from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Used in the phrase ‘to put one's (or the) comether on (a person),’ that is, to subject him to coaxing or wheedling; to win him over by flattery or persuasion, beguile him.
  • noun Friendly intercourse.
  • noun Matter; affair.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Matter; affair.
  • noun Friendly communication or association.
  • noun to exercise persuasion upon; to get under one's influence; to beguile; to wheedle.

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  • noun Alternative form of come-hither.


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  • And faix, I took his advice; and ye see, Mister Charles, it's just as I was saying, they're like the women, the least thing in life is enough to bring them after us, _av ye only put the 'comether'_ upon them. "

    Charles O'Malley — Volume 2 Charles James Lever 1839

  • She afterwards declared that when she saw the two sitting there so innocent-like, not dreaming of the _comether_ she had put upon them, she secretly and unbeknownt let a few tears fall into the cream-pitcher.

    Humorous Masterpieces from American Literature Various

  • That's what your namesake said before he put the comether on Napoleon.

    Duty, and other Irish Comedies Seumas O'Brien

  • You could have every soldier in the German Army, the French Army, an 'the Salvation Army lookin' for me an 'I'd put the comether on them all.'

    The Best Short Stories of 1915 And the Yearbook of the American Short Story Various 1915

  • I was perfickly calm, an never losht me timper, an 'towld him I'd pull him off av the little harse if he'd not the lave to take him; an' he put the comether on me by cantherin 'off.

    Mates at Billabong 1911

  • "She says she doesn't know how she came to do it, except that he put a comether on her."

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson 1903

  • "Lady, that lad just naturally put a comether on you."

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson 1903

  • "Put a comether on her before she knew it," explained the private to himself.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson 1903

  • 'Tis a shame to give him a place where he can put th 'comether on millions iv people that has had no business thrainin' beyond occasionally handin 'a piece iv debased money to a car conductor on a cold day.

    Observations By Mr. Dooley Finley Peter Dunne 1901

  • How does ut come about, sorr, that when a man has put the comether on wan woman, he's sure bound to put it on another?

    Indian Tales Rudyard Kipling 1900


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  • She votes for the charming young promiser,

    Persuaded he goes along with her

    But unable to tell

    She's under the spell

    Of an expert purveyor of comether.

    November 3, 2014