As verbs the difference between tousel and housel
is that tousel
is while housel
is (archaic) to administer the eucharist to.
As a noun housel is
(archaic) the eucharist.
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From (etyl) housel, from (etyl) (OED).
The OED cites usage of the noun from the 10th to the 17th century. 19th century use is deliberately archaizing. The verb is attested from the 11th century, and in occasional usage persists into the 19th.
(archaic) the Eucharist
* 1922 ,
- She said that he had a fair sweet death through God His goodness with mass-priest to be shriven, holy housel and sick men’s oil to his limbs.
From (etyl) houselen, from (etyl) .
(archaic) To administer the Eucharist to.
(rare) To prepare for a journey.
* 1750 , Francis Beaumont, John Fletcher, Mr. Theobald (Lewis), The Works of Francis Beaumont, and Mr. John Fletcher :
- So housel all our hackneys that they may feel Compunction in their feet, and tire at Highgate.