Archive for April, 2009



IMMO’MENT. adj. [in and moment.] Trifling; of no impor-
tance or value. A barbarous word.
I some lady-trifles have reserv’d,
Immoment toys, things of such dignity
As we greet modern friends withal. Shakesp. Ant. and Cleop.



To IMBRA’NGLE. v.a. To intangle.  A low word.
With subtle cobweb cheats
They’re catch’d in knotted law, like nets;
In which, when once they are imbrangled,
The more they stir, the more they’re tangled.  Hudibras.

To IMBO’SOM. v.a.


To IMBO’SOM. v.a. [from bosom.]
I. To hold on the bosom; to cover fondly with the folds of one’s
garment; to hide under any cover.
The Father infinite,
By whom in bliss imbosom’d sat the son. Milton’s Par. Lost.
Villages imbosom’d soft in trees,
And spiry towns by surging columns mark’d. Thomson.
2. To admit to the heart, or to affection.
But glad desire, his late embosom’d guest,
Yet but a babe, with milk of sight he nurst. Sidney.
Who glad t’embosom his affection vile,
Did all she might, more plainly to appear. Fairy Queen.

JEJU’NE. adj.


JEJU’NE. adj. [jejunus, Latin.]
I. Wanting; empty; vacant.
Gold is the only substance which hath nothing in it vola-
tile, and yet melteth without much difficulty: the melting
sheweth that it is not jejune, or scarce in spirit. Bacon.
2. Hungry; not saturated.
In gross and turbid streams there might be contained nutri-
ment, and not jejune or limpid water. Brown’s Vulgar Err.
3. Dry; unaffecting.
You may look upon an inquiry made up of meer narra-
ttives, as somewhat jejune. Boyle.



IDLEHE’ADED. adj. [idle and head.] Foolish; unreasonable.
These idleheaded seekers resorted thither.  Carew.
Upon this loss she fell idleheaded, and to this very day stands
near the place still.  L’Estrange.

JA’RGON. n.s.


JA’RGON. n.s. [jargon, French; gerigonça, Spanish.] Unin-
telligible talk; gabble; gibberish.
Nothing is clearer than mathematical demonstration, yet
let one, who is altogether ignorant in mathematicks, hear it,
and he will hold it to be plain fustian or jargon. Bramhall.
From this last toil again what knowledge flows?
Just as much, perhaps, as shows
That all his predecessor’s rules
Were empty cant, all jargon of the schools. Prior.
During the usurpation an infusion of enthusiastick jargon
prevailed in every writing. Swift.

JA’GGY. adj.


JAGGY. adj. [from jagg.] Uneven; denticulated.
His tow’ring crest was glorious to behold;
His shoulders and his sides were seal’d with gold;
Three tongues he brandish’d when he charg’d his foes;
His teeth stood jaggy in three dreadful rows. Addison.
Amid’ those angles, infinitely strain’d,
They joyful leave their jaggy salts behind. Thoms. Autumn.

JA’DISH. adj.


JA’DISH. adj. [from jade.]
I. Vitious; bad, as an horse.
That hors’d us on their backs, to show us
A jadish trick at last, and throw us. Hudibras, p. iii.
When once the people get the jadish trick
Of throwing off their king, no ruler’s safe. Southern.
2. Unchaste; incontinent.
‘Tis to no boot to be jealous of a woman; for if the hu-
mour takes her to be jadish, not all the locks and spies in na-
ture can keep her honest. L’Estrange.

JA’COBS Staff. n.s.


JA’COBS Staff. n.s.
I. A pilgrim’s staff.
2. Staff concealing a dagger.
3. A cross staff; a kind of astrolabe.

JACK Pudding. n.s.


JACK Pudding. n.s. [jack and pudding.] A zani; a merry
Every jack pudding will be ridiculing palpable weaknesses
which they ought to cover. L’Estrange.
A buffoon is called by every nation by the name of the dish
they like best: in French jean pottage, and in English jack
pudding. Guardian.
Jack pudding, in his party-colour’d jacket,
Tosses the glove, and jokes at ev’ry packet. Gay.