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WHIFFLERS.' Ancient name for fifers; also persons at the
universities who examine candidates for degrees. A whif.
tling cur, a small yelping cur.
horse-races, and fairs in Leicestershire: a cock being tied
of whipping the cock they flog each other heartily.
who having learned a few sea terms, beg with counterfeit
snatch. He whipped away from home, went to the ale-
back whipped off a fellow's hat from his head,
which he that gets the most has the worst share. Weak
or sour beer.
land; also a one-horse chaise. See TIM WHISKY.
prison where drams are privately sold.
padders are rubbed in the darkmaus out of the whit, and
an allusion to a game cock, where having a white feather
WHS TI-LIVERET. Cowardly, malicious.
intent, a lie told to reconcile people at variance. WHITE SERJEANT. A man fetched from the tavern or ale
house by his wife, is said to be arrested by the white serjeant. WHITE SWELLING. A woman big with child is said to have
a white swelling. WHITE TAPE. Geneva. WHITE WOOL. Geneva. WHITECHAPEL. Whitechapel portion ; two smocks, and
what nature gave. Whitechapel breed ; fat, ragged, and saucy : see St. (ILES's BREED.
Whitechapel beau; one who dresses with a needle and thread, and undresses with a knife. To play at whist Whitechapel fashion ;
i. e. aces and kings first. WHITEWASHED. One who has taken the benefit of an act
of insolvency, to defraud his creditors, is said to have been
whitewashed. WHITFIELITE. A follower of George Whitfield, a Method
ist. WHITHER-GO-YE. A wife: wives being sometimes apt to
question their’husbands whither they are going. WHUTTINGTON'S COLLEGE. Newgate: built or repaired by
the famous lord mayor of that name. Whore's Bird. A debauched fellow, the largest of all birds.
He sings more like a whore’s bird than a canary bird; said"
of one who has a strong manly voice. WHORE's Curse. A piece of gold coin, value tive shillings
and three pence, frequently given to women of the town by such as professed always to give gold, and who before the introduction of those pieces always gave half a guinea. WHORE'S KUTLING, or VORE's Son. A bastard. WHORE-MONGER. A man that keeps more than one mistress.
A country gentlemani, who kept a female friend, being reproved by the parson of the parish, and styled a whoremonger, asked the
parson whether he had a cheese in his house; and being answered in the affirmative, Pray,' says he,' does that one cheese make you a cheese-mon
ger?' WUORE PIPE Thc penis. Wow BALL. A mill-maid. from their frequent use of the
word whow, to make the cow stand still in milking. Ball
is the supposed name of the cow. WIBBLE.. Bad drink. WIBLING'S WITCH. The four of clubs: from one James
Wibling, who in the reign of King James I. grew rich by private gaming, and was commonly observed to have that
card, and never to lose a game but when he had it not. WICKET. A casement; also a little door. Widow's WEEDS, Mourning clothes of a peculiar fashion,
denoting her state. A grass widow; a discarded mistress,
A fetter fixed to one leg.
water colours being like their engagements, easily etfaced,
following a flock of wild geese, who are remarkably shy. WILLING TIT. A free horse, or a coming girl. Willow. Poor, and of no reputation. To wear the willow;
to be abandoned by a lover or mistress. WIN. A penny. To Win. To steal. The cull has won a couple of rum
glimsticks; the fellow has stolen a pair of fine candlesticks. WIND. To raise the wind; to procure mony. WINDER. Transportation for life. The blowen has napped
a winder for a litt; the wench is transported for life for
stealing in a shop. WIND-MILL. The fundament. She has no fortune but
lier mills; i. e. she has nothing but her **** and a* se. WINDFALL. A legacy, or any accidental accession of pro
windward passage; a sodomite.
chops. That story gave him a fine wipe. Also a hand
kerchief. WIPER. A handkerchief. Cant.
WOO WIPER DRAWER. A pickpocket, one who steals handker
chiefs. He drew a broad, narrow, cam, or specked wiper; he picked a pocket of a broad, narrow, cambrick, or co
loured handkerchief. To WIREDRAW. To lengthen dut or extend any book, let.
ter, or discourse. WISE: As wise as Waltham's calf, that ran nine miles to
suck a bull. WISE MEN OF GOTHAM. Gotham is a village in Notting
hamshire; its magistrates are said to have attempted to hedge in a cuckow; a bush, called the cuckow's bush, is still shewn in support of the tradition. A thousand other
ridiculous stories are told of the men of Gotham. WISEACRE. A foolish conceited fellow. WISEACRE'S HALL. Gresham college. Wit. He has as much wit as three folks, two fools and a
madman. WITCHER. Silver. Witcher bubber; a silver bowl. Wit
cher tilter; a silver-hilted sword. Witcher cully; a sil
versmith. To W OBBLE. To boil.
To boil. Pot wobbler; one who boils a pot. WOLF IN THE BREAST. An extraordinary mode of impo
sition, sometimes practised in the country by strolling women, who have the knack of counterfeiting extreme pain, pretending to have a small animal called a wolf in
their breasts, which is continually gnawing them. WOLF IN THE STOMACH. A monstrous or canine appetite. Woon. In a wood; bewildered, in a maze, in a peck of
troubles, puzzled, or at a loss what course to take in any business. To look over the wood; to ascend the pulpit, to preach : I shall look over the wood at St. James's on Sunday next. To look through the wood; to stand in the pillory. Up to the arms in wood; in the pillory. WOOD PECKER. A bystander, wlio bets whilst another
plays. Woodcock. A taylor with a long bill. Wooden HABEAS. A coffin. A man who dies in prison is
said to go out with a wooden habeas. He went out with
a wooden habeas; i. e. his coffin. WOODEN Spoon. (Cambridge.) The last junior optime.
See WRANGLER, Optime. WOODEN HORSE. To ride the wooden horse was a military
punishment formerly in use. This horse consisted of two or more planks about eight feet long, fixed together so as to form a sharp ridge or angle, which answered to the
as late as the year 1950.
the woman is bigger than her husband. WOMAN'S CONSCIENCE. Never satisfied. WOMAN OF ALL Work. Sometimes applied to a female
servant, who refuses none of her master's commands. WOOLBIRD. A sheep. Cant. WOOL GATHERING. Your wits are gone a wool gather
ing; saying to an absent man, one in a reverie, or absorb."
ed in thought. WOOLLEY CROwn. A soft-headed fellow. WORD GRUBBERS. Verbal critics, and also persons who
use hard words in common discourse. WORD PECKER. A punster, one who plays upon words. WORD OF MOUTH. To drink by word of mouth, i. e. out
of the bowl or bottle instead of a glass. WORLD. All the world and his wife: every body, a great
company. Worm. To worm out; to obtain the knowledge of a se.
cret by craft, also to underinine or supplant. He is gone to the diet of worms; he is dead and buried, or gone to Rot.
hisbone. WRANGLERS. At Cambridge the first class (generally of
twelve) at the annual examination for a degree. There are three classes of honours, wranglers, senior optimes, and junior optimes. Wranglers are said to be born with golden spoons in their mouths, the senior optimes with silver, and the junior with leaden ones. The last junior optime is called the wooden spoon. Those who are not qualified for honors are either in the Gulf (that is, merito