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Gibeonites could not so smoothly have past uns Where yon disorder'd heap of ruin lies, espied, till there was no help. Hooker. Stones rent from stones, where clouds of dust

arise, 4. With soft and bland language.

Amid that smother Neptune holds his place. SMO'OTHNESS. n. s. [from smooth.]

Dryder. 1. Evenness on the surface; freedom from

The greater part enter only like mutes to fill asperity.

the stage, and spend their taper in smoke and A countryman feeding his flock by the sea smother.

Collier. side, it was so delicate a fine day, that the smooth To SMO'THER. v. n. (from the noun.] ness of the water tempted him to set up for a 1. To smoke without vent. merchant.


Hay and straw have a very low degree of The nymph is all into a laurel gone,

heat; but yet close and smotbering, and which The smootbness of her skin remains alone. Dryd. drieth not.

Bacon. 2. Softness or mildness on the palate. 2. To be suppressed or kept close.

Fallacious drink! ye honest men beware, The advantage of conversation is such, that, Nor trust its smoothness; the third circling glass

for want of company, a man had better talk to Suffices virtue.

Pbilips. a post than lec his thoughts lie smoking and 3. Sweetness and softness of numbers.


Collier. As French has more fineness and smoothness

Smo'uLWERING.? [This word seems a at this time, so it had more compass, spirit, and

SMO'ULDRY. participle; but I know force, in Montaigne's age.

Virgil, though smcoth, where smoothness is

not whether the verb smoulder be in required, is so far from affecting it, that he ra use: smozan, Sax. to smother; smoel, ther disdains it; frequently using synalephas, Dutch, hot.) Burning and smoking and concluding his sense in the middle of his

without vent.

Dryden. None can breathe, nor see, nor hear at will, 4. Blandress and gentleness of speech. Through smouldry cloud of duskish stinking She is too subtle for thee; and her smoothness,

smoke, Her very silence, and her patience,

That th' only breath him daunts who hath esSpeak to the people, and they pity her. Shaksp.

cap'd the stroke.

Fairy Queen. SMOTE. The preterit of smite.

In some close pent room it crept along, Death with a trident smote.

Milton. And, smould'ring as it went, in silence fed; To SMO'THER, v. a. (rmoran, Sax.)

Till th' infant monster, with devouring strong. 1. To suffocate with smoke, or by exclu

Walk'd boldly upright with exalted head. Dryd. sion of the air.

SMUG. adj. (smuck, dress ; smucken, to She might give a passage to her thoughts, and dress; Dutch.] Nice; spruce ; dressed so as it were utter out some smoke of those with affectation of niceness, but withflames, wherewith else she was not only burned out elegance. but smotbered.

Sidney: There I have a bankrupt for a prodigal, who We smotber'd

dares scarce shew his head on the Rialto; a begThe most replenished sweet work of nature, gar, that used to come so smug upon the mart. That from the prime creation e'er she fram'd. Sbakspeare.


He who can make your visage less horrid, and We are enow yet living in the field,

your person more smug, is worthy some good To smotber up the English in our throngs. Shak.


Spectator. The helpless traveller, with wild surprise, TO SMUG. v. a. To adorn; to spruce. Sees the dry desart all around him rise,

My men, And smulber'd in the dusty whirlwind dies.

In Cince's house, were all, in severall baine Addison.

Studiously sweeten'd, smug'd with oile, and decki 2. To suppress.

With in and outweeds. Lewd and wicked custom, beginning perhaps To SMU'GGLE. v.a.[smockelen, Dutch.]

Chapman. at the first amongst few, afterwards spreading into greater multitudes, and so continuing; from To import or export goods without time may be of force, even in plain things, to paying the customs. Seother the light of natural understanding, SMU'GGLER. n. s. [from smuggle.] A

Hooker. She was warmed with the graceful appearance

wretch, who, in defiance of justice and of the hero; she smolbered those sparkles out of

the laws, imports or exportsgoods either decency, but conversation blew them up into a

contraband or without payment of the flame.

Dryden. customs. SMOʻTHER. n. s. [from the verb.]

SMU'GLY. adv. [from smug.] Neatly ; 1. A state of suppression. Not in use.


Lilies and roses will quickly appear, This unfortunate prince, after a long smother of discontent, and hatred of many of his nobility

And her face will look wond'rous smugly. Gom and people, breaking forth at times into seditions, SMU'GNESS. n. s. [from smug.] Sprucewas at last distressed by them.

Bacon. ness; neatness without elegance. A man were better relate himself to a statue, SMUT. n. so [rmitta, Saxon ; smette, than suffer his thoughts to pass in smotber. Dutch.]

Bacon. Nothing makes a man suspect much, more

1. A spot made with soot or coal. than to know little ; and therefore men should

2. Must or blackness gathered on corn ; procure to know more, and not to keep their

mildew. suspicions in smother.

Bacon, Farmers have suffered by smutty, wheat, when 2. Smoke ; thick dust.

such will not sell for above tive shillings a bushel; Thus must I from the smoke into the smother,

whereas that which is free from seue will sell for From tyrant duke into a tyrant brother.

Mortimer, Shekspeare. 3. Obscenity,




TO SMUT. v. a. (from the noun.] 1. To stain ; to mark with soot or coal.

He is far from being smutted with the soil of atheism.

More. A fuller had invitation from a collier to live with him: he gave him a thousand thanks; but, says he, as fast as I make any thing clean, vou 'll be sm tting it again.

L'Estrange. The inside is so smutted with dust and smoke, that neither the marble, silver, nor brass works shew themselves.

Addison. Iata wonderfully pleased to see my tenants play their innocent tricks, and sinuiting one another.

Aldison. 2. To taint with mildew. Mildew falleth upon corn, and smutteth it.

Bacon. TO SMUT, V. n. To gather must.

White red-eared wheat is good for clays, and bears a very good crop, and scldom smuts.

TO SMUTCH.V. a. [from smut.] To black
with smoke.
Have you seen but a bright lily grow,

Before rude hands have touch'd it?
Ha' you mark'd but the fall o'the snot,

Before the soil fiad smutcl'd it? Bc.:Jonson. SYU'TTIE Y. adv. (from smutty.] 1. Blackiy; smokily. 2. Obscenely. SMU'ITINESS. n. s. [from smutty.] I. Soil from smoke.

My vines and peaches, upon my best south walls, were apt to a soot or slitiness upon their leaves and upon their fruits, which were good for nothing.

Temple. 2. Obsceneness. SYU'TTY. adj. [from smut.] 1. Black with smoke or coal.

The smutty grain,
With sudden blaze diffus d, inflames the air.

The smutty wainscot full of cracks. Szvift.

He was a smity dog yesterday, and cost me near two hours to wash the ink of his face. Pope. 2. Tainted with mildew.

Smutty corn will sell dearer at one time than the clean at another.

Locke. 3. Obscene ; not modest.

The place is a censure of a profane, id smully passage in the Old Bachelor.

Cellier. SNACK. 7. s. [from smatch.] A share; a part taken by compact.

If the master gets the better on 't, they come in for their snack.

L'Estrange. For four times talking, if one piece thou take, That must be cantled, and the judge go srack.

Dryden. All my demurs but double his attacks; At last he whispers, “ Do, and we go snacks."

Pope. SNACOT.1. s. (acus, Lat.) A fish.

Ainsworth. Sxa'ffle. 2. so [snavel, Dutch, the nose.) A bridle which crosses the nose. The third o'th' world is yours, i hich with a

snaffie You may pace easy; but not such a wife. Shaks.

Sooth him with praise; This from his weaning let him well be taught, And then betimes in a soft snajle wrought.

Dryden. TOSNA'FFLE. v. a. (from the noun.] To

bridle; to hold in a bridle ; to hold ; to manage

SNAG. ». 5. (Of this word I know not

the etymology or original.] 1. A jay, or sharp protuberance.

The one her other leg had lame, Which with a statt, all full of little snogs, She did disport; and Impotence her name.

Fairy Queen. The coat of arms, Now on a naked snag in triumph born, Was hung on high.

Dryder. 2. A tooth left by itself, or standing beyond the rest ; a tooth, in contempt.

In China none hold women sweet, Except their srags are black as jet : King Chihu put nine queens to death, Convict on statute, iv'ry teeth.

Prior. SNA'GGED. adj. [from snag.] Full of SNAGOY, S snags ; full of sharp protuberances; shooting into sharp points.

His stalking steps are stay’d. Upon a snaggy oak, which he had torn Out of his mother's bowels, and it made His mortal mace, wherewith his foemen he dis

Spenser. Naked men belabouring one another with snagged sticks, or dully falling together by the ears at fistycuffs.

Mare. SNAIL. n. s. [rnæzl, Saxon; shegel,

Dutch. ] 1. A slimy animal which creeps on plants,

some with shells on their backs; the emblem of slowness.

I can tell why a snail has a house.- Why?Why, to put 's head in; not to give it away to his daughters, and leave his horns without a

Sbakspeare. Fearful commenting Is leaden servitor to dull delay; Delay leads impotent and snail-pac'd beggary.

Sbakspeare. The patch is kind enough, but a huge feeder: Srail slow in profit, but he sleeps by day More than the wild cat.

Sbakspeare. Seeing the snail, which every where doch roam, Carrying his own house still, still is at home, Follow, for he is easy-pac'd, this snail Be thine own palace, or the world's thy gaol.

Denne There may be as many ranks of beings in the invisible world superior to us, as we ourselves are superior to all the ranks of being beneath us in this visible world, even though we descend below the snail and the oyster.

Iaits. 2. A name given to a drone, from the slow motion of a snail.

Why prat'st thou to thyself, and answer'st not? Dromio, thou dione, thou snail, thou slug, thou

Skakspeare. SNAIL-CLAVER or Snail-trefoil, 1. s. (trifolium, Lat.) An herb.

Ainsaare SNAKE. 1. s. [rnaca, Sax. snake, Dutch ]

A serpent of the oviparous kind, distin. guished from a viper. The snake's bite is harmless. Snake in poetry is a general name for serpent.

Glo'ster's shew beguiles him; As the srake, rollid in a How'ry bank, With shining chequer'd slough, doth sting a child, That for the beauty thinks it excellent. Sbaksp.

We have scotch'd the snake, not killed it: She 'll close and be herself; whilst our poor

malice Remains in danger of her former teeth. Sbaksp.

The parts must have their outlines in waves, resembling the gliding of a snake upon the ground : they must be smooth and even. Dryda





Nor chalk, nor crumbling stones, the food of 3. To bite. snakes,

A gentleman passing by a coach, one of the That work in hollow earth their winding tracks. horses snapt off the end of his finger. Wiseman,

Dryden. All mungrel curs bawl, snarl, and snap, where SNA'KEROOT, n. s. [snake and root.) A the foe flies before him.

L'Estrange. species of birthwort growing in Vir- · A notion generally received, that a lion is danginia and Carolina.

gerous to all women who are not virgins, may

have given occasion to a foolish report, that my SNA'KESHEAD Iris. n. s. [hermodactylus,

lion's jaws are so contrived as to snap the hands Latin.) A plant.

of any of the female sex, who are not thus quaThe characters are: it hath a lily Jified.

Advison, shaped lower, of one leaf, shaped ex He snaps deceitful air with empty jaws, actly like'an iris; but has a tuberose root, The subtle hare darts swift beneath his pais. divided into two or three dugs, like

Gay. oblong bulbs.


4. To catch suddenly and unexpectedly.

Sir Richard Graham tells the marquis he would SN A'KEWEED or Bistort. n. s. [bistorta, of the kids, and make some shift to carLatin.) A plant.

ry him close to their lodgings. SNAKEWOOD. n. s. [from snake and Some with a noise and greasy light wood.)

Are snapt, as men catch larks at night. Butler. What we call snakervood is properly the small

You should have thought of this before you er branches of the root of a tall straight tree, was taken; for now you are in no danger to be growing in the island of Timor, and other parts snapt singing again. of the East. It has no remarkable smell ; but

Did I not see you, rascal, did I is of an intensely bitter taste. The Indians are When you lay snug to snap young Damon's of opinion, that it is a certain remedy for the goat?

Dryden. bite of the hapded serpent, and from thence its

Belated seem on watch to lie, name of lignum colubrinum, or snakewood.


And snap some cully passing by. Swift. very seldom use it.

Hill. 5. (snappen, Dutch.] To treat with sharp SNA'KY. adj. [from snake.]

language. 1, Serpentine ; belonging to a snake; re Capoch'd your rabbins of the synod, sembling a snake.

And snapp'd their canons with a why not.

Hudibras. Venomous tongue, tipt with vile adder's sting, Of that self kind with which the furies fell

A surly ill-bred lord,
Their snały heads do comb.

Tha chides and snaps her up at every word.

Granville The crooked arms Meander bow'd with his so

To SNAP. V. n. snały ficou, Resign’d for conduct the choice youth of all their 1. To break short ; to fall asunder; to mortal brood.

Chapman. break without bending. The true lovers knot had its original from Note the ship's sicknesses; the mast modus Herculaneus, or Hercules's knot, resem Shak'd with an ague, and the hold and waist biing the snaky complication in the caduceus, or With a salt dropsy clogg'd; and our tacklings rod of Hermes.

Brown. Snapping, like to too high-stretch'd treble strings. So to the coast of Jordan he directs

Donne. His easy steps, girded with snaky wiles. Milton. The backbone is divided into so many verte2. Having serpents.

bres for commodious bending, and not one inLook, look unto this snaky rod,

tire rigid bone, which, being of that length, would And stop your ears against the charming god. have been often in danger of snapping in sunder. Ben Joason.

Ray. In his hand

If your steel be too hard, that is, too brittle, if He took caduceus, bis snaky wand. Hub. Tale. it be a spring, it will not bow; but with the least What was that snaky-headed gorgon shield bending it will snap asunder.

Moxon, That wise Minerva wore, unconquer'd virgin! The makers of these needles should give them Wherewith she freez'd her foes to congeal'd a due temper: for it they are too soft, they will stone?

Milton. bend; and if they are too brittle, they snap. His flying hat was fasten’d on his head;

Sbarp. Wings on his heels were hung, and in his hand 2. To make an effort to bite with eager

He holds the virtue of his snaky wand. Dryden. T. SNAP. v. a. (the same with knap.] If the young dace be a bait for the old pike, I 1. To break at once; to break short. see no reason but I may snap at him. Sbaksp. If the chain of necessity be no stronger, but

We snap at the bait without ever dreaming of that it may be snapped so easily in sunder; if his

the hook that goes along with it.

L'Estrange. will was no otherwise determined from without himself, but only by the signification of your de

At people's heels with frothy chaps.

Swift. sire, and my modest intreaty, then we may con SNAP. n. s. [from the verb.) flude, huran affairs are not always governed by 1. The act of breaking with a quick mo. absolute necessity; Bramhall against Hobbes. tion. Light is broken like a body, as when 't is snap

2. A greedy fellow ped in pieces by a tougher body. Digby.

He had no sooner said out his say, but Dauntless as death, away he walks;

a cunning step, then at the board. L'Estrange. Breaks the doors open, snaps the locks; Searches the parlour, chamber, study,

3. A quick eager bite. Nor stops till he has culprit's body. Prior.

With their bills, chwarted crosswise at the end, 2. To strike with a knacking noise, or

they would cut an apple in two at one snap.

Carew. sharp sound. The bowzy sire

4. A catch; a theft. First shook from out his pipe the seeds of fire,

SNA'PDRAGON or Calf's Snout. n. s. [an., Then snapt his box,

Dunciad. tirrhinum, Latin.]


Towzer snaes

up rises

A plant.

The shes even of the savage herd are safe; 2. A kind of play, in which brandy is set All, when they snarl or bite, have no return

But courtship from the male. Dryder on fire, and raisins thrown into it, which

An angry cur those who are unused to the sport are Snarls while he feeds.

Dryden and Lee, afraid to take out; but which may be

2. To speak roughiy; to talk in rude safely snatched by a quick motion, and

terms. put blazing into the mouth, which being "T is malicious and unmanly to saarl at the

closed, the fire is at once extinguished. little lapses of a pen, from which Virgil himself SNA'PPER. n. s. [from snap.} One who stands not exempted.


The honest farmer and his wife, snaps. My father named me Autolicus, being letter'd

Two years declin'd from prime of life,

Had struggled with the marriage noose, under Mercury; wlio, as I am, was likewise a

As almost ev'ry couple does : snapper up of unconsider'd trifles. Sbakspeare. 'SNAPPISH. adj. [from snap.]

Sometimes my plague! sometimes my darling!

Kissing to-day, to-morrow snarling. Prior. 1. Eager to bite.

Where hast thou becul snarling odious truths, The saappish cur, the passenger's annoy, and entertaining company with discourse of their Close at my heel with yelping treble nies. Savifo. diseases ?

Congreve. They lived in the temple; but were such suap TO SNARL. v. a. To entangle; to einbargisb curs, that they frighted away most of the

rass. I know not that this sense is well votaries.

Spectator. 2. Peevish; sharp in reply.


Confused snarled consciences render it difficult SNA'PPISHLY. adv. [from snappish.]

to pull out thread by thread. Decay of Piety. Peevishly; tartly.

SNA'RLER. . s. [from snarl.] One who SN A'PPISHNESS. n. s. [from snappish.]

snarls ; a growling, surly, quarrelsome, Peevishness; tartness.

insulting, ellow. SNAPSACK. 1. s. (snappsack, Swedish.] A

Should stupid libels grieve your mind, soldier's bag : more usually knapsack. You soon a remedy may find; SNARE. n. s. (snara, Swedish and Island. Lie down obscure, like other folks, ick; snare, Danish ; snoor, Dutch.)

Below the lash of snarlers jokes. Swift. J. Any thing set to catch an animal; a Sna'r y. adj. [from snare.] Entangling; gin; a net; a noose.

insidious. O poor hapless nightingale, thought I,

Spiders in the vault their snary webs have How sweet thou sing'st, how near the deadly


Dryder. snare!

Milton. SNAST. n. s. The snuff of a candle. 2. Any thing by which one is entrapped It first burned fair, till some part of the candle or entangled.

was consumed, and the sawdust gathered about This I speak for your own profit, not that I

the snast; but then it made the snast big and may cast a share upon you.

1 Corintbians, long, and burn duskishly, and the candle wasted A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips

in half the time of the wax pure.

Bacon, are the shore of his soul.

Prorerbs. To SNATCH. n. s. (snacken, Dutch.] Propound to thyself a constant rule of living, J. To seize any thing hastily. which, though it may not be fit to observe scru A virtuous mind should rather wish to depart pulously, lest it become a snare to thy con this world with a kind of treatable dissolution, science, or endanger thy health, yet let nor thy than to be suddenly cut off in a moment; rather rule be broken.

Taylor. to be taken than snatched away from the face of For thee ordain'd a help, became thy snare. the earth.


Beauty, wealth, and wit,

So snatch'd, will not exempt us from the pain, And prowess, to the pow'r of love submit;

Milton. The spreading snare for all mankind is laid,

Life's stream hurries all too fast: And lovers all betray, or are betray'd. Dryden. In vain sedate reflections we would make, To SNARE. v. a. (from the noun.] To When half out knowledge we must snatch, not cntrap; to entangle; to catch in a noose.


Pofa Glo'ster's shew

She snatch'd a sheet of Thule from her bed: Beguiles him, as the mournful crocodile

Sudden she flies, and whelms it o'er the pyre; With sorrow snares relenting passengers. Sbak.

Down sink the flames.

Pope. The wicked is shared in the work of his own

They, sailing down the stream, kands.

Psalms. Are snatch'd immediate by the quick-eyed Warn all creatures from thee

trout, Henceforth, lest that too heav'nly form, pre

Or darting salmon.

Thomson tended.

2. To transport or carry suddenly, To bellish falsehood, snare them. Milton, He had scarce performed any part of the ofTo SNARL. V. n. (snarren, Dutch.] fice of a bishop in the diocese of London when he 1. To growl as an angry animal; to gnar.

was snatched from thence, and promoted to Canterbury.

Clarendon, What! were you snarling all before I came,

O nature!
Ready to catch each other by the throat,
And turn you all your hatred now on me?

Inrich me with the knowledge of thy works,
Snatch me to heaven.

He is born with teeth!

TO SNATCH. v. n. To bite, or catch eagerAnd so I was; which plainly signified

ly at something. That I should snarl, and bite, and play the dog. 'Lords will not let me: if I had a monopoly of

Sbakspeare. fool, they would have part on 't; nay, the ladies No:v, for the bare-pick'd bone of majesty, too will be snatching.

Shakspears, Doth dogged war bristle his angry crest,

He shall snatch on the right band, and be huna And sourletb in the gende eyes of peace. Sbaks. gry:



say so.

Lycus, swifter of his feet,

She waits, or to the scaffold, or the cell, uns, doubles, winds and turns, amidst the war; When the last ling'ring friend has bid farewel. Springs to the walls, and leaves his foes behind,

Popes And snatcbes at the beam he first can tind. Dryd. Tom struts a soldier, open, bold, and brave; SNATCH. n. s. (from the verb.]

Will sneaks a scriv'ner, an exceeding knave. Popes

SNEAKER.N. s. d small vessel of drink. I. A hasty catch.

I have just left the right worshipful and his 2. A short fit of vigorous action. After a shower to weeding a snatch ;

myrmidons about a sneaker of five gallons.

Spactator, More easily weed with the root to dispatch.


SNE'AKING, participial adj. [from sneak.]

1. Servile ; mean ; low. 3. A small part of any thing; a broken

When the smart dialogue grows rich, part. She chaunted snatches of old tunos,

With sucaking dog and ugly bitch. Rowe. As one incapable of her own distress. Sbakspo

-2. Covetous; niggardly; meanly parsimoIn this work attempts will exceed petform

nious. ances, it being composed by snatcbes of this, as

SNE'AKINGLY. adv. [from sneaking.} medical vacations would permit. Brown. 1. Meanly; servilely. 4. A broken or interrupted action ; a short Do all things like a man, not sneatis.g!y: fit.

Think the king sees thee still. Herbera The snatebes in his voice,

While you sneakingly submit, And burst of speaking, were as his. Sbakspeare.

And beg our pardon at our feet, They move by fits and snatcbes; so that it is Discourag’d by your guilty fears not conceivable how they conduce unto a mo

To hope for quarter for your ears.

Hudibras, tion, which, by reason of its perpetuity, must

2. In a covetous manner. be regular and equal.

Wilkins. SNE'AKINGNESS. n. s. [from sneaking.] We have often little snatcbes of sunshine and

1. Niggardliness. fair weather in the most uncomfortable parts of the year.

2. Meanness; pitifulness. Spectator.

SNE'AKUP. n. s. (from sneak.] A coward. 3. A quip.; a shuffling answer. Come, leave your snatibus, yield me a direct

ly, creeping, insidious, scoundrel. ObSbakspeare.

solcte. SNATCHER, *. s. [from snatch.] One

The princcis a jack, a sneakup; and, if he were

here, I would cudgel him like a dog, if he would that snatches, or takes any thing in

Sbakspeare. haste. They of those marches

TO SNEAP. v. a. (This word scems a corShall be a wall sufficient to defend

ruption of snib, or of snap, to repriOur inland from the pilfering borderers.

mand. Perhaps snap is in that sense -We do not mean the coursing snatchers only, from snib, snibbe, Danish. But fear the main intendment of the Scot.

Men shulde him snibbe bitterly.

SNA'TCHINGLY, adv. [from snatching.] 1. To reprimand; to check.
Hastily; with interruption.

2. To nip. TO SNEAK. v. n. (snican, Saxon ; snige, Danish.]

Breed upon our absence, may there blow 1. To creep slily ; to come or go as if No sneaping winds at home.

Sbakspeare. afraid to be seen.

SNEAP. n. s. [from the verb.) A repri. Once the eagle, England, being in prey,

mand; a check. To her unguarded nest the weazel, Scot,

My lord, I will not undergo this sneap without Comes sucaking, and so sucks her princely eggs. reply: you call honourable boldness impudent

Sbakspeare. sauciness;

if a man will court'sy and say nothing, Sneak not away, sir; for the friar and you

he is virtuous.

Sbakspeare. Must have a word anon : lay hold on hiin.

TO SNEB. v. a. (properly to snib.

See Discover'd, and defeated of your prey,

SNEAP.] To check; to chide ; to reYou skulk'd behind the fence, and sneae'd away.

priinand. Dryden.

Which made this foolish briar wax so bold, I ought not to turn my back, and to sueat off That on a time he cast him to scold in silence, and leave the truch to lie baffled, And snebbe the good oak, for he was old. Spens. bleeding, and slain.

Watts. TO 9NEER. V. n. (This word is apparently He sneak'd into the grave,

of the same family with snore and short.] A monarch's half, and half a harlot's slave.


1. To show contempt by looks : naso susAre you all ready? Here's your musick here: pend-re adunco. Author, sneak off; we 'll tickłe you, my dear. 2. To insinuate contempt by covert ex


pressions. 2. To behave with meanness and servility; The wolf was by, and the fox in a sneering way to crouch ; to truckle.

advised him not to irritate a prince against his I need salute no great man's threshold, sneak subjects.

L'Estrange. to none of his friends to speak a good word for

I could be content to be a little sneered at in a me to my conscience.

Soutb. line, for the sake of the pleasure I should have Nothing can support minds drooping and sneak in reading the rest.

Popes ing, and inwardly reproaching them, from a sense

If there has been any thing expressed with too of their own guilt, but to see others as bad. much severity, it will fall upon those sheering or

South. daring writers of the age ag iinst religion, who When int'rest calls off all her speaking train,

have lefs reason and decency.

Watts. Wben all th' oblig'd desert, and all the vaid, 3. To utter with grimace.

What may

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