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YOU [yèo, yùe], pos. p. Your. Very com. in speaking to


Jimmy, come over-n let me warsh you niddle 'ands [yèo núd·l an z].

Lizzy, mind you don't dirt you pinny [yùe pee'nee].

& certis, sirs, bote ze do : 3e dop 3ow selue schame.-Sir Fer. 1. 1611.

YOUNG GRASS [yuung graa's]. Clover or other annual grass sown upon arable land, in distinction to that of meadows or permanent pasture. See LAND GRASS.

YOUNG-HIND [yuung-uy'n], sb.

of three years old. See SPIRE.

Hunting. A female deer

YOUNG MAN [yuung mae'un], sb. 1. Sweetheart.
That's our Lizzie's young man.

So young-umman [yuung-uum'un] is the converse and complement. Bill Jones 've a-got a fine young umman sure 'nough-her do live cook up to Foxydown.

2. sb. Bachelor. (Always, quite irrespective of age.)

Of a man of sixty it would be said,-No, he's a young man he wad-n never a-married.

YOUNG-STOCK [yuung-stau'k], sb. Young steers and heifers of indefinite age, from six or eight months to two years old.

I can't keep so much young-stock to winter, I must hird a lot o' it.

YOUNGY [yuung ee], v. i. To bring forth young-said of any animal except horses, cattle, sheep, and pigs, which have all their special word.

I zee the bitch'v a young-éd; how many have her a-got? [Dh'oal kyat oa'n yuungee naut eet-s vau'rtnait,] the old cat will not kitten yet for a fortnight.

Thick there doe's gwain to youngy purty quick, I zee.

YCWLY [yaew'ulee], v. i. To howl; to weep loudly. Make haste along, tid-n no good to bide there yowlin-you do make noise 'nough to frighten the very zebm slaipers.

YUCKLE [yuukl], sb. Woodpecker. Wood-wall.

Not so common

YUCKS [yuuk's], sb. Hiccough. (Usual name.)

Why, Tommy, you've a-got the yucks-drink zome cold water. Of mint "it taketh away abhominacion of wamblyng and abateth yexeing. Trevisa, quoted by Way. Promp. Parv. p. 514.


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with your brest sighe, nor coughe, nor brethe, youre souerayne before ; be yoxinge, ne bolkynge ne gronynge, neuer þe more;

1430. John Russell's Boke of Nurture (Furnivall), 1. 297. The same drunke with wine putteth away windinesse out of the stomacke, and gripings of the belly, and helpeth the hicket or yeoxing.

Gerarde, Herbal, p. 1027.

YUMMER [yuum'ur], sb. and v. t. Humour (9. v.).

Can't think hot ailth maister's hackney mare, her'th a-got a yummer a-brokt out all over the zide o' her.

You never 'ont do nort way thick there young 'oss nif you don't yummer'n.

Z. 1. See remarks under S.


2. Z in rapid speech, when used for his, changes to sharp s after k or t. See ex. and remarks, COME IN.

3. contr. of he is, there is, &c.

Wull, I be glad [tu yuurz u-kaech tu laa's,] to hear he is caught at last.

[Baub zaed- u plai'ntee u boo'urd aup dhur,] Bob said (there) is a plenty of board up there.

ZAHT [zaa't], adj. Soft in the sense of foolish; imbecile; daft.
Poor soul! her can't help o'ut, her's a bit zaht, you know.

ZAHTY-POLL [zaa tee-poal], sb. Name for a stupid, silly, half-imbecile person.

Art-n thee a purty zahty-poll now, vor to bring the zive 'thout other whetstone?

ZALT [zaalt], sb. and v. t. Salt. (Always.)

ZAND [zan (d], sb. Sand. (Always.)

ZANDY [zan'dee], adj. Sandy. (Always.)

ZANY [zae'unee], sb. A sawney; a softy; a loutish simpleton.
Get 'long 'ome to thy mother and zook, ya gurt zany !


ZAPE [zae up], sb. This word is always pronounced soft. Sap in wood, as distinct from heart, i. e. the quickly grown outside part of the trunk or branch, immediately beneath the bark.

2. The sap or circulating fluid of vegetables. The blood of


'Ton't do vor to cut they trees 'vore winter, else all the zape 'll urn out'n they'll blid to death.


ZART [zaa'rt], adj. Soft; daft. Same as ZAHT.
We on't 'ave he, a's to zart 'n th' aid vor our work.

I doant think thay got murch, ur thay'm windervul zart ;
Nathan Hogg, ser. I. p. 26. See Ex. Scold. I. 59.

ZAW [zaa', zau'], sb. and v. t. Saw.

Plase to len father your zaw, vor to zaw up some virin.

ZAW-BOX [zaa bauks], sb. The handle which the pit-man or under sawyer wedges on to the pit-saw so that he may perform his part of the work.

Where's Joe? He've a-split the zaa bauks 'n he's a-foced t'urn 'ome arter another.

ZEBM [zaeb'm], sb.

Seven (q. v.). (Always.) For change

of n into m, see W. S. Dial. p. 17.

ZEBM-SLAPER [zaeb'm-slai pur], sb. Seven sleeper. The dormouse. (Always.)

A keeper's boy pulled out the nest of a dormouse from a bush. What have you got there, Jimmy? A zebm-slaper, zir.—December 29, 1886. Applied to any hibernating animal.

ZEE [zee], v. t. and i. To see. (Always.) P. t. zee'd; p. p. u-zee'd.

Saw and seen are still quite unknown. Comp. pronun. of see and sea. In lit. Eng. both are identical; in the dialect zee and sai.

ZEED [zee ud], sb. 1. Seed. (Always.)

This word has a very distinctive sound both as sb. and vb. from the p. t. of zee, to see, which is zeed, and has no fracture.

2. . . To seed, generally followed by out.

I shall see ud out thick field come the spring o' the year. I do count zeeud 'll be cheaper then.

ZEED-LIP [zid·-lúp], sb. Seedlip (q. v.). the word zee ud with lip shortens its quantity. [zee'ud-bauks] no change occurs.

ZEFT [zaeft], v. t. To sift.

Take the zeeve and

zeft they there arshes.

The compounding of
In zeed-box, however,

ZEL [zuul]. Self. (Always as a suffix.) Numerous examples are to be found in the preceding pages.

ZESS [zaes'], sb. A heap; pile; now only applied to one of corn in the barn ready for thrashing.

When thrashing was all done by hand large barns were necessary, because a rick of corn when uncovered must be all removed at once to a place of shelter. Hence the term "to take in a rick" meant to carry all the sheaves and pile them up in a sess in the

barn for thrashing at leisure.

Now-a-days ricks are not taken in, but the "steamer" is brought alongside the mow, and all the work is completed out of doors.

How's anybody to make good work way the reed nif you bwoys do ride up, und make jis mirschy 'pon the zess?

Hal. is wrong in defining zess as a compartment in a barn; compartment is the "pool," or the "pool o' the barn."

To ransake in the cas of bodyes dede,
Hem for to streepe of herneys and of wede,
And so by fil, that in the cas thei founde.

Chaucer, Knightes Tale, ll. 147, 151.

Why dedst thee, than tell me o' the Zess, or it o' tha Hay-pook?
Ex. Scold. 1. 87. See also Ib. p. 175 and ll. 32, 70, 240, 284.

ZESS [zaes']. Regular pronun. of says.

See Z'-I.



Z-'I [z-aay]. Short but commonest form of says I. In recounting any accident or event in which the rustic narrator took part, nearly every sentence has "says I" or says he," or [zoa' u zaes,] so he says. Generally all oratio recta begins-[Zoa aay zaes', z-aay,] so I says, says I; or [zoa u zaes z-uur,] or [z-ce',] so her says, says she, or says he. In all cases the historic present is mostly used in narrating.

ZIDS [zid z], sb. Suds. (Always.) The foul water in which clothes or other things have been washed with soap; not as in the dictionaries "water impregnated with soap.'

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Idn nort in the wordle 'll stink no wis'n zids, arter t'ave a-fret a bit.

ZIEVE [zee'v], sb. A sieve. (Always.)


ZIM [zúm'], v. i. To consider; to believe; to fancy; to think. "I zim" means, "it seems to me."

The numberless uses of the form in the preceding pages will show the frequency of its occurrence.

ZIMMET [zúm ut], sb. An implement used in a barn for throwing the corn into the winnowing machine, but formerly for throwing it in front of the "van." The zimmet is in shape like a sieve, but instead of open wire-work, the bottom is, like a drum, formed of a piece of dried skin tightly stretched. In fact, a zimmet is a large rough tambourine.

ZIN [zún], sb. Son and sun. (Always.)

My zin Tom's zo fine a chap's the zin ever sheen'd 'pon.

ZINNY [zún'ee], sb. Sinew. (Always.)

I be a-took't way that there pain in my arm, 'pon times, 'tis jis the very same's off the zinnies was a-tord out way a pinches. I be rampin, maze way it.

[Kuut rait drùe dhu zun'eez uv úz an-rús,] cut right through the sinews of his hand-wrist.

ZINO [zaaynoa], phr. As I know. Very commonly added quite redundantly to negative sentences, as a kind of asseveration. Be you gwain to fair?

No, z-I-know! can't stap, i. e. cannot afford the time.

Same in effect, and used as frequently as T-I-know, Tino (q. v.).

ZINZE [zún z], adv. Since. Sometimes [sún'z], never either [zún's or sún's]; but always unlike lit. since.

[Aay aa'nt u-zee'd ee zun'z voa'r Kúr·smus,] I have not seen you since before Christmas.

ZIT [zúť, p. tense, zau’ut, þ. p. u-zau'ut, or u-zau't], v. i. and tr. To sit; set. See SET, SOT.

Plase to zit down.


Her never sot yer no more'n about of a ten

Be you comin to zee me zit the sponge umbye night? Her've a-zot the sparked hen abrood 'pon they eggs her 'ad o' you.

ZIVE [zuy'v], sb. Scythe. (Always.)

ZIVE STONE [zuy'v stoo'un], sb. A whetstone. See NORWAY.

ZOG [zaug], sb. 1. A very bad smelling fungus (Phallus impudicus). See STINK-HORN.

Hot ever is it stenkth zo yer? Why, 'tis nort but a zog.

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Take care where you do ride, else you'll sure to get in the sogs up there.

I zeed two hares 'pon the hill yes'day, jist up there above the zogs.-Dec. 29, 1887.

ZOGGY [zaug ee], adj. Boggy.

Mortal zeggy country sure 'nough, this yer.

You'll vind it ter'ble zoggy there under the hill-tid'n no good

to go vor to ride thick way.

He here pointed for Knowstone, but turned to the left by Soggy Moor.
Rec. N. Dev. Staghounds, p. 50.

ZOKE [zoak], sb. 1. Soaker; term for a sot.

Proper old zoke, drunk half's time!

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