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To praise with enthusiasm. Middle English “extoll”=to lift up, raise < Latin “extollere” < “ex-“=out, upward + “tollere”=to raise.

A casual, not very serious romantic relationship. Middle English “dalyaunce”=light chat < Old French “dalier”=to chat idly.

To wake someone up; to spur someone into action. Middle English “rowse”=in falconry, when a hawk shakes its feathers.

A troublemaker; someone of bad character. Middle English “rogge”=idle vagrant, possibly < Latin “rogere”=to ask, beg.

A mischievous but possibly lovable person. Middle English “rascayle”=member of the rabble < Old French “rascaille”=common people.

The skin of an animal with fur. Middle English “pelta” possibly < Old French “pel”=skin < Latin “pellis”=skin, parchment.

A big mistake; to make a mistake. Middle English “blondren”=to confuse or mix up < ?ultimately of Scandinavian origin.

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

A small lake on a mountain. Middle English “terne” < Old Norse “tjorn.”

Laziness, sluggishness, idleness, indolence. Middle English “slawth” < “slaw”=slow < Old English “slaewth”=laziness.