causey

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Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman caucie, chaucee et al., from Late Latin calceāta. In Guernsey use after Guernésiais cauchie.

Noun[edit]

causey (plural causeys)

  1. (obsolete) An embankment holding in water; a dam. [14th-18th c.]
  2. (now dialectal) A causeway across marshy ground, an area of sea etc.
    • c. 1460, Merlin, vol. II:
      than com Soriondes with all his peple that was so grete, and sette ouer the cauchie so rudely as horse myght renne.
    • 1841, Jacob Abbott, The Rollo Books:
      He said he would pay them a cent for every two loads of stones or gravel which they should wheel in to make the causey.
    • 1974, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York 2007, p. 177:
      I could see through the open doorway some fishermen in guernseys sitting on the grass listening, and a boat was drawn up on the shingle and others moored to the cauchie.
  3. (now dialectal) A paved path or highway; a street, or the part of a street paved with paving or cobbles as opposed to flagstones.
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, X:
      Satan went down The Causey to Hell Gate.

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