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Aar.............. Are
Aawk.............. Hake (fish)
Abear.............. Endure. "I can't abear un" . Dislike
Abew. Abue.............. Above. Up above
Abroad.............. Asunder. In pieces. Open
Actions.............. Affectation. Pretending. "Lots of actions with un."
Addled.............. cracked
Agglegutter, also addle-pool.............. A cesspool or evil-smelling pool
A ess. A edn.............. lt Is. It Isn't
Afeard.............. Afraid. In fear of
Afterwinding.............. Light corn left between heavy grain and chaff
Afore.............. Before
Agape.............. Astonished
Agate.............. 'All agate'. Expectant
Agen.............. Again. Once more
Agg (Egg) Algs.............. To "egg on". Incite. Urge on.
Agist. Aginst. Agin ................ Against
Aglan. Alget ................ Berries of the hawthorn
Agnail ................ A whitlow. Pain-nail
A'goen ................ going
Airy-mouse (Rare mouse) ................ The bat
Aisy. Aise ................ Easy. Unsuspecting
Aker. Alker ................ Delight. In a happy or congenial occupation
Aketha ................ Quotha
AlaRs ................ Alas
Alan ................ A hard bare patch of land
Alantide ................ AII Saints Day
Alley ................ A large marble. A taw
Allis ................ . Always
Allish ................ Pale, sickly in appearance
All-on-a-nupshot ................ln a great hurry. A commotion Unnexpectedly
Amenuts ................Almonds
Ampassy ................Etcetera
Anan ................ What do ee say?
Anatomy ................ Skeleton. A person very slight and wasted
Anend ................ On end
Anist. Anyst ................Close to. Nearby. "Don't come anist me"
Angle-dutch ................Earthworm
Ancell ................ A steelyard. Weighing scales
Anker ................ A small cask or keg, about four gallons.
Anointed ................ Mischievous. Fun-loving
Ansum ................ Excellent. good. Beautiful
Antick ................A buffoon. A fool
Apemt. Appeme ................ An apron
Apple Bird ................ The chaffinch
Apple bee. Apple drane................The wasp
Aps. Apsen ................The aspen tree. To fasten
Arclar ................A Plough
Arg. Argy. Argyfy....................................Argue
Arish ................ Stubble. Corn Arish
Arking ................Harking List
Amm-wrist ................The wrist
Am ................Hom. Fog-horn
Amed...................................Earned
Arra Wan ................'eer a one"
Arrant ................Errand. Message, Shopping parcels
Areeah ................An exclamation of surprize
Arre. Arree ................Are you', (Are'ee?)
Arrere. Arear ................Wonderful, Strange
Arry..............................any
Arsted. Arst.......................asked
Arter ................after
Art-a ................Are you?
A-sam Partly open door (The door's a-sam)
Ascrode ................Astride
Asew. Sew ................Dry."The cow is asew."
Apty cock ................The ass. Blockhead
Athurt.............................Arthwart
Attle ................Rubbish. Useless. Refuse
Atween..............................sidwalks
Awking..............................spitting
Awn. Awnlv.......................own. only
Aunt ................A title of respect. Dame, lady
Aupens...........................opens.
Auver............................over
Auvis. Auvica................. Eaves of a house
Avage ................ed. "The avage is good"
Avise. Advise.........................Good
Avore...........................Before
Averlooked................. Overlooked. Ill-wished
Aw..............................He. It
Awvergone................. Unable to contain oneself- "overgone"
Axed out...................Asked out
Ayger........................Eager
A'zackley ................Not exactly. Not quite in the head

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Baal..............To cry out. Howling
Baa'd.............. Mischievously beaten
Baant.............. Am not
Babby.............. Baby
Babby-rags.............. Small bits
Bacca.............. Tobacco
Back-an-forth.............. Back to front. About face. Wrong way round
Backalong.............. Formerly in time. The road just traversed
Backjowster.............. Fishwife
Bakester.............. Baker
Backlet or backside.............. The yard or court at rear of the house
Backsyfore ..............Forth and back Wrong way about
Bad.............. Ill
Bagaroot(s).............. Swede, turnips Usually a bagful
Bagganet.............. Bayonet
Baggle.............. Muffle
Baggly-ow ..............Dried codfish
Balin.............. Crying or blubbering
Balllves.............. Bailiffs
Baistis.............. Beasts
Bait.............. . Beat
Baigle.............. A nuisance
Bal.............. A mine. Also a pest
Baker.............. An iron pan used for cooking pasties or cakes
Baiscat.............. An abandoned mine
Balk. Bulking.............. A fisherman's term used in pilchard curing
Balch.............. A small rope
Ballyrag.............. To abuse. Teasing, Annoying. Abusing.
Balm.............. A story told in jest. A fatal imputation
Bannel.............. Broom plant
Balely.............. Barely. Nearly
Bal-maidens.............. Women employed on surface work at mines
Balling green.............. Bowling green
Balk.............. Timber squared as imported
Baint.............. is not
Baish. Balch.............. Strung or stout cord
Barshag.............. Coarse woollen cloth
Bamfer.............. To worry, harass or torment
Banger.............. A whopper. Very big
Banes.............. Beans
Bankrout.............. Bankrupt
Bank-up.............. Gathering rain clouds. To pile up.
Bannel.............. The broom
Bare-ridged.............. Riding bareback, without a saddle
Bare-vamped.............. Without shoes Standing in one's stockings
Bar-ire.............. A crowbar
Barker.............. A whetstone
Barm.............. Yeast
Barning.............. Phosphorescent. "The sea is barring"
Barragan.............. Fustian
Barristers.............. Bannisters
Balasters
Bassam. Besom..............Broom made with twigs. A colourful bruise
Base-cheel.............. An illegitimate child
Basting.............. A beating or thrashing
Bauld.............. Bold
Bawk.............. Shy. Clumsiness. Hindrance
Beal.............. The bill of a bird. Beak.
Beating. Bealed..............Hatching. "The eggs are bearing"
Beagle or bagle.............. A troublesome person
Bean.............. A hazel rod for binding wood into faggots
Bearley Hoggan.............. A cake of barley meal.
Bearn.............. A child
Beat.............. To cut turf for fuel
Beat-burrow.............. A heap of weeds or turf partly burned
Beat-burning.............. The burning of turf in fields for manure
Bed-ale.............. Ale brewed for a christening
Bedoled.............. Stupefied with pain or grief. Dismal - low- spirited
Bedman.............. A sexton
Bed o' the buffet.............. Bottom shelf of a corner cupboard
Bed-tse.............. A feather bed
Bedwaddled or bedwattled.............. Bewildered. Confused
Bedgowned.............. A woman's working blouse
Bee-butt ..............A beehive
Beere.............. Bare
Beet.............. Bill
Beety.............. To mend fishnets
Beheemed ..............Sickly
Bell-metal ..............The brass pan in which preserves are made
Belly-tember.............. Good and solid food
Bedlier.............. A sick, bedridden person
Belong.............. To be accustomed. "He belongs to go"
Belk.............. Belch
Belve. Belvin.............. To bellow
Ben. Bin.............. Been
Bender.............. Very large. Something extraordinary
Berk.............. Bark. To cough
Berryin, Berren.............. A funeral
Besily.............. Busily
Besting.............. Deciding. "Besting to go or not"
Betterfit.............. To greater advantage.
Bettermost.............. To win. "I gut bettermost of ee"
Bettix A mattock. One end pointed, the other Battened
Betty Toddy.............. An overdressed person
Betwattled ..............Childish
Betwix.............. Between
Bever. Bevering.............. G31d. To shiver with the cold
Bib.............. A blind. A kind of small fish
Bibble.............. To tipple
Bickem.............. A cobblers anvil mounted on a log
Bliders ..............Cow parsnip (very poisonous)
Billees. Billis.............. Bellows
Bliet.............. Boiled
Bine.............. Bind
Bill-tink.............. Make a row. Give a good hammering
Bilt.............. Belt
Bind.............. Band
Bindin'.............. Of a can-wheel, having its inm tyre shrunk on
Bisgan.............. Protection for a sore finger
Biskey.............. A biscuit
Bittle.............. A thatcher's mallet for driving spars
Bitter-weed.............. A disgraceful person
Bia.............. To shout. To bawl
Black-worm.............. The cockroach
Blade ore.............. Species of seaweed
Blake.............. Black
Blaam.............. 'Blaamed if I know'
Blanketing shins.............. A heavy woollen smock-frock
Blast.............. A cold wind. A sudden inflamation
B'law.............. Believe
Blaw.............. To blow a gale
Blinch.............. To see, catch a glimpse of
Blind-bucca-davy.............. A game
Blind man's buff
Blind nettle.............. A stingless nettle
Blink.............. A spark
A small light
Blubber or blob.............. A large bubble
Block-kaded.............. Block-headed
Blog,. Bloggy.............. Thick-set. Stout
Blood sucker.............. The sea anemone
Blood warrior.............. The dark wallflower
Blowth.............. Blossom The May is in blowth"
Blucher Boots.............. Old-fashioned men's working boots
Boalin'.............. Boiling
Bobbin-Joan.............. Round excrescences on potatoes
Bobberv.............. A fuss, row or uproar
Bobble.............. Pebble
Boft-en.............. Bought it
Bogger.............. Cut of peat
Boggle.............. To be checked by a difficulty
Boggle. Boggler.............. To lie. Liar
Bolling.............. Crowd. Family. Lot.
Bol.............. An iron ladle used for dipping water
Boldering ..............Sultry
Bolt.............. Drain
Bone-shaker.............. Early bicycle
Boo or booev.............. A louse (bee)
Booba.............. A fool. A wick made of rags and fish oil
Boot-and-shoes.............. The columbine
Bosh. Boshy.............. Display. Foppish. Smart. Conceited
Boostering.............. Getting hot over work
Boostis or boistous.............. Fat. Corpulent
Botany Bay.............. The hydrangea
Boozy.............. lntoxicated. 'Always boozy"
Botham.............. A lump or weal caused by a blow
Bottom-pie .............. Pork and potatoes baked on dough
Bottomses.............. Low grounds. Valleys
Bouckley. Buckly.............. Buckled up. Drawn together
Bougan.............. The large end of a piece of timber
Bowerly.............. Burly. Good-looking
Bould.............. Bold
Bowgey. Bowjy.............. Cowhouse. Cattleshed
Bowings.............. The large joints, especially the knees
Bowldacious.............. Brazen
Impudent
Box and heaters..............For ironing (Heater made red-hot in a fire)
Boyer.............. A rock drill
Boy's
love.............. Southernwood
Bra.............. Brave. Great
Braa set-up.............. A row A fuss
Braggaty ..............Spotted. Mottled
Braggashans.............. Bragging
Braaca.............. The brace of a shaft
Braging.............. Raging
Brandis.............. A triangle-shaped iron fire stand
Brandiz- ways.............. Triangular
Brandywine.............. Brandy
Brae-ill-few.............. A considerable number
Brah. Braae.............. A long distance
Brash ............... A skin eruption
Brath
Broth.............. Broth. Soup
Brave.............. Hearty. In good health
Brave-few ..............A good number. Many.
Brave-flink.............. To almost accomplish something
Braz.............. Brass
Brazen.............. Bold. Hard. Cold
Breach.............. Coarse~ furzy ground
Breachy.............. Troublesome cattle
Bread-an-dippy.............. Barley bread and thin cream
Bread-an-scrape.............. Bread and butter
Breaker.............. Water-keg
Breeched.............. When a baby wears his first trousers
Breek. Brik.............. A small tear or rip
Breal.............. Mackerel
Brend.............. To frown
Brether.............. Bother
Brik.............. Break
Brink.............. A fish's gill
Brit.............. A tiny fish, smaller than a sprat
Briton.............. A thrift or sea-pink
Broach.............. A twisted stick used in rick thatching
Brock.............. Broken
Broadfigs.............. Figs
Broft.............. Brought
Bros.............. A fierce heat
Brousa.............. A thick furze, usually brambles
Browjans.............. Small wreckage
Browshams.............. Tea-leaves in a cup
Broze.............. A state of blazing or boiling
Brown-wort.............. Fig-wort
Browthy.............. Light and spongy bread
Brudge..............Bridge
Brukfast.............. Breakfast
Brush.............. A nosegay
Bruss.............. The dust and prickles from furze
Bubble and squeak.............. Cold potatoes and cabbage mixer
Bucca. Buckaboo.............. A ghost. Hobgoblin. Fool. Scarecrow
Buck.............. Milk unfit for drinking
Buckhorn ..............Dried salt whiting
Buckle-up.............. To shrink, to draw together
Budpicker.............. The bullfinch
Buddle.............. Used in processing tin
Buddy.............. A clump. Cluster. Friend
Buffle-
head.............. Simplet
Buggan.............. A load
Bulch.............. To push with a horn
Bulderin.............. Hot and perspiring
Bulgrannick.............. A snail
Bulk.............. To bell
Bully.............. Pebbles. Marbles
Bunce.............. Unearned profit
Bum.............. A blow
Bumfoozle ..............To humbug. To mystify
Burm.............. Barm or yeast
Burndockie.............. A liquor made from cider, sugar and eggs
Burn.............. Burn (load) of hay, cut from a rick
Burras.............. Grassy hillock
Burrows .................Old mine workings' spoil heaps
Bus................. Surplus
Bush-beating................. Poor families did this to make sparrow pie
Busk................. An unweaned calf
Bused................. Abused
Bushed................. Confirmed
Bussa................. A large earthenware pot
Bussa-head................. Thick-head. Fool.
Bust................. Bankrupt. Gone bust
Bustions................. Full. Corpulent
But. Butt................. Sprain. Bee-hive. Boy's trolley (gig)
Butts................. A disease in horses
Butter and eggs .................Double yellow daffodils
Butter
dock................. Burdock
Butty................. Chum.Comrade
Bye................. Lonely

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Caauge................. A set of bones or teeth
Caas................. Case
Cab................. Mess,
Disorder
Caalin................. Calling
Cabby................. Dirty. Sticky. Untidy
Cabbed.Cabbed-over................. Handled. Messed about
Ca-ah................. Stomach of a fowl
Caal-un................. Called him. To call
Caan't................. Cannot
Cader................. A frame on which fishing lines are kept
Caadging................. To beg. Begging
Cag................. A keg
Caage-of-bones................. A skeleton. A very thin person
Caggled................. Covered with muck, oil etc
Cake................. A fool, a poor thing
Call................. Coal
Camel................. The camomile plant
Candteening................. Twilight
Cannis................. To toss about carelessly
Cant................. A fall
Cappen................. Captain, boss or headman
Candrums................. Nickname for Methodists
Capperouse, caperhouse................. A row, hubbub or uproar
Care................. Mountain ash
Carr................. To carry
Carney................. To wheedle, to caress
Carrots................. Nickname for red-haired person
Catch. Catch-up................. Doorlatch
Catch-up................. To dry or to light-up (as a fire)
Casling.................Prematurely born
Catching................. Unsettled
Changeable
Can-in-the-pan................. A somersault
Cat-in-the-pan................. Changed ideas. A traitor
Cats and dogs................. The catkins of the willow
Caudie. Caudling................. To stop. To make a mess. A difficulty
Caulk................. A drop of liquor
Caunce. Caunts................. Stones (usually projecting) in a paved path
Caunch. Cauch. Cauchy................. Mess, confusion, messy. sloppy
Caunting. Caunted. Caunter................. Athwart. Diagonal.
Cross-handed blow
Cawed................. Sheep affected with the Cawnse
Cawnse. Caunse................. A paved roadway. I causeway
Cazier. Cayer................. A sieve for sifting grain
Ceague................. A cheat, deceiver, rogue
Censure................. To estimate, think, reckon
Centry................. Church or glebe
Chacks................. The cheeks
Chack. Chacking................. Parch. To dry. Thirsty, also chattering
Chackpie................. Scolding
Chacky-cheese................. The seeds of the marrow
Clacker................. A woman's tongue
Chainy................. China
Chalt................. Cheat
Chad................. A young bream
Chall................. A cattle-house
Chamy................. A toothless person
Clam. Clammed................. Out of health
Clam................. A tree-trunk or plank across a stream
Chamber (in)................. ln bed. Bedroom. Upstairs (under bed utensil)
Chaney-bal................. A china clay works
Chanst................. Chance
Chate................. Cheat
Chaunt or chaunty................. To scold, to mutter
Cheat................. A false shirt-front
Cheeld. Chiel................. Child (usually a girl)
Cheeld-vean................. Little child. Term of endearment
Chelder.
Cheldem................. Children
Cheeldin................. in labour
Cheens................. The loins. The quarters of a house
Cheese apples................. Pounded apples ready for pressing
Cheese-at................. Stop it
Cheening................. The sprouting of grain etc
Cherks................. Cinders, ashes
Chets................. Kittens
Cheevy................. Thin, miserable-looking
Chibble................. A kind of small onion
Chick................. To crouch down. "Chicky down"
Chickell. Chickchacker. Chicker................. The wheat-ear
Chiffer. Chiffering................. To drive a bargain. To haggle
Chill................. An iron lamp for burning fish oil
Chimbly................. Chimney
Chimbley-clath................. A valance hung from a shelf
Chist................. Chest
Chillbladder................. Chilblain
Ching................. Chin
Clammed .................Out of health. Often ill
Chip................. The foot of a plough
Chitterlings................. Small entrails (usually pigs)
Choust................. A cheat
Chivvy................. A row, fuss, uproar
Chod................. A stew - also a stodge
Choog-choogy................. Little pigs - also calling pigs to their meal
Chow................. Chew
Chuff................. Healthy-looking. Full-faced
Chuck................. Throat. "Dry about the chuck"
Chucked-sheep................. Nothing to say. Contempt
Chuckle-head................. Stupid person
Chucky cheese............ Fruit of the mallow plant
Churl Chores.............. A small job. Housework
Church-hay.............. The churchyard
Ch'town.............. Churchtown
Churing.
Churer..............Charring.Charwoman
Churks..............Clinkers. Cinders
Cider-pounld..............Cider press
Clabby, also clibby..............Wet and sticky
Clamrnered.............. Ailing, weak, sickly
Clam............. A footbridge. Cobblers spring vice
Clain.............. Clean
Clap.............. Prattling, chattering
Clape.............. A clasp
Clathets.............. Clothing
Clath..............Cloth
Clavel. Cravel.............. Beam over Cornish cooking range
Clean-off.............. Cleverly. Completely
Cleeves.............. Cliff-tops
Clamber. Clem.............. Climb
Clemes..............Fish and potatoes
Clever..............Tolerably well. In good health
Chich.............. To fasten
Click. Clip.............. A sharp blow
Click~handed. Clicky.............. Left-handed. Awkward. Clumsy
Clidgy. Clodgy.............. Sticky toffee
Clidge ..............To cling, to join together
Clintlers.............. Goose grass
Clitter.............. A confused noise. To clutter up
Clivver.............. A cleaver
Cloam. Clome..............EarthenWare crockery
Clob. Cob.............. Clay mixed with straw for building use
Clodw. Clodgey.............. Boggy. Muddy (Clodgy Lane)
Clop. Clopper. Clopping.............. Limp. A lame person. Limping
Clouching.Skulking.............. Unreliable (person)
Clucky Hin............ A sitting hen
Clout.............. An old cloth or rag. Smack on head
Close….............. Reserved. Reticent
Clunk. Clunked............….. Swallow, gulp
Clubbish.............. Cruel. Brutish
Clum.............. Hands benumbed with cold
Clush.............To nestle together
Clushy-in.............. To draw neater together
Clutty down............. To crouch down. Squat
Coajers-wax..............Shoemakers wax or polish
Cob.............. Forelock. A crest of hair or feathers
Clut............ A gap in the hedge. To fall in a heap
Cobba............ A lout
Co..............Come, or go
Cobbing..............breaking ore into small pieces
Cobbing hammer.............. Hammer used in breaking ore
Cobble-de-cut-nuts..............Hazelnuts
Cobouts..............Hazelnuts. Game played with nuts on string
Cock.............. To cock hay into a pile
Cock-hedge.............A privet hedge
Cock-button............. The burrs of the burdock
Coddle. Coddling. Churs..............A mess. Wet and dirty jobs
Codge. Codger..............Untidy
Slovenly............. A slovenly worker
Cudgy wax.............. Cobblers
Condiddle.............. To get anything by stealth.
Collywobbles..............Stomach rumblings
Coin. Coyne. Coign..............End stone of a building
Coffine..............Hollows in the earth caused by subsidence
Cullybrand.............. Sheet lightning
Culloping.............. A good thrashing or beating
Colp..............Cuff. Thump
Come-by-chance..............Accidental. An illegitimate child
Comical..............Temper
Comfortable..............Easy-going. Agreeable
Compartner.............. A companion. A consort
Come-out.............. Quarrel. Fracas
Come-upping..............A flogging
Conduddle.............. Conceit
Conkerbell.............. An icicle
Consarn..............Concern
Continny..............Continue
Confloption.............A great flurry
Combe. Coom..............A valley
Cooram.............Order. Decorum
Coose. Coosing.............. Chase. Hunt, Pursue
Cooze. Coozing..............ldle gossip. Wasting time
Copper-flnch..............The chaffinch
Comish pies..............Squab pie.Nattlin pie. Fishy pie. Muggety pie. Star-gazey pie. Likkey pie, Conger pie. Tetty pie. Parsley pie. Giblet pie. Herby pie. Tiddago pie. Lamby-pie. Bottom pie. Piggy pie. Sour sab pie
Cornish..............To Cornish together. Sharing a cup
Cornish hug..............A powerful wrestling grip
Core. Chore............. A spell of work
Corisy-Corrosy..............Hatred. III-feeling. Ill-will
Corncrake.............. The landrail
Corncrow............Wood pigeon
Cortilly.............Cortilly weather. Foggy or misty
Corniwillen..............The lapwing
Costan............ A flat basket, usually made of straw
Courantin'.............Capering. Romping
Cott..............Cottage, house
Cotton-on.............Grasp the idea. Comprehend
Cowle..............A fish-basket
Coursey..............To go gossiping
Cover-slut..............One who takes blame for some
Cow-flaps…..............Wild parsnips
Cowshem..............Cowdung
Cowal............….. Basket held by strap on head
Cousin Jack............….. Local term of contempt
Coxy.............. Pert. Saucy
Crabbed............…..Irritable, Artful
Crafe.............To codge up. To mend
Craffing.............. Rough, mending
Craaft..............Croft. Uncultivated land
Crake. Craking..............A harsh cry. To complain
Crams.............. Tall stories
Cremmed with louch..............Full of rubbish
Crates..............Creatures
Cravel.............The lintel over a chimney
Craw.............Crop. Also a crow
Creamy mossel..............Bread and cream
Creem…..............To squeeze. Trembling, fear
Creen…............…..To grieve. Complain
Creener. Creening............…..An ailing sickly person. Complaining
Crepple..............Cripple
Crevan..............A dry hard crust
Creeved............Partly-cooked
Crellas.............An ancient hut
Cribbage face.............A thin wrinkled face
Crib…............Light luncheon. Crouse
Cribber….............A small eater -'picker of food
Cricks….............Dry sticks. Hedgesticks
Cricket….............A low, three-legged stool
Crickly….............Frail, rickety
Cricklin…...........…..Breaking down from overweight
Crickling….............Collecting items for marriage
Crids….............Cruds
Criddle….............Curdle
Crim….............To shiver with cold
Crips….............Crisps
Cripse.............To craze glass earthenware
Criss-cross, row….............The alphabet
Critch.............Crutch
Crock...........…..Three-legged iron cooking pot
Croder. Crowdy.............A fiddler
Crofts.............Unbroken rough ground
Croggan............Limpet shell
Crooked…............Arm in arm
Croom. Crim............A small quantity
Croony.............Foolish. Imbecile
Crop of the bunch............Best of the family. Prettiest
Croust. Crowst.............Lunch. Snack
Crope…............To be miserly
Couging.............Shuffling. Walking with heavy tread
Crow….............Pigsty
Crow. Craw…...........……..Boast. Brag.
Crowd…............A fiddle. To purr. To press
Cruddly.............Curley
Crowder….............A slow-coach. Dawdler
Crowding............Purring. 'The cat's crowding'
Crowdling.............Loitering
Crowner.............Coroner
Crowning.............An inquest
Crow-sheaf............Top-most sheaf in row of corn
Crows-an-wrea….............Witches croft
Cruddly.............Curly
Cruel.............Cruel-ard. Extremely difficult
Cruel fine…............Very fine
Crully-head.............Curly-head
Crumbed. Crumb............Very fine. Drawn together with cold
Crumptins............Small deforned apples
Cockoo............Harebell or bluebell
Cud.............A quid of tobacco
Cudden............Could not
Cuddle.............A cuttlefish
Cuddling.............Doing light work
Cudgel............Short thick stick
Cudridden.............A disturbance
Cue.............Protective iron on heel of boot
Culver.............Pigeon or dove
Culverhouse.............A dovecote
Culiak.............A good-for-nothing person
Cundard.............A conduit. Waterhole
Cuney. Cuny.............Moss. Lichen. Mildew
Curls.............Carols. Glands of the neck
Curly.............Curlew
Cummis-zon….............Come on. An invitation
Custa.............Can you? Will you?
Custica.............A blow across the hand
Custis.............A wooden hand-slapper
Cussal. Cuzzle............Deceitful
Cussant............Cannot
Cutit............Pert. Impudent. Sharp in reply
Cuyn............Coin
Cuzzle ha tayge.............Soft and fair

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dido.............a noise; row or fuss
dig........blow. thrust
digan.......a tiny piece
digy........very small
dijey.......homestead. small farm
dilly........a small wagon
dilly-dillying......trifling, hesitating
ding.........to keep on repeating
dinky.......tiny
dip......swim
dippy......white sauce. gravy
discoose........speech
disle....thistle
dish......due paid to mine lord
dishclout....dishcloth
dishwasher... water wagtail
dob......to throw
dobbett......short.thick-set
docible......docile. teachable
dock......the crupper of a horse harness
docy....charming
doggin'.......dragging
doggeting along......plodding along
doldrums......low-spirited
dole.....ungainly bundle
doles.....small heaps of ore for weighting
dolly-moppin.....flirting with girls
dooda....a stupid person, a fool
doodle....to waste time. to cheat
doostin'........a thrashing
dorgy.....badger. earth-dog
dorymouse.....a dormouse
douse.......to throw water over
dout.....to extinguish
douter.......daughter
dot and carry one....a lame person
dow .......a cross oldwomen
dower.....door
dowlas....old-fashioned coarse linen
dowlin pain........a dull perristent pain
down, danted.........defeated
downdated.....disheartened, discouraged
downright.....gutter-pie
downsouse....outright, forthright
downses....high moorlands. uncultivated land
dowsing rod .......forked stick used by waters diviners
doxy......smart. pretty
do-day.......a dimwit, fool
dreckly......directly
drabbet....drat it
dralyers.....trailing plants or weeds
dram.....a watercourse
drane. apple drane.....the wasp
dang..........open darin. gutter
drash.........to trash corn
drashel.......a flail for thrashing corn
draw,drag,dray....a kind of sledge
drawbucket...........bucket on rope in well
drawve........drive
draxel......Threshold
drazac......Dull. Slow. Stupid
Dredge corn......Mixed crop of oats and barley
dredgy-ore......ore and stone-mixed
driddles......dwindled
drift......a channel or trench
driggle......to dribble. fall in drops
drilger. drilgey......a great noise
drill-drells......trailing plants
drilsy......low. monotonous (as in hum)
dringing......ringing in my ears
dripshams......last drop of liquid. Mother's milk
drive......to drift
drivers......fishing boats using drift nets
droke......a groove. channel. slight hollow
droll......an idle tale. legend
droller-teller......story-teller
droolgey. drolgy......slow. heavy in movement
drop-curls......long curls. ringlets
drole......drivel
drow......to dry
drug......shoe drag of a wheel
druggister......druggist. chemist
drumblin......stupid
drum......to flog
dry......the house where miners change their clothes
dryth......dry shelter. dry weather. drought
D'st mane......do you mean? do you? did you?
do-aff-to......don't have to
dubbet. dobbet......short. dumpy
due......regular and earnest
duff......suet pudding. a blow on the udder by calf
duffer......a fool. idiot
duffy......an outspoken person
dug-in-the-back......a game of tig
dule......comfort
cull......hard of hearing. cull. dagt
dumbledory. dumbledrane......the cockchaffer
dunging......manuring. spreading dung
dunyon......dungeon
dusta......do you
dummaty......dark
dunk......donkey
durk......blind
durns......the frame of a door
durst......do you. dare you
dust......the chaff of corn
dusta......do you?
dunking......soaking a biscuit
duzz......to buss of whirr
dwaling......muttering in sleep, wandering in mind
dysels......thistles

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Earth-ridge...........Earth round borders of a field for mixing with dung
Ear...........Year
Easement............relief
Easy.............Feeble-minded. Silly
Eaver...........…Permanent grass seed
Eaving............Damp Stones - sign of rain
Eca, Ecka.............Fool
Eckemoule...........Tomtit
Edge...........…A good edge. Principle. Disposition
Edge-on. Egg-on........... lncite. Encourage
Edjack…........... An idiot
Eef ovver........... Half over
Eerth…........... Earth
Eggy-flip........... Egg beaten in glass of hot milk
Eggy-hot........... Hot beer, sugar and eggs
Ee........... You tell ee. To inform you
'en.'ento. Ent ln............ Into. Empty
eevin' ...........…Sweating
Elbow crooking........... Tippling
Elevener...........Light lunch
Ellack...........A kind of gurnard
Ellin-stones…........... Roofing slates
Elin tree…........... Elm tree
Emmets........... Ants
Ent. Emp. Enties...........To empty. To pour. Empties
Entin' down........... pouring with rain
Emperent........... lmpudent
Epp........... Up (horse-riding expression)
Epping stones........... Stone steps used her mounting horses
Es-sure…........... To be sure. Agreement
Ettaw ...........…A shackle to fasten two chairs
Evenen…........... Evening
Evil. Eval. Hevval. Yewl........... A manure of stable fork
Evil…........... A gathering
Evit. Ebbat........... A newt
Ewmers........... Embers
Eyable........... Presentable. Nice to look at
Eyebright ...........…The plant "euphrasia officinalis"

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Faace...................................Face
Faather........... Father
Fac........... Fact
Faddy...........Rejoicing. Merry-making
Fadge...........To codge
Fadgy...........Faded. Soiled
Faggied…...........Devised. Planned
Faggon........... A big bun (usually saffron)
Faggot........... A worthless person. A term of contempt
Fairmades. Fairmaids........... Cured pilchards
Fairy........... A weasel
Feist........... Feast
Fallows…........... Riser boards to increase load on a cart
Fal-the-rals...........Useless things. Trifles. Nonsense
Fancical........... Whimsical. Fanciful
Fang. Fang-un........... To receive. Take hold of. Don't know
Fangings...........Wages, Earnings
Fantads........... Ridiculous notions
Fay. Fey........... Faith
Farden........... Farthing
Feer........... Fair. Funfair
Farrings...........Gingerbreads. Sweets
Faste. Faeste........... Feast
Fawt...........Fault
Feasten...........Feasting. "Feaster Sunday"
Feather bog........... A bog. A quagmire
Feather - tye...........Featherbed
Feaps. Feeps........... Pitch and toss-
Fee...........Freehold. Free/ Welcome to come and go at will
Fack...........To feign. To cheat at play.
Felt Nohow...........Astonished, Bewildered
Feneage or femaigin’...........…Cheat. Steal. Obtain by improper means
Fer...........For or far

Foathy............ Forward. " She's very foathy"
Fogans or Foogans............ A kind of cake
Fooright............ Forthright. Outspoken, Straightforward
Fogou............ Cave
Fooch. Foochy............ Slovenliness. Slow. Disorder. Confusion
Force put............ Compelled as a last resort. No choice
Fore door............ Front door
Fork............ To pump dry
Forthy............ lmpudent. Forward. Pert
Forth and back. Back and forth............ Wrong way round. Mix-up
Forrels............ Book covers
Fouse. Fauce. Foust............ Crumple. Crush. Rumple
Fower............ Four
Foxing............ Deceiving
Foxing day. Foxey day............A deceitful day. A lull in the storm
Fradge............ Dirty. Evil-smelling
Fradgan. Fradgeon............ An evil-smelling or dirty place
Frail............ Dinner or crib-bag
Fraame............ Posts and rails to which oxen were tied for shoeing
Frape............ To wrap
Frazzle............ Burnt to a frazzle. Spoiled. Ruined
Freath............ Hurdle interwoven with furze. boughs etc
Freathe............ Weave
Freathed out............ Ragged. Ravelled
French nuts............ Walnuts
Frenges............ Fringes
Fringle............ Enclosed fireplace
Frighted............. Afraid. Astonished
Frizzy............ Fussy
Froal. F’rall............ Although. Notwithstanding. For all
Fudgey Fudgey-face............. Fat-cheeked. Full face
Fuggan............ A heavy plum bun
Full drive............ Fast driven
Fullish............ Foolish
Fulsome............ Rich food. Fat. ' it's too fulsome''
Funk............ ln a muddle. Tangle. Confused
Fur. Furder............ For or far. Further
Furnig. Ferring............ To outwit. deceive or cheat
Furrin. Furriner............ Foreign. Foreigner
Fursse............ Furze
Furty............ Sly. Shifty. Unreliable
Furzymore. Furzymoor............ A root of furze
Fust............ First
Fustin............ Coarse material for making aprons
Fuzz............ Furze
Fuzzy-pig............ The hedgehog

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Gaarn............Garden
Gar-er. Gaar............ Exclamation. Amazed
Gabble.Gab.Gabber....To talk quickly and noisily. Goose chatter
Gaby............ A fool
Gad............ A miner's pick. Mining tool
Gadding about............ Walking about [instead of working)
Gaddle............ To drink quickly. "Gaddle it down" greedily
Gadjawraws............ An ox-eyed daisy
Gaert............ Great
Gaffer............ Foreman
Gaggled............ "Gaggled in oil"- Clogged
Gagoons............ Boots
Gakem. Gaakum. Grankum............ Stupid person. Fool
Galley-woe............ Neither one thing nor the other
Galliganter............ A big hulking woman
Gallivanting............ Gadding about
Gait. Gaate............ Manure. Habit. Great
Cake. Gaake. Geke............ To stare, "What ee gakin’ at?"
Galyar............ A mad prank
Galyars............ ln a raging temper
Gambadoes............Heavy riding gaiters with wooden footboard
Gambems ............Hocks of horse. Spreaders for hanging dead animals
Gammotling............ Playing. Frolicking
Gammuts ............Sports. Games. Fun
Gapes ............A complaint attributed to chickens
Gard ............Gravel. Gravelly earth. Used for scouring pans
Garl ............Astonished exclamation
Garm ............To scold. To cry out
Game ............Go on. "Game with ee''
Gashly ............Ghastly. Ugly
Gasser............ Unwelcome talker. Braggart
Gaully grounds ............Ground full of springs
Gaupuses............ ldiots. Fools. Stupid persons
Gaver............ The crayfish
Gaverhale............ A snipe. Moorgoat
Gawk. Gawke............ Stupid, clumsy person Gays............ Shards. Broken crockery; or china
G'eart ............Great. Big. Large
Geek ............To spy. Peer. Peek. To look
Geezing ............Looking
Geeze-dance............ A Christmas play in which actors hide their identity
Galvern............ To roar. A smithy
Gerty ............Oatmeal
Garrick ............Garflsh
Gew. Gue............ Backyard toilet
Gick-nor-gack ............Neither one thing nor the other
Gid ............The smelt
Gidge............ Exclamation. Surprise
Giglet..Giglot............. A giddy girl
Glitflowers............ Stocks
Gimp ............Simpleton
Ginge ............A fine wire just above hook on fishing line
Gin or gen............ As 'begin" or "against"
Girt ............Large rock crevice
Girty milk............ Milk groats
Giss ............Saddle girth. To girth up
Gladdle ............The yellowhammer
Glade. Glaad ............Glad
Glause. Glaws............ Dried cow dung used for fuel
Glaze. Glazing ............To stare hard at anything or anyone
Gleaney ............The guineafowl
Glidder Polish............. Shine bright
Gliddering............ Shiny, slippery, smooth
Globical............ Unsettled (referring to weather)
Gluthering up ............Gathering into rain
Goad or goard ............ A nine-foot pole for measuring land
Glump. Glumping To sulk. ............To be sullen. Sulking
Go-about ............A tramp
Go-abroad............ Dissolve
Goath. Goth............ Goes. To go.
Go-by-the-ground ............A short or little person
Gob. Gobbin ............Spit. Spitting
Goffins ............Coffins
Goen ............Going
Goggling for gapes............ foolishly surprised surprised
Golloped Golloping............ Eat quickly. Gulping food
Gommuck ............A fool
Gone-abroad ............fallen to pieces. Dissolved
Gone-in. Gone-through ............Bankrupt. Ruined Ended
Golles. Golley............ By golles - An exclamation
Gone-round-land ............Dead. Finished. Thrown away
Gone poor............ Decayed. Tainted. Crop flattened by weather
Goodness............ The fat used in cooking
Gooder ............Better. Very good
Goody ............To prosper. To thrive
Gook ............A sun-bonnet
Goolniggan ............A cuttle-rod
Goos. Goose. Gooschick............Go. "Goos’ ome" Go home.
Goon .............Downs. Open moorland
Goosechick ............Gosling
Gooseneck............ A straw thumbline (farming term)
Goosigen............ A blister caused by a nip
Goosegog............ Gooseberry
Gorming. Gorm ............Stormy. Shouting
Goss ............Sedge. Reeds
Goven. Gobben. Gov. Goff............. To give. Gave. Given
Gownd ............Gown
Grafted Filthy............. Ingrained with dirt
Graily ............Vintage of beer
Grainy ............Proud. Smart. Vain
Gramfer. Granfer............ Grandfather
Grammer ............Grandmother
Grammersow............ Woodlouse. Millipede
Grass Cappun............ Manager on surface of a mine
Graving clouds…............Clouds moving contrary to wind below
Gress. Gressed............ Grease. Grease
Graybird............ The song thrush
Grending stone............ A grinding stone
Griglans ............Fruit of sloe trees
Grother Or grouter............. Used for scouring utensils
Gossawk .........A blundering fellow
Go thee west ‘ome......... Go home
Grab......... Sour. "Sour as grab"
Goosey-gen.........A gwidgey-gwee (black spot caused by pinch)
Gozzan......... Rusty earth, rust colour
Grabble......... A grapnel
Grainy......... Close-fisted. Close-grained
Grane-saa’ve......... Green salve
Grawthy .........Full of growth
Grey. Gray......... A badger
Greep......... A trench at the foot of a hedge
Griddle, also criddle......... A gridiron. To toast. Warm knees before open fire
Grimmian......... Small quantity
Grigians......... Dried stalks of heath
Gripes................. Ditches
Gripy......... Stingy
Grizzle......... To grin broadly. To show the teeth
Groot. Grooted......... Small pieces of dried mud. Filthy. Stinking
Grouted with dirt......... Very dirty. Filthy
Groushans. Groushions......... The dregs of coffee tea ect
Growan......... The subsoil of decayed granite
Growder......... Decared or pot granite
Growts......... Dregs
Grubling......... Small. Deformed. Defective apple
Gruffled......... Fattening. Flourishing
Grunge or grange......... To grind the teeth
Grute......... To clean up a farrow
Gruter......... Part of a plough
Guckroos......... Bluebells. Wild hyacinth
Gulse-dancin'......... Christmas mumming (plays)
Gulge......... To gulp or drink quickly
Gumption......... Common sense
Gurgo. Gurgey......... A low turf hedge
Gurry......... A hand-barrow
Gurd......... Grit or decomposed granite
Gurt......... Shallow ditch or drain
Gurts......... Porridge
Gurty-meat......... Small entrils of pig baked with blood. groats etc
Guss-on. Giss-on.........Go on. Get away. Casting doubt on statement
Gushing......... Over-friendly. Patronising
Gut-board......... Earth-board of a plough
Guts......... Contemptuous term for glutton
Guv. Gov......... Gave. To give
Gwarn......... Going
Gwan wheg yu gwary teg......... Old hurling motto ‘Sweet play is fair play"
Gweggan.........Small fish. Periwinkle
Gwidgy-gwee..........Small black spot caused by pinch or bruise

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Haaf............ Half
Haaf-saaved ............Half-saved. half-witted
Haaled. Hale ............Pulled with great strength
Haave............ Have
Hack ............To dig
Hackmale. Hackymile............ The bluetit
Hade ............Had
Haestis Hastily. ............To hasten
Hairpitched............ Rough. Unbrushed coats. Bald
Hag............ A mist
Haglan............ Fruit of the hawthorn
Haglan tree ............Hawthorn tree
Hake ............Large. Cumbersome
Half-baked ............Silly. Stupid
Hale ............Part of a wooden plough
Hale ............The best room of the house. Parlour
Hall-nut............ Hazelnut
Half-crease ............Hen borrowed to hatch chickens
Hallan apple......... An apple given to children on All Hallows Eve
Haa............ Hair
Hackle ............To annoy.Upset
Haa’path. Aa'path............ Halfpennv. A daft person
Hames ............Part of a pulling harness. Fits over collar
Hangbow ............Part of a field-gate
Hals-nut-hals ............The hazel
Halvens. Affins ............Halves. Sharing
Happard ............A halfpenny
Haps. Apse............ Door or gate fastener
Harby-pie. Harby-tay............ Herb pie. Herb tea
Hardly............ Nearly. Not quite
Harken. Harkey............ Listen. Listening
Harrap............ Worry
Harve. Harved. Harving............ To harrow. Harrowing
Hauves. Auvise. Auvice............ Eaves of house or corn stack
Havage............ Descent. Lineage
Hay............ An enclosure
Hay-maiden............ Ground ivy
Haysing ............Poaching
Hailer. Healer............ Handler of stolen goods. One who urges wrong-doing
Hast-a-got-a-copper............ Drunken request for money
Haythen ............Heather
Hayrick ............Haystack
Headlands............Unploughed areas in field at end of burrows
Heady............ Dizzy. Light-hearted
Heap............ Frightened. Amazed. Pile
Heartease............ Wallflowers
Heave. Eave............ To exude moisture
Heavers ............Rye-grass
Heavy-cake............ Flat-cake made of flour, currants, fat etc
Hedgyboard............ The hedgehog
Hedheugh............ Enough. Fetch it with you. (Cornish cry to oxen)
Heed............ Head. Also hide
Heel of the hand.............Inside of the hand from thumb to wrist
Heep............ The hip
Hepps. Epps............ Divided door, as in stable door
Heggan ............A hard, dry cough
Hell. Ell............ Helling stone. A slate stone for roofing
Heller. Eller............ A tiler
Hellins. Ellins ............Slates
Henderment. Hinderment............ Obstruction. Delay. Hindrance
Het............ To heat. Warm. Hot
Hetted............ Heated
Hetter............ A heater. Also a shackle
Hetterpin ............Pin of a shackle
Hepse. Haps. Happs............Bottom half of a stable door
Heva. Hevva. Heava............ Cry to warn of approach of pilchard shoals
Hez............ Swarm of bees
Hibbal............ A turnip. A knoll. A hummock
Hibet............ The newt
High-by-day............ In broad daylight
Higgler. Haggler............ Itinerant dealer in butter, eggs, poultry
Higher quarter people............ The gentry. People living up-along
Hiles. Iles............ The beard of barley
Hilla............ Nightmare
Hinge............ Liver and lungs (usually of pigs)
Hipped............ Depressed. Ill in imagination
Hippety-hoppety............ A jumping kind of walk of gait
Hisk. Isk............ A wheeze.' Ee got the isk"
Hisking............ Wheezing
Hitch............ To sew roughly and clumsily
Hoarder ............A keeping (resting) apple
Hobban ............ A quantity (also hoggan)
Hobble ............. Party of tourists with guide
Hobbler. Hobbling............ Ferryman. Guide
Hagar............ Ugly
Hoggen............ A haw
Holse. Holsey............ Horse
Holidays............ Portions missed in dusting or painting
Hollensnocks............ The sea campion
Holla-pot............ A shouting. noisy, empty-headed person
Hollin............ Shouting
Hollow-ware............ Poultry as opposed to butchers meat
Hollow-work............ Embroidery
Holm............ The holly
Holm-screech............ The missal-thrush
Homer............ The nearer. "Homer field"
Hoocarner. Huccaner............ Wood comer beside the fireplace
Hood. Hud. Hod............ Bundle of fuel, usually hazel twigs
Honey-sweet............ Very sweet
Hong............ Hang
Hoodwood............ A forest
Hooker............ Fishing boat
Hoop............ The bullfinch
Hoot. Oot............ To bray. Cry. Whistle
Hooting cough............ Whooping cough
Horny-wink. Ornywink............ Poor. Desolate. Ornaments
Horse-adder............ The dragonfly
Hosen............ Stockings
House afire............ When birth is imminent in country cottage
Housen............ Houses
Housing ............Gossiping from house to house
Hov............ Heave
How be ee?............ How are you?
How be knocking fore?............ How are you getting on?
Howsumever............ Hovwever
How'st............ How are you? How is it?
Hubba............ Row. Disturbance
Huckster Person selling things
Hud............ Husks of corn
Huddicks............ Grains of wheat not separated from husks
Huffle............ To whiffle as wind about buildings
Huggo. Hugo............ Sea cave or cavern
Hully............ A hole in the rocks. Shellfish store
Humdinger............ Something exceptional
Humnock ............A stout, unwieldy woman
Hungry............ Mean, stingy, miserly
Hunk............ Hunch
Hurler............ A screen for corn sifting
Hurling............ A Cornish ball game
Hurling weather............ Drying weather
Hurry. Hurried............ To frighten. Frightened
Hurrels ............Row ports in boat bulwarks
Hurrysome............ Hasty. Passionate
Hurts............ Wortleberries
Huscen............ Scalded

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Ile.......................An awn of barley
Ill-wish, Ill-wished......................To bewitch
Idnt......................Is not. To deny
If so be......................If it happens so
Impudenter......................Saucier. More impudent
Imming and 'amming'......................Undecided. Hesitant
Inchin......................Taking a liberty. Encroaching inch by inch
Inkle......................Black tape
Inklle-makers......................Tapemakers
Innard(s)......................Inwards. Intestines. Inward parts
Insence......................To explain. To understand. To be incensed into it
Insye......................Inside
Inyon......................An onion
Ishans......................Corn husks
Ire......................Iron
Iss......................Yes, To affirm
Issterday. Easterday......................Yesterday
Ivers......................An exclamation

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Jack......................A machine used in former times for turning roasting spit
Jack Harry's Light......................Phantom lights seen to play on the ship topmasts during storms
Jack-o-lantern......................The Will-o-the-wisp
Jack-o-lent......................A slovenly dirty fellow
Jack-ralph......................The rock ray.. The rasp
Jaffle......................A lot of talk. Also a handfull of hay or straw
Jail. Jank......................To hurry along. To walk quickly
Jakes......................A state of untidiness
Jale......................To hurry at a forced pace
Jan-joak, John-joak......................A snail
Jan. Jansy......................Two-faced
Jannack......................A lout
Jankin......................hurrying
Jaunders. Janders......................Jaundice
Jaypie......................The Jay
Jealous......................Suspicious
Jellyflower......................The Gillyflower. The stock
Jeaward......................A redwing
Jennyquick......................A sort of goffering iron
Jest......................Just
Jet......................To hustle. Push
Jib. Jibbed. Gibbing......................Refusing to pull (as with a horse)
Jibs......................Small waste pieces of cloth
Jick. Yuck or yock......................To hiccough
Jiggle. Jiggling......................To shake. shaking
Jiggety-jig......................Jog-trot, sc as riding in a shaky vehicle
Jimmery-Chry......................Surprize. Exclamtion
Joan-blunt......................Outspoken woman
Johnner......................A kind of starling
Johnny-comr-fortnight.............A traveling draper
Joice......................Juice
Joram......................A large cup. Earthenware vessal
Joudlum......................Squashed to a joudlum
Jouse......................To jolt. To hustle
Jouds. Jowds......................Pieces 'Squashed to jouds'
Jouster. Jowster......................Hawker of butters, eggs, fish
Jowders......................Bits and pieces
Jump the country......................Run away. Bolt
Just alive......................When ore in a lode can hardley be seen

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Kail......................Keel
Karn, Carn......................Hard rocky ground
Kayher......................A sieve
Kays......................Keys
Kearn......................To harden. To fill up
Kearning......................The filling up or hardening of grain of corn
Keave......................To separated short straw from threshed corn
Kedden......................To encroust. Cover over
Keem......................Comb
Keggas......................Tall umbelliferous
Keels, Keel-ally......................Skittles. Skittle alley
Kem. Keem. Keeming comb......................To comb with a small toothcomb
Keenel......................Looking keenly. Promising
Keeping company......................Sweet-hearting. Courting
Kennel......................Watercourse. A sty on the eye
Kep! Kep! Kep!......................Calling a horse
Kep or kip......................Cap
keep-on......................To nag. 'Don't keen on so'
Keg......................A small water barrel
Kekezza......................A variety of heath
Kellas......................The earth nut. Common pig nut
Kesse......................Kiss
Kewny......................Lichen
Kex......................Dried stalks
Kibbat......................Slap or blow
Kibbal. Kibble......................Iron bucket for raising dirt (mining term)
Kibbing......................Repairing fences
Kicklish......................Unsafe. In an unstable position. Risky
Kicky......................To stammer
Kiddlewing. Tiddlywink......................A beer shop. An ale house
Kidge......................To join together (as bones).
Kieve or keeve......................A large tub, also a potato store
Kiggal......................A distaff
Killiars......................Rough ferney ground
Killick. Kellick......................A grapple used as an anchor for boats
Killimore......................A pig nut
Kilter......................Of the same kind
Kit......................The buzzard or kite. Also kindred
Kiskey......................A hemlock stalk
Kiskeyshanks......................A person with shrunken calves
Kittens......................Kidneys
Kittereen......................A van. A kind of omnibus
Kitey......................Flighty. Not dependable
Kiting...................... Thrown kiting - tripped up
Kitting......................Stealing
Kittle......................A crock used as an oven in open-hearth cooking
Kittle-brath......................A drink made by pouring boiling water on crusts
Kittlebags......................Coarse pieces of cloth used as leggings
Kiskan......................A small sheaf of corn
Kiskey......................Brittle. Dry stalk of umbelliferous plants
Kivver......................Cover
Klidgy. Clidy......................Sticky. Adhesive
Klop......................To walk lame
Knack. Knocked......................To stop working. 'The bal's knacked'
Knacking...................... A handkerchief
Knacking-on......................Proceeding normally
Knap......................The top of the hill
Knaw. Knawed......................Know
Knitster......................A female knitter
Knuckle-down......................To give in. To submit
Knuckle-in......................To submit."Don't knuckle-in to'en"
Knick......................Cheat. Deceive. Outdo. Steal
Kowks......................The feet(in contempt) "Great kowks"
Kybosh......................Display. Affection. Pretence

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Labbat................The ear. 'I'll pull your labbats.' An inferior labourer to attend others
Lace................A measure of land eighteen feet square
Lace.Lacing................To thrash. To beat. Beating
Lace-ups................Laced boots
Lafs................Laths
Laften................Made of laths
Lag. Lagged................To bedraggle. Plaster in mud
Laidin................Arm-in-arm
Laity................Dairy
Laker.Laky.Laking................Leaky. Leaking. Streaming
Lambs-tails...............The willow blossom
Lambswool................A drink made of hot milk, eggs, sugar and nut meg
Lampits................Limpets
Lampsheer................Weak. Poorly
Lanch................Launch (boat)
Lank. Landy................Loose. Overgrown. Long. Thin
Lap................To beat
Lap................Wet. Muddy clothing left around the house
Lappior................A dancer. A miner who processes left-over ores
Larn. Larning................Learn. Learning
Larrup................Sweet as larrup. Also to wallop, to beat
Lask................A thick strip of fish (used as bait)
Lasking................Keeping close into last
Lash. Lashing................To pour. 'Lashing with rain'
Lashings................In abundance
Lather. Lafher................To beat (leather). Wallop
Latten. Lattice................Tin Tinware
Lauddydore................Snobbish
Launder................Guttering to carry away water
Lunch................ To lurch
Laurer................Laurel
Leary................Hungry. Faint and weak from hunger
Lease................To pick stones off the land. To gather. Glean
Lease. Laas................last
Lease-cattle................Cattle not yet turned to fatten. Milkless cows
leasing stones................Small stones gathered from the land
Leat................A small stream or river (Mill leat)
Leatherwing................The bat
Leave................ let. 'Leave me go'
Lebm................Eleven
Leggas................Legs
Lam. Lamb................Limb
Lem................An imp. Rogue
Lem................Feature. 'His face is his best lem'
Lemon-plant................The scented verbena
Lempots................Limpots
Len. Lene................Lenda
Lentern................Lintel
Lent-illy................The daffodil
Lerrup. Larrup. Lerrups................A blow. To thrash. Rags. Pieces
Let................To hinder. Hindrance
Letch-up-with................To take up with a person. Approve. Overtake
Letterpooch. Letterputch................Untidy person. Also a kind of dance
Levan. Leaven................Fermented dough used in barley bread instead of yeast
Lev. Liv................To allow. Permit. Let
Level................An adit (mining term)
Lew. Lewth................Sheltered place
Liard................Liar
Lichway................The wayby which a corspe is carried to church
Lick. Licky pie................A leek. Pie made of leeks
Lick................A scrape. A hurried wipe-over
Lick-and-a-promise................Carelessly done. Finish off quickly
Licker................A great licker - something large. Outsize
Lidden................An old tale. Repetition of abuse
Lie................To subside. Beaten down
Liggan...............Seaweed
Lightin'................Alight
Lights................The lungs
Likely................Tail. Well-formed
Likes................Possibility. Probability. 'Any likes of their coming?'
Like-a-thing................As it were. As you may say
Likeness taaker...........A Photographer
Lillies................Cultivated daffodils and narcissus
Limb. Lemb................A young brat - impish person. 'A regular lemb'
Lime-ash................A sort of cement used for cottage flooring
Lime-kill................Lime-kiln
Lincing. Linching................A severe thrashing
Line................Having me on a line - Jokeing. Leg - pulling
Linhay. Linney................A shed with a roof but no sides
Ling. Ling-on................Heather. To hold on - "Ling on to'
Linuth................Kidney
Linuth-duff................Kidney pudding
Lipsey................Lisp. 'She talks lipsey'
Listing................The selvedge of flannel. Coloured strips on blanket.
Listing................Aching. Painful
Lisamoo. Lizzamoo................Cow parsnip
Lew. Lewth................Sheltered place. 'Lewth of the cairn'
Littlemouth................A game of bat and ball. A sort of rounders
Loady-apple................A double apple
Loagy (also lurgy)................Dull. Show. Heavy in gaiy. Lazy
Lobb................To wean a calf
Locust................A sweet made of treacle
Lodger................A vessel moored in lake is 'out in the lodger'
Loff................Laugh
Log................To rock. To move to and fro
Logan rock................A rock that can be rocked
Long................Belong. Along
Long-crippled................An adder. Viper. Snake. Lizard
Long-gog................Greyhound
Longful................A very long time
Longstone................Standing rock or menhire
Loo. Looth................See Lew. Sheltered
Looch. Louch................Short straw from thrashing. Chaff
Lookiing................Expecting
Louster. Loustering................To work hard. To labour
Loustering work................Hard, heavy work
Lout................Workshy, useless person
Love-entangle................The flannel flower
Lubber-cock. Lubber-headed fool...............Turkey cock. Also term of contempt. Simpleton
Lucky bone................Knucklebone of leg of mutton, used as a charm
Luer................Night mist
Lug................A worm found in sea sand
Lugg................Grass and weeds found in corn
Lugger................A strong male person
Lump................To put up with. "If you don't like it you can lump it'
Lunge................First contact with unbroken horse or pony
Lush................Tipsy. Also flush
Lute-strings................Lustrine. Glossy silk
Lytherva................A place for letters
Lyners................Small bundles of reed

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Maa.................Maw
Maake Hum (Um).................Shut. To accomplish. To do
Maazin................Knocked maazin. Foolish
Mabyers. Mabier................Young hens. Pullets. Bantams
Mad-ley-moed................To mix up. All confused
Maggot................A magpie
Maad. Maid................Girl
Maister. Maaster................Master. Boss
Malt. Malting. Malty.............To feed. "Malting the pigs'. Fleshy
Make-out................To pretend. To put out
Make-to...................To shut. To close.
Make-wise................To pretend. To make-believe
Malkin................Mop for cleaning long ovens
Mallygolder................A large jellyfish
Man-engine................Machine by which miners descend deep shafts
Mane. Manen................Mean. Meaning
Manshons. Manshuns................Small loaves baked without tins
Marchant................Merchant
Marchandise................Merchandise
Margy-soup................Dog-fish soup with parsley etc
Marinade. Marinate................Fish (usually pilchards) baked in vinger and seasoned
Marry-bones................Marrow-bones. The knees
Marsel. Morsel. mossel................A slice of bread and butter
Marvels................Marbles
Mashes................A large quantity. A great deal
Maring................Sweat
Marning................Morning (greeting)
Marrow................Tomorrow
Mart................Goose fat
Mate................Meat
Mate................An instrument used in caulking boat
Maun. Maund................A hamper. A large basket
Maunge................Munch. Chew noisily
Mauger................Meagre. Scanty
Mawther................Mother
Maxims................Whims
May................Blossom of the hawthorn
May-bird................The whimbrel
Maygam. May-game................Fun. Frolic. 'I won't be made a may-game by them'
Mazed................Mad. Annoyed. In a temper
Mazed Monday................The Monday after a feast
Mazed-getty-puttick................Wild harum-scarum fellow. Silly
Mazlin. Mazzlin...............Stupid. 'Scat un mazzlin'
Mazlin pan................Utensil for stewing fruit. Maxlins(small plums)
Mazzards................Black Cherries
Meader................A mower - also a mouse
Mean-ollas................A stone hearth in a boat
Meer................A measure. To measuure
Meeting................Giving pigs their meal at feeding time
Meat-earth................Surface soil
Meggyhowler, Meggahowler................A large night moth
Me'ansum................Term of affection or greeting
Me Cabbun................................My captain
Med................Might
Meddick................Emetic
Meesy-y-mazy................Muddled. Confused. Puzzled
Mell................Meddle
Melt................Soft roe of fish
Merl. Murl................Link of a chain
Merthery................Mildew on food
Merry-dancers................The northern lights. Aurora Borealis
Merrymaiden................A mermaid
Merryman................Clown. Jester
Metheglin................A drink made of honey (also mead)
Mews................Moss
Middling................Fairly well
Midgan................A mite
Midjans and jouds.............Shreds and tatters
Midgety-morrows................Fidgets
Minch. Minchy...............To be absent from school. Play treant
Minetime................Meantime
Mingle-com-por................Confusion. Discord. Muddle
Milchy................Flour from sprouted corn
Milk-cup................A cream jug of a tea-set
Milky-diesel. Milky dizel................The thistle
Milyer................Hinge of door or gate which works with pin in stone
Mill bed................A platform in a mill
Minty or mingy................Mean. Miserly
Miserable................Miserly. Unhappy
Missment................Error. Mistake
Mismaze..........................Perplexed
Mitting(s)................Meeting. Usually prayer 'mittings' or 'mittins'
Miracle-play................A farce. A drama
Miss-the-hand................To err. To make a mistake. To blunder.
Moast................nearly. Almost
Mock or mott................A large block of wood
Moket................A bid of an apron
Moile................A mule
Molly-candle (cuddle)................An effeminate man. Patronise
Monger................Horse-collar made of twisted straw
Moole................To knead bread
Moonshine................Smuggled brandy
Moors................Marshy wasteland
Moorstone................Granite
Mooty................Moult. To mope
Mops-and-brooms................Disorder. Sixes-and-sevens.Muddled with drink.
Mopse. Mops................A bridle with blinkers
Moppy-heedy (needy)................Hide and seek
Moral................Likeness
More. Maur................A root
More-and -mold................Root and branch
Mort. Mart................Lard
Morey................Extensive. Long- Lasting
Morrish................Inviting. Wanting more
Morrops................Sheep runs near the sea
Mossel................Slice of bread and butter
Mot. Mott. Mote................Stump of tree
Mother. mauther................A fugus which forms in fluids such as vinger
Mother-margets (margeys)................The bluebottle fly
Mow................Stack. Also to cut down
Mowhay. mowey................Rickyard where corn is stackked
Moyle................Mule
Muck-out................Clean out (as in cowshed)
Muck................Pounded apples
Muggard................The mugwort
Muggets................Entrails
Muggety-pie................A pie of sheep guts, parsley, cream, pepper and salt
Mulligrubs................The colic
Mulla................Untidy. Unkempt
Mully................................The bull-head
Mumper................A tamp. Beggar
Mun................Must. Also rotten fish (used as manurr)
Munge................To chew. Munch
Mungern................A straw horse-collar
Murflies................Freckles. Spots on the chin.
Mur................Seafowls (puffin)
Murley................Almost
Murphy................A potato
Muryans................Ants
Music-man. Musicianer................Musician
Mus. Musn'................Must. Must not
Mutting................Sulk(ing)
Mutton................Dressed up as lamb. Cutting remark about a women trying to disguise her age
Myselve................Myself

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naame................name
Nack................The way to do it. 'The nack of it'
Nackin'................A handkerchief
Nag'os a beej................Not for the world (broken Cornish)
Naet................Night
Naibors................Neighbours
Nailspring................A small splinter of skin at root of fingernail
Nan. Anan................What do you (ee) say?
Name-up................Noted. Famous. To be talked about
Narry one. Narra. Nerry...............Not one. None. Neigher
Nashed................Afflicted. Weak in body. Sickly
Nat................Not
Nateral. Nutur................Natural. Nature
Nattlings......................Pigs entrails.
Naw................Know
Nawse................Nose
Nawthen................Nothing
Nawble................Noble
Neap................Turnip
Near. Neary................Miserly. Mean
Neck................The last few stalks cut in a cornfield
Neck................Crying at the neck. Cornish custom at end of harvest
Neck of the foot................Instep
Nekegga................A kind of heath
Nessle-bird................Smallest of the brood. Youngest of a family
Nestus................A nest
Nether................Neither
Nevvy................Nephew
New-come-up................A novelty
New-vangs................New fancies. New ideas.
Nice-chance................Narrow escape. Just missed
Nice-guts................Very particular. Choosy about food
Nicay................Sweetss
Nick................To tick. To deceive
Nic-nacs................Ornaments
Nickety-Knock................Palpitating. Thobbing
Niddle.Niddl................A needle
Niff. Niffy. Niffed................A temper. A pet. Offended. Sulky
Nifflin. Newflin................Newfoundland cod
Night crow (craw)................Persons (and children) who stay up late at night
Night t'ee................Goodnight to you
Night-rear................A nightcap
Nip. Nipped................A hill. Also vexed
Nist-un. Nyst................Near it. Near to him (her) 'Come nist'
Noans. Nonce................on purpose
Noggle-head................Simpleton
Noggie................Blockhead. Foolish
Nointed lamb. Nointer................Anointed limb (of evil). A character
No fool behind the door................Not easily duped.'He's no fool behind the door'
Nomber................Number
Nonce. Nouse................To act designedly. On purpose
No speak................Silence. No answer
Nose-warmer................A short-stem clay pipe
Norra................Neither. Also nuther
Nort.Nout................Nothing . None
Nosey................Saucy. Interfering
Nough. Nuff................Enough
Nub................A lumb. 'A nub o' coal'
Nuddick................The nape of the neck
Nurly................Sulky
Nut-hals................The hazel
Nought................Nothing
Nuther................Neither

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Oak web………..A cockchaffer
Oar-weed………..Seaweed
Odd. No odds………..No difference
Oddit………..Adit
Off ‘iss chump………..Insane
Oft………..Ought
Oggan………..Hogwash
Oggie………..Pasty (not strictly correct) A pie
Oiler………..A waterproof used by fishermen
Old men's bucks………..Old mine workings
Ollick. Hollick………..A kind of leek
Ood………..Wood
Oogly………..Ugly
Ool………..Wool
Oome………..Home (Going ‘ome)
Oop………..Up
Ope………..Opening
Oppon. Opon………..Upon
Ore-dresser………..One who separates and cleans ore
Orry………..Either
Orinawinks………..Ornaments
Orts………..Fragments
Osgit………..A hog's head
Oss………..Horse
Ould………..Old
Outlander………..A foreigner
Out of core………..Working in one's spare time
Outwenders………..Bow or bay windows
Overgone………..Excited. Carried away with delight
Overlook………..To bewitch
Overnigh………..Near to. Chase by
Overrun the constable………..Gone in debt. End of one's resources
Ovver………..Over
Owner's count………..A meeting of mine shareholders to audit accounts
Owen………..Own
Ozle. Uzzle. Ouzle………..Windpipe or throat

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Padal, Padel................A dish or pan
Paddles................Oars. Corn weeding tool
Padelenica................A great cuttlefish
Paddylincum................A small boneless squid
Paddick................A small pitcher
Padge................Temporary repair
Padgypaow................A lizard. Also Pajerpaw. A newt
Paens................Parsnips
Palchy. Palched................Mending. Poorly from sickness. Weak
Paize................To estimate weight
Pallace................A cellar used for balking pilchards
Pame................Palm
Panch................Stomach. Belly (Paunch)
Pancrack................An earthenware vessel. A small pan
Pankin'................Panting
Panshon. Panshen................A milk pan
Park................An enclosure. Field
Pard, Pardner................Partner. Companion
Pare................A gang or company of men working at the same thing
Parramysawnses. Paramasees................Affected ways
Parrick................A small coarse earthenware jug
Pasher................A clumsey workmen
Parson-in-the-pulpit................The cuckoo pint
Pass................A beating. A stripe. A punishment
Passage................A ferry
Passel................A large number. 'Passel of ould trade' - rubblish
Passon................Parson
Passy................Etcetera
Pasty nut................Brazil nut
Patch hook................ A Billhook
Pattic.............Simpleton.Senseless person
Pattens................Clogs. Wooden footwear
Papishers................Papists
Pea................The hard roe in fishes
Peach. Peacher................To entice. A bait. An allurement
Peasen................Peas
Peart................Pert. Lively. Brisk
Peath................A draw-well
Peaze................To weigh in
Pednans................Pieces. Parts
Pedn-a-meen................Head-an-point
Pedn-ha-teen................head and tail (like Pilchards in a barrel)
Pedn-pral................Horse's head
Pedn-paley................The tomtit
Pedn-jowl................A term of abuse. 'Devil head'
Peel................Pillow
Peeny................Musty (applied to stale meats)
Peer................Pair
Peethy................Witty
Pelcher................Pelchard
Pella................Pillow
Pellas. Pelaz................The naked oats
Pettering................Pelting.Pouring down (as rain)
Pellow-bier................A pillow-case
Peil................Pail. Bucket
Peggels................Legs
Peggy................Obstinate
Pennard. Pennord................A Pennyworth
Pennyleggan................Penniless
Penny short................Not too wise. Simple
Pentice. Pentiss................Small weather protection over doorway
Pere................Appear
Pernic. Pernick................Precise. Stiff in manner. Prim. Neat
Pervans................Frayed edges
Pestic................Pest
Petch................Pitch
Pianner................Piano
Picking fowls................Plucking fowls. Poultry
Piddlemean. Pednamene................Head to foot. Articles lying side by side in reverse
Piecan................Patch
Piff. Piffed................To vex. To offend
Piggwidden. Piggywidden................Smallest of the litter
Pike................Hayfork
Pilf................Residue of topsoil
Pill................Awkward person. Unruly
Pilliock. Piliack................A person giving annoyance
Pig's crow................A pig sty
Pillas. Pillum................The naked oat. An absolute grain
Pillyer................A hummock or small heathy knoll like an ant-hill
Pilm................Light fibrous dust or down
Pilmer................Downpour of rain
Pinbone. Also pin................The hip
Pindy meat (Mate)................Tainted meat
Pinickin................Puny
Pinnick................The wryneck (attendant on the cuckoo)
Pinnickin................Very small and weakly
Pinny................Apron. Pinafore
Pip................A common disease in fowls
Piskey-laden. Piskey................Drunk. A fairy
Piskey-led................Bewildered. led away by fairies
Piskey-ridden................The nightmare
Piskeystool................Mushroom. Toadstool
Pitch................To pave (mining term) Also to start
Piched................Taken root
Pitch-haired................A rough, uncombed coat
Pitch-to................To set to work earnestly
Pitch up to................To make advances. Curry favour
Pitcher................Utensil for carrying water
Pitwork................Mining machinery placed in shaft to draw water
Plaise. Plaised................Please. Pleased
Planchin. Planchon................A plank floor. A wooden floor
Plat................A level place
Plat down................To smooth. To press down
Plat-footed................Flat-footed
Plaze................Please
Plethon................To plait. To braid
Plisher................A branch bent down and fastened with crooks
Plod................Plot. A long-winded tale
Plose................A wet, miry place
Pluck................Liver and lungs (usually of a pig)
Pluff. Pluffy................Spongy. Soft. Tough. Swollen
Plum................To 'plum up' to ferment dough
Pluman................A plum
Plump................A draw well
Plump................To shake up cushions and pillows
Plunger................Fall heavily
Plunk. Plonk................Drop heavily
Pluthicks................Cat coughing to clear throat
Poam................To thump. To beat. Pummel
Pock................Poke. Shove
Podding round................Doing odd jobs. Working aimlessly
Podger................A small coarse eathenware vessel
Polan................A saltwater pond
Pomster................Cure
Pon ................Upon
Pook................A cock of hay or turf
Pore. Poar................Fuss. Rage. Agitation
Poor................Tainted. Rotten
Poor tender worm................Term of endearment or mild contempt
Poot................A kick like a horse. A push with the foot
Pop-an-towse................Fuss. Uproar
Poppy. Pop-dock................The foxglove
Por. Pore................A fuss. A temper. A rage
Prentis................Apprentice
Prink.Prinked up. Prinkingg along................To pleat. To dress in fine clothes
Proper................Handsome. Good. Correct
Project................Experiment
Progue................To prod
Prong................A fork
Proud flesh................ Inflamed flesh
Proud................Protruding(such as manhole cover in road)
Prove................To thrive
P'tic'ler................Particular
Puckie................Pucca
Pulrose................The wheelpit of a watermill
Pult................Pulse
Punt................Small rowing boat
Punyon................Gable of a house. Angle of a roof
Punyon end................Gable end
Pure................In good health. Simple. Unpretentious
Purvan................The Pith of a rush used as wicks
Porgy. Porgey................Short. Stumpy
Purty................Pretty
Pussivanter................A fussy meddler
Put. Put away................To take. 'He's put away' (buried)
Put the miller's eye out................To mix to much water with the dough in cooking
Put hom................Slut
Putcher................Pitcher
Putt................Escort. Early stages of courtship
Putty................Pretty
Puzzle-headed spoons................Apostle spoons

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Quab ......................Sickly. Infirm
Quaddies......................Grumbles. Dawdles
Quams......................Fainting fits. Stupid ideas
Quail......................To fade, wither, wilt
Quailaway......................A sty on the eyelid
Qualker......................A hard fall. "I threw him a regular qualker"
Quarry......................A pane of glass
Quat. Quatty......................Squat. To flop down, to hide away
Quait......................Quiet
Queasy......................Sensitive. Easily upset
Quarrters. Quarters......................Lodgings
Queel......................To wriggle. To coil or twist
Quellat. Quellit......................A small enclosure or field. Pig's sty
Queens......................Scallops
Queer......................Bed or layers of ground (miner's term)
Queet......................Quiet
Queock......................Part of a bullock's hoof
Quiddles......................Foolish fancies
Quignogs......................Conceit. Ridiculous
Quilkin......................Frog or toad
Quilter......................To beat. To thrash
Quilter coats......................Quilted petticoats
Quenched away......................Died

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Raash............... Hasty
Rab.Rabb.Ram.......................... Hard gravelly ground. Stone used for road-making
Rabble-route............... A noisy mob
Rabbet et............... Bother. Confound it. "Odd Rubbet et.'
Rabbin............... Robin
Race............... A strand of string (of onions) A row of things
Radjail............... A loose heap of stones such as waste from a quarry
Rag. Ragging………………..The blowing of the wind before rain. "Ragging for rain"
Raglen............... A fisherman's apron
Rames............... Bare bones. A skeleton
Ramping Mazed................ Raging. Raging mad
Ram-cats............... Tomcats
Ran............... A wren
Ran-dan. Rantan………............... Gadding about. "Always on the ran-dan"
Randigal............... A rigmarole. Unconnected story
Randyvoose............... Confusion. Riot. Also a meeting place
Rannish ...............To feel hungry
Ranters ...............Early primitive methodists
Raps............... Rasp
Rare. Rear............... Early
Rare-mouse............... The bat
Raring to go............... Impatient to be off
Rash............... Brittle. Crisp. Rushing into things
Ratlan............... Fallow
Ratlan field............... A fallow field
Raw milk............... New unskimmed milk
Raw cream................Cream from milk that has not been scalded
Rawnish ...............Hungry. Ravenous
Ream............... To separate the cream from milk
Ream. Reem............... To stretch
Reamer............... A skimmer. also a tool for expanding holes
Reese............... To beat out corn
Reese............... The falling of grain from ears of corn
Red-roolers............... A delicious eating apple
Regrator............... An itinerant dealer in poultry. A hawker
Remlets ...............Remnants
Renne or ren............... Run. Running
Rescan. Ruskin............... A small stack or stick of reed
Retch. Retching ...............To be sick. Vomiting
Ricks............... Corn or hay stacks
Riders............... Circus
Rid-leg chawk............... A chough. Choff
Riffled ...............Roofs damaged by a storm. Unslated. Uncovered
Rig............... A frolic. A noise
Riggle. Riddle............... To clear or stir up the fin
Ringle ...............A ringlet
Rish............... Rush
Roadling. Roodling...............Wandering in the mind. Delirious
Roker............... A cheat
Roots............... Usually applied to turnips or marigolds
Romancin'............... Playing heedlessly
Roodlin'............... Delirious. Wandering
Rooge............... To push or lift with difficulty
Ropy............... Referring to flour that has lost its freshness and has been injured by the damp
Rory-tory............... Conspicuously smart or gay. Tawdry
Rossum Rosin................ Resin
Rooty................Turnip
Rouging............... lifting with difficulty. Great effort
Roun............... Round. Around
Rounders............... Slices of bread. also a ball game
Round land (to go).................To die. To fade away. No longer useful
Rouse. Rowsse............... A rattling noise. A bang
Roust-about............... A rough tomboy
Roving............... Raving (mad)
Rowl............... Roll
Rows............... Refuse from ore or black tin
Rub............... Rob
Rubbage or scroff............... Rubbish. Refuse
Rubbing post............... A stone pest in field for cattle to rub against
Ruckle. Truckle ...............To roll. Push. Trundle
Ructions............... A terrific row. Discord
Rud. Rid............... Red
Rummage ...............Confusion. A disorder. "What a rummage the room is in."
Ruddick ...............The wooden beam across a cart which acts as a hinge on which it is tilted or tipped
Ruggy............... Rugged. Rubbly
Rull............... To roll corn into sheaves ready for the handbinders
Rouser............... Large. Something big
Rumbustious............... Noisy. Cantankerous
Rummet............... Dandruff
Rumped-up............... Drawn together with cold. Also "rumpled up"
Rumpy............... Uneven
Run............... A landslip. Landslide
Runner............... round towel placed on a roller, usually fixed behind the kitchen door
Running-wound............... A wound from which matter is continually discharging
Rusking-comb............... A large-toothed comb
Ruttlin............... Rattling

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Sa...............Stand. Stop
Saafguand. Seggard............... An outer riding skirt
Saave............... Salve
Sam............... To partially dry. "To bake in a sam oven"
Sadgy............... Soggy or marshy ground
Saffern Saffron................ Used in cake-making
Sample ...............Supple. Soft
Sampson............... A drink made of brandy, cider and sugar with a little water
Sampson with his hair on............... Sampson made with a double quantity of brandy
Sam-swindled............... Not well-cooked. Or partly ready
Sappy............... Silly. Not wise
Sar’cen............... A heathen. A saracen
Sarch. Sarcher............... Search. Searcher. An exciseman
Sartainly............... Certainly
Sarve............... To serve. Work for
Saund-sleeper. Seven-sleeper............... The Buanet Moth
Sawan............... A cave at the bottom of a cliff
Sawdle. Saudel.................. To cook slowly. To simmer. To spoil
Sawdled….................. Sodden. Imperfectly cooked
Saw...................To sow. Till. Cultivate
Sea..................Sea.
Sayst,..................Say. Did you say''
Scaald ..................Scald. In making Comish cream
Scadgan.................. A disreputable, disgusting person
Scal...................A scamp
Scall, ....................A scale of ground
Scaly....................Grumpy
Scam...................To bend out of shape, to turn over a shoe
Scaoow. Seow, ....................The elder tree
Scarlet runners,....................Kidney beans
Scat. Scat abroad...................To break, smash, knock. To spread around
Scarf, .................... A joint. To join. (Scarf together)
Scamp, ....................To do work badly. Shoddy. Inferior
Scaunce...................Sense
Scavel-an-gow....................The bench of lies. Rag, tag and bobtail
Scaverniek..................A hare
Scaw...................Elder
Scawsy-buds…....................Elder buds
Schemy…....................To scheme. To make plans
School…...................A shoal of fish
Sclum. Selummed................... Scratch. Scratched
Scoad. Scud................... To spill. Spread. Scatter
Scoggan...................A mackerel head boiled
Selllum-cat...................Spite. Spiteful
Scoans..................The pavement
Scoot...................To rush away. To hurry off
Scoland...................Scholar
Scollops................... Scrolls. Screeds. Melted down innards of pigs
Seoot-a-paw. Scuta paw.................. A flat-shallow-bottomed boat
Seopious………………………..Copious. Plentiful
Scread............... A scrap. A shred
Scouring geaard……..................Decomposed granite used for scouring
Scrabble.................. To scramble. To scratch for
Scramming….................. Searchg around for what can be picked up
Scramming, also Cramming….................. Telling lies. Lying
Scranch…..................To crunch
Scratchy..................Annoyed. Angry
Scraw..................o scratch
Scrawed..................Scorched. Withered. Dried up
Screeeh...................To cry. Weep
Screech...................A quick fire of heath or furze
Screed...................A very small but. A very thin person. Also a building phrase
Screw...................A shrew mouse
Scriddle..................Sit in front of the fire
Scriff..................To draw together with cold. To stoop over the fire
Scriff-scraff…...................The refuse or cast-off bits
Scrimp. Scrimpin'..................To pinch. To give meagre quantity
Scrinked...................Screwed up. Wrinkled. Grimace
Scritch...................A crutch
Scroached. Scrolled. Scrowled….................. Scorched. Broiled
Scroff...................Refuse. Small potatoes
Scroff..................The foam of the sea
Scoggan..................A worthless person. A gallows bird
Scrooge...................To squeeze in. To push one's way
Scrovey...................Mean
Scrow...................To scratch
Scrowl-pelchur...................Pilchard cooked over an open fire
Scruff...................The nape of the neck
Scruff....................To take hold of. To pull about. To fight
Scrump...................To hump the shoulders
Scrumping................... Stealing fruit from orchards
Scubmaw...................Splinters. Bits
Scud. Skud.................... To spill. To spread "skud dung"
Scrunching. Scranchin' ....................Crushing a hard substance between the teeth
Scuddy-ground.................... Rough, uneven ground
Scudmore................... Small pieces of floating wreckage. Driftwood
Scuffle. Scuffling................... Harving (an agricultural term)
Scur...................To scatch
Scurry.................. Disappear. Run away.
Scute................... Iron on the heel of a boot or shoe.
Sed-lup. Seed-lip.................. A farming utensil used for carrying seed when sowing by hand
Seame...................A horse load
Seed.................. Said. Saw (To see)
Selve...................Self
Sem Semmee….................. Seem
Serg...................To sift flour. A sieve
Seyme................... Melted fat. Grease. "Goose seyme"
Shaade.................. A shadow (out of the sun’s rays)
Shallal-band.................. Clashing of tin pans to serenade newly-weds
Shab-rag. ...................Worn out
Shally-g-naked.................. A flimsy article of dress
Shammed..................Ashamed Shammick.................. A low mean shuffing person. Also a cheat
Shanks................... Spokes of a wheel
Shaip. ...................Sheep
Shimshanking.................. Mean. Shuffling
Shape….................. Disorder. Confusiion. Condition
Sharps.................. Shafts (of a cart or wagon)
Shave your head and go east.................. Term of contempt, possible referring to the time when it was the custom to go on pilgrimages
Shavie....................Shave Shay...................Chaise. Donkey shay.Two-wheeled vehicle drawn by a donkey
Shale...................scale
Shedrick.................. Delapidated. '`That gate was shedrick"
Sheel(s) ...................Shells
Shellards-worth.................. A shilling’s worth
Sherd(s) ...................Broken pottery
Sherming. ...................Big.. Large.
Shuddle...................Should
Shern.................. A cream dish. "Here’s a fern to measure your shern, please give a mossel of bread and cream" A May Day song when parties of children visited farmhouses, bring with them ferns to measure the dishes
Shul.................. Shall
Shut. Shette................... Shoot (To fire a gun)
Shevver. Shivver.................. The bar of a gate, also a flat iron plate in ovens of Cornish slabs
Shig. Shug. Shigged...................To cheat or trick in games or in play
Shimshamming. Shimshanking..................Mean. Shuffling
Shine.................. Uproar. Row. Fuss. Stir "Never seed such a shine in me life."
Shiner.................. Sweetheart (occasional)
Shoal. Shoaler.................. To sponge or hang on to others
Shoaling.................. lmposing on good nature. Sponging
Shocks. Shocking.................. Com stacks (stooks). Making stook
Shoot. Shute. Chute.................. A water conduit. A stream of water
Shot.................. A species of trout
Showl. Shoul.................. A Comish long-handled shovel
Shrim. Shrimmy.................. A cold shiver. A chill. "Feeling all shrimmy"
Shuddlen.................. Should not
Shrump.................. To shrug
Shugger kiss.................. Bubbles rising from dissolved sugar
Shut. Shuttin'.................. Shoot. Shooting
Sich.................. Such
Sidder.................. Consider
Sigger.................. To ooze, seep or simmer
Silly as a waggon 'oss.................. Stupid
Sim. Si,'t me. Simminly.................. Seems. Seems to me. Seemingly
Skalliock.................. Fool
Skal.................. Calling out (Abusive temm)
Skalling.................. Fooling around
Skavelli ng-gow ..................Riff-raff
Skaw.................. Elderberry tree
Skatereens Shivereens................... Broken into small pieces
Skeat.................. A heavy fall of rain
Skeater. Also Teacer.................. Small tube elf water for squirting
Skeesing. Skeezin'.................. Frisking about
Skedgewith.................. The privet
Skeered Scared................... Afraid
Skerd.................. Abraided
Skeering.................. Fluttering about
Skellymidge.................. A jumping jack toy
Skethans.................. Strips. Tatters
Skever.................. A skewer
Skew. Skiff.................. A slight driving shower. Misty rain
Skibbat. Skivet.................. A small compartment in a chest
Skilly.................. Skimmed milk
Skinked.................. Wrinkled
Skipe.................. A mean, sly, under-handed person
Skit or skeet.................. To squirt saliva through teeth
Skitter.................. To make ducks and drakes on water. To slide
Skitterv ................... Slippery
Skiver.................. skewer
Skrim. Skrum.................. To shiver with cold
Skimp.................. To skimp a job. To do shoddy work
Shuffler. Scuffler.................. A cultivator (Agricultural machine)
Skuart. Skuit.................. A legacy. A windfall
Skruge. Scourge.................. To touch obliquely. A light touch
Skuldragin'.................. Hair-pulling
Skute. Scute.................. The iron on the heel of a boot or shoe
Sky-blue.................. Milk and water mixed
Slab.................. Cornish cooking range. Gravestone
Slaggy.................. Wet. Miry
Slar.................. Roofing slate
Slaw-cripple.................. The slow-worm
Slight.................. (Of persons) Feeble. Sick. Unwell
Slawterpooch.................. Ungainly, slovenly person
Sleuchin'.................. Slouching. Dragging the feet. Lazy
Slew.................. To turn on one side. To twist around
Slewed.................. Drunk. Intoxicated
Sliddery. Slidding.................. Slippery. "Sliddery quay"
Slide.................. A sledge
Slights ..................In his slights. Partly dressed
Slinger.................. Jobber. Will take any job
Slips.................. Young pigs
Slish.................. Slice
Slock. Slocked.................. Beguile. Entice. To lead astray
Slocum.................. A slow heavy person. An idler
Slone(s).................. Shoe(s)
Slooch. Slouch.................. Dragging one's feet. Slouching along
Sloot.................. To scrape or drag one's feet
Slooge.................. Fine dust causal by working a drill
Slosh.................. To flush with water
Sloshy.................. Wet and muddy
Sloots.................. Old shoes and slippers
Slotter ..................To spill about
Slottery.................. Damp. muddy water
Slummock.................. A dirty, slatternly woman
Slump.................. An unskilled careless worker
Slow- six-legged-walkers.................. Lice
Smale.................. Small
Small people.................. The fairies
Smead. Snade, Snath The pole handle of a scythe
Smeech.................. A strong disagreeable smell (of buming)
Smicket ..................Woman's undergarment. Chemise, shift
Smeet. Sneet.................. To sneer. Snigger. Laugh. Gloat. Giggle
Smidgeon.................. A smudgeon of luck. Just a little quantity
Smilkin'. Smalkin'.................. A filthy person
Smill the eer.................. Smell the air
Smudder ..................A cloud of smoke or dust. To choke
Smulk ..................A dirty disagreeable person
Snidderwid.................. A nose
Snip. Snippet.................. A little bit
Snob.................. A nasal secretion
Snodderwig.................. A black beetle
Snatch. Snotch.................. A notch
Snoff-rag.................. Handkerchief
Snowl.................. To loudly crunch or chew
Soase. Soust.................. To wet. Drunk. Wet to the skin
Soce. Soas.................. Friend or friends. gossip, goodfellows
Sodger.................. A red herring. also a soldier
Sod.................. A clot of earth
Soden. Sodenly.................. Sudden. Suddenly
Sog.................. Fitful sleep or unconsciousness of sick person
Solls.................. Seals
Solar.................. Securing an open mineshaft
Solid Sober................... Grave
Some.................. Very. "Some proud"
Somefin ..................Something
Sond.................. Sand
Sonny.................. Son
Soons.................. Charms written or spoken given by white witches
Sops.................. Bread and milk
Soule.................. Soul
soun.................. Sound
Soundin'.................. Fainting
Sow-pig.................. Woodlouse (Grammersow)
Spal. Spaal.................. To fine for loss of time
Spalling. Spall.................. Cracking stones
Spalls ..................Fragments of stone or metal
Spalling-hammer.................. Small hammer for breaking stones
Span. Spanjar.................. A tether. A fetter
Span.................. A measure
Spanker ..................A fine specimen. Large
Sparbles.................. Nails for boot/shoe soles
Strub, Strubbing.................To rob a bird's nest. Steal
St Tibb's Eve...............An imaginary time. 'I'll do it St Tibb's Eve'
Stuan...............A blow
Stub..............To dig up stumps or roots of trees
Studdle, also stiddle..............A stall post for tying cattle
Studdy..............Steady
Stug..............Jar
Stggy..............Thick-set. Short and stout
Sturridge..............Uproar, Confusion
Stuffle..............Stifle
Sturt. Start..............Progess. Gain
Sturch..............Starch
Suant..............Even. Smooth. To spread evenly
Suchy-meat..............A pudding made of small entrails
Suddint. Suddintly..............Sudden. Suddenly
Sue..............To go dry from milk
Sumpman..............Men who work at sinking mineshafts
Sunbeam..............The gossamer
Sure 'nough..............Certainly. Truly
Sur. Zur..............Sir
Survey..............An auction
Sushabble..............Sociable
Sut..............Soot
Swabstick..............A mining implement for cleaning a hole
Swag..............A stump
Swaise..............To wave or swing the hands
Swarr or swailed..............Scorched or crumpled
Swettard..............Sweetheart
Swailing..............Burning croftland
Swap..............The gadfly
Sweeled..............Singed. 'A sweeled cat'
Swiff..............Swift
Swiinging..............Large. Heavy. Cumbersome
Swogger..............To swagger. To boast. A scolding
Swoun(d)..............Swoon
Swoundin'..............Fainting
Sye or Zye..............Scythe

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Taaking. Taak................Taking. Take
Taalk. Taalking................Talk. Talking
Tabm................A piece of bread and butter
Tabs................Dried cowdung used as manure
Table-board................A table
Tache................Teach
Tack. Tackle................To harness
Tack................To slap or stroke with the open hand.. To bring to a standsill
Tacker................A child full of life and spirit
Tag................Tail end of a rump of beef
Tags................Narcissi
Tadly-oodly................Tipsey
Taer................A fuss. A row. Great excitement
Taering round................Making a fuss. Rushing around, sometimes not achieving anything.
Taffle................To entangle
Tag................Tail end of a rump of beef
Tail-corn................Small withered grain
Tailpipe................See Prall. Also to pin 'a tail' to a person's clothing (April Fool's Day custom)
Talch................Bran
Tale.Tall................To count. A number (Tally)
Take................Worry.Fuss. 'A preety take'
Take (Taake) a noshun................Get an idea
Takeling................Tackling
Taken on the ground hop................Taken by surprise. At a disadvantage
Taking. Taaking................Commotion. Great excitement
Talfat. Tallack................A garret. An open bedroom
'tall................At all
Tamlin................A miner's tool
Tamping................Materials used to compress explosives used in blasting rock, etc.
Tamping-iron................An implement, stick etc. used for ramming the tamping into holes for blasting operations
Tan.Tangery................An unpleasant taste
Tanled................Obstucted. Entwined.
Tantarabobus................The devil
Tantrums................Anger. Rage. Ill-temper
Tap. Tapped................To sole a boot or shoe. The sole of a boot or shoe
Tarble................Midlin' fair. Moderate
Tarning................Agitating. Storming
Tarry................To struggle
Tarving................Struggling, making a commotion, fussing
Tatchy................Teasy. Irritable
Tatties. Tetties. Tates................Potatoes
Tatie-rattle................A stew. Also called '20 minutes rattle'
Taw................To pull. Taw. A large marble
Tay. Tay-treat................Tea Tea treat
Tay-dish................Tea cup (A dish 'o tay)
Team. Teem................To dip up. To lade from one vessel to another
Tear. Tearing-on................A rage. Fuss. Storm. In a great hurry
Teat................A draught of wind
Teeled................Buried in the grave
Teel. Teal. Tealing................To plant. Till. Sow
Deden-un................It is not. It's not so
Teen................To light
Teer................To hurry. To 'teer away'
Tell................Count
Tember................Timber
Temberen................Made of timber
Temberen Hill................A staircase. Going to bed 'up the temberen 'ill
Temper................Moisture in the soil
Tend. Tender................To attend. To wait on others. Waiter. 'To 'tend to the cattle'
Tended-ee................Attend to you
Tender................Applied to weather. Uncertain. 'The sky is looking tender' Unsettled
'tes................It is
Tescan................A small bundle of corn gathered by reapers
Tetty ground................Potato patch
Tetty-rattle................Cornish stew
Tha................The
Thatchin'-reed................Wheat straw kept unbroken for thatching
Theese................Belonging to you (Thee)
Then................Than
Thick. Thicy-three................That one. This (or that)
Thickerd................Thick head. Fool
Thirl................Lean. Hollow
The out of it................The end. Finish
Thoft. Thoff................Thought
Thrashhel................A flail. For theshing corn by hand
Three-leaf-grass................White clover
Thirtaway................Crossways
Thrott................Throat
Tother................The other
Theer................There
Thumbinds................Straw ropes used for binding sheaves of corn. So named for being twisted and first coiled around the thumb.wise monkeys................Hear all. See all and say Nout (Nothing)
Thunder and lighning ................Bread and cream and treacle
Thunder-planet................A thunder sky
Thurl................Thin. Hollow. Lean
Thurt-eyed................Cross-eyed
Tickey-tickies................Fowl(s). Usually hens
Tidden................is not
Tidden................Tender. Sensitive. Painful
Tiddly-wink. Kiddle-wink................A beer shop
Tiddy-oggie. Tiddley-oggie................Various uses. i.e. Potatoe pie. Pastry. Pies. ect
Tie................Bed
Tiff.Tiffing................To drink from a bottle
Tiffed. Niffed................Vexed. Sullen
Tiflings................Short ends of cotton. Very small ends left from sewing, etc
Tied................A horse 'boggled' A load too heavy to pull
Tigga. Tegga................To touch. Also a game
Tight. Tite................Drunk. Close. Mean (money wise)
Timbering hill................Staries. 'Going up the timbering 'ill. Going to bed
Timdoodle................A foolish person
Timerson................Timorous
Ting................To tie. To hand on to
Tinged-up................Hung up. Tied up
Tinkler................Tinker
Tingler Dingler................A bell
Tine................Tooth of an agricultural harrow
Tinners................Miners
Titivate................To put in order. To smarten up.
Tizzy................Bewildered (all of a tazzy)
Toad in the hole................A piece of fat meat baked with a crust round it
To and again................From time to time. Off and on
Tods and tabs................Clods of earth and grass
Tod................A wad. A snarl.
Toit. Toitish................Off handed. Proud. Stiff
Tokened................Betrothed
Tom-holla................A rowdy person
Tom-toddy................Tadpole
Tom-taylor................The 'Daddy-longlegs'
Tongue (Tongue-pie)................To scold. To abuse
Tongue-pad................A chatterbox
Tooked................Taken. Betrothed
Tookened-patticks................Simpletons
Toonin'................Tunning, humming a tune
Toothpuller. Toothayler ................A quack dentist
Top-dress. Top-dressing................To manure on the surface of the land
Tor................Light turfy soil. 'Tor' in Celtic Cornish is 'promince'. The swell of a mountain
Totalish................Silly, Imbecile. Senile. Doting
Totle................Stupid. Silly person
Touble. Tubble................A double-pickaxe
Touch-pipe. Titch-pipe................A short interval for a rest in the midst of work, and (usually) a smoke
Toucher................A near hit or close miss
Tould................Told. Informed
Towan................A sandy hillock or dune
To-wance................At once. Immediately
Townplace................Farmyard
Towse. Touse................Fuss. Uproar. 'Pop an' towse'
Towser. Towcer................A coarse apron
Tow-rag................Dried cod fish
Tozing along................Going along in a hurry
Traade. Trade................Anything but not much account (value)
Traain-oil................Train-oil pressed from pilchards
Traft.Thoh.Trog.Tray.Truck................A trough for washing fish, also referring to the backwash of waves on the seashore. There are several definitions of the words which appear to vary in different parts of the West-Country
Traison................Treason
Traapse................To gad about
Turment................Torment

Trakle. Trikle................Treacle
Trapse. Trapsing. Traispin'................To walk. Walking about. To trudge
Trvish................Wandering about. Gadding about
Treesing................Idling
Treag.Trig................Small shellfish such as limpeets, periwinkles,etc. 'Trig' in Cornish is 'Ebbing of the sea.' Also means to support, prop-up
Trewely................Truly
Tribe................Family
Tribute.Tributing................A mining term. Mining-law
Triddle................A Treadle
Triddling................Trifling. Talking nonsense
Trist................Trust
Troach. Troacher................To hawke goods. A Hawker
Troach................To tread underfoot. To tample
Trodgers................Trudgers or trodgers. Persons walking (Trudging)
Troll-foot. Trolling. Trowl................A club-foot. A foot turned inwards. Turning over at the heel.
Trodder................Child just learning to walk
Trouchurr............Man trading in rabbits and poulty from a pony trap
Trousies................Trousers
Troy-town................A scene of confusion. Disorder. A maze
Troy................A tray
Truck................Trash ('av no truck wiv'en) Have nothing to do with him/her
Truckle................Trundle
Truff................Trout
Trug................To jog along
Trug................A hard worker'A good trug'
Trumpery................Goods. Belongings. Rubbish
'Tenntion................Attention
Tub................A species of Gurnard
Tubban................A cold of earth, turf etc. Hilly ground
Tucked................Shortening of new born babies long robes
Tucker................A lace frill or collar
Tucking................'An operation in seining by which the net is gradually drawn together
Tuck-net................The net used in tucking
Tulgy................Darkness, also a slovenly woman
Tulled................Paid toll
Tummals................A quantity. A good crop of corn, ‘good tummals’
Tunaggle................The fasterner of a gate
Tuntree................The pole of an ox-cart
Tung-Tavas................A chatterer. Gossiper
Turmot. Turmut................Turnip. Swedes
Turn................’To do a turn’ to walk ‘ Done to a turn’. Baked or cooked very satisfactory
Turn of water................To Fetch water from the well. The quantity carried on one journey
Turned Ugly. (Oogly) ................Very cross. Loss of control. Temper
Turf................ A surface peat used for fuel
Tuster................An uncertain meaning
Tut................A foorstool. A hassock
Tut-work................Piece-work. (Mining term)
Turn................A spinning-wheel
Turvy................Ashes. Ashes of turves
Twadden................It was not
‘Twas a puzzle................It was perplexing
Twiggle. Twingle................Wriggle. To squirm
Twick................A sharp pull or jerk. To snatch
Two-handed-fellow................A cllumsy worker (man)
Two skats behing................Just like the drummer of ……..Band! (Attributed to several village bands)
Tye. Bed-tye................A feather bed. ‘Ty in Celtic Cornish ‘To cover’ To roof. To thatch
Tyflins................Bits of thread ravelings

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Ubb'n..........................Oven
Ud..........................An exclamation of pain
Udder. Oogly..........................Cross. Poor-ttempered. Wicked
Uncle..........................A term used in addressing any old man...not necessarily a relative
Unbeknown..........................Not known. Acquainted
Underground Cappe...........An Overseer (captain) of the work being done underground in mines
Underheed..........................Private. Underhand
Uneave..........................To thaw
Unkid..........................Dreary.Desolute
Unream..........................To skim cream from milk
Unrip..........................To rip
Upalong......................Up the street. To the upper part of town
Uppish..........................Proud. Snobbish
Uprise..........................To church women
Upsot..........................Upset
Urchin..........................hedgehog
Urge..........................To retch. To be sick
Urts..........................Wortleberries
Ussen. Uss..........................Us
Uzzle..........................The 'Adam's- Apple' in the throat. Windpipe

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Vaddy..........................Musty. Damp
Vady..........................Refers to health. Quite well
Vanning Shovel..........................For sampling tin (mining)
Vally. Valley. Vallie..........................Value. To care for
Vamping..........................Vamping about. Walking
Vang..........................A notion. Idea. To get. To earn
Vermen. Vermin..........................Vermin
Varying..........................Sheer lightning. St Elmo's fire
Vaather..........................Father
Vean..........................Little "cheel vean' (little child)
Vear..........................Barren. unfruitful
Vear. Veer..........................A suckling pig. A young pig
Veet or Vit..........................Feet. Foot
Vermust..........................Vermin
Veor..........................Great
Vestry..........................The smiling of sleeping infants. 'In the vertries'
Viestes..........................fists
Viddler..........................Small hook used by fisherman and anglers to dig for lance
Vinny..........................Road colour. Off colour. Off taste. Going bad. Sour
Vinid..........................Green. Mould. Mouly.
Visit with..........................To call on
Visgey..........................A sort of pickaxe
Vittle. Vitty..........................(see 'Fittie') proper. Correct
Vittles..........................Food
Voldry..........................A work or clothes A voider
Voor. Voore..........................A furrow made by a plough
Vower..........................Four
Voyer..........................The headland round a field
Vugg..........................Holes in mineral vein in which valuable specimens are found
Vurden..........................Farthing
Vut..........................Foot
Vuzz..........................Furse

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Waant..........................Won't. Will not
Waas..........................Was
Wack..........................Allowance. Wealth. Money. (Plenty of Wack)
Wad. Also Wod..........................Handful of hay (or staw)
Waiter..........................A tea tray
Wallage..........................A bundle
Walvin..........................Wallowing
Wambling..........................Stomach rumbling. Feeling sick etc
Wance..........................Once
Want(s)..........................Mole(s)
Want-hill. Want-pile..........................A mole hill
Wan. Waun..........................One
Waunce..........................Once
Waps..........................The Gadfly. Also Wasps
Warra..........................A Pulley
Warm(Wart)..........................To Warrant
Wartha..........................Higher
Watcha-eer..........................A form of greeting
Wattery..........................Faint and Hungry
Waunder..........................Wonder. Perplexed
Way..........................Reason. Why
Wassacum..........................What-do-ee-call-um?
Wazygoose..........................A contrivance for frightening birds
Wed'n..........................With it. With him
Wee-war..........................Lopsided
Ween..........................To chirp or cry plaintively. To take away from the mother (pigs, calves etc)
Wee-wow..........................Wobbling about. Unsteady
Wees..........................Small gentry. Persons of great pretensions and little qualifications
Wered..........................Wore
Weth..........................With
Wedder..........................Weather. "It's fine wedder today"
Weggas..........................The bindweed
Well-near..........................Almost. nearly
Werraking..........................Swinging something clumsily
Werratting..........................Annouing.Teasing.Worrying
Wat-ee-may-call..........................Something difficult to apply a name to
Weth-en..........................With them
Werry..........................Weary. Also 'very"
West-ome..........................Way home
We..........................Us
Wes..........................Was
Whacca..........................Sweetness, Sweetmeats
Whan..........................When
What-ee-me-call..........................Can't think of the name
Wheal..........................A mine
Wheal-easy..........................Applied to employment where work is dodged
Wheel-barra, (Berrer)..........................Wheel-barrow
Wher..........................Where
Whiffle-head..........................Empty-headed
Whilk..........................A stye
Whiddles..........................Whims. Fancies. Stupid ideas
Whiff. Whiffing..........................Fishing with lines trailing behind boat
Whirl..........................The hip joint
Whiddy-man. Widdy-woman..........................Widower. Widow
Whistercuff..........................A box on the ear. A blow
Whisht..........................Thin. Sickly. Wan-looking. Sad. Lonely
Whitear..........................The gristle in meat
Whitneck. Whitnick..........................Weasle
White witch..........................A fortune teller. A quack
Whittle..........................A small shoulder blanket
Whiz..........................To throw quickly. A blow
Whizabout..........................A whirlgig
Widden..........................Small pig. Smallest of the brood
Widdle(s)..........................To wiggle. To squirm. To wag. To jerk
Wiff..........................A cape
Whilligog..........................a whirlgig
Wilt..........................Will you
Winding. Windy..........................Winnowing. To winnow
Winder..........................Window
Windle..........................A windlass
Windspur..........................The roof at the gable of a house
Wing..........................Furze. Gorse
Windarly..........................Sick. Faint
Winner..........................Winnard. Kind of small bird
Winky-eye..........................Game played by hitting rotten eggs while blindfolded
Winnard..........................The Redwing
Winnick..........................Cheat. Take in. Deceive
Winspur..........................A raised wind course on a gable
Wisht.......................... Melancholy. Sad. Look ill.
Wisnt..........................Worried
Withy..........................Rushes or willows
Wod..........................A blow
Woddle..........................A quantity of weak liquid
Wollas..........................Lower. Below
Wog..........................To walk with rolling motion
Wogmire..........................Marsh. Quagmire
Wonders..........................Frost bites. Stinging sensation caused by cold in the finger.
Wood tin..........................Tin ore strongly resembling wood
Worm..........................weakling
Wor-wop..........................Smack. Clout
Wounde..........................Wound
Wrastling..........................Wrestling
Wot-not..........................A corner china stand
Wrinkle..........................A periwinkle
Wudden..........................Would not. Wouldn't
Wust-aw..........................Will you
Wust..........................Worst
Wusta?..........................Will you?
Wuth..........................Worth

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yaffer..........heifer
Yaffle........Aoose armful. To pull about
Yaller............Yellow
Yam.............To eat greedily
Yarbs...........Herbs
Yarks,Yorks...........Straps worn below knees to keep legs of trousers out of mud
Yas...........Yes. Agreement
Yaw..........Sheep. Ewe
Yellow-janders..........Jaundice
Yet..........Gate
Yewe..........A farmiing implement. A dung fork
Yit..........Yet
Yourn..........Yours
You. Yew. Yow..........................You
Yuck..........................A yoke. An ox-yoke
Yowlin'..........................Howling. Crying in distress

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Zad..........................Sad
Zade or Zapy.......................... A blackhead. A fool
Zawn..........................A sea caven. Hole in cliff
Zur. Sur..........................Sir
Zye. Also Sye..........................A Scythe
Zackley..........................Exactly
Zukky..........................To smarten-up. "To maak un zukky"

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