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A group of cats. Variation of “clutter”=a mass or confused collection < Old English “clot”=A mass or lump formed by clumping or congealing.

An intelligent, well-educated person; someone who knows a lot about a particular subject. Old English “scoliere”=schoolchild < Latin “scolaris”=student, pupil < “schola”=school + “-aris”=suffix meaning “pertaining to, related to.”

A person whose job is fitting glass into windows and doors. Middle English “glasyer”=glass maker < Old English “glaes”=glass < Germanic “*glaso” + “=ere”=suffix with the sense of “someone who does something.”

Not shaking or moving, held firmly in one place or position; unchanging over time. Middle English “stedy” < Old English “stede”=a place + “-y”=adverb-forming suffix < Germanic “*stadiz”=stand, position.

In the UK a payment from the government to someone who is unemployed; to give or distribute something. Old English “dal”=portion or share < Old Germanic “*daili-z”=to divide, part.

Many and of different kinds (adj.); an arrangement of pipes through which gases enter or leave a car engine (n.). Old English “manigfeald”=”manig”=many + “feald”=fold < suffix indicating “many times.”

To wait for something; to remain ready for, watch for, or expect. Old English “abidan” < “a”=onward + “bidan”=to wait for an opportunity < Germanic “*bidan”=to wait.

A tall, pointed tower on a church. Old English “stepel” < Germanic “*staupo-“=steep, lofty.

To cut or chop something with a cutting tool e.g an ax or a pick. Old English “haewan”=to strike with a cutting weapon, probably < Proto-Indo-European “*kewh-“=to strike, forge.

To speak softly and quietly without using the vocal cords. Old English “hwisprian”=hiss, whistle, whisper < Proto-Germanic “*hwisprona”=hiss, hissing.

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