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FROSTY X RIME
Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 11:30:50 AM

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Hello all,

Will you help me understand the meaning of "mollyhorn" in the text below?


"
'Now, folks, let me guess what you have been talking about.'
'Ay, sure, if you will,' said Sam.
'About me.'
'Mow, it is a thing I shouldn't have dreamed of doing, otherwise,' said Fairway in a tone of integrity; 'but since you have named it, Master Yoebright, I'll own that we was talking about 'ee. We were wondering what could keep you home here mollyhorning about when you have made such a world-wide name for yourself in the nick-nack trade - now, that's truth o't.'
"

-Book Third, Chapter one,'My mind to me a Kingdom is', "the Return of Native", Thomas Hardy-

Your help will be deeply appreciated.


What should be shall be-The fellowship of the ring-
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 12:01:00 PM

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I really have no idea.

I can find no other reference to the word except as a surname in America and Canada.

I guess, from the context, that it could well mean something like "hanging around", "lazing about", "wasting your time".

This may however be completely wrong.


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1
Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 12:01:30 PM

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FROSTY X RIME wrote:
'Mow, it is a thing I shouldn't have dreamed of doing, otherwise,' said Fairway in a tone of integrity; 'but since you have named it, Master Yoebright, I'll own that we was talking about 'ee. We were wondering what could keep you home here mollyhorning about when you have made such a world-wide name for yourself in the nick-nack trade - now, that's truth o't.'


A Thomas Hardy Dictionary: with maps and a chronology, by F. B. Pinion


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FROSTY X RIME
Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 12:29:44 PM

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oh, Gre~~~at! Thank you, Dra0 and Xap.
Dra0's guess turns out to be correct according to Xap's dictionary link.

Absolutely fantastic!


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NKM
Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 3:14:21 PM

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I've never heard of it, but I should suppose it to be essentially synonymous with "lollygagging."

FROSTY X RIME
Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 4:29:04 PM

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lollygag? a nice word to learn. thanks.

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Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 6:46:39 PM

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My mom used to tell us to stop lollygagging when we weren't moving fast enough for her.
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