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1463 ca1529, Jun 21
an English poet. He had been a tutor to King Henry VIII of England and died at Westminster. Skelton is said to have been educated at Oxford. He certainly studied at Cambridge. In 1498 he was successively ordained sub-deacon, deacon and priest. He seems to have been imprisoned in 1502, but no reason is known for his disgrace. In addition to his poetry, Skelton also wrote three plays, only one of which survives.
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Brynnyng: A variant form of burning. John Skelton (WORKES; 1529; cp. shyderyd) declared: Oure days be datyd To be che...
Manticore: A 'kind of serpent,' described in various ways; the O.E.D.'s favorite picture gives it the body of a lion, ...
Moot: A meeting, encounter. Hence, an assembly, especially one that forms a legislative or judicial court. In Ang...
Nard: An aromatic ointment, of ancient use; also, the plant that yielded It. See spikenard. Wycllf's BIBLE (John,...
Nysot: A wanton girl. Originally a variant diminutive of nice. John Skelton in the interlude MAGNYFYCENCE (1520) h...
Shyderyd: A variant form of shivered, shattered. John Skelton, when a gentlewoman sent him a skull (WORKES; 1529; cp....
Whimwham: A fantastic object or idea; a trifle of adornment, dress, speech, or whipping-boy fancy. Reduplicated in th...
Yeoman: Originally, a servant of superior rank, in a royal or noble household. Also yeman, ymman, probably related ...
Yerk: (1) To draw stitches tight; to bind tightly. Revived by Walter Scott in THE LAY OF THE LAST MINSTREL (1805)...
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