Title says it all probably.

Does anyone have any recollections of this usage?

Any definitions of the word "ask" as an adjective, possibly dialect and possibly meaning astringent?

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    Can you give an example of how you'd use this word? I'm having a hard time imagining the word "ask" used as an adjective... – John Feltz Nov 17 '16 at 16:24
  • The only form of ask that is an adjective, to my knowledge, is unasking. But it does not share the same definition as astringent. – Hank Nov 17 '16 at 16:40
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    Can you fill us in a bit on why you are asking? If we can understand what has prompted the query it might put us on the right track. – Spagirl Nov 17 '16 at 17:14
  • I have a vague memory of it being used in my childhood, as in "that drink/food was a bit ask". Possibly Lancashire or Yorkshire dialect? – desconocido Nov 17 '16 at 17:44
  • Ask and tha' shall get, lad. or something... – Spagirl Nov 17 '16 at 17:57


ASK, adj. hard, dry. Icel. heskr, hastr, harsh.

COLL. USE. x . it's an ask wind this mornin.

  1. This ale has an asky taste.

A Glossary of the Lancashire dialect

  • Nifty! What's the source? – StoneyB Nov 17 '16 at 18:23
  • The link goes to A glossary of the Lancashire dialect. – Alan Carmack Nov 17 '16 at 18:30
  • This isn't the first time I've come across Icelandic and Lanky associations. – Edwin Ashworth Nov 17 '16 at 19:47
  • By the way, "A glossary of the Lancashire dialect" does not appear in the "commonly-available references" referred to in the "put on hold as off-topic" comment above. The quote from it answers my question, thanks. – desconocido Nov 17 '16 at 21:58

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