76 A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
Moak. [Max, masc, Ang. Sax., a mesh, a noose.] The mesh of a net.
"Ordered, that no fisherman of the town should fish with any trawl net whereof the moak holdeth not five inches size throughout." —Hastings Corporation Records, 1604.
Mock-beggar-hall. A house which has an inviting external aspect, but within is poor and bare, dirty and disappointing. A farm near Rye bears this name.
Moil. Trouble; vexation.
Mole Plough, w. A draining plough.
Mommick, m; or Mammick. To cut or carve awkwardly or unevenly.
" Whether his fall enraged him, or how 'twas, he did so set his teeth and tear it; O, I warrant how he mammocked it!"
—Coriolanus, Act i. sc. 3. Money-purse. A purse.
Monger. [Mangere, Ang. Sax., a dealer.] A man who has anything for sale.
A field at Selmeston is called The Monger's Plot.
Moonshine. Smuggled spirits.
Moonshiner. A beast that will not fat; a diseased beast that has to be driven off to the butcher's yard by night.
Morgan. May-weed. Anthemis cotula.
More. As big-more, or as long-more, means as big again, or as long again.
"'Tis as fur more from here to Hellingly as what it is from here to Hailsham."
Mort. [Icel., Mart, neuter of margr, many.] A great many.
"Yes, I've got a mort of children, but there's not one that's bringing in anything."
Mortacious. Mortal; very.
"My old sow's mortacious bad, surelye! "
Mortal. A term of reproach.
"What a young mortal that is; he's always at something!"
Mosey. Musty; soft; woolly.
Most-in-ginral, m. Generally.
" I most-in-ginral goos to church, but I goos to chapel other-while when 'tis so shabby."