attery

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English attri, from Old English ǣttriġ, ǣtriġ (poisonous), equivalent to atter (poison) +‎ -y. Cognate with Dutch etterig (purulent), German eiterig (purulent, festering), Swedish ettrig (poisonous), Shetlandic eter (poison; bitter cold).

Adjective[edit]

attery (comparative atterier or more attery, superlative atteriest or most attery)

  1. (dialectal or archaic) Poisonous; venomous
  2. (dialectal or archaic) Pernicious
  3. (of a wound or sore, dialectal or archaic) Purulent; containing pus or matter
  4. (of mood or disposition, dialectal or archaic) Bad-tempered; spiteful; quarrelsome; peevish; angry; hot-headed
  5. (of weather, dialectal or archaic) Cold; bleak; grim

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Noun[edit]

attery (uncountable)

  1. (of weather, dialectal or archaic) Cold, bleak weather.

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