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Ke'rsey. n.s. [karsaye, Dutch; carisée, French.] Coarse stuff.

Taffata phrases, silken terms precise,
I do forswear them; and I here protest,
Henceforth my wooing mind shall be exprest
In russet yeas, and honest kersey noes.

His lackey with a linnen stock on one leg, and a kersey boot-hose on the other. Shakes. Taming of the Shrew.

The same wool one man felts it into a hat, another weaves it into cloth, and another into kersey or serge. Hale.

    Thy kersey doublet spreading wide,
Drew Cic'ly's eye aside.

Sources: Gay, John (51) · Hale, Matthew (49) · Shakespeare's Love's Labours Lost (33) · Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew (71)

Attributes: Dutch (90) · French (385) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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