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- n. Obsolete form of chancre.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See chancre.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An Anglicized spelling of chancre.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Eusebius relating that Galerius died (A.D. 302) of ulcers on the genitals and other parts of his body; and, about a century afterwards, Bishop Palladius records that one Hero, after conversation with a prostitute, fell a victim to an abscess on the penis (phagedænic shanker?).
Celsus, however, names (De obscenarum partium vitiis, lib. xviii.) inflammatio coleorum (swelled testicle), tubercula glandem (warts on the glans penis), cancri carbunculi (chancre or shanker) and a few others.
Help, here, in the name of five hundred thousand millions of cartloads of devils, help! may a shanker gnaw thy moustachios, and the three rows of pock-royals and cauliflowers cover thy bum and turd-barrel instead of breeches and codpiece.
The chancre pronounced “shanker” is a sore that appears anywhere from two weeks to two months following initial contact with an infected partner.
I expect some skrim-shanker at the post-office or at the base is pinching it ....
He'd sit down all of a sudden, put on a stupid look, do the scrim-shanker stunt, and flop like a bundle of dirty linen.
Will it satisfy you if I own that I am a shirker, a skrim-shanker, and a coward?
'Keep back that young skrim-shanker Porkiss, sir, and let Revere make him sit up.'
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