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

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130                     A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
Whist, m. Silent.
"Bide whist! I hears un!!"
White-herring. A fresh herring, as distinguished from a dried one, which is called a red-herring.
Whittle. [Hwitel, Ang. Sax., a white mantle.] A mantle of coarse stuff formerly worn by country women.
Wild. The Weald of Sussex is always spoken of as The Wild by the people who live in the Downs, who by the same rule call the inhabitants of the wealden district "the wild people."
Will-led, e. Led away or bewildered by false appearances, as a person would be who followed the Will o'Wisp.
Wide-of. Out of the direct road, but not far off. "Stone is a little wide of Rye."
Widows-bench. (See Bench.)
"And that if any tenant having any land either fforrep or board die seized, his widow after his death sho'd have the said lands which were her said husbands at the time of his death by the custom of the said manor as by her bench dureing her natural life, altho she marry afterward to another husband."                                Bosham Manor Customs.
Wim. To winnow corn.
Windrow, m. Sheaves of corn set up in a row one against the other; a thin row of new mown grass raked up lightly so as to allow the wind to pass freely through it and dry it.
Windrow. To put hay into windrows.
Windshaken, e. Thin; puny; weak.
"He's a poor windshaken creetur."
Wint, e. [Windan, Ang. Sax., to turn.] Two ridges of ground which are ploughed by going to one end of the field and back again. Arable land which is harrowed twice over is said to be harrowed a wint (or a turn); if three times, a wint and a half.
Winnowing-fag, w. A rough machine for winnowing.
Winterpicks. Blackthorn berries.
Winter-proud. Cold.
"When you sees so many of these here winterpicks about, you may be pretty sure t'will be middlin' winter-proud."
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