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A current of air; to move with a gliding motion, like on water. Middle English “wafter”=an escort ship < Low Dutch “wachter”=to guard.


Wise and careful use of money, so that none is wasted. Middle English “thryft” < Old Norse “thrifa”=to grab, clutch, or grasp.

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.