(in Hudibras) is Colonel Hewson, so called
from Gayton's tract.
This is a remarkable word. It
comes from the Anglo-Saxon wealcan
a fuller of cloth. In
She cursed the weaver and the walker,
The cloth that they had wrought.
To walk, therefore, is to roll along, as the machine in felting
hats or fulling cloth.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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