adj. Blameless [the Church] shold be holi and without blemish, or rather Amomous..that is irreprehensible, safeguarded from the bitings of Momus, one of the feined Gods among the Gentils. Theologica … Continue Reading ⇒


noun. ‘Light-heeled’ pranks. If your wiues play legerdeheele, though you bee a hundred miles off, yet you shall be sure instantly to find it in your forheads. All Fools, George … Continue Reading ⇒


noun. An adherent of the ‘kirk’ or Scottish church. What hath been done by kirkists these last dozen of yeers. The discovery of a most exquisite jewel, Thomas Urquhart (1652) … Continue Reading ⇒


adj. Really really fat. So that to a man that is meatefyed in flesh, and whose state (in this world) is desperate, a Sergiant may serue instead of a Deaths … Continue Reading ⇒


adj. That makes money in any possible way. Those quomodocunquizing clusterfists and rapacious varlets. The discovery of a most exquisite jewel, Sir Thomas Urquhart (1652) There’s a ten dollar word, if ever … Continue Reading ⇒


verb. To hit or smash with a fist. For though your beard do stand so fine mustated, Perhaps your nose may be transfisticated. The letting of humours blood in the … Continue Reading ⇒


noun. One who loves law. His Bishop [Bp. Wren], that great Thesmophilist. A discourse of proper sacrifice, Sir Edward Dering (1644) Who among you loves law? Or any laws in particular? … Continue Reading ⇒


noun. A Female tutor. A pratling Nurse is a better Tutrix to her foster-child. Didascalocophus, George Dalgarno (1680) I speculate that after the word dominatrix became popular in people’s vocabulary, the … Continue Reading ⇒


noun. A mad extravagance such as Caligula comitted. Alas! it would be endless to tell you all his Caligulisms. Letters to Sir Horace Mann, Horace Walpole (1745) Caligula was a … Continue Reading ⇒


noun. A braggart, bully. …that rogue, that foist, that fencing Burgullian? – Every Man In His Humor, Ben Jonson (1598) This word has a great sound to it. If you … Continue Reading ⇒