long and lazy, little and loud; fat and fulsome, pretty and proud
c 1576 T. WHYTEHORNE Autobiography (1961) 23 Hy women be layzy and low be lowd, fair be sluttish, and fowll be proud.
1591 J. FLORIO Second Fruits 189 If long, she is lazy, if little, she is lowde.
1648 HERRICK Hesperides 166 Long and lazie. That was the Proverb. Let my mistress be / Lasie to others, but be long to me. Ibid. 248 Little and loud. Little you are; for Womans sake be proud; / For my sake next, (though little) be not loud.
1659 J. HOWELL Proverbs (English) 10 Long and lazy, little and loud, Fatt and fulsome, prety and proud; in point of women.
1872 BLACKMORE Maid of Sker I. xiii. You are long enough, and lazy enough; put your hand to the bridle.
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