50 A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
Goody. The title of an elderly widow.
Expences for the yeare 1743 : Payd Goody Gorge for washing and mending her suns
cloath and Goody Pumphery 6 pence......01..00..06
Gossip, e. [Gobsibb, Ang. Sax., a sponsor.] This word is still used, though very rarely, by old people.
"They've brought a child to be christened, but they haven't got no gossips."
" The doctor says he must go to the hospital and go under an operation."
Grabby, e. Grimy; filthy; dirty.
Graff, or Graffing-tool, m. [Grafan, Ang. Sax., to dig.] A curved spade, generally made of wood shod with iron, used by drainers.
Grandfather, m. A daddy-long-legs.
Gratten, m. A stubble field.
Gratten. [Gratter, French, to scratch.] To scratch for the grain that may be left on the grattens.
" By the time the pigs have been grattening for a week they'll look eversmuch better."
Grew, e. A greyhound.
Greybeards, m. Earthen jugs formerly used in public-houses for beer, and so called from having on them the face of a man with a large beard.
Greybird, m. The thrush.
Grib, e. Variation of grip. A sharp bite.
Gridgen, m. Grudging; stingy.
"If he has anything given him, he's that gridgen that , he'll never give away naun an't."
Grig, e. Merry; happy.
"Master Harry he's always so grig."
Grip. [Groep, Ang. Sax.] A small ditch or drain. Grizzle, m. To fret; to grieve.
"I know the child aint well, because she's been grizzling
about so all day, and she's never one to grizzle when she's
Grom, e. [Grommeler, Dutch, to wallow.] Dirty; to soil or make dirty.