Round as a Ball; to Royal Titles
Round as a Ball; ... as an apple, as an orange, etc.
Roundabout (A). A Pict's camp.
His desire of his companion a Pict's camp, or Roundabout.- Sir W. Scott: The Antiquary, chap. i.
Roundheads Puritans; so called because they wore their hair short, while the Royalists wore long hair
covering their shoulders.
And ere their butter `gan to coddle,
Roundle, in heraldry, is a charge of a round or circular form. They are of eight sorts, distinguished by their tinctures: (1) a Bezant, tincture or; (2) a Plate, tincture argent; (3) a Torteau, tincture gules; (4) a Hurt, tincture azure; (5) an Ogress or Pellet, tincture sable; (6) a Golpe, tincture purpure; (7) a Guze, tincture sanguine; (8) an Orange, tincture tenney.
Rounfl So the Britons called ogres, and the servants or attendants of the ogres they called Grewnds.
Rouse (A). A contraction of carousal, a drinking bout. (Swedish, rus; Norwegian, ruus, drunkenness; Dutch,
roes, a bumper.) Rouse (1 syl.).
The king doth wake to-night, and takes his rouse.
Rousing A rousing good fire. Rousing means large, great; hence a rousing falsehood (mendacium magnificum).
Routiers Adventurers who made war a trade and let themselves out to anyone who would pay them. So called because they were always on the route or moving from place to place. (Twelfth century.)
Rove (1 syl.). To shoot with roving arrows- i.e. arrows shot at a roving mark, either in height or distance.
Unbelievers are said by Clobery to `shoot at rovers.- Divine Glimpses, p. 4 (1659).Running at rovers. Running wild; being without restraint.
Row (rhyme with now). A tumult. It used to be written roue, and referred to the night encounters of the
roués or profligate bon-vivants whose glory it was to attack the Charleys and disturb the peace. (See
Rowdy (rhyme with cloudy). A ruffian brawler, a rough, a riotous or turbulent fellow, whose delight is to make a row or disturbance.
Rowena A Saxon princess, and bride of Ivanhoe. (Sir Walter Scott: Ivanhoe.)
Rowland (See Roland .)
Childe Rowland to the dark tower came;
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