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Left-handed Wife (Grose 1811 Dictionary)

Left-handed Wife

A concubine; an allusion to an ancient German custom, according to which, when a man married his concubine, or a woman greatly his inferior, he gave her his left hand.

Definition taken from The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, originally by Francis Grose.

Leery * Leg

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Nathan Bailey's 1736 Dictionary of canting and thieving slang

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Lazy
Lazy Man’s Load
Lazybones
Leaf
To Leak
Leaky
Leaping Over the Sword
Least In Sight
Leather
Leery
Left-handed Wife
Leg
Leggers
Lenten Fare
Letch
Levite
To Lib
Libbege
Libben
Libken
To Lick