Definitions starting with L

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less'n, lessen

conj. 1. [cf. OED less than unless obs. →1772; US dial. idem ADD] unless: 1969 It ain't gon grow lessen he bud it wid a good healty mangro (Dupuch 11). (Inagua, San Sal.)

2.   [cf. OED less much less obs. →1721] much less: 1978 I never had d' small pox lessen d' large pox since he scorch muh (Dupuch 31). (Gen)

3.   [cf. OED less lest obs.] otherwise: You have to dress up for the party, less'n you can't come (Nassau). (Gen.)

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Last update: 2011-06-03 22:39
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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