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A person whose job is fitting glass into windows and doors. Middle English “glasyer”=glass maker < Old English “glaes”=glass < Germanic “*glaso” + “=ere”=suffix with the sense of “someone who does something.”

Not shaking or moving, held firmly in one place or position; unchanging over time. Middle English “stedy” < Old English “stede”=a place + “-y”=adverb-forming suffix < Germanic “*stadiz”=stand, position.

To wait for something; to remain ready for, watch for, or expect. Old English “abidan” < “a”=onward + “bidan”=to wait for an opportunity < Germanic “*bidan”=to wait.

A tall, pointed tower on a church. Old English “stepel” < Germanic “*staupo-“=steep, lofty.

Bad-smelling, pungent smoke; dense or thick vapor; fine dust suspended in air. Old English “smoec” < “Germanic “*smaukjan”=to produce smoke.

To strengthen or support someone or something. Old English “bolster”= a long stuffed pillow placed under the neck to support the head < Germanic “*bolstro-z” < “*bul”= to swell.

A piece of food on a hook or trap used to attract an animal. Old Norse “beit”=pasture, food < Germanic “*bitan”=to bite.

Cautious, secretive action. Middle English “stalthe” < Old English “staelth” < Germanic “staol”=steal + “-th”=noun-forming suffix.

To lose hair, leaves, skin; to cast off. Old English “sceaden”=to separate or divide < Germanic “*skaith-“

Calm and dependable, often showing little emotion or movement. Latin “stolidus”=dull or impassive < ?Germanic “*stel-“=to be fixed, stand.

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