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Lecherous, adj. provoking lechery, 12483.
Lechour, n. Fr. a lecher, 6953.
Lectorne, n. Lat. a reading-delk, C.L. 1383.
Leden, n. Sax. language, 10749. See the note.
Ledge, v. C. L. 1065, as allege.
Lees, n. Fr. a lealh by which dogs are held, P. 180, 1. 2.
Lees, adj. Sax. false; withouten lees, R. 3904, with-

out lying, truly.
Life, adj. Sax. pleasing, agreeable ; al be him lothe or

lefe, 1839, though it be unpleasing to him or plea-
sing--for lefe ne lothe, 13062,for friend nor enemy;
he turned not-for leve ne for lothe, P. L. 286–It
sometimes signifies pleased; I n'am not lefe to gabbe,
3510, I am not pleased to prate, I take no pleasure

in prating.
Lfull, adj. lawful, 5619, 9322.
Legge, v. Sax. to lay, 3935.
Legge, v. Fr. to ease, R. 5016, as alege.
Leie, v. Sax. to lay, T. iii. 72.
Leifir, n. Fr. leisure, 1190,9708; opportunity, 3292.
Leite, n. Sax. light; thonder-leite, Bo. i. m. 4, light-

Lele, n. Sax. a leek, 3877: it is put for any thing of

small value, 16263; R. 4830.
Lemes, n. pl. Sax. fiames, 14936.
Lemman, n. Sax. a lover or gallant, 4238, 5337–3

mistress, 14069.
Lerdes, n. pl. Sax. the loins, 3237.
Lone, adj. Sax, lean, 289, 9727.
Lene, v. Sax. to lend, 613, 3775-to grant, 7226,

Lenger, adv. comp. Sax. longer, 14437.
Lente, pa. t. of lene, 13284.
Lenton, n. Sax. the season of Lent, P. 144.
L'envoy, Fr. was a sort of postscript sent with poetical

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compositions, and serving either to recommend them to the attention of some particular person or to enforce what we call the moral of them. The six last stanzas of TheClerkes Tale are in many mss.entitled L'envoy de Chaucer à les mariz de notre temps. See also the lanzas at the end of 'The Complaint of

the Black Knight, and of Chaucer's Dreme. Leon, n. Lat. a lion, 1600. Leonine, adj. belonging to a lion, 14564. Leopart, kepard, n. Fr. a leopard, 2188, 14267. Leos, n. Gr. people, 15571, 4. Lepande, part. pr. of lepe, v. Sax. leaping, R. 1928. Lepe, lep, for lepeth, 3d pers. sing. 4226, 10285.

for leped, pa. t. 2689; C. D. 2164. Lepe, pr. n. a town in Spain, 12504. Lere, lerne, v. Sax. to learn, 10002, 13466-to teach,

16312--Lered, pa. t. & part, 577, 13449. Lere, n. Sax. the skin, 13786. See the note. Life, n. Fr. as lees; in lustie lese, T. ii. 752, in love's

leash. Lese, adj. Sax. as lees, R. 8, 5093. Life, v. Sax. to lose, 11672, 4. Lefeib, 2d pers. pl. imp. m. 4439, lose ye. Lesing, n. Sax. a lie, a falsity, 15947; R. 4508. Lesinges, pl. 12525. Lejl, lift, luft, n. Sax. pleasure, 132, 192,6215, 11124. Lefte, lifte, lufte, v. to please; it is generally used as an

impersonal in the third person only, for it pleaseth or it pleafed: him lufte to ride fo, 102, it plealed him t. r. f.; wel to drinke us lejte, 752, it pleased us well

if you left,830,ifit please you; me lifi not play, 3865, it pleaseth me not to play. Lejle, adj. Sax. superl. d. leaft, 2200, at the lefte way,

'1123, at the lefte, 5432, at leak. Lefte, for laji, T. ii. 1330.


Let, v. Sax. to leave, to omit, 1319; to leave, to per

mit, 1325; let thy japes be, 5824; let the Sompnour be, 6871—to cause, 2978, 5377-to hinder,

T. iii. 726. Lete, pr, n. the river Lethe, F. i. 71. Letgame, n. Sax. a hinderer of pleasure, T. iii. 528. Leite, n. delay, hinderance, 8176. Lettowe, pr. n. Lithuania, 54. Lettred, adj. Fr. learned, R. 7691. Lettrure, letterure, n. Fr. literature, 14414, 16314. Lettuarie, n. Fr. an electuary, 428, 9683. Leve, v. for live, 7114, Leve, n. Sax. desire, inclination, 13952. Leve, adj. dear, 3131, See Lefe. Leve, v. Sax. to believe, 10079-Levet), imp. m. 2d

pers. pl. 3090; leveth me, believe me: in R. 3519, leveth is misprinted for lefeth;

He lefeih more than ye may doe. So this verse fhould be written; Plus y pert-il que vous ne faictes.

Orig. In T. iii. 56, leve is misprinted for lene, and also in

T. ii. 1212, and T. y. 1749. Leveles, adj, Sax. without leave, C. D. 74. Leven, n. Sax. lightning, $858. Lever, comp. d. of leje, more agreeable; it were me

lever, 19995; I hadde lever, 10037; hire hadde le

ver, 5447. See also ver. 16844, 16972. Levefell. See the n. on ver. 4059, though I am hy no

means fatisfied with the explanation there given of this word, the interpretation of it in the Prompt. Pary. will not help us much; “ Levecel beforn a “ windowe or other place, umbraculum.” My conjecture with respect to the origin of the proverb Good wine needs no buse, is certainly wrong; that refers to a very old practice of hanging up a bush or bough

where wine is to be sold; the Italians have the same

proverb, Al buono vino non bisogna frasca, Lewed, lerude, adj. Sax. ignorant, unlearned, 6928,

12370_lascivious, 10023. Leye, v. Sax. as legge, to lay, R.4143--to lay a wager,

16064. Leyes, pr. n. I.ayas in Armenia, 58. See the n. on ver.

51. Leyte, n. Sax. flame, P. 258. See Leite. Liard, pr. n. belonged originally to a horse of a gray

colour. See the n, on ver. 7145. Licenciat, n. Lat. 220, seems to signify that he was li

censed by the Pope to hear confessions, &c. in all places, independently of the local ordinaries. See

R. 636446472. Liche-wake. See the n. on ver. 2960. Lide, pr. n. Lydia, 1464.5. Lieges, n. pl. Fr. subjects, 7943. Lien, pr. t. pl. of lie or ligge, 16247. Lien, part. pa. of lie or ligge, lain, P. 265, 275. Lies, n. pl. Fr. lees of wine, &c. F. iii. 1040. Lieth, R. 4143, is misprinted for leyeth. Lifly, adv. Sax. like the life, 2089. Ligeance, n. Fr. allegiance, 5315. Ligge, lie, v. neut. Sax. to lie down, 2207, 13839. Ligging, part. pr. lying, 1013. Light, v. Sax. to enlighten, 15539, 13401-to nake

light or pleasant, 10716v. neut. to defcend, to

alight, 5524, 10483. Ligne, n. Fr. lineage, lineal descent, T. v. 1480; li

gine, C.D. 1517, should probably be lignee, to rhyme

to compagnee. Ligne alocs, T. iv. 1137, lignum aloes, a very bitter

drug. Like, liken, v. Sax. to compart, 5951, 3, 5:

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Like, v. Sax. to pleafe, 8382;'T. i. 432; if you likeib,

779, if it pleaseth you; it likett hem, 5679, it plea

feth them. Literous, adj. Sax. gluttonous, 12473 lascivious, 1

Liking, part. pr. pleasing, R. 868.
Liking, n. pleasure, 12389.
Limaile, n. Fr. filings of any metal, 16321.
Lime, v. Sax. to smear as with birdlime, T. i. 354.
Limid, part, pa, caught as with birdlime, 6516.
Limed, part. pa. Fr. polished as with a file, F. jj. 34.
Limer, n. Fr. limier, a bloodhound, Du. 362, 5.
Lime-rod, 14694, a twig with birdlime.
Limitation, n. Lat. a certaio precinct allowed to a li-

mitour, 6459.
Limitour, n. a friar licensed to beg within a certain di.

strict, 209, 253, 4: Limmes, n. pl. Sax. limbs, P. 147. Linage, n. Fr. family, 4270; R. 238. Linde, n. Sax. the limetree, 9087; R. 1385. Lille, n. Sax. remiffion, abatement, 11550. Lille, v. neut. Sax. to grow easy, R. 3758, 4128. Lijsed, part. pa. of lifle, v. Sax. eafed, relieved, 11482. Lije, v. See Lefte. Lijieneth, imp. m. 2d perf. pl. of liften, v. Sax. hearka

en ye, 13642. Lifes,, Fr. lists, a place enclosed for combats, i.

See the . on ver. 1715. Litarge, n. Fr. whitelead, 16243. Lite, adj, Sax, little, 1195; P. 220. Litb, n. Sax, a limb, 14881. Litb, for lictb, 3653, 10349. Eithe, adj. Sax, foft, flexible, Du.953; F. i. 119. Lithe, v. Sax. to foften, T. iv. 754. Litber, adj. Sax. wicked, C. N. 14; (in the editt. it

is litby,) luther and quede, R. G. 414. See Quade.

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