A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
Sew, e. [Sychu, Welsh, to dry up ; cognate with Latin siccareJ]
To drain land. Sew, e. An underground drain.
Sew, w. A cow is said to be gone to sew when her milk is
dried off. Shacky. Shabby; ragged. Shackle, w. To idle about; to waste time; to be very busy
about nothing. Shade. [Shard.] A piece of broken tile or pottery.
Shag, w. A cormorant.
"As wet as a shag," is a common expression, taken from the idea of a cormorant diving frequently under the water.
Shard, e. A gap in a hedge. This word, like shade, is derived from the Anglo-Saxon sceard, which means (i) a sherd; (2) a division.
Sharp.* The shaft of a cart.
Sharps. The finest refuse siftings of flour. (See Pollard.)
Shatter, m. A number or quantity.
"There's a tidy shatter of hops this year."
Shaul, or Shawle. A wooden shovel without a handle, used for putting corn into a winnowing machine. This word is a variation of shool or shovel.
" I, said the owl, With my spade and showl."
Shaw, e. A small hanging wood.
Ray defines it as "a wood that encompasses a close."
Shay. A faint ray of light. In Kent the word means a general likeness, and seems to correspond to the Sussex bly.
A man who was trying to describe to me a fearful apparition which he had seen in Firle park, said, after much cross-examination, that it passed quite close to him in the form of an enormous white horse, and there was a bluish shay. I should myself have supposed that a horse and shay was a sufficiently common object of the country not to have excited undue influence, but on this occasion the appearance was so overwhelming that the man was ill for several days.
Shear, e. A spear, as an eel-shear.
Sheat, e. A young hog of the first year. (See Shoot.)
Sheep-cage. A framework out of which the sheep eat their hay, &c, in a strawyard.