For some reason there wasn’t a word of the day on Friday. So this week we only get 4 new words to learn.
1) Peat (n.) – A delicate person.
A citizen and his wife the other day
Both riding on one horse, upon the way
I overtook, the wench a pretty peat,
And (by her eye) well fitting for the seat.
– Donne’s Poems
2) Cendal (n.) – A species of rich thin silken stuff, very highly esteemed.
Her gomfainoun was of cendal Ynde,
Of gold ther were on thre coronne.
– Arthour and Merlin
3) Sclatyre (v.) – To be negligent.
/Sclatyre/ thy clothys bothe schort and syde,
Passyng all mennes syse.
– MS. Cantab. Ff. ii. 38
4) Drihe (v.) – To endure.
For as me thenketh, I myght /drihe/
Without slepe to waken ever,
So that I scholde noght dissever
Fro hir in whom is al my lyght.
– Gower, MS. Cantab. Ff. i. 6