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A Collection Of Provincialisms In Use In The County Of Sussex.

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114                   A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
Steddle, m. A small side table, or a temporary arrangement of boards and trestles.
Stent, m. A portion of work appointed to be done in a set
time. Stew. A pool in which fish are kept for the table.
Still. Quiet; respectable.
"He's a nice still man."
Still-waters. Distilled waters.
There is generally an old woman in every village who is a notable distiller of waters, which are in great request as domestic medicine.
Stilts. Crutches.
It is rather surprising to be told that a person is such a complete cripple that he can only walk with stilts.
Stint, e. Shabby; undergrown.
Stithe, w. An anvil.
"If his occulted guilt Do not itself unkennel in one speech, It is a damned ghost that we have seen; And my imaginations are as foul As Vulcan's stithy."
Hamlet, Act ill. sc. 2.
Stived-up, m. Crowded.
"We were all stived-up in one room. There was four families, one in each corner, and a single man who slep' in the middle. I put up with it as long as I could, but when the single man began to take in lodgers I couldn't stand it no longer."
Stiver-about. (The i is pronounced as in shiver.) To stagger.
Stoach, e. To trample ground as cattle do in wet weather.
Stoach-way, e. An expression used at Rye Harbour for the channel which runs through the sand lying between the pier-head and the deep water at low tide.
Stoachy. Dirty; muddy.
Stocky, m. Strong; stout; well grown.
Stocky, m. Headstrong; saucy; wilful; generally said of girls.
" Since nought so stockish, hard, and full of rage, But music for the time doth change his nature."
Merchant of Venice, Act v. sc. I.
Stodge, e. Thick mud. (See Stoach.)
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