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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.                   113
Stalled, e. Tired; satiated.
"Aint you fairly stalled of waiting?"
"I think the old dog has stalled himself now, for he found a stab out in the field and eat the lot."
Stammers. The fresh shoots of a tree which has been cut back.
Stam-wood, m. [Stam, Dutch, a stem; a trunk of a tree.] The roots of trees, stubbed or grubbed up.
Standing. A stall at a market or fair.
Stark, e. [Sterc, Ang. Sax., rigid.] Ground is said to be stark or starked up, when the surface has dried very quickly after rain.
Starky, e. Flinty.
"The land is very starky."
Start. An excitement; a fuss.
"There's been a pretty start up at the forge this morning! Fighting and all manner."
When a Sussex man is at a loss for words to describe events or ideas of a somewhat discreditable nature, he gets out of the difficulty by using the phrase " all manner!" If he wishes to describe great profusion and plenty, he says "there was everything of something and something of everything, as the saying is;" but where he gets the saying from I have no idea.
Statesman, m. An estates' man; a man who owns a few acres of land and farms them himself.
The general condition of such persons is that their property is mortgaged, and with much harder work they are worse off than ordinary labourers.
Steale. [Stela, Ang. Sax., a handle.] The handle of most agricultural implements.
Stean. To pave a road with stones; to line a well or a grave with stone or brick.
The Steine, at Brighton, probably derives its name from this word.
Stean, m. To mark out a field for ploughing, which is usually done by placing large stones to show the lines.
Steddle. [Stathol, Ang. Sax., a basis.] The wooden frame­work placed on stones or other support, on which corn stacks are built.
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