Old EnglishsbEnglish
Cud n. The food or substance which a ruminating animal brings back into the mouth from the first stomach. 2. pabulum, that which is digested; information- mushy political prose. (lit & fig)
Cud phrTo Chew the (one's)Cud: to recall & reflect on things past; ruminate. 2. any substance (such as tobacco, chewing gum) used by somone t keep in their mouth and chew.
Cudchew vbTo reuninate or chew as cud.
Cudchewer nA ruminate.
Cud-chewing nRuminating.
Cudgel n.A short thick stick used as a weapon; a club. (fig & transfig.) its origin is "Old English cycgel, of unknown origin.
Cudgel vbTo beat with a cudgel, thrash.
Cudgel phr"Cudgel One's Brain" - think hard about a problem.
Cudgel phrTake Up the Cudgel for Someone: to defend someone.
Cudgelled adjBeaten with a cudgel, attacked and thrashed.
Cudgeller nOne who used a cudgel to beat another (lit & fig.)
Cudgelling nThe wielding of a cudgel, including with cudgels.
Cudwort n.The plant or wort usu. naphalium given to cattle that had lost their cud; cudweed.
Cuff n.A mitten or glove. 2. ornamental part of the bottom of the sleeve.
Cuff vb.To strike with the hand or deal blows. 2. to handcuff.
Culver n.A dove; now the local name of wood pigeon in parts of England. 2. a vessel shaped like a dove. 3. appellation of tender care.
Culverwort nThe plant or wort 'Columbine.'
Cummin n.An umbelliferous plant, (Cummin cyminum)resembling fennel; cultivated for its fruit or seed, which is aromatic and carminative. Also Black cummin,& Wild cummin
Cun vbOE: cunne : OS: to learn. Cun(ne) came was found nearly to 1600, in probability a blending of the verbs can and cunian with this verb In OE: to learn, to know, inquire into, explore, investigate, test, try, material of. 2. to try to do something. 3. to get to know, study, learn.
Cunning nNot in Old English: From Middle English cunning, kunnyng, partially from Old English *cunning (verbal noun), from cunnan (“to know how to, be able to”); partially from Old English cunnung (“knowledge, trial, probation, experience, contact, carnal knowledge”), from cunnian (“to search into, try, test, seek for, explore, investigate, experience, have experience of, to make trial of, know”. (obsolete) Knowledge; learning; special knowledge (sometimes implying occult or magical knowledge. 2. practical knowledge or experience; aptitude in performance; skill, proficiency; dexterity. 3. practical skill employed in a secret or crafty manner; craft; artifice; skillful deceit. 4. the disposition to employ one's skill in an artful manner; craftiness; guile; artifice; skill of being cunning, sly, conniving, or deceitful. 4. the natural wit or instincts of an animal, as the cunning of the fox or hare; foxship.
Cunning phr"Cunning as a Fox" - sly and scheming, especially in plotting for one's own advantage or in escaping the consequences of wrongdoing.
Cup n.Small open vessel for liquids; drinking vessel. Chalice in which the wine is administered at the Communion.
Cup vb.To supply with cups. 2. to receive or catch liquid in a cup. 3. to form a cup. 4. to bleed by means of a cupping-glass.
Cup phr"Between the Cup and the Lip" - while the thing is in the hand, it is on the very point off being achieved.
Cup phr"Cup and Can" - constantly associates the cup being filled from the can.
Cup phr"One's Cup is Full" - one's joy, happiness, satisfaction is complete.
Cupbearer nOne who ceremonially fills and hands the cup in a drink is served.
Cupboard n.A board ot table to place cups and plates on; a sideboard. 2. a closet or cabinet with shelves for keeping cups, dishes, provisions. 2. food, provisions.
Cupboard vb.To keep in a cupboard. 2. to place or shut up in a cupboard.
Cupboard phr"Cupboard is Bare" - the wished-for resources are just not available.
Cupboardful adjAs much as a cupboard will hold.
Cupboardless adjWithout a cupboard or cupboards.
Cup-eyed adjEyes shaped like a cup: big and round.
Cup-friendship nA very short, fragile friendship -between two cup-shotten or intoxicates people. 2. a one night stand between two people intoxicated (not with love).
Cupful adjThe amount necessary to make a cup full.
Cup-god nGod's vessel of wrath: a vessel pouring out God's judgement on the nations. The nations drinking from the 'cup of wrath' often depicting the nations as lost in drunkenness.
Cupless adjWithout a cup or cupless.
Cuplike adjResembling a cup; concave.
Cup love n.Love displayed for the sake of what one can get by it.
Cupmaker nOne who makes cups and crockery for a living.
Cupped adjShaped, formed or hollowed like a cup; cup-shaped. 2. lying as if in a cup.
Cuppiness nState or condition of being cuppy.
Cupping nThe operation of drawing blood by scarifying the skin and applying a cup, the air in which is rarified by heat or otherwise. 2. the application of a cupping glass without scarification or counter irritant. 3. the formation of a concavity; a concavity thus formed. 4. a drinking bout, drinking.
Cupping-glass nA glass cup with an open mouth, to be applied to the skin in the operation of cupping.
Cup-shaped adjShaped or concaved like a cup.
Cup-shotten adjintoxicated, cup-shot.
Cuppy adjConcaved like a cup.
Curse n./vb.To utter against (a person or thing) words which consign them to evil. 2. to damn. blaspheme, speak impiously against. [This word first appeared in Old English, with roughly the same meaning, but does not appear to be of Germanic origin, and its origin is actually unknown. Per , its origin is "Old English, of unknown origin." Specifically for the noun, per , its origin is: "late Old English curs 'a prayer that evil or harm befall one,' of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old French curuz 'anger,' or Latin cursus 'course.' Connection with cross is unlikely. No similar word exists in Germanic, Romance, or Celtic" (inside double-quotes replaced with single-quotes; emphasis added). German uses Fluch (n.) and verfluchen (vb.) for "curse", and all non-English West Germanic languages use cognates of this; while the North Germanic languages seem to use cognates of the rarely used English word forban "to banish"/"banishment".]
Curse phr"Curse It" - interjection of surprize, contempt, outrage.
Curse phr"Cursed With" - unfortunate in having, bad luck, illness.
Cursed adj.Maligned, damned. 2. savage, vicious,
Cursedly advIn a cursed manner; miserably.
Cursedness nThe state of being cursed.
Curseful adjHorrendous, horrific.
Cursehood nCurseness, wickedness
Curseword nA word that is a vulgarism.
Cursingly advWith cursing (bad language)
Cushat n.Wood pigeon, or ring-dove.
Cuss vbTo use cursing, to use bad language; to speak profanely.
Cussed adjIll-tempered, nasty, obstinate
Cussedness nState or quality or being cantankerous, nastiness, obstinacy, perversity.
Cusser nOne who uses bad language or vulgarities.
Cussing nThe act of one who uses bad language or vulgarities.
Cussword nCurse word or phrase.
Cust n.Same as OE., cyst choice, excellence etc,) choice (OE only); action or capacity of choosing.
Custi adjLiberal, munificient.
Custiness nLiberality.
Cuthbert nThe Apostle of Nortthumbria.
Cuttle nThe cuttle-fish.
Cuttle-bone nThe backbone or boney structure of the cuttlefish. 2. the cuttlefish, any of the various squidlike cephalopod marine mollusks of the genus Sepia that has ten arms, an internal shell and squirts inky fluid when in danger.
Cuttle-fish nFish of the family 'Sepidae'
Cuttle-fish bone nThe calcareous internal shell of a cuttlefish, as a dietary supplement for caged birds.
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