1) A body garment of linen, cotton or the like, worn by men, women or children. The word came into regular use in the seventeenth century, replacing smock.

1692 had taken or stollen out of his laith ... a pair of breeches, two pair of mens stockings and two little shiftes, Hellifield

1710 a shifte or smock, Tong.

places Tong Hellifield
dates 1692 1710

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