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To store away safely to use later. Shortened Middle English “bistowen” < “bi-“=around” + “stowen”=to place < Germanic “*stowa”=stand.


To act indecisively; to fail to make up one’s mind. Middle English “diddir”=to tremble, shake, shiver. Uncertain earlier origin.

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

Having a fuller, rounded shape. Uncertain but possibly from Middle English “plumby”=to swell up like dough when rising.

(Of beer) a drink pulled from a cask using a pump. Middle English “draht” < Common Germanic “dragan”=to pull, draw.

To shed skin or feathers in order to grow. Middle English “mute” < Latin “mutare”=to change.

(Of hair) matted, scruffy, or disheveled. Middle English “tousel”=to pull about roughly < Old Germanic “*taisan”=to pull apart.

A strong taste, flavor, or smell; a sharp, point of a knife. Middle English “tonge” < Old Norse “tange”=point, sharp edge.

To give someone something of great value. Middle English “bistowen”=put in place < Old English “be-“=intensifier + “stowen”=to place.

With hands on the hips and elbows turned outwards. Middle English “in kenebowe”=at a sharp angle. Ultimately uncertain origin.