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Alphabetical List of Entries

~ S ~

S, Has in English the same hissing sound as in other languages, and unhappily prevails in so many of our words that it produces in the ear of a foreigner a continued sibilation.

In the beginning of words it has invariably its natural and genuine sound: in the middle it is sometimes uttered with a stronger appulse of the tongue to the palate, like z; as rose, roseate, rosy, osier, nosel, resident, busy, business. It sometimes keeps its natural sound; as loose, designation; for which I know not whether any rules can be given.

In the end of monosyllables it is sometimes s, as in this; and sometimes z, as in as, has; and generally where es stands in verbs for eth, as gives. It seems to be established as a rule, that no noun singular should end with s single: therefore in words written with diphthongs, and naturally long, an e is nevertheless added at the end, as goose, house; and where the syllable is short the s is doubled, and was once sse, as ass, anciently asse; wilderness, anciently wildernesse; distress, anciently distresse.

S
Sabaoth
Sabbath
Sabbathbreaker
Sabbatical
Sabbatism
Sabine
Sable (adjective)
Sable (noun)
Sabliere
Sabre
Sabulosity
Sabulous
Saccade
Saccharine
Sacerdotal
Sachel
Sack (noun 1)
Sack (noun 2)
Sack (verb)
Sackbut
Sackcloath
Sacker
Sackful
Sackposset
Sacrament
Sacramental
Sacramentally
Saltinbanco
Salvation
Salve (noun)
Salve (verb)
Sausage
Saxifragous
Scalade
Scalado
Scare
Scholiast
Sciolist
Scuses
Scutiform
Sea
Searover
Secretory
Sedan
Sedentary
Segnity
Seize (verb active)
Seize (verb neuter)
Seizure
Selenographical
Selenographick
Selenography
Self
Sequestrable
Sequestrate
Sequestration
Sequestrator
Seraglio
Seraph
Seraphical
Seraphick
Seraphim
Servant (noun)
Service
Sess
Session
Sesterce
Set (noun)
Set (participial adjective)
Set (verb active)
Set (verb neuter)
Setaceous
Shab
Shabbily
Shabbiness
Shabby
Shail
Shall
Shark (noun)
Shell (noun)
Shortsighted
Shot (noun)
Shot (verb)
Should
 Side (adjective)
Side (noun)
Side (verb)
Sigh (noun)
Sigh (verb active)
Sigh (verb neuter)
Sight
Sighted
Sightfulness
Sightless
Sightly
Sigil
Sign (noun)
Sign (verb)
Signal (noun)
Singular
Skeleton
Slab (adjective)
Slab (noun)
Slabber (verb active)
Slabber (verb neuter)
Slaver (noun)
Slaver (verb active)
Slaver (verb neuter)
Slaverer
Slide (noun)
Slide (verb active)
Slide (verb neuter)
Slobber
Slubber
Slubberdegullion
Smell a Rat
Snake
Snow (noun)
Snow (verb active)
Snow (verb neuter)
Snudge
Snuff (noun)
Snuff (verb active)
Snuff (verb neuter)
Snuffbox
Snuffers
Snuffle
Snug (adjective)
Snug (verb)
Snuggle
So
Soak (verb neuter)
Sofa
Soho
Solander
Soldan
Solecism
Solicitious
Solicitously
Solicitress
Solicitude
Solid (adjective)
Solid (noun)
Solidity
Solidly
Solidness
Solidungulous
Solifidian
Soliloquy
Solipede
Solitaire
Solitarily
Solitariness
Solitary (adjective)
Solitary (noun)
Solitude
Solo
Solstice
Solve
Solvible
Some (adjective)
Some (composition)
Something (adverb)
Something (noun)
Sometime
Sometimes
Somewhat (adverb)
Somewhat (noun)
Somewhere
 Somewhile
Somniferous
Somnifick
Somnolency
Son
Son-in-law
Sonata
Song
Songish
Songster
Songstress
Soniferous
Sonnet
Sonnetteer
Sonorifick
Sonorous
Sonorously
Sonorousness
Sonship
Soon
Soph
Sorcerer
Sorceress
Sorcery
Sord
Sordes
Sordet
Sordid
Sordidly
Sordidness
Sordine
Sore (adjective)
Sore (adverb)
Sore (noun)
Sorehon
Sorel
Sorely
Soreness
Sorites
Sorn
Sororicide
Sorrage
Sorrance
Sorrel
Souterrain
Souvenance
Speculum
Spermologist
Spet
Spew (verb neuter)
Sphinx
Spot (noun)
Spring (noun)
Spring (verb active)
Spring (verb neuter)
Squiny
Staff
Stain (noun)
Stain (verb)
Stair
Starve (verb active)
Starve (verb neuter)
Stellation
Stentorophonick
Steril
Stone (adjective)
Stone (noun)
Stone (verb)
Strawberry
String (noun)
Stultiloquence
Suffraginous
Sug
Suggilate
Suicide
Sully (noun)
Sully (verb)
Sultan
Surreption
Surreptitious
Surreptitiously
Sursolid
Sursolid Problem
Sword
Syllable (noun)

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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