A Dictionary of the English Language
                        A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson
        Search Transcribed Entries:


View Scan · View Transcription · from page 1474

View Scan · View Transcription · from page 1474

Pelf. n.s. [In low Latin, pelfra, not known whence derived; peuffe, in Norman, is frippery.] Money; riches.

The thought of this doth pass all worldly pelf. Sidney.

                            Hardy elf,
Thou darest view my direful countenance,
I read thee rash and heedless of thyself,
To trouble my still seat and heaps of precious pelf.
Fairy Queen.

Immortal gods, I crave no pelf;
I pray for no man by myself.

He call'd his money in;
But the prevailing love of pelf
Soon split him on the former shelf:
He put it out again.
Dryden's Horace.

To the poor if he refus'd his pelf,
He us'd them full as kindly as himself.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Sidney, Philip (140) · Spenser, Edmund (254) · Swift, Jonathan (306) · Shakespeare's Timon of Athens (32)

Attributes: No attributes defined yet for this entry.

Search for this word in: American Heritage · Cambridge · Dictionary.com · The Free Dictionary · Longman · Merriam-Webster · OneLook · Oxford Dictionaries · Vocabulary.com · Wiktionary · Wordnik

Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Pelf." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 31, 2012. https://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/pelf/.

johnsonsdictionaryonline.com is completely free to use. Johnson's dictionary is in the public domain, but please respect the hours of work put into this site by linking to it or crediting it. This site assumes no liability for its content or for the content of external sites linked to it, and has no warranty or guarantee concerning accuracy or availability.