d30 Archaic Words

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William Addison Dwiggins
  1. Aliment – food; nourishment
  2. Bodkin – dagger
  3. Blackguard – scoundrel
  4. Brimstone – sulphur
  5. Fandangle – a useless or purely ornamental thing
  6. Fishwife – woman who sells fish
  7. Kickshaw – fancy but insubstantial dish
  8. Kine – cows collectively
  9. Leech – doctor or healer
  10. Magdalen – reformed prostitute
  11. Malison – curse
  12. Mooncalf – foolish person
  13. Nithing – contemptible or despicable person
  14. Noise (something) about – talk about or make known publicly
  15. Numbles – a deer’s entrails as food
  16. Orison – prayer
  17. Otherwhere – elsewhere
  18. Pate – a person’s head
  19. Peterman – thief or safecracker
  20. Physic – medicinal drugs
  21. Posy – a short motto or line of verse inscribed inside a ring
  22. Pythoness – a woman believed to be possessed by a spirit and to be able to foresee the future
  23. Quaggy – marshy or boggy
  24. Sables – black mourning clothes
  25. Scaramouch – a boastful but cowardly person
  26. Shrive – to confess one’s sins especially to a priest
  27. Slipshod – (of shoes) worn down at the heel
  28. Tapster – a person who serves at a bar
  29. Watchword – a military password
  30. Yoke – the amount of land that one pair of oxen could plough in a day

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