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n.1.A short coat of coarse cloth.
Full threadbare was his overeste courtepy.
- Chaucer.
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overeste courtepy' (290); references to gold used for personal ornament (Prioress [160], Monk [196]), mention of absent gold, i.e., money (Clerk [298]), in medicinal preparations (Physician [443, 444]), in the figurative expression of an ideal priest (Parson [500]), and gold used in the figurative description of a cheating Miller (563).
Thus the threadbare 'courtepy' (GP, A 290) is to be construed
On this analysis the threadbare 'courtepy (A 290) is to be taken as a sign of worldly pride and curiosity (pp.