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- n. Obsolete form of glue.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See glue.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An obsolete spelling of glue.
- A variant of gley.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
I am told on philological authority that 'glew' may stand for 'glow'.
The 1681 edition reads 'glew', which I have with other editions altered to 'dew'.
My own view is that if 'glew' be the right reading, it stands for 'glue' as in 'cherry-tree glue', 'plum-tree glue', and that Marvell thought of the dew as an exhalation:
Reason number #26 why yew neber let goggie hab super glew.
She now began to glew herself to his favour with the grossest adulation. —
Item, paide for boordes, glew, nayles, and other neccessaries belonging to the saide loft xiiij_l_. xiij_s_. ix_d_.
Fra kare it tornes pat kyend, & lendes in myrth & glew.
His mournyng turned til ioy ful bryght, his sang in til glew.
This game, like nu-glew-tar, has no end, and the players only stop when they get hungry and adjourn to eat.
Whan stone pottes be broken, what is better to glew them againe or make them fast, nothing like the Symunt made of Cheese; know therfore it will quickly build a stone in a drie body, which is ful of choler adust.