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Keel (verb)

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To Keel. v.a. [cælan, Saxon.] This word, which is preserved in Shakespeare, probably signifies to cool, though Hanmer explains it otherwise.

To keel seems to mean to drink so deep as to turn up the bottom of the pot, like turning up the keel of a ship. Hanmer.

While greasy Joan doth keel the pot. Shakespeare.

Sources: Hanmer, Thomas (10) · Shakespeare's Love's Labours Lost (29)

Attributes: Saxon (172) · Verb Active (212)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Keel (verb)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 17, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=2212.

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