from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as smittle.


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  • (adjective) - (1) Infectious; contagious.

    --John Brockett's Glossary of North Country Words, 1825

    (2) From the old Saxon smittan, to spot or infect; whence our word smut.

    --John Ray's Collection of English Words, 1674

    (3) "Get thy saddles off, lad, and come in; 'tis a smittle night for rheumatics."

    --Henry Kingsley's Recollections of Geoffry Hamlyn, 1859

    (4) Smittleness, infection; smittral, infectious; smittock, a particle.

    --Joseph Wright's English Dialect Dictionary, 1896-1905

    January 14, 2018