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Y. 1. As a consonant this letter very frequently takes the place of h, as in yeffer, yeath, yarbs, yeat, yerrin, &c. See Yerr. A toteling, wambling, zlottering zart-and-vair yheat-stool.
Ex. Scold. I. 54. See Ib. l. 39. 2. [ee]. As a vowel, it is commonly used to express the final infinitive inflection of the intransitive form of verbs, as ploughy, warshy, looky, talky, &c., of which abundant examples have been given in these pages. See W. S. Gram. p. 49.
In M. E. this inflection was used with both trans, and intrans. verbs, but in the dialect it is now confined to the latter.
be duc Willam anon : uor-bed alle his,
þat non nere so wod to robby. - Rob. of Glouc., W. the Cong. 1. 68. bet is a zenne bet makep to ssewy be gode wypoute bet ne is wyb-inne.
Ayenbite of Inwyt, p. 25. Hundreds of examples herein. Now my folkes doþ þus wanye : y lost ys myn honour.—Sir Ferumbras, l. 1645. Also þere is an ilond, bere no dede body may roty.
Trevisa, De locorum prodigiis, xxxv. vol. 1. p. 361. 3. When added to any species of handicraft, it has a frequentative force, and implies the practice, or occupation in the work named. I do stone-cracky hon I can get it,-m
-means I follow the occupation of stone-breaker when I can obtain work. See MASONY.
4. The usual objective form of you.
I tell-y hot tis. You can't, can'y? You don't zay zo, do-y? Usually spelt ee. See E 2.
. 5. Final y of lit. Eng. is sometimes dropped in the dialect. See CAR, SLIPPER, DIRT, STID, STORE.
and meyntene be pouvert of crist and his apostelis,
zis bei niake profession to most hey pouvert.-Wyclif, Works, p. 5. YA (yaa), pr. You. This form is only used when applying an epithet.
Ya gurt mumphead, you !
Ex. Scold. I. 39. YALLER [yaal'ur), sb. and adj. Yellow. (Always.)
YALLER BWOY [yaal'ur bwuuy], sb. A gold coin.
I thort fust 'twas a varden, but zoon's I'd a-clane the dirt off o'un, I zeed sure 'nough twas a yaller bwoy.
YALLER-HAMMER (yaal 'ur-aa'mur], sb. The yellow-hammer. Emberiza citrinella.
This very common sunimer bird is often called, from its peculiar note" Little-bit-o'-bread-an’-no-cheese." Our ammer is a more correct pronunciation than the lit. hammer. Ang.-Sax. Amore.
YAMMET (yaam'ut]. See EMMETT.
' YAPPY [yaapee], v. i. 1. To give the short shrill bark which spaniels or terriers do, on starting their game.
Look out! That's th’old dog, he don't never yappy vor nort.
2. v. i. To chatter. The use of the word is distinctly depreciatory. Mind yer work, and neet bide there yappin.
avore tha art a hoazed that tha cast scarce yeppy.-Ex. Scold. 1. 261. YAPRIL (yae'uprúl], sb. April. Thick piece o' groun 'ont be a-stock 'vore out in Yapril. YAPS (yaap's], sb. Disease of chicken. Same as GAPS, PIP. YAPURD (yaap'urd), sb. Halfpenny-worth. A yapurd o' scall-milk. (Com.) YARBING (yaar:been], part. sb. Gathering herbs. We've a-bin vor a riglur day's yarbin. Old women do vind 'em 'pon times, eens they be yarbin.
YARBS (yaar bz], sb. Herbs. By this is meant “ simples," or medicinal herbs, while those for cooking are always pot-herbs [paut-aarbs), such as thyme, sage, mint, organ, &c.
I don't never go to no doctor; nif any o'm be bad, I boils some yarbs down, and gives em to 'em, and they don't lack no doctor's stuff.
YARD (yaar'd], sb. Of land. A measure of five and a half yards (16) feet) both long and square, i.e. the same as a rod, pole, or perch. (Always.)
In this district are three distinct yards. See W. S. Gram. p. II. For ill. see GATHER, THROW-ABROAD.
YARNEST (yaar nees], sb. Earnest. Yarnest money. Earnest money = money paid to bind a bargain.
You'll buy un then, will-y? Well then, I must 'ave a suvreign in yarnest, else I 'ont stand word.
YEAR [yuur), sb. The ear. (Always.)
2. adj. When applied to any other kind of animal, as“ yearling-
YEARLY [yuur'lee, sometimes yaar lee), adv. Early.
[Wuul, Júmz! kún-ee kaech yúť s-mau'rneen-shaa'rp, úd:-n
He knowed twad-n no good vor to come vor to kill the pig,
Wul thay zot roun agane, an thay vill’d up tha kwarts,
YEAVY (yai vee], alj. Damp; moist. This word expresses
YEFFER (yaefur], sb. Heifer. (Always.)
There, maister ! don'ee call that good beef? A maiden yeffer,
YEFFIELD (yaefree'ul], sb. Heathfield. Usual name for a
Langford Heathfield [Lang vurd yaefee-ul], Chelston Heathfield,
YELD [yuuld], sb. Hunting. A female deer not pregnant.
Collyns, p. 73.
Beat up the yelk of a egg way some milk and a drap o' rum's a
ŽELKE, of an eye (ey K. s. egge, P.). Vitellus.- Proip. Parv.
[Wee-ul, dhee gèo yún tu faa'rmur Snuuliz, un aak's oa un tu
to farmer Snell's, and ask him to please to come over and smoke a pipe umbye night.
YENNY [yaen'ee), v. i. To yean; to bring forth young-said of ewes only.
Her'll yenny vore mornin'.
[Yuur: twau'z,] here it was. [Uur úd'n yuur,] she is not here. [Yuur ! aay bae'un gwai'n t-ae'u dhaa't,] here ! I am not going to have that.
And tellej hym how þat Charlemayn Wyp ys host hym comeb agayn
With hym to fizte zeare. Sir Fer. l. 5233. See also ll. 5289, 5322. YERR [yuur:], 1'. t. To hear. (Always.) I do yerr how you've a meet way a bad job, an' a lost yer dunkey.
In certain combinations the y is dropt, as [shuur mee? ] dost hear me? A very com. saying.
[Aa:-1 maek dhee muy'n, shuur.'] I will make thee mind, dost hear !
The words here and hear, as well as year and ear, have precisely the same sound, as above. See abundant examples herein. YERRING [yuur'een], sb. 1. Hearing; trial. (Always.)
(. The yerrin idn avore next Monday. 2. Herring. (Very com.) Fine yerrins! Fine yerrins, all alive! YET [eet]. See EET.
In negative sentences it is usual to find a redundant 110t before Jet.
I tell-y I baint gwain not eet.
Earth has not the y sound as given in many glossaries. Sec EARTH.
2. sb. Hearth. (Always.)
The hearth is that on which a wood fire is actually burnt, and does not include the space in front of a grate. This latter is the Jeth-stone (yaeth-stooʻun).
So a smith's forge is the large square erection at which he heats his iron, while the yeth is limited to the very small space in front of the "tew-ire" (g. 2.), where the fire is actually burning.
YETII-CRAPPER (yaeth-kraap'ur), sb. A rough pony or horse turned out upon a common, and half starved. See VuzCROPPER.
YETH-HOUNDS (yaeth-aew'nz], sb. A phantom pack of hounds, believed to hunt in the night, and whom some superstitious people declare they have heard. The legend is not very common, but is steadfastly believed in out-of-the-way places.
YETH-POULT (yaeth--poaölt], sb. The regular local term for black grouse, including both sexes, which were once very plentiful in the district, and are still common enough.
The ' Poult Inn’on Brendon Hill is a favourite meet of hounds.
There was dree hen-poults and an old blackcock, but yeth-poults be got terr'ble skee'us (scarce).
YETTER [yút:ur], sb. A heater—an iron to be made red-hot and then inserted into ironing box, tea-urn, or other article. YOE [yoa:], v. t. 1. To hew. (Always.) To hew a tree into
( shape fit for sawing.
"Tis a gurt piece, 't'll take us more’n quarter day to yoe un. 2. with out—to shape with an axe.
(Vuul'urz bee bad'r u-yoa'd aewt-n dhai bee: u-zaa'd,] felloes be better hewn out than they be sawn.
Sharp, Jim, and yoe out a laver (lever). 3. [yoa), sb. Ewe. (Always.) That's a vew culls out o' the [yoa--aug'z,] ewe-hogs. See Hog.
YOE BRIMBLE (yoa: brúm:l], sb. The common bramble. Rubus fruticosus. The term is specially applied to one of the long, rank, rope-like runners which are so obstructive to the beaters in a covert, and which are much sought after by broomsquires for binds or tyers.
Hitched my voot in a gurt yoe brim'l, and valled all along.
The second b is never sounded except by those who wish to speak like "gin’lvokes.” YOE CAT [yoa: kat], sb. Ewe-cat; she-cat.
Sex of cats is usually distinguished as ram-cat or ewe-cat. Tomcat is the genteel form.
YOLK [yoa:k], sb. The grease in unwashed wool. (Always.) Terrible heavy lot o' ool, sight o' yolk in it.
YOLKY [yoa kee], adj. Of wool, unwashed; full of the natural grease.
Yolky wool is that which is shorn from sheep without their having been washed. The custom of shearing sheep without first washing them is very common in Devon and Cornwall, but much less so in Somerset.