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Any heavy material carried on a ship, or hot-air balloon, to make it more steady. Middle Low German “ballast” < probably Old Swedish “barlast” < “bar”=mere + “last”=cargo, load.

Descriptive of something done too quickly and carelessly; messy and untidy. From C16th meaning wearing slippers or very loose shoes < Middle Low German “slippen”=to slip, to get away + “shod” < Old English “scogen”=to wear shoes.

A layer of dirt or froth on the top of a liquid. Middle Low German “schum”=foam, froth < Germanic “*skumo-” < Proto-Indo-European “*skeu-“=to cover.

To extract metal from its ore by a process heating. Middle Low German “smilten” ult. < Proto-Indo-European base “*mel”=soft.

Slang for stupid, annoying person; dickhead. Slang “knob”=penis < Middle English/Middle Low German “knob”=lump that sticks out.

Scottish dialect for the blackbird. Old English “col”=coal < Middle Low German “kole.”

To crouch down in fear. Middle English < Middle Low German “kuren”=to lie in wait.

Partially thawed snow. Middle English “slete” < ?Old English “*slet” < Middle Low German “slote”=hail.

To drink deeply. Uncertain origin – perhaps Middle Low German “quassen”=drink copiously, with original spelling “ss” misread as “ff.”

Artfully persuasive in speech. From 15th century meaning “smooth /slippy” < Middle Low German “gibberich”=slippery.

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