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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.                     107
Slates, m. The pods of peas, &c.
"The peas seem to be out in bloom a long time before they hang in slates this year."
Slawen. A large piece. (See Slappel.)
Slay, or Sleigh. A slope.
Sleech, e. Mud or sea-sand used as manure. The sediment deposited by the river Rother is called sleech.
Slick. [Slikr, Icei., smooth.] To comb the hair; to make it sleek. This word is used frequently in America in this sense.
Slim. [Slim, Dutch. Schlimm, German, bad; sly.] To do work in a cunning, deceitful manner.
Sling. A cow or ewe which brings forth her young prematurely is said to sling her calf or lamb.
Slipe. To take off the outside cover from anything; especially used of removing the bark from trees.
Slirrup. To lap up any liquid noisily.
Slit.* [Connected with the Dutch word sluiten, to shut or lock.] To thrust back the lock of a door without the key.
Sliver, w. [Slifan, Ang. Sax., to cleave.] A slice.
Slock, e. [Corruption of Slack.]
Slocksey,.?. Slovenly. (Probablyconnectedwith the word slack.)
Slommaky, m. Untidy; dirty.
Slop, m. [Slop, Ang. Sax.] A short full-made frock, of coarse material, worn by men over their other clothes; it reaches to the waist, where it is fastened by a band.
Slub. Thick mud; used as slush is elsewhere.
Smeech, m;' or Smutch, e. [Smec, Ang. Sax., smoke, vapour.] A dirty black sort of smoke or mist.
In the west of England the word means a stench, and is applied to the smell of the snuff of a candle.
Smock-windmill. A windmill boarded down to the ground, as opposed to a post-mill.
Smolt, e. [Smolt, Ang. Sax., smooth.] Smooth and shining.
Smoorn, e. To smear.
Smutch, e. To smudge.
"What, hast smutched thy nose ! "
Winter's Tale, Act i. sc. 2.
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