Slubber-Degullion

A nasty, paltry fellow. A slub is a roll of wool drawn out and only slightly twisted; hence to slubber, to twist loosely, to do things by halves, to perform a work carelessly. Degullion is compounded of the word “gull,” or the Cornish “gullan,” a simpleton.

Quoth she, `Although thou hast deserved,
Base slubber-degullion, to be served
As thou didst vow to deal with me.

Butler: Hudibras, i. 3.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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