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- n. Alternative form of leman.
- n. A lover, sweetheart, especially a secret lover or mistress.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A leman.
-- [D. pencil.]  The word "lemman" is used by Chaucer in both senses, but more frequently in the feminine.
And then sche seyde, that he myghte not ben hire lemman: but sche bad him gon azen unto his fellowes, and make him knyghte, and come azen upon the morwe, and sche scholde come out of the cave before him; and thanne come and kysse hire on the mowthe, and have no drede; for I schalle do the no maner harm, alle be it that thou see me in lyknesse of a dragoun.
But he knew not of the tiding that came to his lemman.
One may also use the index to discover that such terms as lemman, gent, suete brid, fetys, and other such specifically courtly terminology (which English poetry had inherited from the French romances) already seemed to Chaucer and his audience often démodé, déclassé -- no longer so groové, en effet.
75 “Leman” (M.E. “lemman”, O.E. “leof mann”, ‘lief man’, i.e., ‘dear one’), ‘mistress’ in a bad sense.
(although it should be noted that at this time final "e" was NOT silent, but could be sounded if needed for the metre). partial glossary: brere: briar, thorny stem of rose dowve: dove drueries: tokens, gifts ey: egg fer: far flour: flower lemman: lover longynge: longing ony: any rynde: bark, rind see: sea ston: stone suster: sister unbred: not yet sprouted, in seed wythouten: without
Ij [is Ixxvi A DISCOURSE ON His lemman holden openly No man fo hardy to alke why.