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Dalk n.Pin brooch, clasp, buckle. 2 hollow, depression, hole
Dare-all adj.Fearless, dreadnought. Cognate:dareful
Daresome adj.Foolhardy, venturesome
Darkhood n.State or condition of darkness. Cognate: Darkship
Dark Inn n."The Dark Inn" - the grave, tomb, grass-bed, mould-earth, the pit, the delf, the deep-six, lair, narrow house, long-home, dustbin (sl), burial-place.
Darkling n.One whose personality is dark; chil of the darkness
Daswen adj.Of eyes or sight: dim
Daughterhood n.State or condition of daughterness. Cognate: Daughtership
Daw vb.Dawn with day, wake from sleep, adawe
Daybed n.Sofa, couch
Daybook n.Diary
Dayish adj.Diurnal
Dayless adj.Devoid of day or night
Daymare n.Opposite of nightmare
Dayrawe n.First streak of day or dawn. Sometimes: dayrewe
Dayrim n.Rim of light of the coming of day.
Daysman n.Umpire, arbitrator
Dayspring n.Dawn
Dead-alive adj.Spiritless, lacking animation
Deadborn adj.Stillborn
Deaddoing n.Killing, murdering.
Deadhead n.One admitted to an event without paying to bolster the numbers; a simpleton
Deadhearted adj.Callous, dead-in-feeling, insensible. Deadheartiness.
Deadness adj.
Dealerdom n.Dealers collectively.
Dealth n.Portion dealt
Dear adj.Brave, bold, strenuous, hard
Dearworth n.Of high estimation.
Deathless adj.Immortal.
Deathliness n.
Deathling n.Mortal
Deathman n.Executioner
Deathstruck pp.Killed
Death-throe n.Dying stage
Deathward adj.Dying, heading towards death
Deathwothy adj.Ripe to be killed, not worthy of living
Deave vb.Deafen
Deche vb.Daub, Smear,
Deed n.
Deem n.Judge, dempster, deemer, office of a judge, demstership,
Deep adj.
Deep dive vbTo analyse a matter thoroughly and profoundly.
Deepfetch vb.Bring or fetch from the deep
Deepmost adj.Deepmost
Deep-read adj.Well read,
Deep-set adj.Sitting back
Deepseen adj.Seen from afar
Deerkind n.Beast-kind as distinct from human-kind
Deft adj.1. Gentle, meek, humble 2, skilful, dextrous, clever. 3. neat, tidy, trim, spruce, handsome, pretty. 4. quick. Also: Deftness, deftly
Delf n,Hole, cavity, pit. 2. grave. 3. a sod, cut turf.
Delve vb.To dig, plough, turn over the soil
Dent n.
Depe vb.To immerse as a religious rite; immerse, submerge, plunge
Depth adj.Depthen, depthing, also depthless : shallow
Dere vb.Hurt, harm, injure
Dereful adj.Full of grief, sorrow, dering
Derf n.& adj.Trouble, tribulation, hurt, 2. bold , daring, courageous. 3. strong, sturdy, stout 4. vigourous, forceful. violent. 5. painful, grievous, terrible, dreadful, cruel. 6. troublesome, hard, difficult. Also: Derful, Derfly, Derfness, Dership
Dern adjSecretive, dark, concealed, evil, deceitful, sly, underhand, unrevealed. Of place, secretive, exotic, little known, dark, dreary, deep, profound, hidden. Also Dernly, derned, dernhood(n).
Derve vb.Labour (only in OE.) 2. trouble, grieve, hurt, afflict
Devil's Horsemen nThe Mongol warriors of the C12th.
Dew n.The moisture deposited in minute drops pon any cool surface
Dewfall n.Evening
Dighel adjSecret, obscure, hence dighelness: secrecy
Dight vb.To dictate, compose in language, present, 2. manage, direct, govern, rule, appoint, prepare. 3. construct 4. array. 5. maltreat, abuse. 6. to have to do with sexually. 7. Place, put, dispose of. 9. to put put in a specific condition or state: put to death, execute, winnow.
Dighter n.Composer, author, ruler, preparer, winnower. Also dighting: repairing, proposing, winnowing, asf
Dightly adv.In a well equipped manner.
Dike n.Ditch, trench
Dilghe vb.To destroy, erase, blot out, also fig.
Dim adj.Of light-somewhat dark.
Din n. Sound
Dinsome adj.Full of din, noisy
Dint n.Stroke or blow, the dealing of blows, hence force of attack or impact, (lit or fig): violence, force; now only by dint of. 2. stroke of thunder. 3.mark or impression made by blow. Note: dintless
Do-all n.Factotum
Dog nOld English docga, a late, rare word used of a powerful breed of canine. It forced out Old English hund (the general Germanic and Indo-European word canine) by 16c. and subsequently was picked up in many continental languages (French dogue (16c.), Danish dogge), but the origin remains one of the great mysteries of English etymology.
Doke n.A small hollow, dimple, depression, dalk, dawk
Dole n.State of being divided, part of a division of a whole portion, dealing
Dolk n.Wound, scar, gash, dint
Dolt n.Dullard, Stupid fellow, blockhead
Doom. n. Statute, law, enactment. Doomsbook: a book or code of Old Teutonic law; spec. that attributed to King Alfred.
Doomsday nJudgement day.
Doom-giving nJudgement.
Doom-house nCourthouse . Doom-tree: hanging-tree,
Doom-monger .nOne who preaches disaster and misfortune.
Doomsday weapon .nA hypothesized weapon that has the capacity to destroy the Earth. 2. a bomb that is capable of causing widespread destruction.
Doomstead nA place of judgement.
Doom-tree nA hanging-tree, execution place.
Dop vb. Immerse, baptise, dip, sink suddenly into water 2. Curtsy; drop head suddenly and quickly. (See dope.)
Dorr n.Insects that fly in a loud hummimg noise; that is bees, flies, hornet drone 2. person who is lazy, idle, stupid, blundering.
Dought n.Might, power, sturdiness, stoutness. Doughty adj. Able, capable, worthy, 2. valiant, brave, formidable, stout.
Doughty-handed adj
Doughty-hood n.
Douse vb.To punch, strike, beat, inflict, knock, put-off, throw down, shut up, cease, doff
Douth n.Virtue, good-deed, excellent, nobility, power, richness. 2, manhood, men collectively. 3. company, army, retinue.
Douthlike adjVirtuous, worthy
Douthwight n.Kin, man
Dove n. Gentle, innocent, loving woman or child; appellation of tender affection.
Doveling nTerm of affection for a little child.
Dovely adj. Gentle, innocent, affectionate
Dow vdj. To avail, be strong, good, fitting, proper, worthy, valiant, virtuous, manly. 2.to be Valuable or valid, of worth for good. 3. to be of useful or profit for another. 4.to be strengthful, able,
Do-well n. A personification of success.
Down n. Hill, upland, treeless chalky upland, sandhill, open expanse.
Downbear vb.Press down, cause to sink; oppress
Downcast n.The act of casting down(lit & fig); the throwing down of a current of air into a coalmine.
Downcast adj.Ruined, destroyed, dejected
Downcoming n.Descent
Downheld adj.Oppressed, kept back, held down
Downlook n.Having a downcast or downward look, a guilty look, sheepish, demure
Downset n.The setting of the Sun, dusk
Downside n.Disadvantage
Downwarp n.Local sinking of the earth's surface
Draft n.The sediment of brewing; refuse, dross, dregs, lees, wash, swill
Draftsack adj.Stuffed with worthless refuse; vilely gluttonous, worthless.
Draggle vb.To wet or befoul by allowing to drag through mire or wet grass, to make wet, dirty or limp; to trail on the ground. 2. to come, do or follow slowly or stragglingly
Drast n.Dregs, lees, faeces, refuse, residue, swill.
Draught n.Drawbridge. 2. Draught beast, esp. a horse. 3. measure of eels (20lbs), a measure of liquid medicine. $. act of drawing forth. 5. passage of a document 6. cesspool, sewer.
Drave n.Fishing expedition; a haul of fish.
Dray n.Wheelless sled or cart.
Dread n.
Dream n.The sense - "sequence of sensations passing through a sleeping person's mind"- (also as a verb), probably related to Old Norse draumr, Old Saxon drom "merriment, noise." But Old English dream meant only "joy, mirth, noisy merriment," also "music." And much study has failed to prove that Old English dream is the root of the modern word for "sleeping vision," despite being identical in spelling. Words for "sleeping vision" in Old English were mæting and swefn. Old English "swefn" originally meant "sleep." Dream: "ideal or aspiration" is from earlier sense of "something of dream-like beauty or charm" 2. mirth, noise, pleasure, gladness, rejoicing. Music: the sound of a musical instrument, melody.
Drear n.Soundness, gloom, dismalness. Also: drearhood, dreariness
Dreary adj.Gory, bloody, cruel, dire, horrid, grievous. Of persons - sad, melancholy, doleful, 3.dismal, gloomy. 4. repulsively dull or uninteresting.
Drearisome adj.Dreary of character; lonely and destitute
Dreck n.Rubbish, trash, worthless debris
Dreng n.Young man, fellow, lad, 2. Contempuous, low based fellow.
Drift-weed nSeaweed, seawrack, wrack, floatwort, driftwort,
Dright n.Multitude, army, people, . 2. march of a host, procession, throng. Drightfolk: people's army. Drightman: warrior, soldier
Droke n.Furrow, grove, ditch. 2. small watercourse, stream, fleet, ditch, ea. 3. steep narrow ditch. 4. narrow passageway.
Dryhood n.Drought, Rainlessness
Dry-lighting nA lightning display without rain.
Dry-thunder nA thunder roll without rain.
Dustyfoot n.Wayfarer, traveller
Dwale n.Error, delusion, madness, foolishness. 2. Heretic, transgressor, deciever, * Dwalkenned: heretical
Dwalm n.Stupefaction, giddiness, delusion, a faint or swoon, healthfail, sick.
Dwell vb.Lead into error, mislead, delude
Dwemercraft n.Jugglery, magic, illusionism, sorcery
Dwere adj,Doubt, dread
Dwild n.Error, heresy, dwilth
Dwine vb.To waste away or pine away, languish, fade, wither, wane
Dy n.Dung, sediment

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