The word "bull," according to the New English Dictionary, was used in this sense as early as the beginning of the 18th century.
It makes partial use of the valuable material in the New English Dictionary.
The New English Dictionary accepts the two latter connexions.
Of course, among pure-blooded New English housewives, such as the majority of Poketown matrons were, there were few drones.
For a discussion of the etymology, see the New English Dictionary, especially the concluding note with reference to authorities.
The New English Dictionary viewed from a temperance standpoint would make a delightful study.
The earliest quotations in the New English Dictionary for the three words are dated 1775, 1747 and 1784 respectively.
The New English Dictionary recognises provisionally nine separate nouns rack.
This "New English Canaan," by the way, had a rather singular career.
This "word" will no longer appear in dictionaries, the editor of the New English Dictionary having laid this particular ghost.