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A shackle for the wrist or ankle, usually plural “manacles.” Anglo-Norman “manicle” < Latin “manicula”=plough-handle < “manus”=hand.


A disturbance, noisy quarrel, or brawl; a fight, skirmish, conflict. Anglo-Norman “affray” < to quarrel or startle < Latin “affraiare”=to alarm, frighten.

A kind of soft woven fabric, typically made of wool or cotton and slightly milled and raised. Uncertain origin, possibly Anglo-Norman diminutive of Old French “flaine”=blanket or coverlet.

Take up and support a belief and/or a cause : become attached to. Anglo-Norman “espouser”=to marry, to associate or ally with someone or something < Latin “sponsare”=to wed < “spondere”=to pledge, promise.

General name for something that can be bought and sold, often a raw material. Anglo-Norman “commoditee”=product < Latin “commodiosus”=useful, profitable.

Engaged in deep or serious thought. Anglo-Norman “pensif”=thoughtful < Latin “pensare”=to weigh, ponder, think < “pendare”=to weigh, consider.

Related to, or looking like, pigs. Anglo-Norman/Middle French “porcin”=of a pig < Latin “porcinus” < “porcus”=pig + “-ine”=suffix meaning “referring to.”

To public abuse, ridicule, or defame someone; to subject to abuse or humiliation. Anglo-Norman “pilori”=a wooden frame with holes for someone‚Äôs head and hands to be locked into < Latin “pila”=pillar + “-ory”=noun-forming suffix.

An amount that is too much or more than you need. Anglo-Norman “surfeit”=excess < Old French “sorfait” < “sur”=above, excess + “faire”=to do.

Behavior, especially by children, that causes trouble or damage, but no serious harm. Anglo-Norman “meschef”=misfortune, trouble < “mes”=wrong + “chever”=to reach an end.

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