Varsal meaning

1826, Richard Lovell Edgeworth, The Rose, Thistle and Shamrock, act III, scene II.

Now I would give five golden guineas this minute, that her father or any mortal man, woman or child in the varsal world, would come in and say something; for 'tis so awk'ard for I to be sitting here, and I nothing to say to she.

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1855, Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South.

Yo' see, if yo'd spoken o' religion as a thing that, if it was true, it didn't concern all men to press on all men's attention, above everything else in this 'varsal earth, I should ha' thought yo' a knave for to be a parson; and I'd rather think yo' a fool than a knave.

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Origin of varsal

  • Shortened form of universal.
    From Wiktionary