(3 syl.). A grasping, miserly churl. Dr. Johnson gives the
derivation of this word thus, “coeur mechant, unknown
correspondent.” Dr. Ash, in his dictionary, says, “coeur,
unknown; merchant, correspondent,” a blunder only paralleled by
the schoolboy translation of the Greek, me genoito, by mh (God)
geuoito (forbid) (Luke xx. 6).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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