from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A knave; a jade.


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    August 8, 2009

  • *eerie music*


    July 3, 2008

  • This devil should be on Wordie making his lists of word fragments. Might there be some way to invite him?

    Unless he's already here ...

    July 3, 2008

  • It sounds like a bird nickname, but it isn't. The definitions for this obsolete word are fascinating:

    1. Name for a devil said to collect fragments of words dropped, skipped, or mumbled in the recitation of divine service, and to carry them to hell, to be registered against the offender; hence, a name for a demon or devil in the mystery plays. Also found in France and Germany, 13-15th c.

    2. Hence, a term of reprobation: A bad or vile character, scoundrel, knave, villain. b. esp. A tattling tell-tale, mischievous tale-bearer.

    December 19, 2007