carder, but instead of "cards" it has sharp iron teeth. The wool is first put through the devil, by which it is opened and partially cleaned. It is then sprinkled with oil and fed into the willy, which effectually mixes it, and regularly spreads the oil through the mass. To willy wool is to pass it through this machine.

WILLY [wúl'ee], sb. A large basket-of a shape deep rather than flat. The word would not be used for any shallow basket, nor for one having a bent handle from side to side. A willy has two small handles at the upper edge, one opposite the other. There are "half-bag willies," "quarter-bag willies," and " twobushel willies," made to hold the specified quantities. Same as MAUND. See BAG.

WILLY-NILLY [wúl'ee-núl ee], sb. Willing or unwilling.

Nif maister do zay it, 'tidn no use vor they to zay nort, they must do it willy-nilly.

WIM [wúm], v. t. To winnow. (Always.)
Our volks be all busy wimin o' barley.

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