Archive for May, 2009



LA’NDJOBBER. n.s. [land and job.] One who buys and sells
lands for other men.
If your master be a minister of state, let him be at home
to none but his land-jobbers, or his inventor of new funds.
Swift’s Directions to the Steward.

LAN’DED. adj.

LAN'DED. adj.

LAN’DED. adj. [from land.] Having a fortune, not in money
but in land.
A landless knight makes thee a landed squire. Shakes.
Men, whose living lieth together in one shire, are com-
monly counted greater landed than those whose livings are
dispersed. Bacon’s Collection of Good and Evil.
Cromwell’s officers, who were for levelling lands while
they had none, when they grew landed fell to crying up
magna charta. Temple.
A house of commons must consist, for the most part, of
landed men. Addison’s Freeholder, No. 20.



LA’CKBRAIN. n.s. [lack and brain.] One that wants wit.
What a lackbrain is this Our plot is as good a plot as
ever was laid. Shakespeare’s Henry IV. p. i.

LA. interject.

LA. interject.

LA. interject. [corrupted by an effeminate pronunciation from
lo.] See; look; behold.
La you! if you speak ill of the devil,
How he takes it to heart. Shakes. Twelfth Night.

KNUFF. n.s.

KNUFF. n.s.

KNUFF. n.s. [perhaps corrupted from knave, or the same with
chuff.] A lout. An old word preserved in a rhyme of pre-
The country knuffs, Hob, Dick, and Hick,
With clubs and clouted shoon,
Shall fill up Dussendale
With slaughtered bodies soon. Hayward.

To KNU’CKLE. v.n.

To KNU'CKLE. v.n.

To KNU’CKLE. v.n. [from the noun.] To submit: I suppose
from an odd custom of striking the under side of the table
with the knuckles, in confession of an argumental de-



KNI’GHTLESS. adj. [from knight.] Unbecoming a knight. Obsolete.
Arise, thou cursed miscreant,
That hast with knightless guile, and treacherous train,
Fair knighthood foully shamed. Fairy Queen.

KNIGHT Errantry

KNIGHT Errantry.

KNIGHT Errantry. [from knight errant.] The character or
manners of wandering knights.
That which with the vulgar passes for courage is a brutish
sort of knight errantry, seeking out needless encounters. Norris.



KNE’ETRIBUTE. n.s. [knee and tribute.] Genuflection; wor-
ship or obeisance shown by kneeling.
Receive from us
Kneetribute yet unpaid, prostration vile. Milton.

KNA’VISH. adj.

KNA'VISH. adj.

KNA’VISH. adj. [from knave.]
I. Dishonest; wicked; fraudulent.
‘Tis foolish to conceal it at all, and knavish to do it from
friends.  Pope’s Letters.
2. Waggish; mischievous.
Here she comes curst and sad;
Cupid is a knavish lad,
Thus to make poor females mad.  Shakesp.