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The Golden Asse

by Lucius Apuleius

Adlington's translation, 1566


GLOSSARY


Affiance
confidence, trust, faith in (somebody) [MED]
Apayed
satisfied, content or pleased [MED]
Attend
to wait for
Bandog
a dog kept tied up as a guard, or for its ferocity [CED]
Betimes
early
Barke
a boat
Blame
to rebuke or scold [MED]
Caitif
a captive. Also a mean, niggardly person [GTSW]
Cavellation
a quibble
Chuffe
a churlish miser [GTSW]
Clout
a piece of cloth or linen, a rag [GTSW]
Coat
a house or shack
Commonweale
public welfare, public property.
Cope
a semicircular sleeveless hooded vestment [CED]
Cosses
thighs
Dastards
cowards
Delay
to dilute [GTSW]
Detect
to reveal
Discover
to disclose, to reveal
Dissemble
to disguise, to mask, to feign, to assume a false appearance [CED]
Dolour
pain
Eke
in addition, likewise [CED]
Erst
once, formerly
Fain
(v.) to put on a false appearance, e.g. he fained much sorrow.
Fain
(adv.) willingly, e.g. I would fain speake.
Fardel
a bundle, a pack, a burden. [CED]
Fet
to fetch [CED]
Fuller
one whose occupation is to cleanse and thicken cloth.
Gan
to begin [CED]
Glimpse
to shine faintly, to glimmer [GTSW]
Gree
goodwill, favour, pleasure, satisfaction
Habiliment
an outfit, accoutrement, attire [GTSW]
Importunate
unreasonably solicitous or urgent; insupportable; troublesome
Incontinently
immediately [GTSW]
Krippin
(may be related to Crippe: a small bag, a pouch [MED])
Lawne
a cotton or linen fabric, finer than cambric
Masties
mastiffs
Maugre
in spite of [DAP]
Maurell
(may be related to Mawroll: the white-horehound [DAP])
Mow
a stack of corn [DAP]
Pannier
a basket
Pantofles/Pantofiles
slippers
Paps
breasts
Partlet
a neckerchief [GTSW]
Pismares/Pismires
ants
Pole
the upper part
Pottage
boiled vegetables, with or without meat [CED]
Precept
a command, a mandate
Presently
immediately [GTSW]
Preyes
booty, plunder [CED]
Pristine
pertaining to an early state or time
Privily
secretly

Privities: secrets

Proper
own, e.g. "My proper weapons": "My own weapons"
Puissance
strength, power
Puissant
strong, powerful [from the French "puissant"]
Sallet
a salad [DAP]
Sarce
a small hair sieve [DAP]
Shipping
"to take shipping" = "to embark" [CED]
Sive
a sieve [DAP]
Sop
a piece of bread soaked in the dripping under the meat [DAP]
Spice
a slight attack of any disorder [DAP]
Stint
to stop (something) [DAP]
Target
a light round buckler [GTSW] (Buckler: a small hand-held shield).
Travell
work, labour
Twyfold
twofold
Unbrast
removed or relaxed the braces of; loosened
Ungles
claws [from French "ongles"]
Unlaste
unlaced, unfastened. [GTSW]
Unneth
scarcely [DAP]
Utricide
a bag-killer. (from Latin "utris": bag).
Verge
a rod, wand, or staff, carried as an emblem of authority
Verjiuce
an acid liquid expressed from crab-apples, unripe grapes etc.
Weale publique, Commonweale
welfare, prosperity [GTSW]
Wot
to know. e.g. God wot: God knows


Sources:


[CED]: Chambers English Dictionary.

[DAP]: A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words from the 14th Century, by James Orchard Halliwell, London: John Russell Smith, 1881.

[GTSW]: A Glossary of Tudor and Stuart Words; by Walter W. Skeat, edited with additions by A. L. Mayhew; Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1914.

[MED]: Middle English Dictionary, by Hans Kurath, University of Michigan Press / Oxford University Press, 1956.

 

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