Middle English Dictionary Entry

gein n.
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Entry Info

Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) Advantage, benefit; help, remedy; don ~, to benefit (sb.), do (sb.) good; ther is no ~, there is no help, nothing can be done; (b) worth, value or usefulness in battle; (c) reward, profit, gain.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • a1400 Cursor (Frf 14)23888 : A besaunt if me taȝt to sette, þet I him agh to ȝilde wiþ dette; þer-fore agh I me to paine to ȝilde him wiþ wil that of gaine [Vsp: wit biyeit again; Göt: wid biȝate again; Phys-E: wit biate ogain] als be-houis vs ȝilde ilkan a-count efter þat we haue tane sum for more & sum for lesse efter þat our giftis es.
  • Note: Supplementary material for sense (c).
    Note: Given that the other variants have 'ayen' (ending in '-gain') and biyēte (meaing 'gain, profit') it is conceivable that the author or scribe conflated the two, particularly since this passage concerns the crux of the parable of the 'talent': humans rendering a return on the 'talent' (here a 'besaunt') which the Lord has given them.
Note: The list of variant spellings in the form section is incomplete and needs revision to accord with standards of later volumes of the MED.--all notes per MLL