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n English philologist and lexicographer. He was the author of several dictionaries, including his Universal Etymological Dictionary, which appeared in some 30 editions between 1721 and 1802. Bailey's Dictionarium Britannicum (1730 and 1736) was the primary resource mined by Samuel Johnson for his Dictionary of the English Language (1755). Bailey was a Seventh Day Baptist, admitted 1691 to a congregation in Whitechapel, London. He was probably excluded from the congregation by 1718. Later he had a school at Stepney. William Thomas Whitley attributes to him a degree of LL.D.
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Abactor: One who steals cattle in herds. From Latin ab, away + agere, to drive. Hence, abaction, cattle-stealing. Ha...
Abarcy: A state of always desiring more. In the 1731 edition of his ETYMOLOGICAL DICTONARY, Nathan Bailey traces th...
Abarnare: To report or disclose a secret crime. The word seems another invention of the fertile Nathan Bailey in his ...
Caitiff: A captive; later, a poor wretch; a despicable wretch, a villain. In many spellings, including caytive, chay...
Commetics: "Things which give beauties not before in being, as paints to the face; differing from cosmetics, whic...
Fleme: Exile, flight; a fugitive, an outlaw; to put to flight, chase, outlaw, banish. Common from the 9th to the 1...
Javaris: A swine in America, which has its navel upon its back. So Nathan Bailey's DICTIONARY (1751) ; our folkloris...
Malapert: Saucy, impudent; a presumptuous person. Nathan Bailey (1751) suggests that the word is from Latin male, ill...
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