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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.
Warp, e. Four herrings.
Wase.* A small bundle of straw.
Water-cowel, w. A large wooden tub.
Water-table. A low part on the side of a road, or a small cutting across a hill-road to carry off the water.
Wattle. [ Watel, Ang. Sax.] A hurdle.
Weald. [ Weald, Ang. Sax., a forest.]
The name given in Sussex to the large woodland tract of country which extends from the Downs, with which it runs parallel to the Surrey Hills. It was formerly an immense forest, called by the Britons Coit-Andred, and by the Saxons Andredes-weald.                                         —Durrant Cooper.
Wean-gate. . [ Wan gedt, Ang. Sax.] A wagon gate.
Wean-house. [Pronounced Wenhus.] A wagon shed.
Wean-year-beast, w. A calf weaned during the current year.
Weeze, e. [ Was, Ang. Sax., water.] To ooze.
Went, e. A crossway.
"Just as gate (from the verb go) means a street in Old English, so went (from the verb wend) means a lane or passage."                                      Pegge's Alphabet of Kenticisms.
West-country-parson, e. The hake, so called from the black streak on the back, and abundance of the fish along the western coast.
Wet. To wet the tea, is to make tea. To wet the bread, is to . mix the water in the flour.
Whapple-gate. A gate on a whapple-way.
Whapple-way. A bridle way through fields or woods.
Wheels, m. A hand cart.
"I can get my wheels through the whapple-gate, and that often saves me a journey fetching wood."
Whiffle, m. To come in gusts.
"I see there had been just rain enough to whiffle round the spire whiles we was in church."
Whiles. Whilst. As amonges has been corrupted to amongst, so whiles is the original and correct form of whilst.
Whilk, e. To howl like a dog.
Whilk, e. To mutter to oneself.
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