You can find word definitions below by finding the name of the trail you are following. The definitions are laid out in the order in which the word clocks appear in that trail. For all other information about this project please use the coloured navigation bars.
I. Airmouse: The bat. Also known as a Vlittermouse. Vlee; to fly or flee.
II. Dumbledore: The humblebee, or better known as the bumblebee.
III. Dummet: The dusk, or twilight hour o’er the shire. It can also be called duckish. “In the duck of the even’en.”
IV. Giltycup: The buttercup, (ranunculus bulbosus). So called from the gold-like gloss of its petals. Also known as Giltcup or Gil’cup.
V. Kittycoot: The water rail, (Rallus aquaticus). As seen on the banks of the River Frome. Not to be mistaken for the dishwasher, a water wagtail.
VI. Lippy: Wet and rainy, often stormy. “Tis a very lippy time.” Also known as Lippen.
VII. Overclap: That what might overclose the earth, as in cloudiness. “Will it vreeze to-night? It’ll depend upon the overclap.”
VIII. Zennit: Seven nights, or a week. “This day ze’nni’t.” A vort-night refers to fourteen nights, or a fortnight. At anytime of the day is any-when.
I. Ballywrag: To scold or accuse in foul language. Also known as ballawrag. A good insult is “enough to meäke oone’s blood bwile.”
II. Boris-Noris: Going on blindly, without any thought of risk or decency. The opposite would be a drawlatchet, someone who walks slowly and lazily.
III. Chattermag: A chattering magpie, a chatterbox or much-talking woman. A man can be known to bleat, blather, or blether, to talk loudly and foolishly.
IV. Dunch: To be hard of hearing, or dull. “He’s quite dunch.”
V. Loplolly: One who lops and lolls. A lazy, or idle person. “Don’t loppy about here; goo an’ do zome’at!”
VI. Sluggard: A Sluggard’s manner, idle in nature. “Lwoth to goo to bed, an’ lwoth to rise.”
I. Crummit: An afternoon lunch between main meals. Agriculture labourers were accustomed to say that they needed seven meals a day during harvest time.
II. Cruncheon: A meal between lunch & supper, similar to a crummit, but not to be mistaken for a nuncheon or nunch.
III. Dewbit: The first meal in the morning. Not so voddy, or nourishing, as a regular breakfast.
IV. Heeltaps: When the beer or ale has been drawn off down to below the tap, usually referring to the dregs. “Shall I hële ye out a glass o’ eäle?”
V. Nippy: Hungry, with a keen appetite. “I be rather nippy.” But perhaps not for a chock-dog, a Dorset cheese so-called as it might make you choke.
VI. Nummet: Noon-meat, a short luncheon. If it is so good you want more it is said to be mworish.
VII. Swipes: Very thin beer. If one were thirsty enough they may snabble it hastily, even if it were only tarblish, tolerable.
VIII. Taffety: Dainty or nice of food. One can be quite choosy with one’s bit an’ drap; food and drink, in case it be some cag-mag, bad flesh meat.
I. Choor: A job or a turn at occasional work, often required within the household.
II. Dabster: To be proficient, or skillful, in a game or art.
III. Daps: A likeness as if a cast from the same mould, or so close to the original, it was as if it were printed with it. “Ee’s the very daps of his father.”
IV. Dunducky: Meaning of dun or dull hue; Colourless.
V. Hansel: A gift given from hand to hand. Often given to a young woman at her wedding. A house may be a gift, but not a hansel. Also known as a handsel.
VI. Limmer: A painter or an artist. Talented draughtsmen would be asked to teake off; make a drawing of a building or landscape.
VII. Starry: A story or tale. “Didd’en he tell a right good starry!”
I. Crims: Cold shivers, or the creeping of the flesh, of which folks speak in the wording, “It made my flesh creep.”
II. Gally: To frighten, or scare. One can be a Gally-bagger; a scare-beggar. You may also see a gally-crow in the fields of Dorset.
III. Gossip: Relating to a godfather, or godmother. The Anglo-Saxon godcib refers to a good kinsman/woman or good friend. Gossip is now used for the talk of good friends.
IV. Hanggallis: The hang-gallows, or to be fit for the gallows. A hang-gallis rogue, ought to be, or is likely to be hanged.
V. Soonere: A ghost, or an apparition. To be hag-ridden is to have a nightmare attributed to a supernatural presence.
VI. Tooty: To weep, or to cry in low, broken sounds. In contrast, to croodle would be to make crowing sounds, as a happy babe.
VII. Zwail: To sway about from side to side with the arms extended. Further than this, one could scraggle; to go with the limbs screwed out into queer shapes, as if a-feard or tittery.
I. Bibber: Biver. To shake as with cold or fear. If this was the case, you may want to crump-up your body for warmth.
II. Hummick: A heat or zweat. A hum can be distinguished by the smell of labour and sweat. This can also lead to a blowsy, reddened face.
III. Puds: The hands, “Gie’s a pud” is a popular refrain between farmers out in the field. But be careful not to put in on his Wizzen; windpipe.
IV. Redeship: To have reasoning, or be grounded in fair reasoning. “You’ve a-put the knives across. We shall quarrel.” “Ah! There idden much redeship in that!’
V. Sweemy: Zweemy, Sweemish. Feeling a sweem in the head. Someone who lies helpless, or lifeless, from a swooning or blow to the head. “I wer sweemish all day eesterday.”
VI. Werret: Worret. To worry in small, or trivial matters. To fret. “There not be a werret ‘bout that child.”
VII. Zummerwold: Summermoulds. The freckles on one’s face, brought out by the sun.