Yesterday I was reading An Ancient Irish Parish Past and Present, Being the Parish of Donaghmore, County Down, by J. Davison Cowan (London: Nutt, 1914), digitized by the University of California Libraries, and on pages 105-108 the author gave some examples of colloquialisms of his part of the county. One was "'lusty' - corpulent." William Bradford described John Howland as a "lusty young man" and everyone assumes he meant something along the lines of "lively." Maybe he simply meant "fat," "large," or "bulky."
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