a.1.See Lickerish, Lickerishness.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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"No likerous lust was thurgh hire herte yronne" (ClT, 1.214), because she used to live in poverty.
The Wife of Bath, for example, possesses both a "likerous" tongue and tail and is the figure in the Canterbury Tales who declares that "al is for to selle" (III.D.
To looke on hire hym thoughte a myrie lyf, She was so propre and sweete and likerous. I dar wel seyn, if she hadde been a mous, And he a cat, he wolde hire hente anon.
The poet colors her in black and in white; she is animal and human, innocent and "likerous."
The first is the moment when she makes eye-contact with the sexualized gaze that has been moving upward from her loins: "And sikerly, she hadde a likerous ye" (3244).(20) Her eye frankly returns the desire of the gazer, and no doubt is thought of as inviting what will become Nicholas's response.
In this poem it also refers us back to the portrait of Alison, first to the "likerous ye," and from there to the wincing jolly colt and all th other complexities of her uncomprehended characters as the woman who responds, resists, returns the gaze back upon the man who sent it out, in such a way that he cannot ignore that it is she, with her own feelings and projects, whatever they are, that is doing it.
Her ascetic disposition might lead one to think so (214, 228), but the narrator does not mention any lack of "likerous lust" here.
Breakers of the law, "and "likerous folk" (79) will be condemned to "whirle aboute th'erthe alwey in peyne" (80) until, many worlds later, they will be forgiven their wicked deeds.
Yet as we have already noted, the attractive theme of love has its dark side with its explicit warnings of the "brekers of the lawe" (79) and the "likerous folk" (80), which are also implicit references to homosexuality when seen in the context of Alain's Complaint.
only indirectly at this point in the phrase, "likerous folk,"