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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.                     97
Round-frock. A loose frock or upper garment of coarse material, generally worn by country-people over their other clothes. A white round frock is considered mourning, and when worn (as I have sometimes seen it) under a great coat, the effect is by no means good, particularly when viewed from behind.
Roupey. [Connected with the Ang. Sax., hrtpan; or the Ice­landic, hropja, to scream out.] Hoarse.
Rowens, m; or Roughings, e. The latter grass which comes after mowing, and is frequently left for cattle to eat in the winter when it becomes coarse and rough.
Rubber. The stone used for whetting the scythe.
Rubbidge. Rubbish; especially weeds in a garden.
Rudy, m. Rude.
"They boys! They boys! They be so rudy."
Rue, w. [Rue, French, a street.] A row; a hedge-row.
Runagate. A good-for-nothing fellow.
" There let him sink, and be the seas on him! White-livered runagate, what doth he there?"
Richard III., Act iv. sc. 4.
Rundlet. A small circle. [Diminutive of Roundel.]
Runt, w. To grub up the roots of trees by drawing them out of the ground in a way which does not much disturb the soil.
Rusty, w. Unruly; ill-humoured.
Rythe, w. [Rithe, Ang. Sax., a fountain; well; rivulet.] A small stream; usually one occasioned by heavy showers of rain.
Sabbed. Wet; saturated; sopped. (See Sape.)
Sad. Sodden; heavy; said of bread which has not risen well.
Safe, w. Sure; certain.
"He's safe to be hanged."
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