Middle English Dictionary Entry

mọ̄ten v.(3)
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) To speak, talk; say (sth.); complain, argue; (b) ~ an-uppen, ?to find fault with (sb.), complain about, abuse verbally; ~ ayen(es, complain about (sth.), deny or dispute (sth.); struggle or fight against (sb.); ~ into (the) mire, talk or lead (sb.) into sin or error, lead astray; ?also, be in error, argue falsely; ~ of (abouten), discuss (sth.), talk of (sth.); say (sth.) about (sb.); ~ with (ayenes), debate or argue with (sb.); ~ with, talk to (sb.); discuss (sth.) with (sb.); ?have dealings with (the world), occupy oneself with [quot.: Ancr.]; -- common in line fillers and rime tags: is hit (hit nas) no bote ayenes..for to ~, hit was (hir was) no bote..more to ~, etc.
To go to law, institute legal proceedings, litigate; plead or argue a case; ~ the ples (of the coroune), present or argue pleas (falling within the jurisdiction of the Crown).

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • c1425(c1400) Ld.Troy (LdMisc 595)17871 : Thei wot wel thei are so hye That no-thyng In erthe but foule…May come hem to, for out thei do eyʒt [read: myʒt] But if it were with tresoun or sleʒt.
  • Note: New spelling
    Note: emendation suggested Hiroyuki Matsumoto
    Note: out = ought pron.