TO YAM. To eat or stuff heartily.
YANKEY, or YANKEY DOODLE. A booby, or country lout: a name given to the
New England men in North America. A general appellation for an American.
YARMOUTH CAPON. A red herring: Yarmouth is a famous place for curing
YARMOUTH COACH. A kind of low two-wheeled cart drawn by one horse, not
much unlike an Irish car.
YARMOUTH PYE. A pye made of herrings highly spiced, which the city of
Norwich is by charter bound to present annually to the king.
YEA AND NAY MAN. A quaker, a simple fellow, one who can only answer yes,
YELLOW. To look yellow; to be jealous. I happened to call on Mr. Green,
who was out: on coming home, and finding me with his wife, he began to
look confounded blue, and was, I thought, a little yellow.
YELLOW BELLY. A native of the Fens of Licoinshire; an allusion to the eels
YELLOW BOYS. Guineas.
TO YELP. To cry out. Yelper; a town cryer, also one apt to make great
complaints on trifling occasions.
YEST. A contraction of yesterday.
YOKED. Married. A yoke; the quantum of labour performed at one spell by
husbandmen, the day’s work being divided in summer into three yokes.
YORKSHIRE TYKE. A Yorkshire clown. To come Yorkshire over any one; to
YOUNG ONE. A familiar expression of contempt for another’s ignorance, as
“ah! I see you’re a young one.” How d’ye do, young one?
TO YOWL. To cry aloud, or howl.
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