A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
Hot-pot, m. Hot ale and spirits.
Hounds, w. The part of a wagon to which the fore-wheels and shafts are attached.
Housed, e. When hops have a great deal of bine, and the poles are thickly covered over the top, so as almost to shut out the light and sun, they are said to be "housed."
Housel, m. Household goods.
"Whose housel is that up on the wagon ?"
Hoveler, e. A pilot.
Hovelers, e. Men who go out to sea in boats for the purpose of meeting homeward-bound vessels, and engaging with the captain to unload them when they enter the harbour.
Hover, m. Light; spoken of the ground or soil.
Hover, m. Looking cold and shivery.
"Some of the children looked middlin' hover as they went along to school this morning through the snow."
Hover, m. To hover hops is to measure them lightly into the basket.
Howk, e. To dig. Possibly connected with the Dutch word houwen, to hew.
Howlers, w. Boys who in former times went round wassailing the orchards. A custom now nearly obsolete.
The custom of wassailing used to be observed on the eve of the Epiphany, when the howlers went to the orchards, and there encircling one of the best bearing trees, drank the following toast,—
"Here's to thee, old apple tree, May'st thou bud, may'st thou blow, May'st thou bear apples enow! Hats full! Caps full! Bushel, bushel, sacks full! And my pockets full, too! Huzza !"
The wassailers derived their name from the Anglo-Saxon salutation on pledging one to drink, which was woes keel, be of health; to which the person pledged replied drinc heel, I drink your health.
Howsumdever, m. However.
Hox, w. To cut the hamstrings; to cut the sinew of a rabbit's leg and put the other foot through, in order to hang it up.