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1. bresten v.

175 quotations in 5 senses
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(a) To be broken, fall apart, break, shatter; bresten atwo, bresten atwinne, bresten in peces, bresten in sunder; (b) to break (sth.), shatter, crush; break (one's arm); ppl. brosten, of grain or…

2. cappe n.

61 quotations in 3 senses
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(a) A headdress, a hat; esp., a small head covering worn under the hood; (b) a priest's close-fitting cap, the coif covering the tonsure; also, any kind of head covering for ecclesiastics; (c) a…

3. dēd adj.

290 quotations in 16 senses
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(a) Of persons, animals, bodies, parts of bodies: dead, no longer alive; also fig.; ben ded, to be dead; (b) of trees, flowers, etc.: dead.

4. drauen v.

766 quotations in 21 senses
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(a) To pull, tug, draw; pull in harness; (b) to pull (sb. or sth.), drag, tug at; pull up (a drawbridge); (c) to draw or withdraw (a part of the body); (d) to pull (a vehicle), tow (a ship), turn…

5. drīe adj.(1)

207 quotations in 10 senses
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(a) Not humid, moist, or drenched; dry; (b) of land: not flooded or submerged; also, not wet or sodden; comen (driven) to drie lond, to come (drive) ashore; (c) not moistened or soaked; mid (with)

6. flēn v.(2)

76 quotations in 5 senses
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(a) To strip the skin from (a person, a part of someone's body); also, to tear the skin to shreds (by blows, scourging, etc.); to strip (the skin from the flesh); flen of, to flay off (the skin); flen

7. flē̆sh n.

411 quotations in 16 senses
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(a) The flesh of the human body; esp., the muscular, gristly, and glandular portions (as opposed to blood vessels, bones, fat, hair, ligaments, nerves, skin, etc.); (b) corresponding portions of an…

8. forbẹ̄den v.

191 quotations in 8 senses
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To prohibit (an action, a practice, a sin), to forbid (someone to do something);--usually with personal indirect object: (a) with that clause, usually neg. & subjunctive, as direct object; (b) with…

9. fǒul adj.

217 quotations in 9 senses
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(a) Dirty, filthy, soiled; (b) maken foul, to void excrement; (c) foul wei, a muddy road or path; (d) a miry place in a road or street; atte foul, at the muddy place, by the marsh; fair ne foul, for…

10. Frē̆nsh adj.

100 quotations in 5 senses
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(a) Pertaining to France [as constituted at various times], or to Frenchmen; consisting of Frenchmen; associated with France or Frenchmen; Frensh fare, courtly behavior; Frensh flour, the…

11. gaderen v.

213 quotations in 12 senses
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(a) Of people: to come together, assemble, congregate; meet, have a meeting; gaderen abouten, gaderen unto, crowd around (sb.), surround; (b) refl. to come together, assemble; gaderen samen, gaderen

12. girdel n.

61 quotations in 4 senses
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(a) A belt worn around the waist, used for fastening clothes or for carrying a sword, purse, etc.; (b) eken out girdel, to stretch the belt, stuff one's belly; from girdel to hose, the excretory…

13. grẹ̄ne adj.

208 quotations in 6 senses
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(a) Green, of the colour of grass; (b) of the skin or complexion: green; also, pale, colorless, livid; gul and grene, pale and grene; (c) as symbolic of inconstancy or envy; (d) grene cloth, the…

14. hẹ̄rd(e n.(3)

Additional spellings: herde
29 quotations in 1 sense
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(a) Pl. The coarse part of flax, hards; also, sg. a piece of the hards; (b) hards used in med. & surg.; --?also sg.

15. ivel adj.

300 quotations in 7 senses
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Wicked, depraved, sinful: (a) of persons, the soul; ivel man, etc.; (b) of a spirit; ivel gost, an evil spirit, a devil; the Devil; (c) of an action; ivel dede, ivel werk; (d) of speech; ivel speche,

16. kẹ̄pen v.

912 quotations in 36 senses
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(a) To care about (sb.), wish for (sth.), desire (sb. or sth.); kepen no bettre, want nothing better; kepen no more, desire nothing more; kepen of, care about (sb.); (b) kepen nought (nothing, not) of

17. lei(e n.(1)

Additional spellings: leie
51 quotations in 1 sense
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(a) An alkaline solution made by leaching ashes, and used for washing, making soap, bleaching hair; lye; lei cuppe, a cup for holding lye; (b) med. & surg. a similar solution used for cleansing…

18. lǒven v.(1)

423 quotations in 10 senses
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(a) To feel affection or friendship for (sb., an animal), love; also, show love to (sb.), behave lovingly toward; (b) loven hem, to love each other or one another, be or become friends; loven hem

19. mọ̄n(e n.(1)

Additional spellings: mone
240 quotations in 8 senses
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(a) The moon as a luminous heavenly body; the seventh 'planet' of Ptolemaic astronomy, the planet of the sphere nearest the earth; (b) the moon as the cosmological divider between the earth and the…

20. mǒuth n.

390 quotations in 11 senses
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(a) The human mouth; rof of the mouth, the palate; also fig.; (b) the mouth as a facial feature and the part of the face with or on which kisses are given.

21. nāme n.

515 quotations in 15 senses
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(a) The name of a human being: Christian name, surname, or both; Christian name with epithet denoting rank, with characterizing adjective, or with descriptive noun; hire first name, the name she first…

22. ōld(e adj.

Additional spellings: olde
702 quotations in 20 senses
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(a) Of living beings: near the end of the normal span of life, advanced in age; also, of children: of an age late in childhood, pre-adolescent; (b) used disparagingly; (c) old man, a man well-advanced…

23. ō̆penen v.

336 quotations in 12 senses
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(a) To unclose (a gate, door, window), open; open (a gate) to (sb.); (b) to open the door to (sb.); openen to, open the door to (sb.), permit (sb.) to enter; (c) without obj.: to unlock; as command…

24. pīpe n.(1)

166 quotations in 8 senses
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(a) A tube or hollow cylinder employed as a receptacle or passage for liquid, smoke, etc.; the nozzle of a bellows; flue of a chimney; beli pipe, the nozzle of a bellows; (b) a water pipe, conduit…

25. prǒud adj.

228 quotations in 8 senses
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(a) Guilty of the sin of Pride; haughty, arrogant; also, obstinate, rebellious; (b) proudest of pride, supremely proud; proud as lucifer; proud herte, proud heart; -- also as surname or epithet; maken

26. rēdī adj.(3)

361 quotations in 12 senses
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1a. (a) Prepared, ready; (b) prepared or ready (to do sth.); (c) redi to, prepared or ready for (sb. or sth.); also, ready to perform (sth.) [quot.: a1425]; redi for (til, unto), prepared for (sth.)…

27. slēn v.

449 quotations in 10 senses
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(a) To strike (sth.), beat; pitch (a tent); light (a fire); strike off (a head from the body); beat (metal into a shape) [quot.: c1175(?OE) HRood]; -- used without obj.; slen of, cut off (someone's…

28. spẹ̄den v.

294 quotations in 9 senses
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(a) To achieve one's goal, accomplish one's purpose; fulfill one's expectation; also, refl. be successful; (b) speden in, to succeed in (sth., an action); speden of, succeed in obtaining (sth., sb. as…

29. tọ̄ adv.(1)

166 quotations in 11 senses
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In expressions of motion: (a) to a place; to this place, here; to that place or person, there; also used redundantly following prep. phrase with to [last 2 quots.]; hard in goinge to, hard to get at…

30. tō̆nge n.(1)

62 quotations in 3 senses
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(a) A double-armed instrument, usually hinged, for manipulating objects too hot or too difficult to hold; a pincers, pliers, pair of tongs;—often pl.; also fig. and in fig. context; fir tonges; paire

31. undelt ppl.

3 quotations in 1 sense
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(a) Not cut up; of the Trinity: undivided, unified; (b) med. & surg. of an inflammation: ?lanced, opened for drainage.

32. undọ̄n v.

246 quotations in 10 senses
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(a) To open a door or gate by unlocking it; open (a door, gate, window, etc.), unlock, unbar; uncover (a pit); unseal (a grave, tomb, etc.); also fig. (b) to unlock (a lock, locked container) with a…

33. unknitten v.

45 quotations in 5 senses
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(a) To untie (a knot), undo; also, fig. untangle (the knot of a question), solve (b) fig. to undo (the knot or bond of marriage, love, etc.), cause to come apart; also, of the knot joining lovers:…

34. wẹ̄̆k(e n.(1)

Additional spellings: weke
52 quotations in 1 sense
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(a) The fibrous cord of cotton or flax that draws fuel to the flame of a candle, torch, or lamp, a wick;—also coll.; candel (torche) wek (b) in conventional comparisons and fig. contexts; (c) the…

35. werken v.(1)

617 quotations in 19 senses
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(a) To act, behave, proceed; act (in a specified way), proceed (on the basis of sth., according to sth.), act (so as to do sth.), do (as one should, as sb. enjoins, according to sth., etc.); werken

36. wǒund n.

180 quotations in 10 senses
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(a) An injury to a person or an animal involving the piercing, cutting, or laceration of the skin or flesh, a wound; a puncture wound caused by a bee’s sting, an animal’s bite, etc.; also, a gash in…