American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variant of argol.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See argol.
- A ludicrous corruption of Latin ergo, therefore.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Crude tartar. See argol.
- adv. A ludicrous corruption of the Latin word
- n. (Zoöl.) A species of wild sheep (Ovis ammon, or Ovis argali), remarkable for its large horns. It inhabits the mountains of Siberia and central Asia.
- n. wild sheep of semidesert regions in central Asia
- A corruption of the Latin ergō ("therefore, thus"). (Wiktionary)
“In the olden time philosophers had whiskers, and soldiers none -- Scipio himself was shaven -- Hannibal thought his one eye handsome enough without a beard; but Adrian, the emperor, wore a beard (having warts on his chin, which neither the Empress Sabina nor even the courtiers could abide) -- Turenne had whiskers, Marlborough none -- Buonaparte is unwhiskered, the Regent whiskered; "'argal'" greatness of mind and whiskers may or may not go together; but certainly the different occurrences, since the growth of the last mentioned, go further in behalf of whiskers than the anathema of Anselm did”
“I especially enjoyed the week of archaic conjunctions from late November: argal sobeit whencesoever albeit forwhy”
“Thy father loved me for my lack of officiousness, argal, to serve thee is a religious duty incumbent on me.”
“From Fort Kearney to Fort Laramie, almost the only fuel to be obtained is the dung of buffalo and oxen, called, in the vocabulary of the region, "chips," -- the _argal_ of the Tartar deserts.”
“Our poet, he said, was the grandest output of the Teutonic mind; nine-tenths of the Teutonic mind was German-argal,”
“They give every token of hating their neighbors consumedly; _argal_, they are going to be madly enamored of them.”
“Next day this hospital case turns up, and because the description of its author, given by more or less unobservant persons, fits the person you saw, _argal_, you jump to the conclusion that the three are one!”
“Here lies the water; good: here stands the man; good: if the man go to this water, and drown himself, it is, will he, nill he, he goes; mark you that? but if the water come to him, and drown him, he drowns not himself: argal, he that is not guilty of his own death shortens not his own life.”
“I like thy wit well, in good faith; the gallows does well, but how does it well? it does well to those that do ill; now thou dost ill to say the gallows is built stronger than the church: argal, the gallows may do well to thee.”
“For here lies the point: if I drown myself wittingly it argues an act; and an act hath three branches; it is, to act, to do, and to perform: argal, she drowned herself wittingly.”
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