Search Constraints

Number of results to display per page

Search Results

1. ambre n.

5 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
A bucket; also, a liquid measure.

2. ā̆ðeling n.

14 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) A nobleman or lord; knight, warrior; (b) specif., a royal prince, an heir apparent.

3. āver n.(1)

43 quotations in 3 senses
Sense / Definition
A draft horse; ?also, any beast of burden or draft animal.

4. berbẹ̄ne n.

3 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
Vervain Verbena officinalis; berbene lef.

5. ?bin-heie n.

Additional spellings: binheie
1 quotation in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
An enclosure, pen.

6. cherset n.

19 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
A customary rent paid in grain or chickens for the support of the (parish) church, usually at Martinmas (Nov.11). [See Neilson Cust.Rents in OSSLH 2 193-6.]

7. Dene-laue n.

Additional spellings: Denelaue
7 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
The law code imposed upon the northern and eastern counties of England by the Danes or Northmen, or the 15 counties so governed; the Danelaw.

8. ferme n.(1)

5 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
A feast, banquet; anes nihtes ferme, provisions for one day (for the king and his retinue).

9. flẹ̄te n.

50 quotations in 4 senses
Sense / Definition
(a) A group of ships; esp. a fleet of warships, a navy; ?a naval expedition; (b) a troop of armed men, an army; (c) ?a set (of fishing nets).

10. frank-pleǧǧe n.

Additional spellings: frankplegge
11 quotations in 2 senses
Sense / Definition
One of the mutually responsible members of a tithing, etc.

11. frith-sōken, -sōkne n.

Additional spellings: frithsoken, frith-sokne, frithsokne
9 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
The privilege of maintaining law and order on a feudal estate; jurisdiction of frankpledge; franchise to hold view of frankpledge with all appurtenant rights.

12. heriet n.

12 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) A payment made, by the heir(s to the lord of the manor, upon the death of a tenant; (b) the right to collect this payment.

13. last n.(2)

41 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) The load of a ship, cargo; (b) a measure for hides, 200 hides; (c) a measure for wool; prob. 20 sacks; (d) a measure for herrings and other fish, bacon, beer, wine, small cut or shaped stones…

14. lest n.

5 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
A district within a county; lest marche, a district on a border with another country.

15. ǒutlau(e n.

Additional spellings: outlaue
49 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) One decreed an outlaw; a fugitive from justice; an exile, banished person [occasionally indistinguishable from sense (b)]; (b) a miscreant, villain; pirate, robber; fig. extortioner; (c) as…

16. ǒutlauen v.

42 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) To pronounce (sb.) an outlaw; banish (sb.), exile; (b) to ostracize (sb.); exclude (sb. from an assembly); also fig. banish (sb. from heaven or paradise); (c) to banish (charity, reason, Holy…

17. ǒutlauerī(e n.

Additional spellings: outlauerie
28 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) A judgment or declaration of outlawry against somebody; an exiling, a banishment; at the outlaueri, about to be declared an outlaw; with outlaueri, under sentence of banishment; (b) the condition…

18. pit n.

200 quotations in 6 senses
Sense / Definition
(a) A natural or man-made depression in the ground, hole, pit, ditch; cave; also fig.; also, an open excavation from which some mineral product is obtained or in which some industrial process is…

19. pōke n.

37 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) A sack, pouch, bag [in some quots. perhaps a measure of quantity, but see quot.: a1500]; pissinge poke, provande poke, sond poke [see pissinge, provende, sond]; (b) a full, elongated type of…

20. potter(e n.

Additional spellings: pottere
51 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) A maker of various kinds of vessels, esp. earthenware vessels; a potter; also fig.; erthe potter, a maker of earthenware vessels; (b) a maker of metal pots, vessels, or other objects of metal; (c)…

21. quabbe n.

10 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
A marsh, bog; also in surnames & place names [see Smith PNElem.1.121].

22. rak n.(2)

40 quotations in 2 senses
Sense / Definition
(a) A rack, esp. for kitchen use; framework; a bar for hanging pots, etc.; a roasting spit or a support for a spit; fir rak; (b) a framework or rack for holding fodder for livestock, manger; -- also…

23. rẹ̄st(e n.(3)

Additional spellings: reste
8 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
The sharebeam of a plow, reest; rest wode, ?wood for making reests; plough rest, shelfe rest, ?part of the moldboard of a plow [see also plough n.1c.(e)].

24. ring n.

182 quotations in 7 senses
Sense / Definition
(a) A finger ring; -- often made of a precious metal; a signet ring; gold(en ring [see also gold adj.1.(c)]; (b) ring(es and broche(s, broche(s and ring(es, ring ne broche, broche(s ne ring(es; (c) a…

25. rok(ke n.(1)

Additional spellings: rokke
42 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) Rock; a rock, stone, esp. a large rock or rocky outcropping; (b) a large rock or crag along the seacoast or in the sea; (c) a rocky outcropping on a mountain, cliff, precipice; rok side; (d) a…

26. rō̆sen(e adj.

Additional spellings: rosene
16 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) Made of or consisting of roses; rosen flour, a rose; mel rosen, a mixture of honey and an extract of roses; (b) rose-colored, rosy; (c) as noun: a red pigment, red ink.

27. rōs-marīn(e n.

Additional spellings: rosmarin, ros-marine, rosmarine
15 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) or a similar herb.

28. rung n.

31 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) A rung of a ladder; also fig.; (b) a horizontal side rail of a cart; rung staf (stour), an upright stave on the railed side of a cart; (c) a shaft of a cart or wagon; (d) a pin used to hold a…

29. sāke n.

162 quotations in 8 senses
Sense / Definition
Strife, discord, enmity; a dispute, cause for dispute; a legal dispute or action; o sake, ?in accusation; withouten sake, without cause for dispute, without legal cause.

30. salve n.(1)

81 quotations in 2 senses
Sense / Definition
(a) A medicinal ointment for external use; a medicine, remedy; also, an ointment taken internally [quot.: *Bk.Hawking, 2nd]; red salve, an ointment for fistulous wounds; shepes salve, ?an ointment…

31. samsūchon n.

4 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
The European elder (Sambucus nigra).

32. Sarasī̆n(e n.(1)

Additional spellings: Sarasine
88 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) A Turk; also, an Arab; also, a Moslem; -- often with ref. to the Crusades; Sarasin hed, the head of a Saracen; (b) a heathen, pagan; an infidel; (c) as a type of non-Christian; Sarasin or jeu, jeu

33. scapulārī(e n.

Additional spellings: scapularie
15 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
A sleeveless garment usu. worn by religious, scapular; ?also, a body belt.

34. scauāǧe n.

6 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
A custom levied on goods displayed for sale within the precincts of London.

35. scrōphul(e n.

Additional spellings: scrophule
17 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) A scrofulous growth or lump; ?also, sg. & pl. scrofula; (b) as adj.: scrofulous.

36. sein(e n.

Additional spellings: seine
14 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) A fishing net; a dragnet; (b) a place in which one has the right to fish with a net; a fishing right; also, the quantity of fish one has the right to catch; (c) med. a thread, bristle, or number…

37. sẹ̄lde n.(1)

20 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) A seat; a position of authority; (b) a shop; a ground-floor room; a booth, stall; (c) in surnames and place names.

38. seraphī̆n n.

19 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
Theol. (a) An angel of the first order (ranking above cherub) in the hierarchy of nine orders; the name of this first order; also, the name of the second highest order of angels [quot.: c1390]; (b) a…

39. sester n.

19 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) A vessel for holding liquid; ?a brewing vat [2nd quot.]; (b) a liquid measure; sester ful; (c) a dry measure; (d) sester peni, an annual tax imposed upon commercial brewers of beer.

40. shā̆mel n.

41 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) A footstool; also fig.; also, the raised section of the floor on which the altar stands, a footpace [2nd quot.]; shamel of fet, fot shamel [OE fōt-sceamol]; bok shamel, a bookstand; (b) a bench…

41. shẹ̄le n.

16 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) A hut, hovel, usu. temporary; (b) in place names; (c) in surnames.

42. shingle n.(1)

24 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) A wooden tile for roofing; also fig.; also, a thin piece of wood used as a writing tablet; coll. shingles, a quantity of shingles; also, lumber from which shingles are made [quot.: 1439]; (b)…

43. shok n.

14 quotations in 2 senses
Sense / Definition
A group of sheaves of grain placed on end and leaning against one another in order to dry, a shock, stook; (b) fig.

44. shrīden v.

73 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) To clothe (sb., oneself), dress; -- also without obj.; provide (sb.) with clothing; cover (one's skin, the genitals, etc.); also fig.; also, provide (sb. with a bed); (b) ppl. shrid, clothed…

45. shrīn(e n.

Additional spellings: shrine
59 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) A repository in which a holy object or the relics of a saint are kept, a reliquary, shrine; also, a richly built and decorated tomb for a saint; (b) ben in shrin, to lie in a shrine, be enshrined…

46. sī̆ch(e n.

Additional spellings: siche
58 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) A stream, usu. small; a ditch, trench; ?sich forke, ?a fork for cleaning ditches; (b) a field; sich side, the side of a field; (c) in surnames; (d) in place names [see Smith PNElem.2.121-2].

47. sī̆gne n.

285 quotations in 12 senses
Sense / Definition
(a) An indication; proof, evidence; a characteristic, mark; (b) in signe of, as a token of (sth.), as an indication of (sth.); also, as a testimony to (sth.), as a memento of (sth.); in signe that, to…

48. sī̆ser n.

7 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
Strong drink, intoxicating drink, prob. fermented juice of fruit.

49. sive n.

52 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) A strainer, sieve; also, a fishing net [cp. sein(e n.(a)]; (b) in cpds. & combs.: sive makere; clensing sive; here sive, q.v.; heren sive; malt sive; mele sive; (c) in prov. expressions; (d) a dry…

50. skep(pe n.

Additional spellings: skeppe
28 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) A basket for grain, malt, coal, alms, etc.; skep of twig; skep makere; bering skep; (b) a dry measure varying in size, a skepful; (c) skep scales, ?basket-shaped balance pans; (d) in surnames.

51. smolt n.(1)

4 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
Coll. Young salmon [last quot. may belong to smolt n.(2)].

52. snek n.

9 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) A latch; a bolt; snek bond, a string or band attached to the latch and passed through a hole to the outside to raise the latch when pulled; snek hole, a hole through which a string for raising the…

53. sō̆k(e n.(1)

Additional spellings: soke
36 quotations in 3 senses
Sense / Definition
Law (a) A right of jurisdiction, specif. a lord's right to entertain cases in his own court and to have jurisdiction over disputes to which his tenants are a party; the right of a lord to his tenants'…

54. sō̆ke-man n.

Additional spellings: sokeman
9 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) A tenant who holds his land in socage [quot. 1230 may belong to sense (b)]; soke-man mot, a court attended by such tenants; (b) as surname.

55. sọ̄̆ken(e n.

Additional spellings: sokene
39 quotations in 4 senses
Sense / Definition
(a) Habitual visiting or going, resort; soken of, recourse to (an activity), opportunity for; (b) search; on soken, in search.

56. sō̆le n.

70 quotations in 4 senses
Sense / Definition
(a) The sole of the human foot; also, the under surface of an animal's hoof; fot sole; (b) a sole of a (the, his) sole, the sole of the fot, the sole of his (thi) fet, the soles of the (his, here)

57. somnen v.

105 quotations in 4 senses
Sense / Definition
(a) To urge (sb. to do sth.), invite, call upon; order (sb. to do sth.); -- also with that clause; ben somned, be called upon (to do sth.), be obliged; ben somned to, be invited to (a feast); (b) ?to…

58. sǒuken v.

184 quotations in 7 senses
Sense / Definition
(a) To feed from the breast or udder; also fig.; souken of (at, on, upon), feed from (the breast); also fig.; (b) souken of, to partake of (milk from the breast); (c) ppl. soukinge as adj.: of the age…

59. spalanǧe n.

3 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
A kind of venomous spider.

60. sparre n.

45 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) A piece of timber used in building; a rafter, beam; a board; -- also coll.; firre sparre; hilinge of sparres, a roof; joininge of sparres, a roof or building; maister sparre, a main beam or…

61. sponǧe n.

41 quotations in 4 senses
Sense / Definition
(a) A piece of the elastic, absorbent, and porous spongin skeleton of various species of Porifera, a sponge; (b) the sponge as an instrument of the Passion, the sponge soaked with vinegar and gall…

62. sprot n.

17 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) The sprat, a small European herring Clupea sprattus; -- also coll.; (b) ?in surnames.

63. stagge n.

28 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) An adult male deer, esp. a four- or five-year-old stag; stagge of an hert; (b) a young male horse, colt [chiefly N]; (c) a swan [cp. steg(ge n.]; (d) in surnames and place names [see Smith PNElem.

64. stāking(e ger.

Additional spellings: stakinge
9 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) The driving of stakes; (b) an enclosure of stakes set in water for the catching of fish [some occurrences may be place names]; (c) a stake used to support a plant; (d) fig. anguish, torment [cp. s

65. stal(le n.

Additional spellings: stalle
145 quotations in 10 senses
Sense / Definition
(a) An enclosed or partially enclosed place for keeping a domesticated animal, a stall; a stable; also in fig. context [quot.: ?a1425]; also in proverbs and prov. expressions; asse (oxe) stal; (b) a…

66. stath n.

41 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) A shore; the bank of a river, edge of a pond [last quot. may be error for scath(e n.]; also in proverbs; (b) a dock, wharf, landing place; lond stath, an embankment forming the end of a bridge…

67. stecas n.

1 quotation in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
The plant French lavender (Lavandula stoechas).

68. stik(e n.(1)

Additional spellings: stike
8 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
A measure of quantity for eels, usu. 25; stik ele, ?eels of small size.

69. stọ̄̆th(e n.

Additional spellings: stothe
23 quotations in 4 senses
Sense / Definition
(a) An upright piece of timber used as support in a wall, partition, etc. [quots. ?c1475 and a1500 may belong to sense 4]; stoth nail, nails of some kind used in fastening such timbers; (b) fig. a…

70. strāke n.(2)

35 quotations in 4 senses
Sense / Definition
(a) One of the separate pieces of iron together forming a band used to secure the felloes of a cartwheel to each other, a strake; cart strake; strake nail, a nail for fastening strakes; -- also coll…

71. strū̆ction n.

2 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
A medicinal herb, prob. soapwort Saponaria officinalis.

72. sturǧeǒun n.

45 quotations in 4 senses
Sense / Definition
(a) The sturgeon (Acipenser sturio); -- also coll.; ?also, another fish or aquatic animal [quot. ?c1475]; (b) cook. a sturgeon used as food; maken a sturgeoun, to prepare a sturgeon for the table; (c)…

73. sw- consonant clust.

1 quotation in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
For all words beginning with sw- from here to the end of this volume [of the print MED], the practice of the MED is to record all variant forms except those beginning with su-; forms with su- are…

74. swivel n.

12 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) A fastening or coupling device, swivel; (b) her. a heraldic representation of a swivel; (c) an instrument used in veterinary surgery, perh. a gimlet.

75. tarǧe n.(1)

31 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) A light shield, often small and round in shape; a buckler, targe; also in fig. context [quot. a1475]; under targe, behind a shield, in combat; (b) a representation of a targe; (c) a seal…

76. tei(e n.(2)

Additional spellings: teie
37 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) The membrane forming the outer covering of the brain, the dura mater; ?also, the skull [quot. a1470]; (b) a box, chest, coffer;—also coll. [quot. c1425, 1st]; also, ?a cover for a chest [quot…

77. tempren v.

216 quotations in 10 senses
Sense / Definition
(a) To be mixed (with sth.); combine (ingredients), blend (a mixture of ingredients); also, be mixed with (sth.) [quot. c1400 Why werre]; tempren (al) togeder, tempren up; (b) tempren with, to mix…

78. th, þ, ð n.

Additional spellings: þ, ð
9 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) The digraph th; the letter þ or ð of the alphabet, thorn; (b) an abbrev. for that pron., rel. pron., conj., etc.

79. tract(e n.(1)

Additional spellings: tracte
7 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
A treatise, an exposition; also, a commentary; tract bok.

80. ?trenda n.

1 quotation in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
?A unit of measurement for wax, perh. a round lump, ball, or coil.

81. trendel n.

45 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) A sphere, an orb; also, a pictorial representation of an orb [last quot.]; also, a ball; ?also, a top [quot. c1450]; (b) a cylindrical component of a mechanical device: a roller for a pulley, a…

82. trǒut n.

40 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) Any of several food or game fish of the genus Salmo, prob. including the common trout (S. fario) and salmon trout (S. salar) and perh. also the sea trout (S. trutta);—freq. as a commodity; (b) a…

83. tup(pe n.

Additional spellings: tuppe
23 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) A male sheep, ram; also, a ram's skin [quot. c1450]; tup hed; tup horn; (b) mil. a battering ram; (c) in surnames and place name.

84. twist n.

47 quotations in 5 senses
Sense / Definition
That part of a hinge which consists of a plate or band affixed to a door, window, rudder, etc. and of an eye that turns on a pin or hook attached to a doorpost, etc.; ?also, a complete hinge [cp. heng

85. walda n.

1 quotation in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
Alum.

86. wā̆r-lō̆nd n.

Additional spellings: warlond
7 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) Land occupied by dependent peasantry and subject to royal geld, war land; (b) a tract of such land.

87. wer n.(2)

3 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
= wer-geld n.

88. wīver n.(2)

3 quotations in 1 sense
Sense / Definition
(a) A support beam, girder; wiver tre; (b) a rod or rack on which to hang a towel.

89. yẹ̄ld n.

48 quotations in 4 senses
Sense / Definition
(a) Tax; a tax, an exaction; also, a royal land tax; also, a sum paid in tax; dane yeld [see dane-geld n.] (b) a customary rent or payment; ?also, quittance or exemption from the obligation to pay…

90. yẹ̄lden v.

491 quotations in 19 senses
Sense / Definition
(a) To relinquish (sb. or sth.) voluntarily, give up; also, surrender (an office, a token of office) willingly; also, forego (sth.), lay aside; yelden up (b) to entrust (oneself) to the care of God…