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Given to making snide, sharp comments; to be irritable and short-tempered. Low German “snarken”=to make as snorting noise.


Showing excessive pride in your own cleverness or success. Possibly Low German “smuk”=pretty or nice.

A small stem of a plant with a few leaves or flowers on it. Middle English “sprygge” < possibly Low German “sprick”=dry twig.

To chatter, gossip, and tells tales. Low German “tateln”=to gabble, cackle (like a goose) < sound a goose makes.

To mix up an ordered set of things. Low German “shüffeln”=walk clumsily, mix card < Germanic “skuth”=to shove, push around.

To spread rotted plant material on land to insulate the soil. Low German “mullsch”=soft, rotten.

Instrument of tight skins over a frame played by hitting it. Middle Dutch or Low German “tromme”=imitative of the sound.

Quick or furtive look. Uncertain origin, perhaps related to “keek” < Low German “kiken”=to look furtively, as through a hole.

Moving goods/people illegally in and out of a country. Low German “smukkeln” or Dutch “smokkelen”=to smuggle.

A pustule, boil, or pimple. Probably Low German “quaddel”=swelling, pustule. Related to Old English “cwydele”=swelling, boil.