a) to wander at large, to roam at will
b) to go to extravagance in
c) to banish; to put to flight
d) to surpass, to excel; to overcome
Today's Featured Word: RAM-HEAD
1. a halyard block ...1514 nautical usage obs.
2. one who has a head like a ram; a dull, thick-witted, obstinate person;
a stupid person, a blockhead ...1605 obs.
3. a cuckold ...1632 obs.
to make a cuckold of ...1713 obs.
from ram (n.) a male sheep
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
"Ramehedes with ij shevers of Brasse"
In Michael Oppenheim's A History of the Administration of the Royal Navy
"Here ensuyth An Inventorie or boke of All such Stuff, tacle, apparell, Ordynaunce, Artillarie and habillamentes for the warre...", 1514
EXAMPLE (noun 2)
"...And make the ram-heads hear that are within."
From: The Play of Stucley (1605)
in The School of Shakspere, 1878
• A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles,
James Murray, 1887-1933
Daily Word Quiz Answer
EXUPERATE d) to surpass, to excel; to overcome ...1559 obs.