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Unanneal'd, unprepared. To anneal or neal in its primary and proper sense is to prepare metals or glass by the force of fire for the different uses of the manufactures in them: and this is here applied by the author in a figurative sense to a dying person, who when prepared by impressions of piety, by repentance, confession, absolution, and other acts of religion, may be said to be anneal'd for death.

Unanointed, not having received extreme unction.

Unbarbed, bare, uncover'd. In the time of Chivalry when a horse was fully armed and accoutred for the encounter, he was said to be barbed; probably from the old word Barbe which Chaucer uses for a veil or covering.

Unbated, unabated, unblunted.

Unbolted, unsifted.

Unbraided, unfaded, fresh.

Unbreech'd, not yet in breeches, a boy in coats.

Unchary, careless.

Unhousel'd, without having received the sacrament. Housel is a

Saxon word for the Eucharist, which seems derived from the Latin Hostiola.

Unneath, hardly, scarcely.

An Urchin, an hedge-hog, which was reckon'd among the animals used by witches as their familiars: hence figuratively, a little unlucky mischievous boy or girl.

Utas or Utis, the eighth and last day of a festival, for so long the great festivals were accounted to last, the conclusion being kept with more than ordinary merriment: from the Fr. Huit. To th' Utterance, to the utmost, to all extremity. Fr. à Outrance. At Uttrance, at all extremity.


To Wage, to combat with, to enter into conflict with, to en


Waped or Wapid, mournful, sorrowful. Chaucer.

To Warp, to contract, to shrink.

Wassel or Wassaile, the merriment of twelfth night with a great bowl carried about from house to house: the word is compounded of two Saxon words signifying health be to you! a Wassel-candle, is a candle larger than ordinary used at that ceremony.

A Web, a spot in the eye injurious to the sight.

A Weed, a garment.

To Ween, to think.

To Weet, to know.

Weird, the Scotch word for persons dealing in sorcery, whether wizards or witches.

Welkin, the firmament or sky.

Welking, languishing, faint.

To Wend, to go.

Whelk'd, a whelk is such a rising tumour upon the skin as the lash of a whip or switch leaves behind it.

Whiffler, an officer who walks first in processions or before persons in high stations upon occasions of ceremony. The name is still retained in the city of London, and there is an officer so call'd who walks before their companies at times of publick solemnity. It seems a corruption from the French word Huissier.

Whinnid, crooked. Minshew under the word Whinneard takes notice of this old word to Whinnie, and interprets it (incurvare) to bend or make crooked.

A Whittle, a coarse blanket or mantle worn by the poorest sort. To Wis or Wist, to know, to judge rightly of a thing.

A Wittol, a cuckold jealous and uneasy under his wife's trans

gressions, but not having spirit enough to restrain them. Woe-begone, overwhelmed with sorrow. Spen.

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A Zany, a merry Andrew, a Jack-pudding. Ital. Zané.

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