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mester

/ˈmɛstə/
noun (South Yorkshire, dialect)
1.
master: used as a term of address for a man who is the head of a house
2.
bad mester, a term for the devil, used when speaking to children
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  • “Howd hard, mester,” said the big smith, flourishing about his hammer.

    Patience Wins George Manville Fenn
  • You give good advice, mester,” said he; “I think I shall follow it.

    Wild Wales George Borrow
  • But theer were one among aw th' rest as nivver passed her by, an' he wur th' mester's son.

    "Seth" Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • She did not say, "mester Colin," but just "dear lad" quite suddenly.

    The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • You give good advice, mester,” said he, “I think I shall follow it.

    Wild Wales George Borrow
  • The mester was intimate wi' a' the stories aboot ghosts an' water-kelpies an' sic like, an' we couldna help listenin' to them.

    A Window in Thrums J. M. Barrie
  • There's mester Burge as owns the timber-yard over there, he underteks a good bit o' building an' repairs.

    Adam Bede George Eliot
  • The tray was keepit against the kitchen wall near the mester, an' he played on't wi' his foot.

    A Window in Thrums J. M. Barrie
  • "Happen so, mester, in toime," was the simple answer; and then silence fell upon them again.

    "Seth" Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • "Touch me again, an mester Potts shan knoa aw ey'n heer'd," said the little girl, repressing her tears.

    The Lancashire Witches William Harrison Ainsworth

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