Language Quiz / English words by antiquated meaning

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Can you name the English words given their current and old meanings?

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Modern meaningWordOld meaning
Having little weightUnchaste, wanton
Leather strap fastened to a bridle for controlling horses, etc.The kidneys
To castrate or neuter (an animal)Tax paid to the crown in mediaeval England
An identifying trademark, a 'make'A sword
Implement used for skinning potatoes, etc.(British) A police officer
Front of a shipValiant, brave
Lavatory17th century velvet mask worn by women
To prod or jabA bag
Someone between the ages of 13 and 19 inclusiveAffliction, grief
Fast, swiftPregnant
(abbreviation) Pen-name used by authors who wish to remain namelessAt once, immediately
Female childA child of either sex
Fibrous material extracted from treesCrazy, insane
Something that is trueA crime or other evil deed
Modern meaningWordOld meaning
Sudden and strong blast of windFlavour, taste
Small segment of video footageTo hug, to embrace
Antlered ruminant mammal whose female is a doeAny wild animal
Curved like a sphere or circleTo whisper, to talk privately
Unwanted pest plantClothing, apparel
Full-bosomedObedient, pliant
A head of cornTo plough
Easy, uncomplicatedTo gather medicinal herbs
An argument against, a drawbackTo study, to memorize
To show conclusively and definitivelyTo experience, to suffer
Short piece of writing on a particular subjectAn attempt
Rapidity of movementProsperity, success
Very oldA flag, an ensign
Shrub growing close to the groundTavern or vintner's shop

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