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"Joseph Andrews" (1742), a novel by Henry Fielding. Use this tag with the [henry-fielding] tag.

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What is meant by the word "cumfarting" in the 1742 English novel "Joseph Andrews"?

Yes I know it sounds like a superslang portmanteau of modern obscenities (and indeed it is), which is why I was surprised to see it in a 1742 book, and why I'm asking. Toward the beginning of Book 4, ...