A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
Belver, m. To make an angry disturbance.
Bench. A widow's bench is the share of the husband's estate which a woman enjoys besides her jointure.
Best, m. To get the better of anyone; to beat at any game. "I bested him every time."
Bethered, e. Bed-ridden.
" Poor creature! She was bethered three years before she died." Bethwine. The wild clematis.
Bettermost. Superior; above the average. Generally qualified by the word rather.
"The new people who have come to live down at the cottage seem rather bettermost sort of folks."
Bibler-catch, w. [Bilboquet, French.] The game of cup and
ball. Bide. [Bidan, Ang. Sax., to remain.] To wait; remain.
"If ye've got one you can run; If ye've got two you may goo; But if ye've got three You must bide where you be."
—Sussex Proverbial Advice to a Young Mother.
Bind-days, w. Days on which the tenants of certain manors were bound to work for their lord.
Bine, m. The hop stalk which binds round the pole.
Biscuit. In Sussex the words biscuit and cake interchange their usual meaning. A plum biscuit, or a seed biscuit, means a plain cake made of either of these ingredients.
Bishop-Barnaby, e. The lady-bird.
In some parts of Sussex the lady-bird is called the lady-bug; in others, fly-golding, or God Almighty's cow, by which singular name it is also known in Spanish (Vaca de Dios). The children set the insect on their finger, and sing,—
"Bishop Bishop-Bamabee, Tell me when my wedding shall be ; If it be to-morrow day, Ope your wings and fly away."
Bitten, m. [Bitende, Ang. Sax., biting.] Inclined to bite. "Mind that dog, he's terrible bitten."
Bittle, w. A wooden milk bowl.