For, hardily, she was nat undergrowe.

from Geoffrey Chaucer – The Canterbury Tales (General Prologue) on Rap Genius

Meaning

(= She was definitely not undergrown)

This is Chaucer at his most mischievous. After stressing the Prioress’s love of small things throughout her description, he now goes well out of his way to insist that she herself was not small. Critics have debated the level of irony, but it’s definitely there.

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