Middle English Dictionary Entry

hō̆l(e adj.(1)
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

1.
(a) Of clothing, garments: full of holes; (b) hollow, cavernous; empty; of wounds: containing a cavity; (c) of objects: deeply concave; of eyes: sunken, hollow; of persons:?lank, cadaverous; ~ bacin (trough), a deep basin (trough); ~ barwe, a handbarrow with a deep box; ~ wei [OE hol weg], a sunken road [see also sense 2.]; (d) curved, concave; ~ tile(s, tiles curved to fit over crests or edges, or into grooves, of a roof;(e) ?spongy, porous; ~ rish, the papyrus reed (Cyperus papyrus).
2.
In surnames and place names [see Smith PNElem. 1.257-8].

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • a1500 Trin-C.R.14.45 Recipes (Trin-C R.14.45) 138/36 : Whan þou seest þat þi pottis be rede hote withinne, take a ladil of iren þat be ful of smal holis as a skomer and stere..þanne whanne hit is of þat colour do oute þe fire and late þe lede kele by hymself inne þe same pottis, or ellis take hit out with a hole ladil and put hit inne a basyn or a panne and late hit kelen.
  • Note: Glossary: "hole adj. 'holey, full of holes'."
    Note: ?New cpd. ~ ladel, or additional quot., sense 1.(a) with modified gloss. -- 'Of clothing, garments, utensils:'