from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Silent and idle.
  • n. A game of hazard played with cards in silence.
  • n. A silent, stupid person.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A game of hazard with cards or dice in which silence was absolutely necessary.
  • n. One who has not a word to say for himself; a fool.
  • n. Silence.
  • Silent.


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