A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
Stodge, m. A fuss.
"He's always in such a stodge; if he's got to goo any-where's he always wants to be off two hours too soon."
Stoke. To stir the fire; hence the word stoker.
Stolt, e. Stout; strong; generally said of fowls. "The chickens are quite stolt."
Stomachy, m. Proud; obstinate.
Stone. A weight of eight pounds.
Stood, m. Stuckfast.
An old man told me, "I've seen a wagon stood in the snow on the road from Selmeston to Alciston, and they never moved it for six weeks."
Stool-ball. An old Sussex game similar in many respects to cricket, played by females. It has lately been revived in East Sussex by the establishment of stool-ball clubs in many villages, which not only provide good exercise for young ladies who might otherwise become lazy, but also promote kind, social intercourse among all classes. The " elevens" go long distances to play their matches; they practice regularly, and frequently display such perfection of fielding and wicket-keeping as would put most amateur cricketers to shame. The rules are printed, and are as keenly discussed and implicitly obeyed as those of the Marylebone Club.
The game is thus alluded to in Poor Robin's Almanack for 1740,—
"Now milkmaid's pails are deckt with flowers, And men begin to drink in bowers ; Sweet sillabubs, and lip-loved tansey, For William is prepared by Nancy. Whilst hob-nail Dick and simp'ring Frances Trip it away in country dances; At stool-ball and at barley-break, Wherewith they harmless pastime make."
Stop, e. A rabbit-stab; probably so-called because the doe stops up the entrance when she leaves her young.
Storm-cock, or Sreecher. The missel thrush.
Stot, w. A young bullock.
Strand, m. A withered stalk of grass; one of the twists of a line.
Streale.* [Stmt, Ang. Sax.] An arrow.
Street. In Sussex a road is called a street without any reference to there being houses beside it; but I am quite