814, o that God were willing! ne zolde God!

11068, God forbid ! Wold, part. pa, willed, been willing, M, 245, 284;

L.W. 1207.

Womanhedo, n. womanhood, the virtue of a woman,

E951, Wonde, v. Sax. wandian, to defist through fear,L.W

1185. Wonde, pa. t. C. M. V. 102, may perhaps be deduced from winde, to turn, to bend. See T. i. 257.;

The yerde is bet that bowen wol and winde

Than that that breit.' 11orde, pa. t. of zvoni, dwelled, L. W. 2241. Hunder, adj. Sax. wonderful, 2075, 5465. W010, n. Sax. custom, ufage, 337, 13434; Du. 475

habitation, 7687, 13730-aheap, an assembly, R.

1673;L. W. 2159. Wone, v. Sax. to dwell, 7745. Worreden, pa. t. pl. dwelled, 2929. IV oned, part. pa. wont, accustomed, T. i. 511; Du.

140. Woning, n. Sax. a dwelling, 608. Worne, part. pa. of cinne, v. Sax. won, conquered,

51,59-begotten, L. W. 2553. W"ont, part. pa. of rólic, accustomed, Do. iv. pr. 4, Wood, adj. as Wode. Woodness, n. madness, 3452, 12430, Wordles, adj. Sax. speechless, C. D. $14. Worldes, gen. ca. of world, n. Sax. is used in the sense

of the adj. ccorld!y; every worldes fore, 2851; my

worldrs blis, 15206. Wort, n. Sax.,a cabbage, 8102, 13227-new beer in

a hate of fermentation, 16281. Hot!, V. Sax. to be, to go, C. M. 95; wo worthe! T. ii. 344,5,6, unhappy be, or wobe to !-to climb,

to mount, 13681; T. ii. 1OI1. Wot, for wotefi, 1165, 176,6144, knowest. Wote, wot, v. Sax. to know, 1142, 1262,4,5-Wot,

pa. t. knew, 4856. Wowe, (rather woe) v. Sax. to woo, T. v. 791;L. W.

I 245. Woxe, pa. t. of waxe, or wexe, v. Sax. grew, 7703. Woxen, part. pa. grown, 'T. v. IOI4. Wraie, v. Sax. to betray, discover, T. iii. 285. Wrathen, inf. m. v. Sax. to make angry, 17029; P.

144 Wrawe, adj. Sax. peevith, angry, 16995; wrawe, fro

ward, ungoodly; perverfus, bilofus, Prompt. Paru. Wrazvnefs, n. peevishness, P. 219. Wray, v. 11256, as Wraie. Wrecbe, n. Sax. revenge, 14521, 14533. Wrenches, n. pl. Sax, frauds, stratagems, 16549. Wrest, v. Sax. to twist, B. K. 48; the nightingale with

so great might hire voice began out wrefto turn

forcibly, T. iv. 1427. Wretcbes, Bo. ii. pr. 7, Mould probably be wretched. Wretben, part. pa. of writbe, F. L. 57; wrethen in fere, twisted together ; in Urry's edit. it is printed

-within in fere. Wreye, v. 3503, 7, as Wraie. Wrie, v. Sax. to cover, 7409; R. 6795-to turn, to

incline, 17211; T. ii. 906. Wright, n. Sax. a workman, 616. Wrine, for zuricn, inf. m. of wrie, R. 6684. Wring, v. Sax. to squeeze fo as to express moisture,

13706. Writbe, v. Sax. to twist, to turn aside, 3283; T. iy.

986. Writhing, n. a turning, 10441.

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Wronge, part. pa. of suring; his hondes wronge, T.

iv. 1171: later writers have used the same expresa sion of distress. I suppose it means to clasp the hands, and squeeze them strongly one against the other. I do not recollect a similar expression in any other

language. Wrote, v. Sax. to dig with the snout as swine do, P.

150; or like a worm that wroteth in a tree, Lydg. Wrougbt, part. pa. of worke, v. Sax. made, 11184.

Y Y, at the beginning of many words, especially verbs

and participles, is merely a corruption of the Saxon Je, which has remained uncorrupted in the other collateral branches of the Gothick language; what the

power of it may have been originally it is impossible I apprehend now to determine : in Chaucer it does not appear to have any effect upon the fenfe of a word, so that there feems to be no necessity for inserting in a gloffary such words as yblefjed, ygranted, &c. which differ not in signification from blefjed, granted, 86. Some however of this sort are inserted, which

may ferve at least to thew more clearly the extent of this practice in Chaucer's time. Several other words are shortly explained under this letter, of which a more full explanation may be found un

der their respective second letters. Ya, adv. Sax. yta, 3455,8231 ; it is used emphatical

ly with both, 4827, ya botbe yonge and olde; 6832,

ye bothe faire and good. Yaf, pa. t. of geve, v. Sax. gave, 498, 1902. Yalte, for yelte, R. 4904, yalte him, yieldeth himself;

fe rend, orig. Yare, adj. Sax. ready, L.W. 2258. laie, n. Sax. a gate, 8889.


l'ave, pa. t. of yeve, gave, 304, 602. robe, part. pa. been, 10275. F-beried, part. pa. buried, 948. 7-bete, 981. See the note, and R. 837. Y-blent, part. pa. of bland, R. 1610, blinded. 7-blent, part, pa. of blenche, 3751, Shrunk, started aside.

See the note on ver. 1080. Y-blint, part. pa. 3806, blinded. 7-bore, part. pa. of bere, 380, born, carried. Y-bourded, part. pa. jefted, A. F. 589. T-brent, part. pa, of brenne, 948, burned. ?-chaped, part. pa. 368, furnished with chapes, from

chappe, Fr. 7-clouted, part. pa, R. 223, wrapped in clouts or rags. 2*-corven, part. pa. 2015, cut. See Corven, 1-coupled, part. pa. 9095. r-crased, part. pa. Du. 324, broken. 2-deled, part. pa. 7831, distributed. Y-dight, part. pa. T. v. 541, adorned. Y-do, part. pa. 2536, done, finished. 2-drawe, part. pa. 946, drawn. re, adv. Sax, as Ya, 9212; ye wis, T. ii. 887, yea cer

tainly. Yeddinges, 237. See the note. The Prompt. Parv. makes

yedding to be the same as gesie, which it explains thus; geeft or romawnce, geftio. So that of yeddinges may perhaps mean of story-telling. Yede, part. pa. of yedi, v. Sax. went, 13249, 16609. l'efte, n. Sax. a gift, 9185; peftes, pl. 2200, 9186. Telde, v. Sax. to yield, to give, 6494, 8719-to pay,

5712; God yelde you! 7759, God reward you! Yelleden, pa. t. pl. of yelle, v. Sax. 15395. Welpe, v. Sax. to prate, to boalt, 2240; T. iii. 308. l'elte, for geldetb, T. i. 386.

Yeman, n. Sax. a fervant of middling rank; a bailif,

6962, 6977—the Knightes Yeman. See his character, ver. 101–17--the Chanones Yeman. See his Prologue, ver. 16022–16187-Yemen, pl. 2511,

2730. See the n. on ver. Ioi. Yemanrie,n.the rank of yeoman. See then.on ver.101. Yerde, n. Sax. a rod or staff, 149; T. ii. 154; under the

gierde, 13027. See the note. Yere, for yeres, n. pl. Sax. years, 4919, 11125. Terne, adj. Sax. briik, eager, 3257. Yerne, adv. briskly, eagerly, 6575,12332 ; early, T. iii.

337; as rerne, T. ii. 151, T. iv. 112, foon, imme

diately. Verne, v. to desire, to seek eagerly, T. iii. 152, T. iv.

198. Yerning, n. activity, diligence, R. 5951; efveil, orig. ?eten, part. pa. R. 5702, gotten. Yeve, v. Sax. to give, 507,613. Yeven, yeve, part. pa. given, 1088, 1091, 7135. Y-falle, part. pa. 25, fallen. 7-feined, part. pa. 8405 ; lordes hestes may not ben y-feined, the commands of sovereigns may not be executed with a feigned pretended zeal, they must

be executed strictly and fully. 7-fette, part. pa. 10488, fetched. r.fonden, part. pa. 10154, found. Y-fostered, part. pa. 3944, educated. 7-freten, part. pa. L.W. 1949, devoured. r-geten, part. pa. 3564, gotten. Y-giofed, part. pa. 16983, Haitered. Y-glued, part. pa. 10496, glewed, fastened with glew. 10-89, part. pa. 288, gone. Y-grave, part. pa. 6078, buried. Y-balowed, part. pa. L.W. 1869, kept holy. r-berd, part. pa. 3736, covered with hair.

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