Synonyms for easts

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The Easts had removed to a better house; one of those which had a garden in front of it.

It was known that the Easts were putting by money: and Honey Fair wondered: for none lived more comfortably, more respectably.

It became quite a common thing for him to go round and pass an hour with the Easts and Stephen Crouch.

About half the people made a mad rush for the Easts and the other half rushes for the Stars, and there's only six policemen there.

And all the Easts piles on to Tip and it took the police fifteen minutes to get 'em untied.

Nothing escapes his keen notice as he easts his flies, hither and yon, in the eager expectation of a rise.


Old English east "east, easterly, eastward," from Proto-Germanic *aus-to-, *austra- "east, toward the sunrise" (cf. Old Frisian ast "east," aster "eastward," Dutch oost Old Saxon ost, Old High German ostan, German Ost, Old Norse austr "from the east"), from PIE *aus- "to shine," especially "dawn" (cf. Sanskrit ushas "dawn;" Greek aurion "morning;" Old Irish usah, Lithuanian auszra "dawn;" Latin aurora "dawn," auster "south"), literally "to shine." The east is the direction in which dawn breaks. For theory of shift in sense in Latin, see Australia.

Meaning "the eastern part of the world" (from Europe) is from c.1300. French est, Spanish este are borrowings from Middle English, originally nautical. The east wind in Biblical Palestine was scorching and destructive (cf. Ezek. xvii:10); in New England it is bleak, wet, unhealthful.

Cold War use of East for "communist states" first recorded 1951. Natives of eastern Germany and the Baltics were known as easterlings 16c.-18c. East End of London so called by 1846; East Side of Manhattan so called from 1882; East Indies (India and Southeast Asia) so called 1590s to distinguish them from the West Indies.

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