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A small piece of shiny metal or plastic sewn onto clothes to give them a shining effect; a sequin. Middle Dutch “spange”=buckle, clasp, ornament + Middle English “-le”=diminutive suffix.

A swaggering gallant or bully. Middle Dutch “ruter”=a cavalry soldier + “-kin”=diminutive suffix (a little/childish bully).

A boisterous, noisy girl or a rude, ignorant man. Probably Middle Dutch “heiden”=someone holding unenlightened beliefs – a rustic commoner.

Found in the phrase “in a trice” meaning “quickly” or “in a moment.” Middle English “trice”=a tug < Middle Dutch “trisen”=to pull.

A small sharp piece of something broken off a larger piece. Middle Dutch “splinter” < ?Proto-Indo-European “*splei”=to break off.

Slang from 1950’s meaning “to leave.” Middle Dutch “splitten”=to break up a ship by rocks or in a storm.

A know-all; person who pretends to have knowledge. Middle Dutch “wijsseggher”=soothsayer < Old High German “wizago”=wizard.

Amusing, comical, funny. French “drĂ´le” = a jester, buffoon, or funny man < ?Middle Dutch “drolle”=mischievous imp, goblin.

To peep surreptitiously. Middle English “keke” < Middle Dutch “kieken”=to look.

Stand around in one place with no apparent purpose. Middle Dutch “loteran”=to waggle about like a loose tooth.

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