Middle English Dictionary Entry

wọ̄de-man n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

1.
(a) One adept at hunting in the woods, a master of woodcraft [2nd quot. may belong to (b)]; wode-man(nes) craft; (b) a purveyor of firewood; (c) a member of a primitive or savage tribe or race; a wild and savage semihuman creature [cp. wode-wose n.]; (d) in surnames [occas. difficult to distinguish from the same comb. in wod(e n.(1) (c) & (d)]; (e) in place names [see Smith PNElem. 2.281].