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Alphabetical List of Entries

~ L ~

L, a liquid consonant, which preserves always the same sound in English. In the Saxon it was aspirated a hlaf, loaf; hlœfdiʒ, lady.

At the end of a monosyllable it is always doubled; as, shall; still; full, except after a diphthong; as, fail; feel; veal; cool. In a word of more syllables it is written single; as, channel; canal; tendril. It is sometimes put before e, and sounded feebly after it; as bible; title.

L
La
Labdanum
Labefy
Label
Labent
Labial
Labiated
Labiodental
Laborant
Laboratory
Laborious
Laboriously
Laboriousness
Labour (noun)
Labour (verb active)
Labour (verb neuter)
Labourer
Laboursome
Labra
Labyrinth
Lac
Lace (noun)
Lace (verb)
Laced Mutton
Laceman
Lacerable
Lacerate
Laceration
Lacerative
Lachrymal
Lachrymary
Lachrymation
Lachrymatory
Laciniated
Lack (noun)
Lack (verb active)
Lack (verb neuter)
Lackbrain
Lacker (noun)
Lacker (verb)
Lackey (noun)
Lackey (verb active)
Lackey (verb neuter)
Lacklinen
Lacklustre
Laconically
Laconick
Laconism
Lactary (adjective)
Lactary (noun)
Lactation
Lacteal (adjective)
 Lacteal (noun)
Lacteous
Lactescence
Lactescent
Lactiferous
Lad
Ladder
Lade (noun)
Lade (verb)
Lading
Ladle
Ladle-ful
Lady
Lady-bedstraw
Lady-bird
Lady-cow
Lady-day
Lady-fly
Lady-like
Lady-mantle
Lady's-slipper
Lady's-smock
Ladyship
Lag (adjective)
Lambative (adjective)
Lambative (noun)
Lamdoidal
Lamm
Lammas
Lamping
Lampoon (noun)
Lampoon (verb)
Lampooner
Lapidate
Lapidation
Lapideous
Lapidescence
Lapidescent
Lapidification
Lash (noun)
Lash (verb active)
Lash (verb neuter)
Lasher
Latrant
Laugh (noun)
Laugh (verb active)
Laugh (verb neuter)
Laurel
Laveer
Lazy
Lead (noun 1)
Lead (noun 2)
Lead (verb active 1)
 Lead (verb active 2)
Lead (verb neuter)
Leap-year
Leek
Leet
Legerity
Leman
Lemma
Lemon
Lemonade
Lenify
Lentitude
Less (adjective)
Less (adverb)
Less (composition)
Less (noun)
Lexicographer
Liberty
Librarian
Libratory
Lich
Licorice
Lid
Lie (noun 1)
Lie (noun 2)
Lie (verb 1)
Lie (verb 2)
Lief (adjective)
Lief (adverb)
Lilach
Linen (noun)
Literal (adjective)
Literally
Literati
Logarithms
Loggats
Loll (verb active)
Loll (verb neuter)
Loof (noun)
Loof (verb)
Love (verb)
Lubber
Luctation
Lucubrate
Lucubration
Lucubratory
Luculent
Ludicrous
Ludicrously
Ludicrousness
Ludification
Luff (noun)
Luff (verb)

Cite this page: "Alphabetical List of Entries." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: December 6, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?page_id=50.


  1. Wonderful, keep up the good work!

  2. Mike Nightingale on November 18th, 2011 at 11:24 am
  3. Can I help?

  4. Julian Talamantez Brolaski on January 19th, 2012 at 9:33 pm
  5. Proofreading is a big help. If you notice a transcription error, please contact me.

  6. Brandi on January 20th, 2012 at 6:20 am
  7. If time permits, can the words regulate, rule and commerce be added soon? It would be most helpful. Those that discuss the Constitution often reference Johnsons. Thank you.

  8. EE Johnson on February 7th, 2012 at 7:27 am
  9. Brandi on February 7th, 2012 at 8:31 am
  10. I am researching the life of George Ord (1781-1886) of Philadelphia, who is said to have contributed many entries to Johnson’s expanded dictionary (as well as Noah Webster’s first dictionary).

    How may I find out which and how many entries he provided to Johnson’s dictionary.

    Thanks in advance for any help you might provide.

  11. Al Dorof on March 10th, 2012 at 4:39 pm
  12. Al,

    Johnson died in 1784, when Ord was only 3 years old. Any entries linked to Ord which appeared in “Johnson” dictionaries would have been added by later lexicographers (many of whom linked the title of their dictionary to Johnson merely for marketing purposes). I focus on the original dictionary Johnson produced, so I do not know much about post-Johnson additions.

    I was going to suggest looking at the online OED, but I tried searching for George Ord there myself and was unable to find any contributions or sources linked to Ord.

    Sorry that I’m unable to provide any further assistance.

  13. Brandi on March 10th, 2012 at 4:56 pm
  14. Would you be able to transcribe “Indubitable”?

  15. Amanda Patchin on April 18th, 2012 at 10:34 am
  16. There is a transcription error in the second sentence under the letter “h”. It should read: ‘the h in English is scarcely “ever” mute’; not “every”
    Thanks.

  17. Felicia Agyepong on July 12th, 2012 at 4:39 pm
  18. Thanks for catching that. It has been fixed both on the “H” entry page and on the alphabet page.

  19. Brandi on July 13th, 2012 at 6:27 am
  20. trouble is it takes half an hour to find a word if not yet transcribed, since if you want ‘time’ you go to ‘T’ and then have to turn some 50 pages, one at a time, to get to to ‘time’. Why not allow one to select a page by number?

  21. Mark on October 25th, 2012 at 1:44 am
  22. Mark,

    go to “Page View.” Under the title “Page View” and above the image and page number are two drop-down boxes – “Select Section” and “Select Page”. If you wanted to find “time,” for instance, you would select “T” from the first box. This causes the “Select Page” box to be filled in with the pages from the “T” section, enabling you to select “Tillyfally – Time.” Press the “Go” button and that page is loaded.

  23. Brandi on October 25th, 2012 at 8:23 am
  24. Do you have a definition of “arms” as in weaponry? This also is significant in interpreting the constitution.

  25. Misha Dennis on November 23rd, 2012 at 1:07 am
  26. Here it is, newly transcribed from page 159: Arms

  27. Brandi on November 23rd, 2012 at 5:42 pm
  28. I wonder is there was a definition for ‘people’ as in The People…did Johnson define that?

  29. Marco Dz on January 17th, 2013 at 1:24 pm
  30. The first of the five definitions under “People (noun)” is “A nation; these who compose a community,” which includes an illustrative quotation from Shakespeare’s Coriolanus: “What is the city but the people? / True the people are the city.” The entry can be found here.

  31. Brandi on January 17th, 2013 at 1:58 pm
  32. Hi, I was searching for one of the most used words in the 18th century: Nature, but it isn’t here. Can it be added?

  33. Deepali on March 20th, 2013 at 8:53 am
  34. Brandi on March 20th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

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