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Delf   Listen
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Delf  n.  (Written also delft, and delve)  A mine; a quarry; a pit dug; a ditch. (Obs.) "The delfts would be so flown with waters, that no gins or machines could... keep them dry."






Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48








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"Delf" Quotes from Famous Books



... not for an orator's standing like a teapot, if what he pours out be something better than mere hot-water or dead small beer. If, however, we were to typify orators in delf, there are many Tory talkers whom we would associate with more ignominious shapes of crockery than that of a teapot—senators who are taken by the handle, and by their party ...
— Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete • Various

... poor proficients in divinity, And scarce knew more of Latin than myself; Compar'd with theirs, they say that true Latinity Appears like porcelain compar'd with delf." ...
— Notes and Queries, Number 82, May 24, 1851 • Various

... and I found a Sevres saucer, my dear, in the library that belonged to one of those beautiful cups in the drawing-room. I hope it was not very wrong, but I had to put it among its relations. It was sitting with a Delf mug on it, poor thing. Dear me! I little thought then—Really, I have never been ...
— The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers • Mary Cholmondeley

... of the cockatoo, The oldest bird that ever grew; I should say a thousand years old would do. I'm sure he looked it, but nobody knew; She cleaned the china, she cleaned the delf, She cleaned the baby, ...
— The Book of Humorous Verse • Various



Words linked to "Delf" :   United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Britain, colloquialism, excavation, UK, United Kingdom, Great Britain, U.K.



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