gleet

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old French glette.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɡliːt/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

gleet (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete, except Scots) Stomach mucus, especially of a hawk.
  2. (obsolete, except Scots) Any slimy, viscous substance.
  3. (vulgar, slang) A urethral discharge, especially as a symptom of gonorrhoea.
    • 1980, Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers:
      There was this Estella, a real drab, being given syph and gon and gleet by Augustus John, and Tommy has her living with him in that place of his in Earl’s Court and going to a doctor, nothing wrong with her actually but there might well have been, and he never touches her, you know.

Verb[edit]

gleet (third-person singular simple present gleets, present participle gleeting, simple past and past participle gleeted)

  1. To flow in a thin, limpid humour; to ooze, as gleet.
    • 1760, Alexander Mackenzie, "A remarkable Separation of part of the thigh bone" in Medical Observations and Inquiries, Volume 2, William Johnston, page 302:
      "upon dilating a ſmall gleeting hole about three inches above the knee, on the outside of the thigh; and introducing a jointed or ſcrew probe, I found the bone carious to ſuch a height and withal the patient ſo emaciated with the tedious diſcharge, and a hectic fever that I diſſuaded attempting the operation"
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wiseman to this entry?)
  2. To flow slowly, as water.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Cheyne to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for gleet in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


Scots[edit]

Noun[edit]

gleet (uncountable)

  1. Stomach mucus, especially of a hawk.
  2. Any slimy, viscous substance.