Saturday, June 15, 2013

Fun Fact Saturday: Tudor Words Glossary (D-F)

The glossary of 16th century words and terms continues...


Daffysh - foolish.

Dagonet - a foolish young knight.
Dalliance - a flirtation.

Dame - mother.

Derrick - a hangman.

Doublet - a tight-fighting jacket.

Photo Source: Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Henry VIII, The Tudors (2007-2010)

Doxy - a vagabond's mistress.

Duckies - breasts; Henry in one of his letters to Anne Boleyn refers to her "pretty duckies".

Dutch Widow - a prostitute.

Farthingale - a hoop worn beneath the skirt. Also refered to as Verdingales.

Favors - Ladies of court sometimes gave knights "favors", usually a scarf or a ribbon, during jousting. It demonstrated that the lady's luck, or favor, was with him.

Fealty - fidelity, loyalty, and faithfulness.

Fingle-fangle - a trifle.

Flat cap - a London citizen.

Foolscap - a type of paper, originally watermarked by a jester's cap.

Fopdoodle - that piece of the underskirt that is revealed through the inverted V opening in the front of the kirtle.

Photo Source: Natalie Dormer as Anne Boleyn, The Tudors.

Galliard - quick and lively, also the name of a dance done in triple time.

Gay - bright.

Gentil - noble, refined.
Girdle - belt.

Good fellow - a thief.

Goodly - gladly.

Gorebelly - fat paunch.

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