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summons v

chiefly Northeast, South, South Midland, SouthwestSee Map

To serve with a summons or similar legal order; to take out a summons against.

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  • 1659 in 1867 Upham Salem Witchcraft 1.433 MA, John Godfrey . . shall be legally summonsed thereunto.
  • 1676 in 1868 Sewall Hist. Woburn MA 58, The Selectmen mett . . and summonsed Hopestill Foster for inordinate wages.
  • 1729 in 1857 New Engl. Hist. & Geneal. Reg. 11.244 MA, Then I . . Summonsed Danil Jesham to appeear at ye same time.
  • 1853 Flagg Venice 2.451, He had summonsed its officers to justify themselves for disobedience of orders.
  • 1880 Living Age 147.507 TN, He . . brought up sixteen children, not one of whom, except me, has ever been summonsed before a justice.
  • 1893 Shands MS Speech 61, Summons. Used as a verb even by educated people; as, “He was summonsed before the court.”
  • 1899 (1912) Green VA Folk-Speech 429, Summons. . . To serve with a summons.
  • 1909 DN 3.159 nwAR, Summons. . . To summon. “They summonsed me.”
  • Ibid 377 eAL, wGA, Summons. . . To summon to court. Common.
  • 1946 PADS 6.29 eNC (as of 1900–10), Summons. . . To summon. “I was summonsed to court last week.” . . Common.
  • c1960 Wilson Coll. csKY, Uncle Ed has been summonsed to serve on the jury.
  • 1965–70 DARE
    Qu. V8b, Of a person who has been given a paper ordering him into court . . “He was _____ into court.”
    179 Infs, chiefly NEast, Sth, S Midl, SW, Summonsed; CT30, Summonsed in; OK28, Summonsed to appear in;
    Qu. V8a
    Inf FL39, Summonsed.
  • 1992 NY Times (NY) 24 May 38/1, “If they’re legal, fine,” Chief Ryan said, “if not . . , they’ll be summonsed.”
  • 1997 in 2004 Montgomery–Hall Dict. Smoky Mt. Engl. 582 wNC, eTN, Summons. . . To take out a summons against. . . (known to nine consultants).
  • 2007 Portland Press Herald (ME) 8 Feb sec E 2 (Internet), She was summonsed for speed, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
summons + varr (Qq. V8a, b)