A growing assortment of words and definitions used in the Early Modern era. See the Guide for more information.
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A fool. Also folet, foult. Hence folthead, foltry, folly. Cp. follify. In the 14th and 15th centuries; also as a verb, to folt, to act like a fool; folted, foltish, foolish. Thomas Drant in his translation (1566) of Horace's SATIRES wrote of the foolishe frantycke foultes.


To tire, become exhausted; swoon. Also taum, tawm. Used from the 14th to the 17th century, later in dialects. Thomas Drant in THE WAILYNGS OF THE PROPHET HIEREMIAH (1566) wrote: My babes dyd faynt, And sucklynges tawmed in the streetes.
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