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Of a person, severe, strict, inflexible; not inclined to be lenient. Old English “styrne” < Germanic “*sternjo-“=rigid.

A small, benign, dark spot or lump on a person’s skin. Old English “mal”=a discolored spot, particularly on cloth, linen, etc.

A wooden rack or pallet for keeping stored goods off the floor or separating goods while being transported. Dutch “stellagie”=a stand or scaffold (usually for casks) < “stellen”=to place < Germanic “*stallo-“=place.

The outer seed covers that are separated from grain before it is used as food. Old English “ceaf” < Germanic “kef”=to gnaw.

To have a duty or responsibility for someone to do something. Old English “behofian” < “bihof”=benefit, use, advantage < Germanic “*bihafjan”=to take, hold, or receive.

One of a pair of metal rings joined by a chain used to fasten a prisoner’s hands or feet together, so that they cannot move easily or escape. Old English “sceacul”=link of a chain < Germanic “*skakulo”=chain link.

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.

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