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A Collection Of Provincialisms In Use In The County Of Sussex.

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A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
Groom, m. An instrument used by thatchers for carrying bundles of straw.
Grout-headed. Stupidly noisy.
Grubby, e. To make in a mess.
"You've grubbied your pinney," means "you have dirtied your pinafore."
Grummut. An awkward boy.
Mr. M. A. Lower states that this word is a corruption of the old French, gromet, a diminutive of groom; the cabin-boy of the Cinque Ports navy was so called. The con­dition of the distinguished immunities of those ancient corporations was, that they should provide for the King's use a certain number of ships, and in each ship twenty-one men, with one boy, called a gromet—"et in qualibit nave xxi. homines, cum uno garcione qui dicitur gromet'."
Suss. Arch. Coll. vol. xiii. p. 217.
Gryst. [Grist, Ang. Sax., a grinding.] A week's allowance of flour for a family.
Gubber, e. Black mud.
Gudge, m. To probe.
"The doctor came and vaccinated our baby yesterday; nasty man! he just did gudge his poor little arm about."
Guess-sheep, m. Young ewes that have been with the ram and had no lambs ; so called because it is doubtful or a matter of guess whether they will ever have lambs.
Gull, w. To sweep away by force of running water; a breach made by a torrent.
Gull. A gosling.
Gull, m. The blossom of the willow; called in Cambridge­shire goslins.
Gummut. A lout; a stupid fellow. (See Grummut.)
Gumptious, e. Smart; tawdry.
Gun, m. To examine carefully; to con over.
"When I gunned her over a little closer, I soon saw that she was too gumptious by half to be a lady."
Gurgise, w. A fish-pool; lake, or pond.
Gurt. [Corruption of Great.]
Gut, m. [Gjota, Icel.; Gota, Ang. Sax., a pourer.] An under­ground drain for water.
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