Definitions starting with W

ID #3597

would, woulda

[Car.; from would('ve); cf. inter­changeable use of COULD, COULDA and SHOULD, SHOULDA] preverbal marker 1. will: 1918 If you can't call Auntie name, I wouldn' pay you (Parsons 116). (Black)

2.   would: 1977 like the British woulda say (Full 74). (Black)

3.   [US dial. idem ADD] were, had (after if or wish): 1940 He say if he wudda had on he iron hat, he wuddnta get dat. . .contusion (Dupuch 55). Peepul on d' Parade wish dey wudda stay down town, and people down town wish dey wudda bin on d' Parade (ibid 47). (Black)

Tags: modal, preverbal

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Last update: 2010-11-27 03:43
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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