To dine with Duke Humphrey
Dine Dine, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Dined}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dining}.] [F. d[^i]ner, OF. disner, LL. disnare, contr. fr. an assumed disjunare; dis- + an assumed junare (OF. juner) to fast, for L. jejunare, fr. jejunus fasting. See {Jejune}, and cf. {Dinner}, {D?jeuner}.] To eat the principal regular meal of the day; to take dinner. [1913 Webster]

Now can I break my fast, dine, sup, and sleep. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{To dine with Duke Humphrey}, to go without dinner; -- a phrase common in Elizabethan literature, said to be from the practice of the poor gentry, who beguiled the dinner hour by a promenade near the tomb of Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, in Old Saint Paul's. [1913 Webster]


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  • To dine with Duke Humphrey — Duke Duke (d[=u]k), n. [F. duc, fr. L. dux, ducis, leader, commander, fr. ducere to lead; akin to AS. te[ o]n to draw; cf. AS. heretoga (here army) an army leader, general, G. herzog duke. See {Tue}, and cf. {Doge}, {Duchess}, {Ducat}, {Duct},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dine with Duke Humphrey — (historical) To go without a meal, loiter about Duke Humphrey s Walk in Old St Paul s • • • Main Entry: ↑dine …   Useful english dictionary

  • dine with duke humphrey — have no dinner to eat or go to (named for the avenue in London where Duke Humphrey Gluster is buried) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Humphrey of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Gloucester — Humphrey Duke of Gloucester Gloucester in a 15th century drawing Spouse Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut m. 1422; ann. 1428 Eleanor de Cobham m. bet. 1428–1431; ann. c. 1441 …   Wikipedia

  • Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester — (3 October 1390 – February 23, 1447) was the fourth son of King Henry IV of England by his first wife, Mary de Bohun.The place of his birth is unknown, but he was named after his maternal grandfather, Humphrey de Bohun, 7th Earl of Hereford. He… …   Wikipedia

  • Dine — Dine, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Dined}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dining}.] [F. d[^i]ner, OF. disner, LL. disnare, contr. fr. an assumed disjunare; dis + an assumed junare (OF. juner) to fast, for L. jejunare, fr. jejunus fasting. See {Jejune}, and cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Duke — (d[=u]k), n. [F. duc, fr. L. dux, ducis, leader, commander, fr. ducere to lead; akin to AS. te[ o]n to draw; cf. AS. heretoga (here army) an army leader, general, G. herzog duke. See {Tue}, and cf. {Doge}, {Duchess}, {Ducat}, {Duct}, {Adduce},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Duke's coronet — Duke Duke (d[=u]k), n. [F. duc, fr. L. dux, ducis, leader, commander, fr. ducere to lead; akin to AS. te[ o]n to draw; cf. AS. heretoga (here army) an army leader, general, G. herzog duke. See {Tue}, and cf. {Doge}, {Duchess}, {Ducat}, {Duct},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Humphrey — masc. proper name, from O.E. Hunfrið, probably from P.Gmc. *hun strength + O.E. frið peace. To dine with Duke Humphrey (17c.) meant to go without a meal, though the reason for the expression now is obscure …   Etymology dictionary

  • Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington — Duke of Wellington and The Iron Duke redirect here. For subsequent dukes, see Duke of Wellington (title). For the film, see The Iron Duke (film). Field Marshal His Grace The Duke of Wellington KG GCB …   Wikipedia

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